ISSTH – Book 3 – Chapter 205

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Book 3: The Honor of Violet Fate

Chapter 205: Dispelling Poison with the Cubic Pearl!

The rain continued to fall, but the horizon was no longer pitch black. Moonlight could be seen through the clouds, and far in the distance, the glow of the morning sun was just becoming visible. Night was beginning to fade, and sunlight approached.

As the sun replaced the moon, rain fell down, and Meng Hao proceeded onward. His expression was calm, as if nothing had just happened. This rainy day made him think about the snow back in the State of Zhao.

He wasn’t sure exactly where he was within the Southern Domain. The only thing he could see was a mountain range that stretched off into the distance. His only company was the falling rain and the cold wind.

His battle with Zhou Jie had confirmed the battle prowess of his five Dao Pillars. He could definitely suppress Dao Children, the most powerful of the Foundation Establishment stage!

“Unfortunately, I’m still lacking in terms of techniques,” he thought. “I have a similar problem with magical items, otherwise I could have completely crushed him.” He walked along in the rain, lost in thought. The Cultivation world was much different from the life of a scholar. He was gradually learning how to identify his weaknesses. He could not allow his weaknesses to cause his next battle to end with his own death.

“There’s not much I can do regarding magical techniques. Joining the Violet Fate Sect would help a lot, if I could somehow figure out a way. However… as for magical items….” Meng Hao frowned.

All of his magical items had been acquired through battle. However, the more powerful his Cultivation base grew, the less effective his magical items became. The wooden swords, the lightning mist and the little black net all grew with him, but as for the fan, the bow and the other items, they were gradually becoming less and less useful.

“I’m not completely stuck in this regard, though. I have two methods which can be used to forge magical items. I could go to the Black Lands to search for the Frigid Snow Larva. If I feed it the Sieve Net Thunder Mulberry Leaf, it will transform into the Eyeless Larva, which can produce indestructible silk threads! 1

“I also have the jade page from Han Bei’s ancestor which can be used to forge the Time treasure. Either one of these two could solve my current problem. Unfortunately… both are incredibly difficult, and can’t be accomplished quickly. Of course, there’s also the flag with three streamers, although I can’t even touch it with my current Cultivation base….” He shook his head, looking around at the unceasing rain. It seemed to be growing heavier. Meng Hao’s body flickered, and he shot toward the nearby mountain range. He waved his hand, and a flying sword screamed out and carved an Immortal’s Cave into the side of the mountain.

With the flick of a sleeve, he flitted like a nightingale into the Immortal’s Cave, where he sat down cross-legged to meditate. His Cultivation base rippled with power, and the heat which spread out from him caused all the moisture in the newly carved cave to instantly disappear.

He spat out the lightning mist, which spread out to cover the entire cave, including the entrance. Then he closed his eyes and rotated his Cultivation base. After the time it takes half an incense to burn, he opened his eyes and slapped his bag of holding. When he lifted his hand up, it was holding the Cubic Pearl.

At first look, it appeared to be square, but upon closer examination, it actually wasn’t. It was very bizarre. Meng Hao looked at the pearl and took a deep breath. His eyes shone with anticipation.

He took out the copper mirror and made a copy. Unfortunately, he didn’t have many Spirit Stones left. After hesitating a moment, he decided not to make any more copies.

“I hope this pearl can dispel the poison of the Resurrection Lily,” he said, eyeing the pearl with glittering eyes. He wasn’t sure exactly how the pearl worked, but he was not the same Cultivator he used to be. He was as powerful as someone from the late Foundation Establishment stage. Without a moments hesitation, he cast his Spiritual Sense into the pearl.

After a moment, he frowned, then bit the tip of his tongue and spit out some blood onto the pearl. In the blink of an eye, the pearl absorbed the blood, and then suddenly began to melt.

Strands of white light floated up, along with a delicate, purifying fragrance. Meng Hao’s eyes began to shine. After a long moment, he waved his hand, and the Immortal’s Cave shook. A crack spread out on the ground, and suddenly a vine burrowed up.

Under Meng Hao’s direction, the vine stretched out toward the white strands, and then began to absorb them. The white strands instantly shot toward the vine, entering into its body. Meng Hao watched on, eyes glittering.

After the space of about ten breaths, the vine began to change color. Soon, it was no longer dark red, but pure white. A sense of purity radiated out from it.

More time passed. Meng Hao looked thoughtfully at the slowly melting pearl, and the white strands which floated up from it. His eyes filled with determination, and he began to breathe deeply. The strands flew toward him, entering his body through his mouth and nose.

He closed his eyes, and after about ten breaths had passed, his body began to quiver. Veins bulged on his face, and his eyes snapped open. Within his pupils could be seen the crying-laughing demonic faces. On top of the faces suddenly appeared layer after layer of white strands.

It appeared as if the white strands were attempting to purify the Resurrection Lily within Meng Hao.

Time slipped by. Soon, an hour had passed. Sweat poured off of Meng Hao like rain. His face was pale, but his eyes radiated stubbornness. He took a breath, and more white strands floated into his body through his mouth and nose. As they did, the demonic faces in his pupils began to twist and distort.

Faint screams echoed out in Meng Hao’s mind, and his body felt as if it were about to be torn to pieces. There seemed to be a battle of life-and-death going on inside of him. The demonic faces in his eyes were even more twisted. Ghost images appeared, and a black aura began to pour out of the top of Meng Hao’s head. The aura twisted and coalesced into… a three-colored Resurrection Lily!

The Cubic Pearl seemed about to darken, as if it were going to release the full power of its aura. It was now half of its original size. It seemed that it would soon have used all of its effectiveness, and the white strands would disappear.

Meng Hao’s eyes shined brightly. Without hesitation, he reached out and grabbed the pearl. This time, he didn’t breath in the strands, but actually consumed the entire pearl.

A roaring sound filled his body that seemed to create a harmony with the crashing thunder on the outside. The Resurrection Lily on his head writhed as if it were being buffeted by a powerful wind. Finally, it showed signs of dissipation.

Shrill shrieks filled his head, and his face distorted. However, without hesitation, he lifted up the second Cubic Pearl and, gritting his teeth at the loss of Spirit Stones, made another copy.

After making the second copy, he was now out of Spirit Stones. Eyes radiating stubbornness, he lifted both Cubic Pearls and put them into his mouth.

A shocking, thunderous roar filled Meng Hao as soon as the Cubic Pearls entered his mouth. The roaring was so incredible that it expanded out to fill the surrounding mountains. White strands spread out from Meng Hao’s pores, swirling up and surrounding his body.

The three-colored Resurrection Lily on his head suddenly quivered. It seemed to be fading, as if it would completely dissipate at any moment. As Meng Hao sat there surrounded by the white mist, the demonic faces within his eyes emitted constant ghost images, and slowly began to fade away. It seemed the pearl really was capable of dispelling the poison.

After about an hour passed, the image of the Resurrection Lily on the crown of Meng Hao’s head was almost completely invisible. There was no trace whatsoever of the demonic faces in his eyes. But then…

Suddenly, the mist which had been dispelling the Resurrection Lily suddenly diffused outward. Next, the white strands began to seethe, congealing above Meng Hao’s head. A red streak appeared in their midst, followed by a bright yellow streak, and finally a streak as blue as the sky.

The four colors mixed together within the churning mist, forming together to make… a four-colored Resurrection Lily!

Apparently, the Resurrection Lily couldn’t be destroyed. Even as it died, it would reappear as if it had been reincarnated.

An unsightly expression appeared on Meng Hao’s face as he observed the four-colored Resurrection Lily. His eyes glimmered darkly, but then suddenly began to shine.

Upon closer inspection, it seemed the four-colored Resurrection Lily, which resembled a demonic face, had an aura that was not any stronger than the three-colored Resurrection Lily from before. In fact, this new Resurrection Lily was trembling.

“That’s not the fourth color!” thought Meng Hao, his eyes narrowing. After thinking back to the four-colored Resurrection Lily he had seen in the Blood Immortal Legacy tournament, he realized that his own Resurrection Lily was different. 2

“If it had actually developed a fourth color, then my consciousness would have been lost, and I would have transformed into a Resurrection Lily. But I don’t feel strange at all. Furthermore, the color of this fourth petal….”

Suddenly, the quivering four-colored Resurrection Lily spasmed. Its white petals collapsed into pieces, which then transformed into a white glowing light. The light shot toward the blue petals, and the Resurrection Lily began to tremble even more violently for the space of a few breaths. Meng Hao continued to observe, eyes shining.

He watched as the blue petals began to wither, and then disappear. Now, the Resurrection Lily was composed of only two colors. Upon closer inspection, the blue petals hadn’t completely disappeared, but was still barely visible. In fact, it seemed as if they would gradually reappear.

The two-colored Resurrection Lily seemed weaker, yet at the same time emanated a pure aura. Apparently, after absorbing the Cubic Pearl, the Resurrection Lily had lost one of its colors. Other than that, it seemed like the poison-dispelling power of Cubic Pearl didn’t affect the Resurrection Lily at all.

The two-colored Resurrection Lily flickered. Meng Hao was powerless to do anything as it slowly sank back down into him through the top of his head. Its aura was much weaker, however. Meng Hao stood up. After a moment’s hesitation, his eyes filled with resolve.

“The Cubic Pearl was somewhat effective. However, if I want to completely dispel the poison, I have no other choice than to infiltrate the Violet Fate Sect. There, I can search for a method to completely rid myself of it. This thing is really like a bone stuck in my throat!”

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  1. The Eyeless Larva was last mentioned in Chapter 165
  2. Meng Hao encountered the four-colored Resurrection Lily in Chapter 125 and the chapter after that. It didn’t mention the specific colors of the petals, though

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52 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 3 – Chapter 205” - NO SPOILERS

  1. well that’s ergen for ya. giving greater plot armor to a poison the MC has than the actual MC. seriously, this ressurection lily has more plot armor than Chu feng, Yun Che, and Wang Lin combined.

  2. I can’t really imagine exactly what is going on with that flower, but I’m sure that it’ll be beneficial to him somehow… his plot cultivation is nigh indestructible!

  3. Thanks for the chapter!!

    Oh boy, Meng Hao is finally out of Spirit Stones!! Thank the Heavens, I’ve been waiting this to happen since the auction!! Since he’s going to Violet Fate Sect, I hope that we’ll finally see Businessman Meng Hao appear again.

    And hehe, did the Resurrection Lily trade its poison-immunity plot armor for some of Meng Hao’s death-immunity MC plot armor?

    1. Also @Deathblade

      “The three-colored Resurrection Lily on his head suddenly quivered. It seemed to fading, as if it would completely dissipate at any moment.”

      -> It seemed to BE fading

    2. well, at the very least, it’s bought him some time but probaly also transformed it into a more symbiotic poison, so the normal powerfull cures will not work on it by the time he gets them, but they will do something different to it considering that’s it is part of the MC and that the MC’s power quality is different from normal cultivators

  4. Shouldn’t ‘Within his pupils could be seen the crying-laughing demonic faces.’ Be ‘Within his pupils were the crying-laughing demonic faces’ or ‘The crying-laughing demonic faces could be seen within his pupils.’? Dunno, the 2nd probably sounds better.. But thanks for the chapter?

    1. yea, the syntax is off on that sentence. It also could’ve been “Within his pupils, the crying-laughing demonic faces could be seen.” or maybe, Deathblade (or Er Gen) was going for the passive voice (does it exist in Chinese language?) to make it a little dramatic: “Within his pupils, it could be seen, the crying-laughing demonic faces.” idk, lots of possibilities…

      1. Don’t get me started on Chinese grammar. If I translated things according to Chinese grammar, it wouldn’t make sense half the time. However, a lot of times my writing is influenced by it, and I do conform to the original sentence structure even though it makes less sense in English (sometimes this is intentional, other times it’s not).

    1. well, to be fair, he is in the late stage of the poisoning, he should be dead already if he didn’t buy that poison repellent wood in the auction

      so maybe that pearl could have destroyed the lily easily if he had it in the early stage of poisoning

  5. Wow, I hope he doesn’t mess with that resurrection Lily too much. If he does… *shudder*. As others have said, that Lily has far more plot armor than our MC… as least it seems that way…

    Also, that mirror which can literally copy items seems like it should be considered a ridiculously precious treasure… I never really noticed this before… but it was stated that even Patriarch Reliance who was actually a giant turtle monster that had god knows what level of cultivation couldn’t even figure out what that mirror was. What if that statement is actually true… and not just fake…? In that case… it would mean that it’s some ridiculous class item.

    Anyway, thanks for the chapter!

    1. yea, the mirror is definitely one of the most powerful and mysterious treasure.

      First, the story about PR can’t figure the mirror out came from the guy who used to manage the Reliance Sect’s Treasure Pavilion. He was trying to dupe/force Meng Hao into getting the mirror like he’d done to previous other suckers, so I would give that story some doubts.

      Second, if PR did try to test the mirror, even if he didn’t figure out the duplication ability, I find it unlikely he wouldn’t figure out the destructive ability the mirror has on fur and feathered creatures. I mean, most people would try to shine stuff using the mirror at one point.

      Third, if UV recognized the bird’s Qi in the mirror, I find it strange that PR doesn’t recognize it also given he’s an ancient demonic turtle. So if he did recognize it, pretty sure he would’ve figured out the mirror instantly and took it given how much of a stingy hoarder that he is.

      So… my theory is either (1) PR really was that stupid – he did get tricked and sealed by Demon Sealers, (2) PR didn’t like the bird, (3) PR’s human form can’t sense the bird’s Qi, or (4) PR’s human form’s cultivation base was too low when he examined it.

      And in my opinion, the most mysterious part of the mirror early on was how the mirror was previously discarded in random places by others who were duped into taking it, and yet the mirror appeared back in the Treasure Pavilion. It was shown later that the mirror could be moved by the bird when it attacked UV in ch176, so that might explains it. But the bird didn’t try to actively find a Core Formation cultivator to release it. So my guess is only Demon Sealers can release it, and that’s why it returned to the Treasure Pavilion and wait…

      argh… I probably went off track, but it seemed to hate the Flying-Rain Dragon, or maybe just its Demonic Core, and there’s also the part of its connection to the Nine Families/Square Cauldron/Time Jade. Was it the bird or the mirror that allowed Meng Hao in? or both? yea… that’s all I could think of atm

  6. The Resurrection Lily might be even more stubborn than Meng Hao, lol. At least it should be more manageable for now.

    The two-colored Resurrection Lily seemed weaker, yet at the same time emanated a pure Qi.

    Maybe I’m thinking too much about it, but this gives me an ominous feeling… Remember when Meng Hao went to that famous apothecary to ask about the Resurrection Lily? (chapter 106)

    “This three-colored Resurrect Flower is not complete; it’s defective. It won’t bloom past three colors. Otherwise, no one in the world would be able to dispel it for you.”

    What if those cubic pearls actually purified whatever was causing the Lily to be defective? 😮

    1. whoa, nice thought. That would really suck for Meng Hao if it’s true, or if its even possible. I mean I didn’t even consider that since the World Tree’s characteristic seems to be suppressing poison; we saw that from the Spring and Autumn branch and the Cubic Pearl’s ability to suppress/cure poison.

      But damn, if whatever that makes the Lily defective was also poisonous, then since the Pearl can dispel even the strangest poison, it’s possible that the Cubic Pearl weakened the Lily, but at the time also eliminated/weakened the poisonous defects!!

      Argh… Meng Hao’s not going be happy if it’s true. I mean if it is, then he basically worked his ass off for the chemo med, and spent his money to copy them only to cure the Lily’s cancer instead of his own.

    2. Now that I think about it, there’s a decent chance that the pet dog might be in full Spirit Severing Stage (instead of half) since it absorbed the Blood Dragon. So if it wakes up, it’s possible for it to help Meng Hao dispel the Lily. But then again… such a nice and convenient world is not Meng Hao’s World.

    3. I didn’t think he’d ever get rid of it completely. My assumption more stems around his ability to make it something of his own by attempting to get rid of it and ultimately having it mutate. Didn’t the immortal woman (that no one could see) say that it would benefit him if he could learn to conquer it?

  7. Seems to me that the Book 3 title confirms Meng Hao joining the Violet Fate sect. I’m really looking forward to seeing the inner workings and hierarchy of one of these great sects. 🙂 He’ll also have to weasel his way into Grandmaster Pill Demon’s good graces now that the cubic pearl has failed to dispel the Lily, which should be fun. 😛

  8. … He realllllly should have gathered more spirit stones before starting that purification. The cubic pearl seems like a precious item, he shoulda duplicated them and kept them on reserve in case he runs into more poison in the future (after dispelling the Resurrection Lily (which he should have been able to so with more pearls…)) come on Meng Hao you’re a scholar, act like one. Rushing like that…..

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

  10. So interesting. The plant seemed to have a fourth flower petal but then instead the 3rd became nigh transparent and it weakened. It seems that item didn’t fully dispel it. What a shame and waste of materials.

  11. “The Cubic Pearl was somewhat effective. However, if I want to completely dispel the poison, I have no other choice than to infiltrate the Violet Fate Sect. There, I can search for a method to completely rid myself of it. This thing is really like a bone stuck in my throat!”

    meh, it’s just elongating the plot. Oh well, at least Chu yuan is going to be a potential harem candidate and he would probably learn making pills.

  12. Wtf is he talking about, not having any way to get new techniques, he has a freaking vine that absorbs others abilities and makes books to describe them for gods sake….

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