Book 8, Chapter 22

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Book 8, The Ten Thousand Kilometer Journey – Chapter 22, The Vast Earth

A month later, the order came down from the clan leader of the Jacques clan; Keane was to assume the position of city governor of the prefectural city of Cerre. However, prior to achieving the age of maturity, his sister, Jenne, was to assist him in managing the affairs of the city.

“Big brother Ley, you are leaving?”

Jenne, Keane, and Lambert all looked at Linley with astonishment.

With Keane the governor of Cerre and Jenne his steward, the two of them now had comparatively relaxed lives. Just as the two of them wanted to find a way to repay Linley, he suddenly declared his intention to depart from the prefectural city of Cerre.

“Big brother Ley.” Jenne’s eyes were starting to turn slightly red.

Linley was carrying his heavy sword, and Bebe was on his shoulders. By his side was Haeru, his Blackcloud Panther. Smiling, Linley said, “In this developed, urbanized environment within Cerre City, my training is negatively influenced. I won’t be going too far. I just intend to go to a valley in the mountains near Cerre City to quietly train for a time.”

To Linley, the most important thing was still training. Linley, who was still constantly improving himself, hadn’t yet reached a bottleneck, which made training all the more important. At a time like this, he had to seize the opportunity to raise his power as much as possible.

There were records of Dragonblood Warriors of the Baruch clan reaching the Saint-level and dominating the world in a matter of decades due to intensive training.

Experts had to be able to endure loneliness.

“Valley?” Jenne and Keane both inwardly let out sighs of relief.

“Alright, if I have some free time, I’ll come visit. I’ve already helped you as much as I can. In the future, you’ll have to rely on yourselves.” Linley said with a laugh.

When he looked at these two siblings, Keane and Jenne, Linley would often think of his own younger brother, Wharton. Right now, he and Wharton also had lost their parents.

“I wonder how Wharton is doing. After I finish understanding the level beyond ‘impose’, I’ll go pay him a visit.”

Linley knew very well that right now, over the course of Wharton’s training in the O’Brien Empire, there was no need for him to go disturb Wharton. In addition, only by learning on his own would Wharton grow fastest.

Once Linley was by Wharton’s side, Wharton would probably be unconsciously negatively impacted.

…..

East of Cerre, there was a vibrant, green mountain range with an unassuming little valley. Linley erected a wooden room here, then began to engage in quiet training.

Late at night, within the mountain valley. There was a green plain of grass, and even a little lake in the middle of it.

Linley was seated in a meditative trance close to the lake. His eyes were closed as he attuned himself to nature. By his side, there was a lit campfire, casting a flickering light across Linley’s face.

Linley could feel the expansiveness of the vast earth, the flows of the wind, and the streams of water. He could feel the passion of the flames…

As a magus, especially one with exceptional affinity for both wind and earth elemental essence, Linley’s ability to attune with nature was far superior to most warriors.

This was the reason why that ancestor of the Baruch clan who used a heavy warhammer as his weapon only managed to reach the level of ‘impose’ after entering the Saint-level. After all, it was harder for warriors to become one with nature, compared to magi.

“The ‘Thunderbolt’ technique learned when I reached the level of ‘wielding something heavy as though it were light’ contained explosive force, like the eruption of a volcano. As for the so-called ‘impose’, it contains the ‘imposing force’ of nature itself, of earth, fire, water, and wind. However…”

After meditating for a long time, Linley suddenly understood.

“The ‘impose’ level is merely an ‘imposing force’ that borrows from the strength of the surrounding, nearby nature. The level that is above ‘impose’ should be all-embracing. I need to pursue the most suitable avenue for this.”

In the darkness of the night, Linley remained there in the meditative pose. His eyes then suddenly opened, and they were as resplendent as the stars in the night sky.

“Different weapons will need to be used in different ways. The strength of the heavy sword lies in its weight! As for this heavy sword, Bladeless, it naturally doesn’t rely on a sharp edge. It openly relies on its tremendous weight and makes open, direct assaults.”

Linley’s spirit was dimly sensing something.

The principles of training with the heavy sword were very similar to the fundamental principles of the earth itself.

“The vast earth is dense and heavy. The vast earth is boundless. The vast earth is stable…” Linley was holding the adamantine heavy sword in his hands, but his heart had totally merged with the throbbing pulse of the earth.

The unique vibrating pulse of the earth had a one-of-a-kind, heart-shaking rhythm. Generally speaking, only people who had reached a very high level of attunement to the earth would sense it.

Linley rose to his feet.

He began to silently wield the adamantine heavy sword about. As the adamantine heavy sword danced about, Linley’s own movements and the movements of his sword began to enter into a certain unique rhythm.

This was a rhythm that was like the pulse of one’s heart.

“Whoosh.”

The adamantine heavy sword seemed to carry a million pounds of force, as it heavily slashed through the air again and again. As Linley swung his heavy sword repeatedly, he felt as though he had totally become one with the earth. Just by training with his heavy sword, he felt as though he himself now carried the weight of the earth.

“Boom.”

Linley’s heavy adamantine sword suddenly pierced directly up into the air. Several explosive booms could be heard in succession. This empty stab upwards had caused the air itself to explode. This was inconceivable! This was because no matter how fast a weapon could move, it could at most cause a single sonic boom. To cause multiple sonic booms was virtually impossible.

“Hrm?” Linley’s eyes suddenly lit up.

But just like that, upon becoming distracted, Linley was no longer absorbed with that near-miraculous feeling of being one with nature.

“What happened just then? I didn’t use any battle-qi, but my power split into multiple rhythmic pulses in that attack.”

Linley began to ponder this question.

When in the middle of training, people would sometimes enter into a certain state and reach an astonishing level of power. But if they weren’t able to totally understand that state they had entered, they wouldn’t be able to wield its power again so easily.

What Linley needed to do now was to constantly ponder and constantly train.

He needed to master everything and be in complete control!

……

The sky was ocean-blue, a pure azure color without a hint of other colors. A few beautiful, lazy clouds drifted across it. Linley’s life in the valley was indeed very quiet.

The blowing wind. The rippling lake.

Right now, Linley wasn’t training. He was fishing in the valley lake. A person couldn’t always be training; if they did, it could actually be counter-productive.

If he wanted to go fishing, he would. If he wanted to go to sleep, he would.

His heart had become one with the world, one with nature.

When he did train, this made his rate of improvement extremely high.

“Big brother Ley.” From outside the valley, a happy voice could be heard. Linley turned and saw Jenne on a fine stallion. Behind her, there were two pretty female servants on horses. These two female servants were clearly quite talented, as their movements on their horses were those of practiced riders.

“Jenne.” Linley put down his fishing pole and stood up.

Neither Bebe nor Haeru were currently present. The two of them would often go deeper into the mountains to hunt for wild beasts to eat. The beasts in this mountain range Linley had chosen to stay in were all ordinary animals. Magical beasts were extremely rare.

“Big brother Ley, these are some of the dishes that I prepared.” Jenne removed a package from the back of her horse. The package was well wrapped. “You definitely can’t have been eating too well here. Come, big brother Ley, have a good taste.”

Jenne unwrapped the package, one layer at a time. Inside was a metal box, which was filled with all sorts of dishes as well as rice.

Linley took a sniff.

“Mmm. It really does smell good.” Linley laughed.

Jenne’s face immediately turned red with excitement.

But in his heart, Linley was sighing. How could Linley not tell how Jenne felt? In terms of both appearance as well as temperament, Jenne was all but perfect. But having experienced so much, it was hard for Linley to open the depths of his hearts and let anyone else in.

“Love?”

Linley sighed to himself.

He didn’t have any interest in affairs of the heart. The most important thing for now was to focus on his training. Right at this moment, a scene couldn’t help but suddenly flash through Linley’s mind.

After Linley’s father had died, all the nobles had come to pay their respects at Wushan township. That night, Delia had come to visit him. She had wanted to tell Linley that she was returning to the Yulan Empire. And that night, before she had left…Delia had kissed him.

“Delia?”

Aside from Alice, perhaps the only person Linley felt some romantic affection towards was this girl whom he had known since his very first year at the Ernst Institute, especially after the open displays of affection Delia had shown him. Although Linley had never admitted it openly, in his heart, Delia’s image had been engraved in his mind.

“Big brother Ley, eat up!” Jenne said hopefully.

Linley sighed to himself. “I can’t let Jenne waste her youth like this.” As he thought to himself, Linley began to eat heartily while praising, “This really is excellent. The taste is wonderful.”

Hearing Linley’s praise, Jenne was all smiles.

“Jenne, in the future, though, you don’t need to come visit me. When I am training, I don’t like to be disturbed.” Linley said to Jenne.

Jenne was startled.

“Oh.” Jenne mumbled, then she squeezed out a smile. “Then when you have some free time, big brother Ley, come visit us in the castle.”

“Sure.” Linley could only respond affirmatively.

….

The days of Linley training in the mountain valley passed by very quickly. In the blink of an eye, over a month had passed. With regards to how to properly use his adamantine heavy sword, Linley had gradually begun to find the proper path.

So long as he persevered down this path, in a few years time, he definitely would be able to reach a new level that was beyond the ‘impose’ level!

….

Within a secluded hotel in the prefectural city of Cerre.

This hotel was very dimly lit, and the atmosphere tended towards the dark, giving the impression of dusk. Each table was arranged in a very orderly manner, and between each booth, there was a screen.

This was a very quiet hotel with a great deal of atmosphere. The first time Linley had come here, he had taken a liking to it.

The expenses here were fairly high as well.

While he was training, generally speaking, every seven or eight days, Linley would come here and drink wine while listening to the elegant, beautiful music of the hotel. Every so often, he would hear some gossip from travelers.

“It’s almost July. Wharton’s school year should be starting soon.” Linley thought to himself.

Right now, there were quite a few customers in this hotel. All of the customers engaged in conversations were quite conscientiously lowering their voices as they spoke, but when Linley focused, he could clearly hear every word of every conversation they were having.

Suddenly, a quiet conversation attracted Linley’s attention.

“Have you heard? In the imperial capital, an incredible genius has emerged. A seventeen year old named ‘Wharton’.” On a table next to Linley, there were three middle-aged men. They were discussing the various geniuses of the empire.

Wharton?

Linley focused his attention on them.

After having spent so much time in the O’Brien Empire, Linley had yet to learn anything regarding Wharton.

“Are you talking about that genius who popped up out of nowhere in the O’Brien Academy?” The bald man’s eyes lit up. “I’ve heard of him too. The end-of-the-year competitions for students of the seventh grade always receive a great deal of attention. Even some students who have reached the eighth rank will participate on occasion.”

As the number one warrior academy of the Yulan continent, the O’Brien Academy was divided into seven grades.

Upon reaching the seventh rank, a warrior was admitted into the seventh grade.

A warrior of the seventh rank was qualified to graduate, but many of them still elected to stay in the academy. Even some warriors of the eighth rank were in no hurry to graduate.

“Old bald vulture, you’ve heard this news as well? That Wharton is really…wow.” A jade-haired middle-aged man sighed. “Only seventeen years old. In the past, he had never participated in any of the yearly competitions. This time, when he took part in the seventh grade competition, he actually defeated a warrior of the eighth rank to become the champion of the seventh grade class.”

“What? A seventeen year old who defeated a warrior of the eighth rank? Are you serious? Is this real?” A pudgy man who had only been listening up till now suddenly spoke in shock.

The bald man glanced at him. “Of course it’s real. I personally witnessed it. You have no idea. This Wharton was around two meters tall and extremely powerfully built. His physical presence alone exerts tremendous pressure on people. His weapon of choice is an extremely terrifying giant warblade. Wielding that warblade, that Wharton was actually able to defeat a warrior of the eighth rank to become the champion of the seventh grade class.”

“From what I heard, for this Wharton to already be able to defeat a warrior of the eighth rank now means that he most likely will be able to reach the eighth rank himself by age twenty. In the past, the Prodigy Sword Saint, Olivier, reached the ninth rank when he was thirty. This Wharton’s natural ability isn’t too far off.” The jade-haired man praised as well, “For a seventeen year old to be able to defeat a warrior of the eighth rank is amazing. It has been a long time since the empire has produced a genius like this. He’s even been publicly acknowledged as the number one genius of the O’Brien Academy, and the Emperor has already conferred upon him the title of Count.”


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164 thoughts on “Book 8, Chapter 22” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. Could someone draw a very rough map of the Yulan continent? I just need the position of all the Kingdoms and Empires relative to the forest of magical beasts.
    My mental map went completely haywire when Linley entered O’Brien Empire from the North and wants to go south. Also, he went east from the coast of North sea, right?

    1. Same here, As people of holy union were told to flee north… How the heck did they enter empire from north? Maybe Ren (IET) meant “Northern parts” of O’Berien empire? We will need to confirm that later. Because now i am going to work and can not sreach for those lines! Heh.

      1. He went to the core of the Range first, I think, then he headed north till he left the Range, where the corridor between the Holy Union and the O’Brien Empire lies. Then he went east with the caravan till he entered the Empire, then he has to head south (south-east?) through the Empire to reach Wharton. The city of Cerre was on his path. To the east and south of the O’Brien Empire are still three more empires.

        1. So basically O’berien empire is in the southern parts of Yulan continent, above it is newly founded country of Magical Beasts, then further north is Holy Union, well, the half of it, that is left ;p

          1. No no. Pretty sure that’s wrong. Someone correct me if I’m wrong as well. As I see it, the continent is divided in two by the Range which runs vertically north-south. On the west side are the Holy Union in the north and the Cult of Shadows (or was it Darkness?) in the south. On the east side, the larger land area, are the four great Empires. O’Brien Empire is in the north, while the other three are south and east of it. If not through the Range, one has to go above (north) or below (south) to reach either side. Linley went above it, after going in first for training. Again, correct me if I’m wrong.

          2. Nope, Executor is right, O’Brien empire is in the north part of the continent. Basically the shape of the center of the continent is :

            Holy     |   O’Brien
                         |   Yulan   Rohault
            Dark    |      Rhine

            With | being the mountain range. Holy begin the Holy Union, Dark the Dark Alliance, O’Brien, Yulan, Rohault and Rhine the four eastern empires. We had some hints that in the south lies the Dark Forest and to the east there’s nomadic kingdoms but that’s still a bit unclear. What’s for sure is that people just don’t go through the mountain range before they’re ninth rank or even saint-rank, they go through small passages to the north and the south of the range.

            So the new beast kingdom is in the center of the west between the remaining territories of the Holy Union and the Dark Alliance so people from the South of the Holy Union fled to the north. Linley went in the range near the center and trained his way to the north until he got to the northern passage where he met the caravan, then he went east to the north of the O’Brien Empire and is (very slowly) in the process of going south to the capital.

          3. isn’t yulan and rhine swapped? I thought Rhine +Rohault were made as a barrier of sorts between O’Brien and Yulan?

      1. Yup yup, that map is good… IF IT WEREN’T FOR THE SPOILERS. SPOILERS IF YOU CLICK THE LINK.
        I don’t know if it was like that when you posted it, but it definitely is a spoiler now.

  2. Thanks for the update Ren. And i was wondering if because wharton has the warblade Slaughter if it will lead him down a different path when studying his clans ancient teachings.

    Also what happened to sculpting it feels like linely is neglecting his sculpting since grandpa Dohereng died

    1. He sculpted for three years in the mountain ranges but seemed to have stopped since then, my guess is that he doesn’t want to draw attention to himself, since he’s wanted and all.

      Thanks for the chapter 😀

  3. WOOO
    Thanks for the chapter Ren
    Much appreciated
    This was because no matter how fast a weapon could move, it could at most cause a single sonic boom. To cause multiple sonic booms was virtually impossible.
    I don’t understand this part. I think tomatoes has a misconception about sonic booms. The sound barrier is not to be thought of as something which is broken as soon as you are faster than the speed of sound. As long as you are moving faster than the speed of sound you will continuously be producing sonic booms. Sonic boom is continuous waves of energy, not a single pulse which is emitted when you break the barrier. So I find it a bit hard to understand what he means by multiple sonic booms??
    😡 <- this is obligatory

    1. I think what Tomatoes is saying is that to make a sonic boom from one attack is heard of, but making multiple sonic booms from ONE attack is unheard of (which makes sense).

  4. Small typo I spotted Ren
    “Smiling, Linley said, “in this developed, urbanized environment within Cerre city, my training is negative influnced”
    I think that is supposed to be “negatively”, rather than “negative”
    But as always thanks for the patience and tenacity required to get four chapters translated for us in a day, Ren.

  5. Jenne is Out. Delia is in. That was some friend-zoning, Linley. Poor girl didn’t even see it coming. Yo know who else didn’t see something coming? Delia. Girl doesn’t even know she’s winning the Linley-bowl.

    Thanks so much, Ren. Don’t burn yourself out.

    1. Maybe Linley is saving her for his lil’ Bro :3

      Nah JK i just hope Wharton would hook up with one of the 4 supreme clans so in future Baruch clan members would have 2 Bloodlines from 2 supreme clans!

      I would prefer those with strength or endurance. Totally forgot name but 1 of them is undying clan? who has massive endurance yea?

      1. Dragonblood Warrior, the Violetflame Warrior, the Tigerstriped Warrior, and the Undying Warrior! Yea i was right.

        So.. for Wharton either a chick from Tiger or Undying clan would work 😛

    2. You know what would be funny (not)? If, after having spent… how long is it, since she left?… 4 years?… neglecting her, and without even thinking about her, now he slowly realizes he loves her. And he makes his way to her, slowly, ofc, because training, ofc, and when he arrives she’s married and with children.
      I would seriously ┻━┻ ︵ヽ(`Д´)ノ︵ ┻━┻, but at the same time I’d go for a “… serves you right”.

    1. and most likely if wharton can defeat 8th rank combatant in human form he must at least in peak 7th rank in human form… and early 9th rank in dragonform

      ( as powerful as linley on vol 6&7 but purely warrior,no mageforce ) 😀

      1. Peak 7’th is mid 9’th in Dragonform. Well, Linley made ridiculous progress during last 2 years, so in dragonform he will most probably by rivaling early Saint rank Warriors… With all techniques he learned thanks to being Magus and Warrior at once 🙂

        1. Ehh, saint warriors would still crush Linley right now, the strength difference between 8 and saint is insanely large. Keep in mind, linley is still at peak 8, with a late 9 dragonform.

          1. If he properly masters Impose, that normally can be learned only by mid-rank Saint Warriors, he will have good chance in a fight, heh. And if he will master what is above that, then for sure he will be good match for early stage Saint warrior 🙂

    2. and most likely if wharton can defeat 8th rank combatant in human form he must at least in peak 7tg rank in human form… and early 9th rank in dragonform

      (just like linley on vol 6&7) 😀

  6. man these 2 brother are op as hell. i wonder what the reaction the continent will be once it is revealed that the 2 top geniuses right now in mage path and warrior path are brothers lol i cant wait to see it

    gamsa ren :|)

  7. Thanks! Finally, news of wharton! I sure hope his character hasn’t changed! And it shouldn’t have, considering the two people taking care of him!

  8. Poor Jenne </3.

    Eh, I've never really been fond of Linley's romantic views, nothing wrong with monogamy but he's just outright denying best girl's feelings without giving her a chance. She goes above and beyond for him and he's like naaw. And it just hurts more and more in the future.

  9. Finally we get some info on Wharton. I want to see how well Wharton can fight compared to Lindley. I just hope he didn’t become a playboy, arrogant youth.

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