Book 6, Chapter 14

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Book 6, The Road to Revenge – Chapter 14, Imprisoned

For the sake of this water jade smuggling operation, the Debs clan had paid a very high price. Bernard ordered his Third Brother to be responsible for this affair, and the Lanseer brothers were his Third Brother’s right and left hand men.

Standing in the middle of the meeting hall, Linley remained calm. The Shadowmouse, Bebe, also quietly stood on Linley’s shoulders.

The man and the magical beast both just stood there as though nothing were happening, quietly watching it all. Even though he saw the begging look Bernard had trained on him, Linley didn’t react in the slightest.

After a while…

The sound of heavy chains could be heard. Two golden-haired men in shackles entered the meeting hall, under escort from the palace guards. These two men were shackled by the feet and by the hands as well. Just judging from the thickness of those leg-irons, the shackles must have been one or two hundred pounds heavy.

Such heavy shackles were used expressly for collaring those warriors with powerful strength.

“Milord clan leader.”

Upon entering the discussion hall and seeing Bernard who was kneeling on the ground, strange smiles appeared on their faces. They actually called out to Bernard respectfully.

Standing to the side, Linley understood.

Most likely these Lanseer brothers were two of the major leaders in the smuggling operation who most likely had some secret connection with the Debs clan.

“The Debs clan is going to be in trouble now.” Linley just quietly watched.

Seeing those two shackled golden-haired men, Bernard reacted with confusion. “Uh? Lanseer and Langmuir [Lan’mu’er], why have the two of you been imprisoned by his Majesty? Didn’t I give the two of you a 100,000 gold coins a few months ago and tell you to go enjoy life?”

Those two golden-haired men were briefly startled, then they laughed.

“Milord clan leader, are you jesting?” Lanseer laughed.

Next to him, Langmuir snickered as well. “What, lord clan leader, do you still think that you can lie and hide? Forget it. You might as well admit your guilt.”

A look of rage appeared on Bernard’s face. He suddenly rose to his feet, staring angrily at Lanseer and Langmuir. “Lanseer, Langmuir, my Debs clan has raised you and cultivated you since you were little. The two of you should know very well how I have treated you.”

“It’s true, you have treated us brothers very well. But the two of us have also risked our lives for the Debs clan for many years now.” The elder brother, Lanseer, said coldly.

Bernard’s rage grew. With a trembling hand, he pointed at the Lanseer brothers. “The two of you truly forget favors and violate justice. True, you two have worked on behalf of the Debs clan for many years now, but all these years, you have been acting corruptly so as to gain money that belonged to the clan. After that event half a year ago, considering that the two of you had worked for us for so long, I spared your lives and even gave you a 100,000 gold coins and told you to go home and enjoy your lives. But…but you…not only are you not grateful, you’ve now participated in smuggling? And after getting caught, you sully the Debs clan?”

Lanseer and Langmuir were totally caught off-guard, and they stared at Bernard in bewilderment.

“We…we were corrupt? You…you gave us 100,000 gold coins?” Lanseer and Langmuir were totally flabbergasted.

Bernard’s rage exploding, he suddenly turned and knelt before Clayde. His tears cascading onto the ground, he said, “Your Majesty, these two are nothing more than a pair of insatiable wolves. When they were young, I saw that they were two pitiable orphans and so I took them in, and later gave them important positions. But they only acted to shovel my clan’s wealth into their own pockets. Despite that, considering the many years of affection between us, I spared their lives and even gave them 100,000 gold coins. This can be considered to be extremely benevolent and merciful of me. But now? Now they actually come here to sully and frame my Debs clan. They want to destroy the Debs clan! How vicious! Your Majesty, my heart is broken. My heart is broken!”

Seeing the miserable cries of Bernard, many of the nobles in the meeting hall did indeed begin to wonder if Lanseer and Langmuir really were framing the Debs clan.

“Bernard, you…you…” Lanseer and Langmuir were so enraged that their faces turned red, but they weren’t able to say a single word.

How much had these two brothers sacrificed for the Debs clan?

They were even willing to engage in smuggling for the clan, precisely because the two of them didn’t fear death. If it weren’t for the fact that this time, the offer from King Clayde was simply too enticing, they wouldn’t have betrayed the Debs clan.

But everything which Bernard was saying now was false!

“Oh? There’s an event such as this?” Clayde glanced at Bernard.

Clayde could sense that Bernard had come prepared, as otherwise, he wouldn’t have suddenly come up with all these lies. If he were to investigate, most likely he wouldn’t be able to find any flaws.

“Hrmph. It’s a pity that Third Brother of Bernard’s leapt into the river. We weren’t even able to find his corpse. Otherwise, with his Third Brother in front of him, Bernard would have nothing to say.” Clayde was furious.

Smuggling water jade.

Water jade mines were part of the national wealth of the kingdom. Which was to say, it was part of Clayde’s wealth.

Illegally mining and smuggling water jade meant stealing from him, Clayde. Naturally, Clayde would feel furious.

But that Third Brother of Bernard’s had leapt into the river to commit suicide, while Bernard had seemingly been prepared for Lanseer and Langmuir’s betrayal.

“Bernard, I won’t unjustly accuse an innocent man.” Clayde said solemnly.

“Thank you, your Majesty! Thank you, your Majesty!” Bernard’s face was covered with tears.

But Clayde announced coldly, “However, I also won’t forgive a person who has betrayed the interests of his kingdom. Based on the intelligence that I have, it seems that the person responsible for this smuggling operating was your Third Brother.”

“My Third Brother?” Bernard stared questioningly at Clayde.

Clayde stared coldly at Bernard. “What, do you have something to say?”

A wounded look on his face, Bernard said, “Of course I do. Your Majesty, I really don’t know why you said what you just said, but over a year ago, my Third Brother left the Kingdom of Fenlai and began on a training excursion tour to various other countries. Just a few days ago, he sent a letter back to us.”

Clayde’s gaze grew colder.

His men had personally reported that when they were in the process of apprehending Bernard’s Third Brother that the man, being heavily wounded, had elected to throw himself into the river. They couldn’t find any trace of him.

“Your Majesty! Your Majesty! You must deliver justice!”

Bernard cast a furious glare at Lanseer and Langmuir. “You simply cannot believe the lies of these two despicable men and cast aspersions on the heart of a clan which is loyal to the kingdom.”

“Bernard, you! You!” The furious and anxious Lanseer brothers didn’t know what to say.

Clayde suddenly rose to his feet, staring coldly at Bernard. “I’ve already said that I will not unjustly accuse an innocent man, nor forgive a man who has betrayed the interests of his kingdom. Based on the evidence I have at hand, there is at least a suspicion that your Debs clan has betrayed the kingdom. Guards!”

Bernard’s face instantly changed. “Your Majesty! Your Majesty! I am loyal and faithful to the Kingdom!”

Two palace guards rushed into the meeting hall.

“Bernard.” Clayde smiled at Bernard.

Bernard raised his head, looking beseechingly at Clayde, as though he were a child looking at his parents.

“Whether or not your clan is loyal is a question that will only be settled by evidence. I will give you a chance. I will not exterminate your clan right away.”

In his heart, Bernard let out a sigh of relief. What he feared the most was that the Debs clan would instantly be exterminated. “Fortunately, I found those ashes and those remains within the secret room. It gave me the chance to prepare.” Ever since that day, Bernard had been preparing. He had in fact made multiple levels of preparations.

“Guards, deliver Bernard as well as the successor to the Debs clan to the Blackwater Jails. As for this case involving the smuggling operations of the Debs clan, let the Right Premier Merritt [Mei’li’te] investigate.” Clayde ordered.

Immediately, those two guards took Bernard away.

“Your Majesty! I believe in your Majesty’s wisdom!” Bernard called to Clayde, even while being dragged away.

That night, the Greenleaf Road became a very energetic place.

Hoof steps and shouts unabated. Hundreds of knights directly surrounded the Debs clan’s manor, terrifying all of the members of the Debs clan present.

“What are you doing? What are you doing? Do you know what place this is?” Kalan’s second granduncle, the second uncle of Bernard, immediately shouted at those palace guards.

The leader of the knights said coldly, “Do you dare to go against the dictates of his Majesty?”

But this second granduncle only raised his head proudly. “The orders of his Majesty? Who knows if you are falsely claiming that you have an order from his Majesty? Speak! What do you want?”

“Second Granduncle, what’s going on outside?”

By now, many of the members of the Debs clan had rushed over.

Even Alice and Rowling had gotten dressed and rushed over. In the Yulan continent, after the engagement ceremony, the fiancée normally would begin to live with the fiancé. But generally speaking, only after the marriage ceremony would the two of them enter their bridal chambers.

Naturally…

There were cases of people sharing a bedroom prior to the wedding as well, as long as both were willing.

“Big sister Alice, what’s going on outside?” Rowling was holding onto Alice’s hands.

Alice was bewildered as well. “I’m not sure.”

The hundreds of people within the Debs clan’s manor all streamed out, and most of them seemed bewildered. Only the core members of the clan who knew the truth about the smuggling operations began to feel frightened.

This smuggling operation of the Debs clan was an extremely large scale one.

Just to carry out the operation, they had used several tens of millions of gold coins. If they were successful, the profits would be several hundred million gold coins. What the Debs clan’s elders thoughts were, once would be enough.

But it seemed this one operation had proved problematic.

“Big brother Kalan, what’s going on?” Rowling asked Kalan as well.

Kalan shook his head, indicating he didn’t know.

The squad of palace knights had assembled outside the manor. Their leader, the knight-captain, upon seeing so many members of the Debs clan present, withdrew the tablet of command from his clothes, shouting in a bright voice, “His Majesty orders that, as the Debs clan is under suspicion of engaging in the smuggling of water jade, the leader of the Debs clan as well as his successor are to be immediately jailed within the Blackwater Jails.”

Instantly, the faces of every member of the Debs clan changed.

The faces of those core members of the Debs clan turned even more ashen, even paler. But Alice, Rowling, and those other members of the clan only felt astounded and bewildered.

Several guards stepped forward and grabbed Kalan.

“Take him away!”

The leader of the knights shouted.

At this moment, Kalan felt as though his limbs had gone soft. He allowed those guards to march him towards the gate. But once he reached the gate, he suddenly woke up and, turning his head, frantically called out, “Second Granduncle, Alice, you two have to save me, have to save me!”

Allowing Kalan to shout as much as he wanted, those palace guards emotionlessly escorted him off towards the jails.

Alice, Rowling, and the other members of the Debs clan could only watch as Kalan was taken away, unable to help. Their clan was powerful, true, but how could they resist against the king?

By the next morning, the news that the Debs clan was suspected of having engaged in water jade smuggling had spread across the entire noble circle of Fenlai City. Many of the nobles of Fenlai were paying special attention to this matter.

What’s more, this case was being personally handled by the Right Premier of the Kingdom of Fenlai, Duke Merritt.

Within Duke Merritt’s manor.

Lord Duke Merritt was already over seventy years old, but as a fairly powerful warrior, he looked as though he were only in his middle years. His short golden hair was slick and gleamed.

Right now, Duke Merritt was seated on a chair. He casually flicked a glance at his visitor from the Debs clan – the second granduncle of Kalan, Nimitz [Ni’mi’si].

“Lord Merritt, our clan has definitely been unjustly accused. I hope, lord, that you will be just to our clan.”

As he spoke, Nimitz pulled out a book from his side. “Lord Merritt, I know that you love to collect holy scripts. This holy script was issued by the Radiant Church over three thousand years ago. It’s a rather rare one.”

“Oh, a holy script?”

Merritt casually accepted it, but while flipping through it, Merritt suddenly noticed that stuck within the pages, there was a flat card. A flat card produced by the Golden Bank of the Four Empires. A magicrystal card!

A hint of a smile appeared on Merritt’s face.

Nimitz was carefully observing Merritt’s reactions. Merritt closed the holy script, putting it to the side, then smiled. “Nimitz, you should know that aside from holy scripts, I’m also a big fan of sculptures. A while ago, when I saw that ‘Awakening From the Dream’, I liked it very much. During your clan’s engagement ceremony, I saw that Alice. Oh, she looked so very similar to that person in the sculpture. I wonder…if it would be possible for me to have a private chat with Alice.”


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61 thoughts on “Book 6, Chapter 14” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

      1. i aGREEE! she can rot for all i care, the bitch chose the wrong man, and it led to the downfall of the debs clan and her life going to shit.

  1. a private chat, could easily turn into something really bad. perhaps im one of the few that think that although linleys feelings for her are gone, he would still save her from being forced against her will.

      1. If he doesn’t I am gonna stop reading. Love the book but a main character that allows rape or who doesn’t do anything when he finds out about it because she cheated on him is despicable everyone has a female relative.

        1. You guys are not considering that when this could only reach Linley a lot later, probably only Alice herself would tell him and it’d be after the deed is done.
          It’s not like he’s “allowing” anything. Or do you think he’s stalking her?
          The most he’ll do is probably kill the guy later together with the King.

          1. given linley’s current status, i’d say 50-50

            50 on Merritt really an a-hole for taking advantage on alice
            50 on Merritt simply wants to sate his curiosity on why alice chose Deb’s Kalan over linley. maybe he can smell something fishy and wants to destroy Deb clan due to old grudge / clayde’s order (because he couldn’t grab the suicidal 3rd brother of Bernard

            this author is quite merciless, imho, judging from his other work Stellar Transformation. he really ‘erase’ characters like sweeping dust on a whim.

    1. Tetsuki, the word counts referred to are for the original Chinese. These were all 3600-4200 character chapters. You can check the source. Thanks!

  2. WOOOOO
    Thanks for the chapter Ren
    A very small point
    I see that you made a typo in my name 😛
    It’s “Abhinav” not “Abhniav”
    Thanks
    😡

  3. holy sh*t, that’s is one hell of a domino effect, i bet in the next chapters the domino will become worse
    thanks to Ren, our sponsors and everyone here

  4. Well shit just got real :o. Alice is probably going to genuinely hate Linley after this arc lol. First his sculpture prevents her from her from getting a status as the principle wife and now she’ll probably be, in light terms, ‘used’ for the sake of the Debs clan. Who knows what else iET has in store for her haha.

    BTW thank you Ren and donators. Every time I see a new chapter on here I literally can’t control my joy 😀

    Anyways back to the shadows i go to join my fellow leechers.

  5. Whaaaattt? The dirty old lecher’s gonna try to bed alice? Damnnn, no matter what happened, alice has paid for what she did, if not more. She doesnt deserve this… Poor alice…

  6. Wow, Alice’s life just keeps getting “better and better” isn’t it? I have actually started feeling bad for the girl, and that’s weird since cheating is one of the things that most bothers me. Her inicial misfortunes had me going “Yeah, suffer bitch!”, but now the consequences of her first love relationship seemingly destroyed her life, and she’s barely 17… lol

    I guess the author hates cheaters as well

    1. The problem at THIS point (and I mean THIS point), is that THIS time she doesn’t deserve it.

      Her becoming the talk of town and her becoming a second wife were all consequences of HER choice of cheating on Linley. Screw her.
      Now, getting forced (if we’re assuming correctly) by this random guy, simply because the father of her fiancé did something illegal… that is NOT a consequence of her choices. Even if Kalan was involved (which I don’t think he is, but honestly can’t remember), she didn’t know.

      Hence why THIS time it’s going overboard, yes. Even if she was a cheater. And trust me, I despise them too. With my very soul.

      1. when it first introduced the water jade smuggling idea kalan knew about it.. he even asked his father if the negotiations worked out which bernad answere it would be fifty-fifty. kalan knew and was on board with it

  7. I wonder if the Author just want to show how he punishes her or he wants us to see how she becomes to regret her decision before she comes back to Linley.

    I don’t really care for either option. I neither want her to suffer nor want her to get back together with Linley.
    It would be best to just leave this whole Debs affair behind completely…

      1. Totally agree I don’t likelike how she cheated but this is going way overboard….

        I just hope Linley saves her and gets it over with and Linley and her becomes good friend that way she maybe safer 80 the future. That freaking Merritt is so passing me off right now…

        I really hope Linley hears about it beforehand and intervenes or Alice goes to him at least , since Linley is over her but I am still sure he wouldn’t be that cold hearted if He knew about what was happening

  8. Oh so now the punishment comes.Well if a certain someone wouldn’t stick their nose on somebody affairs this wouldn’t happen.
    Also those who say they will stop reading if Linley doesn’t save Alice.
    Who will he know about this? You can’t expect every character to be saved.Some have to suffer.He will regret maybe but it can’t be helped.

  9. Wow…again…. I’m not even sure what to say.
    I’ll wait and see what happens…. But I’m definitely not happy with this turn of events right now….

    Thanks for the release.

  10. Maybe you should raise your donation per chapter-pool to $100, after all you have just increased your hosting-costs and even tho right now enthusiasm is high, people might start losing interest after a while and donations could go down.

    1. Hi Flappy, I don’t plan on raising the donation rate; I don’t want people thinking that I’m trying to gouge them, and I’m very happy with the level of support I already ahve. The hosting costs I can pretty much offset with the ad revenue, so we’re fine! Thanks for your concern!

  11. Poor Alice… I feel so bad for her!
    I was wondering why Kalan would call out her name and ask her to save him when she has no power or influence. Now I get it! Bernard must have done all this in preparation. He knew the premier was a sexual pervert and he has no problem forcing the daughter-in-law he didn’t want, to sleep with him.
    Poor Alice… She doesn’t deserve any of this. She was just a teenager who just moved on and she just did one sucky thing. I hope Linley will help her out.

  12. Thanks for the chapter!

    Yikes! It makes me wonder how corrupt is Fenlai. Will Linley ends up destroying the whole Fenlai’s higher hierarchy and helps in the replacement of all those people in the course of is revenge?

    As for Alice, this girl is born under a bad star. I mean she lived in a motherless environment with an alcoholic father that is ruining their wealth with gambling. She searched for happiness, took it for grant and cheat a good guy because she was too immature to communicate or try to understand/support him for her rich childhood friend which she half understand his real nature. I mean from the read of it, Kalan has the potential to become like his father or even worse. As the saying goes, like father like son… And, now, she’s in danger of getting sold by her fiancé’s clan to save their own hide. Even if Kalan love her, i’m not sure it’s in his nature to accept her if what we are thinking happen. Even if he stay with her, I think there will always be a little something he will not get over with…

  13. Alice!! How did I know the punishment wasn’t over for her yet…

    Linley, save her (again)! Even though she left him, a man forgives a woman’s lies (SANJI) and damn that would be so magnificent.

  14. Here in Italy it is currently 00:30 a.m. and I don’t think i’m going to stop reading any time soon, so right now I don’t know whether I should thank you or curse you Ren, but still, I can’t deny I love both the novel and your translations… So… Uhm…
    Thank you Ren!

  15. I’ve been feeling sorry for Alice since the auction and thought it was a quite elevated retribution for what she did, but accepted it as consequences of the path she chose, and while I somewhat still think the same of what’s happening right now, I think it’s still too much, like, it’s really going overboard.
    She f*cked up, yeah, but she’s just a dumb teenager. She’s already suffered considerably.
    I can only hope Linley somehow manages to save her or something. I absolutely hate this kind of shit like sexual slavery, rape, corruption and all that stuff. It’s deplorable and I abhor it.

  16. I hate Kalan quite a bit, but this is where I show my “justice”.
    I don’t remember if he knew about the smuggling thing. If he did, good riddance. If he didn’t, however, I hope he gets out. One should be punished for what he did, not for something they’re innocent of.

    As for the magicrystal card, I’m not 100% sure of the meaning. Mainly because LN authors tend to skimp details.
    What happened to the magicrystal card Patterson offered Linley?
    1) Linley took it, although the author didn’t say it.
    2) It was left behind, and Bernard took it along with the ring (although the author didn’t say it) and hid it in a book. THAT book. And the second granduncle has just given the enemy proof that Patterson did something or other.

    Of course, the simplest option is that the card is a bribe.
    I like this option especially for the way in which Merritt says that he wants to have a “chat” with Alice. Cause I fear the kind of “chat” he wants to have with her and it disgusts me.
    This is why I don’t like subterfuge plots u.u’

  17. Man,i don’t by any means like alice,but “all” she did was cheat on linley.
    now,that’s not cool at all but,when i first read comments about alice being a bitch (i got spoiled) i thought she would..i don’t know be an evil person who is tricking linley for money or status or other stuff and i was anticipating something like that,but then i found out that although yes she did cheat she is not (imo) an evil person and after all she went through from not being the principal wife to embarrasment and all that,which she deserved,she’s going to probably be raped and people are saying she deserves it..that BS,man

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