Book 12, Chapter 14

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Book 12, The Descent of the Gods – Chapter 14, A Visit From Yale

Yulan calendar, year 10034. June. The flames of war erupted once more in the Yulan continent.

The Yulan Empire, O’Brien Empire, and Baruch Empire formed an alliance and began to launch a large scale war, the likes of which hadn’t been seen for millennia, against the weaker Rohault Empire, Rhine Empire, Holy Union, Dark Alliance, and great plains of the far east.

The spiritual leader of the great plains of the far east, the War Saint Tulily, having already received the warnings of the War God and the High Priest, knew that he was not to go against these plans.

In addition, Tulily owed a debt to Linley. In addition, Tulily himself didn’t wish for the warriors of the great plains of the far east to throw their lives away for no purpose, under the destructive forbidden-level spells of Grand Magus Saints. Thus, Tulily had already sent out his own Saint-level disciples to discuss the situation with all three Kingdoms of the great plains.

Although the three Kingdoms hadn’t immediately agreed to surrender to the Baruch Empire, they didn’t refuse flat out either, for now.

As for the Holy Union and the Dark Alliance, their higher echelons had been wiped out, and they had virtually no Saints left. The two major alliances were like a pile of loose, formless sand.

A unit of the O’Brien Empire’s army passed through the northern corridor of the Mountain Range of Magical Beasts and entered the Holy Union. The Kingdoms and Duchies of the Holy Union which had access to good intelligence reports, upon learning of the destruction of the Sacred Isle and the elimination of the upper echelons of the Radiant Church, had begun to secretly meet with the representatives of the O’Brien Empire.

Actually, it was the O’Brien Empire itself which had intentionally spread the word of the destruction of the upper echelons of the Radiant Church.

In addition, this was true. The few lucky survivors of the Radiant Church weren’t able to cover it up, even if they wanted to. Clearly…the Holy Union had already become nothing more than a relic of history. The O’Brien Empire’s conquest of it was nothing more than a matter of time.

At least for now, it appeared to be only a matter of time.

As for the Dark Alliance, their situation wasn’t much better than that of the Holy Union’s.

But of course, the Radiant Church and the Cult of Shadows had many members who were scattered throughout the lands. Although their headquarters had been destroyed and only a very few Saints were left, they still had many of their mid-level managers, most of whom were ordinary mortals.

A rule of thousands of years had resulted in these two churches possessing great influence.

The remnants of the Radiant Church and the Cult of Shadows, especially the Zealots of the Radiant Church, weren’t willing to give up.

The power of religious faith truly was very strong.

By relying on various methods, be it gentle or bloody, the two major churches which had survived for ten thousand years were able to somewhat stabilize their internal situations. They wanted to prepare to do battle against the Yulan Empire and the O’Brien Empire. Until the last moment came, they didn’t want to give up.

At the base of the Mountain Range of Magical Beasts, on a desolate road in the Southeast Administrative Province of the O’Brien Empire.

A strange person covered in a green cloak was standing amidst the desolate road, staring at his surroundings. The only thing that could be seen from within those two long sleeves was a pair of chicken claw like fingers, which demonstrated that this person should be an extremely old man.

Only…

His eyes were an oily green color, like the eyes of a wolf in the night.

Behind him, there were a total of nine figures covered in silver cloaks. These voluminous silver cloak covered figures were all standing behind the old man respectfully like servants.

“Yulan continent. So this is the Yulan continent…” The ancient, low voice rang out from the old man dressed in the green cloak.

“Cough, cough…” The sound of coughing could be heard. This green-robed old man seemed to be rather frail.

Suddenly, two youths riding handsome horses appeared, galloping across the desolate road. For some reason, when the two youths saw the green robed man and those nine mysterious silver-cloaked men, they felt a cold shiver in their hearts.

These two youths consciously decided to pull their horses aside, planning to leave from the other side of the road at high speed.

They didn’t want to get too close to these seemingly mysterious people.

“Humans…” Seeing the two youths ,the green robed old man’s oily green eyes flashed. He was so skinny that nothing more than a layer of skin was left on his bones, and when his bony, claw-like hand stretched out, a strange, invisible force suddenly bound those two youths.

“Aaaah!” “Aaaah”!

The two youths felt that they could no longer move, and then, they began to fly up in the air, their bodies no longer under their own control. They shot out like arrows towards that green robed old man, causing them to scream in terror.

“Crunch!” “Crunch!”

His two hands gripped the skulls of the two youths, who instantly began to quiver and shake, their bodies spasming as though they were having a seizure.

“Oh, War God, High Priest? And that legendary Dragonblood Warrior?” The old man murmured to himself, and then turned his oily green eyes to peer into the eyes of the two spasming youths. “Poor children. I will give you your eternal release.”

And then, the two youths fell to the ground, but their bodies no longer had any aura at all. They were dead.

“What a pity. These two souls were too weak. Absorbing them was of little benefit to me.” The ancient man took a long, comfortable breath.

Absorbing souls?

If anyone else was near and had heard this, they would have been utterly terrified.

But the nine silver-cloaked men behind him maintained their silence, waiting respectfully.

“The Yulan continent is about to begin an era of major, large-scale warfare. This is an excellent opportunity for all of you. Go, children. Don’t disappoint me.” The ancient voice of the green-robed old man rang out, and the nine silver-cloaked figures all fell to one knee. “Yes, Grand Warlock!”

And then…

‘Swoosh’ ‘Swoosh’.

The nine silver-cloaked figures transformed into nine silver dots, disappearing into the horizon. They were so fast that if Linley and Desri had seen them, they would have felt astonished.

“Yulan continent. Ten thousand years…it has changed so much.” The green-robed old man let out a quiet sigh. “First, recover my strength. When I have the chance, then I’ll go pay a visit to Lord Beirut.” And then, with a movement, the green robed old man transformed into a blur and disappeared.

Baruch Empire. Dragonblood Castle. The main hall.

“Big brother Yale, you came at an unfortunate time. A few months ago, my big brother started to engage in closed door training.” Wharton said helplessly towards Yale, who had come to visit.

“Third Bro is in meditative training again?” Yale frowned.

“What’s wrong? Is there some problem? Why don’t you talk to me about it. I might be able to help.” Wharton said with a laugh. He knew exactly how close Yale and Linley were, and so Yale’s affairs, he naturally would get involved in.

Yale hesitated for a moment, then said, “Wharton, can’t Third Bro come out and have a quick meeting with me?”

Wharton said apologetically, “Big brother Yale, I am sorry, truly. This closed door training session is different from the previous ones. This one is rather important. Before beginning his training, my big brother had already issued an order that unless something extremely, extremely important came up, we were definitely not to permit anyone to disturb him. Actually, even if I agreed to let you see my big brother, we would still need to get the permissions of Mr. Zassler and the others as well.”

Dragonblood Castle viewed Linley’s training as an issue of paramount importance. No matter how close one’s relationship with Linley was, they definitely wouldn’t be permitted to go meet with Linley unless there was absolutely no other recourse at all.

“If that’s the case…” Yale paused for a moment.

“Then Wharton, I won’t disturb Third Bro. Anyhow. I have some other affairs to attend to. I’ll leave for now.” Yale said.

As far as Dragonblood Castle was concerned, Yale’s visit was just a small affair. No one paid much attention to it.

The next day.

The imperial capital of the Baruch Empire. The imperial palace.

Cena strode into the flower garden, smiling towards Yale who was waiting for him there. “Chairman Yale, I am truly sorry to have made you wait for so long. Chairman Yale, please, sit.” Cena, upon hearing that Yale had come to visit, had immediately put down everything he was working on to come meet Yale.

After all, Cena knew how close Yale and Linley were as well.

“Emperor Cena, I was in no rush. Your matters are of more importance, your Imperial Majesty.” Yale said with great modesty.

Although when Cena was young, Yale had met him and played with him while meeting Linley, Cena was now the Emperor of an Empire. Within the imperial palace, Yale’s attitude still had to be very respectful and modest.

“Chairman Yale, don’t stand on so much ceremony. Why are you standing on so much ceremony with me?” Cena chortled. “Speak, what is it? If I can help, I definitely will.”

Yale said, “Then, Emperor Cena, I’ll speak plainly. My visit this time is to request your help, Emperor Cena. Emperor Cena, you are currently beginning large-scale warfare against the Rohault Empire, are you not? And you are winning a series of battles.”

“Right.” Cena nodded slightly.

He was wondering why Yale mentioned this.

“I have a request that is perhaps a bit excessive.” Yale said.

“Oh?” Cena looked at him.

Yale chuckled, then said, “This is the situation. I know that the alliance of your three major Empires has the goal of completely conquering your opponents. These battles will definitely be very fierce, and I also trust that your Baruch Empire will have captured many of the enemy’s soldiers.”

“That is correct. What of it?” Cena looked at him.

It was normal to capture the enemy’s soldiers in warfare.

In addition, the goal of this war was to conquer the entire Rohault Empire. How could the imperial clan of the Rohault Empire submit to them? Naturally, they would fight back.

“Emperor Cena, the vast majority of those enemy soldiers that you’ve kidnapped will be used as slaves. I would like, Emperor Cena, to ask if you would be willing to sell all of the soldiers you’ve kidnapped to my Dawson Conglomerate?” Yale finally got around to making his request.

Cena instantly began to frown.

Sell all of the captured enemy soldiers to the Dawson Conglomerate?

Generally speaking, captured enemy soldiers would be used as cannon fodder in future battles, or put to work in building roads, mining, clearing forests, and so on and so forth. All types of hard, manual labor. Perhaps a small portion of the slaves would be sold off.

But…to sell all the captured soldiers to a single Conglomerate?

This was indeed rarely seen.

The reason for this was because in this sort of large scale, ‘total war’ type of warfare between major Empires, each Empire would probably have roughly two or three million active duty soldiers, with perhaps millions more in reserve. This sort of war of utter annihilation would generally result in many captured soldiers. For example, if a large army was destroyed, it was possible that a hundred thousand people would be captured.

Over the course of conquering the Rohault Empire, the number of captured soldiers would definitely be in the hundreds of thousands, or perhaps even more.

Several hundred thousand soldiers, even enslaved, were still a capable military force. To give such an enormous military force to a trading union?

“This…” Cena hesitated.

Although this was Yale, Linley’s big brother, Yale really was asking for quite a bit. He wanted the Baruch Empire to sell all of their captured soldiers to the Dawson Conglomerate?

“Emperor Cena, what are you worried about? Our Dawson Conglomerate neither has a large amount of territory, nor do we have Saint-level experts such as Third Bro. They are just some captured slaves.” Yale persuaded. “Emperor Cena, I hope you can help me out.”

Yale’s words were said with great sincerity.

“Chairman Yale, in the past, your Dawson Conglomerate never got involved in the slave trade. Why are you buying so many captured soldiers now?” Cena asked.

Yale laughed. “That’s an internal secret of the Conglomerate. We’re currently working out a special developmental plan.”

Cena was silent for a few more moments, then looked at Yale.

Actually, the captured soldiers were of limited use to the Baruch Empire. After all, their goal was the destruction of the Rohault Empire. Thus, there was no question of ransoming the soldiers back to the Rohault Empire after the battle was concluded. In addition…as Cena viewed it, so what if he sold the slaves to the Dawson Conglomerate?

Could it be that the Dawson Conglomerate also wanted to rule the world?

What a joke!

After all, the true foundation of any Empire was its most powerful experts!

“Alright. I agree.” Cena said.

“Emperor Cena, thank you, truly.” Yale instantly smiled. “You really are helping me out tremendously. Thank you so much, truly.”

Cena and Yale chatted for a while longer, then shared a lunch together before Yale left.

After Yale left, Cena was still puzzled as he pondered this matter carefully. “Why is the Dawson Conglomerate suddenly entering the slave trade for no apparent reason? In addition, based on what I know, Yale and Uncle are on extremely close terms, but Yale himself is an extremely valiant figure who almost never asks difficult favors from others. But this time…”


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100 thoughts on “Book 12, Chapter 14” - NO SPOILERS

  1. releases today are quite fast!!!! as expected of our highgod ren sama!!!! thank you soooo much!!!!

    “Actually, it was the O’Brien Empire itself which had intentionally spread the word of the destruction of the upper echelons of the Radiant Empire.”
    =>Radiant Empire?????

    1. Yale’s suddenly asking for huge favours…….hmmm why do I get a bad feeling from this! I hope Yale won’t go doing something stupid and getting himself killed in the process! (there was a flag for one of these bros few chaps ago)
      and that mysterious skeleton guy?? does this two events have some sort of connection, maybe…. but hope not!(cuz skeleton guy seems to be stronger than Linley)
      hopefully no one bothers Linley’s training, I really wanna see him reaching the deity lvl soon!

      PS. there’s a very awkward air around, when Cena and Yale taking to each other like that! 😉
      I wonder this new skeleton’s more skeleton-ish than Zasler or Fallen leaf!

  2. Why do I have the feeling that Yale’s weird actions are being caused by the old frail guy? Maybe he is using all those slave’s as a resources for souls? Well just some speculations, but damn if that was the case……..

  3. The slaves are probably going to become soul fodder. That said, there are two possibilities : Yale is being mind controlled or it is not Yale. I doubt Yale would change so much as to feed people’s souls to someone, so I’ll leave that possibility out.

    1. wow how did you go that far!!!! mind control!!!! if he can do that he must be more powerful that big rat(well he can only read minds so far), but since he did call big rat ‘lord’…guess not!!
      well anyway mind control is biiig conclusion! you maybe right but if so then how can Linley fight a guy(or skeleton 😛 ) more powerful than big rat!!!

      1. Well, it’s never stated that ‘big rat’ can’t mind control people right 😀 he can read SAINT mind without they notice it. So i suppose he just don’t bother with mind control.

    2. that dude said those 2 souls were low in quallity, so why would he want hundreds of thousands of ’em, I’m guessing he’s a god and rest of the green robe guys are demigods, but didn’t those 8 G. prison mates split up?

      I knew it, that something will come up which requires Linley but they won’t disturb him so he won’t be able to react in time.

      1. Yeah, that’s what makes it odd. Those prisoners split up, so it is highly likely the once-again-another-person-without-any-normal-morals is another entity entirely separated from those 8. In what other way would he suddenly get 8 followers who are more powerful than linley? Unless they were in complete hiding all the time, but how did he find them so easily?

        But it is pretty sure he’s going to be the main antagonist for the current arc.

        And Linley coming too late has probably already happened, yale probably wanted protection from linley or something and then surrendered to his fate since he couldn’t meet him.

          1. Well, from what he said we can deduce he’s not someone that was in hiding but came from another plane. This leads us to believe he either was one of those 8 from gebados or he descended through another means. We however know that descending as our beloved banana did requires a lot of souls to recover. So basically we can break it down into

            * He wants souls to sustain himself, e.g. as food or to regain his own power which he lost because he crossed planes.
            * He wants souls to empower himself, e.g. he needs them as some sort of fuel for necromancy (which we all seem to agree on he possesses seeing his comparison with zassler) or some other means that’ll make him more powerful.

            Other than that there isn’t really any reason to do so. One particular argument we can make with the first one has to do with what he said afterwards, that the souls were insufficient low grade souls.
            From this we can deduce he’s looking for a higher brand of souls (some like cigars, others like souls apparently). In a battle LN, who will have the better soul? The more powerful combatants of course. And who does he know are the more powerful people? The war god, the high priest and linley. And who’s the only person currently available? (war god and high priest are currently on “please speak your message after the beep. *beep*”)
            And thus we can conclude the guy will definitely go after linley, but he perhaps he first needs more power (and thus souls) to do so and will take slightly other route than a direct approach.

            Well, IET can always throw us a curveball and make him the best bud of beirut or something which would make everything above invalid.

          2. I was thinking that yale wanting slaves and the green eyed old guy are connected, since how the chapter played out all of a sudden the conglomerate wants to deal in slaves, and large quantities, and from what you said that that guy needs hundreds of thousands of souls. Is he connected to them somehow?

          3. He did say in the chapter that he’ll vist beruit when he’s stronger. .. I wonder if it’s to fight?

          4. Well, they’re not connected per se. Yale could have some other reasons such as specified above. He could for instance set up trading routes for which he needs caravans, grunts are pretty useful for that. He could also set up factories, which again, grunts are useful for etc.
            The thing is, there isn’t really any reason why yale wouldn’t want those workers with the exception of a moral one(which he apparently had seeing as this is the first time), on the other side, if he wanted to crush his adversaries in the trading business, then there are far better ways than that with the current wars raging on (become the exclusive trading partner with the empires, deliver weapons to those who want them, make sure the headquarters of the others are in the brunt of war and yours isn’t, etc.)

            So yeah, all in all, yale’s moving about isn’t like it should be. But he could also be influenced by another source. What if the o brien and the yulan empire work together to checkmate linley and take his grounds. Beirut after all, took bebe away and would probably like it if bebe was freed from the embrace of linley. And we know the other two empires wanted the world before but couldn’t. So they want to weaken the baruch empire but cannot do so explicitly. This results in them threatening the conglomerate (with yale at its head) to not be able to trade in two thirds of the world(their empires) which is as good as a dead blow for the business. Yale needs to get the prisoners (who are basically reinforcements for the army) away from the baruch empire. This leaves it weakened compared to the others. In a sense obviously, I am disregarding saints here, but it is not like linley could stand up to the deities and beirut.

            Idk, it is possible yale is under the influence of the claw guy, but there may be other reasons.

            Edit: he’s not visiting to fight beirut, he called him “lord beirut”. That means he respects him and views him as stronger.

          1. second one has an extra comma, the third an extra question mark.

            And you do know you’ve infected ero, do you? It’s getting annoying trying to separate who is who since there are several sovereigns already running around. Never mind the duplicate accounts.

          2. oy oy why are u blaming me? I didn’t make multiple accounts! I’m just a newbie here! how rude!
            reeeen, residents here in wuxia world are being mean to newcomers!!!

          3. You do know you’re the only one to call him “reeeen” are you? And you’re the oldest newcomer I’ve ever seen, almost as old as to have a beard.

          4. hey I’m not a guy to grow beards!!! and I call ren like that to wake him up!
            you are so confused,you think I’m another person! *sigh* pitiful!! I shall wake you by giving you a knock in the head!
            *knock* (pass out)…. few minutes later,
            hello! black, do you recognize me I’m Amy!

          5. He’s at work atm? How are u waking him up? Ahhh it all makes sense now amy is yuzus real name.. Hi amy lol

          6. Lmao, first time to be virtually knocked out in reality.
            Or am I? Eh, I’ve hung out to much on internet fora that I’ve probably done that already.

            Which reminds me I need more coffee >.> browsing through papers and books all day gets you drowsy(immediately thinks of the pokemon of course).

            And fine we always have to give the women some face, since that’s what the emancipation expects of us, doesn’t it? I recognize you amy, with or without beard.

          7. no he’s still heading for work! and again no Amy is not my real name! I dunno yuzu’s real name either

  4. People saying Yale wants Soul Fodder, remember a few chapters back when Yale explained how he wants to destroy the other two big trading conglomerates? I think it’s probably just related to him wanting to expand his business.

    Thanks for chapter Ren 🙂

      1. He didn’t, that’s what I meant by the statement that you’ve infected him. He was spouting things in the previous chapter comments as well about this. Second account of ero.

        1. hey! *angry* stop saying i’m infecting this and infecting that! do look like a disease to you??? how many times for I have to say I AM AMY!!!!!!!!!!! not yuzu or anyone else!

          1. the jig was up when you replied to ren…yesterday lol but anyway good night I gotta get to sleep before 9 am.

          2. Night pickle, it’s 14:50 here ^^ and I still have quite a lot to do before the day is over.

            And Amy, you’ve said that yourself now did you. I find it extremely fascinating how you can deny it so vehemently while letting it slip all over the place.

          3. hmph! think whatever you want, I’m not Amy and that’s that!
            and pickle you’re sleeping at 9 in the morning! seriously?
            and you say good night! did you really hit your head in the gutter?

          4. Just finished the new chap of spirit mirgration I work nights 8 pm to 430 am so good night

          5. I said it to knock you in the head again black!
            sheesh don’t even you get a little joke as that!

            btw what’s up with ‘c’s they’re disappearing!

  5. Ow snap! This smells like trubble! Double trubble! First that space prision with new deities and now Yales dawson conglomerate. >.<
    Thank you for the chapter saganatsu!

  6. saw a typo…
    Yale laughed. “That’s an internal secret of the Clongomerate. We’re currently working out a special developmental plan.”

    mixed the “l” in Conglomerate..

    1. Obviously that’s intentional, Yale is the chairman of te conglomerate. There has to be an I in it, after all, it is his special development plan. And the more prominent, the better.

  7. Feel free to delete this if I’m right. If linely’s soul is now in the shape of a sword, doesn’t that mean that if linely chooses to split his soul his soul will take the form of a sword that he can use?

    1. really that’s good idea! I never thought of that, it’d be great if Linley’ll get a super powerful soul sword! but it’s actually quite dangerous too since he’s manifesting his own soul as a weapon!

  8. If anyone else was hear and had heard this, they would have been utterly terrified.

    Ren hear should be near

    If anyone else was near and had heard this, they would have been utterly terrified.

    1. I really had to read this twice to understand it.
      To many hears nears heard had have’s.

      And “had heard” should be correct.
      @Leniel, “anyone” isn’t plural. Think of “Had anyone heard this”.

  9. Okay I don’t know if this is posted or not but if it’s not prepare to have your mind blown. Yale already expressed interest in destroying the other trading conglomerates right? And they need an expert at about Linley’s power level or higher with the world changing so much. The expert they have now is Lord Chiquita or whatever from the radiant church. Hediens was talking about how feeding the guy regular souls at high numbers would help him recover his power. That’s why Yale approached Cena about buying the slaves from the war. It’s to feed them to that guy!

  10. Hey guys, I know I’ve said this before, but I forget to click “notify me of follow-up comments”, and I forgot which chapter I asked the question, so can I ask it again|?

    What happened to Alice? I remember the author bringing her up once, but then never mentioned her again from that point on.

    1. Umm as of this book she’s in the baruch empire at one of the prouix galleries idk what she’s doing working? It was a few chapters or a volume ago please vist the spoiler section if that did not answer your question to the fullest

  11. Thanks RWX and thanks for the translations. Also I feel this idea is really plausible, if you look at the flow of things. If you go back a few chapters and re-read Heidens’ comments then look at the situation it seems kind of obvious actually. And since the 8 or 9 individuals just left the Gebados prison the same chapter Yale asks for the favor means there doesn’t seem to be sufficient time for them to have already formed a relationship AND Yale to have journeyed to have an audience with Linley. Anyway excited for the next chapter as always so we’ll see soon!

  12. Hrmm suspicious… wonder why they need all them slaves? Well, the fact that Yale was going to meet with Linley originally leads me to believe that Yale’s goal is trustworthy at least.

    I hope Linley reaches Deity level before having to fight with any of those 9 people 0.0

  13. thnx for the chapter ren and donors, i noticed in one of the earlier paragraphs u used “in addition” two times in a row which kind of breaks the flow imo/ sounds odd. also in “and only a very few Saints were left” i would say either “a few” or “very few” but not both

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