ISSTH – Book 5 – Chapter 643

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Chapter 643: Plundering

Patriarch Reliance hesitated for a moment. Had Meng Hao not directly stated his intentions, he would never have allowed him to enter the city. However, Patriarch Reliance couldn’t help but glance at the sea, and then back at the city.

Finally, he violently clenched his teeth.

“This is the last time,” he said decisively. If Meng Hao tried to pull any more tricks after this, then he would go for broke and run away with the land on his back.

Meng Hao headed toward the city at top speed. Inside, the shops had all closed their doors, which left the Cultivators quite confused. Soon, quite a commotion could be heard.

Meng Hao’s arrival didn’t attract much attention. He picked a relatively open area where he then sat down cross-legged. Waving his sleeve, he caused a vast quantity of magical items to suddenly appear in front of him. They flew out into the surrounding area, causing a bright glow of light to spread out in all directions.

When thousands of magical items suddenly appeared all at once, glowing and shining resplendently, it instantly caught the attention of quite a few bystanders. When they saw the magical items, gasps could be heard.

The sounds of discussions soon filled the air.

“So many magical items!”

“How can that guy have so many magical items!? He has things from the Qi Condensation stage all the way to the Nascent Soul stage! He has everything!”

“Don’t tell me he sacked a shop somewhere?! All of those magical items are clearly new! Not a single one is used!”

Soon, people began to approach to examine the magical items that floated in the air around Meng Hao.

Meng Hao’s expression was the same as ever as he quickly listed prices for each item, which were based on the original amount he had purchased them for, multiplied several times over. Then he closed his eyes and sat there silently.

More and more people crowded around, their eyes glittering as they occasionally glanced over at Meng Hao. Some people wanted to buy things, but the prices were clearly quite high. There were even some magical items whose price was several times greater than normal. Because of this, many people began to curse inwardly.

Time passed by, and soon quite a crowd had built up. Right now, all of the shops in the city were closed, so Meng Hao’s flagrant display quickly attracted the attention of the vast majority of Cultivators in the city.

Unfortunately, although there were a lot of people, few people were willing to buy at the exorbitant prices Meng Hao had listed.

Meng Hao didn’t feel anxious at all. In fact, he wanted to stretch time out as long as possible. Patriarch Reliance, on the other hand, was getting very nervous back in his palace as he watched the scene unfold. Soon, evening was falling. Of the thousands of magical items Meng Hao had for sale, he had only managed to get rid of a few. Patriarch Reliance was now incredibly worried.

“Well, this is the last time!” said Patriarch Reliance, stamping his foot. He sent his Divine Sense out into several people in the city.

Before long, seven or eight Cultivators approached Meng Hao’s vendor stall. They moved at top speed, causing quite a disturbance as they arrived in front of Meng Hao.

“I want 500 of these magical items!” said one of their number, an old man. He tossed out a bag of holding. Meng Hao’s eyes instantly opened. He looked at the man, then slowly opened the bag of holding. He then removed all of the Spirit Stones from inside and began to count them one by one. After checking the number thoroughly, he waved his sleeve, causing five hundred magical items to fly toward the old man.

The old man’s face twitched as he gathered up the items, then turned and walked off. After he left, another person approached, and, in exactly the same fashion as the man before, began to purchase magical items.

“That was the manager of the Auspicious Pavilion. He has a considerable social standing, and a close relationship with the Footloose Sect…. Why is he here buying magical items from this guy?”

“I’ve seen that guy before. That’s the shopkeeper from Chen Manor! He’s here too….”

The surrounding crowds watched on in astonishment as the seven or eight Cultivators wasted nearly two hours purchasing various items. Soon, all of Meng Hao’s magical items were gone.

Of course, the reason it took so long was that Meng Hao fastidiously counted every single Spirit Stone. Otherwise, he could have taken care of selling all the items in the space of a few breaths.

Considering how many Spirit Stones Meng Hao ended up taking, it was no surprise that the crowds eyed him greedily, like hungry wolves.

Meng Hao calmly secured all of the Spirit Stones into his bag of holding. In total, he had acquired several hundred thousand, making his trip to Saint’s Island somewhat profitable after all.

Finally, he rose slowly to his feet and sighed. Back in the palace, Patriarch Reliance’s patience could stretch no longer as Meng Hao transformed into a beam of light that shot up into the air.

As soon as that happened, four or five Cultivators down in the city took out jade slips that they then used to send voice transmissions.

Moments later, three Core Formation Cultivators flew out from a secret location. At the same time, an old man in a red robe sat cross-legged on a ship near the seashore. Suddenly, his eyes opened and began to glow with a brilliant light. The ripples of an early Nascent Soul Cultivation base emanated out from him.

He was the type of person who was threatening without showing anger. As soon as his eyes opened, he produced a brightly glowing jade slip. When he sent his Divine Sense into the slip, his eye narrowed.

“A Cultivator flying around with hundreds of thousands of Spirit Stones?” said the man coolly, rising to his feet.

“On Saint’s Island, only Core Formation Cultivators are permitted to fly….

“He sold a lot of items, most of them suitable for Qi Condensation and Foundation Establishment. However, his Cultivation base clearly wasn’t Nascent Soul. He must be a Core Formation Cultivator.

“Most likely, he’s at the great circle of Core Formation. In my hands, though, someone like that is a mere insect.” A slight smile appeared on the man’s lips.

“If I can get my hands on a few hundred thousand Spirit Stones, then this trip will have been no waste.” The man used minor teleportation to instantly vanish. When he reappeared, he was in mid-air above Saint’s Island. After confirming his exact position, he picked a direction and started flying.

Meng Hao frowned as he flew through mid-air. He really couldn’t think of another reason to stay behind, and it almost felt like he was being banished. It didn’t make him happy.

After all, the person doing the banishing was supposed to be his Dao Protector.

“If I’d known this was going to happen, I would have thrashed that little turtle a bit more back in the Demon Immortal Pagoda!” murmured Meng Hao angrily. He proceeded onward, watching the seashore get closer and closer.

By now, Patriarch Reliance was getting incredibly excited. Anticipation filled his eyes as he watched Meng Hao get further and further away.

“He’s leaving! The little bastard is finally leaving! Hahaha! What an excellent feeling!” The more Patriarch Reliance thought about it, the happier he felt. He even started to hum a little tune.

If Meng Hao were there, he would instantly recognize that tune. It was the very same tune Patriarch Reliance had hummed back in the Reliance Sect. 1

Currently, Meng Hao’s face was unsightly. The sea was clearly visible off in the distance, but he still couldn’t think of a reason to stay behind. Even as he was beginning to hesitate, a whistling sound could be heard from behind him.

When Meng Hao heard the sound, he was instantly both surprised and very happy. He quickly looked back to see three beams of light shooting toward him. An expression of joy appeared on his face.

In the same moment that Meng Hao turned to look back, a cold voice could be heard coming from one of the three pursuers. “Fellow Daoist, please slow down for a moment!”

The three pursuers were middle-aged men, one of whom was in the mid Core Formation stage, the other two were in the early Core Formation stage. They flew through the air very quickly, and arrived in the blink of an eye.

Back in his palace, Patriarch Reliance watched on in shock.

“What are you people doing!?” Meng Hao shouted, shrinking back.

The eyes of the three men glittered with killing intent. The mid Core Formation Cultivator looked Meng Hao over closely. Earlier, he had been somewhat hesitant because of not being able to clearly see Meng Hao’s Cultivation base. Now, though, it was obvious to him that it was at the early Core Formation stage.

Furthermore, Meng Hao’s words and expression seemed to be filled with alarm, which left the man feeling even more calm.

“The three of us would like to borrow something from you, Fellow Daoist,” said the man with a false smile. “Hopefully you can help us achieve our aim.” With that, the other two moved to surround Meng Hao.

The eyes of all three radiated ill intentions as they coldly stared at Meng Hao. The greed in their eyes couldn’t be more apparent.

“What… what do you want to borrow?” Meng Hao replied hurriedly.

“Just some Spirit Stones, that’s all,” said the man with a smile. “Fellow Daoist, you have several hundred thousand Spirit Stones in your bag of holding. Do you mind loaning them to us?” As he spoke, killing intent glittered in his eyes. Just when he was reaching out to attack….

“Okay! I agree!” said Meng Hao. He slapped his bag of holding and instantly caused hundreds of thousands of Spirit Stones to fly out. The sight of so many Spirit Stones instantly caused the three Cultivators to stare, panting.

For the time it takes half an incense stick to burn, a sound almost like the gurgling of water could be heard as the Spirit Stones poured out onto the ground. Soon, they had formed together into something like a small mountain.

Even though it was evening, the Spirit Stones glittered and shone, causing the eyes of the three men to shine brightly.

However, as Meng Hao was backed up, the tip of one of the magical items from the Demon Immortal Sect suddenly appeared. Meng Hao’s face fell, and he quickly covered it up.

“Hahaha!” said the middle-aged man, his eyes flashing. He was all smiles as he spoke, although he was working hard to control the excitement inside of him. “Fellow Daoist, you seem to be in such a good mood, so I hate to tell you that in addition to Spirit Stones, I also happen to need some magical items. I noticed just now that you have some inside your bag of holding. Hand it over now for me to take a look.”

The other two were palpating with eagerness at how rich they were about to become.

Meanwhile, back in the palace, Patriarch Reliance was panting, his eyes filling with rage as he clenched his fists tightly. He wanted nothing more than for Meng Hao to leave as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, these blind fools dared to intercept Meng Hao and delay him. This was enough to cause Patriarch Reliance to explode like lightning.

“Are they looking to die?!” roared Patriarch Reliance, waving his hand out. At the same time, the three people surrounding Meng Hao, in the very midst of their most ultimate excitement, suddenly began to tremble. The sound of someone roaring exploded out in their minds.

Then, in the blink of an eye, their eyes went wide and their bodies burst into pieces. A haze and blood and gore filled the air, which rapidly vanished into nothing.

Meng Hao smiled bitterly, then moved to collect up the Spirit Stones on the ground. However, it was at this point that he suddenly smiled excitedly once again. Off in the distance, a beam of light approached him at top speed from the direction of the ocean.

It was the early Nascent Soul stage old man.

“Take out your Spirit Stones and… huh?” Even as the old man’s cold voice rang out, he suddenly gasped. He had just seen the huge Spirit Stone mountain laying there on the ground.

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  1. Both Patriarch Reliance and Meng Hao hummed the same tune back in chapters 84 and 85

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59 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 5 – Chapter 643” - NO SPOILERS

  1. Sounds like the 10th Wang Clan Patriarch has arrived?

    Thanks for the chapter! I stopped reading at chapter 497 so I can binge read it, but the binge didn’t last very long…

  2. Im guessing Wang is coming
    Now Meng Hao can stop pretending and tell his turtle to do his job. Well after squishing and robbing the idiot trying to rob him that is

  3. I get that the turtle tried to kill him in the past, but Meng Hao is taking this too far. He stole everything he had when the turtle tricked him, if it wasn’t for him he would of never met his lover, nor would he ever had the chance to obtain the mirror, in other words everything that happened to this ungrateful kid is because of patriarch. Afterwards he tortured the turtle and carved something degrading on his shell, swindles him even more by pro longing his stay, which netted him a recovery fruit that helped him heal what would of taken probably months or longer, and an additional hundreds thousands of stones and HE’S the one that’s angry, are you kidding me? He also got raped by the parrot, which he was willing to let go if he just GTFO, instead of decided to extort more and show off how rich he is in front of everyone. Just going to far.

    Was funny at first, but this guy is taking it too far. The recent couple of chapters have made this the worst arc for me so far. Just be happy for what you got and f’ing scram.

    1. The turtle didn’t even try to kill him! He just didn’t want to help him at the expense of his own imprisonment which dispelling the poison would have done. I do feel sorry for him, but in this case Meng Hao is doing it out of self preservation – the only chance he has of defending himself against the wang patriarch is with the turtle’s assistance and the only way he can get that is to stall for time however he can.

    2. No, just because your father is the one who brought you up, that doesn’t mean he can kill you when he likes.
      Meng Hao worked for a year to help unseal him and got poisoned, but unreliance gave him a single spirit stone. He even tries to eat him.
      As for the other things Meng Hao obtained them by luck. The mirror wasn’t handed to him; he was actually conned into choosing it.

    3. I see that you’re a turtle lover.

      “in other words everything that happened to this ungrateful kid is because of patriarch”

      Nope, that old turtle was hibernating when Meng Hao joined the sect. Besides, everything was arranged by the League of Demon Sealers, not that old turtle.

      Moreover, let’s say that a man want to kill you and if not because your craftiness you’re surely already dead. Then you somehow survived and you can forgive him? That old turtle didn’t even regret it.

      About Meng Hao bullying the young patriarch; do you remember what that turtle did right after Meng Hao entered his floor?

      “SNAP!!”

      If it’s not because of Ke Yunhai’s barrier Meng Hao is already turned into turtle shit. And you want Meng Hao to forgive him?

      Ridiculous.

      P.S : I realized that your post is a bait, but I’ll still eat it.

      1. Seems like your love for the MC is clouding your judgement, even though i said meng hao carved the degrading works on his back, i didn’t say it was wrong. It only started to annoy me after he arrived to the sect, I get it, people got a laugh out of it and self insert as MC, but after some point it started to get annoying.

      2. Well I hope that someone someday will enslave you as well and you will be a slave of that guy forever, and when you will try to get free, by killing that person you will go to prison for life and spend your life there. Pretty good logic, thanks for enlightening me.

        Also this “If it’s not because of Ke Yunhai’s barrier Meng Hao is already turned into turtle shit. And you want Meng Hao to forgive him?”

        Well, it’s not like he was in some magical place, in which he could get treasures and everything which are heaven-defying. By your logic, the guardian of the place should invite him with open hands to take it. Well next time I will go to bank and try to take what they have and they will try to kill me, I will just sue them I guess.

        1. A heated debate is fine, but what you’re writing is just rude.
          You’re getting angry and wishing others something bad because he doesn’t share your views. That’s not it. It’s not logical anymore.

          1. Well, mate let me educate you a little bit before more people will start agreeing with your point.

            “In sarcasm, ridicule or mockery is used harshly, often crudely and contemptuously, for destructive purposes. It may be used in an indirect manner, and have the form of irony”

            So tell me, isn’t what I wrote pretty much the same what is happening to the turtle but in a different scenario? I just used that guy that wrote the comment as a turtle, didn’t he agree with that way of thinking in the first place?

            Because from what I see he doesn’t care that the turtle is a slave under Meng Hao. Enslaved by some demon sealers.
            If I knew what is happening then I wouldn’t like it as well and I would prefer to be free. But I guess you are next person that would loooove to be enslaved. Good luck in your dreams.

        2. As a response to your reply to seorori, no, you’re clearly not very clever. What you wrote isn’t sarcasm, do you even know what sarcasm is? You wrote “I HOPE that you will be enslaved and then kill the enslaver which results in you having to spend your life there”, this means that you wish someone ill for real, since you wish him to actually enter the situation. It would have to be written in a “what if” way, you’re pretty much assaulting him with insults and ill wishes, nothing more.

          You have flawed logic and you fail to consider the situation from more than one perspective. Don’t attempt to bring your supposed modern day logic into a novel and then twist facts according to modern day society’s laws, only complete fools would actually do something like that. Different world, different rules. Also, the point where Guruda commented on him trying to eat him, no, of course he should’ve attacked, that’s not his point. His point is that he DID attack him, for what reason is not important. He was assaulted, therefore it is acceptable that he beats up the one assaulting, right? If you were assaulted, would you just lay down and die if you did something to deserve or warrant it? of course you wouldn’t. I think it was pretty nice of meng hao not to kill the turtle and just humiliate him a bit.

          It’s also a fact that the patriarch himself never gave meng hao anything but trouble. It is a fact that he was asleep and had been for several hundred years, the demon sealers are also the ones who founded that sect, not the turtle, the turtle selfishly changed the name. I don’t believe it was right to seal him either, but that’s better than killing him. Also, meng hao only stole 30-40% of the patriarch’s treasures, I’d call that a fair bit of repayment for the betrayal and the supposed payment that he was supposed to get, reliance also stole just about all of those things, he didn’t get anything legitimately. I think he can do without some of his treasures, since he just put them on display anyway.

          I just hope the turtle and meng hao can become friends or at least enter a business relationship. Their exchanges are quite amusing.

          Well, this was all a bait comment anyway, so I shouldn’t even reply, but I guess I’ll reply anyway and just not answer if someone tries to reply.

    4. He extorted Partiarch unreliable.

      the question, did patriarch died? He’s not going too far. Patriarch is supposed to be his Dao protector. Compared to all of the things meng got to him, the benefits of having a Dao protector is far, far more beneficial.He almost died at the hands of ji clan ancestor back at the dao geyser and be forced to be hooked by the ji karma. Almost died at the karmic annihilation. If not for the agarwood legacy, he could have been dead. And lmost had his foundation stolen. He didn’t even bother to help meng cure his poison when he baited many cultivator so he can atleast have qi to his lamps. Instead, he gave him a piece of low quality stone. Now, tell me, who is the ungrateful one?

      1. Not in the Dao Geyser it was in the Crow Divinity Holy Land! Dao Geyser was the place where he killed a Core Formation Cultivator of the Black Lands Palace.

    5. MH main objective is to have Patriarch protect him from Wang. For that, he need to stay for as long as he can. And since the Patriarch was determined to banish him, he appealed to his stingness, but didn’t worked.

      Note how he didn’t want the fruit for a while until temptation took over. He wasn’t planing on con medical items, he just wanted to stay.

      What he got angry was exactly because the Patriarch went to such lengths to expels him, when all he wanted from him was to accept his excuse to stay and do his job of Dao Protector when the time comes.

  4. It’s fun seeing Meng Hao con people, but at this point he’s obviously more hooked on the thrill of the con than the prize (imo) considering that all he ever need do is to sell one or two of his super cauldron pills in any city to make silly amounts of money in no time at all.
    Interesting to see (what appears to be) the wang clan patriarch finally arrive as well. It’s all coming to a head now 😀

    1. He isn’t really after the money (even if his Dao of the con make him accept any small profits). He is just looking for excuses to stay on the island as long at possible, become he wants to be found by old Wang on this island (since the old turtle stays his Dao protector even if he doesn’t want to).
      At this point, he would have accepted to be robbed even by a Qi condensation practitioner if it permits him to stay there a bit longer.

  5. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, anonpuffs, JSmith, Lingson, Courtrecords, Yascob, joeljbright, leoloo, Azusky, Damayne Hyatt, and Er Gen!

  6. Thanks for the chapter, Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, anonpuffs, JSmith, Lingson, Courtrecords, Yascob, joeljbright, leoloo, Azusky and Damayne Hyatt!

  7. Many thanks for the fast hit fellow Daoist DB I believe your gonna (re)create a new magical technique tonight.

    And I believe some of our fellow Daoist’s here are rather clouded hy the Dao of annoyance and simple tired of one of the forbidden Dao of Con of our little patriarch meng of the f- nevermind ~

  8. Thank you for the chapter 🙂
    Just in case there are still some people who are wondering about the Old Turtle’s cultivation base, it was already proven to be at least Immortal level long ago at chapter 383 when the Celestial Larva stole 1 breath of life from all living things of South Heaven.

  9. Dear Friends, many thanks to the Author, Translator(s), (Editors), (Donors) for the awesome chapter!
    Our roots grow deep and connect to each other, deep in the ground. And on the surface, an ocean of flowers make the world more beautiful.
    -Aureate Sect, Provisionary Outer Sect Disciple, Jack~

  10. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, anonpuffs, JSmith, Lingson, Courtrecords, Yascob, joeljbright, leoloo, Azusky, and Damayne Hyatt!

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