Perhaps they were both affected by the air around them, but their eyes opened at the same time. As their gazes met, they leapt up concurrently.
At this point, Xuan Ziwen didn't need to announce the start of the round.
They didn't burst towards each other immediately. They stared at each other from a hundred fifty meters away, and stood in their positions quietly.
An invisible pressure started to bear down in the Soul Tool Experimentation Area. Ji Juechen wielded his sword with both hands, and his six soul rings surfaced. A streak of sharp aura shot out from his body. His entire person seemed to fuse with his sword at this instant.
Fusing his soul into his sword. This was Ji Juechen's cultivation method. His martial soul was converted completely into force, and wasn't a physical entity. It had fused completely with his Extraterrestrial Meteoric Sword. He was the sword, and the sword was him. They were inseparable.
That sharp aura originated from his swift and fierce sword intent.
The Extraterrestrial Meteoric Sword let out a slight roar as he injected his soul power into it. The tip of the sword seemed to be shaking slightly. Ji Juechen's aura surged. Once this sword was unleashed, there was bound to be trouble.
Huo Yuhao didn't move as much as him. He stood there quietly, and his arms were wide open to his sides. He slowly clenched his fists. Distorted rays of light started to shoot out from his body.
White, yellow, purple, black and red. Five different colored soul rings intersected and flashed on his body. It wasn't possible to differentiate which were real and which were fake.
An azure-green radiance shot out from his backbone. His clothes couldn't conceal the intense light. Azure-green light also extended from his left arm, while his right arm dimmed. It was wreathed with a dark-golden radiance.
A bright golden light shone from his eyes, revealing his dominant aura. There was a purple sparkle amidst the golden light.
Huo Yuhao enhanced his soul power, soul bones, and soul rings to their highest level in the face of a strong opponent. The hour of meditation allowed him to unleash his full potential at this point.
Against Ji Juechen, he had many ways to deal with him. But he wouldn't use his own soul skills. That was because he could clearly sense that this battle with Ji Juechen was his best opportunity to increase his mastery of the Sovereign's Descent that he had inherited from Elder Mu.
Ji Juechen mentioned that he wanted to see Huo Yuhao's fist that he had used against Jing Ziyan. He wanted nothing else but the fist. Ji Juechen also revealed his sword intent in front of Huo Yuhao without holding back. They were going to decide this duel using the simplest method. They were also competing in the simplest of things.
At this point, Huo Yuhao's aura was much inferior to Ji Juechen's. His aura wasn't as condensed as his opponent's. Against the sharp sword intent, he was easily brushed aside. Ji Juechen's aura also ballooned and put a lot of pressure on Huo Yuhao.
Huo Yuhao's left leg made half a step to his left. Just as the sole of his foot was about to land on the ground, a muffled sound was heard. Following that, an frightening intent erupted from his body. This intent was extremely strong, and resisted the sword intent that was already closing in on him. Huo Yuhao managed to counteract the situation immediately.
An illusory light projection also appeared behind Huo Yuhao, and an illusory image of the Ice Jade Empress Scorpion surfaced subtly on his back. That's right, Huo Yuhao used the soul beast aura from the four hundred thousand year Ice Jade Empress Scorpion to make his aura even stronger, and resisted the swift and fierce sword intent.
Ji Juechen's body jerked slightly, but the look in his eyes became more resolute. His six soul rings flashed, and he held his sword with both hands. The tip of the sword was pointed toward the ground, and that side of his body was slightly forward. His legs were still. He was facing Huo Yuhao laterally.
His sword intent transformed once again. It turned from swift and fierce to vicious. His powerful aura shrank and clashed with the aura that Huo Yuhao had unleashed. It managed to force Huo Yuhao's aura into retreating slightly.
Intent! Fist intent! I need my own intent, not the Ice Empress' intent.
Huo Yuhao felt something in his mind breaking apart in the face of this tremendous pressure. A sobering effect caused him to be jolted awake at this instant.
The few powerful beings who were slumbering in Huo Yuhao's spiritual sea woke up at the same time. They were shocked as they saw the golden ocean that surged. The immense spiritual power released a bright golden light, and the entire spiritual sea was transforming greatly.
"Ice Empress, give me protection." The Skydream Iceworm spoke, and golden light rings started to spread out from his body.
One of his nine golden light rings was crushed. After that, it consolidated again to form an entity that resembled a golden sun. This golden sun directly flew above Huo Yuhao's spiritual sea and seemed to completely combust. Golden light expanded in all directions.
The Ice Empress also revealed her original formed in the spiritual sea. She lifted her pincers, and a dim azure-green light projection was revealed. She and the Skydream Iceworm were engulfed within this projection. No matter how ferocious Huo Yuhao's spiritual sea was, it couldn't impact them.
Electrolux appeared beside them silently. As he saw the combusting golden sun above the spiritual sea, he revealed a slight smile on his face.
"I didn't expect the change to be so quick and vast. Good, good, good!"
The Skydream Iceworm also appeared to be very excited. His chubby figure twisted as he was protected by the Ice Empress. The remaining eight golden soul rings on his body also flashed with waves of golden light.
A beautiful, white figure flashed into being for a moment. This figure seemed to mutter a sound before disappearing.
Huo Yuhao wasn't clear on everything that was happening in his spiritual world. He was in a very special state now. He could only feel his soul power and spiritual power that was unleashed under the control of his mind combining at a terrifying speed.
A great teacher could provide shortcuts for his students. In this world, there was hardly anyone who was a better teacher than Elder Mu; former Master of the Sea God's Pavilion, Ultimate Douluo and Dragon Douluo.
The Sovereign's Descent was the reason why Huo Yuhao's soul and spiritual power had combined.
Elder Mu once told Huo Yuhao that the Sovereign's Descent was a path on its own. It combined one's spiritual and soul power; it was a special path that involved creating one's own soul skill. To an ordinary soul master, he could only cultivate it when he became a seven-ringed Soul Douluo. It was only then that his spiritual power could complement his soul power. However, this wasn't necessarily the case for Huo Yuhao. He was a spiritual-type soul master. But Elder Mu could only guide him to this path. He had to decide how he wanted to walk this path, and to what extent he wanted to walk it.
Huo Yuhao used his talent and hard work to control the Sovereign's Descent before Elder Mu passed on. Elder Mu was very comforted by this, but he told Huo Yuhao that combining one's soul and spiritual power was very rare on the continent. Even he did not know how far Huo Yuhao could progress down this path. He hoped that Huo Yuhao would seize every opportunity to improve. When he could make the Sovereign's Descent one of his soul skills, he would become one of the best soul masters.
At this point, Huo Yuhao was in a magical fusion state. The tremendous pressure he was under unlocked his potential and caused him to improve significantly. His Eye of Destiny had already opened on its own. Fortunately, a layer of intense light was already shining around Huo Yuhao's body, thus, no one could see what he looked like. Otherwise, he would've been exposed.
Ji Juechen continued to face Huo Yuhao laterally. Right now, he was extremely shocked. Only he knew how frightening Huo Yuhao was at this point.
He had already reached his limit as he unleashed his sword intent at Huo Yuhao, but it was like moths flying into a fire, and also resembled waves hitting an immovable boulder. His sword intent couldn't touch Huo Yuhao at all.
Ji Juechen knew he couldn't wait any longer. His method of using his aura to take Huo Yuhao down was completely useless now. If he waited any longer, his confidence would collapse first.
Ji Juechen suddenly lifted his head, and there seemed to be two bolts of lightning in his eyes that were targeted at Huo Yuhao.
In the next instant, his entire body became like a queer streak of light. He stuck close to the ground as he approached Huo Yuhao.
It was a light ray that glided across the ground. It was extremely fast. Without the help of any soul tool, this was the fastest speed a six-ringed Soul Emperor could reach. Even an agility-type soul master couldn't compare to him at this point.
Ji Juechen's upper body seemed slightly slower compared to this light.
He held his sword with both hands and turned his body slightly. The short sword swept out. While his action seemed very simple, he was very dangerous as he performed it. His action was very slow, but it was completed in one go.