DE Book 24, Chapter 32

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Book 24, The Starlord of Fogstone, Chapter 32 – The Quintessence Core of the Sword

As the Five Elements Cauldron descended upon the mountain peak, it shone with a blindingly bright burst of light that illuminated the entire area.

The white-robed Ji Ning sat down in the lotus position, placing Violetjewel before him.

“Begin!” Ning waved his hand, causing an enormous pile of treasure fragments that was more than thirty meters tall to suddenly appear a short distance away from him. The treasure fragments consisted of broken bits of sabers, swords, beads, ropes, banners, staffs, greataxes, cauldrons, flying boats, Immortal palaces, and other things that were all at least at the Protocosmic spirit-treasure level. After being badly damaged and broken into pieces, they were now much less valuable than they were before, but it was actually even easier to extract energy from them than it was from undamaged treasures. After all, there was now no need to actually grind them apart!

“Go.” Ning sent out a surge of Immortal energy to scoop up the treasure fragments.

Whoooosh! The treasure fragments surged out in a stream, beginning to flood into the Five Elements Cauldron. This was a Chaos-level Five Elements Cauldron, and it quickly reduced the treasure fragments to tiny bits of dust and debris, completely absorbing the Five Elements essence from those treasures and storing it into the cauldron’s storage region. Just ten breaths worth of time later, the entire pile of treasure fragments had been completely used up.

Rumble…a large amount of debris came flying out from the Five Elements Cauldron.

“Again.” Ning once more waved his hand, causing another thirty meter pile of treasure fragments to appear next to him.

The treasure fragments were once more broken apart and transformed into debris, the Five Elements essence having been sucked out of them.

Ning had purchased 108 cubes worth of treasure fragments. 108 cubes of chaos nectar was a sum that was comparable to the entire networth of many ordinary World-level experts, and he had used it all to purchase treasure fragments. The amount of treasure fragments he now had was absolutely extraordinary!

It took six full hours to go through it all! Finally, six hours later, the treasure fragments had been completely consumed.

“Come.” Ning picked up a jade gourd, causing streams of golden yellow energy, watery blue energy, green wood energy, fiery red energy, and dark earthen energy to soar out of the cauldron and into the mouth of the jade gourd. Only after a long period of time was the Five Elements Cauldron completely emptied of Five Elements essence.

Ning waved his hand, putting away the cauldron as well.

“This gourd has 108 cubes worth of Five Elements essence.” Ning hefted the jade gourd in his hands. He had been very lucky, but had still nearly died in the Ruins in order to acquire such a fortune.

“Violetjewel…show me your true power!”

Ning willed it, and Violetjewel suddenly appeared in the air before him. Ning took hold of Violetjewel, then placed it next to the jade gourd. Five Elements essence immediately began to fly out of the jade gourd, flooding straight towards Violetjewel. The essence swirled around Violetjewel before slowly seeping inside of it.

On the surface, Violetjewel looked as though it was in perfect shape. Its internal structure, however, was unbearably mangled. It was like a building that looked pristine from the outside but was filled with shattered support beams; although it looked nice, it was actually quite weak.

By the same principle, Violetjewel looked as though it was in perfect shape from the outside, but it was actually very weak! The only reason why it was still so powerful was because it was simply such a fantastically good weapon that even in its present state, it could still unleash the power of a Dao weapon.

Crackle…

The damaged internal structures of Violetjewel furiously devoured the Five Elements essence pouring into it. The healing began to occur at a very slow pace, as every single bit of it was very difficult to repair.

The core of the sword was its quintessence. The closer the healing process came to the quintessence core, the more difficult it was to repair it.

Because the surface of the sword had been repaired, the sword was able to absorb Five Elements essence much more quickly than before. As more and more of it was repaired, it began to absorb the Five Elements essence faster and faster as well. However, there was simply so much essence that more than six days and nights passed in the blink of an eye, with Violetjewel continuing to ravenously absorb the essence.

“It has already consumed thirty cubes…it is more than half-healed by now.” Ning actually frowned. “But the closer we get to the core, the harder the repair process will be.”

Another day passed.

“Fifty cubes…it still needs a bit more…”

“Sixty cubes…seventy cubes…still needs a little more…”

The sword was clearly almost completely repaired by now, but as as they drew closer and to the core, the repair difficulty began to increase at a staggering rate.

“Eighty cubes.”

“Ninety cubes.”

“Ninety-five. Ninety-six. Ninety-seven. Ninety-eight!” Ning was carefully attuned to this sword which he bound all those years ago. Finally, the last bit of damage that was located extremely close to the quintessence core was also repaired.

After using up ninety-eight cubes worth of treasure fragments, Ning had finally, completely repaired Violetjewel.

Rumble…

The blood-colored sword hovering in front of Ning emitted a joyful aura. Ning smiled as well, not suppressing the sword and allowing it to burst forth with its true aura of power.

A stream of sword-light that looked like blood-colored water blasted out in every direction.

Whooooooosh.

As the sword-light howled forth and spread out around Ning, the prisonworld itself began to tremble.

“What?!” Ning was badly shocked.

“This is a prisonworld, a place meant to hold prisoners. When my true body uses the azureflower seal and strikes at full power, it can cause the prisonworld to faintly tremble. But just now…I didn’t even control or activate Violetjewel. Its own natural aura was enough to cause the prisonworld to shudder?!” Ning was stunned.

“This weapon is far more powerful than any Dao weapon! A hundred times more powerful? Perhaps a thousand times more powerful?”

“How powerful would I be if I could control it?!”

As Ning stared at the illusory lake of blood that had spread out around Violetjewel, he was afraid to even imagine how much power this sword truly contained.

“Come over here.” Ning extended his hand.

The aura of bloody sword-light immediately vanished as Violetjewel obediently flew into Ning’s hands.

Reinforced and strengthened by the azureflower energy, Ning poured his divine power into the sword, planning on delivering a full-force strike. But just at that moment…

“Blood and water…”

“A sword like water…a sword like blood…”

An indistinct, unclear voice suddenly spoke out from the quintessence core of the sword. Because Ning’s divine power had filled the sword, he was able to sense this voice in detail.

He could sense the solitary pride contained within the sword’s quintessence core…

In fact, Ning could almost see a solitary, proud figure appear. That lonely figure figure seemed to wield a sword that caused Ning to feel a sense of awe and veneration. When the intent of that sword exploded forth, it crushed stars, shattered worlds, and wiped out all living beings. Nothing could stop this surge of sword-intent, which seemed to be capable of tearing apart even the primordial chaos itself.

Whoosh.

Ning came back to his senses. Only now did he realize that he had been in a dazed state for fully half a month!

“This sword’s quintessence core…?” Ning had acquired Violetjewel a long time ago, but in the past he had never noticed anything remarkable about its quintessence core. Only after fully repairing Violetjewel did the sword’s quintessence seem to come to life, allowing Ning to get a glimpse of an utterly supreme sword-intent that completely eclipsed the sword-intent left behind by the diagram of the Hundred Streams of the Windsource Ning had seen years ago.

The only thing Ning had ever seen which could possibly be compared to this surge of sword-intent was the power which had emanated from the words ‘Waveshift’ which he had seen on the walls of Waveshift City.

It was just as exalted and ineffable! In fact, it seemed to carry an aura of perfect and eternity.

“Eternity?” Ning murmured softly to himself, “No wonder this sort of weapon is referred to as an Eternal weapon.”

Chaos weapon.

Dao weapon.

Eternal weapon!

Eternal weapons were weapons that contained their own quintessence cores, which made every single one of them incredibly marvelous and unique. No two Eternal weapons were exactly the same.

Generally speaking, only figures on the level of Daolord Badlands or Daolord Windsource would have access to such weapons! Of course, every so often a lucky junior might be able to acquire such a weapon…such as World God Northrest, who had found an Eternal weapon of his own!

“I have this strange feeling. It is as though the full power of Violetjewel can only be unleashed when I’m able to completely unleash the might of the sword’s quintessence core.” This insight suddenly flashed within Ning’s mind…but the next moment, he just grinned wryly. Completely unleash it? What a joke! One would need utterly incredible insights into the Dao necessary to completely unleash the quintessence core’s power. Ning was far, far from being able to do such a thing.

Fortunately, his path was the Dao of the Sword, and he had his own insights into this Dao.

“Let me test out its power first.” Ning held Violetjewel in his hands as he soared into the skies.

……

A black-haired old man was seated in the lotus position in a different part of the prisonworld.

Swoosh.

A white-robed youth suddenly flew over from afar.

“Triult.” Ning spoke out.

“Master.” The black-robed elder hurriedly rose to his feet. He had been thoroughly cowed by Ning’s power. By now, all of the Elder Gods and Ancestral Immortals in the entire prisonworld had been subdued by Ning, while Swordfather Triult was the first one who had submitted to Ning.

“Don’t move,” Ning instructed.

The black-haired elder glanced curiously as Ning walked towards him.

Ning suddenly struck out with his sword. As he did so, it carried the intent of the ‘Killsword stance’ which Ning was working on. Although Ning had yet to master this stance, the bit of insight he did have was able to resonate with Violetjewel’s quintessence core and unleash just a bit of its power, causing it burst forth from Violetjewel.

Ning had the feeling that with a bit of power from Violetjewel’s quintessence, he had the power to break almost anything.

Slash! A blood-colored sword-light flashed through the air.

With a ‘clank’ sound, the translucent black chains connected to the black-haired old man were split in half.

The black-haired elder’s eyes instantly turned huge. “W-what…”


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66 thoughts on “DE Book 24, Chapter 32” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. I mean hes already enslaved to him what else is there to be afraid of Ning has been stronger than him for a while now he shouldn’t really care at that point anyway

  1. Well, I’m happy for Ji Ning but isn’t he neglecting his duties? He hasn’t done a single thing for Fogstone. He’s only improving himself… he never contributed anything and leaves for years at a time.

    On the other hand, with all the improvements, he can make a very impressive show of destroying any invaders of the world he’s assigned to… if he ever can stay there at his post for more than a day.

      1. He hasn’t even started his shift yet, though. When he first arrived he was late too. It’s like he showed up for his first day of work late, and after introducing himself to the local store manager proceeded to take the rest of the week off… with pay. When he does show up next it’s only for a day and he’s gone again to do shopping for the next week… what if while he was away there was a sudden attack that destroyed the base without a warning getting out? It’s too late to show up then.
        I’m pretty sure that Fogstone wouldn’t be impressed with Ji Ning’s shopping trip at that point.

        1. Your idea of what he should and shouldn’t be doing and in what time frame is f***d mate. These peoples live for trillions of years and the things like the fogstone situation clearly goes thousands of years without literally anything of note happening at all (as previously stated in the book).

          I’m pretty sure Fogstone wouldn’t give a f**k, in fact, he’d be happy. Ji Ning becoming incredibly powerful helps his cause. Think it through homie. They are bound by oaths and have the same enemies lmao, remember that.

        2. It stated that the world gods wouldn’t randomly attack, so I doubt the half of world would be gone. Also, if anything happens, Ning gave them a message talisman.

        3. Thousands of years could pass between elder gods visiting the Windsource Chaosworld so it’s not like much is actually happening around there. The Windsource Chaosworld also didn’t have a sentinel before so it’s not like Ning’s presence is actually required.

          Just to straighten some things out:
          Fogstone – capital/central planet of the Fogstone territory
          Starlord of Fogstone – inheritor of some mysterious powers associated with Fogstone, ruler of Fogstone…I just don’t really get why people are calling him Fogstone…he’s the current Starlord. If the King of Pangea was still alive you’d call him the King, not Pangea.
          Windsource Chaosworld – Chaosworld created by Daolord Windsource who merged it with his immortal estate (Windsource Ruins), a thousand elder gods will visit per chaos cycle resulting in a cube of nectar collected. Ning’s stationed here…seems like people think Ning is stationed on Fogstone

          1. Ya dumb-ass, we’re referring to the organisation as Fogstone, not a single person. At least I am, think it through and read the contextual clues mate.

    1. Your concerns are misplaced.

      1) When Ning signed the bloodoath, it specifically mentioned that Fogstone Generals have very lax requirements. Basically all they have to do is be loyal to Fogstone and obey commands when urgent situations arise.
      2) Ning did leave a communications talisman to the leader of his chaosworld. He was actually disappointed that they didn’t contact him at all for the few years that he was away to treasure hunt bc he was itching to wreck Mindlord.

      In short, Ning’s job requirement = basically nil. He could’ve just dine & make merry every day and still be a model employee. He’s actually more diligent than necessary by leaving a communications talisman.

    2. It just a different sense of time for him and the others, as they are all immortal. They regard a few thousand years as nothing more than we would view a day and waiting decades at space-time transfer arrays as waiting a few minutes at the bus stop , so it is quit normal for them to be so relaxed about it.
      Besides, Ning is a general. His job requirement is basically being loyal to fogstone, showing from time to time that he is still there and alive and assisting fogstone if they decide to wage war.

    3. His job has two tasks, defend his chaos world if it gets invaded, which hasn’t happened yet. Or invade other chaos worlds which isn’t required.

      Think of it like Ning is in charge of a store and he will be aware that a customer has come when the door rings (communication talisman) but no customers have come while has been on duty.

  2. That was great. Thanks for the chapter. I want to see all of the prisoners train to be elite true gods, ECT. Then Ning can create some monster headaches for his enemies.

    1. I feel like the bad guy for bursting your bubbles, but any form of True Gods/True Immortals are basically useless to Ning now. Maybe Triult will be his butler since his personality seems to click with Ning, and his Triult swords did help Ning when he needed it badly. Only strong Elder Gods or EGs in a 1000-EGs formation can help Ning now.

      Ning will free them most likely bc he can and has promised to do so. Maybe Ning will prove me wrong and actually find some use for them 😛

      1. Unless they didn’t have access to good enough cultivation techniques, but that’s unlikely conideirng only talented people were put into those prisons.

        Thanks for the chap Ren ~

  3. Eternal? We’re getting to the higher levels of the Desolate Universe. Like seriously high level, that sword is way too good for Ji NIng for now. Even a peak World God would get killed by a powerful Dao Lord for a weapon like that. Nice that he got it, but he’s gonna have to keep it hidden for a long, long time. Still, heck of a trump card in a duel to the death.

    1. Ning: “See my sword? When it’s drawn it MUST see blood, good-bye!”

      I think that’s the only way Ning will let anyone see it again, before he at least becomes a World God. No witnesses left alive. The dead tells no tales.

  4. Speaking of Triult, his Heavengazer Tower gives Ning 20x sustained time-speed.

    Ning still has at least 10 cubes of chaos nectar:

    10 cubes = 1 average-level dao treasure
    1 cube = 100 chaos treasures (so 1,000 total)

    Heavengazer Tower is low-mid level chaos treasure or top-grade protocosmic, I think?

    Ning’s main disadvantage is that he hasn’t trained for long. Even Flamefairy trained for nearly a million years, while Ning has trained for less than 30,000yrs. Time for Ning to look for an upgade. Time-speed treasures should be a specialized type, so more valuable than average? With 10 cubes of nectar, I think he should be able to buy a time-speed treasure in top-grade chaos or low-grade dao quality. So 50-200x sustained speed maybe? 🙂

    Time to zoom-zoom Ning!

    So hype!

    1. I understand what you mean, but I’m only referring to ‘sustained’ time-speed, i.e. optimal, auto-time-speed without having to use any pills,etc. The Hevengazer Tower’s balanced speed is 20x for Ning right now. I’m hoping he’ll get something with better time-speed.

    1. Hehe, I was thinking that earlier too, but…. the Triult swords are probably left behind with his Primaltwin, to use to protect the 3 Realms.

      Look on the bright side, Ning can easily buy similar or better swords for Triult. I think Ning will soon fully deck out all his retainers, including Flamefairy.

      Time to go shopping again!

    2. On a related note, Triult will find that becoming Ning’s retainer was the smartest and luckiest encounter in his life. First, Freedom. Second, getting a master so great, that Flamefairy, stronger and younger than him, just offered her services to Ning, calling it a once in a lifetime chance that CANNOT be missed.

  5. Well that escalated quickly X_x

    Sword goes from barely strong enough to compete with Top quality Dao Weapons to Strongest weapon we have learned of so-far 😀

    As others have mentioned tho: Hes not going to be able to use it unless it is to save hes own life as it will otherwise alert the truly powerful cultivators and he will be robbed and killed, kinda funny tho, i wonder which situation will happen, i am sure a very strong enemy will emerge due to Violetjewel being found out one way or another! and as always it will result in some losses at first, but ultimately great gains in the end ^_^

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  7. TYVM for the chapter!

    I’m surprised that guy didn’t piss his pants when the force came near him. Also, all the recycling in this chapter made me remember Chaotic Lightning Cultivation! Little pudgy!

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