Huo Yuhao nodded, and recounted his encounter with the Clear Sky Sect.
Elder Xuan retracted the smile on his face and furrowed his brow slightly before saying, "If this is the case, she should be Dong'er. It's just that, did you sense traces of Dong'er on her? There's also Qiu'er's…"
"Qiu'er's?" Huo Yuhao shook a little, and quickly recalled the situation when he had fought Tang Wutong earlier. He recalled her strength, and her martial soul.
As the saying goes, "The person on the spot is baffled, while the onlooker sees clearly". Elder Xuan's words quickly alerted him. If Huo Yuhao had to describe Tang Wutong's martial soul, he would have to say that it was a combination of Wang Qiu'er's Golden Dragon and Wang Dong'er's Radiant Butterfly Goddess.
How is that possible? Dong'er is the young sect leader of the Clear Sky Sect, while Qiu'er is the Auspicious Emperor Beast. How is it possible that…
Elder Xuan had a thoughtful look on his face as he said, "It seems unbelievable, but Wang Qiu'er is the Auspicious Emperor Beast. She controls the power of destiny. Is it possible that her feelings continued to exist with her spirit after she died, and the strength of her spirit managed to fuse with Dong'er? As a result, Dong'er woke up and reached her current state?
"Yuhao, you must understand how magical martial souls are. Even after thousands of years of research, our Academy is still unable to solve some riddles. For example, why do humans have martial souls, and under what conditions do martial souls mutate? How are martial souls inherited? Through a person's father or mother? All these seem like simple questions, but no one has the exact answer to them. There is nothing impossible in this world. However, I'm afraid you'll need to find out the answer to Tang Wutong's secrets by yourself."
"Oh, thanks. No matter what, I'll find out what happened to her! Elder Xuan, I rushed back because I have something important to report to you."
Elder Xuan immediately turned serious. "Are you talking about the Sun Moon Empire starting the war so abruptly? Were you in the Star Luo Empire?"
Huo Yuhao nodded and replied, "Yes, I wasn't just in the Star Luo Empire. I was even at a place not far from the Ming Dou Mountain Range."
Elder Xuan lifted his hand and stopped him from speaking further. He said, "Let's return to the Sea God's Pavilion first."
After they reached the Sea God's Pavilion, Huo Yuhao greeted the Golden Tree by bowing as usual, before following Elder Xuan in.
The two of them sat at the conference table normally used for meetings on the first level. Huo Yuhao started to describe everything that he had seen and heard after arranging his thoughts.
At the same time, he concealed his relationship with the White Tiger Duke, and didn't talk about how he had saved him. He only described the situation of the war.
Elder Xuan turned grim as he listened to Huo Yuhao's words.
Elder Xuan furrowed his brow and said, "They created a diversion, and their target was actually the Heavenly Soul Empire. We haven't received any news from the Heavenly Soul Empire yet. They have the support of the Body Sect over there. Perhaps it won't be so easy to take them down."
Huo Yuhao laughed bitterly. "I hope so, too. However, only the Sun Moon Empire's soul engineer legions were present when they attacked the Star Luo Empire. The Holy Ghost Church was missing. I was a little skeptical at that time. After I tried to figure things out, I realized that it's likely that the Body Sect will face the Holy Ghost Church.
"The Holy Ghost Church has the Dragon Emperor Douluo Long Xiaoyao and many other evil soul masters. If they really fight the Body Sect, I'm afraid the Body Sect might be unable to resist them! Furthermore, I don't think the Heavenly Soul Empire is even comparable to the Star Luo Empire in terms of strength. They won't be able to last long if they are really embroiled in a fight. The Sun Moon Empire doesn't have only three Class 9 stationary soul cannons! The situation is very dire now. Elder Xuan, should our Academy…"
Elder Xuan said, "Wait here. I'll immediately call for a conference."
Elder Xuan stood up, and a strong layer of yellow light shone from his body. Suddenly, the entire pavilion rippled with a layer of dim golden light.
Outside the Sea God's Pavilion, the Golden Tree shone brightly, and golden halos started to undulate. Formless spiritual undulations and the special aura of the Golden Tree started to spread out.
Figures swiftly and silently entered the Sea God's Pavilion. The first to arrive were all the elders who lived in the Sea God's Pavilion.
Elder Song, Elder Zhuang, and the rest quickly streamed down from the higher levels.
Elder Song couldn't help but ask when she came to the first level, "Elder Xuan, what's going on? Didn't we just have a conference yesterday, and decide to continue observing the war? Why is there another conference today?"
Before she finished speaking, she saw Huo Yuhao standing up. As she focused on him, she understood that Huo Yuhao must have had brought back some new information.
"Elder Song, Elder Zhuang…" Huo Yuhao took a few steps forward and greeted all the elders respectfully.
At this moment, Zhang Lexuan had already rushed over. As she entered the Sea God's Pavilion, she also greeted all the elders.
Following this, Yan Shaozhe, Xian Lin'er, Qian Duoduo and Cai Mei'er also arrived. Apart from the Tang Sect's sect leader Bei Bei, who was given a seat at the table in the Sea God's Pavilion, the rest had already arrived.
Zhang Lexuan looked much more capable now compared to before. Furthermore, she had forgotten all her past feelings after her experience in the Yin-Yang Love Querying Valley, and appeared to be much more cheerful now. However, she still hadn't found a partner yet. She was too outstanding, such that there were only a few people who dared to pursue her.
Before Huo Yuhao left the last time, he had heard that it wouldn't take long before she reached Rank 90. She would become the youngest Titled Douluo in Shrek Academy to date.
"Eldest senior sister." Huo Yuhao also greeted Zhang Lexuan.
She smiled and said, "I heard from Bei Bei that you went out to roam. Do you know? There's a new person in our Academy who looks just like Dong'er and Qiu'er. Come to think about it, we're all confused. She insists that she's Tang Wutong. Furthermore, the weird thing is that her martial soul is different from Qiu'er and Dong'er. Yuhao, do you know what's going on?"
Huo Yuhao laughed bitterly as he shook his head. He replied, "I have no idea. I'm trying my best to understand what's going on, too."
Just as they were speaking, Bei Bei also finally arrived. When the Golden Tree made a summoning call, an Elder would be able to sense it immediately, as long as they were in the area. While Bei Bei was slightly late, it was because he was further away than the rest.
Bei Bei was startled to see Huo Yuhao. He quickly greeted the rest of the elders before sitting down beside Yuhao.
He softly said, "Little junior, you're here because of Tang Wutong, right? Who told you? We wanted to tell you, but we couldn't find a way of communicating with you."
Huo Yuhao laughed bitterly. "Eldest senior, I'm really not here for her. However, I've already met her. Let's talk about her after the conference."
"Alright," Bei Bei nodded.
Elder Xuan coughed and turned everyone's attention to him. "Since everyone is here, we'll start. Yuhao, will you recount what you said to me earlier to everyone?"
"Yes." Huo Yuhao began with how he had joined the Star Luo Empire's military. He avoided talking about his purpose for joining, and mainly talked about what had happened after the Sun Moon Empire started the war.
Just like Elder Xuan, the rest of the elders turned serious after listening to him.
Shrek City and Shrek Academy had been developing significantly because of the Spirit Pagoda. If this continued, the Academy would reach new heights very soon, and the influence of the Academy on the continent would grow even stronger.
However, the Sun Moon Empire had started a war at this time. Furthermore, they had even ferociously destroyed the Star Luo Empire's northwestern defense line. Right now, they had adopted war strategies, and were likely to be threatening the Heavenly Soul Empire already.
Shrek City was now located at the center of the junction between the three empires of the Douluo Continent. Once the situation became unfavorable for the Heavenly Soul Empire, Shrek City was likely to be implicated, too. After all, Shrek City was located within the territory of the Heavenly Soul Empire.
Elder Xuan gestured to Huo Yuhao to take his seat. After that, he looked at the other elders. "Everyone, please tell me your opinions. What do you think the Academy should do regarding this situation so that we can stabilize it?"
Elder Song said, "The situation now is still unclear. The information that Yuhao has brought back should be accurate. However, we don't know to what extent the Heavenly Soul Empire is involved in the war. While the strength of the Heavenly Soul Empire isn't comparable to the Star Luo Empire, they are still one of the three empires of the Douluo Continent. They also have a strong foundation, and the help of the Body Sect. Even if the Sun Moon Empire invades them, I reckon that the Heavenly Soul Empire should be able to hang on for some time. Currently, we should maintain the status quo as a means of dealing with all the changes around us. At the same time, we should speed up our own development, and try our best to obtain information from the frontline before we decide what to do."
After hearing Elder Song's words, many of the elders nodded their heads in approval.
Yan Shaozhe also said, "I agree with Elder Song's opinion. After experiencing the beast tide earlier, the Academy has also been greatly affected. Although we've attracted many outstanding talents from the various empires of the continent to join us because of our Spirit Pagoda, we still need some time to consolidate everything. Given the Academy's current situation, I also feel that we shouldn't rush to get involved in the war. Personally, I feel that we should increase our focus on our Soul Tool Department and the Tang Sect. In addition, we should make it a priority to equip the Shrek City Defense Army and establish our own soul engineering legion."