DE Book 38, Chapter 9

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Book 38, Daomerge, Chapter 9 – A Tough Nut

The skinny onyx humanoid was skilled with the saber, but for the sake of tying down Azurefiend he didn’t use any weapons at all. He used his bare hands, and since every part of his body was akin to a weapon he was able to tie down Azurefiend as best he could.

Whoosh. He sent his right palm out, his arm stretching to become more than ten thousand kilometers long.

Whap! Azurefiend, in his true form, struck out with his tail against the incoming black palm.

Crack! The vast black arm suddenly changed directions, lashing out in a strange whip-like manner as the arm seemed to transform into an arc that built up power and then struck out once more. The skinny onyx humanoid’s entire body seemed to have transformed into a bow-like shape.

“This Black Emperor really is tough to deal with.” Hegemon Azurefiend had a complete advantage in power, and was significantly superior to his opponent in terms of insights into the Dao, but his attacks were doing absolutely nothing when being landed upon the Black Emperor’s body. This allowed the Black Emperor to continuously tie him down.

“Darknorth has chosen to fight the other Black Emperor by himself. He should be able to keep himself safe, right?” Azurefiend cast a sideways glance at the distant Ning as he battled. A look of shock suddenly appeared on his face.


“Puny Daolord, you truly are arrogant. However, your arrogance has given us a chance to deal with you. Otherwise, we’d probably have to massacre everyone here to coerce you into complying, starting with all the disciples of Vastheaven Palace. And yet, that might not be enough.” The muscular Black Emperor was clearly in a good mood. “Now, we simply have to kill you and we’ll have won the realmship.”

“You might be celebrating just a bit too early.” Ning stood there in the air, staring calmly at the onyx humanoid before him.

“If you are in such a hurry to die, then die you shall.” The muscular onyx humanoid suddenly struck out with a giant black palm that blotted out the skies as it swept out towards Ning. Whoosh! Ning suddenly moved, disappearing from the onyx humanoid’s field of vision.

“He disappeared?” The muscular onyx humanoid’s palm-strike missed. He immediately struck out in every direction with his palms. As he saw it, even if Ning did vanish he would only be able to hide with his evasion-arts. There was no way he would’ve been able to escape too far.

“I’m over here.” A voice rang out from behind him. The muscular onyx humanoid stared backwards in astonishment, only to see the white-robed youth with the black sheath on his back standing far behind him.

“He’s fast.” A feeling of trepidation appeared within the onyx humanoid’s heart.

“The Black Emperor’s body is a waste on you. Your insights into the Dao are too low. You have some innate advantages in a life-or-death battle, but if I wanted to leave you wouldn’t be able to stop me at all.” Ning slowly shook his head. He suddenly couldn’t help but sigh a bit in his heart. When he had first seen that onyx humanoid’s corpse, he had felt absolutely stunned. He never would’ve imagined that he would have reached that same level of power as well.

In terms of the Dao of the Sword, Ning was on a full level higher than Emperor Heartsword had been. Now that Ning had mastered the fourteenth stance of the [Heartsword] art, he was just a single stance behind Emperor Heartsword, who had created just fifteen stances in total. On the whole, Ning was now far more powerful than Emperor Heartsword. He truly had reached the Hegemon level of combat power.

“Puny Daolord, you are far too arrogant. Die for me!” The muscular onyx humanoid was rather embarrassed and angered as he charged through the air at Ning. Each step he took caused the void around him to shudder as he once more struck out furiously with his giant palms.

Swoosh. Ning moved again. This time, he transformed into a streak of sword-light that dodged hundreds of thousands of kilometers to one side. “You can’t even touch me.” Ning shook his head slowly. This was far too easy.

When he had first relied on his Omega Sword Dao to become a Daolord of the Fourth Step, he hadn’t been this fast. However, it had been more than ten chaos cycles since then. He had reached the Archon level in the Dao of Thunder, giving him an even more terrifying level of speed. He had also reached the Archon level in the Dao of Space, giving him a tremendous amount of skill in manipulating space.

Thus, Ning had now reached a brand new level of speed. Only a Hegemon who was completely focused on speed would be able to catch up to Ning.

“You can’t even capture a Daolord?!” the distant skinny onyx humanoid sent a frantic mental message.

“Puny Daolord!” This time, the muscular onyx humanoid truly was angry and embarrassed. He raised his head, letting out a furious roar. Boom! A thick black fog spread out from him to cover an area of nearly ten million kilometers around him. Everything in this area was mired as if in quicksand, causing Ning’s speed to dramatically lessen.

“Ah, I knew Black Emperors of the Sithe couldn’t possibly be THIS week.” Ning’s body flickered as he transformed into his three-headed, six-armed mode. All six of the Northbow swords flew out from the sheath on his back and into his hands. “Come on.” Ning cracked a smile.

Slash! Slash! Slash! The onyx humanoid struck out with extraordinary strength, delivering one furious palm after another in an effort to slay Ning as quickly as possible. Alas, he had merely reached the Archon level in terms of insights into the Dao. His weaknesses were quite apparent.

Ning was still able to easily maneuver around the onyx humanoid despite the black fog. Ning didn’t even use his own secret arts! Although his speed was lessened, his sword remained incredibly fast.

Slash! Slash! Slash! Ning’s sword-light pierced through the skies, each streak of sword-light being ephemeral and nigh-invisible. The hints of sword-light were hard to detect, but they carried a terrifying amount of power and seemed capable of chopping through anything which stood in their path. This was a terrifying level of power that came from the combination of the fourteenth stance of the [Heartsword] art and a fourth-stage Daolord’s Omega Sword Dao. Each strike was ghostly and unpredictable. The onyx humanoid felt as though the blows were drilling straight through its body.

Slash! Slash! Slash! In the blink of an eye, the two exchanged more than a hundred blows against each other. The onyx humanoid wasn’t able to land a single attack against Ning; in short, he was being utterly dominated! However, Ning couldn’t help but frown as well: “His body really is incredibly tough. Even when I use my full power, I remain unable to injure him.”

“What the hell? He’s no Daolord, he’s clearly a Hegemon!” The muscular onyx humanoid suddenly pulled away as he shouted furiously, “I can’t do anything to him!”

“Go all out and burn your essence. End it quickly!” the skinny onyx humanoid, pressured by Hegemon Azurefiend, sent a frantic mental message.

“You try! I haven’t been able to even touch him a single time. His sword-arts are completely flawless. Even if I really did go all out, he could just flee over to Azurefiend.” The Black Emperor wasn’t willing to go all-out. Unlike normal cultivators, they healed and recovered quite slowly. Once they went all-out, they would be at risk of energy exhaustion. Once they exhausted their energy reserves, their bodies would grow weak and they could even be defeated and then destroyed.

“Withdraw!” The muscular onyx humanoid issued an order to withdraw, and the three quickly rejoined each other.

Azurefiend and Whitethaw moved to stand by Ning’s side. The two sides stared at each other from afar.

The three onyx humanoids were all rather angry, but they also felt stunned. How was it that a Daolord had actually reached such a level of power? He definitely had the power of a Hegemon! Thankfully, the three onyx humanoids all had extremely tough bodies; ordinary Emperors would’ve been slain with ease by Ning’s current level of sword-arts.

“Formidable. I truly do admire you, for a Daolord like yourself to have reached such a level of power.” The skinny onyx humanoid stared at Ning. “However… are you absolutely sure that you wish to become an enemy of the Icepeak Army?”

“I do not wish to become an enemy of the Icepeak Army. However, there is no way I’ll hand over a realmship for nothing.” Ning shook his head.

“Bold. These actions, however, are tantamount to declaring us your enemy!” The skinny onyx humanoid laughed coldly, “I’ll give you one more chance! Hand over the realmship. Otherwise, we’ll have no choice but to go ahead to report to our superiors that you are being defiant. In the end, the result shall be your death.”

Ning just smiled.

“Very well then.” They saw the look on Ning’s face. The skinny onyx humanoid barked, “Let’s go! Next time we come, we’ll kill them all.”

“Let’s go.” The three onyx humanoids immediately entered the spatial rift, vanishing without a trace and leaving just Ning, Azurefiend, and Whitethaw behind.

Azurefiend glanced at the white-robed youth by his side. He could sense that Ning had grown tremendously more powerful since their battle in the Jadefire Realm. By now, Ning truly had reached the Hegemon level of power.

“Darknorth, you have now become an enemy of the Icepeak Army,” Azurefiend said softly. “The Icepeak Army is not an easy foe to deal with. Given their disposition, they will definitely launch a war against you.”

“They aren’t easy to deal with, but neither am I.” A flicker of killing intent appeared in Ning’s eyes.

“You?” Azurefiend was stunned.

“Soon, I’ll have solved the formations and freed Flamewing,” Ning said.

“You are confident in being able to resolve the formations soon?” Azurefiend was overjoyed.

“More or less. Even if I end up taking longer than I expected, I should be able to buy myself the time needed via the Jadefire Realm. If necessary, I can also run around in the realmship and buy myself some more time,” Ning said. “However… I don’t think we’ll need to go to all that trouble. By the time they come back, the Flamewing God will be waiting for them.”

“Hahaha! If the Flamewing God comes out…” Azurefiend was absolutely overjoyed and excited by this prospect. “You really will be able to do whatever the hell you want. That is a Chaos Primordial! Hahaha! With a Chaos Primordial at your beck and call, who would dare cause trouble for you? If you gave the order, the Chaos Primordial would charge straight into the Icepeak Army’s base and wreck it. The Lonely King would be able to do nothing but stare, dumbstruck, as it happened. There’s nothing he can do to the Flamewing God. Why didn’t you tell me earlier?! I was so afraid that I thought we’d have to go wandering through the cosmos.” Azurefiend stared at Ning.

“Without Flamewing, I wouldn’t have dared to take such a tough line against them.” Ning smiled as well. “Let’s cut the chit-chat. Starting today, I’m going to put all of my time and effort into solving the formations and breaking them as soon as possible.”

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43 thoughts on “DE Book 38, Chapter 9” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. Ah, I knew Black Emperors of the Sithe couldn’t possibly be THIS week, you guys got the dates wrong, you’re supposed to come after me after cultivating for another 1000 years. Today was supposed to be ‘random idiot Daolord’.


    1. I though the same when I read your comment but hol’up dont you remember the The Three Realms chaos world formation the 3,900 worlds? If i remember correctly… Also he said something about further perfecting that formation.
      While its true that we just saw him using thunder and space daos his sword dao is still the best like come on you think he will pull up Fuxi staffs and put a formation? 😂 Good old fuxi formation.. Most supreme formations need the so called (Blood and Sweat) and Ning wont go in depth cuz WHY? He just needs the Flamewing God

    1. How exactly? He can’t kill him and even the Sithe race had to put in a massive effort in order to capture Flamewing so there’s no way I’m going to believe that the lonely king has the ability to do it with some random Sithe war machines.

  1. They would still fight a Daolord who reached Hegemon level in power, and has multiple Hegemons?
    Can Hegemons not have a realmship? Jeez. Wait till all the other Hegemons hear a Daolord at Hegemon level of strength. They’ll probably avoid offending him, especially if he breaks into EE. xD

    1. Why would he give away the realm ship? He has not been forced to a dead end. Furthermore, he possesses the flamewing god which is enough to content with the Icepeak Army! So why give away his precious realm ship when he is capable of dealing with the situation himself?? This book is also called “Daomerge” so we can guess what’s going to happen… after he become eternal he will be even stronger than the flamewing god (probably) and then? What can stop him? He will probably go ahead and destroy the army himself.

      1. Probably because it’s about time for every xianxia novel looping problem : no enemy+make a new one+scalp numb of danger+breakthrough+either enemy run away or got crushed by a rapetrain powerup+no more enemies+repeat….the limbo stuck in there.

        Maybe it’ll be interesting if for once, every xianxia protags were made to think outside of common sense (outside the metal bawks), hell an insane one might be gud (not RAGE inducing). For once, maybe xianxia scene will change if the MC is like Lord (Awesome!) Ursakar E. Creed, or the troll master Trazyn the Infinite.

        1. “Should’ve just pay autarch with realmship to kill everyone in the ice peak army + its lonely king.”
          Because that’s a stupid idea that, even if an Autarch were to accept (unlikely), would cost far more to do than “a realmship”.

          The realmship was the price for resurrecting a Celestial Immortal whose Truesoul has been destroyed, it is not a “for this an Autarch will grant you any one wish that you like”.

          1. And here, in the deepest recess I want to think of, most readers will assume that killing a few hegemons is easier than going against a chaosverse.

            If I need to make comparison, it’s like swatting bunch of squirrels high on crack which can’t even move anymore (this is my allusion for the ice peak army) vs going head on against a speeding death race’s car (chaosverse).

            If an autarch can’t kill hegemons in batch, how the hell they even won the war ? Isn’t autarch supposed to be the epitome of lolwtfbbq hax class in this story ?

            And who the hell doesn’t want a king’s ransom for easier job ?

        2. Since your comment is in moderation and will take hours to appear, I’ll say it here:

          An Autarch is not an assassin for hire, they don’t just go around murdering people in exchange for trinkets. Why on earth do I have to point out that basic fact to you?

          Even so, an Autarch STILL doesn’t care about a Realmship even if they were assassins, as noted in the first few chapters of this book. They are not doing this to earn treasure as you seem to think so, they are doing odd jobs that only they specifically can do simply to maintain the basics of fair trade. They can resurrect the dead, so they will do it for the appropriate price – that doesn’t mean they’ll go around murdering people for the same price.

          Besides, if it’s so easy to kill the Icepeak army as you try to insinuate, why not go do it yourself?

  2. Thanks for the chapter RWX! If the general can’t wipe his own ass I doubt the Lonely King would bother keeping him around. Stooping to bickering with a Daolord would be demeaning to the Lonely King’s dignity after all.

  3. I always felt like the author wanted to give Ning another dao different from the sword… and there where many points in the story where he uses different daos like the thunder and water… however he was never that outstanding with his other daos.. Now with him having to master 10 daos to Autarchy he finally is able to shine in many different aspects and become more overpowered and unique. It’s like the author finally figured out how to do it.

  4. Hello? Icepeak Army? It’s Daolord Darknorth from Flamedragon Realmverse. I would like to order 3 Sithe war machines and 60+ Hegemons worth of treasures; they should be delivered to the Jadefire Realm, Terror Starsea, within the next chaos cycle. Thanks. I eagerly await your arrival, with a lot of surprises getting ready for the party 😀

  5. Icepeak idiotic trio:”Ji Ning, you are going to lose as we have an army and numbers of Sithe warmachine!”
    Ji Ning:”And I have a Chaos Primordial!”
    Icepeak idiotic trio:”…”

  6. there is a little mistake in this paragraph:
    “Ah, I knew Black Emperors of the Sithe couldn’t possibly be THIS week.” Ning’s body flickered as he transformed into his three-headed, six-armed mode. All six of the Northbow swords flew out from the sheath on his back and into his hands. “Come on.” Ning cracked a smile.”

    I hope you can correct it for future readers.

    Thanks for your work.

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