TDG Chapter 338

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Chapter 338 – Taking

After Long Yuyin left, Nie Li immediately started cultivating.

Even Long Yuyin’s cultivation had already reached 5-fate. If he didn’t catch up soon, he’d be left behind in the dust.

Nie Li entered the Myriad Miles Rivers and Mountains Painting.

Deity’s Lakes were floating all around inside the painting. Soon, they’d start producing an endless supply of spiritual stones.

Nie Li looked towards, Yu Yan who was cultivating in the distance. The golden flames on body were blazing more than ever, looking like a cloud of golden fire in the sky. Nie Li had no idea how far Yu Yan’s cultivation had reached. Since she was still in the middle of cultivating, he didn’t want to disrupt her.

As for Jindan, that little guy was already twice his original size. It kept up with its routine of eating and sleeping. This Myriad Miles Rivers and Mountains Painting was like a utopia for it.

Nie Li settled down and began cultivating. But unlike before, he was absorbing pure spiritual stone essences, instead of spiritual stones.

The Heavenly Energy contained in spiritual stone essences was purer by several folds.

A single piece of spiritual stone essence was equivalent to a thousand spiritual stones. Ordinary cultivators couldn’t enjoy such goods; but for a moneybag like Nie Li, it wasn’t much.

After absorbing three spiritual stone essences, his cultivation returned to 3-fate. However, he continued to absorb even more spiritual stone essences.

For now, Nie Li’s fate soul was still unstable, so he didn’t think about heading to the outside world for the time being. Instead, he cultivated and continued to raise his strength in peace.

Time pass quickly. five days later, Nie Li had already used dozens of spiritual stone essences and his cultivation had finally stepped into 4-fate. He’d finished forming his fourth fate soul, and it was black in colour.

Red, blue, yellow and black. Then what would color of his fifth fate soul be?

Nie Li was a little bewildered.

However, he didn’t stop cultivating once he reached 4-fate. Instead, he continued on.

Meanwhile, in the outside world, Gu Bei and Lu Piao led the Demon League and finally took down a Deity’s Lake. This was their first Deity’s Lake since the league’s establishment. Although it was just an ordinary low grade Deity’s Lake, it was a pretty good start for them.

With that Deity’s Lake as a base, they’d be able to recruit more experts than ever, especially since they weren’t lacking in funds. After all, the terms that they provided were several times better than those of the other factions.

As they were cultivating by the Deity’s Lake, a subordinate hurried in.

“Master Bei, there’s a faction called the Ancient Jade League that’s come to join us!”

“Ancient Jade League? Where are they from?” Lu Piao frowned as he asked Gu Bei. Ever since they came to the outside world, Lu Piao had become even more cautious.

“They’re a small faction in the outside world with roughly sixty men who are all around the Heavenly Fate Realm.” Gu Bei continued, “However, they don’t have any associations with other factions!” After reaching the outside world, Gu Bei had conducted a few investigations on all the large and small forces out there. Gu Bei also had an amazing memory. As long as the faction had a name in the outside world, Gu Bei would know of them.

“Did you ask why they’d like to join us?” Gu Bei asked after pondering for a brief moment.

“They said that wandering the outside world is too tough for them. They said that, they’ve come in contact with some of the major factions, but those major factions didn’t give them any regard and weren’t willing to take them. After hearing that Master Bei was establishing your own force, they decided to quickly pay a visit and ask!” that underling reported.

Under normal circumstances, those major factions wouldn’t be willing to take them; their strengths were too ordinary. After all, it was quality rather than quantity that counted. Having more people would mean that they’d have to spend more spiritual stones to maintain the force. After those major factions weighed the factors, of course they weren’t willing to accept those who were weak.

“Are we going to take them?” asked Lu Piao as he looked at Gu Bei. This was the first time an entire faction had decided to join them!

“Of course! Nie Li is a moneybags anyways, so we can afford it!” Gu Bei smiled as he continued, “Other factions have to worry about having too many burdens, so they aren’t willing to take them. But that’s not a problem for us, since Nie Li already told us to recruit as many people as possible!”

A short while later, the group that called themselves the Ancient Jade League appeared before Gu Bei and Lu Piao.

“Master Bei, my name is Heng Yan!” The leader of the Ancient Jade League cupped his hands towards Gu Bei. He was a youth in his twenties and didn’t have any family background worth speaking of. However, he acted neither humble nor pushy as he stood before Gu Bei and Lu Piao.

“If you join our Demon League, you’ll have to follow our rules. Will you comply?” Gu Bei’s face turned serious as he looked at Heng Yan.

Heng Yan immediately bowed and said, “I understand.”

Joining the Demon League would require them to sign a contract. Once the contract was set, they wouldn’t dare to betray him, especially with Gu Bei’s family background. After all, Gu Bei was the first-in-line successor of the Gu Clan!

“Good! Then sign the contract!” Gu Bei lightly smiled.

Heng Yan looked at Gu Bei as he asked, “Master Bei, we control a low grade Deity’s Lake. Although it’s nearly dried up, there are still dozens of people guarding it right now. Do you want it?”

Gu Bei straightforwardly said, “Naturally! After joining our Demon League, we will send some men over to collect your Deity’s Lake. Since you’ve decided to join us, you’ll be treated the same as everyone else who’s in the Demon League.”

Hearing Gu Bei’s words, Heng Yan and his group had their eyes light up. According to the rumors, the Demon League’s monthly salary was equivalent to their former yearly income! How could they possibly be unwilling?

Very quickly, Heng Yan and his people disbanded the Ancient Jade League. Once everyone present signed the contract, they became a part of the Demon League.

To Heng Yan, exchanging a nearly dried up Deity’s Lake for the generous treatment of the Demon League, was a profited for them. As far as Nie Li was concerned, it was a profit for him as well. All he had to do in exchange for a nearly dried up Deity Root, was pay Heng Yan and his group a tiny allowance every month.

The news travelled quickly. The Ancient Jade League had disbanded and its members had joined the Demon League.

The other smaller factions were also deliberating. Guarding a Deity’s Lake was bitter work. And in return, they received only a dozen or so spiritual stones per year. But if they chose to follow the Demon League, then they could get dozens of spiritual stones every month!

Some of the bosses of the smaller factions weren’t willing to disperse their own factions. However, they saw their brothers’ hearts shaking and understood that their factions couldn’t hold out for much longer. They too, disbanded and joined the Demon League.

In just a single month, dozens of factions had disbanded and joined the Demon League. The league itself was swelling and growing at a ferocious pace. Aside from accepting large numbers of new members, the Demon League had also received and controlled dozens of Deity’s Lakes. However, Nie Li had quickly removed the Deity’s Roots from all those lakes.

After taking dozens of factions, the Demon League’s size swelled to over three thousand experts. However, not everyone had a high cultivation. There were only a few dozen Heavenly Star Realm experts. However, their expansion was already extremely shocking, given the league was only a few months old.

The major factions of the outside world were extremely puzzled. How could the Demon League possibly afford the massive quantity of spiritual stones required daily to support? If any other force spent so much just to maintain so many people, then they’d have crumbled a long time ago!

However, what they didn’t know was that not was Nie Li capable of supporting them all, the amount of spiritual stones in his possession was still madly increasing.

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106 thoughts on “TDG Chapter 338” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. tbh, it’s a bit disappointing how the author presented a point of challenge for the MC — having very scarce resources, in the entire realm — but completely retconned it by making up a random OP treasure that can, apparently, produce infinite heaven-energy, while the dragon-realm itself is dried out and spits nothing but sand.

      I don’t mind the power-fantasy too much, this novel was never about anything but insane power fantasies (coming back to his youth with insane levels of expertise in almost any field imaginable, can solve anything and everything, has the knowledge regarding future events…This story was a cakewalk from the start) — But, it’s pretty pointless to present a hurdle before the MC, saying: “There are very few spirit stones! And the entire realm is going out dry! What will you do??”
      Only to contradict his own challenge by gracefully giving the MC a dues-ex-machina. It’s more weird how the author betrayed his own setting, than anything.

      1. I believe the treasure is not random. The author at one point mentioned that the nightmare demon pot, the meteor sword and this painting would become the foundation of his strength. And this was before he learnt he could put deity roots in the painting.
        Also, even if he has insane levels of expertise in almost anything, when he came back, he still realised that he has alot to learn and that even though he meets some task that could be considered trivial to past/future him, the current him is still too weak, so the author shows ways of dealing with those problems while occurring the least losses. in a way, it still shows his changing (still a story about him learning a different cultivation path than his previous life). Furthermore, in his past life, he joined the Divine Feathers Sect when it was declining and Long Tianming was the sect master. However in this one, he joins it very early (hundreds of years before it declines (cause he spent hundreds of years in the temporal demon spirit book’s space)). This changes everything. Long Yuyin is not a villain, The master dies hundreds of years before her appointed time, Long Tianming can be stopped in this life, he builds connections with other sects like Holy Son Yan Yang from Skyblaze Sect and Mingyue Wushang from Heavenly Note Sect (also has his friends in other sects get stronger and build strong unshakeable positions in their respective sects), strong people like Gu Bei and Li Xingyun have not left the sect, He builds connections with the five most authoritative figures of the Divine Feathers Sect, running for Sect Master etc. Therefore the hurdles presented to him are not pointless.

  1. How is his painting able to handle all this? I know a supreme expert essentially sacrificed himself to make it but even Martial Ancestors wouldn’t be able to power hundreds of deity lakes would they? I wonder if it will run dry eventually…

    1. Well, he did say that the painting was a realm spanning tens of thousands of miles, that’s dozens of times the area in which he moves around in the draconic realm, and it’s been existing for millions of years, and it was created by someone way stronger than a martial ancestor, so even if the painting isn’t creating or borrowing heavenly energy from somewhere it probably has quite a bit saved up (I think it’s doing at least one of those things btw)

  2. Thanks for the chapter.

    The golden flames on body were blazing more than ever, looking like a cloud of golden fire in the sky.
    -on her body

    The Heavenly Energy contained in spiritual stone essences was purer by several folds.

  3. Now he has a black fate-soul! I think my theory of each fate-soul being connected to a specific person in the array is becoming more valid!!
    Black = Duan Jian

    Eh? Eeeeehhh???

  4. Okay… When Nie Li got his first fate soul, I was like “oh coool! A red colored fate soul!”
    Then the next fate soul which is blue, and I was thinking of the Philippine flag and said, “HAH! What’s next, a yellow fate soul for the Sun and the stars…?”
    Then came the third which IS a yellow fate soul, and I was like “WTF! ARE YOU TRYING TO MAKE THE PHILIPPINE FLAG OR SOMETHING!?!? WHAT’S NEXT, BLACK FOR THE OUTLINES?!?”
    And then this with the black fate soul and I’m just… *FacePalm*…

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