Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 364

Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 364: The test of the Temple Knight (I)

Sima Xian returned to his comrades in complacency, shooting Lin Xin a glance, “See brother, this Spiritual Stove of Divine Purple Thunder isn’t bad. Hehe.”

Lin Xin replied with a snort, “It’s still inferior compared to my Spiritual Stove of Phoenix of Blue Flames.”

Sima Xian exceptionally didn’t retort, “Indeed, it cannot compare to your Phoenix of Blue Flames! Mh, Brother Lin, you see, I wondered, when you could introduce me to that girl…”

“Let’s talk about that later.”

Lin Xin didn’t find the name Phoenix of Flames eye-catching enough, thus he had added the word Blue. And after the fusion of Sima Xian’s two spiritual stoves, the final result was named Spiritual Stove of Divine Purple Thunder. And everyone saw the terrible offensive power of that stove. As for how to use it, even Sima Xian himself was still training in that aspect. The only sure thing was that the burst power of this spiritual stove was truly considerable, and it could be used to cause serious damage on the battlefield. The aftereffects also had a continuous flow, slowly turning this Red Cardinal into a red roasted pig.

The examiners gathered, looking at the 21st general grade Demon Hunt Squad, as if they were monsters. They were all at the sixth step, but how wide was the gap between them? Being all perspicacious people, they could perhaps not tell that Wang Yuanyuan and Cai’er’s power in battle came from spiritual stoves, but they could distinctly tell that the gap between Lin Xin and Sima Xian’s abilities and their own was due to spiritual stoves. In particular, Sima Xian’s Spiritual Stove of Purple Divine Thunder was too special. Aside from their envy, the examiners felt only hateful toward the unfairness of fate.

Chen Ying’er animatedly approached with the little pig McDull in her arms, “Should be my turn, my turn.”

Seeing her like that, the examiner from the Spiritual Temple didn’t even move to the field, revealing a painful smile, “All right. There’s no need to keep assessing you. With the strength you just showed, even a veteran commander grade Demon Hunt Squad wouldn’t be comparable.

Let’s regard it as saying that you passed the test. After our last examiner comes back, we will just promote you to a Demon Hunt Squad of commander grade if he has no objection.”

Reaching this point, what else was there to test? Wouldn’t continuing the test just be the same as humiliating themselves? From Chen Ying’er’s expression, it could be seen that this person was also full of secrets. Their whole team was already more than strong enough to be qualified for the commander grade. As for that young knight? Given that this person was their captain and from the power of the members, could their captain be lacking?

Right at that time two knights clad in armor arrived, including the knight examiner from before. The other knight looked a bit younger, and was walking in the front, imposingly heading to the field.

Given the ability of each of the fields from the Alliance’s Great Stadiums to restore themselves, the traces left from the previous test had already all disappeared.

The knight examiner looked at everyone, and asked the other examiners, “Didn’t I tell you to assess the others? Why did you stop?”

The mage examiner unhappily replied, “We are all finished. You’re the only one left: the others are all done being assessed.”

“So fast? Were you all defeated that quickly?” The knight examiner asked dumbstruck.

The other examiners didn’t answer his awkward question, giving him some supercilious looks before turning back.

The knight examiner recovered from his short time of shock, thinking secretly, That judgment was truly worthy of Sir Saint Knight Chief’s legendary reputation! From their looks, it’s only my luck that I am not the one assessing this knight. The others clearly suffered great losses.

Having these thoughts, he stepped forward to face Long Haochen. His tone was a lot more polite than before, “Hello Captain Long. Your situation was reported to Sir Saint Knight Chief. He said that due to the fact that you have a retainer knight, your test will increase in difficulty. You will be tested together with your retainer knight and face against this honourable Temple Knight. The two of you will have to join hands to defeat this Temple Knight and be promoted in rank.”

Long Haochen gave a startled look to Han Yu, and couldn’t help but react with hesitation, “Mister Examiner, this doesn’t seem very fair. Aren’t you trying to force us knights of the sixth step to defeat a powerful knight of the seventh step?”

The knight examiner gave the helpless reply, “These were the words of the Saint Knight Chief. He passed us the word that if you cannot do that, you can return to acquire more education. At the time you’ll be able to do that, you can come back to get examined.”

How could Han Yu not know his own grandfather well? The knight examiner had actually even imitated Han Quian’s speech pattern.

Han Yu gave Long Haochen a helpless look, telling him in low voice, “It looks as if grandfather doesn’t want us to become a commander grade Demon Hunt Squad so soon.”

Long Haochen gave a slight laugh, “Since things are like this, we shall try it. Grandteacher doesn’t know our current strength well either.”

“Hello respected senior Temple Knight. May I ask whether you are a Mythril Foundation Armored Knight?”

The Temple Knight shook his head, “No, I’m not. I am trying hard to get a Mythril Foundation Armor right now.”

Hearing that, Long Haochen and Han Yu relaxed their breath, and Long Haochen replied, “Then our test can begin.”

That knight examiner gave a startled look to Long Haochen and Han Yu, thinking secretly, Are these two really planning on accepting this test? From his point of view, the Saint Knight Chief Han Qian obviously gave this order to make things difficult for them, and because he didn’t want them to become a commander grade Demon Hunt Squad. From the expression of the Saint Knight Chief at that time, this should have been done for the sake of protecting them, but these two actually chose to challenge an opponent one step higher than them?

In the heart of the overwhelming majority, challenging an opponent a step above was an impossible task. The gap between steps came with an immense difference in strength, and overcoming it was supposedly impossible. It should be the same even in a situation of two against one. That was how qualitative the changes between the sixth and the seventh step were.

That Temple Knight didn’t say anything, nodding in response, and telling politely, “Please, Captain Long.” Saying that, he headed toward the stadium.

Hearing the familiar tone of this Temple Knight, Long Haochen asked as he also headed to the same field with Han Yu, “Senior, do I know you?”

The Temple Knight gave a smile in response, “I heard the stories of the miracles Captain Long produced on the battlefield. And I hold Captain Long’s strength in great esteem. You are a true hero.”

In a flash, Long Haochen realized that this person seemed to have heard of him through someone in the Southern Mountain’s City. Nonetheless, this was nothing good for this test. Since the other party heard of everything that happened in the Southern Mountain’s City, he wouldn’t look down upon him in the slightest. A Temple Knight of the seventh step going all out in battle against him, this mere thought almost gave him a headache.

Right as Long Haochen and Han Yu looked a bit depressed, this Temple Knight summoned his own mount without reservations.

With a glint of bright light, a white unicorn appeared at his side. The Temple Knight mounted it, a lance in his hand.

The lance shone in a brilliant golden color, and its sharp brilliance appeared limitless. Given how out of the ordinary it looked, it should be a piece of Glorious Tier equipment. Although this unicorn wasn’t a formidable Starlight Unicorn, even as an ordinary unicorn, it had to reach the sixth step as a mount.

Long Haochen had a bitter smile across his face, “There is no need to be so serious mister, even calling out this mount.”

This Temple Knight revealed a smile, “This is a proper sign of respect towards a hero. I have no certainty of winning against the two of you, so I will naturally have to go all out. To compare notes with Captain Long, I would feel deeply honored if the two of you would also summon your own mounts. Then we can start the assessment.”

Although he summoned his mount in advance, he didn’t plan on attacking Long Haochen and Han Yu by surprise.

Banning helpless and bitterness from his face, Long Haochen revealed a serious look. On his forehead, a purple glint appeared, and next, an immense figure appeared before him. To everyone’s shock, that was Haoyue, who already gained a fourth head.

As soon as he appeared on the battlefield, his close to ten meter tall massive stature shocked everyone present, and the eyes of the Temple Knight abruptly shrank, sensing his powerful pressure.

On the other side, a Demonic Eye over one meter tall appeared behind Han Yu. Through continuous evolution, it already grew over four tentacles, which floated around it as it coldly eyed the nearby Temple Knight.

Long Haochen tapped his feet on the ground, leaping softly on Haoyue’s back. Placing his right fist on his chest before giving a knight salute, he declared in a grave tone, “Please give me advice, Senior.”

Haoyue’s four heads were raised at the same time, his four different colored pairs of eyes portraying a strong fighting intent.

After returning to the Priest Temple, Long Haochen had left Haoyue in the Tower of Eternity to recuperate, since anyway, Haoyue’s cultivation wasn’t affected no matter where he did it. And above that, after he grew his fourth head, he started to attract attention very easily, and couldn’t be taken back to Holy City. Thus, after summoning Haoyue, Long Haochen clearly felt that Haoyue’s fighting intent was extremely strong from having been constrained back in this black and red world for so long.

“This… Is this an Earth Dragon?” Standing afar, the observing knight examiner was drenched in sweat.

It wasn’t that he had never encountered Earth Dragons before: his own mount was also one, but it didn’t even have half the size of the ten meter tall Haoyue! Standing there, with over three meters height, Haoyue made Long Haochen’s opponent look extremely small. And what Earth Dragon was that? It clearly had four heads!

The other examiners were originally feeling depressed because of their defeat, but seeing Haoyue appear, their feelings of gloom were suddenly swept away.

They even suspected that they weren’t a match for this terrible magical beast alone. This mount was truly worthy of a Demon Hunt Squad! Especially considering how powerful these individuals were.

  • Evan Maulana

    thank you

  • HornyKorn

    thanks for the chapter!

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • Psyside

    Time to beat a 7th step i guess. Hao yue can solo him. Just do the combination attack amd gg.
    Also im waiting for the shock of yating and aria godess of light

  • Psyside

    Time to beat a 7th step i guess. Hao yue can solo him. Just do the combination attack amd gg.
    Also im waiting for the shock of yating and aria godess of light

    • Alexios Blake

      That only works against demons with multiple elements.

      • Jonathan Hurd

        I think it works against everyone, but it is more effective the more elemental essence around. That does make me wonder what would happen if he used that on a group of Summoners since they are Elementalless.

        • Robin

          Don’t forget that he doesn’t want to kill the poor Temple Knight…

  • Majk

    It has been way to long since he kicked ass.

    • Kaarme

      Indeed. This is the best part of the whole examination. The brothers are again fighting side by side.

      • Jonathan Hurd

        It truly does make me so happy, :D. Every time Hao Yue goes away to evolve I miss him so….

        • Evilage

          And sister, wasnt blue butterfly?(forgot the name so gonna call her little blue) a girl head?

          • Robin

            I think it was never said. And to be honest, I think it really impossible to have a female head on a male beast already possessing three male heads.

          • Evilage

            Why not? That would be cool, the head would be like “you brothers dont even understand me anymore(diva voice)”

  • Renegade

    senior chief knight is hilarious. he can keep trying to stall him but it wont work. long haochen has no limits and develops too fast.

  • Majk

    I wonder if Han Yu will wait for a perfect opportunity or if he will wait for LHC to kick this guys ass.

  • JBJHova

    Thank you for the chapter.

  • Robin

    I really laughed hard when I read that Han Quian is trying to stall them in such an obvious way. Also the thought of the examiner knight mimicking his voice and speech pattern is hilarious!

    Haochen’s comment that the Saint Knight Chief doesn’t know their current strength was spot on. Only trouble were if someone would ask the others now where they got their Spiritual Stoves from. But since this is a dicey topic about which no one openly talks, they are probably safe.

    • Jonathan Hurd

      I think Han Quian is trying to make it obvious to reduce resentment from it. It helps prevent people seeing it as bullying. Even if they don’t understand it yet he also left a specific message to come to him and he’d help train them. So it could be explained there too if the message doesn’t get across.

      For the origin’s of the stoves being revealed I find that highly unlikely. No one in the Alliance is going to risk offending Demon Hunters by prying into their secrets. They might if there was some suspicions that they got it from harming humans, but I don’t see any possible evidence here. Add in the only people who revealed their stoves was Wang Yuanyuan whose stove is not evolved and Sima Xian’s which is hard to understand. I feel their secrets are pretty safe for now.

      • Robin

        Yep, they are, but overconfidence kills the cat as easily as curiosity. Han Quian might be one of the few people who could gossip the news to the heads of the other Temples and make them inquire. But as you pointed out, it is highly unlikely. 😉

        Yeah, Han Quian also shows everyone that he is not giving them any preferential treatment. The referee from the Mission Tower already recognized them as the DHS which made all the ruckus and dared challenge the Alliance’s authority after the Desolate Hissing Cavern incident. If they had passed without a hitch, there could have been doubts, but with this aggravated test conditions, no one can complain if Haochen passes.

        • Jonathan Hurd

          That is an interesting thought, to use this increased test as a way to show that the alliance isn’t favoring or fearing this particular group of demon hunters especially after that last uproar. That definitely feels like there is probably some truth there.

          I think it could also be intended as a blow to their confidence. They have overcome some pretty amazing things and so it is possible Han Qiuan intends this to be kind of a learning experience to make sure they don’t get reckless and remind them that there are stronger people out there.

          • Luke Confidential

            That might be his intention, but he just didn’t go far enough.

            ESPECIALLY now that LHC has Eternal Requiem and the evolved Yating [and he can spam his attacks even more than before thanks to Han Yu’s new (fused) Spiritual Stove.]

            This poor guy is about to get beat down, though it’s going to be a close fight because it’s LHC’s nature to use as few of his tricks as possible to overcome a trial.

          • Robin

            I agree, but if he had sent a knight at the eigth step it would have looked too much like bullying to serve the purpose of his action. Like this, the knight is doomed. 😉

            It wouldn’t be too bad to prune them a little into shape, and I think it would have been necessary, if they hadn’t faced an uphill battle in Haoyue’s world. This experience has knocked down their pride, I guess. But of course, Han Quian does not know about this.

          • Luke Confidential

            That’s what it would have taken to challenge these three [I don’t think Han Yu’s mount counts as an individual but instead as an accessory.]

            Even then I bet Han Yu and LHC would have had a decent chance.

          • Jonathan Hurd

            I agree with you there. If they sent an 8th stepper that would not only look like bullying, but also be a bit too eye catching. News that they sent an 8th stepper to test someone just entering Commander Grade would probably cause some bad rumors to spread about how the Alliance does things.

  • sergioGM

    Thanks 🙂

  • Rob Engranajes

    Thanks for the chapter!

    Has the Chief forgot than Haochen has defeated several enemies who were above him in rank? And even fought for some time with rivals two rank higher?

    • Jonathan Hurd

      To be fair with regards to the demons they don’t really have any kind of gear to help amplify their power. So they would technically be a little weaker than a human powerhouse who was appropriately equipped. I think also Han Qian might be under the impression that he killed them through the team work and help of his entire team. So taking a high end 7th stepper who has gear in his opinion might be a bit too tough.

      For the 8th step demon that was more of a suicidal last stand. It also required everyone in his team working together so that was pretty out of the norm even for LHC.

  • Groundmast

    Hahahahahahahahha I was laughing my ass off when Lch summoned haoyue xD

  • jamaicandj

    Been awhile eh haoyue? Time to see what his fourth head can do this guy is about to get destroyed…

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  • Luke Confidential

    Time for this 7th step knight to get rekked.

  • Destroyer

    Long hoachen ain’t nothing to duck with!!! Haha can’t wait for next chapter.

  • Evilage

    Time really goes fast when you are reading a novel, it feels like only a couple of hours have gone from the last release.
    Can’t want for this knight to get rekt’d and i have to say this I WAS RIGHT, A STRONGER GUY DID COME!!
    I love my gut sometimes 😀

    • Psyside

      I do feel bad for Hao Quan. He doesnt want him to pass xD

      • Jonathan Hurd

        I think its less he doesn’t want them to pass and more he wants them to be delayed and have to take some time to train. On the bright side that was LHC’s plan anyways, but he is going to make sure to pass first, lol.

        • Psyside

          Ye ofcourse. but to delay them he has to fail them xD

  • Zeth

    Thank you very much Totobro and Sofoklis!

  • Haochen could deal with his opponent by himself…after all he even went against someone like Ah Bao (that was his name (?)) who is the next DGE in line.

    I don’t understand why is Haochen making such a big deal out of just one 7th step knight. Like seriously, he and Cai’er are already in a whole different league

    • Evilage

      Yes his name is ah’bao.

    • Anonymous

      Gotta show respect man.

    • Jonathan Hurd

      To be fair the fight with Ah’Bao had a few different factors. The first was Ah’Bao either underestimated him or wasn’t really trying to fight him. The second part was that he had to have his entire team backing him up to match him. LHC’s big attack was able to cancel Ah’Bao’s, but it exhausted everything LHC had while Ah”Bao was able to keep going and launch another big attack immediately so their power is still pretty far apart.

      LHC’s strength has allowed him to fight and defeat 7th step demons for quite a while. LHC has also shown he is not the type to back down from a challenge. I think a big part of his hesitation is a few factors.

      One is how many cards he is going to have to reveal to win. He knows that he has been attracting a lot of attention especially with those four wings. If he is forced to pull out Yating and the Aria of the Goddess of Light in such a public location it might draw him a lot of unnecessary attention.

      The second part is remember how many people wanted to get their hands on the Aria of the Goddess of Light. If he brings out it or Yating in such a public place hiding that he was the one who broke the seal is going to become pretty hard.

      Other than the attention the other thing to remember is that Humans and Demon powerhouses are a bit different because Humans can get Equipment to amplify their power. So we can kind of consider this Knight of the 7th step to probably be a harder opponent than most of the 7th step Demons LHC has fought. If he had a Mithril Foundation Armor that might of been able to up his defensive strength to that of around an 8th step and LHC would have to take some really extreme measures.

      The last part is I would say overconfidence is the biggest killer on the battlefield. If this was Sima Xian then he would definitely be gunho, but for LHC, being careful seems appropriate. He has no clue what kind of capabilities this 7th step Knight will bring out so always better to err on the side of caution, imo.

      • Luke Confidential

        Well, on the plus side I’m pretty sure his fusion with Hao Yue [which has already been performed in public before, though it may not have actually been noticed at that time] amplifies his power a lot more than ordinary cooperation with a mount does.

        Though if they were going to tag team him in martial combat I might prefer to have the mounts do support casting, the Evil Eye for debuffing and Austin Griffon for wind/water/light support and the occasional fire blasts to keep the Knight on his guard.

        • Jonathan Hurd

          I am curious if the Fusion will be stronger now that there is an additional head involved in it. It seemed like his body couldn’t handle jumping multiple steps. Like when he gathered all his allies power into himself, enough to make him an eighth stepper, he could only display Brilliant Body and not the 8th step advantages.

          The other thing I am kind of looking forward to is if the knight hits him with an attack of Pure Light Essence like Gao Yingjie did the first time they fought. LHC was able to absorb it back then with Innate Spiritual Energy of 97, lol. Think of how easy it would be for him to absorb it now.

          I also kind of wonder what weapon LHC is going to bring out for this fight. As far as we know BRHL is still recovering, Bright Disciple is broken completely, and so the only one I know he has is Aria of the Goddess of Light.

        • Kaarme

          Hao Yue is actually already physically so big that he could grasp the knight in his claws and pin him against the floor. Haochen could then tell him that things will turn ugly if he resists. That would be quite a terrifying end to the fight!

    • Athanos

      I’m not sure the fight with Ah Bao is the best comparison, but I agree that LHC is making far too big a deal out of a 7th Step Knight. I suppose it could be his over-developed modesty, but he has faced greater “step difference” in the past and–in the end–usually prevailed.

      This time the difference is only one Step, and LHC has demonstrated that he can easily wipe the floor with his fellow 6th Steps without any powerful techniques, Hao Yue, or even Yating. Moreover, since the pre-Illusory Paradise tournament, LHC has awakened as the “God’s chosen one” and acquired a godly weapon, Hao Yue grew another head (among other things) and is available again, and Yating evolved into a full-fledged Light Mage. And if all of this somehow weren’t enough to deal with a single 7th Step, there is still Han Yu and his floating bloodshot eye of a mount.

      Is anyone else already feeling sorry for the 7th Step guy?

  • guy smiley

    Thanks for the chapter. Is Haoyue 10 metres tall, or 3 metres tall? The third from last paragraph seems to contradict itself there.

    • Jonathan Hurd

      I think what it is trying to say is he is 10 meters long and then 3 meters tall.

      • TheOneAboveGod

        No. I think the 3 meters is the Unicorn.
        And Haoyue is really 10 meter tall.
        The phrasing is just somewhat confusing.

        • Jonathan Hurd

          Hmm the thing seems to say Hao Yue is 10 meters tall, but then 3 meters Height. That may mean that they are talking about different measurements. I always envisioned Hao Yue looking kind of like a Komodo Dragon. Long and then having the neck to lift the heads up a bit. Him being 10 by 3 meters would make sense to me with that kind of build.

          • Raden gilang

            You can check how Hao yue looks like in manhwa.

          • Psyside

            The way i see it its like 3 meters off the ground. 10 meters leinght

          • Jonathan Hurd

            That’s the way I was seeing it too.

          • Lycan

            he looks like a hydra i imagine most of his height it from his long necks so his body must be like 5-6 meters tall

  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂

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  • ZaX

    That seventh step knight is gonna be in for a big surprise. Thanks for the chapter

  • Anto Wibowo

    Mwahahaha! Stomp! Chomp! Mwahahahahahaha!
    Thank you for the chapter!