ISSTH – Book 6 – Chapter 916

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Chapter 916: Lotuses With Each Step!

As time passed, a few people noticed that under normal circumstances, the fifth level would have already concluded. However, Meng Hao was still plugging away.

Apparently, the time limit had been cancelled, leaving Meng Hao free to spend as much time as he wanted there.

Slowly, the number of plants and vegetation he identified increased. Eventually, three days went by.

Meng Hao could never have imagined that he would need to spend so much time and energy on the fifth level. His eyes were bloodshot, and he felt that he was on the verge of mental exhaustion. However, he was still excited and his spirits were high.

Among the final twenty percent were many types of of the plants and vegetation that Meng Hao didn’t recognize. Each one required a great deal of time and energy to analyze and judge before he could identify some clues that would lead him into further levels of investigation. Eventually, he would get enough information to be able to create a divine sense imprint.

Detailed introduction on the plant would appear every time he made his imprint. That was what he truly looked forward to; he was like a dried-up sponge, just waiting to absorb boundless knowledge about plants and vegetation.

Three more days passed…. None of the audience members left, but instead settled themselves cross-legged in the area. Were these ordinary cultivators, they would probably find the affair boring. However, they were alchemists and apprentice alchemists, people who had devoted their lives to the Dao of alchemy. Watching Meng Hao’s examination on the screen enabled them to see medicinal plants that they might otherwise never be able to see, which was an incredible opportunity.

Everyone was imprinting the information into their minds, studying and learning.

More and more people joined the crowd. On the tenth day, there were nearly 300,000 people present, densely packed together as far as the eye could see.

On the fifth level, a tremor ran through Meng Hao’s body as he woke up from his reverie of plants and vegetation. There in front of him was the final page of the ancient book.

At that moment, all of his exhaustion from the past days enveloped him, and his head felt swollen and began to pulse with pain. To him, these past ten days left him feeling more worn out than when he had fought the three black-robed Immortal Realm cultivators.

And yet, he did not close his eyes. He examined the tome, upon which his results for this level were revealed.

He hadn’t paid any attention to the results for the first four levels, because he was absolutely confident that he hadn’t made any mistakes. However, on this fifth level, he wasn’t so confident.

“I missed more than 200….” he murmured, “all of them in the final 300,000,000 plants.” Finally he closed his eyes and rotated his cultivation base to restore his composure

He wasn’t happy with his results at all. However, he had been introduced to many, many unfamiliar medicinal plants on this level, and his skill with plants and vegetation had increased by a whole level.

To the outside audience, the results were completely shocking, and that included the three tier 8 Elders. Everyone gasped, and then a huge uproar occurred.

“1,000,000,000 plants and he only missed a bit over 200…. He’s definitely inhuman!!”

“Any tier 5 alchemist would pass by identifying the first 100,000,000. But Fang Hao required more of himself! He went through all 1,000,000,000. From the look on his face, he seems a bit disappointed.”

The sound of the conversations among the 300,000 audience members was like thunder that spread out in all directions, and was heard by quite a few of the Dao of Alchemy Division’s apprentice alchemists and full alchemists. The ground trembled and the clouds in the sky shattered.

The three tier 8 alchemists wore forced smiles on their faces as they exchanged glances.

“When I attempted the fifth level that year, I couldn’t have done that.”

“Forget about back then. Even right now, we’re probably the only people who could. Even the tier 7 alchemists probably couldn’t pull something like that off.”

Bright beams of light appeared off in the distance as more tier 8 alchemists appeared. Of course, no one present could see them. As they arrived, they looked at the Medicine Pavilion… and their eyes were filled with anticipation.

“Finally, our Dao of Alchemy Division has… a truly Chosen member of the clan!”

Back on the fifth level of the Medicine Pavilion, Meng Hao opened his eyes. Much of his tiredness and exhaustion had vanished. He took a deep breath, rose to his feet, and stepped forward toward the ancient tome. Then, he clasped hands and bowed deeply.

“Many thanks for bestowing me with such kindness!” he said softly. Each and every word rose up from the depths of his heart. To cultivators of the Dao of alchemy, Meng Hao’s experience just now was truly like being gifted with an amazing Dao.

The tome vanished after Meng Hao bowed, and a flight of stairs appeared up ahead of him. At the same time, his name moved from its previous position up to the fifth level, where, as before, it was now in first place on the list!

His expression was somber as he strode forward toward the steps and began to climb up to the sixth level. When he arrived, what he saw absolutely nothing.

There were no medicinal plants, there was no tome, there was no mist. There wasn’t even any light. There was only complete darkness. Everything seemed empty, as if nothing at all existed there.

Meng Hao gaped in shock, and he wasn’t the only one. The people outside were also staring at the screen, astonished.

The only ones who didn’t were the alchemists who had previously been on the sixth level. Their faces were grave as they stared closely at the screen. The tier 7 old woman looked on, her face grim. Now that she had seen how inhuman he was, she regretted what she had done earlier. She had offended him, but she also knew that there was little she could do about it now, and so she might as well stick to her guns.

After all, from her perspective, he might be inhuman, but he couldn’t compare to the people who had sought out her help in the clan. The compensation they had provided was incredible.

“I might not be able to do what he did in the fifth level,” she thought to herself, “but that doesn’t matter. As an alchemist, you don’t need to have such breadth and depth of knowledge regarding plants and vegetation. It’s enough to be intimately familiar with the ones that you do know.

“I failed dozens of times at this level before finally passing. There’s no way this Fang Hao will succeed on his first try. After all, the sixth level is completely different from the first five.” She smiled coldly.

The nearby tier 5, 6, and 7 alchemists were shaking their heads. All of them had challenged the sixth level of the Medicine Pavilion, so they knew how difficult it was.

“This level is a watershed,” commented one of the tier 8 Elders, his voice light.

“The first five levels require sufficient knowledge of plants and vegetation. The last four levels are completely different, and it only gets harder and harder.”

On the stone stele outside of the Medicine Pavilion, hundreds of thousands of names could be seen on the first level. There were only 100,000 on the second level, 50,000 on the third level, 20,000 on the fourth level, and less than 10,000 on the fifth level.

As for the sixth level, only 5,000 people had ever passed it.

The seventh level had 1,000 names and the eighth level only had a bit more than 200. The last level, the ninth… only had 10.

It mustn’t be forgotten that those numbers represented the accumulation of all the generations that had existed since the founding of the Fang Clan’s Dao of Alchemy Division. From this, it was easy to imagine how difficult the Medicine Pavilion was.

Furthermore, whenever anyone passed the sixth level, the first thing that would happen would be that a Dao Bell would appear in the sky above the ancestral mansion. No outsider could see that bell, and when it tolled, only the members of the Fang Clan on Planet East Victory could hear it in their minds.

That bell represented true honor and glory!

Meng Hao stood on the Medicine Pavilion’s sixth level, looking around at the pitch black around him. Even after sending his divine sense out, he could sense nothing but darkness. After hesitating for a moment, he took a step forward.

As soon as his foot landed, he stopped in place and cocked his head. His expression flickered.

Just now, he hadn’t seen anything within the darkness, but had been able to smell the fragrance of medicinal plants. Some of the aromas were faint, some were dense. They all melded together to fill the entire area, and seemed to grow even thicker further on.

It was at this point that the archaic voice echoed out through the sixth level.

“Aroma Scrying is one of the realms of skill with plants and vegetation. You may take up to 100 steps. With every step, you will smell the fragrance of different medicinal plants.

“Determine what each plant is based on its smell, and imprint the information into the darkness. One mistake means failure.”

Meng Hao wasn’t the only one who could hear the voice. The audience of more than 300,000 in the outside world could also hear it, and it caused their faces to flicker with expressions of disbelief.

“How… how could you possibly provide all the answers! No wonder this sixth level is considered so difficult. Aroma Scrying is virtually a legendary realm!”

“I never thought that the test would involve Aroma Scrying! I heard about this realm when I first became an apprentice alchemist. To think that over all the past tens of thousands of years in the Fang Clan’s Dao of Alchemy Division, 5,000 or so people have actually passed this level!”

The outside world was in a huge commotion. Virtually everyone took this test to be excessively difficult. It was in a completely different league than the previous five levels.

The tier 7 old woman chuckled coldly. As she thought back to the difficulty of this level, she actually felt frightened.

“The seventh level is even harder, for any alchemist,” she whispered to herself. “And then there’s the hell-like eighth level!”

Back on the sixth level, Meng Hao began to breathe deeply, allowing the fragrances of countless medicinal plants to enter his nose. Immediately, his mind exploded as images of numerous medicinal plants appeared, each one of which was associated with one of the fragrances he had detected.

There were no less than 10,000, but in the blink of an eye, his divine sense swept out, and the images of medicinal plants began to appear in the dark void around him.

Furthermore, the outline of an illusory lotus appeared beneath his feet.

He took a second step, and once again breathed in deeply. A tremor ran through his body, and another 10,000 images appeared around him. A second lotus appeared beneath him.

One step after another, and another….

Meng Hao proceeded forward, and with each step he took, he breathed in deeply. Afterward, numerous medicinal plants would appear around him, causing the pitch-black world to be lit up by what looked like a procession of blazing lanterns.

Furthermore, lotuses continued to appear beneath his feet.

After taking 69 steps, 69 lotuses had appeared, and he was surrounded by millions of shining medicinal plants.

To everyone who was watching, Meng Hao almost looked like a holy being, surrounded by swirling plants, lotuses blooming with each step he took.

“Lotuses with each step!!” thought the old woman. Her eyes were wide, and she was panting. She well knew how difficult the sixth level was, and also knew that the only way a lotus would appear would be if he correctly identified the fragrance of every single medicinal plant, and imprinted it correctly.

When she had passed the sixth level, she had only caused three lotuses to appear. But Meng Hao… shockingly… created lotuses with each step!

She wasn’t the only shocked one. All of the alchemists who were familiar with the sixth level were shaken. They watched Meng Hao on the screen, and the image they saw would eternally be imprinted into their minds. It was an unforgettable scene that they would never forget for the rest of their lives.

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66 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 6 – Chapter 916” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. How did the lady pass with only three lotuses if the lotuses signify identifying all the medicinal plants and a single mistake means failure? Did you miss a line in translation somewhere or am I missing something?

      Edit: “You may take “up to” 100 steps. With every step, you will smell the fragrance of different medicinal plants.”

      Does that mean you only need a few steps to pass, and the lady took 3 correct steps before failing on the fourth?

      1. I imagine it’s related to the difference between an acceptable answer and a perfect one. Getting all 10 thousand or whatever plants in a given whiff of fragrance gets a lotus and is a perfect answer, but there will be a lower amount that is still enough to pass. But below that threshold is a fail.

      2. hahaha, I just posted the same thing as you after finishing reading the chapter (when it was loaded, your post wasn’t there yet)

        Guess we both thought of the same thing XD

        My guess is the lady took 3 HUGE steps and passed the area by then? Maybe some others can even do it in one giant leap? XD

      3. I’m going to assume it’s similar to the previous tests, except you get skips (“up to” 100 steps, so if you keep stepping until you hit the required number).

        Each step has a different set of plant scents, and you can just imprint the ones you identify, but Meng Hao is getting 100% every step

      4. Yeah im guessing you have to identify a certain amount

        If you identify one wrong you fail instantly, but you can skip some, so say you correctly guess 5000 of 10000 on first step it may be enough to pass

      5. This one is a bit confusing, but as the voice didn’t specify the requirements to pass I’m guessing he only needs to get one batch (10.000) plants right to pass, and that he has 100 steps/attempts to achieve it. As for the lady, I think that when she passed she tested herself and where only able to get three perfect scores in 100 steps.

        That’s what I think,seems legit 😉

      6. I believe that you smell, then get as many right as you can. Plants that you omit aren’t wrong, but if you incorrectly identify one then you fail. Every step where you correctly imprint every plant you get a lotus.

      7. I was thinking that the test give a myriad of scents of medicine plants where you’re guessing what plants gives the scents, so you’re submitting the answers for those that you managed to guess and if you managed to correctly recognise all the medicine plants you’ll be given the lotuses and if one of the answers were wrong you failed, but it’s OK not to submit the name of all the medicine plants, just don’t get the wrong answer.

      8. One fragance represent thousands medical plants.

        You answer 1 or more medicine plants that represent that fragrance, you pass that step

        You answer all medical plants that represent that fragrance, you got perfect score (lotus) for that step

    2. All the other test only required 1/10th of the total amount. So you probably only need to name 1000 or 8100 like the first test. But 10,000 is a perfect answer creating a Dao Lotus. He’ll probably identify all 1,000,000 and create a giant lotus or something to appear in the air. I’m just wondering if the Resurrection Lily will appear.

      1. Spot on. Although it wasn’t mentioned by the ancient voice, it’s probably the minimum required value to pass the test.

        Also the rule isn’t really confusing aside from the above omission.

        1) There are 100 steps and 10,000 plants each step. A total of 1,000,000 plants.

        2) You may only identify the plants by scrying (in this case by using the sense of smell).

        3) “Mistake” in identifying the plant means failure. I think this part is what confuses the lot of us. Mistake isn’t the same as “skipping”. You can skip identifying some plants in each step but you must never have an incorrect answer.

        4) A lotus would appear if you manage to fully identify all 10,000 plants on a single step.

        The 7th alchemist woman passed with 3 lotuses meaning she atleast fully identified the 30,000 plants in 3 steps. Meng Hao got 69 steps by the end of chapter and probably would get 100 steps. The difference in skill is real!

  1. Okay, I don’t really get this part… each step, there’ll be tons of aroma and you need to identify all. One mistake means failure… identifying all cause a lotus to bloom. Somehow the tier 7 woman pass with only 3 lotuses blooming… does that mean she only took 3 steps? Well, it did say one can take up to a hundred steps…

    In other words, is Meng Hao “wasting” steps just to immerse himself (and to show off) when others cans simply take 3 (HUGE) steps and be done with the level? o.O

    1. I think what it means is that Meng Hao correctly identified every new smell that was within range with each step, while the lady may have needed to get closer and took longer before she finally deduced what herbs she was smelling. For example, it took her 20 steps to determine some herbs, while only three times did she identify all of the herbs that were presented to her right away.

  2. Thanks for the chapter XD

    Too bad he couldn’t steal more nature talent from the lily T^T

    He missed a full 200… that’s bad for a Meng Hao….

    This test obviously cheated >.<

  3. Deathblade ! Thank you for the chapter! I love this LN and I love how Meng Hao getting badass again and again. I know you always try the best but don’t push yourself. Great job !

  4. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, anonpuffs, Madam Deathblade, Courtrecords, GNE, Lingson, joeljbright, Shu, and Baby Deathblade! LOL so the old lady took 300 steps and identified one plant with every 100 steps? Watch Meng Hao wander around for 10,000 steps and get all of them.

    1. Oh I get it now. Every step is 10,000 plants. So in the 100 allotted steps there are 1,000,000 total plants. The old woman only got 3 steps completely correct. I wonder if Meng Hao’s fate with the Resurrection Lily is what made him so good at plant ID.

  5. Heheh. You regret messing with Meng Hao? Well, too late! Unless you want to gift to him a hundredfold all the contribution points you made him lose earlier.
    Thanks for the chapter! Good luck getting us those bonus chapters! We’ll love you forever!

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

    If they are this shocked over just his academic knowledge of plants, they’ll really go crazy when they see his pill concocting skills,

  7. Meatbun Delivery~
    Thank you for the chapter ( ●w●)

    *sniff sniff* *gasp* this must be that artichoke, brocolli and carrot that i hate so much..
    *takes another step* nuu.. the smell of cabbage, turnip and spinach..

  8. There must exist balance in the world.
    Although it is possible to fight against the heavens in Xianxia, there are still limitations bound to karmic luck.
    While Meng Hao is destined to seal the heavens, as part of karmic reciprocation, he will never be able to maintain wealth.

    Fortune always comes with misfortune, even if they arrive hundreds of years apart.

  9. ” It was an unforgettable scene that they would never forget for the rest of their lives.”

    Try

    ” It was a scene that they would never forget for the rest of their lives.”

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