Book 17, Chapter 3

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Book 17, Indigo Prefecture – Chapter 3, Azure Dragon Clan

According to what Linley had learned on the way, as well as what he had heard from Beirut, as Linley saw it, the Four Divine Beasts clan was extremely powerful. At Miluo Island, after seeing the many scryer recordings, he had mentioned to Castle Master Mosi the fact that he was headed for Indigo Prefecture, and Mosi had discussed the Four Divine Beasts clan.

From what Mosi had said, it seemed as though the Four Divine Beasts clan had fallen on hard times.

But even despite that, it should still be almost comparable to the Bagshaw clan.

“The Bagshaw clan, at Miluo Island, is in complete control. No one dares offend them! Despite countless years having passed, Miluo Island’s fame remains widespread. There’s no way something like this could happen at Miluo Island, where those who serve the Bagshaw clan will be killed!”

Linley really couldn’t believe it.

The Indigo Prefecture could be said to be the main headquarters for the Four Divine Beasts clan. How could something like this happen within the borders of the mighty Four Divine Beasts clan? How could a truly powerful clan allow something like this to happen?

Anyone who thought about it for even a moment would understand.

If a truly powerful clan encountered something like this, they would definitely eradicate the entire ‘Boleyn clan’, killing them as a warning sign to frighten others!

“The situation doesn’t make sense.” Linley narrowed his eyes. The joy he had felt upon arriving at his clan’s territory instantly evaporated, and Linley began to worry. It seemed as the situation the Four Divine Beasts clan was in wasn’t what he had thought it would be.

In the metallic lifeform, Tarosse, Bebe, Delia, and the others were all mystified by what they had just seen.

Tarosse said with a solemn look, “Linley, it seems as though the Four Divine Beasts clan doesn’t have much power within Indigo Prefecture.” When Linley had invited Tarosse and the others to Indigo Prefecture, he had said that that within the Indigo Prefecture, given the strength and influence of the Four Divine Beasts clan, they shouldn’t encounter any more dangers.

But now, it seemed…

“I don’t understand either.” Linley’s face was solemn.

After all, he had never gone to the Four Divine Beasts clan before. All he knew, he gained from outside sources of information.

“I’m sorry. It seems as though I’ve caused everyone to enter a dangerous situation.” Linley couldn’t help but say towards Olivier, Tarosse, and the others. When he had invited them to come with him, he had wanted for all of them from the Yulan continent to be together and that there wouldn’t be much danger.

As he saw it, there shouldn’t be any dangers in the main lair for his clan.

But it seemed he was wrong!

Dylin laughed. “Linley, don’t worry about it. No matter what happens, my life can be considered to belong to you. What have I to fear?”

“Let’s go. Even if someone wants to kill us, first they have to have enough power to do so!” Tarosse said.

Linley nodded. If the Four Divine Beasts clan was comparable to the Bagshaw clan, then, as an incredibly powerful force, there was no way they would simply be destroyed. As the saying goes, a camel which died of starvation is still larger than a horse.

Mosi’s words implied that the weakened Four Divine Beasts clan was still comparable to the Bagshaw clan.

But before its downfall?

How could such an originally incomparably powerful clan possibly be completely destroyed?

“Let’s go to Fansi City first.”

Fansi City was a city in the eastern part of Indigo Prefecture, and was the first city which Linley’s group was heading towards in Indigo Prefecture. Fansi City was just like every other city in the Infernal Realm; it was very bustling!

The streets were rowdy and filled with people everywhere.

“Boss, where shall we go to find the location of the Four Divine Beasts clan?” Bebe asked, puzzled.

The War God, O’Brien, laughed. “Any place works. For example, the Fiend Castle. We can just ask some people there. There are definitely people here in the Indigo Prefecture who know quite a bit regarding the exceedingly famous Four Divine Beasts clan.”

Asking around at the Fiend Castle was indeed an excellent idea.

“No rush. Let’s go to the Bloodridge Castle first!” Linley said.

The Redbud Continent had Redbud Castles, while the Bloodridge Continent had Bloodridge Castles. The two were the same; they both purchased and sold large quantities of items.

“Why are we going to the Bloodridge Castle?” Dylin asked.

“Bebe, do you still remember how we had gone shopping for books that time in the Redbud Castle?” Linley turned to look at Bebe, who hurriedly nodded. “I remember. That time, we went to buy some books regarding the geography of the Infernal Realm.”

“Right. Last time, we only went to investigate the general geography of the Infernal Realm, which is why in the books we bought, the information regarding each of the 108 Prefectures was very brief. But that time, however, we did see quite a few books which discussed each prefecture in detail.”

There had been five or six centimeter thick books that discussed each prefecture.

Those detailed books each focused on one prefecture, and naturally would discuss and point out some of the unique areas in a prefecture, as well as provide some very detailed information on some of the most powerful clans. Most likely, even some ultimate experts would be described within.

Delia’s eyes lit up, and she nodded in agreement. “Buy one which goes into detail regarding the ‘Indigo Prefecture’. The Four Divine Beasts clan is very famous in Indigo Prefecture. It will definitely be described in detail, and the location will be clearly mentioned as well.”

Linley laughed and nodded.

If they asked others, others might point them to a specific place which they didn’t even know was located where.

After all, they had never had a detailed map of the Indigo Prefecture. They only knew the rough geography of the place. By buying a detailed book regarding the Indigo Prefecture, they would even get a clear understanding of the geographical information in the Indigo Prefecture.

“Buying books? I’ve never gone book shopping in the Infernal Realm.” Tarosse laughed.

“You normally lived on Miluo Island. Why would you need to buy books? You’d only go buy them when you needed them.” Linley said, then headed towards the Bloodridge Castle.

The three castles in every single city were bustling with activity. Following the flow of people, Linley’s group quickly reached the Bloodridge Castle. At the gate to the Bloodridge Castle, there were Bloodridge Army soldiers standing guard.

“Heh heh, I must say, the uniform of the Bloodridge Army is quite stylish. It’s much better than that of the Redbud Army and the Starmist Army.” Bebe said softly as he looked at the Bloodridge Army soldiers at the gates.

Linley glanced at them. “The baleful aura it emanates is rather heavier than that of the Redbud Army and the Starmist Army.”

“Let’s go.” As he spoke, Linley led the group into the first floor of the Bloodridge Castle. The way the Bloodridge Castle was organized was quite similar to the Redbud Castle. Linley’s group easily found the room which specialized in selling a large number of books.

In the room, there were only three people, one of whom was the staff member.

“What do you want to buy?” Seeing Linley’s group walk in, and that most were Highgods, the staff member immediately came to welcome them.

“Which book has information regarding the location of the Four Divine Beasts clan?” Bebe was the first to say.

But Linley said, “This place should have a detailed description of the entire Indigo Prefecture, right? Give me that book.”

“We do.” The female staff member withdrew an enormous, black covered book that was two fingers thick, then walked over and handed it to Linley. “This one should be the book with the most complete introduction to the Indigo Prefecture.”

Linley immediately accepted it and began to flip through it.

This book, in its table of contents, was divided into ‘geography’, ‘dangerous areas’, ‘famous people’, ‘clans’…and so on and so forth. From the table of contents, Linley easily found the top ranked ‘Four Divine Beasts clan’.

“Page 158!” Linley couldn’t help but grow excited.

The first thing which drew Linley’s attention was…

The Four Divine Beasts clan was actually the general term for four mighty clans of divine beasts.

They were:

The Azure Dragon clan: The Redding [Lei’ding] clan!

The Vermilion Bird clan: The Nimo [Ne’mo] clan!

The White Tiger clan: The Laius [Li’e’si] clan!

The Black Tortoise clan: The Bowen [Bo’wen] clan!

The Four Divine Beasts clan was led by the Azure Dragon clan, the Redding clan. The four great clans were joined together into one, and were spread throughout the Four Higher Planes…

While reading the detailed information regarding the Four Divine Beasts clan, Linley couldn’t help but begin to sweat. The history of the Four Divine Beasts clan simply astonished Linley. So originally, the Four Divine Beasts clan wasn’t just limited to the Infernal Realm!

“Divine Water Plane, Divine Earth Plane, Divine Fire Plane, Divine Wind Plane, and the Four Higher Planes of the Celestial Realm, Netherworld, Infernal Realm, Life Realm…they all have branches of the Four Divine Beasts clan!”

Linley was completely thunderstruck.

Based on the description within the book, the Four Divine Beasts clan was considered an extremely, terrifyingly powerful clan throughout the Four Higher Planes as well as the Seven Divine Planes. They were spread everywhere, but of course, in the Infernal Realm, Indigo Prefecture was a headquarters for the Four Divine Beasts clan.

“They are so powerful?” Linley found it hard to believe.

“Boss, lemme see.” Bebe, seeing the look on Linley’s face, couldn’t help but snatch the book over from Linley and begin to read it carefully as well. As he read, Bebe’s eyes began to grow round. “Wow, Boss, the Four Divine Beasts clan is really badass.”

Delia leaned over to look as well.

“They really are quite formidable.” Delia was stunned as well.

“We can leave now. I now know where the Four Divine Beasts clan is located.” Linley couldn’t help but smile. The Four Divine Beasts clan was the root and foundation of his own Baruch clan, which could only be considered one of the many branches.

Naturally, Linley was delighted at how powerful the main clan was.

“Wait.” Linley suddenly frowned.

If the Four Divine Beasts clan truly was so powerful, then why was it that when he came, he saw that member of the Boleyn clan, the one who could grow golden wings, be so arrogant and unbridled?

“You are looking for the location of the Four Divine Beasts clan?” Suddenly, a clear voice rang out.

Linley’s group turned to look. The speaker was that female staff member.

The female staff member laughed and said, “If you want to just follow the information in the book to look for them, there’s no way you’ll find the Four Divine Beasts clan.”

“Eh?” Linley was stunned.

“Why not? Is the book fake?” Bebe immediately asked.

The female staff member shook her head. “No, the descriptions in the book are real.”

“If they are real, then why can’t we find them?” Bebe said.

The female staff member laughed. “This book is in general circulation and for sale in every single city in the Infernal Realm. Because the Infernal Realm is too vast, just sending it out to each location will most likely take a thousand years.”

Linley nodded. To send it throughout the Infernal Realm, it would indeed take upwards of a thousand years.

“Because the shipping process alone takes so much time, the geographical information in the book will be re-evaluated and updated once every million years. This book is several hundred thousand years old, and it described what the situation was like for the Four Divine Beasts clan hundreds of thousands of years ago.” The female staff said.

The Infernal Realm was vast and endless. A million years, in the ancient history of the Infernal Realm, really wasn’t much.

“Are you saying…?” Linley began to understand.

“Right.” The female staff member laughed. “If you asked others, they might not know, but since I’ve always lived in Indigo Prefecture, I’m quite familiar with the Four Divine Beasts clan. The Four Divine Beasts clan, roughly ten thousand years ago, underwent a huge change. The branches that had been located in the Divine Planes or the other Higher Planes all returned and regrouped here in the Indigo Prefecture of the Infernal Realm.”

Linley now understood.

Lord Beirut had not deceived him. The current Four Divine Beasts clan really was in Indigo Prefecture.

Delia asked, puzzled, “What caused the Four Divine Beasts clan to summon and concentrate all of their branches here in the Indigo Prefecture?” Delia didn’t understand.

“I’m not sure.” The female staff member said with a laugh. “That year, a large number of experts of the Four Divine Beasts clan returned, but when they did so, they shook the entire Indigo Prefecture, because when they returned, they brought countless battles with them!”

“Countless battles?” Linley was stunned.

“Right.” The female staff member nodded, then laughed. “But of course, I’m just a minor figure, and what I know is limited. All I know is that back then, the battles were quite fierce. Afterwards, the Four Divine Beasts clans that had been scattered throughout Indigo Prefecture all came together at one location.”

“One location?” Linley still clearly remembered what that book he had read had said.

As that book had described it, in the Four Divine Beasts clan, each of the four clans was located in one of four locations.

“Right. The Four Divine Beasts clans are living quite close to each other now. The place they live is known as the Skyrite Mountains!” The female staff member said.

Hearing this, Linley immediately thought back to when he had first read the book giving a general introduction to the geographical features of the Infernal Realm, and the information it had regarding the Skyrite Mountains. The Skyrite Mountains were a very famous area within the Indigo Prefecture.

It could, in fact, be described as the mountain range which symbolized the Indigo Prefecture.

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74 thoughts on “Book 17, Chapter 3” - NO SPOILERS

  1. first yayyyy.. for the first time since WW took place.. yahoooo..

    coz there’s 12 hour difference in time between here and my time… yaayyy..

    thx for the chap !!!

    1. thanks for the translation, IET and the donor xD

      wow distributing books took thousand years, looks like DHL/FedEx need to make branch here

      btw, is it just me but i’ve read Bowen clan somewhere in this book

      1. if you even thought about it for a second you would have understood that with DHL/FedEx those books would have 0 chance of spreading throughout the infernal realm… even without taking into account the dangers there’s still huge distances and the means they currently use(which is most probably deities flying while carrying the books in their interspatial items) are way better and faster than DHL/FedEx could ever be anyway.

    1. Why is Linley so trusting? Couldn’t he have taken a few days and confirmed what she said and see exactly what is going on? SMH, Linley still impatient although I can’t blame him. It’s been hundreds of years since he went to the infernal realm in search of his ancestors.

        1. yeah… but since he clearly knew something was up, at least try to get intel a bit more stealthy. This was pretty much telling the shopkeeper that he had associations with the beast clans, or wished to have them.

          But yeah, it’s the first time in a long time that we have actually seen him think even slightly before he acted, and i approve of that

  2. thanks! since you stopped with the donations we can only assume the last few books are going to be EPIC. you probably cant wait to share its awesomeness 😀 cant wait!

  3. thanks ren and donors for the chapter
    I think the Boleyn clan is circled Skyrite Mountain and prevents outsiders to contact with Four Divine Beast clans. Example, they destroyed people who took mission from Four Divine Beast clans.

  4. The divine beast clans (as well as those who are suspected to have connections with them) are being hunted in the city- then come a librarian freely giving information.. Trap??
    thanks for the chapter!

  5. so is linley task with reviving his clan to its previous glory again granted every great power falls eventually its just funny that its gonna be linley to revitalize his clan again just hope it isnt non existent like on the yulian continent

  6. What if the Ancestral Baptism whatever-its-called also increases amount of Dragon blood in Clan people and turns them into divine beasts? Because they are called the Divine Beast clan but Linley isn’t a divine beast.

    1. I personally don’t think it will turn them into divine beasts, as they are mostly human after all. I think they are called the “divine beast clan” because they descend from a divine beast (in Linley’s case it should be the aforementioned “Azure Dragon”) which “mated” with a human or something like that. Even though they can take human form upon reaching deity level, divine beasts are still fundamentally different from humans. It could still increase the amount of dragon blood, which would make them more powerful, but they won’t turn into divine beasts.

      Whew, what a long first post!

      1. You will find out later on that Linley is a bit different compared to the other dragon blood warriors and that only 1 other person is like him…the reason for this you will find it later on…..

        1. I’ll take it that the reason was the golden blood left by the other person – the water sovereign ancestor that makes Linley special.

  7. kyaaah! This is what we have been waiting for for so many books!
    I’m excited for him to reach the Skyrite Mountains but for now Ren needs his time off 😛

    I’m super curious about what happened to make their clan so weak, though~

    1. death of their super backer? since that looks like it’ whats makes a clan powerful in IETs stories, the true expert in the background. if they had a (as the popular theory states) sovereign or similar being that like beirut could jump planes as they wished, then they could spread out across planes while enjoying the protection from their expert, but at it’s death, they needed to gather up to protect what power they still have.

  8. Thanks Ren! Have a good break tomorrow!

    “Because the shipping process along takes so much time, the geographical information in the book will be re-evaluated and updated once every million years.”

    Should the ‘along’ be ‘alone’?

  9. Best bday present ever (there’s obviously some better but this is high up on the list).
    Many thanks to the people who take the time to write, translate, edit, and donate. You guys the real MVP.
    So anxious to figure out the real situation of the Divine Beasts!!!

  10. I wonder why Linley isn’t fusing Strength law of earth with his current gravity. From what I see is strength law of earth will increase the force of his gravity.
    The other possible option is fusing Essence law of earth with Worldwalking. Worldwalking requires one to merge completely with earth essence. These two, Essence and Worldwalking is compatible to merge. Using Essence as a conduit, to merge into other three laws
    I guess everything does require insights, but not many people have merged those laws for linley to see

  11. Thanks for the chapter. I have something irrelevant to this chapter to mention, I was rereading Book1 chapter 7 and noticed, “Although in his heat, Linley felt like the carving looked more like an earthworm, but he still chose the name ‘Coiling Dragon Ring’ for it.”, it should be “in his heart”. I know that is old but>

  12. Ren, I know one of the Chinese readers or something must have been crazy enough, but do you have linleys exact age? At some point I just completely lost track.

  13. Thanks for the chappy :).

    I was wondering if you could put a direct link to the index page on each chapter (in between the next and previous page buttons) sometimes I want to quickly flip to another chapter and this would make things a little bit easier

  14. It looks like most laws can be fused with their basic essence base which means essence is the bassi fr fusing all the laws of asingle law or edict together. I’m curious about what the situation is here in the indigo prefecture.

  15. In “Last time, we only went to investigate the general geography of the Infernal Realm, which is why in the books we bought, the information regarding the 108 Prefectures was very brief.” I think instead of ‘108 Prefectures’ it should be ‘Indigo Prefecture/individual prefectures/Four Divine Beasts Clan’?

    Since they are looking for information about the 4 Divine Beasts Clan and Indigo Prefecture. The book they bought should have a lot of information on ‘108 Prefectures’ since they make up the entire Infernal Realm(?) after all.

    EDIT: There are also quite a few ‘4 Divine Beast Clan’ without ‘s’ after Beast in this chapter 😛

    Just quibbling, haha

    1. Hey, this book specifically had very brief information about each of the the entire 108 prefectures. I’ll make that clearer. Fixing the ‘beast’ ‘beasts’ as well, thanks! 😀

  16. “Heh heh, I must say, the uniform of the Bloodridge Army is quite stylish. It’s much better than that of the Redbud Army and the Starmist Army.”

    But what color are they?

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