Volume 23, Chapter 202.2: Human-shaped Soul Tool

Huo Yuhao said, “I will send the image directly to your mind with my spiritual power.”

Xuan Ziwen was astonished as he asked, “You can do that?” Although he knew that Huo Yuhao was a spiritual-type soul master, he was aware that he would need  immense spiritual power to to transfer an image with it.

Huo Yuhao nodded and said, “I can do it, but I’ll need you to trust me before I can show you the image in your mind.”

Xuan Ziwen replied without hesitation. “What are we waiting for then? Let’s start.”

Huo Yuhao was the one who was stunned now. “Teacher Xuan, I’ll need you to open your mind if I’m to do this. Aren’t you afraid…?”

Xuan Ziwen laughed and said, “What’s there to be afraid of? I’ve been your teacher for two years. If I don’t understand your character by now, I’m not fit to be your teacher! Let’s cut the crap and start!”

As he spoke, he’d already shut his eyes.

Huo Yuhao’s eyes flashed with a look of respect. He knew that he wouldn’t open his spiritual sea for anyone.

Dim golden light shone from Huo Yuhao’s eyes, and the golden light became more and more intense. He was standing right in front of Xuan Ziwen.  The entire room started to shine with strange and distorted spiritual undulations. Dim golden halos started to ripple outwards with Huo Yuhao’s head as the center. Even his body gradually glowed with a dim layer of gold.

After fusing with the Snow Empress’ Spirit, his spiritual power had ascended to another level. Even he didn’t know what level. However, he could use new abilities.

Two streaks of golden lights shot out from his eyes. These lights appeared gentle, but they caused the room to be filled with a strange aura.

Xuan Ziwen’s body jerked a little. He only a felt a strong force surging into his spiritual sea, and he wanted to resist it subconsciously. However, he could resist this urge as an eight-ringed Soul Douluo and a soul engineer. Even so, his guard wasn’t completely down. He retracted his spiritual power to shield his spiritual origin.

A human’s spiritual power would slowly increase along with his soul power. After all, great strength could only be controlled by a high enough spiritual power.

Xuan Ziwen was greatly invested in soul tool research. and spent most of his day thinking. That was why his spiritual power was stronger than most soul engineers of the same class. However, he was shocked to discover that the spiritual power surging into his body wasn’t any weaker than his own. Its spiritual aura managed to assimilate with him after encountering his spiritual aura.

Xuan Ziwen clearly felt that he was under a great, all-around pressure after Huo Yuhao’s spiritual power entered his spiritual sea. This also meant that he would be very passive if Huo Yuhao attacked him.

However, this was only an “if”. Just as Xuan Ziwen was shocked, an image suddenly appeared in his mind.

At the start, it was just a single, simple image. However, it was soon joined by others, and formed a projection.

It was a barren land surrounded by mountain rocks. The exact location couldn’t be discerned from the projection. The surroundings were very quiet, and he was looking at the barren land from the sky. There was only one person here—Huo Yuhao.

Huo Yuhao was standing on top of a small hill, peering into the sky.

Xuan Ziwen was shocked to realize that there was a third eye on Huo Yuhao’s forehead.

He thought that he was seeing things initially, and quickly gathered his spiritual power for clarity. However, he then noticed the vertical eye shining with a golden light. It seemed like it was looking at him.

A third eye? Don’t tell me that his Spirit Eyes experienced a second awakening, just like the Body Sect? Even though he was a powerful soul engineer with eight rings, his knowledge on this aspect of soul masters was limited.

Before he could form any concrete thoughts, the projection changed again. Huo Yuhao lifted his right hand, revealing a huge blue sapphire ring on his index finger. Six dazzling strips of starlight were shining on the surface of the ring.

Starlight Sapphire! Good stuff! Even though this piece was only as big as a fingernail, it could contain ten cubic meters of items if it was used as a storage-type soul tool. Xuan Ziwen immediately thought of soul tools when he saw such top-ranked materials.

Huo Yuhao lifted his right hand at this point, and the six strips of starlight started to spread. As blue light flashed, something huge was presented in front of him.

Upon seeing this object, Xuan Ziwen was unable to think about anything else. His entire body started to tremble violently, as if he’d been struck by lightning.

What is that? It was a dark grey metallic man, and it looked quite simple. He was around three and a half meters in height, and was completely human in shape. The dark grey surface wasn’t decorated with anything, but the lines on his body were very smooth.

A human-shaped soul tool? This was why Xuan Ziwen was shocked.

One of the most important research topics of the Illustrious Virtue Hall was human-shaped soul tools. That was because their development in this area had reached a huge bottleneck. There were many beneficial effects to human-shaped soul tools, but there were even more problems that existed. As one of the pioneers of this research category, Xuan Ziwen understood these problems clearly.

At this moment, Huo Yuhao had whipped out a human-shaped soul tool in front of him... that actually looked presentable. How could he not be shocked? He even suspected that Huo Yuhao had stolen a peek at the Illustrious Virtue Hall’s confidential secrets. He couldn’t believe that Huo Yuhao had successfully created a human-shaped soul tool. The reason was very simple—the size!

Human-shaped soul tools weren’t just an armor for soul masters. They were controlled internally, allowing them to move freely just like the all-terrain exploration soul tool that Huo Yuhao had controlled before. Which enabled them to attack and defend.

All this required a large number of formation arrays to be combined, and a strong soul master to control the finished product.

This human-shaped soul tool was too small. It was only three and a half meters tall. How many formation arrays could it contain? It probably couldn’t even perform simple flexible movements like a person.

In the projection, Huo Yuhao walked slowly to the human-shaped soul tool. He activated it, and it started to experience changes from the head down. Its headpiece was removed, and its neck revealed a straight vertical line that extended all the way to its lower body. After that, it started to crack through the middle, revealing a hollow interior.

Xuan Ziwen was even more confident of his judgment after seeing the empty space. Huo Yuhao wanted to step into the soul tool and control it from the inside.

Xuan Ziwen relaxed a little. To him, this human-shaped soul tool would probably be controlled by Huo Yuhao from the inside, as if it were a huge suit of armor. It was very different from the real internal control he had thought of.

Huo Yuhao indeed entered the soul tool, and the soul tool closed up, sealing him inside. After that, Xuan Ziwen wasn’t observing from the sky anymore. He had two different perspectives now—one was close-range observation, and the other was from inside the soul tool.

Huo Yuhao’s arms weren’t placed in the hollow arms of the soul tool. Instead, there were a few control joysticks and a series of buttons in front of him.

Xuan Ziwen then saw Huo Yuhao lifting a joystick from the inside of the soul tool. After that, the back of the soul tool started to crack open, revealing two huge pairs of wings. After pressing a few buttons, twelve streaks of light shot out from the wings. The thrusting force of the wings propelled the metallic man into the sky.

He was moving very quickly, reaching a standard that ordinary Class 7 soul engineers couldn’t even achieve. Gosh! Has this kid created twelve Class 6 soul thrusters to increase the speed? The balance is also so good? Furthermore, the air resistance against him is greatly reduced with the protection of the metal shell.

It’s also very flexible, and can perform actions in the air.

How is this possible? Why are the soul tool’s arms moving when his arms are only controlling the joysticks? Don’t tell me this is really a human-shaped soul tool. No, that’s impossible. I don’t believe it!

After flying for in the sky a while, the human-shaped soul tool landed on the ground. This time, it landed on flatter terrain.

Xuan Ziwen was still looking at it from two perspectives. Inside the soul tool, he saw Huo Yuhao sitting cross-legged.

The soul tool was three and a half meters tall, and its back was more than a meter wide. It was evidently a tight fit to sit inside it like that, but it was manageable.

Is he proving to me that…? Xuan Ziwen soon understood Huo Yuhao’s intention.

After that, Huo Yuhao’s hands moved faster and faster. The joysticks and buttons flickered under his control.

The human-shaped soul tool moved.

At the start, he was only simply walking forward. Following this, he leapt, rolled, turned around, and even did a cartwheel.

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