Volume 20, Chapter 180.1: A Sovereign-like Victory

Bang! Huo Yuhao couldn’t help it as he shut the door to his room. After that, he quickly ran to the washroom to clean his face.

Na Na couldn’t help but laugh as she stood outside his room. It seemed like dealing with him was just this simple! She had been overthinking things. How bad could such an innocent young man be?

Suddenly, her body jerked. Since he can restrain my spirit, it means that he can also… As she thought of this point, she started to become excited. She turned around and wanted to knock on his door again.

She lifted her hands, and her breathing became a little rapid. She muttered to herself, “Don’t be anxious, don’t be anxious. I’ll find him when the competition ends. I hope that he can really do it.” As she spoke, she clenched her fists tightly. However, the excitement on her face couldn’t be concealed.

Huo Yuhao sat on his bed for half an hour before he entered his meditative state. He wondered whether he was the one punishing Na Na, or if she was the one punishing him!

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Morning. Huo Yuhao awoke from his meditation.

He was filled with energy. He opened his windows, and clear air flowed into his room, refreshing him.

After a night of rest, his energy had been restored, and he was in his best condition. His soul power circulated, and streaks of white gas rose from his body before he inhaled them again. Huo Yuhao was delighted to discover that his overnight cultivation was equivalent to ten days of normal cultivation. It seemed like sufficient pressure was beneficial to his cultivation.

I should be under greater pressure today! Let it come then.

The golden light in Huo Yuhao’s Spirit Eyes shone at this moment as the first ray of sunlight shone down. A dim purple appeared in the sky, and Huo Yuhao used his Purple Demon Eyes to absorb this color.

The Soul Tool Experimentation Arena was just as packed as yesterday, but it was much quieter and more peaceful today. Many of the Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy students sacrificed sleep to watch the competition, and hadn’t had a good night’s rest. Huo Yuhao had shocked them too much with the difference between a soul master and soul engineer’s fighting styles. It was also their first time witnessing the abilities of a powerful soul master. They now understood why Shrek Academy was so dominant on the continent.

The increased use of soul tools represented progress, but soul masters had been around for many generations. It would take a long time before soul tools could suppress soul masters in a battle. At the very least, soul engineers couldn’t do it now.

The Class 6 soul engineers from Illustrious Virtue Hall were going to compete today. Could Huo Yuhao maintain his winning streak?

Wagers were still being accepted, but there was only one choice. The odds were still five to one. However, the Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy students didn’t think they had a chance to win.

Jing Hongchen also arrived at the main spectator stand early. He had been greatly affected by the competition yesterday. Huo Yuhao was only fifteen years old, but was shockingly rich with actual combat experience. Although he didn’t think Huo Yuhao was that strong, there wasn’t anyone the same age that could match up to him. Were his grandchildren even that capable at his age?

Perhaps the only problem with Huo Yuhao was that his soul power increased very slowly. This was something that Jing Hongchen was slightly comforted by. Otherwise, he would need to come up with ways of dealing with the young man before he became a serious danger to the empire.

After a period of set-up and resolution, the matter regarding the attack on the base of Illustrious Virtue Hall was finally suppressed… but it had also forced Jing Hongchen to join the Crown Prince’s side. With his support, the Crown Prince had now gained an absolute advantage. The two remaining competing princes lost ground immediately. The Sun Moon Empire Emperor’s condition was worsening, and no one knew how much longer he would live.

Jing Hongchen’s only wish was to restore Test Subject One. After all, it was incomplete. No one besides him knew the password to activate it. Without the password, it was only a stack of rare metals. While dismantling the stack of metal and selling it would definitely be valuable, it was still better than exposing Illustrious Virtue Hall’s greatest secrets.

A dim light flashed, and Huo Yuhao revealed a faint glow on his face. He was much calmer when he arrived at the Soul Tool Experimentation Arena for the second time in two days. He also didn’t provoke anyone today, as he just wanted to use this sparring competition to enhance himself. Since he couldn’t leave, he would use these two years to become even stronger.

In yesterday’s competition, he had intended to suppress his skills to prevent being exposed. But after a night of cultivation, this intention had already disappeared. That’s because he believed that he could only benefit if he gave his all to the fight. There were still two and a half years left until the next Elite Continental Advanced Soul Master Academy Soul Dueling Tournament. Shouldn’t he be trying to become stronger and more capable in these two and a half years? Moreover, most of his capabilities couldn’t be understood by mere visual observation.

To ensure greater improvement, Huo Yuhao set his mind to not to hold back in today’s competition, he wanted to go all-out. In addition, he also knew that his competitors today were the elites. The Class 6 soul engineers weren’t just one class above Class 5 soul engineers, they were all from Illustrious Virtue Hall. Their understanding of soul tools and excellence in soul tool production was far superior to the students that he sparred with yesterday.

Huo Yuhao was unsure of how many of them he could beat today, but he was determined to give his all.

The referee was still Xuan Ziwen. As he watched Huo Yuhao, he felt slightly envious.

He was young once. When he was young, he was also an outstanding talent. However, he seemed to lack something compared to Huo Yuhao. He lacked the sharpness, as well as the stability to wield that sharpness. His student was only fifteen! However, why did he feel as if he were interacting with someone of the same age throughout their entire exchange? What price did the young man pay to attain such maturity?

Xuan Ziwen smiled as he asked, “Yuhao, how was your rest last night?” 

The first thing that popped up in Huo Yuhao’s mind was Na Na’s body. He forced a smile and replied, “It was rather good.”

Xuan Ziwen said, “That’s great. Today, your opponents are going to be stronger. After discussing things with the Hallmaster yesterday, we’ve agreed to let you use soul tools today. After all, you only have four soul rings. If you’re restricted too much, it’ll be unfair. This isn’t the academy’s style. Do your best to strut your stuff today and unleash your full abilities.”

Huo Yuhao was stunned for a moment. “I’m allowed to use soul tools? The Hallmaster must be interested in how I combine soul tools with my martial souls.”

Xuan Ziwen replied “I don’t know that about that. If you’re absolutely confident in yourself, you don’t have to use them.”

Huo Yuhao laughed, “Why not? It’s nothing anyway. Since we’re sparring, I have to live up to the meaning of it. I just hope that my competitors don’t disappoint me today.”

Xuan Ziwen looked at him with a meaningful gaze and said, “You won’t be disappointed. Go and prepare yourself.”

Huo Yuhao nodded and shut his eyes. He focused, and circulated his Mysterious Heaven Technique. He quickly adjusted his body to its best condition.

In truth, he didn’t think that he could beat twenty-six Class 6 soul engineers from Illustrious Virtue Hall. It was unrealistic to think that he could defeat all of them in one day unless his Light of Destiny could be used continuously. That might give him a glimmer of hope.

But Xuan Ziwen’s words gave him hope again. If he could use soul tools, it was a different matter! In terms of soul tools, Xuan Ziwen recognized his abilities in soul tool use and production, even though his soul power wasn’t up to par yet. This also meant that he wasn’t that inferior to the soul engineers from Illustrious Virtue Hall.

Perhaps this was the first test he had to take after choosing the close-combat path. Huo Yuhao started to become excited as his competitive will was piqued. Fighting was the best way to test his abilities. He became extremely focused now.

After getting approval from Jing Hongchen, Xuan Ziwen returned back to the stage.

Lin Jiayi was still the emcee for the sparring today. His voice boomed out through the sound-amplifying soul tool. “Teachers and students, today is the second day of the sparring against Shrek Academy! It will still be Huo Yuhao competing on behalf of Shrek! After yesterday’s competition, I’m sure all of you have witnessed the difference in fighting style between a soul master and a soul engineer! I hope that all of you can use this chance to discover your own problems, and enhance your real-life experience with soul masters! At the same time, I hope that all of you can work hard and be like Huo Yuhao, achieving glory for your academy!”

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