DE Book 13 Chapter 21

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Book 13, Tristar Crescent Abode, Chapter 21 – Bluecliff Xiaoyu

The crown prince, the second princess, and the servants aboard the shuttle all had ashen looks on their faces. They could all tell that this time, Darknorth was truly enraged!

They were all Immortal cultivators; naturally, they were no fools. They knew that the little princess had plotted against this senior Darknorth just now. Senior Darknorth had clearly gone to help them fight against the Flamewing Guard, but the little princess had stabbed him in the back…an action like this would be viewed with contempt by mortals and cultivators alike!

“Senior Darknorth…”

“Darknor…”

The crown princess and the second princess hurriedly spoke out, utterly terrified. This was completely not their fault. The little princess had acted completely of her own accord; they didn’t instruct her to carry out those actions at all! As for her death, the crown prince and the second princess felt a hint of regret but not too much pain. This was because far too many of their siblings had died on this journey, and all of their elders had perished as well. They were used to this sort of loss…and on an emotional level, the crown prince and the second princess were much closer.

Whoosh. Ning willed it, and a white-robed maiden appeared next to him. It was Qi Xiaoyu.

“Master,” Qi Xiaoyu said hurriedly, “I saw the little princess…” Halfway through her words, she realized that she was within the flying shuttle. Seeing the situation, she couldn’t help but grow confused.

“Disciple, watch carefully,” Ning said coldly.

“Yes,” Qi Xiaoyu said.

“Senior Darknorth, what happened just now was completely the actions of Ruhui; she wanted to use you to delay the Flamewing Guard,” Qi Rufeng said hurriedly.

“It was our little sister who carried out that action. Her alone,” the black-robed princess said hurriedly as well.

Qi Xiaoyu just watched silently. When the Flamewing Guard had arrived, her master had gone to fight them while the imperial Qi clan had fled…and while fleeing, the little princess had thrown out a formation to trap them. Qi Xiaoyu had seen all of these things with perfect clarity. In addition, after having accompanied the imperial Qi clan for so long, Qi Xiaoyu knew very well how vicious and cruel the little princess was. Thus, by now she more or less knew what had happened!

Ning looked at the crown prince and the second princess. He said coldly, “I heard it all. There was talk of having the Celestial Immortal Patriarch behind me go take revenge upon the Flamewing King on my behalf and kill him? Hmph…I don’t like to kill, but some people deserve killing!”

The crown prince and the second princess trembled.

“If the two of you were behind her actions, then you two shall both die as well. If you did not…I won’t go so far as to implicate the two of you.” Ning’s gaze turned to the black-robed princess. He immediately used the [Soulcharmer Art] divine ability. Although this Black-White College art wasn’t that strong, Ning’s soul was far too powerful! The black-robed princess’s gaze instantly turned dull.

“Speak. Did you have anything to do with the little princess’ plot against me?” Ning asked calmly.

The black-robed princess spoke in a dull voice without any inflection at all. “It had nothing to do with me. Ruhui acted of her own volition. Although her action may have caused senior Darknorth to fight for a bit longer, it also created yet another powerful foe for our imperial Qi clan. If the school behind senior Darknorth came for vengeance, our imperial Qi clan would most likely be in even more dire straits. Ruhui was far too shortsighted…”

“…what just happened?” The black-robed princess regained her clarity of mind. She stared around in astonishment…and slowly, the memories of what had happened just now when she had been hypnotized came rushing back to her. She couldn’t help but look towards Ning in terror.

The crown prince’s face instantly turned even more ashen.

“You.” Ning looked towards the crown prince.

The crown prince gritted his teeth. “I definitely didn’t have the intention to harm you, senior.” Just as these words came out, Qi Rufeng’s gaze also turned dull.

He, too, dully spoke out the truth. This truly did not have nothing to do with him.

The nearby Qi Xiaoyu let out a sigh of relief. She actually felt good-will towards the crown princess and the second princess.

“I ask you,” Ning suddenly said, “Did your imperial Qi clan arrange for the destruction of Qi Xiaoyu’s tribe?”

The black-robed princess’s face instantly changed. Qi Xiaoyu’s body trembled as well, and a look of terror and unease appeared in her eyes.

The crown prince responded in a wooden, robotic manner, “For the sake of ensuring Qi Xiaoyu’s total devotion to our imperial clan, we had to make it so that she had no one else to rely on. Otherwise, in her heart, her tribe would still be occupy the most important position. Thus, the elders of the clan forced three Xiantian Diremonsters to attack the tribe. As for the two Xiantian experts of that tribe, our clan elders plotted against them and ensured that they naturally wouldn’t be able to fight back, causing the entire tribe to be broken apart.”

“Qi Xiaoyu’s family members all died, giving her no one else to rely on. At that moment, our elder stepped in to protect her; naturally, she felt gratitude and affection for the elder’s actions. Everything happened as we planned, and Qi Xiaoyu became incomparably devoted and loyal to our imperial Qi clan. In addition, after Qi Xiaoyu became a member of our imperial Qi clan, our luck took a noticeable turn for the better. The number of times we were attacked dropped, and the number of elders who died in each attack also lessened…”

“No…no…” Qi Xiaoyu’s face was covered with tears. She repeatedly shook her head.

Ning sighed mentally to himself. In truth, the main reason he had used the [Soulcharmer Art] was to ask about this matter. Given Ning’s keen senses, he naturally noticed quite a few oddities regarding the destruction of Xiaoyu’s tribe. It was extremely rare for this sort of large-scale tribe to suffer an attack from Diremonsters.

“As I thought.” Ning nodded to himself. Qi Xiaoyu felt extremely deep gratitude towards the imperial Qi clan. Ning was afraid that this might cause problems in the future, and so he wanted to clarify this matter right away.

“You were plotting against me all along. All along…” Qi Xiaoyu looked at the crown prince, her face completely pale. “My master? Was she plotting against me as well?”

“Aunt-master Everlotus was opposed to our scheme. She wanted to go to your tribe and take you on as her disciple in a voluntary manner. However, our imperial Qi clan was in a state of flight; all of our actions had to be for the sake of the imperial Qi clan’s best interests.” The crown prince, Qi Rufeng, continued to speak in a monotone voice. “She felt sorry for you, and so when she took you on as disciple, taught you, and doted on you, it was out of love. In fact, some of the other princes and princesses felt jealousy for this.”

Qi Xiaoyu felt her heart unclench slightly. The person she felt the most gratitude for in the entire imperial Qi clan was her master, Everlotus. Everlotus had taken care of her like she was her own daughter. She had loved her and cherished her. Qi Xiaoyu had been able to sense how much love Everlotus had felt for her, and ever since she was young, her master had taught her. Thus, although she didn’t have many memories regarding life in the Bluecliff tribe and although she only had blurry memories of her parents, she felt an extremely deep affection for her master, Everlotus. After all, they had been together for the longest period of time.

Qi Xiaoyu was fairly accurate in sensing if others were kind or malicious towards her, if they cared about her or hated her. She had always felt as though her master, Everlotus, had truly loved her. This was why she felt such gratitude for the imperial Qi clan. In fact, when the now-deceased leader of the imperial Qi clan had asked her to swear an oath to the Dao of the Heavens, she hadn’t hesitated at all.

“What just happened?” Crown Prince Qi Rufeng came back to his senses. He quickly regained his memories, and his face immediately changed. He stared towards Ning in terror, then looked towards Qi Xiaoyu.

“Master Everlotus…I can understand why you did what you did. I don’t blame you. I don’t blame you…” Tears streaked down Qi Xiaoyu’s face. She stared at the black-robed princess and the crown prince. Gritting her teeth, she said, “Your imperial Qi clan destroyed my tribe and home and killed my family. But Master Everlotus’s benevolence towards me was as weighty as a mountain. From this day forth, I, Qi Xiaoyu, will no longer have any connection to your Qi clan. From this day forth, my name shall be Bluecliff Xiaoyu!”

“Master.” Bluecliff Xiaoyu turned to look towards Ning, tears in her eyes. “Thank you, master, for enlightening me and not letting me continue to remain deceived. I wish to be by myself for a time.”

“Go.” Ning nodded, then willed Qi Xiaoyu to be teleported into his Immortal estate with a swish.

Ning’s gaze turned towards the crown prince and the princess. Both of them felt helpless; when they had been hypnotized, they had thought it was just over the little princess’ plot, but who would’ve thought that this senior Darknorth would actually uncover the matter of the destruction of the Bluecliff tribe? Still…by now, they had no options left. All they could do was beg for their lives.

“Since you had no intention to harm me, I naturally won’t act against you. I will still hold to my promise,” Ning said. “However…before I do so, come with me to a place.”

As he spoke, Ning waved his hand, causing the imperial Qi clansmen and the flying shuttle to all be drawn into his Immortal estate. And then, Ning strode forward across the waves of Viledragon River, quickly departing from this place.

……

A short period of time later.

The peak of a tall mountain, surrounded by clouds. A ripple in space could be seen above it, then a fur-clad youth appeared out of nowhere and descended.

“This place works.” The fur-clad youth nodded, then waved his hand. An Immortal estate appeared.

Within the Immortal estate. As Ning entered, the crown prince and the second princess both immediately paid their respects. The crown prince said, “Senior, where are we?”

“You can exit the estate now, but you had best not go too far. If you do, I won’t be able to keep you alive,” Ning said calmly. “This place is more than ten million kilometers from our previous location; I trust that the Flamewing King will need some time before chasing you here. Take a rest and prepare for the next battle.”

“The next battle?” The two were startled.

“I killed hundreds of Flamewing guards, including three Loose Immortal monsters. Do you think that the Flamewing King is just going to shrug that off?” Ning said calmly.

The two shook their heads. Impossible. The Eastern Flows region was the territory of the twelve monster kings; given that this senior Darknorth had killed hundreds of Flamewing Guards, how could the Flamewing King not be enraged? It must be understood that the Flamewing Guards were the most devoted servants of the Flamewing King. Given that so many of them had perished, the Flamewing King would probably personally attack next time.

“The Flamewing King is coming in person.” Both the crown prince and the second princess felt restless and uneasy. “And yet this senior Darknorth still intends to fight?”

“How powerful is he? Can it be that my earlier investigations were in error? He is more than just a peak Primal Daoist?”

Their hearts were in a state of panic. Still, given how quickly Ning had chased after him, he must have disposed of all of those Flamewing Guards…which meant that things probably truly were as Ning said. He had killed hundreds of Flamewing Guards.

“In such a short period of time, he killed hundreds of Flamewing Guards, broke the formation, then caught up to us. How powerful is this Ji Ning? Is it truly possible that he can fight the Flamewing King?” The crown prince and the princess both felt as though their thoughts were in a jumble.

……

Ning couldn’t be bothered to pay them any heed. He entered a private room within the Immortal estate. A ripple in space appeared within it and Ning stepped into the ripple, entering his underwater estate.

“I can’t underestimate the Flamewing King’s power. In fact, I might have to deal with the other monster kings as well. Before doing so…I need to increase my power a bit,” Ning mused to himself. “My true body, when using [Three Heads, Six Arms], needs a total of six Immortal swords. Three of them are my Darknorth swords, and the other three would ideally be Immortal-ranked.”

He had an exquisitely top-grade Thousandbull Sword, as well as a low-grade Immortal-ranked flying sword that the Grand Xia Emperor had bestowed upon him previously. Just now, when killing those three Loose Immortal monsters, he had further acquired two more low-grade Immortal-ranked magic treasures, one of which was a flying sword.

“My true body needs to break through to the early Void stage as soon as possible. Only then can I better unleash the power of my Immortal-ranked magic treasures,” Ning mused to himself. Those two low-grade Immortal-ranked flying swords were comparable to the Darknorth swords in power…what Ning really cared about was the Thousandbull Sword! That sword had close to the power of a Pure Yang treasure!

Ning immediately entered the Still Room within his underwater estate, then began to absorb liquefied elemental essence…


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66 thoughts on “DE Book 13 Chapter 21” - NO SPOILERS

  1. Fukuku! I liked seeing the royals being hypnotized for some reason. I didn’t want them to die though. So all is great and dandy!

    Thanks for the chapter!

  2. Thanks for the chapter!

    You know, sometimes I forget that Ning’s real body is also a ki refiner, and can reach void level as a ki refiner… At first I was expecting more crimsonbright diagram advancement somehow…

    1. Tbh, at this point, I expect nothing out of body-refinement. Every time Ning advances, it’s pretty much instantaneous and without any depth to the procedure; unlike ki-refinement advancements, which almost every single time has some form of a story behind the process of going from one stage to another.

      1. Seems like the real advancements in body refining are really early on and then the later stages. Its true though that the whole fusion between his soul and body when he advanced was skipped over pretty easily.

        Its interesting because the body-refining actually requires its own enlightenment outside of the requirement for each level while Ki Refining requires just the usual level of enlightenment and essence yet the Ki Refining breakthroughs have more visuals to them. Usually in body Refining its just “body breaks down and reconstructs… k its done.”.

    1. Well unless they again did something stupid to void the promise between Ning and them, I don’t think Ning will take any action, but at same time they do have something very valuable – Treasure location and how to enter it safely.

    2. Killing them would only be for Ning’s personal fancy and delight, which in turn would completely void any form of “justice” from being served. Even though Ning behaved like a complete clown the past few chapters with his “might makes right” mentality, I don’t believe he’s the type to take out his sh*t on other people.

      Whether or not these two people of the Qi Empire deserve to live or not, in the sense that they’d just prove to bring more pain and suffering to other people due to their megalomaniac, utilitarian, narcissistic mentality of “We have to exploit people for our sole benefit” — is hard to judge, at least for me. The story did not really made it seem like they have the potential to continue to do evil, or are personally so corrupt to do it on left and right.
      But in any case, since it is up to Ning’s discretion whether or not they “deserve to live”…According to Ning’s personality, I don’t see why he’d care how they live their lives after they depart.

  3. The soul charmer technique is infinitely better than the soul scourging alternative. At least it seems as if the crown prince wasn’t directly involved in Xiaoyu’s origin story.

    1. Now that you mention it…….It makes one wonder, why do they need to personally inspect the soul and dig out dirt out of it directly, instead of just develop a powerful hypnosis technique, one even stronger than the soulcharmer?
      Why is it easier to invade the soul, than it is to direct the truth out of their soul verbally? Both have their own levels of defenses and resistances, why is one easier than the other?
      Hmpth, look at me, asking questions that will never actually receive any limelight in this sort of a story.

      1. When we see when the soul scorching was used, it was to dig out a Divine ability from the soul of practitioners. I doubt you can learn a divine ability just by listening someone.
        Also, soul scorching allow you to directly see things, while the hypnosis only let you listen to someone. So soul scorching is better when you want to find information, the downside is that it destroy the soul of the victim, but since most of the Cultivators don’t care about the life of others, they just use it. Some may even use it as a torture to kill 2 birds with 1 stone.

        1. Even though I fancy that explanation, it seems that the only reason that soul-scouring is destructive, is because it doesn’t care not to be.
          It seems like you can safely extract information out of a person, if you’d just do so slowly, over a period of time. Yet we never heard anything about that form of logic anywhere in the story…But I guess we don’t have to, since nobody ever needed to extract information out of someone, without killing them.
          In a way, it’s better that way. There’s no particular need to explore something that will likely not be used, although it is a bit awkward to only show small bits of things that seem otherwise quite influential and deep.

          1. Soul charming is hypnosis, while soul scour is a mix of soul reading and soul devour
            Soul devour can make all memories ones own (harmful to self), soul reading is akin to searching something on google (but may still bring harm)

      2. Simple fantasy logic. If we were to compare it to real life – which is easier, for a doctor to carefully open one’s chest and pierce the heart so only three drops of blood go out (Soul Charmer), or to rip the chest open and rip the heart apart to learn everything he wants to know at once (Soul Scorching)? ~

        1. I think that analogy is wrong, if you apply real-world logic — it’d be like trying to understand how an organ is working, while it is still beating and pumping, as you violently rip it out of a person’s body. The organ will die and will fester, and you’ll learn nothing as you destroyed it.

          The difference, is that the story made it seem like using hypnosis is so much more difficult, simply because the practitioner oneself is able to resist it — in contrast with soul-scouring which seems to be insanely easy to use, as if the practitioner cannot even resist a tiny bit of it, for reasons unknown — and the technique itself seems also pretty easy to learn or utilize, which is another odd factor. You’d think something like scouring someone’s soul would not be something that even low-ranked cultivators can use (zifu? Wanxiang?)

          Unless, my premise here is faulty, and basically every single soul technique will work if given enough time. What matters afterwards, is how destructive or not is the technique itself. Whether or not the technique was also meant to torture, is another matter. What I focused on, was how apparently simple it was to access someone else’s soul.

          1. … Think a bit. To hypnotize one’s soul, you need to take it over. To rip information from it, you don’t need to care about damage or be careful in the least. You just force yourself in, not caring whether the harm will be so huge that the soul will dissipare in a few moments.

          2. I think it’s absurd to say “Think about it properly” when we’re talking about pure fantasy physics. There’s nothing that actually explicitly explains why creating a technique which extracts information out of a soul is so much easier and destructive than to guide the soul into extracting information for you.
            Both sound potentially destructive, and whether or not the procedure actually works as it says sounds like something that is solely up to the author to decide on a flight of fancy.

            That being said, the principal of “doing something forcefully” does sound like it should cause damage, but nobody said that “forcing someone to speak the truth” won’t cause damage as well. It just sounds to fancied separations without real thought or reason behind it.
            For an instance, if we try to explain Soul Scouring as: “One invades another soul, and temporarily connects it with one’s own to extract information in a disordered and chaotic manner without caring how it messes up the structure of the other’s soul.

            We also have to ask: how come the invader’s soul doesn’t get damaged as well? Sounds like it’s a double-edged technique here, no?
            How about: To “hypnotize” someone, you need to suppress their souls, but in turn: if they resist, they can damage themselves and might even die.

            It’s something that can be spun around however one wants, really. I don’t think there’s right or wrong, and at this point, I am just pointing out that IET did not really explore the matters of the soul too much, or its techniques.
            Not that he needs to.

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    Thank you for the chapter
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  5. “…what just happened?” The black-robed princess regained her clarity of mind.
    “…what just happened?” –> “…What just happened?”

  6. hmm.. i thought when his soul split.. the clone was ki refiner and his main body was crimson.. wierd that his main body is still ki refiner.. wierd that it still kept the same amount of ki before the split.. doesnt make sense that when the clone was made. they both got same amount of ki

    1. The primal twin is just a ki Refiner clone. His main body can still travel down both paths. Like in the tournament there was one guy who’s primal twin had been famous as a high level void immortal but his real body was only at the waxing level.

    2. When forming a primaltwin the only thing split was the soul. The primaltwin itself will then be much weaker than the main body. In Ning’s case the primaltwin was at the Xiantian stage immediately after the splitting of the soul, though he was able to use the elemental essence in the Sole-Ki Pearl of Primalwater to train his primaltwin up to the early Primal stage (see book 11 chapter 6).

      In the same chapter it also says that Ning’s primaltwin is a ki refiner and cannot use divine abilities which implies to me that it must be unable to become a fiendgod body refiner. Perhaps because the physical vessel for the primaltwin is a pearl instead of a body (there is also some speculation of this in the comments of book 11 chapter 6). Though I am not sure how that would work in cases like Goldencrow who used the egg of a golden crow for his primaltwin’s physical vessel and thus potentially having a body for the primaltwin to train.

  7. Thanks for the chapter. Hopefully this will shut up the naive people from the previous chapters thinking that the Qi Clan royals are just victims and can do no real wrong (only circumstantial). Pretty much happened as I thought it would. This will allow Ning’s disciple to fully move forward though.

    1. What these people don’t understand is that you mustn’t use your own logic when reading a story, but a book logic. It’s like with movies, unlike some rare case when it’s the author writing style, there is no coincidence in books :
      – If the author take the time to explain you how rotten a character is (like the second princess), it’s obvious she would meet a bad ending after doing something stupid at some point. Some people thought she was not that bad, or that Ji Ning would help her change. But no, because if their was a chance to change her, IET would have explained she had a good character before being corrupted by the chase (there he said she was bad, and became worse with the events) or added something to explain that most of her darkness is caused by the shadow in her heart, which he didn’t.
      – In the same logic, if the MC think something is strange after disciple explain her life. Then something is strange, an the MC is probably right (especially in this case where the MC is alone. Usually, when the MC of a story follow a bad lead, there is a side character with him that think he is wrong and try to stop him, like in Harry Potter).

      1. There is a far less complicated reason for this… Xianxia XD
        However, there is bad xianxia and good xianxia. This series is amazing compared to others from IET. It always amazes me how he creates masterpieces, pretty good ones, and awful works. Guess he’s only human… Or is he?

      2. The information was still a big blank until now; it was a possibility with a high probability of being true, yet not (until this moment) proven fact

        Now our assumptions have come to be true and we may be disgusted by their clanelders actions. Although to them it probably was a necessary evil (since they were on the run already apparently) that they had no choice but to do. Perhaps if they hadn’t been hunted they would have gone down the path of adopting her and forging a closer relation with the bluecliff clan (however since it is only a hypothetical you may disregard this)

        Booklogic a neat word, however logic is logic, and an open mind has many branches of logic one may follow

    2. I don’t remember anyone saying this, it seems to be an extreme statement where characters can only be absolutely good or absolutely bad: “Qi Clan royals are just victims and can do no real wrong.”

      Just to note, thinking that Ning was a bully these past few chapters was never based on whether the Qi clan actually killed Xiaoyu’s clan.

      Perhaps it’s not safe for people to comment below the chapters anymore: “Hopefully this will shut up naive people from the previous chapters […]”

      1. I was just regarding to those that are like everything they did was because they were victims first. Two wrongs don’t make a right. Like Xiayou’s previous master wanted could’ve just accepted her as a disciple, instead of massacring everyone she knew and cared about. I’m all for discussing how Ning behaved and everything, but just blindly going “it wasn’t explicitly said yet so your argument is invalid” is what I find naive and annoying. Literary points like foreshadowing and such are there for a reason, we are free to draw up conclusions. Things like that are fine.

        Also like I said in previous chapters, most people arguing for the Qi royals just treat Xiayou as an object/property of the Qi clan instead of a person which bugged me. Maybe I was a little harsh with wording but I still meant what I said.

        1. I and very likely the others as well know she is a person and the action of making her a servant bound by heavenly daos and thusly a slave (albeit under better condition due to her value) is quite despicable. However one should not deny that in that world any person has a certain worth; those beautiful, powerful or blessed are desired for one reason or another and if she can be set free and also protect 3 innocents (before violets action) then that is the best outcome;

          If there are 4 people (Qi+Bluecliff) to save, I first and foremost look for the solution which is able to save them all (if they aren’t evil {not having done anything thereof}, which except for ‘violet princess after her despicable act’ the others weren’t). You could say the second-best outcome has come to be (because a soul of a tormented being was destroyed instead of blessed by a new life untouched by her previous memories)
          I have not read many wuxxanxia novels and thus dont know the general similarities between them, however I also dont want to fall into a pit where I can only see one outcome which is preordained by fate/author. I also have a dao-heart of being free

  8. She doesn’t blame her teacher and understand her choice? Wtf kind of retarded thing is that to say, she made her swear an oath that made her a slave to the clan that killed her family, and she is fine with that. Way to go ning, you have a retard for your first disciple

  9. So Ning will train his main body to late stage Void level now ki refiner though he is still peak primal fiendgod refiner.. Good stuff.

    Thanks for the chapter.

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