ISSTH – Book 7 – Chapter 1124

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Chapter 1124: For the True Dao!

Around the same time that Meng Hao entered the Third Nation, the middle-aged man in the Imperial robes who sat cross-legged on the Third Nation’s National Aura Mountain was looking into a crystal ball that floated in front of him.

Light swirled about inside the crystal ball, and apparently, an entire world existed isolated therein. If you looked closely, you would be able to tell that within that isolated world were three people. They were screaming, and apparently wished to be able to break out of the world, but could not.

If Meng Hao were there to see them, he would be incredibly shocked, perhaps even feel his scalp go numb. That was because… he knew two of them!

One was the dead boy Hong Bin, and the other… was the tenth Echelon cultivator Hai Dongqing!

As for the third person, it was easy to imagine who it might be. As expected, it was the Echelon cultivator from the Second Nation, who had died by Dao-Heaven’s hands.

Although those three people were already dead, their souls appeared to be sealed inside of that crystal ball. What a bizarre situation!

Suddenly, the man in the Imperial robes opened his eyes, and a mysterious light could be seen glowing within them. He slowly turned to look in the direction of the border between the Third and Fourth Nations. In the same moment, Meng Hao entered the Third Nation.

This man’s cultivation base was not incredibly high, and he was not even in the Immortal Realm. However, he had a bizarre aura floating around him that made him seem completely mysterious and enigmatic.

At the same time that he opened his eyes, numerous figures appeared around him, either standing on the mountain peak or floating above it. All of them wore black robes, with cowls that covered their heads, making it impossible to see their faces. However, all of those figures emanated the ripples of the Ancient Realm.

Of course, cultivators of the Windswept Realm were incapable of breaking through to even the Immortal Realm, let alone the Ancient Realm. And yet here were multiple powerful experts of the Ancient Realm. Furthermore, among the black-robed experts were two or three whose cultivation base ripples were stronger than the others, indicating that they were comparable to Elders from various sects and clans in the Mountain and Sea Realm, with ten or more extinguished Soul Lamps.

All of them hovered there silently, awaiting the orders of the man in the Imperial robes.

As for that very man, his expression was the same as ever as he waved his right hand, causing numerous flickering images to appear in front of him. One of those images depicted Meng Hao entering the Third Nation.

He watched thoughtfully as Meng Hao coughed up blood, his body withering. The man’s eyes flickered.

“Is the girl taken care of?” he asked suddenly.

“We sent people to kill her,” said one of the black-robed cultivators, his voice hoarse, like that of an old man. “Unfortunately, she’s very crafty, and has managed to evade them thus far. She’s still alive.”

“She’s a dangerous variable,” the man in the Imperial robes said. “Go take care of her yourself, just to be safe. Time is wasting away, so make it happen quickly!”

“For the true Dao!” the black-robed man said earnestly, clasping hands and bowing.

“For the true Dao!” responded the man in the imperial robes.

“For the true Dao!” the rest of the black-robed men chanted fervently in unison, lowering their heads.

“Regarding Meng Hao… he counts for nothing, much the same as Dao-Heaven. They are ants in a maze, nothing more. Ignore them. If he dares to come to the National Aura Mountain, then just as Dao-Heaven, he will flee in fright and never dare to set foot back into the Third Nation again. We should tangle with the Echelon only if necessary, so leave them alone. They will become useful to us later. Soon, when we leave this mountain, then… we will achieve our grand design!” The man smiled, gazed into the crystal ball for a long moment, and then closed his eyes.

The black-robed men maintained silence. After clasping hands and bowing, they slowly dispersed, each one heading in a different direction.

In his Immortal’s cave in the Third Nation, Meng Hao’s heart trembled as he looked down at the blood-colored mask. Then he glanced at the ground. Eyes flickering, he sent out some divine sense into the earth. After a moment passed, he frowned. His divine sense wasn’t able to locate anything unusual.

However, from the way the mastiff was struggling to awaken, he could tell that its intense thirst was increasing. Meng Hao had never sensed anything like this from the mastiff before.

It was as if, in order to sate that thirst, the mastiff would not only awaken, but do so in a transmogrified state. It would be different than before, having undergone a drastic transformation.

“What exactly is hidden down there…?” he thought. Instead of doing anything rash, he put the blood-colored mask away, closed his eyes, and continued meditating to heal his injuries.

With medicinal pills and his Eternal stratum, he recovered rapidly. After only three days, his eyes opened, and they shone with a brilliant light.

“I’m sixty percent recovered….” he murmured. “From here on out my recovery will naturally slow down.” During the three days he had spent recuperating, the mastiff’s thirst had only gotten stronger.

He slapped his bag of holding, and the parrot and meat jelly flew out. They looked around nervously for a moment but, seeing no danger, heaved sighs of relief.

“Don’t worry, Dao-Heaven isn’t chasing us,” Meng Hao said with a cold snort. Sometimes the parrot and meat jelly acted fearless in the face of death. At other times, they seemed like unbelievable cowards. The whole thing was a huge headache for Meng Hao. He just couldn’t believe that they were unaware of the battle that had occurred with Dao-Heaven. He had even considered directly summoning them.

However, during the heat of the battle, both of them had been busy playing dead.

“Hey, you can’t blame Lord Fifth for this,” said the parrot with a guilty chuckle. “Considering Lord Fifth’s level of skill, a single glance and a few breaths of time would be all it took to wipe Dao-Heaven out thousands of times over. The problem was I really happened to be napping at the time. Hahaha.”

“Lord Third disagrees,” the meat jelly said solemnly. “Lord Third thinks that you need practice! In order to become truly strong, you need more and more experience! Lord Third will never help you unless it’s absolutely, positively necessary!”

To hear the meat jelly say something like this caused Meng Hao to stare in shock. Historically speaking, the meat jelly would always just copy the parrot. It wasn’t just Meng Hao who was taken aback; the parrot was also stunned.

“Did you two get into an argument?” Meng Hao asked curiously.

The parrot cleared its throat, then glared threateningly at the meat jelly.

“Old Third is actually right,” it said, putting on an air of superiority. “It seems there’s no need for Lord Fifth to hide the truth from you. It’s true. Unless there is an extremely deadly crisis, we won’t do anything to help you.”

“That’s right!” yelled the meat jelly. “Lord Third and this evil bird did get into an argument. Damned pigeon. Henceforth, our differences are irreconcilable!”

“What did you just say! I DARE you to say it again!” squawked the parrot, its feathers standing on end.

“I’ll say it again,” roared the meat jelly, glaring at the parrot. “I’ll even say it three times!”

Meng Hao instantly felt a headache coming on. Seeing that the two of them were about to start arguing, he snapped, “Enough! If you want to argue, you can do it back inside the bag of holding. Parrot, look around and see if you can see anything strange about this place. Meat jelly, you check it out too. There’s something off here, there’s uh… some bullies!”

At first the meat jelly looked disdainful, but as soon as it heard bullies mentioned, its eyes shone brightly. It looked closely at the ground, and then suddenly gasped.

“There really are bullies! Lots of bullies!!”

The parrot looked over, and its expression flickered with disbelief.

“Desolate Blooddriven Heavenly Departure formation!!

“That’s an ancient evil spell formation, and yet people nowadays are still able to use it!? It operates on sacrifices, but to offer sacrifices here… this is impossible!!”

Meng Hao’s eyes glittered, and he sent out his divine sense to merge with the parrot and meat jelly. In that instant, his mind trembled, and he suddenly saw numerous images. Deep down in the earth, far, far below, was a sprawling necropolis!

The necropolis was huge, and featured ninety-nine gigantic pits of boiling blood. The boiling blood let off a blood-colored mist that swirled up into the air.

Sitting cross-legged next to each of the ninety-nine blood pits were countless cultivators. Their cultivation bases were not very advanced, and so skinny that they looked like bags of bones. They stood next to the pits, fanatical expressions on their faces as they slashed their arms with knives and poured the blood out into the pits.

Gradually, the sound of chanting could be heard, filling the necropolis.

Deeper into the necropolis were dozens of black-robed figures, sitting cross-legged in meditation. They appeared to be standing guard. Because they were protected by what seemed to be a spell formation, Meng Hao couldn’t make out the level of their cultivation bases.

Most shocking of all was that at the bottom of each of the ninety-nine blood pits was a cultivator, sitting there cross-legged. There were ninety-nine of them, one for each pit, and considering that they were submerged in blood, if it weren’t for the fact that Meng Hao was using a special vision technique, he wouldn’t be able to see them.

Meng Hao recognized one of those cultivators. It was none other than… the old man from the Ninth Nation, Jian Daozi!

Meng Hao began to pant. With the help of the parrot and meat jelly, his vision pierced down into the blood pits. What he saw was that the pits were actually shaped like funnels, and if you looked closely, there were eyelets at the bottom.

Beneath those eyelets, and beneath the ninety-nine blood pits, was a tunnel that led to another part of the necropolis.

It was much smaller than the main necropolis, almost like a secret chamber connected to the larger structure up above. Both structures together almost looked like an inverted bottle gourd!

Within that secret chamber were several statues that resembled spirit creatures, including a turtle, a crane, and even a bat.

The statues were connected by a ray of light than linked them together, forming a circle. In the middle of that large circle, in the very center of the secret chamber, was a blood-colored block of ice!

That blood-colored block of ice contained something sealed inside of it… a blood-colored bat!

That bat looked the same in every respect as the the bat statue among the surrounding group of statues!

Currently, the block of ice was melting, and as it did, a blood qi rose up into the tunnel above, to be absorbed by the ninety-nine eyelets!

“What is all this?!” thought Meng Hao, his face flickering. When he looked at the blood-colored block of ice, he immediately felt an aura of boundless evil buffet against him. Although he was only looking at it with divine sense, and was separated from it by the parrot and meat jelly, he could still sense it. It was an evil filled with madness and terrifying power.

It was definitely… something that cultivators couldn’t control. It was like something that exceeded the natural laws of Heaven and Earth, and even that of Essence.

“That’s… a renegade spirit….” the parrot murmured.

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63 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 7 – Chapter 1124” - NO SPOILERS

  1. Holy shit, this is going to be intense! Mastiff power-up soon 😀

    Those two though.. My curiosity only keeps growing regarding them. Just who the hell are they 😮

  2. I’m the only one that thinks that Meng Hao got nerfed too much? He already has enemies with those snake guys,and I think they are going to kill him since they cannot be detected as long as they don’t trasform.He is too weak right now .

    Now he can’t defeat Dao Heaven even with the strongest path?? wtf?
    And this realm is too dangerous, he needs a real powerup asap..
    also wtf is the paragon doing? she got plot nerfed too ? She is supposed to be strong but can’t even handle a rebellion by small fries? cmon

      1. No, hes attempting to imitate it, hes got no ubergod stuff to remake his body and hes got nothing of Wang Lins, hes just looked at the picture of Wang Lins CLONE
        Meanwhile we have Meng Hao who has the legacy of pretty much every powerful thing in the nine mountains and seas, hes got bullshit eternal stratum, 123 meridians, allheaven path and more experience than paragon sea dream
        I dont care how good Dao Heaven has had it, hes not even got a 5th of what Meng Hao does, yet Hao cant beat him

        1. how the hell did you come to the conclusion that he has more experience than sea dream? do you have any idea how long she has lived? his life span isn’t even a fraction of a percent of hers. not to mention that since she is a paragon, she has had a crap ton of life experience, after all, you don’t become a paragon by doing nothing. meng hao has been through some stuff, but to say he has been through more than someone who has lived for several hundreds thousands or even over a million years, is quite ridiculous.

          1. the mountain and sea realm is probably several hundred thousand years old, and she was a paragon even before that, so its hard to tell her age.

          2. Besides, it even said that Dao Heaven’s luck and resources/good fortune is at least on par, if not greater than Meng Hao (with the obvious exception of the Demon Sealer League’s legacy) along with a vastly greater amount of time cultivating.

        2. Dao-Heaven is likely close to 10,000 years old. Paragon Sea Dream is hundreds of thousands of years old; a conservative estimate would be 200,000 years.

          Meng Hao’s packed an absurd amount into his lifespan, but I’d expect both of the above to have him beat in experience.

          Also, when you talk about stuff like Meng Hao’s eternal stratum, remember that Meng Hao was cultivating on his own, in the most backwater planet in the most backwater M&S. While some of his achievements are impressive anywhere (like corroborating his own dao), it’s entirely possible that some of his others are just normal and commonplace in other M&S.

        3. The legacy of petty much every powerful thing in the nine mountains and seas? Sorry but that’s rubbish – he hasn’t even left the ninth mountain or even obtained Li’s legacy yet, and he only has a few of the less powerful demon hexes and you make that claim… frog in a well.
          And you simply don’t care how good Dao Heaven has had it? Makes you a bit sillly doesn’t it? Dao Heaven beat him forcing MH into a tactical retreat therefore he obviously had it better (albeit over a much longer time and will likely get quickly overtaken) than Meng Hao. Your unwillingness to accept that part of the story is as delusional as your idea that he has more experience than the paragon sea dream

        4. Admiralen1 – that’s why he said that he’d only be op if he followed the path completely. Attempting to follow the path via painting proxy of clone proxy is obviously only going to be a faint imitation of wang Lin’s path, but the point was that’s the path he’s trying to follow and if he ever managed it he’d be silly strong.

        5. That’s probably what would happen in most other Xianxia novels, and is also why I love ISSTH so much. Other people can actually be OP as well and the MC can face them while his OP is not yet equal to theirs or strong enough to actually win.

    1. Te be fair, Meng Hao does have the strongest path, he is just way behind in term of cultivation making him Dao-Heaven equal, or maybe a little weaker.

      Think about it, Meng Hao’s path makes him absorb his 4 Nirvana fruits before entering the Ancient Realm. He currently absorbed 1, making him 1/4 of his Immortal Realm.
      Dao Heaven seem to follow an OP path (from last chapter we know it’s linked to Wang Lin, so it can’t be weak), and already ascended to the Ancient Realm 9 time before regressing to the Immortal Realm. So he is probably at the very end of his path, and very close to reach the Ancient Realm he wish, yet Meng Hao with 2 Immortal fruits is already way stronger than him. So think what would happen when he has his 4.

      1. Not even 1/4 since it seems like each one makes him exponentially stronger and seems like the difficulty of absorption increases too (judging by the effect it has on his body when he’s not ready for it, Allheaven Emperor Immortal almost killed him while temporary Immortal Emperor Realm just harmed and tired him out)

    2. If Dao Heaven is actually following Wang Lin’a path then I reckon it might be stronger or as strong as Meng Haos by the end. Everyone keeps saying MH is the strongest path, but that’s just what he thinks. Sure he’s the main character so it’s going to beat most every other path without us being told it will, but wang Lin is also a main character and his path was ancient when the ancient in this story was new.
      As for the paragon not getting there instantly and resolving the situation then I agree it’s probably a silly plot device, but unless you handicap your op protagonists somehow then the story will never really progress.

      Also, this story needed someone at Meng Hao’s level to give him a proper challenge so badly – the previous stompfest was getting realllly old. And this is the first true con of MH in aaaages where he bluffs Dao Heaven and escapes.

      1. I think Dao-Heaven isn’t actually treading the same path as Wang Lin… So far we know Dao-Heaven only got the painting of Wang Lin’s clone which he then contemplated by himself to make it his own Paragon Magic. He doesn’t have any legacies directly descended from Wang Lin, like Daoist Technique or Daoist Magics…

        1. I know he isn’t on wang Lin’s path (yet), but if the plot keeps him around long enough I’m saying he has the potential to match Meng Hao’a all Heaven path if he manages to recreate Wang Lin’s. As for learning specific techniques the painting obviously has some of his consciousness – I’m not saying it will, but it isn’t a huge stretch to guess it might teach him as their connection deepens (possibly triggered by the bridge call).
          Or maybe Meng hao will just steal another legacy connection and mix wang Lin’s path into his allheaven one

      2. in the end f the story u will understand why the path that meng hao is taking is the most powerful .the “all heaven or luo tian immortal ” path or bloodline is greater than u can imagine let us just say they do not call it all heaven for nothing

    3. Many people already answered the Meng Hao vs Dao Heaven thing so i’ll just speak about Paragon Sea Dream.

      Now, this is easy, this rebellion is obviously YEARS in the making and these people have actually thought things out so obviously it won’t be overturned that easily. Paragon or not without the link they use to teleport she’ll take a while to get to the Windswept realm and even then they may have some ways to keep her out using the trial by fire that also makes everything easier to manipulate.

  3. I’m kind of recalling a bat from when Meng Hao was leading the tribes in the first planet? The one that he initially caught as a…totem pet or something. Damn, I don’t really remember much. It escaped and didn’t die I think.

    1. Plus the bats from the mirror world in the demon immortal sect. I’m thinking they’re a race from one of the worlds that rebelled and likely one of the stronger ones at that.

      P.s. Although if they are then why no fanfare when the bat guy went bat form on planet south Heaven? Unless it’s connected with planet south heavens true identity whatever that is

    1. And maybe more information about the immortal slaying swords at the same time? MH really needs to get around to unsealing those bad boys – although at this point if they turn out to be strong enough to still be viable weapons then I call silly that he was able to duplicate one so cheaply ages ago.

        1. It took two thousand ultra grade stones if I remember correctly. That’s a lot for sure but still a lot less than he’s spent on other now redundant things (the time sword tips for instance)

          1. I calculated the wooden sword cost ~2 billion spirit stones to duplicate (2000 x 100 x 100 x 100 low->mid->high->ultra high). I think that is more then he spent on the sword tips, 1 billion? Not that I disagree with your point – that is still fairly cheap for Meng Hao now.

            Does anyone know how many spirit stones an immortal jade is worth?

          2. 861-
            “In the arena matches, anyone who makes it to the top 100 will receive a prize of 1,000 Immortal jades. Perhaps some of you are unfamiliar with Immortal jades. They are objects that can be used in cultivation after you reach the Immortal Realm. They are a rare thing in the Ninth Mountain and Sea. 1,000 Immortal jades is similar in value to 10,000,000 spirit stones.”

  4. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, anonpuffs, Madam Deathblade, GNE, Courtrecords, Shu, JerryDaBaws, and Baby Deathblade! I wonder if that’s the blood bat from before. It might be recovering here after being sealed by the Immortal Slaying Sword for ages.

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