Bei Bei nodded and replied, "Yes, we are from the Tang Sect. The Tang Sect was down once before, but our goal is to make it great again."
Xu Jiujiu took a deep look at him before studying the rest of them. She nodded and said, "All of you can do it." She wasn't being merely polite. These people in front of her had managed to become champions during the tournament even though they were only Soul Ancestors and below! Each of them possessed great potential, and they were all top students from Shrek Academy!
A sect was quite powerful if they had a Titled Douluo holding the reins. While the few of them weren't very old, they all had the potential to become Titled Douluo in the future!
After pondering for a moment, Xu Jiujiu immediately said, "The history of the Tang Sect goes back a long way. The first generation Tang Sect leader also contributed greatly to the world of soul masters. If your sect needs the help of the empire in the future, we'll do anything to help."
As she spoke, she retrieved a pure gold token and gave it to Bei Bei.
"If the Tang Sect requires any help from the Star Luo Empire in the future, any one of you can use this token and find me at Star Luo City. I'll do my best to help, if it's within my means."
The token was heavy, and was carved with hollow tulip patterns on the front. On the back, there was an image of a tiger's head. It represented the imperial family's remembrance of the White Tiger Dynasty.
This token had great significance. Bei Bei immediately turned serious and said, "Thank you for this gift, Your Highness. The Tang Sect will always remember our friendship with the Star Luo Empire. I believe we'll have a chance to work together in the future."
If the Tang Sect's development only relied on Shrek Academy, it would mean that they were content to only exercise their influence over a certain region. However, this wasn't what Bei Bei wanted to see. He had promised Tang Ya that they would become the top sect on the continent! Right now, he was also working hard in this direction. Collaborating with the Star Luo Empire was very important to Bei Bei's plans. He didn't reject Xu Jiujiu's offer.
Xu Jiujiu revealed a smile on her face as Bei Bei accepted the token. "I hope that the day we work together will come soon."
After she said that, she turned her attention to Huo Yuhao, "Huo Yuhao, are you planning to compete in this state?"
Huo Yuhao laughed bitterly, "Disabled people also have their rights. Your Highness, you can't judge people based on their looks!"
Xu Jiujiu's gaze changed slightly, and she smiled, "I can't sense any bitterness from your voice. It seems like I worried too much."
Huo Yuhao was a little stunned as he looked at her. Acute observation! Indeed, he felt very blissful, as he was immersed in Wang Dong'er's care every day even though he couldn't move his arms and legs. Naturally, he wasn't bitter at all.
"Your Highness, don't poke fun at a disabled person!" Huo Yuhao said helplessly.
Princess Jiujiu smiled and said, "We'll wait and see whether I'm really mocking you. If we meet in the tournament, you must show some mercy. Although I never thought that the Star Luo National Academy would become champions, we can't be eliminated too soon, either! I'll make a move first!"
After she finished her piece, she left with the bunch of youths behind her.
As she slowly walked away, Huo Yuhao appeared a little pensive. Bei Bei whispered as he asked, "What did you see?"
Huo Yuhao gently shook his head, "I only feel that I shouldn't be troubling this famous princess, since I'm not even a competitor."
It wasn't too exaggerated to use the word 'famous' to describe Xu Jiujiu. In the Star Luo Empire, she was an authoritative figure that everyone knew. She was also very beautiful, and everyone in the empire loved her.
Bei Bei nodded slightly and said, "Let's counter changes with no changes. No matter what goal she has, she won't be targeting us."
Huo Yuhao said, "Eldest senior, do you remember that I mentioned that the Illustrious Virtue Hall was ambushed by the Body Sect?"
Bei Bei was stunned, "What do you mean? She's involved?"
Huo Yuhao squinted and said, "I'm not sure. However, the hundred-thousand year soul beast embryo was auctioned off at the Star Luo City. After that, there was a rumor that someone offered a hundred million gold soul coins to obtain the embryo. Who's wealthy enough to offer such an astronomical figure? I believe the Sun Moon Empire would have noticed this, too. Whether it's direct or indirect, the Body Sect's ambush on the Illustrious Virtue Hall must somehow be related to the Star Luo Empire."
Bei Bei said softly, "I wonder if the Body Sect will be here for the tournament. They have always been very mysterious. Surely the Sun Moon Empire isn't targeting the Body Sect by allowing sects to take part in the tournament?"
Xu Sanshi groaned and said, "Don't underestimate the Sun Moon Empire. This is a renowned tournament that involves the entire continent. The Sun Moon Empire can't possibly use the tournament to target the Body Sect. Their goal isn't that simple. However, there must still be a degree of targeting involved. If the Body Sect doesn't come, it shows that they are scared of the empire. I believe it's still possible that they'll come."
Xiao Xiao's expression changed, and she said, "If the Body Sect comes, they'll be a threat to us."
Jiang Nannan said, "It's not just the Body Sect. There are many strong sects on the continent. We'll have to take this tournament step by step. Let's be steadier."
Bei Bei commented, "Indeed. Yuhao, don't compete unless it's necessary."
Huo Yuhao furrowed his brow and said, "Eldest senior, I have the exact opposite thinking as you. I hope to be the first to compete in every round of the tournament."
"What?" Everyone was shocked when he said this. Wang Dong'er also exclaimed like a lady, even though she was dressed in a man's attire.
Bei Bei creased his brow, "Yuhao, you…"
Huo Yuhao smiled and said, "Don't panic, listen to me first! The greater the pressure, the more likely my potential can be inspired to fuse with the origin energy of Ultimate Ice in my body. Just by cultivating as a means to fuse this energy, I'll take years. However, I believe it'll be faster if I'm constantly fighting. Don't worry, I'll concede defeat if I can't take it. With my current cultivation, it shouldn't be difficult to win one round."
Xu Sanshi smiled and said, "Yuhao, you can't say that. You are our secret weapon. We shouldn't use our secret weapon first. Isn't it good to hide it first?"
Huo Yuhao chuckled, "I'll hide some of my abilities. It's not easy to see through the soul skills that my Spirit Eyes possess."
Wang Dong'er said, "No, you can't compete. You can't be the first to compete, either. No matter how strong your Spirit Eyes are, you can't move or dodge because of your body. If someone unleashes a long-range strike at you, what can you do? You already lack the ability to attack from long-range. Without your entire body to coordinate, you'll be unable to unleash your potential even with soul tools. It's too dangerous." No one knew Huo Yuhao better than her.
Huo Yuhao said, "This isn't a problem. I have my own ways. Let me compete first in the first elimination round. If I can't make it, I won't make such a request again. Furthermore, I guarantee that I'll only fight three single rounds. Yes?"
Bei Bei looked at Wang Dong'er. In such matters, he needed to seek Wang Dong'er's approval first.
After pondering for awhile, Wang Dong'er nodded lightly and said, "Alright, I'll let you try in the first round. However, your safety takes priority. This is for everyone, and for me!"
Huo Yuhao held her hands and smiled, "Don't worry, I can't bear to die. With my current state, it might not be a bad thing."
Xu Sanshi coughed twice. "The two of you can't always be so immersed in yourselves. It's too provocative. Furthermore, Wang Dong'er is now Wang Dong. Aren't you afraid that others will misunderstand you?"
Wang Dong'er and Huo Yuhao were stunned. Indeed, a few resting teams shot them weird glances.
Wang Dong'er pulled her hands from Huo Yuhao's grasp and said as she glanced left and right, "Eh, why aren't they letting us register yet? Their efficiency is really low."
Compared to five years ago, all of them had changed greatly. It was very difficult for anyone to recognize them even though they had competed in the last tournament. After all, the changes from puberty were substantial.
This was especially true for Huo Yuhao, Wang Dong'er, and Xiao Xiao. They weren't even thirteen when they competed last time, but they were seventeen now. Xiao Xiao was already a ravishing beauty. While Huo Yuhao was seated in a wheelchair, he was still a tall and large youth. He was two heads taller than he was five years ago. If Princess Jiujiu hadn't been monitoring him, she wouldn't have recognized him. That was why no one came to greet them even though they had been waiting for quite some time. Huo Yuhao noticed a few familiar teams. Of course, he only recognized their leaders. Although these teams had had preparatory squad members during the last tournament, he hadn't really noticed them too much. Over the past five years, he wasn't the only one who had changed. They had all been youths. Everyone else had changed greatly too!