DE Book 27, Chapter 12

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Book 27, Twelve Palaces, Chapter 12 – The Twelve Scrolls of the Sutra of Eternity

“The four of you.” Ji Ning looked at the four surrounding him. “According to what my master told me, you four shall follow me in the future, right?”

“Right.” The four all nodded.

“Might I ask how strong the four of you are?” Ning asked.

“The four of us are roughly comparable to peak-level Daolords of the Third Step. But of course, the swordsman’s sword-arts are a bit better, making him slightly more powerful,” the golden-robed emperor said.

Ning couldn’t help but feel stunned. All four golems were comparable to peak Daolords of the Third Step?

This was the legacy which his master had left behind for him? The more masters like this, the better!

“Golems comparable to Verge-level Daolords are too expensive. The Eternal Emperor did have one such golem, but he ended up selling it to procure forty golems comparable to peak Daolords of the Third Step for his personal disciples like you,” the golden-robed emperor said.

Ning was speechless.

Alright, fine. Maybe he had gone a bit too far in mentally praising his master. Still, Ning did know that golems with the strength of Verge-level Daolords were indeed quite expensive, and forging them was no easy task. After all, true Verge-level Daolords not only had considerable Immortal energy and divine power, they also had mighty magic treasures and high insights into the Dao. To have a mere golem be a match for one of them was extremely difficult. Daolord Allgod was an incredibly skilled artificer, but even he had been only able to painstakingly forge a single Verge-level golem.

The Sword Palace had collected many golems over the course of countless years, but even it had only acquire a total of nine Verge-level golems. Those golems were the ones titled Swordone through Swordnine.

Although the Daolord Cloudworld had many golems within it, those were all fairly weak. The strongest were probably just on par with the four standing right in front of Ning.

“If you are to follow me, should I bind you all?” Ning asked. He was too weak right now; there was no way for him to forcibly bind them.

“Unacceptable.”

“Per the Eternal Emperor’s instructions, we can each only help you out a single time prior to you defeating us in battle. Once you are able to defeat us, we’ll permit you to bind us and be your eternal servants.” The emperor, the swordsman, the fisherman, and the assassin all refused in solemn fashion.

Ning was instantly speechless.

Fine.

Most likely, Emperor Mirrorsnow was afraid that he would rely on the golems too much and so had restricted him to using them a single time. He probably just wanted to ensure that his disciples wouldn’t be killed while they were weak if they were unlucky enough to be trapped in a dangerous situation.

“Just one time each. Still, that’ll keep me alive in dangerous situations.” Ning was in quite a good mood.

“The divine ability my master taught me makes it so that someone with the body of a half-step Daolord is able to match a full Daolord of the First Step. Unfortunately, my azureflower mist energy ensures that I already am comparable to a Daolord of the First Step, and it lasts for a very long period of time.” Ning shook his head. This divine ability really was somewhat useless to him.

If he used it, his divine power would probably run dry after a short battle. How could it possibly last as long as the azureflower mist energy in battle?

“The most valuable part of the legacy were those memory fragments which Master transmitted to me.” Ning couldn’t help but feel excited. Although there had been legacies in the Astral Islands, those legacies consisted of simple information which any cultivator could learn and make use of. Those legacies within the Astral Islands would be transmitted to countless cultivators over the course of aeons, and they weren’t truly valuable.

These memory fragments of Emperor Mirrorsnow could only be transmitted a single time, and their creation had involved the Eternal Emperor infusing his own divine will into them.

……

The Brightshore Kingdom. The imperial palace.

Rumble…

The blazing beast stood there in a region of empty stace, staring at the distant, towering behemoth. Golden light began to radiate from the behemoth’s giant eyes, and the light completely swallowed the blazing beast.

Within that barrier of golden light, many mysteries and secrets were being transmitted to the blazing beast in an endless stream.

“GRWAAAR!” The blazing beast’s body trembled from the pain. Every so often, flames would flicker and burst out in the area around him.

Finally, the golden light dissipated.

“Hegemon.” The blazing beast revealed a look of delight as he stared at the distant, towering behemoth.

“After twelve separate transmissions, you have completely memorized the twelve scrolls of the [Sutra of Eternity]. Our race has very few members, and those who are suitable for my legacies are even fewer. Long, long ago, our race was forcibly enslaved by the Ancient cultivators. The Ancients are on par with us in terms of innate gifts, but they have many legacies. I was once fortunate enough to acquire a legacy left behind by a senior of our race, a set of ten scrolls called the [Ten Scrolls of Eternity]. It was thanks to that legacy that I was able to train to my present level, and I perfected them and supplemented them, transforming them into the [Twelve Scrolls of Eternity].

“In this era, our race is on an equal footing with the Ancients, precisely because of the [Twelve Scrolls of Eternity]. These twelve scrolls include all things with them. No matter what path you choose, it will be of assistance to you, which is why I will transmit this legacy to every single member of our race.

“Child… as of right now, I am the only member of our race who has broken through to become an Eternal Emperor. I hope you will be the second one of our race,” the towering behemoth concluded.

“Yes, Hegemon.” The blazing beast was incomparably excited. In recent years, he had come to learn much of the history of his race from the time he had spent in the imperial palace. He naturally now felt a tremendous sense of kinship and belonging! As for these [Twelve Scrolls of Eternity], they included virtually all Daos. This caused him to feel even more awe towards the almighty Hegemon.

“Choose an imperial name for yourself,” the towering behemoth instructed.

“When I was born and gained consciousness, I gave myself a name, ‘God of Sky and Fire’. Let my name be Skyfire of the Brightshore Imperials,” the blazing beast said.

A look of amusement appeared in the towering behemoth’s eyes. ‘God of Sky and Fire’?

The members of his race were only born from the primordial chaos under certain, very unique situations. They were incredibly few in number, and if it wasn’t for the fact that the Hegemon went out of his way to hunt for them, many would probably wander the primordial chaos for countless years by themselves. Generally speaking, they would choose rather odd names for themselves. ‘God of Sky and Fire’ was a fairly amusing one.

“Spend some time training in the [Twelve Scrolls of Eternity]. I will give you a thousand years. A thousand years later, I’ll send you into an alternate universe, which will be your first training grounds,” the towering behemoth said.

“Yes, Hegemon.” The blazing beast was very excited, and he knew he neded time to study the [Twelve Scrolls of Eternity]. Actually, after he learnt this precious technique he would continue to rise in power even as he roamed the outside world.

This was how the Brightshore Kingdom worked. After the most powerful World-level cultivators were selected and recruited, they would receive endless legacies and secret arts from the Twelve Palaces. The same was true for the imperial clan. New entrants to the imperial clan would also be forced to undergo certain tempering experiences, after which they would be transmitted the [Twelve Scrolls of Eternity].

……

The imperial palace. There were thirteen royal thrones here hanging high in the skies.

The white-haired, six-horned old man dressed in snowy robes spoke out. “A thousand years from now, I will select the four most powerful World-level cultivators and have them accompany Skyfire Brightshore to the alternate universe. It will be up to them to make the most out of it.”

“A thousand years?”

“So we have another thousand years.”

Now that the twelve golden-armored powers knew exactly how long they had, they began to be filled with anticipation.

Time flowed on. More and more of the cultivators who had been acknowledged by the pagodas and who had been out adventuring within the Brightshore Kingdom began to return, responding to the summons of the Twelve Palaces.

“Senior apprentice-brother Wildfire, I heard from Lord Woodflower that a great opportunity awaits us?”

“Yes. Everyone acknowledged by the pagodas will have a chance at it. However, only the four most powerful members of the Twelve Palaces will be granted it.”

“Just four?”

……

The Palace of the Sword.

Two youngsters were striding within it. One was the red-haired Wildfire, whereas the other was an icy-faced child who was wielding a shortspear.

“We don’t have much time left, just nine hundred years,” Wildfire warned.

“I plan to spend the next nine hundred years in the Forest of Sword Pagodas,” the icy child said.

“I’m planning to do the same. I’m going to spend my time in meditation.” Wildfire agreed with this idea. The Forest of Sword Pagodas was the most sacred place within the entire Sword Palace. It had many sword-arts which had been personally left behind by the mighty Daolords from a previous era. If you chose to learn from sword-arts that were similar to your own, you would benefit greatly from it.

The icy child swept the area with his gaze. He saw a distant thatched cottage, and within that cottage sat the white-robed Ji Ning.

“Who is that?” The icy child asked curiously.

“His name is Darknorth. He’s a newly arrived junior apprentice-brother,” Wildfire said.

“Why is he using a temporal acceleration treasure? Has he been acknowledged by the Sword Pagodas as well? Is he also trying to seize every moment to train?” The icy child asked.

“No.” Wildfire shook his head. “He’s new, and as soon as he came here he began to use a temporal acceleration treasure. He’s probably trying to finish something as fast as he can.”

The icy child nodded.

Normally, cultivators wouldn’t go out of their way to use temporal acceleration treasures, as they didn’t make much of a difference. The more one trained, the more those moments of epiphany mattered. Only when there was a pressing need would people use temporal acceleration treasures.

“Our opponents shall be all the World-level cultivators who were acknowledged by their respective pagodas. Senior apprentice-brother Wildfire, you’ll be one of my opponents as well.” The icy child looked at Wildfire.

“I won’t take it easy on you.” Wildfire chuckled as well.

The two didn’t care about Ji Ning at all. Right now, all of the talented geniuses of the Twelve Palaces who had been acknowledged by their pagodas were trying to seize every moment to strengthen themselves as much as they could.

Ning, however, knew of none of this. He was still completely absorbed in his cultivation.

He had the memories of his master, Emperor Mirrorsnow, providing him with careful and detailed guidance. He also had the opportunity to analyze the Eternal Emperor’s sword-arts and compare them to the many sword-arts of the Forest of Sword Pagodas. His level of insight was continuously rising at a pace that was unspeakably faster than before he had acquired the Eternal Emperor’s legacy. Ning enjoyed this process very much, and was completely intoxicated by it.

And so, in the blink of an eye, more than eight hundred years passed with Ning consumed by his quiet meditations.


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43 thoughts on “DE Book 27, Chapter 12” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. Can’t wait till Ning shocks the contestants. I want Ning to go in a duel because I have no idea how strong he is now. He was already comparable to daolord of the first step when he came to the Brightshore kingdom, he might now be comparable to daolord of the second step and he needs to be if he wants to beat the contestants.

  2. When I finished this chapter, I heard something in my head I haven’t heard in over a decade. The voice from Altered Beast saying ‘POWER UP!’, lol.

        1. Hmm, seriously guessing, I think it should take Ning 2-3 more books. After this book, the next book is probably about his adventures in the alternate universe. Then after that, probably Daolord-level book. Then onto the book related to the DA/Aeonians, in which Ning finally reaches VP. By this point, I hope IET will spend some chapters on the 3 Realms, and let us see how it has developed with Ning’s help… and.. AND…. their reactions 😀

    1. That would be convenient. However, there is no guaranteed reward(s) by reaching VP besides freedom from the bloodoath, and Ning is not pressed for time. But by hurrying to VP, Ning is tossing valuable opportunities away; opportunities that are chanced but cannot be sought/bought even if he has the capital (vast amounts of sword-arts, rare/unique treasures, top swordmasters to practice/temper with, and now a chance to enter the alternate universe for tempering where almost nobody else other than the Hegemon can provide him with). This is assuming Ning is even ALLOWED to leave the BK territory before becoming a DL. The BK has now invested heavily into Ning, so I’d think they won’t let him travel too far from the BK region as a WG and easily die. And Ning does not plan to breakthrough to become a weak DL, ensuring he’ll stay as WG for a while longer.

      At the moment, I think VP as a destination is not that interesting for Ning. There are only 3-4 DLs there, and I think the strongest there is someone weaker than DL Solesky. It’s his journey to get to VP that is filled with twists, turns, and awesomeness. 🙂

      1. …yea but he has a clone protecting the 3 realms. But has acknowledged truly powerful people wouldn’t go through the trouble of conquering a backwater chaos-world. Especially one that’s difficult to get to like the 3 Realms

        1. Um, what are you saying exactly?

          Reader ‘Avarrencus’ said Ning should go to VP first. Ning still has countless trillions of years to get to VP, so I was saying that he shouldn’t rush to VP yet bc that will waste the many great opportunities to become super strong that are right in front of him. After tall, his most important goal is to become strong enough to have a real chance to revive his wife. Protecting the 3 Realms without becoming super strong is possible by hiding like a turtle, but that will be at the mercy of others. He can both revive his wife AND protect the 3 Realms with his own power once he became super strong. Hence he shouldn’t waste these great opportunities to become stronger.

          1. KO…. I’m.saying his clone go to Vast Heaven Palace. Since its protecting a place that’s not likely to get invaded. Its been peaceful thus far

        2. Oh OK, now I see what you’re saying. Thx for clarifying.

          It’s an interesting path. However, it’s too risky for Ning and defeats the purpose of him camping outside the 3 Realms. His 17-combined, main Primaltwin is protecting the 3-Realms, just in case. Yes, both Primaltwin versions are Chaos Immortals, but his last Primaltwin obviously is weaker and must stay safe as an insurance, so can’t go or show up. If his main Primaltwin leaves, as you suggested, the 3 Realms will be left naked if there is an invasion. Remember, all it took was for an elite-EG(Mindlord), not even a WG but an EG, to beat all comers from the 3 Realms. But the next Alien Outsider could very well be an elite+ EG, or a WG.

          What is even worst is if Ning dares to send his main Primaltwin to head towards VP, he may not even survive the journey there. His true body has much better treasures and is a lot stronger than his Primaltwin, and he barely survived the gold Oddbat, then got captured by the BK. Since his main Primaltwin is weaker, even more things can go wrong, in addition to leaving the 3 Realms defenseless.

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  4. And we get to know this technique why?
    Seriously, we have got to know a whole lot about this skyfire.
    Is he and Ji Ning going to fuse or something? XD
    Is Ji Ning finally going to get a mount???
    Maybe they become forced to fight to the death and little Ning makes a clone of his body and learns all of his memories… or something…
    Maybe Ji Ning saves Skyfire’s life and gets to learn the technique as a reward…

  5. He’s probably not compatible with it, since hes not of their species. Skyfire is probably important in the next arc, but it could be a red herring, we still havnt heard from empress of the astral islands and she was mentioned a couple times, so things can be mentioned that arnt of significance.

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