Tang Wulin turned to the Smiling Douluo in a slightly surprised manner. He didn't think that Hu Jie would be so supportive of him from the very beginning; this was a very good sign! With Hu Jie's support, his position as Tang Sect Master would become a lot more secure. At the same time, it would make it much easier for him to do what he wanted to do here in the Star Luo Empire.
"Sect Master, there's something that I have to remind you of: the Star Luo Empire is different from the Dou Spirit Empire. During these past years, the Star Luo Empire has been developing very quickly. They hold soul technology in very high regard, and at the same time, they are a fighting empire with an extremely high Soul Master population; the Dou Spirit Empire simply can't compare. Furthermore, the Star Luo Empire holds individual power and heroism in extremely high regard, so as the Tang Sect Master, there's a very good chance that they'll issue a challenge to you."
Tang Wulin nodded in response. He had already anticipated this situation. Back when he had first visited the Star Luo Empire, he had already sensed the general reverence toward power here. The Star Luo Empire's Monster Academy couldn't compare with Shrek Academy, but it was still an extremely powerful academy, and the principal was a Limit Douluo.
"Do you know what kind of challenge they'll propose?" Tang Wulin asked.
Hu Jie shook his head in response. "I'm not sure, but Dai Tianling met with En Ci on at least two separate occasions during the past few days, most likely to discuss this exact matter. In any case, it definitely won't be a simple challenge. The Spirit Pagoda's status is inferior to that of our Tang Sect here in the Star Luo Empire, but the fact that they can provide soul spirits makes them an undeniable force. It won't be easy for us to convince the Star Luo Empire to completely stand with us and believe that the Spirit Pagoda is colluding with the Holy Spirit Cult."
Tang Wulin nodded upon hearing this. The Star Luo Empire revered power, and their rapid development had allowed them to build up a powerful foundation, as well as a lot of confidence. As such, they weren't necessarily fearful of a war. At the very least, they would be able to put up a good fight.
Hu Jie continued, "I can sense that you possess immense spiritual power; may I ask what your actual power level is?"
He was aware of Tang Wulin's true age, so he had naturally been skeptical of this extraordinarily young sect master. The spiritual power that Tang Wulin had displayed had given him quite a huge shock, and he had begun to understand why Tang Wulin had been selected to be the Tang Sect Master at such a young age.
Hu Jie was already an extremely prodigious cultivator, but even now, he still hadn't managed to attain a spiritual domain. In contrast, Tang Wulin was only in his early twenties, and he had never heard of anyone reach such an incredible level of spiritual power at such a young age.
Even Atlas Douluo Yun Ming, who had been the undisputed most powerful being on the entire continent, hadn't been able to achieve such an incredible feat.
Tang Wulin pauses momentarily before replying, "I only recently became a Soul Douluo, but in terms of combat prowess, I shouldn't be inferior to any three-word battle armor master."
Hu Jie's eyes lit up upon hearing this. Tang Wulin had spoken in a very calm manner, but Hu Jie could hear the strong sense of self-confidence in his voice.
Three-word battle armor masters covered a very broad spectrum. One could attain a suit of three-word battle armor after becoming a Soul Sage, but suits of three-word battle armor were extremely difficult to create, so it was most often the case that only Soul Masters at or above the Soul Douluo level would be able to obtain such a suit of battle armor.
Furthermore, it was even more difficult for a three-word battle armor master to upgrade to a suit of four-word battle armor, and almost all four-word battle armor masters were at or above the Hyper Douluo level. There were no Divine Blacksmiths in the entire Star Luo Empire, so aside from En Ci, who had managed to create a suit of four-word battle armor using special methods as a Limit Douluo, almost all of the battle armor masters below the Limit Douluo level were only three-word battle armor masters.
Tang Wulin may not be able to oppose Limit Douluos yet, but with the confidence he had displayed, there was at least a good chance that he would be a match for a Hyper Douluo. Furthermore, Hu Jie had heard that Tang Wulin had adopted a special form and killed the Dou Spirit Empire's Spirit Pagoda branch chairman, who was most likely also a Hyper Douluo. This instilled him with a lot of confidence.
Even at such a young age, Tang Wulin already possessed such incredible power; he was definitely going to become the Tang Sect's next Limit Douluo within 10 years. If he could become a Limit Douluo before turning 30, then he could lead the Tang Sect for well over 100 years.
Overall, he was very pleased with Tang Wulin. The decision made by the two palace masters seemed a little rash, but how could they expect to keep an extraordinary talent like Tang Wulin without giving him a sufficient reason to stay?
"That should be enough," Hu Jie chuckled as he patted his own massive stomach.
Tang Wulin suddenly turned to him, and said, "Hall Master Hu, I've heard a lot about your resounding reputation; would you be able to enlighten me in my cultivation? I've recently made some progress, and I would be greatly honored if you could offer me some guidance."
Guidance? Hu Jie's smile widened even further as he turned to Tang Wulin.
It was quite clear that Tang Wulin was trying to put him at ease through his actions, and Hu Jie found this to be very interesting. In reality, Tang Wulin's proposal had already further fueled Hu Jie's confidence in him.
"I wouldn't dare to say that I can provide you with any guidance, but I'm certainly open to a sparring match. When we get to the Tang Sect, there will be a designated venue for sparring. I'm also very much looking forward to seeing your abilities for myself, Sect Master."
In reality, Hu Jie had misconstrued Tang Wulin's words. Tang Wulin wasn't trying to display his powers to him. Instead, he really did require some guidance as the drastic improvements he had recently made had left him feeling slightly lost. After making so many breakthroughs, even he wasn't sure where the limits of his own powers laid; he could only roughly estimate that his current powers should be able to match those of a Hyper Douluo with no issues.
The Smiling Douluo was a rank 98 Hyper Douluo and also possessed twin martial souls, so he stood at the very pinnacle of all Hyper Douluos. As such, it would be a great opportunity for Tang Wulin to be able to spar with him, and it would also be very beneficial to his endeavor to integrate all of his abilities.
The Star Luo Continent was slightly larger than the Douluo Continent, and there was quite some distance from the shore to Star Luo City. Only after night had fallen did the motorcade finally arrive in Star Luo City before continuing on toward the Tang Sect headquarters located in the city.
Along the way, all of the cars that noticed the Tang Sect motorcade would merge into different lanes to make way for them, and some of the drivers would even honk their horns as a gesture of acknowledgment and admiration.
Tang Wulin couldn't help but heave an internal sigh upon seeing this. Back on the Douluo Continent, the Tang Sect had been reduced to an underground organization, yet here in the Star Luo Empire, the Tang Sect was at the height of its powers. At the same time, this instilled him with an even greater sense of respect toward the Smiling Douluo. Without his efforts, the Tang Sect wouldn't have attained such a lofty status in the Star Luo Empire.
The motorcade drove into the Tang Sect headquarters, and there were already many of the Tang Sect's high-ranking members waiting for them.
After getting out of the car, Hu Jie introduced all of these people to Tang Wulin one by one. The Tang Sect here in the Star Luo Empire was far more powerful than the Tang Sect in the Dou Spirit Empire, and Tang Wulin was introduced to over 12 Titled Douluos by Hu Jie.
This was an astonishingly formidable lineup!
Separate rooms had already been organized in the Tang Sect Headquarters in advance for everyone to stay in.
"You can go and rest first, Sect Master; I'll send someone to deliver all of the information about the Star Luo Empire to you later. Tomorrow morning, the Star Luo Empire will send their fourth prince, Dai Yueyan, to come and see you for a preliminary meeting, and the day after that will be when the official meeting with the imperial family will be held."
Dai Yueyan? Wasn't that one of Dai Yun'er's elder brothers and one of Monster's Eight Kings? If he recalled correctly, Dai Yueyan's nickname seemed to be Tiger King.
It seemed that the past Monster's Eight Kings had all begun to climb up the social ladder in the Star Luo Empire. Tang Wulin couldn't help but wonder what Long Yue was currently doing. Perhaps he was still in Monster Academy.
The thought of Dai Yun'er then crept into his mind, and his heart was immediately filled with a series of complex emotions. He could still clearly recall the sadness and pain in Dai Yun'er's eyes following his rejection, but love was not something that could be forced.
Dai Yun'er was also a member of the Tang Sect, so she was most likely aware of his visit.
Back in the Dragon Valley, they had banded together and journeyed all the way to the dragon tomb. It was most likely during this time that she had fallen in love with him.
She was a good girl, but unfortunately, he already had Gu Yue, who was now Gu Yuena. Deep down, Tang Wulin still wanted to meet her to see if she was currently doing well, but at the same time, he was a little scared to see her again.
"Hall Master Hu, organize our sparring match for tonight. The schedule will become rather hectic starting from tomorrow, and I'm worried that I may not have time for a sparring match before we meet the royal family in two days. Also, I would like my friends to be able to spectate the match. If you'd like, you can invite the high-ranking members of the Tang Sect to spectate as well. Hopefully, our match will be able to inspire them."Previous Chapter Next Chapter