The gray-robed elder stared angrily, but he did not know how to rebut. Although the middle-aged man’s words were hard-nosed, it was extremely rational.
The battle exchange’s goal was to learn from one another, but when the difference in strength was too disparate, it could not meet the goals of an exchange. Such a battle exchange was a complete waste of time.
However, the gray-robed elder did not believe that it was just a spur of the moment. Everything had been premeditated.
By forcibly bringing forward the battle exchange, Zeus must have decided to sever the illusion of peace between the two parties through this battle exchange. The speed battle that happened much faster than previous years was also planned in advanced.
If that was the case, Heartless’ “hundred Psionic Condensing Pills” declaration was also designed ahead of time. And his so-called “personal reasons” was an excuse used to conceal the matter!
Revealing Heartless’ personal reasons at the end was also done deliberately. It was to prevent this scheme from having any flaws.
The gray-robed elder quickly figured out the truth as his pupils violently constricted. He looked at the middle-aged man and said in aghast, “That Ye Youtian is one of yours!”
Yes, everything was a result of Ye Youtian, who suddenly appeared. He rationalized Heartless’ so-called “personal reasons”. It made the quick end of the battle understandable, and with that, Zeus had used it as a perfectly legitimate reason to sever the tradition of the battle exchange.
Ye Youtian, no. That person might very well be a fake Ye Youtian. He was just a tiny chess piece Zeus had buried in Gaia. It was meant to detonate at the appropriate time!
The middle-aged man revealed an odd smile and said, “It is whatever you think it is.”
The gray-robed elder gave a wry smile. “So it was just a chess piece that could be abandoned at any time. This scheme was indeed ingenious. I believe it was that particular Lord’s work?”
The middle-aged man turned his head away with a deadpan expression and spoke no more.
With the topic ending here, there was already nothing further to talk about. As long as they held onto the results of the battle exchange, public opinion was leaning towards Zeus. No one would believe that such a tradition needed to continue persisting.
However, this was just the beginning. Since Zeus had severed this tradition, it meant that they were about to begin their actions of devouring Gaia. Although it was unknown what their next act was, it was likely to happen very soon. Furthermore, it would be closely linked to what had just happened.
The gray-robed elder’s face turned ashen. With the situation fixed in place, he had no way of redeeming the cancellation of the battle exchange tradition. Now, what he needed to consider was to guard against Zeus’ acquisition.
In the stadium, One-Pun looked at the elderly God of Swords and said with a sigh, “Was this the reason why you personally came?”
The elderly God of Swords gave an awkward smile and said, “I did not know about the plans of those old fogeys in Zeus, but they did tell me that the mass selection might be dangerous, so they invited me. And since the matter affects the safety of my two disciples, I naturally could not sit idle. I did not know beforehand that those old fogeys had invited me here because they were afraid that Zeus would make a desperate rush after all decorum was lost.”
One-Pun fell silent for a few moments after hearing this. He said, “The explanation is just a cover.”
The elderly God of Swords roared with laughter and answered, “A cover means a fabricated story. Haha, go ahead and use the most malicious speculation against my integrity. I would still have a clear conscience!”
One-Pun sighed and spoke no further. Everything was a foregone conclusion, so speaking any further was pointless.
The audience had already burst into a flurry of discussion. Although this matter was reasonable, it was still a huge smack in the face. The failure in the battle was just too disastrous and the cancellation of the tradition meant that Gaia would definitely lose all face.
In the arena, the corners of Heartless’ mouth suffused an undetectable smile. Suddenly, he shouted loudly towards the audience and said, “Do not blame us for being heartless. Think carefully what resulted in this outcome. It’s not that Zeus does not want to continue the friendly exchange with Gaia, but it’s because your rookies are too weak! Think back to the seven battles today. What did you all see? Crushing defeats, completely crushing defeats! Do you understand? Everything is a result of your rookie delegation being unable to live up to expectations!”
When Heartless’ voice echoed in the audience’s ears, it immediately resulted in a lot of anger from the audience. However, a number of people were angry because of Heartless’ relentless words, while another group of people had found an outlet to vent this anger. They transferred their fury towards the Gaia rookie delegation.
Such voices began to slowly appear from the audience stands.
“Sigh, others can’t be blamed when our rookie delegation can’t live up to expectations.”
“That’s right. Other than those two chicks, the rest were trash!”
“I know that blond teenager. His name is Kevin. He calls himself a genius every day, but what was the result? A fucking piece of trash.”
“In the future, don’t flaunt Mu Yuesheng. She came to Gaia only because it’s better to be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion. In Gaia, she may be very strong, but when compared to people from other organizations, she’s only average. In front of a super rookie, she’s nothing.”
“That Ye Youtian, who came out last, was also a joke. I thought the person who would appear last would be some impressive figure. Who knew… Heh heh.”
“Hey, brother, let me tell you. This Ye Youtian is from our Annihilation division. He’s usually a simpleton and only at the third level of the Psionic Mortal Realm. He’s not even anything in the Annihilation division.”
“Ah? Why did the upper echelons let that crap appear for the finale?”
“They had nothing to lose. Gaia is doomed sooner or later.”
“Fuck, it makes me feel like transferring to another organization.”
Jarring discussions filled the audience stands. Naturally, there were people retorting, and soon, it began breaking out into a nasty quarrel. The situation turned chaotic almost immediately.
The six members of the rookie delegation that had secretly come to a corner of the audience stand from the lounge heard the accusations and quarrels. Their faces slowly turned ugly.
The three rookies who were there just to make up the numbers lowered their heads.
Kevin’s face was livid as he clenched his fists.
Tears welled up in Mozzie’s eyes.
Mu Yuesheng bit her lower lip, and her brown eyes were filled with obstinacy.
Be it slander or mockery, the facts were irrefutable. They had been thrashed. It was a thorough thrashing!
Against the accusations, they could only tolerate it and silently suffer.
Suddenly, a world-shaking explosion boomed as everyone in the audience felt themselves quiver!
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Suddenly, a world-shaking explosion boomed as everyone in the audience felt themselves quiver!
All of the noisy audience turned to look at the source of the explosion in aghast and what they saw made them immediately widen their eyes, as though they had seen a ghost.
They saw steel debris swirling in the sky as a gigantic hole appeared in a huge perimeter wall on the left side of the stadium!
A figure walked out of the hole and retracted his straightened right fist. Combining the explosion, the hole in the wall and the stretched-out fist, everyone finally realized what had happened.
“Am I dreaming?”
“Isn’t the stadium’s perimeter steel walls a meter thick? This fucking punch managed to punch such a large hole?”
The audience exclaimed, and when Mozzie and company saw the figure walk out of the hole, they cried out simultaneously.
“Lord Shi Xiaobai!”
After the three people exclaimed, they felt a dark gloomy cloud above their heads.
Shi Xiaobai, can you not have such a grandiose entrance?
One-Pun gave himself a facepalm as he heard the elderly God of Swords exclaim, “Holy shit, who is this kid!?”
One-Pun said out of exasperation, “A little monster that can give even me a headache.”
The elderly God of Swords chuckled and said, “His posturing is very good for an entrance. He suits my tastes.”
One-Pun was rendered speechless and only grimly smiled.
Heartless, who was about to leave, turned around in shock. Seeing an uninvited person walk towards the arena with a cold face after punching a hole through the steel wall, Heartless could not help but ask, “Who are you?”
Shi Xiaobai slowly walked into the arena and saw Heartless. Coldly, he asked, “Where’s Heartless!?”
Heartless frowned slightly and asked curiously, “I’m Heartless, what’s the matter?”
Shi Xiaobai glanced at Heartless and suddenly walked towards the purplish-gold silver dragon sword stuck to the ground. Clasping its hilt, he pulled the sword out.
Heartless’ expression changed as he cried, “Put my sister’s sword down!”
Sunless, who was at the passageway, noticed the situation and slowly raised her hand. She whispered, “Sword, return.”
A few seconds later, Sunless gaped her mouth slightly.
Why was there no response from her sword?
Sunless began silently considering various attempts at taking back her sword from the strange boy, but she did not execute any of them.
She wanted to shout, “That’s my sword”, but having not shouted loudly for a long time, she no longer knew how to shout. When the voice came out of her mouth, it was just an inaudible voice.
And on the other side, Shi Xiaobai pointed the purplish-golden silver dragon sword at Heartless. His face was filled with contempt as he scorned, “One strike. There will not be any more than that.”
After saying that, Shi Xiaobai held the sword and slowly walked towards Heartless. His eyes were cold, resembling Death that was approaching. His intention for battle could not be any clearer.
The audience that was still in a flurry of discussion was stunned.
This teenager that made such a grandiose entrance wanted to begin fighting immediately after a statement? And what was the meaning behind his statement?
Heartless understood what Shi Xiaobai meant and was immediately infuriated. However, as he sensed the slowly approaching Shi Xiaobai’s aura rising, his expression changed immediately. Hurriedly, he unsheathed his black sword and took up position to face the battle.
By the side, the elderly God of Swords smiling face changed drastically as though he realized something. He immediately wanted to rush forward, but he immediately felt an invisible pressure on him. It made his forehead produce beads of perspiration. He looked up and in the sky, he saw a light hidden amidst the sunlight.
And at the same time, Shi Xiaobai had already slowly walked to a distance ten meters away from Heartless. With a sneer, he suddenly accelerated!
The ten meters distance was instantly reduced to less than a meter.
Shi Xiaobai appeared in a blink of an eye in front of Heartless. The silver sword swept down like a whip from the side.
This was a sudden attack, but the alert Heartless was already prepared. With a sweep of his backhand, the black sword slashed at the silver sword!
The silver sword clashed with the black sword!
An explosive crash echoed as the scene that everyone was watching intently stunned everyone. They saw the black sword instantly break into several fragments, while the silver sword continued slashing forward before coming to a sudden stop in front of Heartless’ neck.
A strong wind suddenly arose as Heartless was sent flying to the side like a rocket. He slammed heavily into the steel wall more than ten meters away. He spat out a mouthful of blood and had a weak expression on his face. His eyes were filled with terror.
The audience struggled to swallow a mouthful of saliva as they could not believe the scene in front of them.
Heartless was one-shot!
They then saw the black-haired teenager who had suddenly arrived turn towards the audience stand with a deadpan expression. It was as though what he did was no big deal.
“This Person is Tu Dahei!”
Suddenly, like he was giving a speech, the black-haired teenager spoke out loudly towards everyone without any heed, “This Person is Tu Dahei, a nameless rookie in Gaia. I’m ranked at the bottom in Gaia, which is filled with hidden talents, but today, while browsing through the discussion forums, I saw a Brainless Ye brag about feeding a hundred Psionic Condensing Pills to the pigs. With my bad temper, I couldn’t stand for this! I’m not an expert, but experts have chosen to keep a low profile, so only I could step forward. As all of you have seen, my sword technique is very average. It’s just Beginner Sword I just learned. Therefore, I advise all rookies that came from Zeus, you are all currently in danger. Thankfully, I was the one who struck out. If it were any other more awesome rookie, it’s hard to tell if your life would be spared, but your dicks would definitely be gone. Alright, that’s all I have to say. Continue on.”
After the black-haired youth said that, he suddenly ran away at an extremely fast speed under the agape audience’s stares. In a blink of an eye, he ran out of the hole in the perimeter wall and disappeared from their vision.