Chapter 1604: First Battle

Qiangu Dongfeng replied with a confident smile, "We can keep the seven one-on-one matches, but I think we should add three two-on-two matches and a seven-on-seven match on top of that. Each person can only feature in one one-on-one or two-on-two match, and the one-on-one and two-on-two matches will be worth one point each, while the seven-on-seven match will be worth three points. The side that ends up with the most points will emerge victorious. If we win, Shrek Academy has to return our divine-grade mecha and pay for our damages.

"Shrek’s Seven Monsters have always been the most powerful force Shrek Academy has to offer; surely you wouldn't turn down the two-on-two and seven-on-seven matches. Oh, and seeing as these sparring matches are taking place between our two academies, people of the Tang Sect shouldn't be allowed to participate, right?"

It was clear that Qiangu Dongfeng was targeting Zang Xin and Cao Dezhi with his last sentence.

Tang Wulin's brows furrowed slightly as a contemplative look appeared in his eyes.

His voice was clearly audible to everyone, and this was a massive proposition.

It seemed to only be a sparring match, but this was a direct clash of power between Shrek Academy and the Spirit Pagoda. The terms of the bet were completely inconsequential, but the outcome of this clash was going to determine which was the superior academy.

"You're not scared, are you, Sect Master Tang?" Qiangu Dongfeng goaded.

A cold light flashed through Tang Wulin's eyes. "I'd like to propose another change. If you ask me, two-on-two matches should be worth two points. Aside from that, I agree to your proposal."

"Alright, I'm willing to accept that," Qiangu Dongfeng replied without any hesitation. Due to the fact that no one could participate in multiple one-on-one or two-on-two matches, a lineup of 13 people would have to be mustered up for those matches. The same people were eligible to participate in the final seven-on-seven match, but by then, the match would've most likely already been decided.

Without the Tang Sect's support, Qiangu Dongfeng was confident that the depth of Shrek Academy was inferior to that of Spirit Academy. He had dared to come to Shrek Academy, so of course he had some trump cards up his sleeve.

Tang Wulin asked, "How will the selection sequence be decided?"

Qiangu Dongfeng replied, "That's simple. For the first match, you select your combatant first, then we select first for the second match, and so on."

Tang Wulin countered, "In order to ensure fairness, we should select our combatants simultaneously. We'll have a countdown clock, and both sides will send their combatants up to battle in the sky in unison."

Qiangu Dongfeng nodded in response. "Alright, that'll work too."

In his mind, Tang Wulin had lost as soon as he had agreed to this bet.

"I'll give you 10 minutes to prepare; the first match will begin in 10 minutes," Qiangu Dongfeng said as he retreated into the distance, while Tang Wulin and the others also returned to Shrek Academy. 

The downtrodden reporters had become extremely excited. Was there anything that could be more exciting than this?

This was a clash between the most powerful beings of Shrek Academy and the Spirit Pagoda!

All of the reporters over at Spirit Academy were flocking to Shrek Academy as quickly as they could after receiving news of this.

Of course, they would only dare to record footage from afar. This was a clash between extremely powerful beings; even the shockwaves could easily kill the reporters.

A faint smile appeared on Tang Wulin's face as a cold look surfaced in his eyes. Both sides were working out the sequences to send out their combatants, and this was both a clash of power and a battle of intelligence.

Registration was still under way at Shrek Academy, but none of the parents and students were interested in registering anymore. All of them had sat down in the distance to await the commencement of this once-in-a-lifetime clash.

10 minutes quickly passed by, and Tang Wulin and Qiangu Dongfeng emerged from their respective sides to face one another.

"Three, two, one, begin!"

As the countdown timer ran out, one person from each side flew directly up into the sky.

The Spirit Pagoda had sent out a nondescript-looking middle-aged man who was very ordinary both in appearance and figure.

However, as he rose up into the air, he released a total of nine black soul rings, reflecting his power as a Titled Douluo.

This first match was an opportunity for both sides to test one another, as well as to set the tone for the rest of the clash. The winning side would undoubtedly have their morale raised, while the opposite would apply to the losing side.

The one chosen by Shrek Academy was Lan Muzi, who was far less renowned to the outside world than Shrek’s Seven Monsters.

His age was actually around the same as Wu Zhangkong's, but he was nowhere near as cold and forbidding as Wu Zhangkong was. Instead, he always wore a benevolent smile and got along well with everyone in the academy.

Prior to the destruction of Shrek City, he was already very popular in the inner court, and even without that disaster, he would've definitely become a member of the Sea God's Pavilion sooner or later.

Lan Muzi slowly rose up into the air, and it was as if there were a cloud beneath his feet carrying him to greater heights.

Up to this point, he still hadn't released his martial soul or his soul rings, and even now, he still wore a faint, warm smile.

Both sides had their attention fixed on one another as they rose up into the air. Faint light was flashing within Lan Muzi's eyes, while the man from the Spirit Pagoda wore a solemn expression, and a pair of battle axes had appeared in his hand as he released his martial soul.

The axes were of a crimson color and were giving off a faint scent of blood and gore. As soon as these battle axes had appeared, a burst of fierce killing intent had also erupted out of the man's body.

"Bloodlust Douluo Yun Tianheng!" Lan Muzi exclaimed.

Even though this was Lan Muzi's first time seeing this man, his Bloodlust Battle Axes were far too renowned, making him very easily identifiable.

Yun Tianheng smiled, and his ordinary facial features suddenly became very menacing; even his eyes had turned a crimson color.

This Bloodlust Douluo was extremely vastly renowned in the Soul Master world. His martial soul was the Bloodlust Battle Ax, and he had studied in Shrek Academy in his formative years.

He had passed the examination to be accepted into the outer court with flying colors, and it had only taken him four years to become a one-word battle armor master and graduate from the outer court.

It appeared that he was destined to become an exceptional inner court disciple, and his mentors had all been full of praise toward him, thinking that he was going to become a pillar of the inner court.

This Bloodlust Douluo was currently roughly 60 years of age and had attended Shrek Academy even before Lan Muzi had been born. However, he only stayed in the inner court for a total of around half a year before he was expelled.

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