ISSTH – Book 2 – Chapter 158

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Chapter 158: Coexist with Ji?!

Han Bei took a deep breath, and a look of excitement flashed across her face. She lifted her right hand, and an ancient, crescent-shaped piece of jade flew out. It was a deep green color, almost black, and had a completely extraordinary appearance. It was not an object that a person would normally hold in their hand, but rather something that seemed as if it should be buried deep in an ancient tomb, never to see the light of day. Its color seemed to be the result of absorbing far too much sinister death aura.

The crescent jade flew out and then shockingly emitted a bright glow which covered everything around. The glow rippled as it shot forward toward the crack on the surface of the massive cauldron, and then entered it.

“This is where the final two volumes of the Classic of Time are!” said Han Bei. She flew forward, followed by Xie Jie, the Li woman, Xu Youdao and the man in the gray robe.

Meng Hao proceeded along as well. Six beams of flashing light shot ahead, growing closer and closer to the enormous cauldron. As they grew near, they felt an enormous pressure spreading out from the cauldron, which continued to grow stronger and stronger.

Soon, they were nearing the gigantic crack, which looked like an enormous canyon on the surface of the cauldron. They came to a stop in front of the crack. A mist floated around within, thin, but all-encompassing. Inside was nothing but blackness.

Upon nearing the crack, Xie Jie slapped his bag of holding. A green light appeared that solidified into a furry green beast. Its body flashed as it shot directly toward the crack. The instant it touched the mist, however, it let out a miserable cry, and its body was torn to pieces.

Caution filled the hearts of the onlookers.

“Only someone with incredible Spiritual Sense can lift the mist and mend this crack,” said Han Bei. “Then we can enter.” She looked up at the sky again as if she were calculating something. Then she turned and looked at Meng Hao.

It wasn’t just her. Xu Youdao’s gaze fell onto him as well. Meng Hao’s battle with the Li woman, and the intense power of his Spiritual Sense, had left a deep impression on the man.

“Fellow Daoist Han, you must be joking,” said Meng Hao, somewhat impolitely. “This cauldron must have been cast innumerable years ago. It’s aura is beyond ordinary. I don’t think I can even touch that crack.”

“Fellow Daoist Meng, you misunderstand,” she said hastily. “Of course I’m aware that this cauldron is not something people with Cultivation bases like ours can touch. I have a family heirloom treasure that can eradicate the crack. However, it must be guided by Spiritual Sense. Doing so will cause the crack to be healed.” As she spoke, she slapped her bag of holding to produce a small fan the size of a palm. It only had three feathers, each of which was covered with magical symbols.

“Only one person can use the treasure, and your Spiritual Sense is the most powerful among our group. I truly hope to gain your assistance. Once we enter, there will be other areas where you will not be required to do anything. This item is a fan. When its spirit is pushed with Spiritual Sense, it will release a power that far supersedes our Cultivation bases. It is a treasure that the Han Clan specifically forged just for this location.”

Meng Hao looked calmly at the fan for a moment, and then lifted his hand. The fan flew toward him. He examined it for a moment but didn’t touch it at first.

Eventually, he gave a slight nod.

Seeing him agree, Han Bei let out a sigh of relief. She then moved off to the side, away from Meng Hao, in order to prevent any sort of misunderstanding.

His face was blank as he released his Spiritual Sense. As it emanated out, Han Bei and the others concentrated, sensing the immense power and comparing it to their own. All of them grew even more cautious.

Meng Hao sent his Spiritual Sense into the fan to examine it. Sure enough, it was branded, linking it to Han Bei. Meng Hao lifted his head up to look at the crack in the enormous cauldron.

A moment later he lifted his hand and thrust it forward. The fan suddenly erupted into flame. The three feathers began to wriggle in a bizarre fashion. A whirlwind sprung into being around Meng Hao.

As his hand moved forward, the whirlwind shot toward the mist. A boom echoed out as it slammed into it. The mist immediately began to roil and seethe. At first it seemed as if the two would cancel each other out. However, the whirlwind wasn’t strong enough, and began to fade away.

“The crack can be erased, but it’s somewhat draining.” Meng Hao watched the mist within the crack restoring itself, as if it were being reborn. He thought for a moment, and then lifted his right hand and released even more Spiritual Sense. This time, he used more than before, causing the flames on the fan to rise up even more awe-inspiringly. Now, the flames were filled with two colors!

The onlookers’ pupils constricted as they felt the power of Meng Hao’s Spiritual Sense, which seemed to be over double their own. This shocked them to the core, especially Han Bei, whose eyes filled with fear as she watched him.

It seemed as if the fan were sucking in Meng Hao’s Spiritual Sense as fast as possible. He proceeded with caution; if any signs appeared to indicate that he was losing control, he would instantly sever its connection to his Spiritual Sense.

The whirlwind appeared again, even more powerful than last time. Within an instant, Meng Hao’s figure was almost impossible to see within its screaming winds. The onlookers could just barely make out the image of him waving his hand forward.

As he did, the fan’s first feather instantly transformed into burning ash and the second feather began to fall apart. The wind grew stronger, roaring with power. It slammed into the mist, and as it did, the third feather of the fan disappeared into flaming ashes.

The entire fan now fell apart, causing Han Bei’s heart to melt a bit. Then her gaze hardened; success or failure would occur at this juncture.

Boom!

A massive explosion ripped out as the enormous whirlwind collided with the mist. They ate at each other, and suddenly a gap appeared within the mist.

At the same time, a sinister coldness erupted out from within the cauldron, shooting out through the mist and blasting across the group of Cultivators.

It was as if a door had just opened which had been closed for ages. An aura that had been sealed up for countless years burst out, flowing across Meng Hao and the others. If that was all, it would not be a big deal. However, within the coldness of Time existed memories that swept across the six people. Suddenly, images appeared in front of them from countless ages ago.

Within the vision could be seen an enormous, shocking bronze cauldron. It floated above the earth, underneath a red sky. Astonishing bolts of lightning descended onto its surface, slashing it constantly, as if they desired to crush it into nothing.

However, the cauldron would not give in, and it rose up amidst the roar of the lightning. Up above in the red sky, a vortex appeared, beyond which could barely be made out the image of another world. The cauldron wished to defy the Heavens and pass through the vortex into the vague world beyond.

Below on the ground were hundreds of thousands of figures. They prostrated themselves on the ground, chanting scriptures at the same time. The sounds of their voices merged together and echoed out. When the sound reached his ears, it made Meng Hao think of the the Black Sieve Sect disciples sitting cross-legged, chanting scriptures. It sounded… similar, even though he couldn’t make out the details of what they were chanting.

Suddenly a voice boomed out from within the cauldron. “It was thy wish for your expanse to replace the starry sky, to cover my eyes with the dome of Heaven. The World Tree would not submit, and destroyed itself in the starry sky. My master may be sleeping, but can he still exist under the same sky as Ji?!” Lighting fell down constantly from the Heavens, seeking to obliterate the cauldron. Suddenly, the vision passed from the eyes of everyone except for Meng Hao. They exchanged shaken looks with each other.

Meng Hao was a bit closer to the cauldron, however, and was the first to meet the blast of Time wind. His vision continued on a bit longer.

He saw the massive bronze cauldron continuing to rise up. The lightning falling from the red sky began to merge together. It was impossible to tell how many lightning bolts congregated to form a gigantic spear. It looked like a tooth surrounded by fields of lightning that shot down toward the cauldron.

A boom echoed out and the giant bronze cauldron trembled. A massive crack split down through it. It rose no more, and instead fell down. It slammed into the ground, and then another voice sounded out. It seemed to sigh.

“You are unwilling to let me take this cauldron from this place. Then… I will lay in rest here forever, waiting for the day on which you fall.”

It was at this point that the vision faded from Meng Hao’s eyes. He took a deep breath and then lifted his head to look at the cauldron. As of now, the mist and the crack caused by it, were disappearing.

An anxious expression appeared on Han Bei’s face. Not hesitating in the slightest, she shot forward, flying toward the crack. Without a word, the rest of the group followed, their eyes flickering.

Meng Hao flew along with them as they headed at top speed toward the crack. As soon as he entered the cauldron, Meng Hao felt the copper mirror in his bag of the Cosmos growing hot.

Now was not the time to examine it, though. Meng Hao entered the cauldron to find himself in a world of lightning and thunder.

The inside of the cauldron was a space of several tens of thousands of meters in size. It was completely filled with crashing lightning, almost like a river. The light created by so much lightning was as blinding as sunlight.

However, there was no time for the group to gaze at the world within the cauldron. From within their midst, a blood-curdling scream rose up.

The Li woman was the last to enter. The instant she did, a bolt of lightning descended with incredible speed. It slammed into her. She screamed as her body was transformed into flying ash. Even her bag of holding was incinerated into nothingness.

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70 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 2 – Chapter 158” - NO SPOILERS

  1. Noooooo!!!!!! All her stuff was destroyed!!!!

    That’s just too sad…. :'(

    Meng Hao could have used those funds and items that got destroyed…

    That said, it was sweet of all those people to bring lightning protection items when Meng Hao was worrying about dealing with lightning… haha

    Thanks for the translation XD

    1. Wow, just heartless… but you’re definitely right. XD 😉

      @Deathblade

      Nice chapter, as always.

      I tried to wait a few days for three/four new chapters last time before reading them in bulk. I admit that reading them in bulk was fun… but I also realized that each chapter of this is fine by itself anyway. At least you aren’t as much of a sadist when it comes to cliffhangers compared to the rest of those bastard translators here. :p

      Thank you for your hard work translating as always! 😀

    2. Meng Hao is hardly going to worry about how to deal with the lightning, he’ll welcome any stray bolts that want to charge up the lightning mist and make it even stronger 😛 . That thing should be already far more powerful after absorbing a bolt of tribulation lightning, the cauldron bolts should be far weaker.

      1. That’s true
        Ming Hao doesn’t need no Lightning Protection, he catches lightning And uses it to…
        I give up, my sassy commentator persona Is horrible

    1. Nothing to be proud of son, nothing to be proud of… you don’t even get a cookie…. or a medal…

      You just know that you don’t get a prize….

      Just like the fat lady that just died…. though it would have been nice if she threw her stuff to Meng Hao before she died so that he’d gain some profit.

      She didn’t even give him a lightning protection artifact… at least the 1st 3 are gonna give him one…

      See… 4th place can’t even help Meng Hao…. only the 1st 3….

    1. There have been several times when the copper mirror randomly heated up or made a chirping sound. I think it even growled once, lol.
      Actually, I do remember the last time it happened. It was during the secret meeting, chapter 141.

      Still not sure what it means. When I eventually get around to rereading all of ISSTH, I’ll have to take note of every instance the copper mirror does something strange to see if I can figure it out. 😛

  2. You know… out of curiosity… but why did they even invite the fat lady? They didn’t need her and didn’t warn her….

    And it doesn’t seem like they wanted to kill her for the sake of killing her… they probably wouldn’t have cared if she wasn’t there….

  3. So now a cauldron is defying the heavens??? There was a time when only the most famous of practitioners, those with an iron will and potential to match would go against the heavens, now even inanimate objects do it. The heavens sure have fallen…

      1. The luck saved up by her ancestors barely got her to late Foundation, and managed to get Meng to spare her life. All the savings were emptied and none left to protect her from the lightning 🙁

  4. Hey Deathblade, firstly thanks for the chapter! Secondly what’s the deal with the cauldron I don’t quite understand. Is it supposed to be a portal to another world/universe?

    1. If you’re asking why there’s so much space inside… then no, the cauldron itself is just gigantic. Last chapter it was described as “several tens of thousands of meters tall, rising up so tall that it seemed to be supporting the sky”.

      And about all the lightning inside, my guess is that it’s either remnants of the tribulation lightning or the cauldron’s master was originally brewing something lightning-related. Meng Hao has his lightning flag and the Thunderclap/Thunder Rattan Trees from Patriarch Reliance, so I’m sure he’ll get a lot of benefit from it somehow. 😛

    2. Only realized later that you were probably talking about the “vortex into the vague world” the cauldron was trying to pass through. In which case, I’m not sure what that was about either.

      But the cauldron’s monologue made me remember something… check out this quote from chapter 109 (when Meng Hao was at the auction to buy a Spring and Autumn tree):

      “In ancient times there was a legend of an almighty power which had the potential to replace the stars within the sky. The sky was above it, and the stars outside of it. But the World Tree did not agree to be placed beneath the sky. It exploded, and its body disseminated amongst the stars. However, its will remained within the earth. During the seasons of Spring and Autumn, Heavenly lightning will fall to destroy it; to protect itself, it creates the Spring and Autumn tree.”

      and compare that with what the cauldron was saying:

      “It is thy wish for the vault of Heavens to replace the stars, to cover my eyes with the dome of the Heavens, to impeded the World Tree, to shatter the stars. My master may be sleeping, but can he still exist under the same sky as Ji?!”

      It definitely seems related, imo.

  5. Soo, I have a question. Is this ‘Ji’ written in the same way as the Ji Realm from Xian Ni? If it is, does that mean the original owner from the cauldron or, the cauldron itself, is a practitioner of the Ji Realm?

    1. Hi, I’m not sure what the character from “Ji Realm” is, but I don’t think it’s connected to this Ji. If you give me a chapter number in Xian Ni where that name appears, I can double check. In any case, based on my understanding there is some connection between ISSTH and Xian Ni, but this isn’t it.

      1. Thanks for replying. Sorry for the lateness, work and other rl stuff.

        Chapter 91 introduces Ji Spiritual Force and chapter 105 directly mentions the Ji Realm, which is Wang Lin’s main slaughtering technique.

    2. I made a comment last chapter about the Ji and what I found out about them on google/wikipedia… I would quote it here but it’s pretty long, lol. You should check it out if you’re interested.

  6. My prediction is working out so far… for once, lol. (Though it looks like most of us guessed the Li woman would die first to a trap or monster, so maybe that was just too obvious. hahah)
    I also thought that Meng Hao and Xu Youdao would team up, and it’s looking pretty likely now since it’s clear that the other 3 cultivators were secretly colluding.

    Can’t wait for the lightning flag to become even more awesome, btw. 😛

  7. I used to think the author was trying too hard to be poetic like the time Meng Hao was conferred the title of ‘Snowflake in Summer’ but the story has been getting better and better. I absolutely loved this chapter and can’t fathom how difficult it is to translate properly. Thanks Deathblade!

    1. Can only speculate here, but this is what I think.

      Patriarch Reliance said this in chapter 85: “Meng Hao, you little bastard, you took the Lightning Flag as well? It’s not very strong; it can only defend against a Foundation Establishment attack. But it can absorb lightning bolts! You need it to grow the Thunder Rattan Leaves!!”

      Makes it sound like the lightning flag’s main purpose is to be a gardening tool. It’s meant to absorb energy from lightning bolts and then (my guess) cover the trees in its mist form to nourish them with its stored energy. If the trees could absorb lightning on their own, the lightning flag wouldn’t be necessary (probably?). Hard to be sure though. 😐

  8. Bwahaha… yes, fear Meng Hao’s spiritual sense!
    Just like Darth Vader, he has way too much of that crap.

    Wait, that’s the force.
    …anyway, hope he finds something else that lets him defy the heavens!
    But like, does he really need it anymore though?

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

  10. Yay hateful person dead. Only 3 more to go. I personally like the gray robed older man. He seems chill. Everyone else needs to be fed to Meng Hao for food, sustenance.

  11. Copper mirror, do we finally learn more about you?! Thanks for the chapter!

    Suggested changes: ‘to impeded the World Tree, to shatter the stars’ – ‘to impeded’ to ‘to impede’?

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