Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 218


Chapter 218: Yue Ye Merchant Group (III)

Dian Yan nodded, “Don’t worry. Even if I cannot deal with this little kid, I will not act recklessly. In a very short time, I will make him lose all credibility, forcing him to yield. And then, the distribution of profits will naturally change accordingly.”

Three days later…

Yue Ye, the Starseeker City’s biggest caravan, set off from the south gate of the city.

The Yue Ye Caravan was indeed worthy of being called one of the biggest group of freelance merchants. At this moment, they actually transported goods in 200 enormous carriages, dispatching troops close to 2,000 people. This was also the reason why Dian Xuan agreed so easily to recruit Long Haochen’s group.

Although they were only in charge of escorting the caravan, Long Haochen’s group was also clad in two layers of commoner’s clothing. All of them wore cotton-padded clothes under a thick coat. It was already early winter, and Starsea City was located near the center of the continent. Although it wasn’t as cold as it was in the south, the route to the demon territory was long and difficult, and they wouldn’t be able to keep travelling if their clothes were not warm enough.

The tasks assigned to these thirteen members of the two Demon Hunt Squads were simple: transporting goods and looking after the transportation. They weren’t needed to drive a carriage since there were already specialized drivers. Each of the carriages was pulled by four big and tall horses, and even though the caravan was comprised of many people, their coordination was perfect.

After exiting of the Starseeker City to the south, they even managed to enter the fort of the southeast openly, resting and reorganizing there for a short time. This could make one wonder what means the Yue Ye Chamber of Commerce used. The next evening, they left the fort, heading directly in the direction of the demon territory. At this point Long Haochen’s group couldn’t help but be greatly astonished, feeling great curiosity about these freelance merchants.

It was a quiet night scene; the caravan’s torches were lit, looking like a long line extending in wilderness.

The 4th soldier grade Demon Hunt Squad’s mage, Feng Yijun, just blurted out this question, “How do you think that the Yue Ye Merchants managed to pass from the fort of the southeast? It looks like passing with the help of the merchant group was the best path we could take. It will spare us from a lot of trouble.”
 
Luc Xi revealed an indifferent smile, and replied, unruffled, “It is naturally about common interest. Even if the relationship between humans and demons was even worse, the Yue Ye Merchants’ business can only be of great benefit to humanity. For this reason, the Alliance will naturally ignore their movement. If my guess isn’t wrong, this merchant group will benefit from the same treatment on the demon side.”
 
As he said so, he seemed to glance consciously at the people from the 21st Demon Hunt Squad, looking in particular for Long Haochen’s reaction.

Even clad in simple commoner attire, Long Haochen’s handsome appearance was still dazzling. Cai’er’s face was still hidden behind a black veil.

Hearing Luc Xi’s words, Long Haochen revealed a faint smile, “Captain Luc Xi is right.”
 
Luc Xi chuckled gently, “I’m afraid that I am the oldest here, so I have naturally some more experience.”
  
Despite the fact that his words were light, perspicacious people could still understand their profound meaning. But Luc Xi was disappointed about the fact that it appeared as though no one in the 21st Demon Hunt Squad seemed to pay attention to his words.
  
Only Long Haochen nodded to him, but afterwards, at his side, Cai’er suddenly turned her head and gave him a glance. As sharp as a blade, her look instantly caused Luc Xi to shiver unintentionally. A chill coming directly from the depths of his heart was transmitted to the rest of his body. What a powerful killing intent! In his shivering state, Luc Xi kept silent.
  
In their 4th soldier grade Demon Hunt Squad, Dian Yan and Yijun had an excellent relationship with Luc Xi. Because this formidable assassin coldness drew close to his side, he could only shut his mouth. The reason was simple, it was Cai’er’s presence.
  
As for Bai Xiaomo, because during the three months of test, she had been once saved by Li Xin, and because they were both girls, the two of them were relatively close.

Luc Xi’s plan was as follows: first they would complete a mission with relatively high profits accompanied by Long Haochen’s squad. Next, he would observe any negligent decisions made by Long Haochen, and try to make them affect the relations within Long Haochen’s group. And his hidden hope was to take the team’s leading position.
  
Of course, the 4th soldier grade Demon Hunt Squad was only thinking of their own team’s benefit, under the premise that they would complete the mission successfully.
  
In the middle of the caravan, a luxurious carriage was pulled by eight fine horses. This carriage looked special because it was not only wider, but quite more luxurious than the others. The carriage was adorned with eight enormous wheels, each pair being connected. The wheels came with supporting poles, using huge springs to lessen the shaking. And this was just the carriage’s alternate means of transport. From the bottom of the carriage, a dim green light was faintly released. It was impressively the Float Technique. And this was not pure magic, but an effect of solidification at the bottom of the carriage. That’s to say that this carriage was in itself an enormous piece of magical equipment.
 
Supporting such a big carriage with float was not something one or two mere mages using Float could accomplish. It came along with an uninterrupted consumption of magical crystals. Of course, its benefits were obvious: even on the uneven grounds found in wilderness, this carriage would advance just like on flat ground, without the slightest vibration.
 
In the carriage were tables, chairs, and even a wide and comfortable couch. And on this couch lay two young ladies, occasionally eating longan fruits.
 
Compared to the cold outside, the carriage was as warm as spring, and the two ladies lying down on the couch were clad in simple long skirts.

The lady on the left was clad in a white long skirt, simple yet elegant, giving her a noble appearance. Her pure and tender face looked cute. Her nose was as beautiful as jasper, and her most striking trait was her pair of black eyes, posing a contrast to the rest of her features.
  
The second lady lying on the couch was clad in a red long skirt, looking more fiery in comparison with the other lady’s white skirt. As her head was resting against a soft cushion, she appeared to have exaggerated C cup breasts. The most attractive thing was that this devilish figure was matched with an extremely pure, and young-looking face. A completely childish face…
 
“Sis Yue, we should be able to take our devil eyes off now. These things are really uncomfortable.” The girl wearing the red skirt, said with a protesting tone.
  
The girl in the white skirt spoke back with a smile, “Take it off then. We have already left the human territory anyway.” As she said so, she lifted her hand, and next, those black eyes suddenly changed color, turning into a touching purple color.

This purple seemed pure and noble, coming with the enticement of a witch. And the pure and holy aura in her body seemed to merge with another particular type of aura.
  
The young lady in red skirt did the same motion, and in the next instant, her black pupils became pink, giving her angelic face a pretty and flirtatious feel.
  

“Sis Yue, these goods will definitely give us good profit.” The young lady clad in red said with a laugh.

The girl clad in white sighed lightly, “Stop dreaming, how could it be so easy? This time’s goods are mainly spices, oil, cotton clothes, metal, humans’ silk, rare types of woods and so on. And the most important is the large quantity of food. But the other vehicles are just a facade: the real stuff is in here.” As she said so, she showed the ruby-colored ring on her right hand.
 
The lady in red asked, puzzled, “Isn’t it a very good thing to our demon’s side? Isn’t it food we are lacking the most”
  
The lady in white replied, “It is precisely for that reason that it is inconvenient. This shortage does not only exist in one or two places. These things are going to be in demand to any of the tribes. Do you believe that they will simply behave themselves and let us transport these things to the central province? His Majesty the Demon God Emperor won’t care about these lowly matters. I’m afraid that this trip will not be so peaceful. And the most troublesome is that we cannot employ guards at the sixth step or above.”
  
The young lady in the red skirt looked alarmed, and asked, “Sis Yue, do you think some groups will try to plunder us? Would they dare!? Sis Yue, you are the princess of the Yue demon clan, this generation’s Yue Ye Sorceress, bearing the name of Yue Ye! Won’t they fear the retaliation of the Yue Clan? ”
  
The young lady clad in the white skirt revealed a faint smile, “My foolish younger sister, do you think our kind would worry about the same things as humans? Without enough food, their clansmen will just starve to death! In comparison, the retaliation of our Yue Clan won’t be such an immediate threat. The offensive of this fall didn’t go so smoothly, and the shortage of food is critical. Under such circumstances, my caravan just looks like a gold mine. Let alone I, Yue Ye, even if you tell them your identity as Leng Xiao, they will still not pay much attention to it. ”
  
The girl clad in red, Leng Xiao, pouted her lips and asked, “What should we do then? Don’t tell me we should really let them rob us?”
  
Yue Ye’s eyes flashed, as she gave the reply, “No way we’d let them go off so easily. I already notified our clansmen to come to our rescue. In at most five days, my people will join us. Now, I just hope that the clans at the frontier won’t react too fast.”
  
Leng Xiao asked, puzzled, “Then, why didn’t we wait a few more days before setting off?”
 
Yue Ye replied with a smile, “The border zone is monitored as tightly on the humans’ side. If we let humans see our massive demon reinforcement closing in from the other side, what will they think about it? Our status as merchants has been carefully nurtured for a long time.”
 
Leng Xiao smiled happily and replied, “Sis Yue, it looks like I was right to choose to accompany you to get some experience. I indeed learned quite a few things.”
 
Yue Ye’s smile vanished suddenly, and she suddenly came back to a seating posture, “They are already coming!”
 
Leng Xiao was still lying down, but her expression changed rapidly, “How could they be so fast? Is it possible that they made their preparations to ambush us long ago?”
 
Yue Ye’s eyes flashed with coldness, “The only explanation would be that there’s a traitor in the chamber of commerce. Don’t leave the carriage, I will handle it by myself.” As she said, so, her figure flashed, leaving the carriage.

At this moment, Long Hoachen, who was advancing in queue along with the others, suddenly lifted his head, looking towards the night sky in a particular direction.
 
“Enemies! Make your preparations, everyone. Try as far as possible to refrain from using your specific abilities. Don’t use priest healing abilities unless it is absolutely essential. And no one is to let his spiritual energy flow out. We will defend ourselves by relying on the carriages.”

This series of orders were immediately transmitted to the members of the two Demon Hunt Squads.


  • Kuro139

    Thanks for the translator for his/her hard work and keep going no matter what they say.

  • Kuro139

    Thanks for the translator for his/her hard work and keep going no matter what they say.

  • Sesiero

    Thanks for the translation. Though, I can never get used to reading ‘haters’ in polite context even within quotes. It never feels like a word meant to be said or written :/
    Dissenters, naysayers, critics… Meh.. Thanks again and looking forward to more.

  • totobro-fan

    <3 you dude, posting just to raise the middle finger towards "haters".

  • Robin

    All people demanding faster releases don’t even imagine how much work needs to be invested into translating and releasing all these chapters. Of course it has a fun aspect and is really satisfying, especially seeing all the supporters’ responses, but it is still much work. Since Toto started to release this year, he already translated 218 chapters beside all the challenges in RL. This is a really impressing deed. And everyone thinking otherwise should simply try to accomplish something similarly amazing before behaving like schoolyard bullies.
    Thanks Toto, it is a pleasure working with you. 😉

  • Robin

    All people demanding faster releases don’t even imagine how much work needs to be invested into translating and releasing all these chapters. Of course it has a fun aspect and is really satisfying, especially seeing all the supporters’ responses, but it is still much work. Since Toto started to release this year, he already translated 218 chapters beside all the challenges in RL. This is a really impressing deed. And everyone thinking otherwise should simply try to accomplish something similarly amazing before behaving like schoolyard bullies.
    Thanks Toto, it is a pleasure working with you. 😉

  • Kooly

    Loving this series. Thanks for your hard work. Never usually post because on mobile it’s a pain, but I’m very glad you have stuck with this series so consistently. The critics just love the series so much they want more, can’t help themselves. Addicted, no self control, selfish, etc. Hopefully you can ignore them. Btw did you ever get the physical books?

  • Kooly

    Loving this series. Thanks for your hard work. Never usually post because on mobile it’s a pain, but I’m very glad you have stuck with this series so consistently. The critics just love the series so much they want more, can’t help themselves. Addicted, no self control, selfish, etc. Hopefully you can ignore them. Btw did you ever get the physical books?

  • Reamaj

    Unfortunately, it’s the internet where every little whiny brat, can mouth off to their hearts content with no real repercussions. The only thing I can really say is that for every selfish idiot out there who thinks the world revolves around them, there are many many more of us who truly appreciate the massive amount of time and effort you have put in, for our benefit, and we should probably all say this more often, but Thank you.

  • ashReadsManga

    Thank you very much as well, for your TL. Yeah there are some who donno pain of translating, so they can mouth off, but please ignore them and just do at your own pace. This is a really nice read and your translations are spot-on.

  • ashReadsManga

    Thank you very much as well, for your TL. Yeah there are some who donno pain of translating, so they can mouth off, but please ignore them and just do at your own pace. This is a really nice read and your translations are spot-on.

  • bluechocolate

    Eee? What was said? Totobro has always been generous with his translation speed of the free chapters. He’s also seemingly nice…

  • bluechocolate

    Eee? What was said? Totobro has always been generous with his translation speed of the free chapters. He’s also seemingly nice…

  • CJ

    Thanks for all the hard work and all the chapters.

  • CJ

    Thanks for all the hard work and all the chapters.

  • Kurowind

    Toto, thank you very much for your hard work. I admire your dedication as a TL “digging that ditch” week after week to bring us releases. Hurtful words even from ignorant people, are in the end still hurtful. With that in mind I hope the ignorant few will not sway your dedication Toto. A great many of us truly appreciate your continual efforts, but just don’t express it aloud often enough.

  • Pete

    I always love coming here to read your translations. And on that subject F### anyone who come to read the FREE work you put out and isn’t happy to read it.
    Sending you a big plate of psychic cookies for all your hard work.

  • Confused

    All I have to say to the HATERS… If you can do better, shut up and do it!! Totobro do not bother with those type of people. They are not worth the time or the effort. Thank you for your patience and hard work, I am sure it is very tiring bringing us these many releases time and time again.

  • ForeignNinja

    I don’t understand where the hate is even coming from. I think these chapters are very well translated, and enjoyable to read. Keep up the awesome work, and I look forward to future chapters. Chin up Totobro, you’re doing great!

    • Ferorius

      Yeah I agree, though sometimes mistakes can be found. They’re not that bad.

      • Robin

        Helpful corrections are always welcome. ^^

        • Ferorius

          There’s such a person as proofreader and checking the spelling shoyld be done.first before posting. Even if i write where mistakes were made and fix them, there isn’t a 100% chance that you’ll find that comment. Oh and btw, I’ll gladly help as a proofreader, for free(to be fair I’m also a typesetter and a cleaner… But no knowledge in Asian languages what so ever…)

          • Robin

            True, but since I support Toto as editor I know how easily some mistakes slip by even if you strive for perfection. Support from the readers helps us in our aim to provide flawless chapter releases. We check the comment area regularly for suggestions. Your contribution is valued. 🙂

          • Ferorius

            The last about helping, forget it. University and work also blogging together don’t leave me any time to even read sometimes…

  • ALHoward

    You’re just too popular Toto 😉 Keep doing you boo! You’re hardwork is definitely appreciated by many of us! Haochen seems to always run into the same kind of people!

  • Liam Farquharson

    One of my favourite light novels.. thank you for the effort you put in! I do not know how people find it acceptable to complain about any translator or translation group, the have no right to criticize you in any way. Ignore them they are just trying to cause you to lose motivation.

  • Zac

    There will always be haters but don’t worry, for there will always be supporters too! Keep up the good work!

  • SamVision

    How many chapter are there in all?

  • Released. Relatively fast standard chapter (~two days, no more at all), as promised

  • JJay

    Epic!! I can’t wait for Luc Xi to realize LHC doesn’t make mistakes!!

    • Robin

      Well, he made one. He didn’t kiss Cai’er yet. 😉

      • Kharmey

        He’s the scion of Light, his purity lvl is too high ^o^

        • Robin

          Obviously since it was Cai’er who first had naughty thoughts when he still struggled with inviting her to a meal. >^.^<

          • Jonathan Hurd

            Still waiting for that kiss scene…. It is going to be freaking adorable.

          • Robin

            As most of the intimate scenes between our lovebirds have been so far. They are simply too cute together.

      • JJay

        To be fair, he didn’t set a limit on the kiss. He just said if he makes it back alive he will steal a kiss… But yeah, I guess it is mistake that he hasn’t taken advantage of the timing…

  • Majk

    Thank you for thegreat job and the teaser “Simply follow Haochen’s orders!” – such a nice line to start off with

  • YUNCCHI

    thanks for the chapter.

  • Alex Drake

    Luc Xi thinking he can win over LHC’s team. Oh the delusions of the vain

  • DoomsEye

    Looking at this chapter, I think what I said in the last chapter is justified. Luc Xi doesn’t have hatred towards our MC, nor does he intend to harm him physically. He’s planning to use Long Haochen’s inexperience and take advantage of any mistake Long Haochen makes to become the leader of the combined teams. And then get more contribution points of course. I’m guessing that he will be unable to find any flaws in Long Haochen and then naturally give up and accept our MC as the leader.

    • Alex Drake

      His scheming is still a huge risk given how risky this whole mission is. It hardly makes it any better if he doesn’t hate LHC or doesn’t want to harm him physically.

      • Jonathan Hurd

        I would say that it will be alright if the only form his sabotage takes is just being extremely critical of Haochen’s actions. As long as it doesn’t come to the point of him doing stupid things and hurting the team I think it will be okay since I have faith in Haochen.

        • Alex Drake

          They’re going behind enemy lines. Very deep behind enemy lines. Now is REALLY REALLY not the time to undermine anyone. And yet here he is stupidly pursuing his own agenda.

          • Robin

            Let’s wait and see which forms his idiocy takes on along the way. Haochen can rely on his team to watch his back and is too clear-headed as well as farsighted to fall for simple traps. I don’t like Luc Xi for he is a wicked and fork-tongued person no matter how you look at it. Sadly I can’t deny the possibility of him bringing the whole group into danger later on, but we can still hope that haochen manages to win him over before they reach the cavern.

          • Alex Drake

            Honestly if they all survive this mission, I see Li Xin being made captain after it’s over.

          • Jonathan Hurd

            I would totally be okay with that. That or Luc Xi growing the hell up and learning that he is not the greatest and to trust others.

          • Renegade

            I do hope no one on Luc Xi team dies because of their actions.

          • Luke Confidential

            So you’re saying that he is a being of light?

            [Little play on words based on Judeo-Christian Mythology and Luc Xi’s pride in his skill with the Light Element while simultaneously making a bit of a playful stab at LHC as a Scion of Light.]

    • Majk

      He may not want to harm him physically but just damaging his leader position can cause big problems for the whole team in the future especially since they are taking part in missions that are life threatening and require them to have work together perfectly which would be impossible if they can’t even trust the decisions that their leader makes.

      In other words he may not want any of them to die but he certainly doesn’t care about what will happen to them after this mission (or he doesn’t have the foresight to realize what could happen)

      • Alex Drake

        if they all survive, I’m willing to bet he’ll be forced to step down as leader.

    • Renegade

      Can’t help but think LHC will put Luc Xi and his team in his place. As we seen through so many chapters, LHC never disappoints at all. As Cai’er Pointed out, he’s a born leader. All shall follow his lead regardless of what they think.
      If they receive 200,000 points, that’s so much to split up. 30% is still damn good for a measly 1,500.

      • Luke Confidential

        Wow, multiplying their investment by 40 [Well, 39 after accounting for getting it back.] Talk about a valuable play.

        Granted Cai-Er and Hao Yue are probably going to be kill stealing the 4th squad like crazy so I doubt they’ll get all that much in terms of KillPoints [and obviously any REAL threats are going to be dealt with by the Bright Rays of Sunlight.]

  • VanillaCustardPie

    Thank you~

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • Varler

    Meh. I’m still annoyed at the 4 th squad. If Li Xin weren’t in it, I’d not care for them at all.

    • Andy W

      After looking at the preview for the next chapter, I’m pretty sure LHC feels the same way.

  • k1nk4

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • mtu83

    To the translation team: sometimes LHC’s demon hunt squad number is written as the 21st, could you guys just check for this if you can? Thank you.

    • Tsuyoshi Akuya

      LHC’s demon squad is now named 21st General Grade Demon Squad, they only had the 1st name when they were Soldier Grade Demon Squad

      • mtu83

        Thanks I just wasn’t clear on that. Sorry.

    • Robin

      Seemingly the identification changes with each grade. There were six soldier grade DHSs in total, and within them they were the first to be formed, aka, the 1st. At the general grade they are the newest, aka, the 21st of 21 general grade DHSs.

      • Luke Confidential

        There were Ten among the newly formed DH squads, and I suspect there are a few DHS from previous years which have yet to reach General Grade.

        • Robin

          Sorry, my bad. I mixed the numbers up. 10 squads à 6 members.

          • Luke Confidential

            after all, this year’s DHS selection has been explicitly mentioned as having been an especially good one. The BEST of the last few years might be comparable to the lower ranked squads this year.

          • Robin

            Yes, that is true as well. Does someone know if there are always ten new DHSs? You raise a valid point with the bottleneck of the fifth step. But if there are more than ten soldier grade squads, why are the new ones named 1-10? I would really like to know how the ranking/identification system of the DHSs works.

          • Luke Confidential

            In hindsight I think the DHS selection might not be an annual thing. I seem to recall a reference to it occurring on a wider period, possibly every 5 years.

            With that much time between selections it seems reasonable enough any squads from the previous one would have either Advanced or been disbanded by the death of a member.

          • Robin

            Yes, it only takes place every five years.

  • Jasss22

    Thanks for the chapter.

  • Renegade

    This is getting really exciting!

  • DarkSanity

    Hmm, I wonder how those two demon ladies will react to LHC xD, boy toy maybe?

    • Alex Drake

      Watch them fall for him as well

      • Luke Confidential

        Not good. They’re probably in the vicinity of 6th step themselves… Cai-Er is probably going to need to sacrifice senses to the Dagger of Samsara to sate her Yandere urges.

        • Jonathan Hurd

          I believe that people belonging directly to the Yue Ye group can go over the 5th step its just the people accompanying can’t. If i’m not wrong that is one of the reasons they are not worried about a betrayal since they can overpower the help.

          I’m also somewhat worried if the two ladies meet Hao Yue and Recognize him but I’m guessing they won’t unless he uses his purple aura.

          • Luke Confidential

            My greater concern is one or both of them getting the hots for LHC and Cai-Er… ahem… taking care of it.

          • Matt

            I doubt anyone other than the demon kings would know about what Hao Yue is.

  • lordcattank

    thank you very much for the chapter

  • Anto Wibowo

    Twice this luc xi has been trying to cause trouble.
    Thank you very much for the chapter!

  • Zeth

    Oh, some action, Excellent!
    Thank you very much Totobro!

  • ZaX

    And their journey just started. Thanks for the chapter

  • drealicious

    thanks for the chapter!

  • unknown

    Need 12 hours to read until here…….huhuhuhuhuhuhu

  • KenKen

    I find those demons who can take on human appearance interesting. Hmmm i wonder are they okay with human as thier mate. Thnx for the chapter.