ISSTH – Book 5 – Chapter 769

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Chapter 769: The Power of the Curse!

Hellwither Nineruins was refined from the blood, flesh and fat of a true Immortal. By congealing the deep rancor felt by a true Immortal in the moments before death, a powerful curse was formed. As long as it didn’t touch any land, its power was ordinary. However, once it touched the land, the power of the curse would be unleashed on all living things that were born in that land.

It only had one fatal flaw, or perhaps it would be more accurate to say a weakness. While it was true that it used the refined rancor of a true Immortal’s flesh and blood to curse the land, the curse couldn’t be sustained for very long. At the most, it would last for three months before the land naturally purified itself!

Unfortunately, three months was enough time for all of the cultivators in the Southern Domain to be completely withered up and weakened to the point of death. For those who didn’t die, their cultivation bases would be significantly reduced.

The best way to use it was to enact the curse the moment the army arrived. Then, the Northern Reaches army could slaughter their way in like a thunderbolt, and quickly eliminate the foundation of the Southern Domain.

The Northern Reaches placed significant importance on the war with the Southern Domain. Because of that, the Imperial Bloodline Clan had spared nothing, not even the final remnants of its Hellwither Nineruins Incense, of which there was not one piece, but two.

One of the incense sticks had been used in an overt attack, the other in a sneak attack. That way… they hoped to ensure that at least one of the incense sticks touched the ground of the Southern Domain.

The Northern Reaches only had two chances!

And both of those chances were due to… the bizarre treasures of the Imperial Bloodline Clan!

The Imperial Bloodline Clan… could actually trace its origins back to the Southern Domain. However, long ago, they were suppressed by Lord Ji when he unified the four great planets and became the Lord of the Ninth Mountain.

As for the Imperial Bloodline Sect of the Northern Reaches, they were actually a branch of the Imperial Bloodline Clan, with the same bloodline. The only difference was that, instead of following the Imperial Bloodline’s internal family hierarchy, its structure was set up in the form of a Sect. Furthermore, they had sent out a big announcement to attract outsiders to join, and thus increase their overall power.

Under normal circumstances, the Northern Reaches would not dare to use such a bizarre treasure right under the noses of the Ji Clan in the Eastern Lands, not even with the Southern Domain in chaos.

But now… the true Immortality destiny had appeared. During this period of time, whoever came out on top in the struggle for the Immortality destiny would be able to achieve true Immortal Ascension. Using a special technique, the Imperial Bloodline Clan was able to determine that the source of the Immortality destiny… was in the Southern Domain!

That was why they attacked with such madness!

By occupying the Southern Domain, they could control the source of the Immortality destiny.

Currently, miserable shrieks could be heard coming from the crowds on the Resurrection Lily bridge. The first wave of hundreds of thousands of Northern Reaches cultivators screamed as their bodies were withered, and their cultivation bases dropped.

They were sustaining significant losses before they even stepped foot into the Southern Domain. That caused the four peak Dao Seeking leaders that had come with this first wave to go mad.

Their hatred for Meng Hao instantly exploded to monstrous heights.

However, the lands of the Southern Domain were still in imminent danger!

In the blink of an eye, the grayness of the Hellwither Nineruins Incense spread out rapidly, and it wouldn’t take long for it to cover the entire Southern Domain.

It was a deep gray, almost black. Plants and vegetation withered and died as far as the eye could see. Wild animals screamed miserably and tried to flee, but rapidly weakened and then fell to the ground, trembling, eyes filled with despair.

Up in midair, Patriarch Song’s face went pale white. Even though he was floating above the ground, his body instantly began to emanate black smoke. The same thing happened to Sun Tao, the 3rd Li Clan Patriarch, and Patriarch Golden Frost.

Black smoke curled up as their flesh and blood began to rot. It was the same with Pill Demon.

“Hellwither Nineruins Incense….” said Pill Demon with a bitter chuckle. “The Northern Reaches want to cut off our Southern Domain cultivators’ foundation. This curse… even if we flee the Southern Domain at top speed, it won’t do any good. Anyone born in these lands will be incapable of fleeing…. This curse is so potent!” Even as he spoke, black smoke rose up from his body in wisps, and the grayness spread further.

“If only we could stop the curse from spreading… but how?!” It was in this moment that Pill Demon, his face twisted with sorrow, looked over at Meng Hao, who was trembling with rage, his eyes bloodshot. Pill Demon gaped. “Hao’er… you’re… you’re not affected by the curse!!”

Meng Hao’s body wasn’t emanating any black smoke at all…. Earlier, before the Hellwither Nineruins Incense touched the ground, it had affected him. But now that the Southern Domain had been cursed, only people who were born there would be affected. However, Meng Hao… didn’t seem to be affected at all!

As for his second true self, it had been created using his own fleshly body, so it was the same.

Meng Hao didn’t have time to think about why the curse wasn’t affecting him. His eyes were shot with blood as he flew down toward the ground. He could see that there was nothing he could do to stop the rapid spread of the curse. He could also see that the grayness of the curse had already reached the location of the wedding ceremony. Everything was turning gray.

At the site of the wedding, hundreds of thousands of cultivators were combining their cultivation base power to form a windstorm in a desperate attempt to fight back. The purifying effect of the windstorm was somewhat effective in reducing the power of the curse, but could not completely block it.

Black smoke was already starting to roil up in shocking fashion.

By now, the four Northern Reaches peak Dao Seeking experts had noticed that Meng Hao was wearing garments that cultivators normally wouldn’t wear. They also saw the wedding decorations off in the distance. Finally, they understood.

“Don’t tell me that the Southern Domain cultivators were actually gathered here to attend this guy’s wedding!” said the old man in the animal skins. His eyes flashed with a bright light.

The two men who looked like animated corpses smiled ruthlessly. “Hundreds of thousands of cultivators gathered for a cultivator bonding ceremony!” said one of them. “It’s destined to be soaked with the color of blood!”

“Hahaha!” laughed the young boy. “A wonderful Red Wedding!” 1

“It’s too bad they’re all gathered together, though. If they were scattered out across the land, the Hellwither Nineruins could spread out with even greater impact. Now… it seems it will be a bit weaker.”

Meng Hao shot at top speed back toward the site of the wedding. He immediately burst through the windstorm to appear above the island in the lake.

Xu Qing, Chu Yuyan, everyone was all sitting cross-legged, pouring the power of their cultivation bases into the windstorm to fight back against the curse.

Xu Qing’s body was trembling especially hard. Because of her unique situation… the curse affected her even more severely than the others!

As soon as Meng Hao saw Xu Qing, his eyes filled with resolve. He stretched out his right hand and slammed it hard onto the surface of the ground. Immediately, the fourth level of the Blood Demon Grand Magic spun into motion.

Instead of absorbing blood or cultivation bases, he would use the Blood Demon Grand Magic vortex to try to absorb the curse power of the Hellwither Nineruins!

Meng Hao wasn’t sure if it would work, but he could think of no other options. The Northern Reaches had invaded on the day of his wedding. A joyous occasion had become lifeless. This was something he could not accept!

His heart quivered, and he was on the verge of insanity. The Blood Demon Grand Magic spun rapidly, a golden vortex that encompassed him, the island, and the entire lake.

It rotated rapidly, causing the lake water to also spin around. However, although it seemed as if the Hellwither curse was being affected at first, it suddenly seemed to completely ignore Meng Hao.

“Get over here!!” he roared. He ripped open a huge gash in his right palm, sending bright red blood splashing down onto the ground. At the same time that the blood entered the soil, the Blood Demon Grand Magic reached the pinnacle of its speed. Finally, the Hellwither curse was affected and started to near him. However… it was going far too slow!

“Second true self!” he cried. His second true self shot down from up above and landed behind him. He sat down cross legged, then stretched his right hand out and placed it on the middle of Meng Hao’s back.

By combining his own power with that of his second true self, Meng Hao was able to push the fourth level of the Blood Demon Grand Magic even faster.

RUMBLE!

It was like flinging a drop of water into a hot frying pan. The water in the lake boiled, with Meng Hao at the center. The Hellwither curse power that filled the land immediately began to surge toward Meng Hao.

It followed his blood and flesh to his palm, where it entered his body. He instantly began to tremble, and his hair turned white. His body also started to wither as vast amounts of curse power gathered together within him.

He was forcing the curse to fuse into him!

The Eternal stratum immediately surged into action as he used his own body to attempt to purify the land of the Hellwither curse. Any other person would be incapable of doing this. Meng Hao only had such a chance because he had the Eternal stratum.

Rumbling surrounded him as the Eternal stratum restored his body. As soon as it happened though, more curse power began to wither him away. It was a vicious cycle; in the short space of a few breaths of time, the Eternal stratum restored his body countless times.

Everything rumbled as the grayness in the area… began to change. From up above in the sky, it was obvious that Meng Hao was like a black hole into which the grayness of the curse power was being sucked, cleansing the land.

The four peak Dao Seeking experts from the Northern Reaches were completely shocked.

“Impossible!”

“Who is he?!?! That peak Dao Seeking cultivator is his clone!”

“He was clearly not affected by the curse! He wasn’t born in the lands of South Heaven 2! But his physical body… is actually… so powerful that he can can affect the Hellwither curse by himself!”

In all their years of cultivation, they had never encountered a cultivator as fearsome as this.

“Inhuman!” In their shock, they flew forward in an attempt to stop Meng Hao. However, how could Patriarch Song and Pill Demon possibly let them do as they pleased? After all, they had now seen a ray of hope. Along with Sun Tao, Patriarch Golden Frost and the 3rd Li Clan Patriarch, they flew forward, using their full strength to block the way.

Booms echoed out and the four Northern Reaches cultivators howled. However, they could do nothing to break through and had no way to interfere with Meng Hao.

Meng Hao’s body trembled visibly as it was continuously withered away and then restored. The severity of the pain was enough to cause all but the most strong-willed person to pass out.

He gritted his teeth and continued on doggedly. However, then he looked over and saw Xu Qing sitting there, shivering even more violently than before.

“Too slow! I need to go faster!!” He pushed his left hand down onto the ground.

RUMBLE!

Curse power surged madly toward his two hands, furiously pouring into his body.

The grayness of the land was gradually fading away!

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  1. Yes, this is the same term used to describe the Red Wedding in Game of Thrones, at least in the TV show. It literally means “blood-colored wedding,” but considering it appears to be a direct reference to THE Red Wedding, I think this is the best way to translate it. Incidentally, Game of Thrones is also popular in China. Some people download it, others watch the subtitled, edited version which is available to view streaming online. That version is mostly edited for sex, not violence.
  2. Questions have been directed to me in the comments section, on Reddit, and via e-mail, so I’m adding this footnote. The original Chinese says “South Heaven” in this part. It is not a typo

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73 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 5 – Chapter 769” - NO SPOILERS

        1. Meng hao can make a pill out of nothing so immortal flesh is sounds awesome but the guy can make things out of zero, also there was that advice from pill demon for meng hao to focus more on alchemy and also the new cauldron he got now .

      1. From the very start it was said that this had no cure or antidote, which means pills are, as far as anyone knows useless.
        Also even if he could it would take time they don’t have as he would have to study the curse and somehow make a pill that can work against a True Immortal curse.

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    1. I’d actually say he wasn’t even born in that planet. From what I gathered during the Demon Immortal Sect, that he comes from the fourth mountain (Victory East?).

    1. It’s actually the exact opposite. Deus ex machina is when something improbable is introduced to fix a problem with the plot. In this case, he’s had the eternal stratum for hundreds of chapters.

      It’s all part of a grand plot development, obvious to anyone, even people who don’t have eyes to see Mt. Taishan.

      Meng Hao gets the eternal stratum because Xu Qing saves him. Then he uses it to save Xu Qing. Duh.

      1. Deus Ex Machina… is NOT within the MC grasp. It’s coming from outside at a convenient time to save/destroy them all. It is the “God” like intervention.

        So, here the discrete Deus Ex Machina is more ALL the Northern Cultivators coming at Meng Hao exactly at the day of his wedding, and exactly when all the cultivators of the South are at one single spot.

        Now, regarding the eternal stratum, it is convenient. I agree. But with such repeated violence, only a troll can survive. So this kind of regenerative/healing power is almost a given. Either it’s within the MC skill, or it is an item or a friend. In any case, the MC has the power to survive (or revive) and solve everyone issue at the same time.

        It helps indeed to gives an extra touch of expectation and struggling.

        With such a narrative useful tool, the author can extend, the time where the MC is suffering, showing how great he is to bear this pain or how challenging it is to face this challenge (he can do it = he is the hero of the day). It is like a cook choosing the right temperature/pressure for the cooking. It is done for our reader’s pleasure and excitment. The food is the result of this process…

        This brings the point to what it means to be an hero.
        – Having (barely) the skill to face the challenge
        – Having made the choice of facing it
        – Then Suffering while holding out
        – Keeping the end in mind
        – With the right value/set of heart involved (love here)
        And
        – Succeeding

        A classical example for such a suffering hero is Jesus Christ being killed (and resurrecting at the end, like Meng Hao did, by the way). Basically, every hero goes through his own set tribulation, whatever the culture or the story… He keeps up and win in the end (in a way or another).

        Same here with the MC. Meng Hao, to save his loved (ex?) future wife, his sect, his people, his land, he has to walk the path alone. And somehow, only him can do it.

        Basically, he is crucified. And he has NO other choice, if he wants to save her/them, etc.

        So, back to usefulness of the regenerative skill: The author does NOT want to finish it quickly and in one go. Like for example “Meng Hao dispelled the curse with… and everyone was saved ” (problem solved, but we, the readers, would feel cheated or bored).
        Instead, after throwing an unbearable challenge to the MC, while the MC character is struggling to hold out, his skill and his friends helping him… we, the readers, are enjoying the uncertainty that the author builds up with that MC’s skill/tool/asset. 😉

        1. There’s an issue with the affirmation you made of the eternal-stratum.
          Basically, Meng Hao cannot be portrayed as the classical hero you seem to paint him as, simply because he does not actually have anything to sacrifice. He’s practically on god-mode. There’s no tension or any severity to any form of decision he makes, on the personal level of Meng Hao, seeing as he cannot actually suffer any form of consequence.

          There’s no “End in mind”. He’s literally eternal. Being fully on god-mode, imo, just cheapens any form of action and consequence Meng Hao takes upon himself, seeing as he practically cultivated plot armor; And nobody can really feel any heroism (self-sacrifice) when the MC has an active plot armor ability.

      2. I thought it was just mt. Tai or Taishan, isn’t it sort of repetitive to call it mt. taishan when “shan” means mountain? Maybe I’m thinking too hard…

    2. Other than straight out calling it Deus ex machina, I find it odd how many times the narrative asserts that, indeed, Meng Hao has the eternal-stratum, and Meng Hao was restored thanks to his Eternal Stratum, and he didn’t die because of his Eternal Stratum.

      We get it, surely by now we get it.

      1. You literally want him to hex a curse. Demon sealing hex has been said to seal anything alive but as far as things not alive that hasn’t been shown. Immortals, demons, mortals they can all be sealed as said by the 8th generation demon sealer if I remember correctly. Also even if it worked how long would the hex even work 1 breath?

    1. well outside of the Southern Domain, Meng Hao is probably a nobody. After all he only become so famous in the SD recently, by that time they already started their plan.

  3. “He was clearly not affected by the curse! He wasn’t born in the lands of South Heaven! But his physical body… is actually… so powerful that he can can affect the Hellwither curse by himself!”
    Shouldn’t it be, he wasn’t born in the lands of Southern Domain?

    1. Probably you know, though it does make me think. Are Xu Qing and the rest being affected because The State of Zhao was considered part of the Southern Domain or does it stretch further than that.

      1. Yes it said that the curse would affect her the most in her situation it’s the reason why haoer is absorbing it. Hao was born in the eastern lands which is now proven since he wasn’t affected by the curse. Zhao was a part of southern domain it looks like.

  4. Hmm, Meng Hao must really not have been born in the Southern Domain… which isn’t surprising at this point. I was thinking it was because the State of Zhao was not in the Southern Domain anymore, but Xu Qing is affected… unless it’s because she’s sort of been reborn now?

      1. Piledriver commented this on chapter 767

        Pardon me. I dig a little and found out it’s possible and indirectly implied.

        In chapter 624, Zhixiang said the following:

        “The augury of the almighty members of the Sect, which came at the expense of generations of accumulated skill, indicated that the successor of Lord Li would rise up from Planet East Victory. Only a few people within the Sect know of this.”

        Then in chapter 765, his father said:

        “Just wait a little bit longer, Lili,” the man murmured. He trembled, and gripped the column next to him until his knuckles turned white. “Can’t you just wait a bit longer…? We suffered untold hardships to bring him here and give him a chance to live. Once he reaches Dao Seeking, then the danger will be past. Dao Seeking, that’s all.”

        Notice the phrase “bring him here”. Just connect the dots and viola. ”

  5. I feel like the people asking the question responded to have just completely forgot the many many hints that have been given throughout the story. At this point (even before this battle) its pretty clear that Meng Hao is from planet East Victory.

    some hints include the prophecy given to the demoness that meng hao worked with in the demon immortal sect (li’s successor comes from EV) and conversations bewteen his parents (promise to take him to the lands of east victory after he grows to a certain point)

    maybe im reading this all wrong, but i really dont think so, it feels clear

    Edit: i just realized xnecro said this before me rip

  6. Thanks for the chapter!

    Well, guess the back of a turtle still counts as part of the southern domain. Too bad MH couldn’t a thrown that one incense back to the northern reaches… I’m expecting 5th level of the magic before the end.

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  8. Noooooooo!
    Where is my promised ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE??
    WHERE?

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    Thank you for the chapter!

  9. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, anonpuffs, Madam Deathblade, Lingson, Courtrecords, GNE, joeljbright, Azusky, Teemu Joensuu, Michael Michalczyk, Caleb Gleason, Kirkion, Nathaniel Charles, Kevin Le, Monty St John, Antony Coe, Remco Schimmel, Abu, Michael Q, Ng Inn Shan, Joel F, and Er Gen!

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