ISSTH – Book 3 – Chapter 296

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Chapter 296: Another Encounter with… Ji!

The mark looked like a magical symbol. It didn’t exist on top of his skin, but rather inside his flesh. Meng Hao was not unfamiliar with it; the moment he had reached Foundation Establishment, he had seen this exact same mark.

Today was the second time!

Meng Hao looked at the mark, his mind buzzing.

After a long time, the shaking disappeared. The strange sign which had filled half of the Southern Domain caused even more attention to be drawn to the Immortal’s corpse.

Meng Hao stood there within his Immortal’s cave for a long time before he lifted his head. His eyes were now filled with a sharp light.

“Just… who is he? Why was I able to see him that year? Why did he fall into the Southern Domain? And why is he able to affect my blood flow, and give rise to this mark…. Was the mark placed upon me by him that year? Or was it part of me all along, there within my flesh from the beginning?” Meng Hao silently thought about the night his father and mother went missing, and the violet wind which had blown outside.

If Meng Hao remembered correctly, when that wind arose, it had swirled around his body. He remembered that it was no ordinary wind, but that it contained some type of power.

Meng Hao thought for a long time, all the way until it was dark outside. A bright light began to shine in his eyes, as well as resolve.

“Regardless of whether this person’s words are true or false… I’m going!” Determination gleamed in his eyes. Great reward only comes by taking risks. Cultivators cultivate self-confidence! When a decision has been made, it must be pursued with determination, and without the slightest thought of wavering!

He flicked his right sleeve as he walked out of the Immortal’s cave.

Several days later, the sixth group of Cultivators left the Violet Fate Sect. It consisted of thirty people, who transformed into thirty prismatic beams that shot off into the air. In front of this group was none other than Meng Hao.

He wore the robe of a Violet Furnace Lord, and his long hair whipped about behind him as he shot forward. All of the people behind him looked at him with expressions of veneration, regardless of whether they were from Violet Qi Division or the East Pill Division.

Together, they shot off into the distance at top speed.

Meng Hao was quiet during the entire trip. He didn’t speak; within his mind spun the echoing beckons of the Immortal’s corpse.

This sixth group of Violet Fate Sect Cultivators teleported three times and spent half a month before arriving in the vicinity of the Rebirth Cave. Once more during that time period, the vibration echoed out.

When the vibration hit them, everyone dropped to the ground, where they sat cross-legged. Only Meng Hao floated in mid-air, looking off into the distance. Once again, he felt the beckoning.

“Come to me…. I’m here… waiting for you…. All the truth… all the answers….”

Meng Hao’s mind spun. Of the hundreds of thousands of Cultivators in the region of the Rebirth Cave, the voice within the beckons could only be heard by Meng Hao. His eyes glittered even more relentlessly than before.

There are three Danger Zones in the Southern Domain: the Primordial Dao Lakes, the Ancient Temple of Doom and finally, the Rebirth Cave. At a glance, it looked like an enormous depression in the ground. Multitudinous volcanoes could be seen in the area, so many that they were impossible to count. They seemed to never end.

What was visible was the black sky, and the thick black fog that covered everything.

This was the region of the Rebirth Cave.

According to the legends, people who were nearing death could enter the Rebirth Cave at the right moment, and if they succeeded, could get a chance to live another life!

Whether this was true or false, since ancient times, many, many almighty Cultivators, unwilling to pass into death, had entered the Rebirth Cave. Throughout the countless years, only three people had ever emerged successfully.

Without exception, after leaving the Rebirth Cave, those three people never once talked about what had happened inside. Eventually, they had disappeared, never to be heard from again.

Despite that, the legends regarding the mysteries of the Rebirth Cave continued to grow more and more exaggerated. Regardless of anything, stories about the Rebirth Cave had been circulating for tens of thousands of years, which was sufficient to show that… it had some astonishing properties.

Meng Hao understood that by proceeding forward, he would be entering the region of the Rebirth Cave. Upon entering, the level of danger would be extreme.

As for the Immortal’s corpse, it had fallen directly in front of the Rebirth Cave, no more than fifty kilometers away.

Currently, the vibrations were slowly fading away. As they did, one figure after another shot up from the ground into the air.

Currently, hundreds of thousands of Cultivators from all over the Southern Domain were gathered in a thousand kilometer radius of the Rebirth Cave, forming a perimeter around it. In this area, the Cultivators had established temporary strongholds representing the various Sects and Clans.

Every stronghold contained members of the elder generation of the various Sects. It seemed that every day, more people from a variety of Sects entered this huge region. Many would face the danger and approach the corpse, hoping to seize some good fortune. Some came back, some never did.

Because of the accumulation of so many hundreds of thousands of Cultivators, it was impossible to avoid the eruption of various feuds. Therefore, magical battle was not uncommon, and every day at least a few people were killed.

As for the great Sects and Clans, they were under the protection of the elder generation; there was a bit of chaos, but it was kept under relative control.

After the shaking vibration faded away, Meng Hao led the group of dozens of Violet Fate Sect Cultivators into the area. This of course attracted quite a bit of attention, and many people looked over to see what was happening.

When they saw Meng Hao, and recognized his Violet Furnace Lord’s robe, a great buzz of discussion rose up.

“That’s Fang Mu from the Violet Fate Sect!”

“That’s the Dao Child of the East Pill Division, Fang Mu!”

Meng Hao heard some of these words, but his expression was always the same as ever. He continued onward, leading his group further inward toward the area near the Rebirth Cave.

As they flew along, he scanned the area with Spiritual Sense. He could immediately sense a vast amount of Cultivators there. There weren’t as many as outside the inner perimeter, perhaps only around ten thousand.

Compared to the area outside, inside the perimeter, the fog was denser, thicker, exerting pressure on Spiritual Sense and making it more difficult to hear and see.

Eventually, Meng Hao caught sight of an enormous basin. Hovering in mid-air above the basin was a roiling black fog that rose up high into the sky.

Beneath the fog, the basin had a perimeter of about 500 kilometers. It was enormous, and within that enormity, was the Southern Domain’s mysterious Rebirth Cave.

This was the nucleus of the Rebirth Cave. Surrounding this nucleus were a dozen or so pillars of light which rose up into the sky. Each and every pillar undulated shockingly, making it impossible for anyone to not notice them.

They embodied shocking power; the existence of these more than ten pillars of light made the huge area surrounding the Rebirth Cave seem a bit less dangerous.

Many of the strange creatures that lived in the area hid away, and would not emerge to harm people.

Each one among the dozen or so pillars of light was fixed at a stationary point. There, large groups of Cultivators sat cross-legged, meditating. Only the five great Sects and three great Clans were capable of creating strongholds like this near the nucleus of the Rebirth Cave region.

As Meng Hao approached, he immediately caught sight of one of the pillars of light that was violet-colored, and emanated an oppressive, pressure-filled energy. Because of this violet pillar of light, not a scrap of black fog could be seen anywhere nearby. Even the ground was a violet color because of it.

Wu Dingqiu 1 was there inside, as well as Chu Yuyan, An Zaihai, Lin Hailong, and the other Cultivators from the Violet Qi Division. There were roughly a hundred people, all sitting cross-legged, eyes closed in meditation.

Included in the number were two old people, meditating cross-legged in the very center of the glowing pillar. They wore long, white robes, and their countenances were ancient. Meng Hao could sense a fearsome pressure contained within their bodies.

Wu Dingqiu was obviously much weaker than these two old people, by about an entire stage!

“Spirit Severing stage….” Meng Hao took a deep breath. As he continued toward them, his eyes flickered about, glancing toward the other pillars of light. He saw the Solitary Sword Sect, the Black Sieve Sect, the Golden Frost Sect, the Blood Demon Sect, as well as Cultivators from the three great Clans including Han Bei, Chen Fan, Zhou Jie, Wang Lihai, Li Daoyi and others. 2. Meng Hao’s gaze finally came to fall upon a white-robed woman in the Black Sieve Sect group.

Xu Qing.

He stared at her for a moment and then looked away. There were other pillars of light. One was orange-colored, and filled with an air of potency and dignity. Sitting cross-legged within were a few dozen Cultivators upon whose skin were tattooed depictions of various totems. They were tall, and did not look like people from the Southern Domain.

“Western Desert Cultivators….” thought Meng Hao, his eyes narrowing. This wasn’t his first time seeing Cultivators from the Western Desert. The first time he’d arrived in the center of the Southern Domain, he’d seen these strange, tall Cultivators.

Meng Hao also knew that the actual name of the Western Desert was the Barbarian West. In fact, that was the name that was written on the map he’d seen years ago. However, the people from the Western Desert felt that the word Barbarian was too belittling, and therefore took up the name Western Desert. At one time that had corresponded with the original name of the Northern Reaches, which had long ago been called the Northern Desert. Despite this, there were still people who called them Western Devils.

As he proceeded onward, Meng Hao’s gaze fell upon two other pillars of light. One of them glowed with a light as blue as the sky. Next to it, a large flagpole had been stabbed into the ground. Floating in the wind was a flag embroidered in gold with the character…

Ji!

When he saw it, Meng Hao’s pupils constricted, and he began to breathe heavily. There were over ten Cultivators sitting beneath the pillar of light, meditating. One of them was a young man with thin lips, a lofty air, and impatience written on his face. He seemed to have sensed Meng Hao’s gaze. He turned and looked over, then gave a cold snort. Contempt flickered within his eyes.

The cold snort immediately entered Meng Hao’s mind, causing him to pause momentarily. He quickly rotated his Cultivation base to disperse the uneasy feeling.

“Core Formation stage.” His expression was the same as usual as he looked away. The young man’s eyes flashed as he examined Meng Hao for a moment, and then ignored him.

Meng Hao next looked at the other beam of light, which was a greenish color and emanated terrifying power. The Black Sieve Sect’s pillar was also greenish, but this color was different, deeper.

Beneath the green pillar, three people sat cross-legged. One was a middle-aged woman, another was an old person, and the third was young woman. The young woman wore a green robe, and her long hair cascaded down over her shoulders. She was rather beautiful, but she also possessed a cold, proud air. She seemed to be the kind of person that had a short temper, and wasn’t easy to approach.

As he looked over everyone, Meng Hao stayed calm and collected. He led his group directly toward the Violet Fate Sect’s violet pillar of light, and as he neared, quite a few people opened their eyes vigilantly. When they saw Meng Hao, expressions of respect filled their faces.

As for Chu Yuyan, a complicated look appeared in her eyes. Ye Feimu simply lowered his head silently.

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  1. Wu Dingqiu was the guy who made the bet with Eccentric Song about the spear. He was also present when Grandmaster Eternal Mountain visited the Violet Fate Sect, and Meng Hao competed against Fatty
  2. Okay here’s a quick refresher. Han Bei, sexy schemer. Chen Fan, protective talkative brother. Zhou Jie, possessed Dao Child. Wang Lihai, brother of Wang Tengfei. Li Daoyi, fought Meng Hao in the Blood Immortal Legacy

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68 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 3 – Chapter 296” - NO SPOILERS

      1. Yea, wouldn’t want to be that snake… damn vultures lol. But seriously, I can’t tell if the birds are pigeons, pheasants, chickens, or any other poultry. And, ironically those vultures doesn’t include actual vultures lol, a little disappointed MemeBoo 😀

      1. Well, the immortals are so ridiculously OP in this.. That I could imagine his crap extending his lifespan by a thousand years or allowing him to make a breakthrough into Core Formation.

        A single hair off the guy’s head let someone make a 100%+ pill after-all.

    1. Well, orange pillar represent Western Desert. I’m guessing the blue pillar, Ji, should represent Eastern Lands. So the deep green must be from Northern Lands. It would make sense why there’s only as few as 3 people in it because Northern Lands is farthest from Southern Domain.

      1. That’s a good guess.

        I agree that the Ji clan are probably from the Eastern Lands. Since it’s been strongly hinted that the Ji are the current rulers of the Heavens (or maybe just one of their Immortal ancestors, the guy who the discarnate spirits called “Lord Ji”?), it would make sense if such a powerful clan also controlled the Great Tang of the Eastern Lands — basically the Tang Dynasty of Ancient China. Chinese Emperors were called the Sons of Heaven, which fits nicely here.

        As for the other people in the green pillar, I’m going to disagree with you. My guess is that they’re from the Milky Way Sea.

        The Northern Lands have twice(?) been described as the home of the “Qiang” or “Qiang Di” clan/people, and googling those terms makes them sound like an actual historical people — basically ancient Tibeto-Burman pastoral/nomadic people. If that’s who Er Gen is basing the Qiang clan of the Northern Lands on, then the description of the people in the blue light pillar should have been a little different, IMO.

        Could be completely wrong, though. This is all really shaky speculation, lol.

        1. That’s a good point. I thought about the Milky Way Sea too, but chose Northern Desert (not Northern Lands apparently) because they have only 3 people, even though the distance from Southern Domain to MWS, WD, or EL should be roughly the same. But the EL and WD sent at least 10 people.

          And yea, they could just be from MWS. Ocean water can be green or bluish green, so color kind of make sense. And, it could just be that they don’t invest as much, or they’re that arrogant.

          Also, I think the Qiang Di Clan has only been mentioned twice, in ch1 and ch36 (pretty far back lol), and pretty loosely to describe Nashan continent or a map of it.

  1. Thanks for the chapter!!!

    @Deathblade

    [1]
    >>It consisted of thirty people, which transformed into thirty prismatic beams that shot off into the air.
    “which” -> “who” ?

    [2]
    >>“Come to me…. I’m here… waiting for you…. All the truth… all the answers…”
    the last “…” -> “….” lol

    [3]
    >>He started at her for a moment and then looked away
    “started” -> “stared” ?

      1. lol, either that, or it’s getting hard for you to tell 3 dots from 4 and vice-versa from sleep deprivation. Anyway, here’s another one, probably

        [4]
        >>”Western Desert Cultivators….” thought Meng Hao, his eyes narrowing
        “….” -> “…” ? since “thought” isn’t capitalized. Unless there’s some rule with quotation I don’t know about.

        [5]
        >>One was a middle-aged woman, another was an old person, and the third was young woman
        missing “a” between “was” and “young.” Also, is the gender of “old person” vague on purpose?

      2. Actually so far as I know, when using ellipses to denote aposiopesis, i.e. breaking off a sentence before completion, one should only have the ellipsis and no other punctuation following (it is the same when using an em dash to denote the aposiopesis as well). The only time one would use an ellipsis and other punctuation together is when quoting or citing a work directly.

        Just since this is being brought up. I am not expert on the matter either so I can’t claim that I am definitely correct.

        Thanks for the chapter!

        1. Ellipses are complicated things, but the rule is that it’s always three, but it looks like four when it’s at the end of an declarative sentence (one with a period).

          …?
          …!
          ….

          Ellipses can be anywhere in the sentence unlike aposiopesis which is only at the end.

          1. This is all in reference to the [2] which Obsession pointed out in the first place which is a clear case of aposiopesis and as such I am unclear about why you are bringing up other uses of the ellipsis. Though in the case when citing or quoting a work ellipses and periods are certainly used together.

            That aside a period should not be used aside an ellipsis in aposiopesis is “Because an aposiopesis implies a trailing off of thought, it is never directly followed by a period, which would effectively result in four consecutive dots.” or at least that is what it says on the Wikipedia page for aposiopesis.

            Unfortunately I have not been able to confirm this with any other sources nor have I found any which contradict this. If you do have a source you can give me or direct me to I would very much appreciate it. I have been wanting to see something more reliable than Wikipedia on this matter.

    1. Probably not. I mean, if you haven’t notice except for book1, book2 only had two big (physical) fights (in middle and end), and book3 only had one big (physical) fight so far, which is also near the end of book. So fights don’t happen often because Meng’s avoiding offending people, and won’t bother with them if they’re not offending him. Then again, tension is high, so fights might break out, and trouble will probably find Meng Hao. So a fight might happen soon.

      This chapter is quite interesting imo since it really builds on how big the world is. New characters, new faces, recognizable signs like Ji are pretty cool devices to move things along. And it seems like there’s a potential introduction of a new female cast, the one with the deep green pillar, and introduction of a new male cast related to Ji who’s likely becoming Meng’s rival/enemy. So all is good for me 😀

    1. He hadn’t met any specific person surnamed Ji yet, only the name Ji frequently appearing in his journey. The earliest I can remember is during the Blood Immortal Tournament, where the Flag with 3 streamers had one streamer with Ji on it, and then Blood Immortal telling Meng to wrest away Ji’s bloodline. I’m not sure if there were any mentioning before that. Later, the name Ji appeared in Meng’s vision in Black Sieve Sect’s Blessed Land after he entered the cauldron, and then again, at end of book2 when discarnate spirits mentioned Ji

      If there’s any more, I can’t remember it atm. I’m also wondering if Meng researched about Ji while in Violet Fate, or if he was too busy studying Dao of alchemy to care…. We’ll see I guess.

    2. Seems like Meng doesn’t know anything about Ji yet, the only thing we know is that the Blood Immortal legacy is practically demanding him to slay people surnamed Ji. And anything that opposes the Heavens seems to also oppose Ji.

    3. Yep, the main thing to keep in mind is that enemies of the Ji always seem to be going against the Heavens… 😉

      The Blood Immortal, the Cauldron (and its master) of the Ancient Blessed Land, and the League of Demon Sealers are all examples.

      And check out the last chapter of book two, when the discarnate souls were raging about Meng Hao:
      (Just a few snippets)

      “Shatter the League of Demon Sealers! Lord Ji has replaced the Heavens and forged the Immortal Sealing Dais.”

      “Damn those Demon Sealers, each and every generation! Lord Ji fears them, and cursed the Ninth Generation Demon Sealer to die!”

      “The Immortal Sealing Dais lacks only the spirit of a Demon Sealer. Find him! Snatch his spirit and drink his blood to gain an Immortal body!!”

      1. Makes it sound (at least to me) like the Ji Clan usurped the previous rulers of the Heavens. There have also been numerous references to the Will of the Heavens changing in the past, which could have been a result of Lord Ji “replacing the Heavens and forging the Immortal Sealing Dais”. Just my speculation.

  2. He has never met them but he has heard about the ji clan for awhile now so much that it feels like he has met them

    Don’t forget his flag from the blood legacy also has the ji clan’s title on it

  3. Thanks for the chapter…
    I’m expecting daily life meng hao / fang mu after he got the legacy disciple status and reaction from his underling, chu yuyan and member of violet fate sect in carefree daily life… like a little tsundere moment with chu yuyan… i guess that didn’t happen..

    aint nobody got time for peace

  4. i think what will happen is somehow meng will go into the cave because he needs a way to “endure” the tribulation for his perfect gold core. I remember that the tribulation for his perfect FE was way stronger than him and he only survived due to the blood clan. So, maybe the cave will block the lightning somehow

    thanks :]

  5. I stareted to read this 3 days ago and finally caught up. I want more, the story is very good and interesting. Thanks deathblade for translating and thanks for all the sponsors

  6. “The young woman wore a green robe, and her long hair cascaded down over her shoulders. She was rather beautiful, but she also possessed a cold, proud air.”
    potential not-harem member? 😀

    “She seemed to be the kind of person that had a short temper, and wasn’t easy to approach.”
    wasn’t easy to approach? just call him, that have ‘Smooth’ as his middle name.

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

  8. Thanks for the chapter, especially for the footnote. I’m very bad with the name, thank you very much for the reminder.
    But one name seemed important but not mentioned in the note; Xu Qing. I think I heard the name somewhere?

  9. When he saw it, Meng Hao’s pupils constricted, and he began to breathe heavily. There were over ten Cultivators sitting beneath the pillar of light, meditating. One of them was a young man with thin lips, a lofty air, and impatience written on his face. He seemed to have sensed Meng Hao’s gaze. He turned and looked over, then gave a cold snort. Contempt flickered within his eyes.

    Confirmed target to be killed for progress. Young man with thin lips and lofty air earned the achievement “Stepping Stone”

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