ISSTH – Book 2 – Chapter 191

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Chapter 191: Defeat after Defeat!

The Wang Clan Nascent Soul Cultivator turned his head and stared at Eccentric Song. Meng Hao continued to stride toward the retreating Wang Tengfei. He lifted his hand and grabbed Wang Tengfei’s index finger.

“So, this is the finger I decimated that time,” he said coolly. Wang Tengfei’s eyes flashed with hatred, as well as pleasant surprise.

He had developed this poison finger at great cost. He could have re-grown a normal finger, but had instead mastered perseverance and endured the pain necessary to grow a poison finger.

In his estimation, it was a metamorphosis. He had reached this conclusion in a flash of enlightenment; he would take his defeat and transform it into brilliant glory.

The pain had caused him no small amount of torment, but he had suffered through it and created a poison finger which was like a personal precious treasure.

Wang Tengfei knew that all people will endure setbacks in their lives. However, to transform a setback into a treasure can make life truly glorious.

Maybe he was right, but sometimes, fate can be cruel. Today… he ran into Meng Hao.

There were some things that Meng Hao didn’t do intentionally. Like it or not, though, the three-colored Resurrection Lily not only made him immune to all other poisons, it also made his body hyper-toxic.

When Wang Tengfei saw Meng Hao grab his poison finger, he began to laugh. The laugh contained both hatred and carefree cheer. He could just imagine how Meng Hao, in mere moments, would begin to wither up and then transform into a pool of blood.

However, even as his laughter began to ring out, it screeched to a sudden stop. A look of absolute disbelief appeared on his face. His finger disappeared within Meng Hao’s hand, and then after the space of a few breaths, a popping sound could be heard. A black mist appeared that seemed to be sentient, it trembled, as if it didn’t dare to near Meng Hao.

Meng Hao loosened his grip. Wang Tengfei’s entire body shook, and blood sprayed from his mouth. He staggered backward, gazing numbly at the space his index finger had once occupied. He suddenly thought back to the scene from seven or eight years ago, when he had been defeated. He had always thought that he was Chosen, and his opponent was a mere insect. His defeat before had been an accident, and now he had reached Foundation Establishment. His opponent was far beneath him.

But today….

“You’re right, you and I aren’t archenemies,” said Meng Hao indifferently. He had a bit of that same old bashfulness in his expression as he looked at pale-faced Wang Tengfei. “That term is too meaningful. It doesn’t suit our relationship.” He made no attempt to kill Wang Tengfei. It’s not that killing him wasn’t worth it, but rather, to kill him in this situation would cause too many complications.

The most important point in the whole thing was that Meng Hao always seemed to end up with the things that belonged to Wang Tengfei. It left him with a strange feeling that suddenly made him even less willing to kill him.

Everything surrounding them was quiet. The invisible woman was gazing tenderly toward Meng Hao. A smile appeared on her face, and when she saw Meng Hao dissolve the poison finger, it transformed into a look of love.

Seeing Meng Hao’s shy smile, the woman laughed and shook her head. The loving look grew even stronger.

“This kid has always been a player….” the woman said quietly. “He just can’t help but make girls like him.” She glanced at Han Bei and then Li Shiqi, as if she were sizing them up as potential daughters-in-law.

“The Han Clan bloodline… not up to standard. She won’t do. As for this other one… she seems interesting. She’s powerful enough, at least.”

Smiling shyly, Meng Hao returned to his place beside Chen Fan. Fatty ran over, giving Meng Hao a wink.

His face pale, Wang Tengfei wordlessly returned to his spot next to Wang Xifan. He laughed bitterly, seemingly having lost any will to fight. Wang Xifan said nothing. He looked over at Meng Hao, his eyes radiating killing intent.

Meng Hao looked up, his eyes locking onto Wang Xifan. When their gazes met, Meng Hao thought back to that year when he sat on top of the East Mountain in the Reliance Sect. Today, however, he was not someone who Wang Xifan could kill with a single glance.

“I wonder if I’ll be able to fight against the Core Formation stage after I form my ninth Perfect Dao Pillar!?” He had been wondering this for some while. After seeing the incredible power of his Perfect Dao Pillars, it caused him to feel even more anticipation for the Perfect Core. In addition, he truly wanted to know if he could battle against the Core Formation stage while he was still in Foundation Establishment!

He wasn’t sure. But as of this day, Wang Xifan was someone who Meng Hao decided must be killed.

Seeing the coldness in Meng Hao’s eyes, Wang Xifan’s killing intent grew more intense. He had the feeling that if he didn’t kill Meng Hao soon, he might lose his chance to do so.

“This Meng Hao is progressing too rapidly….” Wang Xifan had to admit he had overlooked Meng Hao.

It was at this time that the sound of bells rang out, filling the capital city. Suddenly, multicolored beams of light filled the sky. The entire Song Clan passed from night into morning.

In the outside world, it was now night. As the change occurred, the spiritual energy within the Song Clan suddenly grew thicker. However, other than the members of the Song Clan, no one was able to absorb it through breathing exercises. Except for… Meng Hao. His eyes glittered. He actually didn’t need to do anything to absorb the spiritual energy; it naturally drifted into his body strand by strand, slowly replenishing his four Perfect Dao Pillars. In addition to restoring his nearly empty four Dao Pillars, it was causing the outline of his fifth Dao Pillar to appear.

Of course, it wouldn’t be possible to completely solidify the fifth Dao Pillar. That couldn’t happen in a short amount of time. Perhaps if he stayed in the Song Clan for a long period of time, it would.

The bells rang out, and the moon and sun alternated their positions. As day and night mixed together, a colorful glow appeared in the air. Suddenly, three figures emerged from the glowing light.

As this happened, numerous members of the Song Clan looked up at the multicolored glow with looks of veneration. This in turn caused the Cultivators from the other Sects and Clans to look up as well.

The three figures gradually grew distinct. They seemed to be solidifying out of nothing. One was an old man who wore white robes. His smiling face did not reveal the slightest bit of panic because of the events which had just occurred in the Song Clan.

Next to the old man were two middle-aged men. They were handsome, and had profound Cultivation bases.

The old man said, “I am so grateful that all of you could join the Song Clan in our search for a son-in-law! Please, let’s begin!” He laughed heartily, and then waved his right hand. The entire square trembled, and countless banquet tables appeared out of thin air. Simultaneously, time seemed to swirl about them, and suddenly they were no longer in the square or even the Song Clan, but floating somewhere up in the sky.

They were surrounded by clouds, and everything looked celestial in nature. Maidservants appeared, their features indistinct, but their figures graceful. They danced and flew about as they reverently placed alcohol and Spirit Fruits onto the tables.

The sound of wind, flowing waters, and birdcalls filled the air. It all seemed extremely graceful and elegant. Neither Meng Hao nor any of the other Foundation Establishment Cultivators had ever seen anything like this before. Some people looked around, others stared at the maidservants.

The Nascent Soul Cultivators who led the various Sects and Clans broke out in smiles and words of admiration. “Elder Song Tian’s Cultivation base is profound 1. This cosmic time shifting truly is of the highest degree of perfection.”

The old man was none other than Patriarch Song Tian of the Song Clan. According to the rumors, he had long since reached the Spirit Severing stage. However, it was really impossible for anyone to tell for sure, or even ascertain any clues.

Song Tian laughed and then sat down cross-legged, followed by the two middle-aged men who accompanied him.

The Wang Clan Nascent Soul Cultivator flicked his sleeve. Grim faced, he sat down next to Song Tian, glaring at Eccentric Song. Obviously, he was still brooding at the fact that he had been obstructed by Eccentric Song earlier.

Meng Hao sat at one of the banquet tables next to Fatty. Now that Meng Hao was here, Fatty refused to sit with the Golden Frost Sect, instead demanding to sit next to Meng Hao. He chatted energetically about his experiences in the Golden Frost Sect. He seemed exactly the same as he had been back in the Reliance Sect. Occasionally he would pull out a Spirit Stone and crunch it to pieces between his teeth.

Suddenly, Fatty pulled out what was clearly an extraordinary flying sword. It glittered brightly as he began to use it to grind his teeth.

“One of my friends in the Sect gave me this sword to protect myself,” he said. “But when I grind my teeth with it, it doesn’t feel very good. If you want it, it’s yours.” He handed the sword toward Meng Hao.

It just so happened to be covered with Fatty’s saliva….

Meng Hao hesitated. Next to Fatty, Zhou Daya’s eyes went wide. “Little Patriarch,” he said, “that sword is a magical Legacy weapon of the Nineteenth Bloodline….”

“So annoying! A magical weapon is a magical weapon. Ah, never mind. I guess I can’t give this one to you. But I have some other things.” He pulled out another large magical weapon, whose bright glow instantly attracted quite a bit of attention.

“Do you like this one?” said Fatty, looking pleased. His expression caused Meng Hao to smile.

Chen Fan sighed, looking enviously at Fatty. He knew how important Fatty was to the Golden Frost Sect. He could only shake his head.

Han Bei drifted over in her men’s clothing. She smiled lightly at Fatty.

“Fellow Daoist Li, would you mind scooting aside? I’d really like to sit here.”

Fatty stared at Han Bei and then looked at Meng Hao. Lowering his voice, he said, “Meng Hao, this chick has pretty good skin. Between her and Chu Yuyan, who do you think is better?”

Meng Hao lifted his glass to his lips and took a sip of alcohol, then cleared his throat.

Fatty laughed loudly, then moved over to make room for Han Bei. She sat down, clearly not offended at all by Fatty. She looked at Meng Hao, blinked, and then laughed.

She slid a bit closer to him, and then gently whispered into his ear, “Brother Meng, how exactly are you going to thank me for the matter regarding Xu Qing?”

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This chapter was sponsored by Hein Haugeberg

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  1. Song Tian’s name in Chinese is 宋天 sòng tiān – Song is a common family name. Tian means “heaven” or “day”

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66 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 2 – Chapter 191” - NO SPOILERS

        1. I’ve read some spoilers to sate my appetite and all I will say is the answers you seek may be stranger than fiction and beyond anything you could have guessed up to this point.

          1. I just hope ‘time travel’ isn’t involved… But now that I think better it was said that she was looking at the girls as if she viewed them as her daughters-in-law or something so with that being said it can’t be a future lover as I thought at first. I can only think it’s his mother or some relative.

          2. Tbh, I thought the answer “Oh, it’s his mother! And apparently she’s a very strong cultivator! Okay, derp!” — is a bit too simple. Even if she’s indeed his mother (which I am willing to bet she’s not, I am willing to be this parents are even beyond the level of this woman) — even if she is his mother, I doubt her history is simple.

            Without reading the spoilers, I can already tell this indeed will lead to some major clusterf*ck of a backstory.
            Maybe Meng Hao is even related to “That darn bird” somehow, which is why he was the only one who was capable of operating it to begin with. Kek.

      1. But that would be too obvious! Given that, and taking into account Meng Hao’s awesomeness, I am going to assume that she is a woman Meng Hao conquered at the age of 3 and considers herself to be his main waifu and who is wondering who else is worthy enough to join Meng Hao’s inevitable harem.

      2. It says “As if” plus she says “this kid has always been a player” unless he was a player before his parents disappeared at the age of who knows how young.

    1. my guess is that, meng hao reincarnated from a a being from heaven, and that woman is a heavenly being, but not his mother but an aunt or maternal figure, because she said “this kid has always been a player”, which means that she already knows him very well, something that couldn´t have past in this life; calls him “this kid” and act like his mother, so it´s not his mother but a maternal figure; and the power she posses and the anonymity may mean that she is a being plane over them.

  1. Okay after these two chapters. I take it back. This isn’t the best. This is simply wonderful (better than the best). I’m honestly extremely interesting in what the heck is going on (plot-wise), and things have now started to slowly escalate in a very interesting way. This is at least the second most original thing I have ever read. I’ll say that.

    Thanks so much for the revelation! 😀

    1. Yeah I thought that too. They said that some kind of lightning was seen when Meng Haos parents disappeared and I thought that somehow he had got some kind of power out of it, but maybe that was his mom (and maybe his dad) ascending aka becoming an immortal? Who knows, but at least Meng Hao has some kind of backing now 🙂

  2. “The most important point in the whole thing was that Meng Hao always seemed to end up with the things that belonged to Wang Tengfei. It left him with a strange feeling that suddenly made him even less willing to kill him.”
    LMAO! Wang Tengfei is Meng Hao’s unwilling sugar daddy.
    And Meng Hao is a player.
    But we all knew that already.

    EDIT: That… that picture. You’ve outdone yourself, Deathblade. *applause*

  3. Thanks for the chapter!

    Man, his mom is badass. That was his mom right? Well, whatever, I am just kind of down that people didn’t get to see more of how awesome Meng Hao is. I mean, sure, there would be a lot of problems if they did but…I don’t know.

    And man, poorly guy Wang, he just can’t keep from messing with Meng Hao. It’s kind of pitiful at this point. The sword, the bag, the stone, and now he finger(for a second time). Hopefully he learns from this. He seems resigned at least. Even if he doesn’t become an ally, he reeeeally should stop being an enemy. It clearly doesn’t work for him.

  4. well, so far it is quite obvious that the woman is meng’s mother. Though i don’t know if er gen really would make it so simple as this. Maybe there is a twist we will find out later
    btw that meme in the preview is beautiful XD

    thanks :]

    1. Someone suggested the lake, which was made into a sea when the reliance sect patriach “left”. Might consider that an option, however it sounded more like a mother. Thanks a bunch for the chapters, so interesting at the moment.

      1. nah no way it’s the lake. 1st of all, the lake appears as a small child 2) i highly doubt “the sea” is an immortal since this person has to be one; this female can terrify a peak dao-seeking stage cultivator

        1. She appeared as a small child because she was a lake. We don’t know how she transformed into when she turned into a sea. Additionally, Reliance was able to form out a mortal body even though he was sealed. It also gives a possibility that the tri guiding (the sea) can create a body similar to it only that her cultivation is not sealed because she’s not sealed. It’s possible for her to surpass the peak dao seeking stage because it’s a sea that has possibly lived for long as the state of Zhao.

          Let’s think it this way, maybe she thought of Meng Hao as a son because she gave rebirth to him while being chased by a disciple from the Violet Sect. Additionally, she’s one of his benefactors that turned her into a sea.

          I still don’t decline the possibilty of her being his biological mother though.

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

  6. “She glanced at Han Bei and then Li Shiqi, as if she were sizing them up as potential daughters-in-law”

    guessing some sort of relative as well most likely mother

    1. Well, if the “mother” is looking for someone powerful, Xu Qing is out, she is the weakest of all of the four girls that have been introduced. Chuyan, at least aroused Menghao not only that she can be a powerful support in alchemy and what other skills she is learning but her personality is in question although you can tell she is loyal, e.i her quest for the autumn tree even when she doesn’t really love Wang tenfei. Shiqi, made his heart trembled despite seeing her as a guy the first time. Hanbei is out because menghao doesn’t really trust her since she is scheming. So who do I want him to end up with? I am holding out for someone else. (I kinda like Chu yuyan because she is a tsun tsun. Xu qing? though she is beautiful, her personality is bland. Shiqi. . .Don’t really know her yet.)

      Another theory, a couple of chapters ago, the demon lord who had saved menghao a couple of times, mentioned a person call Yue’er and that she is close to where menghao is, I think the lady who is looking out for him is her. Maybe, the demon lord and this lady “Mother figure”, Yue’er are his guardians?

      1. Maybe not.

        Xu Qing’s weakness is largely just due to her poor treatment by her sect and a lack of cultivation materials, it doesn’t really let us know what her roots are like.

        All of the others from the Reliance Sect have received top treatment in their sects, so having them advance quickly is to be expected. Remember she was considered to be either the number one or number two disciple of the Reliance Sect.

        With Meng Hao’s backing and support she could exceed all of them, we don’t know anything about her background or powers yet.

      2. From your theory on your last paragraph, I doubt the demon lord is one of his guardians since he doesn’t really give a damn and was just gambling at Meng Hao from his dialogues. It’s possible that the Yue’er is that woman though but it could also be a nickname for Li Shiqi or the Dao child she came with when they confronted Meng hao.

        If Yue’er was that close to the Meng hao before, the meat jelly should have taken a reaction just like how the meat jelly reacted when the Demon Lord peeked Meng Hao’s battle near the Xiao clan.

        For me, it’s either his mother as stated by some posters or tri guiding or whatever that turned into a sea.

  7. So Meng Hao is indeed of ancient bloodline. This has already been hinted during Black Sieve event. With his possible “mother” spirit, and how she is respected by Song clan, greatly increased that possibility. If that the case, the whole groom searching event already a done deal, without doubt would be Meng Hao and his “mum” already scouting for a harem for her “son”. Funny how she considered Han Bei to be inferior while Li Shiqi to be adequate, too bad Xu Qing and Chu Yuyan isn’t here too be critique upon.

  8. I wonder his poison is good or bad thing. When his mother (or whatever) saw him dissipating Wang Tangfeis finger, she didnt suprised at all, instead looked him more lovingly. Maybe her, Meng Hao, and the 7 star eyed corpse he saw, when mortals offered sacrifices at the Tower of Tang, have some connections. She clearly knows what is going on with Meng Haos poison or that corpse i would say. In addition if she can easily destroy Song Clan from far away, given that she is above spirit severing stage, she could cure Meng Haos poison but didnt.

    1. Maybe she just doesn’t want to do so much, and let him work on his own in order to get strong in the same way that life and death situations are often viewed as necessary in cultivation… but yeah, I was also wondering why she didn’t do it.

        1. I coulnd’t contain myself and read some spoilers
          Oh my god, i expected many things… but that… that coulnd’t be expected at all
          man it’s just… the hell man

  9. urgh, you shouldn’t thank her at all. First of all, she is a somewhat evil little bitch that tried to kill meng hao and trick him multiple times, only when she realized she couldn’t did she stop. And others might have forgotten, but I haven’t. In that place where Xu qing was almost raped, she freaking stole xu qings bag of holding and sold the contents… remember the cosmetic pill? yeah… If anything she should apologize about the matter with xu qing. At most she should say that the debt is settled because she helped her out a lot after their last meeting, if she did so of course…

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