ISSTH – Book 5 – Chapter 733

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Chapter 733: On the Eve of War in the Southern Domain

Patriarch Blood Demon looked at Meng Hao, smiled, then faded away into thin air. Yet another clone….

Meng Hao turned to look at Mount Blood Demon, and a warm feeling rose in his heart. For the first time, he felt as if the Blood Demon Sect was his home.

Welcoming voices surrounded him as he returned to Blood Prince Gorge. Xu Qing had alcohol warmed and waiting, and she immediately filled a cup for him. They looked into each other’s eyes for a long time before speaking.

Ten days passed in the blink of an eye. Now that he was back in Blood Prince Gorge, he felt separate from the world. He had Xu Qing to accompany him, and the days were wonderful. Suns rose, suns set.

Patriarch Blood Demon honored his promise to Meng Hao. Aware that Meng Hao had reached the third level of the Blood Demon Grand Magic, he had a cane sent over.

The cane was crafted from bone, and was pitch black. When he held it in his hand, Meng Hao felt icy coldness pulsating out into his body. In addition, the Demon Sealing Jade in his bag of holding began to glow, spontaneously flew out of the bag, and circulated around the bone cane.

After a moment, it actually fused into the cane, and the two apparently become one.

Simultaneously, something like memories flooded into Meng Hao’s mind. They were vague, almost as if someone were whispering them to him. Many of the things the voice said were indistinct and unintelligible, but there was one sentence that was crystal clear.

“Seventh Demon Sealing Hex. Karmic Hex!”

Use Demonic qi to hex Karma, slaughter anything formed from five elements, and exterminate to the highest Heavens!

Meng Hao’s mind trembled. The Demon Sealers had a multitude of magical arts, but the eight Demon Sealing Hexes were considered their primary abilities. Each one was personally crafted by a previous generation of Demon Sealers and were shockingly powerful.

However, the various hexes had not been passed on and had, for the most part, been lost over the years. It was only by coincidence that Meng Hao was able to acquire the Eighth Hex. Now, by means of this bone cane, he had acquired the Seventh Hex!

He quickly immersed himself in gaining enlightenment of the Karma of the Seventh Hex. Thankfully, he already understood a bit about Karma; therefore, he was able to cultivate the Seventh Hex without any obstacles, albeit a bit slowly.

As he practiced his cultivation, the rest of the Southern Domain made quite a contrast to the calm and quiet of the Blood Demon Sect. The Southern Domain was boiling.

The Solitary Sword Sect was fully prepared for war. Countless disciples had been recalled from all corners of the Southern Domain, and the sect was now like a shocking, unsheathed sword, ready for battle.

They even produced precious treasures that could seal the fates of entire sects. After refining the treasures, they floated up in mid-air above the sect, casting about radiant, multicolored light and incredible energy.

Anyone could tell that the Solitary Sword Sect… was about to march to war!

In addition to the Solitary Sword Sect, the Golden Frost Sect was also preparing for war. All eighteen of their great spell formations were fully operational. Clearly, they had activated the spell formations in order to protect the sect in preparation for war.

The Golden Frost Sect disciples were nervous. They had heard bits of news here and there that slowly formed together into a more accurate version of recent events. Fatty was getting quite anxious, although he hid it well. Unfortunately, there was nothing he could do to prevent what was happening.

Of the three great clans, the Wang Clan was no more. The Li Clan was now in the position of prominence. The killing intent of the Li Clan members surged high as they prepared for war.

In the Black Sieve Sect, Patriarch Six-Daos didn’t hesitate at all after he received the invitation. He immediately responded in the affirmative.

In recent days, the full power of the Black Sieve Sect was focused on mobilizing discarnate souls, as well as the full power of their Dao Reserve. 193 coffins were brought in, all of which were to be used in battle.

At the same time, the medicinal pills, spell formations, and magical items needed for warfare were purchased in large quantities by all four of the great powers. All of these things caused rumors to spread like wildfire across the Southern Domain.

“There’s going to be a war!”

“The sects and clans haven’t mobilized like this in ages. I just wonder who they will be going to war against!?”

“The Blood Demon Sect for sure!”

The cultivators of the Southern Domain were alarmed by the developments. However, there were also some rogue cultivators who saw opportunity. When the four great powers began to recruit rogue cultivators, many joined because of the potential benefits.

The Violet Fate Sect maintained silence on the matter. Because of their relationship with Meng Hao, they did not join the group of four powers. The four great powers, of course, understood this, and did not expect to form any alliance with the Violet Fate Sect.

However, what they wanted to prevent was the Violet Fate Sect coming to the aid of the Blood Demon Sect.

As far as the Song Clan was concerned, the four great powers were rather confused to find that they also maintained silence, and would not join the alliance.

When an entire region goes to war, it cannot be done secretly. A properly conducted war requires much preparation, preparation that cannot be completed quickly. The preparations for war often create a stifling pressure that influences everyone, and is even more intense than the actual war itself.

As a result, in the Blood Demon Sect, taciturn silence was becoming more common and frequent.

Based on what was happening in the outside world, it was obvious that the Solitary Sword Sect, Golden Frost Sect, Black Sieve Sect, Li Clan, and large numbers of rogue cultivators were preparing to go to war with the Blood Demon Clan!

Hundreds of thousands of cultivators were coming to wipe them out!

Such pressure from the outside world weighed down on the Blood Demon Sect disciples, causing them to grow more and more dour. Even more so, killing intent began to radiate out from the depths of their marrow.

They were Blood Demon Sect disciples, and they behaved like Demons. Furthermore, the name of their sect had the character ‘blood 血’ in it! How could such a thing not be terrifying!?

Of course, they were getting ready for the coming war too, and the hunchbacked old man from the fifth mountain peak was in charge of all the preparations.

In Blood Prince Gorge, Meng Hao could also sense the pressure. He knew that all of this was happening because of the true Immortal’s soul. In fact, he actually attempted to hand the soul over. However, Patriarch Blood Demon once again refused.

“What’s yours is yours. I brought you here to be the Blood Prince of the Blood Demon Sect, and I’m responsible for you!

“If I allow some bystander to snatch away something that belongs to you, then what’s to prevent them from taking things from other disciples? How could the Blood Demon Sect stand for such a humiliation?!

“I might be old, but I still need to maintain face! If they want war, we’ll give them war!”

When Meng Hao heard this, his eyes began to glow with a strange light, which gradually transformed into determination. By this point, he didn’t care how it was that he came to be in the Blood Demon Sect. What he cared about was a concept that existed in his heart: to face others with a clear conscience.

For the Blood Demon Sect to treat him like this meant that he needed to act just as responsibly in return.

Meng Hao chose to go into secluded meditation. For the moment, he ceased his constant study of the Seventh Demon Sealing Hex, and instead spent most of his time on the ‘self’ character from the Withering Flame Demon Magic True Self Dao.

He was already enlightened regarding most of the aspects of the ‘self’ character. What he needed to do now was actually make a second true self!

As for how powerful the second true self would be, even he had no idea. He did know that it was made from his own flesh and blood, and was like a sheath, within which was placed a soul. As for which soul to use, Meng Hao decided to use… the true Immortal’s soul!

His only concern was that if he used it, then his Master Pill Demon would be unable to benefit from it later on. Therefore, he consulted with Patriarch Blood Demon on the matter. After Patriarch Blood Demon reassured him that there was no harm in going forward with his plan, he made up his mind.

Meng Hao was in thorough anticipation of what sort of power would be unleashed when he merged the true Immortal’s soul into his second true self.

“Other people can cultivate clones, but this art produces a true self!” he thought as he sat cross-legged in the log cabin.

“Those who cultivate clones merely separate a portion of their soul and then use that as the essence. Place it into a moulded body, and that is the Dao of cloning.

“To cultivate a true self, you use flesh and blood. After nourishing it, it becomes like an invincible sheath, within which is concealed an unmatchable sword.

“Using the soul as the basis is actually very different from using flesh and blood. They seem similar, but in fact are completely different.” After gaining enlightenment of the ‘self’ character, his eyes suddenly opened.

In unison, he splayed the fingers of his right hand, after which five drops of blood flew out. He then did the same with his left hand. Five drops of blood flew out from both hands.

Next were each of his legs, then his feet; five drops of blood each. Finally, a tremor ran through his torso, and ten drops of blood emerged.

In total, there were forty drops of blood floating in front of him, radiating brilliant light. Then, they began to congeal together. As they did, the skin of Meng Hao’s forehead split open, and another drop of blood emerged to join the others. Finally, he bit the tip of his tongue and spit out some qi and blood.

42 drops of blood radiated brilliant light and merged together, gradually forming the shape of a person.

Meng Hao’s face paled, and his body sagged with weakness. However, his eyes were as determined as ever.

“What makes this a true self?” he mused rhetorically.

“The blood that circulates is mine. The skin is mine. The blood vessels are mine. The vital organs are mine. It all comes from me, and is the same as my original true self.

“This, is my second true self!”

A vicious gleam appeared in his eyes as he lifted his hand and stabbed it into his abdomen. A cracking sound could be heard, but he endured the pain as he broke off one of his own ribs. After pulling it out of his body, he crushed it into a powder which he then blew out toward the blood-mass of a person in front of him.

As soon as the bone powder entered the body in front of him, cracking sounds could be heard, as if a skeleton were forming inside.

Meng Hao trembled as his Eternal stratum healed his body at rapid speed. Unfortunately, the drops of blood, and the rib, were lost forever.

“The second true self is formed from what the Self Character Incantation permanently extracts from my body. What is taken away, can not be recovered…. This divine ability basically creates a new person. How extraordinary!” Muttering to himself, Meng Hao severed some of the redundant blood vessels in his body and then fused them into the other body.

Immediately, blood vessels appeared within.

Next came the vital organs and other miscellaneous parts. The only thing lacking now was the soul.

Time passed, although Meng Hao wasn’t sure how much. His body was very weak, but in front of him was now a person whose features were the exact same as his own.

He wore a white robe, and sat there cross-legged, as fair as jade. He was handsome, and had a strong scholarly aura. He looked exactly like Meng Hao had when he was about fifteen or sixteen years old.

Looking at him, Meng Hao got the sensation that he was looking at an extension of his own body. He almost forget altogether that this was his second true self. It was almost like… a precious treasure in the shape of a person.

“And now it’s time to insert the soul of the true Immortal!” His eyes shone with strange light as he slapped his bag of holding. The true Immortal’s soul appeared, along with gentle, radiating light and a mysterious aura.

The instant the soul appeared, the entirety of Blood Prince Gorge filled with Immortal qi. In fact, the entire Blood Demon Sect instantly became like an Immortal paradise.


This chapter was sponsored by Ricardas Barkauskas, Gary Lam, Salman Mubbashir, Joshua Crittenden, and Retrac

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92 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 5 – Chapter 733” - NO SPOILERS

    1. Such gruesome requirements and steps to follow to make a primal twin?
      Yeah, that’s Er Gen for you!
      Long Live Er Gen!

      P.s. With a reference to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
      So awesome!

          1. That’s my favorite book. I already had the utmost respect for you DB, but it just went up even higher

  1. Thanks for the chapter, Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, Baby Deathblade, anonpuffs, Lingson, Courtrecords, GNE, joeljbright, Azusky, Ricardas Barkauskas, Gary Lam, Salman Mubbashir, Joshua Crittenden, and Retrac!

        1. I know it’s not going to happen, but Meng Hao’s a member of the Fang clan, second only to the Ji clan and that his mother have previously threatened the Song clan so that they took Meng Hao as their son in law AND fought the Dawn Immortal after Meng Hao’s assumed death, so I have this lovely picture of 4 mediocre sects of this puny South waging a war to Meng Hao when the second super power (the Fang Clan) take offense for this and wage war on the 4 sects in return XD

          Yeah, not going to happen – Overpower is a very nice idea but the story suffers when MC has no peers to compete with.

          1. Hold on, I thought it was the Dawn Immortal, not his mother who went to the Song clan?

          2. @aimless passerby
            Remember that db mentioned in one of the chapter posts that in the earlier chapters he wrote both dawn and immortal li as ‘immortal li’ (i believe they are different characters in chinese but don’t convert to english). So, he changed the lily mom to dawn immortal and meng hao’s mom is immortal li who is the one that went to song clan

          3. Im pretty sure that he changed immortal li to dawn immortal but he never wrote meng li as immortal li, also in that chapter it says that immortal li wasnt looking at meng hao because immortal li was looking at the lily inside meng hao

  2. The fact that he’s making this now almost makes me think Er Gen will use it to call himself back from the devilish, only really thought so because the clone had the old scholar aura instead of the cold and devilish one he currently has most of the time. If so that would be quite the interesting way to go into his third severing.

    Thanks for the Chapter!

    1. You sir have an interesting thought there…

      I wonder how many people will pass by it without thinking. We know the patriarch wants him to sever the devilish but what would be left then? Meng Hao’s dao isn’t bloodthirsty but severing the devilish entirely would also be a restriction on his freedom, wouldn’t it? Anyways, my point is different than yours but they intercept in this: he has options for his third severing.

      1. Yup , we all heard from the Patriarch Blood Demon that he wished Meng Hao to server the devilish BUT who certain of it ? i say he is going to do something beyond that!

      2. That depends on what one defines as freedom.
        Individual freedom, will of freedom, this is open to interpretation.
        No, I will not be elaborating more on this topic. 😉 I am not your teacher after all.

          1. @xiaxinia

            That’s going too far. I agree if it’s a bit condescending but going as far as interpreting it as he thinks we’re stupid is a little bit too much, don’t you think? For all I can infer, he’s just implying he’s too lazy to elaborate on “freedom”. Even I would feel lazy to explain it because it can be vast.

      3. Well that’s not exactly what i meant. I was just simply saying that the more ‘sane’ true self would stop the devilish original true self from going full devlish then being lead by the new true self he would decide to sever the devlish and not the dao.

  3. WAIT… WAS THERE SIGNS OF THE SEVENTH DEMON HEX BEING GIVEN TO MENG HAO EARLIER OR DID THIS ACTUALLY COME OUT OF NOWHERE, BECAUSE I DID NOT SEE SPECIFIC SIGNS INDICATING THAT HE WAS GOING TO GET THE SEVENTH HEX O.O… (We knew he was going to get something, and clearly Blood Demon had a relation with Demon Sealers, but I didn’t think that was enough to just assume that a Sealing Hex was going to be acquired OvO)

    1. Go back to when the patriarch promised a gift. He explained that it would impart some magic from the league of demon sealers.

      “Very good. You reached the second level of the Blood Demon Grand Magic. When you reach the third level, I will give you something that is sure to leave you astonished.

      “It has something to do with your League of Demon Sealers. With that item, you will be able to acquire… a Demon Sealing magic!”

    2. It’s the same for Eight Demon Sealing Hex. There’s no specific signs or indications prior that it was the hex until it’s right in front of our faces.

  4. <,,>
    Good! Now he can have a clean, NTR-free threesome with Xu Qing!
    What? Don’t tell me that didn’t cross your mind?

    1. Since I don’t believe that the Meng Hao #2 will get any action with Xu Qing cause, u know, Meng Hao #1 has her, maybe Meng Hao #2 will go find someone else………….like Chu Yuyan. Does that sound possible, cause THEN I would be happy.

    2. they say great minds think alike, well rather, perverted minds think allike lol
      personally, i’d rather have the clone take chuyuyan… or would xu qing don’t mind taking up 2 menghaos

  5. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, anonpuffs, Madam Deathblade, Lingson, Courtrecords, GNE, joeljbright, Azusky, Baby Deathblade, Ricardas Barkauskas, Gary Lam, Salman Mubbashir, Joshua Crittenden, and Retrac!

    1. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy had a computer calculate the meaning of life and it turned out the number 42, so it’s been a relatively common joke, at least where I live, that the number 42 is the answer to any question. In addition, 42 drops of blood were used for Meng Hao to create his clone.
      Disclaimer: I haven’t seen HGttG personally, but I’ve heard what it’s about a BUNCH of times.

    2. Found this on Quora:

      “It takes Deep Thought, the supercomputer 7½ million years to compute and check the answer, which turns out to be 42. Deep Thought points out that the answer seems meaningless because the beings who instructed it never actually knew what the Ultimate Question was in the first place. So many years of computing and the answer is some arbitrary number. How could it be?? There must be some meaning for the Number! Turns out it was a joke.

      Many theories were proposed, including that 42 is 101010 in binary code, that light refracts off water by 42 degrees to create a rainbow, that light requires 10−42 seconds to cross the diameter of a proton. The author Douglas Adams rejected them all. He was quoted as saying – “The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one. Binary representations, base 13, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat at my desk, stared into the garden and thought ’42 will do’. I typed it out. End of story.”

      Hope this helps.

    3. Thanks for the help:)
      So that’s why people answer 42 like a running joke!
      I didn’t know where this thing come from^^

      There is an error with the maths on the text so 42 is maybe 32 no?

  6. I wonder if Meng Hao specifically using a rib was a reference to what god was supposed to do to Adam to make Eve.
    Thanks for the chapter!
    I hope his clone has the power of at least peak Dao Seeking, and also I’m pretty sure it’ll also have an Eternal Stratum Foundation due to it being basically a true him rather than a clone.

  7. “Meng Hao turned to look at Mount Blood Demon, and a warm feeling rose in his heart. For the first time, he felt as if the Blood Demon Sect was his home.”

    Patriarch Reliance, quick! Meng Hao, your only inner disciple, is being netorare’d from you!

    1. Give this guy a cookie……. Way to go for bromance……..

      Feels sorry for the turtle though….

      Thanks for the chapter DB, and for the cute meme….. If it goes well I too will have a collection of BDB……lol

  8. Seriously epic. He must permanently take form himself. I’m curious why the body will not over time heal. The body and soul slowly heal over time do they not? Then could not Meng Hao regain his flesh and blood and bone that he sacrificed after a long period of time? It would at least make some sense.

    Thanks for the chapter.

  9. I didn’t like this chapter.
    First Severing: A rib
    It doesn’t make sense, why didn’t the rib regrow. It is supposed to be Eternal foundation, the thing that is so epicpy rare and powerful, that even in ancient times only 1 person achieved it. You are supposed to be able to recreate your body from a drop of blood! From a drop of blood, bitch! And it gets suppressed by some cloning art.

    Second Severing: Logic
    He takes a piece from each organ. How? How can you take a piece of your heart and brains and still be fine. And this part is about the size of a rib compared to the whole skeleton.

    I have gained the Dao of Butthurt, continue binge reading!!!

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