ISSTH – Book 5 – Chapter 771

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Chapter 771: Let Me Rest a Bit

An incredible silence suddenly filled the entire battlefield. After that, killing intent exploded up into the Heavens.

“KILL THEM!!” Hundreds of thousands of cultivators charged madly toward the Milky Way Sea, towards the hundreds of thousands of withering Northern Reaches cultivators.

The war… had begun!

Meng Hao left. And yet, not a single Southern Domain cultivator felt even the slightest bit upset because of that. They had attended Meng Hao and Xu Qing’s wedding, as well as the invasion of the Northern Reaches. They had also experienced the Hellwither Nineruins curse.

They only thing they felt regarding Meng Hao was sorrow, as well as hope that he would eventually have the strength to continue on.

A huge massacre unfolded on the border of the Southern Domain.

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Meng Hao held Xu Qing; both were still wearing their red wedding garments. He held her in his arms, and she leaned up against his chest. A dark aura surrounded Meng Hao, and his body was incredibly withered. Tears filled his eyes, and his heart was torn to pieces. He felt as if he was being continuously stabbed with countless sharp blades.

A black aura also appeared on the withered Xu Qing. She had already died once, and although her body had been restored, it was only meant to survive for a hundred years.

The remaining ten percent power of the curse might not affect others very much, but to Xu Qing, well… it was something her body couldn’t handle.

The remaining ten percent of the curse power was like exponential time power. Within only a few days, she would live out an entire lifetime.

Xu Qing suddenly forced her eyes open to look at her husband as he held her. He was the most dear and important person in her entire life. Her voice weak, she said, “I want… to go back to the valley.”

She didn’t want Meng Hao to be unhappy, nor did she want to see him hurt even the smallest bit. She wanted to be happy with him forever, with no pain, and no sadness.

No matter what, as long as you are safe and sound, then I’m content.

“Alright, let’s go back….” said Meng Hao with a nod. His heart trembled as he looked at her. He didn’t want his grief to affect her, so a warm smile appeared on his face.

Except, it was a smile that was filled with silent tears.

“You did the right thing,” she murmured. “They came to attend our wedding, and we shouldn’t let the guests be harmed. We owe them now…. In the future, if I’m not here, make sure to pay everyone back.” With that, she sunk into his chest exhaustedly and closed her eyes.

When she closed her eyes, Meng Hao stopped in place. After sensing that she was simply unconscious, he felt that he could finally unleash his grief. He looked up into the sky… and tears began to pour out.

He didn’t want to alarm Xu Qing, so he held her very gently as they proceeded off into the distance. They passed over mountains and lands until they reached the Blood Demon Sect, Blood Prince Gorge, and their log cabin.

He went to seek advice from Patriarch Blood Demon, but the Immortal’s cave was sealed with a blood-colored shield, preventing him from entering. Patriarch Blood Demon was asleep, and incapable of awakening.

Back in the valley, Meng Hao held Xu Qing, and his heart ached. Straightening her hair, he softly said, “We agreed to spend a hundred years together. After that you would be reincarnated, and I would go find you….”

Xu Qing opened her eyes and smiled at him. What she didn’t see was that when he stroked his hand through her hair, it was filled with withered strands of hair that had fallen out.

Meng Hao saw, and he trembled. He quickly clenched his fingers, causing the hairs to vanish.

Xu Qing’s face was pale. Her hair, like her life, was withering away. Her face was also slowly changing. She was no longer young and beautiful. Wrinkles were spreading out across her face.

The flow of time affected her body in a way that made it seem as if many years had elapsed.

As Meng Hao watched her pretty features growing older, he felt as if he didn’t have a heart anymore. All he had was a feeling of emptiness, as if a painful black hole existed within his chest.

Xu Qing looked at the night sky, and the twinkling stars. Her voice soft, she murmured, “I wish… we could go back in time to the Reliance Sect. I could be your Elder Sister in the sect and you could be my Junior Brother….

“I would take you to meet my family. I remember that before I was taken to the sect, I had a younger brother….

“I wish… I could be with you forever….” She was growing weaker. She closed her eyes and slept.

Meng Hao could tell that Xu Qing’s life force was reaching its end. Her fleshly body was withered, and it seemed as if it might vanish at any moment. She had no energy left, like a candle in the wind….

Xu Qing was aging. She no longer appeared to be in her twenties, but rather, middle-aged. However, to Meng Hao, she would eternally be that beautiful young woman to whom he had once given a Cosmetic Cultivation Pill.

“I won’t let you wither away,” he said softly. “We agreed to spend a hundred years together, and we will!” Eyes filling with a flame of unprecedented decisiveness, he reached down to stroke her cheek.

After a long moment, he closed his eyes briefly, then reopened them and extended his right index finger. From the look of it, it was now the only part of his body that hadn’t been affected by the withering. That was because… it contained what little remained of his Eternal stratum.

He carefully sliced a cut into his finger and slowly squeezed out a few drops of blood onto Xu Qing’s lips, blood which contained his Eternal stratum.

Her lips turned the color of blood, and it almost seemed they they were the only part of her body that had any color. It formed a stark contrast to her ashen skin. As the blood seeped into her mouth, her face suddenly wasn’t old any more.

Meng Hao, on the other hand, trembled, and his body withered up a bit more. His Eternal stratum was now weakened, but in his heart, he felt hope.

However, after three days passed, Meng Hao realized that his Eternal stratum could not prevent Xu Qing from withering. Finally, he started laughing bitterly.

Xu Qing’s hair was now mostly white, and her face looked middle-aged. She was skinny, and no longer beautiful like she used to be. However, the warmth in her eyes, and the curve of her smile, were things that Meng Hao would never forget.

Finally, she smiled and prevented Meng Hao from using any more of his Eternal stratum blood. It hurt her heart to see him doing such a thing, even more so than the thought of her imminent death.

“Just stay with me,” she said. “Until the end. Take me to be reincarnated…. That’s good enough.

“We agreed to a whole lifetime. So, it’s just like… I’m going to sleep for a bit. When I wake up, I’ll see you there. Right…?”

“Absolutely!” said Meng Hao, his voice quavering.

Days passed, and Xu Qing grew older. The time she remained awake every day lessened. Most of the time, she slept.

Meng Hao stayed by her side, and didn’t take even half a step outside of the valley. He held her the entire time, held her in a way that said he never wanted to let her go.

As for his own body, as the days passed, the Eternal stratum gradually awoke and began to restore him. Even as the curse power was slowly expelled from within, Xu Qing continued to grow weaker.

Meng Hao tried every method possible to reverse the fading of Xu Qing’s life force, all to no avail. He hated that his cultivation base wasn’t high enough, and even more so, he hated the cruelty of the Northern Reaches curse.

His heart was already Devilish, but he had been suppressing it, almost as if with shackles. But now… the shackles began to loosen….

He could do nothing but watch over Xu Qing. He watched as her hair turned white, and her youth disappeared. She went from being middle-aged to being elderly. Although he could have changed her out of the red wedding dress, he didn’t, and she still wore it.

At one point she forced her eyes open to look at him, but they were cloudy, and she couldn’t see him clearly. “Chu Yuyan is a good girl,” she murmured. “I told her that I can only stay with you for a hundred years, and that she should help me take care of you.

“Song Jia isn’t bad either….”

Meng Hao didn’t say anything. He looked at her, his eyes filled with grief as he slowly caressed her wrinkled face. What he saw was her former beautiful face that had changed in only a few days as he held her.

By now, the Devil in Meng Hao’s heart was unshackled and awakening….

In those few days that passed, great changes occurred outside in the Southern Domain. In the battle on the shore of the Milky Way Sea, the hundreds of thousands of Northern Reaches cultivators all died. The Milky Way Sea was stained red with blood.

Then the second wave of the Northern Reaches’ forces arrived. The hundreds of thousands of Southern Domain cultivators began to retreat. The battlefield grew from the border of the Southern Domain, to engulf fully half of the entire continent.

Fierce fighting raged every day. Among the hundreds of thousands of Northern Reaches cultivators were seven Dao Seeking experts, which made it virtually impossible for the Southern Domain to hold their ground. They were constantly forced into retreat.

All of the Southern Domain’s cultivators were mobilized. It didn’t matter the sect or clan, everyone was called into action for this war of life or death!

It was without a doubt a fight to the death. The Northern Reaches’ invasion was not one in which surrender was sought. They wanted the complete annihilation of the Southern Domain cultivators’ foundation. Furthermore, because of the casualties suffered by the initial wave of attackers, the Northern Reaches cultivators harbored an even more intense and deep-seated hatred for the Southern Domain than they had in the beginning.

No one would rest until the other side was dead!

Sects were laid to waste and one clan after another was left in ruins. Eventually, the war focused on six different fronts. It was as if six mighty arrows had been shot from the Northern Reaches directly into the Southern Domain.

The third and fourth fronts eventually overlapped, and became the location of the largest concentration of cultivators. Hundreds of thousands of Southern Domain cultivators were there, as was the main force of the Northern Reaches army. The carnage was never ending, and the Southern Domain was in a state of constant retreat.

Severe casualties were inflicted every day, and bloody paths strewn with corpses stretched across the land.

Several days later, over half of the hundreds of thousands of Southern Domain cultivators in the third and fourth fronts were dead. The remaining 200,000 were now falling back to the Blood Demon Sect.

A final line of defense was being set up outside the Blood Demon Sect to resist the Northern Reaches’ murderous assault.

Rumbling filled the battlefield, along with miserable screams and the sound of fierce combat. The colorful lights of divine abilities filled the air, and the ground quaked.

The Northern Reaches had come with giants the size of mountains, who wielded enormous wolf-tooth clubs. They charged onto the battlefield in the vanguard, and even when their bodies had been covered with bloody wounds, they continued their awful massacre. Then there were the countless wild beasts and innumerable evil spirits that accompanied the hundreds of thousands of Northern Reaches cultivators. They were a powerful force of destruction that crushed everything in their path.

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109 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 5 – Chapter 771” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. there isn’t a translator who holds a candle to deathblade ive read many many novels and no one pulls out chapter after chapter like you do. in fact if i was a women this would be like a husband who is getting me 2-3 handbags a day. kyaaaaaaaa XD

    thanks for the chapters!!!!

  2. Who the F*CK is Song Jia? She’s had dogshite interaction with Meng Hao. Other girls are way more “deserving” than her.

    But Xu &Chu Yuyan are definitely the only “worthy” ones tbh.

    1. Song Jia is the girl who got her life turned upside down when Meng Hao messed it up. Who has not been able to marry anyone for almost 300 years. Who had her family turn on her and basicly treat her like a stranger while they where afraid of her.
      Along with the fact that her caracter was described as the most kindhearted of any of the girls we have seen.

      She had dogsh*t interaction with Meng Hao… Yea who the hell is to blame for that? He shit around under the damn sea for 200 years. And messed around with all sorts of things. It was Meng Hao who pushed himself on her. So talking about deserving… If there is any caracter who deserve to get Meng Hao’s time. Who deserve to have things made right, it is damn well her. -.-

      1. Damn right. Song is the pure victim here. If not because MC chimp out around her clan, Song has already got married long ago. Now song is nothing more than a bird in a cage

      2. Let’s remember that song jia barely had more interactions with meng hao than xu qing did. This author is utterly incapable of building up a relationship and just suddenly says that “this is the case because I say so” without giving enough reasons for it to happen.

  3. Two months. I was out for two whole months. And I haven’t read ISSTH since then.. I’m binge reading right now to catch up to the latest chapter.
    And now that I’m back…. I’m being welcomed by a tear-jerking chapter… (T^T)

    A late “Thanks” Patriarch Deathblade =) !

      1. When you need to fill in the characters entire personality and create a false history between the mc and her, I don’t think it can be referred to as “good”.

    1. Yep, this author is extremely untalented when it comes to romance. It shows up in just about all of his novels, the love interest is always one of the least likeable girls and there’s never any gradual progression and the entire relationship just feels forced and artifical. Then there’s the part where the mc wants to give up everything for the girl and even die with her, wow, some willpower there if you can’t even keep going for your goals if some girl died. Oh, and the mc also adds more and more girls that can be considered at somewhat likeable, but all of them, who fall in love with the mc and is endlessly devoted for years upon years upon years, all gets their hearts broken and the mc doesn’t even give a sh*t.

      There’s a lot more that is bad about this romance, but I’d have to write an essay dozen of pages long before I can mention it all… It also gets worse and worse as the story gets along. At this point, the only thing I can do is skip most of the romance scenes and every time the name “xu qing” is mentioned, I just skip that entire dialogue, otherwise it’d be impossible to keep reading, heh.

  4. People were dying and he was just chilling with his worst waifu choice? So irresponsible, considering that he’s the reason for this whole mess in the first place.

    1. Yep, indeed. Romance is horrible, his choices are horrible and his attitude is horrible at everything concerning romance. This author sets a splendid example of what NOT to do with romance.

      “I won’t let you wither away,” he said softly. “We agreed to spend a hundred years together, and we will!” Eyes filling with a flame of unprecedented decisiveness, he reached down to stroke her cheek.
      After a long moment, he closed his eyes briefly, then reopened them and extended his right index finger. From the look of it, it was now the only part of his body that hadn’t been affected by the withering. That was because… it contained what little remained of his Eternal stratum.

      He even wastes most of his very sparse eternal stratum lifeblood which will likely affect him greatly later on… for what? A few more days of life for her when she’s just going into the recycle machine anyway and will show up later on? Even if she got all those years back, it’d still be a complete waste. What does 100 years matter? Just let her get into the recycle machine already and get on with the plot, you can always kidnap her later on when she’s reborn.

      Really, the authors brains turns to mush whenever romance is involved. No, it’s not manly or cool that he tries to sacrifice himself and all that he is all the time. It’s just retarded. His choices are freaking retarded. If he was actually smart, he’d just let her go and then focus on what’s at hand, but instead he wastes and even screws up his chances in the battle ahead at a time like this when there’s more important stuff to do. He even f**ks up some of his chances at true immortality later on(which he needs to find her again) by offering up that extremely precious blood. I hate characters that can’t think straight when it comes to love, and sacrificing more doesn’t show that you love her more, if you loved her more, you’d take care of yourself and live on even if she died completely, because that’s what she’d want for you. Sure, you can go for almost sacrificing yourself for her if it’s possible, but when there’s no hope and you will die if you try, you might as well just live on, live for her… God dammit.

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