Book 14, Chapter 13

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Book 14, Fiend – Chapter 13, Planning to Commit Violence?

After Linley purchased ten amethysts, he left the sales counter, heading towards a distant sales counter. This sales counter was very large, and it had all sorts of items on display. The viewers of the sales counter were quite numerous as well. Many were spending money to buy things.

This place was where defensive artifacts were being sold.

“Linley, you want to buy a defensive artifact?” Delia looked at Linley, puzzled.

“I don’t need it.” Linley laughed as he looked at Delia. “Delia, your defensive armor is only Demigod level. It is too weak. Let’s buy a God-level armor.” Since they were preparing to join the Fiend examination, they had to increase everyone’s strength.

Strength, aside from personal power, also included their divine artifacts.

If they were to participate in the Fiend examination, Linley was worried most about Delia. As for Bebe…when they had left the Yulan Plane, Lord Beirut had given Bebe quite a few treasures. As for himself, he already had a soul-protecting Sovereign artifact, albeit slightly damaged.

“Alright.” Delia didn’t refuse. She understood that when she grew stronger, Linley wouldn’t be as worried about her, and she would be able to help him more.

“The prices of these defensive artifacts truly do exceed the prices of offensive artifacts.” Linley chuckled, then sighed.

God-level offensive artifacts were just roughly a thousand inkstones, while God-level defensive artifacts were generally five or six thousand inkstones. To Linley’s team, this wasn’t much at all.

People continually entered and left the main gates of Redbud Castle, but there was one person who stayed right there by the sides of the steps, always watching the main gate.

“Those three really are slow. Isn’t it just shopping?” The God cursed softly. “They’ve never come to Royalwing City. They’ll most likely wander about for a long time. They are enjoying themselves inside, while I’m slowly waiting here.”

Indeed, Linley’s team was very curious.

This Redbud City had many items that expanded Linley’s horizons. Naturally, they had to have a good stroll and gain some experience.

The God suddenly saw a human figure. He immediately headed over and said respectfully, “Lord Edmond.”

Edmond nodded slightly, then said calmly, “The three still haven’t come out?”

“Right. Not yet.” The God nodded.

Edmond frowned, then turned to look at the gate. “They’ve already sold what they came to sell. I imagine they should be coming out from this front main gate.” Edmond was in no hurry. He just waited quietly outside.

“It is Lord Edmond.”

The other members of the Black Dragon Tribe, when departing Redbud Castle, saw Edmond standing there. Many of them assembled up behind Edmond.

“Mm, here they are.” Edmond’s eyes lit up.

“That metallic lifeform really is expensive.” Delia was sighing.

Linley nodded as well. “Ordinary metallic lifeforms cost millions already, but high level, powerful ones cost tens of millions…those large ones actually cost over a hundred million inkstones. Bebe, your grandpa really is powerful.” Linley sighed in praise as he looked towards the nearby Bebe.

“Naturally!” Bebe puffed his chest out proudly.

Lord Beirut’s metallic castle was a high level metallic lifeform. The price of such a creature in Redbud Castle was more than a hundred million inkstones.

As they spoke, the three of them walked out of the first main hall, following the tide of people outwards.

“Linley.” Suddenly, someone called out at the gateway.

Linley turned to look. It was Daebra.

“Daebra.” Linley laughed as he spoke out. “Oh, you sold your things?” Linley said. He noticed that next to Daebra was a large group of people, all of whom belonged to the Black Dragon Tribe.

Daebra laughed. “I was just selling a single God artifact. I heard you went to the third floor. You really are amazing.” Daebra’s words caused the nearby members of the Black Dragon Tribe to stare jealously at Linley.

In the Infernal Realm, making a fortune was simply too hard.

“Oh?” Linley laughed calmly, carefully inspecting the looks on the faces of the Black Dragon Tribe’s members.

Actually, when he went to the third floor to sell items, Linley had already anticipated that he wouldn’t be able to avoid the attention of all the members of the Black Dragon Tribe. It was possible that he would be discovered…but so what if he was? After all, he didn’t have any plans to return to the Black Dragon Tribe.

“Alright, let’s head out.” Edmond, standing in front, spoke out as he led his subordinates away.

Edmond didn’t even look at Linley.

The group walked a few dozen meters towards the direction of the pillars, moving in a direction that would bring them back out of Royalwing City. But Linley’s team took a curved route, heading towards a different direction.

“Linley, where are you going?” Daebra said with surprise.

At the same time, Edmond and many others halted, turning to look.

“Oh, I’m not going back to the Black Dragon Tribe.” Linley laughed as he said.

“Not returning to the Black Dragon Tribe?” A gentle voice rang out. Edmond led his subordinates and walked over.

Linley, seeing that it was Edmond who had come, couldn’t help but sneer coldly in his heart. “This old fellow. I’m not going to the Black Dragon Tribe, so he, the chief steward of Stirton and a Highgod, immediately came over? Does he think I don’t know what he is scheming?”

The distance from here to the front main gate of Redbud Castle was less than a hundred meters. There were many people here. Linley’s group, standing there, wasn’t noticeable at all.

“Lord Edmond.” Linley smiled as he spoke.

“Your name is Linley, right?” Edmond laughed calmly. “Your two friends are both Gods. In our Black Dragon Tribe, they can be considered elite members. It is truly a pity that you are planning to leave the Black Dragon Tribe. Right. I actually have taken a liking to you. I recently lack for subordinates. Would you be willing to follow me?”

Linley remained very modest and courteous. “Thank you, Lord Edmond, for your kindness. Only, it truly isn’t necessary. Myself, my wife, and my brother here came to the Black Dragon Tribe only because we had just arrived in the Infernal Realm. However, I still feel gratitude for the care the Black Dragon Tribe has shown me in this period of time.”

Edmond couldn’t help but be startled.

But seeing the meek smile on Linley’s face, he felt a stirring of anger in his heart. “This guy!”

He knew that Linley was carrying a fortune on himself. Even he, Edmond, wouldn’t find it so easy to accumulate such wealth. After all, he, Edmond, had fused with a divine spark to become a Highgod. This was why he had always followed Stirton. Stirton made most of the money, while he only made do with leftovers.

“We’re leaving now.” Linley said with a smile, then turned.

“Swoosh!”

Very suddenly, six Gods appeared in front of Linley.

“You want to leave?” One of the Gods said coldly.

Linley was startled, and then his gaze turned icy.

“F*ck, what, you want to fight?” Bebe’s voice suddenly raised in pitch and volume, spreading in every direction. Many of the nearby people who had been moving about turned to look in their direction. Bebe jumped up and shouted out, “Milords of the Redbud Army, these people want to beat us, they want to fight!”

The distance from here to Redbud Castle’s gates was less than a hundred meters.

At such a close distance, those bored Redbud Army soldiers milling about at the gates to Redbud Castle naturally could hear Bebe’s shout. Although they were sent here to maintain order, normally who would dare cause trouble here? Naturally, they were always very bored. Now, hearing someone call out for them, they actually grew excited.

“Hey, something’s happening?” A black-cloaked, muscular man called out hurriedly. “I’ll go take a look.”

“Brothers, let’s all go check it out.”

Ten or so Redbud Army soldiers all walked over curiously.

Seeing the Redbud Army soldiers come over, Edmond’s face instantly grew ugly to behold.

He was a Highgod, true! But he had only become one through fusing with a divine spark. In the Infernal Realm…there were far too many people that were more powerful than him. The steward of a tribe could perhaps show off his power and authority in that tribe…but in Royalwing City, he wasn’t even worth a fart!

“What’s going on?” The ten-plus Redbud Army soldiers walked over, their leader shouting, “I heard someone say that someone wants to fight? This is Royalwing City. Who dares to fight!”

The shouts of the oncoming Redbud Army soldiers caused the men of Edmond, who had been so wild and arrogant just moments ago, to instantly no longer dare to act brashly.

“Milords of the Redbud Army, these people belong to my tribe, while I am the leader of this expedition of my tribe to the city. I was just lecturing them. There’s nothing else.” Edmond explained, while the violet-robed warrior frowned and said, “Oh, all one tribe?”

“Right. They belong to our Black Dragon Tribe.” Someone near Edmond hurriedly said.

“Shit, when we joined the tribe, it was said that we can leave whenever we want. What right do you have to forcibly make us go back with you?” Bebe shouted.

“Edmond!” Linley looked straight at him. “I was respectful to you just now, and even addressed you as Lord Edmond. You should have known your place, though. This is Royalwing City, not the Black Dragon Tribe. I’m telling you right now, the three of us are formally withdrawing from your Black Dragon Tribe.”

Edmond’s face was exceedingly ugly right now.

But with the Redbud Army soldiers nearby, he didn’t dare to be arrogant.

“Oh, how interesting.” A very handsome, silver-haired, violet-cloaked youth with a single horn laughed. “In the Infernal Realm, although slaughter and warfare is common, everyone has their own freedom. Your tribe can’t force someone else to do something, right?”

Edmond’s group didn’t dare to make a sound.

Bebe bowed deeply towards the Redbud Army soldiers, chortling, “Thank you, milords. Otherwise, this old guy was preparing to use force.”

“Don’t worry.” The violet-robed, silver-haired youth laughed as he spoke. “This is Royalwing City. Royalwing City has Royalwing City’s rules. No matter if you are a Demigod or a Highgod, you are not permitted to commit violence. Whoever dares to commit violence…haha, we brothers have been quite bored.”

The Redbud Army soldiers looked towards Edmond and the others.

Cold sweat was beading on Edmond’s forehead. How could a small tribe like theirs dare to offend the terrifying Redbud Army!

“Milords of the Redbud Army, that isn’t the case. Just now, I simply was unwilling to part from them, so I said a few words to them. I wasn’t planning to stop them. If they want to leave, I’ll naturally accept that. Everyone knows this. Nobody will stop them from leaving.” Edmond said hurriedly.

Hearing this, Linley had to admit; this Edmond really was thick-skinned and shameless!

“Oh, so that’s the case. Good. You can all leave, then.” The silver-haired, violet-robed youth said with a calm laugh.

Edmond and the others let out secret sighs of relief. After bowing, they left after glancing at Linley.

“Threatening me?” Linley glanced sideways at Edmond as well.

This was Royalwing City. Linley had never been concerned about Edmond.

“That old guy. When I think of how terrified that old guy looked just now when the Redbud Army came, I want to laugh. Haha…” Bebe was clearly very self-delighted. Linley and Delia, seeing how Bebe was acting, couldn’t help but begin to laugh as well.

“Let’s go find a residence first.” Linley said.

Delia frowned. “Linley, do you remember? Daebra said that each stay in Royalwing City cost hundreds of inkstones.”

“Let’s go take a look first.” Linley felt very puzzled as well. If a single night was so expensive, then the situation really was a bit too terrifying.

Linley’s group first came to the waiting room of a seemingly luxurious hotel that was fairly close to Redbud Castle. The hotel’s waiting room had some decorations which forced even Linley to sigh in praise. The quality of the sculptures here weren’t lower than his at all.

“How are the living costs here calculated?” Bebe chattered.

The violet-robed, long-haired, sharp-eared beauty laughed, “Here, each stay costs eight hundred inkstones.”

Linley, Delia, and Bebe were shocked upon hearing this.

“As long as you stay here for a year or less, no matter how long you stay, the price for the stay is the same. If, however, you were to stay for a year and a day, you would need to pay 1600 inkstones.” The violet-robed, long-haired beauty said with a laugh.

Linley’s group let out sighs of relief.

This place was different from the Yulan continent. Hotel fees weren’t calculated by the day, they were calculated by the year.

It made sense…

When Deities were training and meditating, they would spend months in seclusion each time.

“Despite that being the case, if the cost for a year is eight hundred inkstones, then ten thousand years would mean they would earn eight million inkstones? And that’s just for a single room. This hotel has many rooms in it.” Linley was secretly shocked. “The hotel business here really is profitable.”

The ‘rooms’ in every hotel in Royalwing City consisted of a stand-alone residence and courtyard. After all, Deities preferred quiet when training.

“Do the three of you plan to take up residence?” The violet-haired woman said, looking expectantly at Linley’s group.


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96 thoughts on “Book 14, Chapter 13” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

      1. Have been F5ing for the past 30 minutes on and off and then really focused when I noticed the donations get updated. Would have already gone to sleep if I hadn’t remembered you said you were going to make sure to put out a 3rd chapter today.

        1. Well, sometimes effort pays off. Other times, after you F5 for long time, someone refreshes randomly and gets a first ‘for free’ 😀

    1. the last couple chapters now, Linley always mentions about sculptures. I have a feeling of him creating sculptures to make a living and networking with top people

      1. He need at least earned 800 – 1000 ink stones per year for his sculptures for his party lodgings alone.
        Probably in the next chapter we’ll see how much sculptures are valued in the Infernal Realm 😀

  1. hah, of course it’s calculated by the year. I was wondering about that…

    Well, looks like Edmond got taken care of. I’d be surprised if we ever saw him again, but hey, we might. That would be fun for him to see Linley as a Fiend.

      1. Won’t call it luck, as most of them are of dubious character. The characters that oppose Linley and aren’t butt-holes like Dixie and Oliver don’t seem to have any problems.

  2. Thanks Ren and Donors 🙂

    I guess Linley will absorb those 220 millions souls equivalent gems in a few years and then go for a Fiend entrance test 😀

  3. thanks Ren and all the glorious donators…this is regualr i know…

    how come Beirut didnt give any inkstone to Bebe???
    noone thinks this is a bit unnoticed?? no matter how bad of a writer i would be, i still wouldnt miss this out?? or at last tell Bebe that “hey, you gonna need inkstone as a money in Infernal Realm, take this slab as a beer money”” for example…
    unless IET later explains this huge mistake, this looks like a rushed decision which was not given a single thought…

    1. Pretty sure instead of Inkstone, Beruit would rather give more artifacts. It has a use.

      Besides, better for Bebe to learn what inkstone is himself? Part of learning of the adventure of learning about the infernal realm?
      Not like Beruit to ruin the fun by giving a guide book.

    2. Was probably a good idea to not give them money.

      Everyone who meets them would work out they were Infernel Realm noobs. If they suddenly started splashing inkstones around, they’d probably have already been murdered or robbed by now.

      1. spoiling is different, but at least telling them the major things beforehand and most importantly handing at least a hundred inkstone beforehand is not gonna spoil anything….anyway, i know that IET is trying to open a new chapter here and it’s OK, but he could drop a line in new chapters saying that Beirut did give them a little bit provisions to start off, instead of many many useless repetative sentences that he usually bore us to death with…

        1. Knowing Beirut, he’s probably hired a Fiend High-God as their body-guard and told the fiend not to let them find out unless their lives are in danger. 😉

          1. Naaah, he doesn’t want to babysit Bebe too much. He gave him some artifacts, and that’s it, probably 😀

          2. …. I don’t this could work into the plot progress into helping linley become a fiend. 😛

    3. Maybe he just gave Bebe a few extra artifacts that could be easily traded or used as gifts as needed – or, possibly Bebe has a higher denomination above Azurite stones (representing 10m Inkstones 😛 ) in his ring but doesn’t yet recognize it as currency 😀

      More likely that Beirut wants him to earn his own way and not coddle him too much, Bebe would have no motivation to work as a fiend if grandpa gifted him a huge inheritance.

  4. Did you just release a chapter 01:00 in the morning your time, Ren? Thanks a lot! It was released so that I could read it on the bus on my way to school my time xDD

  5. It kind of feels like the earlier books where Linley was still concerned about money. Saints and Deities in the Yulan continent seemed detached from worldly possessions and now Linley has to once again worry about his wallet. Although this might be late, for the previous chapter, I found it amusing when full Wind God Delia was looking at expensive clothes through a window.

    1. lol, at what point have there been a majority of Saints and Dieties that are detached from material possessions? The whole story started with two Saints fighting over Bebe’s mother and Father, then killing them both to prevent the other possessing them.

      Besides from Desri and his followers, they are all absorbed in material wealth, ostentatious displays of power, working as killers-for-hire in exchange for palaces and luxuries, and murdering each other for god-sparks, artifacts, golden pearls etc. And even with Desri’s crew, they completely overlook the fact that their kids behave like spoiled brats with trust funds.

      1. Bebe’s mother and Father, then killing them

        That was Bebe’s mom that Dillon killed at the end of the fight, he already killed his dad earlier on while mom ran away with Bebe.

        Saints and Deities in the Yulan continent seemed detached from worldly possessions

        They are on the upper rung of influential people, and have plenty of money to live comfortably (except for some who really want luxuries such as ex-Gebados desperadoes).
        In Yulan, mostly a Saint or Deity can wander around easily, unless they trespass on domains of strong magical beasts or their nations are in all out war (very rare), or a few other cases like being chased by Radiant Church. Whether its carving out an ice cave or a lake island resort, its all free.

        But in Infernal realm, only the cities are safe, and you can’t establish your own city either. This means that living expenses must include rent, and also space is at premium which drives up the rent values a lot too.
        Keep in mind that upper rung here is HIghgods (thru their own insights) and Sovereigns, I doubt either of those need to chase after worldly possessions either.

  6. The author tends to repeat things numerous times every chapter which is extremely irritating, I doubt linley will take sculpting again to make money. He just made 750k inkstones from selling an item and hes too cheap to use 800 stones for a year worth of living? Then author proceeds to write how living there for hundreds and thousands of year would equal xx amount(how is this relevant? You’re not even a HUNDRED years old, just more wasted words)

    Anyway after fiend test they’ll have billions in assets so money is off no importance.

    1. i am glad i am not the only one here who doesnt enjoy chapters with filler sentences…. that’s just a waste of translator’s and readers’ time…the worst type of buzzkill for anticipating fans…

      1. Well, not entirely. Build-up chapters are requied for novel to be good, but you need to create them to be just a little bit more interesting, heh. IET sometimes creates really medicore chapters, but he also can create really nice build-up chapters, too. Well, i guess that at this time (when writing CD) he was still quite inconsistent 🙂

    2. Linley being a demigod will find it hard to pass Fiend test. Considering that Fiends do all sorts of tasks, I’m sure there will be non-combat ones among them … and I suspect one of them is to make high level sculptures or sculpt some building 😛

    3. Who knows if he will need money at some point, even just to buy a proper house? Time will fly by really fast for Diety… He is young for now, but after few hundred or thousands years, then what?

      Also, why would he need super-nice room? They need it only to meditate and not be thrown away during curfew… Rather, it would be more shallow of him to waste ink stones on pointless things.

    4. Welcome to the community, RogueSk! Thanks for registering! Yes, I agree with a great deal of your criticism. If IET got rid of around 30% of the words, it would be quite a bit snappier, IMO.

      1. You are both forgetting that not all readers are as smart as you are 🙂 Some people will just keep forgetting something if it’s mentioned only once or twice. I think IET did a good job writing in this style, be it intentional or not ~~ 🙂

  7. Haha. A deity level innkeeper. Next we’ll be seeing a deity level janitor, using a deity level artefact that can slaughter millions with a single swing to clean the streets or something.

    1. Help Wanted Ads in the Infernal realm:

      Janitor position, min. qualification Earth demigod, preferred dual Earth/Water deity

      Fire god needed for 4* restaurant as a chef, pay 1200 Inkstones/year

      Super fast couriers looking for a Wind deity with dimensional wind and fast mysteries fused, good benefits!

      😉

    2. I wouldn’t be surprised if i seen some demigods hired as housekeepers… 😛 Well, they don’t really ‘dirty’ themselves as their metabolism is kinda different than normal people, so i no need to clean toilets with Diety level artifacts 😛

  8. It always surprises and annoys me a little how easily offended people get in this story. Their social caste system is so rigid! If someone says a mean word to you then they are uppity, arrogant and don’t know their place. That mindset just boggles my mind sometimes. Especially Linley’s hypocrisy. I think he’s mellowed a little with age, but I still remember when he had a servant beaten to death for not following his orders about knocking before entering. The value on people’s lives is just annoying to me. Still, very entertaining story. Thanks Ren.

    1. So you remember incorrectly xD This servant (maid) was given lighter punishment, so she did not die at all 😛

      Also, well, why not try working for some megacorporation? You will see that this ‘childilish’ caste system along with easily offended behaviour exists in our world, too.

      Even in simplier terms, adults often tend to get angry if kid is ‘acting smarter’ than them, even if kid is right in some cases. Same thing in school with teacher/student relations… 😉

      1. megacorporation one made laugh at the truth of life. People still put themselves into a caste. Still I see the jphilli9018 point, the gods do seem to be a quite hotblooded, but then again it’s infernal realm.

    2. PLs bra..Lets not get into this pointless arguemnt like the rape thing on Re Monster cuz this is fiction and when did IET ever mention Linley is perfect? and it was only one chapter at what Volume 6? Your complaining all the way here at volume 14..so pls dont

      1. Personally, I’ve always been complaining about linley personality since that maid incident, but that’s besides the point here. It’s interesting to see people’s perception on the matters depicted in manga/novels etc. We come different places across the world along with different backgrounds. So things bother us more than others while others things excited more. My point is the discussion isn’t pointless, as there is much we could potentially learn or understand from each other. It’s not a mega corporation at the end of day, we can simply walk away. (for example zhan long :P)

  9. It makes sense that you have to pay by the year to stay in the hotels considering a lot of the time they will go into training for years at at time with out moving and the safest place to do that would be in the cities.

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