ISSTH – Book 7 – Chapter 1139

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Chapter 1139: Toxic Qi Flow!?

That was the Emperor’s gambit!

Although you couldn’t say he had honorable intentions or that there were no hidden tricks in his offer, you could at least say that he had revealed his cards and placed the bait right out in the open!

It was as if he were saying, “Here’s the bait, are you going to bite?!”

Anyone with a bit of common sense would be able to see that something was going on, something big and dangerous. Most importantly, as these drastic upheavals were striking the Windswept Realm, the Emperor’s actions were completely baffling.

However… even though they knew that something was going on, none of the Echelon cultivators could resist such bait. Dao-Heaven couldn’t, nor could Meng Hao. Their entire purpose in coming to the Windswept Realm had been to gain enlightenment of natural laws and Essences.

That didn’t indicate that they would instantly acquire that Essence after gaining enlightenment of it. However, the Essence would come to exist in their heart, like a flickering flame that, when they returned to the Mountain and Sea Realm, would make their path towards the Dao Realm less confusing, and make the process much smoother.

The ancient proverb says that before painting a piece of bamboo, that bamboo must exist in your heart. It was similar when dealing with Essences, and when the time came to truly acquire their own Essences, they would have a much clearer picture of their road forward.

Most importantly, having that proverbial bamboo in their hearts would even provoke changes in their fundamental nature!

The more enlightenment they gained, the greater the number of flames that were kindled in their hearts. If they could gain enlightenment of 3,000 great Daos, and thus gain 3,000 Dao Flames in their hearts, then, when they finally entered the Dao Realm, they would be able to wield unimaginable power.

Meng Hao’s divine sense roiled out as he began to gain enlightenment of the 300 Essences that had been released from the temple.

All of the Echelon cultivators were contemplating enlightenment, as were the other cultivators from the Mountain and Sea Realm. The central temple region was completely devoid of any noise other than the Emperor’s wild laughter.

His heart burst with anticipation as he waited for the Echelon cultivators to gain complete enlightenment of the natural laws and Essences.

Zong Wuya stood there silently, a complicated expression on his face as he looked at the Echelon cultivators. Finally let out a light sigh.

“Essences! Natural laws! Great Daos!” Trembling, Dao-Heaven began to laugh as his energy rose, causing a windstorm to spring up around him. Because of the World Seals, he had gained enlightenment of 900 Essences. With the additional help of the Emperor, and the blessing of the Windswept Realm’s qi flow, he now had been enlightened regarding 1,500 Essences. Hope was gradually forming within him, and he could virtually see himself stepping onto the path of the Ancient Realm for a tenth time.

“Who cares if it’s bait? However much you send my way, I’ll take it all!” he cried. Dao-Heaven’s eyes shone with a strange light. He might fear Meng Hao, but having become the most powerful in the Echelon indicated that his power and intelligence far exceeded the norm. Were that not the case, he would not have repeatedly avoided the Third Nation the way he had.

Lin Cong was trembling. Like Han Qinglei, he had not acquired any additional World Seals, and was limited to the 300 original Essences from his Nation’s National Aura Mountain. He had long since resigned himself to being in a hopeless situation. Now, he trembled as his enlightenment reached 600 Essences and continued to rise.

Bait and plots didn’t matter to him. He had no other choice than to do what he was doing. Cultivators lived to become more powerful, and to do so, they had to ignore danger. That was something that all Echelon cultivators were adept at.

Instead of saying that this was Lin Cong’s strong point, you could say that it was… a representation of his ambition!

It was the same with Han Qinglei.

Yuwen Jian was panting. He already had 300 more Essences than Han Qinglei and Lin Cong, and had now broken through to over 1,000. It wasn’t that he hadn’t seen Meng Hao’s actions. However, in the current situation, there was nothing more important or enticing than Essences and natural laws.

Then there was the young Echelon cultivator from the Fifth Mountain. He had been maintaining his distance cautiously, but now he looked extremely excited, and instantly sent his divine sense out in all directions.

Everyone was focused on contemplation, both the Echelon cultivators as well as Fan Dong’er and the others.

Meng Hao was also wrapped up in enlightenment. He was in the best position of all of them, and as his divine sense spread out, because of his advantages, experienced an instant breakthrough.

2,800 Essences!

Rumbling could be heard as Meng Hao’s energy erupted, forming an invisible tempest that spun around him. He was different from the others in terms of his temperament, and he immediately experienced shocking transformations. It was as if he became more confident. He stood there, seemingly far above everyone else.

The greatest transformation that was occurring was inside of him, with the partially absorbed Nirvana Fruit. After gaining enlightenment of 2,800 Essences, it was becoming almost inseparably close to him.

It was as if Meng Hao’s continued enlightenment caused more and more Dao Flames to ignite, allowing him to master the Nirvana Fruit and fuse with it!

By understanding the world around him, he actually didn’t even need to take the initiative to fuse with the Nirvana Fruit; it began doing so automatically!

Rumbling sounds could be heard, and his eyes looked like they contained stars, or even the world itself.

Suddenly, the Emperor’s voice rang out in a mesmerizing fashion, to be heard by all of the Echelon cultivators.

“Meng Hao has already gained enlightenment of 2,800 Essences. You other Echelon cultivators had better go a bit faster, otherwise… that precious World Essence which has been building up the temple for so many years will all go to him.

“As the Emperor, I can help you, and can even lend you with more qi flow. Just call out to me, and the qi flow will be yours!”

Dao-Heaven trembled, and when he opened his eyes, they were shot with blood. He suddenly slapped the top of his head, causing his entire body to vibrate. Then his Echelon mark appeared on his forehead, and his Paragon magic suddenly appeared, not to attack Meng Hao, but to use as a stimulus for his own power. Regardless of the consequences, he wanted his divine sense to become even stronger.

“Give me that qi flow!” he roared. As his voice echoed out, the Heavens rumbled, and an intense beam of light shot down onto Dao-Heaven. It surrounded him, causing the dust in the area to float up into the air and transform into a tempest. Dao-Heaven trembled violently, but his eyes shone brightly.

Under the pressure, he was able to sense that the speed of his enlightenment had been increased by more than tenfold!

1,600! 1,800! 2,000 Essences!

In the moment that Dao-Heaven reached 2,000 Essences, he began to pant, and a gleam of obsession appeared in his eyes, as if he had suddenly caught sight of his own personal Dao!

That Dao was vague, but because of the help of the 2,000 Essences, it could now be said that he had actually found his own path!

“So that’s how it is,” Dao-Heaven murmured, trembling, his eyes burning with passion. “I never would have thought…. I need to examine it in more detail!”

After Dao-Heaven called for the qi flow, Lin Cong and the others gritted their teeth, and then began to follow suit. They unleashed their cultivation bases and went mad with divine sense. Rumbling sounds filled the air as numerous beams of light descended onto them. All of the Echelon cultivators were trembling, expressions vicious as the qi flow power gave indescribable assistance to their enlightenment.

Their speed increased dramatically, especially in Lin Cong’s case. He had nearly gone mad from being defeated by Meng Hao; it was something that his enormous pride just couldn’t accept. Currently, he was roaring, holding nothing back, and was in fact demanding even more qi flow than Dao-Heaven.

He was surrounded by a beam of light 300 meters wide, and his speed of enlightenment was almost unbelievable. In the blink of an eye, he broke past 1,000. After that was 1,200, 1,500, then 1,800. Soon it was 2,000 Essences. He was now in third place among the Echelon, behind only Meng Hao and Dao-Heaven.

“Meng Hao, I won’t be weaker than you!” he roared, face twisted viciously. His entire body was shaking violently, as if his perception of reality was being forcefully stretched and widened. His consciousness grew clearer, and his eyes shone brightly.

“My path was incorrect,” he murmured, “and treading it could never lead to the highest heights. So, that’s what was happening. It turns out Immortality… is like this!” It was unclear exactly what he had seen, but he began to laugh loudly.

Han Qinglei gritted his teeth. Seeing Lin Cong and Dao-Heaven doing what they were doing caused a feeling of competition to rise up sharply within him. He decided to throw caution to the wind, and even though it wasn’t quite appropriate to call for more qi flow from the Emperor, he did it anyway.

Rumbling could be heard as his enlightenment rocketed up. Although it hadn’t reached 2,000 yet, he was able to do exactly what Dao-Heaven and Lin Cong had done, and see his own path.

Yuwen Jian was still hesitating, unsure of what to do. It was the same with the young Echelon cultivator from the Fifth Mountain.

It was at this point that Meng Hao suddenly trembled. His aura caused colors to flash and a huge wind to kick up. A strange look appeared in his eyes as he gained enlightenment of…. 2,900 Essences!

He was now only 100 away from 3,000 Essences!

His aura was changing, becoming different. It was as if he was casting off all mortality and becoming completely extraordinary!

A more intense aura of Immortality swirled around him, making anyone who looked at him suddenly be filled with the desire to bow in worship!

Even the other members of the Echelon and the other cultivators were all affected. Beneath Meng Hao’s feet, green grass and celestial flowers sprouted up, blooming, sending their delicate aroma out in all directions. There were even Blue Lotuses among them, swaying back and forth gently.

“When someone attains the Dao, he paves the way for all others!” Fan Dong’er said breathlessly, feeling shaken as she looked at Meng Hao. “When someone achieves the Dao, Blue Lotuses sprout and blossom!!”

If there were any Dao Realm experts present to watch, they would be astonished. That was because this was an omen that even few people in the Dao Realm could ever incite!

By this point, the Nirvana Fruit was reaching the final stages of absorption into Meng Hao. It was fusing with him, with his blood, with his soul, as if… it would become an eternal part of him!

As for the visions Dao-Heaven, Lin Cong and Han Qinglei were seeing of their Dao paths, Meng Hao experienced nothing of the kind. That was because he did not call upon any of the Windswept Realm’s qi flow from the Emperor. His was a pure enlightenment of the Dao!

Perhaps because of the Echelon Heart within him, his own heart was filling with an increasing sense of deadly crisis regarding the Windswept Realm.

In fact, even if his enlightenment were going slower, he still wouldn’t call upon the qi flow.

The voice of the Emperor echoed out, filled with a bizarre power that entered the hearts of all who heard him. “Meng Hao has already gained enlightenment of the 2,900th Essence. He only has 100 left. The rest of you… had better hurry up, lest you be too late!”

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51 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 7 – Chapter 1139” - NO SPOILERS

  1. Anyone else curious about what chu yuyan’s doing? I mean where’d she go. Was she still on the ninth nations aura mountain when it crumbled or is she in MH’s bag of holding again.

    1. my guess is that when Howie leaves the realm, he will just pick her up somewhere and it will be mentioned how the whole thing was good fortune for her and thus she achieved immortal ascension. she is too far behind in cultivation now, so the story needs some excuse to make her advance a few levels.

    2. I too would like to k ow where she is… and will he give her one of his immortality vines? He has 3 of those now does he not? He could have probably sold them for cash if he wanted 🙂

    1. Yeah, obvious trap and still they take the bait, but I guess being a part of the Echelon doesn’t afford you the humility to be in second place. I have a feeling that all the enlightenment they are gaining with the Emperors help will bite them in the end.

  2. Thanks for the chapter!

    Can someone told me who is the man that Sea dream fight with? Previously I thought he is the windswept emperor, but apparently he is not.

  3. well, seems like the trap is just to “contaminate” the mountain realm cultivators with that kind of obsession for the true dao, something similar to what happened to Zong Wuya and the other black robed men. since Howie is much stronger than all the others anyway and he is not affected, I think the only risk is if someone else gains enlightenment first and interrupts Howie’s process before he reaches 3000. but of course, since we are talking about Howie, the number 1 stealer of good fortune, he will probably find a way to gain enlightenment of the 3001st dao, or maybe even an unheard of 3002st, 3003st dao and become the first person in all history who ever gained more than 3001 daos.

    also, it turns out paragon sea dream is hurt and the imperial lord of the windswept realm is old… I can’t help but think how these “immortals” die of old age, even the ones who are in the dao realm. and I am sure this injury of paragon sea dream must be tens of thousand years old, and yet she still haven’t healed…

    1. I think that was explained. Just because you are allowed to increase your lifespan to infinity does not mean that you don’t have a limited longevity.
      Cultivators who reach spirit severing can live up to 1000 . They can use , abuse or hurt their longevity and can use pills to increase their longevity . Even with pills though they cannot live past 1000… or something like that.
      Probably something similar for immortals…. they have a set longevity that they can keep increasing through various means and don’t have a limiting lifespan like people below imortals have…the paragon might have a disease or poison that simply matches or exceeds her regeneration.
      maybe there are pills that can heal her, but she either is not an alchemist or the plants required for the medicine is not there.
      Maybe mh will heal her?

    2. Immortals, and by that I mean actual Immortal realm, not spirit realm cultivators, do live forever and do not die of old age. Neither do dao realm or ancient realm.

      A failed breakthrough to dao realm can result in a quasi-dao paragon, and those are insane and do die of old age. making them not immortal anymore.

      During the rule of Lord Li, he decreed that even immortals would die of old age, and as such Ke Juishi’s dad died of old age despite being a true immortal. But since the death of Lord Li and his replacement with the Ji clan, immortals no longer die of old age.

      1. but has it ever been mentioned before? I recall that Ke Yunhai clearly mentioned that Lord Li imposed a decree limiting the lifespan of immortals, but I am quite sure that it was not mentioned anything about Ji Tian revoking that decree and allowing immortals to live forever. furthermore, all Dao realms mentioned so far are old (and look old). if their lifespan is limitless after achieving immortal ascension, why they age to begin with?

        1. Maybe they grew old before achieving immortal ascension.

          Also I’m pretty sure that Ke Jiusi’s dad was a quasi-dao “paragon” and that’s what killed him, however Lord Li’s decree was also that the path to the Dao realm was barred, which may be why Ke Jiusi’s dad was in the quasi-dao realm (though I wonder why anyone would end up in that realm when the Dao realm is off limits, it would be smarter to stay in the Ancient realm).

          On a side note, I also wonder why people from the 9th mountain didn’t simply go to another mountain to reach Dao realm, since I’m pretty sure that each mountain has it’s own Lord and rules.

  4. Thanks for the chapter. This one felt like the fastest one I’ve ever read, since I kept wanting to skip forward to see the consequences of falling for the bait.

    Also, Dao-Heaven went from being an awe-inspiring rival to a self-entitled chump in, like, 20 chapters. Even Fang Wei was never as pathetic as him right now.

  5. … I have just caught up. So I went back and re read some parts that I liked… and came across something called dao taboos that he senses when he forms his foundation that he looses sense of with the first crack…
    Maybe that is what he will gain enlightenment about now…
    Am I right?

    1. i’ve always wondered about those as well but they were never mentioned after that. hopefully er gen does his thing and brings those up again, they were intriguing.

  6. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, anonpuffs, Madam Deathblade, GNE, Courtrecords, Shu, JerryDaBaws, and Baby Deathblade! Looks like the Echelon is about to be just Meng Hao soon.

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