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Chapter 138: The Strong Eat the Weak, the Law of the Jungle

    Chapter 138.1: The Strong Eat the Weak, the Law of the Jungle

    Xiao Xiao, however, wasn't a normal two-ringed soul master, as her cultivation had already reached Rank 30. More importantly, she had the experience of participating in the Continental Advanced Soul Master Academy Soul Dueling Tournament, in addition to the consolidation during her previous closed-door cultivation. Furthermore, Huo Yuhao's Spiritual Detection Sharing was also supporting her.

    She had already begun to retreat the moment the Deviltiger Cat pounced forward. She was a Tang Sect disciple, and she knew how to use the Ghost Shadow Perplexing Track. She constantly changed directions as she flew backwards swiftly while the Spiritual Detection determined the light blade's position the moment it was unleashed. Her body arched like a bow as she flew backwards and narrowly evaded the light blade.

    A series of crackling sounds could be heard wherever the light blade crossed, and a great many plants met their ends.

    Xiao Xiao broke out into a cold sweat even though she managed to dodge this attack. Fortunately, she wasn't the Deviltiger Cat's target, as she wouldn't have avoided its attack so easily otherwise.

    At this moment, the ten thousand year Deviltiger Cat had arrived before Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong.

    Purplish-golden radiance flickered once more as brilliant light flames poured out from Huo Yuhao's eyes. The Deviltiger Cat's blood-red pupils also sparkled once following this shining outburst. It was apparent that it was aware of Huo Yuhao's formidable spiritual-type abilities from its child, and it wanted to use its own spiritual power to fight against Huo Yuhao.

    However, the ten thousand year Deviltiger Cat soon realized its mistake, as Huo Yuhao's target of choice was something else.

    The thousand year Deviltiger Cat that was lying prostrate on the ten thousand year Deviltiger Cat's back was overflowing with murderous hostility, and lying eagerly in wait. "Tch -" Its hide suddenly crackled like a melon being smashed open, and blood instantly poured out from the seven apertures of its head. The blood trickled down and flowed all over the ten thousand year Deviltiger Cat's body.

    Huo Yuhao didn't show a single ounce of mercy this time. The thousand year Deviltiger Cat had already taken a hit from his Spiritual Shock before this, and its spiritual sea was already severely damaged. It had no preparation at all, and when took another all-out strike from Huo Yuhao, its brain directly turned to mush.

    This was the law of the jungle - if my enemy wants to kill me, I have to kill my enemy first. There was only cold light in Huo Yuhao's eyes.

    It hadn't been long since they had faced the thousand year Deviltiger Cat, and then the ten thousand year Deviltiger Cat caught up with them shortly afterwards. However, his opinions had transformed drastically, because he realized that the peril they were mired in was because of their tenderheartedness. Those that weren't of the same species surely thought differently, and these were soul beasts, after all. This was an unchangeable fact.

    The ten thousand year Deviltiger Cat was shocked by the thousand year Deviltiger Cat's death. It roared into the sky as it subconsciously turned back towards the thousand year Deviltiger Cat on its back. It had ultimately been alive for ten thousand years, and its innate ability allowed it to turn its body in midair at a time like this as it temporarily avoided Huo Yuhao.

    However, both Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong made a move at this moment. Vigorous blue, purple and golden light sparkled on their bodies - The Golden Road Amidst Withering Resplendence.

    They were guided by the Spiritual Detection Sharing, and the ten thousand year Deviltiger Cat was also momentarily disoriented. This attack was aimed at a location that the Deviltiger Cat was bound to cross.

    The brilliant Golden Road lit up a few hundred meters around them, and slammed directly against the ten thousand year Deviltiger Cat, which was immediately transformed into a golden sculpture, and plummeted downwards with its forward momentum.

    This was the first time they had used the Golden Road used against a soul beast, and its effects startled both Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong.

    A cat's shadow seemed to depart from the ten thousand year Deviltiger Cat's body as it crashed against the ground, motionless. The shadow quickly lunged towards the body on the ground.

    "This is..." Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong exchanged a look, and they both felt a little dumbfounded. This shadow surged into the Deviltiger Cat's body within these two seconds, and the golden color on its body swiftly receded before it leapt to its feet once again.

    The ten thousand year Deviltiger Cat seemed a little wretched at this point. The Golden Road carried immense light power, and many charcoal-black spots had appeared all over its fur from the corruption, while its powerful aura was also greatly diminished. It tossed its head from side to side, as if it were struggling against something. The thousand year Deviltiger Cat dropped to the ground by its side, and a purple thousand year soul ring gradually took form.

    It was apparent that the Golden Road had a different effect on soul beasts than on soul masters. Huo Yuhao had chosen this martial soul fusion skill because of the Golden Road's ability to control his opponent. However, the ten thousand year Deviltiger Cat exceeded his expectations in the end. It was moving too fast, and it flew out far away with its forward momentum despite taking a direct hit from the Golden Road. It was too far out of range for Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong to chain their onslaught, while what happened afterwards bewildered them.

    The ten thousand year Deviltiger Cat was just vigorously shaking its head. It only recovered after a few seconds, and it immediately glanced towards the thousand year Deviltiger Cat's corpse beside it. It roared furiously into the sky, and its blood-red eyes felt as if they were actually dripping with blood while it pounced towards Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong once more. However, its speed was clearly a little slower than before.

    The Ninephoenix Worshipping Flute chimed continuously as it worked its slowing effect on the ten thousand year Deviltiger Cat. Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong couldn't be bothered about what exactly had happened with the changes that had just occurred to this soul beast, as they had to focus all their attention on this air of hostility that was charging towards them.

    The Deviltiger Cat's fur suddenly turned emerald-green, and a green radiance immediately expanded outwards. This expansion wasn't forceful, and only reached about a foot from it, but it appeared as if the Deviltiger Cat's entire body was also expanding. It was initially a little more than a meter long, but as its entire sparkled with green light, it grew to the point where it was now more than two meters long. It also looked burlier than before, as if it were an actual fearsome tiger. Even the purring sounds from its mouth became more like a tiger's roar.

    The immense pressure made Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong feel a little suffocated, and the enormous gap in their cultivations was apparent at this moment. This Deviltiger Cat was similar in power to a Soul King after all, and its abilities were possibly also superior to those of a Soul King.

    Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong had retreated quickly while the Deviltiger Cat was vigorously tossing its head from side to side. Circle after circle of golden light emanated from Wang Dong's left arm, and both of them appeared to sparkle with golden luster.

    Haodong power amplified the Golden Light Left Arm Bone's soul skill, Golden Light, as the soul skill swiftly took effect, and the soul power they had consumed to power their martial soul fusion skill was restored with dazzling speed.

    Huo Yuhao raised his left hand and fired a beam of light at the Deviltiger Cat that was lunging towards him. He was pretty much locked onto his target with the Spiritual Detection Sharing, and this beam was the soul paralysis ray.

    The soul paralysis ray's light accurately landed on the Deviltiger Cat's body, or it could be said that the Deviltiger Cat willingly collided against this beam. The dense green light around its body flickered, and the soul paralysis ray was actually diverted away from the green light that was protecting its body. The emerald-green hues burst violently, and the Deviltiger Cat's speed exploded once more as it arrived before Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong in a flash.

    A sphere of light that was a foot in diameter rose into the sky. Huo Yuhao shifted behind Wang Dong and grabbed onto Wang Dong's shoulders with both hands as they used the Ghost Shadow Perplexing Track at the same time. They moved with blinding speed as the Deviltiger Cat smashed against that sphere of light.

    Uncountable rays of light surged in an instant, completely enveloping the Deviltiger Cat's body within them. However, the Deviltiger Cat had unleashed its origin skill, and it was truly fearsome. The golden rays of light seemed to dissipate immediately as they rushed into the layer of emerald-green radiance that was protecting its body. The Deviltiger Cat's body had been impeded in midair, and it couldn't continue its assault, but this moment only lasted about the time needed for two breaths. The rays of light were all dispelled, but the protective radiance on the Deviltiger Cat's body appeared to have thinned a little.

    The Deviltiger Cat's soul skill was similar to Dai Yueheng's White Tiger's Shield, except this was just its first soul skill, and it boosted its attack, defense and speed. Wang Dong's Butterfly Goddess Slash was formidable, but he couldn't gain an advantage at all against the Deviltiger Cat.

    However, Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong changed their tactics once more with this moment's worth of hindrance to the Deviltiger Cat.

    Huo Yuhao was still standing behind Wang Dong as he channeled Haodong power into Wang dong's body. Wang Dong raised his right arm and pointed his index finger at the Deviltiger Cat, while his entire right arm began to glow.

    This was different from the circles displayed by his left arm's Golden Light. The radiance from his right arm was a concentration of sharp energies.

    Wang Dong's right arm pressed against the root of his left arm, and his left arm began to flicker with signs of Golden Light. Two powerful soul bone skills were activated at the same time, and they boosted one another.

    He hadn't used the Golden Light when he had attacked with the Butterfly Goddess Slash because he was acutely aware that the Butterfly Goddess Slash worked on a single target, but it wasn't concentrated into a single point. The attack that he was unleashing at this moment was his most powerful strike.

    "Together, Yuhao!"

    Wang Dong exclaimed as a sharp radiance drilled out from his right index finger. This beam was about three inches long, and its tip was pointed, while its root was thick like a finger. The Golden Light's hues were sparkling with lightning speed.

    Right before the Butterfly Goddess Slash was completely dispelled, the golden drill surged forth with lightning speed - and it went straight for the Deviltiger Cat's forehead.

    Yes, Wang Dong's Broken Devil of Light Right Arm Bone had provided him this soul skill. Wang Dong named it the Broken Devil of Light because he was lazy, and it instantly concentrated the power of light into a single point and launched an attack. It looked like a drill because Wang Dong's cultivation wasn't high enough, but it could become as thin as a needle as he became stronger, to the point where it would eventually become a thread of light.

    Wang Dong's cultivation transcended that of a Soul Ancestor with the Haodong power, and this was in addition to the support from his Golden Light. His light power was extremely effective against the dark-type ten thousand year Deviltiger Cat.

    Chapter 138.2: The Strong Eat the Weak, the Law of the Jungle

    The Deviltiger Cat moved as well when Wang Dong attacked. It had cultivated for ten thousand years, and it was also extremely sensitive towards danger. It expanded its protective layer of green light at the first possible moment as it attempted to evade this strike. However, Huo Yuhao's Spiritual Shock arrived right at this moment.

    The purplish-golden light was fired out from over the top of Wang Dong's left shoulder. The Deviltiger Cat's cultivation was impressive, but its spiritual power still couldn't compare to Huo Yuhao's. It grunted once as the purplish-golden beam flickered, and it looked as if the shadow that had been forced out of its body by the Golden Road from before glimmered above its head once again, except it returned to its body instantly this time.

    However, this was enough, and the Deviltiger Cat's evasive movement was never completed.

    "Tch -"

    The Broken Devil of Light drilled ruthlessly into the emerald-green radiance. Wang Dong's most powerful strike was met with an immense defensive force as the emerald-green radiance started to seethe like a layer of boiling oil. The green light congregated at the point where the Deviltiger Cat was being struck, as it no longer maintained its original protective form, and the Deviltiger Cat's body also plummeted to the ground.

    The Broken Devil of Light gradually pierced deeper, while the Deviltiger Cat's layer of emerald light became more vigorous. The green radiance was slowly diminishing, but the Golden Light that was infused into the Broken Devil of Light was also gradually withering away.

    Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong couldn't help but be awed at the Deviltiger Cat's powerful soul skill even though it was their opponent. This soul skill amplified its own body, and it could even concentrate its powers when faced with a penetrative attack that was focused onto a single point. The Deviltiger Cat looked like it was having a rough time, and it wasn't able to anything else, but at least it managed to avoid the Broken Devil of Light boring through its brain!

    Three pitch-black cauldrons appeared beside the Deviltiger Cat at this crucial moment. Ear-splitting chiming sounds accompanied vigorous ripples as they assaulted the Deviltiger Cat's body - Xiao Xiao gave no quarter.

    Huo Yuhao switched positions with Wang Dong after his attack. His golden pupils immediately became emerald-green, and the temperature of the air plunged with him at the very center. His body began to emanate a subtle aura of desolation.

    Emerald-green light shimmered from his bones. This time, it extended to his left arm, and every single inch of that green color congregated towards his chest. Terrifying Ultimate power erupted at this very moment.

    The Deviltiger Cat was tied down as it defended itself against the lethal power of the Broken Devil of Light. The protective layer of green light dimmed from the Cauldron's Quaking Tremble's effects, and the Broken Devil of Light drilled inwards with increasing speed. This was his best chance at dealing a final blow.

    The Heavenly Emperor's Hammer was the optimal choice. However, martial soul fusion skills could only be used once within three days, and today was only their first day inside the Great Star Dou Forest. It was better to conserve their martial soul fusion skills if they could help it. Therefore, Huo Yuhao opted for another of his powerful soul skills. This was a soul skill that he could barely handle after breaking through to Rank 30 during his closed-door cultivation.

    An emerald-green pillar of light discharged from his chest. The air all around the beam appeared to solidify wherever it touched, to the point where a white ice pillar glimmered in the space behind the green light pillar before it crashed to the ground and shattered into pieces. This was because the air in the forest was relatively moist and humid, but that extreme coldness was the more substantial reason!

    It was also green in color, but it was a different type of energy. The radiance that had resisted the Broken Devil of Light finally crumbled as the emerald beam of light smashed against it. The Broken Devil of Light was left with about thirty percent of its power, and it pierced right through the protective layer. The Deviltiger Cat could only tilt its head to the side so that its forehead didn't take the brunt of the attack. However, the Broken Devil of Light drilled right through. A layer of golden light immediately appeared on its head, and these golden hues continued creeping down its entire body.

    However, this ten thousand year Deviltiger Cat didn't scream in agony at all - its body had been completely frozen.

    Ice Empress' Wrath, Huo Yuhao's most powerful soul skill. This was one of the two powerful soul skills that came with the Ice Jade Empress Scorpion's bones.

    It had appeared once during the Continental Advanced Soul Master Academy Soul Dueling Tournament, and it now appeared once more. Still, it consumed the rest of Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong's soul power. If he were the only one using it, and if he activated it when he was at his peak condition, he would have consumed at least ninety percent of his soul power.

    The power of the Ice Empress' Wrath was terrifying, and the Deviltiger Cat had been completely frozen into a statue. Chilly air emanated from its body, and every single plant within ten meters of the ice statue transformed into a patch of ice. The scene was rather spectacular, as transparent ice crystals permeated the entire area.

    Xiao Xiao withdrew her Threelives Soulcrush Cauldron and shivered. "It's so cold! Your Ultimate Ice is so frightening, Yuhao."

    Huo Yuaho and Wang Dong sat down on the ground, exhausted. It seemed as if they won the battle without suffering any conspicuous losses, but they had actually given everything they had.

    The Golden Road was used, Wang Dong's most powerful soul skill, the Broken Devil of Light, was used along with his Golden Light, and Huo Yuhao activated the Ice Empress' Wrath as well as the Ice Empress' Pincer. This was already excluding his Spiritual Detection Sharing and his Spiritual Shock.

    They were one of Shrek Academy's most talented groups, and they barely squeezed out a win after giving everything they had. Furthermore, the Deviltiger Cat that was frozen like a statue wasn't dead yet. However, its blood had been frozen, and it was almost impossible for it to break out of its solid ice prison that resembled the Manifold Mysterious Ice.

    If something didn't melt the ice from the outside within an hour, it would eventually lose its life.

    Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong glanced at each other. They weren't elated after defeating the Deviltiger Cat, and their brows were tightly furrowed instead. Huo Yuhao said, "Seems like our original decision was wrong. This world follows the law of the jungle, and mercy will bring even more dangers and perils."

    Wang Dong's spirit was even more affected, and he nodded his head lightly but said nothing.

    Huo Yuhao grasped his shoulder and said, "Don't be dejected. How would we have known that such a thing would happen if we didn't try? This is probably an important experience in the process of growing up."

    Wang Dong snapped his head around and replied, "Did you think about what happened to it when it took a direct hit from our Golden Road?" His left arm's Golden Light began to work its magic as he spoke, and triggered the remaining Haodong power within their bodies to recuperate their soul power.

    Huo Yuhao nodded his head faintly. "I thought of something. My Spiritual Detection blanketed the entire battlefield. When the shadow appeared above the Deviltiger Cat's head, I could feel that it had completely lost control of its body, or that it had lost consciousness. We aren't able to hit soul beasts directly with the Golden Road, but it seems like we can strip them of their spirit. This is the reason why it took several seconds to recuperate after the shadow returned to its body, but it was clear that it had been weakened. It was also conspicuously slower, and that's why it unleashed its most powerful soul skill to fight us till the end."

    Wang Dong eyed him with an astonished look. "If your guess is correct, I wonder what would have happened if we had attacked its spirit after it appeared?"

    Huo Yuhao's body shuddered, and his eyes sparkled with vigorous colors. He slapped himself on the thigh and exclaimed excitedly, "Yes! Why didn't I think of that? If we attacked its spirit when it appeared, we could have blown it into smithereens, and it would have become like a zombie. Any living being, as long as it doesn't practice spiritual skills, will become extremely weak when their spirits leave their body. Even if we can't directly destroy its spirit, it will also severely affect its fighting strength once the spirit returns to its body. Your eyes are clearer, Wang Dong."

    Wang Dong shot him a cold look as he listened to Huo Yuhao's enthusiastic analysis. "Take your hand off of my thigh."

    "Uh..." Huo Yuhao suddenly realized that he hadn't slapped his own thigh in his fit of excitement - no wonder he didn't feel any pain at all. He laughed sheepishly and said, "Sorry, sorry, that was accidental. We have to try that once we can use the Golden Road again. Others lack the ability to target spirits, but we don't. It's a pity that the Golden Road can only be activated in a linear direction. If it can have a large area of effect like the Spiritual Tempest, and we combine these two soul skills together - heh."

    Wang Dong rolled his eyes and said, "Quit dreaming. How can we have everything that's good in the world? Our soul skills are strong enough. However, our cultivation is the limiting factor. If we don't have enough soul power to maintain ourselves, what use are our skills if we can't use them? Quickly restore your soul power, and we should leave this place before it becomes completely dark."

    Xiao Xiao's consumption of soul power was the smallest, so she naturally took up the responsibility of protecting everyone. Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong immediately began to cultivate beside the ice statue to restore their soul power.

    Huo Yuhao was not worried about the Deviltiger Cat suddenly escaping from its ice prison. Without someone outside melting it, the Deviltiger Cat had no hope of breaking out after it had been frozen in ice. There was nothing it could do after it was frozen unless it used its soul power to resist Huo Yuhao's attack from the beginning.

    Wang Dong obtained a greater understanding of his Golden Light than before. Their recovery process was greatly boosted with the Golden Light, and they recovered about thirty to forty percent of their soul power in the blink of an eye.

    Elder Xuan was casually drinking wine atop a thick branch about five hundred meters away from where they were, and a sphere of golden light soundlessly entered his body at this moment.

    Chapter 138.2: The Strong Eat the Weak, the Law of the Jungle

    The Deviltiger Cat moved as well when Wang Dong attacked. It had cultivated for ten thousand years, and it was also extremely sensitive towards danger. It expanded its protective layer of green light at the first possible moment as it attempted to evade this strike. However, Huo Yuhao's Spiritual Shock arrived right at this moment.

    The purplish-golden light was fired out from over the top of Wang Dong's left shoulder. The Deviltiger Cat's cultivation was impressive, but its spiritual power still couldn't compare to Huo Yuhao's. It grunted once as the purplish-golden beam flickered, and it looked as if the shadow that had been forced out of its body by the Golden Road from before glimmered above its head once again, except it returned to its body instantly this time.

    However, this was enough, and the Deviltiger Cat's evasive movement was never completed.

    "Tch -"

    The Broken Devil of Light drilled ruthlessly into the emerald-green radiance. Wang Dong's most powerful strike was met with an immense defensive force as the emerald-green radiance started to seethe like a layer of boiling oil. The green light congregated at the point where the Deviltiger Cat was being struck, as it no longer maintained its original protective form, and the Deviltiger Cat's body also plummeted to the ground.

    The Broken Devil of Light gradually pierced deeper, while the Deviltiger Cat's layer of emerald light became more vigorous. The green radiance was slowly diminishing, but the Golden Light that was infused into the Broken Devil of Light was also gradually withering away.

    Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong couldn't help but be awed at the Deviltiger Cat's powerful soul skill even though it was their opponent. This soul skill amplified its own body, and it could even concentrate its powers when faced with a penetrative attack that was focused onto a single point. The Deviltiger Cat looked like it was having a rough time, and it wasn't able to anything else, but at least it managed to avoid the Broken Devil of Light boring through its brain!

    Three pitch-black cauldrons appeared beside the Deviltiger Cat at this crucial moment. Ear-splitting chiming sounds accompanied vigorous ripples as they assaulted the Deviltiger Cat's body - Xiao Xiao gave no quarter.

    Huo Yuhao switched positions with Wang Dong after his attack. His golden pupils immediately became emerald-green, and the temperature of the air plunged with him at the very center. His body began to emanate a subtle aura of desolation.

    Emerald-green light shimmered from his bones. This time, it extended to his left arm, and every single inch of that green color congregated towards his chest. Terrifying Ultimate power erupted at this very moment.

    The Deviltiger Cat was tied down as it defended itself against the lethal power of the Broken Devil of Light. The protective layer of green light dimmed from the Cauldron's Quaking Tremble's effects, and the Broken Devil of Light drilled inwards with increasing speed. This was his best chance at dealing a final blow.

    The Heavenly Emperor's Hammer was the optimal choice. However, martial soul fusion skills could only be used once within three days, and today was only their first day inside the Great Star Dou Forest. It was better to conserve their martial soul fusion skills if they could help it. Therefore, Huo Yuhao opted for another of his powerful soul skills. This was a soul skill that he could barely handle after breaking through to Rank 30 during his closed-door cultivation.

    An emerald-green pillar of light discharged from his chest. The air all around the beam appeared to solidify wherever it touched, to the point where a white ice pillar glimmered in the space behind the green light pillar before it crashed to the ground and shattered into pieces. This was because the air in the forest was relatively moist and humid, but that extreme coldness was the more substantial reason!

    It was also green in color, but it was a different type of energy. The radiance that had resisted the Broken Devil of Light finally crumbled as the emerald beam of light smashed against it. The Broken Devil of Light was left with about thirty percent of its power, and it pierced right through the protective layer. The Deviltiger Cat could only tilt its head to the side so that its forehead didn't take the brunt of the attack. However, the Broken Devil of Light drilled right through. A layer of golden light immediately appeared on its head, and these golden hues continued creeping down its entire body.

    However, this ten thousand year Deviltiger Cat didn't scream in agony at all - its body had been completely frozen.

    Ice Empress' Wrath, Huo Yuhao's most powerful soul skill. This was one of the two powerful soul skills that came with the Ice Jade Empress Scorpion's bones.

    It had appeared once during the Continental Advanced Soul Master Academy Soul Dueling Tournament, and it now appeared once more. Still, it consumed the rest of Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong's soul power. If he were the only one using it, and if he activated it when he was at his peak condition, he would have consumed at least ninety percent of his soul power.

    The power of the Ice Empress' Wrath was terrifying, and the Deviltiger Cat had been completely frozen into a statue. Chilly air emanated from its body, and every single plant within ten meters of the ice statue transformed into a patch of ice. The scene was rather spectacular, as transparent ice crystals permeated the entire area.

    Xiao Xiao withdrew her Threelives Soulcrush Cauldron and shivered. "It's so cold! Your Ultimate Ice is so frightening, Yuhao."

    Huo Yuaho and Wang Dong sat down on the ground, exhausted. It seemed as if they won the battle without suffering any conspicuous losses, but they had actually given everything they had.

    The Golden Road was used, Wang Dong's most powerful soul skill, the Broken Devil of Light, was used along with his Golden Light, and Huo Yuhao activated the Ice Empress' Wrath as well as the Ice Empress' Pincer. This was already excluding his Spiritual Detection Sharing and his Spiritual Shock.

    They were one of Shrek Academy's most talented groups, and they barely squeezed out a win after giving everything they had. Furthermore, the Deviltiger Cat that was frozen like a statue wasn't dead yet. However, its blood had been frozen, and it was almost impossible for it to break out of its solid ice prison that resembled the Manifold Mysterious Ice.

    If something didn't melt the ice from the outside within an hour, it would eventually lose its life.

    Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong glanced at each other. They weren't elated after defeating the Deviltiger Cat, and their brows were tightly furrowed instead. Huo Yuhao said, "Seems like our original decision was wrong. This world follows the law of the jungle, and mercy will bring even more dangers and perils."

    Wang Dong's spirit was even more affected, and he nodded his head lightly but said nothing.

    Huo Yuhao grasped his shoulder and said, "Don't be dejected. How would we have known that such a thing would happen if we didn't try? This is probably an important experience in the process of growing up."

    Wang Dong snapped his head around and replied, "Did you think about what happened to it when it took a direct hit from our Golden Road?" His left arm's Golden Light began to work its magic as he spoke, and triggered the remaining Haodong power within their bodies to recuperate their soul power.

    Huo Yuhao nodded his head faintly. "I thought of something. My Spiritual Detection blanketed the entire battlefield. When the shadow appeared above the Deviltiger Cat's head, I could feel that it had completely lost control of its body, or that it had lost consciousness. We aren't able to hit soul beasts directly with the Golden Road, but it seems like we can strip them of their spirit. This is the reason why it took several seconds to recuperate after the shadow returned to its body, but it was clear that it had been weakened. It was also conspicuously slower, and that's why it unleashed its most powerful soul skill to fight us till the end."

    Wang Dong eyed him with an astonished look. "If your guess is correct, I wonder what would have happened if we had attacked its spirit after it appeared?"

    Huo Yuhao's body shuddered, and his eyes sparkled with vigorous colors. He slapped himself on the thigh and exclaimed excitedly, "Yes! Why didn't I think of that? If we attacked its spirit when it appeared, we could have blown it into smithereens, and it would have become like a zombie. Any living being, as long as it doesn't practice spiritual skills, will become extremely weak when their spirits leave their body. Even if we can't directly destroy its spirit, it will also severely affect its fighting strength once the spirit returns to its body. Your eyes are clearer, Wang Dong."

    Wang Dong shot him a cold look as he listened to Huo Yuhao's enthusiastic analysis. "Take your hand off of my thigh."

    "Uh..." Huo Yuhao suddenly realized that he hadn't slapped his own thigh in his fit of excitement - no wonder he didn't feel any pain at all. He laughed sheepishly and said, "Sorry, sorry, that was accidental. We have to try that once we can use the Golden Road again. Others lack the ability to target spirits, but we don't. It's a pity that the Golden Road can only be activated in a linear direction. If it can have a large area of effect like the Spiritual Tempest, and we combine these two soul skills together - heh."

    Wang Dong rolled his eyes and said, "Quit dreaming. How can we have everything that's good in the world? Our soul skills are strong enough. However, our cultivation is the limiting factor. If we don't have enough soul power to maintain ourselves, what use are our skills if we can't use them? Quickly restore your soul power, and we should leave this place before it becomes completely dark."

    Xiao Xiao's consumption of soul power was the smallest, so she naturally took up the responsibility of protecting everyone. Huo Yuhao and Wang Dong immediately began to cultivate beside the ice statue to restore their soul power.

    Huo Yuhao was not worried about the Deviltiger Cat suddenly escaping from its ice prison. Without someone outside melting it, the Deviltiger Cat had no hope of breaking out after it had been frozen in ice. There was nothing it could do after it was frozen unless it used its soul power to resist Huo Yuhao's attack from the beginning.

    Wang Dong obtained a greater understanding of his Golden Light than before. Their recovery process was greatly boosted with the Golden Light, and they recovered about thirty to forty percent of their soul power in the blink of an eye.

    Elder Xuan was casually drinking wine atop a thick branch about five hundred meters away from where they were, and a sphere of golden light soundlessly entered his body at this moment.
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