ISSTH – Book 1 – Chapter 57

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Chapter 57: Was it Worth it?

Meng Hao felt quite conflicted. He stood on the treasured fan he had just acquired, using as much spiritual power as he could muster to flee at top speed. He feared that if he was even the least bit slow, he would be attacked and robbed.

“First I offended Eccentric Song,” sighed Meng Hao, “and then the Violet Fate Sect… But it’s not my fault, they forced me to trade.” In his mind, he was innocent. At the time, he had no choice but to trade the spear…. Sighing repeatedly, he pushed himself to go faster, getting closer and closer to the State Shield Mountain range.

“I need to find a place to hide for a while. If someone catches up with me, I’ll be in great danger…” Meng Hao frowned. The power of the treasured fan faded, and he dropped to the ground, tucking the fan away and starting to run.

“When will I be able to reach Foundation Establishment? Then I’ll be able to really fly!”

Two days passed, during which time Meng Hao didn’t rest at all. He just kept running, thinking about how he hadn’t rested at all since Shangguan Xiu began to chase him on Mount Daqing. But he had no choice. The thought of what would happen if he didn’t was too ghastly to contemplate.

Meanwhile, deep in the State Shield Mountain chain, atop the plateau next to the treasure mountain, Wu Dingqiu held up a Go piece, smiling broadly. After thinking for no less than one hour, he slowly put the piece onto the board.

Eccentric Song’s face was like iron. With a cold snort, he slammed a piece down onto the board.

“Eccentric Song, your Cultivation base is so refined. You shouldn’t allow yourself to be in such a mood.” Wu Dingqiu stroked his beard and laughed. He looked as calm as a cool wind. “Cultivators of our generation should be able to settle our Qi and calm our minds. Even with mountains crumbling around us, our expressions shouldn’t change. But look at you! Are you really so ill-at-ease because of some nobody from the junior generation?”

“If our positions were switched, you would be the same,” said Eccentric Song sourly.

“Absolutely not! If I, Wu, were in this position, I would only offer praise, and would certainly not feel anger. In the Violet Fate Sect, we cultivate our disposition, and would not allow something like this to arouse our anger. No offense, Eccentric Song, but as far as this type of cultivation goes, you really have something to learn from the Violet Fate Sect.” Wu Dingqiu laughed, obviously quite pleased with himself.

“How about this,” he continued. “After we finish this game of Go, you can come with me to the Violet Fate Sect. I will allow you to peruse our Moral Cultivation Manual, and then you will understand what it means to settle the Qi and calm the mind.” Wu Dingqiu’s smile was so wide that wrinkles appeared on his face.

Eccentric Song harrumphed, refusing to respond and simply looking off into the distance. Wu Dingqiu’s smile grew stronger, and he too looked off into the distance. Shortly, two figures could be seen racing toward them through the forest. It was Qian Shuihen and Lu Song. They gripped an iron spear between the two of them as they made a beeline for the plateau. They were followed by a small group of other Violet Fate Sect disciples.

Qian Shuihen and Lu Song stepped foot onto the plateau and both began to speak at the same time.

“Greetings, Elder Wu. Disciple has accomplished the task. I have acquired the treasured item through trade.”

“Greetings, Elder Wu, fortunately, I have not failed in my mission. I was able to trade for the spear.”

Eccentric Song’s face was grim as Wu Dingqiu’s laughter rang out.

“Excellent. Good job, you two.” He laughed. “I will take it upon myself to promote both of you to the Inner Sect. You didn’t cause any problems for that kid, did you?”

“I am pleased to report that we made a fair trade,” said Qian Shuihen hastily. Next to him, Lu Song nodded fervently, looking excited. “We didn’t cause any problems for him.”

“Eccentric Song, come, let’s take a look at this treasured, divine spear.” Wu Dingqiu laughed. He flicked his sleeve, and the iron spear flew toward him.

The instant it touched his hand, Wu Dingqiu’s expression changed. His eyes flashed as he examined the spear closer. Grim-faced Eccentric Song also took a close look, whereupon, his eyes began to shine. He stared open mouthed, then suddenly smiled.

Wu Dingqiu’s expression grew more and more unsightly. No matter from which aspect he looked at the spear, it was ordinary in nature. Refusing to believe that it was true, he pointed the spear at a random Demonic beast further down the mountain. The creature didn’t even notice.

The expression on his face was unsightly to the extreme. He slowly raised his head, looking coldly at Qian Shuihen and Lu Song.

When they saw the look in Wu Dingqiu’s eyes, their excitement faded, and they began to tremble. Blank expressions filled their eyes.

“What did you trade for this spear?” asked Wu Dingqiu, one word at a time.

Looking nervous, Qian Shuihen said, “Disciple gave two thousand Spirit Stones, seven Earthly Spirit Pills, one of the Sect’s Hellfighting Spikes, and… and a Plateau Charging Pill.”

Wu Dingqiu’s face grew dark.

Next, Lu Song spoke: “Disciple gave one thousand, five hundred Spirit Stones, three Heavenly Spirit Pills, a treasured fan, and a magical pill.”

Eccentric Song burst out laughing. It was the laughter of release, as if all of his pent up depression from the past few days had suddenly disappeared.

Wu Dingqiu was mad enough, but when he heard the price the two disciples had paid, along with Eccentric Song’s peals of laughter, his rage exploded. He suddenly let out a furious roar. “Good-for-nothing fools! This iron spear is a fake!”

It echoed out like thunder, shattering the Go board. Cracks appeared on the surface of the mountain beneath his feet. Qian Shuihen and Lu Song tumbled to the ground, blood spraying out of their mouths.Their heads spun as Wu Dingqiu’s single word echoed in their hearts.

“Fake…” They were stunned.

This word thundered out in all directions along with his roar, filling nearly half of the entire State Shield Mountain range and reaching even Eastern Refinement City.

It eventually reached the ears of Sun Hua, filling him with confusion. After a moment, his expression changed, and a look of shock filled his face.

“The spear was a fake?” He looked at his companions, and looks of realization appeared on their faces as well.

“It couldn’t be that the iron spear that was a fake, could it…?”

Inside the Hundred Treasures Pavilion, Qiao Ling was in the midst of introducing a magical item to a Cultivator when she heard the noise outside. Amazed, she thought back to Meng Hao’s iron spear, and a strange look appeared on her face.

Next to the pill furnace, the middle-aged man opened his eyes, and they flickered with a mocking expression. Without a word, he closed them again.

Far away from the plateau in the State Shield Mountains, Meng Hao lowered his head and ran even faster.

Eccentric Song’s splitting laughter undulated throughout the mountains. Wu Dingqiu’s face couldn’t look more horrible. He, an Elder of the Violet Fate Sect, had been hoodwinked by a Cultivator of the Qi Condensation stage. Even though it didn’t directly involve him, he would definitely lose face when word spread.

He wanted to track Meng Hao down immediately. He turned to look at Qian Shuihen and Lu Song, who stood there terrified. He was disgusted, but in his heart he sighed. These disciples had spent all their days within the Sect, and didn’t have any experience dealing with outsiders. They were flowers raised indoors, inexperienced and incapable of dealing with schemes.

With a cold harrumph, he tossed the iron spear to the ground and took a few steps forward, casting his senses about in search of Meng Hao. But then, Eccentric Song stepped forward to block his way, laughing complacently.

“Fellow Daoist Wu, please don’t lose your temper,” he said. “Your Violet Fate Sect stresses the need to settle the Qi and calm the mind, to cultivating one’s disposition. Don’t allow a small matter like this to arouse your ire. When it comes to this type of cultivation, you should really do a bit more research into your Sect’s Moral Cultivation Manual.” Eccentric Song laughed heartily. Earlier, he had been prevented from leaving no matter what he said, so of course now he would do the same thing to Wu Dingqiu.

“You…” Wu Dingqiu’s face grew dark, and he stared fixedly at Eccentric Song. But he didn’t say anything.

“You broke the Go board, so now we can’t finish,” said Eccentric Song with a smile. “How about this: You were going to take me to your Violet Fate Sect, right? Well, let’s go! We can chat and play Go for a few months.” The depression had faded completely from his heart. Seeing Wu Dingqiu like this made him incredibly happy. As far as the treasures Meng Hao had taken, he didn’t care anymore. What was most important to him was the look of outrage and insult on Wu Dingqiu’s face.

He pulled at Wu Dingqiu, clearly having no intention of allowing him to resist.

Wu Dingqiu’s heart was filled with gloom. He glared at Eccentric Song, then let out a long sigh. He knew that the man wouldn’t let him pursue Meng Hao. He stamped his foot angrily, then allowed Eccentric Song to pull him up into the air.

“You useless imbeciles won’t be able to keep up,” said Wu Dingqiu, looking down at trembling Qian Shuihen and Lu Song. “The Inner Sect promotion is a failure. Return to the Sect and immediately go into secluded meditation!” The other disciples watched on, pale-faced.

“Damn you, Meng Hao,” said Lu Song, lowering his head, his face twisted with rage. “I will never forget this, you shameless bastard!” He ground his teeth when he recalled Meng Hao’s bashful expression, and it looked as if his eyes might erupt with flames. He had never met anyone so impudent in his entire life. The spear was obviously a fake. His face filled with pain when he thought of how much he had paid for it. When he thought about the lost chance to enter the Inner Sect, he was so angry that he almost spat up blood.

“Shameless! Despicable!” said Qian Shuihen, thinking about his precious items. He picked up the iron spear. “Meng Hao, you are a complete scoundrel!” As he thought about the failure of the Inner Sect promotion, he really seemed about to go crazy. And then he thought about all the medicinal pills and magical items, and his hatred for Meng Hao ascended to skies.

The two of them looked at each other, sharing a look of pain.

“We will place this spear up inside the Sect to remind us that we must kill Meng Hao!”

Fierce killing intent filled their eyes, and yet, the trial by fire was over, and they were required to return to the Sect. Their rancor and murderous thoughts could only be concealed in their hearts, never to be erased.

Meanwhile, Meng Hao was both scared witless and also felt that he was being accused wrongly. Sighing, he increased his speed, running as fast as he could for seven days straight. Eventually he found an Immortal’s cave in the deep mountains. Exhausted, he sat down cross-legged and began to meditate and do breathing exercises.

“Was it worth it…?” he sighed to himself. He was tired from the days of running, but had simply been too frightened of being caught. Now, he was on his last legs.

Two days later at dawn, he opened his eyes and began running again. For half a month, he didn’t dare to let anyone see him. Finally, deep in the remote mountains, when he felt it was safe, he used a flying sword to carve out a cave, then sealed himself inside to meditate.

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77 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 1 – Chapter 57” - NO SPOILERS

  1. FIrst?????!! 😀

    Now that I think about it this is the first time I got first in anything…

    This is somewhat depressing ….

    Thanks for the chapter!!!

    1. Well first timer, to being first feel good doesn’t it, it make you think about these lowlife that can’t even get to top 10…. The pity of losers fill my heart with (?).
      And no I am not the lowlife I spoke of. I am just a fellow daiost that want to kill all the impurities of this website. Death blade, a master I wish to have so I could rule thee evil losers.( and once again account got hacked so plz excuse and ignore this comment) and no i won’t delete comment that I type in this account ever so don’t force my hand
      Edit shit I wasted 5 min thinking of a stupid comment that i was not even in top 10 I failed as a daiost

      1. So, what’s the number of times you got hacked now? I haven’t been here in a while, so this isn’t a not-so-subtle insult.
        Lol, force your hand. Just for that, your comment should stay as it is :p

  2. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade and co.
    I won’t go philosophical on you in this late hour, so…
    Edit: Yay, second! Could’ve been first, but I was writing that giant comment on the new BTTH chapter. Ah, we win some, we lose some.

    1. This is not it’s World
      title of the next chapter. This is not its World, seeing as the chapter title cannot possibly be This is not it is World.

  3. Thanks for the chapter. The whole world will be mad at meng Hao by the time this is done. All he’ll have to do to lure all the cultivators back is reveal where he is

    1. Oh.. That make sense.. I was thinking about how meng hao would lure many cultivator to patriarch reliance.. Hahaha it was really a nice idea to anger everyone and hide until the time after a year is up

    1. When Meng Hao returns to the patriarch, with a flock of hateful Foundation peeps stalking towards him with lightning and flaming snakes — the patriarch will surely nod in affirmation.
      “Mhm. You’re unlike that two-good-shoes bastard. I like you, kid.”

  4. Eccentric Song, Wu Dingqiu, the Troll blood is strong in you.
    However, you are the worst kind of Trolls.
    Content living under your majestic bridge, filled with treasure.
    You Troll the passersby, gleeful in their misery.
    Yet, should a Wandering Troll ever do karma’s bidding
    You become like gorillas. You go Apeshit.
    Tis thankful that you enjoy Trolling each other so much, you lose sight of anger.

    1. “You become like gorillas. You go Apeshit.” by The Wandering Dragon

      This… this is… this is so profound. how has this not become a well known quote yet? It’s so simple yet so deep and profound. (if this sounds sarcastic, it’s not. it really is an amazing philosophy.)

    2. I have to enter closed door training to meditate further on this. The way of the dao is so mysterious, yet the words of the sages can easily bring such enlightenment to the common practitioners.

  5. This is why I highly dislike some of these characters…they get super angry when it’s their own faults for being stupid and immature. Oh, what too much greed can do to people.

  6. meng hao’s scholarly abilities have reached a level that even the universe bends to his will and allows him to survive certain death situations. hahahaha piss one off then the other and they fight each other instead of him. such greatness, other than Qin Yu i’ve never seen such an amazing troll.

      1. Yeah but Yun Che activates “gotta catch ’em all” on the girls while trolling. Meng Hao just pisses people off and then runs away. Gotta catch all the girls like Yun Che.

      2. yun che’s pretty trolly, but like chu feng, he looks for trouble while meng and qin has trouble find them. besides, meng and qin are good at pitting others against each other then collecting the spoils. muahaha.

    1. ~2000 top rank spirit stones. this is just me going by what it cost for the one heavenly item he’s copied so far. the real question is… if it was possible to make a copy of the mirror, how much would THAT cost?

  7. “He turned to look at Qiu(Qian) Shuihen and Lu Song”
    “said Wu Dingqiu, looking down at trembling Qiu Shuihen and Lu Song”. same as above
    “Shameless! Despicable!” said Qiu Shuihen. same thing

    oh boy, that was fun although im surprised that it didn’t come to their mind the moment when meng said that it was an ordinary spear. trolololol XD. it is funny how dingqui and song both wanted to kill meg hao yet they were the ones who saved him hahaha

    im guessing he will reach 9th cultivation stage when the time comes for him to bring ppl to his master’s cave

    thanks :}

  8. Thx for the chapter Deathblade. I really enjoyed the reactions and interactions these last few chapters between Eccentric Song and Wu Dingqiu. This story has risen to my top 5 of stories I’m currently reading.

  9. I don’t understand why the author keeps saying that Meng Hao thought he was blameless in his mind, with Eccentric Song forgiving him, he really is blameless, the whole thing with the Violet Fate sect went something like this:

    Violet Fate disciples “We want to buy your spear.”
    Meng Hao “It’s just an ordinary spear, you shouldn’t bother.”
    Violet Fate disciples “We don’t care we want to buy it anyway, take these goods worth 10.000 spirit stones and stay quiet.” (they take the spear and leave without confirmation from the seller)
    Violet Fate disciples “Master, we brought the spear.”
    Wu Dingqiu “Excellent! Let me take a look at it.”
    (a bit later) Wu Dingqiu “You morons, this is just an ordinary spear!”
    Violet Fate disciples “What? An ordinary spear? Impossible! Meng Hao must die for warning us beforehand tricking us”

    1. Ah, but he did it so that it would seem like the spear was a treasure. He tricked the flower boys well, though if you only look at the words he spoke he seems blameless.
      Even when asked if it was the weapon used to wound the demonic beasts he said “Yes, this is the spear I used that day on the mountain.” Truly a scoundrel worthy of Patriarch Reliance’s name!

      1. Well there are two reasons for which I consider Meng Hao blameless.

        First of all, like I said, Meng Hao told no lies, the other party was hurt by its own misconceptions. The second reason is as important as the first, if not more so. Even though Meng Hao may have nurtured those misconceptions, he only did it to protect himself and his belongings, he never did it in order to scam people. He didn’t say, “You all saw how miraculous my spear is, make your offers”, he was trying to go his own way when they forced the sale on him. And without telling them and parting with the mirror, I can’t see what more he could do to dissuade them from buying the spear.

        If one reason was missing, I might say that Meng Hao scammed them and they had a reason to be angry, but now they just got what was coming to them and it was no one else’s fault but their own.

  10. “Absolutely not! If I, Wu, were in this position, I would only offer praise, and would certainly not feel anger. In the Violet Fate Sect, we cultivate our disposition…” I could already tell he was setting himself up for failure xD

    Anyway, a couple of flower boys won’t be able to take out our boy Meng Hao! I’d only be a little worried if Song and Dingqiu teamed up, but now it looks like neither will let the other pursue Meng Hao. Still, I think Eccentric Song has more of a reason to be mad 😛

  11. Haha those old man is so hilarious both got hoodwinked by Meng Hao. Both try to find any way possible to put more salt on each other wounds and making each others eating back thier own words of what they had say before to mock them use it back against each other.

  12. To be fair, they did get tricked… But Meng Hao’s intention never was to trick them. He simply hid his mirror with an iron spear. What the disciples asked for was the spear and Meng Hao even told them it was nothing but ordinary. Lol.

  13. That was epic. The unintentional conartistry. Gotta love it. My favorite part? Eccentric Song turned it around on Wu Diqiang just like Wu did to him. Freaking hilarious.

  14. Pff~!! He did say it was an ordinary spear, yet they didn’t listen…. But it did look like a spear that came from heaven… The way it looked like it exploded everything!! Haha, now he has made more enemies, he’s gonna have a tough time living!!

  15. Just a question that popped in my mind… Just before reaching the trial mountain, he kind of traveled thousands of kilometers in a day or so. Yet now, he spent half a month running non-stop and dind’t reach the sea or anything. How big is that fcking continent? xD

  16. Refusing to believe that it was true, he pointed the spear at a random Demonic beast further down the mountain. The creature didn’t even notice.

    Hahahhahahahha… This really made me lose it

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