Book 10, Chapter 44

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Book 10, Baruch – Chapter 44: Meeting Invitation

The Sacred Isle. The ninth floor of the Radiant Temple.

At this moment, the atmosphere was an extremely depressing one. The air was so thick and stifling, it seemed to have turned solid.

The Holy Emperor Heidens, Praetor Osenno, Zealot Commander Lehman, and Lord Fallen Leaf, the spiritual leader of the Ascetics. These four high level individuals were all present. They were staring at the news they had received. Their faces had all become exceedingly ugly to behold.

Silence!

After receiving this news, nobody spoke. Everyone understood the grave importance this news represented. Perhaps to Linley…worldly power, land, and kingdoms meant nothing. Even if the Baruch Kingdom were to disappear, it wouldn’t mean much to him.

But it was different for the Radiant Church.

“Rat wave. A rat wave!” Lord Fallen Leaf was frowning mightily. His skinny, emaciated face had a bitter look on it. “The terrifying rat wave of the Forest of Darkness. Why do they obey Linley? This is something which had never happened before.”

Heidens spoke in a low voice. “Most likely it is Linley’s magical beast. It is that Saint-level black Shadowmouse that is controlling them.”

“Saint-level rat-type magical beasts should be Violet-Gold Rat Kings!” Osenno shook his head. “Although Linley’s rat-type magical beast is a Saint, but…the Rat Kings of the Forest of Darkness are Violet-Gold Rat Kings. All Shadowmice and Stoneater Rats there listen to the orders of the Violet-Gold Rat King race.”

This was a truth. All the experts of the continent knew this truth.

The highest echelon of the Yulan continent was the five Deities, with the mysterious King of the Forest of Darkness being one of them. In all the records of the Church, even the earliest ones before the High Priest had appeared, there were notes regarding this King of the Forest of Darkness.

The most ancient of the five Deities.

The most mysterious one.

Never showing himself. Never struggling for power.

But nobody dared to offend him. No matter how powerful, no one dared to offend him.

All the major powers knew that this mysterious King of the Forest of Darkness had one hobby; he loved rat-type magical beasts. With his help, the rat-type magical beasts became an enormous, powerful race in the Forest of Darkness, and the Violet-Gold Rat Kings became amongst the highest tier of Saint-level magical beasts.

Even Saint-level magical beasts such as Nine Headed Serpent Emperors, Worldbears, and Bloody-eyed Maned Lions weren’t much stronger than these Violet-Gold Rat Kings.

“Enough.” Heidens frowned. “Enough discussion about why the rat swarm listens to Linley. What matters right now is how to resolve this situation. The situation is extremely grave. I imagine all of you understand this quite well.”

Osenno, Lehman, and Lord Fallen Leaf all maintained their silence.

Heidens glanced at each of them. “The ‘Apocalypse Day’ already caused us to lose over a hundred million believers. The Radiant Sovereign is already unhappy with the loss of so much faith energy. Once Linley takes over the Anarchic Lands, then the Church will definitely be destroyed by him. In less than a hundred years, there will perhaps be few to no believers in the Radiant Church in the Anarchic Lands.

Faith!

This was one of the most important reasons why the Radiant Church existed. They had lost a tremendous amount of faith energy last time. They had been very fortunate, for the Radiant Sovereign had not punished them for this.

But if they were to lose even more…

The repercussions would be unimaginable!

“No matter what, we cannot allow our Radiant Church’s foundations in the Anarchic Lands to be destroyed. This colossal amount of faith energy cannot be allowed to be lost.” Lord Fallen Leaf said in a low voice.

“Right. It cannot be lost.” Zealot Commander Lehman said as well.

Osenno’s lips quirked up. “Faith energy is important to us, but not necessarily to Linley. Linley most likely doesn’t have much interest in land either. We can negotiate with him.”

“Right.” The eyes of the other three lit up.

This wasn’t unresolvable.

Heidens paused for a moment, then immediately ordered, “Since that’s the case, then how about this. Lehman, you stay at the Sacred Isle for now. All matters at the Sacred Isle will be under your control. Don’t allow Linley to ambush us and destroy our headquarters. As for Fallen Leaf and Osenno, you two come with me, along with six Angel Saints.”

The emaciated Lord Fallen Leaf nodded slightly.

Osenno approved as well.

The Radiant Church had human Saints as well, but the potential of human Saints was far greater than that of the Angels. The Church would rather use the Angels as cannon fodder than allow their human Saints to die.

With the Holy Emperor Heidens as their leader, the three pillars of the Radiant Church, Heidens, Osenno, and Lord Fallen Leaf, alongside six Angel Saints, quickly flew away from the Sacred Isle and away from the ocean, heading towards the Anarchic Lands.

As for the Cult of Shadows, the importance they placed on faith power was no less than that of the Radiant Church’s.

The various Saint-level pillars of the Cult of Shadows, such as the Dark Patriarch, also headed towards the Anarchic Lands.

In the southern part of the Anarchic Lands, on a desolate official road, the massive tide of rats accompanied the human warriors in a quite orderly fashion, continuing their attacks. The hundreds of millions of rats and the two hundred thousand human warriors had been divided into ten armies.

Each army had tens of millions of rats and twenty thousand human warriors.

The main use of the human warriors was to placate the citizens of the cities. Within the twenty thousand human soldiers, there was a carriage. This was the only carriage in the entire army.

And within the carriage, there was only…Bebe!

Within the spacious carriage, Bebe stretched his two rear claws out as he lazily lay down while chatting spiritually with Linley. “Boss, five armies under my control have already taken down six prefectural cities and dozens of small cities. How about you? How’s training in the pocket dimension going? Oh, fine…I won’t bother you anymore.”

“I’m so bored.”

Bebe let out a resigned sigh.

Although Bebe was roughly two thousand kilometers away from the magicite mines, Linley and Bebe both possessed so much spiritual energy that, when combined with their ‘bond of equals’ type of soul-binding, they could still chat at such a distance. Their range was double that of Linley and Haeru’s.

Twelve years ago, Linley and Haeru could mentally talk at a distance of a thousand kilometers.

By now, Linley and Haeru could talk at a distance of two thousand kilometers. Linley and Bebe naturally could talk at an even greater distance.

“Hey, where are we? How much farther from the next prefectural city?” Bebe said loudly to the outside guard.

Immediately, the soldier pulled open the carriage window and said respectfully, “Milord, according to the maps, we have another fifty kilometers to the next prefectural city.”

“As far as that?” Bebe muttered, then closed his little eyes. “I guess I’d better take another nap first.”

“The rat swarm is coming, the rat swarm is coming!” Sounds of terror from the city walls.

Atop the walls of this prefectural city, the faces of the thousands of soldiers were utterly pale. Seeing the endless wave of magical beasts in the desolate wilderness, they were all terror-stricken. Even the city governor had giant beads of sweat appear on his forehead.

“What to do?” The city governor was totally baffled.

A nearby city manager said with terror, “Lord City Governor, this rat wave is simply too terrifying. We can’t stop them. It’s…it’s better if we surrender.” As he spoke, his voice lowered to a whisper. The soldiers of the prefectural city on the wall had all seen the enormous number of rats coming, with a thin line of human soldiers mixed in.

“Surrender, won’t kill!”

“Surrender, won’t kill!”

“Surrender, won’t kill!”

The human soldiers immediately let out an enormous unified chant. This earth-shaking chant, mixed with the terrifying, endless rat wave, caused many guards to throw down their weapons. After all, even before the rat swarm had arrived, these people had heard of how terrifying the rat swarm was.

“Lord Bebe.”

The carriage suddenly halted, and Bebe opened his little eyes blearily. Just as Bebe’s eyes were beginning to focus, his little eyes suddenly turned absolutely round, and with a ‘swish’, he disappeared from inside the carriage.

The city had already surrendered, and the countless rats had been preparing to enter the city. But suddenly, not a single rat was moving.

This was because a group of people were standing there in mid-air, the leader of them a skinny, bald man. Heidens. A terrifying aura spread out from Heidens, terrifying the below rats so badly that they all knelt down, not daring to move.

“A Saint-level expert!” The human warriors below felt a hint of terror in their hearts.

Seeing this, a hint of a calm smile appeared on Heiden’s face.

The air quivered, and Bebe, who had previously been inside the carriage, appeared in mid-air. Bebe’s eyes stared fixedly at Heidens. His voice was extremely shrill. “You damn baldy, even Osenno is standing behind you. So you are that so-called Holy Emperor of the Radiant Church?”

Damn baldy?

Osenno, Lord Fallen Leaf, and the two Angel Saints standing behind Heidens felt amused.

A hint of a faint smile remained on Heidens’ face. Like a benevolent father, he looked gently at Bebe. “So you are Linley’s magical beast. I am indeed the Holy Emperor, Heidens. Today, I have come because I hope to have a good negotiation with Linley.”

“Oh?” Bebe’s beady little eyes rolled.

“Alright. You wait.” Bebe said loudly. “My Boss is still back in the Kingdom. I can’t notify him. You’ll need to wait half a day.”

Heidens smiled and nodded. “Fine. Linley can choose the meeting location as well.” Heidens’ attitude was quite modest.

Bebe’s beady little eyes rolled again, and then he said loudly, “Fine. Just stay here at this prefectural city. I’ll come looking for you in a bit.” Bebe let out a sharp screech, and instantly, the rats below all obediently retreated out of the city, no longer attacking it.

Seeing this, Heidens, Osenno, and Lord Fallen Leaf all felt shock in their heart.

As for Bebe, he transformed into a black streak of light, flying towards the north. As he flew, Bebe began to reach out to Linley. “Boss, quick. Stop training. Something big is going down.”

In the depths of the magicite mine, a gentle wind blew past. Linley’s body appeared in mid-air, while Zassler immediately flew out as well.

“Lord Linley, the value of this pocket dimension room is definitely on par with any divine artifact.” Zassler sighed in amazement. This was Zassler’s first trip into the pocket dimension room. Just then, Linley and him had been training inside.

Zassler, having been initiated into the secrets of necromancy, knew many occult mysteries, far more than Linley did.

Zassler knew very well that a Demigod definitely would not be able to create such a stable pocket dimension.

“Enough of that for now. Just then, Barker’s magical beast notified me that the experts of the Cult of Darkness have arrived. And then, Bebe contacted me as well.” A hint of a smile was on Linley’s lips. “The Cult of Shadows and Radiant Church are both frantic now.”

“Naturally.” Zassler laughed. “Lord Linley, you don’t care about territory, but religious organizations greatly value the power of faith. If they lose a huge amount of territory, they might even have a punishment fall down upon them from the Divine Plane of Light.”

“When their soldiers attacked my territory, I endured the entire time. But now, these people have popped out. I want to see what they have to say!” Linley’s eyes had a hint of coldness flash past them.

“Zassler, let’s go.”

Linley’s body transformed into a flash of light, streaking gracefully towards the south. Zassler laughed, then followed him. Only, Zassler’s ‘laugh’, when paired with his deathly, netherworldly eyes, was simply terrifying to behold.

While flying over.

Linley’s eyes turned cold as he issued a mental order. “Haeru, you and those three Saint-level dragons come as well.” Immediately, the Saint-level magical beasts, the Blackcloud Panther, the Tyrant Wyrm, the Golden Dragon, and the Thunder Lizard all flew out of Mt. Blackraven.


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145 thoughts on “Book 10, Chapter 44” - NO SPOILERS

      1. linley, zassler, barker, bebe, Blackcloud Panther, the Tyrant Wyrm, the Golden Dragon, and the Thunder Lizard ( plus zassler’s undead saint army) with every big shot in here it’s a major chance to wipe out radiant church and cult shadow’s experts all together!!! if I were linley i’d do so anyway.

        if desri comes to nag later just say ‘oh desri, I’m sorry I killed them but they started it first! I was just doing some saint level self defending,it’s their fault for being too weak!’ ( make sure to get rid of all the witnesses first )

        1. There another options, Linley could also demand one third of their territory just like Dylin.
          Then continue training in pocket dimension room for a few years until Wharton and the rest of Barker brothers become Saint-level in human forms. Then arrange another extortions negotiations

        2. 1st time, cities fall, duchies taken over, all because of delia

          2nd time, kingdom fall, congregation of saints, all due to bebe’s whimsy suggestion

          two actual hidden boss of the story.

          seems like zassler’s time into the spotlight incoming 🙂

        3. i believe that only the radiant church saints are protected against the Baruch empires saints… the shadow cult merely agreed to the “no saints in mortals wars” claus …

          But still, Linley shouldn’t go back on his word, i like the “Give me a third of everything you own” thing, and force them to gear up all his saints with their best sacred relics.

          If he is REALLY evil, he will demand the head of a peak saint for each duchie he is to spare from the radiant side… and riches to stop his invasion after only taking the duchies, and not go into their core provinces for another, oh, 20 years?

          And the shadow cult can’t touch his family

          1. In another 20 years probably 3 of Baruch Heirs will also become Saint-level combatants 😀

          2. Yeah, but what if they proclaim “If you attack us, we will do our utmost best to take your friends and family to graves with us!”? Linley needs to reach at least Diety level before wiping them out 😉

          3. 20 years? Pffft Linley will reach the deity rank before that’s up!

            Everyone else would be saint ranked and his kids/nephew would also be saint ranked after transforming (maybe?).

            60 year old deity Linley… all the other deities would be shocked at how much time they wasted! Bawahaha!

          4. after the big shots are ‘killed by linley’,what can those little shits do!!! “ha ha ha ha come if you have a death wish I’ll always be willing to give you,poor souls a free pass to infernal realm!”

          5. @Yasu9, The agreement also said that only Linley was allowed to seek vengeance against the radiant church. the others can only kill the shadow cult.

            As for the agreement’s validity after killing of these top brasses, the main power was always Desri, and Linley is not yet in a powerful enough position to piss of his friend, the friendliest of the 5 principal saints and open up for his family to be targeted by assasins

          6. Teenage Linley was angry and hasty, his vengeance plan almost cost his life.
            Current mature Linley should be more wise and calculating, as been proven when he choose Delia safety over revenge 12 years ago. Buy time and silently training in Pocket Dimension Room probably his best option to utterly destroy Radiant Church in the future.

            Although Bebe and Gates probably will stay hotheaded as always 😀

      1. you don’t the feeling it’s like when I became first in year end exams back then!!! ha ha ha so refreshing,I almost forgot this feeling!
        PS. I’m not a f5er or whatever! btw what does ‘f’ in f5 mean? fantastic 5? fabulous 5? foolish 5? fast 5? or ………..???????

          1. oooh! now I get it.I rarely use computer for reading so I somehow forgot it!!!
            PS. so all of you guys are f5ers huh?? well I have to refresh the net pgs in default way since I’m using a tab for reading! hmmmmm… so that’s how these guys comment so fast huh??!!

          2. Rarely use computer for reading? As in reading books, or as in “Internet is for porn”? 😀

          3. you…..you are just…… urgh! I’m not you, you prev!!!! of course it’s for reading books.novels to be exact,don’t go wondering what books!!! hmph!

          4. Haha, girls like this also exist, at least i hope so! Trap usually is attention seeker, while Yuzu appeared quietly 😛

          5. Doubting, and not being oversuspicious are different things. One simply cannot live in current world if he is suspicious about everything.

  1. Am I first?
    Nope 🙁
    Why?
    Cuz I’m a turtle.

    Thanks RWX and donors.

    “This is something which had never happened before.” … has never happened before

  2. I’ve been waiting for this for ages! Oh wait, it’s only been half a day? Well, it feels like ages. Thanks!
    If Linley brings along the 5 brothers too, he’ll have 12 saint level combatants with him, with himself and Bebe being each stronger than Heidens and the Shadow Patriarch.

  3. Thanks Ren and Donators 🙂

    Allright… Linley’s family Saint Combatants and Magical Beasts all lined up flying side by side. Let’s see… 6 Supreme Warriors + Necromancer (equals a few Undead Saints) + 5 Beasts?
    I say kill first talk later XD

    1. Finally will we see some of Haeru! Yeeeayy! Can’t wait to the next chapter x)
      Bebe’s comment: “You damn baldy, even Osenno is standing behind you. So you are that so-called Holy Emperor of the Radiant Church?” ROFL

  4. Haha, thanks for the chapter Ren!

    o.O, just thought, what if Linley eventually discovers how to use that defense of (forget his name, Desri’s wind element friend) thanks to that room?

    Stacking that and his pulseguard, he’d be basically invincible.

    1. Dragon scales + pulseguard= Already hard to harm.
      Future upgrades: Windguard (as you said) + Earth guard (when he reach saint as Magus)
      Not sure if anything can make him bleed short of deity….

      He’ll most likely get that windguard when he complete tempos of the wind, forming it to dimensional edge (the whole end goal of learning laws of the wind)

    1. oooh I like that ‘baldy’ part too! while reading I burst out laughing when I saw that!!! bebe is so cool,next chap is going to be sooo exciting!!! (>.<) ren sama plz be quick!!!!!!!!!
      PS. when I suddenly started laughing my mom glared at me and asked if I was going nutts!! he he,she thought I was still studying!!!

        1. arrrrrk!! what’s with these guys, i’m asking translation to be quick you perv!!! not for whatever the hell you are thinking!!!!
          I’m sure ren-sama would understand since he’s not a perv like you!!

          1. *Chuckles* When one of guys starts this ‘thema’, others will naturally follow. Men are simple, you know? xD

          2. I’m sure all mens are pervs to some degree, don’t you think?
            About those comments, just don’t answer them that way they’ll leave you alone. 😉

          3. Paradox, girls most usually only pretend that they are so innocent 😀 You make it sound like we are harrasing Yuzu! We are just having fun 😛

          4. oh I knew that men are simple creatures long ago! hmmm…. hopefully my linley is not that simple! his mind is always busy with training so he has no such thoughts!

            thankx for the advise paradox,I’ll try to follow it.it’s just that i dislike being second to others! but since it’s not the best choice here,I’ll just shut up!!!

            PS. so in sense,men just pretend to be prevs?? yeah right only idiot would fall for that!

          5. I sense that you guys love some flirting teasing at each other

            In the future, don’t forget Ren as your matchmaker OK 😛

          6. LoL, yeah, they pretend to NOT be pervs, haha 😀 So do women xD

            And did you forget that Linley and Delia were trying hard for more kids during those 12 years? 😀 Their first session was hours long, god knows what they can do in bed when Linley is at Saint level in human form, hah ~~

            Dewisa, as much as i can dream, such developments happen waaay to rarely 😛 We probably dont even live in the same countries, haha~~

            PS: I also dont like to be second to anyone, a lot of people surerly already noticed xD

          7. Can’t believe it grew to that degree.
            Okay then I won’t bother you guys anymore *flies away*

          8. Last comment for the chap-
            for once I agree with you dariel!!!
            and for dewisa and caladbolg … go to hell! (or maybe infernal realm)
            and ren sama best of luck translating the new chapter!!!!

          9. I would love to go to Infernal Realm! Thank you for best wishes! Netherworld, on the other hand, would be quite scary! 😛

  5. I think the biggest mistake the Radiant Church did was killing Linley’s parent’s. If u think about it most people dont think their past will catch up to them. Be careful!!! Btw… This is fiction so you can always ignore what i say.

    1. It’s not like they went and killed Linley’s mother on purpose once they were already acquainted with him. To be fair, Linley should have either stopped at Clayde, or he should take it all the way to the Radiant Sovereign, who is the reason behind the Church’s practices that claimed his mother.

          1. Not kill him right now, but it’s a nice, overall long term goal. something to work toward during those long centuries/millennia as a highgood…

      1. So you’re saying that sacrificing innocent, pure people is still ok? I scored a 72/100 on a sociopath test, and even I can tell that that’s wrong.

        Edit: I’m not joking about the test. I think I would have scored higher, except that I didn’t agree with their choices and left them blank.

        1. I notice that many commenters here don’t really distinguish between individuals and organizations/governments when it comes to moral criteria and how they operate. Even in the real world, most countries throughout the history and even now have had no qualms of sacrificing few (or many) innocent people behind the scenes or in the open to further their goals. That’s the same countries that execute/imprison murderers, of course.
          So, what the Radiant Church’s doing is evil, but not surprising at all. At least, they don’t have altar boys, or do they?

          1. Considering that the controllers of the organization ARE the ones doing it, there isn’t much difference. And if the entire ruling body can sacrifice innocents for power, then what aren’t they capable of?

            I just get tired of ‘we can’t let him destroy the church’, when they’re just trying to save their own asses from retribution of the sovereign. A religious group should be more about the people, not the power. Pity there are so few of these.

          2. Ssj, you are the one actually getting the wrong idea. Did any of their experts ever say that they want to stop Linley because of their “Faith”? No! They all want to stop him because their position is in danger. They do not hide it by acting in self-righteous way.

            Also, ideal countries dont exist. That is only Utopia.

          3. they do forcefully recruit altar boys. that was the plan for the Undying brothers, eternal mindrape as angelbitches.

            But yeah, while it’s hardly surprising behavior, it is something big countries do. Can even be argued to be less evil than certain real world foreign policies USA did in south america… (arming the kidnaping drug lords to overthrow democratic leaders and committing genocides where kind of on the dark side…)

            Still, when an organisation well and truly hurts you and your family, it’s not unreasonable to want to bring it down. Or, at the very least, make every single one of the responsible pay for their crimes. Hell, there are still a lot of butthurt about none of the responsible behind the irresponsible banking practices that lead to the recession (and where kind of illegal) got properly punished. And that was just cash, this is literally sacrificing and maybe destroying souls of the innocents for a good quarterly report…

          4. There’s usually a direct relation between how large an institute is, and how corrupted it is. Peter or Ernst could have had the best of intentions when they started the thing, but growing past a certain point always requires compromises to be made. You can pin the blame on particular people at the top, but really, it’s the system that’s in fault. You can replace the top brass with the most idealistic of the believers/citizens, and then observe either the religion/country collapse, or those newcomers turn into something else. Darkness of the human heart doesn’t originate from the top, it builds up all the way from the bottom.

            I don’t say that Linley shouldn’t destroy the Church. If he does, millions will die, but neither Linley nor this world seem to care much about little things like that. Point is, destroying the Church is not about making the world better, it’s just about Linley being vindictive.

          5. Oh, it’s definitely not because Linley wants to make the world a better place, hell, he leaves an organisation that routinely enslaves an tortures people to death unscratched, in order to have a slightly better chance of finding his mate faster.

            This is pure vengeance. He might have been able to claim justice against Clyde (the guy that gave the order to kill kidnap his mom, delivered her to her death) and his brother (for giving the order to kill his dad) but now it’s straight up vengance

          6. With ratmageddon army, it’s possible that majority of normal soldiers will rather surrender. Their elite squad already perish.
            If Linley could play his cards right, the only people he needs to slay probably only hundreds or thousands core members of Radiant Church.
            The populations faith could be converted as long as He keep them peaceful and prosper. Of course it will need time, but its worth it for the long run to cut Faith Power Supplies.

          7. It was in the comments to one of the earlier chapters, but I already stated that I dislike the way in which vengeance is presented in this novel. It is natural for people to desire revenge, but it also has severe repercussions on their lives on the lives of others, which are not properly portrayed in CD.
            Seeing how Linley is the MC and that we follow his perspective, we might as well cheer him on in his efforts of wiping out the Church, but it’s not like one side is fundamentally better than the other.

            @dewisa
            If you destroy the government and even more so, if you destroy the religion along with it, i.e. the primary social institutes, there’s going to be a transitional period of chaos that’s going to claim innumerable lives.

          8. I can agree that the MC of IETs books tends to be pretty overreaching with the vengeance, and turn pretty full blown psychos when they gain lots of power.

            There would be an transitional period after an overthrowing of the church, for sure, and it is vital that his empire do step up and replaces the social institutes with something else quickly to minimize the cost of lives. But the continent already have multiple solutions to that, be it cultivation of magic or martial proves, and other pursuits as well. The different academies where huge social institutes and linchpins of society, and they where hardly religious. (Linley studied for YEARS before actually encountering religion…next to the nr 1 or 2 religious capital of the world)

            (paradoxically enough, the most religious institut we have seen wasn’t the one founded by the mayor religious icon in i mayor religious country , but the one in the country that banned religion.)

          9. Well, minimize, right. Thing is, it’s not like the people who live on the Radiant Church’s lands are particularly unhappy with them, and there doesn’t seem to be anything similar to inquisition either, that’s why Linley could live next to their headquarters and not care about the faith at all.
            You can replace the government, and you can change the religion (people in O’Brien empire actually worship War God, he’s called a God for a reason). Doing that will cause a lot of people to die even if you pay effort to minimize the hardships. Question is, what would fundamentally change? Nothing really, it’s all about making Linley feel a bit better.

          10. A few less people would get kidnaped and sacrificed every year. But that is, as you say, insignificant in a world where they use war as population control without batting an eye…

            So yeah, switching government and religion might negate the need for a war for a few years, if it’s really bad, and you get a slightly more righteous government (not that Linley would really give a damn about that…). Not a huge change by any margin to the common people….

  6. Hmm… Even longer without saint level fights? Awww.

    On a side note, I saw you posting in the newest ‘desolate era’ chapter. Can you give watermelon whatever drug you take that let’s you complete 3-4 chapters a day? I said the same thing to him, but he deleted my comment 😛

    1. LOL. Yeah, IEW asked me to help him with the formatting of his pages, so I went over and helped him with that. No clue why he deleted your comment though xD

  7. “Surrender, won’t kill” might sound better as “Surrender and live” but that’s just a suggestion.

    Linley is gonna tell the Radiant Church to go screw themselves, but I wonder about the Cult of Darkness.

    1. Have the Shadow cult pay a war reparation fine that makes germanies WW1 dept seem reasonable.

      Take all of the radiants land in the chaotic region, and then charge them an equally obscene amount from the radiant church.

      1. Radiant Church want to defend their lands and populations more than everything. Extorting war fine more likely to work out than asking for all of their lands.

        1. Considering that he can threaten their the core provinces, it is certainly possible for him to also demand several of their duchies in the Anarchic lands as part of his spoils.

          1. A few prefecture cities or duchies might be reasonable. Consider it to replace hundred thousands army of Baruch Kingdom that dies at battle of Cod City

      2. From what I remember, sovereigns need the faith of the believers in order for them to exist. If Linley is truly going after the Radiant Sovereign, the first step is to completely eradicate the radiant faith in the Yulan continent. That’s perhaps the only way to hurt the Big Boss in the observable future.

        1. This should be only one of numerous realms that are controlled by RS. It would not hurt him that much, if at all… 😉 But yea, first step!

          PS: They use it for their own power, they dont need it to exist.

          1. Every little bit matters 🙂 Besides, it’s not clear if the Radiant Church exists on each and every plane. The RS clearly cares about the affairs of the Yulan branch, so their existence might be not as insignificant to him as it appears at first.

        2. thats right, but if he demand the lands all at once, he’ll risks the safety of his family.
          At least wait until he sure Radiant Church can’t hurt them before all out war. For example he could sent them to Desri’s village 😀

          1. Nah. He can say: Cult of Shadows, get out of Anarchic lands and i promise to not attack you further if you will not offend me. Radiant Church, you can f*ck off. Anarchic lands are mine. And what for future? Hmph. If you act nicely i might consider not annihilating you.

          2. He now has three Saint level dragons at home. Saint level magical beast can also sense any danger in a certain range, so regular assassins have little to no chance of sneaking past them. As for the saints, dragons should be able to buy enough time for Linley or Bebe to come and play.

          3. @dariel: he has 4 saint level beasts, that might buy time for his family. But this would mean that at least 2 persons do not have a high level saint guarding them (1 if we think Wharton can stand up for a few minutes against a peak saint. which is unlikely).

            And if you remember the alchemist, you really can’t underestimate the danger of non saints. While they would pose little threat to Wharton, the children would be easy targets…

          4. There’s no way to ensure absolute safety, of course. Still, both Wharton and the children are dragonblood warriors now, so they have high resistance to poisoning and the likes. After all, it was Linley’s dragonblood that neutralized apothecary’s poison back then.
            They also should have plenty of regular experts and several layers of security. Besides, The Cult of Shadows has never promised not to attack Linley’s family, and even if the treaty exists, it really only means that saint-rank combatant who are easy to identify are not going to attack, and that’s assuming that the treaty is upheld by all the sides involved.

          5. Well frankly speaking neither the Radiant Church nor the Shadow Cult can touch his family at the moment. If the Radiant Church attacks his family, then they just broke the agreement that ensured Linley cannot use his other saints to destroy them. If the Shadow Cult attacks, they risk complete destruction by Linley and his saints. In other words, whoever touches Linley’s family is facing destruction unless they can eliminate Linley and his saints first

    2. I thought about making it more grammatically correct, but the thing is, even in Chinese, the grammar is ‘incorrect’; I think it was meant to be a ‘chant’ that isn’t supposed to be grammatically perfect, just understandable.

  8. eh, depends. Do the ratmageddon come complete with Bebe?

    Any side with bebe is at an advantage… Otherwise, it used to be a wash, but that changed with saint lv zombies

    1. 12 years ago, Bebe already could insta-kill non peak Saint-level combatants like Fallen Angels. A few Saint-level Undeads won’t stand a chance to current Bebe.

          1. I wonder if who wants to enter the Pocket Dimension Room needs to be Saints in human form or not?
            If thats the case, then Wharton and 4 Barker brothers are screwed 😛

          2. @dewisa. It’s probably fine, the problem is being able to walk through the door without the energies covering it kill you. if you are covered by powerfully enough spells, no own power needed.

          3. @Inbetweenaction
            I hope so, then all the Supreme Warriors will be stronger faster.
            Even Delia with that crystal doping probably also could use that room in a few years as a Grand Magus

          4. @Dewisa: problem here being, the energies where so strong that linley needed the dragon form to pass unharmed… so would probably need 2-3 toplevel saints layering their protective spells to pass unharmed 🙁

        1. Barker should be third instead of Zassler. Barker is peak saint in undying form while Zassler is still early saint. Zassler will be better vs an army but Barker will pack a stronger, condensed punch.

          1. I also thought so when i was writing it to begin with, but then i remembered about Spiritual Attacks 😉

          2. honestly not sure about that. While numbers count for less when saints are fighting, Zassler still sends out a load of them, and specialises in mental attacks (which Undying warriors might have the same immunity to as Dragonblood warriors, but also might not have) and debuff. if given prep time, i believe that Zasslers team of saints still are capable of beating Barker if under the support of Zasslers curse and poisson spells.

  9. Hello, I might have found a mistake, not a bug deal tbh but seeing as it stricked odd to me and although this work is of extreme high quality, why not make it even more, reaching Highgod Perfection?
    When it says: “The highest echelon of the Yulan continent was the five Deities, with the mysterious King of the Forest of Darkness being one of them.” Shouldn’t it be read as: “The highest echelon of the Yulan continent WERE the tive Deities[…]”? Reason is that it is referring to multiple Deities and not a single one.
    In utmost honesty, I am not from an English Speaking Country but I am pretty fluent in the Language and am confident in my understanding.

    Thanks for everything.

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