ISSTH – Book 2 – Chapter 135

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Chapter 135: Breaching the Volcano

As Meng Hao said, the Li Clan Patriarch had no choice but to trust him. If he didn’t, he would inevitably die. Trust Meng Hao, and he had a chance at life. If he didn’t trust Meng Hao, and Meng Hao left, he would have no chance whatsoever at a continued existence.

Even as Meng Hao spoke, the Li Clan Patriarch knew that his only choice was to stop resisting and allow the mastiff to consume him and take control of the mask. The mask flew into Meng Hao’s hand. He grabbed it, and then shot out through the rapidly shrinking exit.

As he flew out, a booming rang out as the Legacy zone was completely swallowed up by the vortex, gone forever.

In the volcano, Meng Hao shot through the air in a beam of light, the blood lake and the altar trembling around him. The massive stone head collapsed into fragments that sank into the lake. Within an instant, the lake itself had dried up.

The only thing left was a crater in the ground, as if all of it had been a mere illusion.

Even as the lake dried up, thunderous booms could be heard from overhead. Meng Hao lifted his head to look at the sky above the volcano. Thunder and lightning filled the air like silver dragons. They formed an enormous mass, as if they desired to smash downward, but instead, were blocked by a blood-red glow. The blood red glow seemed alive, as if it wished to do battle with the Heavens.

It was so far away that Meng couldn’t see it, but what he could see was that… the glowing shield at the mouth of the volcano was disappearing.

“All this strange celestial phenomena will definitely attract attention. I can’t stay here!” Gripping the mask in hand, he shot toward Chu Yuyan, at the same time sending some Spiritual Sense into the mask.

It had been completely taken over by the mastiff, who was now the Weapon Spirit. Having completely swallowed up the possessed Blood Dragon, the mastiff was now in a state of hibernation. The Li Family Patriarch’s Cultivation base was incredibly powerful, thanks to his initial incredible strength, added to which was the power of the Blood Dragon he had possessed. Even though the mastiff, also a Blood Divinity, could consume him, he would need quite some time to fully absorb him.

Meng Hao had no idea how long it would be before it awoke from hibernation. However, he could only imagine what it would be like when it woke up and emerged. It no doubt would have incredible power, which of course would be of immense help to Meng Hao.

It was asleep for now, but belonged to Meng Hao. The mask too, completely belonged to Meng Hao.

Meng Hao’s heart thumped, filled with anticipation. However, because the mastiff was sleeping, he was temporarily incapable of using the mask.

“How long will it sleep….” Meng Hao took a deep breath. Deep within the mask he also saw a tiny shred of the Li Clan Patriarch’s spiritual consciousness. It was very weak, as if Meng Hao could exterminate it with the slightest thought. He considered for a moment, and then decided not to blot it out.

Deep within the mask, he also saw a blood-colored book of scriptures. Next to the blood-colored book of scriptures was a flag with three streamers.

After a moment’s examination, Meng Hao recalled his Spiritual Sense and placed the mask into his bag of the Cosmos. He landed next to unconscious Chu Yuyan, who was wrapped up in the black net.

Meng Hao looked thoughtful as he glanced up at the thunder and lightning outside the volcano. The bloody glow and the glow of the lightning interlocked within the sky. Determination filled his face.

“I can’t stay here. I’ve got to get away. The Tribulation Lightning is here for me, but it’s provoked a response from the Blood Immortal’s sacrificial altar….” He flicked his wide sleeve to scoop up Chu Yuyan. Using the incredible power of his Perfect Foundation’s Spiritual Sense, he examined the surroundings. He let out a cold harrumph. In various cracks and fissures in the area, Chu Yuyan had hidden quite a few complete minor pills. He collected them together, then flew up and out of the volcano. This was the first time in half a year that he had been able to leave this place. Now that he was able to, his heart filled with anticipation regarding the future.

But the anticipation on his face quickly turned into shock. As he gazed off into the distance, he could clearly see a massive, ancient temple that had the appearance of a war chariot, currently in the midst of bombarding the heavens. Surrounding it were a myriad of figures emitting a shocking aura, locked in combat with the lightning from the Heavens.

The Tribulation Lightning was shocking to the extreme. Even one bolt of it was enough to cause Meng Hao to fill with a feeling of dread that caused his pupils to shrink.

“So… this is the Tribulation Lightning sent after me?” His heart trembled. He could only imagine what would have happened inside the volcano if he hadn’t entered the Legacy Zone after consuming the Perfect Foundation pill. The Tribulation Lightning had attempted to break open the Blood Immortal’s Legazy Zone, and in doing so had provoked the Legacy, which sent the Ancient Temple of Doom into war. Had he faced it alone with his Perfect Foundation, he would have been completely destroyed.

Breathing deeply, Meng Hao shot away as fast as possible, grasping Chu Yuyan in tow. His scalp was numb, and he felt incredibly anxious. This was because he had noticed that the blood-red glow was beginning to fade, and the image of the Ancient Temple of Doom was growing indistinct.

Thankfully, the Tribulation Lightning was also beginning to disperse; there seemed to be only one volley left, and then it would be gone.

Actually, to flee to the world outside the volcano wasn’t really the best choice; but Meng Hao had no choice but to do so, and flee as quickly as possible. He knew that the Tribulation from the Heavens would attract widespread notice. Surely there were already many people in the surrounding areas; as soon as the Heavenly Tribulation ceased, the area would be crawling with Cultivators. Under those circumstances, it would be very difficult to escape.

Only if he made his move now, would he be able to take advantage of the chaos.

Exactly as Meng Hao had suspected, the surrounding area was already filled with nearly a thousand Cultivators, who had been attracted to the area by the Tribulation from the Heavens. Of course, none of them dared to enter the area, instead choosing to watch from a distance. Now that the Tribulation was fading, their eyes began to glitter. It wasn’t clear who went first; in an instant, all of them flow forward from all directions, filling the Tribulation zone.

Meng Hao was fleeing as fast as possible. He suddenly frowned, his eyes flashing. He stopped in his tracks, muttering to himself for the space of a few breaths. Then his eyes filled with determination.

“If I keep going, I’ll definitely run into some Cultivators. Their first reaction will be to doubt me…. If I don’t continue flying in this direction… Then I can do this!” He turned around. Instead of flying toward the border of the Tribulation area, he headed directly toward its center. This was opposite of his original direction.

He didn’t fly quickly, however. And as for Chu Yuyan, he had long since deposited her into the bag of the Cosmos. It was not a bag of holding, after all, and its insides were an entire world. It was capable of temporarily holding a living person inside.

Meng Hao flew along, carefully observing his surroundings. After about the space of about ten breaths, his expression flickered. Ahead of him had suddenly appeared a group of about ten Cultivators. Like prismatic beams of light, they shot through the air toward him.

The group of ten split up. Three or four of them shot forward at top speed, their gazes fixed upon Meng Hao.

Their gazes immediately passed over him. He gave off the impression that he was doing exactly what they were, searching the Tribulation zone.

Currently, his eyes were fixed on the ground, not looking up toward them. Were it the opposite, they would have moved to bar his way.

It was at this exact moment that the Temple of Ancient Doom completely disappeared. As the bloody-red glow faded away, the thunder and clouds also began to break apart. But… there was one lightning bolt that did not seem willing to abandon its mission. Even as everything disappeared around it, it shot down from the sky, directly toward Meng Hao.

As it descended, it was clearly fading. However, it was still incredibly fast; it would without doubt fall onto Meng Hao.

When it landed on him, regardless of how minor the injuries, it would most definitely arouse the notice of the surrounding Cultivators. If they started to make speculations, then Meng Hao would definitely be in danger.

At the moment, the ten or so Cultivators were gaping in shock as the lightning bolt approached from the distance. They immediately began to retreat.

At this critical juncture, Meng Hao’s mind was spinning. He suddenly let out a hearty laugh. Instead of retreating, he rushed forward. In a loud voice, he said, “So, there are some Tribulation Lightning aftershocks! Finally I, Wang, get some good fortune from the Heavens for me!”

Continuing to laugh, he charged onward. He waved his right hand, and instantly, the lightning mist appeared around him. Amidst the shocked gazes of the surrounding Cultivators, he shot directly toward the Tribulation Lightning bolt.

“Is this guy crazy?”

“He called himself Wang. Maybe he’s from the Wang Clan?”

From their perspective, rather than seeing the Tribulation Lightning seek out Meng Hao, they saw him rushing toward it. And this was exactly what Meng Hao wanted.


A massive explosion radiated outward. The Tribulation Lightning slammed into the lightning mist surrounding Meng Hao. A rumbling roar rose up, and Meng Hao’s body trembled. He coughed up a mouthful of blood, and within him, his Three Dao Pillars narrowly escaped being destroyed.

This was only one Tribulation Lightning bolt, that had been weakened by who knew how much. Furthermore, it had grown more and more weak is it descended down. Thankfully, it had occurred in this way. Meng Hao knew in his heart that he had gotten lucky. Without the Blood Immortal sacrificial altar, and without the Temple of Ancient Doom, the moment he had achieved Perfection, he would have perished.

As the Tribulation Lightning dissipated from Meng Hao’s body, it turned into innumerable arcs of electricity, which were then absorbed by his lightning mist. It seemed the Lightning Flag had also been damaged by the Tribulation Lightning. However, it was now able to reinforce itself. The lightning glow increased in intensity, as if it had undergone some sort of baptism.

This left Meng Hao shocked, but he still managed to let out a loud laugh.

“I didn’t come here in vain, after all!” he said, flicking his sleeve and laughing. “With the help of the Tribulation Lightning, my magical treasure has become complete! Excellent! Excellent!” With that, he shot forward, looking for all appearances as if he were seeking more Tribulation Lightning.

“Ah, this guy is refining treasures!”

“Refining treasures with Tribulation Lightning! This Wang fellow is really daring!”

“You were only looking at the treasure refining, you weren’t looking at him. When the Tribulation Lightning hit him, it was like a baptism. For people who practice Lightning type Cultivation, this kind of thing is extremely beneficial!” The ten Cultivators charged onward, looking for more signs of Tribulation Lightning aftershocks.


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64 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 2 – Chapter 135” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. He should get the girl out of the bag before she steals his stuff… and marry her right after 😛 JK

    And it would have been smarter to have gotten rid of the Old Li dude…

    Thanks for the chapter XD

      1. I don’t think he left him alive because he is morally decent. I do believe he left him alive to use him as a source of information. He is the Li clan Patriarch he has to know shit tons about cultivation methods magic incantations, etc. He was also inside of the legacy zone for 4 thousand years he may have learned things similar to aforementioned

        1. I think the moral part he said mean Chu Yuyan will not get rape or something not the old dude will get wipe out.

          I mean other Xianxia will not give a girl’s sanity a f*ck and immediately make her into the mc’s harem.

          1. Likewise in douluo dalu, Tang San has killed numerous people he shouldn’t have. He is not a bad person or something but i deffinitelly wouldn’t suggest as morally correct an mc that killed some students because if they found out he killed their teacher they might become dangerous for his friends in the future.

            I mean he said “they’ll never be a threat for me in the future but maybe for my friends” and only if they found out he killed their teacher who he had disintegrated to ashes and had totally no ties with him. They couldn’t possibly find out.

        1. Mc in Shen Yin Wang Zuo is indeed a honest person that seeks justice etc. but… he did kill a man when he was 12 just because he told him “go suck milk from your mother’s tits” since he wanted to fight in the frontlines.

          Is it weird for someone to say that to a 12 year old kid that is looking to throw away his life? And is it morally correct to kill him for that?? Anyway it’s xianxia so wtv it doesn’t matter.

    1. You should read the prologue of might of the stars at gravitytales, it includes a rant about this very issue. It’s too early to say if the series is good, but the rant is definitely worth reading.

    2. I never understood how “those who seek Enlightenment” are so morally, intellectually, cognitively and emotionally bankrupt. They’re all just baboons with superpowers.
      It’s something in Xianxia which keeps confusing me.

      1. It actually makes sense. The higher up the ladder you go the fewer sane people you will find, because the sane and morally upright will get butchered by the crazy and devious who will do everything to get stronger.
        And the few cultivators who keep a shred of sanity are 99% sure to drop out of the race for other priorities or judt die of age since the morally upright cultivation is slower.

  2. Meng Hao is so quick on his feet… seriously, that’s clever 🙂
    Now let’s see if Chu Yuyan can be found by the Wang clan while inside his Bag of the Cosmos… that’ll definitely be an awkward situation!

    1. Considering spiritual sense can not even notice bags of the cosmos and that Meng Hao does hide it inside the robe unlike his normal bags of holding I would say that is nearly impossible…

  3. WOOOHOOOOO!!!! d*amn man its 3 chapter!!! 3 CHAPTER!!!
    i totally must give you all my thanks!!
    and for some reason, why every person that Meng Hao steal their legacy always have some of their body part being cut?
    is this some marking like watermark?

    1. Why do I keep seeing people mentioning that Meng Hao was stealing the blood immortal’s legacy. For the first time so far in this story, the legacy actually rightfully belonged to Meng Hao. It was the other guy (forgot his name) that was trying to steal Meng Hao’s legacy.

        1. the point is why people who like Wang Tengfei and Li Daoyi that want to get some legacies when Meng Hao around always get some of their body parts get cut?

  4. It would be cool if the old Li Patriarch becomes Meng Hao’s ally. Point out that Li Daoyi abandoned him and also offer to help him find a human body eventually, and it might just work?

  5. *Meng Hao slaps bag of cosmos*
    “Chu I choose you!” *Tosses Chu at several chasing cultivators*
    “Cultivators became confused!”
    “Chu used Charm!” *Aahnn~*
    “Charm was super effective!”
    “Meng Hao used run!”
    “Meng Hao got away!”

    I totally see this happening.

  6. Dear WuxiaWorld, many thanks to the Author, Translator, Editor, Donor!
    Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, John Roberts, Lingson, laoren, MeeBoo, AM, and Er Gen!

    1. Actually it is nice to see a MC that bullshit his way out then using force in xianxia genre! Too bad asshat Li manage to escape minus an arm. MC is making a career in maiming assholes arms especially those from so-called big clans.

  7. Thank you all for the good read. Just started reading this novel last week. Just want to check with anybody here who can help me to understand on Meng Hao’s cultivation.

    1. Since he has 13 level instead of 9 lvl to complete 1 perfect foundation pillar. I guess he must be stronger than a normal 9 lvl perfect foundation cultivator (if there is someone else).

    2. Does a perfect foundation will automatically provide Meng Hao with a ‘perfect’ cultivation stage later on? Or will he going to need another ‘perfect’ cultivation method for the later stage?

    Sorry for my low comprehension of the novel.

    1. Hi I can help with this.

      1. His Perfect Foundation comes after he reached the 13th level of Qi Condensation. And according to the story, he is the first person in millennia to get the Perfect Foundation, so there isn’t really anyone to compare him to. There will be some more descriptions in upcoming chapters that describe exactly how powerful he is, but yes, he is way stronger than any of his peers.

      2. Don’t forget that he got two recipes from Shangguan Xiu. One was for a Perfect Foundation, the other was for a Perfect Core. So this seems to indicate that getting a Perfect Foundation doesn’t automatically ensure the best level when levelling up to following stages.

      1. Thank Deathblade for the explanation. Finally realized that Meng Hao is a bit OP because he has typically exceeded others in every stage of the cultivation (only 2 stage so far). I hope that he could also learn pill-making in order for him to cure himself from the poison flower and to easily achieved Perfect Core by himself later on.

  8. Could someone explain to me how the Liu spirit in the dragon could be a strong Patriarch?
    It was said that only people of certain power were called Patriarchs, but the Blood Immortal zone only accepted Foundation rank. So the “patriarch” could be at best 9 flawless pillars foundation rank. It is an old spirit i give it that but not strong one. He is no where strong enough like Reliance Patriarch or other practitioners in the nascent stage.

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