Five minutes later...
One of the examiners coughed in embarrassment. "Little friend, what's the use of this soul cannon? The structure is a little special!"
Huo Yuhao smiled and replied, "It's also a Class 4 soul tool. It's considered a high-powered soul cannon. I used a special technique to create it."
After whispering to one another, the chief judge looked at the other two and said, "Both of you created Class 4 offensive-type soul cannons. It's very difficult to determine which is better. I suggest that the two of you challenge each other to determine the winner. After all, it's important that a engineer be able to use a soul tool to fight!"
"Alright!" Gao Dalou agreed readily. While rare metals were very attractive to him, a soul engineer like Huo Yuhao was also very tempting! Under such a circumstance, he was very willing to test out the strength of Huo Yuhao's soul cannon.
The chief judge said, "Let me tell you the rules. When the two of you fight each other, you can only use the soul tool that you've just created. You can also use your own soul power, but you can't use any soul skills or any other soul tools. Once you use any other soul tool to defend yourself, it will mean that you've lost. Of course, you only have one life. While victory is important, protecting your own life is also very important."
The chief referee looked at Huo Yuhao and seemed to be suggesting something with his eyes.
Huo Yuhao also looked at him calmly and said, "I understand, too."
"Alright. Send them to the Dueling Region." Immediately, a staff member walked over and led the two of them towards the sides of the Duel Region.
"Brother Chen, the young man sitting in the wheelchair used an extraordinary method to create his soul tool! Did you see it?" the judge on the left asked softly.
The chief judge replied, "It was indeed quite extraordinary. If I'm not wrong, he must have infused some elements of machinery production into it to complement his formation arrays. His formation array was created using Flaming Sun Iron. That is indeed the method you would use to create the formation array of a high-powered cannon. However, it was also a little different. There isn't any catapult formation or energy-gathering formation. Otherwise, his soul tool might even reach the level of a Class 5 soul tool."
The judge on the right said, "Let's see the duel first! Gao Dalou isn't simple either. His carving knife is top-notch. It's very difficult to tell who'll win or lose."
The chief judge smiled and said, "It seems like there are no lack of talents on our side."
"Hmm, we should ask the top brass whether we can pull some people over after the tournament ends. These two we've just seen are pretty good. Investigate their backgrounds."
After Huo Yuhao and Gao Dalou entered the long and narrow Duel Region, the spectators outside started to become very excited.
While many soul engineers had handed in their work, the judges had also decided all of the results. Huo Yuhao's duel against Gao Dalou would be the first of the day!
While watching the soul engineers create soul tools was a feast for these gamblers' eyes, it couldn't compare to a duel! It was the same reason why the Continental Elite Youth Soul Master Tournament was so popular.
One was sitting in a wheelchair, while the other had a top-notch carving knife. It was going to be an exciting duel!
Suddenly, the silent hall started to become very rowdy. Some of the VIP guests that had wagered on Gao Dalou and Huo Yuhao started to call out curses and encouragement.
Huo Yuhao smiled at Gao Dalou and said, "Brother Gao, I'm called Tang Wu. No matter the result, I'm glad to have met you." It was the fake name that he had used to enter the tournament.
Gao Dalou was excited as he said, "Tang Wu? Brother, I'm very curious about your soul tool. When this ends, let me treat you to a drink and talk about it. What do you think?"
"Great!" Huo Yuhao grinned.
The chief judge was also in the Duel Region by now, diagonally above it on a separate platform.
This was an underground tournament, so as was common there were very few rules. There weren't any restrictions on hurting your opponent. The judges were only here to determine the victor. They wouldn't bother with casualties.
"Are both of you ready?" the chief judge asked.
"Yes!" Gao Dalou replied loudly. Huo Yuhao nodded.
"The duel begins! The winner will advance!"
As the judge shouted, Gao Dalou and Huo Yuhao raised their hands at the same time.
Gao Dalou's soul cannon was dim silvery-white, constructed using Silverstar Steel. A gentle glow surfaced on it.
What was the best way to tell if a soul master was using a soul skill? it was to see if they unleashed their martial soul! Their soul power wasn't restricted by their martial soul, it could be used without unleashing their martial soul. Naturally, Gao Dalou didn't even unleash his martial soul.
Huo Yuhao's soul cannon also glowed with a dim red light, mixed with a scorching aura.
The rowdy noises in the hall started to die down, and the hall went quiet. Everyone was watching them. In such a duel, it was likely that victory would be decided in one or two strikes.
Gao Dalou's soul cannon only took a short while to charge. A ball of bright white light carrying a slight silvery glow was fired towards Huo Yuhao.
It was a shock cannon that could explode. The judges had mentioned it earlier.
The charge was around thirty centimeters in diameter, and was fired straight at Huo Yuhao.
In everyone's opinion, Huo Yuhao should unleash the attack of his own soul tool and allow both cannon charges to collide with each other in the middle before they went all-out against one another.
Huo Yuhao indeed fired his soul cannon. However, what he did was beyond everyone's expectations. When the ball of dark-red light ball was fired, it stuck close to the ground as it shot forward. It brushed past Gao Dalou's charge and flew straight towards him.
Both parties were going to be hurt. It was a battle between their fighting strategies!
Gao Dalou had acted first, and thus his cannon shell would reach Huo Yuhao first. Was Huo Yuhao going to directly resist it?
Everyone was shocked in the next instant.
Huo Yuhao's wheelchair seemed to come alive, and moved rapidly. It managed to dodge the incoming charge even within the narrow space.
The shock cannon had locked onto his position, thus the charge naturally followed him as he moved. Those who were sharp-eyed could tell that Huo Yuhao was using his right hand. His right hand seemed to contain magical powers. He kept on pushing or pulling the protective barriers to either side of him, which allowed his wheelchair to move and accurately dodge the charge!
There was a limit to how far the charge could travel. While it could lock onto Huo Yuhao's position, its propulsion would die down after some time. When that happened, it could only blow apart uselessly.
Just before it blew apart, Huo Yuhao mimicked a grabbing action. After that, he flung his right hand out, and his wheelchair also moved back, allowing him to avoid the cannon shell. He only heard a loud boom as the cannon shell blew apart three meters away from him. The immense shockwave pushed him towards Gao Dalou.
Huo Yuhao had avoided the explosion completely, the shockwave only affected him slightly. He had also managed to accurately dodge the entire attack. Who would have thought that a cripple could use such a method to avoid being struck by a fired charge? Even a normal person might not even be capable of doing that!
Gao Dalou didn't even see Huo Yuhao's situation. The high-powered shot was approaching him, but he wasn't as capable of dodging as Huo Yuhao was. He fired his cannon again, and this second charge collided with the high-powered burst more than ten meters away from him.
A scorching flow of wind spread out, engulfing more than twenty meters of the narrow passageway in front of it. Gao Dalou quickly retreated, terrified. He also quickly increased his soul power to resist the powerful shockwave. Even so, he was still flung back, and hit the protective barrier not far away from him.
Was that really a Class 4 soul tool? It was important to know that the shock cannon charge had some defensive uses, as its intense shockwave could neutralize various types of attacks. To some extent, it was both offensively and defensively inclined, which was was why Gao Dalou had decided to create a shock cannon. However, the high-powered shot from Huo Yuhao was too strong. It must be as strong as a Class 5 high-powered cannon shot!
On the other side, Huo Yuhao was also shocked.
Gao Dalou's shock cannon shell blew apart behind him. To him, the shockwave was nothing. It only propelled his body forward. With the protection of his soul power, he wasn't affected.
However, he felt something wrong when the shockwave struck him, a strange feeling spread across his entire body. He felt his heart stopping at that instant. Everything around him seemed to slow down, and his breathing also went still. The uncomfortable feeling made him feel like a corpse!
Fortunately, it only lasted for a second before he regained normal movement. Even so, he was interrupted as he tried to charge his high-powered cannon, and had to re-adjust his soul power again.
How is this possible? How is it possible for a shock cannon to have such an effect! Something must be wrong... With a thought, his opponent's black carving knife that had seemed very simple and ordinary surfaced in his thoughts.