DE Book 10 Chapter 22

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Book 10, Entering the Immortal Estate, Chapter 22 – Youngflame Nong’s True Face

“Let us down this cup together,” Xue Hongyi hurriedly called out. He wanted to flatter Youngflame Nong as best as he could, because in his heart, he was still thinking about later leaving the Witchriver Immortal Estate, then fleeing alive with the Immortal-ranked magic item in tow!

“My fellow disciples, we must be vigilant against the outsiders. Let’s not drink this wine,” Adept Vastriver sent mentally.

“We were useful to him earlier, but now we are useless; who knows what sort of tricks he might play,” Northson sent as well.

But Ninelotus said, “I imagine he wouldn’t dare to be so heartless and crazed.”

While sending mental messages amongst themselves, they all lifted up their cups and drank from it.

“Gulp.” The wine entered Ji Ning’s mouth, then a surge of elemental ki surrounded the liquid. The liquid was completely vaporized by a streak of fire. Only then did Ning put down his winecup.

“Chun and Ji, the two of you, perform a dance and help us enjoy ourselves.” Youngflame Nong was in an extremely fine mood as he gave the orders. Instantly, two of the female Zifu Disciples behind him moved. Previously, their robes were in the shape of maid robes, but the robes now changed. Their sleeves fluttered as the two of them laughed, unveiling their astonishing charisma as the two of them began to dance gracefully in the center of the palace hall.

Strum. Clink. Three other nearby Zifu Disciples who were musicians moved to those ancient musical instruments in the hall, then in a very practiced manner, began to drum and strum. Although countless years had passed, the instruments were completely undamaged, as they were all magical treasures.

One melody rang out after another, while the beautiful courtesans danced. Youngflame Nong was absolutely delighted with himself as he watched and drank, and Ning and the others all accompanied him.

His spirits having grown increasingly high as he drank, Youngflame Nong suddenly glanced sideways at the truly peerless, fairy-like beauty, ‘Yu Wei’. In terms of appearance and aura, even he, Youngflame Nong, who had seen reincarnated fairy-like maidens in the capital of the Grand Xia Dynasty, felt her to be astonishing. His throat went a little dry, and his heart began to grow heated. The desire he had held down this entire time was beginning to rise.

Still, he knew quite well that this Rainbowflame Fairy would probably be hard to convince. Thus, he then looked towards Ninelotus, then laughed, “Little Sister Ninelotus, now that I have completed my task, we need to have a good celebration. Little Sister Ninelotus, why don’t you perform a dance to us and help us celebrate?”

“Eh?” Ning frowned, his face growing somewhat unsightly. ‘Little Sister’ Ninelotus? This was not a form of address for Youngflame Nong to use. And he wanted Ninelotus to dance? How could Ning not feel angry?

“This Youngflame Nong is going too far,” Little Qing sent through the spirit-link. “Master, this Youngflame Nong holds you in no regard at all; he knows that you are Ninelotus are Dao-Companions, but he still acts in such a way.” Indeed, all of the others present in the hall were stunned.

Ninelotus was astonished as well. She first gave Ning a glance, then said hurriedly, “Young master Youngflame, I have no talent in dance. Compared with the beautiful courtesans you have by your side, I am far inferior; I’d rather not go up and embarrass myself.”

“How can they compare with you, Little Sister Ninelotus?” Youngflame Nong laughed, “What, aren’t you even going to give me, Youngflame Nong, even this tiny bit of face?”

Ninelotus hesitated a moment, then put a smile on her face. “Then I’ll go up and dance to a song.” At the same time, she gave Ning a glance.

Ning just sat there, an ugly look on his face. It was just a dance. With so many fellow disciples present, it wasn’t appropriate for Ning to grow angry.

“Ning, son, be careful,” the Whitewater Hound sent spiritually. “Inviting her to dance as part of the victory celebrations is a small matter. Youngflame Nong clearly knows that you and Ninelotus are Dao-Companions, but when he asked her to dance, he didn’t even look at you or say a single word to you. Clearly, he holds you in no regard at all. Given that, you need to be careful.”

Ning immediately came to his senses. “Don’t worry, Uncle White. I understand,” Ning sent back, and then turned to look at Ninelotus, who was dancing in the middle of the hall, in tune with the melodies.

As Ning watched, he suddenly realized…that Ninelotus was actually a very skilled dancer.

Truth be told, Ning knew far too little about the Dongyan clan and the other major clans. The people which future clan leaders like Ninelotus interacted with were generally some of the more formidable figures of the entire Grand Xia Dynasty, and thus she would learn a bit of this and a bit of that, so as to ensure that her performance in any event was perfect.

“Good, good, good.” Youngflame Nong laughed as he drank his wine, occasionally clapping his hands in praise.

Ninelotus was like a blooming lotus flower, swirling about throughout the hall.

But as she moved closer to Youngflame Nong, Youngflame Nong suddenly swung his arm out. A long, black whip actually swept out, coiling around Ninelotus’ arm, then tugging at her. Ninelotus, caught completely offguard, couldn’t help but be pulled even closer to Youngflame Nong. Still, Ninelotus was a Wanxiang Adept; by activating her elemental ki, she managed to stabilize herself as she was pulled closer to Youngflame Nong.

However, Youngflame Nong intimately grabbed her by the arm; he had originally actually been planning on taking her by the waist. Laughing, he pulled at Ninelotus’ arm, wanting to pull her in while saying, “Little Sister Ninelotus, come, let’s drink a cup of wine together.”

This scene shocked everyone present in the hall.

“What?!” Mu Northson, Yu Wei, and the others were all shocked. As for Xue Hongyi, he just gave Ning a sideways glance, revealing a cold smile as he took a sip of wine.

Ning felt as though his head had gone blank. Earlier, Ninelotus’ dance could have been said to be a performance for everyone, but now…

BANG!

Ning suddenly rose to his feet, smashing his hand hard against the table. This table was technically a Mortal-ranked magic treasure, but it was only used for holding wine and food; it wasn’t meant for combat. In addition, Ning was currently gripped by rage, and even his eyes had begun to turn bloodshot. This slap towards the table was actually even more powerful than the palm blows he would deliver in a life-or-death battle.

The energy wave alone from this palm blow smashed all of the plates into tiny pieces, and the fine wine and meat were utterly transformed into dust. BOOM!!! The entire table actually was split apart. Large amounts of shards went flying everywhere, and some of them actually sliced across the body of a nearby Zifu Disciple, causing blood to instantly fly everywhere.

“Hm?” Youngflame Nong immediately gave him a cold look. “What, I can’t even share a drink of wine with Little Sister Ninelotus?” As he finished speaking, a hint of anger appeared on Youngflame Nong’s face.

Youngflame Nong’s anger would’ve instantly reduced most people to a quivering pile of fear. But Ning’s eyes only reddened further. Ignoring all else, he barked out, “Youngflame Nong!”

“Ji Ning.” Ninelotus realized that Youngflame Nong’s eyes had a hint of a murderous intent in them, and she immediately barked out towards Ning.

Ning looked at Ninelotus, then said coldly, “Ninelotus, there’s no need for you to pay any heed to this young master of the Youngflame clan. Hmph. He’s not even the Godplume Duke yet! When we first followed him into the Immortal estate, he was so mild and humble. But not that we are useless to him, this is how he acts!”

“You are courting death.” Youngflame Nong’s anger was beginning to build. Previously, Ning was a useful assistant, but he was now useless. Geniuses like him…they weren’t much in the eyes of him, Youngflame Nong.

Ning said angrily, “Do you remember our original agreement? You made us promises in the name of your Youngflame clan. What, now that you have the Immortal estate, you are planning to act against us? Are you feeling greedy for the treasures we acquired in the Immortal estate? You endured it then, but are now planning to act against us?”

“Be silent!” Ninelotus cried out.

“Ninelotus.” Ning was utterly infuriated.

“Sit down!” Ninelotus shouted at him, while also sending him a frantic mental message. “Ji Ning, you are too rash. Think about Youngflame Nong’s status. He’s normally in the imperial capital, and when together with the imperial princes and various young dukelings, they often act in dissolute, wanton ways. I just have to deal with it and drink a few cups of wine with him, and this matter will be at an end. If you let anger cloud your mind, then it will be trouble.”

Ning sent back, “Some things, I can endure, but others, I cannot. Ninelotus…”

“Are you trying to get yourself killed? You want to fight him?!” Ninelotus sent furiously, “Don’t be so immature!”

Ning was stunned.

Immature?

Youngflame Nong was naturally watching the mental argument between Ninelotus and Ning.

“It seems as though this young and famous Ji Ning doesn’t live up to his reputation,” Youngflame Nong sent mentally to the Fiendgod by his side, Xiangliu Fang. “A scene like this has already angered him to the point of insanity. To deal with him would be simplicity itself. For now, however, there’s no rush to deal with him; if I kill him within the Immortal estate, once the news of it is spread out by the Dongyan clan, the other large tribes will all think of me, Youngflame Nong, as a narrow-minded man.”

“Right.” Xiangliu Fang concurred.

……

Ninelotus’ words had truly enraged Ning now.

Who was Ninelotus? She was the next leader of the Dongyan clan! There was absolutely no need for her to compromise in such a manner; since there was no need, why did she do so?

“Young master Youngflame, Ji Ning is still young; please pardon him.” Ninelotus smiled towards Youngflame Nong.

Youngflame Nong didn’t continue with his earlier actions. He could tell that if he went just a bit farther, this Ji Ning probably would actually start to a fight to the death against him. He dared to kill Ji Ning, but Ninelotus? Ninelotus was the next leader of the Dongyan clan. If he killed her, he would be in serious trouble.

Ninelotus quickly returned to Ning’s side and sat down. Ning remained seated in the lotus position on his chair. Zifu Disciple servants removed the shattered magic treasure table in front of him, replacing it with a new one.

“Ji Ning.” As soon as Ninelotus returned to her seat, she immediately spoke mentally to Ning. “Calm down.”

“Oh, so you know I’m pissed?” Ning looked towards NInelotus.

“This really was nothing. This was a small matter. If in the future, you were to see how the young masters of the major clans act when they are together, you’ll understand that this sort of minor flirtation…it really means nothing. Generally speaking, everyone has a bottom line that they won’t cross; to engage in a little playing around is nothing,” Ninelotus sent. “You’ve seen too little, which is why you were so easily enraged. Look over there; after drinking a cup of wine, Youngflame Nong is no longer harping on this matter.”

“I’ve seen too little?” Ning sent back with a shout, “Bottom line? Ninelotus, you are my Dao-Companion. This so-called ‘a little playing around’ of yours, being embraced by others men, being teased by them, drinking with them…these thigns have already gone beyond my bottom line. Do you understand?”

“You…how can you act this way?” Ninelotus was furious as well.

“That’s the way I am. Can it be that you didn’t know?” Ning stared at her.

Ninelotus and Ning’s gazes intersected. She could sense the determination and resolve from Ning’s eyes.

“Fine. I won’t be act like this in the future.” Ninelotus lowered her head.

Ning lowered his head as well, beginning to drink. Although Ninelotus had bowed her head to him, Ning still felt as though there were thorns stuck in his heart. Just now, he truly hoped that Ninelotus would directly refuse Youngflame Nong. Even if she didn’t throw the cup of wine into Youngflame Nong’s face, she had to at least turn and immediately leave.

In this recent period of time, the two had already argued twice due to differences in the way they behaved towards others. This time, their fight was due to the fact that they handled matters and conducted themselves in completely different ways.

“Heh. Heh. Heh heh.” Youngflame Nong, seated at the front of the hall, was able to tell that there was some unhappiness between Ji Ning and Ninelotus. He actually laughed…and then his gaze fell towards the nearby Rainbowflame Fairy, Yu Wei. The flames in his heart blazed even hotter. The desire he felt towards Yu Wei was far stronger than the desire he felt towards Ninelotus.


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159 thoughts on “DE Book 10 Chapter 22” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. Please tell me the break up is coming in next few chapters!!! How can someone like Ning not see that Ninelotus isn’t right for him. Hell even if its status she shouldn’t be doing something like that in front of him given that he’s her Dao Companion who’s basically her life partner and willing to die for her. Just goes to show she don’t see Ning in the same regard not to mention this is Alice all over again…one sided love.

    1. I don’t think it reached that level just yet.
      I actually like the fact that they’re not a super perfect couple right off the bat. Being in a relationship is not easy, especially one which supposedly will exist for eternity.

      It’s BS to call them Dao-companions, I agree on that, but for the very least — arguments, and even fights, within a relationship is not that strange. The question is, will they be able to adapt to each other, and grow together to compliment each other to the point they agree more than they argue — or will they just be a thorn in each other’s rear ends?

      1. Won’t happen. They dao hearts, in other words who they are at their very core is far too different. She is all about Control. Control means give and take, restrictions of freedom, rules and regulations. She wants to be the master puppeteer.
        Ning is all about freedom. The ability to do what he wants and go where he pleases and be true to himself. He is a sword but he does not need someone to wield him. No instead its better to say he is both a sword and a traveler. A person who can fight at the drop of a hat but also wishes to go all over.

        Thanks for the chapter.

        1. Yeah it’s absolutely impossible for Ninelotus to be his permanent love interest. It absolutely cannot happen. Too many flags have been raised by now. I don’t think she’ll outright betray him, but at the very least she’s probably either gonna die or they will just break up eventually.

  2. This is the first DE chapter that felt like shit, that I actually stopped reading mid-way. Hopefully the break-up will be swift.

    However, this chapter did highlight some of JI Ning’s weaknesses. He really is essentially a country hick. Ignorant and even naive in regards to the powers of this world. He’s way too brash and foolish in social and political situations as well. As bad as it feels right now, I feel like Ji Ning needs to drink deep from this cup of bitterness.

    1. Thing about it if he really was truly ignorant then he wouldn’t allow this to continue even if Nintelotus could take it. He chose to sit back down and let it happen then blamed Nintelotus for it happening without even realizing she did it for him as usually she doesn’t need to show Nong any face at all.

      1. what you talking about, she shows all the face in the world to him and tries to get even Ning to go against his Dao itself to show face to him. Plus shes a control fanatic that was completely confirmed when she realized it herself while Ning is someone who doesn’t want to be controlled and goes desires to go against fate itself, thats polar opposites. The only real connection they ever had was the dao debates on lotuses, which isn’t the greatest foundation for love so strong you would die for them.

        1. I said she doesn’t NEED to, she does here because while Nong can’t really do anything to her, Ning’s treatment is very much up in the air. Therefore after Ning’s outburst it meant she needed to or Ning would end up dead in her eyes.

    2. …Really? I was skipping 80% of the book until this chapter. Every single fight against the diremonsters? Boring. Their travels within the palace? Boring.
      The only points of interests was anything which personally required the presence of Ning — finding treasure, personally dealing with combat, that was fine — but anything which required them to merely “Go from A to B”? “Wait until the Fiendgod fights or breaks the formation”? “Watch as some random guy uses a treasure nobody cares about”? “Let’s learn about the diremonsters even though they’re beyond inconsequential and are mere fodder characters”?

      Boring. So, unbelievably boring. There was no real reason to even pay attention to any of it. That Youngflame guy produced some random deus ex machina treasure out of his rear, and then the day was saved. Hooray. That totally deserved a few chapters of grueling narrative, right?
      At least this chapter has some emotional narrative, and it directly affects the topic of the entire story: Ji Ning.
      It’s not that I only want to see Ji Ning in action, it’s that anything else tends to go absolutely nowhere. We already know “the world is big and wide”, that “there are many magics and species”, that “there are all sorts of quirky treasures and places”. Adding anything on top of that, is mere padding.
      In that sense, emotional-narrative such as the one in this chapter — was very pleasant to go through.

  3. Thanks for the chapter. 🙂 Also, I’m really starting to hope Ninelotus to not be the one for Ning. Her train of thought differs to much, and yes I get she sees thing in a different light do to being from a prominent clan, but she doesn’t consider things from another’s perspective. 🙁

    1. What are you talking about she has been considering things from Ning’s perspective a lot since they got together.
      The whole thing about Autumn Leaf she dropped, along with how he raises his clan and his unwillingness to butter up to Nong. She accepted all of that.

      In this case its Ning who doesn’t see things from other’s perspective as he doesn’t realize that she’s trying to do him a favor by not giving Nong the excuse necessary to kill him. Also even if he saw what she was doing if he was really acting in accordance with his Dao heart he would accept that she was willing to accept the small affront to her pride for him and stood his ground against Nong all the same. Instead he sat back down and took it, mainly because he has plot armor and therefore a stupid move here would be hard to solve without him dying.

      1. Lol, I seriously wanna laugh at those comments you’ve made. From what I’ve seen, you probably don’t even understand what’s happened. Read this 2 times already. Dude, since you probably don’t have a girlfriend in real life then you might not know what it feels to have your girl being teased and flirting in front of your face. XD, even Youngflame Nong can’t just act as he please to with Nine Lotus, but instead she just goes with it, even she and Ning knows this. Also, she might be doing this for his life to not get complicated with the ” Youngflame” guy’s background, but she and Ning doesn’t have much experience with love yet, which means there’s bound to be lots of problems in the relationships. This also mean that their relationship will break easier. Oh did I forget to mention that, you sound like your on the slut’s or the Youngflame whatever no name’s side ? This is turning out to almost be like from CD, also this makes him become stronger in future after he breaks apart from the love pain. Read CD if you haven’t, similar in relationships a bit. Btw, even if you reply to this comment, I won’t replay back to you. Because I will only waste time arguing with people’s opinions and perspective. Still is all on whatever the reader likes or thinks. XD

        1. LOL, I like how you laugh at my comment while agreeing with half and just misunderstanding the other half and add in misguided insults for the rest, provide no basis for your ridicule then say you won’t respond.

          Also Ninelotus is nothing like Alice, I hated Alice for what she did but Nintelotus has done nothing like it.

          Now first i have had gfs and while i never had such happen to me I on the other hand don’t judge a novel based on real life experiences, and if you know anything about the world you should realize that even in real life things like this happen to much worse extents in a few cases where a man while in the company of a more powerful figure can do nothing to stop his wife or gf being treated in a manner that won’t please him. What do they do in a lot of those situations, the same Ning and Nintelotus did here, endure.
          Ning made a bit of a fuss then Nintelotus brushed it off trying to calm him down knowing what would usually be the result and Ning sat back down, this shows the truth that the actions of Nong though despicable crossed neither of their true bottom lines. If it did Ning would have attacked/killed Nong all the same as he should because with his Dao heart anything crossing his bottom line isn’t accepted.

          Does this mean they aren’t meant for each other, probably. However i don’t agree with all the Nintelotus blaming. Also i don’t expect a reply as you said but i will voice my opinion.

  4. thanks for the chapter

    I dont dislike Ninelotus she is just doing what she thinks is right.
    But thats the problem, she “fears” stronger people and is trying to be on their good side and she doesnt care for weaker people like Autumn Leaf.

    Ji Ning doesnt fear stronger people and treats everybody equally the strong and the weak. If they are nice to him he is nice to them but if they try to bully him or his friends he is going to act against them.

    I think thats the reason why the relationship between ning and 9lotus is not going to work.
    Ninelotus is bowing to the strong but Ji Ning is not.

  5. Have Faith in Lord Fifth Gain Eternal Harem. When Lord Fifth appears, why stay with the dumb beetch?
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    囧Ψ? THANKS ?Ψ囧
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    Thank you for the chapter!

  6. All i ever hear from Ninelotus is Status this, status that, because he has such status he can’t dare to do such things to us, BULLSHIT its cause he has such status that he’s more likely to do such shit.

  7. even though i don’t want ning to end up with ninelotus, i hate that she is getting this much hate from everyone. For once, try to see from her perspective. She is much more practical than ji ning, which can be bad as in this case but is also good for other situations. Ning on the other hand is on the other hand of the extreme. If written properly, i believe these two would have balanced each other out quite well but it is so apparent that iet is going to break them up and isn’t putting any effort in trying to develop their relationship Although ning was right in the autumn leaf and this situation, he doesn’t make ninelotus understand why he acted the way he did which only widens the rift b/w them. tbh i feel a bit of pity for ninelotus because she at least tries to see things his way and explain properly to him why she does what she does. I don’t think iet will ever get good at a story focusing on anything other than MC and battles

    thanks for that chapter :]

  8. FLAAAAAAAAAGG !!!!!! THE BLACK FLAG OF DOOM NTR IS COMING!!!!!!! GOD HAVE MERCY UPON US !!!

    sry about the caps, but really need to, cause the foreshadowing is strong in this chap..

  9. That does it!!
    She is not worth it for Ji Ning. Where was the pure hearted Ninelotus from the earlier chapters?? Everything messed up after she realized the Dao of her heart. She’s would likely be someone who betrays Ji Ning once things gets South. Tsk, tsk, tsk…. I like Yu Wei to be with Ji Ning(even with the earlier chapters)…

    1. well, can Ji Ning right now, kill Youngflame? No. Probably not even if all five of the black&white college team up together. If the MC was not the MC, then he’d probably just die. And even if it doesn’t result in a battle, the Youngflame clan is extremely powerful and can completely suppress Ji Ning and his clan. Plus Youngflame is just about to bind the Immortal palace, once he does, they’ll all be in his domain. Ninelotus, while I don’t really like her for Ji Ning, is doing what she thinks will keep them safe for this moment in time. After all, if you can’t stay alive, how will you move forward? She’s trying to be smart about what she does and she doesn’t want Ji Ning to be harmed as well. Building relationships, making sure to use everything you have to your full advantage, and knowing when to fight and back down are strengths as well. Of course, Ji Ning being MC doesn’t need to do what normal people do. He’s always the exception to the rule. And if we could all live like that, not having to bend to the wills of others, that would be great. I bet if he really does get in a fight with Youngflame, something will always come save him. But the people in their world don’t know that, so being cautious of Youngflame right now and being smart about how to deal with him given Ji Ning’s level of power at the moment should be the thing to do. Ji Ning, when getting angry about what happened, is a normal reaction, but I also think its stupid to do so when he can’t even hold a candle to that fiendgod. Anyway, Ninelotus has her way of dealing with things, and I hope you can understand where she’s coming from. Plus she’s weaker than the rest and has everything–her parents, a clan she has to look after. Everything is compromised if she does something stupid and doesn’t have the power to back it up (Remember Ninefire willing to give up the whole elemental ore mine to Snowdragon because he didn’t want the annihilation of his clan? That’s how clan leaders are. Even if it pains them greatly to do so. Not everyone has Ji Ning’s luck). Compared to the Youngflame clan she can’t do anything and she doesn’t have a cheat to protect her clan from an even more powerful clan. But yeah, I don’t think things will work out for her and Ning (unless they really work at reaching compromise). And I also liked Yu Wei but I just hope that you don’t write off Ninelotus’ actions as “not worth” Ji Ning. There is reason behind those actions. Their dissonance rises more from their different beliefs and way of living.

      Oh, new to this place btw. Thanks translators!

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