DE Book 20, Chapter 1

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Book 20, Jindan Upgrade, Chapter 1 – Undermoon Lake

You win?!

Ji Ning instantly grew excited. When he first came up with this idea to butcher the Seamless Gate’s forces until they lowered their heads, it had been a seemingly crazy, suicidal idea. Even Ning himself knew how dangerous his plan was, and how low the chances of success would be. However, he had no other options left to him; this was the only plan that was possible. Fortunately, thanks to the prisonworld, he had acquired the [Ninehorn Lightning Serpent] evasive divine ability, which was why he had finally been able to render the Seamless Gate helpless before him.

“Release my wife.” The Rahu-Ning stared intently at the black-robed Godking.

“Don’t be impatient.” The black-robed Godking looked back at Ning. “Let’s have a chat first.

“Chat?” The Rahu-Ning said coldly, “No need to chat. So long as you release my wife, I’ll immediately withdraw. Otherwise, I’ll keep killing.”

“Oh?” The black-robed Godking’s voice turned cold. “You want to bring your wife back without paying any price at all? You are absolutely dreaming. So if I release Yu Wei, you’ll stop acting against the Seamless Gate?”

The Rahu-Ning replied, “At least I won’t continue attacking in this manner.”

“Hah! Easily said, but once Yu Wei returns to your side, the Seamless Gate will have nothing to threaten you with. And, in the end, you are a member of the Nuwa Alliance. Our alliances are engaged in a war for survival, and both sides are struggling to seize any advantage possible. If your master Subhuti and the other supreme powers on your side ask you to act against us, would you really be able to refuse them?”

The black-robed Godking laughed coldly, “You’ve become powerful, which is why I said ‘you win’; you’ve won a chance to negotiate with us. In the past, my decision was that I would only allow you and Yu Wei to reunite if you joined us. Now, I’ll no longer try to force you to join us. But you want to get her back without paying any price at all? Ahahaha…and once you and Yu Wei reunite and you launch more attacks against us, wouldn’t the Seamless Gate become the laughing stock of the Three Realms?”

“I can swear an oath,” Ning growled.

“Oath?” The black-robed Godking snickered. “True Gods and Daofathers can ignore oaths to the Dao of the Heavens. Given your current level of power, so long as your master is willing to assist you, you can withstand the punishment levied by the Heavenly Daos for violating an oath to them. Those oaths are meaningless.”

Ning was silent.

It was true. Oaths to the Dao of the Heavens were useless against True Gods and Daofathers. The main reason for this was that there was a limit to the punishing power of the Heavenly Daos; the power behind it wasn’t truly limitless.

“Either you pay a price to reunite with your wife, or we keep fighting like this. If worse comes to worse, I’ll simply have all our Empyrean Gods and True Immortals withdraw, then come up with a different method to infiltrate the Three Realms.” The Godking laughed coldly, “Although we spent quite a bit of blood, sweat, and effort building up those bases, we can still afford to lose them.”

“Choose.” The Godking looked at Ji Ning coldly.

Ji Ning looked back at the black-robed Godking. He was silent.

“It seems you aren’t willing to pay any price at all. Very well.” The black-robed Godking’s voice turned even colder.

“Speak.” Finally, Ning responded.

The Godking laughed. “That’s more like it. Everything has to be fair. You were able to force the Seamless Gate to negotiate with you…you should feel proud. But for you to think that you’ll get what you want without paying any price at all is a bit delusional.”

“The Seamless Gate won’t ask too much of you. The evasion technique that you’ve acquire is quite formidable. The Seamless Gate will only ask one thing; that you hand this divine ability over to us. In addition, you have to guarantee that at least one of our major powers is capable of successfully training in it.”

“Impossible.” Ning laughed coldly. “You are dreaming.”

Was this a joke?

Subhuti had become incredibly excited when Ning had offered the Nuwa Alliance the evasion technique and the six bottles of chaos nectar. Clearly, this was something that would have a major impact on the war, far more so than the emergence of a new True God or Daofather. The Godking really was quite greedy; he actually dared to ask for a divine ability like this? In addition, the Godking had to know that training in this sort of divine ability had to be incredibly difficult, and so he insisted that Ning ensure at least one of their major powers could train in it.

“My request is very simple, but you won’t accept…” The Godking shook his head.

“It’s not that I won’t accept. It’s that I don’t have the ability to accept.” Ning shook his head and snarled, “It was my master who discovered this technique and bestowed it upon me. I’m forbidden from teaching it others. I cannot violate Master’s orders; if I do, he’d definitely kill me. What’s the difference between this ultimatum and your previous ultimatum of having me join the Seamless Gate?”

“Don’t even think about it. This divine ability is a supreme technique that belongs to the Nuwa Alliance, and it is extremely hard to train in. Although Master acquired it, not even he has been able to master it; to date, I’m the only one who has succeeded.” Ning laughed coldly. “As for you, you can forget about it. Even if you obtain it, you wouldn’t be able to train in it…and there’s no way you’ll obtain it.”

“You are the only one who has learned it?” The Godking asked.

“Yes.” Ning nodded.

After Subhuti had given the six bottles of chaos nectar to Suiren, he had once more informed Ning that Suiren training in the [Ninehorn Lightning Serpent] was a major secret that absolutely could not be revealed. Given Suiren’s power, he would only begin to truly fight during the Endwar. When he suddenly revealed the [Ninehorn Lightning Serpent] during the Endwar, he would catch the Seamless Gate offguard. By then, the Seamless Gate would realize that Ji Ning was lying…but it would be too late!

This wasn’t just the story they decided to tell the Seamless Gate. They would tell the same story to the other major powers of the Nuwa Alliance. The only ones who actually knew the truth, that Suiren had trained in the [Ninehorn Lightning Serpent] evasion technique, were Subhuti, Daoist Three Purities, Shennong, and the other overlord-level Daofathers.

The Godking felt rather suspicious. Could it be that Ji Ning truly was the only one who had mastered it? Still, he also knew that it was true that a divine ability like this had to be extremely hard to train in. The number of people who could learn it in the entire Three Realms could probably be counted on one hand. It was possible that what Ji Ning said was the truth. The Godking still clung on to a sliver of hope…but he also knew that it was very likely that there was no hope for him to acquire this technique from the Nuwa Alliance.

In truth, his request for the [Ninehorn Lightning Serpent] was a bargaining tactic; he had never expected it to succeed.

“Fine. I won’t try to force things with the evasion technique.” The black-robed Godking looked at Ning. “I need three treasures.”

“Speak.” Ning looked at him.

“The first treasure is known as the ‘Seven Treasures Azure Sunfiend’. I don’t need too much of it, just five kilograms!” The black-robed Godking looked at Ning. “The second treasure is known as the ‘Bloodflower Pith’; I only need five kilograms of this as well.”

Ning just listened silently.

Three treasures?

Although these two treasures were rare and costly, the Nuwa Alliance had them. He could use treasures to trade for them. Although five kilograms of each would be quite costly, it wouldn’t be too burdensome to Ning. However, based on what Ning knew of the Seamless Gate’s Godking, he knew that matters wouldn’t be that simple.

“The third treasure…is an Iceheart Leaf.” The black-robed Godking stared intently at Ning.

“Iceheart Leaf?” The Rahu-Ning growled, “Are you referring to the Iceheart Leaves of Undermoon Lake?”

“Yes.” The black-robed Godking looked at Ning.

The Rahu-Ning bellowed, “Are you trying to get me to commit suicide?”

The vast, infinite primordial chaos contained many unexplored, marvelous places.

In previous eras, when everything was peaceful, the major powers loved to wander through the primordial chaos and explore it. Many treasures and ingredients could only be found within the primordial chaos, and it also contained some truly lethal areas. Daofather Fuju had silently, soundlessly died within the primordial chaos, while Daoist Three Purities had discovered the nine chaos seals. In short, the primordial chaos was filled with both great danger and great opportunity.

As for ‘Undermoon Lake’, this was an extremely dangerous location.

Undermoon Lake was a deep lake that existed within the primordial chaos. It was adjacent to an enormous star, and the surface of the lake just so happened to face the star. The star was reflected off the lake, much like the image of a moon being reflected in water. It was extraordinarily beautiful, and thus it was named Undermoon Lake. However, Undermoon Lake was an incredibly mysterious place. Only Empyrean Gods could enter it! During the Primordial Era, Empyrean Gods would often enter it, as they felt certain that there had to be a tremendous karmic fortune waiting for them within it. For the sake of acquiring that fortune, the Empyrean Gods were willing to take the risk. But…upon entering, none of them ever returned.

It wasn’t until the era of the Three Realms that an Empyrean God known as Bodhisattva Jueming managed to return alive. He had entered during the Primordial Era, but only managed to leave during the era of the Three Realms.

After he came out, his only explanation was that the lake contained tremendous danger, as well as many precious chaos items. He returned with a total of three treasures, one of them being the Iceheart Leaf. He had always been tremendously powerful, and when he returned to the Three Realms he had already been at the peak of power possible for an Empyrean God. By now, after so many years of cultivation, he had broken through to become one of the Buddhas of the Buddhist Sangha.

“I only need a single Iceheart Leaf.” The black-robed Godking looked at Ning. “Jueming brought back a total of twelve of those leaves.”

“But Buddha Jueming has been the only one to return in countless years,” Ning said angrily. “An enormous number of Empyrean Gods have entered, including quite a few who belong to your Seamless Gate. Which one has ever come out again? If I was to die inside, you would be quite happy, wouldn’t you? Alternately, if I was to be trapped inside for countless years before emerging, this entire storm might have already passed, right?”

“Right.” The Godking stared steadily at Ning. “You are quite clever. I know you have a Primaltwin. When your true body goes into the lake, your Primaltwin can continue to remain in the Three Realms, and so you won’t truly die. In addition, it’s always possible that you’ll successfully leave from Undermoon Lake. In terms of power, you are after all far stronger than Jueming was at the time.”

“I’m only asking you to send your true body inside, and there’s a chance you’ll be able to come back. This, in exchange for Yu Wei being returned to you. You should feel satisfied.” The Godking looked towards Ning. “The Seamless Gate insists on acquiring these three treasures.”

Ning looked back at the Godking. In his heart, however, he was laughing coldly.

The Seamless Gate’s scheme was really something. If his true body entered Undermoon Lake, the Seamless Gate would no longer be worried about Ning launching more ambushes. What the Seamless Gate didn’t realize…was that Ning had a total of eighteen ‘true bodies’!

“The Buddhist Sangha has long ago used up those twelve Iceheart Leaves.” The black-robed Godking looked at Ning. “You’ll only be able to acquire more within Undermoon Lake. If you accept, I’ll immediately release Yu Wei from the Infinity Hells, and I’ll even let you meet with her. Once you bring me all three treasures, you can take your wife back.”

Ning was silent for a moment. Finally, he answered. “Fine.”

The Godking laughed.

Given how much Ji Ning cared for Yu Wei, the Godking knew that he would accept. He was only asking Ji Ning to take on some danger, after all, not to join their side. Even when Ji Ning had been weak, he had been willing to risk his life to ambush and attack the Seamless Gate; clearly, he was willing to take on risks for Yu Wei’s sake.

And it was true that the Seamless Gate was in urgent need of these three treasures. They would either be able to acquire the treasures or perpetually trap Ji Ning within Undermoon Lake.

“Hahaha…I’ll immediately make the arrangements for you to meet with your wife.” The Godking laughed.

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64 thoughts on “DE Book 20, Chapter 1” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

      1. This is normal thing in most Wuxia. The authors create a danger zone that conveniently no one dares to enter and full of treasures/legacies/upgrades and can make the MC goes in and adquire these things that will make him more OP. Look at the tittle of the book (Jindan upgrade), this whole ark its set up for the MC be a unstoppable force that skips levels of power. Daofathers or True Gods wont be issue for the MC after this arc.

        1. Sorry but that isn’t completely true. Remember jidans have 3 lvls. Ning is currently at lvl 1 upgrade only takes him to lvl 2. True immortals with a lvl 3 jidans have the same power as dao fathers. So with rahu formation and lvl 2 jidans he can beat powerful dao father’s but probably not supreme ones. He will probably be on Subhites lvl. Just below 3 emperors and leaders of both paths. Now after he masters a heavenly dao of the sword. He will just fall short of pangu and nuwa I think.

          1. It is grand dao of the sword there is not a heavenly dao of the sword in the three realms but there might be in other chaosworlds.

          2. You are talking about mastering heavenly dao arent’t nings sword arts better there was said that it surpassed limits of heavenly dao

          3. I believe tier 3 is the weakest and 1st is the strongest, as in “third grade, second grade, first grade”

    1. Borrowing your comment. So, I stopped reading DE at book 15 ch23, -ish, and now I’m wondering if the story has reached a point where I can just power read through all the frustrating events that happened way back when. Can anyone comment on that? Or should I just wait a bit longer?

      1. Well, like always some stuffs had their conclusions, but others started.
        Until the end of the novel, there will probably be many things that will upset you.
        I will not give you any sp01l3r, so all I can say is: Some of the annoying things ( annoying for me ) had their conclusions, but others keep on going. It’s up to you if you are going to start again or not, but even waiting more likely wont change a thing

    2. Sometimes you have to question the sientific knowledge and imagination of IET… A star is definitely no moon…and a lake needs something solid around it an atmosphere and gravitation -> a freakin planet…
      Its like in some of his other novels… ” South of the planet there was a moon…” duuuuuuude!

  1. Well, they’re screwed if they think he only has one true body.. Plus, given Ji Ning’s luck, I bet he will find a lot of treasures in the Undermoon Lake. That can explain how he will find the necessary materials for upgrading his Jindan too.

    1. there’s that, but once I thought for a few extra minutes I realized he really has little choice when the Godking mentioned they could just go back into hiding and wait a new opportunity which would kinda blow. hard. I feel like even if it is a 1% or less chance it’s still not an acceptable risk to Ning-boy… but yea other than that, he could just continue destroying until they just gave her back, kinda like when he attacked the prisoners until they were worn down.

  2. Lol, they won’t give his wife back even if he returns with all the treasures. Thanfully Ji Ning can cheat with his clone technique, and in reality this is just a chance to get stronger and get amazing treasures, but there’s just no way that the “evil” side will give back his wife just like that when he returns.

    *I know that they’re not evil, but the Godking is portrayed in a stereotypical villain manner. This is just a scheme to get rid of Ji Ning, he won’t keep his word. Thankfully this isn’t some other xianxia, where he would try to rape Yu Wei.

    1. Well, I doubt Ji Ning is stupid enough to let himself be cheated. It will probably be something like an hostage exchange in movies, Ning with some Daofathers (like his master) who gives treasures at the same time an incarnation of Godking give Yu Wei (also, he made a deal for the only sake to save face, not respecting a deal would destroy his face all the same so as long as Ji Ning keep secret the new OP treasures he found during the arc, Yu Wei should return to him).
      For the rape thing, it’s pretty normal. Usually Xianxia villains try to rape for 2 reasons :
      – They are humans and have lowly urges
      – Main Girl is one of the most beautiful girl in the world, enough to turn them crazy

      Godking is a Daofather, he probably doesn’t have any urge like this anymore (and must have a true army of servants to heat his bed in case he is in the mood. And even if Yu Wei really is beautiful, it’s not like she had a earth shaking beauty (or in truth she had, but like most of Celestial immortals girl or higher). Only reason to rape her would be to hurt Ji Ning, but plots like this are (luckily) not popular.

    2. I disagree. The whole of the seamless alliance isn’t evil true. But the Godking himself is evil in my opinion. He takes joy in sending souls into the infinity hells. This is an evil trait.

    1. Ren, some mistake I found:
      worse comes to worse, -> worse comes to worst,
      Although ten kilograms of each -> Although five kilograms of each
      take the rest. -> take the risk.

  3. Thanks for squeezing out the ninth chapter even after just finishing a volume. I like where the story is going; I bet Ji Ning will discover some awesome legacies in Undermoon Lake.

    The last war arc felt a bit subdued to me, because Ji Ning was always being outmaneuvered by the Seamless Gate and only barely managed to achieves victories by concealing a bit of his power, and Yu Wei’s betrayal was constantly looming on the horizon. In the end, none of the major villains even died. But everything that’s happened since the stone stele’s discovery has touched upon my nostalgia for back when Ji Ning first became the disciple of Threelives and was making a name for himself in the city. I love how the Godking thinks he made the best possible deal here when he was actually repeatedly outsmarted.

  4. Ji Ning on the surface, disgrunted face, super frowning, complaints, TTing, sigh so hard but at the back of his mind, he was like LOL sneer sneer

    Thanks for the chapter

    1. Ugghh I think I need a little break to this arc.. I will read.. After 2week because I hate cliffhangers and we know that Ren are already master the art of cliffhanger.

  5. Ah….time for a new adventure. Lets upgrade the Jindan so we can be considered an average true immortal in the hierarchy of the Dead and gone super world. Hell maybe he’ll figure out how to become upgrade it again by eating a world. I mean that was the prerequisite. Just chomp on a world, work for a bit on upgrading your energies then push on forward to a chaos immortal !

    Thanks for the chapter.

    -Sage Hidden Bear

    1. Yeah i thought of an similar thing. What is with this treasure that could transform in major worlds. on normal way to upgrade your jindan when you become a celestial is with treasures right? Then if he uses such a treasure can compare to, if i remember correct 8 major worlds then shouldn´t he be able to get a most supreme jindan?

      Max from Austria

  6. Thanks for the chapter!

    Why should he agree to those conditions? Why not continue to destroy Seamless Gate bases and continue to pressurize Godking.. If he dare to send 5000 Empyrean God, then surely Nuwa Alliance will retaliate.. There’s no advantage at all to Ji Ning except that the time for him to reunite with Yu Wei just take a bit more..

      1. same I think… I tried rationalizing it out, but he stands to gain more by continuing on his wake of destruction, there is no room for negotiation only; give my dam wife back and this stops… the only thing I can think of is he really does believe they will just crawl back into their holes and wait for a new opportunity to infiltrate… now that I think about it, he probably isn’t willing even if it’s 1% chance to risk that.

  7. Time for Jack to take a month of break from DE to binge read thru this arc…
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