ISSTH – Book 5 – Chapter 721

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Chapter 721 (Click to show "spoiler" title)

Chapter 721: You Must Know Liu Zichuan

The hundreds of thousands of cultivators outside of the Ancient Dao Lakes region were bearing witness to a rare and shocking spectacle!

“That longsword… is two meters long, the nine shortswords are each one meter long. Look at the brilliant glow, and the lightning! It almost looks like Tribulation Lightning! Is it possible… is it possible that sword is the legendary Deadwinter Tribulation Sword?!?!”

“Why does that war drum looks almost the same as the Primordial True Spirit Drum that I read about in the ancient records…? And that puppet next to it…. I get the chills just looking at it!”

“What is that tree?! It looks so bizarre, and has three fruits on it!!”

“Check out that beast claw! It looks incredible! Could it be a Dao Seeking treasure?!”

“That’s… that’s a black dragon!? It’s a real-life dragon!! It looks relatively small, but its body is definitely a treasure!!”

The few dozen Spirit Severing cultivators immediately convened above the 30,000-meter main lake as one object after another appeared amidst the eruption of the lakewater.


There were simply too many magical items! Fierce fighting broke out in the blink of an eye.

“Screw off!”

“Hey, I wanted that!”

“This is mine! Anyone who dares to fight me over it will die!!”

Explosions immediately began to echo out as the Spirit Severing experts shot toward the treasures they had taken a liking to. Shocking roars filled the air, and wild colors danced about.

The greatest focus of attention was the teenager from the Solitary Sword Sect, then the Golden Frost Sect puppet, both of whom exuded Dao Seeking auras. Strangest of all were the three people from the Northern Reaches. They flew about in three different areas, causing the air to shatter around them wherever they went.

Their sudden appearance on the scene was quite a source of alarm for the Southern Domain cultivators. However, there was no time to try to uncover information about their origins and backgrounds. Everyone sped toward the treasures that they wanted.

The teenager from the Solitary Sword Sect flew at top speed toward the two-meter longsword. In the blink of an eye, his hand clasped the hilt.

The enormous puppet from the Golden Frost Sect exploded with a Dao Seeking aura as it headed toward the puppet next to the war drum, slamming aside several Solitary Sword Sect Spirit Severing cultivators in the process.

The Song Clan Patriarch flew along at top speed, his body pulsing with an aura that seemed to contain a force which was incompatible with the spiritual energy of Heaven and Earth. Everywhere he passed, shocking illusory blades flew about. His goal was one particular jade slip that glowed with violet light.

The 19th Li Clan Patriarch shot furiously toward the black dragon.

The only member of the Violet Fate Sect to make an appearance, Reverend Withered-Dao, headed toward the red-trunked tree with the black leaves, blue flowers, and three white fruits!

As for the barbaric, hulking Di Ye from the Northern Reaches, an enormous wolf-tooth club appeared in his hands. A savage and wild aura exploded out from him, reaching a pinnacle in the blink of an eye. His wolf-tooth club swept back and forth, shattering the surroundings as he charged toward his goal, the three-hundred-meter long black-colored claw.

“This claw belongs to Di Ye!”

Dao Child Zhou Chen from the Coffin Altar Sect, also from the Northern Reaches, looked incredibly soft and feminine. The air around him did not shatter, but rather his surroundings warped and twisted, causing everything he passed by to wither.

His expression was cold as he headed toward the enormous golden halo that emanated a pulsing power of sealing.

Last was one of the four Young Starlords of South Heaven, the number one figure under Dao Seeking from the Northern Reaches, Lu Bai of the Imperial Bloodline Sect, who could battle Dao Seeking even when in the Spirit Severing Stage!

As he hovered in mid air, the Dao Lake eruption surging around him, he almost seemed to exist in a different time and location. It was as if he could, at will, travel anywhere in space and time.

He glanced around at the various objects in the area until his gaze came to rest on the corpse of the enormous black dragon. As it did, a strange gleam began to shine in his eyes.

He immediately headed in the direction of the black dragon, and toward the 19th Li Clan Patriarch, who was clearly vying for the same object.

Everyone had their own targets and goals, some the same as others, some different. In addition, there were Spirit Severing experts from the other sects and clans who also headed toward their own favored objects.

The six Blood Demon Sect Patriarchs scattered and headed toward various things that attracted them.

The fighting seemed chaotic, but was in fact quite the opposite. Only the most powerful experts would actually fight over any of the visibly extraordinary items. Others weren’t qualified to do so.

“Dammit! That’s mine!”

“Nobody owns the Dao Lakes! The treasures go to the lucky, and you’re not lucky! Screw off!”


Explosions rattled out, and in the blink of an eye, they were joined by miserable shrieks.

A Golden Frost Sect cultivator was cut down by Reverend Withered-Dao. A Li Clan member excitedly closed in on the black dragon, and was about to grab it when a soft sigh could be heard. The sigh caused his body to begin to tremble, and then blood sprayed from his mouth. His fleshly body immediately transformed into a pool of blood. His Nascent Divinity flew out without hesitation, but was then crushed by the power of Time.

Meanwhile, Meng Hao still sat at the edge of the dried-up 3,000 meter Dao Lake that bordered the 30,000-meter Dao Lake. His mind rang with thunderous roars as he gained further enlightenment regarding the Withering Flame Demon Magic True Self Dao. He was finally able to thoroughly break it down.

“Withering. Flame. Demon. Magic. True. Self. Dao!” His eyes opened.

“This magic has three levels and seven parts! Each character represents a different secret art. Combined, they form something unbelievably powerful!

“The ‘self’ character is the clone magic!

“It’s too bad I didn’t understand it before, and pursued some incorrect theories. Were it not for that, I might have already been able to gain some true understanding, and therefore, some boosts in power!

“What I currently have the deepest understanding of is not the ‘self’ character and its clone magic, but rather the ‘withering’ character!

“All living things wither. However, a withered tree can grow anew in spring. The character ‘wither 枯’ has a ‘tree 木’ component on the left, which represents life. The ‘ancient 古’ component on the right represents death. The left is the past, the right is the future.

“The character ‘wither’ is also similar to the third level of the Blood Demon Grand Magic. Once I enter the Spirit Meridians stratum, I will be able to consume spirit meridians, which in actuality… is very similar to the ‘wither’ character!

“Withering someone’s spirit meridians is akin to crippling their cultivation base and influencing time. It’s like planting a seed. The seed is planted, then reaped immediately, ignoring the time that normally passes inbetween!

“That is the true meaning of the Spirit Meridians stratum of the Blood Demon Grand Magic!

“All I need is some time spent in secluded meditation, perhaps half a month, and I should be able to step fully into the third level of the Blood Demon Grand Magic!” Meng Hao’s eyes flickered with a brilliant glow. It was in this moment that shocking energy suddenly surged up from within him.

Instantly, the eyes of all the cultivators above the Dao Lake turned in his direction.

He raised his head, and a golden gleam could be seen in his eyes. Suddenly, he performed a minor teleportation and reappeared in mid-air above the lake.

“Meng Hao!!”

“He was meditating before, and based on his energy now… could it be that he made a breakthrough?!”

“Dammit! If he gets involved, that means there’s one more powerful foe in the mix!”

“Please, please, PLEASE don’t take a fancy to this magical item here, go look at someone else’s.”

Various thoughts and feelings such as these bubbled up in the blink of an eye.


When Meng Hao appeared above the Dao Lake, his energy immediately drew special attention from four people.

The first was the teenager from the Solitary Sword Sect, whose pupils constricted.

The other three were the Chosen from the Northern Reaches. One of them, Dao Child Zhou Chen from the Coffin Altar Sect, frowned and stared seriously for a moment. A look of scorn appeared on the face of Di Ye, although his heart filled with vigilance.

The person who seemed most interested in Meng Hao was none other than Lu Bai. He turned to look at Meng Hao, and when he did, a tremor ran through him.

“It’s him!” he thought.

He sensed a feeling like destiny, and was instantly sure that the young man he was looking at was the person the esteemed Dawn Immortal had referred to, his destined adversary.

Meng Hao’s arrival on the scene shocked everyone. He glanced around, and then, to the shock of many, shot toward the black claw.

His decision caused quite a few people to sigh in relief, and continue fighting.

Di Ye’s eyes flickered with killing intent as he too barreled toward the black-colored claw.

The teenager from the Solitary Sword Sect had just grabbed the two-meter longsword. Energy exploded out, and he lifted his head back and laughed loudly. Next to the black dragon, the 19th Li Clan Patriarch coughed up some blood. He was no match for Lu Bai, who swept his sleeve to collect up the black dragon.

The Golden Frost Sect was after the enormous war drum and puppet. There were a few Spirit Severing experts fighting them over it, but with the power of their Dao Seeking aura, the Golden Frost Sect steamrolled everyone in their way and promptly seized it.

As for the red-trunked tree, no one else dared to fight with Reverend Withered-Dao over it. Everyone knew that Grandmaster Pill Demon could refine all types of objects into medicinal pills. Since the tree didn’t seem to be of much use to others, Reverend Withered-Dao was easily able to collect it up.

The Song Clan successfully acquired the violet-colored jade slip they had been after.

As for the golden halo, there were quite a few people who tried to fight Zhou Chen of the Coffin Altar Sect over it, but all were sent into retreat, blood spraying from their mouths. Two people were even slain. In the end, Zhou Chen took it.

Regarding the other miscellaneous objects, Spirit Severing cultivators from various sects and clans had already divvied them all up.

Di Ye arrived near the black-colored claw. His wolf-tooth club swept about, causing lake water to spray about. His left hand reached out toward the black-colored claw.

However, just when his hand was about to latch onto it, Meng Hao pierced through the air with indescribable speed to appear directly next to the claw.

Seeing that Meng Hao wanted to contend with him over the claw, Di Ye roared, “Screw off!” Then smashed his wolf-tooth club down toward Meng Hao.

Meng Hao’s expression was the same as ever as his fist struck out. The fist had no Dao Seeking aura, but considering that Meng Hao was the number one figure under Dao Seeking, it contained explosive power, which smashed directly into the wolf-tooth club.

A huge boom rattled out. A tremor ran through Meng Hao, and the wolf-tooth club was sent flying back. Di Ye’s face fell as he was sent staggering back seven or eight measures. He looked up, and a vicious expression could be seen on his face.

“So you’re not on par with that inhuman Lu Bai!” Di Ye’s body flickered as he charged forward once more. Although Di Ye and the other two from the Northern Reaches had actually arrived quite a bit earlier, even Lu Bai wasn’t able to see what was happening inside the Dao Lakes. Only after the master lake had erupted, causing the surrounding air to distort and churn and allowing them to teleport closer, were they able to get a clear glimpse of what was going on. As such, he was unaware of the shocking things Meng Hao had done.

After looking more closely at Di Ye, Meng Hao realized that the hulking man had the familiar aura of a Northern Reaches cultivator. “Northern Reaches?” he asked.

“Yeah! I’m Di Ye from the Desolate Clan in the Northern Reaches!” Di Ye roared as he closed in on Meng Hao.

“You must know Liu Zichuan!” 1

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  1. Liu Zichuan was the Northern Reaches cultivator Meng Hao beat up in the Demon Immortal Sect chapter 599. He also made a brief appearance in chapter 607 and the following chapter


68 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 5 – Chapter 721” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. Just wanted to point something out. “SILLY NORTH YOU DONT STAND A CHANCE VS THE SOUTH”. The meme might be a bit offensive considering the American Civil War. That was the first thing I thought of when I saw it. I know you mean Northern Reaches and Southern Domain but someone might not know that and find that offensive.

    1. Why would anyone find that offensive? That is a historical conflict between two powerful sides; it’s not the civil rights movement of the last century (where a minority of people were being mistreated).

    2. And so what? Why should he care about it? It’s just a mem and if someone have a problem about it then that’s their own problem.
      There are peoples form other countries who are reading this novel and they don’t care. That’s just a fiction.

    3. No, this wasn’t a joke. I’m very serious about this and I am just pointing out what I think. What I interpreted was, “the north would lose and there would be pro-slavery”. This is just what I think. It doesn’t mean this is what everyone should think. Just because you don’t think its offensive doesn’t mean everyone else is the same. Somewhere out there, their might be a person who this meme offends and I was just pointing it out for their sake. I know the meme people wouldn’t go over the top with this and I was just giving them my own views. I also look forward to seeing their memes and have a good laugh every know and then. I’m not telling them to stop or anything since they do a really good job at their work. Everyone has their own way of thinking and I’m just one of them. All you have to do is just think I’m an eccentric cultivator and mind me no good. It’s all up to how you think.

      1. Chill out dude! Another way of viewing it is about the self-righteous views of the southeners. In other words, what they thought was gonna happen. When you look at it that way, it was indeed a joke, and thankfully a good one.
        The whole slavery thing was bad but it was a long time ago! Gonna tell you something. My ancestors from two different races (black people are not the only ones that got into slavery) were slaves but it was a long time ago.
        Even more, slavery was a problem in my birthplace before US was even a thing and ended after US ended it.
        What I mean is: it was a very dark period and a lot of people have suffered a lot from it but I think the best we can do is to make sure we don’t make history repeat itself.
        I’m sorry the joke offended you. Hope this makes you feel better that we don’t live in such a world anymore 🙂

    4. Personally I thought it was a fitting meme. This whole Southern Domain vs Northern Reaches thing is reminiscent of the american civil war and the meme does an excellent job of pointing that out. About saying how the north had no chance, well it was an inevitability since Meng Hao is from the Southern Domain so we all know that this “north” in the ISSTH universe is doomed in this showdown. The fact that they didn’t mean that the north of the american civil war didn’t have a chance should be obvious considering it would be a really silly claim given that this battle was over a century ago and the results prove that north did indeed stand a chance, and one which they seized.

      And while I agree that someone might find it offensive, I think that it’s an inevitability when over thousands of people are involved. And while it good to not be offensive, I dislike it when goods ideas are censored because someone might possibly perceive it as such even though it was not the author’s intent.

  2. I believe you read ahead and know whats important to the story, over all. Or at least I remember a post saying you read up on current chapters, but some things that are important to the future of the story arent yet important to the readers at this point in the story. I hope you can try your best to take that into consideration when choosing to withhold titles. Its just that these withhelds seem to be happening for all sorts of reasons these days, like that main lake eruption one. I know determining if these titles are spoilers or not isn’t a big deal if we are just trying to enjoy the story, and either way I appreciate the chapters and all. So dont get me wrong, but I just cant see why some of these plot indicators/ anticipation builders are being hidden when its a spoiler teaser page to begin with.

    once again, thanks for the release.

    1. You said a lot in this comment but your point wasn’t clear. You’re complaining that this chapter title should not have been hidden?

      My standards are pretty simple. If the chapter title contains plot spoilers, or if it reveals the “aha” moment of the chapter, then I hide it. In this case, the chapter title is the same as the last line in the chapter. When I was reading it in Chinese, I guessed exactly what was going to happen in the chapter thanks to this spoiler title, which annoyed me.

      Anyone who wants to see the title can do so with a simple mouse click.

    2. I think its fine to hide titles, especially if they reveal information in the chapter itself. I myself always click to reveal the title, just because I like to. 😀

  3. I was hoping for a GoT meme tbh, but that still made me laugh since it was unexpected. Thanks for the chapter DB!
    Hopefully Meng Hao can put these people in their places soon.

      1. i actually had a GOT meme prepared, but then i thought that i recently chose a GOT meme and i was unsure on how many would know Game of Thrones/get the meme

    1. Yeah a GoT meme would be more fitting, put on Joeffrey out there instead of that hero (or whatever he is, I guess he’s a confederate leader?). People were offended.

  4. Thanks for the chapter c:
    This guy is gonna get so thrashed , i love MH bullying pretentios people haha , the only ones that are a bit dangerous are the Solitary Sword Sect teeneger and the the starlord guy.
    The four Young Starlords of South Heaven , this got me interested , does the southern domain not have such an expert?
    Maybe one is from the Ji clan another from the Fang clan and the other?

  5. “All living things wither. However, a withered tree can grow anew in spring. The character ‘wither 枯’ has a ‘tree 木’ component on the left, which represents life. The ‘ancient 古’ component on the right represents death. The left is the past, the right is the future.”

    So from ‘wither’ we get ‘wit’ and ‘her’. The left is the past, the right is the future.


  6. Thanks for the chap!
    When I read the guy with six colours lily and time cultivation, I couldn’t stop to think that he is the future version of Menghao 😀
    Also I wonder about the giant claws, I mean that will be the last thing I want if I were him.
    Anyways, thanks for the chap!

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