ISSTH – Book 6 – Chapter 902

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Chapter 902: The Fang Clan’s Dao of Alchemy

The Grand Elder didn’t think he had underestimated Meng Hao, but in the end… that is exactly what he had done.

To the Grand Elder, Meng Hao was simply a member of the Junior generation. However intelligent he might be, he was still just a Junior.

He could never have imagined that Meng Hao had cultivated Time magic, and that because of his unbridled persistence, would need only half a month to sift through the vast clan histories and piece together random clues into the truth!

The two Nirvana Fruits were exactly what Meng Hao had speculated; items belonging to the first generation Patriarch that had been left behind as precious treasures. However, one clan member after another had suddenly died while trying to absorb them. Eventually, they became something like taboo objects.

30,000 years ago, the clan had clamped down on all information regarding the two Nirvana Fruits, and they had been put into long-term storage in the Ancestral Treasure Pavilion. Despite being objects from that first generation Patriarch, they were completely useless.

Nowadays, it was possible that there were a few people in the clan who knew that one of the Patriarchs had left Nirvana Fruits behind, but it would be easier to find a phoenix feather or a qilin horn than to find someone who remembered about those clan members suddenly dying.

Not even Meng Hao’s father would be aware of such a thing.

Were it not for Meng Hao’s suspicious nature, and his ability to use his Time magic to determine the true age of the Nirvana Fruits, then even if he did search through the clan histories, he would never have been able to detect all of the random, inconspicuous clues that he had.

“Well then, what about MY Nirvana Fruits,” he thought. “Are they still around… or not?” He looked down at the jade box, a complicated expression on his face. As of now, Meng Hao realized that all of the spectators who had looked on as the Grand Elder handed him the jade box must have thought that the Nirvana Fruits really did belong to him.

Sometimes, if everyone believes something to be true, then the matter basically becomes true, and cannot be changed.

After a long moment of thought, Meng Hao looked down at the two Nirvana Fruits, and his eyes began to glitter.

“In terms of value, these two Patriarch’s Nirvana Fruits are surely priceless…. Based on all the clues I pieced together, those clan members who suddenly died all ended up as desiccated corpses, as if their life force had been sucked away.

“From the look of it, the Nirvana Fruits can’t be restored simply by feeding them some Spirit Elixir as the Grand Elder suggested. Doing that will probably only revive them temporarily. Absorbing them during that period of brief restoration will most certainly lead to death.

“That’s because fundamentally, they are still dry and withered. Unless…. I can truly and completely restore them. Perhaps… then I actually could absorb them.

“Of course, there must have been clan members who came to that same conclusion, and yet they also failed. Perhaps my line of thinking is just as flawed as theirs…. In that case, perhaps it’s simply impossible to gather enough Spirit Elixir to restore them completely!

“If that’s the case, then there are two possibilities. One is that not even the Fang Clan… can afford the terrifying wastage of resources that would be required to get enough medicinal plants. After all, the supply of medicinal plants is not infinite. Perhaps it’s really impossible to restore the Nirvana Fruits completely, even if you use substitute ingredients in the Spirit Elixir.

“Even more likely than that possibility is the second possibility. Perhaps these Nirvana Fruits were withered from the very moment they were created.” Meng Hao’s eyes flickered for a moment, after which he patted his bag of holding to produce the copper mirror.

“There’s always the chance that I really could restore the Nirvana Fruits to a state of completeness!” Meng Hao was panting, and a strange gleam could be seen in his eyes. Then he thought about his beloved spirit stones, and he gritted his teeth in hesitation.

“There are plenty of Chosen in the Ninth Mountain and Sea, and in the future, I should have plenty of chances to bleed them dry of spirit stones. But if I could restore these two Patriarchs’ Nirvana Fruits, then absorb them… then it would be the greatest good fortune I could get here in the Fang Clan!

“Time to go to where they concoct pills around here!” As of this moment, a gleam of determination could be seen in Meng Hao’s eyes.

The next day at dawn, he walked out of his residence to find that Fang Xi was nowhere to be seen.

In the end, Fang Xi felt that he had made great strides in his gift of the tongue, and was ready to graduate to the next level. Therefore, he had decided to test his debating abilities out on the masses.

The meat jelly and the parrot, claiming that it was time to test him out, had gone along to supervise.

The courtyard was silent as Meng Hao transformed into a beam of light and flew toward the direction of the clan’s Pill Concocting Quarter.

The Fang Clan was an enormous clan, so they naturally had their own Dao of alchemy, and had set up their own Dao of Alchemy Division. Every cultivator there was drawn from the Fang Clan itself, and no matter what bloodline they came from, once they were inducted they belonged solely to the Dao of Alchemy Division.

The clan’s Dao of Alchemy Division was set up outside the ancestral mansion, in its own area. It was almost like a sect, with mountains winding about in all directions, dotted with various pavilions and buildings. Radiant light shone up into the air, and the place pulsed with energy.

The Dao of Alchemy Division was made up of more than 100,000 alchemists, ensuring that the aroma of medicinal pills would always waft about and never disperse. It was always possible to see the colorful aura of medicinal pills, which was beautiful beyond compare.

The Fang Clan’s Dao of Alchemy Division had a strict division of ranking among alchemists. It was not like the Violet Fate Sect, which simply divided the higher levels into Furnace Lords and Violet Furnace Lords. In the Fang Clan, the alchemists were organized into nine tiers.

Tier 9 was the absolute peak, whereas tier 1 was the level for novices. Underneath the alchemists were vast numbers of apprentice alchemists, roughly 1,000,000 in total.

When practicing cultivation, medicinal pills were an absolute necessity. That was even more true in the Immortal Realm, in which cultivators cultivated boundless Immortal qi. There simply wasn’t enough Immortal qi in the Ninth Mountain and Sea to support all of the cultivators, which meant that they needed to rely on the assistance of the power of plants and vegetation within medicinal pills to condense the vast amount of Immortal qi that they needed.

Because of that, alchemists occupied a very lofty position. Of course, not every clan member was gifted in the Dao of alchemy; people with such talent were not common. This was especially true of tier 6 alchemists, who were quite rare. When it came to tier 9 alchemists, there was only one in the entire Fang Clan, and he was referred to as Pill Elder.

For the most part, he only concocted pills for the clan Patriarchs who were in secluded meditation for long periods of time.

From the moment Meng Hao flew out of the ancestral mansion, he could see the mountains that made up the Fang Clan’s Dao of Alchemy Division. As he neared, he could sense a terrifying spell formation that had been set up to block the entrance to the mountains, so he produced his jade identity plaque, whereupon the spell formation flickered. After confirming Meng Hao’s identity, bright light spread out over him, stimulating his blood flow. Finally, he was allowed to enter.

The aroma of medicinal pills washed over Meng Hao, and he felt enlivened. It was a very familiar scent, and it instantly made him recall the Violet Fate Sect. He took a deep breath, and immediately began to analyze what different medicinal plants he could detect in the air, and how they had been blended together.

When it came to the Dao of alchemy, even Pill Demon had to admit that Meng Hao exceeded him. His pill concocting skill had reached a terrifying level.

Mountains could be seen in all directions, and Meng Hao could sense the aura of numerous alchemists. There was also the heat of Earthly fire, making the entire place quite hot. He could see alchemists moving about to and fro among the mountains, although it was more common to see apprentice alchemists in their unique jackets, flying back and forth in beams of colorful light between the various regions that comprised the Dao of Alchemy Division.

“I wonder what the alchemists here are like…?” thought Meng Hao, his eyes gleaming with anticipation.

Clearly, the Grand Elder had made arrangements in advance, because as soon as Meng Hao entered the Dao of Alchemy Division, a middle-aged man flew toward him from a nearby mountain. He landed in front of Meng Hao and then looked him over, sizing him up.

“You’re Fang Hao? The one with the 30,000 meter Bloodline Gatebeam?” The man wore a long green robe, and his expression was one of arrogance. The collar of his robe was embroidered with five golden dragons, indicating that he was a tier 5 alchemist.

Meng Hao nodded.

“I really don’t know what the Grand Elder was thinking,” said the man, looking at Meng Hao a bit impatiently. “It doesn’t matter you have a 30,000-meter Bloodline Gatebeam, this is the Dao of Alchemy Division. If you want to study pill concocting, having a strong bloodline won’t help you one bit.

“You need to be gifted in the Dao of alchemy to study pill concocting. Can you concoct pills?”

This question caused Meng Hao to hesitate. The Dao of alchemy was vast and limitless, so he wouldn’t dare to say that he thoroughly understood pill concocting.

“I understand something about it,” he responded.

“Something?” The man didn’t seem too pleased. He himself had been immersed in the Dao of alchemy for many years, and the more he understood about it, the more he realized how boundless it was. Even an entire lifetime of hard work was not enough to grasp a tiny a corner of it. If someone asked him how much he knew, he would never dare to say that he knew ‘something.’ At most he would say that he understood ‘a bit.’

And yet this young man standing in front of him, a Chosen with a 30,000-meter Bloodline Gatebeam, actually dared to say that he understood ‘something’ about the Dao of alchemy. Obviously, he knew nothing!

“How many years did you spend formally studying pill concocting?” the man asked coldly, his expression even more displeased than before.

Meng Hao hesitated for a moment and then said, “In terms of formal studying, I guess a little more than a year….”

The man’s face darkened, and he impatiently threw a bag of holding toward Meng Hao.

“Inside, you’ll find the formula for the Spirit Extract that the Grand Elder wanted you to have, plus ten sets of medicinal plants.” The man then waved his hand and sent a wooden placard in his direction.

“Concocting Spirit Extract is much simpler than concocting pills. Just follow the description in the formula and you’ll be able to concoct it with no problem. If it’s too difficult for you, find an apprentice alchemist to make it for you. If you want to study the Dao of alchemy, you need to start by learning to identify medicinal plants. Take that placard to Alchemy Lodge Peak #7191. Study there for about a hundred years, then come back and find me.” With that, the man turned, took about seven or eight steps, then stopped and looked back.

“Don’t forget,” he said, “the Dao of alchemy is vasty and mighty. In the future, if someone asks you about it, don’t give such a wildly arrogant answer. You think that after studying for a year you can know ‘something’ about the Dao of alchemy?!

“Furthermore, your 30,000-meter Bloodline Gatebeam doesn’t mean anything here. Here, you’re not a Chosen, you’re just a regular clan member. If you don’t have the natural talent, then there’s no need to stick around here wasting the clan’s resources! Just go back to wherever you came from!”

Having finished reprimanding Meng Hao, the man turned and transformed into a beam of light that shot off into the distance.

Meng Hao smiled wryly. He felt that his answer had been quite appropriate, but it had ended up irritating the man. Meng Hao scanned the bag of holding with divine sense, then pulled out the formula. He looked it over, and found that the Spirit Extract really was incredibly simple to concoct. One didn’t need to be an alchemist to concoct it; even an apprentice alchemist could do so.

However, the medicinal plant ingredients were quite expensive, including some medicinal plants that were considered quite rare on Planet South Heaven.. There were enough sets of ingredients to produce ten batches of Spirit Extract.

There was one plant that only had three leaves, and emitted Immortal qi.

“Three Immortals Leaf!” he thought, his eyes glittering. Seeing that particular plant helped him understand exactly what resources were at the disposal of the Fang Clan’s Dao of Alchemy division.

“If I can have access to plants like Three Immortals Leaf, that means this Dao of Alchemy Division is like a Holy Land!” Meng Hao’s eyes glittered, and his breathing sped up a bit. He actually wasn’t sure exactly what level his Dao of alchemy had reached. After all, when it came to many of the medicinal pills that were frequently used to gauge the strength of someone’s Dao of alchemy, he had always lacked some of the key ingredients, and had never had the chance to concoct them.

“Well, I might as well go see how strong my Dao of alchemy is in comparison to the Fang Clan’s Dao of alchemy!” Clutching the wooden placard in his hand, he followed the map toward Alchemy Lodge Peak #7191.

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70 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 6 – Chapter 902” - NO SPOILERS

    1. Not really, he wont get there so quickly, at most he will start with lvl 6 or 7 and reach lvl 8 in the end, and he no longer have the resurrection Lilly to boost him up. And in the immortal world the power of the resurrection lily is limited.
      I’d be surprised if Er Gen make him reach level 9, because that old geezer has probably been in alchemy for several thousand of years, and sometimes talent can’t beat experience and Meng Hao learned that in the violet sect itself.

      1. Actually, he has the support of the lily, bc he absorbed the potential of the lily when dongliu trapped it in a picture and he even has it as his spirit servering object

        1. To be a level 9 you probably must be able to concot pills for high end immortals like the patriarch not the elders and Meng Hao can’t even grasp the cultivation base of the elders, much less concoct pills for them and forget about patriarchs then. So logic tells me that his talent will maybe of lvl 9 but his cultivation base won’t let him reach that level, because concocting pills is not cooking if you try to concoct a pill that surpassed your cultivation base by far it might kill you or cripple you if you are lucky to survive.

          1. you forget he has experience with making pills from nothing. that is a huge experience, even in the davits society those who can make pills out of nothing is rare.

          2. Even though he has ability of concocting pills from nothing, I doubt that the alchemists from fang clan don’t know how to do so as well . They probably learn it in tire 7 or something.

  1. Thanks for the chapter!

    Bet he’s at least a lv 6 one… Either way, can’t wait for that elder to have to eat his words. Definitely looks like an exciting arc.

  2. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, anonpuffs, Madam Deathblade, Courtrecords, GNE, Lingson, joeljbright, Shu, and Baby Deathblade! Heh Grandmaster Pill Cauldron about to make a name for himself on Planet East Victory.

  3. I almost squee’d when I realized it was another Alchemy arc.

    Volume 3 where he was learning and practicing alchemy was by far my favorite, despite the many laughs and feels I got from other chapters and arcs. It was in fact what convinced me to stick around reading ISSTH and the mention of pill concocting in a review I believe was what led me to give the series a chance at a time when not many series had pill concocting in them although now it seems the “new” thing. I can’t wait to see him harangue another “knowledgeable” elder concerning their lack of understanding and his personal Dao of Alchemy.

      1. Not really, coz south heaven is an isolated planet, news almost never came out of there. Meng Hao shake the entire Ninth Mountain several time with every severing and Noone knew what was the cause.

  4. Ah man i really hope this alchemy arc has some originality from the previous alchemy arc. I will be real bummed out if its just a reskin arc with just higher level understanding of the dao of alchemy. What i mean by this is hopefully we dont have to sit through the standard

    Steps:
    1. Meng Hao keeps low profile
    2. Doesn’t reveal any of his talent/progress until a pill he makes cannot be covered up by something like tribulation lightning
    3. Starts to become famous but higher level alchemists challenge him to debates
    4. Higher level alchemist loses debate and challenges to pill making
    5. Higher level alchemist loses to Meng Hao in pill making but doesnt accept it and tries to cause trouble for him.
    6. Patriarch of the alchemy division holds a competition to become his disciple.
    7. Meng Hao wins but everyone is still disgruntled until Meng Hao does something extroadinary.

    Would be nice if we could skip the first 2 steps and go right into the challenges if this is going to be a reskinned arc but with higher level alchemists

    1. No, meng hao already have master called pill demon, he won’t be disciple to someone called pill elder… It’s like a step down…

      Maybe if pill elder change his name to pill demon king or pill God…

      1. Yea hopefully it is different. I hate when authors do rinse repeat arcs especially in this genre where at times you see rinse repeat arcs but usually one when the MC is weaker and then a very similar arc when they are stronger/have more insight.

    2. Gotta tell you that MH has been assessed by the alchemist elder since he didn’t sent just anyone to meet MH but a lvl 5, which is way to give him face, an alchemist who has been in the dao of alchemy for ages will know another alchemist at ine glance , so reread the chapter if you think I’m wrong.

      1. Hmmm….I thought the level 5 alchemist was arranged for Meng hao by the Grand Elder…..I never read anywhere of Meng hao coming in contact with the Pill Elder. Also, I think the only way a person’s dao of alchemy can be found is through discussion and pill concocting skills(cultivation base doesn’t matter as much as your day)….For example the patriarch of Violet Sect was a disciple to Pill demon(Violet East)….yet his dao of alchemy was lower than Meng hao’s.

  5. Here questions that bugging me, why the founder left those 2 Nirvana fruits, shouldn’t he absorb those fruit himself to power-up thus helping him to overcome his rival Ji more easily instead of “accepting” 2nd place in the 9th Mountains and Seas?
    If those are the only fruits (assuming founder did produced 4 and Meng Hao got 2) produces so far, how did the elders knew the effects? Unless founder did absorb 2 of 4 fruits he produced and leaving 2 more for his clan…

  6. Meatbun delivery~
    Thank you for the chapter ( ●w●)

    hehehe.. if your hundreds years of researching is less than what a random kid research for a year, that means you have to “Take that placard to Alchemy Lodge Peak #7191. Study there for about a hundred years, then come back and find me.”

  7. I don’t see a reason for people to think Meng Hao will be anything close to level 9. Resurrection Lily that couldn’t achieve True Immortal Ascension helped him when it came to pills for lowly ants that are called Dao Seeking/Spirit Severing/Nascent Soul experts. Her talent was probably not even close to achieve level 6. It won’t make him instant level 9. How the hell do you think his experience with those shitty pills for SPIRIT Realm is so relevant in creating pills for supreme IMMORTAL/ANCIENT Realm experts? Don’t make me laugh. And did I hear something about “quoting Grand Master Pill Cauldron” when debating Meng Hao? Grand Master Pill Cauldron is liquid shit in Dao of Alchemy, okay? He will become a true Grand Master in Kunlun Society, he has a lot of talent recognized by number 1 Alchemy Sect in 9th Mountain and Sea, but South Heaven’s “Grand Master” is NOT East Victory’s “Grand Master”. Or do people really think being able to create pills for Dao Seeking that is completely utter garbage in Fang Clan makes Meng Hao immediate level 8-9? Puh-lease. I understand enthusiasm, but I don’t understand those delusions.

    1. That’s right, and back in the violet sect, Meng Hao never concocted a spirit severing pill despite his talent being above everyone else, that’s because his cultivation base was too far below the spirit severing, he can create pills from nothing but that doesn’t mean those pill are good for everyone.
      I want Meng Hao to enlarge his view of alchemy one more time and not just come and become the top dog when 80% of the medicinal plant used here were just things of legend back in planet south heaven, so I’ll be happy to see him start from the bottom once again and shine once more.
      And the thing I like more is that he is in another jurisdiction of the Fang clan now and those haters can’t do nothing to hurt him when he start shinning or try to steal back those fruit.

    2. Dude I don’t know what others said but I’m certain of this: The resurrection lily doesn’t have ANYTHING to do with the actual concocting process. Its “talent” is just about recognizing medicinal plants and their uses and whatnot. We already know that Meng Hao knows more than million medicinal plants (and variations) so I doubt there will be any role for the resurrection lily anymore, it’s just a that it naturally recognizes other plants afaik.

      But, I agree that he shouldn’t be THAT talented when it comes to concocting immortal realm pills. I think he will have a little bit of talent though, simply because this is a new realm doesn’t negate his previous progress and in fact, I think he’s already at the absolute peak of the spirit realm alchemy.
      Naturally he will start with this new realm just like any stage of the cultivation, he definitely won’t jump to the 9th tier right off the bat though. (or even the 6th tier but that’s just a guess)

    3. I disagree, the Dao of alchemy doesn’t depend on cultivation. Even cultivators of higher realms will pay respects to accomplished alchemists. Meng Hao was able to concoct outstanding pills even using the Ancient Demon Immortal sect’s treasured ingredients. Remember, the Ancient Demon Immortal sect was on a whole new level above modern day Planet East Victory.

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

    Well, it’s time for some people’s feelings to get hurt. I wonder what that guy will say in the future?!

  9. That arrogant rank 5 if Papa Meng Hao or Mama Meng Hao heard that his head would separate out of his body with flying colors.
    Meng Hao you better attract heavenly tribulation lightning every single time you concoct pills.

    Thanks for the chapter

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