Volume 18, Chapter 166.1: Fatal Injury!

Huo Yuhao stood still, dazed momentarily. He shook his head and laughed uncontrollably. Forget it, it wasn’t really a bad thing, anyways he could still continue to cultivate with this fourth soul skill.

Huo Yuhao’s condition had been almost fully restored by this point, and his second mental sea could once again unleash the immense power of the Destiny Soul Gaze.

He wondered how Ju Zi and Ke Ke were doing. He had to meet up with them soon.

Huo Yuhao looked at the sky while thinking. He wanted to proceed towards the outside of these branching mountains. He could tell that this branching trail wasn’t the same one they’d passed when they entered the main trail. It should be a neighboring trail.

A loud boom suddenly sounded and Huo Yuhao stopped in his tracks as he heard it.

He looked in the direction the sound came from with a puzzled expression. It seemed to be from the main trail, but the loud boom wasn’t unleashed by a soul beast’s soul skill. The explosive, metallic smell seemed to be reminiscent of a soul engineer.

Were they…?

Huo Yuhao immediately changed directions without thinking. He didn’t even use a flying-type soul tool, instead running in the direction of the sound. As he burst forward, he pointed his finger outwards, and a golden figure caught up to him. Huo Yuhao lifted his hand to pat the necromantic golden wolf. Huo Yuhao extinguished its preserved soul, and put its corpse away in his storage-type soul tool.

Ju Zi and Ke Ke were in a very awkward situation right now. Since they lost contact with Huo Yuhao, they hadn’t been doing too well.

When Huo Yuhao threw the mechanical legs of the all-terrain exploration soul tool, Ju Zi already knew that she didn’t have a choice. Huo Yuhao was bound to turn the soul tool over. Hence she could only passively control the soul tool to ensure their safety.

The golden wolves were not as quick as the soul tool when it rolled down the mountain. When it finally stopped rolling, there were no longer any golden wolves chasing after them.

Ju Zi and Ke Ke rushed out of the all-terrain exploration soul tool at the first possible moment to vomit. How could they feel good after rolling almost a kilometer down a mountain in five minutes?

Then they passed out, they didn’t even crawl back into the all-terrain exploration soul tool

They were in rather good luck though. No soul beasts found them while they were unconscious. They regained consciousness slowly on the second morning as the sun shone upon them. Next the two of them decided to return to find Huo Yuhao, just after resting for a moment.

The two of them were in different states of mind, but they remained silent, and didn’t interact with one another. This was especially so for Ju Zi, who experienced the large spectrum of emotions. At times, she was panicked and anxious, at others, she was sad and hot-tempered.

This was Ke Ke’s first time seeing her display so many emotions in one go.

Ke Ke was more straightforward compared to her. She only thought of Huo Yuhao’s resolute expression and confidence when they were separating.

Ke Ke could still recall a reverberating sound from the top of the mountain when they were rolling down. Without a doubt, this sound came from the pack of golden wolves Huo Yuhao had attracted! At that moment, she knew that she would never forget Huo Yuhao. They might have only been friends, or she could have developed feelings for him. Regardless, Huo Yuhao left a deep impression on her young heart.

Although they didn’t interact with each other much, they still silently acknowledged that they had to rescue Huo Yuhao!

Which was why they rested for only a short while. After their bodies recovered, they immediately controlled the battered all-terrain exploration soul tool to venture deep back into the Jing Yang Mountain Range. They tried to find Huo Yuhao, and had spent the last two days doing so.

They met many soul beasts over the last two days. However, they were never in real danger since they were Class 5 soul engineers, and even had the all-terrain exploration soul tool to protect them.

But, when they reached the top of the mountain, all they could find was traces of his battle, they couldn’t find Huo Yuhao.

They also tried to search for him in the nearby mountains. They refused to believe that Huo Yuhao was dead. Despite this, they didn’t make any progress.

When they were finally prepared to leave and proceed towards the old rendezvous point, they were attacked by some powerful soul beasts.

Enemies often crossed each other’s path. They met the same pack of golden wolves that Huo Yuhao shook off the other day.

Through the death of the Silvermoon Wolf King the three golden wolves were dealt a vicious blow. The Silvermoon Wolf King had been extremely sensitive to the raw materials most suitable for the metal-type wolves’ cultivation. Under its guidance the abilities of the entire wolf pack increased by about twenty percent. This was a staggering figure! This meant that a golden wolf could have a hundred and twenty years of cultivation even if it had only cultivated for a hundred years.

However, the Silvermoon Wolf King was slain by Huo Yuhao just like that. They didn’t even know that the Silvermoon Wolf King was dead yet. Over the past two days, the three golden wolves frantically led the rest of the wolf pack to search for the Silvermoon Wolf King. Even when they met other soul beasts, they would kill them mercilessly. Around the main trail, there were no other soul beasts that could compete with this wolf pack.

The three golden wolves were highly intelligent. Upon seeing the damaged metal ball, they didn’t hesitate, and immediately had the whole wolf pack attack. Ju Zi and Ke Ke were quickly embroiled in a tough battle.

They had many soul tools as they were Class 5 soul engineers, so they still managed to kill many low-level golden wolves.

However, their soul power was limited! They didn’t dare to use flying-type soul tools in broad daylight either. They also didn’t possess an Imitation-like soul skill that Huo Yuhao had. If they entered the air, they were bound to be attacked by soul beasts from all directions. Moreover, the three golden wolves could leap more than ten meters high, and they certainly wouldn’t give them an opportunity to escape.

“Boom—” The huge cannon in Ke Ke’s hands fired at a leaping golden wolf king, sparks flashed on the golden wolf’s king body, and it was sent flying away more than ten meters, temporarily incapacitated.

This was Ke Ke’s Wind Lightning Cannon. Possessing the speed of wind and the crackle of thunder, it was extremely powerful. It was especially useful against these metal-type soul beasts.

However, it also greatly depleted Ke Ke’s soul power. These golden wolves were just too defensively overbearing. Even the ordinary wolves were only critically injured when struck. As for the golden wolf kings, they were only numbed temporarily.

The more advanced students from the Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy all had their own specializations in weaponized soul tool research. Like how Ke Ke chose heavy cannons and Ju Zi chose tangerines. They used completely different types of soul tools

Ju Zi flung countless tangerines at the wolf pack. Intense balls of light would suddenly shine before piercing screams sounded. The lights touched the golden wolves’ bodies, and tremendous explosions followed.

There were many Class 5 soul tools. However, Ju Zi’s problem was with her body. She wasn’t nearly as physically tough as Huo Yuhao. Even Ke Ke was far inferior to Huo Yuhao. But that’s why Ju Zi chased the advantage of quantity over quality.

The two of them worked in cohesion. One was responsible for resisting the wolf pack, while the other one focused on attacking them. This managed to put them in a relatively comfortable position against the wolf pack. However, they weren’t hopeful for their chances.

This wolf pack was very strong, even without the Silvermoon Wolf King. How did Huo Yuhao manage to resist them? More importantly, how were they going to escape now?

“Ke Ke, we can’t go on like this much longer. Our soul power won’t last!” Ju Zi shouted as she resisted the wolf pack. Her eyes still revealed a sense of composure.

“What should we do?” Ke Ke asked anxiously.

Ju Zi replied decisively, “We’ll break out of this trap. Then we return to the all-terrain exploration soul tool. I’ll control it while you’ll set up the cannons to open a path for us, and we’ll force our way out.”

Ke Ke hesitated. “Can we run faster than the wolf pack?”

Ju Zi said in a deep voice, “Did you forget how we escaped the last time? We can still use that trick if we make it to the top of the mountain in front of us.”

Ke Ke’s eyes brightened. “Alright, let’s go.” They erupted with force and made the wolf pack retreat. They both looked extremely spent. At this point, Ju Zi’s fifth soul ring shone and released two tangerines with purple skins. She threw one towards Ke Ke, and stuffed the other in her mouth. Then they squeezed their way into the all-terrain soul tool.

Ju Zi scattered may tangerine soul bombs, keeping the golden wolves at bay. Ju Zi had already started controlling the all-terrain exploration soul tool to move at its fastest speeds.

The six mechanical legs stood up and supported the distorted metal ball. The legs took big steps as they rushed up the closest mountain.

Ke Ke’s heavy cannons were positioned in the front windows. She couldn’t be bothered with conserving her soul power now. While the purple tangerine Ju Zi gave her was very sour, it managed to restore her soul power by about thirty percent. It was the strongest ability of Ju Zi’s food-type martial soul.

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