DE Book 23, Chapter 21

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Book 23, Endwar, Chapter 21 – The Lord of the Demonheart

Ji Ning’s true body was as tough as a top-grade Protocosmic spirit-treasure. Buddha Jueming had mastered the [Nine Elements Annihilation], coming up with his own palm-arts that were even more formidable than those of Lord Tathagata’s. Not only were his palms comparable to top-grade Protocosmic spirit-treasures, so was the rest of his body! As for Suiren…his attainments in fire were simply too profound. He had long ago mastered his own flameform incarnation technique, which was similar to how Lord Demonheart could transform his body into the waters of a raging river.

This was why Ji Ning, Jueming, and Suiren would dare to fight head-on against Lord Demonheart.

Lord Demonheart, however, held the Nuwa Alliance in no regard whatsoever. He sighed wistfully, “When Nuwa suddenly broke through to become a World God, she came straight for me. I was out of options. I could sense that the Heavenly Daos of the newly forming Three Realms contained a demonheart within it, and so I immediately merged myself into those Heavenly Daos, avoiding that near disaster. If Nuwa wanted to kill me, she would’ve had to destroy the entire Three Realms. Clearly, she wasn’t willing to do so.”

“Although I managed to survive, I was perpetually trapped inside of the Heavenly Daos, becoming part of them. Even I myself thought that I would forever be a part of the Heavenly Daos, and that I would perish with the Three Realms when it eventually perished, as all chaosworlds do. But I wasn’t willing to accept that…and so all this time I’ve been searching for a chance to escape the Heavenly Daos.”

Lord Demonheart once more turned his gaze towards the Nuwa Alliance. “The Heavenly Daos that apply to the Three Realms were formed from multiple Daos, including metal, wood, water, fire, earth, Yin, Yang, life, destruction, chaos, the sword, the Taiji, infinity, thunder, demonheart, and more. These countless Daos joined together to form the complete set of functioning Heavenly Daos.”

“Later…I realized that the Heavenly Daos weren’t always completely stable.”

“For example, when many worlds began to clear their forests, the causing the amount of wood in the Three Realms to slowly lessen, the Heavenly Dao of Wood would slowly begin to weaken as well.” Lord Demonheart smiled.

Upon hearing this, the distant Ji Ning was surprised.

Right.

The records which World God Northrest had transmitted to Ning had made it clear to him that there were differences amongst chaosworlds. In some chaosworlds, for example, there was an enormous amount of fire; those places were known as ‘flame chaosworlds’. The most powerful Dao in a flame chaosworld would be the Heavenly Dao of Fire, and in that chaosworld it was entirely possible that it would be nearly as complete as the Heavenly Dao of Primordial Chaos.

The Dao of the Sword also had at least six levels and was thus also comparable to the Heavenly Dao of Primordial Chaos.

Both the Dao of Wood and the Dao of Fire could also be continuously developed to the point where it would be a match for the Heavenly Dao of Primordial Chaos.

A flame chaosworld could, over the course of its development, suffer from special circumstances that would cause the entire chaosworld to all but be destroyed. This would instill the entire chaosworld with the aura of destruction, very possibly causing it to transform into a destruction chaosworld. As for the formerly supreme Heavenly Dao of Fire, it would dramatically weaken, allowing the Heavenly Dao of Destruction to become the most important Heavenly Dao in that chaosworld.

“There are fluctuations in every single Heavenly Dao.” Lord Demonheart smiled. “When the Three Realms sink into times of strife, resulting in many deaths and killings, the devil in the heart of all creatures will grow stronger. As a result, the entire Dao of the Demonheart will grow stronger and stronger.”

“I realized that as the Dao of the Demonheart grew stronger, my influence over the Three Realms grew greater as well. In fact, I had the feeling that if the Dao of the Demonheart grew strong enough, I would be able to break free from the Heavenly Daos of the Three Realms. And if the Dao of the Demonheart became the most powerful Dao of the Three Realms? Then I would become the absolute master of the Three Realms. My will would be the will of the Three Realms itself!”

“However, the Three Realms is merely a single chaosworld. How could I let myself be perpetually tied down to a single chaosworld? All I needed was to make the Dao of the Demonheart strong enough that I could escape the Heavenly Daos.”

“Alas…the Heavenly Daos functioned in a way in which the balance is automatically maintained. I had no chance of changing things at all…until one day, my chance came.”

Lord Demonheart said smugly, “After countless years of propagation, the number of living creatures in the Three Realms grew to an unfathomable level. More and more Immortal cultivators and Diremonsters emerged. More and more Celestial Immortals, Empyrean Gods, and True Immortals were born. In fact, even many Daofathers were born as well. This placed an increasingly greater burden on the Three Realms. All of you refused to engage in civil war, which meant that more and more experts continued to arise with very few perishing. The burden on the Three Realms grew to be so great that I could sense that one day, it could cause the Three Realms to collapse and be destroyed.”

“What?!” Everyone present was astonished. Too many living creatures could cause the destruction of the Three Realms?

“Don’t you understand? Imagine being on a boat that can seat twenty. If two hundred of you board the boat, the boat will sink! The same is true for the Three Realms. It is nothing more than a single chaosworld! You can see for yourselves how many major powers, Immortals, and Fiendgods existed within the Nuwa Alliance and my Seamless Gate. The number of Celestial Immortals was truly inestimable!” Lord Demonheart laughed coldly.

Both the Nuwa Alliance and the Seamless Gate had to admit this was true.

Previously, they had all been sighing emotionally at how this war was far greater in scale than the one which had destroyed the Primordial Era. And yet, the experts who took part in the war that ended the Primordial Era had come from two different chaosworlds, while this time they came from just one; the Three Realms. This single chaosworld of the Three Realms had more experts than those two chaosworlds combined!

Even though the Three Realms was a special chaosworld that had been born from the collision of two different chaosworlds, it apparently had still been under enormous pressure due to the number of creatures who were living within it.

“The Heavenly Daos of the Three Realms were intrinsically searching for a solution to lower the number of living creatures in the Three Realms. They sent down countless disasters and tribulations, but it was all useless. Immortals and Fiendgods are simply too good at staying alive. The calamities the Heavenly Daos sent down were only capable of killing ordinary mortals, and even then Immortals and Fiendgods would sometimes set up large formations to protect those mortals.”

“Mortals continued to propagate, filling every world of the Three Realms. Countless Immortals and Diremonsters continued their path of cultivation, resulting in more and more powerful experts. If this continued unabated, the entirety of the Three Realms would be completely crushed and shattered by the burden.”

“That’s when I knew that my chance had come.”

“I communed with the Three Realms, imparting unto it the suggestion to have the Nuwa Alliance and the Seamless Gate engage in a great battle. My idea was to have the two sides engage in a great civil war; without a doubt, enormous amounts of Immortals and Fiendgods would die during this war. This would instantly cause the burden on the Three Realms to be dramatically lessened.” Lord Demonheart laughed. “And it would be quite easy for us to instigate this war. All we had to do was to have fate whisper to both sides and guide them, telling them that only one of the two sides could survive. If one side wished to survive, they would have to annihilate the other side.”

“The living creatures of the Three Realms would never question it when fate itself whispered to them.”

“Ahahaha…but the River of Destiny of the Three Realms is nothing more than part of the Heavenly Daos that function to maintain the Three Realms.” Lord Demonheart roared with laughter. “In the past, the Heavenly Daos of the Three Realms had functioned in an extremely fair and just manner. However, after the Heavenly Daos realized that the propagation of the various living races was threatening the very survival of the Three Realms, it automatically began to adjust itself in a way that would ensure more internal warfare amongst the various races. All I did was give it a little push.”

The Nuwa Alliance and the Seamless Gate all had ashen looks on their faces.

It was…

It was all a scheme? It was the Heavenly Daos of the Three Realms which had guided them to kill each other?

“I nudged the Seamless Gate into causing all sorts of trouble, filling the Three Realms with all sorts of chaos and slaughter. Shadows were cast over the hearts of countless living creatures, giving birth to the demonheart within their soul.” Lord Demonheart laughed. “I even had the Seamless Gate launch large-scale assassinations of the family members and loved ones of the Nuwa Alliance, causing the demonheart to fester and growth within the hearts of many of your experts. Some of them actually died when their demonhearts grew out of control.”

“The Three Realms were thrown into chaos, and the demonheart prospered.”

“The Dao of the Demonheart continued to grow increasingly powerful. Although I could sense that much chances were growing greater and greater, I continued to wait. I knew that I could only make one attempt to break free of the Three Realms. If I failed, the Heavenly Daos would use all sorts of schemes and ploys to more firmly entrap me and suppress me. It would be very hard for me to find a second such chance.”

“After a thousand years of chaos in the Three Realms, the Dao of the Demonheart had become very powerful.”

“Finally…you started the wars.”

“What a fine slaughter it was! Immortals and Fiendgods died in droves.”

“You were filled with hatred and the desire to kill. You hated your enemies to the bone, but you had no idea that as your hatred filled the heavens, the demonheart grew within the Three Realms and within you. The Dao of the Demonheart only grew even more powerful.” Lord Demonheart smiled. “Nuwa left behind those three guardian formations, and I imagine she also left behind a technique allowing one to train to become an Elder God. Quite a few of you ended up becoming Elder Gods, and you also had such powerful formations…the Endwar has just started, but the Seamless Gate has already begun to crumble. That’s why I decided to immediately break free of the Three Realms.”

“Hahaha…I’ve been scheming and preparing for countless years for this moment. I was at a higher level of enlightenment than I was during the war that ended the Primordial Era. When I suddenly struck out, I was able to break free of the Three Realms in one blow.”

“From this day forth, I shall forever be free and unrestrained, bound by no one and nothing.”

Lord Demonheat laughed heartily, his laughter reverberating throughout the endless Void. Everyone present, be it the Nuwa Alliance or the Seamless Gate, could sense the wild, exultant joy which the Lord of the Demonheart felt.

He had been imprisoned for countless years and had schemed for countless years to escape, knowing that there would only be one chance…

And he had succeeded!

Why shouldn’t he be excited?

“Since the story has been made clear to all of you…” Lord Demonheart swept the army of the Nuwa Alliance with his gaze. “All of you can die now.”


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81 thoughts on “DE Book 23, Chapter 21” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. Sorry to comment below you.

      I wonder why not just find a way to send all the excess of inmortals to another chaos world. Idk

      also what ever happened to the ji clan and the young flame clan? Did the author forget about them?

    1. yeah, if i found out that the supposedly dead previous leader of my tribe had instigated a massaker of my tribesmen and my friends from the neighboring tribe, pretty much all for his own benefit, i would be pretty darn pissed, and consider rebellion…

      1. But demonheart also said that the heavenly daos would cause a war even without him in order to decrease the burden on the three realms. So while they are angry, they probably continue the war, since they have already started it and a good number of lifeforms must perish in order to stabilize the three realms.

        1. From what I read, it was already trying things. He gave it the idea to start the civil war. The Daos would have likely just kept trying to kill them indiscriminately.

        2. The vast majority of the deaths have already happened in the wars for luck. They’re now down to the handful of elites. There has probably been enough death to ease the stresses.

    2. Because he believes he’s strong? Like, one “overlord” power can easily kill an elite, and no one in the three realms has surpassed the elite elder god level yet. Not to mention his strengthened dao of Demonheart.

    3. It is doubtful they will.
      For one Demon Heart is the true leader of the Seamless Gate so the lower ranking soldiers such as Celestial Immortals, True Immortals and Empyrean Gods will follow him. The Ancestral Immortals and True Gods will only rebel if Windfiend rebels but that is very unlikely based on his character. Now with Demon Heart the Seamless Gate can take over the Three Realms.

    1. Ehhh there was a moment when I thought that demonheart is bastard but not really evil dick u know he tried to save overwhelmed chaos world……….I was dumb xdd

  1. To the whiny guys on the previous chapter who automatically decided this was all bad writing, without even waiting to hear out the full explanation:
    There, are you happy now?

    1. i dont know if this is pointed at me or other people, but this is a comment section and im going to comment on what i had just read sometimes. the fact that i could be proven wrong in the future isnt going to terrify me away from musing on chapters.

      also for me at least this doesn’t change what i said/thought

      1. I agree, I’m guilty of whining. But what I said last time did not change. The fact that the heavenly daos helped Demonheart survive and essentially helped him fulfill his schemes still happened.

        Don’t get me wrong I’m not hating on the novel, I love it! That’s why I’m reacting like this, because I am affected by every word written in the story. And with what happened I’m like WTF heavenly daos?

    2. To be honest, the way it’s presented kind of is…
      The explanation’s good, but this is literally one of those times a villain just spews out the entirety of their plan.

      1. IKR! its like Dr. Doof, who is a really funny villain parody, from Phinehas and Ferb- doing a monologue when he got Perry cornered.
        Can you be more of a typical villain? XD

        1. It’s not really the bad kind of monologuing. Okay he’s revealing his whole plan, but he’s doing so after he put it into execution ! There’s litterally nothing anyone can do to stop him, because he already did it.

          Also, he’s the most powerful person in this chaosworld, so he can be smug all he wants and nobody can do anything to him… for now at least.

      2. But Demonheart has been scheming for nearly a whole chaos cycle. None of his scheming affects the battle power of his enemies nor his future plans, and doesn’t seemingly expose any weaknesses.
        I mean, if you were alone with the heavenly daos of the three realms for a whole chaos cycle, you’d likely have words to say out of pure loneliness! I find that him explaining like this is quite logical due to that.

    3. to be honest, No. for three reasons firstly Nuwa managed to understand all the Dao’s on her own and you are telling me she couldn’t tell they changed based on events and take that into account? secondly that not a single person in the entire realm with control over one or multiple Dao’s could ever feel a change or problem either from them or within them? and thirdly the fact that regardless of the situation anybody else is in they can’t just escape into the Dao to begin with, how many of these people would chose this option over death but it seems like its only him, its his special little unique power that not even a world god with compete control can use. where he can escape, heal and now return, without cost and in fact get stronger because of it and be omniscient while in it but STILL not be a worldgod.

      now I’m not bashing the story just this event. If i didn’t like the story i would not have read all the way to here and i personally consider any point in any story where they go against there own set rules or lore bad writing because what else can you call contradictory information unless it has one hell of a good excuse and “it’s all because the I fuk’d with Dao which should be happening in plain sight since you understand and control them but no one seemed to notice at all” is not a good one in my oppinion

      1. To Faruel:
        While I agree with some points, we do not know the whole story regarding Nuwa nor understand what laws these chaos worlds go by.

        For let’s say the chaos world was Nuwa supposed to wreck the Three Realms to kill Demon Heart or make contingencies for what exactly. That the population was going to reach critical mass and be manipulated that will allow the culprit to break free? Was she even aware of this being possible?

        I agree on the aspect of sensing the disturbance in the Heavenly Daos. These Ancestral Immortals are supposed to be attuned to the Heavenly Daos yet they could not sense their Daos being disrupted as the very foundation of the three realms was being changed to no longer be of the Ten Heavenly doas of Primodial Chaos, Life, Destruction, Yin, Yang, Wood, Water, Metal, Fire, and Earth. Afterall the strongest Dao is now the Demon Heart Dao which is not even a Heavenly Dao and cannot be used to become an Elder God or Ancestral Immortal.

        As for escaping into the Dao it can be explained as having to do with it being only capable for Peak Elder Gods and Ancestral Immortals even though it is a weak excuse. I am not sure but I think Demon Heart is now stronger not because of further insights but because of the amount of hatred and fear in the three realms.

      2. 1: He was quite literally inside the Heavenly Daos, that makes it somewhat easier to understand how it works. You’re also assuming quite a lot of things about a character we haven’t even seen in the novel yet.

        2: The guy is a hair away from becoming a world god, we know there’s a world heart at the center of each chaos world, and this guy is the master of the demonheart. So tell me: How many people are in the unique situation of being ridiculously powerful in the mastery of “heart”, feel that getting trapped in the world heart is their best option, and all this occurs around a newly forming chaos realm when it’s still possible for them to merge with the world heart? The world heart is basically the source of all the heavenly daos other than primordial chaos, after all. It’s a unique situation for a unique person.

  2. I quess that Ji Ning will find that spark of inspiration and become a true elder god and a half stage world god. then he and demon heart will battle it out with everyone watching while the grow ever more shocked.
    Sound great, I can´t wait. =D

    1. or just have fate whisper “to…damn…many… people! Get the F up and leave, it’s too crowded here! THERE IS A MAX CAPACITY!”

      Can’t be that much harder than having it say “a calamity is coming, there will be a great war, between two factions that don’t really exist anymore since they are so darn intermingled at this point, and there can be only one winner, the loser will die a horrible death or be forever exiled”

      1. That last bit was Demonheart, though. From what we’ve been told, the Heavenly Daos seem to be fairly ‘dumb’, much like computers. They would have done nothing but continue with the tribulations if he hadn’t interceded.

    2. Well, the universe is a limitless amount of space, but chaosworlds are basically stars, or planets, for us.
      We can’t expand the earth right, same thing for those chaosworlds too.

    3. the actual problem is that the three realms provide too much resources that allow explosive growth of the population, especially when cultivators reach celestial immortal level when they basically live forever if they are not killed since the tribulations are only for those below the celestial immortal level.

    4. I think it is normal. If the immortal draw energy from nature to support their life. More immortal means more mouth to be feed. Nature’s energy depleted more quickly, and chaosworld end early.

    1. I actually enjoyed it. It gave off all the feelings of a bad guy who just can’t help but gush about how brilliant his escape was. Then the ending was the icing on the cake where he’s like: “Okay, monologue over, the audience can die now.”

      There are some problems with it but its not as bad as the Lord Cui reveal. For one we knew he was already fused with the daos and also was slowly gaining more power, this just explains the reason behind how that was possible.

      Its kind of like the Eragon situation for those who read it.

  3. I like the explanation, but Demonheart pisses me off, lol. I thought that was actually handled quite well. I think the foreshadowing could have been handled a bit better rather than going to such great lengths to demonize the Seamless gate earlier, but I thought it was still fine.

    Thanks for the chapter Ren.

  4. The teaser for next chapter just stated all the things Ning needs and already has to become a Supreme Elder God, now make it happen.

    We already know Demonheart isn’t winning because Ning left his daughter in the three realms, along with Autumn Leaf and his student, he gunna break through and reck some faces, though some of the Nuwa Alliance side people may die, i hate to say it but Subhuti might be one of them.

  5. Ji Ning should reprogram the heavenly daos, to answer the problem with Immortals and fiendgods, shouldn’t the heavenly daos just use the most common natural solution=Supply and demand!

    That is making the amount of energy absorbed for cultivation constant!

    More energy lead to more immortals. More immortals absorbing the energy lead to lesser energy lead to lesser additional immortals. The existing immortals would then fight each other for the availability of resources and kill each other restarting the cycle.

    BAM! overpopulation avoided.

    I know, the energy in this universe is not constant so my suggestion is not applicable but hey this is the comment section so.

  6. Not sure if “surrounded and attacked” means… demonheart is now the public enemy and everyone will try to kill him or if the “nuwa!” alliance is in trouble?? They had a escaping plan if I’m not mistaken…

    1. now that you mention it, maybe it is the Nuwa alliance who is surrounded and attacked. Since demonheart can easily control those weaker than him, and not to mention the death of the friends and families of both sides is irreconcilable.

  7. just love it when the villain starts explaining his grand plan in the middle of war

    also the major powers will place a rule to leave the three realms after the war to avoid another over population problem.

  8. lol. demonheart must be high on his own demonheart if he really thinks he’s just going to sweep away everything.
    chill for the eventual twist.
    thanks for he chap!

  9. Considering that:
    1.”Shadows were cast over the hearts of countless living creatures, giving birth to the demonheart within their soul.”

    2.“After a thousand years of chaos in the Three Realms, the Dao of the Demonheart had become very powerful.”

    3.“You were filled with hatred and the desire to kill. You hated your enemies to the bone, but you had no idea that as your hatred filled the heavens, the demonheart grew within the Three Realms and within you. The Dao of the Demonheart only grew even more powerful.”

    Does that mean Demonheart inspired literally Hitler ?
    F*** you Demonheart, F*** You !

  10. Thanks for the chapter!
    I’m looking forward to 1 last power up for our hero before he leaves this places. That monologuing twit needs his butt handed to him on a plate.

  11. Well. That was interesting. So the chaosworld itself was collapsing under the weight of the lives upon it. Kinda neat. Though there really weren’t that many overlord level beings. I guess the amount of Empyrean Gods, True Immortals, and Celestial Immortals was what broke the camels back. The last chance for the Chaos world to lower numbers directly is via the Tribulation.

    Thanks for the chapter.

    -Sage Hidden Bear

  12. Owkay, ahaha I imagined Earth will also overpopulated and suddenly earth increase its weight to fight back the 0 gravity in universe ? then earth will sink, ?

    Universe is so mysterious! Why earth continue the same path(orbit) even it increase its weight

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