ISSTH – Book 6 – Chapter 938

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Chapter 938: Rise of a Blazing Sun

To the cultivators down below, Meng Hao turning and heading further up into the sky made their impression of him grow even greater. As for the Chosen up in the sky with him, the increasing distance between him and them seemed to represent the vast difference in their levels, a difference that only continued to increase.

Profound sensations of utter defeat and powerlessness appeared in their hearts.

Fan Dong’er watched silently, even defiantly. After a long moment, her eyes glittered.

“He has his road, and I have my path. His road and my path might have different ends, but… the journey is the most important part!”

Zhou Xin’s eyes widened as he looked at Meng Hao. He felt incredible pressure that, for some reason, made catching up to Meng Hao become his new primary goal.

Sun Hai, Taiyang Zi, and Song Luodan all watched silently. Deep in their hearts, all of them had a similar feeling; being born in the same age as Meng Hao was both a blessing and a curse. Gradually, they began to form a sympathetic resonance with him, and yet, that resonance quickly shattered and was replaced with looks of determined obsession. This was the case even with Sun Hai.

“This is just a little contest about the sun,” he thought. “The path into the future is long; there will be plenty of other chances to outdo him.”

Li Ling’er was the only one among the group who understood Meng Hao better than everyone else. Her hands were clenched into fists, and her teeth grated together as she rotated her cultivation base and began to rise up into the sky.

Wang Mu was panting. He stared at Meng Hao getting further and further away, and the desire to fight him burned within his eyes.

Down on the ground, the Grand Elder sat there silently, as did the clan members from the neutral bloodlines. No one viewed Meng Hao with indifference, the way they had previously. Things had changed.

Looking at Meng Hao now made them feel as if they were looking at a future Paragon!

This was even true of the Grand Elder. Now, there was something different flickering in his eyes as he watched Meng Hao.

Of course, there was no need to even mention the members of the direct bloodline, who were boiling with excitement.

The only people who were grim-faced were the members of Fang Wei’s bloodline. Their killing intent was strong as they looked at Fang Wei up in midair, coughing up blood. Although there were clan members next to him, healing him, the injuries to his fleshly body were so great that he was incapable of preventing his Dharma Idols from collapsing.

That collapse seemed to contain the power of some sort of natural law, as if something had been indelibly branded onto Fang Wei’s soul. He could only watch as two of his three Dharma Idols shattered into countless pieces that were unable to reform.

Fang Wei’s father and grandfather even teleported up to him. His grandfather scanned his wounds, and his face grew extremely unsightly.

“What a vicious little son of a bitch,” he said, killing intent flickering in his eyes. “This is the power of Karma. That bastard must be connected to the Ji Clan somehow. He’s sealed Fang Wei’s Dharma Idols!”

Fang Wei’s face was ashen, but he remained calm. He even prevented his father from treating his injuries, and hovered there in midair, teetering unsteadily as he looked at Meng Hao far, far up above.

Meng Hao was a beam of light high up in the air, shooting higher and higher. He looked almost like a bird, wreathed in flames. He was not living within those flames, but being consumed by them, an undying phoenix with burning wings that soared high into the sky!

As he soared through the air, the essence of the Flying Rain-Dragon that had existed inside of him for so long suddenly surged into action, causing a gentle power to spread throughout his body.

270,000 meters!

276,000 meters!

282,000 meters!

Even when he reached that position, he continued to go higher. The determination in his eyes increased, and the flames that burned his body raged into a peak of intensity. Even with the healing of his Eternal stratum, he would soon be completely destroyed.

However, the impending failure of his Eternal stratum didn’t cause Meng Hao to hesitate. He immediately pulled out… the Skypalace Sunspirit Pill that he had personally concocted!

This would be his first time consuming the pill, and the first time he would rely on its power. As soon as the pill entered his mouth, his body filled with rumbling, and a boundless life force exploded out from within him. It was fiery, and contained a light and heat which stemmed from Heaven and Earth, from plants and vegetation, from the twelve 2-hour time periods in a day. That light and heat then transformed into a flame of life force.

As that flame surged inside of him, it caused his Eternal stratum to suddenly roar to life.

285,000 meters. 291,000 meters. 297,000 meters!

He flew like a phoenix reborn from within the flames, as if he had been born with the will to soar, as if he was a sovereign of the sky, a Flying Rain-Dragon!

As the Skypalace Sunspirit Pill dissolved and spread through his body, not only did it fill him with a boundless life force, it also caused his fleshly body to grow even tougher than before.

It was as if a sun now existed inside of him, a sun that radiated an everburning light and heat. It even made it so that Meng Hao seemed to form a resonance with Heaven and Earth, and with the sun that existed outside of the starry sky.

That resonance caused Meng Hao to suddenly be partially enlightened regarding certain natural laws, although they were vague and he couldn’t quite grasp them. He could sense that these natural laws contained the Dao of the sun, a Dao that became clearer the closer one got to the sun itself.

“If I had one more Skypalace Sunspirit Pill….” he thought. His eyes glittered as he used the power of the pill to begin to push himself through the final stretch to reach 300,000 meters!

RUMBLE!

He rose up like a blazing sun, the focus of all attention as he… passed the 300,000 meter mark!

Throughout countless years, and all the generations of Chosen, no one in the Immortal Realm or under had ever reached this height. From his position, Meng Hao could see the vast majority of Planet East Victory.

All of the other Chosen in midair stared with wide eyes. All of the other powerful experts of the Fang Clan were completely silent for a moment before bursting into conversation.

“He… he flew up to 300,000 meters!!”

“From ancient times until now in the Fang Clan, nobody in the Immortal Realm or under has ever reached 300,000 meters! Fang Hao is the first!”

“Unheard-of! This Fang Hao has suppressed all of the other Chosen, even Prince Wei! He’s now the complete center of attention!”

As the conversations buzzed in the ancestral mansion, the Elders’ eyes filled with strange gleams.

Of course, the Elders were able to keep themselves under control much better than everyone else. Meng Hao really was the first person in the Immortal Realm or under to ever reach 300,000 meters. However, there were in fact a few Ancient Realm cultivators who could accomplish this same thing.

And yet, this trial by fire of fleshly body tempering was good fortune set aside for members of the younger generation. The clan experts of the Ancient Realm held their training sessions in other places.

Fang Wei stared fixedly at Meng Hao’s receding figure. Watching him reach a height of 300,000 meters felt like having a massive fist slam ruthlessly into his chest. Blood oozed out of his mouth, and his expression darkened. Inside, he was nearly going mad with defiance.

“I should be up there… not him!”

As everyone was shaken mentally, Meng Hao hovered at 300,000 meters. It was impossible to breathe this high up, but with Meng Hao’s cultivation base, he didn’t need to breathe. He hovered there like a peerless Paragon.

Because of his Eternal stratum, his fleshly body was very close to that of a true Immortal. Furthermore, he tread a path that was different than everyone else, a path that even exceeded Pill Demon and his true Immortal destiny. His path… was to become a true Immortal among true Immortals!

His was a path in which he relied only on himself. He needed no Immortal destiny. He would move directly into true Immortality. In fact… among the few people who tread such a path, his was unique. He already had an Immortal meridian inside of him, an Immortal meridian… from a primordial Daoist Rite Temple!

All of these things were reasons why he now hovered above 300,000 meters!

Here, the light and heat surrounded Meng Hao in a strange way. He couldn’t see the light, or feel the heat… he existed inside of the light, and was being smelted in the heat itself.

He slowly looked up, and began to tremble as his fleshly body was tempered to an even greater degree.

Up ahead of him was the boundless starry sky, and then beyond that, he could see… the actual, true sun!

It was an enormous, crimson sphere, seemingly in the depths of the starry sky, illuminating everything.

When Meng Hao looked at it, he could sense the Dao of the sun, much more clearly than before. However, it still wasn’t clear enough. Even flying up 300,000 meters left the sun too far away!

“My fleshly body is just a hair away from a breakthrough!!”

His eyes filled with determination. Everyone believed that he had reached the ends of the sky and could go no further. However, he charged onward, using the power of his cultivation base, his fleshly body, and the sun of the Skypalace Sunspirit Pill to support him as he flew.

303,000 meters. 309,000 meters. 315,000 meters…. His flight speed was not incredible. Time went by, and he continued higher!

Everyone down below was in a complete uproar.

“I can’t believe he’s still going!!”

“300,000 is an end mark! Going any further vastly increases the danger. At a certain point, he’s going to step into the starry sky. That’s a place where only Dao Realm experts can enter!”

“What is he doing…?”

Chosen. Clan members. Everyone was astonished.

When he reached 315,000 meters, everyone thought that he was finished. But then…

The constant cyclical interchange between his Eternal stratum and the light and heat caused his fleshly body to begin to emit rumbling sounds. A white light then exploded out from inside of him!

As soon as the light appeared, anyone who could see it gasped. Even the Chosen who felt so separated from him were instantly shocked.

“That white light… it’s….”

“That’s Immortal light!”

“That’s a type of true Immortal light of Heaven and Earth that only appears right before the fleshly body reaches the true Immortal level!”

Fan Dong’er and all the other Chosen felt their minds reeling. The Elders of the Fang Clan, and other members of the clan who could see the light, were all trembling inwardly.

Fang Wei saw the light, and an expression of disbelief appeared on his face. Even his father and grandfather felt as if they were being struck by lightning, and gaped in shock.

Many people immediately flew out from within the ancestral mansion to look up into the sky. Their expressions were first that of astonishment, then disbelief, and finally, amazement!

“Immortal light…” The Grand Elder was struck speechless, something that rarely happened.

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82 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 6 – Chapter 938” - NO SPOILERS

      1. A day has 24 hours. When he was concocting the Skypalace Sunspirit pill, which takes a total of 24 hours to concoct (even one minute more & the concoction will be a failure), he needed to make changes once every two hours. So, these 24 hours are divided into twelve 2 hour periods.

      2. In ancient China the day was divided into twelve 2-hour time periods, which is how Er Gen usually describes time. I generally just convert this to regular hours, because it doesn’t really have any relevance to the plot. Have you ever noticed how often things take “2 hours” in ISSTH?

        In this case, the twelve 2-hour periods were kind of important, so I went with the more literal translation.

      3. 24 hours, I believe.

        Do everyone have a mental sonar/radar system which comes with cultivation? They know the exact(!) distance every time 😛

        Thanks for the chapter!

      4. The twelve periods of the daily meridian cycle. Each of the twelve ordinary meridians, with its associated organ, has a two-hour period during which it is considered to operate at peak efficiency.

        This is also linked to the five elements, with each element associated with a pair of periods (though fire is associated with two separate pairs).

      1. That’s no cheat, deathblade is relying on the greater dao of translation.

        His cultivation base is just too profound, in the eyes of lesser beings it must indeed look like cheating.

  1. Hopefully the elders stop acting like Meng Hao is still someone underneath Fang Wei or someone to be scorned. The Grand Elder is obviously doing what he thinks is right for the clan by the continuous doubt he displays, so hopefully he steels his resolve….Unless it’s more complicated than that.

    1. It is a bit more complicated than that because they’ve already wronged Meng Hao by giving his fruits to Fang Wei; the Grand Elder now finds himself in the unenviable position of riding a tiger. Not only has he already tried to kill Meng Hao, thus totally ruining any chance for Meng Hao to fully support the clan but if he tries to fix things then Fang Wei needs to give back the fruits, which he and his bloodline obviously won’t do.

      The Grand Elder also needs to be careful about setting off internal rebellion between the bloodlines; Fang Wei’s bloodline has been on the rise for a few centuries now and they have gotten fat and arrogant in their overconfidence at victory. They will not give up without a fight.

        1. Yeah I’ve been wondering about that, they’ve absorbed countless elixirs over the ages and the life force of several patriarchs, also, plot-power, if I were a gambling man then I would guess that they possess power that makes the heavens jealous 😉

        1. I think it is because everyone assumed Meng Hao was either dead or a cripple. Also the whole Direct Bloodline being weakened opened they way for the greedy auxiliary bloodline of Wei’s family to gain power. So they would obviously make a play for the Nirvana Fruits. The Grand Elder probably thought that it was the wisest move at the time… now he may just be trying to cover his ass. That or he is just a traitorous douchebag against his brother who was Meng Hao’s Grandpa and he fully supports Wei’s bloodline even though he is supposed to be impartial.

    2. Even if meng hao wasnt a beast and had died, what did they think was gonna happen? they think that xiufeng won’t go rape them all in 100k yrs? Lmao, when you’re immortal, you still gotta think about the far future, xiufeng is only watching a planet for 100k yrs, not eternity. So weis bloodline is really ignorant and stupid. They’d live good lives for 100k yrs and then what? Bow down and accept annihilation? Don’t get their train of thought at all

      1. By the time those 100k years pass, Xiufeng, who couldn’t advance his cultivation while on Planet South Heaven would be surpassed by quite a few people, maybe even including Fang Wei since he got the fruits.

  2. Why “Grand Elder” “3rd Granduncle”, already regretting about breaking the promise, regretting about backstabbing your own direct kinsmen, and most backing a wrong horse! LOL!

        1. Pretty sure the three paragons were the three that Meng Hao saw create the Nine Mountains and Seas with an ability. It’s unfair to compare them.
          What Lord Li did was to issue a Mandate that sealed the Dao Realm and somehow lowered life expectancy of cultivators. Originally, Ke Jiusi (or was it Yunhai? Can’t remember the dad’s name) who was half a step into the Dao Realm should have had semi-immortal life. His lifespan was iirc longer than the Nine Mountains and Seas themselves. But with the Mandate, his lifespan DRAMATICALLY lowered, to the point where his age seems to have caught up with him and he died.

          By the way guys, is the reason that Meng Hao had the speculation that the Ninth Mountain was a demon because of the things that the Nine Mountains and Seas were created to seal in the vision Meng Hao had? (It was WAY back when Meng Hao thought this, iirc back when he was mastering the Eighth Hex since the energy of Heaven and Earth was demonic)


  3. His was a path in which he relied only on himself. He needed no Immortal destiny. […] He already had an Immortal meridian inside of him, an Immortal meridian… from a primordial Daoist Rite Temple!

    …So does he rely on himself, or not? Make up your mind. This has happened a few times by now in this story, in which the author cannot decide if Meng Hao does everything alone or not. You can’t say “He totally relies on the Immortal Meridian the Doaist Rite Temple has provided him” and then go: “NOPE! TOTALLY BY HIMSELF! NO OUTSIDE HELP! NOTHING!”
    Even though Meng Hao has the balls of a giant monster, and dared to do things nobody else would — he also landed on so many legacies, so many ancient scripts to boost himself up in power…To claim “Meng Hao only relies on himself” is utterly absurd at this point.
    I have no idea why that statement was even relevant in this chapter…It seems like one of those lines that add nothing other than needlessly confuse pedantic readers.

    1. I honestly think its a language thing, the relying on himself refers to the immortal Ascension and also to relying on himself in terms of his current state with all the things he already has acquired being part of ‘himself’ and not specifically what he needed to get to that current state. I don’t think Er Gen has ever tried to deny the help Meng Hao has gotten throughout the story.
      Many times credit is given to Pill Demon, Blood Demon, etc. Heck a few chapters ago before he left South Heaven he went to the Blood Temple to pay his respects for helping him with his tribulation.

      1. If it’s a language thing, this story sure has it bad. Because can one mess it up like that?
        Meng Hao doesn’t need to rely on planet Easy Victory’s Immortal Destiny! He relies on the immortal Meridian from the Daoist Rite Temple, all by himself!
        If that’s honestly an error in translation, or the author somehow derped up what he had in mind…That’d be really funny.

        1. Stop NITPICKING a good story! It’s because of people like you that we can’t have nice things! Go criticize WDQK or SOTR! ‘m sure that you would have a Field Day with those! You’re ruining my birthday with your negativity. And Yes, I don’t care if you’re right or not because has already been written and your unnecessary nitpicking isn’t going to do crap!

          1. If you want to see blatantly insane comments, go read my stuff on Coiling Dragon.
            Holy f*ck, was that an awful series of wrong choices.

            Also, I honestly meant that I’d find it funny if these “Meng Hao relies on himself yet he doesn’t but he does” segments are actually some sort of brain fart, on part of anyone. That’s something one can sympathize with.

          2. Note: After re-reading my comment, I think I should add a note here.
            I meant that my CD comments were a clusterf*ck, not the story itself.
            flies away to the horizon

    2. I think the general line of thinking is that most of the legacies were acquired and not just given. So it was due to his own power that he was able to acquire a certain legacy and that the gains of whatever legacy then just became a part of his own power.
      So he didn’t just walk into the temple get the Immortal Meridian and walk out and it was a done deal. He was tested by having to defend from the myriad of people that the temple knew would come. There was a time when Meng Hao had no legacies and he fought for the first one… then fought for the second and etc…

      There are definitely exceptions to this as sometimes he does just get stuff/legacies (although Er Gen usually has a good way of explaining that stuff) but I think that the general rule is he had to work/tested for it and after he gets it it’s no longer something external but a part of his own power. Hence why it’s said that he relied on himself.

  4. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, anonpuffs, Madam Deathblade, Courtrecords, GNE, Lingson, Shu, and Baby Deathblade! Too bad the main bloodline is destined to die out. Meng Hao and his father both have no love lost for the clan at this point. The one tie would probably be the missing Grandfather.

  5. Amazing. First was his Spirit severing fleshly body when he was nascent soul. Now a True immortal fleshly body when he’s Peak Dao Seeking.

    Thanks for the chapter.

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