ISSTH – Book 4 – Chapter 628

Previous Chapter Next Chapter

Chapter 628: The Path of Spirit Severing!

As he hovered there at the 15,000 meter mark, Meng Hao took a deep breath. To him, the Ninth Anima was a state of rapid depletion. That was especially so considering the position he was in, halfway to the two Holy Lands and surrounded by incredible pressure. He could feel the terrifying pressure pushing against him from all sides.

That pressure weighed down on every strand of skin and muscle, on every bit of flesh and blood. Cracking sounds could be heard from within him, as if his bones were chafing together. Despite the incredible power of his current fleshly body, he was still incapable of moving forward even a pace.

The power of 256 great circle Nascent Souls continued to fight back explosively against the pressure; however, it continued to be defeated, and would clearly be extinguished soon.

The intensity of the pressure was such that, if Patriarch Huyan hadn’t died, and was suddenly next to Meng Hao here, he would be destroyed in an instant, his body completely exploded into countless pieces.

Meng Hao took a deep breath and looked up at the two Holy Lands 15,000 meters away. His eyes gleamed.

Based on his current Cultivation base, he was incapable of treading that path. That was what Ke Jiusi had said, as well as true spirit Night. However… Meng Hao’s personality was not the type to just accept what others said.

Although he trusted Ke Jiusi’s opinion, he couldn’t rest until he tried it out for himself. It didn’t matter if the difficulty level was obviously high, he had to take a shot personally to see exactly how difficult it was.

“So this is the limit, huh?” he murmured hoarsely. Underneath the pressure, his eyes were now bloodshot, and veins bulged out all over his body. The blood in his veins circulated sluggishly, and his life force was showing signs failure.

He looked down silently at Ke Jiusi, true spirit Night, and Zhixiang, who he had long since already noticed. They were 15,000 meters below him. If he wanted to give up now, all he had to do was relax, and he would descend down into safety.

“But,” he thought, his eyes glittering with determination, “I want to do one more test to see… if this is really my true limit!” With that, he looked up, and his energy exploded out. His half-white hair danced about him, and his clothes whipped in the wind. He lifted up his leg and, viciously forced himself higher by a large measure.

Another three meters!


A tremor ran through him. His fleshly body emitted cracking sounds, and his Cultivation base was under enormous pressure. His Cultivation base of 256 great circle Nascent Souls was under so much pressure that it was about to disintegrate.

Meng Hao’s face was pale. However, it was at this point that he noticed something. He noticed something that quickly caused his face to fill with excitement and joy!

He almost didn’t dare to believe it. However, his eyes filled with determination and, underneath the intense pressure, coughed up a mouthful of blood and forced himself forward by another measure!

In total, Meng Hao had now moved nine meters away from the 15,000 meter mark!

A rumbling sound filled his body, and he swayed back and forth. Blood sprayed from his mouth, and his face was pale white. Marks of blood were now visible, tearing through his skin. It seemed that the incredible pressure was just on the verge of tearing him apart.

However, Meng Hao’s eyes were filled with wild joy nonetheless. His shocking discovery just now left him panting heavily.

“I never imagined… that there could be such a transformation!!” Inwardly, he still found it hard to accept. However, he was unable to think about the matter calmly. That was because he had found that underneath the incredible pressure, the power of the 256 great circle Nascent Souls was fusing together!

In any other place, such a thing could never happen. There wasn’t a place Meng Hao could think of that would produce results like this. Only in this place, right here, could something like this happen!

That was because the pressure here came from the three Greater Demon Mountains and the two Holy Lands. You could say that in all the Ninth Mountain and Sea, few places could display such overbearing power. And yet, at the same time, there was a gentleness within the pressure.

Perhaps there might be places more powerful than this, but they would not be suitable for anyone under the Immortal realm. This place, however, housed a legacy; therefore, there was a gentle side. To Meng Hao, a place like this was the perfect place to… fuse together his Cultivation base!

A Cultivation base of 256 Nascent Souls seemed terrifying, but by fusing them together, he could explode with… something that far, far exceeded the past level of power. That would be… true Spirit Severing power!

Meng Hao had considered this matter before. He had thought about Spirit Severing, and how one aspect involved enlightenment and another involved transmogrification of the Cultivation base. However, he had never been able to consolidate his thoughts. It had all been a waste of time, and he ended up slowly suppressing his Cultivation base until he could naturally arrive at a target transformation.

Right now, though, this pressure had an effect that Meng Hao simply couldn’t NOT be excited about. Instead of focusing on the legacy, he was focused on his path of cultivation, and that next, most important step!

If he succeeded, then he would be able to enter Spirit Severing even faster. It meant that he would be able to directly enter Spirit Severing without even having practiced cultivation for three hundred years.

“My fleshly body can also be tempered here!” he thought. Taking a deep breath, he sat down cross-legged in mid-air, using the pressure pushing against him to begin to compress his Cultivation base.

Zhixiang’s eyes went wide with disbelief. “He’s actually practicing cultivation!”

Ke Jiusi watched on seriously, although a smile quickly began to tug at the corners of his mouth.

Time passed slowly, enough for an incense stick to burn. Finally, a tremor ran through Meng Hao’s body, and his eyes snapped open. They were bloodshot, but they shone with a radiant light. He slowly stood up, and as he did, an incredibly intense energy exploded out from him.

As of now, he did not have the power of 256 great circle Nascent Souls. He had 10 less! And yet, despite the reduction, in terms of energy, he had much more than before.

“This is a Blessed Land for me!” His eyes shining strangely, he once again moved forward another measure.


The pressure became more intense, and Meng Hao’s body shook. However, his Cultivation base was reduced by five Nascent Souls. Now, only the power of 241 remained.

It was a reduction of a mere five, but the intense fluctuations which emanated out of his Cultivation base supported him, allowing to move forward again!

Once, twice, three times….

His body trembled violently, as if he might explode at any moment. However, he continued onward relentlessly. As he did, his Cultivation base continue to shrink down and down.

236. 226…. All the way to 180! By this point, Meng Hao was now at the 16,000 meter mark!

If a Cultivator of the Second Severing reached this position relying only on Cultivation base as a protection, he would quickly become unstable and then be destroyed. Meng Hao felt like his body was exploding. The fleshly body exists outside of his cultivation, like a shell. In this aspect, Meng Hao was different from a Second Severing Cultivator. He was using his fleshly body to protect his Cultivation base.

Relying on the power of his fleshly body, he was using this place to pressure his Cultivation base into solidity. However, streaks of blood were appearing all over him as his skin split. He seemed to be on the verge of collapsing apart. Even the bloody flesh inside of him was becoming visible.

Meng Hao’s eyes glittered. Without hesitation, he slapped his bag of holding to produce vast quantities of medicinal pills. He consumed them to stem the wastage of his fleshly body. At the same time, he took longevity-increasing medicinal pills.

Of course, the main purpose had nothing to do with longevity. Instead, the life force contained within the medicinal pills nourished his fleshly body, causing it to be able to endure for even longer!

He took a deep breath and then once again proceeded forward. This advanced him to the 16,200 mark. A bloody haze exploded out around his body, and his trembling reached a pinnacle of intensity.

As of this moment, he had shrunk his Cultivation base down to only 163 Nascent Souls.

“This is going too slow….” thought Meng Hao. The struggle was clear on his face, although it was quickly replaced by determination.

“Rewards come only with risk. If I give up this chance, I won’t be likely to find another place that can exert such pressure on my Cultivation base. Next time I come here will be hundreds of years from now. I… can’t wait that long!” Without any further hesitation, Meng Hao began to rapidly rotate his Cultivation base. At the same time, he transformed into a green smoke, within which was a black moon. From his position at 16,200 meters, he instantly rocketed up.

The sight of it caused Ke Jiusi to be visibly moved. He instantly flew up into the air.

“Are you crazy!?” thought Zhixiang, her eyes wide. It was like watching a moth fly directly into a flame.

Meng Hao really was like a moth flying into a flame, although he was even crazier than that moth. As he sped upward, he began to burn. His fleshly body burned, his blood and muscles burned.

To him, it felt as if he was being hacked to pieces by tens of thousands of blades. Vast quantities of flesh and blood were destroyed. He looked like a shooting star made of blood. However, that bloody shooting star quickly advanced 1,800 meters. When Meng Hao reappeared, he was at the 18,000 meter mark.

He instantly coughed up a huge mouthful of blood. His body was mincemeat, and he was on the verge of completely falling apart.

“Violet Pupil Transformation!” In the instant in which his body was about to collapse, his eyes suddenly turned violet. His longevity was reduced, but in exchange, his shattering body was sustained for an extra breath of time! 1

During that breath of time, Meng Hao’s Cultivation base shrank down at a shocking, wild speed.


It went from 163 to 98. Then it dropped to 32. The speed with which this happened was shocking to the extreme.

Meng Hao’s energy rocketed up, but even still, he had no way to prevent his fleshly body from nearing collapse.

“I can still hold on a bit longer!” he thought, once again employing the Violet Pupil Transformation. He sacrificed more longevity, causing his hair to turn white and his body to tremble, all to gain another breath of time.

Roaring filled his body. No outsider could hear it, but to Meng Hao it couldn’t be clearer. The power of 32 Cultivation bases dropped to 16. More pressure bore down, and then, it was 8!

At this point, Meng Hao couldn’t hold on any longer. His body began to grow limp, and he started to fall. From his position at 18,000 meters, he shot down at high speed. In the process of falling, the pressure lessened, and thus, his flesh and blood began to recover.

When he finally landed back down onto the hand of true spirit Night, he coughed up a mouthful of blood. However, he appeared to be completely restored to normal. The only difference was that the long hair which floated in the wind behind him was now gray.

As for his Cultivation base, its explosive growth caused the wind and clouds in the entire area to surge into motion, forming a twisting vortex around him.

As of this moment, Meng Hao was now far more powerful than before!


Note from Er Gen: The name of the next book will be revealed along with the next chapter. It is four words long….


End of Book 4: Five Color Paragon

Previous Chapter Next Chapter

  1. Meng Hao learned the Violet Pupil Transformation when he was in the Violet Fate Sect in chapter 242


67 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 4 – Chapter 628” - NO SPOILERS

  1. The end of the five color paragon. I can’t wait to move out of the holy land and go back to South Heaven, although I’m unsure if Meng Hao will go back.

  2. Praise Deathblade. Wow, the end? It feels weird to end a book like that. “… And Haowie was a bit reckless but gained a power up. Good for him. The End”

    1. For me, it’s more like Hao had a spree of powerups throughout this arc, a monumental amount of good luck that only seems like author-shoe-lacing, and then Meng Hao apparently even reached spirit-severing due to yet another external factor, like “the holy lands were so strong, they actually had soul-compression as a feature! So benefit! There, done!”

      …You can simply smell how much the author wanted to get this book over with.
      I am so burnt out on this book, I hope the next one won’t be as long. It seems like Er Gen isn’t doing very well with long arcs.

      1. Oh god. You expressed exactly what I felt.
        This arc really isn’t the best quality wise. The Western desert arc was so good for me that following with this was truly a huge punch in the jaw. I never felt that bored and frustrated while reading ISSH.

  3. wait, wait, wait WAIT! An arc is complete….here? Dang it Deathblade tell Meng Hao to stop being a virgin. I can’t speak Chinese. His lover has waited for decades, jeez.

    1. Decades? Try centuries… roughly 300 years since then bumped into each other on that mountain in the distant past. Ah sweet memories. Now when their kids ask them how they met its gonna be like this:

      Kids: “Tell us how the you two met! Tell us!”
      Old Man Meng: “Your mom kidnapped me. She fell in love at first sight…”
      Fairy Xu Qing: “Dear don’t lie to our kids. He fell in love with me first!” *Flies away* *Old Man Meng’s mouth hangs agape*
      Old Man Meng: “Honey! That’s not right! Wasn’t it because of my good looks?!” *Gives chase*
      Kids: “Alright we should go play on Mount Daqing too! Maybe we might meet with good fortune!”

      *Gets diabetes and dies* Too sweet! Ugh.

  4. Wow, Meng Hao means he must try everything and waste no opportunities. The most impressive part by both Meng Hao and by extension Er Gen is that unlike usual, this time he didn’t even know about the benefits. He just explored on his own and found them and then still had to earn it through pain.

    Thanks for the Chapter!

  5. Book 4 was the most epic book. I hope Book 5 surpasses it and also why Book 4 named as Five color Paragon, I didn’t quite understand it. Thank u so much for the chapter Patriarch DeathBlade sama

    1. it was named 5 color paragon because meng hao was intending on creating a 5 colored nascent soul which was supposed to be perfect hence the word paragon

    2. This book was pretty good, but towards the ending it started getting really stale, at least for me.
      Way too many lucky coincidences, way too many shoe-lacing by the author. At some point, fortune almost literally fell on Meng Hao just because it will take more time to make that fortune interesting, rather than just make it drop on the protagonist in quick bursts.
      Hopefully the next book will be shorter, so this doesn’t happen anymore.

      1. Of course there was much fortune. This was the holy land. And it wasnt free. It was all Karmic. If he didnt have his relationship with Han Shan and the “Imortal shows the way”, he would never have found Ke Juisi’s tomb. If MH wasnt so diligent with his cultivation, he wouldnt have gained his “dad’s” respect, and the Pagoda would never have been openned. etc etc.

        Just like the real world: theres oportunity everywhere… but not anyone is prepered to seize those oportunities.

  6. Thanks for the chapter! I am looking forward to book 5. I am sure Meng Hao will have to lay low now that everyone knows he has the right to acquire Lord Li’s Legacy. The Ji Clan is REALLY going to be out for his blood now.

  7. Only in the cultivation world can something that totally ruins you and seems utterly stupid give you opportunities.

    Still, I don’t really get this chapter. I mean, from the getgo those nascent souls were a way to measure his power. They were never physical. So how on earth can he compress those? He compresses his power to generate more power? Wait what?

    And some serieus power creep going on with those nascent souls as well. 32 nascent souls. He was as strong as spirit severing. 64 nascent souls. Now he truly is of spirit severing. 128(I think it was) nascent souls. Truly, he is spirit severing. 256 He surely is spirit severing by now. compressing 256… etc

    1. That’s a good point. If the measure-of-power itself is being reduced, you’d think he’d lose power, not gain it.
      When he combines his 9 souls, he has the power of 256 nascent souls. Going by that fashion, if his measure of power is reduced down to “1 nascent soul”, all it means is that Meng Hao has “The power of 1 nascent soul”.
      It’s like saying “We compressed 900 horse powers, into 5 horse powers! That engine has the amazing compressed throttle of 5 HP!”

      1. What if we think of it as information being compressed to higher efficiency?
        Like how DNA goes thru multiple folding and coiling to store a large amount of information. Or how a 1TB hard disk is as small as a 3.14MB floppy disk but contains a vast amount of space?

    2. 7th anima = About half 1st Spirit Severing (SS)
      7th anima + Mask = Just a tiny bit below great circle of 1st SS
      8th anima = almost equal 2nd SS
      9th anima = a bit stronger than 2nd SS
      9th anima + compression = way stronger then 2nd SS (SS would have exploded in 16k meters, he went 18k meters)

      Probably he is about 3rd SS right now.

      Thats just my estipulation to this point.

      And I agree with you that it should be better explained.

Leave a Reply