ISSTH – Book 3 – Chapter 228

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Chapter 228: Falling Leaves are Beautiful; They Only Live One Season

Suddenly, laughter rang out. The four Chosen had already pushed their way through the crowd. Ignoring Liu Yanbing, they walked straight for Meng Hao, clasping hands respectfully as they approached him. Their expressions were serious and polite, but they spoke with smiles and laughter.

“Alchemist Fang, sir, I’ve always wanted to meet you! Now that we’ve run into each other, allow me to humbly act as host. Let’s drink some alcohol and gaze at the moon together. Wouldn’t it be wonderful?”

“Hahaha. Elder Brother Xu beat me to the punch. Alchemist Fang, your skill in the Dao of alchemy is the talk of the Sect. Since we happen to meet today, would it be an imposition to allow Junior Brother here to join you? We can all treat you!”

“Alchemist Fang, that pill order I placed recently isn’t urgent. Just get to it whenever it’s convenient. Please don’t leave yet! As Junior Brother Bai Yunlai knows, we sincerely wish to pay you our respects.”

As for Liu Yanbing and his friends, they were completely ignored. It didn’t matter if Liu Yanbing was related to a Patriarch of the Sect. How could his position possibly compare to that of a master alchemist? Fang Mu was a master alchemist with obviously unlimited potential, and one who didn’t shirk from using the Pill Blacklist… it was clear who was superior here.

Among the thousand master alchemists, some wouldn’t use the Pill Blacklist medallion even once in their entire life. Some would use it only if absolutely necessary. Generally, they would be hesitant, though. Most people are not decisive enough to do so. But Fang Mu used it without hesitation. The threatening aura this created permeated into the hearts of everyone present.

The four Chosen crowded around Meng Hao, as did the rest of the Inner Sect disciples who were with them. Smiles covered their faces. Even though it appeared as if Fang Mu’s Cultivation base were not even in the Foundation Establishment stage yet, they still treated him with utmost courtesy.

Meng Hao smiled slightly, clasped hands and bowed back to them. After a moment, he tried to make some excuses and get away, but couldn’t. Eventually, he decided it would be ungracious not to accept their kindness. Nodding, he followed them off into the distance, trailed by Bai Yunlai. The sound of their happy laughter and harmonious chatting echoed out.

Back in the square, Liu Yanbing stood there, his face pale white. His mind spun, and his eyes were blank and filled with despair. The other Cultivators in the square stared with various expressions. However, it was as this moment that off in the distance, Meng Hao suddenly turned to them and clasped hands in a bow. “Fellow Daoists and Sect members. Why don’t you join us?”

Hearing this, the eyes of the four Chosen glittered brightly. Giving meaningful looks to Meng Hao they also turned and beckoned for the others to join them.

Seeing this, the faces of the other Inner Sect disciples in the square lifted. They hurried over, clasping hands and bowing. Soon the whole group of dozens or more Cultivators all walked off into the distance.

Meng Hao was at the center of it all, a blazing moon surrounded by glittering stars. The laughter and talking drifted out with the wind.

Now only Liu Yanbing and his friends remained in the large square. Their faces were unsightly, especially the faces of those who stared at Liu Yanbing. Their eyes were filled with fury.

In the following days, Meng Hao didn’t spend all day every day concocting pills. He often went to the mountains and valleys of the Violet Qi Division. Slowly, more and more people began to recognize his face. Gradually, his reputation in the Violet Qi Division grew even better.

At the same time, he also spent time with the other master alchemists. He would call on them to visit, exchange pointers about the Dao of alchemy, and share recent experiences. He made sure that each visit was one of mutual gain; it was in this way that he gradually began to build up his social network.

As for Liu Yanbing, it was with great bitterness that he came to realize how truly horrifying the Pill Blacklist was. The master alchemists who used to concoct pills for him would now completely ignore him. It didn’t matter how much money he offered, none of them would concoct a single pill.

Furthermore, all the people whom he had used to be close to, gradually began to drift further and further away.

In fact, on one occasion when he went to visit his Clan Patriarch, he was severely berated and then sent on his way. In the Violet Fate Sect, master alchemists are not to be offended. Once the Pill Blacklist Medallion is used, the word would spread throughout the whole Sect. Even Patriarchs know that the most fearsome thing in the East Pill Division was not the Dao of alchemy, but the protection they had set up for themselves.

That protection was evident from the results of the Pill Blacklist.

Within the East Pill Division, there can be power struggles, and competition. But if outsiders dared to dishonor it, then the alchemists would stand together united in their fury, and desire for revenge. This is because master alchemists are NOT to be dishonored or offended. That was an ironclad rule of the East Pill Division.

That was how the Pill Blacklist Medallion arrangement began in the first place.

In the outside world, it might not be a big deal to offend a master alchemist who was not from the East Pill Division. Other master alchemists wouldn’t get involved. However in the East Pill Division, if you offended one, then you offended all.

In some ways, it might not seem very reasonable. But that unreasonable arrangement ensured that the master alchemists were treated with respect wherever they went, inside the Sect or outside.

Offend one, offend all. Few could afford to do such a thing.

Of course, if someone offended another master alchemist, Meng Hao would not go against the tide. As a master alchemist, the most important thing to him was to defend the position of all master alchemists.

And so, time passed. Meng Hao continued to concoct medicinal pills. Three batches per day. The new arrangement made the other master alchemists much less resentful.

After all, there were tens of thousands of disciples in the Inner Sect of the Violet Qi Division. Seeking out master alchemists involved certain rules, but as long as the alchemists didn’t get too greedy, there wouldn’t be too much resentment.

When you added in the fact that Meng Hao went out of his way to go visit the other master alchemists, it was like a cool wind blowing through their hair. Their sulkiness dissipated, and gradually, they all came to accept him.

As for Meng Hao, in addition to his three batches of pills per day, he spent a lot of time creating medicinal pills to hand over to the Sect. In addition, he used Foundation Establishment Day to slowly increase his Cultivation base.

Several months later, on one late night, Meng Hao sat cross-legged in his Immortal’s Cave. In front of him were three bottles of Foundation Establishment Day. After looking at them closely for a while, his eyes began to shine brightly.

“Today I will create my sixth Dao Pillar!” He took a deep breath. As of now, his sixth Dao Pillar was more than ninety percent complete. Because of the engulfing power he knew would appear, he had waited some time before attempting to complete the final ten percent. The preparations had taken some time, but now that he was certain it was safe, he was ready to start.

His eyes shined with determination. He picked up a Foundation Establishment Day, swallowed it, and closed his eyes. The sixth Dao Pillar began to congeal inside of him. A golden glow began to spread out from his body, within which were streams of magical symbols. All of a sudden, a garrulous chatter drifted out.

“Three bullies, three bullies. Less than three won’t do!” The noise, of course, came from the meat jelly, who had just woken up. It spoke the words and then spit out a mouthful of Qi.

The Qi spread out to cover the golden glow that surrounded Meng Hao. It made the Qi coming off of his Perfect Dao Pillars look ordinary. This way, the Violet Fate Sect wouldn’t detect anything unusual.

Time passed slowly. By dawn, Meng Hao’s body was trembling. His skin was withered, and an intensely violent gravitational force suddenly appeared. It seemed as if it had been thirsty for thousands of years and wanted to swallow up Meng Hao’s body and soul to sate its thirst.

Meng Hao was prepared for this, though. As soon as the gravitational force appeared, he immediately crushed the several pill bottles that remained in front of him. These were what he had worked so hard to produce: Foundation Establishment Day pills of ninety percent medicinal strength. He popped them into his mouth.

As soon as they entered his mouth, they exploded, transforming into boundless spiritual power that immediately began to be sucked into the sixth Dao Pillar.

At noontime, Meng Hao’s eyes snapped open, and they shined with a bright, glittering light. As he sat there cross-legged, he didn’t seem much different than before, except that he looked a little weaker. Inside, however, was a raging storm. The shocking ripples which emanated from his Cultivation base were consumed one by one by the meat jelly.

His sixth perfect Dao Pillar had appeared. Meng Hao took a deep breath and slowly closed his eyes. After a moment, he opened them again. They no longer glowed, but were calm, and filled with a strange light. The light was confidence born of his Cultivation base.

Six Perfect Dao Pillars. Mid Foundation Establishment. With one more Dao Pillar, he would be in late Foundation Establishment! At that point, a Dao Child with a Flawless Foundation wouldn’t qualify to even attack him. Their Dao Pillars would be reduced to trembling by the crushing pressure he could emit.

Even now, with his six Dao Pillars, he could easily exterminate any Dao Child.

As for the so-called Chosen, they were like ants or dried weeds that could be crushed on a whim.

“Perfect Foundation. Such incredible potency….” Meng Hao’s voice was soft, but his eyes shone with anticipation. This anticipation was for his ninth Dao Pillar, when he completed the great circle of Foundation Establishment.

There was a flickering in front of Meng Hao and the meat jelly appeared. It danced back and forth, it’s eyes wide. “Three bullies!” it cried.

After shedding, the meat jelly hadn’t transformed back into a parrot, but had maintained its meat jelly form.

“Three bullies! No less than three bullies!” it repeated in a voice that could chop nails and slice iron.

It appeared content. With a burp and some muttering, it disappeared into the bag of the Cosmos to find the Li Clan Patriarch and discuss noon-time naps.

Meng Hao stood and opened the door of his Immortal’s Cave. Dazzling morning sunlight filtered down. He took a deep breath. Winter was ending and Spring was beginning. There was no snow, like in the State of Zhao. Winter in the Violet Fate Sect had no snow.

He looked quietly up into the sky and suddenly realized that he had been in the Violet Fate Sect for more than three years now. In fact, now that he calculated it carefully, it would soon be four years.

“Time flies so quickly…” he said quietly. Practicing Cultivation on his own, he could truly sense the passage of time. His senses were no longer those of a mortal’s.

As he reminisced, he thought of Chen Fan, Elder Sister Xu and Fatty. Various scenes played out in his head. He knew where they were, but they… they had no idea where he was.

By this time, the name of Meng Hao was already a thing of the past. Few people brought it up any more. Soon, everyone would forget it. All the waves from the events four years ago had died down and disappeared.

“Life is like a dream, like a leaf that, no matter how beautiful, can only live for one season….” He looked at the buds sprouting from the great trees off in the distance and a smile broke out on his face. He liked his identity here as Fang Mu. He enjoyed how being in the East Pill Division felt like being in an institute of higher learning. He lifted his hand, and a jade slip appeared on his palm.

This jade slip had been branded by the Li Clan Patriarch at the behest of the meat jelly. It was branded with a Li Clan Conclave technique.

Self Will Incantation.

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97 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 3 – Chapter 228” - NO SPOILERS

      1. No, lets just have a eternal spring. Something like queen’s knight will do for this situation..

        – Long live the Alchemist ark.

        Sighs… it’s going to be her fault… right ;( but he’s got to be a furnace lord first or grandmaster alchemist.

      2. His level is already that of a Violet Furnace Lord without even learning Pill Demon’s skills(He created medicinal pills with 90% power for himself and stated that he should be able to create 100% “Perfect” pills with some difficulty), so the only things he needs now are Refining Techniques for pills, the Violet Qi from the East manual and the herbs needed for Golden Core Pill.

        1. Tsk, that’s right. 🙁 I guess he’s got all he needs. Time to me the grandmaster and steal the pills, but to caught my his ex girlfriend. Following the events, the world knows once more of his name.

          Then, I audience await for ark that his pet comes back while watching the chaos unfold between his two potential love rivals.

    1. He knows that sh*t will hit the fan sooner or later, hahaha
      There’s so much stuff that could happen, trying to guess is almost as hard as climbing up to the heavens, and it is awesome because of that.

  1. Thanks.

    Question for the start:
    When they are talking about Liu’s friends, they mean the 4 other chosen that was with him right?
    How were they trying to talk to Meng (when referenced as 4 Chosen), when they were with Liu (as Liu’s Friends)

    1. No, there were only 4 Chosens that were sitting under the pagodas. The rest were regular Inner Sect disciples and Liu and his 4 friends around him. Regular disciples are most likely those that were promoted from the Outer Sect, like Lu Song and Qian Shuihen. So technically, during the bullying, only Liu and his 4 friends behind him acted and surrounded Bai Yunlai in the square, while the rest of the Inner Sect disciples, including the 4 Chosens, just sits/stands there like “bystanders.”

    2. No, the Chosen were just sitting there on their pagodas watching the whole thing happening. Liu’s friends were just some ordinary sect disciples that followed him around.

      Edit: Someone got here faster than me hahahaha ^

  2. i check the teaser and with the meaning of Karma in book 3 chapter 208. when the resurection lily got seal. now i am completely certain that the meaning of karma here is not what it mean in normal world

    1. Couple more:

      There was no snow, like in the State of Zhao. Winter in the Violet Fate Sect had no winter.
      Not sure, is it meant to be “had no snow”? Or maybe just “The Violet Fate Sect had no winter.”
      Winter […] had no winter is kinda weird.

      branded by the Li Clan Patriarch at the bequest of the meat jelly
      I think this should be “at the request of” or “at the behest of”
      Here’s something I randomly googled:

  3. The feeling when you are so addicted to drugs, you have to become your own cook to satisfy your needs 🙂

    And meat jelly needs to make more appearances. I miss that guy.

    Thanks for the chapter ^^.

  4. Wow.

    That’s a long of time passing by.

    How old would he be by now?

    I hope the peaceful life continues. After all, now he has somebody to rely on.

    But how would he rescue his beloved ‘elder sister’ then?!

    Oh the suspense!

    1. Well, if I remember this right… He joined Reliance Sect @ 16 or 17. Then 7-8 years from Reliance Sect to the Violet Fate. Now, almost 4 more years in Violet Fate… Meng Hao should be around 26-29 years old 🙂 that means… Xu Qing is around 31-34 years old hmm..

      And currently, he doesn’t think he needs to rescue her since he thinks she should be safe, well-treated, and can protect herself after establishing her foundation with using the 3 Foundation Establishment pills he gave her. Of course, Meng Hao doesn’t exactly know the dangers of the spirits residing in the Black Sieve Sect that want to kill him (and maybe his friends). Also, Meng Hao think Xu Qing would be extra safe since he knows that Han Bei would likely protects her b/c Xu Qing is a bargaining chip she has against him, and b/c he has blackmail jadeslips of Han Bei killing Xie Jie.

    2. He should be around that age, but since Cultivators tend to live much longer than normal humans, his appearance should still be of 20-something years.
      Talking about appearances, i’m very curious as to why all the offical art depicts him white-skinned, while the novel clearly states here and there he is somewhat dark-skinned. I’d like to see some art showing him that way.

      (Went completely off-topic, sorry about that hahahahaha)

      1. hm…, I’m curious about that too. Also, there’s one picture in the ISSTH official art forum that’s like serious SPOILER! (should be pretty obvious which one it is)

        For myself, I imagine Meng Hao having dark skin like Judge Bao Zheng (google him). I’m not sure about you or if Judge Bao Zheng is the inspiration for Meng Hao’s dark skin but… when I first read that Meng Hao was dark-skinned, Judge Bao Zheng immediately popped into my head. And since Judge Bao Zheng kind of symbolize honesty, justice, and uprightness, qualities which Meng Hao originally upheld before he became a cultivator, it made it much for meaningful and awesome (for me) when I read the immense change that corrupted Meng Hao into a ruthless and cold Cultivator.

      2. Spoilers…spoilers everywhere…
        I just saw this Bao Zheng and i also see him with skin color like that. Another thing that i don’t see on the official art is that “demonic” air he has, but i guess it’s just not something which you can see or represent on an image.

        Although Meng Hao did become ruthless, now, with the Ressurection lily sealed, his temper should be much more calm (because the poison of the Lily also made him bloodthirsty), but nevertheless he’s still a Cultivator, so those things can’t be avoided.

      3. hmm damn, now that I touched on Judge Bao Zheng… I just wana gush a little… just a little hehe 😛 Here we go…

        Like seriously, Judge Bao Zheng and Meng Hao have so many similarities that I just have to know if Er Gen used Judge Bao Zheng as an inspiration for Meng Hao!!

        I mean, they are both dark-skinned, scholars, honest, upright, virtuous, and other-good-things-etc individuals such that they ooze justice juice. And there aren’t many Chinese cultural icon/MC that are dark-skinned (that I can think of). I mean, if you ask a Chinese person to name a dark-skinned MC, I would believe most would say Judge Bao Zheng.

        And seriously, my very first Xianxia was Er Gen’s Xian Ni (translated by Void), and holy crap it was so freaking dark I almost couldn’t handle it. Then I read ISSTH, which came after Xian Ni I think, and saw how similar Meng Hao and Judge Bao Zheng were and that made me thought hmmm… is Er Gen trying to go a different direction like having an honest, upright, and justice MC living in ruthless cultivating world without being corrupted by it… but no, he didn’t do it… kind of obvious since ISSTH is a xianxia, but I didn’t know what it meant back then… so all for the better I think.

        And if you don’t know, Judge Bao Zheng was exposed to corruption and darkness of his world (there’re so many dramatized legend of him so I’m kind of nitpicking here 😀 ) and yet he rejected his current world and embraced justice regardless of making powerful enemies while Meng Hao, being in similar situation, instead embraced the darkness and accepted that that is the way the cultivating world is…. Not to mention, they are both ruthless toward their enemies, where enemies are evildoers, who are usually government officials, for Judge Bao Zheng… And Holy crap!! Are these similarities why Er Gen introduced a meat jelly that keeps spouting justice, morals, and other good things?/

        man… argh… I hope I’m not reaching too far here, but there are so many things that these two share… like seriously, if the relation between these two are just a coincidence… I’m going to stop reading ISSTH…. not really, but I am going to be a little disappointed i guess 🙂

          1. Well, I think Void stopped translating Xian Ni, and the latest chapter is 179 I think. Read it if you feel like channeling your dark feelings lol. Anyway, it’s definitely worth the read, but since the current translation has stopped… well you know… the pain of waiting 🙁

            hopefully someone picks it up

  5. This novel is such a breath of fresh air!

    ““Three bullies, three bullies. Three less won’t do!” The noise, of course, came from the meat jelly, who had just woken up. It spoke the words and then spit out a mouthful of Qi.”

    UV saves the day!

    Thanks for the chapter

    1. He’s been very well behaved lately, what a good boy! 😛

      I wonder if he’s warming up to Meng Hao? In addition to appreciating being supplied with “evildoers”.

    1. Probably not yet. If they did, the meat jelly would likely demand 3 extra more. Although, they were with the meat jelly for at least 2 years straight so.. they might be crazy by now. Also, meat jelly slept for at least 1 year I think… so the 3 bullies + 1 Li Clan Patriarch did get some rest… I’m still wondering about 4th and 5th Huang Bros tho. Are they seriously just floating in Meng Hao’s bag of Cosmos for like 4 years? hahah

  6. Shame on you Meng Hao, calmly philosophising while the older generation is probably shedding tears of blood by now. Then again, it did lead to him trying to bribe his way out…

  7. Man, this current arc makes me wonder…

    Is the only practical way to practice cultivation past Qi Condensation is by consuming pills??? Like even in the Southern Domain, where Heaven and Earth Qi are much denser, breathing seems to be on the back-burner lol.

    1. i would say no. Pills are used usually to break through a bottleneck or to gain a huge boost in Qi. Usually cultivation is done by gradually absorbing heaven and earth qi from the surrounding. That is where talent becomes extremely important. However there are several abnormalities about our MC.
      His talent is average and that is even after the boost he got. and since he broke the laws of Heaven and Earth by getting the forbidden 10 Qi Condensation pillar, he was excluded from gathering Qi in natural way. He uses mainly pills. He could get the Qi from other practitioners with help of one of his techniques ( cant remember which). Also by absorbing unnatural Qi, as shown in the Song clan area or from the Giant tree picture.

      1. Not just the 10th level of Qi Condensation, also the 11th, 12th and 13th.
        And also his Perfect Foundation.
        And later his Golden Core.
        And then…who knows? hahahaha

      2. Mengs talents at first were average, when he broke through the 13th Qi foundation, he improved his Qi understandimg and spiritual sense, the perfect foundation further improved his talents like allowing him to battle those stronger then him, the resurrection lily gave him poison immunity and knowledge over plants.

        Meng has come this far thanks to his scholar experience and luck.

    2. Well, it is for Meng Hao hahaha
      Because of his Perfect Dao Pillars, Meng Hao can only absorb spiritual energy from places that are cut off from Heaven (like the World Tree painting or the Song Clan).
      Although indeed the people from this Sect rely too heavily on pills for their cultivation, to the point that if they don’t have any pills they can’t make any progress at all (Like the Pill Blacklist Club).

      These people are seriously addicted to (Drugs) Medicinal Pills.

      1. chosen are likely people with little talent to begin with. considering each generation has conclave and dao childs & the fact very few nanscent & core formation people are within each sect i doubt chosen are expected to break through to core formation. even if they do they’d probably get stuck at early stage

      2. It seems more like the big sects just have aids to cultivating that are more readily available, so they take advantage of it. Say a Chosen with good talent would take 12 years to get to Foundation Establishment, but with the help of a few pills he gets there in 10. Then there’s the benefit of that. But it doesn’t mean they are taking a ton of them. They don’t have enough to endlessly make pills and consume them like Meng Hao and his mirror. Even then, there seem to be so many different pills for different stages, and multiple types of pills for the same stage with more or less potency.

        Let’s say someone is 60% through one of their pillars and then gets stuck and it has nothing to do with the amount of qi. A pill could then be made to get them through that bottleneck (compared to the bottlenecks that just have massive qi requirements), in which case he can then go back to cultivating. But it doesn’t mean that individual ever has enough for more than one or two types of pills per year (outside of the pills their sect apparently distributes once in a while).

        The Violet Fate Sect just seems to take more advantage of using the pills since they have a massive division devoted to the alchemic science.

  8. what happened to 3 bullies? He is engaged to Song clan’s disciple or was it a marriage…wat happened to her?
    what happened to time (something) technique ?? The author reaally takes his sweet time lol
    Anyway tanq for the chapters :3

    1. I think he is not engaged to her. The Song Clan elders pissed off the old body spirit and the spirit ordered them to just hand her over to the winner of the trial. Not to have her marry the winner. I imagine she should be like a concubine or follower, rather than a wife.

      As to where she is, probably home wondering where Meng Hao is 🙂

    1. Seems like so, he just doesn’t do it because it requires too much time and concentration, so he just half-heartedly makes Furnace Lord-level pills and makes the whole sect praise him for this…
      This guy is such a moron hahahahahaha

    2. He can concoct 100% strength medicine, but all the pill furnaces explode because they can’t handle perfection 😛
      That’s why he went through 50 furnaces in like the first month.

  9. Thanks for the chapter! Man I love this series. I love how philosophical he can be, as compared to most MCs at least.

    I’ve been thinking for a while that this series might as well be called I Shall STEAL the Heavens, as opposed to seal. The swords, the Legacy, the position in the inner sect of Reliance sect. He steals the will of the heavens with his mirror, and luck with his Good Luck Charm. He stole latent talent from the heavens, nature talent from the Resurrection Lily.

    Almost all of his magical items have been stolen(or conned).

    Or won, where others would have won if not for him.

    Same thing with magical techniques, most of those are stolen.

    As were a bunch of hearts. 😉

    Honestly, the things he has found on his own and created of were given to him, are probably only the copper mirror and the Demon Sealing Jade. More or less.

    I probably missed a lot of things, and this was not meant in any way to criticize Meng Hao, because regardless of how he got everything he did…he freakin EARNED it. And that’s awesome.

  10. Thanks for the chapter!

    You know, Er Gen likes to constantly point out Meng Hao’s unbridled excitement for 9 Dao Pillars. This seems like he’s deliberately trying to force our attention here in order to drive that idea into our heads. I don’t know, maybe it’s just how he writes but it more seems like there will be a big ‘shock’ to the readers where we find out Meng Hao ends up having a 10th pillar.

    I feel like this will then domino and apply to the other levels in a similar way as well, basically making Meng Hao a god in each realm of power he’s in. Even if he were to lose that perfect foundation eventually from that Wang clan ancestor, he’d still be a complete badass. So the kid that started with mediocre talent ends up being some type of unmatched genius of luck.

    Yes, I probably think about ISSTH too much. For this I blame RWX for creating this site and Deathblade + crew for their ridiculously amazing job translating/editing this work.

    1. Well, it would kinda make sense if he ended up having as much as 13 dao pillars (the same number of his level of qi condensation). The only thing that i find strange is that Meng Hao never even considered, up until now, the possibility of there being more than 9 Dao Pillars (since he has experienced breaking through until the 13th level, he should at least consider the possibility of having more than 9 Pillars)

      1. I did think about this, but the qi condensation 10 through 13 all had different attributes to them. Specifically 11 through 13 being more unique in what they granted and were progressively harder to achieve back when the heavens allowed it. But, that was only at Qi Condensation. Foundation Establishment, Core Formation, Nascent Soul, etc. might have also had different levels of attainment previously allowed by the heavens. In which case, Meng Hao might be following the path for the max of each path. 13 pillars just seemed too excessive when thinking about the author needing to keep the story progressing so figured 10 would be enough of an ‘ooo’ and ‘aaah’ factor for the readers and character(s) in the story.

    2. I could see a secret/forbidden 10th pillar as a vague possibility. 13 would be too much though, IMO… he’s already so far ahead of every other Foundation Establishment cultivator with just 5/6 perfect pillars, and Meng Hao speculated a little while ago that with 9 perfect pillars he may even be a match for Core Formation cultivators.

      But then again, he already has the formula for the Perfect Gold Core Pill, and the only requirements mentioned for it so far are a Violet Core and the rare/special medicinal herbs needed to refine the pill itself. There hasn’t been any hint for the existence of a 10/11/12/13th pillar. I’m leaning towards them not existing for now.

  11. Isnt Meng Hao like 40 years old now? He will be 100 before he gets to the nascent stage. At the beginning they said that people only lived 150 years, I wonder if he looks like an old man now.

    1. No, age is extended at each stage. I think achieving Foundation establishment, your life is extended to 150 (as opposed to typical 70-90 range) and at Core Formation, you are extended to 300, etc.

      I believe Meng Hao is actually in his mid to late 20’s now.

  12. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, John Rogers, Lingson, MeeBoo, Yascob, and Er Gen! Dear WuxiaWorld, many thanks to the Author, Translator(s), (Editors), (Donors) for the awesome chapter! With lots of love, Jack ❤

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