Ke Ke was worried as she said, "Huo Yuhao is too arrogant. What exactly does he want to do? He's really made things serious. When this competition is over, won't he have a tough time in the academy?"
Zi Mu said softly, "Keep your voice down. We'll get into trouble if others hear us. I think Yuhao is doing this on purpose. He just needs to study in the Illustrious Virtue Hall normally. The ordinary students won't get to see him. He's also an exchange student. If something happens to him when he's in the academy, the academy can't account for it either. He's doing this to humiliate the academy. I don't know why Hallmaster agreed to this sparring competition."
Ke Ke glanced at him and asked, "Did you register?"
Zi Mu shook his head and answered, "I'm not going to humiliate myself."
Ke Ke twisted her lips and commented, "I didn't know that you were so self-aware! Didn't you work very hard over the past half year? Aren't you confident of yourself?"
Zi Mu laughed and replied, "Confidence comes from one's abilities. At least, I don't want to expose too much right now. I'll beat him one day. But I admit that I'm not his match right now. Although my improvement over the past half year has been significant, didn't he increase his number of rings from three to four too? While I don't understand why a twin martial soul is so strong, I know that I'm not his match. I need to work harder. Is there news from Ju Zi?"
Ke Ke shook her head and said, "No! Don't think about her anymore. Didn't she reject you before she left?"
Zi Mu chortled. "It's not so easy to forget someone you love. You'll always have a chance if you work hard."
Ke Ke's attention was drawn to the arena, and she said, "The competition is about to begin."
The commotion from the spectators' stand didn't seem to affect Huo Yuhao's emotions. He didn't even take a look at Xuan Ziwen's displeased expression before retreating to one side of the arena. He shut his eyes and waited.
As a soul master, he had a great desire to fight. As he was immersed in soul tool creation every day and was under a lot of pressure in the Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy, he had a strong urge to vent his feelings. Today was the best opportunity for him to do so.
He wanted to leave this competition with greater rewards and prepare for his future research in soul tools. Doing it for Shrek and the Tang Sect was his greatest motivation.
He was only fifteen years old, but he was shouldering a lot of responsibilities. He needed to vent his emotions. He also had another intention - help the Tang Sect gain momentum. Bei Bei had discussed this with Huo Yuhao a couple of times. They reckoned that the Tang Sect's future development couldn't be separated from soul tools. Relying on Huo Yuhao and He Caitou wasn't going to be enough.
Where could one find the most talented soul engineers? The Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering academy. Huo Yuhao wanted to leave a deep impression through this competition. At the very least, he wanted all the students to know about him, whether they liked or disliked him. It was better for them to know about him than to be ignorant of his existence. Furthermore, his arrogance actually contained a deeper meaning behind it.
"The first round is about to begin. Everyone, please remain silent and give both parties a peaceful competing atmosphere. Whoever makes noise will be punished according to the school's rules and regulations." Lin Jiayi's stern voice reverberated through the entire place. This helped to contain the slightly messy situation.
Huo Yuhao's opponent was a youth who looked to be eighteen or nineteen years old. The badge on his chest revealed that he was a Class 5 soul engineer. However, he seemed a little nervous now.
While Huo Yuhao's actions had previously provoked the students from the Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy, they also put a lot of pressure on the competing students. If they won, they would become the heroes of the academy. But if they lost, they would be treated like sinners! This was even more so for the first student to spar with Huo Yuhao.
"Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy's Class 5 soul engineer, Xia Xuanchen." The nervous youth reported his name as he looked at Huo Yuhao. The entire arena was now silent. Everyone's attention was focused on the competitors.
"Shrek. Tang Sect. Huo Yuhao." Huo Yuhao said indifferently.
Xuan Ziwen was unhappy as he looked at Huo Yuhao. He said in a deep voice, "This is just a sparring competition. Both parties must try to avoid hurting each other during the process."
Huo Yuhao could sense Teacher Xuan staring at him and understood his intention. He nodded and replied, "Noted."
Xia Xuanchen also nodded. Right now, he had calmed down slightly, and slowly became excited. If he could defeat Huo Yuhao, would his class belle treat him nicer? Maybe he could even enter the Illustrious Virtue Hall directly. This was a great opportunity!
Xuan Ziwen heaved a sigh of relief after receiving Huo Yuhao's acknowledgement. He was afraid that Huo Yuhao would harm the academy's students in this sparring competition. A huge problem would arise if that happened. But now it seemed like he had no such intentions.
"Both parties, please retreat to the waiting area." Xuan Ziwen said loudly. The Soul Tool Experimentation Area had already been marked out yesterday. The waiting areas on both sides were separated by about a hundred and fifty meters. It was also a way for soul engineers to fully unleash their capabilities. From what they had agreed on earlier, Huo Yuhao couldn't use any soul tools apart from the Milk Bottle.
Xia Xuanchen turned around and walked away. He only felt that the blood in his body was surging. He couldn't wait.
Huo Yuhao was different from him. He walked backwards and revealed a smirk on his face. His first opponent didn't seem too impressive! Although they were just sparring, he was careless enough to show his opponent his back. He didn't have any wariness. It seemed like Jing Hongchen was right. Organizing this sparring competition was necessary for these ordinary students from the academy.
Xuan Ziwen also noticed this problem. That was why when both parties reached their waiting areas, he immediately shouted, "The competition begins!"
Xia Xuanchen turned around frantically as he heard Xuan Ziwen's sudden voice.
This was a natural reaction. However, he wasted two seconds as he turned and delayed for a moment. Huo Yuhao burst forth like a panther in these two seconds. He leapt up, and suddenly seemed to be flying. When Xia Xuanchen finally reacted, the distance between the two of them had already been reduced to a hundred meters.
Xia Xuanchen displayed his abilities as an elite student of the Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy even though he was shocked. He lifted his arms, and two metal barrels appeared as metal clanging sounds rang out. His metal barrels were different from ordinary soul tool cannons and soul rays. They covered his arms entirely, giving off the feeling that he had lost his arms and grown soul cannons in their place.
Two different balls of light suddenly shot out. The left soul tool cannon fired a ball of yellow light, while the right soul tool cannon fired a ball of red light. The speeds of the lights were also different. The yellow light was markedly faster than the red light. Before the red light was fired, a beep was heard from Xia Xuanchen's body.
Huo Yuhao's Spiritual Detection had already been unleashed when both parties were preparing for the competition. His greatest advantage in this sparring competition was that he was a soul engineer, even though he was competing as a soul master. Thus, he was very familiar with them. However, the Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy's soul engineers knew nothing about his fighting strategy.
That was why Huo Yuhao immediately recognized the different effects of the two balls of light. The yellow light came from a Class 5 shock cannon, which was a domain-type offensive soul tool. When their shots exploded at high speed, they would cause intense shockwaves. Opponents who weren't skilled enough could be torn apart by them. Even if the opponent could resist the shockwave, his movements would also be greatly stalled. It was a rather effective Class 5 soul tool, although it was very difficult to create.
The red light came from a high-powered soul cannon. It only had one effect, which was destroying the opponent. It could lock onto an opponent through the opponent's soul power. This allowed the cannon to track one's opponent.
The combination of the shock cannon and high-powered soul cannon was effective and powerful. Evidently, Xia Xuanchen had prepared well before the competition.
While this combination was desirable, Huo Yuhao had expected it. When the soul cannon was fired, Huo Yuhao suddenly changed directions. He moved in a diagonal direction now. It was an impressive change. When the shock cannon fired out the ball of yellow light, Huo Yuhao was no longer within the area covered by it.
The ball of red light that was fired after that, however, also changed directions, and was in hot pursuit of Huo Yuhao.
However, Huo Yuhao didn't even look at it. He changed directions again and burst towards Xia Xuanchen. At this point, they were only fifty meters apart.
Wasn't he scared of the high-powered soul cannon? At this point, everyone was puzzled by this question.