Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 216


Chapter 216: Yue Ye1 Merchant Group (I)

“Hello, we decided to accept the exploration mission ‘Exploring the Desolate Whistling Cavern’.” Long Haochen said to the man seated behind the counter.

The look this Demon Hunt Squad serviceman gave Long Haochen was full of doubts, while he secretly tried to hide his astonishment. To be able to come to this floor, they had to be a Demon Hunt Squad of general grade, but these children were just too young! They were surely less than 20 years-old, and members of Demon Hunt Squads aged 20 or less were extremely rare. Moreover, the one who looked like he was the captain was even younger than his companions.

Nonetheless, since they were able to come to this place, there was clearly no need to call their status into question.

“Okay. Please display your official captain tile.”

Long Haochen took his official plate out and delivered it, registering his name to the staff member.

As the staff member registered him, the following information appeared: “The 21st general grade Demon Hunt Squad will accept the exploration mission ‘Exploring the Desolate Whistling Cavern’. Mission reward, 20,000 contribution points. No penalty for the failure of the mission. 21st general grade Demon Hunt Squad, number of missions completed…”

Reading this number, this staff member’s voice suddenly faltered. Lifting up his head in shock, he looked at Long Haochen, “Number of missions completed, 0? How… How is that possible?”

Long Haochen politely replied, “We are a newly formed Demon Hunt Squad of this year’s Demon Hunt Squad Competition. Because everyone in our team has already reached the fifth step, and we have also obtained enough contribution points during the team competition, we were able to promote our grade yesterday. This is the reason as for why we have never completed missions on our own before.”

So it was actually a newly formed Demon Hunt Squad? The staff member warned them with good intentions, “This mission will be quite challenging, you will have to enter over 1000 km deep into the demon territory. On the way, you will have to cross four demon provinces, and although the optimum itinerary is indicated on the map, you will have great odds to run into demon troops. The degree of danger is thus quite important. Furthermore, the Desolate Whistling Cavern is a place of unknown danger. Although the reward is quite generous, this mission won’t be easy to accomplish. Are you really sure you want to accept this mission?”

Long Haochen replied with a smile, “That’s right, we are certain. Thank you for the warning, we will be careful. Until the mission is completed, we will work together with another Demon Hunt Squad. With two teams acting as one, although the danger still exists, we should still have good chances to succeed.”

The staff member opened his eyes wide, “Since this is the case, it should be okay. But you have to bear in mind that to a Demon Hunt Squad, the most important point is self-preservation. Don’t take too many risks for the sake of the contribution points. Let me take care of the formalities for you.” Thinking that Long Haochen’s group was going to do this mission jointly with another general grade Demon Hunt Squad, he didn’t question their choice any more.

The staff members that had the qualifications to work in the Mission Tower were all extremely conscientious. If they believed that a team that wanted to accept a certain mission would be unable to complete it successfully, they could even refuse to let them accept it. This was after all related to the safety of the Demon Hunt Squads.

Having accepted the exploration mission, they also received the mission related goods, a Recording Gem.

This was a small gem with a recording function: after being activated with spiritual energy, it would record the surrounding images in its memory. This Recording Gem was of significant worth: a single of them had a value of 1,000 contribution points. For this Exploration Mission, it would be lent to them for free, but if they lost it, they would have to compensate for it.

At the time the procedures were finished, Long Haochen’s group left the Demon Hunt Squad Mission Tower in excitement. This was their very first mission. As for their preparations before leaving, they did them as fast as possible.

Their prize were after all 20,000 contribution points!

Five days later.

Second floor of the Demon Hunts Mission Tower.

A grizzled haired old man came hastily to the exploration mission counter. Standing there was the same staff member who interacted with Long Haochen.

“Attendant Li Jing, are you coming for another batch of new missions?” The middle-aged man standing behind the counter was clearly quite familiar with him.

He was one of the attendants working in the Demon Hunt Squads’ Mission Tower and was in charge of releasing the missions. And this time, Li Jing clearly looked quite anxious. “That’s not the case, I came to cancel a mission. Please cancel the mission ‘Exploring the Desolate Whistling Cavern’ that was distributed one week ago. According to the newest information, I’m afraid that magical beasts of the eighth or the ninth step would very likely reside in the Desolate Whistling Cavern. It is even possible that some historical remains of ancient times exist there. This increases the mission’s level of difficulty enormously. The rewards for this Exploration Mission have been increase to 200,000 contribution points, and it will be labeled as a king grade mission.”

“What?” The middle-aged man was shocked, “A king grade mission?” According to the ranking of the Demon Hunt Squads, after the soldier grade came the general grade, followed by the commander grade, and then, the king grade. In fact, a king grade mission could already be considered to be a high-ranking mission. As the modification of a mission with an increase of two grades atop of a tenfold increase of rewards, this was an extremely rarely seen situation.

Li Jing smiled bitterly, “The Desolate Whistling Cavern has originally been discovered by a commander grade Demon Hunt Squad. Because they had just completed another mission at that time, two of their members were seriously injured, so they didn’t have the occasion to explore it. They just determined the situation in this cavern with some simple checks. But recently, another general grade Demon Hunt Squad has brought more accurate information back. Powerful fluctuations of spiritual energy were found inside of the cavern, very possibly linked to a formidable magical beast. Furthermore, the demon race has also already dispatched some troops to start exploring it. This is why the degree of difficulty has suddenly been increased to the king grade. If a king grade Demon Hunt Squad handles it, this exploration shouldn’t be too problematic to carry out.”

The middle-aged man seated behind the mission counter revealed a bitter smile too, “But this mission has already been accepted.”

“What? Accepted?” Li Jing was shocked, “A general grade Demon Hunt Squad accepted it? But it’s a mission that requires to enter more than 1,000 km deep into the demon territory, and you’re telling me it has been accepted a few days after the release, just like that?”

“I remember it! At that time, they said they would handle this mission jointly with another Demon Hunt Squad, which is why I let them accept it. What should we do now? I’m afraid they already set out.”

Li Jing’s expression immediately became uglier. To the Alliance, any of the Demon Hunt Squads were most important resources, “We won’t make it in time even if we chase after them now. As a general grade Demon Hunt Squad, they should at least know how to preserve themselves. After sensing something wrong, they should return. What’s more, it’s a cooperation of two teams. I hope they will realize the danger in time and escape with their tails between their legs. Since it was our mistake, we will grant them 10,000 contribution points as reward at the time they return.”

The middle-aged man seated behind the counter still felt hesitant. Long Haochen’s team was after all a newly formed Demon Hunt Squad he didn’t know about, but in his opinion, since they were accompanied by another general grade Demon Hunt Squad, they should sense the fluctuation of internal spiritual energy present in the Desolate Whistling Cavern and retreat after feeling the danger.

Long Haochen’s group had indeed already departed. After accepting this mission, he immediately shared its contents with the 4th soldier grade Demon Hunt Squad, and after two days of preparations, they swiftly left Holy City, following the map they were given. Long Haochen felt some regret about the fact that his teacher Ye Hua was presently undergoing closed door cultivation, and couldn’t see them for this reason. According to Han Qian, Ye Hua’s training speed was extraordinarily quick and violent, just like a volcano that erupted suddenly after having been stifled for some time.

If Shengmo Dalu could be said to be square-shaped, the Alliance Temple would control the square formed at the northwest’s angle while the other ¾ could be said to be controlled by the demon race.

After entering the dark age, the demon territory had been divided into 24 provinces, with a demon god overseeing each of them.

The central part of the demon territory was known as the central province, as well as the biggest out of the 24, where the Demon God Emperor’s imperial palace was located.

The 21st general grade Demon Hunt Squad travelled day and night accompanied by the 4th soldier grade Demon Hunt Squad, and after only eight days of travel, they reached the southwest border of the Temple Alliance.

Long Haochen and Cai’er were seated on Haoyue’s back, Li Xin was carried by her Rose Unicorn, and the others rode fine horses.

From the eight days of uninterrupted journey, they were already somewhat worn-out.

The day the almighty hero Chen Zidian left, Haoyue awoke, and looked now even more robust. His height already exceeded 5 meters, his width was close to 2 meters, and his sharp look gave an especially strong and domineering impression. After three months’ time, he seemed to have already completed another evolution, rising from the middle-rank of the sixth step to the high-rank of the sixth step. This progress speed could be said to be unprecedented for any magical beast.

Long Haochen had Haoyue stop. Gazing at a city that looked quite important, he took his map out of the forget-me-not ring.

“Ahead should be Starseeker City. After crossing 150 km, we should reach the fort serving as headquarters of the Warrior Temple at the southeast. Now, how about we get to the Starseeker City and rest for a while, before heading to the fort?”

This place was already under the influence of the Warrior Temple, so at that time, it was natural that he looked at Wang Yuanyuan as he asked this question.

Wang Yuanyuan shook her head, “I have no objections.”

“Let’s just head to this Starseeker City to rest then.” At this point, a voice burst out from the side of the 4th soldier grade Demon Hunt Squad.

At the time Long Haochen turned around to the side, he remarked that the one who talked was precisely the warrior of the fifth step of the 4th soldier grade Demon Hunt Squad, Dian Yan, who didn’t manage to reach the top 4.

Li Xin wrinkled her brows, looking at Dian Yan, asking him, “Do you have any suggestion, brother Yan?” She addressed him directly by his name, clearly feeling some dissatisfaction. At this moment, their soldier grade Demon Hunt Squad was being temporarily led by Long Haochen. And although Li Xin became the momentary leader of their 4th soldier grade Demon Hunt Squad, she requested her comrades to act according to Long Haochen’s orders. A team could only have a single leader, otherwise, conflicts would be very likely to appear.

Dian Yan replied, “If we stop at Starseeker City, maybe we will be able to enter the demon territory in discretion.”

“Mh? Brother Dian, please tell us more about it.” Long Haochen requested, full of interest.

Dian Yan said, “In the cities located at the borders of our Alliance, there are some groups of merchants known as freelance merchants. These merchants are carrying out shady business between our human side and the demon side. But I can only say that they are the origin of many of our ressources. And it applies for both humans and demons.”


  1. this name can be literally translated as ‘Moon Night’
  • Anon

    First

  • Moridain

    0 Missions done, but lets go three cities deep into demon territory.
    Sounds fine right?

    • AznL0rd

      What can possibly go wrong?

      • Xias

        Exactly!
        How high can the chance be for the demons to notice Haoyue´s real identity if he´s just 1,150 km deep into their territory right after the leader of the Demon God Slaying demon hunt squad adviced them to avoid any place too strongly inhabitated by demons?

        Surely the danger of being found out is 0. -.-”

        • Robin

          Well, LHC obviously doesn’t pay too much attention to the good advice of several powerhouses. Before they first left with Gao Yingjie Sheng Yue told him that his foremost task is to keep himself and Cai’er save and out of too severe danger until he is at least 20 years old, since then he would surely be strong enough to keep them save, if he is still alive. 😉
          Sheng Yue will have kittens when he learns about their situation…

          • Asura

            don’t worry man big bro has drugs

          • Ankit Rawat

            I want to know how Luc Xi will react when he hears about the mission

          • Robin

            How do you think he will react?

          • Ankit Rawat
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          • Jonathan Hurd

            Honestly its an ambitious mission to say the least and they have to cover a lot of ground, but with a group of 13 they can travel light and fast while hiding since the mission doesn’t require fighting the demons but exploring the cave. Add in the fact that there is no penalty for failure if things go bad they can run for it and just build up points on lower end missions again. I am personally looking forward to seeing LHC finally using his twice evolved Elemental Spiritual Stove, his newly evolved Saint Spiritual Stove, and also if the little piggy can find some treasures.

          • Robin

            As long as nothing unpredicted happens they should be okay even if the mission is really an ambitious aim. 😉
            Normal demons should not be able to tell that Haoyue is special. As long as no demon gods appear and Haoyue keeps a low profile the danger of detection should be manageable as well. Even after he unleashed his power during the fusion with LHC there didn’t seem to have been any problem.
            And the fights will be epic if the seven portray their new strength!

          • Ankit Rawat

            Blablabla

          • Robin

            I don’t understand?

          • Ankit Rawat

            Facepalm??

          • Robin

            I doubt that Luc Xi will react with a facepalm if that is what you mean. I think he is at least as success oriented as the rest.

          • Ankit Rawat

            Technically analysing selecting this mission is going overboard and too ambitious
            Though I doubt that anything bad will happen but at least them selecting this mission either deserves a scolding from When The or at least Luc Xi humor inducing Facepalm

          • Ankit Rawat

            LHC is 14 joined demon hunt squad
            Just finished training and upgraded to general grade with 0 missions completed
            And for the first mission he’s going 1150 km deep into demon territory
            While the demon god emperor is looking for his mount
            (And has probably selected him as his successor) (my guess)

          • Robin

            It surely promises to get really interesting. Not only the powerhouses’ reaction but also their adventures in the demon territory. Stay tuned. ^^

          • Jonathan Hurd

            The Demon God Emperor believes that the other demon gods were mistaken when they saw Austin Griffin so hes not really looking for him anymore. Besides from what I understand wherever the Emperor shows up the Demon God Slayer Squad is sure to be there too. My guess for successor is still Cai’er personally but no matter who it is he also said they need to wait a few years to reap that harvest.

          • Robin

            You realize that if you are sure of this fact, then it already is a spoiler, do you?

          • Robin

            They surely go overboard with this selection. But Luc Xi won’t see it that way. But i think they need a good scolding as well when they return.

          • Ankit Rawat

            It’s not When The
            It’s Shen Yue

  • Ayer

    thanks

  • Dee

    Ahah, “how can they become general grade without doing any missions?!” he thinks

  • Marko Bandur

    Number of missions completed… 0…
    Hahahaha, every person’s meetiing haochen and or is group cant believe this youth strenghts
    He is surely thinking: how is possible to became a general demon hunt squad with not a single mission completed xD

  • crossbones

    I bet they end up killing 10 demons of the 7th power

  • “Number of missions completed, 0? How… How is that possible?”

    “don’t worry sir.. i use a trainer so i use god mode ^_^”

    • haha

    • RyokoZero

      I was thinking more of a gameshark but ok.

    • Renegade

      LMAO!

  • RyokoZero

    OP right from the gate.

    • LHC: “my author while writing this novel to website always activing a god mode from his desktop.. so.. of course im always OP”

  • The Dragon King

    So we can somment on previews now before they are fully released, cool

  • ALHoward

    Desperate times call for desperate measures! Level of danger unknown – check, deep within enemy territory – check, worth 20,000 contribution points and possibly more – double check!!!

  • Luke Confidential

    20,000 nothing. We all know the Shining Rays of Sunlight are going to kill another 10,000 worth of demons by the time this Mission is over.

    • Renegade

      Be nice to see them face a weak demon god or find their stash of demon god weapons to use against them. Raid the opponents treasure. haha

      • Luke Confidential

        Even the weakest Demon God is a Powerhouse at the Peak of the 7th step isn’t it?

        There would be dire consequences for facing that even if they pulled it off xD [although the reward for that kill must be around 100,000 points in and of itself lol]

        • Jonathan Hurd

          Believe all Demon Gods are at least Peak of Eighth step and then they just go higher.

          • Robin

            Regardless they would first need the equipment to destroy not only the demon god but also his demon god pillar. Admittedly they have some special weapons but will they suffice?
            Haochen’s Hibiscus of Light might do the trick since it is a legendary growing weapon and the dagger of samsara is special as well. But aside from them I don’t think they can do as much as leave a scratch on the divine pillars…

          • Jonathan Hurd

            I think you would still get points for killing the demon god because while they will be replaced they did mention it takes time to get the new one in place. Destroying the pillar would be points off the chart!

          • Robin

            And for my taste it would be too early. There are many other dangers to brave before demon gods. First the 21st general grade DHS has to built a name for themselves and gain more experience.

          • Luke Confidential

            Yeah like completing a King Grade mission.

          • Luke Confidential

            You are correct, I went back and double-checked. Thanks for the clarification.

          • Jonathan Hurd

            Np, anytime 😀

  • RELEASED. Now that it is said, the comments above this one are those that were posted after the chapter’s translation’s publication. Voila~

  • evilage

    Hao yue evolved again? No extra heads? Thats just sad…

    • Robin

      It rather seems to be more of a development. He absorbed all the demon crystals and grew into his own skin. A level up before the next evolution.

    • Sylali

      he did not advance a step only a rank. so he went from mid 6th step to high 6th step rather than 6th step to 7th step therefor he did not grow any new heads

  • Iric Alexis

    thanks for the update

  • JJay

    Thanks for the chapter!! And 200,000 points… they’re going to come back and get that many points… that will be funny… No one will believe it!

    • Robin

      Well, they will have their recording gem. Really a convenient item.

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • VanillaCustardPie

    Thank you~

  • Senrab

    So if they somehow pull this mission off does that mean they’ll be getting 200,000 contribution points? Even with the 30% deduction for the other team that is a lot of points. What would they do with it all?

    • frenzy85

      Oh, I’m sure they’ll find things to spend it on.

      The pill that they mentioned last chapter costs 10k per pill, for example. If they bought one for each member of the team, that’s half of the reward gone just like that!

      • Luke Confidential

        Gaining Spiritual Energy ranks becomes MORE difficult with each evolution of Spiritual Energy [from Ethereal to Liquid at the 5th step, and from liquid to solid at the 7th step.] Therefore they would be wise to stay away from that one-time-only pill until they reach the 7th step.

        • Tsuyoshi Akuya

          You should remember that for the 7th Step they need to reach 23000 levels of spiritual energy, at that level 1000 ranks is not that big of a difference, however, if they use it right now, Haochen for example will probably be able to jump from 5th to 6th Step

          • Luke Confidential

            I’m thinking in terms of time. Remember that LHC’s progress of cultivation dropped to one rank per day after breaking through the bottleneck to the fifth step. This with his unique constitution as the Scion of Light with an Innate Spiritual Energy of 97.

            For all we know that progress may degrade to more in the vicinity of 1 rank per week after breaking through to the seventh step. And LHC is the second fastest cultivator on the team [I assume when the Fairy evolves again he’ll tie with Cai-Er at 100 each.]

            Granted we’ve also been told that challenging combat can stimulate greater gains in cultivation so this is all speculation with incomplete context.

          • ShelfCloud

            Actually in chapter 116 it was stated that the cultiviation speed will pick up as soon as someone reaches the 6th step. It is just especially slow at the 5th step.

          • Luke Confidential

            Oh, that makes a certain amount of sense. Their body is adapting to the Liquid Spiritual Energy at the 5th step and has adapted to it in the process of breaking through the 6th.

            It would stand to reason the same is likely true when breaking through the bottleneck to the 8th step.

            Methinks it might be prudent to wait until the 7th step, but I am less certain now.

  • Zeth

    Thank you very much Totobro and donors!

  • Marko Bandur

    Thanks for this new chapter

    Now, which DHS will save this 13youth? They’ re goig pretty close to the demon god emperor province, so maybe the demon god slayers?
    I hope we will meet new character ^^

    And btw, Haochen its quiet lucky on mission choice, i dnt know how they can finish this mission, but if they finish it, here the point for the OP pills for all of them xD

    • Luke Confidential

      My suspicion? Big Bro Has Drugs and the horrifying burst power available to Long Griffon and Cai-Er, with the support magic of the most talented support mage and most potent priest of this generation of Demon Hunt Squads.

      Also lets not forget we’ve got a wild-card summoner who can pull a beast of the 8th step out of her hat should the plot demand it.

      EDIT: ALSO! It occurs to me that this cave is rumored to be ancient and have special gems. My instincts tell me Wang Yuanyuan will find a fourth gem for her inherited shield of awesome.

      • Marko Bandur

        The loli summoner can keep randomize a beast with the contracted pig?
        I think she cnt use the gate anymore till the 7th step, and btw, the pig is the only reason why this team can hope to clear that king level quest xD

        • Christian Cohn

          Ohhh. I just remembered the pig could sense treasures. So it’ll probably lead them to any gems that are hidden rather quickly. And maybe that beta demons crystal will come in handy at just the right time. Nah. I think they will complete the mission. We’ll probably see Haoyue’s 4rth head pop up too. How long could this ark even be. 1000 km isn’t a walk in the park on foot. Even in best conditions it’ll take a month or two to get there and then they need to get back.

          • Marko Bandur

            When hao yue evolve again, he will gain 2more head, one for each new bulb, and we know, after is last evolution, that theres 2head incoming, i hope it will be when he break through the 7th step as a magical beast, but it will maybe happen at the 8th step, austin griffin is supposed to reach the 10th step as a beast, i think

          • Robin

            Since he needs to go back to his world to evolve and he surely won’t take Haochen away during a mission in enemy territory we will proably need to wait a little longer until his evolution. Most likely after their next power-up when they savely returned to their home. Then the team should have time to lick their wounds and gained enough contribution points to last for a while. That would be the perfect timing for Haoyue and Haochen to vanish.

          • Marko Bandur

            You think that with the soul linking chains HaoChen team earned, they can all enter HaoYue world? I think this would be really amazing, and really possible, also, at the next evolution, there will be a really powerful battle, with a 9th step lich(the one riding the undead dragon)

          • Robin

            Would be really nice. I already had the same thought that it would be impossible for Haochen on his own. Do you think they will get contribution points for killing the undead in Haoyue’s world? That would prove that they are the same as the demons who invaded Shengmo Dalu. ^^

          • Marko Bandur

            The contribution tile was created after the invasion of the demons, assuming this, i would say no for the contribution point earnings on the other dimension, but austin griffins evolution its surely worth more than contribution point, so the point arent even in the count, i only know that i cant wait to read this part of the story xD

          • Robin

            Well, yes, But it would still be funny. LHC/They come back and notice an unexpected gain of contribution points.
            The next chap will be promising that I can tell without spoiling.

          • Marko Bandur

            1000km isnt a walk in the park, but isnt even a long trip, the problem is how many times they will stop for any reason, like rest, waiting the merchants if they succed on sneaking into with them, and how many demons scout theyre gonna face on the road, i think this “chapter” will last for one month and half in the story times, more will be really to much, and i dnt think the alliance can let a 2nd grade DHS stay so much in the enemies territory

        • Robin

          As far as I understood she can still use the gate to summon sth random but the pig will always heed her call if she wants to be sure. The most interesting question is, did the pig go back at all or does it stay by her side like Haoyue does with Haochen? During the competition a summoner summoned two beasts during the fight against Haochen. Or he tried to since Haoyue blocked his second summon at the last minute. But if it is possible why shouldn’t she be able to do the same? Especially when the pig is always by her side and she doesn’t need to invest spiritual energy for its summon, then her magical summoning gate trick still works.

          • Marko Bandur

            You are probably right, we really dnt have enough information about summoners capability, so you’re assumption its more reliable

  • YUNCCHI

    thanks for the chapter?

  • Luke Confidential

    My gut tells me this mission will be the end of Big Sis, to introduce some angst.

    • Robin

      Hey, don’t go off killing some of the characters on your own volition. 😉
      As if Haochen would let his sister die that easily.

      • Luke Confidential

        Who said he ‘would let her die that easily.’

        Either he’ll be unable to get to her because he’s engaged in his own struggles [desperately trying to keep his own team and future wife alive] or they might be split up somehow.

        • Robin

          Okay, it is not impossible. But there are some other team members who would deserve to be sacrificed before considering her death. But I really doubt that she will die. Hurt, yes. Badly hurt with need to recuperate, maybe. But no death for his beloved sister.
          But I agree that it is likely that their squad will suffer.

          • Asura

            Cultivation crippled?

          • Robin

            No, I doubt it, at least not in Li Xin’s case. What narrative function would such a twist have?

  • gg

    I get the feeling 4th soldier DHS is gonna lose some members.

    • Luke Confidential

      Losing even one member means the squad is dismantled, which invalidates them to any reward from the mission, which results in Bright Rays of Sunlight getting ALL the reward.

      • Robin

        Aside from the contribution points gained individually from slaying demons, I guess. It was never said that the same rules as in the test phase don’t apply for all missions. They still have their contribution points storing devices so the points for killed demons should be directly accounted.

        • Luke Confidential

          This is true, I was referring to the Mission’s reward, not Killpoints.

          • Robin

            Yep, I know. ^^

      • Tei

        I don’t remember anything that mentioned about dismantling if members are lost. They could probably merge with other DHS of same ranks that lost members or pick others up. Seeing how random/stupid of how teams are selected in the first place.

        • Luke Confidential

          I do. I can’t give you an exact quote, but right around the time the Demon Hunt Squads were officially formed it was stated that any DHS that lost so much as one member would be disbanded.

          Whether or not the surviving former members become free agents who could form new DHS with other free agents or not was not discussed.

          • Robin

            I can’t remember this part as well, but it sounds logical. A DHS without all vocations and members is not able to work properly, especially in the beginning. But it is possible to rebuilt a DHS since Gao Yingjie decided for himself never to join a squad again but obviously could have, if he had wanted to.

  • Jasss22

    Thanks for the chapter.

  • lordcattank

    thank you very much for the chapter

  • ShelfCloud

    Thank you for the chapter!

    So far we only now that powerful fluctuations of spiritual energy have been detected in the cave and based on that it was guessed that a high ranked magical beast might be present there. But so far this is only a guess. The source could be something entirely different. Personally I think that this is rather likely because to write up a believable way for LHC an his team to defeat a really powerful beast will be very difficult. And that might be necessary for everyone to get out alive if there really is such a beast.

    • Jonathan Hurd

      To be fair the difficulty has been increased also because the Demon’s sent in a team themselves. So who knows maybe they will have to work together with some demons to survive the beast. That’d be pretty interesting to see.

      • Luke Confidential

        Indeed, although beasts of the 8th step [which is the highest the report guarantees, it says 8th OR 9th step] are only equivalent to Humans or Demons of the 7th step which the Bright Rays of Sunlight have handled before, without the aid of their generation’s top Priest and his Demon Hunt Squad who *should* make taking on such a foe a little bit easier/more feasible/less costly. [Also the fact that Sima Xian has advanced to the 5th step should help.]

        EDIT: and the fact that the Loli-summoner actually has a dependable beastie that could contribute. Not sure if she has any other crystals than the Bloodthirsty Beta though, who is beyond the pig’s present ability to copy IIRC.

        • Renegade

          I think the loli companion summon beast will shine on this adventure. Most likely multiple ancient treasures be found. *crosses fingers

      • ShelfCloud

        That is true. And the demons that are comin shouldn’t be too weak. They could really be a big problem for the whole group.

        • Robin

          Would be interesting to have demons fight their own kind to gain the treasures hidden within the cavern.

          • ShelfCloud

            That would really be quite interesting. But I wonder how valuable the treasures itself are for the demons? What they really lack is food so they might only use the treasures for trading with humans to get more food.

          • Robin

            Trading is always an important ressource. And weapons or different artifacts can possibly be used by demons as well. The pillars, for ex, are called divine artifacts. We don’t know when and how they were acquired. But there is still a big chance for the demons to gain something from exploring the cavern. And since they don’t seem to have known about them before, it is likely that the cavern or dungeon is a relict of the human/elven race. No one knows what’s in there. The guarding beasts are probably mindless creatures. Strong but dumb like some warriors we know. ^^

  • Anto Wibowo

    Thank you for the chapter!

  • drealicious

    thank you for the chapter!

  • ZaX

    Looks like they need to build their strength fast on the journey there. Thanks for the chapter

  • Amaru

    Thanks for the chapter! Can’t wait to see what will happen during the mission!

  • Amaru

    Thanks for the chapter! Can’t wait to see what will happen during the mission!

  • Renegade

    If they complete the missing will they get 200,000 points??????

    • Luke Confidential

      So far as I can tell, yes. The Mission Grade restricts who can take the Mission, not whether or not you get rewards for it.

      This is a clerical error which would kill almost any General Grade Squad if they lacked the wisdom to tuck tail and run, succeeding should be properly rewarded [although for failing to retreat from such overwhelming odds there ought to be some sort of punishment or at the very least a stern lecture.]

      • Robin

        Usually there might be a punishment but our group won’t get punished for abandoning the mission. Just in reverse they will receive the promised compensation of 10,000 contribution points.

        • Luke Confidential

          There would be no punishment for abandoning this mission anyway. It explicitly stated no penalty for failure.

          I was talking about a punishment for them putting themselves in excessive danger and not responding accordingly to the ‘violent energy fluctuations’ that the other team perceived.

          • Robin

            Since they are no longer obligated to report to a leader there should be no punishment in this regard either. When they took the mission they followed the demanded procedure and only claimed their right as general graded DHS. There should be no leeway to punish them officially for their inexperience and/or the mistakes other people made. If Sheng Yue or Han Quian punish them afterwards for being overly confident and engangering themselves disregarding their worth for the alliance, then it would still be a different matter. Because I doubt they need any official permission to discipline them. ^^

          • Andy W

            I doubt LHC and co. will get punished. On the other hand, I think the middle-aged front desk guy will probably punished, if not sentenced to death, due to his laziness and endangering the lives of 2 DHS’s by not reporting the mistake to higher ups. After all, LHC, Cai’er, Lin Xin, and Chen Yinger have powerful backgrounds and the “middle-aged man” just put their lives in danger by thinking they should know better.

          • Robin

            I just imagined the clerk when a powerhorse of the ninth step appears in front of his counter to take him to justice. Poor guy, but if you do the crime, you need to do the time… ^.^

    • 140k and team 4 gets 60

  • KenKen

    Oh sh1t their mission grade just got upgrade a few grades.