Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 392

Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 392: Brink of the Seventh Step (III)

“Yes”, Long Haochen gave his agreement.

“This time, we have suffered a great loss, almost dying here. I am not resigned, but this time, the Jacques Demons suffered a huge blow as well, especially since one of their chiefs died. This has affected Major Jacques City greatly, and is bound to cause the whole Jacques City to change. I reckon that even more Demon Hunter Removers will be searching for our traces. I have an idea, and I think we should discuss it to see whether it would be feasible.”

Long Haochen replied, “Please speak, Brother Tian Qing.”

Tian Qing asked, “For what mission did you enter the demon territory this time? This plan will likely take quite a long time to be achieved. If you are on a rushed mission, leaving us after getting some rest is also okay. This team section is connected to the outside of the city, so you can directly leave the city from here.”

Long Haochen replied, “We are not on any rushed mission. This time, we took some Slaughter Missions and entered the demon territory to execute them. Mentioning it, I also have to thank you. One of our missions was to kill a hundred Jacques Demons, and you helped us to complete it.”

Tian Qing gave him the reply, “If things are like that, then there’s no problem. Aren’t those Demon Hunter Removers trying to get rid of our Demon Hunt Squads? And they already inflicted us so much damage. If we don’t respond to them, the demons will start becoming arrogant. Since some Demon Hunter Removers are going to come here in search for traces of us, then we should just…”

Saying this, his eyes were full of severity. His right hand, stretching forward, made some ear-piercing slashing sound in the air.

“Ambush the Demon Hunter Removers?” Long Haochen asked.

Tian Qing nodded to him, “There are spies from our team section inside Major Jacques City. However, we will have to live in seclusion for some time before the ambush, at least for half a month to fool those Demon Hunter Removers. If I’m not guessing wrong, many of the slaughtering missions you have taken should be mainly directed at demons of the seventh step. And Demon Hunter Remover squads are also mainly formed of demons of the seventh step from the top three clans. This way you can complete your missions at the same time. How about it? Are you interested? The danger is enormous, so you should think this through before replying. In case you decide to accept, we shall start planning.”

Long Haochen gave his reply without any hesitation, “All right, we’ll cooperate with you.”

Tian Qing looked at him, somewhat hesitant.

Long Haochen showed him a smile, “I will not hide the fact that we have accepted a total of sixteen Slaughtering Missions in the demon territory, and will have to kill some of the demons allocated in Modu City to accomplish all of them. After all, Moon Demons, Star Demons and Fiend higher-ups normally live in Modu Core City and are among the targets we are aiming for. If we can accomplish these here, it will naturally be for the best. Besides that, we’ll also have your support.”

Tian Qing gave him a dumbstruck look, “Sixteen Slaughtering Missions? You really dared accept that many?! Were you really planning on aiming for the demon headquarters without even having the support from the team sections? Given your guts to take on so many missions, it’s no surprise your strength is so incredible at such a young age..”

Long Haochen smiled, “Since we are going to ambush the Demon Hunter Removers, scouting will be extremely important. Can the spies from our side accomplish that?”

Tian Qing nodded before giving a reply, “You can be at ease on this. Along with the vast amount of money invested into building the team sections, our help here is just as enormous. Our spies here are humans of the demon society, who total to a large number. They bring news at regular intervals, we only need to decide what to do with it. Of course, we cannot possibly ambush every single Demon Hunter Remover, thus we have to remain secluded for a period of time. When we’ll have stayed here long enough for the number of Demon Hunter Remover squads to decrease to some extent, we can take our chances. Be at ease, we have learned our lesson this time, we’ll certainly be more careful, and won’t leave them another chance like that.”

After planning their next steps, the two Demon Hunt Squads started living at the team section, treating their injuries and recovering their strength.

After Long Haochen’s burst of power, it took him no less than seven days to recover completely. This was the extent to which Haoyue put his potential to maximum use. But this state only lasted for a short time, and also came with strong side-effects. Yating was also weakened for a long time, and needed about five days to recover. But she left Long Haochen a message, saying that the Aria of the Goddess of Light was able to completely fuse with her, and would even be able to absorb her to make her a part of itself. But Yating felt somewhat afraid: if not for her sufficiently powerful strength, she’d perhaps be unable to ever separate from it again.

If she really fused completely with the Aria of the Goddess of Light, the real glamour of the sword would then undoubtedly reappear. But in that case, Long Haochen would also forever lose Yating, while also being unable to truly control the Aria of the Goddess of Light with his current strength.

Fortunately, Yating wasn’t any ordinary Light Elemental Fairy, but one that already evolved thrice, and fused with the Saint Spiritual Stove. This increased her knowledge and her ability of reasoning by a great extent, so as long as she didn’t give her agreement, even the Aria of the Goddess of Light would be unable to absorb her as a sword soul by force.

During these seven days, information kept coming from the outside, which Tian Qing shared with Long Haochen without holding anything back. To their great surprise, Major Jacques City had suddenly become lively, and at least seven teams of demon powerhouses similar to Demon Hunter Removers were reported to have been seen.

Given the strength of their two Demon Hunt Squads, handling one Demon Hunter Remover squad was absolutely no problem, handling two was possible with relatively good odds of success. But when facing three Demon Hunter Remover squads, especially in the midst of various enemies and the possibility of reinforcements joining them, they were bound to be defeated.

Long Haochen’s group was still better off, since no matter what, they had the Tower of Eternity as a path of retreat. But this wouldn’t do for Tian Qing’s group. Given Long Haochen’s current cultivation, even with the intention, transporting them all to the Tower of Eternity was impossible. To say nothing that the Tower of Eternity was a secret that was really better off not being leaked.

For this reason, the two Demon Hunt Squads could only keep resting, and didn’t dare act rashly.

The Major Jacques City also spent a large amount of manpower to search for them. They searched madly for over three days before slowly easing down. It was fortunate that the team sections were an extremely well-kept secret, and that its concealment was sufficiently good, leaving them undiscovered. This made Long Haochen realize the importance of the team sections to Demon Hunt Squads all the more.

Sitting cross-legged on the bed, Long Haochen was sunk in an ocean of light. Ever since his awakening as a god’s chosen one, his cultivation speed could be said to have progressed more rapidly than ever before.

In the pit of his stomach, his brilliant golden spiritual cavities looked somewhat different. His current spiritual cavities were roughly egg-sized, emenating soft light. With each of Long Haochen’s breaths, some light essence was absorbed by them. Around his spiritual cavities, the drops of liquid spiritual energy seemed like a group of stars revolving around it, and the very sticky liquid spiritual energy was transferred at a speed that seemed slow, but all of it was pure and condensed.

Long Haochen’s cultivation was already approaching the seventh step, but even ordinary powerhouses of the seventh step couldn’t compete with him in a battle of consumable spiritual energy. The reason for that was very simple: Long Haochen’s spiritual energy was a lot purer than theirs, and even if they used the same abilities, his consumption of spiritual energy would naturally be much lower.

Even if another ordinary person possessing the light elemental attribute trained his spiritual energy to this level, his speed of cultivation was bound to be greatly affected, and raising it would be extremely hard. But Long Haochen felt that his own spiritual energy increased as he breathed. In fact, over the past year of seclusion, if not for the time he spent bringing his comrades to the second floor of the Tower of Eternity to have aerial battle training, as well as the time spent training on newly learnt abilities after getting promoted to the commander grade, he would actually have reached the bottleneck of the peak of the sixth step long ago.  

The reason why Long Haochen didn’t push it was to accumulate experience.

After so many years of cultivation, Long Haochen found out that when cultivating at peace, the difficulty was in the lack of accumulated experience. A breakthrough of spiritual energy not only needed comprehension and control over spiritual energy, but also to go through countless battles for training. After all, it was only through constant use that the spiritual energy would cycle.

Thus, he was in no rush to reach the bottleneck of the sixth step, but preferred going through uninterrupted battles, since he believed that this way, at the time he would reach the bottleneck between the sixth step and the seventh step, passing it would be a lot easier.

Memories from the time with his father re-emerged gradually to his mind.

The changes from the sixth to the seventh step also encompassed a qualitative leap. When one advanced to the sixth step, the condensation of the spiritual cavities implied the change from an ordinary vacation to a powerhouse. After getting spiritual cavities one could battle for long stretches of time.

“The spiritual cavities emerge at the chest, and help to condense our spiritual energy. However, how much total spiritual energy can our body bear? Only 10,000 units. In other words, at the time one set of spiritual cavities reaches its limits, your cultivation will be unable to advance further. If you try to forcefully break through this limitation, you will very possibly cause damage to your spiritual cavities, and bring danger upon yourself.

So, the way from the sixth to the seventh step is not a breakthrough anymore, but a creation. What if your strength keeps increasing? Your single set of spiritual cavities will already be close to its limit at this point. Then, isn’t the most appropriate solution to open up some new spiritual cavities? This is the fundamental process of breakthrough from the sixth to the seventh step. By opening up your second and third set of spiritual cavities. This process mustn’t go wrong, otherwise you won’t be able to bear it.

The second set of spiritual cavities is located in the underbelly, whereas the third set of spiritual cavities is located in your brain. At the time your second set forms, you will have broken through to the seventh step, and when your spiritual energy will entirely fill up your second set of spiritual cavities, your third one starts forming. That’s one of the greatest dangers in the process of cultivation, and you’ll have to be careful about everything: be sure not to advance prematurily.  

I cannot tell you the details about the methods for constructing spiritual cavities. You’ll have to rely on your own comprehension for that.”

  • Belkar

    Thank you!

  • Anto Wibowo

    Self comprehension sure is highly regarded in these kind of story.
    Well… Better than those who learn from reading books and that’s it.
    Thank you for the chapter!

    • Jonathan Hurd

      That is admittedly one of the big things I enjoy from a lot of the Chinese LN’s is the emphasis on effort. People can give you advice but it is your own efforts and understanding that will carry you to the goal.

  • sergioGM

    thanks 🙂

  • ZaX

    Learn faster improve faster. Thanks for the chapter

  • Psyside

    So after this jaques stuff…. Demon God… since they will finish most of the quests here. Oh boy cant wait

    • Jonathan Hurd

      I know right? I’m kind of happy the author figured out a decent way to kind of rush the other incomplete Slaughter missions for us, :D.

  • HornyKorn

    thanks for the chapter

  • Kaarme

    What I’m the most looking forward to in Haochen’s meeting with his parents again is introducing his girlfriend and brother to them.

    • Yuuarelight

      Same! I’m really hoping for that to happen soon… (After the 16 missions)

      • Robin

        Well, since his father made it a condition that he owns a mythril foundation armor befor searching for him, this arc needs to come first. But I am also highly looking forward to the time he meets his parents again.

        • Jonathan Hurd

          I’m going to just guess that LHC will not have Hao Yue for that competition. It seems like every time he enters some kind of contest Hao Yue is evolving… Demon Hunt Selection, Illusory Paradise…

          • Robin

            Which makes sense since during those times LHC has the least need for him. And I think it is also better that he is not portrayed on such a public stage in case the DGE voices another search for a multiheaded beast. Haoyue is simply too eyecatching. Since he has now 4 and no longer 3 heads there should not be many to make a connection to the search of the DGE, but still, ignorance is bliss.

          • Jonathan Hurd

            To be fair, for these kind of contests, they are most likely held in the uttermost secrecy. Mainly because it would be stupid for the Demons to get an idea of the names of the future powerhouses. Bad things like kidnapping your family and holding them hostage or torturing them… Things could get really bad if their identities leaked. This would also cause people to be even more hesitant to join the elite squads if they know it risks their family to do so.

            I think the author mainly does it because having Hao Yue would make it too easy for LHC, lol. What I want is they beat the 72nd DG and Hao Yue goes to get his 5th head and then Hao Yue starts preparing for 7th step evolution.

          • Robin

            Held in secret or not, the more Demon Hunters know about his uniqueness and abilities, the more chances for leakage exist. Take the Demon Hunter Removers. Why should they simply kill the Demon Hunters when they can press them for information? It all depends on how much information about their archenemy the DGE provides them with. They already have their eyes on LHC after the events in the IP, one mindless comment could link him definitely to the prophecy, once the DGE or one of the DGs in the known hear about it.

            But yeah, as we have seen during the last test for the level up, LHC with Haoyue is obvious overkill. ^^

          • Jonathan Hurd

            That is an interesting use of the Demon Hunter Removers to torture them to try and find info on LHC and Hao Yue. I hadn’t really thought about that. I do feel like most of the powerhouses to see Hao Yue and meet LHC would more likely die fighting than be captured. Even if they couldn’t fight they might end up committing suicide rather go through torture…

            The DGE has definitely figured out the one they are looking for is LHC and he was the one in the IP. What I find interesting is there seems to be reasons why the DGE hasn’t really pursued LHC yet.

            I mean he figured out who LHC was in the Moon God’s Palace but still let him go. Even if he didn’t want to publicly embarrass the Moon DG he could of easily sent an assassin or two to kill LHC afterwards. I wonder if the DGE will hesitate on putting out a full blown search for LHC until LHC pulls off something truly big… Like destroying the 72nd DG Pillar…..

          • Robin

            Torture would be the “natural2 choice to gain information. And since the DHR are ledd by intelligent demons, they should be able to do it effectively. I agree, most of them would not betray LHC willingly, but things happen, and the possibility remains dangerous.

            I am not so sure if the DGE has LHC figured out in the Moon Palace. I think he was reminded of his mother but not that he noticed that LHC is a DH or an enemy. Or rather, I doubt he figured him out then.

            We don’t know what exactly the DGE noticed during his search at the Exorcist Mountain Pass, but, based on his remarks, he only understood LHC’s potential in the IP arc. I also don’t think that he is a hundred percent sure that LHC is really the one from the prophecy, although he suspects it.

            Finding one human is not that easy for the DGE. Also, he doesn’t have a picture of him, which he can give his demons for the search. But you are right, he remained too passsive. There are two possibilities I can think of, why he didn’t act so far. One, he really doesn’t know where to start searching. In the IP he was unable to get close to LHC and as long as he is in human territory under the guard of the Alliance, he can’t simply pick him up. Two, he really has recognized he has the potential to be his successor and doesn’t want to kill, but rather to capture him alive and doesn’t trust his demons to overpower him without killing him. Maybe a mixture of both, but those are what I can think of.

          • Jonathan Hurd

            So I think the DGE knows the info about LHC because of a few things written so far…

            He saw through LHC’s disguise as a maid and saw through his element and cultivation. I would be amazed if he didn’t feel how pure LHC’s aura was.

            Ah’Bao confirmed the knight that beat him is the Scion of Light who awakened. So that knight is the only person that makes sense to be related to the Star Gods prophecy. Considering how rare Gods Chosen are they hadn’t seen a Scion of Light in thousands of years of the humans history. Seeing two at once seems close to impossible, lol.

            They said that the Devil Dragon Captain memorized LHC’s face from close range so he could hunt him down in the future after LHC cheated him. So he must have reported the exact looks of LHC to the DGE. Considering how distinctive LHC’s looks are I think it would be close to impossible for the DGE not to put two and two together on that front. Also with someone who memorized LHC’s face it seems pretty likely the Demons have at least one person who can sketch.

            The last part is at the end of Chapter 389 when the DGE says…

            “Hearing his words, the Demon God Emperor was shaken, ‘Him? Can it really be him?'”

            I think another thing we could add in is if LHC is the future successor the DGE sensed in the Exorcist Mountain Pass then I would imagine he recognized the energy of LHC. So when LHC was seen in the Moon God’s Palace the DGE recognized him and that was why he let him go… potentially…

            Thinking back I do notice that all the times LHC has seen the DGE it has always been without Hao Yue (excluding the Exorcist Mountain Pass where Hao Yue hid himself using LHC’s energy). So the DGE never really knew that LHC was connected to something as dangerous as Austin Griffin, if he did he would of probably killed LHC on the spot just to avoid another apocalypse.

            If I had to guess I think the reason the DGE let LHC off is he wants to eventually work with LHC. He might be hoping LHC becomes the center of the Humans and brings them together like the DGE does for the demons. After that he is hoping he can convince LHC to join forces with him. If LHC joins at that point it would mean basically all the humans would have to follow or wage war against two DGE level existences and their fellow humans that did follow LHC….

            The thing is though for LHC to become the center of the Humans he needs to grow stronger and gain the humans trust. To do that he needs to be kept off the radar so he is not hunted down by high level demons, but he also has to challenge life and death multiple times, while killing lots of demons, to truly crawl his way up. So that would make sense why the DGE doesn’t make any overt actions against LHC.

          • Robin

            Your argumantation is sound. The only part I disagree with is that the DGE recognized LHC in the Moon Palace. I don’t really think he did and can’t remember any sign in the text that he did. He looked at him, yes. And he noticed some similarity in appearance, which stood out. I may be wrong, but in my opinion, he was more focused on the appearance thing and the memories evoked by it than LHCs identity.

            The demons do have knowledge of his appearance (but only long after this incident at the Moon Palace) and identity as a God’s Chosen One, and it would be illusive to think they don’t know that he belongs to the Goddess of Light. Yet, as you pointed out, they might think he has not yet made contact with their nemesis. I really look forward to learn why the DGE is acting like he is.
            At the moment, the DGE has only a chance of success to capture LHC in the demon territory. But opening an all-out hunt for him would likely bring the Alliance to guard him even better or keep him more strictly away from the demon territory until he is at least a little older. Therefore, it makes absolute sense that he doesn’t give out wanted posters at this point, even if he would want to capture him at this point. I am sure things will get interesting soon.

          • Jonathan Hurd

            So main reason why I feel the DGE got an idea on who LHC is at the Moon God’s palace is that he locked on LHC and they said he scanned LHC completely. So the DGE knew LHC was light element. If he knows that and got a feel for it. Considering how light and dark repel it has been said before like with the 8th step moon demon that they can compare the quality of the light and dark energy since they mutually restrain.

            We also know Elux did something similar in the Tower of Eternity. Elux scanned LHC’S element and quality. So I think the DGE could potentially have done the same. If so he would know that LHC is the Scion of Light. Knowing how rare that is and knowing that Ah’Bao fought the Scion of Light. I feel it wouldn’t be hard to connect the two.

            For the DGE’s reasons for letting LHC off I think they might be more personal than strategic. The first time he saw LHC dressed as a maid he got somewhat emotional and left him alone. All the times he met LHC he didn’t know about LHC’S connection to Hao Yue. So he probably only viewed LHC as a human with pretty good talent.

            The reason he has left LHC alone so far is probably related to LHC’S mom. It will definitely be interesting when LHC goes to find his parents if they finally give me background about his family.

  • Thank you for the chapter

  • Drama

    Thanks ..

  • Allstarall

    I just imagined the team in dark form. Like Haochen is the badass leader on his dinosaur, black hair purple eyes, ect. (Names are hard to remember.) Summoner as a monster creator, Mage as destructor of everything, Monk as the Hulk, basically, Assassin as the.. Assassin, Sheild Lady as a bulldozer.

    … Why? I don’t know.

  • Zeth

    Thank you very much Totobro!!

  • Psyside

    Now that i think about it the knights have the Mithril foundation what do the other temples have?

    • kinka

      you should know this by now… the other temples are poor…
      the knight temple has mounts, armors, the divine thrones and more… it is not knowed what the others temples have, most likely nothing too amazing, otherside the knight temple would have take it by now.

      • Jonathan Hurd

        To be fair the Assassin Temple has a method to test your Internal Spiritual Energy at the age of 4. They also have the Spiritual Stove of Samsara. So they do have some pretty nice goodies.

        I think that each temple has its own methods and treasures. For instance take Wang Yuanyuan’s shield that is a legacy of the Warrior Temple. We have also seen two hero’s of other temples that surpassed the Knight Temple in achievements with Ye Wushang and the first user of the Spiritual Stove of Samsara. So its not like the other temples can’t do anything when compared to the Knight temple.

        I would also say it would be pretty silly for the Knight Temple to take all the goodies for a few reasons. One would be Knights are only Light Element. So they can’t use any other elements treasure items. Two is that some items are better for other roles. Doesn’t really make sense for the Knights to horde stuff specialized in healing, casting, stealth… Third is if you horde everything away from your allies… they stop being your allies… Knights are strong and important but that doesn’t mean they could survive without any help from other professions.

        • Kaarme

          The knights would become the next necromancers if they alienated and pissed off the other temples too much.

  • kinka

    thanks for the chapter!

  • Mercurious

    I think haochen will break thrugh 7th step during fight with the remover squad

    • Jonathan Hurd

      That would make me so happy, :D. We have seen him follow a pattern of making breakthroughs when experiencing immense pressure. That pressure usually coming from life or death fights.

      How many Remover Squads do you predict they will end up fighting? I think the min is about 2 or 3. Top maybe 4.

      • Lhouiegie Baluyot

        2 vs 2 would make it even, so there isn’t much pressure. For LHC to make a breakthrough they should fight off atleast 3 to 4 DHRs.

        • Jonathan Hurd

          I am slightly curious if a newbie 9th step or the 72nd DG is more powerful. I would guess probably the 72nd DG because of the pillar.

      • Lhouiegie Baluyot

        Unless there is a high 8th step/ early 9th step included in the 2 DHRs they would face then that could also do the trick, although a 9th step shouldn’t make an apperance as of yet since their last mission would be the 72nd DG (Peak 8th step).

  • Mercurious

    By the way…does anyone else finds the name DEMON HUNTERS REMOVER SQUAD a bit lame…I mean jeezz

    • Jonathan Hurd

      Yeah, the demons could of come up with something a little more original. I guess we should just be happy they didn’t name them the Demon Hunters Hunters Squad. While that would be hilarious it would also be pretty stupid, :D.

      • Robin

        Well, Demon Hunt Squad is soooooo original…

        • Jonathan Hurd

          Its, short, sweet, and to the point :D. Also a bit unoriginal…. Okay time to brainstorm better names for both sides!

          Humans: Demon Hunters (probably shares too much with other things like WoW and Diablo 3 for me), Special Ops Squad (Goes along with the military aspect), Purifier Squad (has a Warhammer kind of feel to it, imo), Holy Requiem (just love this kind of name :P), Exorcist Squad (more appropriate for LHC and co since they are dealing with demons and all the undead)

          Demons: Devourer Squad (The demons have been known to eat humans…), Demon God’s Elites or Demon God Emperor’s Elites (since they are the direct command of the DGE)

          I will think of more later :D.

          • Robin

            Nice try. Sadly they don’t really hit the spot. Although unoriginal, DHS is right to the point, as you pointed out. And even Demon Hunter Removers expresses exactly what they do. Well, maybe not all-encompassingly, since Demon Hunter Killers would do the trick as well.

            Since there are still individual names for the DHR squads and also for the elite DHSs, they serve as a general name.

          • Jonathan Hurd

            I kind of like Demon Hunter Killers. Seems more bloodthirsty :D.

          • Lhouiegie Baluyot

            Demon Hunter Executioner 👌

          • Robin

            Executioner has the undertone of justice so it doesn’t really fit in this case.

          • Jonathan Hurd

            To be fair from the demons perspective they are doing justice for their fallen allies…

          • Robin

            True, always a matter of viewpoint.

          • Jonathan Hurd


    • Lance

      Yea, and it’s so long in English. I would remove the “Demon” portion of it. They know they’re demons- to them, demon hunter squads are probably just Hunters to them.

      So with that, the naming becomes easier: Counter Hunters, Anti-Hunter Squads, Hunter Defenders (if they wanted to be more subtle) even Hunter Removers becomes more bearable. I like Counter/Anti Hunter Squad the best. It explains what they are to both sides, and either Humans or Demons can call them that without sounding politically aligned.

  • leopold1983

    Thank you Totobro!

  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂

  • Slikrapids

    Thanks for the chapter.