Chapter 1254: News, Plan

This was downright terrifying! He had only ever experienced this feeling before in the presence of the Heartless Douluo and the Amorous Douluo, and it felt to him that Tang Wulin had fused even more completely into the surrounding area than those two Limit Douluos could. This entailed that he had a deeper understanding of the secrets and order of this world.

How could a young man in his twenties possibly have developed such an in-depth understanding of the entire plane?

Of course, Tang Wulin hadn't actually achieved this, and nor did he need to work toward this goal. He had been blessed by the ruler of the plane, so he was naturally able to reach this level without having to make any effort, and that was his biggest advantage.

Li Yun took a deep breath and began to stand guard beside Tang Wulin. He didn't know what Tang Wulin was searching for, but he firmly believed that with his level of spiritual power, there was no way that he was just an ordinary Soul Sage. It was no wonder that he was able to become the current sect master. It was downright preposterous to consider that someone could reach the Spirit Domain realm in their twenties! At the very least, he had never heard of anyone like this.

He was even more stunned by Tang Wulin's spiritual power than when he had learned that Tang Wulin was both the Tang Sect Master and the Sea God's Pavilion Master. After all, in the world of Soul Masters, power reigned supreme.

Tang Wulin's spiritual power quickly encompassed the entire hotel before spreading into the distance, scouring through the entire surrounding area and searching for those familiar auras.

He was confident that with the bloodline connection he shared with his parents, he would be able to find them, even though they had been apart for over 10 years. This hotel was already very close to where the Spirit Pagoda was situated, so he would definitely be able to sense the presence of his parents as long as they were in this branch of the Spirit Pagoda.

Time passed by slowly, and Tang Wulin's spiritual power finally reached its limit after encompassing an area with a diameter of over 10 kilometers. This was the extent of his sensory range, and keeping this up was extremely taxing for both his brain and mind, so he wouldn't be able to keep this up for long.

However, he still hadn't detected his parents' auras, nor could he sense any bloodline connections. How could this be? Could it be that Teacher Mang Tian had been mistaken?

When he opened his eyes again, his gaze was tinged with a hint of exhaustion and resignation.

If they weren't in Spirit Wave City, then searching for his parents on this continent would be like searching for a needle in a haystack!

On top of that, he couldn't contact Mang Tian here, so he wouldn't be able to secure any further useful information. Prior to coming here, Tang Wulin had already confirmed the information he had with Mang Tian on multiple occasions, but all of his efforts seemed to have gone in vain, and that was rather disheartening to him.

"Did you fail to find them?" Li Yun could tell from Tang Wulin's expression that his search hadn't yielded the desired results.

Tang Wulin nodded before asking, "Hall Master Li, do you know if the Spirit Pagoda has any secret research centers in this Spirit Wave City?"

"Secret research centers? Like for weapons?" Li Yun asked.

Tang Wulin replied, "I'm not sure, but it should be for weaponry research."

Li Yun nodded without any hesitation in response. "I know that there's definitely a secret research center in Spirit Wave City. In reality, our Tang Sect has also been constantly searching for this research center so we can plant some spies and see just what the Spirit Pagoda is up to. Aside from our Tang Sect, the Spirit Pagoda is the organization that purchases the most resources from the Dou Spirit Empire. Due to the fact that they're the developers of soul spirits, their status is not inferior to that of our Tang Sect in the Dou Spirit Empire, and they're even more influential than us in the world of Soul Masters."

"Where is their secret research center situated? Do we have any leads?" Tang Wulin asked. Just because he was unable to find something with his spiritual power didn't mean that it didn't exist. It was quite likely that there were some secretive places that could keep out spiritual power detection.

Li Yun replied, "We can basically confirm that this secret research center is situated in Spirit Wave City, but we don't know exactly where it is. The Spirit Pagoda has kept the research center hidden very well, but according to the information that we've gathered, we think that it's most likely situated within the Spirit Pagoda or underground beneath the Spirit Pagoda branch. Those would be the safest places."

Tang Wulin was enlightened to hear this. "If it's situated underground, then it's only natural that my spiritual power would fail to detect it. Hall Master Li, there's something I should tell you; I'm actually searching for my parents. When I was only 10 years old, they were abducted by some people and taken to the Dou Spirit Continent to conduct some kind of research. They can only occasionally contact the Douluo Continent, and I was only made aware recently that they're most likely being controlled by the Spirit Pagoda.

"Hence, I have to save them before we begin negotiations with the royal family here. This is technically a private matter, so I won't ask the Tang Sect and the academy to help me here; I'll only bring along a few of my friends to conduct the search, but I hope you can assist me by providing the relevant information that I need to know."

He revealed his objective to Li Yun as he knew that if he wanted to find his parents in this completely unfamiliar place, he would definitely require Li Yun's assistance.

Li Yun faltered slightly upon hearing this before immediately nodding in response. "That's very understandable. I didn't think that there was such a motive behind your decision. Rest assured, Sect Master, I'll think of a way for you. We've actually been constantly trying to search for and infiltrate this research center as well, and according to the information we've gathered, this research center is most likely developing a special type of weapon. It should be related to us Soul Masters, but we don't know exactly what it is. However, the fact that the Spirit Pagoda is pouring so much effort and resources into its development clearly indicates that it's not going to be some ordinary weapon. I'll contact the people from the Tang Sect branch here right away, if I receive any useful information, I'll relay it to you right away."

"I'll leave it to you, then." Tang Wulin heaved an internal sigh of relief. This was a private matter, so Li Yun was most likely only willing to help him due to his connection with the Holy Spirit Douluo.

Li Yun did things very efficiently, and he returned to Tang Wulin's room that same night.

"We have a spy planted in the Spirit Pagoda; you can disguise yourself to look like him and infiltrate their branch. He can confirm that there is indeed a secret research center beneath the Spirit Pagoda branch, but he's not authorized to enter it, so he doesn't know what kind of place it is. However, it's quite possible that this is the secret research center that you're searching for."

Tang Wulin's eyes immediately lit up. "That's fantastic news!"

Li Yun continued, "He drew up a map that will show you the general scope of where the entrance is; you can infiltrate the Spirit Pagoda by borrowing his identity to search for that place, but there's going to be some risk involved."

Tang Wulin nodded in response. "How powerful is this Spirit Pagoda branch?"

Li Yun replied, "Very powerful. Heaven Dou City is the center of our sphere of influence, so overall, we're more powerful than the Spirit Pagoda there, but the Spirit Pagoda is more secretive, so we can't accurately gauge just how much power they have up their sleeve. What we do know is that this branch is essentially the Spirit Pagoda headquarters on the Dou Spirit Empire, and there are at least five Titled Douluos situated in there, of which at least two are Hyper Douluos. On top of that, it's also guarded by a large number of other powerful Soul Masters, and the internal defense systems are also quite highly developed. As such, if your cover gets blown, you could get trapped and surrounded very quickly."

Tang Wulin nodded in response. "I understand. We'll make a detailed plan so we can infiltrate the Spirit Pagoda headquarters while minimizing the chances of being discovered. Please give me the information regarding this spy that we've planted, and I'll begin emulating his mannerisms."

"Alright!"

...... 

On the top floor of the Spirit Pagoda's Spirit Wave City branch.

The entire top floor was a single spacious hall, and the center of which a large round table was situated. Around the table sat all of the higher-ups of the Spirit Pagoda on the Dou Spirit Continent.

The person sitting at the head of the table was a handsome elderly man who appeared to be in his sixties, and he gave off quite an intimidating presence even just sitting still in his chair.

Aside from him, there were six more people, and these seven were collectively known as the seven most powerful Spirit Pagoda members of the Dou Spirit Empire.

"Branch Chairman, who are these important figures being sent here by the headquarters? Are they sending people to supervise us or are they here to oversee the imminent war? At the very least, it has to seem like we're adopting a neutral stance on the surface; we can't make our allegiances clear to the general public. Otherwise, if the federation is unable to conquer the Dou Spirit Empire, we'll be in some trouble," a middle-aged man said.

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