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Chapter 149: Judgement of the Light of Destiny

    Xian Lin'er, Qian Duoduo and Fan Yu became restless after seeing the golden panther being killed by the dark golden radiance.

    In their original plan, they hadn't put too much hope in the first 2 soul beasts in this test. They were mainly there to deplete Huo Yuhao and He Caitou's soul power. The 4 soul beasts that came after that were the main ones to deal with Huo Yuhao and He Caitou. The lion, tiger, panther and bear were representatives of powerful soul beasts. Their cultivations and metal element were a testament to their strength.

    The reason why the metal element was chosen over the more explosive fire element was because Huo Yuhao had the Ultimate Ice. This was a meticulous consideration, but they didn't expect Huo Yuhao to display the Darkgolden Terrorclaw Bear's ability. 2 out of the 4 metal-type soul beasts were killed just like that.

    He Caitou also began to show his powers in this battle. His 12 soul tool cannons were aimed at the golden lion on the left. 12 streaks of light sealed off all escape routes for the golden lion under the guidance of Huo Yuhao's Spiritual Detection. The golden lion could only defend, and couldn't advance any further.

    He Caitou had four rings. He shouldn't be too fearful of these 4 soul beasts if he unleashed his soul tool fort, given his abilities. However, it was impossible for him to take down these 4 soul beasts himself.

    Huo Yuhao also made his move as He Caitou acted. His first action was to bend his back, and he grabbed ahold of the golden panther's thigh that had been cut off. After that, he threw it at the golden tiger, which was around 20 meters away from him, using his left hand!

    The golden tiger roared furiously and lifted its front claws. It was about to deflect the panther's thigh away. At this point, Huo Yuhao unleashed another of his divine skills.

    "Boom-" An explosive force was unleashed, and ice shavings scattered into the air. Although it was only just a panther's thigh, it was still filled with the golden panther's soul power since it had only just perished. The Ultimate Ice initiated the Ice Explosion Technique, and the golden tiger's claws seemed to strike a soul tool bomb as it hit the panther's thigh. In addition, the tiger was completely unprepared!

    Its claws were blown apart amidst the reverberating boom. Its body was sent flying into the air, and the upper half of its body was covered in fresh blood.

    Huo Yuhao had another identity. He was a Tang Sect disciple. At the same time, he chose the Tang Sect as his path after his retreat in the Sea God's Pavilion. He showed everyone how to use the Tang Sect's secret weapons. This time, his secret weapon was the golden panther that had been cut to pieces.

    The golden tiger that was blasted didn't even have a chance to crawl up before more of the golden panther's remains were turned into bombs by the Ice Explosion Technique and flew towards it. Amidst a series of explosions, the powerful golden tiger was killed as Shrek Academy's elders looked on in shock. It couldn't even get close to Huo Yuhao, much less make him unleash a soul skill.

    The weakness of such metal-type soul beasts was always in terms of long-range attacks. This was also natural given that they were physically tough. Otherwise, they would have become the most outstanding soul beasts around if they were strong in all aspects.

    Huo Yuhao knew the might of his Ice Explosion Technique after his experience in the Great Star Dou Forest. He almost killed a Darkgolden Terrorclaw Bear using a ten thousand year Deviltiger Cat's corpse. While a thousand years soul beast's body was inferior, the difference wasn't too great.

    He turned around calmly after killing the thousand year golden tiger. His left hand pressed on the bear that was already dead. The Ice Empress' Pincer's diamond flashed with radiance. The golden bear was quickly turned into a Transcendent Ice Bomb that could go off at any time.

    He Caitou's attacks stopped. A Class 4 Milk Bottle appeared in his palm, and he used it to suck in soul power. In fact, he hadn't depleted much of his soul power. He could kill the golden lion if he wanted to, but Huo Yuhao didn't let him do so. He was following Huo Yuhao's Spiritual Detection to fight.

    The golden lion felt relieved, but couldn't locate the golden tiger. It was in a daze. Huo Yuhao tried to provoke him by hooking his finger toward him.

    The lion was the king of beasts! It had a bad temper, and its yellow mane, which was flashing with a metallic glow, started to spike up. It roared and burst towards Huo Yuhao. Its legs let out clanging metal noises as they struck the ground as it opened its mouth to reveal its huge, razor-sharp teeth. Even a Titled Douluo might be unable to handle its bite!

    Huo Yuhao was slightly breathless after killing the tiger. He revealed a soul tool against this golden lion that came towards him. It was the soul paralysis ray. The golden lion couldn't escape the rays shot out by him under the influence of his Spiritual Detection. As a streak of light flashed, the attack of the soul paralysis ray was counteracted by a metal-like halo released by the golden lion. However, the paralysis effect still took place. The lion's body shook a little, but it didn't collapse like the bear as it tried to hold on. However, its speed immediately dropped.

    Huo Yuhao's eyes squinted, and a cold radiance flashed across them. He burst towards the golden lion. Looking very ferocious.

    As he got closer to the lion, the paralysis effect began to wear off. The lion opened its mouth and attempted to bite Huo Yuhao as he burst towards it. Its fur also spiked up and turned into golden spikes. They became offensive weapons.

    It unleashed its full abilities as the strongest among the 4 soul beasts. Its eyes flashed with a metal glow, and at least 10% of its mane shot out as sharp spikes. Huo Yuhao was quickly engulfed by a huge number of metal spikes.

    The lion was the only one among the 4 soul beasts that still had some long-range offensive abilities. However, these metal spikes were most effective at a 5 meter range.

    Huo Yuhao decided to face these metal spikes head-on. He didn't use a soul tool to protect himself, but the Ice Empress' Armor, one of the two soul skills the Ice Jade Empress Scorpion had given him.

    As his cultivation increased, the power of his soul rings also increased in tandem. The Ice Empress' Armor was defensively stronger than before.

    "Ding ding ding ding ding ding..." A series of knocking sounds rang from Huo Yuhao's body. The metal spikes were deflected away by the Ice Empress' Armor and couldn't penetrate his body. Huo Yuhao also used this opportunity to get closer to the lion.

    The golden lion bit down on nothing as the Ghost Shadow Perplexing Track was used. Huo Yuhao dodged its bite and came beside it.

    The golden lion also recognized Huo Yuhao's frightening Darkgolden Terrorclaws. Its mane started to change form, and its entire head now looked like a hedgehog. The lion tried to spike its head towards Huo Yuhao.

    Huo Yuhao naturally tried to prevent that from happening. He moved his body back a little before increasing the speed of the Ghost Shadow Perplexing Track. He continued to strike his right hand towards the golden lion's head. He was not bothered about the damage that could be inflicted onto him by the metal spikes, since he had the Ice Empress' Armor, the Ice Empress' Pincer, the Mysterious Jade Hands and the Darkgolden Terrorclaws with him now.

    The lion lifted its body amidst this crisis and struck its huge claws towards Huo Yuhao. At the same time, a series of clanging noises resonated from its body as two metal blades came out from its shoulders. One of the blades hit Huo Yuhao's right hand.

    The greatest point about Spiritual Detection was its ability to anticipate situations. Huo Yuhao was clearly prepared for this moment. His Darkgolden Terrorclaw clashed with the metal blade that shot out of the lion's shoulder, and he wasn't at a disadvantage in terms of strength. He only rocked his upper body back a little, and the golden lion's body also stopped moving.

    This was the strength of the Ice Empress' Pincer and the Mysterious Jade Hands. The metal blade from the lion's shoulder couldn't suppress Huo Yuhao in terms of strength.

    Huo Yuhao had already dodged the lion as his figure flashed. His Darkgolden Terrorclaws slashed at the metal blade, his left hand unwittingly grabbed hold of the lion's left forelimb due to the great impact of his slashing motion.

    A wave of cold instantly entered the lion's body. The lion couldn't help but shiver while its left forelimb was frozen such that it no longer had any sensation there.

    Huo Yuhao exploited the momentum of his slash to flip his body around before sliding his body below the lion's belly. His left hand flashed with an azure radiance before a 'boom' was heard.

    The lion screamed in pain before its huge body was overturned.

    What was the significance of the Ice Explosion Technique? It could blow apart all ice within an area that Huo Yuhao could work his spiritual sense on. It didn't matter if it was a frozen corpse. The Ice Explosion Technique could turn all matter into its energy after coming into contact with them and make them a source of explosive power.

    Huo Yuhao had previously used his Ice Explosion soul skill to detonate soul beast corpses, in turn converting soul power into pure explosive force.

    But right now, Huo Yuhao took advantage of the lion's focus on his Darkgolden Terrorclaws to activate his Ice Explosion soul skill on its left forelimb.

    The most solid fortresses were often felled from the inside; when the soul power in the lion's left claw turned into explosive energy, this was exactly what happened. The Ice Explosion soul skill showed its might once more, blowing the lion's left claw to bits. The frightening blast also riddled half of the lion's body with injuries.

    How could Huo Yuhao miss such an advantageous attack?

    He used the Ghost Shadow Perplexing Track to accurately appear at the place where the lion was weakest. A powerful suction force was released towards the lion from Huo Yuhao. While it didn't drag the lion to him, it did increase his speed towards the lion. With no defenses to bar its way, his right claw stabbed into the lion, causing its pathetic, miserable cries to instantly stop as it died.

    At present, all four metal-type soul beasts had been killed. What remained were only four purple soul rings, which floated silently in the air.

    Huo Yuhao pressed his left hand to the Golden Lion's body, making another bomb out of it with the Ice Explosion soul skill. He then ran towards the center of the arena alongside He Caitou.

    If he included the Spectre Wolf that he'd killed earlier, Huo Yuhao now had three ice bombs at his disposal.

    Gong Changlong regretted speaking up for the two of them earlier; they'd killed six of his thousand year soul beasts! It had been very difficult to catch them-especially the four metal-type soul beasts that had come at the end. They'd taken him an entire year to train, yet it had all been for naught the moment that Huo Yuhao slaughtered them.

    Huo Yuhao wasn't anything like a normal control-type soul master. Even comparing him to agility-type soul masters wasn't quite appropriate. To be honest, he was more of a mesh between assault-type and agility-type soul masters.

    From start to finish, Huo Yuhao had killed all six soul beasts during the test. He Caitou had only needed to help once, which had been to prevent the tiger and lion from meeting up.

    Huo Yuhao's very impressive display had already gone far beyond the elders' expectations.

    Huo Yuhao didn't get complacent. He'd given it his all, and had used every advantage available to him. He might have depleted a lot of his soul power when he'd used his Darkgolden Terrorclaws to kill the Golden Panther, but that was to ensure that he didn't give the panther any chances.

    If these four metal-type soul beasts teamed up, it would've been a large problem for Huo Yuhao and He Caitou. Huo Yuhao had been most concerned about the Golden Panther, since it was the most cunning soul beast of the four.

    It hadn't rush Huo Yuhao immediately, even though it held an absolute advantage in terms of speed. Instead, it had waited for an opportunity to group up with the other beasts. It was basically the general of the four soul beasts. After obtaining the Darlgolden Terrorclaws, Huo Yuhao's offensive might soared. But he was still left with glaring weaknesses: He was weak against long-range attacks and lightning-quick opponents.

    As panther-type soul beasts were incredibly fast, the Golden Panther could've dragged He Caitou over if it had used hit-and-run tactics, and thus forced Huo Yuhao to fight an uphill battle against the lion and tiger together. While Huo Yuhao was confident that he could take on these two soul beasts at the same time, it would've been far more consuming, both mentally and physically.

    That was why he chose the simpler approach-killing the Golden Panther with his Darkgolden Terrorclaws quickly, albeit at the expense of his soul power. He'd then used the panther's corpse to attack the tiger. While this 'simple' method indeed dealt with them, it didn't seem cost effective for his soul power. However, Huo Yuhao might have expended even more soul power if he'd been sucked into a drawn out fight with the soul beasts.

    The Ice Jade Scorpion Left Arm Bone and Darkgolden Terrorclaw Right Palm Bone had shown their worth in this battle. Huo Yuhao's fighting capabilities were completely new to the deans and Fan Yu-he'd been more offensive than a four-ringed assault type Soul Ancestor as a three-ringed control-type Soul Elder. The elders felt nothing but shock and awe after witnessing him killing the six soul beasts.

    Of course, there was an exception to that awed feeling: Gong Changlong currently felt extremely gloomy right now, as he was the person in charge of the Beast Dueling Arena. His heart ached when he thought of the fact that six thousand year soul beasts had been wasted just like that! The amount of human and material resources needed to catch and train another six just like them would be astronomically high.

    "Send in eight thousand year souls beasts adept at long-range attacks, and four three-thousand year soul beasts adept at close combat. I don't believe that these kids will be able to handle them all." Increasing the pace of the test made Gong Changlong's heart ache, but it meant that it would end faster. However, this wasn't too shocking. After all, Huo Yuhao had displayed abilities far beyond their initial expectations.

    Huo Yuhao looked a little weird now. He had 2 cigars in his mouth: One thick, and one thin. They were, respectively, the 'Spirit Stimulating Thick Cigar,' and the 'Soul Power Amplifying Thin Cigar.' He grasped a Milk Bottle in his hand, as did He Caitou. The two of them leaned on each other as they stood there.

    They were suddenly jolted, and Huo Yuhao exclaimed, "So many..."

    He Caitou was also stunned. "They're trying to kill us..."

    Twelve soul beasts sauntered in from different directions. There was four huge beasts in front, and eight others trailing behind. They inched closer and closer to them in the center of the arena. The huge pressure emitting from them made Huo Yuhao and He Caitou pretty terrified.

    Huo Yuhao had seemed very relaxed as he dealt with the four soul beasts earlier, but that was already giving it his all. But now, their number had tripled, and from the looks of it, several of them were long-ranged attackers. Twelve thousand year soul beasts! If Wang Dong and Xiao Xiao were here, then Huo Yuhao reckoned they might have a fighting chance. But could they really win in this situation now?

    "Junior, what do we do?" He Caitou looked at the dozen thousand year soul beasts that surrounded them and felt numb. This was definitely beyond what they could handle.

    Fan Yu's brows furrowed, "Why didn't Elder Gong follow the plan? This is too much. They must have been expended quite a lot of their energy already."

    Xian Lin'er said, "Don't fret. The pressure will do them good. Also we can tell their limits from this and plan out their future training. We're ready to save the both of them if anything happens."

    Huo Yuhao shut his eyes slightly and sensed with his active spiritual power. He didn't ask for help from the Skydream Iceworm, the Ice Empress or Electrolux, even in such a perilous situation. His confidence was slowly growing as his age and powers increased, and he knew how to turn pressure into motivation.

    "Senior-soul tool fort strategy. I will try and control the soul beasts, and you'll follow up under the guidance of my Spiritual Detection to attack them. We'll try our beast and see what happens."

    "Okay." He Caitou didn't speak too much either. His confidence in Huo Yuhao had grown immensely following the previous battle. Many metal pipes started to appear on his body as they made clanging noises. He Caitou turned around with all the weapons on his body, maintaining a solid grip on the floor underfoot. Showcasing his ability to mount a multi-directional assault.

    Huo Yuhao noticed that it was the same soul tool fort strategy, but a portion of He Caitou's soul tool fort had already been modified. It seemed like he had made considerable progress after the Advanced Continental Soul Master Soul Dueling Tournament.

    The dozen soul beasts were still stalking closer. The four in front were of the same species-the Single-Horned Devilrhino. A very powerful soul beast, entirely plated in armor. It was rumored to have a strong ram and sturdy defense, while its horn  could unleash the Sealing Light. After locking onto an opponent, it would ram them till they perished.

    In the arena, four Single-Horned Devilrhinos with more than three thousand years of cultivation were flashing with a subtle, light-blue radiance. Their eyes had turned blood-red, and they advanced forward faster now-ready to attack at any moment.

    The eight long-ranged attacker soul beasts behind them also began flashing with different colors, ready to attack at a moment's notice. If it wasn't for the small size of the Beast Dueling Arena and them not having enough space, Huo Yuhao and He Caitou would already be facing a barrage of attacks.

    He Caitou fully prepared his soul tool fort, and Huo Yuhao remained still. He spat out the two cigars, put his Milk Bottle away, and stood there with his arms placed beside his waist. His Spirit Eyes slowly began to close.

    A weird feeling started to spread from Huo Yuhao. The Beast Dueling Area's work crew, the deans and Fan Yu could all sense it coming from Huo Yuhao, but couldn't identify what it was.

    Huo Yuhao seemed to become intangible in an instant. However, amidst that illusion, even he felt awed. The feeling was indescribable, like he had changed into an invisible force that covered the entire arena. He felt like he wasn't even himself anymore.

    At this time, a weird golden light lit up on Huo Yuhao's forehead, looking like the first ray of light at dawn. Everyone squinted their eyes unwittingly, even though it wasn't blinding them. For just an instant, everyone seemed to pause.

    It was a golden eye, filled with the bright light of destiny. The strange eye displayed the majesty of heaven and earth. Even the air was buzzing as the light from the eye shone forth.

    Huo Yuhao's lips moved a little. Only He Caitou managed to hear what he said.

    He had called out, "Destiny, judgement!"

    A layer of strange light spread out, with Huo Yuhao's body at the center. The light didn't seem very intense, but it couldn't really be described, because every soul beast and soul master saw the color of this light differently.

    The air distorted slightly as the light passed by. It felt like a huge door of destiny had been opened behind everyone.

    Fortunately, it didn't cover a wide area. It only engulfed the area which the twelve soul beasts were in.

    If this feeling only left Xian Lin'er and Qian Duoduo in a trance, the next moment revealed the true effects of the transformation in front of their eyes.

    The first transformation happened to He Caitou, who was the closest to Huo Yuhao. He was coated with a layer of dim gold. That layer of dim gold instantly peeled off from his body and formed a weird golden light projection behind him. This projection looked identical to him, and was only lacking his soul tools, otherwise a perfect duplicate

    A ring of golden light flashed from his double's shoulder, giving off a feeling of calm and peace.

    The transformation didn't just happen to He Caitou. The twelve soul beasts that were engulfed by the radiance also underwent transformations. However, their transformations were different from He Caitou's.

    Every soul beast started to shake uncontrollably. Following that, a pale white layer appeared on their heads before peeling off instantly. However, the form that they took after they peeled off didn't appear as balanced as He Caitou's projection. These projections took the form of the beasts bare skull, floating above their heads. Even more frightening, the eye sockets of the skulls were glowing a bloody red..

    "What, what is this? Third eye? Don't tell me...?"

    Xian Lin'er, Qian Duoduo, and Fan Yu said in unison, "Second awakening of the Body Soul?" They couldn't think of any other possibility except this. Their eyes opened wide as they watched the changes the soul beasts were continuing to experience.

    Huo Yuhao's Eye of Destiny silently shut itself. His body shook a little, and he seemed a little dizzy.

    His mental fatigue was now intense. His second sea was extremely uncomfortable, sucked dry by what he had just done. However, he had finally displayed the power of the Eye of Destiny. He also wanted to see what kind of judgement the Light of Destiny could unleash through the Eye.

    Huo Yuhao's Spirit Eyes opened at the same time he shut his Eye of Destiny. The dim gold remained, but he was much more fatigued.

    The soul beasts were delayed in their advance, and they could all feel a chill rising from the depths of their hearts. They didn't know what was happening, but they were clearly aware of the changes. But where were these transformations coming from? They had no idea.

    Huo Yuhao naturally wouldn't explain it to them. The soul beasts could also feel the changes, but they were stunned that their bodies hadn't seemed to change. Everything still looked the same as ever to them.

    Some of the soul beasts were furious from the fear that he had inflicted them. The four Single-Horned Devilrhinos roared together and started to charge towards Huo Yuhao and He Caitou. The Sealing Lights on their horns also shot out towards Huo Yuhao.

    Huo Yuhao's third soul ring suddenly lit up at this point. After he managed to obtain the Spirit Eyes' third soul ring, it was his first time using it! What was his third soul skill?

    Huo Yuhao's eyes turned white at this point, and a ring of white light spread out from his body. Undoubtedly, it was a domain-type skill. The twelve soul beasts were all engulfed in its radiance.

    A weird scene occurred as the white light engulfed the soul beasts. Every one of them turned white, and their mighty auras from before started to become weaker and weaker.

    The four Single-Horned Devilrhinos that were charging forwards slowed down, and their bodies even started to shake. The soul beasts that were adept in long-range attacks also delayed their attacks at this moment.

    "Senior He, use your soul tools as defensive barriers and attack the soul beasts in the back. Leave the Single-Horned Devilrhinos to me."

    After he finished speaking, Huo Yuhao wrenched his head down forcefully. It was as if he were trying to shake off his fatigue. His body then shot out like an arrow.

    The entire battle erupted at this point. Even though the soul beasts that were adept at long-range attacks had been influenced by Huo Yuhao's white light, they still managed to unleash their long-range attacks at the first opportunity.

    Huo Yuhao could still dodge, but He Caitou was struggling. This was also why Huo Yuhao asked him to use the soul tools to form a defensive barrier for himself.

    Eight long-range soul skills were unleashed. Some of them covered an area, while some of them were fixed on a specific target. Their goal was to strike both Huo Yuhao and He Caitou.

    However, something weird happened at this moment. He Caitou mounted his attack as he engaged his defense. He chose the closest soul beast to him. However, he was anxious at this moment. The concentrated attacks of the eight soul beasts couldn't be resisted by his Class Four soul tool barrier! Furthermore, the Spiritual Detection had disappeared. He could only completely trust Huo Yuhao now.

    Fan Yu was already holding a dark gold metal barrel in his hands on the stage. He locked onto He Caitou, and was about to fire. Although a Class Four soul tool barrier couldn't resist the soul beasts' attacks, it could still last for some time. That was why Fan Yu didn't rush to his aid. He was waiting for He Caitou to be completely defenseless. After all, this test was to challenge their limits. However, he was clueless as to why Huo Yuhao and He Caitou didn't search for a breakout point even though they were in a critical situation. They didn't even diversify their attacks, which might prove to be their fatal flaw. Could they still hold on against the twelve soul beasts?

    However, Fan Yu opened his eyes wide at this moment. The light that was about to shoot out of the dark golden barrel also dimmed instantly.

    He couldn't believe what he was seeing.

    How was this possible? How was this possible? What did he just see?

    Qian Duoduo and Xian Lin'er also opened their eyes wide. They were both incredulous.

    If they could accept Huo Yuhao's impressive performance previously, whatever was going on now was beyond what they could comprehend.

    Three of the eight soul beasts using long-range attacks were using domain-type attacks. Domain-type soul skills were all-engulfing, Ma Xiaotao's Phoenix Meteor Shower being a good example. Of course, domain-type attacks weren't completely flawless, but their flaws were almost negligible, usually that the user couldn't fully control them, while most targeted long-range attacks locked onto an enemy before a soul skill was unleashed towards them. This was the modus operandi of most soul masters and soul beasts.

    However, an unbelievable scene occurred within the Soul Beast Dueling Area. There were eight long-range attacking soul beasts! What happened to their attacks? Their attacks struck nothing. Not even one of their attacks managed to hit He Caitou or Huo Yuhao!

    Even He Caitou couldn't believe it. He didn't even have to use his soul tool barrier! Meanwhile, the strike from his soul tool fort managed to easily tear apart one of the soul beast's bodies.

    How did Huo Yuhao manage to avoid all the soul beasts' attacks?

    The battle continued to progress as everyone was shocked. Even weirder changes continued to happen.

    Huo Yuhao's leaping body had already reached a Single-Horned Devilrhino as the other soul beasts attacked. He leapt up high, and unleashed his Darkgolden Terrorclaws. He targeted them at the Single-Horned Devilrhino's head.

    The Single-Horned Devilrhino was too defensively sound. Furthermore, Huo Yuhao could tell that the Single-Horned Devilrhinos weren't thousand-year soul beasts. Under such circumstances, He Caitou's soul tool fort might be able to take down one Single-Horned Devilrhino. However, the burden on him would be very great. What about the rest of the soul beasts?

    That's why Huo Yuhao decided to make a move himself.
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