ISSTH – Book 4 – Chapter 335

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Chapter 335: Valiant!

The large group of Han River Sect disciples descended with killing rage and taunting laughter. Eyes beaming with viciousness, they neared the over one hundred Cultivators who were running around on the ground.

“Children, don’t look! Ignore them!” cried the parrot as it flew back and forth in the air. The clinking of the bell on its foot could also be heard ringing out. “Come come. Join me in your loudest voice….”

The more than one hundred Cultivators once again joined voices to call out loudly. The Cultivators who had been pursuing Meng Hao all the way from Dongluo City grew closer. However, as they neared, their expressions flickered as they felt a wind picking up.

The wind brushed against their faces, rippling their clothes, blowing against their hair. It even began to push their bodies about. The charging Cultivators were gradually forced to stop. Their clothes whipped violently, their hair was in disarray, and their expressions were gradually changing to that of shock.

A vortex of slowly moving wind began to spread out from beneath the feet of the running Cultivators. As it extended outward it pushed back against the incoming Cultivators, blocking them. In an instant, it changed from a gentle breeze into a screaming gale force wind.

The screaming of the wind was shocking, and it mixed with the cries of the Cultivators inside to form a power that seemed as if it could rend the very Heavens. The Cultivators from Dongluo City retreated in astonishment. Some were too slow, and were caught up by the cyclone of wind. Blood sprayed from their mouths, and even their organs were broken into pieces.

A dozen of the Cultivators who had weak Cultivation bases suddenly began to scream. Their miserable cries drifted along with the wind, piercing the ears of the onlookers. People watched on in horror as the clothing of their dozen compatriots was ripped to shreds. Their hair turned gray, and their skin was slowly peeled off of their bodies as if they were being punished with death by a thousand cuts. Blood and flesh flew about within the screaming wind. In the blink of an eye…

The skin and muscle of the dozen Cultivators were completely flayed off of their bodies, turning them into skeletons. Cracking sounds could then be heard as the skeletons were smashed into pieces and then disappeared into the wind.

This scene caused the pursuing Cultivators’ scalps to grow numb. Their faces shone with intense horror and disbelief. Their breathing came in ragged pants as they hurriedly backed up. No one dared to proceed forward, and complete silence filled the air, with the exception of… the cries of the wind and… the voices of the running Cultivators, joined together and melded into the wind.

“Have faith in the Lord Fifth… gain eternal life….”

During this moment of relative silence, Patriarch Rubicund gave a cold snort. From behind him walked out a Cultivator of the mid Core Formation stage. Another mid Core Formation Cultivator appeared at the side of Patriarch Pockmarks, his jaw clenched.

A third mid Core Formation Cultivator appeared along with a Patriarch who was obviously from the third of the three great Sects. This man was tall and well-built. After he stepped forward, the three Core Formation Cultivators turned into beams of prismatic light that shot forward.

They appeared intent on piercing through the massive, foggy whirlwind to destroy the more than one hundred Cultivators within.

However, as soon as they neared the wind, their faces changed immediately. They emitted howls as Core Qi appeared above their heads, taking various forms as they charged into the foggy wind.

They had advanced nearly half way to the hundred or more Cultivators, and were roughly thirty meters away from them when, suddenly, a gigantic, phantom figure appeared within the whirlwind.

It was formed from wind itself, and was no less than thirty meters tall. Its facial features were indistinct; the only thing visible was its strapping frame and the illusory clothes which rippled on its body. As the phantom appeared, it was running and emitting an indistinct howling sound. It seemed to have not even noticed the three incoming Cultivators.

The killing intent of the three men flickered as they performed incantation gestures. Core Qi exploded outward, transforming one into a stretch of sandy soil, another into a vast array of flying swords, and the third into a painting of mountains and rivers. The Core Qi enveloped the area, sweeping directly toward the gigantic phantom.

“Shatter!” cried the three men, their voices cold.

However, their Core Qi passed directly through the giant phantom, as if it were completely illusory.

This caused the three men to gape in astonishment. The next thing that happened was that the phantom turned and barreled directly toward them.

The phantom was supposedly illusory, and yet it caused the bodies of these three men to tremble violently. Their faces turned ashen, and they coughed up mouthfuls of blood. Looking astonished, they were about to retreat when they suddenly saw a second, a third, a fourth… and in an instant TEN giant phantoms had appeared within the wind. All of them charged forward toward the three men, who immediately began to retreat.

The Core Formation Cultivator from the Han River Sect was a bit slower than the others. Before he could retreat more than a few paces, one of the phantoms was upon him. Eyes filled with viciousness, the Core Formation Cultivator bit down on the tip of his tongue and spit out a mouthful of blood out into the air. He passed his hands through it, created a blood-colored mark.

He pushed against the blood-colored mark, causing it to ignite and then transform into a massive blood-colored skull. With a roar of rage, it shot toward the approaching phantom. Instead of slamming into each other, the blood-colored skull passed directly through the phantom, and then flew past it through eight more phantoms before finally dissipating.

A look of despair appeared on the face of the Han River Sect Cultivator as the first phantom slammed into him. Blood sprayed from his mouth and he let out a blood-curdling scream.

“Patriarch, save me….” he cried in a voice filled with fear and dread. Patriarch Pockmarks’ face fell. He was about to charge forward to save the man, when his eyes narrowed. Suddenly, he felt as if he didn’t dare to charge forward, and instead retreated.

The reason for this was that he suddenly caught sight of dozens of phantoms approaching at high speed within the wind. Their approach shook the ground, as if giants were trampling the earth. Howls mixed with bloodcurdling shrieks as the Han River Sect Core Formation Cultivator was trampled to death in a bloody pulp.

This scene caused the hearts of all of the outside Cultivators to begin to pound, regardless of the level of their Cultivation base. The foggy wind was growing more and more blurry; as for their expressions, there was no longer even a hint of derision to be seen. Instead, their faces were filled with terror.

Immediately, people began to consider fleeing. However, what they hadn’t noticed was that behind them, another foggy wind had appeared. It surrounded them, completely enveloping them and cutting off their escape.

These Cultivators had pursued Meng Hao with menacing viciousness, but now, their hearts grew cold.

This was even more so when they noticed that inside the foggy wind ahead and behind were dozens of phantom figures. The figures were running, causing the ground to heave. It was easy to imagine how quickly they would be injured, or even killed, were they to be struck by the phantoms.

After all, the phantoms had just trampled a mid Core Formation Cultivator to death in an instant. This filled the other Cultivators’ hearts with dread.

It didn’t take long for them to realize that the phantoms running through the wind were actually none other than the more than one hundred Cultivators they had previously derided.

As they circled the area, their voices grew louder and louder.

“Have faith in the Lord Fifth, gain eternal life. When the Lord Fifth appears, who dares to cause strife!” The shocking sound of the voices shook the earth, causing everything to tremble and the other Cultivator’s faces to drain of blood.

“What spell formation is this?!” the words were not spoken by Patriarch Rubicund, whose heart trembled with fear and trepidation as he looked at the foggy wind around them growing less and less clear. Nor were they spoken by Patriarch Pockmarks, who stood there with an unsightly expression on his face.

Instead, they were spoken by another Cultivator. He was short, with a very large head. Because of that, he didn’t stand out very much within the crowd. Even Meng Hao hadn’t even noticed him.

When the big-headed Cultivator spoke out, looks of reverence appeared on the faces of many of the surrounding onlookers, who stepped back politely. Patriarch Pockmarks was from the Han River Sect. Patriarch Rubicund was from the Sky High Sect. And this big-headed Cultivator was the Patriarch of the third great Sect, the Talisman Sect.

His Cultivation base was at the late Core Formation stage. His methods were ruthless, and few people in Dongluo City would dare to provoke him. Furthermore, he was known to be very skilled with spell formations. As he stepped forward and looked out at the foggy wind, he slapped his bag of holding to produce a jade bracelet.

Patriarch Rubicund and Patriarch Pockmarks looked at Patriarch Big-head’s bag of holding with bitter smiles. They said nothing, but it was obvious that he hadn’t been part of the great Spirit Stone theft incident. Clearly, his bag of holding was completely intact.

Patriarch Big-head stared down at the bracelet, the surface of which was murky, but upon which could be seen over one hundred dots of light, moving to and fro. He studied it for a long moment and then took a deep breath. His eyes shone with amazement, and his heart trembled. “What a splendid Celestial spell formation,” he said. “This is a legendary magic from ancient times, long since lost to the world. And yet here it is today, being employed in front of our own eyes!

“This Celestial spell formation is based upon humans. Ancient Cultivators used powerful corporeal bodies to form the eye of the spell. The more people in the spell formation, the more power it can employ…. The wind of this spell formation has the potential to slay Immortals. Those phantoms are Human Celestials!!” Patriarch Big-head’s scalp was numb. He suddenly turned his head to look at the foggy wind behind them, and his eyes began to glitter brightly.

“However, there are only one hundred people powering this particular spell. Furthermore, these are not ancient Cultivators, and their Cultivation bases are varied and weak. In turn, that means… this spell formation can be broken! What is your choice, to break through the wind in front of us and slay the people therein, or break through the wind behind us, retreat and then come up with another plan?” He looked at Patriarch Pockmarks and Patriarch Rubicund, his eyes gleaming.

The three of them exchanged glances, whereupon their eyes filled with determination.

“I don’t want much,” said Patriarch Big-head with a smile, his eyes filled with avarice. “Just that parrot.”

“I want my belongings back, plus half of the contents of that guy’s bag of holding,” said Patriarch Pockmarks, his voice grim.

“The other half goes to me,” said Patriarch Rubicund, his killing intent flickering, “along with his life!”

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This chapter was sponsored by Edwin Wanjohi, Christian Seli, Lance Chang, CV, Emil Suadicani, Lim Derek, and Jacob Haire

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77 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 4 – Chapter 335” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. That was like a scene from some horror movie 🙂 Trapped in wind tornado that is filled with phantoms, who kill with the torture style of thousand cuts.

    Anyway, the late Core Formation practitioner wants to steal the parrot ? He must have some tricks up his sleeve. Also, nobody steals from MC, so he and anyone who joins him has to die !

    Thank you for the chapter.

  2. i have a few question, menghao has qi condensing of 13 lvl, perfect 10 golden foundation establisment with dragon core, after break through now he need medical pills for gold core, i don’t know how that works, after break through isn’t he suppose to have different core or need pills to make it different, and can everybody also have gold core if they eat that medical pills or just for menghao, he can’t absorb qi from heaven and earth, that’s a huge sacrifice just so he could beat a mid lvl core when he is an early lvl, he can beat them with the skills and treasures he got from those many immortals that have been helping out, perfect core profit is too low with the trouble he is getting.

    1. It’s not that only Meng Hao can have a Perfect Core, anyone can. But only Meng Hao (supposedly) has the Pill formula for the Perfect Core Pill.
      And no, the profit is definitely not low.

      You really need to pay more attention to what you read.

    2. First, we don’t know for sure if perfection in previous stages are prerequisite for perfection in the next; it has never been stated. In my opinion though, there shouldn’t be any, you can get the Perfect Gold Core with 9 Flawless Foundation, but it would be weaker than Perfect Gold Core with 10 Perfection Foundation as it has a greater foundation to build upon.

      Next, even if he established 13th Qi Condensation, and 10 Perfect Foundations, it seems there isn’t any other type of Cores beside Gold, Violet, Green, Crimson, Orange, and Mixed. So unless some other unique ones are introduced, he should establish one of them. He established Violet Core because he practiced the Violet Qi from the East and had a great foundation to build upon.

      It’s been established that it’s very difficult in any Cultivation stage for a lower level to beat a higher level. Getting something that could let you contend with a late Core Formation while in early Core Formation seems like a good deal (if you survive Tribulation – not absorbing Heaven and Earth Qi is not even too important). The point is that, with it, he can crush mid Core Formation almost like flies without taking damage, and protect himself against late Core Formations. The higher quality of Core Qi would further his power, and the Perfect Gold Core should exert crushing pressure on other Cores.

      1. so if he don’t have the perfect gold core pill formula, it become all useless to have that 13 qi condensation and 10 perfect foundation, why not just go straight up to core formation and form a perfect gold core, i mean he took a great risk in divine tribulation for foundation establishment , he got the legendary 13 qi condensation, and 10 perfect formation which he is the first human to ever had, and once he become a core formation all become normal, that was my point, he needs a pill for gold core formation and also the formula, say if he don’t have that, all those divine tribulation and the risk he take became useless if he needs external materials of for his cultivation when he break through, i’m just sayin, it confuse me a little, i was just curious what will happen when he break through from 13 qi condensation, nothing happen, he get some medical pill and formula to form a gold perfect foundation establishment (chu yuyan made that pill), next from 10 perfect breakthrough to again normal core formation, he got his violet core from the sect, and to form a gold core he need another medical pills and formula for perfect and face divine tribulation, but only for a short period that is to say every breakthrough, what will happen when he break through again to nascent soul, any change or he needs another pill.

        1. Each step along the way has been necessary for Meng Hao to survive and thrive. It isn’t easy to rush to the Core formation stage. Training to 13 Qi Condensation and 10 Perfect formation has given him opportunities that others don’t have. Without his Perfect Foundation he wouldn’t have survived to get the UV. Without the UV, he wouldn’t have been able to disguise himself and enter the Violet Sect. If he couldn’t enter the Violet Sect he wouldn’t have the talent to make his own pills to create the Perfect Core Pill, or have made a Violet Core to increase is chances of gaining a Gold Core.

          Because each step along the way matters, every time he goes up a level he reaches higher benefits than what those cultivation methods would have given him alone.

        2. I feel like you need to reread the story more carefully. And your sentence structure is making it hard to follow your logic. First off, it’s not useless in short term because it allowed Meng to better protect himself, and did things he otherwise couldn’t have. Second, it’s also not useless in long term either. It establishes a better foundation to build Cultivation base upon in the long term (which was my point above). The small differences established early on will stack up when he’s stronger.

          Just in case, I’ll make my point easier, I’ll assign some numbers:
          [1] a Fracture Dao Pillar = 1 ——–> 9 at great circle
          [2] a Cracked Dao Pillar = 2 ———> 18 at great circle
          [3] a Flawless Dao Pillar = 3 ———> 27 at great circle
          [4] a Perfect Dao Pillar = 4 ———> 40 at great circle (10 pillars)

          If you establish a Violet Core (for argument sake), as it DEPENDS on foundation, and each level increase is +2 due to larger energy gap compared to +1 in FE:
          [1] 9 —–+6—-> 15 (Violet Core) —–+20—-> 35 (Gold Core)
          [2] 18 —–+8—-> 26 (Violet Core) —–+22—> 48 (Gold Core)
          [3] 27 —–+10—> 37 (Violet Core) ——+24—> 61 (Gold Core)
          [4] 40 —–+12—> 52 (Violet Core) ——+26—> 78 (Gold Core)

          …. I hope this makes my point. The foundation builds up as he goes higher in stages in long term; in short term it helps protect him and allowed him to do things he otherwise couldn’t have. And again, it’s difficult to beat someone of higher level within the same stage. And a better foundation allows you advantages to do so base PURELY on POWER, without magical items or techniques.

        3. Its kind of explained below but let me just say it simply without the numbers.

          Short version
          The stronger the earlier stage the stronger you will be in the next stage and the gold core is VERY strong and therefore not being able to train normally will still be worth the trade.
          13th level Qi condensation —> 1 flawless foundation pillar > 9th level Qi condensation —> 1 flawless foundation pillar.
          Same applies for every level and the benefits stack so if you have both 13th level Qi Condensation and 10 Perfect pillars your base Early Core Formation strength will be above a lot of other Early Core formation cultivators. Even if someone was to have the 13th level but didn’t have the 10 perfect pillars or visa versa you would still be stronger as you have both.

          Longer Version
          The stronger the previous levels the better starting point you have with the next level.
          So the 13th level qi condensation means a stronger formation establishment. You can then go on to have what is considered ‘normal’ foundation pillars and still be stronger than someone who has the same type of pillars because of the 13th level you had before. Better building blocks, stronger house.

          Same thing goes for foundation establishment. So for Meng Hao who not only had the 13th level but also 10 Perfect Pillars even without a special core he would be stronger than normal, however he currently has a violent core which is one of the stronger cores. This is why he can fight Mid-core cultivators easily, its not only because of his techniques and items.

          As for the gold core, with it and the use of the golden core qi it will give he would probably be able to fight late-core cultivators even without the blood legacy mask and early-core cultivators would literally feel like they were being crushed just from him showing some pressure.
          As for the lack of easy training, there are many ways to work around that, for example there are already certain places where he can just absorb energy and with the Ultra-high grade spirit stones he can also do that almost anywhere.

          TLDR: Everything matters. Every level from before helps, it doesn’t just get reset after advancing to the next level.

      2. I don’t think it’s possible to have a perfect gold core if you don’t have a perfect foundation. If not, then why are people so crazy about the Qi Condensation Manual of the Sublime Spirit Scripture?

        1. yea yea that’s right, i think they need perfect foundation from the beginning or else everybody can have perfect core or perfect cultivation later on just by eating a medical pill, and they would have skip all those divine tribulation, than things would have been too simple

        2. Yea, it’s never been confirmed if perfection in previous stages are prerequisite for perfection in the next. I just thought it’s possible, and went with it. After all, it was possible to get Violet Core with Perfect Foundation, which is stronger than Violet Core with Flawless Foundation.

          But people are crazy for the Qi Condensation Manual of SSS because it gives 100% chance of getting Flawless Foundation (which they thought is the best there is, in current era) and 2nd Core Sea, without facing any repercussions, like Tribulations, beside that other people would scramble to fight for the manual. The best thing about it is that many people could use the manual if they obtained enlightenment, which is a big plus for big Sects, unlike the pills each of which is for one-use only (unless you got the mirror).

          1. Even with the mirror, that perfect foundation pill was extremely unstable and Meng Hao had to eat it before it melted on its own (although that MIGHT have been due to Chu Yuyan’s relative lack of skill). I think duplicating it would be pretty much useless. Also, that kind of tribulation lightning looks like something even Pill Demon or that Wang clan elder would be killed by, let alone any of the other elders of the southern domain. At absolute best, the pills would be a special privilege for Dao Children.

    3. Think about it. There is thousands of years old cultivator, who wants to steal Meng Hao’s perfect cultivation. He is likely on spirit severing level, yet simple appearance of single golden foundation pillar woke him up from hibernation. When perfect foundation scripture was advertised, strongest cultivators chased after it, wishing to repair or rebuild their cultivation.

      On the road to immortality, the quality of your cultivation is important. It’s not just a matter of how much power the perfect foundation or perfect core grants at that moment, it’s also about the potential for further cultivation achievements that it grants.

      1. i know, perfect cultivation is the best, but what i’m saying is when he got perfect cultivation, everytime he break through, his cultivation became normal again, and everytime he breakthrough, he needs external help to form a perfect cultivation, he needs pill and formula everytime he breaks through, say when he break through from 13 qi condensation, he made chu yuyan make the perfect gold foundation establishment, next he break through from 10 perfect gold foundation establishment to coreformation and he got his violet core from the his sect, next he need again another pill for his gold core, so all will be wasted again when he break through to nascent soul lvl cause he’ll need another medical pills and formula, all the hassle is what i’m talking about, his perfect cultivation is not permanent cause everytime he breaks through he is just a normal cultivator who is only decent strong.

        1. It doesn’t become normal. Read more carefully. When Meng Hao got his Violet Core, it was said that it was the strongest Violet Core because of his Perfect Foundation. He could beat people one stage ahead of him without Gold Core.

        2. You clearly haven’t been reading this series closely enough. Each level is vastly more powerful (probably around 10x or so, enough at least to disregard people with the previous level regardless of numbers) andyetMeng Hao was about 1/2 as strong as a core cultivator with core qi when he was of the great circle of foundation establishment. His core is FAR from normal. His core is powerful enough to wipe out anyone on his same level and in addition makes his foundation incredibly more powerful. Even without the core qi he can fight people in the mid- core level who do have it. Mid core level should be several times stronger than low core level, yet why is it that he can beat them? Because of his perfect foundation.

    1. Well, the late core formation talisman patriarch may be able to do some damage, especially if backed up by the two other patriarchs. Their ultimate mistake is not realizing that Meng Hao is MC 🙂

  3. Thanks for the chapter!!!

    “He was short, with a very large head. Because of that, he didn’t stand out very much within the crowd.”

    lol, I would’ve thought he stood out in the crowd with that physique. So now, we have all three: Patriarch Pockmarks, Rubicund, and Big-head. Awesome names for relatively unimportant side characters.

  4. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, John Rogers, anonpuffs, Lingson, MeeBoo, Yascob, Edwin Wanjohi, Christian Seli, Lance Chang, CV, Emil Suadicani, Lim Derek, Jacob Haire, and Er Gen!

  5. Patriarch Big-head, you don’t screw the parrot, the parrot screw you!
    Patriarch Pockmarks, what is yours also belong to Meng Hao, and what is belong to Meng Hao, still belong to Meng Hao!
    Patriarch Rubicund, you don’t get to kill Meng Hao, Meng Hao kill you!

  6. Thanks for the chapter, Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, John Rogers,anonpuffs, Lingson, MeeBoo, Yascob, Edwin Wanjohi, Christian Seli, Lance Chang, CV, Emil Suadicani, Lim Derek, and Jacob Haire!

  7. Thanks for the chapter! If you feel burned out, especially after work, don’t be afraid of taking a rest. You deserve it!
    I’m wondering how badly all of the patriarchs are going to die

  8. “I don’t want much,” said Patriarch Big-head with a smile, his eyes filled with avarice. “Just that parrot.”

    Smh, You don’t understand what you’re asking for do you?
    You don’t mess with the Lord Fifth, especially when duo with Meng Hao.

  9. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, John Rogers, anonpuffs, Lingson, MeeBoo, Yascob, MemeBoo, Edwin Wanjohi, Christian Seli, Lance Chang, CV, Emil Suadicani, Lim Derek, and Jacob Haire!

  10. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, John Rogers, anonpuffs, Lingson, MeeBoo, Yascob, Edwin Wanjohi, Christian Seli, Lance Chang, CV, Emil Suadicani, Lim Derek, Jacob Haire, and Er Gen!
    Dear WuxiaWorld, many thanks to the Author, Translator(s), (Editors), (Donors) for the awesome chapter! With lots of love, Jack ❤

  11. Thanks for the chapter. That was interesting. Lord Fifth is so damn OP lol. I’m actually pretty surprised. :p

    This turned out differently than I originally expected. :p

  12. Oh god Meng Hao just created his own Running Man Sect and became a Patriarch Running Man!!! Suits him damn well! And all divine abilities and techniques of the sect would be based on running wwwwwwwww

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