DE Book 21, Chapter 28

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Book 21, The Bloodlotus Blooms, Chapter 28 – Negotiations

The eldest disciple of their league, the low-key woodcutter who always spent his time chopping down trees at Mount Innerheart…was actually Houyi?

When Ji Ning had first started to train in [Houyi’s Archery], the woodcutter had walked past him a few times, hatchet over his shoulders. He had even given Ning a few critical words of enlightenment when Ning was at a bottleneck. Ning hadn’t thought much of it back then, as he thought it was normal for someone as powerful as the eldest apprentice-brother to be able to provide him with some guidance. Who would’ve thought that the man was actually the creator of [Houyi’s Archery], Houyi himself!

“Junior apprentice-brother.” Crazy Ji fanned himself, smiling as he called out.

“Junior apprentice-brother.” A streak of light flew towards him from far away, landing on the ground next to him. It was the Monkey King, dressed in dazzling golden armor.

“Second apprentice-brother. Sixth apprentice-brother.” Ning hurriedly called out to the two of them. As he did so, he couldn’t help but take a close look at his sixth apprentice-brother. There were many legends of the Primordial Era that circulated amongst the nations of Earth. Although some of them weren’t quite accurate, his sixth apprentice-brother Sun Wukong was a tremendously famous figure on Earth. But of course, by now Ning had met with many major powers.

Lu Dongbin, Daoist Three Purities, Patriarch Subhuti, Lord Tathagata the Buddha…he had met them all. Thus, Ning was quite calm when meeting with his sixth apprentice-brother for the first time. He was just a bit curious about the man.

“Heh heh…I didn’t expect my eldest apprentice-brother to actually be Houyi.” Sun Wukong chortled merrily. “When I first went to apprentice myself to Master, he actually gave me directions. I had thought him to be an ordinary woodcutter. Only later did I realize that he was actually our eldest apprentice-brother! Even back then, I mumbled to ourself that he was really good at hiding his abilities…but only today do I know he is actually the great divinity Houyi of the Primordial Era. His level of subterfuge is quite extraordinary!”

Houyi had become famous very, very early on. When he had slain the Golden Crows, Sun Wukong hadn’t even been born into the world!

“I became apprenticed to Master very early on, but even I didn’t know of his true history.” Crazy Ji chortled merrily, “When I became apprenticed to Master, our eldest apprentice-brother was already there by his side. However, even back then he spent his days as a woodcutter chopping trees. Honestly, I was quite puzzled back then; he was clearly Master’s disciple, but why was it that I never saw him asking Master for guidance? But Master told me that our eldest apprentice-brother already had the power of a True God and Daofather, and that there was no way to ‘teach’ him; he needed to gain his own insights. Thus, I didn’t think too much on it.”

“I heard that long ago, because of Chang’e, our eldest apprentice-brother actually slaughtered a path to the Lunar Star, planning to chop down the osmanthus tree on the Lunar Star. However, whenever he struck at the tree, it would immediately reheal. No matter what he did, he couldn’t chop the tree down. At Mount Innerheart, our eldest apprentice-brother spends all his days chopping down trees…is it because he plans to once more pay a visit to the Moon Palace of the Lunar Star?” The Monkey King lowered his voice and even went so far as to block out sound from the surrounding area.

“Damned monkey, do you think that our eldest apprentice-brother’s affairs are something for you to pry into?” Crazy Ji hurriedly reprimanded him. “You can’t talk about this matter.”

“Eldest apprentice-brother can’t hear me. I’d only ever discuss it behind his back.” Sun Wukong blinked a few times.

Even Ji Ning knew that the affair between Houyi and Chang’e had been a scarring one for Houyi! Picking at another’s scars and scabs was not a good idea.

“Let’s go. Buddha, Three Purities, and the others are negotiating with those of the Seamless Chaosworld. Let’s take a break for now.” Crazy Ji gave Sun Wukong a hard stare. “Don’t cause trouble, you monkey. If you piss off our eldest apprentice-brother, none of us would be able to save you.”

“Right.” The Monkey King shivered slightly, nodding repeatedly. “During the Primordial Era, he roamed the world with his archery skills. Now, even his hatchet skills have become so incredibly powerful. Daomother Devilhand is an awe-inspiringly famous figure on the level of the leaders of Buddhism and Daoism, but our eldest apprentice-brother was actually able to sever her arm with a single blow of his hatchet.”

“That was because Daomother Devilhand was too proud and overconfident,” Crazy Ji said. “Our eldest apprentice-brother was incredibly powerful even during the Primordial Era; even the leaders of Buddhism and Daoism were forced to use all their might when facing him. For Daomother Devilhand to actually try to face him with a single arm…hmph, it would’ve been shocking if she didn’t suffer for it.”

Ning laughed. He was about to put away the Envoy of All Things, but he suddenly then thought of how Daomother Devilhand had struck him with a blow, causing him to uncontrollably fall to the ground. Ning took a careful look at the Envoy.

“Eh?” Ning’s face changed. “What’s this?” Ning immediately noticed that the energy core of the Envoy, located at its waist, had actually cracked open.

Ning hurriedly tried to use the Envoy’s power, only to discover that it was now completely inoperable. It was as though the cracks here had severed the Envoy’s ability to send energy around its body. The Envoy had suddenly become useless.

“It’s been made useless? How?!” Ning was stunned.

The Envoy of All Things.

B-but…this was the most powerful tool he had at his disposal! When using it, he would be able to unleash a level of power close to that of the overlord Daofathers, on the same level as Subhuti and Daofather Shadowless. Just like that, the Envoy had suddenly been rendered useless?! It must be understood that even full-force blows from the leaders of Buddhism and Daoism would barely be able to damage the thing!

Daomother Devilhand had landed a gentle blow on the Envoy’s waist…and just like that, the Envoy had been ruined? Still, it had been quite strange; a single blow had been all it took to cause the Envoy-Ning to collapse.

“Second apprentice-brother, sixth apprentice-brother.” Ning said in a low voice, “The Envoy of All Things has been ruined.”

“What?” Crazy Ji and the Monkey King were both shocked.

Ning nodded solemnly. “It should’ve been ruined by Daomother Devilhand. I don’t know how she accomplished it.”

The Monkey King gnashed his teeth. As for Crazy Ji, he frowned and said in a soft voice, “Mm…this Envoy golem was created by the Seamless Gate. They probably put in certain mechanisms to prevent us from being able to take them over, such as a self-destruct mechanism that would cripple it. However, activating such mechanisms probably isn’t easy. During the war for karmic luck, your opponents have all been Empyrean Gods and True Immortals; they wouldn’t have the ability to ruin your Envoy. Daomother Devilhand, however, is an overlord-class major power. Given that she knows exactly how the Envoy is structurally composed and where its weaknesses are, it makes sense that she would be able to easily destroy it.”

“Right. I heard that when the Lord of All Things died, all of his Envoys were rendered completely inoperable as well.” The Monkey King nodded in agreement.

“In contrast, the Envoys of the Seamless Gate can only be destroyed by the personal touch of someone like Daomother Devilhand. Comparatively speaking, they still aren’t a match for the Envoys of the Lord of All Things,” Crazy Ji said.

Crazy Ji suddenly added, “Report this to Master right away.”

“Right, tell Master right away,” the Monkey King agreed.

Only the most supreme figures took part in the negotiations between the Nuwa Alliance and the Seamless Gate.

Time slowly trickled forward.

The other major powers continued to wait quietly at the Deerchaser world for the results of their negotiations. Ji Ning, Crazy Ji, the Monkey King, and the other members of the Mount Innerheart League all waited patiently as well.

A long amount of time passed. The skies were slowly beginning to turn bright. Only now did the major powers of the Seamless Gate leave the Deerchaser world.

“Master. Eldest apprentice-brother.”

Ji Ning, Crazy Ji, and the Monkey King had been seated, but now all three of them hurriedly rose to their feet. Patriarch Subhuti and Houyi were walking shoulder-to-shoulder towards their residence from afar.

“How did it go, Master?” The Monkey King asked hurriedly.

“Your junior apprentice-brother Ji Ning suffered a heavy loss. Our Nuwa Alliance as a whole didn’t do that badly,” Patriarch Subhuti said.

“For me to suffer a loss is nothing. Our side gaining an advantage in this war is what really matters,” Ning said.

Subhuti looked at Ning. “Myself, Houyi, and the other major powers discussed this in secret. Our main concern is that for the Seamless Gate to suddenly act against you in such a manner, they must have made many careful preparations for the possible consequences. They are prepared, but we are not…and we currently hold the upper hand in the war for karmic luck. Thus, although we were infuriated, we still would not choose to rashly launch the Endwar right away.”

Houyi nodded as well. “But of course, if the Seamless Gate insists on starting the Endwar, then so be it.”

“Clearly, your eldest apprentice-brother’s sudden appearance and power has caught them rather off-guard,” Subhuti said. “The negotiations ended up being fairly beneficial for our Nuwa Alliance.”

“What were the results?” The Monkey King asked hurriedly.

“The Seamless Gate had only one request. Ji Ning is not permitted to take part in the war for karmic luck,” Subhuti said.

Ning’s face changed.

“WHAT?! But that’s…!” The Monkey King was instantly enraged.

Subhuti continued to talk. “We accepted. Our request…was that not a single one of the Seamless Gate’s Envoys are to be permitted to take part in the war for karmic luck either. Although the Seamless Gate has lost one of them, they still have nine more! If all of them were activated, even my disciple Ji Ning would have to clone himself several times over to deal with them.”

“Right.” Ning nodded. It was true. He needed time to deal with even a single Envoy, to first destabilize it and then knock it to the ground. If there were two Envoys working together, there would be nothing Ning could do against him. The other seven Envoys would be free to fight and kill as they pleased.

“Ji Ning suffered a heavy loss, after all; they had to pay a price for what they did. As for Swordfather Darklight, he died for nothing; his death wasn’t taken into account.” Subhuti looked towards Ning. “Disciple, there’s no way you can take part in the rest of the war for karmic luck, but none of their Envoys will be allowed to take part as well. You really have accomplished something tremendous for our side. If there’s anything you need, just tell me.”

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70 thoughts on “DE Book 21, Chapter 28” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. Thank you !!!! I just hope that you can give double release but then jreng jreng !!! Right at the moment im comment you release another chapter patriach. You are the best. Ekekeke

    1. Yes and no. It would take him at most a half a year to regain his bodies and upgrade them using his materials. Even without the condition he’d have been able to regain it before the next battle. Once he runs out of Chaos Nectar, regaining clones would probably take hundreds of thousands to millions of years at minimum. (Remember how it was said to take a very long time to recover by an immortal guy who’s lived since iirc the Primordial Era)

      1. …? Regaining clones will take him minuts if he uses chaos nectar for that. Then a day (?) to travel to the mass of lightning and upradge the divine bodies into the lightning-affinity ones, then 1 month to upradge Jindans and merge, buhu done.

        Thanks for the chaps Ren~

      2. This is what puzzles me it was his fiendgod true body that was trained in the ninehorn serpents lightning that was destroyed. So how does he manage to keep it? Also it was said that of his last 8 bottles he gave away 2 of them and the remaining six handed them to shubuti along with the ninehorn lightning serpents technique. I’m I missing something or this is where the infamous “IET can’t do math” stigma comes in?

  2. so Ning single handedly took out all the envoys for the entire war of karmic luck?

    Yeah, you better revard him handedly for that… especially since he lost so much doing it…

    1. Man Chaos Nectar is expensive! You know that stuff takes chaos cycles just to get enough for a bottle? He doesn’t have that kind of time! They stole chaos cycles of his life by destroying that merged body of clones, and so I feel like he really did lose quite a bit. =P

      Also Ice Pith is definitely worth mentioning as you can only get it from within Undermoon Lake! If he runs out of that stuff he is permanently out of that stuff!

    2. Um, the Ice Pith is definitely worth mentioning. After he reupgrades his 17 clones he’ll only have enough for roughly 9 more. (he started out with enough for ~60 bodies, he’s used 34 worth, and he’ll have to upgrade 17 now assuming he doesn’t upgrade the seeds, meaning he’ll have enough for 9 afterwards) while with the seeds iirc he should have enough for a batch or two more clones.

      That means that if he loses another clone fusion body then he won’t be able to upgrade all of the new clones.

        1. That’s why I said he needs nothing. The author will not play the same trick twice. Also how these stories work he will soon find something more valuable (or in bigger quantity ) of chaos nectar. Ice pith he can get whenever he wants by asking Violetjewel.

    3. Isn’t the Iceheart Pith still an item only found in the Undermoon Lake, since the Iceleaf grows in it, but was only found in Undermoon Lake? so it is still something which he can only use to upgrade another 18 Jindans with since he used 180,000 kg out of 300,000 kg to upgrade the Jindans of 35 clones with (Only the clone in the 17th Prison World has not upgraded hes Jindan yet, which serves to lessen the time it takes to regrow the 17 true bodies or if he chooses to use Chaos fluid, it will takes less of it due to a less powerful Jindan).

      1. So is fear of Houyi the only thing enforcing the negotiations? We know that Daofather level can’t make vows to the heavens, and I think the World level is necessary for whatever Northrest did.

    1. he lost his true body, they did mention that he saved a clone of his true body so yea he can gain what he lost but should take sometime I think …. right ?

      1. if anything the biggest loss is one bottle of chaos nectar an the ice heart pith to re-upgrade his main body’s jidans to second tier i’m not sure what the chaos nectar count is but i t can’t be more then 3 bottles

      2. If i am not mistaken, the Toawu technique allowed him to split into 18 equally powerful true bodies, so every “clone” can be considered a “main” body, the biggest loss this time around should be the Lightning egg inside the body which he choose to make the “Sole True Body” and the combined 17 bodies which were merged together, ofc i expect that he will be able to tame another Lightning Serpent quite easily now due to having mastered the Great Dao of Thunder, and will probably not need any Chaos Nectar to assist in doing it due to hes proficiency in Lightning and previous knowledge gained when he successfully tamed one before.

        1. I agree, except about the part of regaining the Lightning Serpent so easily. If it was that easy then I doubt that Overlord Level daofathers would have needed the 6 bottles of Chaos Nectar to learn the technique. Unless he can really use Heartforce to communicate with the Serpent, that technique is essentially lost to him.

          1. his loss should be: 90000kg of icepith and fire; 1 bottle of Chaosnectar; 1 Envoy
            his gain should be: One dead truebody of himself

            he did not lose his lightning serpent

          2. You are both complete doofus. The so called ‘egg’ is created through the lightning-divine-body which comes with the technique, which Ning knows how to acquire and can re-create without the aid of chaos nectar.

  3. mann!!! he just lost his wife. shouldn’t they get payback for him. all they are concerned about is war!! war!! he’s sacrificing everything and all he gets is shit….. grrrr… its pissing me off big time

    and thanks for the chappy

    1. Everyone has lost someone close to them, just because Ji Ning is the MC doesnt mean they should be outraged on his behalf. Also, they are fighting for their own existence and have to view it in the long term, they cannot be slaves to irrelevant emotions like anger or revenge. Luckily this novel is not like some others (ATG, MGA and so on), where they instantly go into a rage induced death spiral, which would be completely idiotic.

  4. Thanks for the chapp I understand he didn’t suffer much his true body can be restored ( chaos nectar and iceheart pit are limited though) but his wife death nobody mentioned and now he can’t take part in the war of karmic luck so how will godking die? And anybody can guarantee that ning won’t be attacked again since he lost envoy and is much weaker without it.

    1. yeah, that might be the only thing that the three realms has that he might actually need. some healthforce training and application advice.

      an even better formation could be good, i guess, but the rahu is pretty good and he can just use the pangu if he needs a formation in the endwar. Maybe a new sword formation for the clone…

      he could also use a second lightning serpent, but that ain’t gonna happen, and it’s really not that useful for him.

      he could possibly use a new sword, but he already has the gold pellets with their chaos seals that can take sword form, and the dark north blades… and he has a ton of spares from the prison.

      the only material thing he actually could use (the golem), the alliance don’t have, and he just lost one.

      1. Why wouldn’t another Lightning Serpent be all that useful for him? it is still faster than Daofathers and would allow him to escape a deadly situation unless it’s another assassination attempt which takes him by surprise which means he wouldn’t have time to flee anyway.

        What he desperately needs imo, is a sure-fire way to stop himself from dying to Daofathers assassination techniques which takes him by surprise, a magical treasure of some sort which is always working passively that protects him from death (and in return gets destroyed from that one use), that would be an item he needs right now, i do not see how he would be able to get powerful enough in just another few hundred years to be able to stop assassination attempt’s from Daofathers, hence i think hes most pressing issue right now is how to deal with sneak attacks/Assassination attempts from Daofathers and he really does need to figure out a way to deal with it, either get powerful enough that they can’t kill him with those methods, or acquire an ability or treasure which can prevent it long enough for him to escape/call for backup.

        Even tho SG and NA already has an agreement that Daofathers shall not interveen in fights between the less powerful cultivators, they still did it, and i am quite sure they will try again as they view Ji Ning as a potential future Daofather, after all, Everwood compared him to Houyi.

        1. Lightning Serpent needs to be tamed either 9 Godrot fruits, one weird lightning gem (forgot the name), or 6 bottles of chaos nectar. He has access not non of that, at most he has 3 or 4 bottles of chaos nectar and one of those is going to be used to replace the 17 clones he just lost.

          1. I forgot about the Lightning Serpent that escaped into hes Primal-twin’s estate and that Lightning Serpent will most likely be used to regain the ability instead of having to tame another one.

            Whether it turns out he will tame a new one, or use the old one, i think he will still be able to use the [Ninehorn Lightning Serpent] technique.

  5. Thanks for the chapter!

    Now Ning gets to have a little vacation and train to Daofather level so he can take part in the final Endwar. And he needs to find a way to get his 17 true body clones back. And, if possible, another Lightning Serpent. Oh yea, and refine more Darknorth Swords… 🙁

    But, hey! He got 1/10 of their Envoys, figured out that they have a lethal weakness, got Swordfather Darklight killed, and stopped the rest of the Envoys from taking part in the wars for Karmic Luck. Good enough. Lol.

  6. So, we now know that all the Envoys have a fatal weakness that if hit right in the proper spot, they go inert.

    I wonder if the author actually thought of the implications of the Nuwa Alliance now knowing that the Envoys had an ‘off’ button?


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  8. Thanks for the tl.

    Well that was anticlimactic and Ning is as dense as a rock. What is everything he does possible, yet impossible for others to do. A frog at the bottom of a well looking up at the sky.

  9. What the heck? They should start the Endwar right away, dammn I smell something fishy… that Suiren and other major powers… lacking, too lacking, I feel like they suppress their powers.
    The heck’s with negotiating with the enemy, too naive.. This feels completely wrong.

    Thanks for the chapter

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