DE Book 14 Chapter 14

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Book 14, Return to the Grand Xia, Chapter 14 – Extermination

Ji Ning felt as though his heart was being torn apart. This pain filled every part of his body. Ever since his parents had passed away, he truly had very few kinsmen. Although his master Diancai always had a strict look and a cold face, Ning could sense the love and caring his master felt for him from deep within his heart. His master had the exact same sort of disposition which Ning’s own father, Ji Yichuan, had.

“No. No…” Ning’s heart was filled with nothing but despair.

Nobody could rescue his master from the Celestial Tribulation! Even a Daofather of the Great Firmament would only be able to watch from one side…because upon interfering, heaven’s punishment would be triggered, causing even a Daofather who tried to withstand it to perish.

Next…Ning suddenly felt a powerful desire enter his heart.

“I’ve had enough. ENOUGH!!!” Within his own mind, Ning let out a howl of utter despair. “I’ve had ENOUGH of this feeling of powerlessness. I don’t want any more of my loved ones to leave me. I don’t have it. I WON’T HAVE IT!”

His mother had passed away…

His father had passed away…

And now, even his master was going to pass away…

Ning’s heart felt like it was being chopped apart by knives! An incomparably powerful desire filled him; the desire to not let him or his loved ones be toyed with by destiny. A desire to completely control his own destiny, his own fate.

“I need to grow powerful. More powerful. If I can become like Pangu, capable of establishing the heavens and forming the earth, or like Nuwa, capable of repairing the heavens or destroying them…then perhaps the so-called Celestial Tribulation would be nothing more than a joke in my eyes.” For the first time in his life, Ning had the goal to truly stand at the absolute top of the Three Realms, the unquestioned top, beyond all other powers…

…to be at Pangu’s level.

Pangu, he who had established the heavens and formed the earth, creating the Primordial World.

Nuwa, who had mastered 84,000 Daos, and had become heralded as Mother Nuwa, the ‘Supremely Benevolent, Supremely Holy Pangu-God’. She had reached Pangu’s level, and had also become the undisputed number one figure of the Three Realms!

At their levels…

Even the heavens and the earth would have to submit, much less the Celestial Tribulation, which was nothing more than a mere part of the heavens and the earth!

“Master…” But no matter what Ning currently desired within his heart, he wasn’t able to change anything. All he could do…was watch!

……

Although Ning and Immortal Fivecraze both felt pain and resentment…in this moment, it was the tribulant, Immortal Diancai, who truly felt utter despair.

Immortal Diancai clutched at his chest, head raised. When he saw that the vortex of lightning and clouds was not dispersing, and was instead nurturing an even more powerful bolt of lightning, Immortal Diancai felt despair. “Why are there more coming? Why are there more…”

Despair.

“Junior apprentice-sister, I’m coming.” Immortal Diancai’s face turned calm. He stared at the bolt of lightning forming within the skies, then pointed towards it. “Go!”

Swish! Swish! Swish! Swish! Swish!

The five Heavenraker swords all soared into the heavens, preparing to welcome that bolt of lightning.

This time, Immortal Diancai used the most beautiful, magnificent, and most powerful sword-art he had ever used since he was born. The five Immortal swords swirled around each other, joining together as they went to welcome annihilation.

……

Back when Immortal Diancai had merely been a third-generation disciple of the Black-White College.

“Young fellow, you should be filled with the vigor and energy of youth. Why are you like this?”

“My junior apprentice-sister is dead. Life holds no meaning for me now. Life holds no meaning!”

“Life holds no meaning? Since you feel as though life has no meaning…this old man actually just so happens to want to kill someone today. Don’t fight back. Just let me kill you.”

Whoosh.

Five unranked flying swords flew together towards the numb, despairing youth…and invisible sword-intent instantly transmitted into the youth’s brain.

One sword-stance after another was desmonstrated…and the sword-art became filled with increasing despair, the utmost despair.

“Five Elements Sword, stance eighteen: Minor Five Elements Extermination!”
Each stance was more complex and inconceivable than the last.

“Five Elements Sword, stance thirty-six: Major Five Elements, All Life!”

“Hahaha…”

“Destiny brought us together, and so I will teach you this set of sword techniques. Meditate well on them, young man. Your future path will be a long one!”

That voice had echoed within his mind.

By the time the young Diancai had woken up, he could no longer find that old man, no matter how hard he searched.

This stroke of karmic fortune caused Immortal Diancai to skyrocket in power in sword-arts. He was acknowledged by all the Loose Immortals of the Black-White College as having the highest chance of becoming a Celestial Immortal! After gaining the assistance of Ning’s Dao-repository and being able to compare the techniques within to his own techniques, he gained new insights and made another breakthrough, reaching Immortal Northwalker’s level. But even up till now, he had only reached the level of the seventeenth stance of the Five Elements Sword!

It must be understood that the first eighteen stances represented the first half of the technique. The next eighteen stances were far more mysterious and profound.

The old man definitely was a formidable figure of the Three Realms, given that he was able to transmit a technique such as this. Clearly, he was just wandering casually through the Three Realms, and happened upon Immortal Diancai by chance. Upon seeing that Immortal Diancai had potential, he had casually taught him this sword technique, then left. This didn’t mean he had taken Diancai on as a disciple! If he had, he would’ve taught him Ki Refining techniques, secret arts, and more; in fact, he would often provide guidance to help Diancai work through anything he found confusing. The reality was, Immortal Diancai had to rely on himself and his own efforts in order to resolve any confusions he had regarding the Five Elements Sword!

“Huh?!”

Immortal Diancai suddenly understood.

It was like the golden light of the sun piercing through the darkness of the skies. The thunder tribulation had completely disrupted his emotions, causing him to rise to triumphant heights, then fall in an abyss of despair. Now that he was preparing to welcome death…his sword-arts broke through to a new level.

He finally comprehended what it truly meant to be reach the limits of despair…and what the true mysteries of the ‘Minor Five Elements, Extermination’ technique truly meant! 1

“Five Elements Sword, stance eighteen: Minor Five Elements, Extermination!” Immortal Diancai continued to clutch at his chest, but suddenly…he smiled.

The five black flying Immortal swords in the skies, joined into the illusion of five massive mountains, had previously each been glowing with a different color of light. The light had circulated from sword to sword, joining them together and supporting each other. But Immortal Diancai suddenly willed them to change…

Rumble…

Space itself seemed to shake.

The five illusory mountains suddenly merged into a single illusion, an enormous five-fingered mountain. The five mountains had become one! There were five peaks jutting out from the top of this mountain like five fingers; each peak was of a different color! The mountain carried with it a feeling of incomparably heavy despair and depression, as though its despair could smother and exterminate anything in the world!

This was the final stance of the first half of the Five Elements Sword, the sword-stance that represented mastery of the first half…Minor Five Elements Extermination!

Rumble…

The forty-sixth bolt of skythunder crashed against the five Heavenraker swords which appeared like a mountain with five fingers stretching out from its peak.

The entire mountain trembled slightly, and the bolt of skythunder was dispersed.

Rumble…

The forty-seventh bolt of lightning came crashing down!

Still holding his chest, Immortal Diancai just smiled as he stared upwards. The five Heavenraker swords went up to greet the lightning, and the mountain peak they formed was incomparably tall and massive, so much so that its peak seemed to encompass this entire minor world. Once more, it blocked the bolt of skythunder.

……

“This…” Immortal Fivecraze and Ning were both stunned. Both of them had been gripped by despair, but now they were stunned.

“Earlier, junior apprentice-brother used a forbidden technique to overcome the first five nine-sets of the thunder tribulation. Why is it that the sixth set has become so simple for him?” Immortal Fivecraze was completely flabbergasted. “A sudden breakthrough? But…but…a breakthrough during the Celestial Tribulation?”

Ning felt dazed as well. Generally speaking, one might make sudden breakthroughs in combat, but the crashing skythunder didn’t carry within it any of the mysteries of the Dao; it was nothing more than raw, primalistic strikes of lightning. Could it be that somehow, it had taught his master something? How did his master’s sword-arts suddenly become this powerful?

Although Ning didn’t know how his master had made a sudden breakthrough, he still felt his heart become filled with the utmost of joy.

“Hahaha…keep blocking. Keep blocking!” Ning watched eagerly.

One thunderbolt after another continued to come crashing down. Each time, Immortal Diancai used the ‘Minor Five Elements Extermination’ to defend against the attack…but starting from the fifty-first bolt, he was clearly beginning to find it a bit difficult! The power of the fifty-second bolt caused his five Immortal swords to be smashed downwards by three hundred meters, and the fifty-third bolt caused the illusory mountain his swords had created to nearly be dispersed!

“The last one…the last one!” Ning and Immortal Fivecraze both stared intently.

BOOM!

The fifty-fourth bolt of skythunder came crashing down! This bolt of skythunder was tinged with a hint of violet light.

“Block!” Immortal Diancai’s aura actually grew even more powerful; his Dao-heart had been baptized by despair and grown even more stronger. The five Heavenraker swords ferociously battled upwards, transforming into an enormous illusory mountain.

BANG!!!!

The skythunder and the mountain crashed against each other. The mountain was completely destroyed and the five Immortal swords were blasted away…but the skythunder was completely dispersed as well.

“HE BLOCKED IT!” Immortal Fivecraze let out an excited howl.

Ning raised his head, staring intently at the lightning-cloud vortex in the skies. Immortal Fivecraze immediately did the same as well. Both were worried that even more skythunder would be coming. However…this time, no more came. The vortex of lightning in the skies began to dissipate towards the four directions, and as they did, a single streak of electricity began to swirl around Immortal Diancai’s body.

When this streak of lightning appeared and descended upon Immortal Diancai, his aura began to subtly change and grow profound; this was an aura that completely surpassed that of Void-level Earth Immortals and Loose Immortals.

“A Celestial Immortal Body.” Ning and Immortal Fivecraze both revealed looks of delight.

“Congratulations, Master.” After the final flickers of electricity disappeared, Ning immediately called out to his master in a loud voice.

“Junior apprentice-brother, that was a thunder tribulation of six nine-sets. It’s utterly unfathomable that a Ki Refiner actually met with six nine-sets…I imagine that generally, only disciples of Daofathers and other legendary figures would be subjected to such a tribulation. But you actually overcame it! Ahaha, I’m in utter awe of you. Junior apprentice-brother, hurry up and rest up; soon, the demonheart tribulation will arrive. You’ve already overcome the most dangerous and most terrifying tribulation, the thunder tribulation; don’t be felled by the demonheart tribulation,” Immortal Fivecraze said.

“Right.” Immortal Diancai nodded calmly, a smile on his face. He pointed a finger towards Ning, and all five Heavenraker swords immediately flew towards Ning. “I no longer need these five Immortal swords.”

Ning nodded, immediately taking back the five Heavenraker swords.

“The demonheart tribulation will take a minimum of seven days,” Immortal Fivecraze said solemly. “Ji Ning, when my junior apprentice-brother is undergoing his demonheart tribulation…we absolutely cannot allow anyone to disturb him. If there are any enemies preparing to attack, they will most likely do so during this final tribulation. You and I both need to be careful.”

“Right. Understood. No one will be permitted to disturb my master,” Ning said seriously as well.

His true body had trained in the [Eight-Nine Arcane Art]; it was extremely well-suited for close combat. He truly wasn’t worried about anyone in terms of a head-on fight. As for his Primaltwin, it had the [Heavenraker] sword formation, which would be formed from nine Heavenraker Immortal swords. All by himself, he would be able to deal with two Celestial Immortals.

No one would be allowed to interfere! No one at all! Regardless of who they were or who their backer was…they would not be permitted to disturb his master’s tribulation!

……

Within Stillwater Commandery. A ripple appeared in the darkness of the empty skies, and a white-robed female suddenly emerged from the ripple.

She had a slim, pretty face and a reserved aura, but she was on the level of an Earth Immortal or Loose Immortal. Her eyes, however, were filled with a natural arrogance, an arrogance that held all those before her in contempt.

“Mm?” The white-robed woman stared at the distant mountains. “Here we are!”


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  1. This is a wordplay; the word ‘extermination’ here is a two-part word, ‘miejue’ that when taken together means ‘extermination/complete destruction’, but when read separately can be interpreted as destroying despair.

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84 thoughts on “DE Book 14 Chapter 14” - NO SPOILERS

    1. Hey, why not as a countermeasure for the recent troubles on WW, the novel poster takes the first comment? That way there’d be less pointless bot refreshing and more interaction with the poster/translator!

      1. +1 for ryogawa. Removing the whole race and nip problem is much more difficult. Ryogawa suggestion is simpler and do not require specific change to the website.

        Thank you RWX for the chapter!

        1. There really isn’t a reason to refresh the site so many times since you’d be informed within two to three minutes upon posting through the feed (which doesn’t get flagged as bad traffic according to some other commenters). The only reason why one would refresh the site itself (oftentimes the preview page) so many times is for the first comment. Either that or people just don’t know how to use RSS feeds.

          1. You do realize that ‘you will be informed’ programs ARE the refresh bots? Unless you are using bassic e-mail subscription, all other programs that notify one of relase are F5’ing the site. If the program is not centralized and/or has stupid settings, like checking every minute, then we can see from where the artificial F5 spam is coming. It’s not from those few people looking for first, but from potentially thousands of people who use those not-too-well-made programs to get notification…

            Unless somebody is bot-spamming WW on purpose to create trouble… Doing One captcha as we access the site for the first time at the given day would be a good way to solve this potential problem (one captcha, not one every refresh like someone in the thread about this problem suggested… ;d )

        2. I’d go so far as to say that people getting first comment isn’t even a problem at all, and this huge “problem” can be completely solved by scrolling down the page a few lines. We should embrace our ww internet culture, rather than throwing rocks at some people trying to have light hearted fun. Why should anyone care if people download autorefreshing bots lol? It seems completely pointless to me, actually really hilarious. I enjoy the f5 sect, and all of the other various sects that cultivate for the 1st post. I hope they keep it up, and if it annoys you simply scroll down slightly.

          – Blackblade

          1. The main reason people care is because those auto-refreshing bots cause ads to repeatedly load, which registers on ad-serving platforms as massive amounts of traffic. This was what caused WW to be blacklisted by AppNexus.

          2. > Why should anyone care if people download autorefreshing bots lol?

            It can dramatically increase the bandwidth costs of running a web site when people want to download pages 100s of times. 😡 Sure, larger websites like this one use CDNs such as akamai to distribute the load, but those should also be charging based on bandwidth and number of requests, there will be some incremental cost even if most of the responses are just that ‘page hasn’t changed’ (which means the cache validity is more, which WW can’t really set since it will delay normal visitors from seeing latest version of a page … )

            > throwing rocks at some people trying to have light hearted fun

            Many sorts of ‘lighthearted fun’ can cause lots of trouble to others, should we just ignore them or try to discourage those actions? Whether it is chatting loudly in cinemas, posting others’ embarrassing pictures publicly on social sites, taking part in ddos attacks (which is what autorefresh bots do) etc. 🙁

            Yes, personally I value high S/N ratio in posts so I’m already biased against the ‘First post!’ spam. But this isn’t about disliking something that can be ignored, but actions that are clearly having a significant real cost on this site. Note that the donations afaik only go to TLers, not towards site maintenance – if ad networks can’t be used, at the very least WW would have to take a cut of those to pay the hosting costs.

          3. There is only 1 sect of the day of instant refreshing, there are factions in it though.

    2. Ooh, this time let me rope myself to your first, Ren! 😀

      Thanks for the great chapter, I also didn’t expect him to power-up and reveal that he won’t be a minor, soon-to-be discarded character ^.^ Can’t wait for the next chap! ^.^

    3. i thought that ning would go against the lightning and get exterminated… sort off and get lost in space or something for some years. but well we recently had a time skip anyway so it was a less likely event

    4. Well, i have to admit, this times for one of the rare times IET was able to write something completely unpredictable.

      When i saw the titles i thought it was either about Diancai failing or the assassins had come to kill Ning and he eliminated them quickly and maybe a mix of both.

      The assassins attempt on Ning would have caused Diancai to fail and be exterminated which in turn would have caused Ning to become really angry and exterminated all the assassins.

      Anyway, i never would have thought extermination would have ended being related to a skill 😛

    5. > the first time I read this

      And then you decided to troll us by not hiding the chapter title! I should’ve suspected something when such a clear title was not hidden for the teaser, but I fell for it 😛

      Hmm, it would be awesome if the major figure who helped Diancai with pointers was actually Heavenraker haha, considering the swords he was borrowing to use the art.

    6. Gotta do this again:

      When you hear the sound of thunder
      don’t you get too scared
      Just grab your thunder buddy
      and say these magic words:
      Fu*k you, Thunder! You can suck my d!ck
      You can’t get me Thunder
      because you’re just God’s farts

  1. Thanks for the chapter. Damn that scared me. Ji Ning finally has a reason to get to the top. I guess it’s just a matter of time until higher Cultivation Realms are revealed huh.

    1. Its already been hinted that they exist, since Nuwa has left the Three Realms a long time back (which is why she isn’t around to help with the current instability).

  2. Why is it so surprising for someone to have a breakthrough during their Tribulation? Not gonna lie though. Thought Diancai was doomed what with all the death flags he’s thrown up in the past few chapters. He isn’t out of the woods yet though.

    1. Because in order to make a Linley-breakthrough one needs to understand something while fighting. You can’t understand anything from this lightning since it doesn’t contain any mysteries. It’s literally just a bundle of lightning-shaped power that hits the person. Basically, making breakthroughs against someone doing something profound is relatively common, but it’s many times more rare against something like this that’s just pure power, since you’re not using outside stimulus to make the breakthrough…at least, in almost all cases. In this case, it was the thought of dying that filled him with despair and allowed him to breakthrough, not the lightning itself.

      1. cant understand anything from lightning? Qin Yu might have something to say about that! I think its quite thematic that this tribulation has lightning considering he enjoyed bathing in the lightning of his tribulations, and xiao hei actually ate the lightning from his XD… I dunno if Qinmeng is involved with DE but it seems likely

        1. Qin Yu didn’t learn anything from the lightning. The power systems in that world are different than in this one. This one is far more technique/knowledge focused rather than raw power focused like ST. In that one, they can get stronger through physical training, while that’s impossible (without a weird and probably low level technique) here. In this Cosmos you need to have a higher understanding of your technique and the Dao to be able to advance in strength. In that one you just continue getting training and make slow gains. It’s sort of like in CD, at low levels you need to amass power until the Saint level (which is like most of ST) while at high levels the main way to get stronger is to further your understanding (like this series) unless you have a special circumstance that allows you a different route (like the Eight-Nine Art here, or being born a Divine Beast in CD) although even then you need to train in order to effectively utilize your powers.

  3. We all knew that someone would come and interfere… And it seems like they’re here!
    But I really wasn’t expecting him to survive that. lol. Well played, IET!
    Thanks for the chapter, Ren! And grats on first. 😛

    1. I wonder how many chinese readers understood the pun when reading the chapter title, “Extermination,” and guessed the right outcome though (Ren’s footnote).

  4. Well they keep saying he’s not even the disciple of a Daofather… and the mysterious old man who transmitted him some techniques wasn’t really his master… hmm.

    Mebbe Pangu level

    1. I wouldn’t be surprised if that was Hongmeng or Linmeng, coming to check out a fateless candidate that was about to take a wrong path (or in this case closer to no path/suicide?)

    2. Nah. I think it’s Lu Dongbin. He’s a sword immortal and people say that he likes to travel around and leave legacies here and there so it should be him.

  5. Tbh, although I was sad about it I wish he had died there. I have a bad feeling about the master surviving. It seems as though the stimulus of his master dying there would’ve purified Ning’s Dao Heart enough for him to maybe make it to the Grandmist stage later on, but it looks like his master is going to survive…
    I have a feeling that Ning isn’t going to reach Linmeng’s level, although he’ll probably get close…

  6. Well, glad to see my predictions didn’t come true from last chapter. I take back what I said about the author, that was well played. Nice chapter thx.

  7. Who is that mysterious old man? And when did he casually give such a technique to him? Find out on the next episode of Desolate Era.

    Although they can’t set up formations to defend against the tribulations, but they could set up a formation on the outer perimeter/outside the mountain(which leads to this minor planet) to detect and slow down any threats.

    1. I think it’s Lu Dongbin. He’s a sword immortal and people say that he likes to travel around and leave legacies here and there so it should be him.

    2. Thats what I was thinking too, now that the physical tribulations are over they should set up barriers to slow people down if they try to attack him. Luckily their target is Ning so Diancai shouldnt be in too much danger, but i have a feeling they’ll try to kill him anyway

  8. Ahhhhh!! I teared up during this chapter. So much suspense! Even though Immortal Diancai hasn’t played a huge role in the novel, I still find myself attached to him. Especially after it mentioned how similar to Ning’s father he is. I seriously hope he makes it! Damnit! I have no doubt there are several more chapters to go before he finishes his tribulation since we all know people are going to attack.

  9. Awesome. From the very beginning, I was really afraid he wouldn’t make it… Now I’m a lot more optimistic, though still a little on the edge of my seat. Thanks for the cliffhanger-resolving chapter.

    Seven days sure is a lot longer than I expected. I think a similar tribulation in another one of IET’s novels was nearly instantaneous.

    1. In Stellar Transformations all of the tribulations were over in an hour or two. They were extremely similar to this set of tribulations but they all happened together

      1. “together” isn’t really the right word lol. That would be rather terrifying if they all happened together. They happened consecutively with only a small break in between. Seriously though, I can’t help but think that this Cosmos should be ranked higher than ST’s Cosmos, since the power levels seem like they should be higher. I’m pretty sure they’re either on the same level or else this one’s lower though, considering the end of ST.

  10. thanks for the chapter,
    whew, it took some time for me to actually read the chapter, cause I expected him to die, but I guess it could still happen with these inbound assassins

  11. Thanks for the chapter! I did not expect him to power up during the tribulation I thought he was dead for sure he’s not in the clear yet though it looks like people are coming to stir trouble I’m also a little worried about the demonheart tribulation since he’s still thinking about his junior apprentice sister though

  12. This is weird.
    Did I misread before?
    I thought it said before that Furboy and melancholyman were comparable in their level of swordplay, now however it seems melancholyman is far below Furboy.
    I guess I will have to reread the last few chapters…

    (and thanks for the new chapter)

    1. Before the tribulation they were on par in terms of swordplay, but Ning has access to many more sword skills than Diancai so his techniques are probably much more powerful. On top of that, Ning is a fiendgod body refiner and has high level divine techniques, so his strength is thousands of times higher than diancai. So I mean, diancai isn’t bad, but he’s no ning

  13. I wonder if Ning’s motivation is diminished because Diancai actually managed to pull through. Kind of awkward when you’re getting all prepared to be fueled by your grief and then the guy doesn’t die.

    1. Yeah, I feel like Ning won’t be able to make it to the level of Hongmeng and them due to this, but the series is still quite a few books, so we’ll see.

    1. He said he’ll try to get them out this weekend (so some should’ve been out by now) but it looks like dealing with the stupid refreshers is taking too much of his time, so I don’t think he’ll be able to do them this week. It’s possible he might make it up later though.

  14. Wow he lived, never would have expected a mc power up in a non main character. But now the questions are who is that woman and who was the guy that taught him that sword art. Thanks for the chapter.

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