ISSTH – Book 4 – Chapter 348

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Chapter 348: Assault on Dongluo City

“Are you sure your spell formation can hold a Nascent Soul Cultivator?” Meng Hao asked coolly as he walked through the fog.

“Of course, no problem,” replied the parrot. Slapping its chest with its wing, it said, “Lord Fifth’s human-powered Celestial spell formation is unique in all the Nine Mountains and Seas. It draws its power from people. Since we have more than a thousand, well, we might not be able to kill a Nascent Soul Cultivator, but we can definitely trap one inside. Child’s play.” Its tone was lofty, as if its actions were doubly efficient.

“Can the spell formation move?” asked Meng Hao, his eyes glittering. He stopped walking for a moment as he caught sight of a Dongluo Clan Cultivator of the early Core Formation stage off in the fog. The man was frantically attacking the mist around him, an expression of terror and despair on his face.

He couldn’t see Meng Hao, but Meng Hao could make him out quite clearly. Meng Hao shifted into motion again, and within a moment was at the man’s side. He waved his hand, and the fog coalesced, surrounding the Dongluo Clan Cultivator, enveloping him. When it dissipated, Meng Hao walked off. Behind him, the Dongluo Clan Cultivator had collapsed unconscious onto the ground.

“Of course it can move. As long as our men keep running, then Lord Fifth’s spell formation can go anywhere, and take the people inside along with it.” An expression of arrogant pride covered the parrot’s face.

Meng Hao nodded and continued to proceed forward. It wasn’t long before he found Dongluo Han. The man’s face was pale and filled with vigilance. He peered around at the fog; his Core Qi was in full play and he was on guard against any changes.

Meng Hao looked at him thoughtfully for the space of a few breaths, then shot over. The fog began to seethe, and Dongluo Han’s face flickered. Before he could react, though, a hand shot out from the fog next to him and pushed down onto his back.

A great power shot through him, sealing his Cultivation base. He didn’t even have the strength to turn his head now. Instead, he fell to the ground, unconscious.

Meng Hao walked out from within the fog and looked down at Dongluo Han. He didn’t kill him; knocking him out was good enough for now.

Meng Hao turned and continued to walk off into the distance. Whenever he ran into Dongluo Clan members, he disabled them and rendered them unconscious.

Some of them, however, ended up in the paths of the running figures. These ones could only perish with miserable shrieks under the power of the spell formation.

After enough time passed for an incense stick to burn, Meng Hao found Dongluo Ling within the fog. Her hair was in disarray, and her beautiful features were filled with hopelessness and anxiety. She had used every method she had at her disposal, but was unable to escape. How could she not feel despair?

She couldn’t see her fellow Clan members; it was as if the entire world had turned into fog, and she was the only person left. When the massive phantoms went running by, they emitted a great pressure which filled her heart with fear.

How could she ever have imagined that the person who pissed her off so much would have such a fearsome spell formation? She didn’t dare to approach the running phantoms; she had already seen a few of her fellow Clan members run into them and instantly be trampled to death.

In fact, she could smell the odor of fresh blood rising up in the air.

Meng Hao looked at her, his eyes cold. He lifted up his right hand, causing the fog to roil and rush toward her. It immediately enveloped her, then slowly dissipated. She was now unconscious on the ground, completely still.

In addition to the Dongluo Clan Nascent Soul Cultivator, there were over seventy Clan Members left in the fog. By now, Meng Hao had already incapacitated about half of them.

After enough time passed for half an incense stick to burn, Meng Hao slowly lifted his hand up from the middle of the back of yet another listless Dongluo Clan member. The man spit up a mouthful of blood and then collapsed unconscious.

“That’s the last one,” said Meng Hao. Turning, he looked off through the mist toward the stranded Nascent Soul expert. He was currently shooting divine abilities off constantly, as well as employing minor teleportation. In his mind, he was traveling forward slowly, but from Meng Hao’s perspective, he was merely going in circles.

Going in circles would not enable him to escape the fog.

“The Dongluo Clan came with malice,” said Meng Hao, “so let’s teach them a lesson. Move the spell formation.” Immediately, the parrot on his shoulder lifted its head up and let out a powerful squawking howl.

The fog around them immediately began to roil. The thousand running Cultivators within no longer ran in a circuitous path. Their eyes were closed, as if their wills were fused with that of the parrot. According to the parrot’s thoughts, the spell formation began to move toward Dongluo City.

Looking at the fog from outside, it was like a roiling sea within the basin. As it churned and seethed, it slowly began to move, climbing out of the basin, growing at the same time.

The fog sea was huge, tens of thousands of meters in diameter. As it passed along, it was as if an enormous beast made of fog consumed everything it touched.

The fog sea moved forward, and as it did, giant figures slowly became visible. Their roaring voices slowly became clearer.

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

The sound of it rolled out, growing louder and clearer. Eventually, it shook Heaven and Earth, drawing the attention of the Rogue Cultivators who resided in the region surrounding Dongluo City. They stared fixedly with wide eyes at the unbelievable sight of the roiling fog.

More and more people began to watch the mass of fog; it seemed to be moving slowly, but actually proceeded on with great speed. Some of the people flew along in mid-air to watch, panting, eyes wide.

Currently, the fog was about five hundred kilometers from Dongluo City, slowly moving forward. Onlookers had no idea what it was, but they could hear the indistinct voices emanating out from within. The sound of it left them shocked.

“What does it mean?”

“What a huge swathe of fog. It looks like there are people inside running around….”

“No, whatever things are inside are much bigger than people. It looks like they’re more than thirty meters tall! Just what is this fog?”

By now, there were several hundred Cultivators floating up in the air watching. These were all Rogue Cultivators who hadn’t joined any of the local power forces. They stared on with wide eyes, fearfully keeping their distance so that the fog wouldn’t envelop them.

The fog moved along, drawing closer and closer to Dongluo City. 500 kilometers, 400 kilometers, 250 kilometers, 150 kilometers….

The fog billowed up high into the sky, and as it moved along, it emitted a thunderous rumbling sound that shook the ground. Dust flew into the air, and an immense pressure emanated out. The Cultivators who were following along in mid-air retreated further away in fear.

Meanwhile, in Dongluo City everything was relatively desolate. Other than the Dongluo Clan members, the only other Cultivators in the city were a handful of Rogue Cultivators. As they all became aware of what was going on, their hearts began to fill with consternation.

They had no idea what the fog was; all they knew was that Dongluo City clearly lay directly in its path. Given the speed with which the fog was moving, it would arrive in the time it takes an incense stick to burn.

As it neared, the people inside Dongluo City began to shrink back in fear, as if they wanted to flee.

“What happened? Is it the Black Lands Palace?”

“Dammit, how come it’s moving so fast? Just what Black Lands Palace technique is this? This fog is so immense it’s frightening….”

Most of the Dongluo Clan members were gathered up in the second layer of the city. There were roughly five hundred of them, and all of their faces were filled with unsightly expressions. Standing in front of all of them were two old men with grim faces.

These two old men were the other of the three Nascent Soul Cultivators of the Dongluo Clan. Standing next to them was the current Dongluo Clan Chief. He was frowning, and his expression was one of anxiety.

Up above them, three Scarlet Peacocks circled about in the air looking uneasy. They emitted plaintive wails as they eyed the incoming fog.

An oppressive aura had come to rest over the entirety of Dongluo City.

One of the Nascent Soul Cultivators standing next to the Clan Chief, a middle-aged man, said, “According to my investigation, all of the forces that Third Elder took with him to the Church of the Golden Light have gone missing…. After that, the Church of the Golden Light was completely empty…. That’s when this bizarre fog appeared. Its target is clear: Dongluo City!” He paused for a moment, a look of bitterness, fear and reverence on his face. “I arranged for seven men to investigate the mist from various directions as it approached, but…. Regardless of the level of their Cultivation base, as soon as they touched the fog, they were sucked in. After that, we lost all contact.”

The Clan Chief sighed inwardly. He might be the Clan Chief, but even if his opinion differed from that of the Elders, he still had to comply with their wishes. His opinion regarding the Church of the Golden Light had been to cooperate with it and form an alliance.

However, the three Elders viewed the Church of the Golden Light as nothing more than a group of Rogue Cultivators. The Church’s founder, Patriarch Golden Light, was only a Core Formation Cultivator, and therefore not qualified to enter an alliance with the Dongluo Clan. He could either capitulate or be enslaved, those were his only options.

It was under these suppositions that Third Elder had set out.

Now, the Church of the Golden Light was obviously striking back at them, in a way that far surpassed the predictions of the Dongluo Clan. The Black Lands Palace hadn’t even come their way yet, but they were already facing a crisis.

The other Nascent Soul Elder coolly said, “Does a firefly dare to compete with the full moon? Employ the Clan’s Grand Spell Formation. If the Church of the Golden Light wants to attack us with fog, then the Dongluo Clan will break them with our spell formation!”

At this point, the fog was now about 25 kilometers away from the city.

Green beams of light began to emanate out from Dongluo City, transforming into sheets of leaves which covered over the city.

Within the fog, Meng Hao looked out at Dongluo City. His eyes glowed with coldness. Above his head spun the Lotus Sword Formation. Surrounding him were more than seventy Dongluo Clan Cultivators who had previously been unconscious. They were awake now, although, their eyes were filled with blankness. They seemed to have lost their senses, as if their bodies weren’t even under their own control.

Meng Hao had used the art of Righteous Bestowal to take control of them.

“Demon Sealers don’t usually exchange blows with others,” Meng Hao murmured. “The blows are delivered by means of Righteous Bestowal.” He lifted up his right hand and waved it out in front of him.

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72 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 4 – Chapter 348” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. Hi, I’m hopping onto the first comment so I can get deathblade’s attention, I’m sure he’d notice eventually but this is just faster so *shrugs* you wrote frog instead of fog in this part of the chapter “Looking at the frog from outside, it was like a roiling sea within the basin. As it churned and seethed, it slowly began to move, climbing out of the basin, growing at the same time.” P.S. This is pretty good to add in the outtakes no? 😀

    1. Hate? As much as the meat jelly would hate to admit it he’s just his sidekick although he’s acting unwilling most of the time.

      On a different topic, I can never get used to the distances used in xianxia. I get it that they have to magnify them or else even a relatively weak cultivator would be able to run around the earth in a few hours, but hearing how the fog grow closer and reached 500 km from the city and it worried everybody there when the london-paris distance isn’t even 350 km just feels weird.

      1. I get what you mean, usually it’s the weird sense of time that throws you off more than the distance (at least for me). But at least in ISSTH, there’s a standard to help you understand the large distance. Seriously, I really think Er Gen purposely did this to give us a sense of distance, time, and speed in ISSTH world:

        Back when the azure-masked Cultivator, who was in early Core Formation, chased Meng at top speed. Meng used his Furnace Lord robe to teleport 50km away and ran as fast as he could (he had almost 7 Perfect Dao Pillars then). But the azure-masked guy caught up to Meng in 10-30 breaths. So for an early Core Formation, they need only ~5 minutes to travel 500km. This also means he traveled ~3700 mph, or roughly mach ~4.8. This is a conservative estimate by the way, but you can just imagine that Core Formations have at least hypersonic speed. So, basically, 500km distance is nothing much, and I can understand the story-logic of distance better with this.

        I have a much harder trouble understanding IET’s values of distance that I’m thinking he threw whatever he thought seems right… every time I read Linley or Ji Ning get bashed back 300m away (Eiffel Tower height)… it loses me.

  1. The Venerable Demon Sealers usually righteously bestow they will upon others, using them as slaves to fight in their stead. They employ mysterious methods to suppress demonic beings, steal their power and exploit their abilities.

    Anyone else noticed this story is written from the villains viewpoint?

    1. Depends what you consider a villain. Does commiting crimes make you a villain? Or, is it the morality of your actions? But then, who decides what is moral and what isn’t?

      I’d have to seen some agreement across all three of those statements before concluding that this story is written from the villains viewpoint.

      1. Well the word Villain comes from the word Villein which was the level of peasant above a serf (so not a slave).

        The assumption being made when the words Villain started to be used was that all poor people are criminals.

        1. he isn’t villain AT ALL think about it this way. if you were leader of a village or a town and then another town attacked you without any apparent reason or justification and told you to practically be their slave what would you do if you had the power to stop them?? so no when the aggressor(dongluo clan) started this mess they had to think about meng hao retaliating and when they start a war anyone and everyone is fair game you show kindness in war and they will stab you in the back when you aren’t looking. and it is smart to use their people against them why waste the life of your people when you can easily use theirs as cannon fodder.:)

    2. If this was a fantasy story i would think the same. But it’s a xianxia, in this story their is one rule : survival of the fittest. There is no good or bad.
      Plus I think Meng Hao is pretty good to the core. He may be sometime dominating, badass (and even scary) but every time he does something bad (like killing or tricking), it’s to hit back. By normal standards I don’t think he is a good person, but he seems better than most of the others.

    3. You’re assuming the demons are good or at least neutral. The demon at the bottom of the cave seemed to have been sealed so that it could learn to be nice or something. As for Patriarch Reliance… I have the feeling that he tried to scam the Demon Sealing Sect and got scammed in return.

    4. I think it’s more about who’s on top of the power pyramid. Demon Sealing tech like 8th Demon Sealing Hex and Righteous Bestowal allows Demon Sealers control over Demonic Qi, which Meng surmises is the Essence of the Ninth Mountain and Sea.

      So, their power naturally seems to be those of rulers, exercising control over others. Maybe Ancestor Li was a Demon Sealer. How you use this ability would make you a villain I guess, but Meng’s only returning the favor. Also, it seems Demon Sealers have a duty to monitor demons/spirits and seal them if they become evil as the Demon Sealing Jade kept reminding Meng that whenever he comes across one. So maybe their purpose is a noble one, with sacrifices along the way as they deem were necessary… we’ll see.

  2. Ouch, Meng Hao has been churning out the epic lines recently hasn’t he. Time to give those Clan members the Righteous Bestowal to sack their own city. Harsh and I love it!!

  3. Using demonic arts to mind control, human experimentation, pillaging, cult creation…This damn parrot is corrupting too much Meng Hao, he even has background ominious chanting , (sand)storms Lightning and Thunder!

    Now he needs a good evil laugh

    Thanks for the chapter!

  4. I don’t know why bit I imagine all the Dongluo cultivatiors captured, will be held up in a crucifix position and forced to ‘age’ in front of the city, or them being suicided attackers that cause ‘time’ bombs.

    1. most likely the latter because at the end of the day meng hao isn’t the bad guy here he will most likely use them as hostage to negotiate a truce and show them that he isn’t so weak to be pushed around. if they want his help they have to ask for it politely 🙂

  5. This is so exciting… I didn’t know Righteous Bestowal could control others! I thought he’d shove some poison pills down their throats but this works even better! I wonder how he’ll deal with the three Nascent Soul cultivators?

    1. Yea Righteous Bestowal can control others.

      I think the key words were in ch319:
      [1] “The resulting demon would have no spirit, only an involuntary Qi; however, Meng Hao would be able to control it”

      [2] “Compel any living creature to become demonic….”

      Not sure about you, but I was confused when I read these lines, and didn’t think the tech can control others. But I understood it later when I realized the author introduced how this skill works slowly and step by step so that it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise… though it was easy to miss, or maybe hard to connect the dots, so it may have been surprising to some 😛 . Anyway, here are the dots:

      Ch313: Ancient Demon Sealing Jade said there’s Demonic Qi everywhere in Black Lands, and can be used it to cultivate Righteous Bestowal.

      Ch316: Meng implanted a bit of his Spiritual Sense into Huang Daxian when he left. Meng can activate his Spiritual Sense and kill him. Note, Meng implanted it even though he never came in direct contact with Huang Daxian. So he can do this with Qi Condensation Cultivators likely b/c they don’t have Spiritual Sense to sense or resist.

      Ch319: Using Righteous Bestowal to summon Demonic Qi, Meng can fuse his it with his Spiritual Sense.

      Ch321: Meng can fuse Demonic Qi with his will to create an Incarnation. As in, he can control it.

      And this is the key scene:
      Ch325: The mid-core azure-masked guy survived one punch from Meng. Later, Meng used Righteous Bestowal on him, and “tendrils of black Qi emerged from his ears, eyes, nose and mouth” forming into an Incarnation, which possessed him to kill himself.

      How this happened was likely that Meng implanted Demonic Qi into the azure-masked guy when he punched the guy. Remember the guy can’t sense Demonic Qi, only the Western Desert group could. Also, the Black Lands have faint Demonic Qi everywhere (ch313), it’s uncertain whether they can sense faint Demonic Qi, or could only sense dense accumulation of it, like when Meng formed Incarnations. Even if they could sense the faint Demonic Qi, it’s unlikely they can tell the difference between it and it with Meng’s Spiritual Sense fused into it.

      Anyway, this suggests that contact is necessary for Meng to implant Demonic Qi into Core Formation, but likely not necessary for Qi Condensation (suggested by ch316). And this scene shows that Meng can use Demonic Qi Incarnation to control others.

      ch328: “Meng Hao’s left hand snaked out, and he tapped the man’s forehead lightly. Suddenly, Demonic Qi rose up, visible only to Meng Hao. It poured into the man, causing his veins to bulge and his eyes to fill with confusion.” This confirms contact is necessary to implant Demonic Qi to control people.

      There’s a bunch more dots for other infos. But I think these are the ones that showed Righteous Bestowal can control people. So this ability didn’t come out of nowhere.

      1. wait a min to control a person contact with that person is a must??? but his incarnation isn’t exactly physical so how did he control the guy from black lands palace? and exploded his head???

        1. I realized that some info was missing from my post. Yes, you’re right, I was WRONG to conclude that direct contact to control people is a must. Specifically, this sentence is wrong: “This confirms contact is necessary to implant Demonic Qi to control people.”

          Extra infos: (extra info is in [ ])

          ch319: Using Righteous Bestowal to summon Demonic Qi, Meng can fuse his it with his Spiritual Sense. [Doing so, he could sense everything within 150-200km radius around the short mountain.]

          ch325:The mid-core azure-masked guy survived one punch from Meng. Later, Meng used Righteous Bestowal on him, and “tendrils of black Qi emerged from his ears, eyes, nose and mouth” forming into an Incarnation, which [burrowed into the guy through his head] and possessed him to kill himself.

          [After they flee, the azure-masked guy was at 100km away, within range of Meng’s Spiritual Sense fused with Demonic Qi. So, within his range, Meng can use Righteous Bestowal to create an Incarnation with the Demonic Qi he’d implanted into the azure-masked guy. The specific way to control people is to make Demonic Qi burrow into people’s head.]

          So basically, I was confusing about some things. The way Meng controls people is by making Demonic Qi Incarnation burrow into people’s head and imposing his will. He can do this in two ways: (1) make the Demonic Qi burrow itself into people’s head (shown in ch325), or (2) directly inject Demonic Qi into someone’s head by direct contact (ch328). You can see that it’s hard to use (1) unless that person’s is restrained.

          Meng can implant Demonic Qi into others by contact, but it’s a means to an end to catch them off guard and could let him control them through method (1).

      2. I realized that some info was missing from my post. Yes, you’re right, I was WRONG to conclude that direct contact to control people is a must. Specifically, this sentence is wrong: “This confirms contact is necessary to implant Demonic Qi to control people.”

        Extra infos: (extra info is in [ ])

        ch319: Using Righteous Bestowal to summon Demonic Qi, Meng can fuse his it with his Spiritual Sense. [Doing so, he could sense everything within 150-200km radius around the short mountain.]

        ch325:The mid-core azure-masked guy survived one punch from Meng. Later, Meng used Righteous Bestowal on him, and “tendrils of black Qi emerged from his ears, eyes, nose and mouth” forming into an Incarnation, which [burrowed into the guy through his head] and possessed him to kill himself.

        [After they flee, the azure-masked guy was at 100km away, within range of Meng’s Spiritual Sense fused with Demonic Qi. So, within his range, Meng can use Righteous Bestowal to create an Incarnation with the Demonic Qi he’d implanted into the azure-masked guy. The specific way to control people is to make Demonic Qi burrow into people’s head.]

        So basically, I was confusing about some things. The way Meng controls people is by making Demonic Qi Incarnation burrow into people’s head and imposing his will. He has two methods to do this: (1) make the Demonic Qi burrow itself into people’s head from some distance away (shown in ch325), or (2) directly inject Demonic Qi into someone’s head by direct contact (shown in ch328).

        You can see that it’s hard to use (1) unless that person’s is restrained. Meng can implant Demonic Qi into others by contact, but it’s a means to an end to catch them off guard so that he could use method (1).

  6. If this goes on, by next few chapter, Meng Hao will have a city – Dongluo, and such lets rename it!
    Golden Light City (Vegas?!)
    Fifth Lord City (Who?!)
    Immoral City
    Pill Cauldron City
    Demon Lord City
    Bestowal City

    1. and yet smart at the same time. why waste precious resources fighting the aggressor that attacked their peace? when dongluo clan started this they knew what kinda guy meng hao was from their last encounter in the city and knew he would retaliate so all this is justified.

  7. I just realized that if Meng Hao takes over the clan he’ll probably have access to 9 generations of a bloodline for the first time.

    It was even mentioned recently how Nascent Soul cultivators were rare and only stuck around because of their extended life span. Each of them should be from different generations. They should definitely have enough for him to get a blood spirit out of it.

    1. that skill was kinda the nuclear option so i don’t think he will get it so fast and he can’t use blood finger on these guys anyways he needs to reach nascent stage first then start on that path

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

  9. That was really cool. Massive fog sea is moving in kids best take care! Meng Hao just knocking people unconscious. Good man always good to get more resources.

    Thanks for the chapter.

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