Book 20, Chapter 34

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Book 20, The Crown’s Riddle – Chapter 34, Hiding One’s Strength

At the peak of Mount Wiesel. The teleportation array lit up again and again.

“So many experts have appeared. They all have such terrifying auras! Far more powerful than even our tribe’s elder…can they all be Deities?” That Azure Steelwing Hawk quietly hid within the thick foliage, staring towards the distant mountain peak. This elf-turned-hawk, upon seeing the many Deities descended, had been terrified into motionlessness. Those two magical beasts that had been fighting fiercely were terrified into no longer fighting as well.

A group of Highgods appeared once more at the peak of the mountain. Just like before; the group was huge!

“If we add in this group, there has to have been more than ten thousand people already.” The young druid murmured silently.

This group of Highgods was led by a man dressed in a long white robe, with white hair and white eyebrows. His brows, however, were nearly vertical, and his eyes were as crafty as a fox’s. This person was someone Linley was quite familiar with; the Highgod Paragon of Wind, ‘Bayer’!

Just as Bayer began to order the people who had been brought over to advance…

Suddenly, a different teleportation array lit up.

“Eh?” The young druid was surprised.

In the past, each teleportation array saw more than a hundred people pass through. But this time, there were only two! A youth and a youngster.

“Although there are only two, judging from their look…that group of a thousand Highgods seems to be quite terrified of that youth and youngster.” The young druid could clearly see that the newcomer youth was face to face with the white-robed, white-haired, white-browed man. They were chatting about something.

These two were of course, Linley and Bebe.

“Bayer, don’t be so arrogant. It remains to be seen who will be the one to acquire the red caltrop diamond.” Bebe snorted coldly.

Bayer, in the Planar Battlefield, had engaged in a battle with Linley’s squad. It could be said that there was an old grudge between the two.

“Then we’ll just have to wait and see.” Bayer swept Linley and Bebe with an icy gaze. He knew that Linley and Magnus had dueled each other, and that Magnus had even been exiled into chaotic space. Thus, Bayer didn’t dare go too far either.

“Let’s go!” Bayer gave the order.

Immediately, that vast group flew away and departed, leaving behind only Linley and Bebe, who stood there at the peak of the mountain.

“I thought that we had moved quite quickly. I didn’t imagine that so many people would have already arrived at this Okerlund Plane.” Linley smiled slightly, then spread out his divine sense. Instantly, it spread out to encompass not just the two continents, but also the vast, endless sea. “This Okerlund Plane is quite large. Even Highgod Paragons would need to use Sovereign’s Might in order to cover the entire plane with their divine sense. If they don’t, they would at most be able to extend their divine sense to part of a continent, perhaps to a circumference of just a hundred million kilometers.”

Although Highgod Paragons had the power of Will, their souls weren’t that powerful; if they simply relied on their own spiritual strength, the amount of area their divine sense could cover wasn’t that large.

In the Planar Battlefield, if Highgod Paragons relied on their own spiritual energy, the area their divine sense could cover was very small. Only by relying on Sovereign’s Might were they able to extend it to eight thousand kilometers! When Linley used Sovereign’s Might, he could extend his divine sense to thirty-six thousand kilometers! But if he relied on his own spiritual energy, he could stretch to five hundred and twelve kilometers!

In a material plane? Linley could control his spiritual energy to cover an entire plane!

“Boss, did you find the red caltrop diamond?” Bebe asked.

Linley began to frown. “Huh. Strange!”

“What is it?” Bebe was a bit worried.

“The entire Okerlund Plane has more than ten thousand Highgods already. Bayer, Dunnington…quite a few Paragons have arrived as well. But there are only two Gods. Clearly, they aren’t Brodie.” Linley was completely puzzled. “In addition, I haven’t located the red caltrop diamond despite searching the entire plane. It might be hidden within an interspatial ring, making it impossible for me to find it.”

Even Sovereigns wouldn’t be able to locate items that were hidden in interspatial rings.

“Boss, Brodie’s not here, and the red caltrop diamond isn’t here either…could it be that Brodie has already left the Okerlund Plane?” Bebe said, worried. “Could it be that he just passed through here, so as to deceive his trackers?”

Linley frowned. “This is a possibility.”

“If we want to investigate as to what happened after Brodie arrived, the easiest way is to ask the Planar Overseer.” Linley swept the nearby courtyard atop the mountain with his gaze. “Now where did the Planar Overseer go?”

“Could it be that the Planar Overseer was already captured by others?” Bebe asked hurriedly.

“Planar Overseers generally aren’t that strong. Most are Gods, while a few are Highgods.” Linley’s divine sense encompassed the entire Okerlund Plane.

After his soul mutation, the strength of his spiritual energy far surpassed that of others using Sovereign’s Might, especially given that he had a Will that was even stronger than that of Paragons.

These other Paragons weren’t able to detect Linley spreading his divine sense out at all.

It was much like how Linley wouldn’t be able to detect it when Sovereigns spread out their divine sense.

“The Okerlund Plane…amongst Deities, aside from a number of Demigods and two Gods, everyone else is a Highgod.” Linley frowned.

As he saw it, the Planar Overseer should be one of the Gods or Highgods.

“Those two Gods…one is female, and her appearance is similar to many sculptures that are located throughout that continent. It seems as though she is that ‘Radiant Goddess’ whom they worship. As for that beastman, he looks like the ‘Beastgod’ carvings that exist in the other continent.” Linley understood that these two shouldn’t be Planar Overseers.

In the material planes…there were some churches that didn’t wholly worship any Sovereigns.

For example, in the Yulan Plane, there were those who worshipped the War God, O’Brien. In the Baruch Empire, there were many who worshipped Linley. Anyone who became a Deity would be able to use and enjoy the power of faith. The power of faith would improve one’s soul, and generally speaking, when training, one would be able to train much more quickly.

For example, when meditating on the profound mysteries, if one had a great reserve of faith energy, many profound mysteries that were originally very hard to understand might suddenly become clearer and more relatable.

But of course…

Faith energy was still an outside source of help. In training, one’s own strength was still the most important. For example, although many Sovereigns enjoyed the benefits of almost unlimited amounts of faith energy, in terms of the profound mysteries, they might spend countless years yet still be unable to become Paragons.

“Boss, that Planar Overseer might be a Highgod.” Bebe said.

“That’s possible.” Linley said with a frown. “But I’m worried about something.”

“Worried about what?” Bebe asked, puzzled.

“I’m worried…that the first people who arrived took away the Planar Overseer, acquired some important information from him, and then, to ensure the others wouldn’t gain that information, kill the Planar Overseer.” Linley had a hint of worry in his brows. He had already come at maximum speed.

But the others had been even faster!

“How could those people have moved so quickly? Boss, your speed far surpasses the speed of most Paragons.” Bebe mumbled.

“Most likely, those Paragons were brought by the Sovereigns directly to the teleportation arrays. I’m fast, but I’m far from being as fast as a Sovereign. As for those groups of Highgods, they are probably Highgods who were drawn from the armies stationed around the teleportation arrays.” Linley was just guessing, but he felt quite certain about his guess.

And in reality, it really was as Linley suspected.

Sovereigns cared deeply about the Overgod talismans. Thus, it would be normal for them to bring a Paragon with them in making haste to the teleportation array.

“Rumble…” The teleportation array lit up once more.

Linley glanced at it, frowning. “There really are quite a few people here. Bebe, let’s leave.”

A surge of wind-type divine power swirled around Linley and Bebe. The two transformed into green blurs, instantly disappearing into the horizon. Linley, the other Deities, and the Paragons…none of them noticed that not too far away, amidst the trees, there was that Azure Steelwing Hawk.

As they saw it, that was just a magical beast. They wouldn’t even glance at it.

“Wow, what sort of speed is this? Although that group of people was fast, I could at least still see them move. But those two…” The Azure Steelwing Hawk was completely stunned.

More than ten thousand Highgods had descended. Their awe-inspiring presence as they flew through the air completely terrified the Saint-level experts of the Okerlund Plane. Soon, the news regarding the ‘Descent of the Gods’ quickly spread out. The Radiant Temple was the first to receive this news, and the Radiant Goddess personally ordered that the forces of the Radiant Temple were to pay attention to their behavior, and that they weren’t to offend these mysterious figures.

As for the Radiant Goddess herself, she saw that vast group of experts as well.

Good heavens. She was a God! In a material plane, she was invincible! But every single one of those thousand-plus individuals were more powerful than her. Any one of them could annihilate the Radiant Church.

The territory of the Fogdeep continent was too vast, stretching millions of miles…a continent such as this, in the Infernal Realm, was nothing, but it was still thousands of times larger than the Yulan continent. The number of empires, kingdoms, and alliances within the Fogdeep continent came to a frighteningly large figure, and most people would never be able to traverse the entire Fogdeep continent in their entire lives.

At the eastern region of the Fogdeep continent. Atop Mount Liangya, within the Moulin Empire. A new estate had suddenly appeared out of nowhere atop the mountain.

Quite a few of the more intelligent people who lived around Mount Liangya immediately understood…that perhaps even Saints wouldn’t be able to suddenly create a new estate atop the mountain. Immediately, quite a few people began to climb up Mount Liangya, wanting to go meet the mysterious expert within the estate. They hoped to take this person on as their master!

If they could be guided by an expert, their futures would change.

Unfortunately…

The closer they drew to the estate, the more terrifyingly powerful the gravity became. Even the number one expert in the area around Mount Liangya, an expert of the ninth rank who had come in the hopes of taking on a master, found that upon reaching a distance of six hundred meters from the estate, he was unable to advance a single step further. From this, one could imagine how powerful the gravity was!

That expert of the ninth rank immediately sighed, “Such a terrifyingly powerful gravitational technique…this is definitely something which only Deities are capable of!”

Within the estate in Mount Liangya. Linley and Bebe were residing here.

Three full days! Linley could say with confidence that he had thoroughly searched the entire Okerlund Plane!

“I originally thought that Brodie would hide the red caltrop diamond deep in the seas, or deep under the earth. But now, it seems, my guess was wrong.” Linley shook his head. It was easy for him to send his divine sense into the empty air, but the deeper one went into the ground, the harder it became.

When his spirit sense had already stretched to cover the entire plane, not even Linley would be able to make it stretch to more than a million meters into the ground. It was simply too hard.

Linley had spent three days. It could be said that he had inspected every single part of the entire Okerlund Plane!

“Boss, can it be that Brodie really did just transit through here? He intentionally made multiple transits to fool people?” Bebe mumbled.

“Everything is possible! The simplest thing to do right now is to find that Planar Overseer. He definitely knows quite a few things.” Linley had no other options.

“But we don’t know that Planar Overseer.” Bebe’s eyes lit up. “Boss, let’s just ask around and see whose forces were the first to arrive, then go find the leader of that group. Boss, now that you’ve fused four types of divine power, your power should vastly surpass the power of a Paragon. If that Paragon dares to refuse to give you an explanation, then beat the crap out of him or even kill him, then have his subordinates hand the person over. Let’s see if they dare refuse!”

A four-way soul mutation. This had bestowed Linley with a Will greater than a Paragon’s.

In addition, his body was now almost as strong and durable as a Sovereign artifact!

Linley’s material attacks, in the past, had already been a bit more powerful than Magnus’. Now his body had dramatically strengthened, and his divine power had also strengthened tenfold! In terms of material attacks…Linley could absolutely lay claim to being the number one Deity!

“I might have the ability to kill Paragons.” Linley said with a frown. “However, this isn’t the time to reveal my power yet. If I were to pressure them with raw force and make it so that the Paragons of the Okerlund Plane were aware of my power, those Paragons would probably join forces against me out of fear!”

Paragons were invincible amongst Deities. This was a well-known legend!

But in the face of a never-before-seen four-way Soul Mutate, this legend regarding Paragons had been shattered! If the Paragons knew how powerful Linley was, and that they wouldn’t be able to fight him one-on-one, they would definitely form an alliance to block Linley! By then, the difficulty level for acquiring the red caltrop diamond would rise greatly.

The largest tree in the forest would attract the most wind.

This was a principle which Linley understood.

“Right now, what I need to do is continue to pretend that I am a Paragon. I can’t reveal too much power.” Linley laughed calmly. “Once the red caltrop diamond appears, I can show my power. By then, I would have already acquired the red caltrop diamond. It would be too late for them! I imagine…I’m not the only one searching for that Planar Overseer. The other Paragons are searching as well.”

“Boss, are you saying…?” Bebe understood.

“Join forces! Join forces with the other Paragons and force the Paragon who captured the Planar Overseer to hand him over and give us his information.” Linley’s divine sense was continually scanning the Okerlund Plane, and he immediately reached out directly into the mind of Dunnington. “And Dunnington…is the best person for me to join forces with.”


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66 thoughts on “Book 20, Chapter 34” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. I don’t think a bunch of paragons can even hold linley down for long. I mean he will be slowly killing them, while they won’t be able to harm him.

  2. Thanks Ren!

    ‘But every single one of those thousand-plus individuals were more powerful than her.’

    ‘was more powerful’? Since we are talking about ‘every single one’? I might be wrong, though ~~

  3. I wonder why there aren’t any Highgods in practically any material plane and even Gods are rare. Linley had faced trouble before because there were strong people that prefered to be kings there instead of powerless figures in other planes, so I wonder why every single Highgod chooses to go to a plane where they’ll be a nobody, instead of being the top dog in their plane.

    Not that it would make any difference whatsoever in how the plot would progress now that Linley’s that strong, but it’s just something that I’ve always found strange.

    1. They need someone to compete against in order to find that moment of inspiration on their road of cultivation. You can’t expect them to do that in the material planes where, by the time they become god, there isn’t much competition left there. Its like watching the same movie over and over again, you won’t get new ideas that way.

    2. There’s the perk of higher concentration of elemental essence so they could train faster. But it’s also b/c after a few millennia, they would get bored and would want to see other worlds (Linley felt this way I think). Of course, they probably know that it’s dangerous since the Planar Overseer explained that saints, demigods, gods, and high gods are prevalent like sands, but they probably didn’t think it was that dangerous until they go there.

    3. Also, those strong deities Linley encountered just escaped from the Gebados prison where carnage was everyday life. I think it was mentioned that only the kings in prison (like Bluefire and Odin) could enjoy luxurious stuff like fruits. So those escaped deities would stay to enjoy the luxury that they never had in prison. Of course, they also stayed for the Necropolis of the God. It wasn’t until Beirut said the NOTG won’t open for 10000 years that most of those escaped deities went to higher planes…

    1. I thought it was the case but the chapter with the Chief Sovereign of Light inquiring Linley about the 9 pearls made me change my mind.

      Remember, Beirut was somehow nervous back then. If he was the Chief Sovereign of Destruction, it shouldn’t have been the case: when the Chief Sovereign of Destruction appeared, everyone was respectful (and even the Chief Sovereign of Light’s behaviour changed).

      1. Couple of pages before it was said that. 4 Chief sovereigns of Destruction, Fate, Life and …(cant remember the last one), are the strongest, then go the other two Light, Darkness and finaly the last 5 water, fire, wind, earth and lightning.

        1. The 4 Sovereigns with Overgod artifacts that match the Edicts they are the using are strongest, the next is the Chief Sovereign of Light, because he is a Chief Sovereign AND has an OGA (though it doesn’t fit his Law/Edict).

          After that, the power of Sovereigns are based upon their status as Sovereign (so Chief Sovereigns are normally at the top).

      2. Oups, just noticed I replied to the wrong comment, I was answering to archimedes’ comment about Beirut being the Chief Sovereign of Destruction

        Anyway, that Descent of the Gods really brings back some memories about old good times EaterOfNovels! Linley was so weak by then…

  4. “But if he relied on his own spiritual energy, he could stretch to five hundred and twelve kilometers!”

    Is that supposed to say five hundred and twelve ‘thousand’ kilometers?

  5. I absolutely love this novel! been reading for the past month and have been neglecting my law studies because I can’t stop reading this!
    Im somehow happy that I reached the waiting stage at this point since final exams are coming. but still, sad that I can’t read as much as i want to anymore!

    Just wanna thank ren and all the donors! I still have alot to say but i know this will barely be noticed. thanks alot anyhow!

  6. and I could totally see linley becoming a sovereign on 4 elements! since the 4 divine beast were respectively water, earth fire and wind. right? with all clones being highgods they could fuse with each spark! and this is quite unlikely, but maybe he could also fuse all elements and somehow create an entirely new…overgod?

    1. Not an Overgod, but he could possibly fuse 4 types of Sovereign power and become a fearsome existence even for Chief Sovereigns. Do note that it was stated many times that Overgods are not people, and they never were people to begin with, they are personifications of the Fundamental Laws of the Universe (Life, Death, Fate and Destruction). They might take human form and interact with deities on special occasions, but they are not “alive”. The highest level attainable by any being on the multiverse is Sovereign (Chief Sovereign, actually).

      I might be wrong, though i’m fairly certain that this is indeed the case.

    2. He’s at least going to become a 4 way soul mutate sovereign <3
      Actually I've been feeling quite empty for a really long time. Ever since we got to the chapter in the the Yulan plane when someone (I think it was Bluefire or O'brien who said/thought it) said that Linely would have it easy training in the edict of destruction. I still wish that he will start learning it and somehow and become a highgod in it.
      Now that I think about it… Linely becomes a sovereign in each of the elements, trains in the edict of destruction, and then battles the chief soverign of light with Beirut (whom we can fangirl into the chief soverign of destruction). Beirut dies and… Linely absorbs his Devine spark, becoming the chief soverign of destruction. Then with his overbearing might he slays the chief soverign of light and because of reasons gets the overgod of destruction's overgod spark. Becoming the supreme ruler of overgods, soverigns and highgods_and_below through Bebe.

  7. Hm. I get the feeling that Linley will in the end of the story somehow make High God Clones of each other the other elements and edicts. And thanks to his main soul and 4 premier clones nourishing the others they will be capable of becoming paragon clones as well. And because of what we saw when Linley’s Fire clone was able to be nourished to change its soul to become like the others I”m guessing it should be theoretically possible for that to happen with any new clones linley makes. Would make sense. He fused 4 types and wiht 4 the energy is already black and has no color differential. Thus further souls and divine energy types would merely add to its sheer density and power.

    Thanks for the Chapter.

    1. There are several flaws within your reasoning:
      First of all, it’s impossible for him to absorb more sparks and training in more elements (At most, he could train in the Edicts of Destruction and/or absorb a different spark, no more than that). And second of all, even if he did absorb more sparks, it would be useless, since his Soul Mutation only goes for 4 Elements and might possibly be very dangerous (It might disturb the balance of the mutated elements of his soul if he were to absorb a new one, but ascertaining this possibility is in itself impossible, as no one would be crazy enough to actually try this method)

  8. liney is not actually a paragon yet, he shouldn’t think himself higher than those paragon just because of his luck in mutating 4 elements ~_~
    thank you for the chapter!

    1. you can’t ‘learn’ that stuff, you have to fuse with a beast core, witch linley actually did O.o
      so maybe he is a half-druid? since he is half magical beast to begin with.

  9. Thanks for the chapter!

    “But if he relied on his own spiritual energy, he could stretch to five hundred and twelve kilometers!”

    Should be:

    “But if he relied on his own spiritual energy, he could stretch to five hundred and twelve thousand kilometers!”

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