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Chapter 278.2: First Battle

    "Moo--" The youth let out a low-pitched groan, and his stocky body suddenly ballooned in size. His increase in size wasn't proportionate; he only stretched horizontally. A pair of thick, twisted and sharp horns poked out from his shoulders. They were almost two feet long. His muscles were about to tear his shirt and reveal his naked, burly body.

    It was his first soul skill, Strength of Barbaric Bull.

    The martial soul of this youth was a Charging Bull. It didn't sound very impressive, but it was one of the top-ranked bull-type martial souls. Although the Strength of Barbaric Bull only came from his first soul ring, it was quite dominant. Not only was it extremely strong and impactful, but it also made him temporarily lose any sensation of pain, and increased his defensive strength greatly. Among all the strengthening skills that came from first soul rings, the Strength of Barbaric Bull was one of the top three, and was even stronger than Dai Yueheng's White Tiger's Shield.

    His eyes turned blood-red at the same. Two streaks of bloody light shot out from his eyes straight towards Meng Hongchen. Meng Hongchen was given a shock.

    Meng Hongchen shuddered in her heart. Not only this, but she also found out that everything around her had seemed to slow down.

    There was even a control-type soul skill?

    It came from the third soul ring of the Charging Bull, Glare of Barbaric Bull.

    He had locked onto his opponent, allowing him to track her while she tried to dodge his attack. At the same time, he slowed her dodging speed.

    Compared to academies, sects were much better in some areas. For example, their research in some special martial souls was much better. In every sect, there was a certain martial soul that was passed down from generation to generation. After years of legacy, their research on that specific martial soul would have become very profound. This was something that sects couldn't compare to.

    Simply put, the research of academies only scratched the surface, but the research of sects managed to get to the crux. After countless attempts, they found the most suitable martial soul that they could pass down for generations.

    This was the case for this youth from the Dragonslayer Sect. His Strength of Barbaric Bull and Glare of Barbaric Bull came from soul rings that were the most suitable for the Charging Bull. They were also soul rings that formed the best combination.

    However, he felt a chill as he burst into the icy-blue region. He actually shivered, and slowed slightly.

    At this point, he was already very close to Meng Hongchen. There wasn't any time for him to think, and thus he continued his charge towards Meng Hongchen.

    Meng Hongchen smiled and blew gently towards his direction. Her first and third soul rings lit up at the same time, causing the smooth, icy surface beneath their feet to extend.

    The youth's sharp horns were already in front of Meng Hongchen. It was a coincidence, but his horns were directly in front of Meng Hongchen's chest because he wasn't very tall.

    Meng Hongchen looked a little vexed, and in the next instant, she appeared behind the youth.

    His body flashed past Meng Hongchen quickly, and he didn't manage to strike her. However, he managed to stop himself from instantly using his Glare of Barbaric Bull before he turned around and burst towards Meng Hongchen again.

    However, two Meng Hongchens appeared on the icy surface. His Glare of Barbaric Bull tried to lock onto both figures, but it lost its effect instantly. He was stunned.

    This was Meng Hongchen's third soul skill, Ice Reflection. The figure that she reflected looked exactly like her. Through various reflections, she kept on conjuring projections of herself. As a result, she then gave the youth the feeling that three of her had appeared even though his Glare of Barbaric Bull was still locked onto her body, as she kept on changing her position using her soul skill.

    Another intense chill engulfed his body. The youth revealed a look of horror, and his fifth soul ring lit up without any hesitation.

    It was a pity that it was too late. Compared to five years ago, Meng Hongchen's Icetoad Venom was even stronger now. Furthermore, she wasn't simply at Rank 61 now that she possessed six soul rings!

    A layer of blue spread across the youth's face. Before his fifth soul ring even lit up, he groaned and trembled before he collapsed to the floor.

    All the other competing members from the Dragonslayer Sect in the waiting area all stood up suddenly. They couldn't believe the scene in front of them. They didn't understand what was going on.

    The light from Meng Hongchen's soul rings retracted, and she lifted her chin arrogantly. She turned to the referee and said, "I've won. Next competitor please." After saying this, she retrieved a Milk Bottle to restore her soul power. In this individual elimination round, there weren't any rules that stated she couldn't use soul tools to aid her recovery.

    The referee rushed to the youth and checked his condition. He nodded at Meng Hongchen after ascertaining that her opponent had completely lost his fighting strength.

    "You've won, but your martial soul is poison-type. Please help him neutralize the poison to prevent endangering his life." The referee said.

    Meng Hongchen twisted her lips and said, "Referee, have you forgotten? There's still the team round later." Yes! According to the rules, no substitutions could be made in the team round after the individual elimination round was over. This also meant that the members in the waiting area had to compete in the team round.

    The referee furrowed his brow and said, "However, his life will be in danger if this continues."

    Meng Hongchen shouted towards the waiting area where the Dragonslayer Sect's team members were, "Promise me that he won't compete in the team battle, and I'll help him neutralize the poison."

    Poison!

    The rest of the Dragonslayer Sect team only now understood how Meng Hongchen managed to defeat her opponent. They all looked at one another. Eventually, they focused their attention on one person. It was a tall and huge youth, who was also their team leader for this tournament.

    "Please neutralize the poison. He won't compete in the team round later." This team leader didn't hesitate at all, and immediately made his decision. Of course, that was because none of them specialized in neutralizing poison or were healing-type soul masters.

    Meng Hongchen squatted down without hurry and pressed her hand on the youth's chest. She sucked back her Icetoad Venom.

    Wang Dong'er said to Huo Yuhao softly in the resting area, "Meng Hongchen's abilities have increased significantly!"

    Huo Yuhao said, "After two years of exchange, they have learned something from Shrek Academy. Did you interact with the two siblings? What standard has Meng Hongchen's abilities reached?"

    Wang Dong'er twisted her mouth and said, "I did interact quite a fair bit with Meng Hongchen. However, it's because she harassed me every day. I don't know what rank her soul power is. She conceals her abilities very well. However, I estimate that her cultivation is above mine. The two of them already had five rings five years ago. I'm sure they are above Rank 65 right now."

    "Harass you?" Huo Yuhao's expression turned weird, "My Dong'er is a male and a ladykiller! Impressive, impressive. If you meet her, you can trap her with your beauty."

    Wang Dong'er blushed. "I didn't..."

    Huo Yuhao chortled and changed the topic. He said, "As a soul engineer, Meng Hongchen used the methods of soul masters to win the fight. This shows how confident she is in her own cultivation. Her opponent wasn't weak either. His martial soul and soul skills are quite strong. I used my Spiritual Detection to sense the youth from the Dragonslayer Sect. He has invigorating qi. With strengthening skills, he managed to resist Meng Hongchen's venom for some time. He might have caused some trouble for her if he used his strongest soul skill immediately. These sect teams are indeed quite extraordinary! This edition of the tournament will be quite cracking."

    Meng Hongchen's dominance cast a shadow over the Dragonslayer Sect. The second to compete was a thin and tall youth. When he stood in front of Meng Hongchen, he looked at her with a more cautious look.

    The referee repeated the rules again. This Dragonslayer Sect competitor took the initiative to say, "Dragonslayer Sect. Feng Shèn."

    "Feng Shén?" Meng Hongchen was stunned.

    Feng Shen's lips moved slightly, and he replied, "It's Feng Shèn, not Feng Shén."

    Meng Hongchen twisted her lips and said, "It'd be best if you were called Feng Shén. It sounds mightier."

    ED: This is related to tones in CN. Said in the fourth tone (which is said in a higher pitch that falls sharply), Feng Shèn is just a name. However she misheard it in the second tone (said in a rising tone similar to asking a question) as Feng Shén, which literally means 'Caution'. Hope that this clears up any confusion.

    A furious look flashed across Feng Shen's eyes. "Don't be too arrogant. Don't think that you'll win against me just because you won against my vice team-leader."

    Meng Hongchen threw him a scornful look, "I'll try. I think he had the same thought as you. He didn't even touch my sleeves before I defeated him." Her self-confidence was one of a kind! She wasn't depleted from the first battle. Furthermore, she took the opportunity to replenish her soul power as the vice team-leader from the Dragonslayer Sect was poisoned. She was basically still in her peak condition right now. Naturally, she wasn't too bothered by Feng Shen.

    Feng Shen nodded at her and walked towards his position expressionlessly.

    The two of them quickly drew their distance from each other and went to their respective positions.

    Everyone watched as the referee lifted his right hand before swiping it down. The second battle began!

    As the referee's hand swiped down, a loud eagle call sounded. Following this, a bolt of dim purplish electricity instantly shot into the sky. It was extremely quick, such that Huo Yuhao's Spiritual Detection couldn't even capture it.

    It was Feng Shen who had shot into the sky. He was too quick. Two yellow, two purple and one black soul ring shone on his body. Right now, he had already unleashed his soul rings. A pair of deep blue wings that didn't seem too wide extended from his arms. His entire body released a strong dim purplish glow. In a matter of seconds, he was already thirty meters high in the air, and was far away from Meng Hongchen.
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