"Oh?" Huo Yuhao shivered. Although he hadn't discovered anything with his Spiritual Detection, his hairs still stood on end.
What's going on? Huo Yuhao stopped meditating, stunned. He trusted in his own instincts, these sudden warnings and his intense reactions signified that the impending danger was terrifying.
He knocked on the crystal door twice. It wasn't loud, but the ladies were jolted awake.
"We may be in trouble. Don't come out, but be prepared to attack. Ju Zi, remain in the main control pod. If things get out of hand, don't bother with me and just roll down the mountain. I'll find a way to escape." Huo Yuhao said softly. The composure and tension in his voice completely woke Ju Zi and Ke Ke up.
"What did you discover?" Ju Zi opened a glass window and asked softly. As she spoke, some metal clanging sounds could already be heard from her and Ke Ke's body. They were preparing their offensive soul tools for battle.
Huo Yuhao shook his head slightly and said, "I'm still unsure. But I'm far more sensitive than most people. I believe that a huge problem is coming."
Huo Yuhao took a deep breath and tried to calm himself down. Although he had made significant improvements over the last two years, he was still only at Rank 40 at the moment. He couldn't compare with truly powerful figures.
His Spiritual Detection changed from an radial detection to a one-directional detection as Huo Yuhao scanned his surroundings.
The one-directional detection could stretch out to a kilometer if he didn't use the Eye of Destiny. This wasn't the time to conserve soul power, so he initiated his Spiritual Detection to the fullest and scanned downslope.
The two windows of the all-terrain exploration vehicle were open, two black cannons poking out from them. Each cannons' caliber was greater than 100 millimeters, both operated by Ke Ke, who was carrying a cannon on each shoulder. Ju Zi sat in the main control pod, ready to move the all-terrain exploration vehicle at a moment's notice.
Huo Yuhao didn't unleash any soul tools, but he watched his surroundings very sharply. When his entire body made a full revolution, his expression was extremely dismal before he finished.
Silent figures were already gathering towards the top of the mountain from all directions. They didn't make a sound, but the invisible threats clenched at Huo Yuhao's heart.
"A pack of wolves. It's a pack of golden wolves. We're surrounded. There are at least three ten thousand year golden wolves leading more than one hundred hundred year to a thousand year wolves. They'll be here in less than three minutes. Be prepared to escape. I believe they won't be able to resist the all-terrain exploration vehicle if it rolls over them."
Ju Zi and Ke Ke were stunned. These golden wolves were in fact metal-type wolves. They were actually soul beasts under the metal element. Although they weren't as powerful as the golden lion, tiger, panther or bear metal-type soul beasts, they were much quicker, and they moved in packs. In the Jing Yang Mountain Range, all metal-type soul beasts show more ability in fighting than the other soul beasts by at least thirty percent. In addition, there were even three ten thousand year soul beasts leading this pack. This spelled trouble. Even if Huo Yuhao and the girls couldn't be killed so easily, their energy would be depleted rapidly.
"Yuhao, get in."
"Let's roll them down together." Ju Zi called anxiously.
Huo Yuhao shook his head in refusal. "No, I can't leave. These golden wolves were sent by a Silverwolf. I can sense the Silverwolf's aura. If I'm not wrong, this Silverwolf's soul ring should be suitable for my fourth soul ring. Leave first. Don't worry about me. I'll find a way out."
"No, it's too dangerous. There's more than a hundred golden wolves out there!" Ju Zi wanted to come out as she spoke.
Huo Yuhao pressed against the door and said, "I know how I can get out. But if I'm really stuck, I can just use a flying-type soul tool to escape. Be careful now. I'm sending the both of you off." As he spoke, his palms were covered in diamond crystals. His arms exerted an immense force, and the Controlling Crane Capturing Dragon fully unleashed the Mysterious Heaven Technique, in cohesion with Huo Yuhao's physical strength. He lifted two of the metal ball's legs and pushed them forward.
At the same time, the heavy all-terrain exploration vehicle shifted backwards. Ju Zi and Ke Ke cried out in exclamation simultaneously. Huo Yuhao's voice rang in their ears, "Don't bother worrying about me. Let's meet at our rendezvous point later. I'll be fine. Don't turn back. Just keep rolling."
The top of this mountain wasn't very wide, so the all-terrain exploration vehicle immediately lost its balance and nearly rolled off the side.
Ju Zi's decisiveness was displayed at this moment. While Ke Ke was still very displeased with Huo Yuhao and wanted to question his decisions, Ju Zi had already shut the two open windows. The six mechanical legs shrank, and a huge amount of rubber spewed out of the all-terrain exploration vehicle. This caused the surface of the all-terrain exploration vehicle to become very springy, its scent was concealed by the rubber as well. The all-terrain exploration vehicle rolled down the mountain, and the two ladies inside rolled around interior of the all-terrain exploration vehicle. The protective mechanism in the all-terrain exploration vehicle finally took effect. The internal area was separated from the outer surface layer, which let the central springs rapidly reduce its bouncing, and increased the stability inside the soul tool.
Huo Yuhao was relieved as he watched the metal ball roll down the mountain. He couldn't let them see some of his abilities. It was less strenuous on him if they were around yes, but he also couldn't unleash his full power. He wasn't lying when he said he had felt a ten thousand year Silverwolf's presence earlier. As a spiritual-type soul master, Huo Yuhao knew the importance of a suitable spiritual-type soul ring, and he couldn't let go of such a great opportunity. Otherwise, it would prove to be very difficult to find this ten thousand year Silverwolf later, given its ingenuity.
Ever since he started training for the Ultimate Soldier Plan, he'd never once burst forth with his full abilities. Even he himself didn't know the limit of his current cultivation's might. However, today was as good an opportunity as any to test out his abilities. Only in the face of a true threat could his potential truly be unlocked. He wasn't afraid of a ten thousand year soul beast, even if it was of the metal element, he already specialized in fighting many opponents. Moreover, he thrived in situations where he was outnumbered! Otherwise, what was the point of the Ultimate Soldier Plan?
His hands drooped down beside his body, and Huo Yuhao's eyes emitted a dim golden glow. The gentle gold contained a thick aura of austerity.
"Come." Huo Yuhao's mind and energy were at their peak.
His Spiritual Detection told him that the all-terrain exploration vehicle had attracted a few golden wolves as it rolled down, they had chased after it. This was also a small part of his plan. Right now, his plan was to distract these wolves. Making the wolves run around was bound to cause confusion and mess up their formation.
Huo Yuhao threw a silver figure into the air. Following that, a reverberating boom resounded in mid-air. A subtle azure-blue radiance appeared on Huo Yuhao's left arm, which was a trace of his Ice Explosion Technique.
The Silverwolf's corpse turned into powder in mid-air and scattered. A thick, bloody scent diffused across the mountain top.
If one wasn't merciless enough in the world of soul beasts, where survival of the fittest was the rule, one wouldn't be able to survive. At this point, Huo Yuhao had retracted the little hint of compassion hiding in his heart and made himself more cold-blooded.
Pathetic wolf howls could be heard from the midway point up the mountain. The pack of wolves evidently realized that Huo Yuhao already discovered them. The all-terrain exploration vehicle that rolled off the mountain lost the Silverwolf's scent and no longer captured their attention. The pack of wolves didn't bother with concealing themselves anymore, and burst forth with the fastest speeds they had towards the peak.
Crisp, clanging sounds rang on Huo Yuhao's body, and metal cases started appearing. They emitted an eerie, dark golden color.
The metal cases were stacked on his shoulders, arms, chest and back, the sides of his legs, his waist etc. There were eighteen of them. Every metal case seemed to be rather heavy, and made Huo Yuhao's person seem to tower high.
The first golden wolf finally drifted into Huo Yuhao's view. It was indeed different from the golden wolves found in other places. Its muscles protruded underneath glowing fur, and made it seem very burly. A bloodthirsty gaze from it was instantly fixed on Huo Yuhao's body.
It roared furiously and leapt towards Huo Yuhao. It lifted its blade sharp front claws and slashed towards Huo Yuhao.
Huo Yuhao estimated that this golden wolf should be among the strongest for its cultivation.
Huo Yuhao took half a step back, only a series of clanging noises resonating could be heard. A layer of white flashed on one of the metal cases on his left wrist before disappearing. That golden wolf's figure froze in the air. Although it was still in a leaping stance, it started to howl pathetically.
Sixteen transparent holes appeared in its fur, which was supposed to be defensively sound.
This was part of the frightening penetrative ability belonging to the Zhuge Divine Crossbow. Which instantly pierced through the golden wolf's body.
The crossbows on Huo Yuhao's body were completely charged beforehand. They had to be recharged once every three days. Huo Yuhao had already prepared them long before he'd entered the Jing Yang Mountain Range. This golden wolf became the first victim of his Zhuge Divine Crossbow.