Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 292

Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 292: Illusory Paradise (I)

In all the Six Great Temples, candidates to the role of leader were nurtured by the Temple in case of necessity. This rare honor would be given to powerhouses with great talent, but in the whole History of the Temple Alliance, someone under the seventh step of cultivation had never been designated for the role of successor before. And there would never be a ‘single successor’. First of all, the factor of survival of the successor in battle aside, his attitude had to be tested for a long time. Since this was related to the future of the Temple Alliance, none of the Temples could make this kind of choice hastily.

Learning about such a young candidate was something no one present had ever heard of before. And the same went for this designation of ‘sole candidate’. For a moment, some of the people present felt unable to accept this.

And at this time, Ying Suifeng also spoke, “The girl at Long Haochen’s side is called Cai’er and is the sole successor for the position of our Assassin Temple’s leader. Because she used a rather taboo ability during their last mission, she temporarily lost the senses of sight, hearing, basic taste and smell. This is why she couldn’t make her salutations to all of you. Please forgive her for this.”

Han Qian’s and Ying Suifeng’s words undoubtedly shook everyone present, and even caused Long Haochen to feel dumbstruck. Altogether, there were no more but six Temples, and yet, two of these great Temples expressed that they had only one successor at this very moment. And from the look of it, these two were still no more than kids! None of people the other Temples could understand the Knight Temple’s and the Assassin Temple’s thinking. Before even speaking of these kids’ nature, could those two great Temples really make sure that they would survive long enough to be considered being given the opportunity to succeed their present leaders? They looked like they were below twenty, and were also Demon Hunt Squad members. Although Demon Hunt Squads were formed of elites, the danger they faced during missions was also massive.

The priest that Han Qian called brother Lin replied, “Since it is like this, let these two young friends join us. Though, old Han, these news you gave us were really a huge shock! Sole successors, just what are the two of you up to?”

Han Qian revealed a smile, puffing out his chest, “I want all of you to maintain secrecy about it. There’s nothing up if people of our side learn of this matter, but if demons get to know it, the situation will be extremely complicated.”

The white haired elder standing above all the others spoke next, “Like Han Qian says, none of you is allowed to talk blindly about this after getting out from there.

These two young friends are really promising. Han Qian, Ying Suifeng, your two great Temples really picked up treasures!”

Facing the white-haired elder, Han Qian bowed with the etiquette of a junior to his senior, giving him a respectful reply, “Many thanks to Senior Saint Jizan.”

The white haired elder nodded with a smile on his face, sweeping another glance past Long Haochen and saying with a sigh, “What a shame it is.”

Han Qian smiled in response. Of course, he knew what the white haired elder’s words implied. He clearly found it a shame that Long Haochen didn’t come from his Priest Temple. Visibly, considering Long Haochen’s talent, if he had emerged from the Priest Temple, he would be bound to turn out as one of the greatest geniuses of their younger generation, and wouldn’t be able to escape this position of sole successor either. However, this was simply impossible, just because of the identity of Long Haochen’s father.

The priest Ling Xiao spoke, “Let’s keep our meeting going then.”

Han Qian nodded, telling Long Haochen in a low voice, “Haochen, this person is grandfather Ling Xiao. After this meeting ends, you’d better thank this grandfather Ling properly. He’s the one who treated a great part of your wounds.”

After saying this, Han Qian sat back to his former position, concentrating on the meeting.

Long Haochen wouldn’t have thought that this serious-looking priest would actually be the one who treated him. Although he had lost consciousness for two whole days, all this time, he had been feeling a warm spiritual energy flow into his body, restoring the channels in his body from the damage they sustained. So it actually turned out to be this priest.

This golden gowned elder seemed to be also a Saint. But in this case, what level could this white haired elder have reached? It seemed that compared to him, everyone here was a junior.

Ling Xiao declared, “Then we should continue discussing the various reports of the situation. We have already entirely swept through the battlefield, but this time, the damage inflicted to the Southern Mountain’s City was disastrous. As the consulate of the city, I am assuming the entire responsibility for that. My command was improper, and my actions will have to be reviewed by the Alliance.”

Han Qian sighed and gave a response to this, “Brother Ling, you cannot say that. How could we blame this on you? The enemy just came too suddenly. Twelve demon gods, with half of them in the top thirty-six of the rankings, were a battle formation that any of our frontiers wouldn’t have been able to resist. This time, we don’t know what drove the demons mad like that, but if not for Elder Ling’s command, we wouldn’t even have made it there in time.”

Ling Xiao’s look still appeared gloomy, and with a sigh, he continued, “Although we don’t know for which reasons the demons came, our damage was just too disastrous this time. Out of the two hundred thousand troops our defense originally had, there are only fifty thousand left, with half of them being wounded. The Magic Cannons of the Southern Mountain’s City have all been destroyed, and more than a third of our headquarters’ Priest Regiment died in combat. Finally, six of our Cardinals of the eighth step died.”

Saying this, he couldn’t bear it anymore. Slapping the table hard, his eyes were filled with pain.

The white haired elder wrinkled his brows, “Ling Xiao, calm down. As the executive responsible of the Priest Temple, stop getting so irascible.”

Ling Xiao bowed his head before the white haired elder, “Yes, grandfather.”

Hearing the word ‘grandfather’, Long Haochen was immediately in great shock. That person was a Saint! As for a Saint’s grandfather, he should at least be two hundred years old. Even compared to every member of the legendary Demon Hunt Squad of that time, this was the oldest person Long Haochen had met so far. Furthermore, this elder emitted an aura that wasn’t the slightest bit inferior compared to the six of that time.

Proceeding to control his emotion, Ling Xiao continued, “During this battle, the Southern Mountain’s side sustained damages in all respects, that can be said to have gotten out of our grasp. If not for Brother Han and Brother Ying’s prompt arrival, the only final result that could have emerged was a complete destruction. However, we also caused the enemy troops to suffer massive losses.”

“The demon offense was extremely sudden and happened without any prior warning. Our intelligence in the demon territory unexpectedly didn’t get any news at all. And this time, demons didn’t only dispatch twelve demon gods, but also an army with close to a million troops, while attacking violently day and night, without pause. Our casualties are uncountable, but although none of those twelve demon gods died, at least eight ended up heavily wounded, and won’t be able to go to battle for a certain time. And their casualties in terms of powerhouses of the seventh step and above is three times ours.”

Ling Xiao’s voice finally contained some excitement. Indeed, relatively speaking, the Southern Mountain’s City couldn’t be said to have lost this battle, and although it was almost completely destroyed, they still caused an enormous destruction to the demonkind’s side.

Although the demons were extremely numerous, and their territory was three times larger than that of the Temple Alliance, contrarily to their low ranked demons serving as cannon fodder, they still only had a limited number of powerhouses. As for those formidable innately powerful demons at the top of their ranking, their reproducing ability was also a great problem. Otherwise, how could humankind have lasted so far?

Just like for the Southern Mountain’s City, this battle caused a great loss to the demon side, though the only pity was that they didn’t manage to kill a few Demon Gods.

Han Qian declared, “Rest at ease, Brother Ling. We are only the first batch of reinforcements that rushed over. After your request for rescue, the Alliance has immediately responded, gathering a large army to assist us. Within ten days, another army of at least five hundred thousand troops will be here, listening and obeying to the Southern Mountain’s City’s assignments.”

It was not by a lucky chance that the Temple Alliance could gather so many troops. After all, the Alliance’s organization was designed with the goal of coping with demons.

In terms of topography, the common borders between the Alliance and the demon territory resembled that of the Southern Mountain’s City. Although it didn’t form a natural stronghold like the Exorcist Mountain Pass, the Southern Mountain’s City had a large and unwelcoming lake on its left side. This was their natural fortress, making it so that the demons could only attack the city from the front or the right.

Each of the strategic towns located in the Temple Alliance possessed a massive military force, and the Six Great Temples’ cities were the most important of these strongholds. In addition to this, the Alliance also had their main force gathered in the vicinity of the Holy City. In case a problem arose somewhere, a rescue force would immediately be dispatched. This was also the reason why the Holy City was located in the center of the Temple Alliance.

The Temple Alliance’s territory was far from being as vast as the demon territory, but for this same reason, only ten days were needed to rush out from the Holy City to either of the six strategic towns, and the time could be decreased even further. Thus, the reinforcements could arrive at a fast speed. This time, the Southern Mountain’s City only narrowly avoided destruction, therefore, they naturally immediately provided them some backing.

Ling Xiao nodded, “That would be for the best. I have already given the order to dispatch the craftsmen from the periphery of the town. Thus, blacksmiths will soon arrive in the Southern Mountain’s City, restoring the city’s defenses as fast as they can, to avoid giving any more opportunity to the enemy.”

Han Qian asked, “Brother Ling, do you know why the demons would suddenly launch such a fierce attack? Over the past years, this sort of situation had never occurred. This was completely different from their usual behavior.”

Ling Xiao replied with a bitter smile, “We started to understand these reasons after the start of this demon attack. It was once again for the Illusory Paradise.”

Hearing the words Illusory Paradise, Han Qian’s face was immediately filled with a look of surprise, “So you are saying that the Illusory Paradise is about to reopen?”

Ling Xiao nodded, “Even grandfather only started to sense the elemental fluctuations that came through the Illusory Paradise a few days ago. Before a month passes, the Illusory Paradise will reopen.”

  • carlo arcenal

    yay first again.. thanks so much toto.. hope you’ve completely got cured already.

  • addicted to LN

    Thanks for the chapter, Toto and sponsors!

  • Dawnyaaa

    Thanks ToTo!

  • carlo arcenal

    wow…. just wow. such a very long preview.. wow thankyou so much toto. at first i thought it was another chapter.. thankyou very much.. my gratitude to you sir.

  • dreamer

    Thank you for the chapter.

    And there is typo in this sentence “Han Qi smiled in response”.
    Sorry, I know its not that important but I just happen to have a little ocd… Hehe… 😉

    • Robin

      Thanks, something always escapes my sight. 😉

  • Luke Confidential

    Huh… seems similar to the Time Forgotten Forge from Zui Wu Dao…

    … except without the cap on the level of people who can enter it that is.

  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂

  • Weedisdaboss

    Thx for the chapter 🙂

  • Weedisdaboss

    Thanks for the chapter 🙂

  • Evilage

    Paradise eh?
    so they are trying to come to the maldives?

    • Luke Confidential

      Haochen’s got… two tickets to Paradise.

      Cai-er will, pack her bags they leave tonight.

      • Evilage

        I shall be at the airport waiting then

        • Luke Confidential

          No, not the Maldives >_<

          Obviously Paradise is a reference to Mount Rainier. The skiing/snowboarding/sledding is excellent.

          • Evilage

            But but…
            paradise is suppose to be sunny
            and whats more sunny than the sunny side of life?

          • Sarlisark

            don’t you mean the “bright side of life”. Also mountains are quite sunny and also closer to it

          • Robin

            I think the Maledives are more paradiselike. 😉

          • Sarlisark

            but it is only an illusory paradise, so maybe an illusion of paradiese?

          • Robin

            In every tropical paradise there is some risk to meet sharks.

  • Anto Wibowo

    Thank you for the chapter!

  • Zeth

    Thank you very much Totobro and James!

  • Jonathan Hurd

    Okay seems pretty obvious LHC is going in to there and getting some things. I wonder if they would let Han Yu and Sima Xian go in too since they now have some of the highest Innate Spiritual Energies thanks to LHC. Also gotta wonder if this is going to go down before LHC has to deal with Hao Yue’s next evolution.

    • michaely5

      i’m still enjoying hao yue’s last big evolution, can’t wait, and what element will he pick up next? i’d like to see darkness back on the roster ^^

      • Jonathan Hurd

        I forget who predicted it a few chapters back, but what he predicted was water and earth for the opposing elements from his Fire and Air. I feel like darkness and probably death might be some of the last.

        • Majk

          Well he had darkness at the beginning but because of LHC it changed to light (altrought when he wants to he still turns uses darkness) and I thin that death or destruction will be his final head since it would probably the strongest one.

          • Jonathan Hurd

            From what has been said I don’t think the purple aura is an element but more his soul. That could do more with soul energy than Spiritual Energy as well.

            So predicting heads from what we have seen with the contract mark on LHC there is probably 9 heads. The elements we currently have are Light, Fire, and Wind. The elements I predict for the other heads are… water/ice, earth, thunder, dark, spatial, and Death/destruction. To be fair since Hao Yue is evolving without any kind of outside help this time it is hard to predict what he will end up with, but I think Spatial and death/destruction are definitely probably coming after the basic elements. It also feels like Darkness would probably be the least helpful for him currently since all he fights are darkness users.

          • Majk

            Well the moon demons had a darkness element and his attacs were purple just like the mon demon gods pillar that was summooned before. So while it was soul power I think that it jsut shows how HY main elemnt is darkness.

            He will probablt have all the classic elemnts except for dark since it was replaced alredy and I dont think that he would noramly have 2 heads with the same element ( I actually think that in the end his light head will turn back to dark but then may become a half and half head with bouth elements).
            I would maybe replace it with a non-elemental head like what summoners use or ice and water may be split since ice spells are a category of their own but I hope that its something else since that would be lame.

            As for darkness being bad since he is fighting dark element foes. LHC was fighting agains people with the same element as him and it was ok. Same for many warriors, mages and assasins who really on difrent elements so I dont think that it would be so uselles.


            maybe?( i dont renember if I heard it form someone who has already read it or if it was somewhere in the translation)

            I belive that it was said that he will have nine heads

          • Jonathan Hurd

            I don’t know if we have ever truly confirmed that there will be 9 heads. The basis for why I think he probably will is the blood pact mark on LHC’s brow has nine sides and when he first got it with two headed Hao Yue two sides were lit. When Hao Yue got a third head another side lit up. Going from that is why i predict nine heads.

            On an element less head that is an interesting idea I hadn’t really considered. That could be cool. I would really enjoy watching Hao Yue actually being able to summon things to fight for him. Admittedly seems a little weird considering how he is a magical beast himself, but still a cool idea I would definitely enjoy watching.

            I do share your worry about the whole ice and water split that would feel lame. It is still pretty up in the air if water and ice are shared since the only mages we have seen that could of potentially answered the question were Li Xin’s friend who only used ice spells as far as I could tell (not sure if the hawk eye spell was more water or ice…) and Cai’er’s mom who we didn’t really get a chance to see cast.

            For the darkness head I feel like he will definitely have it and I look forward to him using it. I honestly want to see what kind of skills a darkness head can provide. I think it will be a little later though since with something like earth and ice/water heads he can counter the dual element demons a little better. For instance the Blood Thirsty Beta was wind/darkness element and the fiends LHC’s team keeps finding has Fire/darkness element.

          • Robin

            You should avoid writing stuff you even think is a spoiler. Spoilers in general are not tolerated here.
            So far, inside the story it was never confirmed that he will have nine heads. But there was much speculation about it since the mark of contract has nine elements.

            Please change your comment and edit out the spoiler alert as well as the statement. As long as you post it as a theory everything is fine. But spoilers will be deleted by Toto.

          • Majk

            Please dont ban me master I swear I didn’t mean any harm so please don’t send me to the dungeon again

            This is a joke btw

          • Robin

            I am not the master you should fear. Only the mighty Toto has the ability to ban true evilness. 😉
            I am just a humble supporter who keeps an eye open, or two. 😛

        • Luke Confidential

          That was me making that prediction.

    • Majk

      Probably since now the Death Knight from before will probably be there so LHC will need some power to defend HY

    • Baem LN

      I think he will enter Illusory Paradise after his internal body condition fully-healed and after he increases his internal spiritual energy level by eating the Holy Spirit Pill.

      • Jonathan Hurd

        Definetly after he fully heals. I don’t think anyone is stupid enough to be rushing him into a new place especially since he burst his energy channels and is just now healing them back. Pushing it in that state could possibly cripple him if he keeps pushing it.

  • Psyside

    Well now i wonder what will LHC get from that place.
    This is what i think will happen.
    LHC enters. Finds a object. Theres a demon there powerfull one. Kills em takes the artifact. Safe bet. Oh and a posibility of hao yue coming all of a sudden with a new evolution. Hopefully 1 more head

    • Majk

      Well he has stoves, a sword and the best partner in the world so now he needs some armor

      • Evilage

        You forgot the overprotective waifu

        • Jonathan Hurd

          I am curious how going in works if they get to go in groups or if they have to go one by one. Also LHC is basically the most loved person by the light so I don’t predict much danger if its spawned by the light element.

          My hope is for a new Spiritual Stove. Hes already upgraded his weapons and armor so there is no real immediate need to get new ones of those now. I guess he could use a new sword to keep for himself and not have to share between him and Han Yu, but even then it seems a bit early to upgrade past the Brilliant Sword.

          I feel Hao Yue is not going to be done with his Evolution till LHC comes to protect him again. So I find the chances of a random appearance by Hao Yue very low.

          • Psyside

            Ye i hope its a stove too. He has a deffence stove now he needs a offense one.
            Also about Hao yue doesnt necceceraly mean he needs to protect him again. Cos if he needs to protect him at every evolution it becomes redundant. But i do agree its a low chance of seing him

          • Jonathan Hurd

            That would be nice a defensive Stove, a Offensive Stove, and a Support stove. I think he could potentially use another Defensive one that increases his ability to block damage since I feel the Saint Spiritual Stove is more support than defense.

            I think LHC might have to protect Hao Yue each time. If I remember correctly with the discussion of the 9th step undead they said that the moment of his evolution is Austin Griffin’s weakest moment and the only time to strike. Add in that they will become more and more desperate to stop his evolution the farther he goes I think there will definitely be more visits to his home world in the future for LHC. I think it will be split by enough time not to become boring. I mean we are already more than a hundred chapters past the last time and I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to a place where LHC can let loose all the necromancy he knows, :D.

          • Psyside

            Definetly there will be more visits. Cos he does need to endup learning more about him. I agree he will need to protect him again ye but not every time considering how many evolutions hao yue has to go trough

          • Luke Confidential

            Austin Griffon’s just trying to get ahead [or two :P]

          • Psyside

            I want em to get ahead. Well we know whats its element cos some one said that in coments

          • Jonathan Hurd

            I think the reason he could evolve the second head without going back was because from what the undead were saying he apparently started out with two heads. I believe he reverted to one to hide himself from them.

            I get the feeling the scale of protecting Hao Yue and LHC’s actions in Hao Yue’s world will become bigger and bigger in scale each time he goes back. I understand that repeating the same sequences would be boring, but it is indeed the only reason we have to go back to Hao Yue’s world and get more details about the place. I kind of want to hear what some of the other undead will say when they see LHC.

          • ShelfCloud

            What do you think about Spiritual Stoves for the other members of the team? I agree that Haochen will get more stoves or at least one more stove in the future, but for now he is already very well equipped in this regard. Cai’er also has two stoves already but the others have none at all. If they get some that would increase the strength of their team immensely

          • Jonathan Hurd

            I still want Han Yu to get a Spiritual Stove suited to healing personally. I think that would be a great addition to the team. As for the other members I think LHC getting something to increase his defense would be way more important than augmenting anyone else’s attack power at this point. Everyone else can hit pretty hard right now especially with their new gear, but LHC is going to need better defense if he is going to keep jumping in front of 8th steppers to block them.

          • Baem LN

            Sima should get a Light Elemental Fairy too and evolves it so he can get innate talent at 70th level at the very least after retainer knight contract of his ends.
            Han Yu should get one too. I think he will continue his contract with LHC until either one dies.

    • ArtemisHunter

      Even if does get a light element spiritual stove, he will either give it to Sima Xin or Han Yu.

  • VanillaCustardPie

    Thank you~

  • lordcattank

    thank you very much for the chapter

  • ZaX

    Thank you for your chapter

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  • RedDragonX

    Thanks for the chapter!