ISSTH – Book 6 – Chapter 888

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Chapter 888: Let Them Fly On Their Own!

As soon as the old white-colored beast saw Meng Hao appear back in the second level, he looked a bit surprised.

“Considering your cultivation base, you were doomed to fail,” he said, his voice echoing about. “And yet, you didn’t perish in there….” He looked deeply at Meng Hao, and when he noticed his tattered, charred clothing, his suspicions mostly vanished.

Meng Hao smiled wryly and shook his head, then took a deep breath.

“Senior, I was crude and rash. I thought that my cultivation base was different, and that I could give it a try. I never thought that, as you mentioned, I would fail…. Thankfully, I didn’t get too close, otherwise I would have ended up dead and buried in there.”

The old beast nodded, and Meng Hao clasped hands and bowed. The old beast did nothing to prevent Meng Hao from vanishing into the exit portal.

As for Lu Bai, he silently watched Meng Hao leave.

**

In a certain region outside the Ancient Dao Lakes, glittering light rose up as Meng Hao was teleported out of the underground world. His expression was one of excitement as he patted his bag of holding and took a deep breath.

“That fire spirit from the 3,000-meter region is a trump card I can use if I ever run into a dangerous situation involving someone at the peak of the Immortal Realm. Unfortunately, the fire isn’t eternal. I wonder how many times I’ll be able to use it? Not many, I’m sure.” With that, Meng Hao vanished.

Meng Hao appeared in many places throughout the Southern Domain over the following days. He went to many familiar places, including the Black Lands, where he visited many old friends.

The Western Desert was still, for the most part, covered by the Violet Sea, and was lifeless.

After bidding farewell to his friends in the Black Lands, he went to the place where he’d once encountered the being who had fought with the Heavens of Ji. When he got there, there was no trace of anyone present at all. 1

After that, he went to the Milky Way Sea, where everything was still and silent, a sharp contrast to how it had once been. It was in the Inner Ring was where he had seen the ancient ship to which he felt so much gratitude, the same ancient ship he had also seen in the Ruins of Immortality.

After circling about the Milky Way Sea, he went back to the Eastern Lands. Finally, he let out a long sigh as he realized that it really was time to depart.

“Fatty is now in the Paleo-Immortal Mausoleum, Elder Brother Chen Fan went to the Sublime Flow Sword Grotto, and Wang Youcai joined Moonset Lake…. Even all those Chosen I know from the Ji Clan have left to go to the Ninth Mountain.” These were all things Meng Hao had recently been told by his father.

All of the Chosen that he had known from the Southern Domain were either dead, gone, or far beneath him in terms of power. Most did not even qualify to meet his gaze.

“It’s really time to leave,” Meng Hao thought with a sigh. He was now walking through the Eastern Lands, past mountains and through plains, making sure that his memories of the lands of South Heaven were firmly implanted in his mind. One day, he found himself on the shore of a mighty river in the Eastern Lands, where he suddenly stopped in his tracks.

He had sensed a familiar aura, although it was incredibly faint. If he hadn’t been walking through this area, he would never have noticed it.

“This aura….” He looked at the river in front of him, which was considered the main river in the Eastern Lands. It divided the sub-continent in half, and actually flowed out from the Milky Way Sea.

The strangest thing was that this aura was not just familiar, it was incredibly familiar. It was… his own aura!

Muttering to himself, Meng Hao followed the traces of the aura until he found himself on a remote shore of the river. There were no people anywhere nearby, and evidence of wild animals could be seen.

At a certain point, he suddenly caught sight of an object on a shallow bank nearby that instantly caused him to stop in place and stare with wide eyes.

Time seemed to suddenly come to a standstill, and the world seemed to cease its rotation. Everything else in front of Meng Hao vanished, except for that one item, floating there in the water. It seemed as if it were something eternal, and quickly became the only thing he could see.

It was a bottle gourd.

It was stuck between two rocks, battered by the elements, having soaked in the river water for countless years. It was thoroughly dilapidated and apparently on the verge of rotting to pieces completely. It floated there quietly, as if it were waiting for someone to come along and pick it up.

Perhaps, were it not for the two rocks that kept it stuck in place, the bottle gourd would have floated away long ago. Perhaps… it would have made it to the Great Tang.

Meng Hao began to tremble. The bottle gourd looked ordinary, but it was something he would never be able to forget.

Back when he was a young scholar, he had yet again failed in the Imperial examinations, then stood atop Mount Daqing, where he wrote something on a slip of paper, stuck it in a bottle gourd, and threw it into the river at the bottom of the mountain. 2

That river had been said to flow all the way to the Eastern Lands, but Meng Hao had long since learned that it connected not to the Eastern Lands, but to the Milky Way Sea.

It was as if, over the years, there were some power that had guided the bottle gourd across the Milky Way Sea and all the way to the Eastern Lands, where it got stuck in this river.

Meng Hao stared at the bottle gourd with its familiar aura. He had never imagined that one day he would once again see this bottle gourd. He had assumed that it had long since sunk to the bottom of the river or the sea, or had been picked up by someone.

“I threw this bottle into the river before I began to practice cultivation. Now, just when I’m about to leave, I’ve run into it again….” He walked quietly over to the bottle-gourd, then bent down to pick it up.

It was rotting, and as he held it in his hand, he felt as if he didn’t even need to expend any effort to break it open.

“But how… could it possibly still be around after hundreds of years…? It’s just an ordinary bottle gourd. It should have vanished long ago.” After looking at it for a long moment, he uncorked the gourd. Inside, it was slightly damp, but there was no water. Meng Hao turned it upside down, and a rolled up strip of paper fell out.

When he saw the paper, an emotional expression of reminiscence appeared on his face. He thought back to the youthful version of himself, standing there on Mount Daqing, and the bellowing rage he had flown into after each time he failed the Imperial examinations.

He also thought about his life in Yunjie County, and all the things that had happened there.

He gingerly uncurled the strip of paper. Although the words were somewhat blurry, he was able to vaguely make out the grand aspiration that he had written down that year….

He looked at the piece of paper, and as he smiled, it seemed as if the bottle gourd no longer bore the weight of his desire, and it transformed into ash. The strip of paper also gradually disintegrated into tiny pieces that drifted through his fingers and vanished with the wind.

Meng Hao then felt that familiar aura fade away.

He stood there quietly for a moment, saying nothing. Finally, he closed his eyes. Time passed. One day after another went by, until an entire week passed. The river water flowed, the sun and moon rose and set. Birds and beasts scampered to and fro along the river bank.

Seven days later, Meng Hao opened his eyes, and they shone with enlightenment.

“There is a mysterious power in the world….” he murmured.

“And that power is desire.

“That ordinary bottle gourd was able to survive down to this day because it was sustained from within by my desire. As a cultivator, the desire that I had back then has grown stronger even as I have grown stronger, however far away the realization of it was.

“It was my own familiar aura which helped that bottle gourd… to survive all these years.

“After picking it up, the desire that had coalesced in the bottle gourd and the piece of paper vanished and returned into my hand. That is why it disappeared into Heaven and Earth.

“It’s similar to what Xie Yixian from the Burning Incense Stick Society said during our arena match. Burning Incense… coalesces the desires of all living things, and the cultivation of that desire is burning incense. 3

“I never imagined that I would be enlightened here regarding the power of burning incense.” After a moment he looked down at his hand, which he then waved.

Time seemed to move in reverse, as the drifting pieces of ash from seven days before suddenly reappeared. They transformed into a piece of paper, as well as the bottle gourd which had vanished.

Meng Hao’s expression was calm as he once again placed the strip of paper into the bottle gourd and tossed it into the river. As the water flowed, the bottle gourd bobbed up and down, drifting off into the distance.

“I still haven’t achieved what I desire, so how could I let that bottle gourd disappear…? Perhaps years from now, someone will find my bottle gourd and open it up to reveal my desire… and my aura….” As he watched the bottle gourd disappear into the distance, a faint smile broke out on his face.

“It’s time to leave,” he said. Taking a deep breath, he turned and, his expression one of determination, strode off into the distance. Eventually, he appeared up in the sky, where he became a beam of light that disappeared off into the distance.

One day later.

In the Fang Clan of the Eastern Lands, a huge teleportation portal had been set up in a rear courtyard. Glittering light rose up from the portal, next to which stood Meng Hao, his parents, and another middle-aged man.

The middle-aged man acted extremely respectfully toward Fang Xiufeng and Meng Li, and when he looked at Meng Hao, an emotional and loving expression could be seen.

“Hao’er,” said Fang Xiufeng, “this is your 19th Uncle. He’s my younger cousin and a member of our bloodline.”

Meng Hao clasped hands and bowed deeply.

19th Uncle laughed heartily and quickly straightened Meng Hao up from his bow. His expression of fondness only continued to grow deeper.

“You’re a good kid,” he said. “Wonderful, truly wonderful. When we get back to the clan, I hope that you can help me take care of my own son. He loafs around all day and is always a big headache.”

“The Fang Clan is on Planet East Victory, which is far away from Planet South Heaven,” said Fang Xiufeng, looking at Meng Hao with a serious expression. “With your cultivation base, you can’t travel directly through the stars. You will need two teleportation portals to get there. Your 19th Uncle has come here personally to escort you along the way.”

Meng Li stood next to Fang Xiufeng, clearly reluctant to part from Meng Hao. However, she knew that Meng Hao’s path lay among the stars, not on Planet South Heaven.

All she could do was start straightening up his luggage. Although he had a bag of holding, she had personally sewn some luggage for him. She straightened up his clothing, then looked over her son, tears welling up in her eyes.

“Mom,” he said softly, “don’t worry, I’ll be fine.”

“I can’t leave Planet South Heaven,” said Fang Xiufeng. “If you face any dangers out there, I can’t protect you. This crocodile can temporarily act as your Dao Protector, but in the end, you must watch out for yourself.” He waved his hand, causing the crocodile to emerge and obediently shrink down and descend onto Meng Hao’s palm, then scurry up into his sleeve. Fang Xiufeng continued quietly, “If you perish….

“Father will get revenge for you!”

Meng Hao and 19th Uncle stood in the teleportation portal. Soft light glittered out as Meng Hao looked at his parents standing outside of the portal. Suddenly, his eyes felt moist, and he dropped to his knees to kowtow three times to his parents.

“Dad, mom. I’m leaving now…. You don’t need to miss me or worry about me, I’ll come back to visit often.”

Rumble!

The light from the teleportation portal rose up into the air. In the moment before he vanished completely, Meng Hao waved at his parents.

Meng Li couldn’t hold the tears back any longer as she watched Meng Hao disappear. Her heart filled with worry, and in that brief moment, she grew older.

Fang Xiufeng seemed strong on the outside, but even his eyes grew blurry.

“The kids have grown up. We have to let them fly on their own.”

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  1. Meng Hao interacted with the being in the Black Lands in chapter 321
  2. The scene of Meng Hao tossing the bottle into the river happened in chapter 1
  3. The arena match with Xie Yixian was in chapter 876

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74 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 6 – Chapter 888” - NO SPOILERS

    1. Can someone explai to me what was said in chapter 885:
      “The Immortality Illumination Vine can definitely lead to true Immortal Ascension. However, it also cuts off the Spirit Realm, and all the advancement made therein. It’s a forced breakthrough.

      “The Chosen of the other sects build themselves up for years, restrict their cultivation bases until the critical moment, and then use Immortality Illumination Vines to instantly break through.

      “As for me, I’m currently at eighty percent of the power of a true Immortal. If I used the Immortality Illumination Vine to break through, I would become a true Immortal, but I would be stuck at eighty percent. That eighty percent would then become my one hundred percent.

      1. I would like to think of it like this, if you use a vine, you are forcibly advancing to the next level, a cheat of sorts. So if you are at peak of Dao Seeking with 50% of an immortal, that 50% power would be your max and you would never be able to achieve 100% immortal power (meridians). Thats why most chosen suppress their powers until they are able to obtain the immortal destiny or till they are at a desirable stage to use the vines.

        1. I think of it more as if you have 50% of a true immortal power and use a vine then each maridians after would be 50% of a true immortal.

          Meng hao wants a maridian that’s 100% of a true immortal and not use a vine because of the limitations towards his power.

          You could also use points if need be so if you had 50/100 and use a vine then each maridian afterwards would be 50/100 points.

        2. I though something along those lines, but then i remembered something from chapter 880 where a guy said that Zhao Yifan and Mang Hao will probably have 90 meridians and will need a hundred years to reach the peak. But then Zhao Yifan only hade the power of a 30 meridians Immortal and was about to reach Immortality.
          Also, with that theory, and if im not grossly misunderstanding something, upon using the vines you should be at your peak of Immortal power the secon you enter the stage.

          1. It is like when people go to foundation establishment from level 9 of the first phase. they can never go to level 10 and above. The same applies here.

          2. What Joyboy is essentially it, also reason they say cultivate fast is because they are true immortals, a false immortal which is a person who ties their destiny, life and death itself, to a true immortal to achieve immortality have a MUCH harder time advancing, and basically pretty much impossible to get very high.

    2. Did the Author forget the debt of Meng Hao which he made before he started cultivation???? He still has to repay the mortal coins to get better karma!!!!!!!!!!

  1. Time to re-claim his stuffs. And looking at how merry his 19th Uncle is it seems that what we feared about those fruits doesn’t happen. Well, his dad is a scary one for sure. The Fang Clan must be afraid to what could happen in 100.000 years if they mess with the fruits.

    I am the Ninth Commentator! I shall seal this comments!

    1. It’s possible his uncle isn’t aware the fruits have been given away. But I really hope Meng Hao can actually retrieve them. He has enough enemies already without having to get revenge on his entire clan.

      I’m also bummed we didn’t get a chance to see Lord Fifth meet the remnant left behind of Lord Fifth. Hopefully next time he goes there we will.

      1. I thougth as well that Lord Fifth would sag something like He knows this plays and that the white overseer beast would be forced to Part with a nice Dao Seeking item.
        ?

  2. Thanks for the chapter DeathBlade.

    Er Gen. Going back all the way to the beginning and making a forgetable and seemingly insignificant action the basis for Mega Elightenment.

    1. I swear he probably wrote I Shall Seal The Heavens.
      Meng Hao has said the term before when he literally used the demon sealing hex to “seal” the heavens

      mind teh grammar

  3. He said he’d seal unjust Heaven or that he’ll rule this whole damn place. Which will happen only by sealing the heavens. So yeah, it was all according to keikaku of Ai-… Meng Hao.

    Dao Fang? Dao Realm was one of the realms, right? But it was sealed but w/e. So Dao realm cultivator from Fang Clan? Or is it just a name? xd Maybe Dao is a title like “Paragon”.

    Patriarch Deathblade, is it the same “Fang” or one of shitton-illion others?

    I guess Meng Hao is not surprised, so it must be different. And Dao realm is cut off, so it’d be a big deal if Fang Clan actually had one.

      1. In Immortal Demon sect or whatchamacallit. Ke Yunhai was talking that Li sealed off Dao realm and immortality and that they cultivators cultivate to live longer. (bullshit. We all know, that what cultivators cultivate is confidence!) I believe it was also mentioned by one of those mysterious random powerful entities.

        It may have been a reason for Ji Tian to kill Lord Li. Lord Li had his reasons, Ji Tian didn’t agree with them, killed him to get to Dao Realm. Then probably sealed it off as well, because he’s a douche and he LOVES sealing lots of stuff like 10-12 Qi Condensation levels, Perfect Foundation, Perfect Golden Core and is very fond of nuking everything strong and dangerous with lightning bolts. Preferably hundreds of them. Creatures and pills included.

        Unless realms don’t go Spirit, Immortal, Ancient, Dao and I mistook it for something else.

        1. Think your wrong about the lightning part. Lord li severed dao realm, limited longevite.

          Lord fifth even stated “if you had full conciousness I wouldn’t even be able to contended with you but you now aren’t an issue to temprroraly delay you.” Or something like that, indicating the previous ruler (lord Li) sealed off perfect foundation and forbidin pills.

          1. Heavens and lightning are manifestation of (strand of) Ji Tian’s divine will, that’s why Fifth said “if you had full conciousness”. Heavens are an autopilot written by Ji Tian. I’m pretty sure he nukes pills and perfect stages. I don’t know or care if Li did it before him, strand of Ji’s divine will is doing it now anyway.

        2. I also thought perfection was sealed by Lord Li and enforced by Ji Tian. Ji Tian probably also knows why they had to be sealed because I don’t think Lord Li did it just for fun xD. Also, it was said that Lord Li went missing not that he was killed by Ji Tian.
          And during the Immortal Demon Sect arc, Meng Hao received a message from Lord Li saying that if Meng Hao could make it to where he (Lord Li) was, then he’d receive that complete scripture he was looking for. And at that time, Lord Li was able to notice that Meng Hao was not from that era. This implies that Lord Li is still alive somewhere but for some reason can’t leave…perhaps he’s in a similar situation to the Blood Demon?

    1. To what i know or think is Guiyiding Tri-rain on the back of old turtle Reliance.
      Because the “sea” (cant recap the Name ) was also in the state of Zhao.?

  4. I just love how he found the bottle and his piece of paper after so long to remind him of who he was…. Though this might not be as exciting or impactful as other moments in Meng Hao’s life and might not have been expanded by the author a lot, this moment still makes it to be one of my favorite scenes

  5. i wonder when its all said and done what did he write on that piece of paper, i feel that it could be as grand as something to do with the heavens, but i feel that its more than likely to do with taking money from everyone he can

    1. It has so far not been mentioned (it also wasn’t mentioned on chapter 1) but it seems to be related to lots and lots of money, seeing as how Haowie has such a phobia of not having money

  6. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, anonpuffs, Madam Deathblade, Courtrecords, GNE, Lingson, joeljbright, Shu, Baby Deathblade, sponsors, and Er Gen!

  7. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, anonpuffs, Madam Deathblade, Courtrecords, GNE, Lingson, joeljbright, Shu, and Baby Deathblade! Dang so he’s off to conquer another planet now.

  8. Thanks for the chapter,
    Really liked these last few chapters, tying up loose ends, reminiscing about past places.
    I thought he would go to the place where he broke through to foundation establishment and came across the eighth demon sealer’s vestige

  9. Did the Author forget the debt of Meng Hao which he made before he started cultivation???? He still has to repay the mortal coins to get better karma!!!!!!!!!!

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