DE Book 1, Chapter 7

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Book 1, Chapter 7 – Crimsonbright Diagram of the Nine Heavens

One thin abridged book after another was placed on the table, and Ning instantly began to scan the names of each of these books.

[Calamity Fiend] [Indestructible Blood Fiend] [Song of the Inferno] [Vajra Buddhist Sutras] [Freeform Soul] [Crimsonbright Diagram of the Nine Heavens] [Eternal Mysteries of the Yellow Earth] [Spirit Fox Sutra] [Sutra of the Future Buddha] …

Every single book was covered with ancient, strange-looking characters. Fortunately, Ning had learned these words after Ning had been born into this world.

Ning took a deep breath. This was a critical choice! One which would determine his destiny!

He picked up a book and began to read.

[Calamity Fiend]. To train it, one needed to cover one’s body with magic tattoos and use hellfire to temper one’s body. It was extremely painful. After covering the body with nine different types of magic tattoos and after having been tempered by hellfire 81 times, the body would totally transform and become that of a Xiantian lifeform, instantly acquiring boundless strength, the ability to belch hellfire, and immediately regrow a severed arm. This was an extremely hard yet extremely fast way of training. Theoretically, one only needed 81 days in order to reach the Xiantian level.

[Indestructible Blood Fiend]. The pain this caused was even greater than that of the [Calamity Fiend] training method. It required three years of magic tattoos, three years of a hellish, tormented existence.

[Song of the Inferno]. This required one to train next to a blazing inferno, then to be engulfed by a blazing inferno, and then finally to enter the lava of a volcano without being harmed at all. It required a person to become one with fire. Once a person could control the limitless power of fire, the one would be considered to have reached the Xiantian level…

Reading these three, Ning began to frown.

Why was it that these Fiendgod training methods were all so painful? It was worse than torture!

“You foolish child.” Snow couldn’t help but speak out. “Only a few Fiendgod Body Refining methods are truly painful. Only five of these nineteen books are excruciating painful. The others aren’t nearly as bad. I didn’t expect that the first three you picked up…”

“Oh!” Ning let out a sigh of relief.

Yichuan, seated nearby, said coldly, “Fiendgod Body Refining is far more difficult than Ki Refining. For a mortal to become a Xiantian lifeform is against the natural law of the world. To reach that level through the most difficult method, the Fiendgod Body Refining method…of course it is hard! In addition, these methods which require miserable agony and difficulties, although they are quick, can be considered heterodox methods which cannot be considered to have a good foundation.”

Ning nodded as he continued to read.

[Vajra Buddhist Sutras]. This was a type of Buddhist Vajra training method.

[Freeform Soul]. It required an extremely long period of time to train, but after reaching the Xiantian level, it allowed one to freely transform one’s body and filled one with life. Even if one was chopped into many tiny pieces, one would quickly reform. This was one of the topmost life-preserving types of Fiendgod Body Training.

[Crimsonbright Diagram of the Nine Heavens]. Without question, the number one type of Fiendgod Body Training method!

“What?!”

Ning’s eyes turned hungry, and he immediately stared at the [Crimsonbright Diagram of the Nine Heavens] and began to read carefully.

The [Crimsonbright Diagram of the Nine Heavens] had nine parts.

The first three levels were for the Houtian stage.

The middle three levels were for Xiantian lifeforms.

The later three levels were for the Zifu stage.

“It really is different. Those other training methods, at their peak, only allowed the trainees to become peak Xiantian lifeforms. But this [Crimsonbright Diagram of the Nine Heavens] allows a person to reach the peak Zifu level.” Ning continued to read carefully despite his excitement.

Upon reaching the Xiantian level, one would be able to control water and fire, and also possess astonishing physical strength. One’s body would be light and agile, and all six of the senses would be sharpened. Severed limbs would regrow.

Upon reaching the Zifu level, one would be able to regenerate from a single drop of blood. Upon reaching the Wanxiang stage, one would have amazing powers, such as growing three heads and six arms, the Kuafu Sunchaser ability, or Shining Dragon Eyes ability. But of course, the prerequisite was that one would need to be trained in these magical powers.

Fiendgod Body Refining adepts were able to easily suppress Ki Refining adepts of the same level.

But the [Crimsonbright Diagram of the Nine Heavens] was able to suppress all other types of Fiendgod Body Refining techniques!

This was publicly knowledged!

There was no dispute!

But training in it was extremely hard, the hardest of all. This, too, was undisputed!

“That will be my choice!” After flipping through the remaining Fiendgod Body Refining books, without hesitating at all, Ning made his choice. “[Crimsonbright Diagram of the Nine Heavens]!”

“You’ve chosen?” Yichuan looked at his son.

“Yes.” Ning nodded.

Yichuan said slowly, “Crimsonbright Diagram of the Nine Heavens’. This is publicly acknowledged by everyone in the world as the most powerful Fiendgod Body Refining method. It is far more profound than the likes of the ‘Song of the Inferno’, the ‘Vajra Buddhist Sutra’, or the ‘Calamity Fiend’ techniques. And that’s just at the Zifu level. The later stages of it are even more profound. If you are able to become a Zifu Disciple, it would be very easy for you to advance to higher levels as well.”

“This is the most widely spread and most easily obtainable type of Fiendgod Body Refining technique.” Yichuan looked at his son. “But it is also the hardest!”

Ning laughed.

He had spent two years here in this world reading many books. He knew that refining techniques were extremely important! The more profound the training technique, the harder it was to train in. For the higher level books regarding the [Crimsonbright Diagram of the Nine Heavens] to be easily obtainable meant that it was all the more important for him to choose this one.

“It has the greatest power! The undisputed best!”

“It is the most widespread one!”

“It is the most easily obtainable method!”

Yichuan looked at his son. “It has countless merits, and just one flaw; it is extremely difficult! There hasn’t been a single member of the Ji clan of any of our five Prefectures who managed to reach the fourth part and become a Xiantian lifeform.”

“What? Not a single member of the Ji clan in all five Prefectures has been able to use it to become a Xiantian lifeform?” Ning was shocked.

It was fine if they didn’t reach the Zifu stage.

But not even one had reached the Xiantian lifeform stage?

“Right.” Yichuan said. “Not a single one. Because it is simply too hard, far harder than you can imagine. But I must admit that it is the most mysterious and most powerful Fiendgod Body Refining method. Even in the legends of the Fiendgods, this technique is the most powerful one!”

“Then this will be my choice!” Ning didn’t hesitate at all.

He was born into the world with the likes of the [Nuwa Painting], one of the highest class visualization techniques which would allow him to stand out even amongst the armies of Heaven. With such a firm foundation, how could he not at least give it a shot? Even if he failed, that wouldn’t be a big deal. He could then choose to train in another technique.

“Fine!” Yichuan revealed a rare smile on his face. He was very happy with his son’s resoluteness. “Then I will go get the [Crimsonbright Diagram of the Nine Heavens] for you.”

“Thank you, father.” Ning was filled with anticipation.

…..

Dark night.

The door to the room was closed, and inside the room, the arm-thick candles were flickering. There were only three people in the room. Yichuan, Snow, and their son, Ning.

Ning was holding an extremely thick book with scarlet red letters and reading through it. This was the legendary, most powerful of techniques: [Crimsonbright Diagram of the Nine Heavens].

“It really is hard.” Ning was frowning as he read it.

The [Crimsonbright Diagram of the Nine Heavens] had several major obstacles.

The first was the introduction. In order to begin training in it, one had to be able to sense the ‘Great Yang’ (the Sun) and the ‘Great Yin’ (the Moon) in the skies. Many other Fiendgod training methods required the absorption of elemental energy, such as fire, water, or electricity in order to build up power. But the [Crimsonbright Diagram of the Nine Heavens] required its practitioners to immediately begin sensing those two greatest of celestial bodies, and to absorb the energy of the Sun and the Moon.

Many trainees simply couldn’t sense the Sun and the Moon at all. And this was just the first step!

Afterwards, by absorbing the energy of the Sun and the Moon, one’s entire body would become covered with divine tattoos. This was the second part! After the Divine Sun Tattoo and the Divine Moon Tattoo were completely formed, one could be considered as having completed the first level of the [Crimsonbright Diagram of the Nine Heavens]! Actually, from this very first level, one could tell how unimaginably profound this technique was, because many of the other techniques, such as the [Calamity Fiend] technique, all relied on physically carving the magic tattoos onto one’s body.

But for the [Crimsonbright Diagram of the Nine Heavens], those tattoos would be formed naturally, and the divine tattoos were of the Moon and the Sun!

Once the first level was mastered, one was usually able to easily reach the third level without any problems.

But breaking through to the fourth level and becoming a Xiantian lifeform was even more difficult.

It required ‘Yin and Yang to Fuse, Water and Fire Become One’. Only then could one break past and become a Xiantian lifeform.

The later obstacles…those were too far off. There was no need to worry about them.

“Whew.” Finishing reading, Ning let out a long breath.

Yichuan and Snow looked at their son.

“Father, please instruct me with regards to the mysteries hidden within the first level of the [Crimsonbright Diagram of the Nine Heavens].” Ning looked at his father.

“Understanding the [Crimsonbright Diagram of the Nine Heavens] is very easy.” Yichuan said. “All you need to do is follow the instructions on the pictures. There are nine pictures to the first level. It is very simple.”

Ning nodded. He had read many books in this world, and when he flipped through it, he had quickly learned what the training method was. But he was worried that he might have missed some sort of profound meaning. After all, training was something he couldn’t be too rash about. Since his father had said that the instructions in this book were very clear, then it was time to start.

Ning closed his eyes and raised his fists, then bowed down…this was the first diagram: Bowing to the Sun and the Moon!

He carried out all of the movements in accordance with the pictures, seeming almost to move in accordance with a strange ritual dance, and his body carried within it a strange, ancient aura.

“Hrm?” Yichuan was surprised.

“His very first attempts at the movement are so accurate and so precise.” Snow was surprised as well. Although most people wanted to make the movements properly, they wouldn’t actually be able to do so as precisely as they wished. However, Ning had been training in accordance to the [Nuwa Painting] since his birth. His soul was very powerful, and he had extremely strong control over his body as a result. Given that he had also constantly been cleansed by the energy of nature and his soul was as pure as an infants, it was quite natural that he could easily make accurate movements.

Hua!

Ning’s final movement was to sit down in a kneeling position, his two arms hanging down in front of him, as though one was resting on the sun while the other was resting on the moon.

Utter silence.

Yichuan and Snow were holding their breaths as well. They knew that it was the critical movement. The earlier dancing movements were only for the purpose of allowing one to sense the ‘Great Yang’ (the Sun) and the ‘Great Yin’ (the Moon). Whether or not Ning would be able to sense those two most exalted of stellar bodies…

Despite this just being the introductory part to the [Crimsonbright Diagram of the Nine Heavens], it had prevented countless people from training in it.

The two of them knew that the [Crimsonbright Diagram of the Nine Heavens] was the hardest Fiendgod Body Refining method to train, and they knew that the chance of their four year old son being able to master the introductory part was very low. However, parents always hoped that their children would succeed. They waited, hoping for a joyous surprise to happen…


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19 thoughts on “DE Book 1, Chapter 7” - NO SPOILERS

  1. So you went from a wheel chair for the vast majority of your life to making immediate breakthroughs in the #1 hardest fiendgod body training art… at the age of 4 YEARS OLD… How does it feel to finally be OP

    1. or barely two years old the way we are used to count years. the child is one year old at birth, and two years in its first spring in old chinese counting. and he was born in winter, so two years old shortly after birth. and four years old two years and a little more after his birth.

      i’m fairly sure they use old chinese age counting in this world, since mc talks about having been in this world for only two years, while already being four years old.

  2. Not such a terrible stretch, he’s been training in an absurdly high level mentat discipline since the very day he was born. Combined with his intelect and mental fortitude from his previous life and the ability to move as he please (he can walk/run/skip/hop/exercise now after 18 years of inability) he has more drive than any child on this world. Of course he should be OP.

  3. Soul Strengthening is so important. To train ones mind and body helps the soul but to directly train the soul helps everything. I love it. I’m so glad he got a stronger soul sooner. That Painting of Nuwa is pretty amazing. I mean its not eh painting itself but the fact that your meditating on the being Nu Wa and the immense mystery and amazingness that she is. Its a rather unique thing. Its like Christians who meditate and ponder on the God of the Bible or Muslims who meditate and ponder on the God of the Quaran. Their holy books show a path and all you need to do is understand why that path is the way it is. That in itself is the hardest part of course.

  4. Tss, so predictable that the technique he was gonna choose was going to be labelled as “the most powerful”. Seriously, I really like the universes those author create but why ? Why do they feel the need to make the MC so “OP” and always take the easier choice ? (the one that makes the MC more powerful)

    Is it because the target audience has Inferiority complex ? Am i suppose to jerk off when I read this ?
    Is he gonna have uselesss powerless friends like always and no rivals ?

    1. Easier choice? This is the most difficult to train method. It’s almost impossible to accomplish it. What part of that is easy. I wish people like you wouldn’t come on here and read something you obviously don’t have an interest in just to complain and clutter up the comments section. You obviously have a large amount of free time, why don’t you, I don’t know, find a hobby you actually enjoy, or better yet, get a life.

      1. Considering the fact that he’s the mc, then yes, choosing the most powerful method is the “easiest” choice since we all know he’ll master it eventually and become the most powerful in such a straightforward and predictable way. If he for example chose something that others don’t necessarily consider the strongest but had a unique quirk to it for example, then that would make for a more interesting approach.

        And did you even read what you just wrote? Did you re-read it? Did you cringe at your own words? “This is the most difficult to train method. It’s almost impossible to accomplish it.” This is xianxia we’re talking about, there’s no such thing as “impossible” for a xianxia mc. So choosing an impossibly hard but OP technique might as well be described as simply an OP technique that the mc will learn eventually.

        I’ve got no problems reading these types of stuff, in fact I quite enjoy the silliness of it. But seeing stupid illogical defenses being made for it is a big pet peeve of mine.

        1. It almost becomes a problem of the chicken and the egg. Your point is valid, sure, but if we follow it one step further we have to ask ourselves who the protagonist actually is, and why he’s able to succeed: is it that the plot demands he succeeds because he’s the protagonist, OR is he the protagonist precisely because he would succeed?

    2. It’s not the easiest way though, the easiest way would have been going to heaven and becoming a Deva. You complain about him taking the easiest route, but that’s not true, he is taking the route with the most potential regarding his own development… and frankly, if he didn’t do that after what we know of him would be even more stupid.

      And in case you are complaining about there being an “absolute method” for the MC to use, that’s just how it is in China. Because a good part of the population in China feels oppressed, be it from the government, officials, their higher-ups or whoever, stories like these where the MC sh*ts all over useless, arrogant pricks in high positions are very popular. It reliefs some of the stress of real life.

      If you like “underdog stories”, japanese anime, manga and light novel may be more of your thing, as the MC is more often than not the “heroic weakling that overcomes obstacles with his willpower (and the undefeatable power of friendship)”.

      In both cases the MC has to overcome difficulties and obstacles to reach his goal, but in my opinion (and many other people that read wuxia/xianxia) the chinese MCs are a lot more interesting because they aren’t as useless as the “standard shonen MC”. Their characters are also much more fleshed out in terms or morality, being mostly selfish egoistic (much like an anti-hero), but having that moral bottom line to seperate them from the “villians”.

  5. I haven’t read ST but even so, I don’t get why its being compared to DE because I haven’t seen ATG being compared to ST and I’m getting ATG vibes from this.

    Just ‘sayin

    Also, I predict a heavy sword being used in the future with the body strengthening technique

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