"Alright, no need for formalities; I'm speaking to you right now as a man, not your superior," Jiang Wuyue said in a serious voice.
Tang Wulin didn't even have to use his brain to know why Jiang Wuyue was confronting him, and a wry smile appeared on his face. "Alright, what do you want?"
Jiang Wuyue cut straight to the chase. "I'm challenging you to a one-on-one battle! If you win, I'll stay away from you, but if you lose... if you lose, I'll..."His voice faltered as he scratched his head with his brows deeply furrowed.
Tang Wulin had thought that he would ask him to stay away from Long Yuxue if he lost.
Jiang Wuyue murmured to himself, "Well, Yuxue's not an object, so I can't just ask you to hand her over to me. Screw it! I don't like the look of you, so fight! I wanna kick your ass; it's as simple as that! Do you dare to accept my challenge? Come with me to the combat rooms right now!"
Tang Wulin almost burst into laughter. This guy was adorably straightforward. "Superior, I have to tell you something first; I already have a girlfriend. Superior Long and I are just friends, so it's not what you think. Secondly, I can let you beat me up even without retaliating, but you have to give me 100 accolades per punch, how about that?"
Jiang Wuyue faltered slightly upon hearing this. "You already have a girlfriend?"
An enraged look then appeared on his face as he interrogated, "You're not planning to take both of them at once, are you?"
Tang Wulin didn't know whether he should laugh or cry. It was really tiresome speaking with a man as straightforward as Jiang Wuyue was!
"Alright, I'll fight you, Superior, but we can't bet on the terms you proposed. We can't just have a casual fight, either, so how about we bet accolades instead? You can suggest a number."
Jiang Wuyue raised an eyebrow in response. "Accolades? You don't have any accolades to make bets with!"
Tang Wulin replied, "I don't have any now, but that doesn't mean I won't have any in the future. I've been promoted to a second lieutenant as a newbie, and that's a testament to my potential. If I lose, I'll hand over the accolades after I earn some."
Jiang Wuyue thought about this for a moment before agreeing, "Alright, I'll pay for the combat room rental fee, and I'll bet 1,000 accolades with you, deal?"
Tang Wulin countered, "1,000? That's not a lot."
10,000 accolades were required for a promotion from second lieutenant to lieutenant.
What did that equate to? Killing one four-clawed bat was worth 10 accolades, so he'd have to kill 1,000 of them to earn 10,000 accolades. Meanwhile, each Ba'an that was slain would yield 2,000 accolades. If there were multiple people battling together, the Blood God Legion had a designated system to split the contribution points among these people according to how much they contributed during the battle.
"1,000 is still too little? You're just a newbie; you may not even be able to save up that much in two to three months! Do you want to lose everything to me down to your underwear?" Jiang Wuyue grumbled. Tang Wulin had eaten 3,000 of his accolades in that one meal alone, and the thought of that was still making him wince even now.
Tang Wulin said, "Alright, we'll go with 1,000 then."
He didn't want to bully an honest and straightforward man like Jiang Wuyue, so he was going to let him off the hook lightly this time.
Jiang Wuyue's soul power fluctuations suggested that he was a six-ring Soul Emperor, and the only Soul Emperor who had ever been a troublesome opponent to Tang Wulin was Long Yue. As such, he was quite confident in his chances against Jiang Wuyue.
Jiang Wuyue was definitely a man of action rather than words, and he led Tang Wulin straight toward the living area of the Blood God Legion.
The so-called living area was a cluster of large buildings that were all interconnected. They were designed to allow the soldiers of the Blood God Legion to relax, train, or have some fun when they weren't engaged in battle or undertaking missions. Combat rooms were naturally also included among these facilities.
It was still morning at the moment, so there were very few people in the living area. Only a few soldiers who had been switched off guard duty were training or relaxing here.
A combat room cost 50 accolades to be rented for an hour. Everything here cost accolades, and this was designed to encourage and motivate the soldiers of the legion.
Jiang Wuyue swiped the metal bracelet on his wrist in front of the door of the combat room, and 50 accolades were naturally deducted. Tang Wulin also had such a metal bracelet. It was known as a Blood God Bracelet, and it had many uses. It could record the information of a soldier, and at the same time, it could record the accolades being earned while killing abyssal creatures. All of the expenditure within the Blood God Legion also had to be completed using these Blood God Bracelets.
On top of that, Blood God Bracelets were linked to their respective wearers' bodily conditions, so if they were injured or fell ill, the control center would be notified right away, and treatment or assistance would be given as required.
The combat room was quite spacious with a diameter of around 100 meters. It was quite a considerable undertaking to construct such large combat rooms in a world of snow and ice like the Skyend Mountain Ranges.
50 accolades per hour was also quite a fair price as even if other matters weren't taken into account, just the energy expended by the internal protective barrier was quite considerable.
Jiang Wuyue took off his external garment before making his way over to one side of the combat room, and the internal protective barrier was activated.
Tang Wulin also did the same as a cautious look appeared in his eyes. No matter what he thought of his opponent, he was definitely not going to underestimate them. This was a habit he'd developed over many years, and it was also a quality that all students of Shrek Academy possessed.
Jiang Wuyue's aura had also changed. He had been adorably frank and straightforward just a moment ago, but now that he was about to engage in battle, he had adopted the demeanor of a fierce lion hunting down its prey. A serious look appeared on his face as he appraised Tang Wulin, and he yelled, "Are you ready?"
"Ready as I'll ever be!" Tang Wulin was standing on the spot in a very natural manner, but his eyes were fixed intently on his opponent.
"Ring!" All of a sudden, a ringtone rang out from Jiang Wuyue's body, and an awkward look immediately appeared on his face as he held up a hand, and said, "Sorry, let me take this call first. What's going on, Qiyue?... Me? I'm just here at the combat rooms to spar with a friend... What? You're coming over? This isn't anything fun, so don't bother coming over... Alright, alright, you win, princess! You can come over, but you have to keep this a secret!"
Jiang Wuyue hung up as a resigned look appeared on his face. "Qiyue insists on spectating our match. I can't deny her because she might tell on me, so I'm sorry, but we'll have to wait for a while."
Tang Wulin was rather amused by this. Despite his musclebound appearance, he seemed to be a little scared of his little sister!
Not long after that, Jiang Qiyue rushed into the combat room, and her eyes immediately widened at the sight of Jiang Wuyue's opponent. "Are you serious, bro? You're challenging a newbie? Oh, I get it; you're jealous, right? But you can't be so heartless! What if you actually injure him?"
Jiang Wuyue had been very straightforward with Tang Wulin, but he immediately blushed after his little sister exposed his intentions. "Pipe down, Qiyue! Don't worry, I'll be sure to hold back. Besides, he agreed to this. If you don't believe me, you can ask him."
"You agreed to fight my brother? I heard from Yuxue that you're pretty powerful, but my brother climbed all the way to his lieutenant colonel rank through battle; there's no way you're a match for him! How old are you? What's your soul power rank? My brother is touted to be the successor to Uncle Xu, the commander of the Blood Division!"
Jiang Qiyue's lips were like knives, and she was speaking very quickly.
Tang Wulin said, "I agreed to this. Only through practical combat can I improve."
Jiang Qiyue grumbled, "Alright, you asked for it! If you agreed to this, then so be it. I'll be your referee."
She made her way outside as she spoke.
While passing by Tang Wulin, she whispered, "My brother's martial soul is the Tyrant Dragon, so you have to be careful. It's a very powerful martial soul that stands at the pinnacle of the power system. I'm telling this to repay you for letting me off the hook with that meal I promised you, so I don't owe you any favors now."
Only then did she depart from the combat room.
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