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The Dark King – Chapter 280

I would like to thank MrMartinke & KageMugen for doing an awesome job by editing the chapter!

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“Bacon and dry food had already been packaged for five people. It’s enough to survive for half a month.” Nicholas respectfully replied.

Dudian looked at him. Nicholas was very qualified if you measured him from the perspective of a butler. Dudian didn’t have to worry about anything: “Make sure that they are awake and here in five minutes.”

“Yes.” Nicholas went upstairs.

Dudian came to the hall and checked the parts of the cannon in the suitcases.

It didn’t even take three minutes for Scar, Jin, Sergei and Gwyneth to join him. Although Dudian was usually a little severe in his attitude, but he would normally act mildly with them. However, they were clear that his character hasn’t changed and that it was a test.

Dudian looked at the four who were wearing the intermediate hunter armor that was bought from the Temple of Elements a few days ago. This armor was an exclusive product of the Temple of Elements and sold only by the Temple. Other consortiums were prohibited from production or sales of these suits. You could buy them also occasionally at underground black markets.

“Both of you are going to go outside the giant wall for the first time. If there is something that you don’t know then don’t be shy but ask Scar or Sergei.” Dudian told to Gwyneth and Jin.

Gwyneth nodded.

There were nervousness and faint excitement in Jin’s facial expression. Although he was a Knight of Light in the past, but he had never been outside the giant wall. In prison, he had heard many stories from Scar about the outside world. He knew of the dangers of the outside world, but he yearned to see it too.

“Eat breakfast and get ready to leave,” Dudian ordered them.

Nicholas commanded the maids to prepare the breakfast. They quickly finished it and loaded the luggage, suitcases and the barrel of the cannon on the outside of the carriage. Dudian sat inside the compartment while Jin sat on coachman’s seat. The others rode the horses.

“Refuse everyone who asks for me.” Dudian warned Nicholas: “Do not reveal my whereabouts.”

Nicholas respectfully nodded.

The smile on Nicholas’s face slowly faded away as he watched them leave. He sneered as he looked at the back of the carriage.

The carriage traveled through a remote path so that Dudian wouldn’t get recognized. After some time they put the Ryan family’s banner on the carriage and went towards the border forts. Three hours later they reached the wilderness. Dudian sensed a smell of a group of people.

“Other consortiums?” Dudian was puzzled.

It didn’t take long for the source of the smell to appear in his sight. It was actually a group of soldiers wearing uniforms belonging to the army. They quickly caught up with them and passed by. They didn’t even check the presence of Dudian’s carriage as they rode past them and soon disappeared from their view.

Dudian slowly lowered the curtain after he had a look at the border fortress. The war seemed to be more problematic than it was reported in the newspapers.

After a moment they reached the gates of the fort.

Dudian noted that the number of the soldiers in the fortress wall were several times more than in the past. The soldiers were crowded on the walls checking the other side. The others were practicing in the open ground. Some of them were similar to Dudian as they looked like fifteen-sixteen-year-old boys. He saw that the soldiers were unfamiliar with the drills. Their limbs appeared weak. It was a result of lacking exercise. It seemed they weren’t regular soldiers trained in the barracks.

Dudian frowned as he remembered the mandatory conscription.

“Stop!” A soldier shouted at them as they approached the gate: “This is the border fortress! If you don’t have official permission, then get back! ”

Dudian pushed the door and jumped out of the carriage. He took out his hunter medal and said: “We are hunters of the New World Consortium. We are going to go outside the giant wall.”

The soldier looked at his medal, then turned to look at Sergei and others: “What about them?”

Sergei took out his medal and threw to the soldier: “Look carefully.” Although his original hunter medal has been confiscated long ago, but Dudian had asked Old Fulin to re-submit an application to the Temple to get a new Hunter medal for all of them.

Soldiers checked each of them and confirmed that all of them were hunters. He looked at Dudian who was in the carriage: “Anyone else inside the carriage?”

Dudian replied: “No one, just some tools for the hunt.”

“Let me see.” Soldier said.

Dudian shrugged his shoulders and let him check.

The soldier turned behind the carriage and saw the suitcases and the barrel that was rolled up in cloth. He inspected them and didn’t find anything suspicious. He turned back to Dudian: “Do you use these to hunt?”

Dudian faintly smiled: “Do I have to report to you the way we hunt?”

The soldier’s face changed, but he still turned back to the team and gestured his companions to open the gate.

Dudian returned to the carriage. They passed through the passage of the gate and entered the desolate era. According to Dudian’s instructions, Sergei and the other two lead the way while the carriage followed after them.

Dudian opened the curtain again after they left the passage. There were hammers, swords, and knives scattered along the plains. There were faint footprints on the ground and dry blood.

“It seems that a battle happened here recently,” Sergei said as he calmly observed the place.

Scar, Gwyneth, and Jin were also aware of this.

Dudian suddenly saw something and ordered: “Stop.”

Jin pulled the ropes of the horse and made it come to a halt.

Dudian pushed open the door and jumped down. He ignored the others as he went straight for ten meters and picked up a knife. It was a strange knife which was stained with blood. It had weird patterns engraved on its handle.

He frowned as he carefully inspected the knife. He closed his eyes to search his memories. He had checked the soldiers on duty in the fortress. Although they had short knives on them, but the size seemed to be slightly longer, and the handle was totally different. His eyebrows wrinkled as he was puzzled.

“What?” Sergei approached him as he rode the horse.

Dudian recovered and shook his head: “Nothing.” He put away the knife and returned to the carriage: “Continue.”

Two hours later.

Everyone finally saw the giant wall which towered like the mountains and blotted out the sun. Dudian jumped off the carriage as they reached the passage. The Knights of Light were present as always. He handed them his hunter medal so that they let them use the passage. Sergei, Gwyneth and the other transported the suitcases to the passage.

Both Knights of Light saw that these things looked different, but they didn’t come forward to check or inspect. They were only responsible for inspecting the materials brought from outside. They would normally ignore the things taken out, though.

Dudian handed the carriage and horses to the knights of light and entered the passage.

Sergei saw that Dudian was already going to the other side: “Aren’t you going to pray?”

“I have already said. I don’t believe in God.”

Sergei was stunned but still turned towards the wall where the Goddess of the Hunt was engraved. That beautiful face and the enchanting body was the place where all the hunters prayed for prosperity and luck. He closed his eyes for a moment to make the prayer. He saluted and rushed to catch up with Dudian.

Dudian pushed the heavy iron gate and looked outside the giant wall. He didn’t see or smell any monsters close by. Before they went out, he looked at the gunpowder boxes from the last time. They were covered well, and they shouldn’t be wet.

“Wow!” Jin went out of the passage and looked around. He was surprised. Is this the scenery outside the giant wall?

Gwyneth also looked around the place which was covered in vegetation and moss.

Dudian opened all the suitcases and removed all the parts. He worked fast, so it didn’t take him more than a few minutes for him to assemble the cannon. The base of the cannon had a rolling turret. The diameter of the barrel was twenty centimeters while the length was hundred and sixty centimeters. It was the kind of cannon, which was used in forts in old times.

Sergei, Gwyneth, and the others were very curious as Dudian assembled the cannon.

“Is it a catapult?” Sergei was puzzled: “Strange… There is no elastic rope.”

Dudian didn’t answer his questions and asked the others to bring the gunpowder boxes and follow him.

Sergei and other had long been aware of the existence of the gunpowder boxes. Sergei checked inside one of the boxes when he saw that Dudian wasn’t paying attention. From the edge of the box, he took out a handful of gunpowder. He saw that it had an unpleasant smell.

“Is it poison?” Sergei asked as he carried the six gunpowder boxes.

Dudian replied: “If you eat it.”

 

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Fun fact: There is actually a walled country in today’s world which is similar to the place where Dudian is living. YOUTUBE LINK

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38 comments

  1. Thanks for the chapters!

    The story has really become very fragmented lately. Almost every chapter (or even in the chapter) has Dean dealing with different things and each are completely disconnected from previous and later chapters. It makes for a very spasmodic feel instead of one smooth and continuous experience.

    There is also a lot of moments where nothing is happening. Traveling, eating, sleeping… about 50% of the story is these multitude of little nothings. It becomes really annoying.

    And the pacing is really slow. It is like, a dozen or two dozen chapters now? And nothing seems to be happening. Even the fast translation doesn’t make up for the very slow story.

    1. life isn’t always a continuous chain of event, people usually don’t sit in a cave training until they mastered something, they pick on different activities each and every day.
      I appreciate it like this, Im sick and tired of stories like xianxia, if you want 90%action then read something else ? just saying of course

      1. Just as I thought, replies like this would appear.

        Life might not be a continuous chain of events, but life doesn’t make for a good, or even, interesting story to read. Most of the time we do like nothing, just sitting around, watching TV, eat, sleep, defecate… and writing all of these is no way gonna make an interesting read.

        Excusing a work of fiction by comparing it to life is not gonna work. Life, most of the time, doesn’t make for a good story. It is like you are saying that a story could be boring because life is boring.

        “Im sick and tired of stories like xianxia, if you want 90%action then read something else ?” – Now, I don’t mean action (which I think you mean to be fights). Just something to happen, to change. The latest chapters has them doing pretty unremarkable stuff like training, or buying stuff, or eating, or just walking.

        Too much action is not good, but so is no action at all.

        1. oh really ? IRL streams are doing pretty good but thats something not everyone like so OK. add in some fantasy,mystery,fantasy and you get a story with a wider audience, it make an interesting story, stop being so biased, objectivity is what matters, and no sir its not an excuse, its what I enjoy so… again maybe its not your kind of story ?

          for me these idle chapters are a way for the author to prepare his next arc, preparing a story arc with least amount of filler is hard, and for a chinese author who has to write chapters everyday its even harder… anyway critic won’t change this story unless the translator can contact the author and influence him but i’d rather not have him do that or else the MAJORITY of the readers would have harem and other boring stuff in it.
          CN novel community isn’t the most adept at proving good direction for a novel since their taste revolve around shit novels like ATG,TDG and co, of course there are good readers but they are rare.

          1. “oh really ? IRL streams are doing pretty good but thats something not everyone like so OK. add in some fantasy,mystery,fantasy and you get a story with a wider audience, it make an interesting story, stop being so biased, objectivity is what matters, and no sir its not an excuse, its what I enjoy so… again maybe its not your kind of story ?”

            – First. I’m criticizing the story not for its genre. I’m criticizing for three things: 1) Poor structure 2) Excessive use of filler 3) Extremely Slow pacing. I say nothing about its genre, so shifting the argument to genre is not in anyway related my arguments. After all I want: 1) More solid structure 2) Less Filler and 3) A faster Pacing. If you think that this three things are not desirable… just say so.

            “for me these idle chapters are a way for the author to prepare his next arc, preparing a story arc with least amount of filler is hard, and for a chinese author who has to write chapters everyday its even harder…”

            -that doesn’t change the problem. This is akin to Penny Dreadfuls, which, by the way, becomes a pejorative term. Chinese Novels would soon have the same fate as Penny Dreadfuls (become a pejorative term) if they take the same path. Like Chinese Novels – Awful.

            “anyway critic won’t change this story unless the translator can contact the author and influence him but i’d rather not have him do that or else the MAJORITY of the readers would have harem and other boring stuff in it.”

            -Doesn’t mean you can’t criticize. My comment was meant for the readers after all. And not to mention, its the author who the final say. If the author thinks that harems would make for a better story, so why not. And you also criticize harem genre and ‘other boring stuff’… So you can criticize but I can’t?

            “CN novel community isn’t the most adept at proving good direction for a novel since their taste revolve around shit novels like ATG,TDG and co, of course there are good readers but they are rare.”

            -And what is it to do with me? Go to the CN novel communities then and admonish them for their bad taste.

        2. oh and by the way, since you’re so critical about novels, your standards must be pretty high, please recommend me your best novels, I’m honestly curious =) and if your BEST selection match my tastes then I’d be eager to be friend you on GOODREADS website.

          1. I have many works I consider to be BEST. Here are some:

            Pride and Prejudice
            The Call of the Wild
            A Christmas Carol
            The Good Earth
            Dances With Wolves
            Around the World in Eighty Days
            Anne of Green Gables
            The Little Prince

            Those are the classics. There are some that aren’t:

            Demons of Astlan: Into the Abyss – J. Langland
            Shark Wars Series – E. J. Altbacker
            Harry Potter Series
            His Dark Materials Trilogy – Philip Pullman
            Stinky Cheese Man

            1. Classy, maybe a little too much classy, aren’t you asking structure that is present in classical literature from webnovelists ?

              Also if you have time check Zhu Xian, its a novel that carry itself pretty well and can be consided as classic in chinese webnovels, deserves a review =)

              1. Classic literature has variety of structure. The Count of Monte Christo has a very different structure from Alice in Wonderland has a different structure from Romeo and Juliet has a different structure from Lord of the Rings.

                My criticism was for the lack of solid structure. Specifically, this story is very fragmented. Like various different pieces/story that is cut up then clobbered together, instead of feeling like a single story.

                I’ll check Zhu Xian. Maybe I will like it.

    2. So dont read it then. Its just like that, nobody force you to read it. And the writer never want to write something like the way in your mind. Write something good for translator and writer. Give something to encourage them. And i hate people who always rush thing up like you. Be patience its a long fuckin road. Chinese ln usually up to 1500-3000+++ chapter. So the development always slow if they dont wanna mess the original story which was intended by the writer.

      1. “So dont read it then. Its just like that, nobody force you to read it.” – You criticize the story! Stop reading then! – immature, childish, juvenile. This only shows your lack of maturity when facing criticism.

        “And the writer never want to write something like the way in your mind.” – Uh… like any writer does. This is pretty much true, whether the story is good or bad. In short, this is not an excuse for bad story, or the reason for the creation of a good story. You might as well just say, the water is wet.

        “Write something good for translator and writer.” – If I can’t write something good, then I should not criticize other people’s writing. My ability to write a story has nothing to do whether my criticism is valid or not.

        In fact many critics, like movie critics, doesn’t make things that they are criticizing. If only movie makers could criticize movies, or novel writers could criticize novels, or singers to criticize singing… what is the point? Movies are made not for movie makers, a novel is not written for novel writers, and singers are not singing for other singers. It is for the consumers.

        We consumers has a voice, and it is an important one. Whether we like it or not, we can voice it. In fact, many writers hire readers, the beta readers, to criticize their work, and take their views to consideration. That clearly shows how important the voice of a consumer is.

        “And i hate people who always rush thing up like you. Be patience its a long fuckin road. Chinese ln usually up to 1500-3000+++ chapter. So the development always slow if they dont wanna mess the original story which was intended by the writer.” – and you just support my criticism. It is slow. You just agreed. So kudos for supporting my criticism.

        1. Well im not going to say that you are wrong but i really enjoy the story it is something different its not something that feels forced like chain of events and that every event is later conected to one whole story.

          I like that it focus on more than one thing that it shows that mc must train and work hard to be succesfull and not just go with luck every time yes there is luck i would dare to say that every mc needs luck to not die. But he needs to work too to do the boring stuff and it brings him closer to human.

          Than i like when there are even dead end paths sometimes cause not everything leads to something new. Sometimes it just happened and it and it stays as something that happened and no new path is opened.

          And for story to be enjoyable for me i need to understand the world the characters and so on so i like even the little things portrayed for example i dont think that the eating part is very interesting but i apreciate that it just sometimes is part of the story so we can see that the characters arent some machines performing in theatre.

  2. Now I wanna see the reactions on their faces after seeing Dudian use the canon. And damn, Nicholas is on his own. I hope he doesn’t do anything out of hand… Or like what if he went and discovered Dean’s latest invention? Or argggh!!! My brain’s not working (-_-).

    And what’s up with the knife Dean picked up?
    Hmmm… Oh well. I guess I just have to wait xD.

    Thanks a lot MadSnail =)

  3. So Dudian finds a uniquely designed knife with blood on it lying on the open ground in an area no one but him should have access to, and he doesn’t stop to think about why it’s there and just picks it up…?

  4. I agree, Nicholas is smart, but greedy, he could spy on D invention and sell it to consortium secretly.

    About the knife, probably a barbarían weapon, maybe he found something different about their steel.

    Thanks for the chapters, and history is going good I think. Just making the base for the high speed roller coaster. 😃

  5. a person who only read for free and doesnt support aka donate to the translator and even never pay the original author is better shut up or read other novels which suit his taste. simple.

    1. That’s like saying you shouldn’t have any rights in my country since you aren’t paying any taxes here… Ok then by your mentality you aren’t paying us so you don’t have the right to talk to us nor criticize us… Oh why are you criticizing us then? You are not paying us mate what part of it are you not getting huh? You just don’t even have the right so you better shut up!!! How do you like that? Your mentality works great the other way around quite well too ^_^

    2. Uh! What a stupid statement. Unless you pay, you have no say. You can’t criticize, you can’t say anything.

      Where is the freedom of speech?

      Aside from that, that also indicates that sites with review system like Novel Updates, should pretty much shut down. TV shows and radio should be free from any criticism. And… this comment section should not exist.

      If a person who only read for free and doesnt support aka donate to the translator and even never pay the original author is better shut up, then almost everyone here should shut up.

      jakawi, did you read for free or doesn’t support aka donate to the translator? – then better shut up. Your idiocy is showing.

  6. Is it just me or the unnecessary content got a boost lately? Author somehow started writing about every little thing at every little opportunity. Like how Dudian opens up the curtain of the carriage… I got it the first time i don’t need to know if he’s opening up the curtains every time something interests him outside! First time is fine since it’s telling how he is reacting and sets a template for his behavior inside the carriage but saying it over and over and over again dozens of times at ever little thing just makes it turn into filler… Most useless kind of filler at that! This is just one of the examples and lately this kind of thing started getting out of hand and unnecessary content started covering almost half the chapter…

  7. I don’t know why you guys are reading this… speech freedom? Rigths?… like our protagonist D learned, that things are privileges for people with money.
    If you ain’t got the cash, I ain’t even human, if you don’t have money you are worthless, that’s the real world, I also learned that the hard way.
    ITS ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMÍNS BRO.

  8. Thanks for the chapters. Appreciate the daily dose of 3-4 chapters 🙂

    P/s Please stop feeding the trolls. It’s getting annoying.

  9. For me, it is a fantastic novel. Everything Dean does have a meaning which gets revealed in later.

    Anyway thanks for the chapter!!!

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