Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 370

Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 370: Twelfth Holy Guard (III)

With his left foot stepping on the ground, Long Haochen relied on the force from his own attack to rush forward, making his sword Rippling Light instantly turn dazzling white. Following the blade, an edge of white light burst out, aiming to strike at the red skeleton.

The white color covering the sword was of course a result from Holy Sword, but that white edge of light was a particular attack in the state of Holy Sword, called Holy Flower.

Even the red skeleton didn’t dare meet the attack from Holy Flower head-on. Left helpless, he could only use his shield for his protection. With a loud sound, Holy Flower pushed him back with its powerful force. And at that time, Long Haochen had already closed in.

The Holy Glorious Shield vanished, and Long Haochen only had the sword Rippling Light glinting with Holy Sword in his hands.

An Asura Strike was launched.

Right in that instant, Long Haochen seemed to have entered an extraordinary state, emitting an incomparable sword intent. This simple Asura Strike gave off a feeling of unity between the sword and its master, which was represented by a five meters large white halo spreading out from his body.

Because of Long Haochen’s fast combination, the red skeleton was unable to counterattack. Instead, he used his shield defensively, just like before. At the same time, his body was inclined slightly, in an attempt to counterattack immediately after blocking this blow.

However, the power in Long Haochen’s attack was not to be underestimated. Right at that instant, it rose to the peak of it’s power, and Long Haochen gave off the impression of being able to overcome anything.

This impression resulted directly from the sword intent. It was based on an understanding Long Haochen obtained little by little from the Aria of the Goddess of light. The reason why he didn’t use his sword intent directly against him was just to avoid damaging the body of the red skeleton.

Bang! His shield broken in fragments, the red skeleton was sent flying by this blow, and because his body was inclined towards Long Haochen at the time of the attack, he was actually in a semi-inclined posture as he was hurled in the air.

The four wings on Long Haochen’s back eventually flapped, and a lightning-like golden flash covered the ceiling. Launching a kick against the red skeleton, he aimed Rippling Light against the bone blade held in the right hand of the red skeleton, breaking it into pieces. After completing these two movements in a split second, Long Haochen turned back and smashed his right elbow against the throat of the red skeleton.

This attack was completed in a flash, and in the next instant, the man and the skeleton parted with each other. The red skeleton was violently flung ten meters back, and hit the ground hard, the parts of his bone blade scattered on the ground.

Seeing this brilliant battle, everyone from the 64th commander grade Demon Hunt Squad couldn’t help but show fervent looks. They finally won. After close to a year, they finally won against this powerful red skeleton. And this was in a one against one duel, where Long Haochen didn’t use the support from Yating or Haoyue. He did this to show his respect towards this opponent.

Boo The red skeleton let out a sort of moan, crawling on the ground with the use of his left hand.

Long Haochen regained the Glorious Holy Shield from the Eternal Melody, and made preparations to continue the battle.

However, the red skeleton didn’t continue his offense, but watcHed Long Haochen attentively. This lasted for more than ten seconds, before he slowly gave a nod. He actually knelt down in front of Long Haochen, clearly showing his obeisance with this movement.

This?… Long Haochen looked at him with a start, “Elder, there is no need to act like that.”

“Master, the Twelfth Holy Guard reports to you.” A muffled and cold voice was heard coming from the red skeleton, “In any world outside the Tower of Eternity, whoever wants to harm you will have to walk over my smashed bones for that.”

After saying these words, the red skeleton abruptly turned into a red flash of light flying in Long Haochen’s direction. In the air, his body became smaller and smaller. When he arrived before Long Haochen, his body’s shape already became that of a small red flame. Instantly, he disappeared into the Eternal Melody.

Long Haochen felt a warm feeling on his chest. Pulling up his garment, he gave a look to the Eternal Melody, only to see that on the gem above the white skull shaped pendant a small red fire pulsed.

Twelfth Holy Guard?

Looking at the snapped arms, bone blade and shield disappearing into the ground, Long Haochen couldn’t help but look sluggish.

“Boss, what happened? Was it an ability or an increase of spiritual energy?” Sima Xian asked eagerly. They all got to see that red light, but didn’t hear the voice of the Twelfth Holy Guard, thus believing that everything was going on, the same way as before.

Long Haochen shook his head, giving a bitter smile, “I’m afraid that I am being forced to become a necromancer.” After repeating the words of the Twelfth Holy Guard, he continued, “If my guess is correct, I should have gotten the ability to summon that red skeleton as guard. Wait a bit, I’ll give it a try.”

After saying this, Long Haochen slowly closed his eyes, before a red glint occurred and the tall red skeleton calling himself Twelfth Holy Guard appeared before Long Haochen, its previously snapped arm and broken shield were back to normal. He emitted a glowing and wild aura.

When Long Haochen closed his eyes, he learned that his own soul seemed to have gained connection with this red skeleton. He was now completely capable of giving him orders during battle. And atop of that, the skeleton had a self-awareness of his own, and the battle instincts their group already got to experience.

Everyone looked at each other, but no one seemed able to determine whether this was a good or a bad thing.

The calamity brought to the continent by the necromancers was something they were all aware of, and Long Haochen was moreover an outstanding knight privileged as the Scion of Light. If he were to really become a necromancer, things would be really messy and even the Temple Alliance would definitely not accept it. And furthermore, given that this Twelfth Holy Guard entered the Eternal Melody on his own, would it even be possible to drive him out of it? In the end, Long Haochen didn’t have absolute control over this pendant.

“Haochen.” Cai’er took Long Haochen’s hand. “Actually, I think that you are really overthinking this. In this world, there is nothing that can be categorized as absolutely good or evil. Necromancers can actually be light attribute users, so what could be impossible? The fact that you obtained this strength doesn’t mean you definitely have to use it. And in addition, this red skeleton detaining the soul of a powerhouse doesn’t have any of the bearings of an undead creature.When you’ll summon it, it will only be to fight against demons. What is there to worry about if you just use it to kill demon aggressors?”

Han Yu nodded, “Vice-captain is right. Although this Tower of Eternity is the dwelling place of the Holy Necromancer Elux, he doesn’t have any enmity towards you or us. On the contrary, it is because of his help that our strength keeps growing. As long as we aren’t disturbed by our own acts, the world’s view doesn’t matter. Moreover, there will be no problem at all about concealing his existence.”

Sima Xian responded, “That’s right! Over seventy percent of the Demon Hunt Squads die in the demon territory. Maybe we will come to die there someday, too. Boss, don’t overthink this. Just accept it. Let’s go now, we should keep advancing and have a look to see what else there is on this first floor.”

After getting the support from his comrades, Long Haochen’s face eased up. Actually, after all this time, he had already realized all this, but didn’t want for the harmony of the team to be disturbed by the matter. He was still underestimating the trust the others had in him: no one would actually question his intentions.

Connecting his mental force with the Eternal Melody, Long Haochen transmitted his thoughts and the Twelfth Holy Guard was again concealed as a red light. It was as if he was pulled in by the Eternal Melody.

“Keep our battle formation and advance.” Long Haochen shouted, showing the initiative by taking out the Glorious Holy Shield and the Rippling Light while placing himself at the front.

The additional ability carried by the Rippling Light was extremely powerful. When launching an attack, it would make it carry illusory ripples of spiritual energy, launching a second additional attack with roughly a third of the original attack’s strength.

In other words, when using the attack Holy Sword, at the same time, it would launch a second attack with a third of the Holy Sword’s strength. This was also the main reason that made the Twelfth Holy Guard unable to block Long Haochen’s attack. Of course, Long Haochen also understood that if the Twelfth Holy Guard had a set of equipment on par with his own, achieving victory against him wouldn’t possibly be that easy.

After all, in terms of battle techniques, Long Haochen still had things to learn from him.

This time, they advanced twenty more meters before the Tower of Eternity showed some reaction. And now, they seemed to be drawing closer and closer to the end of the first floor. Long Haochen vaguely saw a huge sculpture standing at the end of the first floor.

A sparkling blue light appeared out of nowhere and from it, a skeleton that seemed no different from the Twelfth Holy Guard slowly appeared. An ice-blue mass of light seemed to stream into it, but it actually didn’t expand to the size of the Twelfth Holy Guard, only reaching a height of a meter and eight centimeters. His whole body became deep blue, with two blue soulfires pulsing in his eyes. In his right hand, a long staff appeared quietly.

“A mage type skeleton! Be careful everyone.” Long Haochen gave a shout, dashing like a dart in the direction of that blue skeleton. It took him a mere instant to reach his peak speed. He had the premonition that this had to be the last test of the first floor. After passing it, they would have conquered the whole first floor of the Tower of Eternity.

A hot pure golden flame surrounded Long Haochen’s body, illuminating the whole Tower of Eternity. This was not only intended as a means to resist against an opponent of the ice element, but also to light up the surroundings for his comrades, so that everyone could find it easier to respond to the attacks from that blue skeleton.

The blue skeleton and the red skeleton of the sixth test had a significant difference in demeanor, which was that the former didn’t make the slightest sound after the ignition of his soulfire. He appeared incomparably calm. Against Long Haochen’s charge, his body slided sideways as if gliding on ice, meanwhile, with a shake of the staff in his hand, a fog of ice headed in Long Haochen’s direction.

“Hehe, now should be the time for this bro to show his strength.” said Lin Xin with a voice filled with excitement. Suddenly, a layer of blue fire appeared in front of Long Haochen.

  • felix

    It just occurred to me that given LHC necromancer status it’s not impossible for his comrades to come back as “holy” undead if they die >.>

    • Jonathan Hurd

      I feel like at the point any of them die their souls will probably be strong enough to keep their elements and instincts at least to some degree.

  • Luke Confidential

    Yaaaay, three sponsored chapters! Thank you sponsors, and thank you Toto and team for bringing this awesome story to English-language readers.

  • Auri

    thank you!

  • Apolywrath

    Thank you for Chapter!

  • Jonathan Hurd

    I love this author… Flame Sensei is now LHC’s soldier, wooh! Now considering the Blue Skeleton is an Ice mage it seems a matter of time before LHC ends up with his own DHS of skeletons, lol.

    Also considering how BRHL seems so similar to Excalibur. I am nicknaming the Twelfth Holy Guard the Knights of the Round Table, wooh!

    • Robin

      It absolutely reminds me of the minions in almost every computer game one can summon or hire to help fulfilling quests. But now he can train with flame sensei whenever and wherever he wants. Nice gimmick, right?

      • Jonathan Hurd

        Part of me wants to know if he could equip the Skele’s. Flame Sensei with some actual Glorious gear… now that is something to fear.

        Though if they can it does make me slightly regret them getting rid of that Legendary Ice Stave, lol.

        • Luke Confidential

          Don’t regret it. These skeletal servants are virtually indestructible overall [I imagine only another necromancer would have the means of permanently destroying them.]

          The potency and protection of the team of living humans comes first by far.

          • Jonathan Hurd

            Oh definitely. These skeletons are a part of LHC’s personal strength and can only really be used situationally. So increasing his allies strength is probably for the best. Still kind of want to see Red Sensei with some Glorious Gear, hehe.

    • Luke Confidential

      The Knights of the Dead Table

      • Jonathan Hurd

        Whats sad is when I read Bones of the Round Table I was reminded of my Jewish Grand Mother saying over and over again… ‘Why aren’t you all eating you need to put some meat on your bones!’

  • Jonathan Hurd

    You know I just thought of something. Its called the Twelfth Holy Guard so I assume there will 12 of them. They also said that the Blue Mage Skele is probably the last trial of the first floor. We also know that there are 7 floors of the Tower of Eternity and Elux specifically said he is waiting for LHC on the Top floor. So I am going to guess for the other 6 floors LHC will find two Skele’s belonging to the Twelfth Holy Guard each floor.

    • dreamer

      There is another probability.
      It never said 12 (twelve) but twelfth (12th). There is a posibility that there are (I mean along time ago when the red skeleton still human) more that 12 people with the title “Holy Guard” and he just happened to be number 12th in rank and it is posible that he is the only one captured by elux.

      I personally don’t like this posibility. What about you?

      • Psyside

        Yes beacause hes the twelfth. The weakest.. The first is right before Eux….

      • Jonathan Hurd

        It is definitely possible for more and I would love to see them, hehe.

        For the being captured I’m not sure Elux trapped his soul against his will. Red Sensei seems to have some of his own will and he even pledged himself to LHC.

        Considering the fact that Elux was also a Scion of Light back in his day I don’t think it would be strange for him to have had followers like Red Sensei. Since their master became immortal they could have asked him to keep their souls so they could continue to serve even after death.

  • sergioGM

    Thanks 🙂

  • leopold1983

    Thank you Totobro !

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • ZaX

    So 12 knights to overcome and gain. Thanks for the chapter

  • Zeth

    Thank you Totobro!

  • Anto Wibowo

    Thank you for the chapter!

  • Groundmast

    hao yue lch mode looks sexy af lmaoo no homo 😀 it is completely diff from what I imagined xD

  • Psyside

    Welp with LHC getting 12 op Skeletons….. This will be fun xD
    Fucker gets a personal army. Also +1 for caier.. LHC USE NECRO!!!

    • Jonathan Hurd

      There’s also Hao Yue and Yating for that personal army as well. And who knows maybe Ye Xiaolei at some point too. Add that to his DHS and the DHS’s of his teammates lovers… LHC’S personal army is pretty darn scary. This is also before adding in Yue Ye, hehe.

      • Robin

        I just have this picture in my mind: LHC on the battlefield surrounded by his comrades, riding Haoyue, Yating soaring above his shoulder and an army of twelve super strong Holy skeleton Guards around him.
        Just imagine the light show! He will be a hero like no one before him. 😉

        • Jonathan Hurd

          Behind the 12 Super Holy Skeletons are their own Squads of the Skeleton Knights and Specter Assassin’s…. With Foot Soldier Skeletons behind these to be used as cannon fodder. The light shall burn them all!

  • Tom

    I still don’t understand the hate for necromancers from what was told about them they disagreed with the other organization, fought but lost weakening the other organization which lead to their world getting invaded but unless I’m forgetting something nothing mentioned makes them evil.

    • Kaarme

      Thousands of years of brainwashing by the winners can make anything evil. You can bet the temples erased from records, tales, and from everyone’s memories all positive aspects and only preached the nasty things, most of which likely were exaggerations or sheer fabrications. It’s hardly unheard of in human history. Just like the named demons in the Abrahamic religions were originally normal, oft benevolent, gods of other religions that got purged.

      Looking at Haochen’s attitude, you can see how effective it is. Nobody had seen a necromancer for thousands of years, yet Haochen immediately rejected them with his whole being.

      • Robin

        I am not sure if it really is only due to brainwashing that they are painted black. Elux as a Holy Necromancer seems to be an exception and usually not everything of a kind is completely bad. But even Elux talked about dark necromancers misusing their power. Seeing how powerful Elux is, just imagine evil necromancers and how much destruction they could cause. It indeed is frightening, especially, compared to the power of the Temples.

        Necromancy is a double edged sword and as far as we know, in the past, they not only fought against the Church, they went on an all out war against each other. There have to be reasons why the equilibrium between those two powers was broken and led to the war, and it is too early for us to tell for sure if the Church was truly good and the necromancers truly evil. But a fact is, they weakened the human side enough with their infigthing that the demons could invade, causing the humans to face deadly peril.
        Even if then there did not yet exist a thread from the demons and they couldn’t know what their infighting could cause, looking back they are the perfect ones to blame. Usually humans need to blame someone to cope with really bad stuff, even if blamed unjustly, and the necromancers are an easy target because they are not around any longer. I don’t say that there isn’t intention behind the demonization of necromancers from the Alliance to keep any attempts to revive this power and the danger in check. But even so, we still know to little to really tell if necromancy is indeed a holy or a dark art. In the least, it is a dangerous one.

        • Kaarme

          I very much doubt the old world before the demon invasion was a cohesive, united one like this reduced human reign trying to survive against the vast demon hordes. It was most likely a whole bunch of empires and kingdoms constantly at war with each other. That’s the basic human nature. Only a far superior external threat could ever unite humans so smoothly.

          Keeping that in mind, it wouldn’t be far-fetched to imagine the current Temple Alliance members back then conspired to create an enemy out of the whole ideology of necromancy in order to reduce the amount of infighting. If you haven’t got an enemy, just create one. Works still even today in our reality. At the same time it allowed the Temple Alliance to gain the supreme power in the human world

          • Robin

            I absolutely agree about the common enemy to uphold peace within. I hope we will learn more about the past sometime soon.