Tuesday, November 3, 2015

TKDG 001: A Frigid Town, Part 1

This LN's chapters are abnormally long.
Will be breaking the chapters down into parts.
Chapter 01 has 11,378 Chinese characters.
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There were five countries on the Heaven's Origin Continent: Heaven's Gold Empire to the North, Prosperous Empire to the South, Sunset Empire to the West, and United Regions Commonwealth to the East. Located in the middle of them all, connected to each country, is a hexagonal piece of land belonging to the most illustrious organization on the Continent - the Holy Church. The four kingdoms were peaceful neighbors, apart from the Sunset Empire and the Prosperous Empire who had bad foreign relations with each other. Every year, each country would have to hand in a certain amount of "Protection Fee" to provide for the expenses of the Church.

The people of the Heaven's Gold Empire consisted mainly of white people, they were tall, with blond hair and blue eyes. Meanwhile, the people of the the Sunset Empire and the Prosperous Empire were made up of yellow people, with dark hair and dark eyes. The racial mix of the Commonwealth was comparatively more complicated, they had white people, yellow people, and also black people with strong bodies. Many different races lived within the Commonwealth. If we were to debate on the comprehensive strength of each country, the United Regions Commonwealth that is made up of six different communities was the most powerful, while the other three countries had comparable martial power.

On the Continent, apart from humans, there were other races that were small in number, such as the kind Elven Race, the temperamental Dwarfish Race, and the Winged Race who is gifted in song and dance. There also dwelled the Werebeasts Race who only lives in the dense forests, the most mysterious Dark Demon Race, and the legendary Dragon Race. These races are spread throughout the Continent, and for thousands of years, they have lived in peace with the humans. However, due to the difference in lifestyles, these other races usually live within the mountains and forests were there weren't many humans, and rarely interact with humans.

Although the Holy Church had the smallest ruling area in the Continent, they hold an exalted position. Apart from the few people who do not believe in God, almost everyone of the Human Race is a loyal follower of the Church. Priesthood is the most respected job, and within the Holy Church, the Supreme Pontiff holds the highest authority. Four high Crimson-Robed Priests work beneath the Supreme Pontiff to help with Church affairs, and are also called Crimson-Robed Bishops. Beneath the Crimson-Robed Priests, are twelve Ivory-Robed Priests. When more than half the Crimson and Ivory robed priests believe that the Supreme Pontiff has made a significant mistake, they can start the process to impeach the Supreme Pontiff. However, because the promotion process of a Supreme Pontiff is extremely strict, there hasn't been a case where impeachment has occurred since the birth of the Holy Church. Below the Ivory-Robed Priest, are the High Priests, Intermediate Priests, Ordinary Priests, and Preparatory Priests. These priests are also called Clerics or Divine Priestesses. Within the church, there are no rules preventing marriage, but the chosen partner must be a loyal believer of the Church.

There is another reason the Priesthood is respected, and that is because they are all Sorcerers of Light. To be promoted to the position of an Ivory-Robed Priest, clerics must a Light Sorcerer above the level of a Principal Sorcerer, and the number of Principal Sorcerer has never been of the triple digits. The power wielded by the Crimson-Robed Priests is immeasurable, there is a legend that says the combined power of the four high Crimson-Robed Priests is equivalent to the entire martial power of any one country. Meanwhile, the Supreme Pontiff is usually elected from among Crimson-Robed Priests. The process is extremely strict, and after the selection of the successor, the predecessor will conduct an inheritance ceremony. In that ceremony, the unparalleled unique power of the Church will be passed on to the succeeding Supreme Pontiff. Yet, no one knows the true extent of the Supreme Pontiff's power. In the past thousand years, there has been no need for the Supreme Pontiffs to be embroiled in any situation.

Outside the Church, the Judiciary Division is in charge of monitoring the priesthood. The Presiding Judge of each division has the same authority as the Crimson-Robed Priests. The subordinates of the Presiding Judge are called the Holy Church's Executioners, they are the most fanatical believers of the Heavenly God. Whenever these Executioners are dealing with members of another religion, there has always been only one word -- kill. Unlike the orthodox priesthood, members of the Judiciary Division do not have any worries as everything is under the control of the Presiding Judge, who reports directly to the Supreme Pontiff.

The Continent has a single currency system. The money used is made by the Holy Church and has its insignia carved onto it. The conversion rate used is in multiples of ten, 1 diamond coin = 10 amethyst coins = 100 gold coins = 1,000 silver coins = 10,000 bronze coins. An ordinary family's yearly income is roughly 50 gold coins, and it takes approximately 30 gold coins to maintain a family each year.

The four countries each have their own languages, while those in the larger cities and those of the aristocratic level generally converse in the Church's language. Our story starts in the North, the Northernmost part of the Heaven's Gold Empire, within the Biernuo Province, in a small town called Ninuo.


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Excuse any mistakes.
Massive paragraphs = too tiring to reread.
Makes me rethink translating this story.

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Might change the name as I read on, such as sunset vs dusk vs twilight, to fit the countries' traits.

White/yellow/black people : easier to translate it this way (the author did use color), as compared to making it politically correct - politically correct terms will make this story too complex and modernized.


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14 comments:

  1. i found the manhua of this just a couple of days ago and now there is someone translating it?????

    awesome :D

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  2. Waiting on a chapter with the MC. :o Story seems intriguing.

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  3. KDG. There are already lots of abbreviated titles that start with T.

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  4. Glad to see you picked this up! (Zen from reddit here)

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    1. Hi, nice to see you here. :D I am hoping the subsequent chapters will be shorter. Will be slow right now, exams coming up!

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  5. Could you change the background colour for mobile users? The red hurts my eyes

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    1. oh!!! Let me change it, thanks for the feedback.

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  6. Thanks sooo much for picking this up!

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  7. I hope it's easier to read with the current template! :)

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  8. i wan know where i can read this novel.. i find good in manga thats why i wanna know in novel to plzz tell me

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  9. Thank you for doing this I read the manhua and I love it now ima be up all night

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    1. The novel focuses on world building in its crazy long first chapter (still slaving away on it). So you will learn some things not present in the manhua :)

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