HJC – Book 23, Chapter 196.2

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Zhou Weiqing’s heart was filled with fear. He was already in the Dragon-Tiger Transformation state all this while, and his Ice Cold Perception was at its maximum. For him to have such feelings in such a state, one could just imagine how much danger, how serious this attack truly was.

This was the first time the Ice Cold Perception had failed him. Even in the instant that his enemy had struck out at him, Zhou Weiqing did not even sense his presence. One could just imagine how skillful he was at concealment. Currently, Zhou Weiqing only had one thought. To live! To survive!

As he rolled around in midair, the Ward of the Demon God had already sprang into existence, along with the automatic Immortal Deity Shield. Added to his Six Ultimate Godly Light Formation’s lightning screen around him, as well as his body’s power physical defense in the Dragon-Tiger Transformation state, Zhou Weiqing could be said to be already in his strongest possible defensive state that his body currently possessed.

Despite all of that, the black rapier which darted about like a venomous snake had still managed to leave a deep trail of blood on Zhou Weiqing’s chest area. If not for the fact that his instinctive sense of danger had allowed him to roll away at the last second, his heart would have been pierced through in that strike.

What terrifying offensive capabilities! Zhou Weiqing felt that even if it were his Master, just comparing the instantaneous burst of power in a single point, this assassin might even be slightly higher!

His Blink Skill only gave him a split second of time to catch a breath, and the rapier that was like a disease which had invaded deep into one’s bones 1 had already reached his throat once more.

In the face of such critical danger, Zhou Weiqing’s depth of potential erupted once more. Five bouts of dark-gold light instantly sprang into existence nearly simultaneously. One after the other, they exploded in a horrible scraping sound, but they had successfully blocked that terrifying black rapier for the split second that he needed.

Only at this point did Zhou Weiqing finally see what this assassin looked like. It was an ordinary face, ordinary to the point that no one would be able to pick him out of a crowd. He looked to be around twenty years of age, fully expressionless, and it was almost clear that he was wearing a mask. He was dressed in a set of ordinary Kalise Empire Infantry Soldier’s uniform, which was covered in fresh blood. Clearly, he had been hiding within the Kalise Empire Infantry Battalion previously.

Zhou Weiqing did not have the time to think about where this foe had come from, and who had sent him to kill him. All he could do now was try to stay alive.

A giant black tiger’s illusory figure formed behind Zhou Weiqing’s back. However, it was not the Dark Demon God, as it did not have the scorpion’s tail or the massive wings. Instead, it was the Entropic Nether Tiger!

As that formed, the black rapier had finally pierced through the five Consolidating Equipment God Protective Aura. Unbelievably, the five protective shields had barely lasted a split second, only managing to slow the attack slightly before it once again pierced towards Zhou Weiqing.

The Ward of the Demon God and the Immortal Deity Shield had turned back on, but once again they were torn aside just so easily. Like a small bolt of lightning, the black rapier pierced right through Zhou Weiqing’s throat. At this point, Zhou Weiqing’s ‘Hate Ground no Handle’ Legendary Set did not yet cover his head or neck, and he also did not have any chance to dodge such a swift blow.

“NOOO!!!” In the distance, both Shangguan Xue’er and Tian’er howled in sorrow. Instantly, both of them used their respective secret arts to increase their speed to the maximum. Alas, they were still not in time.

However, the subsequent scene caused this powerful assassin to stare dazed for a moment.

That was because, though the black rapier had pierced through Zhou Weiqing’s throat, it did not draw any blood at all. Instead, Zhou Weiqing’s Legendary Hammers smashed out savagely towards him.

A powerful glow of lightning burst forth as the Six Ultimate Godly Light Formation circulated to its maximum. Zhou Weiqing gathered almost all his remaining Heavenly Energy onto his Hammers. The black rapier was just too quick, so much so that Zhou Weiqing did not even have the time to release any Skills. All he could chase for was for his strike to land, as he knew that this would likely be his only chance. If he missed it… perhaps the only result for him would be death.

Facing the Legendary Hammers’ attack, the black clad assassin’s reaction was equally fast. Lifting his left hand, palm outwards, he struck out in a parrying motion to clash directly with the Dual Legendary Hammers.

A massive explosion, as if a bolt of thunder in the skies, and Zhou Weiqing’s entire body flew back.

The terrifying strength of the ‘Hate Ground no Handle’ Legendary Set proved its worth once more. Although the cultivation level and power of the powerhouse assassin was far higher than Zhou Weiqing, but facing the full power of the Legendary Hammers, his entire body which had been moving swiftly was actually stalled in midair, his upper body actually forced to snap back from the massive impact. Zhou Weiqing also seized the opportunity and the throwback of the impact to allow himself to be flung back, temporarily escaping the black rapier’s attack.

It could be said that Zhou Weiqing’s abundant combat experienced had saved him. All his efforts had given him just enough time to release his next step at the last possible second. The Heavenly Skill Image he had summoned earlier was the secret defensive Skill of the Entropic Nether Tiger, the ‘Nether State’, granting him the temporary immunity to physical attacks which had allowed him to survive that lethal blow to the neck. At the same time, the power of the ‘Hate Ground no Handle’ Legendary Set and the blow of the Legendary Hammers was just enough to give him time to catch his breath.

At this moment, Shangguan Xue’er was charging right at the front, barely three hundred yards from Zhou Weiqing. Tian’er was close behind her, but Lin TianAo had fallen behind, as his speed was not his strong point.

His reinforcements were clearly arriving soon, but Zhou Weiqing did not dare relax at all. The moment his foe had struck out at him, he had sensed that it was a Heavenly King Stage powerhouse. However, this was no ordinary Heavenly King powerhouse, but one trained in the arts of assassination. For a Heavenly King to actually use such ambushing tactics against a mere six-Jeweled Heavenly Jewel Master… Zhou Weiqing could count his lucky stars that he had managed to survive!

However, this Heavenly King Stage powerhouse’s cultivation level was already at the max, and even despite Zhou Weiqing’s sheer power, his foe had been able to shunt it off in time.

Besides the black rapier in his hands, this Heavenly King powerhouse did not seem to have any other Consolidated Equipment. As Zhou Weiqing used the time that his Legendary Hammers had earned, the wings behind his back flapped crazily, increasing the momentum he had from being thrown back as he attempted to fly away. At the same time, he used the Silver Emperor Lightning Pierce to increase his speed by three times as he flew off.

Facing a Heavenly King stage powerhouse, especially one with such terrifying offense, with even all his powerful defenses seeming like paper in front of him… Zhou Weiqing was clear that in order to survive, he would need to join up with Shangguan Xue’er and Tian’er, only then would they have a chance. Otherwise, despite his previous success, it would barely take a few more blows for his foe to take his life.

Ever since he left the Heavenly Snow Mountain, Zhou Weiqing had been extremely confident about his own strength. After all, even the Heavenly Snow Mountain’s disciple, prince of the Lion Tribe, had not been able to defeat him. As a result, his own confidence had perhaps grown too inflated. Right at this moment, he truly understood that in this world, there were just too many things unknown, too many things he had to learn. Just like how he had taken so many people by surprise, if he was too overconfident, he would pay that same price that those who had fallen to him did. This Heavenly King stage powerhouse in front of him was indeed terrifying, far beyond what he could manage on his own.

The short pause did not cause the the Heavenly King Stage assassin to slow down much, and he certainly did not stop. Even as his left hand had been knocked away by the sheer force of the impact, another series of black lights sprang out from his body. As Zhou Weiqing unleashed his Silver Emperor Lightning Pierce, he was shocked to suddenly find himself slamming into a web of black, and in moments, the terrifying keen piercing edge seemed to approach from behind.

This…? This is the Touch of Darkness?! Could the Touch of Darkness could be used in such a manner? Zhou Weiqing was truly taken aback. This black web that had blocked his way, wasn’t it the Touch of Darkness that was so familiar to him? The Darkness Skill that was one of his earliest Skills and had served him so well. The twelve tentacles of the Touch of Darkness had instead formed a large web in the skies, instead of trying to grab or grapple him, it was just used to forcefully block his way and prevent him from flying with his Silver Emperor Lightning Pierce’s boosted speed. In this way, no matter all his flying speed, he was actually unable to move forward even if he had not been actually Controlled.

The black clad assassin was just too fast. Just as Zhou Weiqing had stalled for an instant, a cold chilly sensation gushed through him as the point of the rapier pierced right through his back and out his chest.

The black rapier had struck so craftily, piercing right through the tiny gap of Zhou Weiqing’s currently incomplete ‘Hate Ground no Handle’ Legendary Set, from his upper back neck area all the way to the front of his chest. Although it did not pierce through the Consolidated Equipment at all, the terrifying frigid cold caused Zhou Weiqing’s heart to sink to the depths.

Luckily, the ‘Nether State’ was still in effect 2. With the physical immunity, once again the black rapier did not take his life and destroy his body. However, the terrifying darkness energy within the rapier still burst forth, raging crazily within him.

The ‘Nether State’ was truly worthy of the Heavenly God Tier Skill that it was. Even under such a supreme disadvantageous situation, it still managed to barely protect Zhou Weiqing. It brought a total physical immunity, and though energy attacks were not immune, they would still have to erode the Nether State’s energy before actually being able to harm Zhou Weiqing. As such, Zhou Weiqing could sense that the time of the ‘Nether State’ lasting was rapidly reaching its end before its normal time. From the looks of things, it would no longer be able to save him for much longer.

The black clad assassin was currently behind Zhou Weiqing, slightly above in a vantage position. His mouth curved in a mocking smirk as he looked down on the youth. Although he had truly been impressed by Zhou Weiqing’s reactions and skills over the past few seconds in reacting to his attacks, that did not stop him from killing Zhou Weiqing. In truth, the reason why he only had a single black rapier in his hands and no other Consolidated Equipment was actually very simple. The black rapier in his hand was not a single Consolidated Equipment, but an Assembly Set Sword! Just like how Lin TianAo had created an Assembly Set Shield, this black rapier of his was actually formed out of eight Consolidated black rapiers in an Assembly Set. He was just one step away from reaching his ninth and last one, where it could be considered a Legendary Set!

Ordinarily speaking, a set of eight could already be barely considered a Legendary Set. However, for Assembly Sets, they were an exception. That was because their earlier pieces were all lower quality and weaker, that was the only reason they could continue stacking on in an assembly. Even so, a rapier that consisted of eight Assembly pieces… one could just imagine how terrifying the offense was. In a stark contrast and reversal from Lin TianAo’s aspirations, this black clad assassin had chased after an ultimate offense.


Zen’s notes: The title of this chapter is ‘The sudden assassination’. This chapter only has 2 parts, and I usually put the title at the end but it was too much of a spoiler in this case so I’ll leave it until tomorrow or the day after before I add in the title 🙂

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  1. A direct translation. Basically means an enemy which is hard to deal with
  2. It’s actually not clear from the phrasing whether its still in effect, or he used it again. However, since the time is so short, I believe it should be the former


31 thoughts on “HJC – Book 23, Chapter 196.2” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. I would think so too normally but how would they even know ZW was there? The only ones who even know ZW has come back to liberate his empire are officials from the Fei Li Empire. Maybe someone there has decided to betray ZW for some reason.

  1. How is this assassin even here? There is no information about ZW having taken Crescent City. It was 3 days before the Kalise Empire even knew it was taken and that was only because there were some soldiers that were supposed to have met others but never showed and that tipped them off that something happened. And even then, they still wouldn’t have any information about ZW leading this group of soldiers so I don’t know how there’s suddenly a Heavenly King stage assassin there to kill him.

    1. Maybe he is the dead dudes teacher? But I agree it seems strange. Maybe we will find out. :/ But if he really is at the level he is claimed to be… Can it be that these people are put all around? Maybe they are from one of the … what are they called. The same as the palace and mountain. Maybe they are on a mission to controll the direction the wars are going in and have sendt a bunch of really high level people to join into the ranks without anyone knowing. It may be that the reason its only 1 here is that they should not be in a real battle at all.

      We did hear that there had been some battles going on that had been really one sided. And that one of the nations had not done anything to push back. What if they are in on it, OR that the leaders have been taken down and the masked dudes have found a way to take the leadership of the nation. I guess I am just saying something big may be up and we are just seeing a single spike of the whole wall.

      1. The Blood Red Hell is the place you’re thinking about. I don’t think they would just randomly send a bunch of their people all over the place to control how the invasion is going. The strongest person in the entire Heavenly Bow Empire is Admiral Zhou and he’s only an 8 or 9 jeweled Heavenly Jewel Master and he’s currently sealed in the capital. There’s no reason to send 10 jeweled Heavenly King level people if the strongest person the opposition has is both lower level and sealed away. I’m thinking some people in the Fei Li Empire have betrayed ZW for one reason or another and either sent their own assassin’s after him or contacted the Blood Red Hell to do it instead.

  2. Once again the author goes full retard… His master came along because he was so worried about Zhou little rapists safety, but then all of a sudden he changes his mind and ofc out of nowhere this assassin guy appears. It all feels so forced and nonsensical. It kinda makes me wish the assassin just kills him so this bs will end.

    1. I would think his worry was with the… damit the names. Seeing as they had powerhouses that may have been a problem and they where at their capital it would make sense if he would want to make sure nothing whent out of line. However, now he is supposed to be safe. That the dude leaves is not the strange part. Who in their wold would expect someone to come and attack like that? Assassins fine, but on that level? It do not make sense. However… We have gotten hints to something strange happening. What it is only 1 of these insane powers there for they are not ment to face any real enemies. What if every army has several of those monsters hidden. It may not even be known to the generals. It may be outside forces trying to take power. Being that skilled, would it be hard to kill off some of the leaders of a country and replace them with fakes for example.

      It seems to me something bigger is going on.
      It may also be that he had more pointers to give Zhou but at this point he felt it was ok to leave. That the dude would not stick around all the time only makes sense. If he has the 2nd most powerfull dude breathing down his neck. That is not all that good.
      And again, consider what dangers Zhou would really be in. What is the chance a true powerhouse would come along. They do not grow on trees. People able to put Zhou in danger numbers probably under 1000, if not under 500. It should at least not be many. If that country had powerfull people able to do such damage around, it would make FAR more sense for it to be where they would fight at the frontline. Having a random monster like this. That just breaks all sense. Should someone of that level not be the general at least?

    2. Obviously, his Teacher was concerned only about the Fei Li empire. His actions in leaving are perfectly plausible and definitely not forced or nonsensical. The heck are you talking about?

      1. Not really, I agree that this is too forced and nonsensical. For a master that’s been alone all his life to finally have a precious disciple that’s like a son to him, ZW is a precious treasure that he would do all he could to protect and nourish to ensure he reaches Heavenly King stage before 30. Furthermore he knows full well how many enemies ZW has and how many would love to take him out of the picture before he can grow to his full potential, only a waste of a teacher would abandon their disciple in this way before he’s powerful enough and has at least reached Heavenly Dao. It was forced for plot, pure and simple, and while his assumptions would normally be accurate, with a disciple as precious as that he shouldn’t take his chances on betting with it, and likely wouldn’t considering how rare a 6 attribute person is.

        1. That is neither here nor there – Xianxia teachers have a penchant for believing in leaving their students in harsh conditions. As long as there are no Heavenly Emperors to interfere, Long Shiya will not necessarily feel too worried about Zhou Weiqing. While your points are solid, they don’t invalidate mine. It doesn’t feel forced at all. The only things that feel forced in this story are the rape scenes.

    3. Murphy’s law, the author just made Long Shiya leave Zhou Weiqing thinking that he is safe from all except for heavenly kings and up, but he gets attacked by a max heavenly king the next moment…. If this isn’t forced, I don’t know what is.

      A max level heavenly king powerhouse just so happens to appear when Long Shiya just left lol.

      Well all of it doesn’t matter because we all know MC has ‘Plot Armor’

  3. Anyone else wondering if the Darkness energy even matters? He’s supposed to be immune to all Darkness abilities and such, though the heavenly energy itself may pose a bit of issue, the Darkness itself should be harmless to him. Also anyone else getting about fed up with every single enemy busting through mc’s God Tier Protective Aura’s like paper yet working for everyone else? Annoying as hell, I know he’s usually in underdog fights for that increased ‘tension’ but still aggrivating.

  4. teacher leaving and MC gets a beating. We have had that already. With the lion prince. My guess is this is a Blood Red Hell retard that wanted to screw the princess. The usage of darkness element makes it obvious.

    Author re-using the same plot for another woman. I am not surprised.
    MC using all his energy to kill a 6 jeweled physical master is absurd. Him using all the energy should be able to explode the whole garrison.

    The whole rating is absurd. He can deal with a 9 jeweled heavenly master and 11 jeweled masters are forbidden to partake in fights. what a blatant hole.

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