DE Book 21, Chapter 22

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Book 21, The Bloodlotus Blooms, Chapter 22 – A Deadly Crisis

The remnants of the Seamless Gate’s army departed from the Deerchaser world, the scene of the Seamless Gate’s most catastrophic defeat.

“Eh?”

As they were leading their shattered forces away, their hearts filled with misery, the black-robed Godking and Daomother Devilhand were both stunned.

“The Fiendlord is summoning us?” The Godking was puzzled.

“Why is Windfiend summoning us? He never gets involved in these things.” Daomother Devilhand was puzzled as well. Neither of them, however, hesitated at all. They immediately sent their coresense to the Allfiend world, using it to manifest an incarnation that descended upon it.

The Allfiend world. Windfiend Palace. At the very tip of the palace, clouds and mist could be seen swirling about four figures who had gathered here. These four could be considered the true leaders of the Seamless Gate.

They were the Lord of All Fiends, the Keeper of the Everwood, Daomother Devilhand, and the black-robed Godking.

“Uncle-master, why have you summoned all of us here?” The black-robed Godking had the lowest status of the four, and so he spoke in an extremely respectful manner.

Keeper Everwood and Daomother Devilhand looked towards him as well.

The Lord of All Fiends said solemnly, “Just now, Demonheart showed himself. He had a chat with me.”

Instantly, everyone’s hearts clenched.

Demonheart….

The undisputed king of the Seamless Chaosworld. Everywhere he went, he brought warfare with him. There were no enemies that could stand against him, and no one could surpass him in his mastery of strategy and in his mastery of the heart. He had led the Seamless Chaosworld in its war against the Pangu Chaosworld, and had inflicted repeated, disastrous defeats upon the Pangu Chaosworld.

But at the critical moment, the alien Outsider known as the Lord of All Things who had been manipulating the conflict behind the scenes made his appearance. Then, Mother Nuwa had suddenly made a breakthrough to become a Pangu-level God as well, allowing her to absolutely dominate all her enemies. Only then did Demonheart suffer such a humiliating defeat. However, no one doubted Demonheart’s power.

“He appeared?” Keeper Everwood frowned. “He’s already merged himself into the Heavenly Daos. Even if he did appear, it would’ve been nothing more than a clone that was manifested from the natural energy of Heaven and Earth. He was the one who started the first war. What is he scheming now?” Keeper Everwood was the most peace-loving member of the Seamless Gate. He was extremely unhappy with how Demonheart had caused this new war.

However, the secret whispers of fate had also indicated to him that if they didn’t fight, the only result would be utter annihilation. Thus, there was no way for him to oppose it.

“Everwood.” The Lord of All Fiends looked towards him. “I know what type of a person you are…but you need to understand that at a time like this, we simply cannot be merciful and soft-hearted. To be merciful to them is the same as being merciless to our brothers, elders, and younglings of the Seamless Chaosworld! Now that things have reached the life-and-death stage, we need to be even more merciless than before!”

Keeper Everwood nodded, his aura becoming a bit more vicious. “Don’t worry. When the time comes…I won’t show mercy.”

“We have already lost the war for the Deerchaser world.” The Lord of All Fiends continued, “This was because a major new variable appeared. Ji Ning.”

“Ji Ning is clearly just an Empyrean God and True Immortal, but he was able to wield his Rahu Formation to great effect, unleashing a level of power that was comparable to that of a elite Daofather’s. In fact, he was able to completely suppress the Envoy of All Things in might. Now that Ji Ning also has the Envoy in his hands…he is like a tiger that has gained wings. If Ji Ning is to appear on any battlefield during the rest of the war for karmic luck, the advantage we have from our Envoys would be completely nullified.”

Everyone present nodded.

“Right. He’s too formidable.” The black-robed Godking couldn’t help but agree.

“We have always left the decision of how to handle Ji Ning up to you.” Daomother Devilhand said coldly, “And now, that young fellow has grown up to become such a dangerous threat. Hmph.”

The black-robed Godking’s face changed slightly, but he forced down the rage he felt in his heart. Daomother Devilhand was the easily agitated sort. In the past, there were times when she wouldn’t even give Demonheart any face, to say nothing of a junior like him.

“I was wrong.” The black-robed Godking lowered his head.

“Enough.” The Lord of All Fiends continued, “In the war for karmic luck, the Nuwa Alliance has its three major formations while we have our Envoys. We’re able to give them a good run for their money. But now that Ji Ning has appeared, and now that we’ve lost the most critical battle…our chances of winning the war for karmic luck are quite slim.”

All of them felt heaviness in their hearts.

“Thus, Demonheart suggested to me…that we should simply go kill Ji Ning,” the Lord of All Fiends said solemnly.

“Go kill him?”

“But…”

“This could very well cause the Endwar.”

All three of the others were shocked.

The Lord of All Fiends said, “At first, I didn’t agree with him either. However, when I thought it over carefully, I realized that Demonheart was right. If we kill Ji Ning, we’ll be able to take back the Envoy. Even if the Endwar begins, we’ll be prepared for it while they won’t be. And of course, if the Nuwa Alliance isn’t willing to start the Endwar, that’ll be even better.”

The Lord of All Fiends swept the other three with his gaze. “To tell the truth, we can all subconsciously sense the enormous danger that hangs over our heads. This danger is the danger of annihilation, and it has made all of us nervous. However, there’s no way to escape the Endwar. Sooner or later, it will come. When it does come, I want the three of you to stay close to me. If the situation turns grim, or if an unexpected variable appears like another alien Outsider, I’ll immediately lead you all in fleeing from the Three Realms. As long as we are able to survive, hope remains.”

“Agreed.” Everyone present nodded.

Before planning for victory, first plan for defeat. With the Lord of All Fiends on their side, the Seamless Gate’s chances of escape would clearly be quite good.

“Make your preparations for the Endwar,” the Lord of All Fiends said. “Although I predict that the chances of the Nuwa Alliance actually launching it are quite low, we still need to prepare for it. Inform that ally of ours as well. As soon as we make our move, his entire army has to move as well.”

“Of course. There’s no way we can let him just sit there and mop up the survivors,” Keeper Everwood said calmly.

“Agreed.” They all nodded.

“Our strike against Ji Ning has to be successful,” the Lord of All Fiends said. “The Nuwa Alliance has just won a great victory, and their army is currently celebrating. Ji Ning is currently within Xuan Yuan’s imperial palace. If we are going to attack, let’s attack Xuan Yuan’s palace and slay Ji Ning on the spot.”

“Attack him inside the imperial palace?”

“Aren’t we going to wait for Ji Ning to come out? If he comes out by himself, things will be much easier for us.”

“Windfiend is correct. Right now, the Nuwa Alliance is probably feeling fairly confident and relaxed, as Ji Ning is inside the imperial palace. But once he leaves, it’s possible that Daofather Subhuti will travel alongside him. Even if we were to attack, Subhuti would be able to instantly protect Ji Ning or collect him into a treasure, giving us no chance to attack at all.” Keeper Everwood agreed with the Lord of All Fiends.

The Lord of All Fiends nodded. “Although the palace is a dangerous place, at least he is by himself. When we make our move, there won’t be enough time for Subhuti and Xuan Yuan to intervene. But of course, striking within the palace will be quite difficult, as Xuan Yuan’s surrounded his home with many formations.” As he spoke, he turned to look at Keeper Everwood.

“Everwood, you have many tricks up your sleeve. You should be able to temporarily tie down the Three Sovereigns by yourself for a short period of time, so you have to be involved in this. Help us tie down the major powers of the Nuwa Alliance,” the Lord of All Fiends instructed.

Keeper Everwood nodded and sighed. “Don’t worry. I’ve sparred against those old friends of mine countless times. Even if all three of them come against me at the same time, I’ll be able to hold them off for a short period of time.”

“We’ll also have to invite Darklight and Shadowless,” the Lord of All Fiends said.

The supreme figures of the Seamless Gate began to make their plans against Ji Ning, carefully plotting his death in detail.

They even came up with two contingency plans. If the first plan failed, they would use the contingency plan. If the contingency plan failed, they’d use the second contingency plan. In short, they were determined to make this mission a success. They also had to take back the Envoy of All Things! However, slaying Ji Ning was the most important part of this mission, with taking back the Envoy being a secondary goal.

The Nuwa Alliance, however, knew nothing of the Seamless Gate’s secret plotting. This was because very few members of the Seamless Gate were involved in it; less than fifteen in total! The vast majority of the major powers of the Seamless Gate were kept in the dark, with only their most supreme leaders and some of the most loyal, elite Daofathers knowing that they were to make their preparations for the Endwar. Each of these figures had multiple Daofathers under their command; once the Endwar actually began, they would be able to give the order and ensure that all of the major powers of the Seamless Gate would respond in an orderly fashion.

So long as the major powers weren’t caught off-guard, the Empyrean Gods and True Immortals under them wouldn’t be caught off-guard either.

The imperial palace of the Deerchaser world.

Ji Ning’s residence.

The white-robed Ning was seated silently in the lotus position, training in the [Solitary World God] technique. If he was able to break through and become a True God prior to the Endwar erupting, he would become much more powerful than he was now. The [Taowu Eighteen Fiendgods] technique and the [One True Body] technique had given him the power of a half-step True God already. If he was able to make a true breakthrough, he would be equivalent to a half-step Elder God.

Still, he was very far away from becoming a Daofather of the Great Firmament, because he had to first master a Heavenly Dao. In contrast, it was possible for one to become a True God after mastering one of the Grand Daos.

However, it was merely ‘possible’; more than eighty percent of Empyrean Gods had mastered a Grand Dao, but how many of them were able to become True Gods?

Ji Ning had already mastered a Grand Dao as well! The Grand Dao of Lightning!

When he had left Undermoon Lake, Ning had quickly mastered the Dao of Rainwater and the Dao of the Thunderclap. During the month that he had spent training in the [Icefire Jindan Smelting] technique, he had silently and soundlessly mastered the Grand Dao of Lightning! Surprisingly, it was actually the Grand Dao of the Waterdrop, which he had once mastered in the past, which remained incomplete. He would most likely need another ten days or so to re-master it.

His foundation was simply far too profound. His sword-arts were at such a high level that he was able to understand these Daos at an absolutely astonishing level of speed.


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79 thoughts on “DE Book 21, Chapter 22” - NO SPOILERS

      1. I think it meant that Ji Ning is focusing on becoming a True God first, then a Daofather since he’s already as strong as he can be as an Empyrian God, but to become a Daofather means he has to master a Heavenly Dao which will take more time; however others may have done it the other way around, become a Daofather, then a True God

        1. Won’t you become a True God the moment you master a Heavenly Dao ? In the same way for a Daofather. Right ?
          I didn’t heard of a tribulation for becoming a True God/Daofather.

          1. “I didn’t heard of a tribulation for becoming a True God/Daofather.”
            Because one hasn’t been revealed yet, but as for Daofather I’m betting it’s:
            1: One complete Heavenly Dao path, any type
            2: One complete Grand Dao path of each of the 5 elements

            Because that’s what it was (scaled down) to get to True Immortal, with the needing a Grand Dao + 5 elemental regular Daos.

          2. Kczz15 No its been stated that to become a daofather you just need to have mastered a Heavenly Dao. Nothing else like the 5 Grand Dao thing. And you only needed to master a 1 Grand Dao to become a True Immortal, which in Ning’s case I believe it was the Grand Dao of the Sword.

          3. Mundeok, before you try to correct people you may want to actually double check your facts by re-reading book 18, chapter 23 / 24:
            23:
            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.

            24:
            These five streams of ki came from the insights Ning had in the five Daos of the Five Elements. They now all gathered together, connecting Ning to the essence of Heaven and Earth itself.

            Ning had trained for many years. Aside from the Dao of the Sword, his accomplishments in the Grand Dao of the Waterdrop were the most advanced. He had mastered more than half of it by now. As for ordinary water-related Daos, he had long since mastered sixteen different types. In truth, mastering ordinary Daos was now of very little help to Ning. While working on his Grand Dao, he would occasionally get a flash of insight that would allow him to master a particular ordinary Dao.

            Ning was very skilled in fire-related Daos as well.

            Metal…Ning was quite skilled in this as well, thanks to his expertise in the sword.

            Earth…this was the slowest for Ning to train in, but Ning had still mastered a complete, ordinary earth-related Dao. Even back when Ning had first arrived at the Black-White College, he had begun to train in the Lesser Five Elements sword-art, after all.

            “Wonderful.” The five types of ki within his chest were slowly beginning to link together and resonate with the essence of the Five Elements within Heaven and Earth, causing tiny streams of energy to be transmitted into his body.

            These streams of energy consisted of the essence of the Five Elements. They were all transmitted straight into Ning’s Jindan.

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            So yeah, that’s what I think of you trying to correct me.

    1. *couldn’t edit the comment above in time
      I really dont like the way that author is going with the 6th sense like thing.
      “I don’t know why but i sense that we have to kill them all” thats just bad writing imo, ofc its a massive foreshadowing but instead of developing reasons for the war its just like i fell like it. Although i like that it makes the story move faster instead of repeating “fate this, fate that” hundreds of times just drop a “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” Kind of reason and be done with it.

      1. Lol, tell me about it. Also the “battle for karmic luck”, did someone place karmic “luck” between the two parties and told them they have to battle for it? I mean it’s kind of f’d up.

        I quite enjoy Desolate Era nonetheless, just a bit of grumbling is ok, right?

        1. What is wrong with the battle for karmic luck? If both sides fought now there would be catastrophic losses, even for the winner, so instead they are looking to gain advantages first. Having more karmic luck then your opponent is an advantage, so they are fighting over it.

          1. Ah, I see. Well karmic luck is linked to the worlds, so it’s just a battle for territory with one of the rewards being karmic luck due to the way their universe works.

  1. These Seamless Gate dudes are moronic, due to Demonheart they know a tribulation is coming to 3 Realms instead of sharing this info or work with Nuwa Alliance, they choose to eliminate Nuwa Alliance and hope with resources and karmic luck gained that they can weathered the tribulation. Instead, all they gain so far in deep mire of hatred and endless killing, resources burned up uselessly. I don’t think Demonheart is doing for the good of Seamless Gate at all.

    1. Their instincts along with fate itself is telling them “You guys WILL all die for sure, if you don’t kill the Nuwa Alliance first, no questions asked.” and they’re all incredibly powerful figures that got there by trusting their instincts. We don’t know the nature of the threat yet but I figure at this rate we’ll find out within a few books for a better explanation of why.

      This isn’t something that’s only being told to them by the Lord of the Demonheart, all the powerful figures on both sides are able to sense it, even Ji Ning could a bit when he was weaker and probably a lot moreso now.

      1. Wait for the plot-twist where Demonheart uses the Endwar to collapse the Three Realms, the Seamless Gate and Nuwa Alliance alike and revive himself 😀 Mind-blown!

        (just a random perdiction though xD)

        1. Right and thanks for the chap! (won’t edit coz don’t want post to dissapeare for a few hours… what’s the fun in commenting if people don’t see it? Rly, this need to be fixed asap)

        2. That could actually make sense. It said he merged into the Heavenly Daos, and he might want to collapse the Three Realms to do it, which would kill off all of the Nuwa Alliance people since it’s their Heavenly Daos and the chaos is too dangerous for them to survive, while those capable of surviving wouldn’t let their people die like that. Adding on to that the amount of sin that many deaths would cause and how their side would likely be wiped out afterwards, it makes sense.

  2. Thanks for the chapter!
    How nervewracking! Even though Ning won’t die if they kill this main body and Primaltwin of his, since he’s got those reserve clones, it will severely set Ning back in power. I think if anything, the Seamless Gate’s ambush will only be able to kill Ning’s Primaltwin.

      1. Seamless Gate has no way to tame or catch it though, so if Ning’s main body and primaltin die, then the serpent will likely ‘run back into the primordial chaos’ while in reality will go to the spare body Ning left for himself.

        1. No, it won’t go to the seamless gate, or at least they can’t use it. However only one of Ji Nings clones has trained in the technique. And it is in the fusion of 17.
          He can’t just send it between clones, only a body that has been tempered could be able to handle it. And only one body has.
          So if he loses this body then he will have to retrain the technique if he wants to use it. And he needs chaos nectar (which he no longer has a sufficient amount of) for that.
          So basically if the “true body” fusion between the 17 clones die, then he would loose the technique.

    1. I don’t think they will be able to kill the primaltwin , because i believe his primaltwin will most likely control the envoy.
      Still i wonder if it is that easy to penetrate through the yellow emporer Xuan’s defences and alarms?

  3. The real question is, how much of Ji Ning’s treasures they will get if they manage to kill him.
    They will definitely obtain his best swords, except for violetjewel. But they shouldn’t be able to use them.
    But what about the other treasures?
    And how would Ji Ning go about remastering the ninehorn serpent lightning?… :/
    Therefore he probably won’t die.
    Because he simply wouldn’t be able to.
    Or will the author temporarily completely “remove” the technique from the story?
    hmmmm….

    1. The Lightning Serpent would just go find his other bodies. The reason he didn’t want to bring it to Undermoon Lake is that if he died it’d be trapped in there and be unable to get out and go to his other clones.

      1. It has been previously stated that only the body that had trained in the technique could use it.

        But the… chaos nectar was only needed to tame the snake, so the snake will still be his and he’ll just have to re-temper his body with lightning?
        Is that what you mean?

  4. My guess is that some outsider – world god level talked to demon heart. And told him hey I’ll give you guys say 100,000 years. By then if one faction among seamless and nuwa doesn’t defeat the other, I’ll kill you all. Else I swear I wont.

    I cant imagine which world god would be so bored to make such a convoluted proposition, but this is a reasonable explanation. Maybe he wants ….. i dont know something, loads of death in a chaosworld helps his cultivation maybe?

    so demonheart knows this or maybe all of them feel this cause of this…

    1. well, violetjewel said something about the forming of the worldheart once the tribulation is over. And we’ve heard earlier about how valuable that thing is. So if there’s anything then there’s that.

  5. Oh could it bei that Old man yuan (right Name? the guy who theached MC heartforce thechniques) Has actually joined the seamless guys? As the ally mentioned in the chap

    1. There are a fair few candidates. My mind immediately went to Old Man Yuan’s faction since they refused to join the Nuwa Alliance (though we were told they refused the SG too) in which case there’s Subhuti’s disciple he shared with Yuan too. There’s also the thunder guy Ning wanted to get the serpent from who’s suspicious because he said he wasn’t suspicious (back when the lightning serpent technique came out), then there’s the Overlord level Nuwa Alliance people we were introduced to of which one was kind of shady.

  6. I think the outsider Alien might be the World God of Pangea Chaos World. He might be the one orchestrating the tribulation of Pangu & Seamless CW. Think of it how powerful the WG of Pangea to be able to create 30+ something prisonworld (correct me if I am wrong) and jailed World Gods and Daofathers within it.
    In time, Ji Ning might be able to get help from the imprisoned World God in his prison World…. Just my wild imagination! ???

    1. … Not even imagination; pure delisuion, lol. Are we even reading the same story? 😀

      The Pagea had been destroyed – almost certainly, as the King of it wouldn’t have let his most precious chaos-nectar gathering and at the same time protective treasure be separated and thrown into the vast chaosworld.

      Also, it was stated that a World God / Chaos Immortal is capable of causing a chaosworld to collapse on its own to collect the world’s heart. Thus, no need for playing with the relatively weak inhabitants of the Three Realms.

      The Prisonworld Ning acquired has Daofathers within it, but no World Gods – World God is the level above Elder God, in Pagea Kingdom’s terminology, which would already enable one to break the shackes which are used to bind the prisoners by their truesol. The prison has Elder Gods and Daofathers, but not anything above this level.

      1. That skinny Dog is a an Elder God I mean not a World God, my mistake.
        Yeah, it was stated by Ji Ning that Pangea might already destroyed but he has no proof of that yet… The chance of envading the Three Realms by Pangea is not yet out of the card, still there is a chance, my other candidate would be the 3 “wujiao” (if that is correct?) beast that faced World God Northrest…
        Still, this speculation may end up 0% coz it still too far from the current situation of the Three Realms as it is they still facing the endear first….

        1. Again, think about it for more than 3 seconds before you try connecting a random powerful character from the story into the plot… Would someone powerful enough to collapse the entire chaosworld of the Three Realms be wasting his time playing games with its inhabitants? No. He would just destroy the world and take whatever he wants.

          Unless the guy was observing the whole story enveloping out of boredom the current events are unlikely to be orchestrated by a powerful World God.

          😛

          1. Might be one of nuwa’s enemy outside of the 3 realms who wants to exact his/her revenge through destroying her home which is the 3 realms because he/she can’t take nuwa head on. Just a wild speculation though 🙂

  7. Thanks for the chapter. I’m thinking that Ning is going to probably make a breakthrough before the others attack, at least in true God form. I would like to think that the talisman from the world God is capable of unlocking the shackles on the prisoners.

  8. I am still confused as to why Daofathers are constantly mentioned as the strongest in the Three Realms. In the Three Realms: True Gods = Daofathers. Therfore, shouldn’t Elder Gods be 1 rank above Daofathers? If so, Elder Gods should be the strongest figures, not Daofathers.

    1. Probably because there aren’t enough of them to consider it a real “rank”, otherwise Maiden Nuwa would be the highest rank with World God.

      Daofather is the highest realistically obtainable rank in the 3 realms, most (all?) the elder gods were born that way.

      1. Gn, that’s a good point, subhuti said that the true major powers are both dao fathers and true gods, elder gods are born as both. Thus, it makes one think, are the overlord level dao fathers equivalent to half step first tier jindans? Considering they can take on elder gods. This should mean that even though the three realms have poorer techniqueand cultivation methods…either their elder arereally weak or their cultivators have greater intuitive battle prowess.

  9. I think that Ning’s clones will die in the attack and SG will think they killed him. This is because he left one clone behind just in case and this is the perfect moment for that to matter.

    1. I really like that Ning has a backup clone, as it means almost anything could happen. If he didn’t, I’d assume he will survive but not know how, this way however I don’t know what will happen.

      Main reason he might not use the backup is that he’d lose the starseizing mansion, the chaos tier Darknorth sword and a whole host of other stuff including the Envoy and a bunch of Chaos Nectar. Really with IET you can never guess for sure what will happen next as he loves to scatter Chekov’s Guns and Red Herrings around, then only uses about a third of them. He’s pretty good at never being obvious with what will happen next.

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  11. I just realised how screwed seamless gate is ??? redsnow breaks though to true God level * 18 and protects ning during assassination. That’s my prediction.

    1. They said only a Daofather can bring out the true power of an Envoy. Even an Empyrean God could make it as strong as a really powerful Daofather. So, when Ning uses it, with his half-step Daofather power and the Envoy’s defense, nobody can harm him.

  12. Interesting. I’m curious to see what this assassination attempt will bring. MC power so there’s no way he’ll actually falter.

    Thanks for the chapter.

    -Sage Hidden Bear

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