Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 293

Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 293: Illusory Paradise (II)

Han Qian then asked with a suspicious look, “How could those demons learn about this matter? The Illusory Paradise is located within our borders, so they shouldn’t be able to investigate near it. And even Elder Ling only discovered its opening recently.”

The white haired elder let out a sigh, “It should be the Star Demon God’s act. As the Great Prophet of the demons, his divining ability is unique and unmatched. He surely sensed the changes that started to happen here.”

Han Qian replied in a flash, “That would not be surprising. For such a military offense to have escaped our scouts, it is surely an order that came from the Demon God Emperor. Since things are like this, I will have to immediately return to the Alliance and increase the number of reinforcements.”

The white haired elder nodded, “The Illusory Heaven is extremely important. It will open irregularly once every century. We cannot let demons get away with it. It’s a good thing that we still have those old Demon God Slayers to threaten the Demon God Emperor. If not for this, the Demon God Emperor would very possibly have come personally for the Illusory Paradise.”

Han Qian wrinkled his brows, “The Star Demon God’s clairvoyance really gives them an advantage and puts them one step ahead of us. Elder Ling, do you have a suggestion?”

After pondering deeply, the white haired elder replied, “Although the Illusory Paradise provides us with a great chance, it is also an extremely dangerous place. Demons only want to enter it, and our casualties were already really too serious. If they keep forcing their way, I’m afraid that the Southern Mountain’s City is going to be completely destroyed. Of course, it will be unthinkable for the demons not to leave a few Demon Gods here at such a time.”

At this point, the white haired elder’s gentle bearing suddenly became a lot more imposing, it was as if he was suppressing all the sounds in the whole assembly.

“Aren’t demons just trying to take a look at the Illusory Paradise? They have always been thinking that we can resist them only because of its existence. Since things are like that, let’s just let them have a good look at it. The Illusory Paradise is certainly good, but how could it be the main reason we are relying on to increase our strength?”

Hearing the white-haired elder’s words, Han Qian and Ying Suifeng were immediately greatly alarmed, crying out simultaneously, “We can’t!”

The white haired elder revealed a smile, “Listen to this old man until the end.”

“The Demons also know that if they go all out against us, we can at worse forcefully close the entrance of the Illusory Paradise. At that time, they won’t be able to gain anything. And the Southern Mountain’s City is very hard to attack from outside, though it wouldn’t be at all hard to besiege it from our side. Even if they manage to somehow occupy it, they would be driven out as soon as the Alliance gathers a huge army. Thus, if we suggest giving the demons a few places for entering the Illusory Paradise, the odds that they would accept a deal are high.”

Han Qian hurriedly cut in, “But, elder Ling, the Illusory Paradise is extremely important to us. How could we let demons….”

The white haired elder placatingly raised his arms, giving a response, “No one understands the Illusory Paradise better than us; it is a place I’ve already entered twice. Inside, danger and extraordinary chances coexist. But if something, the treasures that can be found in the Illusory Paradise are more inclined to be of the light element, and there will never be more than twenty present every century. That said, the Illusory Paradise is of utter importance to us. But even if the representatives they’d send would be even more powerful than we could imagine, I believe that they would not be able to get more than a quarter of all the treasures. If this can avoid hundred of thousands of casualties, this man believes that it’s worth it. Furthermore, wouldn’t it also be possible that we’d let them enter the Illusory Paradise for nothing? Their main purpose is just to enter and research it, but in the same fashion, demons have secrets we would also want to learn. With an exchange of equal worth, no one would be at a disadvantage.”

The old man’s eyes flickered, giving off a wise and farsighted impression. Everyone present pondered deeply over his words, but no one saw that they concealed an ounce of feeling ashamed.

His suggestion was of course feasible, but it was also based on some selfish motives. If the demons really decided to go all out and disregard everything in a fierce attack against the Southern Mountain’s Gate, it would not only cause the destruction of this influential mountain pass, but also the destruction of the Priest Temple.

Situated inside the Southern Mountain’s City was the Priest Temple! It could be said that eight tenths of the whole Priest Temple’s strength was concentrated there. If the Southern Mountain’s City was really destroyed, the Priest Temple would be unable to recover from this. As the chief of the Priest Temple and an auxiliary chief of the Alliance, the elder Ling was naturally unwilling to see this happen. Of course, this wasn’t only for the Priest Temple, but also on account of the whole Alliance.

With a light sigh, the elder Ling continued, “How about letting this old man handle this matter? I will personally explain my acts to the Alliance. Also, none of the benefits gained from the exchange with the demons will be kept by our Priest Temple: it will all be given to the Alliance.”

Even given how efficient and unscrupulous Han Qian could be, after hearing this suggestion from elder Ling, he understood that the matter was already decided, and that he was unable to object anymore. To block the demon’s path, the Southern Mountain’s City and the Priest Temple had paid a far too excessive cost. If the Southern Mountain’s City was really destroyed, the Alliance would inevitably be in a huge commotion.

After muttering to himself irresolutely for a bit, Han Qian nodded with some difficulty, “Okay. Since elder Ling is determined, I will support you unconditionally. But please excuse me, I will have to report this to the higher-ups of the Alliance.”

Elder Ling smiled, “This is a matter of fact. Ling Xiao, send emissaries to get in touch with the demons, to request negotiations from them.”

“Yes, Grandfather.”

Long Haochen kept a detached point of view from beginning to end. With his status, being able to attend such a meeting was already an enormous honor.

This was the first time he heard of the Illusory Paradise, but seeing the importance everyone here attached to it, it seemed that it contained some extremely great treasures. At the same time, he took note of elder Ling’s sincere intent of taking responsibility for his acts. Although his face was at first glance beaming with benevolence, this old Saint had really an absolute authority here. Any of his decisions couldn’t possibly be contested by Han Qian and Ying Suifeng who stood for the Alliance. And since he addressed the Demon God Slayers as old guys, it could only mean that he was from the same generation as those legendary powerhouses.

The meeting continued to advance and the rest of their serious discussions pertained the restoration of the Southern Mountain’s City in the shortest amount of time possible. As it was unclear whether the negotiations would turn out successful or not, they had to be prepared for both cases.

An hour later, Ling Xiao proclaimed the meeting to be over.

Elder Ling was the first to stand up, and Long Haochen and Cai’er, who were seated in the back, were the first people he looked at. With a warm smile he said, “The Illusory Paradise is a great chance that happens only once every century. Since these two youngsters are the future successors of the Knight Temple and the Assassin Temple, this old man will present you with these gifts, hoping that you can get some rewards in the Illusory Paradise.”

As he said this, without any visible movement from him, two white rays of light flew before Long Haochen and Cai’er.

Long Haochen unconsciously raised his hands, only to see two white beads appear on them. But what caused him to be amazed was that those two beads emitted traces of the spatial attribute and seemed to be filled with a sort of undulating milk, though each of these was only thumb-sized. It was a very odd sight.

“Many thanks, senior.” Long Haochen rapidly stood along with Cai’er, respectfully bowing before elder Ling.

Han Qian and Ying Suifeng immediately looked pleasantly surprised.

Elder Ling waved his hands, and turned around, whereas in the meanwhile, all the higher-ups from the Southern Mountain’s City and the reinforcement army had faces full of envy.

While the others left in succession from the General Assembly, Han Qian waved to Long Haochen, hinting him and Cai’er to stay.

Long Haochen held Cai’er around the waist, heading towards Han Qian. Han Qian, Ying Suifeng and the auxiliary master of the Priest Temple Ling Xiao stood together, looking at him.

Remembering about Han Qian’s previous words, Long Haochen bowed before Ling Xiao first of all, telling him, “Many thanks for your kind treatment, grandfather Ling.”

Hearing the appellation grandfather Ling, Ling Xiao’s severe expression immediately turned into a smile, and with a nod, he replied, “What are you thanking me for? Rather than you thanking me for treating your wounds, I should rather be the one to thank you for saving the lives of thousands of my soldiers. But in fact, aren’t we all just giving our best to fulfill our duties.”

From the side, Han Qian unhappily said, “Old Ling, it seems that the defects of your smelly mouth will never change in all your life. It looks that the softer your heart is, the more terrible your speech becomes.”

Ling Xiao snorted coldly, giving the reply, “In any case, I broke through to the ninth step, unlike an impatient someone that is still at the eighth step of cultivation.”

Without giving Han Qian the time to reply, the nearby Ying Suifeng immediately reacted, “Hey, old Ling, stop rubbing salt in one’s wounds, you’re really giving us no face at all.”

Ling Xiao finally smiled at him, “Heh, I forgot that the underhanded guy you are has also yet to break through.”

Han Qian remarked to his longtime companion Ying Suifeng, “He’s doing it on purpose.”

Ying Suifeng didn’t fall to this provocation and shrugged his shoulders in reaction, “We can do nothing about it, he’s at the ninth step and I am no match for him. Let’s bear with it.”

Ling Xiao cursed with a smile, “Enough, you unrestrained old guys. Do you want these kids to make fun of you or what? So what if I broke through to the ninth step? My situation is a lot worse off than that of you two.”

At this point, his slightly smiling face immediately turned into a gloomy face.

Han Qian patted his shoulder, “After so many years, you’re still unable to let this matter go! Just tell me what is good in you. Are you just planning on letting the Ling lineage go extinct?”

Ling Xiao revealed a grieved smile, “Then, what can I do about it? In my heart, do you think I could accept someone else than her? Let alone me, even the two of you are unable to forget her.”

Han Qian immediately became angered, “Since you are unable to let the matter go, why haven’t you been looking for her? Is it her or this position of chief of the Priest Temple to whom you are unwilling to let go?”

Ling Xiao shook his head, “I don’t have the face to look for her! In this world, the first person I hate the most is Ye Weiyang夜未央, and the second one is myself. I’m not even trying to obtain her forgiveness. In my life, my last dream would be to take that bastard of Ye Weiyang down with myself.”

Long Haochen stood there, baffled at the unfolding scene. He clearly felt that this touched upon the grieved past of this senior. As for that name of Ye Weiyang that came out from Ling Xiao’s mouth, it was the first time he had heard it.

Han Qian and Ying Suifeng wrinkled their brows, but actually didn’t keep pursuing the matter any further.

Ling Xiao declared, “All right, let’s get this over with and get into serious things. Old Han, what do you think of what my old father gave these two? This is an opportunity that could only appear once a century!”

  • Baem LN

    Thanks for the chapter, Totobro and sponsors!!!

    • Baem LN

      Forgot to say I’m first in commenting for this chapter!

  • Luke Confidential

    Two tickets.

    Somebody better pick up that phone, because I fucking caaaaaalllled it!

    • Evilage

      Yes two tickets to maldives

  • Arcadia Blade

    Thanks for the chapter.

  • Captain127

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • Evilage

    That teaser
    toto seriously knows how to make someone made with rage :’|
    I wanna see his reaction dammit
    the world is unfair
    this is why i’m trying to build the time machines
    ah jokes aside thanks for the chapter toto, sponsors

    • I think it would have been more or less frustrating no matter where it was cut since this had to be in the middle of the conversation. I just went a bit random for the stopping point, so don’t overthink this o:

      • Jonathan Hurd

        If that is so you have an amazing unconscious sense of drama Toto. Still thank you for the chapter and lets all thank our lucky stars that the next chapter is sponsored, lol.

  • ShelfCloud

    Thank you very much for the chapter!

    So what does that mean now? Can only Haochen and Cai’er enter because they only got two beads? Or can they take persons along so that their whole DHS can come?

    • Majk

      Probably only them since he wouldnt have to give them 2 if they would be able to take others with them by using just one

  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂

  • Anto Wibowo

    Thank you for the chapter!

  • Majk

    Now I want to know how this whole paradise works. At first I thought that maybe it was just a storage place that was left from the previous era and could only be accessed at at certain times now because the way to summon/open it was lost. However after reading the 2 chapters it seems that the alliance does not seem to know what will come out of it except for the fact that it will have a light element. Over the thousend years they would have probably explored it to some extend in order to know more about it.

    Is it something that was programed to gather light element form the world and then make items out of it which would be why it needs so much time and cannot be accessed forcefully?

    Is it something that connects to the past and is being used by an old prophet that knows the worlds fate and tries to help by sending items at appropriate times?

    Or is it an old vault that has turned into a roulette because no one knows how to operate it?

    • Jonathan Hurd

      I get the feeling that since it seems to always open on a schedule as they said at least once each 10 years that it is probably not the prophesied one, imo. It could be like the Alliances treasure room that LHC went into a place filled with treasures, but a place that also tests you to make sure you are worthy of them. I do have to admit I am curious if someone will explain how the treasures appear. The treasures could have all been stored there a long time ago and its just bringing some out each time or as you said it might potentially be gathering/making them for each new time.

      • Baem LN

        100 years*

      • Luke Confidential

        Personally I suspect the Alliance Treasure Room LHC went to is part of it, the limited part the Alliance has free access to.

        • Jonathan Hurd

          That is a pretty interesting idea honestly. They did mention last time that they didn’t really fully understand how the treasury worked and they were using some of the secured rooms as a vault. It would make sense if this Illusory Paradise is just a part of the more unstable part of the treasury that works on something of a time lock.

      • Robin

        It only opens once a century, so not that frequent.

    • Taku Fuji

      think of it as a tomb like in other novels the entrance opens only when the energy is gathered

      • Luke Confidential

        It resembles the Time Forgotten Forge from Xui Wu Dao

  • Majk

    What do you think Cai’Er will get?
    She doesn’t need a weapon and I don’t know if she could use a stove since it would be of the light element. Light element armor seams to be a bit too flashy for an assassin unless it would allow her to bend light and become invisible but she will be able to do that herself after she reaches the seventh step. So it will probably be some sort of support accessory that will boost her spiritual recovery or maybe let her accumulate power so that she would be able to use her powers at least once without losing any senses from it

    • Baem LN

      I think not all the items there will be of light element. It is only bound to be light element but not absolute. Maybe a spiritual stove that can act as a collateral to her when she activates her Samsara stove can be found there.

      • Jonathan Hurd

        Really hoping for that one too. I think Cai’er getting something like that or even something that further increases her attack power would be a good idea since that could help her not have to rely on the Stove of Samsara and solve problems before it gets to that point. We can at least be pretty sure that the author is not going to replace their armor and weapons since they are pretty adequate for their current level.

        • Evilage

          maybe a divine tool which would help reduce the burden of the samsara stove?
          i mean comeon losing one sense each time its used is a really big risk when fighting a war
          if she gets something which will allow her to reduce the burden atleast the time which takes to regain the senses would help her in a lot of ways

          • Psyside

            i dont think that exists. My bet is on assasin armor or a accesory mby a stove but something that reduces strain of samsara no thats like 0.001% chance of happening

          • Evilage

            If it does happen it can be more beneficial then the armors and stuff

  • Jonathan Hurd

    Btw, who else is guessing that if demons do get to send someone into the Illusory Paradise alongside the humans they will end up sending that 8th step Moon Demon that LHC kicked the crap out of. That is too good for the author not to do, imo.

    • Baem LN

      I think so too!
      It will be so dangerous if that happens though for LHC and Cai’er.
      If that really happens, WOULD YOU BE READY FOR SOME NECROMANCY??? Or old Ling will join and protect them?

      • Taku Fuji

        im not actually worried about that. they might be able to kill him as lomg as caier is healed.

        • Jonathan Hurd

          That might be stretching things even with the Stove of Samsara if she doesn’t go even further… I mean LHC combined 7 high ranking 5th steppers and his own newly broken through 6th step energy and still didn’t manage to take the guy down. With just them…. They need a 8th or 9th step escort imo.

          • Taku Fuji

            they didnt give us an exact date when the place is opening so she might be able to heal before the opening. the second thing although i agree that they have a very low chance of succeeding in winning that fight, the last fight he drove the enemy away with serious injuries without caier support with caier thye might have a small chance in winning.

          • Baem LN

            That place should open not more than one monthsince it was mentioned in previous chapter.

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

            A moon almost equal to a month.

          • Luke Confidential

            The one hole is that we don’t know how long the Paradise will hold its participants. It’s possible it might keep them long enough that she might recover her senses prior to such an encounter.

          • Baem LN

            That could happen and when they come back, at least Han Yu and Sima Xian reach peak-rank of fifth-step or break through sixth-step.

          • Evilage

            me betting on LHC meeting the first succesor of the DGE here

          • Jonathan Hurd

            The other thing is that just because you go in together there are no assurances that the place won’t just split you all up and send you on different paths as well. Would be pretty funny if LHC goes in with the moon demon and they end up on the same path and are forced to work together.

        • Baem LN

          There should be a few months that Cai’er’s senses are disabled. So,no they can’t.

    • Care

      I say 8th step guy and Yue Ye moon Demon princess will get to both go and then LHC will end up saving them both hahahah

      • Jonathan Hurd

        I think Yue Ye might be a bit too important for them to send behind enemy lines to scout out this unknown space. Though if the Prophet demon god predicted they should send her maybe she will end up there too.

        • Care

          Too true. by the way just wanted to let you and robin (-and a few others I can’t recall the names) know– that I love reading all your discussions as much as the story itself. Happy green beer day everyone!! Cheers

          • Jonathan Hurd

            Happy Green Beer Day back to you and Thank you, :D. I enjoy talking about and predicting what will happen next in the story. It helps pass the time between chapters and it is fun to see if you can predict what the author wrote. It is nice to know others are getting enjoyment from the discussion too.

  • Taku Fuji

    i see a flag in the next chapter… the preist temple might have some dealings with the demon race… and since the knight and assassin head agreeing to reveal haochen and cai’er’s internal compatibility its going to get leaked and they’re going to get hunted.

    • Jonathan Hurd

      To be fair they are revealing it to one guy and that is only on the basis that I think he was in Yin Suifeng and Grandpa Han’s old Demon Hunt Squad. I can’t imagine him being stupid enough to start spreading that info and betray his brothers in arms…

      The other thing is that from what we have seen with the independent merchants groups, like Yue Ye’s, Demons and Humans have always had dealings so this is nothing really new. Even the Demon God Slayers have a sort of working relationship with the Demon God Emperor and both parties have probably left the deepest marks on the other side.

      My personal guess is that they might send the 8th step Moon Demon LHC kicked the crap out of in with him and things will get interesting.

      • Taku Fuji

        im not saying they dont have dealings but isnt it scary if your enemy infiltrated the upper rank of authority they can screw up the orders and send people on ambush/suicide mission.

        • Jonathan Hurd

          That is true, but at the same time after you do something like that it shows pretty clearly what side you are on. This is also why I would say most of the high ranking positions are chosen based on being in a Demon Hunt Squad. Anyone with a high enough position to sabotage the humans would have had to kill and be attacked by thousands upon thousands of demons.

          The other thing still stands that the Knight and Assassin Temples are refusing to spread the news of LHC and Cai’er’s potential for fear that it leaks to demons. They are sharing this with a blood brother in the priest temple and even that is stretching things for them. I am pretty sure the demons are figuring out that LHC is someone to watch for, but that is coming more from his own somewhat suicidal actions.

          • Baem LN

            Husband and Wife Temples knowing should be fine.
            Potential 2nd Human Wife(female priest is so freaking beautiful after all, don’t deny this!) Temple knowing is kinda risky.

          • Luke Confidential

            If Fuji thinks THAT is terrifying, just wait until the new Head of the Knight Temple becomes the new Demon God Emperor.

      • Psyside

        If they send that demon it will be funny as fuck. He knows fear already. Would be fun to see em squirm

        • Baem LN

          MC’s Demonic Wife incoming???

          • Psyside

            Oh god that would be amazing actually. But cos of caier she cant do shit vs them. Remember cairer did curse her

      • Evilage

        oh i kinda have a feeling that both sides are gonna send some people into the paradise
        so when they do he will meet that 8th step demon who might be the successor of the moon demon god

  • AnarchyDev

    Just scrolled through this chapter…. Thanks…

  • Luke Confidential

    All hail the new Demon God Emperor!

    • Baem LN

      But if Demon God Emperor wanted to make LHC his successor, how does that work if LHC is a light elemental user? Demon must have darkness element for them to be called one.

      • Luke Confidential

        What is darkness without Light?

        Furthermore, did not LHC convert Austin Griffon’s Darkness to Light? Why couldn’t the reverse be done?

        • Baem LN

          Well, he could at most be the 2nd candidate though. It has been mentioned something along the line of preservation for the bloodline’s purity for DGE’s successor.

  • felix

    Thanks for the chapter!

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    Thank you~

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    thank you very much for the chapter

  • Murilo Denech Longue

    thank you for the chapter. i want to know what will happen.

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