Yan Hebin explained the process of the mech in great detail, leaving most of the audience in a state of bewilderment. Their minds were fixated on one thought. “Has the Imperial Navy University gone mad? Is this some kind of madness?”
It was no easy feat to achieve a military-grade mech, and even regular mech companies might struggle to develop such a masterpiece. Yet, the person standing on the stage right now was just a freshman!
However, if one paid close attention to the specific data presented during the briefing, they would notice that each parameter seemed to be overly perfect. If these data were true and valid, the value of this mech would likely surpass that of Thunder Technology University.
People exchanged glances, feeling like they had lost all judgment.
The crowd split into two factions.
“Is this for real? I heard there’s some rivalry between the Imperial Navy University’s Yu Zeyang and Wen Han. This display is probably just to prove a point!”
“What’s the point of proving anything? They’ve made big claims, but they’ll have to back it up later!”
“The Imperial Navy University is undoubtedly top-notch in military application, but their expertise lies more in combat. Thunder Research University is more well-rounded. I think it’s just a publicity stunt.”
“Didn’t you hear the data presented earlier? It’s incredibly impressive! It does seem to be on par with top-level mechs.”
“Presenters often exaggerate data during introductions. Let’s wait and see during the actual showcase.”
“To break the ninth-level difficulty, the mech operator must be exceptionally skilled. They might have an S-class Alpha pilot.”
“The Imperial Navy University has plenty of S-class pilots, but we don’t know who’s operating this time… Wait, an Omega?!”
As everyone was discussing, Yan Hebin had finished his introduction, and the focus shifted to the assessment site, showing the situation within the virtual exhibition platform.
Lu Jingning’s dazzling golden hair briefly flashed across everyone’s view, leaving a lasting impression that revealed his Omega identity.
The arena erupted once again.
After the initial surprise, someone couldn’t help but furrow their brows, “Doesn’t this Omega look familiar?”
His words caught the attention of others, but before they could delve deeper, the host switched the screen to a long shot of the mech in action.
The ninth-level difficulty assessment officially began. This level of challenge was rare to encounter. Regardless of whether this mech was qualified or not, it was still a spectacle worth watching.
In front of the mech appeared a thick, rare metal wall. Though its appearance seemed somewhat unremarkable, everyone knew the incredible strength of this rare metal. Leaving a mark on such a surface was nearly impossible for an ordinary mech.
At this moment, the Imperial Navy University’s mech stood in front of the towering wall, motionless. The crowd fell silent.
What was happening? Had they overstated their abilities? They seemed clueless about what to do next.
Meanwhile, inside the control room, Lu Jingning was indeed hesitating about how to begin. Not because he couldn’t achieve it, but rather, he was contemplating how to display his striking and charismatic persona.
This assessment tested the mech’s output intensity, and most operators would choose to use energy weapons to their limits. However, if he wanted to showcase something different and stand out, he needed to take a different approach.
After pondering for a moment, Lu Jingning’s lips curled up with a faint smile. He had an idea!
Amidst the anticipation of the audience, they watched as the mech remained motionless for a while. Suddenly, a dazzling halo of light appeared around its mechanical arm.
Finally, when everyone saw some movement, they were left even more dumbfounded.
What was this? An energy ring? But they weren’t using any weapons right now. Why were they gathering energy on their arm? Were they planning to break the wall barehanded?
Wait a minute! He’s doing it! He’s really doing it!
He’s really, bare-handedly, chiseling the wall?!!!
After equipping the protective energy ring on the mechanical arm, Lu Jingning didn’t need to worry about the impact on his mech. He swung his fist without any reservations.
Though they were in a virtual space, when his fist struck the rare metal wall, the sound wave was transmitted through the screen, causing everyone to cover their ears in pain. They couldn’t take their eyes off the screen, watching as the originally smooth metal wall was dented by the mech’s fist.
This was a thick wall made of rare metal!
To create such damage bare-handedly, the mech’s attributes had to be incredibly strong. But it wasn’t just the mech; the pilot himself must be a monstrous powerhouse!
Lu Jingning wasn’t entirely satisfied with the small dent he made. He frowned and then swung another punch.
The continuous, mighty impacts forced the audio staff to adjust the sound levels so that the audience wouldn’t go deaf.
Everyone’s eyes were fixed on the point of impact. They watched in amazement as the small dent gradually expanded, ultimately creating a huge hole in the metal wall.
The audience was left speechless, with their mouths wide open in astonishment.
The sheer intensity of these punches must be consuming an enormous amount of pheromones. Yet, this operator seemed to have an unlimited supply, delivering punch after punch without any sign of depletion.
That was the most terrifying aspect of it all!
After a while, Lu Jingning realized that the system-defined metal wall was expanding without limit and couldn’t be entirely broken through.
“Darn! This is cheating!” he thought.
He decided to change tactics and showcased the mech’s built-in weapon systems. However, this display was overshadowed by the bare-handed performance. The onlookers didn’t show much surprise as they already knew the mech’s weapon system was top-notch.
After a moment, the system gave the first assessment result – an S-grade.
If there were any doubts about the Imperial Navy University’s intentions to show off, they were now shattered. Both the mech and its pilot were absolutely phenomenal!
When the camera focused on Lu Jingning again, someone finally remembered and shouted, “It’s him! The Omega who participated in the intercollegiate exchange competition!”
This reminder triggered the recollection of others as well.
The media had been full of reports about the only naturally S-class Omega in interstellar history. Due to his unprecedented and unique status, Lu Jingning had become a sensation.
Nobody questioned his real capabilities anymore. His monstrous strength, showcased by the bare-handed chiseling, made people think he could fly out of the universe!
The people from the Imperial Navy University, who were initially worried about Lu Jingning’s overconfidence, now looked at each other in amazement.
With his talent for showmanship, Lu Jingning couldn’t avoid being the center of attention. But now, nobody even remembered the highly anticipated Thunder Technology University.
Unable to contain his excitement, An Huo howled, “Lu Jingning, you’re incredibly awesome!!!”
His shout ignited the enthusiasm in others, and the crowd joined in the cheer.
Unaware of how he had impressed the audience, Lu Jingning moved on to the next part of the challenge. The metal wall disappeared, replaced by a group of new mechs surrounding his own.
This part of the challenge assessed the mech’s defense strength.
Lu Jingning considered taking down all the attacking mechs, but he had been informed earlier that during this part of the challenge, their offensive capabilities would be nullified. He gave up on that idea and activated the defense systems.
The number of attacking mechs at the ninth-level difficulty had doubled compared to the previous level. However, everyone watched in awe as his mech stood firm against the relentless barrage of attacks.
Lu Jingning had already demonstrated the mech’s powerful defense in the first challenge. The force of his bare-handed chiseling had also affected the protective shield on the mechanical arm. If it could withstand such immense damage, the current attack seemed like a drizzle in comparison.
Without any suspense, Lu Jingning achieved another S-grade in the defense strength assessment. Back-to-back S-grades made everyone in the audience realize one thing – there might actually be a top-tier mech that could be directly put into military use, born from this exchange meeting!
The representative from the mech manufacturer who had just signed with Thunder Technology University showed a subtle change in expression, while those who missed their chances were all smiles. Their eyes subtly glanced at Yan Hebin, ready to rush over and negotiate a contract once the virtual assessment was over.
Suddenly, the mechs on the screen moved rapidly. The mechs that were previously firing didn’t stop, but a new teleportation point appeared at the edge of the field of view.
This was the third challenge, testing speed – the mechs had to reach the designated location in the shortest time possible.
Given that the previous two assessments already demanded immense physical endurance from the operators, coupled with Lu Jingning’s flamboyant performance, some were concerned about his pheromone depletion. However, the mech in the screen now seemed to be operating at full power, evading the dense barrage of fire like a lightning bolt and disappearing into the teleportation point’s light circle.
The results of the ninth-level assessment: three S-grades!
The whole venue erupted into excitement.
Although Warm Han’s previous performance with his mech had been incredible, this was different. This result was enough to drive people crazy with excitement.
Amid the jubilation, all eyes turned to the side door, eager to catch a glimpse of the mysterious S-class Omega.
However, they waited and waited, but the figure they expected didn’t appear.
Lu Jingning left the virtual c0ckpit and the venue without saying a word, only hastily sending a communication to Yan Hebin without even time for a proper greeting.
As soon as he stepped out, he realized that his heat cycle, which he thought would come in a few days, seemed to have arrived early.
Before getting on the vehicle, he quickly administered a suppressant to himself. But even so, waves of dizziness seemed to rise up intermittently.
Muttering an annoyed curse to himself, Lu Jingning knew that his pheromone levels were naturally much higher than ordinary Omegas. Adding to that the excessive showmanship he displayed earlier, the pheromones in his body were now raging so fiercely that the suppressant typically used by regular Omegas seemed insufficient.
Finally reaching the hotel, Lu Jingning leaned on the wall and made his way to his room, thinking of giving himself another injection once he got back to suppress the pheromones.
At that moment, he inadvertently looked up and saw two figures passing by at the end of the corridor. His slightly hazy eyes blinked.
Although his mind was somewhat foggy now, he thought he saw… Wen Xingchen and an unfamiliar Omega?
Oh, one more thing, they seemed to be chatting and laughing.
T/N: Hey there! There is plenty more where that came from, so stay tuned! And stay healthy! Straighten your posture, so some stretches and drink some water before continuing hehe~
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