DE Book 12 Chapter 22

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Book 12, Immortal Destiny, Chapter 22 – Ji Ning and Saberslave

Ji Ning, Yu Wei, the Sloppy Daoist, and Yuchi Xiyue were quietly whispering amongst each other, discussing each of the remaining twenty-four competitors.

“Adept Woodpass always defends passively, reacting to whatever the enemy throws at him…but he ended up winning, just like that.” Yuchi Xiyue sighed. “I have the feeling that he hasn’t shown his full power yet.”

“Adept Ninedeaths, her body is like a magic treasure. Enemies aren’t able to do anything to her at all.”

“Adept Goldcrow is bizarre and savage.”

“That Adept Saberslave is also quite terrifying.”

“Ji Ning, the Xia Emperor isn’t going to arrange for you to fight against the Sloppy Daoist, is he?”

“The Xia Emperor wouldn’t, unless senior apprentice-brother and I both make it into the top three.”

They continued to chat amongst themselves. Not a single remaining expert was easy to fight; after all, all of the twenty four were favored by the Xia Emperor. Although it seemed as though Ji Ning, Adept Ninedeaths, Adept Blackstone, Xiamang Zishan and the others were the most outstanding, the others weren’t much weaker. Perhaps they were hiding supreme techniques, or perhaps they might make a sudden breakthrough.

At a time like this, anything could happen.

“The twenty-four of you!” The Xia Emperor suddenly spoke out.

The entire main hall of the Skylight Palace fell silent. All of them listened carefully. The closer they were to the finale, the more cautious the Celestial Immortals present were; after all, a disciple of Grand Emperor Xuanwu had appeared in this Conclave, and one of the final three would definitely become the disciple of Daofather Crimsonbright.

“In the third round of duels, the twelve winners shall each receive five million kilograms as a reward,” the Xia Emperor said calmly. “I hope that you will all use your full power. Don’t let it all be for nothing.”

Ning and the rest of the twenty-four held their breaths as they waited eagerly.

“In the first battle of the third round…Ji Ning of the Black-White College shall fight against the unaffiliated Adept Saberslave,” the Xia Emperor said.

Whoosh! Whoosh! Whoosh!

Countless gazes turned towards Ji Ning and Adept Saberslave.

The faces of Yuchi Xiyue Yu Wei both changed. They were both looking towards Ning as well. To both of them, Ji Ning was the most important person in their world. Although they had great faith in him…Adept Saberslave’s earlier performance had been simply too shocking. In addition, they had the feeling that they hadn’t seen the full extent of his power.

Ning and Adept Saberslave both began to walk towards the grand sealing formation outside the palace.

……

“It is the two of them?”

The delegates from the 3600 commanderies and four seas who were watching from the imperial citadel plaza were all completely focused. During this past year, they had been relaxing, chatting, eating, and drinking…but these were the final battles between the ninety-six. This was going to be the most dazzling spectacle in this entire Conclave.

This was especially true now that only twenty-four remained! Each of them were incomparably amazing, supreme geniuses. In addition, this Conclave itself was far more dazzling than previous ones; the top twenty-four were each capable of being ranked in the top three of ordinary Conclaves.

The Sloppy Daoist, Saberslave, Adept Goldcrow, Adept Ninedeaths, and most of the others had originally not planned to come. It was only because their subconscious called them to come that so many peerless monsters had gathered in this place!

“This Adept Saberslave, when fighting against Adept Bloodfiend earlier, chopped through him as easily as chopping through vegetables. He’s terrifyingly strong.”

“Ji Ning was also one of the most dazzling figures in the world of the Brightmoon Diagram of the Mountains and Rivers. He is tremendously strong as well. For these two to fight…it’s truly going to be hard to say who shall win.”

Everyone present couldn’t help but hold their breaths.

As for the disciples and Loose Immortals of the Black-White College, which had skyrocketed in fame during this Conclave, all of them were extremely nervous. This was because the person who was going to enter battle was Ji Ning, of their own school!

“Master.” Little Qing watched without blinking.

“Ji Ning.” Northmont Baiwei looked towards his good friend as well. When he had first met Ning, Ning was nothing more than a youth of Swallow Mountain…but now, he had become the focal point of attention for the entire Grand Xia Dynasty.

……

Within the grand sealing formation.

Ji Ning and Saberslave stood there atop the cloud, staring at each other from afar.

Ning carefully inspected Saberslave. The black-robed man who carried a warcleaver appeared to be extremely calm. He was as still as water, and his aura was completely withdrawn; it was indeed easy for others to pay no attention to him.

“For him to be able to remain so calm at a time like this…for his heart to have reached such a level…when he explodes forth with full power, it will be extremely terrifying. Even I didn’t pay any attention to him before he unleashed his full power.” Ning was quite cautious.

……

Adept Saberslave was inspecting Ji Ning as well. This delicate-looking fur-clad youth before him seemed to be like a young bumpkin from the vast wilderness, quite ordinary-looking without appearing to be the slightest bit threatening. But Adept Saberslave had watched the two previous rounds of duels; he naturally knew how terrifying this seemingly-delicate youth could be when he exploded with power.

And his eyes…they were as deep as a bottomless pool of water, but within them one could faintly make out a spirit that was as sharp and fierce as the blade of a sword!

This was quite a terrifying youth.

Based on the intelligence reports he had seen earlier, this youth had trained for only thirty years or so. He truly was an incredible monster.

“I have to attack with full power,” Adept Saberslave mused to himself. He had often fought those at a higher level of power, and had even killed quite a few Primal Daoists. However, he had never encountered such a terrifying foe who was also at the Wanxiang Adept level, just like he was.

……

“I have to fight with full power.” This was Ning’s private conclusion as well.

Bang! Bang!

Their bodies simultaneously flickered as they both transformed, one into a 54-meter tall giant and the other into a 60-meter tall giant. Clearly, Ji Ning had spent comparatively less time training in the [Heavenly Transformations], and so was slightly lacking in this regard.

Next, the two of them simultaneously executed [Three Heads, Six Arms]!

[Heavenly Transformations] and [Three Heads, Six Arms]…these were two extremely widespread divine abilities in the Three Realms, and were viewed as absolutely necessary for all true experts who trained as Fiendgod Body Refiners.

Swoosh! Swoosh!

The two charged towards each other like a pair of true Fiendgods. Ning wielded six Immortal swords in his hands, while Adept Saberslave wielded six warcleavers.

As they moved next to each other…both of them released their most powerful divine abilities as well! Ning held nothing back, immediately executing his [Starseizing Hand].

Clang! Clang! Clang! ……

A consecutive, frantic flurry of sounds could be heard as the swords and sabers collided. The sounds were actually incomparably clear as they spread far away.

In total, they exchanged a total of twelve blows. The six Immortal swords and the six warcleavers clashed against each other twice.

Whoosh. Adept Saberslave suddenly retreated at high speed, transforming into a streak of black light. He retreated all the way to the edge of the grand sealing formation. His entire body seemed to be brimming with dim flames, and he stared coldly towards Ning with a dark gaze. His six hands had already split open at the juncture between his thumb and forefinger, and blood was dripping out.

…….

Adept Saberslave stared at Ning, his pupils contracting. “What a terrifying strength this Ji Ning possesses, and what terrifying sword arts! Sabers are single-edged weapons that are thicker at the back, allowing them chop out with even greater force. In terms of weapons…if two opponents with equal strength fight against each other, the side wielding a saber will have a greater advantage. But I was actually at a disadvantage!”

Practitioners of the Dao of the Sword were referred to as Sword Immortals; they were agile, relaxed, refined, and free-spirited.

Practitioners of the Dao of the Saber were referred to as Saber Devils; they were savage, brutal, vicious, and ferocious.

These were two diametrically opposed styles!

But in a frontal clash…Adept Saberslave had actually been at a disadvantage.

……

“I’ve reached the twelfth stage of the [Crimsonbright Diagram of the Nine Heavens], and my Fiendgod-like body is incomparably mighty. I also have the [Starseizing Hand]; in terms of pure strength, I am definitely number one in this Conclave of Immortal Destiny! My sword arts are comparable to his saber arts; in a frontal clash, how can he compare to me?” Ning felt complete self-confidence.

Although he looked like a delicate youth, his physical strength was definitely number one in this Conclave! His [Starseizing Hand] allowed his hands to explode forth with truly tremendous power; after all, it was ranked as one of the top ten divine abilities to be invented ever since the universe had been created!

Ning refused to believe that in this Conclave, there would appear another divine ability that ranked in the top ten divine abilities of the Three Realms. That was simply too unlikely.

“You are the most powerful Wanxiang Adept I have ever met. However…a battle isn’t just about fighting head-on against your foes,” Adept Saberslave growled.

“In terms of agility, the Dao of the Sword has always been superior to the Dao of the Saber,” Ning replied tranquilly.

As soon as Ning’s words came out…

Swish!

Adept Saberslave, moving like a ghost, suddenly appeared in front of Ning. His six arms simultaneously chopped down with his warcleavers, all moving in an extremely strange pattern. It was as though a series of illusions had appeared, each of which was completely silent, either stabbing or hacking towards Ning.

Ning immediately used his own Windwing Evasion, and his six arms also executed his own sword arts. His sword-light was like silk, dancing and fluttering about in the surrounding area with absolute beauty.

It was quite bizarre. There were no sounds of weapons colliding at all.

Their sword-light and saber-light howled past each other repeatedly, seeming to almost clash but then separate before actually doing so.

Adept Saberslave’s warcleavers were truly unfathomably strange.

Ning’s swords were moved about in a profound, agile manner.

Ning still held the upper hand! After all, in terms of agility, the Dao of the Sword was indeed slightly superior to the Dao of the Saber.

“The saber…is my life!” Suddenly, a hoarse voice rang out.

Adept Saberslave’s eyes suddenly brimmed with a fiery light. His six hacking warcleavers suddenly began to move with incomparable speed! One chop after another…they all chopped down towards Ning. The six warcleavers seemed to have transformed into the spokes of a wheel. A limitless amount of saber-light was constantly descending towards Ning, and Adept Saberslave’s eyes, glowing with fiery light, appeared to burn with insanity.

In this moment, he had forgotten himself. Only the saber remained!

In this world of the saber…

Fast! Faster! Fastest! One blow after another!

CLANG CLANG CLANG CLANG!!!

Ning fought back against his foe, and their two figures began to appear in multiple places throughout the grand sealing formation. The saber-light flashed at a simply incomparably fast rate; after all, sabers were single-edged weapons that were used to hack and chop. In terms of raw speed…their attacks had an advantage over the attacks of a sword.

“Break! Break! BREAK!”

Ning, assaulted and pressured by countless saber-assaults that flashed as fast as fire, instantly exploded with power. Previously, he had been planning to use this as a chance to temper himself, but he now had no other choices. His six Immortal swords instantly became unfathomable in their movements; some were invincibly savage and ferocious, some were as nimble and dextrous as an Immortal maiden sewing clothes, while others solely focused on support.

“YOU CANNOT WITHSTAND ME!” Adept Saberslave had gone completely berserk. In the area around him, a fiery dragon suddenly appeared. The fiery dragon wrapped itself around him as it launched sneak attacks against Ning, disturbing Ning’s rhythm.

Around Ning’s own body, an enormous Waterflame Lotus suddenly appeared. The Waterflame Lotus bloomed open, the petals of the lotus swiveling against each other.

Slash! Slash!

Blood flew everywhere as the two battled with utter madness.

Adept Saberslave could only be described in a single word – fast!

Ji Ning, in turn, brought out all of the magnificent splendor of the Dao of the Sword.

CLANG! A warcleaver was suddenly knocked aside…and attached to it was a severed hand.

“I admit defeat.” A hoarse voice rang out.

The two separated with a swoosh.

Adept Saberslave’s entire body was covered in wounds. The wound on his chest was particularly bad; it had torn apart almost his entire chest. His face was covered with many savage wounds, and one of his hands had been severed, causing his warcleaver to fly away.

Ji Ning, by comparison, was a bit better off. He only had a single vicious wound on his chest, as well as several wounds that were about to completely finish healing.

“You weren’t completely defeated yet.” Ning looked at Adept Saberslave.

“With six sabers, I still lost a hand. With only five sabers…you probably would’ve taken my life.” Adept Saberslave gently shook his head. He picked up his discarded warcleaver, then walked out of the grand sealing formation. Ji Ning walked out as well.

All of the Wanxiang Adepts within the main hall had extremely solemn looks on their faces.

The battle between Ji Ning and Adept Saberslave had been too berserk, too violent. The two had pulled out almost all the stops in their battle, releasing the full power of the Grand Dao of the Sword and the Grand Dao of the Saber, the two Grand Daos that were most suited for attacking. This caused all of the spectators to feel nervousness in their hearts. Many of them would most likely have been defeated had they been the one to encounter Adept Saberslave.

Fortunately, it was Ji Ning, a Sword Immortal, who had been the one to fight. He had managed to suppress this Saber Devil!

And now…Adept Saberslave had admitted defeat, leaving behind the even more terrifying Ji Ning!


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63 thoughts on “DE Book 12 Chapter 22” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. Thanks for the chapter!

    Insomnia might boost your cultivation momentarily but it will only result in detrimental effects in the long run so it should not be used except one absolutely needs to.

    1. yeah! in Taichi, one is needed to have calm body to release the full strength of the technique not a short-yet-not-lasting-energy

      I agree with you brother

      lol… you need to sleep… 😛

  2. Sword and Sabre Devils! Damn, Ning is terrifying. 30years old and this good. True, he had a lot of karmic luck, but he’s still worked to get were he is. Almost disappointed the fight went by so fast.

    1. Yeah, the fights until now haven’t been as exciting as the CD fights. Somehow the fights like this where it’s not just mystical arts but real weapons are a lot more…satisfying would be the word I guess. Magic can be better in stuff like animations (including Qi stuff like Kamehameha), but in books like this real weapons, swords in particular, are probably my favorite way of fighting.

    2. I’m perfectly happy with how it went, I’d take this infinitely moreso over author’s that drag any and almost all fights out for 3 chapters with the protagonist practically standing there doing nothing while the crowd gasps for several paragraphs and whoever is facing the MC rants for half a chapter that they are the best and the MC is just courting death.

      In comparison, this is a huge breath of fresh air.

      1. But I kinda bored whenever close combatants fight, they immediately become a 3-headed-6-armed-giant. If the manhwa catch up to this point, I bet it will be boring to see this every time Ning do battle.

    3. True, he had a lot of karmic luck, but he’s still worked to get were he is.

      I was thinking about that the last few books, and it doesn’t really strike me like Ning truly “worked hard to get where he is”.
      Basically, all of his “genius” is merely thanks to the Nuwa painting. All of his powers are attributes to his law-breaking luck.
      True, he took a lot of risks and owned up quite a lot of dangers — but these two factors are the sole thing that separates him from the rest of the common folk.
      It’s kind of underwhelming when the author actually shows the audience why it is the MC is so special, huh? Especially when it’s used mostly as an excuse, rather than as something to expand upon.

    1. Not really supposed to be a secret. When Ning inherited the technique, he was too weak thus if the enemies of BW college learnt about such a talented youth then they would try to harm him thus BW college decided to cover up the fact by making him buy the scrolls from the repository (first 6 stances available at BW college). By the time he would be capable of executing the 7th stance he would be powerful enough to not worry about being harmed.

      1. Most of that is right, but he’s still in somewhat danger since if you remember correctly, the seventh, eight, and ninth stances of the Three Foot Sword are weak, regular, and supreme Celestial Immortal level techniques respectively, meaning that if someone knew Ning knew those techniques he might be in danger from being soul-scoured. It’s been bothering me for a while, but wouldn’t soul-scouring help one learn a Dao? I mean, they only had to scour a few Yuchi practitioners to learn the Windwing Evasion, so wouldn’t Soul scouring talented youths like this be a relatively attractive proposition for Celestial Immortals since they don’t have to worry about the Tribulations anymore? I suppose killing those weaker than you would result in a large amount of luck going down though, and evil practitioners would mean that if you killed them then you’d gain more luck. Still though, it seems like some would go that path, and thus Ning shouldn’t be safe.
        Or is it like in CD where learning it through soul-scouring is like fusing with a spark, making it almost impossible to advance anymore after that since you don’t have the necessary fundamentals, meaning it’s only really good for learning specific techniques since those don’t really require as much knowledge and studying them can help you learn the Dao?

        1. Yeah, I think it was stated in one of the earlier chapters (or at least implied a few times) that ones path to a Dao is dependent on your own understanding, not the works of others. Just like how having a master doesn’t guarantee anything. You can gain insights from others (like Ning’s talks with Ninelotus and the scroll reflecting on formations), and further your our skills and enlightenment, but you can’t just take their skills for your own. You wouldn’t be able to progress.

          It’s one of the reasons reincarnated immortals are said to have a lower likelihood of becoming a Celestial Immortal. It might be your own memories, yes, but it’s not the same as overcoming and progression on the path and you’ll hit more bottlenecks.

        2. I just want to add that evil practitioners will accumulate sin if they kill mortals. Slaughtering immortal cultivators should be fine, at least in terms of karma.

          1. Well that really depends on who you kill doesn’t it? If you just wantonly slaughter the kind immortal library staff? Or the kindly immortal gardener who got in the way of your battle? Yeah that should leave a mark on your Karma. This Karmic sin business seems to get a little complicated because if they willingly engage in battle with you and die? You won’t accumulate sin and sending someone to do the deed for you apparently doesn’t accumulate sin either? Holding someone hostage to force someone to fight hasn’t been mentioned to accumulate Karmic sin either and the one forced to battle might even accumulate sin for winning. I do think that Ning will come across a character that is literally overflowing with bad Karma and has lightning strikes and the divine police on him all day every day but is so stupidly powerful that it doesn’t really matter much to him/her. Who knows he/she might even be a nice person that just got pissed off with a large clan one day and let loose on them. Remember that Evil practitioners are stronger than non evil practitioners at the same level due to their ruthless/brutal/viscous means of attack and that they are probably shameless in combat in the sense that they will use poison/hostages/dirty fighting and whatever else you can come up with to win. Kinda hoping for a character steeped in Sin that Ning has to fight as long as the reason has nothing to do with Ninelotus.

          2. We do in fact already know that forcing others to kill mortals will accumulate sin for all parties involved, only more sin is distributed to the one directly doing the killing. An example of this is when Patriarch Arcanum orders the Godplume Duke to kill the mortals at Serpentwing Lake.

            While acting “vilely,” however the Heavens define this, will accumulate some sin, it is not significant compared to killing a mortal. Accumulating karmic sin for killing an immortal, even a “good” immortal, has never been mentioned as a concern when immortals fight each other.

            B7C14
            “However, no matter what, Immortal practitioners must not wantonly slaughter ordinary mortals. It doesn’t matter if an Immortal practitioner kills another practitioner, but if he kills mortals…then his sins will definitely accumulate.”

            B11C4
            “The Dao of the Heavens was protective of mortals. For Immortal cultivators to kill mortals was a grave sin.”

    1. I believe it said they used almost all their cards – so using both blade and sword domains was a given. Quite “standard” already in this conclave fights.

  3. Question:

    Other than being ‘exotic’ what advantages do the “heads” give in the Three Heads, Six Arms transformation.
    To my mind the extra heads only get in the way 😀

    1. It’s my understanding that his soul is strong enough to independently operate each appendage and head separately. Remember when he was first learning the sword. His father was surprised he could dual wield efficiently. This was because his soul was strong enough to “split” his mind in two and there by focus on each separately.

      1. I don’t think so. The soul is IET’s and xianxia in general’s version of a brain, meaning it dictates everything related to intelligence and the self. I’d guess that the reason for the heads are that it would increase sight, since scanning using Divine Sense would take a small amount of concentration, meaning you then wouldn’t be able to use your absolute full power when battling. Of course, it could be more cosmetic, as these techniques are originally created by Fiendgods based on their bodies, so the one who made this technique might just naturally have three heads and so this technique came out like that.

    2. It’s as McBob said. They can split the mind to operate 3 weapons. With 2 heads they can operate 6. So, 2 heads 6 arms is one head for 3 arms control.

      1. No, heads really shouldn’t matter in stuff like this since the soul is this universe’s equivalent of a brain. Ning would be compartmentalizing his soul into 6 parts, not his heads. The only parts of that body that should matter are the arms, or maybe if one practices a body technique one might be able to use the head to attack.

    3. Other than the extra eyes which would provide a wider more consistent view than divine sense which is probably distracting/hazardous to use in a direct confrontation. Plus when a Fiendgod gets their head cut off while they can regenerate the head, at Nings current level it takes time that can be easily exploited. With three heads you don’t have to worry so much if you lose one of them, So it’s a form of defense while the 6 arms are primarily for attacking purposes. However pretty much all of the benefits of the extra heads becomes useless at later levels except maybe the extra 2 pairs of eyes in some type of bewildering formation due to it allowing the user to maintain a 360 degree view of their surroundings without relying on divine sense. The heads could have more uses? But to me they are a mainly a form of utility while the main part of the divine ability is the 6 arms, Unless of course Ning decides to go the path of Roronoa Zoro and start holding swords in his mouth/s? Find that unlikely though.

  4. theres one thing i’m always musing about in these chapters, where the f*ck are the Dao domains, is it A(my thought on it): while these people may have some insights into grand Daos, they haven’t reached the Grand Dao Domain level so they can’t employ those. And even with several completed mastered regular Dao Paths the domains they could use would just be canceled out by their opponent or are just obsolete once you master said Dao path? Also these opponents i doubt besides maybe a few that could be counted on one hand haven’t reached a grand dao domain, and instead are only able to compete with Ji Ning because they have mastered several more regular Dao paths, to counter his Starsiezing hands and horizontal sword lines like silk level? Or B: the author just at somepoint after Ji Ning used his grand dao domain decided that he was going to phase them out of existence from the story?

  5. Thanks for the chapter.

    They continued to chat amongst themselves. Not a single remaining expert was easy to fight; after all, all of the twenty four were favored by the Xia Emperor.
    – twenty-four

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