ISSTH – Book 5 – Chapter 656

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Chapter 656 (Click to show “spoiler” title)

Chapter 656: The Resurrection Lily Makes a Move!

Meng Hao was under the water, surrounded by 20,000 magical symbols which swept around him in the form of a tempest. The water seethed, and the Sea Demons were unable to get within even three hundred meters of him.

Of course, the Sea Demons attacked with reckless abandon, impelled by instinct to fight even if they died. Meng Hao’s eyes flickered as the magical symbols surged around him, carrying out an incredible slaughter.

Waves surged out, affecting more than half of the Third Ring, and more and more Sea Demons arrived. Soon, even the Third Ring’s Seahold city was affected, causing even more Cultivators to look around in shock and wonder what was occurring.

In fact, the waves even crashed into Seahold, the city created by the joint efforts of the three Sects. The sounds of bugles filled the air, and the Cultivators garrisoned there armed themselves and entered battle formation, as if they were preparing to fight some incredible enemy.

The powerful experts within the city emerged one by one, their faces grim and filled with intense harshness. They looked off into the distance at the countless waves that surged toward them.

“Could it be that the Sea Devils of the Second Ring are on the attack?”

“Impossible! The Sea Devils of the Second Ring are few in number. They rarely appear, and almost never enter the Third Ring. To them, the Sea Demons of the Third Ring are like common animals. They view themselves as the emperors and kings!”

“But if it’s not the Sea Devils, then what is causing these great transformations in the Third Ring?!”

Everyone was discussing the matter, and as soon as the Sea Devils were mentioned, faces filled with fear.

Outside the city, crashing sounds could be heard as the waves slammed into the city walls.

The sounds could be heard without cessation, and echoed throughout the city, causing the Cultivator’s faces to flicker with various expressions.

In the middle of Seahold was an enormous tower nearly three thousand meters tall. The areas surrounding the tower were a forbidden zone which no one could enter without being invited first.

This was a cultivation area set aside for the three Saints. At the highest level of the tower sat a middle-aged man wearing a voluminous red robe, who happened to be surnamed Lin. He had long black hair, and currently stood with his hands clasped behind his back, looking out a window. He was frowning, and it was impossible to tell exactly what he was thinking.

“The waves are higher by three meters, and seemingly for no reason,” he said coolly. “It seems something has provoked the Sea Demons. They’re all heading in the same direction. Are they going to pay respects, or have they been summoned? Or enticed?” His eyes shone with a brilliant light, and as he spoke, his words seemed to cause ripples to spread out in the air.

“In any case, the Sea Demons are not intelligent. It must be desire which is driving them!” He suddenly took a step forward, and then vanished. Shockingly, he reappeared outside of Seahold, far off in the distance. Waves surged beneath his feet as he clasped his hands behind his back and strode forward.

With a single step, he vanished and then reappeared far, far off. Then he repeated the process. It was with incredible speed that he moved, a speed that a Nascent Soul Cultivator could never achieve, not even by bringing harm to their own life.

At the same time that the red robed man proceeded forward, Meng Hao was surrounded by 20,000 surging magical symbols. Blood filled the water around him as countless Sea Demons were completely destroyed. He had no idea how many he had killed, but as he sank down deeper, the Sea Demons that surrounded him seemed endless.

It was at this point that a five-colored bolt of lightning suddenly appeared, shooting through the hordes of Sea Demons. Wherever it went, Sea Demons directly exploded. The lightning itself seemed to be filled with the power to destroy Heaven and Earth. In the blink of an eye, it slammed into the magical symbols that surrounded Meng Hao.

Boom!

A thousand of the 20,000 magical symbols instantly collapsed. It shot onward toward Meng Hao, who immediately looked up. When the island collapsed and began to sink to the sea floor, he had already noticed the approaching Whitebone Lily jellyfish.

However, after sinking down, despite being unhampered by the surroundings, he found himself in a different situation than when he had been in the Violet Sea. Here, his Divine Sense had limitations.

Of course, he was as vigilant as ever, so as the lightning bore down on him, he lifted his right hand and pointed forward with his index finger. The Blood Palm instantly appeared and shot forward.

A boom could be heard as the five-colored lightning bolt spread apart, surrounding the Blood Palm, as if it wished to bore directly into it.

Meng Hao’s eyes glittered, and he let out a cold snort. He flicked his sleeve, performed an incantation, and then pointed forward. Immediately, a face appeared in front of him. It looked like Meng Hao’s face, although its eyes were closed as it shot forward. This, of course, was the first form of the Blood Immortal divine ability.

Booming filled the bottom of the sea. As the lightning collapsed, the face’s eyes opened, and the lips began to speak with a soundless voice.

The soundless voice seemed to rip the jellyfish out into the open. Six ripple-like formless sound waves swept out in front of Meng Hao. The first of them caused thousands of Sea Demons to instantly explode. The second, third, and fourth sweeping ripples caused more than 10,000 Sea Demons to collapse.

The fourth and fifth ripples seemed to open a path that revealed the enormous jellyfish off in the distance. The Sea Demons in front of Meng Hao all scrambled clear as the sixth ripple shot directly toward the jellyfish. The water seethed and distorted to form the face of Meng Hao, which rumbled toward the jellyfish.

A brilliant, five-colored glow spread out from the jelly-fish, which transformed into a five-colored shield that shot out in defense. A huge boom could be heard, which transformed into an even more intense attack that spread out in all directions. Meng Hao gave a cold snort, and was just about to directly slay the bizarre jellyfish when suddenly, he sensed an incredible force shooting toward him. The intensity of the force caused him to tremble inwardly. The magical symbol tempest around him shuddered, and another thousand symbols instantly collapsed.

As the force neared Meng Hao, his eyes glittered. Giving up any plans to slay the jellyfish, he spun around. His right hand clenched into a fist, which then punched directly toward the incoming force.

A bang could be heard, and the seawater exploded out in all directions. It was as if two enormous, incredibly shocking fists had slammed into each other in the middle of the water.

A deep growl could be heard as an enormous figure retreated backward from the force of Meng Hao’s punch.

It was at this point that Meng Hao could clearly see the Sea Demon that was the source of the powerful force from just now.

It was a giant!

A three thousand meter tall giant, with two heads and scale-covered skin that was completely blue. Its eyes, however, were bright red as it stared at Meng Hao.

This was what had caused the island to collapse!

Shockingly, located behind the giant could be seen a Whitebone Lily, swaying back and forth!

The Whitebone Lily was a ghastly white color, and looked completely shocking. That was especially true because, when he looked at it, Meng Hao could almost see a human face, staring back at him with a strange expression.

The gaze was filled with many emotions, with avarice and with… concentration, almost as if it were… staring at something like itself.

Meng Hao’s eyes glittered. As of this point, he had seen two bizarre Sea Demons in the Milky Way Sea’s Third Ring, both of whom had strange Whitebone Lilies on them.

In fact, when Meng Hao looked at the Whitebone Lily, he could clearly sense that the Resurrection Lily inside of him felt provoked, and even emanated the desire to attack.

Apparently, the pressure from Meng Hao, as well as the intensity of the current danger, had caused it to intentionally allow some of its aura to seep out into his blood vessels.

Meng Hao’s mind trembled. He had been fighting with the Resurrection Lily for years, and although he always succeeded in suppressing it, he only did so with the use of force. This was the first time that the Resurrection Lily had given up on any resistance, and merge its aura with Meng Hao of its own initiative.

As the aura merged into him, a bizarre light appeared in Meng Hao’s eyes. He did not resist, but rather, allowed the aura of the Resurrection Lily to spread out within him. Instantly… a five-colored Resurrection Lily appeared behind him!

The flower formed into a face that was split into two parts. One part looked like Meng Hao, as mild as jade; the other looked as vicious as a wicked spirit!

Two faces, five petals, five glowing colors. In the blink of an eye, the light spread out to fill the sea floor. As it did, Meng Hao’s mind suddenly trembled, and a strange glow appeared in his eyes. As of that moment, he could… sense the energy of Heaven and Earth!

This was not the first time he could sense the energy of Heaven and Earth, but this was the most direct connection he had ever felt. He almost felt… as if he were favored by Heaven and Earth, as if his existence was approved.

With every breath he took, the power of Heaven and Earth flowed into him. Regardless of whether it was spiritual energy or Demonic Qi, or other types, anything that could be of benefit to him flowed in.

The feeling was indescribable, as if Heaven and Earth would do anything for him.

The power was boundless!

It felt like his destiny grew deeper, as if the Heavens had opened their eyes to gaze upon him. It was like any living thing that wished to harm him would become an object of loathing to Heaven and Earth.

The indescribable feeling was like a mysterious premonition.

“The day the Resurrection Lily blooms with seven colors, flowers bloom and flowers descend, one thousand years…. Don’t tell me that it really is impossible to kill it!?” The realization hit Meng Hao, but he had no time for consideration at the moment.

Almost in the same moment that the five-colored Resurrection Lily appeared behind him, the hosts of Sea Demons around him went into a frenzy. Their eyes were red, and seal marks appeared on their bodies.

The seal resembled the face of a spirit, almost like the earliest version of the Resurrection Lily, except white. However, if you looked closely, you could see that it was not the Resurrection Lily, but, shockingly… a Whitebone Lily!

“This Whitebone Lily definitely has some direct connection with the Resurrection Lily. But why are there so many Whitebone Lilies in the Milky Way Sea!? It seems like almost every single Sea Demon has one!” His mind trembled as he looked around at all of the Whitebone Lily seals, and his scalp began to grow numb.

“I wonder if it has something to do with the Reverend Silverlamp of the Milky Way Sea that Master spoke of?!” Meng Hao’s face flickered as he once again looked around at the enormous giant and the jellyfish, and realized that they were different from the other Sea Demons.

What existed on them was not a mark of the Whitebone Lily, but an actual, living flower.

Currently, the two Whitebone Lilies were swaying back and forth, and looked as if they were about to bloom, each of them with three petals.

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This chapter was sponsored by Dang Quang Tran, John Smith, Sunny Goela, Dave Berkoh, Eric Layne, and Weevle

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67 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 5 – Chapter 656” - NO SPOILERS

    1. It still annoys me that even though Meng Hao can’t absorb the energy of Heaven and Earth, he always has a tonne of power. I know that he probably consumes pills off-screen to replenish, but still that has it’s own issues. Where is his stock of plants that has lasted hundreds of years’ worth of pill creation? Why isn’t this aspect ever explicitly mentioned? I think it was only until last chapter that we’ve seen him actually consume pills to regain energy. Don’t pills lose their effectiveness over prolonged consumption? Sure, he can make different ones, but to what extent? Remember that it’s his only source of energy. And he’s not stingy with employing his cultivation base either, always full speed, max power. We should at least see him eat them more often (it wouldn’t be repetitive and boring), and perhaps be more sparing with his cultivation base.

      1. More than anything, I think the author figured he limited his MC way too much, and it’d be a pain in the arse to make that limitation interesting…So he fudged it stealthily.
        It doesn’t really bother me as much as it bothers you, I’m more bothered whenever either the narrator or Meng Hao talks about “conning people”…..Meng Hao mostly exploits people, not con them. There’s a difference.

      2. As far as here the pills and plants come from, don’t forget about the mirror. That’s why he’s always out of spirit stones. And I imagine there’s also pills and stuff that he gets from all the people he kills, but if they listed the gains from every kill, the series would likely be three times as long… While I can see the view of this being a plot hole, I can also see it as being a ‘early plot issue that was relatively solved, so now we’re just gonna move on before it gets old’ thing, and just accept that. Kinda like that whole longevity thing that showed up with the nascent souls… No view point is right, not nothing is wrong either. Sorry it bothers you.

        1. Btw, don’t forget that the author introduced a relatively simple solution to the entire energy problem, via the blood-legacy.
          The blood-legacy allows, or pretty much requires, one to suck out cultivation out of other people to nourish themselves. It was pretty much set that Meng Hao will get his energy through such vampiric methods, but it got fudged as well.

          Again, it doesn’t really bother me, but it is strange how the story presents a pretty big problem, and then pretty much resolves it without even putting any emphasis on it, as if it never happened to begin with.

          1. I think I remember that, back in foundation establishment, when he was going through tribulation? And you’re right, it seems like it should be his Achilles’ heel but it just gets… glossed over

        2. huh, you’re right the mirror does solve that. And like you said it also answers why he’s always out of stones considering how often he gets a bazillion of them. Wow how’d I miss that. Still though, getting all his energy from pills and not acknowledging it in so long is… a bit… argh. Oh well, I’m happy with your solution. You know, it’s always great when someone gives a reasonable functioning response, thanks bruv

      3. I believe that pills losing their effectiveness applies primarily to pills that are designed to increase your cultivation level. If you’re just trying to replenish your energy then that’s probably not a thing. Pills that are specifically made to replenish energy or heal probably don’t have such a problem.

  1. Tsk. Got hooked with watching Gate: Jieitai Kanochi Nite, Kaku Tatakaeri…
    Better Luck next time I guess… (^.^)
    Thanks a lot, as always Deathblade!

  2. Thanks for the chapter, Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, anonpuffs, JSmith, Lingson, Courtrecords, joeljbright, leoloo, Azusky, Dang Quang Tran, John Smith, Sunny Goela, Dave Berkoh, Eric Layne, and Weevle!

      1. Yo! \(^o^ )

        Gate was nice (I watched as soon as Animehaven released it), so I can understand why you were absorbed watching them XD

        1. Yeah!Yeah!Yeah! \(^o^)/ ! I didn’t watch it before because of it being labeled as Harem, and I hate Harem, cause I somehow feel like us girls were being played in a way? – I don’t know why but that’s just my opinion though. And yeah! It was so-so-so Cool! Hehe xD. I like it!

          1. But most “harem”s are considered that just because a lot (more than 1 or 2) girls like the MC. Even if the MC does pursue any of them, or just likes one of them. For me that’s not a harem. D: Specially when romance isn’t even the focus.
            And that’s what happens in Gate. Just because 3-4 girls like the MC, then they considered it harem. Even if the romance isn’t the focus or the MC does anything with them.

            A real harem should be something like Mushoku Tensei or Re:Monster. And you probably don’t understand what I’m talking about, since you must not have read them since they are harem… D:
            In Mushoku Tensei, the MC marries 3 girls. And in Re:Monster, he does it with lots of girls / captives.

            Anyway… you should watch Kabaneri and Re:Zero if you haven’t already. They aren’t harem, and they are the best of the season.
            And read Tower of God. 😀
            Also, watch Kiniro Mosaic and Anne Happy, those are cute comedy.
            Well, there are many more. xD

          2. Jokerx7-senpai \(^o^ ) !

            Yup… the Harem that I actually hate are the ones with the MC liking both or all of the girls that surrounds him. I seldom watch or read stories themed with harem cause as a person, I kinda find it stupid though that may happen in real life. Most Harem stories that I know were like that, that’s why I often misjudge other Harem stories. Like what happened to Gate. I really don’t want to watch it primarily because it’s harem. My older brother recommended it and I was like -> (-_- ) really bro? really? seriously?

            Haha… remembering that made me laugh now though XD ! Yeah, I can be narrow minded at times. Hoho… I actually judge it first before watching it. It took me months before I had the guts to watch it. I don’t have any anime to watch anymore and I somehow remembered Gate, so that’s why.

            And a total “yuck” for Mushoku Tensei and Re:Monster. – LoL XD

            I have read Tower of God but dropped it from chapter 207 onwards. Rachel truly pissed me off somehow. And Baam’s always chasing after her even if he already knows the truth about him being betrayed by her. It’ll be a good news for me if he had changed that attitude of his.

            And WoW! What’s with this long speech of mine?!? (-__-)
            I am very sorry for being so talkative. Can’t help it I guess? This crazy nature of mine has been nurtured to the extreme. (_ _)
            And thank you very much for the Anime recommendations Jokerx7-senpai! \(^o^)/
            I reallyx3 appreciate it. Now I have something to watch after Gate! =)

          3. @buwitre: I haven’t read kumo. But that looked pretty much like Re:Monster or the Slime one, but with a female MC instead of male.

            @RaiShun: In Tower of God, Baam keep pursuing her. But not for romantic reasons, I think it’s mostly because he wants to know why she did it. Also, I don’t remember quite clearly what happened at ch 207, since that was like a year and a half ago. I need to reread it.

            And don’t worry. I really like to talk too. xD Well, only when it’s something that interests me or I like. If not, I seldom speak.
            And that’s 300 words or so, it’s not that large.

          4. I suddenly feel much less lost here, it’s the first time I see someone talk so much about manga and anime*_* (Sorry for getting a bit emotional and jumping at your comments)

            RaiShun-senpai you really have to watch Re:Zero (if you haven’t done though already)!

            @Jokerx7 I wanted to ask for a few chapters already, but is your profile picture from Übelblatt?

  3. Thanks for the release! Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, anonpuffs, JSmith, Lingson, Courtrecords, joeljbright, leoloo, Azusky, Dang Quang Tran, John Smith, Sunny Goela, Dave Berkoh, Eric Layne, and Weevle!

  4. Thanks for the chapter! All hail the Lilies, the true rulers of the universe. 😀
    Seriously though, it seems even many high ranking people don’t understand the true depths of these flowers. The more we learn, the more amazing & sinister they are.

    1. Ignore it.
      That’s the #1 rule in any xianxia which confuses you.
      Ignore everything that flies over your head. Either someone will explain it in the comments section, or the author will go into a huge, glorious rant at some point in the story about the same topic, explaining it from every single possible angle.
      They all do.

  5. Ahhh thats why I dont wanna see the flowas in school especially the b*tch flowers cauz theyr sure to piss me of ~

    Still many thanks fellow daoist DB

    1. Happened way back in the beginning (by beginning like first 150 chapters I think) when Meng Hao lured back all the people to Patriarch Reliance so he could absorb their powers and they all made Meng Hao swallow poison pills as insurance. There was one Spirit Severing with his clone among the people Meng Hao lured back that made him swallow a multi colored pill that turned out to be the resurrection lily. I wouldn’t call it impressive as it literally has basically killed Meng Hao multiple times if not for things like the Mastiff fighting to its dying breath to protect him. Pretty sure Meng Hao would opt to never have had the resurrection lily regardless of its current benefits.

      Anyways let the arc of the battle of the flowers begin! (someone come up with a more witty name haha)

  6. The past few chapters made me recall the April fools edition of Patriarch Deathblade which I believe caused confusion and occasional nightmares to some, if not all, who read the chapter. Since then, lilies were never sold in our flower shop ever again.. ever.

    Thanks for the chapter!

  7. Hm. Interesting events with the flowers. I’m sure there is some deep seated meaning to it. I think though what is most interesting is waht other readers near the top were talking about. Meng Hao with his perfect cultivation does not have access to heaven and earth. Therefore he would inevitably run out of energy. Yes he can constantly duplicate more pills and plants to make pills using spirit stones, but at the same time his constant full throttle makes me think there HAS to be some other means he is gaining energy otherwise he would be completely out of energy all the time like a dried out used up rag. At least that’s what it feels like. How long does it take before ones body does not gain the same benefits from pills? or is his position as a grandmaster of alchemy able to help him be able to always use pills to their fullest potential. more questions.

    Thanks for the chapter.

  8. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, anonpuffs, Lingson, Courtrecords, joeljbright, leoloo, Azusky, Dang Quang Tran, John Smith, Sunny Goela, Dave Berkoh, Eric Layne, and Weevle!

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