Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 274

Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 274: Collective training behind closed doors (II)

In the blink of an eye, three months passed and everyone returned from their secluded training, their spiritual energy reaching a completely new level.

After three months, Cai’er’s internal spiritual energy had risen to 3,850, and Han Yu’s to 3,670. Sima Xian’s reached a number of more than 3,500 by relying on his new internal spiritual energy level of eighty, but Wang Yuanyuan, whose spiritual energy also broke past 3,500, was still a bit ahead of him. Lin Xin was at 3,660, and Chen Ying’er was at 3,320. The whole team had successfully reached the seventh rank of the fifth step.

However, during those three months, Long Haochen didn’t manage to break through to the sixth step, and was still at the bottleneck between the fifth and the sixth step.

This was naturally not because he wasn’t mustering enough effort, but because his attention was constantly being diverted. Every time he entered into a state of meditation, the memories he acquired from the Tower of Eternity would naturally flow into his mind, interrupting him every time. This was something that he couldn’t control even if he wanted to, thus he was unable to focus on his training in such a state.

Of course, Long Haochen wasn’t willing to learn necromancy, but during the first month of seclusion, he was constantly struggling against himself.

In the end, he still had to yield, because if he didn’t accept to learn this necromancy magic, he wouldn’t be able to cultivate at all, and would probably never break through his bottleneck. Breaking through a bottleneck required him to concentrate his attention completely on the matter at hand, but with those memories bursting forth and bothering him intentionally, how could he focus his attention?

Completely helpless, Long Haochen could only accept this reality reluctantly. By chance, the memories that the Tower of Eternity forced into him weren’t painful, and as long as he was willing to learn a skill or study a mystery, they would temporarily stop appearing. From the looks of it, Elux wanted him to master the subject via a comprehensive study of surrounding areas. Long Haochen had never thought that such a severe teacher would one day be entering his consciousness. But what could he do about it? Unable to resist, he could only bear with it.

During the second month, he patiently tried to break past this bottleneck, but the difficulty of reaching the sixth step from the fifth was truly astonishing. Through the Saint Spiritual Stove, he felt that his spiritual cavities had already started to take shape, and that he was just a tiny step away.

Long Haochen continuously went through the cycle of using Storing Power and attacking, using Storing Power and attacking… But he still didn’t succeed in breaking through this bottleneck.

Until the third month, his spiritual cavities had yet to form, but Long Haochen’s Saint Spiritual Stove seemed to be close to evolving. In his body, a little chaotic area had emerged, signaling that the Saint Spiritual Stove was also just a step away from evolving, visibly needing him to break through the sixth step to accomplish that.

These past months could be said to be a total torment to Long Haochen, but they didn’t pass without benefits. His cultivation speed had been very fast, but for this very reason, his roots weren’t steady enough. After finishing those three months of closed-door training, his spiritual energy was now steady, and his mastery of it more profound. Many aspects of his body had adjusted to better match his abilities.

In fact it wasn’t impossible for him to progress after reaching this bottleneck. It was just that as long as one didn’t break through, the spiritual energy one would gain from cultivating would usually vanish. But this wasn’t the case for Long Haochen. The fact that he couldn’t absorb it didn’t mean that the same applied to his Light Elemental Fairy and Blue Rain, Hibiscus of Light that were stored in his body! Thus, this period of three months also came with advantages for him. But obviously, passing the bottleneck and completing the second evolution of his Saint Spiritual Stove wasn’t a matter of a few hours.

While Long Haochen cultivated, Haoyue was fast asleep. He had previously eaten a large amount of magical crystals, and was now focusing his attention on absorbing their energy. Now that he had time to rest, his strength naturally kept growing.

But right at that time, their closed-door training was forcefully interrupted. Urgent news arrived from the side of the Demon Hunt Mission Tower, regarding a compulsory war mission. All the Demon Hunt Squads staying in Holy City had to participate in it. If they wouldn’t, ten thousand contribution points would be taken from each member of a general grade squad as a penalty, and the higher the grade, the greater would this penalty be.

This sort of War Mission was an extremely rare occurrence, only happening at times when the Alliance was facing a big crisis, forcing them to issue a compulsory marching order. The price for those who didn’t want to participate would be considerable.

Although Long Haochen’s team was rich enough to afford this penalty, this would still be a penalty of 60,000 contribution points. Though the retainer knight Han Yu didn’t have to be counted in, this was still something they were unwilling to bear.

After discussing it with his comrades, Long Haochen proceeded towards the Mission Tower to accept this mission, which gave three days to all Demon Hunt Squads to rest and reorganize. Though, the precise details of the mission had yet to be made known to the public.

The seven members of the 21st Demon Hunt Squad gathered in the lounge of the villa.

Sima Xin revealed a malicious smile, “War Missions are also good! My cultivation level has just greatly increased; it’s the perfect time to try it out against those little demons.” As he said this, he showed off his arm’s musculature with a big gesture.

Long Haochen spoke, “Since everyone is present, let us move on. Lin Xin, what is our total amount of contribution points?”

Lin Xin didn’t need to check and directly gave an answer, “We have still 245,823 contribution points left. I sold the magical crystals and demon corpses we brought back that weren’t of use to us, which increased our amount of contribution points again.”

Long Haochen nodded, “All good. Then, it is the time to proceed for the Transaction Center. We will have to head out for this War Mission soon, and this time, I’m afraid its level of difficulty and danger should be no lower than that of the Desolate Hissing Cavern. We shouldn’t insist on saving money as we will only need a hundred thousand contribution points to promote our Demon Hunt Squad’s grade. We should try to use up the leftover 150,000 contribution points today. After arriving at the center, look for the equipment you’ll need for yourself, everyone. We will limit ourselves to the Glorious Tier and above. If there is something you want, inform Lin Xin immediately. There’s no need to inform me, just directly buy it. Lin Xin, you are in charge of checking on what they picked: everyone should at least find one piece Glorious Equipment fitting himself. We cannot be stingy with our money at such a time! Don’t forget to buy stuff fitting for yourselves, understood everyone?”

“Yes, Captain!” Everyone except from Cai’er replied in a loud voice. Who would be unwilling to buy powerful equipment!? Even at the Glorious Tier, 160,000 contribution points would be enough to buy over a dozen quality goods. This was one of the benefits of their many contribution points.

After accepting the mission, Long Haochen’s immediate decision to look for equipment to buy was the best choice. Their Demon Hunt Squad would obviously not be the only one in need of equipment, and the other teams were definitely about to do the same to increase their strength. Being a step ahead would offer them a larger choice.

Walking into the Transaction Center, Long Haochen asked Lin Xin, “How is our storage of pills?”

Lin Xin replied with a smile, “Plentiful!

We have forty-two Great Recovery Pills, twenty five Bloodthirsty and Spiritual Bursting Pills. Also we have the two types of pills I have created recently, the Energetical Pill大力丹, and the other is called Pill of Ferocity. I used the Grand Fiends’ magical crystals and their materials to make Conjoined Spiritual Boosting Pills, which can connect the users’ spiritual energies for a certain time. When the spiritual energy pours into each other, it will change into the attribute of the specific user. It’s just like the Great Fiend Cavalries’ conjoined attacks, but the duration will be limited to three minutes. And this thing was really costly to do, so I have only been able to make two batches of seven of it, enabling us to use it twice. Considering our current strength, when the seven of us enter in a conjoined mode, our spiritual energy should surpass 20,000, enabling us to be a match to some extent for a powerhouse of the eighth step.”

Long Haochen asked with doubts, “But what if, after using these Conjoined Spiritual Pills, the one who gathers everyone else’s spiritual energy cannot bear this massive pressure?”

Lin Xin complacently replied, “I’ve already thought of this. Through these pills, I managed to solve this problem that even the Fiends themselves didn’t manage to solve. It touches upon how to take the conjoined pills. When the one who gathers the spiritual energy takes his Conjoined Spiritual Boosting Pill, he should at the same time take an Energetical Pill, strengthening his body to a great extent, which will naturally increase his capability to launch stronger attacks. Furthermore, these Conjoined Spiritual Boosting Pills won’t put the whole burden on a single person out of the seven of us. And the one in charge of gathering it will only receive power according to his own body’s limits. For instance, considering your ability Boss, there should be no problem for you to reach a total of 10,000 units of spiritual energy after taking one of my Energetic Pills. Though battling against an opponent at the eighth step was mere drivel, there should be no problem to put up a fight against one at the seventh step.”

Seeing his proud face, Long Haochen couldn’t help but reveal a smile, “It looks that your narcissism has its basis. Though I don’t really like to praise you, I really have no choice but to say that you are a real genius!”

“Hahaha, that’s a matter of course!” Just as expected, after being praised, someone immediately became so pleased as to lose his sense of measure.

Sima Xian interrupted him, “Has-drug-bro, take attention, Li Xin is coming.”

“Eh? Where is she, where?” Lin Xin suddenly exercised restraint, quitting his previous arrogant state to look more reasonable and appealing. Scrutinizing the surroundings, he looked for Li Xin’s figure.

To summarize it, over the past months, Lin Xin and Li Xin’s relationship had advanced pretty well. Although the two of them didn’t meet a lot because of their respective closed-door training, through his shameless and formidable harassment Lin Xin forced Li Xin to admit the status of their relationship. However, this led to the appearance of a new symptom on Lin Xin, making him an intensely henpecked male! Upon seeing Li Xin, he was just like a mouse seeing a cat. Maybe this was a residual effect of the time Li Xin forced a kiss on him, but the sure thing was that he treated her very well, secretly pressing her to accept quite a lot of his pills, though Li Xin, who was unwilling to take advantage of him, gave him the corresponding amount of contribution points every time.

“Dammit! This bald male! You dared fool me, be careful that I don’t give you false drugs next time!” Unable to find Li Xin, Lin Xin immediately shouted furiously at Sima Xian.

Sima Xian laughed joyfully, “Believe what you want, but hey, I once heard Li Xin say that she loathes narrow-minded people the most, and that she likes the most kind-hearted and innocent guys like our captain, well-disposed and promising youths.”

  • Jonathan Hurd

    Thanks Toto :D.

    Finally they are picking out new armor! I have waited so long for this moment!

    Also looks like Elux is not giving LHC a choice in whether he learns Necromancy or not. So he is definitely going to understand it at least or he will never progress. That means at least he will have a full understanding and be able to use the Necromancy even if he doesn’t want to use it.

    • Kaarme

      “Of course, Long Haochen wasn’t willing to learn necromancy,”

      Man, that “of course” really bothers me. Now I’m incredibly happy Elux is such a crafty old revenant that he doesn’t give Haochen a choice. That’s the best strategy with stubborn people! On the other hand considering how Haochen basically kept cultivating for a few months without breaking the bottleneck, isn’t it likely that when he finally accepts the holy necromancy, he will suddenly shoot through with extreme vigor like a Duracell bunny given lithium batteries?

      • Jonathan Hurd

        I think he did accept Holy Necromancy during the first month because they said during the second and third month he spent his time trying to form his Spirit Cavities. I think Elux’s information might work in a way that is similar to the inheritance rings except a bit more direct. I think LHC has learned all of the current level of Necromancy he can handle and once he passes into the 6th step more information will be given to him.

        I think what it was talking about when it said he was cultivating at the bottleneck is I think that is part of how he is assaulting the 6th step barrier. He is transforming all his internal Spiritual Energy with Storing Power to try and solidify the energy and pour it into the Spiritual Cavities and then he loses it all. From there he then gathers energy to fill himself back up and starts over. I think the second step is the usually useless cultivating they are talking about.

      • setyroth

        Uh huh. Well, it is within his character to be that stubborn about it. I’d say we should count ourselves lucky it only lasted for a month. And rejoice of our new necromancer main character. Tehehe

    • Schattenbach

      Elux’s quite the stern teacher … although now I wonder … is this the actual (sleeping) Elux mind at work or is it more something along the line of either “his will” (left within the Eternal Melody) or the programming of the Eternal Melody itself that’s further improving Haochen’s education.

    • Robin

      Yes, it is like he has an annoying little tower in his ear that enerves him when he doesn’t do what it wants. Really an ingenious idea of Elux, but still definitely manipulating.

  • Schattenbach

    I wonder how Cai’er’s supposed to pick a personal armor in her current state … evaluating it by touch?

    By the way, was Cai’er wearing any significant armor up until now? I had the impression that she limited herself to wear (possibly magical infused) clothing.

    • Schattenbach

      On another note … Cai’er didn’t progress much over these three whole months, or did she?

      Even Chen Ying’er managed to increase her cultivation by 120 points.

      • Jonathan Hurd

        Well she is at a higher Internal Spiritual Energy level and they did say it becomes harder to gather the higher you go.

        • Yes I think that would be the most likely. She didn’t get some overpowered items like Long Haochen did after all.

          • Robin

            And additionally, her cultivation speed is usually faster than that of others. For me it makes perfect sense that under those conditions such kind of medicinal stimuli do not affect her as strongly as “normal” people with a slower cultivation.

      • Schattenbach

        From chapter 204 up until now (while also using the +1000 internal spiritual energy pill):

        Han Yun: 2,390 to 3,670 = +280
        Wang Yuanyuan: 2,210 to ~3,500 = +290
        Lin Xin: 2,405 to 3,660 = +255
        Chen Ying’er: 2,000 to 3,320 = +320
        Cai’er: 2,770 to 3,850 = +80
        Sima Xian: 2,100 to ~3500 = +400

        • Draconic

          I would think that not being able to use most of her senses would force her to pay more attention to cultivating, but it seems like that’s not the case.
          There’s also a chance that we don’t know all the side effect of the Spiritual Stove of Samsara. It could be, that it also decreases the efficiency of cultivating while the side effects last.

          • Luke Confidential

            Or that using it may have cost her a bit of Internal Spiritual Energy permanently, forcing her to re-cultivate what was lost.

        • Kaarme

          She hasn’t seen Haochen’s face nor heard his voice for months, so she’s so depressed it’s holding her back.

    • Jonathan Hurd

      That is an interesting question. Considering how much the Assassin Temple prizes her she probably has something. I think she might of not been wearing armor for fear that it would just weigh her down and lower her agility.

    • setyroth

      It’s been 3 months, so she should have recovered some of her senses. Memory fails me, so not sure which sense she recovers first, or even if she can choose regardless of order of use.

      I would assume she regained her sight, but its not explicitly mentioned. In the preview she’s at the very least escorted by LHC. My money is that if they buy something for her it will be a dagger to replace her bamboo cane.

      • Schattenbach

        If the author didn’t change it, then she will only regain all her disabeled senses at once.

        She already used daggers before … for example, while fighting against the Grand Fiends (or rather, trying to assassinate them). It should’ve been two of them (as it is the case with at least some of the other assassins as well), so as long as they#re not useless (or broken … or both) now, there shouldn’t be a need to replace them now. Considering how helpless she’s right now (and that she has that dagger of samsara as backup plan), it’s not like she’s in any need for enormous offensive power, either.

        • Luke Confidential

          Since Cai-Er is disabled, LHC should be able to leave her out of the mission turning her over to someone else who can be trusted to take care of her.

          Even if the rules would normally prohibit it, she has very powerful family in high places.

          • Jonathan Hurd

            Remember what LHC said, he is not letting her leave his side. He is taking her into battle with him, no way in hell he is trusting someone else to protect her.

          • Luke Confidential

            As if LHC could compare to Uncle Suifeng or Grandpa Sheng [or even Daddy Sheng, though he’s getting closer to this one] for now 😛

            Granted that is true he swore an oath… which he immediately violated to go see his mistress… I mean his ally… in the Moon Demon Clan.

          • Jonathan Hurd

            To be fair its less about who is most suited and more about the fact that he never wants her to be getting hurt because he is not there. As he said before he would rather lay down his life than let her get hurt.

            On the separating part remember he gave Hao Yue specific instructions to not leave her side until he returned and he would instantly teleport to her side in case something happened. The other part was it was just too dangerous to take her that close to the Moon Demon God and the Demon God Emperor. It was also too scary to not secure a method of getting home since Fiend Demons were wandering everywhere.

          • Luke Confidential

            Oh I’m not faulting him for his choice.

            I’m only pointing out that his promise isn’t exactly water-tight.

          • Robin

            It is because Haoyue is like a part of himself and he could instantly return to her side whenever Haoyue deems that any kind of danger comes close to her. Since only Haochen can teleport, it would hve endangered the handicapped Cai’er greatly if he had taken her to a demon citiy where he himself had no idea about and couldn’t estimate the dangers. This would violate his oath in a different way.

      • Jonathan Hurd

        Remember she doesn’t just have the Spiritual Stove of Samsara it also comes with the Dagger of Samsara. I think last time we checked that weapon is at least a Legendary Weapon.

        • Schattenbach

          It’s a divine artifact (as seen here

        • Schattenbach

          It’s a divine artifact (as seen in chapter 166).

          • Jonathan Hurd

            Thanks for looking that up I was being lazy. So yeah… no reason for Cai’er to ever get a new weapon.

          • Luke Confidential

            Don’t assassins frequently dual-wield? I know for a fact her dad did…

            And if LHC’s performance is any indication, in this setting dual-wielding can [if done well] be a significant increase in offensive prowess.

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter! It’s two months for Cai’er to get one of her senses back right? So she should have one back now?

    • lordcattank

      it said that all of them will come back at once they wont come back one or two at a time so she still has to wait a few months

      • kirindas


  • setyroth

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • Draconic

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • k1nk4

    thanks for the chapter!

  • VanillaCustardPie

    Thank you~

  • lordcattank

    thank you very much for the chapter

  • Bunny Bacon

    Thanks for the chapter!!

  • Mangaaddict

    Thanks for the chapter.
    But I wonder who the villain in this story will be? I have the suspicion that it will be the temple alliance (but I think I am just biased after reading douluo dalo (written by the same author). I also don’t think that the demons will be the villains since they seem to be more like refugees to me. Not to mention the fact that I am fairly certain that Long Hao Chen is part demon. I think that because why else would his mother run away when she was the wife/lover of the strongest retribution knight of the alliance? She also has black Eyes and her last name is “yue”. Isn’t the moon demon’s family last name also Yue?

    • Mashed potato

      Well, perhaps a being on the same level as Long Haochen’s pet partner(all grown up). He’s meant to be a being on the level as a calamity to the whole world, right? Then wouldn’t it make sense if there were more of these beasts/people with the same huge amount of power?

      • Luke Confidential

        The final villain IS Austin Griffon. He’s a force of nature- emissary of the apocalypse. Austin Griffon ascending to his final form spells the destruction of the entire world in which he does so.

        LHC will be forced to kill his best friend to save the world.

        It wouldn’t surprise me if that final evolution destroys their pact [and Hao Yue’s fond memories] as well.

        • Jonathan Hurd

          I keep thinking that too, but it still seems so easy to kill Austin Griffin if LHC is forced to fight him. I mean LHC wins Austin Griffin dies…. LHC loses and Austin Griffin dies…. most anti climatic fight of all, lol.

          • Luke Confidential

            You’re assuming Austin Griffon’s final evolution won’t dissolve the pact.

            It very well may.

      • Jonathan Hurd

        From what the story has stated Austin Griffin is Unique. He keeps reincarnating and that is how his bloodline is passed down.

        As far as who is the villain in the story I don’t really think there is one. The thing I notice in his other work Douluo Dalo is that Spirit Hall is less evil and more just different than who we have grown to root for Tang San. Both sides in that story are vicious and have their own goals. Sure Spirit Hall is domineering and uses force for its goals, but its not like Tang San’s hands are completely clean. Life isn’t as simple as good and evil and that is what makes his stories interesting. It would be really easy to just paint the demons as mindless monsters, but they are not. That doesn’t mean that the demons are good. I can’t imagine LHC being like “Hey you guys have been mercilessly hunting and killing us for centuries, but now that I know you guys are refugees I am on your side”.

        On LHC’s mom there is a pretty high chance she is running from the Demon God Emperor and that is why she was hiding out in Human Land. Where better to hide from demons than with humans and vice versa.

    • Rengel Sia

      The name of LHC’s mother is Bai Yue, In Chinese names, Bai would be her last name. I think your idea might have sense in it, although there have been instances where the Demon God emperor was showing the hints.

  • ZaX

    All this preparation means they are in for another strong enemy. Thanks for the chapter and good luck in China.

  • Zeth

    Thank you very much Totobro, have a safe and fast trip!

  • Luke Confidential

    I hope Hao Yue gains the ability to speak by the 9th or 10th stage.

    “Haochen, your mount is too strong! He’s as strong as you or Cai-er!”

    “This isn’t even my final form.”

    • Jonathan Hurd

      Hearing Hao Yue speak…. it is potentially a special mix of bad ass and adorable….

      Wonder if his different heads personalities will come out too. Hearing him arguing amongst himself would be awesome, :D.

      • Robin

        Imagine the three heads bickering with each other. This would be amazingly cute! Like when Little Green wanted to eat the Earth Fairy and the others acted like they argued silently with him not to do it. Only this time it would be aloud.

        • Jonathan Hurd

          That one was adorable because at that time it seemed less like Little Green was arguing and more just confused. The other two were trying to get him to spit it out because they didn’t want LHC mad at them, lol.

          • Robin

            Yeah, it was like the new head, Little Green, didn’t know the rules yet, and the other two told him that they are not allowed to eat little fairies affiliated with his opponent, even though they look tasty. In my head I heard Little Green argue: “And I really can’t eat it?” And the others: “No, or Haochen would be upset.”

  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂

  • Evilage

    Well i never actually expected that haochen will learn necromancy
    i guess now its dead human(or angels or somethung since it is a light necromancer)
    but i dont see why the temple should be wary of necromancers, i mean they are humans too and i doubt demons will differentiate between humans and necromancers
    at times like this shouldn’t it be the enemy of your enemy is your friend? Temporary alliance?

    • Robin

      If they believe that necromancy corrupts the user because it is evil, they would obviously object having the trump card of the Knight Temple learn it. They would always question if they can still trust him. To be powerful is only good as long as people don’t start to fear what you can do, or you yourself. Additionally, if there is one necromancer, there can easily be more and this COULD lead to a repetition of the past. So they are again naturally wary. It is not easy to get over prejudices, especially if they are so deeply rooted in the collective mind of a culture.

  • Anto Wibowo

    Hahaha lin xin got whipped pretty darn good.
    Thank you for the chapter!

  • Anto Wibowo

    Hahaha lin xin got whipped pretty darn good.
    Thank you for the chapter!

  • Count Grey

    Thanks for the chapter 🙂

  • Luke Confidential

    If this is a standard chapter, why did the donation percentage go down? It was 80%, now it’s 50ish…

    • Schattenbach

      It was 154% or so. 275 has already been released … no idea if as sponsored chapter or not.

      • Luke Confidential

        Oh snap I never expected that to come out so quickly. To the chapter!

        • Robin

          I think the additional one was a bonus for all the support Toto gets. ^__^

  • Jordanh

    The soul energy he is going to collect

  • Jordanh

    From the up coming batte

  • Tobias Jonspers

    Well I just gotta say that the contribution points seems kinda messed up. I mean they made 140 000 points from their mission then around 20 000 from killing demons during it. Then they made a betting booth that made 160 000 points + the 100 000 points made from the actual bet. That alone is 420 000 points, and on top of that they sold magic crystals and corpses for an unknown amount though I can take a guess that it was around 15 000 points seeing as the author keeps saying it’s at 300 000 points and they used 70 000 for the pills and then still have 15 823 points above.

    So yeah I guess it’s an author miss? Or how else did 435 000 points turn into 300 000 points 😀