DE Book 23, Chapter 20

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Book 23, Endwar, Chapter 20 – Escaping the Three Realms

“That voice…it sounded like the voice of the heavens themselves.” The countless denizens of the Three Realms, human and monster alike, stared questioningly at the skies. The weaker ones were confused, while the powerful cultivators and Diremonsters were stunned.

As for the two battling armies in the Void, their experts and major powers were similarly shocked.

“Is that…” Ji Ning and the others all felt fear in their hearts.

Rumble…

The entirety of the Three Realms was trembling. Heaven and Earth were thundering and shaking. Even the Void itself was booming! It was as though some invisible creature was attempting to tear the Three Realms asunder. This surge of power caused the major powers of the Nuwa Alliance, who had held the upper hand in the Endwar thus far, to have a bad feeling.

“Ignore him. Wipe out the Seamless Gate first,” Daoist Three Purities barked.

“Wipe them out first.”

The black-robed Ning pointed, causing the semi-translucent golden sword to rapidly swing towards the distant army of the Seamless Gate. The sword energy stretched out a million kilometers, aimed at a Ragnarok Formation that was formed by six Daofathers and 5100 True Immortals. Rings of black light swirled around the Ragnarok Formation as it did its best to defend.

Slash! The first strike of the semi-translucent golden sword nearly destabilized the Ragnarok Formation.

Stab! The Triult Sword Formation launched yet another attack, this one using the ‘Blood Drop Stance’ of the [Brightmoon] sword-art and striking with extraordinary speed.

Boom!

The entire Ragnarok Formation completely blew apart. Sword-ki sliced everywhere, causing the majority of the True Immortals in the formation to be reduced to dust. The six Daofathers and the remainder of the True Immortals sought to flee, but the semi-translucent golden sword then spun about, transforming into an enormous black hole that drew in and ground to death all of the Immortals and Fiendgods in the area. Some attempted to hide in their Immortal estates, but even those estates were ground to tiny pieces. Of the thousands of Immortals, only eight were able to survive, all of which were only able to do so because they had extraordinarily powerful estate-worlds or Immortal estates on them.

Three of the eight were Daofathers while five were True Immortals.

“Come here.” The black-robed Ning flew over towards them, waving his hand and collecting all eight of those treasures.

“Ashes to ashes…dust to dust.”

Lord Tathagata the Buddha, in command of a Pangu Genesis Formation, also advanced through the Void as he charged towards the Seamless Gate’s army. The mighty formations of the Seamless Gate quickly began to flee. Although these formations had many Immortals and Fiendgods inside of them, how could they possibly fight Lord Buddha head-on? A Ragnarok Formation had been destroyed by Ji Ning with just two blows!

“You shall BREAK!!!!” A furious roared echoed throughout the entire Three Realms, causing the infinite Void to shudder and shake.

RIIIIIIIIIP!!!!!!!!!!!

A blinding golden light suddenly appeared at the end of the distant Void. It was like a giant golden tear in the emptiness of space. Although the Nuwa Alliance and the Seamless Gate were in the middle of a giant battle, they couldn’t help but pay attention to what had just happened. The rift of golden light was at least a hundred million kilometers long, and it seemed to very nearly tear apart the entire Three Realms.

Deep inside the rift of golden light, something which looked like a massive, turbid flood could be seen.

BOOOM!!!!

The torrential flood of water gushed out from the golden rift, quickly passing through into the Void and flowing towards the battlefield where the Nuwa Alliance and the Seamless Gate were located.

As the waters finished flowing out the distant golden rift quickly healed and closed, completely disappearing from sight.

“Demonheart.” The Lord of All Fiends was the first to speak.

“Ahaha….ahahahahaha! I’ve finally returned…I’VE FINALLY RETURNED! AHAHAHA!” Wild, frenzied laughter rang out, echoing throughout the Void. The raging waters of the river quickly solidified into a tall, slender, black-robed figure. He had thick, bushy, ink-black eyebrows, and a pair of intoxicating eyes that caused those who looked into it to feel an uncontrollable urge to submit.

His black robes rustled about him as his aura surged towards the heavens.

“Tathagata.” The black-robed figure waved his hand, causing his palm to once more transform into a raging river that smashed directly towards Lord Buddha.

Lord Buddha, who had been charging towards the Seamless Gate’s army, was forced to turn his attention towards this oncoming palm attack.

BOOM!!!

The massive Pangu Genesis Formation shuddered violently, causing Tathagata’s face to change. The raging river then delivered a second blow with incredible speed, so fast that no one present was able to block it.

Boom! The Pangu Genesis Formation actually broke apart. Lord Buddha was knocked flying backwards, and as he did so he frantically waved his hand to use his [Buddha-Realm Within the Palm] to collect as many Empyrean Gods as he could. However, more than 90% of the Empyrean Gods were instantly reduced to dust.

“Die!”

As soon as the black-robed figure assaulted Tathagata, Ji Ning immediately used his Triult Sword Formation to counterattack, sending the awesome power of the semi-translucent golden sword forward.

The black-robed figure delivered yet another blow of his palm. His palm once more transformed into a raging river, striking against the tip of that semi-translucent golden sword. The sword let out a keening cry as the raging river shuddered and dissipated slightly. However, the sword itself was knocked flying backwards.

The entire battlefield turned completely silent.

The army of the Nuwa Alliance had been in hot pursuit, but now they quickly began to regroup. Ning’s true body and Primaltwin moved towards each other, while Lord Buddha flew back to his side as well. Everyone stared at that black-robed figure.

After appearing, he had attacked twice with his palms.

With one palm attack, he had effortlessly suppressed the Triult Sword Formation.

With the other palm attack, he had delivered a double-blow that had annihilated a Pangu Genesis Formation that had been commanded by Lord Buddha.

Swoosh. Swoosh. Swoosh.

The grand army of the Seamless Gate quickly reassembled as well. Even Godfiend Witherspike, Saber, and the others retreated temporarily. As he retreated, Godfiend Witherspike stared fixedly at the skinny, black-robed figure as he chatted mentally with Saber. “So he is the Lord of the Demonheart? He’s too powerful. Even in the endless primordial chaos, he would be one of the most supreme of Elder Gods and Ancestral Immortals. He’s incredibly close to the World God level!”

“Yes. He’s definitely a transcendent figure amongst Elder Gods and Ancestral Immortals.” Saber’s heart was quivering as well.

Ordinary Elder Gods had the power of an ordinary ‘overlord’; this was the power which Elder Gods were born possessing.

Elite Elder Gods included the likes of Ji Ning and Keeper Everwood. When Daoist Three Purities and the others used certain formations, they could also attain this level of power.

In the endless primordial chaos, most Elder Gods and first-tier Ancestral Immortals who did some adventuring and who worked hard would generally be able to reach the ‘elite’ level of power. However, less than one in a thousand Elder Gods would be able to reach such a supreme level of power, a level of power that was extremely close to that of a World God or a Chaos Immortal!

“Be careful, everyone. He is the Lord of the Demonheart,” Daoist Three Purities sent mentally. “Long ago, he merged his body into the Heavenly Daos. I never would’ve imagined that he would actually be able to escape from them.” Everyone who saw this scene could guess that it was most likely Lord Demonheart who had just broken free of the Heavenly Daos. If he hadn’t, how could he possibly have struck out at them and slain so many Empyrean Gods?

“He actually broke free.” Ning felt dread as well.

This was too terrifying.

His Triult Sword Formation was his most powerful technique…but it had actually been crushed in a head-on clash. This ‘Lord of the Demonheart’ was far too strong!

During the war that had ended the Primordial Era, the most powerful combatant of the Pangu Chaosworld had been Mother Nuwa, while the most powerful combatant of the Seamless Chaosworld had been Lord Demonheart! The two had been on the exact same level. Mother Nuwa had become a World God and left the Three Realms, while Lord Demonheart had merged himself into the Heavenly Daos and remained within them for countless years. But today…he had broken free.

“Demonheart.” The two bodies of the Lord of All Fiends merged together once more, and he stared calmly at the Lord of the Demonheart. “You owe me an explanation.”

“An explanation?”

Lord Demonheart’s black robes rustled, causing space around him to ripple like water. He chuckled. “Yes, I do owe you an explanation. You really are quite clever, Windfiend. Even all those years ago, I could tell that although Everwood’s reputation was second only to mine in the Seamless Chaosworld, only you were truly a match for me. I have to thank you for what you did during the clash between our two chaosworlds. If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be able to see my disciple and grand-disciples today.”

“The explanation.” The Lord of All Fiends continued to look at him.

“Oh.” Lord Demonheart laughed. “Your guess is correct. I was indeed the one behind all of this.”

Lord Demonheart turned his hypnotic gaze towards the Nuwa Alliance, his voice reverberating within the Void. “It was all because of me. I wished to break free of the Three Realms, which is why I had to come up with a way to cause this great war.”

“What does you breaking free have to do with this great war?” The Lord of All Fiends frowned.

“Ahahaha…I’ll tell you, all of you. Especially you.” Lord Demonheart once more swept his gaze towards the Nuwa Alliance. “Before you die, I’ll let you know why exactly you are dying.”

The major powers of the Nuwa Alliance were all filled with murderous intent.

This ‘Lord of the Demonheart’ was behaving far too arrogantly. He actually held them in no regard at all! Still, Ning and the others all understood that although Lord Demonheart wouldn’t be able to effortlessly dominate them as a World God would, the power Lord Demonheart had displayed just now meant that multiple overlords of the Nuwa Alliance would most likely have to join forces against him in order to stop him.

“Ji Ning, your true body, Jueming, and myself will join forces and strike out simultaneously against Lord Demonheart,” Suiren sent mentally.

“Alright.” Ning and Buddha Jueming both assented.


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70 thoughts on “DE Book 23, Chapter 20” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. It’s funny if there’s no separation in the teaser and you read it continuously, at least my phone show it like this:

      “Later…I realized that the Heavenly Daos weren’t always completely stable.” You can use ctrl+left or ctrl+right to navigate

      ROFL, Demonheart use a cheat code to go Turbo!!!

      1. I wonder what breakthrough he’ll make though. I feel like becoming an Elder God is most likely, because of the relation of Fiendgods and fighting. His swordforce becoming 6th level should both be far away and too overpowered (and since he’ll almost certainly use it to break through to the World level Elder God should be first) and considering how Demonheart is near the World level, and once Ning becomes and Elder God he’ll be at that same level in terms of body while most likely being a bit better because of his sword arts…

        1. We heard 6th level swordforce, is enough to make him become a world god, so that can be counted out
          He just became a true god and daofather so perhaps elder god is going to be possible but unlikely
          and we just learnt that when he comprehends the third stance of the sword technique he should have achieved a level where he can become a world god, so the first is probably really strong, so first level sword technique and perhaps elder god, if they end up in a draw and both take a short break

  1. Thanks for the chapter.

    Seems like it might be another chapter or two before we see how this is resolved… I guess Ji Ning may be able to find that spark of insight (I’m looking back at the explanation in chapter 15 of this volume) and become a half step World God, allowing him to match Demonheart. That seems too straightforward though, so I’m thinking he might develop 6th stage swordforce or 5th stage heartforce, or that someone else will make a breakthrough (but who, without it being random? would have to be someone directly connected to Demonheart, I bet), or that someone like Nuwa will return. I’d be really happy if Nuwa returned and said “lol, I was just pretending to leave in order to lure you out of the Heavenly Daos”…

    I don’t want the Nuwa Alliance to have to flee, since it would just feel like IET is pointlessly delaying the one or two breakthroughs Ji Ning needs. It only makes sense to me to have Ji Ning flee and begin another arc if the enemy is so strong the readers can’t even imagine how many breakthroughs Ji Ning needs to beat him. I just want the Seamless Gate to die already.

    1. Unless he can perfectly combine Heartforce and Swordforce like iirc Yin and Yang become Infiniforce, the Heartforce breakthrough shouldn’t be enough (unless he has a special attack technique from Northrest). Of course, the fusion shouldn’t be impossible since he should have some foundation from self-learning how to apply heartforce to his swords (that whole arc of prep for his Empyrean Tribulation).

      I agree with the fleeing, though I have a feeling it’ll end up with Demonheart becoming a World God because he was part of the Heavenly Daos for so long he has some sort of resonance and masters them, allowing him to breakthrough. In that case it’d make sense for them to flee for a volume or so at least.

    2. I do not think that the Nuwa Alliance have to flee, the name of this chapter should have been “Escaping the Heavenly Daos”, not “Escaping the Three Realms”.

      Ning will not breakthrough in 6th stage swordforce because that is what he is going to use as his World God core.

    3. i am just disappointing with this turn of events. He merged with the Dao and even a world god with control over all Daos couldn’t separate him but all of a sudden he can reform himself, without being a world god and without separating from them. lord of all fiends outrunning Nuwa was already pushing my acceptance of universal rules but this craps all over them. What i hate most is stories breaking their own in story lore or rules and if a world god can’t do it anyone below should have no chance else being a world god is not worth crap.
      in short setting a hard to win fight for the MC is great but pulling the old impossible surprise is just lazy story writing (once again it was said even a world god could not come back after that merger)

      1. Why not wait for the explanation first before instantly calling bad writing?

        What I’m anticipating is that he needed a large enough group of people to all fight at once with plenty of death and slaughter and use of the heavenly daos, to weaken them just enough for long enough so that he could make his escape.

        1. if that was really enough to break free then why was Nuwa with the power to destroy the entire three worlds unable to touch him or do you believe the deaths of a few tens of daofathers equal to or higher then her level of power. if all it took was chaos in the Dao to get to him I’m sure a worldgod with control over all Daos could cause enough chaos to tear their fabric either by herself or with the aid of every daofather on her side but even she could not, ergo the only way this works lore wise if if he is more powerful then a worldgod and able to achieve feats above them but he is clearly not if Ji Ning can resist him.

          the point is Nuwa as a worldgod deemed it impossible therefore without being better then her it should be impossible after all she left because there was no possible way for him to return or is someone who can understand all existance dumb?

          1. I hate to agree with Faruel, but it does seem kinda dumb… Nuwa was a World God and one that was so monstrous that she broke through to become a World God through her own backwater insights. I find it a bit comical that Demonheart suddenly broke through the Heavenly Daos. It feels a bit like an asspull just to make this more interesting. It would have been more interesting if there was an outsider World God or Chaos Immortal that was pulling the strings and far more realistic to the setting… D:

          2. Agreed, and not to mention the fact that if it really is due to the chaos caused, then wouldn’t it of been WAY more chaotic during the creation of the three realms, and when there were 3 sides fighting a end war? To say a such small thing like this caused the instability that rivaled the war that destroyed (mostly) two chaosworlds is less than the fighting they’ve down now is crazy.

          3. I’m just saying wait for the explanation, don’t decide it’s bad writing before the explanation even comes out, for f*cks sake.

  2. Then did Demonheart provoke this war by tricking the seamless gate into launching this Endwar ?? But i wonder if there are any other forces that are gonna appear in this??

    1. Think he needed chaos to cause an instability in the relm witch let him break out. The only other force I could think of would be nuwa if she has been waiting for him to break out. And it seems he gave them all the premonition of impending doom if the other side wasn’t destroyed.

  3. BS, ‘merged’ with heavenly daos to escape from a WORLD GOD, and then escaped from it …
    It was already plenty BS that he could still interact with seamless gate even while being part of heavenly daos, even spied for them, now that he even somehow escaped from it … well fck

  4. hey Ren, Wouldn’t the title for this chapter be more appropriate as “Escaping the Heavenly Daos” ? It doesn’t really seem fitting escaping the three realms when the battle is still ongoing and how this pertains to demonhearts escape from the heavenly daos.

    1. Well they aren’t fighting in the three realms, they’re fighting in the void, looking at the three realms from the outside. So I guess it does kinda sort of not really makes sense if you squint your eyes and look at it. Lol

  5. Thanks for the chapter

    Demonheart: “I AM BACK”. So I am guessing that Fuxi will breakthrough with his last Heavenly Dao and become Elder God again and then Ning will breakthrough in Heartforce or become Elder God. Swordforce is too soon.

    1. Yeah it’s either heartforce or elder god but i think heartforce might be a bit to weak. so guess it’s elder god. Both if Subhuti gets killed. And yes its really time for poor Fuxi to shine.

  6. calling it it’s gonna be the 5th stage heartforce, then he is going to use the 1st level of the technique that he got from the worldgod that uses the heart to control the sword.

  7. The killings and deaths could have some connections to the heavenly daos where Demonhearth is. Maybe by disrupting the flow of the daos will eventually give him freedom.
    I have 2 hypothesis here. 1. The war built up which involved a lot of deaths and agony into ones heart will resonate into the daos that will make Demonhearth stronger and will lead him to break out from the heavenly daos.
    2. The war built up which involved mix activities of daos will eventually disrupt the heavenly daos and weaken. Wherein Demonhearth would have a chance to break… or 3. Which is I don’t know to connect it. This involves with the karmic luck.

    I hope Houyi will do something to turn the tables around…

    Thanks for the chapter! This LN gives life to me! 🙂

  8. So let me predict this, Demonheart needed to escape from the Nuwa because she was to powerful, so he merged with the heavenly daos. Then in order to escape he needed to destabilize them via an end war. Now this doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. That is such a weak reasoning. Do you think the heavenly daos were any less chaotic when the three realms were first created? When the first end war was even more fierce than what is happening now? When they had Nuwa who WAS a world god to pull him back out? Bullshit. No way. Seriously the conditions that he needed to escape were present back then, and at that time Nuwa who had complete control over the heavenly daos said it was impossible, thus by any convention it is, to say otherwise is bad writing. Granted, this only stands if it is indeed JUST because of the chaos of an end war scenario.

      1. But what I am implying is that why, in the weakend state, couldn’t SHE drag him back out with out breaking the three realms apart, when he clearly did that very thing just now.

  9. I think writer is just gonna continue with the story saying that he was so awesome that he was somhow able to do it. Anyway not expecting a proper logic for this shit…
    -_-

  10. Thanks for the chapter RWX! How are they to fight someone close to the World God level? The only way would be if Ji Ning or some power on Nuwa’s side reached the sixth stage of some force and reached a level on par as well.

  11. Huh. Well this is going to be insane. Demonheart just broke free of the dao. Guess they weren’t very well knit together.

    Thanks for the chapter.

    -Sage Hidden Bear

  12. Soooo…Bilions of lifes and quadrillions of cultivation years and effort was sacrificed because of an inevidable war. And it was inevidable because “fate” was whispering to the Daofathers… All because one selfcentered asshole wanted to flee the prison he made himself while beeing a coward. And noone of the everlasting imortals that had aeons to become smarter thought that maybe….maaaaybe the guy who melted with the great daos could influence it.
    What a plot…clap…clap…clap .

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