Book 20, Chapter 35

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Book 20, The Crown’s Riddle – Chapter 35, Coercion

The Okerlund Plane. Fogdeep continent’s eastern regions. Within the Wildfang Mountains. Dunnington’s forces from the Infernal Realm were stationed here.

Deep within the Wildfang Mountains, multiple palaces suddenly appeared overnight. Deep within one of the palaces, within a dark, gloomy hall that was lit up by flickering green fire light, there was a single person seated quietly. At this moment, someone walked into the main hall.

“Milord, I’ve already led those five hundred Highgods to do a thorough search of the entire Beastgod continent. We didn’t find even a trace of the red caltrop diamond though.” A muscular, tall, cyan-haired man dressed in a tunic spoke resignedly. As he spoke, he had a sour grimace on his face.

“The Fogdeep continent…I used up Sovereign’s Might and even searched underground, but found nothing.”

Dunnington, covered in a dark green robe, had an unpleasant look on his face. “Neither of these two continents holds it. How about this. You lead that group to the seas to continue searching carefully! Don’t just search deep in watery regions of the seas; even the mud and earth of the seabed needs to be searched thoroughly, until you reach the ends of the plane.”

“Yes, milord.” The cyan-haired man nodded, but by the looks of it, he was still acting in a fairly casual way before Dunnington.

“Milord…we don’t have that many forces. As I see it, quite a few people have already come, and the other forces have already covered the entire Okerlund Plane. When you agreed to help the Chief Sovereign of Destruction…when you brought us over, you should’ve brought some more soldiers.” The cyan-haired man said, worried.

“You worry about your matters. You don’t need to worry about these affairs.” Dunnington frowned.

“Yes.” The cyan-haired man, seeing that Dunnington was unhappy, immediately left, not daring to say anything else.

Dunnington sat there quietly, but he was quite frustrated as well. Upon arriving in the Okerlund Plane, he knew that the situation was terrible! Because there were simply too many Paragons who had come on this trip. How few Paragons did the countless planes of the universe hold? And yet, including Dunnington, nine had come to the Okerlund Plane!

Although there were twenty or thirty people ‘suspected’ of being Paragons…

Quite a few were hidden in remote areas or even hidden within material planes. Not even Sovereigns were able to locate those Paragons. Normally, it would be very rare for two Paragons to meet each other. Three Paragons being in one place was virtually inconceivable. Nine Paragons…it was only because so many Sovereigns were all interested in this matter, that so many Paragons had appeared in one place.

“With so many Paragons…once the red caltrop diamond appears, how could it be easy to acquire?” Dunnington secretly shook his head.

“Dunnington?” A voice suddenly rang out in his mind.

“Eh? Linley?” Dunnington immediately knew who it was and he chatted back through divine sense, “Linley, we haven’t met each other since you became a Paragon, right?”

“I just reached this level recently.” Linley laughed, then asked, “Dunnington, did you find anything out about the red caltrop diamond?”

“Nothing. Nothing at all. How about you?” Dunnington asked.

These two supreme Deities were thousands of kilometers away, but were able to chat casually through their divine senses.

“Me? You have eight hundred Highgods under your command but weren’t able to find it. Bebe and I are by ourselves. How are we supposed to?” Linley laughed with pursed lips. Linley didn’t want to reveal the fact that he was a Soul Mutate.

“Linley, I don’t want to criticize you, but given your status in the Four Divine Beasts clan, it wouldn’t be too hard for you to summon a few thousand people from the clan. With a few thousand subordinates, it would be much easier for you to search the Okerlund Plane. But you just came by yourself, with Bebe…” Dunnington sighed.

If one considered Linley a Paragon, the Okerlund Plane now had nine Paragons present.

But aside from the Paragons themselves, every single force had brought a large group of Highgods, generally at least a thousand or more.

“To lead forces from the Four Divine Beasts clan to the teleportation array would take too long. Those ordinary Highgods also fly much slower than you and me! If I did that, it would probably take me quite a few extra months to get here. During those months, I imagine the rest of you would’ve already found the red caltrop diamond. Of course I wasn’t going to wait, so I led Bebe and came.” Linley laughed.

Dunnington now understood.

The others had ordered for soldiers stationed around the teleportation arrays to assist them, and so hadn’t taken much time at all.

“Enough about that. Dunnington, do you think Brodie actually, truly left the red caltrop diamond in this Okerlund Plane?” Linley asked.

“I really am a bit suspicious, given that Brodie isn’t here in this plane.” Dunnington said. “Now, I want to find the Planar Overseer, but…I wasn’t able to. I imagine that the Planar Overseer should have been taken away by the Paragon of Fire, Ballmer [Ba’mo]. That’s because he was the first to arrive at the Okerlund Plane.” Dunnington said.

“Ballmer?”

Quite a bit of information regarding Ballmer came to Linley’s mind.

“Dunnington, the information which the Planar Overseer has is extremely important! How about…we join forces and coerce Ballmer to hand over the Planar Overseer. What do you say?” Linley advised.

“Coerce?”

A smile appeared on Dunnington’s face. “Good idea. I’m not confident in being able to act against Ballmer by myself…but if we join forces and pincer attack him, even if Ballmer doesn’t die, he’ll still suffer quite a bit. It wouldn’t be hard for us to exile him. I imagine that Ballmer wouldn’t want to suffer like that for no reason.”

“Fine, then. When should we join forces and go find Ballmer?”

Linley and Dunnington discussed this matter for quite some time.

Fogdeep continent. The Biers [Pi’er’si] Mountains.

The Biers Mountains were more than ten thousand kilometers long and hundreds of kilometers wide. They were like a sharp knife that just so happened to separate the Moulin Empire from the Bluemaple Empire. However, in the center of the Biers Mountains, there was an extremely deep gorge known as ‘Divine Punishment’. This gorge actually pierced through the entire Biers Mountains.

The people of the two Empires could pass through to the other side through this gorge.

The reason why this place was known as the ‘Divine Punishment Gorge’ was because, according to legend…two gods had battled here, and then, with one astonishing blade chop, carved a path through the entire mountain range, leaving behind this hundred-kilometers-long Divine Punishment Gorge.

But because the gorge connected these two empires, the two empires both set down many soldiers on each side. These two armies would often engage in battles over various problems!

“Rumble…”

The earth was trembling. Hoofsteps rang out unabated. Under the commands of the military officers, the two armies prepared their formations as they stared at each other.

Because these two empires didn’t share any other borders…this gorge was the only place where they did battle. They would even fight over the smallest of problems. The reason they did this was because both empires had subconsciously come to view the battles within the gorge as a place to train their armies. Only soldiers who had seen blood would truly be able to fight.

Every few months or every few years, there would be a major battle. Each time, tens of thousands of casualties would result. This was very normal.

After all, these two empires, even in the vast Fogdeep continent, were two fairly powerful empires, with populations that were in the tens of billions.

“Vanguard battalions, advance!”

A warrior dressed in golden armor was seated high up on the back of a completely black serpent. He gave the order.

The commanding generals of both armies both understood that there was no way the two empires would actually, truly fight each other. This was just a way for them to train their soldiers. But precisely because they wanted to train their soldiers…it made it so that over the course of the struggles, they would swear to surpass the enemy’s side.

Immediately, the two military formations began to wildly charge against each other.

“Swoosh!” “Swoosh!” Arrows filled the skies as the vanguards of each army burst towards each other in a flood. Blood immediately began to fly everywhere, and some of the young ‘chicklets’ who were experiencing war for the first time were so terrified that their legs went soft. Life…death…things were so simple on the battlefield. Only someone who experienced a life-and-death battle would become a true soldier!

Right at this moment…

Two figures appeared, flashing through the skies.

“Eh?” The supreme experts of the two armies all raised their heads, frowning in confusion. “Saints?”

“Linley, what are you sighing for?” It was Linley and Dunnington. They flew through the air, and Linley laughed as he lowered his head to glance at the battle going on within the gorge. “When I see these vicious battles, I think back to my home, the Yulan continent. However, the battles that go on here at the Fogdeep continent are clearly on a much larger scale than the wars of my Yulan continent, be in in terms of the numbers of soldiers or the numbers of experts.”

“Material planes…” Dunnington said calmly, “I was born and grew up in the Infernal Realm. I don’t know too much about these material planes.”

“Material planes are still quite interesting.” Linley laughed calmly. “Only, the Okerlund Plane is simply too populated.”

A continent that stretched to a circumference of a hundred million kilometers.

And the Yulan continent? It was, what, just thirty thousand kilometers or so. How vast the difference was!

As for the difference in population, it was perhaps a thousandth, or a ten-thousandth, of this continent’s. Naturally, the number of Saints in the Yulan continent was much lower as well. These two continents even had quite a few Deities.

“Ballmer’s residence is up ahead.” Linley laughed calmly.

“Right. Let me speak with Ballmer first.” Dunnington and Linley halted there in midair. Below them, not too far away, were a series of fiery red palaces.

Dunnington immediately spread out his divine sense to negotiate with Ballmer.

“Ballmer!”

“Dunnington!” The Paragon of Fire within a palace, Ballmer, immediately responded.

“Yours was the first group to enter the Okerlund Plane. The Planar Overseer should be with you, yes? We are all here for the red caltrop diamond. Everyone needs to compete fairly. You had best hand over the Planar Overseer. It wouldn’t be good for you to keep the information regarding Brodie to yourself.” Dunnington urged.

The only response to Dunnington’s words was a single, cold snort.

Dunnington’s face sank.

“Linley is next to me. We all hope that you will hand over the Planar Overseer.” Dunnington then said.

“Linley?” Ballmer sent back a loud laugh. “How laughable. You aren’t able to find the Planar Overseer, so you come searching for me? Let me tell you this; when I arrived at the Okerlund Plane, I didn’t see the Planar Overseer anywhere. Most likely, the Planar Overseer is somewhere else in the Okerlund Plane.”

The wind howled in the air above the Biers Mountains. Two figures stood tall amidst the wind. Dunnington gave Linley a glance.

“He refuses to admit it?” Linley laughed calmly.

“Right.” Dunnington laughed as well.

“I thought Ballmer was quite astute, but it seems…” Linley laughed, and Dunnington laughed as well.

The two had planned this out long ago.

If words wouldn’t work, then they would move to actions!

“Watch this.” Linley stretched his hand out, and a black sword appeared within it. With but a thought, he made it turn translucent.

“Break!”

Linley stared coldly downwards, then launched a sword attack. A terrifying, enormous azure sword light howled downwards, and the space below twisted, then tore apart like paper. The space and stones below were transformed into nothingness, and the Highgods within the palaces all fled in every direction in terror.

It was a spatial tempest!

What would’ve been a terrifying sword blow in the Infernal Realm had transformed into a terrifying spatial tempest here in a material plane.

Only a long time later did space return to normal.

But the mountains below Linley had completely vanished. The only thing remaining was a fathomlessly deep gorge.

Countless figures flew into the skies, with the leader being a cyan-robed, fiery-haired man. His eyes were filled with rage, and he stared angrily at the distant Linley and Dunnington. “Linley, why did you destroy my estate for no reason?”

Dunnington just began to laugh. “Why? Don’t you know?”

“Stop playing dumb.” Linley laughed calmly.

Although there were more than a thousand Highgods hovering there in the air, they didn’t dare to interfere. They just quietly watched as this scene unfolded. After all…it was three ‘Paragons’ speaking. Any of the three could effortlessly butcher them all.

“Hand over the Planar Overseer.” Linley said.

“Otherwise…well. You know.” Dunnington continued.

Ballmer’s face was red, and a fiery light flickered in his eyes.

“I told you. The Planar Overseer isn’t here!” Ballmer shouted angrily.

“More lies.” Dunnington shook his head and sighed. “Linley, looks like we have no other options.”

“We really don’t.” Linley laughed, and then, quite casually, he said, “Let’s act!”


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65 thoughts on “Book 20, Chapter 35” - NO SPOILERS

  1. Thanks for the chapter!

    Wow… This might be one of the first times Linley acted wrongly against a person he had no qualms with. But I’m sure someone will remind me of something.

    1. That time when Linley went to kill the guy who left Reynold to die … he killed a bunch of bystanders. He also killed a bunch of bystanders when he fought Magnus.

      1. I guess it isn’t really that casual of a thing. I mean, not everyone would swear an oath for whatever reason.. I take it as a last measure, something you’d only do when faced by a sovereign.

        Or.. it could be ignored just to make things more exciting! If oaths were the norm between people, there won’t be any chance of trickery in the world of deities which would be quite boring.
        You know, I bet we would all be like “Oaths, oaths, oaths.. This novel isn’t very interesting.”

    2. Also there was Clayde’s countless soldiers, two sons, his concubine (who if I remember correctly just kind of said “what’s going on?” And Linley gruesomely decapitates her. Linley was an **shole, but this guy he’s fighting is the product of an ***shole resurgence. Sorry Ren for language!

    1. but…but… grandpa doe 🙁 *sniff* *sniff*
      plus I think since Linley doesn’t really have any equals now, Linley is sorta itching to fight paragons without being revealed as being op so that paragons won’t all team up against him hehe 😛

    2. 1) That fire guy kidnapped a god that was just doing his job, and Linley want to save him,
      2) Back in the infernal realm, Linley was actually going to give the dude a good life and not kill him unlike the guy now lost in space forever.

    1. Beirut’s friend, the #1 expert of the Starmist Sea’s excluding the sovereign, the guy who hypnotized Elder Forhan and revealed his treachery (this is where we encountered him previously), suspected person who made the soul strips for Bebe.

    1. technically i think it is but not in the way your are thinking. i think it is just a burial ground for the ancestors of the 4 divine beasts which just so happened to have died during the last overgod mission.

      1. I don’t think it has anything to do with the overgod mission, but rather, the 4DB that you mentioned.

        Burial grounds–> Has to has something to bury to remember–> possibly soveriegn sparks?

        1. 6th. Cause after each mission someone got an overgod artifact right? so the 4 edict chiefs all have one. thats 4. Chief of light has one, thats 5. now this mission. six.

    2. Doubt it. This plane is on a worst situation then Yulan plane.
      Yulan Plane: Beirut vs Radiant’s 12 wing angel army vs random asura level high gods.
      Now: 9 Paragon level fighter, 8 of which have armies averaging 1000 high gods

      Yes, Yulan plane had 4 other land, but from the looks of it, it seemed to be more 1 sovereign instead of everyone in this case.

    3. dont think so. It been said i believe that it been over a milliion year(or probably much more then that) since the last Overgod mission. and it only been 13k+ year since that Major war in yulan plane.

  2. I think Paragon of Fire says true!
    Only he says that Oversee isn’t here! He can be already dead or in another place!
    So you need ask right questions! The same as Wind Paragon and Linley, if Paragon asked does Linley have soul beads, Linley only option would be saying truth 🙁

    1. Don’t you mean Wind Sovereign? Don’t remember if it was stated if was paragon as well or not.
      And no, Asking about The beads wouldn’t work since Linley didn’t know what the beads were at the time.

    1. Soul Mutates have mutated souls. Highgod soul mutates have souls that are more powerful than ordinary highgods, even commanders. They would be comparable to Paragons, able to scout other highgods without being detected, for example. They would also have greater range, as well as being superior in all ways. But Paragons would still be more powerful than two-element soul mutates, unless they reach a level close to being Paragon themselves. Linley is superior because he is a four-element mutant.

  3. Thanks for the chapter RWX and RK of Texas! Dear WuxiaWorld, many thanks to the Author, Translator(s), (Editors), (Donors) for the awesome chapter! With lots of love, Jack ❤

  4. If I were Brodie, I would go to the material plane, pay the Planar Overseer a generous bribe AND make him swear an oath to keep a secret, then teleport back to the Infernal Realm or some other place. After that, just take his wife to a city and live happily ever after … for about 5 chapters before Linley passes by on a tour and coincidentally discovers him while doing a casual scan.

  5. Thanks for the chapter.

    Why do they keep assuming Paragons are invincible?
    Did everyone forget about Possbility of Soul Mutation Paragons.

    Yes, 4 way should be impossible, but what about 2 way paragons? It noted that with laws fusions, having 2 laws completely fused into 1 would be stronger then paragon fusion as well.

    1. But the difficulty would also be tremendous. And there hasn’t even been a mention of a Commander-level Soul Mutate, so we can imagine those who manage to train to that level are really few. Also, each person has a dominant element, which they might be able to train to Paragon in. But the second one would be a lot more difficult. For example, Linley fused 4 mysteries in Earth within a few thousand years. To reach the same degree of fusion in Wind would take a lot longer. If he took 100,000 years to reach Paragon in Earth, how long would Wind take? Magnus said it should be impossible to reach Paragon level within 1 million years and most of them do it over a few trillion years. How long would a second take, if at all possible? Plus, fusing two mysteries of different elements would be even tougher. Anyway, I really want a battle between that three-element Mutate versus Linley. One has more elements, the other likely has more fused mysteries. A high-level regular Mutate would be fun too.

  6. It because of the sheer amount of time and talent it takes to become a paragon. In fact remember there are less paragons than there are sovereigns. That says something. Soul mutates have a harder time becoming paragons because not only do they have to fuse the laws within a single grouping they also have to fuse two groups together. Its very long and arduous process.

    Thanks for the chapter.

    1. Actually you just have to fuse all the laws in a single element to become a paragon. If anything it’s easier for mutates to reach paragon since they have a stronger soul and therefore gain insights faster.

  7. “Any of the three could effortlessly butcher them all.” You know I’m actually glad to see you use -ly for once.
    I didn’t feel like talking about it until I saw this but.. In many many instances before, you totally neglected this poor suffix to the point I doubted my own grammar.

    A random instance off the top of my head (not too sure tbh) is when Linley fused “Slow and Fast” and “effortless” killed thousands of those things.

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