ISSTH – Book 3 – Chapter 302

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Chapter 302: Crisis!

The Ji youth’s expression was one of unyielding pride, his words aloof and remote. He didn’t seem to think Meng Hao was even worth looking at, and spoke to him as he might a servant.

Meng Hao frowned. However, he thought of the fearsomeness of the Clan, as well as the fear An Zaihai had shown. He thought about everything he had experienced, and all the stories regarding Ji. Then, he immediately suppressed any feelings of displeasure he felt.

Now was not the appropriate time to attack; his Cultivation base had reached a critical juncture, the time when the important transformation would occur. Meng Hao knew that to attack now would affect the growth of his Cultivation base.

Furthermore, the Ji youth’s Cultivation base was at the peak of the early Core Formation stage, even higher than the azure-masked Cultivator from the Black Lands he had fought.

“Your excellency, I’m not quite sure what you mean,” said Meng Hao, looking surprised. “I just arrived here myself, and haven’t been able to find anything. Don’t tell me there’s some sort of treasure here?” The glow of greed shone in his eyes as he spoke.

The Ji youth’s eyes glittered as he glanced at Meng Hao, and an expression of utter disdain covering his face. He looked around, heart still filled with suspicion.

“This guy’s Cultivation base is at the Foundation Establishment level,” he thought. “No matter how weak the Immortal is, there’s no way this guy could penetrate his Immortal Sense. Plus, he’s slumbering. Even I couldn’t forcibly break into the Immortal Sense, not even with the device given to me by the Patriarch. So, could it have been taken earlier by someone else?” Within the Ji youth’s mind appeared the image of the girl surnamed Fang. He glanced over at Meng Hao. “Did you encounter anyone on your way here? Whatever it is you saw, tell me immediately,” he demanded. “If you leave out anything, I will wipe you and your Sect and Clan!” He made no attempt to cover over his disdain and superciliousness.

Meng Hao hesitated, then lowered his voice. “Someone else? Yes, I did see someone, actually, wearing a green robe. I couldn’t really see clearly which Fellow Daoist… it was… This place….”

Before he could finish, the Ji youth seemed to have made his mind up. He flicked his sleeve impatiently. “Screw off!” he said.

Meng Hao’s eyes flickered with an imperceptible coldness. However, a cowardly look appeared on his face, and he immediately backed up, then turned to leave.

It was at this exact moment that suddenly, the wall next to him exploded outward, and a person in green emerged.

Along with this person came an incredibly potent aura, which immediately enveloped the entire area. Not only did it contain power, but also feeling of extreme conceit.

As the aura roiled out, the figure emerged slowly, a young woman. This was none other than the girl surnamed Fang, who was also from the Eastern Lands. As soon as she appeared, her eyes fell onto the Ji youth.

Meng Hao was standing right next to her, but she completely ignored him. The arrogance which emanated from her was virtually palpable.

“Ji Hongdong, give the Immortal’s scripture to me!” said the young woman coolly. She was beautiful, and emanated icy arrogance. 1

When he saw the girl appear, Meng Hao’s heart began to thump, and he backed up a few paces. Before he could get very far, the Ji youth’s eyes narrowed.

“Fang Yu, it turns out you took the Immortal’s scripture, and still….” He only finished half of his thought when his heart suddenly trembled. He abruptly looked at Meng Hao, and as he did, he blinked his right eye seven times in rapid succession. Suddenly, two pupils could be seen within his eye. They seemed to possess some power of psychic sight! As he looked at Meng Hao, he immediately was able to see the white diamond in Meng Hao’s dantian. 2

In addition to the diamond, there was a blurriness. Even the diamond by itself was enough to cause killing intent to spring out from the Ji youth’s eyes. However, just as soon as it appeared, it then vanished.

The speed with which all of this happened was such that if you blinked, you wouldn’t be able to pick up even the slightest clue that something was happening.

“Preposterous!” said the Ji youth with a cold laugh. Ignoring Meng Hao, he immediately shot toward Fang Yu. As he neared, he waved his right hand, causing a field of stars to appeared behind him. Fang Yu gave a cold snort and also advanced. She lifted her hand, forming a fist and punching out into the air. A huge boom resonated out in all directions.

Meng Hao immediately tumbled backward, then picked a random direction and sped off.

His face was grim. He could see that Ji Hongdong had seen through him; he didn’t point it out and immediately pursue Meng Hao because of the Fang girl. Instead of saying something, he planned to come after Meng Hao later, alone.

The walls continued to fill with cracks, although Meng wasn’t sure how long it would take until they completely crumbled. He slapped his bag of holding to retrieve the good luck charm. He pressed down on it, after which a frustrated look appeared on his face.

For the first time ever, the good luck charm was powerless to teleport him away.

“I can’t place all of my hope on the collapse of this place….” thought Meng Hao. He knew full well that before the place fell to pieces, he had somewhat of a chance to flee. However, once the collapse was complete, if Ji Hongdong came after him, he would be in a very bad position.

Ji Hongdong’s status, his place in the fearsome Ji Clan, made it such that if he were killed, it would be equivalent to deliberately invoking monolithic disaster. Meng Hao wasn’t sure if the Violet Fate Sect would even be able to fight back. The two powers weren’t even on the same level.

His face grim, Meng Hao continued on for a bit less time than it takes half an incense stick to burn. Finally, he gritted his teeth and stopped, sitting down cross-legged on the ground. Ignoring the crumbling of the walls around him, he began to meditate, rotating his Cultivation base and pushing as fast as possible toward Core Formation.

“Regardless of anything, I will only be able to seize the initiative… after I reach Core Formation!” A bright glow appeared in his eyes. This was a moment of crisis, leaving him little time to think things through. He closed his eyes and spit out a mouthful of mist, which immediately crackled with lightning as it surrounded him. At the same time, a halo the color of blood emerged from Meng Hao, and a Blood Clone materialised and began to guard over him.

Meng Hao’s ten Dao Pillars emitted a roaring sound that only he could hear. Massive amounts of Violet Qi poured forth, causing the Dao Pillars to begin to melt and then merge together.

After the Dao Pillars fully melted he would be able to form his Core. Thanks to the Immortal Qi, this process would happen much more quickly. Once Meng Hao reached Core Formation, he would set the record as the fastest person to do so since ancient times.

Time passed by. Meng Hao wasn’t sure when Ji Hongdong would come for him. However, it would happen quickly, he was sure of that. Ji Hongdong had picked up on the clues. Once he shook off the young Fang woman, he would be coming for Meng Hao.

“Must go faster!!” thought Meng Hao, circulating all the power within his Cultivation base. Suddenly, a shocking roar filled his mind. His tenth Dao Pillar was now melting.

As the Dao Pillar melted, vast quantities of Violet Qi poured out, wrapping around and around the collection of violet mist which already existed around the Immortal Qi. The globule of violet mist rotated rapidly, emitting countless strands of Violet Qi throughout Meng Hao’s body.

A brutally powerful aura appeared within Meng Hao; his physical body grew more powerful, his Spiritual Sense expanded, and most obviously, the Blood Clone and the Blood Death World he was within slowly began to grow stronger.

As the true self grew stronger, so did they!

Meng Hao wasn’t satisfied, though. The speed was too slow. Veins bulged on his face as he pushed everything into rotating his Cultivation base. Amidst the roaring, his ninth Dao Pillar began to melt. More Violet Qi poured out. The violet mist globule rotated even more rapidly; it was now showing signs of condensing into a Core.

Next, his eighth Dao Pillar, then his seventh. They melted one after another, filling him with rumbling booms. Boundless spiritual energy exploded out, causing the violet mist to roil at even greater speed. It sucked in Violet Qi. As of this moment, Meng Hao’s body was emitting a bright violet glow.

The globule of violet mist spun at high speed. All signs pointed to it forming into a Violet Core at any moment. Seeing this, Meng Hao quickly consumed a large amount of Three Mortalities Pills. It still wasn’t enough. Meng Hao could clearly sense that he was… immeasurably close to Core Formation!

“Even faster!” thought Meng Hao with an inward growl. A thunderous noise could be heard as his sixth Dao Pillar, fifth Dao Pillar and fourth Dao Pill all melted. It was at this time that off in the distance, Meng Hao could hear a loud noise; someone was using a magical technique.

“It’s not Ji Hongdong….” thought Meng Hao. He was focused on rotating his Dao Pillars, but he had long since sent his Spiritual Sense out into the area. He immediately caught sight of a figure making its way toward him at high speed.

Meng Hao sighed inwardly and opened his eyes. Off in the distance was Li Daoyi, wearing a thoughtful smile.

Catching sight of Meng Hao, he gave a slight smile and said, “I was wondering who it was that Fellow Daoist Ji wanted me to pursue and delay. So, it turns out it’s Grandmaster Fang Mu.” He slowly approached. As he neared, he suddenly stopped and gaped at Meng Hao. “Core Formation aura? You picked this moment to form your Core?” He laughed, his expression filled with a sneer.

“You really live up to your reputation, Grandmaster Fang Mu,” he said. “Very audacious! However, you took something that belongs to Fellow Daoist Ji. That’s a no-no. The mere sight of you fills me with the desire to kill.”

“Make a move against me and you’ll cause a war between the Li Clan and the Violet Fate Sect,” said Meng Hao coolly, his expression the same as ever. He was in a race against time; his Cultivation base was rotating rapidly, causing his remaining three Dao Pillars to begin to melt away.

“I would of course never attack you,” said Li Daoyi with a hypocritical smile. “I’ll just block your way, make sure you stay behind and don’t leave. Your life does not belong to me, but rather, Fellow Daoist Ji. The Clan Patriarchs will be more than happy to allow something like this to happen.” He lifted his hand, extending it toward Meng Hao’s forehead.

Meng Hao sighed. It seemed he would not be able to make his breakthrough at the moment. Killing intent glittered in his eyes, and he was just about to make a move, when suddenly, his face flickered.

At the same time, Li Daoyi’s face also changed. He spun, and then dodged to the side.

Just as he did, a clear, melodious snort rang out, filling the air. A band of white light flashed through the spot where Li Daoyi had just stood, then shot after him.

Next, a prismatic beam shot toward them, coming to a stop next to Meng Hao.

There, wearing a white robe, facial expression icy cold, was Xu Qing.

She glared at Li Daoyi.

“Make your breakthrough,” she said calmly to Meng Hao. “I’ll take care of him.” Her voice was cold, but as her words made their way into Meng Hao’s heart, they transformed into gentle warmth.


Fang Yu

Ji Hongdong

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  1. Ji Hongdong’s name in Chinese is 季鸿东 jì hóng dōng – Ji is a family name. Hong means “great” and also “goose.” Dong means “east”
  2. Fang Yu’s name in Chinese is 方瑜 fāng yú – Fang is a family name. Yu means “beauty” or “jade”


81 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 3 – Chapter 302” - NO SPOILERS

      1. Prince@home[email protected]

        Agree 🙁 O_o

  1. Even I could forcibly break into the Immortal Sense, not even with the device given to me by the Patriarch. So, could it have been taken earlier by someone else?”

    Couldn’t break into the Immortal Sense,


    thx for the chapter.

  2. Thanks for the chapter!!!

    >>Even I could forcibly break into the Immortal Sense, not even with the device given to me by the Patriarch.
    “Not even I…” ? he’s saying he can’t do it even with help of device.

    >>If you leave out anything, I will wipe you you and your Sect and your Clan!
    “wipe you you” there’s an extra “you”

    >>A bright glow appeared in his eye
    “eye” -> “eyes”

    this chapter:
    >>the Ji youth’s Cultivation base was at the peak of the early Core Formation stage
    chapter 298:
    >>What most captured Meng Hao’s attention was the young man named Ji. His Cultivation base was at the peak of the Core Formation stage

    please let the Ji guy be at peak of EARLY core formation, please nerf him with your editing in chapter 298 lol…. seriously though, is he at peak early or late core?

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      >>If you leave out anything, I will wipe you you and your Sect and your Clan!
      “wipe you you” there’s an extra “you”

      If you wanted that to flow better you could say

      “If you leave out anything, I will wipe out you, your Sect and your Clan!”

  3. Thanks for the chapter XD

    Xu Qing saves the day XD

    It is time to kill Ji!!! and frame Li!!! Meng Hao style 😛

    Or have Feng do his dirty work and slaughter the rest 😛

    That said… Broly in a Sailor Moon outfit representing Xu Qing…. that is just wrong!!!

    1. Problem is, Ji would likely kill everyone that was there without bothering to care who was guilty. Unless he could frame the girl in green, but it would be hard to make that work unless he could make it look like they killed each other. And I wouldn’t bet on the success of a move like that even if he could kill both of them.

  4. Awesome!!! Enemies left and right. And Xu Qing bails Meng Hao out. Things are moving like crazy!!

    And omg… if the next chapter title foretells what I think Meng is gonna do, it’s going to be epic.

    1. You forgot, another pretty girl, Fang Yu accidentally bailed him out first then Xu Qing. I guess the now really dead Immortal hinted that Black Sieve sect really is the greatest power around this planet as someone there is close in breaking thru and transform into deity/immortal, I think this will place Xu Qing in danger.

      1. Well, Meng Hao would’ve gotten away if Fang Yu hadn’t showed up. And She only engaged against Ji Hongdong because Ji, who purposely ignored Meng Hao, attacked her first in order to trick her into thinking he has the scripture*, and not Meng Hao who he knew had the legacy and was standing right next to her. So he couldn’t risk letting her know, and planned to retrieve the legacy later without her or anyone else knowing. So really Fang Yu didn’t bail Meng out in anyway (she probably would’ve attacked him if she knew he has the scripture/legacy).

        *Fang Yu thought Ji Hongdon has the Dao Divinity Scripture. Ji Hongdong knew for certain Meng Hao has the legacy.

        And no, the Immortal guy told Meng to be careful of Black Sieve Sect simply because they’re actively hunting for him (more so than other Sects because he has UV and is 9th Demon Sealer**). The one with at pinnacle of this planet, who controls an ancient power, is the Lord who resides in East of the planet, likely a Patriarch of Ji Clan, or Fang Clan (tho most likely Ji, since there’s some mention of a Lord Ji who replaced Heaven).

        **I think only discarnate spirits know about Meng being 9th Demon Sealers, while the Patriarchs, like Violet Sieve, don’t

        1. But from what I understood, the discarnate souls of the Black Sieve know that Meng Hao is the 9th Demon Sealer but they dont know Meng Hao is actually Fang Mu, thus I think that for now he is safe, but when he returns to his original appearance he may have a problem. And people are forgetting about the Wang Clan jerks. The old near corpse of a Wang Clan patriarch wants Meng Hao’s booty cause he got the Perfect Foundation Establishment. And if Meng Hao didnt have the meat jelly the Demon Sect Overloard (or something) would have gone to look and catch him too. He is kinda a screwed but he is badass so its not a problem

          1. Yes, the only ones who know Fang Mu = Meng Hao are Xu Qing and Fatty. And yea, wonder what’s up with 10th Wang Clan Patriarch. He is waiting for Meng to ripen before harvest, so maybe he won’t show up until Meng is Nascent Soul or something. And I have to disagree with the Demon Lord wanting to capture Meng. That guy helped Meng three times so far, and likely would’ve continued to help him if Meng is in trouble since he’s watching Meng’s progress**. But he stopped because he saw UV is with Meng, who can detect his presence, so he stopped spying on Meng and helping Meng out.

            ** Not sure if he has any agenda for doing so though.

  5. What a badass Xu Qing go, go, go!

    This sequence of events is awesome. Though I can already tell that Meng Hao probably won’t be returning to the Violet Fate sect because he has no choice… or rather he’ll go there for the perfect gold core materials and then immediately leave.

    Otherwise, he’d be putting them in danger. I’m sure he’ll do it to protect them or something. I feel bad for them though…

    This has already gotten far too complicated. But it’s still super awesome nonetheless. It’s so unfortunate though because his acting was perfect.

    Thanks for the chapter Deathblade! Er Gen’s writing is definitely getting better. This is like a way better CD. I don’t want to say that now that CD just finished lol since I actually really liked CD, but I think that this story seems to be combining a lot of the good elements from other Xianxia’s and putting them together in its own unique twist in a style that seems a bit like CD. And I agree with another post previously made on here that stated that it seemed like the nine mountains and seas are like nine divine planes or places like that which encompass lots of smaller regions within each of them.

    The best part about ISSTH is how the information is revealed so that it keeps it extremely interesting and surprising as opposed to obvious. We never really know how things will happen. This is the good part that distinguishes this from other Xianxia. The writing is also tasteful and good lessons are abound.

    I wonder if Meng Hao’s bloodline is the real reason why he is getting so lucky all of the time? Either way, at least unlike Naruto this series is actually not trying to pull some B.S. “you don’t need to be born with talent or connections in order to become the best” type of sh*t.

    Once again thanks for the release because these are really great. Also, once again, your voice was very different from what I expected it would sound like. :p

    1. No. Li Daoyi, Li Shiqi, and Zhou Jie** reached Core Formation and left the Dao Geyser location before Meng came out of his cave. This was why he didn’t have any opportunity to fight Core Formation until the azure-masked guy from Black Lands came.

      **Not sure if there were any other explicitly mentioned.

  6. Meng Hao knew that to attack at now would affect the growth of his Cultivation base.
    Delete ‘at’
    Meng Hao knew that to attack now would affect the growth of his Cultivation base.

    1. Her body should currently be at the Core Formation stage (I’m not if she was one of the people who had a breakthrough at the Dao Geyser but even if she wasn’t, it’s been at least a year since then, so she probably broke through by now). But since she has the discarnate soul of Matriarch Phoenix in her, she should be able to call upon much greater strength than would normally be possible for a CF cultivator.

      We saw some Black Sieve Sect disciples (possessed by powerful discarnate souls) try to attack the Immortal’s corpse back in chapter 241:

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

      So the discarnate souls can unleash power from higher cultivation stages, but it’s very unstable. Though maybe the situation with Xu Qing is a bit different, considering how Meng Hao helped her with his alchemy skills.

  7. Well for once his gf comes to save him instead of the other way around and she couldn’t pick a better time.
    I wonder if Meng Hao will be exposed after this or if he’ll just leave because the Ji clan would be on his back?

    Many thanks for the Chapter.

    1. Ah, I’m afraid that might happen. How it happens though, the next chapter title might tell you why if what I think it foretells that Meng will do next chapter is true.

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

  9. Yes!! Xu Qing is on his side! I have no clue how powerful she actually is, but this exites me!
    And there are still 11 chapters left in this book… I wonder what other developments there will be.. hmm?


  10. So Core Formation involves dissolving the Dao Pillars, unleashing the energy which had been stored within them, and condensing all that energy into a ball (core).

    Not quite how I imagined it — I was thinking the foundation remains, with the dao pillars forming a ring within the dantian, and the core would form in the center of that ring.

    I could have sworn I remembered reading that the Sublime Spirit Scripture’s second core sea could upgrade someone’s foundation and perhaps even improve their core by proxy once the foundation is strengthened, but maybe I completely dreamed up that second half, lol. I looked back and can’t find it.

    The implication from that would have been that the foundation still exists even for higher stage cultivators, which is why they would be so personally invested in acquiring the Qi Condensation manual of the SSS.

    But I guess I was wrong and the foundation simply dissolves away to form the core. Hmm…

    1. If I remember correctly, the QC manual of SSS can patch one’s Foundation after establishing another Foundation in the 2nd core sea IF the original Foundation was Cracked or Fractured. If the original Foundation was Flawless already, establishing another Foundation in 2nd core sea wouldn’t do much or anything at all.

      In ch100:

      “With the Qi Condensation Manual of the Sublime Spirit Scripture, a second Core sea can be formed. When the second Core sea moves from Qi Condensation to Foundation Establishment, it can improve the quality of one’s Foundation Establishment. For me, though it won’t really make much of a difference. ” (Meng Hao’s quote)

      In ch78:

      “Anyone, be they at Foundation Establishment or Core Formation, could use Qi Condensation Manual of the Sublime Spirit Scripture to form a second Core Lake within their bodies. They could also repair the Dao pillars they had formed during their Foundation Establishment. If successful, it could make a Cracked Foundation into a Flawless Foundation. To a Core Formation Cultivator, this would also have a big influence on their Core level, which was something they all yearned for.” (Narrative)

      lol… can’t believe I remember where this was stated.

      1. Thanks for these quotes!

        That second quote was probably what I was thinking about… doesn’t it imply that cultivators at higher stages can still improve their foundations with the SSS? But that shouldn’t be possible if Core Formation requires the foundation to dissolve away.

        1. “To a Core Formation Cultivator, this would also have a big influence on their Core level, which was something they all yearned for.”

          This sentence is a little ambiguous because the State of Zhao’s Core Formations who captured Meng Hao back then all had mixed cores, which we knew after Patriarch Reliance killed them. So I think the 2nd core sea can only patches Cultivation base if one’s quality of Cultivation base, at any Cultivation stage, wasn’t already the best the SSS can give (assuming you have the appropriate manual).

        2. Argh, ran out of time.

          Then again… it might work like the way you said. If it’s true, the SSS is more OP than I initially thought.

          A possible explanation of how it’s possible might be because the 1st and 2nd core sea are not connected. Then it’s possible to establish great circle of FE in 2nd core sea, and melt it into spiritual energy and transfer it into the Core in 1st core sea….

        3. Sorry, ignore scenario above, not sure what I was thinking, and didn’t realized your point until the timer ran out…

          A possible explanation would be:

          SSS also has a method to dissolve one’s Cultivation base in the core sea. For example, melt a core into spiritual energy and form back the 9 (or 10) Dao Pillars. Then you can use the 2nd core sea to patch the Dao Pillars in the 1st core sea, and reform a better core in the 1st core sea.

          idk… We might never know how this would work. The only way we would know is if Meng Hao reach Spirit Severing but had a non-SSS quality Nascent Soul, and find a Nascent Soul Manual of SSS… or something.

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