Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 418

Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 418: Swamps of Gloom, Land of Death (I)

“Yes, Sir demon god is still… still there.” The large Devil Snake leading them replied respectfully.

“Humpf. Get lost.”

Hearing these words, the Devil Snakes ran full tilt with their thick tails behind their backs.

Long Haochen raised his hand, giving a thumbs up, and Chen Ying’er replied with a happy smile, “My acting skills improved, didn’t they?”

Laughing quietly, Lin Xin remarked, “That was quite impressive, Lady Devil Dragon Queen.”

Deceiving all the demons only by relying on the outward appearance of Moon Demons was impossible. This time, Long Haochen’s group had been in demon territory not just for a day or two, and naturally had their own means of cover. Chen Ying’er’s Mirror Image Treasure Pig was naturally the instigator of this act. By relying on his powerful copying ability, the trick of slipping through with the release of some darkness aura was tested and approved. Although they also had a mission which consisted of killing a hundred Devil Snakes, the time for it had clearly yet to come. Meanwhile, they confirmed that the information about Andromalius’ location was true.

This little town was bustling, and quite a bit more lively than some cities in the demon territory. On the streets, an endless stream of demons moved about, among which the Devil Snakes were the most common. Among the other clans, the overwhelming majority were naturally Dual Bladed Demons. Perhaps because this place was relatively small, its entrance wasn’t restricted to Dual Bladed Demons like that of the large cities.

As soon as they entered the town, Long Haochen’s appearance quickly attracted quite a lot of attention. Being the target of curious glances was however not a good thing. Settling this issue was very simple, just by emitting the aura of a Devil Dragon, with Long Haochen following up with some words, whoever questioned them would feel a deadly threat.This way, they became a common subject of terror.

The things that could be bought in this little town were relatively limited. To demons, there appeared to be no notion of money, and everything was obtained through bartering. Long Haochen immediately took out some magical beast crystals to exchange them for clean water and dried fish. He also managed to buy some fruits with good luck. Then everyone looked for a relatively clean room to rest.

Everyone felt somewhat tired due to their strenuous journey, and turned in early. Cai’er, Wang Yuanyuan and Chen Ying’er shared a room. Although her memories were lost, Cai’er seemed to have become even more rigorous than before regarding the matters between boys and girls, and even Long Haochen, who was most familiar with her, was unable to get too close to her because of being a man.

After having a simple meal, the most important thing on everyone’s mind was to immediately get a hot shower. After a good night of rest, everyone gathered the next day. After a good night’s rest, everyone was glowing with health and vigor. Of course, there was not much of a change in Yating and the two Holy Guards.

Long Haochen called his comrades to his room, “Today, we will be going to the Swamps of Gloom. Just a moment ago, I wanted to buy a detailed map of the swamps, but I had no luck. I asked around about the situation in the Swamps of Gloom, and learned that to the demons from this little town, the Swamps of Gloom are a very terrifying place. Not only get people stuck in the swamps, it is also full of marsh gas. If one isn’t careful, they can get poisoned, and even the Devil Snakes with their strong resistance against poison are unable to resist this venom.

Not only that, but in the Swamps of Gloom is the home of some very powerful magical beasts, and even magical beasts of the tenth rank are rumoured to exist there. I think that this is also the reason why the Devil Snake Demon God Andromalius didn’t come out after staying there for so long. The thing he wants to find must be very precious, especially given that the swamps must be a hard place for him to handle. After we enter the swamps, we will undoubtedly meet great danger. Everyone will stay together, and in case something is amiss, everyone has to listen to my orders, and avoid unnecessary fights, understood?”

Everyone nodded. Due to their escape route through the Tower of Eternity, they had enormous self-confidence. After all, a situation like the awakening Cai’er just had, couldn’t possibly happen one more time. According to the growth of Long Haochen’s cultivation, his control over the Tower of Eternity also continuously kept increasing, which helped improve the speed and number of people he could teleport.

“Boss, then when will we act?” Sima Xian asked.

Long Haochen replied, “No rush. The Swamps of Gloom aren’t far from here, and noon is when the level of marsh gas is the lowest. We will wait for this time, when a part of the swamps gets melted by the sunshine, to enter. Han Yu, Lin Xin, the two of you will form a team. Sima, you and me will be a team. We are going back to gather more information about the situation in the Swamps of Gloom. Even if we only learn a bit, it will be better than nothing. We will all return to the hotel an hour later, before setting off to head to the Swamps of Gloom. Yuanyuan, Ying’er, you two will be looking after Cai’er.”

The two girls nodded, and Long Haochen also left the two holy guards behind. The four men left the hotel, and made discreet inquiries in the town.

An hour passed very quickly. After Long Haochen’ group returned back to the hotel, they summarized the news they got altogether. Useful information regarding the actual situation inside the Swamps of Gloom was sparse and hard to get, as this was a very dangerous place where the survival rate of the demons was not high. Thus, the Swamps of Gloom gained the name land of death. Even by relying on their advantage of maneuverability on any terrain, the Devil Snake Clan demons didn’t enter it recklessly.

Everyone put their things in order, and they departed under Long Haochen’s lead.

Today, the weather was pretty good. The sun was shining brightly, but within the borders of the demon territory, even on a clear and bright day, birds were rarely seen, because all the birds and flying magical beasts had been eaten by demons over the past thousands years. How could there be any living animals left?

Upon arriving, they noticed that the air turned a lot more moist than on open ground, and that the swamps weren’t that huge. According to the map, if they kept going east, they would reach the coast after less than 250 km. There, many demons were in charge of fishing. According to the information from the demons, the coastal area was already sparse of fish due to extensive hunting by the demons. Very often, they had no choice but to hunt other creatures from the ocean to serve as food for them. To guarantee the capture of some amount of fish, even some demons of the ninth step joined the hunter’s ranks.

Perhaps it was because this land of death called Swamps of Gloom was excessively terrifying, but the closer they got, they encountered less and less demons. While everyone traveled at full speed, soon an hour passed and noon arrived. The air turned more and more humid, and the ground started to gradually soften. Occasionally, some rotten smell assaulted their noses. They were in the Swamps of Gloom.

After walking for half an hour, they finally reached their destination. However, everyone couldn’t help but show different expressions. Just by looking from a distance, they could all sense the terror of this land of death.

Afar, a large expanse of green fog covered this massive area. This green fog seemed as if it was undisturbed since time immemorial, even when bathed in the rays of sunlight, it didn’t appear to be affected in the slightest. One could clearly see that the closer they got to the fog, the deeper its color was. When reaching the edge of that fog, the ground turned black, and occasionally, some muddish bubbles ascended from wet patches.

They emitted strange smells along with the moisture sustaining the fog.

The size of the Swamps of Gloom was basically indistinct, and when Long Haochen especially rose to the sky after releasing his spiritual wings, he found out to his astonishment that the closer they got to the fog, the deeper its color. It increased in density until reaching the depths of the Swamps of Gloom, where its color was dark green. As for the size of these swamps, he was unable to estimate it, because of the the excessive concentration of the fog, his line of sight was obstructed.

Returning to the ground, Long Haochen gathered his comrades, and told them in a deep voice, “It looks like these Swamps of Gloom are even harder to handle than we imagined. Everyone take extra care when you act. When inside, our visibility will very possibly be affected to some extent, so don’t get lost, and stay close to me. I will use light magic to disperse the fog. If we get attacked, stay close to me as much as possible. We will first be taking a look at the edge of the swamps, and then attempt to enter.”

Han Yu responded, “Captain, how about letting me disperse the fog? As the core of the team, letting you preserve your strength should be our priority.”

Long Haochen shook his head, giving the reply, “Don’t worry. I have already broken through to the seventh step and opened three spiritual cavities. The recovery speed of my spiritual energy is now a lot faster than yours. This is really nothing. Let’s go now.”

The group of seven accompanied by the two holy guards and Yating followed, advancing to the edge of the swamps rapidly. The closer they got to the Swamps of Gloom, the softer the ground under their feet became. When entering its edge, the surface under their feet felt as if they moved on quicksand.

At that time, the Eleventh Holy Guard displayed his great utility. Releasing cold energy on the ground with no difficulty, he instantly turned the water in the swamps to ice, which could bear the weight of everyone.

Meanwhile, a dark golden light spread from Long Haochen’s body, enveloping the whole group. That was the light spell of the third step, Holy Mantle.

The reason why he used Holy Mantle instead of Divine Light Mantle was that the defensive strength of the former was a lot greater, and it also possessed healing and preserving effects. Furthermore, Long Haochen added his comprehension of the technique Ripples of Light, and therefore, didn’t only absorb a lot more light essence, but also raised its defensive strength to a spell at the fourth step. As long as they didn’t encounter an extremely powerful attack, his Holy Mantle provided some defense.

Atop of this, the greatest benefit of Holy Mantle was that the area covered by this pell could be changed depending on the amount of spiritual energy expended. The visibility inside the swamps was no good, so Long Haochen naturally made his Holy Mantle a bit bigger.

With the increase of his internal spiritual energy above 10,000 units, and two more spiritual cavities, in the space between his eyebrows and his underbelly, the concentration of spiritual energy in these cavities started to increase. Now, Long Haochen’s cultivation speed became a lot faster than at the time he was still at the sixth step. His growth in strength even shocked himself. In only half a month, his spiritual energy was already nearing 11,000 units.

  • Belkar

    Thank you!

  • Robinho Gerginja

    Thank you as always

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • sergioGM

    thanks 🙂

  • MangoGuy

    I wonder if they will be able to destroy the pillar of that snake god…

    • Jonathan Hurd

      I really hope so. It seems like this is the perfect chance and they won’t be getting a better one anytime soon. After DGE is done with the conference between the top 5 DG’s. LHC and his team are going to be on extreme watch list.

      My bet is Cai’er breaks it after LHC kills the 72nd DG and then Hao Yue eats the peices of the pillar.

      • Kaarme

        The 72nd has spent a long time wandering those Dead Marshes, so it’s quite possible he’s not in his prime condition anymore, granting Haochen’s bunch another boon, provided they don’t spend an eternity there as well but find the target promptly.

        • Jonathan Hurd

          I like that idea. The 72 probably has pretty decent poison resistance, but staying as long as he has probably have an effect.

          It will also be pretty hard to call reinforcement in the middle of that fog, much less know where the hell to run to. I like this.

          Another nice advantage is that they are so far from the Frontline that the chances of DG reinforcement seems pretty small as well. Add to that the difficulty of finding your way in and the chances of a weakened DG. This seems like the perfect situation to fight in.

      • Logan Teague

        It’d have to be Cai’er-remember when the knight from the Demon God Slayers said you need at least an Epic tier weapon to destroy a demon god pillar? Everyone else’s weapons are Legendary tier at most, but she has the Dagger of Samsara, and maybe that scythe that turned up when she awakened.

        • leopold1983

          My bet is that demon pillar can’t yet be destroyed. When they were talking about the former wielder of samsara. He managed to wound and destroyed the pillar but it regerated or heal itself and became a legacy of the new DGE and even his successor can summon it.

          If the DGE fear Hao Yue, I’m sure it’s because Hao Yue can either steal the demon pillar or assimilate it or destroy it. That’s why tey are after Hao Yue.

          • Jonathan Hurd

            I like the idea of Hao Yue eating the pillar. He’s already been eating magic beast crystals so it would make sense to me if he eats the pillar and assimilates it’s power.

            From the way the DGE talked a few chapters back it seems that the pillars true purpose is to keep Austin Griffin from traveling to their current world. I think they fear Austin Griffin because he already drove them to the brink once and almost completely destroyed their world. Austin Griffin also seems to have a grudge against them. That can’t feel good.

            For the Scion of Samsara and destroying pillars I think you might be mixing events. The Scion just mortally wounded the DGE of that time. He lacked the power to kill him much less attack the DGE pillar.

            The ones who discovered that how to destroy the pillars was the DGS. Before them no one knew a method or tried. They failed because when they were trying a group of DG’s interfered. They did figure out the requirements though and they also said the pillars have their own rankings.

            I would say LHC and co. definitely meet the requirements to break the weakest pillar. For DGE’s that is a far dream away.

          • Logan Teague

            No, the Scion of Samsara died and took the Demon God Emperor with him-the pillar was unharmed. Old man demon god slayer said to break a pillar, you had to destroy it within half an hour (maybe an hour, but either way-short time) of killing the demon god who owned it, and you needed an Epic-tier weapon and massive amounts of energy.

        • Jonathan Hurd

          That makes sense. I think the Aria of the Goddess of Light was able to reach Unique when LHC fully fused with Hao Yue, but after actually killing the DG I doubt LHC will be in good enough shape to pull that off.

  • Jonathan Hurd

    It seems like they are hinting the 72nd DG is searching for a treasure in these swamps. I’m going to take it for granted that LHC and co are going to steal it. The question for me is what will the treasure do.

    My guesses are it is an item that helps Hao Yue with his next evolution, or it is something that will power/help Cai’er. I would guess it’s for LHC but I feel he will get plenty once they unlock two more holy guards.

    I am also feeling Hao Yue is definitely going into evolution mode after this is done and we’re getting a time skip.

    • leopold1983

      Well, maybe there’s some strange creature which causes the fog and it could be the creature that the 72nd demon god is after. It could be like yating a fairy or a stove or it could also become a mount for one or LHC Follower. I don’t think they all have a mount yet.
      Well to be fair I don’t remember if mounts are knight’s exclusive.

      I guess for Hao Yue the demon god pillar will be the most incentive than anything else. Either Hao Yue assimilate it or destroy it.

      So they discover what the demon god is after kick the crap out of him and feed Hao Yue with the pillar and then teleport wat the demon god was after in the tower of eternity.

      • Jonathan Hurd

        I like the way you think. It would be pretty cool if there is an object releasing this poison mist. Harnessing that as a weapon would be bad ass. I would be happy seeing Hao Yue eat that thing then evolve a poison head. Not sure what element if any poison is under.

        For mounts, the personal mount is mainly a knight thing. Summoners can have a contracted beast which they mainly rely on like McDull. For all the other proffesions I think it’s the norm for the summoner to summon one for them.

  • Gwylon

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • Zeth

    Thank you Totobro!!!!!!!

  • ZaX

    Haochen had his own awakening too afterall. Thanks for the chapter

  • leopold1983

    Thank you Totobro 🙂
    I was afraid you’d forgotten to realease a chapter as of late, you were pretty late.
    Hope everything is fine on your end and as always thanks for your hard work!
    Keep the good work!

    • Robin

      “Late” depends on the time zone. 😛

      • leopold1983

        Well if you look at the date of the post on the blog you’ll see that chapter 408 was posted on the september 19th and the 409 was delayed and posted on september 23rd. Well it was very early on the 23rd and then 410 on 26th and he caught up by releasing the 411 earlier on the 28th.
        For chapter 416 the post was dated by the server on the october 9th and 417 on october 13th and 418 on october 16th.

        Usually it really is posted like a metronome every three days but these two months seemed a bit hectic. And it’s not about time zone it’s the server that timed it.
        So I can say that the time intervalled wasn’t of 3 days but more on these 2 cases. According to the rythm of standard chapters it’s more than 3 days so it’s late and not by time zone but by server’s time.

        • Robin

          I was only making a joke about the actual release time. I didn’t refer to the intervals between, so no need to take my words so seriously.

          Since there is always RL, things like this can happen. I had not that much time myself recently, because things were kind of hectic. All we can do is try as hard as we can to keep up the pace.