Book 42, The Five Truncheon Chapters, Chapter 21 – Glad You Are Safe
“It doesn’t really matter if we kill them or not . They’re nothing more than foot soldiers,” Autarch Titanos said . “But if we don’t kill them, I recommend that we at least imprison them . We shouldn’t let them escape and reinforce the other Sithe . ”
“I understand . ” Ning smiled . “There’s something else I’ll need to trouble you two with . ”
“Hm?” Autarch Titanos and Autarch Mogg both looked at Ning .
“Please don’t tell the Paragon of Pills and the others about my true body dying here,” Ning said .
Autarch Mogg and Autarch Titanos blinked . Autarch Titanos said with surprise, “Don’t tell them? You came to the Sithelands for the sake of the Paragon, I believe . They’ll probably be able to guess the truth . ”
“Let’s hide it as best we can . Otherwise, they’ll feel guilty about this,” Ning said with a smile . Suddenly, Ning’s gaze grew distant . He murmured softly, “What an odd feeling . So this is what it feels like for my truesoul to crumble…”
Boom! His truesoul completely fell apart . Ning could feel his mind and his thoughts turn sluggish . The entire framework of his truesoul was completely collapsing, like a cracked dike which was falling apart . Countless truesoul fragments spread out in every direction at a pace which was thousands of times faster than before .
So much of his truesoul was breaking apart that it was actually visible to the naked eye . Countless specks of light flew out from Ning as his divine power and Immortal energy both vanished as well .
“Everything… feels… slow . Going… back… to… Chaosverse?” Ning’s sluggish mind could sense that an enormous, warm location was calling towards him . This had to be the Quintessence of the Chaosverse .
Suddenly, Ning’s seated figure lit up like a ball of fire, instantly transforming into countless specks of light that blasted out in every
Autarch Titanos and Autarch Mogg simply watched silently .
Within an estate-world . The black-robed Ning was silently standing on his feet . The death of his true body had no impact on his Primaltwin at all, as the two were completely different ‘lives’ . His Primaltwin would only perish if a powerful foe was able to use a karmic attack to slay the true body and then follow the karmic connection between the two to slay the Primaltwin as well! A normal dissipation, however, wouldn’t result in any connected consequences . Ning’s Primaltwin continued to slowly disintegrate, but it had yet to engage in any combat since his Daomerge attempt and so the process was still quite slow for it .
“So this is what it feels like for one’s truesoul to dissipate?” the black-robed Ning murmured softly .
His true body had died . If his Primaltwin was unable to devise the ‘Truesoul Everlasting’ technique, it would face the same fate . “I have to seize this opportunity . ” The black-robed Ning’s eyes were shining with hope .
“Autarch Titanos, let me out,” the black-robed Ning said .
“Very well . ”
Within the Daoguard Tower . Ning’s true body had dissipated, while the black-robed Ning had appeared next to Autarch Titanos and Autarch Mogg .
“Come . ” The black-robed Ning waved his hand, summoning his Northbow swords and his other treasures to him . Moments later, his clothes immediately changed as well, going from black to white as he sheathed the Northbow swords on his back once more .
“From this day forth… there is no ‘true body’ or ‘Primaltwin’; just me,” Ning murmured softly . This was the only life he had .
“Break . ” Ning released his awesome Sword Dao Domain, instantly beginning to destroy the few remaining spacetime bubbles of the maze that had trapped him .
The nearby Autarch Mogg chuckled . “Let me
Autarch Skyfeeder and Autarch Mogg were most likely superior to all others in this Chaosverse when it came to solving spacetime mazes . One was the master of the Time Daobirth Essence, while the other was the master of the Space Daobirth Essence .
With the various continuum bubbles destroyed, the Hegemons and Emperors who had been scattered throughout the various seams were all revealed .
Some of the Sithe descendants managed to remain quite calm, but the true Sithe were driven to both rage and despair because they knew that Ning would never spare them .
“Daolord Darknorth… you didn’t die?”
“It is all your fault . Why did you have to come here?! We grew tired of the war long ago and were enjoying a peaceful life in this dimension . You had to come and ruin everything!” Some of the true Sithe were howling angrily at Ning .
“My fault?” Ning shook his head . “You know the secrets behind this hidden dimension . Do you really think I would’ve been able to enter on my own? Clearly, it was the controller of this hidden dimension, Bowenya, who forcibly teleported me here . ”
The formerly-howling Sithe suddenly fell silent . Right . It had to have been Bowenya who teleported Ning here… but he did so because he wanted to render great merits to the Sithe and be rewarded for it . This was on the standing instructions of the supreme Sithe leader . Who could blame him?
“You wanted to kill me, so I had to fight back,” Ning said . He then expanded his Sword Dao Domain to cover all of the Hegemons and Emperors .
“Get in here . ” He instantly teleported them into his estate-world . Now, the only figures left in the Daoguard Tower were the two Autarchs and Ning .
Next, Ning willed
“Darknorth . ” The Paragon and the others turned to look at the two Autarchs, both of whom radiated auras of ineffable power, then at Ning . Ning’s truesoul was clearly disintegrating at a very, very slow pace . They all revealed looks of delight .
“Respectful greetings, Autarch!” All four of them bowed respectfully .
Autarch Titanos and Autarch Mogg both nodded slightly, but their gazes flickered a little when they glanced at the Paragon of Pills, who Ning clearly cared about deeply . It was for this woman’s sake that Ning had lost his life .
Ning continued to maintain the illusory effect around his Sword Dao Domain, ensuring so that his truesoul appeared to be crumbling faster than it actually was . He didn’t wish for the Paragon of Pills and the others to be able to see any flaws in his pretense .
His Primaltwin had never engaged in battle after the Daomerge, and so its truesoul was crumbling at a pace which was slower than his true body’s prior to his true body entering the Sithelands . This was an obvious problem, and so Ning quickly masked it .
He didn’t wish for the Paragon of Pills to feel too much guilt . He had already accomplished his goal and saved her; there was no point in making her feel guilty about it .
“I’m glad you are safe . ” The Paragon of Pills was all smiles .
“I knew that Daolord Darknorth would be able to defeat those Sithe with ease!” Lord Annihilation said flatteringly .
“I was just lucky . I also have to thank these two Autarchs for managing to get here in the nick of time . Otherwise, I would’ve been in serious trouble,” Ning said . “Mistress, since you have realmships you can head off on your own . I have a few things to discuss with the Autarchs . ”
“Very well . ” The Paragon and the others all nodded .
“Autarch Mogg, please help send them outside the Sithelands,” Ning said .
“That’s easy . Let’s leave this dimension first . ” Autarch Mogg sent out a powerful wave of dimensional might which captured all of them . Swish! They instantly reappeared in the black void of space outside .
A surprised look appeared on Ning’s face . “We left? As easy as that?”
“When we broke into this place, I went ahead and bound the core of this Daoguard Tower to myself . I can now control it with ease,” Autarch Mogg said . “That’s why we were able to leave so easily . ”
“The rest of you can be off now . ” Autarch Mogg waved his hand, cutting through space with ease . Riiiip! An iridescent dimensional tunnel appeared before him, leading out of the Sithelands .
The Sithelands was quite a dangerous place, after all . Who knew what would happen if they had to fly out? Given how strong the Paragon was, once they made it outside the Sithelands they would definitely be safe .
“Darknorth, I really have to thank you for everything . ” The Paragon looked at Ning . She felt extremely grateful towards him . Not only had Ning ensured that her three ‘brothers’ were brought back to life, he had also helped her survive this place, allowing her to reunite with them in person . She had no idea how she was supposed to repay him . Thankfully, Ning didn’t suffer any serious injuries during their time in this dangerous dimension . Otherwise, she truly would’ve been wracked by guilt .
“Off with you . Shoo . ” Ning smiled at her .
The Paragon of Pills and the others quickly entered the dimensional tunnel and disappeared . Autarch Mogg and Autarch Titanos glanced at each other, then sighed .
Clearly, the Paragon of Pills had no idea that Ning’s true body had already died within this hidden dimension . She would probably never know the truth .