COL Volume 1: Chapter 1

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Volume 1: Chapter 1 – The First Chapter

Early morning. It’s so bright that I had to open my lazy eyelids. Why does my house have to face the sun. Waking up everyday to the sun’s glare makes me want to cry.

“You lazy bum! Are you up yet?”

Hearing this pleasant voice, I immediately jumped down from bed.

“I’m up, I’m up.”

“Hurry up and come eat breakfast! You’re going to be late for school.”

“Okay, okay. I’m coming.”

Fortunately I reacted quickly, otherwise mother’s pleasant voice would have started casting the elementary water magic, water bullet, to wake me up. But mother is an intermediate water mage, so if I got hit I would truly be miserable. (However this is not the primary reason, because if mother shoots the water bullet at me, the blanket will get wet. When I go outside to dry my blankets, all of my friends ridicule me as “Bedwetting” Wu.)

 

Right, I forgot to explain my background. Of course, I’m the hero of this story. My name is Zhang Gong. The continent I live in is called Tianwu and in the West is the continent of Libo. In the whole world there are only these two continents and of course, the rest of the world is the covered by the ocean. In Tianwu there are three countries: the kingdom of plentiful resources, the Dalu kingdom, the kingdom of knights, the Xiuda Kingdom and the kingdom where I reside, the magic kingdom of Aixia.

The kingdom of Dalu has the largest territory, with it spanning three-sevenths of continent of Tianwu’s land. Furthermore it is a rich in resources, wealthy and is overall a powerful kingdom. The main army is composed of warriors, while mages supplement the main army thanks to the funding the army receives. With an army such as this, the kingdom of Dalu has the largest army of the three kingdoms.

The kingdom of Xiuda is a country which upholds the honor of knights therefore the country does not have many mages residing in it. Their army is composed entirely of warriors, with their cavalry being the most powerful in the whole Tianwu continent. Furthermore, they possess three regiments of the unique Earth Dragoons which is composed entirely of knights at the intermediate rank or higher. On the plains it is impossible for any opposing army to withstand the assault of Xiuda’s cavalry without a barrier.

Speaking of my homeland, the kingdom of Aixia is in fact an authentic magic kingdom. Every single citizen, no matter how poor they are will receive an elementary education in magic. The kingdom possesses dozens of major magic schools as every citizen has the right to learn magic. (Of course, the prerequisite is that you have the money to pay the tuition.)  Even if the citizen doesn’t have money there is still the town’s Elder who will teach some basic knowledge of magic.

In this country, magic education is divided into three stages:

The first stage: Elementary magic academy. Generally students enroll between the ages of 5 to 10 years old and will continue studying there for 5 years. Upon graduation the students will take an exam to become a magic disciple or receive the title of an elementary rank mage.

The second stage: Intermediate magic academy. Admission is based on what the students scored on the elementary magic academy graduation exam and naturally students with better results will be able to enter better magic academies. Intermediate magic academy doesn’t have a set number school years, instead it works on the basis of credits. Only 60 credits are required before students can graduate and obtain the title of an intermediate rank mage. In the duchy, the fastest record for graduating intermediate magic academy was still three years while it generally takes 5 to 10 years to graduate for the average student. Most of the kingdoms wealthy citizens stop learning magic sometime during intermediate magic academy. The number of intermediate rank mages in the kingdom is somewhere from 300,000 to 450,000.

The third stage: Advanced magic academy. In order to be admitted into an advanced magic academy, not only is an intermediate rank mage certificate required, but it is also required to pass the examination of the Mage’s Union. After passing the exam, students once again be admitted to the academy corresponding to their exam results. According the Aixia’s regulations, all students who attend an advanced magic academy will not have to pay any tuition fees. The reason that all costs will be covered by the kingdom is for the kingdom’s magic talent to flourish. The most prestigious magic academy is the Royal Magic Academy where only those with great magical talent are admitted. Furthermore, they have extremely rigorous examinations even for a prince. Princesses also must pass examinations before they will be admitted. After graduating from an advanced magic academy, the results of the graduation exam with determine which certificate the student receives.

Tianwu continent’s three human kingdoms are extremely united because they have a common enemy, the Western continent’s demon race and beast clans.

In the Western continent, there are two kingdoms. The Holy Light Empire is ruled by the demon race while the beast clans rule the Valiant Mist Empire. The demon race looks very similar to humans with the only difference being that their eyes are purple. Those of the demon race are naturally ambitious and aggressive while they inherently possess darkness magic. On the other hand, the beast clans are unable to use magic but their powerful bodies are their best weapon in addition to their high magic defense. The beast clan’s ace corps in comparison to their main army is even more frightening.

The Eastern and Western continents are separated by the Tianduo mountains. Humanity sacrificed millions of warriors in order to build the most powerful mountain fortress, Telun fortress. Since the magic fortress have been built the two beast clans could not climb past the pond called Lei, enabling the continent to enjoy peace for the last 200 years.

In this world, there are six elements of magic: light, darkness, water, fire, earth and wind. Besides these six elements of magic, there are also special elements of magic such as summoning magic, spatial magic and so on.

Mages ranks are divided into: novice mage (apprentice mage), elementary rank mage, intermediate mage, advanced mage, great mage, magic scholar, magister and the legendary Grand Magister.

Magic spells are divided 9 ranks: ranks 1 to 3 are of the elementary class, ranks 4 and 5 are of the intermediate class, ranks 6 to 8 are of the advanced class and rank 9 spells are of the forbidden class. Forbidden class spells require six or more magisters working together in order to cast. A mage who is able to cast a forbidden class spell singlehandedly would be considered a Grand Magister and only one has ever appeared in the legends.

Warrior ranks are divided into: elementary warrior, intermediate warrior, advanced warrior, knights, earth knight, heaven knight, holy knight, sword saint and the legendary War God.

Battle spirit classes are divided into: battle spirit, earth battle spirit, heaven battle spirit, god battle spirit and holy battle spirit which enables whoever possesses it to be unscratched by all spells below the forbidden class.

Summoned beasts have two types:the power growth type, which grow more powerful as they mature, and the body rank type where they will remain as powerful as they were when summoned. The higher the rank their body is, the more powerful the beast is. From ranks 1 to 9, power growth type are very rare. Furthermore, if the power growth type summoned beast encounters a body rank type summoned beast, they attempt to kill each other in order to prevent their opponent from growing any stronger.

Money is divided into: 1 diamond coin = 100 gold coins = 10 000 silver coins = 1 000 000 copper coins

Magic crystals from highest value to lowest is:purple, jade, red, blue, white, black, green.

The background information is here, following this will be the main story.

A new chapter is about to begin. The wheel of history is moving toward his destiny.


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32 thoughts on “COL Volume 1: Chapter 1” - NO SPOILERS

  1. damn..just reading the first chapter, i can tell its gonna be tedious. I personally dislike light novels like doulou dalu and skyfire avenue because sometimes it just gets a little boring to read with all the descriptive details and lack of interesting elements. I feel like these novels are much better read as a manga (though I cant say the doulou dalu manga is particularly good) because theyre more similar to japanese light novels than novels like coiling dragon (n japanese light novels are utter shit; no comparison)

    1. The moment I saw: “Right, I forgot to explain my background”, I was already prepared to skip to the next chapter.
      This is beyond being amateurish, it’s a sin against writing itself.
      There’s simply no reason, absolutely no reason, to break the 4th wall like that and then go on an info-dump lecture.

      Outside of the redundant 4th wall breaking, Coiling Dragon did exactly the same. At the end of the 1st chapter, the narrative started dumping a crap-ton of geography and states-of-affairs as if we’re in a history lecture.
      And guess what, everyone? That crap was pointless. All of that information which was dumped outside of context, was later on properly explained through the story when it actually mattered.

      This chapter is basically the author reading the story to himself. There’s no point for us to touch it.
      There’s no way the author is expecting us to memorize all of this, he’s going to go through it again. <___<

      1. Naw I think it was put here so anyone can look at it when they’re feeling confused.
        I just made a notepad with all the relevant information so that I can open it up as a quick reference.

  2. This chapter should be renamed to: “Glossary Chapter”, or: “Pointless Exposition Chapter”.

    This is really bad, what a horrible 1st impression.
    If this wasn’t on Wuxia, I’d dump it immediately and send a dead kitten to the author in protest.
    Something tells that might still happen.

  3. So far getting a Mushoku Tensei feeling from this one… I normally dislike first person narratives, but let’s see how it goes as I like this author’s other works.

  4. say it’s an info dump or whatever but the author who made this also made one of the best story of it’s kind. Doulu Dalu and I know from experience that the beggining of Douluo Dalu is also boring and I didn’t like the first 50 or so chapters very much but it builds on itself and gets better later. Sort of like the anime One Piece were the graphics are bad and the plot doesn’t even seem that great until you get to the 40% point in the story then rapidly improves.

    But ya they could probably give most the information here better or when needed, or do something like the LOTR where they had a huge section of lore at the end of the book that goes through a lot of stuff that certain people might enjoy or be interested in.

    1. this is an extremely late reply since I haven’t come back any earlier than now. but let me clarify something.

      info dumps of such a degree come hand in hand with crappy stories. show don’t tell. I know what other stories the author is well known for, I read 4 of them. doesn’t make this story any better.

      in reference to onepiece, at the beginning that appealed to people as lighthearted comedy for many crazy antics, then underwent a genre-shift. this story is NOT like that, and from detailed reviews on this story, this is clearly an experimental piece that didn’t live up to the quality of his other works.

      the biggest issue here is a whole ton of plot points that HAVE to be proven wrong later for anything to work or make sense, which would utterly defeat any purpose for this entire chapter, yet here it is. this is NOT douluo dalu (1, 2 or 3), and should never be compared just because its the same athor.

  5. Holy shiznit, the shameless exposition dump, though. Am I reading the first chapter or the author’s personal notes? Even a person like me, who LOVES world building and lengthy descriptions, would rather these details be more spread out through the story as they become relevant.

    Kinda disappointed because I love Douluo Dalu and Shen Yin Wang Zuo. I know this author is good, but man, his first work is not starting off on the right foot. (Heck, can this even count as starting if the story hasn’t even started?)

    Also, is it just me, or does the cover of the first book look like the guy is holding the Fire Emblem?

  6. I really hate the bit where it go “it must be understood” every single time those four words come up it like getting cold water dump on you. I understand it can not be change at the time this comment come up. But please, i beg of you author. Dont, DONT use those four words, at least more than once i one or two chapter

  7. Wow the comments on this chapter are hostile. As someone who enjoys extensive reading in her free time, I have to say I have no problems with the author deciding to set up a few basic points about his world in the first chapter. It’s fairly obvious that more details will be added in a more subtle manner as time goes on. In fact giving the basic information now tends to make the rest of the story less confusing during the first read through. This is nowhere near the first fifty pages of Lord of the Rings that details the lives of hobbits, or A Song of Ice and Fire’s increasingly lengthy geographical and historical descriptions, and those two books can be considered two of the most popular fantasy novels of the time.

    In any case, this story looks like it’s going to be one of my favourites, on the basis of author (whose works are usually better quality) and the MC alone. The beginning: “Why does my house have to face the sun. Waking up everyday to the sun’s glare makes me want to cry” – this immediately grabbed my attention. I love characters with a sense of humour. Ahh term has started and I don’t really have time to binge read, but now that I know this work exists, I’ll be reading it.

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