Chapter 1214: Still Beyond Reach

"However, I ignored Lizhi as I knew that even if he's developed some kind of new ability, it's most likely related to destructive energy, but I have something within my body that can counteract destructive energy. Hence, I intentionally left a hole in my defense for you to exploit. In reality, there was no way for you to win this battle ever since the outset, but even I didn't think that you'd be able to force me to this extent."

That's right, the fact that he had brought Sima Jinchi here meant that there was no way Shrek's Six Monsters could've secured victory. Sima Jinchi's ninth soul skill allowed him to transform into the true law-enforcing saber of the dragon clan and display its power. Even though he was only able to unleash a very small amount of the Dragonslaying Saber's power, it was already enough against the six monsters.

Tang Wulin's trump card was simply too powerful, to the extent that he could've ended the battle at any moment. This was the difference between the two sides, and Shrek's Six Monsters never had a chance to begin with.

A look of grief and indignation appeared on Yue Zhengyu's face. "So you were still out of reach from the very beginning! I won't accept this! You have to fight us one on six!"

"Where's your humility?" Tang Wulin glared at him, but his eyes were filled with elation.

His friends had developed far more than he imagined, and he was sure that everyone had also held back during that battle.

The six monsters had to hold back as they still had to deal with Sima Jinchi and A'Ruheng. For example, Yue Zhengyu hadn't used his Holy Fusion Technique, and he was sure that Ye Xinglan and Yuanen Yehui would've also had other trump cards up their sleeves.

However, the one who had surprised him the most was Xu Xiaoyan. Xu Xiaoyan had displayed her control abilities to near-perfection during that battle.

Thankfully, he had many types of abilities that could bolster his defenses, including his dragon's repulse, Golden Dragon Tyrant Body, and Golden Dragon Body, while A'Ruheng and Sima Jinchi also possessed powerful defensive prowess. Otherwise, just a single barrage of attacks from Shrek's Six Monsters could've potentially eliminated one of them.

At the same time, this was a sparring match, after all, and no one wanted to truly hurt their opponents. Otherwise, the result of this match wouldn't have been so clear-cut. Unless he was to use his trump card right away, it would be very difficult for his trio to defeat Shrek's Six Monsters.

Nothing made him happier than to see his friends grow, so Tang Wulin's heart was filled with excitement.

Long Yeyue was appraising Tang Wulin with a slightly peculiar look in her eyes while nodding internally in approval. She had initially planned to accompany Tang Wulin and the others on their trip to the two neighboring continents, but after witnessing that battle, she had already decided to let them spread their wings and fly freely on their own.

If she were to constantly protect them, when would their feathers ever become fully-fledged?

Once they became three-word battle armor masters, their powers would be enhanced once again, and it would be difficult to say what they would be capable of by then.

If Tang Wulin had had access to his suit of two-word battle armor, he wouldn’t have had such a hard time in that battle. It was just as Yue Zhengyu had said, he was still out of reach, after all.

Tang Wulin had won the battle both in terms of power and in mind, so he was truly deserving of his title as Shrek’s Seven Monsters' leader.

From here onward, it would only be a matter of time before he reached the lofty heights of the past Sea God's Pavilion Masters. When that day arrived, she would truly be able to hand over the reins to him.

What made Long Yeyue even more elated was the fact that she had sensed a sliver of an opportunity when Tang Wulin had wielded the Dragonslaying Saber. That inkling of an opportunity seemed to be able to help her in her quest to become a god.

The Divine Realm could no longer be sensed in this world, but as a demigod, even the slightest improvement in her powers could extend her lifespan.

A'Ruheng and Sima Jinchi arrived beside Tang Wulin, and looked at Tang Wulin's friends. In their hearts, they had already fully acknowledged these young men and women.

They couldn't help but be in awe of how powerful they were at their age. Thinking back to when they were in their early twenties, they were nowhere near as powerful as the current Shrek’s Seven Monsters!

The two of them were particularly intrigued by Xu Xiaoyan. They had been completely bamboozled by her control abilities earlier, and even though she had access to her suit of battle armor, she was still only a Soul Sage who didn't yet possess her final two soul skills. Despite this, they were still struck by a sense of powerlessness in the face of her abilities. With such an extraordinary control system Soul Master among their ranks, Shrek’s Seven Monsters virtually defied the natural order! Any Titled Douluo would have to think twice before engaging them in battle. After all, the existence of battle armor actually whittled down the gaps between high-grade Soul Masters.

They were struggling to imagine just how powerful Shrek's Seven Monsters would become once they all became Titled Douluos.

They had thought that it would be impossible to revive Shrek Academy in this generation, but after witnessing the powers of Shrek's Seven Monsters and the likes of Elder Long, it seemed that this wasn't a completely impossible task, after all!

"I'm going to cultivate," Ye Xinglan said before departing.

Xu Lizhi still wore a bashful smile on his face, but he immediately departed behind Ye Xinglan without any hesitation.

Xie Xie wore an expression of grief and indignation as he said, "I didn't even use my full power during that match! If I hadn't been afraid of hurting Boss, he may not have won in the end! My Space Time Dragon is super powerful!"

Tang Wulin couldn't help but burst into laughter. "How about a one on one match, then?"

"No way! Yuanen, let's go cultivate as well." He latched onto Yuanen Yehui's hand as he spoke.

Yuanen Yehui glared at him in a disgruntled manner but allowed him to hold her hand.

Xu Xiaoyan let loose a cry of surprise as she was picked up from the ground in a princess carry position by Yue Zhengyu, who said, "We're also going to cultivate, Boss. We'll work hard to catch up to you, so you better work hard as well. By the way, when are you going to forge our suits of three-word battle armor? How about we repeat the three on six match next time, but we get to wear our suits of three-word battle armor while you still get nothing?"

"Go away!"

Tang Wulin looked on at his departing friends, who were clearly eager to process the fruits they reaped during this battle, and a surge of warmth flowed through his heart, but he also couldn't help but feel a little dejected.

All of them were with their lovers, but what about him? Where was the woman he loved?

All of Shrek’s Seven Monsters had benefited greatly from that battle, and the main benefit they had derived was that they had developed a clear understanding of how much their friends had improved.

If it weren't for Tang Wulin and Sima Jinchi's terrifying soul fusion skill, they may not have been able to defeat Shrek's Six Monsters.

Furthermore, this was also under the premise that the six monsters had all attained new abilities, and their teamwork hadn't quite yet adapted to make the best use of those abilities.

This was mainly exemplified by the assault system Soul Masters, Yuanen Yehui, Ye Xinglan, and Yue Zhengyu. Due to the improvements they had made, their offensive power and range had all increased. Hence, when they attacked together, they were constantly inadvertently getting in each other's way, and that gave Tang Wulin an opportunity to withstand their attacks and strike back in retaliation.

In order to remedy this issue, they had no choice but to attack one after another during the battle, which still created a torrential barrage of attacks, but they weren't able to combine their attacks and use them to their full advantage. Otherwise, Tang Wulin definitely wouldn't have been able to last so long against them.

The biggest surprises to Tang Wulin were Xu Lizhi and Xu Xiaoyan.

Xu Xiaoyan's control abilities were downright terrifying, and even A'Ruheng and Sima Jinchi had been wrapped around her finger. During the second match, the two of them had been largely useless. Otherwise, Tang Wulin's trio should've had the clear upper hand in terms of overall power.

On top of that, Xu Lizhi's utilization of destructive energy, as well as his rather comical yet immensely powerful Steamer True Body had managed to hold off the two Titled Douluos, even though he was just a food system Soul Master, thereby creating an opportunity for his friends.

Those Destructive Explosive Buns were truly unique, and they were akin to extremely powerful bombs.

If it weren't for the fact that the seed of life within Tang Wulin's body was a direct counter to Xu Lizhi's destructive energy, that palm to the back would've rendered Tang Wulin unable to participate in the rest of the battle.

Furthermore, due to the fact that this was a sparring match between friends, Xu Lizhi had refrained from using his full power when unleashing that palm.

After pondering the situation, Tang Wulin was able to roughly understand why Xu Xiaoyan and Xu Lizhi had undergone such drastic transformations. Back in the Ice Fire Yin Yang Well, they had consumed the Star Luo Spirit Bead, and the Chaotic Element Immortal Herb, respectively. Aside from the soul power enhancements those spirit plants had brought to them, their foundations and martial souls had most likely been vastly improved as well. After all, those were among the best spirit items this continent had to offer.

Of course, while Tang Wulin was astonished by his friends' powers, everyone was also stunned by how fearsome he had become.

His blood soul fusion skills allowed him to withstand everyone's attacks even without the use of his battle armor, and on top of that, he was able to control the entire battlefield with his dragon's might and dragon's repulse. During large chunks of the two matches that had just taken place, he had essentially been fighting a one on six battle! Even so, he was able to hold his own while being at a battle armor disadvantage, and that was truly astounding to the six monsters.

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