DE Book 27, Chapter 2

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Book 27, Twelve Palaces, Chapter 2 – A Holy Place for Sword Cultivators

Ji Ning led Su Youji forwards alongside him as Daolord Fudan continued to introduce the people and places within the Sword Palace.

Boom!

The red-haired man sent his opponent flying with a single sword-strike. His gaze then fell upon Ji Ning, and his eyes instantly lit up. He laughed loudly, “Is this a new junior apprentice-brother of ours?”

“I am Darknorth. Greetings, senior apprentice-brother Wildfire,” Ning said.

“That explains it. I’ve sparred with and recognize everyone in our Sword Palace.” The red-haired man let out a loud, clear laugh. “Junior apprentice-brother Darknorth, since you are a new arrival I won’t disturb you, but in two days I’m going to go find you and have a little competition with you. I trust you won’t decline?”

“I’d be delighted to accept,” Ning said modestly.

“Mm. Go, go. We can chat later,” the red-haired man said.

Ning nodded.

As they moved past the red-haired man, Daolord Fudan said in a low voice, “Of the six exalted Swordlords, senior apprentice-brother Wildfire is the most heroic and straightforward. He loves to duel other cultivators and won’t look down upon weak ones. He’s a person who is easy to make friends with, and is much more approachable than many of the other World-level cultivators of the Sword Palace.”

Ning laughed. He could sense how friendly and relaxed this senior apprentice-brother Wildfire was.

A sword cultivator who was capable of breaking through to become a Samsara Daolord at any time would have a clear understanding of his own nature, be it good or bad, honorable or dishonorable. Wildfire clearly was an extremely friendly and straightforward man, and his sword was similarly a sword that crushed all before it in an open and aboveboard manner.

“We are going to go to the Ancient Library next. It is right up ahead.” Daolord Fudan pointed towards a large, ancient-looking hall that was made of wood that was beginning to turn yellow with age. The entire ancient hall took up many kilometers, and just by looking at it Ning could sense the power of its aura.

“The Ancient Library was built alongside the Sword Palace itself. It has been around for an extremely, extremely long period of time,” Daolord Fudan explained.

“Eh?” Ning stared at it in amazement.

The Ancient Library had quite a few black-armored Daolords around it. Some were seated in the lotus position on the ground, some were relaxing and drinking wine, some were training with their swords. There were over a hundred of the present.

“Senior apprentice-brother Fudan.” Ning was puzzled. “On the way over, I saw quite a few black-armored Daolords. If we include in the ones before us, I’ve seen more than two hundred. But you told me that the entire Sword Palace only has a hundred Samsara Daolords…”

Daolord Fudan paused, a mixed look appearing on his face. “Let me explain.” He let out a sigh. “In the Sword Palace, all cultivators are like brothers. There’s not much of a difference in terms of status between us. World-level cultivators who run into Verge-level Daolords will simply address them as ‘senior apprentice-brother’.”

Ning nodded.

The Sword Palace was a place where elite sword cultivators gathered. Everyone treated everyone else in a fairly equal manner.

“But there’s still some differences, despite the overall equality,” Daolord Fudan said. “The cultivators in the Sword Palace are generally divided into two different types.”

“The first type consists of those who relied on themselves and their own insights to become Samsara Daolords! The six Swordlords are categorized along with them, even though they aren’t actually Samsara Daolords, because they can break through whenever they wish and possess tremendous potential. Once they break through, they will be far stronger than most Daolords of the First Step. This is why even Samsara Daolords treat these Swordlords as equals.

“The second type consists of the other World-level cultivators as well as black-armored Daolords like us.

“In the end, World-level cultivators are still just cultivators who have a chance of breaking through to become Daolords. They naturally have a somewhat lower status. As for us black-armored Daolords, all of us reached this level through using Pseudo Samsara Pills. We will forever remain at the First Step and have no hope of improving any further. There are even some freakishly strong World-level cultivators who are even stronger than us.” Daolord Fudan shook his head. “Some Samsara Daolords view us as the lowest of the low. They’d rather show kindness to World-level cultivators with potential than show us any real respect.”

Ning was silent. He could sense the sadness emanating from Daolord Fudan.

“In the Sword Palace, there are actually a total of more than 2300 black-armored Daolords,” Daolord Fudan said softly. “There are many more of them than there are World-level cultivators. There were quite a few people in the Brightshore Kingdom who become Daolords through using those pills, after all, and the almighty Hegemon has ordered that all Daolords must join the Twelve Palaces. This is why the Twelve Palaces has so many black-armored Daolords.”

Ning finally understood. The Sword Palace had more than two thousand black-armored Daolords, but just two hundred World-level cultivators and around a hundred ‘real’ Samsara Daolords. Given that they were fairly weak and had no prospects for future advancement, it wasn’t surprising that they had low statuses.

“Most of the black-armored Daolords are outside the Sword Palace, with just over five hundred staying inside of it,” Daolord Fudan said. “Although they are treated with some disdain, they still choose to remain within the Sword Palace because there, we will have a better chance to improve than we would anywhere else. Power depends on more factors than just enlightenment. Different sword-arts can also result in different levels of power, as do divine abilities and secret arts.”

Ning nodded. The [Novessence Thunder] was a great example of a very powerful secret art.

“They have a chance of earning those things in the Sword Palace, which is why so many remain within it,” Daolord Fudan said. “Come. I’ll take you to the Ancient Library for a look.”

They arrived at the Ancient Library.

“Is this a newcomer? You can come in. The one behind you cannot.” The two black-armored Daolords standing guard in front of the library looked at Ning.

Ning turned to glance at Su Youji, who was following him from behind.

“Youji, wait for me here,” Ning said.

“Alright.” Although Su Youji was quite curious, she didn’t really care because the Sword Palace was for those who walked the Dao of the Sword. For now, her path was the path of Feixian the Exalted. She was focusing on the path of charm and control, a completely different path from the Dao of the Sword.

Although the wooden floor and walls were protected by powerful formations, the unfeeling power of time had left its mark on them as well.

The ancient hall was incredibly large, and it was completely filled with bookshelves as far as the eye could see. Every single bookshelf was filled with many jade slips and scrolls.

“Eh?” Ning casually picked up a jade slip and sent his godsense into it. He immediately realized that it was filled with a large amount of information, and he accepted the information as it flowed into him.

“What a powerful sword-art.” Ning was rather shocked. This was a sword-art of tremendous power. In fact, it was just as strong as the [Nameless] sword-art. Alas, it was fragmentary and incomplete.

Ning couldn’t help but spend a bit of time reading through it before finally putting it back down.

“Don’t be impatient, junior apprentice-brother.” Only now did Daolord Fudan speak. “These sword-arts have been passed down since the most ancient of times. Some were left here by the almighty Hegemon while some were accumulated or created by the Sword Palace’s members over the course of countless years. In fact, when the other eleven palaces acquire new sword-arts they will often send them to us. We have tens of millions of sword-arts placed here, all of which are at least at the Daolord level.”

“Tens of millions of scrolls?” Ning was speechless.

“The problem is, 99% of them are fragmentary and incomplete,” Daolord Fudan said. “The ones on these bookshelves here are all fragmentary. The ones placed on the tables at the very front are all complete, with teachings that will guide you from the early stages to the late stages. That way, you can slowly train in them step by step. The tables have over five hundred thousand techniques.”

Tens of millions of incomplete techniques?

More than five hundred thousand complete techniques?

“Some of these sword-arts are strong, some are weak. Some were left behind by Eternal Emperors, while some were acquired by the almighty Hegemon by happenstance and possess incalculable power.” Daolord Fudan smiled.

“Are there any limitations or restrictions on learning these sword-arts?” Ning was worried.

“None.” Daolord Fudan sighed with emotion. “Any member of the Sword Palace is permitted to freely study any of the scrolls and slips here.”

Ning sighed in amazement as well.

As he walked through the Ancient Library and saw the many jade slips that had been placed here for countless chaos cycles, he couldn’t help but occasionally reach out to grab a scroll to take a look. Even the fragmentary ones were incredibly profound. If he was to give them to the Fogstone Dominion, they would be treated as supreme techniques.

Any technique placed within the Ancient Library of the Sword Palace had to be at least at the Daolord level.

“Simply incredible.” Ning sighed with amazement. He even saw a silver-armored Daolord seated in the lotus position, silently meditating on a sword-art.

“There are simply too many sword-arts here,” Daolord Fudan said. “Some of them, especially profound ones such as the ones left behind by Eternal Emperors, will take countless years to learn. There are so many sword-arts here that no one can truly learn them all. They will at most flip through some and try to gain some experience.”

Ning was incredibly excited. His Dao of the Sword required him to understand the true essence of the sword by analyzing and dissecting many different sword-arts. This place was an absolute treasure trove for him.

“The Ancient Library is actually considered a fairly ‘ordinary’ place here in the Sword Palace.” Daolord Fudan let out a secretive smile. “It doesn’t even rank as one of the top three places here in the Sword Palace.”

“Ah?!” Ning was stunned.

As Ning saw it, the Ancient Library was already sacred grounds for those who trained in the sword. And yet, it didn’t even rank as one of the top three places in the Sword Palace?

“Come. I’ll take you to another place,” Daolord Fudan said. “You’ll understand once you get there.”


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50 thoughts on “DE Book 27, Chapter 2” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. Thank You for the chapter and man Ning is going to so improve here. This place is great for him. It feels like when Ning first went to Black-white college except this place specializes in Sword. Ning has great people to spar with and so many sword art manuals. I am curious as to one thing doesn’t Ning needs both of his clones to be together before he can become a daolord and as far as I know his other clone is in the Badlands territory.

    1. the primal twin should be fine, if i recall. but yea, i do wonder what happens when he ascends to the next level. i would guess that his lesser clone would dissolve and it’s energy absorbed by the dao lord clone trough the soul.

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        In the previous book, it is said that daolords with primal twin are incredibly rare. So it is possible. And the true body and the primal twin are considered different entity. Before becoming an immortal, we never saw ning merge his true body and twin. The twin only enter the state.

        1. No no I am not talking about the primal twins, they are fine. Its the main body and his clone. Ning has two main body, one is merged with 17 clones while the other one is just one clone. I remember Solesky saying when you become a daolord your body fuses. As many clones as you have all of them fuses together. But primaltwins are different, they are like another life. Primaltwin clones will only fuse with primaltwin clones. I know that both of Ning’s primaltwin clones are just outside of three realms. They are together so when he becomes a daolord, they would just fuse together, but with the main body one clone is at badland territory while the other one is at twelve places, how are they going to fuse together. I doubt they can fuse together from such far distance, either way curious about that. Only thing I could think of is that the other clone is with this Ning but last I remembered he was in the prisonworld. Hopefully the author addresses this issue. I noticed IET tend to address the questions in DE.

          1. Worse come to worse, Ning can just self destruct his spare body he keeps in the Badlands territory and grow a new one where he is at. He could also just travel back to the Badlands territory to pick up the spare clone. He should be able to easily go past the Sea of Darkness after this training arc.

          2. I bet we will learn he had picked up the prison with his clone but we just hadn’t been told about it yet. IET wouldn’t let him lose treasures so meaninglessly, lol.

    2. This seems like more visiting Mount Innerheart to me. Seeing as the ways that the school acquired techniques (the leader having immense space-time mastery) is similar.

  2. the three realms are about to get a MASSIVE upgrade in the amount of high level skills they have access to. he couldn’t buy any world god level tecs that he could transmit, after all. And now they sudenly get daolord level once, and a few hundred of them at that.

    Sure they are all sword based, a fairly rare dao to become an elder god in the 3 realmz. but maybe that is about to change…

    1. It would depend on whether the Palace allowed its members to teach outsiders. I would find that unlikely, otherwise some cultivators could just go around selling these techniques for massive amounts of money.

  3. Haha. Twelve Palaces book, huh. Honestly, it looks like a fun school arc. If people are forbidden from fighting each other, and treat each other respectfully, we might even avoid the usual annoying rival for once! Once Ning’s done plundering the Palace’s secrets, he’ll reach or surpass Bertulu in power and talent. Probably only surpass just before he breaks into Daolord.

    This Palace looks super promising. I hope he spends like 100k years here, mastering the sword, becoming a Swordlord or whatever near the end of the book.

    1. I also hope Ning spends lot of time here, this place is perfect for training and he should take advantage of this. He has a freaken chaos cycle to make it to Vastheaven place, that is a lot of time. It should not take Ning long time to become a swordlord, they are basically just World level cultivators who can kill a daolord, Ning is close to that power, I see him reaching swordlord level pretty soon. I am just wandering will he become a daolord here or if he can because of the clone issue.

      1. He can just recall or suicide the clone. It’ll almost certainly be done offscreen, mentioned in a line once, as he starts the breakthough.

        He’s near the level of beating weak Daolords, but he still has quite a way to go before his sword arts are at that level. Swordlords should all be people who can breakthough to Daolord in Dao of the Sword at any moment. Ning’s not even close, yet.

        Considering how time has passed in the novel so far…it’s been about 5k years without the time dilation treasures. He’ll probably spend 10k max, unless the novel transitions into 100k and 1mil units.

      2. he does have chaos cycle to get to Vastheaven, but he has to get there sooner – as he needs to rescue his parents souls from three realms, and its like already half a chaos cycle old i believe. and chaos worlds live only one chaos cycle

        1. Wrong, Ning’s chaosworld is the “New Three Realms”, meaning it’s on the very beginning of it’s life. The Three Realm and the Pangu Chaosworld were already two different chaosworld.

          At least that’s what i understood from the few last chapter in the Three Realmbefore Ning goes wandering in the primordial chaos

  4. Let me guess. He is going read through every single sword art and create Lè Ultimatè sword art.

    I’m more than fine with something like that if it happens, because ultimate face-slapping.

    1. Most likely not, DE often choose to not go by the obvious way, if it did then Melobedo’s blood would have been a direct improvment to Ning’s strength, Solesky would have not found Ning so easily in the Windsource Palace after the explosion, etc.. There are truly a lot of little details/event in wich IET choose an unconventionnal way to solve them.

  5. I would like to see ji ning to reach lvl 6 heartforce during this book. He would become triple cultivator and start building his own heartworld. I guess azureflower energy would give quite a boost to his world.

    Also – why the heck did’t ji ning get a spare chaosworld heart and train thousand bodies sutra already ?! it was said that single eternal weapon is worth far more than world heart and ning already has 6 or more eternal weapons. get more clones, then merge them and his comprehension capability should skyrocket, as well as his divine power capacity

    1. It depends on the level. Ning’s body is too strong so I don’t think he has enough resource to train in 1000 bodies sutra. You need a worldheart just for for the 1st level and that is when you are just a empyrean god. I doubt Ning has enough resource to use the 1000 body sutra to the 3rd level since he is a WG.

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