ISSTH – Book 7 – Chapter 1105

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Chapter 1105: What Did You Just Say?!

The shattering of the sky grew even more apparent. Cracks rapidly formed and closed up, leaving behind what looked like scars. There didn’t seem to be anything out of the ordinary about Meng Hao, and yet, he had suddenly become a larger-than-life figure, like a giant who stood on equal footing with the Heavens.

A terrifying aura rose up from him as he took his sixth step, and unleashed the sixth punch!

It was the Bedevilment Fist yet again, the strike of Self-Immolation. However, this strike was delivered even more directly than before, and the domineering power of Meng Hao’s energy seemed to fuse with Heaven and Earth.

When the strike landed, Lin Cong let out a miserable scream. He bit his tongue and spit out a mouthful of blood, which transformed into majestic Yellow Springs that swept out in all directions.

Massive booms could be heard as the Yellow Springs were destroyed. Meng Hao was slightly injured, and yet, the killing intent in his eyes had not lessened.

“Last step!” he said, taking the seventh step in unison with the destruction of the Yellow Springs.

It was as if the entire world ground to a halt, and was replaced by Meng Hao. With the assistance of twenty percent of the qi flow of the Windswept Realm, Meng Hao could fuse with the lands, as if… he were the embodiment of the will of Heaven!

The entire world began to burst; Meng Hao was like a divine spirit that represented the will of Heaven, becoming its embodiment as he fused with Heaven and Earth!

His foot landed, and it was as if the Heavens were crushing the lands beneath. His fist was like Heaven and Earth, destroying all living things. It was as if Meng Hao were the most respected entity in all creation.

That was because this was…

The God-Slaying Fist!

When the God-Slaying Fist was unleashed, the Echelon cultivators in the other nations watching the battle let out successive gasps. They had watched Meng Hao’s terrifying momentum grow with each step, had seen the wild and Devilish energy building up, had witnessed his intensely domineering style. It instantly left a deep impression on everyone, and caused them to tremble in astonishment.

The Echelon cultivator from the First Mountain, the white-robed youth, felt his eyes going wide as an expression of shock filled his face. Meng Hao’s way of fighting left even him astonished. Meng Hao seized the initiative and pressed forward, crushing everything in front of him like dead weeds.

All of the Echelon cultivators were completely astonished by this fist strike.

“What fist strike is that?!”

“It might not be impossible… for him to actually kill Lin Cong with only seven steps!!”

“This Meng Hao is actually incredibly strong! Han Qinglei couldn’t match up to him, and it looks like Lin Cong is also going to be defeated…. He might be qualified to fight for the spot of the number one most powerful cultivator in the Echelon!!”

At this point, Lin Cong performed a double-handed incantation gesture, then shoved his hands out in front of him.

“Holy Requiem Skull!!” he roared. Shockingly, a Paragon magic appeared, an enormous, golden skull!

The surface of the skull was covered with innumerable magical symbols, tightly packed in a way that seemed to encompass a will of death that mourned for all living things.

The Holy Requiem Skull was Lin Cong’s Paragon magic. By gaining enlightenment of this skull, he was able to craft a Paragon magic, and thus enter Paragon Sea Dream’s Echelon!

Becoming part of the Echelon completely changed his destiny, allowing him to rise to prominence in the Fourth Mountain. With the secret support of Ksitigarbha, he had survived numerous deadly trials, and had defended his place in the Echelon.

All of those numerous battles gave him complete and utter control over his Paragon magic, a power which enabled him to peer ahead into the future of the battle!

He was able to find the weaknesses in all other Daoist magics, he was also able to predict what actions his opponents would take. He would then use all of that information to his advantage. Even more shocking to his opponents was that he could see visions of their future.

Because of that, and thanks to the tips and pointers given him by Ksitigarbha, the path of Immortality that he treaded was essentially the same as that of Ksitigarbha! It was a unique path of Immortality that was like striding out from death into a new life!

However, his Paragon magic required a significant expenditure of mental energy, and therefore, he rarely used it. However, having been forced into a corner by Meng Hao’s domineering style, he was left with no choice but to utilize this most powerful Paragon magic.

However, as soon as he unleashed his Holy Requiem Skull Paragon magic, Lin Cong’s face completely fell. The only thing he saw in his vision was that there was no way for him to escape from the power of Meng Hao’s fist strike.

There were no gaps!

There was no way to escape!

He was even able to determine that after Meng Hao’s strike landed, he didn’t plan to follow up with any divine abilities or magical techniques. It was as if… Meng Hao was completely and utterly confident that this fist and this step would utterly eradicate Lin Cong!

“How could this be!?” he thought, shaking mentally. He tried to back up, but Meng Hao’s killing intent exploded out, as if the God-Slaying Fist were capable of eradicating all living things in Heaven and Earth!

It would land on Lin Cong, and there was nothing he could do about it!

Tears of blood seeped out of Lin Cong’s eyes. After madly depleting his mental energy to use his Paragon magic at this critical juncture, he was able to glimpse a bit of the future.

The only result of that flashing vision was that Lin Cong’s face fell.

He had no time to think. Eyes bloodshot, he viciously sent the gold-colored Holy Requiem Skull rumbling forward to try to block Meng Hao’s incoming fist strike.

Meng Hao hadn’t lost even a bit of momentum. He was backed by the will of Heaven and Earth, so no matter what tried to block his path, it would be brushed aside with ease. There was nothing that could stand in the way of his surging energy.

That was because Meng Hao’s God-Slaying Fist was backed by the qi flow of the Windswept Realm, utilizing the will of Heaven to take it to the absolute peak!

Anything and everything would be reduced to rubble in the face of this fist!

RUUUUUUMMMMBLLLLE!

Meng Hao’s God-Slaying Fist slammed into the golden skull, causing massive rumbling to echo out. The skull trembled and then exploded into pieces, allowing Meng Hao’s fist to slam into Lin Cong’s chest.

Cracking sounds could be heard, and Lin Cong let out a bloodcurdling scream. His body hurled backward like a kite with its string cut. All the bones in his body shattered, and in the blink of an eye, he exploded. His chest erupted in a fountain of blood, which spread out in all directions until his entire body was destroyed, with the exception of his head!

By now, all spectators in the Windswept Realm were completely and utterly shocked, filled with pounding waves of astonishment. To witness something happening that moments ago had seemed impossible, led to unparalleled stupefaction.

In the First Nation, the Echelon cultivator from the First Mountain, the white-robed young man, had been sitting there cross-legged moments ago. Now, he was standing, staring at the screen along with all of his followers, whose faces were covered with complete disbelief.

They all knew Lin Cong, and because of that, the scene which was playing out in front of them was completely astounding.

“He… he actually did it!!” the followers gasped.

The Echelon cultivator from the First Mountain looked at the screen and then suddenly smiled, although it was a smile of complete coldness. His eyes flickered with a bright light as he said, “This guy does qualify to fight me.”

In the Second Nation, on the National Aura Mountain, everything was freezing cold. Countless snowflakes swirled around a man who sat there on the mountain peak. He wore a blue robe, and he was the Echelon cultivator from the Second Mountain. His features were cold, but his eyes narrowed as he watched the ice screen in front of him, and the image of Meng Hao upon it.

He seemed calm on the outside, but inwardly, he was rocked by waves of shock.

In the Third Nation, a strange scene was playing out. One hundred cultivators sat cross-legged on the National Aura Mountain. At their head was a middle-aged man wearing an Imperial robe. His face was extremely dark and sinister.

“Is this Meng Hao a variable thrown in by the Windswept Imperial Lord…?”

The pudgy Echelon cultivator in the Fifth Nation, the young boy in the Sixth Nation, and the murderous youth in the Seventh Nation, all watched with flickering faces and trembling hearts.

Earlier, they didn’t think that Meng Hao could kill Lin Cong with a handful of steps, but now they had personally witnessed the battle, and seen Meng Hao’s power and domineering style. It instantly turned into a massive pressure weighing down on them.

Now, not a one of them dared to underestimate Meng Hao. Although they coveted his two World Seals, as of now, they were forced to weigh the risks associated with trying to take them.

You could say that Meng Hao’s battle just now had completely cowed the Echelon cultivators in the Windswept Realm.

At the same time that all the Echelon cultivators were shaken by Meng Hao, Lin Cong’s body exploded in the air above the Eighth Nation. Just when his head seemed on the verge of exploding, killing him in body and spirit, golden light suddenly began to shine up from the shattered golden skull. It transformed into a golden vortex which surrounded Lin Cong’s head, as if to teleport him away.

There was still a bit of life force left in Lin Cong’s head, thanks to his special way of practicing cultivation. As long as he still had his head, he could recover, although it came with a heavy price, including a drop in cultivation base.

In the moment that he was about to teleport away, Meng Hao’s energy suddenly rose up even higher than before, and he said, “Think you can just leave? Exterminate!”

The words were spoken softly, but in that moment, an enormous, shocking foot appeared!

The foot seemed to obfuscate the entire sky, and when it appeared, it began to crush down onto Lin Cong, shattering natural law, destroying Essence!

This was the ultimate power of the Seven God Steps!

The previous seven steps were just a buildup of momentum and energy, leading up to this explosive, exterminating attack.

An intense sensation of deadly crisis filled Lin Cong. He had experienced such feelings before in his life, but this was the most intense it had ever been. Even his battle with the Echelon cultivator from the First Mountain hadn’t been so terrifying and shocking.

There was no possible way he could have ever imagined that Meng Hao… would be so powerful!!

When he saw the foot descending, he realized he didn’t have time to complete the teleportation. He knew that he was about to die, so he let out a powerful howl that echoed out in all directions.

“Meng Hao, if I die, Xu Qing dies too!” Those words entered Meng Hao’s ears like the crash of zillions of thunderclaps. His entire body began to shake. 1

“What did you just say!?” His heart began to pound in a way it rarely did, even causing his divine ability to become unstable. The enormous foot in the sky trembled, and because of his mental instability, his momentum faltered, and his energy began to wane.

Upon leaving Planet South Heaven, he had asked his father about Xu Qing. Fang Xiufeng had told him that he left some divine will on Xu Qing to protect her during reincarnation. Finding out her final destination when she was actually reincarnated was a matter of fortune and timing, but Fang Xiufeng had assured him that he didn’t need to worry.

Even still, and even after so many years had passed, Meng Hao still worried about it occasionally. His original plan had been to wait until he left the Nine Seas God World, and then go back to Planet South Heaven to find out more about the situation. After all, she was his wife, his beloved partner. Although he didn’t often think about the matter, to hear Lin Cong say what he just did filled Meng Hao’s mind with crashing waves of shock.

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  1. Lin Cong talked to Xu Qing in chapter 1058

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76 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 7 – Chapter 1105” - NO SPOILERS

      1. “After madly depleting his mental energy to use his Paragon magic at this critical juncture, he was able to glimpse a bit of the future.”

        I think he found out about Haowie & Xu Qing at this moment. Even before, the name Meng Hao was something that he thought he heard somewhere, but didnt know where.

          1. Well I meant that he saw the sentence he said in that future view, thats why he knew. But I dont understand how could he see such a future, if he had no idea before. Well the concept of time confuses me everytime, be it ISSTH, Flash, or other such stories.

          2. Er, it does’t make sense actually. He could see MH punching him because that was happening, MH would punch. He couldn’t see himself doing something that he didn’t know, it doesn’t make sense.
            It’s like you’re walking in the street, and you can see the future, in that future a car would hit you. Because you saw you can dodge, and that’s what Lin Cong does. Although, in the future he saw, he couldn’t dodge the car, that’s why he panicked.

          1. Instead of something that doesn’t make sense, perhaps it is slightly more likely that Ling Cong found out because he has previously met Xu Qing? xD

          2. Its a possibility, in my opinion a very low one though. Remember, Xu Qing didnt really like the guy. What is highly possible, as it was already written in this forum, that Lin Cong found out about that sentence in the future view he had. But who knows right?

          3. well even if Xu Qing didn’t like him he could’ve still figured something out
            Xu Qing became a personal disciple of the lord of the Fourth Mountain, and arguably the strongest in the Mountain and Sea Realm. Ofcouse people would have question and would wonder who she was in the past life
            Though i seriously doubt Ksitigarbha would’ve told him since he was trying to sow good karma with meng hao, which telling his possible enemies about his one weakness if prolly not.

        1. Lin Cong in this chapter has been shown to have a fairly deep connection with Ksitigarbha, he’s basically an unofficial apprentice, or maybe even an official one. He even wields similar magic to do with life and death.

          Therefore, by being close to Ksitigarbha and the workings of the fourth mountain, he had plenty of opportunity to be told or even figure out that the new sudden direct disciple Ksitigarbha took in was Xu Qing.

      2. So disappointed that the echalon that’s been hyped for the last however many chapters has been turned into fodder like this. The main character needs to occasionally lose fights like these to make it exciting – so tbh I was crazy happy when he brought up xu qing and it actually got through to MH and slapped him in the face – although again it seems ridiculous that those words are more effective than any of the “2nd strongest”‘s attacks.

        1. You do know that the reason MH won in such way, was because the guy underestimated him, and let MH build his momentum right? Lin Cong got no chances to attack, that’s why he was defeated like that.
          It was said that because of the many battles that Ling Cong fought, and trials, he could detect the weakness of the adversary, and thus win. In this fight, MH basically went all-in from the start, and let no leeway for Ling Cong do anything.
          Although, when MH fight with the first mountain guy, he’s going to suffer i think.

          1. Let Meng hao built momentum?
            There was no fight at all, that guy just to damn weak, and because he is so weak, he can’t even put any fight to disturb Meng Hao.

          2. Menghao is so OP now due to he has the approval of Windswept realm that support his domineering style. Before, he can’t do that move with the 8th MS echelon.

  1. Ahh… Such a huge mistake he just made. He would have been so much better off just dying. Meng Hao has so many ways to make his life a living hell and keep it that way for ages. Then there is the obvious choice of soul search, which is the quick but intense version of the above suffering.
    Right now Lin cong is definitely weak enough to fall under the 6th hex, and even if he wasn’t in conjunction with the 7th and maybe Writ of Karma Meng Hao could make it work.

    He just went from a simple obstacle in Meng Hao’s way that slightly got on his bad side to an actual enemy Meng Hao hates.

    Thanks for the Chapter DB!

  2. Thanks for the chapter.

    Although its kinda weird, how can Lin Cong look at Meng Hao´s future, if even mighty figures such as Shui Dongliu or 4th Mountain Lord could not see a thing, only his past. Plus he couldnt possibly see that he says that sentence about Xu Qing if he didnt have a way to know it. Very weird.

    1. His future couldn’t be seen because his path had to many variables but now there should be one or two instances that shouldn’t change so seeing though should be possible.

    2. There’s a fundamental difference in seeing the future around you, and seeing the future of someone. He probably can see the future of what will happen around him, like when people use the power of the time and see what happened in the land, just in reverse.
      He can see the future of a place, not of someone.
      It wouldn’t make sense that he can see MH future, cause as you said almighty figures couldn’t, so it’s probably impossible

      1. Yeah, I thought about this one too and this is probably how it went down. But still, I dont get how can he know such future – a future that most likely happened a SECOND after his vision. How could his future self know it? Well w/e, like I said, concept of time confuses me very much.

        1. Truthfully, this is a bit awkward for me too, haha. But i guess this is how seeing the future works? It was showed many times the use of augury, his future self knew it, because he was seeing his future self.
          It was like blood demon knew that MH was from the league of demons sealers, and helped him the first time, way back on the beginning where that spirit severing guy attacked. It was because of the use of augury. If i’m not mistaken, that time MH hadn’t got the ancient demon sealing thing yet and entered the league.

          1. Well I will just leave it as it is, try not to think about it 😀

            Haha, funny, I was actually reading these parts of the story before this chapter came. Haowie already had the Demon Sealing Jade, perhaps picking that Jade notified Blood Demon?

        2. Rather than this being about any future self at all he simply looks into his future. Also the thing about Meng Hao’s future being unreadable isn’t exactly accurate. His ‘fate’ became unreadable, however I doubt that includes small things like a fight or small decisions.

          Lin Cong’s magic is like a special tv that shows series before they actually air as spoilers. It also seems to show many possibilities, as the future isn’t set here or any magic like this would be totally useless.
          Also as said above, him knowing about Xu Qing probably has nothing to do with the instance of magic he used this chapter. He’s just a higher up near Ksitigarbha and had many chances to find out.

    3. It’s not weird at all. If Shui Dongliu or Ksitigarbha had a technique like Lin Cong’s they could very easily see a few seconds into Meng Hao’s future while fighting, but that isn’t what they were trying to do. What they were trying to see is things like Meng Hao becoming the lord of all the 9 mountains, things that aren’t happening in the next second or so.

      1. Well, it was already written here, although we can debate how much of it can be true. Most likely nobody can see his future. Lin Cong also didnt read Haowie´s future, he saw himself say those words, thats why he knew about those two.

        1. Wait… your original point is: “Although it’s kinda weird, how can Lin Cong look at Meng Hao’s future”

          I am trying to explain how that could happen and is not weird, and you also just explained how it is possible, so I take it we agree that what Ling Cong did is not weird?

          If he did see Meng Hao’s future then my explanation works, and if he didn’t then there isn’t a problem in the first place.

  3. Oh no Lin Cong! Why do you want your life to be miserable!?
    As I see it, the only winners would be Lord Fifth and Thirs here hahaha

    Would the Seafood army have an Echelon in their ranks? ?

    Thanks DB!

  4. Lin Cong might know about Xu qing from Ksitigarbha. It was mentioned before that Ksitigarbha would take care of Xu qing for a bit if I remember correctly. Ksitigarbha probably mentioned Meng Hao’s relationship to her to Lin Cong while talking about members of the Echolon and thus Meng Hao.

    1. How can be an hostage when Xu Qing is a diciple of Lord of 4th mountain?
      That guy just threating Meng Hao, because he knows her, even in on of the chapter mention that guy waiting Xu Qing when she is in training.
      Do you think Ksithbara will stay silence if that guy kidnap his disiple?

      1. To be fair, Ksithbara only took Xu Qing as a disciple after witnessing the tribulation of Meng Hao (I believe to build some relations with him) while he taught (or at least helped) Lin Cong because he was talented.
        We don’t know yet how he treats his disciples, but there is a risk he cares more about Lin Cong than Xu Qing.

        And honestly, at this point there is no need to care if Lin Cong really can kill Xu Qing, or what the reaction or Lord Ksithbara would be. Without doing anything Lin Cong would have died in body and spirit. He learnt about Meng Hao relation with Xu Qing and tried a threat (or a bluff) and it worked. He will survive at least some more chapters.

  5. Thank you ! DB that Plot armor ughhh.. :/ I think it’s impossible to Meng hao to kill Echelons Member because of the plot armor . Er gen Didn’t want to kill echelon member :/

  6. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, anonpuffs, Madam Deathblade, GNE, Courtrecords, Shu, JerryDaBaws, and Baby Deathblade! If Ksitigarbha heard this I think he’d be angry, since Lin Cong just wasted any goodwill Meng Hao might have gotten from him. He might even perceive them as holding her hostage.

    1. Meng Hao was basically partway to a status similar to the Lord of the Mountain and Sea realm, though in this case it would be more of a ‘gifted son’ of the realm.
      The boost he gained from getting the two seals helped him a lot in this fight and Meng Hao was only considered the weakest when he first entered Immortal Emperor realm.

      Since then he’s trained a lot in the trials, broken through to Anti-Ancient realm in body cultivation and gained the three different fists and the very 7 steps he stole, that were used to fight against his own Paragon Bridge.

  7. “This Dharmic decree emanated a supreme will; although it seemed illusory, this was actually the highest level of Dharmic decree that could be issued in the Fourth Mountain and Sea.

    Visible on the Dharmic decree was a string of text, written in large characters!

    “Among the souls being reincarnated from the Ninth Mountain and Sea is a woman surnamed Xu. Send 10,000 ghosts to escort her. Give her first-rate good fortune, and a life of peace and safety!”

    The Dharmic decree glowed with boundless light, then gradually faded away. The statue closed its eyes, and in that instant, the Fourth Mountain and Sea returned to normal.

    That statue… was none other than the Lord of the Fourth Mountain and Sea, Kṣitigarbha!”
    Come on, do u really dare to kill our beloved Xu Qing ? Hah ~

  8. Boooo. Another “hostage”.

    Boooo. Lin Cong survived.

    “… the same as that of Ksitigarbha! It was a unique path …”
    Uuh. if the path’s are same then it isn’t unique imho.

  9. The guy is just bluffing, Xu Qing is under the wing of Ksitigarbha, someone who already understood that is better to be on Haowie side .
    How the heck you guys got so tangled up with “the guy saw the future” ?!haha

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