ISSTH – Book 5 – Chapter 727

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Chapter 727: Completely Golden!

Immediately, countless violet-colored humanoid beasts surrounded him with flapping wings. All he could see was a mass of violet.

Of the 3,000 meters to the flame portal, the first 1,500 meters were firmly occupied by the violet-colored beasts. Only after passing through that region would they stand down. The silver-colored beasts made their move at the 1,000-meter mark, which was where Gu Tianxiang of the Solitary Sword Sect had been defeated.

If one could pass the silver-colored beasts, the next challenge was a gold-colored beast.

Meng Hao’s eyes glittered. He didn’t have time to waste here, so he immediately went on the offensive. The Black White Pearls and the Ninth Mountain rumbled out. As the Ninth Mountain descended, with the Black White Pearls circulating around it, everything trembled. The air vibrated, and multiple layers of ripples expanded out, transforming into an astonishing pressure that weighed down on everything.

The intense pressure was like a wall that crashed into the violet-colored beasts. As Meng Hao charged forward, they tumbled back, howling. Even the most outstanding of the violet-colored beasts were incapable of even getting close to Meng Hao before being smashed backward.

250 meters. 500 meters. 750 meters. 1,000 meters….

Within in the space of only a few breaths of time, Meng Hao proceeded forward as if he were walking along a paved path. He quickly reached the 1,500 meter mark, with the violet-colored beasts left behind in the dust. They glared at him, but didn’t pursue or attack him any further.

Up ahead was a glittering, silver glow, which was a silver-colored beast. It shot forward with a ferocious expression and incredible speed. Its power seemed equivalent to the Second Severing.

Meng Hao gave a cold snort as he waved his right hand. The Ninth Mountain arrived, crushing the silver-colored beast. It let out a miserable howl as its body began to fall apart. However, the flames leaped out and quickly restored it.

Meng Hao quickly advanced by about 250 meters, putting him only 1,250 meters away from the flame portal.

It was then that six more silver-colored beasts joined the beast from earlier. Seven total, five with Second Severing cultivation bases, and two with Third Severing cultivation bases, charged toward Meng Hao.

“Crushing time!” Meng Hao advanced, waving his right finger. The Ninth Mountain grew in size, rumbling as it crushed down onto the seven silver-colored beasts.

Meng Hao charged onward. He was now only 500 meters away from the flame portal.

At this point, more than ten silver-colored beasts attacked him furiously. Booms rang out from the Ninth Mountain as the seven silver-colored beasts being suppressed burst out from within, their bodies wreathed in flames. They joined in to completely surround Meng Hao.

The five men from the Golden Frost Sect were watching intently as all of this happened. Off to the side, Gu Tianxiang’s eyes glittered. Meng Hao was now in the same position he had been when in when he suffered defeat. “That Lu Bai is inhuman!” he thought. “Meng Hao might be powerful, but if he thinks he can get any farther, well, that’s impossible!”

The deep-gold overseer up in mid-air was also watching the proceedings closely, and thought, “He’s definitely going to be defeated.”

However, it was then that Meng Hao’s right hand flashed with an incantation gesture, and he waved his sleeve.

“Blood Demon Grand Magic!”

Rumbling could be heard as a gigantic vortex formed, enveloping the roughly twenty silver-colored beasts. At the same time, an enormous blood-colored hand appeared, which firmly grasped the beasts.

“Qi and Blood stratum!” roared Meng Hao. The more than twenty silver-colored beasts began to tremble, and expressions of astonishment could be seen on their faces. Their bodies began to wither rapidly as vast quantities of qi and blood shot toward Meng Hao.

A tremor ran through him. The qi and blood was incredibly powerful, and in an instant his body had already reached the limit that Spirit Severing could accommodate.

The more than twenty silver-colored beasts struggled violently, to the point that the vortex seemed to be on the verge of collapsing. Apparently, the limit of the second level of Meng Hao’s Blood Demon Grand Magic had been reached.

Gu Tianxiang’s eyes glittered. “He’s going to be defeated!”

The five members of the Golden Frost Sect sighed. If Meng Hao couldn’t get past the first level, then there was no hope at all for them.

Up in mid-air, the deep-gold overseer eyed Meng Hao’s Blood Demon Grand Magic, and its expression flickered, but then quickly returned to normal.

Currently, the more than twenty silver-colored beasts were struggling and roaring so violently that the vortex couldn’t handle it. Cracking sounds could be heard, and rifts spread out. However, Meng Hao then pointed his finger and cried, “Wither!”

The ‘withering’ character from the Withering Flame Demon Magic True Self Dao caused the silver-colored beasts’ bodies to tremble. Their fleshly bodies began to wither even more rapidly, and their cultivation bases were instantly suppressed. Even their life forces showed signs of withering.

Because of their weakening, the Blood Demon Grand Magic vortex was no longer under the strain it had been. It once again rumbled into motion. From a distance, the vortex was incredibly huge and shocking.

Boom!

Even denser streams of qi and blood poured from the vortex to be absorbed by Meng Hao. He trembled violently as his fleshly body suddenly burst out of the Spirit Severing stage and into Dao Seeking.

The more than twenty silver-colored beasts were withering rapidly, and seemed to be just on the verge of death. Flames appeared to restore their bodies, but their power was sucked away by Meng Hao even as the restoration occurred.

It was a cycle that became like a wellspring of power for Meng Hao. It was almost as if he could continue to grow stronger… forever!

Early Dao Seeking. Mid Dao Seeking….

He lifted his head up and roared as he felt an unprecedented level of power coursing through him. Along with this incredible fleshly body power came an increased self-confidence.

This was the Heaven-defying might of the Blood Demon Grand Magic!

This intense, unprecedented strength also caused Meng Hao to be wracked with severe pain; it felt as if his body might be ripped apart. When Gu Tianxiang saw what was happening, he gasped. The five cultivators from the Golden Frost Sect watched with wide eyes.

The deep-gold overseer up in midair was even more astonished. He gasped and thought, “What divine ability is that!? It’s so shocking!! It’s completely different than the River of Time, and, in fact, far more terrifying!”

Furthermore, the regeneration of the more than twenty silver-colored beasts was actually not able to keep up with the absorbing power of the vortex. Looks of despair could even be seen on some of the beasts’ faces.

Meng Hao seemed as if he had become the vortex itself as he gobbled up all the incoming power of blood and qi.

The deep-gold overseer’s face fell. “Dammit! If this goes on, he might really be able to wither my clan members to death!!”

Meng Hao’s eyes flashed as his fleshly body exploded with power. It burst through the mid Dao Seeking stage and then stepped into the late Dao Seeking stage!

In that moment, the Blood Demon Grand Magic vortex suddenly changed color, turning from red to gold!

When it became gold-colored, intense rumbling sounds filled the air and an incredible pressure weighed down on everything. The five Golden Frost Sect cultivators’ faces were filled with shock, and their hearts trembled. They could clearly sense the fearsomeness of the golden vortex, and they knew that even if they combined into the puppet, they would be incapable of fazing Meng Hao in the least bit.

Gu Tianxiang of the Solitary Sword Sect was even more shocked. His pupils constricted as he realized that Meng Hao was actually just as inhuman as Lu Bai!

The golden vortex seemed to have transformed on a fundamental level. The pressure exploded out tenfold, and Meng Hao trembled inwardly as he sensed the terrifying nature of the golden vortex.

“No wonder I wasn’t ever able to cultivate the third level. The blood-colored vortex… isn’t the final limit of the second level of the Blood Demon Grand Magic! Only by turning the vortex golden can I reach the great circle of the Qi and Blood stratum!”

Enlightened, Meng Hao was now confident that he could easily suck the silver-colored beasts out of existence. However, that was not the course of action he chose.

After all, the deep-gold overseer was in control of this entire place, so it was best not to go overboard.

“Dammit!” thought the deep-gold overseer. “One inhuman is bad enough. How could a second one have appeared! And this new one is even more shocking than the previous one!!”

Lu Bai had passed through the first level by using his River of Time to avoid the silver-colored beasts. Meng Hao, on the other hand, was relying on the power of his magic to crush everything in his path. It was easy to see which of the two was superior!

The deep-gold overseer was getting anxious, but because of the ancient treaty there was nothing he could to interfere. Just when he was at the peak of anxiety, Meng Hao waved his hand, causing a boom to rattle out. The golden vortex faded away, and the more than twenty silver-colored beasts were sent spinning away, blood spraying from their mouths. They were listless and dispirited, and they looked at Meng Hao with expressions of unprecedented fear and awe.

They had not feared Lu Bai; were Lu Bai to be even stronger than he was, he still wouldn’t be able to kill them.

Meng Hao was quite different, though. He was qualified to utterly exterminate them!

Even as rumbling sounds continued to echo out, and the more than twenty silver-colored beasts retreated, Meng Hao proceeded onward. He had absorbed a virtually inexhaustible amount of qi and blood. Although it didn’t truly belong to him, he was temporarily incredibly powerful, and could explode out with fleshly body power that was almost completely equivalent to the peak of Dao Seeking.

He proceeded forward, and natural law spread out around him. The world rumbled, the air distorted, and shocking energy filled him. As he charged forward, the deep-gold overseer’s eyes flickered. It had a certain amount of control based on the treaty, so it quickly called upon a gold-colored clan member that was more powerful than the one that had attacked Lu Bai. It roared and charged toward Meng Hao, its Dao Seeking cultivation base surging. Its body was surrounded by flames, and it streaked toward Meng Hao like a shooting star.

Meng Hao could instantly see the difference between this beast and the one that had attacked Lu Bai. He snorted coldly and then clenched his fist.

“SCREW OFF!” he roared, punching with all the strength his fleshly body could muster. Everything dimmed as an insane, earth-shattering wave of power rocketed forth which seemed capable of covering the sky and burying the earth.

The incoming gold-colored beast looked shocked, and was instantly filled with an intense sensation of deadly crisis. Without hesitation, it attempted to dodge. However, the wave of power generated by Meng Hao’s fleshly body was far too shocking. In the blink of an eye, it completely inundated the gold-colored beast.

A bloodcurdling scream echoed out. Flames completely covered it, but they were incapable of preventing the creature’s body from beginning to fall apart completely.

Seeing that its fellow clan member was about to die, the deep-gold overseer shot down in a flash of light. It grabbed the gold-colored beast, then slapped out to disperse the wave of power generated by Meng Hao. It managed to save its fellow clan member in the nick of time.

The gold-colored beast was panting for breath and staring at Meng Hao with intense fear. It wasn’t just this particular gold-colored beast. All of the others were watching on with intense shock.

“You have passed the first level!” said the deep-gold overseer, staring at Meng Hao with a deep look.

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77 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 5 – Chapter 727” - NO SPOILERS

      1. The color isn’t the important part going forward past the second lv, the effect it has is. They’ve already mentioned the ability to steal cultivation and souls. 3rd lv being spirit meridians and some later lv being souls.

        1. Can anyone actually clarify, what does “Having a pseudo-dao-seeking cultivation base” even means in terms of strength? No, in any fashion?
          At first, the story told us that the Severing-stage grants you powers over the basic laws (domain and all), yet we hardly see any of that with Meng Hao. We just see “Meng Hao is stronk with his heavy mountain.”
          And when Meng Hao explodes with “an aura of dao-seeking”, we also don’t really get any info as to what makes it “stronger”.

          That issue makes the Grand Demon magic a bit confusing. I thought Severing and Dao-Seeking were all about enlightenment, how can Meng Hao “explode with such aura and power” by “absorbing more energy”?
          (Not to mention, it’s confusing enough to imagine what does enlightenment-stage cultivation ranks, have anything to do with a very strong, physical body. ISSTH has lost me for a while there.)

          1. It means power comparable to dao seeking without actually being dao seeking.
            If you think of it in terms of cars then a really powerful car with a great engine is dao seeking and a fairly good car with an average engine is spirit severing.
            Now normally the first car will always out speed the second, but if someone supercharges the second car then it may actually be able to keep up for a while – it hasn’t become the second car (so it didn’t need enlightenment) but has, through other methods, boosted its own power so that they can reach similar speeds which will likely put quite a strain on it and it won’t last too long.
            Sorry if the analogy wasn’t to your liking but it’s how my mind works 😀

          2. It wasn’t. You just repeated what the story says.
            “Spirit Severing is stronker than Nascent Soul. Dao Seeking is stronker than Spirit Severing.”
            Why? Just because. Spirit Severing and Dao Seeking was never about “having a stronger engine”, it was about “comprehending more about oneself and the universe”, or something of equal value. How does “having more comprehension” has anything to do with “Exploding with power”? I have absolutely no idea what so ever. I feel like the moment Meng Hao reached Severing, I stopped understanding where exactly all of that power even comes from, how and why.

            And now there’s this: “He sucks so much power, he has the power of dao-seeking! Even though Dao-seeking is merely a title of enlightenment, and not a power-rank, by absorbing so much qi and blood, he temporarily reached dao-seeking!”
            waht.

            It may seem odd that such a simple thing throws me off, considering that pretty much every single other Xianxia doesn’t bother to explain anything. They just level up from one rank to the other, and then magically become so much stronger for reasons.
            But I feel like ISSTH at least tries to give some depth to its own setting, yet I feel like it completely skipped on dao-seeking and severing.
            It’d be dandy if anyone can clarify the matter, though.

          3. If you couldn’t comprehend it with that awesome analogy, then it’s going to be very hard to help you understand. -.-

          4. Ain’t my fault the analogy is wrong, yo.
            In the very same manner, you can take a Qi-rank peep, supercharge em’ to bloody hell with energy, and he’ll temporary reach Dao-Seeking.

            Does that make any bloody sense to you? Because it doesn’t to me. These stages have absolutely nothing to do with “MORE ENERGY”, this isn’t DBZ.

          5. it may be because you have comprehended a different path. what i comprehended was Spirit Severing and Dao seeking , yes they are more into comprehensions of laws . but usually people who comprehends a more profound law is stronger than the one who isnt. therefore having comprehended 3 severings and successfully reaching dao seeking will give you a greater attacking power “Dao seeking Power” (coming from those basic laws- spirit severing and natural energies- dao seeking). but meng hao having an ” aura of dao seeking power”, just like the previous guy said, Even though meng hao hasnt comprehend yet how natural energies works ((the thing that a person should learned once he reach dao seeking)) ,we can only assume that he has the same attacking power like a real dao seeking person has, temporarily. thus the reason why hes giving out the natural energy, a real dao seeking person has. since i havent read any details yet about how is he accommodating those energies to the point of reaching a temporary “”Dao seeking fleshly body”” or “”Dao Seeking attack power”” what i can assume from the meantime is that because menghao has that legendary strong fleshly body he got before and it may also have something to do with that diving sucking ability he had learned ((assuming its a sucking skill, so in that skill info. when menghao is learning it, possibly there are some instructions on how to maintain those energies youre gonna suck..)) because everyone knows that if u get a qi condensation cultivator those energies, they wont be able to accommodate so many energies at once thus their bodies will explode

            sorry for the bad english..

          6. just to emphasize Kingsmill’s comments

            since a true dao seeking has comprehended those natural energies thus they can maintain their dao seeking power (obviously)

            and meng hao because of those energies he sucked gave him a temporary “”dao seeking body”” perhaps or a same attacking power a true dao seeking has.

            with his example. lets say
            ferrari = true dao seeking
            toyota = menghao
            normal speed = laws/ energies a person comprehended
            speed of car = dao seeking power
            custom engines = energies that meng hao sucked.

            since a ferrari is a true dao seeking. it can maintain it’s normal speed((which is very fast)) with the use of those laws and natural energies it comprehended after reaching dao seeking.
            a toyota(menghao) cannot outrun a ferrari or cannot have the same speed as a ferrari unless the toyota will have custom parts/engines (thus: energies he sucked in) so it can have the same speed the ferrari has temporarily. and having a ferarri speed coming from a toyota, we can say that we may feel that that toyota is kinda like a ferrari ((thus: natural energies menghao’s aura is giving out))

            we cant expect the author to give us every detail inch by inch on every chapter.. actually i myself would want that but its the author choice and some readers wont like that so we need to use our imagination jst like spongebob said

          7. Mr Void what u are trying to see is there are components that lets you summon more power of heaven and earth but not everyone can cultivate all of them and modern time cultivators dont cultivate body that ancient way of doing things. There are other ways to cultivate to have more power of heaven and earth as well but its like sticking with perfect foundation was not the path that leads the most bounless place, dao is not as well. So power can be accuerd more than one way, one doesnt have to stick with only one

  1. Thanks for the chapter XD

    And everybody already know that Vampires don’t attack people anymore. Sheesh, why else were those blood donation things up >.<

    People need common sense.

    1. thats the wuxia on your blood, i too started using more “Screw off” type of words in my modern life….even though my modern life is lived in Spanish and not in English, which make things kinda awkward…

  2. I actually thought that the blood demon grand magic was able to refine blood and qi permanently. I guess it’s a good thing it doesn’t, otherwise Meng Hao would be OP beyond compare in South Heaven.

  3. Foie gras.

    Thanks for the chapter.

    Meng Hao obviously outranked kiddo Lu Bai who still smells of milk and have been under the cover of an immortal in other to grow safely, Meng Hao had to die several times in other to gain what he has and had to deal with Ms. Lilly personally. Anyway it’s the first time I see another character has more cheat than MC in a Xianxia but his lack of experience make him short to be a good rival to Meng Hao, but I’m sure his flower will be consumed by MH’s Lilly.

        1. well, in BTTH the autor is not really better, in a 2 minute fight the characters have performed 2,3 actions….that’s all
          And not the super power kind of attack but just throw a fist etc…

          1. lol BTTH is horrible expressing time, in one chapter it seems like they are just capable of performing 2,3 actions and express some thoughts. The author tries too hard express everything in a very long, boring way. Too damn slow paced lol (but I still read it out of boredom) haha
            ISSH is truly a masterpiece, the author can describe everything, in just a few words, and everything makes sense! lol Just my opinion, of course! =) Feel free to ignore it! ^^

  4. Completely badass… Menghao will turn to look at Gu Tianxiang and the five Golden Frost guys and say.. see you on the outside world in the next emm.. few thousands years… XD

    Thanks for the chapter!

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