Book 17, Chapter 29

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Book 17, Indigo Prefecture – Chapter 29, Joining Forces

Deep within the Skyrite Mountains. An enormous metallic lifeform in the shape of a black phoenix was hovering there. The giant metallic lifeform was like a little mountain hovering in the skies. Currently, quite a few people were entering into this metallic lifeform.

In the cliffs beneath the metallic lifeform, there was a large group of people who were travelling together, sending off their family and friends.

Amongst them were Tarosse, Dylin, O’Brien, Bebe, Delia, and others, all of whom were standing next to Linley.

“Tarosse, Dylin, Olivier. Be careful in your travels. After you arrive at the city of Meer [Mi’er], whenever you have a chance, you have to come visit. I’ll miss you all very much.” Linley looked at these people and laughed. After he returned and told Delia that they could go to the cities, Linley came to understand…

That although Delia and Bebe were just going for a visit and would come back, Tarosse, Dylin, Cesar, and the others were preparing to immigrate to that city.

“Definitely!” Dylin said very apologetically. “Linley, actually, we originally wanted to stay here at your place, but the control and supervision within the Skyrite Mountains is very strict, and we also aren’t members of your clan, so we normally aren’t even allowed to leave the gorge and wander around. So…”

“I understand. Say no more.” Linley laughed.

In his heart, he couldn’t help but sigh.

Due to the struggle with the eight great clans, the Four Divine Beasts clan, to guard against the possibility of spies entering, was always very strict. Unless there was a special circumstance, the clansmen weren’t permitted to wander about freely. As for Tarosse and Dylin, they weren’t even members of the clan, so the patrolling warriors kept an even tighter watch on them.

Tarosse and the others had nothing to do, yet they couldn’t wander about either. Naturally, it was like sitting in prison for them.

“It was my fault for being inconsiderate.” Linley said apologetically.

“Linley, don’t say that.” Tarosse said hurriedly. In their hearts, Linley had saved their lives, and so they were filled with gratitude towards Linley. “Linley, in the future, when you have time, you need to come to Meer City to visit us.”

“Definitely.” Linley nodded.

“Then we’ll head out for now.”

Tarosse, Cesar, Olivier, Dylin and his children…these people bade farewell to Linley, then flew towards the distant metallic lifeform. As for Delia and Bebe, they remained by Linley’s side.

“Linley.” Delia looked towards Linley.

Linley smiled as he looked at Delia. He couldn’t help but give her a hug, then said gently, “Safe journeys.”

Delia couldn’t help but feel a warm feeling surge in her heart. Nestling into Linley’s arms, she acknowledged softly, and then lifted her head up to look at Linley. “Linley, don’t worry about me. I won’t be in any danger. It’s you who I worry about. The battle between our clan and the eight great clans is so fierce. When you fight for your clan, you need to remember…that I’m waiting for you.”

Linley stared at his Delia.

“Don’t worry. Your husband is quite strong.” Linley laughed.

“Narcissist.” Delia laughed as well.

“Oh man, I refuse to watch this any longer. I’m leaving.” Bebe suddenly called out.

Linley couldn’t help but glance sideways at Bebe, who just grinned wickedly.

“Alright. Delia, Bebe, safe journeys. I’ve already had a chat with the Elder who is in charge of escorting you on this trip.” Linley said. Delia and Bebe nodded, then bade Linley farewell as they too flew towards the metallic lifeform in the air.

Linley raised his head, staring at the enormous metallic lifeform begin to move. In but an instant, it turned into a blur, disappearing into the horizon.

He loved her, but he couldn’t forcibly detain her. Everyone needed their own space.

Linley turned and headed back towards Bloodbath Gorge. Halfway there, however, Linley saw clearly those many roving patrol soldiers, all of whom had stern looks on their faces as they cautiously kept watch on every place.

“The atmosphere within the clan really is too tense. These soldiers are always on patrol, for fear that a spy might slip in.” Linley sighed.

No wonder Tarosse and Dylin were unable to stay here, within this extremely tense atmosphere.

“It’s not their fault. After all, the clan is currently in a state of crisis. Who knows if we’ll be able to last another ten thousand years.” Linley knew very well that although he was able to kill two of their Seven Star Fiends, the enemy was also capable of killing two of his side’s Seven Star Fiends.

A constant, never-ending battle.

After ten thousand years, what would be the situation for the Four Divine Beasts clan?

Within that large quiet gorge in the Skyrite Mountains. Linley was currently in his study, flipping through some books that introduced various places of the Infernal Realm. Linley suddenly closed the book, looking through the window to the outside world. “Delia’s group has been gone for over a month now. But I keep on having this restless feeling in my heart.”

Linley shook his head. “I’m just thinking too much.”

Based on the distance between Meer City and the Skyrite Mountains, a roundtrip would take three or four months. There was still quite some time before Delia would return. Even if they encountered any danger, the intelligence agents would definitely send the news back as well.

“This gorge is actually one of the most peaceful places in the entire Skyrite Mountains.” Through the window, Linley looked towards the distant grass. The descendants of the Yulan branch were all gathered there, chatting and laughing, seeming very leisurely.

The reason they were blissful was because they were ignorant!

They didn’t know what sort of crisis the clan was currently facing, and the clan wasn’t planning to inform these Demigods and Gods of the real situation. As for the Highgods who knew what the clan’s situation as, they were all worrying and training hard.

They all wanted to enter Bloodbath Gorge and battle for the sake of the clan!

“Elder Linley.” Suddenly, a voice rang out from outside.

“Enter.” Linley frowned. The person was dressed in a blood-red robe, the uniform of a Bloodbath Gorge warrior.

Someone had been sent from Bloodbath Gorge?

“What is it?” Linley asked.

“Elder Linley, the Grand Elder has ordered that you make haste to the Azure Dragon Palace.” The blood-robed warrior said respectfully.

“The Grand Elder is summoning me?” Linley immediately stood up. Not saying another word, he immediately flew outside.

The blood-robed warrior followed close behind Linley as well. The two of them immediately flew into the skies, out of the gorge. Linley’s departure, in turn, attracted the attention of quite a few people in the gorge.

“Whooooosh.” The cold wind howled, slicing against them like knives of ice.

In Bloodbath Gorge, Six Star Fiend were clustered together in groups of three or five, while occasionally, a Seven Star Fiend could be seen. Linley’s face was emotionless. He was hurrying towards the Azure Dragon Palace at high speed. Upon entering it, he immediately headed to the fifth floor.

Linley swept the fifth floor with his gaze. Within this hall of the Azure Dragon Palace, there was the Grand Elder, dressed in that long black robe and with her face covered with that silver mask, who was seated on her throne. But in the main hall, aside from the Grand Elder, there was one more person…

The balding Elder Emanuel.

Elder Emanuel was currently standing to one side respectfully. Upon seeing him, Linley couldn’t help but feel puzzled. “He’s here also?”

“Elder Linley.” Emanuel smiled towards Linley.

“Elder Emanuel.” Linley greeted him as well, then saluted respectfully. “Grand Elder!”

The Grand Elder, seated up above, said calmly, “Linley, in the war between our Four Divine Beasts clan and the eight great clans, the eight great clans will occasionally send people out on predetermined routes, letting us attack them. Generally speaking, the attacking side has a slight advantage.”

Linley nodded.

Attacking out of ambush could catch someone off-guard. Naturally, they had an advantage.

“How can our Four Divine Beasts clan always engage in this sort of sneak attack?” The Grand Elder said coldly. “Thus, our Four Divine Beasts clan will often send our own squads out on predetermined routes, to await the attacks from our enemies.”

Linley sighed to himself.

He knew that the clan did this. Originally, Arhaus had led his squad out on a predetermined line to await the attacks of the enemy. That time…Arhaus had engaged in a fierce battle with the enemy, with the result being that Arhaus’ most powerful divine clone had been killed.

“Once again, it is because of the ‘glory’ of the clan!” Linley sighed to himself.

The Four Divine Beasts clan, for the glory of the clan, wouldn’t even deign to always engage in sneak attacks. One could imagine how arrogant they were!

“This time, I was planning to just send Emanuel to lead the squad out on the predetermined route.” The Grand Elder said. “However, this is Emanuel’s first assignment, and he himself isn’t confident…so he recommended you to me.”

Linley was startled.

What was this supposed to mean? The assignment tasked to Emanuel, Emanuel could shift to someone else?

“Grand Elder, he ‘recommended me’? What does that mean?” Linley said, rather irritated. At the same time, he couldn’t help but glance sideways at Emanuel.

Emanuel hurriedly laughed, “Linley, I know that you are very powerful, and so…I recommended that the Grand Elder allow you to accompany me on this assignment.”

“Together?” Linley was stunned.

The Grand Elder nodded. “Right. Normally, when our squads are on assignment, we have one Elder leading each squad. Only occasionally will we send two. This time, I want you to accompany Emanuel.”

Linley glanced at Emanuel. He couldn’t help but feel a hint of dissatisfaction in his heart.

After all, this was supposed to be Emanuel’s mission.

“Linley, it’s been two years since you’ve been out on a mission. It’s about time for you to have one anyhow.” The Grand Elder said.

Linley felt a surge of resignation. Going out to fight wasn’t the issue. It was that this mission had come in a very unfair manner.

“What, you aren’t willing?” The Grand Elder asked.

Emanuel sighed emotionally, “Linley, if you aren’t willing to accompany me, then I’ll go by myself to do battle. Even if I’m alone, I won’t let the forces of the eight great clans have an easy time of it. If push comes to shove, I’ll just lose my divine water clone.”

Linley glanced sideways at Emanuel.

At a time like this, how could he refuse?

“Grand Elder, I’m willing to go.” Linley said.

Emanuel’s eyes lit up, and a smile unconsciously crept onto his face.

“Grand Elder, there’s one thing.” Linley said.

“Speak.” The Grand Elder said.

Linley said respectfully, “Grand Elder, when our clan normally has an assignment, we just send out a single squad, with just a single Seven Star Fiend. I was hoping…that on this mission, we can put on a façade.”

“Façade?” The Grand Elder stared at Linley, puzzled. “Linley, after their last experience, I imagine the experts of the eight great clans won’t be so incautious as to let a God draw near again.”

Linley chuckled. That sort of trick was a one-use trick only.

“Grand Elder, what I mean to say is, Elder Emanuel and his squad should ride their metallic lifeform forward, while I will take just a single Highgod with me. The two of us, by ourselves, will ride on a metallic lifeform, pretending to be ordinary travelers.”

Linley laughed. “A Highgod travelling with a God in the Infernal Realm is very common. It won’t arouse the suspicion of the enemy intelligence agents.”

“Oh?” The Grand Elder was beginning to understand.

“Elder Emanuel will be in the front, while I will be behind. We’ll maintain some distance between the two of us. The enemies will believe that Elder Emanuel is there by himself, and so they’ll send less people over. Once they attack Elder Emanuel, I’ll be able to catch them off-guard.” Linley laughed.

Elder Emanuel’s face had become rather ugly to behold

Linley was treating him as ‘fish bait’.

“Normally, a clan will just send out a single squad. The enemies won’t suspect anything.” Linley said.

“Fine. That’s what we’ll do.” The Grand Elder said.

Emanuel didn’t know how to dispute this.

“Make your preparations. You’ll head out immediately.” The Grand Elder said.

“Yes, Grand Elder.” Linley and Emanuel both bowed, and then Linley and Emanuel both left.

“Linley.” The Grand Elder suddenly said.

Linley, puzzled, turn to look at the Grand Elder. A voice entered his mind. “Linley, you are still just a God. You still have a lot of room for improvement. If you are to truly encounter any dangers on this mission, immediately use that drop of Sovereign’s Might. Your life is far more valuable than a drop of Sovereign’s Might.”

Linley felt a warm feeling in his heart, but he was puzzled as well.

When the Grand Elder assigned this mission, it seemed as though she was showing partiality towards Emanuel. And yet, here she was, saying this to him.

“Yes, Grand Elder.”

Linley didn’t continue to ponder it, and just acknowledged. Emanuel and Linley thus immediately left the Azure Dragon Palace.

“Linley, this time, we’ll be joining forces. I hope that when we do battle, we won’t have any suspicions of each other.” Emanuel sent to Linley through divine sense. Linley glanced at him sideways, then chuckled and sent back, “Naturally.”

As he spoke, Linley flew directly towards the residences of Squad Thirteen.

Emanuel watched as Linley left. He let out a cold laugh, then he flew towards his own squad as well.

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63 thoughts on “Book 17, Chapter 29” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. Thanks for the chapter, Ren, MrJoboto and MT of Alberta!

    “Then we’ll head uot for now.”

    “Then we’ll head out for now.”

    In Bloodbath Gorge, Six Star Fiend were clustered together in groups of threeo r five

    In Bloodbath Gorge, Six Star Fiend were clustered together in groups of three or five

  2. Is Emanuel going to betray the clan and at for the enemy 8 clans? I hope not since that would lose a lot of face for his grandmother.

    Hope Bebe and Linley power up soon!

    And thanks for the translation Ren and donors!

  3. Sigh… Emanuel strikes again. This is getting old E-man. Real old. Still, thanks Ren! It would have made sense to take the day off but you’re so good to us 🙂

  4. Thanks for the chapter Ren and MrJoboto and MT of Albertafor sponsoring it.

    Why is the Grand Elder playing favorites with her grandson. Doesn’t she know Emanuel and Linley have an irreconcilable conflict? Why wouldn’t she think Emanuel and his dad have other plans. She disappoints me. I would have thought she is smarter than that

    1. She’s placing her trust in her grandson, not playing favorites… It’s not that strange for a grandmother to do so. However, can’t exactly say it’s wise of her.

      1. Still, doesn’t she still suspect some greater conflict when Emanuel and his father nominated him to fight for the clan and now he’s doing it again.
        And for the record I’m surprised she still sending him out. It’s true that the clan is in trouble but Linley is quite a talent

    2. Two alternate reasons I can think of:

      1. She is actually trying to help her son, and prompted Linley at the end so he could use up his drop of sov might (making it easier to kill him)

      2. She’s an idiot like the KoB guy in SAO, who thought having Kirito & Cradeel go on a mission together with no crystals was ‘team building’ exercise 😮

      1. Haven’t her true intentions already been confirmed? She’s seen talking to herself, saying that Linley is an important existence to the clan. We can take that as her genuine feelings, as there was no one else around to hear. I.e. a soliloquy.

        So no, I don’t think the Grand Elder is conniving against Linley.

    3. I believe her intention is perhaps to make peace between Emmanuel and Linley and she tought that would be the oportunity. Probably thats the main argument which Emmanuel used to convince her to choose Linley as his backup. Mothers/grandmothers can have a really blind trust with their sons/grandsons. That happens in real life all the time, especially with rich spoiled children who dont like to be step on and hold a grudge like a bitch.
      I have a feeling there is a spy infiltrated in the high ranks of the clan. Just a feeling.

      1. “Mothers/grandmothers can have a really blind trust with their sons/grandsons.”

        That’s certainly true.. but hopefully after hundreds of millions of years a parent could look objectively at their children/grandchildren.

        I also think there is a traitor in the high ranks.. maybe someone manipulating Emmanual, but hopefully it’s not Emmanual himself – cause that would be too predictable.

  5. Ha, and here I thought Emmanuel had managed to avoid his death flag. Seems he just needed some time to pitch up a new one to replace the old.

    1. The problem with that though is that he would still be weak, even if he sent his wind clone he would probably weaker than Delia in terms of escape and only hold her back since his wind clone without his dragonform isn’t that strong, only about a 4 star fiend

      1. The benefit out ways the risk though, the moment danger arrives, linley’s real body will know and can rush to save her. Or he could have given his clone one of his three waterdrops just in case.

  6. Other than Delia having a death flag earlier (first time she said so many words other than just ‘Linley!’ … and its about traveling to a city without him 😡 ), I’m happy to see that Linley has picked up a copy of Strategy for Dummies and started to actually have decent ideas like not traveling together with Emanuel.

    I wonder how Emanuel will try to betray him mid-fight now, it’ll be really hard to cause a convenient ‘accident’ while under fire from the enemy team. He shouldn’t be betraying the clan, as team clones would instantly report that and he doesn’t really have anywhere to go – doubt the eight clans will trust a 4DBC turncoat 😛

    Do you guys think that Grand Elder is really worried about Linley, or she is just trying to make him use up his drop of sovereign might? (she doesn’t know he has 2 more!)

  7. This clan really have big arrogance, even when in oppressed state, can’t imagine when they still in 4 sovereign’s protection, must be really cruel like all those assh*le bourgeois Linley kick in the past story. No wonder those 8 clans really have big enmity to them. For me, i don’t have slightest empathy for this clan, they reap what they sow

    1. +1

      Of course, being the MC’s clan they will end up prevailing … but I’d rather have seen them get their just desserts without MC rescue 😛 I can’t think that entire clans from 7 different planes would ally and wholesale move to Infernal Realm, unless 4DBC had spent millions of years bullying them needlessly.

  8. I’m wondering if Linley using the metallic life form in this plan is going to have an affect on Delia and Bebe when they are coming back to Skyrite Mountain…

  9. Argh, morons, morons everywhere. Whether it’s the Patriarch who sacrificed nearly all his clan’s experts due to pride and isn’t even willing to take the advantage the attacker has when the other side has double the experts, whether it’s the Great Elder who’s putting together one of the clan’s most promising expert ever together with the one he fought in a life or death duel just to be a doting grandmother, or Linley who can’t say that battles are to be fought with people you trust and that he isn’t willing to volunteer himself for any mission involving Emanuel, every single one of them are morons.

    If I had to guess Emanuel’s plan I’d say that he probably has leaked everything to the enemy in exchange for his life (and maybe some other stuff), and that he plans to make it appear as if he’s escaped in the confusion and when everyone is dead he’s going to go back for the ring. He could also be the reason Dalia is in danger since he would have known the route they would have taken and when they would leave.

    In any case I expect the Sovereign’s might drops to start being used like crazy, since they are a safety net and it’s easier to build excitement when there are none. Probably Linley will have to use 1-2 now since he’s likely heading into a trap where the trappers know he has a drop, and a third can be used by Dalia in order to get out of a jam, since now Linley has a drop that isn’t stored in the ring and I would hope that he would be willing to spare 1 of the 3 for her, when she’s on her own at least. Then again he might be the one to use them all so he’ll get a little of the body and soul boost mentioned in the previous chapter.

    1. It was mentioned that there were 4 clans to the east and 4 to the west of them… Why waste time, just gather all forces, take all drops of Sovereign Might and wipe out 4 of them in an instant, then proceed to deal with leftovers… Better let your clan die off one by one because of… pride?… LOL Like, i would have liked if Linley used this chance, for example, after oncoming battle, to join with his friends, Delia and Bebe and just flee wherever…

  10. It’s like I can sense Emanuel is a rat.
    I bet he’s leaking info to the other clans… after all, it was already shown that they have an insider. And it would be pretty typical of someone Linley doesn’t like to turn out to be complete scum!
    I only hope that he dies soon. Sooooon

    1. I hope he isn’t… cause if he is that will be like the most anti-climatic plot point ever lol

      Hopefully he’s just a coward.. not a traitor, just scared for his own life – and that’s why he wanted Linley (who specializes in supporting techniques) to follow him when it was his turn to go out.

  11. Rwx , I’ve been reading for the past two months since lonely was a little kid in the wushan township,(let that sink in since you’ve been translating lol) it’s been a crazy journey and I’m very excited to finish the journey and I want to say thank you for this crazy emotional journey that has been The Coiling Dragon series.

  12. Besides the chapter where he met Baruch and the baptism chapter…I think this might be the most boring book so far.

    Not taking anything away from the translation though, thanks Ren!

  13. It’s quite fascinating how the radiant church was portrayed as a cult, and Emmanuel (sorry if I’m wrong since I’m not Christian but isn’t he some important figure or sth?) is a bad guy.

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