The resting area was on the east side of the stage, and was divided into two regions. The region closer to the stage was a pergola, and could hold close to twenty teams. The rest were just chairs that weren't shaded. These chairs were lined up in a row to the sides of the pergola, slightly behind it.
From how the Sun Moon Empire hosted this tournament, their attention to detail reflected their superiority. The resting area with the pergola was undoubtedly left for the more prestigious academies and sects.
After registering at the registration point and providing the administrative details for the tournament, the Tang Sect team was led to a region with all wooden benches. It was even in a dilapidated corner.
Everyone from the Tang Sect looked very gloomy upon being awarded such poor treatment. Xiao Xiao and Jiang Nannan were also furious.
"This is too much!" Xiao Xiao hissed furiously.
He Caitou comforted her by patting her shoulders and smiled, but he didn't say anything.
Huo Yuhao smiled and said, "This is nothing much. I'll use my abilities to tell them that they are wrong. That'll be enough, right?"
The sun had already risen at this point. As rays of sunlight shone on everyone from the east, every competitor seemed to be layered with gold. There were simply too many competing teams, and it took a whole hour for every team to settle down. The rapturous cheers from the public could also be heard in the distance.
Huo Yuhao was jolted suddenly, and turned in a certain direction. It was an extremely mysterious team. Zhang Peng was leading them, and there was a group of people behind him. They were all in black warrior robes, and wore headdresses with veils. These veils concealed their appearances.
There was a lady with an excellent figure behind Zhang Peng. A weird aura was coming from her that seemed as if it were drawing all light towards her. When Huo Yuhao's spiritual power got close to her, it was distorted and unable to get within a foot of her. Naturally, he couldn't use his Spiritual Detection on her.
Tang Ya was following behind this lady. Even though Tang Ya was wearing a veil, Huo Yuhao could still tell that it was her.
The Holy Ghost Church? Huo Yuhao squinted. It was indeed them! The Holy Ghost Church was here to compete!
Teacher Xiao Ya, what should I do if I meet you in the tournament?!
Who was the lady in front of her? Her abilities were very weird. However, Huo Yuhao found the sense of distortion vaguely familiar for some reason.
Zhang Peng stopped in his tracks just as he was about to proceed towards the pergola. He turned around and faced Huo Yuhao. Huo Yuhao quickly retracted his spiritual power. Even though his spiritual cultivation was great, his soul power cultivation was still limited. Since Zhang Peng was a Transcendent Douluo, there were many ways he could deal with Huo Yuhao.
Zhang Peng scanned him with a cold look before he led the men in black towards the pergola.
Huo Yuhao saw a few familiar faces after this. There was the Star Luo National Academy's team led by Princess Jiujiu, as well as the team with Mu Xue and Wei Na. They didn't seem to be from any academy of the Heavenly Soul Empire. From their uniforms, they seemed more likely to have come from a sect. Mo Feiyun was the one leading the team. However, the Transcendent Douluo that had appeared the previous day did not make an appearance.
Apart from these few teams, there were many unfamiliar faces, especially those sects that had rushed out from the various other empires on the continent. Huo Yuhao knew nothing about them. He could only use his Spiritual Detection to observe and ascertain their cultivations.
"Look. What is that?" Jiang Nannan's voice caught Huo Yuhao's attention.
A company of special soldiers were proceeding over quickly from the north of the main stage. These soldiers were wearing golden warrior robes, but they weren't equipped with any weapons. With Huo Yuhao's vision, he could even read their expressions clearly. These golden-clothed guards were all at least thirty years old. They all restrained their expressions, but there were definitely soul power undulations coming from them. There were around five hundred of them, but they didn't make a sound as they proceeded over. As the sun shone down on them, they glittered, and were almost blinding.
These soldiers quickly dispersed as they reached the foot of the main stage, surrounding the entire stage. Around fifty of them stood in position without moving. As metal clanging sounds were heard, they brandished soul cannons and pointed the cannons outward. The rest of the soldiers also unleashed different types of soul tools and entered a weird formation. At least ten of the heavy cannons caught Huo Yuhao's attention. He could tell that they were at least Class 7 soul tools!
He Caitou told everyone, "Sun Moon Imperial Soul Engineering Division. This is one of the true core strengths of the Sun Moon Empire."
"Oh? How many of them are there, second senior?" Huo Yuhao suddenly recalled what his and He Caitou's identities were. He looked over towards He Caitou.
He Caitou was also looking back at him. He didn't seem as simple as before anymore. His eyes were flashing with a radiant glow.
"There are only a thousand people in the division. Half of them are here now. They are all at least Class 5 soul engineers, equipped with the best soul tools. Their leader is a Class 9 soul engineer, and only accepts orders from the Emperor himself. They are the trump card of all trump cards. Their importance to the imperial family is only inferior to the Imperial Shrine."
"Isn't the Emperor seriously ill? Has he recovered?" Huo Yuhao was stunned.
At this point, a group of people arrived. They were escorted by the Soul Engineering Division on chariots and horses to the main stage. There was a small imperial chariot pulled by thirty-two horses. There were also many guards and officials decked in luxurious court wear behind this chariot.
The chariot stopped in front of the main stage. Two maids pulled open curtains embroidered with silver lotuses, and a wheelchair was pushed out. There was a handsome youth in the wheelchair.
"It's him!" Huo Yuhao was stunned to see that it wasn't the Emperor coming out from the chariot. It was the Crown Prince, Xu Tianran!
Only the Emperor could sit in such a chariot! Since Xu Tianran dared to sit in this chariot, everyone knew what it signified.
Following this, Huo Yuhao focused his attention again. He saw that the person pushing the wheelchair was Ju Zi.
Ju Zi was still as beautiful as ever, her complexion even more delicate now. Compared to before, her beautiful eyes had a more dignified look, and she was extremely elegant, like a queen.
There was one person walking beside Ju Zi... Jing Hongchen. He was an extremely powerful Class 9 soul engineer who held a respected status in the Sun Moon Empire.
"Greetings to Prince Regent and Regentess." Aside from the Soul Engineering Division, all the officials present knelt down and greeted Xu Tianran.
Regent? It seemed like the Sun Moon Empire's Emperor wasn't dead yet...
Regentess? Ju Zi, Ju Zi, she actually… Indescribable emotions filled Huo Yuhao's heart and made him short of breath. She has married him and become his legitimate wife? Ju Zi, why are you doing this just for revenge?
A smooth and delicate hand reached out for Huo Yuhao's shoulder. Huo Yuhao turned around and saw Wang Dong's clear, powdery-blue eyes.
"I'm fine." Huo Yuhao gently shook his head.
Wang Dong'er smiled and said, "It's great that you are fine." As she said that, she grabbed Huo Yuhao's right hand.
Huo Yuhao's sadness slightly dissipated when he felt Wang Dong'er's soft palm. Perhaps it wasn't love between him and Ju Zi, but they were definitely more than ordinary friends. He would definitely be happy for Ju Zi if she could find a good spouse. However, would she be happy with someone like Xu Tianran?
Furthermore, Xu Tianran was an aggressive person. Once he ruled the Sun Moon Empire, the war might really come soon!
Right now, he couldn't help but think of what Ju Zi said before; if there was a day that they met on the battlefield...
Just as Huo Yuhao was overthinking things, Ju Zi had already pushed Xu Tianran into a soul elevator. Jing Hongchen and four elders followed him into the elevator. As the elevator rose, everyone could see the regent. Their cheers started to ring out. This Crown Prince was actually able to win the hearts of the people!
The officials couldn't follow him up the elevator. They used the stairs to one side of the main stage to ascend.
Xu Tianran's arrival also meant that the tournament was about to begin.
Ju Zi pushed Xu Tianran to the center of the main stage. She didn't sit down, but stood beside him. Since she didn't sit, the officials who were panting after climbing the stairs also didn't dare to sit, and could only remain standing.
Xu Tianran nodded at Ju Zi, who then slowly walked forward to a sound amplifying soul tool. Her moving voice soon rang out to everyone.
"Silence." A low voice sounded, and a strong suppression filled the entire place. After the voice sounded, everyone felt that everything in front of them had turned dark. Even their breathing sped up. Any commotions disappeared after it spoke. The entire tournament venue turned silent instantly, to the point where even a dropped pin would ring out.
What abilities did she have? How was she able to exert such terrifying suppression? She had used her own strength to terrorize more than hundred thousand people! Was this really achievable by a soul master?
Huo Yuhao was horrified, and he blurted out almost instantly, "Darkness Holy Dragon, Dragon Emperor Douluo Long Xiaoyao!"