Book 19, Chapter 52

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Book 19, Metamorphosis – Chapter 52, The Path to the Peak

Linley, in his heart, also wanted to get a clear understanding of his current strength. A Highgod Paragon like Bluefire was an incredibly rare ‘whetstone’ for testing himself. How would anyone else dare to exchange blows with the current Linley?

“Fine, then.” Linley laughed and nodded.

The nearby Reisgem and Bebe were very excited. Reisgem was the sort who loved to spread chaos. “Haha, a Paragon on one side, and a never-before-seen quad-power Soul Mutate on the other. Don’t hold back, you two, have a huge battle. Even if you destroy this cave, that’s fine.”

Linley just laughed. “No need. This battle is just for testing my strength. Mr. Leylin, for this battle, let’s only use our physical strength as well as the power of our Will. Let’s not use divine power or Sovereign power.”

“That’s a good idea.” Bluefire agreed with Linley’s suggestion. If Linley was too powerful or if Bluefire was too powerful and something occurred that was out of their expectations, that wouldn’t be good.

Outside the mountain, on the desolate landscape.

Linley and Bluefire were a hundred meters away from each other, while Reisgem, Bebe, and Reihom were gathered to one side, filled with eagerness. Bebe’s eyes were shining. “Reisgem, I’m willing to bet that my Boss isn’t weaker than Bluefire at all. He might even be stronger.”

“Who wants to bet with you?” Reisgem let out a snort. “Look, they are starting.”

Linley was dressed in a sky-blue robe, while Bluefire was dressed in a long white robe. The two beamed at each other, then began to attack!

Linley glided forth as agilely as the wind, almost dream-like, as multiple blurs emerged from him. As for Bluefire, he moved about so fast it seemed as if he was teleporting. As the two began to move, the three onlookers were badly startled. “Bebe, they are only using physical strength? Linley’s speed has reached such a ridiculous level.”

At this moment, Linley and Bluefire were moving at speeds slower than when Bluefire rushed over to save Linley, when he had hastened and even used Sovereign’s Might. Back then, with each movement, Bluefire had traversed multiple kilometers.

The current Linley was not relying on Sovereign power or divine power, just on his physical strength and the power of his Will.

“What a wonderful feeling.” Linley felt joy in his heart. “Just by relying on my physical strength and Will, my speed is so much faster than it was before. If I were to use divine power, most likely I wouldn’t be much weaker than Bluefire.” Linley’s control over the surrounding world made movement through it incomparably simple.

His speed was shocking. As the two moved, they began to exchange blows. The two simultaneously struck out with their fists…

“Rumble…” Linley’s fist shot out like a thunderbolt, slashing through the skies, resulting in that rumbling sound. Space was thrown into chaos, and one twisted spatial rift after another appeared.

“Smash!” Like a detonation, Bluefire struck out with his fist, and the power of it instantly exploded forth. The speed of his fist was much faster than even Linley’s punch, and a blurry flash of red light could be seen.

Two seemingly ordinary punches. Neither dodged at all; they clashed head on.

“Bang!” A deep yet soft sound.

“Rumble…” At the point of the clash, space itself was completely unable to further endure such terrifying power, and seven or eight spatial rifts instantly appeared.

Linley and Bluefire both couldn’t help but take a step back.

They were evenly matched!

“Haha, wonderful, wonderful. Linley, there’s no need for us to hide our divine power. Let’s have one wonderful, all-out battle.” Bluefire, who had always been so graceful and poised, for once was feeling excited. His eyes were shining.

“Then be careful.” Linley said with a bit of a smirk. “My fused divine power isn’t much weaker than Sovereign power.”

“I’m not necessarily the one who needs to be careful.” Bluefire said with a laugh. “You have fused divine power, but I will directly use Sovereign power.”

From their earlier exchange of blows, Linley understood that there wasn’t a huge difference between them; since that was the case, there was no need for them to not even use divine power. Without using divine power, this battle wouldn’t be fun enough.

The cold wind of the Planar Battlefield howled past, rustling Linley’s clothes. Linley’s gaze, however, was completely focused on Bluefire in front of him. “It has been so many years. Grandpa Doehring, I’ve finally reached the true peak of Deities. The true peak. The person in front of me is a Highgod Paragon.” His desire to battle increased to the limit, and Linley felt an irrepressible excitement.

“Rumble…” The inky jade divine power in Linley’s body began to roil about like dragons swimming in the sea.

Linley’s gaze suddenly became fierce.

“Swoosh!” In midair, a series of blurred figures appeared, while Linley himself had already began exchanging blows with Bluefire.

The space of the Planar Battlefield began to tremble, as one terrifying spatial rift after another was torn open. Previously, when Linley and Bluefire had only used their physical strength and Will to fight, the spatial tears were small ones. But now, every single spatial rift was like an enormous gouge. Two virtually invisible blurs were constantly interacting, and around them, spatial rifts occasionally opened and occasionally closed.

Reisgem, Reihom, and Bebe watched numbly.

Two Paragons fighting full force against each other with no reservations? This was quite rare.

“This…this…” Bebe, stunned, didn’t know what to say.

The space in front of them seemed to be quaking, constantly tearing apart and healing, due to the battle between Linley and Bluefire, these two supreme experts. It seemed as though in this area of battle, space itself was about to collapse. Reisgem and the other two now realized the huge distance between them!

Linley and Bluefire were titans. They were just infants.

“So powerful.” Reisgem cleared his throat, his eyes round.

“The power of Paragons!” Reihom held his breath as well, his gaze locked on that region. “And Linley. He isn’t weaker than Mr. Leylin at all.”

“No wonder Paragons treat fighting with me as a game.” Reisgem let out a soft sigh. Previously, when the four of them met Bayer, Bayer completely toyed with them; he wasn’t able to fight back at all. Fortunately, Bebe’s defense was simply too monstrous, which was why they were lucky enough to survive. But if Reisgem hadn’t insisted on protecting Bebe, Bayer would have driven Bebe into a spatial rift.

Irritate a Paragon?

Even if you had three Sovereign artifacts and were seemingly invincible, a Paragon could still drive you into a spatial rift. Unless a Sovereign were to intervene, you would be done for, and even if a Sovereign did want to intervene, it would be no simple task.

“A battle between Paragon-level experts. Only against each other can they completely unleash their power.” Bebe sighed in amazement. “Boss, you are too strong.”

“And this is quite bizarre.” Bebe suddenly frowned. “That region of space is fractured so badly, but it can still instantly repair instead of completely collapsing. How bizarre. The weird thing is…the Boss and Bluefire are actually not affected by the gravitational pull of those enormous spatial tears near them at all. They didn’t go into chaotic space.”

Reisgem and Reihom nodded slightly.

Normally, when experts battled, the spatial rifts wouldn’t be too ridiculous; if spatial rifts did appear, experts would avoid them slightly.

But Linley and Bluefire completely ignored the spatial rifts, and even battled at the very borders of them.

“That must be what their Will permits.” Reisgem said in a low voice. “When one’s Will is as strong as a Sovereign’s, even chaotic space poses no threats; they can roam it as they please.” After being trapped in chaotic space, only someone on the level of a Sovereign could save you. Paragons weren’t at that level yet. This was the Will of a Sovereign.

Their guesses were correct.

Linley could clearly sense that the control he had over the universe made it so that the devouring power of the spatial rifts were completely unable to affect him.

“Rumble…” He punched out, and 108 inky jade ‘dragons’ of power emerged from Linley’s fist, instantly covering Bluefire. A powerful gravitational force pressed down from all directions on Bluefire. This gravitational compression also contained the power of Linley’s Will, and was exceedingly strong.

For the pre-metamorphosis Linley, this technique was effective against ordinary commanders but was child’s play for a Paragon. But now…this technique was very dangerous against even Paragons.

“Swish!” Like a bolt of lightning, a red light flashed.

Bluefire’s fist was always astonishingly fast.


Their fists collided. Linley felt as though a volcano had exploded forth, as an irrepressible explosive power passed towards him. As for Bluefire, he felt as though the layers of strikes were like mountains hammering down towards him.

The two were knocked backwards and retreated.

“The battle should end here.” Bluefire sent mentally.

Linley laughed, then nodded.

This battle had attracted the attention of some nearby commanders, but when they saw what was going on here, and saw from afar how these apocalyptic spatial rifts that were over a hundred meters long were appearing, they were so terrified that none of them dared draw near. This battle was simply too terrifying.

They were also puzzled.

Which two Paragons would be so bored, or have such irreconcilable differences, as to battle like this?

Within the cave. The five sat down to celebrate.

“Boss, haha, I am so happy.” Bebe smugly laughed loudly. “From today onwards, damn, who will dare to make trouble for us? They should be grateful if we don’t make trouble for them. I’ve had to swallow too much crap here in the Planar Battlefield. Now, at least, we’re about to turn the tables.” It seemed as though Bebe wanted to give vent to an entire belly full of anger.

“Haha, drink.” Linley was extremely happy as well.

The breakthrough he had made today made it so that he would no longer have to look up to others.

What did it mean, to be on the Paragon level? It meant…that amongst ‘Deities’, there was no one capable of threatening him. As for Sovereigns? Unless absolutely necessary, Sovereigns wouldn’t interfere in the battles of Deities. What’s more…it wouldn’t be that simple for even Sovereigns to kill Paragons.

If something went wrong, Paragons could immediately flee to a material plane.

In addition, Sovereigns would generally try to pull Paragons to their side. The Sovereigns all wanted to have a Paragon become their Emissary, but the Paragons themselves were naturally quite choosy. They would only pick someone they liked, or someone who was extremely strong as their Sovereign backer. For ordinary commanders, it was the opposite; the Sovereigns would pick them.

As for Paragons, they picked their Sovereign.

Or, for some of the more arrogant ones, they wouldn’t become Emissaries at all. They didn’t want to listen to the orders of others. That was fine. Paragons were qualified to act like this!

“Linley.” Reisgem began to chortle. “Have you ever considered becoming a Sovereign’s Emissary?”

Linley was startled.

The nearby Reihom nodded in approval. “Right. Linley, your strength has reached such a high level. Very few people know this, but once your strength becomes publicly known, you will definitely attract the interest of some Sovereigns. They will definitely work to try and make an expert like you become their Emissary.”

“A Sovereign’s Emissary?” Linley was rather hesitant.

Bebe nodded repeatedly. “Right. Grandpa said it as well. There are very, very few Paragons, and most of them are quite arrogant. They don’t wish to become an Emissary. Paragons who become Emissaries of a Sovereign are rare; there’s only so many to begin with, while there are 77 Sovereigns. Boss, I imagine people will be fighting over you.”

Reisgem hurriedly said enticingly, “Linley, actually, my mother is a very powerful Sovereign, and she’s treated you quite well. She gave you that Soulstone. How about, you come be my mother’s Emissary?”

Linley was rather hesitant.

“Mr. Leylin?” Linley looked towards Bluefire, awaiting Bluefire’s advice. After all, Bluefire was himself a Paragon.

“Why be an Emissary?” Bluefire laughed calmly. “If you refuse to be an Emissary, the Sovereigns can’t possibly act against you for such a reason. After all, after your power is put on display, quite a few Sovereigns will come invite you. You can’t possibly accept them all. More importantly…after becoming a Paragon, what’s the point of becoming an Emissary?”

“We train to pursue the peak of perfection. Although by becoming an Emissary, our Sovereign will also respect us and won’t order us around or force us to kneel to them, I still feel as though being free is better.” Bluefire said calmly.

In his heart, Linley agreed with Bluefire’s way of thinking.

“A Sovereign’s Emissary isn’t necessarily a servant.” Reisgem stared at Bluefire, hurriedly rebutting him. “Of course Sovereigns won’t care about ordinary Emissaries, but Paragons…they are people who possess a Will. Sovereigns will respect them and treat them as friends, rather than servants.”

Bluefire couldn’t help but laugh. “Reisgem, let’s talk about others. This is Linley’s decision to make.”

“Linley, what do you think?” Reisgem turned to look at Linley.

Linley smiled. “No rush. For now, I have no intentions of becoming a Sovereign’s Emissary. More importantly…Paragons have already reached the peak of fusing profound mysteries, with no further possible areas of improvement. Perhaps they might become a Sovereign’s Emissary out of boredom. But as for me, I have many things to do. After all, as far as the Laws go, I haven’t reached my limit. I am just imagining, after countless years, becoming a Paragon of a Law as well. What would that be like? I am quite eager to find out.”

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187 thoughts on “Book 19, Chapter 52” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. “Hey dad, i know you wanted me to become at least magus of 7’th rank, so i went ahead and became Saint, then Demigod, God, Highgod, seven star fiend, asura and then paragon…. Hey, are you satisfied? Because i am not, gonna try becoming a Sovereign now dad ~~ Hahaha ~~”

        1. Which honestly bothers me. He needs to take a quick trip back to the Infernal realm and do those missions quick. With his current speed and power he should be able to get up to seven star within a year or two at the most. Like maybe missions that involve taking down local seven star fiends people want eliminated.

          Oh and he needs to beat them all with one punch and become known and the One Punch Fiend. XD

          Then he needs to go and beat down an asura just because he can and it’s a cool title.

  1. Thanks for the chapter!

    Linley hasn’t been tested against paragon soul attacks yet, although I suspect the result would be the same and it would at least be a stalemate. However, the rapid repair of the Azure Dragon Founder’s ring will probably render that problem moot. Plus, if a Paragon was to use Sovereign artifacts it’s possible their material attack might be stronger than Linley’s defense.

    So, there’s still potential danger in facing off against Paragons, but certainly he is capable of matching up against them with a reasonable degree of victory.

    If I was Linley my immediate action would be spend the next couple of hundred years in training and fully repair the ADF’s ring. Hopefully get an insight or two into more Laws (with the greater soul training speed is faster) and become even more OP, then join the Final Battle for badges to acquire a Sovereign defensive artifact and a Sovereign weapon artifact. A couple of centuries means nothing in terms of time and Linley will ensure he can match anyone he is likely to meet in battle.

    1. (Linley 3 Elements fusion) > (Paragon)

      (Linley 3 Elements fusion) =< (Paragon with sovereign might)

      (Linley 4 Elements fusion with "God" lvl fire clone) < (Paragon with sovereign might)
      Even thought it has more elements fused. That one low lvl fire clone make his power drop. Because it a bad ingredient compare to the other elements clones.

      (Linley 4 Elements Fusion all high-gods) = (Unrivaled) For now!

      1. You are forgetting a paragon with all 3 types of soverign artifacts. In terms of fighting ability he’s only a little above paragons and only has one actual soverign artifact.

        So there are still guys who can beat him in an all out fight. It’s just now no one but a soverign can one shot him like they could before. Even a fully equipped paragon would have to have a serious fight in order to beat him.

  2. You guys forgot something important. Something that was left unsolved in the previous book. I’m willing to bet , after all that has happened thus far, He’ll still find and kill Odin’s death clone. Well of course that is , after restoring yale and george’s memories

    Can’t wait for that to happen.

      1. I don’t know man, dude’s a psychopath, if i were yale i wouldn’t let it go so easily. the mental wound he received was anything but light, can’t see him not wanting to get back at him after what he had done.

      1. Oh right. My bad, just remembered he had already reached the saint level back when he was alive. Or was it demigod? Regardless he’s well past that time and is now alive and kicking in the netherworld. Thanks for the correction

        P.S. i changed my nickname. Hope that doesn’t confuse you.

  3. I don’t think he’ll fuse with a Sovereign spark, it would be way better if he managed to find the secret to becoming a sovereign through his own comprehension. Then he’d be more powerful than other sovereigns that fuse with a spark.

    1. I think it’s highly likely he will, though I wish it was otherwise.

      That there are a fixed number of sovereigns (7) for each element & edict implies it’s either not something that happens naturally, or that there can only be a fixed number of sovereigns. Add to that, we know there are 4 vacancies among the sovereigns and the heavy implication there sovereign sparks are in the Necropolis. Last, based on how it’s not worth it for Linley to fuse his god clone with his highgod clones because the difference in power levels make it a bad fusion, if Linley gets only 2 or 3 sparks, and runs into a particularly powerful sovereign foe, grabbing another sovereign spark for one of his highgod clones can serve as a powerup.

      He will be getting at least 2 sparks to begin with, otherwise it throws away his soul mutate advantage.

      1. This was already mentioned in a chapter in the past if I recall correctly. Something about the Sovereigns being the first beings or whatever and the sovereign sparks being scattered by the overgods or something, not sure but I know there was something about it.

  4. So Linleys 3 divine power fusion is the same level as Bluefiream curiois to see how strong Linleys 4 divine power fusion.

    Also any techniques Linley develops as he is only using raw power atm

  5. Spoiler alert:

    All the spoilers in the chat are completely wrong lol. I’ve read ahead and i know what happens and i wont soil but all im gonna say is get ready for some of linley’s badassary

  6. I’m contradicting myself by saying this, but it is a needed PSA

    If spoilers appear, do not respond to it.
    Any direct response to it hilight for others users, making more people to see it.
    If you comment on it, then you make it so new people can infer what it was after it was deleted.
    If it appears, just message Ren so he’ll delete it

  7. So it’s never even been mentioned let alone if it’s ever been achieved, but since a soul mutate of say Earth and Water can fuse the mysteries of Earth and mysteries of Water together, what would happen if he fused all 12 mysteries of Earth and Water and became some kind of super paragon? Now Linley isn’t even at full power for a 4 way soul-mutate (still needs to get fire clone to highgod level and then fuse with it) but he’s already paragon in stregnth so he’s already going to be untouchable by any sub-sovereigns when that happens unless there’s secretly some double paragon soulmutates out there or maybe if he has to fight the one guy that is a triple soul mutate and he could potentially fuse 4 entire laws together still so wow. I guess he’s eventually going to have to clash with whatever sovereigns killed the 4 sovereign leaders of the divine beasts clan.

    On the other hand I’ve been kinda disappointed with Bebe. He’s fallen far behind and is only somewhat relevant now by completely relying on the divine abillity he was born with.

  8. comments seem messed up here ren , did someone change the time for the site? It’s the only way i can understand how comments are appearing above comments that were already there

  9. The amount of sheer will he will have at his beck and call when all 4 of his divine clones have will and his original soul has will form soul mutating. Oh good lord. Plus the sheer amount of void rifts they made in what is supposed to be THE most stable environment. Rofl.

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