ISSTH – Book 3 – Chapter 212

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Chapter 212: Nature Talent Appears!

The young woman, whose name was Chen Ling, seemed nervous when she heard what Bai Yunlai said. With an anxious, earnest expression, she examined the jade slip. Perhaps her latent talent was average. After looking at it for the space of about ten breaths, she reached out her hand, which began to glow with a purple light…

Bai Yunlai’s eyes began to glow.

“Not bad, Junior Sister Chen! Okay, take out a medicinal plant seed.”

Chen Ling quickly opened her bag of holding and took out a seed. She placed it on her open palm, then, her face very serious, began to catalyze it. The violet Qi in her hand grew denser, until it seemed it couldn’t grow any stronger. The seed began to wriggle, and then three leaves sprouted out of it.

Many of the surrounding onlookers noticed this, and then looked at Chen Ling. Her face grew red, and she was clearly excited. She looked at Bai Yunlai expectantly.

“To produce three leaves on your first try shows that you have pretty good latent talent. Junior Sister Chen Ling, according to my calculations, you have a ten percent chance of becoming a master alchemist in the future.” He sighed emotionally, looking a bit jealous. It seemed that someone who could produce three leaves was uncommon among the hundred thousand apprentice alchemists. Bai Yunlai quickly recorded the results of her catalyzing.

After that…

The voice of the man lecturing about alchemy techniques drifted over. He sounded calm and solemn. “You will join District Two Valley Thirteen.” His face was austere as he looked at her.

In a low voice, Bai Yunlai offered an explanation: “The hundred thousand apprentice alchemists of the Eastern Pill Division are separated into Districts One to Four. Generally speaking, only those with outstanding latent talent can enter District Two. Junior Sister Chen, go on over there to Master Uncle Zhou. Good fortune is with you today!” Looking excited and nervous, Chen Ling immediately ran over.

“Junior Brother Fang, it’s your turn now,” said Bai Yunlai with a sigh. He looked at Meng Hao.

Meng Hao stood there thoughtfully for a moment. The technique described in the jade slip was simple, but obviously, the implementation of it was fantastic. Essentially, it could catalyze the medicinal age of medicinal plants, and as such, could be viewed as a force of nature.

“It seems only simple medicinal plants can be catalyzed using this technique,” thought Meng Hao. “Basically, you use spiritual energy to nourish the medicinal plant. Even still, this technique is extraordinary. I wonder how the Violet Fate Sect prevents it from being stolen….” He silently retrieved a medicinal plant seed from his bag of holding and placed it on his palm. He looked at it for a moment, then used the technique described in the jade slip to begin catalyzing it.

He had two Core Seas, the first one of which contained five Perfect Dao Pillars. Before arriving at the Violet Fate Sect, he had used the Sublime Spirit Scripture to once again form the second one.

At the moment, the only Cultivation base visible to outsiders was the aura of his second Core Sea. Its power caused the purple glow to appear on his hand. It was immediately apparent that the glow was thicker and brighter than that created by Chen Ling.

Immediately, the seed in Meng Hao’s hand began to wriggle. Then it sprouted one leaf, two leaves, three leaves… in the blink of an eye it had already sprouted seven leaves!

The purple glow in Meng Hao’s hand grew blinding, filling the air. Instantly, all the surrounding apprentice alchemists looked over, shocked. All eyes were on Meng Hao.

The blinding rays of light were unthinkable, unbelievable. The man lecturing about alchemy techniques looked over wide-eyed, staring openly at Meng Hao. Next to him, Chen Ling stared in shock.

As for Bai Yunlai, his jaw dropped, and he rubbed his eyes vigorously before staring in complete shock.

Everything was quiet as all onlookers stared at the violet glow and the medicinal seed plant in Meng Hao’s hand. Then, Meng Hao continued to use the technique. He fell into a strange state, as if he himself had turned into nature, and this seed had become a part of him.

It was a marvelous feeling, and as Meng Hao immersed himself in it, the seed suddenly sprouted an eighth leaf, then a ninth…. A cracking sound pealed out as the seed continued to grow. The emerald green leaf sprouts grew larger, wrapping up and around Meng Hao’s right arm.

The white-haired, wrinkled old man who had been dozing behind Bai Yunlai opened his eyes. They glowed with an ancient light as he looked at Meng Hao. At the same time, they filled with excitement.

Meng Hao hadn’t just caused new leaves to sprout, he had grown an entire plant. Meng Hao’s mind reeled as the cracking sounds from moments ago pulled him out of the bizarre state he had just been in. His eyes flickered, and he frowned. He hadn’t intended to show off such talent, and actually, he had been completely immersed in the strange state just now, which had somehow led his actions.

He hesitated for a moment, his face pale. His Cultivation base was dried up, and following the reduction in his spiritual power, the medicinal plant also began to slowly wither up. Soon it died, and then fell off of Meng Hao’s arm.

Panting, Meng Hao stepped back a few paces, eyes shining with confusion.

Everything was deathly silent. It seemed like Bai Yunlai couldn’t understand what was going on. He had been in the Violet Fate Sect for years, and had never seen someone perform such an astonishing feat the first time they practiced catalyzing. He looked at Meng Hao as if he weren’t even human.

All of the surrounding apprentice alchemists were completely shocked. What they had just witnessed exceeded their imaginations. The middle-aged man panted as he looked at Meng Hao, his eyes shining with passion.

“Umm….” said Meng Hao, hesitating for a moment. He was a little bit scared, unsure of what he should say. At this moment, the old man behind Bai Yunlai stood up and walked forward to stand next to Meng Hao. He reached a hand out to grab Meng Hao’s wrist. His spiritual power burst out, flowing through Meng Hao’s body, examining him.

The power was incapable of completely examining Meng Hao. Despite having some suspicions, he could only see Meng Hao’s second Core Sea, which contained the power of the sixth level of Qi Condensation.

He wasn’t able to see the true color of the Core Sea either, as it had been completely transformed by the frightening power of the meat jelly. As far the man could see, everything was normal.

Eventually, he released his grip. He picked up the withered medicinal plant and looked at it carefully for a moment. Then he returned his gaze to Meng Hao. His eyes were now filled with the glow of praise.

“First rate latent talent! You will join District One Valley One!” A wide smile covered the old man’s face as he clasped Meng Hao’s shoulder. Then he flew up into the sky, taking the withered medicinal plant with him.

As he flew off, the entire valley broke out into a huge commotion.

“First rate latent talent!! No wonder his catalyzing is so astonishing!”

“With latent talent like that, he’s destined to become a master alchemist, which we haven’t seen for years….”

“Wow, I’ve heard of people having first rate latent talent, but I’ve never heard of someone as inhuman as this! He catalyzed full plant growth!”

As the air filled with conversations, Bai Yunlai approached Meng Hao, eye shining with excitement. “Junior Brother Fang,” he said, “make sure to watch out for yourself from now on. You have first rate latent talent!”

“Could there have been a mistake?” asked Meng Hao, still hesitating.

“There’s no way! Elder Wang tested you personally. How could he possibly make a mistake? It seems he took that medicinal plant to go show other Elders. Haha! Junior Brother Fang, you’re going to be famous! Come come, I’ll take you to District One Valley One. It’s like a celestial paradise. I look in every time I pass it, but I’ve never been able to go in.” He pulled Meng Hao along with him, leaving behind the hubbub and shining eyes. Even after they were gone, the commotion continued to echo out.

Time passed. Soon half a month had gone by. Meng Hao was now much more familiar with the East Pill Division of the Violet Fate Sect. Division One Valley One wasn’t very large, but was occupied by few people, clearly much less than other valleys.

The scenery was enchanting. The mountains were lush, and a small mountain stream flowed down from up above. Fish swam within its depths, which Meng Hao could see from his house, located just north of the stream. It was a small house with a courtyard outside.

Within the courtyard was a small garden where he could grow medicinal plants. Currently, Meng Hao sat cross-legged in the courtyard, holding a scroll of bamboo slips. The scroll was filled with handwriting and pictures, all describing various medicinal plants.

Meng Hao sat all morning and into noon reading the scroll. Finally, he looked up. He smelled the medicinal aroma that filled the air and listened to the gurgling of the stream. A light mist filled the area, causing the valley to truly seem celestial. Maybe that was somewhat of an exaggeration, but there was no denying that this was an ideal place for Cultivation.

This was basically the number one valley for apprentice alchemists in the entire Sect. Meng Hao had found out that including him, less than fifty people in the entire Sect had the requisite latent talent to live in here. Everyone had their own living quarters where they could study, grow plants and practice pill concocting.

It was a quiet location, and Meng Hao felt very at home. He was especially happy to read books that weren’t jade slips but actual scrolls. It reminded him of his life as a scholar back in Yunjie County.

“One hundred thousand medicinal plants, all different and organized into different categories. Not only do I need to memorize them, I also need to remember their habits and characteristics, how to plant and harvest them, and how to store them. I need to remember which medicinal plants cannot be mixed together, where and how to grow them, and also the proper ratios when using them.

“Furthermore, it’s not just the whole plant itself. The leaves, stems and sap of various plants are all different. Splicing plants together can lead to countless variations. They talk about one hundred thousand medicinal plants, but actually, when you combine everything together, it’s more like a million.” Meng Hao rubbed the bridge of his nose. For the past half month, he had been studying information about medicinal plants every day.

As an apprentice alchemist of the Violet Fate Sect, he must remember all such information. Of course, there was simply so much information, it was essentially impossible to magically brand it all onto the mind. The only method was rote memorization.

The more he memorized, the more prepared he would be. Forewarned is forearmed, so to speak; there was no trickery about it. Besides, Meng Hao didn’t find it annoying. He was a born scholar, after all, and this type of environment suited him quite well.

There was no killing, no danger and treachery, no dealing with the wind and rain of the outside world. Meng Hao attempted not to think about the past, and instead fully immersed himself in the role of Fang Mu. He was in the Violet Fate Sect now, and he intended to take advantage of the peace and quiet. As he examined all the information available to apprentice alchemists, his mind began to swirl with many images. Now he knew that this sort of knowledge, was nature talent.

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67 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 3 – Chapter 212” - NO SPOILERS

    1. This is going to be great for Meng Hao, finally we will see a little of his old self, when he was just a scholar. I like this change of pace, at least for awhile.

  1. See! In the end he really had a talent, not the cultivation type but nature one. If they knew it at the time they took wang tangfei or the spear incident, they would also kidnap him. Though it can also be a side effect of the sublime scripture..
    Thanks for the chapter.

    1. Actually, I think the majority was due to the refined nature talent of the Lily that he now possessed. Not sure what Meng Hao’s latent talent in alchemy originally would’ve been… but it probably was mediocre, as would be expected of our “ordinary” MC.

  2. Thank you for the chapter.. honest, Deathblade, i was expecting to read tomorrow morning when i wake up but i get to read it now. Thank you so much. And i cannot stop myself from thinking ISSTH getting funny since meat jelly make an appearance. No matter how annoying that chatter box is, i still find it funny… think it is the only thing Meng Hao ever got scared of. And i hope to see meat jelly’s greatest rival appear from the copper mirror.

  3. Thanks for the chapter!!!

    @Deathblade,

    He sounded calm and solemn. “You will join valley District Two Valley Thirteen.”

    I think there’s an extra “valley” mixed between “join” and “District”

    1. @ Deathblade

      n a low voice, Bai Yunlai offered an explanation: “The ten thousand apprentice alchemists of the Eastern Pill Division are separated into Districts One to Four.

      Shouldn’t the “ten thousand” be “hundred thousand” since the narratives often said “hundred thousand”

      for ex.
      It seemed that someone who could produce three leaves was uncommon among the hundred thousand apprentice alchemists. Bai Yunlai quickly recorded the results of her catalyzing.

      unless of course, it’s just Bai Yunlai’s misunderstanding, or something

      1. Urg. No, I just messed this up in a few places. Chinese numbers kill me. There is a special character for 10,000, and no character for 100,000. So 100,000 is literally “ten ten-thousands”

  4. Wow… Violet Fate Sect is so much nicer than Reliance Sect where disciples had to kill and fight everyday for survival… but of course, Meng Hao is getting first-class treatment

    1. Well, yeah, didn’t Patriarch Reliance set it up that way on purpose to make the sect collapse? I don’t think there are any other sects that encourage behaviour like that openly.

    2. lol yea, I was going for sarcasm with the “wow….” I should’ve added a “what?!!?!…how is that possible!!!!” to make it more obvious 😛

      Also, I think it’s possible for some sects to do that, but maybe not as extreme as what PR did because, although cruel and provided they have enough mortal resources, that method would likely produce strong, sly, talented, and ruthless cultivators.

  5. Thanks for the chapter!

    So he didn’t even use his Foundation Establishment to grow that plant, but his second core sea? Well, what the hell would happen if he had used his Pillars?!

    1. Yeah, I definitely think it was smart of him to use his second core sea.
      Not completely sure what effect his Perfect Foundation would have, but if it’s even a little similar to what happened when Meng Hao took ownership of that violet-gold fruit (chapter 149, had some kind of demonic transformation), then he’d probably be attacked/interrogated. 😛

      1. Nope, only the Qi contained within his Perfect Dao Pillars.

        His second core sea is a little special — it’s golden in color due to the Sublime Spirit Scripture (see chapters 40, 79). Incidentally, that’s why this chapter makes sure to point out that the old man who examined Meng Hao’s body couldn’t see the true color of the core sea thanks to the meat jelly’s transformation power.

        I think the SSS golden qi is a little more pure/powerful than normal, but it shouldn’t be cut off from heaven and earth.

  6. Thank you so much for the chapter! 😀 I’ve finally caught up with the series, ugh, the struggle of waiting xD

    Anyways i found a small typo, and i thought i’d let you know.

    “They talk about one hundred thousand medicinal plants, but in actually, when you combine everything together, it’s more like a million.” It should either be: “but actually” or “in reality” 🙂

  7. Thanks for the chapter XD

    So he’s got attention to himself 😛

    And what are the advantages of having a 2nd core sea? Was it actually ever stated? Or can he increase his talent and strength again if he re-reaches the 13th level?

    It’d be nice if he started a relationship with Chu Yuyan and she learns who he is…

    1. With a second core sea and the Qi Condensation manual of the Sublime Spirit Scripture, even cultivators at higher stages (who’ve long ago established their foundations) can attempt to repair some of the cracks in their Dao Pillars. If they’re successful, they can upgrade their old foundation to a Flawless Foundation.

      This isn’t useful to Meng Hao since he already has a perfect foundation, though. And the power of his second core sea is negligible compared to the qi of his perfect foundation, so he basically only uses it as a disguise like in this chapter.
      ——-

      (This actually made me realize something. The Violet Fate sect is said have “a fragment” of the SSS Foundation Establishment manual, which was a little confusing to me since they also have the technique to form a Violet Core, which should be the entire point of the FE manual. Right?
      But no, the FE manual probably also has some bonus stuff like the second core sea of the QC manual, but these sections must be what the Violet Fate sect are missing.)

      1. Well, it’s never made clear whether the 7 manuals of SSS could truly be used independently (or not in order) of each other while maintaining the greatest effect.

        It’s possible that you can build your second cultivation set only if you started with the Qi Condensation manual of SSS. So whether or not the other manuals also allow you to build the second set is not clear. Also, it’s kind of weird to repeat the same method over the 7 manuals.

        Also, I’m guessing that using their FE fragment of SSS as a starting point, along with numerous experimentations and enlightenments, they managed to create the Violet Qi from the East technique that gives higher percentage of developing the Violet Core

        So it’s probably something like FE of SSS works 100%, while Violet Qi from the East works <100% or something similar

  8. I sort of just realized that the Meat Jelly hat is able to speak of telling like thousands of stories, but he can’t count past 3. I wonder if the whole problem he has is just with counting, and this is why he always blabbers on without ever stopping?

  9. What a feel good chapter. “Fang Mu” reading and studying in peace reminds me in the very beginning when our innocent little Meng Hao was given that instruction manual for Qi Condensation.

  10. Just counting down the days until someone blows his cover lol, I find it hard to believe out of all the people he has offended in that sect that not one person will run into him before he gets what he wants.

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

  12. I’m so glad that resurrection plant was sealed. That means he can calm down now. His killing intent and bloodthirstiness will be much much lower now. Ah so nice. He finally behave as his true self again instead of always being so cold. Not that he will forget the lessons he has learned but that he will gain more now that he can behave more scholarly and truly study the different arts he wants to learn about.

    Thanks for the chapter.

  13. What they had just witnessed exceeded their imaginations. The middle-aged man panted as he looked at Meng Hao, his eyes shining with passion.

    No… please NO. This sounds wrong on so many levels… Now I can’t get the image of an old man looking at meng hao while huffing with bloodshot eyes and then getting closer to… No… NOOOOOOOO! Don’t scar my heart any more than this!

    Also… That’s a lot to memorize, I know for a fact I would never be able to, unless I spent the rest of my life… or at least 10-15 years of constant memorizing.

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