DE Book 27, Chapter 25

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Book 27, Twelve Palaces, Chapter 25 – Following Master

Ji Ning and the others were all intrigued. In truth, they had all suspected long ago that the reason why the almighty Hegemon had chosen the four of them from the Twelve Palaces was to have them assist Skyfire Brightshore. However, the reason why the Twelve Palaces had been on such good terms with the Brightshore Imperials for so long was precisely because they treated each other as equals. Ning and the others were all extraordinary figures, and they wouldn’t be expected to risk their lives for the Imperials without being compensated at all.

“Once you return from the alternate universe, I’ll speak with Skyfire Brightshore. The more assistance you provided to him, the greater our gratitude shall be,” the towering behemoth said.

“Do not worry, Hegemon. We will definitely do everything we can.”

“Since we are travelling together, we shall definitely do our best to support each other.”

All of them spoke out in unison.

They all knew that since the Hegemon said he would ‘reward them heavily’, the rewards for this mission would definitely be extraordinary. The Hegemon was someone who had stood at the very top of the Endless Territories for countless years, after all. He had existed for even longer than the Brightshore Kingdom itself had existed.

A ‘heavy reward’ from someone like him was indeed more than enough to convince Ning and the others to do their absolute utmost in protecting Skyfire Brightshore in his journey to the alternate universe.

“Good.” The towering behemoth nodded slightly.


Yet another spacetime vortex appeared next to Ning’s group. Moments later, a strange beast bathed in blazing flames suddenly emerged.

“Skyfire.” The towering behemoth nodded.

“Hegemon.” The blazing beast immediately transformed into the shape of a fiery-haired youth who wore a suit of azure armor.

“It shall be the five of you who will travel to the alternate universe,” the towering behemoth said.

The fiery-haired youth swept the four with his gaze, closely scrutinizing them. He then cracked a smile. “My name is Skyfire Brightshore, but you can just call me Skyfire. I heard from the Hegemon that none of the four chosen ones are weaker than I am. Once we go to the alternate universe, I’ll have to trouble you to help me out.”

Although Skyfire Brightshore was an incredibly talented member of the race of Brightshore Imperials, he was still just a new member who had been brought back just a short while ago. Ning and the others had all developed at least one Supreme Dao and were comparable to Daolords of the Second Step. Indeed, all of them were somewhat more powerful than Skyfire Brightshore. But of course, this was only true if they factored in their ‘normal’ combat power. There was no way to calculate the power of any trump cards or single-use items which they were keeping hidden up their sleeves.

“Hegemon, where is this ‘Archaeus region’ and what is this ‘alternate universe’?” Prince Greatjoy asked. He was nothing more than an honorary disciple of the almighty Hegemon, and he wasn’t truly qualified to address the Hegemon as ‘Master’. According to the almighty Hegemon’s rules, only his personal disciples were qualified to call him ‘Master’.

“The alternate universe?” The towering behemoth smiled as it saw the looks of eagerness appear on the faces of Ning and the others. “By now, all of you should have sensed that the Endless Territories have certain prime essences within it. There is a prime essence of fire, a prime essence of water, a prime essence of the sword, a prime essence of space, a prime essence of time…”

Ning and the others nodded. Everyone could sense the prime essences. However, attuning to the prime essences was only able to help one advance to the level of full mastery as a World-level cultivator. As for the more profound mysteries, the prime essences kept them bottled up internally and emanated none of them at all. Supposedly, not even Eternal Emperors could enter the prime essences and train in those mysteries. Thus, Samsara Daolords had to find and develop a Dao which suited themselves, one slow step at a time.

“The vast region which is covered by the power of the prime essences is known as a ‘universe’,” the almighty Hegemon said. “An ‘alternate universe’ naturally refers to a place which has completely different prime essences.”

“What?!” Ning and the others were all stunned. Different prime essences?

The Three Realms, the Badlands Territory, the Brightshore Kingdom… Ning had been able to sense the prime essence of the sword in all these places. The prime essence of the sword was unchanging, and the vast Endless Territories were nothing more than a part of an enormous universe! But now, it seemed as though he was going to head off into a completely different universe?

“Do not worry. The outermost layers of the prime essences of this alternate universe, such as the prime essence of water, the prime essence of time, the prime essence of the sword, etc., are all the same as ours. Only the inner layers differ,” the almighty Hegemon said. “Thus, your power shall not be impacted whatsoever.”

“Has anyone ever been to this place?” Waterlord Firesurge couldn’t help but ask.

“None.” The almighty Hegemon shook his head.

Ning and the others were instantly rendered speechless.

“Long ago, as I attuned myself to the nature of spacetime, I was able to dimly sense the traces of an alternate universe that was quite close to our own universe, and so I opened a transversal conduit between our two universe,” the towering behemoth said. “However, the transversal conduit is rather weak, because it is constantly being disrupted by the differing laws of our two universes. Thus, only those below the Daolord level of power are able to enter it.

“Thus, once you head off into this alternate universe, you absolutely must not allow yourselves to break through to the Daolord level. If you do break through, you will never be able to return. You will have to forever stay within that alternate universe,” the towering behemoth instructed.

Ning and the others nodded. So due to the different laws of the two universes, there was no way for Daolords to pass through this transversal conduit.

“However, World-level cultivators can pass through this conduit with no danger whatsoever,” the towering behemoth said. “Just a few days ago, I sent one of my World-level servants through the dimension conduit to do some exploring, then brought him back safely. Over the course of countless years, I’ve also managed to capture quite a few World-level cultivators of the alternate universe and bring them to ours.”

“Capture?” Ning and the others were secretly speechless. The almighty Hegemon was unable to go personally, but was still able to capture people?

“Thus, this transversal conduit is completely safe,” the towering behemoth said. “Given how strong you are, I trust that you will not encounter much danger when you journey through the territories of the alternate universe. The true trial will begin once you reach their Archaeus region!”

Ning and the other four listened attentively. Not even Skyfire Brightshore knew much about this ‘Archaeus region’.

“The Archaeus region is the most mysterious region in this alternate universe. It takes up an extremely vast region of space, so vast that I imagine there are very few cultivators who even know how large it truly is. Supposedly, there are many Daolords and even Eternal Emperors who seclude themselves throughout the Archaeus region.” The towering behemoth laughed. “This Archaeus region is so vast that it is most likely as large as our entire Endless Territories.”

“What?!” Ning and the others were all speechless.

They had originally thought that this Archaeus region would be some sort of secret world or location. Now, it seemed, it was a place that was almost as vast as their entire Endless Territories.

“That place is the core of that entire alternate universe, the place where the alternate universe sprang from. Countless cultivators in that universe dream of entering the Archaeus region, because everyone who manages to survive their journey through it will return completely transformed,” the towering behemoth said. “However… if you barge into the Archaeus region, you will immediately be assaulted and annihilated by the full force of the entire Archaeus region itself. You’ll be instantly reduced to dust and your truesoul vaporized.”

Ning and the others were truly at a loss for words. If the entire region was the size of the Endless Territories… how terrifying would an attack launched with the full might of that region be?

“That place is the core of the entire alternate universe, after all.” The towering behemoth continued, “Everyone who wishes to enter the place has to first bind an Archaeus medallion. After doing so, you’ll be able to enter it safely and won’t be expelled by the power of the region.”

“Archaeus medallions are extremely rare. I sent my will into the alternate universe and spread it across an extremely wide area, then kidnapped the World-level cultivators who passed through the area. It took me countless years to accumulate just a few Archaeus medallions,” the towering behemoth said. “Here are the five Archaeus medallions. Take them and bind them.”

Swoosh. Swoosh. Swoosh. Swoosh. Swoosh.

Five streaks of light appeared out of nowhere and flew towards Ning and the other four.

The Archaeus medallions were dark-red disc-shaped medallions that were covered with ancient, complicated runes. Ning and the others didn’t understand the runes, but could sense that they came from a long time ago, in a universe that was far, far away. They all bound the medallions.

“Hegemon.” Ning spoke out. “Will we be permitted to bring our retainers and servants into the alternate universe? Are they allowed to enter the Archaeus region?”

The others all looked at the Hegemon, because they all had retainers and servants as well.

“Anyone below the Daolord level can make use of the transversal conduit,” the almighty Hegemon said. “As for the Archaeus region… they will have to perpetually hide within your estate-world treasures, and they can’t let any of their auras leak out at all. If they reveal themselves within the Archaeus region, they’ll suffer an immediate attack from the power of the region. However, if they continuously hide without coming out they will be safe.”

Ning and the others now understood. They would not be able to leave the estate-worlds or even sent out their aura or godsense. If that was the case, there was no real point to bringing them.

“But of course, if you were able to acquire more Archaeus medallions, you could gift them to your retainers and servants. They would then be qualified to enter the Archaeus region as well,” the almighty Hegemon suddenly said. “Still, I urge you to be more low-key when you enter the Archaeus region, as it holds quite a few truly powerful Daolords.”

“Here is a star map of the alternate universe. It includes all the markers you need to travel from the transversal conduit’s exit to the Archaeus region, as well as some information regarding this universe. Remember, you are not to reveal this to others.” As the almighty Hegemon spoke, he bestowed five sets of star maps upon them.

“Understood.” Ning and the other four accepted the maps.

“Make your preparations. Three days from now, we shall meet again outside the imperial palace,” the almighty Hegemon instructed.

Ning returned to the Sword Palace, then met with World God Pillsaint and Su Youji.

“A tremendous opportunity has been made available to me. I’ll be heading to an extremely dangerous place. If you follow me, there’s a slim chance that you’ll gain some karmic fortune from it as well. But of course, when I die you will die as well,” Ning said. “Shall you follow me or will you remain here in the Sword Palace?”

“I’ll follow you, Master.” Su Youji didn’t hesitate at all.

“I’m not allowed to learn any of the techniques or secret arts of the Twelve Palaces. Of course I’ll follow you, Master!” Pillsaint agreed.

Ning nodded slowly upon seeing this. He couldn’t promise them anything. He hadn’t even visited this alternate universe before, after all.

Three days later, Ji Ning, Solewind, Firesurge, Greatjoy, and Skyfire Brightjoy all gathered together before the gates of the imperial palace.

“Everyone.” The gray humanoid statue suddenly walked towards Ning and the other four. “I shall escort the five of you to the transversal conduit.”

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37 thoughts on “DE Book 27, Chapter 25” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. cant they put daolord / eternal emperor inside their estate world then after getting a medalion they can release them?

      or only world god can go inside archaeus dungeon about outside of it? there are daolards and eternal emperor slumbering right? that means they can adventure there?

      1. Daolord and eternal emperor could enter the Archaeus region just fine… the only restriction was the conduit that connecting two universe was too unstable. So only world level experts and weaker can enter the conduit. There is no way that conduit will be able to transfer experts on the daolords/eternal level. So they cant bring daolords/eternal levels to that alternate universe, much less into the archaeus regio.

        So if they can find some powerful backer in the alternate universe they could enter just fine. Only, it was highly unlikely.

  1. As expected Ning will surely be able to get several medallion for his retainers.. At least for Su Youji and Pillsaint >.>
    I think i missed some chapters, did he released his other ‘weak’ retainers?

    1. I am actually curious as to what happened to the other retainers too, they seem to be forgotten. Last I remembered they were in Badlands court, now I am not sure if they made the journey towards Vastheaven place like Ning and Su Youji did, if they didn’t then they might still be in badlands court. The author kind of ignoring the other retainers and just focusing on the WL retainers.

    2. Many of his retainers from the Prisonworld (mostly weaker ones) have always been on the Windsource chaosworld living out their lives bc they knew that they cannot help Ning much. They will follow Ning’s commands if needed, but the main reason that they follow him was in order to have a strong backer.

      The few that travels with him while he’s adventuring to and through the Allgod estate are probably still in Ning’s estate world right now.

    3. Yeah this one’s mind boggling too! If you think really about it.. Within the astral area, i really wonder why Su Youji wasn’t place inside his estate to make her safe.. Though it was for her to be strong. But i guess that was a stupid idea.. Pls don’t misunderstand my point, Ji Ning knew right from the start how dangerous it was for her. If it wasn’t for that plot armor, hmpf! She truthfully would’ve died i believe so..

      Now Ning, makes a bluff, “… when I die you die as well.” If Ji Ning really dies, they would fund themselves rediculously unbelievable that that were still alive.. LMAO author

      1. Su Youji already Chaos Immortal, and his other retainers at most were elder gods/ancestral immortal. Also, Youji’s potential was still much bigger since she wasn’t even training for 1 million years, whereas his other retainers already trained for more than 3? Chaos cycles and have little to no chance to make any breakthrough. So it was still rational and understandable that she got different treatment than the rest.

        And with how mighty the Hegemon are, do you really think he could hide her? The whole thing was for world experts after all. Elder gods and lowers doesn’t matter, but world level must eb included. Also, She couldn’t even hide from the verge daolord golem of the Allgod realm, much less in the brightheart kingdom.

        Try to think a little before blame everything to the author.

        1. Even she is talented she still didn’t do anything For Ji ning, Ji ning give just 1 legacy to pillsaint and He is pretty much useful, and Ji ning give Su youji a LOT of treasure and pretty Much Useless to the MC! Even your talented Your usefullness is important not just Free loader like Su Youji.

  2. The fiery-haired youth swept the four with his gaze, closely scrutinizing them. He then cracked as mile.

    He then cracked a smile. ?

    thx for the chapter xD

  3. what about the oath to vastheaven palace. how can he be sure that he will not be stranded more than a chaos cycle…he could have ask the hegemon to transport him to vastheaven palace since it is so easy for the hegemon…at least he could put his mind at ease…

    1. Well Ning has a another clone so he does not have to worry about that. And 1 chaos cycle is very long, Ning probably estimated how long the adventure will be at and it should be around 10,000 years which still gives him a long time. Ning hasn’t even reached the 10,000 year mile forget the chaos cycle. He has way too much time a few adventure here and there won’t be a problem. Also he doesn’t have enough credibility to ask the hegemon for something like this. Ning’s goal is to be strong enough so he can save Yu Wei with the help of the hegemon and he is not going to try to create problem with the hegemon based on that. What if the hegemon gets annoyed at Ning for requesting aid in this, Ning really does not need the hegemon as he has lot of time. Its not a emergency situation. There is a reason why Northrest gave Ning a chaos cycle to reach Vastheaven Palace.

      1. You and I are on the same page here. *high fives*

        I wonder do these readers actually read the recent chapters’ comments before asking ‘what about the oath to VP?’. I’ve posted, like a broken record, multiple times the proof of how long a chaos cycle really is, which was defined as “COUNTLESS TRILLIONS of years” (found in B20ch33). To put it into perspective, just ‘verbally counting’ from 1 to a trillion consecutively takes a long time, let alone countless trillions LOL… then extend that to years. Exactly right, a chaos cycle is an insanely long time.

        Saying that Ning’s current age, time accelerated or not, being just the tip of the iceberg is a gross understatement, yet look at how powerful he already is.

        Then someone will reverse it by asking ‘what if Ning dies in the AU or is stuck there for a chaos cycle or more?’. Well, Ning still has a true body clone, a main Pritmaltwin, and a minor Primaltwin clone. All of them can become DLs just by sneezing 😉 . DLs can make it to VP easily, and if one fails, send another one 😀 . And all of them can only become stronger as Ning gets older. The oath to VP is such a minor thing for him now, but so many people focus only on that. Really? It’s nothing to the current Ning.

        You understood the main goal as to why Ning is taking such a round about way and going through so many adventures; it is to save his wife by becoming super strong. Since he is not talented in spacetime, he wants to be so strong that someone like the Hegemon will do him the favor of saving, or at least help save, his wife. Obviously Ning will end up owing him big time, but a reverse-favor from a super strong Ji Ning will be worth the effort/price.

        To elaborate, while still weak, it would be in error if Ning leaves a bad impression for the Hegemon right now by asking him for a teleport to VP. Why waste a favor on something Ning can easily do himself by having one of his clones spend a little time? Plus, the current Ning asking the Hegemon to do something is akin to a commoner asking an emperor for a favor. Sure, many things that are hard for a commoner can easily be done by an emperor, but asking him for a favor can only be advised against.

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  5. He shouldent take his retainers with him, whats the point when they will be completly useless even if he gets them medalions. They will only drag him down, or at least pillsaint can be of some use by making pills from stuff Ning finds. But Youji will probably only be there to leech.

  6. TYVM for the chapter!

    “Has anyone ever been to this place?” Waterlord Firesurge couldn’t help but ask.

    “None.” The almighty Hegemon shook his head.
    “However, World-level cultivators can pass through this conduit with no danger whatsoever,” the towering behemoth said. “Just a few days ago, I sent one of my World-level servants through the dimension conduit to do some exploring, then brought him back safely.”

    Well, technically the guy he sent through has been there before :p. Also, how can JN bring his golems in if Daolords are not permitted? Is it a divine sense thing? Couldn’t a daolord just withdrawal their divine sense all the way and pretend to be a golem then?

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