DE Book 17 Chapter 18

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Book 17, Celestial Immortal, Chapter 18 – Demonheart

“Thank you, your Imperial Majesty.” Ji Ning was utterly delighted.

The Xia Emperor nodded. “The Celestial Tribulation is the greatest, most dangerous tribulation any Immortal cultivator will face on his path. One cannot be overconfident in dealing with it. Since you have karmic sinflames around you, your demonheart tribulation will definitely be quite extraordinary…”

Ning nodded.

Right.

Demonheart…

Last time, when the karmic sinflames had unleashed three rounds of tribulations upon him, Ning had realized how terrifying his demonheart tribulation would be. In truth…he didn’t know for certain if he would be able to withstand it this time.

“Then I’ll leave now, your Imperial Majesty,” Ning said.

“Go. I’ll decide upon your tribulation area within the next two days,” the Xia Emperor said.

Ning immediately left.

This trip had been worth it. The Xia Emperor’s promise of assistance…if a Daofather truly was going to protect him, then he would have no outside factors to worry about during his Celestial Tribulation.

……

“Damn.”

The day after Ning had gone to speak to the Xia Emperor. The azure-robed woman had previously been seating calmly in the lotus position atop her jade bed. Now, her face changed. She immediately barked, “Hurry up and invite True Immortal Gaudy, True Immortal Deadgrass, Celestial Immortal Blackheaven, Celestial Immortal Venomfreak, Empyrean God Threesuns, and Empyrean God Beastleave. Also invite the leaders of the Myriad Demons Cave and Bloodcloud Hall.”

“Alright.” The maid outside immediately acknowledged the order.

A short while later, everyone had arrived within the palace.

Empyrean God Azurefox, Empyrean God Threesuns, and Empyrean God Beastleave were of the Seamless Gate. True Immortal Gaudy and True Immortal Deadgrass were both Pure Yang True Immortals, while Celestial Immortal Blackheaven was equivalent to them in status. Immortal Venomfreak had the lowest status of the group.

Empyrean Gods and True Immortals were major figures of the Three Realms, after all, and when they took on masters, their masters were usually Daofathers. In fact, within the Three Realms, almost all Empyrean Gods or True Immortals had a Daofather or True God supporting them. Thus, even though Ji Ning might have a Daofather master, they wouldn’t really care that much; the only thing causing them some nervousness was the fact that Ji Ning had trained in the [Eight-Nine Arcane Art].

“The situation has changed.” After everyone arrived, the azure-robed woman spoke out in a solemn voice.

“What happened?” They all looked at her.

They knew that she must have invited them all over to discuss matters pertaining to Ji Ning. The faces of Blackheaven and Venomfreak instantly changed; of the people present, these two cared about this matter the most.

The azure-robed woman said solemnly, “I just received word that the location of Ji Ning’s tribulation has been set.”

“Where?” Blackheaven immediately asked.

“He asked the Xia Emperor to protect him. The Xia Emperor, wanting to be cautious, didn’t summon his own forces. Instead, he reported this to Daofather Crimsonbright, asking for Ji Ning to be allowed to undergo his tribulation at Daofather Crimsonbright’s seat of awakening. Daofather Crimsonbright has already given the nod and agreed,” the azure-robed woman said.

This news was actually top-secret. The Xia Emperor hadn’t even told his subordinates about it, and very few people by the side of Daofather Crimsonbright knew about it. The Seamless Gate, however, had found out right away. The accuracy and lethality of their intelligence…it was the best in the Three Realms! It had reached an utterly terrifying level.

However, the people present didn’t have any desire to ponder about such matters. All of them knew exactly how formidable the Seamless Gate’s intelligence network was.

“Daofather Crimsonbright?”

“If it’s at his seat of awakening, then we have no chance at all.”

“Are we going to have to invite a major power?”

They all began to worry.

Forget about their incarnations and their clones; even if they sent their true bodies in to violate a Daofather’s seat of awakening…Daofather Crimsonbright would probably wipe them all out in an instant.

“There’s no way our superiors will start a war against Daofather Crimsonbright for Ji Ning’s sake.” The azure-robed woman shook her head. “Once a battle starts, the other Daofathers and True Gods will jump in as well…the end result might be a massive, chaotic war amongst True Gods and Daofathers. We can’t possibly afford to pay such a price.”

“Right.” They all nodded.

If a huge storm erupted due to personal grudges between True Gods and Daofathers, that was one thing. But if as a result of their report, a huge storm erupted that claimed the lives of two or three of their Daofathers…they wouldn’t be able to bear that sort of responsibility.

“Then what should we do?” Blackheaven frowned and barked.

Everyone was silent.

However, the horned figure that had been silent up till now suddenly laughed. “I have an idea.”

“Oh?” All of them looked over to him.

Immortal Venomfreak laughed, “Exalted Immortals, all of you should know that when Ji Ning battled against my Youngflame clan, he was punished with karmic sinflames.”

“Yes.”

“Right.”

All of their eyes lit up; they were all intelligent people, and only one word was all it took for them to sense what Immortal Venomfreak was saying.

“Due to the karmic sinflames, when he undergoes his Celestial Tribulation, the power of the wind, fire, and thunder tribulations will increase significantl, but those aren’t that important…what really matters is his demonheart tribulation. That’s when the tribulation shall become the most astonishing and the most terrifying.” Immortal Venomfreak laughed. “I already know exactly what sort of a person this Ji Ning is; he cares deeply about filial piety and loyalty to his loved ones and friends. He’s willing to die for his loved ones, and he’s also willing to die for his brothers.”

“Right.” The nearby fire-robed man nodded. “To save his junior apprentice-brother, this Ji Ning once launched a major battle within one of the bases of our Myriad Demons Cave, not worrying about offending us at all.”

“His devotion to his friends is worthy of our admiration; although I, Venomfreak, would never act like him, I still admire him very much.” Immortal Venomfreak chortled. “The greatest strength of a person like him is that his devotion can make his Dao-heart incredibly, terrifyingly strong. But at the same time, his devotion is also his weak spot; once it crumbles, then his Dao-heart will also crumble.”

“Now, since Ji Ning overcame karmic sinflames, it’s not very likely that we will be able to make the devotion he feels for his loved ones crumble. However…it’s possible for us to fill his heart with boundless rage and hate!”

“Kill those who he cares about!”

“Kill that ‘Uncle White’, who he treats as he would a father or a mother! Kill that obedient little spirit-beast of his, that Azure Skysnake!”

“Kill that Autumn Leaf, who he loves as he would a sister.”

“His Dao-companion, Yu Wei.”

“His junior apprentice-brother, Mu Northson.”

“Kill them all! Ji Ning will definitely be enraged, and he’ll definitely turn berserk and go mad!” Immortal Venomfreak’s smile began even more brilliant. “Although sometimes madness can increase one’s power…during the demonheart tribulation, going berserk is one of the greatest taboos. There are very, very few berserk demons who are capable of overcoming their Celestial Tribulation, unless they truly have pure Dao-hearts and truly are born demons. However, Ji Ning is not a demon by nature; there’s no way he can have a pure, demonic Dao-heart.”

“Good idea.” The azure-robed woman nodded. “However, Yu Wei cannot be killed.”

“Cannot kill Yu Wei?” Immortal Venomfreak nodded. “Although killing the others would also enrage him…Yu Wei is his Dao-companion. Killing her will have the greatest impact on Ji NIng.”

“No. Yu Wei is Lu Dongbin’s disciple. Our target right now is Ji Ning; I don’t want to pull Lu Dongbin into the mix.” The azure-robed woman swept them with her gaze. “You should all know that if Lu Dongbin gets involved…then our branch of the Seamless Gate probably wouldn’t be able to survive.”

Everyone turned solemn.

The Godking had a total of three hundred Seamless Gates under his command. Although their particular branch was strong, Lu Dongbin himself was incredibly powerful, and his friends spanned the Three Realms. He was only friendly terms with more than ten True Gods and Daofathers. One of them treated Lu Dongbin like a son…and that one was one of the most supremely powerful leaders of the Daoist Path. If Lu Dongbin got into the mix…it could indeed cause a tremendous storm. Even if he just called his friends, such as the Eight Immortals of the High Caves, that would be enough to wipe out their Seamless Gate.

“Fine. We won’t touch Yu Wei.”

“Don’t touch her.”

Everyone agreed.

Immortal Venomfreak secretly smirked. These people only dared to go after the easy targets. It seemed as though in the Seamless Gate…only the most powerful of figures would dare cause trouble for the likes of Lu Dongbin. These Empyrean Gods and True Immortals present today, at least, didn’t have the courage to go up against him.

“Haha, killing the others is enough. That Uncle White, that Autumn Leaf…they are family to Ji NIng.” Immortal Venomfreak laughed. “Gatemaster, when shall we move?”

“There’s no time to waste. Let’s make some quick preparations, then make our move tomorrow morning and assault Serpentwing Lake.” The azure-robed woman added, “If Ji Ning is at Serpentwing Lake as well, then let’s kill him as well. If we can’t kill him, killing those targets will satisfy our objectives.”

“Right.”

They all nodded.

Time flowed on. Soon, the day ended…and the next day arrived.


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65 thoughts on “DE Book 17 Chapter 18” - NO SPOILERS

  1. I kinda want to call BS on the ability of the Seamless Gate to get information. They might be even better at it than Subhuti is and he is supposed to be amazing mainly because of this ability. There needs to be an explanation on how they know this stuff.

    I don’t care about the Ji clan though, I purely hope nothing happens to Autumn Leaf, something about her wholehearted devotion just makes me all warm and fuzzy.

    1. it was kinda bleh when their leader just immediately knew that subhuti was ji nings master, despite us being constantly told that subhuti is a totally mysterious badass. but based on that and that they contacted yu wei through her dreams, id assume theres some kind of connection between subhuti and the seamless gate leader

    2. I know right. The author NEEDS to offer an explanation because I cannot take this shit. He’s just been dumping problem after problem on Ning’s head because of this ‘information gathering’ ability. Seriously, let’s think logically. If he didn’t tell anybody else besides Xia Emperor and Xia Emperor was so secretive about it, I’m pretty sure not even the f*cking NSA could find it out. And this God king of theirs he shouldn’t know what he’s never seen before. In my opinion, this is pretty big nonsense. But this is just me ranting because I don’t want any more tragedies to happen to Ji Ning.

    3. i totally agree with you guys on this, very bs on the information how they got it so fast, hope author will give a thorough detail on it. every time they mention they got the info on anyone, i was like wtf how?

    4. We’ve already seen that the Godking can conjure up information out of the aether, much like Patriarch Subhuti. There’s also the hints that it’s Daoist Threelives, in which case he probably also knows Dream of the Three Realms or an equivalent, given his relationship with Subhuti. It’s not really so hard to believe they could find out.

      It’d be one thing if it wasn’t foreshadowed, but it was.

    5. To everyone here calling BS, I’d like to join in, however it’s also been pretty clear that he’s somehow getting his info from the Dao of the Heavens themselves, whether it’s a technique like Subhuti’s Dream of the Three Realms or something else. This guy has known everything else, yet he doesn’t understand anything that happened when Ning was trapped in the Primordial Ruinworld (iirc it was called that) where the main difference seems to be that the Dao of the Heavens isn’t there, only the Dao of Chaos, which is the origin of the other Daos, is. My guess is this guy probably controls something in this Cosmos that pertains to the Dao of the Heavens, sort of like the death thing in CD that the Chief Sovereign of Death used to revive Linley’s father and friends. They even said that the Dao of the Heavens wasn’t there, meaning he couldn’t make a Dao Oath since he couldn’t be punished or monitored there.

  2. Kk for some reason I feel that either the azure snake or autumn leaf will live but not both of them though. If the azure snake lives, it will probably be because she fully masters the qiankun dao and therefore can ignore other qiankun master. I have no idea how autumn leaf will live though and old white is just doomed lol😂

  3. Thanks for the chapter.

    Hmm was that a half chapter? Haven’t seen one that looked that small in a while.

    I’m kind of surprised Ning hasn’t moved his loved ones to a safer place as he knows he is being targeted, kinda stupid on his part.

    1. I’d imagine he’s greatly underestimating their intelligence network, and while he knows it’s unusually good, he doesn’t realise how ridiculously good it truly is.

    2. Ning has been shown to underestimate his foes and make foolish decisions. Him not taking his loved ones to safety is not at all surprising. Also, if the author has him make a smart decision at this point then he’ll have to seriously rack his brain to create conflict.

      1. Um, where exactly do you mean by “safe?” As in, somewhere outside of the formations that can block up to the True Immortal (iirc) level? Or outside of the Three Realms?

  4. Thanks for the chapter!

    I was wondering when will they attack the Serpentwing Lake & how high are the defence Ji Ning and Uncle White setup.

    The author should give us more clue regarding how they inquire their information.

  5. you know what would be the funniest thing, if Ji Ning tribulations and its just goes: You are a celestial immortal, no need for a tribulation, move on, nothing to see here. XD

  6. Correct me if I’m wrong—but doesn’t the Azure Snake have a Primal Twin?
    Hard to remember when one’s reading is spread over many weeks/months…
    Saxon Violence

  7. I think the Godking must be reading this novel that’s the only explanation i can come up with. How else can he know everything that is going on in the Three Realms, even information about the most mysterious figure (Subhuti) and top secrets like Crimsinbright helping Ji Ning?

  8. Thanks for the chapter RWX and Evoboy! I’m guessing the Godking has something similar to Patriarch Subhuti’s Dream. Hoping the Xia Emperor and Ji Ning think to send his important people to safe places as well.

  9. IET needs to give a satisfactory explanation on how the SG gets its information; because at this point, I just feel like I’m being taken for a fool.

    1. It’s already been made pretty clear it has something to do with the Dao of the Heavens themselves, maybe there’s a secret paragon-like level that allows one to know anything touched by the Dao? That would explain how they got wrong info of the period when Ji Ning was trapped in the Nihilum Zone. Either that, or more likely, an item that the world formed. It’s also possible that a pseudo-Grandmist Body level person exists that was able to take some level of control over the Cosmos.

  10. I don’t understand the author after i read theses last chapters.
    Ji Ning seems to be a genius in the Dao of the sword but he is not a smart MC… :/
    I hope Autumn Leaf, Uncle White and little Qing will be fine.

    Thanks for the chapter RWX! 🙂

  11. haven’t read yet, but still enduring it 🙂
    i left it with book 15 now its near book 18
    i need to endure it till 18 before reading it again 🙂

    Thanks 🙂

  12. TYVM for the chapter!

    Well, it’s a bit of a cliff but at least they haven’t got to the actual attack yet. I’m sure there will be the cliff of Mt. Tai inbound!

  13. Thanks for the chapter.

    “Due to the karmic sinflames, when he undergoes his Celestial Tribulation, the power of the wind, fire, and thunder tribulations will increase significantl, but those aren’t that important…what really matters is his demonheart tribulation.
    -significantly,

    He was only friendly terms with more than ten True Gods and Daofathers.
    -He was on friendly terms

  14. On the brightside there is that whole endless immortal river of souls that no one can touch. Basically moves outside of all reality and when people’s souls are “destroyed” they simply have what is more like an avatar of their true soul removed. Fascinating really. And a nice way to make souls truly immortal.

    Thanks for the chapter.

  15. Jack is ANGRY!
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  16. ok I’m over the whole “we know everything” plot. if their leader is so OP and future-sighted then why have they not already won and whats the point of fighting someone that knows everything in the universe because it’s pointless.

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