DE Book 13 Chapter 18

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Book 13, Tristar Crescent Abode, Chapter 18 – Treasure Trove

The violet-robed princess glared at Ji Ning. Gritting her teeth, she said, “If we die, Xiaoyu dies as well. When the master dies, the servants shall not live either!”

Ning instantly felt a loathing for this violet-robed princess, Qi Ruhui. However, Ning knew that since the imperial Qi clan had known all along that Qi Xiaoyu was a figure with great karmic virtue, that they definitely would firmly fasten her to the sides of the imperial clan. Once the imperial clan perished, Qi Xiaoyu would probably truly die as well.

Ning shut his eyes.

The ship became completely silent. Everyone stared at Ning, waiting for his response.

The crown prince, Qi Rufeng, waited with nervousness and anticipation. “Given how powerful this senior Darknorth is…a hundred years shouldn’t be anything to him.” How could he imagine that Ning had only lived for a few decades?

Utter stillness!

The crown prince and the princesses were all extremely nervous. Qi Xiaoyu felt restless and uneasy as well.

Ning suddenly opened his eyes and looked towards the crown prince, Qi Rufeng. “I agree…to protect you for a year or to kill the Flamewing King. Once I complete either of these two conditions, I will take Qi Xiaoyu away.”

“This is my response to you. If you agree, than you shall release Qi Xiaoyu to me to be my disciple. If you refuse, then I’ll kill you and take away your imperial treasures.”

“Do you agree or do you refuse?” Ning stared at Qi Rufeng.

“Senior, it’s just a hundred…” The crown prince, Qi Rufeng, couldn’t help but begin to argue.

“You only need to tell me…if you agree or refuse?” Ning repeated coldly.

The crown prince and the two princesses exchanged glances. There were no other options now! If this Daoist Darknorth was to protect them for a year…within this year, they might have a chance for a game-changer to occur.

“Fine.” Qi Rufeng gritted his teeth.

Ning nodded lightly. This was as he had expected. If he didn’t give them any benefit at all, then they probably really would rather die. If he gave them at least a little bit…their desire to live would take the upper hand! And in truth, Ning wasn’t planning to actually waste a full year; he would rather just go and kill that Flamewing King!

After killing the Flamewing King, his promise would have been completed.

“Then why haven’t you given Qi Xiaoyu her freedom?” Ning looked at the crown prince.

The crown prince couldn’t help but mumble, “Please swear an oath to the Dao of the Heavens to attest to your promise, senior, so as to put us all at ease.”

Ning’s face sank, and a true killing intent burst forth from him. “It seems you really do wish to die!”

An oath to the Dao of the Heavens was simply too powerful and restrictive; thus, Immortal cultivators definitely would not casually swear any such oath.

The crown prince and the princesses could all tell that Ning had truly lost all patience. Terrified, the crown prince hurriedly said, “We, we are willing to believe in your promise, senior.”

“Qi Xiaoyu, from this day forth, you shall obey the instructions of senior Darknorth. There is no longer any connection between you and the imperial Qi clan,” Qi Rufeng said.

Instantly, the ripples of the Dao of the Heavens descended within her subconscious mind. Clearly, the oath which Qi Xiaoyu had sworn in the past to the Dao of the Heavens had been fulfilled.

Qi Xiaoyu fell to her knees. “Xiaoyu shall never forget the benevolence you have shown me, your Imperial Highness.”

Ning, standing to one side, just sighed to himself. Qi Xiaoyu truly was quite faithful. However…based on what she had told him regarding her experiences, Ning had already discovered quite a few suspicious indicators. The tribe which Qi Xiaoyu had belonged to as a child had tens of thousands of tribesmen; a tribe like this would rarely be attacked by Diremonsters!

Xiantian-level Diremonsters wouldn’t be able to do it, while higher-level cultivating Diremonsters wouldn’t be willing to cause sin to gather around them. And yet…the large tribe in which Qi Xiaoyu had lived in as a child was attacked and destroyed. Even all of her family had been slain…and then she just so happened to run into an expert of the imperial Qi clan.

How could things be so coincidental? The imperial Qi clan was in the middle of fleeing for their own lives as well; how could such a concidence happen?

“Perhaps the destruction of the tribe which Qi Xiaoyu lived in as a child had something to do with the imperial Qi clan,” Ning mused silently to himself.


Qi Xiaoyu knelt down towards Ning as well. “His Imperial Highness has instructed Xiaoyu to follow you in the future and listen to your commands.”

Ning looked at Qi Xiaoyu, then said, “Remember this. From this day forth, you have regained your freedom. You are neither a servant nor a slave; do not act like one.” Ning continued, “I have never before taken on a disciple; if you take me as your master, then you shall naturally become the senior disciple under my tutelage. This is an important matter for you, but also an important matter for me. I have no wish to force this upon you; if you are willing, then you may bow to me as my disciple. If you are unwilling, then I will send you off to some other places with Immortal cultivation sects; I trust that they will fight over the chance to recruit you.”

Ning had his own pride. There was no way he would force his very first disciple to accept him as master. Given how large the Crescent world was, he could simply go and find another person of great karmic virtue.

In truth, Qi Xiaoyu was extremely intelligent. She could tell…that the crown prince actually treated her rather indifferently. The second princess was a bit better, while the youngest princess actually loathed her. The only person in the entire imperial Qi clan who had treated her with sincerity was her master…but her master had been killed by the pursuing Flamewing Guard long ago.

As for this Darknorth who stood before her…Qi Xiaoyu could tell how much this ‘senior Darknorth’ valued her. He had immediately taken out a hundred Heaven-ranked flying swords for her, and now he had promised to protect the imperial Qi clan. This was as good as becoming enemies with the Flamewing Guard.

All of this was for the sake of taking her on as his disciple. And if she didn’t accept him as her master, he was still going to have to carry out his promise to protect the imperial Qi clan for a year. From this, she could tell…he truly cared very much about her own will and her own choice.

“Your disciple greets you, Master.” The young maiden immediately fell down to her knees and kowtowed.

Ning felt a surge of joy in his heart. He couldn’t help but laugh, then nodded his head and said, “Good. From this day forth, you are the senior disciple of myself, Darknorth Daoist Ji Ning. I don’t have any requirements for my disciples, aside from one; not to be traitorous!”

“Your disciple understands,” Qi Xiaoyu said respectfully.

“Come with me.” Ning immediately walked towards a cabin on the second level of the ship. As he walked, he instructed, “Qi Rufeng, you can take your people into your cabins to rest. Aboard my ship, I shall naturally see to your protection. You have nothing to worry about.”

Qi Xiaoyu obediently followed Ning to the second level.

As Ning was accepting his first disciple. Within a city that was hundreds of thousands of kilometers away. Within an enormous palace.

This palace was simply so vast that not even sunlight could penetrate into its depths. Within a dark, secluded courtyard, a tall, thin, red-skinned man dressed in black robes was frowning pensively in thought.

“Third brother.” Suddenly, a voice rang out. A similarly tall and skinny man, this one dressed in azure armor and with eyes like an incomparably savage hawk, came walking in.

“Seventh brother.” The black-robed man nodded lightly. “You came.”

“As the Flamewing King, you are living a carefree life of ease. Why have you summoned so many of us brothers?” The hawk-eyed, azure-armored man asked.

“Naturally, there is something good I want to share,” the Flamewing King said. “Seventh brother, you are the first to arrive, so I’ll let you know in advance. Do you know why I spent so much effort to annihilate the Qi Empire all those years back?”

The azure-armored, hawk-eyed man said, puzzled, “The destruction of the Qi Empire…didn’t you say that you felt your territory was too small, and that you wanted to take over a large area? Was that not the real reason? Can it be that it is as the legends claimed, that the Qi Emperor had a treasure trove? Hahaha…I don’t believe in such things. As far as we are concerned, not even the treasures left behind by Celestial Immortals can be considered a ‘treasure trove’.”

“There is indeed a treasure trove,” the Flamewing King said seriously.

“Oh?” The hawk-eyed man was startled.

“It was only because I learned of the imperial Qi clan’s huge treasure trove that I acted against them,” the Flamewing King said. “Through torture and soul-scouring and all other methods available to me, I learned from the elder members of the imperial Qi clan…that the founding emperor of the Qi Empire had indeed encountered a treasure trove. However, he was too weak and so was only able to acquire a very small portion of the treasure trove, including some cultivation methods, divine abilities, and secret arts. But just by relying on this small portion, the Qi clan was able to rapidly rise to power, establish an empire, and then expand to the point where a few tens of thousands of years later, they had taken over a million kilometers of land.”

The hawk-eyed man was quite startled to hear this.

“Over the past few tens of thousands of years, the imperial Qi clan has repeatedly ventured forth to the location of the treasure trove, but they were unable to make any progress,” the Flamewing King said. “After I discovered the location of this treasure trove, I ventured there twice. The first time, I came back with nothing to show for my efforts. The second time, I made more ample preparations and forced my way deeper in…but I ended up being trapped within the place for more than twenty years. I nearly died there, and just barely managed to escape from it a short while ago!”

“What?!” The hawk-eyed man was completely shocked. He knew exactly how powerful this Flamewing King was. Of the major powers of the Star continent, the ‘Twelve Monster Kings of the Eastern Flows’ were extremely well-known. Each of them had unearthly amounts of power and extremely large territories. The Flamewing King was one of the ‘Twelve Monster Kings of the Eastern Flows’ and was extremely powerful. Otherwise, how could he have annihilated the Qi Empire?

“The place where this treasure trove is located is incomparably dangerous.” The Flamewing King shook his head. “The treasures within the outermost perimeter of the trove have all been picked clean by the founding emperor of the Qi Empire…but those treasures aren’t worth our attention anyhow. Deeper within are even more powerful treasures, and the ripples of those treasures…cause even my heart to tremble.”

“Cause your heart to tremble?” The hawk-eyed man was intrigued as well.

“This treasure trove is incomparably mysterious, and I’ve always wanted to discover what it contains. But I’m unable to find out on my own; that’s why I’ve asked all of our brothers to join forces with me. With us twelve kings combining our powers…I trust that we have a chance to go deeper into the treasure trove region,” the Flamewing King said.

The hawk-eyed man nodded lightly as well.

Right as the two monster kings were chatting…a figure suddenly appeared in the distance, outside the courtyard. “Your Majesty, your subordinate has a report regarding the Flamewing Guard.”

“Oh?” The Flamewing King glanced outside, then nodded. “Come in.”

A tall, skinny old man with an extremely long neck and a furry face walked in. He glanced at the hawk-eyed man before speaking.

“Speak. There’s nothing you need to hide from my seventh brother,” the Flamewing King said.

“Understood.” The long-necked elder said respectfully, “Your Majesty, you instructed us to pursue and kill the survivors of the imperial Qi clan. Only three of them remain, with the strongest being a Wanxiang Adept. However, just now, one of our ten-plus Flamewing Guard squads who were chasing after them was completely wiped out. Their jade life-tablets have all shattered. They died roughly six hundred thousand kilometers away from us…”

“Oh?” The Flamewing King frowned. That didn’t make sense. This area was under the command of himself, the Flamewing King. All the monsters obeyed his orders, and the human cultivators had been shooed away by him long ago. Logically speaking…there should be no one in this region who would dare act against his Flamewing Guard.

“My guess is that the survivors of the imperial Qi clan…” The long-necked elder was about to venture a guess, but the Flamewing King interrupted him. With a frown, the Flamewing King barked, “Arrange for three companies of Flamewing Guards to head there and investigate. Can it be that the survivors of the imperial Qi clan have hidden secrets that even I am unaware of?”

“Yes,” the long-necked elder said with respect, immediately accepting the order


Soon, three companies of Flamewing Guards that were led by three Loose Immortal monsters teleported away from the royal capital of the Qi Empire and moved to investigate this affair.

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86 thoughts on “DE Book 13 Chapter 18” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. I wonder if IET will give us a decent MC as a master, Linley’s disciple Clayweg happens after CD ends, Qin Yu’s disciple #1 dies early on and the second one doesn’t really count as he passed it off to the beasts of the Atlas. Ji Ning don’t let us down.

      1. The second kid doesn’t count as a disciple. Qin Yu never accepted him as a disciple. He did gave him some pointers but the first thing is he didn’t teach him his cultivation technique.
        Another disciple (and the true second one) everyone forget is the descendant of the qin clan he met when he descended to see his second brother. He did too him as a disciple (with the bow thing) and teached him the latter stage of the Stellar Transformation. But he did let this one down since we never heard of him anymore after this (he probably ascended the the Demon Realm and later followed the clan into Qin Yu plan).

  1. Wow. Read the preview and honestly is it possible for the princess to get any more loathsome? Short of child molestation i don’t think so.

  2. This chapter is absolutely, unnecessarily long. There was no reason for that long as hell explanation about the treasure trove since Ji Ning is the disciple of Patriarch Subhuti and has the best stuff in the universe practically handed to him.

    1. I disagree; It’s a setup not for Ning, but for the second-plane characters that will be appearing in the following chapters. Without it, we wouldn’t really know what is going on. Also, IET has gotten much better at making less of those boring-ish introduction since his CD times. They are made much better here in DE 🙂

      1. There is something we’re all forgetting:

        Ning is doing this whole disciple / kill sinners thing to get the 72 transformations.
        Training in that divine ability uses tons of treasures.
        We’ve just learned about an enormous treasure vault and (probably) 10+ sinners who want to loot the place.

        I think I see where this is going, though maybe Subhuti ends up just handing him what needs on a silver platter – who knows?

        1. I was saying earlier these sort of stories tend to pull “two birds with one stone” scenarios, but this seems like he’s getting a dozen of birds with that toss.
          If it’ll actually go down that way, it’d be pretty excessive. The author is being a bit too blatant about his goals, it almost feels like he’s trying to punk us.

    2. I didn’t feel it was a chance for Ji Ning to acquire treasures. With the situation right now, the monsters are preparing to explore the place while 3 loose immortals will soon end up dying at Ning’s hands. Stuff happens, Ning finds out either from the prince or from the monsters. Perhaps Ning will go there to explore, provide some experience for his disciple, or to find and kill some evil immortals as part of his mission. If Ning does acquire some stuff there, I don’t think it will be much. Merely stuff for his collection.

    3. Ning already used up a significant part of his 5 million liters of liquefied essence, to power up his clone and also gift some to his spirit beasts. He can’t get more studying in the floating mountain, so this ‘adventure time’ is probably a chance to stock up on such essentials 😛

      Also, I don’t recall where Patriarch Subhuti actually gave him any material items at all? All he’s done is give Ning a good prep for the Grand Dao of the Sword (thru his dream technique) and then allowed him to learn with his other disciples, which basically means qualifying to read about divine skills and dao techniques as per the listed requirements.

  3. So more for the Dao Library for the Ji clan when Ji Ning get back?
    We know abilities there have no value compared to his master, owner of this realm.
    More Treasure and exp potions is good though.

    1. Why should he be nice to them? They keep trying to take advantage/force him even when he gives them a good deal of many treasures and they see his power. While maybe I would have agreed to 5 years instead of 1, 100 years is still too long. That is 100 years he could be training both him and his disciple, and a lot can happen in 1 year, let alone 100. I don’t think others at Ning’s power level would be willing to take on such a deal just for a disciple with good karmic luck, so he is actually being quite nice already. Besides, they still can’t get rid of their “I’m royalty and above you” attitude, so they are being more of a jerk than he is, and he is only returning their attitude back at them.

      At least, this is all my opinion, so feel free to ignore it. 😛

      1. You underestimate the value Xiaoyu has
        If Ning didnt bully them into it, it would be likely that they could have joined a major sect or power because of her. 1, 5 and even 10 years of protection are not enough to outweigh her value. Remember how Ning has 1000 years of protection from the monsters, raindragonguard and northmont clan…
        1000 years is a decent payment, not little not too much

        1. It’s not comparable. Monsters accepted to protect his clan for 1000 years in exchange to their liberty. If they refused the deal, at best they would have been condemned to stay in the little estate, at worst killed or reduced in slavery by the Youngflame Celestial Immortal.
          And without taking into account the fact that this deal granted them freedom. Do you think the Duke would have easily accepted that thousands of monster, leaded by Loose Immortal can freely roam his lands? The deal also gave them 1000 years of tranquility that they can use to prepare a territory for themselves.
          And their is also the benefits to have a good relations with the Ji clan. With Ji Ning progress, his clan progress and it’S pretty much assured that the clan will become a major clan in the next eons (since he is the MC).

          But I think the principal problem with this deal is the lack of information of the Qi clan. They still believe him to be a Primal Qi refiner while he is an Earth immortal level body refiner. They also don’t know he is an incredible genius way stronger (and proud) that normal Primal or Earth Immortal. And finally, they think he is hundreds, or even thousands years old. If they knew he is 60 or 70, they wouldn’t dare to ask 100 years of his time.

          1. I agree with this. It is partially Ning’s fault for not clearly explaining, but also not his fault because why should he tell them of his power and how long it took him to get there? They are not being forthright with information, and aren’t being nice by trying to maneuver him into being their guardian though the use of Xiaoyu. They even wanted him to swear an unbreakable oath, which would have left him no way out if the monster king(s) is/are too powerful. That would have meant he would only have death as a way out, because either he would be killed by the monster king(s) or have his soul shattered by breaking his oath.

            Also, although a sect might accept to protect them with the help of Xiaoyu, I think the chances are slim unless they don’t reveal that they are being chased, which could also lead to the destruction of whatever sect the choose to rely on. So either way, I think choosing Ning was a better choice. Especially because of Ning’s plot armor. XD

          2. @leafyeyes417
            You are right in saying partially Ning’s fault; the major part being at fault is the situation itself though;

            A cautious group of survivors trudging through decades of despair meets your average immortal cultivation genius Fur-boy who doesn’t know about their situation and has his own convictions and personality with flaws (his mirroring of the others attitude doesnt go well with people who are cautious (and dont want to have anything to do with him) among other things
            He sees a girl with tons of virtue and wants to make her his disciple; however she is part of the Qi clan, and why should the surviving Qi clanmembers part with her when their !impending doom is following! . It doesnt help that they think Fur-boy is “only an ordinary Primal daoist” (as Langsteur already wrote).

            It doesnt have anything to do with how old Ning is.
            Ning is a Primal Daoist. 100 years would likely be as a year is to us
            while karmic virtue and luck would be tremendously beneficial (and not that easy to acquire) for him

            Do you believe that those 12 kings are the strongest there?
            There are likely hundreds if not thousands on their level in that world

            Springonion having hatred? What does hatred taste like? Does it even exist?

          3. @SpringOnion

            Ji Ning has never lived past 70, let alone 100. Your perception of time only skews as you experience more of it. I can’t understand how you keep saying time is not an issue here. Even adding in his past life he’s barely about 85.

            For normal Primal Daoists who are 300+ or Immortal Cultivators/Diremonsters over 1000+ years, your comment would make sense. It just does not with Ji Ning.

          4. @The-Wandering-Dragon
            True from Fur-balls point of view
            however for the survivors: they don’t know this

            and primal daoist can live about 10000 years? if 100 years of protection – that is 1% of their current lifespan traded for tremendous amounts of karmic virtue, which may help them with breaking through to the immortal or even celestial-level (ordinary cultivators would go for it)

          1. How does he hate Ning? How is he twisting anything? Just because Ning was being overbearing and a bully these past few chapters doesn’t make Ning an evil person (especially in this world with the concept of karma). Ning doesn’t have to exactly conform to what we think is “morally perfect” for us to like him, right?

          1. I truly didn’t like that part, smelled purely of justification on the author’s part where anyone who goes against MC must be bad guys.
            I would have liked this whole process if everyone was a bit more civil (especially Ning since he has leeway) and straightforward. Either its a straightforward transaction to free the girl and give her a chance to be his disciple or you have the whole moral thing, don’t try to mix both where it doesn’t match.

        2. Ning is a SWORD immortal and what he wants above all is to be free and unrestrained, being ordered around by some random spoiled little brat would be rather hypocritical, wouldn’t it? This is not some fetch-quest in a rpg.

        3. There’s no decent payment, because she’s a slave in the first place. Ning is trying to free her (though admittedly, he’s to benefit from it). He shouldn’t even be offering them anything, so him offering them what he has is already way too much.

        4. I myself would just put it simply: Ning is having like an arse, simply because he can and it’ll get results faster that way.
          It’s not like the MC needs to maintain his forever-virgin-perfect-guy image, but it’s not like I appreciate seeing the MC behaving like an ill-tempered fool.

          1. lol, I actually agree with you here, it did seem different from his usual but it did gain results. The only thing i don’t like about it is the moral justification.
            Author could simply leave it as “I’m stronger than you free this girl or else, i’m already being nice with the offer”
            Well maybe it was like that an i’m just looking at it wrong but instead of getting angry and repeatedly reverting to the whole threat thing, he should just simply tell them no and try again, because he will always have the upper hand. You know the whole take it or leave it attitude would in my opinion seem more Ji Ning like than the bully tactics.

    2. But this chapter gave us an explanation for what he did. From the story of the girl, he is pretty much assured that it’s the Qi clan that destroyed her tribe to take her because she is surrounded by luck. with this information, even if she was not willing to take him as her master, Ji Ning would have at least separated her from this clan.

        1. It will probably be revealed at some point. It will let his disciple break away from feeling like she owes the Qi clan something, and maybe let her feel more grateful to Ning instead.

    3. Its looking like his ‘I want to be strong enough to be carefree’ can also be interpreted as ‘I don’t want to be the bullied side, its better to be the bully instead’ 😡

      He just browbeat those survivors into handing him a disciple he wanted, all so he could learn a technique. I doubt he will even spend much time teaching her anything, since he’s focused on getting back to Grand Xia empire within the 100 year limit enough to outright reject what should’ve been a reasonable condition. Well – he could’ve told the Qi survivors he’d protect them for a decade and get them to a safer location, but giving just 1 year is basically an arrogant ultimatum imho 😛

      As well, him getting ‘offended’ when asked to swear an oath … uh dude, you threatened to kill them just few paragraphs back and were surprised when the prince grew a spine!

    4. You all could hate on me for hating Ning bullying the weak, but let me ask you guys if you are in the same shoes as the Qi empire survivals group, do you like what Ning did to you? What could the 100 Heaven rank treasures help you when you do not really need them? Plus, besides does they treat her like slave? No. Only the spoiled youngest princess doesn’t like her. Try to put yourselves in the same shoes as them, you would feel like me.

      1. “Try to put yourselves in the same shoes as them, you would feel like me.”
        I will never feel like you, as I’m not a moron who only looks at things from their twisted point of view, while ignoring all else.

  4. Wow Ning is quite the overbearing bastard here; well it was his way of being (I treat you as you treat me) and his greed for the divine ability, along with his desire to be free (“imposed” on others), plus him being in a position of power, which cumulated into this ending.

    his conjecture is also nothing we already thought about ourselves and is still only a possibility; and if was to be true I have some doubt that the three survivors had much to do with it

    at least xiaoyu now has a promising future

  5. Some people just love bringing their hypocrisy to these novels don’t they? I wager most of these people never got taken advantage of and grew up in relatively peaceful environments. Stay in your little bubbles until you’re ready to accept how the world works and don’t poke your heads out, won’t you? ‘Distasteful’ is putting it lightly and ‘Disgusting’ is putting it mildly. =_=

    1. And I love how they put this goody two shoes act and say they won’t try t cheat or take slight advantages of the people around them. Oh please.

  6. This is awesome. Ning has a real disciple of his own. I can’t wait for him to teach her properly. That kid in the Ji clan was taught a bit, but it was clear he wasn’t going to make much progress.

  7. Thanks for the Chapter.
    But now…what will he teach her? He only knows the sword.
    Also could the monsters all be celestial immortals or above? He might be able to beat them, but, they don’t meet the criteria of his mission.

  8. Loving it! Ty for the chapter. I have a feeling this treasure trove is going to be perfect for Ning, although since its on Subhuti’s planet wouldnt he know about it? Maybe that is one of the reasons for the test on the divine abilities, to see who is lucky enough to find these hidden gems on his planet. Man IET has improved a lot.

  9. Thanks for the chapter! I love how so many people are butthurt about Ning’s actions he’s acting the same way now as always and the Imperial Qi clan are exactly the same kind of people as the Youngflame clan yet none of you were upset when he acted how he did towards Youngflame whatshisface the Qi clan members are not good people every single thing has shown that why should he be kind to them when they aren’t kind to him and even planned to sacrafice him to gain time initially.

    1. The problem here is as you have put it. If the opponents are stronger than him, anything goes. If they are weaker, different rules apply apparently. Regardless of attitude, aggression, personal opinion etc.

      1. Only two things are infinite; the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.
        Some people here are incredibly eager to prove the validity of that statement to us.

        1. *whisper* “such as yourself apparently”

          Who said that just now?

          *whistles while walking away*

          seriously though
          No, just no. It has nothing to do with higher or lower powerlevels
          The situation with Youngflame Nong and Arcanum is a bit different.
          They were aggressors. Once you make yourself an enemy, don’t bitch about it if you die.

          In this case however Ning was that obnoxious guy who met you while you carried home your honey. Ning having a car and having seen the honey, wants it, thus inviting you in his car. Because he looks nice and a bit because you are scared to offend him since he looks like he could snap your neck if he gets angry, you comply and go along with his request. On the way he stops at a resting place and asks if he could have your honey. You dont want to give away said honey, you lie and say it belongs to someone else. He sees through your lies, however he doesnt get the nudge because he wants that honey. He even starts threatening you. Now you have the option of giving the honey or dying…

          did you get that second meaning of honey?
          nudge nudge wink wink

          the second meaning isnt really funny, but this is more or less a comparable situation

          PS: if you start a flamewar by igniting vegetable oil, dont blame the oil

          1. Now you are just completely leaving out the seemingly rational offer Ning’s metaphorical car bearing counterpart should have given.

            I’m still firm on my stance. Not because I think it is entirely relevant to this scenario with Ji Ning, but out of personal opinion fiction-wise. As is clear – and as people have used to rebut my responses. Qi Rufeng is trying to be prudent and act in the best interests of his clan. I have no qualms with this. None at all. Not his actions or his words, I could care less.

            But when a character gets annoyed by actions which can be easily interpreted as dishonesty and attempts at subterfuge, yet people call bullying. Then I care. I won’t claim to know exactly what Ning is like (how many decades of life have we missed?), if the author shows me he is aggressive when pissed off, I’ll add it to the list of things he is/does. A list sure to grow with time.

            Disagree if you will, we just disagree is all.

      2. Wow? He is overbearing in the recent chapters, but, do you remember Youngflame trying to flirt with that girl, his ex? You say anything goes when he meets someone stronger, did you even read this novel? You say if the opponents are stronger than him, anything goes. Ugh. Please re-read the whole novel again. Why do you keep saying the things that you want to say because of how you view it, and how you want him to be.

        If he was really the same as those people who tried to force other people to submit, he would be using his power right now, but what did those people do? Those malicious thoughts that if the master dies, then the girl dies too? That attitude is like, if you want to help your sister to help her grades up, but her friend got jealous and says they have some project to do, hinting that you need to help her friend too or you can’t help your sister because of her friend being jealous.

        What I’m trying to point out is, you’re trying to judge him without even thinking what he was on the recent chapters, tell me, when did he become submissive to enemies “stronger” and more “overbearing” than him? This is him, not a change of character, it’s not because of freedom and all those, not because the author is also trying to make them malicious that is why Ning has the right to be overbearing, say, if they just said “We really can’t give you to her, even if you offer us so much” but, what are they saying? “We can’t give her to you if you don’t give something in return”.

        Please think Ning didn’t say that’d he’d kill them if they didn’t give her to him, he’d kill them if they were so arrogant that he’d have to do something he’s forced to, IF THEY JUST SAID THEY DON’T WANT TO GIVE HER AND DID NOT SAY NING WOULD HAVE TO GIVE SOMETHING IN RETURN, NING WOULDN’T HAVE THREATENED THEM, PLEASE RE-READ AGAIN. Thank you.

  10. Yes Ning is a bit overberbearing, but the real victim is xiaoyu, not those selfish princes. Don’t you think Ning being there is that lady’s karmic luck working at the crucial moment? Those princes only want to use her as a lucky charm, Ning is just saving the most deserving person in the group. Saving the whole clan is not his business, the fact that he agreed to kill the enemy king is already going out of his way to help them, he’s no jerk.
    The only thing I don’t really like about Ning is that he has no sense of homor, little irony and takes everything too seriously (like saying “you’re courting death” to crown prince instead of joking/being sarcastic about it)

    1. Of course it is;
      you are right with everything, however they are all deserving to be saved even if their characters have been a bit twisted due to their troubled situation, after all beyond the horizon lies the prospect of healing

      1. Saving them is ok, I mean he doesn’t owe them one bit for taking their servan as disciple, since he has already saved their asses once.

  11. He just saved their lives anyway, in addition to the fact xiao yu had no future with the Qi clan who were just milking her for unearned karma after killing her whole tribe and bullying her/ignoring her in the process.

  12. TYVM for the chapter!

    “The crown prince couldn’t help but mumble, “Please swear an oath to the Dao of the Heavens to attest to your promise, senior, so as to put us all at ease.”

    Ning’s face sank, and a true killing intent burst forth from him. “It seems you really do wish to die!”

    Dam, he’s in a pretty bad mood today.

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