Book 11, Chapter 14

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Book 11, Necropolis of the Gods – Chapter 14: The World of Snow

Olivier’s face was currently very pale. Just then, he had used all the power available to him, but the price of tripling his speed was not a low one. And with the loss of both his legs…Olivier was currently in very bad shape.

“Why aren’t you leaving?” Olivier raised his head, staring at Linley.

Linley just stood there, in no hurry to leave. He could tell that at present, Olivier’s strength had dropped dramatically. With his legs gone, Olivier’s movement ability in any battle with enemies would drop greatly as well. Although he could fly…flying while lacking two legs would make one’s agility drop by half.

“Thank you.” After a long silence, Olivier said these two words. And then, he focused on healing his wounds.

Linley’s heart was in great pain right now. He turned back to look at the third floor. “Barker…if Barker truly died, then if in the future, his wife Leena, their two kids, Gates, and the other brothers ask me…” Linley felt helpless.

In front of the divine beast, Ba-Serpent, he had been lucky to even stay alive.

There was no way Linley could have saved Barker at all.

“I hope that Barker’s luck was as good as mine. Perhaps he will enter the fourth floor, or flee back to the second floor.” Linley stood there without moving, partially to help Olivier protect against any creatures from attacking him, and partially because he wanted to wait…

Wait to see if Barker would come out into the fourth floor as well.

After a long while…

“I’m done.” Olivier stood up and glanced at Linley, not saying anything else. He immediately transformed into a blur as he flew high into the sky.

Linley stood there for another half hour. In the end, he finally let out a long sigh before flying into the air as well.

The frozen ground was blanketed with white snow, and it was also dotted with many large, proudly standing trees. The snow covered these trees with a layer of silver decoration. After flying for a while, Linley saw a familiar face. It was Clay, who had sparred with him at War God Mountain.

“Linley.” Clay laughed as he flew over. “I thought that you had already…below…”

“I just entered the fourth floor. The person after you let out a scream of pain, and the Ba-Serpent woke up.” Linley shook his head. “I was only lucky, but my good friend Barker…”

Clay said consolingly, “Don’t be too sad. Soon after I entered the fourth floor, I discovered Olivier with his legs severed. From him, I learned that the Ba-Serpent had woken up. I thought that all of you had been killed by the Ba-Serpent. It’s already very lucky that you survived. Your friend would feel happy for you as well.”

Linley nodded.

The two flew side by side, and Clay cautioned, “Stop thinking about your friend. This fourth floor is extremely dangerous as well. If you are distracted and die as a result of it, that would be a terrible waste.”

Linley suddenly came to himself. Taking a deep breath, he shook his head a few times. “Got it.”

“Fain told me that in the past, they had retreated to the fifth floor. This Necropolis of the Gods has eighteen floors in total. In the top eleven floors, every five floors represents one ‘layer’. The first four floors aren’t too dangerous, while the fifth floor is actually the least dangerous of the entire layer.” Clay explained.

Clay had been alive for much longer than Linley. He knew many more things as well.

“Oh? The fifth floor is the safest of the first five floors?” Linley was surprised.

“Right. From what Fain told me, according to the War God, every five floors is a layer. The danger from the first to the fifth floor is fairly average, while the sixth to the tenth floors are extremely dangerous. Even Fain could die at any time.” Clay reminded.

Linley nodded. In the future, he would be extremely careful.

“The sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth layers are all extremely dangerous. Compared to these four floors, the tenth floor is actually less dangerous by comparison.” Clay laughed.

Linley memorized these words. This was all information which Fain had no doubt received from the War God.

The War God had definitely passed through the first ten floors. Naturally, he knew the situation in these floors.

“Five floors a layer, with the fifth floor being the safest floor of the first layer, while the tenth floor is the safest floor of the second layer.” Linley suddenly had a strange feeling. “It seems as though the safe level is to allow everyone some time to prepare.”

Clearly, the sixth floor would suddenly rise greatly in difficulty and danger.

The eleventh floor was a place where there were corpses of Deities and divine sparks. As long as one wasn’t a fool, one would understand…the eleventh floor was most likely far more dangerous than the earlier floors.

While flying past the snowy landscape, Clay laughed, “Only in the first five floors can we rely on our personal strength to fight through those various life forms. Once we reach the sixth floor…we will have to rely on our intelligence, our strength, and our luck, all combined.”

Linley nodded.

In the past, Desri and Fain had been so frightened that they didn’t dare to enter the sixth floor. They had hidden in the fifth floor until the ten years were up.

“Whooosh.”

There was a pile of snow below. Suddenly, a creature erupted from beneath the snow, flashing at Clay like a white flash of lightning. Clay’s body instantly turned metallic, then with a furious roar, his right fist directly down towards that attacking creature.

“Bang!”

The fist slammed directly against a furry palm.

Clay was sent flying backwards at high speed, while that furry creature also landed hard against the ground.

“Such enormous power.” Clay inwardly sighed in amazement.

Linley looked down with surprise as well at that furry creature. Linley had sparred with Clay before, and he knew how physically powerful Clay was. “Clay is ten times as powerful as Haydson was, and his defense is comparable to Barker’s. But he was only on par with this creature.”

The creature below suddenly stood up like a human would.

“A bear?” Linley stared with shock at the creature below and spoke out.

That seemingly bear-like magical beast was covered with white fur, but he had a black ring of fur lining his eyes, as though someone had punched his eyes and made them swell. Actually, that made this furry magical beast seem very adorable.

“I’m not a stupid bear. I’m a Snowy Panda-Cat.” That furry magical beast rebuked.

“Swoosh!” At this moment, the Snowy Panda-Cat suddenly rose up again, this time charging straight at Linley…like a flash of white light, the Snowy Panda-Cat arrived in front of Linley. Linley couldn’t help but be shocked by its speed.

“Whap!”

Linley’s draconic tail, glittering with metallic light, struck against the Snowy Panda-Cat. The sudden attack by the draconic tail was extremely fast, not giving the Snowy Panda-Cat any chance to respond at all.

“Bang.” The Snowy Panda-Cat slammed into the snowy ground again, while at the same time, a hint of blood appeared atop its pure white fur over its chest. The Snowy Bear stared at Linley, then at Clay, before finally bending over on all fours, then scampering away.

He had fled!

Linley and Clay both couldn’t help but laugh.

“This Snowy Panda-Cat is really amusing. After a simple exchange of blows, he immediately fled.” But Linley was shocked by the power of the Snowy Panda-Cat. Its strength wasn’t one whit inferior to the Worldbear, but its speed was far greater.

No wonder why it was called the Snowy Panda-Cat, and had the word ‘cat’ in its name.

“Haha…if I had to fight this Snowy Panda-Cat by myself, it would really be troublesome. The Snowy Panda-Cat’s speed seems to be faster than mine.” Clay chuckled bitterly. “Linley, I have the feeling that at most, I’ll be able to rest on the fifth floor. The sixth floor, I probably won’t be able to break through.”

“Enough. Let’s first find the tunnel.” Linley flew alongside Clay, searching for the tunnel.

The Snowy Panda-Cats on this fourth floor were very strange. Aside from a few of the Snowy Panda-Cats that would suddenly attack, most of the Snowy Panda-Cats didn’t attack them at all. Instead, most of them were just rolled up into a ball and sleeping on the snow. At first, Linley and Clay had been worried, but afterwards, they felt more relaxed.

“Listen up, the two of you.” Suddenly, an ancient voice rang out.

Linley and Clay, in mid-flight, started, then immediately turning to look at location from which the voice rang out from.

Beneath them was a Snowy Panda-Cat that was only one meter tall that was staring calmly at Linley and Clay. Although the Snowy Panda-Cats were much smaller than Worldbears, they were usually two or three meters tall at their full height. But this Snowy Panda-Cat was only a meter tall.

“This Snowy Panda-Cat is extremely dangerous.” Linley immediately became guarded. This Snowy Panda-Cat, although physically small, gave Linley a sense of danger, not too far from the feeling which the War God and the others gave him.

The ancient voice of the Snowy Panda-Cat rang out again. “I am the clan leader of this clan of Snowy Panda-Cats.”

Linley and Clay exchanged glances. Snowy Panda-Cats had clan leaders?

“Remember. On this fourth floor, as long as my children do not attack you, you are not to attack them either. If you kill any of them, then don’t blame me for acting viciously against you.” With a flip of the Snowy Panda-Cat’s hand, a bamboo flute suddenly appeared.

Right. A bamboo flute.

“Is he going to play the flute?” Linley had never seen someone who was able to injure someone else by playing the flute.

But Linley and Clay both felt that this old fellow in front of them posed an enormous threat. They didn’t dare to say anything, and so Clay hurriedly said, “Don’t worry. Just then, when that Snowy Panda-Cat attacked us, we didn’t go full force against it either. As long as your citizens don’t attack us, we definitely won’t attack your children either.”

“The passageway to the fifth level is over there, next to that giant tree. The passageway is inside the giant tree.” The leader of the Snowy Panda-Cats pointed towards the distant tree.

Linley and Clay immediately began to fly in that direction.

Seeing Linley and Clay leave, the leader of the Snowy Panda-Cats let out a long sigh. His clan of Snowy Panda-Cats had been placed here on the fourth floor of the Necropolis of the Gods, which was like being placed in a prison. As the leader of this clan of Snowy Panda-Cats, he wasn’t able to do anything about that.

Given his current level of strength, it wouldn’t be too hard for him to kill many outsiders and then exchange their corpses for the divine spark of a Demigod. But he didn’t want to do this. The reason was, only he had the power to threaten and frighten experts on Linley’s level.

“If I become a Deity and leave, then these children will die soon afterwards as well.” The Snowy Panda-Cat leader let out a long sigh.

He, too, was a Prime Saint, only a single step away from becoming a Deity. But the power of this leader of the Snowy Panda-Cats was greater than that of the Five Prime Saints. This was because the profound truths he had gained insight into were different from that of others. It was much like how Linley…trained in the Throbbing Pulse of the World. In terms of attack power, it surpassed the insights which most others had gained.

The profound truths this leader of the Snowy Panda-Cats had gained insight into was one of the rarest types of profound truths of the Elemental Laws of the Wind.

The fifth floor. The world of fire.

Linley and Clay, immediately upon arriving in this floor, felt themselves being attacked by waves of heat. This center of this fifth floor was a volcano, while the surrounding area was filled with desolate lava flows. It was an empty land…one could see off into the distance easily.

But the temperature of the lava flows here was very high.

“Boss!” A black shadow suddenly flew over at high speed.

“Bebe.” Linley could clearly feel that it was Bebe who was flying over. Bebe leaped directly into Linley’s arms, his eyes turning misty. “Boss, I arrived at the fifth floor long ago. I’ve been waiting for you here the entire time. Desri and the others said that you encountered the Ba-Serpent on the third floor. I’ve been worried about you the entire time, Boss.”

Linley couldn’t help but think back to what happened on the third floor, his heart once more filled with fear.

“Fortunately, nothing happened. Wonderful.” Bebe’s face was all smiles.

Bebe’s experience had been much easier than Linley’s. He hadn’t encountered the Ba-Serpent, and the attacks of the undead and the other creatures simply didn’t pose any threat to Bebe at all.

“Hey, Boss, where’s Barker? Isn’t Barker with you?” Bebe suddenly wondered.

Linley’s face froze. The look on his face couldn’t help but become somewhat ugly, and his eyes had a hint of pain in them.

Bebe was intelligent. Seeing Linley’s reaction, Bebe was able to guess what happened. “Boss, Barker, he…could it be on the third floor…?” Linley let out a sigh. “Right. On the third floor, the Ba-Serpent woke up. We didn’t have the ability to fight back at all. I was lucky and managed to rely on Bloodviolet to flee to the fourth floor. As for Barker…”

Linley’s voice grew low, and in the end, he wasn’t able to continue.


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103 thoughts on “Book 11, Chapter 14” - NO SPOILERS

  1. “The passageway to the fourth level is over there, next to that giant tree. The passageway is inside the giant tree.” The leader of the Snowy Panda-Cats pointed towards the distant tree.

    They are on the 4th floor, so shouldn’t this be 5th?

    1. Cooperation is probably necessary past the first layer, but aside from Desri’s group, the rest aren’t really used to hugging the same tree with someone else.
      And remember, they would need the combination of inteligence, strength and luck to proceed. With Linley’s luck, its excess can easily compensate for the lack of intelligence…

      1. Teamwork will probably go as far as “We are taking those 20 on the right, and you those 20 on the left” “We are taking those 10 in the air on the left, and you those 10 on the right” or “You cast Forbidden Spells and we will protect you” “You go kill my opponent and i will kill yours, it will be easier this way”. And it would be right way to do it, they are not familar with each other enough to do combination attacks in heat of battle 😀

        1. Linley knows Desri and the rest for, like, over 13 years? And they actually not just talked, but trained together. If over this time he made no progress in learning how to properly do a team battle along their side, then he only has his own arrogance to blame.
          As far as “you take this one, I’ll take that one” goes, we’ve already seen the efficiency of that approach in the battle against Heidens and Affleck.

          1. As you said, he does not even have proper cooridnation with his own forces, how can he have it with Desri’s group? They only sparred 1-2 times…

  2. In the past, Desri and Fain had been so frightened that they didn’t dare to enter the sixth floor. They had hidden in the fifth floor until the ten years were up.

    I believe it shouldn’t be ‘Fain’ there ~~?

    PS: Bracket about new chapters dissapeared for me from site…?

          1. I’m sure the arrangement was similar… they gathered in the 5th floor and waited for 10 years after witnessed the terror of the 6th floor

  3. When describing the layer/floor setup, you said the fifth layer is the safest of the layer instead of the fifth floor. And thanks for the translations.

      1. Anyone weaker will not be able to go past 5’th floor anyway, so why take them along just so they can drag them down? They would most probably all die if they tried to protect weak ones… If any of them actually made it here, heh.

          1. Not really, and worst case scenario they will decide to take you down with them if they are being abonded as meat shields…

          2. wow,so one of your friends die as a meat shield for ya! and you pass by his corpse then accidentally step on brain,and then would you just take your hancky and brush off the brain matter and just go on…..?

            i’m just hoping barker wouldn’t have such a tradgic death! may be he won’t die at all! but I somehow wants him to die gracefully in battle not as a meat shield

          3. Come on, you shouldn’t tell them they’re used that way. Remember, 3k years ago Desri’s companions were killed immediately upon entering the sixth level. So, you just have to spin a tale of camaraderie, say how you all are going to challenge the next level together, then advance slightly behind their backs..and as they die, you’ll have a bit of time to evaluate the situation and retreat to the fifth floor, if necessary.

            Nah, no need for handkerchiefs, with you body covered by a layer of battle-qi, brains, smashed intestines, and other dirt won’t stick anyway…

          4. By the way, Yuzu’s back as an undead, and is quite bitter about what’s happened on the third level… Barker, is it you? 😀

          5. well I can’t disagree at the point where such weaklings shouldn’t participate on battle in first place but you can’t disregard your friends just because their’re bit arrogant! If I had to make a decision I’d stop them from the very start so they won’t end up as meat pastes!
            and our mc here didn’t had much friends nor companions until recently! well he survived just fine without meat shields!

          6. no I’m not pitying barker,I’m sure he’ll survive ( even though I hope he’ll die so it’ll add more tradgic to the story, eventually make it more interesting )
            I just don’t like the way strong just ignore the weak or sometimes bully them! or superior looks down on other like they’re his play things ( example. the way that serpent played with those saints )

          7. Haha, that’s probably a cultural thing. It looks like everyone gets a stick up their asses and starts acting all arrogant and condescending upon reaching the saint level, while the weaker ones always suck up to the stronger ones without a hint of shame.
            Along with the entire gimmick about meditation on elemental laws in solitude and all the head-shaking while maintaining a mysterious air in reply to the questions of others, it makes it pretty hilarious to read. At least to me, as I haven’t read any Chinese novels prior to CD. In western fantasy, epic-level characters might never grant regular people an audience, but if they do, they act in a much more natural and casual way.

  4. Thanks Ren and Donators!

    “In the top eleven floor, every five floors represents one ‘layer’.”
    “top eleven floor” should be “top eleven floors”

    “The danger floor from the first to the fifth floor is fairly average,”
    “The danger floor” sounds like you’re referring to a specific floor as dangerous. Perhaps it should be written “The first five floors are not very dangerous” to match the rest of the sentence.

    ” I’m a Snowy Panda-Cat.”
    Just curious, what did the original text say for Panda-cat? I thought Panda would be Xiong Mao (Bear Cat), so wouldn’t Panda-Cat become Xiong Mao Mao?

    1. Fixed! The original text said 猫熊, cat-bear, whereas panda is 熊猫, bear-cat. In this case, both are really ‘Panda’, but since there was a specific comment about how it had the character ‘cat’ in its name because it was so fast, I felt forced to add the additional ‘cat’ word in the English.

  5. Man, was hoping Linley used some intelligence by dispersing the black gas with Laws of the Wind. If I were Barker, I’d play possum until the Ba-Serpent fell back to sleep.

    Waiting to see what Bebe can do in the advanced levels.

  6. I think Barker at that moment learn the law of being undead. He temporary act dead not showing any signs of life to the bar-serpent. When the bar serpent when back to sleep he head to the fourth floor. I am hoping that happened.

    1. There might be hidden plot that saves him, but i highly doubt it would be like you described it! Remember, Laws are only for elements in IET world. Bloodline only gives him ability to transform and to train faster. Just like Linley is not breathing fire just by being Dragonblood warrior, Barker will not turn into undead, if somebody were to do so, it would rather be Zassler xD

  7. I have a feeling that some stuff will go down, and Linley will train with the Snowy Panda-Cat to level up since he seems to be friendly. Otherwise, it was just random information instead of foreshadowing.

    Thanks for the chapter IET, Ren, and saganatsu!

  8. Linley’s heart was in great pain right now. He turned back to look at the “fourth floor”.
    I believe this is supposed to be third floor?
    thanks ren!

  9. Reeeen, what to do if on the right side of wuxiaworld i can not see new-chapter news bracket anymore after you added this Ch.14? Did you take it off, or is it a bug?

    1. Caladblog, I removed it. The internal stats showed that almost no one was using it, so I replaced it with the forum discussion inside. Besides, it only showed the five most recent posts, and those are all visible on the front page anyhow, lol. I’m trying to promote forum usage 😛

  10. @Whoops, Reply did not kick in. Well, this is in response to post above 😛

    If you want to promote forum usage, to begin with you would need to create proper forums. Seeing current ones does not make me want to write there at all 😉 I’d rather comment here, just because it’s visually below-average there. Image is important part. But it requies time and work too, huh.

    PS: Even if people were not posting in news section, i believe a lot of them went to new chapters through hotlinks there (at least i always did xD). You could consider at least leaving new-chapter notice 🙂 Also, it helped me to remember to keep clicking AD’s 😀

    1. Hey dude or gal, please don’t belittle Ren-sama. 3 chapters a day is a blessing if you compare to other translations made in web novels. Waiting an hour or two is not gonna kill you.

  11. So I was wondering for this book the necropolis of the gods is gonna last 39 chapters. If you take in account that he can get out of that place in ten years, I’m asking myself how there are gonna fit ten years in the next 25 chapters. Is Linley gonna stay safe for a while in the 5th level by perfecting “his profund understanding” then attack, then wait again in the 10th level?
    Another question: Is he going to meet a mysterious guy who stayed trapped in the necropolis for 3000 years?
    Or, is he gonna tame a saint level beast living in the necropolis so Linley can gain precious Intel about the place? Maybe that panda-cat elder?
    Jesus I’ve got so many questions that my ears are starting to bleed from the overflow lol. But I pray this is not going to an arifureta where he is going to be betrayed and shit.

  12. i think it was partly linley’s fault for allowing barker to enter the necropolis. he knew that it was extremely dangerous to someone like himself who is much more powerful than barker. how could linley have not thought if it. barker could have waited another 1000 years to gain a lot more understanding of the laws and then enter the necropolis and by then he would be much more powerful plus he could rely on linley’s experience. the author really handled this poorly i felt

    thanks ren and the donators :|)

    1. Year and a half later but still im gonna awnser this.
      Even those deity level guys cant fight the serpent, so no matter how much time he could spend training, there is never 100% chance of survival, Barker knew that it will be dangerous and that he could die as easily as almost every other saint going there, he took the risk and ended like that, that was just bad luck.

  13. It just ocurred to me that, unless the author pulls some more plot out of somewhere, Delia will have left Linley in her dust when he’s back.
    After all, 10 years of probably not meditating much (cause death everywhere) vs 10 years of training in the pocket dimension with a weird rock boost XD
    Sure, Linley will still be the undefeatable genius, but talking about magi…

    “I’m not a stupid bear. I’m a Snowy Panda-Cat.” That furry magical beast rebuked.
    … I’ll… I’ll uh… just… go over there and… yeah…

    Also, about the leader of these… uh… panda cats… that was one pretty specific bit of unnecessary information. Could it be that he’ll become a teacher of Linley, or his pet, or something? XD

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