DE Book 27, Chapter 22

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Book 27, Twelve Palaces, Chapter 22 – A Dao Belonging to Ji Ning

“Omnipresent?” Surrounded and exhausted by the endless attacks from these many golems, the light of inspiration suddenly flickered in Ji Ning’s mind.

“Right. Their attacks are omnipresent. Some cast spells from afar, others close in on me and attack in melee using claws and palms. I only have six arms after using [Three Heads, Six Arms]; how can I possibly withstand so many attacks?” Ning was mumbling to himself as many different sword-arts went through his mind, with many insights regarding the Yin-Yang stance in particular coming to the forefront.

It was as though a thread was linking many small beads together, forming a true collective whole.

“Omnipresent…

“The true Yin-Yang stance shouldn’t result in me defending in such an exhausting manner. So what if I have six arms? Even if I had ten or eighteen arms, so what? There’s still a limit to what I can do!” Ning was beginning to awaken to the truth. “The true Yin-Yang stance should allow me to defend against all oncoming attacks, which means it needs to be omnipresent as well. It should envelope everything in its path, and any attacks that come forth should be blocked by it.

“That means… for the Yin-Yang stance to be truly powerful, it should be a domain! I need to transform this stance into a domain!”

Every single cultivator had a path that was most suited to them. Over the course of countless years, many major powers had chosen many different paths. At their level, there was no way they could imitate others any longer. If they did, it would actually have a negative influence on their own future insights. If you wished to draw a painting, it was best to start with a fresh, blank scroll of paper. The path of cultivation was best expressed through following one’s own heart, through slowly understanding and upgrading one’s insights to the point of fundamentally transforming them.

“Let my seven Dao lightnings and my seven Dao waters be my sword,” Ning murmured softly.

Rumble…

The Dao water and Dao lightning that had been in the surrounding area constricting the foes suddenly began to rumble. Although they were elemental lightning and water by nature, true experts of the Dao of the Sword could use anything as a sword. Flower petals, water drops, a single water drop… they could all be used as a sword. Now, Ning was using Dao water and Dao lightning as his blade.

“Dao lightning and Dao water, form my Yin-Yang stance and create my Yin-Yang Sword Domain.”

In recent years, Ning’s greatest achievements lay in the field of defense. All of his insights into the Yin-Yang stance, including some which he had previously felt to be rather unimportant, all came together in this stance as he generated a domain of sword-intent. He infused it with all of his insights, causing the power of this stance to instantly transform.

Rumble…

Every single streak of Dao lightning transformed into a sword! The ‘insides’ of the swords were made of lightning, but on the outside they had already been shaped and condensed into the form of a sword! The powerful sword-intent controlling the lightning was naturally giving birth to swordforce.

Every single stream of Dao water had also transformed into the shape of a sword.

They began to circle around Ning like an enormous whirlpool, but if one looked closely one would see that some of the streaks were swirling clockwise while others were swirling counter-clockwise. The mighty sword-intent controlling this technique caused parts of it to flow forwards and parts of it to flow backwards, creating an incredibly powerful tearing force!

What made white stand out? Only when the rest of a piece of parchment was completely covered in black ink would a spot of blank whiteness in the center be dazzling to behold.

Ning’s sword-intent was strong to begin with. Now that he had formed this technique with forward and reverse flows, the ripping, tearing power of his domain grew exponentially greater.

Yin-Yang Polarity!

The concept of Yin and Yang was reinforcing this technique as well! The Yang-attribute Dao lightning and the Yin-attribute Dao water mutually reinforced each other, resulting in both being strengthened. Every so often, compatible streaks of lightning or water would brush against each other, resulting in even more terrifying force.

Both forwards and backwards, both gentle and violent.

An enormous domain had formed around Ning, covering an area of ten thousand kilometers. This domain was formed of sword-shaped lightning and water, but what made it truly terrifying was the sword-intent which Ning’s Yin-Yang stance had manifested.

The sword-intent of the Yin-Yang stance had already undergone a fundamental transformation. Lightning and water flowed together, sometimes calm and sometimes explosive as it blasted at any foes which dared trespass!

“From this day forth, my Yin-Yang stance shall be the Yin-Yang Sword Domain.” Ning smiled. Finally, one of his five stances of [Brightmoon] had truly transformed. In this moment, Ning clearly understood that the Yin-Yang Sword Domain was a path he would absolutely have to take in the region of defense as he became a Samsara Daolord.

“Careful.”

“Quick!”

These golems were sentient. Once Ning formed that enormous Yin-Yang Sword Domain, the golems who were fighting within the reach of that domain instantly sensed multiple layers of force appear in the area. Sometimes, the force simply followed their movements; other times, the force exploded against them with great violence. There was even the occasional sensation of being brutally ripped apart by layers of power!

The entire domain was filled with countless attacks that alternated between Yin and Yang. The attacks constantly changed and transformed, making it harder and harder for them to defend. The golems had to use roughly 90% of their power in defending against the Yin-Yang Sword Domain.

Boom! Ning charged forwards, sweeping out with his sword-light and sending a golem flying. The golems were so focused on defending against the domain that they were now extremely vulnerable to Ning. He was able to defeat them all with one strike.

Ning continued to advance.

603. 604. 605…

Ning slowly advanced, wielding six swords while keeping [Three Heads, Six Arms] active. His enormous Yin-Yang Sword Domain covered an area of ten thousand kilometers around him, but in truth its size was variable. He could easily expand it to make it a hundred million kilometers in size, but the ten thousand kilometer range was the range at which he could maintain peak levels of power. Beyond that range, the power of the domain would slowly begin to decay.

The Yin-Yang Sword Domain could also be used through flying swords and other magic treasures, or even Dao fire. Anything could be used to generate it. However, Ning had access to incredibly powerful Dao lightning and Dao water, which was why he used them to generate the domain.

A simple tree branch controlled by Ning’s mighty sword-intent was now able to slay a Daolord of the First Step. The Dao lightning and Dao water were extraordinary elemental powers, and when they were used by the Yin-Yang Sword Domain they were able to produce truly enormous amounts of power.

……

The imperial palace. The almighty Hegemon and the twelve golden-armored powers were seated on their thirteen thrones, staring at this sight.

After Ning’s Yin-Yang stance transformed into the Yin-Yang Sword Domain, Ning was able to easily advance through the upcoming stages. However, none of the golden-armored powers cared about the fact that the almighty Hegemon’s evaluation had been wrong! Instead, they simply watched in astonishment as Ning unleashed his sword-intent domain because they knew what this portended.

“He… has finally taken that first step,” the almighty Hegemon said softly.

“Swordlord Darknorth is guaranteed to become one of the most supreme members of our Twelve Palaces.” Daolord Thousand Waves nodded.

“For someone like him to end up in the Sword Palace instead of mine… what a pity, what a pity!” Daolord Yinwind shook his head.

Daolord Woodflower glanced sideways at him, then began to laugh in a very contented manner.

“Although Swordlord Darknorth’s sword-intent domain is defensive in nature, every part of it is infused with terrifyingly strong attacks. If any enemies enter his domain, they will suffer attacks nonstop. Even the most powerful of foes will eventually be whittled down, making it so that they will be greatly weakened before even drawing close to him. A domain like this is guaranteed to be a terrifying thing to face. If he can become a Daolord of the Fourth Step… this sword-intent domain is powerful enough to allow him to suppress Eternal Emperors.” A golden-armored power whose eyes were like two black vortices of darkness let out a soft sigh.

“Agreed.”

The almighty Hegemon nodded. “He’ll be able to suppress ordinary Eternal Emperors! For Swordlord Darknorth to take this step forward means that he has already discovered an Supreme Dao of defense for himself!”

“It is guaranteed that he will be a monster of a Daolord.” Everyone present nodded.

There were differences in personal Daos. Some Samsara Daolords walked a path of simple Daos and would be very weak. As Daolords of the First Step, they would merely have ordinary levels of power.

Emperor Mirrorsnow’s Dao and his seventh stance, the Reincarnation stance, would have been enough for him to be acknowledged by the ancient pagodas. He used this path to become a Samsara Daolord, and his Dao was fairly formidable. As a Daolord of the First Step, he could match Daolords of the Second Step. However, a Dao like this just barely cleared the threshold of the ancient pagodas.

Prince Greatjoy, Heartlord Solewind, Ji Ning… their Daos were on a higher level! Ning had just created his Yin-Yang Sword Domain, but it was a level of power above the Reincarnation stance and much more profound.

“An Supreme Dao of defense.” Daolord Thousand Waves let out a sigh. “The Sword Palace really hasn’t had many individuals who have ever been able to come up with an Supreme Dao.”

“Absolutely true.” Lord Woodflower nodded. Every single major power would have an individual Dao that was best suited to them. Ning was able to develop his Yin-Yang Sword Domain, but others might come up with similarly strong sword-arts. So long as they were at the same general level, they would all be classified as an ‘Ultimate’-class defensive Dao.

“If he follows this Dao to its conclusion, he definitely will be able to trample over Eternal Emperors once he becomes a Daolord of the Fourth Step.” Daolord Thousand Waves laughed.

“He’s still a bit lacking compared to Palace Lord Dawnstar,” Daolord Yinwind said. “Lord Dawnstar, at the World level, developed three Supreme Daos and then merged them together perfectly! After he became a Daolord of the Fourth Step, he was able to slay an Eternal Emperor with just three strokes of his blade. Although Swordlord Darknorth is impressive, he will only be able to suppress Eternal Emperors. Killing them will be a matter of luck.”

“True.” Everyone present agreed.

“But Bertulu and Eastcult do have a chance of reaching Lord Dawnstar’s level.” The almighty Hegemon agreed with this assessment as well. “Still… given that Darknorth has come up with an Ultimate-class defensive Dao, he’ll still be able to withstand them in an actual battle. He should be classified as someone on the same level as them.”

Eastcult had come up with Supreme Daos for both offense and defense, and had been able to merge them perfectly. This was why he was a match for Bertulu.

“True. Him having taken this step means he is guaranteed to be a monster of a Daolord.” Lord Woodflower was in a splendid mood.

Previously, these golden-armored figures had all referred to Ji Ning as ‘this kid’. Now that Ning had taken this step, they all referred to him as ‘Darknorth’ or ‘Swordlord Darknorth’, because in their hearts they viewed Ning as someone who would be a true equal!

“However… Supreme Daos are also the most difficult Daos for gaining eternity.” The almighty Hegemon let out a soft sigh.

“They are indeed hard, but to choose this path means he will definitely be an extraordinary figure,” Daolord Thousand Waves said.

Daolord Allgod, Daolord Featherdress, Palace Lord Dawnstar… they had all chosen the path of an Ultimate-class Dao. As a result, becoming an Eternal Empero would be incredibly difficult. Still… while they were alive, they were amongst the most illustrious, distinguished figures of all the Endless Territories.

The almighty Hegemon and the others were sighing in amazement over Ning’s prowess, but they had no idea that this was merely the evolution of the Yin-Yang stance, one of five stances in Ning’s [Brightmoon] sword-art. Ning’s plan was to reach the apex with his other four stances as well! He was going to find suitable Daos for his other four stances, then infuse all of their mysteries into his own sword-arts. This was Ning’s true goal.

Right now, he had developed an Supreme Dao of defense, the Yin-Yang Sword Domain… but this was just the beginning!

“Six hundred sixty. Six hundred seventy. Six hundred eighty…” Daolord Woodflower watched as Ning continuously advanced up the steps of the altar, and the smile on his face continued to widen.


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65 thoughts on “DE Book 27, Chapter 22” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. So he’s gonna merge five Ultimate Daos. What a monster. I wonder if anyone gaining Eternity through an Ultimate Dao wil become an Hegemon?

    Thanks for the chapter.

    1. Of course. It was mentioned, forgot the chapter, that once verge daolords who can slay eternal emperors become eternal themselves then they will recieve titles of hegemon. Also there are only 3 known hegemons in the endless territories.

      1. No. There are only three Hegemons, and they’re all EEs. There was one EE who could almost match the three Hegemons, but not quite.

        Verge Daolords can only slay ordinary EEs. Extremely strong cases (strongest in history) might be able to fight against strong EEs, but the Hegemons are on another level.

        1. Uhmm, thats exaclty what i said?

          Verge daolords who can slay eternal emperors that succed in merging their dao and gaining eternity are called hegemons. I think i made that very clear.

  2. Hum, Ning is going for five ultimate daos. Lord Fifth confirmed!!! Have faith in lord Fifth ang gain eternal life. Five is the number to reach the ultimate apex.

  3. Sweet.

    What I find mildly annoying that none of these old fogies are considering Ji Ning’s potential. He managed to obtain an Ultimate Dao as a World God, and they’re talking like he’ll take that and not improve at all all the way to Daolord of the Fourth Step.

    That must be normal, then. The Dao you take to become a Daolord is basically how strong you will be as a Daolord, be it First, Second, Third or Fourth Step. That’s why they’re already discussing when Ning becomes Fourth Step.

    Little do they know that Ji Ning has only been alive for around five thousand years and he’s nowhere near his limits as a World level cultivator. He’ll surpass Bertulu for sure. In fact, since one of his five stances just became an Ultimate Dao or whatever, and the previous record was three, he’ll have five and become the greatest genius ever seen in the empire =P Of course at that point, he’s probably hiding his true power and not involved with the empire too much anymore… protgonist can’t ever become true silkpants.

    1. Well I think you need to count all his training inside temporal treasures to his age. It’ tru that it has only been a few thousand years since his birth but he is already a few hundred thousand years old.

      1. Yeah, if we count the temporal acceleration, he’s 200k or something, which is still… probably the youngest World level at the Palaces or something. It’s meh to include the temportal treasure time since everyone good (everyone at the Palaces) has one.

        1. Excluding the temporal acceleration, Ning’s age is 7500+ not 5000. Obviously they are underestimating Ning but to be fair they are only judging based on what they are seeing and they think Ning only has one ultimate Dao and if he follows that ultimate Dao he would be a strong verge level daolord that can suppress Eternal Emperor but they don’t know that this is merely the beginning, Ning is actually planning to have 5 ultimate Daos. Also they don’t care about age much because people have different growth rate, some people can grow extremely fast in the beginning but then barely grows later on. One example is Mu Northson who became Xiantian before Ning and joined BW college at younger age but he is no where near Ning’s level. Also Jimun the painter kid who was a disciple of Subhuti, he completed a dao path in one day and also he finished the ninth golem in one year but Ning took 34 years to defeat the golem, and yet Jimun is still just a pure Yang immortal while Ning is a WG. Also it was mentioned with Sloppy Daoist how in the beginning he was unremarkable but as time passed he started growing at rapid pace. Sloppy Daoist had a slow early growth but later on he became much faster and became a pure yang immortal before the endwar. Everyone cannot maintain the same growth rate some people become better later on while others regress or completely stops. Obviously with Ning he will become the strongest character in DE universe since he is the main character but those characters don’t know that, we do and based on their experience they think Ning will become a powerful verge level daolord who can suppress eternal emperor based on what they saw so far.

          1. Don’t forget… they did not know that ji ning just aquire that ultimate dao in that battle… they might just think… oh… so he still hiding this ability earlier… sort of like that.

          2. So with your reasoning taking on a disciple is always the same gamble. The chance to get good one (one that reaches a high lvl) is the same if you just pick a random person as if you try to test the people first and then choose one. Yes a good start is not everything but it can give some assurance. Like the saying in DE that “If you can’t reach the world-lvl in your first chaos cycle you never will”. So age does matter to some degree. But I think they might assume that the world gods they take in are at least few chaos cycles old and then the age wouldn’t matter much.

        2. Well from what they have said in some previous chapter most people only use temporal treasures when they are in a hurry. And not like our mc who is always in a hurry. Then there are better and worse temporal treasures. And even if that wasn’t the case why wouldn’t the temporal count? The only reason age would mean anything is to show how long they have trained witch would differ enormously when a temporal treasure has been used the greater part of your life.

          1. Age matters but its not a definitive predictive and technically temporal treasure time should count I just don’t keep track of it but even with temporal treasure included in the equation Ning is less then 500,000 years old and he is a genius with his growth rate. Certain thing in age matters as normally if you can’t become a WL within a chaos cycle, you most likely won’t ever, but there are always exceptions for example you could have no guidance and being laid back and don’t train which could result in you stuck as a Elder God/Ancestral Immortal level within a chaos cycle but after a chaos cycle you become serious and have good teachers you can suddenly then improve and become WL. And if you are to count age then Waterstrider is way bigger genius then Ning as he was sent to Astral Islands right after he was born, yet he became so strong. I personally would try to know more about the cultivators and how they became so strong which would give me a idea of how talented the cultivator is and whether we should focus more on the individual. The 12 palaces did not do that apparently which is why they don’t know Ning’s potential but its still hard to predict just based on age as you have to know where they came from because if you count age Waterstrider is way bigger genius then Ning. That is why instead of just looking at age and everything they just focus on how strong the character is and using that to mostly judge the characters. They have crappy research system as they should investigate more deeply into the characters. With Ning he is extremely talented but he became as strong as he is now because he had great teachers, without the teachers he would not be where he is. Imagine if Ning didn’t have the 5 treasure sword art and Northrest sword legacy he would be very weak or if he didn’t have prison world full of people to train against. Ning always had the appropriate teacher which led to fast improvements, only time I could think of when Ning didn’t have the proper guidance was from the age of 11-16. Those 5 years Ning was held back as he didn’t have good sword arts to study. He basically mastered the sword arts of the Ji Clan and started building his own sword arts instead of having the chance to study better sword arts to improve himself, aside from that point he always had something to study or a good teacher.

          2. In DE I see cultivation growth as a more punctuated rather than gradual accumulation. Meditating for long periods of time in seclusion will gradually increase your strength, but most of your growth happens rather quickly in a punctuated manner due to sudden insights or epiphanies gained through your experiences. Ji Ning grows the most when he is in battle or adventuring or gaining new experiences. That is to say, if Ji Ning meditated for 1 or even 100 chaos cycles in a time acceleration treasure in seclusion, he may never have reached the World level. A person’s talent seems to be measured by how frequently they are able to gain or perceive sudden insights from their experiences. These epiphanies are even rarer in secluded meditation; of course because Ning is new to the Sword Palace, for the time being he has many different sword intents to continuously gain inspiration from. This makes it somewhat difficult to normalize a person’s talent based on their age.

  4. Hahahahhah serves them right..

    Almighty hegemon be like “OH shit……..he didn’t just embark an ultimate dao, right when i said he that’s his limit”

  5. Thanks for the chapter RWX! I wonder if their evaluations will change to thinking Ji Ning is too ambitious if they knew this was only one of five stances.

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    Thanks for the chapter

  7. Guaah I won’t be able to read this for four days after I go to sleep now. And it is 5 hours until I need to get up but it is too interesting now so I need to read today’s chapters before I go to sleep 😛 Will probably hate myself tomorrow for waiting till it is posted 🙁

  8. Ah well he’s practically guaranteed 1st place especially with the two strongest World Level (Bertulu Eastcult) not even in the running

    1. yes the protagonist force is strong in this one……honestly i would love to see him stumble just one floor beneath the number 1 dude, does it really matter if he gets first? the only way i see him NEEDING to go further at this point would be for bragging rights or if there is something on the final floor which would add another ace up his sleeve

        1. erm……read further………..he already had the eternal armor BS from the lower level, and he didnt win he got second……..hrm so i was kinda on the mark with it. he can always tackle the remainder when he gets back

          1. erm…… Don’t wright about future chapters in the comments. There are people locking at the comments while catching up to check what others thought. So writing spoiler sh*t like your comment really stings… Would be best if both this and your comment were deleted…

            Btw there are armors at the end of each lvl and the higher the lvl the better the armor…

          2. well i dont see a delete option, not to mention in the grand scheme of the story i wouldnt even class that as a spoiler, especially since most armors are nearly ignored….seriously his swords are the only EQUIPMENT that are kept up with. sure he has the time treasure and the chaos seal shit…..but seriously i doubt this story will EVER introduce an armor that the MC will continue to use and actually be noted within the story, just look at the aquaflect armor…where is that? that effect left insane options (he coulve studied it even after it was obsolete and increase his Dao of Water insights far enough to actually have an aquaflect ability or something…….

  9. The worst feeling isn’t when Ren misses the usual posting time for new chapters. The worst feeling still isn’t when he doesn’t post them 12 hours later during the middle of his day. The WORST feeling is refreshing during the expected times, giving up after 30 minutes, checking back 12 hours later, still nothing, then resign yourself to next day chapters another 12 hours later, and STILL nothing. That’s the worst feeling. Please just stop leaving us in the dark and give us something to work with, some news or update as to an expected post time. And as for all the people who comment saying just be grateful for the chapters, I would have agreed with you back when WW was functioning as more of a hobby and to grow the audience and share stories, but now with licensing talks and the massive amounts of Patreon funding as well as other revenue sources this is a full time job and regardless of whether you are a paying supporter on Patreon or a free fan reader Ren has some obligation to the readers. You can’t call in repeatedly sick or passed out in any other job and miss deadlines without any prior notice, so this should honestly be no exception.

    1. How dare you sir?! as if bla bla I am kidding, feel as frustrated as you do :/
      yhey at least should give us a notice..

      probably it has something to do with the Qidian problems but it still makes you kinda mad when u dont know
      what is going on

      1. I remember a while back Ren made a post looking to hire a personal assistant since WW was growing to be such a massive endeavor, and IIRC said he would make an announcement when he chose the right employee. That assistant was supposed to help him manage his time and keep the site flowing smoothly (which should include keeping the translation schedule on a systematic track). Whatever happened to hiring this assistant? I feel like RWX just silently let the matter disappear but I may have missed it and I would gladly be proven wrong if someone has more info on the subject. I think an active assistant that works as a community manager is exactly what Ren needs, someone who can maintain contact and update between Ren and the viewers (readers, etc) so that Ren can focus on the business management side of WW more without having to leave readers in the dark.

    2. I have no problem with chapters being delayed by a day or two – I know Ren will make up for it – but it does hurt the soul a bit when you’re refreshing the site every 10 minutes for two hours waiting for the chapters, and nothing. A simple announcement that the chapters are delayed would be great. Make it on Patreon and make it visible to everyone if you don’t want to spam Wuxiaworld or something.

    1. If that is the case, and I hope for WW’s future well-being it isn’t, a simple post updating or announcing the chapters won’t likely come for another 12 hours or a day is all we’re asking for. I’m not demanding Ren to post 12 noon sharp every day, exactly 2 chapters a day until the book ends, I was perfectly happy back even before Patreon brought the weekly chapters all the way to 14, because Ren followed up on each release and stayed in contact with the community.
      I was immensely grateful when he made the post several days ago notifying us that the next 2 chapter release might be slightly delayed due to him attending a family wedding. That’s exactly what we needed, just some communication and clarity. I think Ren never would’ve imagined just how many people were willing to support him on Patreon and the new chapter load might just be a little too overwhelming for him. Combined with the business side of the company, having to engage in talks with licensing companies to prepare WuxiaWorld for the future and proofing it for growth, Ren could be feeling the work load start to bear down on him.
      Personally, if it meant bettering his health, I would have no qualms about him lowering the number of weekly chapters and would gladly still support the site and his business. Perhaps Ren doesn’t want to “go back on his word” on all the Patreon funding goals he set and feels too obligated to the people, but having a healthy, happy translator that maintains contact with his community is a higher priority, even if it means taking a step back.

  10. Thanks for the chapter.

    However, please edit it. Is it Supreme dao or Ultimate-class dao? Choose between the two because it’s confusing. You probably changed from ultimate dao to supreme dao because you wrote AN supreme dao.

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