Li Zheping nodded in response. "That will indeed make things easier; we'll be able to save time as we won't have to examine the properties of your mecha after the demonstration. Firstly, I'd like to welcome you on behalf of our mecha pilot association. Our vice-chairman who is responsible for this area was going to be in attendance as well, but something else came up at the last minute. Our chairman was also unable to make the time to come here, but all of them really wanted to meet you.
"The chairman specifically instructed me to invite you to join our mecha pilot association. Exceptional mecha pilots like yourself are in extremely high demand in our association; would you be willing to consider our offer?"
Tang Wulin asked, "What benefits would I receive if I were to join?"
Li Zheping faltered slightly in the face of Tang Wulin's brusque attitude, and he couldn't help but grumble internally about how rude these young people hailing from major families were.
Despite this, his smile didn't waver in the slightest as he replied, "With your powers and mecha piloting skills, we'll be able to organize a mecha pilot grading certificate for you right away. I'm sure you still haven't registered for such a certificate, right? With the certificate, you'll be recognized as a valued member in all of the branches of our association across the entire continent. You'll also be able to undertake missions released by our association if you choose to do so, and those missions all offer very good compensation upon completion.
"On top of that, our association periodically organizes some events for mecha pilots to meet up and exchange ideas. Mecha pilots of different grades will have access to different communication platforms, and I'm sure this will be of great help to you. Furthermore, as a high-grade mecha pilot, you'll receive a lot of support from our association in terms of resources."
Tang Wulin asked, "What grade mecha pilot will I be evaluated as?"
"If you can successfully complete the Gu Yuena Lightning Triangular Circuit, we can evaluate you as an eighth-grade mecha pilot right away. Theoretically speaking, the ability to execute such a skill is already enough for you to be evaluated as a ninth-grade mecha pilot, but there are many other prerequisites that have to be satisfied before one can reach that level. For example, a ninth-grade mecha pilot has to have achieved high placings in a certain number of known mecha competitions. However, due to the special nature of your case, we can make an exception and upgrade you to become a ninth-grade mecha pilot after you complete three missions for our association."
Li Zheping was clearly very eager for Tang Wulin to become involved with the mecha pilot association on a deeper level. Even though it was proclaimed that mechas could empower even ordinary people, everyone knew that truly powerful mecha pilots all had to be powerful Soul Masters as well. Only then would they possess the physical resistance required to use more powerful mechas and unleash more powerful skills, which was why Titled Douluos were extremely sought after by the association.
"Let's do the demonstration first," Tang Wulin replied in an intentionally nonchalant manner, but internally, he was considering his options. His fabricated identity as Yu Longyue was beginning to come under notice, and it would undoubtedly make this new identity more nuanced and realistic if he could earn some accolades for it. As such, it wouldn't be a bad thing to become a graded mecha pilot. However, he wasn't interested in becoming a ninth-grade mecha pilot, and nor did he intend to complete any missions for the mecha pilot association.
Soon, three black mechas were prepared for Tang Wulin to choose from. Due to the high degree of difficulty of the Gu Yuena Lightning Triangular Circuit maneuver, he would definitely be using a humanoid mecha, so all three of these mechas were humanoid in shape with different features and characteristics. None of these trial mechas were custom-made, so they were all quite generic and minimalistic.
The choice of mecha didn't really make much of a difference to Tang Wulin, so he chose one at random.
After entering the mecha, Tang Wulin quickly inspected its interior. As expected of a mecha from the mecha pilot association; even though it wasn't a custom made super mecha, its configuration was quite exceptional. After that, he briefly familiarized himself with the mecha and its tolerance limit, and he couldn't help but be amazed by some of the advanced equipment within the mecha.
"Are you ready, Your Majesty?" Li Zheping's voice sounded from within the communicator.
"I'm ready," Tang Wulin replied.
"Alright, we've cleared the venue, so you can begin at any time."
Li Zheping put down his communicator and appraised the black mecha within the trial venue from a separate room. All of the testing equipment was ready; as soon as Tang Wulin began, all types of data would be transmitted to Li Zheping.
He had seen footage of Tang Wulin's execution of the Gu Yuena Lightning Triangular Circuit, and he had been stunned by the maneuver. If it could really be reliably executed, then it would be a monumental skill in the field of mecha piloting.
Regardless of what caliber and type of battle was concerned, speed was the most important factor, and such incredible yet controllable speed could change an entire battlefield.
Right at this moment, the black mecha within the trial venue sprang into action. It rose up into the air amid a flash of light, having been lifted upward by the propellers on its back and beneath its feet.
The data stated that everything was normal, and that nothing out of the ordinary was happening.
Right as Li Zheping's brows furrowed slightly with befuddlement, the black mecha abruptly shuddered, and a peculiar buzzing sound rang out from within it. Immediately thereafter, the black mecha shot forth like a bolt of black lightning with all of its propellers operating at full power, and three thunderclaps rang out almost in complete unison.
A perfect black triangle of lightning was created in mid-air, and everything had taken place in the blink of an eye. If it weren't for the black afterimage left in the wake of the mecha, it would be as if it had never moved at all.
"Thump!" A sonic boom rang out as the black mecha exceeded the sound barrier, yet as the sonic boom erupted, it had already stopped.
The buzzing within the mecha became even more intense, but it didn't explode like that generic yellow mecha in the Bright City Sports Stadium.
Everything returned to normal, and it was as if nothing had ever happened. The black mecha slowly descended onto the ground, and Li Zheping couldn't help but gulp in a flabbergasted manner.
That was it? That was it?!
He hadn't made any preparatory movements, and he hadn't even allowed the mecha to warm up properly, nor had he spend much time to familiarize himself with the mecha, yet the maneuver had been completed!
How had he managed to withstand the impact from such sharp directional changes executed at such an insane speed?
According to the data transmitted to Li Zheping, an enormous amount of impact had to be withstood by the mecha pilot while executing Gu Yuena Lightning Triangular Circuit, and even the average Titled Douluo may not be able to withstand it.
However, Tang Wulin had managed to do it without even any warm up, which meant that his physical resistance was at an extremely formidable level.
Even more data was quickly flickering across the screen like rain, displaying all types of statistical changes that took place during the execution of the maneuver, and the results were downright staggering.
The data stated that the highest speed that Tang Wulin had reached was over thrice the speed of sound, which was over twice as fast as the maximum speed he had reached in the examination.
The increase in speed was easy to explain as black mechas were simply far superior to yellow mechas, but with this drastic increase in speed, his body would have to withstand at least thrice the impact compared to when he first executed the maneuver.
Was he really still a human? Where did his limit lie?
As expected of a super martial soul that had been in existence since ancient times, the Blue Lightning Tyrant Dragon martial soul was truly extraordinary!
The mecha pilot room was opened, and Tang Wulin jumped out in a nonchalant manner. There was a faint charred scent in the air, which was a result of the flying through air molecules at an excessive speed.Previous Chapter Next Chapter