Book 11, Chapter 2

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Book 11, Necropolis of the Gods – Chapter 2: Breakthrough

The pocket dimension room was divided into two layers; a central layer, and a lower layer. The central layer was the original layer. Linley was currently on this layer. As for the lower layer, this was for Delia to train in.

Delia finished her training session and opened her eyes.

She stared at the chaotic space outside the membrane. The first time she had seen it, Delia had felt shocked. But now, she was used to it.

Raising her head, she looked up through the opening and saw Linley seated cross-legged in a meditative trance. Seeing Linley, Delia instantly felt her heart grow peaceful, and a calm smile appeared on her face as well. She immediately closed her eyes, then continued to muse on the profundities of magic within her sea of consciousness.

“Thrum!” “Thrum!”

The unique rhythms of the earth were sometimes like thunder, while other times like the crashing of waves. It contained boundless mysteries within it. Linley could clearly sense these two hundred and fifty six layers of waves reverberating within his consciousness.

The profoundness of the Throbbing Pulse of the World was hidden within these 256 layered waves.

However, the Throbbing Pulse of the World, born from nature itself, actually contained all of its secrets within a single vibrational pulse as well.

Linley had bitterly trained for nearly twenty years. Only then had he managed to train from the first layered wave to the 256th layered wave.

“256 layered waves can just barely express the profound mysteries of the earth. To reduce the number of waves, but to increase the profundities of the Throbbing Pulse of the World…” Linley was constantly considering this, one idea after another flashing past his mind.

None of them were correct!

Wrong!

Wrong!

All wrong!

Countless transformations and training methods appeared in his mind, but Linley rejected them all. Linley’s mind was currently in a state of focusing on nothing else besides considering, demonstrating, and then rejecting one training method after another. Perhaps some could let Linley improve in power, but Linley knew that none of them were the correct path.

“Wrong. Wrong.” Linley’s forehead was beaded with sweat, but Linley didn’t notice at all.

He didn’t know how much time had passed, or how many possibilities he had rejected.

Suddenly…

The meditating Linley’s eyebrows suddenly twitched, and then Linley suddenly rose to his feet. With a flip of his hand, the adamantine heavy sword appeared. His eyes still closed, Linley began to brandish about the adamantine heavy sword, but he wasn’t completely utilizing the Profound Truths of the Earth.

“Thrum!” A vibration which seemed to have shaken Linley’s mind to its core.

“Right. That’s how it is.” Linley suddenly opened his eyes, which were filled with joy.

In that moment, Linley had managed to successfully fuse the profound truths contained within the first layer and the second layer into a single layer. “Combining two layers into one layer…” Linley’s eyes were filled with wild joy. “Right. One step at a time. I can’t possibly combine all 256 layered waves into a single wave all at once. First, I’ll combine two at a time. I’ll combine them all separately.”

The first wave and the second wave became one.

The third wave and the fourth wave would become one.

The 255th wave and the 256th wave would become one.

The end result would be that he would be able to exert the power of the 256 layered waves of the Profound Truths of the Earth into just 128 layered waves!

Analyzing and combining them separately would be far easier. In addition, Linley had already succeeded in merging the first wave with the second wave.

“Right. This has to be right.” Linley was very confident in his chosen path. After all, the end result of this ‘Throbbing Pulse of the World’ was combining the 256 layers of waves into a single wave. Thus…any two waves should be fuse-able as well. Only, it would still be difficult.

With the successful test case of fusing the first and the second waves, however, Linley now had confidence in this method.

Each and every single wave contained with it a different aspect of the profound mysteries. Every single fusion attempt required Linley to spend an enormous amount of time and effort guessing, testing, and evaluating.

“Lord Linley!” As Linley was pondering his next move, he suddenly heard a familiar voice.

Linley opened his eyes. It was Barker. In the room below, Delia awakened as well, and she leapt onto the central level. After all, the distance between the two was only two or so meters. Given Delia’s current level of power, she could easily leap that distance.

“Barker, why are you here?” Delia grinned at him.

Linley allowed his mind to temporarily rest for a while. He had thought for a long time and tested for a long time. By now, Linley had already successfully fused the third and the fourth waves. What Linley now needed to do was to continue…until he fused the 255th and the 256th waves.

At that time, the 256 Layered Waves of the Profound Truths of the Earth would be simplified to the 128 Layered Waves of the Profound Truths of the Earth. Linley expected that his power would instantly rise multiple times.

“It is already so hard to fuse two waves into one. To continue down this path and further fuse the 128 waves into 64 waves will most likely be far more difficult.”

This sort of fusion, to describe it in a rather crude way, was like fitting something into a box. If you had four boxes, and you wanted to put the items in two of the boxes into one box, although it would be hard, it was doable.

One could put the items in those four boxes into just two of the boxes.

But if you then wanted to squeeze the items in those two boxes into just one of the boxes…it would be at least ten times harder than what you had done previously!

This sort of difficulty rise was exponential!

This wasn’t something you could accomplish just by thinking about it. It required an extremely high level of comprehension regarding the ‘Throbbing Pulse of the World’ and repeated attempts and repeated tests.

“Barker, what happened?” Linley asked.

“Lord Linley, Castro of the War God’s College is currently outside. He came at the orders of the War God to find you.” Barker immediately said. Hearing the words ‘War God’, Linley couldn’t help but raise an eyebrow, then immediately stood up. “Come, let’s go outside and take a look.”

Resting his hand on Delia’s shoulders, Linley immediately covered both his body and Delia’s with that layer of deep azure battle-qi, circulating it according to that unique rhythm.

“Crackle crackle.”

As they walked past the door, Linley took a few turns, and then arrived at the underground meeting hall. Castro was currently there waiting quietly with eyes closed. Hearing Linley’s footsteps, Castro immediately opened his eyes and stood up.

As soon as he saw Linley, Castro immediately revealed a smile on his face, while he was secretly shocked. “Linley is far more reserved and disciplined than he was last time at the imperial capital. No wonder Senior Apprentice said that Linley was on par with him now.”

“Castro, we haven’t met in years. Please, sit.” Linley smiled as he sat down.

Castro’s smile grew wider. “It has been years indeed. These past few years, I haven’t changed much, but you, Linley. Not only has your personal power improved dramatically, you’ve even gotten married and had children. I saw your two children in Baruch City. That Taylor was especially cute.”

Hearing others praise his children, Linley naturally felt quite happy.

Delia laughed as well. “Mr. Castro, what is the purpose of this visit?”

Castro laughed as well. “This time, I have come at the order of Master. I have come to deliver some news to Linley.”

“What news?” Linley was puzzled.

“Next year, March 3rd, Linley, you must make haste to War God Mountain.” Castro instructed.

Linley, Barker, and Delia glanced at each other, their hearts puzzled. Linley spoke. “Castro, can you tell me why the War God is asking me to head to War God Mountain next year, on March 3rd? What is this about?”

“Umm…” Castro hesitated a moment.

“Is there a secret involved?” Linley guessed.

Castro nodded. Linley’s heart suddenly moved. The War God had previously told Linley that within the Yulan continent, there was something known as the Necropolis of the Gods, and this Necropolis of the Gods had many precious treasures left behind by fallen Deities, such as…divine sparks!

“Can you speak more clearly?” Linley asked, and then he explained, “Barker is also a Saint-level expert, and my wife is an Arch Magus of the ninth rank. She’ll reach the Grand Magus Saint level soon. There’s no need to hide anything.”

“Then…fine.”

Castro paused, then nodded. “This time, Master has instructed you to go to him, most likely in order to prepare to head to the Necropolis of the Gods together. The reason I say this is because before I came, Master had a special conversation with ten of my more senior fellow apprentices, most of whom have been training for more than three thousand years.”

“The Necropolis of the Gods?” Delia and Barker let out surprised cries.

Delia had heard Linley speak of the Necropolis of the Gods before. They were husband and wife, after all. Linley never held anything back from Delia.

“Are you saying that those ten personal disciples of the War God’s College will be heading to the Necropolis of the Gods?” Linley asked.

“You’ll know next year, so there’s no need for me to hide anything. Our War God’s College is indeed sending ten personal disciples over.” Castro’s face grew solemn. “But Linley, entering the Necropolis of the Gods is extremely dangerous. Just because you are strong, doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily survive.”

“Oh?” Linley frowned, a bit puzzled.

Castro explained, “Master only chose his ten most powerful disciples. You should have guessed this. The Necropolis of the Gods is a place which will easily kill most Saints who go there. Only upon reaching a certain level would one have hope of surviving.”

“But if you are strong but have terrible luck, then you still might lose your life.” Castro laughed bitterly. “In the history of the War God’s College, several experts died in there, such as our Third Brother. In the past, his level of power was equal to that of the Senior Apprentice, but he still died in the Necropolis of the Gods.”

Linley nodded slightly.

The people of the War God’s College had undoubtedly entered the Necropolis of the Gods multiple times. They were fairly experienced.

“Very dangerous?” Delia asked, feeling a bit worried. She knew that Linley would most likely enter the Necropolis of the Gods.

Castro nodded seriously. “It is. Master has said that if one rashly charges about in the Necropolis of the Gods, even someone like Master will fall, much less a Saint. Thus, in the Necropolis of the Gods, one needs strength, one needs caution, and of course…one needs a bit of luck.”

Castro suddenly laughed. “But you don’t need to worry. I only heard of these things from my other fellow apprentices. I’m not too clear myself. It probably isn’t too dangerous. After all, the Senior Apprentice has been in the Necropolis of the Gods four times now, but he’s still alive, right?”

Delia was gripping Linley’s hands, afraid.

Feeling the warmth coming from Delia’s hand, Linley felt a warm sensation in his heart as well. He immediately consoled her, “Delia, it is fine. I specialize in defense, and I’m also very fast. In addition…the path of training isn’t a path for constantly cowering and hiding.”

Linley’s heart was filled with anticipation towards the Necropolis of the Gods.

Five thousand years ago, when the experts from other planes descended here, the Four Supreme Warriors had suddenly been born…what was the reason for this?

“Alright.” Delia obediently assented.

“Castro, can I go?” Barker’s voice suddenly rang out. “The first Undying Warrior, the founder of the Armand clan, also experienced those sudden, transformative upheavals five thousand years ago. I, too, wish to enter the Necropolis of the Gods.”

“This…will be very difficult.” Castro shook his head. “Each time, there are a fixed number of slots available for one to enter the Necropolis of the Gods. Master has a limited number of slots. The ten fellow apprentices, twelve other experts training in seclusion who are relying on Master…twenty two in total.”

Linley said comfortingly towards Barker, “Barker, don’t be impatient. I’ll ask when the time comes.”

Castro laughed, then rose to his feet. “Linley, since I’ve delivered the message, I’ll go back now.” Seeing Linley was about to try and convince him to stay longer, Castro hurriedly said, “No need. Master is still waiting for me to go back and report on this mission.”

“Then I won’t force you to stay. We’ll meet again next year, at War God Mountain.” Linley stood up to send the guest away.

After Castro left, Linley, Barker, and Delia all began discussing the Necropolis of the Gods.

“I absolutely must go to the Necropolis of the Gods. If I can obtain a divine spark, even if I don’t use it, I can give it to Wharton or to Delia. That would be wonderful.” Linley laughed calmly. “Even if I cannot acquire a divine spark, perhaps I’ll be able to acquire some other precious treasures. And I have this strange feeling…that the Necropolis of the Gods is a place I must go to.”

Linley had the feeling that something there was calling to him.

“Hrm? Bebe’s finally back.” Linley’s eyes lit up. Bebe had gone to the Forest of Darkness to understand his heritage. So what was his heritage, exactly?


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85 thoughts on “Book 11, Chapter 2” - NO SPOILERS

  1. Thanks RWX and CG.

    EDIT: Hey Ren, I notice a lack of pronouns. It’s always “Linley”, rarely “he”. Is it less weird in the original text? Nearly 70 “Linley”s on this page 😀

    1. It’s normal for authors to use name nearly allways unstead of “he”. This way readers have less problems with not noticing what current part of text is actually talking about ^.^

      Thx for chapter Ren 🙂

      1. Yup.. truth to tell.. not all people who reads are best in english grammar or comprehension.. Even if it comes like to that sound awkward, lots of people would still prefer that ‘coz its much way easier to understand.. See, simple english is the bridge towards understanding.. just like that 🙂

    1. Wait, did the celebration for founding the Baruch Empire already done? I noticed from last chapter it was the same day when the War God asked Castro to invite Linley. Did Castro arrived on the same day? Is that it? I was hoping for a Delia x Alice confrontation or Delia and her parents and see their grandchildren moment.

        1. Love you for choosing Seo Kouji ahah… He’s absolutely my favorite mangaka when it comes to love stories… Still, you’re right, this certainly is not a shonen manga, nor a Shoujo manga, and at best I suppose we may see Alice crying her eyes out by seeing Linley…
          Golden rule: never break up with MC (unless you’re Yuzuki)

    1. OK, now I really want to know what kind of splitting method has Linley used to reduce a coupled nonlinear system with 256 unknown to 128 independent systems with two unknown, and that’s seemingly without additional assumptions. If one were to learn that, the Fields Prize would be just the first small thing to rain on them.

    2. Also,
      His eyes still closed, Linley began to brandish about the adamantine heavy sword

      Yup, waiving a sword in a small pocket dimension with eyes closed and other people present while completely lost in thought is a very smart thing to do.

      1. yeah, it is only a 10m room too. and at least 2 other ppl in that room, even though it is said that the room is divided into 2 (so that zassler wouldn’t be eyeing delia of course, at least i know i would 🙂 )

        1. Zassler’s someone who had two cute apprentices and just watched them end up with greenish monsters. I suspect he has little interest in anyone who still has some meat on their bones.

          1. I always imagined the undying warriors as teenage mutant ninja turtles.
            Undying thus normally that is turtles in these myths.

  2. Hmmmmm glad he figured out how to train his vibrations now. That’s exactly how I would have started the combining process to take it down to a single wave containing all the vibrations.

      1. Of course it is. It’s like when you continue to fold paper in half it gets harder and harder to do until you can no longer do it due to the thickness(which is usually 7 times is the max you can fold paper in half). And he has to do this process 8 times to get it to be one epic wave which will be very very hard to do.

  3. Thanks for the chapter Ren & Donors

    I again apologize for the spoilers i gave in last chapter. It was wrong of me, I had assumed people had already reached similar conclusion in the discussions from previous chapters. I shall be more careful in future to not let it happen again.

    1. i don;t think fellows here would hold grudge (or at least more than few chapters lol), honestly. afterall, caladbolg is our one of resident stalker here, no way he could keep himself from reading comments and replying. at least not for long 😀

  4. “I, Bebe, am a god!” <- probably what he learned in the Forest of Darkness.

    When I saw the title I got all excited because I thought it meant he broke through to Grand Magus level. Still, good that he learned the next step of Profound Truths. I wonder how magi train in the saint level though? It seems they can only use predetermined spells, so what do they meditate on?

    1. I was expecting it too but I guess finding a way to fuse the layers is also a major breakthrough. I think when you reach saint level this is when you can individualize or personalize spells which depends on how much you understand the laws. Saints meditate to gain insights, the more you understand the laws the powerful you get. Noticed that each saints also has their unique ultimate attacks (e.g Haydson’s WorldBreaker or Linley’s Tempest of the Wind).

      1. You are talking about warriors there, it’s been implied for a while now that two saint level magus (plural?) Of the same element have the exact same spells. I believe what was mentioned was that they increase their elemental affinity or something like that. Maybe it makes it so that they use less mage force than a normal magus?
        They might meditate on the laws in order to increase their affinity, but I don’t know

    2. That will come when Linley reaches the Grand Magus level. Desri is a light-style Grand Magus, and he can defeat peak-level warrior saints with just his spiritual energy.

    3. maybe they can imbue their spells with their laws? the mere thought of a “pulses of the earth” earth spike spell where each spike uses 256 pulses, is freaking terrifying

      or it powers their spells up in some other way

      1. IIRC, Linley’s earth style spells were stronger than other people’s because he had received the best training from Grandpa Doehring and had a great understanding of earth elemental essence as a result. So, magi can benefit from their understanding of the laws. That fire style magus in Desri’s group could control his phoenix spell and compress the phoenix a lot, and that apparently is no small feat.

        1. probably why he also could instacast at a higher level than most people as well… to bad insta casting against saints are mainly to buy time, and not to harm them, and as Linley demonstrated, you don’t need to high a caster level to disrupt the enemy.

          Guess he wouldn’t have thought to layer different levels of supergravity unless he had trained in layering layers of earthpulses

          1. “too bad”?

            For a mage, being able to disrupt and distract the enemy is immensely important. If you can instacast rank 9 spells, then you can fight very powerful opponents. If you can only instacast rank 6 and 7 spells, then powerful opponents will just shrug them off and kill you.

            Linley was able to use lower level spells to disrupt Osenno, but only Osenno’s precise movements. While it gained him a slight advantage in close combat, it would have been meaningless was he not already a powerful warrior.

    4. Even more important, what happens when someone turns into a double Saint? Theoretically a Saint becomes such when his soul crystallizes, but as we all could see Linley’s soul is already crystallized (and shines with 7 colors at that), yet his magus form is not a saint, so… Could he receive lots of power ups like super flying (does this even mean anything?) and the like?

    1. If i remember correctly, War God said one has to follow their chosen route to the end to reach deity. So i’m guessing Linley needs to compress the 256 to 1 to reach deity?

  5. Thank you for the chapter Ren 🙂
    Thank you CG of Connecticut for sponsoring this Chapter and the next 😀
    have a nice day everybody(well it’s night for me..)

  6. Thanks Ren and Donators!

    “The end result would be that he would be able to exert the power of the 256 layered waves of the Profound Truths of the Earth into just 128 layered waves!”
    “exert the power of… … into just 128 layered waves!” sounds like they don’t match. Maybe “exert” could be changed into “condense”, or “into just” changed into “from”
    “condense the power of… … into just 128 layered waves!”
    “exert the power of… … using just 128 layered waves!”

  7. i know we aren’t supposed to discus what is behind the spoiler tag for the next chapter… but i need to know what happened to Bebe… and if he has been as wronged, the line for the pitchforks are to the left, while torches are the line to the right …

      1. How about combining BOTH! of them. A.. burning pitchfork!

        PS: my comment about “who made ‘MY BEBE’ CRY!?!?” read the next chap spoiler lol :3

    1. NO !!!!!!!
      its not your bebe but it our bebe

      n who made bebe cry of course it beirut right
      maybe he said bebe im u father but cause u to cute i will give u to young dragonwarrior in wushan town in past

  8. 1 “Five thousand years ago, when the experts from other planes descended here, the Four Supreme Warriors had suddenly been born…what was the reason for this?”

    2 “Why is Linley so strong?”
    What makes him so different that the previous Dragonblood warriors?

    These seem to be the 2 major mysteries/plot elements concerning Linley.
    Any speculations on this anyone here?

    1. One of the main reasons he is so strong is for the multiplying effect of training both as an mage of outstanding affinity as well as as an supreem bloodline warrior. Coupled with having one of the greatest teachers from an extremely early age (grandpa starts training him 1-2 years before others take the test, and gives him secret training techniques to improve faster).

      he also struck some luck with his sculpture, otherwise he would only have been a great genius as a mage, rather than an peerless one (until his wifu came along, with boost items, and surpassed him) .

    2. These are my guesses. I don’t know Mandarin so, nope, I haven’t read ahead.

      For the second question my guesses are these for his exceptional capability and progress:
      1 Linley’s Mother. She seems like an important plot element with Heidens and the King of Fenlai distinctly remembering her. So probably her soul was quite pure and thus the the Radiant Sovereign might have given them a 12 wing angel. Maybe her mother herself will be that angel and he would have to fight her. Thus, we could get a character growth arc for Linley. This all relates to how her mother’s pure soul gave him an exceptional affinity to be a mage. Remember this was before Bebe came into picture and he was an exceptional affinity mage before Bebe.

      2 The Bond of equals with Bebe. Bebe is an exceptionally fast growing magical beast due to his roots then how could his “equal” be any way weak? This might have had an effect on his growth as a warrior. The bond might have accelerated his growth. This doesn’t explain his mage ability because Bebe came in later.
      Remember, the bond of equals is rare. Moreover, this might be the first pairing with such a powerful beast so it’s the first time we see this accelerated growth.

      3 Grandpa Dohering. I don’t think this is the main reason as there might have been others who have been trained since a young age by their saint level parents, for example, Monica, Desri’s daughter. She isn’t as exceptional as Linley and seems to have been in a better environment with two saint level parents as private teacher and competitive surrounding with strong people everywhere around her.

      4 The Coiling Dragon ring. This might not be the reason as the only place where I’ve seen it’s use as of yet is attack by Heidens and the light beam by Radiant Sovereign. If it had been helping his growth since he got it then grandpa should have sensed it earlier but he felt it for the first time only when Radiant Sovereign attacked.

      What are your theories?

      1. You forgot “He’s the friggin’ MC in an IET novel!” 😛

        Being a disciple of the Straight Chisel School definitely was a huge boost. Plus, Linley is smart and has a knack for training, and he’s also hardworking. And he’s lucky. Add them all together, and you get an OP character.

      2. Looks like you did read ahea, about the part about Linley mother, cause that too far off to be prediction.

        We don’t know what the pure are used for. Theres no relation between them and angels, other then being gift for giving pure souls
        Also note that when angel decent to this plane, they need a strong body, not pure souls
        It was also stated that there no body that even come close to holding a 12 wing angel in this plane.

        So not sure we’re 12 wing angel came from

        1. A twelve-winged angel is a high-god class being. Even an eight-winged one is a demigod class, and requires a saint-level body in physical ability alone to descent. Obviously, the Church has neither, as both are practically impossible to find in Yulan.
          I secretly suspect that the Church had gotten that scripture artifact that Heidens used to cast Life Ripper on Linley as their boon for sacrificing his mother. Imagine the irony if he were to get killed back then by that spell…

    3. 1, 5000y ago, there was lord beirut

      2. 5000y later, there was bebe. could he become a dragonblood warrior without bebe? no. he would’ve died several times now. not to mention (having chance) of getting stronger

    4. The answer for number one is
      i think Four Supreme Warriors is descendant of expert of other planes
      n for number two the answer is simple
      HE THE CHOSEN ONE

    5. Not sure of first maybe they are descendents of high gods or old sovereigns is what i bet.

      Second, i believe its already been mentioned that Linely is the only supreme warrior who has tried to be a magi. The other supreme warriors look down on magi as seen by how the adamantine smith treats Linley when he hears he sees him as magi.
      Besides even Linley stops using magic and depends on his warrior skills exclusively till he goes to desri’s village. So none tried the dual approach before.

  9. Cant wait for next chapter cause the truth about BEBE became Clear SO stay tune Guys

    N thanks for ren for translate this awesome series
    n CG for donation

  10. I don’t understand how these “layers” in the pocket dimension work. Linley works in the central layer, and Delia in the lower layer? And she looks at him through the “opening”? What opening? What layers? XD

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