Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 273: Collective training behind closed doors (I)
The words ‘necromancer’ gave too great a shock to everyone from this 21st general grade Demon Hunt Squad; their faces seemed to be completely filled with surprise.
Long Haochen released a Holy Mantle, isolating the room from the external world. Inside this safe area, he told them about the true details about his experiences inside the Tower of Eternity. Since he already made this decision, he didn’t conceal anything from them.
This whole process didn’t take long: in less than half an hour’s time Long Haochen told them everything that really happened inside the Desolate hissing Cavern, including the most minute details.
In this quiet villa isolated from the external sounds, Long Haochen’s story not only brought them a lot of surprises, but also widened their horizons. The little detail about this Holy Necromancer Elux actually turning out to possess the holy light element caused them to be in a state of utter shock.
How could necromancers be affiliated with the holy light element?
Long Haochen stayed silent after telling his story. He knew that his comrades would need some time to digest it.
After nearly a quarter of an hour, Lin Xin finally asked in an insipid voice, “Boss, are you planning on carrying on this necromancer’s inheritance?”
Long Haochen shook his head, “Of course not. Regardless of whichever attribute they use, they are in the end necromancers, that formerly brought this great calamity to humanity. If not for them, we wouldn’t be having such difficulties to confront the demon race. How could I accept to learn the abilities used by those necromancers?”
“Boss, I think those words may be wrong.” Sima Xian continued, “Bad deeds are committed by people and aren’t related to their abilities. Even our current abilities could be used to kill people, couldn’t they? Necromancers were an evil group, but if their abilities could be used for the right thing too. For example to handle demons, I believe that there would be nothing wrong with that. Since this Holy Necromancer chose you as his successor, I believe you shouldn’t let such a good occasion slip by. As long as it can help us exterminate the demons, what’s the problem?”
“We can’t.” Han Yu eagerly intercepted, “Sima, don’t come up with such a rotten idea. Although what you said makes sense, necromancers are in the end completely rejected by our Alliance. If Captain were to learn necromancy… the Alliance would definitely not accept it. Captain is the Scion of Light! The future hope of our Knight Temple lies with him. He will inevitably become a Divine Knight in the future. Don’t tell me you believe that Divine Knights could be weaker than necromancers?”
Chen Ying’er’s mouth twitched, “How about just not letting the Alliance know about it? I don’t see any problem with having one more asset to our strength.”
Like it could be rarely seen, Wang Yuanyuan opposed to this idea, “I agree with Han Yu. After all, we are living in the Alliance, and with captain’s dispositions, not learning necromancy won’t affect his future growth so we should rather not take risks.”
Two against two. All looks unawarely wandered in Lin Xin’s direction.
“Don’t look at me, I’m neutral on the subject. I’ll just support Captain in his choice whatever it is.” Lin Xin spread out his hands with an indifferent face.
Long Haochen kept calm, listening to his comrades’ words. Inwardly, he thought that even if there was some approval and some opposition, this was after all about whether to learn necromancy or not, and so far there wasn’t any extreme opposition to necromancy itself.
“Don’t worry everyone. Just like Han Yu said, I believe that the path of becoming a Divine Knight wouldn’t necessarily be inferior to that of a necromancer. I just don’t plan to learn it for now. The reason why I told you about this Tower of Eternity was to tell you that regardless of whether necromancy is learned or not, the Tower of Eternity is an exceptionally good training place. The technique I used to kill the Fiend Commander of the sixth step and to defeat the fifth brother is called Asura Strike. It is a skill that I got during my first test in there, after defeating a skeleton. And those tests will be of great benefit to our spiritual energy’s progress.Using the Tower of Eternity will help us increase our pace of progress to the sixth step enormously.”
Hearing these words, the five of them looked at each other. They were excited from the depths of their hearts when they heard this and their reservations slowly melted.
How could they feel fear about the fact that the Tower of Eternity was closely related to the necromancers and not take advantage? Its tests offered many ways to improve one’s strength. If it had been someone other than Haochen, or even themselves, would they have possibly shared this secret with others? Everyone was unable to give a definite answer to this question, but Long Haochen had shared all of it. How couldn’t they feel moved by such a selfless act from him?
Sima Xian was usually straightforward, and very direct with his words, “Boss, we are really lucky to have such a captain as you. Rest at ease, the secret of the Tower of Eternity will be sure to remain among us. We won’t tell anyone, even our own masters.”
The others nodded with resolution . The Tower of Eternity had become their collective secret. They were determined to make sure that this secret would forever be kept.
Long Haochen smiled in response, “Okay, since things are like this, let us set the training in the Tower of Eternity as our primary goal. However, before this, everyone’s strength will need to be raised as much as possible. The first floor of the Tower of Eternity is already directed at powerhouses of the sixth step, and although we are forming a team, it’s still hard to tell which challenges we will be meeting. For your own safety, we should at least let your strength progress first.”
“Yuanyuan, you will go to the Transaction Center buy seven Holy Spirit Pills that can increase our spiritual energy by 1,000 in ten days. You will all take one, and during the subsequent period, everyone is to approach the progress of their respective spiritual energy in consideration of their faculty of understanding, to make it really become a part of your strength. We have enough contribution points, so everyone should at least buy two pieces of equipment at the Glorious Tier. After your equipment is improved, we will finally be ready to enter the Tower of Eternity to start our training. As for the rest, it will depend on the results we obtain inside the Tower.”
Lin Xin looked anxious, “Boss, aren’t pieces of Glorious Tier Equipment a bit too expensive? Even the most average ones are worth 5,000 contribution points!”
Long Haochen chuckled in response, “What a money grubber you are! Although Glorious Equipment is quite costly, its effects are a lot stronger than Spiritual Tier equipment. If we can raise to the sixth step, Spiritual Tier Equipment will be of limited use to us. But, we’ll be able to use Glorious Tier Equipement at least until the seventh step. Although our finances don’t allow us to be equipped entirely, it should be okay to get two pieces of equipment for each of us. Your Fire Cloud Crystal Staff is already good enough, but if it needs an upgrade you can exchange it. There are also specialized refineries at the side of the center, so we will take care of everything on the same occasion.”
Lin Xin said with a sigh, “It looks like our supply of contribution points isn’t going to last for long.”
Wang Yuanyuan reacted unhappily, “What a scrooge you are! We are a Demon Hunt Squad, so earning contribution points is supposed to be for raising our strength. Earning contribution points is only meaningful if it enables us to improve. Come on, transfer your contribution points.”
The Holy Spirit Pills couldn’t be purchased at once, as there were only three of those powerful pills available at the Transaction Center, but they could be ordered. The first to enjoy the benefits of this pill were Chen Ying’er and Sima Xian who had the lowest cultivation level among them, and Cai’er who was the most fitted to focus on cultivating her spiritual energy after losing four of her senses.
After making use of the Holy Spirit Pills, the three of them immediately entered their closed-door training, raising their own strength as they absorbed the medicine.
Ordinarily, seven days were needed to absorb this Holy Spirit Pill, but Long Haochen’s instruction was to stay training in seclusion for at least half a month. This way they could have a better comprehension of their spiritual energy after the increase. Over the following month, the four others also received their Holy Spirit Pills. Outside of the villa appeared a board with the words ‘Do not disturb!’, because aside from Long Haochen, all the seven members of the 21st general grade Demon Hunt Squad were in a state of secluded meditation.
Long Haochen also trained in seclusion, but didn’t take the Holy Spirit Pill yet. This was for the simple reason that his spiritual energy had already reached the peak of the fifth step in this short period, and that he started to aim for passing the bottleneck of the sixth step. This Holy Spirit Pill would have to wait for him to break past it to be of use.
As he became more and more familiar with the Pendant of Eternal Melody, Haochen discovered more of its secrets. Although so far, he could only use its supportive effects, he came to realize that because his cultivation level was currently insufficient, he was unable to completely exploit the Eternal Melody’s abilities.
But even so, the Eternal Melody’s effects were quite good. With such a formidable piece of equipment, the light essence surrounding Long Haochen’s body was multiplied by three times compared to normal. And more mysteriously, this Eternal Melody made this light essence become purer, giving an incredible boost to Long Haochen’s cultivation. Further adding the help of the Light Elemental Fairy Yating, he was certain that his current cultivation speed was at least five times faster than that of an ordinary knight. Otherwise, he couldn’t possibly have taken just a little more than a month to raise his spiritual energy from 3,700 to 4,000. And now, he was battling against the bottleneck of the sixth step.
They temporarily didn’t go to buy equipment, because it wouldn’t be of use to them at the moment. The most important thing was to raise their cultivation. Having gone through many challenging battles, all of the youths from the 21st general grade Demon Hunt Squad had some progress in their cultivation. First of all, Cai’er’s internal spiritual energy already reached 3,700 after taking the Holy Spirit Pill, and she was at most merely a few months away from reaching the bottleneck just like Long Haochen. Even the weakest of them, Chen Ying’er, reached an approximate spiritual energy level of 3,200. For the first time they enjoyed the benefits of their amassed contribution points. In fact, newly formed Demon Hunt Squads that could, like them, afford to take seven Holy Spirit Pills at once were extremely rare. Of course, it was now the case for another one, which was the incomparably profiteering 4th soldier grade Demon Hunt Squad. They were also training behind closed doors, after Long Haochen placed an order of six Holy Spirit Pills for them, which took about a month to arrive. Meanwhile, they weren’t the 4th soldier grade Demon Hunt Squad anymore, but the new 22nd general grade Demon Hunt Squad.
Originally, a few of them were still stuck at the 4th step of cultivation, but after completing the mission of Exploring the Desolate Hissing Cavern, their strength rose greatly, and finally all the members made the breakthrough to the fifth step after training behind closed doors. And after taking the Holy Spirit Pills, they went into closed-door training again. Now, the 22nd Demon Hunt Squad’s strength was also raising tremendously, and their speed of progress wasn’t even inferior to that of Long Haochen’s group for the moment.