Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 304

Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 304: Martial Skills of Ancient Times (I)

Wang Yuanyuan nodded in response, “That’s right, it should be about technique. If his strength is only at the sixth step, then we couldn’t have possibly lost. We have even beaten powerhouses of the seventh step before! How could we lose against one at the sixth step? But then, could this be that he used the battle skills of the ancient times? Those that have been lost to the current times.”

Han Yu replied, “It is highly possible. This is the only possible explanation. However, this red skeleton’s skills are just too powerful. It’s especially the case for that ability of afterimage, that left even Captain helpless.”

Indeed, Long Haochen had shown all his trump cards. It was not only his Saint Spiritual Stove that had gotten countered by the red skeleton, but even Bright Rain, Hibiscus of Light turned out useless. In the same way, the Lock technique didn’t manage to hit because of that afterimage technique, which played a great role in the red skeleton’s fighting strength that reached the peak and wiped them out completely.

Long Haochen replied, “It should be the case. As a matter of fact, who among you has heard before about those Asura Strike and Asura Thrust abilities we have learnt? Or have even seen those in the Alliance’s Treasure Hall?”

Everyone shook their head.

Long Haochen continued, “Then, it’s very likely techniques from the ancient times that we have learnt. Asura Strike and Asura Thrust were also abilities that this red skeleton possessing the spirit of a powerhouse was capable of learning, but acquiring battle skills requires a great deal of self-training. It looks that this skeleton senior will stay here for some more time. From now on, including Lin Xin and Ying’er, we will all challenge this senior one after another. No more team battle formation!”

“What?” With the exception of the mute Cai’er, everyone looked dumbstruck at Long Haochen.

Beforehand, even by joining hands, the seven of them weren’t a match for that red skeleton. For how many seconds would they be able to last if they went in one versus one just like Long Haochen said?

Long Haochen calmly explained, “There’s nothing strange with that. Do you really believe that without experiencing enough of oppression, you would still be able to break through to the sixth step with no difficulty? Just as you said, your spiritual energy had risen up too fast, and because of this, breaking through will be even more difficult. Those of you that have spiritual energy left will take turns in asking for his guidance. This red skeleton won’t harm us for real, and it’s a teacher of a rare kind to find. It’s especially the case for us close-quarters fighters: if we can learn from those natural and flowing attacks, how could our strength not gain a lot? In a duel, even opponent of one step above wouldn’t be anything to fear.”

Han Yu nodded in approval, “Captain is right. And atop of that, when we passed through the fourth trial, all the three previous ones disappeared. Then, won’t the fourth and the fifth trials disappear accordingly after this? This was a total of several hundred spiritual energy gained every day for us… After breaking through the sixth step, when we get to the five thousand spiritual energy like Captain, we’re not even sure to have the same kind of chance to keep rising up, but that doesn’t mean we should renounce so easily to progressing.”

On the ten following days, they happily took beatings from that tyrannical red skeleton.

However, the word happily could only apply to Long Haochen.

After all, regardless of whether it was at the time he followed Long Xingyu for his training or was trained by Ye Hua, he had almost only experienced hellish kinds of trainings. Thus, despite being the one who looked for the red skeleton the most everyday, he was still the most firm in the group.

Cai’er didn’t whine either. She wasn’t even capable of speaking, so how could she whine?

As for the others, as this time of fun went on, it appeared like torment to them.

The one whose situation was worst was Lin Xin, every time he was sent flying by this red skeleton, he would complain straightforwardly, before lying on the ground and snorting continuously.

However, in this training, their progress was very clear. This could naturally not reflect on their spiritual energy, but on their battle skills.

When being tormented everyday by a skeleton whose battle skills were close to perfect, it was hard not to progress. They were now at least capable of lasting for a bit longer against that red skeleton.

As for Lin Xin, the three seconds he could last at the very beginning already became ten seconds, the changes appearing rather obvious to him. The one who lasted the shortest was still Chen Ying’er, but she was the most helpless about that. At every challenge, she gave a magical crystal for the little big McDull to eat, but right after he’d be taken care of, Chen Ying’er would inevitably follow next. At least for the current time, in the process that McDull crossed hands with the red skeleton, she had never completed the incantation for the Creature Summoning Gate, but McDull’s various skills in times of battle clearly increased.

Long Haochen was as before the one who lasted the longest. In front of the attacks of the red skeleton, he was now capable of lasting for more than a minute. In addition, his battle skills looked more and more smooth as time went on.

Ten days later, Long Haochen and the others decided to temporarily have some time to rest after discussion, and temporarily stopped being abused. One reason for this was because they needed time to stabilize their progression, and also because the day of the opening of the Illusory Paradise was nearing. Someone could already look for them at anytime. To take advantage of this last bit of time, Long Haochen finally took his Holy Spirit Pill, raising his spiritual energy to 6,000.

Although their days of cultivation were dull and uninteresting, it was extremely stable for them. In particular, when sensing the continuous growth of their strength and with Cai’er who stayed continuously by his side, Long Haochen didn’t feel the least lonely.

It could be said that over this past year, his cultivation speed had been the fastest of his whole life, surpassing his past speed by a huge margin.

Father, Mother, wait for me! I’ll be soon looking for you.

Slowly opening his eyes and finding himself inside of their training room, Long Haochen looked at the nearby Cai’er who was still in the midst of cultivation. Ever since they stopped going into the Tower of Eternity, Cai’er rarely communicated with Long Haochen, entirely immersed in her cultivation. Long Haochen could faintly sense that she was already very near to breaking through.

“Haochen, are you inside?” The door was lightly knocked from outside.

“Yes?” Long Haochen agilely landed on the ground, trying as far as possible not to let out any sound that could disturb Cai’er, and opened the door, going out in a flash.

Against his expectations, the one who came was Han Qian.

“Grandteacher, how is it that you came personally? Cai’er is still cultivating, so I’d rather not have us go in.” Long Haochen said with an apologetic expression.

Han Qian replied with a smile, “Don’t worry, cultivation is the most important thing. Hey, wow, it looks that you have lately progressed again.”

Looking at the disciple before him, Han Qian was unable to conceal his own surprise.

It looked that Long Haochen had grown up even more. At fifteen years-old, he looked now close to 1.8 meters tall. The changes on his build were still not the most obvious ones, as what changed the most clearly were his temperament and his expression.

He still had that handsome appearance that girls would envy, but looked somewhat less childish, more mature and muscular, his black hair hanging on his shoulder. If he only looked at his eyes, Han Qian would be absolutely unable to tell out that this child was only fifteen years-old. Long Haochen’s both eyes were still as limpid, without any impurity in his golden eyes, but his gaze was extremely steady and reserved. This looked rather closer to a middle-aged man managing to hold his spiritual energy in. Han Qian was even unable to sense what level his current cultivation reached. But he clearly sensed that compared to the twenty days ago, his disciple had made enormous progress.

Scion of Light, he truly deserves being called Scion of Light! This kid was already at the sixth step, and would perhaps reach his current level of cultivation before even reaching thirty years of age.

As the first Scion of Light of the Temple Alliance, he would inevitably forge a new history. In the known history of the Temple Alliance, the youngest Divine Knight reached his level at the age of thirty seven, but Long Haochen would clearly not take as long.

“Haochen, I came to look for you because of some changes that happened regarding the entrance to the Illusory Paradise.”

“Ah?” Long Haochen was in a sudden alarm. In fact, his group had made all the preparation for entering the Illusory Paradise over the past days, so suddenly hearing of some change appearing was hard to accept for him.

Han Qian calmly continued, “Don’t worry so much. This was a change that happened because of the number of people to be let in! This time, a total of forty-two Demon Hunt Squad had paid assistance to the Southern Mountain’s City, and with the exception of those Emperor grade and King grade Demon Hunt Squad, the rest were all of the Commander grade and below, with an overwhelming number of members that are also at the sixth step of cultivation. Thus, a problem arose to select the candidates for the Illusory Paradise.”

“After all, this is an opportunity that arises only once every century, so everyone would want to go in. But the total quota of people allowed is only of ten, with more than a hundred people competing for that. Thus, I’m afraid that there will be some problem about giving a place to both Cai’er and you.”

Hearing Han Qian say that, Long Haochen nodded in approval, “This would indeed be very unfair to the others. Grandteacher, how has the Alliance decided to assign these ten places?”

Han Qian replied, “There’s nothing to be done. For the sake of fairness, it can only take the shape of a competition. (sigh)…” Saying that, he felt very helpless. Although he was the current representative of the Alliance, the Temple Alliance had a reputation to hold regarding its fairness, so a lot of matters could not be decided by him. Moreover, with so many of those Emperor grade Demon Hunt Squad as well as the people from the Priest Temple as witnesses, a problem would obviously arise with these two allocations scheduled in advance.

“Grandteacher, you don’t have to worry. We’ll just participate in that competition. I am confident in my ability.” Long Haochen actually turned out to be the one who comforted the other party.

Han Qian smiled bitterly in response, “Fool, how could it be that easy! To reach the commander grade of Demon Hunt Squad, all of them crawled out from heaps of corpses. And so that you know, the limit for entering the Illusory Paradise is ten thousand. You have just reached the sixth step, but among those Commander grade Demon Hunt Squads, there’s no lack of youngsters at the peak of the sixth step belonging to all those commander grade Demon Hunt Squads present.”

Long Haochen chuckled to that, “Grandteacher, there are some trials that cannot be avoided in one’s life. How could we know before trying beforehand? Are there prior requirements for participating in this competition?”

  • Nyaa Flonnezilla

    thx for banana

  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂

  • Dicky

    Thanks for the chapter and the decency to realize most of us are a captive audience.

  • Jonathan Hurd

    Thanks for the Chapter Toto :D.

    Also this tourney is going to be hilarious…. The Southern Mountain thought LHC was cool before, wait till they get a look at him after 10 days of sparring with the Super Skele and with 2k more Spiritual Energy.

    • Baem LN

      Thanks for the chapter Totobro and sponsor!

      I think the author fails his math like always or I am just wrong about this!

      It has been said that the Holy Spirit Pill has different effect depending on who consumes it. Shouldn’t LHC gain more than 1,000 units of internal spiritual energy(ISE), I estimate around 1,200-1,500 units for him since he is a Scion of Light after all. Also i think he should have more than 5,000 unit of ISE before consuming the pill since he cultivates in the room when they come back to the room every 6 hours.

      I am just so sensitive with numbers since I am from those kind of discipline. Forgive me.

      • Andrew L

        You’re not wrong regarding the fact he was cultivating after all those battles, so his spiritual energy should be slightly over 6000. But the Holy Spirit Pill is a one time boost of 1000 points of spiritual energy.

        Previously when it talked about how the Holy Spirit Pill could be more or less effective for different people, it was talking about how big a 1000 boost of spiritual energy could be to your overall cultivation. Long Haochen took it with 5000 spiritual energy and gained an extra 1000. That’s a 20% increase in energy. But if for instance, the 1 million spiritual energy demon god took the pill? He wouldn’t even get a 1% boost to his cultivation. Therefore it’s more useful for people at lower levels of cultivation. At least, that’s how I understood it.

      • Jonathan Hurd

        No problem we all have our hang ups, :D. My personal one is logic though numbers can also get to me too if I stop adding things up, hehe.

        One thing they did state a ways back is that the pill is more important to take when you are lower cultivation and that is why most take it around 5th step. It might be that as Andrew L said you have just so much more in the tank after fifth step that the effect is less notable, or it could be that if your energy is already so high it becomes harder to artificially increase it with this outside means. It is also possible that the pill could work like the White Orbs do and they act independently to Innate Spiritual Energy.

        A big thing to keep in mind with LHC’s cultivation as well is that they stated his Spiritual Energy stopped rising from the Skeletons white orbs at 5k and after that they decided to go fight the Red Skeleton. So I would say that 5k came from what he had pre Tower training + what he harvested from Skeleton White Orbs + what he cultivated in the downtime. So first half of his cultivation all went into the 5k he had before fighting the Red Skeleton.

        After that he does have about 10 days of normal cultivation in between fighting the Red Skeleton to add to that 5k pre Pill, and a few days to absorb the pill and raise it a little more. The thing is that even with LHC’s amazing cultivation speed that probably doesn’t add up to more than about 40 points if that much. This is also not taking into account that LHC’s spiritual Energy has jumped up 2k points in a very short time. So probably a lot of what he is currently doing is solidifying it and steadying his energy after these giant leaps.

        In the end I do agree the Author is probably oversimplifying his numbers and it is highly possible LHC did get a bit more out of the pill than the others, but I don’t think it is too wrong to ignore that amount in the wider scope, and just say LHC is around 6k Spiritual Energy, considering apparently the peak of 6th step is 10k. A few hundred points of energy is probably not going to make or break the equation.

        • Baem LN

          Well, you got a point there.

  • Taku Fuji

    I want to thank you for not pulling pranks

  • AnarchyDev

    Hope this tournament is short… Thanks for the chapter translation.

  • Majk

    Time to pwn some noobs!

  • Psyside

    Welp its safe to say he will win that shit xD
    Oh and ima bet he will fight the leader of that other demon hunt squad who tried to fool em

  • Majk

    I hope that this will not be just for people at the 6th step since now the team can get in without using the tower. Just think about it LHC and Cai’Er could already go against people from the 6th step and now Skeletor Sensei who is from the ancient times when people where far stronger gave them a solid ass whooping so they will most likely be able to reach high places in this tournament. The only problems are:

    Lin Xin who except for the curse that uses to much power to be used in sucetive round doesnt have away to win (with this amount of time left they will probably have a few rounds daily with 100 people so even just defending till they give up would be to draining). Maybe he will be able to push them out of the ring or something with his spells?

    Chen Ying’er who doesn’t have to rely on random summons anymore but also has a limited number of crystals for McDull that are mostly at the 5/6th step (I think?).

    Finally I hope that after Skeletor Sensasi beat some sense into them they don’t get cocky again like before with Gao Yingjie and get caught off guard by the other contestants.

    PS. I really hope that the other squads form their generation will come to get their asses kicked especially Yang Wenzhao. I don’t remember when but I really started to dislike him at some point.

    • Jonathan Hurd

      To be fair I don’t think the Temple will stop people from choosing to enter as long as they meet the requirement of being under the 7th step. The problem though for the 5th steppers is that they are not going to have much hope of winning against the 6th steppers especially with how many there are that will enter.

      There is also not really any reason for LHC to send anyone but himself and maybe Cai’er into the contest. The original plan is he was going to open a back door with the tower for them anyways and they would then try to steal the demons share not the humans. Therefore it makes no sense to steal spots from other hard working humans if his whole team will come in anyways. The only one who needs to get in legitimately is LHC add in that if LHC can’t win my hopes for the others are not really high.

      What I do have to wonder is how the Alliance will handle the Tourney applicants. I wonder if they will just say if you want a chance apply and fight, or if they will limit entrants to one person from each Demon Hunt Squad so the spots aren’t hogged by one team and to save some time.

      • Baem LN

        I think one of the requirements for this tourney is being a sixth-step of cultivation. If not then Han Yu, Sima and Yuanyuan should join too since they can fight people stronger than them in terms of cultivation. Isn’t one of the way to get through a bottleneck is to fight stronger people seriously?

  • Anto Wibowo

    Thank you for the chapter!

  • felix

    Pwoanage incoming.

  • Evilage

    It sure is awkward when LHC is taller than me :’| (and 3 year difference )
    looks like Haochen is gonna use the skills which he is gonna learn from that knight to beat seventh step knights
    maybe he’ll unlock something like a super sayain mode …oh wait he already did.

    EDIT: why is Haoyue ALWAYS evolving when a competition starts?

    • Jonathan Hurd

      Mainly what he has gained is refining his combat skills and experience. I mean sure the commander grade squad guys have crawled through corpses, but LHC has charged in to stare down Death himself and didn’t blink.

      Also i feel your pain… Though on look at it this way, with Hao Yue this would be way…. to easy.

      • Baem LN

        LHC has got more than a thousand years old combat teacher, LOL!

        Pull out your popcorn and watch some LHC’s raping all contestants!

  • Zeth

    Thank you very much Totobro and Christian!

  • ZaX

    Perfect time to test his honed battle skills. Thanks for the chapter and go rest well

  • lordcattank

    thank you very much for the chapter

  • RedDragonX

    Thanks for the chapter! I think it’s a little ridiculous that they need to be part of the competition when they are the two most important youths of the alliance and the sole successors to their respective temples not to mention Long Haochen was the most important hero of the ground battle but xianxia authors seem to feel the need for a tournament arc quite often so what can you do.

    • AnimeFanxD

      Really late reply but yeah it’s true that xianxia authors like writing tournament arcs but at the same time, only the important people that were present at the meeting know that LHC and Cai’er are the sole successors, if they just gave the 2 pre-allocated slots the other competitors will undoubtedly object to it as it is unfair. And since they are the sole successors, they should have the ability to get a spot themselves. Have a little trust in out little badasses xD

    • JoaryTheRedPanda