DE Book 12 Chapter 8

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Book 12, Immortal Destiny, Chapter 8 – The Grand Black Tortoise Divine Ability

Within the Brightmoon Diagram of the Mountains and Rivers.

“Junior apprentice-brother.” Yu Wei’s emotions and her excitement were all difficult to control right now.

“Senior apprentice-sister, your earlier battle caused quite a stir, and you fought for a long while. Others are definitely lying in wait in this area, and even more are probably on the way.” Ning had no time to talk; with a wave of his hand, he collected the magic treasures and storage treasures of the silver-haired woman and the black-robed man. The talismans were located in the storage treasures; how could he not take them away?


A ship appeared in front of Ning and Yu Wei. “Senior apprentice-sister, let’s go.” Ning pulled Yu Wei by the hand as he leaped into the ship. The two immediately entered it, and the ship transformed into a streak of light, quickly fleeing. As it fled, Ning spread out his divine sense to sweep the area…and, just as he had expected, quite a few people were present.

“Who was that black-robed youth? How could he be so powerful?”

“Given his power, he should be one of those who was ranked as one of the top hundred prior to the Conclave beginning. He seems rather similar to that Ji Ning, mentioned in the reports of the Heavenly Treasures Mountain. He uses twin swords, is very powerful in close combat, and is skilled in lotus techniques. Given the level of his power…it should probably be Ji Ning. However, Ji Ning is usually dressed in furs, whereas that youth was dressed in black robes. It seems that even Ji Ning doesn’t dare to be too bold and brash.”

“Right. Anyone would recognize him in furs. In black robes…one would have to carefully inspect him.”

“The top hundred experts of the Conclave truly are formidable. In single combat in close quarters against this Ji Ning, when he activates all his divine abilities…he can probably kill me in just one exchange of blows.”

“Gotta be careful.”

All of them quickly and secretly departed. Ning had fled quite fast. In addition, without enough people joining forces, they didn’t dare to try and antagonize Ning.



The ship flew thousands of kilometers, then hide within a large mountain. Ning put away the flying treasure, then let out a sigh of relief alongside Yu Wei.

Ning said with a laugh, “Senior apprentice-sister, earlier when we were fighting, there were eight figures within ten kilometers who were watching us, and nearly two hundred people within a thousand kilometers were pressing near. In this Diagram, even if you get into a fight, you can’t continue to fight for too long. Otherwise, the disturbance will definitely attract attention from others. You have to resolve any fights quickly.”

“Of course I know that, but I was trapped by them and wasn’t able to even flee,” Yu Wei said helplessly. “I was just about to throw out my talismans and prepare to escape.”

His senior apprentice-sister definitely was a supremely beautiful woman in terms of appearances. This look of helplessness on her face couldn’t help but cause Ning’s heart to tremble slightly, but then he quickly calmed himself.

“Senior apprentice-sister, earlier you used phoenixes of ice and fire,” Ning said with a sighing laugh. “I have yet to congratulate you on mastering yet another complete Dao-Path.”

Three years ago, she had already mastered the Dao of the Freeze, but that was but a single Dao-Path.

“You all call me the Rainbowflame Fairy, right?” Yu Wei laughed softly. “I was more talented in fire to begin with. Thanks to a stroke of luck, I first mastered the Dao of the Freeze. My Dao of the Inferno was just a small step behind that.”

Ning nodded. He, too, felt as though he was about to make a breakthrough in the Dao of the Inferno…but he continued to be just a hair away from actually accomplishing it.

“Later on, I’ll need to ask you to help guide me on the Dao of the Inferno, senior apprentice-sister,” Ning said.

“A minor matter.” Yu Wei naturally was happy to help teach him.

“Right, senior apprentice-sister. This is the storage treasure of the silver-haired woman. Help me bind it. I’ll bind the other one’s storage treasure. The talismans are all inside.” Ning handed a bracelet to Yu Wei.

“You go ahead and slowly bind it yourself,” Yu Wei said, looking at Ning. “If I bound it, you definitely wouldn’t accept the talismans inside. Don’t try to trick me.”

Ning was flabbergasted. Yu Wei was truly quite meticiulous and intelligent. Ning felt that he was a smart man, but compared to her, he was still a bit inferior. For example, just now; all he had done was ask her to help bind the storage-type bracelet, and she had immediately been able to infer that in reality, he was giving the talismans within to her.

“You killed both of those two. The talismans belong to you. How about we split them?” Ning said.

“You saved my life, and when I killed them, they were in a dazed state because of you.” Yu Wei shook her head. “Enough. In the future, we are going to continue to adventure in this Diagram. In the future, whoever makes the kill will get the items, but this time, since you saved my life, the talismans should be yours.”

Ning had no choice but to nod.

Seeing how Ning was behaving, Yu Wei felt quite happy, and the corner of her lips couldn’t help but curve upwards.

“Let’s go. Senior apprentice-sister, you battled for a long time earlier; you need to first restore your elemental ki and also calm your mind.” Ning immediately led Yu Wei to quickly find a cave to hide in.

Time flowed on. The days passed, one by one.

Together, Ji Ning and Yu Wei truly were much more formidable.

Yu Wei had mastered two complete Dao-Paths, and was able to combine fire and water together. Her phoenixes of ice and fire were indeed incredibly powerful, and in terms of defense alone, the ice phoenix was comparable to Ning’s Waterflame Lotus! This was the reason why Yu Wei had been able to hold on for so long against the attacks of those three. In terms of offense, the fire phoenix was quite astonishing as well.

With each other’s support, even if ten or so people attacked them at once, they would still have a chance at winning.


“Yu Wei truly is extraordinary; she has comprehended two entire Dao-Paths.” Immortal Fivecraze was quite delighted with the performance of these two disciples of the Black-White College. He often bragged about them to the nearby members of other major powers of Stillwater Commandery. “Ji Ning is even more formidable! One of the 96 positions will definitely go to our Black-White College. And the eldest disciple of the third generation; little Sloppy has yet to show his power.”

“Ji Ning is formidable, but I really don’t see anything remarkable about that the Sloppy Daoist of your Black-White College.” A white-haired Loose Immortal of the Skysplitter Sword Sect shook his head and sneered, clearly unhappy at how smug Immortal Fivecraze was acting.

“You are just jealous!” Immortal Fivecraze stared at him.


The Conclave had been going on for more than a month. The Sloppy Daoist was reclining lazily within a cave. Next to him was a pool of water that was both clear and refreshing.

“The first three months will be the craziest. I’ll relax for three months. Those who survive to the end will all be formidable, and will definitely have many talismans on them. Fighting will only be fun by that point.” The Sloppy Daoist just lay there, producing a large cooked rib and beginning to gnaw on it, covering his mouth in oil.



A wind blew past, and eight figures suddenly appeared at the entrance to the cave. One of the eight, a muscular man, said with a laugh, “Eldest apprentice-brother, let’s take a break at this cave and bind the storage treasures we just acquired. I hope there are talismans inside—” But suddenly, the muscular man stared.

The other seven also stared, flabbergasted, at the sloppy, chubby man lying down in the cave and gnawing on a roast rib.

The world of the Diagram was clearly quite large; the chances of encountering someone in a cave they randomly selected was very low. For the Sloppy Daoist, despite having often hidden in this cave during the past month, this was his first time encountering someone at the entrance.

“If you always walk by the side of the river, eventually your shoes will get wet.” The Sloppy Daoist resignedly stood up and muttered to himself, then said with a chortle, “Everyone, I’m resting here. Why don’t you leave? Or perhaps I shall leave?”

“Little sloppy kid, are you playing dumb or actually dumb?” A youth with triangle pupils said coldly, “Be good and hand your talisman over and we can spare your life. Otherwise, don’t blame me for showing no mercy.”

“Nope.” The Sloppy Daoist shook his head.

“Don’t waste words with him. Attack!” the leader, a youth holding a feather fan, let out a cold laugh and then immediately waved his hand. Feathers instantly began to shoot out from the feather fan in his hands, and hundreds of feathers instantly formed into an enormous Immortal crane. The Immortal crane screeched as it sent its claws tearing towards the Sloppy Daoist, and the surrounding rocky walls of the cave were beginning to shatter from the force of the attack.

“Die.” The muscular man let out an angry roar, then immediately expanded in size to thirty-six meters. Because they were in a cave, he had to squat down and lower his head. He also suddenly activated the [Three Heads, Six Arms] divine ability, and in each hand he wielded an enormous greataxe.

He transformed into a streak of lightning, charging forward.

Each of the eight released their own techniques.

Three were Fiendgod Body Refiners, while the others were Ki Refiners. Each had secret arts of their own, and the ‘Immortal Crane of the Nine Heavens’ technique of their leader, the fan-wielding youth, wasn’t that much weaker than even the [Lesser Thousand Swords Formation]. However, although the technique was fine, the power a technique could actually unleash depended on the user. For example, when Ning used the [Lesser Thousand Swords Formation], it was even more powerful and dazzling than when the Thousand Swords Immortal had used it back when he himself had been at the peak Wanxiang level.

These eight all came from an extremely large clan from the Eastern Seas known as the ‘Myriad Beasts School’. This was ranked as one of the most supreme of schools in the entire Grand Xia Dynasty, and it was ranked several tiers higher than the Black-White College. It had hundreds of Loose Immortals and Earth Immortals! Naturally, all eight were extremely powerful.


The battle began. Rocks began to fly everywhere, and the mountain peak itself began to crumble.


Within the crumbling mountain peak, the illusion of an enormous Turtle-Snake suddenly appeared. A powerful aura that filled the heavens swept out from it. A chubby youth with the eyes of a snake and whose skin was covered with tattoos that looked like the shell of a turtle was there…and with his bare hands, he smashed aside a giant, blood-red seal, then slapped a terrified white-robed youth into dust with a single palm blow. Next, his hand formed into a claw, striking forward like the beak of a crow and piercing directly through the head of one of the Fiendgod Refiner men. Then, with a swiping movement, he completely tore the Fiendgod Refiner’s body apart.

Whoooooosh. The enormous illusion of the Turtle-Snake quickly ground apart the body of the Fiendgod Refiner, quickly transforming it into ash.

“Quick, run!”

“My lord…”

“How can he be this powerful?! The records of the Heavenly Treasures Mountain regarding the most powerful participants made no mention at all of this sloppy-looking fatty!”

The geniuses of the Myriad Beasts School had completely collapsed. They all threw our their talismans, but in total six of them still ended up being killed by the sloppy-looking fatty. Only two of them just barely managed to escape with their lives.

“Whew.” The Sloppy Daoist stood there atop the destroyed mountain. Waving his hand, he collected up all the talismans and storage treasures. He was completely back to normal, and no longer seemed as terrifying as he had before.

“I didn’t want to fight in the first three months, but they actually forced me to unleash my grand divine ability.” The Sloppy Daoist shook his head. “The participants of the Conclave of Immortal Destiny truly are extraordinary. The attacks of just eight of them were enough to force me to use my grand divine ability. I imagine that many others are going to quickly arrived. I’d best leave.”


With a single step, the Sloppy Daoist transformed into a gust of wind and disappeared.


The main hall of the Skylight Palace.

The faces of the Xia Emperor, Lu Dongbin, the Immortal Elder of the Northlands, and the rest of the nine had all changed. Although it didn’t appear as though they were paying much attention to the Diagram, since they were Pure Yang True Immortals, they actually saw everything which was going on within it.

“The Grand Black Tortoise divine ability.”

“Grand Emperor Xuanwu!” 1

“He’s actually a successor for Grand Emperor Xuanwu. I wonder if he is a personal apprentice or just an honorary apprentice.”

They all had solemn looks on their faces now. Grand Emperor Xuanwu…he was one of the major powers of the Three Realms, and an extremely terrifying figure.

“The Grand Black Tortoise divine ability…it is definitely ranked as one of the top hundred divine ability of the countless divine abilities created since the universe was established.” Lu Dongbing spoke with a serious look on his face. “I didn’t imagine that here, at the Conclave of Immortal Destiny of your Grand Xia Empire, I’d be able to see one of the most supreme divine abilities of the Three Realms!”

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  1. As noted previously, Xuanwu, literally ‘dark warrior’, is both the name of an Immortal as well as the Black Tortoise of the Four Beasts. There are many legends regarding the both, and often the legends are linked, such as the Black Tortoise/Turtle-Snake originally being the guts and intestines of Xuanwu.


81 thoughts on “DE Book 12 Chapter 8” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. I’m pretty sure they will, but knowing the usual style of I Eat Tomatoes, he will probably separate them somehow, soon after they get together.

      1. Did you not see how much the author hammered in that they’re going to be together?
        For the very least, they’ll be together for a while. Whether or not it’ll be forever, who knows. For all we know, she’ll be yet another Dalia.
        I’m not expecting anything fancy from IET’s romance department.

  1. just a random idea guys is the universe of desolate era the new cosmos from ST? because qin yu is quite protective against mortals and in ST if you kill one not much really happens to you but in DE if a cultivator kills a mortal will get sin is this to stop another Zhou Xian from happening? just an idea

      1. No I have heard universe of Swallowed Star is the main Hongmeng universe of which Linley was in a side universe of. It is highly speculated that the universe of Desolate Era is the universe created by Qin Yu.

    1. i also agree, i mean Desolate era speaks of how their universe was created: “Pangu splitted the heaven and earth” and all that, and Qin Yu literally does that in ST

      1. The only problem with that analysis is that ‘splitting apart the heaven and earth’ derives from Chinese creation mythology. As a result, ‘splitting the heaven and earth’ is a necessary step in creation stories in most xianxia/wuxia creation lore. In other words, ‘splitting apart the heaven and earth’ is characteristic of every universe ever created.

    1. I don’t see Yu Wei making it to the top 96. Wonder how she’ll go. As for Sloppy, he’ll make it for sure but who will take him in the end? Will he at least wait till Firecraze’s tribulation?

      1. I wouldn’t write Yu Wei out of the top 96 given she’s in a party with Ji Ning now. It’s possible Ji Ning might not be able to protect her or vice versa, but I think it’s unlikely. Given Lu Dongbin’s interest in those two at the moment, I’m guessing she’ll make it in and he’ll try to take them both so he can do his matchmaking thing.

        Sloppy needs his own spinoff entitled “Just Want to Nap, Keep Getting Interrupted”.

        If he’s already a major persona’s apprentice, it might be the current immortals will just leave him alone. Unless what they mean by that is he inherited a skillset in a manner similar to Ji Ning’s Three Foot Sword.

  2. Those stupid idiots who can’t see Mt. Tai…. They recognize a top hundred divine ability, yet could not see Starseizer Hand, one of the top abilities.
    My. Tai is hidden too well…

    1. Mount Tai is too big so it fades back in the background. You need to look up to see the top, and looking up means that they are that you are lower and inferior. Pride and face is something people take extremely seriously here.

      1. There are in fact many people more important than celestials, even the Xia Emperor says that his master and others rule many major worlds, it’s possible these celestials only know about the 10-1000 best divine abilities from creation and are in the dark about the true divine abilities of strenght 1-10, Mt.Tai indeed.

  3. Lu Dongbing spoke with a serious look on his face. “I didn’t imagine that here, at the Conclave of Immortal Destiny of your Grand Xia Empire, I’d be able to see one of the most supreme divine abilities of the Three Realms!”

    > TOP LOL you just saw one of the top 10 a minute ago bruh

    1. To be fair, not many actually know about the [Star Seizing Hand], and it’s quite easily hidden by the use of weapons and by not making the divine tattoos visible. [The Grand Black Tortoise] Divine Ability has very obviously visible tattoos and aura to it. I’m pretty sure the only person to use the [Star Seizing Hand] aside from Ji Ning is Daoist Threelives himself, so even if it is the #1 divine ability it’s not like everyone is going to recognize it for what it is out of the blue.

  4. Thanks for the chapter XD

    To be honest, I’m not liking how Yu Wei just suddenly liked Ji Ning…. kinda knew it was going to happen… but still….

    Personally, I’d have liked it if Ji Ning worked it out with his old Dao companion….

    I mean, to have her be willing to abandon her entire family for a person she knew for less than 2 years seemed like much…. and I kinda liked that….

    I remember when she was thinking about how they could eventually love and grow closer to each other, and kinda wished it were true… would have liked that development.. and they’d actually have had to work out problems…

    And not the over done “family/status getting in the way”, but actual ideology that they would have to work towards….

    But no… it’s just gonna go to the simple “I love you” where they just easily fall for the other and would do anything for each other with little development -_-

        1. Nah it was hinted a couple times before this. Mainly she was depressed or disapointed when the other girl said she was his Dao companion. The other girls Dao heart doesn’t suit his Dao heart. She was a control freak that cares more about her family then cultivation while ji ning is a free majestic bird. The other girl was a cage. This one is unknown as of right now everything about her is unknown. Honestly she could be the reincarnation of a million year old loose immortal. Or like the match maker guy he reincarnated after being part of one major faction it’s possible.

        2. id suggest re reading because its was hinted at that she liked him at least once. i think you might be one of the few who didn’t see it coming. it certainly didn’t come out of nowhere.

    1. A Dao Companion that abandons you as soon as things get dangerous or tough is not a worthwhile pursuit. Working through your problems and differences together can only work if you stay together, which Ninelotus showed she just wasn’t ready to do. She’s not a bad person, she’s just not right for Ji Ning, they have different priorities and differences that are simply incompatible.

      1. But that’s the thing, they weren’t together long enough. It’d be weird if they were ready to sacrifice everything for each other so easily.

        And it wasn’t like she didn’t care at all.

        But she also had a family, and a whole life she just wasn’t ready to abandon.

        But that doesn’t mean that they couldn’t grow and develop closer; and differences can be worked out. They can influence and change each other. Both are still young and immature and need time to grow.

        And that’s what I wanted. For them to develop. For them to have issues and problems and learn to work them out. For them to learn to grow closer and slowly become more and more important to each other.

      2. IET made it obvious that they were going to break up.
        If IET was good at writing romance, he would have made us believe that they really weren’t meant for each other, he would have created the illusion of it which isn’t the case here. Put this love story in the hands of another author, he will write you something believable where Ninelotus and Ning stay together.
        I think you can have arguments that show they weren’t meant for each other, but DMR’s argument are valid too. At least imo as I wasn’t convinced by how IET handled this drama.

    2. I feel the same way regarding Yu Wei. Before she used to keep her cool but right now she acting like a lovesick fool. Sigh. I like her but I want her coolness back.

      I hoped it would workout with Ninelotus but its not meant to be, sigh.

      1. And it’s just gonna be another Linley and Delia… where the girl always loved the boy, and the boy has to open up his heart to the girl that wants him and let go of his previous love -_-

    3. Dude DMR for reading as much as you do you didn’t pay attention to much if you think she just started liking him man… This has been I the works for awhile now and became obvious when she first saw ninelotus with Ning floating on the lake.

    4. Having read this authors other works I can tell you… That Ninelotus was set up from the beginning to be the almost love.
      Looking at her dao of control and domination do you really think they would have been happy?(especially when Ji ning’s is family and freedom?)
      The second she agreed to dance for youngflame in the immortal estate if I were Ji Ning it would have been over.

  5. Ok sloppy daoist might be one of my favorites in the whole novel. Hope we get more from him.

    Oh and to DMR above, yu wei’s feelings were already heavily hinted way way back. I think we all knew this was coming, IET never goes with the 1st relationship. Always the 2nd. But you’re right, i wish there was a whole lot more development for her romance. Hopefully it gets better.

        1. Qin Yu and Jiang Li’s love was like one day he listens to her, she enjoys his company then somehow eternal love occurs, must have been due to her ‘treatment’ and Qin Yu the only guy that liked her for who she was.

  6. I don’t want to spoil but the matchmaking sword immortals name Lu DongBing is literally a fiber copy of the 8 great immortals Lu dongbin who was the sword immortal in China’s lore. Meaning guys I bet he named him this meticulously for a reason and we might be looking at Nings new master.

    1. Fiendgod Body refining is harder than ki refining thus some people who don’t have insights into the Dao can’t accomplish it no matter how old they are.

  7. How the flying heck is her water phoenix equal to his lotus?
    Her water phoenix has one ordinary dao path.
    His lotus has:
    1. complete path of water
    2. very nearly the completion of the path of fire
    3. very nearly the completion of the path of wind
    4. 1st grade direflame
    5. 1st grade direwater
    6. greater dao, sword domain
    7. greater dao, spacetime entry level
    8. greater dao of the lotus
    9. special insights into combining different daos together

    All she has is one normal dao path.

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