ISSTH – Book 3 – Chapter 295

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Chapter 295: Green Mark

As more news spread about the Immortal’s corpse, the Violet Fate Sect gradually began to pay closer attention to the matter. The first to be dispatched were some Chosen from the Violet Qi Division, along with a Sect Elder. It was at around the same time that other of the great Sects and Clans also sent their forces there.

At the same time, more and more Southern Domain Cultivators gathered in the region of the Rebirth Cave, hoping to eke out some good fortune there.

The momentous events in the Southern Domain went so far as to attract the attention of the Western Desert. Actually, years ago, when the corpse had just fallen from the sky, Western Desert Cultivators had arrived to investigate. Because of the new rumors spreading about the corpse, large amounts of Western Desert Cultivators once again appeared.

Even the Eastern Lands viewed the developments with importance and sent Cultivators.

Eventually, the Cultivators gathering around the Rebirth Cave and the Immortal’s corpse found out something very bizarre. The Cultivation base of any Nascent Soul Cultivator who approached the corpse would be severely suppressed. If they continued to push forward, it would eventually be pushed down to the Core Formation stage.

Core Formation Cultivators, on the other hand, experienced no hindrances whatsoever.

Even more bizarre was that any Cultivator who touched the corpse, which resembled something like a small mountain, would immediately disappear, teleported away. Most would be teleported back into the area a short while later.

When recounting their experience, everyone described things differently.

One person saw a river, another saw buildings, palaces and temples. One caught sight of precious treasures, but was unable to acquire them. Another described seeing Celestial Pills, and one person, pill formulas carved onto stone walls. Even more far-fetched was someone who claimed to have seen a battlefield, deep in the middle of which was a coffin!

There were all sorts of descriptions, none exactly alike.

All of this made the Immortal’s corpse even more fantastic, and caused it to attract even more people to come investigate.

In a period of a few months, the Violet Fate Sect had already dispatched five groups of people. Starting with the fourth group, it wasn’t just the Violet Qi Division who went, but also alchemists from the East Pill Division.

This was because the Cultivator who had seen pill formulas was none other than a Violet Qi Division disciple. After returning and telling his tale, it only took a few days for the East Pill Division to include alchemists with the fourth group dispatched.

The leaders of this particular group was none other than Ye Feimu, An Zaihai and Ye Yuntian.

Three Violet Furnace Lords emerged simultaneously, along with experts from the Violet Qi Division. This was the fourth wave sent to enter the region of the Immortal’s corpse.

A month passed, and more bizarre events occurred. The various Sects and Clans continued to dispatch more people, now, even eccentrics of the Patriarch level appeared.

It was at this time that the Violet Fate Sect began organizing the fifth group of people to travel to the Rebirth Cave.

By this time, Meng Hao had been in secluded meditation for half a year. It was three days after the fifth group left, led by Chu Yuyan and Lin Hailong, that he finally emerged.

When he walked out from the subterranean cavern, his body was somewhat weak. However, his eyes were filled with profundity much deeper than before. There was no evidence on him that he possessed the Everburning Flame. However, if you looked deep into his eyes, you couldn’t help but think that there was some massive conflagration deep therein.

Meng Hao had already melded the East Pill Everburning Flame into his mind and heart. Once he broke through from Foundation Establishment and formed a Violet Core, then he could transform it, and cause the Everburning Flame to ignite, and never be extinguished!

After emerging from meditation, Meng Hao could immediately sense the storm winds which flitted about the Sect. After some inquiries, he learned about the phenomena regarding the Immortal’s corpse which had begun half a year previous.

Meng Hao actually knew much more about the Immortal’s corpse than most others. On more than one occasion, he had gotten the feeling that the corpse had fallen into the world… because it was searching for him.

This speculation caused him to hesitate, and hold back from nearing the thing.

Hearing the various stories regarding the corpse caused Meng Hao to think about the matter quietly for a while. Then, he went to pay a formal visit to his Master. Afterward, he decided to once again go into secluded meditation, this time, to concoct a Three Mortalities Pill and break through to Core Formation.

At the moment, Meng Hao was thoroughly within the great circle of Foundation Establishment. The only road for him now was the one leading to becoming a Core Formation Expert.

After that, he could cultivate Core Qi, and then he could truly rise to prominence. Then, even Core Formation Cultivators would have to be careful around him. Many new paths would open up.

You could say becoming a Core Formation expert is truly becoming a Cultivator!

The breathing exercises that Cultivators practice are actually a way of preparing for the path of Core Formation, and counts as just the beginning. During Foundation Establishment, a foundation is laid; the more solid it is, the more powerful the result will be in Core Formation. In fact, Core Formation… is the first true explosive power upon the path of cultivation.

Core Formation Cultivators can use Core Qi to make magical techniques reach the pinnacle of power. Beyond that pinnacle, such techniques become divine abilities. Divine abilities are techniques that really only Nascent Soul Cultivators can master.

“Charge through to Core Formation!” thought Meng Hao. His eyes gleamed with stubborness as he sat cross-legged in his Immortal’s Cave. He waved his right sleeve, and a black pill furnace materialized. As soon as it did, the face of a youth appeared on its surface. It stared hatefully at Meng Hao, its eyes filled with venomous hatred as it screamed a noiseless scream.

It was still filled with rage because Meng Hao had taken it out from the world of the Mother of Furnaces.

Meng Hao eyed the materialized youth on the surface of the black pill furnace. Then, he snorted coldly. The spirit of the pill furnace was unable to tell the difference between good and bad. Whenever Meng Hao used it to concoct pills, it was always filled with resentment.

“Since it seems you are seeking to die, I’ll help you to understand what it means to live a life worse than death. It won’t be long before you’re pleading with me to help you.” With that, he grabbed the black pill furnace, and, ignoring the fierce struggling on the face of the youth, as well as the noiseless screaming, he directly placed it into the blood-colored mask.

“Elder Ultimate Vexation, this is the spirit I spoke of a while ago. I joined this Sect just to capture this bully. May I prevail upon you to convert it?”

The meat jelly was currently perched atop a listless, ingratiating Li Clan Patriarch, leaning over and looking down at him. When it heard Meng Hao’s words, it began to tremble, and its eyes shone with a brilliant light. Filled with excitement, it immediately looked at the black pill furnace which Meng Hao had delivered to it.

“Fear not,” said the meat jelly with a smile. “You may be immoral, you may be incorrect, but you can rest at ease. The great, handsome, kind-hearted Ultimate Vexation will help bring you back from the path of wickedness!” It hopped over next to the black pill furnace….

Meng Hao retracted his Spiritual Sense, ignoring the spirit of the furnace. Instead, he pulled out the Ten Thousand Refinements furnace and some medicinal herbs. After a moment’s thought, he devoted himself fully to pill concoction.

He would concoct the Three Mortalities Pill, which was required to be able to break through from Foundation Establishment to Core Formation.

The diligence with which Meng Hao focused on concocting the medicinal pill he needed for his breakthrough does not need to be described in detail. He took a full half a month, which, considering it didn’t involve alchemic enlightenment, was actually quite a long time for him, something that didn’t happen very often.

Half a month later, he looked down at the Three Mortalities Pill in his palm, and took a deep breath. Then, he started to duplicate it. Early in the morning of the next day, Meng Hao unhesitatingly consumed a Three Mortalities Pill and began to circulate the power of Violet Qi from the East in an attempt to form a Violet Core.

Days passed. Meng Hao lost track of how many Three Mortalities Pills he consumed. He had never imagined that using the ten Dao Pillars of the Perfect Foundation to form a Violet Core would be such a difficult process.

A month went by, and Meng Hao was completely immersed in using the Three Mortalities Pill to reach Core Formation. However, after a month of attempts, he had not succeeded. He was only a bit away, but no matter what he did, the only thing he could do was produce violet Qi. Every time he tried to form it into a Core, he failed.

Failure after failure caused Meng Hao to begin to regret having borrowed such a vast amount of Spirit Stones from the Sect after becoming a Violet Furnace Lord. Watching them flow away like water caused him intense pain. However, there was nothing he could do about it.

“Based on this rate of success, could my chances of success with ten Dao Pillars really be one in a thousand?” Meng Hao sighed. That thought was quite frightening. Without the copper mirror, his Cultivation base would never be able to progress beyond Foundation Establishment.

He sat thinking for a while, his brow furrowed, considering Li Daoyi and the others, and their breakthrough at the Dao Geyser.

“It must have something to do with my ten Dao Pillars,” sighed Meng Hao. He didn’t completely give up; based on his speculation just now, even if he only had a one in a thousand chance, that meant there was still hope.

“The first step is to form a Violet Core. Then after I concoct the Perfect Gold Core pill, I can form a Gold Core. For me, the Core Formation stage will involve a huge jump in power. Once I’m at Core Formation, I can wear the blood-colored mask and employ the Blood Immortal’s divine abilities! Also, according to what the meat jelly said, after I reach Core Formation, the parrot will appear….” Meng Hao’s eyes filled with determination as he thought these things.

“I must form a Violet Core!” He flicked his sleeve, and was about to go borrow some more Spirit Stones when, suddenly, his entire body trembled.

It wasn’t just him that was shaking, it was everything around him. More than half of the Southern Domain was vibrating, and the center of it all was none other than the Immortal’s corpse, where nearly one hundred thousand Cultivators had gathered in the vicinity of the Rebirth Cave.

The vibration came from the chest of the corpse, as if its heart were beating. It emanated out in all directions, rocking the earth, sending out ripples through the land. As it spread, it touched mountaintops, sweeping through one Sect after another.

The location of the Violet Sect Fate was not incredibly far away, so it was also affected. Many people heard it, and their hearts shook. Meng Hao suddenly paused, lifting his hand up to feel his chest.

He could feel the vibrations which filled everything. Suddenly, his expression changed, because at that moment he realized that, to him, the vibrations sounded like a beckoning.

In his estimation, it was a beckoning that came from none other than the Immortal’s corpse, which he had been trying so hard to avoid!

Filling the beckoning was an archaic voice that sounded directly into Meng Hao’s mind.

“You…. I know your bloodline. I know where you’re from….

“You…. Do you want to know why you could see me in that other world all those years ago…?

“You…. Do you want to know what world that was…?

“I came here for you, and I’ve been waiting a long time. Come to me. Come to me here…. You will know the truth about everything!”

The voice sounded ancient, as if it were floating through countless years of time, filled with ancient Qi. As it echoed within Meng Hao’s mind, it caused his blood vessels to surge. Blood pumped rapidly through his body. Suddenly, on the back of his right hand… a greenish mark appeared! 1

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  1. This mark first appeared on Meng Hao’s hand when he reached Foundation Establishment in chapter 100

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80 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 3 – Chapter 295” - NO SPOILERS

      1. Nobody deserves that, 10 minutes with that jelly is a fate far worse than death, and the poor li clan patriarch has been at it for years now, if he isn’t madder than a box of frogs, he is straight dead inside

    1. Earlier in the story, i think it was just after he left the reliance sect, he visited the tower of tang. The sky opened up and he saw the corpse and was infected with death qi.

  1. “Meng Hao actually knew much more about the Immortal’s corpse than most others. On more than one occasion, he had gotten the feeling that the corpse had fallen into the world… because it was searching for him.”

    If they could just stop with cheap sentences like that… I mean come on, don’t you have a better way to tease something ?
    Even if it’s true and that body is really searching for him, hell with those cheap intuitions seriously…
    It just makes you understand that everything that is happening in this world is revolved around the mc. It really breaks the universe that the author has built and just reminds you that this is only a fiction.

    Although this author is one of the best in the Xianxia genre, he still can’t help himself to fall into standard cheap uncreative trick used by all of them.

    1. Well, I’m definitly skeptical.
      Not sure if I will appreciate the path the novel is taking if it’s a powerful family bs thing. It’s done in more than half of the Xianxia. It’s an easy way to extand the plot and to generate stupid revenge arc. (hello last book of CD)
      And I quite like the Meng Hao that comes from a poor family and doesn’t have anything to do with the world of the cultivator. Anyway, we’ll see.

    2. …It also makes you remember that he saw the immortal’s corpse in the other world, and that HE was the one who released it.
      If he didn’t say that, then his intelligence would be lowered vastly in my view.

    3. hmm not sure what you mean, the author has always teased whether Meng’s bloodline is special or not, maybe more subtly than this chapter I guess. But he’s straight forward about it now likely because it’s time to finally find out whether Meng’s bloodline is really special or not, and advance the plot to a new stage. And the “intuition” Meng has, could’ve been paranoia, something the corpse shot into him, or really just his bloodline. It’s just another way to tease the reader. Meng would be stupid if he didn’t wonder if the corpse falling involved him because of what happened with the Tower of Tang, and the corpse shooting Death Qi at him.

      The only events that revolve around Meng Hao are those initially caused by those who are interested in his possibly special bloodline. The corpse is the only one interested in his “born” blood in so far (remember that corpse saw Meng before he’s 9th Demon Sealer). Discarnate spirits and the sealed demon are interested in his 9th Demon Sealer blood, which may not be related to his “born” blood in anyway. Pill Demon is also interested in him, but that’s only because of Meng’s talent, due to the Lily poison, which was planted in him.

      Almost every other events moved without revolving around Meng, he’s simply there like others, but worked to gain the most out of them. Like the Blood Immortal Legacy Tournament, the Black Sieve Sect’s quest in their Blessed Lands, the Song Clan’s search for husband, Meng’s entrance into Violet Fate is caused by poison planted in him, Black Lands’ hunt for alchemist, and even the Dao Geyser’s enlightenment. So most stuff doesn’t really revolve around Meng like you said, he’s mostly there along the ride, like countless others, except that he gained the most from those events, so that it seems like stuff revolve around him.

      1. He almost never talked about it before for like more than a hundred chapters (or maybe I missed something, apart from the violet wind), so I was hoping that his family was of no interest.
        In the end, it’s just me that is fed up to read again and again that the poor and weak little mc at the beginning, 350 chapters later is in fact a heir of a powerful family. I mean come on, seriously ?
        Haven’t we had enough of that ?… (event though, I’m sure this author will make an excellent job with that)

        Well, like you said, he is the one that gains the most out of them. For me, it’s the same as those events being here specially for him. Others might gain a bit from it too, but in the end, it’s just to make it more believable, to make it so that Meng Hao doesn’t become too powerful compared to his “rivals”.
        And that’s actually my problem, truth is, he has no rival. In the end, they will all fall behind. (or have dumb power ups like in MGA with his two wives /lol)

        But anyway, all of this are maybe problems that I have with the Xianxia genre and not with this novel. They all use the same tricks, the same structure, to a point where I’m bored with more than half of them.

        Thanks for answering my argument though, I’m actually bored with Xianxia. In the end, they are bound by their own rules.

        1. i find it stupid that you ever thought his parents were normal, this far into the series. what normal parents disappear into the sky one day out of nowhere? not normal ones, that’s for sure. Not to mention what happened at song clan. I don’t know if immortal Li is his mom but it sure looked like it by how loving she was towards him. those 2 things should be more than enough to know that his family isn’t normal. to complain 295 chapters in, when it was obvious hundreds of chapters ago is just stupid. the same with MGA, it was obvious in the first couple dozen chapters that chu feng’s family wasn’t normal. with PMG it was also hinted early that his mom wasn’t normal because of the portrait of her and the snake. MSG doesn’t show any signs of that. for BTTH it was his childhood friend (can’t remember cause i haven’t read in forever), CSG he was born into a noble family, LLS (don’t even know if its XianXia) again, noble family, mad god, noble(or at least powerful) family, TGR powerful (for that region) family and his mom is mysterious, HGC, powerful family (in that empire), WDQK small noble family, 9 heavenly thunder manual, one of the top families (known since first chapter), ST its his lover who has a powerful family, and CD would only be 4DBC which doesn’t even really play a role. those are the ones i can think of off the top of my head. they all either don’t have noble/powerful families or its known since early on in the stories (minus CD and ST cause they were several books in). don’t know what other xianxia’s your talking about but let me know cause im looking for new ones XD

          1. If I’m posting something here, it’s not to insult the author, nor the story, but to have other opinion on the matter. So the word “stupid isn’t very welcomed here.

            “more than a hundred chapters”
            That’s after +100. The event at the song clan was appoximately at 160/180.
            The only hint that I remember before that is when he tells the story of his parents disappearance (might have missed one). It was at the beginning of the novel and the pace was very slow and well written, so I did not pay much attention as the story was progressing really well without much cliché. (yes I had hope they had been captured by cultivators or something like else)

            I’m not saying I’m only disocvering now that he has some powerful background, I’m just rambing about it right now because it’s becoming more obvious. I guess I’m not really interested in knowing his real background.
            I like the Meng Hao that comes from the “human world”, the Meng Hao that wanted to be a scholar and had no connection whatsoever with cultivators. That’s actually what differentiates him from the others.

            Meng Hao has never relied on his background as he never had one. He had to built himself from the ground in the world of the cultivators. I’m not interested in him meeting his family. (even less in knowing why they abandonned him, as it’s often because they had no choice, but they love him very very much blablabla…../throwing up)
            Either you give your character a family, a powerful one, either you don’t.
            Here, we have a half ass choice. For the first +300 chapter, we won’t, and then we will tell the mc that in fact, he is the heir of a powerful one.

            That’s what bothers me.
            ISSH, ATG, MGA, PMG and TGR (from his mom). I might have exagerated when I said that it is often used (the meeting with the powerful family +X00 chapters later, changing the status of the MC). But I’ve read enough western fantasy to see it often too.

            I’m open for argument though. It might help me apprecaite better the next books of ISSH.

        2. @Miztoo
          I think I touched on all the things you pointed out… and maybe more. It’s a long wall of text so read it if you want to. And please read with story-logic in mind.

          You’re welcome. And yea, tasting the same flavor will make it bland; it’s understandable. I haven’t really read too many Xianxia (I think), just ~40-50 chapters into ATG, TDG, and BTTH, since I don’t have much time. I am caught up with CD (and ISSTH) though. So maybe that’s why my optimism is still a little high, and why I’m writing so much of this. But after some thinking, I do see what you mean by the similar Xianxia motif of MCs always coming from powerful family, where the general trend is either they don’t know it yet, or they know it but the family has declined, is being used just to advance the story, which typically follow into some revenge arc like you said. It would definitely become a little boring and lessen the anticipation if it’s so overused, especially if you see them often. There are probably other similarly overplayed motifs, but I’ll just ignore it for now 😛

          However, at least in ISSTH, I do think the powerful family motif is appropriate, since it doesn’t seem forced. After all, the entire story so far is about Meng Hao finding his self and personal identity through his adventures. And this current arc about Meng’s bloodline has a logical progression as it’s right after the arc that showed Meng Hao not knowing what he wants to do in life, who he is, or who he wants to become; he’s just going along with the flow and gain power because he sees it, and would increase his chance of survival. Granted though, there were some places he was forced to go, such as staying to participate in Song Clan’s search for husband and infiltrating Violet Fate, in order to find ways to dispel the Lily poison.

          The idea of Meng’s special bloodline was strongly foreshadowed book2 and/or hindered back in book1 (can’t remember the chapter, and nitpicking here since there are many other similar examples). It’s vague on purpose, so it’s fair that you assumed Meng to be ordinary, and nothing more (I did too).

          In book1, what hinders the idea of a special bloodline was he started as mortal, he and his parents live in the mortal world, and his uncle and aunt are mortal (seen during his visit when he was in QC stage). It’s possible that they’re not his real parents and relatives though. But then again, do children born from Cultivator start out as mortal or cultivator? we don’t know yet (maybe it’ll be addressed if Meng has kids or something). And his parents disappeared in a strange way (violet wind and all), but so did Meng Hao and other mortals who were kidnapped by cultivators, so it’s possible that the same thing happened to his parents. The weird thing would be why would cultivators kidnap old people when there’re younger ones.

          Next, Meng’s possibly special bloodline was strongly hinted in beginning of book2 when the mark first appeared on his right hand right after he established Foundation. It indicated that the mark reacts to Cultivation base, and thus, it’s possible that Meng Hao might come from some powerful Cultivator family. Although, I do think it’s possible that the mark might be left by the corpse on purpose for some reason, but we’ll see. These are some things that enforce and/or hinder the idea that Meng’s bloodline is special. So things might play out differently than expected.

          Now, not sure if you remember, but Meng already has the intuition about the corpse falling because of him near the beginning of book2, when he’d heard descriptions of the corpse from the rumors from gossipers. So this current arc has been foreshadowed since then. Also, it’s understandable that Meng is trying to avoid thinking about the corpse. After all, it did shoot Death Qi into him, exposing his position to others which started a chain of events that eventually led him to be killed by Ding Xin, only to luckily be revived by the North Lake. The trauma is there, and that event caused him to be become more cautious about everything, and even more cautious about the corpse.

          And, as far as I know, most events are properly foreshadowed, albeit only touched upon hundred chapters later, but only because of how big the ISSTH world is and how little power Meng Hao has, Cultivation base, connection, and/or otherwise.

          Since book1, Meng always wanted to see the Eastern Lands even when he’s mortal, so that’s foreshadowed. Along the way there, he’ll probably cross the Milky Way Sea, and possibly find pill formula for Perfect Nascent Soul (I’m guessing the name here). This was foreshadowed in book1 because Shangguan Xiu who came from some family in Milky Way Sea, where he might’ve found the PFE and PGC pill formula on a turtle shell piece. Patriarch Reliance is currently in Milky Way Sea, so that’s obvious foreshadowing too. And I don’t think it’s a coincident that the pill formula is on a turtle shell piece which might originated from Milky Way Sea, and PR is a gigantic turtle who lived in Milky Way Sea in ancient time before Demon Sealers tricked him. And it’s foreshadowed that Meng would go to Black Lands or even Western Desert since there was the mystery of Black Lands’ hunt for alchemist and Meng got information that feeding the eyeless bug with thunder leaf would make powerful treasure. So, we aren’t getting random plot/events slapped on out of nowhere. And these foreshadows were laid subtly as to not ruin the pace of the story (imo).

          As far as I know, the only out-of-nowhere events were Meng finding 8th Demon Sealer, and roc blasting him into 8th Blood Immortal Legacy zone (talk about luck). I think it was mentioned that Meng can find other Demon Sealers to learn their techniques and that Ancient Temple of Doom was a danger zone before he stumbled into them, but the progression into these events was sudden nonetheless, and can only be attributed to his luck. As for other seemingly out-of-nowhere events like the Dao Geyers event, they might be due to the good luck from Good Luck Charm, so we’ll see.

          In the end, ISSTH is immersive and interesting to read (for me) because the author put the effort and logical thoughts into creating a complex story progression and mechanics, even if some ideas/motifs are a little overplayed. Especially since the author wrote each chapter in a day or two.

          And It’s unfortunate, but Meng Hao coming out on top does seem to make the world revolve around him. It doesn’t help that there’s often an audience in tens of thousand to witness his success…. It also doesn’t help that dangers always lurk around the corner, even when Meng didn’t even offend anyone. After all, when he gained PFE, 10th Wang Clan Patriarch was introduced immediately, wanting to steal Meng’s PFE. So, Meng’s never really safe even when he’s getting a little OP, even if he’s trying to avoid dangers and fights. But it does build tension that the ISSTH world is full of danger.

          At least, the world’s treasures/legacies mechanics emphasize Meng’s effort than world giving him luck since they can be stolen by anyone, even if they were meant for someone else. And the 9th Demon Sealer curse imposed by Lord Ji (someone powerful in Heaven I guess) could explain why the world make so many trouble for him, and thus seemingly revolve around him. Or maybe, because Meng’s mentality to never try to find trouble would make the story boring, so the author uses the curse as an excuse to make the world trying to kill him…. I’ll stick with the former since that’ll conform to my optimism and story-logic of ISSTH. And I’ll stick to what I said about the world only seems to revolve around Meng Hao because he’s coming out on top. Phew… that’s it. Take what you will.

          1. “In the end, ISSTH is immersive and interesting to read (for me) because the author put the effort and logical thoughts into creating a complex story progression and mechanics, even if some ideas/motifs are a little overplayed. Especially since the author wrote each chapter in a day or two.”

            I totally agree with that. That’s why I think he will do a great job with the plot he is creating right now. Like you said, everything was foreshadowed before, this author is really good at this.

            “And I’ll stick to what I said about the world only seems to revolve around Meng Hao because he’s coming out on top. Phew… that’s it. Take what you will.”

            Meng Hao had an average/bad latent talent for cultivation. He comes from a poor family, had to fight everyday at the Reliance Sect to become more powerful. You see Wang Tenfei (prestigious clan) and Meng Hao as opposite side of a coin. The author really makes you understand that this character… he is normal and he does not come from this world. He does not belong to the world of cultivator, he was a scholar. The author really emphasizes that. (philosophical chapter about the snow, Song Jia’s description of him at the Song Event, and all the description the author gives of Meng Hao, the word scholar appears a lot)
            The author since the beginning, without taking into account the different subtle hints, makes you feel that Meng Hao isn’t special at all.
            After that, Meng Hao will obtain many things. The mirror, the blood immortal legacy, the demon sealing legacy, fame (Meng Hao/Fang Mu both are well known), Grandmaster Alchemist (Half of it is due to the resurrection Lily, great trick from the author, transforming a poison into a weapon hundreds of chapters later), Ultimate Vexation (again, great work right there as it’s a very creative and unique way to give him a powerful weapon), a Treasure of time, Rain-dragon legacy, Song Jia with the Song event, Sublime Spirit Scripture etc
            I don’t really have a problem with that. After all, it’s a Xianxia, the Mc will become powerful and unique.
            The world doesn’t revolve around him, but he is the one that makes the most out of them.

            Like you said “the author put the effort and logical thoughts into creating a complex story progression and mechanics”

            My problem, is that all those efforts are useless because his storyline/plot, goes against this when he chooses to give Meng Hao a mysterious family background, when the immortal painter (or something like that) helps him seal the Resurrection Lily etc.
            At this point, Meng Hao is probably one of the most, if not the most important person in the whole Southern Domain as he is helped by immortals/very powerful people and clearly has a connection with them. He is not a scholar from the human world (I’m ignoring all the hints before the song event, as they were just that, hints, even if it already bothered me).
            And that’s my problem. This turnaround is something I can’t appreciate as it goes against what I love about this character and this story. I just feel like I’ve been played by the author.

            I cannot believe in this story anymore. If this was another common Xianxia, fine, it would have been normal. No surpise, just another Xianxia, same usual structure with poor plot, just a guilty pleasure.
            But this one is not, it’s the best I’ve read so far and this author is really talented.
            It’s subjective but I can’t help but see the hands of the author behind every move he makes now, everything is becoming transparent. And.. well, impossible to appreciate a story like that. I don’t believe in this story anymore, it’s just a fiction, with an artificial structure.

            Hope I justify enough my point of view, I feel like I’m a bit more understandable now. (talking about it obviously helps a lot)

          2. @Miztoo

            Now, this “problem”, you were kind of asking for it. It’s just unfair and unreasonable to ignore these hints in compiling your impression of Meng’s character and his background. And I’m not saying that you can’t have something you would like to see in a MC. Not having it would be a little bit disappointing especially in something you really like. But this kind of disappointment should’ve been small since you shouldn’t had been far in the novel yet to see that it wasn’t going according to your ideal expectation. You should’ve gotten over about it at beginning of book2 at the latest, when the hints started getting as obvious as events, if you wanted to continue on with the story. Ignoring the story’s hints just so you could stick to a false expectation would just result in a major unwarranted disappointment for no good reason, like what’s happening to you now I guess.

            No doubt, on the SURFACE, the author made Meng Hao appear “ordinary” in many ways, and that he didn’t seem to belong in the Cultivation world… at first that is. The characteristics of Meng and the comparisons that you’ve listed were used to make this point more pronounced. No argument there. This would set your impression of Meng’s character and background as “ordinary”, and created expectations of his actions in the plot to be consistent with it. This, I understand, which author did accomplish well in book1, (and is the one of the reasons why I really like book1). However, hints and events about Meng’s possibly special bloodline also appeared since book1, and should’ve changed your expectation of Meng’s “ordinary” to “ordinary but may be special,” even if it “bothered” you as that was how the story proceeded. Choosing not to do so, and ignoring certain details, yet also continuing on with the story, will just ruin your experience. Furthemore, given how layered, complex, and yet consistent the story is so far, I’m sure the author had already planned this out before he started writing this novel; he didn’t “chooses” to make it up as he went along.

            Now, maybe it’s fair that you’re ignoring the “violet wind” hint in book1 because that was a really subtle hint anyone could’ve missed. And the hint with Meng’s mysterious relation with the Tower of Tang in book1 was a little subtle. And there were probably other hints I’ve missed in book1 too. But you can’t ignore the 3 hints that the author intentionally integrated into major arcs of book2 just so readers can’t possibly miss or ignore them: (1) near beginning of book2, the mark appeared after Meng established Foundation, indicating it reacted to Cultivation base, (2) the “No Meng in the Nine Families,” which was even a chapter title, in Black Sieve Sect’s Blessed Lands, and (3) Immortal Li who turned out to be Lily’s mother instead of Meng’s (some would argue this, but I believe she’s not Meng’s mother since there’s too many evidence that support this). Furthermore, there was a space of almost an entire book from the last hint (3) to this current arc, plenty of time for you to process, to expect, and to adjust their impression of Meng’s character background of “ordinary but may be special” if you hadn’t already since book1.

            Yes, Meng’s scholarly appearance and demeanor were frequently mentioned to emphasize Meng’s “ordinary” aspect and background that he started with… again, at first that is. But later, it was also frequently mentioned he had a hint (pun intended) of demonic aura around him. In book2, sometimes he looked like a vicious cultivator, albeit due to Lily’s influence. So you’re forgetting that he changed, even without the subtle hints. These aspects were served, beside consistency, just to remind you that Meng’s character and background changed from “ordinary” to “ordinary but may be special.”

            In ch59-61, Meng’s mysterious relation with the Tower of Tang (again, not your fault if you missed this subtle hint), and the corpse that soon fell down were events that slowly changed Meng’s background from “ordinary” to “ordinary but may be special.” The corpse’s impact literally shook the entire Southern Domain, so the feeling of change was definitely there. And almost immediately after this event, in ch67, after he killed Ding Xin, “Meng Hao disappeared into the distance. He looked like a scholar, but deep down, he was as cold as snow.” These events’ entire point (and some more later) was to slowly transition Meng’s character and background from “ordinary” to “ordinary but may be special.” His heart was a scholar at first, but slowly changed to a cultivator. So “he does not belong to the world of cultivator, he was a scholar” is incorrect after these events. The only thing that didn’t change was his self, his scholarly demeanors, his principles. In fact, this very characteristic of Meng was even integrated in his Dao of alchemy, which was very clever and completely logical and consistent with his character and storyline (and the sole reason why ch251 is one of my favorite of book3). The author definitely didn’t waste his effort here.

            Like I said before, the only one that helped Meng because of his “born” bloodline was the corpse, who had its own agenda, and it did so without Meng’s knowledge like almost every other major power working in the background. And the Demon Lord’s helps were whims. Every other major powers that either helped or posed a threat to him was because of things Meng had acquired or done, not because of his “born” bloodline: discarnate spirits and the demon sealed by 8th Demon Sealer were because Meng became 9th Demon Sealer, 10th Wang Clan Patriarch was because Meng got PFE, Immortal Li was because Meng got Lily poison in him, Shui Dongliu help sealed Lily because Meng impressed the spirit of the World Tree, every great Sects and Clans were because he got SSS.

            So, this “problem” of selectively choosing details to integrate into your expectations about Meng’s character and background is really an unjustified complaint, and asks for unwarranted disappointment. It’s understandable if you missed the subtle hints, but you can’t really miss those events, and those 3 hints in book2, that showed Meng’s character and background changed from “ordinary’ to “ordinary but may be special”.

            Even if you don’t buy all of this…. Did Meng rely on his possibly special background and blood, which he doesn’t even know, to accomplish everything so far? No. Even if Meng has and know his special bloodline later, do you really think he’ll stopped relying on himself? I highly doubt it unless something major happened to him. This relying-on-himself mentality was also integrated in his Dao of alchemy, so I really don’t think this characteristic will change.

            So, to me, it really seems like you were played by this “problem” you created yourself (intentionally or not), and not by the author. The only time the author played the readers was when he trolled us with Immortal Li possibly being Meng’s mother, only to reveal that it was Lily’s mother.

  2. Thanks for the chapter!!
    [1]
    >> it only took a few days for the East Pill Division to included alchemists with the fourth group dispatched.
    “included” -> “include”

    [2]
    >>The leader of this particular group was none other than Ye Feimu, An Zaihai and Ye Yuntian.
    “leader” -> “leaders”

    [3]
    >>Meng Hao retracted his spiritual sense
    “spiritual sense” -> “Spiritual Sense” (capitalized so far I think)

    [4]
    >>He took a full half a month, which, considering it didn’t involve alchemic enlightenment, was actually not quite a long time for him, something that didn’t happen very often.
    A little weird, especially with the last 2 predicates. Half a month to concoct the pill should be quite a long time for him, because I think most of his pills only took hours to a few days to concoct, beside the alchemic enlightenment, which took a month. Should it be something like “was actually quite a long time for him” instead ?

    1. It was around the same time that other of the great Sects and Clans also sent their forces there.
      Not sure, maybe “… that the other great Sects and Clans also sent their forces there.” ?

  3. “I came here for you, and I’ve been waiting a long time. Come to me. Come to me here…. You will know the truth about everything!”
    This corpse sounds like a swindler 😀

  4. hmm… things are definitely moving. Is the corpse lying? or is there really something special about Meng Hao’s bloodline? And what’s Meng Hao’s relation with the Tower of Tang, and what is its function??? Can’t wait to find out!!

    1. maybe there were supposed to be 10 bloodline and due to some reason his familyline was banned/exterminated because of going against the way of heaven while other 9 bloodline flourished, our MC’s line was gradually forgotten

  5. Honorable Elder Ultimate Vexation is truly Meng Hao’s greatest and most terrifying weapon.

    And damn. Big spooky corpse is talking to Meng Hao. He should… seal it.

  6. How convenient that Nascent Soul Eccentrics have their cultivation bases suppressed to the Core Formation level while they’re near the corpse. 😛 Meng Hao just needs to break through to Core Formation before he heads out, and then he’ll dominate everyone hanging around there.

    With this beckoning, it makes me think that Meng Hao won’t try to immediately upgrade his Violet Core to Perfect Gold, since that would surely add another huge delay. Concocting the Perfect Core Pill surely isn’t easy/simple, and he’d also have to somehow deal with the two tribulations (for both the pill and upgrading his core). That seems like too much of a hassle for now, especially when he’s already spent so much time failing to form his Violet Core over and over.

    1. Not much as convenient as I think the corpse made it like this so Meng Hao could approach him since he’s close to Core Formation. Although, it’s kind of a weird excuse since the Blood Immortal Tournament and the Black Sieve Blessed Land only allowed Foundation Establishment, for no apparent reason (that I know, beside Meng was in FE stage). I really hope that when Meng become Nascent Soul, there won’t be a convenient place where only Nascent Soul could enter…. That would really make it seems like those stuff are meant for him, and make things repetitive…

      As for the Tribulation, I guess Meng would make the pill and consume it in where ever he’ll be teleported to when he touch the corpse, or maybe do it close to the corpse so it will help him block it…. Sounds like a smart thing to do hehe.

      1. Unless I’m remembering incorrectly, I thought the Black Sieve blessed land didn’t have a restriction on who could enter, but rather….

        The Black Sieve sect was gathering Foundation Establishment cultivators in order to “summon” the meat jelly.

        1. Yea, robbing rogue FE cultivators of their Dao Pillars (and life) is also a motive to lure the meat jelly. Not sure if it was the narrative that said only FE or below could go in, or some character since they could be lying. But I’m pretty sure only those with FE or below could go in unhindered. There was a Black Sieve Core Formation guy who came out hurt and was crazy for a while. Also, this from ch148, and they’re talking to each other, so can’t be lying :

          >>Patriarch Violet Sieve and the beautiful middle-aged woman stood off to the side, their gazes fixed onto the Spirit fruit.

          “I went in once,” said the middle-aged woman with a frown. “But after the space of about thirty breaths, the expelling force within became very intense. Even with my Divine Sense, I was unable to locate the object. I can only hope that the Hundred Spirits Tower will be effective. It’s still not quite complete. Hopefully this time there will be enough.”

          Patriarch Violet Sieve was silent for a moment before coolly replying, “I personally prepared this Spirit Ginseng. With the Ginseng form, we can stay inside for the time it takes an incense stick to burn. Everything is prepared. If we cannot succeed this time, then in accord with the words of the Sect Leader and the Patriarchs, we will open the Blessed Land to the public. We will borrow the might of the entire Southern Domain to refine the object of legends. After all, to Cultivators like us, that object is the only hope we have other than the Rebirth Cave!”

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

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  9. Guess the “mother” before was Meng Hao’s not the resurrection lily. Its kinda funny we thought it was the lilies mom. Lol.
    Oh and yay for corpses that yell at you to come touch them. Creepy.

    Thanks for the chapter!

    1. We never think of that… Meng Hao has his ma, and Lily has her own ma. As for my personal guessing, Meng Hao’s ma has not smaller butt than Lily’s ma. They both powerful, Things will be interesting when Meng Hao and Lily want to swallow each other.

  10. Days passed. Meng Hao lost track of how many Three Mortalities Pills he consumed. He had never imagined that using the ten Dao Pillars of the Perfect Foundation to form a Violet Core would be such a difficult process.

    err.. I didn’t read any comments here so I don’t know if someone said this before… But wasn’t named Three MORTALITIES Pill because it killed you if you consumed three? it seems he’s consumed tens or hundreds… or was that the barrier breaking pill? Anyway, it sounds dangerous…

  11. “Then, he started to duplicate it.”.. Em…. May this one ask, when did he get the spirit stones to duplicate stuff? He had 0 before the trail. Then he was stuck in a rock for half a year. Then he walked around a bit before he suddenly had a bunch of spirit stones to copy stuff with?
    This one feels there is somthing wrong here.

    1. Ah! He borrowed… >.> I never would think him to be the type. For him to take somthing, fine. But to borrow… he will have to pay back. >.> For a dude who wish to be free…

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