Chapter 1235: Cunning and Calculated

The Dragonslaying Saber struck the huge bell in a vicious manner, and the saber was repelled in the end, but the dark green bell instantly took on a nine-colored hue. At the same time, a prominent crack had appeared on its surface, and nine colored light was rapidly expanding from within the crack.

Na Nali let loose a howl of agony, and the bell abruptly shrank before fleeing into the darkness as a streak of dark green light, leaving the Dark Phoenix Douluo to fend for herself.

Tang Wulin drifted down onto the ground while holding the Dragonslaying Saber before throwing up a mouthful of blood.

Light flashed, and the Dragonslaying Saber reverted back into Sima Jinchi, who immediately reached out to support Tang Wulin. "Are you alright, Master?"

Tang Wulin shook his head in response. "I'm fine. Those soundwave attacks sure were powerful, though."

Indeed, if a normal Soul Sage had been in his shoes, those devastating soundwaves would've been enough to destroy their target both physically and spiritually.

Zang Xin was controlling his own domain while keeping an eye on Tang Wulin's battle, and he nodded in approval at the sight that he was greeted by. Tang Wulin had truly grown up. With his friends by his side, they were already powerful enough to face the truly powerful beings of the Soul Master world. If it weren't for the fact that his suit of three-word battle armor was far from complete, he most likely would've been able to hold off Na Nali for a very long time even without having to resort to this soul fusion skill.

What was even more important was that his rate of development was far too rapid. During the short time that they had spent in Skysea City, Zang Xin could sense noticeable changes in Tang Wulin even if they were only apart for a few days. After cultivating for so many years, he had well and truly entered the fast lane when it came to his progression. At this rate, he would definitely become a Titled Douluo within the next few years, and by then, he would truly be worthy of his titles as the Sea God's Pavilion Master and Tang Sect Master.

Tang Wulin took a deep breath while releasing his spiritual power into the distance in case Na Nali were to return.

His internal organs had been somewhat damaged from the soundwave attacks, but they had already mostly recovered during this brief period of rest. In terms of self-regenerative ability, he was already comparable to his Senior Disciple Brother, A'Ruheng.

Even though he hadn't completely mastered the congenital secret method yet, his Golden Dragon King bloodline combined with the portion of the congenital secret method he had mastered already culminated to form a very terrifying product.

Sima Jinchi was right beside him, and he couldn't help but be stunned as he looked at Tang Wulin. Through their spiritual connection, he could sense just how quickly Tang Wulin was recovering from his internal injuries.

Meanwhile, Zang Xin had finally controlled the Dark Phoenix Douluo, and she had fallen completely unconscious, lying limply in Zang Xin's arms.

"Now that we've captured her, we should have sufficient proof to support our case," Zang Xin said with a faint smile.

This was the first time that the Tang Sect had seized the upper hand against the Holy Spirit Cult ever since the cult had resurfaced.

The trap was a success. An entire division of mechas had already converged upon this place, both in the air and on the ground, so there was no way that any of the Evil Soul Masters would be able to escape.

Zang Xin took the Dark Phoenix Douluo away, while Tang Wulin and the Blood Dragon Squad communicated with the personnel deployed to the scene by the united control center.

However, all of them were quickly disappointed by what they saw. As opposed to capturing living Evil Soul Masters, they were greeted by the sight of one dead Evil Soul Master after another, all of which had coughed up mouthfuls of black blood and had somehow managed to commit suicide. 

A total of over 400 Evil Soul Masters were captured in the end, but all of them were dead. There was an extremely foul and toxic stench permeating through the area, and the military could only seal off this place while biochemistry experts arrived on the scene to address the situation.

Meanwhile, Tang Wulin had already appeared before Boundless Douluo Chen Xinjie again.

"Dark Phoenix? Dark Bell?" Chen Xinjie appraised Tang Wulin with an intent gaze.

He naturally hadn't participated directly in this operation. As the Battle God Hall Master and the commander of the united fleet, his duty was to oversee everything on a broad level.

"We were able to verify the identities of over 400 Evil Soul Masters, but do you have evidence that they were behind the attack?" Chen Xinjie asked.

Tang Wulin was stumped by this question. Wasn't it obvious? If the Holy Spirit Cult hadn't been plotting something, why would so many of their Evil Soul Masters, including even two Hyper Douluos, have appeared here at once?

"Both of the heavenly monarchs have gotten away, and the other Evil Soul Masters have all committed suicide; what evidence do you have to link them to the attack?" Chen Xinjie asked in an abrasive manner.

Tang Wulin quickly regained his composure, and asked, "Are you insisting on starting this war? I don't have any concrete evidence, and if you still insist on pushing your agenda, I'm powerless to stop you. I've done everything in my power; the rest will be down to your judgment and decision."

A rare smile appeared on Chen Xinjie's perpetually serious face.

Tang Wulin was even more exceptional and steadfast than he had imagined, and he couldn't help but be envious of Zhang Huanyun for unearthing such an outstanding successor.

“Come to the Battle God Hall!” Chen Xinjie invited with a smile.

Tang Wulin had developed far greater mental fortitude than his peers through all of the ordeals he had endured, but he was still left feeling rather speechless by Chen Xinjie's unpredictable and erratic way of conversation.

"Come to our Battle God Hall, and you'll immediately become one of the main candidates to become one of our 18 Battle Gods. There are still two vacant spots among the 18 Battle Gods. As long as you can become a Titled Douluo within the next five years, you'll be the successor to my title as Battle God Hall Master. I'll be retiring in 15 years at most, so you won't have to wait long," Chen Xinjie continued as a slightly jaded look appeared on his face.

Tang Wulin's lips twitched slightly upon hearing this. "Your Majesty, we've only just met; should you really be giving me such an important offer?"

Chen Xinjie replied in a calm manner, "There are some people whom I've known all my life, but they're still just acquaintances in my eyes. I trust in my judgment, and I know that I've found a worthy successor in you. You should be aware of the Battle God Hall's influence in the federal military, and I can tell that you wish to build up some influence in the military; what could help you more in achieving this goal than to become the Battle God Hall Master?"

It was undoubtedly the case that Chen Xinjie was very overbearing, almost suffocatingly so, but the conditions he was offering were also very alluring. Tang Wulin trusted that if he were to accept this offer, Chen Xinjie would definitely nurture him to the best of his abilities.

"Thank you for thinking so highly of me, Your Majesty, but I still have things that I need to do, and the Blood God Legion is still in need of my services." He couldn't tell Chen Xinjie that he was already the Tang Sect Master and Shrek Academy's Sea God's Pavilion Master, so he could only use the Blood God Legion as a shield. If he were to tell the truth, Chen Xinjie would most likely fly into a thunderous rage, thinking Tang Wulin was fooling around with him.

Chen Xinjie seemed to have anticipated this response from Tang Wulin in advance, and a faint smile appeared on his face as he said, "Alright, you can go now."

Tang Wulin's brows furrowed slightly. He simply couldn't keep up this wily old fox!

After a brief moment of contemplation, he extended a military salute before turning to leave. He knew that with Chen Xinjie's personality, there was no way that he would be convinced of anything that he didn't approve of, so Tang Wulin didn't try to press his case any further.

As for why he hadn't told Chen Xinjie about the capture of the Dark Phoenix Douluo, that was because she was more important to the Tang Sect than to the military. If they were to hand her over to the military, the members of the military who were colluding with the Holy Spirit Cult could potentially find a way to release her, so it was best to keep them in the dark.

"Hold on!" Chen Xinjie called out just as Tang Wulin was about to exit his office.

"Do you have some other instructions, Your Majesty?" Tang Wulin asked as he turned around.

Chen Xinjie flicked his wrist, and a piece of paper flew toward Tang Wulin like a sharp blade. Tang Wulin raised a hand to catch the piece of paper to discover that there was a long string of numbers written on it.

"That's my number. If you wish to consider my offer someday, you can call me at any time. Give me your number as well."

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