ISSTH – Book 1 – Chapter 23

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Chapter 23: An Ancient Beast!

As Meng Hao sat in secluded meditation in the small mountain fissure, rumors about what had happened regarding the Dry Spirit Pill began to ripple out. This was especially true when Zhou and Yin returned. Many people saw them, but of course none dared to ask about who had ended up with the Dry Spirit Pill.

Because Meng Hao didn’t appear, rumors began to spread that he had died.

At that exact same moment, Wang Tengfei stood with hands clasped in his Immortal’s Cave on the East Mountain. The mountain breeze caused his hair to waft about and his long robe to rustle. He seemed exceedingly perfect in every way, especially his face, which was so beautiful and flawless that it could send women mad.

As a matter of fact, a mere nod of his head could drive crazy not just the young female Cultivators of the Reliance Sect, but of the Cultivation World of the entire State of Zhao.

His gentle eyes, amiable disposition, beautiful features, superb latent talent, refined Cultivation base, astonishing family background… all of it seemed to prove that Wang Tengfei deserved to be Chosen, which in turn caused people to respect him even more. He was blessed by heaven.

He stood there, an enchanting smile on his face, his eyes seemingly filled with stars as he stared off into the distance. His gaze seemed to almost bore directly through the mountain ranges to fall directly onto the black mountain filled with Demonic beasts.

He stared for a long time, his eyes flickering with an indiscernible excitement.

“The time has come,” he said, his smile light but his heart afire. “I spent three years digging through the ancient records, then another year searching high and low throughout the State of Zhao. After that, I waited for two more years here in the Reliance Sect. Finally, today has arrived. Before the Winged Rain-Dragon died, it flew to this place.

“I never imagined that the two most important things to me would relate to the Reliance Sect. Is my destiny really to be realized here? After the current matter is ended, I will enter the Inner Sect and being my plans regarding my Foundation Establishment.” His smile grew even more enchanting.

“Elder Brother Wang, we are prepared,” said a man who stood behind Wang Tengfei. His Cultivation base was at the fifth level of Qi Condensation. He spoke with utmost respect. “Even the members of the other Sects are assembled according to your requirements. We shall certainly succeed. Unfortunately, Shangguan Song hasn’t returned, and we don’t know where he is. It’s not certain whether or not he was able to invite Master Uncle Shangguan.”

“Very well,” said Wang Tengfei with a smile. “We’ve been preparing for this matter for a long time. According to my deductions, the Demonic python is almost at the end of its two-year shedding period. The moment it completes the process, it is at its weakest.” His eyes grew brighter. Not only had he spent years in preparation, he had been required to pay the price of four valuable treasures, as well as tens of thousands of Spirit Stones, to prepare the spell. Even for him, it was a price which could only be paid once. As of now, he had nothing left.

“Don’t worry, Elder Brother Wang. We will definitely succeed. Allow Junior Brother to congratulate you in advance on acquiring the Core.”

“Of course we will succeed. I, Wang Tengfei, have never failed.” He laughed, and his expression grew even more resplendent. If the ancient records were correct, he would return with a valuable treasure that would accompany him for the rest of his life, and also an ancient legacy which would allow him to control heaven and earth. As for the Demonic Core, it could have been considered a treasure when it was in its prime. But after all these years, it would have faded, and would not be as effective. However, it could still help him break through from the sixth level of Qi Condensation to the seventh.

“Tomorrow at dawn, we shall go to the black mountain,” said Wang Tengfei mildly. With a smile, he rubbed his right arm. Hidden underneath the sleeve was a red mark. He rubbed it, and his eyes once again flashed with excitement.

It was a mark left by a Blood Drop which had fallen onto him from the Heavens when he was six years old. After that day, he was surrounded by a dream in which he flew through the air and became a sovereign of the sky.

With the Blood Drop had come knowledge of a legacy, as well as a special sense, which, when coupled with the information from the records of two-hundred years ago, had enabled him to find a thread of a clue which had led him here.

“No one in the entire world except for me could do this. And that is because I am connected to the legacy, and have the Blood Drop, which is unique in the world.” He gazed off toward the black mountain, his smile even more entrancing, filled with anticipation.

“If this was still the era of Patriarch Reliance, then he would definitely take control of the dragon. But he’s been missing for four hundred years. That is good fortune for me. According to the ancient records, as well as my own investigations, I know that when the dragon came here two hundred years ago, its aura had been suppressed by the treasure. Few people realized that. Even though this is Reliance Sect territory, the area has powerful restrictive spells. Not only was there no aura emanating out, even if there were, no one would have been able to sense it. And even if someone entered the area, their vision would have been blocked by the magic, and they would have been unable to see it.

“As for the Demonic python, it has spent most of its time in slumber. It was only because of the shedding process that it began to roar and howl. Only when the Demonic python sheds its skin fully will the restrictions dissipate, and it will be safe to enter. Thanks to my Blood Drop legacy, I was able to deduce these matters. No one else understands even the half of it.

“A valuable treasure, a complete legacy, all there, waiting for Wang Tengfei!” His smile growing wider, he flicked his sleeve and walked back into the Immortal’s Cave. Moonlight circled around him, unwilling to part from him. The mystical scene caused the other Cultivator’s expression to be filled with even more veneration.

The next day at dawn, atop the black mountain, in that virtually invisible fissure, Meng Hao’s entire body had grown crimson red. Sweat poured off him, and massive amounts of black filth oozed continuously out of his pores.

He had been in mediation for several days, but now his eyes opened. Outside, the roars of the Demonic python grew more intense. It seemed it had reached a critical juncture of its own.

Meng Hao was not distracted, though. He focused and rotated his Cultivation base. He pushed over and over again, but the fourth-level bottle neck was still there. His eyes red, he swallowed ten Dry Spirit Pills, whereupon his head began to buzz, and his body trembled violently. A loud ripping sound could be heard, and it seemed as if his body were floating like a piece of paper in the wind.

Inside his body, his Qi and blood vessels sparkled like crystal, nearly transparent, like an otherworldly omen. The spiritual energy in his body whirled, forming a magnificent lake. It wasn’t a big lake, but it was a lake nonetheless.

The lake, the Core lake, existed in Meng Hao’s dantian region, quite heavy.

Meng Hao knew that he could control the power and enable it to erupt with the power of the fifth level of Qi Condensation. To a Cultivator who had reached Foundation Establishment, it was weak and insubstantial, but as far as Qi Condensation went, the fifth level was a watershed, the second watershed being the seventh level, followed by the ninth.

His head buzzed for quite some time. Eventually, Meng Hao slowly opened his eyes, and they glittered like they had before. A burst of popping sounds rang out. He seemed to have grown a bit taller, and though his skin was still dark, a new air emanated from him.

“The fifth level of Qi Condensation.” Meng Hao took a deep breath, then smiled. He had reached the fifth level of Qi Condensation. Now he could practice the Wind Walking technique. That, combined with flying swords, would give him much greater speed both in movement and attack. It was completely beyond the fourth level.

“Dry Spirit Pills really are beyond ordinary,” said Meng Hao, looking down at the two Dry Spirit Pills in front of him. “But, they still have their limitations. Perhaps after consuming a lot of them, they will become less effective, just like the pills in the past. I wonder if I will be able to use them to get to the sixth level of Qi Condensation.” As he contemplated this, his expression suddenly changed. The roars of the Demonic python now carried a tone of misery. Booming sounds rang out. Meng Hao leaned forward, and he looked outside of the fissure.

As he looked, his pupils constricted and his hands clenched into fists.

Not far away on the mountaintop, was a white-robed youth, extraordinarily beautiful, as if his perfect body was a blessing from heaven. A golden flying sword rotated around him, and the wind blew furiously around as he battled with the Demonic python.

It was none other than… Wang Tengfei.

He smiled calmly, and his kind, amiable eyes made him seem like the sun. He seemed to glow, as if he could eliminate all the shadows around him.

When he attacked, he seemed perfect, as if the Heavens approved his each and every movement.

Around him were at least nine others, one of whom was Shangguan Xiu. He flicked his sleeves as he took the lead in battling the Demonic python. As for the others, all of them had Qi Condensation levels of the seventh level or higher. All were strangers whom Meng Hao had never seen before. They surrounded the Demonic python, preparing to kill it. Booming sounds rang out, and the python let out astonishing roars.

Meng Hao stared at Wang Tengfei, not moving a muscle. But deep in his eyes was a dark look that slowly grew, replacing any mildness until it filled his eyes.

After a short bit of time, the Demonic python’s roars grew more and more miserable, and wounds covered its body. Blood splattered everywhere. This truly was its weakest state. The surrounding Cultivators attacked even fiercerly. Wang Tengfei smiled, as perfect as ever, his eyes filled with an indiscernible excitement.

He had waited for this day for a long time.

Suddenly, from to peaks of nine surrounding mountains, shining silvery light coiled up and linked together to form a spell. The spell ever so slowly filled the air, then broke into countless silver threads which then turned into a silver fog that shot down toward the ground. It seemed that they were preparing to seal the Demonic python.

But, just then, the python looked up toward the Heavens and let out a roar which resounded out over the black mountain, shaking everything. Suddenly, on top of the python’s head appeared the ghostly image of a beast.

The creature was bright red, with enormous wings and a hideous-looking head. Its sharp claws glittered, and it had a long tail. The instant the phantom appeared, the swirling winds in the sky seemed to change colors, and astonished expressions appeared on the faces of everyone present. Only Wang Tengfei’s eyes appeared more excited. Fortunately, the ghostly image appeared for only a moment, then disappeared.

When the ghostly image disappeared, the Demonic python shot out of the deep fissure, its body sleek and smooth. It let out a frightening roar and spit reddish mist out of its mouth, an attack which then shot out in all directions. The Cultivators couldn’t avoid it, not even Wang Tengfei, and they could only watch helplessly as it enveloped them, then shot out into the distance. Because of the attack, when the silver fog fell from the sky, it didn’t just fall down upon the Demonic python, but Wang Tengfei and the others as well.

As the silver fog descended upon them, Meng Hao’s heart began to thump wildly. Before, he had seen a sword sticking out from the Demonic python’s body. But as of now, the sword was nowhere to be seen. Without the slightest hesitation, he leaped up and, moving faster than he ever had in his life, jumped onto a flying sword and shot toward the top of the mountain and the large fissure.

“Go! Go! Go!” Meng Hao said under his breath. Without any regard for safety, he charged into the fissure-like cave, ignoring the strange odor which filled the air. As he moved deeper into the cave, he saw a massive snakeskin, stuck into which was the small, primitive-looking sword.

Without even a pause, he grabbed the sword, his heart thumping, face flushed with excitement. Just as he was about to leave, his eyes widened. Despite his extreme level of excitement, he was still able to gasp in shock. The thing really was a python skin, but it was also something else, something shockingly frightening that Meng Hao had never before seen in his life.

It was … the corpse of a creature. A massive, shriveled corpse, several hundreds of meters long. The black mountain seemed to be hollow inside, and the creature’s corpse filled more than half of it.

Also visible were two gigantic, mostly disintegrated wings. Despite being dead, the creature’s massive, hideous head was incredibly frightening. This creature looked the same as the ghostly image which had just appeared, and now it was clear that the so-called Demonic python was actually the creature’s tail.

“A tail that becomes a demon!” said Meng Hao, stupefied. “What Demonic beast is this?! If it’s a Demonic beast… it must have a Demonic Core!” He clenched his jaw. Based on his experience collecting Demonic Cores, it wouldn’t be located in the creature’s belly. Most Demonic Cores were located in the head. He dashed toward the horrific-looking head, and with a swipe of the primitive-looking sword, split it open. Sure enough, inside was a shriveled Demonic Core. He grabbed it, and was about to leave, when suddenly his heart began thumping even harder. From his current position, he could see that beneath the head of the creature’s corpse was a skeleton.

Who knew how many years the skeleton had lay crushed under the head. Next to the skeleton was a golden-colored bag of holding.

Blood boiling, Meng Hao suddenly had the feeling that his destiny was thick in this place. He had acquired the sword, the Demonic Core and now a golden bag of holding. He snatched it up, then shot out of the cave like the wind, and then down the mountain, filled with incredible excitement.

“I’ve struck it rich! This time, I’ve really freaking struck it rich!”

Meng Hao had only been inside the cave for the space of about ten breaths, and in ten more, he was gone from the mountain. The moment his shadow disappeared, a shape began to descend from the silver fog that hung in the sky. It was a person wearing a white robe; Wang Tengfei. With a flick of his sleeve, he floated down slowly. He looked around for a moment, then sped toward the cave.

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73 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 1 – Chapter 23” - NO SPOILERS

      1. Considered the fame of this patriarch, that wouldn’t seem very likely to me… besides, if this beast was a beast powerful enough to bring down a person probably above the Core stage, then even if just it’s tail as a dead beast, Wang Tengfei shouldn’t be able to get it, regardless of the number of underlings he brought and magical spells he set up.

        1. well the was only at 9th level spirit condensation, at best, and wang tengfei had a bunch of people over 7th level and on top of that he had made intricate plans i assume such as the seal and prolly some other stuff
          its not entirely impossible for a bunch of weaker people with better preparation to defeat a stronger person

    1. This is classic karma. You act like an arrogant piece of shit and bully others and then the one thing you have been waiting for gets snatched by someone else who happened to be someone you bullied and just happened to be in the right place at the right time.

      And I can’t wait to read the next chapter. I really want to see what happens next after the dumbfounded look. I want to see the rage come. Please hurry with the next chapter.

      1. To be fair, Wangfei wasn’t a bully himself, but the people who use him as protection are.

        Though, his fault for being excessive in revenge and not keeping underlings in line.

          1. True, but he has to do something in revenge since his subordinate was injured.
            Kinda part of giving face if you let someone under you get injured without revenge.

            (this is disregarding the fact if the person was correct in being injured, that was Wang’s fault).

            Beside, Meng knew if he just gave back the thingy, he would have been fine.

  1. In my country if we shouted a thief we called “maaaaaaaalinggggggg”. Meng hao is lucky thief indeed hahahahhaaha. And karma is a biaatch. Lol….lol

        1. Salam, teman-teman Indonesia!

          (Is this correct? Maybe I should learn some Indonesian… Some of the team ISSTH proofreaders are Indonesian!)

  2. Thanks for the releasing! Pretty good chapter! Fells so good when he got all the spoils, that im really looking forward to see the face of the weng guy when he discover that he got cheated!

  3. Thanks.

    I’m confused and please explain if I have this right:
    * 200 years ago: Winged Rain-Dragon died, fell to the mountain range and became black mountain
    * Winged Rain-Dragon’s tail came to life and became a Demonic Python
    * A sword injured the Demonic Python. Possibly the same weapon that killed the Wing Rain-Dragon
    * Python enters shedding period
    * Wang knew about this and was preparing to kill the Python and obtain the Winged Rain-Dragon’s demonic core, which is possibly above 9th level (python was consider around 9th, min being 7th level, and that just the tail)
    * Wang and party attacked Python, but Python self destructed and blew everyone away
    * Meng was not blown away, and started harvesting the the loot before Wang made it back.

    Kinda funny how fast meng ran away though. 10 breaths to exit the cave and go down the mountain?

    1. This is about right, except, the sword had wounded the dragon, not the python. The python didn’t self destruct. It never said clearly, but I think the idea is it completely it’s transformation, whereupon the sealing spell fell down. But because it attacked at the same time, the party got sucked into the sealing spell. Later on, there is no explanation of the details of what happened after that (at least as far as I have read in the story)

      1. Thanks.

        Sealing thing was a bit confusing. I blame change of type of battle, unlike those we are used to Meng using tricks or mirror.

        Well sword was on the tail, so kinda wierd it caused the death of the dragon, hence focusing on python and said possible killed the dragon

        1. Yeah, it was a bit confusing to me at first too. Also, it’s not clear to me whether the sword actually caused the dragon’s death or not. It doesn’t say that outright. I think either possibility is assumable (1. sword killed it. 2. sword was one of the injuries leading to its death)

          1. Wasn’t the sword leading it to its death because of the surpressing effect it had on the dragon?

  4. Now comes the part where he fuses himself with all these treasures he gained and leaves the entire sect’s mouth wide open when they see how strong he became afterwards 🙂 Oh god, I can’t wait!

  5. i bet the corpse is the reliance sect leader and the sword was an old famous heaven souring weapon. as for the dragon core i think it should at least be a saint level or higher. seeing as it was able to kill the person with the golden bag.

  6. Thanks for the chapter’s guys, I wish these comments section could be on the top, its not easy scrolling down for like 2 min to post a thanks for every LN I read, especially from my mobile.
    Thanks for translating this awesome novel, I really appreciate it, I would have donated some already if there was donate option for this novel.

  7. Sounds like Wang Tengfei is supposed to be the real MC… too bad Meng Hao, merchant extraordinaire is here.
    Also it seems evident to me from the title of this book and the fact that Wang Tengfei = blessed by the heavens means that Meng Hao is definitely going to be an interesting character in the future.
    Anyway, I can’t even be sarcastic about this chapter. It’s too good, too good… he stole those treasures right from underneath Tengfei’s haughty, arrogant ass.

    EDIT: I almost feel sorry for the guy, reading that preview… but nah, not really.

    1. ya, the lines Wang Tengfei get in these chapters are beyond extraordinary, they describe him as the god reincarnation or something to the point of getting annoying, i rarely feel like jumping into the LN and slap characters cuz usually these kinda of characters gets what they deserve at the end, but the way author describes Wang Tengfei make me feel so infuriated, sigh, since he bothers to make him epic for every damn entry.

  8. Wang tangfei: I am the child blessed by heavens i will be the main character
    Meng Hao: pshhh please we all know who the main man is u will never get a single shit as long as I am here

    Still lol he planned for two years I would love to see his reaction when he finds nothing

  9. haha payback to wang !…After reading this chapter i have decided to add this novel to my must read list along with Coiling dragon…
    P.S I wish next chapter comes asap…

  10. Sup, niggaz, i wanna thank ya all for deze translations, translatorz!!! but neva would i forgetti to thank all dem editorz and our holy author from a notha motha

  11. Haha, Meng Hao has been playing some Descent I/II : Get in the cave, loot weapons, snipe the core, then get the hell out before everything blows up in your face. 😛

  12. error
    “Suddenly, from to(two) peaks of nine surrounding mountains”

    this chapter was just beautiful lmao. i can’t wait to see that a$$hole’s expression in the next chap

    thanks death and the others 🙂

  13. Yesh it payback. I don’t like how Wang Tengfei was made to be seem so perfect, bless with good looks, talent and even had a mysterious background ( not clearly explain but can tell his background is not so simple) than the Mc. Plus Wang Tengfei having that so pretentious two face fake personality, think he all that, while thinking others is unworthy, just makes me don’t like him more. I really can’t wait to see his face when what he had been waiting for all these years has all been taken by someone else and that someone else is Meng Hao at that. Hahaha…..Well the result if he knew it was Meng Hao ..he will surely want to kill him.

  14. Accidental Payback is always hilarious. Well done. I bet that Gold bag has quite the treasures inside it. Its interesting that one can have a bag within a bag. Its like a massive space that then has another pocket dimension inside it. COol stuff. I wonder if you could hide inside it.

  15. There’s a saying passed down by ancient sages. “Never go treasure hunting with the protagonist nearby, because your treasure will end up in his hands if he needs it”… and sadly, the fking brat wang didn’t heed this rule, too fking bad. I’m so damn happy, but this is no doubt only the beginning of a looooot of revenge.

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