Book 6, Chapter 5

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Book 6, The Road to Revenge – Chapter 5, Writ of Nobility

The Ernst Institute did not make public high level magical incantations of the seventh rank or higher.

If you wanted to learn these higher rank spells, you would have to decide to join a faction.

“Thank you, Lord Guillermo, Lord Lampson.” Linley said thankfully.

Linley couldn’t help but think back to the power of the higher ranked wind spells as described in the books he had read. The higher ranked the spell, the more terrifying its offensive potential, especially in the wind-style. Its offensive spells, in fact, could be considered the number one amongst all styles.

For example, the forbidden-level ‘Dimensional Edge’ spell, or the ninth-ranked spell “Void Extermination” spell.

“Linley, how about this. When we return to Fenlai City, I will send someone to inform Clayde of your decision. Clayde will, in short order, confer a writ of nobility upon you, and grant you a manor as well.” Guillermo laughed.

Linley nodded.

“Linley.” The nearby Lampson patted Linley on the shoulders. “You don’t need to worry about any official matters for now. The only thing you need to do is train hard. I very much want to see our Radiant Church have yet another Saint-level combatant in our midst within fifty years.”

“Fifty years?”

Linley was confident that within fifty years, he could become a Saint-level Dragonblood Warrior. But as for becoming a Saint-level Grand Magus in fifty years, the difficulty was too great.

“Work hard.” Guillermo also patted Linley on his shoulders in a friendly way.

As the resplendent carriages made their way through the village roads, the nearby trees and lakes soon receded into the distance. In front and behind the carriages, there were rows of knights. Under this resplendent escort, they reached Fenlai City by lunchtime.

Fenlai City. Within the Debs clan’s manor.

“Alice, can you forgive me?” Kalan was holding Alice’s hands, staring into her eyes.

A look of helplessness was on Alice’s face. She gently nodded.

What else could she do?

“Rowling [Luo’lin] is about to arrive.” Alice said softly. “I’m about to go back.”

Despite everything, as of right now, Alice and Kalan still were not formally man and wife. Even if they got engaged, they still would not yet be husband and wife. Only after the formal ceremony would they become husband and wife. Before the wedding, Alice still had to observe the proprieties. Every day, she would go back to her own home.

“Rowling?” Kalan couldn’t help but frown upon hearing this name.

Rowling was Kalan’s principal wife.

Because of the fame of the sculpture, ‘Awakening From the Dream’, that female figure who was the inspiration for the sculpture had also been deeply imprinted into everyone’s mind. Once Kalan formally announced his engagement, many people would be able to recognize Alice as that inspiration. In a very short period of time, the Debs family had already selected a principal wife for Kalan.

“Kalan.”

A happy voice rang out. A golden haired girl, her hair in pleats, ran over to them happily. This girl looked extremely pure and innocent, yet still possessed the aura of nobility. Especially those large, liquid eyes; they made her seem all the more adorable.

“Rowling. You came.” Kalan forced a smile on his face.

Kalan had to admit that Rowling was a very adorable girl. Perhaps nobody would refuse to be together with Rowling. Only, in Kalan’s heart, the one he truly loved really was Alice.

“Where’s Uncle Bernard?” Rowling swept the area with her big eyes.

“Father went out to handle some affairs. I expect he’ll be back soon.” Kalan replied.

Kalan knew exactly where his father had gone and what he was doing. Thanks to the pressure of the Dawson Conglomerate, the businesses of the Debs clan in the city of Fenlai had reached the point of collapse. Every day, they were losing money. If they continued suffering such losses, they might be able to hold out for another year or half year, but as time went on, even their deep pockets would eventually run dry.

What’s more, the clan couldn’t just sit there and do nothing. After all, many of the other clans in Fenlai City were eying them covetously and circling around them.

Thus…his father, Bernard, had made a very dangerous decision. To engage in the illicit mining and smuggling of water jade.

Water jade was a type of extremely valuable gemstone. Generally, it was inlaid on top of magistaffs, and was very beneficial to water-style magi. In the Kingdom of Fenlai, there was a fairly large amount of water jade deposits, and the Kingdom of Fenlai had generated an astonishing amount of wealth through water jade mining.

Because water jade was so precious, naturally there were many people who tried to engage in water jade smuggling.

But his Majesty, King Clayde, bitterly detested the smuggling of water jade. Every single merchant whom had been discovered to be smuggling water jade, King Clayde had ordered to be put to death. But because the profit margin for the smuggling of water jade was simply too enormous, perhaps 500% to 600%, there were still always merchants who were willing to brave this risk.

In the past, there was no need for the Debs clan to take such a dangerous route. But now, things were different.

Since all normal business paths had been sealed off by the Dawson Conglomerate, the only choice for the Debs clan was to smuggle!

“There shouldn’t be any problems.” Kalan said to himself. “The business partner which father has selected is the Minister of Finance for the Kingdom of Fenlai, the younger brother of his Majesty, Duke Patterson. With him as our partner, the chance of there being any problems should be fairly low.”

Patterson was the Minister of Finance for the entire Kingdom of Fenlai.

Clayde naturally had selected the person he himself trusted the most to assume the weighty responsibility of being in charge of managing the finances of the entire kingdom.

“Uncle Bernard is back.” Rowling’s bright voice sounded out.

Kalan raised his head.

Bernard, his face covered with smiles, walked through the door. Seeing Rowling, he laughed. “Rowling, you are here? Have you had dinner yet?”

“Not yet,” Rowling replied.

Bernard nodded. “Tonight, stay here and have dinner with your big brother Kalan. Oh, right, there’s something I need to discuss with your big brother Kalan. Why don’t you and Alice have a nice chat? Later, I’ll have your big brother Kalan spend some time with you.” As he spoke, Bernard flicked a glance at Kalan.

Kalan obediently followed by Bernard’s side as the two entered a private room.

Closing the stone door, they lit the lamps.

“Father, what is it?” Kalan asked hurriedly.

A hint of satisfaction was on Bernard’s face. “I’ve already completed my discussions with Duke Patterson. He’s already agreed. But we will have to split the profits on this endeavor, fifty-fifty.”

“Fifty-fifty?” Kalan stared. “Father, this Duke Patterson is too greedy. Our clan is carrying out the actual smuggling work and spending all of the upfront costs. We are even paying for the horses out of pocket. All he’s doing is arranging some safe smuggling routes for us.”

It wasn’t that Kalan didn’t understand the importance of these smuggling routes.

But for this project, the Debs clan truly had invested a massive amount of money, while Duke Patterson didn’t have to spend a single coin. All he had to do was to use some of his official powers, and he would earn a huge amount of money.

“Fifty-fifty is within our range of acceptability.” Bernard laughed calmly. “Duke Patterson isn’t just providing us with safe smuggling routes. More importantly, he’s betraying his country and betraying his elder brother. If King Clayde found out, even though Duke Patterson is his own younger brother, he most likely wouldn’t be merciful to him.”

Kalan nodded slightly.

Their partner was a Duke and the Minister of Finance. With him taking on such enormous risks for the sake of arranging a safe smuggling route for their clan, it was fair that he claimed half of the profits.

Bernard and Kalan exited the secret room and returned to the living room. Alice and Rowling were currently engaged in conversation.

“Oh, right. Kalan. I just heard from Patterson that in three more days, his Majesty will personally confer a rank of nobility upon Linley in the royal palace.” Bernard instructed, “Prepare a gift for me. In a few days, I will give it to Linley.”

Kalan nodded.

Alice, who was chatting with Rowling not too far away, couldn’t help but turn her head and glance at them.

“Big brother Linley is being conferred a rank of nobility?” Alice murmured to herself.

Within the royal palace of Fenlai City.

Dozens of important ministers were lined up in orderly fashion in the court, while King Clayde was sitting up high, overlooking at everyone below.

“Everyone. Today, I have something important to announce.” The smile on Clayde’s face was radiant, and he spoke in a bright voice. The major ministers who had received the news in advance all knew what King Clayde was going to say. Clayde glanced at an attendant by his side. Instantly, the attendant shouted in a loud voice, “Linley Baruch, enter the palace!”

His voice echoed in the palace. Shortly afterwards, Linley, dressed in black and gold magus robes, entered the palace. All of the nobles and ministers in the palace turned to look at him.

“I pay my respects to his Majesty.” Linley bowed as he spoke.

Clayde looked at Linley, and a smile appeared on his face like a flower blooming. “Linley, for you to be willing to labor on behalf of our kingdom is something I am extremely gratified about. I now confer upon you the title of Prime Court Magus, and also bequeath upon you the rank of Marquis.”

“Does anyone have an objection?” Clayde swept the court with his gaze.

All the nobles and ministers stared enviously at Linley, but none of them voiced any objections.

“Your Servant thanks you, Majesty!”

Actually, per what Cardinal Guillermo of the Radiant Church had originally said, the Radiant Church could let Linley instantly become a Duke. But Linley had felt this would be too amazing and draw too much attention to himself, especially given that he previously never had a rank of nobility. If he rose in rank too fast, that wouldn’t necessarily be a good thing.

That’s why they decided to go a step lower and confer the rank of Marquis.

“Linley, as the Prime Court Magus and as a Marquis, naturally you can no longer reside as a mere guest of the Dawson Conglomerate. I have already arranged for an extremely peaceful, secluded estate to be granted to you. It is on the Greenleaf Road, not too far from the palace.” Clayde said with a smile to Linley.

Linley immediately once more thanked the king for his generosity.

In reality, Clayde had already discussed the question of conferring rank and land to Linley with Linley. Today, they were simply openly announcing it in court.

Upon leaving the palace, Linley engaged in some idle conversation with the other ministers.

The highest level of power in the Kingdom of Fenlai was mostly occupied by the Minister of War, the Left Premier, the Right Premier, the Inspector General, and other people on the similar plane. These people virtually governed the entirety of affairs in the Kingdom of Fenlai.

Most of these people had the rank of Marquis. Even the lowest ranked amongst them, the Inspector General, was a Marquis.

On Greenleaf Road.

Linley was seated within his carriage, closing his eyes while quietly training.

“Lord Linley, we’re here.” The servant’s voice rang out from outside the carriage.

Linley opened his eyes, then pushed the curtain to his carriage open. Bebe directly leapt from the carriage seat onto Linley’s shoulders.

“Wow, what a big estate!” Bebe’s eyes were gleaming as he stared at the mansion.

Linley was also carefully inspecting the estate which the ruler of Fenlai had gifted him. This estate took up a vast expanse of land, and the main gate alone was over ten meters wide. Through the open gate, Linley could see there were many male servants, female servants, and also many Knights of the Radiant Temple.

“Not bad.” Linley nodded as he entered.

“Milord.” Seeing the gatekeeper bow respectfully, instantly all of the male and female servants in the courtyard suddenly stopped whatever it was they were doing and bowed respectfully towards Linley.

It was important for them to give Linley a good first impression. These servants all knew how incredible their new master was.

“Master Linley, congratulations, congratulations!” Suddenly, a very familiar voice rang out from not far away.

Linley turned his head. “Mr. Bernard.”

The person who had come was the leader of the Debs clan, Bernard Debs. Bernard smiled at Linley. “Master Linley, what a coincidence. My clan’s manor is also on Greenleaf Road. We’re only one house over. In the future, it will be quite easy for us to visit each other.”

“Oh.” Thinking back to when he had first rescued Alice and delivered her and Kalan back to Fenlai City, it did seem as though Kalan’s manor was not too far away.

“But Master Linley, your manor is much larger than mine. This manor of yours used to be where his Majesty himself lived.” Bernard said admiringly.

Linley also felt that this manor was astonishingly large, much larger than his ancestral mansion. To have such an enormous estate in Fenlai City, where each inch of land was as valuable as an inch of gold, was not something which simply having money could accomplish. So it turned out this was the former residence of his Majesty, King Clayde. No wonder it was so large.

“Mr. Bernard, I have to head back now. In the future, we’ll be able to chat quite often.” Linley smiled modestly, then turned his head and walked towards his own manor.

Right at this moment, at the gate to the Debs clan’s manor, Kalan, Rowling, and Alice were standing and watching from afar.


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99 thoughts on “Book 6, Chapter 5” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

        1. omg yeah xDDD imagine it! The sculpture in the middle of the estate in a carved stone pavilon meanwhile bebe eats roasted ducks and chickens on one of the “heads” and takes naps xDDDD

  1. Thanks for the chapter Ren and a happy new year.

    “Linley.” The nearby Lampson patted Linley on the shoulders. “You don’t need to worry about any official matters for now. The only thing you need to do is train hard. I very much want to see our Radiant Church have yet another Saint-level combatant in our midst.”

    “Fifty years?”

    Linley was confident that within fifty years, he could become a Saint-level Dragonblood Warrior. But as for becoming a Saint-level Grand Magus in fifty years, the difficulty was too great.

    Is a line missing somewhere in Lampson’s paragraph? From the way I read this, it seems that Linley is feeling daunted by a request from the Cardinals but they never mentioned a timeframe for him to reach saint level.

    1. Yes, there should be the line in Lampson saying ‘within fifty years’. I edited my translation but didn’t put back in the fixed line. Thanks for pointing it out! I’ll put it in.

    1. wahahaha
      linley needs to destroy both side ….
      i cannot wait linley destoy the debs clan and slays petterson
      hhhmmm i have a feeling alice and delia will be linley’s wife

  2. LOL, wanted to say something bad about Kalan but the sentence ” Only, in Kalan’s heart, the one he truly loved really was Alice” makes me un-hate him(hahaha is there such a word?)
    and for the main comment, Thanks Ren and Donators!

      1. Yeah but one has to be made into a scapegoat or the story wouldn´t progress so smoothly
        It´s always the same with IEatTomatoes works: there´s only the one opposing the MC and the ones wich aren´t as stupid.

        1. But Kalan and pops had real malicious intent, attempting to hiring assassins to get rid of both him and the sculpture.

          To feel sorry for Kalan now is kinda silly

  3. Thank you for the chapter!

    Hahaha. Now he must watch out for assassination attempts by Kalan.

    I can image if the time period was more modern with cell phones. I would expect Delia, after hearing about being neighbors, bull rushing back to Fenlai City to interfere with any more possible flags with Alice.

    1. … an image just popped into my head of Delia receiving a phone call, getting a supermotivated look on her face, jumping out of the carriage and running back to Fenlai city faster than a dragon could ever dream to fly XD

  4. wao… delia was remove like dog´s poop on the street…. and i rlly doubt that 2 years separation will pass fast enough (cuz lot has to happen in that time)

    poor cecilia from living in a nightmare to living in hell… i rlly hope the best for her rlly like her

  5. Hach back at home and more than 6 chapters to read …. Heaven!!!!!

    Thanks Ren im gonna keep grinning for the rest of the day^^

    … and also poor debs clan. They just keep making the wrong choices…..

    1. Why is anyone feeling pity for them?
      I mean, them being punished for “buying” Alice… okay, fine, I can see why you’d pity them.

      But hiring assassins and deciding to engage into illegal smuggling are all very personal, very specific, and very freely made decisions. Why would anyone pity them? u.u’

  6. “Oh, right. Kalan. I just heard from Patterson that in three more days, his Majesty will personally a rank of nobility upon Linley in the royal palace.” Bernard instructed

    “Oh, right. Kalan. I just heard from Patterson that in three more days, his Majesty will personally bestow a rank of nobility upon Linley in the royal palace.” Bernard instructed

    Dunno how to make the word in bold so you know what I’m trying to show with typos or missing words. if anyone know how to, can you tell me how to do it pls. thx

  7. Poor Alice, too submissive and now she has to suffer seeing Linley on her visits. At least she’s not “married” yet, what might that mean? ‘

    Great chapter though, thanks Ren and donors (Volos, MG from South Carolina, BlackBirdy, TN from Texas, GS from Illinois, MY from Texas, Honaidy (again!), TW from the United Kingdom, JB from California, NY from Singapore)

  8. Whoever it was that said in the forums that Alice would gracefully fade from the story, then disappear was completely wrong lol. They are basically neighbors now :p

  9. Oh how convenient that Patterson helps with the smuggling and that if he gets caught even his brother wouldn’t forgive him. Now Linley has to somehow find that out and give evidence to the king and then kill him

  10. Hahaha, as if the debs clan didn’t have enough reason to hate Linley, their only source of revenue is his direct enemy. I imagine a plot involving using Alice as a distraction in order to either embarrass or kill Linley in the future.

    All Hail Ren!

  11. wait

    * Right at this moment, at the gate to the Debs clan’s manor, Kalan, Rowling, and Alice were standing and watching from afar.

    so they could see linley’s manor from their own manor that are 1 hour from each other? O_O

      1. Oh man sorry I read this phrase

        * My clan’s manor is also on Greenleaf Road. We’re only one house over. In the future, it will be quite easy for us to visit each other.”

        and I think my sleepyness made house -> hour , sorry

  12. One thing I disliked was there not being any mention on what he decided to do with his township – I really doubt he would have raised taxes or anything, but Hillman was the commander of the guard plus trained the kids.

    They shoulda at least added a line about him hiring another person to Hillmans position.

    1. Yeah. I’m liking this LN a lot, I’m addicted. But no matter how many LNs I read, all the authors seem to be just sloppy with the details. “Who cares about them”, right?

    2. there was still 2 other guys that trained the kids… lorry and someone whos name i dont rememeber lol. so im guessing they did it? also did it even mention that he was getting wushan township as his fief? i dont know if it did thats y im asking xD

  13. “Clayde had already discussed the question of conferring rank and land to Linley with Linley”
    What it means “…to Linley with Linley”?

  14. Thanks a lot!
    oh, thst horrid duke, the mijister of finance, engaged in smuggling? That makes things so much easier…to destroy him… and he has been upgraded to the level of one of the most detestable in this novel!on par with alice and kalan!

  15. thanks for the chapter Ren!
    anyways, eventhough linley felt it difficult for himself in fifty years, i actually hope he can reach saint before he become an oldman..
    just a wish though..besides, anything can happen.. hehe^^

    1. Remember that the average lifespan in this world is over 100 years. And strong combatants can reach several years. Saint level are basically immortal.
      Meaning that, even if he was normal, 50 wouldn’t be an old man, just “no longer that young” xD

    1. To be honest, and not to critisize Ren, I think it’s something that should be left out in the translation.

      I don’t know if you’re familiar with the maybe more commonly known Japanese “-san”, “-chan”, etc? These “Big brother”, “Grandpa”, etc. that keep popping up are a way of showing respect to your elders or superiors in Chinese. For example, Alice called Linley “big brother” because she was only 3rd or 4th rank, back then, but he was already 5th rank, so he was like an upperclassman.
      Kalan… I guess he maybe is a year older than her or something?
      But anyway, that’s the explanation.

      The problem is that, in English, it sounds exceedingly weird. I just can’t help but picture them having sex and she saying “Big brother Kalan!”. It’s just… yeah… XD

  16. “The person who had come was the leader of the Debs clan, Bernard Debs. Bernard smiled at Linley. “Master Linley, what a coincidence. My clan’s manor is also on Greenleaf Road. We’re only one house over. In the future, it will be quite easy for us to visit each other.””
    ……….okay, whose bright idea was this?
    Is the author planning on bringing Alice in again or something? Cause now they’re neighbours, wtf…

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