The Amber Sword – Chapter 39

TL: So I have some bad news for myself, the first two volumes of the amber sword that I ordered are ‘Out of Print’ – Which I won’t be able to tell if there is any difference in the WN and LN version.


TL: I love polls. It gives me insight to the human soul!

JK.

 

So I assume the people who voted ‘others’ means that this series resembles korean novels and their VRMMORPG protagonists’ counterparts?  Maybe it’s because of Brendel stealing the spider ring from the necromancer and his love for loot… 8)

I’m surprised that the choice ‘JP novel’ got the highest votes, although I can’t tell if it’s because of my TL style or because the plot sounds like JP stuff. Maybe it resembles Log Horizon in some ways? Hmm….

So ‘Western novel’. At first when I read the first few chapters and skimmed through the later ones, I thought it’s going to be a bit like game of thrones, wheel of time, or some western novel in the beginning, but the development of epic plot is slow here. Don’t get me wrong, I still think there’s a presence of dragons and dungeons influence, and I’m enjoying the journey the protagonist is having, but it’s a little different than what I expected. I spent a considerable amount of time thinking about name translations, gosh, the amount of names….swoon.
Chinese novels’ received a pretty warm reception with 14.5%. I personally thought it’s going to be one of the lowest because it’s missing that flavor text of ‘You don’t know mount tai!’ or ‘You’re seeking death!’ or ‘*insert reference to face* or ‘the time of 1 joss stick or time of a few breaths or the time to empty 1 teacup of tea’. Lol.

Despite the nice story here, it’s a fact that CN web-novelists get paid by the amount of words they put into each chapter, and I feel like they are writing against a deadline in many chapters. So this is the only part where I think it resembles a Chinese novel, for all the wrong reasons >_>.

If you are able to read the raws without relying on MTL, you might find that there’s a fair bit of difference in the writing style and it’s in need of an editor like all other webnovels. If you MTL the series, then I’ll just warn you guys again that I edit the series heavily. Plot is generally intact, but don’t get confused if you see all sorts of small details missing or added in.

I rewrote the sloppy areas, removed filler words as much as I could and added details to most of the major fights. Hopefully the story is polished and presented with a stylistic flair in English. I expect to edit it even further some day in 2017/18.

 

‘Mixture of the great three’ (JP, CN, Eng). Nothing much to say here, plenty of reasons listed as above. I personally vote this category.

Finally, ‘if you don’t know what it resembles’, time to read more novels, kek.

Chapter 39 – Redacted

There was a blast at the southern side of the valley, and another blast half a minute later.

Brendel strained his ears and he confirmed that the Rock Wurm had passed through the valley which was heading inside to the Forbidden Garden. This creature that was clad in a rock armor had uncountable needle-like teeth shaped like a whirlpool for its mouth, easily passing through the earth and tearing up the hardest rocks.

He had seen a mature Rock Wurm in the game before. It was thirty meters long and there had to be at least three people to surround and fight it. The defense of the creature was astonishingly high, even a 40 OZ Vran Sword was not be able to pierce through the rock armor and do damage.

[Damn it. Two sounds. If the BOSS causes the Rock Wurm to take a long detour, its attention would be on us again.]

The roots of the Golden Demonic Tree in the forbidden valley extended nearly a kilometer, and factoring in the Rock Wurm’s fastest speed, Brendel estimated that it would at least require two minutes and thirty seconds to burst out of the ground.

[We’re nearly at the center of the Forbidden Garden. Once we finish bypassing this uneven ground, we would be able to reach the main body of the Golden Demonic Tree. If this BOSS does not interfere with us, that is.]

There was two minutes left.

But he knew that the Golden Demonic Tree would definitely try and stop them. Before he finished his thoughts, there were crackling noises coming from the solid ground. They were in such close vicinity of the Golden Demonic Tree that its actions came without warning, and Romaine was unable to warn him in time.

The three of them felt the ground sink before them, and the prepared Brendel stabbed the ground with the Elven sword to support himself, while his other hand prevented the merchant girl from falling down. When he looked to the sides, Freya was half kneeling on the ground as she tried to steady herself.

Before the three of them had the chance to relax, the ground sank once again with a crack visibly forming before them.

“What is it trying to do?” Freya nearly fell backwards and asked uneasily.

“It’s trying to kill us, concentrate and follow me.” He pulled Romaine up from the ground, tore out the sword and sheathed it, then lifted the merchant girl with his arm and jumped over the crack caused by the roots.

Romaine’s face was like a red apple when she found herself hoisted by his arm, and her eyes were opened comically and she did not dare to let her breath out.

Freya also wanted to jump up, but the Golden Demonic Tree was ready with an attack. The roots emerged from the ground and struck her across the chest. If it was not for Brendel’s swift reactions to pull her back, she would have fallen into the crevice along with the rocks and mud.

“Thanks.” Freya shrugged his hand off and thanked him.

“Now is not the time for words.” Brendel pulled his sword out and cut an incoming vine whip into two. “Move ahead. We’re nearly at the tree.”

There were snake-like tree vines appearing in front of them when they finally reached in front of the BOSS. The crevice behind them was gradually becoming bigger, but Brendel was used to this scene.

[You might have given me a surprise during the first stage but it looks like you have ran out of tricks.]

The ability in the game was an extensive AOE attack to rip open the ground, but that did not mean it could not be countered.

“Look carefully!”

He shouted to Freya while holding on tightly to Romaine. He watched the vines carefully, letting the ‘whip’ pass by, then grabbed tightly onto it—

The Golden Demonic Tree apparently did not expect that. It tried to curl up the vine and shook it back and forth, trying to throw Brendel away.

But the youth held tightly onto it with one arm. Both Romaine and him bobbed up and down as the vine tried to shake him off, but it was a futile attempt. The BOSS finally got impatient and raised the vine up high, gathering momentum, managing to throw him backwards. Yet he utilized the momentum from the swing and landed thirty meters away from the crevice safely.

His high stats in strength allowed him to possess four times the strength of a normal human, while his nimble agility allowed him to handle the tree’s sudden movements, and his robust physique allowed him to absorb the impact. If it was a normal person, their internal organs would have ruptured from the landing, but Brendel only felt slightly unused to the feeling when he landed.

This was the advantages of having high stats, and he knew that everything he did had meaning to it when he landed safely.

He immediately shouted to Freya: “Follow me!”

He pulled the merchant girl along without stopping, heading towards the Golden Demonic Tree.

“Brendel, wait— I can’t catch up.”

But he could not afford to listen to what the merchant girl said, as the ground suddenly erupted in front of him with a crashing sound when he turned at a corner. Numerous vines sprang forth to form a web, covering the Golden Demonic Tree.

[Shit! There’s less than one minute left.]

Brendel paused for a moment, while Romaine gasped for breath behind him. She looked up at the tree in front of her; no matter how she looked at it, its appearance looked like a Golden Apple Tree made by the gods.

He studied the web carefully. It appeared to be identical to the game. The countless vines wiggled for a moment before they attacked him at the same time.

With a roar, Brendel unleashed his attacks without reservations, the Elven sword flashing with a phantasmal silver fire in a blinding speed. Each of his slashes accurately severed the numerous vines that assaulted him in succession into halves, which in turn burst up into flames and turned to ashes. Then he released Romaine and took a step backwards, raising his sword with both of his hands:

“Power Break!”

One step forward.

Brendel felt an overwhelming strength spreading from his shoulders to his arms and hands, and he sundered the web in front of him in a beautiful silver arc. The blade seemed to compress the air from two sides, forcing a screaming explosion of wind to sing from the sword. The web of overflowing vines broke apart like a sea of rotten firewood, and there was a large depression from the center of the web.

Freya staggered across the uneven ground and rushed towards the tree from behind, where she managed to see this scene in front of her. She always thought she had seen his limits every single time when he was in action, but this was the first time she saw him using this explosive power.

The Golden Demonic Tree was unable to block them any longer, and could only watch them break into the heart of the garden.

“The two of you attack the trunk and roots and I’ll attack the main body—”

He took out the Card of Fate, and spoke in his heart: “Activate the Holy Sword!”

……………………………………………………………………….

Even in the summer time, the Silver Claw Fortress was still covered by a layer of frost. It was built on the Corcov mountains in order to oversee the savages in the forest. But after the Balta province was built, it was used as one of the royal family’s villa.

There was an ancient pine tree in the fortress’s diamond shaped garden. It had miraculously survived from a fire within the Silver Claw Fortress, and the owner thought it was a good omen. Thus the tree was kept after the fortress was rebuilt.

And under this pine tree, a solemn atmosphere extended from it.

A adolescent girl was standing there in a thick uniform of the knights. She had beautiful silver hair, and her half pointed ears proved that she had another bloodline beyond a human, but she did not have the elegance and aloof beauty of an elf.

The fifteen-year-old girl wore a somber face, holding on tightly to a black and heavy longsword with both her hands. Her stance took on the form of an Aouine’s knight’s defensive posture.

She pursed her lips tightly, ordering the younger boy in front of him: “Haruze, attack me!”

A tone that denied any refusals.

“Older sis…….”

“Attack!”

The young boy could only force himself to strike with the sword. But the girl cleanly parried his blade and pushed his chest with one hand, making him fall straight onto the ground.

The surrounding servants audibly breathed inwardly.

“Again!” The girl’s expression did not change as she spoke.

“Sister, I…..”

“Stand up, again.”

The boy could only stand up. He took one step backwards, before gritting his teeth and charging over again. But the girl with the knight’s uniform passed the sword from her right hand to her left and simply swung upwards, easily knocking her opponent’s sword away.

“Why did you get distracted?”

“Sorry.”

“Again.”

……………………………………………………

Ten minutes later.

The young girl went to the dressing room. She allowed two maidservants to remove her heavy uniform. Her perspiration and hot air were visibly seen in the cold air. She did not turn her head and simply asked: “Where is my father?”

“The Madara’s envoy has arrived, your royal highness.”

“His majesty is meeting Marquis Kluge in the secret meeting room.” Another maidservant replied with her head lowered.

The girl looked at herself in the mirror. Her face was cold and void of expression. She changed into a dress, inserted her hand into her long silver hair and sent it backwards. She raised her head and said:

“Bring me to Gammel.” She had thought there would be a chance to turn the battle around, but the wily Marquis Kluge was someone who could not be trusted. She had to find a trustworthy confidant to speak about this, and not in front of these servants.

“Yes, your royal highness.”

This was the beginning of June in the ‘year of bustling summer leaves and flowers’.

………………………………………………………………….

Brendel looked at the Golden Demonic Tree’s branches which were gradually losing its color. They weakly drooped down and he knew this terrifying monster had reached the end of its life. He felt mentally tired. He had paid two EP to maintain the holysword, and that effect seemed to have affected his mind as well.

He was a warrior and not a wizard. Even then, a specialized wizard at his level would only have ten plus EP.

Freya and Romaine sat down at one side with their stamina completely drained. Freya had injured her arm a little but she was otherwise fine. In comparison, they were delighted to have defeated an impossible foe.

Both of them looked curiously as they saw Brendel walking forward to the Golden Demonic Tree.

[Power Break!]

He swung the Elven Sword across the trunk of the tree. The dying Golden Demonic Tree was nothing more than an oak tree now, and it was unable to resist Brendel’s 7.7 OZ worth of strength. The meteoric strike tore the upper body of the tree away and it splintered everywhere as it crashed onto the ground.

The girls called out in surprise, not understanding what he was doing.

Brendel knew that the Golden Demonic Tree hung its dead preys on the tree’s crown and slowly absorbed the mana from them. Despite the passing years, there might be some loot on it.

Brendel walked over and he saw a card on the floor with his first glance.

Chapter 39 – The death of the Golden Tree

TL: You read that right. Not Golden Demonic Tree, but Golden Tree. Since the title for this chapter has spoilers, I have shifted it =X

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33 thoughts on “The Amber Sword – Chapter 39

  1. It probably received bad reviews at novelupdates at first because of two things:
    1) It’s chinese, but doesn’t have xianxia annoyances. People who enjoyed xianxia and read this expecting to see another xianxia and wuxia, with all that face, josstick, spirit and heaven references likely felt disappointed and gave lower marks out of spite. Those who were more neutral likely held back from giving points and waited for more chapters.
    2) The MC’s name. I mean, good lord, his name is Sophie. I have a girlfriend named Sophie lol It’s hard to imagine him as anything other than a girly guy with a name like Sophie 😛

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    1. There’s a huge fan base for YY novels (the completely over-power MC murdering any who he feels is unjust) and they are even picky about their Xianxia only wanting novels that provide them with a quick cathartic release and maintain high levels of tension (typically at the expense of plot or character development). Well written stories without constant fights (World of Cultivation, Zi Tian Ji, etc.) get huge amounts of negative comments from these people complaining about pace and lack of action despite being better stories in nearly every way to the mainstream YY novels. Unless of course you only want mindless action.

      So you have to take their reviews with a grain of salt, even in traditional print there is a huge market for poorly written action series (largely in the young male market). A lot of these books make it onto best seller list. Same goes for stuff like Twilight. This stuff is popular and people who like it typically don’t like better written books because they find them hard to read.

      So take all reviews with a grain of salt. People take their preconceptions and expectations with them when they read a novel and if the novel strays from what they think should happen, the majority of people dislike this.

      I’m quite enjoying this series. I hadn’t read it till now due to the massive amount of web-novels I’m trying to read but I think the translation is good and it’s more interesting than most VRMMO novels.

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  2. Theres a distinct difference between your style of translating for TAS and STBGAM. The latter feels like chinese wuxia while the former feels a little more like it translates into english well, thus the japanese feeling.

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  3. hmmm, when he was in the dream, I felt it had a strong western influence. Japanese and Chinese may use dialogue during fights but that’s usually talk-no-jutsu at best and the conversation is often meaningless.

    In western novels, even in the young men demographic, action is sub-servant to dialogue. You wouldn’t think that looking at our moves but conflict is more subtle than in japanese or chinese novels. They are more like violent arguments than fights, and the flow of the fight usually reflects who is winning the argument. The fights often come down to, not the character’s strength or will, but how justified or panicked they fill at the given time.

    Basically, I find that western novels are more about dialogue and less about action…which is sometimes good and sometimes disappointing.

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  4. I voted Japanese because if compared to other japanese stories I read they have a lot in common, also because there is not much blood in it. In those wuxia novels if someone looks at you wrong, you kill them XD. The way one character talks to the other may also have influenced my choice ;p. Well, either way, its a great novel! The origin doesn’t matter, as long as its great I will read it! Wahahahahaha! XD
    Thanks for all the hard work!

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  5. Western. The whole synopsis of a white knight out to save the kingdom is just so typically Western to me that I just can’t understand how people argue otherwise. I agree that there were elements of Japanese and Chinese (the dragging on of the fight for word count and the use of cards) but I just have to go with Western.

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  6. You have much thanks for your effort in this. I’m am glad to know that you put in such effort, it makes all the difference.
    As for the story it is great as it does not promote a sense of deja vu of having seen it before. The efforts of the character are solid in it’s struggle, instead of being handed all the answers and be given cheats like a rapists dick down the throat, almost akin to the doctors screwdriver whenever things have to be wrapped up conveniently. The pacing is also just fine and the entire thing about pacing is fucking stupid. Life goes up and down. Struggles don’t happen all the time and the characters as people need to eat, talk, sleep, dream…. conveniently not poop >.> … settle their debts, take a break or just sit down for a spot of tea.

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    1. It’s kind of a good point… but that’s volume 1’s cover and we are at chapter 39. I’m more inclined to think that the artist made a mistake in the hair color, than to think that it’s the half-elven princess.

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      1. Hmmm… I suppose so. I just checked the cover and the silver-haired girl there didn’t have pointed ears (though the princess is half-elf, it’s natural to assume she has pointed ears)

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      1. i agree with u, the cover is ugly as hell so for THAT i can say the novel it is not chinese lol, at least they are not using niether of the studios that draws their manwha/comic/manga w/e they are… even if it feels wordy as hell the cover breaks the idea of it been chinese so… at worst i say it is a japanese trying to make a xian xian world using the studio from chrono shelled XD

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    2. I thought Freya is the silver one at first 🤔 though her hair is orange…
      The orange girl in the cover resembles Romaine more though..with how dhe show a cheesy smile.

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  7. After this arc you can be sure the author has talent, I mean… Look how many pages of text que wrote before we see that damn tree become a dead log ! Almost an epic fight here.

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  8. thenk for the chapter

    i love the story/plot and i love the setting. plus the translatoin is above average (sure you make a couple of mistakes here and there, but its easy to read which is most important.as of why i think that the novel might not be rated higher than it is, i think its because the story feels sooo very slow i mean this arc nicely displays it 6 chapters for the death of a tree. (i think not even LMS uses that many chapters for one opponent.)

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  9. The following are suggestions for changes. Please ignore them, if you disagree.
    — === === —
    The defense of the creature was astonishingly high, even a 40 OZ Vran Sword
    was not be able to pierce through the rock armor and do damage.

    should be:

    The defense of the creature was astonishingly high, even a 40 OZ Vran Sword
    was not able to tear through the rock armor and do damage.
    — === === —
    There were snake-like tree vines appearing in front of them when they
    finally reached in front of the BOSS.

    should be:

    There were snake-like tree vines appearing in front of them when they
    finally arrived in front of the BOSS.
    — === === —
    [You might have given me a surprise during the first stage but it looks
    like you have ran out of tricks.]

    should be:

    [You might have given me a surprise during the first stage but it looks
    like you have run out of tricks.]

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  10. I’m in more of a Korean novel. Though I have read only four Korean novels so far (I am the Monarch, LMS, Dungeon Defense and Release the Witch) I consider it as one because of:

    1.) Extremely slow but brief and concise pacing,
    2.) No tropes nor cliches yet, even the lucky pervert scene is written differently, that instead of the mc “slipping” he made it’s that it’s the female’s fault, and it did not mention any tsundere lines yet for Freya, in which in JP novel she already have said “it’s not like I’m doing this for you or anything, baka!”. JP novels heavily stick to cliches. And I mean REALLY HEAVILY ITS ANNOYING.

    Yes, Dungeon Defense and Release that Witch are Korean novels, at least I consider them as such. Dungeon Defense follows the standard light novel format (with great anime Illustrations) but that’s it. Its so freakin original and so good I thought “were all Korean novels like this? Its so damn original and good I want more! That was my first korean novel btw. Release the witch is a novel written in chinese but the author is a Korean. Korean novels don’t stick to cliches.

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