DE Book 11 Chapter 9

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Book 11, Primaltwin, Chapter 9 – Foundation Established

The City of Ten Thousand Swords, under the falling snow, remained as lively as ever. The city had now become the very center of the entire Swallow Mountain region; naturally, it was quite bustling! As for the grudge between the Youngflame clan and the Ji clan? Those merchants and peddlers who came and went from Swallow Mountain’s commandery cities were all ordinary mortals; the Immortal cultivators stationed by the Youngflame clan weren’t willing to wantonly slaughter too many mortals, as that would cause the accumulation of far too much sin.

Within a particular alleyway in the City of Ten Thousand Swords.

Space rippled, and then Ji Ning appeared. Although there were some ordinary mortals within the alleyway, they didn’t seem to notice Ning’s presence at all.

“These minor invisibility tricks are still useful against mortals.” Ning spread his sense out, and as he did, he couldn’t help but feel startled. “The city is absolutely…”

“Fellow Daoist Ji Ning.” A ripple of divine sense spread out to him.

“Immortal Duohe.” Ning took a single step forward, then transformed into a gust of wind and disappeared.

The Lord Prefect’s estate was the heart of the entire city; it also comprised the inner city. Within a particular courtyard in the estate. Immortals Duohe and Witchsui were both seated here. A gust of wind blew in, then Ning appeared as well.

“Master.”

“Ning, son.” Two other figures almost simultaneously appeared as well; it was the Whitewater Hound and Little Qing. In the instant Ning had teleported to the City of Ten Thousand Swords, Uncle White and Little Ning had sensed his arrival.

“Master, it’s been over a year.” Little Qing, in azure serpent form, immediately coiled around Ning’s arm, then raised her little serpentine head and spoke in the human tongue. “I’ve been worried to death over you during this past year. The army of the Youngflame clan has been sending nonstop patrols around. Fortunately, I could sense that you were still alive, master; otherwise, I wouldn’t even be able to sleep.”

The Whitewater Hound looked at Ning. He, too, had been worried about Ning this entire time.

“Uncle White, Little Qing,” Ning laughed. “The Youngflame clan isn’t able to do anything to me.”

“Immortal Duohe, Immortal Witchsui.” Ning turned to look at the two already-standing monstrous Immortals, then laughed. “I didn’t expect that after being absent from here for a year, by the time of my return, your forces would have layered it in protections that render it as impregnable as an iron fortress. I sense more than a hundred different types of formations alone, and wasn’t even able to teleport into the city. Also, you discovered me as soon as I arrived; this is an even more restrictive area than some headquarters for major schools.”

Immortal Duohe nodded. “This is the core of your Ji clan, and the place where all of us monsters of the Immortal estate world have gathered. Naturally, we cannot be careless. We’ve used all our power to set up these formations; so long as any Loose Immortal dares to enter, we will immediately notice them.”

“This is the homeland of your Ji clan, and the home of our clans as well, for the next thousand years,” Immortal Witchsui said with a smile.

Ning let out a sigh of relief. He had been right to invite the monsters here.

“Not just that,” Immortal Duohe chuckled, “Our clans have a vast number of Xiantian lifeforms amid our ranks as well. We’ve sent out tens of thousands these Xiantian Diremonsters to spread out throughout the Swallow Mountain region, allowing us to completely control and oversee the mortals here as well. This way, it will be hard for the Youngflame clan to kill the mortals.”

Ning nodded. It was a grave sin to kill ordinary mortals, but Xiantian lifeforms had yet to truly embark on the Immortal path; the amount of sin they accumulated was much lower.

“This is the decision which we came to after negotiating with Old Patriarch Ninefire. The Old Patriarch was worried that the Youngflame clan would butcher ordinary mortals with abandon,” Immortal Duohe said. “Actually, I feel that the Old Patriarch is worrying too much; the Youngflame clan is, after all, a major clan that has existed for countless years. Clans like this care tremendously about their karmic luck. Even if they send Xiantian lifeforms to slaughter ordinary mortals, there will still be some degree of sin that will surround the bodies of the Youngflame clan members, which will affect the luck of the clan as a whole. Although it won’t have a huge impact, given how much these ancient clans care about luck, they absolutely wouldn’t do anything that would negatively influence it, just for the sake of giving vent to a bit of anger.”

Ning nodded. Luck. You couldn’t see it, nor could you feel it. But it did indeed exist. Those blessed by luck were the favored of heaven, and their lives would naturally be different. For example, the Grand Xia Dynasty established the Raindragon Guard, whose primary mission was to constantly capture and kill major sinners and thus allowing the Dynasty’s luck to constantly rise!

“I’ll trouble you all to take care of my Ji clan’s affairs,” Ning said. “I need to go see the clan leader and the others. Afterwards, I’ll leave the city, and it will most likely be many years before we meet again.”

“Fellow Daoist Ji Ning, you must be careful,” Immortal Witchsui and Immortal Duohe both said.

“Right.” Ning nodded. And then, he led Uncle White and Little Qing to go see the clan leader.

…..

Ji Ninefire and the others had no idea that Ning had returned. Soon, however, Ning’s divine sense reached out to Ji Ninefire, Granny Shadow, and Ji Truekeep, who went to go meet with Ning, Uncle White, and Little Qing in a secluded courtyard.

Rumble…the door to the courtyard shut.

Ninefire, Granny Shadow, and Truekeep all looked at Ning. Given they had secluded themselves in this place, the conversation was undoubtedly a weighty one.

Ning spread out his divine sense as well, keeping a vigilant watch on the surrounding area.

“We are going to leave the City of Ten Thousand Swords soon. I don’t know how long this journey will last, or if I will be able to return,” Ning said.

“Ji Ning, don’t say such things; you’ll definitely be able to return,” Ninefire said hurriedly.

Ning laughed. “Alright. I’ll definitely be able to return. Before leaving, there’s something I want to give you all.”

“Oh?” Ninefire and the others were quite curious.

Ning waved his hand, and the floor became filled with piles of magic treasures, such as swords, spears, staffs, needles, shuttles, grand seals, ribbons, and horsetail whisks. The treasures were numerous beyond counting.

“This is?” Ninefire and the others held their breaths.

Ning waved his arm again, and nearly thousand magic treasures appeared on the ground.

Yet another wave of the arm, and ten more treasures appeared as well.

“There are more than ten thousand Mortal-ranked magic treasures, nine hundred-plus Earth-ranked magic treasures, and twelve Heaven-ranked magic treasures,” Ning said. “Even if our Ji clan produces several Primal Daoists and a group of Wanxiang Adepts, these treasures should be enough for us.”

“It’s enough, it’s enough. Immortal cultivators usually acquire magic treasures through adventuring in the outside world,” Ninefire said hurriedly. “At most, the clan will provide a little bit of support. So many treasures…Ning, son, where in the world did you get them?”

Ning didn’t answer. Instead, he waved his hand again. A large number of spirit-pills and valuable treasures and materials appeared.

“These are all spirit-pills and valuable materials,” Ning said. “There are some commonly seen Immortal elixirs and pills here. Clan leader, if you flip through this book, you’ll know what is here. As for the most precious spirit-pills and materials, I’ve written down a book explaining their value and usage. You can’t be too wild in your use of these things; after all, some of them are poisonous in nature.”

This caused Ninefire and the others to all feel breathless.

“These magic treasures are all external items.” Ning solemnly waved his hand, and instantly, a vast, dense cluster of books appeared, filling more than half of the hall and rising to thirty meters in height.

“This will be our Dao Repository,” Ning said. “It includes everything, and in number should be even larger than Snowdragon Mountain’s.”

He had killed Xue Hongyi, Youngflame Nong, and had also acquired the Dao Repository of the Witchriver Immortal Estate.

“These eighteen sets are the most important.” Ning waved his hand yet again. “Here there are Immortal-ranked Ki Refining techniques, Fiendgod Body Refining techniques, divine abilities, and divine will arts,” Ning said. “These are precious techniques which Celestial Immortals and those on their level use; some of them aren’t even available to the Black-White College.”

Ninefire, Truekeep, and Granny Shadow were all completely stunned.

Divine abilities?

Divine will techniques?

These were things that only existed in legendary Dao Repositories. Actually, these things had been left behind both by Immortal Juhua and the Witchriver Immortal Estate. Immortal Juhua had lived for millions of years, after all, and his combat power was comparable to a Celestial Immortal’s; he had acquired quite a few Dao Repositories in his time. In other words, Ning’s repository was the combination of the ones that had belonged to Immortal Witchriver and Immortal Juhua!

Immortal Juhua was a lone wanderer with no clan to worry about, and so the techniques he left behind were all top-notch, at least at the Heaven-rank.

“These eighteen sets that I’m giving to you,” Ning said solemnly, “Absolutely must not be taught to others. They are the hope for our Ji clan’s rise to power, the heart of our heart. Who to pass them down to? When to pass them down? I’ve left behind my recommendations on this book.” Ning handed a book directly over to Truekeep. Truekeep, hands trembling, accepted it.

He was completely stunned. Perhaps this repository was quite a bit weaker than the Dao Repository which the Black-White College had accumulated over the course of countless years, but it definitely far surpassed the likes of Snowdragon Mountain, and definitely ranked amongst the top ten or so of the entire Stillwater Commandery. Those divine abilities and secret arts in particular…the other powers didn’t have them at all.

Whooosh. Ning waved his hand yet again, and a pile of statues appeared. A total of nine golems, all of Qiongqi Manticores.

“Master.” The nine Qiongqi Manticore golems all looked towards Ning with respect.

He had originally acquired thirty-six Qiongqi golems and the black-armored male golem from the Witchriver Immortal Estate. The giant yellow bear had completely disassembled them, then rebuilt them into eighteen Qiongqi golems. As for that black-armored male golem? He was completely, truly finished; he no longer existed.

After the retrofitting of the eighteen Qiongqi golems, every single one of them was now close to a Loose Immortal in combat power. Nine of them could join together to form into a ‘Grand Nine Heavens Formation’, and even Ning’s Primaltwin fighting at full power still found it hard to overcome them when surrounded.

“These nine golems are each close to a Loose Immortal in combat power. For a single one to actually kill a Primal Daoist on its own might be difficult,” Ning said, “But once the nine join forces into a golem formation…they will be able to kill Primal Daoists as easily as killing chickens. This will become our Ji clan’s final trump card. Every single one of them has an elemental ki formation within their bodies, and they can absorb natural elemental energy and distill it into liquefied elemental essence, so there’s no need for you to provide them with a power supply. However, remember this…don’t use them too often. Once they use up the essence inside, they will no longer be able to fight. You can ask them yourself how much energy they have remaining and how much longer they can fight for.”

“Kill Primal Daoists as easily as killing chickens?” Ninefire, Truekeep, and Granny Shadow exchanged a glance. They were completely filled with joy by this situation.

“Ji Ning,” Ninefire said hurriedly, “I know about golems. Such powerful, mighty golems are incomparably valuable; it’s better to keep them by your side. You will be experiencing countless dangers; these golems will be of great use to you.”

“For me, killing Primal Daoists is also as easy as killing chickens,” Ning said..

Ninefire and the others were speechless.

These words were simply too savage and brutal. If Ning dared to say these words, that meant he absolutely had the combat power of a Loose Immortal! Actually, Ning’s true body wasn’t that strong, but his Primaltwin? It definitely did have that power.

“Hurry up and collect these,” Ning said.

“Right, right. Truekeep, hurry up and collect them,” Ninefire said hurriedly.

Truekeep nodded. “These treasures cannot leave the City of Ten Thousand Swords; in fact, they can’t even leave the Lord Prefect’s manor. I’ll allow these nine Loose Immortal golems to guard them.”

……

Everything had been arranged.

The door to the hall swung open.

Ning led Uncle White and Little Qing out, transforming into a gust of wind that disappeared into the skies.

Truekeep, Ninefire, and Granny Shadow raised their heads, staring into the firmament.

“Our Ji clan’s foundation has been established. So long as we are given enough time, we will definitely become one of the local hegemons of Stillwater Commandery.” Ninefire murmured silently to himself, “Although my life is coming to an end…it’s enough…it’s enough. Even in death, my life will have been worth it. Yichuan…I knew your son was formidable, but not that he was this formidable! You produced a fine son!”

Truekeep and Granny Shadow were both in a stunned state as well.

They both understood…that because of the things Ji Ning had left behind today, the Ji clan now had a powerful foundation. Like seeds entering fertile mud, the only thing left to do was to wait. All they needed now…was time!


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54 thoughts on “DE Book 11 Chapter 9” - NO SPOILERS

    1. Logically, the Youngflame clan would wage an economic war on the Ji clan. Youngflame undoubtedly has deeper pockets, and can just starve the Ji clan.

      I wonder how these clans make money anyway. Taxes? That can’t be the major source of $$$. Well even if it is, if everyone refuses to deal with Ji clan members, what’s the point of the money?

      1. Economic war? With Ji Ning having provided with the clan with all the weapons and skills they could possibly need the only thing the clan would need would be food so they’d have to literally starve them. Which would present an issue. First of all even mortals can make enough so they can live, not to mention Cultivators.

        Even supposing that they don’t have enough space in the city and that the Youngflame clan bothers to continually harass the small fry of the Ning clan it would still be hard to starve them. It would mean that they would have to make every merchant and every shop memorize every member of the Ning clan, along with new members as they come about and force them to check everyone carefully for disguises.

        And even if they did that (which I don’t see possible) it still wouldn’t amount to much as this is the territory of the Northmont clan and Bawei is a good friend of Ji Ning, so he could easily arrange the food situation since he could use the Northmont clan as an intermediary between the Ning Clan and merchants, or he could even gift enough food for the clan to eat since the cost of food needed for a small clan ought to be a drop in the bucket for the people who run a commandery.

        1. Remember cultivators don’t need to eat, so you could only starve the mortal members of the Ji clan. This would lead to the same Karmic luck issues that prevented them from going on a killing spree.

          Also they aren’t all that interested in the Ji clan to begin with. They are after Ning for two reasons, the death of Nong and his Yuchi bloodline.

          1. You are totally right about the mortal and bad karma issue. But starving them would really be a good tactic without this.
            Don’t forget that even if they are full of resources, the Ji clan is still very weak and need just one thing to develop, time.
            For the moment, I’m not even sure the Ji clan has any other Wangtia adepts than Ning, something like ten or twenty Zifu, and some Tens of Xiantia. A cultivator enter in the world of immortal with the Xiantia Adept, some anything before this still need to eat, and I’M not even sure the Xiantia can live without eating (not eating for years is one things, but it’s different to completely separate from the need of eating).
            If they truly starve them, it may take years but it would destroy most of the clan and all their young generation.

  1. This chapter kinda reminiscence of Linley and Qin Yu laying down foundation for their clan. Also importantly it emphasis the bear awesomeness, he practically is Alfred and Lucius Fox roll into one and take it up to eleven by giving him a bear form plus he is so damn powerful, likely the strongest thing so far even the so-called Celestial Immortals seem lacking!

    1. Except for Qin Yu, he just tossed some swords at his people and later a house and a golem to his second brother. Felt very meh compared to Ning’s actions.

      1. are u joking? there are big differences b/w the situation of qin clan and the ji clan. All qin clan needed were the martial techniques to be able to ascend and the weapons to overcome tribulation which qin yu gave in abundance. Everything else, they had

      2. It’s because their is difference in their Cosmos and cultivation. In Linley and Qin Yu case, Cultivation is something personal:
        -Linley Cosmos was about understanding the law of an Element or one of the Edits, and it could not be shared (well their was a thing but it needed the death of a lot of people, an enormous amount of resources and skills Linley didn’t have). So he created a place for them, and game them weapons.
        -For Qin Yu, I don’t really remember him needing resources for his cultivation (normal humans needed medicines, but his clan had this before his birth, and after the first tribulations I don’t remember him taking pills). So he also gave them what they needed : weapons, and protectors.

        Yi Ning gave more things to his clan, but I always felt that Yi Ning’s world was terrible compared to to the one of Linley and Qin Yu :
        -In Linley Cosmos, you become immortal at the Saint level (which is a fairly low level), after this, you just have to understand the laws of the world. Your strength depends on your talent, but you are already immortal and don’t have any tribulations.
        – Qin Yu : Cultivators are immortal when they ascends (or after the 2nd tribulations), both case are low level. After this, they are immortal and only have one more tribulation to ascend again.

        Yi Ning : Pseudo Immortality strart at the Primal Level, a level most of cultivator can’t reach and the ones who can spends usually more than 500 years. And even at this level, cultivator has to suffer a tribulation every 300 years, with a really big one every 900 years. True Immortality only start at Celestial level, which seem to be a really high level. And the worst is that their is some people who can fail their tribulation, but survive. Turning into poor people who are still alive, but can’t become true Immortal, only able to wait their death which can takes millions of years to come.

        The one who created Ji Ning cosmos was harsh.

  2. Someone has to find out about it first, but for someone to find out about it, someone from the Ji clan besides Ji Ning would have to get really famous, which means there would have been enough time for the Ji clan to USE thier Repository, meaning they’d have a pretty solid foundation. Then the person who wanted to exterminate them would have to go slaughtering in Thousand Swords city, which would get the Loose Immortal monsters and their Witchsui clan involved and draw the Empire’s attention. You’d have to be like Celestial Immortal level to exterminate them and Empyrean God level to get away with it.

    1. Monster will stay 1000 years, a genius would need several thousands years to reach Celestial level (level normally needed to give Divine abilities to your clan). And the Ji Clan doesn’t have true genius apart Ji Ning. If big clan learn about the Divine abilities of the Ji Clan, they just have to wait 999, and just one or two primal Cultivators should be able to destroy the city.

      PS : Forgot about the golems. An Immortal is needed for them . But at worse they can wait outside the city for cultivators and make Soul Search on them.

  3. I was feeling kind of “meh” about DE for a book or so but…

    It’s really picked up again. Good stuff.

    Hope he kept copies of those divine abilities though. I mean jeeze, that’d be really dumb if he didn’t.

  4. “These nine golems are each close to a Loose Immortal in combat power. For a single one to actually kill a Primal Daoist on its own might be difficult,”

    This part makes no sense to me. If a golem is at the level of loose immortal in combat power why can’t a golem just kill someone of the primal Daoist????

    1. I guess the golems have physical strength = to a loose immortal, but they lack the divine abilities, rare treasures and other items that influence combat strength that a normal primal daoist could have. Or Ji Ning might be thinking of it as comparing the primal daoists to himself as his primal clone has power comparable to a weak loose immortal and would have no problem against those golems.

  5. Yichuan…I knew your son was formidable, but not that he was this formidable! You produced a fine son.

    This made me tear up :'(
    Little Ning’er has grown up.
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    囧Ψ👈 THANKS 👉Ψ囧
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