ISSTH – Book 5 – Chapter 717

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Chapter 717: Old Friends Meet by the Dao Lake

The 19th Li Clan Patriarch’s face fell. Gritting his teeth, he ceased hesitating and backed up. The other four Spirit Severing Patriarchs looked at Meng Hao in shock as they, too, retreated. Along with their fellow clan members, they left the Dao Lake.

“Everything within 30,000 meters of this spot is a restricted zone,” said Meng Hao slowly. “Any of you who dares to enter will be killed. By me.” The Li Clan members sullenly moved to a position 30,000 meters away.

A buzz of conversation immediately rose up among the bystanders.

“Just what cultivation base does this Meng Hao have?!?!”

“He single-handedly fought the entire Black Sieve Sect before. Granted, he was defeated by Six-Daos, but according to the rumors, he’s the number one figure under Dao Seeking!”

“He just killed a Third Severing expert. Calling him the number one person under Dao Seeking is definitely appropriate!”

As the sound of conversation filled the air, the Blood Demon Sect disciples took possession of the Dao Lake. Forgetting about the Dao Lake that the Violet Fate Sect had given them, they now controlled two Dao Lakes.

The Blood Demon Sect Patriarchs’ killing intent was boiling as they waited for Meng Hao to accomplish his next goal.

Meng Hao stood there, ignoring the Violet Fate Sect, allowing his gaze to pass over the Song Clan to fall onto the Golden Frost Sect.

The middle-aged Golden Frost Sect cultivator’s face darkened. Moments ago, he had wanted to come to aid of the Li Clan, but the feeling he got from Meng Hao was too terrifying. It was in his brief moment of hesitation that the Li Clan dispersed.

Now that Meng Hao was staring at them, everyone from the Golden Frost Sect began to tremble inwardly. As for Fatty, he hesitated for a moment, then looked up at Meng Hao. Their gazes met for a moment, and then Meng Hao looked away toward the Solitary Sword Sect.

In that moment, the Golden Frost Sect let out a collective inward sigh of relief. As for the middle-aged man, he looked thoughtful for a moment before his eyes turned cold.

When Meng Hao looked at the Solitary Sword Sect, he saw Chen Fan, who was standing toward the back. His cultivation base was at the great circle of Core Formation. His face was sallow, and he looked thin. When Meng Hao looked over, he returned the gaze.

After a long moment, Meng Hao began to look away from the Solitary Sword Sect. However, it was in that instant that he suddenly sensed a feeling of danger, coming from a person located behind Sir Jian.

As for Sir Jian, his eyes were ice cold as he stared at Meng Hao. When Meng Hao stared back in the same direction, it almost seemed as if an intangible rumbling resulted.

Sir Jian gave a muffled groan, and his body quivered. Beads of sweat appeared on his forehead, and a nervous expression appeared on his face as he suddenly realized that he couldn’t withstand the pressure weighing down on him. And then he realized… Meng Hao wasn’t even looking at him.

Rather, Meng Hao was looking at the teenager behind him, an unremarkable boy who was rather frail-looking.

As soon as Meng Hao looked at him, he lifted his chin slightly and looked back, a calm expression on his face.

Their simple act of looking at each other actually caused Sir Jian to be injured.

When he realized that Meng Hao was looking at the teenager behind him, Sir Jian’s heart began to thump.

Suddenly, as everyone watched on, Meng Hao walked forward toward the Solitary Sword Sect. The atmosphere in the area couldn’t be any heavier.

Every step he took seemed to ring out like thunder.

He headed toward the third of the Solitary Sword Sect’s Dao Lakes, causing the cultivators gathered there to brace themselves as if they were about to face a deadly foe. The Spirit Severing cultivators’ faces grew anxious, and they started breathing heavily.

Meng Hao looked back at the teenager behind Sir Jian, and coolly said, “I want this Dao Lake too.”

“Impossible!” blurted Sir Jian, instantly rising to his feet. The Solitary Sword Sect disciples drew their swords, and the eight Spirit Severing experts’ cultivation bases exploded with intensity. In one short moment, the sword qi of the Solitary Sword Sect burst out, causing the wind to scream and a riot of colors to flash in the sky.

However, it was at this moment that the teenager behind Sir Jian suddenly spoke. His voice was hoarse and ancient, and didn’t match his youthful appearance at all.

“Take it.”

Sir Jian’s expression immediately changed as he turned and bowed his head respectfully. The other Spirit Severing Cultivators stared in shock, then looked at the teenager and seemed to suddenly realize something important. One by one, their expressions began to fill with incredible respect, as well as fanaticism and inspiration.

“Since you like this particular Dao Lake,” continued the teenager, “I’ll give it to you.” He spoke with a smile, but his eyes were as cold as ice, something he did nothing to conceal.

When Meng Hao looked at the teenager, it felt like he was looking at a sword!

A shocking, astonishing sword!

Even as the words left the teenager’s mouth, the Solitary Sword Sect disciples surrounding their Third Dao Lake all fell back, leaving it open for Meng Hao.

Meng Hao nodded, and Blood Demon Sect disciples moved forward to take control of the Dao Lake.

As of now, the situation regarding the 3,000-meter lakes in the central zone of the Ancient Dao Lakes was as such: Blood Demon Sect, three. Solitary Sword Sect, two. Golden Frost Sect, two. Violet Fate Sect, two. Song Clan, one. Black Sieve Sect, exterminated. Li Clan, driven 30,000 meters away.

As for the 300-meter Dao Lakes, including the ten that surrounded each of the 3,000-meter Lakes, there were more than 700 in total.

Of those, more than four hundred bore the standard of the Blood Demon Sect’s Junior Leader. Of course, there were only a few dozen Blood Demon Sect cultivators in this area. Even if one disciple occupied each lake, there were still hundreds of lakes with only a flag to watch over them.

Meng Hao sat down next to the 3,000-meter lake that formerly belonged to the Black Sieve Sect, closed his eyes, and rotated his cultivation base as he waited for the next Dao Lake eruption. The people in the surrounding sects and clans who knew him all sighed inwardly.

This version of Meng Hao, and his coldness, made him seem like a stranger.

In the Song Clan, Eccentric Song looked over at Meng Hao and sighed emotionally in his heart. He couldn’t help but think back to the time in the State of Zhao when he saw Meng Hao for the first time.

It was the same with Wu Dingqiu in the Violet Fate Sect. He was in the same mood as Eccentric Song. In fact, he was actually thinking about a certain spear, which still existed to this day in the Violet Fate Sect…. 1

Time passed by. The 3,000-meter lake region was completely silent. As for the 30,000-meter lake which all of those lakes surrounded, not even a ripple could be seen on its surface. It looked almost exactly like a huge mirror.

Chu Yuyan sat quietly for a long time before finally rising to her feet and walking out from the crowd of Violet Fate Sect disciples. Reverend Withered-Dao looked over, but did nothing to prevent her from approaching the Blood Demon Sect.

Her actions immediately drew the attention of quite a few people.

As she neared the area where Meng Hao sat cross-legged, she was blocked by a Blood Demon Sect disciple.

“I want to see Meng Hao,” she said softly, looking over at him sitting cross-legged not too far off.

The Blood Demon Sect disciple hesitated for a moment, aware that the Blood Prince had ties to the Violet Fate Sect.

Meng Hao opened his eyes and looked over at Chu Yuyan. “Let her pass,” he said.

The Blood Demon Sect disciple immediately stepped aside. Chu Yuyan said nothing as she walked up to Meng Hao and then sat down next to him, a complex expression in her eyes.

At first, she didn’t say anything, and neither did Meng Hao.

After what seemed like a very, very long time had passed, she finally spoke. “It’s been a few hundred years. Did you ever go back to that ravine?”

Meng Hao knew exactly which ravine she was referring to. That was the location in which the two of them truly got to know each other, and where he acquired the good fortune of the Blood Immortal legacy.

“No, I didn’t,” he replied calmly.

“I did,” she said, looking him in the eyes.

Meng Hao didn’t respond.

Chu Yuyan stared back out at the Dao Lake, her expression one of bitterness. Several hours passed, and she finally stood up and began to walk back toward the Violet Fate Sect. After seven steps, she stopped.

“If there was no Xu Qing…?”

“No ‘ifs,’” Meng Hao replied softly.

“But why?”

“The opportunity was missed. What’s done is done.”

Chu Yuyan trembled, and then left Meng Hao’s Dao Lake and returned to the Violet Fate Sect, tears streaming down her face.

Hanxue Shan came to see Meng Hao, innocent and making no attempts conceal her lingering feelings for him.

Fatty came, carrying a wild chicken. Meng Hao glanced at it, then summoned flames. The two of them sat next to the Dao Lake for a long time, eating wild chicken while everyone around watched on.

Fatty laughed and filed away at his teeth with a sword. In the end, he pulled Meng Hao into a bear hug and then left.

An Zaihai and Lin Hailong both came. Sighing, they recounted past times, although they avoided mentioning Grandmaster Pill Demon. They were well aware that to Meng Hao, the most important person in the Violet Fate Sect… was his Master.

Ye Feimu didn’t come. The last person from the Violet Fate Sect to come was an old man. His Cultivation base was not very high, but as soon as he neared, Meng Hao’s face broke out into a smile.

“Bai Yunlai.”

“Fang… Meng Hao.” The old man inadvertently started to call Meng Hao by the name Fang Mu.

People came from the Song Clan, the Golden Frost Sect, and the Solitary Sword Sect. Earlier they had faced off with hostility, but now they came to chat. These were people of the same generation as Meng Hao in the Southern Domain, Dao Children and Chosen, the most powerful of whom were merely in the Nascent Soul stage.

When they saw Meng Hao, the couldn’t help but think of all the things that had happened in the past. Meng Hao didn’t see Li Tiandao of the Li Clan, who hadn’t come to the Dao Lakes this time. 2

As far as Wang Lihai, and that figure who existed deep in his memories, Wang Tengfei, after the genocide of the Wang Clan carried out by their 10th Patriarch, Meng Hao wasn’t sure if they were even still alive.

There was one person who Meng Hao hadn’t seen at all since returning to the Southern Domain, and that was Han Bei. Han Bei of the Black Sieve Sect.

The last person to come visit was Chen Fan. He looked older than before, and hadn’t reached the Nascent Soul stage yet. His body was somewhat emaciated, which sharply contrasted with the Chen Fan that Meng Hao remembered.

It seemed that many matters of the heart had built up in him during the past centuries, and had reached the point that they were suffocating him.

He didn’t say much at first, and he brought a flagon of alcohol with him, which he drank from continuously. It was hard to say when, but at some point, he had begun to drink on a daily basis. It had reached the point where he didn’t just need to drink, he needed to get drunk.

He was no longer the blazing sun that he had been in past years, nor was he one of the Seven Swords. One fellow sect member after another had surpassed him, and his dreams of rising up within the Solitary Sword Sect had not come true.

However, he still smiled. He smiled at Meng Hao, and it contained the same warmth it always had, the same concern and love.

“Elder Brother Chen….” said Meng Hao, looking him over. Every time he saw his old friends, he couldn’t help but think of the Reliance Sect.

“Make sure to focus well on your cultivation,” said Chen Fan. “If you ever reach Immortal Ascension, then I can boast to people that I have a little brother who’s an Immortal.” He chuckled, and clapped Meng Hao on the shoulder. Then he took a long swig of alcohol and headed back toward the Solitary Sword Sect.

Meng Hao could clearly see the scorn with which many of the Solitary Sword Sect disciples looked at Chen Fan.

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  1. If you forgot about the story of the spear, you can read an apocryphal version in chapter 211
  2. Li Tiandao is Dao Child of the Li Clan. Meng Hao beat the crap out of him in the Demon Immortal Sect in chapter 610, then ripped him off in chapter 612

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213 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 5 – Chapter 717” - NO SPOILERS

  1. Thanks for the Chapter!!!!

    Man…, When Meng Hao said “there is no ifs” , i fcking loled but after 3-4 lines where Chu Yuyan went back to her sect i felt really sad… But when it got to fatty my mood went up a bit BUT then i saw Chen Fan i became much sadder with all this. The ups and downs in this chapter…

  2. Ugh… now my dream for Meng Hao to have harem has ended. Goodbye my fellow reader. I will erase ISSTH from my reading list and shall be free again.

    Thanks DB for the translations.

    1. If you’re only reading for the sex fantasy why don’t you skip the story elements and go find some porn? Sounds like that’s what you want. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But if I wanted to watch porn I would. If I wanted to read about sex I’d be over on literotica’s website or something. 717 chapters in and you just now figure out it’s not a harem fantasy?

      1. ikr? what was he even reading issth for? it’s ridiculous that he read 717 chaps just to see if meng hao would get a harem or not which would determine if he kept reading. To think that the romance portion if issth is like 1% of the entire story and that it was clear midway through that meng hao won’t choose anyone other than xu qing. If he did, it would only be 1 more, chu yuyan.

      2. Speaking as a person who enjoys harem, I don’t read it for “sex fantasy”. I read it because I often find the “main girl” to be a boring, shallow, one dimensional character (in fact, Xu Qing qualifies as one of those IMO). In a harem, you can pick the best girl and grudgingly live with the main girl.

        Also, it was a harem fantasy till right now. Dude picked up girls left and right. The only thing is that he also left them in his dust over and over again.

        1. Part of the problem here is we’re working off two different definitions of harem fantasy. In one the only important factor is whether or not multiple people show interest in the mc, regardless of whether or not the mc reciprocates. I prefer to say its not a harem fantasy until the mc actually makes an effort to collect ladies (which Meng Hao does not do). Otherwise its practically impossible for the genre to not have every story tagged as harem.

          Considering what a harem actually is, the first definition of a harem fantasy is silly.

  3. Let’s see … it’s nice he reminisced with his oldest friends, we all need that from time to time … On the women in In Meng Hao’s life, they come, they go but only one has been there from the beginning, introducing the whole concepts which have made this story what it is, and that’s Xu Qing. With out her there would be no Meng Hao, what other women in this series has that impact (besides his no show mother), yes there have been many interactions, but none that have had the impact on his life like her, and as he said the others have missed their chance and that’s that. We will see what the future holds, as Xu Qing will be reincarnating before too long since they do like to skip centuries in a blink of an eye here …

    1. Nice one there xD! You’re absolutely right! If Xu Qing wasn’t there, Meng Hao would just be a petty Mortal being, who would only live for 60 yrs or so.. Then he’ll be reincarnated again with the help of his parents (blah…blah…blah…). Just a mortal being till the end. xD Xu Qing is the best!

  4. Yeah. Xu Qing may not speak or have much value other than being like salt water to soothe Meng Hao’s feet after a few hundred chapters, but hey at least she won’t be around after her time is up, would be weird if after Xu Qing came back she got a random dude as a Dao-companion and later on go like “oh Meng Hao!, yeah… I forgot”.
    S.S Chu Yuyan has sunk.
    Chen Fan, good guys finish last and die young, but Chen Fan is living longer to suffer, poor dude.

    Thanks for the chapter!

  5. Awww come on Meng Hao, pass over some of your endless eternal life force into Chen Fan and maybe a legendary pill or two, its the least you could do!

    And don’t worry Chu Yuyan, you’ll probably make a dramatic comeback!! Which I’ll welcome with open arms!!!!

    1. Future: Wild Fanfic appears named. “Chu Yuyan finally finds love.”
      Chu Yuyan dumped by Meng Hao, heartbroken was taken advantage of BloodKingx …*writes random love story* she finally accepted BloodKingx with him embracing her with open arms, while he lifted his middle finger to Meng Hao laughing maniacally shouting “told you you would make a dramatic comeback Chu Yuyan!!”…
      Fanfic by: BloodKingx

  6. Have faith in LORD FIFTH, gain eternal life. When LORD FIFTH appears, who dares to cause strife!

    Dear Friends, many thanks to the Author, Translator(s), (Editors), (Donors) for the awesome chapter!
    Provisionary outer sect disciple, Aureate Sect~

  7. Elder brother chen have it the toughest.
    Meng hao rise to prominance and he helped xu qing on many occasiion, fatty well he’s the happiest of them all. Elder brother chen, he have it tough.
    Thank you for the chapter!

  8. Oh wow, waifu wars on ISSTH comment section, this is like all those popular shitty harem anime.

    I thought I could escape those with reading xianxia novels, but apparently not.

  9. Meatbun delivery~
    Thank you for the chapter ( ●w●)

    finally the BIG reunion party!!
    i wonder what he’ll give to chen fan~? seeing a brother in trouble like that, i’m sure meng hao will do something~

  10. Xuqing is the kind that not express her love freely, however when she told Menghao all she did for him secretly in Reliance sect, it shows us that she has a deep love for Menghao, and it also shows her hidden romantic side. Since that moment I support her to be with Menghao. While Yuyan, she also something, the fact that she visit the ravine shows that she already had a deep feeling for him since that time, and it was Menghao who being aggressive back then, atleast that is how she saw it. Also it was not her who tried to rob Menghao, but Menghao who stole the wood. Her feeling was proved by how she felt Menghao when his aura was concealed by the meat jelly. And her emotion grew stronger when she knew that pill cauldron is Fangmu and Fangmu is Menghao.

    Don’t get me wrong, at this point I understand why Menghao choose Xuqing, and how it is reasonable. I just feel sad for Yuyan, she is one of the four southern beauties, her life has been depressed by her engagement with the playboy wang, and now she was rejected. I also feel sad for Songjia, she is one of the four beauties too and now she can’t married.. it just pity and so complicated..

    Thanks DB for the chapter, and thanks Ergen for this complicated romantic story..

    1. Ps. My opinion for Menghao with the other girls:
      Zhixiang: I never loose interest for this girl, see just a badass and Menghao quite happy being with her.
      Hanxue Shan: imo Menghao’s happiest moments is with this girl, and with her he can laugh and be him self.
      Li Shiqi: she could become a nice good wife.
      Hanbei: partner in crime?

      But I love Yuyan the best, she energetic, kind, lovable, charming, beautiful, smart, brave.. she is just my kind of type 😉

    2. I completly agree with you It’s like in real life in the end you can’t have anything youu want or love.. it’s sad . but i like chu yuyan too 🙂

    3. “Also it was not her who tried to rob Menghao, but Menghao who stole the wood”. You should reread issth. I like chu yuyan but i am not about to twist facts to make it seem like she was the good guy. Meng hao clearly won the wood in the auction fair and square and chu yuyan was the one who wanted to steal it from him and started attacking him when Meng hao didn’t comply.

      1. Yeah I read it again and you’re right, i mixed up with the event when Menghao stole something in an auction. Sorry for that, my bad. But I still love Yuyan, she’s so lively, full of emotion, full of passion, and beautiful.. oh have I mentioned that she is one of the four beauties.. xp

        1. all the girls meng hao are involved with are beauties. So, it becomes a question of whose personality/character/plot you like more. I like chu yuyan because she went from being genuinely his enemy to loving him (but i still don’t know WHY she loves him?). Other than her, i like zhixiang and han bei because i like their interaction with meng hao. Xu qing is not bad but she is boring, which would be perfectly fine with me irl but in a novel, i want someone with a different personality

    4. I like how Ergen write these characters (girls), everyone seems unique in some way. they actually had their moments with meng hao and i think the are good girls, it is all about who’s your type.

      1. More like the moment where the author said “Meng Hao likes Xu Qing. Why? Because I said so, ignoring the fact he didn’t seem to have a true love relationship back in the sect and that he hasn’t even talked to her in LITERALLY CENTURIES.”

    1. Actually Menghao like both Xuqing and Yuyan, when he was in the underworld ship, he regretted why he didn’t pick one of them. But when he come back to life, things just drove him to Xuqing and he would be a coldhearted man if he doesn’t pick Xuqing after all she had done for him. And that’s how Yuyan lost her chance.

    2. He’s probably referring to her just not measuring up to Xu Qing.
      Where was Chu Yuyan when he died? Xu Qing felt it and searched for him for years. On top of that, Xu Qing was willing to die to help him with his Rebirth. It just made it glaringly obvious to Meng Hao how deeply Xu Qing cared for him. Chu Yuyan just paled in comparison. Besides that, he never held any deep feelings for Chu Yuyan. He avoided her like the plague when he was still at Violet Fate Sect lol. Sure, he was physically attracted to her but that was it.

  11. Aaaand there you have it, folks!
    RIP the Harem Dream lol.
    Considering Meng Hao’s personality, I saw this coming from tens of thousands of miles away.
    Think about it, to Meng Hao, only Xu Qing every showed genuine care and concern no matter how awkward she was at it. In all the major events that happened to Meng Hao, Xu Qing always managed to show up in one way or another, resulting in some pretty major impact on him: kidnapping him which set him on the path of cultivation, waking him up from his demonic transmigration, his rebirth… just to name a few.
    Chu Yuyan? Its just her and her infatuation for Pill Cauldron that changed her hatred from Meng Hao thus resulting in this ambiguous and complicated feelings she now has. She never had any major impact on Meng Hao at all. Neither did Hanxue Shan for that matter. That girl was like a passing breeze, who Meng Hao decided to help because he just happened to be there and he needed something from her clan lol.
    From the very start, the one girl that had left quite a major imprint on Meng Hao was Xu Qing. Sure, their relationship took 300-freaking-years to finally bloom but it had always been there.

  12. Several days later… and i just cant bring myself to read it any more, i hate harems, with a passion, it’s not even a harem, nor did i want it to be, but, would of been better that what it is? really, Xu Qing over Chu Yuyan? doesn’t even make sense. many people in the comments defending Xu, not sure why, their relationship was superficial at best, Chu had pretty much the only real character growth in the series, dam shame, ruined for now, i hope i get over such a plot hole, was a good story.

  13. Hopefully Chu Yuyan moves on, and hopefully Chen Fan recovers. How else will the Ultimate Vexation have a conversation partner? Thanks for the chapter.

  14. It was so satisfing that he straight out gave Chu Yuyan zero chance 😀

    I hope he helps his old friend out, he was a nice character, sad to see him like this.

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