DE Book 13 Chapter 33

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Book 13, Tristar Crescent Abode, Chapter 33 – Rahu Bow

Ji Ning’s body flickered, then he transformed into his three-headed, six-armed form. He wielded the Thousandbull Sword in his hands, as well as five of the top-grade, Immortal-ranked Skyraker swords.

In the face of this third forbidden zone, Ning didn’t dare to relax in the slightest. Only after fully preparing himself did he step forward towards the Fiendgod corpse, moving past the thirty-meter threshold and entering the field of the third forbidden zone.

Rumble…

“Ning, son, eat some more.”

This was an incomparably familiar hall. The lit candles here were as thick as a child’s arm, and the child-Ning was seated in front of a table. Atop the table there was a flagon of water as well as a plate of meat and pastries.

“This…” The child-Ning stared in front of him. In front of him was a woman, her gaze filled with benevolent love as she looked at him. “Why are you looking at me? Hurry up and eat.”

Ning turned his head to look backwards. Indeed; behind him was seated a handsome young man, Ji Yichuan. However, he only gave Ning a frowning glance, then barked coldly, “What are you looking at? Focus on your food when you are eating!”

“Yes, father.” Tears suddenly streamed out of the child-Ning’s face, but he hurriedly lowered his head, picked up a biscuit, and began to wolf it down.

……

Within the mountain gorge.

The black-robed youth remained seated in the lotus position at the corner of the gorge. He stared towards Ning, who had made it within thirty meters of the Fiendgod corpse, then shook his head. “The third forbidden zone isn’t so easy to overcome. It tests the weakest, softest parts of your soul. It doesn’t matter how powerful your body is, how mighty your divine power is, or how formidable your sword-arts are; all of those are useless.”

……

The days child-Ning spent with his parents were very happy. One day passed after another, and the child-Ning learned both agility techniques and sword techniques.

One night.

The child-Ning arrived outside his parent’s room. There was a female servant yawning sleepily outside. Upon seeing the child-Ning arrive, she couldn’t help but feel surprised. However, she didn’t stop him as he moved to knock on the door.

Creaaaak. The door opened.

It was the fur-clad Ji Yichuan who had opened the door. Upon seeing his son, he frowned and said coldly, “It’s late. Why have you come here instead of sleeping?” Ning’s mother, Yuchi Snow, left her bed and walked over, smiling as she rubbed the child-Ning’s head. “Hurry up and go back to sleep. It’s late.”

“Father. Mother.” The child-Ning suddenly said.

“Eh?” Yichuan and Snow both looked at their son.

“I want to hug you two,” the child-Ning said.

Yichuan was puzzled, but Snow just laughed. “Silly boy.” She immediately pulled Ning into her arms.

In his mother’s arms, Ning stretched one of his own arms to tightly embrace his mother, then the other towards his father.

“Father…” The child-Ning looked at his father.

“You are just…” Yichuan gently shook his head, but he still moved closer, allowing Ning to hold him.

With one arm, he held his father. With the other, he held his mother. Ning pressed against his parents, smelling their scent. He closed his eyes, tears streaming down his face. He said very softly, “I really want to continue like this, but…my memories are already beginning to grow blurry.”

“Ning? Son?” Snow looked at Ning, and Yichuan look at him as well.

Ning raised his head, his tears blurring his vision. He just stood there and stared at his parents.

“Awaken.”

“Awaken.”

“AWAKEN!”

Ning’s unwilling, angry roar suddenly filled the entire illusory world, shaking it and instantly shattering it like glass. Everything quickly vanished.

One illusory world after another appeared, each one playing on all the deepest desires in a person’s heart. Greed…love…hate…obsessions…

“How can this be?” The black-robed youth, still seated in the corner of the gorge, stared at the scene before him in astonishment. Ning had already spent more than an hour within the third forbidden zone after taking his first step…but after that first hour, each subsequent step needed less than the time needed to boil a kettle of tea. One step at a time, he broke through the illusions until finally, all of them vanished.

The black-robed youth laughed, then said with a soft sigh, “So he is the one.” And then, he disappeared into thin air.

……

Ning arrived at the side of the Fiendgod corpse, having completely awoken. He stared at the enormous figure of the Fiendgod corpse, at the shattered armor it wore and the black greatbow with the snapped bowstring, as well as those two glowing arrows.

“Master…thank you.”

Ning’s gaze was distant and dreamy. He murmured softly, “Although the time I spent in that illusory world was very short…it was the happiest I’ve ever been since I left Swallow Mountain. That experience made me even happier than acquiring these treasures left behind by this Fiendgod.”

Ning knew quite well that this third forbidden zone had been created by Patriarch Subhuti himself. It must be understood that when Pangu’s World was destroyed, it had been Patriarch Subhuti who had personally teleported each remnant onto his Crescent world. Naturally, it had also been Patriarch Subhuti who had set up the forbidden zones. As for which of his disciples would be able to acquire the relics and treasures from the Primordial World, that was up to luck and destiny.

“Young fellow.” Suddenly, the figure of the black-robed youth appeared in the air above the black greatbow. He said delightedly, “I bet you didn’t guess this, did you?”

“You are…” Ning was startled. “…the spirit of the treasure?!”

“Of course! When I told you I was a Celestial Immortal, I was just playing with you. I didn’t expect you to actually pass the third forbidden zone. Based on what Patriarch Subhuti said back in the day, anyone capable of passing the third forbidden zone would have to have an incredibly formidable Dao-heart.” The black-robed youth sighed. “Although you haven’t overcome the Celestial Tribulation to become a Celestial Immortal yet, you aren’t bad at all.”

Ning laughed softly.

“You…don’t seem that excited.” The black-robed youth sat in the lotus position above the black greatbow. He said in amazement, “I bet you don’t know who I am, right? Let me tell you. I am one of the top ten divine bows of the Primordial World, a high-grade Protocosmic spirit-treasure!”

“A Protocosmic spirit-treasure? Wonderful.” Ning revealed a smile and said a word of praise.

“But…I don’t feel as though you are that excited.” The black-robed youth frowned.

“That’s only because just a short while ago, I was given something even more precious.” Ning smiled. “Please introduce yourself to me, as well as this ancient Fiendgod.”

The black-robed youth nodded. “In the era of the ancient Primordial World, the major powers once killed an incredibly terrifying creature named ‘Rahu’. 1 They used the various components of Rahu’s corpse, mixed with many other incomparably precious materials, to finally forge a top-grade Pure Yang spirit-treasure. That would be me…and the name given to me was the ‘Rahu Bow’. Over the course of countless ages after my creation, my spirit grew increasingly powerful until I finally evolved to become a Protocosmic spirit-treasure. As soon as I made my breakthrough, I became a high-grade Protocosmic spirit-treasure.”

“Oh.” Ning nodded.

“Just ‘oh’?! I’m one of the ten great divine bows of the Primordial Era! Only one bow, the legendary Houyi’s Bow, was ranked as the undisputed number one; the rest of us, such as the Qiankun Bow or the Blacknether Bow are all ranked on par with each other.” The black-robed youth said arrogantly, “In fact, during that great tribulation, all of Master’s Pure Yang treasures were damaged, and even the spirits of those treasures were destroyed. I was the only one left.”

Ning chortled. “But your bowstring is broken.”

“You can just help me get another bowstring, right?” The black-robed youth shook his head. “You need to understand that for divine bows like myself, the bow shaft is what matters; that’s where the increased power comes from. But of course, the bowstring is also very important. In the future, I’ll help guide you to picking or forging a good bowstring.”

“Alright.” Ning asked, “How should I bind you, then?”

“Just use your elemental ki. I’ll give you all the help I can,” the black-robed youth said. “I’ve been here for an eternity. I’ve been bored senseless.”

“Alright.” Ning immediately began to bind it.

Generally speaking, binding Mortal-ranked, Earth-ranked, Heaven-ranked, Immortal-ranked and Pure Yang treasures all had certain requirements in terms of elemental ki. For example, one had to at least be at the Void level to bind Immortal-ranked magic items, or at the Celestial Immortal level to bind Pure Yang treasures.

However, Protocosmic spirit-treasures had the blessings of Heaven and Earth. They were extremely mysterious…and if the spirits of the treasures was willing, they could allow even an ordinary mortal to use them!

If they were unwilling…even Celestial Immortals would be unable to bind them. Perhaps Pure Yang True Immortals could forcibly bind them, but if the spirit of the Protocosmic spirit-treasure were to resist, the binding process would be extremely tiresome. It would have to be done at one go; if one were to pause midway through, the efforts would be for naught, and one would have to start from scratch again.

Thus, binding a Protocosmic spirit-treasure was very troublesome. Fortunately, the Rahu Bow had a good impression of Ning. By overcoming the third forbidden zone, Ning received his acknowledgment.

……

Just a short while later, the binding process was complete.

Ning heft the Rahu Bow in his hands. He could sense the limitless power hidden deep within it; this was a sort of sinister might that also carried a sort of power that was akin to the ripples of water. This power was unfathomably deep and infinitely powerful.

“In you go.” Ning waved his hand, and the Fiendgod corpse next to him was collected as well.

Instantly, all of the ancient restrictive formations that had existed within the Riverfang Mountains were automatically deactivated. Previously, divine sense could not be used to search the region, but now it could.

Ning used his divine sense to sweep the region, locating the Goldfur Bearking and Patriarch Limitless outside the gorge.

“Time to go back.” Ning flew into the skies, then immediately executed a spatial teleportation. Entering the spatial ripples, Ning disappeared into thin air.

……

“Divine sense?” Both the Goldfur Bearking and Patriarch Limitless were stunned. There was no way to use divine sense within this region…but just now, they sensed someone scan them with it.

“The restrictions are gone.”

“The lightning zone is gone as well.” They quickly discovered that even the terrifying ripples that had emanated from deep within had also disappeared. By the time they charged into the gorge…they saw nothing within it at all.

The Riverfang Mountains had become an extremely ordinary mountain range. Although there were some peculiarities to it, it was no longer anything special.

“The treasure was taken away by uncle-master Darknorth.” Patriarch Limitless knew what had happened.

……

Ning returned to Mount Innerheart. He first rested for a day, then went into the mountain forests of Mount Innerheart. A violet greatbow appeared in his hand; this was a Heaven-ranked treasure.

“The test for [Houyi’s Archery] really isn’t easy.” When Ning thought back to the trial mentioned on the abridged version of [Houyi’s Archery], he couldn’t help but feel a headache.

It really was too hard. This was the hardest trial of the Three Realms Palace.

“Junior apprentice-brother.” Suddenly, a voice rang out.

Ning turned his head to look, only to see a hatchet-carrying swarthy-skinned man wearing hempsack clothes, a grass hat, and grass shoes come walking towards him with a smile.

“Eldest apprentice-brother,” Ning hurriedly greeted him. Mount Innerheart was vast; he needed some additional space for training in archery, and so he had left the Tristar Crescent Abode and come to the mountain forests outside of it. He hadn’t expected to run into his eldest apprentice-brother.

“Why have you come here?” The woodcutter asked him.

“I want to train in archery,” Ning replied.

“Oh?” The woodcutter glanced at Ning’s greatbow, then asked, “[Houyi’s Archery]?”

“Right.” Ning nodded. “But only the trial for [Houyi’s Archery] for now.”

“That’s not easy. Train hard.” The woodcutter smiled, nodded, then leisurely sauntered away, hatchet over his shoulders.


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  1. This is the name of a Hindu demon that swallows the sun.

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85 thoughts on “DE Book 13 Chapter 33” - NO SPOILERS

    1. “Ji Ning’s body flickered, then he transformed into his three-headed, six-armed form. He wielded the Thousandbull Sword in his hands, as well as five of the top-grade, Immortal-ranked Skyraker swords.”
      ^Should be [HeavenRaker] swords.

      1. In that world as in linley’s higher realms, all beings are possible resources or food
        want to eat a human gods liver that restaurant over there has quite cheap yet good tasting ones

    1. No. >:{
      I’d take that as the author lollygagging and padding out the story with something we obviously know is false, and is just there to impede the MC from his initial goal.
      It was cute and nice for the length it was at, anything more than that would just be pointless filler in my book.

    2. One of the best things about IET is that his stories aren’t 50% padding and fluff. Okay sure a few of those fluff moments I wish he spent more time on, training his disciple at least, but you can’t have everything.

    3. For me, i would have liked more chating between Ning and his new treasure, but apart from exchaning a few lines, there probably won’t be anything about that, sigh ~

  1. Grrr tell us what the dang trial is already. Stop teasing us with it.

    And the preview for next chap says what the trial is so my complaints are useless.

    1. I still can and will complaint about the trail right now. It’s too easy. Fire 1000 arrow. After that fire 10 000. Then 100 000, 1 million. You need the right ammount of force, angle and position. If you hit the target with a “shot gun” barrage then 1 will hit. Just keep firing till you get the right position.

      1. Apart from the fact that each arrow will be influenced by any flows of wind, huh? Ning will not only need to conect to the bow, but feel the world around himself, too. Getting started on the Dao of wind to set on the way to becoming the next elemental god ‘Linley’? Heh.

      2. He has to get 10 bullseyes in a row from such a long distance. Now if he was in a vacuum then it would be just as easy as you said since there would be constant force affecting the arrow so he can easily fine tune it. But he is not in a vacuum and thus has to deal with the wind shifting making it infinitely more difficult to get the 10 bullseyes in a row.

      3. Imagine Furboy shooting arrow after arrow and when he finally hit 9 out of ten, on the tenth shot an immortal just happens to pass by
        *clang* “what the who shoots arrows at me”…
        again Furboy after shooting thousands of arrows gets to his tenth bullseye and primal daoist passes by
        “Oh God why don’t you just kill me” *zup*
        … this goes on and on

        meanwhile subhuti suppresses himself from bursting as he thwarts Furboy again and again

  2. Poor protocosmic bow of awesomeness, waiting for a master for nearly an eternity, and Ji Ning couldn’t care less. His underappreciated sentient weapons should unionize.

    1. Well to be fair to Ji Ning, Patriarch Subhuti set up the third trial to be a walk through memory lane. So yes it might seem like he didn’t care, but really it was as he said, “I was given something even more precious.” Yes the bow is awesome and I’m sure that Ji Ning will treasure it as he does his other weapons, but right there and then he was given a short moment with his father and mother.

  3. Unless their world is flat or have an extremely tiny curve, I don’t see how hitting anything 10,000 meters away is a possibility. Especially when you can only use the naked eye to locate the target, not to mention the deviation caused from air-resistance and bubbles of turbulence.
    Is Sabhuti’s world flat? Are all of the worlds’ flat in Desolate Era? Otherwise, I am putting my hands down and calling it impossible.

    1. It’s kilometers. And they’re not so much flat as vast. They’re greater worlds, so the parts that are flat are that much bigger. If you scaled it against earth, earth would be something like a marble.

      1. Hmm….
        With the overall size of those worlds….Maybe you’re right. I think 10,000 kilometers is an absurd measurement, as always, but if those worlds really are just mind-melting enormous, maybe even 100,000 KM would seem flat.

        That being said…Man, that’s really hard to imagine. I can imagine seeing off into the distance, of maybe 100 kilometers (eagle view), but to be able to see 10,000 kilometers ahead, from all angles, 360 degrees….Ugh. My head is spinning. That’s too much. It’d usually be impossible anyway because of heavy gasses and dust in the air clouding the vision, but if we assume one has a perfect line of site, it’s a head-scratcher.
        I still don’t understand what some xianxia authors have with absurd measurements, though.

        1. Besides the point that a planet of this size would be creating gravity on such a level, that normal ‘mortals’ living in those woulds would need to be thousands times stronger than we who live on earth, just to not get crushed to death. Also, skipping the point of what would happen to planet’s core when it’s size is so homungous… would it overheat to the point of exploding, being squished by gravity? Dunno. However, it’s all fantasy – just don’t think about those things and enjoy the ride ~

          1. Actually, the gravity part is not true. While the increase in mass increases the gravity, the increase in size puts the creatures further away from the center, lessening gravity. As long as the density of the planet is overall the same as earth, the gravity would be the exact same. I am assuming this planet is a bit more dense with all those super hard magic materials though.

          2. Actually, gravity is inversely proportional to x², while mass/volume of sphere is proportional to x³, so gravity should increase roughly linearly with the size of the planet. From the way they talk about distances etc, a major world should be about the size of our sun, and using real physics, would probably have gravity about 25-50x more than on earth.

            But DE has lots of unrealistic things. It would be strange to have qualms about gravity, but not about i.e people flying around shooting lighting out of their faces, or dead people going to magic mountain and drinking soup etc so they can be reborn. Given that basically nothing in the novel works like it does in reality, it’s basically logical to expect that gravity would also be different (or at the very least, that people can somehow endure 25g while blowing apart mountains with regular-sized swords).

    2. Because xianxia and wuxia novels are realistic in the first place, lol. IET has never been good with sizes and distances, there’s no need to pay much attention to it.

      Uh, and thanks for the chap xD

      1. IET’s issue with measurements drives me up the goddamn wall. Trillions and gadzillions of years and kilometers. It reaches a point of insanity at times. Like tone it down so I don’t actually get distracted by how absurd it is. Honestly, I change the numbers in my head so they sound better. Er Gen has the same failing. A 3 kilometer blade. Riiiight. Very Effective.

          1. And for the record, I would love it if this story took place in my backyard where I could study the Dao. Every day I get into the shower and immerse myself in the Dao of Rainwater. The water falls and I ignore the shampoo that gets in my eyes. Every time I try to execute the first stance of the Three-Foot Sword at my shower curtain, but it never works. Faced with failure after failure I began to think that I just had pitiful perception. Or maybe…just maybe…it’s because the Dao of Rainwater does not exist in my world!

          2. It’s absurd to those who really have a hard time to imagine absurdly large numbers casually.
            I still resent Legendary Moonlight Sculptor for having a 300 meters tall sculpture, which is blatantly impossible. That’s the size of the eiffel-tower. A sculpture. It’s the biggest “F-YOU” I ever had about any form of measurement I saw in any story.

          3. @gn
            Oh, the Daos exist, but everyone’s understanding is different, not to mention actually beginning to comprehend them would be awful tricky. That said, ways of applying the Daos in our world would be awful different from that in any of these worlds. To an extent, you could argue that science is an interpretation of many of the Daos in this world. Whether it is an accurate or best interpretation, or the one that is most meaningful to a given person is a separate issue.

          4. @MrVoid – I don’t know about you, but my imagination is pretty damn good. And exactly because of that, those numbers don’t appeal to me – they are ridiculous. The example with this shooting trial now is not that ridiculous, honestly. What is stupid is having 3 kilometer long/large monsters fight against a human sized opponent… who then transforms into 6 armed, 3 headed ashura 15m tall and proceeds on with the fight… it’s just… arrrgh. But I just stopped paying attention to it as a whole.

          5. A human sized person fighting a monster thousands of kilometers long seens pretty absurd to me, even for a fantasy novel.

        1. Heh, I still remember Stillwater City with its 300m tall walls and all I could think was “dafuq, can you even see the top? how can you tell the height.” and “how in the nine hells does that even stand, it’s a damn city wall and powerful people can fly over it”.

          1. I think it would be a combination of different materials than from earth and natural or elemental energy assisting in the stability of the construct (whether as raw energy or in form of formations)

  4. You know, when treasure trove was first described, it sounds like there would be loads of treasures, techniques etc with better ones available as you go deeper. They even said that the Qi empire got a few that enabled them to establish an empire almost as big as Grand Xia. The monster kings also said that they’ll split evenly on the treasures when they got them. Now it turns out there’s only the bow? Did IET suddenly forgot or something?

    1. No one really knew what was in the core. There was probably tons of stuff lying around in the outer areas that the Qi empire got to. Besides, the bow is probably worth a whole treasure trove on it’s own… That said, I was kinda hoping he’d get stuff to pay back that loan on the trip…

    2. The corpse probably has a storage-type treasure that will be conveniently mentioned as having tons of valuable Treasures in the near future.

  5. “one had to hit an archery target dead center from ten thousand kilometers away. The center of the target was just one inch in size. One had to hit it ten times in a row!

    This was an extremely difficult trial.”

    The use of distances is seriously absurd. Is it really that hard to hit a target ten thousand kilometers away ? I mean, why would it be hard ? How could we know ? On what basis ? Because you said so ? Are you saying we are supposed to FEEL that it’s hard because you said it.

    IET breaks our sense of scale by sizing his world hundreds of times bigger than ours. And then breaks it again when he uses magical powers and abilites, just for the magnitude and awesomness that supposedly comes with it.

    Did he ever wonder that using such scale becomes absurd as we simply can’t relate to it ?

    1. Dunno, I can relate to at the very least this archery test just fine. However, the point that he often pulls numbers from his a*s is true, heh.

  6. Thanks for the chapter!

    While I love discussion, is there any chance that you all could not mention the stuff that happens in the teasers of a given chapter in the comments of the prior one? I try not to read the teasers, and while there’s usually nothing that presents an issue, it seems almost half of the comments in this thread are about whatever the actual test is that’s apparently revealed in said teaser… World ending? not at all, but it is a teeny bit annoying…

    1. It was ‘tried’ to not have teasers mentioned when they first appeared, but people were doing it anyway… so it was simply accepted as ‘whatever’ and people need to deal with it 😛

      1. Fair enough. Again, this is the first time that it’s really been a thing. All the other teasers usually don’t get to anything important in the chapter. Teasers just make cliffs worse for me. I suppose I can always just not look at any comments too, though fun stuff does happen here sometimes…

        1. I had been on the side of ‘not reading teasers’, but it’s better to just read them and look at the comments normally ^.^ It doesn’t make reading any less enjoyable ~

  7. poor bow to actually fall to JN’s hand…
    probably will be forgotten or unused since JN is a sword immortal to begin with..

    darknorth sword still best weapon since they can evolve to match JN level

    1. Nah, it will be forgotten when Ning finds his Hyoui bow, haha 😀 And since by then he will re-merge with his primaltwin, there will be no backup ning by whom he could be used by T.T

      1. He could always pull the ‘Make a clone from the strand of hair’ bit. Imagine him finding all 10 of those highest ranked bows, 10 hair clones, and them him tanking with the swords…. Not gonna happen, but imagine…

        I do like that he’s getting back to the archery from his youth.

      2. eh? for real? i believe that jn can’t merge with his primaltwin, due to the fact when his soul separated into primaltwin , each of the original body and the primaltwin will retain the condition of perfect soul, so basically they’re fully separate self of jn and cannot be merged, correct me if i am wrong

  8. Feels kind of like Ning didn’t really fulfill his portion of being someone’s master. He literally just brought his “disciple” to another location and then left to continue his own training. Hasn’t even spoken to them since beyond the equivalent of “Hello, see you later.” as he passes by..

    1. Thankfully it seems she is getting lessons from Little Qing and the other disciples. I get the impression that Xiaoyu just wants to simply spend time with Ning even if Ning isn’t teaching her. After losing her family, her previous Master, and then losing her ties with the Qi clan, I hope she can find friends and family in Mount Innerheart. I really want to know what level Xiaoyu is at. Does she have insight into the Dao, has she even reached the ‘one with the world’ level? How is her footwork, what weapon does she use?

      1. What are those rediculous justifications? As a matter of fact. He just dumbed her…. He shouldn’t even call himself Master but self-seeker.

        From my point of view he actually failed his mission altogether. What a self-righteous prick. Dropped it altogether. Have fun reading… (Since he doesn’t even realize himself)

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