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Volume 1: Chapter 1

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Hello Readers,

Welcome to the first chapter of “Child of Light”. This is the introductory chapter to the series and is an infodump introducing the workings of the world. This is the author’s, Tang San’s, first work, but the story is very engaging. Bear through this initially dry chapter, and I assure you’ll be rewarded with a wondrous world, a humorous story, and an interesting adventure.

Thanks for reading,

Translators Ruze & DD


Volume 1: Chapter 1 – The First Chapter

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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 magic race and beast clans.

In the Western continent, there are two kingdoms. The Holy Light Empire is ruled by the magic race while the beast clans rule the Misty Martial Empire. The magic race looks very similar to humans with the only difference being that their eyes are purple. Those of the magic 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.

Magies 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.

Warriors ranks are divided into: elementary warrior, intermediate warrior, advanced warrior, knights, earth knight, sky knight, radiant knight, sword saint and the legendary War God.

Battle spirit classes are divided into: battle spirit, earth battle spirit, sky battle spirit, divine 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.

Next Chapter >>

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Comments 33

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  2. I hate when authors dump a shit ton of information on the first chapter! However… this world sounds really interesting!

    Thanks for your translations- I hope you continue working on this and Good luck!

    1. I agree. It isn’t entertaining to read when the story hasn’t really started, and I forget most of it anywy, not that it matters, because if it has any importqnce at all it can be learned later (through an explanarion or context)

    2. Yup. You’ve identified one of the greatest failings of most light novels (and many reg. novels too) — horrible piles of exposition. Background exposition is like shit. It’s much better to try and spread it out and disguise it in many ways than make readers swim through pools of it to advance to the next stage/plot point etc.

      For all you would be writers? Go for JIT (just in time) exposition…if it isn’t immediately needed to understand the story or behavior, defer or minimize it. seriously…kid wakes up and we get world history 101. Result? Both kid and many would be readers go back to bed.

  3. Wrong:
    Why does my my house
    Correct:
    Why does my house

    Wrong:
    The higher the rank the their body is
    Correct: The higher the rank their body is

  4. The magic race posses darkness system of magic yet they named their continent The Holy Light Empire ??
    The series looks interesting. Thank you for the translation.. 🙂

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      Author

      For the Holy Light Empire, as far as I know at the moment it should be correct, as the raw is 圣光帝国 with the 圣 character meaning Holy or sacred and the 光 meaning light. They last two characters, 帝国 are empire.

  5. Thanks for the chapter!

    Could you change the font? Make it bigger and more distinct, this current colour is quite irritating to read.

    And thanks for the chapter, interesting story!

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      Author

      Sorry, about that since I’m only using the free version of WordPress at the moment I don’t think I can change the font. But I will try finding a more eye friendly theme.

    2. Best to just copy it all and dump it into wordpad then set it to w/e you prefer and you can read it properly. currently it gives a “mobile” format vibe.

      1. mmm Ignore my comment the moment I posted this it went from mobile to the proper one. It seems you are having a Cache Issue! (Or I am not sure might be both!)

  6. awesome bro. You got me hooked up completely. Thank you so much. I am eagerly looking forward to the next chapter 🙂

  7. Hello,

    Sorry don’t take it badly but a did some proofreading. When it’s in [it’s Your text] and when there is : it’s Mine.

    [The kingdom possesses dozens of major magic schools « as » every citizen has the right to learn magic.]

    It would be better like that…

    : Like/Because every citizen has the right to learn magic there is dozens of major magic schools in the Kingdom.

    It’s sound better I thinks…

    [The first stage: Elementary magic academy. Generally students enroll «between(does it mean that someone can enroll at the age of 10? Or that they enroll at 5 and at 10 they will graduat??) the ages of 5 to 10 years old and» will « continue » studying there for 5 years]

    Why « continue » ?? And I thinks it’s more like they start EMA at 5 and the end it at 10.

    : The first stage: Elementary magic academy. Generally students enroll «at 5 years old and graduat at 10, they» will be studying « elementary magic » for 5 years.

    or

    The first stage: Elementary magic academy. Generally students enroll «at 5 years old and graduat at 10, they» will be studying « here » for 5 years.

    [Intermediate magic academy doesn’t have a set number school years,]

    : Intermediate magic academy doesn’t have a set number «of» school years,
    / or: Intermediate magic academy doesn’t have a set number «of years in school»,

    [After passing the exam, students once again be admitted «to» the academy corresponding to their exam results.]

    : After passing the exam, students «will» once again be admitted «in» the academy corresponding to their exam results.

    [Furthermore, they have extremely rigorous examinations even for a prince. Princesses also must pass examinations before they will be admitted.]

    : Furthermore, they have extremely rigorous examinations even princes and princesses 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.]

    : After graduating from an advanced magic academy, the results of the graduation exam «will» determine which certificate the students receives.

    [Those of the magic race are naturally ambitious and aggressive «while» they inherently posses darkness magic.]

    : Those of the magic race are naturally ambitious and aggressive, they are inherently possessor of darkness magic.

    [The beast clan’s «ace» corps in comparison to their main army is even more frightening.]

    : The beast clan’s «Special/elite» corps in comparison to their main army is even more frightening.

    Sorry maybe this one didn’t need it but it sound better.

    [ «Humanity» sacrificed millions of warriors in order to build the most powerful mountain fortress, Telun fortress.]

    They talk of race like magic race, beast race so I thinks here you should say that:

    : «The human race» 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.]

    Two beast clans???

    : Since the magic fortress have been built the «magic race and 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.]

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

    Thanks for the chapter. ^^

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  9. Good mother of mercy, when you said that this first chapter was nothing but an info dump, you surely were not lying >.<

    Despite that, it still piques my interest, and i must say. Thank you for your hard work upon this translation, looking forward to the story!

    Now to continue reading 😛

  10. “The Holy Light Empire is ruled by the magic race…………..Those of the magic race are naturally ambitious and aggressive while they inherently posses darkness magic.”

    Its called The Holy LIGHT Empire, and its people uses darkness magic? Well that not strange at all.

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