Book 20, Chapter 7

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Book 20, The Crown’s Riddle – Chapter 7, Olivier

Linley traversed Dragon Avenue, flying downwards and quickly arriving outside the Skykrite Mountains. He saw Olivier there, floating in the air outside the mountain range.

Next to the location where Olivier was hovering, there was also a flourishing ironbark tree. Its lustrous, knife-like metallic leaves, under the light of the Blood Sun, seemed terrifying. As for Olivier, his black and white hair was tousled and rather mussed. His face was ashen. He seemed quite dispirited. In front of him was a black-haired youth.

“What happened to Olivier?” Linley, seeing this, couldn’t help but frown. “He seems quite depressed.”

In Linley’s mind, Olivier was an expert who always strove to reach the peak and who wasn’t afraid of loneliness. Even when in the most dire of situations, Olivier shouldn’t be the sort of person to grow depressed and give up. Thus, the scene in front of Linley puzzled him.

“Elder Linley, that’s the person who claims to be your friend, ‘Olivier.’” The warriors of his clan reported respectfully.

“He is indeed my friend.” Linley smiled then flew towards Olivier.

Olivier had noticed Linley as well, and he couldn’t help but fly towards Linley while squeezing out a smile. It was still quite a stroke of karmic luck for two people of a similar age from the same homeland to meet each other here in the Infernal Realm.

“Linley.” Olivier forced a smile.

“Haha, Olivier…after the last time we parted, a thousand years has passed without us meeting again.” Linley said with a laugh, and then looked towards the youth next to Olivier. “Oh, Olivier, the youth next to you is…?” Linley realized that there seemed to be a rather baleful aura coming from the youth’s forehead, and he seemed quite cold and emotionless.

Olivier took the youth’s hand, then turned and glanced sideways at Linley. “This is my son. Deia [Dai’ya].”

“Son?” Linley was slightly startled.

Olivier had actually gotten married? Olivier had always pursued perfection, and he had never had a wife.

“Uncle Linley.” The cold youth, ‘Deia’, bowed fractionally as he spoke.

“Excellent.” Linley laughed and nodded, then said to the nearby Olivier, “Olivier, don’t just stand there. Come, come to my place. Let’s chat slowly once we get back. Haha, it has been so many years since I have seen you. You even have a son…and you’ve become a Highgod. Excellent.”

Linley laughed as he spoke, then flew alongside Olivier back to his own residence.

Moments later, they arrived at Linley’s residence.

“Elder!” The guards in front of the residence’s gates all saluted respectfully, their eyes filled with a hint of veneration. There were many warriors who were willing to be a guard for Linley’s residence. To be a guard for a Highgod Paragon? This was something one could feel very proud of.

“Deia, come in.” Linley laughed as he spoke to the cold youth.

Seeing how Deia acted, Linley sighed in his heart. “In the past, Olivier was quite cold as well. I didn’t expect that his son would be even colder than him, with such a strong, baleful aura, as though he is about to kill someone.” Still, Linley understood that it wasn’t that Deia was being disrespectful to him; it was that Deia had been like this ever since he was born, and so it was only natural that he had become like this at all times now.

After entering the residence.

“Heeey…Olivier?!” A large group of people was in the grassy courtyard, and Bebe, who was chatting loudly with everyone else, called out in surprise as he saw Olivier.

“Olivier. Long time no see.” Reynolds laughed as he walked over to greet him.

“Olivier.” Wharton and the others who were on friendly terms with Olivier all walked over. In the past, Olivier had stayed at Dragonblood Castle for quite a long period of time, and he was quite familiar with many of the people who lived there. “You all came?” Olivier was very surprised as well. All he could do was continue to force a smile as he greeted these people.

A large group of people immediately surrounded Olivier and Deia.

Linley watched this calmly, musing to himself, “Olivier seems to be rather…off.”

Surrounded by so many people, Olivier had no choice but to chat with them.

“Father.” Deia tugged at Olivier’s hand slightly, clearly not accustomed to being surrounded by so many people.

“Enough, everyone, let’s break it up. There will be plenty of opportunities to see Olivier in the future. Olivier just returned. Let him rest a bit.” Linley said with a laugh. Immediately, the group slowly broke apart, and Linley then walked to stand next to Olivier. He asked softly, “Olivier, is there something on your mind?”

Olivier glanced at Linley, then shook his head. “Nothing.”

Olivier clearly didn’t want to discuss it!

Seeing the response, Linley didn’t pursue this line of questioning. Laughing, he said, “Then stay here at my place. We have many people here…it will be more lively.”

“Fine.” Olivier laughed and nodded.

And then, Linley left as well.

Within a large, empty courtyard. Deia was seated at the corner of a stone table. The stone table was covered with fruit and food, and Deia was silently eating some of it, not chatting with the others at all.

Wharton, Reynolds, and Olivier were all seated together.

“That’s the way Deia is. He likes the quiet.” Olivier explained.

“This is a problem with your child raising methods.” Wharton chortled.

Olivier forced out a laugh, but didn’t discuss this any further. He suddenly looked around, then said, puzzled, “Wharton, Reynolds…when I originally came to the Four Divine Beasts clan, didn’t Linley’s group live in that large gorge? But on this visit, I can tell that Linley’s estate is now incredibly luxurious and takes up a large space. It is quite eye-catching. What’s going on?”

A person’s residence would be commensurate to their status.

Naturally, Olivier would be puzzled as to why someone would have such a large residence within the Four Divine Beasts clan.

“You haven’t met with my Third Bro in over a thousand years. The past thousand years, however, Third Bro has gained strength faster than ever before.” Reynolds laughed.

“Oh?” Olivier was very surprised.

“I’ll tell you.” Reynolds laughed, then began to explain. “Let’s start from when the Four Divine Beasts clan escaped their crisis. The eight great clans were pressing down upon the Four Divine Beasts clan from right outside the mountains…” Reynolds explained everything, including the events in the Netherworld, the events in Tartarus, and even what Linley had done in the Planar Battlefield. He explained it all in one go.

“Paragon?” Hearing that Linley had become a Paragon, Olivier’s eyes turned completely round.

Wharton added, “But of course. During the Planar War, my big brother actually dueled another Paragon named Magnus, right there in the center of the Stellar River’s corridor. While being watched by countless soldiers and many commanders, my big brother gave Magnus a kick and forced him into chaotic space. Hey! Olivier, why are you leaving?”

Olivier, hearing this, actually rose to his feet and hurriedly walked away.

“That’s weird…” Reynolds didn’t understand.

Olivier walked right next to Bebe, saying frantically, “Bebe, where’s your Boss?”

Bebe laughed and pointed to the distance. “He’s in that building over there. My Boss is right there.”

“Thanks.” Olivier hurriedly moved in that direction, his body flashing forward, reappearing before the building.

Bebe, puzzled, frowned. “My Boss is right there, just a few hundred meters away. Why use divine power to fly? It would only take a few seconds to walk that distance. What’s the rush?”

Olivier pushed open the door to the study of that building, then walked in. He immediately saw Linley, who was currently reading a book. Linley, puzzled, lifted his head, then laughed, “Oh, Olivier?”

Olivier took three steps forward, walking to the center of the study.

Suddenly…

Olivier knelt down, his knees striking hard against the stone floor with a ‘bang’ sound. Olivier’s face was solemn, and his eyes were filled with entreaty. “Linley, you have to help me!”

“Rise, quick, rise.” Linley was completely stunned by Olivier’s actions. Waving his hand, he sent a surge of Will-infused divine earth power forward, lifting Olivier up. Olivier looked straight at Linley, who hurriedly said, “Don’t be like this. If there’s something you need, just tell me. I will definitely help you.”

Linley walked out from behind the reading table, hurriedly moving to stand in front of Olivier, then pulling Olivier to sit down at a nearby chair. Linley sat as well. “What is going on? Tell me.”

Linley had known as soon as he had seen Olivier today that Olivier seemed to be a bad situation. But Olivier wasn’t willing to discuss it, and so there was nothing Linley could do.

“This matter…when speaking of it…” Olivier smiled bitterly as he spoke. “Linley, in the past, when I left Dylin and the others to adventure alone, I did indeed make a breakthrough while walking that line between life and death. My divine light clone reached the Highgod level. And then, while taking on a Fiend mission, I met Diana [Dai’na]! Diana was also a lone traveler who had taken on multiple missions. During that dangerous mission, the two of us quickly grew close, and then Diana and I became husband and wife.”

Linley nodded slightly.

It was indeed quite normal for two lone travelers to marry each other and become husband and wife.

“Roughly twenty years ago, Diana and I had children. A pair of twin boys; Deia and Leya [Lei’ya].” Olivier sighed. “Everything was beautiful. The four of us lived a life of peace. Diana and I were both Highgods, and so we were able to guarantee that Deia and his brother would live safe lives…but when Deia was five years old! A man named Bonin [Bo’ning] led a group of subordinates over. When he found us, do you know what he said?”

Olivier’s eyes were filled with rage. “He said…Diana was his wife!!!”

Linley was stunned.

“This man named Bonin told Diana to go with him! Of course we weren’t willing, but he had tens of subordinates, all of them Highgods. My wife and I weren’t able to resist at all! But Diana and I would rather die than agree. But this Bonin threatened Diana…he said that if Diana left with him, he would spare me and our two sons! If Diana refused, then he would kill me and our sons.” Olivier’s eyes became filled with murder as he said this.

“This Bonin….he gave me a chance to fight him by myself. If I was able to beat him, he would let us go.” Olivier clenched his fists. “But…I lost! I was far from being a match for him!”

Linley sighed in his heart.

Olivier explained it in a very simple manner, but Linley could completely imagine what that scene was like. A man who wasn’t even able to protect his wife and children, and had to watch as others took them away, that sort of pain and grief…

“For the sake of myself and my two sons, Diana left with him!” Olivier’s tears began to fall.

There were many unjust things in this world. If he, Olivier, was a supreme expert, he could have effortlessly killed this enemy. But he wasn’t a supreme expert. Or at least…he wasn’t for now! Thus, all he could do was watch as his woman left with someone else!

“But Diana was wrong!” Olivier said furiously. “That Bonin was a bastard!!! He actually didn’t spare me and my children. After taking Diana away, he sent people to kill us.”

Linley’s face changed.

Bonin had first promised to spare Olivier and his children, so as to coax Diana away. But then, he had sent people to kill Olivier? This was indeed excessively vile.

“Haha…” Olivier just laughed coldly. “What he didn’t know…was that after he took Diana away, I immediately left with my sons, and then I began to fuse with a darkness-type Highgod spark!” By then, Olivier had already reached the Highgod level in his divine light clone, but his divine darkness clone was still at the God level. Of course, he had already comprehended five profound mysteries, and was only missing the final one.

If he were to train normally, in just a few more centuries, Olivier would’ve broken through on his own.

But…

He wasn’t able to wait any longer!

Olivier needed to get revenge! In addition, he was a Soul Mutate; even if he fused one divine spark, the other divine clone was one which had broken through on its own. Given that he had the soul of a Soul Mutate, he would still have a chance to fuse profound mysteries in the future.

Because Olivier had already comprehended five mysteries, the process of fusing with a divine spark was naturally quite fast. In a few short months, he had succeeded.

“Those people were able to locate me, though, and they pursued me and my children and attacked us. By then, I had already fused the divine spark. By using fused divine power and two profound mysteries I had fused long ago, I killed them! Kill them all!” Olivier growled. Even before becoming a Deity, Olivier had already sensed that there were areas in the Laws of Light and Laws of Darkness that were compatible, and had fused a profound mystery from each.

Centuries earlier, Olivier had succeeded.

After fusing with a divine spark, Olivier had access to fused divine power and fused Laws. Olivier’s power had increased exponentially, and he became comparable to a Seven Star Fiend.


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72 thoughts on “Book 20, Chapter 7” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. I didn’t expect Oliver to have a sad story too, well that Bonin guy is dead for sure now! I hope Linley would let Olivier kill Bonin in the end, like he did with Yale and Odin
      Thanks for translation! 🙂

        1. At least the explanation about Soul mutates means he won’t experience the normal disadvantage of fusing with a spark. First off he didn’t have a spare clone to keep studying new elements, so fusing only advanced his dark element, and the description says that as a soul mutate that naturally reached high god with one element he will still be able to fuse profound laws. Plus, rival in the past he may be, but as a 4-way soul mutate Linley is far and beyond superior to Olivier forever now, because Olivier chose to take option 1 when becoming a demigod in one of the elements, eliminating the option of studying more than two.

        2. I was hoping olivier can be a mutated paragon he would have been powerful .. so they can be a paragon trio with bluefire . … one talent waisted .. ohhh and maybe beirut would send linley to d NOTG first bfre he goes nuclear in the light plane

  1. Thank you.
    At least something to distract Linley from the [Radiant Sovereign] issue. Go linley, kick them ass. Olivier is your half brother. You are 4 soul way mutate, he is 2 way soul mutate. Show them all you can have another clone with Destruction attribute. They said you people with soul mutate can’t create anymore clone? What about olivier. Olivier start with 0 clone when he soul mutated but still able to create clone. Show them those rumors are false. For the sake of FOur Divine Beast Ancestor. Since the Anscestor dead, they freely spread the rumor. Punished them all.

    And I hope Mr Beirut prevent Linley from going into Divine Plane of Light. At least go with your weakest clone for sacrifice. If you’re so sure the Sovereign won’t kill you.

    1. he wont you know linley had many chances to desposit his water clone somewhere safe in the last few books but never does. nor does he use the water clone. but who knows mabey beruit will suggests this feet of common sense. these chapters are so slow, gota stop reading them for a month or 2 than i can just finish it with out waiting…..

      1. Beirut already seems to have a plan for Linley, remember how he and Bluefire protected him through the Planar Wars and continued to change their plans based on whether he survived or not?

        Beirut refused his entry to the Necropolis of the Gods based on a lack of power, so I hope that after Linley helps get revenge with Olivier, which should happen based on Linley’s personality, Beirut tells him that he should wait to visit the Chief Sovereign of Light until after he has completed the Necropolis of the Gods.

        As for the Crown, I don’t know anything about it, but hopefully Linley decides to ask Beirut about it, and/or reaches High God with Fire and then actually experiments with pushing divine power or spirit power into it instead of just staring at it like a dummy and announcing that it is a broken mystery. If it really is an Overgod artifact then it probably won’t do anything, but if it is a Sovereign artifact then it would have an effect of some kind.

        I really hope that Mirage has some amazing effect when he forces all for elements of his Divine power into the sword at the same level of power. Once he is High God all around I will be mildly upset if he doesn’t remember that Mirage was made perfectly for him and push the combination into it to discover amazing powers.

        The main question as far as plot development in my head now; Who besides Sovereigns, Paragons, and powerful three-way soul mutates, would actually be a challenge for Linley? I’m assuming the Necropolis of the Gods must be filled with some kinds of monstrously powerful God and High God beings, but Bluefire went in prior to being a Paragon and survived. He may have only made it through a couple levels though and then given a report to Beirut about how he couldn’t do it, but if Beirut has full knowledge of the inside of the Tower, then that would be pointless and Bluefire must have been sent inside for some other reason. I’m hoping that the Necropolis of the Gods is the next major challenge for Linley, and happens before he confronts the Chief Sovereign of Light.

        All the above information is based solely on predictive abilities brought forth by reading the books up to the currently translated chapter. If anything is a spoiler, or sounds significantly spoilerish it is entirely coincidental and not purposeful or done with prior knowledge of it being a spoiler.

    2. I do believe that Linley is capable of making a mutated soul clone of Destruction, but as Linley protected by plot armor all the way despite all the impossibilities, Linley is also limited by plot projection as there’s only two volume left and I believe the remaining volumes will be how Linley manage to get 4 sovereign sparks for his current clones. You must also remember Mirage is made of 4 laws sparks, the plot projection strongly hints that Linley will not add another clone, making this speculation moot.

      1. This could go both ways. The book has mentioned time and again that Linley, because his soul took on the shape of a sword, has the potential to study the laws of destruction. Nobody else has ever mentioned this to him though, and from the very beginning he barely went out of his way to study fire when he thought he had an average ability to study it, and only started studying Water after the ancestral baptism. It’s always possible that at some point in the last couple books he learns he has the ability to study destruction, and then a time skip gives him a destruction clone.

        I, however, think that at this point he doesn’t need it, since plot wise he could already become the most powerful character ever. Also, he’s a 4-way soul mutate, and it would be odd for him to study something new when he has all that studying to do for those four elements. Plus, I think that it was mentioned somewhere in one of the books that a soul mutate is amazingly powerful, but also limited to studying the elements that they were studying when they mutated. That might be wrong though, or retconned through forgetfulness after 20 books.

        Whatever the case may be, if Linley does or doesn’t learn Destruction type profound laws, I feel like it won’t have any affect one whether someone is almost as powerful as him at the end of the story or not.

      1. Yeah. She is stolen but Linley isnt furious about that at all. He even defended him against Gislason. Sigh… There is really something wrong with Linley. And he wants to go to Divine Light Plane with the hopes that he wont kill him, ‘facepalm’…

        1. What are you talking about, Linley wiped out the entire Radiant Church because he was furious they stole (and killed but didn’t kill) his mother. After thousands of years he finally found out she’s still alive so happiness destroyed the other emotions he’d had three thousand years ago and caused him to realize that the only thing he could maybe do to a sovereign was ask a question, which would be extremely dangerous in this case.

  2. Remember friends and fellow readers, when one becomes powerful one becomes a lofty figure. If you went and helped everyone in need you would end up killing everyone as everyone would want revenge for those killed each time. In the end there would be no one left. Plus it would take waay too long for him to wipe out all the people of the entire Infernal realm let alone the multiverse. Though I would love to see him try.

    One thing I am rather curious about is space. There really is never any mention of it. I’d be interested to see them go adventure in space after heading to a material plane. Then try to adventure in the sky of a higher plane. After all are not higher planes merely massive planets? Or are they actually planes of existence, because if they are actual planes of existence then would they not be infinite? If they are simply massive planets in another dimension then what else could there be off planet? Food for thought.

    1. You go to far in one direction you will run into chaotic space. Up, down, left, right, eastish, westish, southish, or northish you will eventually hit chaotic space. Also the higher planes are much much bigger than our own earth as well. I mean the planer wars area was even bigger than earth.

    2. I imagine the planes like giant fish tanks (I mean huge considering some are several millions kilometers to billions or trillions of kilometers, like the infernal plane.) with the bottom being the land and the sky being in the middle and celestial objects in the top.

      Between the planes were said to be chaotic space with countless planes slowly drifting within the chaotic space, as said a while ago (when beirut was explaining some stuff when the gods escaped from the yulan plane prison), as it is possible for highgods to survive shortly in chaotic space and attempt to move to a different plane.

    3. I picture the material planes being flat surfaces being surrounded by the void, which makes the space thing impossible. Flat surfaces, because of the word planes (like olden days belief of go so far and the world ends) and the void because its constantly mentioned about the void space and it being impossible for highgods to survive there, with a few exceptions. It’s hard to guess though, the lack of description can be excruciating at times. The lack of description on the higher planes and the planar battlefield in particular has annoyed me at times.

  3. Thanks for the chapter.

    I’m going to be the odd one and say I actually liked this chapter. It’s the first chapter in forever that I haven’t found incredible, and it’s got me feeling something (hate for Bonin, sympathy for Oliver), which is something Coiling Dragon hasn’t done for me in ages. It beats the main arc, which is pretty much just repeating itself over and over which makes things predictable and boring, and just has me thinking about forgetten things while reading (such as Barker, Haeru and Wharton and no highgod spark).

  4. one thing make me frusrating about the whole story since book 3 untill this moment linley has been driven by haterd and revenge “revenge this revenge that” can’t be there another thing other then revenge?

    1. Something other than revenge?

      Marijuana and cocaine.

      Linley becomes a drug kingpin, using his authority as an Elder of the Azure Dragon Clan to start a massive inter-planar drug cartel. They hook people by saying that their ‘medicinal powder’ improves reaction time – perfect for life or death fights – and their ‘mystical incense’ will lead to surprising revelations when contemplating the Laws.

      Azure Dragon powder and incense! Fight like a dragon! Paragon approved!

      1. Let’s be honest here, what else do you think a Xianxia MC will end up in real life if not a kingpin of a criminal cartel?

        All Xianxia MC are musclebrains who thinks that everything are solved by violence, which resulted them being hunted by the “authorities” (important family or state/city militia influenced by their victim) for their “excessive self defense” and begin to cultivate power in the “underworld” (whatever exotic environment the author can think of where MC able to get impossible power) before they mass power enough to eradicate those who oppose him and build an organisation that focused on abuse of said power.

        Let’s not forget that their main ethos is homo homini lupus, and their cultivation of power is parasitic in nature (robbing and stealing from others) instead of build and develop something (like a trading company) and strive to make it bigger and you’ll see that all Xianxia MC are criminal at heart.

        Granted, martial art is the refining of violence so their practitioner are those that needs refined violence in their life, and from many Wuxia novels that I read I’ve found that the successful practitioners end up in the military while the losers end up as bandits. Xianxia novels eliminates the limitation of the scope of practical violence by making everything is possible if you have enough power to force it of others and make it possible to get that power by exotic means.

        Despite all of its shortcomings, there’s no denying that they are HEROIC, moreover FANTASTICALLY HEROIC, and that’s Xianxia’s sale point.

          1. I’ve forgotten about this XD
            Yeah, some martial artists in China mainland even migrates to Hongkong for the chance to be stuntman there, dreaming to be the next Jackie Chan. This beats military career by a thousand league!

        1. And just to add to your point, there is an actual criminal organization in CD, the four divine beast clan, remember one of the reasons the eight clans hate them is that they killed an elder’s son just to steal his wife, and who knows how many other things they’ve done … And now they act like a victim when they lost their support … the way I see it they’re worse than Odin and am starting to hate Linley for supporting them just because they’re blood relatives.

          1. He not exactly supporting though. It support if the clan does the same thing again, and Linley helps with that.

            Beside, While 4DB was bad, family extermination is a bit much, as it makes both sides as bad.

          2. But the four Divine Beast clans are not actually criminal organizations, they just do some criminal-like things occasionally for the sake of family. Linley could turn them into an organization that actively commits crimes for the sake of profit.

    2. While revenge is a reoccurring and stale thing, it’s hardly his sole drive. His desire to reach the pinnacle of training, and to protect his loved ones have been influencing him as well.

      It would be awesome though if a situation happens where he has to put aside revenge to achieve his goal, such as the situation to save Oliver’s wife he has to let Bonin go to rescue her. Won’t happen though, Bonin is a dead man.

      @Count Grey
      Reading that made me laugh.

  5. @ Ultraviolet X
    Happy to be of service, this chapter ended on a down note. I’ve been watching way too many crime dramas on Netflix, each one worse than the previous one… Now I want to read a Coiling Dragon/Breaking Bad fanfic: either Linley becomes a drug lord or Walter becomes a martial artist with godly techniques. I would read that so hard…

    Edit: Curses, my reply was moved!

  6. Thanks a lot!
    Hmph, i suspected that something had happened! Olivier would not force himself to smile with other people…! I hope that horrid guy suffers, very very badly! You dare mess with the friend of someone more powerful than a paragon? You’re courting suffering and death! Die—-!

  7. NOoooo..!! Leya!! meatbun barely know you but you’re already dead.. 🙁 lol
    another trip to the netherworld ? hmm.. maybe after messing with Bonin’s life a bit.. >:)

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂

  8. “My Boss is right there, just a few hundred meters away. Why use divine power to fly? It would only take a few seconds to walk that distance. What’s the rush?”

    Hahaha.. If Olivier really can’t wait a few seconds to walk that distance then that must be some pretty bad news… which it was… But really, it’s all about relationship problems xD

  9. hmm, Deia having cold balefull aura… even more so then Oliver?… I say, he is most likely some kind of psycopath that find joy in killing kitten. He would fit well with Phusro.
    I HATE KITTEN!!!

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