Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 313

Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 313: Illusory Shrine (III)

Waiting without doing anything was unlike Long Haochen. In his state of realization, his body seemed to have become one with nature, just like one of the plants here, and like a piece of dirt or an expanse of clear water. Seated near him, Cai’er felt that if she didn’t have eyes to look at him, it would feel just as if he was disappearing.

Time passed minute after minute and hour after hour, the two parties consisting of powerhouses didn’t fear the wait. The sky was gradually becoming dimmer, until nightfall came. With night’s descent, the air cooled down while the natural humidity went up.

A day and a night passed like that.

When the sky started to go white, Huang Shuo started to stand up, looking at Ling Xiao. It had already been a day and a night, but the Illusory Shrine didn’t show any signs of appearing.

Right at that moment, a marvellous sensation passed over everyone’s head. Originally immersed in cultivating, everyone simultaneously reacted in the same way. They all looked in the direction from where the change occurred.

The surrounding space distorted slightly, and the smell of nature suddenly became thicker. Everyone felt a great amount of vitality being absorbed through their mouths. Even the demons finally started to have a cozy feeling from this.

Above the lake, tiny ripples started to appear, growing larger and larger, and in the middle of the lake, a gush of water started to sprout. At this time, the omnipresent essence of life began to converge from all directions.

With the arrival of dawn, the Illusory Shrine slowly rose above the lake.

Gradually, a dark green palace emerged from the lake, and the clear water from the lake ran off in rivulets. Its transparence reflected the green color of the palace. Under the brilliance of dawn, it seemed to radiate all around, and as it gradually rose, the vital essence in the surrounding reached its peak. All the surrounding plants reacted to it, growing at a monstrous speed. Gradually, the shrubs that didn’t even exceed a meter in height, grew up until exceeding the humans and demons in size, and the fragrance of flowers also became heavier.

Finally, this dark green colored palace sat on top of the water’s surface, the instant the sun finally rose into view. The orange glow of the sun illuminated the Illusory Palace and gilded this shrine of nature.

A faint steam revolved around the shrine, slowly dissolving under the radiance of the sun. After being reflected by the emerald shrine, the haze amplified the dreamy character of this fantastic scene.

Light and water themselves were the symbols of life.

This was a scene that stunned everyone, and that no one dared to budge, because it was truly too beautiful. When seeing such a beautiful scenery, everyone seemed to have forgotten the danger they were going to face.

The Illusory Shrine had an extraordinary appearance, differing from every existing building on the continent. It didn’t have walls in the common sense of the word. The outside was covered by layers of green crystals, that became bigger and bigger towards the bottom. All around the base, they stretched out in all directions, just like the eaves of a cathedral.

Supported by a bunch of thick and solid pillars, the immense roof sat at more than thirty meters height. Each of the pillars would at least need three people to encompass them, and it seemed that the whole palace was surrounded by a vague and soft green radiance. This hazy brilliance released from it made it impossible to see the interior of the Illusory Shrine.

From what could be seen, this shrine didn’t have any door. A total number of thirty-two pillars enclosed it, and concealed the inside of the shrine. It radiated an immense concentration of vitality, providing the surrounding with an extremely tranquil feeling.

Long Haochen felt a slight heat from his chest, and the Light Elemental Fairy Yating came out of her volition. Looking at this huge shrine, she slowly sank to her knees on a huge shrub, and bowed from afar. Her beautiful eyes were filled with tears, and she muttered words in an unintelligible fairy language. Her body seemed to glow transparently in the presence of the shrine.

Although Light Elemental Fairies focused their worship on the God of Light, the elements of light, water and earth were all extremely close to the Goddess of nature. Therefore, the Goddess of nature could be said to be a partial master to them. Returning to this place filled with natural energy and feeling the embrace of nature, how could Yating remain calm? She could clearly feel her own vital energy rising, while the golden radiance in her body circulated like tidal waves. Although it became calmer with time, her originally partially transparent body was becoming opaque, looking very close to a human’s.

Compared to the time Long Haochen had just made a contract with her, the vital energy flowing through Yating was tremendous. She had even evolved twice by relying on Long Haochen’s physique as the Scion of Light.

However, the origin for her weak state was the mortal wound she had suffered back then. All this time, she had had to rely on the Saint Spiritual Stove to appease it. But at this very moment, in front of the Illusory Shrine of the Goddess of nature, her body gained an extreme nourishment, and the internal injuries in her body were healed in no time through the intense vital energy. It also laid a firm foundation for her next evolution.

A gentle green radiance spread in the air, giving rise to this fantastic scene. Perhaps because of the influence of the massive energy of life spread by the Illusory Shrine, the vegetation on the shore grew suddenly at a great speed, especially the shrubs located nearest to the lake. In the midst of their frantic growth, the Illusory Shrine rose from the lake. The lake was now completely surrounded by thick and solid shrubs, that looked extremely tough and durable.

It was indeed strange, but these shrubs kept growing until they reached the height of the Illusory Shrine. Stopping at this point, it was as if they didn’t dare keep growing further.

Ling Xiao gave a glance to the leader of the imperial Black Dragon guard Huang Shuo, instructing in a low voice, “It is now possible to enter. Numerous chances are awaiting inside.”

Huang Shuo nodded, turning back before directing a look at the black-clad youth who had shared eye contact with Long Haochen just before. The latter then walked up in front of him, before giving a calm nod.

“Ahbao, be careful. ”

“Yeah.” The black-clad youth gave a simple reply. A light tap on ground with his toes sent him flying high in the air. Yue Ye, Leng Xiao, as well as the other participating demons followed him one after another.

On the other side, the humans followed in their tracks. Long Haochen, and Cai’er were comparatively at the end of their own group, while the two groups of ten entered the Illusory Shrine.

The shrubs growing around the lake were extremely tough, giving their feet a firm and steady foothold as they walked on top of them. Both parties crossed the shore like that.

Ahbao? So this guy is called Ahbao. Long Haochen had heard Huang Shuo’s voice very clearly. He hadn’t seen this black-clad youth clearly, but as the leader of the demon group, his actual strength and ability couldn’t be low.

The ten of the side of the Temple Alliance didn’t have a specific leader. After entering the Illusory Shrine, everyone would do things their own way. The two groups which were designed entirely differently, now moved at a distance of about ten meters, walking over towards the small gap between the massive pillars.

When they arrived in front of the shrine, the previous dense life energy became weaker. This shrine in front of their eyes gave them a surreal feeling, as their senses were assaulted by the surrounding aura. It didn’t contain the slightest impurity, but didn’t have the same vegetative sweetness from before either. This vaguely gave off a presentiment of the particularity of this place.

Pulling Cai’er’s hand, Long Haochen followed the others towards the shrine from behind, telling her in a low voice, “Cai’er, our main task will be to reunite after entering. If you face any danger, don’t try to be brave no matter what. Just activate the Illusory Gem and leave the Illusory Paradise.”

Seeing his deep concern, her lips formed into a beautiful arc, followed by her low voice, “Don’t worry. Because I have you, I won’t act rashly.”

Long Haochen held her by the waist, as the two of them entered the Illusory Shrine in the proper sense. They were also the last ones to enter.

Right after they entered the Illusory Shrine, their view was filled with a boundless green color.  

An illusory coloration of green was reflected in their eyes. It was totally devoid of anything else than green. The soft green radiance appeared the same as the most primitive form of life, undulations rising up and down in the rhythm of their breath.

Just as Ling Xiao had told them, only after walking through this green brilliance they would truly be entering the Illusory Paradise.

With a step forward into the glint of light, Long Haochen and Cai’er both disappeared into this green brilliance.

Having just gone into that radiance, Long Haochen immediately felt a soft current of spiritual energy wrapping him in its embrace, and Cai’er whose hand was originally held by him disappeared.

The surrounding green grew even more intense, but everything seemed to be happening far behind him.

It was exactly the same as when travelling by flight on the back of a magical beast.

Long Haochen shut his eyes, surrounded by a bunch of changes. He noticed that his mental energy was unable to force the soft energy protecting him apart.

A short time later, everything suddenly became clear again. After taking a sudden step forward, he was already in another world.

 The chirps of the birds and insects refreshed his mind with a tranquil feeling.

Meanwhile, outside of the Illusory Shrine…

Remaining in the midst of the Temple Knights’ formation, Han Qian walked at the side of a tall Temple Knight, saying in low voice, “Haochen is now inside. Given his intelligence plus the protection from the Illusory Gem, he shouldn’t be in any danger. Are you here to wait for him to return, or is it about some other matter?” If Ying Suifeng and Leng Xiao had heard his current respectful way of speaking, they would absolutely be greatly surprised.

Because the Temple Knights were all clad in Mythril Foundation Armor, their appearance couldn’t be easily seen. In a deliberate low voice, the other knight replied, “It doesn’t matter, I will be waiting here for him to return. This time, the powerhouses from the demon side are not low in number, but with me here, I believe that they won’t dare to act rashly without thinking. Huang Shuo has already noticed my presence. Given his extremely high position in the Black Dragons’ imperial guard, and furthermore his status as the trusted confident of the Demon God Emperor, his strength is comparable to the top ten of the demon gods. Aside from the Demon God Emperor himself, and the Star and the Moon Demon God, no one would dare to be confident in being able to win against him. Without me here, this guy would surely do something fishy.”

  • Evilage

    Woh first
    this luck
    but wow this chapter
    So whens the other people coming ? I mean his teammates
    take them out of the tower already
    being with skele sensei would be tough after all

  • Evilage

    Thanks for the chapter toto
    love your translations

  • Psyside

    it also laid a firm foundation for her next evolution….
    So there ya have it yating evolves soon too

    • Jonathan Hurd

      Wooh! I wonder if she’ll go up to 6 wings after this evolution.

  • Zeth

    Thank you very much Totobro!

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • Jonathan Hurd

    Thanks for the new Chapter, :D.

    So I am just going to guess the obvious and say that the ‘Temple Knight’ Han Qian is talking to is LHC’s dad. If it is so that does mean he is not really injured from his encounter with Anan so that is a good sign at least and makes me wonder how long he has been keeping track of LHC from the shadows…

    • Psyside

      Daddy be op. But it has been like a year or so from his injury so he may have recovered or it could be some other person. Maybe demon god slayer?

      • Jonathan Hurd

        I personally doubt the Demon God Slayer. If it was him they wouldn’t be talking about just LHC but him and Cai’er since both are equally important to the alliance in general. The other thing is that the Demon God Slayer is an important part of the Demon God Slayers team so I don’t think they can afford to split up much. LHC’s dad on the other hand works solo.

        I also don’t doubt that he had been injured by Anan just like Anan was injured by him. Seeing him alive and apparently well just makes me happy. Since he was off the grid for so long after the fight there was some concern he could of been dead or severely injured. If hes strong enough to keep the Imperial Black Dragon Guard Captain in check I think he should be in good condition currently.

        • Robin

          I like your guesses, and yeah, my first thought went in his direction as well. It would be a good trick if he hid among the other mythril armored knights. As part of them, he could have been at Exorcist Mountain Pass as well. Not among the ten, of course, but among the others who fought.
          Still, I am not entirely convinced. I may be wrong and it would be amazing to get a surprise meeting of Haochen and his dad, but it would be a little too convenient in my opinion. I can’t wait to read more and luckily, the next chap is already in the works. 😉

          • Stephen_H

            I thought this was Elder Ling in disguise, Senior Saint Jizan, since he gave them the beads. I doubt Xingyu is gonna shadow his son, he is more likely to throw him off a cliff (or in a pit with ants) and wait till he crawls back up.

          • Jonathan Hurd

            To be fair if you go back to the part where he threw his son into the Ant pit he was always standing there struggling with himself to not protect LHC. I agree completely that he is willing and understands the necessity to push LHC down the cliff and force him to climb back up, but I also don’t doubt that he would keep watch of every step LHC makes back up that cliff.

            For Elder Ling being the guy. While that is a pretty interesting theory I have to say I don’t think its possible. The Mithril Foundation Armors give off a very distinct aura and are in limited supply all of which are owned by at least 7th step knights or up currently. A priest getting his hands on one would probably turn into a scandal no matter why they did it.

            The other problem I would have with that is why would Elder Ling need to hide like that? The demons figured out whoever this cloaked guy is and he was betting on that. So the only reason for this disguise seems to be to hide from his allies. If that is the case why would Elder Ling need to hide?

            The last problem I would say with Elder Ling coming out is that would probably weaken the Southern Mountain Passes defenses a bit too much. While they do have a ceasefire right now they are still in rebuilding phase and need their leader to help guide the work.

          • Jonathan Hurd

            To me personally the reason I point at Xingyu as being this Mysterious Knight is a few factors. He is one of the few Knights strong enough to check a rank 1-10 Demon God, he is also one of the few knights we have met that would be strong enough to do so (the others being Grandpa Yang and the Demon God Slayer Knight) and does not currently have some big obligation to fulfill. The last reason is that he is asked if he is here specifically for LHC . If he were one of the other Divine Knights then I would assume they would be concerned with Cai’er and LHC’s safety since both are almost equally important to the alliance. The emphasis on LHC makes me lean towards Xingyu. To me looking at these factors I can’t really think of any other good possible candidates.

            Though that doesn’t mean this Knight can’t be someone new to the story we will be introduced to. It would actually be pretty interesting if this is LHC’s Grandpa since we haven’t really heard much of Xingyu’s family. All we know is Xingyu trained with Cai’er’s dad back in the day. Its possible the reason they were raised together is Cai’er’s Great Grandfather and Xingyu’s father were a Assassin/Knight combo and they wanted to let their kids grow closer to do the same.

            I would personally not be too surprised to know that Xingyu has been following LHC for a while. My personal bet is that Xingyu hasn’t really come out before this to help protect LHC since the stakes weren’t really high enough. I mean in the Exorcist Mountain Pass there were 10 Mythril Foundation Knights who were tasked looking after him and Cai’er’s father also there. The most dangerous point at that time was admittedly LHC, Hao Yue, and Cai’er’s dad versus three demon gods, but those demon gods were pretty low on the totem pole and they didn’t get a chance to launch a serious attack at LHC before they had to back off.

            To me if this does turn out to be Xingyu he is probably not going to reveal his real identity to LHC even if he has to fight. He might try holding back on using the Divine Throne to keep his identity secret. This knight seems to be here more as deterrence than anything else anyways. I am also pretty sure neither side wants to have an all out battle with so many young power houses to get caught in the cross fire. So I am predicting even if there is a massive fight the first priority will be the evacuation of the younglings.

        • Psyside

          Anan injuring him was already stated and he was injured hard. That doesnt mean he cant recover. And i agree story wise it would be cool for him to be there. But i still do not think he is there. My bet is some one else. He himself stated from now on you sre on yourown or you will never grow. And i do not think that his dad is the type of guy to lie about that. His dad tought lhc the values of a knight. So i think he strictly abides them. My guess was the demon god hunter cos hes one of the more powerfull people we know. But it could be some one else. I still firmly think it isnt LHC dad

          • Robin

            I doubt him being one of the DGS. THey are too powerful and important to simply loiter around. They keep the DG in check, there have to be others who can keep the slightly inferior ones like this demon congregation in check.
            I wouldn’t be so sure about his dad. Tang San’s dad also kept watch over him from the shadows when he was at Slaughter City. It could be the same here without dampening the educational effect. I am still undecided about his true identity, but I don’t think it is his dad.

          • Jonathan Hurd

            I was thinking about that part with Tang San’s dad too, hehe. The situation could be like the one between Tang San and his dad after they split up initially.

            What could be happening is that Xingyu made LHC believe he was on his own, but has been secretly watching over him this entire time.

            The most important thing for LHC’s development is to believe his life is in real danger and to face that danger himself. As long as that happens then it doesn’t really matter if there is real danger or not as long as he perceives it as real.

            An example of this in real life is when parents say they will let their little kid try waiting at the bus stop by themselves for the first time, but the parent is secretly watching from a far to make sure nothing bad happens. It doesn’t matter that they are watching as long as the kid doesn’t find out and it helps relieve the parents worries.

    • Baem LN

      I don’t think so. The most logical person for me to propose wearing that armor is Grandpa Yang, the current Alliance Supreme Leader. LHC’s dad has to be unbounded from his freedom to act as he keeps Anan in check. I bet he keeps even top 10 Demon Gods in check. So, he has no time really to check upon LHC.

      One more potential person is the third Divine Knight that we still haven’t been introduced by the author. Surely he can rival Huang Shuo in terms of strength.

      • Andy W

        I disagree. LHC’s dad is the most logical choice for me. From what we know, Huang Shuo is strong enough to take on the top ten demon gods, so I doubt anyone who’s not a throne user would be confident in holding him back.

        Yang Haohan, as you have said, is the Alliance Supreme Leader, and is has the duty to lead the alliance at it headquarters. Unless a large scale all-out war occurs, I doubt he would make an appearance. As the head of the alliance, I would also doubt that he would be in disguise. I also think it would be a similar case for the other Guardian knight with the divine throne, who we know is a lot older than Long Xingyu (at least old enough to not be considered LHC’s father by his teammates in the chapter when Chen Zidian appeared), and should have a lot of duties within the knight temple and alliance so I doubt someone like him would go undercover.

        Long Xingyu is the youngest of the three Divine Knights with thrones, and the only retribution knight of the three, so he can move alone as he pleases. He is currently reported missing by the alliance and thus has a lot of time on his hands to pursue a personal agenda, e.g. secretly checking in on LHC. He also does not keep Anan in check; he was only challenged by Anan to a duel.

        Chen Zidian of the Demon God Slayers is also not possible because he has to keep the DGE in check with his Squad.

        • Jonathan Hurd

          I share your thoughts on this. Yang Haohan is too important to the alliance to suddenly sneak off. Sure the opening of the Illusory Paradise is important, but if the demons launched a sneak attack at the capital or another key place lacking the head of the alliance would be terrible.

          The second Throne user also seems unlikely since we haven’t seen him yet and it would be strange then for Han Qian to ask him if hes specifically here for LHC. If it was him wouldn’t Han Qian ask if the guy was here to protect the young stars and not LHC in specific. At the very least I imagine he would ask if the Divine Knight was here to look out for LHC and Cai’er since they are both integral for the alliances future. I would say the same thing in the case for Chen Zidian.

          The focus on LHC in specific seems to me to hint that its LHC’s dad. As far as Anan and keeping him in check goes. We do know that Xingyu was off training LHC for at least 2 years before so it seems like there are certain windows he can be away at least. Especially if Anan is still recovering from his injuries and planning his next move.

          All in all, I am hoping when the big reveal of who it is happens we get to see him fighting the demons. It would be pretty awesome to see Xingyu actually letting loose in a full all out battle though. That would be one for the record books.

  • AnarchyDev

    Beautifully translated. Thanks.

  • Rob Engranajes

    Thanks for the chapter.

  • Gelo Tolentino

    My predictions: LCH is half demon/human, when the demon king went to the city to search for 3 headed thingy, he said he found someone interesting and someone who will succeed him. And at the beginning, his parents said something about a sin they did. Maybe LCH is son of the demon lord. Just predictions.

    • indhra

      I think he was talking abt caked…. she got hell of a darkness attribute 🙂

      • Robin

        caked? I hope you mean Cai’er.

        • indhra

          Auto correction messed up

          • Who Care

            Her attribute is darkness ? I thought it was death.

          • Who Care

            Her attribute is darkness ? I thought it was death.

          • Robin

            It is death and destruction. NO dakrness attribute for her.

          • Jonathan Hurd

            I think people might be confused because when she showed off her wings in the competition the audience assumed she is darkness attribute since I don’t think there is a natural Destruction/death element user.

          • Robin

            Yeah, probably. I also think it is a fabricated one, created under the influence of the Spiritual Stove of Samsara. It was somewhere mentioned that her original element was superseded by it.

      • Christian Cohn

        Who knows. Back when Haochen visited the demon capital. The emperor noticed him and commented that “he looked just like her”. Someone he knew and possibly he was close to. Which I’m guessing was his mother.

      • Robin

        Nope, no darkness attribute.

  • indhra

    Dad is back….

  • Evilage

    i hope thats his father
    who knows it could his grandfather too
    i mean xingyu’s daddy

    • Robin

      Mh, this would be an amazingly surprising turn!

    • fanatik

      Could be his father, but not his grandfather.. no one mentioned him so far, that just mean he died long time ago, since everybody in the high ups talk everytime about powerfull lineage and related stuff.

      It really can be him and not some of the God Slayer team, because in the Assassin’s City the shock for their appearence was too big, so i don’t think Han Qian would just use a simple “respectfull way of speaking”.. it has to be someone in a very high position, but not too old, so Long Hao Chen’s father is the perfect hypothesis.

  • fanatik

    Thanks for the chapter, and pls check the message i sent you on facebook’s page.

    • I will, problem is that I need vpn for that so cannot immediately

  • The site has been down and instable this night sorry i’m doing what I can to release the chap since then once again, but I cannot as long as it doesn’t stabilize. please be a little patient

  • j brown

    god do i hope LHC gets some major power boost from this thing

  • j brown

    god do i hope LHC gets some major power boost from this thing

  • j brown

    god do i hope LHC gets some major power boost from this thing

  • Anto Wibowo

    Dad? Izat you?
    Thank you for the chapter!

  • RedDragonX

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • Illuminati

    “If Ying Suifeng and Leng Xiao had heard his current respectful way of speaking, they would absolutely be greatly surprised.” I’m pretty sure that’s supposed to be Ling Xiao…
    And in the previous chapter too, “Seated in front of Yue Ye and Ling Xiao was a youth, who looked to be the leader of the demon group heading into the Illusory Paradise.” I think that should have been Leng Xiao…

  • Long Xingyu?