Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 306


Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 306: Martial Skills of Ancient Times (III)

After all, she hadn’t been battling against this red skeleton as often as Long Haochen did. Joining hands, Long Haochen and Cai’er gave it another try. Under their cooperation, they surprisingly managed to hold it for nearly five minutes against that red skeleton.

Although these five minutes were filled with an intense pressure and came with a immense consumption for them, it should however not be forgotten that the two of them could recover in the Tower of Eternity. Furthermore, the greater the pressure, the better their progress would be, and that red skeleton wouldn’t even finish them off. Long Haochen persevered for no less than a dozen of battles, before returning back with excruciating pain as if his body was torn into small pieces.

This stadium didn’t even have something like a platform, thus the leaders of the Southern Mountain’s Gate and the Alliance were just all seated in the front.

Seeing that nearly everyone had arrived, Ling Xiao, auxiliary chief of the Priest Temple, entered into the testing ground.

“Distinguished Demon Hunters from Demon Hunt Squads, you all know about the matter here, so we won’t say more than what is necessary before starting. I will just emphasize a point, to the Southern Mountain’s City, you are all saviors. Having gone through the recent battle, you became the cornerstone of our defense over the past month. I want to thank all of you on behalf of the Southern Mountain’s City.”

Ignoring that Ling Xiao’s face stayed stern from beginning to end, with his status as a powerhouse of the ninth step as well as his position as auxiliary chief of the Alliance, all the high ranking Demon Hunters above the commander grade bowed to him with respect. This was how majestic his bearing was.

The Demon Hunters naturally would not lack sincerity, collectively bowing again before Ling Xiao who was standing on stage.

Ling Xiao declared in a calm voice, “In the recent battle, our Southern Mountain’s City was almost destroyed. As the saviours of the Southern Mountain’s City that you are, what is the common thread that connects us? What are we? We are soldiers and comrades-in-arms. The propensity for death within Demon Hunt Squads is something you know better than anyone else. This time, the spiritual stoves inside the Illusory Palace will have a fatal attraction for any of you, but don’t forget that these are in the end no more but external objects. Today’s competition is designed to select the best and the most wise among you, not to stake everything in battling against your opponents. I want to warn everyone seriously that in this competition, no one is permitted to kill each other, or to cause his opponent to become disabled. Otherwise, don’t blame this elder to be merciless. I already informed the Alliance that anyone that will kill his opponent will be expelled from his Demon Hunt Squad.

After this proclamation, although he was a priest, his eyes were filled with dense coldness. The terrifying bearing of a powerhouse of the ninth step made this crowd of nearly hundred people completely silent.

After staying for a moment, Ling Xiao replied, “There’s another rule, and it’s that flight is forbidden. Using the ability of flight inside of the Illusory Paradise will be impossible, thus, all competitors are not permitted to make use of the spiritual wings to soar through the battlefield. Start drawing lots.” With a mere wave of his hand, the official start of this competition was implicated.

The drawing of the lots was very simple: a wooden case was carried on stage, containing numbers, with battles designed between successive numbers. Lots would be drawn at every round, to ensure fairness.

A crowd of a total of a hundred and fifty drawing lots could be considered a magnificent sight. When Long Haochen’s group of seven went on, lined up next to each other, they couldn’t help but think of the moment when they advanced in the Alliance’s Great Competition.

The whole process took no less than a quarter of an hour, before the official start of the competition. It was shockingly a Saint Knight of the eighth step that acted as the referee. Very clearly, although Ling Xiao gave proper warning before, he was extremely prudent as the Demon Hunters on stage could be called the most precious resources of the Alliance. Thus why a powerhouse of the eighth step came to act as a referee, to avoid situation of someone ending up as a cripple or dead.

Long Haochen’s group could be considered as lucky ones in their first draw. At least, none of them drew consecutive numbers, which avoided a tragic internal strife within their own team.

The first match started quickly.

This was a competition between Demon Hunters, nowhere nearly the same as the Demon Hunt Competition. As expected, the competition was extremely intense from its start, the competing Demon Hunters being primarily powerhouses of the sixth step.

Although they didn’t use the flight ability, their battle was still extremely fierce. Intense bursts of spiritual energy erupted on stage, causing even be Saint Knight of the eighth step to have no choice but to release Brilliant Body, making his best preparations to intervene should the need arise.

The battles progressed rapidly, and the difference in strength was as expected the decisive factor; situation with two opponent of equivalent strength encountering each other were after all pretty rare.

The lowest number within the 21st general grade Demon Hunt Squad was actually Chen Ying’er, who was thus the first of them to go on stage.

“35th and 36th are called for the next match.”

The 36th number was Chen Ying’er.

Lin Xin flung back his own hair, giving Chen Ying’er a look, “Just concede if it’s no good, don’t waste magical crystals. Your opponent is after all a powerhouse of the sixth step.”

“Pooh, why would I concede? I’ll be doing whatever I can.” After giving him a provocative stare, Chen Ying’er carried McDull in her arms, entering with him on stage.

The previous battles also involved members from general grade Demon Hunt Squads, but the final victorious were almost only powerhouses of the sixth step from commander grade Demon Hunt Squads. At the moment Chen Ying’er, filled with her innocent charm, entered on stage, a great part of the Demon Hunters were immediately in total shock.

Is this little girl even twenty? Hasn’t she just gotten the wrong way? She should just be in a soldier grade Demon Hunt Squad.

Chen Ying’er’s luck still being fairly good, her opponent was a water element mage, veteran from a Demon Hunt Squad, and whose strength approximated the eighth rank of the fifth step.

The referee gave Chen Ying’er a glance, before giving his announcement in a serious tone, “I will emphasize that overly fierce behaviours are forbidden. Let the match start.” These words he said were entirely directed to that water element mage, making thus clear how he didn’t think highly of Chen Ying’er.

A battle confronting a mage to a summoner involved a distance of fifty meters separating them from the beginning.

Seeing such a young girl, that water element mage was immediately beaming with smiles. Let alone him, even the mates in Long Haochen’s team weren’t optimistic for Chen Ying’er.

On the lounge, Yang Wenzhao’s face looked currently extremely unsightly, as he muttered, “What the hell is Long Haochen doing? How could he let Ying’er participate in such a competition. What it she gets wounded?”

However after the start of the match, these people looking down on Chen Ying’er were rapidly shocked.

As a Demon Hunter, although that water element mage looked somewhat down on Chen Ying’er, he wouldn’t be careless after the start of the match. To a Demon Hunter, being careless was synonym for death, so he prudently chanted a water elemental shield spell from the beginning, before seeing the pig held in Chen Ying’er’s arm leap up, before running in his direction.

Is that little pig a magical beast? It cannot be. That water element mage considered himself as having seen a lot, but didn’t even remember having heard or seen that kind of magical beast.

The Water Elemental Shield having been rapidly completed, a lustering blue radiance enveloped this water element mage. Pointing his staff forward, he sent out an ice arrow shooting at McDull.

There was no choice but to admit that on the level of general grade Demon Hunt Squad, very few were as rich and at ease as Long Haochen’s group was. Thus that water element mage had in his hand a staff that was still at the Spiritual Tier.

At the time of launching an ice arrow, this mage intentionally gave Chen Ying’er a glance, discovering that this young girl wasn’t even chanting any incantation.

This being the first time he encountered such a battle, he indeed felt at a loss.

As the ice arrow was about to reach McDull’s from his front, he stamped his trotters to the ground, suddenly doing a sideways movement and rolling on the ground with his plump body, before throwing himself at this mage’s direction.

The timing McDull chose to jump was extremely good, as this was right when the ice arrow arrived in front of him. This way, even if the ice element mage wanted to control the ice arrow to redirected it on him, he wouldn’t be able to. Crashing on the ground, it shattered to pieces immediately.

“Wah.” The water element mage pointed up the staff in his hand again, immediately launching a spell of Ice Rain of the fourth step. This was the supplemented ability on his staff, which could be used twice a day.

Ice Rain didn’t make drops of ice fall, but cones of ice. A large area of ice cones were surrounding McDull’s little figure.

At that time, thirty meters were still separating McDull from that water element mage.

A scene that shocked all the present people happened. McDull displayed at that time a truly formidable dodging ability, curling up his body and causing his speed to vary, evading the attack on the small spaces between the ice cones. At the most dangerous times, some ice cones even swept past his back.

Mages had their own basis of thinking, and to them, ranged magic with area of effects was impossible to evade. However, McDull gave at that moment a lesson to all mages. Who said spells with area of effect were unavoidable?

McDull was only a third of a meter tall, having not grown in size from the beginning, and even if it was even more concentrated, the ice cones would still show some small spaces between them, or else it would just be huge chunks of ice.

At the same time he dodged nimbly the attacks, he was surprisingly even advancing.

The Ice Cones somewhat disturbed the line of sight of that water element mage, but when he could see clearly the little magical beast so unyieldingly evading his attacks, McDull was already almost only at a distance of ten meters from him.

A sense of unease finally appeared in that ice elemental mage. Since this pig looks so attached to close the distance towards me, he must certainly have some goal in mind. Although he didn’t feel any fluctuation of spiritual energy from McDull, being a Demon Hunter, he was able to react instantly at any time of crisis.

This time came an Ice Wall, covering a diameter of three meters and erected right in front of McDull, blocking his path. Seeing the opponent being about to clash against the Ice Wall, the ice elemental mage showed his understanding and control over ice magic. In succession, he instantly cast three more Ice Walls, sealing the other three directions and making a sturdy prison of ice, imprisoning McDull that was still a bit more than ten meters away.

Right as the ice mage finally loosened his breath, a fear suddenly appeared to his heart. Following next, an intense bursting sound could be heard from the ice walls.

An immense figure brazenly came out, and two weapons similar to spiked cones were aimed on his chest.

Launching Resisting Ice Ring, the water element mage was in a panic, instantly unleashing the latter spell. But unfortunately, what he was facing couldn’t possibly be blocked by a mere Resisting Ice Ring.

Pop–

The ring of ice and the elemental shield were smashed to pieces successively, and reaching three meters of height, a Bloodthirsty Berserk Demon already arrived in front of him.

Roar–


  • Miluska Lin

    Thanks for the chapter Toto and Sponsor!!

  • dlkian

    McDull clearly learned a thing or two.

  • Anto Wibowo

    Thank you for the chapter! Chen ying er!

  • Baem LN

    Thank you for the chapter, Totobro and sponsor!

    Pulling out popcorns now!!!

    • Evilage

      Gimme some of those popcons, afterall sharing is caring

      • Baem LN

        -Throwing popcorns-
        Take that. Bring soda too. Our throats will dry after eating popcorns!

        • Jonathan Hurd

          Our throats will also be dry after all the cheering we do. Go MCDULL! Show the nonbelievers why you single handedly turned the tables in the last giant battle!

          • Baem LN

            McDull should just change into that dragon LOL!!!

          • Jonathan Hurd

            Honestly I was kind of hoping he would. That would shut everyone the hell up so fast. Especially after they realize that this little girl they’re looking down on is a big part of the reason they won the last battle.

          • Psyside

            She shoulda done overkill and tried to use the gate

          • Evilage

            Ye
            what if in the future Mcdull doesnt need a magic core and is able to copy haoyue at will
            imagine the overpoweredness
            even saitama would lose

          • Jonathan Hurd

            As much as that would make me just soooooo freaking happy. Especially the image of two Hao Yue’s fusing with LHC….. Sadly don’t think that is likely to happen since Hao Yue is just so OP and so powerful I don’t think McDull will ever have that much energy naturally without some support.

          • Jonathan Hurd

            I think she would have used it if her opponent was 6th step. Using that is still probably a bit too much energy drain and she needs to keep at least one card up her sleeve for the future matches. Revealing McDull’s transformation ability for this first one has already tipped most of her hand and she still has three more matches.

          • Psyside

            If she did that the mage woulda shit himself

  • Bruno

    thanks!

  • Evilage

    Whoops looks like Mcdull is in trouble, hope that 8th step refree doesnt kill that pig
    thanks for the chapter toto

    • Jonathan Hurd

      Stay safe Mcdull or we’re suing for Yin’Er’s advancement!

  • Alex Eng

    Thanks for the chapter

  • TaoistImmortal

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • AnarchyDev

    Woooo Woooo… Cliffhangers…
    Thanks for the chapter translation

  • Termt

    For McDull to advance he needs to feed off of the surprise/shock of others, right? I guess this competition will be of a decent bit of help to him.
    Unless I remember McDull’s rules wrong entirely.

    • Jonathan Hurd

      You are right. They said his Magic Beast Crystal is different than others and that he can’t actually cultivate energy within himself. He has to feed it through mimicking other beasts and tricking people.

  • Alex Drake

    THAT CLIFFHANGER! Hahaha the look on the mage’s face

  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂

  • Majk

    The mage I get but that the referee wouldn’t be calm enough to realize that the demon isn’t an enemy is a bit much.

    • Evilage

      Yeah
      the refree is suppose to be an 8th step
      if everyone was that dumb that explains why humans were losing this war

    • Jonathan Hurd

      To be fair I think the referee is just not taking chances because if one of the Demon Hunters gets hurt its going to be on his head…. Safer to just stop it here since its pretty obvious the mage has lost.

      • Majk

        Yeah but form Chen Ying’ers reaction he isn’t just stopping the fight but he is about to attack McDull. Technically that would damage a demon hunter since McDull is her contracted beast.

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • Majk

    Really underestimated McDull this whole time. I also missed the fact that he doesnt have to transform immediately and can delay it.

    • Jonathan Hurd

      That was somewhat shown with his performance against the Fiend group when they didn’t have LHC. He transformed to imitate a Fiend Lord and then transformed into a Grand Birdy demon for a surprise attack. Still I think the duels with Red Skeleton Sensei have taught him some lessons about upping his own personal physical ability.

      The other thing is that McDull’s biggest advantage as a user of illusions is surprise. So its smarter to transform at a point where your opponent least expects it and has the least chance to respond correctly. If he had started out just rushing at the mage as a Beserker demon then the mage would of had time to overcome his surprise and stop McDull before he got close enough to use the Beserker Demons power. Instead the opponent just saw some random charging piggy and was more concentrated on being careful of what Ying’er might do thinking the piggy was a distraction instead of the main threat.

      • Daene Kendrick

        Ladies and gentleman we havent even seen the greatest aspect of McDull yet, remember what his other ability is anyone? Heres a hint it will be very useful in the upcoming adventure. (eht ytiliba ot tceted erusaert)

        • Jonathan Hurd

          I keep thinking that to myself as well, hehe. I have waited for McDull to use that ability with almost the same amount of anticipation as I have for LHC to finally Necromancy something.

        • Stephen_H

          Yeah I thought the Wailing Caverns would have been the first time we saw that other ability…

      • Majk

        Well it kinda slipped by me 😛 I was honestly worried for her in this competition since in my head I imagined her giving him the crystal and him changing immediately. It would still surprise her first enemy but since McDull can at most transform into a being of the sixth step while keeping most of its power he would be at a disadvantage against most competitors.
        Now I want to see how Lin Xin will do. I doubt that a tactic like the one he used in the previous competition will work since most people here would be experienced enough to get to him if does not attack. I mean he only has his staff’s ability as an offence but he can’t use that move more than twice even if he takes his pills. Other that hat he could try to push them off the ring with his repelling fire ring (or whatever it’s called).

        • Jonathan Hurd

          For McDull’s transformations I think he can transform into a perfect copy as long as he eats the Magic Crystal. So he would be a full power demon of the 6th step at that point.

          We should also keep in mind that LHC has kind of thrown off our understanding of power a bit. Sure to LHC fighting one 6th step demon? Snore time. For most others though the fight will probably not be that simple especially if she chooses the right demon for the job. The pure melee focused Beserker is a good counter to mages especially if he can get up close, but potentially not as good against people more used to close range combat who have movement abilities. Someone like that could potentially dive past McDull and go after Ying’er for the win.

          For Lin Xin… He is still at the peak of the fifth step so fighting someone actually at sixth step is going to be a pretty huge challenge. Especially with his limited offensive abilities. I would say though that I think he has a chance. Not a great chance but a chance. This is owing to him having great control of his magic.

          The other thing is it is Has Drugs Bro. So no real worries in a battle of attrition even against a 6th stepper. So I would say it comes down to his opponent. If they can easily break his defense then hes done. If he wastes his limited attacks then he is done. Otherwise I think he has a pretty good chance of a win if he plays it smart and his opponents not too strong.

  • Jonathan Hurd

    Hey Toto a little question. Is there a reason the description of the mage switches between water element and ice element mage. I just ask because if he is a Water Element mage and is using ice I believe that we can then safely say that ice and water fall under the same field. The reason this matters in my opinion is it would show that our worry of Austin Griffin needing a water head and an ice head is unfounded now.

    • Psyside

      Its that way for a lot of magic. Same reason why holly magic can have lightning spells. Magic has higher category and sub categories. The basic elements.
      Light,Fire,Water,Darkness,Nature Or Sometimes refered as Poison depending what universe,Air,Earth and finally this universe has added Death so maybe we will see Life element aswell.
      And subcategories are like the fift brother. He usies Wind magic. Thats a Sub category for AIr magic, Ice subcategory for Water magic and so on.
      So since Death exists and my theory is that life exists(Because every element has to have a polar oposite its a universal rule). I firmly think those 2 will be Hao yues last heads

      • Jonathan Hurd

        I’m not sure lightening is officially a sub catagory of light personally. If we go way… back to when LHC was in the Demon Hunt Selection and fought his first Summoner. That summoner brought out a lightening element Panther. So it seems like Lightening element potentially has its own category.

        It could be that Sima’s light lightening is similar to the 5th rank Knight ability Holy Fire. Light and fire share a close relationship so can be used by Knights since fire gives birth to light. Similarly I think you could argue that Lightening needs Light to exist and Lightening produces Light.

        I would say wind also seems to be its own stand alone because not only Hao Yue’s head but I believe even 5th brother’s mage teammate is that element too. The other thing is we haven’t really seen any bigger category that wind could fall under as far as I can remember. Though it would be cool to meet someone who can use Nature magic. I will say that if we take the Elemental Fairy Spiritual Stoves as an example even these representations of nature seem to be split into specific categories so the chances of some mega category for wind to fall in seems a little unlikely.

        I do also like the idea of elements countering each other but I’m not a hundred percent sure Hao Yue will have heads all opposing each other since I’m predicting 9 heads. The 9 I personally see coming have been fire, light, and wind as our current. Then the remaining ones would be…. dark, water/ice, lightening, earth, spatial, and death. A potential problem is I’m not really sure what element counter balances Spatial. Lightening is also one that is a bit weird in the spectrum. This is not to say that they don’t have counters just that the novel hasn’t really bothered to go over a lot of the elemental relationships.

        How Hao Yue’s heads could potentially work (assuming my guesses of the elements are right)…. Fire and water match up. Light and Dark. Wind and Earth. Then we have Lightning and Spatial kind of left over after the obvious matches. As for death which is the last one what could be said is that all the other elements represent life. All life is made up of a combination of those elements and on the other side is death balancing them all.

        So that could potentially fit into your idea of Wind being a subcategory. All the elements (excluding death) could be a sub category of Life which is counterbalanced by death. That could also explain why the Spiritual Stove of Samsara is so powerful and also potentially why the Necromancers were such a pain to deal with for the Church. Since the nature of their magic counters everything.

        • Psyside

          I forgot spatial your right. For spatial the oposite is Time.
          Also its 1-Fire,2-Light,3-Wind/Air,4-SPOILER!!!!!![Spoiler](Water),5-Poison rest i dont know

          • Jonathan Hurd

            I would say proof for Lightening being separate from Light element is the Grand Birdy Demons. They have said in the story on multiple occasions that Demons can’t have Light element since their natural darkness attribute rejects it.

            As for the Knight ability I believe its called Light Thorn and not Lightening Thorn. It shoots rays of light out at people which makes plenty of sense.

          • Psyside

            Because it isnt holly magic. Its a Sub category

  • Zeth

    Yes! Pork power!
    Thank you very much Totobro and sponsors!

  • Dragon

    That’s what happens when you underestimate a pig lesson learned fear the pig people fear the pig.

  • ZaX

    Trauma gained from losing to a pig. Thanks for the chapter

  • Who Care

    Omg … they were barely 3 paragraph inbetween how could you do that author ?

    Lin Xin flung back his own hair, giving Chen Ying’er a look, “Just concede if it’s no good, don’t waste magical crystals. Your opponent is after all a powerhouse of the sixth step.”

    Chen Ying’er’s luck still being fairly good, her opponent was a water element mage, veteran from a Demon Hunt Squad, and whose strength approximated the eighth rank of the fifth step.

  • lordcattank

    thank you very much for the chapter

  • RedDragonX

    Thanks for the chapter!