Book 6, Chapter 19

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Book 6, The Road to Revenge – Chapter 19, The King of Killers

Cesar stared at Linley suspiciously. “What? Can it be that the little girl of the Leon clan isn’t your fiancée?”

“Fiancée?” Linley mouthed the words.

Seeing Linley’s reaction, Cesar seemed to understand something. Laughing, he said, “Haha, how amusing, how amusing! Master Linley, I must say, that little Miss Delia of the Leon clan has spent quite a lot of trouble on your half. She’s spent a lot of time, a lot of effort, and also gold in order to buy that sculpture of yours, ‘Awakening From the Dream’.”

Linley stared questioningly at Cesar. “Mr. Cesar, can you perhaps tell me where you heard that Delia was my fiancée, and that we were going to get married?”

Cesar stroked his goatee. Delightedly, he said, “Mustn’t say, mustn’t say.”

But in his mind, Cesar thought back to the contents of the letter which Delia had her servant deliver to him. He mused to himself, “For a girl to have the courage to act in such a way shows that her feelings towards Linley are genuine. Best I not say anything, lest I end up embarrassing that little girl, Delia.”

Cesar knew that when a girl told him certain things, it would be rather morally wrong for him to spread it to others as well. He, Cesar…was a very principled man.

Linley buried his curiosity. After all, Cesar describing Delia as his fiancée was a small matter. This man in front of him was a six thousand year old freak. This was what mattered.

“Mr. Cesar, for you to be here with one of the medals of the Radiant Church, does that mean you have come to me on the business of the Radiant Church?” Linley intentionally tried to probe the reason the man had come.

Cesar sat down with a dramatic gesture, then shook his head. “The Radiant Church? Don’t lump me in with those fellows from the Radiant Church.”

“Then this medal?” Linley stared questioningly at Cesar.

Cesar casually said, “Oh. It’s from back when I killed that Cardinal. I figured this medal would eventually come in handy, so I took it from his corpse. On occasion, I’d take it out and present it. I’ve got to say, it really has come in handy over the years.”

“Killed a Cardinal, then casually swiped his medal?” Linley’s heart trembled, and he couldn’t help but feel cold.

This Cesar in front of him really was an extremely forceful person.

Doehring Cowart’s voice rang out in Linley’s mind again. “Linley, back when I was alive, Cesar had already entered the Saint-level. At that time, the Radiant Church wasn’t too powerful. After five thousand years, Cesar is definitely at an extremely terrifying level of power. The Radiant Church wouldn’t offend him just because he killed a Cardinal.”

“After all…Cesar is a Saint-level assassination specialist. A Saint-level combatant such as him is far more dangerous than your ordinary Saint-level combatant. What’s more, an assassination specialist, upon reaching the peak of the Saint-level, is even more dangerous.”

After hearing Doehring Cowart’s words, Linley began to understand.

In the past, when he was in the Mountain Range of Magical Beasts, he had encountered assassins as well. Linley knew very well that despite only being of the sixth rank as well, a specially trained assassin of the sixth rank could be far more dangerous than other combatants of the sixth rank.

Because assassins specialized in ‘ambush’ and in ‘one-hit kills’. When they killed someone, they acted with no scruples or honor at all.

Most Saint-level combatants, on the other hand, cared greatly about their personal honor and reputation.

A peak-stage Saint-level combatant who had no shame and who was an assassin possessed terrifying power.

“That’s the reason why the Radiant Church has never tried to recover the medal from Cesar. This is also the reason why Cesar is able to live so openly in the Holy Capital, Fenlai City.” Doehring Cowart sighed. “This Cesar is really living a rather comfortable life.”

Hearing these words from Doehring Cowart, Linley couldn’t help but feel admiration for Cesar.

“What, are you afraid?” Cesar saw that Linley had fallen silent. He couldn’t help but grin at Linley. “Relax, that was a long time ago. It has been quite a while since I’ve last killed someone.”

Quite a while? How long a period of time was that? Remembering that the man in front of him was a six thousand year old assassin, Linley wasn’t too sure.

“I’m fine. I’m just amazed by Mr. Cesar’s prowess, that you could kill a Cardinal of the Radiant Church, but still live openly here in the Holy Capital.” Linley smiled.

Cesar’s eyes lit up, and he clapped Linley on the shoulders, nodding. “Not bad, not bad. You really are a master sculptor; your mental fortitude is far stronger than most others. Despite knowing my power, you aren’t frightened in the slightest.”

“Master Linley, I’ve come to pay you a visit because I wish to ask something of you.” Cesar looked at Linley, speaking with sincerity.

Linley quickly said, “Mr. Cesar, please speak. As long as it is within my capabilities, I will definitely assist.”

But Cesar put on a stern look, saying, “Master Linley, I, Cesar, have always hated owing favors to others. Since I’m asking a favor of you, naturally I will assist you with something as well.”

Linley felt joy in his heart.

A favor of an assassin who had reached the Saint-level over five thousand years ago was priceless. In Linley’s mind, a thought quickly flashed by – Kill Clayde!

This entire time, Linley had been bitterly trying to come up with a way to deal with Clayde, or perhaps capture and interrogate him. Linley absolutely had to find out what happened to his mother. But in terms of both personal power and total forces available, Clayde was far more powerful than Linley. He had no way at all to deal with Clayde.

But now, Linley had a way.

“If I were to invite this Cesar to go kidnap Clayde, that shouldn’t be too hard.” Linley began to grow excited. This problem had already vexed him for a long time. It seemed as though he could resolve it now.

“Mr. Cesar, please tell me what you need.” Linley said seriously.

Cesar said boldly, “Fine, then I’ll just say it outright.”

Rubbing his goatee, Cesar’s attitude was that of chatting with an old friend. “I don’t have too many hobbies. Women, I like. In the past, killing was also a hobby. But after I got bored of killing, I began to take an interest in art. And naturally, I am most infatuated by stonesculpting, that highest of art forms. Master Linley…last time, I felt a great deal of regret for being unable to purchase your sculpture, ‘Awakening From the Dream’. When I went back, I couldn’t even sleep well at night. After tossing and turning many times, I decided to come pay a visit to you in person.”

“Mr. Cesar, what are you trying to say?” Linley’s brow was furrowed.

He had already sold off the sculpture, ‘Awakening From the Dream’. Delia had been the one to buy it.

“I was hoping to ask you, Master Linley, to help me carve a sculpture.” Cesar looked hopefully at Linley.

“Easily done.” Linley quickly agreed. Every day, he spent a few hours training himself by carving sculptures. To spend some of that time carving one for Cesar was an easy task.

“I have a few secondary requirements for this sculpture.” Cesar stood up, looking a bit embarrassed.

Embarrassed!

Right, this six thousand year old freak seemed a bit embarrassed.

“Mr. Cesar, feel free to explain.” Linley looked at Cesar with curiosity.

Cesar chortled. “Master Linley, I hope…this sculpture will be of me, and will capture my unique aura.”

“Use you as my model? Your unique aura?” Linley was startled.

Seeing the look on Linley’s face, Cesar quickly said, “What, will that be hard?”

“No. That isn’t it.” Linley shook his head, frowning. “Using you as the model is very easy. Having seen you once, it’s easy for me to remember what you look like. I can sculpt you without any problems. But it’s a bit more complicated to imbue the statue with your unique aura as well. This is because every person has a different aura at different times, such as one aura for when they are angry, another when they are happy, still another when they are sad, or wounded, or both angry and sad…”

Cesar immediately laughed. “Easy. The aura I want…is the aura I have when I am at my manliest.”

“Your manliest?” Linley looked questioningly at Cesar. “Mr. Cesar, when do you feel you are at your manliest?”

Linley was beginning to wonder if this six thousand year old freak had some mental problems.

Cesar said confidently, “I believe that I appear manliest when I am killing someone! My nickname is the ‘King of Killers’ for a reason, you know!”

Cesar, the ‘King of Killers’!

This was a very terrifying name in the Yulan continent. Neither the Four Great Empires nor the two major alliances wished to offend this individual. Even the four major assassin’s guilds, if they were forced to nominate the most outstanding person within their ranks, would without question select this person who had dominated the Yulan continent for over five thousand years. Cesar, the ‘King of Killers’.

A peak-stage Saint-level combatant, and specialized in assassination techniques! In terms of the numbers and complexity of assassination techniques he possessed, he had already reached the pinnacle of perfection in this field. Those people who had received some training from Cesar went so far as to say his assassination techniques had reached the field of artistry.

The strongest assassin. The King of Killers!

Although there were quite a few people in the Yulan continent who had become peak-stage Saint-level combatants, such as the Holy Emperor of the Radiant Church, or the Dark Patriarch of the Cult of Shadows, or that Lord Fallen Leaf of the Radiant Church. And of course, the Four Great Empires each had their own peak-stage Saint-levels.

But without question, every single one of these combatants were wary of the King of Killers, Cesar.

Because in terms of assassination, none of them could match him.

The power of the peak-stage Saint-level ‘King of Killers’ was simply too terrifying. Even the Four Great Empires and the two major alliances held fast to the principle of, ‘do not offend him if it is at all possible to avoid doing so’, much less the other major clans of the Yulan continent.

Originally, during the auction, Cardinal Lampson and Cardinal Guillermo had been prepared to bid an extremely high price so Linley would feel grateful towards them. But upon seeing Cesar make a bid, they were so scared they no longer dared to bid at all. Even that old servant of the Leon clan, Shaw, had been terrified upon seeing Cesar, the King of Killers. Afterwards, only after Delia had wrote Cesar a letter and obtained his agreement did Delia dare to make another bid.

From this, one could tell how truly formidable this ‘King of Killers’ was.

Despite him having a medal of a Cardinal for so many years, the Radiant Church had never tried to regain it, and allowed Cesar to use it to deceive others as he pleased without a peep of protest. This was their show of goodwill towards Cesar. As for that Cardinal he had killed, the only thing that could be said was that he died in vain.

“When killing someone?” Linley shook his head. “Mr. Cesar, I’ve never seen you kill anyone. How would I know what you are like when you kill someone?”

At present, Linley still knew very little regarding the names of the Saint-level combatants of the Yulan continent. Even the world famous ‘King of Killers’, Cesar, he had never heard of before.

“That’s easy. I’ll just show you right now what it looks like when I kill someone. Watch carefully.” Cesar’s attitude instantly changed.

“Wait!” Linley hurriedly shouted out in alarm. “Mr. Cesar, please don’t kill anyone in my home.”

“Who said I was going to kill someone? I’m just going to show off the way I look when I kill someone, that’s all.”

Cesar glanced at Linley rather sourly.

Linley laughed awkwardly.

In his heart, he was filled with a great deal of trepidation towards this ‘King of Killers’, Cesar. When he heard Cesar say he was going to show how he looked upon killing someone, Linley was instantly frightened and wanted to stop him.

“Watch carefully. Pretend my target is that flower vase in front of us.” Cesar said calmly.

Cesar’s previous attitude had totally changed. He became calm. In the blink of an eye, that lazy, indolent aura of Cesar’s totally disappeared, and he became someone without a hint of an aura, without a hint of power, without a hint of emotion.

Cold. Calm.

Linley didn’t see anything at all. He only felt the air tremble slightly, and then the flower vase in front of Linley suddenly started to disintegrate, one inch at a time.

Right. As clearly as can be, the flower vase had disintegrated, one inch at a time!

This sensation totally stunned Linley.

“So this is the King of Killers?” In Linley’s mind, he firmly memorized this moment. When making his move, Cesar’s expression hadn’t changed in the slightest. At that moment, Cesar had seemed totally emotionless, and he had coldly stared at everything in the manor. It was as though in his eyes, all life was nothing more a blade of grass.

Killing someone was nothing more than cutting a blade of grass.

But Linley also had the feeling that, when Cesar had made his move, all of his attention had been focused on that flower vase.

As though the entire universe had been reduced to the flower vase, and nothing else had existed.

That strange, bizarre feeling made Linley want to vomit blood.

“Did you see it?” Cesar once more became energetic and animated. Casually sitting down, he crossed his legs and looked up at Linley. “What do you think? Do you agree that I look the manliest at that type of moment? I’ve relied on this technique to win the hearts of quite a few young ladies, you know.”


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84 thoughts on “Book 6, Chapter 19” - NO SPOILERS

        1. Thanks for the chapter Ren! just a question out of curosity do you ever get tired or get a redundant feeling to translate the story as its explaining something and then translating the exact same explanation put together by the narrator a few paragraphs latter? rotten tomatoes sure likes to emphasize things…….

          1. Honestly, sometimes I do. Tomatoes is indeed quite redundant. Frankly speaking, although his imagination is incredible, his skills as a writer, from a technical standpoint, aren’t that hot. But that’s okay!

          2. i love this thorough explanation, especially when it comes to polishing someones powers O_O

    1. Hah, our minds think alike! I was actually deliberating between ‘King of Slaughter’, ‘King of Massacres’, ‘Slayer King’, and ‘King of Killers’, but I settled on King of Killers because I like the alliteration, and because slaughter is a verb, not a noun, so it sounds weird; like, you can have a ‘King of Destroyers’ but not a ‘King of Destroy’. 😀

        1. It can be, but it’s far more commonly used (imo) as a verb. But yeah, I think this will be a ‘rule zero’ ruling here 😉 If you get the reference.

          1. Well, it’s definitely your right to translate it as you wish.

            But for the record, assassins, especially masters of their art, are efficient and clean.
            Slaughter isn’t a term that goes with a master assassin. *shrugs*
            It’s too bad you can’t use something like “assassination”.

      1. did you choose it because it’s a good play on his name? Caesar, the king who got assassinated, and here we have Cesar, the king of killers.
        The author loves irony

  1. Thank you RWX. Hm, just seeing him destroy that vase wouldn’t give Linley enough material to work with and certainly not enough to reach the previous state he was in.

    Seeing how it happened last time, I’m guessing the same could happen when he sees Clayde dying by the hand of Cesar since Clayde is the subject of all his hate, after seeing him die I’m guessing he’ll enter a state where he wants to carve that moment into a sculpture and in his mind to never forget about Clayde’s emotions or his as it happened and Clayde begged for his life?

    Guess he’ll go through a few magical ranks too as it happens.

    The name of the next book is “Heaven and Earth turned upside down” which could be a result of him making a breakthrough so big that everyone in the world would take notice of him and attempt to chase him everywhere?

    1. that´d be great
      Somwhere in the previous chapters it was mentionend that the difference between 9th rank and saint level is like heaven and earth. I hope that, that and the title of the next book is´nt just a coincidence

  2. Thanks, Ren!
    Well… it’ll be interesting to see the King of Killers go up against the guy Linley unleashed upon the world 😀
    See how though he is, then! ^^

  3. So Linley will make the King of Killers the Killer of Kings? I wonder why Linley never gets to the point. I guess I can understand why he doesn’t open up to Cesar, but why didn’t he tell Clayde that he killed Patterson? If I remember correctly it as commonly known that Clayde didn’t like his brother very much and even if he did like him, the fact that he was involved with smuggling would’ve cost him his head anyway…

    Oh well..

    Thanks for another chapter Ren, please keep them coming 🙂

    1. Hrm. I think he just doesn’t want the attention. If him killing Patterson was known for sure, they would investigate him. There would definitely be questions he didn’t want to answer.
      They don’t know the levels of the assassins he killed, but they know Patterson was a rank 7 warrior. Being able to best Patterson by himself in a closed environment like that would draw attention because it shouldn’t have been possible for Linley. Patterson invited him to that situation for that exact reason.
      He needs to keep his strength a secret as much as possible. That’s why he basically kills anyone who comes in while he is training.

      1. Nope. The main reason has already been stated by the author:
        He doesn’t want the king to be on guard towards him. By killing his brother with no valid reason, that’s obviously going to raise his guard against Linley, making it much harder to assassinate the king.
        No valid reason being because:
        There’s no reason for Linley to want to curry favour the king. He only serves the king by name. If he wants a higher position, if he wants a larger income, if he wants more land, all he has to do is ask and the radiant church will accommodate. There isn’t anything to gain, so there’s no need for him to strengthen his relationship with the king. On the other hand, it’s the king that needs to constantly curry favour Linley to keep him willing. So therefore:
        Claiming he killed the king’s brother because he found out about the smuggling doesn’t quite add up, they’re not best buds and he doesn’t owe the king any favours.
        Claiming he killed Clayde in self-defence would still alert the king and make him wary of Linley’s motives when this incident occurred with no witnesses around.

        That’s all there is to it. Linley’s true power is secondary. In general he wants to keep that a secret from everybody, not just the king.

  4. I get the feeling Linely is going to ask Cesar to teach him that technique in order to “better capture Cesar’s aura” and not “to better his chances of revenge in the future”. *wink *wink

    1. isn’t there a fundamental problem with capturing that aura… there is no aura to capture. its like doing a portrait of the invisible man. I’m sure Linley the genius that he is will figure out a way, but doubt it will be easy, hence Linley begins a new phase of training.

      1. they did mention it was cold and concentrated. so if i had to guess the aura would be a subtle but existing thing. sort of like a shadow in the night. if you concentrated hard enough you’d be able to pick it out, but otherwise it’s all just black.

  5. “Relax, that was a long time ago. It has been quite a while since I’ve last killed someone.”

    Isn’t Ceser the old master who killed the assassins that tried to destroy Linley’s statue? or was that someone else?

    1. He was the Old Master for sure! I had the same thought as you when I saw this. My thoughts were, either 1) Someone else also there killed the assassins at his orders, 2) He didn’t consider killing them to be really a ‘kill’ since it wasn’t an assassination mission, or 3) Going a year without killing someone is a really long time for him 😛

      1. I was thinking along the lines of number 2. The assassins accidental deaths were a side-effect of his mission to protect the sculpture. To the Old Master, it was probably like stepping on a bug as you walk down the street. The bug may have died because of your actions, but you don’t notice/feel like you killed anything.

      2. Number 3 is the one that occurred to me. But reading it still made me chuckle, lol.
        A man of over 5000 years considering a year or so to be a long time to go without killing.
        2 seems very reasonable as well though. It’s all a matter of perspective after all.

  6. Wow, He is quite OP i’d have to say, i am not sure if linley can craft a sculpture that can be like that, that he actually is satisfied with…. Like he said, he will have to get the strange bizarre feeling from the statue….

    Anyway amazing chapter, ty for it Ren^^

  7. I found Coiling Dragon yesterday and couldn’t stop reading. Thanks for all the chapters translated, Ren! Also I am really happy with the translation’s speed 😀
    is it supposed to be one chapter a day + bonus chapters?
    (still learning English, sorry if mistakes were made ;-;)

    1. Hi Decromacia, welcome to the community! It was really more of a 1-2 chapter / week thing, but so many people asked if they could ‘bribe’ me to do bonus chapters that I thought I’d give it a try…and I haven’t gotten a day’s rest since the week before Christmas T.T

  8. @Decrimacia – Actually your English is pretty good. And the rate is supposed to be something like two chapters a week + bonus chapters. We just haven’t given Ren a break since he introduced the bonus chapter incentives.

    With that said, thanks so much for the chapter Ren!
    I personally hope that Cesar will take Linley under his wing, maybe as payment for doing such a great statue or something, because having him go full on assassin would be pretty awesome.

    Thanks to all the donors who make this all possible,

    All Hail Ren!

    1. I’m curious, and wouldn’t be surprised if he was over Saint level. But I also wouldn’t be surprised if he was at the peak for Saint level and just didn’t care about going higher. I think it will be interesting to see in the future.

  9. probably.

    Doehring keeps on bringing up how much more powerful he must have gotten after all this time. it’d be something of a let down if all the most famous assassination organizations in the land were afraid of a guy whi wasn’t even saint leveled. not to mention, immortality only goes to saint class people. I don’t think he kept his young looks for 600 years through good living.

  10. Thanks for the chapter.
    Should be interesting to see if he does the sculpture next chapter.
    It should also be interesting to see how goes about taking Clayde down with Cesar’s help.

    1. I think it would be hilarious if he does.
      That trance like state is suppose to be due to something that invokes extreme emotions, more or less.
      I wouldn’t be able to help laughing if Cesar killing a flower pot caused extreme emotions comparable to having his heart broken.

      “Omg, that was my favorite flower pot!” *coughs up blood* *goes to back yard in a trance and carves an epic sculpture of Cesar ruthlessly murdering a flower pot*

      That would be priceless on several levels, lol.
      Anything is possible though. I definitely wouldn’t mind the humor. Mix it up a little.

  11. With came back and like 7 chapters were there. thanks for all the chapters Ren XD. Is the donation bar ever under 200% cuz I it’s been above 200 for like the last week and a half.

  12. Huh… If ST is in the same universe as this and assassin specialists are the strongest combatants while sword immortals are the strongest immortals, what happens if you make a assassin sword immortal?

  13. I’ve noticed that my comments are getting more and more serious. I guess that happened as I got more engrossed in the story. Quick, I need a lighthearted comment!

    Doesn’t that old fart respect furniture? All these disposable attendants around and he had to break Linley’s fine vase!

  14. Cesar knew that when a girl told him certain things, it would be rather morally wrong for him to spread it to others as well. He, Cesar…was a very principled man.
    He, Cesar…was a very principled man. –> He, Cesar,…was a very principled man. Or He, Cesar, was a very principled man.??

  15. HaHa, I Can [ Imagen ] The Question, HaHa !

    ” Mr. Cesar…. Can You Perhaps Do Me The Favour, Of Using Your Manliness,
    To ” Persuade ” Clayde To…. Answer A Few, Of My Questions ? ”

    HaHa, That Would Be Priceless :3

    Thanks For The Translations !
    Take Care Everyone & Of Each Other !

  16. “What do you think? Do you agree that I look the manliest at that type of moment? I’ve relied on this technique to win the hearts of quite a few young ladies, you know.”

    Use the disintegrating technique on the young ladies to win their hearts? Does he want to dig their hearts out or something?
    (That was the first thing I thought of…)

  17. I don’t think Lindley would be able to do his request. Even Doehring said that a sculpture “Awakening from a Dream” occurs a handful of times. The sculpture would seem subpar.

  18. I really, really, REALLY hope that this first step into discovering the utterly terrifying power of those at top allows him to go into Grandmaster mode again, make a statue that Cesar can be REALLY proud of, and in the meantime skip half the way towards 8th rank xD

  19. “Even that old servant of the Leon clan, Shaw, had been terrified upon seeing Cesar, the King of Killers. Afterwards, only after Delia had wrote Cesar a letter and obtained his agreement did Delia dare to make another bid.”

    Lol, the author needs to go back and read his own book, that did not happen…
    She made her final bid before the letter was even delivered to Cesar

    ““Don’t worry about it. Just hand this letter to him.” Delia didn’t hesitate in the slightest. The old man did, but after a moment, he still left the booth and headed to the first floor.

    “12 million gold coins!”

    Delia’s clear voice rang out from within the booth.

    The loosely attired man below frowned, and a baleful aura seemed to gather between his furrowed brows. But just at this moment, the old man named ‘Shaw’ walked over to the loosely attired man. Upon reaching his side, he respectfully bowed. “Milord, I am a servant of the Leon clan. This is the letter my young mistress has sent to you.””

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