DE Book 13 Chapter 36

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Book 13, Tristar Crescent Abode, Chapter 36 – Leaving the Master’s Tutelage

Early dawn.

“Uncle-master.”

“Uncle-master.”

“Patriarch.”

Escorted by a chorus of respectful calls, Ji Ning arrived at the entrance to the Tristar Crescent Abode. Holding a broom in his hands, he began to personally sweep the mountain paths.

Sweep. Sweep. The fallen leaves on the ground were all being swept away.

“That’s odd.”

“The Patriarch is personally sweeping the mountain paths? Isn’t that the trial for the first level of the Divinities Palace?”

“The Patriarch can enter even the ninth level whenever he pleases, to say nothing of the first. He defeats the ninth golem with utter ease.”

“But the Patriarch truly is sweeping the paths personally. Are we seeing things?”

“Maybe…maybe the Patriarch is meditating on something.”

The two Dao-novitiates who were guarding the entrance stared in amazement as they watched Ning personally sweep the mountain roads. They stealthily sent mental messages to each other regarding this. News quickly began to spread, and soon all of the disciples of Mount Innerheart came to know of it.

……

Ning was very calm. He kept his head lowered, focusing on his broom. Each sweep of the broom felt like a cleansing sweep against his soul as well.

He swept each of the mountain steps, one at a time. His sweeping speed wasn’t too fast; he seemed to be enjoying this sweeping process.

He only finished his labors late in the afternoon.

“Oh, I’m done?” Only now did Ning come back to his senses. He straightened his back, then murmured softly to himself, “It seems as though when Master set trials such as sweeping the path and weeding the mountain, he had certain other things in mind as well.”

“Apprentice.” A voice suddenly rang out by Ning’s ears.

Ning was momentarily startled, but then hurriedly responded, “Master!”

Despite having been on the mountain for so many years, Ning had never before received a direct mental message from his master like this.

“After you learn the [Torch Dragon’s Eye], come to my place,” the voice rang out again.

“Yes, master,” Ning replied respectfully.

Ning quickly moved up the mountain, heart filled with questions. Why was his master summoning him? This was extremely rare. Could it be…that he was going to leave his master’s tutelage soon?

……

Ning went to the Three Realms Palace and acquired the full copy of the [Torch Dragon’s Eye].

To date, the three major techniques which Ning had learned from the Three Realms Palace were the [Eight-Nine Arcane Art], [Houyi’s Archery], and [Torch Dragon’s Eye].

The process of being transmitted the information regarding the [Torch Dragon’s Eye] took a full day. The next day, Ning regained his faculty of mind. Only then did he head towards the Daoist monastery of Patriarch Subhuti.

“Uncle-master.”

The two Dao-novitiates at the entrance to the monastery both called out respectfully. One of the two, Clearwater, also added, “Uncle-master, the Patriarch has sent word that you are to be allowed direct entry.”

Ning nodded, smiled, then passed in.

Within the Daoist monastery.

There was a prayer mat within an open region with a skinny old man dressed in loose Daoist robes seated atop it. The old man’s hair was completely white, but he didn’t seem decrepit at all; rather, Ning felt as though this person had reached the level of infinite eternity. In addition, he also could sense a boundless life-force coming from this person. Ning couldn’t help but feel his own spirit completely calming down, thanks to his master’s simple presence.

“Master.” Ning walked in, then called out respectfully.

“Sit,” the Old Patriarch said.

Ning immediately sat down on a prayer mat in the lotus position, awaiting instruction.

The Old Patriarch looked at Ning, then said slowly, “How long have you spent on Mount Innerheart?”

“It has already been more than thirty years and five…this year shall be the thirty-sixth,” Ning said respectfully.

“Which abilities have you learned?” The Old Patriarch asked.

“Your disciple has learned the [Eight-Nine Arcane Art] and reached the Third Cycle! I’ve just reached a basic level of skill in [Houyi’s Archery]. I have also trained in the [Torch Dragon’s Eye] and reached the second stage of innate torch-light! In the past thirty-plus years, your disciple has primarily focused on swordplay; I’ve already mastered the ninth stance of the [Three-Foot Sword], and have learned other, more powerful sword-arts as well,” Ning said respectfully.

The Old Patriarch nodded. “You have many abilities now; it can be said that you are a completely different person compared to when you first came up the mountain. At your current level…remaining on Mount Innerheart will no longer help you as much as before. What you need to do now is go temper yourself within the real world, so as to prepare for your upcoming Celestial Tribulation. Given your abilities, and given that you have the legacy of brother Threelives…your Celestial Tribulation will surely be extraordinary. It will be very, very difficult.”

“Your disciple shall remember to be cautious.” Ning was enlightened. So indeed, it was as he had expected…it was time for him to leave his master’s tutelage.

“It is time for you to leave now.” The Old Patriarch looked at Ning. “I once said that when you left my tutelage, I would give you two great gifts.”

Ning instantly felt intrigued.

“After you entered my tutelage, I often watched you, appraising your comprehension ability, your talent, your habits…all for the sake of developing a completely unique evasion divine ability for you, known as the [Obscuring Wind of the Nine Heavens],” the Old Patriarch said.

Ning was overjoyed. This had been created just for him?!

Ning was badly in need of an evasive ability right now. He had been preparing to ‘settle’ for an evasive technique from the Divinities Palace if he couldn’t find a good one, but unexpectedly his master had been preparing this for him the entire time, developing an evasive divine ability that was completely suited for Ning.

“You are a human, after all; if you are to train in any other evasive abilities, it will be hard for you to reach the peak in them. Even if I gave you the [Wings of the Garuda], from which your Windwing Evasion ability originates, you will never be able to reach the level which the great Roc did,” the Old Patriarch explained. “The ‘best’ skill is the one most-suited to you. This technique, the [Obscuring Wind of the Nine Heavens], when trained to the utmost peak…although it might not be as good as perfect mastery over [Wings of the Garuda], it isn’t that far off. You will be able to move 90,000 kilometers in a single movement.” 1

“90,000 kilometers in a single movement?” Ning was extremely delighted. 90,000 kilometers…this was an astonishing speed!

“This is the evasive divine ability I prepared for you. In the future, when you have your own insights, perhaps you’ll be able to further perfect it, allowing you to move even faster. That, however, shall be up to you,” the Old Patriarch said.

Ning nodded.

An evasive ability which Patriarch Subhuti had personally developed…most likely it would be hard for Ning to improve on, even after he became an Empyrean God. Improving it…that would be a very, very distant task.

“I can see that in the future, you shall be a Sword Immortal. But any truly formidable Sword Immortal needs a powerful sword-formation,” the Old Patriarch said. “The so-called [Heavenraker] sword formation, in truth, was used by Daofather Heavenrake as something he could teach his disciples. Even I don’t know what his most formidable and profound sword-arts…Daofather Heavenrake keeps them hidden as his secret weapons for keeping himself alive.”

Ning nodded.

“Your [Lesser Thousand Swords Formation] relies on using many treasures, relying on superiority of numbers; when combined with an appropriate sword-art, it is indeed capable of unleashing tremendous power. Both the Daoist Path and the Buddhist Sangha have similar types of techniques that rely on overwhelming numbers. Using your [Lesser Thousand Swords Formation] as the foundation, I have distilled the essence of the best Daoist and Buddhist techniques of this nature and developed a new sword-formation technique for you. I have given it the name, [Greater Thousand Swords Formation],” the Old Patriarch said. “If you have enough treasures, the power of this [Greater Thousand Swords Formation] will be absolutely astonishing. It can be described as one of the supreme sword-formations of the Three Realms.”

“Thank you, Master!” Ning was both excited and overjoyed. The [Obscuring Wind of the Nine Heavens] evasive technique, the [Greater Thousand Swords Formation] sword-formation technique…his master had personally designed both for him.

What Ning did not realize…

Was that Patriarch Subhuti was truly very diligent in teaching his students. Despite the passage of countless ages, the total number of students he had taken on was quite low, but he whole-heartedly focused on every single one he took on, especially during the early periods when they had first entered his tutelage. Although it seemed as though Ning hadn’t had the chance to meet with his master many times, in reality Patriarch Subhuti had been constantly monitoring Ning. Then, based on Ning’s own traits and characteristics, the Old Patriarch had tested out and developed these techniques in a completely separate world.

The [Obscuring Wind of the Nine Heavens], for example; Patriarch Subhuti had spent hundreds of thousands of years developing it.

By comparison, the [Greater Thousand Swords Formation] was easier; after all, this sort of formation simply centered around massive numbers of treasures. Patriarch Subhuti had only spent a thousand years to develop it.

In this other world, the flow of time was different. This was why Patriarch was able to bring out these two techniques now.

……

“Step forward,” the Old Patriarch instructed.

Ning hurriedly stepped forward, walking in front of the Old Patriarch. The Old Patriarch tapped Ning on the center of his forehead.

Instantly, a large amount of information flooded into Ning’s brain.

By the time Ning recovered, the [Obscuring Wind of the Nine Heavens] and the [Greater Thousand Swords Formation] had been firmly imprinted into his mind.

“Alright. It is time to leave,” the Old Patriarch said.

“Master,” Ning said respectfully. “Your disiciple also wishes to meditate on the secrets of the lotus. I wish to make a trip to the Divinities Palace and acquire a few manuals on lotus techniques.”

The Old Patriarch waved his hand and a bamboo book appeared within it. He handed it to Ning. “This is a set of lotus techniques I acquired by accident. The mysteries within it are unfathomably profound, and will be more than enough for you to meditate on. You can carry it with you.”

“Thank you, Master.” It was one surprise for Ning after another. Ning hurriedly added, “Your disciple has an apprentice, Bluecliff Xiaoyu, who has just arrived on the mountain and only been here a few years. She is still quite weak; your disciple would like to let her remain here at Mount Innerheart for now…”

The Old Patriarch nodded. “Then let her remain here and train quietly on the mountain. When the day comes that she can defeat the ninth golem, I will let her leave and send her to your Grand Xia world.”

Only now did Ning feel completely relaxed. Everything had been arranged for.

“Alright. Time to leave the mountain,” the Old Patriarch instructed. “Remember this: Without my permission, you are not to say that you are my disciple. Otherwise…do not blame your master for showing you no mercy. Only when I summon you back can you return to Mount Innerheart.”

“Yes,” Ning said respectfully.

“The Three Realms are now filled with secret, turbulent undercurrents. Even I, your master, might perish. You must be careful. You are not to be too rash and cause a disaster for yourself,” the Old Patriarch said.

Ning instantly felt his heart shake. What? The Three Realms were filled with secret, turbulent undercurrents? Even his master might perish? Then how was someone like him, a junior fellow who wasn’t even a Celestial Immortal, supposed to make it?

The Old Patriarch waved his sleeve. “Be it fortune or calamity…you shall bring it to yourself, and have no one else to blame or to thank. Now, go!”

Ning respectfully fell to his knees, pressing his head down to the ground and kowtowing heavily nine times. “Your disciple is leaving now. Master, take care!”

His master had indeed spent considerable effort on his behalf. Both the [Obscuring Wind of the Nine Heavens] and the [Greater Thousand Swords Formation] were truly supreme techniques of the Three Realms. Even Daofathers weren’t capable of casually creating techniques on this level. Although his master hadn’t spelled it out, Ning could imagine how much enormous effort his master must’ve gone into in order to develop these techniques.

Ning would naturally engrave his memory of this kindness into his heart.

In addition, the thirty-plus years he had spent on Mount Innerheart had been the most peaceful years of his life, the years when he had truly, firmly established his foundation. After leaving the mountain, it would be as his master said; given how the Three Realms were filled with dangerous undercurrents, it would probably be hard for him to find such peace again.

……

After Ning left, another person appeared within the Daoist monastery. It was the second apprentice, Crazy Ji.

“Master.” Crazy Ji watched as Ning walked away, then sighed, “This junior apprentice-brother of mine truly is a man of deep emotions.”

“Unfortunately, he was born at the wrong time.” The Old Patriarch shook his head. “When most of you were growing up, I was able to protect you. But he will be growing up in an era when a great tribulation is descending upon the Three Realms. The Three Realms are already filled with many dangerous undercurrents…and this tribulation may prove to be even more terrifying than the one that shattered Pangu’s World.”

“What?!” Crazy Ji’s face instantly changed.

“Nuwa has left long ago, entering the endless primordial chaos. Despite the passages of countless years, she has never returned,” the Old Patriarch said. “When Nuwa was present, the Three Realms were finally settled down and the Six Paths of Reincarnation were established. The Celestial Court was created to manage the Three Realms, and the Daofathers and True Gods all separated into their respective territories. But with Nuwa gone…with the Six Paths of Reincarnation destroyed…with the Celestial Court only a court in name…with the Three Realms filled by dangerous undercurrents…I fear that this tribulation…”

The Old Patriarch shook his head.

Crazy Ji began to worry.

“But in times of tribulation, a person can bring either fortune or calamity upon himself. If it is calamity, only he himself can save himself,” the Old Patriarch said. “Everyone, including you and the others, all need to be careful. I imagine that a large number of True Gods and Daofathers shall die during this tribulation…and if even half of the Empyrean Gods and True Immortals survive, they should count their blessings. If you are faced with danger, I may not be able to protect you.”

“Your disciple shall remember and be cautious,” Crazy Ji said respectfully.

……

Ning led Little Qing and Uncle White out of Mount Innerheart.

On the path to Mount Innerheart. Bluecliff Xiaoyu fell to her knees, pressing her forehead against the ground. “Your disciple shall definitely train hard. After I reach the ninth floor of the Divinities Palace, I will immediately head for the world of the Grand Xia to reunite with you, Master.”

Ning nodded and smiled. He then led Little Qing and Uncle White to fly out of Mount Innerheart.

They arrived in the sky-void, and as they did, a void tunnel appeared. This was a void-tunnel which Patriarch Subhuti had personally opened for them.

Ning, Little Qing, and Uncle White flew directly into it.

Swoosh! They all disappeared, and the void-tunnel closed behind them.

“Master!” Xiaoyu knelt there, tears streaming uncontrollably down her face. “I will definitely go to the Grand Xia world and meet you there.”


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  1. Alas, this isn’t quite as fast as Sun Wukong’s ‘somersault cloud’, which allowed him to move 108,000 kilometers in a single somersault.

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    1. It’s because he doesn’t have the infinite time of a celestial immortal, but I also think it is a shame. He has yet to pass on the grace of his masters. Hopefully she will become more relevant after they reunite.

      1. I think it’s also because right now her level is quite low (was she ever even said to be a Wanxiang Adept yet?).
        Also, she lacks many basic insights to build upon. We don’t even know which daopaths she has affinity for.

        Besides, Ning seems to be the kind of master that gives perfect conditions to learn in to his disciples, instead of directly teaching them. He’s much like his own master, really, he just lacks the millions of years of experiences and treasures.

        What will be interesting is when she goes out to gain combat experience with Ning. Hope it doesn’t take too long for her to beat the ninth golem. Or we get a timeskip to it not too far from now.

    2. I am still having issues processing this entire situation, it seems so goofy to just insert a character into the story, only to immediately boot her away from it.
      What is she, a safety measure for the future? A sudden appearance of an expert to save Ning, or the peeps he cares about, at the last moment? eh?

      Twas certainly one of the strangest cases of character inserts I had have seen thus far, but at least it’s behind us now. We can finally stop having these “I wish we’d see more of this disciple!” comments to torture us, whom actually wondered if that day would come.

      1. You’re thinking too deeply, IET doesn’t plan ahead so much for a disciple to come help MC kick ass later on. For one thing, his MCs always have a far faster growth than anyone else in the entire series; and Xiaoyu is already weaker than Ning. At best she could turn up to save Uncle White or Qing Qing who haven’t become much stronger either 😛

        1. Considering her Karmic Merit is bloody enormous, you should expect great things from her in the future.
          But yeah, I wouldn’t bet on IET planning ahead. <:

          1. There’s no need for IET to “plan ahead” right? There are lots of times when people that come into our lives, but we never see them again. This is just a story of Ji Ning. His disciple was at the very least worth including as an event in this story regardless if we ever see her again.

      2. but shes not kicked away remember he said so himself that she was pretty weak and tht he wanted her 2 stay and learn on the mountain his master said shed b there until she could defeat th 9th golem thn shed b free to join him in grand xia so shes been put on hold for now she could become his hidden ace 🙂

    3. The master can only show the door, the disciple must walk through it. I feel that merely by bringing her to the mountain, he has done a great service to her, and I imagine that he is still giving her occasional guidance if he can. That said, unless she were a sword immortal, there is only but so much he can advise her on. In addition, if the book were padded with another 20 chapters of training her, not only would it take much too long and keep Ning from reuniting with his love, but it would also likely annoy the fans… Don’t forget, Ning’s master at the Black White college didn’t really do all that much either…

  1. RWX, just out of curiosity, what was your thought process when translating《九天湮风》to [Obscuring Wind of the Nine Heavens]?

    I know the rough meaning of the words in its Chinese form but when translated it could have formed quite a few versions in English. Thanks!

  2. Wow, Xiaoyu feels pretty deeply for her master despite him barely doing anything with her. She’s a good girl. I wonder how many years it’ll take for her to reach the 9th level, though? A long time, I bet.
    Also, the Patriarch Subhuti is a really good guy. Mount Inner Heart is full of cool people. Haha.
    Thanks for the chapter!

    1. Well, he did save her life, uncovered the real reason her village and family were killed, and it was mentioned that he trained her once in a while. In addition, she probably attributes her current situation of being able to train on Mount Innerheart to Ning bringing her there. I imagine that she’s intensely grateful for everything he’s given her and harbors deep respect and veneration for him.

    1. While I somewhat agree, it did say that Ning did pop in once in a while to help her. In addition, it’s pretty obvious that Ning needs to focus on himself, especially considering how overpowered his Celestial Tribulation is going to probably be. I’m guessing he’ll survive it similarly to Qin Yu. Qin Yu’s whole body was basically destroyed several times over during his tribulation, barely surviving due to an item that constantly basically revived him.

      1. I wouldn’t consider Ning a good teacher just because he brought her to Mount Innerheart, though it does benefit her tremendously. Everyone has different things they want to focus on, and Ning chose not to focus on his disciple. It is what it is. She will mostly be guided by the Patriarch and her fellow disciples.

        B13C29
        “It’s been half a year since Master brought me back to Mount Innerheart, but he’s only taught me twice. He instructed me to go learn everything, such as Ki Refining Techniques, divine abilities, and secret arts, from the Divinities Palace.” Xiaoyu felt rather resigned. She knew that some experts had strange temperaments, but she didn’t expect that her master would care so little about her. She normally didn’t even have a chance to meet him.

        1. To be fair, I don’t see the point for Ji Ning to teach her anything else that the Dao of the Sword. Since the Ki Refining Technique and Divine abilities have to be learnt by themselves, and for the other Daos, there is a lot of other Disciple who have been there for a way longer time with a better understanding of this Daos.

          Honestly, I just hope she will come back as a Sword Immortal, because I can’t see any other way for Ji Ning to become a better teacher.

          1. archer could also work, what with him sort of studying that for huis archery ability….

          2. Ning is actually qualified to lecture on the Dao to a Zifu Disciple, and not just the Dao of the Sword. Even some of the competitors at the Conclave had disciples and even lectured on the Dao. Also we don’t know what level Xiaoyu is even at; she might be at the ‘one with the world’ level in footwork or attacking techniques, or she might not be. Even basic guidance would be useful. Perhaps she has bottlenecks in her training that Ning could help give her insights into or problems in her techniques that Ning could help her understand better. I could go on and on with examples that have been shown by other teachers throughout this novel, but it doesn’t matter. In the end, regardless of any of these things, Ning hasn’t shown himself to be good at teaching his disciple. Fortunately, Mount Innerheart is filled with fellow disciples who will take the time to guide her.

          3. > there is a lot of other Disciple who have been there for a way longer time with a better understanding of this Daos

            By this logic, everyone’s disciples on the Mount should just listen to Crazy Ji or Eldest disciple and not bother with their own masters.

            Ning can teach her various other Daos, as an example Qiankun would really help her with both evasion and countering space traps etc. He also has good grasp of Gale, Rainwater, Inferno daos.

            We are actually never told what kind of skills Xiaoyu has, only the fact that she did some great merits in her past life. Surely she will have aptitude for something that Ning knows? 😛 Hmmm … now that I think about it, she is very likely a reincarnated immortal, so she can recollect her memories in future to give her a boost other than the books at Mount Innerheart.

        2. Considering that over there 80% of the people have a better understanding of the DAO i don’t think he should give her any actual teaching. Hell, probably a single lecture from Subhuty is far superior to ning tutoring her for like 10000 years. Consider that she can actually ask guidance to almost everyone on the mount ( they’ll give ning face) and that ning himself is weak as f*ck and you understand that he actually doesn’t have the time.

          Also don’t forget…he is less than 70 years old , so he is at present totally focused on cultivating his own power

          1. Most of the disciples at Mount Innerheart do not have a higher insight into the Dao than Ning, aside from the few personal disciples there. Ning has defeated the ninth golem, which only tests a disciple’s insights into the Dao. Once a normal disciple defeats the ninth golem they will soon leave Mount Innerheart. Also once Ning is gone, it is unlikely that the Patriarch will give another lecture on the Dao for a very long time.

            Even if your points were valid, it doesn’t change the fact that Ning did not spend time teaching his disciple well. Even if you find reasons to try to explain his actions, it cannot change this.

      2. It did say that Ning did pop in once in a while to help her.

        Saying is different from Showing. I doubt most people would have an issue with their Master x Disciple relationship, if we’d at least get 1 chapter in which Ning pays attention to his disciple, instead of telling us he paid some attention to her offhandedly as if her entire existence is a nuisance.
        As it is, the story never focused on her life as a disciple. She was just yet another person within the sect, her relationship to Ning was never actively explored.
        And some people found that iffy. :u

        1. What’s really iffy truly is their relationship
          If we disregard Furboy’s blatant neglect of his disciple, what is truly mind-boggling is that girls reaction towards Furboy leaving. Sure she got her freedom from him, however noone should claim that there are any familial feelings between her and Furboy. How can she have any feelings besides a bit of gratitude when they have never interacted for long. Even if IET said that Furboy is now family to her, what kind of disfunctional family is it supposed to be, where you are ignored most of the time

          looking at her tears, thoughts: 1) They were actually crocodile tears 2) Furboy threw trash on the ground 3) Something got stuck in her eyes 4) She forgot to turn off the stove 5) She thought of her dead dog 6) Furboy brainwashed her 7) She actually become yandere stalker

          1. I imagine that her life experiences were filled with such pain and darkness from a young age that her personality became very fragile. Her family was killed by monsters, she spent many years fleeing the Flamewing Guards, the only person in the Qi clan that truly showed her care was her previous master, who also died, then she later found out the Qi clan plotted to destroy her village and use her as a tool for her karmic virtue. She cut all ties to the Qi clan and now, she is all alone. Except there is Ning, her current master. I hope that she finds happiness and makes friends and family with the other disciples in the peace of Mount Innerheart.

            B13C23

            Now that she had severed all ties with the imperial Qi clan, she no longer had any friends or family in the world. Ning was her master, and thus the closest person she had left. She could tell that Ning viewed her kindly.

            “I don’t want Master to die. I don’t want…” Xiaoyu was panicking inside. If her master died…she would be all alone.

  3. Did… did Author skip over some of the time Ning spent with disciple? Because I don’t really remember any bonding or such that would lead to him caring about her this much… also… defeat the ninth golem? She’s gone for a couple hundred years…

    But Patriarch Subhuti is seriously doting… couple hundred thousand years to make that technique? 0.0

    1. It mentioned iirc during her ramblings that he had taught her several times over the half year they were both on Mount Innerheart. In addition, he basically changed her whole world and just about any cultivator would be happy to have gotten the chance to advance further in cultivation.

      Yeah, Patriarch Subhuti is awesome. Even though time to them is definitely not similar to us, especially since I imagine he’d be focusing on the technique and thus time would seem to go by even faster, it’s nice to see masters like that. Patriarch Subhuti, Ning’s Sword Immortal teacher from the BW College, Pill Demon from ISSTH, they all make me feel warm inside.

    2. There was no real bonding imo its just the author trying to make us care about this disciple that was only selected because of a mission. She might become fodder like his 10 person guards(?) at the college.

      I’d say in 500+ years because any less would make her as good as Patriarch Subhuti’s other disciples which would be ridiculous for a random character with no background, plus she’s still Zifu level.

      1. I still want to know what she did to GET all that luck. I mean, we know that Ji Ning has a 3 meter aura, and apparently she’s done 300x more than that.

    1. why do you think that? because her character is underdeveloped? you have to realize she has over a hundred times the karmic luck that Ning has NOW (after killing 10 great sinners) i think she’ll surprise us all once she reaches celestial immortal in similar timing to Ning (just a shot in the dark with how the world has been explained…..but Ning is an outlier to those rules so its hard to say that for sure)

      1. Wasn’t Ning blessed with so much damn luck that the Palace Lord dude told Ning that he would be reincarnated in the Deva Realm which is considered to be one of the Heaven Realms?
        Wasn’t Ning blessed with so much damn luck that he changed his fate and lived to 18Yrs of age when the book of life & death said he would die at 16? Didn’t he save 10,000 lives with his money and died to save a stranger? Didn’t he just kill 10 great sinners?

        I’m sure he has better luck.

        She’s 20 something and still Zifu level right? Ning with the same time frame was much stronger. His Twin was Primal level too I think.

          1. Why do you think Ning doesn’t have karmic luck? It was his accumulation of karmic virtue that helped him meet the Lord of Cui Palace. Just this meeting alone increased his luck even further. And why do you think karmic luck from his past life doesn’t matter? Karma will always follow him. Do you think Xiaoyu, who has only been training for about 20 years, accumulated over 900 meters of golden light of karmic virtue solely in her current life?

        1. it is directly said that Ning has 3 feet of it in total after killing the sinners while she has 900meters, which she could have from previous lifetimes

          1. nothing was said about her soul or level of comprehension, she could actually be a reincarnated immortal practitioner

  4. Patriarch Subhuti is really a good teacher.
    Not like Ji Ning… (No teaching, no pointers…^^)
    Luckly, Xiaoyu can train with many talents in Mount Innerheart.

    Many thanks for this new chapter! 🙂

      1. nah, the greenwood guy is in crimsonbright’s spot, we honestly have no clue if daofather crimsonbright is a good teacher or not, just that he didnt pick ning

      2. Crimsonbright made one of the foremost Fiendgod techniques and spread it throughout the Three Realms, having helped Ning way before he even knew about the actual person or was in a position to understand power levels of a Daofather. Its ridiculous to actually rank him below the most useless ‘teacher’ who is basically relying on his master’s library to train his disciple 😡

  5. I think what a lot of people are forgetting, at least when they bring up Ning’s disciple; is that leaving her at Mount Innerheart is probably the nicest f*cking thing he can do. He doesn’t have the ability to protect her flawlessly, he doesn’t have the techniques with him to train her properly, and honestly he doesn’t have the wisdom to teach her.

    Mind you I don’t like that IET -obviously- glossed over some of the details regarding them spending time together, but I still feel her bond with Ning is not entirely unfounded considering everything he has done.

    1.Pretty much freed her from slavery.
    2.Revealed the truth of her family to her.
    3.Killed Flamewing King + his subordinates. Granted…that technically wasn’t that big of a deal for her was it?

    Speaking of Flamewing King…what happened to the royal bitches that wanted to ask Ning to be their master? They went into the estate to ask him, and the next thing we know they just sort of disappeared. I like to assume that Ning killed them the moment they walked in, or he drugged them so heavily they floundered around outside while he left.

  6. what make me wondering is where this bluecliff girl goings to stay after Ning leave mount innerheart?
    an inn?? lol
    as always thank you for the amazing chapter :3
    i’m missing mu northson, that dao companion girl, son of tiger-something guy, and sword immortal master >.<

    1. Ning should still have a palace there as each of the personal disciples do, where she lives in a building at that place, even if he is not there

    2. His brother Mu is probably on the primal level, daogril is perhaps on the voidlevel, baiwei is likely still a wanxiang adept/but could also be a primal and Diancai already defeated Linmeng :p

  7. Don’t really see how Ning couldn’t realise that the upcoming times are going to be less than ideal. Ning did witness the paths of reincarnation been besieged by dragons. Unless he’s repressed that memory i don’t see why he’s so surprised. The paths of reincarnation been attacked is not a daily occurrence or even a century occurrence where a group of black drgaons attack the paths of reincarnation to test it’s defenses and then laugh about it later. That isn’t a normal occurrence and Ning believes it won’t have any repercussions.

  8. I just don’t see how Ning could have so little karmic light. He had enough to be reincarnated into one of the heavenly realms, after all, before the whole attack business. Or did he lose all of that in the reincarnation?

    1. Ning had a clear and clean aura surrounding him before. This is already very rare and hard to achieve. He simply accumulated just enough karmic virtue to reincarnate into the Deva Realm; this doesn’t mean he has to have reached the level of emitting golden aura.

  9. you guyz keep saying that ning isn’t a great teacher

    1st of all..what dao is Xiaoyu path?
    if her path also the same as ning, then she can learn a lot from ning,
    but.
    what if…shes not?

    Uncle White and Little qing are example…..do they want ning to teach them sword art? of course not!

    Thanks for the CHapter

    1. As Cactuar said, Little Qing has already asked for him to teach her.

      Considering Xiaoyu is a zifu disciple, and ning has mastered the rain, inferno, gale dao paths, has high understandings on lotus and space, and almighty in sword, it is unlikely that he doesnt have anything to teach her.

      We even saw her complaining (while seating atop of him). We know he actually can be a good teacher, as he mentored a few people of his clan.

      Butttt, even being the crappiest teacher ever, meeting with him was surely her great luck, having access to the divinities palace is enough to make most people jealous.

  10. Funnily enough from the math that I’ve done for Nings age from beginning to now, he has spent exactly half his life in his masters abode, almost down to the month! Funny little coincidences.

    1. I thought he was 34 years old at the end of the Conclave. Then he spent 36 years at the Tristar Crescent Abode. He should be close to 70 years old now.

      1. I had him at 35 years and a few months by the end of the conclave and if its assumed to be a new year right now as he leaves then thats 36 years. But its pretty hard to get all the times right so im probably just off by a bit.

  11. uh-huh…. -_-…. now I regretted I didn’t comment ….
    I was already here when there’s still 3 commentators…
    and now… 74?!
    oh well, I was drawing some Ji Ning stuff… and just didn’t have some time to comment … I always find every chapter amusing and giving me some motivation to draw and pay more attention to my drawing… so Thanks for the CHAPTAA!!!

  12. IET’s characters always have the best masters: Grandpa Doering & Beirut, Zhao Yunxing (Old General who taught Qin Yu the external techniques), Ji Ning’s parents and Patriarch Subhuti… His characters always have doting masters who do everything they can to help their disciples grow.

    IET’s characters are always the worst masters: Qin Yu neglecting his first disciple and abandoning his second, Ji Ning leaving the boy on Brightheart Island, leaving this girl at Mount Innerheart, Linley only occasionally giving pointers to people and never even accepting disciples (including his own children)

    1. Grandpa Doering ftw!
      But has Beirut actually taught Linley anything (I dont really remember)?

      Ning was supposed to be a good master, he helped mentoring a few youngsters from his clan, and would even “develop skills” for them (prior to going to blackwhite college).

      Leaving her inside mount innerheart is the best decision, he cant compare with the divinities palace, and there she has lots of senior brothers at the void level or even above.

      My only problem is that while he was there, as far as we know, he never (personally) taught her anything. The only thing we know is that she sat atop of him (in rock form) and complained that he never taught her…

  13. Ren sama enjoy ur break!
    Dear Friends, many thanks to the Author, Translator(s), (Editors), (Donors) for the awesome chapter!
    Our roots grow deep and connect to each other, in the underworld. And on the surface, an ocean of flowers make the world more beautiful. Through this beauty we will subvert evil and spread goodness!
    -Aureate Sect, Provisionary Outer Sect Disciple, Jack~

  14. Considering that’s just the level Subhudi got it to for now i’m sure Ning in like volume 25 or something will make it 10’s of times stronger or something. I mean really, Linley looked at 90k kilometers and moved past thousands of times that in less time than it takes to blink ones eyes normally.

    Thanks for the chapter.

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