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DOULUO DALU 3 - LEGEND OF THE DRAGON
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6-year-old Wulin is taken by his father - Tang Zi Ran - to Red Mountain Academy where spirit masters from Spirit Pagoda are performing the annual spirit awakening ceremony. His spirit is awakened, however unusually intense pain occurs and golden veins temporarily appear, indicating a powerful spirit, but sadly it's just blue silver grass and level 3 innate soul power. When he gets home, his mother - Lan Yue - makes lunch, but Wulin isn't hungry and instead goes to sleep. He dreams of a golden world of blue silver grass (BSG) and a giant gold colossus; meanwhile his body heats up and writhes in pain with a golden pattern spreading over his body. When he wakes up, he washes up and eats an enormous amount of food, then his dad asks whether he wants to go to normal school or spirit master school, with an obvious answer of spirit master school. The school is close to the house, so Wulin only attends during the day instead of staying in a dorm. On his first day, he gets teased for having a waste spirit by someone with a 2 edged knife, before the teacher starts teaching them about Spirit Masters (cue same info from DD1). Without looking closely you wouldn't notice, but Wulin's Blue Silver Grass has a slight golden tinge to the roots.
Even the teacher is unenthusiastic about Wulin's BSG, but on the way home Wulin declares that since his dad said success is 99% effort and 1% talent, he has to work hard! His appetite already gave him the nickname of "Rice Bucket" (ie "Big Eater"), consuming more than 6 people's worth at lunch. He encounters a silver haired girl with amethyst eyes, she is dirty and looks like a beggar, but a group of men see her hair and comment that she could be worth a bit in the black market, before trying to abduct her. Wulin confronts them, but gets knocked down a few times, and then releases his spirit warning them. Not wanting the trouble of dealing with Spirit Pagoda for injuring a potential spirit master, the would-be kidnappers leave. Wulin comforts the girl, who reveals her name is Nuo Er.
Wulin asks about Nuo Er's parents, and she just shakes her head before her stomach grumbles. Wulin then takes her back to his place for his mum to make some food and tells her about what happened. While Lan Yue is making food, she has them take a bath and wash, afterwards, Wulin asks why he and Nuo Er are different, with his mum just laughing. Before lunch, they have some milk and cookies. Wulin doesn't eat as he is too curious about Nuo Er and gives her his biscuit. Nuo Er is 5.5y/o, so hasn't had any spirit awakening yet. While Lan Yue takes Nuo Er to the magistrate to see if she can find her parents, Wulin doesn't really know why, but his heart is fluttering a little, maybe because of Nuo Er's beauty. While Lan Yue takes her to the magistrate's office, he meditates and feels something from his BSG.
Wulin had entered a fairly deep meditation, absorbing a bit of energy from the surrounding BSG. When he wakes up, his dad is surprised that he learned meditation so quickly, and then scolds him a little for foolishly running into the fight instead of seeking help, but protecting the girl was the right thing. Wulin then finds that Nuo Er has no family, and has a small argument with his parents to have Nuo Er stay with them instead of going to the orphanage, saying he always wanted a sister. Of course, the decision was up to Nuo Er in the end, and she agreed, becoming Wulin's little sister. They are all sitting to eat dinner, Nuo Er has an appetite as big as Wulin. That night, instead of sleeping, Wulin starts to meditate.
Tang Wulin's dad stops him before meditating and reminds his son about how spirit rings are gained at 10th level. If the spirit and practice are exceptional, they may be gifted a soul from Pagoda, otherwise, they must buy it. With another child in the house, they may not have enough money to buy a soul for Wulin, so his dad recommends that Wulin study forging with his uncle to make some money, to which Wulin agrees. At school, Wulin is quite intelligent, being praised often by his teachers. After school, Lan Yue arrives and takes Wulin to see his uncle, Mang Tian.
Mang Tian warns Wulin that he has to complete a task today or not come back, and there will be no crying. His job is to hammer a lump of metal 1000 times. Seeing the 2 heavy hammers, Wulin feels a little bitter, however when he is handed them he feels they're quite light, and quickly proceeds to forge the metal as he was told. His arms become sore at 300 strikes, start aching at 500, and are numb at 700, but he persists through to the end. With his muscles sore, his arms swollen, and an unnoticed golden glow creeping from his spine, he tells Mang Tian that he is finished, to much surprise. Mang Tian is shocked, it has only been 30 minutes. This test was supposed to be a tactful way to decline accepting Wulin as an apprentice. Normally an adult would have trouble with this test, let alone do it so fast. For a 6yo, it should be impossible. After checking the metal, he tells Wulin to keep hitting until he says stop. He observes that there is no technique or leveraging, just pure force. He thinks he may have just found a genius.
After a while, Mang Tian tells Wulin to stop for the day, and prepares some ointment to give to Lan Yue for Wulin's swollen hands, impressed with his determination and sticking through it for so long. Sitting in the lounge while Lan Yue looks at Wulin's hands, Mang Tian explains forging to the child. At home, Nuo Er still hasn't recovered any memory, and the kids start eating dinner, but Wulin can't even lift his arms, so Nuo Er feeds him his dinner.
At home, Lan Yue is crying to Tang Zi Ran about Wulin's hand injuries, but Zi Ran comforts her and tells her that Mang Tian told him Wulin was gifted, and that if he doesn't succeed as a spirit master he can definitely succeed as a soul mentor. When they go to dinner, they see Nuo Er feeding Wulin and smile. Before bed, Wulin shows Nuo Er his BSG, and tells her she will also have a spirit when she turns 6, before falling asleep on the bed and Nuo Er soon falling asleep beside him. Zi Ran comes in later to apply ointment to Wulin's hands, but they are completely healed, and an unnoticed golden pattern retreating into his eyebrows. He is confused, as this shouldn't be an effect of BSG.
3 years later, Wulin has grown much taller, taller than any of his peers, and is well built. Even with BSG, he has become quite popular. Wan Yun originally tried to bully Wulin due to BSG, but was swiftly beaten and eventually became his friend. Wan Yun was the first in the class to reach 10th level to gain a soul, and Wulin is close behind, being gifted in meditation. Upon awakening, Nuo Er did not display any spirit, shocking everyone. As a result, she goes to the ordinary school to learn normally, and Wulin spoils her, often getting into fights to protect her - generally a fight each day for some reason or another.
In the past three years, Wulin became an official forging apprentice of Mang Tian, being praised often while earning money for his soul ring, some for his family, and some to spend on Nuo Er. He has finally saved up enough money to buy a soul ring from the Pagoda.
Having finally saved 30,000 spirit coins, he runs home to count it and make sure. His dad declares they will all go together to get his soul ring. That night, he is too excited to sleep and leaves the room after pulling Nuo Er's quilt over her properly. He leaves the room, and moonlight shines on Nuo Er - with her body responding with 7 colour lights and growing a little - she hadn't grown in size for 3 years. Wulin didn't see this, though, and is drawn to a garden he regularly visited with Nuo Er, which calmed him and he sat down to meditate.
This meditation shows golden lines patterned over his body temporarily, and finally causes Wulin to hit 10th level, and tells his family, but Nuo Er looks like she's in a bit of a daze and not focused. The next day, Wulin tells his teacher and plans to take the following day off school to get his spirit ring. Nuo Er asks him to go to the beach with her after dinner, where she asks if he will still want her if she has to leave someday.
Wulin responds that of course he still will want her, and tells her to move to his intermediate school's city when it's time. Since DD2, Star Luo Empire found an island continent and migrated, while Sun Moon Empire unified the Douluo continent while Pagoda developed artificial spirit rings. At the Pagoda, an impatient guru tells them the prices - 70,000 for a white ring, of which there are 73 options and 1,000,000 for a yellow ring of which there are only 11 options, but there is also a random ring option. At these prices, Wulin is shocked. 70,000 is too much for Wulin, he chooses the random soul costing 30,000. His Dad suggests they wait and borrow money, but Wulin insists knowing how much he and Nuo Er cost to feed. There is a chance for the random ring to be a failure due to the process of creation for artificial souls. The Pagoda guru is a little impressed and tells Wulin to follow him to test his spiritual power. The spiritual force and size of their spiritual sea directly affect their communication with the spirit familiars and souls, for their relationship and the level of the soul. Wulin closed his eyes and the guru began testing him, with a look of surprise on his face.
The spiritual power measuring instrument gave Wulin a rating of 38. Spiritual Power ratings are between 1-130, with 38 being the best of the past year. The spirit ring comes from a roulette type machine and results in a 10 year Spirit Beast.
The spirit is a weak little grass snake, even fully grown is completely harmless to everything except insects. The Pagoda had been experimenting with artificial souls since the near-extinction of spirit beasts, and managed to create a soul from a regular non-spirit beast, but the result was weak and unwanted like this grass snake. Taking the ball with the grass snake home, he has 24 hours to absorb it before it dies. Wulin goes to his room, followed by Nuo Er. Looking at the grass snake, then his callouses on his hands, Wulin starts to cry. A waste spirit - BSG, but he has soul force so he has a chance. His family doesn't have enough money, so Wulin worked hard through blood and sweat so that he could have a chance, with no tears. He virtually gave up his childhood for this dream, but looking at the worthless grass snake, tears filling the ball, he wondered why God was so unfair to him. Nuo Er could only wipe away his tears and hug him.
Wulin gives up and chooses to fuse with the grass snake. A defective soul ring for a waste spirit. As he is meditating to fuse with it, a golden pattern spreads from his spine, covering his entire body and infusing his Blue Silver Grass merging with the grass snake with golden lines and becoming far tougher.
Similar to the changes in his BSG, the grass snake grew and it's scales changed slightly in shape and took on a golden colour and light. A scale on it's forehead condensed into a golden diamond. Throughout this, Wulin experiences a lot of physical and mental pain, and his body gets covered in sweat. At the end, the snake entered into his palm, returning to normal, and the golden pattern covering Wulin seeped into his skin instead of disappearing entirely. Tang Zi Ran returns home and sees Nuo Er at the door, who tells him not to disturb Wulin as he is fusing with the spirit. Zi Ran is shocked, and puts down the money he had just borrowed. When Wulin woke up, it was evening, and as he felt the changes in his body he waved his arms around, resulting in a loud sound through the air from the pressure of his arm swing. Before he can try again to see what that was, his family and Mang Tian rush into the room. After making sure Wulin was ok, Mang Tian asks him to release his spirit.
Wulin brings out his spirit, and everyone can see the white spirit ring. The BSG spreads through the room and Wulin can sense the surroundings through the plants outside. Mang Tian tries to stretch the BSG to snap it, but it is too tough. He drops the grass vine to the ground and it makes a sound as if it's very heavy. Surprised, he releases his spirit, Hammer of the Earth, and shows white, yellow, yellow and purple spirit rings together with his spirits - a white rabbit (10 year ring), a yellow hammer (100) and a brown bear (1000). Activating his first ring, he tries again, but instead of ripping it, the blue silver grass lights up.
With the blue light and touch of gold texture in the blue silver grass, Mang Tian is still unable to snap it, but when he puts in more force Wulin finds that his soul force has dipped a bit. Mang Tian declares that this must be a spirit variation, as he has seen a blue silver grass with a far stronger snake spirit for the first ring, and was able to snap it bare handed, while he couldn't snap Wulin's even while using his spirit. After everyone else has gone to sleep, Wulin went outside to the lawn and brought out his spirit. He talks to it, but it has low intelligence and doesn't respond much, but it wriggles and flashes a golden scale on its forehead. Seeing the golden scale shining Wulin calls it Jin Guang, meaning Golden Light.
When Wulin returned home, Lan Yue told him, crying, that Nuo Er disappeared. She left a note on the bed, telling them she remembered who she is, and that her family came to collect her as she has a lot of things to do, also thanking them especially Wulin. As Wulin starts frantically running around trying to find her, she was leaning against a wall, crying, holding a doll Wulin bought her that has purple eyes and silver hair like her, while another person commented to her that they need to leave. Nuo Er left behind a silver necklace with a precious gem in it for Wulin, but he puts it aside. For the next week he keeps searching for Nuo Er every night. He is unfocused, so his forging work suffers, as well as his general temperament. After the graduation ceremony, Wan Yun wants to see Wulin's spirit, and provokes him to a fight. Releasing his two-edged knife spirit, a white spirit ring starts floating behind him.
Wan Yun's first spirit ring is another knife overlaid on his spirit, and massively enhances it's cutting strength, but Wulin releases his Blue Silver Grass and beats Wan Yun black and blue using it like whips. Afterwards, Wulin comments that Wan Yun should be using it as a agility style, but he's too fat. At Mang Tian's forge, he tells Wulin that he will keep training him at the East Sea City, where he has a studio and Wulin will go to school. But first, he has to teach Wulin a new forging method. He first gives a strength test to Wulin, as his failures up to now were from excessive strength since getting his spirit ring. At 7, Wulin's hitting strength was 140kg, at 8 it was 200kg, and he hasn't been tested at 9.
When Wulin swings, a heat comes from his spine. His left arm reaches 483kg, while his right arm reaches 543kg. The technique Mang Tian teaches Wulin is called thousand refinement, and requires the person to be completely immersed with the metal in order to purify and sublimate it throughout the process of hitting it 1000 times while infusing spirit power.
Wulin is given a piece of heavy silver. Throughout the forging, Wulin projects his spirit power in order to analyze the heavy silver in front of him. After two hours of restrained forging to identify it's characteristics, Wulin begins using force. Starting from the calves, he projects power through his body increasing his strength per hit.
At the same time, a golden pattern spreads over Wulin's body, and his eyes have a golden glow, but Mang Tian doesn't notice this, too focused on the heavy silver chunk. After 4 1/2 hours, Tang Zi Ran enters, looking for his son, and seeing the forging. After 5 hours, the heavy silver is nearly completely forged, emitting a light, and Mang Tian cuts Wulin's wrist before quickly holding the wound to stop further bleeding, spraying blood onto the heavy silver chunk. The forging is completed.
Thousand refinement is successful! Everyone is stunned, and Wulin passes out from exhaustion. Mang Tian looks at him with pride while his dad carries him home. After Wulin wakes up, an entire day has passed. He looks over at Nuo Er's bed, which he refused to let be removed, and misses Nuo Er. Once he is awake, his parent's feed him dinner, and he eats for a full hour, more than any adult's share. His wrist has completely healed up. and Tang Zi Ran takes him to see Mang Tian, who shows him the result of his thousand refinement.
Seeing the refined heavy silver, Wulin senses an incredible vitality, and it feels like it's almost a part of himself. Mang Tian explains that upon the first thousand refinement, the tradition is to sacrifice some blood to it, infusing it with part of themselves. He gifts the result to Wulin, and in the following days they forge the refined heavy silver into new forging hammers, weighing many times that of his tungsten hammers.
Upon tapping a piece of metal with his heavy silver hammer, the sound echoes twice. He hits it again with his other hand, echo again. When he gives it a proper hit with force, the same echo occurs again. Mang Tian is astounded, and tells him that his hammer with the blood sacrifice has a special effect called "Stacked Hammer". This causes the hammer to produce 2 phantom hammers that follow up the original, and effectively hits the metal three times - the best possible ability. With this, the effort and time required for thousand refinement has been reduced significantly! In order to not provoke jealousy from others, Wulin is told to hide this hammer's ability until he can protect himself. Afterwards, Mang Tian gives him two heavy silver rings.
These silver rings are storage spirit guides! Thinking they were too expensive, Wulin tries to refuse them, but Mang Tian insists, telling him that they are cheap ones anyway due to their small size. Wulin somewhat reluctantly accepts them before putting his new hammer in it. Mang Tian tells Wulin that the hammer is essentially a part of him now, as he and his blood get stronger, his hammer will also be nourished - the blood sacrifice has turned it into a semi-living thing. At home, Tang Zi Ran is talking with Lan Yue, discussing making a promise and helping Wulin.
Wulin steps off the train with his backpack, and looks around in awe. East Sea City is very strange! Someone calls out master, and Wulin looks, to find some black suited people, and in the other direction a brown haired green eyes boy in a blue sports suit. As he is looking, someone bumps him and he hits the blue clothed boy, who glares at him before continuing. One of the black suited men pushes Wulin hard in the chest, but Wulin barely feels it, only thinking arrogant city people. As he walks through, he reads a letter from his Dad, when a stranger tries to stop him. Reading the letter, it says "don't trust strangers" so Wulin walks away. He finds a police officer, who points him towards the school bus, where he finds a group of people in blue sports suits and seeing him run over, a brunette girl calls out to him.
The girl tells Wulin all about school, her name is Liu Yuxin, and she is in charge of registering the new students. Once she has him registered, another boy mentions waste blue silver grass, and Liu defends Wulin based on his age and spirit rank. They get on the school bus, and most other students have their parents on bored, so Wulin is a little lonely. At the school, Liu Yuxin takes Wulin on a bit of a tour before showing him where to get his uniform.
Once he receives his uniforms, he is assigned a dorm where he meets Xiao Yun, a small boy with glasses, before a taller student tells him to clean up. Wulin looks around and agrees it's dusty, before putting down his items to go and get a wash basin. This taller boy's name is Zhou Zhangxi. When Wulin returns, he finds Zhangxi has emptied Wulin's bags all over the floor. Wulin demands he pick them up, repeats himself, then Zhangxi grinds his quilt into the ground. Wulin is stunned, and murmurs that it is the quilt Nuo Er embroidered for him...
He repeats that his sister embroidered that for him, a silver edged quilt with purple flowers, and Zhou Zhangxi points at himself and tells Wulin he has to listen to him. Wulin charged, and Zhangxi acted to swat his fist away, but couldn't move it and got punched in the chest, before cannoning through the room and out the second floor window, to screams coming from outside. Xiao Yun knows Zhangxi has the hercules ape spirit, and his bones are many times heavier than an adults, but Wulin didn't even use soul power, just a pure punch. A black clothed man enters the room, and seeing the mess on the ground kicks it away. Wulin in a rage flies at him, but he dodges and hits Wulin in the back with his elbow. Wulin simply gets up and charges again, to his surprise - he had used a lot of force. The man dodges Wulin, and kicks him hard a number of times, before landing on the quilt. Wulin sees this and spits out that everyone in the town seems so bad, before releasing his spirit and filling the room with blue silver grass. The man releases his spirit, a short dagger with a hundred year ring, and cuts at the BSG, but it doesn't cut at all. He uses his rings ability to escape the grasses restraint, only for Wulin's fist to erupt in front.
Wulin's fist crashes into the boys face, and he flies out embedding into the wall. 10 minutes later in the deans office, he reprimands both of the students who were injured, as well as Xiao Yun for not trying to stop it, punishing them by lowering them to the fifth class. While Wulin didn't get punished, he is only BSG so was naturally in fifth class, and had to pay to repair the damage. Once the boys had left, the dean requested Wulin's records.
Back in the dorm, the black clothed youth demands Xiao Yun take the top bunk, while Wulin puts his items on the bottom bunk of the other bed. Zhangxi tells Wulin to take the top, but Wulin glares at him and says "Go!". Just as Zhangxi looks like he is about to start a fight again, Xiao Yun reminds him of further punishment. Teachers come to the room, and change out the broken bed - all of the repairs are going to cost Wulin 34,000 coins! After the teachers leave, the black clothed youth identifies himself as Xie Hou, with Wulin just replying "You're welcome". Getting angry again, he introduces himself again, and challenges Wulin to a fight off campus. It's the same boy that he ran into at the train station. Wulin tells him to get lost, he needs to work hard for the 34,000 - it took him 3 years of forging last time - and Xie Hou responds that he will pay it for the fight, the following day, before leaving. The remaining 3 head to lunch, there are 3 lunch buildings, with the lowest being free and highest being very expensive, so they head to the free one. Zhangxi is also from an average family, so that 34,000 is enormous to him, but Wulin didn't even ask him to pay any when it was his fault, so he is not so angry, and challenges Wulin to an eating competition, with the loser cleaning the dorm and if Zhangxi loses he also cleans Wulin clothes that he dirtied.
Shockingly, Wulin eats 80 meat buns and 5 bowls of vegetable soup, while Zhangxi only managed 20 meat buns, with the previous record being 43. After lunch, Wulin returns to the dorm, where Xie Hou thrusts a bag full of cash at him, and tells him to meet after school the next day. Wulin then heads out to the town, where he goes to the Forging Association to register.
At the Forging Association, the girl at the desk named Ling Yun Xiao takes Wulin to see Master Cen for the test. He takes him to a test room, and is a little surprised when he finds out Wulin is only 9.
In front of Wulin are 15 different metals, each 1 cubic foot in size. He is given 1 hour to purify a metal, and to everyone's surprise, he chooses the heavy silver, the hardest to process. He lifts it and moves it to the forging bench without making a sound, surprising the evaluators - it weighs over 300kg! Wulin remembers that he is banned from using his 1000 refined heavy silver hammers in public, and starts with the heat, perfect. Then starts lightly tapping to get a feel for the metal. Finally, he begins to refine it in full, Cen Yue is surprised as he is using a thousand refined tungsten hammer!
With every hit from Wulin, the evaluators can hear a perfect collision, he's a genius. As he continues forging, an 8 star Holy Artisan named Mu Chen and his 14 year old daughter enter the building, she is testing in a different room. Hearing the sound of Wulin's forging, he asks about that room and goes to check it out, but without going inside.
Mu Chen returns to the desk and asks about the person inside, and finds he is only 9, before having to go to his daughter's room for the test. Wulin finishes the refinement, and has to forge the metal into parts. He begins making a medium sized component.
Wulin completes the forging, and is awarded his 2nd level rank. He leaves, and was given 10,000 coins for his completed part. Cen Yue calls Mang Tian and complains that Tian was just showing off with his disciple. Back at school, Wulin enters the dorm, and is confronted by Xie Hou about avoiding the fight. Wulin tosses the 10,000 at him and says he'll pay it all back but needed the money up front for the repairs, and promises to fight the next day, before entering meditation. Xie Hou is seething with anger all night, and the next morning keeps glancing at Wulin while Wulin is enjoying his breakfast. From the competition before, he gained the nickname legendary big eater, and is eating an enormous breakfast once again.
Today is the opening ceremony. Wulin is standing up at the back of the freshmen, as he is quite tall, and their classes are allocated. As expected, out of 100 students the four are in the fifth class - the worst class. Their teacher arrives to take them and the other 16 students to their classroom, he's 27/28, and incredibly handsome, with long blue hair and green eyes, and also gives off an air of strength. The female students are stunned, and Xie Hou is a bit disapproving. His name is Zhang Wukong, he starts introductions. Xiao Yun starts, his spirit is astrolabe, rank 12, and aims to be a support class spirit master. Next is Wulin, who introduces his blue silver grass, but has no real aim, resulting in someone snickering "Waste spirit, of course no aim". At that, Wukong throws a piece of chalk, which ends up down that student's throat causing him to retch, and declares there is no waste spirit, only waste people. The introductions continue - Zhou Zhangxi is an 11th rank Hercules Ape user aiming to be a power attack spirit master, and Xie Hou is an 18th rank with Light Dragon Dagger and aims to be an agility attack spirit master. Once class was over, Xie Hou reminded Wulin of the fight, and they left to go to the park. On the way, they ran into Liu Yuxin, who asks Wulin to take photos of his teacher Wukong for her, the girls all have a crush on him. Wukong is actually the strongest teacher at the school - he has 6 rings, and used to be her teacher, but for some reason or another he is now the class 5 freshman teacher.
When they reach the park Wulin felt that his BSG is reacting to the grass around him. He has no time to explore this though, it's time to fight. Xie Hou is too fast for Wulin, and his first spirit ring is able to cut his grass, though not entirely. Xie Hou doesn't want to kill Wulin, so he doesn't go for the throat when he has an opportunity, but he slices Wulin's cheek. Hou moves for the finishing blow, aiming to stab Wulin in the shoulder and make him unable to continue.
His aim is to teach Wulin a lesson with this strike to the shoulder - he could cut off his arm, but he won't. Surprisingly, Wulin's muscles are too tough - the knife can only stab in about an inch. Xie Hou twists the dagger, causing Wulin a sharp pain and falling to the ground, while calling for Wulin to admit defeat. Wulin refuses, and a light starts to come from his wound. Hou attempts to remove the dagger, but he can't and a deep fear spreads through his body. With an explosion of golden light, the dagger flies out of Wulin's shoulder, and Xie Hou is knocked back into a tree, unconscious. Wulin's body was incredibly hot, and he looked down and saw golden scales covering his arm from the wound to the fingertips, which formed sharp claws. The golden grass snake was wrapped around his wrist, completely golden with ruby eyes, and Wulin punched with his fist causing an enormous burst of force. As he wondered if the power came from the snake, all the golden colour and scales faded, and Wulin fell unconscious, with a golden grid pattern over his body again. Xie Hou woke up near the school, Wulin carrying him on his back. His face is swollen and numb and can't talk.
On return, Xie Hou asks what the golden light was, Wulin responds that it was his spirit - and shows the golden grass snake. Xie Hou says that's not what he meant, but Wulin answers that he doesn't know. In the dorm, Wulin realises that dinner is almost over, and sprints to the cafeteria. After finishing 16 bowls of noodles, the chef talks to him, and gives him the leftovers of the B dish - it's really good! Wulin returns to the dorm, and meditates, but no matter how he tries he can't bring the golden scales back out. He thinks it's when he's hurt, so he pricks his finger for blood, but nothing, so he suspects it's a harsher injury.
Xie Hou is pestering Wulin again on the way to breakfast, but Wulin is ignoring him - food is more important. Seeing this, Xie Hou states he will buy whatever Wulin wants to eat in return for a fight, resulting in Wulin eating 30 Phoenix Turtle Eggs from the A group, costing 30,000 and pretty much drying up Xie Hou's pocket money, but also having Wulin thank him. Class after breakfast was one-on-one duels, with Wulin vs. Zhangxi. Zhangxi releases his spirit, and charges at Wulin, his first spirit raises his strength. Wulin pushes out his hands, resulting in Zhangxi taking 3 steps back, followed by Wulin dashing in with a punch.
Wulin's punch knocks Zhangxi backwards, and Wukong calls a stop to the fight. Wulin passes to the next round, but is reprimanded for not using his spirit when he should have gone all out. Xie Hou is against Xiao Yun, and when he is about to strike Yun disappears. Hou is too fast though, and catches up, winning victory. After the whole class has fought, the next round starts. Wulin is against a girl with a white cat spirit, another agility type. As she closes in, Wulin releases his BSG and starts forming nets to catch her. While she tries to find gaps, Wulin keeps creating more nets, and his defense structure becomes more perfect.
Her soul force was running out, so she started moving closer, and as she went for the finisher, Wulin bound her with grass, then punched but stopped short of her face, winning. Next round, Wulin vs. Tao Lufan, who uses a willow spirit. His first ring is virtually the same as Wulin's and even has a snake type spirit, however willow and his spirit are higher than BSG. They fight by chasing each other with plants, and ultimately try to bind each other. Wulin let's it happen, and uses his grass to pull Lufan towards him. Lufan seeing this, turned the movement into an attack, but Wulin broke free of the binding, grabbed his leg, and pinned him to the ground. With 3 left, Xie Hou gets a bye, and Wulin fights Han Lan, who is rank 13 and uses an earth spirit.
Han Lan is a control class, and causes earth to erupt and imprison Wulin, while he just stands there patiently. Wukong begins counting down from 10, only to find that Wulin smashed his way out simply with physical force and his tungsten hammers, and he declares it Wulin's victory. The last fight is Xie Hou, but Wukong decides to make it fair by hitting Hou once himself. In a quick fight, he hits Xie Hou on the shoulder with his belt.
The final fight was Xie Hou vs. Wulin. Xie Hou dashed around while Wulin builds up a BSG net. Continuous hits from Xie Hou, while surprisingly unable to break the BSG, drained Wulin's soul force. As Xie Hou charged in for the final hit, Wulin blocked it with his tungsten hammer, then blocked another attack. His speed was much higher than expected.
Xie Hou does not want to use his first ability, the power is too strong for a mock fight like this, so keeps getting blocked by Wulin. He takes a step back and gathers his breath, focusing, and his speed jumps by 30%. Before Wulin can react, there is a slash and blood is drawn, with Wulin feeling heat from the base of his spine and the power rising, but then falls and no golden scales form. Wukong calls it Xie Hou's win, but now he owes Wulin a new set of clothes as he cut them. Sending the rest of the class on, Wukong takes Xie Hou and Wulin to his office, where he grills them for not going all out, and asks Wulin why he used the hammers, with Wulin responding he learned forging.
Wukong asks why Wulin is learning forging, with the reply that he has a waste spirit so needs an alternative. Wukong gets angry, and convinces Wulin to focus on his spirit master training, Wulin agrees, but secretly will continue forging anyway since he enjoys it. Wukong then reveals that Xie Hou must have twin spirits, which is correct, but can't quite tell what the spirit is. He also tells them that there is a challenge tradition, where the fifth class can challenge up classes in order, and keep going every time they win. Whichever class they beat, their class will climb above in ranking, and then can also challenge senior classes for more rewards. Xie Hou is excited, but then Wukong tells him it has to be done as a duo. The fight is in a month, and Wukong will train them every night till then. Xie Hou afterwards tells Wulin not to hold him down, and Wulin just responds by asking about his swollen face.
They then agree to fight the next day, Wulin has errands to run. He returns to Liu Yuxin, and hands her the camera with photos, saying they weren't any good before walking off. Yuxin goes through them with her friends, and sees the photos of Wukong removing his belt and attacking, with the other girls salivating and starting a bidding war for them. Wulin then has lunch, before heading to the forging association to collect his badge. Outside of the school, he sees another group of black suited men escorting a blonde girl to a car and driving away. At the association, Mu Xi - the daughter of Mu Chen, who was having her forging test when Wulin did, and is now waiting for him to see what he is like, since he beat her record.
At the desk, Xiao Ling Yun escorts Wulin up to the top floor to collect his badge. There he meets Cen Yue, and is introduced to Mu Chen, with Mu Xi popping up and commenting that he is from her school, but then looking in disdain when he says 5th class. After being presented his 2 star badge, Mu Chen states that he hopes Wulin can contribute not just to forging, but also to creating life. Mu Xi comments showing that she is also a 2 star smith.
Cen Yue takes Wulin to teach him how to perform forging association requests, while Mu Chen scolds Mu Xi for being brash and challenging Wulin. Forging tasks "loan" the metals to the member, and take a 10% commission. Any failure must be recreated by the member at their own cost. Cen Yue then gives Wulin a spirit guide communicator and a storage spirit ring.
The storage ring was 10m3, which is quite expensive and Wulin protests. Cen Yue tells him it's a loan - that it would be his to keep once he reaches 4th or 5th rank, and that he can't neglect his spirit master studies as soul force is still required for strong forging. The next day, Wulin went to get breakfast, but was stopped by Mu Xi surrounded by high school students. As they surrounded Wulin, he released his spirit - binding them, and started to fight, kicking one in the chest.
Shockingly, most of the students break out of the bindings, and Wulin's soul force suddenly drops. As the rest of the students surround Wulin again, Mu Xi releases her spirit and calls them to stop. She has two rings, with one of her spirits showing as a ball of fire. She tells Wulin to become her lackey, but he refuses. Xie Hou appears, with his second spirit released ready to kill Mu Xi, and she fears for her life and relents. Xie Hou's second spirit is the shadow dragon dagger, an invisible blade. Long Hengxu, the dean, appears and stops everything, and after asking Wulin why he fought to the response that he will always fight against bullies bigger than himself, Wukong appears, and takes the two away.
Their training is to run laps in the field with the entire class, however Xie Hou and Wulin are given incredibly heavy iron chains to carry around at the same time. Hou is much faster, but after the fourth lap his stamina is depleted and he struggles. The entire time Wulin is consistent, not even breaking a sweat, and he catches up to Xie Hou, but not overtaking him. When Hou almost collapses, Wulin picks him up by the shoulder and carries him further. A new girl named Gu Yue appears, staring at Wulin and Xie Hou, wanting to enter the academy but missed enrollment. In order to test her, Wukong tells Xie Hou to give his iron chains to Wulin for 10 laps, and for Hou to fight her. When Wukong tells Xie Hou that his strength isn't very good, Xie Hou replies that he is agility type and doesn't need that kind of strength, with Wukong shaking his head.
Wulin's speed wasn't exactly fast, but even with double the weight, it hasn't dropped at all. Xie Hou and Gu Yue start fighting, as Xie Hou closes in, she pushes Hou away with wind, before unleashing a fireball at him. Wukong is shocked, it's a dual element spirit. Xie Hou releases his first ring, and attacks Gu Yue with higher speed. She blocks with a blue light blade, and slightly retreats.
Xie Hou is still stronger than her, and moves to attack again, when Gu Yue attacks his feet, turning the ground to mud, with Xie Hou sinking in, and then freezing his feet in place. She then launches a fireball at him, but he cuts it in half, only to find her launching a burst of light at him. Wukong declares Gu Yue the winner, and telling her she can enroll. She reveals that her spirit is Elementalist, which while not having strong single element abilities like other spirits, it can use all of the six elements - fire, ice, earth, wind, space and light. This is an incredibly powerful spirit, and Wukong approves her entry into class 5.
Wukong tells them all to keep running, including Gu Yue and Xie Hou who has to put his chains back on, and along the way Gu Yue starts talking to Wulin and Hou. Wukong then goes to the dean's office and apologizes for his behavior in order to get the dean to process Gu Yue's application, which he promises to do. When reading through the application, he sees 15th level and spirit: Elementalist, and is wondering what Elementalist is.
Long Hengxu questions Wukong, with Wukong only telling him that he is the only one who can teach her, and he will see her spirit after the challenges. After class, Wulin is teased a bit by his dorm mates as it seemed Gu Yue was interested in him somewhat. Xie Hou was concerned Wulin would get dropped from the duo for Gu Yue, but the others tease him saying he might be dropped and Wulin kept in, based on their fight record. They go off to get food, and after eating a ton of food, Gu Yue gives him another bun, and the rest of his room mates tease him again. After food, Wukong takes Xie Hou, Wulin and Gu Yue for more training.
They meet and are taken to an indoor arena, where Wukong tells Wulin that if he isn't strong enough in 3 months, then Gu Yue will enter the contest with Xie Hou instead. Gu Yue states that she won't take his place, but Wulin agrees with Wukong. They are to begin training in order to overcome their weak points, Xie Hou has good speed, but terrible endurance and strength, and that the next day he is going to take them to test their mental strength.
Wukong tells Gu Yue he wants her to practice using multiple elements simultaneously, and tells Wulin he needs to learn to control his BSG perfectly. His strength is a talent, and combining BSG with his hammer will have great results. Their challenge for today is all three to fight Wukong. Wukong brings out a simple wooden sword, and uses it to block their attacks. Wulin throws his hammer with BSG like a chain from behind, but still gets deflected. Gu Yue turns the ground to mud and sinks Wukong, but he still deflects attacks, including Wulin's double hammers, and just steps out. Wulin then enters a state where he sees Wukong as metal to forge, and attacks with his thousand forged heavy silver hammer.
The hammer is thrown with BSG again, and Wukong blocks it with his sword. Unprepared for the strength and weight, the echos from the hammer shatter his sword and force him to dodge, before landing on the ground with an enormous crash, stunning Gu Yue and Xie Hou and causing Wukong to end the contest. Wulin picks up the hammer, explaining to Wukong about the heavy silver forging and stacked hammer effect, and Xie Hou takes it from Wulin's hands to look at, but the weight it far too much and he crashes to the ground. Wukong then tests Wulin's physical strength by having Wulin try to pull him. Everyone can see that Wukong is actually exerting himself a bit to resist. From then on, Wulin skipped the physical training as it was pointless for him, and instead focuses on his BSG control. Upon testing their mental strength, Xie Hou is rank 29, Wulin 44, and Gu Yue 119, Wukong suspects the elementalist spirit is actually a spiritual type.
In bed, Wulin's spirit guide communicator rings, it's Mang Tian calling and questioning him for not finishing the task yet. Hearing the conversation, his roommates are surprised and Xie Hou asks him about his forging rank. Xie Hou's family is actually a famous family of Armour division spirit masters (users of spirit forged armour), and Wulin agrees to help him as a smith in the future, with Xie Hou declaring they are now brothers.
The next day, Wulin visits Mang Tian, and finishes his forging task, collecting 20,000 coins for his work. Mang Tian was surprised when he was contacted by Mu Chen previously, as the holy Artisan had offered to help train Wulin. He tells Wulin to continue increasing his soul force at this time, and to complete his weekly forging tasks, so Wulin returns to the workshop 1 day a week to complete the forging, training at school every other day.
At this level, forging is easy for Wulin, and he just needs to focus on soul level. The stacked hammer effect makes forging very quick. Two months pass, and the first game of the tournament is up. Xie Hou is rank 19, Gu Yue is rank 17, and Wulin is rank 12. The first fight is against the 4th class, one rank higher than their own. Wukong tells them that if they win, they get rewards, but if they lose, they are punished, with Xie Hou reacting and Wukong threatening to put Gu Yue in instead of him.
The 4th class teacher named Konghan Wen approaches Wukong, and insults the 5th class. As the fight is about to start, Long Hengxu asks Wukong what type of fight, with Wukong replying 3v3. Since this is the lowest ranked fight, no one else is really paying attention, so the stadium is pretty well empty. At the start of the fight, the 4th class assumes a formation, with a wolf power spirit master in front, and a dual bladed dagger master and support spirit master behind. Without releasing their spirits, Wulin and Xie Hou attack, with Wulin charging straight at the power spirit master and simply punching. He tries to grab Wulin's fist, but his guard is broken and the punch directly hits his chest, launching him back 8 meters. Xie Hou had already eliminated the support spirit master, and the 13th ranked dagger spirit master was quickly dispatched. The 4th class had a 10 year ring each, but Wulin's team showed yellow, yellow and white. The fight ended in less than 10 seconds.
After the match, Long Hengxu went down and was a little confused. He knew Xie Hou's strength, and Gu Yue was somewhat expected when Wukong claimed her, but had no idea why Wulin was selected. He had arranged for Xie Hou to be in class 5, as his family had asked Hengxu to give Xie Hou a better temper, so used the fight as an excuse. After the match, Xie Hou offered to buy Wulin some snacks in return for a fight, and ignored Gu Yue. Gu Yue and Xie Hou did not get along at all, leaving Wulin to play mediator between the two. Xie Hou eventually relented, and they went to the market.
Xie Hou took them to a roadside stall for beef stew, cooked by a man he called Uncle Li. He ordered a lot for Wulin, and his backstory is explained. His mother named him Xie Hou (unexpected meeting) due to the way she met his father, and when she was sick and died his father was too busy to visit her - with her last wish being to see him before she died, he was too late and when he arrived she had already passed away. Xie Hou hates his name and his father due to this. His mother had often brought him to Uncle Li's kitchen to eat. Once they were finished, they visited other stalls and fed Wulin more delicious food, then noticed a commotion only to find Uncle Li's stall smashed and him on the ground beaten with 3 men standing over him.
The three were gangsters, and Li had not paid protection money for this round due to his wife needing medical treatment, so they came to teach him a lesson. He tried to fight back, but they were all spirit masters, and so Wulin's trio stood up as spirit masters and started to fight. Wulin's strength surprised the leader, named Guang Long, and when Xie Hou held his knife to his throat he was not afraid to die, causing Xie Hou to hesitate. He released his spirit, armoured dragon, rank 27, 10 and 100 year rings.
Xie Hou's light dragon dagger was unable to pierce his scales, and he quickly threw him off. Wulin attacked with his thousand refined tungsten hammer, he couldn't retreat because Gu Yue was behind him. This had little effect, so he used his thousand refined heavy silver hammer with the echoing effect, but still did not have any significant effect. He was hit away, and Gu Yue stepped in front to protect him, but he got up and pulled Gu Yue back to fight himsef.
Guang Long hit Wulin hard, and Xie Hou got behind to try and catch him. They both rolled, and Xie Hou accidentally stabbed Wulin with his dagger. He apologised, and Gu Yue came around to help treat Wulin, but an immense force began to spread. Wulin's body heated up, and his right arm transformed to golden scales. He had almost forgotten all about this over the past few months. Wulin jumped up and rushed at Guang Long, Xie Hou called out to stop him by Gu Yue was just stunned. Wulin raised his hammer, and Guang Long charged, but was startled when he saw Wulin's eyes had transformed into golden with vertical pupils. Wulin attacked, and Guang Long's arms were instantly shattered. His partners attempted to catch him, but they went rolling backwards as well. Wulin felt his soul power increasing dramatically, but his soul force quickly depleted and the golden scales faded away. Xie Hou, who had also been afraid during the transformation, asked what the power was, but Wulin replied he didn't know. The gangsters had fled, and the other villagers were helping Li pick up his items. Xie Hou bid farewell, and they left. Xie Hou gave Uncle Li some protection money, and told Wulin the gangsters shouldn't be back any time soon.
On return to the school, Gu Yue had to return to the female dorm. Xie Hou and Wulin return to their dorm, but on the way Wulin stops, and tells Xie Hou that both times he transformed with Xie Hou's dagger. He suggests they need to see Wukong, but can wait till tomorrow, with Xie Hou guessing it is a recessive second spirit. Xie Hou says they need to go straight away, because he suspects there is a possibility of it also being a spirit fusion. They visit Wukong, who agrees with Xie Hou's suspicion of twin spirits, and gets Xie Hou to cut Wulin to release it. He sees the golden scales, and has Wulin contest with him again in strength.
After a while, Wulin's soul force is drained and he has to release his strength before he ends up in a coma again. Wukong is slightly confused, he can't tell what the power is. It's like a second spirit, but not fully released, and yet not like a spirit fusion because Xie Hou hasn't changed at all. It's also completely unrelated to BSG. It seems to function similar to spirit guide armour, it appears and greatly enhances strength, but quickly drains soul force to use it. He also mentions that if it was a spirit, it would be an absolute supreme spirit, even he felt oppressed when it was released. He tells Xie Hou and Wulin to keep practicing drawing it out so that Wulin can get used to it. It erupts because the light dragon dagger is similar and motivates Wulin's power, but Wulin should be able to control it eventually given enough soul force and strength. They leave and sleep, preparing for the fight the next day.
Entering the next round, the 3rd class teacher is a very tall attractive woman with pale green hair named Ye Ying Rong. She greets Wukong, but he is apathetic to her. The 3rd class team comprises of 3 brothers, each with a flying spirit - Warhawk, and white ring. At the start of the fight, they release spirits and fly into the air, out of range. Wulin wraps Xie Hou with BSG, then grabs his waist, spins around a few times, and tosses him into the air at the brothers, surprising everyone. Xie Hou complains beforehand he is afraid of heights, but it's too late.
Gu Yue approaches Wulin, and he tosses her up as well. While in the air, Gu Yue throws out discs of ice, perfectly placed and timed so that Xie Hou uses them as stepping stones to chase after the brothers. He gets one, and Long Hengxu calls the brother out - he would be dead if it was a real fight. The brothers only have speed increasing abilities, no attack with their single ring. While she keeps Xie Hou moving chasing down the last brothers, one moves to attack her. She starts to fall, and Wulin leaps to catch her. Suddenly, the BSG that was wrapped around her waist is attached to the brother and pulls him to the ground. The fight was over. Seeing that Wukong wasn't exactly pleased, Wulin realised that he was hasty with the tactic, and should have waited for the brothers to attack - they would have had to come close where they could be defeated easily.
Ye Ying Rong calls her sister and tells her the 5th class works together too well. Her sister has resentment for Wukong since he rejected her. They return to the dorms, and as Wulin starts to meditate, they are interrupted by Zhangxi and Xiao Yun. A small army was at the entrance demanding them and Gu Yue. They get Wukong on the way, and head down. More than 200 men, some equipped with spirit guides, are there, together with Guang Long on a stretcher and his older brother Guang Biao. He is the East Sea City mecha brigade captain. While Long Hengxu delays him, Wukong arrives and blocks Guang Biao. Guang Biao releases his spirit, also armour dragon, but with 2 yellow and 4 purple rings, and 2 lizards and a python as his spirit souls. To everyone's surprise, Wukong releases his spirit - a blue sword by the name of Skyfrost Sword which has 2 yellow, 2 purple and 2 black spirit rings.
Wukong is not focused on anything except his sword, gazing at it longingly. Guang Biao attacks, but Wukong blocks with the tip of his frost sword, sending a chill through Biao's body and knocking off several of Biao's scales. Wukong's eyes emit a purple light still gazing at his sword. Biao's python attacks but Wukong splits it and pierces both Biao's hands. Trembling in cold and fear, he sees Wukong's eyes and stammers "you are from that place", with Wukong replying that he was kicked out because of his temper.
Ye Ying Rong's sister comments that she will never catch up to Wukong, and Guang Biao takes his soldiers and leaves. Wukong orders his group to return and practice, so they scurry off.
When Wukong attacked Guang Biao, Wulin seemed to hear a dragon's cry in pain, followed by an angry roar within him. The burning feeling surfaced, but there were no golden scales this time. He enters meditation after the rest of his roommates, with a golden pattern erupting over his skin and a burning feeling surfacing, and after a short time finds himself within a black world. He sees a golden light getting larger and larger, before seeing a long snakelike body covered in golden diamond scales and large antlers. For some reason he knows it is a dragon, but it is entirely different from the mainland's dragons, with its long body and no wings. He then sees 18 blue halos surrounding the dragon, and his first thought is his blue silver grass. A golden figure appears and talks, telling Wulin that he has no memory, but he is just a thread of a divine soul and there to guide Wulin. The dragon is the essence of the golden dragon king, but is currently unable to be Wulin's spirit entirely because its power is far too great, and is bound by 18 seals to protect Wulin. Wulin needs to open the seals to slowly absorb his power - he has started on one seal, otherwise the power will destroy all the seals at once and kill Wulin.
In order to release the first seal, Wulin needs 100 year Ice fruit and Flame fruit, together with 10 drops of 100 year dragon spirit beast blood, and he needs to do this before he is 10 (~6 months). The dragon aspect of Xie Hou's dagger stimulated Wulin's blood, temporarily releasing a part of the seal. He feels dizzy, and the dragon disappears as Wulin awakens. He runs through everything in his head, and decides that he first needs the fruit. He re-enters normal meditation until morning. On the way to breakfast, he asks Xie Hou about the fruit, finding out that they enhance ice and fire properties respectively with 10 year fruits being 20,000 coins, and 100 year fruits are only at the auction., while 1000 year is priceless. He estimates 100 year fruits are 800,000 to 1,000,000 coins. He makes Xie Hou promise to take him to the auction on the next rest day, then calls Mang Tian and arranges to meet him also on the rest day.
They win their next fight, and Gu Yue and Xie Hou have their typical fight when Gu Yue wants to come to the auction the next day. At the auction, they wander around a bit, before heading to the section where the spirit fruit will be sold.
Wulin sees the prices for some of the fruits, red fire fruit, 40 years - 180,000. There are no 100 year fruits, with Xie Hou pointing out that they would be on the next floor, and they can't go there yet. They don't have enough money or status, but could make it if Wulin was a 3rd rank smith. Wulin decides to do that, and is meeting with Mang Tian later that day. As they are leaving, they run into and are insulted by students from the first class.
The male student insults them, and releases his rings, two of them at 9 years old! Wulin releases his, and the boy, Wei Xiaofeng, insults him further. As Xie Hou moves to attack, Wulin holds him back and tells him to fight in the arena the next day. Wulin goes to the studio, still annoyed at how weak he is. He asks Mang Tian about reaching 3rd rank smith, with Mang Tian questioning why. Wulin responds he needs to improve himself.
In order to improve himself, Wulin needs more money to buy good food and spirit rings. Mang Tian reluctantly agrees, he was withholding it from Wulin so that he wouldn't be defeated by jealousy in the industry, and wouldn't get arrogant. He tells Wulin that he focused too much on smithing, and not enough on spirit master, so couldn't become a holy Artisan. In order to reach that rank, you need level 70 and spirit avatar. He hands Wulin a letter from his parents, which reads that his parents have gone far away. His father was a mech designer, but one of his designs drew too much attention so he hid. He decided that for Wulin, he would return to it, and attached Wulin's identity card and a bank card, which contains 1,000,000 credits, enough to buy a 100 year ring, and they will send him more as they can. They have his soul communicator details, and can contact him, but won't do until they are safe and settled. Wulin tries to run off after his parents, but Mang Tian stops him.
Wulin is suddenly so lonely. Nuo Er is gone, his family is gone, his whole home is gone. Mang Tian tells him that he needs to be stronger before he can see his parents, so Wulin resolves to practice. When he gets back to school, Xie Hou and Gu Yue tell him that all 3 of the 1st class members have 2 rings, and were considered for skipping up a grade. Suddenly, a warning is issued for a typhoon. Everyone is on lockdown for the next week, and the contest is suspended until then. Hearing this, Wulin's group is glad they have a week more to practice, but Wulin states that he has something he needs to do before the typhoon arrives and runs out of the school.
Wulin calls Cen Yue, and requests to test for 3rd rank forging. Cen Yue was confused, until he realised it was Wulin, and he was out eating with Mu Chen and Mu Xi. Cen Yue told Mu Chen, and he was shocked, telling him to come immediately to do the test. Mu Xi is confused at her father's excitement, until she finds out it's about Wulin. Back at the forging association, they meet Wulin. After they have him calm down, he starts the test.
Mu Xi thinks Wulin is too arrogant - the 3rd rank test is not so simple. He needs to perform 1,000 refinement on any metal, with different metals awarding more points based on degree of difficulty. Wulin is most familiar with heavy silver, so he chooses it. Mu Chen and Cen Yue are surprised, and Mu Xi gets even angrier. Wulin is not distracted by them, he being entirely focused on the breath of the metal and the forging. He pulls out his heavy silver hammers, while Mu Chen and Cen Yue are set back as the weight of it must be enormous. Wulin starts forging with the hammers, the echo of the stacked hammer effect stunning everyone. They realise it's 1,000 refined hammers! Wulin wanted to ensure the success, so he went all out with this one. Mu Xi was just staring - she knew exactly what the triple stacked hammer effect and heavy silver meant. After 30 minutes, the forging is completed and Wulin's body is covered in sweat. Cen Yue praised the hammers as a gift from Mang Tian, but Mu Chen corrects him stating that Wulin forged it himself. They don't need the score anymore, and immediately award Wulin 3rd rank. The 4th rank assessment is far higher - 1,000 refinement and fusion of three metals into a specific shape. After being awarded and Mu Chen telling Wulin he would help him grow in any way, Wulin asks for a cash loan, and tells him he needs the 100 year fire and ice fruits as well as dragon blood. Wulin was thinking he needs to finish this within a week so they can win against the 1st class! Mu Chen tells Wulin he will arrange for the items.
After the items are delivered to Wulin within 30 minutes, Cen Yue is talking to Mu Chen about them, questioning his choice. Mu Chen saw that Wulin was very calm and knew exactly what he needed, planning to temper his body, and also saw it as an opportunity to win over Wulin. Wulin's talent was far too high, and Mu Chen saw him being capable of reaching God Artisan, surpassing Holy Artisan! He also knew that Wulin must have finished 1,000 forging before coming to the association, based on Mang Tian's secrecy and today's events. Wulin decides to go to the forging studio to consume the fruits and blood, as he doesn't know what will happen and wants to avoid the uproar at school. The studio should be safe from the typhoon as well. He opens the boxes, and feels the intense heat and cold from the fruits. He realises that he shouldn't eat them directly, so he concentrates and tries to reach out to the golden figure he saw and ask how to take them. There is no response, and just as Wulin is thinking it was all a dream, a voice sounded in his mind.
Wulin delves into his mind, he's completely awake this time. The golden figure tells Wulin he can call him Old Tang, and that Wulin will suffer great pain when he breaks the seal and fuses with the GDK's power. Wulin needs to put the fruits into a sealed container with the dragon blood poured over, and then drink it. He needs to be in a good state for this though, so he takes some time to ensure the studio is secure and call Xie Hou to tell him where he is before meditating. He combines the materials as instructed, and they start to reject each other and merge with the dragon blood inside the container. He feels an intense energy coming from the container as the effects die down, and opens it, with the scent and energy almost causing him to sneeze.
Wulin drinks it, unexpectedly it doesn't taste that bad, just a bit fishy. He sits down and tries to meditate, but heat spreads through his body as if his entire being is on fire. His skin is all red, and the golden lines spread over his body. Just as he feels like he can't bear it, the heat dies down, only to be replaced with an intense cold. His skin turns blue, and his blood begins to freeze, while the golden lines grow brighter. He feels a little bit of relief as the cold dies down again, then remembers the blood. As he thinks that, an immense pain spreads throughout his body, like ants burrowing into every part. He screams, and wants to scratch, but can't move his body. Old Tang tells him that if he gives up, he dies, and Wulin perseveres to the end of the pain. Wulin thinks it's over, but the cycle begins again.
A week passes, and the typhoon is over. Trees are uprooted and buildings damaged, but the sun is now shining through. Xie Hou has had a breakthrough over the week, but Wulin is missing so he and Gu Yue are nervous. They can't contact him through the spirit guide communicator and don't know where his studio is. Class starts again, and Wulin still can't be found, with the challenge beginning again after class. At lunch, Xie Hou and Gu Yue go to the forging association to try and find Wulin, but studio locations are secret, and Wulin's even more. They talk to Wukong, and he tells them that it will just be the two fighting.
At the arena, the first class is already there. They are glaring at the 5th class, while their teacher is glaring at Wukong. Her name is Ye Ying Luo, the elder sister of the 3rd class teacher, who hates Wukong because he rejected her. Her class shares her hatred of the 5th class, with one of the competing students named Konghan Wen wanting to break Wulin's handsome face. Wukong doesn't even pay her any attention though. As Wukong is about to announce they will fight with 2, Wulin arrives, looking quite dishevelled but confident to fight. Wei Xiaofeng makes some provocative gestures, making Xie Hou angry, but he is restrained by Wulin. Wei Xiaofeng releases his spirit, showing 2 yellow rings. His spirit soul is a blue shadow snake, matching his own spirit, which is why he ranked up so fast. To Xiaofeng's surprise, Xie Hou also releases 2 rings.
Long Hengxu is surprised, and the 5th class is cheering. Wang Xi from the 1st class releases his spirit, it seems like a large skeletal form with definite dark aspect, but he cannot tell what it is. Gu Yue is hiding behind Wulin's body, while Wulin is charging at Wang Xi and releasing his spirit. The golden grass snake is much larger, but its body is hidden in Wulin's clothes and cannot be seen aside from the head. Wulin's body is enveloped in a brownish light from behind, and a fireball comes from around his shoulder, but Wang Xi just deflects it and punches at Wulin. Wulin returns the punch, knocking Wang Xi back several steps while not retreating at all himself. Gu Yue had noticed a strange feeling from Wulin when he arrived, which was enhanced now. Wei Xiaofeng creates shadow clones of himself to confuse Xie Hou with his first ring, but instead Hou releases his first ring and cuts all of them instead. Wulin's grass chases towards Wang xi, while Wulin brings out his heavy silver hammer and charges at Wang Xi. Wang Xi releases his first ring aiming at Wulin, and his arm and hand turn black and swell to a much larger size.
Wulin's BSG winds around Wang Xi, but his body becomes incorporeal and the strands pass through, it's his second ring. His spirit is Bone Dragon King, the ultimate dark spirit and even far ahead of Wei Xiaofeng. His 2nd ring lets him convert part of his body to ethereal form, avoiding physical damage, but can only do 25% at the moment. His 1st ring, bone claws, has grown larger and he attacks Wulin. Gu Yue warns him, but Wulin just raises his right arm and his eyes turn golden. Suddenly, Xie Hou feels deep fear and his actions slow, allowing Wei Xiaofeng to escape his clutches. Wang Xi, being targeted by it, feels fear right down to his core, and Wulin stretches out his right arm, grabbing the bone claw, and flings him away. Long Hengxu, about to rescue Wulin, is stunned at the reversal, while Ye Ying Luo is confused by the change. Gu Yue uses her wind binding on the last remaining student, Zhang Yang, but he releases his spirit, another 2 rings, and flies out before swooping at Xie Hou and enveloping the area in darkness while Wang Xi recovers and runs into the darkness as well. Seeing this, Wulin shouts out, picks up his hammer and starts his grass binding towards the darkness while charging in, before a golden light appears above the black area.
Gu Yue creates a light above the black area, causing it to weaken and strengthen Xie Hou a bit. Xie Hou uses his second ring's ability, light dragon storm, where he rotates quickly both defending and attacking at the same time. At the same time, Wulin manifests his power in his right arm, causing Wang Xi to weaken, and uses his hammer to attack. As a result, the three 1st class students withdraw, and Xie Hou retreats to Wulin, a bit scared and wondering about his power while Wang Xi is confused by Wulin's ability. Zhang Yang covers the trio in darkness, while Gu Yue creates a ball of light and fire and fires it. In return, Wang Xi fires a bone claw at Gu Yue, while Wei Xiaofeng creates shadows to attack Wulin and Xie Hou. Wulin pulls Gu Yue behind him, using his hammer to knock down the bone claw and shadow while Xie Hou evades his shadow and moves to attack. The shadow erupts on Wulin, with dark and cold invading his body, while his BSG erupts inside the dark zone, hard as a whip, and attacks all three at once and interrupting the darkness and other skills.
Gu Yue is a little worried about Wulin, and injects her light power to try and force out the dark and cold. Wei Xiaofeng is surprised that Wulin is not very affected, but Gu Yue flies into a rage, and combines her ice and wind power together creating a blizzard that covers the field. Long Hengxu is stunned and just looking silly, this is a power that even a lvl30 wouldn't be able to use, but it came from this 1 ring student. Xie Hou knows exactly this strength; even he would be defeated by it every time unless he evaded it before it even started. The storm lasted 10 seconds, and at the end Gu Yue can't stand anymore but Wulin catches her. The 1st class trio are all pale when it ends, Long Hengxu was ready to step in and Xie Hou declares they should surrender, but they refuse. Zhang Yang and Wei Xi turn to each other, and surprisingly perform spirit fusion. The cry of an eagle and dragon erupt, and Wang Xi's body takes on a much larger bone dragon appearance. He attacks Xie Hou, and Wulin doesn't have a chance to help. Xie Hou blocks with his dagger, but is flung away with his arm fracturing. Wulin catches him before Hou passes out. Wulin yells out and charges at the bone dragon, his eyes turning gold and his right arm covered in golden scales, letting out a quiet dragon roar. Wang Xi attacks with his claw, but Wulin's own claw slaps him away, though Wang Xi's tail hits Wulin and knocks him back. While Wulin is in the air, his BSG, attached to Wang Xi pulls himself back towards Wang Xi. Wang Xi readies two bone claws to finish him off, but suddenly Wulin roars loudly like a dragon.
Wulin's arm is completely golden, and his claw has an atmosphere of terror. Long Hengxu and Ye Ying Luo yell out, but Wulin doesn't hear them, in too much of a rage. As Wulin attacks, another hand deflects his attack, instead of hitting Wang Xi in the head, it hits his arm, and he shoots out like a rocket crashing into the ground. Wukong tells Wulin to stop and he snaps out of it; Wang Xi and Zhang Yang however have a broken arm and leg respectively and are screaming on the ground. When Ye Ying Luo starts yelling about his class injuring her students, Wukong just looks at her coldly and escorts his class to the infirmary. There, he helps Wulin release the dark contamination in his body, and gets treatment for Gu Yue and Xie Hou. Xie Hou has to stay as his injury is more severe, but Wulin and Gu Yue are sent back to the dorms. Gu Yue asks why Wulin's arm is so strong, he just responds that he doesn't want to lie, so he doesn't want her to ask him. Wulin remembers the pain suffered unlocking the seal, and the changes throughout his body and to the snake when he finished.
When Wulin finished absorbing the GDK power from the first seal, old Tang appeared and told him about the golden dragon claw that he can use, but that it would consume far more soul power than he can yet afford. He also told Wulin that he needs to break the next seal by 15, and imprinted the materials needed into his memory and mentions there will be a surprise with it.
Wulin arrives back at the dorm, and Xiao Yun tells him what happened afterward. The match result wasn't called, as the players were too injured, Zhang Yang had broken legs, Wang Xi had a broken arm, and Wei Xiaofeng was so terrified he wet his pants. Wulin regrets it a little, he almost killed them. The Dean, Chen Ning Yu is talking with Long Hengxu about the fight. Chen is surprised when he hears that Class 1 had a spirit fusion, and even more when he heard it was defeated by a 1 ring student. He surmises that Wulin's golden arm is a body variation, and Wulin might actually be a genius with twin spirits.
They decide to create a special class to train the most talented children, with Wukong as their teacher. Through his meditation, Wulin properly feels his power, and releases the golden talon, which drains his spirit force much faster. He goes for a run, and not paying much attention, almost runs into a tall 14 year old girl.
The girl helps him up, and teases him a little, before challenging him to a race. He is faster than her, but at the end she races past to win, and then introduces herself as Ouyang Zi Xin. After she leaves, Xie Hou appears, and tells him she is one of the top beauties of the school and teases him. After breakfast, they head to the assembly, all the other students are staring at Wulin.
The winning class receives one A-rank meal per day, while a Class 0 is created with Wulin, Gu Yue, Xie Hou, Wang Xi, Zhang Yang and Wei Xiaofeng, taught by Wukong, while Long Heng Xu temporarily takes over their old class until they get a new teacher. Chen Ning Yu tells Class 0 to fill in a contract and stay at East Sea City academy until they graduate - it's only an intermediate academy, but Wei Xiaofeng refuses and is ejected from Class 0.
The dorm has changed as well, each student has a private room with a shared common area, and Wukong also lives in a room there. Wang Xi and Zhang Yang are still unconvinced from the fight, glaring and staring at Wulin. Their first class is Wukong teaching them theory about Mech Armor.
Wukong then tells his students that he was disappointed in the fight, each of them forfeited their own advantages. Xie Hou rushed in full of confidence in his 2nd ring, not playing to his strengths, and deservedly got his arm broken, while Wulin barely used his spirit just relying on brute force. He also criticizes the other team, with the same problems, and says that Wang Xi was the only one who did his job properly, even though he was suppressed.
He points out that they all lack in practical combat experience, and has Gu Yue and Wulin fight him to display that, as the other 3 are all injured. Through simple foot techniques and a stick as a sword, he is able to completely dodge and block their attacks, while accurately hitting them with the stick to nullify their strengths. Gu Yue uses an attack that could damage the classroom, but Wukong moves so fast there seem to be illusions of him, and blocks it all. Everything he used was basic combat skills.
By 10 days, the other 3 have recovered, and started to participate. On the 10th day, they take part in physical assessments, starting with Mental Power. Xie Hou had gone up by 2 points, Wang Xi had 18, which was quite weak. Zhang Yang displayed 41, and Wulin 66, shocking Wang Xi and Zhang Yang.
The last to test was Gu Yue, with 153. At that result, the entire room is silent. The following test is power, using a punching machine. Gu Yue's left fist hits for 115kg, and right fist 143kg. Zhang Yang left 60, right 69, which as a speed spirit master, he is very happy with, but shocked by Gu Yue's result. Xie Hou shows 153 left, 164 right, while Wang Xi shows 423 left and 468 right. He wants to see the gap between himself and Wulin, but is incredibly proud of that result. Wulin's turn, his aura changes a little and Wang Xi starts to feel uncomfortable. Zhang Yang prays it isn't too high, but the result shows Wulin's left hand, 1156, right hand 1348. Wukong tells Wulin to release his scales, and the result increases, and the aura is fully released causing Wang Xi's spirit to tremble in fear. Wulin's golden arm hits for 2700, and Zhang Yang is numb. Wukong then tells Wulin to try with his Talon skill, and as he is about to, Wulin asks if he has to compensate for it if it breaks, with Wukong responding no. Wulin's aura increases even more.
Wang Xi is completely pale, and can barely bring out any strength. Wulin's golden talon hits the machine, which displays data for a second before exploding under the impact. Everyone is shocked, but Wukong quietly wrote down a number, 3998. As Wulin's aura subsides, Wang Xi is back to normal, but his hands are trembling. Next is the reaction test, with Xie Hou in first followed by Wulin, Gu Yue, Zhang Yang and Wang Xi. Wukong calls Wulin to his room, and demands to know what happened to increase his strength. Wulin just explains that his blood changed during the typhoon, and he had a lot of pain but woke up even stronger, with even his BSG evolving. Wukong suspects it is Wulin's second spirit awakening, and causing variation in the first, but Wulin knows it isn't a second spirit. Wukong is close, but not entirely correct, but Wulin knows this is likely the best way to explain it. Wukong tells Wulin it's dangerous, so next time there is variation he needs to tell Wukong to protect and help him. He then asks Wulin if he wants to learn the footwork that Wukong displayed, and tells him there is an organization he has to join if he wants to learn, and Wukong can give him a referral to it.
Wulin thinks for a minute, before declining, and explaining that his parents were taken by a mysterious organization. Wukong tells him that it wouldn't be the same one, and tells Wulin to take the test anyway, then he can find the name and decide whether to join. Wulin returns to his forging studio, and works to complete the forging tasks. He receives a call from Mang Tian, telling Wulin to come to the forging association.
At the association, Wulin is in Mu Chen's office with Mang Tian. Mang Tian had agreed due to his own limits, and tells Wulin to take Mu Chen as his teacher, it will help him progress better. Wulin refuses, since Mang Tian is his only family left, but Mu Chen tells him that they can both be his teachers, changing the rules in the process. Mu Chen tells Wulin to keep increasing his mental force, hitting 30 is the most important thing for him now.
Wulin tells them his mental level is 66, shocking them, before leaving to collect his money and go home. Mu Xi calls out and goes back to school with him, as his senior sister apprentice. Wulin senses something and steps in front of her, but realizes it's just Wang Xi. Xi Zin steps out as well, calling out to Mu Xi and going back to the dorm with her, teasing her about Wulin on the way, they are very close friends.
Wang Xi wants to know the source of Wulin's power, but Wulin refuses to tell him. He knows that spirit suppression happens, but had never heard about the intensity of it, even on people with much higher mental force. Wang Xi is getting discouraged, thinking that no matter his strength, Wulin will suppress him, which will be negative for his growth. Wulin explains how he felt with a waste BSG, but kept going even through despair. Wang Xi realizes that he doesn't feel the suppression, and Wulin releases his scales. The scales are the same, but Wang Xi doesn't feel suppression, instead he feels power. Wulin tells him to try and hit him, but as soon as Wang Xi tries, his power is suppressed again. They visit Wukong to figure out what is happening. With Wang Xi testing his force again, his power has increased by 50%. Wukong explains that it must be the hostility. If Wang Xi is hostile to Wulin, his power is suppressed, but if it is well-intentioned, it is instead increased. Wang Xi wonders why Wulin's dragon blood is so strong, his whole family is powerful bone dragon spirit masters and this could prove to be dangerous for them. They meditate together, and both experience an increase in effect being close together. Once they awaken, Wukong has them grip hands and channel spirit power to each other. While Wulin's golden scales appear, Wang Xi's skin is covered with black scales, spreading from his arm and his spirit power increasing dramatically. It spreads to his neck and chest, and black lines appear on his left hand, before his soul force can no longer sustain it. Wukong explains that it doesn't happen to Xie Hou, since it is his dagger that has dragon power, rather than his body.
After Wulin leaves, no one notices but a golden pattern, similar to Wulin's flashes on Wang Xi's forehead. The next day, Wukong tells the class that they are going to The Pagoda for spiritual simulation, which is normally incredibly expensive.
Wukong and Long Heng Xu take them to The Pagoda, where Wulin sees a mural depicting the founders of it. He sees Yuhao, surrounded by his spirit beast companions, and Tang Wutong, who strangely feels familiar. Gu Yue comments that his name sounds similar to Tang Wutong's, and that they also look similar except the eyes and hair. Further inside, they see a room with many screens, and a Pagoda member addresses them.
He explains that they are going to enter a spiritual simulation of the Star Great Forest, and explains the escape button to them in case they feel they are in too much danger. The longer they can survive in there, the greater the benefits. They lay in small metal coffin-like beds, and have some wires attached to them. They are put to sleep, and wake up in a lush forest. Wulin tries everything, it's all perfectly represented. He can use his golden scales, his refined silver hammers, and all of his equipment and storage. Wulin finds a small clearing with a lot of tall blue silver grass, and starts to meditate, releasing his spirit and merging it with the surroundings. All of the surrounding BSG seem to cheer, and the breath of life strengthens a large amount. Long Heng Xu, watching on the screen, wonders why Wulin is going to sleep, but Wukong points out that his spirit is BSG and is clearly merged with his surroundings.
Zhang Yang wakes up, and releases his spirit. He uses his 2nd ring to fly, and sees a large blue bird. He starts to chase it, but as he gets close, the bird turns and attacks. He tries to escape, but sees many more of the birds appear and start to attack him. He hits the distress button, and the simulation ends for him. Long Heng Xu is a bit grumpy, but doesn't make any further comment and Zhang Yang sits down and feels embarrassed.
Xie Hou is exploring, and is attacked by a scarlet magic tree, and then notices many more. He escapes, but then encounters a 100 year long tailed rat. Xie Hou defeats it, but then hears some muffled roars and shaking ground. Wang Xi is getting tired. He had defeated a group of 10 year green wind wolves, and in his fatigue did not notice the huge figure approaching him until it blotted out the light. He looked up to see a woman's face, which was on the belly of a huge spider.
It was a Man-Faced Demon Spider, and Wang Xi instantly bolted, but was wrapped in webs and couldn't escape. It's lance-legs speared through his body, and the simulation ended. In The Pagoda, the staff were urgently running around to treat Wang Xi, he was suffering after effects from the attack. Zhang Yang was confused since it was just a simulation, and it was explained that everything feels real, so Wang Xi's mind believes he just got skewered. Gu Yue encounters a few spirit beasts, but they are not strong and are easily defeated. She runs into a 3m tall bear, and the Pagoda staff cry out. It's a 1000 year Crystal Bear, a weaker variation of the dark gold fear claw bear, but still incredibly powerful. Instead of forcibly ejecting her, Wukong tells them to watch. Gu Yue teleports with the power of space when the bear attacks, before knocking leaves out of the tree to block its sight with her wind power, followed by teleporting once more and running. Long Heng Xu sees this response, and is quite happy, with Wukong satisfied by her tactics and composure. They look at the screens to see the others. Xie Hou finds the source of the rumbling, it's a 100 year horned dragon.
Xie Hou knows this beast, having read about it. Its defense is strong, and it is stubborn, chasing its enemy until one is defeated. He dodges, and the dragon runs into the tree, before being attacked by Xie Hou. His dragon dagger is unable to penetrate its armor, so he decides to run. As he is about to be hit, he feels tightness around his waist, and is pulled away by Wulin's BSG. He was woken up by Xie Hou and the dragon stumbling close to his meditation area and the surrounding BSG telling him. Wulin raises his hammer and hits the dragon, knocking it away but not causing any real damage. He activates his golden scales, which suppresses the horned dragon, but it still attacks. Wulin uses his BSG to pull him into the air, then launches himself down at the dragon. He activates his Golden Talon, and it penetrates the horned dragon's skull like paper, instantly killing it. He feels that his attack encountered no resistance at all, before withdrawing his scales and knocking the corpse away with his left hand, but the impact causes a dull ache in his left arm.
They hear another sound of crashing approaching, and see Gu Yue running towards them being chased by the crystal bear. She is exhausted and pale from continually using her abilities to run, and hides behind Wulin. Activating his scales, he grabs the horned dragon's body, and tosses it at the crystal bear. Back in The Pagoda, Long Heng Xu is absolutely stunned at Wulin's strength, and Wang Xi is pale, but awake from his coma, still shaking. The trio in the forest decide to fight, with Wulin giving orders. He attacks with his hammer, and as the bear was about to attack, Xie Hou cut at it's neck, distracting it. With his BSG and Gu Yue's wind power, Wulin launches himself into the air, and his BSG grabs the bear's feet. The grass turns to crystal and is about to shatter, then a golden light comes from it for a moment before breaking. His soul force doesn't drop when it breaks this time.
Xie Hou attacks the bear's belly, Gu Yue hits its eyes. When the bear turns to Xie Hou in a rage, Gu Yue hits it in the eyes, and it crouches lower trying to attack and defend at once. Wulin attacks its chest with his hammer, before grabbing its neck with his golden talon and crushes its spine. As it dies, its body explodes, covering him with a layer of yellow crystals. As he was about to fall and shatter, Gu Yue catches him, but he is too heavy and she faints on impact with the ground. Wulin is out of soul force, and Xie Hou pulls Gu Yue out. She is unconscious, and Hou hits her distress button, ejecting her from the simulation. He can't get to Wulin's, as it is covered in crystals, but they will disappear soon and he defends Wulin until then. A group of spirit beasts appear, and decide that Xie Hou is better food than the horned dragon.
Xie Hou fights the Blue Wind Wolves, they aren't strong, but there are too many and he has cuts all over his body and his clothes are covered in blood. The crystals disappear, and Wulin finishes fighting while Xie Hou blacks out. Back at the Pagoda, Wulin wakes up and all the staff are impressed by them. The trio all fought to protect each other until the end. The children head back to the school.
As they get closer to school, Wulin feels warmer and more tired. Gu Yue notices something wrong, and asks, with Wulin telling her he is sleepy and she grabs him with him instantly falling asleep. Wukong senses something is wrong, and checks Wulin, his spirit soul is evolving. They were told there was a rare opportunity in the spiritual simulation where through fighting strong enemies it was possible for the soul to evolve itself, but it is so rare it's like winning the lottery. Since Wulin's beast soul was so weak, 10 years, fighting and personally killing the 100 year horned dragon and 1000 year crystal bear were enormous stimulants and caused this phenomenon. Wukong watches over Wulin at the dorm, as BSG sprouts from his hands. It's as thick as a vine, with a deep golden light emitted from the veins instead of blue, with the same light coming from Wulin's veins. Wulin's grass snake is released, it has grown longer and thicker, with its scales no longer white but light golden with a pulsing bright golden scale on it's forehead. It has clearly evolved to 100 years.
Wulin woke up, and Wukong told him what had occurred before leaving. Wulin released his spirit, his ring was yellow. The grass snake released, it was properly golden, and Wulin used his spirit which promptly wrapped up everything in the room, each strand being tougher and his soul force being consumed far less. The grass snake leapt out into some of the grass, with the grass instantly turning golden and scales covering it. His grass snake spirit is now able to use abilities and fuse with his BSG, it is no longer defective. Feeling strength flowing within him, he ran out and started running around the track field, with Ouyang Zi Xin laughing at him and teasing him when she arrived.
In class, Wukong gives them all a score based on their assessment in the spiritual simulation. Zhang Yang scored 0 as he screwed up right at the start, Wang Xi a 1 as he was eliminated by the Man Faced Demon Spider but managed some success early, while Gu Yue and Xie Hou scored a 5, with their good use of tactics and knowledge. Wulin only scored 4, as he neglected to use his own spirit to good effect, and did not have enough knowledge of spirit beast abilities which almost got his entire team wiped out when he was crystallized. Wukong questioned Gu Yue on how she was able to locate and run to Wulin, as her escape direction from the bear homed in on Wulin even when his location changed, with her responding that her elemental abilities let her track her allies, and she thought Wulin would be safest.
They are told to increase their knowledge of spirit beasts so they can fight better, and Gu Yue quietly thanks Xie Hou. In the evening, Wulin and Wang Xi practice, and his soul force is steadily increasing. While forging, Mu Chen is much stricter than Mang Tian, but Wulin can feel his forging steadily improve. Once per week, they enter the spiritual simulation and gain more experience. After 3 months, Gu Yue is almost rank 20, and Wulin almost 16, and Wukong tells them their final exam is in the simulation. They need to survive at least one hour, but this time of year the simulation is somewhat unstable and the spirit beasts will be more active and the risk higher.
In addition, they may encounter other spirit masters in the simulation this time, and so may fight more than just spirit beasts, but they will enter as a team and start at the same location. In this spiritual simulation, they can absorb the power of slain beasts as normal, but other spirit masters can also absorb this strength directly from them if they are defeated, so if they lose in the simulation to humans they will get no benefit. There are likely also to be many 3 ring spirit masters in the simulation, so they will have to be careful. They have 3 days to prepare, and there will be another part of the exam after the simulation. They are all excited about the prospect of increased strength, and thinking they can reach a 1000 year ring.
A 1000 year ring as the first ring should allow three rings from the one spirit soul, but it has never occurred because no-one has had the strength. Wulin declares he is going to forge, while Gu Yue goes to meditate and Wang Xi is apprehensive but Wulin tells him he will come to practice at night. They talk about their second vocation, Wang Xi is thinking about forging like Wulin, while Xie Hou is contemplating armor manufacture as it is the least technical but still requires lots of skill. Gu Yue is thinking about mech repair, shocking Xie Hou who expected her to learn armor design. For 3 days, Wulin forges at day and practices at night, one day Mu Chen calls him to his office. Wulin is known at the association as Mu Chen's disciple, but his 3rd rank is a secret and he doesn't wear his badge. Cen Yue retrieves and delivers the products of Wulin's forging, so no-one is aware it is completed by him. Mu Chen gives him a spiritual simulation card, he intends to help Wulin increase his spirit power and soul force to help forge. The intent is to enter the simulation during the coming storm, and work with Mu Chen to increase strength. Wulin tries to refuse, surprising Mu Chen by telling him that his class 0 is already going in during the storm, but Mu Chen tells him to keep it and use it after the storm, it will grant him multiple entries.
Wulin returns to the dorm, and gets everyone to sit in a room together. he hands them titanium cloud thousand forged chain mail shirts, which are very light but very hard and tough. This will protect them well during the simulation. Zhang Yang wears his, and gets Wang Xi to hit him. He is sent flying, but barely any pain in the chest as the shirt blocked most of the hit. The next day, they are taken to the simulation, where this time there is a private room as more spirit masters are there. If they fail the test, Wukong tells them he will cancel their holidays. Inside the simulation, Wulin calls them into a defensive formation with Gu Yue at the center, Wulin in the front, Wang Xi left, Zhang Yang right and Xie Hou at the back. Gu Yue uses her wind power to make them lighter, and Wulin sends out his BSG as probes and to help sweep away blockages making a path. Zhang Yang releases his spirit beast - a black hawk, which flies around and scouts out the area for them.
Back in the room, Wukong and the staff are watching, with the staff praising the children's calmness. Wukong thinks of the Shrek motto - they only accept monsters. Out of the 5, Gu Yue is the most astounding with incredible spiritual power and a never before seen spirit, Xie Hou has the most talent being a twin spirit user, Wang Xi and Zhang Yang have decent individual talent but their real strength is their not-yet-perfected fusion, while Wulin's potential seems far higher with his spirit undergoing variation and his mentality. While he recommended Wulin to join that secret organization, he would also recommend Gu Yue, but she seems to have too many secrets and he needs to keep watching her. The first spirit beast the 5 encounter is a Tiebi ape with an intimidating aura. Wulin threw his hammer and followed up with an attack with his golden scaled arm, while Xie Hou moves behind and is thrown up by Wulin's grass, headed towards the ape's head to pierce its skull. Gu Yue uses wind and fire to attack with little power distracting the ape, while Wulin retrieves his hammer and breaks the ape's defense.
Wulin then proceeds to wrap the ape's body with his BSG, while Xie Hou penetrates the skull and skewers the brain with his light dragon dagger's first ring. With the ape defeated, Xie Hou absorbs its power while Zhang Yang continues to scout the area. While they rest, Zhang Yang sees a group of people approaching. A red light appears, and the group takes formation as the newcomers have seen them. Surprisingly, it is Mu Xi, with a red sun above her head, her spirit. She has 3 rings at this point, and seeing Wulin greet him then takes her group and leaves. She was satisfied, as she saw the shock in Wulin's face at her 3 rings.
Wulin's group do not rush, they need to hold for an hour and there is no real urgency. Suddenly, Zhang yang calls out a warning, Wang Xi goes pale and a green net drops from the sky. Gu Yue is the fastest to react, but her abilities are unable to penetrate the net and Wulin calls them to retreat. Wulin stops the net with his BSG, but it quickly corrodes the grass. The Man Faced Demon Spider drops from the sky and lands in front of them. While Wulin is trying to figure out what to do, Gu Yue throws fireballs at it, but it blocks them with thrusts of its legs. Wulin calls them not to retreat, and tells Wang Xi and Zhang Yang to hold back and get ready for their fusion. While Wang Xi was petrified, suddenly Wulin's attitude causes a complete shift and Wang Xi swells with courage and his blood boils. While they try to attack the spider, it keeps evading and spreading webs, until Xie Hou realizes it's making a cage to trap them in.
While it continues, Gu Yue recovers her soul power, and everyone else acts defensively. Wulin initiates, throwing his hammer at the spider, which shoots a web at the hammer, ensnaring it. The heavy silver hammer has gone dark, but it's structure is strong enough to resist the corrosion for a time. After 10 minutes of stalling, the spider looks set to attack, and Wulin whispers something to Gu Yue. The spider shoots a web at the group, then screams and runs in. Gu Yue lifts stone pillars from the ground, blocking the web, and more to knock the spider into the air. Xie Hou climbs among the pillars into the sky, while Zhang Yang blankets the area in darkness. BSG rises into the sky and wraps around the spider and spreads its legs out. Wulin throws Wang Xi into the air, and the spider reacts by shooting a web at him, but BSG pulls him out of the way dodging the web. As the spider was about to break through the BSG, it suddenly turns golden and resists all corrosion, while Xie Hou lands from above and stabs the spider in its back, releasing his 2nd ring. Suddenly, the BSG brakes and the spider falls towards the ground. Under it's abdomen, Wulin appears, and his golden talon pierces into its belly - right into the human face, and the blood spurts out. As the blood sprays, it instantly turns to ice, and loses all corrosive effect.
After struggling for a bit, the spider falls to the ground dead. A yellow aura arises from the spider, and Wulin returns his hand, with the golden scales completely protecting him from the corrosion. They all cheer, and Wang Xi hugs Wulin in his excitement. Wulin was a little surprised. He was expecting to be sacrificed here, if anything had gone wrong, the blood would have corroded him away to nothing. At the Pagoda, the staff are all speechless. The tactics were perfect, and Wukong is simply smiling, and murmured the control system is finally complete. The entire fight, Wukong with his extensive combat experience, couldn't tell what Wulin planned, until the last second when Wulin appeared under the demon spider. The staff ask Wukong to let the kids join the Pagoda, so astounded. They initially were disappointed when the children were trapped in the web area, having really wanted to see how they do. They expected them to run, gaining some time, or for one to sacrifice themselves for the others to escape, as those are the best methods as proven by everyone that has been through the simulation. Wulin had allowed it to become arrogant of victory with the web area, then shattered it and confused it with the earth spirit power blocking and launching it, before distracting it many times. The staff had expected Xie Hou's attack to be the the last, failing due to the defense of the spider's back, but it was just another feint.
Wulin falls on his butt and sits, exhausted from soul force consumption, and astounded by the understanding between himself and Gu Yue. They seemed to fit perfectly, with no words or communication, they had an invisible understanding, an innate feeling of understanding. They rest and meditate there, with the demon spider's web arena still protecting them from other spirit beasts. With the spider dead, other spirit beasts begin to emerge, and with lower perception, they suffer from the demon spider's toxic webs. As they meditate, hundreds of spirit beasts emerge and die, with their spirit force accumulating and being absorbed by the group. The staff at the Pagoda are shocked, seeing the spirit power of the group rapidly increase. Where the spirit force for the spirit beasts comes from is a Pagoda secret, but they are all being absorbed. The Staff question Wukong, and he claims they haven't done anything wrong and the Pagoda needs to maintain normal operation. The Staff indicates he is just worried about the children's bodies, too much absorption could destroy them, and they are worried about the 1 ring Wulin and Gu Yue. Wukong isn't though, as Gu Yue has incredible mental power and Wulin has incredible physical durability, so the Pagoda staff can't contest. Wulin awakens, and finds his body feels a little bloated, then sees the corpses everywhere. As Wulin wonders if they can absorb more, Wang Xi says that is unlikely as they will reach the limit of their bodies soon, and Gu Yue points out that the poison has almost worn out.
Wulin sees that the webs are no longer green, and they prepare to leave. Gu Yue tells him that they have absorbed 400-500 years worth of power, and they need to be worried more about spirit masters than spirit beasts on their way out. He tells them that if they feel they can't absorb more spirit power, they should eject from the simulation, but he has absorbed much more. He realizes that the team members with two rings have their power absorbed split between the rings, so their bodies can't withstand it all, while his is focused on one ring and grows faster. He's a bit excited to evolve it to a 1000 year ring as the first, feeling that his body would have no trouble supporting it. He is also excited to see what changes to his spiritual and physical powers occur when he breaks the second seal.
Xie Hou yells out a warning and Wulin wakes from his daydream just as they are attacked by a six armed salamander. Before they can attack it, it is sliced to pieces by someone. They see a 17-year old boy with YYP rings and a two edged wand spirit released, also exuding a glow of spirit power absorption. Together with him is a blue haired girl with an ice wand spirit. The duo attack, and Xie Hou moves quickly to intercept the boy. At the surprising change of attack from the boy, his projectile is shot down by Gu Yue's ice, who steps up to fight the girl. She has a second ring! She moves and blinds them with her light powers, then teleports away from their sight before their vision recovers. When the boy regains his vision, he looks behind him and finds Gu Yue.
In front of Gu Yue is a tornado forming, together with flecks of ice. In return, the boy activates his 3rd ring, creating a spear of ice and fluctuating heavily with the power of it. They warn Gu Yue to give up, and she releases her skill towards them. The ice spear is released, flying at her with incredible speed, but she disappears. Confused by the space power, the girl points up and they see an enormous fireball heading for them. Having just released such a powerful ability, the boy has no time to gather his defense, but manages to eject the girl, his sister, from the simulation to prevent her from suffering. With the power dispersing from the boy as he died in the simulation, the group absorbs it, with most being absorbed by Gu Yue and Wulin. There's not time to rest, they have to keep moving, as there is nothing to stop the beasts from accumulating again and they instantly have to fight a large group of flame magic lions. With no option to fight this, they run.
While escaping from the 1000 year flame magic lion leading it's pack, Zhang Yang flies up a tree and grabs a beast egg, luring the blue birds down and then baits them to attack the lions and get in their way. Appearing like they have gotten some distance, Wulin and the others let out a quick sigh of relief, then all of a sudden a golden light flashes and Xie Hou's body is cut in half vertically.
Part of Xie Hou's spirit power goes to Wulin, another part to his attacker. They see an enormous beast coming from the trees, it's a dark gold fear claw bear, one of the supreme existences. They have no choice but to run. Wulin baits it, and tries to lure it to attack the flame magic lions, but as it appears they extinguish their flames and kneel in front of it, whimpering. Seeing this, Wulin can only run, however the dark gold fear claw bear unleashes a powerful attack, sending an enormous golden wave across the clearing from his slash. Wulin can only bring out his golden talon to block, and it succeeds for a short time before his soul force is completely spent and a burning sensation spreads across his eyebrows and through his blood before the golden talon disappears and the golden slash passes through his body. cutting him in half horizontally.
Everyone else has been evacuated from the simulation, Wulin sits up and tells them he is fine. Xie Hou is unconscious from the attack, but no other apparent effects as the attack missed his head. Wulin didn't feel anything when he was struck, and Xie Hou wakes up, thanking him for the chain vest which deflected the attack somewhat. Wukong raises one of the chain shirts up and says they cheated. He asks Wulin if he made it, with a response of yes, and then declares they get a 99% grade for the test. Wulin mentions that he feels he can absorb more spirit power, but Wukong quickly silences him while they are in the Pagoda.
Back at school, Wulin tells Wukong that he felt it would be difficult to upgrade his rings after gaining a second. Wukong agrees, that is why it is rare for people to upgrade their rings, along with the body's limits. Wulin feels that he can withstand 1000 year level ring, but Wukong wants to confirm. With the current ring level advancement to the limits for the children, Wukong had expected it to take 3 years. Wulin talks to Old Tang, who tells him that his current spiritual strength he could withstand a 2000 year ring.
The next day, Wukong quizzes them on their experience. He asks why Wulin allowed the spider to make the web field, with Wulin responding that it was to lower its alertness, while also forming a barrier. He also criticizes them, as they let down their guard after absorbing so much energy. He also explains the strength and rarity of the Fear Claw Bear, with it being hunted to near extinction for its spirit bones. Even thinking about killing spirit beasts in the simulation, Wulin feels a little upset. Elsewhere, the boy named Xu Xiaoyu that Gu Yue defeated is angry. His sister, named Xu Xiaoyan, is trying to calm him down. He realizes that they must be East Sea City Academy students, soon to be his sister's seniors. She has a legendary variation on his spirit, and they were sent into the simulation by their clan to increase her spirit power, though he ended up doing everything.
Back in the academy, class 0's physical training continues. They are to fight Wukong 5v1, and are doing well, until Wukong fights seriously and forces Wang Xi and Zhang yang to use their spirit fusion. As they fuse, it falls apart and fails. They try again, but it fails once more.
Wukong feels that Wulin's golden seal has mutated Wang Xi's spirit to an extent that he can no longer fuse with Zhang Yang. Wukong changes the room allocations so that Wang Xi is a bit further away from Wulin for now, until he can come to a decision. Practicing with Wulin will help him advance individually, but no longer able to fuse. After a few days, Wang Xi decides not to practice with Wulin, as Zhang Yang is like a brother to him and he cannot abandon him. As a result, they transfer out of school.
His decision was not just due to Zhang Yang, but Wulin also had an enormous psychological effect on him. Wukong declares the final exam for the remaining 3 is the next day. Wulin is sad as everyone he cares about leaves him eventually. Ouyang Zixin sees him crying, and takes him to lunch, but as usual he eats too much.
While eating, Xu Xiaoyu appears and flirts with Zixin. He teases Wulin about eating so much, not realizing that they have met before, and his sister is also there. After talking, he finds Wulin is in the zero class, where his sister will be going as a transfer student to class zero. With Wulin looking up from his pile of food, Xu Xiaoyu finally realizes he was from the simulation and yells out "It's you!". He doesn't say anything else, as it would embarrass himself in front of Zixin. Wulin isn't interested, and leaves, with Zixin chasing him. She questions him about his behavior. He appoligizes and they separate with Zixin going back to continue talking to Xiaoyu and Wulin returning to the academy. He goes to see Wukong and asks if it's true that they will be getting a new student. He says not to be concerned but to instead focus on the 2nd part of the exam.
Back at the academy, Xie Hou wants to try and see what power Wulin can release when stabbed again, but is stopped by Gu Yue, and then teased. Back at the dorm, Gu Yue pulls Wulin aside, smelling another woman, so he tells her about Zi Xin and the siblings. When they head to bed, Gu Yue opens the windows, and in the moonlight and breeze her eyes glow purple and 7 coloured lights dance around her hand, each representing a different element. The next day, they head to East Sea City for their test.
In the city, they go to a park and a strange blue building, and inside the trio put on a metal bracelet in order to avoid being attacked by security defenses. Further inside, they go through a teleporter, astounding Xie Hou as space technology like this is brand new, still in early development. They are each sent to different test locations, where Wulin receives notice of 1st test, medium difficulty where he encounters a girl with a yellow spirit ring. He must survive for 30 seconds. She fights him, and summons a chinese tripod, which hits him heavily. Throughout the fight, she uses strange movements and purple flashes of light from her eyes, knocking him about and making him dizzy.
The fight continues, and she pulls out a long flute, with Wulin's reactions becoming duller, and the tripod attacks him again. After getting beaten about and attempting to use his golden talon he breaks her cauldron. She still continues to beat him up and finally 30 seconds is over and the fight ends. Before Wulin can catch his breath, test 2 starts and he must survive another 30 seconds continueing from where the last fight left off. This time, he runs before attempting to use his hammers to fight back, but is beaten into the fetal position where he becomes a human punching bag until the round ends.
A third test occurs, this time at Adavanced difficulty. This time she seems a little older and has 2 rings. Eventually he is ejected from the room, and he sees Xie Hou. They are both heavily bruised. After a few minutes, Gu Yue is also released. Wukong takes the three to a resting room, and explains to them that this was all a simulation. They had just fought some of the Tang Sect and Shrek heroes from 10,000 years ago - Wulin fought Xiao Xiao, Xie Hou fought Jiang Nannan, and Gu Yue fought Huo Yuhao.
On hearing this, Wulin instantly agrees to join Tang Sect. Xie Hou also joins, but Gu Yue will not, having decided to join the Pagoda. On the way home, Wulin is depressed, another one close to him is taking another path. Gu Yue tells him it doesn't mean she is leaving, she will still be by his side in the zero class and says they will always be together. Xie Hou teases them both. Soon enough, the holiday begins, and everyone else goes to visit their home. Wulin has no family at home, so instead spends his time in the forging workshop.
The next day, while Wulin is packing, Wukong tells him to go on a trip with him. In the train, Wukong hands Wulin a pamphlet. Inside is information on the Tang sect cultivation technique, mysterious heaven skill. He also tells Wulin about the other techniques, but that he needs to reach a certain contribution level before he can learn them, as well as the Tang sect laws. After reading it, Wulin hands back the pamphlet and Wukong helps him start to cultivate.
Wulin starts practicing the mysterious heaven skill, with Wukong guiding him. After about 2 hours, he has fully comprehended it, and enters into a deep meditation. Seeing this, Wukong asks the attendant for the conductor, showing her his rings so that his requests are granted. The conductor arrives, and informs him that they will be in Heaven Dou city within a few days, and will only be stopping there for a day before heading to Sun Moon City. There is no possibility of waiting in Heaven Dou City any longer than that.
When the train has stopped, Wulin is still in meditation, so Wukong offers the conductor to pay for the damages and removes the chair with Wulin still meditating in it. In the station, the guards approach, and he explains what is happening with no resistance. They give him a quiet room with food and water, and he rests there waiting for Wulin. After a number of days, Wulin wakes up, feeling the effects, and his stomach growls. Wukong points at the food on the ground, and Wulin quickly eats it, more than 12 peoples worth. They then leave.
Wukong takes Wulin through Heaven Dou City; they are going to visit a friend of Wukong's. Along the way, Wulin smells some good food, and they go to eat. They visit Rain-ho grilled fish, which is based of Yuhao's grilled fish recipe when he was with Wutong. By the end of the meal, Wulin has eaten 91 fish and Wukong laments the cost. After the meal, they visit a hotel and wash up, Wukong comes out in pristine white clothes, and they visit Heaven Dou cemetary.
Inside, they visit a tall gravestone labelled "Ice Dragon". Wukong tells Wulin to wait, and goes up to it. He spends a bit of time wiping all traces of dust off it. Smiling, he mentions the name Bing-er. Wukong then takes Wulin to eat noodles. Again, Wulin eats a lot, and they go back to the hotel and meditate. In the morning, Wukong teaches Wulin the Purple Demon Eye technique.
Even after the first receipt of the sun's rays with this technique, he seems to have reached a level that took Wukong months. For the next few days, they do nothing except rest and meditate. After two weeks, Wulin has entered the first realm of Purple Demon Eye, and is able to see all fine details. Wukong takes Wulin out, and they visit a building. Wulin notices the same hand movements made as when they went to Tang Sect in East Sea City. Inside, Wulin sees statues of the past Shrek Seven, including Xiao Xiao.
Around the statue of Yuhao, are his 6 spirit familiars - Heavenly Ice Silkworm, Xuenu, Ice Emperor Scorpion, King Polar Bear, Octagonal Ice Grass and Mermaid Princess. On the other side are the original Shrek Seven, including Tang San and Xiao Wu. On seeing these statues, Wulin's body is warm and subconsciously moves forward. After they bow to the statues, they move further forward, and a man named Zhao tells Wulin he is formally accepted into the core of Tang sect, and has him meditate on a wooden bed.
After examining Wulin's body, Zhao tells Wukong that Wulin is able to hold up to 4,000 years for his spirit rings. This means that at 20th rank, he can have 2x 2,000 year rings, which will then increase his strength again to the point where he can withstand 2x 3,000 year rings. Purple Demon Eye will increase his mental strength to the point where he can withstand such strong spirits. They visit the Pagoda, where Wulin's mental power is tested - 124. They then decide they need to go to the 2nd level simulation - intermediate level.
Wukong explains that getting more rings is exceptionally difficult due to the spiritual space occupied by each familiar. Wukong's familiars can grant him up to 8 rings, but it is unlikely that he can successfuly merge with another to reach Title Douluo due to his mental power. They visit the auction house, where Wulin gives Wukong his 3,000,000 coins saved up. Wukong asks how he got it, with Wulin responding through forging, and that he is rank 3.
On the auction list, Wulin notices a 1,000 year Dragon Scale Fruit - this is one of the fruits that Old Tang told him he needed. He tells Wukong that he needs it, and explains that he can feel the items that his body needs to increase his blood's power. He also tells Wukong that he needs a 1,000 year Dragon Tendon, 1,000 year Blood Vine, and 1,000 year Dragon Marrow. Wukong explains that they could probably find the marrow in East Sea City, vine in Shrek, but no idea about the tendon.
The auction starts, and the first item is an ice grass - similar to Yuhao and Tang San's octagonal ice grass, but only 1,000 years so lacking many of the leaves. After fierce bidding, a member on the 2nd floor wins for 10,000,000. The starting price had been 2,000,000. The next auction is the Dragon Scale Fruit.
The auctioneer announces that the fruit was almost priceless, but was picked too early. The starting price is 1,000,000. After more fierce bidding, the price goes to 5,000,000 to the 2nd floor bidder. Wulin tries to borrow money from Wukong, but is only responded to with a cold chill. Wulin, a bit depressed, pays no attention to the next auctions where Wukong wins simulation tickets for 2.6 million. The last few items are spirit guide armor. The first is a belt, which gives off a strange purple glow and Wulin can't quite tell what it is made from. The auctioneer announces that the best spirit guide armor is made when the designer and crafter work together, so finding a suitable partner is essential.
The 3 pieces of spirit guide armor sell for over 20 million. When leaving, Wulin thinks to himself that if the Dragon Scale fruit could appear now, it will definitely appear again. Wukong stops him from leaving and Old Zhao arrives. He was the 2nd floor bidder, and Wukong used him to prevent the price from rising higher than 5 million. The next day, they go to the Pagoda to enter the simulation.
They enter the middle level Spirit Ascension Chamber, which is distinctly more luxurious than the basic level with crystal pods instead of metal. The middle level also has a restriction of no one >lv70. Inside the simulation, Wulin is surprised that they have not seen any beasts for 10 minutes. Wukong explains that the Chamber is modeled based upon the Star Dou Great Forest. They are inside the middle layer of the forest, near the central region of the 10 Great Beasts, where only thousand-year and above beasts live. Suddenly, a winged tiger appears. Wukong identifies it as Ice Fire Demon Tiger, at least 4 thousand year old, with strength on par with a Man-faced Spider. Wukong tells Wulin to protect himself as the tiger slowly approachs.
The tiger shoots a big fireball at Wukong but he destroys it. However, from inside the ball, a hail of ice spikes rushes forward. Wukong activates his 1st skill, Mist Mark. His sword turns into a phantom; every spike it touches disappear. The tiger leaps into the air, its wings clasp together to send out 2 light blades at Wukong. He activates his 2nd skill, Mist Fog, and creates a blue cocoon made from sword rays that nullifies the attack. Then he summons a giant 10m sword ray that crashes down on the tiger's head. Even with its wing guard, the tiger is sent flying. The attack also creates an icestorm that sweeps clean everything within a hundred meters. The tiger is at death's door. Wukong calls on Wulin to deal the final blow and absorb the spirit power. Wukong has calculated that with this beast's strength, Wulin should be near an upgrade. Because Wulin's body can contain a 2 thousand-year familiar, Wukong decides to continue their hunt.
After only a couple of minutes, another beast appears. It says hello by shooting some acidic spikes at the 2 but Wukong carries Wulin away with Ghost Steps. The beast is a 5m tall Poison Porcupine, at least 3 thousand year old. Wukong activates his 3rd spirit skill, Heavenly Mist Cleave. The giant sword ray appears again, severely wounds the porcupine and partly freezes it in place. Wukong leaps into the air with Wulin. He activates his 4th skill, Mist Ice Word/Singing, turning his long sword into a heavy sword. Wulin nails the porcupine into the ground and absorbs its spirit power through the sword. At Wulin's questions, Wukong demonstrates his first 4 skills to him in different variations, teaching Wulin how to be versatile in combat. They then continue their hunt and kill several hundred-year beasts and 1 thousand-year.
The 2 are now in the depth of the 2nd layer, where the dozen-thousand-year beasts live. Wukong exclaims that it is too silent. He realizes they have entered the lair of a powerful beast. They are suddenly surrounded by dark shadows. One of them charges in; it looks just like Wulin. Wukong quickly dispatches it with Purple Demon Eye. Another shadow, this time looking like Wukong, approaches but it is also killed the same way. The beast they are fighting has dual elements, dark and mental. The shadows dissolve into black smoke that has a fear effect, forcing Wukong to use his 2nd skill to guard the 2. It seems the beast possesses a domain. Wulin sits down and uses his BSG to track its location. Wukong shoots a Heavenly Mist Cleave at the place Wulin points. The black smoke disappears as the beast show itself.
It is a 2m tall 3-eye Demon Ape, more than ten thousand years old. Wukong hastily charges at the ape but it passes through him and goes for Wulin. Fortunately, Wulin forsaw it and dodges to a nearby tree. Wukong rapidly sends out his 1st skill, Mist Mark, enveloping the ape with his sword while also shooting his Purple Demon Eye at it. However, the ape conjures a light ball and pushes back the sword storm while deflecting the eye-ray at Wulin. Wulin dodges again as the ray turns the tree he was standing on to ash. Wukong activates the condensed version of Heavenly Mist Cleave. It is only 1m long but possesses incredible power. The ape has trouble blocking the sword even with its shield and gets sent flying. Wukong does not pursue but prepares his 6th tens-thousand-year skill instead. The ape manages to stand up, opens its 3rd eye and turns giant. It shoots a giant beam of purple light mixed with black smoke at Wukong. Its 3rd eye also sends a mental attack at Wukong. Wukong meets the mental attack with his own Purple Demon Eye. The collision's shockwave affects even Wulin, knocking him down to the ground. Wukong's 6th skill finally activates. He turns into a white light and reappears behind the ape's back. A white ray splits the ape's body into 2 as Wulin attacks the ape's 3rd eye with his claw to absorb the spirit power.
The spirit power proves too much for Wulin as he faints. His body can only contain at most 2000 years but the total amount he has gathered exceeds 2300 years. Wulin is forced to go into the process of Familiar Ascension as Wukong guards him. Wulin awakes inside his mental world. Old Tang sighs and tells Wulin that he has used most of his power to make the upgrade process go smoothly. However, in the future, the unsealing process will be harder on Wulin. Old Tang tells him never to attempt such a risky thing like this again or else. Wulin finally awakes inside reality. Wukong is in rags from defending Wulin. There are at least 10 corpses of beasts around them, some giant. The 2 press the escape button. Wulin wakes up but in pain and can't move. He absorbed too much spirit and mental power. His mental sea has been affected and needs to recover asap to adjust. Wukong carries Wulin to a hotel. He then applies energy little by little to Wulin's body through Mystic Heaven skill while having Wulin recover by practicing Purple Demon Eye. Wukong thinks Wulin is now at or near lvl 17. Wulin's snake has also evolved greatly with purple eyes and complex patterns on its body. It takes 4 more days for Wulin's upgrade process to fully complete.
The pair return to East Sea City as the winter break ends. Wulin thinks he should be able to reach lvl20 within a year, 2 tops. He's 10 now, but Lvl20 at 12 would by definition be a genius. He first goes to the Forging Guild. Mu Chen welcomes him back and tells him to take some more rest, though Mu Xi complains her dad never lets her relax. Mu Chen says she needs to reach Wulin's level of forging. He also tells Wulin they'll speed up during the semester. Wulin accepts 2 third-rank missions and returns to his forge. It seems that Wulin's forging skill has improved by >50% thanks to his upgrade and Purple Demon Eyes. He manages to complete 4 pieces of thousand-forging instead of just 2, with better quality even.
Wulin's products used to be at best 3rd-grade but this time, most of them are 2nd-grade. Mu Chen has said that when 30% of products are 1st-grade, Wulin can attempt spirit forging. Unbeknownst to Wulin, this is the result of everything that happened during the month long break, especially absorbing the 3-eyed Demon Ape because its mental element helps boost Wulin's Soul Force. Wulin then meditates for 3 days to reflect on his improved ability.
It’s now the second half of the semester (note semesters in this novel are 1 year long). Xiao Yun and Zhou Zhangxi are walking to school. They talk about class 0 and how their class would be demoted at the inter-class tournament after losing their main force. They spot Gu Yue, who has hit a growth spurt during the break. Her appearance attracts all the boys, except for the oblivious Wulin. In the staff office, Henxu is convincing Wukong to accept a new student, the shy Xiaoyan. Wukong reiterates that he only accepts monsters but relents when Henxu threatens to escalate it to the headmaster. Wukong tells Xiaoyan she has 1 month to gain the acceptance of class 0 to stay. He then leads her to the dorm. As Wukong leaves, Henxu reports to the headmaster, asking for an opportunity to test class 0.
Wukong leaves Xiaoyan inside the dorm after reminding her of the time limit. Xie Hou comes in and they make acquaintances. She reminds him of their previous meetings during the riot stage of the Chamber. Xiaoyan also tells him that she only has 1 ring. Xie Hou tells her about the other 2 and Xiaoyan is surprised that the 1-ring Wulin is the captain, not the powerful Gu Yue.
The opening ceremony is on the next day. Wulin is late as he was in deep meditation after the upgrade in order to master his new abilities. His level is currently lv16, almost to 17. Wukong has noticed Wulin and found that there are signs of a breakthrough, particularly in comprehension. After the ceremony is over, it’s class 0’s homeroom period. Xiaoyan formally introduces herself to the class. Wukong announces that they are going to have another body examination. Wulin still dominates in the strength test, which amazes the frail Xiaoyan. However, even Wukong himself is surprised with Wulin in the 2nd test, Mental Force. He measures 212 points, breaking into the middle grade of the Soul Mastery level. This is probably thanks to absorbing the 3-eyed Demon Ape. On a side note, Soul Mastery middle-grade is 150 points, high-grade is 350 points. 500 points mean breaking into the Soul Sea level. Gu Yue scores even higher, 278 points. In comparison, Xie Hou scores 59 points while Xiaoyan is 61 points.
Xiaoyan asks Wukong for another Soul Force test but at night. She explains that her spirit changes at nighttime. Wukong agrees. He then announces the 3rd test, 2-on-2 combat: Wulin and Xiaoyan vs Gu Yue and Xie Hou. Gu Yue argues that it isn’t fair as they both have 2 rings but the other team both only have 1. She proposes that Wulin and her fight Xie Hou and Xiaoyan, which annoys Xie Hou. Wukong of course vetoes it and make them fight as-is.
Xiaoyan explains to Wulin her spirit: long-range attack, elemental control and her first skill is the same as her brother, Moon. Wukong signals the fight to begin. Xie Hou charges forward while Gu Yue buffs his speed with wind element and shoots a slow-moving fireball. The fireball splits into 5 smaller balls in a line. They then collide and merge into a single smaller orange fireball charging like a bullet at Wulin. The fireball grazes Xie Hou and scares him. Wulin throws a punch at the fireball in his dragon mode while he summons some BSG to acts as a barrier and also to move Xiaoyan away. The punch pulverizes the fireball as Wulin’s new purple ring appears, surprising everyone in the arena, including the spectating Henxu. Inside melee range, Xie Hou attacks with his Light Dragon Dagger while also bringing outs his Shadow Dragon Dagger. The BSG barrier easily blocks the Dagger and some of it rushes out to trap Xie Hou. Xie Hou tries to counter with Light Dragon Storm but the upgraded BSG is too tough. He only manages to get away by using Dual Dragon Storm, which is Light Dragon Storm combining with Shadow Dragon Storm. However, the combi skill costs Xie Hou too much spirit power.
Gu Yue steps forward and points a finger at Wulin. She summons all of her elements to attack at once, forcing Wulin to guard with his BSG. However, during the attack, Wulin still manages to run toward Gu Yue as he understands that she is the key to ending the battle. Gu Yue backsteps and shoots out a highly combustible fire-ice ball. Wulin then throws his snake familiar at the ball while he stuns Gu Yue with his Purple Demon Eye, making her lose controls of the ball. Wulin then traps Gu Yue with his BSG while the snake deflects the ball toward the poor Xie Hou, who is blasted off again. However, Gu Yue teleports inside Wulin’s dead zone and attempts to freeze him. Wulin contemplates using the Dragon Claw but he decides to accept defeat as it is just sparring. Suddenly, instead of Wulin’s chest, Gu Yue’s palm meets an ice guard created by Xiaoyan. Not wasting this golden opportunity, Wulin finally traps Gu Yue with his BSG and disables her by holding the back of the neck. The fight is over.
Wukong and Henxu are impressed with Xiaoyan. While Gu Yue is flirting with Wulin, Xie Hou screams for help as he is both on fire and ice. Xiaoyan helps him up as he sarcastically snaps as her. Wulin welcomes Xiaoyan to class 0 as they have all accepted her ability. Henxu and Wukong are discussing about class 0. As Henxu is impressed, Wukong convinces him to improve the nutrition for class 0 though Henxu is adamant as Wulin costs too much. He tells Wukong that he may be able to do something if class 0 can prove themselves at the upcoming Heaven Sea League’s tournament.
Wukong then gathers class 0 together to criticize their performance. He then announces their new training routine: sparring against him thrice a day, this time with him using skills. Class 0 is afraid and begins to discuss their strategy. However, Wulin’s mobile phone rings. Mu Chen has summoned him to the Forging Guild. Inside Mu Chen’s office, there is also Cen Yue and Mu Xi. They have gathered because of Wulin’s 2nd-grade product. Mu Chen tells him that Wulin is promoted to level 4 blacksmith and he is at the doorstep of Spirit Forging. Wulin thinks about all the money that he can now gets but Mu Xi taunts him about it. Mu Chen is angry with her though as he understands that their upbringings are different though he also crushes Wulin’s dream as breaking through to Spirit Forging requires a lot of money. Cen Yue took 5 years to pay his debt while Mang Tian is still in debt. Mu Chen then tells Wulin to get to work on 2 pieces of 2nd-grade thousand forging so they can confirm his status as a 4th ranker. Mu Chen also tells him about the upcoming Heaven Sea League’s forging tournament. Wulin and Mu Xi will participate in the junior division. Mu Chen promises him a lot of money and rare material for 1st place. Mu Chen then brings Wulin to his 4th rank test. They are astounded as Wulin completes quickly in 1 try. Moreover, the final product is not just a normal 2nd-grade, but a spiritual 2nd-grade. Wulin is immediately granted 4th rank status. Mu Xi finally realizes the gap in their ability as she decides to drop her jealousy. She warms up to Wulin and asks him to forfeit the 1st place to her in return for all the prizes. Wulin easily agrees, which surprises her. He then explains his dragon power and why he needs so much money. Mu Xi decides to take Wulin under her wings at school. She then teases him about Zi Xin as Wulin runs back to the school.
At lunchtime, class 0 discusses about the tournament. The Federation has 18 level 1 cities, split among 5 regions: North, East, South, West and Central. Shrek and Heaven Dou are the only level 2 cities. The East regions have 5 level 1 cities, making up the Heaven Sea League. East Sea city is the 2nd biggest. The tournament is for selecting a team to compete at the Federation’s grand tournament held every 5 years at Shrek for 15 year olds and under. This tournament does not have Shrek competing. Instead, the prize is direct entry into Shrek. For class 0, however, Xie Hou believes they won’t have that chance as the next tournament is next year and they will be 16 years old for the one after that and not eligible. Gu Yue dismisses it, saying age dosen’t matter. Wulin doesn’t care and just eats.
In the afternoon, class 0 gathers to discuss their strategy for Wukong. Xiaoyan is asked to demonstrate her nighttime abilities. They go to the forest at night. Gu Yue creates a golden light in her hand for illumination. Xiaoyan summons her ice staff and speaks a short chant. Starlight from the sky shines down and hits the staff. The remaining members realize it is a mutated spirit. Suddenly, the staff’s light hits Xie Hou, who is disabled by a sudden cold. The starlight surrounds him and turns into binding chains, sealing Xie Hou’s spirit power. Xiaoyan explains that she can borrow the stars’ power at night. The stars possess ice element as well as fate element (the 3-eyed lions from DD2). This fate element can seal spirit power for at least a second, which is already formidable. Any longer depends on the target’s strength.
Class 0 vs Wukong with his first 2 rings begins. Wulin charges forward armed with his claw. Wukong's 2nd skill summons a barrier made of sword rays but he is immediately sealed by Xiaoyan's ice chains. Wulin's claw breaks the barrier but he himself is also repelled. In the meantime, Wukong's 1st skill has nullified the seal, which barely lasts 2 seconds. Wukong thrusts his sword at Wulin, who smiles at him. Sensing something is wrong, Wukong activates Mist Mark again for defense but Gu Yue already appears behind him. She lightly touches his back as an ice-fire combination explodes. Even with his guard, Wukong staggers forward. He erupts his spirit power angrily, pushing class 0 away. Class 0 celebrates their victory as Wukong has used more power than his first 2 rings. Wukong doesn't seem to acknowledge his defeat and asks for the ringleader, which is Wulin. He tells class 0 that the next spar will be at 3-ring level, deflating their excitement. Xie Hou, who has played decoy for the fight, expresses his pain. As Wukong walks away, there's a smile on his face.
Xiaoyan has meshed perfectly with class 0. She's intelligent and good at teamwork. Moreover, her personality is energetic and friendly, unlike Gu Yue who is normally a cool beauty. Her potential is also good. Within a month, she has reached lv18, overtaking Wulin. Wukong announces to class 0 that for the next day, they are going to Heaven Sea city, the biggest city in the region. They are participating in the Heaven Sea League tournament in the junior division for the trio contest. Wulin, Xie Hou and Gu Yue are the main force while Xiaoyan is on bench. Their goal is 1st place. Wukong warns Wulin to also be mindful of his forging tournament.
The next spar with Wukong doesn't go so well for class 0. Moreover, for Wulin, he also has his forging training with Mu Chen. While Wulin has reached a 80% success rate for 2nd-grade thousand forging, Mu Chen is still focusing on his basic as Wulin still lacks spirit power. Once he reaches lv20, it will be time to attempt 1st-grade thousand-forging. Over the last month, busy with training, Wulin barely has had time for completing forging missions. As a result, he is broke after paying his debt to Wukong. Before Wukong dismisses the class, Wulin asks if there is prize money for first place. Wukong replies that there are rewards for reaching the final 16 and higher but the academy will accept it as payment for Wulin's food. Wulin decides to also participate in the single contest with Wukong's permission.
When he returns to the dorm, both Gu Yue and Xie Hou also decide to join. Xie Hou wonders whether Shrek will allow direct entry if they win. Xiaoyan dashes his dream as this tournament is only within the Heaven Sea League. Shrek only holds entrance test every 3 years. Each time, they only take at most a hundred from thousands of candidates. The others now understand Wukong's prowess, who is a Shrek graduate. Class 0 are determined to join Shrek and place their hands on top of each other as a promise. Of course, Gu Yue makes sure to throw Xie Hou's hand away, placing her hand on top of Wulin's and below Xiaoyan's.
Class 0 gathers at the buses that will take them to the tournament. They meet their school's representatives for the senior division, which includes Xiaoyan's brother, Xu Xiaoyu. He warns class 0 not to bully his sister but she snaps back at him to worry about his own team, who are all Spirit Elders. It seems East Sea Academy doesn't have a good track record at the tournament from how the older Xu reacts. Even though East Sea city's economy is good, its fame is poor as it only has a single middle-level academy, which is Wulin's school. That is why class 0 is so heavily invested in. Seeing Wulin, Mu Xi goes to greet him with an ear pinch but her hand is slapped away by Gu Yue. Mu Xi is surprised but then teases about his girlfriend. She asks why they are here and is again surprised they are the representatives for the junior division. Mu Xi herself, a Spirit Elder, is also a representative but for the senior division, also trio contest. Mu Xi doubts if class 0 is going to make it as there are more than 100 teams in each tournament. She cheers Wulin up by inviting him to eat if they pass the 1st round.
Inside the arena, the crowds are cheering excitedly. The tournament also includes machine-fighting contest as well as a power-armor contest. It seems that while the Heaven Sea League is easily the best in term of economy, it ranks low in terms of might, such as numbers and quality of spirit masters, machine masters or armor masters. Class 0 gets on bus number 6. Gu Yue makes sure to kick Xie Hou away and sits next to Wulin. Xiaoyan's brother forcefully sits with her. Xie Hou tries to avoid sitting with Wukong but Wukong forces him to choose between sitting and standing. While the bus is moving, Xu Xiaoyu is looking at Gu Yue and thinking about her. At first, he didn't accept being beaten by her but at time passes, she now sometimes appears in his dreams. Being so young yet so strong, Gu Yue really makes Xiaoyu curious, in various ways.
On the other hands, Xu Xiaoyu is thinking about his future. He wants to be an armor master but the path isn't easy. Not only are power armors expensive, they are hard to manufacture and design. If the user's strength changes, the armor has to be scrapped and begun from scratch. Moreover, it takes precious time away from training one's spirit power. As such, Xiaoyu decides to study machine control in order to be a machine master. A Spirit Machine (like a personal mech) is also powerful as well as allowing many options. In comparison to him, Gu Yue has so much more potential. Inside him, instead of jealousy, a special feeling grows.
Wulin tries to close his eyes and rest but his heart is beating fast. Mu Xi has become a Sprit Elder while he is still stuck at Master. Their team is too outmatched while only the first 16 places can have prizes. Beside him, Gu Yue is resting peacefully. As Wulin looks outside the window and sees the sea, he is reminded of Na Er and their time playing on the beach. Gu Yue suddenly stirs, surprised by Wulin's word. He tell her about his sister and Gu Yue comforts him and hands him some water. After Wulin's done drinking, Gu Yue drinks from the same cup with no hesitation. Under the sunlight, Wulin's surprised by Gu Yue's beauty. She teases him a bit and then asks to sleep on his shoulder. Together, they peacefully nap away the time. After 4 hours, the bus arrives at Heaven Sea city. Xie Hou wakes the 2 up. Wulin happily discovers that he has broken through to level 17 after the nap. Along with Xie Hou, he walks down the bus behind Gu Yue. Seeing her, there is a warmth inside Wulin as she feels so much like Na Er to him.
In this tournament, class 0 is the youngest participants. They are led to their hotel rooms. Xie Hou is fast asleep as he didn't rest thanks to Wukong's coldness Mu Xi arrives at their room and leads Wulin to the blacksmiths' gathering. He is introduced to the others who will also participate in the forging tournament, albeit in different divisions. Cen Yue gives the team some advice and wishes them luck. As Wulin's existence is hidden by Mu Chen, the other members are curious about him. They are surprised when Mu Xi says that Wulin will take the first place. Cen Yue then announces the regulations. For the junior division, the first round is hundred-forging to choose 64 people. The 2nd round allows them to forge freely, scoring the final product. The 3rd round is forging a specific object. The best 8 will receive rewards accordingly. After Cen Yue is done, Mu Xi pats Wulin's head and pinches his cheek, encouraging him. Wulin feels that he'd rather Mu Xi be cold like before.
As Wulin returns to his room, he finds Xie Hou still sleeping like a log. Wulin begins to meditate. In the morning, class 0 is at the arena. It seems there is going to be a exhibition fight with the previous Heaven Sea League's 7-man tournament champions versus Shrek's 7-man team. As they talk, they notice a short fat kid in green tracksuit asking for food in the crowd. Wulin sympathises and hands him some fish and beef jerky, which is gulfed down instantly. The kid thanks him for the delious food. They both introduce themselves. The kid is 10 years old, named Xu La Zhi, nicknamed Little Eating Devil. The 2 big-eaters become fast friends as Wulin introduces La Zhi to the local delicacy. They exchange numbers as Wulin invites La Zhi to go eat. A girl calls out to La Zhi and complains about his gluttony. She also wears a green tracksuit and has a ponytail with a nice appearance. La Zhi calls his sister Xinglan, apologizes but complains he is hungry. Xinglan leads him away but not before warning him about Stranger Danger, such as from Wulin. Wulin is shaken but he decides to leave with his team.
An announcement comes through the loudspeaker. The exhibition fight will begin shortly. It will be Shrek's junior team vs Heaven Sea's senior ex-champions, a huge gap in age. Class 0 is surprised to see Xinglan and La Zhi on the stage. Shrek's team is led by a 15yo while the others are only around 12-13yo. However, the fight ends in 1 minute. La Zhi, 2 yellows, summons some dumplings for his team to eat. Another girl, 2 yellows 1 purple, summons a Seven Treasure Glazed Tile Pagoda to buff her team. The leader roars like a dragon, his arms enlarges. He has 2 yellow, 1 purple and 1 black ring. He summons a storm of thunderbolts covering the arena. A thunder dragon rampages across the field. The Heaven Sea team all faint.
Class 0 analyzes the fight. Shrek team definitely possesses a high level of teamwork. Moreover, some of them also seem to have spirit bones as well as hunted spirit rings, all extremely rare commodities in the current time. Only Gu Yue is not impressed though. She says class 0 will be stronger at their age. Wukong arrives, praising her. He shows his intention for them to compete inside Shrek. He wants them to complete his dream of graduating from the inner school. Wulin is reminded of the name Long Bing. Wukong tells class 0 to go prepare. After he leaves, Xie Hou complains that he doesn't help with their planning. Contests begin the next day. First is Wulin's forging 1st round.
At night, La Zhi sneaks out to meet with Wulin. They go to a seafood restaurant. At first, Wulin only watches La Zhi eat as it is too expensive but La Zhi insists that he does as La Zhi will cover. Someone is going to regret his words. Wulin orders a Blue Flag Golden Swordfish, which surprises the waiter as he wants more than 50kg of it. Wulin also orders 50 sea roses (I think it's some kind of shellfish), 2 dishes of grilled fish-head... etc. La Zhi doesn't lose out much to Wulin in term of speed but he soon gets full. He is impressed that Wulin is still hungry after the mountain of dishes on the table, calling him big bro. Xinglan arrives to drag La Zhi but she is surprised that someone can beat him at eating. Wulin ignores her astonishment and invites her to eat. The 50kg grilled Swordfish also arrives. The manager goes to get sledgehammers for dining instruments but Wulin stops him, using his forging hammer instead. After 2 strikes, the meat is exposed as a mesmerizing smell erupts in the air, making everyone hungry. La Zhi decides to go jogging so he can eat the fish while the now-hungry Xinglan joins the feast.
Wulin offers her the head, the best part of the fish. While she's eating, Xinglan is on guard that Wulin wants to kiss up to her. However, she is dissappointed in a way as Wulin is just wolfing the food down without looking at her. Soon, La Zhi returns and continues eating. The manager is amazed by the sight of 3 kids finishing a 50kg fish. Xinglan is full to the brim. She asks Wulin some questions while he is still eating. Wulin, still only as full as he normally eats, discloses his name as well as secret of eating: there's a dragon inside him. He then changes the topic to Shrek's victory early in the day. Xinglan stands up to leave and tells Wulin to pay, angering him. La Zhi was supposed to pay but he didn't bring any money. Xinglan glares at Wulin and tells him that eating with Shrek students is his honor. Wulin replies that it is indeed his honor and leaves to "pay". He dissappears behind a corner. Oblivious to the situation, Xinglan knocks on La Zhi and tells he is too gluttonous for his own good. As they are Shrek students, they should be on guard against people who have heard of Shrek fame. She is suspicous that Wulin is a spy from Heaven Sea League. Xu La Zhi looks for Wulin but he is nowhere to be found. After some more time, Wulin still hasn't returned. Xinglan sends La Zhi to find him but finds no signs. She also doesn't have any money. The pair attempt dine-and-dash but are stopped by the manager.
On the way back to his hotel, Wulin is in a good mood. He was annoyed that Xinglan forced him to pay, especially when she made herself look like she was doing him a favor, demeaning his pride. Moreso, Xu La Zhi did offer to pay though he didn't know about the gigantic feast. If they didn't want to be friends, Wulin just has to keep his distance. That's why he didn't hesitate on leaving, but he did at least pay 1/3 of the bill. Wulin goes to mediate. He makes sure to put La Zhi in the reject list on his phone.
On the day of the forging competition, Wulin first goes to his guild's gathering. Cen Yue is leading the team, wearing his 6 star medal. Mu Xi's medal is 2 star while Wulin's is 4 star. Wulin was ordered by Mu Chen to hide his medal. The 2 got in conflict with an older disciple, Zheng Shan Ling, who teases Wulin for his age.
They arrive at the competition ground. The first round is hundred-forging using the same metal at Wulin's level 4 trial. To make time for the single-combat competition, Wulin uses his heavy metal hammers with the stacked hammer effect. The judges are first disappointed because his techniques are too loud and unrefined. Moreover, the other smiths except Mu Xi are distracted by Wulin. Wulin finishes in no time which surprises his proctor. On the judge's panel, the elder that complains about Wulin realizes that Wulin is a genius because of his forging rhythmn and asks for his product. The judges evaluate it as high-grade hundred-forging. The elder asks for Wulin's presence but he's already gone to the combat competition.
Wulin meets the Shrek duo at the combat ground, Ye Xinglan and Xu La Zhi. After Wulin ditched them at the restaurant, they were forced to wash dishes as the 2 didn't have any money. Wulin and Xinglan get into a word fight which ends with Wulin coldly leaving and Xinglan registering for the single contest for revenge.
Wulin easily wins the first round as his opponent is too inexperienced. The other members of class 0 also advance. Then it's time for the group contest. Wukong just asks if they are ready and Hengxu gives them a little pep talk. The participants are Wulin, Xie Hou and Xiaoyan; Gu Yue is kept behind as a secret weapon. They meet the Marine Academy in the first round. The fight begins. Class 0 takes the intiative as both Wulin and Xie Hou charge forward with Wulin's Bind skill as cover. The opponents just manage to release their spirits when the BSG reaches them. However, Xie Hou already taps all 3 on the heads as the referree declares the fight is over.
As the trio exits the stage, Xinglan appears and taunts Wulin. Gu Yue comes up and sends the barb right back. Wulin's surprised to hear that Xinglan has temporarily entered an academy just to fight him. He wants to say something but gets dragged away by Gu Yue. The group returns to the hotel, bickering all the way. However, when Xie Hou teases Gu Yue and Wulin as a couple, she suddenly goes quiet and pulls ahead of the rest. At the hotel, Mu Xi pays Wulin a visit. She tells him that he has broken a forging record for the quickest high-grade hundred-forging at 66 seconds. She warns Wulin to be more careful as people would notice him more.
The 2nd day of the forging competition comes. For the 2nd round, the participants can freely choose their own material and goal. Wulin has figured out a plan to make Mu Xi a champion. They have a litte bit of back-and-forth before Mu Xi accepts the proposal. They both choose heavy silver, a difficult metal. Mu Xi is still a little doubtful that Wulin would let her win. At first, she was jealous of Wulin. However, after realizing the difference in their skill, Mu Xi's envy disappears and she comes to realize that Wulin is not that detestable. She realizes that as a senior, she should let Wulin win instead of the other way around. Wulin has to convince her with a deep hug. Elsewhere, Shan Ling is boiling with jealousy.
The 2nd round begins. Wulin's plan is for Mu Xi to synchronize with his rhythm, therefore copying his forging. The old judge, elder Duan, has taken notice of Wulin and Mu Xi and wishes to scout the former for his guild. He has also noticed the strange synchronization. Mu Xi has finally managed to enter deep focus and learn the heavy silver's rhythm. She has reached third rank and completed the heavy silver's second-grade thousand-forging along with Wulin, which surprises the judges and Cen Yue. The judges rush toward the two kids' location though Cen Yue stops them because both Wulin and Mu Xi are in the realization state.
Cen Yue explains to elder Duan a little bit about Wulin and Mu Xi. The elder expresses his desire for the 2 geniuses and leaves with his entourage. Mu Xi awakens after Wulin. She seems surprised with her result and has some complicated emotion toward Wulin for doing what even her father can't: helping her reach rank 3. Mu Xi pets Wulin and they leave together. After hearing that Wulin also registered for the combat contest, she reminds him to focus on forging as his potential is far beyond hers. However, Wulin replies that his spirit's quality is too low and his wish is to become an armored fighter. Mu Xi seems a little bit satisfied that Wulin at least loses to her at something. She sends him away to the single contest.
The rest of class 0 are still waiting for their turn in the contest. It seems that more 3-ring spirit masters are appearing. Xinglan then comes up to Wulin and announces she is his next opponent. Wulin doesn't back down, which earns a small praise from Wukong. Xie Hou is the first to fight. He easily gains a victory. It's Wulin vs Xinglan next. Xu La Zhi begs Xinglan to hold back but she doesn't care. The two clearly show their hostility.
The fight begins. Wulin charges forward as usual and releases his spirit. Xinglan is surprised by the purple ring but she quickly regains her composure by analyzing Wulin's strength. She releases her spirit with 2 yellow rings, a long sword named Xing shen jian (meaning Star Excalibur?) that radiates a starry light. Xinglan synchronizes with her sword, achieving perfect unity (like the sword demon from DD2). As they enter melee range, Wulin thrusts his hands forward to grab Xinglan's shoulder. However, she moves a precise step forward into Wulin's dead zone and slashes at his rib. Wulin has to twist his body strongly and blocks with his dragon arm. The blow explodes on Wulin's arm and knocks him reeling back.
At first sight, it seems Wulin is at a disadvantage. However, Xinglan is surprised that her mental attack imbued inside the sword didn't penetrate Wulin's defense. She activates her first skill and thrusts the sword forward, sending a starry beam at Wulin. Wulin blocks with his BSG. However, the BSG that is covered by the strange light from the beam suddenly escapes Wulin's control, opening up his guard. Wulin takes a step back and attacks with Purple Demon Eye. Xinglan activates her 2nd skill, which creates a mental guard around her. She charges through the weakened BSG and launches another attack. She also performs some perplexing footwork that leaves an after-image, which confuses Wulin. Wulin closes his eyes and uses his forging sense to catch the sword, stopping the assault. Xinglan has to return her spirit to fall back as Wulin mounts another charge with his dragon arm along with the BSG for cover. However, when Xinglan activates her sword again, Wulin loses control of his BSG. Moreover, Xinglan unleashes a rapid storm of sword strikes that shred the BSG guard to pieces. The BSG explodes on contact with the sword. As the sword reaches his body, Wulin realizes this is not a spirit skill but rather a sword technique.
Wulin is thankful that he has sparred with Wukong's Skyfrost sword. Together with the Dragon Claw, Wulin summons the draconic version of BSG and barely resists Xinglan's flurry. However, Xinglan uses her first skill again to break the upgraded BSG's Bind. She repeats her sword storm technique on the defenseless Wulin. Cornered, Wulin suicide charges with the Dragon Claw. Sword strikes rain down on him but are unable to penetrate his defense nor slow him down. As the Claw draws close to Xinglan, she elegantly performs a Matrix dodge into a back flip and thrusts the sword under Wulin's undefended right armpit. Wulin is blasted backward as he is knocked out of Dragon Mode. Suddenly, his body bursts full of bloody holes. The Dragon Mode was keeping the sword's special effect in check. The referree rushes in and declares the fight over.
Xinglan is just down on the ground catching her breath. For her, this is the first time that a victory was so hard-fought. She is also worrying about Wulin as he has lost consciousness and is covered in blood. Wukong gets onto the stage, seals Wulin's wounds then carries him down. The rest of class 0 rush to Wulin's side. Gu Yue is enraged, glaring at Xinglan as she also returns the gesture. Wukong assures them the wounds are only skin-deep. He then teleports away with Wulin. Gu Yue challenges Xinglan to a fight but Xie Hou dissuades her. He convinces her that it would not be a fair fight as Wulin already took a lot out of Xinglan. Gu Yue is calm for now but she decides to forfeit her matches to go to Wulin's side.
At the hotel, Wulin has now awakened. Wukong praises him for his effort and decides to teach him another of Tang Sect's techniques later as Wulin has reached rank 3 in an occupation. However, Wukong tells him to rest for now. Gu Yue is now taking care of Wulin. He assures her that he can participate in the group contest as the Dragon Blood grants him accelerated regeneration. It's still noon but his wound is mostly healed. However, it seems that in return, his metabolism rate is faster than normal. Gu Yue then goes out to get Wulin food. Wukong then helps Wulin reflect on his fight. Wulin originally didn't have a tiny chance. The BSG is lower-leveled and his equalizer, the Dragon Claw, has a high energy cost. Moreover, Purple Demon Eye was nullified. The only reason that Wulin held his own is because Xinglan was impatient. Wulin concludes that he needs a new combat technique.
Night comes and Wulin is almost fully recovered. Class 0 calls him a monster for this. It seems that even without Wulin, the team still managed to win the 2nd round under Gu Yue rage-fueled leadership. Xie Hou is the only one participating in the single contest while Wulin has withdrawn from the forging contest to settle for 2nd place with his 2nd-grade thousand-forging. Mu Xi pays Wulin a visit. She was worried at first but seeing Wulin gorging on food dispels her worry. She keeps her promise to give Wulin the prize money and offers to buy him some food though the previous visitors have already fed Wulin plenty. Mu Xi asks Wulin about his loss and he assures her that his injury is not deliberately inflicted. Just then, Xu La Zhi also visits. He has come to apologize but gets distracted by the food for a moment. La Zhi is surprised that Wulin is still intact but Wulin assures him and even invites him to eat though he first sent Mu Xi away. La Zhi decides to call Wulin his big brother and reveals to him that La Zhi is a food-system spirit master. His spirit is dumpling that can boost recovery, which is fed to Wulin. The effect is good; Wulin is fully healed by the next day. Wukong confirms Wulin's status then leads him away to teach another Tang Sect's technique.
Due to Wulin's peculiar body, Wukong decides to teach him Controlling Crane Catching Dragon which is a very versatile technique. Wukong also reminds Wulin that he has reached the limit of Tang Sect's free trial. If he wants to learn more than 3 techniques, he has to gather contribution points by completing Tang Sect's missions. Wukong then explains about CCCD's effect of boosting attack speed as well as its adaptability. He gives a little demonstration, which is pretty much telekinesis: pull and push. Wukong then gives pointer to Wulin, whom goes into studying meditation until noon.
It's time for the third round of the group contest. 36 teams are split into 4 groups and compete in a round-robin format for the strongest 16. The contest's format will then be a single-elimination tournament. Wulin's team is in group 3. The main force is Wulin, Gu Yue and Xie Hou while Xiaoyan is on bench. However, Xiaoyan reminds the team that the final is held at night. In guestroom 7 of the arena, Wukong is with a white-haired young woman with green eyes full of destruction's breath. She seems to be Xinglan's teacher leading the Shrek team. It seems she approves Xinglan's participation in the single contest because Wukong's students were there. She asks about Wulin and his strange spirit's origin. Even Wukong can't answer it.
Wukong analyzes that Wulin doesn't have a second spirit. The dragon is from Wulin's blood heritage that has nothing to do with spirits. The woman offers to bring him to Shrek for research but Wukong wants his students to go to Shrek with their own strength. The woman thinks Wukong has some sort of grudge against his Shrek teachers but Wukong assures her otherwise. He says that he is a living dead man. He is only living to find a way to revive his lover, Long Bing. The woman smiles and expresses her admiration for Wukong. She is revealed to be named Chen Yi. Wukong tells her about his trip to Heaven Dou city. Chen Yi asks why he doesn't return to Shrek and that his master is deeply upset. Wukong feels guilty. Chen Yi then asks if class 0 is how Wukong's going to repay his master. As Wukong stays silent, Chen Yi tells him to take responsibility for himself.
We return to Wulin's group. Their first opponent is Heaven Sea Academy's B team. Heaven Sea Academy is the strongest of the Heaven Sea League so even their B team is no pushover. As class 0 is confirming their battle plans, elder Duan from the forging contest interrupts. He asks about Wulin's wound and his withdrawal and introduces himself as the Heaven Sea forging guild's Guildmaster. He tries to rope Wulin in with money and rare material, which is vital for spirit forging - the requirement for 5th rank. He even guarantees that Wulin will become a Spirit Emperor. However, Wulin refuses out of loyalty to Mu Chen. Both the elder and class 0 are shocked. Elder Duan then pats Wulin's head and leaves. Xie Hou asks why the money-mad Wulin didn't accept. Wulin says that he's regretful of the deal but he still has Mu Chen and his team to think about.
Elder Duan, full name Duan Xuan, heads to the VIP room. Inside, he is met by Mu Chen who calls him master. Elder Duan's offer was actually a moral test for Wulin. It turns out everything has been elder Duan's scheme. The old man's goal is to have a disciple that can reach Forging God rank. Mu Chen is his secret disciple that has surpassed him but can't go further. Their hope is now on Wulin.
The battle between class 0 and the Heaven Sea team begins. The captain's spirit is a shield with 3 yellow rings. The other 2 spirits are Lightning Wolf and Thunder with 2 yellow rings each. Class 0 starts with their usual tactic: Xie Hou goes to flank, Gu Yue stays behind while Wulin charges with his BSG. Both Shield and Wolf also charge at Wulin while Thunder fires a thunder ball at him. Wulin fires Bind at the Wolf, catches the thunder ball with his claw and hit Shield with the multi-hit hammer. The Wolf breaks free from Bind with his second skill, Thunder Net, and tries to catch Wulin in it. However, one of Wulin's draconic BSG wraps Wolf together with the net. The other 2 attacks are also nullified.
Class 0 begins their counterattack. Wulin hits the Shield with a claw combo, Xie Hou sneak attacks the Wolf with his Light Dragon Storm and Gu Yue summons a water ball on top of the Thunder. The Shield is sent out of the ring, his spirit broken. The Thunder gets shocked by his own electricity, bound by the BSG and trapped by Gu Yue's floating ice shard. The Wolf is protected by the referee, who stops the fight.
Chen Yi is impressed with Wulin's team. She asks Wukong about the dragon claw and praises his teaching. Wukong takes his leave. In another room, Mu Chen and Duan Xuan are astonished by Wulin's combat performance. Duan Xuan thinks that it's not good that Wulin doesn't devote fully to forging but Mu Chen assures him that Wulin's dream is to be an armor master, which requires forging.
Class 0 is reflecting on their fight. They find that most spirit masters in the tournament lack practical combat experience, which class 0 got plenty from Wukong's sparring sessions. Moreover, the Heaven Sea League's spirit masters rely too much on spirit tools compared to other regions'. They only train enough to become a mechanist. According to Xie Hou's father, the spirit masters in the western and central regions focus on being a spirit master first. As a result, they have a better success rate at becoming an armor master.
Class 0 wins their first 4 matches. Their 5th match is against the strongest team in their group, Sea Continent Academy who has also won 4 matches. Class 0 decides to change their strategy for this match. On a side note, Xie Hou tells Wulin he saw their old classmates, Wang Xi and Zhang Yang. It seems they also have a good record in their group.
In guestroom 1, 2 men are talking. The first is Long Zhen Peng, Sea Continent Academy's headmaster. The second is Zhang Huan Tian, Heaven Sea Academy's headmaster. They are negotiating over the Shrek's guaranteed admittance quota assigned to the 2 academies.
The Heaven Sea League are given 120 guaranteed spots to Shrek every year, meaning each city only has 2 or 3 spots at most. Heaven Sea Academy already takes 20 of those spots. The League is also given 5 inner school spots, which only Heaven Sea Academy holds. Zheng Peng is asking Huan Tian about them for his students who are class 0's opponents. Huan Tian wishes to see the match first before making a decision.
Sea Continent team enters the ring. They are all girls, with a pair of twins. The blue-haired twin is Zhu Han U, level 31, Ice Spirit. The green-haired twin is Zhu Tian Er, level 27, Wood Spirit. The blond-haired girl is Wang Dong Ji, level 32, Lightning Sword spirit. The 2 headmasters are also interested in the young class 0. The 2 teams meet in the ring. Han U seems to be cool beauty type while Tian Er is the lively type. The latter teases class 0 and asks them to give up, making them angry. The 3 girls release their spirits. Han U shoots out some ice mist for cover. Tian Er aims her own Bind at Wulin. Wulin summons his BSG over the vine, creating a road to charge at Han U, who summons an ice wall in his path. Wulin easily crushes through the wall to his opponents' surprise, continuing his momentum. Tian Er steps in front of her twin and summons some vines to pull them away. Wulin pursues the twins with his Bind.
On the other side of the ring, Dong Ji and Xie Hou are locked in melee combat. Dong Ji activates her 2nd skill, Silver Snake's Chaotic Dance, an AOE attack that works well against speed-system. However, Xie Hou easily dodges with Perplexing Ghost Steps. Dong Ji then resorts to her third skill. A siver light-ring shoots out from her at the center but Xie Hou also dodges by jumping. With Xie Hou in mid-air, Dong Ji activates her 2nd skill again but Xie Hou deflects it with Light Dragon Storm and taunts her. It seems Xie Hou's role this time is to tie Dong Ji up.
Wulin however is having trouble fighting Tian Er as her spirit dominates his BSG, making him lose control. While Tian Er is taunting Wulin, Han U summons some giant icicles from the ground with her first skill to trap him. Wulin is unable to break through this ice prison. Moreover, its freezing effect is super effective against him. It seems Han U is still holding back as the icicles can easily impale him instead of just trapping. Wulin summons BSG to escape but more ice spikes come out from above, completing the prison. This is Han U's Dual Control technique, demonstrating her high Soul Force level. Wulin decides to stop holding back. He calls for Gu Yue, returns his BSG and enters Dragon Mode. His claw easily turns the ice wall to dust. Gu Yue shoots a giant wind-fireball at the twins. Han U stops the ball with a giant icicle while Tian Er tries to trap Wulin with her vines boosted with her support 2nd skill, Wood Spirit. Under Wood Spirit's effect, Wulin's BSG is unable to attack Tian Er. Wulin exits his Dragon Mode due to the high energy drain and uses the BSG to escape to the air instead. Tian Er gives chase. Wulin uses Gu Yue's mid-air ice platform to change his direction toward Han U with his reactivated claw. Additionally, Gu Yue conjures 7 fireballs surrounding Wulin while keeping Han U busy. In response, Han U is forced to use her thousand-year 3rd skill, Ice Spirit. She summons a huge ice wall which stops Wulin in his track. She summons more giant icicles, fires them at Gu Yue and hits a palm at the wall. The wall explodes, sending Wulin flying, panicking Xie Hou and angering Gu Yue. Gu Yue teleports to Wulin's side, dodging the icicles.
Gu Yue smiles with murderous intent. She activates both her 1st and 2nd skills, summoning streams of fire and wind surrounding her body. The streams turn into a large dragon, demonstrating Gu Yue's mastery of Elemental Governing Heart, something not even the twins are capable of. Both Han U and Tian Er panic. They bring out their trump card, fusion. Everyone in the arena is shocked, first by Gu Yue's Elemental Governing Heart and then the twins' fusion. Huan Tian is finally convinced by Zheng Peng. On the other hand, Zheng Peng is astounded by class 0's prowess.
Gu Yue's dual-element dragon is dissipated by the fusion, exhausting her spirit power. The twins fuse into a giant tree made from snowflakes. Dong Ji stops her fight with Xie Hou and tells him to run with her. The referee tries to interfere. Wukong and the 2 headmasters also rush out from their rooms but they are all too late. Fusion skill, Ice Snow Governing Forest activates. Inside the ring, a forest of icicles impale everything in its vicinity. Gu Yue is shocked and immobilized. Suddenly, she is lifted up by Wulin. Wulin's body is pierced by the trees but he still doesn't let any touch Gu Yue, smiling at her. Moments before, he used the dragon claw to clear his way toward Gu Yue in order to save her. Gu Yue screams, summoning all 6 of her elements and concentrating them around her. Wulin shouts to stop her. She seems to notice it and hugs him and they both disappear inside the forest.
Wukong and the 2 headmasters arrive on the stage after the fusion skill has weakened. The Zhu sisters are knocked out of the fusion state and are exhausted. Zheng Peng goes to reprimand and check on them, whom are regretting the fusion. Wukong is now mad at the Zheng Peng for not teaching his disciples well but is dismissed by the headmaster. Wukong summons his spirit and attacks. 9 large swords appear and fall down on Zheng Peng. Zheng Peng also summons his spirit, Thunder Eagle, and blocks the swords with a thunder ball. While they are both Spirit Emperor, Zheng Peng is clearly overpowered. He tries to escape to the air. Below the stage, Gu Yue is hugging Wulin, who is full of bloody holes. She summons a light cocoon to envelop both of them.
Huan Tian appears as a Giant Dragon to help Zheng Peng block the swords. 9 explosions erupt. Wukong is standing unscathed while the 2 headmasters are severely weakened. Huan Tian angrily shouts at Wukong but he is not standing down. In the audience, La Zhi and Xinglan are worried about class 0. Xinglan is especially touched by Wulin saving Gu Yue. Wukong goes to check on his students. He is perplexed by the cocoon but calms down after confirming 2 life signs in it. An armored division appears from the sky coming to the 2 headmasters' aid, surrounding Wukong with their cannons aimed. The division consists of 20 machines: 1 purple, 4 yellow and 15 white. In her guest room, Chen Yi sighs. She knows Wukong is gonna go berserk but is excited by the prospect. He summons his power armor, Tian Bing. He shines blindingly then disappears into mid-air. Wukong reveals himself as an armor master. His rank is 2-word, with strength equals to a Spirit Douluo. On a side-note, 1-word equals to Spirit Saint, 3-word is Titled Douluo, 4-word is Limit Douluo. Wukong's armor is named after his lover and is not something he uses easily. He declares vengeance upon Zheng Peng. He prepares to attack. Suddenly, Chen Yi, also in her power armor, appears to interfere. She tries to calm him down. However, she is surprised by Wukong's sudden rank-up to Spirit Saint and congratulates him. Chen Yi then checks on the cocoon, telling Wukong that Wulin's wounds some how have all regenerated thanks to Gu Yue sacrificing her life force. She assures him that they are both fine. The 2 armor masters teleport away with the 2 wounded children. Somewhere else, Mu Chen and Duan Xuan are watching the scene. Mu Chen is impressed with Wukong as he just about interfered himself. He goes to check on Wulin while Duan Xuan is impressed with Wukong's status.
After 3 days, the 2 children are still unconscious. Wukong is at their bedside while Chen Yi has already returned to Shrek. Before she left, she told Wukong that they would be fine but need some rest. On the other hand, the Heaven Sea League officially decides not to press charge against Wukong but they are not going to apologize either. For the tournament, class 0 has forfeited. They finished at 16th place but East Sea Academy is satisfied. However, class 0's existence is erased from thereon. After some time, Gu Yue awakens. She calls for Wulin's name and tells Wukong that Wulin is too tired from all his responsibilities. Wukong considers adjusting Wulin's workload. He decides to get cooperation from Mu Chen.
3 years later, at East Sea industrial complex, Wulin and Xie Hou are running toward the Tang Corporation HQ. They have grown taller, standing at over 1m7. A man called uncle Cao welcomes them in for the 2 to redeem their contribution points. Their identities are identified by a machine. Wulin is an outer sect rank 4 executive, spirit power level 28 with 7863 contributions point, all from forging. Xie Hou is an outer sect rank 3 executive, spirit power level 33 with 1554 contribution points from intel and resource gathering. Tang Sect is now divided into 2 tiers. The outer sect is represented by the Tang Ltd. with members called executives. Level 4 is equal to a supervisor while level 5 is equal to a branch manager. The inner sect consists of the original 4 Halls together with the Enforcer Hall and Elder Hall. Only executives of rank 7 or above are eligible for a promotion test into the inner sect. Wukong after ranking up to Spirit Saint has been promoted to the inner sect.
In the meantime, Wulin turns in his mission, 3 pieces of 1st grade thousand-forging ore, gaining 600 points. He trades in points for the 2 ingredients for his 2nd awakening, the 3900 point thousand-year Land Dragon Tendon and 4500 point Sea Dragon Marrow, leaving him with a measly 63 points. Now he only needs 1 more: the Green-something-Root. Wulin is then promoted to level 5 executive after reaching a total of 15000 contribution points, giving him access to more Tang Sect missions. Xie Hou turns in his missions and gains around a hundred points. It seems Xiaoyan has also joined Tang Sect. She is a level 3 executive but has neglected her missions recently as she has reached the bottleneck before level 30. The 2 then return to East Sea Academy.
It seems Wukong has decided to take class 0 to Shrek's entrance exam. He negotiated with the headmaster for his and class 0's release, promising that they will return to promote the academy after graduation.
Wukong announces to class 0 their final exam: surviving the basic level Spirit Ascension Chamber in its riot stage for 24 hours. Gu Yue, who has enlisted with the Pagoda, leads the group to the Chamber. In the past 3 years, Gu Yue spent most of her time at the Pagoda. Class 0 doesn't know about her job and this has created some distance among them as the others are all Tang Sect members. For Wulin, after he was wounded, Gu Yue actively distanced herself from him. On another note, Xiaoyan is near a rank-up. Gu Yue will personally help her pick a new familiar.
They enter the Pagoda Tower. It seems that Gu Yue is well-respected among the staff. It has been a long time since class 0 entered to the basic level Chamber after they were banned for staying until the 7th day. Now, even the middle level Chamber is not much of a challenge though the Pagoda limits them to only 3 days. However, the riot stage is an entirely different beast. Inside the simulation, class 0 moves slowly with thorough scouting by Wulin's BSG and 2nd level Purple Demon Eyes. Among class 0, Gu Yue's Soul Force level reached 500 one year ago, breaking into the Spirit Sea level. Wulin is currently at 499 points while Xie Hou is at 200.
After a while, Wulin exclaims that it is too silent. Gu Yue sends out her Wind Birds for scouting. There is a group of around 15 Fire Lions to their left. Wulin wants to avoid them but the rest convince him to wait until nightfall and fight. They patiently stalk the lions. However, another spirit master group engages the beasts. Wulun decides to wait for them to fight it out and circles around the battlefield. The other group consists of 7 Spirit Elders but they are slowly whittled down by the lions who have 4 thousand-years, with one particularly big leader. When only the captain of the group is left standing, class 0 moves in for the kill. The BSG traps and impales the lions, leaving them open for the captain to smash their heads with his spirit, a staff. Wulin goes directly for the lion king, stabbing it through the skull with his claw. The other lions go berserk but they are stunned by Gu Yue's snowstorm. She summons an ice spike-bomb and explodes it, impaling the skulls of some of the lions. The rest are trapped by Xiaoyan's star array and Wulin's BSG, allowing the captain to smash their heads. As he relaxes because of the reinforcement, Xie Hou suddenly backstabs him with Shadow Dragon Cloak, sending the captain out. Class 0 enjoys the spoils of victory all by themselves. They rest for the time being.
Wulin's new skill for his BSG is called BS Thrusting Array, which he used to trap and stun the lions. Its range is the length of his BSG with a 15m-radius AOE. According to Wukong's guidance, Wulin's BSG follows the control-system path. Xiaoyan's star array is her 2nd skill, called Starlight Return, which has a confusion effect. The spirit power cost is very high though.
Suddenly, something cries out. A red ape with long arms is heading toward Gu Yue. Wulin binds and pulls it toward him but its arms lash at him from above. Wulin blocks and kicks the ape dead. It was a hundred-year beast killed in seconds. Class 0 continues moving while fighting various beasts. It is now the end of the first day. The group stops for rest until noon of the next day to finish the test then explore deeper into the forest. At near noon, Gu Yue casts a speed buff on the group and they begins moving with the BSG and Wind Birds for scouting. After some time, they are now near the barrier to the middle-level Chamber. Wulin detects the presence of a Fear Claw Bear. Xie Hou wants to retreat but Wulin insists on an engagement for revenge. Class 0 stops moving as Gu Yue shoots a fireball at a bush. A 3 meter tall Fear Claw Bear appears and crushes the fireball with ease.
Wulin and Xie Hou charge at the bear. Xiaoyan shoots her first skill, an ice moon, at the bear's head while Gu Yue prepares her element. The ice moon barely has any effect, only coating the bear's fur with mist. Its claw lashes out, meeting with Wulin's. Wulin is pushed backward but still standing unlike 3 years ago. Wulin's claw is undamaged but consumes more energy than usual while the bear's claw has some holes in it. It roars angrily and activates a strange dark yellow aura. The aura nullifies Gu Yue's rain of fireballs. Xie Hou has now gotten behind the bear. He summons 2 clones with his 3rd skill and they all attack the claw again. However, it has little effect as Xie Hou is sent flying and the clones are destroyed. Xiaoyan's 2nd skill, Ice Polearm, also lands on the bear's head with no effect. The bear possesses monstrous defense.
Gu Yue asks the team to buy her time while she prepares her 3rd skill, Element Fusion, with 7 rays of light enveloping her. At the moment, the bear is targeting Wulin for damaging its claw. Wulin activates BSG Thrusting Array. The bear is unsteadied for a moment but its claw easily clears off the BSG. Wulin dodges a couple times into mid-air with a strand of BSG and summons his draconic BSG to knock the bear down. From the air, Wulin swoops down as the 2 claws meet again. The bear's claw is overpowered and knocked aside. Wulin roundhouse kicks its head, spinning its neck to 1 side. He then wraps a BSG around the bear's neck, flips behind its back and judo throws it face-down to the ground. Wulin then climbs onto its back and digs his claw into the back of the neck but is blocked by the yellow aura, only tearing off a small piece of flesh. The bear throws him into the air and attacks with its claw. Wulin is helpless in the air but Xie Hou suddenly appears in front of him and takes the blow, exiting the simulation but not before telling Wulin to fight on. Wulin swings through the air with his BSG and dodges the bear's attacks while Xiaoyan occasionally supports him with an Ice Polearm. Finally, Gu Yue gives the signal. Wulin's Thrusting Array temporarily stops the bear's movement as he swings on top of it. Gu Yue, bleeding from her mouth, unleashes 4 elemental rays that chain the bear in place. While it only lasts for a fraction of second, the bear is unable to break out as Wulin lands his claw on top of its skull. The bear resists for a moment, destroying the chains as Gu Yue faints from the backlash. Wulin finally crushes its head with the Dragon Claw's special effect: destruction.
The bear dissappears without leaving any spirit power behind. However, it drops a Spirit Bone: an external type, right claw. Gu Yue explains that the bear was a guardian for the barrier separating the Chamber's basic level and middle level. It is created from a Spirit Bone to ensure its strength. The Spirit Bone cannot be taken out of the Chamber but it can be absorbed inside. The girls convince Wulin to absorb it. Its effect is increasing power by 20%. Gu Yue tells Wulin to check for a skill.
After merging with the claw spirit bone, Wulin tests it out by summoning his Dragon Claw. The Claw extends into a 3m sword though it eats up 1/3 of Wulin’ spirit power. Suddenly, a thousand-year Great Land Dragon appears and attacks the group. Xiaoyan activates her 1st skill, Star Chains and traps it, allowing Wulin to test out the claw’s power. The claw goes smoothly through the dragon like butter and turns it into fragments. On closer inspection, the claw’s edge also possesses a scaly pattern, though not the same as the BSG.
Wulin also finds out that if he infused the claw with 2/3 of his spirit power, it extends to 5m, meaning that the sword’s size will grow with his strength. He decides to name the sword Golden Dragon Great (Fear) Claw. The team then agrees to stop for the day and press the escape button. Immediately after they disappear, somewhere deep inside the forest, a pair of green eyes open as a terrifying qi floods the forest.
After the team returns to reality, they go to check on Xie Hou, who is now shaking uncontrollably while Wukong helps stabilize him. Xie Hou is glad that Wulin’s group managed to kill the bear, as the shadow on his heart can now disappear. Wulin then explains that he also got a spirit bone, which Xie Hou claims that Wulin owes him for. The girls bicker with Xie Hou, though he quickly states that he wants Wulin to pay him back in the future by forging Xie Hou’s power armor. Wulin gladly agrees as what are friends for. Wukong then announces they all pass the final exam.
Somewhere else, in a dark room full of dark qi, a girl in a purple dress sits on a throne. She has silver hair that touches the ground, and a pair of eyes that seem to emit purple light. A dark shadow appears before her and reports to his master that they are fully integrated. He also has a full report of intel for the girl to inspect. Suddenly, a silver claw appears on top of the man and grabs his head. The man shakes intensely for a bit and then goes limp.
The focus then returns to Wulin’s group. They are now on a train to Shrek Academy. Wulin experiences a flashback to Mu Chen. Mu Chen advised him to continue his forging training even at Shrek as he would easily achieve spirit forging once he break through lv 30. In the past 3 years, Wulin has achieved a 100% success rate for 1st grade thousand-forging. A normal smith only needs a 30% rate for a fair chance at reaching spirit forging. Even Mu Chen only possessed a 50% rate when he broke through. Mu Chen then told Wulin if he passes Shrek’s entrance test, Mu Chen would arrange for Wulin’s continued study.
Mu Xi, who is now 17, has also reached forging rank 4 after experiencing synchronized forging with Wulin. Although recently, after she found out about Wulin’s Shrek test, she began to avoid him. Wulin then decided to ask Ouyang Zi Xin for help, who helped him sneak into the girl’s dorm. They talked a little bit about Wulin’s Shrek test. Wulin suddenly confessed but Zi Xin gently let him down by saying she “likes him too”. However, she is secretly impressed by him though believes that the age gap is too much. After letting him into Mu Xi’s room, Zi Xin had some tears on her eyes.
Mu Xi was surprised by Wulin’s arrival. She told him she didn’t want to see him and that he should go away before someone notices. Wulin expresseed his thanks for the past 3 years and said his farewell. After Wulin left, we have a little bit of Mu Xi’s monologue. She revealed that after she began to do synchronized forging with Wulin, her progress greatly sped up. She discovered that in her heart, Wulin has gone from a small boy to a little man who can protect and care for her. After Wulin stated his intention to go to Shrek, Mu Xi has tried to convince her father to make him stay to no avail. She realized that their path has now diverged, as Wulin is so much younger and possesses far more potential. She broke out crying for her first heart break.
We return to the present. On the train, Wulin reminisced about his parents. For him, his goals in going to Shrek are first getting stronger and then finding his parents. As Shrek is the biggest town on the continent. Wulin’s dad’s job is bound to take him there. The third and more urgent goal is finding the last ingredient for his second evolution: the thousand-year green-something-root.
The train arrives at Shrek. Class 0 is impressed with Shrek’s grandeur. We have a little piece of trivia about the Spirit Pagoda. In the Federation, the law states that no building can be higher than the pagoda’s HQ. Moreover, the Pagoda also possesses 7 of the 108 seats of the Government by law. More description of Shrek city follows.
Wukong then leads the group to a hotel. At the hotel, the girls are put into 1 room, the boys in another and Wukong has 1 for himself. Xie Hou quickly falls asleep while Wulin goes to see Wukong about the auction for the thousand-year root. While Wukong expresses some doubt because the Shrek exam is close and the fusion process may take too long, he decides to go with Wulin’s wish as the boy should be responsible for himself. They go to the auction house via taxi and Wukong reveals that he possesses a VIP card, which allows him instant purchase of anything. The asking price for the fruit is 6 million while the starting auction price is only 3 million. Wulin, being a cheapskate, decides to test his luck at the auction in 3 days. Of course, as how thing goes, he ends up purchasing it at 7.3 million. The 6 million price was in consideration of Wukong’s status, who then remarks that Wulin should be responsible for himself.
The two return to the hotel. Wulin then begins to prepare the ritual, all the while regretting his decision. Wukong asks how long it would take and Wulin realizes his mistake is getting bigger. He ask Wukong about his current chance at Shrek, who states that it is “very low”. Wulin asks why Wukong did not stop him 3 days ago if he knows that and got promply retorted that the boy should be responsible for himself. Wukong is just salting the wound in this chapter. Wulin then goes what the hell and begins the ritual anyway. Old Tang appears and tells Wulin to mix the ingredient into a tub of hot water, then dip his body in it. Wukong is skeptical as absorbing the medicine by skin is the most money-wasteful method, which make Wulin’s face twitch even more.
Wukong then helps Wulin mix the medicine and oversees his progress. The fusion seems to be less intense this time. Wulin’s body turn red from the head and a small trident crest appears on his forehead. The pattern on Wulin's right arm also becomes clearer. His body begins to produce a strange sound as a golden qi escapes from his mouth and nose.
After 3 days, Wulin is still in meditation but the exam is near. Wukong decides to go see Chen Yi to see if he can take it later. Chen Yi says that the Shrek Academy is very strict on rules so it is not possible. The rest of class 0 decides to abstain from the test in protest, which earns a sigh and admiration for Wukong’s teachings from Chen Yi. Wukong decides to go for his last resort and asks Chen Yi to take him to the academy to meet his master and accept his punishment.
Chen Yi then brings Wukong back to Shrek academy via a visitor’s pass meant for Gu Yue. At the academy, Wukong is lost in his own world while Chen Yi reminisces about the young Wukong. She bumps into Wukong’s back as he suddenly stops to ask her where to find their master. Hearing Chen Yi's complaint, Wukong is reminded of the old days when the two of them were just carefree students. He reflects that a decade has changed many things.
Wukong gives Chen Yi a pat on the head, which makes her bursts into tears and asks him if he'll remain her school brother. Wukong dodges the question and drags Chen Yi away. They head for the inner school. In front of the gate, Wukong asks Chen Yi to stop calling him school brother for fear of collateral punishment. He then kow tows in front of the inner school's name sign as Chen Yi goes to find the master. Wukong reflects more on the past: he has been gone for 13 years and regrets his mistakes that wronged Bing-er and his master. Now, he aims to fulfill Bing-er's wish. A while later, Chen Yi returns and reports that the master doesn't want to see Wukong but says that he should be left to kneel. Wukong is glad because he knows master has not totally ignored him and continues to kowtow. Chen Yi remarks that the master was happy that Wukong returned but he's got an image to uphold. The focus goes back to the hotel. The rest of class 0 wonders why Wukong is gone for so long and goes to check on Wulin. When they discover he is naked inside a tub, Xie Hou chases the embarrased girls out back to the living room. They talk about their decision to abstain from Shrek's exam. Xie Hou's anxiety about missing the test disappears as morning comes - it is now too late to get to Shrek as there is only 1 hour left until the exam. Gu Yue suddenlys says to Xie Hou that she won't laugh at him after this. The girls tease him some more.
Chen Yi arrives at the hotel just as Xie Hou is about to go buy breakfast. She tells class 0 Wukong's location and announce they are given another chance at the exam, though it will be more difficult. The group now only has to wait for Wulin to wake up to take the test. Inside the bathroom, Wulin awakens inside his mental world. Old Tang congratulates him and says that the 2nd time is easier because of Wulin's strengthened body, his Mysterious Heaven cultivation and the quality ingredients. Old Tang says that this breakthrough will bring Wulin a good surprise. However, there is bad news: Wulin must break the third seal by age 16. Moreover, for every seal he breaks, the time until the next one is shortened by 3 months. Once Wulin breaks through 9, the time limit will be 1 year for each seal. Old Tang warns Wulin to be careful and keep up his training. The next list of ingredients then appears inside Wulin's head. Luckily, there's no dozen-thousand-years.
Wulin returns to reality and goes out to the living room. He is surprised to see his team and Chen Yi there. Xie Hou explains the situation and asks Wulin about his well-being. It seems that Wulin is still at lv28 as the Dragon doesn't affect his spirit power much. However, his physical strength has risen by 1/3rd. Chen Yi then rushes the group out to her car for the exam. While Chen Yi is retrieving her car, the starving Wulin asks Xie Hou for food. Right on cue, Gu Yue hands him 3 dumplings and some soysauce, which are quickly devoured. Chen Yi finally arrives with her car. Xie Hou tries to get in the back but is grudgingly forced into shotgun by Gu Yue, who claims the middle seat next to Wulin. In the car, she hands Wulin a box of juice and lightly smiles at him. Wulin feels warm inside as the two lean on each other's arm and peacefully enjoy the ride. The car quickly heads for Shrek academy's back door. On the way, Chen Yi explains to class 0 the condition for their acceptance is that they have to pass the normal exam without rest. Moreover, if they are accepted, they have to work part-time for the school. Wulin is glad that he doesn't have to pay money while Xie Hou wonders what the job is.
On arrival, Chen Yi leads class 0 inside the Shrek Hall, which contains the historial records of the academy. They finally stop at a large lounge when class 0 catches sight of a painting of a black dragon. The painting emits a huge amount of pressure that forces Xiaoyan and Xie Hou to their knees, while Gu Yue is slightly shaking in fear. Wulin is mostly unaffected thanks to his dragon blood. Moreover, the blood's influence helps the others slowly regain themselves. Noticing that Chen Yi has disappeared, Wulin realizes the test has begun. He summons the dragon's power to protect his friends with his aura. This time, the scales spreads to most of Wulin's right side, covering the right half of his chest, back and even neck.
Wulin's dragon qi easily suppresses the black dragon's. Behind a pillar, Chen Yi is with an old man in green attire. They are both impressed by Wulin as it has been a long time since the painting was suppressed. The painting was drawn by an artistic Title Douluo who infused it with the number 1 Great Beast's blood. The first test is measuring soul force. Wulin gets a 10 while the others get 8. It seems they only need a 6 average to pass the exam. Class 0 is then led to another room. This time, the painting is of a black sky as darkness suddenly engulfs. They are now transported to a savannah where a spirit beast appears. It's a three-thousand-year Giant Land Demon Rhino. Class 0 quickly gets into formation. Wulin charges forward while Xie Hou gets to the flank. Gu Yue uses Earth element to turn the ground into swamp. The Rhino reacts by also charging at Wulin.
As the Land Rhino charges at Wulin, Blue Silver Thrusting Array erupts from the ground beneath it. It's armor is too strong, but still gets momentarily stunned. As Wulin attacks it, it retaliates, connecting with Wulin's right hand and sending him flying. While in the air, Wulin winds BSG around it's neck, and pulls himself back towards it. Xie Hou uses Light Dragon Storm to attack, but cannot penetrate the defenses. It distracts the rhino, and it uses one of it's abilities - War Stomp - which sends a wave out 50m, but Wulin pulls Xie Hou back with BSG. Wulin brings out his Golden Dragon Talon to attack, but is distracted when his blood boils and a golden ring appears instead of his twin purple rings. Missing the chance to attack, Wulin is knocked back again. Gu Yue shouts to be careful, but the Rhino's next skill causes earth spikes to leap out of the ground to impale Wulin. Wulin's defence its too strong, and the spikes cannot penetrate him, but it wakes him up. Xie Hou uses his shadow dragon dagger to create a series of invisible clones which attack the Rhino's eyes causing it to close them and defend, with Xu Xiaoyan using her Star Wheel Chains to temporarily lock the rhino down.
Gu Yue retracts her spirit as the fight is over. From above, Wulin easily crashes through the Rhino's skull with the Dragon Claw. It seems the effect of the golden ring is boosting Dragon Mode's strength as well as reducing its cost. The skill is called Golden Dragon Body. Class 0 now returns to reality. Chen Yi didn't expect the team to kill the beast as the goal is survival. She scores Gu Yue 8 for non-participation and everyone else 10. On the contrary, only Gu Yue is at full strength; Xiaoyan only has less than 2/3 spirit power. The group moves to the next test: improvisation. The obstacles are 6 gates equipped with descending guillotine blades. Each participant has 30 seconds to get through. Every 3 seconds early are 1 extra point. Every 3 seconds late are 1 negative point.
They are given 60 seconds to prepare, and so Gu Yue tests the force of the guillotines using her ice - 3,000kg effective weight while dropping. She determines that she can hold it up long enough to protect one person - Xu Xiaoyan. Xie Hou is able to get through on his own easily, so Gu Yue jumps on Wulin's back, surprising Wulin. As the time starts, Xie Hou passes through and Gu Yue makes a stone pillar, but the weight shatters it before Xiaoyan can pass. Wulin manifests his Golden Dragon Talon, and catches the guillotine easily. He then tosses it back up, and they can all pass. Chen Yi is stunned, she expected the 3 ton guillotine to wreak carnage on Wulin here, and narrowed her eyes, but this scene was incredible. The trial was supposed to test courage, as even the strong would be terrified of death here with almost half of the candidates failing, but these monsters showed none of that. After 14 seconds in the same manner, they had passed all 6 blades.
Class 0 passes with perfect score and minimum exertion. Gu Yue refuses to get off Wulin's back, daydreaming about him inside the bathroom. The team moves on to the next test, specializations. They have to demonstrate a speciality, such as speed in Xie Hou's case. Chen Yi returns with the judges, 2 middle-aged and an old matron, while class 0 is waiting in meditation. Xie Hou goes first. He demonstrates his purple 3rd spirit ring: Shadow Clone. The judges are impressed as the clones are tangible duplicates.
The old woman judges that Xie Hou has a good performance. However, he lacks control: his mastery of Ghost Step and soul force is poor. Xiaoyan goes next. She explains that her full power only works during night. The judges agree to let her pass because they know about her background. Then it is Wulin's turn to demonstrate his power. He activates Golden Dragon Body and the golden ring appears. The judges are surprised as the only occurences of golden rings in the past have been Tang San's 1,000,000 year demon whale and Yuhao's 1,000,000 year heavenly ice silkworm.
Seeing the gold ring, the eldest asks Wulin to explain, as the power seems calmer like it's from his blood instead of his spirit. Wulin answers that he doesn't know why, but that it is his blood. He shows his new ability, with the eldest stunned asking if it was Golden Dragon blood, knowing the ability as Golden Dragon Body. She then has Wulin show his power by attacking her. Not wanting to injure her, he punches, but she easily deflects it and tells him that it was pathetic. Mustering his power he punches again, with enough force to create a small explosion, and it was easily blocked. Again she says it was pathetic, so he punches once more, with Golden Dragon Talon in full effect. The elder responds by meeting his punch with an attack, sending Wulin flying and crashing into the wall, and the rest of the Shrek elders are stunned. Wulin is fine, and starts to meditate as he has just used most of his soul force and is hungry, so it is Gu Yue's turn. She starts by condensing earth power into a 7 petal flower on her hand, which is good control for an element user, and then accelerates it up a step.
Gu Yue adds water element, and constructs the same flower with it but with one less petal. This is already impressive, but she then adds wind power with 5 petals, stunning them. As if that weren't enough, she adds fire element with 4 petals, and is obviously exerting a lot as she is sweating. She then draws in some light element, before sending it to the eldest using space element. Chen Yi shouts to watch out, but the eldest quickly resolves it as it could detonate, bringing out her spirit rings showing 4 purple 4 black and 1 red. The old lady exempts Gu Yue from the remaining tests and grants her inner school student status.
The elder (named Cai Yue Er, titled Silver Moon Douluo), asks Gu Yue to be her disciple, but Gu Yue refuses. She is being stubborn and angry, because Cai hurt Wulin. He's not injured and tells Gu Yue this is a good opportunity, but Gu Yue says to Cai that she will only go if all of them are in the inner court. Elder Cai furiously leaves the room with Chen Yi chasing. After a while, Chen Yi returns, and angrily points at Gu Yue and tells them they have all scored 0. The next test is for their secondary career, but when they walk in, Cai is behind the desk as their examiner and immediately tells them they scored 0, with Wulin holding Gu Yue back to prevent her from saying anymore in anger. Any more than this could damage Shrek's reputation, so Cai tells them that the remaining tests will be completed normally, and if they can somehow still pass they will enter the outer courtyard. There are only 5 more tests, and they need a total score of at least 60 to pass!
As Cai leaves, no one sees that she is actually smiling, apparently a bit satisfied with these 4 kids. The 6th test is Wulin's specialty, dumpling eating. Each member needs to finish 35 out of 50 dumplings within 30 minutes for a perfect score, but after Xie Hou asks if it is possible for one person to eat enough for multiple people to pass. This is supposed to be an endurance test. The judges watch on in disbelief as Wulin wolfs down enough buns for all 4 of them by 28 minutes, but keeps eating until time runs out. He then wraps the leftover as he's still hungry. Somewhere else, elder Cai is astonished to hear that class 0 got perfect score from just Wulin eating the food, not to mention packing the rest to eat later.
Elder Cai's face is a little strange, and murmurs that it seems she doesn't need to secretly give them extra points. The first test was mental strength, 2nd combat capacity, 3rd courage, 4th talent, 5th 2nd career, 6th willpower, and 7th endurance. Inside the test room, there are still a lot of other candidates attempting it. There are 3 parts, 10km run, 1,000 50kg squats, and 1,000 pullups. Within an hour, they get full points, losing 1 for every 10 minutes extra, but completing all 3 will give them 6 points minimum, which is why many people are still taking the test in order to make up the points they may miss elsewhere. Chen Yi tells them that they need a score of 60/100 to pass overall, with them only able to get a maximum of 80 now. If they only complete the first endurance test, they will only get 2 points out of 10. Calculating, Wulin tells Gu Yue and Xiaoyan to only complete the running portion so they can save their strength for the next tests, knowing they will never finish the squats and pullups. Wulin and Xie Hou finished the running portion within 10 minutes, then continue on. In the end, Wulin took 30 minutes for all 3, Xie Hou 45 minutes, but Gu Yue and Xiaoyan only completed the run within 20 minutes. After the 7th test, Wulin has 50 points - a perfect score given their handicap, Xie Hou 48, Gu Yue 38, Xiaoyan 40. The 8th test is 1 on 1 battles against Shrek students, with them able to pick their opponent out of the 10 arranged in front of them.
They have 10 minutes to determine who they fight, and must either win or last a certain amount of time to succeed. In order, they plan to fight Wulin, Xie Hou, Gu Yue and then Xiaoyan, with each stalling as long as possible so that Xiaoyan can use her full power in the evening. So after some time to pick their opponent, Wulin is against an agility-type spirit master, and older girl, who reveals her spirit to be snow leopard with YYP rings. With only using his BSG, Wulin continually evades her and runs away, with her showing abilities of a control spirit master based on her ice element. The Shrek students here are rewarded based on how quickly they win each fight, so she is trying to end it swiftly while Wulin is just running. The Shrek girl decides to end thing quickly with her third skill, Snow Leopard Claw. In return, Wulin activates his 2nd skill, BSG Array, for defense. The claw easily rips through the BSG and sends Wulin flying though its power is completely nullified by Wulin's BSG and dragon scale. The Shrek girl is surprised that Wulin is unharmed. She turns into a leopard and charges while Wulin activates the BSG Array again. The leopard is repelled by the BSG but the Shrek girl cancels the transformation and charges at Wulin for a surprise attack. However, Wulin has anticipated her strategy. He quickly backsteps and directs the remaining BSG to trap the girl though she also dodges. The Shrek student now realizes that Wulin is playing for time. Both of them switch to their first skill for a battle of attrition.
10 minutes have passed, which is the minimum for passing. Wulin's spirit power is running low. As wood element is weak against the cold, Wulin is just barely hanging on with Mysterious Heaven's regeneration. The Shrek girl is no better; she only has 30% spirit power left. Even more time passes until the girl gets impatient and launches a final attack. They are now at the 25 minute mark, which would give Wulin 9 points. The snow leopard lunges at Wulin and attacks his shoulder, with Wulin just smiling. He brings out his golden dragon scales dispelling the effect of the cold, and is at full strength after all the dumplings in the previous test. The dragon's strength easily stops the leopard's attack as Wulin shocks her with his Purple Demon Eye. The mental attack disorients the Shrek student, and Wulin pinches an artery on her neck causing her to faint. Xie Hou comments that Wulin is quite brutal, using nearly the full 30 minutes when he prefers to end things immediately, while Chen Yi can only mutter, "Full points."
Chen Yi realizes that the entire fight, Wulin was just waiting patiently, not being overwhelmed. Next is Xie Hou, who picks a slender power fighter. Wulin sits and recovers his soul force, knowing he has already passed but still preparing so he can help the others. Xie Hou's opponent also has YYP rings, and his body transforms a bit - his spirit is some form of gorilla. Quickly dodging his opponent's attack, Xie Hou uses his 3rd ring to create clones, and all bodies kick off each other to escape. His opponent is actually the strongest of the ten, and is attacking with some form of air vibrations.
After a while, Xie Hou's opponent attacks with a powerful blast, and he can't dodge. Chen Yi rescues him, and declares the fight over. Xie Hou did not even last 10 minutes, and only scored 3 points - not even a passing grade. Wulin scolds him, as Xie Hou had attempted to fight rather than run and evade to buy time. Next up is Gu Yue, her opponent displays 3 purple rings.
Gu Yue's opponent summons a lion, it appears she uses a summon type spirit which they have never seen. It attacks Gu, and she attacks back with ice. The lion breathes fire, dissolving the ice, but it's actually a combined wind and ice attack, and wind blades continue. At the same time, Gu uses her space power to cause some projectiles to bypass the lion, aiming straight at the spirit master. With no way for her to dodge it, Chen Yi rescues her and declares the fight Gu's victory. It was incredibly quick, as Gu noticed that it was already dark out. Before the next round, Wulin whispers something to Xiaoyan, and she then picks her opponent. Her opponent is a 2 ring spirit master as well, and Xiaoyan brings out a heavy forging hammer, and stumbling under it's weight, places it on top of her first spirit ability - a circular ice blade, which then flies into the sky while she prepares another skill.
While her opponent is thinking she is ridiculous and wondering how she made it this far, Xiaoyan fires an ice lance from her ice wand spirit's 2nd ring, while her opponent activates his spirit - a crystal ball - and teleports away to evade. Xiaoyan then uses Purple Demon Eye to temporarily disorient her opponent, controlling her ice blade and ice lance to change direction toward her opponent. At the same time, she chants and transforms her spirit into the star wheel ice wand, activating it's first skill on her enemy. He recovers fast enough to use his 2nd skill and decompose the ice lance, but feeling pressure looks up to find the hammer. Before he can react, Xiaoyan's star wheel ice wand skill locks him down, and he can't evade, so Chen Yi rescues him. Chen Yi praises her for her acting - the hammer isn't really that heavy for a 2 ring spirit master, but her stumbling caused her opponent to think she was far too weak and not take her attack seriously. This was Wulin's tungsten thousand forged hammer that he lent her along with his storage ring before the match. With all 4 finished, Wulin is at 60 points, Xie Hou 51, Xiaoyan 50 and Gu Yue 48 with 2 tests remaining.
The 9th test is to simply survive, in a situation similar to the Pagoda simulation, though apparently they can even obtain spirit rings here as the spirit beasts are real. All 4 of them will achieve the same mark, this is a team assessment. Once they entered the assessment, Elder Cai and another old man entered the room, with Chen Yi saluting the man as her teacher. She describes their performance as beyond imagination, and Elder Cai mentions she wanted Gu as her disciple. The man, Luanshi, reminds her that they are technically his disciples because he is Wukong's master. Moreover, Gu is not willing to be Cai's student, though that only makes elder Cai want her more. Luanshi tells Chen Yi to give the kids the highest level of assessment, which is difficult for even adults to pass. Inside, Wulin's group take a defensive formation with BSG scouting out, and they move to high ground for better vision. Xiaoyan wonders if she can get a 10,000 year ring, but Wulin scolds her telling her it would be suicide. After 2 hours of rest, they have not encountered any spirit beasts.
After a little while, they are curious, this isn't much of a test if they aren't encountering beasts so feel they should be exploring a little. They decide to explore at night, when Xiaoyan is at her peak, so that they are all at full strength. While they are moving through the forest, their bodies tremble as a ferocious roar rips through them. Wulin is fine as his blood resolves it, but the others are trembling in fear a bit. Another, different roar also sounds. Bringing out his golden ring, Wulin's aura soothes them, and they move through while Wulin uses his purple demon eye to scout. He sees the sources of the roars - the first is a Dark Golden Fear Claw Bear, like the one they previously killed, but seems to be 1,000 years or more. The second is a strange beast, it is shaped like a lion, but shining golden with a bit of a dragon scaled appearance, and a third vertical eye on it's forehead. Xie tries to think what this beast could be.
After a while, Xie realises that it is a 3 Eyed Golden Lion or Auspicious Emperor and explains the story about Qiu Er and Yuhao (From DD2). The beasts fight ends, and the group explores - the Auspicious Emperor is famous for luck, and treasures could be around. They come across a cave, and determine it should be the Auspicious Emperor's cave as there are precious gems on the floor.
Xie bends to pick up a gem, and with a cry a juvenile Auspicious Emperor attacks. Wulin brings out his BSG while his Golden Dragon Talon is active and the purple rings cast a bit of light on his single golden ring - it appears he can use them both simultaneously and the BSG has evolved a bit together with his Dragon Blood. They suggest it is a 100 year spirit beast, but even without being 1000 years, this would be the perfect beast for Xiaoyan. As it attacks, Wulin uses his 2nd ability - thrust, but the beast releases a spiritual attack disorienting Wulin and Gu and tries to disembowel Wulin. Xie attacks it with light dragon storm, forcing it to back off, and Xiaoyan locks it down with her star wheel while Gu teleports herself and Wulin in close.
Wulin unleashes his Golden Dragon Talon on it's head, but the attack does not kill it. Instead, with a cry, it is knocked unconscious. They do not kill it, instead they decide who will take the soul bone. Xiaoyan is still only 29 and not yet 30, so the soul ring would be wasted. Wulin gives it up, he already has the Fear Claw Bear bone and doesn't need it right now. Xie passes as it is better for a spiritual system user. Gu gives up, claiming that the bone would add luck, and she wants strength over luck. Xiaoyan also decides to give up - Auspicious Emperor is too rare, and this one is too young, it would be sad to kill it just for greed. All agreeing with Xiaoyan, they leave the cub unconscious and leave the cave, but are confronted by the adult Auspicious Emperor.
Without wasting a second, the Auspicious Emperor bathes them all in a golden flame and they are forcibly ejected from the simulation. As they are out, they laugh and shout "no regrets", with Chen Yi applauding. This test had many layers, they were patience to find the fighting beasts, identifying their strength, daring to enter the cave, defeating the juvenile Auspicious Emperor, and then deciding what to do with the spirit bone. The ring and bone would be false, and it tests your heart. Having let it live and sacrificing the bone, they achieved a perfect score. Failing the test when dividing the bone would result in failure to be accepted by Shrek. As a result, the scores are Wulin 70, Xie 61, Xiaoyan 60, Gu 58, and they move to the next test, with a tall old man, Silver Douluo and the old man from the first test standing side by side.
The final test is to be assessed once more by the 3 elders. They tell Wulin that he will be given another test later while Xie is given 6 points as he is weak in a lot of areas, but still performed well. Xiaoyan is given a score of 7, tying with Xie overall, due to her use of her mutation. Gu on the other hand, is only granted 1 point, as her stubborn character and impulsive nature caused even her teammates to suffer. With this, Gu fails the exam, but everyone else passes. Hearing this, Wulin puts his hand on her shoulder, and declares that he withdraws from Shrek. Xie and Xiaoyan also withdraw, and they ask Chen Yi where Wukong is. She tells them that the old man is Wukong's teacher, and they bow to him. Xiaoyan, pretending to cry, asks the old man if he is afraid of Elder Cai, as they are basically his grandchildren and he is watching her bully them.
After some arguing, they agree that Gu can pass if Wulin finishes his final test, which will be a repeat of the 5th. They tell him that he needs to reach 5th grade forging to pass. Knowing how difficult it is, not possessing enough soul force for the 5th rank spiritual forging, Wulin meditates for a short time. After 15 minutes, he opens his eyes, pulls out a piece of heavy silver, and begins forging.
Elder Cai and Luanshi realize that Wulin is no normal blacksmith but still underestimate him because they don't know enough about forging. As Wulin quickly completes spiritual 1st-grade hundred-forging and begins attempting spirit forging, the 3rd elder, surname Li, finally realizes what is going on. He reprimands the other 2 as spirit forging requires lv40+ spirit power and even then the mental backlash is extremely dangerous. He mentions that a man named Feng Wu Yu gonna eat them alive if Wulin fails as it is too late to stop him. Elder Cai and Luanshi blame each other in the background while Wulin seems to have grasped the concept of spirit forging.
Wulin enters his deep focus state and begins the first step of spirit forging: dozen-thousand life forging, pouring the blacksmith's spirit power into the metal to create life. The piece of heavy silver gets smaller as patterns begin to appear on it. It also helps Wulin's blood-bonded hammers evolve to first-grade thousand-forging. However, the process consumes spirit power too quickly. After just 10 minutes, Wulin's tank is near empty and he is in danger of a backlash. Wulin decides to use his dragon blood as a power source. He activates Golden Dragon Body, grabs the hot metal with his right dragon claw and uses only his left arm to strike the hammers.
After the first strike, his right arm begins to bleed but the blood somehow sooths the metal and contains its rampaging life force. The heavy silver begins to take on a golden pattern. The elders are shocked at this crazy technique. Wulin's hammers have gotten smaller. On the 2nd strike, some pieces of heavy silver begin to stick to the hammers, merging with it. As he continues to strike, the piece of heavy silver gets even smaller as a golden layer forms on the hammers with a distinctly draconic pattern. Wulin is near bleeding out but he perseveres. Finally, the final strike lands as the piece of heavy silver completely merges with the hammer. A golden light emits to the sky as a phantom of a golden dragons appears and roars above. Wulin has completed his first Spirit Forging: the spiritual tens-thousand-forging Hammers. Moreover, the hammers are not just blood-bonded anymore, they are life-bonded. The hammers disappear into Wulin's body just like Wukong's power armor.
Wulin faints but Xie Hou manages to catch him. The elders are astonished at the birth of a 5th ranked blacksmith at 13 years old. Even Shrek Academy won't be able to let a talent of this caliber go. Luanshi rushes to Wulin's side to help him he recover. He pours his also draconic spirit power into Wulin but is surprised when Wulin easily consumes it. Elder Cai comes to Gu Yue's side and tells her that they can't be at the inner school if they aren't armor master by 20 years old. Gu Yue ignores her, still worrying about Wulin. Elder Li looks upon class 0, his eyes stop on Xiaoyan. He smiles a little bit and leaves.
Luanshi tries to withdraw his spirit power but Wulin's dragon doesn't let it leave. Luanshi has to forcefully cut it off. Chen Yi realizes that Wulin's spirit is consuming Luanshi's spirit, meaning Wulin's is of a higher grade. She is perplexed by the existence of something stronger than a Red Armored Dragon, a spirit considered of True Dragon bloodline. Luanshi flicks Wulin's head, awakening him. He then tells class 0 to follow. They reach where Wukong is kneeling. Seeing Luanshi, Wukong performs a deep kowtow toward him and is joined by class 0. Luanshi is slightly shaken but he tells Wukong that he still doesn't recognize him as a disciple. However, he is still going to adopt his school-grandchildren. Wukong is glad because he understand his master's personality.
Luanshi tells everyone to follow him into the inner school. Wukong, red-eyed, finally apologizes to Luanshi. The old man is visibly shakened. Wulin helps Wukong up and follows Luanshi. They enter a square and pay respect to the statues of the 1st 7 Devils as well as the Golden Triangle Trio (Grandmaster, Liu Er and Flender). Luanshi then leads everyone to a lake and teleports them to Sea God Court. Class 0 has been given special permission to enter. Luanshi orders Chen Yi to arrange their Shrek registration and officially grants them outter school co-op students status. Luanshi tells Wukong to leave but he insists on staying, even as a servant. Wukong was originally an orphan Luanshi picked up. He was Luanshi's favorite disciple because of his talent as well as their similar personality. He agrees to let Wukong stays as his personal butler.
Luanshi then turns toward Wulin and tells him to study under him once a week. Luanshi is interested in the dragon power. It is not a 2nd spirit but rather a special existence, tied to Wulin's bloodline. Moreover, it seems to to share a root with Luanshi's spirit. Luanshi then speaks to all of class 0, reminding them of the 20yo time limit and telling them to stay for the night. As Luanshi leaves, Wulin asks Chen Yi what happened between Wukong and his master. She explains that they had a difference in opinions. No one was really in the wrong but things just spiralled out of control. She stops on the subject and hushes class 0 to go rest.
Chen Yi is clearly in a good mood after the reconcilation. She speaks to Gu Yue privately, reminding not to offend any more masters. Wulin chimes in and says elder Cai didn't mean to hurt him during the 4th test and asks Chen Yi to bring them to elder Cai for apology. Gu Yue grudgingly agrees after Wulin convinces her. She is rewarded with a hug. Xie Hou also teases a hug and gets kicked. Chen Yi breaks up class 0's banter and tells them to rest as a co-op student's life is not easy.
Wulin is in meditation with the newly bloodline-bonded(or life-bonded, IDK why author keeps switching terms) hammers in his hands. He is reflecting on completing spirit forging. The difference between power armor and mech armor is that the power armor can fuse with the spirit master, there by increasing his/her strength. A better analogy would be letting one's spirit wear an armor, thus evolving it. Power armor is also the equalizer that made spirit beasts go into near-extinction. The near-extinction also had another reason: Spirit Pagoda. They were at first at peace with the beasts. However, as their research advanced, it required more samples. Backed by the Federation and armed with the best power armor, the Pagoda overhunted the spirit beasts.
Back to Wulin, the hammers's dragon pattern begins to shine in unison with Wulin's. It has become part of Wulin's body. The next step, soul forging, will make it part of Wulin's spirit. Of course, Wulin would then become a Saint Artisan 7th rank blacksmith, an existence on par with a 3-word armor master. Wulin's goal is being a 2-word armor master as this is the limit of spirit forging. Wulin dreams about his armor's name, forgetting to train Purple Demon Eye.
In the morning, class 0 discovers that their meditation was more effective than usual. It seems Sea God Court's air possesses more energy than normal places. Inside the living room, Luanshi tells Wulin to demonstrate his eating talent. He points at a basket of 20 strange black dumplings. Wulin grabs 4 and stuffs them in his mouth. He realizes the black dumplings are not normal: they are infused with a lot of spirit power. He grabs another 4 to Luanshi's astonishment and fear. After only 16 dumplings, Wulin is full, his veins filled with spirit power. Old Tang suddenly appears, telling Wulin that if he can eat these dumplings daily, ingredients won't be needed for the next 3 unsealings. Wulin asks Luanshi if he can eat this food daily. Luanshi's face twitches a little and tells Wulin to pack the leftover home. Chen Yi tells Wulin that those dumplings are Luanshi's portion for the month. Only the Sea God Court's elders are allowed these dumplings, which are made from a rare deep-sea fish. Wulin wants to give the rest of the dumplings back but Chen Yi tells him to keep it as it is Luanshi's will. Wulin seems to be his favorite.
Chen Yi leads class 0 back to the staff office. On the way, she tells them that normal Shrek students only need to pay 20% of tuition. Co-op students, on the other hand, need to pay 100%, though not with money but missions. At the staff office, the teacher in charge of new entrances tells class 0 not to shame the co-op student's pride. It seems co-op students are not as simple as it seems. Chen Yi gives class 0 their first mission: cleaning the Spirit Ice square. However, they first must go to the co-op students' dorm.
In contrast to the other parts of Shrek, the co-op students' dorm looks like a slum, lacking most conveniences. Class 0 is assisgned a single room. They have to hang a curtain in the middle to separate the boys and girls. They first clean the room then head out to Spirit Ice square. At the square, class 0 meets an old acquaintance, the number 2 student who beat Xie Hou. They greet but he is a bit cold. It seems this student is also a co-op student. Wulin wonders if co-op student has some mystery but he decides they have to work first. Gu Yue has an idea. She uses her spirit to summon the wind and water element to speed up the job. With all 3 of her skills, the work finishes in 4 hours instead of 2 days. At Wulin's teasing, Xie Hou invites class 0 for dinner. They go to report mission completed at the staff office, receiving 100 points each.
Class 0 first goes out to get some wood to build beds. They then stay in meditation until the evening. Co-op students can get free food at Shrek canteen for only the 1st day but they have to pay after that. Wulin discovers that 100 points can barely cover food for the 2nd day. In order to not waste free food, Wulin decides to display his reputation of the rice barrel. Even the Shrek students treat this as a rare sight. Soon enough, a student named Xie Pei Shen from the disciplinary committee comes by. He wants to make sure Wulin is not wasting food. Wulin convinces him he can eat and tells the upperclassman to watch. Shen Pei agrees. He is calm at first but soon his eyes and mouth turn into the letter O. Like the surrounding Shrek students, he is convinced Wulin is not human. Wulin has finished 10 tables of food, 3 personally delivered by Shen Pei. Soon, the teacher in charge of food comes and tells Wulin that they are going to ban him from free food. Wulin tells him not to worry as he is a co-op student. The crowd suddenly goes back to normal as Shen Pei asks Wulin why he didn't sooner tell him he is a co-op student. Shen Pei leaves annoyed. For some reason, other students come up to Wulin and feed him random food.
Wulin meets up with Xie Hou outside the canteen. Xie Hou informs Wulin he is now infamous at Shrek. Wulin is still hungry and asks Xie Hou to fulfill his promise. It seems the dragon's metabolism has increased even more, which only frightens Xie Hou. Class 0 goes downtown and the girls insist on an icecream parlor. As they sit down, Xie Hou looks around for beautiful girls.
Xie Hou explains that he wants to participate in the Sea God Love Festival (not a direct translation). Wulin scolds Xie Hou that he is looking too far ahead as the festival is only for inner school student. They then raise a toast for class 0's successful entrance into Shrek. Their excitement is interrupted as another customer is loudly trying to get the waitress's number. This customer is a very handsome young man slightly older than class 0, has blond short hair and wears a white suit. He is obviously a young lord of some noble house. The waitress is a beautiful young woman in uniform and has short red hair. She refuses the blond customer's advance. He decides to escalate to the manager, whom also refuses due to regulation. The owner is called out next but he again refuses. The young lord then calls on his butler, whom then uses a golden credit card to buy out the restaurant. Class 0 is obviously disgusted with this city-dweller's antics. As the young lord now owns the restaurant, he forces the waitress to give him her number as he wants to get to know her. The waitress, now very annoyed, decides to quit on the spot. Xie Hou is about to interfere but Wulin stops him. Class 0 stands up to pay and leave. But just as they get out of the door, a wave of spirit power erupts. A blinding light shines, illuminating the dark sky.
The young lord has released his spirit, an angel with 3 purple rings. The waitress has also released hers, a fallen angel with 2 purple rings. The young lord is amused. He wants to bring the waitress back to his clan for judgement. The waitress tries to escape by fading into the darkness. However, the young lord uses his 2nd skill, Holy Light. The light reveals and traps the waitress. However, the waitress returns her spirit. She calls the lord stupid as this is Shrek. Suddenly, the air pressure gets heavier. A large man appears from the sky to stop the fight. He is a Shrek Discipline Enforcer. The lord states his name, Yue Zheng Yu. He believes the girl is a dark spirit master and wants to capture her. The girl calmly shows the enforcer her Shrek ID and says that she is a co-op student, which surprises class 0. Shrek has confirmed that she is not a dark master. The enforcer agrees with her. However, he doesn't punish Zheng Yu, stating that he was just hunting dark masters. The enforcer then disappears. The girl turns toward Zheng Yu and points her thumb at the ground, insulting him. She then disappears into the darkness. Zheng Yu is angry but he is dissuaded by his butler. He still doesn't believe she is not a dark master but he takes his leave for now. Class 0 is amazed by the whole situation. They now believe that co-op students have some special status in Shrek. Xie Hou wants to investigate further but Wulin stops him as they are newcomers and shouldn't go looking for trouble. Class 0 then goes home for meditation.
In the morning, Wulin and Xiaoyan are up early to train Purple Demon Eye. The whole class 0 then goes eat and then goes to the staff office for their daily mission. They meet student number 2 at the office again. All of them are again assigned the job of cleaning Spirit Ice square. Wulin asks the teacher for more missions so he can eat as Shrek food is 5x expensive as outside. The teacher shows class 0 a list on the screen. While class 0 is picking, student number 2, named Yuan En, hands in his mission, a schematic, which earns him praise from the teacher. He then picks another mission and leaves, but not before offering class 0 a short greeting. Wulin is intrigued by Yuan En but he first chooses his mission, a 1st-grade thousand-forging. The teacher asks if he is sure as there is a large penalty. If co-op students' points go to 0, they are expelled. Moreover, they need to hand in 300 points every month for tuition. Wulin assures the teacher. He also notices that Shrek's forging missions have very high requirement compared to outside. The mission he accepts reward 1000 points. He asks the teacher where to find material and a workshop. The teacher tells Wulin it will be arranged after the opening ceremony.
Outside the office, Xie Hou discusses with Wulin about Yuan En's age. Moreover, Xie Hou asks if they can share contribution points. Wulin promptly replies Xie Hou can buy it, which upsets him. Wulin encourages Xie Hou to improve his 2nd occupation. They go to the opening ceremony, which is held at the Spirit Ice square. Inside Shrek, each grade only has 1 class. Wulin sees the 6th grade students, who are all around 30 years old. Wukong would have been a 5th grade student. As the ceremony begins, 20 shadows descend from the sky and hover in mid-air. Hovering means they are at least Spirit Saints. In the middle is elder Cai Yue Er, Silver Moon Douluo. At her side are Chen Yi and Wukong. Another man begins to speak and introduces elder Cai. She begins her speech, first by mentioning the yearly minor exams and the major exams every 3 years. If one fails 2 minor exams or 1 major exam then it's instant expulsion. She then encourages the 6th grade students who are near their graduation time limit of 35yo. She then warns the newcomers to prepare for their first exam. She then closes her speech by encouraging everyone to uphold Shrek's honor and dismissing the students and teachers. Class 0 is surprised by the short speech but they smile with determination after hearing about the exams. However, their joy is short-lived as elder Cai is flying toward them. She announces that she will be the newcomers' main teacher. Chen Yi and Wukong will be her assistants. She smirks at class 0, who is utterly horrified, even Gu Yue. They finally understand why elder Cai can put up the 20yo armor master time limit. Elder Cai has arranged everything as she is the outer school's headmaster. As the students line up to march to their classroom, class 0 is placed at the end due to their co-op student status. Inside the classroom, elder Cai has class 0 all seated in the front row. Their future looks bleak.
There are 101 students in the 1st grade. Elder Cai makes a short speech for the new students then tells Chen Yi to explain the school regulations. She then takes her leave but not before shooting a meaningful glance at class 0. Chen Yi is on the podium detailing the rules. First, at Shrek, it doesn't matter who you were. Shrek rewards and punishes accordingly, without any ties to the Federation. In other word, the only rules that appliy are Shrek's. 2nd, Shrek student ID contains contribution points, which acts like a credit card at Shrek city for any goods and services. Contribution points are gained by performing mission. If a student is expelled, they are allowed to first spend the rest of their points. 3rd, classes are only held in the morning. The rest of the day is free time. However, attendance is mandatory. Lateness counts as absence; 3 times mean expulsion. 4th, objects outside of Shrek Academy bought with Federation money are not allowed inside the school. If caught, the punishment is 10 times the value in contribution points. For co-op students, they can eat ouside but time is also a valuable resource for Shrek students. Chen Yi then warns the students about their exams and completes her speech by handing out to the students a list of what can be bought with contribution points, including classes. Some of the classes are free, except for co-op students. Moreover, there is a 10% middle-man fee that goes to the school for trading between students so the trade can be guaranteed. Chen Yi also mentions the penalty for failing missions but for normal students, their expulsion limit is -1000 points instead of 0 points.
Wulin feels the rules are too strict. Moreover, 2nd occupations are vital here making Wulin worry for the others. Not to mention that becoming an armor master requires level 4 occupation for 1-word, level 5 for 2-word. Chen Yi interrupts his thought as she announces the 1st lesson: armor master. She explains the reason behind the 1st lesson. In order to graduate from the outer school, one must become an armor master before 35yo. As a result, the graduation rate is only 33.3%. Moreover, if they complete the task before 25yo, they are eligible for the inner school entrance exam. Chen Yi then explains the difference between armor master and machine master. Machine is armor for the body but power armor is armor for the spirit. Power armor can be considered part of one's body. Power armor is split into 4 levels: 1-word, 2-word, 3-word and 4-word. The gap between each 2 levels is huge. The 2nd occupations required for power armor are machine design, machine manufacture and blacksmith. Blacksmith is the hardest path so it is not as recommended as the other 2. However, Chen Yi emphasizes that 1 person cannot handle all 3 occupations so the students must looks to their classmates for cooperation. She then explains the power armor's characteristic. It can count as an additional 20 levels of spirit power at best compatibility. 1-word armor master requires level 50 Spirit King, level 3 2nd occupation, rare metal thousand-forging, a design grandmaster and a manufacture grandmaster. Moreover, the compatibility rate for the armor must be > 60%.
Class 0 is paying close attention as they only have a 6 year time limit to fulfill those requirements. As the class ends, Wulin realizes he has another crisis: food. He is hungry but only has 80 points after the 20-point breakfast. However, breakfast was cheap because Wulin also ate the filling black dumplings. Wulin decides to let others go in first as he has decided to sell himself for food. To be more specific, he wears a board advertising his forging talent, which embarrasses class 0. Wulin only advertises that he is a 4th ranker as 5th ranker may be a little bit far-fetched for a 13yo. After 10 minutes, Wulin is still ignored. He just about to give up when Yuan En comes up and makes an offer: 1100 points for a thousand-forging. Wulin accepts but Yuan En reminds him of the 10% fee. Wulin asks Yuan En to buy him food instead so he doesn't waste money. Yuan En accepts but he is soon horrified by Wulin's stomach. His lunch costs 420 points. Yuan En is glad he didn't offer to cover and hushes Wulin to go work. Wulin asks him where to find a workshop. Yuan En then explains about the school's various guilds. The Forging Guild can help but it would cost money for a non-member. Suddenly, as they talk, a man hurriedly comes in from the door. He is only around 1m70 but very stout and muscular, with messy red hair and a strangely powerful heat surrounding his body. The man roars, asking for Wulin, scaring the whole canteen. As Wulin answers, the man goes to grab him. Wulin tries to resist but he is quickly overpowered as the ground seems to spin around him. Yuan En tries to stop the man but he teleports away with Wulin.
Suddenly, Wulin is inside a giant workshop full of rare metal that not even the East Sea Forging Guild possesses. The man asks Wulin if he is capable of spirit forging. Wulin tries to ask who the man is and where they are but is ignored. He reluctantly answeres that he luckily succeeded once. The man tries to get him to attempt it again but Wulin tells him that he would only do it once he has 3 rings. The man is surprised that Wulin doesn't even have 3 rings. The man decides to compromise with thousand-forging. Being a shrewd trader, Wulin tells the man 2 demands: first, he can take away the product; 2nd, he can choose any material. The man agrees without hesitation and explains to Wulin how to use the workshop at his insistence. Wulin, full of smiles, pick the 2 rarest pieces, Meteor Iron (again, not a direct translation). The man tries to stop him but Wulin asks if he values his word. The man asks him at least use only one but Wulin replies that forging 2 at once would be more efficient. Before he can say anything else, Wulin already put the metal under the fire. The man is pissed and warns Wulin if he doesn't succeed then he would be a slave until he can pay back the value of the metal. The Meteor Iron is very rare and can only be found in meteors. Though it cannot be spirit forged, the metal possesses a special ability that can be granted to weapons: penetration. At a glance, the piece of metal looks worthless but Wulin discovers its true value with his Purple Demon Eyes. Wulin chose it not just because of its value but because it can only be used for 1-word armor, which is why the red-haired man finally agreed. Wulin begins to forge as the man looks on in worry.
Wulin's upgraded hammers are extremely efficient, at least 4-5 times as before: light as a feather and twice as powerful. Multi-hit effect is upgraded to x3 from x2. Moreover, Wulin can freely control the spirit power he infuses into the hammers. The man realizes that the hammers are spirit forged. He first thinks that Wulin got them from someone else, which means his basic is weak. However, Wulin soon changes his mind. Wulin performs Tang Sect technique, Disorder Splitting Wind Hammer. His past limit was 48 strikes, compared to the maximum of 81. The man realizes that the forging rhythmn is definitely from a pro. The metal quickly comes into form under the storm of hammers. Under his spirit and dragon power's assistance, Wulin hits the 49th strike, completing the thousand-forging. The hammers emit a dragon roar as the draconic pattern shines brilliantly. Upon completion, Wulin reaches a new realization for spirit forging. He has understood that the hammers have linked with his dragon bloodline, allowing him to forge even longer and harder, raising spirit forging's success rate. The man stands behind Wulin and confirms his success. He decides to grant him official Shrek Forging Guild's member status but Wulin stops him to first explain his identity. He states that he is the previously mentioned Feng Wu Yu, the guildmaster of Shrek Forging Guild and a level 8 Saint Artisan blacksmith. He asks Wulin to call him master but Wulin refuses, explaining that he already has Mu Chen.
Wu Yu knows who Mu Chen is, calling him a brat even though they are both level 8. Wulin is a little bit annoyed but he explains that he also has another master in Man Tiang. Wu Yu is in thought. He tells Wulin that he doesn't care about betrayal. Moreover, Mu Chen is only a Spirit Douluo thanks to rare herbs, unlike Wu Yu. Wu Yu displays his Title Douluo's prowess, 4 purple 4 black 1 red, surprising Wulin. He tells Wulin he will burn anyone who dares to bully him. Wulin realizes that while this man is strong, he isn't right in the head. Wulin tries to refuse by saying that if he betrays Mu Chen, he may one day betray Wu Yu. Wu Yu is confident that he is already the best blacksmith so there won't be that possibility. Wulin decides to make a compromise by first asking permission from Mu Chen. Wu Yu reluctantly accepts but he bans Wulin from joining any other guilds and allows him to use Wu Yu's name if anyone try to forcefully recruit.
Wulin leaves with the metal as he discovers he is on the 4th floor of the staff building. On the way out, he bumps into Yuan En, who has been looking for him for half a day. Yuan En asks Wulin if he has joined the Forging Guild as Wulin just discovers Wu Yu has somehow put a black hammer medal on his chest. Yuan En is amazed that elder Feng personally invited Wulin. Yuan En then leads the 2 to the Forging Guild. Wulin goes up to one of the windows to register.
The clerk is also surprised that elder Feng personally invited him. He asks for Wulin's forging badge. Both the clerk and Yuan En are terrified that Wulin is a level 4 blacksmith, as confirmed by the Guild's database. The clerk is visibly more respectful to Wulin. He asks if Wulin is a co-op student and upon the confirmation, seems to accept it as normal. The clerk then explains the benefits of being a 4th rank member, including a personal workshop, 10 free pieces of rare metal every month and 8% discount with contribution points. Middle-man fee is only 5% and Wulin has a salary of 2000 points every month he completes 3 or more missions. The Guild will also back him in academy matters. Wulin plans to go to Tang Sect now that he has a workshop but first he has to help Yuan En. His room is number 28. Inside the workshop, Yuan En asks Wulin for an eyewear for his power armor but he doesn't know which material to use. The difficulty is that Yuan En's spirit, Titan Great Ape, expands his body greatly, possibly damaging the armor. They settle on heavy silver thousand-forging, which is both stretchable and durable. Wulin easily completes it in spiritual 1st-grade quality, surprising Yuan En as the price is only 1000 points. Yuan En offers to tell Wulin a secret in exchange for Wulin's exclusive discount for him only.
Yuan En tells him that normal 1st-grade thousand forging sells for 2000 points on the market. Wulin's mouth twitches as the missions he submitted only reward 1000 points. Yuan En explains that Wulin wasn't in the Forging Guild. Most co-op students only finish the minimum required missions every month as the staff office is infamously cheapskate. Wulin then asks for the co-op students' secret. Yuan En explains that they are an eccentric bunch, people who don't quite fulfill Shrek's requirement yet display great potential. For example, Feng Wu Yu didn't graduate the outer school until 34yo. He wouldn't have been allowed into the inner school normally but by this time, he had become the continent's youngest level 7 Saint Artisan as well as a Spirit Emperor, so he is granted special permission. After 20 more years, Feng Wu Yu became a Title Douluo and a level 8 Saint Artisan. Normal students don't dare to bully co-op students as they have a huge 30% rate of entering the inner school. Of course, they also undergo a lot more pressure. Co-op students, originally from people with special circumstances, have become the elites of Shrek. Wulin realizes that elder Cai didn't mean to punish class 0. Yuan En then says that he enters Shrek at 12yo and is now 15yo. He has a special reason why he hasn't entered the inner school when Wulin asks about his strength. Yuan En also offers Wulin a special discount on his service as a machine design 3rd rank master. Wulin tries to get him to do it for free but Yuan En obviously refuses. Wulin reminds Yuan En of paying for dinner and they both return to the dorm. On the way, they find Zheng Yu on a tree outside of their dorm stalking the red-haired girl. He asks the two if they know her whereabouts and looks toward Yuan En. It seems they are acquaintances from the same grade. Zheng Yu should have entered the inner school if it wasn't for family matter. He originally took a year off after his entrance exam to fully awaken his angel spirit before returning to Shrek as a year 2 student. Yuan En quickly dismisses Zheng Yu. Zheng Yu angrily interrogates him and strike a palm at Yuan En's chest. Yuan En crouches and tackles Zheng Yu in the mid-section. Zheng Yu is no match for the Titan Ape's pure strength. He flies into mid-air and only manages to stop when he releases his spirit. He angrily yells at Yuan En.
Yuan En warns Zheng Yu that this is the co-op students dorm and normal students are not allowed here. Moreover, the academy has banned private duel so if he continues, self-defense is within Yuan En's right. Even Zheng Yu doesn't dare to make the co-op students his enemy as they are not only geniuses but also have backing from the alumni inside the inner school. He grudgingly leaves, saying he will be back for the dark master. Wulin asks Yuan En if there is a red-haired girl inside their dorm. He explains everything that happened at the restaurant. Yuan En's face changes a little but he still insists that there is no one like that. Wulin notices the sign but he doesn't pursue the matter.
Wulin goes back to his dorm and calls Mu Chen to report. Mu Chen is happily surprised that Wulin completes spirit forging to enter Shrek but still gives him the warning. Wulin also talks about other matters, such as Wu Yu, while Mu Chen quietly listens. He tells Wulin that he will come to Shrek in a couple of days for a change of pace. After hanging up, Mu Chen books 2 tickets to Shrek to protect his favorite disciple from Wu Yu. Moreover, he also hands in his resignation to the Guild.
Wulin spends the whole afternoon training Mysterious Heaven art. He then meets up with Yuan En and class 0 for dinner. They sit in a corner to escape notice. Wulin introduces Yuan En to class 0. After knowing about the co-op students' legend, Xie Hou asks how many of them there are. Yuan En says there used to be 6 but 2 have graduated, 2 have entered the inner school and 1 was expelled. Only Yuan En is left and with class 0, that makes 5. Wulin is doubtful as the red-haired girl would be unaccounted. Suddenly, Zheng Yu interrupts and accuses Yuan En of lying. Yuan En is annoyed at his persistence and tells him he is not welcome. Zheng Yu offers to buy them dinner but Wulin refuses. Zheng Yu glances at him, saying the co-op students really have a backbone. He announces that the academy has just granted him co-op student status.
He announces that the academy has just granted him co-op student status. Yuan En is annyoyed and leaves. Xie Hou tells his persistence on finding the girl is boring, which also makes Zheng Yu leaves. Wulin stops him and asks if he needs help forging. Zheng Yu is surprised that Wulin is a rank 4 and agrees. After Zheng Yu leaves, Wulin tells the others that they should be diplomatic and that Zheng Yu can be milked for points. Class 0 then discuss what they are doing for the evening. Gu Yue will go report at the Pagoda. The other 3 need to go to Tang Sect but they first need to find Wukong. Xie Hou asks to go out and play but Wukong scolds him, telling him he needs to go join a Shrek guild and train his 2nd occupation. Xie Hou is currently rank 1 machine manufacturer. Gu Yue is a rank 2 machine designer while Xiaoyan is only a rank 1. Wulin returns to the dorm for mediation. He makes plan for the near future. He won't need to go to the Ascension Chamber anytime soon as he is near a breakthrough to lv30. His focus for now is breaking through so he can attempt spirit forging safely. The reward for spirit forging mission is 10 times as high as thousand-forging. Moreover, Wulin wants to have a monopoly in the Shrek outer school as few need 2-word armor. With a lot of points, everything else will come easily.
Elder Cai doesn't show up at class the next day. Chen Yi is in charge of lecturing while Wukong is on the podium watching the students. Chen Yi announces that they are going to select committee. There will be 7 positions: 1 president, 2 vice-presidents and 4 commissioners for blacksmith, machine design, manufacture and repair. The president will receive 1000 points each month, the vice-presidents 600 points and the commissioners 500 points. They will also have bonus points when testing for the inner school. Chen Yi immediately appoints Wulin as the blacksmith commissioner. The girls seem to like his handsomeness while the boys are envious. A boy stands up and object. His name is Yang Nian Xia. He stands at 1m90 tall yet has very small and barely visible eyes. Chen Yi tells him that Wulin is a 4th ranker, which earns him the class's respect. Nian Xia sits down annoyed as he is only a 3rd ranker. Chen Yi then moves on to the other positions. She announces that they will have a battle royale to select the presidents and vice-presidents. She tells the students that they have 1 minute to prepare and find a group if they please. Wulin tells class 0 to go separate ways so they are not specifically targeted. The team-making does a great job as an ice-breaker. A voice asks to join a group, saying that he/she doesn't want a position and just doesn't want to get hurt. He/she is a controller system and will withdraw when they are the last team standing.
This is Xiaoyan's beauty stratagem. She is accepted into a now 5-man group. Xie Hou makes a group with 2 other agility systems, calling themselves Evil/Ugly Sword. Gu Yue sticks with Wulin. They are joined by Nian Xia. He introduces himself as a 14yo power system, spirit Dark Golden Bear- a derivation of Dark Golden Fear Claw Bear with strong defense. Wulin arranges their strategy. Nian Xia will be the tank, Wulin will be the controller and Gu Yue is in charge of long-range fire support. After the 1 minute, Chen Yi brings the class to Shrek's own Ascension Chamber. They are transported to a simulated forest. Inside, Wulin quickly climbs onto a tall tree to scout with Purple Demon Eyes. Suddenly, Nian Xia yells out and asks where his team is, shocking and annoying Wulin.
Wulin thinks to himself that Nian Xia doesn't seem to understand subtlety. He is already a huge target considering his size and that he is standing in an open field. Wulin is about to regroup with him when a shadow-no body- appears behind Nian Xia. A person emerges from the shadow and chokes Nian Xia with a rope while standing on his back. This agility system has 3 rings with an active 2nd. Nian Xia tries to elbow but he can't reach as the assassin performs a bridge on Nian Xia's back. Suddenly, Nian Xia stomps on the ground. He releases his spirit and grows to 2m5 tall with dark yellow fur while 3 purple rings surround him. Sensing something wrong, the assassin tries to escape into the shadow. However, Nian Xia uses his 1st skill to shoot a yellow beam that reveals and slows down the assassin. Nian Xia then grabs his/her ankle and slam him/her onto the ground for the elimination.
Nian Xia returns his spirit; his clothes tattered. He continues to scream for Wulin and Gu Yue. Wulin is in cold sweat as Nian Xia was just dominating the fight though he is also impressed that Nian Xia seems to have great team spirit. Meanwhile, a 3-man team approaches Nian Xia because of the noise. The leader is a snobbish girl with a green jade snake twirling around her right arm while the other 2 boys are a twin who seem to be her servants. They have all released their spirits, 2 yellows 1 purple. Nian Xia greets them with a smile. The girl is named Zheng Yi Ran. She tells Nian Xia to give up as the president spot is hers. Nian Xia sarcastically snaps back which angers her. She sics the twins, Zheng Long and Zheng Hu, on him. They both activate their 1st skill; the air around them become ominous. Their faces are covered with a green-colored layer as they charge forward while crounching low near the ground. The plants below them wilt and char black. They open their mouths and shoot out green beams at Nian Xia. Nian Xia is surprised and doesn't dodge but he manages to release his spirit. Wulin thinks he is too careless. Nian Xia is hit as his fur is dyed green. He shakes uncontrollably, having been poisoned. It seems this team is from a noble clan specializing in poison. This is a very eye opening experience for Wulin. Inside melee range, the twins have grown a green spike on their feet and kick at the immobilized Nian Xia's neck. Wulin still doesn't interfere: they are not that close and Nian Xia doesn't seem to have figured out his opponents' poison ability. Suddenly, Nian Xia smiles and grabs the twins' ankle lightning fast. He has immunity to poison. Nian Xia then stomps on the ground and a yellow light expels all the green from his fur. Moreover, hit by the light, the twins go limp, losing their fighting capability.
Nian Xia slams the twins on the ground for a double elimination, astonishing Yi Ran. He then charges at her. Yi Ran surrounds herself with an even thicker green layer than the twins. The snake on her arm shines and spits a green mist at Nian Xia. Nian Xia and his yellow light again dispels the mist. He throws a punch but Yi Ran, using a skill that makes her body flexible like a snake, wraps around Nian Xia's arm and constricts his body. Her right arms thrust toward his neck while the snake cover him another poison mist. Nian Xia activates his 3rd skill, growing to 3m tall. He tries to shake Yi Ran off with the even stronger yellow light but she doesn't budge. Suddenly, a hand touches Yi Ran's back, freezing her solid. Nian Xia uses his strength to break the ice statue for an elimination. Gu Yue has arrived and use ice seal to save Nian Xia, whom returns his spirit to recover. Gu Yue has already spotted Wulin's location but doesn't tell Nian Xia. Nian Xia asks for a plan but Gu Yue tells him to continue what he was doing. Nian Xia tries to object as his spirit power is low but Gu Yue doesn't care as she goes inside the bush to sit next to Wulin.
Suddenly, Wulin reaches behind his back and grabs a pair of claws. He then hits the assailant, sending him/her flying. Wulin impales him/her with the BSG Array. The array also reveals the attacker's teammate, immobilizing both of them in the air. Xie Hou appears and cut them both down for 2 eliminations. It seems they were his teammate. The Ugly Sword has taken out 5 students before Wulin spots them with his BSG. Xie Hou's betrayal was according to Wulin's plan. Seeing the elimination light, Nian Xia finally spots Wulin though he lies that he has just arrived. Nian Xia seems to accept it and asks the others to stand guard while he recovers. He doesn't seem to doubt them. Wulin releases his BSG, boosting their life force so they can hide the team's life signs.
Slowly, more explosions erupt inside the forest as people are being eliminated. Chen Yi asks Wukong who would be the final survivor. Wukong answers it is Wulin. Chen Yi first thinks it is because of Wulin's scheming ability as he is far from the strongest but Wukong explains that it is his innate leadership ability that has earned class 0's respect. Returning to the battle royale, a person emerges from the bush, covered in blood. His spirit is Winged Blood-drinking (or maybe Rough) Tiger, a white-furred wind-elemental beast but his wing is pierced. 3 people are in pursuit. The leader is surrounds by dark ki that consumes the light, hiding his appearance. Even from 50m away, Wulin's team can feel the cold. He swings his weapon at the unable-to-escape Tiger. The Tiger activates his 3rd skill. A golden light surrounds him as the Tiger mounts a counterattack. However, the darkness consumes spits him out, breaking his wings. The leader is finally revealed. He is a gray-haired pale boy who looks like he is from another world. His spirit is a 3m scythe with a 1m5 long edge, engraved with a soul-sucking pattern. The Tiger tries to ask for mercy but the scythe already comes down and eliminates him. The gray-haired boy then leaves with his team.
Wulin's team is amazed by the fight. The gray-haired boy while only 15yo has 4 rings, though all yellows. Nian Xia says he is from the Sun Moon Royal Spirit Guide Academy in Mingdu. His name Xu Yu Cheng, nicknamed the Immortal. His spirit is Dark Scythe, also called Grim Reaper Scythe. His spirit is strong but too strong that it can cause a backlash. Yu Cheng only has yellow rings because his body can't handle it otherwise. However, in his academy, Yu Cheng doesn't have a match below 18yo.
Wulin nominates Nian Xia as team captain as he is familiar with the opponent's spirits. Gu Yue can tell this is Wulin's sly side, and her mouth twitches. They come across a team of 7. First is a tall boy with a shield and YYP rings, then a blue haired boy and 2 young boys. Along with them is Xiaoyan. Wulin explains briefly Xiaoyan's spirit, while Nian Xia tells them that the blue haired boy named Luo Gui Xing is more powerful than the dark scythe wielder. He is a space element control system spirit master nicknamed Imprisonment. Along with the Jade Phosphorus Serpent Emperor that Gu Yue previously defeated, Xu Yu Cheng's and Luo Gui Xing's spirits are present in the Douluo Continent Master Chart (or Feng Yun Board-literally Wind Cloud Board for those familar with the Chinese novel of the same name) of the top 100 armor masters, maintained by the Spirit Pagoda.
The chart also includes ranking for the 2nd occupation as well as a junior division for 18yo and under. Yu Cheng is ranked 19, Gui Xing rank 17, Yi Ran rank 30 and nicknamed Jade Serpent. Nian Xia himself is ranked 27, nicknamed Dark Bear. Wulin's class has 7 people on the chart in total. The highest rank, rank 9, is a girl named Wu Zi Duo, nicknamed Hellish, from Star Luo city. She has 4 purple rings and is a level 4 machine designer.
30 minutes have passed. Chen Yi announces that 50% of the class has been eliminated. The field will be shrunk by 50%. Wulin's team suddenly faces Gui Xing's team as well as 3 other students, a red-haired girl on the left and 2 boys on the right. Gui Xing yells to clear the battlefield. Nian Xia decides to stand and fight. He asks the girl to cooperate against Gui Xing. They all release their spirit. Gu Yue buffs the team's speed with Wind element, which surprises Nian Xia. The shield guy charges at one of the boys and eliminates him. Xu Xiaoyan also eliminates the other one with an icicle. The shield guy then charges at the red-haired girl while Gui Xing imprisons her with silver light using his skill, Space Lock which distorts space at a chosen location.
However, the girl suddenly becomes intangible as 4 purple rings appear. Everyone is surprised. It's Wu Zi Duo. She activates her 1st skill, surrounds herself with dark ki and charges like lightning as Gui Xing. The shield guy activates his 3rd skill, Attraction, to draw her away toward him. However, even as a defense system, he is knocked a large distance away. Zi Duo activates her 2nd skill. Like a civet, she pounces on Gui Xing's team, unleashing a storm of claw shadows. The 2 speed systems are damaged and fall back behind Gui Xing. He summons a silver whirlpool that consumes the claw shadows. Zi Duo softly yells as she becomes even more ghostly. She puts her 2 hands together on top of her head and swings down a dark blade on the whirlpool. An explosions erupts pushing back both side. Gui Xing's team heals themselves and regroups while Zi Duo temporarily retreats. Suddenly, she is sealed by Xiaoyan. However, Wulin pulls Zi Duo backs with his BSG while Nian Xia charges in and punches the ground, releasing Xiaoyan's seal. An iceberg also appears atop Gui Xing's team to intimidate them. Zi Duo is now being princess carried by Wulin. He then throws her into the air and releases the BSG array on Gui Xing's team together with Gu Yue's icicle storm.
Nian Xia charges at the shield guy though he is teleported away by Gui Xing. The 2 speed systems circle around Nian Xia toward Wulin and Gu Yue. Gui Xing then locks Nian Xia and teleports him away. The shield guy protects Gui Xing and Xiaoyan with a shieldwall. A teammate, spirit Fire Bird, flies into the sky to help stop Zi Duo while the other, the support system, buffs the whole team. Gui Xing is confident that he is going to win as it's 7 against 4, not to mention the gap in spirit power even with Zi Duo. On the other side, Wulin pulls Gu Yue to his side. He summons the array to stop the 2 speed systems, who jump into the air. However, they lose Wulin and Gu Yue' positions. Nian Xia has released himself from the lock and charges at the opponents. Zi Duo is in the air as she activates her 4th skill. She splits into 3 clones who all activate their 2nd skill as a even larger storm of claw shadows descends. The fire bird and shield guy barely withstand the attack thanks to the support system. Gui Xing summons the whirlpool again but Zi Duo already makes it through the shieldwall. She only activates her 1st skill this time and charges at the support system. However, Xiaoyan's icicle appears in her path. Just as Gui Xing is about to give a thumb-up, Zi Duo coldly smiles. She returns her spirit as 4 rings are replaced by a single purple rings. Her body bulks up and is covered with white fur. Everyone is surprised by her 2nd spirit. She activates her only skill and crushes through the icicle, taking out the support system. Zi Duo then charges at the fire bird but Gui Xing manages to teleport him away. However, he doesn't notice Nian Xia's charge.
The shield guy's shield breaks under Nian Xia's strength. Just as he flies back, Wulin's BSG pulls him back again into Nian Xia's fist, eliminating him. Gui Xing is surprised that Wulin and Gu Yue have somehow managed to eliminate the 2 speed systems. Gui Xing tries to teleport away with the survivors but he loses control of his spirit due to low energy. The resulting explosion takes out both himself and the fire bird. Xiaoyan falls down on the ground and surrenders. Nian Xia decides to target Zi Duo next as it is now 3 against 1, not counting Xiaoyan. However, the others only watch on the sideline. Nian Xia collides with Zi Duo, who has returned to her 4-ring spirit. Nian Xia is glad as he can overpower her this way though something strange then happens. The yellow ki doesn't disappear with Zi Duo's White Tiger spirit but blends with the Hell Civet's dark ki. Zi Duo dissappears as a 5m tall Hell White Tiger appears in her place. Nian Xia is eliminated with a single claw. Class 0 is astonished by the self fusion skill as they remember the twins from the tournament.
Wulin and Gu Yue retreat while Xiaoyan stays behind. Zi Duo cancels her fusion and is obviously exhausted. She tells Xiaoyan to finish her but Xiaoyan instead helps her recover. Some distance away, Wulin and Gu Yue have regrouped with Xie Hou to make plan. They decide against attacking the weakened Zi Duo as Wulin she still has some tricks up her sleeve. Moreover, she can attract and wipe out the other teams for them. Additionally, Gu Yue wants to fight her at her best, for her own pride. Wulin compromises with Gu Yue to fight as a team. However, he whispers another scheme to Xie Hou. After some more peaceful minutes, Chen Yi announces that there are 12 left and it is time for the final rumble. The field changes again, this time into an open arena with a 50m radius. The survivors are class 0 + Zi Duo, Yu Cheng's 3-man team and a heavily injured 4-man team. Yu Cheng, a power system, along with his 2 speed-system teammates wipe out the 4-man team first. 8 left. Seeing some of the opponents only have 2 rings, Yu Cheng's team laugh teasingly. Class 0 gets into formation. Zi Duo is behind them recovering. Wulin tells Gu Yue to save her spirit power and he will take on Yu Cheng. Wulin has been holding back since the beginning and now is his time to prove himself against one of the rankers. The 2 speed-systems become intangible as they circle around class 0's flanks.
TL: Story refers to Xie Hou from now on by his nickname Xie Xie
Gu Yue sits and regains her strength while waiting, while Xie Xie and Xiaoyan confront the other 2. Xie realizes that his is actually a semi-control user, and changes his tactics, while thinking about Elder Cai's comments. Wulin charges at Yu Cheng, BSG erupting. Yu Cheng attacks and Wulin blocks with his golden arm, and then at Yu Cheng's second attack Wulin activates Golden Dragon Body, while using Controlling Crane Catching Dragon to control his opponent's attack, Purple Demon Eyes to disrupt, and his BSG to launch Wulin directly at Yu Cheng.
Yu Cheng recovers and attacks Wulin with his scythe, but is knocked back by Wulin's Golden Dragon Talon. Wulin's BSG are unable to wrap Yu Cheng due to his scythe's protection, but Wulin launches himself at Yu Cheng again. Unleashing his Golden Dragon Fear Claw, he breaks through Yu Cheng's defence and slams him into the ground while witnessed by Zi Duo who just opened her eyes. Yu Cheng continues to resist, while Wulin attacks repeatedly, resulting in Yu Cheng bleeding from the eyes, nose, ears and mouth before finally disappearing from the simulation after the 5th attack. Everyone watching is stunned, and Xie and Xiaoyan quickly finish off their opponents in this time. Wulin withdraws Golden Dragon Body, and is a little pale having had to go all out in that fight. Zi Duo realises that Wulin was definitely not under Nian Xia, just hiding while Xiaoyan calls him captain revealing their relationship to him. Their part finished, they look to Gu Yue.
Zi Duo asks Gu Yue if she is sure about going 1-on-1. On hearing the confirmation, Zi Duo rushs for the 1st strike though Gu Yue teleports away. Gu Yue summons a three-color ice drill: blue, silver and red. The red part explodes, propelling the drill forward. Zi Duo barely manages to stop it with her claw but the fire element inside the drill still damages her. Gu Yue's barrage has begun. More ice drills appear, keeping Zi Duo busy. Moreover, the space element also has a locking effect. Zi Duo is forced to use her 4th skill. Her 2 clones escape to the sides. Gu Yue surrounds herself with a vortex and disappears again right before the clones reach her. When Gu Yue appears again, the vortex is now filled with snowflakes. Sensing danger, Zi Duo rushs to end the fight, all the while resisting the extreme cold. An earth wall appears in her path and is promptly destroyed but behind it, Gu Yue has disappeared for the 3rd time. Zi Duo is now trapped inside the vortex containing ice, wind and earth elements. Wulin, who is blocking for Xie Xie and Xiaoyan, senses that Gu Yue's control has improved to the point that she can control 3 elements with ease. The vortex prevents Zi Duo from sensing Gu Yue's location, forcing her to break out with her 1st skill, Hell Rush Stab. Just as she makes it through, Gu Yue teleports her right back in the vortex's eye again. At the moment Zi Duo breaks down from the pressure, Gu Yue teleports behind her and they both disappear into the vortex. Wulin thinks to himself that defeating Gu Yue requires an alpha strike strategy as she needs time to warm up before using elemental fusion. If Zi Duo has known, an instant start with Hell White Tiger fusion may have brought her victory. However, even using the fusion now is too late as Gu Yue has turned the fight into a war of attrition. What Wulin doesn't know is that Zi Duo needs 3 days of rest before she can use her self fusion again.
Zi Duo switches to her white tiger spirit to break out with force, but is obstructed by Gu Yue's earth walls. This, combined with the accelerating storm, disorients Zi Duo more. Gu Yue appears near Wulin, very pale, and warns them that she is losing control, so the 4 of them run as the explosion will have immense power. The world twists and they find themselves back in the classroom, Chen Yi decided they didn't need to fight eah other to end it. Chen Yi has Wulin and Gu Yue decide who will be class leader, with Gu Yue stepping back and smiling at Wulin. Xiaoyan and Xie Xie give up on the vice leader position, with Chen Yi awarding them a number of contribution points and giving Zi Duo the position. Class captain is Wulin, vice captains are Gu Yue and Zi Duo. Next up are the secondary career leaders, and Gu Yue heads to the mech design contest.
The rest of class 0 returns to the dorm for meditation. At lunchtime, the class committee has been finalized. Gu Yue is also the design commissioner; no one knows she is rank 4. Gui Xing is the manufacture commissioner, rank 3, beating Yu Cheng. Surprisingly, Zi Duo is the repair commissioner. Repairing requires knowledge of both designing and manufacturing. Only rank 6 and above can fix a power armor. In the end, 7 positions are fulfilled by only 4 people. Similar situations also happen in other gradeSS as the best students tend to be multi-talented. There was once a student who was appointed the commissioner for repair, design and manufacture as well as vice-president. That student later entered the inner sect.
In the afternoon, class 0 returns to the dorm for cultivation. Both Wulin and Xiaoyan are near a breakthrough to lv30. The dorm is visted by an unwanted guest, Zheng Yu. He is assigned to be Yuan En's roommate, whom is very annoyed as Zheng Yu has been challenging him all day for Yuan En's president position. Zheng Yu is also annoyed that his classmates think that he is no match for Yuan En. Moreover, there is also the fallen angel business but the academy has told Zheng Yu to leave the investigation to them. After some bickering, Yuan En leaves to the staff office to request a room change
Mu Chen is currently in the head office of the Forging Guild's branch in Heaven Sea League negotiating his release. The branch president, Zhen Hua, is his childhood friend. They even loved the same woman, Mu Chen's wife Bao'er, though Zhen Hua gave up to advance his career while Mu Chen moved to a border town, now East Sea city. Zhen Hua is very angry that Mu Chen wants to abandon his hometown for Shrek as he is one of the pillars of the League's blacksmithing. Zhen Hua gives in to Mu Chen's demand when the latter explains he wants to becomes the master of the Guild's Shrek branch. Zhen Hua warns Mu Chen about the crazy old man at Shrek and asks about Mu Chen's family. Mu Chen then brings up another favor to his old friend: enrolling Mu Xi into Shrek. This angers Zhen Hua a 2nd time.
When Wulin wakes up, he is surprised to see Yuan En cleaning, wondering if he's a clean freak. It seems Yuan En finally got approved for a room change. Wulin decides to bring some welcoming gifts to Zheng Yu, with bad intention. Zheng Yu reluctantly lets Wulin in. Zheng Yu is very disatisfied with the condition of the dorm. Wulin tells Zheng Yu he has an offer to make. First, Wulin shows the 2 pieces of Meteor Iron he got from Wu Yu, dazzling Zheng Yu. Wulin introduces the product and asks Zheng Yu to name his price. Wulin didn't go to Yuan En because he doesn't want to rip his friend off. Zheng Yu asks Wulin back to give the price to hide his interest. Wulin fakes leaving but Zheng Yu calls him back and explains he doesn't have much contribution points instead of money. Wulin offers to exchange the metal with rare herbs for his 3rd unsealing. They are thousand-year Earth Dragon Essence, Ice Marrow, Dragon Soul Grass and Life Grass. Zheng Yu only agrees to 2 of them but he first asks for the origin of the metal. Wulin proves it with his forging rank 4 badge. When Wulin stands to leave, he thinks he plays Zheng Yu like a fiddle but it was actually the other way around. The rare herbs are nothing to the older fox but he wants to make a business connection with a rare high rank blacksmith. Wulin's mistake was only considering the market price of a piece of thousand-forging Meteor Iron, which sells for 200k-300k in federal money.
At the next class, Chen Yi announces that the committee will stay behind after class to sort the students into groups based on their 2nd profession and send them offers from the corresponding Guild. She then tags out to Wukong, who is today lecturer. The lecture is on Mech Manufacture. After class, the committee gathers to begin their work. There are 8 blacksmiths, 34 designers, 31 manufacturers and the rest are repairmen. Chen Yi then tells them to make balanced groups of the students. Wulin proposes splitting the class into 7 groups according to the number of blacksmiths other than himself. While they are working, Gui Xing is all-smile and friendly while Zi Duo is always coldly staring at Wulin while crossing her arms. After they are dismissed, Gu Yue tells Wulin that he still doesn't have everyone's respect. Wulin replies that if someone can do a better job, they can take it from him. The 2 leave to Chen Yi to report.
Chen Yi praises Wulin's effort and asks him about what happened with elder Feng. Right on cue, the crazy elder enters, greeting little girl Chen Yi. He wants to negotiate with Chen Yi and Wukong about being Wulin's master. Wukong coldly replies that it is up to Wulin.
Wu Yu sarcastically fires back about the brat Wukong's self-exile. He then asks the 2 teachers not to assign too much work to Wulin and then drags him away to his workshop. Chen Yi and Gu Yue ask Wukong if it's okay to let Wulin go with elder Feng. Wukong replies that Luanshi can always interfere. Moreover, Wu Yu can be a good example as he became a level 8 Saint Artisan through hard work. He only started forging when he was 48. Gu Yue is relieved. She goes somewhere outside of the academy.
Inside Wu Yu's workshop, Wulin refuses to study forging. Wu Yu is initially angered but he calms down when Wulin explains that his cultivation has not reached lv30. Wu Yu didn't have this problem as he was way older when he reached Spirit Forging. He then offers him a way to instantly increase his cultivation with zero after-effect in return for Wulin's first 10 spirit-forgings. Wulin refuses with no hesitation as he thinks the price is too expensive, 50k points, and believes that he only needs 2 more months for a breakthrough. Wu Yu is very pissed off but he still negotiates, saying that he will provide the material. Wulin continues to refuse. Wu Yu has to let Wulin leave because he is already at the pinnacle of rank 4 forging.
Night comes. Xie Xie is taking a stroll around the dorm thinking about various things like the president battle royale and his subsequent surrender, his strength compared to Wulin and the way forward for him as a dual-spirit holder. He suddenly sees some light as a supposed-to-be-vacant apartment. Xie Xie brings out the Shadow Dragon Dagger and sneaks forward. Behind the curtain, there are sounds of water. As Xie Xie slightly lifts up the curtain, he blushes and realizes he is in deep trouble. The red-haired fallen angel girl was bathing behind the curtain. She has noticed Xie Xie and angrily shouts, unleashing a skill. Xie Xie tries to escape but he is dragged down by a dark qi. He switches to the Light Dragon Dagger and flies out with tremendous force. The girl breaks through the window and lands where Xie Xie was. Now dressed in Shrek uniform, the girl, red with shame, curses under her breath as she summons a red longsword. She activates her 2nd skill and slashes down toward Xie Xie. He can feel the killing intent and decides to activate Dual Dragons Storm.
An explosion engraves Xie Xie to the wall. The red-haired girl is about to pursue when Holy Light fills the sky above the dorm. Zheng Yu lands in front of Xie Xie and arrogantly laugh, finally getting confirmation for his suspicion. The girl coldly tells him to screw off. Zheng Yu summons a holy longsword, which looks like a duplicate of the girl's own sword. Something weird happens. The 2 purple rings at the girl's feet suddenly change to 3 at her qi greatly increases. Zheng Yu realizes the girl has some sort of simulation skill that her spirit and level. He is not sure he can beat her at night. Finally, Wulin, Gu Yue and Xiaoyan arrives as reinforcement. Seeing the wounded Xie Xie, Wulin asks Zheng Yu for an explanation. Confirming the enemy, Wulin moves to Zheng Yu's side with Gu Yue while Xiaoyan stands guard over Xie Xie with her night-only Star Ice Staff. The red-haired girl clearly shouts her intent to kill Xie Xie and charges toward him with her 3rd skill like an arrow. Zheng Yu uses his 1st skill, Holy Light, to reveal the girl from her after-images. Wulin realizes that she has a deep grudge toward Xie Xie as she has forgone all defense for offense. Zheng Yu activates his 3rd skill with the Holy Longsword, Holy Judgement. A coil of light strikes down from the sky. Wulin also moves forward with the scales covering his arm to block her attack, holding back from using the claw. Gu Yue teleports to Xie Xie's side while creating icicles as Xiaoyan binds the girl with Star Chain. The girl suddenly comes to a halt under the bind as Zheng Yu's Judgement lands on her. Xie Xie suddenly shouts not to hurt her, stopping Wulin and Gu Yue but not the Judgement light. A 5m-radiant crater appears, knocking class 0 backward. However, at ground zero, a purple light flashes toward Xie Xie. Wulin pulls Xie Xie back with a BSG strand. However, the purple light still manages to hit him, leaving behind a 1m long wound, cutting off some flesh. Wulin angrily attacks with the Golden Dragon Claw. The 5m-radius crater expands to 10m. Zheng Yu is impressed.
The girl has disappeared, replaced with a 5m tall giant. She has 5 deep gashes on her right arm. Wulin is blown backward, only stopped by Gu Yue. They are astonished as the giant is Yuan En's Titan Great Ape. Wulin realizes that the girl is, in fact, Yuan En. However, a rain of light falls from the sky and crushes everyone to the ground, with Zheng Yu getting the worst followed by Xie Xie and Xiaoyan. Wulin manages to hug Gu Yue and summons his Golden Dragon body to withstand the pressure but he is still on 1 knee. Yuan En also manages to resist. From the sky, 2 Enforcers, a Spirit Saint and Emperor, appear in power armors. The Saint asks for an explanation. He sees Xie Xie and stops his bleeding while also releases the pressure. Zheng Yu reports and points to Yuan En as the culprit. Yuan En releases her spirit. Now in black underwear, she answers the Saint. In red face, she points to Xie Xie, who doesn't know what to say. The Enforcers tell them to first go back home before continuing the trial. Half an hour later, at the disiplinary office, Chen Yi, Wukong and elder Cai meet with the Enforcers and the co-op students. Everyone has weird looks on their face. Yuan En has changed into a female uniform and looks like she wants to devour Xie Xie alive. The Saint reports that everything was because of a misunderstanding, which understandably angers elder Cai. The Saint explains embarrassedly the situation, revealing Yuan En's full name, Yuan En Ye Hui. Wulin also backs up his story. However, elder Cai is still very angry. She normally wouldn't be present for a peeking incident but this involves a student of her class. She sentences Xie Xie to a 5k-point fine paid within 3 months. He must also pay Yuan En 10k in reparation within a year.
Elder Cai turns to Yuan En and scolds her not to take revenge. Under the elder's pressure, Yuan En can only clench her fist and cry. For Zheng Yu, his punishment is 1 month of cleaning the Spirit Ice square by himself and a 5k reparation to Yuan En for a 2nd offense. Elder Cai tells him that Yuan En's main spirit is the Titan Ape and Shrek's rigorous testings have confirmed she is not an evil master. Gu Yue gets off scotch-free because she didn't fight. Xiaoyan is fined 1k points. Wulin is fined 5k and another 5k as reparation. Wulin protests so the elder ups it to 20k. Gu Yue also protests. Elder Cai basically tells them that the world is not fair and might makes right. The only way they can talk on the same level is when they are a match for her. After elder Cai leaves, Xie Xie apologizes to Wulin and offers to take on his debt but Wulin refuses. Chen Yi lectures them, telling Wulin his punishment is the worst because he is a class president with more responsibility. Xie Xie wonders why Yuan En hides her gender. Wulin speculates that it would be embarrassing for a girl to have Titan Ape as a spirit with the ripped clothes and huge shape. Class 0 returns home for meditation.
The next morning, Xie Xie has mostly recovered aside from a slight lack of blood. Xiaoyan teases him relentlessly on the way to class. Wulin comforts him and tells Xie Xie to focus on paying his fine and be careful if he meets Yuan En. The class then begins with another of Wukong's lecture on mech manufacture.
At the end of the lecture, Wukong gives the class an assignment: each of them must build a personal mech suit in groups. The first 7 groups are already divided by the class committee. The 8th group will be the 4 committee members. Wukong will teach the basics. For the rest, there is the library. The time limit is the end of the semester. If anyone fails, their whole group fails and will be expelled. Piloting lessons will begin in the middle of the semester. The final exam will be a mech combat tournament. The bottom 10 will be expelled. Each group will pick the strongest 4 for the tournament. Wukong gives them 30 minutes of discussion.
Wulin feels puppy dog eyes on him. It's Xiaoyan who is worrying about the exam. Wulin goes to encourage her then returns to his group. They divide the roles according to their positions and agree that they will buy their own material. Wulin assures everyone that he has a 100% success rate for thousand-forging, which surprises both Zi Duo and Gui Xing. Gu Yue then suggests they build power armors, which creates another surprise. She thinks mech suit is a waste of time and believes that the committee should set an example for the normal students. As a rank 4 designer, she has a 70% success rate of designing a 1-word power armor, which would have a huge advantage over a mech suit. Gui Xing reminds everyone of the time limit as his rank 3 manufacturing would take more than a semester. Zi Duo suggests that they just build the individual parts and equip them. She can help Gui Xing with the manufacturing if it is just at refined grade. Moreover, they can continue to build the full set over the next semesters to meet the requirements for inner school early. Students normally learn about building a power armor in grade 3. They all turn to Wulin for his opinion. Wulin agrees, admitting the great risk but he can't turn away from the big reward.
The first step of the plan is finding a secret armor workshop. The 2nd step is choosing suitable metal. The 3rd step is making the designs, starting from the right armguard. For the metal, Wulin picks the familiar Heavy Silver. Gu Yue picks Magic Silver. While it is not as strong as Heavy Silver, it has the special property of increasing elemental affinities. Gu Yue asks if Wulin want to attempt building a 2-word armor. Wulin replies he will wait until he is lv40 and 6-rank blacksmith. He plans to graduate at grade 4. Gu Yue agrees and changes the topic to worrying about Xie Xie and Xiaoyan.
Gu Yue asks if they can accept Xie Xie and Xiaoyan into their group. Wulin refuses, stating the 2 need hardship to grow though he agrees to help if they are in a pinch. Wulin then change the topic to Gu Yue's design rank 4. She seems to dodge the question, saying that Xiaoyan will also soon reach rank 4 as her Soul Force is level is near 300. Suddenly, Wulin's phone rings. Mu Chen calls to announce his arrival. He asks to meet Wulin after lunch.
Wulin arrives at Shrek city's Forging Guild. It's in an old dirty 3-story building, giving a different impression compared to the East Sea branch. Mu Xi greets Wulin with an ear pinch as he enters. She scolds him for not even sending a text. She then turns around with a smile on her face and leads Wulin to Mu Chen's office. Mu Chen formally congratulates Wulin on succeeding spirit forging and asks about Wulin's situation at Shrek Academy. He then goes in a lecture on the relation between age, spirit power and blacksmithing prowess. He expects Wulin to be Saint Artisan at 20yo and begins attempting God Artisan at 30yo.
Mu Chen then explains why the Shrek branch is in such a dingy old building. It is because of the discord between the Guild and Shrek Academy. Shrek's Guilds are all run by themselves. Mu Chen then asks about elder Feng and allows Wulin to take him as master. He admits that he is not as good as the elder Feng and that the crazy elder would forcefully take Wulin as a disciple sooner or later. Mu Chen then change the topic to Wulin's process of spirit forging. He is surprised about the golden bloodline spirit ring because it is completely different from normal spirit rings and able to supply Wulin with spirit power. He asks to witness Wulin's 2nd spirit forging. Wulin then brings up his intention of forging a power armor. Mu Chen gives another lecture, stating that forging decides 50% of the end product. Mu Chen then tells Wulin that Mu Xi will also enter Shrek on a scholarship granted by the Guild. She will be a grade 2 student, same as Yuan En. Mu Xi scolds Wulin for acting surprised but goes a little bit too far. Mu Chen realizes that she probably has something for Wulin despite the age difference.
Thinking about Yuan Chen gives Wulin a headace due to his debt. He decides to go apologize later. Mu Xi then leads Wulin out. She tells him to send a text. When Wulin asks about her rank, Mu Xi answers that she is lv38 and rank 4 blacksmith. Wulin advises her to begin researching power armor. While she is adamant as she wants to focus solely on blacksmithing, when Wulin leaves, Mu Xi resolves to catch up to him.
Alone at the dorm, Xie Xie is still thinking about the Yuan En incident. He is surprised by the approaching footsteps but gets dissapointed when it turns out to be Zheng Yu. Zheng Yu, angered by his fine, grumbles at Xie Xie why he is in front of Yuan En's door. On hearing his intent to apologize, Zheng Yu heartily laughs and advises him to be careful not to die. As Zheng Yu leaves, Yuan En also arrives in her boy uniform. She coldly tells Xie Xie to get and slams the door on him. As Xie Xie leaves, Yuan En sits on her bed audibly sobbing. When both Wulin and Gu Yue return, they are surprised to hear Xie Xie went apologizing. Wulin tells him to join a guild to get his mind off thing, mentioning the strength gap between him and Yuan En. Xie Xie suddenly gets excited and runs off to the Manufacturing Guild. Wulin goes to meditate but is interrupted by elder Feng. Wu Yu tells Wulin to follow him as he is going