ISSTH – Book 2 – Chapter 152

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Chapter 152: Words Under the Moon With An Old Companion

Xu Qing looked at Xue Yuncui as she stabbed the sword all the way through her head. Then she stepped back, pale faced. Xue Yuncui slipped into death, and Xu Qing stood there silently.

Meng Hao looked at her and then walked up next to her. Together, they sat down. The vines dragged Xue Yuncui’s body down into the ground and began to devour it.

The moon hung high in the sky, and everything was quiet. No one had noticed the ripples of battle magic; after all, this Blessed Land was a very large place.

“First time?” asked Meng Hao. Their shadows overlapped in the moonlight.

She was quiet for a while before nodding.

“The first time I killed someone, my heart was troubled for quite a while,” he said softly. As he looked at her, images from the Reliance Sect floated into his mind.

A breeze passed by, cleaning away the stench of blood. Xu Qing’s hair curled up, brushing against Meng Hao’s face. It was hard to tell whether it wrapped around his face, or his heart.

“Was it after the Sect disbanded?” asked Xu Qing, turning her head to look at him. Her face was pale, but to Meng Hao, it was beautiful.

He remembered the night years ago when he had escorted her back to the East Mountain. As he’d watched her walking away from him, he’d thought to himself that he wouldn’t mind marrying her 1.

It was a memory from years ago, such a long time ago. It was hard to determine whether or not it was simply the idling of youth.

“Actually, it was inside the Sect,” said Meng Hao with a smile. He felt relaxed. This Blessed Land was a dangerous place, but for some reason he felt at ease, as if he were back in the Reliance Sect, on top of the East Mountain, standing beneath the moon.

“Oh?” said Xu Qing, looking shocked. She stared at Meng Hao, temporarily forgetting to cover her face with coldness.

To Meng Hao, her blank look was filled with beauty. It was very different from the Elder Sister Xu from his memories. Coldness was unapproachable; but her numb look now made her seem very dear.

Meng Hao laughed.

“I suddenly have the feeling I never understood the real you, Elder Sister,” he said with a smile, looking at her. He was no longer the scholar he once had been. He had experienced many things, and had grown through the years. In terms of both experience and wisdom, he had matured a lot. He was now able to tell that the coldness exhibited by Xu Qing was intentional.

He looked over her, catching sight of the milky white skin beneath the rips in her clothing. This was not the first time he’d seen a woman in such a position, but for some reason, when he’d looked at Chu Yuyan, he could remain calm. Seeing Xu Qing now, though, a different look filled his eyes.

Xu Qing’s gaze met Meng Hao’s for a moment, and then she looked away, her heart pounding. A flush appeared on her face, and she gripped her garment tightly in her fists. She was clearly nervous.

Meng Hao coughed lightly, and then slapped his bag of the Cosmos, producing a set of clothes which he began to place around her shoulders.

She said nothing, allowing him to cover her up. She lifted her beautiful face to look at the moon. As the moonlight shone onto her, Meng Hao looked at her hair and her lovely features. They were so delicate it seemed as if the wind might cause them to break.

“You killed someone in the Sect? Who?” Xu Qing tried to pretend she didn’t notice Meng Hao looking at her, but her flush had deepened.

“An Outer Sect disciple surnamed Zhao,” said Meng Hao, recalling Elder Brother Zhao’s horrific death by the copper mirror. “He wanted to take the Immortal’s Cave you gave me.”

“You’ve really got guts,” she said, turning her head and shifting her gaze from the moon to Meng Hao. “You actually killed someone inside the Sect.” Her words were spoken in earnest, and with the earnestness came her usual coldness. However, Meng Hao could see the uncomplicated simplicity beneath the coldness.

“Well… actually I didn’t just kill one person,” he said with a light cough.

“Oh?” Elder Sister Xu stared mutely again for a long moment. It was as if she were meeting him for the first time. She looked him over carefully, thinking for a while. “So you got used to it?” She hastily added: “What I mean is, after killing so much, did you stop feeling uneasy at heart?”

“Let’s talk about something else,” said Meng Hao. He could tell that she was very curious about the matter. But for a man and a woman to sit under the moon talking about killing people didn’t quite seem appropriate.

“Oh,” she said, nodding, looking at him. Her coldness concealed her true personality, but at the moment, she suddenly didn’t know what to say.

“I want to show you something.” Meng Hao tapped his bag of the Cosmos, and the Cosmetic Cultivation Pill appeared in his hand. With a smile, he handed it out to Elder Sister Xu.

When she saw the pill, she stared in shock. Her eyes were fixed on the pill as she slowly raised her hand and took it from him. Then she closed her eyes.

It was impossible to tell what she was thinking inside. After a moment, she opened her eyes and looked at Meng Hao for a long, long time.

This was the third time Meng Hao had given her a Cosmetic Cultivation Pill.

She put it away quietly, then softly said, “A few years ago I heard that the State of Zhao… disappeared.”

Meng Hao sighed. Then, he proceeded to explain to her about Patriarch Reliance. She sat there underneath the moon, listening intently. When he told her that Patriarch Reliance was actually a gargantuan, vicious turtle, her mouth dropped open and a look of disbelief covered her face. To Meng Hao, she was truly beautiful. He suddenly stopped talking.

This in turn caused Xu Qing to look into his eyes. When their eyes met, she suddenly turned and stared off into the distance, her heart racing. She was experiencing a strange feeling, and a strange nervousness. She felt an emotion she wasn’t familiar with. In all honesty, she didn’t mind; actually she liked it a bit.

“I’ve seen Elder Brother Chen a few times…” she suddenly said, not sure what to talk about. “This place is an ancient Blessed Land…. Oh, right, how can your Cultivation base possibly be at the Foundation Establishment stage…?”

Meng Hao looked at her, a warm smile growing on his face.

“What was the situation with Zhao Shanhe?” he asked lightly.

“He was a Conclave disciple of the Black Sieve Sect,” she replied, a look of disgust appearing in her eyes. “His Clan has deep roots in the Sect. He was shameless and disgusting. Over the past few years, he used Foundation Establishment Pills as bait to force himself on numerous female disciples….”

“Foundation Establishment Pills….” He looked at her for a moment. He could tell that she had completed the circle of nine Qi Condensation levels. With a Foundation Establishment Pill, she could definitely go into secluded meditation and reach Foundation Establishment.

“That type of pill is very valuable,” she said, a dismal look on her face. “It’s even hard for Inner Sect disciples to get one. You can only acquire one with the support of someone of the senior generation, or if you perform some special service for the Sect. Or possibly if you have amazing latent talent.

“After Patriarch Zhen brought me to the Black Sieve Sect, she completely ignored me. However, my personality was similar to a Core Formation Cultivator of the senior generation, so she took me in as a disciple. She promised to give me a Foundation Establishment Pill, but she left for the sect a few years ago and has never returned. According to the rumors, she’s dead….”

Meng Hao slapped his bag of the Cosmos. Instantly, three Foundation Establishment Pills appeared in his hand. He held them out to her.

“I have some Foundation Establishment Pills,” he said.

Xu Qing stared wordlessly at the three pills. She was shocked, never having imagined that Meng Hao would have a Foundation Establishment Pill, let alone three. These three pills would cause a riot if they appeared within the Black Sieve Sect.

“Those…” Xu Qing breathed even harder when she saw the symbol etched into the side of the pills. Her eyes widened. “Those were concocted by Grandmaster Pill Demon.”

“I only have three. But if it’s not enough, then I can get some more for you when we get out of here.” He smiled, placing the pills into Xu Qing’s hand. To anyone else, these pills would be incredibly valuable.

“It’s enough, really. One… maybe two is probably enough.” She was about to say more when Meng Hao closed her hand over the pills.

“I don’t need them. You take them. If you need, I can stand guard for you when you use them.”

“Unless you’ve been at the ninth level of Qi Condensation for dozens of years, are completely prepared, and have refined your body to the extreme, then you would need several months at the least. This place isn’t appropriate. I’ll wait till I get back to the Sect and find an appropriate place to break through.” She gave him a deep look. “You can’t stay here for too long, Meng Hao. You need to be careful. The Black Sieve Sect has known about the existence of this place for a long time, but hasn’t been able to enter. Recently, though, they came across an ancient map.

“With the map, they were able to open the entrance. Originally, this was an ancient Blessed Land, but over the years it has changed, and is now a land of death.”

Meng Hao’s eyes glistened as he listened to her explanation.

“Supposedly, it has something to do with an ancient, violent Spirit. I’m not really sure what it is, and there are lots of rumours in the Sect about it. Although, I can tell you that the reason they’ve gathered so many rogue Foundation Establishment Cultivators is not to acquire treasures, but to create a Hundred Spirits Tower!

“It’s not a big secret to the Inner Sect disciples, and even some in the Outer Sect know about it, but they don’t care about rogue Cultivators. Actually, there are even a few amongst the rogue Cultivators who know about it.

“The Hundred Spirits Tower is actually quite simple to describe. Basically, by using a variety of magical Cultivation techniques, one hundred Dao Pillars are refined together to create the Hundred Spirits Tower.

“The purpose of creating the tower is top secret. I don’t think even the Inner Sect disciples know about it. Amongst the Conclave disciples, only two or three even know a little bit.” This was everything Xu Qing knew regarding the activities in the Blessed Land.

Suddenly, a massive roaring could be heard from somewhere off in the distance.

The instant the sound echoed out, the ground in the Blessed Land suddenly began to quake violently. At the same time, a mysterious gravitational force came into being. Meng Hao’s eyes flickered. He felt the Dao Pillars within him trembling, as if something were trying to pull them out of him.

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  1. If you want to review Meng Hao’s musings about marrying Xu Qing, re-read Chapter 13: Manly Cao Yang

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61 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 2 – Chapter 152” - NO SPOILERS

      1. Almost every chinesse LN can be found on piaotian.net or 17k.com (i prefer the first one because its faster when loading pages, and goes easier on eyes), but this novel for some reason does not works that well with google translator – or at least not that well as with other novels…

    1. When the night, has come,
      (du du du)
      And the land is dark,
      And the moon, is the only, light we’ll see.
      No I won’t be afraid
      Oh, I won’t be afraid
      Just as long as you stand, stand by me.

  1. Thanks for the chapter XD

    And to Meng Hao: Kiss her already!!!

    That said, it’d be nice if he found all the other people willing to help the douche rape Xu Qing… and then slaughter the entire sect until the boys daddy realizes that his sect was destroyed cause he was too lenient in controlling his kids..

    1. You mean, all the other girls raped by Shanghe and bullied into doing whatever he wants? I’m not convinced that Xue deserved to die, other than for threatening Sister Xu to bargain for her life. If Xue hadn’t been willing to go along with Shanghe then she’d probably end up mysteriously dead soon, she clearly didn’t have any powerful backers to protect her.

      Oh, and the Zhao clan will definitely be regretting in near future – they lost the retard, and also their more promising young expert Binwu (the guy who attacked Meng Hao with tentacles) 😛

    2. Forget about kissing her, what about teaching her the Sublime Cultivation technique!?
      If he really cares about her, teaching her the technique will be 100 times better than giving her those pills. I don’t even think there’s any way for them to realize she has the technique, people come up with Flawless pillars with good latent talent. Maybe nobody simply took a notice to her? Heck, this Patriarch Zhen took Xu as her personal disciple. Who knows what she taught her, or how boundless her talent is.

      For f***’s sake, teach her the damn thing.
      Even if power has its risks, what’s the point of living under a shell.

      1. Your said she is Airhead, If MC’s IQ is 110, her IQ should at about 70. (average people’s IQ 100)
        Yet her willpower should be strong, that studpig and his bitch had forced her for several year yet we didn’t read a total tragedy.

        What makes me happy that she is a woman will revenge. a iron rose in train! hope later she can show us a lot of real brutal killing!!

  2. Does he have a treasure he could give her to protect herself once she returns to the sect? Presumably he can’t take her with him…He gets involved in too many shenanigans.

  3. well….There’s Nothing more romantic than sitting under the moon, talking about killing people with the one you love after you both just tortured someone to death, while beside your pet is eating another girl…..
    yah there can’t possibly be anything more romantic than this….!!!!

    1. Yeah, somehow the Black Sieve sect seems even worse than the Reliance sect when it comes to nurturing/protecting their disciples… and Patriarch Reliance deliberately wanted to suppress his sect’s disciples. 😛

  4. Owww Guess wrong.

    I just did not think that Elder six Xu has never kill someone before!

    This is just too shocking. I just think that all cultivators must have at least kill once!

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

  6. Beautiful chapter. I feel like this has recently become my favorite series on the site. :p The beautiful rate of releases also helps.

    And now we have romance as well. I can’t believe it. I started reading as soon as this happened. Yeah! Baby! Lol.

    I mean, it isn’t necessary, but it’s quite nice to see. It doesn’t hurt as long as it is done well. 😀

    Also, I WAS TOTALLY NOT expecting those words of his… I mistook them though when you asked the question. I was thinking about a different first time. :p He is such a wonderful troll that is serious when it matters. Such a badass boss! 😀

    Thank you so much for the release!

  7. Some stupid tower is trying to steal my PERFECTED PILLARS?
    Might as well try to steal Mt. Tai.

    Btw did anyone notice how Meng Hao just did the equivalent of pulling up to a girl with a shiny Lamborghini?
    “By the way… I’m totally rich now.”

    EDIT: lmao that preview picture. Nailed it.

  8. “In all honesty, she didn’t mind, she actually liked it a bit.”

    This felt off to me, so I ‘suggest’ changing it to,”In all honesty, she didn’t mind and in fact, she actually like the it a bit.”

    Just a suggestion :L

  9. Talking to a beauty about murder,
    Meng Hao shouldn’t you try a bit harder?
    Looking at each other they both heavily blushed,
    it’s easy to see they are really well matched.

    Flaunting of your wealth is a mark of the nouveau rich,
    but could it help advance things without a hitch?
    Alas, before the talk was over Hao discovered something amiss
    destroying such a moment, does this sect have a death wish?

  10. Thanks for the translation of the chapter as always. Also thanks for the reminder about good ‘ol E.R.B. and his Barsoom books. I think I read those back when I was 12 or 13. *cough cough* (No need to mention how many decades it has been since then!)
    Good stuff, very good stuff when folks are still reading it almost 100 years after it is written.

  11. She said she was not very intelligent, it seems to be true. How could she not notice what happened within the Reliance sect? She also wasn’t an inner disciple form the start. I think it’s strange she wasn’t raped already that time.
    And why doesn’t Meng Hao tell her how to do flawless cultivation? It wouldn’t cost him anything.

  12. Meng Hao sighed. Then, he proceeded to explain to her about Patriarch Reliance. She sat there underneath the moon, listening intently. When he told her that Patriarch Reliance was actually a gargantuan, vicious turtle, her mouth dropped open and a look of disbelief covered her face. To Meng Hao, she was truly beautiful. He suddenly stopped talking.

    Yeah… It’s pretty surprising to get told that the supposed respected secluded cultivating super patriarch of your clan was actually a gargantuan vicious turtle, large to the extreme, that all of a sudden broke through a seal and lifted up the entire state you lived on your entire life on his back and then proceeded to eat a spirit severing expert(and his giant treasure bell) like a crunchy afternoon snack whereafter he flew at light-speed to somewhere because he wanted to flee from meng hao and his robbing habits… That’s not something you see every day, right?… yeah, really, what the hell, the more I think about it, the more absurd it is, I wouldn’t be surprised if she freaking fainted when she heard it.

  13. How the hell that was Xu Qing 1st kill? Wasn’t she already level 7 when Meng Hao 1st arrived at Reliance Sect? How the hell she survived when her level was low? Maybe she rely on someone to protect her but the sect just gave 1 spirit stone a month.. That mean she just never use the plateau and just meditating entire time in her low level immortal cave until level 7. How long does it take for that.. Even Meng Hao with OP mirror took long time to get lvl 7

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