The Third Elder revealed a slight smile on his face and said, "This kid is pretty good. At least the reward that we've offered is not wasted. I'll guide him well in the future."
Nangong Wan laughed and said, "Third Elder, don't try to pull that trick on me. I noticed this kid first. Spiritual calling is my thing. You already have so many disciples, but I don't even have one who'll inherit everything that I have. I've already discussed this with the vice-founder. The tournament is an additional test for him. I want to him accept him as my inheriting disciple. Otherwise, why would I have asked the vice-founder to find this Class 9 stationary soul cannon shell? I've already spent a lot of money. There's no way you can snatch him from me!"
The Third Elder snorted and said, "Don't forget, he's an outstanding soul engineer. He shouldn't be older than twenty-four or twenty-five years old, but he's already as good as a Class 6 soul engineer. If we continue to nurture him, he'll definitely become a Class 9 soul engineer. The founder also mentioned before that the future will belong to soul engineers. While his soul master cultivation is pretty decent, he can't give up on soul tools. Why don't we both accept him as a disciple?" He knew he couldn't win against his second brother, and thus he offered an alternative.
Nangong Wan pondered for a moment before saying, "It's a plausible idea. However, he can only be my Inheriting Disciple. It's fine if you want to teach him some stuff, but we'll have to see whether his spiritual power is sufficient. Soul engineers will be the trend in the future, but soul masters are stronger for now. I've discovered that many academies have realized how important it is to combine both soul masters and soul tools."
The Third Elder snapped, "Second brother, you are really calculating. You're asking me to teach him, but he's going to be your inheriting disciple? Hmph!"
Nangong Wan laughed and said, "Alright, alright. You must understand how I feel, too. When I accept him as my disciple, I'll get him to return the Darkness Green Dragon."
After hearing Nangong Wan's words, Mocke looked very delighted and hurriedly said, "Thank you, senior uncle!"
Nangong Wan furrowed his brow when he looked at him and said, "Even if the Darkness Green Dragon returns, you don't have the authority to possess it right now. You are too impatient; you'll need to train for a few years first. When we return, you should learn how to develop soul tools."
Mo Ke was stunned for a moment, then turned dismal. He looked at the Third Elder and softly said, "Teacher…"
The Third Elder snorted, "Your second senior uncle is giving you a chance this time. If you left it up to me, I'd confiscate the Darkness Green Dragon from you forever. Hmph!"
After hearing the Third Elder's words, Mocke didn't dare to say anything.
They quickly left the Radiant City on their carriages. The Duskwater Alliance was the strongest of the three underground organizations, and thus they weren't too bothered with causing trouble as they rushed to their destination, charging along all the way there. The ordinary citizens avoided them when they saw the symbol on their carriages.
Huo Yuhao's eyes were shut all the while. He didn't move at all. He Caitou also didn't make a sound as he sat beside Huo Yuhao. Huang Zheng didn't try to start a conversation with them when he saw how they were composing themselves. Compared to the other carriage, they were much quieter. The carriage they were in also greatly reduced incoming external sound, and thus it was completely silent in their carriage.
However, was Huo Yuhao really calm despite the silence? It was the exact opposite. Right now, he was trying to gather his spiritual power!
In Huo Yuhao's spiritual sea, he had entered a miraculous state. Waves were surging furiously in his vast spiritual sea. The "seawater" had turned golden-silver after he completed the Second Awakening of his body soul.
Every time the seawater rose, the waves that it conjured stopped slightly. A two-colored whirlpool would also appear occasionally.
As the seawater rose, a white ball of light emitting a dim glow condensed in mid-air. This ball wasn't completely circular, but oval, like an egg. It was filled with the aura of life!
There were a few figures drifting atop the water's surface in his spiritual sea.
The Ice Empress still held the image of the Ice Jade Empress Scorpion. However, her body was a hundred feet long in this spiritual sea. Her dazzling diamond ice crystals and azure-green tail were very splendid and eye-catching.
The eight-to-nine-year-old Snow Empress was standing beside the Ice Empress. She was already very pretty at this age. Her long, white dress was completely spotless, and she wore a captivating smile on her face. Occasionally, she would get closer to the Ice Empress and whisper a few words.
The Ice Empress wasn't the largest figure. That was the Skydream Iceworm, who was lazily lying down in the spiritual sea.
Huo Yuhao's spiritual power came mainly from the Skydream Iceworm. It was his presence that gave him everything that his Spirit Eyes possessed. Although his spiritual power had increased to an extremely high level, his compatibility with the Skydream Iceworm was still very high. The Skydream Iceworm was very comfortable as he lay in Huo Yuhao's spiritual sea.
However, the Skydream Iceworm was in a rather bad mood right now. As he stole glances at the Snow and Ice Empresses, he felt a little indignant.
After the ordeal that happened in the past, the Snow Empress had turned into a Spirit, and he entered deep sleep with the Ice Empress. It was also at that point in time that his relationship with the Ice Empress got a little closer.
However, the Ice Empress still seemed a little harsh, like she had been in the past, after she awoke. Even though the Snow Empress had lost most of her memories, she remained close to the Ice Empress instead of bothering with him. How could he not be depressed seeing that?
"Skydream, is it fine for Huo Yuhao to be like this? Will he be in any danger?" The Ice Empress' voice was very captivating.
The Skydream Iceworm lazily replied, "He'll be fine. His spiritual realm has reached the stage I was in at my strongest state. He has also fused with my spiritual power. Right now, the problem he has is that his body can't handle his spiritual power. He won't lack for power. He's just using his spiritual power to do things right now, and not directly attacking anyone. He'll be fine. He's only isolating a part of it right now. Even if it doesn't come back, it won't harm him."
The Ice Empress snorted and said, "You don't seem to be anxious at all."
The Skydream Iceworm replied, "Eh, I don't even want to live anymore. What's there to be anxious about? Even if something happens to him, I'll just die with him."
The Ice Empress was stunned for a moment. "Don't want to live anymore? There's no one in this world who knows this logic better than you; better a bad life than a good death! You've already lived for a million years, but you are still entertaining such a thought?"
The Skydream Iceworm almost spat out blood. "Ice, can't you treat me better? After all, we are of opposite genders!
"Nothing will happen between you and the Snow Empress. Why are you still pestering her? I've treated you so well. Let me tell you, I don't have anyone else that I like. I've already turned into Yuhao's Spirit. I've felt this Spirit before. Even if something happens to me, it won't affect Yuhao. Since you are so cold towards me, I might actually seek death one day."
The Ice Empress snapped, "Don't pull this trick on me! Don't think that I'll like you just because you were being very righteous and brave then! Look at your foolishness! Iceworms were born to be the food of Ice Jade Scorpions! You and I can never be together!"
The Skydream Iceworm didn't reply after hearing the Ice Empress' words. He lazily turned his head and didn't utter a word.
There was a slight tremble of emotion in the Ice Empress' eyes. She lifted her tail to slap the spiritual sea. She seemed to be venting and exerting her dominance over the Skydream Iceworm. However, she didn't do anything to him.
This fellow! Why should I like him? I'm an elegant Ice Jade Empress Scorpion. Why would I like an Iceworm? The Ice Empress told herself. However, she was very frustrated by the Skydream Iceworm's silence.
The Snow Empress stared at her with her big, beautiful eyes. The look in her eyes was very clear.
The Ice Empress was in a daze. She recalled everything that had happened in Clear Sky Castle. She recalled too many things. She recalled how the Skydream Iceworm was so decisive, and the Snow Empress' last words.
Don't tell me I've really…
At this moment, the ball of light above the spiritual sea broke apart, and a projection rose from it.
A rhythmic heartbeat was suddenly audible. The projection slowly descended and appeared in front of the two Empresses and the Skydream Iceworm.
"How do you all feel? Sense my aura." Huo Yuhao had descended. Right now, he seemed to be completely formed from spiritual power. He was icy-white in color, as if he were carved from ice. However, there was a dim golden glow around him.
The Skydream Iceworm finally opened his mouth. He lifted his head and came over in front of Huo Yuhao. He complimented, "Oviparity! Not bad, not bad. You can completely unleash the concrete-immaterial realm, and temporarily attain the concrete-material realm!
"However, don't forget that you don't have much time. Although you won't be affected even if your spiritual self is gone, you'll still suffer short-term memory loss. Your spiritual sea will also be greatly affected. You'll need to recover for at least three months before you return to normal. That's why you need to return in two hours. At the same time, you can't transcend space with your actual body. Get it?"