Book 17, Chapter 28

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Book 17, Indigo Prefecture – Chapter 28, Freedom

In the past, Linley had known very little regarding Sovereign’s Might. Thus, he had taken it for an advanced form of ‘divine power’. But now, it seemed, it was completely different. Sovereign’s Might was actually capable of being used like spiritual energy.

“Sovereign’s Might also has one other benefit.” Gislason laughed. “When you use Sovereign’s Might, for a short moment, both your body and your soul will be uplifted.”

“Eh?” Linley was surprised.

“This is the truth.” Gislason sighed. “However, the amount of uplifting isn’t very great. If one was willing to be wasteful and consecutively use hundreds of drops of Sovereign’s Might, both the soul and the body will be tremendously transformed.”

“Hundreds of drops? Who has that many?” Linley laughed.

“Even if someone does have that many, they wouldn’t be willing to waste it like that.” Gislason said.

“Our Four Divine Beasts clan’s one and only advantage over the eight great clans is that we have quite a bit of Sovereign’s Might.” Gislason sighed. “By relying on Sovereign’s Might, we are able to be at the level where even when under group assault, we can still fight back. This is the only reason why we’ve been able to keep the death ratio at one-to-one.”

Linley nodded. After this recent experience, Linley realized how powerful the enemy was.

For example, Mosley’s innate divine ability truly was terrifying.

“Now that our ancestors have died, the more Sovereign’s Might we use up, the less we have.” Gislason warned. “Linley, you cannot waste this Sovereign’s Might. Unless the situation is critical, using it simply isn’t worth it.”

“Yes, Patriarch.” Linley replied.

Even the Four Divine Beasts clan had a dwindling stockpile of Sovereign’s Might.

“Enough. You can go back for now. In the upcoming period of time, my younger sister shouldn’t assign you any more missions. After all, after this experience, the eight great clans will be very much on their guard against you. In the future, it won’t be so easy for you to kill two Seven Star Fiends.” Gislason laughed.

Linley nodded, then immediately left.

………………………….

Indigo Prefecture, the eastern borders. Four of the eight great clans were located here, amongst them the Barbary clan which had moved here from the Divine Water Plane.

Deep within a dark estate, a giant was standing within a flower garden.

He was 3.5 meters tall, and his face was covered with a green beard, each hair looking like a steel needle. He was dressed in a plain, unadorned set of armor, and on his shoulders, there was a black, serpent-patterned cloak attached. This person was staring directly at Cole, who was standing before him.

“Cole, you were killed without even being able to fight back?” The giant said, frowning.

“Patriarch, I, I didn’t expect…” Cole’s face was filled with rage. “He clearly was just a God, but who would have imagined that he was just hiding his aura? When he was very close to me, he suddenly ambushed me…I didn’t have any chance to react at all.”

Currently, Cole only had his divine wind clone remaining.

“Not just me. Even Mosley wasn’t able to detect that this person was hiding his aura.” Cole said hurriedly.

This Patriarch of the Barbary clan frowned even more deeply.

“Patriarch, based on what the clones of my subordinates told me, the person who killed me didn’t have an extremely powerful soul defense.” Cole said hurriedly.

“Eh?”

The Barbary clan’s Patriarch couldn’t help but grow puzzled. He swept his gaze towards the outside of the garden, and instantly, a black shadow flitted in from outside, standing there respectfully.

“Quickly go investigate if there is a new Elder within the Azure Dragon clan who is skilled at hiding his power.” The Patriarch of the Barbary clan instructed.

“Yes, Elder.”

The black shadow vanished once more.

………………..

After having completed the last mission, the Grand Elder wouldn’t possibly send Linley into battle once more in the near term. Thus, Linley rejoined Bebe, Delia, Cesar, and the others in the gorge, enjoying some rare, peaceful days.

More than two years had passed since the last assignment. In the past two years, not many things happened. On this day, Linley and Delia were currently eating some food together.

“Delia, she…seems to have something she wants to say.” Linley laughed to himself. Today, Delia was very absent-minded as she ate, as though she wanted to say something but didn’t.

“Linley.” Delia hesitated a long time, then finally spoke.

Linley chuckled. He had been waiting a long time for her to speak. “Delia, what is it?”

Delia paused a moment, then said, “Linley, we’ve been here in the Skyrite Mountains for quite some time. It’s been eighty years now, right?”

“Right.” Linley nodded. “What of it?”

“Linley, we rushed all the way here to Indigo Prefecture, then entered the Skyrite Mountains. Right, we’ve returned to your clan, but…are we just going to stay in the Skyrite Mountains forever?” Delia asked him instead.

Linley couldn’t help but frown. “Delia, you want to leave? You want to depart from the Skyrite Mountains?” Linley felt this came out of nowhere.

“No, that’s not what I mean.” Delia said hurriedly. “Actually, I want to follow the forces of the clan to go on a trip to the cities.”

“No.” Linley refused decisively. “It’s too dangerous. No.”

“It’s not dangerous.” Delia said hurriedly. “In fact, it’s not just me. Bebe, Dylin, and the others all want to go on a trip outside. Linley, we’ve been in this same place without going anywhere else this entire time. It’s not as bad for you. You can train and you can go battle. But the rest of us are just here in this gorge every day. After a long period of time, we all feel rather stifled.”

Linley was stunned.

He understood what Delia meant. To be in a single place with no contact with the outside world…it wouldn’t be so bad at first, but after more time passed, one would feel terribly depressed. If a very long period of time passed…one would be accustomed to being depressed and lonely, at which point one’s very temperament would change.

Delia, in particular, had accompanied Linley on their long journey over here. Her heart, like his, was a free one, which couldn’t endure this sort of restrictions.

“Delia, I understand your feelings.” Linley nodded.

In the past, when he had entered the Mountain Range of Magical Beasts for training for three years, he only had Bebe by his side for those three years. That sort of solitary, lonely life was indeed quite stifling. He himself had only been able to hold on and persevere because of his hatred, which had let him endure it all.

“Delia, I’m sorry.” Linley reached out to take Delia’s hand.

At this moment, Linley came to a realization.

He had been too selfish!

He always thought of things from his own viewpoint. He wanted to return to his clan. He wanted to battle in Bloodbath Gorge for the clan. But he hadn’t considered the situation from Delia and Bebe’s viewpoints. He himself could live a very exciting life. But what about them?

Always in their little gorge, living a leisurely, dull life. Bebe was the lively sort, and Delia enjoyed her freedom as well. Linley himself liked an exciting, lively life. Nobody liked to live a flavorless, boring life. He had completely neglected Delia and Bebe.

Thinking of this, Linley couldn’t refrain from saying, “Delia, I truly am sorry.”

“Say no more.” Delia laughed and shook her head. “It’s fine. I just want to go for a slight change in atmosphere. Once I’m in a better mood, I’ll be fine.”

“I want you to go out and relax as well. Only, it really is very dangerous.” Linley said nervously.

“Linley, it really isn’t dangerous.” Delia said hurriedly. “Actually, the Azure Dragon clan has quite a few clansmen who often go to the nearby cities to go sightseeing and shopping. It truly isn’t dangerous.”

“It isn’t dangerous?” Linley didn’t understand.

“Linley, if you don’t believe me, you can ask the other Elders.” Delia immediately said.

“Oh?” Linley nodded. “How about this. Delia, you wait here. I’ll go ask the other Elders. If there really isn’t much danger, I’ll let you go.” Linley didn’t want his wife to be too stifled either.

Linley immediately flew up through Dragon Avenue, constantly pondering in his mind Delia’s words. The more he thought of it, the more he felt that he had neglected Delia, Bebe, and the others. They had all accompanied him to the Skyrite Mountains.

But in the end?

They had to stay in that gorge and didn’t dare to leave it at all. This sort of life, akin to living in a prison…was this what he had to offer for Delia and Bebe?

From afar, through the corner of his eyes, Linley saw a person flying in the air. It was the familiar figure of ‘Elder Garvey’. He hurriedly shouted, “Elder Garvey.”

Puzzled, Elder Garvey turned to look, then laughed and flew over. “Linley, what a coincidence.” Linley laughed, “Elder Garvey, there’s something important I want to ask you about. Come, let’s chat over there.”

Linley and Garvey flew together to a nearby location halfway up the mountain.

“Linley, what is it?” Garvey asked, puzzled.

“Our clan often has people who go to the cities?” Linley asked.

“Oh. Yes, we do, actually.” Garvey laughed. “First of all, our clan needs to buy some things on occasion. Secondly, our clansmen are always trapped here within the Skyrite Mountains. Quite a few of them can’t stand this type of restriction, and so they’ll go out to improve their mood. However, each time, the number of people permitted to leave is limited.”

“Is it dangerous?” Linley asked.

“There’s not much danger.” Garvey laughed. “In the past ten thousand years, there hasn’t been a single incident.”

“Aren’t we in a state of war against the eight great clans? How can it be that our clansmen are in no danger when heading out?” Linley didn’t understand.

“Linley, think about how vast the Infernal Realm is. Do you think running into someone is a simple matter? The battles which occur between us and the eight great clans occur because both of us are consciously seeking them out. It’s only because they travel on predetermined routes and because we have intelligence agents constantly monitoring those routes that we are able to so easily run into them.”

Linley nodded.

“As for our clan, when a group of us ride a single metallic lifeform and go to a city, there’s no way we can be on a predetermined route.” Garvey said. “This world is incomparably vast, and we can go anywhere we please. In addition, on our way over, even if the eight great clans see a metallic lifeform, there’s no way they would know that it belongs to our Azure Dragon clan.”

Linley began to understand.

“More important, they can’t send Seven Star Fiends just running around randomly everywhere. Even if an intelligence agent of theirs discovers that we are aboard a metallic lifeform, the metallic lifeform will quickly fly off into the distance, and because the route is not predetermined, there’s no way the enemy can possibly guess where the metallic lifeform has flown to.” Garvey laughed.

Linley nodded to himself as well.

The chances of both being encountered as well as being recognized really was one in a hundred million.

“Most importantly of all…each time our clansmen go a group, an Elder will be the escort.” Garvey laughed. “This to guard against any unforeseen circumstances. If we really are so unlucky as to encounter an enemy Seven Star Fiend within this vast area, then we’ll just have to engage in battle.”

Linley, hearing this, felt relieved.

The chances of being encountered really were too low. It was virtually impossible, in fact. And even if there was an encounter…his side had a Seven Star Fiend on guard.

“What, do you have family or friends who want to go out and relax?” Garvey asked.

“Right.” Linley suddenly thought of the limitations Garvey had mentioned with respect to how many people could participate. “How many people can go each time?”

“Five hundred people per trip.” Garvey nodded. “Don’t worry. As an Elder, it will be very simple for you to arrange some family and friends to be included. In addition, if you really are worried, you can escort them yourself as well. If a problem occurred even when two Elders are escorting, that would truly be quite bizarre, wouldn’t it?”

Linley’s eyes lit up.

Linley himself was interested in accompanying Delia into the city for a nice stroll. “The Elders of Bloodbath Gorge are cyclically assigned to missions. I’m not doing anything right now anyhow.” Linley immediately flew back towards Bloodbath Gorge and asked to meet with the Grand Elder.

In the Azure Dragon Palace, the Grand Elder stared at Linley through her mask.

“What? You want to go out?” The Grand Elder said coldly.

“Grand Elder, I just want to accompany our clansmen on a trip to the city.” Linley said.

“I can’t permit it right now.” The Grand Elder shook her head. “Recently, the battle between us and the eight great clans has been fairly fierce. I might need to send you out on a mission at a moment’s notice. Linley, the clan is more important. After your thousand years are up and you retire from Bloodbath Gorge, you can go where you please.”

Linley was stunned.

He, too, knew that the battles had been very fierce, but he hadn’t been sent on a mission in the past two years, after all. Going to a city was a trip of just a few months.

“For now, stay within the Skyrite Mountains. Based on how our intelligence reports develop, I might have a mission for you very soon.” The Grand Elder said.

“Yes, Grand Elder.”

Linley didn’t particular want to go visit the city himself anyways. The only reason he wanted to go was to protect Delia better.

“It’s within an area of a trillion square kilometers…and why would a Seven Star Fiend be so bored as to just wander about randomly? And the chances of them recognizing that this was a group of our clansmen? And also being to defeat one of my clan’s Elders?” Linley considered it, then set his mind at ease.

The chances of something going wrong were virtually zero!


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130 thoughts on “Book 17, Chapter 28” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. “And also being ABLE to defeat one of our clan’s elders?”

      Linley has been rather retarded lately… if the enemy seven star fiends weren’t able to defeat your clan elders then how the f*ck have so many died?

  1. Thanks for the chapter. I say Delia dies, Bebe brings back her body, Linley grieves, the Grand Elder consoles him, and Linley gets new mature wife. 😀

    1. Delia has come to grow on me a lot. She has put up with a lot of Lineley’s shit so to speak, and they have been through a lot together. That being said to deny the signs that she is going to die would be short sighted. It’s precisely because she means so much to Lineley that she will probably be killed. Bebe will probably survive keeping Lineley from total despair, but to be honest Lineley has of late become too complacent. This event might kind of shock him back into the reality that only the strong survive, and that he is not the biggest shark in the ocean. I doubt Lineley gets re-married anytime soon after his wife’s death. I bet we have a similar arc to when Lineley was trying to avenge his father and mother.

      1. I liked the beginning of their relationship but after they became demi-gods it all went downhill. She became a character I do not like – a spoiled little princess who doesn’t put much effort into anything but wants the world.

        1. how is she spoiled huh? all she wanted was to be with linley and you dont actually expect her to be a genius like linley do you? she couldn’t even become a saint on her own so she had to use the spark so how do you expect her to become the all powerful. get real you should try thinking from her point of view

          1. thi ‘guy’ said the truth, its true that delia isn’t strong, but by linley’s stsndard i think he could only marry a sovereign XD

    1. ugh, i fully agree with you. Bah, LEAVE DIVINE CLONES AT THE GORGE AT THE VERY LEAST.
      I mean, they didn’t complain at the Amethyst mountain range nor did they (Caesar and the rest) complain when they were on that Island. But now they need stimulation??? It’s just….NO, wait a thousand years and i’ll join you, bah.

    1. At some point (book 9 chapter 2) it was said that due to his understanding of the Laws, mediating brought about the same effects as normal stone sculpting and that was when he still was a saint and only proficient in 2 laws. And apart from that, now that he’s a god and aiming to be a highgod, what he needs isn’t the mageforce that’s gained by sculpting, but understanding of the profound truths.

      1. I’m not saying to sculpt in order to increase his “power” but as a mean of relaxation or to improve the place he is living in. We are talking about years he is spending here while sculpting only takes a short while. Also, this is one skill he has that the other don’t. I know this would be kind of filler material but a nice one.

  2. Thanks for the chapter!

    My guess is:

    Grand Elder sends out ppl to wipe out Lin’s group when they go travel (most likely snitches to the 8 great clans).
    Bebe escapes and tells Lin the story, Lin and he determine how to get revenge.
    Huge battle for supremacy occurs within 4 divine clans with ppl on either side.
    Lin almost OD’s on Soverigns Might and kills EVERYONE.
    Now that all their enemies are gone, and only loyal ppl are left in the 4 divine clans, Lin decides its time to travel some more. In the meantime he becomes a highgod in all his forms and starts on his 6th one with Destruction as it’s base…

    Once all that is finished…. ROAD TRIP

    :0)

      1. Dude … if they kill linley do you know how hard he will rage ? Even bebe will go apeshit . Now if they kill both of them and the other people from the yulan plane then its done .The revenge rage will be so strong the whole infernal realm isn’t going to be able to do shit …

  3. Now something is going to go wrong … I think … And if it does … THEN LINLEY’s GOING TO DEMOLISH ALL THOSE CLANS IN RAGE
    Thanks for Chapter

  4. congrats linley, it only took the genius you 800 years to realise that you have been ‘selling fish’ and forgot to consider your mates’s need. and very good decision at letting your precious, superbly beautiful wife unaccompanied by any of your 4 clone. afterall, clone are precious,and you only have few more than average people. there is virtually zero chance anything bad could happen right? infernal realm is vast so no way anyone could stalk the group. last time during escort mission where the group keep getting ambushed by enemies who are seeking the fallen clan, as well as seeking olivier, is just bad luck. nothing to do with enemies ability. so underestimating the enemies is a must do thing. everybody does that. and as MC, you must top everybody, and should not even think of ‘learned a lesson’. being

    1. That’s a bit too harsh. First of all it was 80 years, not 800. And don’t forget that it’s hard to judge things using values other than your own. Linley likes training, so he could pass years doing so without even realising it, much less feeling bored (and for most gods 100 years are nothing). And it’s even harder to be empathetic and understand things before other people tell you when you’re as hard pressed as Linley, who’s trying desperately to be a highgod since he’s in the extremely dangerous position to have to face 7 star fiends as a god.

      As for the trip he did as he promised to his wife and asked an Elder who had much more experience than him. Not letting her go despite that would be disregarding her wishes and practically keeping her prisoner. As for not sending clones as escort, would there really be a point to that? He wanted to go with her, but since he was forbidden and had to leave his earth clone behind, would sending weak clones offer her any extra protection? After all she would be accompanied by an elder, and if she encounters anything that can beat an elder, then all his weak clones could be defeated by a sneeze, especially since they wouldn’t even have the coiling dragon ring with them.

      1. nope. 800 years. that’s how long my grudge is. is it not true that he wants to come to infernal realm? is it not true that he didn’t even make any decent preparation to come? did he ever think twice when it matters? how many time has delia survive due to luck, or due to herself, whereas linley only ever think “oh no, oh shit, Delia!” when something is already in the way, or had happen. should i point out the occasion(s)?

        harsh? me? why wouldn’t i?

        1. she accepted all that shit when she married him. she knew he loved to fight, knew he loved to train. it was always the plan to go to the infernal realm, they just went earlier cause he wanted to meet his clan. she could have just as easily stayed in the yulan plane with their kids and her family. she made that choice her self and she needs to live with it. she needs to realize that they are going to live for hundreds of million, perhaps trillions of years, boredom is gonna strike whether they like it or not. also, she never said she was bored those 800 years(600+) was spent trapped and wasnt linleys fault at all, dont even try to blame that one on him. he couldn’t do anything about serving as an elder in the clan because he has a duty to it. this isn’t our world, they take clan and familial bonds very seriously in his world. stop applying your values to this world. if you still choose to hold a grudge thats your choice but imo, its unfounded.

          first post, HI Ren, long time lurker here. Love your work, and thank your for the past, present, and future chapters 🙂

          1. right. what a responsible and blameless husband. hurray. a wife who should’ve stay behind and weep. oh. that’s right. haven’t she been doing that most of the time? ah whatever. bring your wife to a known dangerous place. and if she is bored, please prioritize your clan over her safety and keep training. afterall, your hard earned power and strenght is for duty to a clan that have someone who tried to kill you over a ring and and already accept you for 80 years. how can your soul mate for a millennia compare to it right? she’s the one to blame because wife is the family head, her decision is hers and you’re not going to weep over what happen to her anyway.

  5. Please don’t let her die… please.
    plot armor for delia please…. you can sacrifice tarrose, and co but but not delia and bebe please…

    hah, i know it’s useless but still….

    Thanks for the chapter

    1. She’s as good as dead. IET himself said so.

      “The chances of something going wrong were virtually zero!” – IET.

      Don’t need any more death flags then that. Let us mourn for her during this Independence Day…

      RIP in peace Delia. We love you.

  6. Hehehe… No foreshadowing whatsoever here… None at all…

    Now we might get to see Grandpa Beirut again! Although Delia would probably be the only one to did.

    Thank you for the chapter and happy Fourth of July for all you Americans.

  7. Huhu, Delia plot armor has a flaw. She’s reserve for the last power up reason.
    it’s almost certain she’s gonna die. Geez, Delia why so selfish? Can it be that you rather want to die than becoming like a prisonner but your love one is there and freedom is almost guarantee after a thousand years or when your love one reach HG.

  8. “The chances of something going wrong were virtually zero!”
    Oh, then something wrong it going to happen ? How come Linley intuiton about these matter are always so accurate. That’s a profound mystery in its own right.

    Still, what exactly is going to happen…? I don’t really care about most of Linley’s “companion”, but I am kinda worried about Delia.
    …Well, only kinda. After all, though I once liked her, now she is already doomed to be an useless character at Linley’s side. Truth is harsh but unless a world-breaking change happens to her, she will forever be an above-average highgod at best. For a while I has already been prepared to her dying(not looking forward to it, just mentally preparing).

    As for Bebe, I am not worried. How could he die ?
    …Or to be honest, a part of me would like to see him die, just to see hell in the infernal realm descend as Beirut goes into a rampage.

  9. This entire chapter: “NOTHING COULD GO WRONG!”

    Me: “Something is going to go wrong.”

    I bet it’s going to have to do with that intelligence agent who will think Linley is going on that trip or something and the Barbary Clan will prepare an ambush…

  10. So I’ve finally made an account for two reasons. The original reason is just to wish that the translator recovers from his/her cold easily and swiftly!
    And in the process of reading the latest chapter I realized I have an urge to rant. Linley seems to have grown way too arrogant and complacent. Every time he goes into a hostile situation his plans go wrong and he almost dies while vowing to do better..but then goes into the next situation just as carefree. Now he desperately needs to become stronger but it doesn’t seem like he’s really trying to become a Highgod or overcome his pathetic soul defense. If these terrible signs come true..hopefully the ensuing tragedy shocks him into getting back on track, even if that forceful type of plot progression is overused.

  11. ok is linley actually training or not. we haven’t heard a single freaking thing about his progress in his clones for how many chapters now? ugh this book is turning out much wore than i thought for now at least. linley needs to wake the f up and start training like crazy then he wont have to worry about his relatives and friends and himself

    thanks :}

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