DE Book 24, Chapter 21

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Book 24, The Starlord of Fogstone, Chapter 21 – Azureflower Space

The sea of consciousness was located very close to the forehead…and within Ji Ning’s sea of consciousness, there was an absolutely beautiful azure flower that was swaying in the wind.

“I never would’ve thought that after mastering the Nine Chaos Seals, an azure flower seal would appear, with an azure flower appearing in my consciousness as well.” Ning could sense himself transforming. In the past, after mastering each chaos seal he would be able to more closely attune with the essence of certain concepts such as destiny, slaughter, darkness, the sword, etc.

Now that the nine had come together, Ning felt an even greater attunement towards the essence of the sword. It made sense; he had the most insights in this regard, after all. He also felt much closer attunement towards rainwater, lightning, space, and other Daos…

“What is this azure flower meant for?”

“Is it meant to help me be more closely attuned to the various essences when I meditate?” Ning was puzzled. He carefully inspected that swaying azure flower.


When Ning’s heartforce brushed against that azure flower…it suddenly began to transform.


Heartforce was supposed to be formless and untouchable, but as soon as it touched the azure flower it was immediately devoured by it.

Inside the azure flower was a region of its own. This space was a blurry, empty region. However, a mist was slowly beginning to materialize inside of it.

“My heartforce was transformed by the azureflower space into mist?” Ning was so surprised and shocked, he immediately came to a halt. Almost ten percent of his heartforce had been used up in an instant!

“Heartforce is ephemeral and formless. Only certain special techniques, such as Houyi’s archery techniques, are able to make use of heartforce. But this azureflower space was actually able to convert and transform heartforce…” Ning could sense that the mist within the azureflower space was filled with a strange, marvelous type of power.

“It can convert heartforce. Is it also capable of converting divine power and Immortal energy?” Ning wondered to himself.

Ning willed a tiny thread of divine power to seep into his sea of consciousness as well. As soon as it brushed against the azure flower, it was immediately devoured by the flower, resulting in a bit more mist to appear inside of it.

“B-b-but…” Ning was dazed.

“It’s actually…the same?”

“When heartforce is devoured, it transforms into mist. When divine power is devoured, it also transforms into mist. And…the mist is the same?!” Ning could hardly believe it. Heartforce and divine power were two completely different types of power; the differences between the two were enormous! And yet, both were somehow converted into a different type of energy, one which Ning was capable of controlling?

Ning could sense how terrifyingly powerful the energy contained within the mist was.

“Or perhaps…it isn’t a ‘conversion’. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that the azure flower was able to ‘eat’ my divine power and heartforce, then give birth to this new type of energy?” Ning mused to himself.

“So it can eat both divine power and heartforce…what of Immortal energy?”

Ning willed it, and his Immortal energy flew into his sea of consciousness as well. As soon as it touched the azure flower, it was also devoured right away, resulting in even more mist appearing within the azureflower space.

Ning remained seated in the lotus position inside the cave, a very complicated series of looks flashing over his face. There was surprise on his face as well as puzzlement and excitement.

The azure flower that appeared after the Nine Chaos Seals merged together was simply too marvelous.

Divine power, Immortal energy, heartforce…these were three completely different types of energy, but the azure flower was capable of eating them all and then giving birth to more of the mist.

“How is this azure flower so powerful? It’s actually capable of eating and transforming three completely different types of energy.” Ning murmured silently to himself, “I wonder…was it true that the Nine Chaos Seals were formed naturally by the primordial chaos? Or were they created by some ancient power? They are simply too marvelous.”

“Doesn’t matter, I suppose.” Ning pushed that aside for now.

Many of the abilities these ancient powers were capable of were beyond Ning’s imagination. For example, the supreme figure of the Badlands Everworld was Daolord Badlands, someone who also stood on a level of power that surpassed that of the World-level.

“Let’s see just how powerful that mist is.” Ning willed a hint of the mist to emerge from the azureflower space. Instantly, his entire body began to be filled by the mist, absorbing it like a dry sponge absorbing water. As it did so, Ning began to transform.


“There’s no way to make the power of the mist leave the body?” Ning was shocked.

Divine power, Immortal energy, and heartforce could all be made to leave the body. This mist energy, however, could not.

Ning spent some time testing it out. Indeed, the mysterious mist was only able reside within his body, unable to leave it!

“What on earth is this mist good for?” Ning knelt down on one knee, stretching out his right hand and suddenly slapping it against the stone ground. As he did so, a surge of power suddenly burst forth.


The entire cave trembled and a few cracks actually appeared.

“This…” A shocked look was on Ning’s face. He hurriedly waved his hand, causing an estate-world to appear within the cave. Ning quickly entered the estate-world.

This was a Chaos-level estate-treasure which Ning had acquired after entering the Ruins. Ning had quite a few estate-worlds now; the reason he had chosen this one was because it was extremely large.

The insides of the estate-world was nearly ten million meters in size. It contained a vast mountain range, a wide sea, a series of giant continents, and many alien Outsiders that lived here.


Ning suddenly appeared within the skies of this world.

“Let’s give it a try.” Ning’s eyes lit up and he began to fly through the air.


He didn’t use the Ninehorn Lightning Serpent; instead, he just relied on the power of his divine body as he flew. He instantly transformed into a streak of rainbow light…and as he flew, he actually broke past the speed of light. If in the past he was able to travel three hundred thousand kilometers in an instant, now he was able to travel nearly four hundred thousand kilometers in an instant!

It looked like a simple increase of just a third, but in reality breaking past the speed limits of the Heavenly Daos was incredibly difficult. And more importantly, in the past Ning had to rely on the Ninehorn Lightning Serpent in order to reach the speed of light. Now, he wasn’t using the lightning serpent at all, merely relying on the power of his divine body…and yet, he was able to breach the speed of light! Ning hadn’t gained any new insights with regards to space or speed, but his flying speed had just dramatically increased!

It was almost like becoming a World God.

World Gods were dramatically strengthened in every single way, resulting in them completely eclipsing the various limits of the Heavenly Daos. The limits of the Heavenly Daos were now completely unable to restrict them any further, allowing them to ‘brute-force’ past the speed of light.

“I was actually able to brute-force past the limits?” Ning came to a halt. He stood there in the air, completely astonished.

“I originally just had the body of a half-step World God….but with the mist supporting me, I’m actually able to effortless brute-force the limits of the Heavenly Daos?” Ning truly couldn’t believe it.

In truth, when he had struck the ground of the cave with a palm just now, he had already begun to sense it. The power of his palms definitely equaled the power of a Dao weapon. It was absolutely at the level of a World-level expert!

Now, he had apparently also reached the World-level in terms of speed as well.

And the reason for these miraculous results…was the power of the mist that formed within the azureflower region.

Although the energy was unable to leave his body, it supported and reinforced it, upgrading Ning in every single area to an entirely different level. He was now stronger and faster…and Ning had the feeling that he was now as fast as a World God. Even if he wasn’t, he had to be extremely close to that level.

He was able to fly faster than the limits of the Heavenly Daos while relying solely on his body.

He was able to strike as hard as a World God while solely striking out with his palms. This, too, represented a breaching of the limits of the Heavenly Daos.

The limits of the Heavenly Daos…they were like paper, easily pierced through by Ning.

There was no need for him to rely on his insights from the [Five Treasures]

There was need for any other forms of support.

Just by allowing the mist to reinforce his body, he was able to completely breach the limits of the Heavenly Daos in every single way. Even if he wasn’t a World God, he wasn’t far off from that level.

“How could it be this powerful?” Only now did Ning truly understand how marvelous the azureflower space was.

“Who on earth came up with this technique?”

The primordial chaos did have quite a few monstrously powerful techniques. For example, Ning’s combined usage of the second stage of the [Taowu Eighteen Fiendgods] and the [One True Body] technique to give himself the power of a half-step World God. The primordial chaos also contained stories of some even more powerful techniques that had been devised by truly ancient powers, and in some of those stories these techniques allowed extremely powerful Elder Gods and Ancestral Immortals to slay World-level experts.

What did one need in order to kill someone on a higher level?

Ridiculously powerful techniques, terrifying treasures, shockingly high levels of insight into the Dao, and more. Only when one had reached the utmost peak of power in every single aspect could one produce such extraordinary results.

Ning had the feeling that the technique which produced his azureflower space was one such technique.

The stronger one became, the harder it would be to grow even more powerful. There were actually quite a few strength-enhancing techniques akin to the [Taowu Eighteen Fiendgods] or the [One True Body], such as the [Thousand Bodies Sutra], a technique which was even more monstrous. However, after all those clones were joined together into one, it would become thousands of times more difficult to improve the body any further.

Or, to put it another way…the azureflower space technique was a technique that was thousands of times more valuable than the combination of the [Taowu Eighteen Fiendgods] and the [One True Body] techniques.

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60 thoughts on “DE Book 24, Chapter 21” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. Why didn’t ning try the ninehorn lightning serpent?

      As an elder god with this ridiculous grandmist-producing-azureflower powerup, I wonder which World God he will be able to slay first. Most likely god emperor blacklotus but I think he might first meet a bastard world god that he could bully before meeting blacklotus.

      And Happy Birthday to Daolord Mad Max! Thank you for your royal decree of an extra chapter!

      1. Interesting question with the Ninehorn Lightning Serpent.

        The NLS is probably obselete now, as it is limited by the Heavenly Daos. With the Azureflower power, Ning’s normal physical movements have surpassed the Heavenly Daos. Not only is it faster than the NLS, it is also instacast. The NLS has a slight pause I believe (mentioned when Ning was wrecking havoc with the Rahu formation). I don’t think the NLS can stack on top of the already Heavenly Dao surpassing speed that Ning has with the Azureflower power.

  1. Thank you for the chapter

    hongmeng is back??

    everything involving mist in IETs novels makes me think of that 🙂
    especially if it is important or inside MC body

    1. That would be the first guess, though it’s entirely possible that IET is trolling people who’ve read ST and CD, who are now expecting Grandmist energy to show up.

  2. Ji Ning is about importance of meditation. Qin Yu is about working hard. Meng Hao is about thinking on your feet. Linley is about dedication to conviction.
    I just love these stuff. Life lessons here.

      1. Importance of meditation? And how the hell is he different from other MCs? Where’s that “meditation”, you think Ji Ning excels at? Also, you have it all mixed up. Linley was about working hard, he was neglecting everything else and spent all of his time meditating and cultivating. Qin Yu had much clearer purpose in his cultivation, HE was dedicated. To his girlfriend, Qin clan. Linley? He was just workaholic.

  3. There’s something that has been bothering me for a while.

    Techniques like [Taowu Eighteen Fiendgods] or the [Thousand Bodies Sutra] are a bit over-powered but are balanced because the stronger one is, the more ressources they’ll need to use them.

    But World-gods obviously have enough Chaos nectar to train a few Celestial Immortals with those techniques. And they would end with Ancestral Immortals followers with a World-level body (because the [Thousand Bodies Sutra] is supposedly way stronger than the technique Ji Ning trained). Of course, it’s a bit of a gamble on the talent of those Celestial Immortals (they might not break through Elder god lvl) but that might even give birth to truly op World Gods.

    So i don’t understand why they aren’t any family-based organisations cultivating those techniques. In addition, the children of World-level experts are guaranteed to be powerful from birth (cf Brightmoon). Of course, it’s also harder for them to have a child but they have truly long lifespans so who cares.

    PS : RIP Mindlord

    1. Humans are actually pretty unique with the fact that they reproduce sexually. Most of the elder gods roaming the chaos simply burst into existence when their chaos world formed. The concept of a family would be pretty uncommon. Do you really need more than one immortal child? Adopting a good follower who is already at the elder god level already achieves the same thing. A family tie is a pretty mundane connection when you live forever.

  4. Yay! random power up appears out of nowhere!!! So, before he was half step world god and with his sword arts he was like an ultra supreme elder god. Now, with the azure mist, without using sword arts, he is as strong as a weak world god.. so with his sword arts he should be a fairly decent world god? damn I hate that the power levels are never clear enough! Like the author could have come up with some ranking system like 1 star elder god, 2 star elder god, 3 star elder gods, 1 star world god, 5 star world god, etc.

    1. Are you ok? How in the hell is this random and out of no where? He meditated for 6 years in that cave and gained insights into the chaos seals that he’s been studying for THOUSANDS of years… Like wut mate?

      1. It actually is pretty random. Think about it. Chaos seals were helping him improve the power of his attack and even transformed into lotuses ON the weapon. Now they suddenly create a flower on his head INSIDE HIS BODY? No correlation at all to the previous forms that manifest on the Weapon as opposed to the body. At least the previous forms worked on the seals themselves. Suddenly, the 9th seal is about creating a flower on your head? Why aren’t the other 8 supposed to be about improving the body as well? This is a random powerup. If you comprehend the seals, you should know what the flower does, like the previous seal forms. You only become enlightened after you realize what they do, otherwise you only can guess “what it does”. For Ning to comprehend the 9th seal AND form the flower BUT have no clue what the flower does… it’s quite a ridiculous plot at this point.

        This is also the beginning form of grandmist energy. It has been stated Ning learned the grand dao from the seals. From CD, iirc, it’s most likely required to master the seals to form grandmist energy, or the initial stages.

        1. The Chaos seals have been random, at one point they even turned into those mirrors that had nothing to do with attacking, but were used for divination.

        2. Actually Im going to throw out there that “Desolate Era” is not part of the grandmist series!
          In the grandmist series resurrection has been declared as impossible after all… and to make the main drive of Ji Ning the revival of his wife needs him to be outside the grandmist series as well. If not everyone who has read his other works will know that he will not be able to revive his wife in the end.

        1. He entered the ruins to find treasures…so yea he did find a treasure in the form of an inheritance. I know you can’t plan to win when you gamble but you can’t say winning was unexpected.
          @SilverParagon it’s not really out of nowhere when he’s been studying the seals for thousands of years already. Would you prefer he just sit in the heavengazer tower and eventually become a world god or be told a story

  5. I feel like functionally it is the same thing as Grandmist Energy (Being the undifferentiated original form of energy) but I don’t think its the same Grandmist energy from CD and ST.

  6. Thanks for the chapter RWX and happy birthday Daolord Mad Max! Wonder what would happen if he converted more of his various energies into that mist.

  7. Some spelling mistakes I found out.

    what of Immoratl energy -> Immortal energy

    Divnie power, Immortal energy, heartforce -> Divine power

    It was almost like becoming aWorld God. -> a World God

  8. No GOD pls no. I thought at least in this novel there won’t be f****ng grandmist energy which instantly makes everything OP the instant it touches it. Just the fact that he gets the ultimate energy and uses it to fist others make me sick. I mean why, why should he use it? He was great even without it. Just why? *crying in the pillow*

  9. That is hilarious. So basically the beginning of his path to Linley and Honmeng or w/e that guy’s name was.

    Thanks for the chapter.

    -Sage Hidden Bear

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  11. It makes sense for it to be grandmist energy but at the same time it doesnt really make sense. Linley was nearly invincible with his 4x sovereign body but the grandmist energy nearly destroyed him before he remade his body. Ji Ning shouldnt be able to use the energy without falling apart, right?

    but honestly, what else could it be… it seems to be the foundation/origin of the three types of energy in his cosmos.

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