Huo Yuhao remained silent for a moment, then said, "Beast God, I'll definitely continue my research into Spirits. However, I can't always stay in the Great Star Dou Forest. There arestill many things that I have to do, and thus I can't make that promise to you."
Di Tian's aura suddenly became more dominant. "Do you think that I'm negotiating with you?"
The look in Huo Yuhao's eyes also turned sharp. "I'm not negotiating with you, either."
The two pairs of eyes that met were completely disproportionate. However, Huo Yuhao didn't seem to lose to Di Tian in terms of aura. If the Beast God could maintain his cool, it meant that he was willing to think about the future of the Great Star Dou Forest. At least, he wouldn't just kill Huo Yuhao outright. This was what Huo Yuhao was depending on right now.
Di Tian said, "Follow me back to the forest first."
"Wait a minute." Huo Yuhao suddenly said.
"What else do you want to say?" The Beast God's emotions seemed to be on the verge of ignition.
Huo Yuhao answered, "I want to say a few words to my elders and seniors from Shrek Academy first. If you just take me away like this, I'm certain that the Academy will move on the forest when they recover their vitality. They might even invite all the strong individuals from the entire continent to target the forest. Do you really want to see that happening?"
Di Tian was startled for a moment, then nodded slowly. "That makes sense, and you're also qualified to do so. Alright, I'll give you a few minutes. You can speak to them now."
As he spoke, he released Huo Yuhao.
Huo Yuhao had no intention of absconding. In fact, trying to escape from the most terrifying soul beast in the world right now would be a stupid move.
"Teacher!" Huo Yuhao shouted at the top of his voice and kneeled down in mid-air. He kowtowed towards Elder Mu.
When he shouted the word 'teacher', he was no longer as calm as before. Tears started to stream from his eyes.
Elder Mu was also slightly shocked after hearing Huo Yuhao's exclamation. "Yuhao, what's wrong? Are you fine? Di Tian, let him off! Otherwise, I'll destroy the entire Great Star Dou Forest!"
Di Tian snorted coldly, but didn't say anything.
Huo Yuhao hurriedly said, "Teacher, don't be rash. I've convinced the Beast God to retract his army and end this beast wave. This beast wave started because of me. I would like to say a few words to you and the various elders."
After Elder Mu, Elder Xuan and Elder Song heard his words, they were stunned. He has convinced the Beast God to retract his army? Di Tian went berserk earlier. Can he really be convinced with words?
When they looked at the Golden Eyes Black Dragon King again, Di Tian was indeed much calmer than before. Even the purplish-gold flames on his body had disappeared.
Huo Yuhao continued, saying loudly, "Teacher and elders, as we expected, the most important reason why this beast wave was started is because of the survival of soul beasts. I recounted the progress of our research into Spirits to the Beast God just now, and managed to convince him that I'll produce results for him to see. In this world, we and soul beasts are all part of the food chain. It's only by surviving together that we can maintain the ecological balance. This time, the Great Star Dou Forest has already suffered heavy casualties!
"Please trust me and let me dispel this hatred between humans and soul beasts. At the same time, I also obtained permission from the Beast God to work with him to further our research of Spirits. If it succeeds, humans and soul beasts will no longer be enemies in the future, but partners!"
All the elders and strong soul masters from the Body Sect couldn't believe it. Huo Yuhao had actually managed to persuade the Beast God by himself? It was too unbelievable. The entire Body Sect was lost, including Du Busi. They were all thinking, What are Spirits?
Elder Mu was a little doubtful as he replied, "Yuhao, you…"
Huo Yuhao said with certainty again, "Teacher, don't worry. I'll do my best to complete this task for Shrek, and for peace between humans and soul beasts. I hope you can find some volunteers in the Academy that have reached their bottlenecks and need soul rings. I'll lead them to carry out my experiment on Spirits in the future. Right now, I'll follow Di Tian back into the Great Star Dou Forest. Don't worry, I'll be fine with Di Tian's protection!"
"No!" After hearing that Huo Yuhao was going to return to the Great Star Dou Forest with Di Tian, all the elders shouted in unison.
Di Tian snorted coldly and said, "None of you have any say in this at all. His words have moved me today. On his account, I'll temporarily withdraw my army. If his words are lies, hmph!"
After he finished speaking, he grabbed Huo Yuhao tightly and beat his wings forcefully. As he exuded a majestic aura, he flew towards the direction of the Great Star Dou Forest. At the same time, he let out a deafening dragon roar.
The soul beast army outside Shrek City started to move. Under the command of the four Savage Beasts, they left with the injured soul beasts, and tried their best to drag some of the soul beast carcasses with them as they retreated back into the Great Star Dou Forest.
After seeing that the beast wave was retreating, the entire city descended into silence. After a brief moment, someone shouted, and cheers started to ring from all four sides.
The sky turned brighter, and the sun slowly rose in the east. The rays of sunlight that fell as dawn approached illuminated the large number of soul beast carcasses outside Shrek City. At the same time, they illuminated Shrek City, and shone on the fatigued yet excited faces of everyone in the city.
Shrek had emerged victorious! They had relied on slightly more than ten thousand soldiers to resist the onslaught of a beast wave from the Great Star Dou Forest for two days and two nights.
As the beast wave retreated, Shrek City was preserved. Shrek had won!
More than one-third of the soldiers and twenty percent of the soul masters from Shrek had been killed in this battle, and almost everyone was hurt. In addition, all the soul tools defending the city had been destroyed, and all the stationary soul cannon shells had been used up.
In spite of all this, Shrek had still managed to attain victory! This was a victory in a battle between humans and soul beasts. This was a victory that belonged to all of Shrek!
Elder Mu stared in the direction the Golden Eyes Black Dragon King had left in. There was a lost look in his eyes.
Elder Xuan respectfully asked, "Elder Mu, what should we do? Yuhao…"
Elder Mu's lost look slowly turned into a comforted one. "That kid didn't disappoint me, he has really grown up. Let's just follow his words. Let's compensate the families of those who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty and quickly restore order in the city. At the same time, we'll have to treat the wounded.
"While the beast wave has retreated, this matter has only just begun. Let's announce our research on Spirits to the soul masters of the Body Sect and Heavenly Soul Empire that came here to assist us, and ask for volunteers while we await news from Yuhao. This war might actually not be a bad thing. If Di Tian is willing to coordinate with us in our research, soul beasts and humans might actually become friends."
"Yes!" Elder Xuan acknowledged his words.
Elder Mu took another look at Di Tian, who was slowing disappearing into the distance. Under the illumination of the sun, his elderly face was stained with an extra trace of gold, and he also wore a gentle smile on his face.
A halo descended, and he returned to the Golden Tree once more.
Du Busi had been standing beside Elder Xuan and Elder Mu throughout this exchange. Elder Mu didn't conceal anything from him when he spoke to Elder Xuan earlier. Du Busi clearly heard everything that Elder Mu had said.
Spirits? What exactly are Spirits? This secret regarding Spirits was actually able to drive that berserk Beast God to retreat. I've never been so curious about this Ultimate Douluo!
Elder Xuan turned around and said to Du Busi, "Let's go. Follow me to the Sea God's Pavilion. I'll tell you everything about Spirits."
Du Busi laughed and said, "Never did I expect that I'd be able to enter Shrek Academy in my entire life, under the condition that there's no loser between the Body Sect and Shrek Academy. Interesting! Xuan Zi, that kid who was taken by Di Tian earlier must be the kid with his eyes as his body soul, am I right?"
Elder Xuan nodded slightly.
Du Busi twisted his lips. "I last saw him a few months ago, but he now has seven rings instead of five? Shrek Academy is indeed the number one Academy on the continent!"
Elder Xuan laughed bitterly. "Alright, that's enough. You can keep your sarcasm to yourself. He just came back today. When he left, he only had five rings. I don't know why he suddenly has seven rings now." He naturally wouldn't reveal to Du Busi that Huo Yuhao's enhancement was likely to be related to the Emperor Beast's Sacrifice.
Shrek City started to settle down again. This time, the Great Star Dou Forest's vitality was greatly hurt along with Shrek Academy! However, Shrek Academy had managed to obtain huge rewards from this episode compared to the soul beasts.
Not to even mention soul rings, the number of soul bones that were gathered after this battle exceeded the total number of soul bones that had been gathered in the entire history of Shrek.
More than two hundred thousand soul beasts had been killed! Even if the possibility was only one out of a thousand, how many soul bones would still be produced? Moreover, soul bones were more likely to appear from ten-thousand-year soul beasts. The value of these soul bones and soul rings, as well as the soul beasts' carcasses that weren't dragged away, could more than make up for the Academy's losses!
A few days later, caravans started to stream out of Shrek City and proceed in different directions. They only had one mission: exchange whatever Shrek had obtained during the war for rare metals!
Soul tools had played a very important role in this battle. Without the Tang Sect and Shrek Academy's soul tools, as well as the Tang Sect's stationary soul cannon shells from the Sun Moon Empire, Shrek would have fallen under the attack of the soul beast army even before the reinforcements arrived!