Book 6, Chapter 21

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Book 6, The Road to Revenge – Chapter 21, The Trial

Nimitz, Kalan’s two uncles, Kalan himself, Rowling, and Alice didn’t dare to seat themselves with their host absent. They simply waited quietly in the main hall.

“Kalan, when Lord Linley returns, you must remember to be a bit more humble.” Nimitz glared coldly at Kalan.

Kalan nodded. “Second Granduncle, I know.”

In actuality, Kalan’s heart was still filled with enmity towards Linley. After knowing the reason why he had been released from jail, he felt even more rage towards Linley!

“I would rather stay in that jail than have Alice go beg him!” Kalan’s heart was filled with fury.

In the past, when Linley and Alice had been together, Kalan began to hate Linley. After he took Alice back, he felt a bit smug. In his eyes, although Linley was quite formidable, when compared to his Debs clan, Linley was not even close to being on the same level. But after just a few months, Linley’s status had totally changed, becoming the brightest star within the Kingdom of Fenlai at one leap. Even his Majesty the King of Fenlai, and Cardinals of the Radiant Church, treated Linley with warmth. Even his own father acted so humbly towards Linley. All this filled Kalan’s heart with even more hatred.

They were both young men. Why was he so inferior?

Especially this time!

He had languished in prison. Although he ended up escaping, it had required Alice, the woman he loved dearest, to go beg Linley to free him.

This caused Kalan to feel humiliated. He very much wanted to not accept Linley’s kindness and continue to stay in that jail. How he wished he could angrily curse at Linley, or even kill Linley!

But for the sake of the clan, he, Kalan, had come humbly to Linley’s manor, and couldn’t even act the slightest bit disrespectfully.

Footsteps could be heard.

Kalan immediately cast aside his angry musings. Forcing a smile onto his face, he made himself appear courteous and modest.

“Forgive me for keeping everyone waiting.” Linley’s clear voice rang out.

Nimitz and the others all turned to look. Clearly, Linley had just washed. His hair was wet, and he was casually wearing a loose robe.

“You can all sit.” Linley comfortably sat down, gesturing casually with one hand.

Nimitz and the others all quickly expressed their thanks, then sat down. Nimitz was the first to smile and say, “Lord Linley, the purpose of our visit this time was to thank you. If it wasn’t for you, Kalan most likely wouldn’t have been able to get out this quickly. Kalan, hurry up and thank Lord Linley!”

Kalan was forced to rise to his feet again. Suppressing the anger in his heart, he forced himself to act humbly. “Thank you, Lord Linley.”

Linley smiled at Kalan. “Kalan. No need to thank me.”

“Mr. Nimitz. Very shortly, I’ll have to attend to some important affairs. I don’t know if you had any other purposes behind this visit? If you do, I hope you can speak of them now.” Linley smiled towards Nimitz.

In truth, Linley simply didn’t want to waste any time with these people. His time was meant to be reserved for training.

Nimitz was startled, but then he quickly adjusted. In a low voice, he said, “Lord Linley, our Debs clan has been framed and falsely accused of engaging in the smuggling of water jade. At this point, it’s very possible that our Debs clan will be entirely eradicated. Thus, our clan would like to beg you, Lord Linley, for your assistance. Once our clan overcomes this critical threat, we definitely will not forget your great kindness to us.”

As he spoke, Nimitz pulled out a black box from his side.

“Lord Linley, this is a very small gift from us to you as our thanks for your rescuing of Kalan. If our clan manages to survive this tribulation safely, we will once again show our gratitude towards you.” Nimitz sincerely held out that black box for Linley to look at.

“Swish.”

The little Shadowmouse, Bebe, suddenly scurried in front of Nimitz, and actually directly grabbed the box, then jumped onto Linley’s legs, planning on opening it up.

“Bebe!” Linley let out a low shout.

Bebe raised his head, staring at Linley unhappily. He didn’t open the box, only let out a few ‘hmph’ sounds, then fell silent.

“Mr. Nimitz, Bebe is rather naughty and mischievous. I’ll accept this gift, then, and offer my thanks to you.” Laughing, Linley put the black box off to one side, not even glancing at it.

Nimitz could sense that Linley was getting impatient.

Immediately, Nimitz glanced meaningfully at his companions, then was the first to stand up and bow. “Lord Linley, we won’t disturb you any further. This case involving our Debs clan will be tried a month from now. I hope that at that time, you can assist us, Lord.”

Linley casually nodded.

Nimitz and the others immediately left. That entire time, neither Alice nor Rowling had said a single word. Nimitz was the primary speaker.

Watching the group leave, Linley laughed coldly. “Nimitz, you old scoundrel. Did you think that by bringing Alice, I’d give you more face?” Linley flipped open the cover to the black box. Within it was a magicrystal card and a letter.

“A letter?”

As he toyed with the letter in his hands, a burst of flame suddenly erupted from his palms, incinerating it and turning it to ash. Linley couldn’t be bothered reading the letter.

Time passed quickly. September arrived.

This entire past month, Linley had focused on his training. His strength, agility, and other aspects of his body had all improved. The Dragonblood battle-qi in his dantian had become more pure as well.

Linley had the feeling that he had reached the late-stage of the sixth rank.

As far as his growth in spiritual energy, although Linley’s advancement rate was extremely rapid, even a genius would normally need around twenty years of training to advance from the seventh rank to the eighth rank. Despite his rapid improvement, a few months of growth wasn’t very noticeable.

The path of the magus was indeed a long, difficult one.

Within the Hot Springs Garden, the shadow of a chisel could be seen, and a human-shaped sculpture was become more and more clearly defined. Bits of rubble flew about in every direction, falling onto the grass. Suddenly, Linley came to a halt, withdrawing his chisel.

“Whew. Finally done.” Looking at the sculpture in front of him, Linley nodded with satisfaction.

This sculpture, which Linley had named the ‘King of Killers’, had truly cost Linley a great deal of effort. Each time, Linley had forced himself to totally enter the right state, so as to more perfectly carve out the statue of Cesar making his move.

The statue in front of him was as tall as a person.

Those two cold, calm eyes in particular gave people the sensation of being watched by a god. The aura emanating from this sculpture was the aura of a God of Death. Under the gaze of this sculpture, viewers would unconsciously feel a terrible, cold dread.

“Although this sculpture isn’t comparable to ‘Awakening From the Dream’, it is the most perfect statue that I can make while in a normal state.” Linley was extremely satisfied with this sculpture. He had spent an entire month on it, carefully, attentively sculpting. At last, it was completed.

Putting down his straight chisel, Linley soaked for a while in the hot springs, then put on a loose robe and sat on top of a chair. He was eating the breakfast which his attendants had brought him.

“Linley.” Doehring Cowart flew out by his side.

“Grandpa Doehring.” Linley looked at Doehring Cowart.

Laughing, Doehring Cowart said, “Linley, there’s two days left before the trial of the Debs clan’s case. Do you plan to go watch?”

“The trial?” Linley was startled.

This month, he had been absorbed in his bitter training. Linley had totally forgotten about everything else, including the Debs clan’s case. If it weren’t for Doehring Cowart’s reminder, Linley probably wouldn’t have remembered it at all.

“Yes, of course I’ll go.” A hint of a smile was on Linley’s face.

Year 9999 of the Yulan calendar. September 9th. Within the Blackwater Jail of Fenlai City.

The Blackwater Jail was the most famous jail in the Kingdom of Fenlai, and it was the most securely guarded jail. The cases awaiting trial at the Blackwater Jail were also the most important cases in Fenlai.

Within the Blackwater Jail’s courtyard, today there were many nobles congregating. Even his Majesty, King Clayde, had arrived, and was seated to the side, watching. Naturally, Linley came today as well.

“Lord Linley.” One noble after another greeted him warmly.

“Linley, come, sit with me.” Seated in front, Clayde gestured toward Linley. Linley smiled at Clayde, then walked over.

Linley sat down next to Clayde.

Merritt, his hair gleaming, sat at the judge’s seat. His waist and back were ramrod straight. He really did give the impression of being fair and impartial. “Everyone, please sit.” Merritt nodded and smiled towards the noble spectators who had gathered here. In particular, Merritt smiled modestly towards the direction of Linley and Clayde.

The noble spectators all sat down quietly. Today, more than ten people had come from the Debs clan. All of them were seated together, nervously watching the proceedings.

“Bring Bernard.” Merritt ordered directly.

Very soon, under escort by two soldiers, Bernard was dragged to the court, hands and feet both shackled.

Merritt glanced at a nearby official, who quickly strode forward. In a loud voice, he proclaimed, “Duke Patterson, when he was the Minister of Finance, acted in many ways against the benefit of the kingdom. In particular, he is suspected of colluding with the Debs clan in the smuggling of water jade. The scale of this smuggling operation is larger than any since the founding of our Kingdom of Fenlai. We have already discovered that the valuation of the smuggled water jade was greater than fifty million gold coins!”

In actuality, the Debs clan had just begun their smuggling program. Although the valuation was fifty million gold coins, in reality, the Debs clan had only spent a few million gold coins thus far. From this, one could tell what enormous profits lay in the smuggling trade.

But just as their smuggling activities had begun, Duke Patterson had died, resulting in this being revealed.

The official continued, “Based on our investigations, one of the main organizers of this smuggling activity jumped into the river, while the other two were the brothers Lanseer and Langmuir.”

Finishing, the official sat back down.

Merritt looked at Bernard. “Bernard, do you have something to say for yourself?”

Bernard nodded. “Yes, lord, I do. First of all, it was not our Debs clan which engaged in smuggling. Secondly, the Lanseer brothers had been expelled by our clan long ago. Thirdly, the primary mover behind this smuggling operation should’ve been that person you said jumped into the river. There is no link to our Debs clan at all.”

Merritt nodded and laughed. “The organizer of this smuggling operation was your third brother. And you say this has nothing to do with you?”

“Third brother? My third brother is still adventuring in the wilds. How would he have the chance to engage in smuggling?” Bernard continued to insist on this point.

“Your third brother is engaging in adventuring?” Merritt’s face grew cold. “Then let me ask you, if your third brother is outside adventuring, then why, despite me ordering your Debs clan to summon him back, hasn’t he returned after such a long period of time?”

Bernard said confidently, “My third brother is adventuring in other kingdoms. Most likely, he’s travelled too far. It is normal for us to need more than a year to find him.”

Merritt glanced at Bernard, chuckled, then said coldly, “Bring in Catson [Ka’te’sen] and the other two.”

“Catson?” Bernard was suspicious. Who was Catson and who were the other two?”

Very shortly, three very cowering youths entered the court, falling to their knees immediately as they said respectfully, “Greetings, Lord.”

These three youths clearly were peasants who had seen very little of the world before.

Merritt said calmly, “Catson, clearly explain what you saw happen.”

“Yes, Lord.” The leader of the youths said respectfully. “On June 28th, we three bros were fishing on the river, but suddenly, we saw a richly dressed noble lord clutching onto a dead tree trunk float by us. This noble was covered in blood and had already passed out.”

Upon hearing these words, the expression on Bernard’s face changed.

“The day that we pursued the leader of the smugglers was June 28th as well. As it just so happened, the leader jumped into the river.” Merritt looked at Bernard. “Bernard, are you willing to admit guilt yet?”

“My third brother is adventuring in distant lands. He definitely wasn’t organizing any smuggling activities. My Debs clan is definitely innocent.” Bernard still held his head up high and maintained his innocence.

Merritt laughed coldly, then said, “Bring Kanter [Kan’te] Debs.”

Hearing the name ‘Kanter Debs’, the faces of Bernard as well as the members of the Debs clan present all immediately turned white.


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66 thoughts on “Book 6, Chapter 21” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

          1. Can’t you just be patient?

            Also, Ren I suggest email alerts for new uploads so people don’t feel the need to spam refresh, unless this is already a feature and I’ve missed it?

            PS. thank you for the chapter!

          2. Plus there’s the RSS thread which is perfect for following this kind of website. I’m always surprised that so many people seems to ignore the existence of RSS, it was invented exactly for those kinds of usage…

  1. Thanks Ren.

    Who is Kanter Debs?
    Usually, when introducing a new name you put the original spelling together, but this one didn’t have it, so I imagined it was introduced earlier, but then I didn’t find a reference in the Glossary.
    So:
    [1] It’s a new character that you just didn’t put the original spelling when introducing, or;
    [2] It’s not a new character that you didn’t put in the Glossary because:
    [2.a] You forgot to add the entry, or;
    [2.b] His entry would spoil the plot.

    Personally I think it’s Bernard’s brother. Though I thought he was dead.

  2. Thanks for the chapter.
    Should be interesting to see what Clayde does after the Debs clan is found guilty.

    I really would have liked to know what was on the letter. It’s too bad Linley was stupidly impulsive on that part.
    But I guess it’s to be expected since he currently only has a one track mind.

  3. There goes the oh so ‘majestic’ debs clan…. Rest in peace Kalan, you will be remembered as the most useless small fry character in Coiling dragon history

  4. Linley didn’t read the card…I have the premonition that that will come back to bite him.
    Judging by how things are going maybe a little too well for the MC (MC’s never have it easy) my guess is that the magicrystal card will lead to the Debs clan implicating Linley in the smuggling operation, and him being imprisoned.

    I haven’t read ahead since online translation gadgets hurt my head, but I think that things are going to turn for the worse.

    Then again, I may be overly cynical.

    Thanks for the chapter Ren, a pleasure as always.
    Thank you donors who keep ren from sleeping, and us readers too.

    All Hail Ren!

    1. Even if he did get framed for that I don’t think he could get imprisoned and I think saying things are going to well for someone who recently discovered his father had been murdered is a little strange

      1. Well if they really manage the frame Linley or somehow make him real problems I would be more impressed than everything else xD.

        And i also do not think it is a thing Tomato would do ^^

  5. Merritt looked at Bernard. “Bernard, do you have to say for yourself?”

    Ren wouldn’t it be better if you added a What

    Merritt looked at Bernard. “Bernard, what do you have to say for yourself?”

  6. Bernard is so slippery, hopefully his and the Deb clan’s end is nigh.

    I wonder if Linley will ever find out that they planned to assassinate him. Maybe Cesar will let it slip.

  7. Initially I did not really feel Kalan had done anything particularly bad by “stealing” Alice, but his arrogance is making me change my opinion more and more. Just wipe him out already.

      1. It wasn’t just money. Alice just realized Kalan has always been helping her and there for her ever since they were kids. Add in the fact that Linley doesn’t attend the same school…

        1. distance is something i cant argue back, sadly linley told her he was willing to move with her so.. u are just repeating the same excuses as she did lol

          about kansas being good or bad… well cant say anything there either, at 1 ch he was treating alice as an object , later as a friend , since engament as a true love :S

          1. I think you missed the point of why I brought that up.

            You said he used money to create the gap, but he did use his love and friendship. Also, her excuses are not really an “excuse.” When you’re in a long distance relationship, you think “oh, distance, np, I don’t want to be a burden and pressure you into moving in with me.” But ironically, it usually causes feelings to lessen anyway.

            Kalan never treated her as an object also. He just chose his family’s reputation over giving her the honor of being his principal wife. But it doesn’t matter in the end, because he’s an asshole.

  8. I don’t know. I once read a book on writing literature that basically said that if you want your story to be interesting, kill off your MC’s friends and family, chase him up a tree, throw rocks at him and then chop the tree down on top of his favorite dog.

    basically, the more the MC suffers, the more the story pulls you in.

    I mean, yeah, his dad died, and that’s sad, but come on.
    Everything else in his life is going too smoothly.
    Premier genius of the continent!
    favored by kings and even the church!
    He’s now filthy rich!
    his best friend is the heir to the wealthiest group on the continent!
    there’s too much going his way for a normal story.

    not to mention the main girl from the oldest family in the empire has already stated her intent to make him hers.

    So, yes. I stand by my theory of something completely ruining Linleys day happening sometime soon.
    Specifically, I think he’s going to be framed and then thrown in jail, lose his status in the kingdom, probably his house and money, and maybe even lose his influence in the church.

    he should have read the note from the Debs clan.

    Thanks again Ren for the chapter, I’ve been skulking around today waiting to see if there’s anymore.
    What can I say, I’m greedy.
    All Hail Ren!

    1. Well, I’ll just give my particular opinion.
      In my opinion, the world is shit. If I wanted to see someone’s friends and family dead, that someone chased up a tree, thrown rocks at, and the tree be cut and kill the dog… I’d turn on the news. And to be completely honest, I could also look at 1 or 2 acquaintances.
      The reason I read and play videogames is because I want to live other worlds; “better” worlds. And by that I do NOT mean that I want everything to be unicorns and butterflies. But I don’t want everything to be shitty either. Again, I’ve got the news for that.
      I want he MC to have a happier life than I do, so that I can live a bit of it through him. If he has a shitty life… well, not to go full emo, but I already got mine for that.

      So yeah, I am NOT a fan of a work where the MC is continuosly thrashed. In fact, that would be my number 1 reason for dropping it.

  9. Its funny how Bernard is still pleading innocence.
    Debs clan will fall, his only way out is if the king spares him.

    What will happen to Alice?
    Well i don’t think Linley will let her just die because Debs were committing treason

  10. The Debs clan will look to Linley as their last beacon of hope… and he will smile. Then, as the ancient emperors of Rome did, he will display a downwards pointed thumb… and release the lions from their cages that will maul the Debs clan to death!
    Right? I’m 98% sure this is how it’s going to go down.

  11. I already didn’t harbor many ill feelings towards Kalan because I thought he was just an arrogant xianxia asshole, but, while this still holds true, I can’t help but get pissed at his attitude. I mean, Linley literally saved his and his fiancée’s lives TWO times already, but this motherf*cking piece of shit just keeps harboring an ever increasing hatred towards Linley, which is understandable (to some extent), but I bet, if he wasn’t being reined by his family, he’d definitely antagonize Linley again.

    I’m just really pissed off at his ungratefulness.
    I know he’s an antagonic arrogant xianxia small fry and I sort of understand his character and circumstances already, but it still gets on my nerves for some reason.

    I just want him to die already. He doesn’t deserve to be with the girl he loves, and that Rowling girl seems like a good girl, too. Too good for his snobby bitch ass.

  12. I don’t know what games Linley is playing. If he knows (or suspects) that the Debs are behind the attempted destruction of the sculpture, why even try to help them at all? And why give them hope that he’ll be on their side? Isn’t he “too busy training” to play games?
    Also, burning the letter? Information is useful, you know Linley… You used to be smart, but then Book 6 happened -.-‘

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