Book 11, Chapter 26

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Book 11, Necropolis of the Gods – Chapter 26, The Beholder King

Cold!

As the gray ray of light struck him, a bone-piercing cold spread to every part of Linley’s body. Linley felt as though his entire body had turned numb with cold, and then, that ray of gray light directly went from Linley’s body to his mind, attacking his soul.

The waters of his sea of consciousness slowly surged about, with that seven-colored gem that was his soul floating in the middle of it, with a faint blue light permeating that sea of consciousness as well as dimly covering the seven-colored gem.

The gray light dispersed, wrapping itself around the boundless sea of consciousness. The surging sea of consciousness suddenly came to a halt, and not even the protective blue light resisted even slightly.

The entire sea of consciousness, as well as that seven-colored gem, were completely covered with a layer of gray light.

The soul came to a halt.

The light in Linley’s eyes grew dim, and a robotic, numb look appeared in them. Right now, Linley’s soul had stopped moving, and naturally his mind had came to a halt as well.

His soul had been frozen!

“Rumble…” Linley’s body began to quickly be covered by a hard layer of ice. In the blink of an eye, Linley’s entire body was completely sealed off by ice that was multiple meters thick, transforming into a large ice cube. As for Olivier…he, too, had changed into an ice cube.

Desri and Fain stared, speechless.

The Beholder King had a hint of laughter in his voice. Staring at the distant Desri, Fain, and the others, he said, “I know that one of you is definitely in possession of the Pearl of Life, but sadly, the Pearl of Life is useless against me. First I’ll freeze them, and then later, I’ll torture them to death. Mm, alright, time to deal with four more.”

The Beholder King’s voice was very gentle, but Desri and the others felt their hearts tremble.

They knew how powerful Linley was, but Linley hadn’t been able to resist at all in the face of this ‘Beholder King’. Actually, when the Necropolis of the Gods was first constructed and filled, all of the life forms that were qualified to be placed on the seventh and eighth floors were some of the most powerful Saint-level creatures which existed in the countless planes of the universe.

Different types of life forms naturally had different levels of power.

For example, the Beholder was extremely talented at dealing against souls.

“Huh?” The golden eye of the Beholder King suddenly swiveled to stare at Olivier, who had been frozen into an ice cube.

“BOOM!” Countless shards of ice exploded in all directions.

His long, black-and-white hair flowing gracefully, Olivier charged out of the ice cube with that mystic icesword in his hands. The Beholder King stared at Olivier in astonishment. “What a strange soul. How is it possible for your soul to be offensive in nature?”

This was his greatest secret! This was the reason why, after his duel with Haydson, his power had suddenly grown so dramatically! And why he was now capable of simultaneously using the Elemental Laws of Darkness and Light!

Olivier didn’t say a thing. He transformed into a ray of light as he charged towards Linley.

Before Olivier arrived, Bebe had already charged to Linley.

The Beholder King’s attention was totally focused on Olivier, and not even Bebe, who had transformed into a black blur as he had flown towards Linley, tried to stop Olivier. Bebe’s heart was frantic with fear. “Boss, Boss, wake up, wake up!”

Bebe’s voice was transmitted to Linley’s consciousness.

Bebe and Linley’s souls were linked, and the reason why they could mentally talk to each other was that their souls were talking to each other.

Linley’s consciousness, which had been completely frozen, shook slightly, but the gray light quickly expanded in intensity, and the sea of consciousness once more returned to its previous calm, not moving at all.

“Slash!” Bebe slashed open the ice cube with one claw, the terrifying force of that blow turning the piece of torn-off ice to powder. “Boss, Boss, wake up! Wake up!” Bebe wildly, frantically tried to wake Linley up by calling to him mentally.

The frozen soul was completely separated from the outside world. Even if his body was destroyed, Linley wouldn’t feel a thing.

Only this sort of mental communication which a pre-existing soul bond permitted was able to ignore the separation.

Linley’s sea of consciousness once more shook, and the gray light covering his sea of consciousness once more lit up, but clearly, the intensity of that light was growing dimmer and dimmer. This power which was suppressing the sea of consciousness clearly was constantly consuming energy.

“Keep on spiritually communicating with Linley. If you keep it up, you should be able to wake him up.” Olivier said to Bebe. “Hurry up and leave.”

Bebe, carrying ‘Linley’, transformed into a ray of light, fleeing at high speed while constantly calling out to Linley mentally. Finally, in Linley’s mind, his sea of consciousness trembled yet again, and that thin layer of gray light, already stretched to the limit, totally collapsed.

“Uh, what happened?” Linley was now totally awake.

He discovered, to his astonishment, that he was currently being carried by an enlarged Bebe, who was flying at high speed.

“Boss, wake up, wake up!” Bebe was still constantly calling out to him, his eyes filled with tears.

“Bebe.” Linley spoke back mentally, while now flying on his own.

Bebe started, and then his little eyes were filled with surprise and joy.

“What just happened?” Linley was completely lost. He only remembered being struck by that ray of gray light, and then his body turned cold. After that, he remembered nothing. After waking up, he found that he was being carried by Bebe, who was fleeing at high speed.

“Bang!” From afar came a terrifying explosive sound.

Many pieces of ice shot out like meteors, howling through the air as they moved at high speed. Linley and Bebe easily dodged past them while turning to stare into the distance. It wasn’t just Linley who had turned to look; even Desri, Fain, the three Six-Eyed Golden Ni-Lions, and the other fleeing experts all turned to stare as well.

When they did, looks of surprised joy appeared on their faces.

The enormous icy body of the Beholder King had exploded. Clearly, Olivier had shattered it with his sword. Right now, Olivier was currently wielding his longsword in his hand as he stood there in mid-air, his eyes shut.

“Excellent.” Linley sighed in praise.

“Olivier, careful.” A Six-Eyed Golden Ni-Lion shouted loudly. “The actual body of the Beholder King is that eye. That body of ice is only formed from energy.”

“Haha…”

That glowing golden eye, floating in mid-air, somehow spoke in a strange voice. “Right. The magical beast speaks correctly. The body of ice is nothing more than something I casually created. Haha, I’ve been in the Necropolis of the Gods for a long time, and I’ve killed quite a few experts, but I’ve never encountered anyone with a soul as unique as yours. Interesting, interesting.”

Olivier’s eyes remained shut, and a large amount of extremely sparse black energy was emanating in all directions from him.

He was relying on this dark energy to cover the area and allow him to know the location of the Beholder King. After all, Olivier didn’t dare to stare directly into that golden eye. The closer one was to the golden eye, the more dangerous it would be to stare into it.

For the likes of Linley who had already fled kilometers away, no matter how good their vision was, they would only be able to hazily make out a golden spot of light. They wouldn’t be affected.

“Swish!” Black energy covered half of Olivier’s body, while light-style energy covered his other half. His long black-and-white hair rustled as his battle-qi expanded. Olivier, eyes shut, shot out towards the golden eye like an arrow.

The mystic icesword in his hands chopped down with as much force and vigor as ever. Wherever his longsword passed by, countless patterns in space appeared.

“Swish.” A dream-like flash of light.

The golden eye suddenly disappeared, reappearing a hundred meters away. Its speed was so fast that it was even faster than the likes of Bebe, Fain, and Desri by a good amount. The enormous golden eye somehow spoke. “Haha, you want to kill me? In your dreams!” At the same time, a wild, explosive burst of icy energy suddenly began to flow towards the golden eye, instantly forming a ferocious icy whirlpool around it.

The golden eye was at the heart of this enormous whirlpool.

Seeing the scene playing out in the distance, Desri, Linley, and the other experts gathered together.

“Everyone, be careful. Don’t get hit by that gray light.” Desri looked at everyone in the circle. “Everyone, what should we do?”

Upon seeing how fast that golden eye could move, all the experts present understood that in terms of speed, none of them could match this Beholder King.

“There’s one final method.” A Six-Eyed Golden Ni-Lion said. “We three brothers can do the same thing as we did in the seventh floor. We’ll simultaneously attack and paralyze that Beholder King. I trust that the Beholder King’s countering abilities won’t be as strong as that of the Queen Mother, Lachapalle.”

Everyone’s eyes lit up.

“Although you can paralyze it, even if the Beholder King can’t move, he can still emit those rays of gray light.” Linley said with a frown.

“It’s fine. While paralyzing it, we can attack the eye.” Fain said. “Perhaps we’ll be able to kill this Beholder King.”

“No. I strongly recommend that we not try to kill the Beholder King. It’s better if we enter the ninth floor instead.” The Six-Eyed Golden Ni-Lion argued against it.

“Why?” Desri didn’t understand, so he asked.

The other Six-Eyed Golden Ni-Lion said, “Based on what we know, Beholders are extremely proficient at attacking. Aside from the spiritual attack this one just used against Linley and Olivier, they possess other attacks as well, such as ‘mind control’ as well as other, physical attacks.”

Everyone’s hearts shook.

“Cleo and the other two will paralyze the Beholder King, and I will attack it.” The Blackscale Scorpion, which had been silent up until now, suddenly spoke up. “All of you rush into the ninth floor.”

Everyone stared in astonishment at the Blackscale Scorpion.

“Don’t worry. I have a degree of confidence.” The Blackscale Scorpion was actually very confident.

“Haha…do you think I am only capable of freezing your soul?” From the distance, loud laughter could be heard. The wild whirlpool had already come to a halt, and now an icy giant which was only ten meters tall had appeared, a single golden eye located within the giant’s body.

The ice was translucent. One could clearly see that enormous golden eye within the body of the ice giant.

“Let’s head out.” The leader of the Six-Eyed Golden Ni-Lions said.

Immediately, those ten experts flew back at high speed. At this moment, the Beholder King’s interest was all focused on Olivier. In all his years, the Beholder King had never encountered a soul as interesting as Olivier’s. As someone extremely knowledgeable in souls, he naturally wanted to take Olivier alive, dominate Olivier’s soul, and then carefully examine him.

“Swoosh.” The ice giant charged towards Olivier in a flash.

Olivier’s eyes were still closed. He flew back at high speed, while at the same time, chopping out with the black icy sword in his hand.

“Clang!” The ice giant directly blocked with his left arm.

At the same time, his right fist smashed viciously towards Olivier. Unable to retract his sword in time, Olivier was smashed flying backwards. “Bang!” He struck a distant iceberg, which immediately cracked. Olivier rolled away, then stood up.

“What a tough arm. It is dozens of times tougher than it was earlier.” Olivier felt shock in his heart.

This ice giant, after its body had been smashed apart and then reformed, was tremendously more defensive now, despite having shrunk from its earlier size of a mountain to now just ten meters. Olivier’s full force blow only managed to cut halfway through the arm of the ice giant.

Just as the Beholder King was about to continue charging towards Olivier, he suddenly saw a black shadow scurry towards the exit. He couldn’t help but feel a sudden burst of anger.

“Swish.” A ray of gray light directly shot out from the golden eye in the body of the ice giant.

The black blur seemed to have already predicted what was going to happen, and it immediately dodged, then smashed into the ice-covered exit. The tough ice was shattered by the force of the collision. “Boss, everyone, quick!” A sound rang out from within the exit.

“Aaaaaaaaargh!” The Beholder King was enraged. He didn’t expect that those intruders who had fled would actually dare to return. He now noticed that the group of experts including Desri, Fain, Linley, and the three Six-Eyed Golden Ni-Lions were flying at high speed towards the exit.

“Die!”

The Beholder King exploded with fury, and its single golden eye suddenly emanated a golden ray of light the thickness of an arm. This dazzling ray of golden light split the air in an instant, shooting directly towards the human in front, ‘Desri’. But the Blackscale Scorpion next to Desri suddenly pointed its scorpion tail directly at the single golden eye of the Beholder King.

“Pew!”

A thin, finger-thick ray of black light shot out at high speed from the scorpion tail, travelling even faster than the ray of golden light. In an instant, it arrived at the body of the ice giant. The furious Beholder King actually didn’t dodge. No. It wasn’t that he didn’t dodge. It was…

The Beholder King’s body was now already covered by a layer of black light. At present, just like Queen Mother Lachapalle, he was completely paralyzed and couldn’t move at all.

The ultimate attack of the Six-Eyed Golden Ni-Lions: Imprisonment!

“Pew!” The ray of light shot out by the scorpion tail of the Blackscale Scorpion easily penetrated the ice, striking directly into the enormous golden eye in the center of the giant.

“Aaaaaaaah!” The Beholder King let out an agonized scream, and that layer of black light covering its body actually began to tremble.

“Swoosh!” “Swoosh!”

Linley, Desri, Fain, and the other experts seized this opportunity to rocket straight into the exit. Even Olivier had seized the opportunity to charge towards the exit at high speed.


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72 thoughts on “Book 11, Chapter 26” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. 2nd?Yay!
    Thanks for the chapter Ren!I made a comment on some music to listen with this(some Antonio Vivaldi,what else did could you guys expect?)Thank you very much for picking this up.We should probably plan to do something special for you when the 1 year anniversary for the translation gets here,namely a lot of donations :p

    1. Haha, I’d be happy if you guys were still here! The translation at this rate should be done in around half a year xD. I started on SPCNET on…May 10, 2014!

    2. Many pieces of size shot out like meteors
      You think on how to fix this xD
      Its speed was so fast that it was even faster by the likes of Bebe, Fain, and Desri by a good amount.
      than the likes
      The Blackscale Scorpion was actually ery confident.
      very
      and the three Six-Eyed Golden Ni-Lions were flying at high speed towards the exit.
      high speeds?Your call
      A thin, finger-thick ray of black light shot out at high speed
      at a high speed
      At present, just like Queen Mother Chapalle
      Lachapalle(copy pasted from last chapter for accuracy)
      Even Olivier had seized the opportunity to charge towards the exit at high speed.
      at a high speed.I thought you use articles for high speed as well?

    1. I knew Olivier is still alive because his unique soul attacks will be useful…
      Hmm hit n run eh… pretty prudent strategy against super strong enemy, nice move cats… 😀

      Other than hidden Boss like Ba-Serpent, it seems the inhabitants of each floors already dediced long time ago. I wonder if in another 1000 years 6th and 7th floor bosses will be changed or rather quite empty like 1st, 2nd and 5th floor

    2. “Before Olivier arrived, Bebe had already chaged to Linley.”
      charged

      Many pieces of size shot out like meteors, howling through the air as they moved at high speed.
      ice?

      “Don’t worry. I have a degree of confidence.” The Blackscale Scorpion was actually ery confident.
      very

    1. His physical attacks might be weaker than Prime Saints, but apparently his soul currently is the strongest. If anyone besides Olivier fight the Beholder King, they’ll be ice cubes in a few seconds

      1. If Linley has bizarre vibrational attacks, than Olivier has a bizarre soul, but both appear to wear the plot armor, so Beholder’s first choice of targets was pretty poor…

        1. ahah plot armor, Oliver was 2nd rate saint before the 8y timeskip, recently he’s been growing stronger quite fast almost the same as Linley so that’s why after the TS he is considered as one of the 1st group and getting cocky saying to Desri and others why did they even come when they didn’t bother training as warriors, well I agree on that one

          1. The reason I mentioned the plot armor is that I had had not a single shred of doubt about Linley and Olivier surviving the attack at the end of the previous chapter. That obviously can’t be based on the in-novel description of events, but IET makes it pretty clear that he still has some plans on using Olivier, and Linley doesn’t need to be mentioned. Well, having someone who’s always more of an arrogant prick than Linley definitely helps to maintain favorable view of the MC.

          2. Agree on plot armor, I was replying to qin yu about his strength, but I was sure suprised when Oliver became important member of the experts..I was expecting some stupid rage like I’ve beaten Haydson now it’s your turn..only to be beaten seanseless by Linley
            on another note..what’s with the name forbidden level spell, obviously they’re not forbidden since everybody uses ’em

          3. Those are the names used by regular people. Remember, to them all the Saints are beings of unfathomable power. It’s similar to the blanket term “peak level saint”, where even the experts of the ninth rank usually can’t distinguish between the likes of Haydson, Lehman, and Fain.
            My guess is that the “forbidden” part comes from the fact that saints are generally forbidden to participate in the regular warfare. One such spell can eliminate an entire army, so the only reason soldiers agree to march to the battlefield is that they know it’s forbidden to use something like that against them.

          4. Not everyone can use forbidden level spells. Only saints and higher can use them. It just feels like everyone’s using them since everyone here is a saint level being

    2. Weaking?

      The 2 groups were top 10 and everyone else.
      He isn’t prime saint level, not a descendent from a Diety level magical beast, or a dragon warrior who’s power equal the prime saints.

      Beyond the strongest Yulan saint, he is strong in his own right. He has the unique ability to fuse element laws of darkness and light. I also think his soul itself got stronger after that battle. There is the saying that what doesn’t kill you make you stronger and Linley would never actually got damaged before, just held still or protected by dragon warrior light and the coiled dragon ring.

      He was really over looked compared to everyone else. But he did escape from floor 3 without a divine weapon like Linley so he Is strongly

      1. hell, the only ones more frightening are the 3 nue, Bebe, and linley. Oliver reached the spot of one of the 80 strongest saints before he was even a century old.

        Only Bebe, whom is a being guaranteed god level and the Linley, whom have had every single advantage imaginable, have a higher growth rate.

  2. Behold the early release!

    Thanks for the chapter to Ren and the sponsors!

    I’m surprised that no one has made any jokes about Sauron/NSA yet. Also, looks like Beholder x Olivier S&M ship is going to sink even before setting sail…

    On a side note, it’s somewhat annoying how the rays of light not only don’t travel at the speed of light, but also travel at different speeds. And that golden ray should have totally struck Desri seeing how it had already been shot before the Beholder got paralyzed…

    1. The Beholder King’s beam of light might be slower than the Scorpion’s….
      And probably like in DBZ, these lights are manifestations of battle qis rather than simple ray of lights, so their speed may vary

      1. Then don’t call it rays of light. Plenty of projectiles can leave a trail behind, but don’t possess the wave–particle duality property. I don’t know, to me it’s plain confusing to read about people dodging light rays or some light rays outrunning other light rays while traveling through the same media.

          1. Haha, but I even didn’t say anything about the rays of black light, did I? 😀 Well, I must admit, despite my experience with fantasy novels/RPGs/anime, my mind, apparently, wasn’t ready for the delusions works of fictions by Chinese authors 🙂 I feel like we need a word to describe the level above munchkin when we talk about the likes of IET.

          1. Gray (colored) ray, gold (colored) ray, black (colored) ray, invisible ray: easy, right? What IET is referencing is the perceived color is a projectile that moves in a straight line and leaves a visible trail of the same color behind. It has nothing to do with waves, and seeing how there are black rays, we might be talking about reflected rather than irradiated light. It might look like nitpicking, but the mention of light really throws me off every single time.

          2. @Ren
            Energy beam = light emitted by a laser, though. And we’re back to square one.
            From what I see, the rays people fire in CD can carry all sorts of effects, including the ones completely outside of the physical realm and aiming at the soul/spirit. That’s why I thought that simply using “ray”, which is a geometrical concept, and giving it a color, as seen by observers, is the most neutral way to describe their attacks. This way it can be pretty much anything with whatever effect and no undesired connotations. Or you’ll technically have to also include the designation of specific type of energy in that “black ray of X energy”, and have that kind of energy previously described…

          3. Not necessarily. Who says energy beams have to be from lasers, especially in a universe where you can fire a stream of, for example, pure elemental fire at someone? These are beams of energy, whether gravitational, fire, etc., which can be visibly seen as the beam travels from point A to point B. Or, as we call it, ‘light’. 😉

            I honestly find it kind of hilarious that of all the ‘differences’ there are between this world and real life, the speed of light is the one you’re focusing on, especially when these aren’t even ‘light’ beams; they are beams of magical energy that are visibly seen in certain colors, that’s all. Also remember that you are arguing semantics in a translation where the original terms are not necessarily equivalent to the English word ‘light’ (and might not even be a noun), but which is the closest, most appropriate term for it 🙂

          4. @dariel
            In this fantasy setting, “It’s magic” should be enough for explanation 😀
            It made me remembering Spider-Man’s “One More Day” saga…
            Reader: “How come everything roll back?”
            Writer: “It’s magic….”

          5. @Ren
            Stream is actually OK, in fact it’s the best word to describe “continuous beams” in this setting.
            The thing about “light”, at least to me, is that its mention gets immediately associated with the RL counterpart, which is clearly defined and has some unique properties. Funny thing is, I can’t remember fantasy ever going for FTL travel other than some form of teleportation, anything else forces me to subconsciously search for a sci-fi counterpart and makes “it’s magic” explanation much less agreeable.

            Well, if it’s just me, then don’t mind it. Even if IET doesn’t explicitly use “light”, I can totally see him intending that meaning. After all, he appears to have fairly unique understanding and way of dealing with all types of waves. Seeing how he likes to use them in a “cool” way, I suspect he finds them magical in the RL too 🙂

  3. Holy cow is this interesting stuff!!

    Thanks for the chapter go to I Eat Tomatoes, Ren, MCL of Malaysia, ED of Michigan, HellbentFiber, and MT of Delaware!

  4. Thanks Ren and Donators!

    “For example, the Beholder was extremely talented at dealing against souls.”
    Either “dealing with” or simply “talented against”

    ” Olivier charge out of the ice cube with that black ice longsword in his hands.’
    “charged”

  5. I wonder if all of you boys and girls along with all those Saints got some stroke of Amnesia. Anyone remembers what Flame Tyrant shouted in the face of our group? Yea? No? If no, here is a quote for ya 😉

    ” The Flame Tyrant looked at the greataxe in his hand. “This is a true divine artifact. By relying on ‘Bloodlust’, I can enter a bloodlusted state. In this state, your spiritual attacks cannot harm me at all.” ”

    So Linley, why not use your artifact and just slay this noob with help of Ni-Lions paralyzing it for an instant?

    1. 1. He never used the Bloodlust Greataxe, because its suppose to be a gift for Barker brothers. In Stellar Transformation, one can depersonalized an artifact, in CD we only saw Clayde should die before Linley could use the interspatial ring
      2. We don’t know if there some side effects such berserk state or anything by using it.
      3. Spiritual attack power from Beholder King should be stronger than Desri or others

      1. If using that axe were to become the only shot they’ve got at proceeding to the next level, Linley would forget about the happy smiles of Barker brother in an instant (not that it’s anything pleasant to look at in the first place). And he’s never afraid to give a try to dangerous methods, so I can’t see him stopping just because of possible side effects.
        Whether that axe is efficient against the Beholder or not is a different matter, of course. To begin with, the Flame Tyrant was resistant to spirit attacks even without relying on the axe.

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