With the advancements of soul technology on the continent, Soul Masters weren't as revered as they were 10,000 years ago. However, it was undoubtedly the case that being a Soul Master was still the most honorable occupation on the Douluo Continent; that had never changed.
Every person hoped that they would be able to become a Soul Master when they awakened their martial souls at six years of age, and the vast majority of them were met with disappointment, but that didn't change the position of Soul Masters in their hearts.
Now, an eight-ring Soul Douluo had suddenly appeared before them, and aside from shock and fear, everyone was also filled with curiosity and fanatical admiration.
It was not every day that one could see a high-grade Soul Master! This was an eight-ring Soul Douluo; even in the context of the world of Soul Masters, this was a very powerful being. Furthermore, not only was he a Soul Douluo, he also claimed to be from the Tang Sect. Was he a Tang Sect agent?
Not everyone was aware of the existence of the Tang Sect's Battle Hall, but those who did know of its existence also knew that the federation's Battle God Hall and the Battle Hall of the Tang Sect were filled with some of the most powerful Soul Masters on the entire continent.
Furthermore, the Tang Sect had been around on the continent since 20,000 years ago, and it had always been a powerful positive force. The founder of the Tang Sect, the legendary Tang San, and the founder of the Spirit Pagoda, Spirit Ice Douluo Huo Yuhao, both hailed from the Tang Sect.
Compared to normal Soul Masters, Soul Masters from the Tang Sect carried an extra air of mystery and superiority in the eyes of the general public. As such, after Tang Wulin had announced that he was from the Tang Sect, all of the furious rioters temporarily set aside their rage to listen to what he had to say.
"Wh, what gives you the right to detain me? We're here to get an explanation from the blacksmith association! Even if you're from the Tang Sect, you can't capture innocent people for no reason!" The man who had been detained by Tang Wulin was still trying to argue.
"He's just an imposter who was sent out by the blacksmith association! Don't believe him, everyone!" another one of the 16 riot leaders immediately chimed in.
Tang Wulin chuckled, coldly, "I'll tell you why I've detained all of you. Firstly, let me ask everyone this; who recognizes this man that I've detained?"
There were still a dozen or so people yelling in protest, but the eight soul rings that Tang Wulin had conjured up using his disguise skill had convinced the crowd to calm down.
One of the people standing not far away from Tang Wulin said, "I don't think I've ever seen him around these parts."
Tang Wulin said in a grim voice, "These people are clearly the ones leading this riot! In the aftermath of the tragedy that has just taken place, we should all be combining our efforts to help the city recover, yet these people are fanning the flames of unjustified hatred! It's true that those terrorists did indeed visit the blacksmith association prior to the attack, but take a moment to think about this; does this mean that they're from the blacksmith association? Are those evil Soul Masters unaware of the fact that there are surveillance cameras in Heaven Dou City?
"Let's go a step further back in time. What if these terrorists visited some restaurants in the city or lived in a hotel here. Does that mean those businesses are also run by terrorists? Are terrorists viruses that convert everyone they come into contact with into terrorists as well? At a time like this, we should be pouring all of our efforts into rebuilding the city, yet these people are leading riots and contributing to further chaos; what are their intentions? Should they not be detained?"
Tang Wulin squeezed the ear of the man he'd detained as he spoke, and a miniature communicator fell into his hand. "Everyone, take a look at this. This is a miniature communicator. It's not all that expensive; it only costs around 30,000 federal credits per set. The one he has is an advanced model with a high degree of resistance against disruptions, so they'll be around 50,000 to 60,000 federal credits per set. Does a normal person need something like this in normal day-to-day life? If you don't believe me, you can see for yourselves whether these riot leaders all have these devices in their ears."
The crowd immediately erupted into a frenzy again, and some of the more nosy individuals immediately plucked out these communicators from the ears of these riot leaders before raising them up high for everyone to see.
"They really do all have these miniature communicators! And they appear to be the same model as well."
A faint smile appeared on Tang Wulin's face. He had succeeded in his objective.
"These rabble-rousers clearly have sinister intentions in mind! If you ask me, they're much more likely to be related to the Holy Spirit Cult! I'm going to be handing them over to the police for further interrogation. I know that everyone is very sad following such a disastrous event, but it's exactly because of this that we can't fall into the traps of hatred laid by the perpetrators!"
Tang Wulin withdrew his soul rings and waved a hand toward the police officers as he spoke. With the assistance of the riotous crowd, the 16 riot leaders were gathered together, and all of them were already deathly pale.
Under everyone's intense scrutiny, one of the riot leaders finally cracked. "No! I'm not a terrorist! Someone gave us money and asked us to lead this riot!"
Everyone knew what punishment would befall them if they were deemed to be accomplices to the Holy Spirit Cult, and after one of them broke, the others quickly also confessed.
The crowd immediately erupted into a frenzy upon hearing this.
Tang Wulin had achieved everything that he'd set out to achieve, and as the police took over this case, he departed in a discrete manner, then arrived at the back entrance of the blacksmith association before giving Zhen Hua a call.
As soon as the call was connected, Zhen Hua's boisterous laughter rang out from the other end. "I knew it was you, you little rascal! When did you learn to disguise your soul rings? You almost gave me a heart attack when you released eight soul rings at once."
"Huh? You knew I was here?" Tang Wulin exclaimed in a surprised manner.
Zhen Hua chuckled, "Let's talk face-to-face. I've already sent someone down to meet you."
Just as they were speaking, the back entrance was opened, and someone emerged from within the building. Tang Wulin hurriedly strode over to find that this person seemed to be rather familiar, but he couldn't quite recall who this was.
At the same time, he was rather surprised to hear that his uncle-teacher seemed to be in high spirits despite everything that had been happening. How could he be so relaxed in such a bad situation?
He stepped onto the elevator and arrived at the level that Zhen Hua was on. As soon as he entered Zhen Hua's office, he was startled to find that there were a total of six people in the room. One of them was someone that he was extremely familiar with; it was one of his teachers, Mu Ye.
As soon as Tang Wulin strode into the room, Mu Ye couldn't help but burst into laughter. "You little bastard! You ruined our plan as soon as you got back! If you hadn't released your Bluesilver Grass, I wouldn't even have recognized you."
"Teacher, Uncle-teacher." Tang Wulin was rather perplexed.
Aside from those two, there were four other middle-aged people present, consisting of two men and two women.
One of the middle-aged men heaved a resigned sigh. "We were planning to hook a big fish here, but it appears our plan has completely fallen through."
Only then did Tang Wulin suddenly realize what the situation was, and a surprised look appeared on his face. "Could it be that you orchestrated this riot?"
Zhen Hua chuckled, "No, we wouldn't go that far; we were merely planning to use this riot to our advantage. The Holy Spirit Cult obviously instigated this riot so they could lure me out, then attack me out of the blue. The assassins deployed by the Holy Spirit Cult for this mission have to be quite powerful, so we were hoping to be able to detain them. I was going to come out after the police barricades were broken by the crowd, but you completely foiled our plan. The assassins from the Holy Spirit Cult will definitely change their plans now that an eight-ring Soul Douluo has stepped in."Previous Chapter Next Chapter