DE Book 24, Chapter 18

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Book 24, The Starlord of Fogstone, Chapter 18 – Battling Within the Ruins

“All of you, die!” Hellsword exploded with power as he wildly assaulted the other four. He knew that if this battle went on for too long other, Elder Gods and Ancestral Immortals in the Windsource Ruins might be drawn to this place.

“I can’t hold any longer.”

A muscular Elder God who wielded six black staffs let out a low growl. Hellsword’s sword-light landed against his body, but only created a few sparks.

“Be careful.”

“Retreat.”

A blood-robed Elder God who had been fighting Hellsword in close combat suddenly blanched, then hurriedly split his body into two and sent his two clones fleeing in two separate directions.

Slash!

A streak of sword-light fell down upon one of the clones, slaying it.

“My divine body’s been weakened. I won’t be able to hold on for any longer.” The blood-robed Elder God continued to flee at high speed. The other three Elder Gods and Ancestral Immortals cursed, but had no choice but to begin fleeing in other directions as well. They weren’t actually members of a team; they had simply joined together on an ad-hoc basis simply because Hellsword was far too powerful.

“Hmph. Those fools.” Hellsword came to a halt, grinning as he looked at the four fleeing figures.

“Eh?” Hellsword’s face suddenly changed dramatically as he immediately turned his head.

An icy ray of sword-light had suddenly appeared and was stabbing straight towards him.

“So there was one more hiding in the weeds.” Hellsword let out a savage grin, striking out mercilessly with his six swords. He wasn’t worried about the enemy attack at all; although it was quite fast, it was too simple and straightforward a strike.

BOOM!!!!

The opposing streaks of sword-light collided.

Hellsword was sent flying backwards, his face a mask of astonishment. As for the white-robed Ji Ning, he chased right after Hellsword.

[Brightmoon] sword-art, Blood Drop stance!

“What tremendous strength.” Hellsword was completely stunned. His opponent wasn’t just stronger, he was overwhelmingly stronger!

“But raw strength is useless against me.” He suddenly came to a halt, spun around, then charged straight towards Ning.

Slash! Slash! Slash! Slash! Slash! Slash!

Streaks of sword-light filled the air between the two, then both fell back.

Hellsword stared at Ning, then said in a low voice, “Who are you? Someone with such powerful sword-arts can’t possibly be an unknown figure.”

“Sunrise,” Ning said calmly.

“You must be a new expert in the Dao of the Sword,” Hellsword said coldly. “You are pretty strong. However, the Ruins aren’t a suitable place for sparring. Let’s compete after we leave this place.” After speaking, Hellsword transformed into a streak of black light, moving at light speed as he fled.

When the two had clashed, he had the feeling that Ning’s sword-arts were simply perfect. He couldn’t find any flaws at all, and so he decided to avoid wasting more time with such a troublesome opponent.

“Leaving?” Ning willed his swords to fly out.

Swish! Swish! Swish!

Nine streaks of sword-light shot out through the skies. These nine swords were all Chaos treasures that Ning had acquired in the Windsource Ruins. Although they weren’t part of a set, Ning’s Ancestral Immortal power filled them, ensuring that each of them possessed shocking levels of power. They spread out like a layered net, completely surrounding and blocking Hellsword’s path.

All nine swords moved faster than the speed of light and were thus able to quickly catch up to Hellsword.

“Damn.” Hellsword blanched as he stared at the nine swords surrounding him. “Where the hell did such a powerful expert of the sword come from? His sword-arts are completely flawless. Damn it all.”

He would rather fight against an enemy with ferocious offensive stances than someone like Ning, whose sword-arts could be described as truly flawless. One could easily succumb to a sense of despair when faced with such impeccable sword-arts.

The nine streaks of sword-light swirled around him, preventing him from fleeing any further.

“You won’t be able to escape.” Ning had already manifested three heads and six arms. He wielded six of his Darknorth swords as he charged straight towards Hellsword.

“Then let’s fight!” Hellsword went berserk as well, his eyes filled with bloodlust as he once more threw himself against Ning.

Neither would be willing to retreat. Two Dao weapons were at stake!

Dao weapons were incredibly rare, even amongst the other experts on their level. Every single Dao weapon was worth at least a cube of chaos nectar, with the best Dao weapons being worth more than ten! This was a sum of money that even World Gods would lust after. It was only natural that both Ji Ning and Hellsword went berserk over the two Dao weapons.

“If I get those two Dao weapons, I might be able to extract enough Five Elements essence to completely repair Violetjewel!” Ning’s killing intent began to soar.

“What’s going on?”

The four fleeing Elder Gods and Ancestral Immortals could sense powerful ripples emanating from behind them. “Who is Hellsword fighting against now?”

The four of them carefully began to creep backwards. The allure of a pair of Dao weapons was simply too great!

“Eh?”

“Who is that?”

After sneaking back, they saw a white-robed figure battling furious against a black-robed figure.

The black-robed figure was the famous, highly regarded ‘Hellsword’.

The white-robed figure was an unknown youth.

“What? Hellsword is actually at a disadvantage?” The four were all shocked. “Where did such an expert of the sword suddenly come from? He’s so strong!”

“Brother Xiuyi, what should we do?”

“What can we do? Stay far away from them and watch. If both are heavily injured, we can try to seize the opportunity to attack them. If no chance presents itself, then we’ll immediately run away after their battle concludes.”

“Brother Xiuyi’s words are reasonable.”

“This white-robed Elder God is even more terrifying than Hellsword.”

Ning and Hellsword both suspected that those four had returned to watch them, but neither really cared about the four. Four supreme Elder Gods? Pffft. It might take them a bit of effort to kill the four, but it wouldn’t be too hard. Ning’s ‘Heartsword stance’ in particular ensured that he didn’t have to worry about group attacks at all.

The two continued to focus on battling each other.

Ning’s sword attacks seemed to be more casual and carefree, but they came in consecutive linked waves that made Hellsword feel as though he had no chance to even breathe.

Hellsword’s attacks were more frenzied and they were filled with a thick intent of darkness.

Clang!

Sword-light flashed. Finally, a blow landed upon Hellsword’s body. Ning felt as though he had just stabbed an extremely tough magic treasure. The power of the blow caused Hellsword to be knocked flying backwards, and he slammed into a distant boulder, causing it to break apart into tiny pieces that shot out in every direction.

“A protective divine ability?” Ning frowned slightly. “It seems as though I’ll have to suppress and seal him.”

“What!?” Upon Ning landed a blow against him, Hellsword’s face changed yet again. Clearly, his sword-arts were somewhat inferior.

“If I can’t overcome you in sword-arts…”

Hellsword gritted his teeth, then manifested an enormous violet hammer that emanated mighty ripples of power.

“A Dao weapon?” Ning immediately understood. So one of the two weapons which Hellsword had acquired was a warhammer. No wonder he hadn’t used it during this battle! Using sword-arts with a warhammer wasn’t really effective.

However…the difference in power between the two was obvious. Hellsword had no choice but to change the way he fought.

“Die!” Hellsword brandished the violet warhammer, then struck out with it.

Rumble…

As the warhammer struck out, streaks of lightning could be seen crackling around it. It compressed space in front of it as it smashed straight towards Ning.

“What tremendous might.” Ning could instantly sense how much power this strike held. He hurriedly willed his Darknorth swords to transform into black holes that he then used to defend.

Whoosh!

The warhammer was deflected off to one side, while Ning was knocked a few steps back.

“I knew it.” Hellsword had an ugly look on his face. This white-robed youth was ridiculously strong. Even though Hellsword had an advantage in weaponry, the white-robed youth was still able to defend against it with his techniques.

“A big warhammer like this must have lots of Five Elements essence inside of it.” Ning now wanted the weapon even more.

“There’s a total of two warhammers. You can have one, I’ll keep the other. Deal?” As Hellsword continued to battle, he began to send Ning a mental message. He was willing to compromise. There was nothing he could use against Ji Ning’s terrifying sword-arts, and he knew that he would definitely be defeated if this battle was to continued for much longer. This white-robed youth was also skilled in long-range attacks; there was no way he would be able to escape.

“Give me both and I’ll let you off the hook,” Ning sent back.

“Don’t even think about it.” Hellsword was beginning to go crazy.

“Then let’s keep fighting.”

Ning charged forward even more furiously than before, sending sword-light flashing everywhere. He even manifested a rope next to him, filling it with some of his will. If Ning was able to break through Hellsword’s defenses and catch him offguard, he would use this rope to bind and capture him.

Boom! Boom! Boom!

Hellsword battled on the run, and while doing so he sent furiously to Ning, “This place is the Windsource Ruins. You never know when danger is going to appear here. If you keep chasing after me like this, you’ll end up in a death trap as well.”

Ning just continued with his furious attacks.

The four Elder Gods and Ancestral Immortals watching from afar felt breathless.

“Both of them are crazy.”

“Hopefully, both of them will be killed by traps or protective formations, letting us pick up their treasures.” The four watched, prayed, and chased after the the Hellsword and the white-robed cultivator as those two continued their wild fight.

Boom!

Just as Ning clashed once more against Hellsword in midair…

Suddenly, a gray gust of wind suddenly appeared out of nowhere, spinning into a tornado and instantly whirling around both Ning and Hellsword. A few moments later, the tornado vanished…but with it vanished Ning and Hellsword as well.

When the four saw this from afar, their faces all changed.

“Everyone knows that the Windsource Ruins are too dangerous to fly through. You might end up being trapped inside some formation. Those two must’ve been teleported straight into a death trap.”

“Damn. Those two Dao weapons were swept away as well.”

Unwilling to just give up, the four of them continued to wait there for three full days, but they saw neither hide nor hair of Ji Ning and Hellsword, to say nothing of the Dao weapons. In the end, they had no choice but to leave unhappily.


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44 thoughts on “DE Book 24, Chapter 18” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. So now Ji Ning joins the ranks of cultivator villains like we see in other stories. See someone totally unrelated to you find something good, try to seize it by force. Ah, the life of banditry and thuggery.

    Well, I suppose he already started that with his prisonworld.

    1. When in Rome >:D

      From Ning’s point of view, I think he doesn’t mind robbery bc he is pressed for time by WG Northrest’s blood oath. And from the sound of it, these 2 dao weapons may be able to fully repair Violetjewel, something he thought nearly impossible while in the 3 Realms. Ning was nice enough to let EG Hellsword live, and although Ning is a nice guy, he’s not totally all rainbows and sunshine 😛

      Ning learned from Godking that being kind and fair is worthless for his cause to protect his loved ones. Even though he was willing to compromise with Godking, but Ning was weak, so Godking ignored him and did whatever he wanted to his wife. So Ning decided he needed to be powerful, as powerful as he can so that nobody can threaten him or his loved ones. So if he needed to steal, he’ll steal, and oh look!.. 2 dao weapons for mah Violetjewel! 🙂

  2. I feel a bit bad for this Hellsword, having Ning just come and rob him. But then again, that’s how all of these people act, so it’s not anything out of the ordinary.

    Thanks for the chapter!

  3. *sigh* I wonder what amazing thing he’ll find in the ruins. Because IET’s protagonists don’t go treasure hunting in ruins without finding something amazing every single time.

    1. That works for any author I’ve read. Would you like it if MC came empty handed out of a treasure hunt? I wouldn’t, unless he gets some sort of enlightment or has some “fateful encounter”.
      Getting new shinies, techniques and such is what keeps readers glued..

  4. …what is it with these novels and being FULL of thieves and bandits…it’s even worse here. Hardly anyone has a shred of honor. Ning has long since departed from his good karma from his past life, becoming little better than a greedy little bastard murderer. I just feel…that Ning is too shallow as a character. Example, Li Qiye and Meng Hao. Both have slaughtered many, but both have extremely good reasons.

    Li Qiye is extremely old, millions of years old, has seen countless friends and students die around him, and while his arrogance can be quite grating at moments, it still is a part of his “I don’t give a flying f**k about anything, these brats be trash these days” personality, and due to his long history he does not form attachments easily, holds things he considers his with a death grip, never tolerates a threat, and has an extremely high level of standards when it comes to who he’ll show respect to. Basically a really outrageous powerful old man in a young body. And if you go in with that mindset, IE becomes WAY better and funnier to read.

    Meng Hao is…Meng Hao. He’s hard to easily describe. He’s greedy, yes, has killed many, yes, hasn’t always made the best choices…but he feels more…organic. Like a true character. You can SEE how he evolves into what he is today. Though admittedly Haowie is a wee bit absurdly lucky beyond all belief. The characters in that story are great, if at times left to the side for too long, or forgotten (what the heck happened to the old guy from the Ji clan he was refining into a soul of lightning?!), but it feels WAY better than here, so many characters who should be important, only mentioned in passing every now and then to be like “oh, I forgot they even existed…he has a daughter, right. And an uncle who is a dog, and a snake who I have forgotten the name of. And what was the name of his utterly boring and rather irritating love interest again? I always forget, she was so utterly inconsequential…”

    Ji Ning was apparently a good person. A frail child on earth who died from his illness and donated his fortune to save lives. That whole backstory is worth a fart by now. The worst part? I got happy reading the very beginning because I figured there’d finally be a cultivating character who’s genuinely a good person and not just some self righteous, mass murdering, greedy, selfish git. (This was after I read MGA and before IE and ISSTH.) I guess it’s good he isn’t as much a villain as Chu Feng…but that’s not saying much. He’s just too…bland. Thoroughly bland. Li QiYe is arrogant as hell and is like an old ass man who gives no f**ks, Meng Hao is an ultra powerful, super lucky, greedy guy with a sense of humor and an utter inability to feel shame.

    Ji Ning…he uses dual swords. He likes swords. And assaults people for treasures. His personality is an abyss of nothing. The only funny memory I hold is of his disciple who has been utterly forgotten by everybody…sitting on him when he was a rock. That’s it. That’s all that has stood out to me.

    1. You don’t want a riteous good-willed boring mc character, it gets no where. Trust me. Plus Ning was good, when did he wantonly kill anyone before? It was after when the love of his life died in a cruel manner, which he sentenced her to, did he realize that being good and kind is worth fart, especially on the path of cultivation. He didn’t scheme like this before he was triggered by the godking. And even then, when has Ning mass murdered, Ning had the same personality as Meng Hao, he takes. But Meng Hao takes for the purpose f taking cuz he’s greedy, while Ning takes for the purpose of getting stronger. If this guy was holding two chaos weapons instead of Dao weapons, Ning wouldn’t haven given him a second glance, while Meng Hao would’ve still atked him and taken his treasure. So don’t go saying random stuff that sounds unfair to the characters.

      As for his lack of personality, well he sent his wife to the 18th floor of hell, you maintain a personality after that.

    2. Hm, from the complaints you have I’m pretty sure you will like the mc from my novel, Tale of Vjaira. I’m about to be finished editing the old chapters and start releasing the new ones, so check it out on our wuxiaworld forums if you want 🙂

      Also, thanks for the chapters Ren! This release speed brings back the old good memories xD

    3. So you want an interesting character.

      We have a Ji Ning that went from goody-two-shoes, to rejuvenated/honest/hard working for a new lease in life and live to the fullest, to rage from despair from Godking when his life finally comes together, to protector of his small universe (3 Realms), to adventurer bc he has to fulfill a bloodoath. All this while only 1/2 way through a story.

      Yup, boring character.
      /sarcasm

    4. Actually I see this as different. They are basically fighting for treasures. In the ruins anything goes. Its a fight for treasure. Whoever is the luckiest and the strongest get the treasure. That is how it is seen. They are fighting for opportunities. Its kind of unwritten rule where they would fight for treasures. To me being a douche would be if someone offers the treasures and then the other guy kills him just for the fun of it, that is being a douche but otherwise its a free for all fighting. And all of them are bandits as they did not make the weapons they are basically stealing the weapons from ruins so the goal is to get as much loot as they can from the ruin by any means. If you don’t like it don’t go in the ruin.

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