DE Book 22, Chapter 4

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Book 22, True God, Chapter 4 – The Crescent World

True God Shiyu was highly skilled in defensive techniques and fleeing maneuvers, precisely because he was someone who valued his own life dearly. He obediently bent the knee and submitted.

Ji Ning soulscoured him, took his three Chaos treasures, then left.

“He was so astonishingly powerful and dazzling, even amongst True Gods and True Immortals. As expected, there were some marvelous reasons for that.” After soulscouring him, Ning had learned that True God Shiyu had once acquired the legacy of a deceased World God along with four Chaos treasures. The Heavengazer Tower of Radiance was one of the four. True God Shiyu had traded two of the other Chaos treasures for a ‘Darkwind Skysplitter Cudgel’. His possession of this cudgel was an important part of the reason why he was able to fight back against Elder Gods and Ancestral Immortals despite being a mere True Immortal.

True God Shiyu had learned powerful divine abilities from that legacy, but alas, all of those divine abilities were sealed with a lifeblood oath. Not even soulscouring him had allowed Ning to acquire them.

Ning had searched through the memories of many True Gods and True Immortals by now. Each of them had experienced special encounters which had allowed them to reach this level of power.

Whoosh. Ning landed atop a mountain. He waved his hand, producing a small tower before him.

The tower was completely silvery-white in color, and it was covered with a faint aura of golden light. The tower was shaped just like a pyramid. Ning held the small tower up with one hand, sending his senses inside of it. He could sense that spacetime within the tower was rather chaotic. Normally, spacetime should be extremely stable and hard to disrupt. Daofather Subhuti was capable of affecting spacetime, and this little tower was also capable of it.

“Bind.” Ning immediately sent his divine power into the tower, binding this Chaos treasure. As he bound it, he immediately made it suppress its aura. It became quite unremarkable to behold, no longer emitting any golden light at all.

Before being bound, a treasure would generally emit an aura of power. After being bound, everything was up to the desire of the treasure’s owner. It would be very easy to change its appearance.

“In I go.” Ning willed himself inside. He disappeared from the mountain. The only thing left was the pyramid-shaped tower, levitating in the air at the peak.

“Eh?” Ning looked at his surroundings. This was a region that merely had a perimeter of three hundred meters. The region was pyramid-shaped and seemed extremely stable, but the flow of time was clearly quite different inside here.

“How strange.” Ning raised his head to look at the pyramid-shaped region he was in. At the very tip of the pyramid, circles of dim light could be seen where spacetime was rippling faintly. These dim circles of light could be also be seen at each of the four corners of the pyramid. Ning’s divine power filled the entire tower, and thus he could use it to ‘see’ the many divine runes that were constantly flowing through the insides of the tower.

“It has changed spacetime, and in an extremely stable manner.” Ning sighed softly in amazement. “Although Mother Nuwa was able to do this, that was only with a grand formation. In addition, it was only possible in a set location that couldn’t be moved. This Chaos treasure, however…the person who created the Heavengazer Tower was most likely even more formidable than Mother Nuwa, the creator of the Six Paths of Reincarnation. But of course, Mother Nuwa entered the primordial chaos long ago. I imagine she’s even more formidable now than she was in the past.”

“Ten times.”

Ning’s thoughts and memories were linked to his clones in the outside world. He could thus naturally sense how much more quickly time was progressing within the tower. The difference was quite obvious.

“Time to speed up the flow of time.” Ning immediately began to test out the process of further speeding up time. His Immortal energy began to rapidly deplete, and the flow of time began to speed up as well, going from ten times to twenty times, then thirty times. His energy began to deplete more and more rapidly as the tower’s energy consumption began to skyrocket.

“At twenty times the normal rate of time, I use up energy at the same rate as I replenish it.”

“Thirty times the normal rate of time starts to take a bit of effort.”

“Forty times…I can still handle it.”

“Fifty times…getting difficult!”

Ning came to a halt after increasing the flow of speed to fifty times that of the outside world. He smiled. “My true body and my Primaltwin are both inside the tower; this places a major burden on it. However, when my true body is outside battling, I can have my Primaltwin calmly spend its time meditating in the tower. That’ll be ideal.”

The white-robed Ning immediately left the Heavengazer Tower, leaving behind only the black-robed Ning.

“Maintaining fifty times the normal flow of time…I’m still using up a lot of energy, but it’s much easier now than before.”

“Sixty times…the energy usage is getting fast again.”

“Seventy times…”

“A hundred times…this is getting difficult.”

“Two hundred times…energy is being used up way too fast.”

“Three hundred times…the amount of energy being used up is astonishing.”

For the sake of getting a better sense of how much energy would be used, Ning continued to furiously increase the flow of time.

Four hundred times! Five hundred times! Six hundred times! A thousand times!

At a thousand times the normal flow of time, half of his energy was consumed in an instant. Shocked, Ning finally came to a halt.

“There’s a limit to how much the Heavengazer Tower can speed up the flow of time.” Thanks to his control over this treasure, Ning could tell that there was a limit to its power. He nodded to himself. “According to what I just sensed…a thousand times should be that limit. However, I can only maintain that speed for two seconds. Training requires time. I need to at least be able to train for a hundred years worth of time in the outside world. A hundred years of time in the outside world translates into thousands or tens of thousands of years within the tower. If I use up energy too quickly, no amount of spirit-pills will suffice.”

He spent a few moments calculating and pondering. In the end, given that the Endwar was looming, Ning decided to take the risk of maintaining a flow of time that was a hundred times that of the outside world’s!

“I’ll need to prepare some extra Great Firmament Immortal pills to stay at this speed for an extended period of time. It’s now time to return to the Three Realms.” The white-robed Ning put the tower away, then left the prisonworld.

The Primaltwin remained inside the tower. It needed to spend time meditating on the Dao!

Ning’s goal was to master an entire Heavenly Dao! He could only do this upon returning to the Three Realms. There was no way to meditate on other Daos when within the endless primordial chaos. Upon mastering a Heavenly Dao, Ning would have a chance of becoming an Ancestral Immortal or an Elder God. His power would definitely surpass that of an overlord-class Daofather by then!

However, Ning didn’t dare to feel too confident. The Lord of All Fiends was an Elder God himself! He had been able to escape from the clutches of Mother Nuwa, who had broken through to become a World God, and he was the person who worried Ning the most. In addition, more than half a chaos cycle had gone by since the end of the Primordial Era. That was enough time for a minor figure to become a mighty one! How powerful were the two alliances? Hard to say. Things would only be made clear when the Endwar came.

And…what was the cause of this great war?

It was still a mystery!

Although he already stood at the very peak of power in the Three Realms, Ning still wished to reach even higher heights.

Within the endless Void.

Ning appeared out of nowhere. He stared at the distant Solar Star, blazing with seemingly infinite heat, then gave the icy Lunar Star a glance as well.

“The Three Realms.” Ning murmured softly to himself, then took out a message talisman and filled it with his Immortal energy, notifying his master of his arrival.

“Disciple.” Subhuti’s voice echoed within the empty space around him.

“Master, I wish to return to the Crescent world,” Ning said.

“Very well.” Instantly, a spatial whirlpool appeared in the empty space around him. Ning gave the spatial whirlpool a hard look. He could now vaguely sense that aside from changing space, this whirlpool also made slight alterations to time. The Crescent world didn’t exist in the same temporal dimension as the rest of the major worlds of the Three Realms, which was why the other major powers had no way of finding it at all.

Ning stepped into the spatial vortex and disappeared from the Void.

Blue skies and white clouds greeted his arrival.

Ning appeared in the middle of the air. “Eh?” Ning glanced downwards with surprise, seeing a beautiful island off in the distance.

“Master actually led me here?” Ning was quite surprised, as he thought that the whirlpool would’ve led straight to Mount Innerheart.

“Eh? Uncle White. Little Qing. And…my daughter Brightmoon? All of them are on the island?” Ning became even more surprised. His ‘spare’ Primaltwin clone was still by his daughter’s side, albeit quietly hidden. It wouldn’t make an appearance unless his daughter was in grave danger. Upon arriving, Ning could sense that his Primaltwin was right at that island. Clearly, his daughter, Little Qing, and Uncle White were there as well.

“She’s already a Celestial Immortal. Why is she staying on this island?”

“In the past, Master always brought me directly to Mount Innerheart. Why has he brought me here, this time?” Ning felt quite curious, but he still flew downwards. As he moved closer to the island, he could sense his heart clench involuntarily. Ning gave the beautiful island a closer look, and as he did his face blanched as though he had seen something terrifying.

“This formation…it’s so mysterious, but even the tiny bit of it that I can sense is utterly terrifying.” Ning felt dread in his heart. He was already an overlord-class figure, but he could still feel a vague sense of danger emanating from this island.

“Disciple, come in.” Subhuti’s voice suddenly rang out.

“Yes.” Ning quickly landed. Although this island held a terrifying formation within it, the formation didn’t act to impede him at all. Ning was able to easily and safely land on the sandy beaches, and as he did he immediately saw a distant group of Immortals flying around in the skies above the island. He also saw a number of linked palaces that radiated mighty auras.

“Isn’t that the Carefree Immortal Palace of Exalted Celestial Carefree? That’s a top-grade Protocosmic estate-treasure.”

“And…that’s the Three Realms Dragonrover Ark of Daofather Snowdragon?”

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72 thoughts on “DE Book 22, Chapter 4” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

      1. He only has 2. The merged one is now training inside the time chamber while the single unmerged one is remaining with his daughter. Just like how he only has 2 true bodies the merged one which is now here in crescent world and the unmerged one that is hidden in the prisonworld.

  1. Thanks.

    Ning’s goal was to master an entirely Heavenly Dao!
    entirely->entire : assuming it’s intended to mean that he’s going to master the whole thing.

    If it was meant to mean that he’s mastering a dao of which all the parts are Heavenly (as opposed to some not being such), then it’s fine as is.

  2. “According to what I just sensed…a thousand times should be that limit. However, I can only maintain that speed for two seconds. Training requires time. I need to at least be able to train for a hundred years worth of time in the outside world. A hundred years of time in the outside world translates into tens of millions of years within the tower. If I use up energy too quickly, no amount of spirit-pills will suffice.”

    100 x 1000 does not equal tens of millions of years, IET >.>

      1. *LOL*
        There’s also a hilarious comment on IET’s author spotlight.. Something about him being mathematically handicapped? xD
        (I know RWX is the one responsible this time, he must’ve received IET’s legacy at some point)

        1. I know that everyone loves to while about IET’s numbers, but honestly I don’t have a problem with them at all as I’m not trying to force the exact same laws of physics upon everything and their world.

          This is a world of immortal where people are capable of living forever, flying through the air, producing flame / water / lighting from their hands whenever they want or move incredibly fast, all from doing 100 situps / 100 pushups / going jogging every single day. Despite that people are trying to hold everything in the story to the exact same standards as Earth and our universe, then they cry when that doesn’t happen. Those people seriously need to get a grip, the universe of DE works perfectly fine for the people who live in it and it is consistent with itself, and that’s all you need or could ask for.

          1. Well, I really don’t think that’s “whining”. To me at least, it’s just a thing that gives me a laugh or two, it doesn’t affect my enjoyment of the novel nor does it bother me in any way.

            And yes, I get that logic and I vaguely remember myself writing something extremely similar in response to someone back when I first started DE. Don’t know exactly where it is though..

          2. The only problem I have is when it isn’t consistent with it’s own rules. i don’t care how crazy a world is as long it stays consistent with its own established rules, also generally any things about your universe that are different from reality need to be established/explained by the author at some point, and if they aren’t then it is simply bad writing and plot holes.

          3. You don’t, but the moment I mention IET anywhere else it’s a pretty safe bet that the first thing they will do is ‘laugh’ at the numbers he uses. It gets old when people keep dismissing DE and CD just because they take offense to the numbers used, makes me sad.

          4. kczz15, I agree with you. I don’t have a problem with IET’s #s either. People need to understand that the scale of things in DE is vastly larger than what a puny Earth is. Let’s put it this way:

            Earth’s circumference = 40,000 km.
            Swallow Mountain (Ji Ning’s Clans’ original region) = 100,000 km (2.5x of Earth’s circumference).

            DE talks about sword art speeds surpassing the Heavenly Daos (light speed). Ning’s Ninehorn Lightning Serpent tech lets him move at light speed, which covers 3x the size of Swallow Mountain. Yes, three times. So Ning, in one movement, can orbit Earth more than 7 times. Now it should be easier to see the enormity of DE.

            Swallow Mountain is a tiny, TINY part of the Gran Xia major world. The 3 Realms is a remnant creation of (SG + Pangu) chaos worlds, consisting of 3000 major worlds like the Gran Xia, and trillions of our ‘Earths’… TRILLIONS! All of this added together makes up less than 2 average-sized chaos worlds. Are we supposed to believe that a civilization of 30,000m tall fiendgods can live on puny planets the size of Earth? Of course not! They need planets that are trillions of times larger. Now moving at light speed doesn’t seem so far fetched.

            We’re not in Kansas anymore. 😛

          5. P.S. Some readers should stop applying “Game of Thrones” #’s and scale to DE. Ning’s current power in this chapter alone, with a casual flick of his finger, can wipe out the entirety of the GoT universe. Yea, that’s the difference in scale. Get on Ning’s level, chop chop. XD

  3. “A hundred years of time in the outside world translates into tens of millions of years within the tower.”

    wtf math is this? the tower’s maximum acceleration is only 1000 times.
    100years x 1,000 = 100,000years
    how in the heaven did he even come up with “tens of millions of years”?

    1. Shit, my bad. I was tired and misread the 数千年乃至数万年 (thousands or tens of thousands) as 数千万年 (thousands of ten thousand years, aka tens of millions of years). Fixed!

  4. Thanks for the chapter!
    It looks like they’ve taken all the people closest to the major figures and hidden them away in this formation so that they can’t be targetted.

    Enjoy your break! 🙂

  5. “He had been able to escape from the clutches of Mother Nuwa, who had broken through to become an Elder God” should be “He had been able to escape from the clutches of Mother Nuwa, who had broken through to become a world God” No?

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  7. Shouldn’t Ning already know what is going on considering his Primal twin is inside a treasure on his daughter (some hair accessory I think) and all the twins/clones share the same spirit so what one knows, all of them know?? The twin is inside the treasure with his divine sense spread around Brightmoon.
    Why didn’t/doesn’t Ning help Brightmoon form a second-tier Jindan?? It’s a lot cheaper to do so at the weaker levels and a Celestial Immortal is the weakest level that forms a Jindan. Plus, the info for first/second/third-tier Jindans is something he acquired himself and isn’t locked.
    IET should have made some filler chapters during the slow times and shared some stories of Brightmoon, her introduction was hilarious (kicking down the door butt naked the moment she was born) but she was almost thrown aside after Yu Wei betrayed Ning. At least a chapter about her becoming a Celes. Imm.

    1. “IET should have made some filler chapters”
      People are incredibly impatient and whine INSTANTLY at the merest whiff of filler chapters, even if it’s not really filler (like Ji Ning’s recent training chapters), and you want these people to have something to complain about?
      (That being said I too would like those chapters, but the whiny vocal plebs have spoken very loudly and often.)

  8. “She’s already a Celestial Immortal.”

    Noooo! How could he let her 🙁 Now she wont be able to get a first class Jindan. Well, a quasi-first class Jindan by using a clone combining technique is possible, but it’s still not as good as having a first class Jindan.

    1. I was thinking the same thing 🙁 I’m sure he would find a way to create a first class Jindan instead of upgrading it to second class (and he even has only a small amount of resources for this).

      Also, GrabnaMax is right when he/she mentioned bellow that only her Primal twin could be Celestial Immortal.

  9. I get the feeling that Ji Ning somehow got transported into the future 1000 years because of the Time Tower ( that’s what i call it becase i’m to lazy to go back to the chaper and get the actual name 😛 ) because the Crescent World is not in the same temporal loop wit the Three Realms and the Endwar ended with the Nuwa aliance defeated and on that island are the last survivors.

    I think that my imagination gears worked overtime this time. But i have to admit that this could be quite the twist .Don’t u guys think so to ?

    Tnx 4 the chapter. ???✋✋✋???

  10. Treating Ning like he is a goner and looking totally down on him, well you´re gonna get some ugly surprise.

    “Best in the Three Realms? That’s a bit exaggerated, isn’t it? He’s simply mastered the [Five Treasures]; his swordforce is still merely at the fourth stage.”

    Lol, some worthless young master is opposing the opinions of every top and overlord-daofather, does he even have a brain? o.O Simply mastered Fiver treasures? 😀 So how many have so far mastered it? What a jerk… And he doesnt even know, that Ning has 5th lvl swordforce…

    I dont know, if it was mentioned already, nevertheless, I didnt see that or perhaps passed through it without noticing. Anyone knows, how many years have passed since he went to train?

    I hope the Endwar starts soon, or that Ning joins the fray without it even starting, respectively making it start with his return.

    Thanks for the chapter.

    1. Yeah, I can already tell I’m going to be annoyed by these idiots, at least until Ji Ning shuts them up in the endwar.

      6 to 7 years is my personal understanding, though anyone is free to correct me on that and point out which chapter / where there were additional years.

  11. Shouldn´t Brightmoon be an Empyrial God? She is now over 600 years old and was born as a fiendgod body refiner so she should be one not a mere celestial immortal if she don´t have a primaltwin and he should help her upgrade her jindan and train the clone technique….
    And the others of Ning´s Friend should also be celestial immortals i mean northson, uncle white, little qin and autumn leaf ….
    And what happend to the Ji Clan?

    1. Well, we dont know it, since it wasn´t mentioned. You just cannot assume something, that hasn´t happened yet, or perhaps never will. Just stick to facts, otherwise you are confusing not just yourself!

      Ji clan will be destroyed by Meng Hao. Er, error 404, wrong story ?

    2. Why does she have to be an Empyrean God by 600? She’s not the protagonist, and people make advancements over tens of thousands of years. 600 years old is pretty young compared to most people in Desolate Era.

    3. Jeah but it was said that she have the talent of her parents and an really good foundation she got great techniques from Subhuti. And Ning became an Empyrial in one century. And wasn´t it said that it is the best to upgrade both at the same time like Ning.
      I would really love to see a filler Chapter with all the little sidestorys of his friends and family.

    4. Because it was said she enjoyed Qi Refining more than Body Refining, thus she didn’t pay that much attention /comming that much effort to training as a Fiendgod.

      Right, and thanks for the chap!

  12. Shouldn’t the world inside the treasure be slower than the outside world?
    If it’s slower then he’ll have more time, right?
    It’d make sense if speed of understanding the dao goes faster along with time, which I don’t think it does.

    1. If for example 1 hour passes in the treasure for everyday in the real world, thus slower as you said, after 100 years only around 4 years would have passed on th ev treasure. You understand why it must move faster now right?

      1. Yeah that makes. I was thinking of it like the Flash in that one justice league episode wherein time was slow for everyone except him. Felt like eternity for him but was only seconds for real.
        This one now makes sense. Thanks!

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