DE Book 22, Chapter 2

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Book 22, True God, Chapter 2 – Divine Sword, Violetjewel

Ji Ning descended from the skies, landing next to the Five Elements Cauldron. He turned to look at the ancient stone platform next to it, as well as the the blood-colored sword placed atop it. The sword’s body was still filled with cracks.

“Violetjewel…” Ning stared at the sword for a moment, then waved his hand. Whoosh! A large amount of treasures came flying out of nowhere, every single one emanating astonishingly powerful auras. The treasures almost instantly formed a small mountain in size. These were virtually all of the Protocosmic spirit-treasures Ning had acquired from the hundred-plus True Gods and True Immortals.

And after sweeping through so many True Gods and True Immortals, Ning had also acquired a Chaos treasure. The Chaos treasure was a great warhammer that sparked with countless flickers of lightning.

“So many Protocosmic spirit-treasures…well, no point to having too many of them.” Ning pointed to the distant Five Elements Cauldron. “Activate.”

Rumble…

The Five Elements Cauldron instantly began to emanate an aura of power and might as its handles radiated with five blinding colors of light.

“In you go.” Ning released a thin sliver of sword-attribute divine power that immediately swept all those Protocosmic spirit-treasures up. The sabers, swords, axes, beads…the various Protocosmic spirit-treasures continuously flew into the mouth of the Five Elements Cauldron, which furiously ground them apart and extracted the Five Elements essence from within them. In just ten seconds, Ning had thrown nearly thirty Protocosmic spirit-treasures into the cauldron, transforming them into tiny bits of debris. The amount of Five Elements essence inside the cauldron’s storage region had increased by quite a bit as a result.

The many Protocosmic spirit-treasures flew in, batch by batch.

Any major power of the Three Realms would’ve been terrified by this sight. Ning himself felt pain in his heart as well, but for the sake of repairing Violetjewel…it would all be worth it.

Crackle…hiss…pop…

Sounds of treasures being broken down rang out continuously from within the Five Elements Cauldron. The mountain-sized pile of treasures that had been next to it was shrinking rapidly, at a pace that could be detected with the naked eye. Soon, almost all of the treasures were completely used up.

“So much essence?” Ning looked at the Five Elements Cauldron. The storage region within it now contained an enormous amount of Five Elements essence.

A large amount of debris and rubble flew out from within the mouth of the cauldron. As it flew out, it was merely the size of a sphere that was roughly a few meters in radius, but once it completely exited the cauldron it quickly expanded to become a massive mountain of debris that was thirty thousand meters high. Ning ‘pincered’ the rubbish with his divine power, then gave them a casual toss. Swoosh! The massive pile of debris flew hundreds of kilometers away, and where it landed a giant mountain was born.

“Let’s see if it works, this time. Based on my previous experiences…this amount of essence should be enough.” Ning turned to look at the blood-colored sword atop the stone dais. Swoosh! The sword instantly flew into the air and came to hover in front of Ning.

“Emerge.” Ning pointed at the sword.

Five streams of colored energy surged out from the Five Elements Cauldron; the gold of Metal, the blue of Water, the green of Wood, the crimson of Fire, and the black of Earth. They swirled around the blood-colored sword in circles, and Violetjewel instantly began to shudder. It was like a starving beggar who had suddenly encountered a scrumptious feast. It instantly began to furiously devour the ‘food’ surrounding it. The five streams of energy completely surrounded it, but one could still vaguely see that the surface of the blood-colored sword was slowly beginning to heal. Some cracks were visibly growing smaller and smaller before disappearing entirely.

Time slowly passed.

More and more of the energy streams flowed out of the cauldron and into Violetjewel. The speed at which the sword was being repaired at was noticeably much faster now than when Ning had been using Pure Yang treasures.

It spend more than two hours swallowing the energy of the Five Elements essence before the cauldron finally ran empty.

“Eh?!” Ning stared at the beautiful blood-colored sword hovering in the air, a slight frown on his face. The sword was breathtakingly, terrifyingly beautiful, but two tiny cracks could still be seen on the body of this beautiful sword. These two were the two final cracks that remained.

“It actually isn’t repaired yet.” Ning frowned. “What should I do? I’ve used up almost all the Pure Yang treasures and Protocosmic spirit-treasures. I only have a single Chaos treasure that I don’t need, but there’s a limit to how strong this cauldron is. It wouldn’t necessarily be able to destroy a Chaos treasure,” Ning mused to himself.

The Five Elements Cauldron was just a Protocosmic spirit-treasure. It would be extremely difficult for the cauldron to destroy a Chaos treasure and extract essence from it.

“Oh, right.” Ning suddenly thought of another treasure. With but a thought, he instantly caused an ape-shaped golem to appear in the air. It was the Envoy of All Things.

“The critical components to this Envoy are all destroyed. There’s no point keeping it around. The Seamless Gate paid an enormous price to create each of these Envoys; when a Daofather is in command of them, they are all capable of unleashing power close to that of an overlord-class figure. This treasure is far more useful than a Chaos treasure, and it is made from more valuable materials as well.” Ning secretly nodded to himself. “It has to have a great deal of Five Elements essence within it.”

Although the Envoy was powerful, the physical makeup of the Envoy itself was merely comparable to top-grade Protocosmic spirit-treasures. For such an enormous, powerful golem to reach the Chaos treasure level in its entirety was far too difficult.

“Go.” Not hesitating at all, Ning threw the Envoy into the Five Elements Cauldron as well.

Crack! Crack! Crack!

The Envoy instantly began to be ground apart. It was extremely hard to forcibly break apart a top-grade Protocosmic spirit-treasure, but the Five Elements Cauldron was able to accomplish it easily. It operated on the basis of principles that were completely antithetical to the existence of treasures such as the Envoy! After a long while, the entire Envoy had been completely harvested. Nothing was left but some debris, with a large amount of Five Elements essence having been extracted.

“A single Envoy contains far more essence than a hundred Protocosmic spirit-treasures. No wonder the Seamless Gate, despite all of its vast resources, was only able to produce a few of them.” Ning’s eyes lit up. He immediately guided the extracted Five Elements essence outwards, sending those five streaks of energy to once more swirl around Violetjewel.

Rumble!

Violetjewel began to emit a ringing soon as it quickly absorbed the Five Elements essence. Ning carefully stared at those two small cracks, watching as they quickly shrank in size and depth, then completely disappeared. Next, some of the shattered rune-lines on the inside of Violetjewel began to be repaired as well. However, repairing the internal structure of Violetjewel was far more difficult.

A short while later, all of the Five Elements essence was used up. The amount of internal damage that had been repaired, however, was almost negligible.

“World God Northrest’s words were correct.” Ning sighed softly. “Repairing the surface layer is easy, but repairing the internal damage…it’ll be thousands of times more difficult.”

“Fortunately, the most critical and precious part of the sword, its core, remains perfectly intact. Even though my sacrifice of the Envoy and all those treasures only allowed me to repair the surface layer, the sword can still once more unleash some of its true power.” Ning stretched his hand out and the blood-colored sword fell into his hands.

As soon as the blood-colored sword entered Ning’s hands, he could sense the inconceivable power held within it.

However, because the internal structure of the sword was badly damaged, only a portion of its full power could be unleashed at present.

“What a terrifying sword.”

Ning gently swung the sword.

Whoosh.

The space in front of him split apart, creating a tear in space that stretched out to ten thousand kilometers.

“Although only part of its power is usable, it’s still terrifyingly strong. Thanks to this sword, in all the Three Realms my offensive attack power is most likely number one. Only Keeper Everwood, Lord Tathagata the Buddha, and a few others who are extremely skilled in defense would be able to withstand a head-on blow from me,” Ning murmured softly to himself. The existence of this sword made a huge difference to him in terms of power.

Without this sword, Ning was still an overlord-class figure, comparable to an Elder God…but with it, he stood at the very peak of power, even amongst overlords! As for exactly who was stronger and who was weaker, that was a question that could only be settled through actual combat. It had been a long time since the war that had ended the Primordial Era, after all; no one knew exactly how much stronger the major powers on each side had become. Perhaps there were other figures who were hiding their true power as well.

For example, Buddha Jueming of the Buddhist Sangha. He had also trained in the [Solitary World God], and also had the [Nine Elements Destruction]. Ning believed that after so many years of training in it, Buddha Jueming had to have become an extraordinary figure as well. However, Buddha Jueming remained very low-key in the Three Realms, which was why most major powers viewed him as being just an ordinary True God or Daofather.

“It is important to be cautious at a time like this.”

“It’s best if I avoid using Violetjewel, but if I’m forced to use it, I’ll need to ensure that it has a tremendous effect.” Ning knew very well that unleashing his trump card in a sudden, explosive manner would make it extraordinarily effective. If Violetjewel was to make an appearance, he wanted to make sure that the major powers of the Seamless Gate would lose their lives as a result.

“Come here.” Ning willed it, and the blood-colored sword immediately flew into his body, resting itself within the Jindan region inside of him.

“Now, it’s time to go deal with True God Shiyu.” Ning wanted to acquire the Heavengazer Tower very badly. The thing he needed the most right now was time. If he was able to master a Heavenly Dao, he would have a chance of becoming an Ancestral Immortal or Elder God!

Swish. A Darknorth sword appeared in Ning’s hands.

There were a total of six Darknorth swords. During his recent battles, he had encountered some True Gods and True Immortals who would rather die than bend the knee to him. Ning had shown them no mercy at all and slain them, allowing all six of his Darknorth swords to be upgraded to the Chaos treasure level. However, according to how World God Northrest ranked things, Ning’s six Darknorth swords could only be considered standard-grade Chaos treasures.

Chaos treasures, according to the records which World God Northrest had given Ning, could be divided into standard-grade, high-grade, and top-grade treasures.

“Against True God Shiyu, the Darknorth swords will be enough.” Darknorth sword in hand, Ning transformed into a black lightning serpent that disappeared into the horizons.


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63 thoughts on “DE Book 22, Chapter 2” - NO SPOILERS

  1. Time for more power ups. Wonder if Ning is going to fight the Elder Gods / Ancestral Immortals next. He’s going to scare the crap out of the Seamless Gate when he reveals his powers. Guess he’s being buffed up enough to handle the whatever is causing the war between the 2 factions.

        1. “Oh sir, you need essence? Obviously, instead of leverage the vast resources of the three realms, just destroy immaculatly built treasures that are way beyond the scope of current power because they are made of metal and sh*t.”
          WTF IET. How the hell was this chapter ok? Did you smoke something while writing this?

          Its like needing gold and buying supercomputers because their motherboards have traces of gold and silver on them.

          You hit a homerun with this story but you threw the 7th inning, luckily i know you just had a bad day. But still, dude, seriously? I had to rewrite this chapter in my head because i was so annoyed with you. Its not even plot relevant really. You could have easily manipulated things to allow for a smart conversion of essence.

          Sigh.

  2. So…these are protocosmic spirit treasures with actual spirits like his Rahu Bow? Is he destroying all the spirits by dismantling and extracting the essence from them?

    1. Yup, nobody cares about the poor treasure spirits in the DE universe. For example, remember the time when Ji Ning sold off a part of the 1000 Immortal grade set which had snake-like treasure spirits? One of the treasure spirits even said something like “500 are my dear sisters and the other 500 my rowdy brothers” but they were separated and sold without a single thought.

      1. I suppose they aren’t technically alive. Being ‘alive’ is a strange thing in the DE universe. They are clearly sentient or quasi-sentient, but not considered living. I suppose it’s almost like ‘artificial intelligence’ in the modern world. What’s the point that separates ‘life’ from ‘nonlife’? Here, it’s the soul I suppose…

        1. It still seems kind of cold to me though. For example, the Thousandbull Sword definitely seemed like a real person. Heck, he was a more detailed “person” than many of the minor characters in DE. Although I can’t say for sure, I’m assuming that the Yin-Yang Duality swords have a fair amount of sentience and the protocosmic treasures have levels of conscience that far surpass Thousandbull. But I guess it’s just one of the things that’s kind of glossed over to prevent morality contradictions.

          1. Not necessarily thousand bull was said to be able to cultivate and till nor other treasure was mentioned doing it

          2. It’s kinda the same as us killing and eating animals I guess, though the treasure spirits seem kinda too human-like to be so hearthless with them T.T

        2. I’ve often encountered this debate in sci-fi novels like Metaplanetary or Isaac Asimov’s books. Also in many Animes like chobits etc.

          I guess Ji Ning just ignores their sentience, after all they are his possessions, less then slaves even…

    2. Mmm I’ve been thinking about that…yes probably.

      It’s been mentioned that these spirits need to be taught a method of cultivation before they can truly be considered alive like the bear spirit of the star seizing manor

    3. It seems like the author created this fun addition…weapon spirits.
      Then he forgot about them.
      There could have been all sorts of fun little interactions with sentient weapons. Instead? Scrap em for parts!

  3. Thanks for the chapter.

    It spend more than two hours swallowing the energy of the Five Elements essence before the cauldron finally ran empty.
    -> It TOOK more than…

    Violetjewel began to emit a ringing soon as it quickly absorbed the Five Elements essence.
    -> a ringing AS soon as

    1. Actually, I think these lines should be corrected like this:

      Violetjewel began to emit a ringing soon as it quickly absorbed the Five Elements essence.
      -> Violetjewel began to emit a ringing SOUND as it quickly absorbed the Five Elements essence.

      It spend more than two hours swallowing the energy of the Five Elements essence before the cauldron finally ran empty.
      ->It SPENT more than two hours swallowing the energy of the Five Elements essence before the cauldron finally ran empty.

      I could be wrong, but this way seems much better to me.

      1. Your first one is a perfectly valid version. Depends what came from the raws…was it a typo on ‘sound’ or did it have a time reference ‘soon’.

        As to the second. I thought of spent initially- just change the tense to the correct one spend-spent. But just read that out loud “It spent more than 2 hours.” Stop there. Does it sound right? Nope. “It took more than 2 hours.” That sounds normal. In the spent version you have to ask what spent the time, IT is referencing something. If it followed in a paragraph it might make more sense, but it is standing by itself and therefore comes across poorly. “Took” is the better change for the second.

        In the end a higher power will decide what he likes. 🙂

        1. Actually, I originally only had the first correction, but added the second after thinking it over. The ‘took’ that you suggested would normally be perfectly fine. However, after re-reading the passage, I think ‘spent’ makes more sense in context. The reason for this is precisely what you’ve pointed out too. Despite the fact that this sentence doesn’t appear to be part of a paragraph, it clearly references Violetjewel, the sword. Due to this, the sentence doesn’t appear to be ‘standing alone’ at all.

          Here is what I would suggest if using ‘took’:
          It spend more than two hours swallowing the energy of the Five Elements essence before the cauldron finally ran empty.
          -> It TOOK more than two hours TO SWALLOW the energy of the Five Elements essence before the cauldron finally ran empty.

          However, because I believe ‘it’ is Violetjewel, I think this sort of change would be changing the sentence’s meaning (although admittedly only slightly). Due to the fact that it is ‘swallowing’ and not ‘to swallow’ originally, it seems to imply that ‘it’ is an object doing the swallowing (i.e. Violetjewel). Thus ‘spent’ sounded better to me.

          Hope that didn’t get too wordy… I tried my best!

          1. The sentence is incomplete in either case. Because the sentence starts with a subjective particle “It spent” or “It took”, then the action described needs a subject to be applied to. In both those sentences, the only subject present is the cauldron – which is wrong for either case.

            It doesn’t matter if “spent” or “took” is used, but the sword should be introduced into the sentence as the subject for it to be grammatically correct. Thus, the sentence should read “It took the sword more than 2 hours to swallow the energy of the 5 elements essence before the cauldron finally ran empty.”, or the alternative with “spent” – “The sword spent 2 hours swallowing the energy of the 5 elements essence before the cauldron finally ran empty.”

          2. Firstly, thanks for the chap Ren!

            Secondly:

            Spent / took in sentences aren’t just about the verbs themslves, but their use changes the whole meaning and structure of the sentence. Let me explain:

            It spent more than two hours (…)

            It took the cauldron nearly two hours (…)

            As a sidenote – for what feels natural in the longer sentence – IET and most chinese writers stray from using personal pronouns and tend to overuse character/item names, at least in comparison to the standard western writing.

            Thus, the original sentence probably had had the characters of ‘cauldron’ used twice in it, but to make it sound more natural Ren had probably omitted one and instead of the literal translation of ‘It took the cauldron more than two hours before the cauldron finally ran empty’ got what you can see now in the chapter.

            Anyway, I guess the most english-natural sounding version would be:

            The cauldron spent more than two hours swallowing the energy of the Five Elements essence before it finally ran empty.

            However, if you try to use ‘took’ as the verb, then the second part of the sentence becomes an out-of-place repetition of what the verb in the first part already implies. Just read it yourselves:

            It took the cauldron more than two hours to swallow the energy of the Five Elements before it finally ran empty.

            Wouldn’t ‘It took the cauldron more than two hours to swallow the energy of the Five Elements.’ be enough and self-explanatory in this case? 😉

          3. Um, Caladbolg.
            The cauldron is what stuff is being consumed out of, not what’s doing the consuming. The sword is having lunch, or our hero is feeding the sword lunch. The cauldron can’t very well eat itself.

            Translation team: Sorry I created a debate! *looks embarrassed*

          4. God I’m retarded, I really should have looked at the context before rambling. So embarassed!

            Also, don’t be anxious about creating a discussion; it’s a good thing!

  4. Thanks for the chapter!

    “So many Protocosmic spirit-treasures…well, no point to having too many of them.”

    I dare you to say that in front of Meng Hao

  5. Thanks for the chapter. Since the book title is True God, I assume he won’t become an Elder God or a Daofather in one go with the Heavengazer Tower. But I’m really curious what his next breakthrough, or the next event in the story, will be once he starts using the Heavengazer Tower. Hopefully he’ll at least master a bunch of Grand Daos and gain insights into multiple Heavenly Daos, before something demands his attention. I’m not sure what he might do, though, if he’s forbidden from fighting the Seamless Gate. Or maybe he’s only forbidden from taking part in the war for karmic luck, and thus is free to engage in small skirmishes against Seamless Gate True Gods and Daofathers? It’s not like they seem to expose themselves much, and if they did, the major powers of the Three Realms should have attacked them. I guess it’s possible that the rest of the volume could jump straight to the Endwar, or maybe there’s some kind of initial phase to the Endwar we haven’t learned about yet that Ning will take part in. It’s also possible he’ll find something else to train in, like the Nine Elements Destruction and his Starseizing Hand… DE is definitely one of the more thought-provoking cultivation novels I follow, because the author is so meticulous.

    1. I think he has to stay put until endwar. People at his level,or at least those he would bother fighting by now, are strong enough to affect karmic luck, were they killed.
      And, while this novel is quite well polished, I wouldn’t really use “meticulous” to describe IET lol (an example is the above-mentioned discussion about trasure spirits.

        1. Eh, I set my standard on Er Gen, who gives meaning to basically every detail (so my bad, I guess). Cultivation is one of the things I like best about IET and it’s mostly well made (especially in DE), but sometimes I get the feeling he doesn’t really plan out the plot very well, adding interesting ideas (on the fly) that don’t really work well together, only to forget about them a while later.
          Stellar transformations was an utter mess and in swallowed star cultivation isn’t really great (there are just numbers and higher level slaves do much of the work anyways). In 9 cauldrons things get a bit confusing between the standard cultivation method and MC’s one.
          Also numbers: his love for ridiculous numbers is quite silly (30000m high giants fighting.. Seriously?).

          1. Well they have different writing styles, i like IET beter as i dont care about all the side characters and other stuff, as long as the MC is progressing with a interesting cultivation im happy. Tho agree that ST was a mess and SS is “out there” those are his worse works imo. Also you have to take in account that most of IET works are being/been translated(even the bad ones) as for En Ger basically only Issth is worth mentioning at this point as his other works dont have enough chapters translated

  6. After seeing translated raw chapters (different place I won’t mention as this site is far better) I realize just how much effort you put into translating the chapters. You don’t just translate the words and say it’s a complete chapter, you actually put hard effort into making it readable in the English language, even if you do have a few typos every now and again. But in all honesty while you have less chapters out in comparison to that site (and don’t worry I won’t go all spoiler-like because I’ve read a few chapters there already 😛 ) you have far better quality and knowing the gist of what happens next (as the raw translated chapters are a mess to put it lightly) makes me want to read your translated version even more!

    So thanks for all the hard work from this fellow Immortal cultivator!

    1. If we’re talking the same site, that list of translations is made from an auto translation thing. It’s horrible compared to this site.
      Thanks for the chapter.

    1. There was a chapter where he added 3 more swords and just called them ‘the darknoth swords’ too. Well, that’s what happens when you skim through the chapters guys ~ 😛

      1. Yeah, that chapter kinda solved the awkward situation of having 6 arms and a 3 swords set.

        I still don’t like that skill, three heads feels too weird to me.
        Rahu had 6 arms and I single head by default: maybe Ji Ning can draw inspiration from it (he also uses Rahu formation, his affinity/understandind shouldn’t be bad) to develop a stronger technique without 2 additional heads popping up.

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