DE Book 13 Chapter 7

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Book 13, Tristar Crescent Abode, Chapter 7 – Thirty Years at Mount Innerheart

“Junior apprentice-brother, how long have you been training for?” Silvermoon asked.

“More than thirty years,” Ji Ning said.

Silvermoon instantly began to laugh. “Ah, no wonder! That explains it. So you’ve only been training for around thirty years. For you to be able to defeat the fourth golem despite having trained for such a short period of time…I trust that in the future, here at Mount Innerheart, your rate of improvement will be similarly astonishing.”

Ning smiled. “Thank you for your kind words, senior apprentice-brother.”

……

Under the gazes of the many humans, monsters, and Fiendgods, Ji Ning and Silvermoon stepped into the fourth floor of the Divinities Palace. The profoundness of any of the sword-arts manuals located on the fourth floor was comparable to the complete nine stances of the [Three-Foot Sword]!

“This truly is a blessed land for learning the Dao.” Ning flipped through the abridged versions of the sword-arts manuals, which included some of the preliminary parts to each technique. His eyes and eyebrows danced expressively as he read. “So many sword-arts…this place represents the collective enlightenment gained by countless Sword Immortals of the Three Realms. My own sword-arts will definitely improve dramatically after I draw from the wisdom of so many other Sword Immortals.”

……

And so, Ning’s life of learning the Dao at Mount Innerheart had begun.

If he wanted to leave his master’s tutelage, he had to at least be able to defeat the ninth golem and acquire a ninth-level technique from the Divinities Palace. Only then could he enter the Three Realms Palace, and only then could he leave. This was a prerequisite! He had to be trained as a personal disciple would be trained, which meant that he had to be able to enter the Three Realms Palace and learn the truly powerful divine abilities located within it. This was the most fundamental of expectations which Patriarch Subhuti had for Ning as his apprentice; Ning understood this quite well.

Ning and Yu Wei had agreed that they would reunite in the future in the Grand Xia world. And so…he had to enter the Three Realms Palace as soon as he could!

Ning didn’t want to spend centuries or millennia here at Mount Innerheart; if he truly did spend thousands of years here, then what in the world would happen to the people he cared about in the Grand Xia such as Yu Wei, Autumn Leaf, Mu Northson, or Yuchi Xiyue?

“I have to defeat the ninth golem as soon as I can, ideally within a few decades.” This was Ning’s goal for himself, but he knew very well how incredibly difficult this goal would be. “I can’t allow myself to be distracted whatsoever during this period of time at Mount Innerheart. Lotus techniques, divine will techniques…I’ll put them all to one side for now. Here in the Divinities Palace, I will exclusively focus on sword-arts manuals!”

Sword-arts, focused on attacks! This was Ning’s decision!

……

Time slowly flowed on.

Ning, the Whitewater Hound, and Little Qing all spent their time training on Mount Innerheart. And in fact, the Whitewater Hound and Little Qing were even more excited than Ning to be here!

“What should I do? The third golem defeats us with utter ease,” Little Qing said helplessly.

“It seems that we might not even be able to beat the second golem,” the Whitewater Hound said helplessly as well.

The disciples of Mount Innerheart were almost all incomparably talented monsters who came from throughout the Three Realms. Some of the others were spirit-beasts of Celestial Immortals who had trained for a very long time. By comparison, the Whitewater Hound and Little Qing had trained for a very short period of time.

“There’s nothing we can do. Let’s go do manual labor,” the Whitewater Hound said.

“That’s our only option.” Little Qing nodded as well.

And so, both of them went to accept the manual labor ‘trials’. They spent nearly a full month manually deweeding the surrounding hundred kilometers of land. Only then were they allowed to choose a third level technique from the Divinities Palace.

The techniques on the third floor of the Divinities Palace…any one of them when placed within the Black-White College would become the most treasured technique of the College!

“Hahaha, so someone like me can actually acquire a technique like this!” Little Qing snatched up a copy of the [Qiankun Sword Song] with absolute excitement. “I can now finally, truly train on the Grand Dao of Qiankun.”

“These are the writings of a Celestial Immortal on formations?” The Whitewater Hound was holding a book on formations. He, too, was incomparably excited.

Both of them were actually extremely gifted. Uncle White was a Whitewater Hound; although in other aspects he was rather ordinary for a Godbeast, in one aspect, he was exceptional – his intelligence!

Little Qing, in turn, had absolutely astonishing talent in the Grand Dao of Qiankun. She was even able to use the Void Blink (spatial teleportation) technique at the Xiantian level! Although at that point in time, there was no way Little Qing could actually understand the profound mysteries and principles behind spatial teleportation, this was her innate ability as a Godbeast. All she had to do was be able to touch upon just the slightest bit of this Grand Dao and she would be able to teleport. She didn’t need to actually understand it; just brushing against the Grand Dao of Qiankun allowed it!

However, neither of two had ever had a truly good teacher! Ning had the help of the Stellar Hall of the underwater estate, and also had the guidance of Immortal Diancai. Uncle White and Little Qing, however, had to work hard to study on their own!

Having arrived at Mount Innerheart, however, everything had changed! They had a chance to interact with so many talented humans, monsters, and Fiendgods. The Void-level Fiendgods in particular had lived extremely long lives, and their level of experience was definitely not inferior to Immortal Diancai’s. For the sake of giving Ning face, they would often give pointers to Little Qing and Uncle White. And occasionally, the two would even have a chance to ask the likes of the white-robed Lord Jiang or the old demon Silvermoon for some advice as well!

But most importantly of all…

Patriarch Subhuti had begun to lecture on the Dao!

Patriarch Subhuti rarely expounded on the Dao; sometimes, ten thousand years would pass without a single lecture. However, ever since he had taken on Ning as a disciple, Patriarch Subhuti immediately began to give far more open lectures on the Dao than before; in fact, he would expound on the Dao almost every month! This was a habit for Patriarch Subhuti; generally speaking, after taking in a new disciple, he would often expound on the Dao with great frequency for a time. But if he didn’t take in a new disciple? He would only expound on the Dao when he was in the mood for it.

After all, the Old Patriarch only truly valued his personal disciples enough to do it. As for the other disciples…they generally didn’t even have a chance to meet or speak with the Old Patriarch.

Thus, all of the disciples of Mount Innerheart were in a state of collective excitement. Even several True Immortals or Empyrean Gods would occasionally come over to listen.

“The Daofather lives up to his reputation.” The Whitewater Hound was currently filled with the utmost of excitement. “Listening to the Daofather expound on the Dao once is more helpful than me ruminating by myself for a century. So many of the questions in my mind have been explained, and I have now mastered a Dao-Path!”

“The Daofather must have completely mastered the Grand Dao of Qiankun. His casual mentions regarding it have caused me to comprehend so much. I can now even teleport out of a spacelocked region!” Little Qing was excited as well.

……

One year after another passed. The two of them had spent another half year doing manual tasks and had acquired a technique from the fourth floor of the Divinities Palace.

These manual tasks just took up time; they didn’t need to actually use up too much of their mental energy on them. They were able to completely focus on training in the Dao while carrying out the menial jobs!

They then spent another three years carrying out menial jobs, thus acquiring a fifth level technique from the Divinities Palace.

And then they spent another twenty years before finally acquiring a sixth level technique from the Divinities Palace!

The sixth level techniques would be considered amongst the most supreme of techniques in the Grand Xia Dynasty! Almost all of them were created by Celestial Immortals, and some were even created by Pure Yang True Immortals.

The twenty-sixth year at Mount Innerheart.

“AHAHAHA! I’m invincible! INVINCIBLE!” As rain poured down from the skies, Little Qing ran around wildly in circles around Ning’s Immortal estate, her body flickering and flashing about. Her figure was very blurry as she repeatedly teleported about with high speed.

“Little Qing. Little Qing!” Ning stood there at the entrance to his Immortal estate. Just by standing there, he gave off the aura of an Immortal sword, causing others to feel an uncontrollable desure to submit to him. “How are you now ‘invincible’? Can’t you see it’s raining? Stop running around like that!” Ning laughed.

“Little Qing.” The Whitewater Hound spoke in the human tongue as well. “What is going on? Why are you so excited?!”

“Ahahaha…” Continuing to laugh, Little Qing suddenly appeared in front of Ning with a swish. “Master. Master!” Little Qing’s eyes were filled with excitement. “I’m now able to use Greater Teleportation! I’m finally able to use Greater Teleportation!”

“What?! Greater Teleportation?” Ning revealed a look of surprise. When he had killed Youngflame Nong, he had once acquired a Dao-seal of Greater Teleportation. In the underwater estate, he had also acquired one as a protective item. Normal ‘Void Blink’ techniques or ‘spatial teleportation’ techniques…they were all classified as ‘Lesser Teleportation’. They only allowed one to teleport around within a single region; at most, they would allow one to move a certain distance.

As one gained more and more insights into space, one would be able to teleport greater and greater distances, and even spacelock techniques would begin to become ineffective.

But upon completely mastering the complete Grand Dao of Qiankun, one would be able to use Greater Teleportation. Greater Teleportation…it could allow you to teleport from one world to another world.

For example, one might be located in the Netherworld Kingdom, but with a single Greater Teleportation, one could move straight back to Serpentwing Lake of the Grand Xia world!

This was why Youngflame Nong had been so confident despite having been trapped within the Witchriver Immortal Estate. He knew that no matter how dangerous things became, all he had to do was use the Greater Teleportation Dao-seal and he would be able to immediately flee back to his clan’s headquarters in the Grand Xia world. But unfortunately, he had viewed Ning with complete contempt, and had believed Ning to pose no threat to him at all. By the time Ning released that black loop…there was no longer a chance for Youngflame Nong to escape!

“I’ve reached the Grand Dao Domain level of the Grand Dao of Qiankun!” Little Qing said excitedly, “I’m already capable of Greater Teleportation. Ahahaha…I’m now invincible. Who can kill me? Who can kill me?! Ahahaha, I can now escape from any formation, no matter how formidable.”

Ning and the Whitewater Hound both laughed.

Azure Skysnakes possessed astounding talent and affinity for space. Upon reaching the Grand Dao Domain level, they could become as one with the Grand Dao, and thus they would be able to utilize Greater Teleportation. There was no point in even feeling jealous about it.

“Master, teach me some more about the sword. I now have a greater understanding of the Grand Dao of Qiankun, and my ability to improve my sword-arts will improve as well,” Little Qing immediately said. She wanted for Ning to be able to teach her, and so she had chosen to learn the sword as well, fusing her Grand Dao of Qiankun into her sword-arts.

“Alright.” Ning nodded.

Little Qing was improving, but his own rate of improvement was even more astonishing. After all…from the time when Ning established his Zifu region in the Grand Xia world to the day he entered Mount Innerheart, only roughly twenty years had passed!

Now he was training at Mount Innerheart, and he even had the chance to listen to his master, Patriarch Subhuti, lecture on the Dao. He also often went to meditate in the Stellar Hall, and also fought constantly against the golems, so as to further sharpen and refine his sword-arts. He also had countless exquisite sword-arts to analyze! How could his rate of improvement be slow?

……

With each defeat of a golem, Ning was allowed to choose a new technique. But with each fight, the golems would change as well. For example, during the first battle, the fourth golem had used overbearing, powerful sword-arts; during the second, third, and fourth battle, however, the golem had used different techniques. At the start, the golem only changed between different sword-arts styles, but afterwards it even began to use sabres, longspears, staves, and even flying swords, magic treasures, or formations to assist it. This made the fourth golem increasingly difficult to defeat.

However, Ning’s own power was improving at an astonishing rate as well!

He had now analyzed more than a hundred sword-arts from the fourth level of the Divinities Palace, all of which were comparable to the complete [Three-Foot Sword].

Next, Ning had defeated the fifth golem more than thirty times and analyzed more than thirty sword-arts manuals from the fifth floor!

After that, Ning defeated the sixth golem more than twenty times and acquired more than twenty sword-arts manuals from the sixth floor.

And then, Ning had defeated the seventh golem eighteen times, acquiring eighteen sword-arts manuals from the seventh floor!

Although he had read and analyzed multiple sword-arts manuals, many of which had been written by Empyrean Gods or True Immortals and some of which had been written by Daofathers…Ning continued to spend most of his efforts on the [Three-Foot Sword], keeping it at the heart of his sword-arts. He infused the strengths and excellences of the other sword techniques in the [Three-Foot Sword], causing it to be continuously improved and perfected. There were now more and more differences between the current [Three-Foot Sword] and the one which Immortal Northwalker had originally created. In fact, it had now transformed into an even more formidable sword-art that belonged to Ning and Ning alone.

……

And so, completely focusing on his training, Ning spent more than thirty years here within Mount Innerheart.


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50 thoughts on “DE Book 13 Chapter 7” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. Xiao Qing: I can GT whenever I want!!!! I’m invincible!!!!
    Youngflame Nong: I have a GT seal, these chumps can’t touch me.
    Youngflame Nong: death throes
    Xiao Qing: STILL INVINCIBLE BECAUSE SNAKE
    Ning: Yep you’re invincible

    Good talk.

    I actually quite like Xiao Qing and I’m sure she won’t die a stupid death, but really, where was the follow up ‘Yes but be careful’ that Ning was supposed to say there?

    1. She uses it with a mere thought, Nong needed to use a seal. He didn’t have time. She would. She’d immediately gtfo to another world. Yeah, she’s pretty much unkillable.

      1. No, if she comes up against truly strong people she’d probably still die. In particular, if someone else had mastered the Grand Dao of Heaven and Earth (Qiankun’s more literal definition, although it seems like Ren’s translation of the GDo Space is more accurate to it’s abilities) she probably wouldn’t just be able to escape like that. She’d probably be able to be traced to wherever she goes.
        In particular, that Dao would be too overpowered if that was the case, more likely it’s not until one reaches the Pure Yang level that merely teleporting away becomes not nearly as useful. Most likely there’d be ways to counter it later on.

        1. I thought it became less useful around the Celestial level. Relatively low level Celestials like Patriarch Arcanum can casually slow time indefinitely, so you won’t be able to teleport out even if you can do so.

    1. Qing Qing is more of a companion than a partner. They’re on two fundamentally different levels in terms of mentality. Little Snakey is far less mature than Ning so I don’t think they’d match each other, although I do like her more than Yu Wei. Also, that’s kinda gross that you want him to be with his direct cousin, considering they think of each other as basically long lost siblings. Autumn Leaf and Ning live in fundamentally different worlds. Most likely she’s already turning into an old woman by this point. There’s no way she would’ve been anything but a burden. Yu Wei easily matches Ning the best, especially since she’s talented and being taught by Lu Dongbin (albeit being lower than Ning on both of those points, but considering where this series is almost certainly going (judging by CD and ST), it’ll eventually end up that way no matter how talented she is.).

      I do get where you’re coming from though, since Little Snakey is probably my favorite female character in this series.

      1. The female character being weaker than the main character is absolutely normal. In this books, the MC training speed is always one of the faster in the world (or even the fastest in the world), so he end up leaving everyone behind, including his wife. I never saw any story of this kind with a female MC, but if that happens she should train faster than her husband.
        For Qing qing, I absolutely love her, but she gives me more a Bebe feeling than a lover. I would have found her becoming Dao Companion with Ning weird.

  2. Thanks for the chapter!
    Grand Dao Domain = Greater Teleportation, does complete mastery let her teleport others too?
    Also Ji Ning’s improvement in such a short period (simply doubled his full-training period) should make all the others on the mountain feel ashamed already.
    PS: That comment in previous chapter ruined the suspense of the 30 years 🙁

    1. Well yeah, although I’m not sure if Qing Qing can right now since she’s relying on her affinity with the Grand Dao, once one fully comprehends the GD of Qiankun (Heaven and Earth) then I think it’d be pretty obvious that they’ll be able to teleport others.

  3. Thanks for the chapter. Here we go, here’s one of IET’s infamous timeskips. I have to say while I do love his work, I’ve never liked the way he handles timeskips. While there are the occasional small timeskips, these large ones I never like as it skips out on a bunch of things which can be quite enjoyable to read.

  4. So now Ji Ning should be around 60-70 years old?! And not just timeskip, he also breaking thru 9th stance in next chapter (based teaser title), poor 8th stance has no chance to show its awesomeness.

    1. That’s because she was only the focus for like 4 or 5 chapters. Everyone was hating on Li’er before they actually spent some time together because she hardly had any character. Yu Wei matches Ning the best out of everyone introduced so far, although I do agree that Qing Qing is best girl.

      1. I admit that at first, I really had problems with the fact that spending 10 some years together gave him a good enough reason to struggles for hundreds of thousands of years. But in the end, the author gave us some explanations about fated souls of something like that, so it’S ok I guess.

        1. It’s normal for people to get married even if they’ve been dating for only a few years. Some people marry even sooner. Marriage aside, it’s common for people to even start dating after knowing each other for only a few days! Forget Fate—Yu Wei is extremely beautiful, talented, and has many similarities with Ning, be it in their life experiences, temperament, or understanding of the Dao. It’s not surprising that they are together; people come together for a lot less.

  5. Wooooo
    Powerup check! Time for calamity!
    Dear Friends, many thanks to the Author, Translator(s), (Editors), (Donors) for the awesome chapter!
    Peace is a lie.
    。There are only flowers.
    。Through flowers I gain passion.
    。Through passion I gain strength.
    。Through strength I gain power.
    。Through power I gain victory.
    。Through victory my chains are broken.
    。The Aureate Sect shall set me free!
    Provisionary Outer Sect Disciple, Jack~

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  7. Thanks for the chapter!

    I do hope he at least remembers to kill the golems a bunch and take the lotus and will stuff that he’s neglecting before he leaves and studys them in the future

  8. Thanks for the chapter.

    Just by standing there, he gave off the aura of an Immortal sword, causing others to feel an uncontrollable desure to submit to him.
    -desire

  9. The fact he wants to leave soon…is kinda bothersome. Why not finish mastering the grand dao of the sword then master lots of other things? There is no reason not to honestly. Take his time. His chick is staying with Lu Dongbin until he returns to the Xia world. As long as he is away then she will be safe with Lu. Silly rabbit.

    Thanks for the chapter.

  10. In the span of 12 books 30 years go by then in 1 chapter 30 years go by…

    Also Qing Qing is adorable, by far one of the best female characters in the novel.

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