DE Book 12 Chapter 36

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Book 12, Immortal Destiny, Chapter 36 – Lu Dongbin Accepts a Disciple

Ji Ning, Adept Blackstone, and Adept Woodpass quickly came to understand the situation. It wasn’t so bad for Adept Woodpass, but Ji Ning and Adept Blackstone found it hard to refrain from feeling envy.

Becoming a Daofather’s disciple! Aside from personal effort, luck was another part of it!

“Xiamang,” Seatopple said, puzzled. “I heard you say earlier that it seems as though of the three, Ji Ning is the youngest. In addition, he also became number one in this Conclave. In turn, Blackstone is a grandmaster in formations. Why would the Daofather end up choosing Adept Woodpass?”

“How should I know?” The Xia Emperor shook his head. However, in his heart, the Xia Emperor thought back to his Primaltwin’s visit with Daofather Crimsonbright.

……

Beyond the Three Realms, within the infinite void. There was a mountain that was hovering within the void. The mountain was a million kilometers in size, and it was filled with palaces. This was the place where Daofather Crimsonbright, a major power of the Three Realms, resided.

“Master, here are the recordings of the top three youths who participated in this Conclave of Immortal Destiny.” The white-robed Xia Emperor stood there respectfully while handing over a scroll.

Off in the distance, there was an elder with long azure hair seated in the lotus position atop a stone. The void around the place where he was seated seemed to be incomparably stable and steady.

The azure-haired elder nodded gently. The scroll instantly unfurled, its surface flashing through the images of those three duels.

Whoosh…the scene of the first battle suddenly turned dramatic and exciting. Instantly, the battle between Ji Ning and Adept Blackstone began to proceed.

“Mm.” The azure-haired elder revealed a hint of a smile as he nodded lightly. “This young fellow who uses formations truly is quite remarkable in this respect. If he were to focus on it, in the future, he would most likely become a true grandmaster of the Dao of Formations! By relying on the Dao of Formations, he has a chance of overcome the Celestial Tribulation and becoming a Celestial Immortal. He is worth nurturing!”

“The young fellow who uses the sword isn’t bad either. His sword-intent is quite formidable; he should be an excellent potential Sword Immortal,” the azure-haired elder said in praise.

The white-robed Xia Emperor said respectfully, “Master, of the final three in this Conclave, the number one victor is the sword-wielding one. His name is Ji Ning, and he has only trained for thirty years. This formations wielder is known as Blackstone; he ranked number three, and has spent a hundred years in his training. As for the last one, his name was Adept Woodpass. He ranked number two in this Conclave, and has trained for more than three hundred years!”

“Thirty years?” Daofather Crimsonbright was surprised. He nodded lightly, a look of delight appearing in his eyes. “It seems his talent in the Dao of the Sword is quite astonishing. He’s worth nurturing as well.”

The white-robed Xia Emperor nodded lightly as well. That went without saying. Even Lu Dongbin had grown intrigued, and he was someone who was quite skilled at guiding disciples, and who had exceptional judgement. He had taken a liking to Ji Ning…and had long ago praised him as being a genius in the Dao of the Sword.

Whoosh. Daofather Crimsonbright flicked through to the second battle. This was between Adept Woodpass and Adept Blackstone.

Upon seeing seeing this battle, Daofather Crimsonbright’s eyes lit up. He immediately flicked through to the third battle, the one between Ji Ning and Adept Woodpass.

“Good, good, good.” Daofather Crimsonbright said the word ‘good’ three times in a row.

The white-robed Xia Emperor was immediately surprised and perplexed. Who was Daofather Crimsonbright praising? Was it Ji Ning?

“Master, there was someone else in this Conclave known as the Sloppy Daoist. He is the disciple of Grand Emperor Xuanwu, and has trained for a hundred years. The Sloppy Daoist was actually himself kept in the dark, and had no idea that he was the Grand Emperor’s disciple. In the end, Seatopple personally came to receive him back to meet with Grand Emperor Xuanwu,” the white-robed Xia Emperor added.

“The Turtle-Snake’s disciple?” Daofather Crimsonbright was curious. “Do you have a scryer recording?”

“I do.” Since the white-robed Xia Emperor had mentioned the Sloppy Daoist, he naturally had come prepared. He immediately offered yet another scroll, this one with multiple battles recorded, including that between Adept Woodpass and the Sloppy Daoist, where the Sloppy Daoist had been defeated in the end.

After viewing that battle, Daofather Crimsonbright couldn’t help but laugh. “Hahaha, that old Turtle-Snake’s temperament is very similar to mine, and his judgement is the same. This Sloppy Daoist that he chose…he is quite low-key and quite reliable, with a solid, deep foundation that has no flaws. Although in his youth he may have seemed to be slow in training, as time passes…his deep, solid foundation will allow his Immortal path to be a long and stable one.”

“Woodpass and this Sloppy have almost identical Immortal cultivation paths,” Daofather Crimsonbright nodded with a sigh. “Both have incomparably perfect and stable foundations, and both have extremely strong Dao-hearts.”

The white-robed Xia Emperor was startled. Judging from these words…it seemed as though his master favored Adept Woodpass.

“Daofather, can it be that you are going to choose Adept Woodpass?” The white-robed Xia Emperor couldn’t help but speak out. He had spent the most time training out of the top three.

“Remember,” Daofather Crimsonbright said with a calm laugh, “Don’t just judge a person just by his temporary prominence. The path of Immortal cultivation is an incomparably long and limitless one…and these three have just embarked on it a short while ago. In choosing a disciple, one must see through the present and into the infinite future.”

“Thirty years? A hundred years? Three hundred years? In the fact of the long Immortal path, these timeframes are nothing,” Daofather Crimsonbright said. “The Sloppy Daoist and Adept Woodpath are both unrushed and stable, with calm, leisurely dispositions! Just by looking at their combat styles, I can tell that they didn’t waste any of their attention on small tricks and benefits.”

The white-robed Xia Emperor nodded. Indeed, the Sloppy Daoist and Adept Woodpass were quite similar.

“This sort of temperament is the best sort of mentality and heart for an Immortal cultivator,” Daofather Crimsonbright said with a laugh. “Or at least, it’s the sort that I and the old Turtle-Snake favor.”

Daofather Crimsonbright was an extremely good-natured person; everyone knew this. As the saying goes, when a turtle sees a pea, he would like it for its color! Daofather Crimsonbright favored Woodpass for his heart and mind. He knew very well that although the Immortal path required a certain degree of comprehension ability and talent, towards the later parts of the path, it required even more regarding one’s mind and Dao-heart!

“It’ll be Woodpass,” Daofather Crimsonbright nodded. “As for the other two, they are moldable talents as well. Go and seek out your fellow disciples and see which of them are willing to accept these two as disciples. The Three Realms are in a state of upheaval; perhaps my gaze has gone astray and either Ji Ning or Adept Blackstone shall become formidable in the future as well. Thus, we should still bring them into my Crimsonbright League!”

“Yes,” the white-robed Xia Emperor nodded. “Ji Ning is a Sword Immortal. I shall go seek out junior apprentice-brother Evergreen! Junior apprentice-brother Evergreen is a Sword Immortal as well. As for this Blackstone…it seems as though none of us are truly peerless with regards to the Dao of Formations.”

“If you can’t find anyone suitable, then you can accept this Blackstone yourself. Although your talent in formations isn’t amongst the top within the Three Realms, it is more than enough to teach this Blackstone,” Daofather Crimsonbright said.

The white-robed Xia Emperor nodded in acknowledgment.

Back within the main hall of the Skylight Palace.

Amongst the True Immortals and Empyrean Gods, Lu Dongbin was the strongest. He was ranked at the very top amongst the Pure Yang True Immortals of the Three Realms, and was a peerless Sword Immortal who had an extremely good chance of becoming a Daofather of the Great Firmament.

As for the Daofathers supporting him…they were Lieges of the Daoist Path.

He was viewed with great favor by those two Daofathers, and had even produced a disciple who became a Pure Yang True Immortal. Lu Dongbin’s vision was particularly astute! Long before the others had realized how special Ji Ning was, Lu Dongbin had been able to somewhat sense it.

“Xiamang,” Lu Dongbin said with a laugh, “Since Daofather Crimsonbright has not accepted Ji Ning as his disciple, then I’ll shamelessly raise this topic again; Ji Ning truly has exceptional potential as a Sword Immortal, and I like him very much. I wonder, Xiamang, if you would ber willing to give me some face and let me take Ji Ning. I truly do want to take on this disciple.”

“Lu Dongbin…” The Xia Emperor shook his head. “Although Master didn’t choose Ji Ning, he still praised him multiple times. So…please don’t make things hard for me, Lu Dongbin.”

“Xiamang, it is just a Wanxiang Adept.” Empyrean God Seatopple pursed his lips. “Since Eastflower has asked this of you…can it be that Eastflower’s face is worth less than a young Wanxiang Adept? In addition, your Crimsonbright League only has a single Pure Yang Sword Immortal, Immortal Evergreen, right? Immortal Evergreen isn’t a good teacher; it’s been so many years, but I’ve never heard of him producing a single Celestial Immortal.”

The corners of the Xia Emperor’s eyes twitched.

“Since Eastflower has made the request, just give him some face, Xiamang,” the Immortal Elder of the Northlands spoke out as well.

At the beginning, Lu Dongbin had mentioned this in a joking way, but had been refused. But this time…he was being extremely serious.

Lu Dongbin had many good friends. He was very influential, and his backers were very powerful. All of the True Immortals and Empyrean Gods present aside from Sovereign Hao, who was also Daofather Crimsonbright’s disciple, were speaking out on his behalf.

“Xiamang, you know what sort of a temperament I have. I’ve always been a blunt, straight-talker. I truly am intrigued by this Ji Ning, and I want to take him on as my disciple. Xiamang, help me out here. I’ll owe you a favor and I won’t forget it. What do you say?” Lu Dongbin spoke out earnestly.

The Xia Emperor was startled. A favor from Lu Dongbin? That was quite valuable indeed.

But…Daofather’s Crimsonbright’s words remained within his mind. Although the Daofather hadn’t chosen Ji Ning and Blackstone, he still had a very good impression of them. He had said that perhaps Ji Ning and Blackstone would also be quite astonishing in the future…and that they had to be brought into the Crimsonbright League.

“Lu Dongbin, it’s not that I won’t allow it, it is that Master has given his orders.” The Xia Emperor shook his head. “There’s nothing I can do.”

Lu Dongbin frowned.

The Xia Emperor could tell that Lu Dongbin was unhappy…but there was nothing he could do about it. He had to make this refusal.

Lu Dongbin shook his head and sighed. It seemed as though he truly was not destined to become Ji Ning’s master! He didn’t dare to actually kidnap and forcibly take away Ji Ning…after all, that would be the equivalent of slapping Daofather Crimsonbright directly in the face! A Daofather who had emerged from the primordial chaos and had survived into the present era…he absolutely would not offend such a person for no good reason.

“Then Ji Ning’s Dao-companion, Yu Wei. I rather like this little lady as well. If I take her as my disciple, you won’t stop me, will you Xiamang?” Lu Dongbin said.

“Haha, that’s a small matter. Lu Dongbin, you can pick anyone you want from outside the top ninety-six. Even if you choose them all, it’d be fine.” The Xia Emperor spoke out in a very magnanimous way. He knew that he had caused Lu Dongbin to feel unhappy, and so he naturally now spoke out in a way to make him feel better.

Lu Dongbin nodded, then turned his gaze towards King Yan’s side, towards Yu Wei. She was currently holding hands with Ji Ning and whispering with him.

“Little girl, come over here,” Lu Dongbin smiled towards Yu Wei. His voice rang out directly within her ears.

“Eh?” Yu Wei was startled. Raising her head to look over, she immediately saw that the Xia Emperor and the others were all looking towards her.

“Yu Wei, come here,” the Xia Emperor said as well.

Only now did Yu Wei, rather puzzled and lost, rise to her feet. She began to walk towards them…and in doing so, caused quite a few of the Celestial Immortals and Wanxiang Adepts present to pay attention to her.

“Little girl,” Lu Dongbin said with a laugh as he looked at Yu Wei, “I, Lu Dongbin, wish to take you on as a disciple. Are you willing?”


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162 thoughts on “DE Book 12 Chapter 36” - NO SPOILERS

    1. Usually I’ll just read through the comments, maybe reply once or twice, but this chapter has got me agitated at the unfairness so I keep finding myself checking back every 10-15 minutes as well. This is more of a cliffhanger for me than any combat based cliff.

      1. Yeah I feel you. There are so many different paths that could be taken (albeit two main paths) and everyone has so much anticipation because the one path everyone wants him to take is the least likely

  1. i feel they have turned ji ning into a side character these last 2 chapter giving everyone good backing and they going to stick him with mr trash.

    1. Yeah this leaves a pretty bad taste in my mouth, I want to punch everyone here who was whining for chapter after chapter that they don’t want Ning to become the Daofather’s disciple. I wouldn’t have minded Lu Dongbin being his master, but now it sounds like he’s ended up with the bottom of the barrel and any of Ji Ning’s future achievements will get attributed to this Evergreen guy. I don’t want that at all.

      1. ha ha! I really would have love it when no one takes him as a disciple and make their jaws drop when they knew the ‘truth’ about him being a ‘real’ ONE and ONLY disciple of Daoist Threelives!!! haha! i really can’t wait to see their unsightly expressions of regret!!! XD (its a regret that they didn’t give enough face and didn’t build strong connections towards Ji Ning) ha ha!

      2. Ji Ning simply could not have become the Daofather’s disciple. It would’ve been boring as sh*t.
        A better solution here, would’ve been to focus more on Ji NIng as all of this is happening, instead of focusing on everyone else.

        Ji Ning currently seems like a little turd, not because he isn’t being chosen, but because the narrative keeps shining on other people when it’s not even their moment. At all. This is more a flaw of the narrative itself, than the conclusion of events.

  2. This just rubs me the wrong way. That dismissive attitude of Crimsonbright is just… annoying to say the least. And then they can’t even hand him to someone who’s at least well known? Dick move.

  3. Thanks for the chapter!

    This Immortal Evergreen smells like problem. Not that he will do something to intentionally hinder Ning, but it seems that it’ll cause more harm than benefit to fall upon Ning. Hope i’m wrong…

  4. Thanks for the chapter.

    yes the last 2 chaps really left a bad impression for ji ning. What i wish to see now is ji ning refusing the guidance from evergreen. If he can’t get the best then don’t be satisfied with the left overs!

    What would surprise me if Yu Wei would refuse too. Like “sorry but im so over heels with my loveydovey bird i dont want to be separated”

    Well we will see….

  5. Thanks for the chapter! wow wow so disappointing that’s a dick move by Crimsonbright decides Ning isn’t good enough to be his disciple but doesn’t want to let others train him and sticks him with a crap teacher that’s never managed to successfully train anyone looks like Crimsonbright’s brain is rotting with age

  6. I too am disappointed by this development, it looks like they don’t really care about helping Ning’s growth and just want him not to land into someone else’s hands. On the other hand I feel like people here are rushing too much and not thinking clearly, throwing their feelings around like any random mob in a xanxia novel.

    We don’t really know this evergreen guy, right? We don’t know wether he’s a frightening badass sword immortal or some lame ass side character. We only know he’s not a good teacher and no one taught by him has reached celestial stage. Anyone tried asking themselves why is that? Maybe he has bad temper, maybe his training method is extremely harsh and all his disciples die in the process. Wouldn’t a teacher like that be perfect for Ning’s monstruos talent and his exceptional dao heart?
    I’m just trying to view this in a rational way while everyone is screaming injustice before even seeing this evergreen guy.

    Another possibility is Lu Dongbin is using Ya Wey to rope Ning in. That would be the best outcome IMO.

    1. yup, I agree with you.. we still dont know what about Evergreen.. if he is indeed very strict teacher then it’ll be great for Ji Ning dao hearts..
      although I’m still dissappointed since Lu Dongbin can’t be Ji Ning master..

  7. sad not for Lu dongbin but i kinda understand how it played out. more for future reference.

    his teacher in school also never had a discipline and was very strict person but look how it worked out, the character a both persons matched so was good combo for teacher and disciple.
    Ji ning sword play is as good or maybe already better then his previous master (loose immortal) before he left the school.

    So now this evergreen (pure yang immortal) his character might be good for Ji ning we will see. so it might benefit from that too rise higher again and even later surpassing him, as a sword immortal and in staying in crimsonbright group, that would not benefit for his teaching and improving of his crimsonbright teaching.
    In future when he will be higher he will get a doafather sword immortal as teacher i guess.

    just indeed Lu Dongbin would have made a nice teacher for the story but it’s really nice that Yu wei is getting him means so will grow also in story so she can grow also adventure together and stay dao compagnons in story

    i think Ji ning getting evergreen and staying crimsonbright group makes it easier for story and conflict with the youngflame clan too play or write out.

    1. His master at the black-white college isn’t a loose immortal, and it was revealed in a previous chapter that pure yang true immortals are those who have mastered a grand dao (aka. dao of the sword) so he would likely learn all he needs about the sword from a pure yang true immortal. imo

  8. Welp, Ning got shafted. If this Crimsonbright really wants Ji Ning so much at least have the balls to take him as a real disciple. If you don’t want him that much, then don’t force him to become a part of your faction. Lu Dongbin is by all accounts so far a decent person and teacher, he’s not an enemy faction and he would treat this disciple right. So just hand him over to Lu Dongbin, earn a favour with someone who knows very many people. And if Ji Ning turns out to be formidable, he’d be kindly disposed to Crimsonbright’s faction. Win-win.

    But now he offends Lu Dongbin, just to throw the person who they fought over to a person that hasen’t proven to be able to turn disciples into something worthwhile. That’s not a good cost vs benefit scenario. And if Ji Ning does turn out promising but then later finds out he’d been shafted by being forced towards an unreliable teacher instead of a reputed teacher who expressed genuine interest in him. What kind of loyalty would he have towards the Crimsonbright faction? So you pissed off, Lu Dongbin on a long shot, and if that long shot does pay off you’ve potentially already driven a wedge between you and that person.

    I don’t get it.

  9. I’m thinking evergreen will end up a future enemy for Ning after he refuses him. Anyway from the way he’s been described he looks like an awful teacher let’s see what Ning does next

  10. i want to coment a few things
    1- You all see like a bad thing that the teacher is evergreen but i think is better than other teachers. this is because in my opinion he is not going to help ji ning and thanks to that he is going to grow all by himself. In reality he dont need a true yang inmortal teacher he already have the underwater state and no matter how good is the teacher it is not going to be at the level of the underwater state.
    2- Thanks to this lu have take yu wei has his disciple making highly posible for her to pass the celestial tribulation.
    3- it is true that ji ning have only trained for 30 years and have become the number one but to crisombrigth that is nothing and he thinks that because of his traning speed maybe he is not having a good foundation for the future. like ji ning says is better to stay in some stages to gain more benefits. Maybe the Daofather thinks that ji ning is training too fasta and forgetting some important points is his training.

  11. Their arguements are annoying. In other cases I might understand going with the slow and steady character. And yes 30, 300 or 3000 years are nothing in an Immortal’s point of view. But has everyone forgotten why this Conclave was deemed especially important? You are supposed to be preparing for an upcoming disaster. This is the very reason why you summoned practically every genius in the empire to participate and gave them prizes that made Celestial Immortals drool this Conclave instead of chilling and seeing what would happen in the next 10-20 Conclaves.

    And let’s not forget while 30 or 300 years are practically the same to someone who has lived for millions of years but now we are not differentiating between someone who has trained for 1.000.030 years and one who has trained 1.000.300 years. Being more powerful at 30 years than someone who has trained for 300 means that your speed of growth is over 10 times of that person. Which one would think would be useful if, let’s say, there were troubled times ahead and you didn’t have all the time in the world.

    And then leaving the person who has the highest chance to mature before the troubles arrives with a crappy teacher… I seriously hope Ji Ning leaves this nest of brainless people who can’t see Mt. Tai and joins Lu Dongbin instead. He has earned the right to be trained by a Pure Yang Immortal but it’s a reward, it’s not something that he’s obliged to do. Just say that he can’t bear to be apart from his new Dao Companion or whatever and ask him to make his disciple as well. Well it might be a bit tough because he doesn’t know that Lu Dongbin is interested in him, but I do hope that things will move towards this direction instead of joining a group of people that view training him pretty much as an afterthought.

  12. Ah, it seems Ji Ning is destined to have a difficult teacher, but it’ll work out in the end. If he ends up at odds with this crimsonbright league thatd be a good laugh.

  13. To the Naysayers : Do not doubt IET laoshu’s great plan for Ji Ning hahaha!
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    Thank you for the chapter!

  14. Dao Heart…
    I keep thinking the author is just making sh*t up. There’s no such thing.
    Look at the next chapter — all of the celestial immortals are mad jelly and their hearts shake with contempt and endless greed. Where’s their dao-heart now?
    There’s no such thing as a dao-heart, why can’t the author just stop with that term when he doesn’t even try to make it mean anything.

  15. seriously? i dont mind him not chosen as the desciple of daofather in fact its kinda nice since its a twist. but leaving him no choice and stuck with a 2nd rate evergreen who has never even produce a celestial immortal is blurghh. so all the credit when ji ning becomes a powerhouse is gonna go to this evergreen? sigh… and daofather’s attitude makes me wish ji ning wont join this shitty crimson whatever league

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