DE Book 20, Chapter 30

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Book 20, Jindan Upgrade, Chapter 30 – Sword-Art Mastered

One year and three months. More than two hundred Empyrean Gods had been watching Ji Ning’s Immortal estate during this period of time, but Ning had remained in seclusion, not emerging. None of them dared to enter and disturb him, but every day there were many Empyrean Gods who were watching his estate. To these Empyrean Gods who had lost almost all hope, Ning was the only hope remaining.

“He came out.”

“Darknorth came out”

As soon as Ning emerged from his estate, other Empyrean Gods immediately noticed it.

Ning first waved his hand to collect his Immortal estate, then walked towards the group of Empyrean Gods and used his divine power to say mentally, “Fellow Empyrean Gods, there is something I would discuss with all of you.” Instantly, Empyrean God Sin, Empyrean God Sealthroat, and the others all emerged from their own Immortal estates. Soon, all of the Empyrean Gods were gathered here.

“My fellow Empyrean Gods, I gained certain insights during this meditation session and improved significantly,” Ning said.

Instantly, all of the two hundred-plus Empyrean Gods grew excited. In fact, some even began to softly mumble to themselves. To them…escaping this place was more important than life and death.

“I am completely confident of being able to defeat the ninth guardian. However…I can’t make the same claim when it comes to the tenth guardian,” Ning said. “However…I will definitely make it to the tenth guardian on this attempt through the Path of Blades. Are you all willing to join me on this trip?”

“Of course we are.”

“Willing, willing!”

“Fellow Daoist Darknorth, you truly are formidable. It’s only been a year, but you’ve improved so dramatically.”

“We’re all willing.”

The Empyrean Gods all hurriedly assented in unison with excitement.

Ning wasn’t surprised that all the other Empyrean Gods were going to accompany him. They had chosen to give up long ago, after all! But when Sin and Sealthroat actually spoke out as well, Ning couldn’t help but ask, “Sin, Sealthroat, are the two of you sure you want to follow me? You’ve already made it this far in Kilostar Island; you are only one step away from freedom.”

“That step is simply too long a step to take.” Sealthroat shook his head.

“Right. Both of us gave up long ago,” Sin said with a laugh. “We couldn’t even match up to Ninedawn and Greatdream, and it’s been a long, long time since we’ve improved at all. Based on our experiences during the Primordial Era, for us not to improve at all despite the passage of so many years means that we’ve probably reached our limit. There’s no way for us to improve any further. If we don’t go with you, we will probably be trapped here forever, unable to escape.”

Sealthroat nodded as well. “Darknorth, you said it yourself; nowadays, fewer and fewer people will be willing to enter Undermoon Lake, and the number that can reach Kilostar Island will be smaller still. If we don’t go with you, we probably won’t see another new Empyrean God here at Kilostar Island for the next trillion years.”

Ning nodded, understanding their feelings. “Alright. If that’s the case, then let’s have everyone follow me. I don’t dare to claim complete confidence, but I’ll definitely work hard.”

These Empyrean Gods hadn’t imagined that their opportunity would come so quickly. After initially experiencing excitement and nervousness, they quickly collected their Immortal estates and allowed Ning to collect them without fighting back.

In midair. Ning stared down at Kilostar Island. Previously, it had been extremely bustling and lively, but now it was completely silent. All the Empyrean Gods had departed.

“My [Brightmoon] has advanced by yet another level. This is the perfect time to find someone to test it against.” Ning transformed into a streak of light, flying far off towards the horizon. He soon arrived at the borders of Kilostar Island, then flew forward while following the floating wooden bridge.

He advanced forward, through the Path of Blades. He reached the place he retreated from last time, then stared at the ninth guardian who was seated in the lotus position.

“You came.” The golden-robed youth looked at Ning, his eyes filled with an aura of despair. “I’ve waited quite some time. I hope you won’t disappoint me.”

After speaking, the golden-robed youth rose to his feet, a pair of swords appearing in his hands. He said calmly, “You already had a chance to view the sword-art last time. This time, let’s just fight.”

Ning also knew that each person was only given a single chance to view each sword-art. If you failed at the Path of Blades, you would be allowed to try again, but you would never be able to view the sword-art again.

“Alright.” A pair of twin swords appeared in Ning’s hands as well.



The two quickly charged towards each other, and sword-light began to howl through the air. The golden-robed youth’s sword-arts were incredibly fast. Although they seemed to be filled with endless mourning and despair, they were also incredibly deadly and vicious. As for the two streaks of sword-light in Ning’s hands, they transformed into a pair of black holes that completely blocked out the golden-robed youth’s attacks. Every so often, Ning was even able to launch a counter-attack or two.

“Is defense the only thing you can do?” While attacking, the golden-robed youth barked at Ning.

“First break through my defense, then talk.” Ning was very calm.

To him, the ninth guardian was merely someone he was going to gain further experience from. Ning wanted to see what the differences were between his own mastered [Mourning] and [Mourning] as wielded by the ninth guardian.

This battle went on for a full hour.

The ninth guardian revealed all of his abilities for Ning to see, and as a result Ning was able to discover a few imperfections in his own mastery of [Mourning]. When cultivating in a type of sword-arts, every person would put their own distinctive twists on it, after all.

“Time to finish it.”

Ning’s sword-light suddenly changed as he went from defending to attacking.

Whoosh! Whoosh! Whoosh!

Sword-light howled forth with incredible, extraordinary speed, seeming to cover the skies with its might. The ninth guardian was so startled he immediately used [Three Heads, Six Arms]. Ning, however, did the same. An infinite amount of sword-light seemed to blast forward like an inexhaustible, seamless flow of water, carrying an aura and intent of mournfulness within it. In but a single breath’s worth of time, the ninth guardian was knocked flying backwards. He fell onto the ground, rolling over several times before managing to clamber back to his feet.

“You win.” The ninth guardian grinned. “Darknorth, the only one standing between you and escape is the final guardian, the tenth guardian. Be careful.” After speaking, he vanished into thin air.

Ning grinned as well. When he used full power, his opponent had only been able to just barely hold on for a breath’s worth of time. Ning was quite satisfied with this result.

Swoosh! He advanced deeper into the Path of Blades at incredible speed!

The sky was completely dark in this part of the path. The countless titanic spears, blades, and swords that were jutting out from the ice on each side of the wooden bridge were glowing with dim light. Without their light, it would probably be completely pitch-black here.

“How odd,” Ning mused to himself.

Soon, a black-robed youth appeared in the distance. He was seated in the lotus position, and when Ning arrived he opened his eyes to look towards Ning.

Those eyes…

They contained a deathly silence within them. They seemed to have no life within them at all, just utter despair, enough to freeze one’s heart.

“View the sword-art,” the black-robed youth said calmly.

Ning turned his head to look at the sword-art which had appeared on the nearby giant sword. As with before, the entire sword-art was displayed from start to finish, from simple to complex. As Ning watched, he began to feel stunned. Even after watching three times, Ning didn’t recover from his dazed state.

“Enough.” The black-robed youth rose to his feet, a pair of swords appearing in his hands.

Ning came back to his senses.

“What is this sword-art?” Ning immediately asked.

“The name of this sword-art is Seversoul!” The black-robed youth replied.

“Seversoul? Seversoul…? The name is just like the sword-art itself…it really does sever the soul.” Utter agony filled Ning’s heart when he just visualized that sword-art. He knew, however, that there was no way for him to truly master this sword-art, because the essence and intent of this sword-art was the ruination of the soul that would come when one experienced true, absolute, eternal despair.

Ning, however, had no way of forcing himself to feel this sort of absolute despair! The techniques of this sword-art were also far superior to that of the [Mourning] sword-art; in fact, it was no weaker than Ning’s own [Brightmoon] sword-art. It was only surpassed by the [Five Treasures] sword-art itself.”

“Come,” the black-robed youth said calmly.

Ning nodded, swords appearing in his hands as well.

Swish! Swish!

Their two figures became blurred as they started to fight.

Two mighty sword-arts. One was filled with the intent of mourning, its sword-light flowing out in a consecutive stream. It had been created by distilling the essence of [Five Treasures], [Mourning], and many other techniques.

The other was filled with the essence of a ruined soul and utter despair. Its profoundness and marvelousness came from the creator of Undermoon Lake, who had intended it. Although it was different from the [Five Treasures], it was also quite shocking and brilliant.

Boom! Boom! Boom!

The two continuously battled, advancing and retreating.

They actually fought to a complete standstill. Both sword-arts had their own strengths; both could be described as having reached the apex of skill possible for the fourth stage of swordforce. If their swords moved any faster, they would have surpassed the limits of the Heavenly Daos. If the intent of their swords was any deeper and stronger, they would have reached the Sword God stage.

“So the sword can actually be used in a way like this.” Ning had viewed this sword-art three times prior to this. Upon seeing how the tenth guardian actually wielded this sword-art, he instantly gained a much deeper understanding of some of its mysteries. New insights regarding the [Seversoul] sword-art began to fill his mind.

There was an intrinsic difference between Ning and the tenth guardian.

The tenth guardian was only capable of unleashing this single sword-art.

Ning, however, was capable of learning from the tenth guardian and fusing what he learned into his own [Brightmoon] sword-art. Although the learning process resulted in him occasionally being put at a disadvantage, Ning’s overall level of power was slowly, steadily beginning to rise. His sword-art became even more unpredictable and ephemeral, and it became faster and more powerful as well.

The battle continued for a day…two days…three days…

Neither side used any divine abilities. They were solely competing in sword-arts.

The insights Ning had gained into this sword-art were merging together nonstop in his mind, then inspiring him further. This sort of feeling, the feeling of of nonstop improvement, was quite intoxicating…but he had still essentially reached the limit possible for him at his current level of sword-arts. Any improvements he was now able to make would be minute. He would at most be able to put the tenth guardian at a disadvantage, but the tenth guardian would still be able to launch occasional counterattacks as well.


Ning was suddenly stunned, and his sword-light turned sluggish for a moment.

Boom! A streak of sword-light crashed against his body, knocking him flying.

“Why did you stop?” The tenth guardian stood there, a frown on his face. Ning’s sword-art was clearly on a slightly higher level than his. If they continued to fight without Ning making any improvements at all, he would’ve permitted Ning to go into the fifth island. However, he could sense that Ning was still slowly improving, and his sword-arts were slowly transforming. Thus, he didn’t stop the fight and instead continued to battle against Ning.

This was because the purpose of Path of Blades was to temper and train Empyrean Gods. If Ji Ning was still improving, then of course the guardian wasn’t going to halt.

But Ning had suddenly come to a halt…this puzzled the tenth guardian.

Ning stood there atop the wooden bridge, a dazed look in his eyes. In his mind, however…there was a disturbance that felt like Pangu cleaving apart Heaven and Earth.


The [Seversoul] sword-art worked in a way that was completely different from the [Five Treasures] sword-art. Ning’s [Brightmoon] was derived from the essence of the [Five Treasures], and so as Ning gained more and more insight into [Seversoul] and began to fuse it with the essence of the [Five Treasures] within [Brightmoon]…with a boom, he suddenly understood. He blew through the last bottleneck preventing him from mastering the [Five Treasures].

Prior to this, it was as though a thin curtain of mist had been preventing him from seeing the final parts of it clearly. But now…Ning broke straight through that final barrier.


“The [Five Treasures]…” Ning shut his eyes, the many profound mysteries within his mind rapidly beginning to join together. All of the insights he had gained into the [Five Treasures] were merging into a perfect whole at high speed.

He had mastered the entire [Five Treasures]!

There was no doubt about it, no questions left in his mind.

“So this…this is what it means to surpass the Heavenly Daos.” Ning opened his eyes to stare at the dark skies surrounding him. He lightly flicked out with a finger, and it seemed to create a ripple as though it had touched something.

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71 thoughts on “DE Book 20, Chapter 30” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. Let us see if there isn’t a sixth island hmm? I think there is, just that Jueming ended his journey early because he felt no chance of progressing to become the true inheritor!

  2. RWX, are you aware of a website named stealing your work and effectively stealing your name? I’m assuming you are not running the website as I see quite a few books from gravitytales and xianxiaworld in addition to THIS EXACT CHAPTER. Please force them to stop unless you are running that site. I will probably rewrite this on your next set of chapters in hopes that you see it.

    On a completely different note, I loved the chapter and your killing me with suspense. Thank you so much.

  3. With him mastering the Five Treasures it means he also got his Swordforce to lvl 5? I don’t remember.

    This chapter gave me goosebumps, thanks for the chapter!

    1. Yes! That is correct, his sword force will have stepped up to level 5… Sword God I think it was.

      Daofathers will fall to him, mostly because the Seamless Gate will have nothing else to throw at him.

      Once he gets out of Undermoon Lake, he’ll have to regain all his dao’s, step his Heartforce up to tier 5 and then become a Daofather/True God.

      1. “Yes! That is correct, his sword force will have stepped up to level 5… Sword God I think it was.”
        Not one single part of that statement is true, unless he completely separately levels up his swordforce to level 5 as well, but it won’t happen automatically simply because he mastered the five treasures sword art.

        1. Darn! Now I have to go back to find the chapter where they said that when you mastered the 5 Treasures sword art you’d have level 5 sword force. 😀

          1. no that was never spoken of only that you need swordforce 4 to train the 4 chapter and there are only 4 chapter of the 5 treasure so he will need some time to step in swordforce 5 but i think he is making big steps in that way because of the other swordskill

          2. Book 19 Chapter 11

            Daofather Fuju…

            He was born a human and trained as a Ki Refiner. He had become a Daofather of the Great Firmament during the Primordial Era, and became famous due to his sword. He had managed to train his swordforce all the way to the fifth level!

            Swordforce was just like heartforce; it could also be divided into five levels.

            If one reached the fifth stage of swordforce, one would be considered supreme even amongst True Gods and Daofathers. This Daofather Fuju became publicly acknowledged as the number one Sword Immortal of the Three Realms because, back when the Primordial Era had ended and the Three Realms Era began, he had created a supreme sword-art which had stunned the Three Realms…the [Five Treasures] sword-art. By relying on this sword-art, Daofather Fuju had become the indisputed number one Sword Immortal of the Three Realms.

            Book 19 Chapter 15

            The nearby Empyrean God Hiddenwillow interjected, “But the fourth chapter is far too difficult. To master the first chapter, you have to have at least reached the first stage of swordforce. As for the second chapter, you’ll need to have reached the second stage of swordforce. In turn, mastering the fourth chapte requires you to have at least reached the fourth stage of swordforce…and that’s just a prerequisite! Even if you have reached that level, you still might be unable to succeed.”

            I have NOT found where it said that you would have the 5th level of swordforce after mastering the 5 Treasures sword art, so I will consider myself to be wrong on that.

            After re-reading though I did find in B19 C15:

            “Once you master the entire [Five Treasures] sword-art, you’ll be able to enter the cavern-estate in the fifth peak which Master left behind.” True Immortal Jimin pointed towards the distant, tallest peak. “Master died in the primordial chaos, but before he entered it, he gave us certain instructions. He said that if something unexpected happened to him, we were to make the [Five Treasures] sword-art available to the public. Any Fiendgod Body Refiner who has mastered the [Five Treasures] sword-art can enter his cavern-estate and receive his most important legacy.”

            Which DOES sound interesting.

          3. All of the current living masters of the 5 treasures sword art including Ji Ning, are at level 4 swordforce. The only person in the entire series that we know of who has hit level 5 is the original “creator” / (trainer? / provider?) of the 5 treasures sword art.

  4. Talent, huh. I think I might have an issue with that.

    As presented in this chapter, most people apparently have a “limit” – they start slowing down, stop improving, stop growing stronger. Usually takes millions and even trillions of years, but it happens to a ton of people in all of IET’s books.

    Is there really a limit to talent? The MC never has this problem – indeed, at higher levels of cultivation, is thousands to millions of times faster than other people. He never despairs because his training is slowing down, unable to gain new insights.

    Even in Coiling Dragon, almost all of the Planar War normal soldiers were said to be people who couldn’t improve any further. They’d rather go to die in a glorious war and see the peak of training rather than waste away.

    Is there an actual cap to talent? Or do these people just lack heart, will, soul, new experiences, new training methods? I don’t believe for one moment that you have some sort of destined, fated maximum limit when you’re born – and if you do, then you change that fate. But I guess if you’re not a supremely talented monster, when you start slowing down, you kinda lose hope in yourself, which ultimately causes the limit to happen.

    1. I think it is more generally related to diminishing returns. After training in the same way again and again, the amount of improvement gained each time will begin to decrease.

    2. Exactly, character’s in IET’s world have a cap to their talent just so everyone who is immortal doesn’t eventually reach the apex of power given enough time.

      Ty for chaps Ren~

      1. I don’t think it’s as contrived as that. Different people have different levels of talent; is this observation hard to accept? Flashes of insight and lucky encounters are also difficult to obtain and are a large reason immortals don’t improve significantly for long periods of time. There are many natural reasons stopping everyone from eventually reaching the “apex of power.”

        1. Yup, a looong ass time ^.^

          Hmm, maybe I will just give a little random sp*i*er in a random comment section, aka here, so I can motivate myself to work better… the spo**er being that I’m preparing a surprise for the New Year’s for the forums, haha. Got a lot more to work on, though. (reworking and rewriting is such a hard job! :D)

          (god damn i forgot ‘sp** er’ is a banned word! Damn! Just like the last time! Kill me Ren, please…! xD)

    3. I think we just haven’t reached the power level where things slow down to the thousands/millions of years stage yet.

      He’s technically still a weak Empyrean God, with True>Elder>World levels above him. There’s also the End War looming within a few hundred years or so.

      In Coiling Dragon we didn’t see things change drastically until Linley entered a completely different world/plane, and that might be the case for Ji Ning too. He’s technically only lived on a single major world so far, with a few trips to other places.

      As for the stuff about talent, some people improve faster than others, and the rate of improvement becomes more difficult the closer one gets to the peak. It’s not that they can’t improve any more, it’s just that their improvement is on such a huge timescale it probably feels like they aren’t making any progress.

    4. While this is true, can you imagine what would happen to those guys if Ji Ning were to spread around his jindan upgrade technique? A lot of Ning’s cultivation speed had to do with his fortunate encounters, cheat-like techniques and training-boosting locations. If everybody had access to such things…

      1. I thick he will only give this jindan upgrade only to the people near him and when he is invincible in the three realms there will be a posibility that he spreads it for everyone

        1. That statement is incredibly retarded; shooting Usain Bolt’s kneecaps isn’t magically going to let you run 100 meters in under 10 seconds, unless your master plan is to shoot the bullets behind your own knees in the hopes of propelling yourself 100 meters in under 10 seconds. Which is still retarded.

          1. No, but it lets you run it faster than him xD He is just joking about the luck MC’s will inevitably have comapred to all other characters in wuxias/xianxias ^.^

    5. Don’t forget the element of luck. This seems to be the major defining difference in Wuxia/Xianxia novels.

      No matter how talented you are or how much hard work you put in, you will always fall behind those that have a supreme fortuitous encounter. In other words, stumbling on some OP master or artifact that trains you in long forgotten skills.

  5. I will laugh so hard if these two Ji Ning clones can’t reconnect with his other clones because of the unique advances and insights they’ve acquired.

    I wonder if his other clones have also advanced to level 5 swordforce in the meantime with different insights?

  6. After a year and three months in seclusion, Ji Ning finally walked out of his Immortal estate.

    And the winner of the “How Long Will Ji Ning Take” betting pool is… Empyrean God Sin with an estimate of 333,000 years! The next closest guess was at 800,000 years.

    1. LoL!
      I wish we could ‘like’ posts 😀

      I still get the feeling that none of them have any clue how ‘old’ Ji Ning is. If they took a nap he’ll be a Daofather.

  7. Ohh this cliffhanger…please tell me he has reached level 5 swordforce and when he goes outside all his other clones will also gain the same enlightenment.

    Plus, I am pretty sure he will find a way for all his 18 clones to join back to his main body (atleast most of them, after he chooses to keep a couple of clones in seclusion for backup maybe). This should allow him to have the power of a Daofather since he currently is half a step into Daofather power.

    Next 2 chapters plsss!!!!

    1. it would be interesting but i would like it if he breaks through the daofather level then we would have 36 powerfull daofathers 😀 just because of him and with swordforce 5 he would be a top tier daofather

  8. But of course, actually reaching the fifth stage of heartforce was far too difficult.
    Ning also knew that each person was only given a single chance to view each sword-art.
    3 chances

    1. i think i is meant that you only can see it once when you fight that spezific guardian for the first time and at that moment you can read through it 3 times

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