ISSTH – Book 3 – Chapter 255

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Chapter 255: She Was Floating in the Wind

As soon as the words were out of Meng Hao’s mouth, he slapped his bag of holding. A pill cauldron flew out along with some Earthly fire crystals and a host of medicinal plants, which Meng Hao began to work with. In front of everyone, he began to concoct a pill.

He worked at incredible speed. To everyone watching on, it seemed obvious that he must be doing all of this in an attempt to save Chen Jiaxi. Apparently in order to completely ensure his success, he even extracted a drop of blood from Chen Jiaxi’s forehead.

The blood entered the pill furnace, clearly as a way to make the medicinal pill more effective in purging the poison.

Everything was deathly silent, and all eyes were on Meng Hao as he concocted the pill. From the moment he had stepped foot into the Dao of alchemy, this was the quickest he had ever concocted a pill. It only took a few moments for a fragrant aroma to fill the square.

Meng Hao then waved his hand, and a pink-colored medicinal pill flew out. It shot like lighting into Chen Jiaxi’s mouth. His life clearly hung by a mere thread at the moment.

Tens of thousands of eyes were fixed on Chen Jiaxi. As soon as he consumed the pill, a tremor shook his body.

Then, even more shockingly, his hair began to rapidly change color, from black to white. His skin began to wither, as if his vitality had seeped away. In the space of a few short breaths, he seemed to have aged nearly a hundred years.

Before, he had been middle-aged, but now he looked like an old man with one foot in the grave. Wrinkles covered his face, and he emanated ancientness. Before, his Cultivation base had been at the late Foundation Establishment stage, but now it seemed to be vanishing because of his decrepitness.

The entire process, from beginning to end, only took about ten breaths’ worth of time. Chen Jiaxi looked completely different; he was now a feeble old man with no Cultivation base. However, the death aura which had been drifting off of him moments ago, had been replaced with life force.

When this happened, his eyes suddenly opened. Suddenly he coughed up a massive congealment of blood, along with what remained of the medicinal pill. It was about the size of a fingernail, half as large as it had been before.

It wasn’t the pill Meng Hao had concocted, but the pill everyone had taken to be the Primordial Heavenly Replenishing Pill!

As soon as he spat the pill out, Meng Hao waved his sleeve, collecting it into a pill bottle. Before he could put it into his bag of holding, however, Patriarch Violet Sieve’s eyes flickered. He waved his right hand, causing the pill bottle to fly out of Meng Hao’s hands and into his own.

Meng Hao ignored this, focusing instead of Chen Jiaxi, who was trembling, a look of confusion in his eyes.

“In the moment before the poison killed you, I managed to prevent it from continuing to dissolve. The poison is not impossible to dispel. However, given my current skill in the Dao of alchemy, I was unable to find the proper combination of medicinal plants in such a short time. Therefore, I used the simplest method possible, and also the most direct. I stimulated your life force, and shattered your Cultivation base. In this manner, I was able to force out the poison. As for your Cultivation base, if you practice recuperative cultivation, it should slowly recover.”

Chen Jiaxi said nothing as Li Yiming rushed over and helped him to his feet. Chen Jiaxi stared blankly at Meng Hao, then let out a bitter laugh.

“Eternal Mountain once said that alchemic battles are just like magical battles: death can come with a single thought. As of today… I am convinced of this truth.” With that, he clasped hands in salute. His body trembled, and he lowered his head to conceal the venomous hatred which seeped out from his heart.

Li Yiming also clasped hands and bowed to Patriarch Violet Sieve and the others. They clearly could not stay on the mountain, so, he took hold of Chen Jiaxi and flew up into the sky, disappearing off into the distance.

A few Black Sieve Sect Cultivators rose to accompany them as they left. Considering all of Meng Hao’s experiences, it was impossible for him to not notice Chen Jiaxi’s hatred. Had that hatred not been there, Meng Hao, well aware of how much he had come out on top, would have helped the man recover his Cultivation base more quickly.

But now, he abandoned such thoughts. Long before he had become Fang Mu, he had learned to treat his enemies with icy coldness.

Meng Hao turned to look at Patriarch Violet Sieve, who was currently examining the medicinal pill which Chen Jiaxi had just vomited out.

“Elder Violet Sieve,” he said with a polite smile, “I won that pill in the competition just now. If you would like it, sir, perhaps you could state what you intend to trade for it?”

Patriarch Violet Sieve laughed loudly. Shaking his head, he flicked his sleeve, and the medicinal pill in its bottle flew back to Meng Hao. He had scanned it with Divine Sense just now. Even though he didn’t know much about the Dao of alchemy, he was a Nascent Soul Cultivator, who had lived many, many years. How could he not have an understanding of things like the ancient medicinal pills? Actually, he had previously specifically studied ancient medicinal pills.

Just now, no matter how he examined it, he couldn’t see anything particularly special about the pill. In fact, when he held it in hand, he could detect a fishy, rotten odor. After a brief discussion with the ruddy-faced man using Divine Sense, they had determined that it definitely was a poison pill.

The fact that he so quickly returned the pill to Meng Hao had a lot to do with everything that Meng Hao had just said and done. Before, everyone in the Black Sieve Sect, including Patriarch Violet Sieve and his companions, hadn’t paid much more than a glance to Fang Mu. As of now, though, it was obvious to everyone that Fang Mu… far exceeded Zhou Dekun.

This was especially true of his final vicious display. From now on, Patriarch Violet Sieve would pay closer attention to this Fang Mu.

Meng Hao accepted the pill bottle with a smile, then casually tossed it into his bag of holding.

The alchemy lecture was now over. Zhou Dekun invited Meng Hao to join him at a feast thrown by the Black Sieve Sect, but he politely declined. His face covered with exhaustion, he returned to Black Welcoming Peak.

Back in his residence, he sat down cross-legged to restore his energy. Time passed by, and soon moonlight filled the sky. Meng Hao suddenly opened his eyes and waved his right hand. A pill furnace appeared, along with an Earthly fire crystal. He also produced his Furnace Lord medallion, and its protective shield.

After securing himself within the shield, he slapped his bag of holding to produce the pill bottle and the poison pill. He took a deep breath, and took out… the jade box! He had placed it in his bag of holding much earlier.

In reality, the medicinal pill really was one of the three ancient medicinal pills, the Primordial Heavenly Replenishment Pill!

It was only half of the original pill, therefore, the essence of Time AND the medicinal strength within the pill hadn’t completely vanished!

In ancient times, pills were not concocted using flames. Instead, the power of Heaven and Earth was used. The jade box was actually the final step of the concoction process. After being sealed inside, the pill would gradually become complete.

This was common knowledge; almost all ancient medicinal pills that had been discovered were like this. Despite being sealed in the jade box, the passage of so much time caused most such ancient medicinal pills to gradually dry out and become defective, although they generally contained a bit of medicinal strength.

Meng Hao had no idea how long this Primordial Heavenly Replenishment Pill had existed, but for some reason, it hadn’t dried out, and had contained the full level of medicinal strength. Furthermore, the pill contained the power of Time.

If Meng Hao had not mastered the technique to refine Time, achieved enlightenment regarding the Violet Will Incantation, and refined a Spring and Autumn tree, then it would have been very difficult to spot the uniqueness of this medicinal pill. All three were essential. If one were missing, he wouldn’t have been able to pick up on the clues.

Time was both visible and corporeal, yet at the same time, invisible and incorporeal. Ancient medicinal pills will dry out, and reveal their ancientness. This was a result of their passage through Time. However, this medicinal pill was different. It sucked in Time, filling the pill with its illusory power. This pill was actually… a Time treasure!

Because of that, when consumed, the pill would reverse the Qi and blood passageways, and immediately cause the body to begin to wither and age. However, after that, when the pill was fully dissolved, then the true power of the Primordial Heavenly Replenishment Pill would explode out.

That is exactly what had happened with Chen Jiaxi.

The so-called medicinal pill that Meng Hao had concocted was a ruse to cover up the truth. The only function it had served was to smear over the evidence of the Primordial Heavenly Replenishment Pill in Chen Jiaxi’s body.

Meng Hao’s true goal had been to first prevent Patriarch Violet Sieve and the others from picking up on any of the clues, and next connive his way into getting the pill for himself.

Meng Hao took a deep breath as he extracted the globule of blood from within the pill furnace and placed it into a jade bottle. Next, he put the Primordial Heavenly Replenishing Pill into the oven and began to clean the filth off of it. Then, he gingerly placed it back into its original jade box, which he then held up to examine.

“The true value of this pill to me is not its medicinal strength, but the fact that encased within it is the power of Time. When it comes time for me to forge my treasure of Time, I will be able to learn a lot from it! It will increase my chances of success by quite a bit.” Meng Hao was itching with anticipation. He could only imagine the power that he would be able to wield after producing his own treasure of Time.

“It’s too bad that Chen Jiaxi… will obviously never tell me where he got this medicinal pill. However… I should know soon enough.” He lifted up the jade bottle, inside of where he had placed the globule of blood. This blood… was from Chen Jiaxi.

“Once I’m able to produce a blood clone, the clone should be able to use its power to see the memories of whosever blood it was created from.” Meng Hao’s mind filled with excitement. As for Chen Jiaxi, he had chosen to fight with Meng Hao in terms of alchemy. His Cultivation base hadn’t been irreparably destroyed, and furthermore, they were in the middle of the Black Sieve Sect, and the victory had been made openly and fairly. Therefore, there were no negative repercussions.

A few days passed by in a flash. The World Pill Division left, leaving the Black Sieve Sect alchemy training fully in the hands of Meng Hao and Zhou Dekun.

Patriarch Violet Sieve personally requested that Meng Hao concoct some Soul Refining Pills for the Black Sieve Sect. Such pills were nourishing to the soul. Meng Hao decided to politely decline; he didn’t want to have to work in such close contact with the Black Sieve Sect. As for Zhou Dekun, he seemed excited with the current situation. He had been giving lectures throughout the Black Sieve Sect, and was feeling quite content with everything.

Meng Hao spent his time visiting the sights in the Sect and paying respects to some of the Conclave disciples. He tried in a roundabout way to get information about Xu Qing. After five days passed, he still hadn’t seen a trace of her.

As of now, he was starting to get worried; the Black Sieve Sect was a bizarre place. The incident with Zhou Jie had solidified this fact in his mind.

On this particular evening, Meng Hao was walking along in an area near the edge of the One Hundred Mountains. He lifted his head up, and saw a woman standing atop one of the mountains off in the distance. She wore a black robe, and stood upon a stone pillar which jutted up from the mountain. The wind caused her garment, as well as her long black hair, to flutter about her. The instant Meng Hao saw her face, his mind trembled.

This woman was beautiful, but cold and cheerless….

He had been searching for her everywhere, and then suddenly, here she was, floating in the wind.

Her expression was one of blankness. She stood on the stone pillar, looking like she wanted to float away.

This was… Xu Qing.

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73 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 3 – Chapter 255” - NO SPOILERS

    1. Lol next chapter’s meme.

      Also, the theory other people had was right. My God lol. That was terrible of you Meng Hao… I suppose you didn’t really want him as an enemy… but still… that’s terrible of you lol. You saved his life and also all but killed him… you jerk…

      Anyway, thank you Deathblade! for… the … monstrous… cliff… :p

  1. Thanks for the chapter. What the heavens is going on in the black seive sect? Why is everyone half mad…so mysterious, the black seive sect is living up to name to being the mysterious sect in the southern domain.

      1. uhh, I don’t think it was ever mentioned that those spirits in Black Sieve are minions of the Du Na/fish/roc/demon-sealed-in-coffin-by-8th-demon-sealer. The spirits are minions of some powerful spirit underneath Black Sieve, but I don’t think they are connected to Du Na in anyway so far.

  2. Thanks for the chapter XD

    Now, time to save elder sister and restart Meng Hao’s Dao of Harem!!!

    He spent far too long on the Dao of Alchemy and Dao of scamming people, and neglected the Dao of Harem!!!

    Well, we say enough!!! And Young Master Baby Deathblade seems to agree. Working so hard to change the fate hahaha XD

    1. It’s call building solid foundation. His plan might be to use dao of alchemy to create pill and use dao of scamming people to scam more girl with pill into his harem, then make ‘just as planned’ face

    1. Ok… it’s a little unclear since it was introduced out of nowhere in ch248, but I think of it as this:

      Meng knows 2 East Pill skills for alchemy so far: [1] Violet Cloud Spirit (ch211), and [2] Alchemy Dao Transmutation Incantation (ch242).

      only [1] actually catalyze plants, while [2] is a pill concocting method. So I’m guessing that either Violet Will Incantation is the upgraded version of [1], or it is just [1] but a different name after he realized that [1] is actually refining Time.

      It could also be an inconsistent translation of some chinese words, but can’t read chinese, so Idk. Deathblade has been pretty consistent I think.

    2. That should be the one he first learned upon joining the East Pill Division. The plant catalyzing method. His enlightenment revealed that this technique is not merely a plant catalyzing technique, but is/originated from a time catalyzing technique. Basically, he can use this method to “add time” to the plant then collect/refine that time for the Time Treasure.

  3. Hah! Scamming successful and 1 ancient pill albeit icky and 1 ancient Time Jade Box acquired! Heck, he did it so beautifully in front of everyone and now those suckers really think that pill is poison and won’t press him for it!

  4. Thanks for the chapter!!!

    @Deathblade

    >>but the fact that IT encased within it is the power of Time
    Don’t need the first “IT” I think

    >>the clone should be able to use its power to see the memories of whosever blood it was created from
    This sentence is kind of weird. “whosever” -> “whoever the” ?

    1. The first one is fine as it is. I think the first IT was just for stylistic emphasis.

      The second should be changed to: “whosever” -> “whoever’s” or “who so ever’s” though you could also just write “the one whose” which honestly parses easier IMO.

  5. After reading the sneak peek……..I’m having a bad feeling……. Looks like our Elder sister Xu….has most likely been done in by the Seive sect…..I really don’t like the kind of novels where the author kills the love interests…..or saving her becomes the MC’s single most goal……
    it’s too much of a ” Been there, done that ” kind of thing……And doesn’t suit such an unique storyline like ISSTH.
    I really hope I’m wrong.

    1. Deathblade said he really liked this arc. Do you really think that this is where this is going? I have a feeling that that is the very last place where this is going. I’m 70% positive that she’ll never be a love interest and will always remain as a friend, so assuming that the story is going in that direction is sort of just plain silly.

      I also don’t expect anything long-lasting to happen involving the characters we already have (unless it’ll happen somewhere very different that also involves many other characters) because we’ve already been shown so many much more powerful “powers” that it seems unlikely for the story to stagnate or stay here.

      All this world-building clearly isn’t for nothing.

      If there’s any woman who has the best chance of having any sort of romance with Meng Hao then it’s probably Song Jia who he is literally already married to whether or not he agrees. :p

      1. I’m not too sure about that…

        Clearly, the way Meng Hao behaves when it’s about Xu Qing is totally different from how he reacts when he hears/sees/meets Chen Fan and Fatty.
        They are friends, for sure. But Xu Qing obviously seems to have a special place in his heart. At this point, if you tell me she’s no love interest potential, I won’t believe you, unless she dies. lol
        Comparatively, he never showed any interest (not even friendly) in other girls, be it Chu Yuyan or Song Jia.

      2. Have to disagree with you there dniv. I feel like Xu Qing has the best chance as Meng Hao’s love interest. Here are my reasons:

        [1] his first impression of her was very powerful, not to mention he was naive and mortal back then. And back then, he was having trouble in life and money and thought she gave him a chance to get rich by working for immortal (ch1-3)
        [2] she saved him on his first Pill Distribution in Reliance Sect, gave him an Immortal Cave for safety, and allowed him to rely on her (when they walked around openly around Reliance Sect’s Outer Sect)
        [3] he said “Too bad she’s so cold, otherwise I would think about marrying her.” (ch150). Well he realized Xu Qing isn’t so cold (ch150-151).
        [3] it was said he loved her (ch151).

        Compared to other potential love interests, their impressions on Meng Hao isn’t that great (tho they did give us great comedic events). Han Bei is hot but dangerous, Chu Yuyan is beautiful but dangerous and annoying (lol), Song Jia basically no impression other than she seemed pretty and gentle, tho she had really good impression of Meng Hao.

        And maybe most important point was when Meng Hao talked about unchangeable self in ch251. Pretty sure Xu Qing is in there, along with his moral principles and friends like Fatty and Chen Fan, since she did set-up Meng Hao’s journey. (hm….Meng Hao’s speech of self and heart really describe his entire journey now that I think about it).

        Also, while saving Xu Qing maybe a little “been there, done that” type of plot, I feel it’s kind of essential. We’ve seen that Meng Hao is always cautious in everything he does. And we’ve seen Meng Hao’s bottom line of what he can’t do, but we don’t know his “top line” of what he have to do even when he risk his safety. Anyway, if it heads “been there, done that” direction, I feel Er Gen would make it good and interesting.

  6. @ Dniv….
    I really hope what you said is true…
    But…dude…
    It’s clearly stated in the previous chapters Meng Hao already loves her…..thus it makes her a love interest…… and also MC doesn’t have any feeling towards any other woman other than elder sister Xu.
    Also….if you watch the ISSTH game trailer that DB showed us…… its obvious that Xu has almost 97% chance of being the main love interest.
    I’m excluding Han Bei because…. I think she’s already screwed….. Elder sister Xu became like this after Han Bei took Xu as her desiple……and we all know just how enraged Meng Hao became last time when Xu was in danger…… but this time the deed has already been done….
    I think if Meng Hao ever exterminates a sect in the future….. Black Sieve sect will most likely be the first one. :3

  7. Another scam, I should have known better lol…

    The Black Sieve Sect wants to kill Meng Hao, but it looks like in the future Meng Hao will want to destroy the Sect too, depending on what happened to Xu Qing…

    Oh wait, Chu Feng would do that, but what about Meng Hao!?

    Thanks for the chapter!

    1. All Xianxia MCs do that… destroying organizations/powers that offends them/hurts their loved ones…

      What made Chu Feng different was that he actually rapes… and not to save the girl (like in ATG) or because of a mistake… he raped knowing it was rape (which is rare for Xianxia MCs) but it was just once and after that girl tried to get him raped (but she was trying to set him up with a super hot girl that most guys would want and Chu Feng didn’t care about the rape but them ruining his reputation).

      He’s also a bit of a d*ck… but most Xianxia MCs are that too… just to varying degrees… and then he occasionally also becomes a hero that saves some innocents too…..

      Chu Feng is just insensitive at times and such can be annoying… but he isn’t much different than other Xianxia characters….

    2. Knowing Meng Hao, he would probably just scam the sect til the point of bankruptcy, then the sect will disband due to being the laughingstock of the entire southern domain 😊

  8. Basically – if Meng Hao didn’t interfere, after a time the pill will really cause benefits and its not really a poison after all. Its just that a person just has to go through that hellish side effect since the pill is trying to reverse time?

    If this is the case – Meng Hao is really really vicious.

  9. Thanks for the chapter. About the possessions, I thought those spirits were exterminated by the “corpse” a few chapters ago, or at least three most powerful ones. Are there an unlimited amount of spirits there in the sect?

  10. Revelations!

    the Painter!
    Chen said he got the pill from an old painter! You all remember! The painter who sealed the Lotus inside Meng in the cave! the old painter! He’s the same guy who sold Chen the pill!

    As for the unnaturalness of the others – disincarnate souls! Looks like they are summoning souls from the afterlife into the bodies of their more advanced clan disciples, hence they are acting unnaturally and without the memories of their previous lives.

    This is one really merciless sect. First murdering hundreds, if not thousands of cultivators in the attempt to acquire the Vexing flesh mask, and now turning their own people into hosts for the spirits of the dead.

    ==Ael

  11. This chapter in a nutshell: some guy is about to consume a godly pill, and Meng Hao just crushes his Cultivation base and takes the pill. (While destroying the guy’s reputation and posing as his savior.)

  12. Wow, that was pretty cruel of Meng Hao. 😛 Lying about the poison and removing the pill after it wrecked Chen Jiaxi’s body but before the beneficial effects could kick in, simply because Meng Hao wanted it for himself.

    Hard to feel bad for Chen Jiaxi, though. I wouldn’t say he deserved to lose a large chunk of his longevity, but he just kept antagonizing Meng Hao, even after it became obvious that Meng Hao was far superior to him. In a xianxia cultivation world, that’s having eyes but not recognizing Mount Tai. He was courting death! 😛

    So his punishment could actually be considered light. In a different novel, the MC would simply behead him, loot his bag of holding, and dare anyone to complain about it. 😆

  13. I kind of like the simple minded/spaced-out personality of elder sister Xu which is quite unique for a heroine compared to popular ones like a tsunderes, ice cold beauties, or cheerful ones. It makes you want to protect and trust her without a doubt. She deserves to be Meng Hao’s first wife which is a great contrast to his scheming and smart personality. Polar opposites truly attract each other.

      1. True but it was stated before that she may appear to have a cold personality but in reality she probably just don’t have much to say since she’s not very smart to give a lot of though on a topic and would rather just enjoy the uncomplicated life. She’s not doing it on purpose or have a natural hatred to men like frozen asgards fairy chu yuchan.

  14. @Deathblade
    In the preview:
    “Her pale skin did not seem to contain even the slightest trace of blood, like that of a coffin which had been entombed in a tomb of ice for a thousand years.”

    Pretty sure that should be “corpse”

    Thanks for the chapter!

  15. Thanks for the chapter!

    I haven’t been following ISSTH for a while (I know, my bad) and so have had a reading binge over the past couple of days to catch up. What I suspect the Black Sieve Sect are doing, is using their young disciples as vessels in order to try to reincarnate some of their powerful, deceased elders. However, they are experimenting by infusing powerful demon spirits into disciples in order to perfect the process, plus create powerful “demon guardians” for the sect.

    Maybe the sect elders are colluding with some very great demon spirit in this?

  16. hmm, meng hao being meng hao as usual. Since deathblade says this arc is amazing, i wonder if meng hao somehow screws over the entire sect due to xu qing. Now that would be interesting to see

    thanks :]

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