Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 452

Shen Yin Wang Zuo, Chapter 452: Divine Snail Shield of Sun and Moon (III)

“We are leaving.” Making use of the light coming from the setting sun, Long Haochen pointed a direction, bringing his comrades there by flight. The group of seven people and four holy guards took the shape of eleven glows of lights, and as they flew at an altitude of two kilometers, the horizon rapidly disappeared from their sight.

At the time they took sixteen Slaughter Missions, Long Haochen made this choice in view of an extensive trip, planning on expending at least one year to complete these missions, without necessarily ending up completing them all.

And on this day, several months later, they didn’t only complete all the missions, but even managed to destroy a demon god pillar, and gained a lot treasures from the trip.

Of course, over these few months, the cost they paid was similarly high. Having paced back and forth a few times between life and death, Long Haochen and Cai’er narrowly died in the hands of demons, and the final result was Cai’er’s loss of memories.

These last few months felt like years to them, and everyone seemed to have matured a lot from the experiences they had during this time.

It was not for no reason that Long Haochen led his group north. By heading in this direction to leave the Andro Province, they could keep themselves away from the main demon forces. That was because the Central Demon Province was at the south. If the Demon God Emperor or another demon god were to sense the death of Andromalius or the destruction of his demon god pillar, they would be bound to send powerhouses from the south. For this reason, leaving from the south or the west could lead to a direct encounter with these powerhouses, among whom there could be very possibly extremely powerful enemies. Only by heading all the way north could they keep away from these enemies.

Before entering the Swamps of Gloom, Long Haochen took good care in choosing their path of retreat. First they would head north, before proceeding to the west after reaching the cold regions of the north. This time, their destination of retreat was the Exorcist Mountain Path. Wasn’t it right at the north of the Temple Alliance? Thus it couldn’t be considered so long a detour, yet the safest path.

Of course, they couldn’t keep traveling by flight for too long. First, it comes with a too huge consumption of spiritual energy, and then demons also have abilities of detection. Of course, at present they were in the most inner part of the demon territory, almost at the east coast of the continent. The surveillance of this area was a lot laxer, and in particular, no one would possibly be monitoring the area above the Swamps of Gloom.

Going by flight at full speed, Long Haochen’s comrades of the sixth step started to reach their limits after half an hour of flight. Fortunately, this time was enough for them to leave the range of the swamps.

By the time they set down, it was already deep into the night, but Long Haochen didn’t give his comrades a very long break. Only letting them the time to recover some spiritual energy, even making use of some of the pills prepared beforehand by Lin Xin. Then everyone immediately hastened on their journey, speeding towards north.

After landing back on the ground, Long Haochen called back the four holy guards, and had everyone disguise themselves back into Moon Demons, travelling day and night at rushed speed.

The defenses on the eastern territory were indeed lax. Han Yu summoned his Demonic Eye, and used the Scouting Technique with Eyes of Truth to scan their way, and everyone tried the utmost to avoid areas inhabited by demons, and like that, the trip went on smoothly.

They headed north for about five days, and as time passed, the temperature kept going down. The 64th commander grade Demon Hunt Squad was already close to the tip of the northern territory, and this time Long Haochen changed direction, and started to head west.

On the following trip of half a month, everything extraordinarily went smoothly, even if they encountered two relatively densely populated demon provinces in their path. To their great luck, they didn’t run into any inconvenience, and didn’t discover any large demon armies.

Nightfall. Everyone was seated across a bonfire, roasting provisions.

Long Haochen sat there, wrinkling his brows, seemingly preoccupied by some thoughts.

Sima Xian chuckled, “Boss, what’s up? Our way back is going so smoothly: what could you be worried about? According to the map, we will reach the frontier between the human and the demon territory approximately tomorrow at noon. As long as we pass the demon frontier, we will be able reach our destination, the Exorcist Mountain Pass.”

Long Haochen shook his head, and replied, “Don’t you all find that quite strange? On our way back, we certainly intently took a remote and round-about path, but isn’t it going excessively smoothly? The demon population is so astonishing, but we didn’t even run into a single demon army. This is really abnormal. In fact, we have already crossed many frontiers of provinces on our way.

And as we keep getting closer, we instead keep encountering more and more food transport. Although the demons are stationing large armies here, aren’t these numbers of rations too much?

Han Yu’s line of thinking being the closest of Long Haochen, he immediately reacted to his remark, “Captain, are you saying that the demons are very possibly plotting something of large scale against humans?”

Long Haochen nodded, “It is highly possible. Although I still don’t know how much rations they have brought here, such a high concentration of provision is rarely seen. The armies they are transferring this time must be really considerable, and may even surpass the ones we encountered at the time of our first trial in that same place.”

Sima Xian revealed an angry smile, “Isn’t this an ideal encounter? Since we happen to be encountering them, how about getting rid of some little demons? Speaking of it, War Missions are still in the end the best ones out there. With our abundant rear support, and friendly help in the battlefield, we can go all out in the battlefield without worries.”

Times could be said to have changed for the 64th commander grade Demon Hunt Squad, compared to their first excursion in Exorcist Mountain Pass. They were now a lot stronger. Sima Xian’s words raised the spirits of the whole group.

After continuous experience of death and life, trials of iron and blood, while maturing, their strength also increased. The battlefield was not only the best place to hone their skills and experience, but also a place where they would gain many rewards.

Long Haochen ordered, “Han Yu, from today on, you will have the Demonic Eye keep its Hawk’s Eye and Eyes of the Truth activated. And maintain your vigilance everyone. We will have some rest here this evening and tomorrow as well. After days’ of rushed travelling, everyone must be quite tired. Since the Exorcist’s Mountain Pass can possibly get attacked by the demons, we shall rest here until getting back to our peak state. I reckon that crossing the frontier won’t be easy.”

Indeed, they didn’t waste any time ever since leaving the Swamps of Gloom. Although everyone still had some energy left, after having travelled at full speed every day, the group was in the end very tired. In particular, the main point was that they were still in demon territory, and thus had to always remain on high alert, so everyone was somewhat tired.

After taking warm provisions, Long Haochen gave a gentle look to the nearby Cai’er, feeling at peace.

Over the past few days, Cai’er attitude towards him had gotten a lot better. At least she didn’t remain as vigilant as when she had just lost her memories. And gradually, she had also gotten more familiar with the others. What made Long Haochen most delighted was that her grasp over her abilities was gradually coming back, her control already being at least back to eighty percent of her original level. Her development seemed to continue smoothly. Long Haochen also believed that meeting her parents and relatives would help greatly in recovering her memories back.

Ever since his baptism by the Divine Snail of Sun and Moon, Long Haochen’s mind seemed a lot more stable. The negative feelings he had accumulated through so many years of self discipline ended up being cleansed thoroughly, his pure heart as a Scion of Light was completely back. This made not only his thinking all the more thorough, and his maturity reinforced but also affected his attitude, resolution and calm.

Cai’er seemed to be sensing Long Haochen gaze. Right after she raised her head at him, the two of them looked at each other. The corners of Cai’er’s mouth raised slightly, she revealed a moving smile.

Long Haochen was stupefied, suddenly realizing that Cai’er’s current predicament wasn’t bad either. Although she lost all her memories, it also released her from all the painful memories from her childhood. It was only that he didn’t know when he would be able to regain his past intimacy with her. How he wanted to hug her in his embrace!

After resting for one night and a whole day, everyone in the 64th commander grade Demon Hunt Squad felt in high spirits. Ever since the day they had arrived in demon territory, aside from the period of time they spent at the team section in the Jacques City, this was the first time they were able to get such peaceful rest.

The day was coming to an end, and night fell gradually. Long Haochen chose this timing to set out with his comrades again, heading for the frontier.

With the help of the Demonic Eye serving as their main scout, they advanced with utter care. Far ahead, the demon camps were already in their view. At the time everyone was close enough to survey the scene from above, they couldn’t help but shiver.

The faces of every one of them instantly looked unsightly.

Compared to the last time they saw it, these demon camps were at least three times greater scope. In fact, among demons, only middle and high ranked demons would be able to reside in camps, whereas lower ranked ones like Dual Bladed Demon would only be able to reside in the wilderness.

The camps near the Exorcist Mountain Pass were originally not small at all, but with its size shooting up by threefolds, the size of their army ought to exceed a million men. In fact, even if the demons were to bring their entire race to arms, an army gathering a million of them was an incomparably terrifying sight. These were incomparable numbers already.

And atop of that, the most shocking wasn’t these numbers. What shocked them the most was that when surveying the camp from afar, they could clearly see that eight glows of different colors were shooting up, faintly lighting up the area of the camps like rays shot at the sky.

Demon god pillars! These were actually eight of them, meaning that eight demon gods were keeping watch. And furthermore, the light spreading from two of them was really intense, making it clear that these ones weren’t ordinary, belonging to mighty demon gods of the top ten.

Just what are demons up to? Are they planning to launch a full scale attack? Everyone in Long Haochen’s group had these same thoughts.

At the sight of these seemingly endless camps, Long Haochen pondered. The others remained silent, and all were waiting for his verdict calmly. An army of a million demons, with eight demon gods overseeing it. Can one really describe it otherwise than overbearing?

  • leopold1983

    Thank you Totobro!

  • Foodnapk

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • sergioGM

    thanks 😀

  • Hekata

    thanks a lot! 😀

  • Kaarme

    It could be that the demons actually overestimated the team that had taken out of the pillar, giving up on trying to search the whole demon realm for them. Either they thought the team of supposed powerhouses would have already made it back to the human lands or perhaps they thought the best chance to catch them would be simply guarding the border. Launching a huge attack against humans could be enough to draw that pillar killing team to the site of the battle, as well.

    If the demons reckon Hao Yue is the only thing capable of destroying pillars, they might also overestimate his strength (development), as DGE and others wouldn’t have known the snake demon god was half-dead already when the demon hunters attacked. In this case the demons would be quite scared and desperate.

    • Jonathan Hurd

      I don’t think they see Hao Yue as the only one capable of destroying a DG pillar. Otherwise they wouldn’t of sent in about 5 DG’s to stop the DGS’s attempt to destroy one.

      I think the biggest thing is it just isn’t worth finding that one specific Demon Hunter Team at this point. Since searching all the Demon Territory and knowing there are Safe Houses the Alliance set up. Finding them is almost impossible. Then we add in the fact that they killed a DG and a DG pillar that means the only real ones who can probably intercept them would be a couple of DG’s at that point…

      If you ask me though I think this current move of the Demons might be more related to the meeting the DGE had with the top five DG’s. I am just guessing, but I think the reason why LHC and Co had such an easy time getting back is that this was being setup before they destroyed the pillar and it was too late to redistribute now.

      • Kaarme

        Hmm… At first I did think amassing a million demon’s army should still take more time than Haochen’s group’s detour, but wouldn’t most of these demon forces be stationed relatively close to the human lands in any case? Demons might fight each other, but their primary concern is still the humans.

        It’s hard to say for now. You might be entirely correct as well.

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂

  • Kamika Kamila

    Thanks for new chapter!

  • Majk

    No surprise here after all the DGE knows about HY with 100% certainty right now and even if he didnt feel anything form the demon pillar getting destroyed the Star DG probably noticed something.

    Now this will be interesting since the DGE is a such a fun character he might not actually go for HY but instead maybe just announce that if LHC agrees to become one of his successors then he won’t destroy the mountain pass.

    Or alternatively maybe he will for an alliance with humans to find LHC and his team since he now knows who he is looking for and LHC might have to spend some time on the run. Maybe even on HYs word since DGE has shown that he can turn into different dimensions like in the paradise. Hell if he tells the humans the story that most demons believe in (that HY destroyed their world) then the humans might go for him since a world with demons is still better then no word at all.

    Or or a full on war brakes out and many people die on both sides but then it settles down because HY manages to destroy a few more demon pillars forcing them to focus solely on defending the rest.

    Man its been a while since I commented here and this one is probably full or grammatical errors but sorry dear reader I am to tired to care.

    • Majk

      After re-reading this I have to say that I dont know how to feel about the second one (LHCs team on the run). On one part it would be fun since I would like to see them struggle a bit again plus we would get to see more of this words and maybe HYs world (I imagine they would use the tower as the main hub but then HY would notice DGE slowly locking on to them take them to his world).

      On the other hand, I am one of those people that think that this series was way better when it had less fighting scenes. Seriously if there’s 1 thing I will always dislike about it is that one fight can take up 3 parts while in reality almost nothing happens and I am not even talking about important fights. To me the perfect ration in this was in the Demon Hunt Competition’s. Great fights but before and after each one we got some of the best stuff.

      • Jonathan Hurd

        I feel like LHC and Co getting sold out to the enemies is basically impossible. Starting with the fact that selling humans to the Demons is basically the fastest way to destroy the entire Alliances Unity. There is also the fact that LHC is held in high standing of the Knights, Warriors, and even the Assassin’s Temples. Two of those temples at least would go to war with the rest if they try to hand over LHC.

        I think an all out war is also pretty unlikely considering that the Demons are now at the weakest they have ever been. The DGS’s are still alive as far we know. Humanity is not so weak as to just be pushed over without taking quite a bit with them. So going a full all out offensive still seems to be just as bad an idea as it was before. Also if they were doing that I think they would of brought more than just 8 DG’s.

        What I think this is, is a power play. I think through that last burst of Austin Griffin’s power the DGE has confirmed that Austin Griffin is alive as well as getting close to full power. So I think he wants to negotiate with the Alliance. To do that though he is trying to strengthen his position by showing how many forces he has behind him. It kind of works as a show of strength and as a kind of open threat to what will happen if negotiations break down.

        I think the point of the negotiation will probably relate to Hao Yue and information about Austin Griffin. The demons are more than likely going to try and offer up everything they own to secure him even if that means a truce. So I kind of like that idea.

        • Majk

          Should have explained this better. I was not really going for a full on betrayal form the human side but rather something along the lines of: hey lets pretend to do this so that we wont go into a full out war that will destroy the human and demons.
          Basically I imagined that they would let LHCs team run and then give them some support form the shadows.

          Trading of information about HY might be one reason why humans would turn on LHC (not directly but I can see LHC run of with HY).

          After all while there seams to be some hidden truth to it the official story that the demons are spreading is that HY destroyed their whole planet forcing their spicies to come to this one. Knowing this humans could not only start to fear HY but some of the lower rank people might even start to hold some grudge/resentment towards him.
          After all most demon hunters and just soldiers have a profound hate for demons because they lost people who they knew to them so finding out that there is a single being that they can blame for it could drive a lot of people to hunt for HY. I am basing this more on real life than what we saw in the LN but even in the LN to most people HY would be just a strong beast and nothing more.

          Of course I dont think that the people who “rule” over the alliance would do that but the lower ranking people might.

          • Kaarme

            Unless Hao Yue himself says something, everything until then is dubious (mis)information from the demons. I mean, Hao Yue was essential for destroying the first ever pillar, and what do you know, the next day the demons come to humans and tell them to get rid of Hao Yue because he’s so dangerous. Who would buy that? Speaking of real life, no nation that acquired a nuclear weapons arsenal ever got rid of them. We all know how good those things are for our planet and humanity. Humans are arrogant things that imagine they will be able to keep things under control even if others couldn’t.

      • Kaarme

        It never visited my mind DGE could actually want to negotiate with
        humans, even though he has done that before, even if it wasn’t really
        much. A good point. However, like Hurd said, the humans wouldn’t agree to much. Once Haochen gets back home and reveals a pillar is destroyed, the demons’ position is suddenly much weaker as well. After all these centuries of not being able to take down a single pillar, it seems unlikely humans would be hasty to betray the one being that unprecedentedly allowed them to get rid of the first DG for good.

        • Majk

          See that makes me thing that they will act like they betray LHC (let them run and then help them for mthe shadowns) and his team even more since that would allow them to act in the shadows. After all even of they can destroy the pillars its not instantaneous plus HY uses up a huge amount of power and his own life force to do it so he would need to rest after words.

          What I mean is that destroying the pillars in an all out battle field would be borderline impossible. So it would be more beneficial if LHCs team gets to work more in the background hunting down 1 DGP at a time.

          • Kaarme

            Haochen and his buddies aren’t terminators. Under such a scheme they would burn out. Personally I feel like one great thing about these Chinese novels is how people are rewarded for their deeds. Their gain wealth and prestige. That’s what keeps people going.

            I’ve said it before, but even deciding whether or not to openly celebrate Haochen’s team as the pillar destroyers is a question of grave importance. However, to seemingly publicly sell them out to the demons now, even if they were aided in the shadows, would not only destroy Haochen’s team mentally but it would send all kinds of wrong signals to the humans of the Alliance.

  • Psyside

    I think this is likely a blocade so no one enters or exits. For them to intercept LHC group. Since they are on the lookout

  • Anto Wibowo

    Thank you for the chapter! Really can’t have it easy huh.

  • ZaX

    Things just reached a whole new level of serious. Thanks for the chapter

  • Zeth

    Thank you very much Totobro!!

  • Yato_Delivery_Servic3

    Interesting chapter
    Thanks Toto

    I doubt they are there to negotiate or the alliance would’ve already sent people for that, I’m pretty sure they know 8 DGs are at their doorstep. I feel they are waiting for something. This feels like an ambush, like maybe they distract the alliance at Exorcist mountain and the actual plan of the DGE is being carried out elsewhere.

  • MangoGuy

    good question..should she get back her memory to relive both her torture and her falling in love or should she stay the same?

  • gilson

    Thanks for the chapter!

  • Hello

    I do not usually comment, but I could not prevent myself from doing it right now as I read the chapter.

    First of all, thanks for the chapter!

    Now… Quoting the fourth paragraph of this chapter:

    [Of course, over these few months, the cost they paid was similarly high. Having paced back and forth a few times between life and death, Long Haochen and Cai’er narrowly died in the hands of demons, and the final result was Cai’er’s loss of memories.]

    […Long Haochen and Cai’er narrowly died in the hands of demons…]

    You sir have just killed the two main characters!

    I had to post this, it made me laugh and wanted to share for those who might have missed it so they can have a smile too~