ISSTH – Book 1 – Chapter 35

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Chapter 35: I’m Not Willing!

Time slipped by, and at some point, Elder Brother Chen left. Even though Meng Hao had just entered the Inner Sect, he was still a junior Brother, and it was Chen Fan’s responsibility to explain matters to him, to help him understand what Cultivation truly is. To help him to know what it means to move forward lest one fall behind, and to comprehend the life-and-death path that was the Cultivation world.

Entering the Inner Sect was his first true step across the threshold into that world. The next step was Foundation Establishment.

Meng Hao sat alone on the boulder, staring into the sky at the moon and the vast multitude of stars. He was silent, his mind filled with countless thoughts. He felt somewhat confused.

Time continued to pass, and soon it was the middle of the night. Wang Tengfei sat in his Immortal’s Cave, looking down at his right hand with its missing index finger. He looked confused. In front of him was a jade slip, broken in half. When he had regained consciousness, that was the first thing he had done.

He hadn’t managed to enter the Inner Sect, and thus had not accomplished his second goal. He was on the verge of despair. As soon as he had regained consciousness, he had snapped the jade slip in two with a bitter smile.

He had been defeated, thoroughly defeated, and by none other than an insect. He had been defeated by Meng Hao’s sword and weak Cultivation base. Had He Luohua not intervened, he would be dead.

This defeat ended his path here at the Reliance Sect. He had not emerged from his Immortal’s Cave after awakening. He had simply sat there in a daze.

He was a Chosen. His Clan’s reputation in the Southern Domain was indomitable. He had been insufferably proud since childhood, as if the world lay at his feet. That was why he had refused to stay in his Clan, but rather came here to the State of Zhao and the Reliance Sect, to search for the Legacy and treasure. He had even postponed Foundation Establishment in order to pursue his two goals. As of now, though, everything had blown away like ash in the wind.

Wang Tengfei’s bitter laughter echoed throughout the Immortal’s Cave. He laughed and laughed, clenching his fists tightly. Although, his nails were not very sharp, so he couldn’t experience the pain Meng Hao had that day.

He just could not accept it. If he had been defeated at the hands of a Chosen, then he could bear the loss. But the person who had robbed his place in the Inner Sect, who had trampled him underfoot, was someone he didn’t even deign to look at, an insect whose name he hadn’t even been able to recall. He just couldn’t accept it.

At this moment, the main door of Wang Tengfei’s Immortal’s Cave suddenly disintegrated noiselessly. The entire door turned into ash, which floated down to the ground of the Immortal’s Cave.

A middle-aged man stood in the doorway, wearing a black robe, hands clasped behind his back. He seemed somewhat emaciated, but carried a haughty air. The moonlight fell onto him, and seemed to quiver and turn into ripples. It was as this man’s mere existence could cause the surrounding mountain chains to tremble.

Next to the middle-aged man was a young woman, perhaps eighteen or nineteen years of age. She was incredibly beautiful, tall and slender. She wore no makeup, and yet her face glowed like the dawn. Her hair was pinned up in the shape of a swallow’s tail, and her body seemed as if it were carved from jade. She wore a thin, light green garment. Standing there in the moonlight, she emanated a magical aura, cool and composed, refined and free from worldly vulgarity. She looked just like a female celestial, descended from heaven.

“The Wang Clan is one of the three great Cultivation Clans in the Southern Domain,” said the middle-aged man coolly. His voice contained an awe-inspiring coldness difficult to describe. “It has outmatched many Sects, and has existed for ten thousand years in the Southern Domain.

“You are a Chosen of the Wang Clan. From birth, you have been destined to do extraordinary things, to rise higher than the highest heavens. You were foreordained to engage in struggles with other Immortals.”

As Wang Tengfei listened to the middle-aged man’s words, he slowly lifted his head, ignoring his severed finger.

“What do some minor setbacks count for? This paltry State of Zhao wouldn’t count for anything in the Southern Domain. It’s filled with ants. If I sent a single Nascent Soul stage Clan member here, he could wipe this place clean.” The middle-aged man spoke with complete certainty, leaving no room for argument. Wang Tengfei clenched his fists, and fire appeared in his eyes.

“Your true enemies are the other Chosen members in the Clan, the successors of the two major Clans in the Southern Domain, and the disciples of the rest of the five Clans. Only they are worthy to be your enemy. If they saw your sorry state now, how could you dare to claim the name Wang?!

“Tell me, what is your family name?” said the middle-aged man with a flick of his sleeve.

“My name is Wang!” Wang Tengfei stood, his eyes gleaming.

The middle-aged man looked at Wang Tengfei for a long moment, then his eyes grew soft.

“You are a Roc of the Wang Clan. In a few years, you will reach Foundation Establishment. In the future, on the great path to Core Formation, you will have the assistance of the Violet Qi from the East technique of your fiancée’s Sect. You will successfully achieve Core Formation soon. After that, you will have your Nascent Soul. When that happens, you will find that the pitiable person who defeated you here in the State of Zhao, is still practicing Qi Condensation.

“Then you can truly look down on him like the insect he is.” He gave Wang Tengfei a meaningful look, then turned away.

“Tengfei,” said the beautiful girl. Her light voice was pleasant, and combined with her beauty, made her incredibly enticing. She was perfect, in the same way Wang Tengfei was perfect. Were they to be together, they would truly be a match made in heaven, the envy of anyone traversing the path of Immortality.

Wang Tengfei looked at the girl silently. This was his fiancée, Chu Yuyan 1, daughter of the Sect Leader of the Violet Fate Sect. She was a Chosen of her Sect, and one of four most famous women in the Southern Domain.

“Let’s go back,” she said softly, gazing at Wang Tengfei tenderly.

Wang Tengfei nodded. He followed the girl out of the Immortal’s Cave. Along with the middle-aged man, they walked forward, and suddenly a rumbling sound shook the night sky. A massive lightning bolt shot down from the sky, transforming into a flying battleship, nearly three hundred meters long. The ship was black, and emanated the feeling of death, especially the massive flagpole from which flapped a red flag, embroidered with the character “Wang.”

On the ship stood numerous men with expressionless faces, standing at attention, radiating cold auras.

The massive noise which had just rung out, as well as the battleship, left the disciples of the Reliance Sect trembling in fear. They looked up at the sight, disbelief written across their face.

Meng Hao still sat on the peak of the East Mountain. Pulled out of his contemplation, he looked up at the shocking black battleship and red flag, and his heart quivered.

“I should never have agreed to let you come to this backwater place,” said the middle aged man as they stepped foot onto the ship. “Even if the Sublime Spirit Scripture was rumored to have been seen here, that was something that occurred hundreds of years ago.” Wang Tengfei stood there, looking out at the Reliance Sect. He slowly wiped away all the memories of the recent years.

No longer was his gaze warm and gentle, no longer was his smile kind and sincere. He had become cold, especially his eyes, which radiated hatred. He now seemed completely different from the old Elder Brother Wang.

He looked down at Meng Hao sitting there on the mountaintop. The two of them stared at each other for a moment, and then Wang Tengfei’s eyes once again filled with disregard. As far as he was concerned, Meng Hao was a bug. Pride filled him, because his family name was Wang!

At this moment, the middle-aged man caught sight of Meng Hao sitting there. He didn’t reveal his Cultivation base, but his gaze itself was enough to cause a thunderous roar which shook the entire East Mountain. Like a sharp sword, his it toward Meng Hao.

Meng Hao’s expression changed, and he coughed up a mouthful of blood. His entire body felt ice-cold, and he sensed an intense, deadly force fall upon him. His head spun, and he lost the power to even think. He was so weak that he felt as if he could collapse from a single blow.

He felt death upon him. His body would shrivel up, his soul would wink out. Blood dripped down from his forehead.

Aloneness. Helplessness. Death. They melded together into a giant hand which pushed down on him, slowly crushing him to pieces, smashing him into a place beyond recovery.

Suddenly, a cold snort rang out, filling the entire Reliance Sect, and a figure in blue appeared in front of Meng Hao.

“Your Cultivation base is in the Core Formation stage. Not a Mixed Core, either, but at least Purple or Crimson. And yet you bully a Qi Condensation pup like this? Are you really Wang Xifan 2 of the Wang Clan of the Southern Domain, Third Generation Dao Protector?” It was Sect Leader He Luohua. Suddenly, a deafening, earth-shaking roar erupted.

The sound thundered out, seeming as if everything in sight would crumble from it. Then it turned into layer upon layer of ripples, emanating from He Luohua. He stood there as if he were the only person in the world, staring coldly toward the Wang Xifan as he stood there in the battleship.

“I’ve incurred Fellow Daoist He’s ridicule,” said Wang Xifan with a gentle laugh. “I’m here to take Tengfei away. Thank you for caring for him these years.” His eyes were filled with an indescribable arrogance. He flicked his sleeve. The battleship began to hum, then it transformed into a streak of colors and shot off into the starry sky, leaving behind only the twinkling starlight.

Meng Hao coughed up some more blood, but continued to stare off into the distance, his cold eyes glittering.

He Luohua looked back silently at Meng Hao, then sighed and left. Meng Hao gazed off into the distance toward the disappearing battleship.

“So that was a Core Formation Cultivator. He could crush me with a single look. And that’s just Core Formation. After that is the Nascent Soul stage and then the Spirit Severing stage, and even more… The Southern Domain, the Wang Clan!” Meng Hao ground his teeth angrily, fire burning in his eyes.

“If you’re not strong, you don’t qualify to exist. If you’re not strong, you don’t qualify to practice Cultivation. If you’re not strong, you don’t have the right to keep living, but can only be taken advantage of…. Are you willing to live a life like this?” Elder Brother Chen’s words echoed in his head, more and more strongly, burning indelibly into his mind, into his bones, into his soul.

“I’m not willing!” said Meng Hao slowly, clenching his fists. His voice was weak, but in his heart, the voice resounded like a thunderclap.

“I’m not willing to let anyone take advantage of me!

“I’m not willing to be weak!

“I’m not willing to be deprived of the right to fight back!

“I will be strong! I will become powerful!!” Meng Hao had always wanted to become rich and travel to the Great Tang in the Eastern Lands. He still had that desire, but in addition to that, he had a new belief. He would become powerful. On the path of cultivation, the path of defying the Heavens, if you are not powerful, you are dead.

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  1. Chu Yuyan’s name in Chinese is 楚玉嫣 (chǔ yù yān) Chu is a family name. Yu means “jade” or “beauty,” and Yan means “captivating”
  2. Wang Xifan’s name in Chinese is 王锡范 (wáng xī fàn) Wang is a family name. Xi means “tin.” Fan means “model” or “example”


55 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 1 – Chapter 35” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

      1. 666years had past by in the blink of a glittery eye and our mc Meng Hao with his glistening eye´s died of old age while still having glittering eyes until the very end…
        THE END

  1. Good chapter, I don’t think I’ve replied to a ISSTH chapter yet, but. Thanks for your hard work and I hope you will continue the translation, as this is shaping up to be a really good story. ^_^. (Also my guess was wrong on the topic post.. qq)

  2. Thanks for the chapter ! I’m sorry but as a Xian Ni reader I want to be sure that I understood well enough your translation of the different stage : what you call ” to establish one formation” would be equivalent to Foundation Building ( from voidtranslation) , Core formation stage would be Jiedan and Nascent soul YuanYing ?

  3. Deathblade, I did as you instructed me and played Eye of the Tiger when that line was spoken… then I tried to imagine Meng Hao entering a training montage but all I could see was him dancing to this amazing song. Still, 10/10 epic chapter would read again

  4. “After that, you will have your Nascent Soul. When that happens, you will find that the pitiable person who defeated you here in the State of Zhao, is still practicing Qi Condensation”

    hoho we will see about that you little sh!t, wont’t we?

    btw is it easter purple qi art or is it supposed to be eastern?

    1. No. In a surprise twist of face, the Easter bunny is a powerful Cultivator in the Southern Domain, and teaches people mysterious Easter arts…


      Just kidding. Thanks for finding this, I fixed it !

  5. Poor Wang clan .. and mostly poor Wang Tengfei … what they did now … they`re going to get it back hardcore x Infinite :))

    Mr Deathblade.. you should know that even 1 release per day of this uber-super-lovely-cliffy story is not enough, right? 🙂

    I`m not asking for more, don`t worry 🙂 but even if you would do 10, i would still not be satisfied!
    This novel has become my 1st priority 🙂 Thanks for choosing it!

    1. Thanks. Haha. Yeah I’m working on that. Hopefully in the near future I will be able to increase the number of chapters per week!

  6. Whoosh~

    Cultivation truly is -> was
    what it means to -> meant
    one fall behind -> fell
    world lay at -> laid
    if you are not powerful, you are dead -> were

  7. 8Sigh* Whenever it comes to Wang Teng Fei, u would clearly see how unfair the world is…he is blessed by good looks, talents, powerful background and now he even got one of the most famous women (a hot beauty whose clearly come from not so simple background ) as his fiancee….I can only say the Mc only win him in personality, wits , creative mind and especially lucks and that is basically all.

  8. I wonder if because they mentioned her our MVPMC is going to be Mr.-steal-your-girl and totally drive the arrogant punk insane. Would be fun to see.

  9. I don’t think he will go steal-your-girl on him. In fact I think she might actually love Wang Tengfei so I doubt that would happen. At least I seriously hope not. I dislike such things. As it is the world is large I’m sure there are plenty of women out there that would be good or Meng Hao. Elder Sister Xu is an option at the moment or at least is implied as an option but lets hope he goes further than that.

  10. “…embroidered with the character ‘Wang.’ ”

    My inner child snickered. at that, because it definitely seems that Tengfei and his family are a bunch of giant dicks. 😛

  11. Ah, all this bullshit about being godly because you belong to a clan, it’s not like their blood is different, only their cultivation materials and environments… Also that chu yuyan must be a real bitch, sucking up to the pompous wang tangfei. I hope meng hao steals her later and makes her into a concubine or something.

    1. Haha good saying. Yet, in a Xianxia world your marriage is not decide by yourself but by your family or clan. It’s would be unfair to call a young madam a **** just for her family chose everything for her. And women who do not want to marry a good looking/ rich/ strong/ smart man? That Wang tangfei looks like model target… But Yes! i can already imagine the miserable future of the gold digger… After all to put all the hope on future husband is unwise for woman. Like this novel said:”best one to rely on is yourself”

  12. I just registered in this website to just say that I’m starting this novel after reading 180+ chapters from A Will Eternal from the same author wich I enjoyed very very much and with my little experience reading ISSTH what I’ve seen so far it’s not that ponderous as I heard but it’s going pretty smooth in my opinion, the world is expanding quickly, more quick that AWE wich also has his reasons, this area is quite remote and the sect is weak but the MC progression is quicker, maybe it’s a bit slowly at first and not many things happen but this is also early chapters so no wonder, the biggest the world the slowlier starts, this also makes me hope that AWE can have a huge amount of chapters (2000-4000) and of course I also hope Mr. Deathblade brings it on this whole novel to us xD. Making the long short I would just say that I’m very used to this progression so I expect to enjoy this amazing story that I heard so much with you all ^~^.

    Also many thanks for all the staff of this website to bring us quality translations of many novels and taking it forward.

    1. The author’s name is ErGen, they said he is well known for novels with a lot of chapters, Never lesser than 2000!
      Welcome to this amazing world…Damn, Good books always feel them too short and school books always feel them too freaking long~

      BTW already heard of our beloved translator Deathblade is a girl.

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