ISSTH – Book 4 – Chapter 349

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Chapter 349: Killing With Poison of Time!

The hundreds of Rogue Cultivators floating in mid-air didn’t leave; they wanted to stay and watch the battle.

Each and every one could tell that this fog was not the work of the Black Lands Palace. Many of these people had lived in the area for a long time. After making some inquiries, they came to find out that the fog belonged to none other that the burgeoning Church of the Golden Light.

They gazed with intense looks as the speed of the fog increased, drawing it ever closer to the defenses of Dongluo City.

15 kilometers, 10 kilometers, 5 kilometers, 2.5 kilometers….

All the way until a massive explosion shook the land and sent vibrations out through the air. When the fog slammed into Dongluo City, sky and earth turned pale. Dongluo City shook as the leaves surrounding it began to glow. The fog churned violently, and an intense rumbling emanated out from it.

Next, the onlookers stared raptly as the fog began to cover over the leaves, slowly enveloping the entirety of Dongluo City.

As of this moment, Dongluo City was no longer visible; the only thing that could be seen was an all-encompassing fog.

However, those who looked closely could see that even though the Dongluo City defensive spell formation was covered by the fog, it hadn’t been broken yet, and wouldn’t anytime soon. This was not a battle between Cultivators but a struggle between spell formations.

Booming sounds rang out one after another. Suddenly, a thousand enormous phantoms appeared within the fog, causing the hundreds of Cultivators watching on from mid-air to gasp. These phantoms were roughly thirty meters in height, and they ran with incredible speed, black smoke streaming off of their forms.

As they ran, the fog grew thicker, and rumbling booms filled the air.

Furthermore, the top of the fog layer began to churn, and a figure rose up. He wore a long green robe, and his black hair whipped about in the wind. Golden light emanated out from his body; this was none other than Meng Hao.

“Patriarch Golden Light!!”

“So this fog is the work of Patriarch Golden Light! Is he crazy? He’s only at the Core Formation stage, but he dares to pick a fight with the Dongluo Clan!”

“That spell formation might be strong, and the Dongluo Clan doesn’t have a Spirit Severing Patriarch. However, they do have three Nascent Soul Elders. That’s more than enough to hold a solid position in the entire area. Nobody around here dares to provoke the Dongluo Clan!”

Meanwhile, the fog-covered Dongluo City showed no signs of weakening. The countless leaves surrounded the city, within which were about a hundred Rogue Cultivators who had chosen to side with the Dongluo Clan. They were nervous, but having seen the effectiveness of the Dongluo City defenses, they were confident in their decision.

In the second level of the city, the Dongluo Clan Cultivators were breathing sighs of relief. The two Nascent Soul Elders’ eyes shone with cold light, and they let out cold harrumphs.

The fact that the city’s spell formation could resist this bizarre mist put them in an unassailable position. Even the Dongluo Clan Chief was feeling a bit more at ease.

One of the Nascent Soul Elders pulled out a jade slip. “I’m interested to see how formidable this guy’s spell formation really is,” he said, smashing the jade slip between his fingers. A green aura swirled up to form a light that shot out toward the city’s leaf defense.

In the blink of an eye, the leaf spell formation began to emit a buzzing sound as hundreds of toxic wasps flew out from within. Each toxic wasp emitted a dangerous aura as it flew out from within the spell formation. However, even as they charged forward, the more than seventy Dongluo Clan members in the fog who were under the control of Meng Hao’s Righteous Bestowal shot forward to meet them, their eyes glowing with a mysterious light.

“Dammit!” said the Dongluo Clan Nascent Soul Elder, his face falling. Obviously, he was observing the scene outside through the eyes of the toxic wasps. His right hand flickered with an incantation, causing the toxic wasps outside to veer away from the Clan members and search for Cultivators of the Church of the Golden Light.

Within the fog, the parrot let out a sharp squawk; immediately the running phantoms around him changed directions. Instantly, the fog transformed into a vortex, within which danced countless lightning bolts. The parrot’s colorful feathers all stood on end and its eyes filled with a feverish look. It pushed the spell formation to the limits of its power in order to break the city’s defenses.

“Lord Fifth swore an oath to screw this city!” it screeched, controlling the movements of the spell formation as if it were bewitched. “You just wait, Lord Fifth is coming!” The phantoms ran back and forth, trampling above the city, causing booms to fill the air, and the leaves to tremble.

As the two spell formations fought back and forth, Meng Hao floated in mid-air, looking down through the fog at Dongluo City within.

He lifted his right hand, flashed an incantation, and then pointed down toward the ground.

“Righteous Bestowal!” he said coolly. As his voice rang out, Meng Hao saw ghost images spring up everywhere. At the same time, strands of Qi rose up from all directions to circulate around him. He made a gesture toward the fog, and the Demonic Qi instantly began to coalesce and shoot toward it. It passed directly through the fog and then into Dongluo City’s spell formation.

A boom rang out, causing everything to shake violently. Meng Hao continued to make incantation gestures with his right hand. More Demonic Qi surged forth, passing through the fog to slam into the other spell formation.

Everything that was happening caused the observing Rogue Cultivators to shake in their boots. They suddenly realized that Patriarch Golden Light was not someone to be looked down upon in the slightest.

Suddenly, a cold snort rang out from beneath the fog, filled with pride and scorn. “Paltry Church of the Golden Light! Piddling Core Formation child! You dare to use some bizarre fog spell formation to trap my Dongluo Clan members!?” The voice caused the air to shudder, echoing out far beyond the region of the fog.

Another voice rang out, that of an old man. “You don’t know the height of the Heavens and the depth of the Earth, you little punk!” Suddenly, Dongluo City’s leaf defenses began to emanate a bright green glow, within which, the images of leaves could be seen. It swirled around, emanating a booming sound that caused the fog to vibrate. The running figures inside suddenly began to show signs of weakening.

The parrot let out a squawk, and the fog suddenly began to churn. Rumbling sounds emanated out as the attack on the Dongluo City defenses redoubled.

A proud voice rang out: “The Dongluo City spell formation has been at the top for years. It has never been broken! Even the Black Lands Palace would have to pay a heavy price to get through it, let alone some piddling Church of the Golden Light!

“Your spell formation might be incredible, but how long will it last? Once you can’t hold out any longer, I’ll personally rip the skin off your body and hang it in my bedroom!” The echoing voice rang out to be heard by the hundreds of observing Cultivators, causing their hearts and minds to tremble.

A coldness glittered in Meng Hao’s eyes. The reason he had chosen to use the spell formation to isolate Dongluo City and then use the Dongluo Clan members to attack, was because he knew that the general chaos in the Black Lands would prevent the Dongluo Clan from going all out.

He wanted to send a warning to the Dongluo Clan to not trifle with him. He and they were separate entities, and although blood had been spilled, not all issues needed to be solved with a massacre.

However, the arrogance of the Dongluo Clan showed no signs of lessening. In fact, it seemed to be growing more intense. A cold smile touched the corners of Meng Hao’s mouth.

“Well in that case, Meng Hao understands,” he thought. Slapping his bag of holding, he produced a black-colored medicinal pill.

As soon as it appeared, it began to emanate a mysterious glow that seemed capable of sucking in one’s consciousness.

This was a poison pill personally concocted by Meng Hao, one of the more powerful varieties. With the wave of a hand, crushing the pill into ashy powder. It flew down to be sucked into the spinning fog vortex. After a moment, it began to descend onto Dongluo City’s leaf defenses.

As the powder descended, the leaves began to contract and show signs of decay. They even emitted squealing sounds.

At the same time, Meng Hao pulled out another medicinal pill. He crushed this one as well, and as he sprinkled the resulting powder down, a Flame Sea sprang into being. The flames were mysterious and bizarre as they passed through the fog and down toward Dongluo City.

Next, Meng Hao produced a third pill, then a fourth and a fifth. He crushed them all into powder and sent them floating down, three deadly poisons that merged with the Flame Sea to become a five-colored hyper toxic poison.

The hyper toxic poison was something specially designed by Meng Hao using his skill in the Dao of alchemy. Poison pills that he created were not necessarily things that Nascent Soul Cultivators would fear, but anyone under that stage who were infected by them would be incapable of dispelling the poison without Meng Hao’s assistance.

This fog was now a poison fog!

Multitudinous hissing noises rose up, and the fog seethed. In the space of an instant, Dongluo City went completely quiet. Everyone inside was looking up at the leaf shield, their faces flickering with various emotions.

The Dongluo Clan Cultivators all looked on with unsightly expressions. Even the two Nascent Soul Elders had looks of shock on their faces.

“This guy’s also a poison expert!!”

“Dammit! How come no one uncovered such an important piece of information!?”

“Poison Cultivators are usually less powerful in direct combat, but in large-scale conflicts, their abilities can determine victory or defeat!”

The Dongluo Clan members were shocked, but the hundreds of observing Cultivators could do nothing more than gasp and looked at Meng Hao, their eyes filling with dread.

“Poison is only part one,” said Meng Hao, his eyes gleaming with a sharp light. He waved his right hand, and the Lotus Sword Formation flew out toward the fog. Within the fog, it began to spin rapidly, sending out vast ripples containing the power of Time.

As the ripples spread out, it carried fog with them, which in turn contained Time power. The combination of the ten swords was equal to the power of more than ten sixty-year cycles of time.

The poison alone could cause extreme damage. However, combined with the power of Time, it transformed into a sort of terrifying baptism. The ripples spread out, bolstered by the unimaginable power of the fog spell formation. Poison, the power of Time, the imprisoning power of the spell formation, all of these things caused the spell formation to surge with boundless power.

As the Time ripples spread out, a handful of observing Cultivators who were relatively close by could see the vegetation on the ground withering up. Even the soil itself seemed to fill with signs of decay; signs of it could even be seen in the air.

Before the Cultivators who saw this could flee, the ripples hit them, and their faces flickered. They then employed every method possible to get away as quickly as they could. Even still, they weren’t fast enough. All of them suddenly transformed from being middle-aged to being old. One of them even began to emanate a faint aura of death.

All of the observers gasped when they saw this, their faces filled with looks of unprecedented shock. Immediately, they began to fall back, fearful of coming into contact with the ripples.

“What magic is that?!?!”

“Time! That’s Time, the power of Time! It’s a divine ability that can cause you to age almost a whole lifetime in the blink of an eye!”

“Patriarch Golden Light is so powerful…. No wonder he dared to provoke the Dongluo Clan!”

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This chapter was sponsored by Hoang Nguyen, Bobby Egen, Lim Derek

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71 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 4 – Chapter 349” - NO SPOILERS

  1. Thanks for the chapter!!!

    In my post in the previous chapter, my first conclusion of how Righteous Bestowal controls people was off. Special thanks to @balinor for pointing out my mistake. If you only saw my first and not second post, here’s my new conclusion about it:

    Meng uses Righteous Bestowal to control Demonic Qi to burrow into people (specifically through their head I think) and thereby allowing him to control them.
    Meng has 2 methods to do this so far:
    (1) immediate/close-distance method: touch a person’s head and use Righteous Bestowal (ch328)
    (2) delayed/long-distance method: implant Demonic Qi into a person (likely through contact) before hand, bestow it when person is within his fused Spiritual Sense and Demonic Qi range, then use it to invade and control that person. (ch325)

    (1) is kind of obvious from his Dongluo City fight ch328.

    Regarding (2): The mid-core azure-masked guy survived a punch from Meng, who was shrouded in black Qi (Demonic Qi). Later, he was 100km away from Meng, which was still within Meng’s fused Spiritual Sense and Demonic Qi range of 150-200km. Then, Meng used Righteous Bestowal on him, and “tendrils of black Qi emerged from his ears, eyes, nose and mouth” (ch325) forming into a Demonic Qi Incarnation, which burrowed into his head and possessed him to kill himself. This sequence of event led to (2).

    Regarding implant Demonic Qi through contact: In ch345, Meng’s researched that “Skin, muscle, bone and blood. Without exception, they are all completely ordinary!” confirms there’s likely no natural totemic Qi inside human Cultivators, and “totem has faint traces of Demonic Qi” suggests totemic Qi and Demonic Qi are similar, if not the same (Meng had already surmised this when he saw Duo Lan’s butterfly totem). This is why I think Meng implanted Demonic Qi into the azure-masked guy with his punch.

    If you think there’s something missing or wrong, let me know what or why! Also, the author used a series of small hints, let readers connect the dots to reach their conclusion about how Righteous Bestowal works (so far), which I think is pretty cool. I listed those I thought were the hints in my post in previous ch if you want to see it.

    1. The only thing to add is I think he put his demonic qi in the pills he gave to Duo Lan and that other guy, which is why he said he’d kill them if they ever got in a certain range of his Sect. He’d just use the demonic qi in their bodies to activate Righteous bestowal. Tell me if you think is feasible.

      1. Yea, that’s a possibility too. In ch325, Meng said: ““Get the hell out of here. If you ever again enter the area five thousand kilometers in any direction, the poison will kill you! No alchemist under Heaven can neutralize my demonic pills.”

        I think Meng was exaggerating or lying about the 5000km distance. For comparison, the Heavenly Tribulation had a radius of 5000km, a little less than our Earth’s radius. I’m also wondering if he’s lying about them being “demonic pills.” Pretty sure they’re poison pills, but whether they have Demonic Qi in them is uncertain atm. Although it would be a smart thing to do, so I guess maybe Meng did do it, if it was within his ability. Claiming no alchemist can neutralize the “demonic pills” may be b/c of his confidence as a Grandmaster alchemist that no one can neutralize the poison, but it could also be b/c he’s certain you need Righteous Bestowal to remove Demonic Qi… we’ll see.

      2. Yea, that’s a possibility too. In ch325, Meng said: ““Get the hell out of here. If you ever again enter the area five thousand kilometers in any direction, the poison will kill you! No alchemist under Heaven can neutralize my demonic pills.”

        I think Meng was exaggerating or lying about the 5000km distance. For comparison, the Heavenly Tribulation had a radius of 5000km, a little less than our Earth’s radius.

        I’m also wondering if he’s lying about them being “demonic pills.” I think he knew that Duo Lan thinks he’s a demon as she’d called him “Demon Lord.” So it could just be Meng keeping his facade as a demon by saying “demonic pills.”

        Anyway, pretty sure they’re poison pills, but whether they have Demonic Qi in them is uncertain atm. Although it would be a smart thing to do, so I guess maybe Meng did do it, if it was within his ability. Claiming no alchemist can neutralize the “demonic pills” may be b/c of his confidence as a Grandmaster alchemist that no one (in Black Lands) can neutralize the poison. But it could also be that even if someone removed the poison, he’s certain you need Righteous Bestowal to remove the Demonic Qi… we’ll see, Demonic Qi inside pills seems like a cool idea anyway too.

  2. My heart nearly stopped when saw no preview! Lol i was literally panicking thinking “Did something bad happen to my deathblade???!!” Who wants to taste my boundless wraaathhh!! Then I read his note and realise he isnt well D: I feel super awful now.

  3. No preview this time? Is Deathblade dying??? Lol. Thanks for the chapter. 🙂
    Edit: Ah, the next chapter link skips ahead to chapter 351. Although 350 barely counts as a preview either. But at least it has our meme! 😛

  4. Thanks for the chapter! 🙂 I like how they are blaming people for lacking the information that he can use poison like they really know anything about him to begin with, evidenced by the one-sided name calling of Patriach Golden Light.

    1. uhh, what about his 3×60 years cycle wooden time sword? did he use it? Well, even with 9 sword with 60 years cycle and 1 with 3×60 years cycle it still can be said as more than 10×60 years cycle. But if the 9 swords has 2×60 then it will be 1200++

      1. well seeing as he has shortage of 3×60 year cycle wooden time swords he probably wont use them unless he is in a really bad situation. in here i think he is using the same 10 swords he used before which mostly had 1×60 cycle and a few 2×60 cycle but no 3×60 because of 0.5% success rate of making them risking them now would be bad~

  5. ***Discussion Question***
    Characacter developement?
    Personally I think this is one of the strongest point of ISSTH and feels somewhat natural.

    ***Personal comments***
    Finally he solved the weakness of his time magic with poison. Considering that eventually people become immortal (and I am assuming truly immortal, not just taking more time supplements or something), at some point he would encounter someone time corrosion would be useless against.

    Wuxia Justice Complaint: Typical Wuxia justification “I wasn’t going to kill you, I was just going to break your legs and curve stop you. Now that you said your going to kill me I am going to kill you, your wife, your kids, your dog, and the lady who smiled at you”. (obviously exaggerated)
    – In other Wuxia’s it’s annoying and I would just be disappointed, in this one I just chuckle.

    Romance annoyance:
    1) I know harems just tend to go with this genre but at least avoid repetitive personalities/character archetypes. ISSTH was pretty good about this until this one, who is very similar to the pill girl (I hope I am proven wrong).
    2) Why can’t he encounter a girl that looks alright but is still interesting. If every girl is able to shake a country or whatever it looses all meaning.
    3) etc.

    Hopeful Prediction:
    1)Dongluo clan plants/plants teach + time/growth magic ( possible + his vines)
    = Tons of plant magic
    2) Dongluo lin becomes a friend. Might not be appropriate for the arc though

      1. hmm can the mother of Resurrection Lily (if she was it’s mother im just assuming she was) be considered a villain? seeing as how in this novel people from past surface and cause trouble she probably be back when Resurrection Lily resurfaces again but yea we got shortage of female villains they turn any female into a romance candidate which is boring..Han Bei is good though not a villain of course but kinda new character :p

    1. about that romance part. i don’t think this novel will become a harem i haven’t read the raw chapters and there are 1000+ in there so i don’t know for sure but so far EVERY NOVEL that became harem turned boring and dull and i hope this wont turn into something like that because frankly this is my favorite novel and i don’t want it to become some crap like BTTH where MC gets EVERY SINGLE GIRL. and about the personality of the girls in this novel i think they are pretty solid none of them can “shake a country” as you put it but this is a novel based on a world where the goal is to become an immortal (generally xD) so people becoming strong is a given.

  6. Thanks for the chapter, Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, John Rogers, anonpuffs, Lingson, MeeBoo, Yascob, Hoang Nguyen, Bobby Egen and Derek Lim!
    Dear WuxiaWorld, many thanks to the Author, Translator(s), (Editors), (Donors) for the awesome chapter! With lots of love, Jack ❤

  7. Thank you for the chapter 🙂 I wonder if in the future Meng Hao will be more about his blood legacy or about time/poison. Or if those two branches will join together.

  8. I simply love ISSTH so far.
    However I’m still quite curious why everyone in every single novel goes like: “Haha he is weaker than me. Im just gonna screw him” before actually checking his/her actual combat capabilities ?

    Another point would be the “You wanted to cause me harm, so Iam going to annihilate your entire life” -mentality.

    Sigh, but whatever. Its probably one of those “face” and “honor” things, which we western people are not quite accustomed to.

    1. Well, in the eyes of a Nascent Soul Eccentric any Core Formation Cultivator is little more than an ant, and no one would expect an ant to pull out a machine gun to slaughter an entire city. Their reactions are to be expected.
      In fact, it would be weird if they were wary of Patriarch Golden Light.

    2. So here is my understanding of the whole Face/honor/ and i will kill you bla bla bla.

      In these stories setting there is no rule of law. It is might makes right. Which leads to survival of the fittest. Because there is no higher authority you can go to for redress from crime. The only down side for acting vicious or unhonorable is people will avoid contact with you. No one will go out of there way to punish you unless it personally was done to them.

      In this world if you allow yourself to be disrespected(lose face) you make yourself look weak. A weak person/clan/sect can be taken advantage of, attacked, or just generally abused by others.

      So it quickly because advantages to have an unreasonable response to being disrespected. So that only the truly strong would dare to do it to you. And if they are universally considered strong its not so hurtful to your position to let yourself be disrespected (give face). Because most would agree that you have to give face to the strong clan and not look down on you to much for doing it.

      If your response wasn’t disproportional to being disrespected the weaker groups would feel safer in attempting to disrespect you to raise their position. So you would have to constantly have to defend your position.

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      Having said all that i do find it annoy when someone start with i will kill you and then be mad when you kill them. Because if they at least state they will hurt them to teach a lesson. Then they could of fall back on do you dare to kill me stuff.

      For some of them the logic is if you kill me instead of letting me kill you my clan will kill you who clan. So for you to die is best for your whole clan. Because this insult stops here. But it falls flat when the person saying this knows the person is a lone cultivator. An example of this is the first guy that hunts Meng Hao from the Violet Fate Sect. The sect knows that the reliance sect is gone so there is nothing to destroy but Meng Hao. So he has nothing to lose for killing the guy.

    3. What are you talking about? Everyone in this story checks combat capability all the time. Think of all the times people sense that someone has a higher level of cultivation then them, and they avoid fighting that person. Note that whenever people have similar cultivation levels, they are cautious, and they further investigate the strength of their opponent.

      This is what everyone in their entire world uses to measure combat capability, and it has never failed them. Only one person, the OP MC, is capable of beating someone with a higher level of cultivation.

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