DE Book 12 Chapter 32

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Book 12, Immortal Destiny, Chapter 32 – Number One

In terms of appearance, Ji Ning appeared the youngest of the three, like a youth. However, although that was younger than his actual age of over thirty, the other two had trained for more than a century.

“This is…?” Adept Blackstone and Adept Woodpass both turned their heads to stare at Ning. They saw Ning sit there in the lotus position as sudden gusts of wind began to swirl around him. At the same time…ripples of the Dao descended.

“What? He broke through?” Adept Woodpass and Adept Blackstone both felt shock. They could naturally tell that Ning should’ve completed an entire Dao-Path pertaining to wind.

“He was actually able to master yet another Dao-Path at such a critical moment. Ji Ning was formidable to begin with. In close combat, Adept Saberslave and Xiamang Zishan were both very powerful, but both were defeated by him. For him to make a breakthrough now…his close combat ability will most likely be superior to even me.” Adept Blackstone made some calculations. Instantly, he began to grow nervous.

During the competition in the world of the Diagram, he had somewhat of an advantage. This was because the most important part in that competition was to stay alive and have enough talismans! Naturally, he was able to put on full display all of his advantages gained from his mastery of formations. But in a one-on-one fight, where one side had to win, he was at a disadvantage. The aid provided to him by his formations skills wasn’t as significant.

“However, the Daofather isn’t necessarily going to pick the number one winner for his disciple,” Adept Blackstone mused to himself. “When the duel comes, I’m going to unleash all of my insights in the art of formations so as to let the Daofather see my full potential…and I believe he will choose me.”

He was very powerful in close combat as well, close to Xiamang Zishan’s level. But he was more confident in his formations ability! He had spent far, far too much of his blood and sweat on formations.

……

Ning could sense the ripples of the Dao from around him. He opened his eyes, revealing a hint of a smile. The Dao of the Gale…he had finally mastered this Dao-Path!

Actually, long ago when he had mastered the Dao of the Raindrop, his Dao of the Inferno and Dao of the Gale had already been close to mastery. These two Daos had been just slightly lacking…but the many battles over the past year had been very helpful towards him. In the end, he had finally mastered both the Dao of the Inferno and the Dao of the Gale.

“Three Daos. Rainwater, Inferno, Gale. I’ve mastered them all.” Ning had primarily been spending his time meditating on these three Daos, and they had all advanced in unison. It wasn’t too strange that by the time of the Conclave, he would have mastered all three.

“My Dao of the Sword improved tremendously as well,” Ning celebrated. During his earlier battle with Xiamang Zishan, his insights into the Dao of the Sword had indeed increased significantly. However…there was a huge gap in difficulty between the seventh, eighth, and ninth stances of the [Three-Foot Sword].

After all, the eighth stance was comparable to an ordinary Celestial Immortal’s technique, while the ninth stance was a skill that allowed a Loose Immortal like Immortal Northwalker to unleash the power of a Celestial Immortal!

Ning’s current level of insights into the Dao of the Sword was between the seventh and the eighth stance. He had yet to be able to unleash the eighth stance…but he had still improved enormously. His combat power had risen by a large amount.

“The Xia Emperor gave us a month. During this month, I need to fuse the Daos of Rainwater, Inferno, and Gale into my Dao of the Sword, making the power of my sword increase even further,” Ning mused to himself, then calmed down and began to meditate.

……

The main hall of the Skylight Palace. Everyone was waiting for the two hours to conclude, and for the three final duels to begin. These three final duels would be recorded and given to Daofather Crimsonbright to watch.

“In his battle with Xiamang Zishan, Ji Ning entered a state of no-thought; I imagine that he must’ve improved considerably. By the time they have left their secluded meditation, Ji Ning’s power will most likely have risen significantly yet again. In terms of attack power, he is most likely the absolute number one in this Conclave. As for Adept Woodpass, he should be the absolute number one in terms of defense. Adept Blackstone…he’s a bit worse off. If this was a battle in the outside world, his skill in formations would make it difficult for others to slay him. But this is a duel in the Conclave in which a victor must be determined,” Truelord Chiji said calmly. “As I see it, the number one position should go to either Ji Ning or Adept Woodpass.”

“Mm.”

“Right.”

“It’ll be a bit harder for Adept Blackstone.”

Lu Dongbin and the others all nodded in agreement. Even the Xia Emperor nodded as well. “Ji Ning has mastered yet another Dao-Path in secluded meditation in the world of the Diagram. This should be part of what he gained during the previous battle with Xiamang Zishan.”

“No-thought, no-self; as expected, he has gained power after having entered that state of mind.” The Pure Yang True Immortals were all quite calm.

……

Comparatively speaking, in the final three duels, who won and who lost wasn’t as important. This was because the Daofather wouldn’t necessarily choose the top-ranked person. However, without question…the victor would have a better chance of being chosen. After all, over the course of history, victory and defeat usually determined who would be acclaimed as the hero.

In the blink of an eye, two hours passed.

Swish swish swish! Three figures flew out from the world of the Diagram, appearing on the main hall.

“Your Imperial Majesty.” Ning and the other two both called out in unison with respect.

“With regards to these three duels, the first shall see Ji Ning against Adept Blackstone,” the Xia Emperor instructed. “After these three duels, I’ll arrange for all of you to go to the imperial treasury of my Grand Xia Dynasty and pick out a divine ability of your choice. However, compared to becoming the disciple of the Daofather, choosing a divine ability is naturally a small matter.”

Ning and the other two just listened quietly.

“Let it begin, then,” the Xia Emperor instructed.

“Yes.” Ning and Adept Blackstone exchanged a glance, and then both walked towards the outside of the hall.

……

By now, Ning and the other two no longer had any more tricks up their sleeves. They had long ago unleashed all of their abilities, which was why Lu Dongbin and the others were able to get a very good picture of what would happen!

Adept Blackstone was clearly a master of formations, but Ning just stood there without moving, just using a Waterflame Lotus to protect himself. As soon as Adept Blackstone moved near him, Ning would fight him…but if he didn’t, then Ning wouldn’t move about randomly.

And so…

Adept Blackstone began to put on his ‘performance’, unleashing all of his abilities as a master of formations. The seemingly simple Fuxi Staff Formation unleashed one mighty formation after another. Some were illusory, others were meant to kill, while still others were meant to seal. In fact, the formations actually were layered atop each other, causing the area to be filled with illusions and killing intent.

But Ning didn’t even try to break the formation; all he had to do was wait for Adept Blackstone to move close to him and start fighting.

Only after putting on a show of displaying his formidable formations did Adept Blackstone begin to actually fight with Ning. And indeed…in close combat, now that Ning had improved even further, he ended up defeating Adept Blackstone!

In the first battle…Ji Ning won!

……

As for the second battle, Adept Woodpass and Adept Blackstone fought against each other. Adept Woodpass was even more shameless than Ning! Although Ning had stood there without moving, he had still at least engaged Adept Blackstone in a frenzied battle.

Adept Woodpass, however, had just stood there as unmoving as a mountain. Like a giant, human-shaped tree, he just stood there and let Adept Blackstone whale on him. No matter how Adept Blackstone attacked, Adept Woodpass was still able to withstand it…and he didn’t even counter-attack! And so, just like that…Adept Blackstone’s divine power ended up being exhausted. He was forced to admit defeat!

In the second battle, Adept Woodpass had won!

……

The third duel was between Ning and Adept Woodpass. This battle was clearly much more exciting than the last two. In the two previous battles, Ning and Adept Woodpass hadn’t dared to run about randomly within Adept Blackstone’s formations. In this battle, the two fought each other head on!

Ji Ning was the most powerful attacker in this Conclave! His [Crimsonbright Diagram of the Nine Heavens] was at the twelfth stage, his Dao of the Sword was at an extremely high level, and he had three complete Dao-Paths as well as the [Starseizing Hand]!

In this battle…

Ning put his sword arts on full display, wildly unleashing all of his attacking abilities. At the beginning, Adept Woodpass had attempted to counter-attack, but he was quickly forced by Ning into a point where he was spending 90% of his efforts on defense, with only the occasional counter! This was because Ning was different compared to the Sloppy Daoist; the Sloppy Daoist’s wavefolding technique would eventually collapse, whereas Ning’s sword arts would not. His sword arts came out in an endless series, causing Adept Woodpass to begin to be injured. With each injury, he would have to spend divine power to heal it…and in the end, Adept Woodpass was forced to admit defeat!

“I used up more than 70% of my divine power in wild attacks before he admitted defeat.” Ning felt cold sweat trickle down his back as well. His [Starseizing Hand] used up far too much divine power. If Adept Woodpass had been able to hold on for a bit longer, Ning’s own divine power probably would’ve been used up.

……

Three duels. Ning won two! Adept Woodpass won one! Adept Blackstone won none!

“He won!”

“Ahaha, won, won, WON!!!” The Stillwater Commandery delegation in the imperial citadel plaza let out an incomparably excited roar of delight. They all called out jubilantly and their roars of laughter rang out.

There were more than a million delegates present from the 3600 commanderies and the Four Seas, but the number of them who knew that the Daofather would choose a disciple could be counted on one hand. To them…seizing the number one position in the Conclave was a matter of the utmost glory.

“Number one, number one!” Mu Northson was so excited, his entire face was red. He was incomparably delighted as he said, “My senior apprentice-brother Ji Ning is number one!”

Adept Vastriver sighed with emotion. “In the past, when I saw junior apprentice-brother Ji Ning kill Youngflame Nong, all sorts of worries had appeared. But unexpectedly, after such a short period of time, senior apprentice-brother Ji Ning actually became number one in this Conclave. This is really…a miracle. A real miracle!”

“NUMBER ONE!” Immortal Fivecraze was so excited that he actually tossed his gourd of wine to the ground. He seemed to have gone mad, and was so excited he seemed berserk. “Ahahaha! A disciple of my Black-White College has become number one in this Conclave! This has never before happened in the entire history of my Black-White College, never ever! Haha, the champion of the Conclave…belongs to a disciple of my Black-White College! Haha, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!”

“Ji Ning truly is incredible.” Northmont Baiwei’s breathing was rather ragged. He was simply too excited. “He actually became number one in the Conclave. I didn’t even dare imagine this happening. This is truly unfathomable.”

“Master is so amazing.” Little Qing’s eyes were glowing.

“Big brother…” The Whitewater Hound thought back to the scenes of Ji Yichuan and Yuchi Snow teaching Ji Ning swordplay. “Can you see this? You taught him movement arts…taught him swordplay…and now, sword in hand, he has become the champion of the Conclave of Immortal Destiny of this entire vast Grand Xia Dynasty! Can you see it? Can you see it?!”

The Whitewater Hound’s tears began to fall. He was incomparably agitated.


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84 thoughts on “DE Book 12 Chapter 32” - NO SPOILERS

      1. Considering how every chapter seems to mention that it’s not necessary for the first to get chosen I think you may be on to something and IET is preparing us for the twist in which Ji Ning is not chosen. After-all that would end the Youngflame conflict too easily.

        1. That’s pretty much what I’ve been thinking since it first came up. I think I even commented on it before on this series too.

          Simply put, it’s too simple if Ning gets the position, all of his problems would probably go away. In addition (and most importantly) IET has always stressed in his works that one has to forge their own path in order to even have a chance of reaching the peak. It’s fine to have a strong foundation and a bit of help, but having things be too easy will kill any chance of reaching the peak you have. Look at Linley and Qin Yu, they both had a strong foundation: Qin Yu with the Stellar Transformations, Meteoric Tear and various treasures he acquired by risking his life (and a major ability to troll opponents), and Linley having the bloodline of the Azure Dragon as well as being extremely talented and determined to reach the peak.

          I feel like the true bonus of the Conclave hasn’t shown itself yet either, Ning doesn’t (imo) have the same determination of either Qin Yu or Linley for reaching the peak. Qin Yu tasted how dangerous the world is and needed to protect his friends and family, getting stronger until once at that point it basically being impossible for him not to reach the peak with his technique since it was just automatically going up by that point. Linley’s heart was set on reaching the peak ever since he was like 5 when he witnessed the battle at the Wushan Township. He dreamed of reaching the level of those legendary figures as if straight out of stories, and then he fell in love with training (perhaps a bit too much, since he basically ignored his kids) and understanding the elements, especially the Laws of the Earth as an homage to Doehring Cowart (damn autocorrect changed Cowart to coward lol).
          I feel like although Ning wants to be powerful and unrestrained, his “Dao Heart” hasn’t reached the level that’s needed, so an event will most likely happen that will force him to reach the true peak. I mean, he even said that he wouldn’t bother with dealing with the Black Dragons that attacked the rebirth cycle, and that he’d just leave it to the strong people of the Three Realms.

          1. the problem is that Ji Ning is assured to end all his problem. Selected or not by the Daofather, the 6 best of this Conclave are assured to become the students of Pure Yang Cultivator. A pure Yang cultivator is already more than enough to end the conflict between Ji Ning and the Youngflame clan (they would not dare to offend a Pure Yang Cultivator, and if they are stupid enough to do so, they only have 3 Celestial Immortals, so they are like ants between a pure yang).

          2. @Langsteur I’m pretty sure that the Youngflame Celestial Immortal said that as long as Ning isn’t selected as the Daofather’s disciple he HAD to kill Ning or else Ning would definitely wipe out the Youngflame clan. Therefore, being a Pure Yang True Immortal’s disciple would actually increase his problems in that way.

          3. @Light Patriarch Arcanum said the exact opposite. Although he is a bit crazy, and it is really hard to predict how far he will go, he did mention that there would be nothing he could do if a True Immortal chose Ning as a disciple.

            B12C18

            “He had to be eradicated!

            But of course…if a Pure Yang True Immortal really did accept Ji Ning as his disciple, then Patriarch Arcanum would have no choice but to swallow this bitter fruit.”

        2. It’s funny how we all come to to the same conclusion, under the simple premise that: “it’d be boring if he’d be his disciple, so it can’t.”

          1. I’ve always disliked arguments with this kind of premise. It’s based on whatever individual readers would write if they were the author rather than the characters and world itself. Of course, there’s nothing wrong in saying what you Want to see happen.

            Regardless of who becomes the Daofather’s disciple, I’m confident the story will still be very exciting. IET has his weaknesses, but one of his strengths has always been his plot in my opinion.

          2. Holy crap, the insightful thinking and freaking long replies in this thread.

            So to break it

            Purple caterpillars ?

            bamboo.
            ?

            AND CHICKEN.
            ?

            Thanks for the chapters that seemed oddly quick.

          3. Allstar your comment was a like a caterpillar crawling out of a broken bamboo only to get eaten by a chicken

      2. Ooh, that sounds fun, “you’re an inheritor of that one armed old guy, I could never take you as a disciple, maybe some pointers though …” Sort of thing, I like that plan

        Thanks for the chapter

        1. Yeah, they kind of hint it with Sloppy Daoist that they won’t take one who already have a major power as teacher to be the disciple.

          But then Ji Ning has been progressing faster as a Ki Refiner compared to as a Fiendgod Body Refiner and the bear insists that Ning absolutely must be an Empyrean God first before becoming a Celestial Immortal.

          Since the Daofather Crimsonbright is the one who created the Crimsonbright Diagram method it seems highly likely that Ning needs his guidance to breakthrough faster. He’s only at level 12 which is early part 2 and has quite a bit of a way to reach part 3.

        2. There is no rule saying you can’t have two masters. I think that Lu guy has two DaoFather Masters. I think it is just their pride that makes them not take a student if they already have a master.

  1. wow this chapter had so much in so little space, it’s weird.Usually the fights get drawn out, usually a chapter each. But this was like ‘yeah don’t care about them, here’s the result’ lol

    1. I agree, but he hasn’t had any major advancements. He was close to completing the dao of the gale already, so it just made his attacks more powerful. He didn’t have new moves and he already had that uber no thought powerup last fight. The author probably just didn’t want to dragon ball z and drag it on when he already spent effort describing the first few fights and also in the diagram. It’s better because the story can move along without wasting 2 more chapters on fight scenes with the same moves.

      1. He probably met his word quota, or just wanted to get the book over with and move to the next one.
        Otherwise, it’d be way too strange to not try to make this tournament more interesting by spicing up each round of the battles.

        While I am fond of the fact that IET rushed past this tournament, I myself already grew tired of it really, it is a bit strange that IET did not try to spice it up, if he already bothered to have a lengthy tournament.
        I enjoy the skipping as a reader, but I am bewildered on the technical side of the story-planning, here.

    2. I was positively surprised. Many xianxias draw out fights that have no real purpose except letting the author have a literary masturbation session over how awesome they think their own main characters are *cough* ATG *Cough*.

  2. That teaser. An ocean, with an island and an old man sitting meditating. Where did we see that recently…

    Would he also have something written on his back? Ji ning was here?

  3. I really enjoy how the finals were sorta low-key instead of dragging on for 20 chapters when we know that Ning will win in the end. Also just a question, how does the whole primaltwin thing with Ning work? Do they share the same thoughts, or is the clone more like a limb for Ning to control? Would he be able to go on two dates at the same time, for instance?

    1. I like how your first thought is “can he date two people at once”. Well, at least it’s not as bad as when Linley got a clone and one of the first comments that wasn’t “thanks for the chapter” was “now he can DP Delia” or something along those lines.
      The clone’s memories are linked, so it’s hard to say exactly how that works. I think it’s pretty much like in CD where the clone has his own soul and can make decisions, but they both know everything the other is thinking and share memories, but not senses. Basically, their consciousness is the only thing separate between them, but that also allows them to both train separately and both get the results.

      1. It’s not that the clone can make his own decision, it’s that the clone is the same as the main body. In a situation, they would always have the same thoughts and make the same decision, the decision of the clone can count as the decision of the main body (with some rare exception like we say in CD).

        1. I don’t think so. That wouldn’t explain why the two can train separately then. It’s make sense if EVERYTHING other than the present decisions are shared. Obviously they’d make the same decision as the main body since they’re infinitely close to the main body in everything. It’s essentially like “If you put this guy into this situation a hundred times, each time resetting him to his pre-experiment self while making sure everything in between is also the EXACT same, would he make the same decision as himself”

      2. Every IET story has clones and they all work the same but are treated so vastly different. In CD linley had like 90 clones or something but they were all kept hidden away in his deep pockets doing nothing but gathering dust. In the entire series, Linley only twice ever used them for fights.
        In Stellar Transformations, Qin Yu has a clone and he always uses it in fights, even preferring to use it instead of his real body. But his clone is kind of awkward and greets him like a subservient slave.
        Ji Ning’s clone is at least less awkward and seems to see the most reasonable amount of use. Sharing insights rather than farming them like Linleys. Having it’s own strengths rather than powerhousing like Qin Yu’s. IET got better!

  4. Even with all that, I fear that Ning won’t be chosen by the Daofather because in this type of stories, the MC is always more or less a loner who has to follow his own path.
    Thus, either the Daofather chooses Woodpass because he saw something special in him, or he tells Ning he recognized his special move and already knows Ning’s secret in-name master and wouldn’t dare to steal him from this person or he would say that Ning doesn’t need him to continue on his own way .

    1. When Ning became the pupil of Diancai, they talked ocationally for like 2 years, then Ning just neglected his master and chilled in a lake for 10 years, but still became OP. Seems to me like masters are overrated.

      1. Have you read Stellar Transformations? Qin Yu is like the worst master ever. He literally was like “You’re my disciple” and raised the guy’s status and then pretty much ignored him until Qin Yu had to leave because plot happened. I don’t even think Qin Yu actually taught the kid ANYTHING.

        1. Well, I will consider you talk about his first disciple so :
          – He gave him a cultivation technique which suit him, changing his fate (only this is the biggest help the disciple received in his whole life).
          – He occasionally gave him pointers to keep him in the right path “Now you are talented, you train less and spend more time with friends, don’t forget they became your friends after your show of talent, in this world you can only count of yourself so train more or I would not be your master anymore).

          This 2 points already make him a pretty good master. If he gave him protective treasures (honestly forgot about this point) it would make him a really good one).

          In their world, the cultivator have to understand things by himself, or he would have bad foundations for latter stages. Master only are there to teach them techniques (Qin Yu did) and stop them when they do mistakes (Qin Yu also did).

          1. We all know what happened to his first disciple at least it advanced the story, while his second one was abandoned in the purple ox Man Qian’s lair to be trained cause Qin Yu didn’t feel good taking him along

    1. It doesn’t seem like there’s any being out there higher than a Daofather, since Daofathers have mastered a Heavenly Dao. Then again, it’s possible that something like Pangu or Maiden Nuwa has mastered every Dao and then you get something similar to a Paragon from CD sort of transformation. Of course, there are probably vast differences between Daofathers. In the same level (of both power and Dao) a monster will generally be FAR more powerful than a human, and a Fiendgod will completely outstrip monsters. It’s possible that a Fiendgod who masters a Heavenly Dao will reach a ridiculously overpowered level though, since it hasn’t stated that Empyrean Gods have higher requirements (in terms of the Dao) than Celestial Immortals, yet are at the level of Pure Yang True Immortals.

      1. Not just about which Dao and what blood-line you’re from but also your fiendgod level. Dual refiners carry on all the way up, like Daoist Threelives, who is thought to have mastered a Heavenly Dao in addition to being a True God.

  5. Thanks for chapter 🙂

    For some reason i keep getting the vibe that he will end up with 2 masters
    for instance his original body might end up with doafather crimsonbright and his primaltwin might end up with Lu Dongbin donno why but either way hes gonna become disciple of 1 or the other or both or plot twist doaist 3lives is still alive and he will end up with nobody ^^

  6. I’m pretty sure Ning won’t be chosen since, as pretty much was said already, it would make the Youngflame Clan afraid to take action against him. If it was a Pure Yang perhaps Arcanum might try something but against a Daofather he would pretty much dig a whole in a far off world and hope to be forgotten until the end of times.
    Also, I really want for Ning to power up and then come back for some cleaning overdue duties.

    This would also make for some interesting settings:
    1- Ning not chosen by Crimsonbright refuses to go with the emperor, and goes with that happy go lucky guy (I find him the most interesting and Ning could use the excuse of being a repayment for helping the new girlfriend)
    2-Sloppy is going to get picked up and Ning gets a free ride for further adventure (again it would be possible since I don’t see any Pure Yang raising any objections)

    So many more crazy theories but I guess we’ll now how things go in the next 3-5 chapters.

  7. Thank you for the chapter my wonderful Author, Translator, Editor and Donors!
    Peace is a lie.
    。There are only flowers.
    。Through flowers I gain passion.
    。Through passion I gain strength.
    。Through strength I gain power.
    。Through power I gain victory.
    。Through victory my chains are broken.
    。The Aureate Sect shall set me free!
    Provisionary Outer Sect Disciple, Jack~

  8. The most touching thing was the whitewater hound. I’m also super glad we didn’t have to read all those battles too.

    Thanks for the chapter.

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