Book 19, Chapter 40

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Book 19, Metamorphosis – Chapter 40, Will

“You really are a Paragon!” Linley, despite being mentally prepared, couldn’t help but suck in a breath.

What did it mean for someone to be a Paragon? It meant that one had completely, thoroughly mastered one of the Laws. The number of people who were able to become Paragons was even fewer than the number who were able to become Sovereigns. From this, one could tell that without exception, every single person who reached this level was a glorious figure who possessed astonishing innate abilities, comprehension, luck, and who was hard-working!

One couldn’t be lacking in any of these aspects. Only in perfection could a Paragon be born.

Bebe’s eyes turned round. He stared at Bluefire for a long time, unable to say anything.

“What’s with those looks on your faces? There’s no need to be like this.” Bluefire said with a laugh.

“What do you mean, no need to be like this? Paragon!!!” Bebe called out in shock. “Mr. Leylin, including you, the planes of the universe only have, all combined, less than thirty Paragons! The material planes are numerous beyond count, but in the course of countless years, how many Paragons have been birthed from them? Most likely, our Yulan Plane only has you!”

Bluefire began to laugh. Although his heart was as calm as water, when he thought of these things, he couldn’t help but feel slightly proud as well.

Upon reaching the level of Paragon, it was true that a person could be proud for the rest of his life.

“Mr. Leylin, admirable, truly, admirable.” Linley felt a surge of heat in his heart as well. How long would it be before he would reach the same level?

Bluefire couldn’t help but laugh, while Bebe suddenly said, “Boss, didn’t Grandpa say that once you reach Mr. Leylin’s level, you can go to the Necropolis of the Gods? Uh…he’s a Paragon, Boss. When will you become a Paragon? Doesn’t that mean that entering the Necropolis of the Gods is something for the distant future?”

“That’s what Beirut said?” Bluefire was startled.

“Right. He did say that.” Linley said, resigned.

Previously, Linley still had some hope, but now that he knew Bluefire was a Paragon…“Can it be that I am going to have to reach the Paragon level before entering the Necropolis of the Gods? How long will that take?” Linley knew his own limits. The further along one went in fusion, the more time it took. Linley even suspected that even if he spent countless years, he still might not be able to become a Paragon.

After all, there were many people who initially trained very quickly, but upon reaching a certain level, could no longer rise. They had reached their limit.

“Haha…” Bluefire shook his head and laughed. “When I entered the Necropolis of the Gods, I had only fused five profound mysteries. I imagine what Beirut meant was that when you, Linley, are at the level I was back then, with five mysteries fused, you’ll be allowed to enter! There’s no way he is requiring that you be a Paragon. That’s too stringent.”

Linley, hearing this, couldn’t help but nod. Right. When Bluefire had entered, he hadn’t become a Paragon yet.

Bebe mumbled, “Even fusing five profound mysteries will take very, very long. The farther along one goes, the harder it is.”

“What’s the rush?” Linley said with a calm laugh. “Bebe, given my current power, I already am able to stay alive against other commanders. Once this Planar War concludes, we will return to the Infernal Realm! When we no longer have any important business to attend to, we can slowly spend a few billion years in training.”

Bluefire smiled and said approvingly, “Not bad. You aren’t arrogant and you aren’t impetuous. Only then can you allow things to reach their natural conclusion. The more impatient you are, the harder success will be.”

“There’s no need to over-think matters regarding the Necropolis of the Gods.” Linley said with a laugh.

Right now, Linley didn’t really have any burdens; after having spent all these years in the Planar Battlefield, he had acquired three badges, and lacked only one more. Given that his power had increased greatly, Linley was confident that if he and Bebe joined forces, it wouldn’t be hard for them to acquire one more. After accomplishing this matter, he would truly be relieved, and would be able to calmly continue his pursuit of perfection.

“Mr. Leylin.” Linley looked at Bluefire and said solemnly, “I have a question in my heart.”

“Speak.” Bluefire sipped some wine and said with a calm laugh.

“I am very confused regarding Highgod Paragons.” Linley said with a frown. “There are quite a few commanders who are exceptionally, innately talented, such as Reisgem or Reihom. They were born with tremendous power. In addition, they have fused five of the profound mysteries of their Laws! Logically speaking, given how powerful their bodies are and the fact that they have fused five profound mysteries, I feel that they should be on par with Highgod Paragons. But previously, when they fought Bayer, I discovered…the difference was tremendous. They were toyed with.”

“Right. That Bayer was too powerful. He was easily able to compress space. That restrictive power was too terrifying.” Bebe said hurriedly.

“In addition, soul attacks. Wind is suited for material attacks, and not for soul attacks. Although it has ‘Music’ and ‘Sound Waves’, the power isn’t extraordinary. But why is it that when Bayer executed a soul attack, I fell into a dazed state without being able to resist at all?” Linley didn’t understand at all.

Even Paragons had differences amongst themselves.

Wind-element Paragons were extremely strong in material attacks. Water-element Paragons had exceptional material defenses. Previously, Hemmers said that a water-element Highgod Paragon was slightly weaker than him in a frontal clash.

But Bayer was a Highgod Paragon of wind. Why was it that his soul attack was so terrifying?

Linley truly didn’t understand!

“Haha…” Bluefire began to laugh.

“What’s so funny?” Bebe muttered. “Paragons truly are monstrously powerful. It seems as though they are mighty in every aspect.” Different Highgod Paragons of different elements would have different specialties, but although they might be weaker in one aspect, they still far surpassed commanders in might.

For example, although that Highgod Paragon of water was weaker in material attacks, he was still close to being on par with Hemmers.

“Highgod Paragons have no weaknesses.” Bluefire said with a calm laugh.

Linley and Bebe immediately perked up and began to listen carefully. Naturally, when a Highgod Paragon spoke on this subject, they spoke with authority.

“Highgod Paragons are extremely powerful in every aspect! Different Laws and Edicts only result in Paragons being stronger in certain aspects; for example, I am strongest in soul attacks! Actually, Highgod Paragons are powerful in all aspects…because of a certain secret.” Bluefire said.

“Secret?” Linley and Bebe were stunned.

“Right.” Bluefire sighed in praise. “Linley, I can tell you two this, but…the secret about me being a Paragon, as well as this secret? You can’t tell anyone else.”

“Of course.” Linley and Bebe both nodded.

Bluefire nodded slightly, then said, “That year, when I was fusing the six profound mysteries of the Laws of Fire, I reached a bottleneck! I was only one step away from becoming a Paragon. I was already extremely powerful by that point in time. However, once I took that final step and became a Paragon, do you know…how great the difference in power was?”

Linley shook his head. “I’m not sure. However, breaking through bottlenecks, generally speaking, wouldn’t result in too ridiculous an increase in power.”

“When I took that final step, I felt myself transformed!” Bluefire sighed. “A qualitative transformation. The difference between heaven and earth!”

“Heaven and earth?” Linley and Bebe were startled.

“I trust you know that generally speaking, any Highgod, even a very powerful one, who hasn’t reach the Paragon level, upon annoying a Sovereign, can be destroyed by the Sovereign with a thought. There is one type of Highgod which is an exception; Paragons! A Sovereign’s Will cannot kill a Highgod Paragon!” Bluefire laughed.

Linley nodded slightly. He knew this.

“Why?” Bluefire said with a laugh. “This has to do with the secret of Paragons! Upon becoming a Paragon, in an instant, one is transformed.”

Linley and Bebe listened carefully.

“In that instant of transformation upon becoming a Paragon!” Bluefire seemed to be reminiscing about that feeling he had. “A very unique sort of natural Law surrounded my soul! My soul underwent a sort of qualitative transformation. After the transformation completed, I understood how powerful Paragons were.” Bluefire began to laugh.

A qualitative transformation of the soul? Linley was stunned.

From Demigod to God to Highgod, the soul rose in power each time. But he hadn’t imagined that upon reaching the Paragon level, the soul would rise again.

“This sort of soul transformation caused the natural Laws to bestow upon me a sort of authority which Paragons have!” Bluefire smiled. “An authority which included the Will of the natural Laws of the world! A Paragon’s Will!”

Linley was stunned.

Everyone had a will, but the will of ordinary Highgods was an insubstantial thing, containing no attack power. “The Will of a Paragon…contains the Laws of the world?” Linley couldn’t refrain from asking.

“Right!” Bluefire laughed. “Actually, the increase in power from fusing the profound mysteries, in and of itself, is limited. But even an ordinary attack from us, upon being infused with our Will, will cause the power to rise to a terrifying level! This is a sort of authority! An authority bestowed by the universe itself! And this is what we rely upon to resist the Will of a Sovereign!”

Linley and Bebe began to understand.

They, too, had heard that a Sovereign’s Will was inviolable. Sovereign power wasn’t that special; however, Sovereign power infused with a Sovereign’s Will was terrifyingly, ridiculously powerful. The most terrifying thing about a Sovereign was their Will.

“It is like an Emperor! He doesn’t have to act himself; an order from him can cause countless people to lose their heads. To an ordinary person, an Emperor’s will is inviolable!” Bluefire laughed calmly. “This is a sort of power. The force of his will! The will of ordinary Highgods cannot be used to attack, but for Highgod Paragons, they have this sort of authority, bestowed upon them by the universe itself!”

Linley and Bebe now understood.

Good heavens!

So this was the situation. Will? Amongst the countless Highgods, Highgod Paragons were like ‘Emperors’ who were far above the others. The Will of Highgod Paragons contained the natural Laws, and so even an ordinary attack by a Highgod Paragon contained terrifyingly powerful force!

“No wonder! A casual movement by Bayer caused the four of us to feel such tremendous restrictions.” Bebe sighed in praise. “An empty-handed attack was comparable to a Sovereign weapon attack.”

“What about the Will of a Sovereign?” Bebe said hurriedly. “How much stronger is it than a Paragon’s Will?”

“Much stronger!” Bluefire laughed. “It is the same principle! Sovereigns have a Sovereign spark, and they too have been bestowed by the natural laws of the universe with tremendous authority! This causes their Will to possess even greater power. Sovereigns, from trillions of kilometers away, can use their Will alone to control their Sovereign power to attack us. We Highgod Paragons can just barely hold them off and preserve our lives. However, if a Sovereign was to come in person to attack us, there’s no way we would be able to resist.”

Linley and Bebe now completely understood.

The Will of a Sovereign was bestowed by the natural Laws of the universe with far more authority than the Will of Highgod Paragons.

If they were trillions of kilometers away, a Sovereign wouldn’t be able to kill a Paragon. But if they were close by, the Paragon would still die. But of course…amongst Highgods, Paragons were already invincible figures.

“A Will which possesses tangible power and might.” Linley sighed.

Bluefire stayed with Linley and Bebe for three days. During these three days, the three of them chatted and drank. Linley told him some of the stories about the attacks they had suffered here on the Planar Battlefield, and Bluefire had sighed when listening. Still, after three days, Bluefire still parted from Linley.

After all, Bluefire had come to the Planar Battlefield for a purpose that was different from Linley’s; Bluefire disdained from killing people.

Currently, they were outside the cave. Standing on the desolate earth, Bluefire was bidding Linley and Bebe farewell.

“Haha, Linley, let me wish you luck in acquiring your fourth commander badge, then.” Bluefire said with a calm laugh. “Right. Tell me. Before this, you stayed with Reisgem for a time. Half a month before I met you, I discovered Reisgem and that Reihom you described in a cave.

“Oh?” Linley and Bebe were instantly overjoyed.

“Where are they?” Linley immediately asked. Linley still felt very grateful towards Reisgem.

Bluefire looked around, then pointed towards a direction. “Go straight in that direction. Roughly a hundred and ten thousand kilometers away, you’ll discover a mountain with two peaks, like a ram’s horn. The two of them are staying there at the base of the mountain, in a cave. But of course…I can’t be sure if they are still there.”

“Thank you, Mr. Leylin.” Linley was overjoyed.

Generally speaking, they would stay in one place for many years. As Bluefire had seen them there recently, Reisgem should still be there.

“It seems as though you want to reunite with them as well. Then we’ll each part ways now.” Bluefire laughed.

Linley and Bebe immediately bade Bluefire farewell, then, without returning to their cave, flew towards the direction Bluefire had pointed towards at high speed. Actually, upon hearing the description of a ram’s horn shaped mountain, Linley already had an idea. He had a map of the Planar Battlefield. Naturally he knew where the mountain was located.

Bluefire watched as the two disappeared into the desolate wilderness, then couldn’t help but laugh. He then sighed, “Beirut really spared no expense and no effort! However, now that Linley has fused four profound mysteries, it can be said that Beirut has accomplished his goal. As for the fusion of the fifth profound mystery, that’s quite far off. It seems, for now, there’s nothing more for me to do here! Mm, I’ve never seen a Planar War. I can’t miss the final battle that will happen in three hundred years.” Bluefire gracefully departed.

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75 thoughts on “Book 19, Chapter 40” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. “Sovereigns, from trillions of kilometers away, can use their Will alone to control their Sovereign power to attack us.”
    The Abyssal Fruit Tree Sovereign wasn’t able to do that.. He had to be in there in person to even deal with Bebe..

    The story keeps emphasizing how powerful Sovereigns are and then, when they actually appear.. They’re nowhere near as powerful as described. Maybe, the myths of their power are mostly just propaganda?

    It all seems to stem from one misconception. There aren’t four levels of deities, there are five.
    Demigod, God, Highgod, Paragon and Sovereign.

    1. That was because Bebe was their in person, and the Sovereign didn’t really want to kill them… just didn’t want to help them either…

      They didn’t seem to completely blame Bebe and Linley, since they knew it was partial self-defense.

      1. Even if they don’t punish them after the incident, wouldn’t he in the middle of a fight.. Decide to save the life of one of his friends at the expense of that of a random Highgod who he could care less about..?

      1. When was that ever stated? Sovereigns seem to be all about keeping the process of becoming a Sovereign a mystery and making themselves look more omnipotent than they actually are.

        The only one who could say is a Sovereign. And that’s if they don’t mislead you.
        It’s not like they want there to be more Sovereigns.

        1. they’ve emphasize about sovereign spark…so as long as there’s a sovereign spark any1 could fuse with it…..and become a sovereign…and thats the last form of deity so maybe no need to be a sovereign through one’s own effort…just fuse and boom….your a socereign…..

          1. but they’ve stated for other sparks that you need be at certain level to start fusing with sparks. example, need to be saint to fuse with demigod, demigod to be god. maybe there’s a requirement for sovereign spark other then being a highgod. or maybe not since story’s almost ended

    2. sovereign power =/= sovereign will

      it said so right there “Sovereign power wasn’t that special; however, Sovereign power infused with a Sovereign’s Will was terrifyingly, ridiculously powerful.”

      1. Who are you responding to..? As it’s almost certainly not me.
        It specifically said that a Sovereign can kill someone from trillions of miles away with their will.

        The point of my comment was about how the Abyssal Fruit Tree Sovereign could have just done that.
        We keep seeing people talk about how Sovereigns are near omnipotent, but all we’ve seen is them killing someone from close up and a sovereign smacking Bebe with a branch.

        We’ve seen none of this “omnipotence” that they’re so well-known for.

    3. he’s a sovereign of life…..maybe he dislikes death…..and that attack of his does not contain his will only a physical attack…it is stated that (“Sovereign power wasn’t that special; however, Sovereign power infused with a Sovereign’s Will was terrifyingly, ridiculously powerful”)…he doesnt want to kill bebe…just want to stop him from killing that golden snake of his…

    1. Nope, four; he has yet to fuse in ‘Worldwalking’ or ‘Vitality’. The fused mysteries are ‘Throbbing Pulse of the World’, ‘Strength’, ‘Essence of the Earth’, and ‘Gravitational Space’. Thanks for forwarding your donation confirmation, willuwontu, and for joining the community! 🙂

  2. Thanks for the chapter! I wonder if Linley will ponder the issue of will and grasp the concept before becoming a paragon.

    I also wonder why Bluefire mentioned Beirut sparing no expense. It seemed he was talking about Linley, which makes it seem that Beirut has been a secret force behind Linley growing more powerful since the beginning. And that speaks to an interest in Linley separate from Bebe. Hmmmm

    1. The issue of the will also points out a potential road to becoming a Sovereign, since a Sovereign is just a deity with a ridiculously overpowered will which probably leads to the laws descending.. again.

      Just find a way to keep strengthening the will and you probably become a Sovereign. No wonder there are fewer Paragons than Sovereigns.

    2. “Beirut has been a secret force behind Linley growing more powerful”
      For all we know, Sovereign Beirut might be using his sovereign sense to watch them from the shadows..
      I wouldn’t be surprised, if he ordered the Chief Sovereign of Death to send them to the Planar Wars in order to get some training in.

      1. Beirut: Don’t even think about it. If you kill Bebe then, you will be next.
        And then, have the Chief Sovereign of Death begging for mercy before Beirut instructs her to send Linley to the Planar Wars for training while keeping quiet about his true identity.

        Maybe, Bluefire is one of his emissaries..?

      2. Indeed.. Beirut must be a Sovereign, if not it is really hard to explain that how Chief Sovereign of Death didnt kill Linley and Bebe, just casually will and they are dead. Who cares about Beirut even if he is a paragon? But if Beirut is a Sovereign it makes sense easily. But who knows there may be lots of possibilities..

        1. The Chief Sovereign of Death who is known for her bad temper and who is friends with one of the big snakes not only doesn’t kill Linley, but she even gives Linley a blessing in disguise by sending him off to the Planar Wars. The best way for him to get stronger, while having a strong motivation to do so.

          Not only that, but a Paragon went out on Beirut’s request to protect Linley from the shadows and to show up just to give him some advice. Not only that, but the “Bloodridge Sovereign” showed up at a very convienient time, just because Beirut wanted it to. The Chief Sovereign of Death even seemed to *know* Beirut.

          Not to mention, the Chief Sovereign of Death who is known for her bad temper didn’t kill Linley when he started threatening her with the medallion. Sovereigns really care about face to the extent that they have people bow down and call them “Sovereign”, so that’s another sign.

        2. That part of the story really pissed me off. It’s obvious that place was a test made by the sovereign. Considering the countless people who died or are mad in the fog, what did those snakes think was gonna happen when someone succeeds and kills one of them. Snake was literally going to kill them, but they beat the test and killed it.

          Sovereign would have obviously known this outcome would have eventually happened, hence the real reason she shouldn’t really kill them

          But then Bebe and Linley were bitching about it which would obviously anger her

          1. If a Sovereign says blue is red then, blue is red. In other words, if a Sovereign is offended by this then, they’re offended and you can do nothing about it.

            The sovereign probably never thought that someone with a paragon level innate ability like Bebe would show up. It’s not like there are dozens of Beiruts running around everywhere.

            You know how this problem could have been solved..? The Fruit Tree sovereign simply could have.. Been there at the scene of each of these events. All it would have taken was a slap to stop Bebe from using his godeater powers. It’s an event that only takes place once every trillion years or so.

            That said, Bebe still killed someone connected to a sovereign. It’s just simply bad luck that they happened to be connected to a sovereign. The main sovereign on the mountain isn’t obligated to help them out, if they don’t like them. It is a favor after-all. Honestly, it’s surprising that the Chief Sovereign of Death didn’t kill them after they threatened her with the medallion.

            Of course, the Beirut Theory would explain the sovereign’s behaviour.

  3. Thanks for the chapter XD

    Beirut just wanted Linley to Level up… too bad Bebe wouldn’t do the same. If he fused the right mysteries, just 3 of them would be enough to hold his own to a Paragon, since he’s naturally too tough and his Soul attack’s a b*tch to deal with…

  4. i doubt linley will find that 4th badge before the final battle and at that time, this metamorphosis should happen most likely. Also, i really wanna know exactly what beirut is planning for linley

    thanks :]

  5. Thanks for the chapter!

    Seems Beirut really has some plans for Linley, he almost definitely intends for him to become a paragon, but he’s maybe even trying to make him a Soverign and also by not just fusing with a spark, after all Linley already felt the soverign’s power some time back deep in the elemental sea, maybe by becoming a paragon of sufficient Will power you can start to tap into that elemental sea of Soverign power thereby slowly raising to become one.

    Heck maybe Beirut even hopes for him to become a Soul Mutate as he gave him Mirage.

    Speaking of which anyone else think that will this flow Soul Mutates may be able to have a kind of Will of their own earlier than the paragon stage depending on the level of soul mutation? E.g 3-4 element soul mutation + 4-5 fused mysteries = Will? sort of like how you can advance through the ranks of deity by fusion of less mysteries.

    1. as I see it……maybe in this book….Linley will soul mutate and will be the first 4 element soul mutate in history…..just look on how they point about 4 element soul mutate on previous chapters…..thats why this book is titled metamorphosis……to point out linleys soul mutation of 4 elements….

    2. If he does soul mutate it will probably be another case where he has crazy increase of power in short amount of time and then suddenly fight on par with paragons.
      also what’s the go Linley, your a genius who’s lived for few thousand years, where’s the destruction clone. But I guess a four element mutate would make better story without throwing destruction into the mix

  6. I truly am interested in what beirut “goals” are in regards to linley.
    I mean, obviously he has a connection with bebe, but from the contexts of this chapter it seems that beirut has a “special” interest in Linley that has nothing to do with bebe at all. To even go as far as to “spare no expense”.

    And so the Plot thickens.

  7. Thanks for the chapter but I was wondering what you’re going to pick up after finishing coiling dragon. If you haven’t decided yet please take up Shuras Wrath!!! (I think it was done by the same author that wrote against the gods).

  8. Many thanks Ren for the wonderful translation and for creating wuxiaworld I am now currently reading 5 xianxia novels and doing this is a great source of joy for me . I have just binge read till now in the last few days extremely satisfying. I can’t thank you enough, my heartfelt best wishes for you in all your endeavors may you succeed and prosper.

  9. thank you sir for this chapter.
    One question: Why do I feel that I am reading a David Eddings books? Bluefire as in Belgarath teaching the Will and the Word to Belgarion. A reference to the Mallorean as in Ramshorn or is it ram’s horn? hmmmmm

  10. Dear WuxiaWorld, many thanks to the Author, Translator, Editor, Donor!
    Thanks so much for the chapter author IET, Ren, thundra, anonymous, Matt, and DE of the UK!

  11. Interesting that secret was really cool. I’m curious if its possible to push through and somehow gain will earlier. Meh. All I know is Linley needs to learn Destruction so he can fuse 5 types of energy into one. Four basic elements and one edict the amount of offensive power will be ridiculous.

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