Tang Wulin shook his head. Of course this information was beyond him; the Douluo Palace Master had always been one of the most mysterious people on the entire continent. He had become a Battle Hall agent, but he was far from the higher echelons of the Tang Sect.
Mu Ye said in a low voice, "His title is Heartless; he's Heartless Douluo Cao Dezhi."
This was the first time that Tang Wulin had heard the name of the current master of the Douluo Palace, as well as the master of the entire Tang Sect, and his eyes reflexively widened.
"Does that make you think of anything?" Mu Ye asked with a peculiar look in his eyes.
Tang Wulin shook his head in a confused manner. Heartless Douluo? Amorous Douluo? [In Chinese, the two terms heartless (无情) and amorous (多情) are direct antonyms, and they both end with the same character.]
Mu Ye sighed, "The heartless one denies his innermost feelings, while the amorous one is left to rue what could've been. It's said that the Amorous Douluo and the Heartless Douluo are, ahem, you know what I'm getting at, right?"
Tang Wulin's eyes widened with shock. "You're saying they're both men?"
"That's right!" Mu Ye confirmed before warning, "Don't tell anyone else about this! This is one of the best-kept secrets of the Tang Sect."
Tang Wulin had no idea what to think. The vice-palace master, Amorous Douluo, and the palace master, Heartless Douluo, were a couple?
"Teacher, is this information really reliable?" Tang Wulin asked.
"Of course not!" Mu Ye replied in a justified manner.
Tang Wulin almost threw up a mouthful of blood. "So you're spreading unconfirmed rumors? Aren't you afraid that..."
Mu Ye smiled, and said, "I'm just telling you to be on your guard. Besides, all rumors that circulate for long enough must have some kind of basis, so there must be some truth to this. According to my knowledge, neither of the two have married anyone. They're two of the most powerful beings on the entire continent, so as you can imagine, countless outstanding women have pursued them in the past. Are you telling me that they simply didn't like any of their pursuers? On top of that, they've always shared a strong bond, and in the younger days, they formed a partnership that had made countless important contributions to the Tang Sect. Also, are we just expected to believe that there's no connection between their Douluo Titles?"
Tang Wulin sighed, "This is all just circumstantial evidence."
Mu Ye chuckled, "The Amorous Douluo is renowned for his promiscuity, yet there are no scandals surrounding the Heartless Douluo whatsoever. It's said that the Amorous Douluo intentionally fabricated a promiscuous image for himself so he could hide his relationship with the Heartless Douluo. I don't know about the specific details there, but there's definitely something weird going on between them."
Tang Wulin cleared his throat in an awkward manner. It wasn't his place to be making comments about his seniors, and he could tell that Mu Ye meant no harm when talking about these matters. After all, the Body Sect and the Tang Sect used to be rival sects, but as time passed, the Body Sect gradually declined while the Tang Sect continued to become more powerful, and the rivalry really wasn't valid anymore.
Mu Ye's cooking skills were truly incredible, and a delicious and diverse feast was quickly prepared.
Zhen Hua invited everyone to take a seat, and Amorous Douluo Zang Xin naturally took the main seat, seeing as he was the most powerful one with the loftiest position among everyone present.
Tang Wulin was the youngest one present by far, so he sat at the furthest seat away from the head of the table. He was currently appraising the delicious feast on the table with a slightly forlorn look in his eyes. With so many seniors present, he would have to hold himself back and eat less than he'd like.
Zhen Hua brought out a bottle of wine with extremely antiquated packaging, and he poured everyone a glass in person, including Tang Wulin.
"This bottle of Dragonblood Wine is an extremely old brew, and it was given to me by a friend as a present. I've never been able to bring myself to drink it, so what better occasion than now to share it with everyone?"
The wine was of an amber color, and a faint fragrance emanated from it. This fragrance was very unique; it resembled the aroma of sandalwood, but also the fragrance of Buddhist incense.
Tang Wulin had never drunk wine before, so he was very intrigued.
"I'd like to propose a toast to Senior Zang and all of my friends present," Zhen Hua said as he raised his cup.
Zang Xin also smiled as he raised his own cup. "Dragonblood Wine is extremely precious! It's been many years since I last had some. Hmm, this smells like the blood of a Scarlet Dragon. The aroma is very rich, and there's strong fire element energy in here. It's very effective for enhancing one's blood essence and bolstering one's yang energy."
Aside from Tang Wulin, all of the other men present gave knowing smiles upon hearing the part about yang energy.
Zhen Hua gave him a thumbs-up, and praised, "You truly are a wine connoisseur, Senior Zang. "
Dragonblood Wine? Tang Wulin appraised the wine in his cup with an intrigued expression, and only after everyone else had begun drinking did he take a sip.
The wine was very smooth, but also extremely strong. Tang Wulin felt a rush of heat surge toward his head before a scorching trail ran down into his lower abdomen.
All of the pores on his entire body seemed to have opened up in their instant, and his vision blurred as his cheeks instantly became flushed.
The wine was extremely strong, but this was such a comfortable sensation!
He felt as if everything within his body had completely unfurled, and his bones, meridians, bloodline, and skin were all feeling very hot.
The surface of his skin quickly turned red, yet the Titled Douluos around him displayed no reaction to the wine.
This was undoubtedly an indication of the gaps in their powers. For a Soul Master of Tang Wulin's cultivation rank, the energy imbued within the Dragonblood Wine was too immense, and he was unable to instantly absorb it.
Right at this moment, a crisp crack sounded from within Tang Wulin's body, and his blood essence immediately began to surge in a frenzy. His entire body stiffened in response.
His ninth seal had been broken!
He'd been repressing his bloodline aura this entire time, but the energy from the Dragonblood Wine had forced his ninth Golden Dragon King seal open in one fell swoop.
If Tang Wulin had known that this would happen, he would've refrained from drinking it.
Dragonblood Wine was naturally an extremely nourishing beverage, and Zhen Hua had brought it out with good intentions, but this wine wasn't suitable for everyone.
Tang Wulin's body was naturally being nurtured by this wine, but it was important to remember that he possessed the bloodline of the Golden Dragon King. Scarlet Dragons were also true dragons, but they were simply far too inferior compared to the Golden Dragon King. How could his Golden Dragon King bloodline not be enraged by the presence of the Scarlet Dragon bloodline that had made its way into his body?
Even though the Dragonblood Wine was only being digested and absorbed, his Golden Dragon King bloodline still erupted into a furious frenzy. The ninth Golden Dragon King seal was already on the verge of breaking, so it naturally stood no chance.
Tang Wulin was only looking slightly flushed a moment ago, but all of a sudden, violent energy fluctuations began to erupt from his body. Golden dragon scales then instantly appeared over his skin to cover his entire body.
After breaking the first eight Golden Dragon King seals, Tang Wulin was already able to cover most of his body in golden dragon scales even without unleashing his Golden Dragon Body, and after breaking the ninth seal, the entirety of his body was covered in scales.
A powerful bloodline aura erupted alongside a low dragon's roar, and the chair beneath Tang Wulin shattered, causing him to collapse onto the ground.
At this moment, Tang Wulin no longer had the spare mental capacity to process anything else. He could only just barely get himself into a seated position before crossing his own legs.
He was only able to stabilize himself as he was already extremely well equipped to break this ninth seal. Otherwise, he'd be writhing on the ground in agony.
All of the Titled Douluos were given quite a fright, and Xu Shengqun wore a surprised look on his face as he said, "Looks like your wine is a little strong, Brother Zhen Hua!"
Zhen Hua also wore a confused and perplexed expression as he looked at Tang Wulin. "This shouldn't be happening! With Wulin's physical constitution, the Dragonblood Wine should be very beneficial to him, and he should be able to handle it with no issues; why is this happening? Could it be that he's breaking through a cultivation bottleneck? That doesn't make sense, either! He only recently passed rank 50 in his soul power, so he should still be very far away from his next bottleneck."
"He's not making a soul power breakthrough," Zang Xin made his way over to Tang Wulin, and his eyes narrowed slightly as he said, "He seems to be making some kind of breakthrough, but it appears to be in his bloodline aura rather than in his soul power. This is an extremely violent power, but strangely enough, it has perfect synergy with his body."
Mu Ye also made his way over to Tang Wulin's side. He was the most familiar with Tang Wulin's condition, and he knew that a change had to be taking place in his dragon-type bloodline. The change had to have been triggered by the Dragonblood Wine.
However, Zang Xin was the most powerful being present, and he didn't mention that this process was going to be dangerous for Tang Wulin in any way, so there shouldn't be any issues.
After that, Tang Wulin's condition gradually began to settle, and it appeared that he would indeed be fine.
Zang Xin smiled, and said, "Alright, let's continue our meal. Perhaps he'll have recovered by the time we're done."
At this moment, Tang Wulin felt as if the power of the Golden Dragon King were surging throughout his body like a relentless wave. After his entire body had been covered in golden dragon scales, some kind of complete circuit seemed to have been formed, and energy circulated through this circuit relentlessly.Previous Chapter Next Chapter