Book 6, Chapter 9

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Book 6, The Road to Revenge – Chapter 9, The Engagement

“Lord Fallen Leaf.” Seeing how impolite Linley had been, Guillermo hurriedly apologized, “Lord Fallen Leaf, this Linley is only seventeen years old this year. Lord Fallen Leaf, please forgive his discourtesy.”

Guillermo knew very well what a great amount of influence this Fallen Leaf had within the Radiant Church. This Lord Fallen Leaf could be considered the spiritual leader of the entire Ascetic branch. Even the Holy Emperor himself didn’t have the ability to force him to go against his own will.

Using his skinny, chicken-claw like right hand, Fallen Leaf stroked his straggly beard. With curiosity, he watched Linley’s departing back. “Discourtesy? No, no. He wasn’t exactly discourteous. It can only be said that this kid acts very firmly and unwaveringly.”

Guillermo was startled.

He didn’t expect that this Lord Fallen Leaf, who initially had a poor impression of Linley, would now praise him.

“Guillermo.” Fallen Leaf looked at Guillermo.

“Lord Fallen Leaf, I await your instructions.” Guillermo said respectfully.

Smiling, Fallen Leaf said, “This Linley’s heart is filled with murderous intent, and he is firm and unwavering. I think a person like him will never hesitate in his actions, whether it be in killing or in anything else. A person like this is very much suited to be the sharp sword of the Radiant Church.”

Guillermo understood what Fallen Leaf meant.

Although the Radiant Church urged people to follow their better natures, towards the followers of other religions, the Radiant Church was ruthless and merciless. Naturally, this would require ruthless and merciless people. This was why the Ecclesiastical Tribunal of the Church was originally formed.

“Perhaps in the future, this kid, Linley, will become the new Praetor of the Ecclesiastical Tribunal.” Fallen Leaf said softly.

Guillermo couldn’t help but turn to look at Linley’s departing back.

Become the Praetor of the Ecclesiastical Tribunal?

Guillermo knew very well that the Praetor of the Ecclesiastical Tribunal could be considered the second highest ranking person within the Radiant Church. In fact, from some standpoints, it could be considered that the position of the Praetor of the Ecclesiastical Tribunal was on par with that of the Holy Emperor.

The Holy Emperor was, on the surface, the leader of the Radiant Church who wielded the most power.

But the Praetor of the Ecclesiastical Tribunal was the dark underside of the Radiant Church, the leader of the most powerful military force within the Church!

“Lord Fallen Leaf, are you willing to guide him?” Guillermo suddenly asked.

But Fallen Leaf still shook his head.

“Why?” Guillermo was confused. Since Fallen Leaf appreciated Linley, why wasn’t he willing to train him?

Fallen Leaf shook his head. “My training methods are not suited for him. My way requires a pure heart, and is suited for someone whose heart faces the light. But as for him…the path he walks is the path of slaughter.”

Guillermo nodded.

“Guillermo, there’s no need for you to find another master for him. A truly powerful person will rely on himself to find a path most suitable for himself. The teachings of others are, after all, based on their own ways.”

Fallen Leaf looked at Guillermo. “You are an Arch Magus of the ninth rank. Why, then, have I never instructed you? It’s precisely because of this reason. Even if I tell you about what I have comprehended and my insights, you still will not succeed, because only after countless personal experiences will your soul transform, allowing you to comprehend deeper levels of mysteries. Only then will you succeed.”

“Remember. Rely on yourself.” Fallen Leaf smiled.

Guillermo nodded.

He hadn’t yet entered the Saint-level, so there was no way for him to comprehend what the difference between the Saint-level and the ninth rank was. Although at times, he wondered if Fallen Leaf was intentionally withholding valuable guidance from him, upon seeing Fallen Leaf’s sincere gaze and hearing his sincere voice, he believed him.

“Perhaps I really do have to rely on myself.”

Guillermo had been held at the ninth rank as a magus for a long time, now. He deeply desired to make a breakthrough.

After all, between the ninth rank and the Saint-level, the difference between the two was like that of the heavens and the earth.

Within Linley’s manor. The Hot Springs Garden.

Next to the hot springs pool, Linley was quietly seated in the meditative trance.

“Shudder, shudder.” Linley’s entire body was constantly emitting strange noises, as his bones and muscles continuously shuddered. Beads of sweat constantly flowed down his body.

Training in accordance with the Secret Dragonblood Manual was ten times more effective than using ordinary battle-qi training methods.

But this was only natural. After all, the requirements for one to be able to use the Secret Dragonblood Manual were also extremely intense.

“Why is training for humans so difficult? You even require all sorts of secret manuals that require different body types.” Lying next to Linley, Bebe’s little head turned to look at Linley, his mind full of questions.

He was a magical beast, and his training was very simple. He would directly absorb darkness-style elemental essence from the outside world, drawing it into his body and into his magicite core.

There weren’t any secrets. It was just a very natural absorption process.

…..

Linley continued to live this sort of quiet life, spending most of his time each day in training.

Using several high quality training methods at the same time, he pushed his body’s capacity for punishment to the maximum.

In the blink of an eye, over ten days passed.

“Whoosh!”

Wielding the Bloodviolet Godsword in his hands, Linley tested out one attack after another.

Which angle allowed the sword to strike out the fastest?

How to control the vibrations of Bloodviolet to reduce the hindrance of the natural air friction, and to make his sword move faster?

Time and time again, he painstakingly trained in striking with his sword.

Each time Linley made his move, a brilliant violent flash would appear.

The speed of these blows was enough to make one’s heart quail.

But Linley was still not satisfied. He constantly pursued improvement, perfection. Using his understanding of wind elemental essence which was granted to him by his wind magic, he trained hard to make Bloodviolet move even quicker and more fluidly.

“Milord!” A voice called out from outside the Hot Springs Garden.

Linley paused. With a movement of his hand, the Bloodviolet Godsword in his hand disappeared. Nobody could notice that this Bloodviolet sword had wrapped around Linley’s waist now.

Even if a normal person paid attention to his belt, they would only think it to be a purple belt.

“Enter.” Only now did Linley speak.

Instantly, a beautiful maid came running in at high speed. A look of worship on her face, she looked at Linley, and then immediately lowered her head and said respectfully, “Milord, the Debs clan has sent someone over with an invitation card.” As she spoke, she offered the invitation card to Linley.

Linley looked at the invitation card.

The invitation card was red in color, while the trimmings were golden. The words ‘invitation card’ were written on top in bright, bold characters.

“Invitation card?”

Linley accepted the invitation card, and then opened it. Indeed, the contents of the card were exactly what he had thought it would be.

“On June 18th, Kalan, Rowling, and Alice will carry out their engagement ceremony. Who is this Rowling?” Staring at the invitation card, Linley frowned.

“You can leave now.” Linley said calmly.

“Yes, milord.” The attendant said respectfully, then she departed from the Hot Springs Garden.

“Boss, is that Debs clan arranging the engagement ceremony for Alice?” Bebe leapt onto Linley’s shoulders, then stretched his little head out to peer at the card.

“Uh, Rowling? Who is Rowling?” Bebe looked at Linley suspiciously.

Doehring Cowart also appeared next to Linley. Seeing the invitation letter, a hint of a smile appeared on his face.

“Grandpa Doehring.” Linley turned to look at Doehring Cowart.

“Are you wondering who Rowling is?” Doehring Cowart really was someone who had only gotten craftier with age. He instantly understood. “It’s simple. Your sculpture, ‘Awakening From the Dream’, made many people familiar with Alice’s appearance. Although they don’t know who Alice is, once the engagement ceremony is publicized, many people will see Alice. By then, they will definitely recognize her as being the mold for your creation of ‘Awakening From the Dream’. The love story contained within your sculpture is clearly visible to anyone who has ever analyzed stonesculpting. And precisely for this reason, the Debs clan definitely is not willing to allow Alice to become Kalan’s principal wife. This Rowling is most likely going to be Kalan’s principal wife.”

Linley was stunned.

Alice. Wasn’t going to be Kalan’s principal wife?

In the Yulan continent, the principal wife held a high status in the household, while the secondary wives held a much lower status.

“Because of me?” Instantly, Linley’s emotions grew complicated.

Because of his sculpture, Alice could no longer be Kalan’s principal wife.

“Linley, do you intend to go to this engagement ceremony?” Doehring Cowart asked.

“Yes. Of course.” Linley’s eyes hardened, and then he laughed. “Bernard has invited me several times now. This time, he specially sent over an invitation card. How could I refuse?”

Linley stared up at the blue sky, where wisps of silk-like clouds were floating about.

Long ago, he had sat on the grass alongside Alice and stared up at this sort of blue sky.

June 18th.

According to the priests of the Radiant Church, this was an extremely propitious day. Thus, the Debs clan chose to hold the engagement ceremony on this day.

This day, the front of the Debs clan’s manor was jam packed with carriages and people.

Major nobles, wealthy magnates, beautiful noblewomen, dazzling young noble ladies, handsome noble youths…today, it could be said that the Debs clan’s manor had more nobles present than any other place in Fenlai City.

“Lord Marquis Linley has arrived!”

The voice of the receiver for the Debs clan shot up two octaves as Linley, dressed in a black gentleman’s outfit, strode into the main hall of the Debs clan.

Virtually all of the nobles within the main hall stopped their conversations and turned to look at Linley.

Linley glanced around the room, a slight smile on his lips. Linley’s demeanor was totally in keeping with the magnificent presence of the upper nobility.

“Lord Linley, welcome!”

Bernard, who was previously chatting with some other guests, quickly walked towards Linley’s direction. Kalan, who was the leading role for this event, came by as well at Bernard’s side.

“Mr. Bernard.” Linley smiled. “Congratulations on your son’s engagement, to two beautiful women, no less.”

“Thank you, thank you.” Bernard said warmly.

Kalan also said respectfully, “Lord Linley, welcome to our home. I hope you will enjoy yourself today.”

Linley glanced at Kalan, but only nodded. Without speaking to him, Linley looked back at Bernard. “Lord Bernard, please feel free to take care of your other guests. I’ll just find a place to stand.”

The main hall of the Debs clan was extremely large. Hundreds of nobles and magnates were within it, but they didn’t feel the slightest bit crowded. The rich noblewomen and the rich young noble ladies were all attired beautifully, strutting through the crowd like proud peacocks.

Especially after Linley arrived. Many of the rich young noble ladies ‘unconsciously’ drew closer to him.

“Lord Linley, you are so amazing. I’ve trained in stonesculpting for three years now, but I’m not even able to sculpt a basic shape yet.” A young noble lady with a head of beautiful brown hair said warmly to Linley. “Lord Linley, you are really so incredible. You are only a bit older than us, but you’ve already approached the level of Proulx and Hope Jensen. Lord Linley, can you help teach me?”

This young noble lady looked hopefully at Linley with her big, beautiful eyes.

“Stonesculpting requires sufficient wrist strength. For such soft, beautiful ladies like yourself, it’s actually better if you just learned how to paint.” Linley said with a superficial smile.

As he spoke, Linley felt helpless.

Perhaps it was because all of these young noble ladies all knew that Linley was not yet married, but they all came to bother Linley, one after another.

And of course, the parents of these young noble ladies were more than happy to just sit and watch.

Because virtually all of the nobles within the Kingdom of Fenlai knew that if someone could become in-laws with Linley, their clan would rise in stature by leaps and bounds!

What sort of a figure was Linley?

He was already the Prime Court Magus, but virtually all of the nobles knew that he was only serving the Kingdom of Fenlai in name. In the future, he would definitely become an important figure within the Radiant Church. In the future, his position might be higher than that of even the ruler of Fenlai!

“Linley.” A bright voice rang out.

Linley turned around. “Your Majesty.”

The young noble ladies surrounding him all made their curtsies, no longer daring to entangle him. Only now did Linley secretly let out a breath as he headed towards Clayde. When he was alongside the king, at least those young noble ladies wouldn’t dare to bother him.

“Linley, see anyone you fancy?” Clayde whispered teasingly into Linley’s ears as Linley drew near.

Linley couldn’t help but cast a helpless glance at Clayde. “Your Majesty, there’s no need to tease me like this, is there?”

“Haha…” Clayde couldn’t help but break into a loud laugh.

Suddenly, the entire main hall fell silent. Clayde also turned his head to stare at the door to the main hall, his eyes shining. “Hey. There’s the leading females for tonight.”

Linley turned to look as well.

Kalan was holding a beautiful woman’s hand on each side. Both of these women were wearing beautiful full dresses, while the beautiful adornments in their golden hair shimmered brightly.

One was Rowling. The other was Alice.

“Alice.”

Linley’s gaze rested for a moment on Alice. Alice was more beautifully made up today than she had ever been before. But this time, the person holding her hand was Kalan.

“Oh, my goddess! Isn’t this the ‘goddess’ which Master Linley carved into ‘Awakening From the Dream’?” Suddenly, a noble let out a startled shout.

The main hall was instantly filled with clamorous discussion.

Aside from the few people who already knew what Alice looked like, the vast majority of the people present had no idea what Alice’s appearance was. But they had seen the sculpture, ‘Awakening From the Dream’. Many of the people had even designated the woman within the ‘Awakening From the Dream’ as the goddess of their dreams.

But at this moment, their ‘goddess of their dreams’ suddenly appeared before them at this engagement ceremony.


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70 thoughts on “Book 6, Chapter 9” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. Hey guys, are you using some sort of auto-refreshing script that constantly does something when I upload a new chapter? I really hope that isn’t the case, because now, after I publish a chapter, I’m having problems getting into the control panel. I hope you will turn off the scripts, if you have one, because it’s really killing the site. Thanks.

          1. dude chill, you can just check on a 6 hour basis if you know that he will release something, he will chill around for 2 hours then spend 4 hours working on it before commenting and releasing it… no need to bash f5 waiting for stuff, if you are lucky you might even catch 2 chapters being released before you checked again

            Anyway TY for the chapter, keep em coming!

      1. I think that is what they are doing. At least for leecher that is.

        I think the others that get “first” just by chance refreshed and it happened to be up.

        That is what happened to me a few times but I don’t care about being “first” so I would just read it slowly then comment with a “thank you Ren!” 40 mins later.

      2. Ren why don’t you add a timeout script or something like that?
        If someone refreshes the website 10 times in a minute they get a 5 minute timeout or something.
        You also got a script that add for ever 2-3 times you connect to a website in an hour you need to comfirm you’re human. several solutions if you want to check into it for one your data traffic is going skyhigh for nothing secondly if this keeps up the while website will become slower cuz this is a basic form of a DDoS attack just on small scale if more users come here to read your website can crash cuz of the F5-fu shiz.

    1. Well ren I actually spent the last 3 hours f5’n and holding in my pee, I use multiple windows and refresh them this time I posted my comment but database happened so I got screwed :c time to pee

  1. Thanks Again Ren!

    On a side note, is there any way you could fix the errors on this site? I’ve been trying to refresh the page and get on the site for over a hour now but been only getting “Error establishing a database connection.” I only just now managed to load this page…

  2. Thanks for the chapter! A short one this time tho, can’t wait for the next one and I guess I’ll send another small donation your way sometime soon 🙂

  3. “Why is training for humans so difficult? You even require all sorts of secret manuals that require different body types.” Lying next to Linley, Bebe’s little head turned to look at Linley, his mind full of questions.
    Wasn’t that to be Bebe?

  4. Cheers Ren!!!! The speed at which you pump these chapters out is making me addicted! =O

    YOU’RE TURNING US INTO ADDICTS!!!!! ADDICCTTTSSSS!!!!!!!!

    I swear you do this knowing how all of us react with the smuggest smile on your face! =p

  5. Every time I see that donation bar on the website +100% I get this image of the Donators holding a Whip and cracking away at Ren! I think you will be writing bonus chapters for a Long Long Time haha ^^

  6. Thanks for the chapter Ren and also thanks to everyone who donated.
    I wonder why Bernard was very persistent in inviting Linley to the engagement party. Did he do it to rub it in his face that he lost Alice to his son?
    I’m sure a lot of the spectators are wondering why Alice would choose Kalan over Linley when the later has unlimited potential while the former is just a whiny brat.

  7. Huge thanks, Ren!
    Hope you get this “DDOS” under control 😛
    Now we’ll see what these Debs have planned, to save face, with this marriage… don’t think it’ll end well.

  8. So… I really hope linley doesn’t become some crazed serial killer and also I kinda hope he helps Alice out and…. I hope this doesn’t become like just some assassin linley slaughtering novel I think that would be an incredible waste and last but not least…. Omg PEOPLE STOP REFRESHING I’m addicted as you guys but I must say I like waiting and having 3 chapters to read instead of one that makes you want more seriously guys

    1. How about no about the Alice part?
      She get what she deserves.
      In case that you forgot Linley doesn’t have left any romantic feelings for her.
      Oh yea and Linley x Delia FTW!

      1. Yup. +1M to him not becoming a serial killer. But as for Alice… just let her make her own choices, like she always has.
        She chose to cheat on Linley. She chose not to tell him. She chose to stay with Kalan (she could have always backed away). Why should Linley step in and help her?
        ESPECIALLY after whipping a poor servant who had done nothing wrong.

        No, no, let Alice deal with herself.

  9. “The voice of the receiver for the Debs clan shot up two octaves as Linley, dressed in a black gentleman’s outfit, strode into the main hall of the Debs clan.”
    This might just be me, but are you sure it’s octave and not decibel?
    I’m here imagining a person announcing Linley’s arrival as if was a castrato going into falsetto.
    A full grown man. (Don’t mind my nerding over here.)

    On another topic, it seems that Linley and Dalia shipping has started. The end of time has come.

    1. Welcome to the community, Conman! Haha, it’s octaves! In lots of Chinese period drama TV series and what not, when someone is being ‘announced’, the voices go up in octaves.

    2. Welp, messed up a bit in my fits of laughter, was a little bit short of breath.
      “I’m here imagining MAN announcing Linley’s arrival as if HE was a castrato going into falsetto.”

  10. Well I guess Linley has put his feelings for Alice behind him.
    How will they act now? friends?

    And sneaky King Trying to hook him up. Need to do better than that!

  11. Well everyone still realizes that Alice was the one from the sculpture, and that she’s marrying Kalan still… even if she isn’t the principal wife I don’t see that much of a difference.

  12. i think bernard just want to be corteous to linley because of his status.
    He must knew about linley relationship with alice but not really thinking about it when he invited linley, as long as his clan can get some power back

    many thanks to the donator and awesome ren!

  13. this pisses me off, i keep getting the feeling linley is gonna end up with alice at some point. cmon man you will never have the same relationship you used to have with her. she betrayed you without a second thought to your feelings. girls like using the move “tears” to make you feel like they care for you. but if she truly loved you, no matter what someone says she would never have left you for a rich guy. no matter who he is.

  14. The invitation card was red in color, while the trimmings were golden. The words ‘invitation card’ were written on top in bright, bold characters.
    Might be better if goes with ‘Invitation card’ or ‘Invitation Card’ or ‘INVITATION CARD’ instead of ‘invitation card’?

  15. Heya RWX !

    I Don’t know If You Check These Old Chapters As Your SOOoo Busy,
    Way Into The Future, Compared To Me ~ Giggles * :3

    I Found Something: A Small Thing :3

    ” Kalan was holding a beautiful woman’s hand on each side. Both of these women were wearing beautiful full dresses ”

    woman’s hand on each side. ~> woman’s hand ” , ” on each side.

    , Is used As A Pause Right, Also A ” Sentance Breaker ” Without It,
    It Sounds Like He’s Holding;
    Both , Sides , Of The Womans Hands With Kalans Hand.

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

  16. He hadn’t yet entered the Saint-level, so there was no way for him to comprehend what the difference between the Saint-level and the ninth rank was. Although at times, he wondered if Fallen Leaf was intentionally withholding valuable guidance from him, upon seeing Fallen Leaf’s sincere gaze and hearing his sincere voice, he believed him.

    “Perhaps I really do have to rely on myself.”

    Guillermo had been held at the ninth rank as a magus for a long time, now. He deeply desired to make a breakthrough.

    After all, between the ninth rank and the Saint-level, the difference between the two was like that of the heavens and the earth.

    I mean not to be offensive but this part is seriously shoddily written.
    It tries to go for the whole schtick of how amazing something is by talking about it endlessly, like Linley being so awesome.
    But this time that really went badly.

  17. “This young noble lady looked hopefully at Linley with her big, beautiful eyes.”
    don’t even try to fool us, bro. we know u were focused on the other “eyes”. 😉
    Anyways, I’m really enjoying Coiling Dragon.

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