DE Book 9 Chapter 27

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Book 9, Ji Ning of Serpentwing Lake, Chapter 27 –Traversing the Immortal Path Together

“You…” Chen Jin stared at Ji Ning, his eyes filled with astonishment. Previously, Ning had appeared to be a very courteous, handsome, slim young man, but now, he was no longer masking the killing intent in his eyes. “If…if I don’t swear an oath to the Dao of the Heavens…he’ll kill me. He’ll definitely kill me!”

Correct.

Ning did indeed desire to kill him now. He absolutely wouldn’t permit his own clan, the Ji clan, to face annihilation. Whether for the sake of his father,the sake of those clansmen who he cared about, or because he felt a strong sense of belonging for the clan, Ning would definitely do everything he could to preserve the clan.

“Even if I commit fratricide against a fellow disciple and violate the laws of the school, so what! I’ll accept the punishment!” This was what Ning was thinking to himself.

Although the school did indeed forbid fratricide, if he actually were to kill Chen Jin…in carrying out any punishment, the school would still first investigate the details of the situation. For example, if a disciple of the College sought to kill another disciple, could it be that the second disciple would not be allowed to fight back? Thus, this rule against fratricide was an internal rule of the College, and the exact punishment for violators would be determined by the College.

Chen Jin had threatened to annihilate the Ji clan…it was understandable for Ning to desire to kill him. The College wouldn’t go so far as to destroy his Zifu; however, he would most likely be sentenced to go into a confinement of atonement for three hundred years, at the very least.

“What do you choose?” Ning stared at Chen Jin.

The distant Holyfire felt quite startled and nervous as well. “This Ji Ning…he actually is capable of using divine soul attacks. It seems he must have reached the divine sense level long ago…and he’s also extremely strong! Chen Jin has fallen into his hands, and he can kill him with a thought; there’s no way I can save him in time.”

He felt somewhat confident in being able to deal with Ji Ning. However…his advantage in power over Ning was still limited; it could be said that the two of them were on the same general level of power. To rescue Chen Jin from Ning’s hands? It clearly wasn’t possible.

“I, I…” Chen Jin’s entire body was quivering slightly; he felt both agonized and humiliated. He finally spat out a phrase that he would never forget for the rest of his life. “I am willing to swear an oath to the Dao of the Heavens!”

“Whew…” Holyfire let out a sigh of relief. The distant Ninelotus, watching this, also let out a sigh of relief. She had been nervous this entire time, because this entire problem was due to her. Although she herself was innocent in her actions, she still felt nervous and ashamed.

“I’ll speak first. Repeat the words that I say in swearing your oath to the Dao of the Heavens. You are not permitted to change a single word!” Ning continued to grip Chen Jin by the neck as he said coldly, “Listen clearly. I, Chen Jin, swear an oath right now, with the Dao of the Heavens as my witness…”

“I, Chen Jin, swear an oath right now, with the Dao of the Heavens as my witness…” Although Chen Jin was unwilling, he still repeated every single word.

Invisible ripples of power descended. These were ripples generated by the most supreme of Daos, the Heavenly Daos. This meant that this oath had been officially acknowledged by the Dao of the Heavens. Upon violating this oath, one would have to face the punishment of the Dao! Even an Immortal who violated such an oath would immediately suffer a retributive attack, and if the Immortal had originally sworn that a violation of the oath would cause his soul to be destroyed, then his soul would indeed be destroyed and dispersed.

“…and if I violate this oath, then let the soul of myself, Chen Jin, immediately be destroyed and dispersed, never to be reincarnated again.” Chen Jin gritted his teeth as he stared at Ning. “Junior apprentice-brother Ji Ning, are you satisfied?”

Ning let out a cold laugh, then swung his hand. Swoosh! He tossed Chen Jin far away from him. This time, Chen Jin managed to stabilize himself in midair. He gave Ning a cold glare.

“If you want to act against me, do your best,” Ning said. “If you can invite any experts to come help you, I, Ji Ning, will be here waiting for you.” Ning stared hard at him. “But when you come to deal with me, prepare to suffer my reprisal!”

“Aren’t you a piece of work.” Chen Jin gritted his teeth. Of course he wanted to kill Ji Ning. But…he couldn’t!

He was, after all, just a disciple of the Chen clan with a bit of status; he wasn’t even the heir who was in line to become the next clan leader! His father was merely a Primal Daoist…even if an Immortal of his clan was somehow willing to give him face and help him, how could that Immortal possibly go kill the disciple of Immortal Diancai, a monstrously talented genius of the Black-White College?

For the sake of its own survival, a clan would definitely not act in rash, violent, dangerous ways. A clan which did act in such a way wouldn’t be able to survive for too long!

“Let’s go.” Holyfire flew to his side. Chen Jin glanced at Holyfire. Although his heart still blazed with rage, there was nothing he could do. All he could do was nod. “Fine.”

“Ji Ning.” Chen Jin, before leaving, gave Ning a final glance, then said in a low voice, “Let me offer you a word of advice. Ninelotus is the next leader of the Dongyan clan; this has already been set in stone. The Dongyan clan is an ancient clan that is even more powerful than our Black-White College. Not just anyone can become the Dao-Companion to the next leader of a clan like this. Even I, in terms of background alone, don’t quite match up; that’s why I still have to frantically train. As for you? Hmph…”

“No need to worry yourself about that,” Ning said calmly.

“Hmph.”

Chen Jin and Holyfire once more mounted that fiery red cloud, transforming into a streak of light and disappearing into the distant horizons. The only figures now left in the skies of Serpentwing Lake were Ning and Ninelotus.

“Ji Ning.” NInelotus stood there, a look of guilt on her face. “It’s all my fault…I’ve caused you to gain another enemy.”

This was the way of human interactions in the world.

Prior to this, Ji Ning and Chen Jin were fellow disciples of the same school who had never met. In the blink of an eye, however, Ji Ning had become a fiend in Chen Jin’s heart, casting a shadow over it! Similarly, because Chen Jin had threatened to annihilate the Ji clan, Ning now viewed him as his hated enemy.

“This isn’t your fault, senior apprentice-sister,” Ning said with a laugh. “Don’t worry. Chen Jin is nothing more than a dancing clown. He might be able to hop around smugly for a time…but what of it? What can he do to me?”

He was one of the two Sword Immortals of the entire Black-White College! The other, naturally, was his own master, Immortal Diancai.

“Right. Earlier, you demonstrated the third stance of the [Three-Foot Sword], the ‘Sudden Sword Light’,” Ninelotus said softly. “If the Black-White College was to learn of this, the degree of importance they view you with would skyrocket even more. The [Three-Foot Sword] is the most powerful sword art of the Black-White College, and you are a genius of the Dao of the Sword; the Black-White College will definitely spare no expense in training you!”

“The Chen clan is comparable to the Black-White College, but it’s in the Highwater Commandery; the amount of influence it has in Stillwater Commandery is quite low. In addition, Chen Jin’s status in the Chen clan is fairly ordinary…and so you truly don’t have much to worry about.” Ning nodded as he listened.

Both of them were chatting in midair, and standing very close to each other. When Ninelotus spoke, Ning could almost feel her breath. This caused Ning, who had never before had a relationship with a woman, to suddenly have an impetuous feeling…which was only strengthened by the fact that just now, he had defeated his ‘rival in love’, Chen Jin. Ning suddenly stretched his hand out, grasping Ninelotus’ hand.

Ninelotus’ hand was very soft, as though it were made out of water.

“Eh?” Ninelotus was somewhat caught off guard.

“Be my Dao-Companion,” Ning said.

For a moment, Ninelotus’ mind was thrown into a state of chaos. She had actually been hesitating this entire time; during the past year, she had slowly grown more certain of herself, but she was, by nature, a cautious person. She had been planning to wait and watch for a few more years, but in the face of Ning’s sudden ‘attack’…she didn’t know what to say or do.

“The path of Immortal cultivation is one filled with pitfalls and traps. But we would at least have a Dao-Companion as we traverse this path.” Ning looked at Ninelotus. “Senior apprentice-sister, are you willing to accompany me in traversing this path of Immortal cultivation for a thousand years…for ten thousand years…and for eternity?”

Ninelotus’ eyes suddenly turned red. She nodded gently. “Hahaha….” Ning began to laugh joyfully.

“Remember what you said,” Ninelotus said, looking at Ning. “We shall walk this path of Immortal cultivation together. A thousand years…ten thousand years…an eternity.”

“Right.” Ning nodded.

Their gazes met.

As for Autumn Leaf, who was watching this scene from the distant Brightheart Island, she revealed a hint of a smile as well. “The young master…has finally found his love.”

……

The Black-White College of Stillwater City. Adept Flowcloud, also known as Chen Jin, had returned to his own estate. He sat there by himself, drinking one cup of wine after another.

“Ji Ning.”

“Ji Ning.”

Chen Jin muttered this name repeatedly, a terrifying look in his eyes. The woman he had loved had been taken from him, and he had first been defeated, then been choked and forced to swear an oath to the Dao of the Heavens. All of these things caused Chen Jin to feel a boundless amount of hatred towards Ning, but…there was nothing he could do. Ning had been training for far fewer years than him, but Ning’s rate of advancement caused even Chen Jin to feel tongue-tied and speechless.

“I won’t be able to catch up to him. I won’t be a match for him.” Chen Jin couldn’t even rouse himself to fight back.

“What should I do?”

Agony filled Chen Jin’s heart.

“Right!” Chen Jin’s eyes suddenly let up. “Although Ninelotus won’t be mine, Ji Ning’s clan is far inferior to mine. Although he is a monstrously talented person…to an ancient, massive clan such as the Dongyan clan, they won’t care about that at all. Right…I imagine that the Dongyan clan doesn’t know about Ninelotus and Ji Ning yet. Then…I’ll give Ji Ning ‘a hand’!”

“Once the Dongyan clan learns of this, they will definitely prevent the two from being together. Definitely!”

Chen Jin was a disciple of a major clan as well; he knew very well how major clans carried out their affairs. Everything was done for the sake of the clan! The same was true for the leader of the clan as well. Only someone whose status in the clan was like Ji Ning’s status to the Ji clan, whose personal status and influence completely eclipsed the entire clan itself, was able to surpass the importance of the clan. In those cases, the entire clan would move according to the wishes of that person.

Clearly, Ninelotus, by herself, couldn’t possibly surpass the entirety of the Dongyan clan in importance!

“Let’s do this.” Swoosh. Chen Jin transformed into a streak of light, once more departing from the Black-White College.

…….

The Dongyan clan was an extremely mighty clan; since it stretched over three commanderies, it naturally had a local branch in Stillwater City. That very day, Chen Jin spread news of Ninelotus and Ji Ning to this branch.

The Primal Daoist in charge of running this branch didn’t dare to be negligent at all in handling this affair; this news, after all, involved their next leader, ‘Ninelotus’.

Very soon…the news made its way back to the primary headquarters of the Dongyan clan in Highwater Commandery, in the Dongyan Mountains. This was a mountain range that spanned more than a hundred thousand kilometers, and which was densely packed with countless structures and buildings. The Dongyan clan’s population was calculated in the hundreds of millions, and all of the clansmen lived here. In addition, this mountain range was also filled with countless ancient formations.

This was, after all, an ancient clan that spanned three commanderies, one which had produced multiple Celestial Immortals. But of course, too much time had passed; although Celestial Immortals had infinite lifespans, they might fall or die. No one knew for certain if the Dongyan clan still had any living Celestial Immortals.

In terms of their roots and their foundation, the Dongyan clan definitely surpassed the eight major powers of the Stillwater Commandery; they were actually close to the Northmont clan in power! Perhaps the only major difference between them and the Northmont clan was that they had never been enfeoffed with a marquisdom.

“Little Yun has chosen a Dao-Companion?”

“What’s her Dao-Companion’s name?”

“Ji Ning?”

This news instantly caused a major upheaval amongst the high-ranking members of the Dongyan clan.


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132 thoughts on “DE Book 9 Chapter 27” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. Thanks, Ren!
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    kill

    Ning did indeed desire to *kil* him now.
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    to face

    He absolutely wouldn’t permit his own clan, the Ji clan, *face* annihilation.
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    descended

    Invisible ripples of power *discended*.
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    face

    She had been planning to wait and watch for a few more years, but in the *fact* of Ning’s sudden ‘attack’…she didn’t know what to say or do.
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    accompany me in

    “Senior apprentice-sister, are you willing to *accompany in* traversing this path of Immortal cultivation for a thousand years…for ten thousand years…and for eternity?”
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    if

    No one knew for certain *of* the Dongyan clan still had any living Celestial Immortals.

  2. I do get why they don’t want their next clanleader becoming engaged to a nobody from a weak insignificant clan.

    What i don’t get is why they would risk her dao heart to prevent it.

    1. You are right…

      In any case, would we invite an expert from ISSTH over to ask him – meat jelly – about his professional opinion on matters of Chen Jin and Ninelotus’ clan, we would learn that: “This is wicked! Immoral!”

      So now it is official …

    2. There’s no such thing as a Dao Heart.
      It’s one of those meaningless terms that don’t mean anything. If there truly was a dao-heart, people would not be behaving like foolish, angry, greedy chimps. They’d be beyond mortal affairs and demeanor.

      Most of the characters in this setting are just children with too much power, where’s the dao-heart here? These immortals care so much about “Face” / “Honor” — that you cannot even come close to claim they have this intrinsic sense of value as a “Dao Heart”.
      The concept of a “Dao Heart” was introduced very poorly, imho. Everyone are so angry in this setting, yet the author goes ahead and claims they have such a lofty mentality? lol?

  3. Come on, what with the author always using the same setting for love with every of his damn novel -_-.

    In Coiling Dragon the MC and it’s love were separated because the female had much higher background, same in Stellar transformation and it seem like the same will happen in this novel…

      1. those three stories are full of those:

        the three MC start off as weakling that their own family think they won’t achieve anything, then they find an alternate path and prove them wrong
        upon succeeding in their alternative path, the three MC can finally follow the original path, along side their new one (magus instead of warrior, external instead of internal practices, fiendgod instead of ki practitioner)

        the three MC early on get a thingy that will help them greatly all the way up (soverein ring, meteorite tear, mental painting)

        the three MC get 2 beasts to be their friends (mouse+panther, eagle+monkey, wolf+snake)

        the three MC get guidance and protection from a powerful figure that stay hidden for most of the story from others (Grampa Beirut, Uncle Lan, the bear/palace spirit)

        the fact that their love lifes is similar shouldn’t shock anyone, truly

        1. It’s just that he could do thing differently and still end up at the same point.

          Like for example being kidnapped by someone strong and the MC can’t help the girl until he’s strong enough.

          The girl end up in a accident and because of that end up in a dangerous position that could make her die at anytime without help.

          The girl get in some kind of accident while visiting a dungeon/ruin or whatever it’s called in the novel with the MC and get sent in another plane, which the MC can’t access until he’s strong enough.

          The girl die and the MC have to wait for her the reincarnate and search for her etc.

          I know the author separate them for more story material so i won’t say he shouldn’t separate them, but at least he could do it in different way.

    1. Well in CD it only went on for a few chapters.
      I’m not too happy with Ji Ning’s choice. He will very soon outgrow her and she will become another Delia, who has to be protected every time a fight breaks out or have to sit home and wait for her hubby. 🙁

      1. At this point I just wish Ning only got a dao companion at the celestial immortal level so it wouldn’t affect the story as much… It hits me even harder when I realize I will have to live through another Delia that only slows down the story and does her best to make it boring…

        1. I think the mentality of these clansmen to be remarkably hypocritical if they truly “do not recognize mount tai”.

          Why?
          Simply put, they all tread on this thing called “The IMMORTAL path”. Who cares if your clan managed to survive for a puny thousand years, ten thousand years, one hundred thousand years? So bloody what? For an immortal, that’s nothing.

          An Immortal’s sense of value does not stem from their numbers, but from their individual worth. A celestial immortal is much stronger than ten thousand Primal Daoists. Placing any form of value on “how large his clan is” is a complete joke. It’s meaningless.
          You’d think a clan of immortal-cultivators would not give a f*ck about this pathetic concept of “pedigree”.
          If they do care, that just shows you the clan has fallen from their original path, and instead become corrupt with petty politics and hedonism of the land.

          People like Ning do not even need to be a part of a strong clan. Just look at the prince of the Stillwater Commandery, he started fawning over Ning the moment he saw him.

    1. also “hmf, how can someone with dead parents be in love with my waifu? Don’t you know having live parents is mandatory? noone likes a batman around here.”

  4. Why do I feel like Im the one to have gained a Dao Companion hahaahaaaa Have faith in Lord Ren, gain eternal translation. When Lord Ren translates, who dares to read raws!

  5. My guess is that little snakey snake jump uncle doggy out of frustration for not being able to bed her young master

    After all, each time Ning and Yun want some alone time, the two demon beast are left behind together, that will create some bonds

  6. for some reason i just don’t like ninelotus much. I liked delia and li’er right away but ninelotus just feels too ordinary and she hasn’t done much of anything really

    thanks :]

    1. Perhaps it’s because Ning does not have any good reason to actually like her, other than “She taught me all sorts of stuff about flowers for a year”.

      Seriously.
      That’s all we got. A 1 year time skip, and flowers.

  7. Thanks!

    Chen Jin’s logic is faulty: if Ji Ning (a top figure in Ji clan) is not worthy of Ninelotus’ clan, Chen Jin (being a small figure in his own clan) is even worse…

  8. Isn’t he breaking his oath? He said harm in any fashion. This is causing harm to the clan in some fashion. He did it because he knew it would cause trouble for the clan…

  9. And this is where I drop it ~

    I had already dropped it once, a few months ago when it had just started being translated because the writing was poor. No descriptive scenes, no good interactions between characters. Besides, there was also the matter of the MC – who was supposed to be like mother theresa in his previous life – killing left and right like a maniac.

    But I gave it another chance, willing to swallow all that crap. What happened now tho is my limit. Shitty xianxia. Worst IET work that I have read so far

  10. urgh.. what the hell with this sudden and awful romance plot.
    With how things are, I honestly don’t know what to like from Ninelotus and I don’t get how Ning just suddenly feel like that.
    Sigh.. This women and her friends are just piles of trouble. So annoying.

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