ISSTH – Book 2 – Chapter 114

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Chapter 114: Many Thanks, Fellow Daoist Chu

Chu Yuyan slowly began to recite the secret method of the Violet Fate Sect. ”Violet Qi from the East, Cultivate the Nine Violet Qis of heaven and earth, use the method that comes from the East, understand the rise of the sun and moon, transform the will of your heart, observe the brilliance, taste the moonlight….”

Seeing Meng Hao sitting there, apparently lost in thought, she spoke the words slowly. In her heart, she smiled coldly.

“He’s surely guessed that I’m not simply after a set of clothing. But I’ve got him hooked. He wants to open his bag of holding as much as I do. He definitely won’t take advantage of that brief moment just to take out some clothes for me. He’ll take out some magical item or some medicinal pills. However, whatever he dares to take out, as long as he learns the Violet Qi to the West technique, then he’ll be crippled!” A bit of hesitation flickered on her face as she slowly repeated the mnemonic.

This, of course, was not Violet Qi from the East, but rather a top secret mnemonic developed later by the Violet Fate Sect, called Violet Qi to the West. Even Wang Tengfei didn’t know about it. It was taught only to special members of the Sect, and its purpose was to be able to provide spiritual power and life force to Chosen!

Every Chosen of the Violet Fate Sect would have an opportunity to select someone else to practice Violet Qi to the West. A Sect Elder would participate in order to prevent that person from resisting, as well as to keep them stable. After successfully performing the technique, that person would become a type of clone of the Chosen, whereupon the Chosen would be able to absorb their Cultivation base and life force with Violet Qi from the East.

It was because of the combination of the two arts that the Violet Fate Sect occupied its current position in the Southern Domain.

Chu Yuyan had not yet utilized the power of Violet Fate to the West on anyone. But there was no other option now, other than this technique.

Despite its power, there were potentially dangerous side-effects. Usually Sect Elders would be standing by, ready to provide assistance against any such mishaps.

“If you have no problems with the first mnemonic, then I’ll give you a bit of blood,” said Chu Yuyan calmly. “It’s impossible to see the sun, and without either the sun or moon in sight, it’s difficult to absorb Violet Qi. However, there is some in my blood, which will help you to use the technique.”

Meng Hao looked up at Chu Yuyan, his eyes flickering in contemplation. Inside, he was laughing coldly; before she had even uttered the mnemonic, he had guessed that she had ill intentions. The only thing he wasn’t sure of was the exact process she planned to use.

Having heard the first mnemonic, he had a faint clue. The main reason she was teaching him this Cultivation method was because even if it enabled him to open his bag of holding, it would also eventually harm him in some way.

He suddenly stood up, walked over and squatted down in front of her. He grabbed her hair and pulled her head close to him. She tried to struggle, but she just wasn’t as strong as he was. Even more of her body was exposed as she tried to resist.

“Meng Hao, what are you doing?!” she cried out, her expression changing. Suddenly, anxiety filled her heart, and her body began to shake. Her lips were only about one inch from his. She could smell his breath. His hand held the top of her head like an iron pincer; she was incapable of moving backward.

“You don’t need to give me any of your blood. I’ll take it myself.” He pulled her head to the side and then ruthlessly bit into her shoulder, chomping deep down into the flesh.

Her body trembled, and fierce hatred erupted in her eyes.

He was so close that she could feel his warmth. From a distance away, they almost looked like a couple embracing.

A moment later, Meng Hao loosened his grip and rose again. Not giving her another glance, he returned to his spot and sat down in meditation. Her blood dripped down the side of his face. His eyes closed, he began to Cultivate according to the mnemonic Chu Yuyan had just taught him.

It took a long moment for Chu Yuyan to settle her agitated breathing and recover her composure. She stared hatefully at Meng Hao.

“Just wait until you finish practicing this technique,” she thought. “I’ll suck up your Cultivation base and then chop you to pieces. I’ll use your own energy to activate the branding in my body. Then the Violet Fate Sect will be able to find me.” She ground her teeth until it seemed like they might shatter, vowing to pay back ten times as much insult to Meng Hao as she had endured today. This was especially true of the pain in her shoulder, and the bite marks. It was something she simply couldn’t accept.

Time passed by, several hours. Meng Hao’s eyes snapped open. Within his pupils, a bit of violet had appeared. When she saw this, Chu Yuyan felt a little bit better.

“The second mnemonic,” said Meng Hao casually.

Without hesitation, Chu Yuyan began to tell him the second mnemonic.”Violet Qi returns to the lake, dyeing the banks of the Dao Pillar; Nine rotations in three layers, a branding of a Violet Dragon…”

More time passed, even longer than last time. Chu Yuyan was starting to feel a bit hesitant.

“Back in the Sect, the person selected to practice Violet Qi to the West by Elder Brother Li only needed two hours to finish under the watch of an Elder. Why is Meng Hao going so slow?”

Her hesitation continued on for another four hours. Finally, Meng Hao opened his eyes. The violet glow was even stronger. When she saw this, Chu Yuyan let out a sigh of relief.

“He must just have ordinary latent talent, so it takes longer for him to Cultivate.” Next, she told him the third mnemonic.

Meng Hao thought for a while in silence. Then he closed his eyes and began to meditate. This time took even longer. Two complete days passed before he finished. However, when his eyes opened, his pupils appeared to be completely violet, and his eyes glowed the same color.

In fact, his whole body seemed to be emitting a faint violet glow.

Chu Yuyan was originally a bit worried. But seeing the thick violet color within his eyes, her Cultivation base seemed to twitch vigorously. Her mind was now made up.

“Now there’s only one more step,” she thought, “and when that’s finished, he’s doomed!” Her eyes flickered slightly, and she said, ”Now, we practice Cultivation together. When we combine our power, the bag of holding will open. You need to pay very close attention when that happens: you cannot slack off. The moment will be fleeting, and if you don’t get into the bag of holding then, there won’t be a second chance.” As she spoke, her loathing for him seemed to come out and settle onto his body. She lifted up her hands.

“Just hold on for a bit longer,” she thought, laughing coldly to herself. “And then everything will be over.”

Meng Hao’s face was expressionless. He looked coldly at Chu Yuyan, his violet pupils flickering. He took out the bag of the Cosmos and placed it next to him. He lifted his hands and placed his palms against hers. Suddenly, both of their Cultivation bases, which moments ago had been suppressed, began to boil.

The reaction grew stronger, and white Qi began to rise up from their bodies. Beads of sweat ran down their faces. As this happened, Meng Hao could clearly sense the violet-colored spiritual power in his body being called by something. It began to race toward his hands, and Chu Yuyan. The violet glow in his eyes began to fade.

At this moment, Meng Hao suddenly felt the suppressive force on his Cultivation base loosen a bit. A tiny sliver of spiritual power suddenly emerged. Without hesitation, Meng Hao sent it straight toward the bag of the Cosmos. It glowed, and something emerged.

“Violet Qi from the East and to the West, bind!” cried Chu Yuyan, ignoring whatever had emerged from the bag of the Cosmos. Her eyes shined brightly.

It was at this moment, when the power of Meng Hao’s Cultivation base was rushing toward Chu Yuyan, that suddenly, she felt her own energy shake… In the space of two breaths, it was like Meng Hao’s Cultivation base had disappeared completely. She wasn’t able to absorb anything more of it.

“He has a Foundation Establishment Cultivation base, it’s impossible that I could have only absorbed this little… This…” Her expression changed as she looked up at Meng Hao. He looked back at her with a sneering smile. As of this moment, there wasn’t the slightest trace of violet in his eyes.

When she saw this, Chu Yuyan’s heart flip-flopped, and her face twisted with an expression of disbelief. She scrambled backward.

“You…”

“Many thanks, Fellow Daoist Chu,” he said coolly. He lifted his hand up, and the object that had emerged from the bag of the Cosmos flew into it.

It was a crystal stone. Not an ordinary crystal, but one of the three extra large Spirit Stones that remained in his bag!

Her face went pale as she pressed herself up against the rocky wall. Her heart pounded, unable to figure out why Violet Qi to the West had failed. She had definitely sensed him practicing Cultivation using the technique. And the violet color in his eyes could not have been faked. If it had, her own Cultivation base could not have begun to boil, nor could she have absorbed the tiny bit of his that she had.

Her body began to tremble. Her plan just now had been made up on the spot, and had its flaws. It was a gamble and she was sure she had hooked him. Once hooked, there was no way he should have been able to escape.

Yet the facts remained. Chu Yuyan’s heart trembled. As she looked at Meng Hao, she was suddenly struck with how unpredictable he was. The feeling only grew stronger and stronger.

If that was all to the matter, then it wouldn’t be a very big deal. But then she noticed the large spirit stone Meng Hao held in his hand. Her pupils constricted. She looked closer, and then began to pant, a look of disbelief covering her face.

“That’s… an ultra-high-grade Spirit Stone!”

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50 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 2 – Chapter 114” - NO SPOILERS

  1. First? Ty God damn f5 army ruin my first oh well. Better luck next time. I will get my revenge on u f5 army btw if u don’t read the chapter first then u are not first

      1. My hypothesis is that he created a separate core sea for this technique alone so if he was harmed in any way it wouldn’t do so to his real cultivation base.

      2. My guess was that he didn’t actually swallow any of her blood, so the violet qi wasn’t branded as “hers”, so couldn’t be pulled out of him. Would also account for why it took so much longer than she was expecting for him to complete the mnemonic since he was just relying on the blood around his mouth rather than some inside him.

  2. It almost always seems so freaking petty, the reasons that characters hate eachother. She hated him because he defended himself and injured her fiance. Then hated him more because he won an auction she wanted. Then even more because she couldn’t rob him, like she wanted to. Some of these characters need to just die…

    1. Extreme arrogance and pettiness seems common among many xianxia characters, unfortunately.
      Though at least in this case, I think it makes sense. The “Chosen” of the great sects are basically super spoiled rich kids, after all.

    2. Haha true, Chu should be grateful he’s not like her Violet Sect members else she would be in far deeper trouble already, alone with someone who can overpower her. I thought this was a chance for Meng to change her heart and get harem member #1, after they work together to escape the cave or fight the altar – such a misguided guess lol 🙁

      Hoping he forces her to do the reverse, and grabs *her* cultivation base for a good boost – while Yuyan falls to either initial Foundation level, or maybe even back to Qi Condensation (depends on the limits to how cultivation absorption works in the story)

    3. Superiority breed pettiness. Unlike supreme (best) that achieve a unique (best) quality, superior (better) is comparative in nature and needed inferiority (worse) – You can not be superior without someone inferior to compare to, so someone who feels himself superior often needed to create the inferiority feeling in the person he feels inferior than himself, the act itself is often called bullying. The problem was if the “inferior” person is not compatible with the inferiority and spoils that act, that’s when “superior” person’s pettiness was born.
      The pettiness and the hate was because the “inferior” person refuse to do what the “superior” thinks an inferior person should do once s/he told what to do and instead ruin his/her action (and also ruin his/her thinking of superior/inferior relation.

      1. Well the entire notion of there being societies with millions of people living in them able to produce magical goods and services requiring decades or centuries of manufacture yet there being a constant survival of the fittest mentality for the entire society is pretty ludicrous. It’s more Fall of the Roman Empire sort of stuff.

        But if you take the context of the authors of these novels living in one of the most repressive regimes after North Korea, which has high levels of censorship, it’s perhaps not hard to work out why most of the bad guys are social elites, children of oligarchs and corrupt officials abusing their power. And that’s why they always lose to the hard-working protagonist struggling to simply live free of repression.

        1. These protagonist often aren’t much better though, and could sometimes treat others the same way.. but because they are the protags, the action somehow gets justified.

          This is a dog eat dog world where you take from the weak and get richer, and then when someone else robs you, you try to justify why it was wrong cause of morals and other BS.

          And the reason it is “survival of the fittest” is cause it is a society of fighters and warriors and killers. They practice killing techniques and their ranking all depends on how strong they are. If they show weakness, they are taken advantage of and used to improve stuff for the other guy.

          If power is everything, then it’d be easier to understand how they have that kind of mentality. And it is a society with a goal to ascend to immortality, and the closer you are, the stronger you get. So there would be no way for them to not value power.

          1. For all intents and purposes though, once they get to Core Formation.. They’re practically already immortal. Instead, they decide to lock themselves inside a cave for thousands of years to meditate without even enjoying themselves.

            Sure, there’s a higher tier of power called “immortals”, but they’re all immortal, unless something else kills them (poison, monsters, people, etc.).
            Even for “deities” in CD, there’s always someone running around who can kill them or some poison.

            I can understand them really being desperate in a dog eats dog type thing to become immortal, but after they become immortal.. They just continue doing the same thing and so, they live out meaningless lives where they spend eternity training.

    4. I despise her behavior too, but if you look at it from her perspective, it’s understandable. From what she knows and thinks, he is a ruthless cultivator that enjoyed harming wang tangfei for no real reason, just for gains. She most likely doesn’t know or doesn’t believe in that he tried to kill him, cripple him and whatever else he did. Then he showed up and “stole”(bought with fair money) the plant she needed to cure him of a severely poisonous finger that was only there because he destroyed his old finger(although it’s his own fault for getting a poisonous solution, not really meng hao’s fault). Seemingly only out of hatred towards wang tangfei he acted like that. Also, she thinks that wang tangfei is some nice guy that she is going to marry, since he always acts like a little meek bitch in front of her. All in all, meng hao seems like a vicious, shameless monster while her fiancé seems like some good guy that has done nothing to deserve all this, so I think her actions are somewhat reasonable with only the knowledge she possesses. Well, that and the fact that all cultivators like meng hao are looked down on as backwater cultivators with no value and they’re inferior, in her eyes he’s probably not even worth one finger of wang tangfei’s. And really, he’s acting like something of an ass by biting her and humiliating her on purpose right now, so of course she will get even more infuriated, it is as if she confirmed her earlier thoughts that he is shameless, vicious and vulgar, further strengthening her feelings.

      Still pisses me off though, but I think I can start to like her later when meng hao tames her a bit, she seems to be the type that is ever loyal to those close to her, especially a lover… If we switch this around and she had acted like this for meng hao instead of wang tangfei, we would’ve been really moved, even if the other side wasn’t in the wrong, since she acted with his best interest in mind.

      1. Like her? Her skill is no different with eating man. in Xianxia world that kind of skill usually are casted by evilest ones who call women or men as furnace, burn and absorb victim’s life power and leave them to die. every time those blood suckers appeared in a novel, will be must kill type. or readers will skin author alive haha

        If she didn’t disappear this time, that must because MC killed her and make her a corpse puppet

  3. I thought Meng Hao was going to pull out a wooden sword and sever the connection or drain Chu’s energy with it, but it looks like he somehow siphoned his own energy into the ultra-high grade spirit stone? I wonder how he knew/was able to do that.

    And the next chapter sneak peak is a real cliffhanger. hahah

    1. Yep, pay back time. but i doubt she will be used this way. because that wooden sword according to the former chapters can only make victim’s energy run off their body, but can not transport to the user.

    1. I wanted to refresh my memory, so I went back and read a bunch. It was exactly 2000 ultra-high grade spirit stones (chapter 24).

      For future reference, the bag of holding Meng Hao found contained “over 2000” ultra-high grade spirit stones, so it wasn’t very specific. 🙁 He could have anywhere from only a few to almost 1000 left after duplicating the sword. The only other time he’s used these stones was when he duplicated Patriarch Reliance’s Vorpal Jade, which gave him 15 jades for 1 stone. Meng Hao ended up needing 50 jades to learn the sublime spirit scripture, so he only used a few of the stones at the time. I wish it had said how many he had left afterward, but I guess the author wants to keep the number vague.

  4. Thanks for the chapter, Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, John Rogers, Lingson, laoren and MeeBoo!
    Dear WuxiaWorld, many thanks to the Author, Translator, Editor, Donor!

    1. I think that the author intends to have some sparks fly between the two of them. And if they don’t get out of there soon I can see Chu Yuyan developing some feelings other than hate by the time they escape (although probably not outright love).

      Of course that would cause an outrage, as we would step into the realm of NTR. Or it would, if only anyone liked Wang Tengfei. Poor Wang Tengfei…

    2. AS far as we know, Meng Hao has “Mark Chu Yuyan”, possibly for life. Just wait until Wang Tengfei spots the bite marks on her shoulder and hears how Meng Hao had her in a cave, scantily clad for days…..

      Yeah, the rage is going to be unreal!!

  5. What I think he did is:

    He just basicly used his second newly formed corelake to cultivate that technik. It is sepperated from his other cultivation and can likely be formed anew.

  6. Azrael has a point. The world of power just becomes more and more horrid. THey lose that basic thing that makes them so human and become worse than animals. They spit and fight for every last scrap of power and continue to play out an endless act that in the end fails to accomplish anything. That’s why characters like Linley who take care of their own to such extents as to be in mortal peril time and time again are so rare and can be considered true heroic characters.

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