Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 301

NOTE: Magical beasts: step -> rank, because their rank-1 is equivalent to the human step, so better call it with another name to differentiate both notions.

Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 301: Spirit of a Powerhouse (I)

Since everyone was cultivating cross-legged, they didn’t take up a lot of space. The girls were seated on the bed, while all the boys were on the ground. They all cultivated together in the same room.

Sima Xian and Han Yu sat on either side of Long Haochen. The intense holy light energy concentrated around Long Haochen was beneficial for their cultivation.

Cai’er and Wang Yuanyuan who had both gained some understanding during the trip to the Tower of Eternity, had hurried to sit down cross-legged, entering their cultivating pose. Chen Ying’er knew very well that she was currently the weakest in the team, and thus seized the moment to raise her spiritual energy level.

After the repeated failures earlier, Long Haochen tried to enter the Tower of Eternity every half hour. But only six hours after they left the Tower of Eternity did the Eternal Melody show signs of connecting again.

After the teleportation succeeded in an instant, Long Haochen and his comrades found themselves right outside of the Tower of Eternity.

Seeing the Tower of Eternity appearing exactly the same as the last time they entered, Long Haochen gave it some thoughts, declaring, “We seem to be able to enter again after six hours, which means we could enter twice a day. This time should be subject to variations. But it should always require a time close to six hours before we are able to enter the tower again. After the completion of this test, everyone will stay here. I will try to teleport back by myself to see whether it is possible.”

Taking the tests was a lot easier than the last time, and this time, Han Yu played a major role, since during the past few hours of cultivation, his Demonic Eye managed to evolve. This signified that they wouldn’t have the trouble of not having access to the Eyes of Truth anymore.

After evolving, the Demonic Eye got six more tentacles, looking close to twice the size than in the past. From his body fluctuations of spiritual energy emerged, clearly showing that the level of his magical beast was now at the seventh rank. It was also an expert in mind attacks of the sixth step.

With the addition of the Demonic Eye, and the past experience, completing the first three tests became a lot easier.

The first test was naturally completed without any difficulty. Under Long Haochen’s command, the ones that obtained the balls of spiritual energy were Cai’er and Wang Yuanyuan. Chen Ying’er also tried to summon something with her Creature Summoning Gate, but her luck was only average. She summoned a wind elemental turtle, a magical beast of the fifth rank. It couldn’t be considered very powerful, but it didn’t have any problem with executing the last blow as long as it had the support of the team.

The Specter Assassins of the second test were also a lot easier to handle this time. After evolving, the Demonic Eye displayed a terrifying force, revealing the figures of the two Specter Assassins with the Eyes of Truth, before immediately launching an area-targeted mind attack. The two Specter Assassins were only temporarily put in a dazed state, but these mere two seconds were sufficient for the 21st general grade Demon Hunt Squad to hunt them down.

This time, everyone gave priority to Chen Ying’er, who executed the last blows, and happily picked up the two balls of spiritual energy.

The following third test was also a lot easier with the addition of the Demonic Eye. It launched a spell called Mental Interference, and this mind type spells’ effect was simple: upon hitting the target, it would decrease its speed of launching abilities by half. The two Skeleton Knights were admittedly strong, but as long as they weren’t given the opportunity to use terrifying attacks like Asura Thrust, they were a lot easier to handle.

This time’s rewards were given to Wang Yuanyuan and Sima Xian. Lin Xin had only his Fire Curse technique as offensive power, and Long Haochen decided to keep that in store for the upcoming battles. This time, they passed through these three trials without much effort, and wanted to see what the fourth test would be.

“Make your preparations, everyone. Han Yu, tell your Demonic Eye to keep using the Eyes of Truth.” Long Haochen adjusted his shield in his left and his sword in his right, leading his comrades forward.

Six glows of white light enveloped the six of them almost simultaneously, and immediately, six robust skeletons appeared in the midst of the white light. It wasn’t only them, but at the same time, four Specter Assassins appeared to everyone’s surprise. It was their luck that they had the Eyes of Truth activated, or else, the Specter Assassins concealed behind the six Skeleton Warriors would have been a great bother.

The enemies abruptly came in a number of ten, which gave Long Haochen a sudden fright. These were after all opponents at the sixth step and would at least have the corresponding strength.

Four glows of white light were instantly launched from Long Haochen’s chest, and stepping forward, he stamped on the ground with his right foot, producing a loud bang.

This little step shouldn’t be underestimated by any means; with this mere step, Long Haochen’s aura rose to its peak, and in addition, with the loud bang coming along, all his comrades’ attention was focused.

The four white glows deriving from his chest targeted those four Specter Assassins almost immediately. That was to say that it took a pocket of time and power for Long Haochen to distract the four Specter Assassins’ attention, relieving his comrades from a great source of worry.

“Han Yu, Mental Interference and Mental Attacks! ”

With this loud shout, Long Haochen charged in the direction of the six skeletons. With this motion, he could be said to have placed himself in the midst of danger.

At this moment, a strong red light passed above Long Haochen’s head, and immense flames appeared above those Six Skeleton Warriors, sweeping past them and attacking from behind. One had no choice to admit that although Lin Xin wasn’t able to use any type of offensive magic, his control over magic was exquisite.

Using his exquisite control, the Fire Curse Technique bombarded the ground under those six Skeleton Warriors. At this time, those four Specter Assassins started to charge at Long Haochen, affected by his Saint Spiritual Stove, and as a result, approached from right behind the Skeleton Warriors. In other words, Lin Xin’s Fire Curse technique was aimed right between the Skeleton Warriors and the Specter Assassins, right in the middle of the enemies’ ranks.

Coinciding with that spell, the Demonic Eye’s first spell reached: Mental Interference.

Affected by Mental Interference, the Skeleton Warriors’ bodies glinted with a golden light. The technique showed a certain effect, but the Specter Assassins seemed to be affected even stronger. Under the influence of the Mental Interference, they lost a great deal of their speed.

The Fire Curse technique instantly burst forth, causing the following scene to astonish everyone. The four Specter Assassins that were attracted by the effects of Long Haochen’s Saint Spiritual Stove were unexpectedly instantly reduced to ashes, taking the shape of four white glows absorbed by Lin Xin.

It was an instant kill!

Not only that, but those six Skeleton Warriors that were charging at them stumbled from the violent explosion, and right then, the mind attack reached, causing the six Skeleton Warriors’ to be unable to be maintain their attacks. Within seconds, they sank in total disorder.

It was also at that time that Long Haochen reached them.

The three attacks Demon Wiping Flash, Shining Solar Strike and Ascending Dragon Strike hit violently, directly killing two of the skeletons. He wasn’t the only one to act. Han Yu also immediately launched an Asura Thrust at one of the skeletons. He achieved results that one can well imagine, causing the Skeleton Warrior’s body to crumble instantly under this fierce attack.

The Energetic Ball of Light and the Gigantic Divine Soul Shield also struck at their respective targets. At their optimal state, Skeleton Warriors would hardly let themselves get hit that easily, but with Lin Xin and the Demonic Eye’s magic attack, everything was different.

Totally unable to either attack or defend effectively, the two Skeleton Warriors were instantly reduced to nothingness.

The last skeleton was destroyed by Cai’er’s golden dagger, that hit its head on the rear, directly diffusing the flame igniting its soul.

The battle ended at a speed that outstripped everyone’s expectations. That had after all been ten opponents! While everyone looked at each other, Chen Ying’er couldn’t help but cry out, “This… Did we really manage to accomplish this?”

Lin Xin, who obtained four of the golden balls in a mere instant, replied with incomparable pride, “Of course we managed this. Didn’t you see the accuracy of bro’s Fire Curse technique?”

This time, there wasn’t anyone refuting him, because everything he said was the truth. If not for that fireball that weakened the Skeleton Warriors as well as instantly killing the four specters, they wouldn’t have achieved this victory so easily. Lin Xin was the one who gained the most from these skeletal summons, but he had also been the one to have the most impact.

Long Haochen composed himself after a little moment of shock. “Yeah, just like this! This is the coordination we need to have. Lin Xin did very well.”

Lin Xin sighed, “It’s only now that I start to really understand why Father was so stubborn with his research of offensive magic. A powerful mage surely has the ability to turn the situation on a battlefield around completely. However, I already gave the pledge at that time, that I would never learn offensive magic in my life. Sorry, comrades, I…”

Sima Xian, who was right at his side, carried the Energetic Ball of Light with one hand while patting Lin Xin’s shoulder with his other one, “Alright, alright, what reason do you have to feel affected like that, has-drug-bro? Since you’re unable to learn offensive magic, you’ll just have to use more equipment carrying supplementary offensive spells and nothing more. Don’t you know about being flexible?”

Lin Xin’s eyes lit up, “Ai, the muscle-clad guy you are turns out to be not so stupid.”

“Go f*** your sister.” Sima Xian heaved his Energetic Ball of Light, showing a threatening expression, “Do you want to have a spar with this metallic ball?”

Lin Xin showed a wretched smile in response, “Don’t say this, I really have a sister. Prepare your ass well, bro will introduce her to you later.”

This time, it was Sima Xian’s turn to have his eyes lighting up. Although he had always found Lin Xin narcissistic and somewhat vulgar, he was still in his opinion pretty good in terms of looks. So… his sister shouldn’t be half bad then. Thinking of this, the anger on his face immediately softened to a warm expression.

Seeing this clown-acting, Long Haochen laughed gently, “We have to keep advancing.”

Everyone shook their heads almost simultaneously. Although this battle was something they managed to win smoothly, a great part of luck was still involved in the process. This fourth test had forced them to confront ten powerhouses. If the next one would include ten Skeleton Knights able to use Asura Thrust, what would happen then? Added to that, they were exhausted to some extent; at least, Lin Xin was unable to launch Fire Curse again.

Most of all, having passed through four tests, everyone gained profits. After going twice into the Tower of Eternity, they gained more from the balls of spiritual energy alone than what they would have usually gained from cultivating normally. To say nothing that they had also been cultivating between their visits at the tower.

  • Baem LN

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  • AnarchyDev

    The skeletons were affect by the mental spell? Do they have brains? Or was it something like a magic mind… Anyways thanks for the chapter translation to the translator and sponsor.

    • Jonathan Hurd

      I think they’re moving independently so that probably means they have some sort of intellect/will instilled into them. I would also guess that even if they are being controlled, a mental attack could potentially disrupt their connection to the controller.

  • Anto Wibowo

    Thank you for the chapter!

  • TaoistImmortal

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • balinor

    thanks for chapter.
    literal meaning of carrying the whole team every single one of them is a noob except haochen and cai’er really they feed on others work leeches. pisses me off grrrr

  • Jonathan Hurd

    Thanks for the Chapter Toto and Sponsers 😀

    A little correction for the note “NOTE: Magical beasts: step -> rank, because their rank+1 is equivalent to the human step, so better call it with another name.”

    I think the magic beast rank-1 is equal to Human Step.

    • Thanks, you’re right! I got a little mixed up.

      • Jonathan Hurd

        Np my original correction post was actually completely wrong too till I double checked it. Math is hard T.T.

  • Psyside

    I still think that Lin XIn is being rly hypocritical atm. He doesnt wanna learn fire attacks but is using a fire attack… srsly…

    • Robin

      We already know that he is a cheater though.

    • balinor

      pisses me off that everyone is so “understanding” till now that guy couldn’t do jack(besides making pill) and the team doesn’t even try to persuade him to at least learn basic magic attack like fireball. this team is FULL of holes and problems, some of which is pure stupidity ok the priest can’t heal ok we cool with that but not even eye of Truth? the other knight is good. warrior is good too, summoner is weak but at least she can use summoning gate which is good, wizard should just die that guy doesn’t deserve to be here, if haochen wasn’t the main character and cai’er the heroine on this team the very first mission everyone would have died a bloody death. though if you look at it till now the enemies were demons with lower then cockroach IQ they couldn’t even dodge 1 attack xD.(awesome novel though don’t think i hate the novel just the team xD)

      • Psyside

        The summoner is forgiven cos when she reaches 7th step she will have full controll over the gate it isnt her fault its above her lvl but my problem with lin xin isnt that he doesnt learn fire magic ok thats a trauma. But If he doesnt wanna learn it dont give me bull that its the item…..

      • Jonathan Hurd

        I would just like to say in Lin Xin’s defense that without his pills there wouldn’t be a team right now. He has saved LHC and the whole team about 3-4 times at least. LHC would have died in Hao Yue’s world if he wasn’t 5th step which he got using Lin Xin’s cultivation pills. He would of also died there without Lin Xin’s Spiritual Bursting and Spiritual Energy Pills. The whole team would of died with the 4th Soldier Grade Squad back in the cave fighting without LHC without Lin Xin’s pills. Then LHC would have died against the Moon Demon without Lin Xin’s pills….

        I will honestly say I am hoping he will overcome his trauma and make peace with his parents death, but the benefits he has given the team is honestly close to LHC’s and that is not including all the Elemental Shields he has added to protect LHC.

        From what this chapter has said I think there is some real hope of him overcoming that trauma or at least working on it. Considering that he has now seen the usefulness of Offensive magic and how much it can turn the tides. The only thing that seems to be holding him back currently is his promise to his Parents and I think that will be resolved through talking with his Grandfather and Sister.

        On Yinger she has completely proven herself useful now with Mcdull and that is before she even gets complete mastery of her Body of Chaos. The summoning a Giant Black Dragon has saved the teams butts once and helped repel the entire demon army in the Southern Mountains. Add to that the fact that Mcdull killed a Fiend Commander in the first seconds of the battle waiting for LHC. Without this they would of all died long before LHC showed up. She has also proven to be an irreplaceable member.

        The only one who just made me sad was Sima. That was just freaking sheer stupidity T.T. If you want my thoughts on that you just need to go back a chapter or two to read that, lol. What does make me happy is the power up he has gotten from using his Giant Golden Ball and chain.

        Honestly I think the next person that is in need of a power up now is probably Wang Yuanyuan. I think she might finally find another gem for her Shield increasing its power.

        • Baem LN

          I honestly think that acquiring a REAL PRIEST will make this team better than an extra BERSERKER. Han Yu is more than qualified for the right flank position in my humble opinion. And the REAL PRIEST is better for LHC to make retainer knight contract, making him/her healing/priest abilities much more powerful and better innate talent which leads to faster cultivation.

          • Jonathan Hurd

            What I keep wondering about is how the skill acquisition works. I am curious if there is a Priest Skeleton in Elux’s Tower and it gives a healing ability, if Sima could learn it from that or if even Han Yu can.

            I think with Sima’s Ball and Chain of Light he is now decent enough offense but I do have to agree they might be better off with a more traditional priest.

    • felix

      Think the idea is that its the equipment thats doing the attack via Lin Xin.

      • Psyside

        Equipment or not his phobia is with offensive fire magic. Learn it or cast it via equipment its the same thing

        • felix

          I believe his phobia is strictly related to him casting the magic. So long as he’s not directly casting it don’t think he has issues with it. If he did he would have dropped out of the magic temple since everyone around him was casting it non-stop.

          • Psyside

            That is still casting the spell.
            The only difference is this way he doesnt use a incantation to do it. It casts intstantly with no incantation. His fear is with casting offensive magic yes but incantation or not he is still casting it

          • Jonathan Hurd

            From what was said this chapter I think it has to do more with the promise he swore after he saw his parents death that he would not use Offensive Magic. From the sounds of it he might not even be so against the idea of using offensive magic seeing its usefulness, but Chinese culture dictates putting a lot of importance on honor and he swore to not use it on his parents grave.

          • Psyside

            But if it was honour he wouldnt have looked for a loophole.Also why didnt he use this spell before?
            Like he could have saved them 10000 times before if he used it. Its still a big minus from me

          • Jonathan Hurd

            To be fair the fact that he is using magic especially Fire Magic the very same kind of magic that killed his parents can be called a loop hole. It really comes down to where he personally draws the line in my book. Now I would be calling BS if he swore not to use offensive magic and then the next minute cast an offensive spell and said it was an exception. I would just say that we have not until recently fully understood the details of the vow he gave himself. As his character has shown he sticks to his word, but he is also someone who will do everything within his power to accomplish his goals.

            Personally I’m just happy that he seems to be showing signs that he is understanding the value of Offensive Magic now. This gives me hope that after maybe talking with some family members he will come to terms with his parents loss, and they will convince him that his parents would be okay with him using Offensive Magic to protect himself and his friends.

            On casting the Flame Curse to save people… I’m honestly not sure what situations your talking about… The whole Flame Curse thing is an ability he got from getting blacksmiths at the Alliance Headquarters to inscribe and refine his Stave. The only fight they have had, while he has owned a stave with the power to launch that attack, (not including the tower) has been in the Southern Mountain Pass, and there all the others were doing a perfectly good job on the offensive and needed more defense support.

          • Psyside

            Im not saying that him breaking trough the barier is bad. But it shouldnt be put like that. Like oh i can use fire offensive magic now but im not casting it its from the staff. It sounds dumb. 0 moral dilema. He didnt question himself while he casted it. It was like oh well now i can use 1 fire attack spell. DEAL WITH IT

          • Jonathan Hurd

            To be fair trauma’s don’t really always make sense. I mean for instance some people who end up in terrible traffic accidents can drive cars but absolutely cannot ride as a passenger. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to us but then again we are not the ones with the trauma.

          • felix

            Exactly. His fear is not really casting offensive spells (that’s more of his oath of sorts), but of messing them up. I find it kind of odd that all these defensive spells and flashy spells have no risk of going back if he miscasts them but it seems that’s how the series portrays it. You can apparently only mess up if (a) it’s an offensive spell (b) you’re the one reciting the incantation. Everything else appears to be guaranteed to always work flawlessly, so he has no reason to fear them—would be funny if it turns out defensive spells can be miscast too but nobody realized it until now.

        • Who Care

          Doing himself or using an equipement is the same thing ? I don’t think so.

          If doing it himself is like removing the grenade pin of a grenade then aim and throw it at someone, the use of equipment would be like using a grenade launcher. One method is depending on the skill of the guys and the later is depending on the equipement quality … well mostly anyways …

          Give a grenade to someone with bad skill (precision/arm power/etc), or someone who is afraid of them or have the parkinson and they will most likely do more damage to themself than the ennemy.

  • Jonathan Hurd

    So I just thought of a few interesting things about the Tower and the rewards from killing the Skele’s…

    The first thing is how the orbs of spiritual Energy are not limited/affected by Innate Spiritual Energy. It seems like if we trained a bunch of people using Asura Ye’s training methods. We can probably cap them near the 3k barrier even possessing 10 or less Innate Spiritual Energy. What you could do then is have them farm skeleton’s in the tower and get them to the 4k barrier. Who knows if some of them get lucky you might be able to make a few 6th steppers out of people who at the beginning had almost no hope of getting past 2nd step. If not you still have a whole bunch of peak 5th steppers to throw around, wooh! I will nickname it the powerhouse factory! Mwhahahahahahahaha!

    The thing I am really excited about though is I was thinking about what happened with Hao Yue and LHC when they took the first trial. Hao Yue spit out the Golden Ability Orb from the Skeleton Knight containing Asura Strike just like Sima did with Asura Thrust. We found out that people usually do that if the skill doesn’t match their class. So this could mean that Hao Yue can potentially get some bad ass mage skills from this place along with Lin Xin! Also considering Hao Yue could use Eyes of Truth I think there is potential he could learn some super powered priest skills too…… You know the more I learn about this tower the more I like it, hehe.

    • Haha I think the problem is to pass the bottlenecks between each step then. Remember that Ye Hua was blocked at the same bottleneck for more than a dozen years, right because of his ISE. And we’re back to the first problem.

      • Jonathan Hurd

        Well the thing for Ye Hua was he was stuck at 3k and not able to advance the 1k left to get to peak 5th step. He was stuck around rank 5 or 6 i believe and couldn’t get further. Thankfully I think with the orbs being just straight up energy they could potentially be directly added overcoming that issue. Now actually breaking through the 4k barrier and entering 6th step, which is not about energy but more about understanding, that I admit can’t be helped with this method. Still you could get an entire fighting team of peaked 5th steppers using even faster than Ye Hua’s original training methods. Considering they originally weren’t expected to get past 2nd step becoming an entire team of peaked 5th steppers seems pretty amazing turn out.

  • Zeth

    Thank you very much Totobro and Anthony!

  • ZaX

    High risk high reward. Seems made for team training. Thanks for the chapter

  • lordcattank

    thank you very much for the chapter

  • RedDragonX

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • sagacitylust

    thanks for the chap!