DE Book 28, Chapter 5

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Book 28, Archaeus Region, Chapter 5 – Ji Ning’s Second Disciple

Within the mountainous forest. That gray-templed youth continued to work on his simple tools, while Ji Ning continued to stare at him while holding his fish bucket in one hand and his fishing rod in the other.

“How odd. He looks like a youth, but he speaks in such a grandiose manner. I’m just here working on some furniture for myself, and he’s been staring at me for more than an hour,” the young man muttered to himself. “Still… from the looks of him, he probably isn’t an ordinary mortal. How could an ordinary mortal youth be fishing by himself in the deep mountains? His demeanor seems quite extraordinary as well.”

Ning just continued to stare, and the young man didn’t say anything about it.

Suddenly, Ning let out a laugh as the sword-light in his eyes completely faded away. In truth, no ordinary mortal would even be able to see the sword-light generated from the visualizations he had just performed.

“I just came here out of curiosity on my way home from fishing… who would’ve thought that I would’ve mastered yet another stance of [Brightmoon] as a result?” Ning laughed and shook his head, his gaze still focused on the young man. “Although he doesn’t realize it… that drilling he did earlier helped inspire me to master this stance. I have to repay him for that.”

Ning had already taken a liking to the man due to his extraordinary heart. Now that the young man had also helped him comprehend the Dao, Ning decided to bless him with some transformative luck.

“First, I’ll take a look at his history and see what he experienced. Only then will I know what he truly needs.” Ning’s gaze rested on the young man’s figure as he began to visualize all of the young man’s past experiences.

Although he wanted to thank and reward this young mortal, he had to first know what the man wanted.

After seeing the man’s history, Ning couldn’t help but shake his head. This young man’s true name was Yang Quding, and he came from an excellent family background. His mother had died when he was young, resulting in his father doting on him. Ever since he was young, he had been covered in brocade cloth and jade treasures. He was the son of a rich merchant, after all. He was born with great cleverness, and his father had once wanted to come up with a way for him to become an Immortal cultivator. Alas, Yang Quding didn’t have a so-called ‘spiritual root’. Ning, however, knew that the so-called ‘spiritual root’ was actually linked to one’s affinity for the natural energy of Heaven and Earth.

The greater an affinity you had for that natural energy, the easier it would be for you to absorb it. Ever since Ning was young, for example, he always had a close affinity for water. But of course, after he trained in the [Ninehorn Lightning Serpent] his body gained a high affinity towards lightning. Alas, Yang Quding had absolutely terrible elemental affinity.

If you were only able to absorb 1% of how much others could absorb, it would naturally be far more difficult for you to engage in cultivation. Even worse, this continent possessed very sparse elemental energy to begin with, making cultivation difficult for all. For someone in a place like this to absorb elemental energy at such a ridiculously low rate… the chances of becoming a successful cultivator were incredibly poor.

For the sake of allowing his son to become an Immortal cultivator, Yang Quding’s father had paid an enormous price. In the end, he had perished while escorting a shipment of valuables. This had been a tremendous blow to Yang Quding. After failing to become an Immortal cultivator, Yang Quding focused all of his efforts on continuing his father’s legacy as a merchant. He was quite clever and capable, and in just a few short years he had become a huge tycoon. In fact, he even employed two Foundation cultivators as well as several weaker Qi Condensation cultivators. He eventually married a woman as well.

But then… one day, a young, evil man entered the city which Yang Quding was in. He took a fancy to Yang Quding’s wife, and desired to kidnap her and make her his concubine. However, Yang Quding wasn’t an easy person to deal with; he had Foundation cultivators by his side, and he was able to bring a stop to this!

The problem was that this evil man had an extraordinary background. When Yang Quding looked into this man’s background, he immediately befriended a Core Formation elder of a major sect, giving him many precious treasures and eventually becoming that Core Formation elder’s adopted son. But of course, this was only in name! What really mattered was that with this protector of a ‘father’, his opponent wouldn’t dare to be too rash.

Alas, that evil man played some tricks in secret, forcing Yang Quding’s wife’s family to bow their heads before him. In the end, even Yang Quding’s wife had chosen to follow the evil man and leave him.

His parents had died long ago. Yang Quding had no family of his own, and so his love for his wife was deep and intense. And yet… his wife had actually betrayed him and left to follow another man. When she left, she had said, “Quding, you are able to protect me, but can you protect my mother and father? Don’t blame me.”

He had suffered a severe mental blow, but he had no desire to take revenge. Instead, he had just sat there dully every day. Eventually, he dispersed his family’s savings and entered this mountainous forest, giving himself the name ‘Green Bamboo’.

“Now, let me take a look at his future.” Ning’s gaze was still affixed upon Yang Quding’s figure. Yang Quding’s future was a bit cloudy; as soon as he had met Ning, it was guaranteed that his destiny would change. Ning was strong enough to annihilate this entire continent with ease, after all!

If Ning chose not to interfere with his life…

Yang Quding would stay by himself within this mountain forest for more than sixty years. After sixty-plus years, he would encounter a Nascent Soul cultivator of the Nirvana Sect. The two would chat together, resulting in the Nascent Soul cultivator feeling tremendous admiration towards Yang Quding. The Nascent Soul cultivator would pay an enormous price to help him to become an Immortal cultivator. Alas, due to his great age and his poor spiritual root, he was still only able to become a Foundation cultivator.

However, he had reached an extremely high level of enlightenment. As a Foundation cultivator, he was capable of slaying Core Formation Daoists. He was also a good man with a virtuous reputation, and he was incredibly skilled in the ‘Illusions of Nirvana’, a skill which allowed him to trap foes in myriad illusions which would cause them to feel regret, then repent and change their ways. He even ended up slaying that vile man who had taken his wife from him. Although he was merely a Foundation cultivator, he was respectfully addressed as ‘Daoist Green Bamboo’ by others. In the end, due to his allotted time being used up, he passed away peacefully.

“His heart has already reached such a profound level that he is even more formidable than Nascent Soul cultivators and Apotheosis cultivators in this regard. After he becomes an Immortal cultivator… that ‘Illusions of Nirvana’ technique is a classic example of something which major powers who belong to the Buddhist paths would use.” Ning nodded slowly. “Given his heart, he truly is well-suited to become an Immortal cultivator.”


Two streaks of sword-light suddenly shot out from Ning’s eyes, and they landed upon the body of the furniture-making man.

The sword-light quickly covered his entire body, rapidly transforming and overhauling it. The young man’s body quickly began to completely transform, with his muscles and tendons reaching a level of perfection in strength. His physical strength alone was stronger than even Xiantian-level Fiendgods of the Three Realms.

With a body like this… it could be said that Yang Quding’s spiritual result was unquestionably number one in this entire continent.

Whoosh. Ning waved a finger, tapping Yang Quding on the forehead. A surge of divine will surged outwards and was transmitted straight into his sea of consciousness.

Yang Quding was just an ordinary mortal, after all. Even though his body had been completely transformed, he still couldn’t withstand the power of the memories which Ning wished to give him. Thus, Ning could only choose to leave a stream of his own divine will within Yang Quding’s mind, much like how Emperor Mirrorsnow had left some of his own divine will behind. However, the reason why Emperor Mirrorsnow had done this was because he had left long ago and wished to be able to pass something onto his disciples. Ning had done this because his disciple was too weak and wouldn’t be able to endure a ‘normal’ transmission.

“Right now, you are too weak. You are only able to endure me passing unto you sword-arts and techniques which are at the Empyrean God or Celestial Immortal level,” Ning mused to himself. That stream of divine will contained complete cultivation systems, including both of Ning’s proudest accomplishments, the ‘Yin-Yang’ sword-art and the ‘Blood Drop’ sword-art. These were Ning’s most impressive techniques to date.

As the young man grew stronger, he would naturally gain more and more information from this legacy. When his soul became sufficiently powerful, he would finally be able to endure and receive it all.

“You are the first person I’ve truly transmitted my sword-arts unto.” Ning laughed.

Ning’s first disciple was Bluecliff Xiaoyu, but that was because of the rules of Mount Innerheart. Ning had to choose a person of great karmic virtue as his disciple! His Primaltwin stood guard over the Three Realms and would often provide Bluecliff Xiaoyu with some advice, but alas she simply wasn’t that talented.

‘Green Bamboo’, also known as Yang Quding, was Ning’s second disciple.

Ning only left behind a cultivation method and his sword-arts! As for divine abilities and what not, he didn’t leave any of those. Emperor Mirrorsnow had left behind four Daolord-level golems, but Ning didn’t leave a single protective measure behind at all. This was because these fairly weaker protective measures wouldn’t really be that useful. Given Green Bamboo’s talent, it wouldn’t be hard for him to rise to prominence in this Mortal Realm. As for those excessively powerful protective measures? They might actually result in some unnecessary trouble.

Guiding and nurturing a mortal was completely different from guiding and nurturing a World-level cultivator.

Emperor Mirrorsnow required his potential disciples to be World-level cultivators who had passed multiple trials. Yang Quding, however, was still just an ordinary mortal.

“W-what did I just…” Yang Quding felt as though he had just awoken from a dream.

When he came to his senses, he saw a youth carrying a fishing bucket and a fishing rod walk far off into the distance. “Disciple, if fate wills it the two of us shall meet again, ahahah…”

And just like that, Ning vanished into thin air.


Yang Quding was stunned. Moments later, a large amount of information flooded into his mind.

There were detailed instructions on how to go from being an ordinary mortal to a Celestial Immortal or Empyrean God. There were also two inconceivably powerful sword-arts known as the [Yin-Yang] sword-arts and the [Blood Drop] sword-arts. Only part of the information was available to him for now. When his soul grew stronger, he’d naturally be able to gain even more of this legacy. Ning had set down restrictive spells on his memories, preventing him from teaching these things to any others.

“B-b-but…” Yang Quding was stunned. He wasn’t someone who knew nothing of cultivation at all. He knew what the major impediments to Immortal cultivation were, but today he had just gained techniques which would actually lead him past tribulation and reach the legendary level of Celestial Immortals and Empyrean Gods? And this was just a portion of the true technique? And those infinitely powerful sword-arts!

Yang Quding instantly understood that from this day forth, his life would be changed.

If a major power was to scry his destiny, he would discover that this man’s life had been completely changed. His future would actually become extremely fuzzy, and the farther one gazed the more difficult it would be to divine.

“Master.” Yang Quding immediately knelt down and kowtowed towards the direction in which Ning left. He remembered that Ning had addressed himself as Darknorth.


“He’s in an alternate universe, while I must return to the Endless Territories. I wonder if we’ll ever meet again,” Ning mused. He had been seized by the sudden impulse to teach a disciple. He… really was an absolutely irresponsible ‘master’.

“Brother Darknorth.”

“Darknorth.” Prince Greatjoy, Heartlord Solewind, Waterlord Firesurge, and Skyfire Brightshore were seated next to each other, drinking some wine.

“I just caught a big fish.” Ning grinned as he lifted up his fish bucket.

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49 thoughts on “DE Book 28, Chapter 5” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. Dat moment when the MC became the teacher “Disciple, if fate wills it the two of us shall meet again, ahahah…” , is the one of the greatest moment of happiness.
    Thanks for the chapter

    1. indeed. in my perspective that isn’t even something i’d call a “master/disciple relationship”. just a random dude giving another random dude stuff out of nowhere.

    2. are you in your ming guys?:) i wouldn’t want to miss even such opportunity if i had a chance. who knows what’ll happen. as i see it Ning can tear dimensions apart and travel between them. mby at EE lvl he’ll be able to use Blood Drop to adventure between universes.

    3. Wow, tough audience, lol.

      Remember when Ning, our almighty MC, was sulking bc Daofather Crimsonbright didn’t choose him as a disciple? It was not guaranteed that he would’ve babysat Ning even had he chosen Ning. And Ning was the #1 genius.

      Now Ning, someone countless times more powerful than Daofather Crimsonbright, has just bestowed a massive karmic luck onto a mere mortal, and he’s being picked apart. 🙁 Ning even stealthily babysat Green Bamboo for almost 30years.

      Sign me up for such ‘terrible’ karmic luck!

      Tough audience indeed. 😛

  2. Ning only left behind a cultivation method and his sword-arts! As for divine abilities and what not, he didn’t leave any of those. Emperor Mirrorsnow had left behind four Daolord-level golems, but Ning didn’t leave a single protective measure behind at all. This was because these fairly weaker protective measures wouldn’t really be that useful. Given Green Bamboo’s talent, it wouldn’t be hard for him to rise to prominence in this Mortal Realm. As for those excessively powerful protective measures? They might actually result in some unnecessary treasure.

    Okay we get it.. Ning is cheap af!!!

    1. he completely rebuilt his body and gave him his two most powerful sword-arts?
      I would not say that this is stingy.
      after all he did not search far and wide for a freakishly talented disciple to carry on his name.
      it was something he just felt like doing and so did it.
      Besides he gave the guy something which would have been impossible for him to get otherwise, and also fulfilled his wish.
      If this is being cheap then I don’t know what giving a favor is.

      I am only disappointed that he didn’t bring his disciple along 🙁

      1. I was also thinking about Ning bringing his disciple with him. I guess this is how Ning trains his disciples, he lets them do whatever they want and help them give opportunities. Also nice to know that he actually gives Bluecliff pointers, too bad she is not much talented. Actually thinking to this point Ning’s disciples have to be extremely talented for him to be really able to help them otherwise the things that he will give the disciples will just be useless as they are not talented enough to take advantage of.

        1. Yeah, your right.
          However if it doesn’t matter if his disciple becomes immortal then he could easily make any completely untalented person one of the most powerful mortals 😛
          I think Ji Ning acted just right towards his new disciple, there is one treasure though that would be really, extremely, superbly valuable for this disciple of his.
          And it would only bring benefits.
          And that is, of course, a dao twin treasure.
          Mortals are the only ones whom can form dao twins, different from clones. Giving them a new “true” body.
          At little Ning’s level getting such a treasure shouldn’t be too hard(?)
          And judging by how useful having such a twin has been for Ji Ning has been during ALL the time he has had it.
          I don’t get why he didn’t gift this disciple one of those :/

          1. You mean primaltwin not dao twin. You are right he should of gave him one of those treasure but he is expecting the guy to probably get it by himself and that treasure is risky too because you have to split the soul and if you are not careful you might just become retarded.

      2. SeniorBingeReader was making a joke 😉

        We know how generous Ning is. Look at how he dotes on Youji and the 3 Realms. He was also generous enough to let the whole Seamless Gate live, when many would’ve annihilate them for their offenses.

        P.S. What you said is on point too. 🙂

        Ning not bringing Green Bamboo along in his estate treasure is curious to say the least. I can think of a few reasons. 1) He can’t let even a hint of the possibility of their identities being exposed somehow if Green Bamboo tags along. 2) To protect Green Bamboo, while also letting him develop naturally, bc Ning might die during the mission. 3) Maybe a plot device for the future. One can hope! 😀

    2. ‘Okay we get it.. Ning is cheap af!!!’
      LOL 😀

      “As for those excessively powerful protective measures? They might actually result in some unnecessary treasure.”

      There are typos 😉 , and should be read as:
      “As for those excessively powerful protective [treasures]? They might actually result in some unnecessary [trouble].”

      .. a weakling with valuables is courting death! 😛

  3. As for those excessively powerful protective measures? They might actually result in some unnecessary treasure.

    I think treasure should be trouble or pressure. It doesn’t make sense as it is right now.

      1. From the brief summary of Yang Quding’s past… I would actually think a novel with him as MC would be interesting… and I feel it is pretty similar to IET’s style of first loves not coming true. CD, Linley’s first love Alice ends up ditching him, and DE, the other girl who’s name I forgot ended up leaving Ning for her clan.

        1. You’re absolutely right! IET, make it happen! We need it.

          btw, Ning’s first crush was Nine Lotus. She might still be alive, never confirmed.

    1. Actually more then just sucky, its just IET don’t let their MCs be a diligent teacher that spends lot of time with their students to improve them. For example with Ning’s teachers it wasn’t really too much different from how Ning is teaching. Diancai only taught Ning for 3 years and afterwards Ning basically learned by himself. His father taught Ning for 4 years but afterwards just let him practice by himself though to me Yichuan did more thorough teaching with making him a warrior and letting him spar with others and have life and death match. Only one that taught Ning for a long time was Subhuti who taught him for 34 years and most of those times, Ning learned by himself with him occasionally expanding on the dao.

      In DE learning is more by yourself, master can just guide the way but you have to walk yourself and Ning just guided this guy. Ning gave the guy the tools that he can use up until he becomes a daolord, its up to the guy whether he can use those gifts. If this guy continuously improves then what Ning gave him is huge. He basically gave a mortal a way to go from houtian to an daolord, no one gave Ning such a gift when he was a mortal. And also IET doesn’t show the times Ning is training others as evidenced by the fact that we just learn in this chapter that Ning gives Bluecliff pointers but it was never mentioned before in DE. I personally wish IET would show little bit of Ning teaching as that would be interesting but I guess in some way we might look at the student and be just disappointed because compared to Ning the students are not impressive at all but this guys seems interesting.

  4. And so Jack prays, may such a master like Darknorth chance upon Jack and bestow Jack with his freakishly transcendant cultivation and sword arts!
    Dear Friends, many thanks to the Author, Translator(s), (Editors), (Donors) for the awesome chapter! With lots of love, Jack

  5. Yup terrible master. Its good he gave him some techniques and such but isn’t the first step to a master-disciple relationship asking them? I know green bamboo had no reason to refuse but it’s still irresponsible just forcing stuff into his brain and suddenly calling him disciple. Personally I don’t think ning had the right to call him disciple. At least until green bamboo acknowledged him as such

  6. When he walked off with the rod and fish saying those lines, it was pretty cool.

    But at the same time he’s still a bad teacher (But he’s improving?)

    He left his first disciple, proceeds to find a new one, this time actually giving his second one something. But leaves his disciple yet again.

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