Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 284


Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 284: Ensnare the opponent of the seventh step (III)

In terms of strength, the Dual-Headed Devil Eagle was at the early stages of the seventh step, making him no match for the Fiend Lord they fought before. While the Fiend Lord was handled by exploiting his weak points, this Dual-Headed Devil Eagle on the other hand was proficient in magic. Therefore, it was a tragedy for him to have fallen for the 21st general grade Demon Hunt Squad’s trap. Of course, the most important contributor in killing him was the little pig McDull, who deserved at least half of the credit.

The deterrence caused by the Black Dragon’s appearance wasn’t finished; he could of course not attack, but could at least issue a dragon cry to the skies.

Seeing that enormous Black Dragon head towards the demons, the various races of demons felt confused at his oppression towards demons. Of course, they were unable to understand why a personal guard of His Majesty Demon God Emperor would attack them. For a moment, those middle ranked demons lost all desire for battle.

Morale was the most important aspect on the battlefield.Iin case a side suffered a morale blow, it could very possibly cause them to suffer a crushing defeat.

Seeing the decline of morale among the demon forces, the Southern Mountain’s City immediately commanded its soldiers to launch a counterattack. Those soldiers were part of an injured army, but they were all veterans. Having survived so far, they could be called the top of the elite of the Southern Mountain Pass’ army. They understood that their survival was bound to this battle. Even if it took them everything they had, they were willing to fight to the end. So, they clenched their teeth and charged at the enemy.

The troops weren’t in too bad a state, having just received their reinforcements. They had powerful support; led by dozens of Demon Hunt Squads as well as the reinforcement army of five thousand Alliance fighters. The Temple Alliance brazenly walked on the streets, launching the counterattack against the demons.

Since the Temple Alliance dispatched troops when the Southern Mountain’s City entered a state of emergency, they had certain grasp of the situation. Aside from the Knight Temple that dispatched their strongest Temple Knight Regiment, the other five great Temples dispatched a lot of elites of the fifth step or above. And although this army could not compare to the strength of the Demon Hunt Squads, the combat power they displayed on the battlefield was still terrifying. With both sides at the fifth step, a single human by himself could handle three or four demons. This was due to their difference of equipment! Even an ordinary armor gave them a much better protection than the demons.

And don’t forget that they were an army, and every army had its discipline, needing to coordinate with and assist each other. Although the demon armies were powerful, they were composed of many races, they didn’t always move in groups that optimized their power and mostly relied on their superior numbers to defeat the opponent.

Therefore, the counterattack was orchestrated successfully in the Southern Mountain’s City.

However, Long Haochen leading the two Demon Hunt Squads, moved forward at a slower speed, and didn’t directly participate in the battle yet.

Luc Xi’s crowd healing was released all around. After his internal spiritual energy was raised by a thousand through the means of the Holy Spirit Pill, his healing ability rose greatly. His entire body glinted in golden color, and, bathed in the warmth of the healing magic, the battlefield was filled with his energy.

However, no one knew that it wasn’t because of their exhaustion and injuries from the previous battle that Long Haochen had everyone slow down their pace.

The Dual-Headed Devil Eagle’s last strike was violent, but the Soul Linking Chains truly deserved to be called equipment of the Epic Tier.After the attack was countered to the greatest extent possible by Long Haochen’s defensive abilities, including Divine Obstruction, they showed their utility by dividing the remaining damage among the seven of them. This remaining damage was almost negligible, and no one even required Luc Xi’s crowd healing. As for Long Haochen’s consumption of spiritual energy, there was no real problem. He had the help of both the Eternal Melody and the Light Elemental Fairy Yating to help him with this aspect, and when required, Haoyue could even take the initiative to use Radiant World to help him recover even faster. To preserve a group’s fighting ability, no one at his level could compare with Long Haochen.

The real reason why he slowed the pace was because of the pain that he was currently bearing. He was left without choice but to move slower, to let himself gather his energy to endure this pain.

This pain had its origins in the Eternal Melody.

Starting from the first step he took on the battlefield, Long Haochen’s Eternal Melody started to burn, just like an insatiable beast, engulfing all the soul energy invisible to the other people’s eyes from the battlefield.

Long Haochen’s mental strength was far stronger than that of ordinary people, but thousands of drops of soul energy were coming over to his side, giving him a really unpleasant feeling. Moreover, along with the absorption of the soul energy, the Pendant of Eternal Melody kept giving off a scorching feeling, and the burning pain had always affected him. If not for Long Haochen’s astonishing willpower, he surely couldn’t possibly have persevered for so long.

He could feel that this soul energy would rapidly disappear after entering Eternal Melody, but the burning feeling it gave off kept increasing. And he could also feel that the Eternal Melody wasn’t omnipotent either. It was only able to absorb soul energy in a diameter/radius of two hundred meters, and past this distance, it couldn’t absorb.

Thus, he slowed his pace to let the Eternal Melody’s absorption speed slow down, trying to digest the absorbed souls as quickly as possible. Otherwise, this burning sensation would make him feel as though his chest was about to explode. How could he fight in this state?

However, this burning sensation was not completely devoid of advantages. In the burning heat, Long Haochen clearly felt that his liquid spiritual energy was rotating around the Saint Spiritual Stove at an increased speed, producing a constant compression of spiritual energy. And although Eternal Melody gave him a burning sensation on the chest, it also made him feel as if he was going to grasp a new insight.

However, this wasn’t a situation where he could sit down and cultivate, otherwise, considering his power of understanding, how couldn’t he know that gaining this insight would be of great benefit to him.

The Eternal Melody’s burning sensation cooled down because of Long Haochen’s slowed pace. Finally loosening his breath, he felt really unwilling to let the Eternal Melody go on absorbing the souls’ energy. This Tower of Eternity seemed to have some benefits, but due to the fact that it was passed down from a necromancer, he never had a good opinion of it.

The others took the opportunity to recover their spiritual energy with the help of the Spiritual Gathering Halo released by Long Haochen. Although they were now advancing at a slower pace, their previous performance caused everyone to see them in a new light. It was precisely from their breakthrough that a butterfly effect was produced, leading to this counterattack.

“Is everyone alright?” Long Haochen turned around, looking at Luc Xi. Although he was asking everyone, this question was actually directed at the 22nd general grade Demon Hunt Squad. The seven members of their 21st squad had the Soul Linking Chains, so any problem that arose for one would be shared with everyone else.

Luc Xi replied, “No problem, we can still fight.”

Long Haochen nodded, “Let’s go then.” The burning sensation on his chest had finally disappeared, but as they would keep advancing, the amount of corpses would only increase, but Long Haochen had no choice. He could only bear the pain alone; who would cower before the battle at such time?

The counterattack greatly boosted the morale of the soldiers on the Temple Alliance’s side. Led by the reinforcement troops, they immediately suppressed the demon forces located inside of the Southern Mountain’s City, and slowly pushed forward, recovering the lost territory.

The reappearance of Long Haochen’s group on the battlefield immediately became one of the assets to break through the enemy ranks. Long Haochen was leading the charge, Haoyue, Yi Jun with his magic cover and Bai Xiaomo’s botanical summons producing a thorny undergrowth at the sides of the team, strengthened its defense. For the moment, they were an irresistible force that only kept going forward.

The group of thirteen advanced with a coordination with each other that only improved as the time passed, and even demons of the sixth step were unable to stop their advance. As for those at the seventh step, they were after all a small minority, and having already killed two of them, they couldn’t have the bad luck of always attracting their attention.

Long Haochen became the busiest of the group. He not only gave orders, killed enemies, and handled the defense, but he also recovered those demons’ corpses by making use of Eternal Melody. Of course, Long Haochen currently had to be picky, and directly ignored those below the fifth step, only recovering the others. To say nothing of the corpses’ value, the magical crystals from demons were already worth a considerable price.

At this time, the discipline within their team was brought to the fullest. Other than Long Haochen, the others in both squads were solely preoccupied with killing the enemy, defending and providing support. No one went to recover the demon corpses, and even if Long Haochen let them, they wouldn’t take the initiative.

If an outstanding team was affected in its momentum by the thirst for benefits, would it really deserve to be called outstanding?

Long Haochen only said a single sentence, that he would be the one to go recover the spoils of war, distributing it after the battle. The others carried out these orders well. Until now, Long Haochen had always been fair to the team, fair and selfless, a behaviour that everyone got to see with their own eyes. As the one who always chose to bear the most difficult tasks in the whole team, no matter how proud these elites of their respective Temples could be, they were currently wholly committed to him.

Someone acting as the core of a powerful team didn’t only have to be strong in battle, but also needed to be able to handle the most important duties. At the same time, he also had to form his team into a cohesive unit, and to bring out the most out of everyone in the team.

The blazing sensation from the massacre before reappeared on Long Haochen’s chest, but even Long Haochen was shocked to discover that this time, his ability to resist the Eternal Melody’s burning sensation was visibly a lot stronger. The reason for this was unclear, but it could at last be considered a good thing.

More importantly, when the previous amount of souls appeared again, the internal spiritual energy in his body gathered frantically, and under this burning sensation, the quantity of internal spiritual energy in his body didn’t seem to lessen even though he kept using various abilities continuously. It seemed that the Eternal Melody carried some extraordinary ability.

Could it be that the Eternal Melody can also restore my spiritual energy with the soul energy?

This thought came to his mind, but Long Haochen couldn’t afford to pay attention to his own body’s circumstances.

A black light descended from the sky, and smashed against the counterattacking army of the Temple Alliance with a loud bang. In the midst of this violent sound of explosion, a purple black-colored gas broke out, enveloping dozens of soldiers of the Six Great Temples that didn’t manage to evade it in time. Those poor souls had no chance to survive and melted instantly.


  • KenskidaVinski

    thank you as always! also to the sponsors!

  • Ragnarok

    Thanks a lot for the chapter

  • agila0212

    Thank you for another chapter 🙂

  • BrBrHue

    First!

  • Anto Wibowo

    Thank you for the chapter!

  • Mangaaddict

    Thanks for the chapter.
    Since the past few chapters have been about the demon side getting rekt I am going to give my opinion on how an all out war between the humans and demons would go. My way of doing this is to compare the powerhouses of each side. The leader of the demons is the emperor who has a 95% chance of killing the demon god slayers. Since this is so high I don’t think it would be an exaggeration to say that the moon demon god (#2) would be able to fight the second titled demon squad. After those two lets compare long xing Yu and Amon the 7th demon god. Since they tied and Long Xing Yu is a Divine retribution knight (the vocation with the most power in one on one) I think we can say that from the 7th demon god and up they are more powerful than any human powerhouse. So the 3rd through 6th demon gods can probably easily fight two human powerhouses. The end result of this is that it would probably take 21 humans at the ninth step to even hold back the first 7 demon gods. Now when you also bring in the fact that there are 53 more demon gods at the ninth step then all I can say is that humanity is screwed. And I also want to mention that there is a possibility that there are more demons at the ninth step than this because we know that some demons can cultivate so I would not be surprised if there were some demons who were at the ninth step, but are not demon gods. (the Black dragon tribe is a good example of this. When they are born they are already at the 8th step so I would be very surprised if not a single one of them was a power house at the ninth step besides their leader the demon god emperor.)

    • felix

      Don’t take this the wrong way but I think you should use paragraphs. 🙂

    • Schattenbach

      High ranking demon gods like the Moon Demon God can expect to have at least a few (in case of the Moon Demon God … a whole dozend) subordinates at the 9th step.

      Right now, humanity only has 19 or so powerhouses at the 9th step. If the 36 heroic assassins (one of which at least is at the 9th step) are any indicator, humanity shouldn’t have much more than 300 powerhouses at the 8th step, either.

      Overall, humanity + their glorious era legacies barely rivals the demons without the 72 demon gods. When taking the 72 demon gods into account, it’s not like humanity has realistic prospects to win any all-outway, but humanities demise would also doom most of the demons.

      • Schattenbach

        all-out war*

        • Jonathan Hurd

          That is what I enjoy. We don’t have to win… We just have to make sure that our losing costs too much from you, :D.

    • Jonathan Hurd

      The big thing to understand is that humans have no chance in an all out war with the demons in open grounds. Both sides understand that extremely well. The reason humans have held on this long is thanks to things like abusing natural land formations as seen in the Exorcist Mountain Pass and massive cannons that can wipe out great deal of demons at a time. Add these together and we can understand why Demons haven’t just won the war. The problem comes that Humans really can’t do a war of attrition since Demons repopulate so fast they need to die. So both sides are stuck. Demons can’t push Humans out of their fortress and Humans can’t do lasting damage yet. The only thing that could make lasting damage for the Demons side is losing a Demon God Pillar. The only thing that can make lasting damage for the human side is losing one of their footholds. That is why they keep repeating the dance of fighting each other on the walls waiting for one side to fuck up.

      The fact is that Humans really have no reason to go for an all out battle. They are self sufficient in their tiny part of the world and they will only grow stronger as time goes on. Demons on the other hand stay stagnant without any real way of improving their already formidable power. Demons also cannot afford to go for an all out war. The fact is that yes if all 72 Demon Gods join forces they could wipe out the humans. The problem is consider how many Demon Gods would get taken with humanity at that point. We’ve already seen what someone like LHC can do when he is willing to die in a fight. What if everyone at the 9th step was willing to ignite themselves? Sure Humans aren’t going to win, but by god they are going to make it costly. Add in the Demon God Emperors worry of a third party invader like the demons were and humans current livelihood is basically set as long as they can keep the status quo.

      Honestly speaking I think humans the way they are right now are perfectly fine. The only thing I can see inspiring a more desperate action from the demons is if someone actually succeeds in destroying a Demon God Pillar. Until that time Demons have no reason to not play the waiting game. They are all beholden to the Demon God Emperor and as long as he says to wait they by god are going to do so.

  • felix

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • craptonium

    Every damn time LH whines and bitches and cries about the Eternal Melody and the necromancer powers, i explode with the urge to jump into the story, slap his face a hundred times, and choke him.
    Someone in this story better slap him out of his idiotic emotional stupidity and mindset of suppressing a glorious tool and power simply because he superimposes the immoral choices of past users upon an ultimately neutral tool which is necromancy.
    Because if someone doesn’t fix his lack of logic and rational thinking in this aspect, which conflicts with the writing that defines his character as an intelligent and objective one, this is going to become my most hated MC of all times.

    • Jonathan Hurd

      To be fair he is still a kid. A very mature kid but a kid. He has also been raised to believe necromancers were the enemy and the ones who damned humanity. It is not hard to understand his concern about using items belonging to them. He has however agreed to its use seen by the fact he is storing things in Eternal Melody and planning to train in the Tower.

      Other than that I don’t think it would be normal to be immediately okay with absorbing peoples souls. If LHC just embraced that and said ‘fuck it, it benefits me!’ That would be way more out of character to me. LHC is a selfless and pure kid. He has always been more concerned with doing what is right than doing what benefits him most. I would say though that the very fact that he was considering meditating on the soul absorption aspect shows he is not completely unwilling to use it.

      Final note is that it is pretty obvious from the pain he was enduring that he has no idea on how to suppress the Eternal Melody. I do think though that his body is becoming used to it or fusing better with it as it absorbs more Soul Power and that is why the pain is going down.

      • Schattenbach

        It doesn’t help that haochen’s father – the one to teach him most of his knowledge about the world – was deemed to be too dogmatic by a certain other knight of the 9th step and his personality said to be too focused on certain things.

        [I do think though that his body is becoming used to it or fusing better
        with it as it absorbs more Soul Power and that is why the pain is going
        down.]

        Or Haochen’s body is slowly transforming under the influence of all those sould that the Eternal Melody absorbs, becoming something that transcendents common mortals … after all, there’s ought to be a reason that that necromancer lived for over 800 years (not including the time he’s resting within the tower, it seems) … and as Eternal Melody is something he likely crafted after reaching the 9th step a long while ago (he was 132 or so while he got his hands on the skull of the first highpriest/pope or whatever he/she/it was called of the Radiant church), so it’s power obviously cannot be measured by simple means.

        • Jonathan Hurd

          Yeah there is no doubt that the Eternal Melody is not a simple thing. It was made by a 9th step necromancer using a 9th steppers bones. I am really curious what kind of powers it will eventually show. Storage and gathering of souls are great for utility and the ability to for now act as Spiritual Cavities is a great help, but I imagine there is way more to it than just that. I am reminded of what Elux said about him making sure LHC won’t die. It is going to be interesting to see if something special happens with Eternal Melody after he takes an extreme wound or activates Sacrifice again.

          What I kind of wonder as well is if LHC’s own body will eventually be able to absorb Soul Energy and reinforce his Soul with it. I also keep wondering if he will eventually be able to use Soul Energy to power other attacks separately from his Spiritual Energy. I mean considering how big the battlefields LHC will be visiting I don’t think the Tower will ever really be lacking in souls so it would be cool if can use some of that energy for himself.

  • VanillaCustardPie

    Thank you~

  • k1nk4

    thanks for the chapter!

  • Evilage

    My “something is gonna happen” sense are tingling like crazy
    cant wait for the rest
    already on the 284th chapter, i still remember reading 150( squad selection arc) wow

    • dreamer

      Yeah… Since it is from the sky than at least demon of the 6th step.
      Because so far they have killed 2 7th step that mean the one coming down should be at least 7th step peak.
      But 7th step peak is still not challanging enough. So I guess the one coming down is 8th step demon.
      Or maybe 9th step that make LHC almost die and his father come to save him or Elux’s skeleton army appear from eternal melody to save LHC (Elux said that he wont let LHC die).

      That will be great! 😀

      • Jonathan Hurd

        My money is on at least a 8th stepper personally. The ability to instantly melt dozens of people is something I don’t think a 7th stepper can do without investing everything he has and that is way too much for an opening attack. It feels like the above has noticed the swinging tides and is trying to stop a rout. If my guess isn’t wrong I have a feeling the one coming down is potentially one of the 12 demon gods who were in the air.

        I also remember the demon hunt squad selections, I am so happy we get to continue this spree of amazing chapters. 😀 Long live Totobro and all donators!

        • Fabio Coentrao

          my bet LHC reach 6th step

          • Evilage

            that was kinda obvious
            but then again its better than power of feelings

          • Jonathan Hurd

            To be fair he unlocked this power with the power of determination which has charged out power of feels to the max!

          • Jonathan Hurd

            congrats we’re both right! There is an 8th stepper and he did reach 6th step. Go us!

  • Zeth

    Thank you very much!

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • Nykila

    Thnx 😉

  • Draconic

    Thanks!

  • Karen Miluska Macedo Cardenas

    thanks for the chapter toto and sponsors!

  • ZaX

    Thanks for the chapter

  • cladezar

    thx for the chapter
    Dont know if you check back but here’s a typo “battlefield.Iin case”

    • Robin

      Yes, thank you for the hint. Not sure if Toto will correct it, but I will tell him. 😉

  • cladezar

    thx for the chapter
    Dont know if you check back but here’s a typo “battlefield.Iin case”

    • Robin

      Yes, thank you for the hint. Not sure if Toto will correct it, but I will tell him. 😉

      • Still not fixed, js

        • Robin

          True enough, thanks for reminding us. But if we wanted to correct every typo we ever made, I fear, things wouldn’t proceed anylonger.

          • I completely understand, love you guys <333

  • RedDragonX

    Thanks for the chapter!