DE Book 9 Chapter 38

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Book 9, Ji Ning of Serpentwing Lake, Chapter 38 – The Tricentennial Conclave of Immortal Destiny

The gray-robed man couldn’t be said to be handsome, but he truly did have an extraordinary aura. Actually, as a reincarnated Immortal, and one who had long ago mastered a complete Dao Path, he should have awakened quite a few memories of his former life. Thus, his aura would be affected, naturally making him seem different from the crowd.

“Junior apprentice-brother Darknorth,” Daoist Vastriver said, smiling towards Ning, “I heard of your reputation long ago, but because I’ve always been adventuring, we haven’t had the chance to meet. This time, upon my return, I heard that you defeated Daoist Snowplume…you truly are impressive, quite impressive. Amongst the third generation disciples of our Black-White College, only junior apprentice-sister Yu Wei is a match for you in training speed.”

“I can’t compare to junior apprentice-brother Ji Ning,” Yu Wei said hurriedly.

“You are being modest. Junior apprentice-sister, three years ago, you completely mastered the Dao of the Freeze; compared to the two of you, myself and Vileslayer are truly ashamed,” Adept Vastwave said.

“Senior apprentice-sister Yu Wei, you were able to comprehend a complete Dao Path so quickly! Only junior apprentice-brother Ji Ning is a match for you,” the nearby Bloodshadow said with a laugh as well.

Ning was quite surprised. By the sound of it…quite a few people knew that Yu Wei had mastered a complete Dao Path. Vastriver and Bloodshadow, at least, knew about it.

Formidable! Yu Wei wasn’t actually that old; she was only roughly ten or so years older than Ning himself! And yet, she had already completely comprehended an entire Dao Path, and the Dao of the Freeze, at that! It must be understood that when Yu Wei had defeated Ning during their initial Dao Debate, she had used techniques pertaining to fire.

“Senior apprentice-sister, aren’t you the ‘Rainbowflame Fairy’? Are you actually more talented in ice?” Ning was surprised.

“She’s skilled in both ice and fire,” Adept Vastriver sighed. “Although we are all reincarnated Immortals, there are still differences between us. Some reincarnated Immortals were ordinary Earth Immortals or Loose Immortals, while others were Loose Immortals who had trained for hundreds of thousands of years…in her past life, junior apprentice-sister Yu Wei must have been an incredible Loose Immortal.”

Yu Wei said, resigned, “We’ve come to congratulate junior apprentice-brother Ji Ning; why do you all keep talking about me? Junior apprentice-brother Ji Ning, we’ve come to your place…are you going to just have us keep chatting here in midair? Aren’t you even going to offer us a glass of wine?”

“Yes, of course,” Ning immediately led the way.

The awe-inspiring group of Black-White College disciples chatted and laughed amongst themselves as they arrived at Brightheart Island. Autumn Leaf had already arranged for the servants to prepare in advance; how could they dare to be negligent in taking care of so many disciples of the Black-White College?

The entire group stayed here for time; some stayed for just two or three days, then returned on their own. Northson, Yu Wei, Vastriver, and Baiwei continued to spend some more time at the island.

On this day, the sky was completely cloudless, for as far as the eye could see.

Ning’s group was aboard a large ship on Serpentwing Lake. They were seated, drinking Immortal wine, and eating spirit-fruit.

“Junior apprentice-sister Yu Wei,” Adept Vastriver, seated opposite from her, spoke out, “There are three more years before the Conclave of Immortal Destiny. What do you plan to do during these three years?”

“Whatever I feel like.” The black-robed maiden, Yu Wei, sat there while viewing her surroundings. “I’ll stroll about and do what I please. When enough time has passed, I’ll go directly to the imperial capital of the Grand Xia.”

“Then let me congratulate you in advance, Rainbowflame Fairy, for spreading your name throughout the world,” Baiwei said with a laugh.

Northson stared. “Wait, wait. What are you all talking about? What Conclave of Immortal Destiny? What’s this about the imperial capital? And spreading one’s name throughout the world? Hey, senior apprentice-brother…do you know what they are talking about?”

Puzzled, Ning shook his head as well. “What are you all talking about? Why haven’t I heard of this before?”

Baiwei said, “This Conclave of Immortal Destiny is an event which the founding emperor of the Grand Xia Dynasty established. All Immortal cultivators beneath the rank of Primal Daoist are permitted to participate. This is a tournament of the truly supreme geniuses of the world. Our Grand Xia Dynasty has unified this major world, which holds 3600 commanderies and many oceanic territories…I can’t even imagine how many monstrous geniuses and reincarnated Immortals will be attending this event.”

“A tournament of geniuses?” Ning was astonished.

“Right. Although it is called the ‘Conclave of Immortal Destiny’, it should really be called the ‘Tournament of Geniuses’,” Baiwei said with a sigh. “This is because one must be below the Primal Daoist level…thus, almost all the participants are peak Wanxiang Adepts. The peak Wanxiang Adepts who participate are geniuses who come from the various commandery cities and oceanic territories…I can’t help but shudder, just thinking about it. Generally speaking, those who dare participate are, at the very least, comparable to Primal Daoists!”

The look on Ning’s face grew solemn as well. He now understood. If all the geniuses of this entire major world were to gather in one place…it must be understood that the Black-White College of Stillwater Commandery, alone, already had the likes of the Sloppy Daoist, Holyfire, Vastriver, and Yu Wei. Stillwater Commandery had other schools and sects and clans as well, some of whom had brought up their own heaven-defying geniuses.

Every commandery would have tens of such geniuses.

The Grand Xia Dynasty controlled 3600 commanderies, and oceanic territories as well!

In other words…the entire Grand Xia Dynasty most likely had more than a hundred thousand individuals on the level of Holyfire and Vastriver!

“If you don’t have some true ability, going and participating is suicide,” Baiwei said. “The reason you never learned about it is because you weren’t strong enough, and so the Black-White College never notified you. After all, your defeat of Daoist Snowplume is a recent event.”

Ning nodded.

“Can it be that you want to go?” Baiwei looked at Ning.

“I’m not in a rush to,” Ning said.

“I, too, feel that you don’t need to go. After all, you’ve only trained for thirty years. That’s too short a period of time,” Baiwei said. “You might as well just stop at the Wanxiang level and train for another three centuries and wait for the next Conclave of Immortal Destiny. If you go then…you will definitely shock the world. I know quite a few supreme talents who insisted on waiting for three centuries, and in the process mastered multiple complete Dao Paths!”

Ning was secretly speechless. Multiple Dao Paths?

“Given how high a level of comprehension they have, why not become Primal Daoists or Earth Immortals? Why insist on forcing themselves to remain at the Wanxiang level?” Ning asked.

The nearby Northson also said hurriedly, “Right. Why suppress themselves for so long? Is the Conclave of Immortal Destiny truly so enticing?”

“You don’t understand,” the nearby Adept Vastriver spoke out. Baiwei and Yu Wei looked towards Ning and Northson as well. Vastriver continued, “This Conclave of Immortal Destiny …those who rank in the top three will acquire an Immortal-ranked magic treasure.”

“Immortal-ranked?!” Northson cried out in shock.

“A single Immortal-ranked magic treasure shouldn’t be enticing enough,” Ning said with a frown. Anyone capable of comprehending multiple Dao Paths in three centuries would definitely be a truly monstrous genius; someone like this, upon becoming an Earth Immortal, shouldn’t find it too hard to acquire an Immortal-ranked magic treasure.

“That’s just the nominal prize,” the black-robed Yu Wei said. “Participating in the Conclave of Immortal Destiny is a chance to skyrocket to the heavens in prominence. It’s a chance to allow the entire Grand Xia Dynasty to pay attention to you. If you rank in the top ten…just for the sake of becoming friends with you, some of the major clans might give you five thousand kilograms of liquefied elemental essence, or even more. That might not be too much from a single clan, but if multiple clans were to do the same…your hands would go limp from receiving liquefied elemental essence.”

“But all that is secondary.”

“The most important part of this event lies in the words, ‘Immortal Destiny’.” The black-robed maiden looked at Ning. “If you rank in the top ten of this event, then you’ll be able to apprentice yourself to some truly major powers. Generally speaking, if you do so, you’ll have a much higher chance of becoming a Celestial Immortal.”

“Major power?” Ning hurriedly asked, “Major powers of where?”

Adept Vastriver said in a low voice, “Perhaps some of the truly supreme powers of this major world who have been in seclusion…or perhaps powerful figures from outside this major world. No matter what, they will definitely be more powerful than Celestial Immortals! I’ll tell the two of you one more thing…more than 80% of Celestial Immortals we know of first came to prominence during the Conclave of Immortal Destiny, where they were accepted by major powers as disciples.”

“This is a chance, a chance to show your prowess and let the major figures of the Three Realms to see how talented you are.” Adept Vastriver looked at Ji Ning and Northson. “Understand, now? Understand why so many geniuses are willing to stay at the Wanxiang level for three centuries? It’s all for the sake of being able to show their prowess and blaze brilliantly during the Conclave.”

Yu Wei sighed as well, “Reincarnated Immortals like us are nothing. Earth Immortals? Loose Immortals? We are nothing at all. Only becoming Celestial Immortals will one become truly carefree and unrestrained! But how hard is it to become a Celestial Immortal? The entire Black-White College, in all its history, has only produced a single one. But this Conclave of Immortal Destiny…this is a moment of true destiny. Naturally, one has to grasp it.”

Ning and Northson completely understood.

Becoming a Celestial Immortal was too hard!

If a major power of the Three Realms was willing to give some guidance, it would be much easier. For example, if Daoist Threelives were to personally teach and train Ning, his own Immortal path would naturally be much more quickly traversed.

The Conclave of Immortal Destiny…this was a chance for one to attract attention from major figures of the Three Realms.

“Beyond Celestial Immortals in power?” Northson couldn’t help but ask, “All I know is that Celestial Immortals have surpassed the restrictions of the Three Realms and are able to roam about, carefree. What is above a Celestial Immortal?”

Yu Wei and Vastriver exchanged a glance.

Yu Wei said slowly, “True Immortals! True Immortals of Pure Yang!”

“True Immortals?” Northson murmured these two words to himself.

“One of the prerequisites for becoming a Celestial Immortal is the comprehension of an entire Dao Path,” Yu Wei said. “Mastering an entire Grand Dao Path, however, is the prerequisite for becoming a True Immortal.”

Northson nodded gently. Ning did the same.

The two of them both knew what Grand Daos were. Ning’s Dao of the Sword was a Grand Dao…and Northson’s Dao of Constructs was also a Grand Dao! However, it was even more difficult and rare to completely master and control the Grand Dao of Constructs than it was to completely master the Grand Dao of the Sword. Some Immortals were said to be ‘skilled’ in constructing constructs, but to clain true, complete mastery over the Grand Dao of Constructs? Not even the legends mentioned such a figure.

“And that’s just a prerequisite. To surpass the Celestial Immortal level…how incredible must that be? Any such person would be considered a formidable figure of the Three Realms. Generally speaking, those who are chosen during the Conclave of Immortal Destiny will ‘only’ become honorary disciples…but even being a mere gate-guard for such a major power is more exalted than being a prince of the Grand Xia Dynasty, to say nothing of an honorary disciple,” Adept Vastriver said.

Ning and Northson both nodded in agreement.

Those figures could be considered major powers of the Three Realms.

Ning suddenly thought of the master of the underwater estate – Daoist Threelives. He was a Primordial Fiendgod, who had been born from the primordial chaos with the complete mastery of a Grand Dao. Afterwards, he had mastered many other Grand Daos, and then developed the [Starseizing Hand], ranked as one of the top ten divine abilities out of the innumerable divine abilities that had been created after Pangu had established the universe.

“Master said that only after I become an Empyrean God can I be considered his disciple. I wonder how strong Master is, compared to a True Immortal,” Ning mused to himself.


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63 thoughts on “DE Book 9 Chapter 38” - NO SPOILERS

  1. thanx for the chapter ren! 10th! not qualified for f5 sect…. :'(. looking at how much yu weis training speed and her similarity(sort of) to ji ning we emphasized, im calling it again. ji ning and yu wei! btw, i dont read a word of chinese, so all speculation

    1. I doubt about it. First in Black White college she seemed to have a really good relations with Ninelotus, so I can’t see go after the “man” of this one (and if they break up, would make a strange drama for immortals). And the author didn’t make anything to make them closer for the moment.
      For the training speed of Yu Wei, she kinda cheat since she is a reincarnated immortal. It’s more like she awakens her memory than comprehending Daos path. And like they said earlier, Reincarnated are OP at first thanks to their memory, but encounters way more difficulties later so it would become hard for her.

      1. ALL THAT IS SAID BELOW IS JUST IMO:
        So, Ji Ning needs a dao companion. now, the feelings of the people are quite important, but the feelings that Ning and Ninelotus have, while favourable, are not strong at all. Ninelotus’ feeling are, and I quote, almost maternal, and her soft side is, I dont know, stimulated by seeing Ning in his boat, and by hearing his story. She finds its easy to manipulate/control the Ji clan. and is a control freak. Her talent is quite good, but for her to be Nings dao companion, her talent needs to be outstanding, and atleast at the reincarnated immortal level. If that isnt satisfied, then there is no way she can be a heroine in an IET novel.
        The title of the next chapter is meeting, and since the chapter isnt released, this is just speculation, but I believe its a meeting between Ning and Ninelotus. Now, Ninelotus, upon seeing Ning with a female, after 9 years, might feel betrayed and hurt. I dont know where i am going with all this, but I feel like all the roads do not lead to rome, they all are leading to ning and yu wei. And then, there is no reason why relationships between two women cant detoriate cause of a man. It happens all the time, in fiction and irl. Reincarnated immortals might encounter more difficulties later on, but then that might just allow ning to be of assisstance(any kind) in the future, and be the knight in shining armor. I still dont know where I am going with all of this, and I may be wrong(scratch that, I am most probably wrong) , this id all speculation. plus, I dont think her relationship with ning and wei is at a level where there trust each other a lot. Ning proposed to her immediately after fighting Flowcloud, in a moment of hot bloodedness, and if he hadnt, then both of them would have continued to observe and live together for a longer time before accepting each others feelings. Ning calls her senior apprentice sister, and she never bothers asking him to call her in an informal manner, hell, i dont think she even told him her name. and i dont think the author can make them closer before splitting ning and lotus, he might make them closer after that.

    2. Yup i think after things are settled with ninelotus there wont be any romance for a while then latter (perhaps at celestial immortal lvl) he will find his true waifu.

      1. Nah, that’s way too convenient. The entire point of a “Dao Companion”, is to stick through the hard and thick. Getting a waifu at the celestial-immortal stage, is already too late. They’re already at the peak, so to speak. Even if there’s some improvements to be made at that stage, I’m willing to wager it’s unlike the anxiety of having a mortal as a loved one.
        As long as they’re not Celestial immortals, they’re still bound to be struck down by the universe. That’s a heavy burden to keep, and that’s what being a Dao-Companion is all about, in the dramatic, romantic sense of story writing.

        1. I don’t want to spoil anything but keep in mind this is a 44 Volume story. As such there is still a lot of story to come. Also keep in mind that this is an IET novel so just because something is being said to be the peak doesn’t mean its anywhere close. All that it means is that it is the peak to the people talking about it.

        2. celestial-immortal is too late?
          You my friend well underestimate powerlevel in IET series.

          It too late for the typical red shirts in IET series as celestial immortal is the peak of their lifespan

          However, Ji Ning is a protagonist, of we know will reach max level. Of which in IET story, the max level will just increase.

          Celestial-immortal is max for most people, but we were just told of true immortals level beyond that, and IET will add many more levels, just like in Coiled Dragon, we knew Saint was max, then we found out about deity ranks, then we found out about fiend ranks.
          So it never too late for Ji Ning.

          Not to forget wafu of protagonist will get a boost to level up just like him, just like how Delia got a demigod spark to compete with Linley.

      2. I don’t know why but from my own point of view, Ninelotus is too overbearing for Ji Ning and their relationship not going to last long. It’s true that Ji Ning does has a sense of loyalty towards his own clan and his people but he is too free-spirited to let himself to be controlled by Ninelotus in which we can see that her true nature is wanting to control everything. That’s why she’s attracted to Ji Ning at the first place. But that’s just my opinion.

    3. The way I see it, Ning and Ninelotus might be the perfect pairing. There are some significant hurdles but if true love and devotion develop between the two, their natures may complement rather than hinder each other.

      Ninelotus is controlling by nature but at least now she realizes this. She has to accept Ning’s carefree nature and not attempt to control him. Only then can she become his support in the areas he’s weak (politics, management, etc.). She can probably elevate the Ji Clan much higher than Ning (or more precisely, Autumn Leaf) could.

      Ning is carefree by nature and he’s always known it. He would have to accept Ninelotus’ controlling nature and take her advice, possibly changing the way he does some things. (For example, when he goes to finish off his revenge, Ninelotus may have a lot of info Ning could use to minimize the fallout when going for the kill.) If he does this, he could become Ninelotus’ support in the areas she’s weak (combat abilities, possibly a wider array of powerful friends/allies).

      So, if they do become a couple who truly love, accept, and respect each other, they’ll have things covered. Go after them through politics or stealth methods and Ninelotus has Ning’s back. Try to overpower them, Ning’s got Ninelotus’ back. And the counterattack would be awesome.

  2. They talk so much about this tournament that it would be strange for Ji Ning to not participate. But he doesn’t care about the recompense, so what excuse will IET find to make him go?

    1. Even if he masters a dao path he will still be one of the weaker competitors. There are 3600 commandaries and countless oceanic lands. They said there are even adepts who mastered multiple dao path participating (waited 300 years to master these dao paths). Currently, Ning is close to mastering 2 paths: rainwater and inferno. There is also the fact that he is still at the 11th stage as a Fiendgod, not the 12th.
      Sure, he has one of the 10 best divine powers, but there is still much to improve. If he participates, most probably he will enter top 10, but it will be annoying considering he will make sudden (and completely EXPECTED) breakthroughs during the critical moment.

    1. Ninelotus clan shouldn’t be a problem. The “normal” members of the clan don’t agree their relationship, but who cares? The boss of the clan already said to Ninelotus that he separated them because he thinks they were too young to take such a big decision. But he just have to say a word and other would agree.
      And honestly, from what they say, if by chance Ji Ning obtain a good position in the tournament, it would be Ninelotus status that would be too low for him (would be funny if when they come to greet him, he sends them away).

      1. While the ancestor doesn’t really have a problem with them being together, Ji Ning doesn’t know that and he thinks that Ninelotus’ clan considers him too unimportant for them to be together, so it should make sense for Ji Ning’s point of view to compete in the tournament in order to shut them up.

  3. Oh, hey. A tournament.
    I called it.

    Well, I thought that Cloud-guy would challenge Ning to a fight within the tournament, but still — tournament arc is inbound.
    …Whoopy.

  4. So those who have comprehended a complete Grand dao can reach a level higher than Celestial Immortals? Then is it possible to reach a level higher than a True Immortal by comprehending a Heavenly Dao? And an even higher level than that by comprehending the Dao of Dismantling Ancient Immortal Palaces?

    1. If you think about it, Nuwa has comprehended how many truths? If you think about it closely enough, you can guess that those truths are daos. So yeah, becoming a creator of a universe is possible…

    2. The daos are kinda strange.
      The normal daos are very specific: rainwater, inferno, gale, etc
      The grand daos are: sword, water, fire, etc. More generic. Like the big categories that can be used to represent the universe
      The heavenly daos … not much is said atm. I think there is only ONE, which encompasses everything under the heaven. You comprehend this, you’re the master of the universe. This is just speculation, but if there are more heavenly daos, where does everything actually ends? Is there something above the heavenly dao? The primal chaos dao?

  5. so… little Northson is more OP than MC from the beggining? like “I already comprehended a Grand Dao long ago b*tch and a more powerful than your Dao of stick”

    1. Ning is a monster, he may have gained insights into it before ning, but ning has the inheritance from the immortal from the black white college as well as the room full of comprehension of daos inside the underwater mansion he is not likely to be overtaken by northson, but hey that doesnt mean northson is any less amazing, lol

    2. No, northson just has started on a more high potential path than Ning at an earlier time.
      Northson right now is obviously not as strong as Ning and given the difference in their talents he proabably won’t surpass him, however Northson did embark on a high level grand dao as his first.

  6. Thanks for the chapt~ ( *• ̀ω•́ )b

    I was checking the titles in lnmtl and it seems the next chapter is the last of the current book. Our dear translator will finally be able to take a day off. =^-^=

    1. Ning has currently two masters immortal dianca in the black white college, and Daoist three limbs (dont remember his actual name) the original creator of the underwater mansion who is also the fiendgod who created the starseizing hand technique. He was remembering to daoist three limbs.

  7. Thanks for the chapter.

    Some Immortals were said to be ‘skilled’ in constructing constructs, but to clain true, complete mastery over the Grand Dao of Constructs?
    -to claim true

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