Chapter 1697: Can We Win?

Su Mengjun nodded in agreement, and thus, the two Battle Gods stopped beside the lake and released their spiritual power to sense the energy fluctuations in the distance.

At this moment, everyone in the Battle God Hall outside of the Battle God Arena was spectating this battle through the big screen.

There were only three people from the Shrek Academy camp spectating the battle, namely A'Ruheng, Xie Xie, and Yue Zhengyu, as Ye Xinglan and Xu Lizhi were still on the first level.

The trio was naturally accompanied by the five Battle Gods, and at this point, Ao Rui had already recovered from his battle, but he was still looking at A'Ruheng with a strange look in his eyes.

In particular, he was filled with resignation and rage at the sight of Shi Mengshan willingly standing beside A'Ruheng.

The Battle God Hall had never been embarrassed like this before. They had been losing all of the battles against the challengers, and a Battle God had even been taken to become the spouse of one of the challengers!

The frustration in Ao Rui's heart couldn't be articulated in words, and the Battle Gods who had lost their battles were also in a foul mood.

As such, there was clear animosity in their eyes as they appraised the Shrek Academy camp.

They could only hope that the Battle God Hall would be able to turn the tables in this five-on-five battle. 

In their eyes, Guan Yue had made an excellent decision. Guan Yue was a Limit Douluo, but it wasn't like Tang Wulin hadn't challenged Limit Douluos in the past, so if a battle were to take place between them, a victory wouldn't be guaranteed.

A'Ruheng's incredible display of power had made them realize that the challengers were no slouches, and if the one-on-one battles were to continue, they would definitely suffer more losses. Essentially, that would be the equivalent of the Battle God Hall losing to Shrek Academy and the Tang Sect! Furthermore, the challengers were all part of the younger generation, while the Battle God Hall was fielding virtually its most powerful lineup with the exception of Chen Xinjie. As such, a loss under these circumstances would be twice as embarrassing.

However, a group battle like this would be a different story. If they were to win, they would secure five wins, thereby granting them victory on the overall scoreline.

As such, all of the Battle Gods were filled with anticipation and confidence toward this group battle.

This was the home court of the Battle God Hall! There was no way they could lose under these conditions. This was the first time that the Shrek Academy camp had come to the Battle God Arena, and they were completely unfamiliar with everything in there. If the Battle Gods were to lose under such favorable circumstances, then they would be thoroughly humiliated.

A'Ruheng was also spectating the battle intently, and as the battle commenced, he turned to Shi Mengshan, and asked, "Do you think we can win, honey?"

Ever since his successful proposal, he had been holding onto Shi Mengshan's hand this entire time.

Shi Mengshan had already tried to resist a few times, but her strength was obviously no match for A'Ruheng's.

However, it was exactly because of this that she was able to feel A'Ruheng's fervent heart, so in the end, she ceased her protests and simply allowed her hand to be held.

Shi Mengshan took a glance at him and shook her head in response. "You won't win."

A'Ruheng replied with a wide smile, "I wouldn't be so sure about that; I'm very confident in my junior disciple brother."

Ao Rui could naturally hear their conversation, and he harrumphed coldly, "Keep dreaming! Don't forget that this is our territory."

A'Ruheng chuckled, "Then how about we make a bet? Aren't you the first Battle God? I'm sure you have some considerable wealth. My wife is a member of your Battle God Hall, so surely you should be paying a dowry for her; how about we bet on that? If you lose, then pay a dowry for my wife. I won't ask for too much; just a few tons each of several types of uncommon metals. That should be enough for my junior disciple brother to craft a suit of four-word battle armor for my wife as a marriage present."

Shi Mengshan was a little angry to hear A'Ruheng calling her his wife, and she was just about to protest, but her words got stuck in her throat upon hearing mention of a suit of four-word battle armor.

At her age and cultivation rank, there were very few things that were alluring to her in this world, but four-word battle armor was definitely near the top of that exclusive list, particularly due to the unique path she had taken. 

Her three-word battle armor granted her that extremely powerful sequence of three attacks, but there was no way for her to sustain such a fierce assault. However, she was confident that this wouldn't be an issue if she could upgrade her battle armor to the four-word level.

She looked up at the hulking tower of a man standing beside her, and a surge of warmth welled up in her heart.

Even though they had only known each other for such a short time, he was treating her better than any other man ever had.

Perhaps her decision had been an impulsive one, but she didn't regret it in the slightest.

In contrast with her bliss, Ao Rui was absolutely fuming!

A few tons each of several types of uncommon metals? Were uncommon metals supposed to be grown on trees?

What frustrated him even more was Shi Mengshan's attitude to all of this. Even the animosity in the eyes of the other Battle Gods had diminished slightly upon hearing this.

A'Ruheng seemed to be very rough around the edges, but he had hit the nail right on the head here. The fact of the matter was that they had the ability to construct suits of four-word battle armor; could the Battle God Hall do the same?

Zhen Hua's physical condition had been on a slow decline, and it had been a very long time since a new suit of four-word battle armor had last appeared on the continent. The fact that Tang Wulin was a Divine Blacksmith had become common knowledge quite a while ago, and it was supported by the fact that all of his friends were wearing pieces of four-word battle armor.

The fact that Shi Mengshan was going to receive a suit of four-word battle armor as a marriage present was truly very astonishing to the Battle Gods. Furthermore, it made them realize that if they were to offend Shrek Academy and the Tang Sect, they could essentially wave goodbye to the prospect of ever attaining a suit of four-word battle armor, and that was the reason for the sudden drop in their hostility.

"You sure aren't shy! Do you think uncommon metals are that easy to obtain?" Ao Rui countered in an enraged voice.

A'Ruheng's brows furrowed slightly upon hearing this. "I didn't think your Battle God Hall was this poor; you can't even bring out a few tons of uncommon metals as a dowry for one of your Battle Gods?"

Ao Rui took a deep breath to compose himself, then said, "If she really does decide to marry you, then she can choose the uncommon metals she requires for her suit of battle armor, but anything beyond that is out of the equation. Of course, you also have to win this battle first."

Having been companions and colleagues for so many years, this was an obligatory gesture that he had to make for Shi Mengshan. Besides, he didn't think that Tang Wulin and the others could win anyway.

"Alright, you have yourself a deal," A'Ruheng replied without any hesitation.

"What if you lose?" Ao Rui asked in a cold voice.

"Then we won't ask for a dowry," A'Ruheng replied in a justified manner, as if he were making a huge sacrifice.

"What?!" Ao Rui almost threw up a mouthful of blood upon hearing this. This was a man comparable in power to a Limit Douluo! How could he be so shameless?

Essentially, the bet that he was proposing was one where there was no risk to counterbalance what was potentially a massive reward.

"What's the problem?" A'Ruheng asked with a puzzled expression, and unless one knew him extremely well, they could easily be swayed into thinking his confusion was genuine.

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