DE Book 13 Chapter 32

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Book 13, Tristar Crescent Abode, Chapter 32 – Fiendgod Corpse

There were some grass and flowers within the gorge, but after Ji Ning stepped into it, he felt his heart shudder for some reason.

“Die!”

An ancient, primordial howl of rage smashed against Ning’s soul.

A series of ripples of boundless, terrifying killing intent surged towards Ning. Ning hurriedly visualized the image of Mother Nuwa, and instantly the divine image of Nuwa appeared within his soul, stabilizing it considerably. After having spent so many years at Mount Innerheart, Ning had learned that the [Nuwa Painting] was a visualization technique passed down by Nuwa’s lineage that possessed boundless life-force. Even if the soul was to be badly wounded, through visualizing the [Nuwa Painting] one could quickly recover. This was one of the most awe-inspiringly famous visualization techniques that existed in Pangu’s World.

On the ninth floor of the Divinities Palace, there was a copy of the [Nuwa Painting] visualization technique, and it was described as one of the most supreme of nurturing and defensive techniques for the soul.

“This place is…?” Ning quickly came to his senses, and he stared at the scene before him in the gorge.

Because of the mist wreathing this place, Ning was only able to see to a distance of one or two kilometers. From far away, he could see a human-shaped creature that was lying on the ground unmoving. Ning could only make out the rough contors of two legs and an abdomen…but the legs alone were like massive blocks of stone that were over three hundred meters long.

“Given how strong the aura of death is here, it should be dead. It seems as though it was many hundreds of meters tall…given its size, it must have been a Fiendgod,” Ning secretly predicted.

This treasure trove region was extremely mysterious; there was no way to investigate it through divine sense, and so Ning had to make guesses for everything.

“Die…”

“Die…”

Boundless amounts of killing intent surged forth in waves from that enormous Fiendgod corpse, smashing against Ning’s soul. The closer Ning moved towards the corpse, the more powerful the killing intent became, forcing Ning to constantly visualize the image of Mother Nuwa to resist it.

“For the remnant killing intent left behind in a corpse to be capable of forcing me to use the image of Mother Nuwa to resist it…if he was still alive, he probably would be able to kill me with ease.” Ning’s soul had been split in two long ago; if one counted the soul within the Primaltwin, he actually had three souls!

One soul was within his Primaltwin.

One soul was within his true body’s Primal Turtle-Snake, which had advanced to the Goldlotus.

Another soul had been completely fused with his true body’s very flesh and bones. Every hint of blood and flesh contained a hint of his soul. It was at this level that Fiendgod Body Refiners were capable of creating an entire body from just a bit of flesh and blood.

Anyone who trained as both a Ki Refiner and as a Fiendgod Body Refiner would have to split his soul at the Primal level. One part of the soul would fuse into the body, while the other would enter the Primal Turtle-Snake.

Ning’s Ki Refiner soul was finding it rather difficult to deal with the waves of killing intent, but his Fiendgod Body didn’t fear it at all, because his soul in his Fiendgod body was connected to every bit of his flesh and blood, making it incredibly stable. Now that Ning had also trained in the [Eight-Nine Arcane Art], even if the killing intent was hundreds of times more powerful, it wouldn’t be able to do anything to this Fiendgod body of his.

……

Ning moved forward one step at a time, purposefully taking a circular path around the enormous Fiendgod corpse as he slowly advanced.

Finally…Ning was able to see it clearly. The Fiendgod corpse had ashen gray skin that was stone-like in texture. The corpse had an ordinary, plain face. Its body was covered in wounds, and the black armor it wore had been torn apart in many places. By its side were two fiery arrows, as well as a mighty black greatbow with a shattered bowstring.

“I didn’t expect that you would be able to come to this place. For a weak little early Void-stage fellow to possess such ability…admirable, admirable.” The shrill voice rang out once more.

Ning turned to look towards the source of the sound. From afar, at the corner to the entrance of the gorge, he saw the black-robed youth in a seated position.

“Do you know Empyrean God Silvermoon?” Ning suddenly asked. This black-robed youth was most likely a Celestial Immortal, given that he was able to make it here. Most likely, quite a few of the Celestial Immortals of the Crescent world were disciples of Mount Innerheart. If they were fellow disciples, things would probably proceed more smoothly.”

“Empyrean God Silvermoon? Heh heh, an Empyrean God? Not bad. But I’ve never heard of him.” The black-robed youth sat there, staring at Ning. “Kid…it seems your background is significant, given that you know an Empyrean God. However…here in this treasure region, it doesn’t matter who you know. If you want to acquire the treasures…it’ll all be up to your own abilities.”

Ning quietly came to the conclusion that this black-robed youth was most likely not a member of Mount Innerheart. When Ning had traversed the lightning zone, even the outside Patriarch Limitless had been able to guess that Ning was a member of Mount Innerheart…and yet, this black-robed youth didn’t seem to react to that at all.

“There are still quite a few Celestial Immortals in the Crescent world who have not become disciples of Mount Innerheart…and some don’t even know of it,” Ning mused to himself.

“Kid, you’ve already passed through two of the forbidden zones. This is the last one, but let me warn you…the treasures on that Fiendgod’s corpse aren’t so easily acquired.” The black-robed youth sat there lazily, seemingly waiting to mock Ning when he ‘inevitably failed’.

Ning looked back at the black-robed youth. “I’ve come to take the treasure, but you aren’t going to stop me?”

“How would I do that? Even the lightning zone wasn’t able to damage you at all, you freak. Even if I attacked you, I’d be wasting my energy. If I had trap-type treasures, I might try and trap or bind you…but unfortunately, I don’t.” The black-robed youth spoke in a resigned manner.

Ning knew what the weakness of the [Eight-Nine Arcane Art] was. Training to the Third Cycle of the [Eight-Nine Arcane Art] resulted in an extraordinarily powerful body, but if he encountered restrictive items like magic ropes or monster-sealing pagodas, he might be wrapped up or drawn into the magic treasures. Still…Ning was no fool. He would use his sword to block; to actually trap and bind him would be an extremely difficult matter. And even if he was trapped…he wouldn’t die from that, in and of itself.

“Then I’m going to go take the treasure.” As Ning spoke, he moved closer towards the Fiendgod body.

When Ning reached a distance of roughly three hundred meters from the body, suddenly…

The black greatbow next to the Fiendgod suddenly lit up. The bowstring of the black greatbow was shattered, but an utterly enormous flood of natural energy was gathering around the black greatblow. It actually created a second bowstring that was completely composed of natural energy, as well as a fiery arrow that was similarly composed of natural energy.

Swish! No one was controlling the black greatbow, but it shot the arrow straight out towards Ning.

The arrow shot through the air, moving lightning-fast and almost instantly appearing in front of Ning.

“Block!” Ning waved his arm, allowing the arrow to strike directly on his upper arm.

BOOM. The powerful collisive force sent Ning flying back hundreds of meters, smashing against the distant canyon walls. The canyon walls cracked apart with a rumbling sound as many rocks came crashing down…but with a backflip, Ning emerged from a large crater that had been created in the wall.

“What a treasure.” Ning wasn’t worried; to the contrary, he was delighted.

“You freak, you could even take that?” The distant black-robed youth was amazed.

Ning was incomparably excited. He stared at the black greatbow, surrounded by the natural energy of Heaven and Earth. “For it to be able to gather such natural energy without any elemental ki guiding it…clearly, the spirit of the treasure of this black greatbow has activated it. For it to have such power without even a person controlling it…this is inconceivable.”

Long ago, Xue Hongyi had been able to forcibly subdue the Azuresilk Godfire Lamp. At the Wanxiang level, Ning had been able to use the [Starseizing Hand] to forcibly hold the Thousandbull Sword. And now, Ning’s power was unfathomably greater than it had been before…but he had just been sent flying back by the natural energy gathered by an ownerless treasure!

“The Thousandbull Sword is top-grade amongst top-grade Immortal-ranked artifacts, close to Pure Yang treasures in power. Then this greatbow…it has to at least be a Pure Yang treasure, and if it is, it has to be either a high-grade or even a top-grade Pure Yang treasure. Or it might even be a Protocosmic spirit-treasure!” Ning instantly came to this conclusion.

The magic treasure, without anyone controlling it, already had the offensive power of a Celestial Immortal!

“It makes sense. This Fiendgod must have died countless years ago, but his remnant killing intent is still so terrifyingly strong. Given how powerful he was, how could his bow be poor?” Ning frowned. “However…the bowstring to this black greatbow is broken, and tears have appeared on his armor. I wonder what sort of a battle he must have encountered for even magic treasures on this level to have been damaged. Even the Fiendgod himself perished…and strangest of all, the Fiendgod’s body remained, even after he himself died!”

It must be understood that a Fiendgod’s soul was completely intertwined with his blood and flesh. If so much as a single drop of flesh or blood remained, he could be reborn! Unless…

A supremely mighty power had been able to annihilate every single scrap of the soul that was within the Fiendgod’s flesh and blood! Without any soul left in the body at all, the flesh would be useless.

“How massive a battle was this?” Ning thought back to the great tribulation that had resulted in the destruction of Pangu’s World. That had definitely been an incomparably terrifying battle, one which even Patriarch Subhuti had been afraid to participate in. Daoist Threelives had killed multiple Fiendgod Daofathers in it before even he himself had perished.

“No matter what…although the black greatbow and the armor are both damaged, given how powerful they are without any owner, they must be incredible treasures.”

Ning waved his hand, causing the Thousandbull Sword to appear. Ning then quickly advanced, once more pressing closer.

Swish! Swish! Swish!

The black greatblow shot out more fiery arrows towards Ning, both the arrows and the bowstring formed from natural energy.

Ning, however, used his swordplay to block. His sword-light flowed out like water, deflecting the arrows of natural energy to the side. Ning was using one of the sword-arts from the ninth floor of the Divinities Palace known as [Water Filling the Heavens]; this was his most defensively suited sword-art technique.

Swish swish swish…

Suddenly, a large number of arrows shot out; in fact, up to ten arrows were shot out simultaneously, causing tens of arrows to instantly fly out within a short period of time. However, despite the arrows coming faster, the power of each arrow had naturally dropped.

Ning used either the Thousandbull Sword to block or his body to take the blows head on.

“Kid, although your divine body is like a magic treasure, this is just the attacks of a divine bow without a master; it’s not that impressive for you to be able to withstand it. Let me tell you this; once you reach thirty meters of the corpse, you’ll have entered the third forbidden zone. Passing it has nothing to do with the strength of your body, and the fact that it is as unbreakable as a magic treasure won’t help you.” The black-robed youth sat there, watching Ning advance and fight forward.

Ning forced his way forward, charging through the hail of arrows. When he reached a distance of thirty meters from the Fiendgod corpse, the natural energy surrounding the black greatbow dissipated, no longer attacking Ning.

“Whew.” Ning took a deep breath. At such a close distance to the Fiendgod body, the invisible aura of majesty surrounding it caused even his heart to shudder.

“The third forbidden zone?”

“No matter what I have to acquire this treasure.” Ning stared at the treasures on the corpse of the Fiendgod…but what drew his attention most was still that black greatbow.


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51 thoughts on “DE Book 13 Chapter 32” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. Hmmmm I wonder is it possible this corpse is Houyi who created the Archery techniques that Ning is wanting to get? Also was it mentioned what Ning would have to do to get the Archery techniques?

    1. The archery technique doesn’t require any items (other than obviously ideally having a powerful bow) but it’s supposed to be *SUPER* hard to learn. Iirc Houyi who made it brought his bow skills past the completion of the Dao of the Bow and no one’s been able to master his technique other than him. Even with it not being mastered it’s still one of the top ranked skills of the Cosmos, saying a lot about it’s power when mastered.

      1. I mean what task Ning would have to do to be able to take out the techniques to even begin learning them like for the eight nine arts he had to kill 10 sin beings and get a high karma disciple.

      2. Oh, I just realized you were probably talking about the test needed to get the technique. It was only said that it was the hardest of the 19 trials, not what the trial actually is.

  2. I’m wondering if that black clothed youth is actually the personification of a Proto-Cosmic treasure or some other high ranked treasure. Since he’s so nonchalant, doesn’t know of Mount Innerheart, and even seems to almost be testing Ning to see if he’s a worthy owner or something.
    I could entirely be wrong, but that’s my guess.
    Thanks for the chapter! 🙂

    1. I have a feeling that’s what’s going to happen. I don’t understand why Ning wants to learn Houyi’s archery though. I get that it’s ridiculously powerful and perfectly suits his needs, but he’s a sword immortal and doesn’t even have a basic understanding of the Dao of the Bow. the chances of him getting the technique to a useful level is…tiny. Of course since he’s the mc then he’ll probably find a way.

      1. It wouldn’t be that hard for Ning to begin learning the Dao if the Bow and he would probably eventually learn it anyway. I mean look at some of those Daofathers and stuff they have multiple grand daos learned so Ning having Sword and Bow wouldn’t be that strange. And at least Ning is quite proficient with a bow already he just decided to focus more on swords.

        1. I believe, myself, that it’d be revealed that a Sword-immortal and a…”Bow Immortal”, are actually one of the same thing. And thus, Ning’s OPness will continue nonsensically.

          At this point, I honestly question what is even the point in archery, when we clearly saw how Ning can use his swords to fight in long-range. Gods don’t need bows, they can fire magic beams however they want, it’s pretty baffling.
          If we’re not being superficially anal about fantasy-weapons and their legitimacy, bows can indeed be said to be “cultivation tools” in the sense that, the Dao of the Bow is a mere tool to shape one’s soul and mind according to its desired mentality. It’s nothing but a tool, but even then — what one cultivates, seems very different from what one practices as a mortal (the whole concept of archery and the level of culture developed around it in Asia) — than what one cultivates as a God, which makes it seem irrelevant, as any god pretty much practices the same things.

          1. You seriously question why Ji Ning want to learn archery? For the same reason he still wear fur, or why he learnt sword in the first place. Ji Ning loved his departed parents, and still love his clan.
            – His clothes have the same appearance that the ones his mother did for him before dying (and I find hilarious that he still look like a tribe “savage” while having one of the most exalted status in all the realms).
            – He learnt sword with his father, and it’s a king of memento for him (even if he actually is way stronger in the sword that his father was).
            – And, when he was a kid, he spent days to learn archery. So it’s not that strange that he wishes to continue practicing this.

          2. No, I question Archery as a whole within Desolate Era’s setting.
            I cannot see how, or why even, they’d have a use for a primitive weapon such as a bow, which is solely used to launch projectiles, when they can already do that with pretty much everything else. Ning already fires projectiles with his sword?
            (I don’t really understand swords now either, but at least I know that “immortal blades can hurt a lot”)

            The only use I can see of “The Dao of Archery”, is to focus one’s mind into a very specific form of perspective regarding life and combat. Asia’s culture around weapons is quite inflated, surely there’s something in there to use in storywriting, other than “Sword is strong, bows fire arrows.” :/ I simply don’t see what’s the point of Archery in this setting, other than it being a cultural, meditative thing.
            Which is all fine and well, but using it as a weapon? I don’t see why he’d need that when he’s already firing projectiles without a string.
            Even if he can use starseizing-hand in order to “synergize the two skills together” (what does that even mean?), applying mortal-logic on how gods fight, in the sense of “kinetic energy causes damage” is a bit flat and uninspiring.
            I liked how in CD, for the most part, each cultivation-stage came with its own encyclopedia, its own world. But in Desolate Era, it feels like every single rank is exactly the same thing. You’re just “stronger”.

            If it’d be revealed that, at the Celestial Immortal stage, Ning will just be the abstract expression of “stronger”, I’ll stop caring about the matter. If the author is not focusing on it, I won’t either. It’d just be a shame. It’s a step back, not forward.

          3. I assume it’s going to mostly be used by his primal twin to back him up. As for how useful a bow is it’s probably a lot easier to use a long range attack with a bow then a sword.

          4. That’s beyond common sense, the difficulty I am struggling with is what on earth would they need a bow for, if they can just create arrows from divine sense and toss them. What do they need bows for. They can just equally create a wand which shoots out arrows, there’s no need to make a bow.

            This is pretty much how myths and modern-stories clash together for me. I’m sure there’s a Xianxia author that can make immortal-archers make sense, but I don’t really believe that’d happen in Desolate Era.

      2. remember he said one time that if he fuse the stargaizing hand and trhow with another technice proyectiles he would have the beter skill to kill long range enemys

      3. Ning wants to learn Houyi’s Archery because not only is it one of the top 10 divine abilities, but he can use his Starseizing Hand to pull the bow. For this reason, his true body would make good use of this technique, but his Primaltwin could also use it in long range supportive attacks. Crazy Ji thought it was strange that Ning as a Sword Immortal wants to choose this divine ability, but that is only because he doesn’t know that Ning has the Starseizing Hand.

  3. How convenient: Ning wants to train in archery and the dao of the bow and here we have a bow (I hope picking it up is part of the trial and was purposefully left there by suhbuti)

    Thanks for the chapter!

  4. So basically as Ji Ning continues to raise his physical defense his soul defense is also going to rise as well! That’s awesome! This means that as long he has enough treasures to cultivate to the 9th level of the [8-9 Arcane Art] the only people who will be able to pose a threat to him are going to be True Gods or Dao-Father’s.

  5. Hmm. I imagine Daoist Threelives died in a similar manner too…
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    Dear Friends, many thanks to the Author, Translator(s), (Editors), (Donors) for the awesome chapter!

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