Book 12, Chapter 1

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Book 12, The Descent of the Gods – Chapter 1, Coming Home

Deep in the bottom of the sea, with Beirut in the lead, the experts began to fly towards that interdimensional door.

“The Necropolis of the Gods…” Linley turned to glance at it.

Although they had flown tens of kilometers away from it, that twenty thousand meter tall structure, the Necropolis of the Gods, was still as visible as ever. The side currently facing Linley was still that carving of a coiled, serpent-like wingless dragon. Upon seeing that enormous dragon sculpture, Linley’s heart naturally surged with a familiar feeling.

“No matter what it is that is within the Necropolis of the Gods calling to me, I can’t just throw my life away. At home, I have Delia, Taylor, and Sasha.” Linley couldn’t help but suddenly think of his wife and children, his heart filling with warmth.

Within the boundless South Sea. Although the ocean winds weren’t very strong, waves still rolled gently over the ocean’s surface. The scorching noonday sun shone down upon the surface of the sea, causing it to reflect with dazzling light.

“Drip, drip…”

The waves of the sea suddenly bizarrely split apart, and the black-robed Beirut was the first to fly out from the bottom of the sea. Behind him was the War God O’Brien, the High Priest, Dylin, Cesar, and Tarosse, the five Deities. Behind them were those nearly thirty lucky survivors of the Necropolis of the Gods, the remaining Saints.

“Whew!” After arriving on the surface of the sea, Linley took a deep, greedy breath of air.

“This is the taste of the air of the Yulan continent.” Linley raised his head, staring at that scorching sun. His face couldn’t help but have a hint of a smile on it.

“The feeling of coming home is wonderful.” Linley murmured to himself.

Not just Linley. Even Barker, Olivier, Fain, Desri, and the other experts all had smiles on their faces. The Yulan continent was the plane which had given birth to and nurtured them. In this plane, their souls felt extremely comfortable and at ease.

“Lord Beirut, I’ll only escort you this far, then.” Tarosse said respectfully.

Beirut glanced at him, then nodded. “Fine. But Tarosse, you should know my rules. I trust you won’t violate them again.” Beirut gave Tarosse a cold glance, and Tarosse immediately squeezed out a smile.

“Lord Beirut, don’t worry. The current Tarosse is no longer that Tarosse of ten thousand years ago.” Tarosse said respectfully.

“Mm. Let’s go.” Beirut ordered calmly.

The other experts followed Beirut and flew towards the north at high speed. Only Tarosse was left behind, staring at the endless sea. He murmured, “I’m finally back…” And then Tarosse dove down into the sea.

Linley and the other experts continued to fly north in the air above the sea.

“Lord Linley, when we returned from the Necropolis of the Gods to the Yulan continent, it was Tarosse who opened the interdimensional gateway. It seems that one needs to be at the full God level of power to activate it.” Barker and Linley were engaged in a quiet conversation.

Linley nodded.

“That should be the case. But that Tarosse spared your life…we owe him a debt.”

“Right.” Barker nodded. “But I don’t understand why he did that.”

Linley laughed. “Enough, don’t worry about it. You should celebrate your survival instead. But it really is quite odd. I didn’t imagine that the divine beast, the ‘Ba-Serpent’, belonged to our Yulan continent plane, and was a magical beast of the South Seas.”

“Linley.” Cesar, who was flying up ahead, suddenly slowed down his flying speed. Flying next to Linley, he laughed and whispered, “Are you discussing Tarosse? This Tarosse…ten thousand years ago, he was extremely famous. Back then, he was known as the ‘King of the South Seas’, and only Dylin was comparable to him. But of course, Lord Beirut doesn’t count.”

“Oh?” Linley was secretly astonished.

This Ba-Serpent truly was extraordinary.

“Linley, I have to thank you.” Cesar continued.

“Lord Cesar, what do you mean?” Linley was startled. Cesar lowered his voice still further. “Thank you for saving Rosarie’s life. Alas…Rosarie, that woman, is simply too stubborn. She insisted on heading to the Necropolis of the Gods on her own. Good thing you were there, as otherwise, this time…”

Linley only now understood what Cesar meant.

Cesar said resignedly, “It’s unfortunate. If we Deities are to enter the Necropolis of the Gods, we must start from the twelfth floor. It would be very hard for me to acquire a Demigod’s divine spark for Rosarie.”

“Start from the twelfth floor?” Linley was somewhat surprised.

“Right. After all, those Saint-level creatures don’t pose any threat to us at all.” Cesar laughed calmly. “Oh, we’re at the Burning Desert now. We’re back to the Yulan continent.”

Linley also saw the boundless Burning Desert.

“We’re at the Yulan continent now. Everyone, go back to your own places.” Beirut said.

“Yes, Lord Beirut.” The experts all replied respectfully, and then all of them separated. The magical beasts either flew back to the Forest of Darkness or the Mountain Range of Magical Beasts, while the humans flew in all directions. As for Beirut, standing there alone, he quickly disappeared from everyone’s vision in a flash.

“What incredible speed.” Linley’s heart shook.

Even though his power had increased dramatically, compared to Beirut, the difference was as great as that between the heavens and the earth.

“Whew. Heading home.” Bebe was on Linley’s shoulders now, extremely excited. Linley and Barker both had smiles on their faces. Clearly, they both were thinking of home as well.

Flying past the Burning Desert, traversing the Rhine Empire and the Rohault Empire. As the centrally located empires of the Yulan continent, the air above the Rhine Empire and the Rohault Empire was now fairly warm, and green leaves and vegetation could be seen growing luxuriantly everywhere.

After passing through the territory of these two Empires, Linley’s group finally arrived at the Baruch Empire’s territory.

The Baruch Empire was located in the northern part of the continent. Although it wasn’t like the Eighteen Northern Duchies, a place of perpetual cold, it was still much colder than the south. Right now, although it was March, many of the trees below only had bare branches, and some areas were even covered with snow.

After Desri’s group left, only a few people continued to fly north alongside them.

“Ten years. The ‘Anarchic Lands’ have transformed so much.” Flying at high speed and staring at the cities on the boundless earth below, Linley had a hint of pride in his heart.

Ten years ago, the Baruch Empire had only just been established after twelve years of consolidation, allowing the region to catch a breather after ending the countless years of war. But now, the Baruch Empire’s population had increased dramatically, and the cities had become more graceful, comparable to the previous Holy Union.

Below, an ancient, plain and simple castle appeared within the wilderness.

The eaves of the castle were covered with a layer of thin snow, and many guards were currently patrolling atop it. This castle was the legendary ‘Dragonblood Castle’ of the Baruch Empire. It had been constructed after the former magicite mine had been completely emptied out, and was the place where Linley’s family lived.

“Linley, let’s part ways here. If you want to find me in the future, you can come to the Arctic Icecap.” Olivier gestured courteously as he spoke.

“Definitely.” Linley laughed and nodded.

Olivier immediately left, along with the remaining lucky survivors of the Arctic Icecap as they flew north at high speed. As for Linley, Barker, and Bebe, they flew down towards Dragonblood Castle.

Dragonblood Castle, the place where the spiritual pillar of the Baruch Empire, Linley, lived. According to legends, this Dragonblood Castle would often have massive dragons patrol about it. In addition, the guards of Dragonblood Castle were all the most talented warriors of the Baruch Empire. Nobody dared to invade this place.

Three streaks of light shot down from the skies towards the castle, while an enormous aura suddenly spread out, encompassing the entire Dragonblood Castle.

“Lord Linley?” That familiar aura…instantly, many of the experts of the Dragonblood Castle immediately reacted to it. Whether Zassler, Gates and his brothers, or Linley’s children, all of them ran towards the rear gardens of Dragonblood Castle.

Because Linley and the others were currently landing within the rear gardens.

The previous day’s snow had yet to melt completely, and thus clumps of snow could still be seen amongst the flowers.

“Linley’s back?” Housekeeper Hiri and Hillman, who were currently enjoying the sun in the center of the rear gardens, immediately turned to stare from afar. Linley, dressed in a sky-blue robe, and Barker, dressed in a brown robe, were standing shoulder to shoulder, while the adorable Bebe was currently standing on Linley’s shoulder.

“Uncle Hillman. Grandpa Hiri.” Linley immediately went over to greet them.

“Wonderful. Wonderful.” Housekeeper Hiri was extremely excited. “Over ten years. Ten full years. Linley, I, an old fellow, thought I might not have the chance to see you return.” Housekeeper Hiri had accompanied many generations of the Baruch’s clansmen. He was over a hundred years old now.

After all, in terms of age, Linley was over fifty years old.

However, amongst Saints, compared to those experts who had trained for thousands of years, Linley was just a young fellow.

“Lord Linley. Oh! Big brother!” Gates and Ankh, those two huge fellows, immediately charged forward, their faces covered in excitement.

“Father!” A deep voice rang out.

Still covered with sweat and wearing just a simple cloak, a sturdily built youngster rushed forward. This youngster was over two meters tall, and as he ran over, he excitedly looked everywhere before his gaze locked on Linley.

“Father.” The sturdy youngster immediately ran towards Linley.

This sturdy youngster’s features seemed to have 70% similarity with Linley’s. Only, he was physically larger than Linley. Linley immediately recognized him. With surprised joy, he said, “Taylor?”

“Father, it’s been ten years.” Taylor immediately embraced Linley.

When Linley had left his home, Taylor had only been twelve, and was just a child. But ten years later, Taylor was already twenty two years old. If he were to stand side by side with Linley and someone were to claim that Linley and Taylor were siblings, many would probably believe it.

After all, Linley’s appearance was virtually unchanged.

“Father, you look exactly like you did ten years ago.” Taylor was so excited that his eyes were turning red. After all, to the twenty two year old Taylor, ten years was indeed an extremely long period of time.

Linley patted Taylor on the head, a smile on his face. Linley had always felt a hint of guilt towards Taylor. A person’s childhood…was the most important period to them in their development, but he, Linley, had never had much time to spend with his son.

“Where’s your sister, Sasha?” Linley asked.

Taylor shook his head. “Sis isn’t at home. She went to the imperial capital. Most likely, she’ll only come back some time later.”

“Your mother?” Linley noticed that Delia hadn’t come out yet.

Right at this moment, a beautiful young lady holding an infant walked out. The beautiful young woman, upon seeing Linley, had a hint of worship in her eyes. Linley glanced at this young lady, puzzled. “Taylor, who is this?”

“Jenny, quick, come on over.” Taylor immediately called to her.

The beautiful young woman walked over, then said, somewhat nervously, “Father!”

“Father?” Linley was somewhat astonished.

Taylor immediately chortled, “Father, come, this is your precious grandson. He was born just three months ago.” Taylor immediately took the infant from the arms of the young lady, then held him out in front of Linley. “Father, look at how cute he is.”

“Grandson?” Linley was rather flabbergasted.

He hadn’t come back in ten years. Not only had his son grown up, he had a son of his own now.

“Haha…Boss. That look on your face…so funny.” Bebe was laughing loudly now, and the others began to laugh as well. Only, they didn’t dare to laugh as wildly as Bebe did.

Linley couldn’t help but clout Taylor on the head. “Taylor, you little rascal. You got married and had a kid without even waiting for your father, me, to come back.” Linley didn’t know whether to laugh or to cry. He just stared at his grandson in front of him, with his tender, watery skin, and those adorable, pure, pitch-black eyes staring at Linley in confusion.

As soon as Linley had seen his grandson, he immediately took a liking to this adorable kid.

Linley immediately reached out to hold the infant. Linley was extremely careful. Even when he was picking up those three divine sparks in the Necropolis of the Gods, he hadn’t been as careful as he now was.

“Oh…what a good boy…” Linley held his grandson, a smile blossoming on his face.

Taylor and his wife, ‘Jenny’, glanced at each other, smiles appearing on their faces as well. Jenny whispered into Taylor’s ear, “Taylor, didn’t you say that your lord father ripped a Hellfire Phoenix apart with his bare hands? But your lord father doesn’t seem as terrifying a person as the legends make him out to be.”

Taylor looked at his father, Linley. Right now, Linley looked as though he were holding the rarest of treasures in his arms.

“Taylor, have you picked a name for the child yet?” Linley raised his head to look at Taylor.

“I have. His name is Arnold [A’nuo].” Taylor said.

“Arnold?” Linley lowered his head, looking into Arnold’s pure, jet-black eyes. He said softly, “Arnold, Arnold…” This was his first grandson, and this feeling of holding him filled Linley’s heart with satisfaction and fulfillment.

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227 thoughts on “Book 12, Chapter 1” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. “Ten years ago, the twelve-year-old Baruch Empire had only just been established, allowing the region to catch a breather after ending the countless years of war.”

    Erm, how can something just being established be 12 years old? The Brauch Kingdom was twelve years old. Maybe have something like the following:
    “Ten years ago, the twelve-year-old Baruch Kingdom had only just been established into the Baruch Empire, allowing the region to catch a breather after ending the countless years of war. “

    1. Baruch empire was 12 years old, when linley left 10 years ago. now its 22.
      so or suggestion is correct. I also did point out an inconsistency earlier l, original went like: on the of linleys wedding ceaser spent with rosali updating her….

      1. that does it! typing from mobile is the pits. I quit. time to ascend to Silent stalker God.
        I shall return when I can edit comments from phone or during daytime access to PC
        Runsing you may continue pestering Yuzu, I shall be watching!

          1. oh, you will recognise her by her style of writing, the same as the rest of us. It is pretty distinct.

          2. yes, but let’s not say what that style/habit is so that she will not notice and continue as is 😀 . if we were to say it loud then yuzu might create a countermeasure for it

        1. but it might be a worse translation, since it inserts the kingdom part… i agree with you by the way, it’s a much nice structured sentence that better carries the information, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right translation

          1. better sentence structures IMHO:
            1)“No matter what it is within the Necropolis
            of the Gods that is calling to me, I can’t just throw my life
            2)“Ten years ago, when linley had left the yulan plane,the twelve-year-old Baruch Empire had only just been established,
            allowing the region to catch a breather after
            ending the countless years of war.”
            // resumes silence//

        2. It is factually incorrect; ten years ago, there was no Baruch Kingdom; the Baruch Kingdom ceased to exist 22 years ago. I’ll reword it a bit though.

      1. Timeline:
        then treaty of the 4 sides
        Kingdom is founded on Wedding Day
        12 years latter
        Kids become dragonblood warriors and 3 dragons become pets.
        War over mines and Rat army arrives.
        Anarchic lands is united, and Kingdom –> Empire,
        A few months after that, is Book 11.

        Kingdom was established 22 years ago, while the empire was established 10 years ago, unless I have my list of events wrong.

          1. I’m going to have to change the phrasing to add in more than IET wrote. Doh. Thanks.

          2. Now that sounds a bit better.
            The indicator of something being off was being 12 years old when established…

      1. I’ll reply to the forum when I get the chance (at work atm), but no. The free version has 1 scan option, and doing that in safe mode doesn’t help.

        Strange thing:
        3rd Incident
        then Installed Malewarebyte and scanned
        4th and 5th incident.
        Malewarebytes scanned again. Nothing found (strange since there was the 4th and 5th incident…)

  2. what if Arnold said this,
    daddy daddy why does grandpa looks younger than you??? and why does grandma looks prettier than mommy???
    he he 😀

    btw Arnold is one lucky kid!!! grandpa grandma soon to be deities! uncle Barker is probably soon to be deity too! and Barker bro undying warrior bodyguards and uncle(?) Bebe and rat armies protection! uncle(?) Zasler’s undead army! (dunno about Wharton, Taylor and Sasha’s lvls but probably they too are high rankers)
    stinking rich and heir of the third great empire!!!
    definitely going to be a spoiled brat!!!

    I wonder if Cena’s married! (If he had a child too, then that would be a problem)

      1. succession, wharner is the current king, but Linley is the founder. the line for the crown is not clear, And could potentially be a cause for a was of succession

        1. recalling of what happen in mckenzie clan, and o’brien’s, a war of succession is unlikely imho, because linley will always have final say. like McKenzie does. or War God

          1. i can agree that the setting makes succession wars unlikely, but it still opens up for political maneuvering to depose the other. in a few centuries Linley will most unlikely be unwilling to intervene in the daily business of the clan, and will only be called upon if something mayor happens, and which side of the family that rules will probably not be something he cares about. He already doesn’t…

          2. I dont think succession wars are possible at all. I dont think anyone in the clan really care about being emperor. afterall they will all reach the saint level, so they will probably all focus on getting stronger.

            also the Baruch clan will have a closer tie to each other than other empires royal clan; after all they are dragonbloodwarriors. they are different from regular people and would therefore have a reason to stand together. also the clan doesnt grow as fast as normal people

    1. as hilarious as that would be, it’s unlikely to happen (Except maybe for the part with delia). Arnold will be over ten before his dad is older looking than grandpa, and know enough to not ask such a question

      But yeah, that kid is going to be the most spoiled kid in the history of the plane. first grandchild of living deities, one whom owns literal metric tons of divine treasures…should probably have a lv 9 rat companion (by order of bebe) for his first birthday, or even a saint beast hunted for the occasion…

  3. I wanna guess what happens too!

    I am guessing Delia is currently meditating, thats why she didn’t notice that it is time for Linley’s arrival.
    Remember that sick stone she absorbed into her body? She was progressing way faster than even linley as a magus, so i am pretty damn sure she allready meets the requirements for the Saint level… after all Linley is a Grandmagus allready.

    Most likely tho, Delia spent the most time with the kids, and so, only now that they are essentially grown up, does she have time to ponder about the natural laws which in turn will allow her to reach the Saint level in the next two chapters!

    He is gonna give the Bloodlust Axe (not sure if that was the name… or was it Bloodrush perhaps?) to Barker, as for Wharton, i dont know if he will fancy a deity weapon, he probably values his clans heritage highly, but they also could like just use it as a proud piece of decoration.

    About the Sparks… i dont think he will give out any of them yet.
    After all, the ones he would give them to (Delia, Wind, for sure… for example) are not peak stage and therefor not ready to receive them yet.

    By the way is no one curious what little Wharton is up to? ^^

    1. Using it for decoration seems to be the best course of action right now. They have more than a thousand blades that are way better than that warblade now, so it is time for it to retire into a wall ornament.

      1. Then i think he would like to use a red Abyssal blade-demon-blade.
        And by a flash of enlightenment i also guess The Barker brothers will get especially forged weapons made from that “Rock” Linley brought. It would weird for them to suddenly stop using the same weapons.

        1. or he could use one of the other swords he got, there being 3 of them seem to indicate that the 3 children will get them. Never the less, the ancient heirloom is hopelessly outdated by now, even the normal ADB are way better…

          What i wonder about, is the spears… there seemed to be multiple of them, and they could have some really interesting functions. Are they ranged? are they able to pierce anything ala gungnir? Returns to your hand after throwing them? multiply in the air? spears can have so many fun funktions… ^^

          doubt the brothers are going to get blood stone weapons, that thing is probably just to improve the bladeless 🙁 maybe they will get to play with the spare materials…

          1. Makes sense actually, 3 Red ADB, 3 children….

            Meh, spears…. Could be one of the people is actually good with spears, but untill now only McKenzie does like to shake his spear. Most people in the CD universe seem to favorize heavy weapons, and after that comes plain old swords (well ok most of the saints’ swords are pretty special tho).

            Well the Bloodstone is HEWGE tho… it’s a boulder. They can use it for both if they so wish. But i could make a better guess if i knew the properties of Bloodstone ^^ .

          2. Linley beaten half to death before gaining them, third mayor breakthrough he made in the necropolis, half life 3 confirmed?

            I know Linley and most of his crew is unlikely to use spears, which is sad, considering how good a weapon it actually is. And we have heard the reasoning behind the popularity of heavy weapons, it’s because even semi powerful fighters isn’t slowed by the weight of the weapon, nor it’s wind resistance, and have defences so powerful that they gain more from using heavy weapons to easier break through the defences.

            Still, i like the image of Sasha flying with a red blade at her hip and spears at her back, raining death down upon the enemies of the God emperor… Linley needs to get a golden throne, if purely for awesome reasons…

    2. About Delia, on second thougt i think she shoulda even have reached the Grandmagus level before Linley ^^.

      But i’d still say she is currently meditating, or rather pondering…
      and she surely has found some means to get into that pocket dimension without linleys help… so, there she sits… getting op and stuff ^^

  4. Hey Ren I have been wondering
    Houtian, Xiantian, Zifu and others I think that these things are common in stories like this, and I have been wondering if you have been using saint deity and sovereign in exchange for these even if you have not can you please tell a little about these things and what they are because when I first saw them I thought the translator just made them up but I have seen them more now and think that they are just the pronunciation of actual chinese words and have been wondering about them

    1. Hi jtthwe, nope; Saint, Deity, and Sovereign are, respectively, 圣 (Holy/Saint), 神 (God), and 主神 (Principal God). Terms like Houtian, Xiantian, Zifu, etc., are primarily terms from Chinese/Daoist Xianxia type novels, whereas IET purposefully wanted to make this one more ‘Western’. I can’t speak for ‘Zifu’, but ‘Houtian’ and ‘Xiantian’ are terms that are common in Daoist literature, yes. ‘Xiantian’ literally means ‘before heaven’, whereas ‘Houtian’ means ‘after heaven’; these are very complicated concepts that would take me much more time than it’s really worthy to explain right now, but yes, these are actual Chinese words.

  5. Has anyone ever tried to resort to some shitty translation program in order to find out what happens in the next chapter? ^^

    Couldn’t resist… xD

    But a peak-stage 9nth rank Translator software naturally cannot compare to our translating Highgod, Ren!

    1. Bwaaahaaa! yes! from overgod to sovereign to highgod my machinations have borne fruit! there can can only b one sovereign on this and it shall be me, not you Ren.

  6. Bwaaahaaa! yes! from overgod to sovereign to highgod my machinations have borne fruit! there can only be one sovereign here and it shall be me, not you Ren.

  7. Ten years ago, the Baruch Empire had only just
    been established after twelve years of
    consolidation, allowing the region to catch a
    breather after ending the countless years of war.
    this now implies that it took 12 years of war to create Baruch empire.
    English o ye complex language.

  8. Thanks for the translations Ren, this is my first post though I’ve donated for a few chapters (SORRY Ren’s hand!) I’m very glad to have someone willing to share such an exciting story with the rest of the (non-Chinese-literate) world. I’m always sad when I find gems like this that the world will never have access to. Not sad to find them, just that a lot of people won’t ever read them because of a language barrier.

    Anyways, super excited for the hopefully(?) reunion chapters coming up!

    1. Hi Jylenn, welcome to the community, and thank you for any previous donations you have made! Great to have you registered and here. New chapters coming up in about two hours! 🙂

  9. hmmm… I think I will take up a minor trial project and try and present this chapter in a tad more fluid English.
    Basically as if IET wrote this directly in English but its 2 am now so in like 2 days?

  10. I am starting to have the feeling that the rock delia got could be a divine spark. Was just saying I mean looking at the clues it all hints to it being a divine spark……what if she is already a deity expert?

    1. it does fit the description of the 3 sparks… And if it was, then she will have had a spark and the study to train, and would likely be a deity by now, or days from it…

    2. Harvey and co are still at the saint level. If they had a spark, they’d prolly use it. And if they had a spark, it would prolly be from Beirut. And if Beirut gave them sparks, that would be a violation of company rules regarding company resources. The boss wouldn’t like it. Moreover, only a saint can fuse with a spark. Most likely it was a divine treasure that Beirut had his son pass onto Bebe as a reward for Linley.

      1. would be interesting if it was a Beirut invention, a lesser spark that only brought someone to sainthood… would be unheard of, since in this plane only beirut could make them (and even demigod sparks are rare and unknown to most saints)

  11. only donations for the next chapter… gues i will have no new chapters when i wake up tomorrow… Unless some nice donators decides to step in and kick the meter to over 9000 ^^ will go click on banners while f5 in, come on people, must be something you can be bored enough to check out for ren

    1. Chance of that Queue staying below 100% for more than a few minutes: 1%
      Chance of it getting refilled within a few minutes but Ren won’t update the numbers for a while: 99%

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