ISSTH – Book 3 – Chapter 229

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Chapter 229: Because this Will, Can Only Belong to Devils!

Self Will Incantation.

A Li Clan Conclave technique. In this technique, one’s will was the key in which magic can be Cultivated. Furthermore, if cultivated to a consummate level, then during Spirit Severing or Dao enlightenment, Karma could be seized.

The technique actually seemed more like a scripture. Except it wasn’t a scripture scroll, but seemingly a fragment of a scroll. Nonetheless, this short passage was enough to become a Conclave technique of the Li Clan.

Meng Hao examined it thoughtfully for a while. Then, his expression flickered and he waved his hand. The jade slip disappeared.

Not much time passed before Bai Yunlai appeared, walking up hastily. He formally greeted Meng Hao in a respectful tone. Ever since the matter with Liu Yanbing, Bai Yunlai carried himself differently in front of Meng Hao. They were still close, but it was now clear that their positions were different. There was a slight tension between them.

Meng Hao tried a few times to get him to act more like he had when Meng Hao first joined the Sect. However, it just made him nervous. So, he allowed Bai Yunlai to greet him formally every time they met, and to speak in a reverent tone.

Meng Hao could only sigh at this change. He understood that it would be impossible to maintain the same relationship they always had. His own Dao of alchemy was growing further and further away from Bai Yunlai’s, and as such, the respect the man showed grew deeper and deeper.

“Grandmaster Fang, these are the orders I’ve accepted recently. Please, take a look.” He handed over a bag of holding.

Meng Hao glanced it over and then tried to chat a bit with Bai Yunlai. Bai Yunlai’s respectful expression didn’t change, which caused Meng Hao to sigh again inwardly. With a slight nod of his head, he tucked the bag of holding away.

Bai Yunlai hesitated for a moment, then looked at Meng Hao and lowered his voice. “Grandmaster Fang, there’s only one more month until this year’s Pill Auction. Sir, I’m not sure if you plan to participate in the auction or not…?”

“Pill Auction….” Meng Hao thought back to four years ago when he had first joined the Violet Fate Sect. There had been a Pill Auction underway at that time. Now, he had quite a reputation in the East Pill Division. The Pill Auction was a place for master alchemists to manifest their reputation.

Also, it was a place where medicinal pills were directly sold for Spirit Stones in an official capacity. The Pill Auction only happened once per year, and Meng Hao had never attended one before. Suddenly, his heart began to thump. He was a master alchemist who was quite popular within the Sect. But he wanted to know how much a price his pills would fetch in the Southern Domain in general.

Master alchemists could offer their wares with their name attached to it, or anonymously. In the case of the latter, no one, not even members of the Sect, would know whose pill it was that was up for sale.

However, there is no wall in the world which can hold back any wind. It might be difficult for the Elders to figure out which pill was made by whom, but if Grandmaster Pill Demon wanted to know, then he could naturally be able to figure it out.

Meng Hao muttered to himself for a moment, and then nodded. Not only did he want to see how much his pills were worth in the outside world, he also wanted to replenish his supply of Spirit Stones. Copying the Foundation Establishment Day had cost him quite a bit. Even as a master alchemist who was frequently compensated by Inner Sect disciples for pill concocting, he still couldn’t afford such expenditures.

As of now, he had quite a collection of medicinal plants, but not a lot of Spirit Stones. This, of course, caused Meng Hao to sigh. When he was young, he had always dreamed of being rich. That dream seemed to be just as far away as ever.

He saw off Bai Yunlai and was standing there in thought, when suddenly a bright beam of light appeared off in the distance. The image of a slim, graceful woman was visible inside. It was none other than Chu Yuyan.

The instant he saw her, Meng Hao sighed at his bad luck, then immediately turned and entered his Immortal’s Cave.

“Fang Mu!!”

The instant her voice echoed out, the door of the Immortal’s Cave shut and sealed. Then, Meng Hao’s voice could be heard:

“Fang Mu isn’t home.”

Chu Yuyan’s eyes blazed with killing intent. Her veins bulged as she stood outside the Immortal’s cave, gnashing her teeth. She had come to call on Meng Hao on multiple occasions during the past year, but he always seemed to be away, and never inside the cave. For him to act like this, as if he had just caught sight of some kind of devilish fiend, caused fury to burn within her.

Teeth clenched, she said, “Fang Mu, are you hiding from me because you have some secret you don’t want people to know about!?” Every time she came here and found the door shut, she would say something like this.

She was more and more certain that Fang Mu was harboring some secret. For him to act like this every time she came really set her on fire. Whenever anyone said his name, the irritated feeling would fill her and she would feel like doing something to him.

Meng Hao’s voice drifted out of the Immortal’s cave: “What you can’t see, can’t annoy you.”

Chu Yuyan’s stared with wide eyes. She banged her fist onto the door. A boom echoed out. The door rattled a bit, but wasn’t damaged in any way.

“Get out here!”

“I’m concocting pills.”

“Are you coming out or not?”

“Aiii. Elder Sister Chu, I’m concocting pills, really!”

“Who the hell said I’m your Elder Sister? I’m a Furnace Lord. You’re just a master alchemist. If you don’t come out here right now, we’ll see how long you can stay there in your Immortal’s Cave.”

“Fine, Fellow Daoist Chu. You know, last time, you camped out next to my Immortal’s Cave for seven days. Later, a lot of slanderous rumors spread throughout the Sect. It’s really not a good thing. Don’t you agree?”

“You….”

“I, Fang Mu, am not married to any beloved, and am very concerned with my reputation. Such rumors are really intolerable. Fellow Daoist Chu, please refrain from harming my reputation in this way. Take your leave, quickly.” Meng Hao sighed. Actually, Chu Yuyan’s intuition frightened him. He had been avoiding her for years now, because he had the strong feeling that if he had any interaction with her, she might begin to pick up some clues.

If she somehow realized that he was Meng Hao… well, he didn’t dare to think of how horrific the consequences might be.

Chu Yuyan gnashed her teeth and stamped her foot angrily. Then she turned and left.

Sensing that she’d gone, Meng Hao sighed in relief. A wry smile appeared on his face. Everything about the East Pill Division was good except for Chu Yuyan. With her here, he didn’t feel secure.

“If she keeps causing problems for me, I might have to think of some other method to deal with her….” His eyes shined with a cold light, but his face’s usual calm expression returned. He stopped thinking about Chu Yuyan. With the wave of a hand, the earthly fire within his Immortal’s Cave sprang to life. A pill furnace appeared to hover directly over the fire.

This particular furnace of Meng Hao’s had three cranes carved onto its surface. As the furnace began to glow red from the heat, the three cranes turned the color of blood. They looked like they might fly out from the surface of the furnace at any moment. It was a cowing sight.

Meng Hao had traded a large collection of medicinal pills and plants with a veteran master alchemist to acquire this Blood Crane furnace. Having used it for some time, he was very familiar with it.

The furnace quickly became bright red, but Meng Hao stood off to the side, paying it no attention. A thoughtful look appeared in his eyes.

“What type of pill should I concoct for the Pill Auction…” he thought. Hundreds of pill formulas flashed through his mind, but none of them caught his attention. Enough time passed for an incense stick to burn. The pill furnace was as red as blood, and its glow filled the entire Immortal’s cave, causing everything to look red. Meng Hao’s eyes suddenly flashed.

“I’ll concoct a poison pill!” Based on Meng Hao’s understanding of the Dao of alchemy, poison pills generally did not have recipes that were handed down. They were usually created spontaneously or from memory by the master alchemist. This prevented unauthorized pill formulas from being passed around.

Poison pills were somewhat of a taboo. However, most master alchemists would research and concoct them at some point. It was a way to prove not only a master alchemist’s skill in the Dao of alchemy, but rather, his understanding of plants and vegetation. One must have a thorough mastery of the variations of plants and vegetation to be able to concoct a poison pill uniquely classified as belonging to a given master alchemist.

A pill created by one person that ten thousand people couldn’t dispel. All master alchemists thirsted to create something like this.

Meng Hao took a deep breath, then sat down cross legged next to the pill furnace. He allowed the heat from it to fill his body, and then closed his eyes. He sat silently in meditation. Days passed. The fire continued to burn. The Blood Crane furnace showed no signs of degrading; it maintained its bright red appearance the entire time.

Seven days later, Meng Hao’s eyes suddenly opened. His eyes were filled with determination.

“This poison pill will not be a pill to give to enemies, but to oneself. Poison, but not poison. Medicine, but not medicine. This pill….” He thought back to the time in the State of Zhao when he had killed Shangguan Xiu, and of the pearl Little Tiger had given him. The pearl caused one’s Cultivation base to rise by one level. Thanks to the help of the pearl, Meng Hao had been able to open the ancient path which led to the tenth level of Qi Condensation. 1

The images from that day sprung clearly into his mind. The pearl had fearsome power, and had left a deep impression on Meng Hao.

“Pierce the Qi vessels throughout the body, chop them like mincemeat. Turn the body into a treasure, split open the chest. Crush the mind, consolidate millions upon millions of murderous intentions. Explode the Dao Pillars within the Core Sea; killing intent can exterminate spirits. Use the mortal soul to fuse with spirits. Use the power of killing to subvert consciousness. The mind and the Core Sea, fused into nothing in the blink of an eye. This Devilish Will shall transform into a suicidal heart, which will cause the Cultivation base to climb to the skies!

“It is not a burning of the soul, it supersedes that! This pill… will be called Bedevilment Pill! That is because, this Will, can only belong to devils!” Meng Hao’s bloodshot eyes glittered. His right hand grabbed his bag of holding and then waved it in front of him. Immediately ten thousand varieties of medicinal plants appeared to float in mid-air in front of him. Bathed in the crimson glow, the scene seemed bizarrely demonic.

Meng Hao’s hands blurred, and a flickering shadow appeared beneath them. Meng Hao’s entire mind, all his energy, poured into the pill furnace. He catalyzed and pulverized medicinal plants. He created hybrids to look for one particular root he needed.

From the time Meng Hao had begun to study the Dao of alchemy, during all the various situations in which he had concocted pills, he had never been so possessed. It was his first time to make full and thorough use all of his skill in the Dao of alchemy, all of his nature talent of plants and vegetation.

His hair was wild and disheveled, and he lost awareness of everything. He was immersed in pill concoction. All his desire poured into the Bedevilment Pill. It was like he himself was possessed by a devil!

This Bedevilment Pill was actually… the first true pill ever created by Meng Hao in his time Cultivating the Dao of Alchemy!

There was no formula for this pill. It didn’t need one. This was a pill that contained the true will of a master alchemist, a pill that had been created by the influence of will. Therefore, its true value and price was impossible to describe. Even more important was the fact that, if a Furnace Lord could see Meng Hao in his current state, that person would surely go mad.

In Cultivation, there is enlightenment. The Dao of alchemy also has enlightenment. Pill Demon had experienced such enlightenment. So had the other two Grandmasters in the Southern Domain. Some Violet Furnace Lords might experience it once in their life, although that depended only on luck and fortune. Just now, Meng Hao had experienced alchemic enlightenment!

The pill created as a result of alchemic enlightenment was as miraculous as if it had been created by the Heavens themselves. It was unparalleled and unmatched!

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This chapter sponsored by Yaa Botchey, David Bottlender, Gary Cosby, Minh H, and Jiashen Chen

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  1. The events with the pearl occurred in chapter 75

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96 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 3 – Chapter 229” - NO SPOILERS

  1. Thanks for the chapter, Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, John Rogers, Lingson, MeeBoo Yascob, Yaa Botchey, David Bottlender, Gary Cosby, Minh H, and Jiashen Chen!

    1. “If she keeps causing problems for me, I might have to think of some other method to deal with her….” His eyes SHONE with a cold light, but his face’s usual calm expression returned. He stopped thinking about Chu Yuyan….

      Minor error.

      I’m assuming the whole bit of weird stuff was the Incantation of Self Will? It’s hard to tell if this pill is a temporary booster pill, or a more permanent foundation buffer that works by crushing the ‘outside’ of your cultivation, so you can rebuild it stronger.

      we shall see, I guess.

      ==Aelryinth

    1. Thanks for the chapter

      Elder brother phoenix
      This stone is indeed annoying
      I proposed we make an alliance against him
      What do you say elder brother phoenix?
      *cupped hand respectfully*

      You’re elder sister
      Your elder sister

      1. Good chapter 🙂 Quite a bit happened.

        [1] Self Will Incantation, hmm… “seizing Karma” is pretty vague. I get the feeling it’s distinct from stealing luck from the Heavens, and there’s apparently no reincarnation cycle for cultivators in ISSTH, so I’m not sure what “Karma” is/does in this setting. Guess I’ll have to wait and find out. 😛

        [2] The scene with Bai Yunlai was sad. 🙁 I was hoping they could maintain their brotherly friendship, but now they’re steadily growing distant.

        [3] On the other hand, that scene with Chu Yuyan was really funny. 😛

        [4] The Bedevilment Pill… very interesting. However, that monologue of Meng Hao’s sounded like a bunch of mumbo jumbo which was meant to be “profound” but kinda failed at it. IMO, of course. 😛

        I’m definitely eager to learn what it does, though. Especially after reading the sneak peek! (!!)
        And I think there’s a chance Meng Hao could be directly promoted to Grandmaster rank if the pill is as extraordinary as it seems. At the very least, he should be taken in as a novitiate after this.

        Here’s a relevant quote from Pill Demon about the two other Grandmasters he raised and why they were allowed to leave the sect (chapter 216):

        “However, he who can weed through the old to bring forth the new, he who can tread the untrodden path, that person may establish his own school of thought. If he is able to bear the weight of the title Grandmaster, then it has nothing to do with me. In that case, there is no need to discuss returning to me.”

        edit: accidentally quoted DB instead of making a new post, my bad! 😯

          1. Yeah, Putorius pointed out below that it sounds like a Berserker Pill, and now I feel pretty silly/dumb. 😳 The monologue makes sense in that light.

          2. Well, that did sound like a lot of “mumbo jumbo” hahahaha
            Although it does have meaning, many things (especially the Demon Sealing stuff) are just like plain rambling. 😀

          3. These passages are both a joy and a headache to translate. My Chinese is okay, but when I get to these parts I usually am like WTF….. My process is usually to look up all the characters and try to guess the meaning (it’s often vague or confusing even in Chinese, even if you understand all the characters). Then I’ll have Madam Deathblade break down the grammar and definitions for me (unfortunately many times these things are story-line related, and although she is a native speaker, she hasn’t read the whole story, so sometimes doesn’t understand the storyline related terms). So then I’ll contact John Rogers with further questions. Based on his explanations, I’ll go back to Madam Deathblade to confirm my understanding. Then, I’ll come up with the final translation.

            Long story short, these passages take way longer to translate. Because of the lack of grammar rules in Chinese, the meaning can often totally change based on how you interpret the Chinese. Chinese doesn’t have clear subjects and objects, nor singular and plural nouns, nor clear past and present tense, so it makes it a real headache sometimes. For every four characters of the “mumbo jumbo” stuff, I could probably translate hundreds of characters of normal story. That’s just a random guess, it might be more. There are some mumbo jumbo parts where I’ve spent more time on one paragraph than the entire chapter.

            These mumbo jumbo parts are confusing and vague even in Chinese, but they do contain meaning, so I hope to convey that. It seems that a lot of people are coming to the same conclusion about what the Bedevilment Pill does, and all I will say is that the various analyses are pretty good!

          4. I kinda feel you, Deathblade. These passages must indeed be very difficult to translate as even after translation they give that weird vibe, like a bunch of incoherent stuff (please don’t get me wrong haha, i’m not saying the translation is bad, in fact i feel like it is supposed to be incoherent).

            As i not only speak english, i sometimes stumble upon things that i know the meaning of, but simply can’t express it in another language, so i kinda correlate that feeling with what you just said. (Though i reckon that Chinese is on a whole other dimension compared to most other languages hahaha)

          5. @ Putorious – I know, just giving some insights into how they come to be haha

            @ YyAoMmIi – Yeah, she only reads what I force her to haha. She is more my editor regarding grammar and basic vocabulary, not storyline related terminology and whatnot

          6. The pill probably does not destroy the cultivation, but damage it. It’s suicidal action, not a suicide. Since it mentions that killing intent can seal spirits, Meng Hao will probably use it to seal some ancient god or something in the future.

            Forbidden medicine from MGA basically.

            Well, hopefully … suicide berserk pill would be … I wouldn’t want to take it 🙂

  2. Thanks for the chapter!!!

    @Deathblade

    >>please refrain from harming my reputation TIN this way.
    >please refrain from harming my reputation IN this way.

    >>This Devilish will shall transform into a suicidal heart
    there’s a subject/noun missing? Devilish is an adjective

      1. @Deathblade,

        in sneak peak,

        >> If he he only had five
        double “he he”

        and

        >> If alchemic enlightenment is ceased before COMPLEMENT
        >If alchemic enlightenment is ceased before COMPLETION?

  3. “Fang Mu isn’t home.”
    oh Meng, how I love you

    “What you can’t see, can’t annoy you.”
    Hahahaha (this doesn’t account for the meat jelly though)

    It’s fairly obvious Chu Yuyan is gonna catch onto him being Meng.
    I’m assuming she’ll find out because of either
    1. intuition
    2.him doing an action he previously did in front of her
    or similar means.

  4. Holy moly ! You expect a filler chapter describing peaceful preparation of pills for auction and then this comes out 🙂 Wonder if he gives one of the pills to himself or if Bai Yunlai will be the target. Also can he afford to duplicate it ? Probably not, since there is the lightning and all … but who knows 🙂

    Thanks for the chapter ^^.

    1. Yeah, it was said early on in the story that the Mirror will reject duplicating demonic items (and sometimes will even attack them instead!), but it’s actually kinda arbitrary. He’s successfully duplicated low-level demonic cores in past, after all.

      But even if he’s capable of duplicating them, I’m sure it’ll cost a mountain of spirit stones (based on how extraordinary the pills appear to be), and he’s short on those atm.

  5. “He had been avoiding her for years now”
    “You know, last time you camped out next to my Immortal’s Cave for seven days”

    Chu Yuyan is quite the stalker hahahahahahahahaha 😀

    Thank you very much for the chapter!

    Edit: About that pill, does someone share my belief that is some sort of “Berserker” pill?
    “Use the power of killing to subvert consciousness. The mind and the Core Sea, fused into nothing in the blink of an eye. This Devilish will shall transform into a suicidal heart, which will cause the Cultivation base to climb to the skies!”
    Just a random question.

    1. Some aspiring MC: “Meng Hao, what’s the best way to capture a beautiful woman’s heart and mind?”
      Meng Hao: “…” *ignoring you*

      lol, but yea, Berserker pill also came to my mind when I read it. I’m only wondering if you die when you use it…. He did use some “piercing Qi vessel” and “exploding Dao Pillar” imageries soo… hopefully they were figurative

    2. That’s a really good guess, I didn’t think of that. 😯

      This pill is supposed to be posion-yet-not-poison, medicine-yet-not-medicine. So if it turns out to be a Berserker Pill that temporarily gives the user a huge buff at the cost of damaging their cultivation base afterward… wouldn’t that satisfy the definition?

    3. Yeah, “mind and core sea, fused into nothing” sounds pretty bad too, but i think it’s actually an exaggeration and you might lose a level in power or something like that.
      Destroying one’s life/cultivation for a “final blaze of glory” is a little too much, i think.

  6. So, as I thought, he’s already better than most Violet Furnace Lords.
    I bet Pill Demon will get his hands on that pill and find Meng Hao… and I really want to know what it is exactly that that pill does.

    I also find it funny how Meng Hao keeps avoiding Chu Yuyan. She’s going to attack him one day.

  7. One for sale and one for mass production for personal uses
    Maybe meng hao will use this pill to kill some crowd of higher cultivation realm
    Killing core while foundation or etc

  8. there has been a couple of birds sitting behind a tree near my window. they usually start their mating calls in the morning. i cant see them, but they annoy the shit out of me each time.

  9. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, John Rogers, Lingson, MeeBoo, Yascob, Yaa Botchey, David Bottlender, Gary Cosby, Minh H, Jiashen Chen, and Er Gen!

    1. Well, they do have the power from his Perfect Foundation, but yeah, his pills are “just a little” too frightening. Even Pill Demon himself probably wouldn’t create Tribulation by making pills…Little meng is seriously broke hahahaha

    2. I think Deathblade generally doesn’t want us to discuss what happens in next chapter sneak peeks (since it could be considered spoilery for the posters who’ve chosen not to read it yet), but since you brought it up…

      It reminds me of this (chapter 165):

      “There’s a legend about the Mulberry Thunder Tree. According to this legend, in ancient times there was an almighty being who achieved enlightenment while sitting underneath a Sieve Net Thunder Tree. Heavenly Tribulation descended, desiring to wipe out this new Dao.” (small excerpt)

      Meng Hao concocted the Bedevilment Pill through alchemic enlightenment, so maybe he’s created a new (devilish/demonic) Dao which the Heavens are now seeking to destroy?
      Or I’m just thinking too much about this, that’s always a possibility 😛

  10. Actually, I feel a little bad for Chu Yuyan here…

    When she’s dreaming, she’s haunted by Meng Hao. When she’s awake, she’s haunted by Fang Mu…

    Speaking of which, cultivators sleep? I can’t remember the last time it was said explicitly that Meng Hao slept that I thought cultivators don’t sleep 😛 .

    1. I think that their meditation/cultivation is akin to sleeping on the part that it restores their physical well-being while also strenghtening them. So i’m guessing that they don’t sleep, since that would be a “waste of time” for cultivation.

      1. Not sure about love dao, but there are benefits to having sex in regard to cultivation 🙂

        In ATG Yun Che got the frozen skills by taking virginity from the little fairy.

        In MGA Chu Feng can’t wait to have sex with Zi Ling to gain insights into his lightnings.

        And in Xian Ni it was mentioned many times that you raise your cultivation faster, if you have a partner of opposite sex to do it with you (was not mentioned if it’s exactly a matter of having sex or just a yin yang thing).

        Not sure if it could be considered a legitimate dao to go around having sex with all kinds of cultivators, but who knows 🙂

  11. This is so entertaining. The comedy just gets better and better as it goes along. Though so far nothing beats his unveiling in front of all the sects in the song clan hahah.

  12. “Darling, I’m concocting pills, really” & she will go into frenzy lol.

    Btw,alchemy is not only restricted to medicines & poisons .. he can also make love pills,aphrodisiacs,Invisibility pills (maybe),mind-control pills & many more….. hope he gets enlightment faster.
    Tanq for the chapter :3

  13. When i read in comments about the story of refreshing for new chapters I thought of course it was an exaggeration…
    Till I caught myself, after reading the whole story, calculating at approximately what time in my timezone do the chapters come out just so I can catch them hot.

    Today was the first day I actually scream a big NOOOOO after seeing the chapter was over. Damn you Meng Hao, you schemer!

  14. Imagine this. Chu Yuyan having strong feelings for Fang Mu eventually talks to her. He kisses her. She actually let’s him. Midkiss he turns back into Meng Hao. Surprise! Anyway the real reveal is going to be epic. Thanks for the chapter.

      1. Did I? Guess I have to watch that movie while waiting for what really happens. My original thought was for the reveal to happen mid-coitus but I don’t think he could get that far without her finding out. The kiss would be easier. I still reckon Chu Yuyan gonna kill him at the reveal regardless of her being weaker.

  15. Thanks for the chapter, Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, John Rogers, Lingson, MeeBoo Yascob, Yaa Botchey, David Bottlender, Gary Cosby, Minh H, and Jiashen Chen! Dear WuxiaWorld, many thanks to the Author, Translator(s), (Editors), (Donors) for the awesome chapter! With lots of love, Jack ❤
    All hail Mighty Philosopher Stone Sama!

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