Volume 20, Chapter 180.2: A Sovereign-like Victory

“Today, we’ll be sending out Class 6 soul engineers from the Illustrious Virtue Hall. We have twenty of them with us today. We’ll carry out as many rounds as we can until dinnertime. The competition’s about to start. Please observe carefully, and reference what you see with your own abilities. If you can learn something from this, this sparring competition will be a success. Due to the gap in cultivation, Huo Yuhao will be allowed to use his own soul tools today. All of you must also carefully watch how he combines his martial souls with soul tools. This is especially pertinent for students from the Active Control Soul Tool Department. Alright, the competition’s going to start.”

Huo Yuhao was still the center of attention, but he wasn’t treated like an enemy anymore. Whether it was in the world of soul masters or soul engineers, one’s abilities were the most important. Huo Yuhao had already proven that he had true ability by being able to win thirty consecutive rounds against Class 5 soul engineers. Those with true ability were always respected, even in the Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy. Many of the other students were wondering how far Huo Yuhao could progress as he faced the Class 6 soul engineers from the Illustrious Virtue Hall.

Many continued to wager today, but very few wagered on Huo Yuhao. It was just like how Huo Yuhao lacked self-confidence. No one believed that he could win all the way against the Illustrious Virtue Hall’s Class 6 soul engineers. At least, he couldn’t win twenty consecutive rounds.

But there were exceptions. For example, Ke Ke wagered ten kilos of rare metal on Huo Yuhao. Besides her, another female student also bet on Huo Yuhao. She was Na Na.

Even Na Na didn’t understand why she did that. She wasn’t exactly wealthy, and thus she only staked a hundred gold soul coins.

Xuan Ziwen gestured for the first Illustrious Virtue Hall’s Class 6 soul engineer to enter.

He was a youth that looked to be around twenty-five or twenty-six years old. He was burly. His short hair was brown, and he had a tanned complexion. It was obvious that he was somehow related to the imperial family. His arms were slightly longer than normal, and were thick. As he slowly walked into the Soul Tool Experimentation Area, his aura had already swept over Huo Yuhao. But Huo Yuhao wasn’t fearful. He watched his opponent calmly, and was ready to enter his fighting mode.

“Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy’s Illustrious Virtue Hall. Shen Musu.”

“Shrek Academy. Huo Yuhao.”

Xuan Ziwen looked at both parties. He lifted his right arm before slamming it down, “The competition begins.”

As he proclaimed the start of the match, both parties made their move. Shen Musu burst forward just like Huo Yuhao. The gap between them was shrinking quickly.

Shen Musu’s hands were held at his side as he burst forward. He held a long dagger in each hand. These two daggers were the same – they were four inches long, their hilts were thick and their blades were wide.

A dirt-yellow radiance was released. As his soul power was unleashed, there was an overwhelming sense of power.

Earth-type, close-combat soul tool!

Huo Yuhao didn’t unleash any soul tools. He acted the same way he had yesterday. There was helmet on Shen Musu’s head with a colorless ruby mounted on it. This ruby shone weakly under the sun.

There were bound to be heavy sparks in this clash between two close-combat soul engineers.

Both parties were getting closer and closer to each other. Shen Musu shouted, and his third soul ring started to shine. A layer of purplish light engulfed his body, and his aura became even more overwhelming.

He stopped suddenly before leaping forward. He slashed his daggers towards Huo Yuhao.

The yellow daggers didn’t seem to release any force. The air around Shen Musu’s center also started to distort.

Huo Yuhao squinted his eyes. His toes touched the ground, and he sprang up from the ground in a swifter manner compared to Shen Musu. The Darkgolden Terrorclaw appeared once again.

Just as both parties were getting closer and closer to each other, a wing flapped open from Huo Yuhao’s back. After that, he dodged to one side, avoiding Shen Musu’s daggers. This happened instantly, and his Darkgolden Terrorclaw had already clawed towards Shen Musu’s shoulder.

He used this half of his flying-type soul tool to displace his position. The wing of the flying-type soul tool even flashed before disappearing. He must possess immaculate control!

Even a Class 6 protective soul barrier couldn’t resist the destructive force of the Darkgolden Terrorclaw.

But Shen Musu wasn’t an easy target to deal with. He didn’t panic. His sixth soul ring suddenly lit up, and a Boulder Armor surfaced in front of his body.

The appearance of the Boulder Armor greatly increased his weight. He immediately landed back on the ground as he was dragged down by the increased weight. He even bore the attack of the terrorclaw.

Several rocks were peeled off from the armor as a screech was heard. But Shen Musu wasn’t hurt. Huo Yuhao was surprised that Shen Musu’s daggers continued to slash down in the same trajectory. They stabbed into the ground.

“Bang” A deep rumbling sound was heard, and Huo Yuhao felt a huge rocking motion beneath his feet. This rocking motion sent his body flying through the air. Following that, countless sharp spikes shot out from Shen Musu’s body.

These spikes were shot upwards to a height of three meters. Huo Yuhao couldn’t possibly avoid them. He was in great danger now.

Lin Jiayi had pondered carefully before sending Shen Musu out to spar first. Shen Musu’s helmet had a protective effect against spiritual power, and was designed to withstand attacks like Huo Yuhao’s Spiritual Shock, while his martial soul was a Boulder, which wasn’t easily curbed by Huo Yuhao’s Ultimate Ice. In addition, it was especially useful in close-combat. Shen Musu was both offensively and defensively resolute. He was one of the best among the Class 6 soul engineers in the Illustrious Virtue Hall.

However, they had still underestimated Huo Yuhao.

When he was jerked into the air, Huo Yuhao could already sense the undulation from the ground. His Spiritual Detection accurately sensed the surge of his opponent’s soul power.

Huo Yuhao could sense an immense force from the yellow daggers. Perhaps their speed couldn’t increase by much, but their aura gave off an irresistible feeling.

Huo Yuhao had to be decisive under such a circumstance.

That was why he unleashed the Ice Empress Armor as he was sent flying. He tried to reduce the impact on him. Following that, everyone could see his body lighting up.

An azure-green radiance surged from his backbone. He opened his arms wide and braced his chest. An indescribable, mighty aura was exuded from his body.

No soul rings lit up yet. But one could see the air around Huo Yuhao distorting. After this, an azure-green beam of light shot out from his belly.

Right now, Huo Yuhao was at Shen Musu’s side. Shen Musu couldn’t dodge this strike. He was struck directly.

The heavy impact propelled Huo Yuhao’s body upwards. He avoided the spikes that came towards him, whereas Shen Musu’s body had turned azure-green.

One of the soul skills of the Ice Jade Empress Scorpion’s skeleton, the Ice Empress’ Wrath!

Huo Yuhao had had two choices. Either he unleashed the complete version of the Darkgolden Terrorclaw, or he used the Ice Empress’ Wrath. He made his decision quickly.

These two skills expended roughly the same amount of energy and power, but the Darkgolden Terrorclaw were half a beat slower than the Ice Empress’ Wrath, as he needed to wield his arm.

Huo Yuhao tapped into the impact generated by the Ice Empress’ Wrath to make a revolution in mid-air. When his body unfolded again, his right hand was already out. The complete Darkgolden Terroclaws! He swept it toward his opponent, who was frozen still.

Shen Musu’s Boulder Armor was his sixth soul skill, and was even a ten thousand year soul skill! But Huo Yuhao’s Ice Empress’ Wrath was a four hundred thousand year soul skill. While Huo Yuhao couldn’t unleash its full strength, he had no trouble freezing Shen Musu on the spot.

“Stop.” A golden barrel lit up in Xuan Ziwen’s hands. A cannon shell accurately landed on Shen Musu’s body and turned into a golden light barrier that protected him.

Huo Yuhao’s terrorclaw didn’t really strike him. They disappeared as a light projection flashed. His toes touched the golden light barrier, and he landed on the ground after he deflected himself into the air.

Xuan Ziwen was astonished. How’s he able to retract his attack so easily after unleashing it so furiously? How good is his control?

He didn’t know that Huo Yuhao couldn’t retract his terrorclaw if he unleashed the complete version. But it was another matter if he used Imitation to imitate his terrorclaw!

He was going to face a series of tough battles today. Why would he waste his soul power? He could decide victory with the Ice Empress’ Wrath. Since Xuan Ziwen intervened, it meant that he had won.

After ten seconds, Shen Musu’s Boulder Armor was crushed, and his face turned pale. He staggered and almost collapsed to the ground. A layer of golden light flashed continuously on his body. It was evident that some protective soul tool had been activated.

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