All of a sudden, Wu Rui sensed danger and hastily raised his hands to the front of his body.
A tremendous force imbued with a terrifying darkness surged towards him. Wu Rui was struck such that he flew out backward with the light of dark purple electricity shimmering around his body.
The six pieces of battle armor on his body glowed white as they withstood the tenacious sword blows.
'How could this happen?' Wu Rui's heart was in disarray. The next moment, while still flying backward he abruptly sank. He was attempting to control his body subconsciously, yet he could only sense the tremendous pressure akin to a hill on top of him.
Wu Rui dropped to the ground and the twisted space vanished. The crowd watched as Yuanen Yehui kneeled on Wu Rui's chest, using her knees to forcefully slam him to the ground. The tip of the Shadow Devil Sword in her hand was pointed downward at Wu Rui's chest.
Though the battle armor was capable of protecting his body, he had yet to own a complete set of one-word battle armor. Yuanen Yehui needed only a moment before she could directly attack Wu Rui's unprotected head.
"Stop!" Elder Cai's voice echoed promptly, as she announced the match's victory and defeat.
The wings flapped behind Yuanen Yehui's back. She floated up from Wu Rui's body and fluttered backward ten meters before she slowly touched the ground.
Sounds of cheering reverberated through the entire arena. The cheers from the second grade class one students were especially lively.
"She has become even stronger," muttered Tang Wulin. "If she had such power during the two-against-two match earlier, I don't think we would've triumphed so easily. Her Titan Giant Ape was surprisingly not her strongest technique, but the Fallen Angel was. This is truly unexpected!"
Gu Yue spoke, "Generally the second martial soul is stronger than the first. It's only a matter of when one chooses to advance it. I didn't expect for her to obtain a second spirit soul for her martial soul so soon. It would seem that she has made a vast improvement in her spiritual power."
Tang Wulin laughed. "This is quite stressful! Everyone is advancing so fast."
He was unaware that the reason for Yuanen Yehui's quick progress was directly related to him. Yuanen Yehui had been desperately striving under pressure from first grade class one's outstanding students. She had only very recently obtained the ten thousand year soul ring. Yuanen was truly powerful now.
"The first match goes to the first and second grade team!"
Wu Rui was uninjured, but his appearance was slightly marred by dust and dirt as he made his exit. It was absolutely shameful for him to lose to his junior sister when he had six pieces of battle armor.
Song Lin frowned a little. It was rather embarrassing for third grade class one since they lost in the first match! However, as a teacher, she could see that their defeat was fair, for Yuanen Yehui's power was unexpectedly strong. It was no wonder the academy agreed to allow the first and second grade team to challenge the third grade. They had a hidden secret as anticipated.
Setting the issue of battle armor aside, Yuanen Yehui was certainly gifted with unusual aptitude. She possessed a twin martial soul that had both achieved four soul rings, and even possessed a ten thousand year old spirit soul. This sort of power was rarely seen even in third grade. Not even Li Qiankun and Mo Jue were at her level when it came to natural talent. When she could own a set of one-word battle armor in the future, she would utterly exceed the outstanding students in her class. However, this was currently impossible since she had yet to become a one-word battle armor master.
Song Lin squinted her eyes as she turned around and looked toward Ye Wu. "It's your turn in the second match." She did not advise anything else as these students had been with her for seven years. She understood their characteristics very well.
Ye Wu's eyes burned with flames of excitement as he raised his hand to pat Wu Rui's shoulder. "Big Mouth Wu, I am going to avenge you."
Wu Rui pouted. "I hope that you'll meet an even stronger opponent." He was actually feeling somewhat recalcitrant. After the Fallen Angel released the fourth soul ring, his ability was apparently restricted. He could sense that he was suppressed by that ten thousand year soul ring's martial soul, or his soul skill would not have failed. After Cloning lost its effect, he no longer had the upper hand. If he was able to clone himself, he was confident that he could fight to the end by relying on his soul power enhanced by the battle armor.
On the lower grade team's side, Wu Zhangkong's gaze shifted to Wu Siduo and Ye Xinglan. The former took a step forward spontaneously. "Teacher Wu, I'll go for the second match."
Wu Zhangkong nodded slightly. "Give free reign to your power and all will be fine. Do not enter recklessly."
"Yes!" Wu Siduo answered and floated upwards, lithely landing on the competition stage.
Ye Wu, who had arrived onstage one step ahead of her, perceived the vision before his eyes brighten. A beautiful maiden had appeared before him. A girl's development was always slightly earlier than a boy. That was why even though Wu Siduo was only fourteen years old, she appeared not much younger than Ye Wu.
"Nice to meet you, junior sister. I'm Ye Wu of third grade class one," Ye Wu spoke with a smile. Surprisingly, his earlier aggression had subsided to some degree.
"First grade class one, Wu Siduo." Her reply was much simpler.
Astonishment flashed in Ye Wu's eyes upon hearing her name. He had learned of her long ago. She was ranked tenth on the Genius Youths Ranking, twin martial soul, and she possessed a martial soul fusion skill. There was no doubt of her natural ability. Her martial soul might not be as strong as Yuanen Yehui's, but her twin martial souls could utilize a martial soul fusion skill, and that was truly terrifying. Moreover, her cultivation base had already exceeded four soul rings even though she was only in the first grade.
The current batch of first grade students was truly frightening!
She would probably break through to the fiftieth rank by the second grade if she were given a few more years to develop herself.
She deserved to be honored as the best among the strongest freshman class in Shrek Academy in the past few centuries.
"Begin!" Elder Cai announced the start of the competition in the same exceedingly simple manner.
The two competitors moved simultaneously. It was as if two streaks of lightning appeared on the battleground. Ye Wu's whole body seemed to have ignited in the split second he dashed forward. His back spurted out intense flames that allowed him to instantly reach an extreme speed.
The first and second grade students were startled by his quick pace, especially the agility-type soul masters who had never seen such speed before.
Yes, Ye Wu's speed was beyond reason. Like a line of fire, it only took him a blink of an eye to approach Wu Siduo.
Wu Siduo herself was very fast. Her Hell Civet was extremely agile, yet she had only crossed a third of the distance between them when the opponent reached her.
'What kind of speed is this?' Wu Siduo could not help feeling fear in her heart. However, her reaction was incomparably swift. She released her first soul skill - Hell Rush!
Her Hell Rush was not meant to dash straight into the opponent, but for her to adjust her position ever so slightly. She dodged sideways using the Hell Rush's explosive speed.
Flames flashed past as their two bodies almost alternated positions. Ye Wu had already arrived on the other end of the arena between the glimmer of shadows formed by the light. He only changed direction when he approached the stage's edge. He drew out an arc as he turned and dashed toward Wu Siduo once again.
"He's swift but it seems he lacks agility," Tang Wulin whispered.
"Perhaps it's because he is so swift that his level of agility is affected." As a similar agility-type soul master, Xie Xie was startled by Ye Wu's speed as well. His linear assault speed was too fast that one's eyes would not be able to take everything in. Xie Xie wondered if he would be capable of such speeds, but he could see from Ye Wu's difficulty in stopping mid-stride that his agility was affected by his momentum.