ISSTH – Book 7 – Chapter 1107

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Chapter 1107: Goal: Number One in the Echelon!

The cultivator’s face twisted, and screams of pain echoed out in all directions. Everyone who heard them was shocked to the core, and could scarcely even imagine how such pain could be possible. It was something almost beyond description. 1

At best, you could say it felt like a hand being shoved into your brain and rifling around violently. Blood sprayed from the cultivator’s mouth, and he suddenly went as stiff as a board. He was dead.

Despite his death, his corpse still adhered to Meng Hao’s hand, and did not fall to the ground.

After a few breaths of time, Meng Hao’s eyes glittered.

“Lin Cong, huh…? So you turned your four followers into doppelgängers to try to pull a fast one on me!” He lowered his hand, and the cultivator’s corpse dropped toward the ground. Before it could even land, Meng Hao had shot off into the distance.

He sent his divine sense out into a wide area, looking for Lin Cong’s true form. However, Lin Cong’s magical technique was strange, and Meng Hao could find no weaknesses in it. The remaining four figures sped rapidly off in different directions. Another strange thing was that their auras were all slowly fading. It wouldn’t be too long before they would disappear from Meng Hao’s divine sense altogether.

Lin Cong’s original plan had been to ensure that there was no aura for Meng Hao to detect at all. If he did spend time searching, at most, he would find the four cultivators he had switched bodies with.

However, Lin Cong could never have predicted that Meng Hao would arrive in the Fourth Nation so quickly. Instead of crossing through the other nations, he had chosen to pass directly over the central temple.

That formed a kink in his plan!

However, everything could be resolved as long as enough time passed. Meng Hao gave a cold harrumph. He patted his bag of holding, and numerous blackpod imps flew out, which he sent screaming out in all directions. They were like black bolts of lighting, emanating murderous auras.

Under the control of Meng Hao’s divine sense, they sped out in pursuit, whereas Meng Hao did nothing. He did no pursuing whatsoever. He simply hovered there in midair above the Fourth Nation, equidistant from all of the fleeing versions of Lin Cong.

His method for determining which one was Lin Cong was a simple one. He would just wait to see what happened when the blackpod imps tried to possess the four different figures. Success or failure didn’t matter; either way he would get some clues.

Soon, he looked up.

“Gotcha!” he said, vanishing.

Meanwhile, near the border between the Fourth and Third Nations, Lin Cong had an extremely unsightly look on his face. He was surrounded by more than ten screaming blackpod imps, all of whom were trying to possess him.

“What are these things!?” Lin Cong had a powerful cultivation base, but right now, he was reduced to about sixty percent of his power. As for the blackpod imps, their possession technique was bizarre. If they failed, they would transform it into a piercing divine sense attack that Lin Cong was having a hard time dealing with. A sensation of deadly crisis welled up in him, and he began to tremble.

As the feeling of imminent death grew stronger, he began to shake even more violently.

“I’m NOT going to die here!!” Filled with regret, he sent a mighty wind blowing out to drive away the seemingly unkillable blackpod imps. Then he gritted his teeth and, despite his weakened form, once again unleashed his Paragon magic!

The golden Holy Requiem Skull materialized in front of him, not as a way to attack the blackpod imps, but as a means of trying to find a way out of his current situation!

Lin Cong’s face went pale as he realized there was no such way out.

“Impossible! Heaven never cuts off all paths! There’s always hope in every situation!” Eyes gleaming with a vicious look, he bit the tip of his tongue, causing his body to wither rapidly. His hair even turned white.

He went all out, sacrificing even his longevity in an attempt to get his Paragon magic to reveal a means of escape.

Rumbling could be heard, and Lin Cong’s body continued to wither, when finally, he found what he was looking for in the Holy Requiem Skull. After he saw it, he gaped in shock, then, laughing maniacally, viciously smacked his own chest. A huge blob of blood spurted out, which then splashed down onto the ground.

His laughter grew more and more intense as he spun around, a look of determination on his face. He then pushed his finger down onto his forehead, sending a tremor through his body. His eyes suddenly went blurry, but rapidly grew clear again. He glanced at the Holy Requiem Skull and realized that he was now missing some of the memories he had had before. Expression serious, he headed off into the distance.

Before too long, he was once again surrounded by blackpod imps. At the same time, a long beam of light appeared in the air not too far off, radiating killing intent.

“Lin Cong!” roared Meng Hao, his voice rumbling like thunder filled with Heavenly might, causing Lin Cong to shake. His divine sense was blessed with twenty percent of the qi flow of the Windswept Realm, transforming his voice into thunder from Heaven, and surrounding his body with a lake of lightning.

Lin Cong was nearly deafened by Meng Hao’s voice. His mind spun, and blood sprayed out of his mouth. After reforming his body, he had only possessed sixty percent of his original cultivation base, making it very difficult to use his Paragon magic. In fact, wasting his longevity and life force the way he had just now caused his cultivation base to drop even further, until it was at only thirty percent of its original strength.

It didn’t matter how strong he was before. With a cultivation base like that, he was like a candle flickering in the wind. Meng Hao’s mere voice shook his heart and caused blood to spray out of his mouth. There was nothing he could possibly do to fight back.

All he could do was scream miserably, and look up with an unyielding expression.

He hated Han Qinglei, and hated the fact that he had greedily tried to snatch the Eighth Nation’s World Seal. The end result had been complete ruin.

He also hated fate. The speed of Meng Hao’s pursuit had ruined all of his preparations. All he had needed was another hour, and then he would have disappeared without a trace.

But now, everything had changed, and there was nothing he could do about it.

“The Heavens want to destroy me? Well, I’m not willing to die by your hand, Meng Hao!” Lin Cong began to laugh, a loud, shrill laughter.

“You want to know about Xu Qing, well… come on!” he screamed as he hovered there in midair. “Soulsearch me if you want, scrape the information out of my brain! I don’t care!

“I just want you give me an honorable death!” He was in the Echelon, and second in power only to the Echelon cultivator from the First Mountain.

He was a blazing sun in the Fourth Mountain, and he was a proud person. Even if he died, he wanted to die with honor!

Meng Hao shot toward him like lightning. Without the slightest hesitation, he reached out and placed his hand onto the top of Lin Cong’s head.

Meng Hao wouldn’t believe anything that Lin Cong told him about Xu Qing; he needed to see it for himself!

He unleashed his Soulsearch magic, pouring his divine sense into Lin Cong’s brain. Images from Lin Cong’s life passed through his mind until finally, he saw Xu Qing!

She actually looked exactly the same as she had before entering reincarnation. She wasn’t the most beautiful woman in the world, but her face was etched eternally onto Meng Hao’s heart.

Lin Cong trembled from the indescribable pain. He clenched his teeth tightly, and didn’t groan or moan at all. His eyes began to fade, and his body was shaking. However, his subconscious mind… demanded honor!

A moment later, Meng Hao lifted his hand away, and blood sprayed out of Lin Cong’s mouth. His expression was blank, and his body was still trembling. His mind was gone, and apparently, the only thing he had left… was his honor.

Meng Hao said nothing. He now knew that when Lin Cong had said that Xu Qing would die if he did, it had been a complete fabrication. Actually, Meng Hao had already come to the conclusion earlier that such a thing wasn’t possible.

He took another look at Lin Cong, then pulled his hand back and tapped his forehead. A massive power poured through him, wiping out any life that was left. Lin Cong shuddered, and for a brief moment, his eyes became bright and lucid. Then he closed them… and died.

His corpse dropped down to the ground, but his bag of holding was snatched by Meng Hao. Inside was the Fourth Nation’s World Seal.

“Qing’er…” he murmured, “so, you’re a disciple of Ksitigarbha, on the Fourth Mountain….

“Just wait for me, Qing’er. Once I’m out of this Windswept Realm, I’m coming for you!” Then he turned and disappeared in a flash of light.

He left the Fourth Nation, passing back through the central temple region and entering the Ninth Nation. All of a sudden, a tremor ran through him, and he turned to look back at the Fourth Nation.

“Something’s off! I killed the Echelon cultivator from the Fourth Mountain. According to the natural law of the Windswept Realm, shouldn’t I be rewarded for breaking a previous record…?” Putting his thoughts aside of Xu Qing, he suddenly reviewed everything that had happened with Lin Cong. Finally, his eyes widened.

He then smacked his bag of holding and produced a promissory note. After looking at it carefully, he confirmed that it was Lin Cong’s promissory note, and then he suddenly smiled.

“These people definitely deserve to be in the Echelon. Han Qinglei had his schemes, and Lin Cong his plots. It seems that truly killing them won’t be easy.

“So, you’re not dead, Lin Cong. However, you will have no chances to rise to prominence here in the Windswept Realm. You’ll be forced to hide from me, not daring to even stick your head out!

“I may not be able to track you down and kill you, but I’ve slaughtered your heart. I’ve planted a shadow there, ensuring that I become your inner Devil!

“You’re not the first, nor will you be the last. The Windswept Realm… is the location where I, Meng Hao, will rise to prominence in the Nine Mountains and Seas! I will rise to prominence in the Echelon!

“When I leave this place, I will do so as… the number one in the Echelon!” He did not return to the Fourth Nation to continue searching for Lin Cong. Lin Cong’s life or death didn’t concern him anymore. With the status Xu Qing currently had in the Fourth Mountain, she was not somebody that could easily be trifled with.

Meng Hao flashed through the air toward Mount Whiteseal. After all of his years practicing cultivation, it was only during these battles that he had gradually formed a unique, domineering style that was all his own!

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  1. I have to be honest about something. In the original Chinese, it actually says that the feeling is impossible to describe. However, the following sentence then provides a description. We cleverly inserted the word “almost” to ensure that everything made sense…


59 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 7 – Chapter 1107” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. Seems a bit weird, I thought the Echelon would be stronger than Meng Hao and that it would be an uphill battle, not this slaughter fest. But it is a lot more fun than the usual running away Meng Hao does when he’s being chased by an overwhelmingly strong opponent.

      1. They were stronger than him. Before he entered the Nine Seas God World.

        Remember what happened since he got there? Paragon’s Blood, Nirvana Fruit absorption, Fleshly body Ancient Realm, 3 OP fist strikes learned, Allheaven Immortal, Seven God Steps, Blackpod Imps, Divine Sense upgrade… All of this did the trick in closing the gap between Hao’er and the other Echelon cultivators.

        1. Now. I wonder exactly what enemies that Meng Hao will face next. He’ll get the second fruit, become the 2nd last immortal realm, realm. Able to slay more ancient realms. Perhaps full, or just under? Next would be the first of grandpapies fruits, which will probably put him into the last one. Then he’ll probably have to break through to the ancient realm with the second fruit because it’s the hardest thing to break through, through.

          I think the author is just terrible at planning people’s strengths when it goes to immortality. The EPIC fang clan / Immortal Meridians(?) arc, then into this that is less epic than the epically epic. I think the promissory notes need to be upgraded into something, perhaps add the black pods to the karma strings to possess people from afar or something, just to keep the momentum going.
          TL:DR; author doesn’t plan how strong enemies should be enough, because Meng Hao is so badass that even the author has to strain themselves to make the enemies upto par. 😀

          1. Don’t forget that there are two overpowered forces out there that brought the paragon immortal realm to ruin and are currently heading towards the mountain and sea realm in search of the mirror.

            Meng Hao will probably have to have entered the Dao realm to even be qualified to flee from those guys, so I’m thinking that he will have to face off with a Mountain Lord or two before it comes to that.

            Plenty of OP opponents out there that he has yet to face, and so far Er Gen has been excellent at continuously expanding the perceived universe whenever the reader think they have gotten a grasp of the overall situation.

            So have faith in Lord Fifth, I guess

      2. MH’s cultivation base made it seem like he was weak initially (because they couldn’t sense him before). All of them seem to be a level above immortal, able to fight Ancient realm cultivators. The Echelon members we’ve seen have been a little squishier than MH, for example Lin Cong’s path to immortality has basically been The lord of the 4th mountain and seas path, not his own.. he’s spoiled even though he’s probably the second most powerful member of the Echelon.

        Without depending solely on cultivation base MH was able to fight Ancient realm cultivators well before he became an Allheaven Immortal. Its his battle experience and fighting style that is dominating them. He’s taken damage in both fights but the momentum behind his attacks makes it so they can barely stand against him.

      3. Man, I would be really pissed if the other Echelon member were actually much stronger than him. The amount of “good fortune” Meng Hao has accumulated so far is simply insane. The others member might have had insane good fortune too, sure. But we have been told since the beginning of the story how Meng Hao accomplished things “no one else has ever done, and no one else will ever do in the future”. Full circle of qi condensation, perfect foundation, golden core, 9 nascent souls, epic severings, corroborated to his own dao, 123 immortal meridians, fleshly body cultivation, allheaven, etc. etc. etc… if after all that, the story still told me that there are actually many guys out there stronger than while at the same realm, that would be completely bullshi*. so I`m really glad he`s proving that all that build-up was not wasted.

        1. All of that makes him stronger than people within a few generations of him. But there are probably still ancients who can kill him. Might be only the top of the top of ancients – maybe those with 9-10 lamps…
          These people might have been alive for more than a thousand years more than the mc though… especially if they are people who keep descending to become better ancients…

      1. lol. That’s appropriate! MH is just charging them for the battle experience that he’s giving them. They came to him asking for a butt whooping, he didn’t go to them.

    1. I missed so much! Awesome chapters! I knew Lin Cong had to die at least twice but I was afraid that MH would be too shaken about Big Sister Xu to remember to get his money. At this rate trouncing them all thoroughly and owning them in both body (karmically) and spirit (becoming their inner demons) is MH’s path!

  1. I almost didn’t see this chapter. However, since I normally read the teaser, I was pleasantly surprised to see the was an additional one, thank you.

    I guess with this death system, we can be guaranteed that Er Gen had plans for Meng Hao to die twice as echelon.

    1. Those extra lifes are OP as fuc*. I thought they had just one extra life (could someone confirm what was said before?) but it turns out they have two extra. Needing to kill them 3 times before they actually die is kinda ridiculous… and where they go after they “die” once, like this Lin Cong?

  2. How come he couldn’t just have used the Karma threads to track down the real one? Same for the 8th nation guy. If its possible for the freaking Ji clan scrub cultivators of Planet South Haven, it should be possible for Meng Hao and his fate changing, heaven defying A Writ of Karma daoist magic!

  3. Thank you deatblade :))

    Thank you 🙂 hmm..Lin Con Paragon magic are more superior than Shui Doingliu? Because Lin con can see the future of Meng hao but Shui Doingliu Can’t.

    I thought Meng hao future are unpredictable and no one can see his future?

    Thank you DB 🙂

  4. “After all of his years practicing cultivation, it was only during these battles that he had gradually formed a unique, domineering style that was all his own!”
    Does this mean that Meng Hao is about to get WORSE? If what he’s been doing wasn’t as domineering as what’s next, he’s gonna really terrify people.

    I understand the Echelon picking fights with him. They’re all monsters that stood at the peak of their worlds. But what about these other retards trying to take the Echelon symbol from Meng Hao? They just watched a monster completely one-sidedly slaughter one of their boogeymen… So ‘Let’s pick a fight with it’ seems like a rather life shortening decision.

  5. “Echelon cultivators can be killed twice without their soul being exterminated!” he murmured, thinking back to what Paragon Sea Dream had told him all those years ago. It was a special ability unique to the Echelon.

    Oh so it was an echelon thing and not a Fang clan thing.

  6. What memories did he hide from meng? Only how he escapes or more?
    And does he gain any skills out of this? And shouldn’t he have tried using karma to search for him?
    I was expecting him to try using the hex to take control of him… if he could control ancients, he should have been able to take control of this guy…

  7. so I wonder why the other Echelon member didn’t attack his Mount Whiteseal while he was busy? seems like a prime time to rush there and snatch away everything. /whatever

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