Book 15, Chapter 20

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Book 15, Priceless Treasure – Chapter 20, Talisman

“Drip, drip.” The golden magma pool continued to bubble and boil. Those giant liquid golden hands now tried to snatch the three remaining Highgods.

Only three lucky survivors were left!

“Salomon, that bastard. Even if we die, we need to make him die with us.” Sperry sent a message with divine sense to the other two. They could already feel that dodging was very difficult.

“Right. Make him die with us!”

The Fiends of the Infernal Realm were all mentally prepared for death. Only, they didn’t want to die, and even if they were to die, they wouldn’t let their enemies get off lightly!

“Swoosh!” “Swoosh!” “Swoosh!”

The three Highgod Fiends simultaneously charged towards Salomon, but before they even drew near him, that sallow, charred yellow hand once again came slapping towards them. “BANG!” One of the Highgod Fiend’s skull was smashed and exploded apart.

“Elquin!” The other two Highgod Fiends were shocked.

Clearly, this Elquin wouldn’t permit them to kill Salomon!

“Kill his little sister!” Sperry and the other Highgod Fiend, knowing that death was nigh, in their fury decided that they would kill whoever they could lay their hands on. The two Fiends just barely dodged those giant liquid golden hands, then charged straight towards Nisse, hovering there in mid-air.

At this moment, Bebe was hovering there in mid-air, unmoving. When he saw Linley and Delia be dragged into the magma pool, he was stunned. But then…

“Boss…isn’t dead!” Bebe’s eyes were filled with surprised joy. “I can still sense the Boss’s soul!”

The two were connected spiritually. As long as Linley was alive, Bebe would naturally be able to sense him.

The golden magma pool was only so big. Given the speed of these Highgod Fiends, Nisse was only able to move slightly before the Highgod Fiends arrived in front of her. A blurry, indistinct blade shadow came chopping down, and Nisse’s face instantly turned white.

“Clang!” A metallic sound could be heard.

Nisse felt that she was being tightly embraced, and she opened her eyes in shock. “Bebe!” It was Bebe who had embraced her and had taken this attack for her.

“Aaah!” Because of the counter-force from his chopping attack, that Highgod Fiend was caught by those giant liquid golden hands. Although he frantically struggled, in the end, he was still dragged down by those giant liquid golden hands into the golden magma pool, and not a hint of life was left after that.

“Crackle…”

The many giant liquid golden hands spread out like the petals of a floor, directly swallowing the final Highgod Fiend, Sperry, then pulling him into the golden magma pool.

“Bebe, are you alright?” Nisse said, worried. But as soon as she spoke out, she immediately came to her senses. She realized that Linley had very possibly revealed her big brother’s secret, and that this Bebe had most likely intentionally made friends with her.

“I’m fine. That bastard actually even used a soul attack.” Bebe’s face was somewhat ashen, but then he was stunned as well. He noticed Nisse’s expression.

Bebe let out a bitter laugh, then gently release Nissed.

As Nisse left his embrace, for some reason, she felt her heart ache!

Bebe rubbed his nose. “I was wrong to think my love was reciprocated.” Nisse, hearing this, felt a miserable feeling in her heart, but this information about the secret being revealed was like a thorn in her heart. “But wait, if Bebe had truly lied to me, he wouldn’t have risked his own life to save me just now.”

“Take care of yourself, Ninny.” The sound rang out next to her ears, and then…SPLASH!

Only now did Nisse realize that Bebe had already jumped into the magma pool. Nisse was instantly stunned! In her mind, she could still clearly see that rowdy, playful, but towards her always considerate straw hat wearing youth!

“Bebe…died?” Nisse felt as though her heart was being ripped apart.

“Nisse, what are you doing?!” Salomon shouted, while at the same time he flew to Nisse’s side.

“Big brother, Bebe, he…” Nisse’s eyes were beginning to be covered with a layer of mist.

Salomon shouted, “What are you thinking? That Bebe did it on purpose. His body is tough, so he knew he would be able to take that blow. He did that on purpose, because it wouldn’t pose any threat to him! You need to remember, Linley is our enemy. It’s a good thing that he died, because otherwise…”

Salomon’s heart was still filled with hatred.

“But, but if Bebe didn’t care about me, he didn’t have to save me.” Nisse argued.

“That’s exactly what he wanted you to think.” Salomon said coldly. “Nisse, that Bebe is extremely crafty and sly.”

With a rumbling sound, the four walls of the stone cave once more spread out, and the space of the cave expanded once more. Elquin, holding that little golden kitten, landed on the flat ground, and Salomon pulled his little sister to fly over as well.

At the bottom of the golden magma pool, there was a place where the magma had naturally split open, forming a true, empty space. Linley and Delia were currently embracing each other there.

“What…what’s going on?” Linley and Delia both woke up.

Delia immediately used her divine power to repair her body while staring at Linley. Linley shook his head as well. “I don’t know either.”

And then, Linley and Delia both began to laugh.

“Linley. I thought I was dead.” Delia said gently.

“Me too. I thought I was going to die.” Linley felt a warm feeling in his heart. With a wife like this in his life, what more could he ask for?

After truly having walked on the fine line between life and death, this time, Linley had truly believed he was dead. But who would have imagined that he would survive? This sort of feeling truly was astonishing and shook his soul.

“Linley.” In Linley’s arms, Delia looked up towards Linley. “After this experience, my heart is calm. Linley, although the Infernal Realm has many dangers, as long as you are by my side, I won’t be afraid no matter where I go.”

Linley held Delia, his heart filled with joy and bliss. He didn’t say a word.

“You two, husband and wife, are really enjoying yourselves.” A deep voice rang out in the mind of Linley and Delia.

Linley and Delia were both shocked.

“You are…?” Linley spoke.

“Everyone else who entered this liquefied pool of Goldflame is dead, aside from you two. Even the Highgods are dead.” The deep voice continued.

Linley and Delia instantly understood who this person was.

“You are the Volcano Titan?” Linley said.

“Right. You may address me as Phusro.” The deep voice said.

“Phusro?” Linley thought back to how the black-robed Elquin had held that golden kitten in his arms. Elquin seemed to have addressed the kitten as ‘Phusro’.

“You are a member of the Four Divine Beasts clan, but more importantly, the relationship between you and that Bebe is quite deep. Thus, Master ordered me to spare your lives when pulling you into the liquefied pool of Goldflame, so as to temporarily fool that Salomon.”

“You can wait right here for now. I won’t claim your little lives. I imagine that you know that I can kill you at any time. Don’t go out.”

And then, the voice disappeared.

Linley and Delia exchanged a glance, then laughed. Delia said, “Linley, before this, I saw that Elquin was afraid to do anything to Bebe. He wanted to spare Bebe. I was wondering…why didn’t he spare us? So actually, that was this Elquin’s plan all along.”

Linley laughed as well.

Indeed, everyone else who had entered the golden magma pool had died, so as to give Salomon a false impression…that anyone who entered the golden magma pool would die.

Actually, the golden magma pool was under the control of ‘Phusro’. If he didn’t want someone to die of course that person wouldn’t die.

“This Phusro’s power truly is terrifying.” Linley was secretly shocked. That spiritual energy had gone straight through the flaw in his soul defense. Linley had known all along that powerful Highgods were capable of this.

But now, he had actually encountered it.

“Plonk!”

Suddenly, a figured charged down at high speed through the pool, then straight towards him. Linley could clearly sense the ripples of that soul. “Bebe, what are you doing here?!” Bebe quickly charged down into this area of land.

“Boss, so you really are alright!” Bebe saw Linley and Delia, and was instantly overjoyed.

“You guys really are a pain!” Phusro’s voice rang out once more in the minds of the three.

“Who is he?” Bebe’s face changed.

Linley explained, “He’s the Volcano Titan, Phusro.”

“Phusro? Can it be that he’s the kitten?” Bebe’s eyes lit up.

“DON’T MENTION KITTENS!!!” Phusro’s voice exploded in fury. “Enough. The three of you, obediently stay here and don’t go out. The sound from outside will carry in here. Don’t worry, though…your voices won’t be able to transmit out.”

Linley, Delia, and Bebe were at the bottom of the golden magma pool. Indeed, they could hear the voices from outside.

Elquin, holding the golden kitten, laughed calmly as he looked at Salomon. “Salomon, all of them are dead now. I’ve given you face. You should give me the treasures of your clan to me now, right? Is it on you, or is it somewhere else?”

Nisse appeared quite nervous.

Salomon laughed calmly. “Right. I admit that I am a member of the Boyd clan, but Mr. Elquin, I have to tell you something.”

“Speak.” Elquin frowned. He felt as though something was amiss.

“The amount of wealth I have on me, and in fact even including all the wealth I have in other places, amounts to less than ten billion inkstones!” Salomon laughed calmly.

Ten billion inkstones, to ordinary Highgods, was an enormous figure. But to Elquin, it was nothing at all. To the Boyd clan, it was comparable to a single hair on the body of nine bulls.

“You are playing me for a fool?” Elquin’s face changed.

Salomon hurriedly said, “No, no, I’m not playing you. To tell you the truth, those two old servants of mine did in fact bring a vast fortune to me, but…I’ve already offered the fortune to someone else!”

“To who?” Elquin frowned. “You’d best not lie to me.”

“To Lord Aiken [Ai’ken]!” Salomon replied.

Elquin’s face changed. “Aiken?” Elquin couldn’t help but feel angered, and he shouted angrily, “Salomon, Lord Aiken is indeed powerful, and I, Elquin, don’t dare irritate him, but…do you think that just because you randomly report a name to me, that I will give up? Why don’t you say Beirut? Why don’t you go ahead and say that you gave it to the almighty Sovereign, the Redbud Ruler? Anybody can name names!”

With a flip of his hand, Salomon revealed a black talisman which was covered with complicated runes.

“You should recognize this talisman.” Salomon said.

“Hrm?”

Elquin’s face changed, and he was instantly speechless. He could recognize it. This was indeed Lord Aiken’s talisman. Since Salomon had this talisman, then the relationship between himself and Aiken must be extraordinary, or perhaps…Aiken had ordered him to carry out something.

Aiken, without question, was one of if not the most powerful figure in the Redbud Continent. Some even suspected that he had reached the level of being a Paragon.

He had previously been an Asura, but then he had voluntarily stepped down and allowed another Seven Star Fiend to take over. Nobody believed that it was because Aiken wasn’t strong enough. Everyone knew exactly how terrifying Aiken was! Although he was not an Asura, his power was far greater than that of most Asuras.

Aiken of the Redbud Continent. Beirut of the Bloodridge Continent. They were all dazzling, legendary figures.

“Drip, drip…” The golden magma in the cave continued to bubble and hiss. Other than that, it was silent.

“Inigo, what say you? What should we do?” Elquin turned to stare behind him. Suddenly, a tunnel appeared in the stone wall, and a person came out. It was Inigo.

Inigo stepped out. He had been listening all along.

“Although this Salomon has the talisman of Lord Aiken, but, that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have the wealth of his clan on him.” Inigo said.

“You are…” Salomon and NIsse stared at him.

“I saw you before at the castle of sand.” Nisse called out in surprise.

Inigo was slightly startled. Right. When the castle of sand had collapsed, Inigo and the others had indeed been seen.

Inigo then smiled slightly. “Right. Salomon, I am the person who was pursuing and attacking you. What of it?”

“That time?” Salomon began to understand.

“Right. It was I who told Lord Elquin of your identity.” Inigo let out a chuckle. “Hmph. When you were at the Coldcalm Prefecture , you were kicked out by your Boyd clan. Although that was a minor matter, at that time, I just so happened to notice.”

Salomon was stunned.

“Pity that kid named Linley. He really was wrongly accused by you.” Inigo began to laugh.


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182 thoughts on “Book 15, Chapter 20” - NO SPOILERS

  1. Linley the Divine Cockroach! *face palm* why did I even bother worrying! but I’m glad Delia’s safe!

    I wonder why did I had a strange feeling of déjà vu while reading the first part in this chapter?? Did something so,Pilar happen in another novel? hmmm…..???

    aaaanyway Beirat is more useful than I thought, well that doesn’t change that he is just a senile selfish old rat! and I thought he said he’s not a paragon? so how does he have the same power as a paragon?

    1. I don’t think he explicitly said he wasn’t a Paragon, but rather implied it by talking about them with a lot of reverence, etc. But… if this Aiken dude was pretty close to that level and Beirut is even more famous than him, then Beirut might be one after all.

      1. he’s not a paragon, but he’s powerful enough to rival anyone under a paragon level if not on par with one. He was the only one of his kind after all, his power is immense !!

        1. Even if Beirut isn’t a Paragon, he’s a Highgod Godeater Rat, meaning that he can one-shot other Highgods with his divine ability and consume their divine sparks.

      2. Let’s do some Hypotheticals. Beirut was trying to get his 3 children to learn ALL the paths of the ways, starting at a very early age. They didn’t want to, and Beirut was like, “Fine, do it all your own, I wish I had an old man like me teaching me like this.” It was also stated that to be a Paragon, you need mastery over all the secrets, and merge them together, which, if you start after you learn the mysteries, is near impossible. The young learn from the mistakes of the old comes to mind.
        He may be close to it, but I don’t think he’s actually it.

        1. Your words here are flawed. You need to learn all of the mysteries of a law regardless to become a high god. While he was trying to get them to understand the importance of practicing in as many of the laws as possible.
          They complained of specific elements tiring them out, and thus they didn’t want to continue in them.

          Beirut’s words strike me as someone at the same level of Aikens. Not a paragon, but not far from one. He acknowledges how hard it is for him to fuse mysteries now that he has mastered them all which makes it quite apparent for me he isn’t a paragon himself.

          plus teaching can only cover so much, insights have to be gained yourself through practice so Beirut could only truly get them to a decent degree of proficiency of the laws, mastery still relies on themselves. ;P

          Paragons strike me as something we shouldn’t see until quite a bit further into the story since they are meant to be so shockingly rare and revered.

          (edit: my grammar app just kicked up a notch to improve on my wordiness and terminology. :3 yay, my post sound a bit more proper now ahahaha)

          1. not being a paragon doesn’t necessarily mean being weaker than one… let’s say beirut has fused all the misteries of a law beside one. but he has the extra resilient body of a godeater rat, that insane ability and a sovereign artifact (maybe). wouldn’t that make him as strong as a paragon? or a little less, but still stronger than anyone who isn’t a paragon.

          2. In my opinion Beirut isnt yet a Paragon is insane strength most likely just come from all those High Gods Divine Sparks that he digested over all those years. Because most obviously Beirut would not have gave that Divine Spark candy bag for Bebe to eat if they didnt increase the power of a God Eater Rat who digest them.

  2. tyvm for the chapter ren and strauss akabara 🙂

    im giddy thinking about solomons reaction, also, reading the comments; why blame nisse, she seemed doubtful as to linley and bebes guilt but her brother, let me repeat, brother!!! keeps on telling her otherwise. seeing as hes been alive for more than 1 mil years its not farfetched to think she has spent hundreds of years together with him, so i cant really blame her for being slightly swayed by his constant bs’ing… just my 2 cents 😉

      1. Alice is not faithful on purpose. She knew Linley was looking for her, yet she didn’t have the guts to tell him, even after the promise.
        Even Kalan or whatever his name said are no going to tell Linley?

        Ninny on the other hand was confused. Everyone trust their family more.

        1. Being confused isn’t a very persuasive excuse to sitting by and letting _your life’s benefactor and lover’s brother be murdered over someone’s say so_. I mean, even if I bought your argument, I don’t think I would want a woman like that by my side. Wasn’t her being strong-willed her charming point in the first place? Where did that go?

          1. strong willed? Don’t remember if that described her, only being love at first sight type love.

            Delia proved herself.

            Besides, if a different story if she were to try to kill Linley. But instead, she was just shocked and couldn’t do anything.
            She is a god. How can she stop a high god?
            And yes, she is still in the puppy love stage, so no real devotion to put herself infront of her brother yet.

          2. @YyAoMmIi
            Remember how she bickered with Bebe unreservedly? She had no problem expressing her opinion then and wasn’t particularly shy. Allow me to remind you also this is not a teenager, but a God who has likely lived thousands of years at least (her brother is easily over a million years old).

            Delia went above and beyond what anyone would expect. Nisse didn’t even argue with her brother at all or say, “hey isn’t murder pretty rash?”.

            She didn’t try to kill Linley herself… but her inaction is the same as condoning it. She who, more than Salomon, would have reason to oppose it did nothing. She was saved by Linley and she was Bebe’s lover. Bebe’s brother risked death to save her because of their relationship. She didn’t even try to _say words_ to save his beloved’s brother. In fact, she was about ready to let Bebe himself die should Elqin not have stopped short of that.

            And for the love of Beirut, don’t give me the “she was innocent” excuse. She’s not a damn child.

          3. your life’s benefactor and lover’s brother

            You forget, these were the exact points being called into question – Salomon claimed that Linley saving her and Bebe falling for her was an act, and Nisse has far more reason to trust her brother than these 2 whom she only knows for the duration of the current trip.

            her inaction is the same as condoning it

            Right … and what more could she have done, realistically, besides say begging Salomon to hold off (which he wouldn’t have anyway in his rage). Just her being too stunned to fully believe Salomon is already good enough imho, considering how long they’ve been together vs her & Bebe only knowing each other for a short while.

    1. She was confused, cmon guys !! Wouldn’t you? If suddenly you’re in that same situation, plus all that stress of near death experiences wouldn’t you be like her too? Its a tough choice to pick between family and your love one especially if there’s a chance your love one have been lying to you.

      1. true, with her state of mind factored in, her reaction just becomes even more natural :/ oh well lets see how iet handles it bc, in the end, thats all that matters 😉

      2. I disagree completely… Are you honestly telling me you’d sit by and watch someone be _murdered_ simply because one of your family members (who is obviously not thinking straight) made an accusation _without any concrete evidence_?

        I don’t buy it.

          1. If you’re going to say that, then don’t try to make me empathize with her on the first place. You’re undermining your own argument (and any argument, in fact). That’s a complete cop out.

        1. made an accusation _without any concrete evidence_?

          It even mentions that Nisse couldn’t think of any other way the info would’ve spread out either – so she had to wonder, only person that knew their identity outside of the original group was Linley’s group.

          watch someone be _murdered_

          Its very likely that Salomon would also be killed once Esquin gets the treasure – he is basically trying to dispose of the person who ‘betrayed’ him before he & Nisse die; using the treasure location as leverage.

          So, its more like watch traitors die a little bit before she & her brother have to die as well – why not? 😛

  3. Ren you are so evil. I fell for your * sneak peek. I was raging all day about Delia and Linley dying. Thank you for the chapter! I started following your website two weeks ago and chapter 19 of book 15 made me create a profile because of this cliffhanger . Looking forward for the next chapter! Thank you donators !!!

  4. After your 1st April Prank i couldn’t beleive your preview.
    Now i just can’t wait to see the relation beetween bebe and tha kitty grow! (cld be rly funny!)
    BTW, that kitty, is it male or female ?

  5. just a few matters…:

    “DON’T MENTION KITTENS” Funny as heck the poor little guy, he must not have taken that form by choice.

    As for IET, you cold heartless b*tard :'( I had to imagine Linley and Delia breaking apart in each others arms because of that cliffhanger >.< romantic, yes normally, but so unnecessarily cruel :'(

    *holds back tears*

    Edit: My post got edited because it had too many cursive caps aimed at IET 🙁 so this post is a rough version of what I actually feel (to avoid getting filtered before I run out of editing time)

      1. The earlier chapters had different characters for his names. I checked qidian, and I believe the characters that made up ‘Elquin’ were the correct ones. Again, bad sources…sigh.

  6. Well, well isnt that a relief… ^^

    I am allways confused with the timezones… but now i read you brought it out earlier :D. Luckily the day went by fast.

    Was it because of the LN upvotes or just out of good heartedness (if that is even a word)

  7. Ren and IET are so,… sigh. You’re evil, pure pure, and ultra pure evil to play with our innocent and pure hearts like that :”””'(
    Thanks for the chapter though 🙁

  8. AND A ATOMIC BOMB WAS BLOWN AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks for the chapter. . . . wahahahahhaha and i almost believed the teaser last time wahahahaha. oh yeah thanks to ren and vampire king strauss.

  9. Thanks for the chapter 😀 , btw when I read this chapters spoilers I really wished that it was april fools day so we could be trolled even more x) as that fake chapter you made 😛

  10. *breaths heavy sigh of relief*
    Not only do they live, Salomon gets the equivalent of a wet pie mashed into his face!
    I sure hope Nisse hates him now.

  11. If the kitten hate being in a kitten form, one must wonder what did Elquin do to him that he has to stay into that form.
    A magical beast pact?

    Food for though for God Eater Rats
    What are the defense against that OHKO move? I don’t think it just you have to be a level higher, as that means if you were a high god level, you can eat everyone. Cause in a way, that means you are stronger then a paragon, which should not be true.

    Food for thought: So what is Beirut 2nd Element? It pretty much confirmed Beirut has two bodies since he is known on two different plane. Beirut is known as Beirut of the Yulan Plane and Beirut of the Bloodridge Continent. With both of those titles, I’m betting they refer to each of his bodies. Otherwise, if it just 1 Beirut traveling between planes, he’ll be known as Beirut, the God Eater Rat.

    Wait, Beirut of the Bloodridge Continent, which is the same Continent where the Indigo Palace is……
    Beirut has too much of a connection to the Divine Beast Clan/Supreme Warriors,… I’m surprised that he become part of the clan as a 5th group.
    Note, we already have connection between Divine Beast Clan and NotG, of which I made back in book 13, chapter 13.
    “What are the chances the sovereign sparks of the legend belong to the sparks of the ancestor of the Supreme warrior?
    And that is the NotG was made for them. With those design, it does look a memorial for the the supreme warriors”
    I don’t know what to make of the connection yet. Beirut is famous in the same Continent as the Divine Beast/Supreme Warriors and has the NotG connection, but isn’t part of the Divine Beast/Supreme Warriors…

    1. If Beirut knew Divine Beasts clan, why didn’t he tell the Divine Beast clan news about Linley? Divine Beasts are not powerful as they used to be. They need a powerful, talented Linley to rejuvenate. Just like Sabista said, if Divine Beast know news of Linley, they would spend all effort to get to Linley. So Beirut may not be an acquaintance with Divine Beasts clan

      1. With Bloodridge Continent and NotG connection, i am 10000% certain there is a connection.

        I’m guessing Beirut didn’t tell Divine Beast clan to help Linley’s growth. Beirut knows how much Linley like training, so better for him to explore the world on his own then to have a body guard.
        Afterall, we know Beirut is in the infernal realm, so how come he isn’t behind Bebe right now? more like cause he knows He can’t be too close. Likewise, Beirut may want Linley to come to Indigo Palace rather then they come to him.

        1. Except…we don’t know Beirut is in the Infernal realm? All that’s been said is that he was famous in the Bloodridge Continent, but I wouldn’t doubt him having a clone

  12. Thanks!!! Mwahahahahahahahah I like Inigo this time!!! A direct hit where it hurt…

    [“Right. It was I who told Lord Elquin of your identity.” Inigo let out a chuckle. “Hmph. When you were at the Jingan Prefecture, you were kicked out by your Boyd clan. Although that was a minor matter, at that time, I just so happened to notice.”

    Salomon was stunned.

    “Pity that kid named Linley. He really was wrongly accused by you.” Inigo began to laugh.]

    Take it Salomon!! Well not sure if he really care but grrrrrr he piss me off.

    Well see you at the 21!!!! \(>°<)/

  13. Thanks!
    Well Salamon should be feeling bad now. Or maybe, when he finds out Linley is still alive, he’ll claim it was a hoax to alleviate his hatred of Linley.

  14. thanks for the chapter Ren :).

    so what im hoping is that something like this happens.. esquin gets interested in linley for w.e reason and after hearing linley’s plans.. says ok stay here and train for like 500 years ( cuz he wudnt be troubled by anyone) becuz he’s heading to where linley wnts to go in 500 years……….. if only

  15. LOLOLOLOLOL Does anyone really belive salomon gives a damn about Linely at this point even knowing the true? He only wanted to use Linely at first and only cares about himself after all he didn’t even try to protect his sister Bebe need to spet in.

    In his POV he made a mistake and lost a possible connection but thats all if he survives until the end of this day he will sleep like i baby i 100% sure.

    1. Yep. I actually noticed that too. Why the hell didn’t he help his sister then? I hope that is explored later and isn’t just writer’s oversight.

      1. That’s what I thought too. I was like “wtf, Salomon, saying that Bebe was sly for saving your sister while you’re just standing there to instead watch her die.” If Bebe hasn’t save save Nisse, she’d have been dead. And then Salomon is probably going to blame Bebe for not saving his sister….

        1. Exactly. Why would Bebe even bother keeping up the act (if it were an act) when things already reached that stage? Elqin practically already had the treasure on his hands, so mission accomplished. If he really didn’t care about her, might as well let her die.

  16. I’m a bit disappointed, to be honest. I was hoping that Delia would die and the Dragonblood Warrior’s baptism was actually a baptism in that golden magma.

    Honestly, I feel like Delia is just holding the story back at this point. In the first place, she only exists for Linley’s character development and has virtually no utility otherwise.

    We used to have extremely dangerous adventures where Linley couldn’t be distracted even for a moment or he’d die. Now, half of every fight scene is devoted to making sure Delia doesn’t die. Her power is already becoming irrelevant even among the low-tier battles and even then, she can only survive because of IET writing in new items to protect her, or Linley/Bebe saving her. In addition, since she fused with a divine spark, we know she will never be a powerful enough highgod to be Linley’s match.

    At this point in the story, or very soon, I think she needs to either find somewhere safe and out of the way to stay without worrying Linley(ex. Stay with Linley’s clan) or die a meaningful death to motivate Linley(and Bebe, the slacker.)

    1. You clearly have a problem with selectiveness. Tell me, which of those fights don’t include worrying over Bebe’s safety? In the Fiend exam, in the castle of sand, in this dungeon… Linley is constantly worrying over Bebe too. Bebe’s power isn’t that amazing either. If not for his artifacts (esp. soul protecting ones) he would’ve died a few times already. So, in short, you’re picking on Delia for a preexisting reason and just using that as your post-hoc excuse.

      You don’t think she’ll ever match Linley’s power, so you want her off. That’s fine, I guess, but it’s clearly clouding your judgement.

      1. How can you possibly compare Bebe with Delia? In the first place, you say he’s only survived because of artifacts, but thus far into the story, the only artifact I recall Bebe was confirmed using is the gift from Beirut he used to attack Salomon last chapter.

        There was recently a time when someone said Bebe must be using a soul defending artifact; however, they were simply a particularly strong low-level Highgod and obviously wouldn’t know anything about Bebe’s legendarily powerful race and simply assumed that. There was no confirmation. If an average soul attack could kill, or even injure a Godeater Rat, how could Beirut have risen to a level comparable to a paragon? Beirut has obviously taken care of Bebe and supplied him with what he needs, but it’s not like he outfitted him in a ton of sovereign artifacts or anything.

        As for Linley worrying about Bebe, that’s simply because he’s never adequately been able to assess Bebe’s power, as Bebe and Beirut both keep their abilities hidden if possible. Worrying about Bebe is a character “flaw” of Linley’s, not Bebe’s(‘Flaw’ in quotations because it’s technically a flaw as a fighter, but an endearing and humanizing quality as a character.) However, this “worry” over Bebe’s safety is never anything amounting to an inconvenience. Bebe is more than powerful enough to stand toe to toe with Linley. For example, we’ve never seen Linley have to cover Bebe in pulseguard. We’ve never seen Linley have to launch himself into a disadvantaged position to defend Bebe from an enemy he couldn’t handle.

        I think, rather than me being too selective, you’re simply underestimating Bebe too much. In comparison to his species, Bebe right now is akin to a young teenager. He’s still far from reaching full maturity and his full natural strength. It will, as it always has, take Linley’s full potential just to keep up with Bebe’s natural growth as the story continues.

        Delia doesn’t have the strength to keep up with Linley and Bebe even now, and that gap is only going to widen more and more as this story goes on. The only way I can see Delia becoming strong enough to stay by Linley’s side is for her to fuse with a sovereign spark.

        1. I’m going with you are over estimating Bebe just because he is a God Eater Rat.

          Just because a God Eater Rat wouldn’t have innate soul protecting abilities doesn’t mean they can be killed by soul attack since they can’t make one on their own. Rather, because he is a divine beast, understanding laws is easier, of which making basic soul defense based on laws should be easy. Not basic soul defense and not something that a God should guard against a high god without an soul protecting artifact.
          If GodEater Rats had any special defenses, he is important enough for IET to mention it. IET mentioned his physical defense, but nothing with his soul defense. Yet, IET took the time to explain Dragonblood warriors special soul defense as well.

          Also note, when comparing the Godeater Rats and Dragonblood Warriors, one is a divine beast that get instant upgrade to the element law abilities where the other just get physical buffs to cancel the fact it harder to get element laws.

          You also forget Beirut used a lot of Divine artifact or something of that sort to make Bebe training speed go 20x faster then Linley to reach God level, Where Linley didn’t get some push from Beirut.

          1. It’s sounds more like you’re overestimating Linley himself… Linley’s soul defense is high for a god, but the only reason his soul defense is so formidable is because of the sovereign soul defending artifact he’s wearing. It may be broken, but it still tends to block about 70% of all soul attack’s strength. Because of that, Linley just has to focus his soul defense on the broken section of the artifact. Without that artifact, even many low-level highgods would be able to kill him with a single attack.

            Like it or not, Bebe and Linley will always be on almost even footing as far as strength goes in this story. IET already established that early in the story when they engaged in the “Bond of Equals” and became partners. You can argue that Bebe is slightly weaker than Linley right now if you want, but due to the nature of the plot, it’s impossible for it to be any considerable difference at this stage of the story.

        2. Repeatedly we have been told Bebe’s soul defense is weak. Repeatedly we have had hints he has lots of precious artifacts, in particular when he almost died at the sand castle and again in this very chapter. You’re being selective through and through with what you read here. Bebe is not invincible and his understanding of the laws is _low_. He is lazy, he only practiced enough to get Beirut off his case and certainly he cannot compare to Linley right now.

          But whatever, how strong he is or whether he is stronger than Delia or not is a moot point anyway. The point is, he weighs Linley down as much as her. He also helps him about as much as her.

          1. His soul defense is weak, but that’s in comparison to his physical defense. We’ve never been accurately told how strong his soul defense is. Your “hints” at Bebe having precious artifacts were nothing more than Bebe not dying when struck by a soul attack. In addition, even if Bebe has strong artifacts defending him, it’s a moot point considering that Linley is not only using a highgod artifact personally cultivated by one of the strongest 7-star fiends in recent history, he’s also using a soul defending sovereign artifact to defend against the majority of all soul attacks.

            I fail to see how I’m being selective when I have even acknowledged one of your main points you just brought up as one of the main points in my first response.

            You’re forgetting that rather than training, Bebe seems to gain most of his strength through eating divine sparks, which he has been doing this whole time, for a period of multiple decades. We have no clue whatsoever as to the full effects of eating those. You are assuming that Bebe is weak simply because of a lack of information.

            Also, Bebe doesn’t weigh Linley down whatsoever. Bebe has to spend all of his time babysitting Delia so that Linley can fight with minimal worry. Although, technically you could say Bebe weighed him down in the sand castle, since Linley had to protect Nisse for him.

      2. Linley hardly worries about Bebe, ever since he survived the Armored Razorback Wyrm his defense is quite well known. While, he constantly worries about Delia and has to give her obvious ‘advice’ like ‘please use that Deathgod Golem in your inventory’ 😮 because she’s too much of a nub to be expected to defend herself.

        I don’t think you can ever compare how fragile Delia is with Bebe, she is basically a Crompton with some defensive skills (slow & doppelganger) 😛

    2. Character development? Hahaha. Yeah right.
      Though i do agree with the sentiment of Delia staying home; it’d be best if she stayed there until Linley brings home a sovereign spark.

      1. Mmhmm, it’s not so much character development, as it is a moderate humanizing element within the story. That was just the quickest way to convey my opinion without changing the structure of the sentence.

        1. I also think Delia is weighing Linley down. She doesn’t have any character development. What do we know about her? She loves Linley… ok. She’s from a noble clan (only in the Yulan plane, don’t even remember her family name, no power at all in the Infernal Realm), she has a brother which was a match for Linley as kids (meh), she is Linley childhood friend (they weren’t so close at school as to be called more than that). At this point in the story she is just there as moral support for Linley… lame…

          1. Delia’s only real role in this story was to show that Linley isn’t a loveless training machine with a family complex. She’s done that. Unfortunately IET doesn’t write deep, emotional stories, and Delia simply does not have, and can not have the strength to stay with Linley. As her character’s plot development role is over, and her strength is insignificant and incapable of growth after she becomes a weak, fused Highgod, she needs to go.

            Unfortunately it looks like they’ll not only be babysitting Delia, but also Nisse from now on.

    3. The story line is one of the best so far i know. I finisht reading all books in raw. And i can tell you you wont be dissapoint at all. Just wait and see.

  17. Salomon the stupid wastrel make the wrong choices every turn he made: a million years of training under the “extremely perverted” Elektra, suddenly turned heir – inheriting the clan’s treasures only to give it to someone else, aiming to become peerless by becoming someone’s lackey, sacrificing those loyal to him (actually to the clan and by extension to the heir – him), using his own time of peril for a bout of self-destructive vindictive action….
    Sigh, this man is a walking death flag. He’s so pitiable that even Linley don’t think it’s worth angry at him.

    1. Salomon was already suspicious about Linley from the start. At first he trusted him, as he cared for Bebe and Ninny. But when he knew Linley can transform, he knew that he is not ‘normal’, so he really have to be wary. As he said, it’s been a million years since he planned everything, only to be ruined by a single man he trusted. Who wouldn’t be enraged?

      1. And so I call him a wastrel – someone who wastes 🙂

        How many more chapters before he meet his end, anyway, he already bored me.

      2. Technically, Solomon saw Linley transformed before giving his name…..Which makes him even more stupid.
        Afterall, Solomon finished off the high god when Linley and Bebe were chasing after him. He only didn’t know what exactly happened.

      3. From what I understand I didn’t seem like Salomon ever trusted Linley and only treated Linley well because he though he would make a valuable ally

    2. I still wonder what exactly was his great plan. I always thought taking the money back to the continent where his entire clan was exterminated did not sound like a very promising plan… In short, the moment he tried spending his money, he’d be doomed.

      Now it seems he has actually already parted with it somehow or other, which makes more sense than the original setup. Though, of course, we don’t really know anything about his arrangements…

      The question remains, though: what exactly is he trying to accomplish? Clearly he doesn’t really care much about the clan, so why would he bother reviving it? What exactly is there? Would he bother with stuff like taking revenge on the name of his clan? Doesn’t sound like it.

  18. Whew! Thought something like this was happening. Glad it’s the case.
    Also, I like Nisse, so I hope that it’s going to end ok for her. I don’t care much about Salomon at this point, though.

  19. I’m so happy Delia and Linley are both alive. I maybe in the minority but she isn’t holding him back. She is his motivation, he would rather die with her than live with her. People keep saying that she is weak, etc but all the fiends and high gods also got swallowed up by the larva. Linley would also have been captured and died if it weren’t for the golden kitten sparing him.

    1. Yep. I never believed she would become a burden, because… IET obviously knows that would get boring, so he wouldn’t write it as such.

      And said expectation panned out way back at the Black Dragon Tribe when she was using doppelgangers to fight off a group of Gods with Bebe. Then, at the Fiend castle, trapping and attacking guards. She even survived at the sand castle on her own. Hard to call her a ‘burden’. Linley is pretty much powerless to do anything throughout this Infernal Plane adventure anyway.

  20. lol, I thought that Delia will die and Linley will become super OP then destroy the whole Infernal Realm, but I’m glad that Delia didn’t die, I like her character afterall.
    Thanks for the chapter

  21. ehh i kinda figured that this was a trick to fool salomon but kinda anticlimactic but makes sense i suppose. whoo and to those ppl saying delia should have died you are pretty heartless. i worry for your future/current spouses

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