ISSTH – Book 2 – Chapter 190

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Chapter 190: Respected Senior

“No,” said Song Jia quickly, her face reddening a bit. She was innately beautiful, and had a tender personality.

The woman next to her laughed, looking at her lovingly. She didn’t say anything.

Her voice light, Song Jia continued, “I just think he’s interesting. He offended so many people, and yet so many people are willing to stand by his side. Also, he doesn’t really look like a Cultivator. He looks more like a scholar.”

The middle-aged woman laughed again, and her expression grew even more gentle. She lifted her right hand, and a flaming jade slip appeared. It burned into nothing, and suddenly, a slight tremble ran through all of the mountains in the Song Clan. The tremble was so minor that anyone under the Nascent Soul stage wouldn’t notice it. Up in the dark sky, the moon shimmered.

Within the moon, countless magical symbols appeared that seemed to be deducing matters pertaining to both the past and the future. After a long moment, they faded away. It was then that in front of the middle-aged woman, time seemed to move in reverse. The jade slip seemed to un-burn as it reappeared in front of her.

Song Jia watched this happen, not with surprise, but with anticipation.

“Alright,” said the woman, pressing her finger onto the jade slip. “Let me take a look at the past of this person you find so interesting.”

As soon as she pushed down on the jade slip, it projected a screen into the air. On it could be seen a small county, and a boy sitting next to a window. He was reading a scroll by lamplight.

As he read, he slowly shook his head and fanned himself with a feather fan. It was obviously summer.

The boy was none other than Meng Hao.

The screen flickered, and Meng Hao was now wearing a neat, clean scholar’s robe. He walked out of his house and stood up against a nearby wall, looking a bit shifty-eyed. Soon, a sedan emerged from the courtyard opposite him. He craned his neck to look at it, an excited expression on his face. 1

The screen shimmered, and now Meng Hao stood on top of Mount Daqing. He sighed and tossed a gourd bottle down into the river. 2

Next, he was in the Reliance Sect, holding aloft a medicinal pill, face filled with anxiety as he gave the pill away. 3

When Song Jia saw this, she laughed out loud. The middle-aged woman smiled and shook her head.

The next image was of Meng Hao’s shop on the plateau, and his shy, bashful smile as he sold medicinal pills at exorbitant rates 4 There were many images from that time, but they suddenly flashed by quickly, making it difficult to make everything out quickly. The middle-aged woman frowned, seemingly lost in thought.

The next image that Song Jia saw was that of Eccentric Song on the mountaintop and Meng Hao running along with the iron spear. She saw Meng Hao in the city of Cultivators and the deal he made with Lu and Song for the spear. After that were all the bloody events that resulted.

Song Jia couldn’t stop laughing. “This Meng Hao is awful… he’s nothing like a scholar!” She continued to watch, her laughter causing her eyes to look like two crescent moons.

The images again became somewhat blurry. By this time, he was in the Southern Domain. However, in this instant, the jade slip suddenly begun to crumble into pieces. In the blink of an eye, it was covered with cracks. A woman’s cold snort could be heard from very far off in the distance. It filled, not only the room, but the entire Song Clan.

The middle-aged woman’s face filled with shock, and she coughed up a mouthful of blood. She grabbed the astonished Song Jia and staggered backward several paces, a look of disbelief covering her face.

All of the mountains within the Song Clan began to tremble. As they did, the moon in the sky above the Song Clan suddenly exploded with a blinding light. It was a flash that instantly began to tremble and darken, as if it were being forcefully suppressed by someone.

At this same moment, the seemingly endless mountains of the Song Clan continued to tremble and then… one by one, the mountains suddenly sank down an entire inch, as if they were being pushed down by some incredible force.

That inch seemed to be a warning, some demonstration of power by… someone. This person seemed to be saying that if they wished, they could wipe out the entire Song Clan mountain range.

At the same time, all of the Nascent Soul Cultivators began to tremble and spit up blood. Deep within the Song Clan mountains, near the location of their Dao Reserves, a roaring sound rose up. It didn’t disseminate outward, and only certain people could sense it.

In the deepest, most remote location within the Song Clan mountains, was a stone pillar. Atop the pillar was a corpse, or rather, half of a corpse. The bottom half was nowhere to be seen. The corpse’s eyes suddenly snapped opened, whereupon the aura of the peak Dao Seeking stage exploded out. The corpse trembled, as if it couldn’t stand up to the immense power which was bearing down upon the Song Clan.

“Respected Senior, calm your anger. The Song Clan of the Southern Domain is at fault….”

“If you know you are at fault, then correct it,” came the transmitted voice of a woman. She was clearly irritated. “Your Song Clan has the tradition of marrying daughters? I suggest she be a maidservant.”

The corpse hesitated. “Respected senior….”

“What was that? You know, the Song Clan of the Eastern Lands desire this honor but are unable to achieve it. Do you truly dare to refuse me?” As the woman’s voice transmitted out, the entire Song Clan mountains suddenly shook, and sank down three more inches.

Without hesitation, the corpse said, “Respected senior, we shall do as you bid!”

The woman’s voice faded away. At the same moment, back in the capital city, Song Jia’s face was pale white. Next to her, her mother panted, and blood oozed out from her mouth.

“Jia’er, this person cannot be provoked. This person is….” Before she could finish speaking, her body began to shake. It seemed as if Divine Sense were transmitting into her mind. She didn’t continue speaking, and eventually, looked at pale-faced Song Jia, a complex expression on her face.

Everything that had just happened in the Song Clan did not go unnoticed by Meng Hao and everyone else. The ground shaking caused everyone’s faces to flicker, especially the Nascent Soul eccentrics.

Eccentric Song’s body trembled, and he coughed up a mouthful of blood. His body continued to tremble, and he coughed up a second mouthful of blood, then a third. In the end, he coughed up a total of seven mouthfuls of blood. He staggered, his face pale and filled with astonishment.

He was the only one in the entire Song Clan who coughed up seven mouthfuls of blood.

It was at this moment that the illusory image of a woman appeared in the square, although no one could see it. She stood there, invisible to everyone except for the Song Clan’s most powerful Dao Reserve, the peak Dao Seeking corpse. Only he could sense her rippling aura as she arrived at the Song Clan square.

From the moment she appeared, her eyes were riveted on Meng Hao. They were filled with kindness, tender affection, and love.

After a long moment passed, the situation in the square returned to normal. Everyone was shocked, causing a deathly silence to fill the air. The Nascent Soul Cultivators looked around pale faced.

Eccentric Song’s face was deathly white; he was scared nearly witless. He wasn’t sure what had just happened, nor did he know that the entirety of the Song Clan had been shaken just now.

Panting, he wiped the blood from his mouth. Suddenly, his body shook as a voice filled his mind. The voice filled him with veneration; it was none other than the Spirit Severing stage Patriarch of the Song Clan.

It was clearly a transmission of Divine Will from the Spirit Severing Patriarch, who was passing along the orders of the Dao Reserve corpse. All of the Nascent Soul Cultivators of the Song Clan received the same message.

“Meng Hao is not to be provoked!”

Amidst the silence that covered the square, Wang Tengfei’s voice sounded out. “Meng Hao, you don’t have the qualifications to refuse a battle with me today!” He leaped up and began to stride toward Meng Hao, his Cultivation base erupting with power. Power exceeding the early Foundation Establishment stage soared higher and higher. It turned out Wang Tengfei’s Dao Pillars hummed with the energy of the mid Foundation Establishment stage.

Meng Hao’s eyes flickered as he watched Wang Tengfei approach. Wang Tengfei’s right hand lifted up; black tendrils rose up and circulated around his finger. His eyes were calm.

“In the Reliance Sect of the State of Zhao, you stole my belongings and wrested away my position in the Inner Sect. In the Southern Domain, you insulted me. Do you really think you qualify to be the archenemy of Wang Tengfei?” His hair whipped madly around his head and a mysterious black glow began to emanate from his poison finger. You don’t deserve to be Wang Tengfei’s archenemy. You were an insect back then, and you’re still an insect today! Today, you shall be a blood sacrifice to my poison finger!” Wang Tengfei’s words echoed throughout the square.

“Are you finished?” said Meng Hao coolly. He strode forward, lifting his right hand and striking it out. The power of his four perfect Dao Pillars congealed into the palm. Not a strand leaked out. A roaring filled the air as he struck toward Wang Tengfei.

As the boom filled the square, the surrounding Cultivators watched, completely focused on what was happening. Only Han Bei and Li Shiqi, as well as Chen Fan, looked with strange expressions toward the blustering Wang Tengfei.

Fatty looked extremely nervous. The large man from the Golden Frost Sect was holding him back, otherwise he would have joined Meng Hao to fight.

Amidst the roaring boom, Wang Tengfei tumbled backward, blood spraying from his mouth. The palm blow just now had actually not been a level strike, but a slap. The sound of the slap rang out as some of Wang Tengfei’s teeth shattered. He flopped backward, an expression of shock on his face.


Meng Hao strode forward after him, striking with his hand again. A boom sounded out, and more blood sprayed from Wang Tengfei’s mouth. This time, the slap struck the other side of his face.

“Impossible!” Wang Tengfei’s face was pale, and his eyes filled, not with confusion, but frenzied rage. He was no longer shocked or frightened. His humiliation washed away everything. He stared murderously at Meng Hao and then howled.

At the same time, Wang Xifan began to move forward, as did the frowning old Nascent Soul Cultivator from the Wang Clan.

But then, Eccentric Song’s eyes flickered. A look of discomfort and even disbelief covered his face as he reached out to prevent both of them from doing anything.

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  1. In case you forgot about the sedan scenario, it was eluded to in Chapter 45: A Look Back at the Mortal World after Three Years
  2. The scene from Mount Daqing was obviously in Chapter 1: Scholar Meng Hao
  3. The scene of giving away the medicinal pill was from Chapter 5: This Kid isn’t Bad
  4. Meng Hao’s business schemes were in Chapter 11: Pill Cultivation Workshop Outlet as well as subsequent chapters


70 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 2 – Chapter 190” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

      1. Doesn’t work. Why do you think they tried to avoid the meat jelly when they first encountered it? Because even if it eats the lighting bolt it still cooks the person it’s on top of. The meat jelly is immune to it, but the person he’s on isn’t.

        1. Then the meat jelly just has to separate from Meng Hao ? Like Meng Hao stays on the ground, while meat jelly flies up to the sky and intercepts/eats the lightning in the skies above ?

          1. pretty much. Doesn’t have to be complicated. Could always go underground too. NO one thinks of that? Haha.

          2. I was wondering about “being underground” as well.
            But something tells me the concept of “lightning has to fall from a certain height within the sky” is a bit…Flimsy.
            We’re talking about the Heavens here. Surely they’re not limited to toss lightning solely from below the atmosphere.

      1. She should still be on Patriarch Reliance’s back floating out in the Milky Way Sea somewhere. I don’t know for sure, but I doubt she’s capable of moving far from her real body (the sea). She also didn’t strike me as being all that powerful. But I could be wrong! 🙂

        1. From Chapter 95:
          Some time passed, and eventually the skies grew calm once again. Meng Hao stood there looking down at the deep, gaping hole. Then he looked off silently in the direction in which Patriarch Reliance had disappeared.

          Time passed, and rain began to fall. It fell with urgency, slowly flowing down into the massive pit left by the State of Zhao. Many years later, this area would turn into a sea.

          No, she probably left from Reliance’s back. Additionally, tri guiding is longing to be a sea. Meng Hao asked her a question initially, why is she named a sea when she’s just a lake? Then yada yada his spiritual sea became bigger due to this question which is irrelevant on the whole story.

          This is what bothers me with Xianxia. For every power up they gained, it becomes irrelevant on the next level yet they could kill someone on the same level like fly. Even the 13th qi became irrelevant unless for reading the ancient jade slip. His perfect pillar can’t even kill a Dao child at the fake core stage when he was at an early peak foundation stage.

      1. From the moment she appeared, her eyes were riveted on Meng Hao. They were filled with kindness, tender affection, and love.
        Just from that, how can one not come to that conclusion??? If it is not Meng Hao’s mother then i really wonder who it is…

  1. Thanks for the chapter. Also, this plot is the best. That’s all I can say to this. I’m extremely interested in everything happening here. That’s for sure. Though I have a sinking feeling that in order for the story to become challenging again… something is going to happen to his presumed supporters or parents… at some point in the not too far future.

    1. I wouldn’t say so… it seems this Immortal (I think it’s pretty obvious that if she can shake so many Nascent Soul and frighten a peak Dao Seeking stage Cultivator to the point of agreeing to a completely one-sided deal such as taking Song Jia away as a servant… Unless she’s as outstanding as Meng Hao) has helped him out only now that it was going up against a Nascent Soul Cultivator… she seems also to wanna keep herself hidden, so she wouldn’t really help unless he’s in extremely dire straits

  2. Can anybody explain. Im totally lost. From what I understand, when she looked at the girls as future in-law candidate, that means most probably she is Meng Hao’s mother.
    But what happened actually, who get the warning to ‘not provoke Meng Hao’?
    If the entire mountain shake, why Wang Tian doesn’t seem to know the warning, and there doesn’t seem any commotion among the visitors. (Except the common commotion caused by Meng Hao)

    1. The person who looked into meng hao’s past, was song jia’s mother.
      The person who shook the song clan was presumably, menghao’s mother.
      The person who got the warning, was the halfcorpse of the song clan. He then passed on the message to all the nascent soul eccentrics of the song clan.

    1. Tis I’m going to tell you, but Meng Hao actually was nerfed so bad, since he was a kid, he was nerfed!!! And there’s only one reason why a character is nerfed!!

  3. Is it his Mommy?!
    Meng Hao’s Mommy?!

    I don’t know, but right now I don’t really care because I want to see Meng Hao bitch-slap Wang Tengfei some more!

  4. meng’s mom like everyone is speculating most likley. Hmm, meng’s background is getting more and more mysterious. Maybe his mom sealed a part of her power inside meng so she can protect him at some time or maybe she is in seclusion somewhere or an immortal(could explain why his parents vanished).

    thanks :]

    1. My bet is on an ancestor of whichever powerful family Meng Hao is secretly descended from. (Rather than his mom or aunt like some other posters are guessing)

  5. Not sure how to feel about Meng Hao having an Immortal looking after him. 😐 It was clear his parents and lineage weren’t ordinary, but that’s a bit too much, IMO. There won’t be as much tension in future life-or-death fights because the author can just rely on the Immortal interfering at the last second.

    Slapping around Wang Tengfei salvaged the chapter for me, though. 😛

  6. 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!

  7. Ah weng tengfei. Always getting in the way. Oh and Hi mom. If only Meng Hao was stronger he might have seen his mother. Considering the looks she gave him. I’m guessing the reason the time thing couldn’t see certain events like the death qi or the demon sealing arts he gained or the giant turtle event or the blood immortal legacy or the roc, or any of this perfect dao pillar things is likely blocked by the immortal who might just be meng hao’s mom.

  8. meng haos protector is powerful enuff 2 shake the mountains n also make sure th clan knows hes not 2 b provoked :)suspect shes nascent perfect form or an ascendent immortal or similar

  9. Is it his mom ? Cause that would be lame… I mean, the fact that Meng Hao comes from the mortal world is what makes it interesting…
    And enough with those royal bloodline shit that the MC doesn’t know off, we see that everywhere.

    Hm, the author rarely disappoints me on those kind of things. If it’s his mom, at least it will be handdled properly, but well…

  10. The woman seemed to be the mother of Meng Hao, and she was somewhat involved of Demon Lord of the Blood Demon sect in helping Meng Hao. The Demon Lord said in Chapter 174″ [So, it was not in vain that I helped you those three times,” the indistinct figure said, its voice husky. “This kid has certainly grown up…. It seems Yu’er is there too. Perhaps this is the tribulation that violet-robed Cultivator spoke of the day she was born?].. maybe the violet-robed girl was Meng Hao’s Mother, I’m not quite sure though, let’s just continue so we can have all the explanations that we are looking for.

  11. i am in favor of heavens i mean heaven is against those guys who want to suck on his power and keep it themselves.. who would want some dude take you orange juice and then claim its his orange juice because its on his hand? rather give him a orange juice is a cracked cup wich will be placed on top of my bowl that way there will always be orange juice to everyone. that ofc if i have a lot of trees giving me oranges every year which can be restored but then someday some guy will come with orange juice in large amounts he got from me and start a new business with my juice and ill lose my ability to circulate my juice like i did before.

  12. Hmmm…. is that really his own mother? I kinda feel like she shouldn’t be that powerful, if she was, why was meng haos latent talent so horrible? Why was he abandoned? Why doesn’t she actually show up in the story at all? why would she leave her son in a poor county with no one to help him at all?

    Anyway, when the vision broke off was exactly around the time he was poisoned with the 3 color resurrection lily and he went to the patriarch(it doesn’t count as bloodshed caused from the spear, it was because of the script that time)… Also, from earlier chapters it was mentioned that the poison lily was a method to become an immortal through repeated feedings on cultivators, doesn’t that mean it would be sentient and technically carry the will of the first user? or maybe the flower itself is the will that is supposed to become an immortal? That’s the only thing I can think of in case it’s not meng haos mother, and I refuse to believe it’s his mother, it just doesn’t sit right with me… Then, perhaps, was that the dawn immortal that was mentioned? seeing as patriarch revelation had some strong connection with that immortal, it would make sense if she gave him that rare pill for some reason.

    1. Holy cow!!! that must be MC’s ma. absolutely! There are many reasons for parents leaving kid behind. For example, they are facing untouchable enemies, have to leave so enemies could not notice the kid. As for the kid’s talent, might be sealed. If want the kid to live, he must not be noticed. parents will later come to find their kids once the situation is safe. The parent should be in deep trouble, MC will have to wipe the butts for his parent.

  13. I… dont want Meng Hao’s parents getting too involved in things later on, it’s kind of disappointing. I feel like it’s even detrimental if Meng Hao will have some people to rely on, especially his parents, it will just weaken his will and create more weak spots in him.

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