As such, he had constantly been striving to improve, constantly shedding more blood, sweat, and tears than anyone else. All of Shrek’s Seven Monsters were very exceptional, as evidenced by their incredible powers at their young ages.
They were admired and envied by everyone, but all of them had their own stories, and only they knew just how much hard work and effort had been required to reach their current levels.
That steamer in the sky was a manifestation of Xu Lizhi's consistent hard work over many years. He had always known that his aptitude in battle was far from exceptional, so he had to walk a different path from everyone else if he wanted to possess outstanding combat prowess.
Right at this moment, the loudest explosion yet rang out, and the lid of the steamer was flung up into the air.
Qiangu Dongfeng reflexively took a step forward upon seeing this. Had Da Mo finally struggled free?
However, as opposed to Da Mo, what flew out of the steamer was a massive purplish-black stuffed bun.
The stuffed bun crashed down from the heavens, exploding violently as soon as it struck the ground.
Up above, Xu Lizhi had reverted back to his human form, and his battle armor had already been withdrawn.
His face was slightly pale, but his fists were tightly clenched, and his eyes were full of excitement.
In the wake of the massive stuffed bun's explosion, an unconscious figure was revealed within the deep crater; it was none other than Da Mo.
However, he was currently in a very pitiful state. His battle armor was in tatters, and all of the pieces were either broken or severely dented.
A faint smile appeared on Xu Lizhi's face as he descended back to the Shrek Academy camp.
Shrek Academy had secured victory in the fifth match, and the score was three to two!
All of the previous matches had progressed as planned aside from the fact that the Heavenly Phoenix Douluo had missed her clash with the Holy Spirit Douluo, but the outcome of this match was completely unexpected.
A Hyper Douluo losing to a Soul Douluo was something that had almost never been seen throughout all of history, and what was even more incredible was that the Soul Douluo in this case was a food system Soul Master!
Even Da Mo himself didn't know how he had lost.
The clash was temporarily put on pause so emergency treatment could be administered to Da Mo, and only then did he wake up from his unconscious state.
However, he immediately fell unconscious again upon witnessing how severely damaged his suit of three-word battle armor had become.
The damage was far too severe; even if it could be repaired to its original state, its power would definitely be severely debilitated.
"Should we continue, Chairman Qiangu?" Tang Wulin asked with a smile.
Qiangu Dongfeng replied with a dark expression, "Of course. This doesn't change anything."
"Three, two, one, begin!"
One person rose up from each camp, and as soon as the Shrek Academy representative ascended into the air, a pleasant ringing sound reverberated through the air, as if something had been awakened.
The Spirit Pagoda representative was a woman, and just like Da Mo, she was one of the core members of the Spirit Pagoda.
Her skin was very wizened and wrinkly, and her hair was extremely disheveled. Furthermore, there was a tumor-like growth on her forehead, making her look even more hideous than she already was.
Her back was completely hunched over, and if it weren't for her ability to take flight, it would've been impossible to tell that she was a powerful Soul Master.
The Shrek Academy representative was none other than one of Shrek’s Seven Monsters, Ye Xinglan.
Prior to her departure, she gave Xu Lizhi a gentle hug.
She didn't offer him any words of praise; her embrace alone was already the best reward for Xu Lizhi.
As Ye Xinglan rose up into the air, she gave off a special aura, and in contrast with Xu Lizhi's sturdy and rotund appearance, she was far more lithe and agile. The pleasant ringing sound had erupted from within her body, and her long hair had been arranged into a long braided ponytail, giving her a very sharp and tidy appearance.
The old woman gave a self-introduction. "Spirit Pagoda, Li Mengjie."
It was a very beautiful name, but it didn't quite match her appearance. However, her name was extremely renowned as she was a former spirit envoy. 
Even after her retirement, she was still a core member of the Spirit Pagoda.
The Qiangu Family was the number one family of the Spirit Pagoda, but it definitely didn't stand alone.
Even the Qiangu Family only held 10 of the 36 core member spots in the Spirit Pagoda, and this was already an absolute advantage. However, whenever important events came up, Qiangu Dongfeng still had to communicate with all of the core members, and Li Mengjie was one of those important figures.
She had already retired around 30 years ago, and she was from the same generation as the likes of the Holy Spirit Douluo and Heavenly Phoenix Douluo. She didn't care about her own appearance and hadn't consumed any spirit items, which was why she looked so weathered and aged.
Perhaps not many people would know the name of Li Mengjie, but her title of Demonic Maiden Douluo was definitely extremely renowned.
During her younger days, she had been rejected by a man due to her hideous appearance, and as a result, she had become extremely sadistic, taking pleasure in toying with men.
Her martial soul was very special; she referred to it as celestial maiden, but the vast majority of people referred to her as demonic maiden. This was a clone-like ability that was also similar to a second personality. The Demonic Maiden martial soul was adept in all types of control abilities, as well as melee combat, making her an assault and control dual system Soul Master.
Li Mengjie would often use her martial soul's entrancement ability to lure in men, then reveal her true appearance, taking pleasure in the horrified reactions of those men.
Many male Soul Masters had fallen prey to her sadistic ploy, and as a result, Shrek Academy had even directly asked the Spirit Pagoda to keep her in check. If it weren't for the fact that she had never killed anyone, Shrek Academy would've most likely already taken forceful measures against her.
The Spirit Pagoda seemed to also think that her antics had gone too far, and she was asked to step down from her role as spirit envoy.
Li Mengjie definitely didn't harbor any affection for Shrek Academy, so she certainly wasn't going to be holding back in this match.
"Shrek Academy, Ye Xinglan!" Ye Xinglan responded in kind.
In contrast with her sharp aura of the past, she was now a lot more placid and restrained.
Li Mengjie suddenly chuckled, and to everyone's surprise her chuckling voice was actually quite pleasant to the ears. "You're such a beautiful girl. Come here and let me take a good look." She took a step forward as she spoke, instantly covering a distance of hundreds of meters before reaching out a wizened hand toward Ye Xinglan's delicate cheek.
A speck of starlight suddenly exploded in front of Ye Xinglan, blasting Li Mengjie's hand away, but right at this moment, an additional figure abruptly appeared behind Ye Xinglan.
 [The name Li Mengjie (李梦洁) translates literally to Li (surname 李) pristine dream.]Previous Chapter Next Chapter