Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 273

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.

  • troololo

    first ^^ ?
    thanks for the chap

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  • Schattenbach

    Relevant …

    [[After entering the fifth step, Long Hao Chen clearly discovered that his cultivation speed had lowered by a wide margin. To gain a spiritual energy level, he needed to spend at least ten times more effort than in the past. After a day of bitter training, the limit of what he could gain was at most one or two spiritual energy levels.

    Even as a knight, what he had no way of knowing was that if he told others about his cultivation speed, it would absolutely shock anyone. After breaking through the fifth step, who would imagine that someone who could raise his spiritual energy level every day could exist? If everyone had this ability, then only by continuing to cultivate, everyone would sooner or later break through to the sixth step.

    Together with the enhancement of his physical strength, Long Hao Chen could even more visibly benefit from his advantageous physique of a Scion of Light.

    To any vocation, the fifth step was the threshold to the appellation of powerhouse. However, to be considered as a real powerhouse, one needed to step across the threshold of the sixth step. This was because, it was only when the sixth step was reached, that the might of the liquid spiritual energy would really come out; it was the key to the spiritual might, enabling the speed of cultivation of the liquid spiritual energy to really accelerate.]]

    • Schattenbach

      Any guess about how high everyone else’s cultivation speed is going to be?

      • Luke Confidential

        Han Yu and Sima Xian will be cultivating quite well by virtue of the pact [possibly hitching a ride on some of LHC’s cultivation perks as well, since there’s a certain degree of link to him.]

        As for the rest… not sure. I’m thinking Ying-Er will be bringing up the rear again. Lin Xin might do really well now that he’s been through those trials and needs to man up.

        • Jonathan Hurd

          Cai’er is definitely at the top. I believe followed by Han Yu and Sima Xian. After that I think comes Wang Yuanyuan and Lin Xin. Bringing up the rear Yin Er in my predictions.

          • Schattenbach

            The numbers from chapter 204 or so aren’t perfectly accurate, though, as everyone (but especially Han Yu as well as Sima Xian) got a boost to their cultivation due to the sheer output of light element energy during Haochen’s fusion with the light elemental fairy … as well as due to the fact that Lin Xin also used the time for research and to buy and sell stuff and such while the others focused on their cultivation.

          • Schattenbach

            If we ignore the fact that Lin Xin’s schedule usually is too stuffed (so not enough time to cultivate) and got some of his personal issues dealth with, then I would rank him above Wang Yuanyuan.

            Overall, I would guess that, during times everyone can focus on cultivation, things should look like that:

            # Haochen (spiritual stove boosted, Eternal Melody boosted)
            # Cai’er
            # Haoyue (that guy cultivates too, after all, and seems incredibly good at it, though he seems somewhat limited by his current magical beast physiology)
            # Han Yun (significantly below Cai’er. Internal spiritual energy value of 80 and seemingly more intelligent, diligent than Sima Xian as well as more understanding in terms of energy comprehension)
            # Sima Xian (internal spiritual energy value of 84)
            # Lin Xin (internal spiritual energy value of 74, very intelligent, diligent as well as very understanding in terms of energy comprehension)
            # Wang Yuanyuan
            # Vicious Summoner-girl

          • Jonathan Hurd

            I really wish they would have told us Wang Yuanyuan’s and Ying Er’s Internal Spiritual Energy numbers. On Hao Yue its hard to really classify him to me since magical beasts Internal Spiritual Energy seems to work differently than Humans. The other thing to remember is that LHC and Hao Yue are connected so whenever one of them strengthens the other gets a boost. So we might see Hao Yue get a boost up when Hao Chen gets to 6th step.

          • Schattenbach

            Ying Er’s Internal Spiritual Energy might possibly be very high (though then it’s strange why she didn’t mention it back then when everyone else was explaining his/her background and such more openly) as from between the end of the DHS team competition up to the point they bought the first three pills, not only did she break through to the 5th step but she also aquired 200 units of spiritual energy (even Han Yu, under the effect of the thick heavy light essence due to Haochen’s fusion with the fairy, only managed to aquire 120 points in 49 days) … the problem gere is that we have now way to compare her with how the others grew right now (as facing all these powerful foes ought to have a great effect on their cultivation).

            Magical beasts are somewhat of a special case as usually they count on their natural growth and/or ability to evolve.

    • Rudeus Greyrat

      I doubt the author even remembers he wrote this in the first place

      • Sarlisark

        though this was before his powerup of stove, fairy and Elux. Also they said that fighting against strong enemies(eg. tower) increases the speed tremendously, and they fought agsint 6 step and a lot of 5 stepe enemies.
        but yeah I also get the feeling that this story sometimes has got strange holes in the layout of the story, the math or other things, basically everthing were there are numbers to compare, just think of it as saying slower, or faster.

        • Schattenbach

          To be fair, Haochen’s estimation of what the normal cultivation speed of 5th step knights (or people at the 5th step in general) was off both back then … and right now, his estimation should still be quite a bit off as well (i.e. his “average” is way too high) …

          With that taken into consideration, those numbers of Haochen’s cultivation speed might match so far if we also assume that … his cultivation speed permanently increased by at least three times due do various factors (saint spiritual stove that replicated some capabilities of powerhouses of the 6th step, his light elemental fairy as well as Elux’s Eternal Melody pendant) as well as due to him recently facing several powerful enemies of the 5th and 6th step.

          • Luke Confidential

            Yeah, his estimation of ‘average’ is probably about on par with Han Yu’s cultivation after the Retainer Knight Pact.

  • Una

    Thank you for the chapter

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • Ragnarok

    Thanks for the chap!

  • k1nk4

    thanks for the chapter!

  • VanillaCustardPie

    Thank you~

  • Franky Chen

    炼金师 means alchemist

    • Its not the same as Lin Xin’s vocation though, so we cannot keep the same word in the translation.

      • setyroth

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  • setyroth

    Thanks for the chapter! Glad to see necromancy has some support, and I may be mistaken but I’m pretty sure Cai Er hasn’t voiced her opinion.

    • Lutre

      But she still can write, like before with LHC

      • setyroth

        Don’t think he told her. It’s not mentioned at all so unless the author made a mistake he probably didn’t. Maybe he doesn’t want to cause her any troubling thoughts, since she’s pretty vulnerable at the moment and best for her to focus entirely on cultivation on not his problems.

        He’s the only one who talks to her and he didn’t even bother to make anything of the necromancer bit to the others, they had to bring the topic up with him.

        • Jonathan Hurd

          I believe that he confessed everything to Cai’er right after returning from the Tower. It was I believe in the chapter after Li Xin forced the kiss on Lin Xin. LHC was sitting there writing everything that happened to Cai’er. For him I believe Cai’er, Asura Ye, his parents, and Hao Yue are the people he will not hold any secrets from. I think she is probably the same as Lin Xin and will support any decision that LHC makes.

          In the end I believe LHC will take everyone’s opinions into account, but at the end of the day it will come down to his own decision if he will use necromancy.

    • junjoy

      its obvious she will just go along with LHC’s decision.

      • Luke Confidential

        Two steps behind…

        … hidden in his shadow…

        … until she slips behind the enemy sticks it in…

        … I mean her dagger.

      • setyroth

        Didn’t mean it like that. I’m referring to what she might suggest to him if he asked for her council. After the little team debate it seems opinions are split evenly with Lin Xin taking neutrality. My impression was that LHC was in a state of against it but open to change.

  • Luke Confidential

    Somebody pick up the phone…

    … because I fucking called it!

    ‘and Cai’er who was the most fitted to focus on cultivating her spiritual energy after losing four of her senses.’

    • Schattenbach

      In her case … there’s neither a need for a “do not disturb” sign nor anything better she could do at the moment. Moreover, expect for spending some time sticking close to or hugging Haochen, there wouldn’t be pretty much anything she would want to do in her current state.

      • Luke Confidential

        Oh she’ll definitely be needing a “Do not disturb” sign for her and LHC’s room after she recovers.

  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂

  • lordcattank

    thank you very much for the chapter

  • Anto Wibowo

    Oh this is amazing stuff here.
    Thank you for the chapter!

  • Dragon

    Power ups all around awsome

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  • jamaicandj

    Thanks for the chapter can’t wait for them to be done with training after six months and see how powerful they are how interesting c;

  • ZaX

    Power levelling to the max. Thanks for the chapter

  • Schattenbach

    So Scrooge McLinXin didn’t bother up until now to find a jewelry master to turn that huge junk of fire cloud crystal-stuff into a proper staff?

  • Schattenbach

    So Scrooge McLinXin didn’t bother up until now to find a jewelry master to turn that huge junk of fire cloud crystal-stuff into a proper staff?

  • Kaarme

    Haochen is getting as arrogant as only a young genius who has it all and has never lost an important fight could be. He must be thinking that he doesn’t need any extra help and defeating demon gods and the demon god emperor himself is only a matter of time for the pure scion of light. I really didn’t expect him to look down on this unique opportunity so much. He’s a surprisingly stiff dude. You’d think a genius would instead be sure of the fact that if it was the unparalleled Haochen using necromancy, or any art, it would only be for good things, instead of thinking the art itself is evil. It’s not like he would be trying to use the One Ring with a mind of its own. This is kind of contradictory.

    I hope he will change his opinion. As peaceful as it sometimes seems, these guys are still fighting for the very survival of the human civilization. One shouldn’t so easily judge what is useful and what is not without real knowledge and only ancient prejudice. I think someone said it already in an earlier comment, but the fight in the past didn’t have only a single side, the necromancers. It takes at least two sides to wage a war. The winner will obviously rewrite the history. Even a child knows that.

    • Schattenbach

      I still think that it will actually be being forced to defend Haoyue on his own during his next evolution (or the one after that) is what’s going to force him to use necromancy.

      Those opponents he just barely managed to outrun (because they were late), i.e. that undead knight with his (at least) 9th step undead dragon and – especially – that extremely powerful lich king (in terms of feats, both of those are currently beyond anything we’ve seen within this novel expect for something on the level of forbidden spells and the like), aren’t opponents he’s ought to face … and last time they barely missed him due to them “being late” …

      • Kaarme

        That’s quite a plausible scenario indeed, but if he rejects it and refuses to learn it, how is he suddenly going to use it in that other dimension to defend Haoyue? It seems quite a haxor way if he gains multiple techniques on the spot in the middle of a fight. Even the ripples of light wasn’t that sudden.

        • Schattenbach

          If I remember right, then he already knows the spells as they have been transplanted into his mind (or was it soul?) together with plenty of additional knowledge. He only never actually bothered to practice them.

          • Schattenbach

            The complete list …

            [[These informations included the control of the Manor of Eternal Rest,
            the seal contained in this Pendant of Eternal Rest, and even the
            knowledge and the cultivation method gathered by the Slumbering Calamity
            Elux. This part of the message was truly massive and important, and no
            matter how unwilling Long Haochen was to become a Holy Necromancer,
            these informations still became complete part of his memory, which he
            would never be able to forget in his life.]]

            … so it’s completely unlike his guardian knight training for which he has to count on getting a few secret skills and such as reward for special accomplishments … as well as somewhat unlike his retribution knight training that’s based on his father’s ring that, now and then, allows him to access new techniques whenever his father considered them to be suitable for him to learn when considering his current … as he’s already supposed to know about the Saint Undead Magic spells (doesn’t mean he can use extremely high level spells due to his lacking cultivation, especially if one considers that he didn’t bother practice that magic up until now).

          • Kaarme

            Right. I stand duly corrected. With his mind of a genius he could probably use the necromancer skills forced into his brain quite fast and without long preparation if he only got over his prejudice, which might happen if it was a life or death situation. Let’s hope for one!

          • Schattenbach

            Last time those undead bigshots missed him by one second. Exactly one second. … if they would’ve stayed any longer, they would’ve been done for.

            What’s more … even that underling lich was a lot more powerful when compared to Haochen (so at least at the peak of the 5th step, maybe even a genuine necromancer of the 6th step) and was, in fact, so powerful that Haochen wouldn’t even have been a threat to him back then if not for the fact that Haochen managed to trick him into getting into the range of his Saint Spiritual Stove’s “pull” ability. Next time, things won’t be so easy as – due to Haoyue already having obtained three heads – all undead bigshots in that world including their underlings might be going to make their move against Haochen and Haoyue once they return to that world … so the time until someone powerful spots and attacks Haoyue will shorten down drastically this time and the timeframe between said attack and the arrival of some bigshot that could OHK Haochen will be even shorter.

            As Haoyue is close to the peak of the 6th step, his next evolution could happen any time now, or, even if that’s not the case, it should happen within the next few months.

            So Haochen’s only realistic option of being strong enough to protect his little brother is either by embracing the Slumbering Calamity’s Saint Undead Arts (which, as Elux loaths “filthy dark type necromancers”, should be plenty helpful in evening the odds against said dark-type necromancers) or by getting at least a powerup as great as obtaining the Spiritual Stove of Samsara.

          • Luke Confidential

            I suspect that THIS is the real reason that Haochen wants to push his team so hard to the 6th step, and is using the promotion as motivation for it.

            Because he knows just how dangerous it will be for Austin Griffon to evolve again, and he probably hopes to be able to bring the team with him via Eternal Rest.

          • Jonathan Hurd

            I don’t think Eternal Rest can allow LHC to teleport to Hao Yue’s world so I think it will still be LHC against the undead alone. If I remember correctly LHC got 5th step then helped Hao Yue break through to the 6th step. So probably what will happen is LHC will break through to the 6th step and then help Hao Yue with the 7th step. I honestly think Hao Yue’s world will either force LHC to use Holy Necromancy to defend his little brother, or after barely making it back alive with Hao Yue LHC will dedicate himself to studying some Holy Necromancy in preparation for the next evolution.

          • Schattenbach

            A 0815 elaborate setup might work … but only if that tower can both connect to Haoyue’s world and if it creates something akin to a doorway or if it actually transports them back to the place Haochen entered the tower from.

            Haochen’s squad gets transported to the tower through the doorway and it’s closed => Haochen gets transported to Haoyue’s world => Haochen creates a doorway in Haoyue’s world to the tower => they enter Haoyue’s world

            The oter setup, if it*s teleportation and transport to the location back to the location it’s owner was before:

            Haochen’s squad gets transported to the tower => Haochen gets transported to Haoyue’s world by Haoyue =>
            Haochen gets transported Haoyue’s world to the tower => Haochen’s squad gets transported from the tower to Haoyue’s world

            That whole setup needs quite a few “ifs” to work out, though, and even with their whole squad in Haoyue’s world, they’re still somewhat lacking in power (if Haochen is unwilling to let Cai’er use the spiritual stove of Samsara).

            Doesn’t change much about the fact that Haochen’s current attitude would still end up either risking Haoyue’s very life or Cai’er’s wellbeing (some more months without her senses).

          • Jonathan Hurd

            The big advantage to bringing his team in to help him guard Hao Yue would be in the fact that he can bring two Light based guys in to help. Add in Cai’er when recovered could potentially help snipe off a glass cannon like that Litch from before that situation becomes way easier to deal with.

            I don’t think LHC is stupid enough to forbid her from using the Spiritual Stove of Samsara. Its just that if someone has to make the sacrifice to face the enemy he would much rather it be him than her. Considering that LHC going all out using every drop of his energy and fusing with Hao Yue only takes him a few days to recover after killing a 7th step demon versus Cai’er requiring 7 months to recover after a similar feat I can’t really blame him. Even Great Grandfather told him to only let her use it if her life is in danger.

            I would also say that LHC considers Hao Yue family. I feel he would rather die than let someone kill him. That admittedly also applies to Cai’er so as long as she doesn’t die and if it saves Hao Yue I am sure he would be okay with letting her use the Spiritual Stove of Samsara.

          • Luke Confidential

            You’ve excluded the value of Lin Xin on Defense and Ying-er’s Roulette. Imagine if she randomly pulled a Light-based Celestial Type Magical Beast of the 8th step down there.

          • Schattenbach

            When taking into consideration how much of a burning hellhole that place
            is, I don’t think that fire resistance is all that uncommon there.

            Ying-er’s summoning gate takes at most 1800 units of spiritual energy so
            – with various kinds of recovery pills taken into account – she
            might’ve a few tries.

          • Luke Confidential

            I don’t know that fire resistance is that valuable in regards to Lin Xin’s defenses.

          • Jonathan Hurd

            Considering most of the energy in that place is darkness and fire he would probably have the easiest time recovering his energy in there. Heck, it might even help him increase his understanding of Fire type energy.

          • Schattenbach

            Ah … sorry, I wasn’t meaning fire resistance per se but anti-fire capabilities in general (be they heat resistance or charateristics to fight fire, ecetera).

          • Luke Confidential

            The only anti-fire that I can foresee being a problem would be fire absorption.

            Fire barriers and fire rebounding rings and such, these ignore fire resistance/heat resistance.

          • Schattenbach

            Cold based abilities are a reasonable threat of stronger undead in this world as well, it seems. That and fire based being potentially able to ignore/bypass the shields to some degree.

          • Jonathan Hurd

            That would be amazing, but probably the most unhappy Celestial in history stuck in Hao Yue’s world of complete darkness attribute….

            Mainly for me there is just huge advantages for the two light based fighters in that kind of environment, but everyone else would be a nice addition for the fight as well. The big thing is he would need Han Yu to help putting Light Mantles on everyone to protect from the corrupted air.

          • Schattenbach

            That fiend lord Cai’er defeated cannot be compared with the weakened Bloodthirsty Flying Beta demon Haochen and Cai’er defeated together. It completely outclasses it in several aspects, starting with significantly higher spiritual energy.

            My point from before wasn’t that Haochen should choose between either his little brother’s life or Cai’er’s wellbeing but … that his unwillingless to use the one thing in his possession (tElux’s Saint Undead Arts) that might actually even the odds is (if Haochen’s team is going to be there then) then what, ultimately, leads to the risk of Cai’er being forced to use that stove in the first place to protect Haochen.

          • Jonathan Hurd

            To be fair I would compare Hao Chen’s battle against the Scarlet Berserk demon with Cai’er’s Fiend Lord battle. Though the Fiend Lord was definitely stronger.

            I understand your concern that LHC is not taking up all the power he can and I have to admit I really really want to see him use necromancy. I also don’t want to see the situation in which LHC fails to protect a loved one because he doesn’t have enough power.

            I don’t think LHC is completely ignoring using the Holy Necromancer arts especially since he remembers Hao Yue’s world, but to be fair trying to learn new abilities is less of a priority than breaking into the 6th step right now. After he breaks through he can learn 6th step Retribution Knight skills, all the public Guardian Knight skills, any Guardian Knight abilities Asura Ye can give him, and the Necromancer abilities as well.

            I think if push comes to shove LHC is completely willing to use Necromancy if it can help him protect his friends or family. Right now in public eye it is just smarter for him to stick to publicly using just Knight abilities and they can take him pretty far for now. I think Asura Ye will definitely encourage him to learn Necromancy especially if it will help him survive in the future.

          • Luke Confidential

            I believe you mean any Guardian Knight abilities grand Master Han can give him. Teacher is getting all his 6th step techniques from him anyway.

          • Jonathan Hurd

            Basically same process. I keep wondering if Han Yu can share the abilities he gets from his inheritance ring with LHC. I really wish they explained just how these abilities are passed down.

          • Luke Confidential

            Presumably LHC can open the doorway to Eternal Rest from any dimension.

            If he is able to assign his allies as allies and dump them in there prior to the teleportation to Austin Griffon’s world, he should be able to open it up there and allow them to join him.

            This is all predicated on the ability to designate allies without remaining present of course.

          • Jonathan Hurd

            Never thought about it like that. It would be pretty cool if they use it like that and makes some sense as well. I do have to admit I have been wondering how LHC is going to handle a more serious all out assault by the Undead without some help. If he can bring them over that would be pretty interesting and having two more light Element users can only help.

    • setyroth

      I have to wonder if Lin Xin’s own issues with fire magic will pay a role in convincing LHC or vice versa. I mean if Lin Xin could actually do the work of a proper fire mage that alone would probably double their team’s power.

      Who will break first I wonder, LHC or Lin Xin. I’d guess LHC.

      • Kaarme

        He hasn’t seen it used for evil either since the last necromancers vanished thousands of years ago. All he has got is propaganda by the temples and now what little he heard from Elux’s ghost. In fact he’s very much on the winning side with necromancy so far, with the new techniques, the amulet, and the training ground the tower promises. He hasn’t lost anything or caused trouble for anybody with it.

        • Luke Confidential

          The tower will slowly seduce him.

          • Robin

            I am sure it will. But this could be compared to the diary Lord Voldemort possessed in the Chamber of secrets. It lures the reader to do something he doesn’t want to. I think it wise to be reeeeeeaallly careful about the tower and how much he compromises. He will have to learn it and will surely do so in the end. But his scepticism is not uncalled for.

            The general image of necromancy is not that high, because most see the life energy and and the corpses of their dead as something you don’t mess with. Seing corpses raised again after death brings some basic horror, especially if it may be corpses from people you knew.
            This was the first time for me to learn about Holy Necromancers, and it was the same for Haochen. This is exactly the reason why he is willing to get to know more about Elux and necromancy in general. He is not basically condemming it. But it is natural that he needs time to get used to the idea od good necromancy, which completely goes against everything he learned and his surroundings believe. So telling he is arrogant or shortsighted is in my opinion a little bit too drastic and early.

          • Kaarme

            I’d only forgive him because he’s so young, basically still a kid. Otherwise one should not judge something without learning first what it’s all about. The war with the demons has been going on for thousands of years with end in sight. It’s pretty hasty to judge with little intel that he doesn’t need any extra power. That does make it look like he believes he can defeat demon gods without going all out. If that’s not youthful arrogance, I don’t know what is.

        • setyroth

          Don’t know if that’s necessary true.

          He’s been schooled constantly about how necromancers killed off more then 90% of humanity’s strength (exterminated many powerful bloodlines). It’s true he doesn’t know the circumstances but he’s not a neutral party. I’m sure he considers himself, for better or worse, on the side of the Church [Whatever-it-Was], now called Temple Alliance.

          From his perspective all necromancers are practically on the side of the demons. It’s actually kind of the same as bioweapons for our world. “Can be used for good” just doesn’t factor in that high when it’s a forbidden technology/technique. I’m sure from his perspective its not his place to judge too much why its been banned. Overall it’s a difficult pill to swallow given how closely he sticks to his knight’s oaths. If not for the fact it’s only historically considered forbidden he would probably be vehemently against even the possibility of it.

          All that said, I suspect the alliance would actually not be against it.

          • Kaarme

            Uh… No, bioweapons can’t be used for good. Period. They can only be used for totally indiscriminate slaughter of both combatants and civilians, children and the elder included.

            We don’t know what necromancy can be used in this story, but one very traditional use of necromancy is to summon the spirit of a deceased to converse with it. Like to allow it to pass its last message to the family members left behind. Or to reveal who murdered the person. Possibly they could use it as a weapon totally similarly to any elemental spells as well, negative energy or whatever it would be called. Or to heal oneself or allies, using the energy from enemies. If the enemies are going to die anyway, what’s the difference?

            Only when it’s some kind of undead plague would things be different, but would Haochen ever use such power? In fact he wouldn’t probably raise the dead as zombie warriors if it clearly violated the souls of the departed. He most certainly wouldn’t suck the life out of fellow humans to create necromantic tools. It’s all up to the person using it. It doesn’t matter who uses a bioweapon, it will kill anybody and everybody. Totally different.

          • setyroth

            You could make a bioweapon that only affects demons just as you could with necromancy only raise demons as undead. On the other hand should you make a mistake with a bioweapon you could kill your own people just as with necromancy you might end up forced to use your own people as “material.”

            The previous chapters also make a point on how LHC’s necromancy powers are already sucking the soul force of the dead… how much of a sacrilege that is is left to be seen but it doesn’t seem to be under LHC’s control anyway so one has to wonder if it gets “better” at it the more he cultivates necromancy.

            We also have no knowledge how necromancy works yet. For all we know you just cast a spell and the dead around you will rise so long as your spell is active. In that sense its practically the same as a bioweapon with regard to control.

            Our little debate over this just proves my point how this is very easy to argue both ways and with little information on the risks and limitations LHC’s caution and reluctance is very understandable.

          • Luke Confidential

            This novel has always had technique reveal their effects to the learner when they are learned, without the requirement of experimentation.

            LHC would KNOW which spells do what and could choose according to his morals and the situation at hand.

          • setyroth

            How do you explain this soul energy being presented as “mysterious” then?

          • Luke Confidential

            What LHC’s forgetting is that the necromancers WERE a large part of that 90% of humanity’s strength.

            If the church had left well enough alone, humanity could have banded together and dealt with the demon threat without issue.

          • Schattenbach

            As the necromancers managed to deal with the Radiant church that controlled 90% of the powerhouses just fine, they should’ve made up at least nearly half of the overall strength of humanity from back then.

    • Robin

      I am not so sure if he doesn’t take on more than he expected with the tower. Elux HAS a mind of his own and can influence Haochen. I do not think that it is real arrogance. He wants to rely on his own strength and cultivation to gain strength. Basically there is nothing wrong with that. But I doubt Elux will stay silent if Haochen doesn’t learn necromancy in the end.

      • Kaarme

        It would be his own strength. If you went by such an insanely limited view, he could barely use anything else but ripples of light and one or two others because most of his techniques are existing ones invented ages ago or by the older people he knows. He would also need to walk in rags because he’s relying on other people by using equipment made by others. Not to mention he’s relying on Haoyue a lot and his whole team. He’s also relying on Cai’er to keep himself spirited and motivated. What makes Elux’s holy necromance so different?

        • Robin

          That he choose to take the other things and techniques willingly and after some consideration. He can’t even estimate what the necromancy would include.

          You are mixing things up. It is a difference if you buy equipment or skills or receive something as a price or if you simply accept something that was in a way forced upon you. Even aside from the question if necromany is evil or not, I would consider if I use everything at hand or not.

          Although, I agree that in regard of such a drastic threat as the demons, it would be wise not to be clouded by prejudices.

          • Kaarme

            It’s still his choice. I don’t think Elux can do much if Haochen decides he’s never going to visit the tower again nor use the techniques. He’s carrying the amulet, yes, so there’s a chance Elux could do something, but for now I’d bet on the negative. It’s all up to Haochen.

            For comparison he’s also carrying the ring from his father that will automatically gift him some techniques when he levels up.

  • ShelfCloud

    Wait, the internal spiritual energy of Cai’er reaches 3700 points AFTER she has taken the pill?

    What does that mean? It means that, in the whole time that passed after the time in the exorcist mountain pass, she did not only not progress at all but – and that despite those many battles and her loosing four senses – her internal energy even reduced a bit or what? Before all that she had already reached an internal energy pf 2770 points (as described in chapter 204).

    Seriously, thr author needs to pay more attention to his numbers…

    • Schattenbach

      While somewhat unlikely as there wasn’t anything said at all about that, maybe all that strain of using that dagger of samsara as well as the spiritual stove of samsara so much actually harmed her cultivation. With her stated cultivation speed, including that pill, she should’ve already reached the peak of the 5th step.

      • Luke Confidential

        Indeed, one nice thing about these Xianxia is that there usually is a plausible explanation to cover up the author’s errors.

        • Jonathan Hurd

          I think you could argue that these pills have different effects for different people. I would say that from how the Spirit Gathering Pills Lin Xin gave LHC to begin with were effected by his nature and lead to better results. The story also said this particular pill becomes less effective as you get higher Internal Spiritual Energy. So we could argue that Cai’er didn’t actually gain a full 1k, but got a little less after absorption and the end result turned into 3.7k.

          In the end for me its not really too terrible a mistake and she is going to keep training anyways so it shouldn’t have any bad lasting effects on the story.

          • Schattenbach

            I don’t remember it being stated (maybe I missed that or forgot about it … if so, sorry) that this pill becomes literally less effective the higher one’s internal spiritual energy goes, only that it’s more useful early on (due to increasing one’s spiritual energy by something like … 50% is significantly greater in terms of impact as simply increasing one’s spiritual energy while one already is about to reach 10,000 units) and, with Cai’er’s constitution, I don’t think she should ever run into a situation were common usage cultivation medicine won’t be at least as effective as for everyone else expect if it’s either unsuitable for her current level of cultivation (which isn’t the case) or unsuitable for her extremely high natural inner spiritual energy value (which is somewhat unlikely as, at worst, the effect should be the same).

          • Jonathan Hurd

            Yeah, I agree that my hypothesis is a bit of a stretch and considering her Innate Spiritual energy it does seem highly unlikely that she would get less effects. The most likely argument(besides author not paying attention to numbers) could just be that she slightly injured her internal spiritual energy by using the Stove of Samsara like she did. Since we don’t have a full understanding of it and the backlash as of yet that doesn’t seem too farfetched.

      • ShelfCloud

        That would be indeed a reasonable explanation. But as you said, nothing like that was mentioned before. And since the author made this kind of little mistake before, I am leaning more towards it being simply an error.

    • Kaarme

      Yeah. The author should get into a habit of typing down and storing all the numbers on an Excel sheet or something. On the other hand it seems to me that this author is quite a good and innovative writer otherwise, although due credit to Toto as well for making it finely understandable for the rest of us, so perhaps the problems in mathematics can be forgiven. I rather enjoy the bulk of the story and the characters this much than only enjoy consistent numbers, should I need to choose between the two.

      • ShelfCloud

        I also like the story very much and enjoy reading it. These little mistakes definitely do not ruin the story for me or anything like this. I guess it is just that I also like numbers and so pay attention to stuff like that 😉

  • Indream

    “Long Haochen placed an order of six Holy Spirit Pills for them, which took about a month to arrive” throwing 60k points like that? really?

    • Sarlisark

      na throwing not really, the pill is more effctive the earlier it is used so now is the perfect time, nd they have the necessary points for it.
      Alson with its help they will manage to reach commander grade before the 8th general one(they fucked up a bit too much). And we learned that it is always better too promote then to stay on your level

    • Kaarme

      I have a feeling they will eventually pay them back once they can. They owe so much as it is to Haochen and the 21st squad that their pride surely wouldn’t allow them not to. Although it would be nice if Haochen didn’t accept points from Li Xin alone, instead telling her that the little brother must sometimes be allowed to spoil the big sister.

      • Luke Confidential

        Not only that, but there is already some experience behind these two squads working as a team. There’s a bit of a bond there.

        My gut tells me LHC hopes to drag the 22nd General Grade squad along with his squad on their first Commander Grade mission.

        • Schattenbach

          Well … big sis originally wanted to get one of the Divine Thrones, with her DHS career being one of the milestones on that way. While I don’t really think she should have much of a chance …

          That reminds me … I wonder if Haochen’s other big sis is ever going to manage to catch up …

          • Luke Confidential

            Yeah… she really doesn’t. Yang Wenzhao very well might, but she’s just too average.

          • hargs sgrah

            han yu might with level 80 innate now. honestly i was disappointed he didn’t make his sister a retainer knight…

          • Renegade

            I wonder what divine throne he will get.

            Plus what the heck is his dad and mom up to? Been long time since any mention on whereabouts. He’s almost a 7th step.

          • CanaryWO

            He’s not even at the 6th step yet and it was told that it would get harder and harder to progress to higher steps, “He’s almost a 7th step.”. No he’s not and there is still some time until he reach that point.

    • Jonathan Hurd

      The way I originally thought about it was he saved Luc Xi’s team the time of going to the transaction center and put in the order for them. Luc Xi’s team would pay for it when they arrive. Luc Xi’s team has lots of points so I’m not really sure why LHC would have to pay for their pills. Who knows maybe he is currying more favor, but god knows he doesn’t need to since they wouldn’t have anywhere near the points they currently do without LHC and they would also probably be dead…

    • Robin

      Placing the order doesn’t mean that he pays for them. Maybe they can only be ordered at a floor of the exchange tower where general grade DHS have access. Luc Xi’s squad only upgraded after the order was issued so it would make sense that Haochen did this to help them.

  • Indream

    “Long Haochen placed an order of six Holy Spirit Pills for them, which took about a month to arrive” throwing 60k points like that? really?

  • Schattenbach

    I wonder if Lin Xin already made any progress in his research when it comes to creating pills that help cultivating at the 6th step.

  • Rovi

    Totobro thanks for the chapter! By the way won’t you fix the table of content by the story arc? You only have 4 arc titles?

  • Iric Alexis

    thanks for the chapter.

    “How could necromancers be affiliated with the holy light element?”

    simple.. it’s called “plot armor” or “MC special luck”.. lol

    • Aashish Kandel

      it doesn’t feel too weird actually since IET in CD also said that prerequisite for necromancers is to have a pure soul

  • sean

    Well, sometimes you hear of undead paladins right? Summoned by necromancers, holy/dark element. Actually, that makes MC even more OP, no weaknesses in those summons right?

  • Who Care

    Holy necromancer,

    I personnally only see it as a new concept. A weird one sure but it’s not like it’s the first time something like that happened. I mean if there is light and dark angel, why couldn’t there be holy necromancer ? Before fallen/dark angel were introduced how many did even think it was possible ? And those than claimed it to be possible was there even a bone left of them once the church heard it ?

    … well actually if you think about it, in a way there is holy necromancer, only depending on the game you play, story you read, they are either named priest, bishop, hierophant and whatnot … basically all class with a ressurect skill. The only difference between “normal” necromancer and priest who can call back the dead is like quantity vs quality. One focus on the quantity will the other focus on the quality. At the very least it’s how i see it.