ISSTH – Book 2 – Chapter 154

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Chapter 154: To Each His Own Path

Meng Hao didn’t respond. He looked down at Xu Qing and gave her a little smile. He retreated backward with her, causing the late Foundation Establishment old man to snort and then fly forward toward Meng Hao like a nightingale.

His speed was incredible, and he displayed the full power of his late Foundation Establishment Cultivation base, causing eight ripples to spread out in the air. He obviously had eight Dao Pillars within his body.

By this point, Meng Hao had already reached the two mid Foundation Establishment stage middle-aged Cultivators. They laughed, and one of them flashed incantation gestures. A hundred Ice Blades magically appeared and began to spin, forming a giant whirlwind. The whirlwind shot toward Meng Hao, each blade within filled with the power of the early Foundation Establishment stage.

The other man slapped his bag of holding to produce five black, buzzing, head-sized wasps with long, red stingers.

“You overestimate yourself!” said the man who had created the Ice Blades. The Ice Blade whirlwind screamed toward Meng Hao. Holding Xu Qing with his right arm, he waved his left hand. Instantly, an enormous Flame Dragon appeared, along with a Wind Blade. Shockingly,the Flame Dragon was not pure red, but streaked with gold! Because of the Sublime Spirit Scripture, the dragon had become a Golden Dragon.

The Wind Blade fused with the dragon, causing it to expand to three hundred meters in length. Furthermore, two bulges appeared on the left and right side of the Flame Dragon. As soon as the Wind Blade touched the dragon, they exploded out into two enormous wings. It unfurled the wings; this was a Flying Rain-Dragon.

Meng Hao had been enlightened regarding this technique when the roc had awakened the Flying Rain-Dragon Legacy within him.

The next thing to appear with the Dragon was a Flame Sea. This Flame Sea was birthed from the power of the Perfect Dao Pillar. Mid Foundation Establishment Cultivators simply had no way to resist it.

Boom!

The Ice Blade whirlwind broke apart in an instant, transforming into a mist which was consumed by the Flame Sea. The flaming Flying Rain-Dragon roared. The two mid Foundation Establishment stage Cultivators retreated, looks of shock on their face. In the blink of an eye, the Flying Rain-Dragon shot forward and consumed one of them in a single bite.

A miserable scream echoed out as his body was transformed into ash.

All of this happened in the time it takes a spark to rise off of a piece of flint. Neither the old man of the late Foundation Establishment stage nor the man with the five wasps had time to react before it was over.

Face expressionless, Meng Hao turned and strode directly toward the five ferocious buzzing wasps.
They shot toward him, but as they neared, their bodies suddenly began to tremble violently. It seemed as if they had sensed something frightening and didn’t dare to get any closer. They retreated instantly, something their master had never experienced before.

Even as shock covered his face, laughing-crying demon faces appeared in Meng Hao’s eyes. One was clear, the other was blurry, and they instantly caused Meng Hao to emit a bizarre aura. The five wasps emitted sharp cries, and their bodies trembled even harder, as if they might lose their ability to fly. Suddenly, they turned and savagely attacked each other.

As this bizarre scene played out, Meng Hao strode through the midst of the wasps, raising his left hand and slicing his own finger, covering it with blood. Suddenly, the entire area was covered with a bloody aura. When it disappeared, Meng Hao was standing directly in front of the middle-aged man. He lifted up his index finger and pushed between the man’s eyebrows.

The man’s body shook, and his eyes bulged. His body rapidly began to wither, and by the time Meng Hao removed his finger, his entire body had transformed into blood, which drained down onto the ground.

Meng Hao turned and looked at the shocked late Foundation Establishment old man. Only the space of a few breaths had passed since Meng Hao took action, and yet he had already completely exterminated two powerful mid Foundation Establishment Cultivators.

His methods were vicious, his techniques bizarre. A coldness suddenly appeared in the old man’s body, growing rapidly.

Now he understood why Xie Jie of the Black Sieve Sect had been watching Meng Hao that day on the Feng Shui compass, and had even tried to bait him into doing something that would reveal his abilities. Clearly, Xie Jie had heard something about Meng Hao.

“Want to keep going?” Meng Hao asked calmly. His index finger still glowed with a bloody light, casting a bloody light over his body.

The old man didn’t respond. Considering the level of his Cultivation base, he too could have easily killed the two mid Foundation Establishment stage Cultivators. But he couldn’t have done it in such a leisurely fashion. He felt fear in his heart, especially when he saw Meng Hao’s complete lack thereof. Clasping hands in salute, he moved backward several paces, giving way for Meng Hao to pass.

“I am Xu Youdao 1. As for the matter today, I offer my apologies. I believe we will be meeting again soon.” He said the last in a very meaningful tone.

Meng Hao thought for a moment, then nodded. The blood glow was beginning to fade as he shot off into the distance. In his arms, Xu Qing was completely shocked by the battle power of his Cultivation base.

She hesitated for a moment and then blurted, “What… what level is your Cultivation base, really?”

“I’m at the peak of early Foundation Establishment,” he said with a little smile. He now appeared to be a completely different person than the one who had just been fighting. He really had changed because of all his experiences through the years. However, this change was in the way he dealt with enemies. His disposition toward his friends was as scholarly as ever, and hadn’t changed in the least bit.

Actually, his ruthless killing had a lot to do with the poison within him. Someone infected with the three-colored Resurrection Lily would become increasingly cruel and ferocious until the day they transformed into an actual Resurrection Lily.

“How can you kill people of the mid Foundation Establishment stage…?” asked Xu Qing, her brow furrowed.

“Oh, there are many reasons,” he said simply. “I may be at the early Foundation Establishment stage, but I can hold my own against the late Foundation Establishment stage.”

Not much time passed before they reached a mountain. From the mountain peak, Meng Hao could see the large man-made area and the big black tower that was being erected.

He could just make out the nearly one thousand Black Sieve Sect disciples sitting cross-legged around the tall tower, along with the faint sound of scriptures being chanted. He couldn’t make out the details of the scriptures, however.

“I can’t get any closer,” he said. His gaze shifted from the scene below, to Xu Qing. “There shouldn’t be any rogue Foundation Establishment Cultivators in this area, you should be able to proceed on your own without being in danger. Take this, it’s an invisibility item. You’ll be able to use it after you reach Foundation Establishment.” He handed her the invisibility talisman.

She accepted it. She still had Meng Hao’s robes draped over her. They were a bit large, but she still was beautiful. She looked at Meng Hao and was about to open her mouth as if to say something. Instead, she leaned forward and embraced him lightly. Her head pressed against his chest, and she could hear his heart beating.

This was not an embrace of passion, but the embrace of a sister to a brother, of family.

The sky was growing light, and the darkness was fading away. Meng Hao looked down at Xu Qing’s beautiful hair. It seemed as if her hair knew he was looking at it; or perhaps it was the wind. It floated up gently to caress his face.

A long time passed, and then Xu Qing stepped back and looked him deep in the eyes.

“You need to be careful,” she said. “Get out of this place as soon as you can.” Then she turned, stepped onto a flying sword and shot down the mountain. She glided up and down a few times, eventually entering a small forest at the bottom of the mountain. When she emerged from the other side of the forest, Meng Hao’s clothes were gone and she was dressed in a fresh Black Sieve Sect robe.

Meng Hao stood there the whole time, watching her disappear into the distance. A sense of departure filled him, and for a moment, he felt like he was back in the Reliance Sect when it was being disbanded.

Now, though, he was no longer a Qi Condensation Cultivator. He was of Foundation Establishment, with a Perfect Foundation. He was no longer a child, but a young man. Wisdom birthed from maturity helped him to understand that it didn’t matter whether you are a man or woman; every person has the right to make their own choices.

His path could only be tread by he himself. Perhaps his path would cross the paths of others, and that was well and good. But for the moment, he needed to walk alone. Unless… he could be powerful enough to forge his own road. Change everything. The alternative was to live a life full of sighing.

He watched Xu Qing until she reached the Black Sieve Sect rendezvous point. Determination filled his eyes. He lifted his head, looking into the sky. There, the rising sun and the moon were almost on top of each other.

Meng Hao’s eyes began to glow.

“Since I’m here, I might as well go check things out. If the Classic of Time is real, then using the copper mirror and Spring and Autumn trees, I can forge that so-called treasure of Time! And then there’s my Thunderclap leaf. Lu Tao is in this place too, I might be able to get some more information.” He turned and shot up into the air, using the position of the sun and moon to guide his path.

He proceeded on for a while. Suddenly, a booming sound filled the air, and the gravitational force appeared again. This time, Meng Hao saw with his own eyes an early Foundation Establishment Cultivator who couldn’t fight against it. His body exploded, and an intangible Dao Pillar flew out from the remains.

“The gravitational force is getting stronger. I’m worried that eventually, I won’t be able to resist it.” He frowned, suppressing the trembling of his Dao Pillars and flying forward as quickly as possible. Soon, the sun and the moon would not be overlapping any more. But now that Meng Hao knew which direction to go, he realized that he was getting closer and closer to his destination.

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This chapter was sponsored by Andy Zheng, Yu-Chiang Hsu, Nghia Nguyen, Manh Tran and Matthew Rishton

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  1. Xu Youdao’s name in Chinese is 徐有道 Xúyǒudào – Xu is a common family name. You means “have.” Dao is the same Dao as “The Dao,” which also means “way” or “path”

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57 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 2 – Chapter 154” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. Though… this “Meng Hao, I cuddle you like I cuddle my lil’ bro” Xu Qing is confusing me so much… ._. Such a beautiful scene, ruined, by the shipping machination of my brain… ughs…

    Don’t tell me Chu Yuyan is gonna be the main heroin… or don’t tell me 154 chapters in and we still haven’t been introduced to “the one”…

    1. I’m going to tell you that Xu Qing is going to be the main heroine. I haven’t read ahead, but in the video that Deathblade had posted to help us introduce new people to ISSTH, Elder Sister Xu was right next to Meng Hao. And that footage was from the MMO game based on the novel. So it’s a pretty safe bet to assume she’s going to be the main heroine, or else she wouldn’t have such a prominent place.

    2. To be honest, Xianxia rarely have a main “heroine” since all of the focus seems to be on the MC. That said, I wouldn’t mind if he got with Chu Yuyan… just want him to get with someone already…. course, there are only 3 girls I’d ship him with…

      Chu Yuyan and Xu Qing are both at the top..

      1. What the f*ck is wrong with you people. Chu Yuyan is a murderous b*tch, she’s the MC’s enemy.
        Heck, the MC ate her bloody shoulder just to spite her. Where’s the romance in any of that!? You people set ships sailing so hard you don’t even notice their glaring holes as they sink into the ocean.

        Heck, leave Yuyan alone for a sec — romance itself is a foreign concept within this story ~_~…

      2. Some women wrote some good Xianxia novels so MC was woman, yet do not put too much hope on her harem. And we men do not want to see female MC. so far i only see one novel has two main characters include a heroine, the novel called “君临” a super bloody Xianxia novel. someone in Singapore translated 1/3 and stopped, real pity.

        1. Hello, there are women reading wuxia too, a lot of them and WE WANT TO SEE FEMALE HEROINES. A LOT of them, and male harems and the whole deal. Recommend if u know such by the way.

    3. It’s very, very, very — VERY simple.
      The main clue was even posted on this very chapter.

      His path could only be tread by he himself. Perhaps his path would cross the paths of others, and that was well and good. But for the moment, he needed to walk alone. Unless… he could be powerful enough to forge his own road.

      The MC is a loner. He’s by himself.
      There is no romance, there is no “main heroine”. For the very least, there will be none for the foreseeable future.
      The MC did not even share his Sublime Spirit scripture with her, he’s keeping everything to himself.
      Expect nothing from this guy.

      1. What else will you do if you were the MC? your are baring untreatable poison and are facing so many high level enemies. Sister Xu is so weak at the moment, bring her with MC can only kills her. Yet i also have a mind that is not impossible, MC has a special bag which could carry alive people into it. So what? put her into the bag? then how could her level up? after all, in Xianxia world main goal is to gain endless life and power. IF MC really love Sister Xu, he should put her in the place where is good for her progress, at this moment that looks like her own sect.

  2. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, John Rogers, Lingson, MeeBoo, Yascob, Andy Zheng, Yu-Chiang Hsu, Nghia Nguyen, Manh Tran, Matthew Rishton, and Er Gen!

    1. This is exactly how the authors hooks you up, even though he has no intention of doing any romance any time soon.
      C’mon, peeps. Notice it when you’re being manipulated. |:

  3. Stupid MC! You supposed take the girl away from a shady sect! Instead you put yourself on friend/sibling zone! Total Epic Fail! After showing off how awesome you are by making some so-called elite shit brick!
    Ok, maybe since yourself is still in bad shape due funky flower poison that make you a hyper-aggressive dude that will turn into a funky flower in the end.

  4. (Quick question for DB: Is the “Hundred Names Pillar” referenced in ch147 the same as the “Hundred Spirits Tower”? If it’s a spoiler, then please don’t say. I’m just wondering if it’s a translation thing.)
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    This is supposed to be a land of death, but all the danger we’ve seen so far is from fellow cultivators. I think we’ll see the real dangers emerge when the current eclipse ends. 😛

    Deathblade wanted us to try to piece together the mystery of this arc based on the clues we’ve seen, so here’s some info I’ve taken note of (wall of text warning!):

    [1] The 3 half-dead elders want to acquire a “legendary item” for themselves and the sect’s patriarchs, in order to “awaken”. [2] The 3 elders can use the map (empowered with the souls/ghosts of foundation establishment cultivators) to temporarily possess the gatekeeper of Ultimate Vexation, allowing them to bypass the normal entry requirement (presenting some sort of special pendant). [3] Originally, Ultimate Vexation was an ancient Blessed Land, but is now a “land of death”, and this has something to do with an “ancient, violent Spirit”. [4] Ultimate Vexation repels anyone above the foundation establishment stage who tries to enter, even Nascent Soul cultivators can only enter for a very short amount of time before being forced out. [5] When the Nascent Soul woman entered, she tried to use her spiritual sense to locate “the object” (probably the legendary item mentioned above?), but was unable to. [6] She hopes/thinks the completion of the Hundred Spirits Tower (formed from the harvested dao pillars of the rogue cultivators) will help with this task. [7] The lesser Black Sieve disciples entered Ultimate Vexation to work on completing the Tower, while the Black Sieve core formation and nascent soul elders are outside the gate nurturing a Spirit Ginseng, which is supposed to increase the amount of time a powerful cultivator can resist the repulsion inside the area. [8] When Meng Hao entered, he noticed that the sun was setting and also saw a nearly-invisible, intersecting moon.

    So here’s my speculation based on the above…
    I think Ultimate Vexation is very similar to the Blood Immortal Legacy Zone. Artificial worlds/pocket dimensions which house a great treasure (a “legendary item” vs the Blood Immortal’s Mask/Legacy) and forbid cultivators above the foundation stage from entering. Although Ultimate Vexation might be more like a particular Immortal’s vault, since the gate demands a key (technically a pendant) to open and we haven’t seen any kind of test yet.

    The Black Sieve sect found a way to cheat their way in, but the legendary item is hidden and the spiritual sense of foundation establishment cultivators is too weak to search for it effectively. So they made a plan to lure in rogue cultivators, harvest their dao pillars, and refine them to create a special tower. They’ve tried at least once to send in a core formation elder (the crazy/bisected guy) to search for the item or help speed up the tower’s construction, but that didn’t work out so well. Either he stayed in too long and was nearly killed by the repulsive force, or he encountered the violent spirit (possibly the area’s guardian?) mentioned by Xu Qing. About the spirit, I think there’s a period of time when it’s inactive/sleeping (during the daytime or when the sun and moon intersect?), and the sect exploits this by sending in their disciples to work on the tower during that period. The next chapter or two should be very interesting, since the sun is setting and the eclipse is about over. 😉

    But anyway, the Black Sieve sect is getting desperate, and now they’re willing to go all out. Once the tower’s completed, I think one of the sect patriarchs will (with the spirit ginseng) enter Ultimate Vexation and use the tower as a dowsing rod, amplifying his/her spiritual sense to search the entire area for the legendary item.

    About the legendary item, I can only assume it has some kind of power over time. That would explain why [1] the half-dead elders want it (either to extend their lives or “rewind” their bodies out of their current state) and [2] the “Classic of Time” group bothered to come to Ultimate Vexation. That second point has been confusing me for awhile, since it doesn’t make sense to me unless they thought they could find some ancient magical trees there to make the Time Swords… but instead, the group was talking about collecting treasures to trade for Earth Sieve Pills, which seemingly have nothing to do with ancient trees or the time swords… 😐

    1. Wow, well no comments on your speculations, but to answer your question, the “Hundred Names Pillar” and the “Hundred Spirits Tower” are the same. That guy was supposed to be raving and crazy, and said the name wrong. (Either that or it was a typo on the part of Er Gen. Which is entirely possible. He often makes typos, even with people’s names..)

  5. All of this happened in the time it takes a spark to rise off of a piece of flint.

    how long does it takes? cause for me it’s gonna take more than 5min at the shortest…

  6. Thanks for the chapter, Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, John Rogers, Lingson, MeeBoo, Yascob, Andy Zheng, Yu-Chiang Hsu, Nghia Nguyen, Manh Tran and Matthew Rishton!

  7. I can only think that when Meng Hao is done here, the Black Sieve Sect may be wiped off the map.
    Really, no sect should willingly allow him in their gates. I mean, just look what happened to the Reliance Sect!

  8. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, John Rogers, Lingson, MeeBoo, Yascob, Andy Zheng, Yu-Chiang Hsu, Nghia Nguyen, Manh Tran, Matthew Rishton, and Er Gen!Dear WuxiaWorld, many thanks to the Author, Translator, Editor, Donor!

  9. Why did he leave her there? I’m seriously starting to dislike this solo and leaving behind stuff that seems to happen all the time in these WNs. If she didn’t like being in the sect then why did she go back?

    1. cause he is poisoned and if he don’t find a way to deal with it, he will end up as a murderous beast who attack anyone in sight

      cause half the world want him dead for the various treasures/legacies he got on/in him

      cause he got a job as the 9th demon sealer which is a very dangerous task to handle

      cause he spent most of his time until now as cultivator by running away for his life and having to handle someone else at the same time will be near impossible

  10. Most annoying chapter. I know not to expect romance, because the MC wants to become an immortal virgin, and the author is terrified of romance and sex like most xianxia authors are, but do they have to establish the perfect scenario for a romance only to say “Haha I think of you as a brother actually”. I mean… wtf. They don’t have a familial relationship. In fact, they barely even had a relationship, having only exchanged a few sentences in the entire time they knew each other, but if they had any relationship it would clearly be romantic, not familial. There’s actually literally something wrong with both of these characters. But the real issue is that the author is a pussy and just prevaricates on the obvious. He doesn’t want to have to bother with dialog from a side character, so MC will always be alone (it’ll probably be another 50-100 chapters till that dog wakes up as well, and it’ll sleep 90% of the time). The ‘romance’ here reads like a japanese harem. There’s girls around him but the MC is too gutless for anything to ever, ever happen. Except he isn’t actually gutless, the author just doesn’t want it to happen, so it won’t, even though it should given all the signals we’re given. This kind of BS really makes me want to quit reading a story, when you know things don’t flow naturally but are really the author just arbitrarily shitting out excuses for why things are the way they are. The more other xianxia stories I read, the more I appreciate ATG for not being like that.

  11. This was not an embrace of passion, but the embrace of a sister to a brother, of family.

    Did he just get brotherzoned? rofl. Well, I don’t think it will last, sooner or later they will get into a more romantic relationship, even if they won’t be together much. You have to remember that they hardly spoke back at the sect and just now was the first “true” conversation they held, it’s obvious that feelings of real love can’t sprout from such a low amount of interaction, I’m happy that this doesn’t take the standard approach of some other novels where the mc gets all the bitches with no effort at all and they see him one time only to fall deeply into love with him. Love at first is one thing, but true love always takes time and requires interactions, I hate when authors just introduce someone and all of a sudden they’re smitten silly by the awesomeness of the MC and join his harem as if they’ve been there for years.

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