There were too many things that he had to do; he had to get back to the federation as soon as everything here was taken care of. With the weapons that the Tang Sect was going to supply to the Star Luo Empire, he was confident that the federation wouldn't dare to attack the empire without some careful consideration.
"Alright." Long Yuxue nodded in response while appraising him with a meaningful look in her eyes.
Looking at the young man before her, she couldn't help but feel as if she were in a dream. She could still remember the slightly downtrodden state that he had been in when he had first arrived at the Blood God Legion, but now, he was already close to standing at the pinnacle of this world.
Jiang Wuyue gently nudged her, and said in a hushed tone, "Isn't it painful to be looking at things that you can't have? Why don't you choose something that's readily available instead?"
"Shut up and eat your food!" All of the people present were powerful Soul Masters, so they had naturally heard what he had said. A deep blush immediately appeared on Long Yuxue's face, and she gave him a vicious glare while stomping firmly down onto his foot.
Amused looks appeared on everyone's faces, and Tang Wulin was also feeling rather awkward. He could only play dumb and pretend that he hadn't heard anything.
"What are your plans after today, Boss? Our battle against the Monster Eight Kings the other day was really anticlimactic; how about we arrange another sparring match after the Trial of Five Gods concludes? I'm sure Long Yue will participate this time," Xie Xie suggested in an eager voice.
Before Tang Wulin had a chance to reply, Yue Zhengyu interjected, "How are you so certain that Long Yue will be willing to participate? After seeing Captain's Trial of Five Gods, he probably doesn't even have the courage to challenge us anymore!"
Indeed, the powers that Tang Wulin had displayed during the Trial of Five Gods had already reached a level far beyond those of the Monster Eight Kings. In the face of such an outrageously powerful opponent, it really was difficult to muster up the courage to issue a challenge.
Tang Wulin smiled, and replied, "My plan is to cast aside all inhibitions."
Everyone exchanged several glances upon hearing this, and a smile appeared on Ye Xinglan's face as she said, "Sounds like a great plan; I'm really looking forward to seeing it in action."
The battle armor battle was going to be the most complete battle between Soul Masters, and it was the best opportunity for one to showcase their powers. Especially when faced with such a powerful opponent, each additional second that he managed to last was something for him to be proud of. Besides, he had already won all of the previous four matches in this Trial of Five Gods, and the deal between the Tang Sect and the Star Luo Empire was all but sealed. As such, all that was left for him to do was to cast aside all inhibitions and wholeheartedly enjoy this battle.
There was no extensive meticulous planning; in the face of such a powerful opponent, his sole objective was to display his powers to their fullest extent. As long as he could do that, he was satisfied, and he was confident that this match would definitely benefit him immensely.
As usual, the imperial sports stadium was packed to the rafters. This was going to be the final match of the Trial of Five Gods, so ticket prices had been bid up to an all-time high.
"Today is the battle armor match, right? Do you think Holy Dragon Douluo will be representing our empire?"
"If he does, there's no glory to be had even if we win."
"There's no need to read too deep into it; we already had a Limit Douluo representative in the third match, didn't we? Besides, this is just a friendly match between the Tang Sect and our empire; all I'm interested in is seeing a good show. It's not like this has anything to do with our conflict against the Douluo Federation; the Tang Sect is on far better terms with our empire than it is with the federation."
"You're right. Having said that, that Sect Master Tang really is badass! He's already won four consecutive matches! I asked my Soul Master friends for an appraisal, and they all say that his powers are at least comparable to a Hyper Douluo. On top of that, he has the backing of the Tang Sect, and that's why he was able to win so many matches. The Tang Sect's support was really apparent during the last weapons battle; those two spears and that spindle-shaped thing that he used were most likely all divine weapons. I wonder if he's going to bring out those divine weapons during the battle armor match today; I didn't even get a good look at them yesterday before the battle ended."
"Speaking of yesterday's battle, that was a really weird match. Sect Master Tang was disarmed from the get-go, but he suddenly brought out those massive hammers. How did he even manage to pick them up? Do you reckon they were hollow?"
"Are you stupid? Did you not see how powerful those things were? I'm really worried that the sports stadium will actually collapse if he uses those hammers while wearing his battle armor."
"That's not going to happen. There were people sighted at the sports stadium yesterday, working through the night to fortify the building. They brought over a lot of large defensive soul tools to make sure that no mishaps arise during today's battle."
"That's good to hear. Safety is number one at all times; if the stadium collapses, we'll be in big trouble."
"What do you mean by that? Are you implying that you have tickets?"
"I do! I bought tickets for all five matches in a package deal before the Trial of Five Gods had even begun, and they were quite cheap back then, especially compared to how expensive they are now."
"You have tickets?"
"You have tickets?!"
All types of discussions were being held around the imperial sports stadium, and the electric atmosphere threatened to set the air alight.
The final match of the Trial of Five Gods was about to commence.
On the rostrum in the sports stadium, Dai Tianling had arrived far earlier than he had the day before. He sat at the very center of the rostrum, looking out at the empty stadium with a serious expression.
The Smiling Douluo was the only one sitting by his side, while En Ci was absent from his designated seat.
"You should relax, Your Majesty; even I don't think our sect master has any chances in today's battle!" Hu Jie said with a smile.
Dai Tianling glanced at him, and asked, "Oh? Do you really think that?"
Hu Jie chuckled, "Of course! This is En Ci we're talking about, after all. I'm always bickering with him, but I have to admit that he's a little more powerful than I am. It's just a pity that he's not all that bright."
"..." Dai Tianling almost rolled his eyes upon hearing this. Would it kill Hu Jie not to insult En Ci? En Ci wasn't even here, and he was still throwing around such a snide remark!
Hu Jie turned toward the competition platform with a smile on his face. Following the conclusion of this match, Tang Wulin was going to return to the federation as soon as possible.
He had to admit that he was rather reluctant to see Tang Wulin go. It had become immensely enjoyable for him to witness the miracles that Tang Wulin was constantly creating. He was watching Tang Wulin grow and develop every single day while looking forward to the creation of even more miracles; this type of anticipation was something that he hadn't felt in many, many years.
Even though Tang Wulin had put on a scintillating performance during this Trial of Five Gods, the situation in the federation was still quite troublesome. There were many things that he had to face following his return, particularly due to his status as the Sea God's Pavilion Master of Shrek Academy.
All of these were shackles that were going to bind him, and he would have to work even harder to break these shackles.
After all, this wasn't 10,000 years ago, and it certainly wasn't 20,000 years ago, where the power of a single person could change the entire world. Compared to the federation, the Star Luo Empire was still lagging behind in this area. He could only hope that Tang Wulin would be able to create another miracle.
Regardless of whether it was reviving Shrek Academy or reinstating the former status of the Tang Sect in the federation, both were going to be monumental endeavors.
The atmosphere both inside and outside the sports stadium was one of unbridled excitement, and the number of banners in the spectator stands had virtually doubled compared to the day before. Furthermore, there were two distinct sides taken by the banners.
Some of them read things like "Long Live the Empire", and those clearly belonged to the spectators who didn't want to see the empire suffer a five-loss whitewash. In contrast, the members of the opposing faction were all holding up banners supporting Tang Wulin.
They were very accepting of the Tang Sect and were more interested in witnessing a miracle where a single man could secure the final victory in the Trial of Five Gods in this modern age. If Tang Wulin could achieve such a monumental feat, he would undoubtedly be celebrated as a hero by the entire Star Luo Empire. They were looking forward to the rise of a new hero, one who would epitomize the notion of individual heroism. After all, it had been at least 10,000 years since someone had successfully completed a Trial of Five Gods. This Trial of Five Gods wasn't a true clash between empires, but the Star Luo Empire had brought out the best that it had to offer.
Many people had naturally noticed that the Holy Dragon Douluo was absent from the rostrum, and thus, Tang Wulin's opponent for today was made quite obvious. Even though he was an exceptional rising star, it was still too much to ask of him to overcome a veteran Limit Douluo.
As Tang Wulin emerged from the waiting area with a faint smile on his face, he felt as if everything around him were different.Previous Chapter Next Chapter