DE Book 23, Chapter 27

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Book 23, Endwar, Chapter 27 – The Nine Divine Generals

“Why would you say that they are dead?” Old Man Yuan flicked his whisk, a smile on his face. “They are alive and well. Isn’t that right, Gonggong?”

“Yes, Master.” Gonggong spoke in a low, respectful voice.

Upon Gonggong say the word ‘master’, whispers broke out within both the Nuwa Alliance and the Seamless Gate. Looks of pain and hatred appeared in the eyes of Ji Ning, Daoist Three Purities, and the others. They wanted nothing more than to kill Old Man Yuan right now. They weren’t fools; they could tell that it was Old Man Yuan behind all of this.

“So it was you, Old Man Yuan, who caused them to turn traitor?” The Lord of All Fiends growled.

“They are all my children. Why speak of ‘betrayal’?” Old Man Yuan smiled.

Everyone in both alliances, be it Ji Ning, Daoist Three Purities, the Lord of All Fiends, or Keeper Everwood, was completely enraged. Still, they knew that they had to maintain their calm. They knew very well that this was a critical moment; they had to be even more careful than they were before. Old Man Yuan’s ambitions were truly terrifying, and he was in control of so many major powers. Once he mobilized them…he would be even more dangerous than Lord Demonheart had been.

“You’ve taken control of them?” Ji Ning suddenly spoke out.

Soul control. This was something which terrified any and every cultivator.

It meant to be controlled, to lose all free will, to feel complete and slavish devotion. If the master ordered the soulslave to die, the soulslave would commit suicide with a smile on his face. This was what made soul control so terrifying! Once you were controlled, it might look as though you were still alive, but you would lose all of your free will. It would be no different from death.

In the endless primordial chaos, there were certain supreme major powers who knew soul control techniques. However, they would generally only be able to use it against weaklings.

By contrast, Old Man Yuan had actually been able to make the likes of Fuxi and Gonggong his soulslaves. This meant that he was most likely incredibly skilled in ways of heartforce, perhaps to the point of being an actual, terrifying Heartforce Cultivator.

“He definitely is a Heartforce Cultivator.” Godfiend and Witherspike were both watching from far away, and both of them were stunned. Saber immediately said, “To be able to stealthily take control over so many major powers without revealing any flaws at all…this Old Man Yuan is definitely a terrifyingly powerful Heartforce Cultivator. He’s even more terrifying than Houyi.”

“For someone like Houyi to appear within this local chaosworld is one thing, but how could a true Heartforce Cultivator appear here? Aren’t they supposed to be extremely rare and extremely mysterious, with very few legacies left behind for others?” Godfiend Witherspike felt his heart grow cold.

No Heartforce Cultivator could be underestimated.

Heartforce…it was ephemeral, formless, and extremely strange.

The cultivators of the endless primordial chaos were primarily divided up into three major paths: Fiendgod Refiners, Ki Refiners, and the mysterious Heartforce Cultivators! Fiendgod Refiners primarily focused on refining the body, Ki Refiners focused on cultivating their Immortal energy, and Heartforce Cultivators focused on cultivating the ephemeral power of heartforce.

“Just before you joined the Seamless Gate, you sought me out,” Ning said. “You suddenly launched a heartforce attack against me. Were you attempting to take control over me as well?”

“Yes.” Old Man Yuan smiled. “Your rise to power was simply far too sudden, much faster than I had expected. Given that the Endwar was nigh, I didn’t have any time to slowly infiltrate your soul defenses. To be honest, I acted against you in a brutish and rather inelegant manner, and I knew that my chances of succeeding would be much lower as a result. When I took over Gonggong and Fuxi, I slowly worked on them over the course of countless years, causing them to fall under my control without even knowing about it. I tried to do the same against Three Purities and Tathagata as well. These locals naturally weren’t able to notice a thing, but their hearts were far too powerful. There was no way for me to truly control them.”

“What?” Three Purities and Tathagata were both shocked.

So Old Man Yuan had tried to secretly take control of the two of them as well. They had automatically defended against it without even knowing about it.

This was simply too terrifying.

“Ahaha, you local yokels…how could you possibly understand how truly formidable heartforce is?” Old Man Yuan laughed coldly, then glanced at the distant Houyi with a look of praise in his eyes. “But for someone like you, Houyi, to emerge in a backwater chaosworld is quite admirable. You received no legacies at all, but you were actually able to come up with a few heartforce techniques on your own. Although you are a child when compared to true Heartforce Cultivators, you are still quite impressive.”

“Heartforce Cultivator?” Lord Tathagata’s face changed. “You are a Heartforce Cultivator?”

They had acquired quite a bit of information from alien Outsiders they had slain. They knew a bit about what Heartforce Cultivators were and knew exactly how terrifying they were.

“Yes.” Old Man Yuan smiled and nodded, continuing to look at the distant Houyi. “Houyi, I actually wanted to take control over you a long time ago. I knew it would be easy, because your spirit has an obvious weakness…her.” Old Man Yuan waved his hand, causing an absolutely peerless beauty to appear by his side. The woman looked towards Old Man Yuan with absolute adoration on her face.

“Chang’e.” Houyi’s face changed. 1

“As I said, your flaw is obvious. Although your heartforce is powerful, I’m completely convinced that I could take control over you. Alas…after the war that ended the Primordial Era, I was never able to find you. I had no chance to seize your soul.” Old Man Yuan shook his head. “So you were hiding by Subhuti’s side all this time. You hid yourself quite well.”

“What did you do to Chang’e…” Houyi was enraged.

“Ahaha…” Old Man Yuan glanced at Chang’e, who stood by his side.

Chang’e called out in a soft voice, “Master.”

This sight caused Houyi to feel even more miserable. Still, he quickly regained his calm…but his eyes remained as cold as the edge of a blade as he stared at Old Man Yuan.

“Stop trying to scare me. You can’t actually kill me with your eyes, you know.” Old Man Yuan shook his head. “If you were at full power, I’d need to use a bit of effort to deal with you, but now, after killing the Lord of the Demonheart? Hmph. Although I look down upon you local bumpkins, I have to admit that he had the power of a supreme Elder God. In killing him, you most assuredly did considerable damage to your own vital essence as well. I could just stand here and let you attack me as you please, but even if you used up all of your divine power you still wouldn’t be able to kill me. And…I won’t actually let you hit me, of course. Your techniques might be useful against other major powers, but against me? You are still just a kid.”

Daoist Three Purities said in a cold voice, “From what you are saying, I assume you already started to take part in our wars during the Primordial Era?”

“Correct.”

Old Man Yuan said, “I arrived in this place during the Primordial Era. Back then, it was still the Pangu Chaosworld. I was heavily injured when I arrived, so I possessed Old Man Yuan and took his body for my own. Back then, he wasn’t that powerful, and he was a very solitary figure. After I took his body, I slowly began to grow more powerful and took control over other major powers. I’ve been here all along, partially because I wanted to take the Worldheart, and partially because I wish to acquire Subhuti’s spacetime techniques.”

“You honor me too much.” A white-haired old man in Daoist robes appeared next to Ji Ning. It was Subhuti’s incarnation. “So all those years ago, when you risked your life to save this old Daoist, it was all part of your plan?”

“Ahaha…who in the puny little Pangu Chaosworld could possibly do anything to me? Everything was part of my plan.” Old Man Yuan shook his head. “The Dao of Spacetime…it truly is quite incredible. Once you reach a truly high level in this Dao, you can effortlessly travel through both space and time, making it impossible for your foes to find and kill you. I really did want to acquire those abilities of yours and learn them from you…but you refused to teach them to me.”

“You have no talent in that regard.” Subhuti shook his head.

“You simply refused to give me the techniques you came up with.” Old Man Yuan’s gaze was icy cold. In the primordial chaos, spacetime techniques were considered incredibly valuable techniques, far more valuable than most divine abilities.

Subhuti was a prime example of why this was the case. At his level of mastery, he could leave a place whenever he wished. He was different from the Lord of All Fiends; the Lord of All Fiends had managed to merge the Dao of Wind and the Dao of Space to an unfathomable degree, resulting in him being able to move at incredible speeds. Subhuti, however, had completely surpassed speed itself. He operated in the realm of spacetime and was able to transport himself to a completely different time continuum, making it impossible for any enemies to catch up to him.

This was quite a terrifying ability, especially when used for subterfuge, assassination, or escaping. The value of this technique was actually greater than that of the Worldheart!

“Still, I’m a patient man.” Old Man Yuan smiled. “I’m never hasty. I always wait for the end before making any move. I was quite patient during the war that ended the Primordial Era as well…and it was a good thing I did. I watched as Nuwa, Lord Demonheart, and the Lord of All Things fought against each other. I saw Nuwa make her sudden breakthrough and dominate all her foes…and because I waited and watched, I managed to avoid bringing disaster upon myself.”

“This time, however, the two sides decided to stop fighting, forcing me to make my move.” Old Man Yuan shook his head. “A true pity. As a result, I won’t be able to acquire Subhuti’s spacetime technique. This disappoints me greatly.”

Ning let out a secret sigh of relief.

His master had only transmitted his spacetime technique to Redsnow, teaching it to no others at all. The only people who even knew that Redsnow had learned this technique were Ji Ning, Crazy Ji, and Subhuti himself.

If it wasn’t for that, Old Man Yuan would probably have gone after Redsnow.

“Spacetime techniques are actually this valuable?” True God Redsnow, protected behind the Nuwa Alliance’s formations, was shocked upon hearing this. He had lost one of his clones during the chaotic battle just now, but fortunately he had a total of eighteen clones. Prior to this, he had simply believed spacetime techniques to be powerful…but he had no idea that they were this powerful! Now, it seemed as though the ‘Worldheart’, an item which countless alien Outsiders would go mad for, was not necessarily as valuable as his spacetime techniques.

“Forget it. Can’t win’m all. If I can’t get it, I can’t get it.” Old Man Yuan turned his head to glance at the distant dark-golden castle. “Witherspike, do you still remember that black lotus? If you do, give me a hand. I’ll definitely reward you heavily.”

Godfiend Witherspike and Saber were located deep within that dark-golden castle. Upon hearing these words, both their faces changed, with Witherspike’s face turning completely ashen. He had always believed Old Man Yuan to be a local, but upon listening Old Man Yuan’s soliloquy he started to have a feeling that something was off. Now…he finally understood everything.

“It’s him.” Godfiend Witherspike was stunned. “Him. He’s one of the Nine Divine Generals under the command of God Emperor Blacklotus…the Mindlord. Why has he appeared in this backwater?! Let’s leave! Let’s leave right now! We need to get the hell out of here!”

“One of the Nine Divine Generals of God Emperor Blacklotus?” Saber’s face turned pale as well.

Each of the nine were supremely powerful Elder Gods and Ancestral Immortals who were utterly, terrifyingly powerful. Compared to them, lone wanderers like Witherspike and Saber were nothing.

“Let’s go!”

Swoosh.

The dark-golden castle instantly fled, disappearing like a streak of light.

“How useless.” Old Man Yuan watched as the dark-golden castle fled at high speed, then shook his head. “Kids like them are as slippery as eels. As soon as they sense a bit of danger, they’ll immediately slip away.”


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  1. Chang’e is an important part of the Houyi legend in Chinese mythology. She was his wife, and in many versions of the story she betrayed him, be it intentionally or accidentally.

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75 thoughts on “DE Book 23, Chapter 27” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. It is the “Old Man Yuan” that readers know though. And it’s very possible that it is also the “Yuan” that Subhuti had brotherhood ties with. The original one was apparently solitary so who knows if he became brothers with Subhuti before or after the possession.

  1. Thanks Ren. Guess Old Man Yuan was taken over like Fuju was by World God Northrest. Why are all these really strong people just randomly ending up in the Three Realms though…

    1. Yeah, that was exactly what I was wondering. I guess waiting for an entire chaos cycle for a spacetime technique might be understandable, but how would he even have found out about the Pangu Chaosworld in the first place?

      1. Considering the “why are all these really strong people here” question, the author’s explanation will typically be the infinite spacetime approach – i.e., slap a few gazillion worlds out there, slap a few gazillion chaos cycles onto THOSE, and you get a tonne of experts, and since there’s so many of them running around, some of them just happen to end up in the Three Realms. Also a handy mechanic for introducing new, stronger villains.
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        Old Man Yuan was heavily injured when he arrived. Like Northrest, he was likely fleeing from something.

        1. If anything, the Three Realms being located in a special spot actually means there are fewer Outsider visiters since it’s so hard to get to. The only two really strong people to show up so far are Northrest and Old Man Yuan, in the space of the existance of the Pangu Chaosworld/ Three Realms.

          Not *that* inconceivable imo

          1. Actually, the Three Realms inaccessibility serves as a filter… the weaker ones can’t get here so the only ones who do are strong ones. The only weak ones were actually from the Primordial Ruinworld, their neighbors.

    2. well it was stated that the three realms was situated in a special place so maybe that’s one of the reasons…and another thing, they have the bullshit magnet(ie the MC) that wherever he is shit happens…

        1. well this is one of IET style of writing…either the trouble comes to the MC because of some random shit or the MC goes to trouble because of some random shit…

  2. (not talking about a typo)
    I think there is something wrong or I am confused. The chapter says that there are three kinds of cultivators: ki refiner, fiendgod body cultivation and heartforce cultivators.
    But doesn’t that imply that one can become immortal with just heartforce. But again, we are told that heart is just one of the forces (like swordforce, taijiforce, infiniforce etc), albiet a more powerful kind.

    1. “But again, we are told that heart is just one of the forces (like swordforce, taijiforce, infiniforce etc), albiet a more powerful kind.”

      I think that’s just what everybody in the 3 Realms assumed.

      1. It’s also possible that someone at Old Man Yuan’s level, who practices Swordforce instead, is equally terrifying, but the people of the three realms just haven’t been fortunate enough to witness them yet.

      1. Yep long time ago when ning was 3rd tier true immortal some eldergod explained things about tiers of jidans he mentioned ‘ unfathomable way of heartforce’ or sth

    2. Pretty sure that Heartforce Cultivator just means that they specialize in using Hearforce.
      Just like how there’s Sword Immortals who specialize in using a sword.

      So there’s still just two kinds (ki refiner and body cultivator), but they can also specialize in other techniques.

      1. From the way this chapter was worded, I believe you are incorrect.
        We have just been informed that elsewhere in the wide wide universe, there are people who do their cultivation through heartforce. That gives us a third type of cultivator. I bet as the story moves along we will find other types of cultivators too.

    3. Before the endwar, Ji Ning explained that once he reaches sixth level of swordforce he can become a World God through swordforce. So I guess other forces can be used to reach certain cultivation level as well.

  3. I’m guessing Yuan has an Elder God formation. Looks like things are going to be fairly desperate; I’m getting Swallowed Star-sacrifice battle against the Golden Beast vibes here. That end Ji Ning is going to have to pull a helluva lot of breakthroughs out of his hat (unless they end up fleeing) if they want to fight Yuan. 5th Stage heartforce, Elder-Godhood, and maybe a couple of stances in the Nameless sword art, who knows?

    Kinda sucks how many of the legendary characters got one-shotted though.

  4. im still busy laughing at how fast demonheart died. you’d think yuan would be a little worried about being another overbearing arrogant idiot right after the last one died immediately.

    1. He TOTALLY has nothing to fear anymore, so I understand his feeling of wanting to recount everything and feel smug because hands down he’s the most patient a**hole ever.

      I only wish for fewer casualties, I don’t even have any more hope regarding the already controlled “dead” ones, who I assume can regain clarity once their big papa died. I only want Houyi and Subhuti and Jueming to live, and travel with Ji Ning.

  5. Honestly, I think this development is kinda boring.

    “Oh hey, I’m an absurdly powerful entity who’s been here almost as long as the oldest of you guys have been alive, and now I’m finally backstabbing all of you.
    And how was your day?”

  6. if the worldheart and subhuti’s techniques are what’s keeping whoever is possessing Yuan from revealing himself, why did he join the seamless gate? if he joined the nuwa alliance he could’ve learned about redsnow and took over him -_- what were the three things Yuan was asking from seamless gate again?

    1. Some techniques that have piqued his interest, I don’t remember what they were but I think he chose the Seamless Gate because he thought the Nuwa Alliance doesn’t have anything worthwhile..?

    2. He was already considered very good friends with many people from both sides – he probably figured that if they were going to teach him techniques, they would have taught him already.
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      I see his choice as more of a strategic play, war-wise. He “joined” the Seamless Gate to try and equalize the two side’s strength as much as possible. The closer in strength the two powers were, the weaker the victor would be and the easier it would be for the fisherman (“When the Snipe Bird and the Clam grapple, it is the fisherman who benefits”) to defeat them. If the Nuwa Alliance crushed The Seamless Gate while preserving most of their strength, it would be so much harder for Old Man Yuan to defeat them afterwards.

      1. true, true, since he controlled most of the overlords he definitely has a general idea on the power of both sides.
        Except he didn’t know about Houyi and Demonheart. If Demonheart succeeded and lived then he would’ve joined the wrong side to balance the power, still if his heartforce technique is stronger than Houyi then I guess he could take care of demonheart none the less.

  7. Hmmm… I wonder, if heartforce is one of the major paths of cultivation, can it be trained from houtian level of power?! And is Ji Ning could be considered heartforce cultivator? I just can’t understand, if fiendgod body refining gives divine body and divine power, ki refining gives immortal energy so heartforce gives you huge increase in power which depletes in 10 blows?! Okey it’s unique and ephemeral and has some mysterious techniques, but what exactly I’m curious about is that if the person only heartforce cultivator and doesn’t train in other paths… can that person even control treasures? Does that person have something like jindan? I know that I’m a bit too hasty, and the truth behind it will be revealed later(maybe)… I’m just too intrigued by this so called 3rd path of cultivation.

    Thanks for the chapter~
    You are really generous, RWX)

    1. I don’t think Houyi is a “Heartforce cultivator” despite his Heartforce being powerful. I think they are much more “terrifying” and it’s already visible by looking at this possession technique.
      And did I read that it had countless ways of application in one of the latest chapters..? Anyway, I don’t think someone can cultivate with it alone because it’s unlikely that it would extend their lifespan. They have to choose either ki refining path or the fiendgod one, with Heartforce being their main field of expertise. Even if it was possible, I guess it would be as rare as finding another Ji Ning in this universe.

      (I’m only speculating but it sounds convincing, no?)

      1. most likely, so here’s what we know based on Ji Ning:

        “This was a force that was completely outside the types of power which Immortals and Fiendgods could normally control. Elemental ki, Immortal power, and divine power were all visible to the naked eye…but heartforce was invisible. In fact, unless one was using it to support something like archery, heartforce alone was completely unable to injure anyone.” (Bk16 Nihilum Zone Ch14 Heartforce manifests)

        He learned heartforce while training in Houyi’s archery, then he applied it to his swords and then to his soul after the technique which Yuan gave him.

        He slowly advanced in the levels of heartforce by tempering his heart with the red dusts of mortality after he was punished by karmic sinflames.

        He further tempered his heart after his wife died until he reached level four.

        did I forget something?

    2. IKR! hertforce is like totally on a different level, its kinda confusing.

      Ki refiners cultivate by absorbing energy(immortal/divine/pure yang and what not) then forming and upgrading their Jindan with the help of the Daos. Fiendgod refiners cultivate by absorbing energy(like the solar and lunar energy) and upgrading their bodies to be as strong as treasures, and apparently to become an eldergod a heavenly dao is needed.

      So what about heartforce cultivators? based on what we know when your heart is one with the world you gain the basic level, then after tempering your heart you advance. So…….?

  8. Hmm… so are they dead or not? Effectively they’re not really “them” since they’re utterly controlled, but are their souls still intact and able to be freed? (This is a rhetorical question, don’t answer if you’ve read ahead.)

    Well, this was pretty much an exposition chapter. “The Mindlord” is a pretty cool name. Now the big question is who says the next chapter’s title.

  9. Seems houyi’s mythology is repeating again. To be betrayed so hard and by those they thought were at least their friends if not locals. Tragic really. Heartforce truly seems to be a path all its own. Guessing Ning will begin to study it too. He’s already a 1st tier ancestral immortal and almost an elder god. Now heartforce needs pushing.

    Thanks for the chapter.

    -Sage Hidden Bear

  10. it’s stupid how Ning is still has been at 4th level heartforce. i mean houyi lost his woman to a tree or something and he’s at level 5. Ning has been trough so much.he lost both of his parents in a war, his archery teacher was kidnapped by some nub, his sister was going to be married to some strong douche, he loved 2 women and the first one was a whore and the 2nd was forced to betray him and she got her soul tortured and her truesoul destroyed. And now this endwar begins and he loses 100’s of friends. there is more stuff like this. It’s pretty stupid.

  11. Thanks for the chapter RWX! No wonder the Old Daoist Yuan was so shady around the time of the war. The Three Realms sure have terrible luck with all the possessions and whatnot. Wouldn’t be surprised if a third Outsider power appeared now.

    1. If I were Ji Ning. The most powerful person now in the Three Realms is HOUYI, I will bring directly Houyi to that Tower something and let Houyi recover! For at least in 30 minutes, Houyi would be able to comeback again Andy fight!
      Ji Ning is just being so selfish again…

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