ISSTH – Book 2 – Chapter 197

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Chapter 197: Sublime Spirit Scripture!

At this moment, the Song Clan Patriarch and Eccentric Song both stared at Meng Hao. In fact, without exception, all of the Song Clan members in the cloud layer were looking at him.

The attention of the Nascent Soul Cultivators of the five Sects and three Clans were all fixed on him as well.

To garner such attention showed how famous Meng Hao now was in the Southern Domain.

Members of the Song Clan such as Song Yunshu, as well as Han Bei, Li Shiqi, Li Daoyi… everyone’s attention was focused solely on Meng Hao.

The Chosen from the various Sects and Clans, regardless of their frustration or helplessness, regardless of what thoughts were running through their heads, were looking up at Meng Hao. Wang Tengfei, Fatty, Wang Youcai, Qian Shuihen, Lu Song….

Atop the tree, at the pinnacle of this world, Meng Hao stood alone, the focus of all the heavens.

As soon as he stepped foot on the top of the tree, he felt the boundless spiritual energy in the area sucking toward him. It was definitely enough to complete his fifth Dao Pillar. Far below the top of the tree, the massive sea seemed smaller; now it looked like a mirror.

Beyond the edges of the mirror, was nothingness…. This world was not limitless. In fact, in the midst of the nothingness could be seen what appeared to be handwriting, floating there faintly.

The ancient will of the World Tree; respect its strength, remember its intentions. Painted in the spot where the World Tree destroyed itself.

It was signed with three characters. Shui Dongliu.

“Shui Dongliu… could it be that this entire world is… a painting?” Meng Hao’s eyes flickered as he stared at the words. Then he took a deep breath and allowed the spiritual energy to flow into him. The instant his fifth Dao Pillar reached ninety-percent completion, a person suddenly appeared up ahead of him!

It was an old man who had the demeanor of a transcendent being. He wore a long, gray robe, and it was impossible to tell exactly how old he was. He was clearly ancient, although was impossible to tell how many countless ages he had lived.

Meng Hao could sense no ripples emanating from the man’s Cultivation base. It seemed as if he were a mortal, not a Cultivator. And yet, considering how ancient he was, how could he possibly be mortal?

The old man looked at Meng Hao, his face calm and filled with unspeakable dignity. It seemed as if even the Heavens would flee from before him.

The old man spoke, his voice cool, “The Heavens are not the Heavens, the Earth is not the Earth. The stars are eternal, and the Dao will always be!” His words floated out gently, much the same as his hair floated gently around his body. “This place does not belong to the Heavens, nor to the Earth. This painting of the World Tree contains endlessly flowing memories. Drink of them, and the great Dao in front of you will lead you to the utmost heights. Select a path upon which to approach me.” Suddenly, nine snaking paths appeared among the twisted leaves of the tree’s crown. They all led toward the old man, who stood only a few hundred meters up ahead.

Each path led to the same destination: the old man.

The old man lifted his hand. There between his fingers was a thumb-sized pearl. “Select a path upon which to approach me, and then take the pearl. Choose wrong, and you must start over.”

The pearl was white, and seemed to contain an entire world within its depths. Looking at it, Meng Hao noticed that it was not round. For some reason, it seemed to be the shape of a cube. It was very bizarre.

Suddenly, Meng Hao could sense the three-colored Resurrection Lily inside of him being suppressed slightly.

“Nine paths. And I have to pick one….” he frowned. By this time, Wang Tengfei and the others were approaching. However, they weren’t able to step onto the treetop. It seemed that there was some invisible force that prevented more than one person from being atop the tree.

Meng Hao thought for a while as he looked over the nine paths. He had no clue how to select a path. He looked at the man up ahead, and then his eyes gleamed. The man was holding the pearl with three fingers! After thinking for another moment, Meng Hao took a deep breath and then walked forward onto the third path.

The instant his foot stepped down on the path, the world seemed to turn upside down. A roaring filled his ears, and everything grew blurry for a moment. When everything became clear, he found that he was now at the very bottom of the tree!

He was only a few hundred meters from the surface of the sea, falling downward. His mind reeled, and he forced himself to a stop. Looking up, he saw Wang Tengfei climbing up onto the top of the tree.

“I chose wrong, so I have to start over….” He frowned. Selecting a path seemed to involve little more than random guessing. How could one pick, other than going through the paths one by one?

Meng Hao muttered to himself for a moment. Then, his eyes flashed as he saw Wang Tengfei falling down from the top of the tree like a shooting star. He, too, had failed, and had to start from the beginning, at the sea beneath the tree.

Meng Hao leaped into action, heading up toward the top of the tree at top speed. In the time it takes for half an incense stick to burn, he was less than three thousand meters away from the top. During that time, he witnessed over ten Cultivators falling down toward the ocean.

Meanwhile, up in the cloud layer, the Nascent Soul Cultivators watched on with furrowed brows. Having seen everything that happened, they broke into discussions.

“Nine paths. How can one know which path to choose…? It must involve careful observation. The answer doesn’t lie in blind luck, but with that old man!”

“He is not emanating any Cultivation base ripples, and yet emanates a profound air. Perhaps the answer to the riddle is hidden in the words he spoke….”

“No wonder this test requires careful observation. There doesn’t seem to be any clear solution. For the Song Clan Dao Child to have passed the test in two tries really is worthy of admiration.”

Han Bei looked at the scene playing out on the tree. Her eyes shined with interest. After thinking for a moment, she said. “The fourth path from the left!”

Li Daoyi’s eyes flashed. Having heard that the Song Clan Dao Child passed the test in two tries, he felt a sense of competition rising within him. He slowly said, “The fourth path from the right. That path doesn’t look special. But the leaves there are somewhat thicker. Furthermore, the old man seemed to pause slightly after every fourth word he spoke!”

Li Shiqi’s eyes also flickered, but she said nothing. She was lost in thought as she stared at the nine paths.

Song Yunshu’s expression was placid, but in his heart, he sighed. He had succeeded in two tries, but in fact, it had all been a matter of luck. He actually had no idea how he had succeeded.

Patriarch Song Tian laughed but said nothing. Hearing the discussions, he shook his head and fixed his attention to the top of the tree. Meng Hao was nearing it again.

Meng Hao moved quickly, and the three thousand meters whizzed by. The only people left at the top of the tree were Fatty and others from the Golden Frost Sect. Seeing Meng Hao approach, Fatty immediately made way for him.

Meng Hao nodded. Another person up above failed, after which Meng Hao’s body flashed and appeared for a second time on the treetop. By this time, his fifth Dao Pillar was more than ninety percent complete. There wasn’t much spiritual energy left, but Meng Hao was certain it was enough to complete the Dao Pillar.

He took a deep breath as he stood there atop the tree. He gazed at the old man, then recalled his words again as he looked over the paths again. Then, he stepped forward onto the fourth path!

He had made exactly the same choice as Han Bei!

However, the moment he stepped onto it, everything turned upside down, and he was again shooting down toward the sea beneath the tree.

“I’m really starting to dislike this place!” he thought, his eyes filling with both frustration and determination.

All of the Chosen from the various Sects and Clans who had failed once were now making their second attempts. And yet, one after another, they failed, falling downward just like Meng Hao.

Meng Hao went up to try a third time.

By this time, everyone was watching with strange expressions. They were all lost in thought, trying to figure out what they had overlooked. Which path was correct?

More discussions broke out among the Nascent Soul Cultivators.

“This place is very mysterious. These kids have all had two chances each, and between the lot of them, have tried every one of the nine paths.”

“Clearly, the correct path changes. The route is not fixed. It seems that luck does have quite a bit of a role.”

Han Bei frowned, continuing to look on. She was now starting to form another opinion on which path was the correct one.

“There’s no need to get anxious, friends,” said Patriarch Song Tian. He laughed. “To find the correct path, each person most observe matters carefully. It will all depend on their Dao Heart.”

Atop the massive tree beneath the cloud vortex, Meng Hao shot back upward. He was currently about nine thousand meters from the top of the tree when suddenly his Dao Pillar reached the point where it was only a sliver away from being completed. The same phenomenon that had appeared in the Xiao Clan, once again began to occur.

His body immediately began to wither. Thankfully, there was plenty of spiritual energy in this place. The unbridled gravitational power of the Dao Pillar began to absorb all of the spiritual energy, no matter how far away it was. Each and every bit of it rushed toward Meng Hao.

His face was ruddy as he felt his Cultivation base climbing upward. He shot upward, and was soon only three thousand meters from the top. His mind began to reel.

A booming sound could be heard, and Meng Hao’s face flickered as suddenly, a golden light began to collect inside of him. His Cultivation base started rotating, causing the light to shine outward. It seemed as if it wished to eclipse the World Tree!

Amidst the golden glow, streams of magical symbols appeared. They were indistinct, but the instant they appeared, they caused the entire world to be filled with a golden color.

Up above, looks of disbelief appeared on the faces of the Nascent Soul Cultivators. One by one, they stood up. “That’s….”

“The Sublime Spirit Scripture!” said one of the other Nascent Soul Cultivators breathlessly.


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75 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 2 – Chapter 197” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. Book 1 end with the State of Zhao getting carried away on Patriarch Reliance’s back (after all the chaos related to Sublime Spirit Scripture and Patriarch Reliance’s recovery) and Meng Hao completed the 13th level of Qi Condensation.

      Book 2 supposedly end with the destruction of the Southern Domain as prophesied by the Song clan. We still don’t know how this will play up but the chaos related to Sublime Spirit Scripture is about to start over again and I’m guessing that Meng Hao will form 13 Foundation before he managed to create his core.

      Will Meng Hao get the Foundation Establishment manual from the painting? I imagine the destruction of the Southern Domain should be the result of Meng Hao taking the pill to create the Golden Core which result in the Tribulation, but that seems to be happening at Book 3.

      1. If we go by the idea that a circle would mean 3 foundation pillars and a great circle is made up of 3 circles of 3 foundation pillars, then maybe it would be 27 foundation pillars if he makes a grand circle filled with 3 great circles? That seems horribly excessive though. But if you have 3 great circles of foundation establishment and each of those great circles has 9… it just seems a bit overkill as a Foundation level…

        So basically:

        Low, Middle and Peak Foundation Establishment experts will form a circle of 3 pillars for each rank. Low rank is 3 pillars to form 1 circle. Middle is another 3 pillars to form a 2nd circle. Peak is the last 3 pillars to form the 3rd circle. The great circle of Foundation Establishment mentioned earlier would be a larger circle made up of the 3 previous set of circles made by foundation pillars.

        Then what I propose is a massively OP situation where he makes 2 more sets of great circles for a grand total of 27 pillars and forms a Grand Circle of Foundation Establishment. COMPLETELY OVERPOWERED IDEA THOUGH. He took an entire second book just to reach mid foundation establishment…

        Anyways, hopefully he just gets to core stage normally… depending on what core stage actually is. He keeps mentioning the Violet core which would help him reach Core Stage, so maybe he’ll get some other unique core type… Gold? Ultimate Vexation version? Dunno.

        1. There is also the fact that he went to level 13 in his first phase instead of the standard 9. What if that can affect foundation establishment as well with forming 13 pillars instead of 9. Though being perfect, the pillars are non standard as is. So maybe that’s enough. It’s likely that at 9 pillars he can fight against core establishment experts anyway.

          1. How would 13 pillars look? It would either looks stupid, or you could be very ingenius and have 1 main pillar with 4 completed pillar circles around it.

            Actually, I would go for 10 pillar OPness where he has the One powerful pillar right in the center of his Great Circle of Foundation Establishment.

            Between 10 pillars, 13 pillars or 27 pillars, I’m rooting for 10… It would actually look cool.

          2. Currently, it seems like reaching the 13th Qi Layer did absolutely nothing to his cultivation other than “Making him stronger”, whatever that means.
            It feels like the author cheats when he comes up with these exciting, game-changing ideas, which just end up as “A boost to his basic stats”. |:
            The same thing happened with “His qi-lake turned into a qi-sea”. That idea got dumped the moment he reached the 10th layer, and was long forgotten when he became a foundation expert.

            The same will most likely also happen with Meng Hao’s “Perfect Pillars”. Those too will be forgotten and dumped, once he reaches Core Formation.
            (Other than giving him a boost to basic stats, of course.)

  1. At first I was like “Hey, I was just rereading the parts of the Sublime Scripture”

    Then thought “Is he gonna get the rest of it?”

    And at the end, after reading it, I thought “He’s f***ed”

    Still hope he wins this thing 😛

    Thanks for the chapter XD

    1. Well, just what I feared would happen… now they’re all going to hunt him once again like in the State of Zhao… I hope it won’t be as boring as that.

      Thanks for the chapter

      1. I noticed you changed Purple and Mottled Cores to Violet/Mixed at some point. Chapters 35 and 38 still mention Purple/Mottled Cores though. Not a big deal by any means, 😛 just letting you know in case you want to edit it for consistency.

    1. He couldn’t find a clue and didn’t know what to do. This is something even the older generation have a hard time understanding.

      Kinda wished Meng Hao just got through it without all this drama and just married into the Song Clan instead of this trouble following him.

      1. yeah then how come that dao child did it in 2 tries. plus the coming up of sublime scripture??? why? how? well i will have to read on i guess. if a dao child can do it then why are the nascent soul experts saying that they can’t figure out the dao heart??? hmm.. shit information overload.

        1. They pointed out that he got lucky in this chapter. So he didn’t figure anything out, which makes it easy to understand why he was basically just an exception.

        2. It’s like I give a riddle and you had as many tries as you wanted. You give your first answer and it’s wrong, so you curse and start mumbling to yourself. Then I tell you got it right and you’re still confused of what the hell you said that was right.

  2. Strange… not sure why the Sublime Spirit Scripture is suddenly showing up. I guess one of its manuals is here in the painting and is reacting to the formation of Meng Hao’s perfect dao pillar…

    But AFAIK, the Scripture doesn’t have anything to do with Perfection. Rather, each manual teaches the reader how to reach the “pinnacle” (but not really – still below perfection) of each cultivation stage. Chapter 38 says:

    “The Sublime Spirit Scripture is one of the three great classic scriptures in the Nanshan Continent,” continued He Luohua softly. “It was passed down through the generations since ancient times. Originally it was comprised of seven manuals, but most have been lost. One of them was the Qi Condensation manual, which describes how to establish a Flawless Foundation. The Foundation Establishment manual describes the method to Form a Purple Core, not a Crimson or Mottled Core. The Core Formation manual can enable one to develop a four-colored Nascent Form… In other words, each manual enables one to reach the strongest stage.

    1. But anyway, this is convenient for Meng Hao. If he can get his hands on the Scripture’s foundation establishment manual, he won’t have to infiltrate the Violet Fate sect to learn their method to form a purple core. (If he can keep all these Nascent Soul elders from stealing the manual, that is…)

        1. Yes but just like his need to create a flawless foundation first in order to give him the best chance at creating a perfect foundation, his highest chance at creating the gold core would be to first have the next step down.. which is the purple/violet core.

      1. If the cubic pearl doesn’t work, he will have to go to the violet fate sect.

        Even with the sublime scriptures, am sure Meng will surpass it like when he reached the 13th Qi foundation stage.

  3. And suddenly, the stakes have risen once again.
    But seriously, Meng Hao needs to calm down and use his thinky-box. He only can come up with revelations if he tries!

  4. Dun dun dun dunnnnnnn… dun dun dun dunnnnnnn….

    LOL, now Meng Hao will be pursued by everyone for the Sublime Spirit Scripture (LOL).

    We already know what Meng Hao’s Dao is: BEING STUBBORN [as quoted by Patriarch Reliance] ! Kekeke… I’d like to see him go rageballs again like he did with the meat jelly at first then have the old man going *whut the whutwhut?! dis’ is ur Dao Heart?!?!*

  5. I wonder how many of them (Nascent stage) realized that Patriarch Reliance is actually Gamera or even aware of Demon Sealing Sect existence.
    At this point, Meng Hao surviving chance is getting lower as those old fogies realized Meng Hao has inherited the Sublime Spirit Scripture, already they plotting. If they knew that Meng Hao got Resurrection Lily poison, or Flying Dragon Legacy, or Blood Sect Legacy, or 2 out of 3 Time Scripture, or he got Perfect Foundation or hell, that Ultimate Vexation, damn, they will likely ignore the Song clan and go for all out war to get Meng Hao’s ass to refine.

    1. Why does it feel like those legacies are kind of useless… especially the Flying Dragon Legacy. Besides using the Flying dragon technique together with the swords, I don’t really see how the Legacy helps Meng Hao at all.

      1. Well, he was given the attack of the flying rain dragon which made his serpent way more powerful than it should have been. It also saved his life when near death, because the sea recognized him as a friend. We also don’t know what effect the flying rein dragon will have in later stages of his cultivation development. He might need to be at a higher cultivation level for us to see anything else.

        As for the Blood Immortal Legacy, it’s ultimately suppose to help him when it comes time for Immortal Ascension.. so something down the line. But he was also given several attacks that he’s then been able to one-shot powerful enemies with. Those attacks were just the basic ones. Once he’s more powerful, he’ll have even more at his disposal.

      2. The legacy has the link with the man who watched him from a distance, back then. Am sure as Meng progresses he will be able to create a larger dragon attack which will make him more powerful.

  6. his Dao is being stubborn, so he can only get the pearl if he go and try and try and try again. probably the guy who only try two times has the Dao of luck?

  7. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, John Rogers, Lingson, MeeBoo, Yascob, Fan from WA, and Er Gen!

    *que music from Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon* “When you got that glow”

    “Who’s the master?”linky

  8. I am feeling like Meng Hao’s secrets revealing one by one, sigh… If it goes like this he wont have any mysteriousness at all:D

    Thanks for the chapter Deathbleade..

    1. Well, we already saw him absorb the cultivation of core formation and nascent while he was in qi condensation. I’m guessing he could, but they’d be able to fight him off since he’s only in foundation establishment.

  9. The Song Clan will probably protect him or at least stall the other forces while he’s there thanks to that warning they got, but he better start charging that teleportation talisman. The funny thing about all this is that the Sublime Spirit Scripture isn’t even that important for Meng Hao, since his power comes from the Perfect Foundation and the SSS only guarantees a Flawless Foundation (it does give a higher chance for the pill that gets you to perfect to work, but if I remember correctly it only increases the odds, it’s not necessary).

    Also, now that he doesn’t need to keep the fact that he has got the SSS, I wonder if he could bargain with the Violet Fate Sect so he’d be taken in and be taught how to make pills by the grandmaster in exchange for what the SSS says. Of course he’ll have to find a way to ensure that he’s not instantly killed as soon as he meets the elders there…

      1. 🙂 Witness me & peace out. He needs to infiltrate the Wang Tengfei sect to be able to get the technique for best core. But then again he can cultivate in the Song Clan, so far he can’t do that anywhere else. Best if he was able to do both.

    1. The Song clan received that warning from the invisible woman, if the other Nasant people touch him, they will probably die.
      But in the end be could teleport if he needs to.

  10. Meng Hao is a rulebreaker, stubborn and defiant. If you tell him what to do, he does as he pleases. Why is he trying to walk the path laid out by the old man. In my opinion with his dao he should be making his own path.

    Do the impossible, see the invisible!!

  11. It sounds a bit like the pill for perfect foundation is bigger secret than the sublime spirit scripture. Since there is chance to get flawless foundation even without the sss and nobody of the dao childs have perfect foundation, it either means none of them has flawless foundation (unlikely) or the sects don’t know the pill.

    So even if Meng gives up the scripture, he will still be the only one with perfect foundation. (Well maybe the champ with lightning above his head has perfect foundation as well.)

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