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Chapter 369.3: Yuhao Exits Seclusion

    He turned around, and a soothing black light shone from him.

    The black light looked as gentle as ripples on water. It entangled with the Light of Annihilation that came from behind him. The moment the Light of Annihilation entered the black light, it started to ripple intensely. However, every single black ripple continued to twist and turn, stopping every single strand of Light of Annihilation from entering it.

    Another black light flashed, and a huge shield appeared, blocking Ye Guyi, who came down from the sky.

    The shield was completely black. On it, one could see the carving of a huge, deep-blue turtle. On the back of the turtle was a small, coiled blood-red snake with jade-green eyes.

    When the shield appeared, the entire Sparring Arena was covered by a layer of black ripples. It was like this entire area had turned into the bottom of a lake. Both Ye Guyi and Nan Qiuqiu felt discomfort, as if they were stuck in mud.

    Yes, this was the Xuanwu Shield, the complete form of the Xuanwu Shield!

    Who benefited the most in the Yin-Yang Love Querying Valley? It was definitely not those whose soul power had increased, but Xu Sanshi!

    In the valley, he had resolved his relationship issue with Jiang Nannan, and the two of them were finally together. Furthermore, he had experienced that scene once more, and this time, his Xuanwu Shield was fully awoken. Now, he had a martial soul which descended from a pure, ancient bloodline.

    Among Shrek's Seven Monsters, Bei Bei was no longer the strongest. Xu Sanshi, who now wielded his pure Xuanwu Shield, was the strongest!

    When he unleashed his Xuanwu Shield, Xu Sanshi appeared to have increased in size. Countless black ripples pulsed from his body. Xu Sanshi took a step forward, and his Xuanwu Shield doubled in size once more. A powerful energy could be felt from it.

    Black light filled the entire Sparring Arena. The black ripples instantly turned into countless rising dots of black light. It was like a plate filled with water, which someone had just hit from underneath.

    A power energy vibrated out, and instantly, Ye Guyi and Nan Qiuqiu's attacks were destroyed. The two girls felt that the soul power they had used to launch their attacks had been instantly destroyed by this powerful energy. In shock, they retreated.

    However, black ripples appeared once again. The vibrations made their movements sluggish. The movements of the two girls became visibly slower.

    "Hehe, continue to work hard. After Qiuqiu gets her sixth ring, you can consider looking for me," Xu Sanshi chuckled as he waved his hands at the two girls. The surrounding black light became even more intense, forcing the two girls to go on the defensive. However, the moment the black light receded, Xu Sanshi had already disappeared.

    "He's... he's so strong," Nan Qiuqiu said in shock.

    "His martial soul is very powerful," Ye Guyi said with a heavy expression on her face. "While it's water-type, it had the thickness of a soil-type martial soul. Furthermore, I feel that his martial soul is not on the same level as ours. I estimate that he's around Rank 68, very close to Rank 70."

    Nan Qiuqiu exclaimed in shock, "So our Tang Sect will soon have a second Soul Sage?"

    Ye Guyi nodded and said, "In the past, he didn't seem so strong. In the past two months, however, he has become very powerful."

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    Xu Sanshi heard the two girls' conversation clearly, and could not help but laugh. He was delighted.

    Ye Guyi was right. Right now, his soul power was at Rank 68.

    His soul power did not increase in the Yin-Yang Love Querying Valley. However, after his martial soul turned completely into the Xuanwu, his cultivation entered a strange state. It was like a form of refinement.

    The refinement of his martial soul caused his own soul power to become refined as well. His past two months of cultivation had allowed his soul power to change completely. Over the past two months, his evolved martial soul was able to complete its fusion, and his soul power naturally rose to Rank 68. Xu Sanshi estimated that in less than half a year, he had a chance of surpassing Rank 70. With the strength of his martial soul, the Xuanwu Shield, he would not even fear Rank 80 Soul Douluo once he hit Rank 70!

    He was not the only one who had improved. Through the Continental Elite Youth Soul Master Tournament, everyone from the Tang Sect who had participated benefited greatly from it. Their fights in the tournament and their struggles in the Yin-Yang Love Querying Valley had allowed them to reap many benefits.

    Jiang Nannan and Xiao Xiao, under Dean Yan Shaozhe's personal supervision, had successfully retrieved their sixth soul rings. They reached the rank of Soul Emperor, improving the Tang Sect even more.

    Ye Guyi and Nan Qiuqiu both had great potential. The reason why they were unable to fight those from the Tang Sect was because of their foundations.

    Shrek Academy was not known as the top Academy in the world for nothing. Its method of education was excellent, and reigned supreme. In particular, they were able to produce the best soul masters, who no one else could beat. Nan Qiuqiu and Ye Guyi were both now on the path that Shrek's Seven Monsters trod. Their shaky foundations, after the intensity of the past few months, solidified. Soon, they would improve faster and faster. With excellent instruction from good teachers, and Shrek's Seven Monsters as their peers, their cultivation had been improving rapidly.

    "Third elder brother," a clear voice suddenly called out..

    "Yes? Xu Sanshi replied without thinking. In the Tang Sect, other than Bei Bei, He Caitou, Xuan Ziwen, and a few others, almost everyone else called him that. He was thinking about the overall strength of everyone from the Tang Sect, so he did not pay much attention to the voice.

    "Let's spar," said the voice once more.

    "Sure. Wait!" Xu Sanshi finally woke up from his reverie. He raised his head to look. Who wants to spar with me?

    When he saw a smiling, confident youth, his eyes opened wide in shock. Then, brimming with joy, he shot forward like an arrow to hug him.

    "You rascal! You finally ended your closed-door cultivation," Xu Sanshi said excitedly.

    "That's right! I'm done. I took a shower and changed. Just when I walked out, I saw a good show. Third elder brother, your power has improved so much! I almost didn't recognize you."

    Xu Sanshi chuckled and said, "Don't try and flatter me. Eh, what's this? You can walk again?"

    The one who had appeared in front Xu Sanshi, who delighted him so much, was none other than Huo Yuhao, who was ranked number six among Shrek's Seven Monsters. His closed-door cultivation had indeed made everyone worry deeply for him.

    Huo Yuhao lifted his right leg and kicked out. He nodded at Xu Sanshi and said, "That's right, I've healed fully. All of my passageways are clear once more. I've absorbed all the energy into my body." As he said that, his eyes shone with a faint light.

    While Xu Sanshi's sight was not as good as Huo Yuhao's Spirit Eyes, it was not weak either. He saw the instantaneous change in his junior's eyes. To his shock, Huo Yuhao's eyes shone with a pale white light. It was not as powerful or dazzling as his original golden eyes. Instead, it looked as clear and silky as jade. His entire body appeared to be holding in great power.

    "Little junior brother, you've changed!" After Wang Dong'er was revealed to be a girl, Huo Yuhao was naturally the youngest male disciple. Xu Sanshi, He Caitou, and Bei Bei all called him 'little junior brother'.

    Huo Yuhao smiled and said, "Do you want to try fighting me?"

    Xu Sanshi laughed and said, "Bring it on." As he said that, he dragged him outside.

    The moment the two of them walked out the door, they bumped into the two frustrated beauties. They did not react when they saw Xu Sanshi dragging someone over. However, when they finally got a closer look, they could not help but open their mouths in shock.

    Nan Qiuqiu exclaimed in surprise, "Huo Yuhao, you've completed your closed-door training?"

    "Good! You finally came out!" Ye Guyi also said excitedly.

    When Huo Yuhao looked at the two of them, his smile brightened. After three months of solitary cultivation, it was good to see some familiar faces.

    "Hello, Qiuqiu and Ye Guyi. That's right, I've completed my training."

    "You rascal!" Ye Guyi said indignantly, "You brought me here, but the moment you returned, you went to do your closed-door training. You didn't even say hi! Why? Hmph! Let me tell you, my powers have increased quite a bit in this period of time. Come! Let me take my anger out on you!"

    Nan Qiuqiu fanned the flames and continued, "That's right! You're terrible. Sister Guyi, let's take care of him together."

    Xu Sanshi said with a smile, "My pretties, don't you think you should wait? Little junior brother and I agreed to spar first. We should follow this order. Furthermore, don't fight a battle you can't win. Watch us fight first to see how powerful he has become before taking him on yourselves."

    Huo Yuhao chuckled bitterly and said, "Third senior brother, you just want to see the world burn."

    Xu Sanshi looked into the sky and said, "If the Heavens have caused trouble for you, it's forgivable. If you cause trouble for yourself..."

    Huo Yuhao's feet left the ground. Ye Guyi and Nan Qiuqiu only saw a blur. They lost sight of him.

    "Come on, third senior brother," Huo Yuhao's voice rang out from afar.

    The two girls turned, and realized that Huo Yuhao was already at the other end of the Sparring Arena.

    "He's so fast," said Nan Qiuqiu.

    Ye Guyi was not impressed. "So what's if he's fast? A man must have endurance."

    Xu Sanshi was walking into to the Sparring Arena, but when he heard that, he stumbled, and could not help but turn around and retort angrily, "That's so wrong! You two are in cahoots with him!"
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