DE Book 20, Chapter 36

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Book 20, Jindan Upgrade, Chapter 36 – Heartseep Technique

Ji Ning felt a surge of joy in his heart.

World God Northrest had spent a tremendous amount of effort to train a proper successor. The things he had prepared for this successor would no doubt be much better than the items he had left behind on Moonfall Island.

“The most precious item within all of Undermoon Lake is the item which master was able to rely upon in order to escape, despite being surrounded, assaulted, and wounded so badly that only a shred of his soul remained. It is this sword.” The golden-armored warlady pointed at the slender, terribly damaged blood-colored sword. Ning was stunned; this was it? This broken-looking sword?

Even if it was powerful in the past, it was completely ruined now.

“Don’t underestimate it. Don’t be deceived by its bad condition.” The golden-armored warlady sneered, “Not all the treasures in your Three Realms combined would be as valuable as this ‘badly damaged sword’ in front of you.”

Ning was shocked. Not even all the treasures in the Three Realms combined?

“The most precious thing within your Three Realms is its ‘Worldcore’, which will only manifest after the Three Realms is destroyed. But even the Worldcore is vastly inferior in value to this sword.” The golden-armored warlady let out a sigh. “Even in as bad condition as it currently is, it’s far beyond the limits of your imagination.”

“It’s that powerful?” Ning was shocked.

“Powerful?” The warlady laughed coldly, “World Gods and Chaos Immortals are all extremely powerful. They rove throughout the primordial chaos, and to them, it’s not that hard to use a technique to hasten the destruction of a chaosworld and then extract the Worldcore from it.”

Ning nodded.

World Gods and Chaos Immortals did indeed have the power to destroy a chaosworld. For example, the great war of the Primordial Era had been instigated by the Lord of All Things, but if it had been instigated by a World God, Mother Nuwa probably wouldn’t have even had the chance to make a breakthrough. Everyone would’ve been effortlessly dominated.

“Although Worldcores are valuable treasures to Chaos Immortals and World Gods, they can acquire them with a bit of effort. But this sword…” The golden-armored warlady let out a sigh. “It’s enough to drive any World God mad with lust, to the point of risking their own lives for it. Master had to rely on the help of many friends from Vastheaven Palace, combined with his own personal power, in order to acquire it. For the sake of this sword, Master paid an indescribable price…but it was all worth it, because in the end he acquired this sword, Violetjewel.”

“It’s that precious?” Ning stared at the badly damaged sword, extremely puzzled. “What is the story behind it? You should know, right?”

“I do not.” The golden-armored warlady shook her head, a bit embarassed. “When Violetjewel carried Master’s soul-sliver with it as it fled, it was so badly damaged that even its original sword-spirit was destroyed. Master ended up placing Violetjewel within Undermoon Lake. Once the sword was given some time to settle down and stabilize, it was able to slowly give birth to a new spirit – me.”

Ning now understood. It made sense. For example, the master of a treasure could wipe out its treasure-spirit and then allow a new treasure-spirit to be born.

“However, before he died, Master told me everything that he could. All the necessary arrangements were made.” The golden-armored warlady looked at Ning.

“Judging from what you are saying…this sword should be even more powerful than a Chaos treasure?” Ning asked.

“Powerful?” The golden-armored warlady said, “The so-called ‘Chaos treasures’ of your Three Realms are generally meant for Elder Gods and Ancestral Immortals. World Gods could fight barehanded and have power equivalent to that of a Chaos treasure! They use far more powerful weapons. As for this sword…even amongst the weapons used by World Gods and Chaos Immortals, it is one of the absolute best of weapons.”

Ning frowned. “If that’s the case, would I even be capable of binding it?”

After soulscouring the memories of the prisoners of Pangaea, Ning had learned a few things. In Pangaea, True Gods and True Immortals would generally use Protocosmic spirit-treasures, while Elder Gods and Ancestral Immortals used Chaos treasures. As for the King of Pangaea, he supposedly used an even more terrifyingly powerful treasure which could only be bound by someone who was at least at the Elder God or Ancestral Immortal level of power.

As for this tattered-looking sword…if it was one of the absolute best weapons that could be used by World Gods and Chaos Immortals, how could a mere Empyrean God/True Immortal like Ning possibly bind it?

“Generally speaking, one has to have the power of a World God to bind this weapon.” The golden-armored woman warlady at Ning. “However, since Master left this sword for you, he must have done it for a reason. In Vastheaven Palace, there is a certain unique and secret binding technique that is recorded within the [Eight Directions Secret Scroll]. Although the records were casually written down, they described something that is extraordinarily marvelous. This technique is known as the ‘Heartseep’ technique. Through using the ‘Heartseep’ technique, you can bind this sword. Once you do, you’ll be able to retract its aura and change its appearance and coloration. Otherwise, everyone would be able to tell at a glance how extraordinary this weapon is.”

Ning nodded. The aura of this badly damaged sword was even more terrifying than Human Sovereign Fuxi’s aura. Its power would indeed be obvious to anyone.

Ordinary Pure Yang treasures and Protocosmic spirit-treasures had auras of their own, but after they were bound the auras could be suppressed, making them seem like normal weapons.

“This is the Heartseep technique.” The golden-armored warlady waved her hand, causing a bamboo scroll to appear in midair before her.

“That’s like how we do it in the Three Realms.” Ning chuckled. The Pangaea chaos-kingdom and the Three Realms recorded down techniques in differing manners. After World God Northrest had possessed Daofather Fuju, he had chosen to do as they did in the Three Realms and recorded techniques down within bamboo scrolls.

Ning accepted it in a very practiced manner, then sent his coresense into it.

A large amount of information began to flood into his mind, but after just two breaths worth of time, it came to an end. This was a fairly simple technique, but despite its simplicity, it would be hard for even World Gods or Chaos Immortals to intentionally devise an idea like it. This technique…the principles behind it were quite interesting.

When royal figures died on Earth during the early ages, they would have jade treasures buried with them. Because those treasures would be covered in dirt and mud for hundreds or thousands of years, once they were excavated they would still be imprinted with some dirt or mud which would have seeped into the jade itself.

It wouldn’t be very practical to come up with an idea to actively ‘seep’ dirt and mud into jade on Earth unless one used extremely high-tech methods, akin to how World Gods and Chaos Immortals would be able to use their tremendous power to forcibly bind this sword. However, given a long enough period of time, just keeping jade in constant contact with mud would eventually cause the mud to ‘seep’ into the jade. This was the essence of the ‘Heartseep’ technique.

“What?” Ning’s face changed. “It needs that long? A thousand years?”

“Is a thousand years really that long?” The golden-armored warlady looked towards Ning, puzzled. “For you, an Empyrean God and a True Immortal, to spend a mere thousand years binding a priceless treasure like this and complain about how long it takes…? This technique is already quite formidable, and the amount of time is already quite short.”

Ning grew frantic. He didn’t have the time needed to slowly bind the treasure. The outside world had already descended into a state of calamity, and he had already spent more than a century in Undermoon Lake. He naturally wanted to leave as soon as possible.

“Can I take this sword back with me? Can I slowly bind it in the outside world?” Ning asked.

The golden-armored warlady shook her head. “You can try. If you can move it, go ahead.”

“Oh?” Puzzled, Ning immediately walked forward and reached out to grab the terribly damaged sword. Since the warlady wasn’t going to stop him, this shouldn’t prove dangerous.


As soon as Ning’s palm descended upon the sword, an invisible burst of power blasted out, knocking Ning backwards and sending him flying away like a meteor.

A short while later, he flew back.

“B-but…” As Ning once more walked into the jade shrine, he stared in astonishment at the badly damaged sword. It clearly was in terrible shape, but it still possessed incredible power.

“If you take it out without binding it, once the Elder Gods and Ancestral Immortals of the Three Realms notice it you’ll be doomed.” The golden-armored warlady shook her head. “I heard you say in Undermoon Lake that the Three Realms has entered a state of war between two main allied camps? If you go out and end up losing that treasure to the major powers of the Seamless Gate, you’ll become a sinner in the eyes of all your allies.”

Ning understood what she was saying…but was he really going to be trapped here for a thousand years?

“You only have two clones here.” The golden-armored warlady chuckled. “Two absolutely identical clones. Techniques like these always produce more than just two, right? I imagine you have other clones in the outside world at all. If that’s really the case, then they should be able to deal with any emergent situations in the outside world.”

Indeed. In the outside world, Ning had sixteen ‘true bodies’ and eighteen Primaltwin bodies.

“In addition…this sword has suffered tremendous damage. Just look at it; it’s almost fallen apart. Only its energy source remains undamaged. It shouldn’t be that hard to bind it; five hundred years if you are fast, a thousand years if you are slow.” The golden-armored warlady explained, “Oh, right; aside from this treasure, Master has left behind other techniques for you to receive. He spent tremendous effort recording them all down for you.”

As she spoke, the warlady waved her hand. Instantly, one bamboo scroll after another began to materialize in the air, coming together to form a small mountain of scrolls!

“Some of his techniques could not be transmitted, due to the rules of Vastheaven Palace. The others, the ones that he was permitted to teach, are all here.” The golden-armored warlady pointed towards the small mountain of bamboo scrolls.

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61 thoughts on “DE Book 20, Chapter 36” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. Thanks for the chapter Ren!
    But same mistake I pointed out last chapter:
    Not all the treasures in your Three Realms combined would -> All of the treasures in your Three Realms combined wouldn’t
    in order to acquire. -> in order to acquire it.

    1. Exactly, I thought that was what she was getting at… but then she says to let his other clones fend for themselves. I suppose the author doesn’t want Ji Ning to emerge as just a powerful figure, but to emerge as one of the most supreme figures?

      1. If Ji Ning could just contact his other clones he may be able to do something.
        He still has all those people with him, he can let one of them bring another clone the leaf and have the best of both worlds.

    1. Can you imagine… half a lifetime battling demons, then three lifetimes sitting there binding a sword.

      Am curious to see how much he can beat the sword-spirits estimate of 500yrs as a fast time since he’s skilled in heartforce (maybe plot bonus of heartforce 5 to pop him out in time for the endwar).

      1. i think he will be faster than the time frame because is is at the peak level of 4th heartforce and is really talented in it so i think 200 years or so will be enough for him and in this time he should be able to learn all the skills left behind 😀

        Maybe he will also be able to learn all the powerful sword arts he got to see in the last chapter and reach a new stage with his sword

        Thx for the chap

  2. Dude, your wife is in endless suffering and you keep both clones there for 500-1000(200 for mc) years instead of sending one out while the other does all the work? What the f*ck, unless next chapter explains that both have to go or he can’t leave, I have lost a lot of respect for Ning. I know she has been there for awhile but man that’s messed up.

    1. Technically, she’s not suffering ever since he entered Undermoon Lake. The Godking took her out of the Infinity Hells and put her on a safe planet in the interim.

      1. Whoops guess I missed that part, thanks for clarifying and to the guy below I didn’t skim, I just read an insane amount of stuff and it’s finals week XD slipped my mind. But thinking back to that chapter where he made the deal I can remember it vaguely. But now that I was informed/reminded of this fact my comment is invalid, sorry for the out of place dislike for a good character like ning.

    1. because iet wants to set up confusion for other 3 realm people to build up the suspense or what ever. i mean theres that 5 treasures entrance so he could step out increase comprehension of all the clones than send 5 times as many clones back in for faster comprehension. but i guess for the sake of iets plot ji ning forgot to use basic logic….

      1. “i mean theres that 5 treasures entrance so he could step out increase comprehension of all the clones than send 5 times as many clones back in for faster comprehension.”
        Yeah, because obviously nobody’s watching the entrance to it, and nobody’s going to question it at all when Ji Ning pokes his head out randomly from the entrance of the fifth mountain.

        Wait, no.

        1. all he has too do is leave one clone at a time with the rest in his imortal mansion at worst people will know he completed the 5 treasure swords technique and got a reward. so its not a “random” as you think it has to be.

          it is still completly reasonable to use it and not have his 36 clones revealed.

          1. Yes it is random, because you’re not using your head at all.

            Ji Ning is known to have one body, and it’s in Undermoon Lake.
            If Ji Ning suddenly comes out of the doorway of the 5th mountain of the five treasures world instead, what will people think?

            Plus, he’s mastered the five treasures sword art and nobody knows he has, that’s an incredible trump card he can unleash when the time is right. If however he brazenly enters the 5th mountain, then everyone will know that he’s mastered it and it will no longer be a surprise trump card for killing a daofather or something similar.

  3. Thanks for the chapter BerrryBunz, Francis B., Earl D., Lee Z., and yaoz889! He would be foolish to not stay 500-100 years first. Just send the rest out with a clone and come out later all badass and decked with treasure.

      1. I doubt the end war will have really started by the time Ji Ning comes out. Right now he basically is at the strength of a low level doa father. He’s still got two more tiers to reach before he hits leader level. Which at this point is basically expected to be at the elder god/ doa father level.

        I’m expecting this entire war to go on for 5 or 10 thousand years or some really long time scale. Just seems the fight way to go since this is supposed to be some kind of cosmic/ afterlife war. Just seems like that kind of thing would take time.

        1. If you saw my comments on the prev chapters, then you will know I’m of the same mind. For me, since this prince from early five treasures sword art arc needs to become a major power by the final battle, we will still need to wait at least 100 000 years or so 🙂

  4. doesnt ji ning now have a second access point towards this place? or re use the first? seriously WHY IS THIS A PROBLEM? why cant he just lets one of his 2 clones leave? for a immortals everyone sure is acting Fuc%king stupid!

    edit based on preview: just leave with one get your other clone to tell more clones to use the 5 treasures entrance. seriously, its such a simple solution.

    1. From the description of how Chaos Immortals operate, the 1-st tier Jindan is basically a mini version of a Chaos Immortal Jindain. So, if (when, lol) Ning becomes a Chaos Immortal, all the differencies in quality should be gone… unless I’m going too far with my way of interpreting things. Well, let’s wait and see what IET has in mind for Ning.

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  6. “If you take it out without binding it, once the Elder Gods and Ancestral Immortals of the Three Realms notice it you’ll be doomed.”

    Does the Three Realms have any Elder Gods? My understanding was that Elder Gods are a rank above the Three Realms version of Daofathers. I thought Daofathers/True Gods were the top tier level figures in the Three Realms, but that wouldn’t be possible with Elder Gods.

    1. Did you guys already forget Surien, Fluxi, the leader of the 3 daoist paths, etc?

      Anyone born during the primordial era with knowledge of a full heavenly day is an elder god by default, and there were 10 of them. I think it was also said that anyone who completed opposing heavenly daos also became one (or at least the ki immortal version?), with things like life / death, or yin / yang, or fire / water / earth / metal / (I forget the 5th one)

      1. Hm, would need to review these chapters. Didn’t pay much attention to how it was described and it’s kind of consufing since prisonworld arc changed the naming for fiendgods… 😉

        1. Mostly based on Subhutis truth backstory right before Ning became an empyrian god. Back then he said when the universe was born fiendgods were birn from the doas, and there were 10 elder gods among them. He also implied that some of the strongest humans managed to reach their level of power. Whether that means they’re elder gods is up for debate though.

  7. Its getting way to rediculous, with the amount of supreme over powered items and techniques he keeps getting. I seriously dislike stories where the mc has milions of op stuff that others will risk their livies for to only get one of, why not let the mc have a few core items and let them follow him through his life. It would be a lot more interresting, than the mc getting op stuff every time he turns left or right.

    1. He does have those, doesn’t he? He has the Starseizing Manor, his Starseizing hand technique, his Three-Hands Six-Arms technique, as well as his iconic Darknorth Swords. It’s just that he also has other really OP stuff too. I also don’t really mind the way he’s gotten them either. That ‘stone steele’ was… a little ridiculously lucky, but then again, it had fallen into the hands of someone even weaker than him long before that. As for the new OP stuff, he essentially earned all of it by being able to pass through Undermoon Lake with excellent strength and talent.

      1. I’m pretty ok with it. Since we already live in a world where there are people who have won the lottery multiple times. That’s just with earth’s 7 billion people, give or take. Given enough time and enough people, someone’s gonna be born that has that kind of luck.

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