ISSTH – Book 6 – Chapter 975

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Chapter 975 (Click to show "spoiler" title)

All cultivators of the Ninth Mountain and Sea who were watching looked completely astonished and tongue-tied as they observed the 108 Immortal dragons soaring through the starry sky outside the Door of Immortality above Planet East Victory.

“100 meridians is a legend, but 108? This… this is the first time I’ve ever heard of someone getting more than 100 meridians!”

“No one in the past has ever done this, and most likely, nobody in the future will either!” The Ninth Mountain and Sea was in a tumult, and that shock actually spread out throughout the Mountains and Seas.

All of the members of the Fang Clan watched with gaping mouths. They knew that Meng Hao was the type of person to defy the Heavens, but when they saw him open 100 meridians, they had assumed he was finished. They could never have imagined that Meng Hao would actually… open up 108 meridians all in one shot!

“Impossible!” Fang Wei went pale. He could reluctantly accept the idea of Meng Hao using the One Thought Stellar Transformation Incantation to open 100 meridians, and use that as an excuse for why he didn’t measure up to Meng Hao. But now… 108 meridians had appeared, causing Fang Wei to completely lose self-control.

Fang Xiushan was trembling as he stood there in the crowd, and the icy aura inside of him flourished.

As far as anyone knew, the Fang Clan only had one Dao Realm expert, which was the Earth Patriarch. Currently, his eyes shone with a brilliant light as he murmured, “There’s only one explanation…. Before he started transcending this tribulation, the kid… already had 8 meridians. He experienced something just like Kṣitigarbha, the Lord of the Fourth Mountain and Sea!”

His words struck like lightning into the hearts of the other six Patriarchs present.

“The necropolis!” exclaimed the Seventh Patriarch. “I personally saw that kid enter the necropolis of the first generation Patriarch!”

Meanwhile, in the Nine Seas God World, Fan Dong’er staggered backward a few paces, her face pale. She looked bitterly at the images in the crystal, at the 108 Immortal dragons soaring around Meng Hao. She had no choice but to admit that there had already been a huge gap between her and Meng Hao, and that after reaching true Immortality, that gap… was only widening.

“Such profound preparation and reserves,” murmured the old woman standing next to her. “In all the great Nine Mountains and Seas, the only person other than this kid to do something like this is… the number one most powerful expert, Kṣitigarbha! According to the legends, when Kṣitigarbha reached true Immortality, he opened more than 100 meridians. Very few people actually know how many, though…. After all, those events took place many, many generations ago.” A strange gleam appeared in her eyes.

As of now, all of the true Immortal Chosen were staring at Meng Hao. They had no desire to look at Meng Hao’s 108 meridians, and yet, they were unable to look away. To open so many Immortal meridians was something that shocked everyone.

That was especially the case when they realized that Meng Hao didn’t seem to be happy with only 108 meridians. All of them gasped.

“Could it be… that he’s actually planning to open more meridians!?!?”

Meng Hao was absolutely not satisfied!

Now that he had opened the Door of Immortality, he was completely confident that he could open more than 108 meridians.

“This is a rare opportunity,” he thought. “Very rare. I’ll only get this one chance….” He stared at the Door of Immortality, and realized that the glowing light was beginning to fade, and the Immortal qi was slowly beginning to dissipate.

He well knew that once this opportunity passed, it would be very difficult to get another chance like this in which he could absorb as much Immortal qi as he wanted, and then open more Immortal meridians.

That was something he was sure of based on his experiences with the slow and difficult process of opening his first Immortal meridian.

“However, it seems like 108 meridians really is my limit….” he thought, looking up at the 108 Immortal dragons flying about, which were the manifestations of his Immortal meridians.

Among those Immortal dragons, there was one that was azure in color. It looked especially graceful, and was much larger than all the other dragons. It emanated an ancient air that seemed to make it contemptuous of all Heaven and Earth. It was almost as if this dragon could make all the Heavens submit, and could force the Earth to bow in worship!

It was as if all the other dragons were following that azure-colored dragon, their roars filling all the Heavens.

The azure Immortal dragon was formed by none other than the very first of Meng Hao’s Immortal meridians, which was actually the last one to be opened!

As Meng Hao stood there silently, the Immortal light coming from the Door of Immortality faded even more, and was soon incapable of covering his entire body. The Immortal qi lessened, and the even Door of Immortality itself began to fade.

“Is it over?”

“So, his limit was 108 meridians, huh…?”

“Those extra eight meridians were his limit. Although he can’t open any more, his name is still going to rock the entire Ninth Mountain and Sea!”

As the discussions raged in the Ninth Mountain and Sea, Fang Wei stood there on Planet East Victory, and he gave an inward sigh of relief.

He wasn’t the only one. The other true Immortal Chosen all sighed deep in their hearts.

The intimidation they felt from Meng Hao only continued to grow more intense. Now that they saw the Door of Immortality dissipating, their sighs led to a stirring of their fighting spirit. All of them knew that they weren’t his match, and yet they still wanted to fight him!

The Door of Immortality grew more indistinct, and the Immortal light grew darker. The immortal qi… was virtually gone.

The starry sky was no longer bright, and as Meng Hao stood there, he looked at the 108 flying Immortal dragons, and his eyes glimmered with regret.

“It’s over…. 108 meridians.” Meng Hao sighed and turned to head back to Planet East Victory, when suddenly, a tremor ran through his body. He stopped in place and turned his head to look out into the starry sky.

He was looking… in the direction of Planet South Heaven!

In that moment… a voice suddenly echoed out in his heart. It was extremely weak, and vastly ancient. It was like the voice of an old man who was about to die, a departed spirit who had forced itself to remain in the world of the living, never allowing that last gasp to escape. Even if the flame of his life was snuffed out, he would leave behind an ember that clung on by a thread. It was as if that final remaining spark had been waiting for this moment!

“Meng Hao… I only have one breath left, and it has been waiting for this day…. Allow me to use my fading life force to gift you with one last bit of good fortune!”

When Meng Hao heard that voice echoing in his mind, he recognized it instantly. It was… the voice of Patriarch Blood Demon from Planet South Heaven!

Patriarch Blood Demon’s origins had not been made clear. However, Meng Hao knew that his terrifying fleshly body was buried under the surface of the lands of South Heaven. And in truth, in his heart, Meng Hao had already come to know the answer to the question of who he really was.

Patriarch Blood Demon… was one of the three Greater Demon generals of Lord Li, a figure referred to as a consummate expert!

“You are from the League of Demon Sealers,” continued Patriarch Blood Demon in his ancient voice. “Furthermore, you are the Ninth Generation. I can speculate… about some of what will happen to you in the future, and therefore, I will tell you now what I can of the benevolent possibilities in your future. You don’t understand right now… however, if you are able to combine the Nine Hexes in the future…. you will know how to repay me. Right now, I will do something that I hope will make you consider the question of… what Immortal meridians really are.”

When Patriarch Blood Demon finished speaking, a stream of blood-colored Demonic qi exploded out from Mount Blood Demon on Planet South Heaven. At the same time, Patriarch Blood Demon’s fleshly body, which rested under the surface of the land, dissolved, and became part of the stream of Demonic qi.

As the Demonic qi surged up into the Heavens, it transformed into a blood-colored magical symbol.

The magical symbol flickered nine times, then vanished.

In the moment that it vanished, Patriarch Blood Demon met his complete and utter end!

As he died, the magical symbol vanished, and simultaneously, Meng Hao felt the Blood Demon Grand Magic inside of him begin to rotate on its own. Rumbling sounds could be heard as a bloody light surrounded him, spreading out and… forming a 109th Immortal meridian!

It was… a Blood Demon meridian!

The previously fading Door of Immortality suddenly shook, and in the blink of an eye, was back to its previous state. The fading Immortal light suddenly exploded with intensity, covering Heaven and Earth, filling the starry sky. The Immortal qi grew stronger, descending onto Meng Hao’s body and pouring into him.

The Blood Demon Grand Magic rotated inside of him, transforming into a magical symbol, which was exactly the same magical symbol that had appeared in the moment of Patriarch Blood Demon’s death on Planet South Heaven.

It was the color of blood, and after flashing nine times inside of Meng Hao, it began to melt, transforming into a shadowy Immortal meridian.

As the Immortal qi poured into him, the Immortal meridian grew more solid, and before long, it was complete! Meng Hao trembled as… a 109th Immortal dragon appeared!

The roaring Immortal dragon was the color of blood, and completely shocking in appearance. Endless ripples spread out from it in all directions, causing the cultivators of the Ninth Mountain to be completely stunned.

However, in the moment that the 109th Immortal meridian appeared, another tremor ran through Meng Hao, as he felt a different aura rising up inside of him, forming a powerful resonance!

That resonance was coming from… the same planet that Patriarch Blood Demon had just died on!

Meng Hao looked up, and his eyes flickered as he looked at what he considered to be his true home, Planet South Heaven.

Just vaguely, he could see the Immortal Ancient Daoist Rite Temple. There in the former location of the temple hall, he saw… what appeared to be a flower.

It was… a Resurrection Lily!

When the Resurrection Lily blooms with seven colors, petals fall, Immortal Ascension, one thousand years!

Meng Hao had been plagued with a Resurrection Lily for hundreds of years. In the end, he had severed it away. However, vestiges of it still remained, like memories that were very difficult to get rid of.

It was another type of Karma, or… a type of restitution!

On Planet South Heaven, in the vast Eastern Lands, in a wild stretch of mountains, was a deep crater that was all that remained of the temple hall of the Immortal Ancient Daoist Rite Temple. An old man stood there, and next to him was a Resurrection Lily.

“My power is useless to the living….” he murmured vaguely, “but you… were bequeathed with the legacy of the Immortal Ancient Daoist Rite. You took master’s Soul Lamp, and changed your destiny…. The Resurrection Lilies sowed Karma with you, and now that you’ve reached Immortal Ascension, I will represent them to pay you back what they owe.

“If you can reach enlightenment regarding Immortal meridians, then it will be good fortune for you. Whether or not you understand is all up to you.”

The man’s words were muttered somewhat incomprehensibly, as if the arrangements of the words themselves had been thrown into chaos. The old man waved his right hand, causing the Resurrection Lily next to him to transform into ash.

As the ash swirled through the air, a violent tremor ran through Meng Hao. He gasped, and for some reason, he suddenly recalled all of his struggles with the Resurrection Lily.

The memories flowed like water, and as they did, the Karma that had built up from the years of struggle transformed into an aura, into a Resurrection Lily, into… a Resurrection Lily Immortal meridian!

As soon the Immortal meridian formed, Meng Hao’s hair whipped about, and his body seemed to turn into a black hole that madly sucked in Immortal qi. Intense rumbling sounds filled the air as another Immortal meridian formed!

This was… his 110th meridian!

In the moment that the meridian appeared, a 110th Immortal dragon roared into being next to the Door of Immortality.

Chapter 975: Blood Demon and Resurrection Lily!

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70 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 6 – Chapter 975” - NO SPOILERS

      1. Nah, if you like a novel so much you’ll try to read it as soon as it is out. In the case of web translations you’ll just have to refresh the preview page when you guess it’s about time it’s uploaded XD

    1. I keep having that line run through my head “Tread not the Path of Immortals, Face the Tribulation of the Nine Mountains and Seas” since this would be the most likely place I can think of for that to come true. Maybe it has something to do with “what Immortal meridians really are.”?

      1. i feel like they’re like karma threads, where the stronger the karma the stronger the dragon, shown as blood demon, res lily and soul lamp meridians are stronger, or at least stand out

      2. I’m at least happy that the concept of Meridians is being questioned. You rarely see that sort of elaboration into the intrigue in Xianxia novels, I almost expected these Meridians to just stay as “ye holy Immortal Meridians which give immortal power! W/e that is!”

        Thus far, we know that the entire 9 mountains are pretty much a realm that was constructed after the ancient, grand war. It doesn’t seem like natural place that was formed by “the heavens”. As such, something like Meridians truly might as well be part of the overall system that was structured within the realm of the 9 mountains. What it is, I can’t say, but it did remind me of Meng Hao’s creation process of Nascent-Souls: congealed elements of a person’s dao or experience.

  1. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, anonpuffs, Madam Deathblade, Courtrecords, GNE, Lingson, Shu, JerryDaBaws, and Baby Deathblade! Whoa what?! What is true immortality even then?

  2. I really like how Blood Demon talks about what Immortal Meridians really are, maybe it has to do with the essence or maybe what Meng Hao thought when he first got his Immortal Meridian from the lamp is true, maybe each one after 100 is not as ‘solid’ a concept as the previous 100. The way the blood demon and resurrection lily can pass on Immortal Meridians like a legacy makes me think they are more than just vessels to indicate how much power you can push out. The karma part of it definitely has me interested.

    But hey, what do i know. Er Gen tends to surprise me quite often, even though i usually can easily tell where most stories i watch/read are going after a few episodes/chapters.

    Many Thanks for the Chapter DB!

  3. Thanks DB and Co!

    I wonder, if MH’s Dharma Idol reached 30k meters with just 1 meridian, does that mean every meridian = 30k meters?
    Every 10meridians makes a level of immortality right? Like 80meridians is level 8, 90 is 9 and 100 is 10? Does that make 110 a level above the rest only? I recall some saying each meridian above a hundred makes it level above the rest…I may be asking this prematurely tho but if someone could discuss I would be very thankful 🙂

    1. No, that was his Ancient Daoist Rite Immortal Meridian, which was the single special Azure Dragon one he has. All of his extra ones are definitely many times stronger than normal ones though, and all above 100 are both stronger and add an aspect to one’s soul, which should only have 10 parts. I would imagine that being really relevant later, maybe increasing his talent later down the road. Basically, he has a double(?) soul right now, and his extra meridians alone are probably worth the same as the full normal 100. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were even stronger than that, while his normal meridians are already several times stronger than normal.
      In other words, even if the size results in exponential power, his normal meridians alone should be at least 35-40k and his extra ones are probably the same. I wouldn’t be surprised if his Dharma Idol(s) are going to increase to nearly 100k meters later on, though I’d guess it should be closer to 50k right now.

      1. I should probably give up on nitpicking now haha kinda ruins the mood.
        Thanks for the explanation Light!
        Ill just wait for Er Gen to continue with his story haha

  4. I knew it was gonna be 110 because LOL 10.
    …he keeps breaking heaven’s laws, 10 (and 11,12,& 13) elementary levels, 10th foundation, 10 dao pillars, 10 cores…

    we get it, you give 110%…

    1. Um, he had 6 cores didn’t he? He had his power contained in the five elements + wind, which he transformed into Nascent Souls later on. Also, his Spiritual Sea from Qi Gathering reached the 13th level, so I dunno how that comes into play here.

    2. I hope you don’t think it’s stopping at 110.

      Both blood demon and the old man basically told meng hao that he needs to ponder the nature of immortal meridians. The hinting here is very strong.

    1. I’ve injected some good old racist comic relief into the story. Every time Fang Wei says impossible I imagine Mickey Rooney in yellow face saying “impossibruuuuuuu”

  5. I can imagine it now…

    “Rumbling sounds could be heard as a shiny light surrounded him, spreading out and… forming a 111th Immortal meridian!”

    It was… a Spirit Stone meridian!

    1. I’m just imagining the Immortal Door closing slowly… then opening, then closing, and opening again with each new meridian.

      Surprised he didn’t try propping it open somehow when it started closing to squeeze out that last bit of juice.

      1. Omg that is totally possible!!! Like in the middle of it all when he understands it somehow, he collects all the debts haha

        I have a feeling that it is indeed connected to Karma since the older generation always talks about “making preparations for the descent or immortality…” that could mean making Karmic ties and improving Karmic luck.
        Like how the Ji Clan makes use of Karma to aid to make their false immortals or something.

        1. If it does happen, the biggest thing I’m wondering is which of these options would be true:
          1: Meng Hao turns a note into a meridian, the meridian is formed by the heavens.
          2: Meng Hao turns a note into a meridian, the meridian is taken directly from that chosen.
          Because I figure it would be one of those two, if it happens, and there’s a fairly big difference between the two.

          1. I thought about the 2nd option too but I think would probably be supremely unfair to the other Chosen but then again, they deserve it in some way especially Fang Wei.
            He could probably make use of the Karmic ties themselves to form the meridians instead of taking it from the other Chosen although in some way, MH has proven time and again that TAKING is his specialty haha

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