ISSTH – Book 3 – Chapter 241

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Chapter 241: Violet Qi from the East

Outside of the Violet Fate Sect, several 300 meter long airships shot through the sky. On one of the airships, Dharma Protector Tang Shicang stood with Grandmaster Eternal Mountain, looking off into the distance.

Tang Shicang hesitated for a moment, then finally spoke out the question that was gnawing at his heart. “Grandmaster Eternal Mountain, are you really going to give them that ancient Entrancement Pill so easily?”

Eternal Mountain was silent for a long moment, then gave a very faint smile. “The Entrancement Pill is defective, and I studied it thoroughly long ago. Besides… do you really think that with all the resources the East Pill Division controls, they don’t have an Entrancement Pill already?”

Tang Shicang’s eyes glittered. After a moment, he nodded.

“Besides,” continued Eternal Mountain, “my purpose for visiting the Violet Fate Sect has been accomplished. A trifling Entrancement Pill was well worth it.” His eyes shone with a strange light.

“Oh?” Tang Shicang said, surprised. He still didn’t quite understand. “But Grandmaster Pill Demon didn’t show his face. Grandmaster Eternal Mountain, how exactly did you accomplish your purpose?”

“Who ever said I went to the Violet Fate Sect to pay respects to Master?” he replied, his voice archaic and filled with wisdom. “Master would never agree to see me. My medicinal pill was just an excuse. The true purpose was to get a look at Grandmaster Pill Cauldron!” Eternal Mountain laughed.

Anyone who had Cultivated the Dao of alchemy to the realm he had, would of course possess extreme powers of insight.

Tang Shicang stared in astonishment. “Grandmaster Pill Cauldron? He’s…” He was about to continue speaking, but stopped. His pupils constricted, and suddenly, his eyes filled with disbelief. He looked over at Eternal Mountain. “Don’t tell me….”

“Grandmaster Pill Cauldron is none other than that young man!” said Eternal Mountain in a voice that could chop nails and sever iron. The words hit Tang Shicang like a thunderbolt. He immediately began to breathe heavily.

He had no reason whatsoever to doubt anything Grandmaster Eternal Mountain said about the East Pill Division. However, the matter of Grandmaster Pill Cauldron was just too shocking, and he found it hard to believe.

“An Zaihai obviously knows,” said Eternal Mountain. “Considering his powers of perception, he was surely told by Master. As for Elder Brother Lin, his skill in the Dao of alchemy hasn’t made any progress for hundreds of years now. He will never pass through the door to become a Grandmaster. He naturally was unable to see Fang Mu’s skill in pill concoction, especially the ambiguous final method he used to achieve victory. Fang Mu is clearly brilliant.”

“The boy is so young, and yet he is Grandmaster Pill Cauldron. This matter….” Tang Shicang took a deep breath, and a strange light filled his eyes.

“For now, the title Grandmaster is out of the question for him. However, he is a truly rare seed…. If you want to offend him, go ahead and spread word of his identity. But don’t forget, a true grandmaster of the Dao of alchemy, is also a grandmaster of the Dao of poison. Wiping out an entire Sect would be as easy to him as blowing some dust off of a table. He became famous because of his Bedevilment Pill, and the mad, devilish will within it. Even though I didn’t get to see the pill with my own eyes, the images branded on the jade slip were enough to cause my hair to stand on end.” His words were spoken calmly, but they stabbed like ice into Tang Shicang’s heart.

“He obviously doesn’t want to reveal his identity,” continued Grandmaster Eternal Mountain, “so you would do best not to cause problems. What I am most interested in knowing is… will he become the third forsaker?” He smiled. His words were a question, but in his eyes, he seemed to already know the answer.

At the same time that the people from the Golden Frost Sect were calling upon the Violet Fate Sect, far off in the Southern Domain, near the Rebirth Cave, was the corpse which had fallen from the sky years before. Currently, several dozen Cultivators were shooting toward it at top speed from a very far distance away.

They all wore black clothing. The auras which emanated from their body was sinister and cold. It was as if they could turn the hot summer air into the frostiness of the yellow springs of the underworld.

The Cultivation bases of these Cultivators were unstable. Sometimes they were at the Foundation Establishment stage, sometimes Core Formation, sometimes Nascent Soul. Occasionally, they would even explode with the aura of the Spirit Severing stage.

The so-called Immortal’s Corpse had caused many waves to pass through the heart of the Sects of the Southern Domain over the past years. It seemed that the five great Sects and three great Clans still had not given up on their investigations. The scale of activity was not as great as it had been before, but all of the Sects had reaped some benefit throughout the years. Right now, it was possible to get very close to the corpse.

It was easy to predict that in the near future, this corpse would cause an even greater stir, a true commotion within the Southern Domain. Then, vast amounts of Cultivators would come to approach it. The people here now were simply feeling things out.

However, the Cultivators which were now shooting toward the corpse were very bizarre. Black smoke filled the air as they passed, as if their bodies contained, not one soul, but two. Apparently, they weren’t even alive, but rather, puppets whose bodies contained discarnate souls.

They moved quickly, and were almost immediately upon the corpse. Suddenly, the smoke emanating out from them twisted and warped, transforming into a sickle of black mist. The sickle seemed capable of slashing through anything. It cut directly toward the neck of the corpse.

It was a few days after the Golden Frost Sect left the Violet Fate Sect when suddenly the so-called corpse emitted a massive roar, the likes of which hadn’t been heard since the day it fell from the sky.

This roar actually exceeded that first one. It was like a gale force wind which swept across the entire Southern Domain, rumbling like thunder.

As the roar sounded out, the dozens of Cultivators nearing the corpse coughed up blood. Their bodies became indistinct, and they tumbled backward. A voice sounded out in their minds which they could hear, but no one else could.

“Screw off!”

The roaring words seemed to echo out to the heavens. Half of the group of dozens of Cultivators screamed miserably as their bodies exploded. Blood and flesh flew about in all directions. Discarnate souls appeared from within, but before they could flee, they began to disintegrate.

The ten or so survivors immediately fled at top speed. However, before they could get very far, their bodies began to tremble, as if they couldn’t control the discarnate souls within their bodies.

These people were of course from the Black Sieve Sect!

Even as they left, a new piece of news began to spread around the Southern Domain. A mark of blood had appeared on the neck of the Immortal’s corpse!

It looked as if someone had tried to cut off its head, but had only succeeded in leaving behind the mark.

As soon as this news reached the various Sects, large amounts of Cultivators emerged and headed toward the Rebirth Cave. They didn’t dare to approach too closely, but observed from a distance.

The news caused a stir in all the five great Sects and three great Clans.

The news reached the East Pill Division of the Violet Fate Sect, of course, as did the sound of the roar emitted by the corpse. However, they were located quite a distance away. Furthermore, Fang Mu had just been promoted to Furnace Lord. Therefore, the Sect didn’t pay too much attention to it.

Usually, the promotion of a Furnace Lord was a grand occasion for the East Pill Division, second only to the promotion of a Violet Furnace Lord. However, the unorthodox and relatively simplistic nature of Meng Hao’s promotion led to a much more muted reception.

Things were simple, but Meng Hao was still quite busy for several days. He got a new Immortal’s Cave and a new robe. Some people might be talking down the method by which he was promoted, but he still received the perks of the new position.

For example, his Immortal’s Cave. As of now, Meng Hao had an entire valley to himself, deep within the East Pill Division, far away from the master alchemists. It wasn’t large, but couldn’t be described as small either. And it belonged only to him.

His alchemist’s robe was black, interlaced with violet, and was equipped with a special function. It had a magical, short-range teleportation ability, which could be used to teleport anywhere within a 50 kilometer radius. After the ability was used three times, he could exchange the robe for a new one.

As for pill furnaces, like Meng Hao’s Blood Crane pill furnace, these would be provided to him by the Sect as needed. Before, if he wanted to concoct some high-value medicinal pills, he would often have to trade with others to acquire the necessary medicinal plants. Now that he was a Furnace Lord, though, such things would be provided by the Sect, free of charge.

Furthermore, there were some very expensive and rare medicinal plants that he was now able to buy on credit. Even more importantly, as a Furnace Lord, he was now allowed to enter the Violet Fate Celestial Land once per month! 1

There were many benefits, and they are difficult to describe in detail. It could be said that in terms of status and position, in everything, he was now far beyond a master alchemist. One was the Heavens, the other was the Earth.

There are a thousand master alchemists, but only one hundred Furnace Lords. As of now, Meng Hao could look down on all Inner Sect disciples. Even Conclave disciples of the Violet Qi Division would treat a Furnace Lord with utmost respect. In principle, Conclave disciples could request pill concocting from a Furnace Lord, but generally speaking, usually only Sect Elders would do so.

Outside in the Southern Domain, any Sect would attach extreme importance to any Violet Fate Sect Furnace Lord, in such a way that was far, far beyond master alchemists.

It could be said that becoming a Furnace Lord was like becoming a Conclave disciple of the East Pill Division. Unfortunately, becoming a Furnace Lord was predicated on gaining the approval of all the other Furnace Lords. Therefore, Meng Hao’s sudden promotion caused the other Furnace Lords to look at him with disfavor.

Meng Hao didn’t care, though. Almost the very first thing he did after being promoted was go borrow a copy of Violet Qi from the East. He had been waiting for a very long time to get a chance to do so. As soon as he finished reading it, he went into secluded meditation and began to practice cultivation.

Two months later, he emerged. He still had six Dao Pillars, only now they weren’t gold colored, but violet. Finally, he could heave a sigh of relief.

From now on, no one would be able to see the traces of the Sublime Spirit Scripture on his Cultivation base. As of now, the Cultivation he practiced was not from the Qi Condensation manual of the Sublime Spirit Scripture, but from… the Foundation Establishment manual!

Violet Qi from the East!

The manual wasn’t complete, but Meng Hao did possess the complete Qi Condensation manual. As such, he actually understood the technique better than the Cultivators of the Violet Qi Division. The benefits he acquired were vast. His Dao Pillars now emanated a threatening violet Qi. The pupils of his eyes glinted with a violet glow, and the aura emanating from his body was very different than from before.

Violet Qi from the East was extremely suited to Meng Hao, almost as if it had been prepared just for him. By continuing to practice this type of Cultivation, he would definitely be able to form a Violet Core.

With a Violet Core, he would have the foundation upon which to build the Perfect Core!

Before going into his two months of secluded meditation, he spread word that he was planning to rise to Foundation Establishment. After emerging, he revealed an early Foundation Establishment Cultivation base, which offered a perfect explanation for the violet hue to his pupils.

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This chapter was sponsored by Lenny Rann, David How, Ri Xin Wang, Colin Ding, Jiashen Chen, and Robert Zhang

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  1. The Violet Fate Celestial Land was introduced in Chapter 213

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77 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 3 – Chapter 241” - NO SPOILERS

  1. Thanks for the chapter, Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, John Rogers, Lingson, MeeBoo, Yascob, Lenny Rann, David How, Ri Xin Wang, Colin Ding, Jiashen Chen, and Robert Zhang!

    1. We’re finally getting back to cultivation huh? That other grandmaster is such a boss lol. I’m sure he managed to gain Meng Hao’s respect already. That’s pretty cool. I wonder if people are ever going to figure out that Fang Mu is Meng Hao… or is Meng Hao just going to keep on using the Meat Jelly to masquerade about? Also, I’m curious as to what will happen with Chu Yuyan and Meng Hao in upcoming chapters. I don’t expect romance, but I do expect whatever sinister idea he seemed to have (one or two chapters ago) to be enacted because of her reverence for Grandmaster Pill Cauldron… :p

      I’m just curious about where this is going. The pace is all the over place lol (and definitely not in a bad way). Book 3 is confusing me. :p

        1. we all expect that to happen, moreover we all want to see what hilarious magnificent circumstances he will have before he leaves

          cause if it was a movie, we all be sitting back and eating popcorn

        2. Which is also why he now has a robe with triple teleport which can get him back to the immortal cave with the natural teleportal in a hurry where he can use his lucky charm teleport. So much distance, so little time.

      1. It had with a magical, short-range teleportation ability
        remove “with”

        the Qi emanated from his body was very different than from before
        Not quite sure, just sounds weird to me for some reason. Maybe remove “than”? Or maybe it’s fine.

  2. Cheating the peoples haha… so now that he has violet qi…. how close is he to the completion of the sublime spirit scripture? How much of it did the Sect even have? And with the Qi condensation part, how much better is Meng Hao’s version?

    I really hope the author explains this to us 😛

    Also, did Meng Hao make his core sea at the 13th level again and increase his abilities?

    Darn it…. I wanna know!!!!

    Thanks for the chapter XD

    1. There’s a Sublime Spirit Scripture manual for each stage of cultivation, so 7 in total. Meng Hao has the complete first manual, the Violet Fate Sect has an incomplete second manual. So he’s still a long way off… 🙁

      And yeah, I hope the author explains what’s missing in the second manual. The main point of the second manual should be to form a Violet Core (like how the main point of the first manual was to establish a Flawless Foundation), and since the Sect managed to develop a cultivation technique from the fragment which successfully allows practitioners to form Violet Cores… it makes me think that the Sect’s “fragment” is actually not too far off from being the complete manual.

      But aside from establishing a Flawless Foundation, the first manual also describes how to form a second Core Sea. I imagine the (complete) second manual also has an extra feature like that, and that’s probably what the Sect is missing.

      1. He doesn’t need the rest of the 2nd manual. With his knowledge of the first stage, he already has enough with the 2nd manual to complete what he needs for the perfect Core. The Perfect core is part of what he learned from the turtle shell, not part of the script itself. The script is just increasing his chances of success. For example, making a flawless foundation before taking the pill for the perfect pillars was not required, just increasing the chances.

    2. He doesn’t have the means to make his second sea past lvl 9 again, and with his knowledge from the Qi Condensation stage, he knows enough of the manual to finish the perfect core stage, so he doesn’t need anymore in that regard. As far as how much stronger he is, I feel he is probably just a sliver below the early core stage in power. Once he gets 1 more Dao pillar I think he can probably beat an early Core stage.

    1. Calling someone “Elder Sister”… where has this happened before? hahahahahaahahaha
      I smell something in the air 😀

      “Elder Sister Xu Q… I mean, Elder Sister Chu Yuyan, i think you should have this cosmetic cultivation pill.”

  3. I wonder if he should just tell them he is Meng Hao, offering the Qi Condensation manual as the price for forgiveness for his past sins and protection.

    It would let him show his full strength, and a great deal of good favor.

    I think his Fang Mu identity will eventually come to bite him in the ass somehow. >_>

    1. Agreed. He doesn’t even necessarily have to make a big public event out of it, he could just arrange a private meeting with someone important, hand the thing over, and get a ton of favour. He can’t publically reveal that his Meng Hao though, otherwise the Violet Fate Sect will be annihilated by the other sects, as they have two parts of the Sublime Whatever thing.

    2. Here’s the thing: He doesn’t gain anything from keeping it secret. All it does is paint a big target on his back, while if his disguised his identity, has handed it over in private, and has the favour of a big sect due to this then, he’ll go a loooong way.

      The only way in which it might be useful is if he established a Sect, but you practically need to be an Immortal to pull that off, otherwise you’ll be crushed under the feet of the other ones.

      1. I mean before they would have likely killed him for offending the sect but now he is one their most important members. Therefore, He’s got enough leverage, but I wonder is worth the risk of telling them. Cultivators tend to kill anyone who simply looks at them wrong.

      2. No, he does have some gain… he allows less future threats… the Sublime Scripture is a powerful cultivation method that would allow there to be many more powerful enemies for him to deal with.

        Think about it, a bunch of people want to kill him. If he allowed them to use the scripture, then he’d eventually gain even more powerful enemies…

        That thing could considered a powerful weapon… him having it helps him, but sharing it, and it could be used against him easily….

        1. I don’t think he should offer the Qi Condensation manual but actually it wouldn’t be a bad thing to have more powerful enemies since everyone at his level is just not qualified to be his match…

          Other thing that i have been thinking is that after he becomes an even more important figure in the violet sect i don’t thing it would matter much if his identity as meng hao is discover on the sense that they wouldn’t want to kill him nor expel him from the sect imminently…

  4. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, John Rogers, Lingson, MeeBoo, Yascob, Lenny Rann, David How, Ri Xin Wang, Colin Ding, Jiashen Chen, and Robert Zhang!

  5. Meng Hao not being the third to forsake the Violet sect is like saying does a bear shit in the woods. It does therefore Meng Hao will end up somehow forsaking the Violet sect.

    Thanks for the chapter.

    1. Seem it is like a foregone conclusion Meng Hao will left Violet sect, but if he had left with Demon Pill King approval (meaning reaching Grandmaster stage), then enmity between him and the sect will reduce significantly. Just too bad, as Meng Hao really love the sect despite few annoying person.
      Eternal Mountain has marked him as potential Grandmaster, but seem like he rather has Meng Hao as a fellow alchemist than an enemy, but that can’t be say for Violet Furnace Lord Lin.
      I thought the Immortal corpse has been forgotten as myself did.

      1. He doesn’t need to reach Grandmaster Stage.

        In the history we were told earlier – the two other Grandmasters aren’t at Pill Demons level of understanding but because they chose to go practice their own style of alchemy not based on his – he granted them Grandmaster status.

        So Meng Hao could leave now – if he could convince Pill Demon he was leaving to further the Dao of Alchemy.

    1. Don’t think it’s possible to form a second foundation with his second core sea.
      The Qi Condensation manual of the Sublime Spirit Scripture, when it described how to form a second core sea, also described how to use that second core sea to potentially upgrade a person’s foundation (basically, if they were already at the foundation establishment stage with a Fractured or Cracked Foundation) to a Flawless Foundation. This was obviously useless to Meng Hao, so he’s only ever used his second core sea as a disguise / to trick people.

      My point being that it never said anything about cultivating the second core sea to establish a second foundation, which just sounds weird to me. 😛 Instead, it focused on using the second sea to improve the user’s pre-existing foundation.
      ——–

      About Meng Hao showing off power at the early foundation stage, I’m not sure if all cultivators can do that (intentionally suppress their cultivation to a lower stage to deceive people) or if it’s a feature of his Perfect Foundation (perfect control over his spiritual energy?).

      1. Hmm I remember that when he was with chu yan that he used his second core to swap her the cultivation of the 3rd rank. And I think from the previous chapters when he changed his appearance people would only see that he cultivated to the 6th or so rank. All in all that is why I thought he developed a second foundation. Thank you for your explanation. I really appreciate it! 😀

  6. Thanks for the chapter!! 🙂

    This was an illuminating chapter. Nice.

    Maybe the Rebirth Cave is his next destination? Or is he going to go refine that bug? Or something else?

    Well, his business in the Violate Fate sect is still far from finished…

  7. I wonder if this provided a supplementary effect on his already perfect Dao Pillars and made them more powerful? This wasn’t explained very clearly… :/

    Oh well, doesn’t matter got promoted!

  8. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, John Rogers, Lingson, MeeBoo, Yascob, Lenny Rann, David How, Ri Xin Wang, Colin Ding, Jiashen Chen, Robert Zhang, and Er Gen!

  9. Thanks for the chapter, Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, John Rogers, Lingson, MeeBoo, Yascob, Lenny Rann, David How, Ri Xin Wang, Colin Ding, Jiashen Chen, and Robert Zhang! Dear WuxiaWorld, many thanks to the Author, Translator(s), (Editors), (Donors) for the awesome chapter! With lots of love, Jack ❤
    Thanks to Philosopher Stone senpai for the comment!

    Awwwww MeeBoo is too cute 😘

  10. So he has the full scripture that violet qui was derived from and yet can’t use that to learn it instead he has to wait all this time to become a furnace lord?

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