Volume 20, Chapter 180.3: A Sovereign-like Victory

In truth, it was impossible for Huo Yuhao’s Ice Empress’ Wrath to overcome Shen Musu’s Boulder Armor and Class 6 protective soul barrier.

While Shen Musu’s armor was able to Huo Yuhao’s attack, it also restricted his own strength at a critical moment. After the armor was frozen, he couldn’t break free even if he wanted to. Huo Yuhao then used the Darkgolden Terrorclaws to force Xuan Ziwen into intervening. Shen Musu could only concede defeat.

Shen Musu’s brows furrowed as he looked at Huo Yuhao. He was also shivering because of the extreme chill he had felt earlier, “You’ve won. But I’m not convinced.”

Huo Yuhao nodded his head and said, “I know that, I can sense it. Your daggers are indeed powerful, and aren’t easy to deal with. If I’m not wrong, the spikes were supposed to come at me relentlessly after they forced me to divulge my flaws. That’s why I didn’t give you the opportunity to unleash your full fighting strength. Let’s hope I have another opportunity to spar with you again.”

Huo Yuhao was also much more courteous against a worthy opponent. He was indeed impressed by Shen Musu’s abilities.

Shen Musu nodded at Huo Yuhao before turning around. He told himself that he needed to place a protective soul barrier outside the Boulder Armor the next time he sparred with Huo Yuhao. In that way, his defense would be even greater.

Yet another victory? Another commotion ensued. This fight had been very short, and the spectators’ stand was very far away. It was difficult to make out small events.

While Huo Yuhao seemed to win the fight quickly, it wasn’t easy for him. He won because of his Ultimate Ice. The Ice Empress’ Wrath froze his opponent’s earth-type ten-thousand year soul skill. In addition, he had also tricked Xuan Ziwen. Even if he had really used the complete Darkgolden Terrorclaws, he might not even have been able to crush the Boulder Armor.

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Huo Yuhao sat cross-legged on the ground and meditated as he returned to the waiting area. Although the Ice Empress’ Wrath had depleted some of his soul power, he had no problem continuing.

However, he realized how powerful the Class 6 soul engineers were after fighting Shen Musu. Although he was confident of going against them, he might lose if his focus and energy weren’t at their best.

After fifteen minutes, Huo Yuhao leapt up and nodded towards Xuan Ziwen.

The second soul engineer from the Illustrious Virtue Hall was an ordinary-looking woman with an average figure. She looked to be almost thirty years old.

“Illustrious Virtue Hall, Jing Ziyan.” This woman was the most concise among those who had competed against Huo Yuhao.

“Shrek, Huo Yuhao.” Huo Yuhao was also concise.

“The competition begins!”

Huo Yuhao burst forward as usual… but this time, he let everyone witness his top speed.

As he burst forward, four semi-circular soul tools appeared behind his back. They revealed four nozzles as they flipped out. The four nozzles started to spurt fire backwards. Four streaks of flames shot out, and Huo Yuhao’s body burst forward like a shooting star.

Those with keen eyes realized that Huo Yuhao was now covered by a layer of diamond ice crystals as the four streaks of bright flames shot out. He had no choice, as without the Ice Empress’ Armor’s protection his body couldn’t tolerate the incredible thrusting force or the wind resistance.

However, Huo Yuhao managed to reach a frightening speed with the explosive thrusting force. He covered a hundred and fifty meters almost instantly, arriving right in front of Jing Ziyan with a terrifying aura.

Jing Ziyan was very calm when she appeared. But when Huo Yuhao’s speed soared and he burst straight towards her, she was slightly surprised.

Huo Yuhao gave off a feeling like he was a powerful soul beast now. The Sovereign's Descent seemed almost unstoppable as Huo Yuhao’s speed increased dramatically.

What greeted Jing Ziyan was Huo Yuhao’s fist. It was covered by diamond ice crystals and combined both the Ice Empress’ Pincer and the Mysterious Jade Hands.

He didn’t use the Darkgolden Terrorclaws because he couldn’t combine both the Sovereign's Descent and Darkgolden Terrorclaws perfectly at such a high speed.

But he still managed to control the speed, strength, intent, energy, angle, and timing of this fist precisely. This was Huo Yuhao’s true ability, as he unleashed an ultimate strike!

Jing Ziyan drifted back instantly, and a layer of intense golden light shone from her body. It was an Invincible Barrier that could last for three seconds. Not only that, but a layer of thick purplish fog also surged up from her body. More accurately speaking, her entire body seemed to change into a ball of fog. Following this, her fifth soul ring lit up.

She was much stronger than Shen Musu. She had two yellow, two purple and two black soul rings – the perfect combination of soul rings for a Soul Emperor. Huo Yuhao had felt a sense of crisis, thus he unleashed such a powerful attack.

Huo Yuhao’s fist struck the Invincible Barrier heavily. The collision caused the lights in the Soul Tool Experimentation Arena to dim a little. Did the weather change?

The resolute Invincible Barrier started to crack after Huo Yuhao’s fist struck it. This crack started to extend, with his fist at the center of it. But it still looked like it had managed to resist Huo Yuhao’s strike.

But did it really manage to resist his strike?

The purplish fog instantly gathered within the Invincible Barrier and re-adopted human form. Jing Ziyan looked pale.

Yes, the Invincible Barrier could withstand Huo Yuhao’s all-out strike. However, it couldn’t resist the intent of his Sovereign's Descent. Jing Ziyan was forced back into her human form by this intent, and was even spiritually impacted.

Kacha! The Invincible Barrier broke completely.

A purplish light flashed in Huo Yuhao’s eyes before disappearing.

Jing Ziyan groaned. The back of her head seemed to have hit by something extremely strong. Fresh blood started to flow from her nose.

In the next instant, Huo Yuhao’s Darkgolden Terrorclaws were already in front of her. However, he stopped one inch away from her, and watched her as she collapsed to the ground.

She didn’t pass out. She covered her head with her hands and groaned in pain. More blood started to flow out of her eyes, ears, and mouth.

Huo Yuhao braced his chest as he let his Darkgolden Terrorclaws down. The entire place went silent at this point. He was just like a sovereign as he stood there.

“Tyrannical! He only has four rings?” Jing Hongchen muttered these words. Right now, he was in a daze.

Absolute speed, absolute strength, and absolute dominance.

Huo Yuhao didn’t even give Jing Ziyan a chance to counterattack before he ended the battle.

He returned to the waiting area without uttering a word. He sat where he was originally and started to meditate. Only Xuan Ziwen noticed that he was breathing heavily, and his right arm was trembling slightly. It seemed as if he could collapse.

That strike…

Huo Yuhao must have had suffered a huge price to unleash such a powerful strike.

It wasn’t a speed that a Class 5 or Class 6 soul engineer could reach. With Huo Yuhao’s standard in soul tool production, he couldn’t possibly create a Class 7 soul thruster. But he had used four Class 6 soul thrusters, allowing him to reach a speed equivalent to that of a Class 7 soul thruster.

The impact on his body was very heavy at such a high speed. Moreover, he hadn’t held back at all when he struck the Invincible Barrier. It was no surprise to him that he felt as if he was going to collapse.

It was also no wonder Jing Ziyan lost to him!

Xuan Ziwen was very familiar with Jing Ziyan. That’s because Jing Ziyan was his junior, and was once touted as a genius. The reason why she was only a Class 6 soul engineer now was because she got too greedy. She had researched all types of soul tools without choosing a path for herself. That was why she stagnated as a Class 6 soul engineer. But she still managed to enter Illustrious Virtue Hall, a testament to her talent. She was recognized as the Queen of Class 6 soul engineers in Illustrious Virtue Hall.

Illustrious Virtue Hall sent out Shen Musu and Jing Ziyan first in a bid to regain the face they had lost yesterday. However, both of them had now lost to Huo Yuhao. They even lost very quickly.

Xuan Ziwen was shocked to realize that Huo Yuhao had quickly entered a stable meditative state and stopped trembling after a while. Everything seemed to become calm again. The huge burden and pressure that he was under earlier seemed to have disappeared. His aura and soul power undulations returned to normal once again.

Yes, this was how quickly Huo Yuhao could heal. The immense life power of the Life Gold ensured that his body was very tough. Otherwise, he would’ve died when he saved Ju Zi and Ke Ke. The Ultimate Soldier Plan had proceeded smoothly because of his ability to fight continuously for long periods of time.

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