Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 393

Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 393: Title hidden for the moment (I)

Recalling his father’s teachings, Long Haochen couldn’t help but feel moved, Father, I am about to break through to the seventh step. Can you believe that? I’m still not even seventeen yet! After I break through to the seventh step, I will go to the Knight Temple to look for Mother and you. I will do this immediately after we complete our Slaughter Missions.

After it’s done, I will participate in the trial to become a Mythril Foundation Armored Knight. I will get a Mythril Foundation Armor to stand in front of you.

Reaching this point, Long Haochen’s self-esteem arose spontaneously. Indeed, he didn’t expect himself to reach the seventh step at such speed, it was simply inconceivable.

Ever since separating from his parents, Long Haochen’s life could be said to be very rich, yet filled with serious cultivation, as he completed one mission after another with his team, with Cai’er accompanying him. However, in some lonely nights, he couldn’t help but reminisce about his parents, and fondly remember them.

His mother’s warmth and love, his father’s severity and power were engraved deeply in his mind. In this life, Long Haochen’s most deeply engraved memory was from the time when Odin Town was ambushed by demons, while he accompanied his father and learned about his Divine Throne.

It was a scene he wouldn’t ever forget. Although Long Haochen was very young at that time, back then, he secretly had pledged himself to one day sit on a Divine Throne just like his father.

Cai’er was sitting across Long Haochen. Ever since entering the demon territory, everyone in the team lost the calm they had in the Alliance. They were always in a very alert state, using all their free time for cultivation.

The benefits a year of seclusion brought them were in the midst of manifesting. After the long accumulation of experience, everyone’s cultivating speed increased. This was especially true for Long Haochen whose control over his spiritual cavities was extraordinary by the time he broke through to the sixth step.

During their one year of seclusion, Long Haochen had spent the great majority of his time with bringing his comrades to get battle training in the Tower of Eternity, intending to familiarize everyone with the spiritual cavities through unceasing training. This was a very proper choice, because except for Cai’er and himself, their other five comrades mainly broke through to the sixth step due to the help from the Tower of Eternity, resulting in their foundation not being firm enough. After this year of hard training, their cultivation could be said to have stabilized, and with the gains from the Tower of Eternity, all his comrades had improved immensely.

Cai’er’s cultivation was second only to Long Haochen, having just broken through the 7,000 units barrier recently. Their other comrades were close to the 6,000 units barrier, but this speed could already be called astonishing. Except for Cai’er, the fastest in gaining spiritual energy were naturally Long Haochen’s two retainers, Han Yu and Sima Xian, who benefitted from the Innate Talent Sharing, and progressed very fast relying on the physiques gained from having their innate internal spiritual energy raised to eighty units. The slowest was as before Chen Ying’er, but for some reason, everyone could feel that changes in Chen Ying’er’s manners were gradually appearing.

Major Jacques City.

After several days of disturbance, the capital of Jacques Province gradually regained its calm. However, the attack from the Demon Hunt Squads of the Alliance a few days ago still inflicted a serious blow to the Jacques Clan, which was in itself not such a strong clan.

Because of their slow reproduction speed, the Jacques Clan rarely appeared on the battlefield. Their total quantity wasn’t high, so this blow was considerable, especially with the death of one Jacques Chief, which severely hurt the moral of the Jacques Clan.

A team of ten was entering Jacques City, led by a tall man clad in orange. Intense fluctuations of spiritual energy exuding from his cloak already revealed his identity as a Star Demon.

Behind him followed nine demons of different nature, but none missed to emit a powerful aura.

Walking with vigorous and determined steps into Major Jacques City, all the demons and humans of the city stepped out of their path.

Without any doubt, this team was a squad of Demon Hunter Removers.

The Demon Hunter Removers numbered a hundred teams, commanded directly by the Demon God Emperor. Thus, every member of the Demon Hunter Remover squads was as proud as one might well imagine.

The Demon God Emperor held a supreme position in the demon race, but the setting up of the Demon Hunter Removers undoubtedly consolidated his rule even further. Yet no one from any race dared utter a word of objection.

The setup of the Demon Hunter Removers naturally had instantaneous effects, and many Demon Hunt Squads from the Temple Alliance had already suffered losses at their hands. Some lost members and some were even exterminated completely by the force of these powerful Demon Hunter Remover squads, specialized in handling the Demon Hunt Squads.

The hundred Demon Hunter Remover squads were also ranked based on their strength, from the strongest to the weakest. The three most powerful Demon Hunter Remover squads were led by demon gods among the top thirty-six. They entirely consisted of powerhouses at the ninth step, hence they called themselves Demon God Teams.

Each of those encompassed ten powerhouses at the ninth step, whose power was supreme. The fact Demon Hunter Removers were organized in teams of ten was directed at better handling the Demon Hunt Squads’ teams of six.

After the Demon God Teams, the next lower ranked teams were called Demon King Teams. Their makeup was simple: their team leader was obligatorily at the ninth step, and these Demon King Teams totalled ten.

Following them were the Dragon Teams, Moon Teams, Star Teams and Demon Teams that didn’t differ by much in strength.

As the name implied, the Dragon Teams would naturally be led by a Devil Dragon and the Moon Teams and Star Teams would have a Moon Demon or a Star Demon as their team leader, while the remaining Demon Teams were of more inferior quality.

Aside from the ten Dragon Teams, Moon Teams and Star Teams, the rest were all Demon Teams.

The Demon God Teams and the Demon King Teams aside, the strength of the remaining four types didn’t differ that much. It was only that the teams with a Devil Dragon, a Moon Demon or a Star Demon as a captain would have a better cohesion, and also were a little bit stronger.

This Demon Hunter Remover squad was undoubtedly a Star Team.

The members of this Star Team felt gloomy these days. The Demon Hunter Removers were already established for more than a year, yet for some reason, their team always had bad luck. From the beginning to now, they never had encountered a human Demon Hunt Squad, and their chief, Xing Suo, was very thirsty to battle with a human Demon Hunt Squad.

After the establishment of the Demon Hunter Removers, they got the full support of the demon resources, and all human alchemists and artisans from their side worked to make equipment for them. However, the equipment wasn’t given for nothing, and only by killing members of Demon Hunt Squads would they gain more preferential treatment.

However, finding Demon Hunt Squads wasn’t easy at all, and at least until now, they had never encountered any, and hence didn’t gain any reward.

Ten days before, the Demon God Emperor suddenly ordered them to search the Jacques Province, and after ten days of search, they didn’t even spot the shadow of a Demon Hunter.

The other Demon Hunter Removers had already returned to give their report or inspect another place. But an order came from above: three teams of Demon Hunter Removers, including their own, had to keep searching in the area of Major Jacques City for a month.

“Team leader, this order from above is just too nonsensical. Do they want us to search for thin air? It’s still nowhere as good as fighting the armies of the Temple Alliance on the border.” A relatively sturdy demon behind Xing Suo complained.

This person reached a height of 3 and a half meters, his shoulders extending to two meters breadth, and his sturdy hands looked like gigantic pillars. His whole body was covered in black leather, and his face was covered by a full beard, to the extent that he looked like a person. But the fierceness in him as well as his black hair revealed his real identity.

The demon race with the highest physical strength, Demonic Bears.

The Demonic Bear God Valefor, ranked sixth among the seventy two demon gods, was known for his extraordinary strength, standing like a wall in battle. Under his banner, the Demonic Bear Clan focused on power as their core. If the Devil Dragons could be called the kings of the demons, the Star Demons their brain and the Moon Demons their spirit, then, the Demonic Bears could be called their guards. Their powerful guards.

With their terrifying attack and defense, they were unyielding existences on the battlefield. This was a terrifying clan with the opportunity to reach the ninth step through the cultivation of their external spiritual energy. Of course, they also had their shortcomings, like their inability of flight no matter their strength as Demonic Bears.

Xing Suo let out a snort, “Stop with your nonsense. Act as the orders come. It’s already noon, let’s look for a place to eat for now.”

The Demonic Bear let out a laugh and stopped complaining. His massive figure was standing behind Xing Suo like a protective barrier.

In the team, Xing Suo and him had the highest positions, while the other members were merely powerhouses at the seventh step. As for him, he was at the peak of the seventh step, and Xing Suo was a powerhouse at the eighth step. And a Star Demon of the eighth step was an absolutely terrible existence.

The group of ten demons strolled through the city, looking for a place to eat. As Demon Hunter Removers, they obviously didn’t need to pay for their meal. Just a Demonic Bear could ruin the business of a whole restaurant.

As they stepped forward, the expression on the face of the Star Demon suddenly changed, and he stopped his pace. He suddenly aimed the staff in his right hand at the ground, causing a strong orange radiance to suddenly burst out from his body.

An illusory looking figure flashed at this time, letting out strident sounds of breaking while bursting out of that orange colored radiance.

Xing Suo let out a snort. He drew back and on his chest appeared traces of blood. Fortunately, the necklace on his neck released a powerful black glint, which protected him from being severely injured, making this a light wound.

“Human assassin!” Xing Suo called out in fury, lifting up the staff in his hand again. He conjured terrible and sticky darkness essence and sent it at the direction of that already visible figure. This was Elemental Shock, the most effective rapid attack for mages of the eighth step?

Mages indeed feared assassins, but in case they seized the counterpart in their line of sight or brought distance between them, an assassin could only become a target for the mage.

Of course, Xing Suo didn’t have any need to create some distance. The moment he suffered the attack, the Demonic Bear immediately stood before him, and the others flocked nearby, like bolts of lightning ready to pierce that white clad assassin.

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • normal guy

    I have to say this at least now: The MC is too damn perfect.

    • Seemstress

      Agreed. But that has been apparent since pretty much the start of the series.

      • normal guy

        The thing is, it is getting just a bit annoying right about now, after nearly 400 releases and he still not face some kind of psychological tribulation or something.

        • Seemstress

          Somewhat true. The only psychological thing I can think of is that he was disturbed by the necromancy thing. Other than that nothing.
          Maybe someday he’ll need to decide on whether to save a friend’s life at the cost of let’s say losing a city or something along those lines. Or maybe he’ll come to realise that demons are people too, not just mindless killing machines that need to be destroyed.

          • normal guy

            Yeah, you are right. I read a theory about his mom being a demon somewhere. There might be some psychological conflict in the future if this turns out to be true.

          • Robin

            It still is only a theory, but I also count on something like that. I mean, he already started to get friendly with Yue Ye, so he knows that not all demons are completely bad. Or at least not all halflings. Although, he doesn’t really trust her without safety net.
            But if his mother really is partially of demon heritage, and he consequently as well, it changes matters a little. Depending on her relationship to the demon side and her past experiences, it can tip Haochen’s position towards the demons abd cause a dilemma.

          • Jonathan Hurd

            To be honest I feel like calling LHC just good is a bit too simple for his character. I mean at one point he killed a bunch of human thugs who insulted his mom in cold blood. He has lied and cheated against the demons like the situation with the Devil Dragon Guard Captain.

            I feel like it would just detract so much if in the story they made LHC a hypocrite. It is obvious to me that LHC importantly doesn’t do what is easy or what some may classify as good. He does what is right.

            LHC is a leading example of a Knight. He embodies their values. He will step in front of any and every bullet that aims for his friends. He will even do that in situations that no one would blame him for avoiding. Like in the Southern Mountain Pass. Every other knight walked away from that 8th step Moon Demon valuing theirs and their teams lives over the thousands of humans that were about to be massacred. Everyone else looked away, but LHC did not… could not do the same and that is why I love him.

            What I like about a character like that is less about watching him change, but watching how those around him change. Think of all the growth that LHC has spawned in his teammates and those around him.

            Cai’er who started as someone who couldn’t bring herself to trust or care about anyone else learned to open up with their team and even reconcile with her parents thanks to him. Han Yu who had been consumed by arrogance was led to the right path and taught compassion and humility. Lin Xin who started by trying to cheat LHC actually stepped up to a 9th step Assassin admitted his mistakes and tried to protect LHC.

            We have seen multiple changes in others as well including LHC’s teacher Asura Ye, his rival from the Demon Hunt Selection Yang Whenzhoa, his dad, the other members of his team, his second waifu Yue Ye, the elemental fairy Yating, and even in the world destroyer Austin Griffin himself.

            To be fair you might feel that LHC’s character is boring, but to me he wouldn’t be able to move all these characters without that goody two shoes character. If LHC himself had glaring flaws why would anyone else be inspired to change or follow his lead?

            What I personally love about LHC’s kindness is it is not just done when it is convenient for him or he knows he can come out on top. I mean I still remember the chapters when he first met Yating. Part of me was screaming so bad that I wanted him to get her so he could power up, but part of me also realized if he didn’t let her go he wouldn’t be the LHC I had grown to love.

          • Seemstress

            I agree that he brings change to those around him and that is good, but that doesn’t change that he himself is pretty bland. I don’t mean to say that his character is bad, but that he is a prety standard good guy character.
            Like stated before, he hasn’t had any real challenges psychologically, no struggles except for the necromancy thing. Most of his behaviour has been according to the knight code which he has pretty much blindly followed, we never see him questioning it, he just does something because it is right according to his code. I just wish we’d actually see the conflict inside him.
            Like for instance your example of him killing humans because they had insulted his mum. He didn’t for one second consider not killing them, he just straight out challenged them to a duel to the death if I remember correctly. Not for a second did he think that maybe he should just suck it up, or maybe just beat them up. But nope, go for the kill, no sign of remorse after it as well.
            Still, we’re not even close to the end of his story, it’s possible he’ll need to struggle with dilemmas later on. Maybe Austin Griffith really is evil like the demons claim and will threaten this world when he gets back to full power. Maybe humans will need to work with the demons to beat him. Then LHC will at least struggle with the decision to kill or spare him or something. There’s plenty of chances to have LHC grow as a person who looks at things from all sides, not just the humans’s or rather the knight’s perspective.

          • Jonathan Hurd

            I have to disagree that he just blindly follows the Knights code. There have been quite a few moments where he hesitated.

            For example, at the Exorcist Mountain Pass when Cai’er’s dad was trying to let him run away while he sacrificed himself. LHC hesitated. Only after taking a good look at himself and asking if he was willing to live by sacrificing someone else did he go to join Cai’er’s Father on the front lines.

            Another example would be when he took that first determined step towards the 8th step Moon Demon. He knew it was suicide. He knew the smart option was to stay back like everyone else. He knew that if given the time he would easily be able to stop that Moon Demon in the future, but he didn’t back off. Every single knight and Demon Hunter on that battlefield had the same test. Is their life more important that thousands of grunts. Only LHC answered no.

            Even the time with Yating it was shown that he really did want her and felt just as much longing as everyone else, but that was eclipsed by his feelings of empathy and sympathy for her.

            Honestly it has been said time and time again that LHC is not suicidal. He does not have a death wish. He values life and wants to continue living. Despite that though he is still able to throw himself in front of the biggest threats to his team. He has always stepped up to the plate.

            To me personally I’m not really sure what kind of different development would make him more interesting. The story has said through his experiences with his team he has learned about responsibility. He has been tested over and over, but has continued on the path he has set for himself. He is good but we have also gotten glimpses of his ruthlessness. His awkwardness especially in romance. His naivety in relationships. We have also seen though that there is a pretty calculating mind behind that innocent facade. He doesn’t just do things to benefit others. He returns the favors done for him. He is also capable of duplicity and cunning. Honestly if I was playing DnD he would be skirting Lawful Good and Neutral Good thanks to the way he does some of his deals, lol.

            To me LHC seems to fight against the demons more because they threaten him than out of some blind hatred for them. That can be seen in how he viewed Ah’Bao for the first time with no real hatred, or how he still felt sympathy for Yue Ye even though she is part demon. People threaten him, his home, and the people he wants to protect. He will kill them. He will not be bothered by the means or how dirty the method is because they will not hesitate to take everything from him.

            For the thugs and LHC’s killing them. I would first say they agreed to the conditions on their own. LHC told them it was a duel to the death and they said yes. The second part to remember is what they were going to do to LHC if they won. They were going to sell him into slavery. Both sides were risking their lives its just one side wasn’t taking it seriously and paid the price. Honestly even the US court system won’t let you sue people if you get injured in a competition you agreed, to in a way that is appropriate to that system.

            That also goes to show you how unbiased LHC is to enemies. Whether it be magical beast, undead, demon, or even human. You attack him or threaten those he wants to protect he will kill you.

          • Seemstress

            I guess I just don’t read closely enough or my memory isn’t good enough to notice that. Probably both.

          • Jonathan Hurd

            Np I just obsess over small details, :D.

    • Alexios Blake

      LHC isn’t as perfect as he looks like, it’s just that his faults mostly minor or easily overlooked. By example it has been mentioned in this chapter how important his parents are for him but it is actually a but worse for one he is a mother’s little boy and for the he will do nearly everything his father tells him to do. Then there is also tha fact that he is way too overprotectiv, be it Cai Er or his mother sometimes he simply is overdoing it. And I swear, if that guy ever has a daughter he will pamper her until the utmost limit. And if she ever gets a boyfriend, oh man I can so see it.

      • Jonathan Hurd

        I am not sure LHC would do something bad just because his father told him to do it. Sadly we’ve never seen LHC be put in that kind of situation, but I feel like he would not be willing to do what felt wrong to him just because someone told him.

        For the daughter… Yeah he would pamper her, but I think he would also follow his dads stance. Sometimes you have to let them grow on their own and expose them to pain because the world is not going to hold back. After all his experiences I think he fully understands how important those times in the Ant Cave were for his survival. So I think as a truly loving parent he would force himself to do what his dad did to him. It would probably destroy him the same as it did LHC’s dad.

        His biggest flaw and they emphasized that really early in the story is he gets overly emotional when those he loves are threatened. We haven’t seen berserk LHC in a while. He has learned to better control it, but a worry could be that if LHC ever failed to protect someone he cared about. That might break him.

  • tsuki_hana

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • sergioGM

    thanks 🙂

  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂

  • Zeth

    Thank you Totobro!

    • leopold1983

      Yes I second that! Thank you Totobro!

  • Jonathan Hurd

    Anyone else starting to see some death flags being raised by this Star Demon being so self assured about how he is safe with the bear demon and how he will kill the Assassin, lol.

    • Robin

      Well, you are imagining things. There is no way that such a powerful and confident Star Demon would fall for the trap of a lowly DHS. 😉

      • Jonathan Hurd

        “Oh… Ho… Ho… Puny humans I am the unbeatable Star Demon. I shall slowly turn my back to you… Not like anything bad can happen from that…. Hey fellas why is there a knife sticking out of my back…?”

  • Stephen_H

    So based on this Ah’Bao team that almost got annihilated in the illusionary Paradise would be at least a Demon King Team since Ah’Bao was 8~9 th Step…..LHC would probably be the first to have damaged a Demon King Team…sweet

    • Robin

      I think you misread. A Demon God Team is led by a DG. And although Ah’Bao will perhaps be one in the future, he still isn’t a DG. And I don’t think that he is at the 9th step yet either. To say nothing about the others of his “team”. They would probably rank as a Dragon Team.

      • Jonathan Hurd

        LHC beat the shit out of the prototype team, :P.

  • Jonathan Hurd

    So my guess of the battle strategy of the Demon Hunters….

    They are using the Assassin as bait (that seems pretty obvious from how direct he is acting). Now that the demons attention is focused away they are going to unleash the power of all 12 remaining members against the demons. I feel like Cai’er is going to use her Spiritual Stove of Samsara on the Star Demon and LHC is going to try to kill the Bear Demon with his Sword intent.

    I definitely think they’re going to kill the Star Demon in this hit and run. They might not kill the bear demon considering how tough he is. They are also going to take at least 3 other people along with the Star Demon and then immediately retreat. Then they will probably rinse and repeat against the other two Demon Hunt Remover teams and afterwards run away from the city.

  • Anto Wibowo

    Oh they finally makes their move? I thought lhc will go to the 7th level first. Thecnically now they’re demon hunter remover remover right? xD
    Thank you for the chapter!

    • Jonathan Hurd

      I am not looking forward to when the demons start sending specific squads after them. We’ll have Demon hunter remover remover removers…

      I feel like the break through to 7th step is going to require some amazing pressure. Like with the time LHC broke through to. 6th step.

      I would guess it will happen after they fight this team. They will face the two remaining squads at once. That might do it.

  • Evilage

    Disquis hates me it seems
    I tried to comment on the last chapter and he said no :'<
    Life is bad

    • Jonathan Hurd

      It has bugged out for me as well a few times. After I reloaded the page it seemed to work.

  • ZaX

    How unlucky for the assassin. Thanks for the chapter

  • Cherokee

    This story has 877 chapters. O-O

    • I hope that much isn’t translated… My goddamn grades man >.<