Book 11, Chapter 38

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Book 11, Necropolis of the Gods – Chapter 38, Desiring a Divine Spark?

On the tenth floor of the Necropolis of the Gods.

“Bebe, how is Linley currently?” Desri asked softly.

“The Boss is still alive and kicking.” Bebe’s wounds had already been more than half-healed, but he was still focused entirely on sensing Linley’s existence, terrified that Linley might die.

As for Tulily and Rosarie and the others, all of the experts were waiting quietly off to one side. Only from Bebe would they learn that Linley was still alive.

Tulily could sense how depressing the mood amongst the experts was. In order to change the mood, he said, “Olivier, the power of that sword attack you displayed on the eleventh floor really was quite formidable. You were able to kill four of those Abyssal Blade Demons with a single blow.”

“I remember that sword attack as well.” The Blackscale Scorpion said.

“I don’t think any of the rest of us can accomplish that.” Tulily said.

When the experts had been trying to flee back to the tenth floor, Olivier, in desperation, had unleashed his most powerful sword attack, and when that black-and-white illusionary sword had chopped out, it had immediately chopped four of the Abyssal Blade Demons to death.

These Abyssal Blade Demons were formed from tough metal, even if their defenses weren’t as strong as their attacks. To kill four Abyssal Blade Demons with a single sword blow was too hard. Even Linley had to utilize either the Profound Truths of the Earth or the ‘Tempos of the Wind’ to kill a single Abyssal Blade Demon. An ordinary sword blow wouldn’t be able to chop the Abyssal Blade Demons into two parts.

But of course, after gaining insight into the ‘Dimensional Decapitator’, Linley’s sword blows could easily kill five or six Abyssal Blade Demons per hit.

For Olivier to have been able to kill four of the Abyssal Blade Demons was a sight which truly stunned everyone present. After all, Tulily and the others couldn’t accomplish this.

“This attack is my last resort, desperation ultimate attack. After utilizing it, my spiritual energy is all but wiped out.” Olivier said.

“Despite that, it’s still very powerful. Even going all out, my attacks aren’t as powerful.” Tulily laughed self-mockingly.

The various experts all sighed in amazement at Olivier’s rate of progress. When they had just entered the Necropolis of the Gods, Olivier could only be considered a memory of the second group, but after the past ten years, Olivier’s strength had increased dramatically and his attacks had reached such a tremendous level of power.

Olivier didn’t explain any further.

The only reason he had his current level of achievements was because the near-death experience he previously had.

“In the past, when we encountered that Beholder King, we knew that you had some differences compared to us.” Desri sighed as well.

Now that everyone was chatting, the atmosphere on the tenth floor improved a bit. None of them noticed, however, that Bebe’s lowered head suddenly rose up, staring in astonishment towards that distant stone pillar.

“Boss!” A cry of surprised joy rang out.

“Swish!” A black blur charged over.

“What?!” Desri, Tulily, Olivier, and the other experts all turned to stare towards the exit to the eleventh floor in astonishment. They saw a youngster dressed in a sky-blue robe, exchanging grins with a black Shadowmouse.

Linley had returned!

“Boss.”

“Bebe.” Linley was currently holding Bebe in his arms, and the man and the magical beast laughed, staring at each other.

“Wonderful, Boss. I missed you terribly. I was afraid you wouldn’t make it back, Boss.” Bebe’s beady little eyes were turning misty. The past three or four hours had been a type of torture for Bebe. He was afraid that Linley really would die.

At this time, Desri, Fain, Olivier, Rosarie, Tulily, the two Six-Eyed Golden Ni-Lions, and the Blackscale Scorpion immediately hurried over. They, too, felt both astonishment and joy that Linley was able to return to the tenth floor!

“Linley, you managed to escape?” Fain said with surprised joy.

“I really didn’t expect that despite being pursued by a million Abyssal Blade Demons, you were still able to return to the tenth floor, Linley.” Desri’s face was covered in smiles as he spoke. “I thought that you were trying to delay underground as long as you could, and hold the Abyssal Blade Demons off until the ten year period was up.”

“Think about how awesome my Boss is!” Bebe immediately began to grow boastful. He stood up high on Linley’s shoulders, his little paws folded proudly over his chest.

Linley laughed, “Do you think I didn’t want to try and delay and hold them off? But those Abyssal Blade Demons were simply too clever. They set up enormous numbers of choke points in the center area, and whenever I was discovered, they would immediately have large numbers of Abyssal Blade Demons attack me simultaneously. After holding on for three hours, I simply couldn’t hold on any further.”

“Then Linley, how did you return?” Fain and the others stared at Linley in confusion.

Fain and the other experts simply couldn’t imagine how, under the pursuit and assault of the Abyssal Blade Demons, Linley had managed to flee to the tenth floor.

“Luckily enough, at the critical moment, I suddenly had a breakthrough, and my speed rapidly increased, allowing me to easily throw off those Abyssal Blade Demons. After killing a few of those Abyssal Blade Demons, I managed to acquire the divine spark of the eleventh floor, and then I returned home safely.” Linley said these words quite calmly.

But everyone, including Bebe, was stunned.

“You retrieved the divine spark?” Fain, Desri, Rosarie, Tulily, and the other experts stared, their eyes round and shocked. Even Olivier, who stood silently behind the others, stared at Linley with hard-to-disguise amazement.

Divine spark…

The treasure which Fain and the others had dreamed about acquiring. Upon acquiring the divine spark of a Demigod, they would become Deities.

The difference between a Saint and a Deity was as great as that of the earth and the heavens.

“Linley, congratulations.” Desri was the first to recover. All he could do was say congratulations.

The other experts forced out smiles and congratulated Linley as well. Right now, Desri and the others felt hard-to-repress envy in their hearts! After all, they had worked for simply too long to acquire a divine spark. Now that Linley had it, there was nothing they could say, as Linley had risked his life to acquire it.

But in their hearts, they still felt a hint of envy.

In fact, their envy made it so that they couldn’t help but think about ‘killing Linley and stealing his divine spark’, but as soon as that idea came to their minds, it immediately was tossed aside.

After all, they weren’t despicable people like that.

In this group, aside from Bebe, only a single person didn’t feel much envy. That person was Olivier.

“Linley, I expect you will become the sixth Deity of our Yulan continent.” Olivier’s face revealed a hint of a smile. “Linley, you are more powerful than me right now, but…in a few more years, I will definitely challenge you.”

Olivier felt extremely confident in himself.

He was weaker than Linley, but that was just for now!

“Challenge?” Linley looked at Olivier, nodding and laughing, “Wonderful, I’ll accompany you any time you choose.”

After Linley returned to the tenth floor, the experts all comfortably awaited the conclusion of the ten year time period, and they all went to find places to rest and relax on the grass. As for Linley, he naturally was with Bebe.

“Boss, tell me, how many divine sparks were there on the eleventh floor? I expect there was more than just one.” Bebe whispered.

Linley smiled. “Three.”

Bebe’s little eyes instantly turned as round as the moon, and then he grinned so wide, his little mouth nearly split open. “Wow, wonderful, three divine sparks! Boss, what element were those divine sparks?” Bebe hurriedly asked. “Are they compatible with you, Boss? I hope those three divine sparks aren’t of fire, lightning, or something like that.”

“One is earth-style, one is wind-style, one is Destruction-style.” Linley raised his head and looked up meaningfully. “They are extremely compatible with me!”

Bebe was shocked as well. “How could there be such a coincidence?”

“How should I know?” Linley chuckled, then shook his head and sighed. “Unfortunately, I am too weak and don’t have the power to go up to the twelfth floor or higher.”

“Huh?” Bebe stared at his Boss in confusion. “Boss, why do you want to go even higher? The twelfth floor is only suitable for Deities to challenge. If we go, that’s as good as throwing away our lives.” Bebe also knew…that from the twelfth floor onwards, the guardians of each floor were all Deities.

Without the power of a Deity, entering was certain death.

“Bebe, before we entered the eleventh floor, I told you that there is something in the Necropolis of the Gods which is calling to me.” Linley sighed, while Bebe cocked his little head.

“Ever since I arrived here in the Necropolis of the Gods, I had the feeling…that whatever is calling to me is coming from above. When I entered the tenth floor, I still felt that whatever was calling me was calling from above. At that time, I thought that perhaps it was in the eleventh floor.”

Linley shook his head. “But after I entered the eleventh floor, I realized that I was wrong. The presence which was calling to me was still higher. Perhaps it is on the twelfth floor, or perhaps the thirteenth…it might even be as high as the eighteenth. Who knows? After all, I’m not strong enough to go higher.”

Bebe nodded slightly.

After Linley had been on the tenth floor for roughly a month, Desri came to Linley’s area. He was hesitating slightly, unable to speak.

“Desri, what is it?” Linley asked in confusion.

Desri seemed rather embarrassed. He let out two dry laughs, took a deep breath, then whispered, “Linley, I would like to know…how many divine sparks did you find on the eleventh floor?”

Linley’s heart moved. This Desri, it seemed, had some desire towards his divine sparks. However, Linley could understand why.

“Three.” Linley didn’t try to hide it.

Desri’s eyes lit up. “Can I ask what elements they were?”

“Desri, why are you asking?” The nearby Bebe said angrily. “These divine sparks, my Boss only acquired after risking his life. Don’t forget that if the Boss hadn’t used his ‘Dimensional Edge’ to open up a pathway and then blocked all of those Abyssal Blade Demons, none of you would have survived.”

Desri looked rather awkward.

Linley glanced at Bebe, then smiled towards Desri. “There’s no reason for me not to speak of it. They are of the earth-style, the wind-style, and the Destruction-style.”

“Oh?” Desri nodded.

“Linley, there’s something I need to tell you.” Desri looked at Linley. “First of all, you don’t necessarily have to fuse with a divine spark of your own element. For example, you are totally capable of fusing with a fire-style divine spark. But of course…the speed would be very slow. To absorb a divine spark, the only requirement is that a person be at the Saint-level, which would allow his soul to be able to fuse with the divine spark.”

Linley nodded slightly.

“In addition, every Saint can only fuse a single spark.” Desri explained.

“This, I know.” Linley nodded.

Desri hesitated, but in the end, still forced out a smile and said, “Linley, you only need a single divine spark for yourself. If…and I’m only saying if…if you were willing, would you be willing to…one of your divine sparks…” At this point, Desri didn’t know what to say.

What should he say? Ask Linley to sell it?

What could he, Desri, possibly exchange for a divine spark?

Ask Linley to gift it to him?

Desri couldn’t even force out the words to ask. The only reason why he had come and so shamelessly discussed this was Linley was because he simply had too great of a desire to become a Deity. Even if the element was different and his rate of fusion was slow, and his future rate of understanding the Laws would be impeded…he didn’t care.

“Aside from Olivier and those two Six-Eyed Golden Ni-Lions, the other experts all have this wish.” Linley secretly said to himself.

Over the past few months, almost all of the other experts had secretly come over to talk with Linley.

Even if Linley himself didn’t need the divine sparks, he still valued them highly. It must be understood…that a single divine spark represented a Demigod! He could give these three divine sparks to Gates and his brothers, or to his own brother Wharton, and let them become Deities!”

“Let me delay for now.” Linley secretly said to himself.

The experts only hinted at their interest. After all, their lives had been saved by Linley, and Linley had only managed to acquire these divine sparks after a extremely dangerous experience.

“Rumble…”

Suddenly, the entire Necropolis of the Gods began to shake.

“What’s going on?” Linley and Bebe immediately turned their heads to stare about them.

Instantly, they saw that off in the distance, an exit covered by a black aura had appeared out of nowhere. From within that black exit, a person walked out. He had long black hair, a long black beard, and wore a long black robe. It was the number one expert of the Yulan continent. Beirut.

Linley, Desri, Tulily…all the experts immediately stood up.

Beirut glanced at the experts, and then said, “The ten years are up. Everyone can now leave the Necropolis of the Gods.” And then, he turned his gaze to Linley, a hint of a smile on his lips. “Haha…Linley, I must congratulate you.”


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226 thoughts on “Book 11, Chapter 38” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. They, too, felt both astonishment at joy that Linley was able to return to the tenth floor!

    Ren ‘at’ should be ‘and’

    They, too, felt both astonishment and joy that Linley was able to return to the tenth floor!

    1. The only reason why he had come and so shamelessly discussed this was Linley was because he simply had too great of a desire to become a Deity.

      Ren ‘was’ should be ‘with’

      The only reason why he had come and so shamelessly discussed this with Linley was because he simply had too great of a desire to become a Deity.

      1. He could give these three divine sparks to Gates and his brothers, or to his own brother Wharton, and let them become Deities!”

        Ren you do not need the quote at the end, since you never had a quote to start off anywhere

        He could give these three divine sparks to Gates and his brothers, or to his own brother Wharton, and let them become Deities!

    1. damn your false alarm LOL. I thought it would be a 100-year timeskip and the revitalized Baruch clan. It’s actually named “The Descend of the Gods”. My guess is, like the NotG tunnels which is a once in a 1000 years event, the experts from higher planes descending is a once in 5000 years event. And it will soon be time for them to descent. The question is: why the heck do they come down? To recruit new talents for their armies or something? I mean, the Supreme Warriors of 5000 years ago went, so maybe.

        1. Yeah, it’s probably a bbq that they are coming for, what else could it be? the graveyard doesn’t open for another 1000 years… that, or we will learn more hidden secrets of the yulian plane

          1. It’s possible that they come to challenge advanced stages of The Necropolis of The Gods AKA 12th floor and later

          2. I support that idea. With spring just around the corner that’s an excellent idea. I can already image beirut trying to get the charcoal going and then burning his beard slightly.

          3. That’d be hilarious Dariel. Perhaps linley should try selling them horses and see how they react.

            To be fair though, that’d be a pretty likely occurrence if it weren’t for the fact that the people there are mostly immune to disease for some magical reason.

          4. Heh. And with the spring just around the corner, all of them sneezing at Beirut and spreading some unexpected seasoning over the barbeque…

            And if divine bodies aren’t affected by common allergies, we just need divine ones. There should be at least one deity training in the profound truths of hay fever…

          5. Hahaha, that’s brilliant. I can already imagine the laws.

            pure speed: avoid the pollen before it hits you.
            tolerance: don’t let the pollen affect you.
            encapsulation: ensure the pollen can’t harm you.
            dynamic speed: move in a way so that the pollen don’t enter your nose or mouth.
            Mental tolerance: the pollen do not exist.

            etc.

          6. @dariel: would that be a sub law of destruction, necromancy (know i sure feel like a zombie during pollen season), or life?

      1. When Linley was talking to War God about the mysteries of the Yulan plane, it was mentioned that the Necropolis was not the only special feature, but War God declined to further comment on that, as well as on the reasons behind the descent of the experts from higher planes that occurred 5k years ago. Looks like now that Linley’s gotten stronger, they might give him an explanation.

  2. For the love of god, are you all drunk today? Next person mistaking meaning of title… Le’me spare more harsh words… It’s not DESCENDANTS, its DESCENT. It means that the same thing that 5 000 years ago will happen. Geez, how oblivious can you all be? -.- *Disapointed*

        1. who knows… 1 Chapter filled with profond understanding for the laws… 1 with bebe peeping delia and Linley trying to have another offspring…

          2 with the description of who-knows how many saints dying horrible in the hands of the descending god.

          Still rooms for some other short stories like … ” the horrible death of the Radiant church”…But naaah i want him to do it by himself 😛

      1. I just imagined Linley meditating, dead to the world, while the sky rains fire and mountains are vaporized and oceans dry up, then he reaches the Diety level and bursts out of his underground castle, shouting “aaargghhh, I’m so OP, come at me all of you together, graawr, Imma beat you all up, come on, let me exercise a bit”… and a gentle wind blows, it’s all quiet, nothing moves. The storm has long passed, Linley missed the show, and everyone he knew is dead, civilization has been sent back to the stone age.

    1. aww that must be hard :s

      I looked at the 1 chapter of the Manwha too and i stopped riiiiiiiiiight away… Too horrible, it broke my mental image of the series lol ( but i do like how Linley look in it when he was a child … ikeeemeeeen lol)

  3. hey Caladbolg u can blame Yuzu for my earlier error. I personally didn’t check the name, just assumed Yuzu could differentiate English words.
    I wonder how many saints have been driven into dead end paths just because they did like I did and got insights by assuming someone else was on the right path. that saint using pseudo realm imitating the Wargod comes to mind.

          1. I wonder if Desri’s village Saints actually teaching laws to talented villagers.
            Since Olivier could teach 8th rank Blumer his understanding of the laws

          2. I always considered Olivier teaching Blumer some laws’ based techniques to be a plot hole. Even more so if “understanding” is actually an intuitive feeling and a state of attunement with the principles governing the world. You can’t teach that.

          3. The problem is that, at least in the way it is explained, it isn’t intuitive at all. Furthermore, even if it were, you can still teach the basics. For instance, at a certain point linley declares he doesn’t have to tell some saint (desri(?)) that he has to fuse the layers of his earth thingy together. Is that so hard to understand? Sure, it doesn’t make much sense but to someone studying in the field it, at least they know where to start looking.

            It’s basically like going to school but instead of school with teachers that teach you how to understand something they just put you in the middle of a grass field and tell you “learn” and then expect you to reach professor level somehow.

            I’ve always found that a major plothole, next to the other umpteen others.

          4. Well, after Ren’s comments in one of the recent chapters, I’m inclined to pin it on the cultural differences. It’s not like I can really accept IET’s explanations, but at least I can somewhat see where he’s coming for. As for their style of education… Well Chinese civilization is older than the western one, yet where does every single technological advance that enables us to have this conversation come from?

          5. I wouldn’t technically say it is earlier if you consider egypt a part of the west (which it always has been). But they did have some developments earlier than us.

            It might be cultural and I can understand it from the whole notion of learning to understand nature and existence etc. It’s just that, it doesn’t feel practical at all. But that’s just my two cents.

          6. Haha, if things like that had been practical, we would have had our conversation in Chinese 🙂 Personally, I simply decided to take it as a chance to observe another culture and mentality instead of trying to comprehend things in the normal way 🙂

            And I didn’t count in Egypt because the modern western civilization is the product of christian outlook first and foremost. Instead of deifying nature, people started to treat it as a resource given to them, which eventually brought forth the industrial revolution. Guys in Egypt cared more about afterlife than their time living, that’s not an extremely constructive way of thinking. Well, as long as it’s not about constructing tombs 🙂

          7. No, that’s a misconception that we’ve gotten since we generally see tombs that are left instead of the splendor of everyday life. True, they built pyramids etc but daily life was just as important if not more.

            And I have the habit, since I’m quite into history, to view it as one giant line in which all sorts of cultures cross and mix etc. That’s why I am counting egypt as well.
            Though, in honesty, the Roman empire was fare more of importance.

            But I’m closing down for the night!

          8. more likely that you can infact teach laws to a certain point, but after that it’s not practical.

            also, it could follow the same rule as a spark, you can certainly learn another persons law, but your progress from that point is slowed and there is no guarantee that it’s a law that fits you.

            to the notion that the christian outlook is the reason of the revival of hellenistic ideas and upgrade of machines we had had for millennia (the greeks had stream engines, and trains, only very good once… and it was cheaper to just use slaves). It sounds abit false, doesn’t it? many of the main inventions had at the time come from the east, or the middle east for centuries, and very few of them from the christian areas… not to mention many of the ideas and innovations were products of thinkers that predate christ (the reason why the revolution originated england has way more to do with socioeconomic reasons than religious once)

            enough about that, this is a shitstorm waiting to happen, but there are some nice documentaries about how minor things made huge impacts later on, like how the reason why the west have glass windows while china did not is because we drank wine…and the impact this has had on military campaigns, mapmaking and our understanding of the universe (bottles of wine have had a HUGE impact on our understanding of the universe)

          9. @Black
            It’s not like I try to undermine the impact that the cultures of Egypt or Mesopotamia had, but my opinion is that they were severely constrained by their respective religions. The culture that gave birth to what can be considered the predecessor of the modern science should be the Greek one, while the Rome took in and combine all three of them and then more. But yeah, that’s a topic that can lead to a long conversation 🙂 Good night 🙂

          10. @inbetweenaction
            Religion defines the code of conduct and the things that are taboo. That already limits the ways in which people can (ab)use natural resources if they deify nature. It also influences the way of thinking: it’s one story if the nature is a created tool to be used by humans, and completely different if it’s a mysterious habitat of countless spirits and deities who produce natural phenomena by exercising their will.

            Eastern cultures also tend to treat most knowledge as an esoteric one, and try to limit access to it. That’s hardly good for education, exchange of ideas, or new concepts. It’s true that a good number of discoveries were made in far and middle East while Europe was struggling through the dark ages, but, despite getting the late access to all those innovation, who managed to make the real use of them, then go forth with future developments? Not surprisingly, it also happened after the church had to release its stranglehold on science and education, removing the last constraints.

            But well, that’s indeed a topic that’s bound to be full of bias and potential conflict 🙂

  4. considering that yulan continent history is 10 millennia only. perhaps this cycle has occurred before again in a set of 3? 1st 5k years st levels and low level deities descent 2nd 5k years low level deities and mid level deities descend so on…
    since saints like ceaser survived, the previous one must have been the lowest Descend.
    Linley gonna meet all his divine ancestors :p

  5. known history 30k? but doesn’t Linley say that all history books start at yulan calender yr 1 so those who know about earlier are those who existed at that time I think the high priest and Dylin did.

    1. This Arch Magus that was guarding emperor of O’Berien empire knew about age of genius magi from last 30 000 years, so i assume that history of this time is more or less available for rich people 😉

  6. okay! if deities are coming l vote for zessler receiving one of the sparks since he is not studying any element but Overgod magic, as long as he takes the element spark and not the destruction spark his progress will remain unaffected?
    Linley kills em, Zessler Zombifies and enslaves them.

  7. Thank you so much! Mind if I ask what are the release times like? I found this site from the comments on another site and got hooked on coiling dragon. I love it! I read the entire thing in less than a week, spending my entire spring break on it. Anyway, I can’t wait for the next chapter! Thanks again!

    1. Hi addict, welcome to our community! I usually do 3 chapters a day if donations hold out. The next one will be coming out in 60-90 minutes, a little late today because of the problem at work! Glad to have you here!

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  8. “How should I know?” Linley chuckled, then shook his head and sighed. “Unfortunately, I am too weak and don’t have the power to go up to the twelfth floor or higher.”
    I thought they were going down but I was wrong…they are going up, lol.

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