Book 14, Chapter 11

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Book 14, Fiend – Chapter 11, The Third Floor

In the Redbud Castle, there was a sea of people.

The main gate of Redbud Castle was at least a hundred meters wide, with the dense masses of people entering and leaving it. One could imagine how excellent business was doing in Redbud Castle.

Linley’s group of people saw Redbud Castle from afar.

“Hrm, the Redbud Army?” Linley noticed them right away. At the gates of Redbud Castle, there were over ten soldiers dressed in violet uniforms, with a long violet cloak on the outside as well. The warriors all had those unique violet seals in the center of their forehead. It was the Redbud Army!

The nearby Daebra laughed, “There are Redbud Castles throughout the entire Redbud Continent. The master of these castles is the mighty Sovereign, the Redbud Ruler. Naturally, they are guarded by the Redbud Army. Actually, the Redbud Army soldiers here are nothing more than a display of force. After all, within Royalwing City, who would dare to cause trouble? Only someone tired of living.”

“Hey, that chief steward named Edmond. Why are they going to the back?” Bebe’s eyes were quite sharp. He discovered that Edmond’s group of people had headed towards the back of Redbud Castle, and didn’t go to the main gates.

Linley had noticed this as well.

Actually, although many people entered the main gates of Redbud Castle, there were quite a few people who were entering Redbud Castle through the rear gates as well. The number was not any lower than those going through the main gates, in fact.

“Linley, Redbud Castle is divided into the main gate and the rear gate. Those who go in through the main gates are all going to Redbud Castle for shopping, while those who enter through the rear gates do so because they are going to sell their own items to Redbud Castle!” The jade-haired youth, Daebra, explained with a chuckle.

Linley understood.

So Redbud Castle didn’t just sell items; it also purchased them.

“Let’s hurry.” Daebra urged.

Holding Delia by the hand, Linley headed forward with Bebe by his side, following the flow of people through to the rear of Redbud Castle. After walking for several kilometers, Linley’s group finally reached the rear gates of Redbud Castle.

Indeed…

The rear gates were over a hundred meters wide as well, and a dense mass of people passed through them.

Delia laughed, “Most of those who are coming to sell items belong to the tribes and clans located outside Royalwing City. There really are quite a few people here. Redbud Castle buys at 70% while sells at 100%. They earn a profit of 30%…this Redbud Castle is a place which devours gold.”

“There isn’t a chance for others to engage in this business.” Linley chuckled. Behind the Redbud Castle was an almighty Sovereign!

And then, Linley’s group followed the other members of the Black Dragon Tribe into Redbud Castle. Although there were nearly two hundred people in the Black Dragon Tribe’s group, upon entering Redbud Castle, they only made up an extremely small number of the total guests.

“This place is huge!” Linley exhaled in shock.

Linley’s group, upon entering the first floor of Redbud Castle, discovered that the main hall of this first floor was one or two thousand meters wide. This sort of width was an extremely extravagant sum. More than ten thousand people could pass through it without feeling cramped.

“There are quite a few Deities who have come to sell their items.” Bebe was clearly quite excited.

“The main hall of the first floor is for those who have come to sell Demigod sparks, Demigod artifacts, and other items worth a hundred inkstones or less.” Daebra said in a very practiced manner as he explained to Linley’s group. “For example, I’ve come to sell a God spark this time, so I will go to the second floor. In the main hall of the second floor, items like God sparks or God artifacts which are worth around or less than ten thousand inkstones or so can be sold. As for the third floor, that’s the floor for selling Highgod artifacts, Highgod sparks, and other precious items that can be worth up to a million inkstones, or even more.”

Linley’s group followed the Black Dragon Tribe’s men up to the main hall of the second floor.

But of course, more than half of the Black Dragon Tribe’s people stayed at the first floor’s main hall. Clearly, these people had all come to sell fairly cheap items.

“Linley, look. There are many sales counters over there in the main hall, with many people seated there. Those people are the purchasers for Redbud Castle. Haha, have a good look. I’ll go sell some things first.” Daebra waved towards Linley’s group, then headed directly to one of the sales counters in the main hall of the second floor.”

After Daebra left, Linley and the other two exchanged glances.

“Let’s go to the third floor!” Linley said.

Linley’s group had quite a few treasures on them. Two Highgod artifacts, and a Highgod spark. These were all exceedingly valuable items.

The stairs going from the main hall of the first to second floor were all exceedingly large, but the stairs from the main hall of the second floor to the main hall of the third floor was much narrower. Even the gateway into the hall was a full size smaller, and the number of people was much lower as well.

Obviously, the number of people who were selling precious items was much lower than those selling items in the first and second floors.

“Edmond!” Linley saw that up above, Edmond had led his three subordinates directly into the gateway to the third floor. At the gateway to the third floor, an employee wearing a long violet robe seemed to chat with Edmond about something, and then Edmond took out a divine spark.

“Why did Edmond take out the divine spark?” Linley was somewhat puzzled.

And then, the violet-robed man let them through. Edmond led his three subordinates into the third floor.

When Linley’s group reached the doorway to the third floor…

The violet-robed man stretched his hand out, stopping Linley’s group from going through.

“Huh?” Linley’s group looked curiously at the man.

“What have you come to sell? Let me take a look.” The violet-robed said. Seeing the puzzled look on the faces of Linley’s group, he laughed calmly, “Is this your first time? This third floor is different from the lower floors. Every person who enters has to present an item for inspection. Otherwise, no entry is permitted.”

Linley now understood. Thinking back to what Edmond had just done, he now knew what that was all about.

But right at that moment, two youngsters walked past Linley, ignoring the violet-robed men as they headed directly into the third floor.

“Hey, how come they didn’t have to show any items?” Bebe said in confusion.

The violet-robed man was fairly patient and good-tempered. With a calm laugh, he said, “Didn’t you notice? They all had Fiend medallions on their chests. They are Fiends! As Fiends, we have faith in their reputation. When they come, they will definitely have brought quite a few valuable items. There’s no need for them to be inspected.”

Linley sighed to himself, “Fiends. They don’t have to pay any fees when entering the city, and they don’t have to be inspected when entering the third floor of Redbud Castle. Their status really is different.”

While thinking this to himself, Linley retrieved the black dagger with a flip of his hands. This black dagger was the Highgod artifact which Adkins had left behind after his divine darkness clone had been slain.

“Go in.” The violet-robed man nodded.

They entered the third floor of Redbud Castle. This main hall was clearly a size smaller, but it was still hundreds of meters wide. Only, the people here were clearly much sparser in number.

“That’s the place where they buy items!” Bebe ran up ahead as the three of them headed towards a sales counter.

But right at this moment….

“Lord Edmond, look!” The chief steward of the Black Dragon Tribe, Edmond, and his three subordinates had noticed Linley’s group. “Lord Edmond, aren’t they members of our tribe? Those three who were amongst the five who were making their first trips to Royalwing City? They actually came to the third floor!”

Edmonds looked at the distant Linley and the other two.

There were only five people for whom this trip to Royalwing City with the Black Dragon Tribe truly was their first trip. Edmond had seen all of them. Naturally, he recognized and remembered Linley’s group.

“I didn’t expect that these three had a fortune on them.” Edmond’s eyes narrowed, and a cold light flashed through them. “It seems our tribe’s internal supervisory abilities are insufficient.”

In the Infernal Realm, when one’s wealth reached a certain level, there would be others who would desire it.

If you wanted to peacefully enjoy your fortune of a million inkstones which you had spent hundreds of millions of years accumulating, you might just find that some other experts would take it all from you.

This wouldn’t have been the first or second time for Edmond’s group to have done such a thing.

“Don’t worry, milord. Since we already know now, the three of them won’t be able to escape you. When we leave Royalwing City, we can make our move then.” The nearby God said insidiously.

Edmond nodded.

Everyone allowed to enter the third floor had items that were worth at least a million inkstones. Even a Highgod such as Edmond would be desirous of such a fortune.

At a row of sales counter on the side of the third floor’s main hall, there were violet-robed employees seated at every counter. Linley’s group walked towards one of them, a silver-haired old man.

“Hrm?” The violet-robed, silver-haired old man raised his head and smiled calmly. “What are you selling? Take it out.”

Linley and the other two glanced at each other, and then with a flip of his hand, Linley withdrew that black dagger and gave it to the silver-haired old man. “This Highgod artifact.”

Although Linley’s group was still in possession of the Spear of Cortez and that Highgod spark, this was Linley’s group’s first trip into Royalwing City. There were many things they didn’t know about yet. Linley’s group wasn’t in a hurry either. After all…if they truly needed money desperately, they could come again.

In addition…

Redbud Castle wasn’t the only place which purchased goods. There was also that Blacksand Castle. Only, there was a great deal of intrigue and competitive forces within Blacksand Castle. It was rather disorderly and chaotic. Without gaining a good understanding of the situation, Linley wouldn’t be in a hurry to go there.

“This dagger really is quite fine.” The violet-robed elder nodded in praise. “It is indeed a Highgod artifact, and its previous owner should have been a Highgod who trained in the Laws of Darkness who had used this dagger to kill quite a few experts. It has a very thick murderous aura. Not bad. We will buy this dagger for a price of 750,000 inkstones Are you willing to sell?” The violet-robed elder made his decision.

Linley nodded. “Fine.”

Based on his calculations, Linley had been planning to sell this item for a price of 700,000 inkstones, which would have been a fine price. Thus, this price of 750,000 inkstones made Linley quite satisfied. Linley understood…that perhaps this dagger was an excellent Highgod artifact and that perhaps he had been taken slight advantage of.

But Linley didn’t care too much about such a small sum.

“This is a hundred azurites, equivalent to a hundred thousand inkstones. Two hundred thousand, three hundred thousand…” As he spoke, the violet-robed elder brought out large pieces of azure stones out.

Linley immediately understood.

“As I thought!” When Linley’s group had killed those Gods, they had acquired a few azure colored stones. At that time, Linley had hypothesized that those azure stones were a form of currency, because their aura was identical to the aura of the inkstones. Only, the aura was far stronger.

A single azurite was shaped in a square which was one centimeter long.

The ones which this violet-robed elder brought out, however, were square slabs that were ten centimeters long and one centimeter wide. Indeed, this larger azurite slab was equivalent to a hundred smaller azurite stones. In other words, it was worth a hundred thousand inkstones!

Seven azurite slabs and five long azurite stones.

“Seven hundred and fifty thousand. Collect them.” The violet-robed elder handed them to Linley.

“Dare I ask, aside from using them to purchase items, do these inkstones and azurites have any other purpose?” Linley still had the feeling that the unique aura of these azurites and inkstones should have some special purpose.

The violet-robed elder’s eyes lit up. Glancing sideways at Linley, he laughed calmly, “It’s useless for you to know this information, so there’s no need for you to ask.”

Linley was curious, but since this person wasn’t willing to tell, Linley didn’t pursue this line of questioning.

“If you go through that gate in the main hall, you will arrive at the main hall on the other side. If you want to buy something, you can go to that main hall.” The violet-robed elder said.

Linley had guessed this long ago.

This was because Redbud Castle’s main gate was reserved for people buying things, while the rear gate was reserved for people selling things to the castle employees.

It was one structure with two sides.

“Let’s go take a look.” Delia was very curious.

“I wonder what the Infernal Realm has.” Bebe was excited as well. Linley laughed and nodded, then followed through the third floor’s corridor to the other main hall on the third floor.

From afar…

“Hrm? They are going to the main hall on the other side?” Edmond, noticing this, couldn’t help but frown.

He immediately instructed his subordinates, “Go wait at the main gates. And you, you go to the rear gates. Keep watch on those three.”

“Yes, milord.”

The two Gods immediately left.


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160 thoughts on “Book 14, Chapter 11” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

      1. I was thinking the same thing. Given the talent level shown if Linley took up creating a sculpture I’d bet it could greatly increase his current status and add some protection. We’ve seen what great creative talent can do for reputation. This also could be a means to attract transportation out of this continent.

  1. I’m sure your already aware but ill just make a comment about it but the mobile site isn’t showing the chapters and sticks with showing the chapter preview for quite a while after the new chapters are out, and as always Thanks for the chapter.

    1. If Linley is curious about the secret of inkstones, why doesn’t he send his spiritual energy to inspect it? Maybe something good will come from doing that.

      1. That would spoil the surprise! It’s like why he didn’t leave one clone in the plane with Delia. He could still spend time with family and train, with almost no risk of complete oblivion! But where would the suspense in that be?

        1. He’s barely a match for single clone Gods with both clones. For one, he has no defense against non-spiritual attacks… he can’t resist godrealms surpassing that of a single clone god… his attacks won’t be able to kill gods if he doesn’t use both clones simultaneously…

          Splitting his power would be tantamount to suicide.

      1. Exposition arc mean not much to make theories like before.
        It is a week before finals so I have less time to think about each chapter.
        Combine those, give me not much of a reason to post. So I’m just going default thanks post every chapter to keep post count up.

        Why did you double post? Admin power?

        Oh side question: Did the DDoS attacks end? There no more cloudflare 5 second thing?

          1. Loophole of being 1 post and not a link/ad post?

            But ya, way to long to be considered a normal post.

          2. It was worth the spam! 😛
            Rens edit made me laugh and the chapter just kinda bored me and I had nothing else to do… so, yeah.
            It was way longer up than I thought it would be XD

          3. Ren is allowed to spam, it’s not like his post-count will display rank 😛 He will be an Admin forever 😀

        1. What if i told you
          (insert you meme here)
          I didn’t read that shit

          Btw its funny how you can’t write “<" at the beginning at your sentence. So i had to stick with () instead -.-

          and edit for the 8th time..? why is it that half your text go missing sometimes?

          1. Well, not now as not many people will notice. Let’s make call to arms on next chapter, and tommorows first chapter. Then at tommorows second chapter we will start the apocalypse 😀

  2. Now, lets guess, if Edmond will be a new donor for Linley or just a passing character, who will be left behind, as Linley stays in the city?

    1. We know he will be a footnote somewhere, whether by embarrassing himself by losing his subordinates to a demi-god, or by pissing Linley off so he will get magnificently dealt with in later chapters.

      I’m guessing when they try to attack Linley’s group, it causes him to take the test to become a fiend so their expenses will go down while being able to survive “alone” with the fiends’ backing.

    2. I doubt Edmond will die, but I have faith that anyone dumb enough to try and rob Linley and Bebe will not live to tell anyone about their mistake. The real issue is that I don’t think that we will see a fight because Linley isn’t going to leave with the clan. Would have been a nice opportunity to have Bebe suck the spark out of one or two of those guys.

    3. Edmond will be noticed by some random Fiend passing by, and as attacking people in the city is forbidden, the Fiend will kill him. Meanwhile Linley and CO will kill few Gods, impressing Fiend, who will invite Linley to become the ‘Fiend’ from title of this book 😀 Haha, if i was IET i would probably do it like that ^.^

        1. Well, he will think he can kill them instantly… Or will order his subordinates to attack because he is Highgod, after all. Attacking Demigod and Gods is below him 😛

  3. welp.. this chapter basically ensured that Linley wouldn’t be going back to the clan to train before becoming a fiend. If it costs 100 inkstones a day to get a room at a inn, he has like 20years worth of money after selling the black dagger.. but now I’m doubting there will be any training timeskips in this book so probably he and bebe will take the test as soon as they get wind of Edmund.

    1. Yeah, seems pretty low. You would also think that at some point in time someone is going to see Linley with a highgod spark, or a highgod artifact and think. “I shouldn’t mess with that guy, because he killed a highgod, or knows someone who can kill highgods”. It seems pretty dumb to attack a guy who obviously can survive to acquire that kind of wealth.

      1. Not really. It’s unreal for Demigod to kill Highgod, no matter how talented one is. Also, even when one knows somebody who can kill Highgod, or got this spark in some other way, if you kill him in the middle of nowhere, who will know? No one. As simple as that.

        1. Hasn’t it been shown that it isn’t possible to tell how many divine clones a person has? Everyone has seemed to be surprised by it time and time again. I am unclear on whether a higher level clone’s power will be hidden by a lower level clone’s power. I would assume it isn’t guaranteed as no one could sense Harry and his brother’s had divine clones. At the very least it indicates it is very hard to be sure that Linely isn’t doing the same thing. However like has been said a Highgod artifact isn’t proof of defeating a Highgod.

      2. I don’t see the highgod artifact as a sign of power. For all Edmund knowns, Linley got it as a gift or got lucky and found it in the aftermath of a fight (which he did).

  4. Has Edmond sealed his fate ?? Aghh how the mighty will fall. Hope they soon start the fiend in training arc. Fun galore waiting to be translated 🙂

        1. GeneralChaos, no. There have been four or five translators on it, and a lot of terms have been set (which I don’t agree with/like). I very, very rarely like to ‘hop on’ translations that have multiple translators.

          1. I wonder what will you choose next, but i have trust that if it’s you, it will be good to read ^.^

          2. Are you going to focus on Skyfire avenue after CD? Or will it always remain a side project?

  5. Lol I wonder what they’ll say when Linley’s group just disappears on ’em? Sure, they’re highgods, but they can’t start trouble in the city, and Linley wont be going with them…

    Thanks for the chapter, Ren!

        1. okay then Azurite! btw you’re a pretty blue stone right? want to become my necklace???

          just kiddie! he he 😉

          Edit – okay now! I see that Ren-sama fell asleep! I’m allowed to duplicate comments! is this a good thing or bad???

  6. Thanks for the chapter. Next chapter, Delia buys a dress, Bebe buys a new hat, Linley buys a bottle of wine 😀 I wonder what Edmond would do if he knew what exactly Linley has on him.

    1. they don’t have to go to a highgod sec. to buy clothes and wine! this dummies are asking for attention. Edmond would be glad to kill them even without knowing about other treasures, just think about it, if you’re a highgod who finally won a battle with a equal (not taking Edmond as an example) and got the spark and came to sell it. there you see a puny amateur-ish demigod who’s selling the same thing without even making much effort! won’t that tick you off?!

    2. Considering the title, I think he’ll be buying a bunch of soul pearls and get a boost in his soul power (for faster progress towards God status)

      1. I wonder if someone will be selling souls. That would be pretty messed up, but not unexpected. CD ring means he could by cheap unrefined souls and then just slurp them up without having to pay a premium for pre-made pearls.

        1. Or just absorb them without paying, no one would know what happened anyway xD who would suspect Demigod for some ridiculous act like that? xD

        1. read ‘BATTLING TRANSLATORS THROUGH THE HEAVENS: THE ADVENTURES OF GGP’ in gravity! it’s the recent post, then you’ll know!!

          by the way Ren-sama you really are a ‘she’ right? or GGP is a ‘she’???
          …cuz I really can’t believe in yaoi… >.>

          1. 囧囧囧

            This again? Pay me a visit one of these days and I will conclusively prove to you if I’m a ‘she’ or not.

            >.>

            <.<

          2. ….. oops! I made Lord Ren mad again! time to run awayyyyyyyy!

            Bye! Ren nee-sa… *trip over nothing* ouch! that hurt, sorry nii-sama! T.T waaaaaah!*running away crying*

          3. Tsun-chan, You know it’s because of comments like this that we like to tease you so much right?

          4. and that’s exactly why I call you bullies! you tease a crying girl??! shameless! *sob* you bully!! *sob*
            where’s my aniki?! he’s always not there when I need him!

  7. and again, as i thought so. that Edmond is gonna try robbing Linley and co.
    This is sooo boring! who would’ve thought infernal realm is so easy to predict, dull place.
    *sigh* come on Linley become a God already!! *yawn* or make a sculpture or go to that indigo palace, it won’t be this boring then…. =.=

    when they said they’re gonna go for a tour at infernal realm, I thought they were just saying that for the sake of the conversation, never thought it was serious! but now they’ve even fine shopping! they really came here for a tour *siiiigh~*

    and Thx for the chapter!

      1. Saints no longer have desires for things of the mortal world. It is a whole different story when talking about things in the immortal world.

    1. Why wouldn’t they tour? Wouldn’t you, if you just visited a new continent. Also, with how large the infernal realm is, and how many years it will take them to reach their destination, I feel not touring the place would be a letdown. Think of it as a road trip, they can visit some important places in the infernal realm on the way to their main goal.

      I believe that this book is like the preparation for such a journey, and so far it looks like becoming a fiend offers them the most freedom, so that explains this book’s title.

      1. but why would go shopping in the INFERNAL REALM???!
        it’s the freaking INFERNAL REALM you know!
        anyway it’s not like they can buy anything there. and if I came to a place with a certain purpose (like going to indigo palace) even if it’s a new continent, I won’t go wandering around and doing useless shopping!
        if they tried finding a place to stay or way to make money in that city, then they won’t be wasting too much time nor getting negative attention on them!

        1. But they didn’t go shopping. So far all they have done is sell a highgod artifact. Plus shopping in the infernal real is a luxury, based on what I understand so far even food could be considered a luxury. So for Linley and co. they aren’t in the position where they can even think of doing things like shopping.

          Pretty much, before they arrived at the castle to sell their goods, they were just given a small tour of the city. It can’t be considered as shopping. In the next chapter though, it looks like they might do some shopping in the castle. Linley might even buy another soul pearl.

          1. In my first paragraph I meant to say that shopping for things like clothes was considered a luxury, along with some food.

          2. sooo again, what’s the use of shopping?
            and it is said that upon becoming deities there’s not much use in a soul pearl!
            *mutter* not like he can buy Delia a wind-style highgod spark *mutter*

          3. it is said that upon becoming deities there’s not much use in a soul pearl!

            Did you get confused between soul pearl (improves spirit power, really important for deities) and life pearl (regens bodies for Saints, not useful for deity divine bodies)?

          1. I agree with you Pheonix. Also the infernal realm is to deities like the Yulan continent is to mortals. I don’t consider it to be hell. So of course there are methods of entertainment, and other pleasures there.

          2. Considering it’s pretty safe in the city with fighting forbidden, I’d say it’s nowhere near hell. Plus all their items are in interspacial rings so it’s not like someone can pickpocket them

          3. it is hell! they strip you off thousands to eat and live there! and you even have a curfew!!! how is that not hell???

          4. Well… when I imagine hell. I think of a place that you can’t even hope to live in. Considering there’s a way to live and survive here, I’d say it’s far from hell

  8. So Redbud Castle didn’t just sell items; it also purchased them.

    Shouldn’t this be written in different order? They came there to sell things, so obviously they knew that this place bought items beforehand.

    Thanks for chapter! Hmmm, it seems that we will finally get some action, huh? 😀

    1. I think it means more the castle itself. They came to sell so yes they knew they could sell in the city. But, the Redbud Castle is to there surprise a one stop shop.

      1. seeing as 3 ppl up there did it and the actual perpetrator is missing, plus theres not much to say about this chap, i thought id join in on the fun 😉

        Edit: also my usual “tyvm for the chap ren and donors” isnt much better than botketsu either :/

    1. Correct way to calculate it, actually. They buy for, let’s say, 700 ink stones and then sell for 1000, thousand being market price. So, they earn 300 ink stones, that is 30% of one thousand.

      1. i get his point though, usually u, or at least i, would calculate profit from the amount u paid for it, ur “investment” so to speak, not from the value u sell it at(if that makes sense), using ur example that would result in what, something around 43%?(unless ive badly misscalculated:/) basically 300/700 not 300/1000

          1. well i dunno, why not ;p also the other way around feels more like a calculation of loss on linleys part. but in the end he might be talking about something completely different with “interesting way to calculate it” ;p

  9. No spoilers or anything but anyone want to take a guess on how Linley’s going to continue his training after his two clones become full gods?

    Im thinking he will training in destruction and fire to full god clones after he can use divine sparks for High god Light clone.

    OR he could just train on those two laws Earth and Wind till High god..
    What do you think he’s going to do next?

    1. I think he will not bother with training Fire element at all before he reaches Paragon level in Earth and Wind 🙂 He might create Demigod Destruction clone if he gains enough insights on the way. Also, i don’t think he will ever fuse any sparks neither to his original body nor possibly created clones from lower affinities 🙂

  10. “The ones which this violet-robed elder brought out, however, were square slabs that were ten centimeters long and one centimeter wide.”

    It’s a bit confusing to say they are # long and # wide if they are squares, maybe say, “…however, were square slabs that were ten centimeters on each side and one centimeter wide.”

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