En Ci cast a meaningful glance at him and heaved a forlorn internal sigh. Shrek Academy and the Tang Sect were still far superior to Monster Academy in terms of cultivating talent. Only organizations with staggering foundations such as Shrek Academy and the Tang Sect could give rise to a freakish prodigy like Tang Wulin.
Following the conclusion of that astonishing third match, Tang Wulin had brought the Holy Spirit Douluo to the scene. In terms of healing abilities, no one in the Star Luo Empire, or even the entire Douluo Star, could compare with her.
The Holy Spirit Douluo had immediately repressed the dissipation of Tong Yu's soul, forcing it to remain in his body before taking him directly back to the Tang Sect for treatment.
Thankfully, all Limit Douluos had exceptional life force, so it was not that easy for them to die. On top of that, Tong Yu was only around 70 years of age, which was a prime age for Limit Douluos where they were at the height of their life force.
In that final instant during the match, Tang Wulin had held back with his right hand to prevent his own destructive aura from completely erupting within Tong Yu's body. As such, Tong Yu's life was saved, and during the process, that Five-elemental Qilin Bead was also fused back into his body.
Yali had borrowed a drop of Tang Wulin's blood to activate the divine beast Qilin bloodline within Tong Yu's body, thereby kicking off the self-regeneration process. As for whether he would be able to make a full recovery, that would be decided during the next few days.
"I'll be taking my leave to prepare for tomorrow's match, then, Your Majesty." Tang Wulin bade farewell to En Ci before returning to his own room.
There wasn't enough time in what remained of the night for him to digest the benefits he had reaped from his battle against Tong Yu. His top priority now was to recover to his peak physical condition for the fourth match.
Among the three matches that had already passed, this third one was the one that he had benefited the most from. Even though Tong Yu had been significantly weakened due to his manifestation of that Qilin Bead, his battle experience and utilization of soul power were all on a Limit Douluo level. Otherwise, Tang Wulin wouldn't have had such a hard time battling a Soul Master who barely possessed Hyper Douluo level powers.
The battle had lasted around an hour, and he had completely exhausted himself in all aspects. In the end, he had only managed to secure victory as the Qilin Douluo had run out of power, so he had been very fortunate. If the Qilin Douluo had fought him at his full power, Tang Wulin would've had no chance at all.
A relatively uneventful night passed by, and by the next day, the battle that had taken place the day before had become the hot topic on everyone's lips. The name of Qilin Douluo Tong Yu had also spread throughout the entire Star Luo Empire.
He wasn't a hero, nor was he a criminal. As was often the case in life, there were hidden circumstances behind many things. His story had drawn empathy and compassion from over 70% of all of the people who had witnessed it. As such, the special pardon that the empire granted him was met with majority support.
When everyone gradually began to calm down, they suddenly realized something: Over half of the Trial of Five Gods had already passed, and Tang Wulin was yet to suffer a defeat!
It was undoubtedly the case that the Qilin Douluo hadn't displayed true Limit Douluo level power, but those who had watched the battle unanimously agreed that it had still been an extremely tense and fierce contest.
During such a battle, Tang Wulin, who was only in his early twenties, had defeated the Qilin Douluo, which amounted to three consecutive victories for him to date!
Who could've predicted this would happen prior to the commencement of the Trial of Five Gods? In light of this, Dai Tianling found himself in a rather difficult position.
The reality was that the Tang Sect had already taken an unassailable lead, and as the emperor, the situation had become quite awkward for him. Tong Yu's name had become vastly renowned overnight due to his story, but Tang Wulin was now even more of a household name in the Star Luo Empire!
On top of that, the support behind him was growing day by day. Everyone wanted to support a winner, and the fact that he had secured three consecutive victories perfectly captured the imaginations of the citizens of the Star Luo Empire, who revered individual heroism.
The Tang Sect Master had everything. Youth, power, status, wealth; he was virtually the epitome of perfection, and his allure was far too great for the female audience. Furthermore, that allure extended to women of all ages, not just those who were around his age.
To all young people, a man like him was the perfect idol. During an analysis that was held following the battle, Dai Tianling discovered that the most replayed snippet of the third match wasn't the moment of Tong Yu's death. Instead, it was the scene of Tang Wulin with tears streaming down his face as he listened to Tong Yu's story.
There were already female superfans who were swooning over his compassion, and were yelling to the world that the Tang Sect Master was still so handsome even with tears flowing down his face.
There was also video footage that caught banners that read things such as "Tang Wulin is my god!" being held up by spectators in the stands. If things were to continue like this, he would most likely become even more popular and influential than the emperor at the conclusion of the Trial of Five Gods!
Dai Tianling's emotions toward Tang Wulin were very mixed. On one hand, he truly admired the power that Tang Wulin had displayed. It was downright unimaginable for a young man in his early twenties to achieve something like this.
However, it was also exactly because of this that he became rather wary of the Tang Sect. The current Tang Wulin was also such a brilliant talent; in a few more decades, he was virtually guaranteed to become the most powerful being in the entire world. Aside from his status as the Tang Sect Master, he was also Shrek Academy's Sea God's Pavilion Master. If he were to fulfill his potential, then the future rebuild of Shrek Academy would be inevitable. Furthermore, with those two all-important statuses that he occupied, it would be virtually impossible to draw him into the Star Luo Empire unless a special connection could be forged.
Thus, Dai Tianling couldn't help but think of his own daughter again. He was even thinking that if his daughter had acted more quickly, perhaps they would be a couple already.
Perhaps it wouldn't be too preposterous to allow his daughter to become Tang Wulin's concubine?
As soon as this thought sprang into his mind, he was struck by the urge to slap himself. She was an imperial princess! How could she resort to being someone's concubine?
No, he had to bring Tang Wulin down a notch no matter what. Otherwise, the momentum that he was gathering would become far too great, and that would be to the empire's detriment when they worked with the Tang Sect in the future.
What if all of the representatives for the Star Luo Empire during the negotiations were fans of Tang Wulin? During these past few days, he had virtually become the idol of the entire empire!
He wasn't the only one who harbored mixed feelings about Tang Wulin; the same could be said about En Ci, Zhang Geyang, the Smiling Douluo, and many other people. It was undoubtedly the case that after coming to the Star Luo Empire, Tang Wulin had made a name for himself in the shortest time possible, and proven to everyone that he was fit to represent the Tang Sect.
The influence of the Trial of Five Gods wasn't just limited to the Star Luo Empire; the effects were also felt in the Douluo Federation and Dou Spirit Empire.
Tang Wulin had appeared before everyone in a completely unreserved manner, and just as the Holy Spirit Douluo had said, it was time for him to step up and prepare to gather all of Shrek Academy's allies under his banner.
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