Princess Jiu Jiu bounced off the sofa after listening to Huo Yuhao's statement, and she stared at him with eyes overcome with fear.
The news that Huo Yuhao had just relayed to Princess Jiu Jiu was simply too astounding, and this was the same for the Star Luo Empire, A sect formed by evil soul masters, a sect that possessed an Ultimate Douluo, and a Transcendent Douluo, and a sect that was under the protection of another nation hostile to them. Xu Jiujiu's typical stability and composure began to waver as she panicked after listening to this piece of incredibly bad news.
"Are you for real?" Princess Jiu Jiu stared at Huo Yuhao as she subconsciously clenched her fists.
Huo Yuhao heaved a faint sigh and said, "How can I lie about something like this, and how can I even succeed in doing so? You can observe when the competition begins, and you will see things for yourself."
Princess Jiu Jiu's face changed as she stumbled backwards, and her calves pressed against the sofa. She lost her center of gravity and collapsed back onto it.
"That's impossible, just impossible. How can evil soul masters possess a Transcendent Douluo, and even an Ultimate Douluo? That's absolutely impossible. Have you seen it with your own eyes?"
Huo Yuhao knew that this piece of news was hard to believe. Furthermore, he was practically telling the Star Luo Empire that disaster had befallen them.
Huo Yuhao lowered his voice and asked, "Have you ever heard of the Scorpion Tiger Douluo, Zhang Peng?"
"Scorpion Tiger Douluo? Are you talking about the half-evil soul master, that Scorpion Tiger Douluo? He… hasn't he been missing for many years?" Princess Jiu Jiu had already reconciled with this piece of news, but she would rather be in denial of what she believed to be true.
Huo Yuhao answered, "The Scorpion Tiger Douluo has already appeared in Radiant City, and we just met him in the measurement room. Furthermore, eldest senior brother has been hurt by people from the Holy Ghost Church, and he's barely hanging on. I hope that you can calm down, princess, and that you can treat this substantial problem seriously. You have to relay this information back to the Star Luo Empire as quickly as possible, so that the Star Luo Empire can be prepared to respond."
Xu Jiujiu was a lady, but the fact that she had such a status within the Star Luo Empire meant she had to have some outstanding qualities. She tried her best to control her emotions after hearing Huo Yuhao's reminder, and she nodded her head. "Alright, please go on."
Huo Yuhao said, "The Sun Moon Empire can be considered our mutual enemy. The war hasn't begun, but anyone can see that the day will come when the Sun Moon Empire cannot hold themselves back anymore. Furthermore, the Holy Ghost Church is made up of evil soul masters and can be treated as the collective enemy of all other soul masters in the world. The Scorpion Tiger Douluo, Zhang Peng, is the Transcendent Douluo that I have seen. I obliterated one of the Holy Ghost Church's branches when I was on exchange at the Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Academy, and that episode gave me proof that this sect exists.
"We were ambushed by the Scorpion Tiger Douluo on our way back to Shrek. I wouldn't be here today if there hadn't been powerful individuals from Shrek Academy there with me during that episode. The Scorpion Tiger Douluo wasn't the strongest one in the force that came to ambush me, however. There was another name that I'm sure you've heard before, princess: the Dragon Emperor Douluo, Long Xiaoyao."
Xu Jiujiu's eyes became a little slack after she heard that name. She had barely managed to calm herself down before this, and her expression drastically changed once more in the next moment. "The one who possesses the Darkness Holy Dragon, and the one who was once known as one of the Twin Holy Dragons of Black and White; the Dragon Emperor Douluo, Long Xiaoyao? But isn't he more than two hundred years old if he's still alive? He hasn't appeared on the Continent in the past hundred years. This… how is this possible?"
Huo Yuhao forced a laugh and said, "I wish that this was all impossible, and that nothing like this had ever happened. However, the truth is right in front of us, and we cannot force ourselves not to believe it. Our academy's Elder Xuan was there that day, but even Elder Xuan was one generation beneath Long Xiaoyao. I trust that you know that my teacher was the Radiant Holy Dragon of the Twin Holy Dragons of Black and White, and he was the Dragon God Douluo. Long Xiaoyao shared a reputation with my teacher when he was still alive, and now that my teacher has passed, nobody in Shrek Academy has the ability to single-handedly hold back the Darkness Holy Dragon. Even though the Dragon Emperor Douluo isn't an evil soul master, he's still part of the Holy Ghost Church. Furthermore, he's not the sect leader, he's only one of the sect's elders. There's someone out there who can command people like the Dragon Emperor Douluo and the Scorpion Tiger Douluo; it's not hard to imagine how powerful the Holy Ghost Church is."
Xu Jiujiu's face was a little pale. This piece of news was just too important, yet she had had no idea about it before today. This was far too important for the Star Luo Empire.
"Thank you, Yuhao. Thank you for telling me everything. This is just too important, and I will immediately send someone to verify these things. The empire will not forget this contribution and favor if we find this information to be true, and we will definitely reward you accordingly." Xu Jiujiu's thoughts were a little messed up and she wasn't in her right state of mind, but she didn't forget about her promise. Even though Huo Yuhao was far less valuable in his current crippled state than he had been back then, she could guess that Huo Yuhao wouldn't remain like this from the look on his face.
Huo Yuhao lowered his voice and said, "This isn't that much of a contribution. From our perspective, the Sun Moon Empire and the Holy Ghost Church can possibly become an enemy that we have to face together. Perhaps, that day is inevitable. You should be able to tell from my description, princess, that nobody has the ability to challenge them alone. We can only forge as many alliances as we can in order to have the strength to challenge them."
Xu Jiujiu nodded her head silently. If the Sun Moon Empire possessed an Ultimate Douluo that had been around for two hundred years, that person alone could be apocalyptic for the Star Luo Empire. An Ultimate Douluo had enough power to take down more than ten Titled Douluo at a whim, and once the Star Luo Empire's top-level individuals had fallen, there would no longer be anything they could do against the Sun Moon Empire, and they would be rolled over.
Xu Jiujiu asked, "Do you have other information, Yuhao? If you have other important intel, I can purchase it directly from you. You can ask for any price you want." Her impression of Huo Yuhao was a lot better than before. Just as Bei Bei had said, it would be a lot easier for them to obtain the princess' trust with the information about the Holy Ghost Church as their main game.
Xu Jiujiu didn't even consider whether Huo Yuhao was deceiving her. First, he hailed from Shrek Academy. Secondly, this piece of news was simply too astounding. Furthermore, Huo Yuhao mentioned that the Holy Ghost Church had sent people to participate in the competition, and it would be too easy to expose a lie. Therefore, she completely believed him. She would immediately send people to obtain evidence once Huo Yuhao left, and then she would relay this information back to her empire.
Huo Yuhao said, "I don't have other intel. We've only developed these speculations after we just realized that the Holy Ghost Church is also participating in the competition. We're here to find you because we can't afford to delay any longer. The Holy Ghost Church dares to parade around in broad daylight, and that goes to show that they're unafraid of threats from any other force. That also means that the Sun Moon Empire won't be holding back for much longer."
Xu Jiujiu nodded and said, "You're right, this is too important. Let's do it this way, Yuhao. You guys can return for now, and I will immediately settle this and pass this information back to the empire so that my brother can make a decision. If this is true, I'm afraid we'll have to pay a personal visit to Shrek Academy."
Huo Yuhao said, "Don't be hasty, princess. I have something else for you. If you're interested, our cooperation can begin right away."
Huo Yuhao gestured to Wang Dong'er behind him as he spoke.
Wang Dong'er raised her left hand. The Starlight Sapphire ring that Huo Yuhao typically wore was now on her left hand, and six streaks of starlight glowed on the ring's surface.
Xu Jiujiu was momentarily stunned, and a tinge of vigilance immediately appeared in her eyes.
Right at this moment, a human figure appeared soundlessly behind Xu Jiujiu. Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong'er only discovered her existence when she appeared, and Huo Yuhao had completely failed to sense her appearance before this, even with his current spiritual power.
"A Titled Douluo?" Huo Yuhao asked in surprise.
An old woman had appeared behind Xu Jiujiu. She looked like she was at least eighty years old, and her hair was all white. She was clad in a flowing red dress that radiated in tandem with her snowy-white hair, but her eyes appeared exceptionally dark and sinister. Greenish-blue light burst from her eyes in all directions, and she unleashed a forceful and stifling aura from the moment she appeared. This aura wasn't targeted at Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong'er. Instead, it filled up the entire room.
Huo Yuhao's expression didn't change at all in the face of such immense pressure. Faint purple light sparkled in his eyes as gentle spiritual undulations flowed outward and enveloped both him and Wang Dong'er inside.
"Eh?" The old woman gasped in surprise, and there was now a hint of astonishment in her eyes as she stared at Huo Yuhao. She could tell from his soul power undulations that this youth had but five soul rings, give or take, yet he could defend himself against her stifling aura. He didn't cower away or back off at all, and she couldn't even lock onto him. How could this be something that a five-ringed Soul King could achieve?
The old lady increased the pressure in the air after her initial flash of astonishment, and this pressure poured towards Huo Yuhao from all directions.
Huo Yuhao didn't show any weakness at all, nor did he say a single word. Purple light circulated, and a diamond-like radiance gradually began to sparkle in his eyes. The purple light layer that was protecting them immediately became like the night sky, while stars dotted its surface. This Titled Douluo didn't stifle Huo Yuhao's formidable spiritual power at all. Instead, it seemed as if Huo Yuhao was pushing back against her!
Huo Yuhao's fighting strength paled in comparison to when he wasn't injured. However, his aura hadn't been weakened at all. Even Elder Xuan had been astounded by his spiritual power, while the old woman was still quite a distance from Elder Xuan's abilities.
A virtual golden projection began to glimmer into view behind Huo Yuhao's back. It was Wang Dong'er's look in girl's clothes, and the Goddess of Light immediately caused Huo Yuhao's eyes to grow gentle and tender as they were filled with overwhelming love. His Goddess of Light's power was boosted by thirty percent as long as Wang Dong'er was beside him.