Book 10, Chapter 34

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Book 10, Baruch – Chapter 34: A Beast of Burden?

Under Linley’s gaze, the Four-Winged Fallen Angel only smiled. “Lord Linley is currently a ranking member of the most powerful experts in the entire Yulan continent. I think you most likely wouldn’t lower yourself to attack me.” The Four-Winged Fallen Angel was nothing more than a mid-stage Saint, after all.

Even twelve years ago, Linley and Bebe could have effortlessly killed this Four-Winged Fallen Angel.

“Help me send a message to O’Casey.” Linley glanced at the old man.

“Lord Linley, please tell me what you need.” The old man said humbly.

Linley said calmly, “He has chosen to join forces with the Radiant Church. This is an extremely foolish act. In the future, he will definitely regret it.”

The old man nodded. “I will definitely convey your words to Lord O’Casey. However, I also want to tell you something, Lord Linley. In reality, in the Anarchic Lands, the threat you pose to us is even greater than the Radiant Church.”

“Oh?” Linley laughed.

He understood their meaning. Right now, the only people who posed a threat to him in the Yulan continent were the Five Prime Saints. Linley’s understanding of the Laws wasn’t a match for those Five Prime Saints. After all, whether it was the Profound Truths of the Earth or the Profound Truths of the Wind, he had only reached the level of Higginson and Hayward.

However, the natural abilities of the Dragonblood Warriors were simply too great.

Dragonblood Warriors were ten times stronger than ordinary people to begin with. Thus, even though the Five Prime Saints had a much greater understanding of the Laws…if they were to truly fight against each other, it would be hard to say who was stronger and who was weaker.

Neither the Cult of Shadows nor the Radiant Church had an expert capable of fighting Linley one on one.

Linley being in such a strong position naturally filled the Radiant Church and the Cult of Shadows with fear. Naturally, these two organizations would secretly have the desire to work together. After all, no matter how much territory they held…it was the experts of the organizations that determined their fate.

“I understand what you mean.” Linley suddenly felt that the Four-Winged Fallen Angel was rather amusing. “However, I don’t have much interest in territory. Your Cult of Shadows doesn’t need to fear too much if you ally with the Baruch Kingdom.”

The old man shook his head. “Lord Linley, an expert such as yourself isn’t interested in worldly power, but what about your little brother, King Wharton? Even if your little brother isn’t interested, what about the successors to the Baruch Kingdom? They will continuously expand their territory and have the desire to unify the entire Anarchic Lands.”

Linley was briefly startled…and then he laughed.

“You are an interesting fellow.” Linley chuckled as he glanced at the old man, then turned and disappeared from the room.

After Linley left, the old man secretly let out a sigh of relief. Although from start to finish, Linley hadn’t acted against him at all, even just standing there, he had given the Fallen Angel a sense of dread…he understood that the difference in power between the two was simply too great.

Within the prefectural city of Cod. Right now, a large number of civilians were being evacuated. The prestige of the royal clan of the Baruch Kingdom was very high. Once the order came down, given how imminently threatening the chance of war was, these civilians all obediently evacuated.

Of course, their future homes would all be arranged for.

What was previously a three-story hotel had become the military command center for the prefectural city of Cod. Watts was standing in front of the third floor window, staring down at the evacuation. In his heart, he secretly let out a sigh. He understood…that the homes of these civilians would definitely be destroyed.

To make the prefectural city of Cod a military fort, many residential homes had to be destroyed, and tunnels and pits were dug everywhere.

Although the King had spent an enormous amount of money for the sake of relocating these civilians, for them to give up the homes they had spent twelve years establishing still deeply hurt these civilians.

“Under the unifying force of the kingdom, their lives are much better than twelve years ago.” Watts looked like he was a middle-aged man, but in reality he was in his nineties. He knew exactly how chaotic the Anarchic Lands had been in the past. The orphans alone were countless in number. From this, one could see how brutal the wars had been.

Suddenly, the sound of knocking could be heard.

“Enter.” Watts said calmly.

“Milord, the Grand Marshal has come.” The soldier reported immediately upon entering.

“His Lordship, the Grand Marshal?” Watts immediately said. “Then quick, bring me to him.”

The citizens of the Baruch Kingdom all naturally worshipped those talented, powerful experts who supported the kingdom. The number one person was of course Linley. After him was his Majesty, King Wharton, and then…the leader of the five wargods, the Undying Warrior Saint, Barker.

Within a courtyard behind the hotel.

Barker was seated, enjoying some wine by himself, when Watts ran in and delivered a military salute. “Lord Grand Marshal!” Barker raised his head and glanced at him, then chuckled, “Oh, it is Watts. Come on over. Be at ease.”

Over the past twelve years, the Kingdom had discovered many talented people.

Barker and his brothers normally spent their time training. They rarely got involved in other matters. Watts, however, was a very promising prospect whom Barker had discovered.

“Come, drink.” Barker poured Watts a cup of wine.

Watts asked, “Lord Grand Marshal, the purpose of your journey this time is…?”

Barker laughed. “Didn’t I tell you last time? I told you I’d bring you over thirty magicite cannons.” Watts’ eyes immediately lit up. Barker continued, “I brought a total of thirty-six. These thirty-six magicite cannons have already been prepared.”

“Already prepared?” Watts was worried. “But how would you bring them over? Lord Grand Marshal, those magicite cannons must be in a distant location. Bringing them over will take a huge amount of time. Will we have enough time?”

Barker shook his head and laughed. “For the sake of these magicite cannons, I spent all day travelling.”

Watts was confused.

What did the Grand Marshal mean?

Barker waved his hand in the direction of some empty space in the courtyard.

Instantly, one magicite cannon after another appeared out of thin air. They were divided into four rows, with nine magicite cannons in each row. Each of them were two or three meters long, and the width of the cannon mouths were roughly half a meter. The cannons were covered with complicated magical runes.

Beneath the sunlight, the magicite cannons gleamed with a mesmerizing light.

Thirty six magicite cannons.

“This…this…” Watts was excited.

“Watts, haven’t you heard of interspatial rings?” Barker snickered. “Fortunately, mine is pretty big. It was just able to squeeze these thirty-six magicite cannons. However, for the sake of these thirty-six magicite cannons, I ran around half the Yulan continent and flew for a whole day. Only then did I manage to collect them all and bring them here.”

These thirty-six magicite cannons were all large-caliber cannons.

The size of the cannon mouths and the complicated runes on them were proof of the level of these cannons. Cannons on this level generally couldn’t be bought from the various Empires, but through the connections of the Dawson Conglomerate, they were able to get quite a few.

Through storing them in his interspatial ring, Barker was able to easily bring them all over.

“These thirty-six magicite cannons are equivalent to thirty-six magi of the eighth rank, and they have virtually limitless mageforce.” Barker laughed. Most magi of the eighth rank could only use spells of the eighth rank three times before running out of mageforce.

Even if they had powerful magistaffs, they would perhaps only be able to cast them four or five times.

But these magicite cannons could continue to attack ceaselessly so long as they had magicite gems to fuel them.

“Lord Grand Marshal, with these thirty-six magicite cannons, if we use them correctly, they would definitely be able to match the effect of hundreds of thousands of soldiers.” Watts’ face was filled with irrepressible excitement, and then he laughed. “But of course, I would need enough magicite gems.”

Magicite cannons burned through money.

With each blast, it was as though gold coins were being shot out of the cannon. Without enough wealth, who would be willing to use them?

“Don’t worry. Soon, the magicite gems will be brought over as well.” Barker said with certainty.

“Our enemies are over a million in number. When the battle starts, these thirty-six magicite cannons will definitely use up an astonishing amount of magicite gems.” Watts looked at Barker. “Lord Grand Marshal, to bring over such a high amount of magicite gems will most likely need many people.”

Barker nodded.

He could store the magicite cannons in his interspatial ring, but the size of the ring was limited. If he wanted to move a large amount of magicite gems, his interspatial ring would be too small. He’d have to make over ten trips.

At the magicite mines, they no longer worked under any disguises or pretenses, since the Radiant Church and the Cult of Shadows had already mobilized their armies. They were excavating at full-speed. These magicite mines weren’t like copper or iron mines.

Those materials needed to be smelted. It was a great deal of work.

But magicite gems only needed to be washed, and then they would be divided into grades. They were one of the easier types of minerals to mine for. The only thing difficult about them…was that magicite gems were very tough.

The higher the level of magicite gem, the tougher they were, far more so than ordinary stones.

Ordinary tools wouldn’t be able to dig them out at all.

These miners were all specially selected. They had at least the strength of a warrior of the third rank. Their strength, combined with some special excavating tools, just barely allowed them to dig the gems out.

“Clang!” “Clang!” “Bang!” ….

Digging sounds rang out nonstop. Many people were here digging. Although they weren’t individually fast, all added together, the result was that bags stuffed with magicite gems were constantly being brought out, then divided by level into piles.

It had been two months since they had started mining.

Despite that, they had only finished digging out part of the mine.

“What’s going on? They told us to bring such a huge iron chest and store magicite gems in it. Such a huge iron chest, if used to hold magicite gems, would weigh several million pounds. How would we possibly deliver them?” The garrison troops stared at those enormous metal boxes which were fifty meters long, thirty meters wide, and thirty meters tall. They were all puzzled.

These boxes were very sturdy. Why use such huge iron boxes to store magicite gems?

Although a single magicite gem wasn’t too heavy, a full box of them would definitely be several million pounds in weight. Several million pounds worth of magicite gems…how would ordinary troops possibly move them? It wouldn’t be so bad if they were divided into smaller shipments, but all together…

Not even an interspatial ring would be able to hold such a large amount.

After having mined for two months, the amount of magicite gems they had mined had finally filled this massive chest. They used a large amount of steel chains to bind the entire chest securely. Every single chain was a meter thick, and there were dozens around the chest.

“Later, giant dragons will come to move the chest. All of you be quiet. Don’t cause too much of a ruckus.” The military officer’s order came out.

Giant dragon?

All of the soldiers stared in the sky as they waited.

It was late at night. The full moon hung high in the sky.

Indeed, a massive Tyrant Wyrm over a hundred meters long appeared in the sky. The soldiers below felt the world grow dark, and the natural awesome presence of the Tyrant Wyrm made the pulses of these soldiers speed up. The hundred meter long Tyrant Wyrm landed on the ground.

“Master had me, a noble Saint-level dragon, to carry things for him. Jeeze…” The Tyrant Wyrm, Plaket, secretly sighed.

His fiery, cart-sized eyes swept the nearby soldiers with a glance. His massive nostrils snorted, then his two draconic claws grabbed those sturdy chains. The massive Tyrant Wyrm easily lifted that iron chest which weighed millions of pounds into the air. Beneath the glow of the moonlight, it flew off with the massive chest towards the south, in the direction of the prefectural city of Cod.


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102 thoughts on “Book 10, Chapter 34” - NO SPOILERS

  1. Even twelve years, Linley and Bebe could have effortlessly killed this Four-Winged Fallen Angel.

    Ren I think you should add ‘ago’

    Even twelve years ‘ago’, Linley and Bebe could have effortlessly killed this Four-Winged Fallen Angel.

  2. Thanks Ren and Donators!

    “Thus, even though the Five Prime Warriors had a much greater understanding of the Laws”
    Whoa whoa whoa there. Five Prime Warriors? Isn’t Desri at the very least a Magus? Think it should be Five Prime Saints.

    “Watts, however, was a very promising prospect which Barker had discovered.”
    Think “which” might be better switched out for “whom” since Watts is a person, not a thing.

    “Master had me, a noble Saint-level dragon, to carry things for him.”
    Get rid of “to”.

    Also, the prefecture city of Sherry was mentioned 3 times in this text. I thought the major battle was going to happen in the city of Cod? Why is Watts in Sherry, and why did Barker bring the cannons to Sherry? Also it seems even the Dragon is transporting stuff to Sherry? But the preview in the next chapter says that the city of Cod is expecting the Dragon.

      1. The issue with combatants would be that Deity level guys would be included in that category as well. Then they wouldn’t be the Five Prime ones since there are 5 guys higher than them in there.

      1. Well they said that the city of Sherry would be attacked as a diversion, while the city of Cod would be where the main front of the war would be. I’m just confused as to why the text is saying that Watts, Barker, Cannons, gems etc seem to be heading toward Sherry rather than Cod.

        If Linley loses the war because of a goddam typo… lol.

          1. I think Radiant Church forces would be the ones making the diversionary attack on Sherry.

            Sherry was a former Radiant Church prefecture after all, so I’d expect them to share a border with the Radiant Church. I’d imagine a combined force of Radiant Church and Conclave of Shadows attacking Cod as the main battle.

          2. That would still make the Cult of Shadows the main force in the vicinity of the city of Cod. After all, the Church was willing to take the smaller share, but make the Cult do the heavy lifting in exchange. And that’s assuming that the Cult allows for the Church’s armies to march through its lands. And that they can do it unnoticed and in a short time frame.

          3. My original point about the text citing resource movement to City of Sherry being odd is because Watts had already anticipated the diversionary attack on Sherry and had only sent one additional army there to hold it.

            “The prefectural city of Sherry definitely isn’t the place where the enemy will launch their real attack. They are just trying to tie down our forces. All we need to do is stand our ground.”

            Thus, I’m not sure why they’re shifting cannons and gems to Sherry. The real attack will be on Cod, which is why I think it’s a typo. Furthermore, Cod was the city where they ordered the citizens to be relocated, not Sherry (which the text seems to indicate).

            I’m expecting the Radiant Church army outside of Sherry to march north to link up with Conclave of Shadow army to join the attack on CoD. I don’t think they will waste their resources making a serious attack on Sherry.

          4. They aren’t. It was an error, now fixed. It was a typo; juggling all these city names in my head gets me confused sometimes.

    1. The second one actually may be fine as is, as the ‘which’ refers to the word prospect and while that prospect is a human it should still be ‘which’ to refer to it i believe.

  3. Thanks RWX and DG.

    I’ve been wondering. Wouldn’t it be fine to station a saint or two at the mine’s location? It makes sense that important places like the Royal Palace would have powerful experts in residence, since a threat to such a place would be a threat to the whole kingdom. And I understand that saints get involved if the threat is that serious. And clearly this mine is crucial for the future of the kingdom. And losing it, even a part of it, would increase the danger to them from their enemies. So I see no reason why Linley can’t set up a lounge chair and a beach umbrella near the mine and relax. And if hostile people appear, he can say “I’m on vacation. Get lost or die!”

  4. Even twelve years,
    -> Even twelve years ago,

    the natural abilities of the Dragonblood Warriors was simply
    -> were

    It was just able to squeeze these thirty six magicite cannons.
    I was just able to squeeze in these thirty six magicite cannons?

        1. Don’t think you should get too technical about the meanings of the words chosen in the English translation. Lots of words don’t translate over exactly into English. For example, in Chinese the phrase translated into “squeeze” might mean [to cover, to enclose, etc] without the English connotation of an action being done by a person that you get with “squeeze”.

          Maybe a better version would have been “It was just able to fit these 36 magicite cannons”.

          1. Yes, that version would work perfectly. But in general, I don’t think there’s a problem if the structure of a sentence is adjusted to make it work in English.

      1. it’s the profound truth of text learned by saint level F5 Army :D.
        you better raise your level to saint rank first and then learn
        the law of text.

  5. Thanks for the chapter, Ren! 😀

    I kinda hope the Radiant church uses large scale attacks and Linley jumps in XD
    Seeing Linley and the others join the fight would be alot more interesting (to me) than a war between the lower ranks.

  6. It feels like there’s some dialogue missing:

    Watts: For an army to engage in warfare, establishing and maintaining supply lines is essential…
    Linley: What exactly these supply lines are?
    Watts: [explains]
    Linley: Ah, a dragon express!

    1. Is Linley supposed to forever babysit the kingdom, then? They have an army, they have cannons, they have magicite gems, so they should get to work, no?

        1. Whether it’s a baby or not is determined not by the time since its foundation, but by its economical, military, and administrative strength. It was indicated that the kingdom has undergone an extremely fast growth thanks to the strong leadership and abundant finances, its population is also ferocious, its military is sufficiently large, and now Linley has gone out of his way to compensate for the deficiency due to the lack of the magi corps by equipping them with cannons and gems. If they can’t stand on their own feet after all of that, they might never be able to.

  7. Correct me if im wrong but wouldnt Linley be able to take part in battle so long as he restricted himself to only using magic? he may be a saint rank warrior which is prohibited in combat by the agreement with Desri but he is only a rank nine magus. Sure its pushing the limit of the agreement but in my opinion it is still abiding by the terms of the agreement…

    1. He might be considered a saint in general because his body is built like a saint despite being a lower rank Magus. Imagine if a saint warrior could go to war because he was a third rank Magus.

      1. thats the thing though isnt it? he may have saint level physical capabilities but how many openly known saints (saints not in seclusion) are there that have both saint level warrior while also being a ninth rank magus? as far as i know Linley is quite the anomaly in this respect. i imagine most saints have low ranks in the other (for instance saint level warrior and a rank three magus or a saint level magus and rank three warrior). if the opponent is allowed to use rank nine magi why couldnt Linley restrict himself to just magic and take part in the battle that way?

        another thing i thought of was what about zassler? he has a million strong undead army right? the opponent is the radiant church so i dont see him refusing if Linley asks him to use it. its like they completely forget they have a rank nine necromancer at their disposal…

        1. Agreed about Linley. His Saint-level battle-qi should not influence his spiritual energy, so AS A MAGUS he is imply 9th rank. He should be able to fight, provided that he stayed back and didn’t engage in close quarters.

          As for Zassler… shortly before the 12-year time skip he said that he’d break through in 1-2 years. So although the author hasn’t even mentioned ever since, he should be a Saint already.

    2. Not really since noone would be able to attack him at all… 😛 Well, worst to worst, Linley can just go destroy Radiant Church while Bebe will destroy Cult of Shadows, and whatever, heh.

      1. Its a bit risky for Linley alone with the power of a prime saint to invade the radiant church that has multiple 2nd tier saints and possibly a few secret weapons. Plus the agreement is still in motion. However, gathering saints to invade the cult of shadows is a good idea and doesn’t violate any rules.

        Linley did say the cult would regret their decision.

      2. the enemy not being able to hit him is a problem how? his specialty has always been speed. besides that, its not like he couldnt move faster than most just using windshadow. this is war, you dont have to be fair towards the enemy and you most certainly dont have to let the enemy hit you, in fact i think that is what you should strive to avoid.

        as for Linley wiping out the radiant church, i think even at his current level its a bit too difficult for him to manage. they just have too many experts.

        1. Who says he needs to just charge in like idiot? He can kill few of them and run away, and come back in few hours again. It’s not like they have anyone capable of stopping him once he decides to flee… Most likely not even one of them is capable of wounding him anyway, so as long as he avoids being hit by combo attacks from 2-3 Peak Experts at once, what he can totally accomplish given his speed, he would be in no danger at all. He can insta-kill anyone below Peak Stage… So its basically 1v5… He would have good chance. And if he took Bebe along, victory would be fairly easy.

  8. Thanks Ren and Donors
    also Ren can you change
    “Master had me, a noble Saint-level dragon, to carry things for him. Jeeze…”
    The Tyrant (Worm), Plaket, secretly sighed.

    to

    “Master had me, a noble Saint-level dragon, to carry things for him. Jeeze…” The Tyrant (Wyrm), Plaket, secretly sighed.

    I put the full sentence because it’s so funny 😀

  9. The Baruch kingdom should make use the magical beast in the forest as allies. just use one of the saint dragon to intimidate the beasts into helping.

  10. Linley could also just take his three dragons, Bebe and Haeru, and casually stand in the air above battlefied and say “Dont mind us, we are just watching”. Give some nice speech to his own army, and totally demoralize enemies just by his (and his companions) presence alone. Who would fight with all his might if he knew that in the end what awaits him is certain death – considering it’s offensive, not defensive battle? It’s not like Radiant Church of Cult of Shadows would send their saints to boost morale of their troops as they are too scared to do that… Right? 😉

  11. 12 years ago Zazzler said that he only need 1-2 years to be a Saint-Level Necromancer, but only Barker and Gates that already reach Saint-Level in human form. I also about Rebecca and Lena capabilities as Necromancer, since they have high affinity as pure souls.
    It’s about time for Necromancers to take the stage, I think the last time Zassler summons the undead for battle is when they rescue Barker Brothers. It’s been 6 + 12 = 18 years?? CMIIW

  12. Thanks for the chapter Ren and awesome donor!

    P.S
    I am ready for Orson to die right now. Can an author hate their MC character? Sighs… I thought it was easier be a writer than a reader. Darn… the plot has already been written and story has a bloody end so maybe you will laugh or call it divine irony. Either way, It’s okay, to hate him because even I do this chapter.

    ~ Coiling dragon: Untold Stories

  13. thx ren and donors, i hope you dont mind me saying it but: PLZ hurry up with the next chapter 😀

    I’m dying over here…

    ps.: thx again and sorry for not saying thanks on every chapter

  14. Even twelve years, Linley and Bebe could have effortlessly killed this Four-Winged Fallen Angel.
    -Even twelve years ago,

    Thanks for the chapter.

  15. its like the author completely forgot about zassler,leena,rebecca, and jenne. zassler can summon level 9s what happened to that. i only hope that author is just saving them for now and have them do important roles in the future

    thanks ren and donators :|)

  16. And just like that, Barker has an interspatial ring. For lulz.
    They used to be incredibly rare in the continent, but now the author gives them to even secondary characters behind the scenes. Sigh…

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