DE Book 18, Chapter 22

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Book 18, Pure Yang, Chapter 22 –

Breakthrough, Pure Yang True Immortal

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Atop a mountain that hovered within the vast Void outside the Three Realms.

This towering mountain was a million kilometers long. This was the abode of Daofather Crimsonbright.

An old man with long azure hair was seated in the lotus position. Below him stood a large group of powerful Empyrean Gods and True Immortals, a clone of the black-robed Xia Emperor among them.

“That Fiendgod army is finished.” Daofather Crimsonbright let out a soft sigh.

A round mirror of light was hovering in the air, allowing them to view the results of the battle. Daofather Crimsonbright had personally cast this technique.

“It’s finished.”

“One of the three Fiendgod armies is about to be used up.”

“If this continues…”

The Empyrean Gods and True Immortals were all incredibly nervous. As for the clone of the black-robed Xia Emperor, he just watched with an icy look on his face.

“Senior apprentice-brother Xiamang, our major worlds were all defeated…can it be that your Grand Xia is going to be defeated as well?” A burly Empyrean God who had the head of a bear spoke out anxiously.

“Our side has lost some Fiendgods, true, but Empyrean God Coldsavage is still alive, at least.” The Xia Emperor said coldly, “Our losses aren’t that severe, and the Seamless Gate has lost eight of their Bloodcloud golems.”

“Senior apprentice-brother Xiamang, no need to be reluctant to admit to the truth,” the nearby Sword Immortal Evergreen said calmly. “By now, I imagine you must be able to see that the Seamless Gate has clearly seized the upper hand. As this battle continues, your side will suffer even heavier losses! Although the Seamless Gate has lost eight Bloodcloud golems, the eight of them caused you to lose a Heaven Punisher and a Fiendgod army. The strong will grow stronger, while the weak will grow weaker; the distance in power between you and the Seamless Gate will continue to grow, until the end comes where your Grand Xia is unable to keep fighting and completely collapses!”

The Xia Emperor frowned.

Sword Immortal Evergreen’s words were unpleasant to hear, but he spoke the truth.

True Immortal Whitepole of the Seamless Gate had been tying down the Fiendgod army led by Empyrean God Coldsavage, and so when the new White-Faced Flood Dragons arrived, Whitepole had immediately ordered them to assault Coldsavage’s Fiendgod army. An entire host of Bloodcloud golems had thrown themselves into the fray as well. They had focused all of their extra power on that single Fiendgod army.

Just a short while later…after suffering the loss of four Bloodcloud golems, making for a total of eight losses in this battle, the Seamless Gate succeeded.

The only thing the Xia Emperor had been able to do was to take out a Protocosmic spirit-treasure, a red gourd, and draw all of the fleeing Fiendgods into his gourd. However, there were still many Fiendgods who ended up being massacred by the Bloodcloud golems.

“Am I going to lose?” The Xia Emperor sighed to himself.

Right now, the only idea he had was to ask his master, Crimsonbright, for help. He could also ask for Daofather Raindragon or the Primordial Imperial Clan to intercede.

However, the entirety of the Three Realms was in quite an ugly state. Would the Daofathers be willing to intercede and send out their own forces? The Xia Emperor didn’t feel certain of the answer. Daofather Crimsonbright and Daofather Raindragon had to know of his needed, but whether or not they would help out…that was their decision.

“If Master, my big brother, and the Primordial Imperial Clan all refuse to intervene, then this war will have been lost.” The Xia Emperor was unwilling to accept this outcome.

He truly was not.

This was a world which he had established. It was the foundation he had built after he had set up his Xiamang clan. Was he now going to be kicked out, like sorry-looking mutt being beaten off by a stick?

“Senior apprentice-brother Xiamang still has a very important military force on his side.” A muscular, golden-eyed man dressed in dragon robes looked towards the midair mirror of light, pondering to himself. “The most powerful Heaven Punisher, the one Ji Ning leads. All by himself, he can deal with two White-Faced Flood Dragons at the same time. However, he’s been forcibly restrained by True Immortal Crimsonjoy. Senior apprentice-brother Xiamang, those black chains trapping Ji Ning…is there no way to break them?”

“There’s no way.” The Xia Emperor shook his head, resigned. “Both sides are battling all out right now; the amount of help we can provide Ji Ning is limited. Unless we can send out an overwhelming amount of power, there’s no way we can break through those black chains.”

“What spell is that? How can it be so powerful?”

“Right, those black chains…I’ve never even seen such a spell.”

“Nor have I.”

“They seem like the black chains that are anchoring the Seamless City in the air, but I always thought that those were just part of that war-city. I didn’t expect that there was a similar sort of spell as well.”

The many Empyrean Gods and True Immortals present had been gathered here from the dozens of major worlds commanded by Daofather Crimsonbright.

They collectively possessed tremendous experience, but none of them had ever seen this.

The Xia Emperor just closed his eyes.

This was agony.

He didn’t want to take another look. His true body was within the field of battle; he knew exactly what was going on. The situation was turning increasingly grim. The enemy was strong, while his side was slightly weaker…which meant that the enemy would reap further and further rewards, causing the disparity in power to grow until one side perished.

“Master…big brother…what are you thinking, right now?” The Xia Emperor groaned mentally to himself.

“Senior apprentice-brother Xiamang, this Ji Ning…is he the one you wanted me to take on as an apprentice, all those years ago?” Sword Immortal Evergreen suddenly asked.

The Xia Emperor gave him a glance. “Yes.”

“I completely forgot about that.” Sword Immortal Evergreen laughed, “I just remembered…I heard that this Ji Ning took on a Daofather as his master. As the disciple of a Daofather…although he’s merely a Celestial Immortal and a bit weak, he’s still been an extremely useful general under your command.”

“He might be a Celestial Immortal, but he’s not weak.” The Xia Emperor shook his head. “He’s trained for a very short period of time, after all; his potential is truly extraordinary.”

“Potential?” Sword Immortal Evergreen said calmly, “There are many in the Three Realms with tremendous potential who have nonetheless been trapped at the Celestial Immortal stage for countless years. It’s not so easy to become an Empyrean God or a True Immortal!”

The Xia Emperor’s face sank. This junior apprentice-brother of his, Sword Immortal Evergreen…if one wanted to put it nicely, he was a figure who transcended worldly concerns, but if one wanted to put it bluntly, he was incredibly selfish! He didn’t care about the feelings of his fellow disciples at all; he said what he wanted to say, not caring about their face at all. In a normal situation, everyone was magnanimous about it, but this was during a time of war, and the Xia Emperor’s Grand Xia was about to be destroyed.

Although Evergreen’s words were true…why did he have to insist on saying such depressing things? Didn’t he know that the Xia Emperor had a belly full of fire right now?

“Oh?” The Xia Emperor said calmly, “Then junior apprentice-brother Evergreen, when you were merely a hundred years old, had you already become a Celestial Immortal?”

Sword Immortal Evergreen’s face instantly changed, but he then smirked. “What’s the point of putting up a tough verbal façade? Senior apprentice-brother Xiamang, it’s time to face reality.”

The Xia Emperor was currently in a terrible mood. He couldn’t be bothered to reply.

“The Grand Xia…”

The Xia Emperor felt miserable in his heart. “Is it really finished?”

……

As Daofather Crimsonbright led his Empyrean Gods and True Immortals in watching the battle from outside the Three Realms, a massive, black-robed figure was also silently watching from a completely different location. The Godking was paying very close attention to this fight.

“We are going to win.”

The Godking gently tapped on his armrest with his left hand. A mirror of mist was in front of him, revealing the battle in its entirety.

……

At this moment, neither the Godking nor Daofather Crimsonbright could see inside the body of Ning’s Heaven Punisher. None of them could see the change in Ji Ning, Immortal Darknorth.

Within the world of the Grand Xia. Whitepole Commandery.

The savage battle had been kicked in overdrive as both sides assaulted each other with abandon. The Seamless Gate’s side was especially eager, while the Grand Xia’s side clearly seemed a bit dispirited. Everyone could tell that from the moment that the Fiendgod army led by Empyrean God Coldsavage was destroyed, the difference in power between the two sides had grown. The Grand Xia was almost unable to hold on any longer.

“Break! Break! Break!”

Ning, trapped by those black chains, felt a frantic feeling in his heart.

His heart was filled with rage as well.

Why…

Why couldn’t he break these damned chains?

His brothers and sisters were fighting for their lives. Ning truly was anxious to join them.

Despite his anxiousness, he was still able to maintain complete control over himself. His icy calmness and his frantic impatience co-existed without any conflicts at all.

Rumble…

Suddenly, Ning’s heart shook.

He was stunned.

And then…he was overjoyed.

He could now completely sense that vast, boundless Grand Dao, the Dao of the Sword. All of the mysteries of the Dao of the Sword were now within Ning’s heart. It was different from the past; when Ning was attuning to the Dao, enormous ripples would manifest. Now, the Dao of the Sword was like an obedient little child, not resisting or hiding anything from Ning.

This was because Ning had completely mastered and was in complete control of it. Naturally, he wouldn’t release even the slightest of Dao-ripples to the outside world unless he chose to.

“So this…is the Dao of the Sword?”

“So the only thing I lacked was a surge of true Sword Immortal ki?” After breaking through the final bottleneck, Ning instantly understood where his problem had lain.

In truth, when one reached a bottleneck in mastering a Grand Dao, one’s insights into that Grand Dao were almost complete and perfect.

The only thing that was lacking was the final merging and fusing of all those insights, to blend them all together into one thing…the entire Dao of the Sword.

This sort of fusion required an insight that was extremely difficult to comprehend. However, Ning had a very pure sword-heart, and had even mastered a strand of swordforce. In addition, he had once had a chance to personally sense the entire Grand Dao of the Sword, thanks to the [Thousand Year Dream]. Thus, the only thing Ning lacked was that final surge of ki, the Sword Immortal ki which every single peerless Sword Immortal possessed.

Every single Sword Immortal had their own special qualities to them.

Lu Dongbin was transcendent and non-interventional.

Sword Immortal Evergreen was supremely self-centered, viewing everything through the cold lens of pragmatism. He didn’t deign to cloak his words in pleasantries when dealing with people of the same level. He knew that his words were unpleasant to hear, but he didn’t care. Perhaps he might be respectful when in the presence of a Daofather, but he couldn’t be bothered to do so for other Empyrean Gods and true Immortals. He knew very well the thing which mattered the most to him was his own strength.

Ji Ning, sword in hand, chopped through all thistles and thorns that sought to bar his path as he walked towards the true peak of power. Although he knew everything, simply put, Ning was missing that final surge of ki.

However, Ning had been tempered and trained through years of battles. In fact, black chains were surrounding and assaulting him right now, giving him tremendous pressure. As a result…the pressure caused a rebound effect, allowing Ning to seize the opportunity to make a breakthrough.

Upon making the breakthrough…

The look in Ning’s eyes changed.

Although his eyes looked similar to how they did in the past, deep within them one could see a sword-intent that was absolutely harrowing.

“The Dao of the Sword is now complete!”

“As for manifesting the five types of ki within my chest…I’ve always been able to do that,” Ning murmured to himself.

What were the five types of ki? Metal, wood, water, fire, earth; the Five Elements! The most important part of a Celestial Immortal becoming a Pure Yang True Immortal lay in the mastery of a Grand Dao. A secondary component was in separately mastering five ordinary Daos of the Five Elements. These Daos of the Five Elements could allow one to link together with the infrastructure of Heaven and Earth, because the Three Realms were themselves formed from the Five Elements.

When manifesting the five types of ki within the body, one would receive a resonance with the essential Five Elements of the universe itself. After the Jindan absorbed an enormous amount of elemental energy, it would then evolve and transform into a Pure Yang Jindan. Only then would it possess Pure Yang power, allowing one to become a true Pure Yang True Immortal.

“We’re in a fight right now. I don’t have the time to slowly absorb elemental energy.” Ning immediately pulled out an enormous amount of Pure Yang Immortal pills, throwing all of them into his mouth. Right now, his Jindan needed to absorb a nigh-infinite amount of elemental energy, and so there was no worry at all about an accidental self-detonation due to excess power.


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53 thoughts on “DE Book 18, Chapter 22” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. Well, not like this breakthrough wasn’t “introduced” 3/4 chapters ago. (*sigh* subtlety, whre are you ? )
    I don’t know what’s different but this breakthrough seem really badly written, didn’t feel like Ji Ning really had achieve something compared to other important breakthrough.

      1. Yeah, same here.
        I don’t know, maybe it all comes down to the fact that there hasn’t been much Ji Ning in the past chapters as there was a lot going on. So, it’s a bit anti climatic to announce his breakthrough like that.

        And well, I won’t talk about his “rage”, his “care” for his “friends” as we basically don’t know them. So I can’t emphatize on an emotion level as to why it would help him breakthrough.
        But that’s just the IET, summarizing their friendship with a boring paragraph instead of showing it to us…

        1. Why would a breakthrough in power/skill have anything to do with emotions? smh…
          Heart-force just makes it impossible for emotions to affect his decisions u know that right.
          It’s learly stated he mastered the the Grand Dao because he finally manifested True Sword Immortal Ki.

          1. The question here is why did this True Sword Immortal Ki manifested right at this moment.
            The “why” makes you understand that it was logical and natural for it to happen right now.
            If it doesn’t, then it feels forced or weird, or badly written etc.

            Emotions are usually the fuel in Xianxia.
            “Despite his anxiousness, he was still able to maintain complete control over himself. His icy calmness and his frantic impatience co-existed without any conflicts at all.”
            –> He has control over himself, but emotions are still boiling inside of him and emotions can trigger things from within.
            Having that sword ki manifest wasn’t a decision he made on his own. We could call it an intuitive decision, which goes back to emotion.
            Anyway, I’m probably wrong, but they are other ways to interpret it, ways that don’t seem that absurd to me as you are apparently thinking.

    1. He was already at the finish line for this a while ago, just needed that last step, turning into a pure yang immortal isn’t as difficult for him since there is no tribulation.

      1. “His brothers and sisters were fighting for their lives. Ning truly was anxious to join them.”

        “black chains were surrounding and assaulting him right now, giving him tremendous pressure. As a result…the pressure caused a rebound effect, allowing Ning to seize the opportunity to make a breakthrough.”

        To be more precise, after thinking about it, this phrases here makes the link between the breakthrough and the situation he was in. So that’s the trigger for this breakthrough.
        Which goes back to what I’m saying above to Asclepius07.

        Pressure comes from the fact that he is assaulted and can’t sa ve his friends as they are being killed. I mean, that’s how I interpret it.
        Problem is, we can’t (or at least, I) really emphatize with him as we don’t know his friends and apart from IET summarizing it and have never seen them reall interacting with each other. (at least clearly not enough to become sword brothers)

        So him making a breakthrough right now, in the midst of this fight feels forced for me. Which goes back to bad writing.

        1. If this battle is lost, the Grand Xia is lost to the Seamless Gate. This is his home. Ji Ning even knows many of the names of ordinary cultivators under his command. Even if they were all strangers to him, he would still feel enormous pressure since they are depending on him to succeed.

          “Ji Ning, sword in hand, chopped through all thistles and thorns that sought to bar his path as he walked towards the true peak of power. Although he knew everything, simply put, Ning was missing that final surge of ki.”

          The chains barred his path forward. The pressure does not necessarily have to arise from him “wanting to protect his friends.” It could simply be an obstacle stripping him of his freedom, opposing his carefree Dao heart.

          1. If the only trigger really is the chains striping him of his freedom like you say, then I did misinterpreted the breakthrough.

            But I find it odd as breakthroughs usually are triggered by moment of intense pressure created by an emotional state of mind in those novels. It’s made on purpose because it creates a high dramatic scene with which the reader can empathize.

            Anyway, to answer your other comment, I do bring back that point a lot as it is one of the most important in a story. I might be too focused on that aspect knowing that he lacks skills in that area.

        2. Mm yeah I agree, I too don’t care much about these new “brothers” of his, because they haven’t really had much screentime. On the other hand writing about their full stories would drag the whole thing too much and take too much attention from the true action and what really matters. A possible solution, that could have actually made me feel something, would have been making almost all of them drop like flies to venomsong &co and turn Ji Ning crazy with grief (Goku SSJ style when Krillin goes boom against Frieza).

  2. Man I really can’t help myself with this series. These last few chapters got me so hyped that I binge read all the way to Vol 24 cause I couldn’t hold back. And now I’m going to read it all again. XD. Sacrificed so much sleep…

    1. If it wasn’t a storm going on he could’ve just broken straight though in one go. Most people are stuck because of the mastery of a grand dao, Ji Ning was almost done mastering it before his tribulation.

    2. If not for the fact there’s this bullshit Celestial Immortal Tribulation he’d skipped straight to Pure Yang, not his fault they made some stupid stage that has nothing to do with Great Dao 😛

  3. If you ask me, I’m very happy this power-up came like this, I mean, we all know that empyrean god and pure yang are the same power-level, he was already at that power tier, though barely, with his main body. Since everything has been building up to the empyrean god power-up since he first received the starseizing hand, both this pure yang power-up and the celestial immortal power up are nothing more than in-between powerups, all in order to get to the long awaited power-up, better to skim-through here and drop the real bomb at the empyrean tribulation, rather than make this too big and long-winded risking making the empyrean god power up a let down. I was afraid they were gonna take the whole book for this power-up, I’m bloody glad we got this over with hahah

  4. Thanks for the chapter! Man I knew it had to be a breakthrough with a hidden title I cant wait for the next chapter especially seeing Eveergreens reaction Xiamangs gonna make him eat his words

  5. One thing bothers me though. Didn’t Ning practice Ki refining alongside fiendgod body refining before he had a primal twin?

    Why isn’t there any mentioning that the true body of Ning became a Celestial immortal too? Or did he kind of quit using ki refining with his true body, focusing on fiendgod refining?

    Wouldn’t it be better if his true body became both pure yang immortal and empyrian god? Why is the author only writing about the power up of his primal twin?

    1. Because it didn’t. You must have skipped the part where it says Ki Refining is cut off after Empyrean Tribulation. That’s how they work. Either one or the other. One body can’t undergo TWO tribulations. That’s why Xia Emperor also has two bodies, just like everyone else. If Ji Ning underwent Celestial Tribulation, he would never be able to become Empyrean God. Tribulation gives you Celestial Fleshly body, right? It basically reforms your whole body. This new body that is bestowed upon you by Heavens can not become Fiendgod Body Refiner. And it works the other way around.

      1. I’m sorry but that makes no sense, they literary said in the chapter before this one that Raindragon was a godbeast capable of becoming both a True God and Daofather not to mention Nings master was born a True God and then became a Daofather. When did they mention that a body could only go through one tribulation?

  6. Lol. That cliff tho
    Seamless gate bout to lose their shit.
    godKing bout to regret not forcing that yu wei card.
    Evergreen bout to be salty af!!!!!
    Subhuti bout to be proud af!
    Xiamang bout to go seanmurraymindblown.gif ???

  7. Aaaaand there we go guys, Heavenly Daos are incomplete and flawed. Wanna bet HD of Primordial Chaos will become liquid shit in next book when Ji Ning upgrades his Great Sword Dao into some Ultimate Heavenly Dao of… who knows. If all weapons belong to Metal Dao like people speculate, you can’t go any further, unless there’s some Dao of Time/Dao of Elements. Unless Daos don’t work like that and lesser Daos don’t need to be parts of higher Daos and there can be multiple Daos of Sword. So either Ji Ning stays with Sword, or gets some Ultimate Heavenly Dao of Edge. XD

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