ISSTH – Book 2 – Chapter 163

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Chapter 163: Tender Killing

A roaring sound filled the world within the cauldron. The lightning in the region danced about, and the meat jelly seemed to have been frightened. Its attention now appeared to be fixed upon Meng Hao and the others.

Han Bei’s voice rang out. “I shall now employ my bloodline magic. Brother Meng and Xie, dear, please assist me with all your power.” She bit her tongue, spitting more blood out onto the strands that wound into the crack on the statue. It began to emit a red glow.

A droning roar sounded out, and the entire statue began to tremble. Vast quantities of dust poured off of it. Meng Hao suddenly felt as if the strand in his hand was pulling at his Cultivation base, as well as his Spiritual Sense.

His eyes flickered, but his face remained still. Next to him, Xie Jie’s eyes glittered brightly as he poured power from his Cultivation base, as well as Spiritual Sense, into the strand he held. He looked at Meng Hao, killing intent flickering within his eyes. Then his gaze shifted to Han Bei, and his gaze grew warm. It could be said that the two of them were a ‘green plum and a bamboo horse,’ childhood sweethearts. When they were young, there had been some conflict between them, but as of now, it seemed that Han Bei really had worked her way into his heart.

Suddenly, the roaring grew in intensity. Han Bei’s face grew pale. She was in control of the three threads; Xie Jie and Meng Hao were simply providing the assisting power with their Cultivation bases and Spiritual Sense. They had no way to do anything to cause the statue to do anything. They poured their power in, while Han Bei employed the power of her bloodline.

Using her bloodline to touch the spirit of the ancestor statue was magic that only she could perform. If anyone else tried to touch the statue’s spirit, their Cultivation base would wither up. It was something that neither Meng Hao nor Xie Jie could do.

About ten breaths worth of time passed. Booming sounds filled the sky. Suddenly the kneeling statue emitted a roar as… its eyes suddenly began to shine, as if it were alive. Its body… slowly began quiver, as if it were preparing to stand.

Han Bei’s face grew paler, her eyes brighter. She spat out more blood, causing her Blood Qi to enter into the statue. The whole statue trembled violently, as if an earthquake were shaking it. Then, the massive statue… stood up!

Its eyes emitted a dull glow, and a mysterious pressure filled the entire area. It slowly lowered its hands. As Meng Hao watched, the images were burned indelibly into his memory.

He took a deep breath, continuing to provide Cultivation base power and Spiritual Sense. Han Bei’s body shook. This was real trembling, not an act; her face was as pale as a corpse’s. But determination radiated out of her eyes, and she spat out more blood.


The statue slowly outstretched its right hand, pointing with its index finger. The finger seemed to be filled with an indescribable power; it descended toward the circular cauldron situated in the middle of the nine statues.

Meng Hao’s eyes narrowed and gleamed mysteriously.

“I need more power!” said Han Bei, her voice urgent. Without hesitation, Xie Jie poured more power into the strand he held.

Meng Hao’s eyes shined as he did the same. Some of the color returned to Han Bei’s face, but moments later she spat out more blood, filling the statue with more power. Its finger continued to approach the cauldron; it seemed the cauldron would open at any moment.

At this exact time, however, the descending finger suddenly changed directions. It no longer headed toward the circular cauldron, but toward Xie Jie. It moved with incredible speed, causing a look of complete shock to cover his face.

“Han Bei, what are you doing?!” cried Xie Jie, throwing the strand away from himself. His eyes filled with intense terror, and he shot backward. Meng Hao’s eyes flickered. He opened his mouth, and the lightning mist flew out, preventing Xie Jie from moving backward. His body stopped moving. His words were still echoing out by the time the massive finger reached him.

The finger barely touched him, and his entire body exploded with a bang, even his Dao Pillar. In an instant, everything disintegrated; his life was completely gone.

He didn’t let out a blood-curling scream, only a furious roar that lingered on after his death. An orange strand curled up where his body used to be, which then entered the statue’s finger.

His bag of holding rose up and flew over to Han Bei. She grabbed it and immediately produced a small black vial. She crushed it, and a phantom figure floated up that looked in every way exactly like Han Bei. She absorbed it in through her ears, mouth and nose.

All of this takes some time to describe, but actually happened in space of only a few breaths. Meng Hao watched everything with the same expression as always, as if he had been expecting it to happen. He was completely expressionless, although his eyes flickered.

“Many thanks for your assistance, Fellow Daoist Meng,” said Han Bei with a sweet smile. She bowed slightly toward him.

“Fellow Daoist Han, it was a clever move to exterminate your dear Xie,” he said coolly. He was not surprised, because the violet Feng Shui compass she had given him now was not just unbranded, it also contained a message.

In the message, she had directly told him that she planned to kill Xie Jie, and when it happened, he shouldn’t be alarmed.

“When the Black Sieve Sect captured me and my clansmen, it seemed as if they would treat us well. But in actuality, we were nothing more than animals in a cage. Xie Jie was the worst; he treated me horribly since childhood. After we grew up, he had further desires…. It’s only natural for me to slay him. If I hadn’t, then everything we acquired today would belong to the Black Sieve Sect. Now, we can share everything between the two of us.”

She smiled at him and said, “Brother Meng is surpassingly astute, I don’t dare to attempt to deceive you. That is why I left the message on the Feng Shui compass. I always accomplish what I set out to do. Today, the Time refinement technique will become ours. From now on, you don’t need to do anything more.”

Her expression was sincere, although she sighed inwardly. Of the six people who had begun the mission, all had their own thoughts and plans. Only Meng Hao had seen through everything and come through it all.

People had fallen around him, but he remained unscathed. This caused fear to grow in Han Bei’s heart, as well as admiration. Had any mistakes been made along the way, Meng Hao would have been dead.

Because of this, she was subconsciously afraid of provoking him. Therefore, her words were actually true, and revealed her true intentions.

Meng Hao’s expression was the same as ever. He said nothing, just simply nodded. However, the lightning mist surrounded him. If Han Bei did anything threatening, he would call down the lightning; death would be assured.

Han Bei took a deep breath and looked at him. She abandoned any last bit of scheming. The journey here had been difficult, and she had used up all her tricks. She really did not want to meet any more mishaps. Her hand flickered an incantation, and the massive statue shook, then began to reach back toward the circular cauldron.

When it touched it, the entire world within the square cauldron shook. The lid of the circular cauldron slowly tilted up, and a violet Qi began to pour out of it. Inside, Meng Hao caught a glimpse of three jade pages floating up. Their appearance seemed to coincide with that of the violet Qi, and they hadn’t completely emerged from the cauldron, as if they might sink back in at any time.

Han Bei’s eyes filled with a bright glow, and she gasped. Her right hand slapped her bag of holding, and a small clay jar appeared, about the size of a person’s head.

It flew up into the air, transforming into a beam of light that shot toward the circular cauldron. As it neared, cracks spread out across its surface and it exploded, sending the ash that had been inside shooting forward.

Within the ash were what appeared to be ten phantom images. There were men and women, and their ages varied, but they all resembled each other; these must be Clan members of the same bloodline.

This was not just random ash; it was ash collected upon the cremation of various Han Clan members, and contained life force. The figures spread out, and then bowed respectfully toward the circular cauldron.

“Bloodline of Patriarch Han, according to the ancient agreement, the bloodline remains, Patriarch, please return….” As the phantoms spoke, they entered the violet Qi.

At the same time, the statue of the Han Clan Patriarch stretched out its palm and pressed it against the cauldron.

The instant the figures entered the violet Qi and the statue pressed on the cauldron, it vibrated, emitting a droning sound that shook everything. Amidst the roaring, the phantom figures began to burn. As for the statue, it trembled violently. Starting at its feet, cracks spread across its entire body. Suddenly, it began to collapse into pieces.

From this day forward, there would no longer be nine statues in this place, but eight!

Han Bei shook as if some invisible power were rocking her. She took a few steps back and then spit up some blood. At the same time, a violet glow flew out from the crumbling statue. Meng Hao could clearly see the excitement which appeared in her eyes. Within the violet glow appeared to be a small, sleeping person. It suddenly shot toward Han Bei, hitting her between the eyebrows and merging into her.

“That’s what she came for!” thought Meng Hao, his eyes narrowing.

At the same time, because of the sacrifice of the ten Han Clan phantoms, the three jade pages within the violet Qi freed themselves from the circular cauldron and flew out. As they did, a sound like a sigh could be heard from the circular cauldron.

As the sigh sounded out, one of the flying jade pages suddenly stopped and then spun backward toward the cauldron. The other two continued to fly forward.

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69 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 2 – Chapter 163” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. From what she said, possibly her relationship to Xie Jie was similar to way that Zhan Shanhe was bossing over Xue Yuncui – except that Han Bei didn’t just give up in self-delusion and instead plotted secretly for revenge. If that’s the case, there is no reason to feel sorry for ‘poor’ Jie 😡

      1. He seemed to actually care about her though, which is different.

        Zhan Shanhe just raped Xue Yuncui and then she tried to make others suffer what she did since she seemed to think revenge was pointless.

        Xie Jie just seemed to have hated Han Bei as a child, but really cared for her as they grew older. So she just killed a person who seemed to have changed and actually cared about her, because as a child, he was a douche….

          1. Well, I don’t believe to what Han Bei said anyway. So I suspect that what she said doesn’t contain any truth in it. So her next target is Meng Hao.

          2. Then his gaze shifted to Han Bei, and his gaze grew warm. It could be said that the two of them were a ‘green plum and a bamboo horse,’ childhood sweethearts. When they were young, there had been some conflict between them, but as of now, it seemed that Han Bei really had worked her way into his heart.”

            I don’t think this sentence would have been used if he really didn’t care about her.

            As a child,him being the “worst” seems to be more about how he was a bully, and the “further desires” I thought referred to how he was after her. So she took him falling for her in a bad way… well, that’s what I thought.

            I don’t think “worst” meant molestation and it said there was “conflict between them” so I’d assume it wasn’t all one sided on his end.

            That said, I don’t mind him being dead… more ladies for Meng Hao 😛

            But seriously, I hope he gets the treasure and levels up well so he could destroy the Wang clan.

          3. It’s just so cold hearted!
            There goes my piece of warmth in the land of snow that is the cultivation world!
            Someone did write she will kill Xie Jie but I just didn’t want to believe it, since we’ve seen engaged couples and families and clans, etc, I assume there will be a normal human life, even if limited within the clans or sects.
            Han Bei is a poisonous b!tch, there’s no mistake and her words are suspect. Meng Hao could avoid Xie Jie cs’ fate only because he managed to implant fear into her.
            As for the outcome of this, I could only see her death and Meng as the only survivor to get all the treasures. I just wish her death to be painful and slow, I hate it when someone is betrayed by the one he loved, I don’t even want such fate befall my enemy.

          4. Well the fact that she had worked her way into his heart doesn’t say much imo. I mean if she was constantly bullied then it’s highly likely that she acted totally subservient to Xie Jie in order to avoid more punishment. Xie Jie liked having a beauty obey his every command, so she got in his heart. Or to be more precise this persona of hers did.

            Han Bei’s character wasn’t truly an obedient one. But if she acted like she truly felt like then there’s a good chance that she would still be bullied (or worse) by him. So deciding to kill him so she can be her true self and to pay him back for the misery of being bullied, controlled, ordered around and having to act like a person she was not shouldn’t be all that surprising, nor could it be considered the loss of a good thing.

          5. As Adahn pointed out, Xie Jie liked having a beauty obey his every command, so she got in his heart. Or to be more precise this persona of hers did.

            I don’t think Xie Jie’s ‘warm gaze’ was out of love, but he knew that Han Bei would acquire a good bloodline treasure that enabled her to become far more powerful in future.

            At the same time, he had her under his thumb – she was apparently now a subservient girl who would do anything for him, and in the worst case he still retained her ‘shadow’ thingy in the flask to destroy her if she went out of hand.

            Read the part where he dies:

            His eyes filled with intense terror, and he shot backward.

            He didn’t let out a blood-curling scream, only a furious roar that lingered on after his death.

            The moment the finger turned towards him, Jie knew that his obedient toy was rebelling – he wasn’t puzzled that his true love might have lost control, rather felt terror that she had the power to harm him in this place. At the very end, Xie Jie doesn’t wail out in anguish at being betrayed, he’s furious that he could be backstabbed by someone who was his puppet.

  1. well, i wasn’t really surprised when she killed him because the title indicates so but really, that was no tender killing. i wonder if that small person is the patriarch (probably)

    thanks :]

    1. Going to be interesting in future, when Li Patriarch manages to get a body and Han Patriarch does so as well – suddenly there will be more old fogies competing with others like the Wang Patriarch for a piece of Meng 😀

  2. I rarely criticize Er Gen, but he definitely made it obvious that Han Bei would betray her “dear” pretty soon.

    Ah well, Meng Hao lived and Sexy lived, just as planned.
    Let’s not count the meat jelly.

    1. Well, I’ve been assuming that “there can be only one” for the entire arc tbh. I’ve doubted Han Bei wanted to share with anyone but now she may be scared of Meng Hao enough to not try to betray him.

      Not sure how that will turn out for her seeing as she had possession of the Cosmetic Pill belonging to Meng Hao’s girlfriend though.

      Just had a thought – Is the Ultimate Vexation a culmination of every dead villain in all of Xianxia that has every been smashed into meat paste? Because that’s a lot of bad guys.

      1. From chapter 146:
        He stood and faced the departing jellyfish. Clasping his hands together, he gave a deep, respectful bow.

        Then, his ancient voice slowly filled the air. “That was the third generation Ancestor of the Black Sieve Sect. His Cultivation base was at the peak of the Dao Seeking stage. As he was attempting to reach Immortal Ascension, a Patriarch of the Wang Clan mounted a sneak attack against him. He was not able to achieve Immortality, and fell to this path.

        Oh, and the name of that chapter? This is Ultimate Vexation!

        So I’m guessing that ultimate vexation is either part of that ancestor or another guy that perished just before reaching Immortal Ascension, given how they tend to end up with jelly based forms.

        Having all those who successfully ascended as Immortals asking them all the time “You jelly bro?” probably adds to the vexation.

  3. I just cant wait until Meng finally learns how to steal other peoples cultivation’s!!! its will be like ty for all your hard work making all those core pillars for me lol!!!

  4. I knew it. I’m not surprise she killed Xie. Like I had say before smart scheming women + a pretty face are scary….Han Bei is the proof. To be honest I quite admired how she uses her brain to uses those with their own selfishness desire against them to complete her goal and that she is smart enough to know that she should not provoke Meng Hao. Well, let see how this will end. Thnx for the chapter.

    1. Yep, i didn’t even see this chapter’s title before i saw that coming, between all the scheming she was doing and people who died plus the dreadful ‘dear’, honestly it seems that anytime a woman uses ‘dear’ in a work of fiction a lot she’s either bat shit crazy or hates your guts, even in the old time pictures it was like that.

    2. Oh boy! oh boy! she really killed future husband! Sexy! what a black widow! So smart! I do not like her even a bit! for i am a stupid man hehehe

  5. Hmm… everything’s going too smoothly, imo. It’s suspicious.

    I get the feeling that the Black Sieve sect will complete and activate the Tower very soon, and it’ll cause all sorts of havoc to break out right when Han Bei/Meng Hao acquire the scrolls and are preparing to run off.

    We have to remember that the Blessed Land is supposed to be really dangerous, and Xu Qing said something about it having to do with an ancient violent Spirit. I’m sure we’ll see it soon.

    There’s also the mysterious cultivator from chapter 145, the one with prickly death qi who only Meng Hao seemed to notice. He’ll probably cause problems as well.

      1. My bad, was talking about this guy:

        “There was another person who caught Meng Hao’s attention; this person appeared to be at the early Foundation Establishment stage, and milled about innocuously in the midst of the crowd. Meng Hao’s eyes passed over him at first; it was a hard to describe Qi that caught his attention. It was like the stench which might roll off of a rotting corpse.

        No one else seemed to notice, but after a while, Meng Hao thought about the information from the Demon Sealing Jade. He also thought back to the prickly Qi he had sensed in the Black Sieve Sect.”

  6. Well, Meng Hao needs an opponent that can be considered as his peer anyway; and Han Bei has everything that it needs. She’s clever, strong, and ruthless. If Ergen can develop her character further, she can become a perfect main Villain for Meng Hao. Unlike the supposedly perfect Young Master Wang. Because Han Bei still has a huge potential to be the strongest character in the story, while the Young Master Wang was basically a sorry victim of Meng Hao.

    1. Eh, I really don’t think she has the qualifications to be one of the main villains. At some point (I assume) Meng Hao’s going to pursue the Demon Sealing Sect’s wish to seal the Heavens, so he’ll probably be fighting Immortals and other Heavenly beings eventually.

      I think she and Chu Yuyan are being set up as femme fatales who occasionally show up in future story arcs – sometimes as an enemy, sometimes as an ally.

      1. Well yes. She’s weaker than Meng Hao. But she’s also has the brain to improve herself in the future. Who know she will be chosen by the heaven and takes massive upgrade. I think it will be more interesting that it is not only Meng Hao who got “from nothing to hero”, but also the main villain.

        Even if Meng Hao pursue to seal the heaven and meet the gods, but those people are only a stepping stone form him to move forward the plot and get massive upgrade, just like the young master Wang, and the other Meng Hao’s previous victim. But if we have a “from nothing to super villain” plot too, it will become more interesting.

    2. Really? The enemies are usually supposed to be old people that are shocked that a young person is able to crush them…..

      Strong, clever, and ruthless… she’s make a better lover…

      1. Well, so true. But those old people just “Enemy of the chapter or arc” for Meng Hao. He doesn’t has any rival who can reach his current level from nothing that can be considered as his peer.

        Han Bei has qualification for that. First, she is weaker than Meng Hao right now, and she knows that perfectly. But she is very clever and also very ambitious. she can betray anyone anytime. And the most important thing is, Han Bei is not arrogant, unlike Meng Hao’s previous victims. She knows what she’s doing. Maybe she’ll become Meng Hao lover for some time, but I suspect that she’ll betray him sooner or later.

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

  8. I’d like to ask is this novel of the same world as the novel by the same author (Xian Ni) because the cultivation system is the same 1.Qi condensation 2.Foundation establishment 3.Core formation(jiedan) etc… beside the MC in Xian Ni is named Wang Lin perhaps he is the founder of the Wang Clan because the ancestor of the Wang clan in this novel who reached the Doa Seeking stage mentioned that the founder stole someone else’s cultivation and Wang Lin does that in Xian Ni??? what’s more (Ji) is mentioned in both novels.

  9. Ijust thought about it. How everyone is commenting on how she killed Xie Jie and how whether or not she was a slave or not. I say doth it matter? THIS IS WUXIA! Everyone dies if they are not MC or MC harem member. Let it be known that any who have even the slightest contempt for the MC all meet their ends. So it is written so it shall be.

    1. Even its a WuXia world its still base on real world back to the ancient time, That means it still has rules!!! or at least some bottom line. Like people used to say, NO rule no game!

      There was a news says in a Asia place a Husband spread his legs for another woman, His waifu later got the news, beat down and castrated him, We do not fear and blame the waifu, she has her bottom line that harms only those who harmed her first. But This woman in the novel is total bitch, She kills anyone that can no longer bring her benefit. It is impossible for anyone to have a steady cooperation with her.

  10. Thanks for the chapter!

    Suggested edit: “Fellow Daoist Han, it was a clever move to exterminate your dear Xie,” he said cooly. – ‘cooly’ to ‘coolly’?

  11. D: Reading is so much work. I wish I had a slave to read for me. T-T One wonderfull day, robots will be able to read stuff human like, what a time that will be. The stupid google thingy is no good at all.

    Being a slave for me would not be bad at all. Sure these days there would be reading almost 24 hours a day. But there would also be making of food and to play games with me. I would probably need 2 slaves, so I would not have to press all the buttons while playing.

    No this chapter is too much work. I will have to take a nap before I keep digging into the story.

    1. Do NOT allow slave girls to make your food,who knows what will be added in!! (said by an Ancient Rome rich) As for reading that is a different story, They said In China or somewhere, people are using a lot of websites or softwares where people who has nice voice read for lazy people. like this site :

      See? your wish has already come true!

  12. Ok, here it is clearly stated that Han Bei has no further scheming. Translated from Er Gen speak that means: She definitely has another scheme and it will fail and backfire so she either dies or loses a body part since that is a trend for strong enemies of Meng Hao

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