A benevolent smile appeared on Luo Shaofeng's face upon hearing this. "In that case, you're all my junior disciple brothers and junior disciple sisters. I also used to be an inner court disciple of Shrek Academy. The man you just fought is Zun Fang, an Evil Soul Master known as the Infernal Ghostly Swine. He is a high-ranking member of the Holy Spirit Cult, and his yin qi is extremely troublesome to deal with. I've been pursuing him for a long time, and I immediately rushed over here after sensing his aura."
"What's the Holy Spirit Cult?" Tang Wulin asked in a confused manner.
Luo Shaofeng replied in a grim voice, "It's a mysterious cult that has been around for countless years. To put it more accurately, it's more like a heinous and sinful sect. All of its members are Evil Soul Masters, and they take it upon themselves to develop more Evil Soul Masters. They're always searching for special types of energy through slaughter and destruction to enhance themselves, and around 10,000 years ago, the Holy Spirit Cult brought about a catastrophic disaster that almost destroyed the entire human race. Thankfully, Spirit Ice Douluo Huo Yuhao was able to crush them with the assistance of the powerful beings of that generation, and he seemingly disappeared off the face of the world after that. However, even after 10,000 years, the Holy Spirit Cult is still around.
"Fortunately, they don't seem to have been able to accumulate as much power as they had during their heyday. Even so, they've been frequently committing crimes of terrorism during the past few years, and everywhere they go, slaughter is sure to follow. It's really lucky that you guys were around today. Otherwise, all of the passengers on this train would be killed, and even their souls would be extracted by Evil Soul Masters for them to cultivate their evil techniques."
Tang Wulin looked on at Luo Shaofeng with a surprised expression. There was a sect comprised entirely of Evil Soul Masters? This was the first time he'd ever heard of such a thing, but it wasn't actually the first time he'd come across such an organization. It was undoubtedly the case that the Evil Soul Master who had almost killed Mo Lan on that train was also a member of the Holy Spirit Cult.
Luo Shaofeng continued in a grim voice, "The Holy Spirit Cult members are extremely cunning and willing to stoop to anything to achieve their objectives. After the heavy blow they were dealt 10,000 years ago, they've learned to become extremely secretive and discreet. If you encounter Evil Soul Masters in the future, try not to engage them in battle. The federation is expending a lot of effort to find them, and we've already waged a few battles against them. The Evil Soul Masters had kept a low profile during recent times, but it appears these bastards are back to their old ways again!"
Tang Wulin asked, "Is there really no way to find them? And just how powerful is this Holy Spirit Cult?"
Luo Shaofeng shook his head with a dark expression. "No one knows just how powerful the Holy Spirit Cult is, but what you have to realize is that they've managed to survive even with the federation's Battle God Hall, the Spirit Pagoda, and Shrek Academy all making concerted efforts to hunt them down."
Tang Wulin's heart jolted upon hearing this.
Luo Shaofeng continued, "Those Evil Soul Masters are all completely deranged, and nothing is beneath them. If it weren't for the fact that they still can't directly oppose us, they would've come out of hiding long ago."
Tang Wulin asked, "What is the Battle God Hall? This is the first time I've heard of it."
Perhaps it was because they were both from the same academy, but Luo Shaofeng wasn't irked by Tang Wulin's string of questions. Instead, he patiently explained, "To put it simply, the Battle God Hall is an organization of elite beings created by the federation. All members of the Battle God Hall receive resources from the federation with which they can continue to better themselves, but when the federation is in danger, all members of the Battle God Hall must follow the federation's orders. Of course, during most times, we have a high degree of freedom, and we all belong to the military, so we have military titles. Speaking of which, you're all one-word battle armor masters already; once you become two-word battle armor masters and graduate from the inner court, the Battle God Hall would be more than happy to offer all of you a place among our ranks."
Tang Wulin asked, "Are there many alumni from our academy at the Battle God Hall, Senior?"
Luo Shaofeng smiled, and replied, "I can't tell you the specifics, but what I CAN tell you is that a major factor behind the support and respect our academy receives from the federation is its neutral stance. However, those who graduate from the academy have to go somewhere, especially us inner court disciples, and the Battle God Hall is a very good option for you to consider."
"Alright, thank you, Senior. Oh, by the way, would we still be able to join the Battle God Hall if we've already joined the Tang Sect?"
Luo Shaofeng faltered slightly upon hearing this. "You've already joined the Tang Sect? Even so, it shouldn't be an issue if you haven't already become members of the Battle Hall. However, if you've already joined the Tang Sect's Battle Hall, then you should stay there. The Battle Hall gives very good benefits, and the Tang Sect may be very discreet, but it's a very powerful organization. On top of that, it's also more closely related to the academy. By the way, I heard a new generation of Shrek’s Seven Monsters was chosen at the academy, right?"
Tang Wulin scratched his head and nodded in a rather embarrassed manner.
They had just been reduced to such a sorry state by that Evil Soul Master, so he was really rather embarrassed to admit their identities.
A thought immediately occurred to Luo Shaofeng at the sight of Tang Wulin's expression, and he asked, "You're not going to tell me the seven of you are Shrek's Seven Monsters, are you?"
A wry smile appeared on Tang Wulin's face. "We've brought shame to the academy."
"No, no, no, not at all!" Luo Shaofeng hurriedly waved a hand, and he even descended from the sky as he appraised Tang Wulin momentarily before continuing, "Looks like there's no way you'll be joining the Battle God Hall."
Tang Wulin was rather befuddled by this abrupt conclusion.
Luo Shaofeng explained, "Shrek’s Seven Monsters are the future of the academy, and they can't fall under the control of the federation. I didn't think that I'd get to meet all of you so soon! And don't go spouting nonsense about bringing shame to the academy; go ask all of those injured passengers, and every one of them will laud you as heroes! If it weren't for you guys, hundreds of people would've lost their lives. The academy would be immensely proud to have you guys as Shrek's Seven Monsters. I can see that you've already killed many Evil Soul Masters, and it's no surprise that Zun Fang was too much for all of you to handle. It's a good thing that he didn't know you were the newest generation of Shrek’s Seven Monsters. Otherwise, he would've killed all of you regardless of what price he had to pay.
"Remember this, Junior Disciple Brother; don't tell anyone else that you're Shrek’s Seven Monsters until you become truly powerful. The academy has many allies, but also just as many enemies, and those who dare to oppose our academy are all extremely powerful beings. What are all of you doing here? I can take you to your destination and ensure your safety along the way."
A surge of warmth flowed through Tang Wulin's heart upon hearing this. What a kind senior this was!
"We're going to undertake military training, but we don't know the specific details involved yet."
"Military training?" Luo Shaofeng shuddered upon hearing this, and a peculiar look of horror and sympathy appeared in his eyes.
"I won't be able to take you there, then; you'll all have to rely on yourselves to get there. You..." Luo Shaofeng seemed to be about to say something, but he decided against it in the end. He merely patted Tang Wulin's shoulder, and sighed, "Just be careful. I'll be praying for all of you."
Tang Wulin's brows furrowed slightly upon hearing this. It was quite apparent that this senior had also participated in the military training they were about to undertake, and it seemed to have been quite a traumatizing experience for him!
The rescue efforts were quickly wrapped up, and all of the severely injured passengers were transported to the nearby cities. The ruined train and the damaged railway tracks all had to be repaired, but that was not something for Tang Wulin and the others to worry about.
With Luo Shaofeng's help, Tang Wulin and the others were able to hide their identities and escape investigation from the federation officials. They were then taken to the nearest city in a flying cargo mecha.
Thus, a harrowing yet exhilarating night drew to a conclusion, and it was certainly not a good experience to have almost lost their lives. [Can imagine the YouTube video title already: "SCHOOLBOYS BATTLE EIGHT-RING SOUL DOULUO AT 3AM!!! MUST WATCH!!! ALMOST DIED!!!" except it won't be clickbait LOL]
"I'm never taking a soul train ever again!" Tang Wulin vowed in a grumpy manner. "Get some rest, everyone. Zhengyu..."
Yue Zhengyu was still unconscious, and his face had an unhealthy pale pallor.
"I'll look after him!" Xu Xiaoyan immediately volunteered without any hesitation.
Tang Wulin heaved an internal sigh of relief. "Alright, then let's all get some rest, and after Zhengyu recovers, we can set off again."
Thus, everyone retired to their rooms, and Tang Wulin only departed after carrying Yue Zhengyu into his room.
Xu Xiaoyan stripped off Yue Zhengyu's clothes, leaving him in his underwear, then wiped down his body with a wet towel before pulling his blankets over him. She then dragged a chair over and sat down beside his bed.
The unconscious Yue Zhengyu was still extremely handsome, even with his sickly pale complexion.Previous Chapter Next Chapter