By using his Ultimate Ice to lower his body temperature, all the remaining soul tools would be rendered ineffective for a short period of time. Naturally, Huo Yuhao would be at his weakest during this period of time as well.
He relied completely on the physical strength of a Soul Emperor to cross the city walls. Combined with his Spiritual Interference, he was able to leave the city without alerting anyone. He was now lying by the moat to slowly recover his soul power.
By the time the terrifying explosion caused by the Class 8 stationary soul cannon occurred, he'd nearly removed the seal placed on his soul power. Only then did he quietly submerge himself into the water and dig his way into the water prison.
This time around, what he used was his physical body and not his spiritual avatar. Once he entered the water prison, it wouldn't be easy for him to leave.
Huo Yuhao performed a cursory observation of the water prison with his spiritual power. Very quickly, he discovered the lively soul power contained within the various soul masters and soul engineers it held. Even if they weren't fully recovered, they had enough strength to fight one battle, at least.
Huo Yuhao held on to the metal railings of the water prison with a single hand and used the other to push against the water in the moat. A jade-green light rose from his body, and the little Snow Lady quietly appeared by his side.
The current Snow Lady was already a big kid who looked around eight or nine. A noble and cold look had already replaced her originally cute face, making her seem much like the original Snow Lady.
An extremely chilly intent instantly spread outwards, freezing the moat outside at a speed that the naked eye could see.
The little Snow Lady nodded softly towards Huo Yuhao, then gently twisted about in the water to reach the depths of the moat. Unexpectedly, one could see snowflakes fluttering around her, even underwater.
The moat, which was originally flowing vigorously, had been blocked by a wall of ice after a short period of time. The area of this wall of ice then covered both sides of the moat at an astonishing speed.
With the Snow Lady here, Huo Yuhao simply didn't need to do anything. With a wave of his right hand, the Darkgolden Terrorclaws shot out and noiselessly tore the metal railings apart.
His use of Ultimate Ice was perfect. Just like how the water in the water prison wouldn't flow outwards, the extreme cold within it wouldn't diffuse out either. Otherwise, a large problem could occur if they were to freeze everyone within the water prison.
After quietly submerging and swimming around in the water, Huo Yuhao began to spread his spiritual power out to cover the entirety of the water prison.
At this moment, the evil soul masters within the water prison were somewhat nervous. The Zhong brothers were huddled together on another side of the water prison, which was also its true entrance.
Never in their wildest dreams would they have imagined that somebody would enter the water prison via the moat under the surveillance of so many soul detectors on the southern city walls. From what they were aware of, the moat water still contained the extremely toxic Soul Exterminating Powder. If a soul master was to swim within the water, their soul power would quickly be dispersed. What threat would they be able to pose then?
Huo Yuhao's spiritual power deliberately avoided the area where the Zhong brothers were and even the hostages who were by their side. For the sake of preventing any accidents, it was sufficient to inform a large number of people, but not all, of what was going to happen.
"Everyone, make your preparations." Huo Yuhao's thoughts were quickly transmitted into the minds of the hostages by way of his Spiritual Detection.
The hostages, who'd been acting as though they were weak all this while, immediately felt their spirits rise.
In reality, they were already doing their best to hold themselves back after recovering their soul power. Although there were quite a few evil soul masters here, they were insignificant compared to the number of hostages held here. They were still somewhat fearful of the two evil Titled Douluo from before, but the number of evil soul masters left here was clearly much less than before!
Were it not for the elders restraining them, some of the younger hostages would've been unable to stop themselves from trying to escape. After being held captive here for a few months, the gloominess pent up in their hearts could be imagined.
Huo Yuhao didn't tell them what the signal to move was, because there was simply no need for that.
The southern city walls.
All of the patrolling soldiers were staring at the northern city. The brilliant golden light that had risen into the air had finally started to disperse, though there were still sparks faintly flying about along the walls of the eastern and western city. The sounds of the violent explosions from those areas made the atmosphere in the Southern City extraordinarily tense.
Many of the soldiers stationed there felt inwardly happy. Fortunately, nothing had happened to them.
"What are you looking at? Get to your places, what are you doing?!" A strict voice suddenly rang out. As he started shouting, the various soldiers rushed back to their positions.
"Commander, take a look at this. This, what is this?" A soldier in charge of a soul detector cried out in surprise.
"Hmm?" The originally angry commander quickly ran over.
"What's the situation?"
"Commander, there are undulations of soul power. However, we can't see anyone at all!" The soldier pointed at the simple soul screen in front of him.
Large, greenish ripples were floating about on the screen in front of him. This signified that there was an extremely strong and wide undulation of soul power in the city below him.
"This is…" The commander was at a loss as well. He immediately took a look at the other soul detectors around him and discovered that they were all inactive. Nor did he discover any life signs of any living creatures. Only the soul detector in front of him had produced this result.
"Commander, you'd better come over here!" Another soldier at a different area cried out.
"What now?" The commander quickly rushed over.
The soldier pointed at the screen in front of him, dumbstruck, "My thermal soul tool seems to have malfunctioned! It's showing that the temperature underground is dropping madly! How, how can this be?!"
"The temperature of the ground beneath us is dropping?" The commander quickly stretched his head to look down the wall, and the soldier next to him turned on a soul lamp to light up the area.
The city walls around Sunrise City weren't too tall. When the light from the soul lamp illuminated the moat, the commander finally discovered what the problem was.
He suddenly let out an ear-piercing screech, "Enemy attack!"
Why would the moat suddenly freeze for no reason? He himself was a soul master, and he could guess the reason for this. Only a soul master could cause an astonishing phenomenon like this!
Unfortunately, he'd made his discovery too late.
The water prison. When the little Snow Lady quietly returned to Huo Yuhao's body, his eyes lit up.
It was time!
His body shook slightly, and the soul thrusters on his back caused Huo Yuhao to shoot out from the water with a whoosh.
The moment he appeared, he immediately attracted the attention of every single hostage and evil soul master. Even the Zhong brothers, who were discussing the situation outside, were not an exception to this.
Five soul rings rose from Huo Yuhao's feet one after another. For the sake of attracting even more of his opponent's attention, he made all five of these soul rings glow with a blood-red light.
His third soul ring lit up, and a white layer of light instantly spread out from Huo Yuhao's body.
Huo Yuhao didn't hold anything back at a time like this. The instant he released his Mass Enfeeblement, Huo Yuhao clenched his fist in midair.
The violent sound of an explosion instantly rang out.
The reason why Ice Explosion was known as a godly skill was because of its terrifying effect whenever there was sufficient ice.
Although Ice Explosion couldn't be used within the moat due to a lack of soul power that could be used to trigger it, it had transformed into Huo Yuhao's best source of gunpowder after it was frozen.
The large moat had been frozen solid, causing the violent explosion from Huo Yuhao's skill to spread all the way to the outside.
This was also the exact instant that the commander yelled out.
After receiving so many new hostages, the overall defenses of Sunrise City had increased by a few levels. However, the only thing that didn't change was the thickness of its city walls.
After all, this was just a small city. They'd only set this whole shebang up to draw in people from the Douluo Continent's three empires, who would attempt to rescue the hostages. There was no way that they'd specifically reinforce the city walls for this.
Because of that, the foundations of the southern walls were thoroughly shaken by the explosion of the moat.
It seemed as though the entire earth was trembling within the water prison. The violent rumbling, as well as Huo Yuhao rushing out of the water was already the best signal he could give the hostages.
Rays of light began to glow within the prison. The hostages who'd gone through countless hardships during their imprisonment finally went all-out.
The prison could keep them in while their soul power was limited, but how could it withstand the might of several experts who'd recovered their soul power?
The entire prison was destroyed in an instant. The instant the prisoners rushed out, they launched a wave of long-range soul skills towards the evil soul masters guarding the prison. Everything was shaking at this moment, and the wall had already begun to collapse. The other entrance of the water prison, which was where Huo Yuhao had entered, had already been blown apart.
Everything had perfectly gone according to Huo Yuhao's plan.
Although the Zhong brothers reacted instantly, they were facing several hundred soul masters.
This group of soul masters didn't just consist of the students who were representing their various academies and sects. There were also a few teachers, leaders and experts as well! There was no lack of seven-ringed and eight-ringed existences within this group!
During their imprisonment, they'd suffered at the hands of these evil soul masters. They'd lived in suffering and neared the border between life and death every day. When this pent-up anger instantly exploded, even evil soul masters would be afraid of them going all-out with no regard for their lives!
A few of the several dozen evil soul masters were instantly destroyed by the first wave of attacks.
Although the Zhong brothers didn't really understand why the hostages had regained their combat strength, they could only run away at top speed. Otherwise, they would definitely be torn to shreds by these people!
At the same time, several kilometers away from the south side of the city...
Xu Sanshi stood on a small hill, looking toward Sunrise City.
The sounds of explosions from Sunrise City signified that the plan had fully started. They were now waiting, waiting for the signal for the next part of the plan.