Jaafar made the first move . He slowly got up and he approached the railing of the platform . He then leaped down from the platform while members of Beast Tide cheered him on .
Jaafar lifted his head and he looked at Wu Yan with composed eyes . He is here to fight Sylph, the other participants are secondary to his objective . He had also seen Mikoto’s strength but since his feud with Sylph is one that had spanned years, he focused more on taking down Sylph .
Caah is not an opponent he can go easy on but more priority is given to Sylph since she’s the strongest student in school .
Well, he wouldn’t know if she would be able to take the champion title again .
All eyes are now on Wu Yan . Can this rockstar of a newcomer achieve victory against a solid champion candidate like Jaafar?
He looked calm enough, it’s like he’s not going up against a tier 8 opponent at all . He walked towards the edge of the platform .
“Onii-chan (Yan)! You can do it!”
Flandre-chan and Lulu cheered for him . Wu Yan didn’t turn around, he waved his hands to signal that he heard them . Exerting some strength in his legs, he disappeared from his spot the next moment .
In the arena, Wu Yan stared at Jaafar . It’s quite clear that they are greeting each other as warriors on the same battlefield .
Wu Yan wanted to avoid conflict with Sylph, Caah, and Jaafar . If possible, he would like to avoid going all out and revealing his cards but if push comes to shove, he is going to put maximum effort .
Jaafar’s perception of this newcomer is that Wu Yan is someone he should take note of from time to time . He is comrade with Mikoto who can fight on equal ground with Sylph who he dreamed about beating . Wu Yan is also friend with Ikaros who stopped the fight between Sylph and Mikoto by herself .
The leader of Starlight Queen seemed like she is close to him as well . All these have got Jaafar thinking that there is more to Wu Yan than just a famous newcomer .
Jaafar said something, an act he never did for his previous opponents .
” I hope you won’t let me down . ”
Jaafar said with a low tone . He had a very savage aura about him .
Wu Yan smiled in response . He drew Nietono no Shana from a portal behind him . He brandished the blade and got into a stance .
“Oh, I am coming for you with all my power . ”
Jaafar examined the blade and he is surprised with the information he gleaned from it . He had seen the fight between Wu Yan and Bing Ling . This flimsy blade can spew flames and now that he is up against it, he felt like maybe there really is something more to this newcomer .
Jaafar took didn’t take out his armament . He curled his bear-like palms into a claw shape .
“I am not looking down on you but my armament comes out only for worthy foe . ”
He punched the air and that punch left 5 gashes across the ground .
“Persuade me to use my armament . ”
Wu Yan smiled . Jaafar is haughty but he has the strength to back it up . To get him into serious mode, Wu Yan needed to display enough strength that would change his mind . He is already taking him in a more serious manner than other participants, due to his close association with Astrea, Ikaros, and Mikoto . Wu Yan also fought like a champion in his previous fights . Without all those achievements, Jaafar probably wouldn’t bother wasting saliva on him .
Mikoto, Hinagiku, and others could hear them due to the quiet environment . They thought that Jaafar needs to tone down his cocky attitude . The crowd didn’t think so, he had the right to be cocky, if he is a cocky student with no real strength, the crowd would have drowned him in spit a long time ago .
The crowd are all busy whispering to each other, speculating about who might be the winner of this fight . Lei Wang waved his hand and the noise slowly died .
He observed the two fighters’ condition and he smiled . He is looking forward to this fight, Jaafar had the highest chance of winning here . Wu Yan, on the other hand, is a wild card, even the other old monsters are surprised by his lack of background .
He had also seen how Wu Yan isn’t intimidated at all . Lei Wang is sure that this man is going to give him a big surprise during the fight .
“Little fellow, I have high hopes for you…”
Lei Wang raised an arm .
“I now declare the 3rd stage of the tournament officially underway . Let the first round begin!”
Lei Wang’s declaration was followed by Jaafar emanating his dou qi . The amount is so intense the crowd could feel it even if they are some distance away from the arena .
Blood red dou qi started pouring out of Jaafar . His hand also increased in size, Wu Yan can hear joint popping sounds .
An image of a beast appeared behind Jaafar .
Wu Yan tightened his hold on Nietono no Shana, fire came out of Nietono no Shana, his flames somewhat diminished the domineering aura of his beast projection .
There are no signs of dou qi coming out of Wu Yan . However, another type of aura emanated from Wu Yan .
It’s a mystical kind of pressure that is on par with Jaafar .
Wu Yan released a long breath . He shook his arm and Nietono no Shana responded by emitting even more flames, he baked the ground until the surrounding air had signs of convection . His eyes had turned golden, a regale golden color that inspired a primal fear in any observer .
Sparks flew off his body before he turned into a blurry figure that headed straight for Jaafar who is stationary . Wu Yan initiated the fight by electromagnetically accelerating himself towards Jaafar .
He closed the distance in less than a blink of an eye . Everyone knew the start of an intense fight when they saw one .