DE Book 16 Chapter 6

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Book 16, The Nihilum Zone, Chapter 6 – Wandering

“A place like this actually exists? Not even the Dao of the Heavens is present…then, this means that all of the mysteries and intricacies of the Dao are useless here.” Ning waved his hand, instantly producing a Darknorth sword. He immediately waved the sword out. Swish! Sword-light flashed…but nothing else happened. It must be understood that at Ning’s current level, any casual sword blow was capable of summoning the power and majesty of Heaven and Earth; for example, the ninth stance of the [Three-Foot Sword] could transform the sword into a divine black dragon!

But right now…no matter how Ning swung his sword and no matter what sword-arts he used, the only thing that accompanied his sword was a flash of sword-light…and the flash came from light reflecting off the Darknorth sword!

“It doesn’t matter how deep my insights into the Dao are?”

“What the hell sort of a place is this?” Ning was mystified…but then he had a thought. “Can this be the legendary…Primordial Ruinworld?”

Ning had heard of the Primordial Ruinworld when he had been at Mount Innerheart. It was the most dangerous place that he knew of, a place that existed within the Void that was beyond the Three Realms.

According to the legends…

After Pangu’s World shattered, the Three Realms were born…but the ‘skeleton’ of Pangu’s World remained. These remnants were known as the Primordial Ruinworld! The Primordial Ruinworld was not a complete world; it was a shattered world, making it even more terrifying. Space and time were in a state of chaos here, and dangers abounded.

Even True Gods and Daofathers risked death by coming here.

“Wait, that’s not right.” Ning shook his head. “The Primordial Ruinworld should be akin to a collection of shattered worlds; why is it that I’m within a region that is surrounded by voidwinds, as though I was within a completely empty area?”

“Senior bear, Rahu Bow,” Ning suddenly called out.

Whoosh! A black-robed youth appeared next to him; it was the Rahu Bow.

“Senior bear?” Ning called out again.

“It’s dangerous in the outside world; I cannot emerge.” The giant yellow bear’s voice rang out within Ning’s mind.

“Dangerous? Aren’t you the spirit of the underwater estate?” Ning was puzzled.

The black-robed youth said, surprised, “Master, don’t you know? Senior bear, through cultivation as the spirit of the underwater estate, has long since transcended being a mere treasure. He is now a true, living being.”

“What?!” Ning was stunned.

“You damned bow…I haven’t even told him yet, and you went and blurted it out,” the giant yellow bear sent mentally.

Ning called out in surprise, “Senior bear, you…you’ve already…” Ning had naturally heard that treasure-spirits could cultivate, and that spirits of Protocosmic spirit-treasures could even become Immortals, completely escaping the confines of their treasure-body and existing on their own!

“I wasn’t in a rush to tell you, but I didn’t expect this Rahu Bow to blurt it out. Yes…Master treated me with tremendous kindness. In the Three Realms, there have always been Protocosmic spirit-treasures who have trained to become Celestial Immortals; in fact, some have even become Daofathers! After forging me, Master taught me cultivation methods suitable for treasure-spirits. Over the passage of countless years, I’ve naturally been slowly training in these methods. I’ve long ago become a true, living creature. However…my level of cultivation isn’t high enough, and I cannot yet completely escape the Starseizing Manor,” the giant yellow bear said.

“Ah?!” Ning was speechless. Suddenly, he thought back to the first time he had met with Patriarch Subhuti. Patriarch Subhuti had said something, back then: “Go back to the Starseizing Manor. You cannot break away from the Starseizing Manor for now.” Back then, Ning had been confused by what the Daofather had meant by these words, and had also been puzzled by why the giant yellow bear was able to shed tears.

So this was the reason behind it all!

“The outside world is dangerous and can cause tremendous damage to me. I cannot go out,” the giant yellow bear sent mentally. “Ji Ning, you have the [Eight-Nine Arcane Art] protecting you, while the Rahu Bow has not cultivated and thus has nothing to worry about.”

“Senior bear, Rahu Bow…do you know where we are?” Ning asked.

Both of these figures had existed since the Primordial Era.

“Where we are…?” The giant bear was puzzled.

“I don’t know either…” The Rahu Bow was similarly puzzled.

Ning suddenly remembered that when Pangu’s World had been destroyed, one had been sealed away within the Crescent world while the other had hidden within the world of the Grand Xia. Most likely, they knew very little about the outside worlds.

“I’ve heard that the skeletal remnants of the shattered Primordial World, also known as the Primordial Ruinworld, still exist. Within that place, space and time are in a state of chaos. In some places, not even the Dao of the Heavens exist, and even True Gods or Daofathers who go there might perish,” Ning said. “The Dao of the Heavens does not exist in this place, so my guess is that this is the Primordial Ruinworld. However…the only thing around me is an endless void. I can even sense a voidwind, but there are no continents whatsoever. So what do you two think? Where are we?”

“Who told you that the Primordial Ruinworld consists of the skeletal remnants of Pangu’s World?” The Rahu Bow asked.

“Isn’t this public knowledge?” Ning asked.

Ning did indeed know that the destruction of Pangu’s World involved many secrets…but aside from the skeletal remnants of Pangu’s World, what else could the Primordial Ruinworld be?

“What the public knows is wrong!” The black-robed youth was disdainful.

“It is indeed wrong,” the giant yellow bear sent mentally. “In fact, even I’m not too sure about the true truth behind the birth of the Primordial Ruinworld.”

“Eh?” Ning was startled. “Senior bear, what do you know?”

“Ask your master in the future,” the giant yellow bear said. “The Rahu Bow and I are merely treasures, and Rahu’s master, Qi, was merely an Empyrean God. Although the master I followed was more powerful, Master hid me away long before he went to participate in the final battle, and so I know very little. Your master’s status is even higher than my master’s; he definitely knows far more than me.”

Ning nodded lightly.

“However…I can tell you with certainty that the Primordial Ruinworld isn’t as simple a matter as you have described it to be. If it truly was merely the remnants of Pangu’s World, how could it be such a terrifying place? You need to understand that Pangu’s World was an extremely normal world, whereas the Primordial Ruinworld you have described is far too terrifying. Not even the Dao of the Heavens exists within it…it truly is bizarre!” The giant yellow bear continued, “As for this place where you are right now…I’ve given it some thought, and I believe that it should be the region where the Void meets the Primordial Ruinworld…the Nihilum Zone!”

“Nihilum Zone?” Ning’s eyes instantly lit up.

He naturally knew about nihilum zones.

A major world was like an island that existed within the vast, infinite Void! At the borders where the Void met the island, stormy voidwaves would emerge and crash against the world. This region would commonly be referred to as a nihilum zone. However, because major worlds were ‘tiny’, the voidwaves around them would be very weak, and so the nihilum zones around the likes of the Grand Xia world were quite safe. For people like Ning, at least, they were like tiny little ripples.

“Right. Everyone says that the Primordial Ruinworld is comparable to Pangu’s World in size; it is infinitely vaster than ordinary major worlds,” Ning immediately said. “Then the place where the Primordial Ruinworld meets with the Void will naturally have far more powerful voidstorms.”

“Right!”

“This should indeed be the Nihilum Zone outside the Primordial Ruinworld,” Ning said. “Only a place as mysterious as the Primordial Ruinworld can possibly result in a place where even the Dao of the Heavens cannot be sensed.”

“Ji Ning, no matter what, you absolutely must not enter the Primordial Ruinworld. The Primordial Ruinworld probably still has remnants of dangerous power within it,” the giant yellow bear sent hurriedly. “A huge number of True Gods and Daofathers died in the past within this place; even if it’s no longer as dangerous as it was before, for someone like you to enter might result in instant disintegration.”

“Right, right, right. Don’t go in!” The Rahu Bow hurriedly agreed.

“Of course not. After all, according to the legends…not even True Gods or Daofathers are willing to recklessly enter the Primordial Ruinworld.” Ning nodded.

……

An hour later.

Boom…

The voidwaves were growing increasingly powerful, sending Ning flipping more than ten thousand kilometers away before he was able to come to a halt.

“…That’s way too much power. The harder I press forward, the more powerful the waves become.” Ning felt helpless. “How am I supposed to get out of here?”

“You are so stupid.” The black-robed youth stood next to him, completely ignoring the voidwaves. He roared with laughter, “The voidwaves will naturally weaken once they grow close to a major world…but the farther away they are, the more savage they become, until they reach a certain limit! If this Primordial Ruinworld is comparable to Pangu’s World in size, then most likely only a True God or Daofather will be able to force their way out of the Nihilum Zone. Not even Empyrean Gods or True Immortals will be able to accomplish it. Given your power…there’s no way you can possibly force your way out past the waves.”

“Then am I supposed to just go along with the waves?” Ning asked.

“If you go with the waves, you’ll end up in the Primordial Ruinworld. That’s death,” the Rahu Bow said.

“Then what should I do?” Ning was helpless.

He couldn’t force his way against the waves, but if he went along with them into the Primordial Ruinworld, that would be suicide.

“What else can you do? Try your best to stay alive,” the Rahu Bow said. “Just slowly train within this Nihilum Zone. The power of the Solar Star and Lunar Star cover this place; you can continue to train in divine power.”

“That’s my only choice, I suppose.” Ning couldn’t come up with any ideas, no matter what he did.

So…he might as well as just wander.

He’d slowly drift about on the voidwaves. As long as he didn’t go too close to the Primordial Ruinworld, it didn’t matter where he went.

He would train on his journey.

……

As Ning was drifting about within the Nihilum Zone outside the Primordial Ruinworld. Within the Youngflame clan’s tower.

Whoosh! A streak of light flew into the tower; it was the horned, golden-robed man.

“Ancestor.”

“Master.”

Everyone called out to him.

“I’ve already sent Windraiser to the mini-Netherworld.” The Youngflame Ancestor nodded, then said, “The Ten Yama-Kings of Hell of the mini-Netherworld gave me face, but Windraiser’s sin was simply too deep; he’s currently being tormented and tortured within the endless depths of Hell. After his torture ends and his sin has dissipated, he’ll be reborn into your Youngflame clan. However…that will be more than eight million years from now.”

Celestial Immortals Infatuation, Sunfish, and the others all nodded.

Tremendous sinners who entered the Netherworld would indeed suffer mightily; there was nothing that could be done about this.

“Ji Ning and Windraiser both suffered the descent of karmic sinflames.” The Youngflame Ancestor’s face turned grim and sinister. “Now that more than seven days has passed…he is either dead or alive. Come up with a way to have some of our people go investigate Ji Ning’s school, the Black-White College. If he is dead, his life-tablet within the Black-White College will shatter. Investigate in detail; we absolutely must find out if his life-tablet is intact or not.”

“Alright.” Each of them assented.

“I’ll make the arrangements,” Celestial Immortal Arcanum said. He carried out the most miscellaneous tasks amongst their group; after all, he was the weakest of the Celestial Immortals.

“Fine. Arcanum, you can hanldle it. Remember, you have to investigate this in detail; you have to verify whether or not his life-tablet is intact. You can’t just listen to some wild rumors or speculations.” The Youngflame Ancestor’s eyes narrowed. “Until I know for sure that he is dead…I will find it hard to rest at ease.”

All six of them had solemn looks on their faces.

If Ning didn’t die, they would feel uneasy.

After all…it was incredibly difficult for a Celestial Immortal to be born, but they had lost two of them to Ji Ning! In addition, if Ning truly had managed to survive…that calamitous fiend would most likely cause the Youngflame clan to continue to suffer terrifying losses in the future.


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49 thoughts on “DE Book 16 Chapter 6” - NO SPOILERS

  1. Tyty.

    I wonder when the next stage after Daofather shows up or is revealed. It’s pretty obvious that they’re like middle of the barrel level at best.

    1. That is actually rather valid. They only have one mastered Heavenly Dao. And even then its not explicitly stated that its fully mastered merely gained insight into.

      1. Um no, it was already said that in order to become a Celestial Immortal or Empyrean God you need to have mastered at least one normal Dao, although Empyrean Gods are MUCH harder to train to. To become a True God/Pure Yang True Immortal you need to have mastered one Grand Dao, and to become a Daofather you need to have mastered one of the ten Heavenly Daos. That being said, there’s probably an insanely powerful level that one can reach if one masters a Heavenly Dao while being a Fiendgod Body Refiner. On top of that, there are probably VAST differences between Daofathers based on what Heavenly Dao they’ve mastered, as well as if they’ve mastered multiple. The absolute limit of power would probably be mastering the Heavenly Daos of Metal, Fire, Water, Earth, and Wood considering those should be the basic building blocks of this Cosmos according to Chinese mythology. Judging from what’s been said so far though, by mastering Daos one should actually be able to create their own techniques to strengthen their bodies. For example, Daofather Crimsonbright should probably have mastered the Heavenly Daos of Fire and Water as well as Grand Daos of Wind since that’s used as support for the fusion of the energy of the Solar Star and Lunar Star to create the Crimsonbright Diagram of the Shining Heavens that Ning trains in.

        1. The logic behind “There’s probably a level above Daofather” seems legit to me, when you think about it.
          We now know that “the dao”, in all of its forms, is just a form of system that exists within the 3 realms. In order to become strong, you just master the rules that the system *provides you*.

          I’d say there’s a level being daofather, one whom mastered the toughest of rules, which is to basically create your own rules. Although I can’t tell if it’s exactly the right comparison, but look at Pangu and Nuwa, who created basically “everything”.

        1. Don’t be an ass, man. Ren’s speed at translating is still top-tier, even if it’s a fair bit slower than when he was translating CD. When he was translating CD he had a lot of problems though, like gaining weight and not having time for literally anything other than work and translating.

  2. Yes, that calamitous fiend Ji Ning. How dare he decide to take offense to our precious little Yongflame trying to kill him. And how could he take up the grudge we fostered between his family and ours after we attempted to wipe his mother’s clan out in order to monopolize a divine ability. The gall of him!

    So Senior Bear is a real bear now, huh? That’s actually pretty cool. It does explain a lot about him and how he seemed a little different from the other sapient items. More caring in a sense.

  3. Thanks for the chapter

    Grand Xia Emperor is a fool if he wanted to be friends, with sending the guards after t he Fiendgods.

    Yes, he has to send the guard as example to “protect his subordinates””, but didn’t matter how fast he sent out the guards. Could have tld Guard to delay until Yongflame’s shield broke and some of the Celectrial Immortals died. Thus Ji Ning would have an easier time weaking YongFlame even more.

    1. If this had all happened before the approaching storm, then he probably would have done just that since he already isn’t very found of the 4 great clans, but right now, he needs all the strength he can get. Alienating one of his subordinate clans with 8 celestial immortals that can be added to his fighting force would be foolish, not getting involved in a fight that Ji Ning took up himself when Ji Ning didn’t expect him to was the smartest thing to do. I doubt Ji Ning is going to fault him for doing what he is expected of him.

      1. Especially that he needs the support of the clans under him, else he will push them to the enemy’s side. The enemy is offering loads of treasures and trying to lure all the clans to support them.

        If the xia emperor lets all the Yongflame’s celestial immortals die that’s equivalent to letting them be annihilated. Which will raise the question if he will sacrifice all their clans in the coming storm.

  4. I was thinking … immortals get this premonition thingy when danger is near, or when there’s a chance to obtain wealth and fame, so why didn’t Ning feel Windraiser’s actions were strange at any point or sense something off?

    Anyway, we’ll have to see Ning walking left and right, jumping up and down, for a few chapters. Then he’ll come across a lucky break and not only escape and go back to the Grand Xia, but also level up in the process. Personally, I think it’s about time Ning encountered another legacy on the level of the underwater estate, but greater since he is stronger than before. With those Seamless Gate and other groups around, clearly Daofathers are nothing special in the entire novel’s power rankings.

    1. 1) The premonition only sometimes happens, and usually is related to general directions they should go to, like attending the Conclave of Immortal Destiny.
      2) Even if Ning did feel danger, that would actually make it more likely for him to try hitting the balls since in doing so he can judge if they’re a threat and better deal with it, whether that be hitting it harder or else dodging.
      3) The Starseizing Manor is already absolutely top level in the Three Realms, this isn’t ISSTH where Meng Hao gets legacies wherever he goes.

    2. He hasn’t even gotten everything from the underwater estate. It’s top tier and still has tons of places Jin Ning still can’t go until he gets stronger.

    1. I hope they destroy his tablet, considering how they have his Spirit Beasts that can check if he’s alive and by destroying the tablet they can get the Youngflame Clan to let their guard down a bit.

    1. if he can’t feel the Dao how would he be able to upgrade?

      I feel like calling this the Twilight Zone, De de de D, DE de de D, De de de D!
      Pick a man, floating throughout the Void space. Free to transcend the next level of celestial immortals only to find out he there is NO DAO!!! Dum dum!
      lol

      Oh, Thanks Ren for the Chapter!

      1. I guess he’ll master whatever forces are behind the void winds and waves.

        Or maybe he will discover what happened to Nuawa (spell check please).He has to do something about those sin flames.

  5. Thanks for the chapter RWX! The arrogance of that group. Suffer losses? You mean annihilation. He already has karmic sinflames. Might as well go all the way then and be like Senior Apprentice Brother Silvermoon.

  6. TYVM for the chapter!

    “However…that will be more than eight million years from now.”

    Hmmm, that would be cool if the author uses this (8 million years) down the road unexpectedly (Chekhov’s gun).

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