DE Book 21, Chapter 12

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Book 21, The Bloodlotus Blooms, Chapter 12 – Wishful Thinking

The world of the Grand Xia. An island atop the great Darknorth Sea.

Ji Ning was viewing the scenery before him. Although it was winter, the innate heat within this island kept it in perpetual spring. The island blossomed with flowers and was quite beautiful to behold.

“Senior apprentice-sister.”

“We’re going to meet again soon. Our family will be reunited.” Ning still remembered how she looked, all those years ago, when she stroked her belly as she watched him train in the sword. That warm, loving environment…ever since the destruction of Shennong’s medicine and the shattering her soul, it had completely disappeared. For the sake of getting it back, Ning had risked his life and had done everything he could possibly do. Thankfully, he had been lucky enough to acquire the [Ninehorn Lightning Serpent] evasion technique, had been lucky enough to possess powerful heartforce, and had been lucky enough that senior Fuxi had created the Rahu Formation for him. This was the reason why he had been able to force the Seamless Gate to bow its head.

Finally…he and his daughter was going to be reunited with his wife. The three of them would be reunited once more, as a family.

Rumble…

A ripple of power descended. Startled, Ning turned his head to look.

A black-robed man was standing at the end of an upraised path in the distance. The black-robed man sauntered towards him, a smile on his face. “This island isn’t bad. It’s quite beautiful. Your Primaltwin remains on the Deerchaser world, but your true body has appeared. It seems you have emerged from Undermoon Lake.”

“Yes.” Ning nodded.

“Formidable, formidable.” The black-robed Godking nodded, letting out a sigh of praise. “To tell you the truth, Ji Ning…although the two of us are on enemy sides, I admit I’m quite shocked and impressed that you were able to emerge from Undermoon Lake in just six hundred short years. Jueming entered during the Primordial Era and was only able to escape during the Three Realms era.”

Ning said, “I’ve emerged. Isn’t it time for you to hold to your promise?”

“Did you bring the treasures I asked for?” The black-robed Godking laughed, “Per what I originally said, I would only release Yu Wei’s soul to you once you gave the treasures to me.”

“I brought them.” Ning’s heartrate began to speed up uncontrollably, but he was able to remain calm.

“I trust that you have the other two treasures…but what of the Iceheart Leaf?” The black-robed Godking laughed.

Ning waved his hand. A semi-transparent, crystalline Iceheart Leaf suddenly appeared, levitating above his hands.

“It really is an Iceheart Leaf.” The black-robed Godking inspected it carefully, a slightly intoxicated look in his eyes. “It really is quite beautiful, just as the legends said it to be. This is my first time to see an Iceheart Leaf in person. Mmm…alright. You can destroy it now.”

“Destroy it?” Ning’s heart sank. What was the meaning of this? Why was he being told to bring, then destroy the Iceheart Leaf?

“Now that I’ve seen it, it’s of no further use to me.” The black-robed Godking looked at Ning. “I just wanted the chance to look at it, that’s all.”

“I brought you the treasures that you asked for. Please give my senior apprentice-sister’s soul back to me,” Ning immediately said.

“Ahaha….” The black-robed Godking let out an ear-piercing laugh, an uproarious laugh, a crazy laugh. He laughed so hard, tears nearly came out of his eyes. His entire body trembled from laughter as he pointed a quavering hand at Ning. “Oh, Ji Ning, Ji Ning…and to think that you are a ‘peerless genius of this age’. Haven’t you understood yet? When I told you to get me Iceheart Leaf, I simply wanted to force you into Undermoon Lake. The leaf, the other treasures…although they are of some use to me as a Daofather, they are meaningless to the Seamless Gate as a whole. Did you really think I would care about those three treasures?”

“All I wanted was for you to enter Undermoon Lake!”

“Although you managed to emerge after six hundred years…it was enough. It was enough. Our ‘Three Realms infiltration phase’ is complete. Our Seamless Gate is battling against your Nuwa Alliance on the Deerchaser world, and soon the entire war for karmic luck will be at an end. The infiltration phase is over. It no longer matters.” The black-robed Godking roared with laughter. “If you came out after just one or two centuries, I’d probably have to come up with something else, but six hundred years? You are no longer a threat.”

“No threat at all.”

“Nowadays, our Seamless Gate’s forces are sent out in massive armies. You, a mere True Immortal with that feeble Rahu-something formation…what can you possibly do?” The black-robed Godking continued to roar with ear-piercing laughter like a madman.

Years ago, the Godking had been forced by Ning to bow his head. The Godking had been enraged to the point of wanting to kill Ning, but it wasn’t appropriate for him to personally act. However, the chance to see Ning enraged, see Ning feel despair…that would be even more delightful than simply killing him.

As the black-robed Godking laughed with abandon, he kept a careful watch over Ning, noting every single change in expression. He wanted to see Ning’s face become filled with panic and despair. Only then would the demon in his heart be satisfied! Other Immortal cultivators might be afraid of their dark side, but the Godking was a cultivator of Lord Demonheart’s arts. He himself was the veritable incarnation of a mental devil, while his master was the Lord of the Demonheart.

But…he was disappointed.

Ning just stood there. Stood there, not reacting at all.

Crack. Something suddenly seemed to shatter.

That woman who had quietly, blissfully watched with a smile on her face as Ning had trained in the sword…she was never coming back.

Pain!

Ning felt agonizing pain in his heart. Pain that made him feel nauseous. Pain that was about to drive him insane. He wanted to laugh…he wanted to roar…but he couldn’t make any sound at all. For many years now, the karmic sinflames had been constantly burning against his body, but Ning had never cared about the pain they brought. In this moment, however…the pain he felt was ten thousand times greater than the pain from the karmic sinflames.

“Ha…haha…”

Suddenly, a dry laugh rattled out from Ning’s mouth.

He sounded almost like a toddler who had just learned how to speak.

“Aha…ahaha…ahahaha….” Ning began to laugh wildly. He finally began to laugh, and his tears finally began to fall as well.

Upon seeing this, the black-robed Godking finally let out a satisfied smile. This was more like it. This was the reaction he had expected. For a brief moment, just now, the man hadn’t been reacting at all.

“Ahahaha…I knew all along that you weren’t worthy of my trust…” Ning’s eyes were completely bloodshot now. He laughed wildly, “I knew it all along. You, ‘Godking’, you toy with the hearts of men, causing chaos throughout the Three Realms. How could your promises be worth believing? But I still chose to believe, and I even entered Undermoon Lake, doing everything I could to return as soon as possible.”

“I even impatiently ran over here to hand those three treasures over to you. I knew that your promises were as worthless as dogshit…but I still came. I held onto hope. A tiny shred of hope…hope…hope that she would be able to come back.”

“I hoped that she would be able to come back.”

“Brightmoon and I…we miss her. I want our family to be together again. That’s all I want. My family to be together.”

“But you…finally…you have finally destroyed my last bit of hope. You destroyed it.” Ning laughed so madly, he was shaking. “Ahaha…it was all just wishful thinking…I was just dreaming. I was lying to myself this entire time. Lying to myself. Telling myself that we could still be together. What a joke. I am such a joke. A joke!”

The black-robed Godking could sense how the heart of the youth before him had shattered. Could sense his agony. His despair. The destruction of that last shred of hope.

The Godking…was satisfied.

Was pleased.

This was more like it. This was true agony. This was true heartbreak.

The Godking looked at Ning. “It is time for you to wake up. You need to understand that at this current stage of the war, a single Empyrean God like you cannot have any impact at all. By now, only a large number of Empyrean Gods and True Immortals joined together will have any effect. Still…I’m a man who appreciates talent.”

“I’ll once more invite you to join the Seamless Gate. So long as you are willing to join us, you’ll immediately be able to reunite with your wife. Don’t you wish to be with her? Don’t you wish for your daughter to reunite with her mother? If you join the Seamless Gate, it will all happen. As a member of the Seamless Gate, you’ll be one of us…and I’ll naturally stop plotting against you. In fact, I’ll be quite good to you. You are a true expert amongst Empyrean Gods and True Immortals, after all. Although you won’t be able to change the course of the entire war for karmic luck, you’ll still be of some use.”

“If you join the Seamless Gate now, you’ll be able to reunite with your wife. But if you refuse…well. She’ll be of no further use to me. I’ll kill her. I’ll shatter her soul. Ahahaha…”

“You have no other choices.” The black-robed Godking looked at Ning.

Ning…was still bent over with laughter. “Joke. I’m a joke.”

“Thank you.” Ning straightened his back, raising his head to stare unblinkingly at the black-robed Godking.

The black-robed Godking’s heart skipped a beat.

What sort of a look was that? Such powerful heartforce…such a terrible gaze. If this was the gaze of an ordinary mortal, the Godking wouldn’t care at all, but this was Ji Ning, who had reached the fourth stage of heartforce. The black-robed Godking could sense that behind that gaze, there was an endless, blazing, burning hatred that not all the waters of the Three Realms would suffice to quench.

A desire to kill that had seeped into his spirit…his very truesoul itself.

“Thank you for destroying my hopes. Thank you for bringing my wishful thoughts to an end. Thank you…for freeing me from all my doubts.”

“Let’s take it slow, you and I. The day is still young. Soon…I will make sure to properly thank you for all you have done.”

After speaking, Ning turned and left, transforming into a streak of light.

“If you refuse, your wife will be useless to me. I will kill her,” the black-robed Godking immediately howled after him.

“My wife is already dead. I killed her!” Ning’s voice echoed in the air, but he himself had already departed from the Grand Xia.


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125 thoughts on “DE Book 21, Chapter 12” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. Haha, time to pay the price of your mistakes Godking.
    Ji Ning may just be an Empyrean God, but he’s an Empyrean God who’s mastered the [Five Treasures], 4th stage of Heartforce, 4th stage of Swordforce, 3rd stage of Infiniforce, 9th cycle of [Eight-Nine Arcane Art], has the Ninehorn Lightning Serpent, a second-tier Jindan, a set of chaos treasures, 35(?) clones, and a wife awaiting to be rescued.

    1. Pretty sure she had been killed in this chapter, though? Well, it wasn’t explicitly stated by Godking that he actually followed up on his words, so it’s not certain yet I guess.

      1. All that happened was the Godking threatened to kill Yu Wei, she hasn’t been killed yet. Thinking about the Godking’s character he will probably keep her alive, for the possibility of causing even more pain to Ji Ning in the future.

    2. Its more like 5th stage heartforce with this broken heart… Its like a month to upgrade the clones and month to get to 5th heartforce from 4th like it was mont to get from 3rd to 4th.. Its gonna be Empyrean God that kills Top tier Daofather.. cause Hyoui killed only lowtier Daofather..

      Im really sad about all this not reuniting the family but I love that Godking bealieves he makes him suffer but just tempers him and trains him.. its more like hes next Master to Ning 😀
      Just hope It wont go to daughter joining the other side to rescue mother or hate father.. If it goes there Im immidiedly hating this series..

    1. Mortgar are you sure you’re not an idiot. Ji Ning knew he couldn’t be trusted, he knew it was naive to believe but he did it anyway, he had to hope so he could get his wife back. Did you not read the same chapter as me?

      1. Ji Ning shouldn’t have agreed to such a stupid deal with so low a chance of success. Seriously, the chance of him even escaping the Undermoon Lake was ridiculously low, let alone while it was still relevant, let alone the Godking actually keeping his word.

        If it was his only option, fine, but he could have continued to pressure SG until they either killed or released Yu Wei. While it is highly likely that they would kill Yu Wei, there still would have been a far greater chance of SG giving her back to Ning.

          1. Ya, PLUS there was a VERY good reason outside of that flower to go into that place, the Jidan upgrade material. Then the endless benefits that came about in that place. But it was EFFORTLESS to atleast try and grasp that tiny sliver of hope.

          2. @Caladbolg

            Except I called it as soon as he accepted the deal. It clearly had an extremely low chance of success. He was pressuring the SG, if he pushed them more what would have happened?

            1. A daofather would have tried to kill him, and NA daofathers would have intervened.
            2. The SG would have taken massive losses and changed their invasion strategy.
            3. The SG would have give Yu Wei back.
            4. Ji Ning messes up and dies – though when he accepted the deal he had 36? clones and a super good evasive technique.

            Thinking about this I think it is quite easy to, at that point in time, logically conclude that pushing the SG further had a much high chance of success.

            @knightlight

            What is Jindan upgrade material worth next to Yu Wei? Nothing. Sure – it is possibly worth sending a clone or two in for a chance to get treasure (though considering how few people have ever left that could be debated), but in terms of saving Yu Wei the potential benefits are not even considered, the plan with the highest chance of success is what must be chosen.

      2. uuuh, tough guy is calling me an idiot on the internet. You are not really worth a response, but just for the heck of it, even if he knew beforehand that it was probably just a trap and he would never get his wife back, why so completely engrossed into this naive hope of his? As I recall, he never thought more in-depth about it being a false hope or what he’s gonna do if it actually is complete BS. He was basically like “gonna go there, get the stuff the Godking wants, get my wife back, yay!” All I am saying is: He should have expected it and it seems to me like it was completely out of his expectations. If you already suspect stuff like this might happen, granted, you are angry/enraged but you don’t act like how he acted in that chapter. might be overanalyzing it a bit, but still, just my 2cents.

        1. He isn’t an idiot for trying to grasp on to the only hope of getting his wife back. Sure there was an almost zero percent chance he would get his wife back but that is better than a flat out zero percent.

          Totally agree though that his response to finding out the most likely conclusion of his deal with the God King was the outcome that happened was idiotic. Ning is supposed to be smart right, so sure he takes his only shot at getting his wife back no matter how unreasonable, I’ll get behind that.
          But his psychotic ravings after he got fooled (even though anyone with half a brain saw this coming) are really out of character for him. I see why this happened, more than likely this will be the catalyst that allows him to reach 5th Stage heartforce but I don’t think IET had to make his response so grandiose and over exaggerated. I would have far preferred a dark and brooding Ning that knew he would make the God King regret everything and allowed his hatred at the revelation that his wife will never be returned be turned into fuel for that rather than yelling out. I’M A FOOL, I’M A JOKE. HAHAHA HAHAHA. …. HAHA HAHA. He is supposed to be a super genius with an uber powerful force of will and Dao-Heart. I get this being such a blow that it affects his soul and seeps this hatred bone deep but cmon. He can’t have ice in his veins one second then go psycho mode the next. Just doesn’t line up.

        2. Sorry about calling you an idiot I got caught up in the moment but i still disagree with you the godking had the most important card in his hand his wife ji ning and the godking knew his wife is more important to him than the war and in the first place he did all that to pressure him into a deal it just happened to be unfavourable. Also if he kept on pushing who’s to say he no longer wants to play the game and just kills her that way they both lose but he’ll have be better on the end because he only saw ji ning as a nuicance but ji nings wife is his whole world. And the godking wouldn’t allow himself to be pressured because of his arrognance and reputation as a godking, so he would rather kill her than give in to ji ning. And to your point of him seeing it coming the only thing i can say about that he is blinded by love and it was the only route he saw

  2. I’m actually glad things turned out this way… I’m anticipating Ji Ning destroying the Godking more than ever, and that anticipation is making everything more enjoyable.

    1. His Brightmoon sword art should have surpassed the Despair sword art since long ago. Not only did he defeat the despair guy hundreds of years ago – he has studied much higher level sword arts since then. I think the author will use this as an excuse for him reaching 5th stage heart force

      1. Actually, it was narrated that Ning would be unable to completely comprehend the final swordart of the trial because he had never experienced utter despair and hopelessness, so that’s what sherrynity is referring to 😉

        But yeah, it will also likeky end up aiding him in reaching the 5’th level of heartforce.

      1. I’d say he will (amongst the other things) capture the envoy from this realmwar ^.^ Imagine the rage of Seamless Gate when their top-tier golem falls in the hands of Nuwa Alliance!

  3. Thanks for the chapter RWX! It was worth a shot. I mean she meant the world to him after all. This will probably push him to the next stage of Heartforce as well. Wonder how he’ll swing the realmwar now.

    1. he will probably go all silvermoon on their asses judging by the end of the chapter. But knowing iet he will get yu wei back anyway. The second lover is always the permanent lover in his stories. Kinda monotonous really.

        1. Stellar Transformations is kinda the exception, but I see your point, he could change it up. Of course at this point it’s either he get’s Yu Wei back or he stays single for the rest of his (probably eternal) life, and I just don’t see that happening.

  4. How can the seamless gate being so stupid. Time and time again they said he’s just a minor character since he was an earth immortal, celestial immortal, True Immortal and now Empyrean God. Every time they tried to knocked him down they just makes hin stronger. Ji Ning would make godking regret everything they’ve done….

  5. Looks like I was right. I predicted this after looking at the title. I kind of like this as this will make Ning’s heart grow stronger. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger so Ning will be more powered up. Next chapter’s title is one month later and that would be very interesting because after one month 34 of Ning’s clones will have low Daofather’s power. Things are going to heat up. Godking is so going to regret this. It would be funny if Daomother dies at the hand of Ning and the Envoy gets captured.

        1. She appeared to be a little more active and with more peronality traits than utter devotion to her husband than Delia, but it would all depend on IET how he went with the story had he chosen to make the current events develop in some other way.

  6. Actually it’s way better this way… This was not at all unexpected.. if the godking destroy her soul, she would not suffer anymore. When Ning become a World God, i think it was mentioned that he will be able to take all the truesouls of his loved ones who are in a kind of river and they will reincarnate, i don’t really remember. He shouldn’t be too pessimistic, Wolrd God is just a stepping stone

      1. Nah, feel 4th level was after the despair, realizing how tiny he is, yet still whole heartedly persuing his dreams. Also his “Arrogant” Disposition on, o i’m genius, i can do anything, ect, was crushed. Making himself much more humble.

    1. Except, for anyone other then the MC, there would be a large chance that they would suffer a mental breakdown and die or stall in their cultivation due to events like this.

  7. Thank you for the chapter. I really want to want to master the Dao of Time now so I could skip to your next release.
    The best thing about this chapter is how I can feel Ji Ning's hope and despair through IET's writing. IET is pretty good with expressing the MC’s feelings and this chapter is a good example of that.
    I do understand the Godking's PoV and how he acts though. He thought that one person wouldn't be able to change the odds of losing or winning the war. He didn't expect that Ji Ning is someone who inherit skills from a World God though haha. I can't wait to see the surprise that Ji Ning has prepared for the Seamless Gate.

  8. From the teaser for the next chapter, Ji Ning’s clones will have all undergone the jindan upgrade, since it takes 1 month to do that… I imagine after that it will be merging all his 18 true body clones.

    After that, he’ll need to talk to Subuti to advise him of his upgrades so he’ll be allowed to take control of one of those ultimate formations from Nuwa…. you know the ones usually that need a full Daofather to get the most out of it?

    The chapter after next should be the smush-fest.

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  10. God dang it how i hate it every time he calls his wife Senior apprentice-sister, it makes no sense, it was fine in the beginning but she is his wife for gods sake, whats the point in calling her Senior apprentice-sister why being so formal with your wife, i literaly find it disgusting.

    And i hope she finally dies for good, so he can stop obssesing about her and have a diffrent goal.

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