Five minutes later Six minutes later
The precise punches were still on.
As the whispers grew louder than ever, Yuan Manqiu smiled.
"Ladies and gentlemen, our booth, the Burning Town, is of course make believe. Everything is made up by mock-ups and holograms.
"However, the damage to the crystal suit which is receiving the stability test right now are a hundred percent authentic.
"Before the exhibition, we conducted a series of destruction experiments for three days on the Mystic Skeleton Battlesuit. Please see the light beam for the detailed recordings of the experiment.
"At first, the front side of the crystal suit was crushed by a force of 20 tons ten times in a row, which was to simulate the high-speed collision of the heavily-armored demon beasts.
"Secondly, a Hellfire-Lightning was set off five meters away from the crystal suit, which was to simulate the blast and bombardment of the bomber demon beasts.
"Then, natural venom of demon beasts, which was as corrosive as the body fluid of demon generals, was sprayed to the surface of the crystal suit, and wasn't cleaned up by water until five hours later.
"Eventually, the crystal suit was poured upon with flammable liquid and set ablaze. After burning for ten minutes, the fire was put off by the staff who shoveled sand on it.
"After the four destruction experiments, the crystal suit has become as crappy as you are seeing right now.
"As you've all witnessed, although it has suffered various impairments, the Mystic Skeleton Battlesuit is still highly stable and precise.
"I'd like to point out that this prototype is utterly devoid of Heavenly Materials and Earthly Treasures, and nor has it employed any special techniques or tricks. It was refined according to the industrialization standard, which means any future Mystic Skeleton Battlesuits will be as excellent as this one!
"If you have any doubts about the videos, or what I said just now, you are welcome to examine the suit closely later. I've noticed that we have a lot of experts here who will be able to tell whether or not the damage to the suit is real with their own eyes."
Yuan Manqiu's words caused another round of chaos. The crowds whispered to one another like sparrows in a spring.
Right then, the ten-minute countdown came to an end.
As the countdown returned to zero, the Cultivator on the platform punched the dynamometer for the last time with his left fist.
The reading was still 888.88 kg, exactly the same as the very first punch of his left fist.
What was more shocking was that according to the counter beside the dynamometer, he had punched a thousand times in total, five hundred times with his left fist and five hundred times with his right fist!
Punching a thousand times in an exactly fixed rhythm for ten minutes and keeping the force of each punch at exactly the same level!
Such terrifying precision was remarkable enough both for the crystal suit and for the Exo who had been wearing it.
Everyone was eyeing the Exo in astonishment.
After the Exo finished the test smoothly and went off the platform, his body weirdly blinked as he made the first step on the ground.
"Don't worry, everyone. There is nothing wrong with the Mystic Skeleton Battlesuit. It was caused by the difference of gravity."
Yuan Manqiu said unhurriedly, as she tossed another heavy bomb to the crowds, "Did I mention that the platform has been built inside a rune array where the gravity is ten times larger than usual?"
Everyone was truly shocked.
The amazing performance that had conquered all of them was actually completed in ten-time gravity?
What kind of crystal suit was this?
Who was the Exo that had been wearing it?
Finally, the mysterious Exo walked back to the spotlight in front of the audience.
The helmet split, unveiling a face that was almost too young for an ace Exo which most audience had imagined him to be.
Several well-informed reporters recognized him and gasped.
As the star of his generation in the Grand Desolate War Institution, Li Yao had been known by his nicknames 'Vulture' and 'Fiend Star'.
However, most people never knew that he was also such a skilled Exo!
Li Yao smiled. "I am Li Yao, a sophomore student of the Refining Department of the Grand Desolate War Institution. I first got in touch with crystal suits last year and studied in the Thunder Training Camp for three months, but I was unfortunately eliminated in the end.
"All in all, I am not a professional Exo. I am just a refiner who likes wearing crystal suits as a hobby. It was because of the stability and precision of the Mystic Skeleton Battlesuit that I luckily completed the test just now.
"Seeing that an amateur Exo such as myself could complete such a difficult test, you must have a deeper understanding how excellent the Mystic Skeleton Battlesuit is now, right?"
His words caused another round of exclamations.
The ordinary people and the Cultivators who were not familiar with Li Yao's background were astounded by the dramatic enhancement of the Mystic Skeleton Battlesuit, which had boosted a sophomore refiner that barely knew about crystal suits before to such an inconceivable level.
But for those who knew the truth, especially the refiners from the competitors, they were cursing Li Yao's shamelessness in their mind. It was true that he was a sophomore, but everyone knew that 'Vulture Li Yao' was one of the best students of the Grand Desolate War Institution who boasted amazing capabilities!
It was also true that he had been eliminated in the Thunder Training Camp towards the end of his training, but that was because he had been trapped in Thunderous Sound Mountain.
In the regard of riding a crystal suit, Li Yao was definitely the top of the class of students who were enrolled in the Thunder Training Camp at the same time with him. He was definitely able to stand equal to Long Qianyue, whose fame had been on the rise among Exos.
Such a genius was pretending to be someone common. Wasn't it a little over-modest, jerk?
Before they were able to speak out aloud, the reporters had already crowded forward.
Almost twenty crystal microphones were waving up and down, jabbing at Li Yao's face as if they were swords and sabers.
"Mr. Li Yao, I've long heard your crazy performance in the Thunder Training Camp, which has left a deep impression on many of your classmates. Even such an expert as Long Qianyue has expressed her regret that she didn't find the opportunity to challenge you in the final elimination match and her intention that she would like to challenge you again in good time. I never expected that you are so skilled at driving a crystal suit!"
"Mr. Li Yao, since you are the test pilot of the Mystic Skeleton Battlesuit, you must know its advantages and disadvantages very clearly. Can you elaborate them from the perspective of an Exo?"
"Mr. Li Yao, you guys have visited a lot of MP crystal suit models provided by your competitors. What do you have to say about their products, especially Tiger King, Mournful Mist, and Sword Torrent? Although their costs are much higher than the cost of the Mystic Skeleton Battlesuit, their specifications seem to be much better than that of your crystal suit. Is the Mystic Skeleton Battlesuit good enough to compete against them?"
Li Yao was never a prudent man. He smiled and said, "In my opinion, the relationship between the Mystic Skeleton Battlesuit and the products of our competitors can be compared to the relationship between egg fried rice and seafood fried rice."
His remark silenced the entire spot.
Even the most knowledgeable reporters were looking at each other in confusion.
Some of them rubbed their ears uncontrollably which they thought had deceived them.
Crystal suit and fried rice? How in the world were they related?
Li Yao explained unhurriedly, "We visited a lot of booths just now and we have no doubt, but only admiration for the experience and capability that the major universities and sects of the federation have in the refinement of crystal suits.
"As a crystal suit fan, I have listed many of their classic crystal suit models as objects that I need to study and targets that I must reach. I dream of buying several of their masterpieces, even if that might bankrupt me.
"However, the classic crystal suit models have utilized a lot of Heavenly Materials and Earthly Treasures without any exception.
"A refiner who is good at crafting high-end crystal suits equals to a chef of an expensive restaurant who is good at making seafood fried rice with the best lobsters, scallops and abalones.
"I'm afraid that such a dish of seafood fried rice won't be affordable for everyone. Two to three thousand a serving, I imagine.
"However, the chef is now asked to make a dish of ordinary fried rice with a cost below a hundred.
"I admit that the culinary skills of the chef are definitely top of the trade. However, the cost limits his options. How can he put in the tasteful seafood that he is most familiar with when he only has a budget of a hundred bucks?
"The Grand Desolate War Institution is different. As the well-acknowledged citadel of grassroots refining ideology, the Refining Department of the Grand Desolate War Institution has gained abundant experience in the refinement of low-end magical equipment for a long time. We are like ordinary cooks specializing in egg fried rice.
"If we were to produce a dish of seafood fried rice that sells two to three thousand, our product would certainly be beaten to the ground.
"However, if the target of the competition is a dish of ordinary fried rice, no one will have more professional expertise than we do.
"We have never considered whether or not we should add seafood since the very beginning. Instead, we have carefully picked the perfect eggs, hams, onions and rice and cooked them into impeccable ham-and-egg fried rice in the way that we are most familiar with and good at.
"Let me ask you, if you have a hundred bucks, would you prefer a bowl of seafood fried rice without any seafood, or a bowl of supreme ham-and-egg fried rice with authentic and well-picked ingredients?
"I have every faith in the Mystic Skeleton Battlesuit, and I believe that you will enjoy our 'supreme ham-and-egg fried rice'!
"Action speak louder than words. Crystal suits are the stars of the Magical Equipment Exposition this year. The organizer has specially set up many contests for crystal suits. I'll participate in some of the important ones with the Mystic Skeleton Battlesuit. By that time, you will be able to observe the collision of different types of 'fried rice'!"
The unexpected metaphor had prompted the reporters to write it down quickly; Li Yao's aggressive declaration made many of them enjoy themselves, too.
Right then, an unharmonious shriek came from the crowd.
"Mr. Li Yao, your performance just now is too unbelievable for a beginner with a cheap crystal suit to achieve. The dynamometer"
Happy Spring Festival to everybody!
Or as we say it, chun jie kuai le!
CNY bonus chapter #4