ISSTH – Book 3 – Chapter 247

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Chapter 247: Kill Me!

Early the next morning, the dawn sun peeked out and sunlight fell upon Black Welcoming Peak. The mountain was verdant and green, and while there were no singing birds or fragrant flowers, Meng Hao’s spirits were lifted as he gazed out of the second story balcony at the lush vegetation of the surrounding mountain range.

The undulating mountains, covered with emerald green vegetation, were illuminated by brilliant sunlight. The glow fell upon Meng Hao’s black robe, causing its violet aura to grow stronger. Anyone who looked at it would have a hard time deciding if it were black or violet.

The mountain breeze lifted up his long hair, making it seem as if Meng Hao himself wished to float away with the wind. As he stared off into the distance, a violet light gleamed within his eye.

This was the manifestation of Violet Qi from the East, which had also turned his six Dao Pillars a violet hue.

After a long moment passed, Meng Hao took in a deep breath, then left the residence. As he began to walk down the mountain path which threaded through the Black Welcoming Mountains, he encountered Black Sieve Sect disciples who immediately saluted with clasped hands, their faces filled with politeness, yet maintaining some of the pride they felt as members of the Black Sieve Sect. Obviously, word had been spread throughout the Sect regarding how to treat the visitors.

Meng Hao smiled, returning the salute, and continuing on his way.

He soon emerged from the Black Welcoming Mountains and found himself in the middle of the Hundred Mountains. This was an area restricted to Conclave disciples.

Looking around at all the Black Sieve Sect disciples and buildings, and the enormous incense burner up above, Meng Hao sighed inwardly. Before joining the Violet Fate Sect, he could never have imagined that one day he would be able to stroll about the Black Sieve Sect in such a leisurely fashion.

“It’s a good thing the meat jelly shed its skin a long time ago. If that happened now, my identity would be revealed immediately.” He walked among the buildings, eventually coming to a halt at the edge of a public square. There, he could see dozens Black Sieve Sect disciples sitting cross-legged, Han Bei included.

An old man was in the midst of giving a sermon, explaining various scriptures regarding Black Sieve Sect magical techniques. Meng Hao had seen this man before; he was one of the Core Formation Cultivators who had received him yesterday along with Patriarch Violet Sieve.

The old man’s voice rang out coolly: “The magic of the Black Sieve Sect can be divided into the will of the Black Underworld, and the teaching of the Sieve of Heavens. The Underworld represents the spirits of the nine earths. The Sieve represents the will of the nine heavens. Therefore, in the Black Sieve Sect, Underworld magic is used to kill, and the will of the Heavens is divine. You must bear these sacred teachings in mind as you practice your cultivation. In the future, your path will lead to the Heavens.” It was at this point that he caught sight of Meng Hao.

He nodded slightly, obviously aware of who Meng Hao was. He didn’t say anything, but instead looked over his audience. Eventually his gaze came to rest on Han Bei. He gave her a meaningful look, and she sighed inwardly, then rose and walked over to Meng Hao.

The old man’s expression remained the same as he continued to discuss the Sect scriptures. He would never have allowed any other outsider to hear such discussions of Sect matters, but considering Meng Hao’s status, it wouldn’t be appropriate to drive him away. Therefore, he asked Han Bei to lead him away.

Han Bei actually did not want to accept this assignment, but she really had no way to refuse. Without any trace of her feelings showing, she arrived at Meng Hao’s side. A beautiful smile blossomed onto her face.

“Grandmaster Fang, you’re such an early riser! Why don’t you accompany me? I’ll show you some of the sights around the Sect.” She was as beautiful as a flower, her voice soft and entrancing.

Meng Hao was well aware that it wasn’t very appropriate for him to stay and listen to the Sect sermons. He nodded pleasantly at Han Bei and then said, “To be accompanied by such a stunning flower would be my honor.”

The two of them strolled off.

When they were some distance away from the square, Han Bei smiled and said, “Grandmaster Fang, you are truly refined and poetic. I don’t deserve to be referred to as a flower.” Her eyes sparkled, and her flowing, blue silk garment wrapped around her in a way that truly made her look like a flower.

Han Bei was inherently beautiful, her smile dazzling. She might be a flower, but to Meng Hao, she was a rose, covered with poisoned thorns. He would never forget the softness with which she had uttered the words “Xie, dear” in the Black Sieve Sect’s Blessed Land. 1

In response to her words, Meng Hao laughed a bit, but didn’t respond. Instead, he just looked her up and down.

“Grandmaster Fang, don’t tell me you’re still thinking about whatever place it was that you wished you had seen me before?” She laughed lightly, but deep within her eyes, Meng Hao could see that she harbored a measure of anxiety. She didn’t think Meng Hao could tell, but considering how well he knew her, he noticed it with a single glance.

Meng Hao’s mind instantly spun into action. He knew that Han Bei was not the type of woman to get nervous easily. He thought back to all the times he had seen her before.

“I’ve embarrassed myself in front of you, Fellow Daoist Han,” he said. “It’s just that, I really am interested in you.” He looked at her, allowing a glow of interest to shine in his eyes.

When Han Bei saw this, her heart instantly seized. From the moment Meng Hao had entered the Sect, an uneasy feeling had overtaken her. Now, her anxiety was growing stronger. However, her skill in scheming ran deep, and she did her best to hide her feelings. She kept her brow smooth, and covered her face with a smile.

Continuing to stroll along, she responded, “Grandmaster Fang, I’m truly honored by your words. However, I truly don’t understand. What exactly about me interests you?” She looked at him, blinking.

“The surname Han is a special one,” said Meng Hao slowly, looking at the rising sun off in the distance.

Hearing this, Han Bei’s expression didn’t change. She smiled and replied, “How is it special?”

“It’s special because it’s one of the Nine Great Families.” His expression was the same as usual, but his words caused Han Bei to frown and sigh. Meng Hao knew that these actions were simply a means to cover up her true reaction.

His heart trembled, and more than ever he got the feeling that something fishy was going on.

“You’re right,” said Han Bei, looking at him. “My ancestors were among the Nine Great Families.”

They came to a stop outside a stretch of emerald-green mountain forest. The wind blew softly, causing the leaves to rustle. Off in the distance, the sound of running water could be heard. The sounds of nature merged together into something similar to music.

Surrounded by the beauty, Meng Hao said nothing. He gazed at Han Bei, and she returned his look.

After a long moment, he laughed, turning his head to look at the green forest. He strolled over to where a mountain stream ambled on toward the east. He looked down into the stream, where fish flitted above the smooth stones of the stream bed. A thoughtful expression appeared in his eyes.

“Something is unusual about Han Bei,” he thought. “How come she’s so nervous around me? It can’t have anything to do with Fang Mu, and she doesn’t know that I’m Meng Hao. In that case… it must have to do with the East Pill Division!”

Han Bei stood next to him, her expression the same as ever. Enough time passed for an incense stick to burn, whereupon she suddenly slapped her bag of holding. A glowing jade slip appeared. After glancing at it for a moment, she gave Meng Hao a slight curtsey.

“This place is secluded and quiet, Grandmaster Fang. If you wish, you can stay here a while. Unfortunately, there are some matters I have to attend to, and I don’t wish to disturb your ruminations. This jade slip contains a map of the Black Sieve Sect, please feel free to use it to go enjoy some of the scenery. I’ll take my leave now.” She handed him the jade slip, then turned lithely and made to leave.

As she did, Meng Hao casually said, “One of your friends in the East Pill Division wished me to pass on greetings to you. As for that matter….” His words seemed to be filled with meaning, and yet were ambiguous and equivocal. Really, any meaning could be derived from them.

However, as soon as Han Bei heard them, her heart began to pound. Her back was turned to Meng Hao, so she allowed her eyes to narrow. However, her posture betrayed no clue regarding her thoughts. She slowly turned her head, and when she did, her face was covered with a look of surprise.

“Grandmaster Fang, I’m not really sure what you mean,” she said, blinking. Her expression filled with confusion, as if she were trying very hard to figure out which friend Meng Hao was referring to.

If she had not manifested such an expression, Meng Hao would have been left guessing. But such a reaction solidified his speculations.

There was definitely something going on with Han Bei.

Based on his understanding of her, he knew that were she not harboring some deep anxiety, she would take advantage of such a topic of conversation to gather more information from him. Instead, she instantly displayed an expression of surprise.

He laughed. “I see. I clearly mistook you for someone else.” He said nothing further. Currently, he wasn’t sure exactly what secret Han Bei was keeping. That would take further deliberation. However, he also knew that speaking too much could lead to slip-ups. Then, Han Bei might come to the conclusion that she was being played, and that could lead to unnecessary complications.

Hearing Meng Hao’s words, Han Bei gave him a vague smile. Saying no more, she gave another curtsey, then turned and left. It wasn’t until she was very far way, that her face grew pale and went tight with anxiety.

“East Pill Division…” she murmured as she sped off into the distance.

Meng Hao watched her disappear, and his eyes glowed with thoughtfulness.

Han Bei had been acting strangely from the moment he had entered the Black Sieve Sect. She didn’t want anyone to notice her nervousness, but Meng Hao could tell that he had just managed to charge directly into whatever secret she was harboring deep in her heart.

After much thought, though, he wasn’t able to deduce what relationship Han Bei could possibly have with the East Pill Division. He looked down at the jade slip she had given him. He scanned it with Spiritual Sense, and a map of the various mountains of the Black Sieve Sect appeared in his mind.

Some areas were marked with magical symbols indicating that they were prohibited. After a while, Meng Hao lifted his head and walked off.

He strolled alone through the Black Sieve Sect until about midday. Off in the distance, he could see Black Welcoming Peak, and was just about to return when suddenly his eyes narrowed. He turned and looked off into the distance.

In that exact instant, a shrill scream shattered the peace and quiet within the Black Sieve Sect. At the foot of a distant mountain, roaring could be heard. The ground trembled and a crazed Cultivator flew forward, his hair whipping around his head.

“Kill me! Kill me!” he bellowed, his voice shaking the surrounding land. As he flew forward, multiple beams of light flew up into the air and shot toward him.

Meng Hao stared with narrowed eyes, because he recognized this Cultivator. It was none other than Black Sieve Sect Dao Child Zhou Jie!

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This chapter was sponsored by Staph, Ammar Al-Eid, Emil Olofsson, Rudolph Arreola, AdiNugraha Tawakal, Marten Hennoch, Ri Xin Wang

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  1. In Chapter 163, Han Bei called Xie Jie her “dear,” and then moments later ruthlessly killed him

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68 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 3 – Chapter 247” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. Thanks for the chapter, Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, John Rogers, Lingson, MeeBoo, Yascob, Staph, Ammar Al-Eid, Emil Olofsson, Rudolph Arreola, AdiNugraha Tawakal, Marten Hennoch and Ri Xin Wang!

      1. uhhh… Han Bei is not Meng Hao’s friend. If HB knows MH’s real identity, that’s a super strong leverage she will have over MH. Also, he’s in enemy territory, one word from her, and his alias or even his life is over. Furthermore, HB already has Xu Qing as leverage over MH’s so that MH wouldn’t reveal that she killed Xie Jie. MH is not going to wantonly give her a second leverage. Not to mention, he’s getting more secrets out of HB by using his alias b/c she wouldn’t be as on guard. So yea, revealing his real identity is a stupid idea.

          1. Well, if you thought they were friends, then they really accomplished their facade haha. Anyway in all seriousness, while they may respect each other in some way, they are, in fact, quite apprehensive of each other.

            For MH, HB showed that she could kill instantly kill you as she did with Xie Jie. It’s not entirely sure if her killing Xie Jie is due to her said reason, but the fact that she did it while acting charming and caring gave MH warnings. Coupled with the fact that she’s very intelligent and crafty, she poses danger to MH if he lowers his guard. Conversely, for HB, MH’s strong power, ruthless actions, and cleverness was clearly shown to her in the square cauldron. After all, he was able to figure out, and control the situation in her schemes, forcing her hands multiple times.

            So the friendly facade in the marriage gathering was just in order to avoid others’ suspicions into their business. HB approached MH wanting to get Time Jadeslip (not a copy – not sure if it’s possible to even copy) b/c she had Xu Qing and wanted to know how much of leverage she had by observing MH’s reactions. Of course, she probably learned little since MH’s facial control is godly, and MH countered her threat with a jadeslip recording HB’s killing of Xie Jie.

            So yea, they are not friends. I wouldn’t say their enemies either… at least not in the way with Wang Tengfei or Li Daoyi are to MH. Their relations are kind of complex since their first impression of each other were pretty explosive lol…

            Anyway, Han Bei is hands down my favorite female character so far in ISSTH b/c of how complex she is.

        1. Meng Hao also mass murders… he actually isn’t that different from Chu Feng except he is more scholarly and uses logic at times rather than just pure power…. and he isn’t a rapist… but also, lets be fair to Chu Feng, the 1st time was cause of a drug, and the 2nd time, the females were going to have him raped…..

          And what they meant by “be like Chu Feng” was taking all the girls away and protecting them from the world.

          1. When has Meng Hao ever started a fight?

            I can’t remember a single time in the entire novel when he hasn’t just been minding his business thinking about quantum physics or qualia or the like, and then some other cultivators fly up and say “Nice shoes, bro! You should totally give them to us along with your lunch money” then get upset when he refuses to commit suicide in front of them to save them the trouble of killing him.

            Sure he might walk through bad neighbourhoods wearing a new pair of runners just to attract their attention but it’s always their choice to try and mug him with predictable results.

            There’s no comparison with Chu Feng who even kills rats and chickens that are unfortunate enough to ever have had an association with someone who cut him off in traffic.

          2. Meng Hao doesn’t mass murder… the closest he came to that was those Foundation Establishment Cultivators when he was forming his (fourth or fifth?) Dao Pillar and he needed to suck out their cultivation bases to live.

            And even then, they had come to kill him so they each deserved it.

            Also, Chu Feng may have had a “reason” (COUGHCOUGH) to have raped each of those girls, but he sure didn’t seem sorry about it.

          3. Xandarth, I literally LOLed at your comment and had to read it two or three times because it was so funny. LMAO!

  2. “As she did, Meng Hao casually said, “One of your friends in the East Pill Division wished me to pass on greetings to you. As for that matter….” His words seemed to be filled with meaning, and yet were ambiguous and equivocal. Really, any meaning could be derived from them.”

    Con Master evolves into Bluff Master <3

    Thanks for the chapter

  3. he could see a dozens Black Sieve Sect disciples
    “a dozen”

    Han Bei’s expression didn’t changed
    “change”

    His expression was the same usual
    “same as usual”

  4. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, John Rogers, Lingson, MeeBoo, Yascob, Staph, Ammar Al-Eid, Emil Olofsson, Rudolph Arreola, AdiNugraha Tawakal, Marten Hennoch, Ri Xin Wang, and Er Gen!

  5. Poor Zhou jie, he has all those evil souls that meng hao sealed inside him driving him crazy. Well Meng hao will have to fix that with a littler trickery and hopefully a new sealing spell! :3

  6. I have no idea what’s going on with Han Bei, lol. Don’t think it has anything to do with Meng Hao, but I also can’t think of anyone else in the East Pill Division she might know. 😐 Hmmmm
    —-

    “The magic of the Black Sieve Sect can be divided into the will of the Black Underworld, and the teaching of the Sieve of Heavens. The Underworld represents the spirits of the nine earths. The Sieve represents the will of the nine heavens. Therefore, in the Black Sieve Sect, Underworld magic is used to kill, and the will of the Heavens is divine”

    The number 9 appears so often in ISSTH (Nine Mountains, Nine Seas, Nine Mystical Stars/Great Families, etc etc), but I can’t figure out the significance…
    Seriously, check it out how often it comes up (paste the following into a google search):
    site:wuxiaworld.com/issth-index/ “Nine”

    And google is failing me now. 🙁 I know these Nine Heavens and Nine Earths aren’t just something Er Gen made up… they seem to come from ancient chinese culture if you do some searching. For example, I can see that the Nine Heavens = jiutian (九天), aka the Nine Fields = jiuye (九野), and the Nine Earths = jiude (九地) , aka the “Nine Lands” in Buddhism apparently? These terms seem to be related to Buddhist/Taoist cosmology, but the english/western internet just isn’t giving me any good sites to read up on them. It’s a shame.

    1. I found a couple articles on Baidu Baike (basically chinese wikipedia?) which look a little promising… if only I knew chinese. 🙁 MTL sucks, though.

      http://baike.baidu.com/view/552159.htm
      http://baike.baidu.com/subview/61174/8513086.htm
      http://baike.baidu.com/view/608945.htm

      Interesting side-note, I also found that the chinese underworld is sometimes called the Yellow Springs (黄泉 huangquan) or the Nine Springs (九泉 jiuquan).
      There have definitely been several mentions of the “yellow springs of the netherworld/underworld” in ISSTH (it’s where the main body of the World Tree regrew, for example). And the flag Meng Hao got from the Blood Immortal is called the “Yellow Springs Nine Burials Flag” according to the meat jelly.

  7. Might be because han bei showed friendly relations with meng hao in the fiancee competitions incident. Since their sect is desperate in finding meng hao, it is very possibly that they may have done something to han bei so that if ever meng hao tried to secretly contact her they would know. I’m worry about sister xu cause she was with the same sect as meng hao.

  8. I wonder if Meng Hao will exorcizes this guy ? , he’s really Black sieve sect natural enemie (Damon sealing totally counters their underworld magic ).
    Thanks for the chapter C:

  9. Are you serious in trying to justify rape? Regardless if they want to rape him, the dude is no worst than those gals by actually raping the girl. Chu Feng is a mass murderer (he is responsible for massacring entire clans meaning innocent babies and children) and I can’t believe that there are people that are defending that psychotic moron.

  10. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, John Rogers, Lingson, MeeBoo, Yascob, Staph, Ammar Al-Eid, Emil Olofsson, Rudolph Arreola, AdiNugraha Tawakal, Marten Hennoch, and Ri Xin Wang!

  11. Thanks for the chapter, Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, John Rogers, Lingson, MeeBoo, Yascob, Staph, Ammar Al-Eid, Emil Olofsson, Rudolph Arreola, AdiNugraha Tawakal, Marten Hennoch and Ri Xin Wang! 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.

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