Tang Wulin stared at Zang Xin in a flabbergasted manner. Never did he think that Zang Xin would have this up his sleeve! These Limit Douluos of the older generation truly were extraordinary people!
Zang Xin continued, "During my battle against the Dark Phoenix Douluo, I could sense that there was clearly something wrong with her. Her personality is completely different from what it was like in the past, and from our conversation, I deduced that this was most likely due to her love for Yun Ming ultimately breeding resentment, thereby resulting in a warping of her personality. Also, I've verified that she participated in the Shrek Academy bombing. She unintentionally revealed to me that she had taken Yun Ming's soul so he could be with her, which is obviously an extremely twisted thought process."
Tang Wulin asked, "Your Majesty, can someone's soul really continue to survive even after they've lost their physical body?"
Zang Xin replied, "That's impossible for normal people, of course, but for demigod level Limit Douluos, it's a distinct possibility. You weren't born in our generation, so perhaps you're unaware of exactly how powerful Yun Ming was. Come to think of it, you remind me of a young Yun Ming. At the time, he was invincible among his peers, and his power combined with his Shrek Academy background attracted him a lot of attention from many exceptional female Soul Masters. The sisters, Dark Phoenix Douluo Leng Yaolai and Heavenly Phoenix Douluo Leng Yaozhu, were both deeply in love with him. You've met the Heavenly Phoenix Douluo, right? She's the vice-chairman of the Spirit Pagoda."
"Hah?" Tang Wulin was stunned to hear this. He had only seen the Dark Phoenix Douluo in her martial soul true body form, so he was unaware of how much she resembled Leng Yaozhu, which was why he was so surprised to hear that they were sisters.
"Both of them fell in love with Yun Ming back in the day, and Yun Ming was quite fond of them as well. However, it was exactly because of him that cracks began to appear in their sisterly bond. Who would've thought that Yun Ming would choose neither of them and pick the Holy Spirit Douluo in the end? Leng Yaozhu left with a broken heart, and Leng Yaolai refused to accept this for a while, but I don't know exactly what happened to her after that. Judging from the current situation, Yun Ming's rejection must've hurt her more than I thought.
"At the time, Yun Ming really was a womanizer. He became the Sea God's Pavilion Master solely through his own power, and he reached the Titled Douluo, Hyper Douluo, and Limit Douluo levels at 23, 26, and 31 years of age, respectively. In doing so, he created miracles and was compared to the likes of the founder of the Tang Sect, Thousand Hand Douluo Tang San, and the founder of the Spirit Pagoda, Spirit Ice Douluo Huo Yuhao. Everyone, including Yun Ming himself, was of the opinion that he would've definitely been able to ascend to the Divine Realm had it not ceased to exist.
"I'm sure you've seen how youthful Yun Ming has been able to remain despite his age. Among the Limit Douluos of his generation, very few are like him. Cao Dezhi and I have only been able to maintain our youthful appearances as we had consumed some spirit items from the Ice Fire Yin Yang Well, yet he was able to maintain his appearance through his powers alone. Cao Dezhi, Yun Ming, and I are all Limit Douluos and four-word battle armors masters, but I would have to join forces with Cao Dezhi to just barely get an upper hand over Yun Ming, and that slight advantage wouldn't even be enough for us to defeat him.
"Godslayer missiles are far more fearsome than you can imagine. If Yun Ming hadn't nullified most of the power from the explosion, there's no way your peers would've had enough time to escape into the underground sanctuary. Hence, he was the one who gave everyone a second chance at life. If he didn't have to worry about everyone else, that Godslayer missile may not even have been enough to kill him. On top of that, the Dark Phoenix Douluo disclosed to me that both of the two emperors of the Holy Spirit Cult had been involved in the Shrek Academy bombing, and Yun Ming had to face them while nullifying the power of the explosion. Otherwise, he would've been able to save even more people."
This was the first time that Tang Wulin had heard someone describe Atlas Douluo Yun Ming's power, and the fact that he was able to contend with the Heartless Douluo and Amorous Douluo on his own was sufficient testament to just how formidable he was.
"He was widely accepted as the most powerful being on the entire continent at the time, and he reigned supreme in all departments. With his spiritual power, it's quite normal that his soul has managed to survive to this point. On top of that, I'm sure he has certain methods that allow him to prevent the Holy Spirit Cult from making use of his soul. He won't be able to become the Atlas Douluo of old even if we recover his soul, but he'll still have huge symbolic importance for Shrek Academy. At the very least, Holy Spirit Douluo Yali's mood would surely be lifted significantly."
Tang Wulin asked, "Has the Holy Spirit Cult agreed to this?"
Zang Xin nodded in response. "They have no choice. The Dark Phoenix Douluo is one of the four heavenly monarchs, so she's extremely important to the Holy Spirit Cult. With her aptitude, there's a decent chance that she'll become a Limit Douluo in the future. Compared to the soul that they can't exploit, it's quite clear that Leng Yaolai is more important to them. On top of that, Leng Yaolai is carrying a divine tool that the Holy Spirit Cult can't afford to abandon, so they demanded that I return both her and the divine tool to them."
"Are you referring to that spatial tool?" Tang Wulin had also witnessed the extraordinary abilities of the Divine Space Time Shuttle. This was a spatial tool that could swallow massive military vehicles whole!
Zang Xin nodded with a smile. "Exactly. However, I'm not going to be handing it over to them that easily. The agreement we've made is that I'll return the Dark Phoenix Douluo to them first, and they have to announce responsibility for the attack, and also ensure that the war doesn't commence within a year. We'll only return the Divine Space Time Shuttle if a war doesn't break out in a year, and in return, they'll give us Yun Ming's soul. "
Tang Wulin faltered slightly upon hearing this. "Your Majesty, the Atlas Douluo's soul is more important!"
It was only a soul and not an actual Limit Douluo, but Yun Ming bore far too much symbolic importance for Shrek Academy. This was something immeasurable, and even a divine tool couldn't compare.
Zang Xin replied, "I've considered this matter carefully and also discussed this with the Holy Spirit Douluo; we've both arrived at the decision that this is the best way to do things. It'll delay the recovery of Yun Ming's soul, but this spatial divine tool will be very important to you in your upcoming trip to the two empires. With this tool, you'll always have a backup plan that you can fall back on."
"Yun Ming's soul? What's this all about?" Right at this moment, a surprised voice rang out, and light flashed as Light Dark Douluo Long Yeyue appeared. She had already reverted back to her normal elderly form, and the altercation she had just had with Chen Xinjie didn't appear to have affected her at all.
Zang Xin's expression stiffened at the sight of her sudden arrival, and an awkward look appeared in his eyes.
"Hmph!" Long Yeyue slammed the bottom of her cane into the ground and appraised Zang Xin with an intense gaze.
A resigned look appeared on Zang Xin's face. "I had no choice, Elder Long; I had to make multiple plans and implement them all at once. Besides, it's about time we let Chen Xinjie know that you're still alive. Otherwise, he'll continue to act as a major hindrance in our efforts to prevent this war from happening."
Long Yeyue remained silent and continued to appraise him with a cold expression.
Zang Xin was squirming a little as he continued, "Er, I still have some matters to attend to regarding the exchange with the Holy Spirit Cult; let's talk later."
He then immediately vanished amid a flash of light.
Long Yeyue didn't give chase, and following Zang Xin's departure, the enraged aura emanating from her body abated slightly. She then cast her gaze toward Tang Wulin, who didn't dare to ask Long Yeyue how her meeting with Chen Xinjie had gone.
Long Yeyue said, "I'm going back to the Tang Sect. Go to Chen Xinjie and tell him that you're my disciple. If you want him to do something, then just tell him directly. If he asks you where I am, tell him that I won't see him unless Shrek Academy gets rebuilt."
Her body swayed as her voice trailed off, and she also vanished on the spot.
Tang Wulin didn't even get a chance to say anything before both of the Limit Douluos departed. After hearing about the Atlas Douluo's relationship history from Zang Xin just now, he certainly didn't envy those of the older generation!
An image of Gu Yuena reappeared in his mind, and he reflexively closed his hand around the pendant hanging from his neck.
Gu Yue, we'll be together unlike our seniors, right? Are you doing this because of the Spirit Pagoda or because I'm not powerful enough? I'll work hard; I'll become a Titled Douluo as quickly as possible, then go to find you!
Right at this moment, the surrounding air suddenly tightened, and light flashed, following which a flustered Chen Xinjie abruptly appeared. He initially faltered slightly at the sight of Tang Wulin before immediately grabbing onto Tang Wulin's arm.
"Did you see her?" Long Yeyue's remnant aura was lingering here, and he had already gotten here as quickly as he could, but she was still nowhere to be found.
Tang Wulin nodded in confirmation.
"Where did she go?" Chen Xinjie asked in an urgent manner. Long Yeyue had used some kind of secret technique that had completely masked her aura to him.
Tang Wulin replied, "I am Elder Long's disciple, and she told me that I can state any request to you. She also said..."
Tang Wulin paused here as he wasn't sure whether it was a good idea to deal Chen Xinjie another blow in his current emotional state.Previous Chapter Next Chapter