ISSTH – Book 8 – Chapter 1252

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Chapter 1252: Attack!

Meng Hao remained seated in his cabin, watching what was happening through narrowed eyes. Frowning, he turned his attention to the man in the mask.

“Well now, how much do we want to bet that this guy has Meng De’s face?” he murmured.

In almost exactly the same moment, the man with the mask of eyes slowly reached up and removed his mask. Just as Meng Hao guessed, his face… down to the tiniest detail, looked exactly like… Meng De’s!

They were exactly the same!!

Meng De’s eyes went wide, and he stopped in place, pointing a quivering finger at the black-robed man. His expression was one of intense fear, and then he began to laugh bitterly with the realization that he was going to die!

“Kill him,” said the man with Meng De’s face, his voice cool. “Clean everything up. We’re going… back to the Meng Clan.” Even the man’s voice sounded exactly like Meng De’s.

As the words left his mouth, one of the other cultivators who had changed his appearance to look like one of Meng De’s retinue smiled and reached out to end Meng De’s life.

However, it was in that very moment that a sigh rang out, filling the starry sky. The man with Meng De’s face looked shocked, as did the other cultivators, who immediately began looking around vigilantly.

“Whoever’s out there with these parlor tricks, show your face!” said the fake Meng De. His divine sense spread out, and the aura of the Dao Realm suddenly exploded out. Although he only had one Essence, to Meng De, that was thoroughly terrifying.

That sigh came from Meng Hao, of course. He had no choice but to act. If he allowed these people to kill Meng De, infiltrating the Meng Clan would become vastly more difficult. Obviously, they wouldn’t just let him join up with them, and if he killed them all and went back to the Meng Clan alone, it would be very difficult to explain. Obviously, people would suspect him of being complicit in the events.

Meng Hao’s main goal was to free his grandfather’s bloodline, which first entailed getting into the Meng Clan, then understanding the situation as a whole before finally making a decision on what to do.

“This is so annoying,” Meng Hao thought, shaking his head. He took a step out, eyes flashing, and as he did, his face transformed. When he appeared out in the starry sky outside, no one could tell that he had just emerged from within the ship. It was as if he had materialized out of thin air, right in front of the black-robed men.

The man with Meng De’s face backed up, eyes widening.

“Kill him!” he ordered. The other nine black-robed men were scared, but they immediately complied, erupting with cultivation base power. Performing incantation gestures, they caused that murderous battle-axe to appear, which then slashed down toward Meng Hao.

Meng De shrank back into a corner, watching with nervous excitement.

Meng Hao’s expression was the same as ever. Now that every aspect of his cultivation base had been raised by Greed, he didn’t even attack, he just looked at the descending weapon. Then, instead of evading, he raised his finger and flicked the axe.

He did not use any divine ability or magical technique; he relied only on the power of his fleshly body. As soon as his finger touched the battle-axe, a boom rang out. The black-robed men had vicious expressions on their faces; they were completely confident in their joint attack power. When they combined forces to use this Daoist magic, it was so powerful that it could shake the Quasi-Dao Realm. The only downside was that they could only use it a limited number of times. Even still, it had been praised by a Dao Realm expert in the past, leaving these nine men completely confident.

However, their faces were now frozen in shock, their eyes wide with disbelief and awe. Three of them even cried out in alarm.

“This….”

“Impossible!”

“He….”

To their astonishment, when Meng Hao’s finger made contact with the axe, Meng Hao wasn’t shaken at all, nor did his expression change. A rumbling boom rang out, as well as numerous cracking sounds. Those sounds all came… from the battle-axe!

The combined Daoist magic of these nine individuals, a magical battle-axe that filled them with complete confidence, was covered with cracks by its mere contact with Meng Hao’s finger. The cracks spread out, growing more dense, covering the entire battle-axe, until it shattered….

The backlash hit the nine cultivators, causing blood to spray out of their mouths. Then they looked at Meng Hao with unprecedented terror and shock. Even the man with Meng De’s face couldn’t stop his eyes from widening.

Not even a white line appeared on Meng Hao’s index finger, his fleshly body had become so powerful that this battle-axe had absolutely no chance of affecting him even a tiny bit.

Meng Hao smiled slightly, quite pleased with the power of his fleshly body. He looked up at the nine cultivators, eyes flickering with killing intent. Then he suddenly vanished, whereupon the minds of all nine men exploded with a sensation of life-or-death crisis. Without the slightest hesitation, they began to flee.

However, they were not qualified to do any such thing in front of Meng Hao. He appeared in front of the man in the great circle of the Ancient Realm and casually bumped into him with his body.

A boom rang out as his simple blow slammed into the man, causing blood to spray out of his mouth, whereupon his body exploded. His Nascent Divinity didn’t even have a chance to escape, and was also destroyed.

That was from bumping into him!

The man with Meng De’s face was astonished. Scalp numb, he fell back, transforming into a flickering shadow as he tried to escape. However, Meng Hao simply let out a harrumph.

The sound transformed into an explosive shockwave that rocked the starry sky. A tempest whipped up, sweeping across everything. Eight of the fleeing black-robed men were shredded to pieces, including their bones, organs, and Nascent Divinities. There was no need to mention their fleshly bodies. Popping sounds could be heard as they were transformed into a bloody mist that spread out into the starry sky.

“Dao Lord!!” cried the man with Meng De’s face. Although he had already guessed at how terrifyingly powerful Meng Hao was, to see the destructive result of Meng Hao’s single snort left him without any further doubts. No matter what Meng Hao actually looked like, his battle prowess… was something that only a Dao Lord could unleash.

The man’s heart was trembling; he had never imagined that upon just beginning his mission, he would suddenly run into a terrifying Dao Lord. After all, in the Mountain and Sea Realm, Dao Lords were mighty figures who could affect the entire Realm with the stamp of a foot!

Dao Lords were only one step away from being Dao Sovereigns, who were qualified to vie for the position of Mountain and Sea Lord!

The black-robed man stared with wild eyes. He was already a blur as he attempted to flee; in the blink of an eye, he was gone, and the shockwave of Meng Hao’s sound attack passed by the position he had just occupied.

When he reappeared, he was far off in the distance. Without even looking over his shoulder, he began to flee.

“What a strange Essence,” Meng Hao thought, intrigued. He took a step forward and vanished. When he reappeared, he was right behind the fleeing man. Meng Hao reached out and made a grasping motion, using the Star Plucking Magic.

Instantly, a shocking gravitational force rumbled into being, spreading out through the starry sky as Meng Hao’s hand turned into a black hole. The void distorted, countless motes of dust sped toward him, and fissures spread out.

The black-robed man’s mind was rumbling, and his astonishment reached a peak as he flew back toward Meng Hao, his body completely beyond his own control. The sensation of deadly crisis in his mind caused him to hold nothing back as he unleashed all of his Essence power to break free from Meng Hao’s grasp. Suddenly, ghost images sprang up around him.

A boom rang out as hundreds of black-robed figures suddenly began to pour out, all of whom fled in different directions. The only thing left behind in Meng Hao’s hand was a piece of skin.

“Clones?” Meng Hao murmured, looking around at all the fleeing figures. His eyes began to shine; these were obviously clones, and the sheer number involved piqued Meng Hao’s interest.

He was also shocked; given his current cultivation base, not even Dao Lords were a match for him, and yet this 1-Essence Dao Realm cultivator had eluded him twice now.

Of course, some of that was because Meng Hao had not utilized a powerful divine ability. By now, he was at the point where even a casual attack on his part was something that a 1-Essence Dao Realm cultivator couldn’t easily avoid.

Although Meng Hao was surprised, the man in the black robe was already frightened to death. He had risked everything just to escape those two times, and even still, the backlash had left him seriously injured. That was especially true of his final move of splitting into hundreds of clones, which seriously damaged his Essence.

“Dammit, he’s no ordinary Dao Lord! He must be at the peak of the Dao Lord Realm. We’ve kept track of how many Dao Lords there are in the Eighth Mountain and Sea, and he’s not one of them!!” Even as the man fled in terror, Meng Hao’s eyes gleamed with a gray glow.

He suddenly cried out, causing a huge wolf’s head to appear behind him. This was one of Greed’s magical techniques, although in Meng Hao’s hands it was more wolf-like and less greed-focused. The wolf appeared in the middle of the starry sky, radiating bloody murder, completely domineering as it opened its mouth wide and began to inhale.

RUUUUUUMMMMBLLLLE….

The entire starry sky trembled and began to shatter, converging on Meng Hao at the center. It was as if… everything in the area, including the natural laws and the energy of Heaven and Earth, were now being sucked in by Meng Hao!

The hundreds of clones screamed as they were swept up and then began to explode. In the blink of an eye, countless showers of blood filled the starry sky.

In the end, there was only one figure that didn’t explode, which then spun toward Meng Hao, who grabbed him by the neck, sealed him, and tossed him into his bag of holding.

A mighty Dao Realm cultivator was treated like a baby chicken!

Meng Hao could sense how powerful he was after being re-moulded by Greed. He was now… in a state far more powerful than a Dao Lord.

“Once I push open the Door of the Ancient Realm… I’ll be even more powerful!” Meng Hao’s eyes flickered, and he turned to look back at the Meng Clan ship off in the distance, and Meng De, who was gaping at him wide-eyed. Gradually, Meng Hao faded away.

The entire starry sky was completely silent. Meng De’s face was ashen as he stared blankly out into the starry sky. Then he looked around at the corpses on the ship. Fear still lingered within him, and grief was now welling up. Despite his age, this was his first time experiencing anything like this. Because of the terror and confusion in his heart, he didn’t notice at all that because of Meng Hao’s interference, whatever had been blocking communications had already been broken, allowing connection to the outside world once again.

Meng De began to weep, but then suddenly recalled something. After looking around at the corpses, he rushed back into the ship. It had just occurred to him that apparently… there was another survivor on board.

As of this moment, anyone left alive with him on board was like a relative!

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66 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 8 – Chapter 1252” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. Well at least that OP larva was still useful before it was never be mentioned again. Think about the rain dragon core and the echelon heart, we even don’t know what are those things use for.. ?

      1. If i may… the Rain Dragon Core I think the manifestation of that is Haowie’s Roc Transformation cos in the Blacklands Arc he saw cultivators transforming into animal-like, that’s where he got the idea and since his animal is the ROC he transform into one.

        1. I don’t think so, the roc transformation is a divine ability/secret magic he obtained after meditating on it in Immortal Ancient Daoist Rite Temple.
          That core was turned into an immortal meridian! It’s bothering how people misunderstand or forget something and blame it on the author sometimes.. It’s quite sad.
          I’m not talking about you or this novel in particular, it happens everywhere and it’s quite unfortunate.

    2. If I’m not wrong, the eyeless larva already fused with his soul and it kept him alive in the Rebirth Cave after his foundation was taken by the 10th Patriarch of the Wang Clan.

    3. Not to mention his Dragoneering ability, the lightning creatures he captured in the milky way sea, the time sword tip, the wheel of time, the karma fishing rod, the Meng clan gloves, the ji clan blood divinity, the magics he learned from the ancient demon immortal sect, and others I forgot

      1. If I were to give a simple answer, it would be that they aren’t useful anymore.

        But if you need a bit more detail, the dragoneering is completely useless because the apex of the Neo-demons’ power is the eleventh(?) stage which is only about as strong as Spirit Severing, and if I remember correctly, it was unique to the Western Desert. What would be more doable is ranting about the 6th demon hex which has the same effect but million times as strong, though I personally think he doesn’t have to use it much.

        The lightning creatures? I don’t really remember that, but since it’s in the milky way city then that is bound to be a Spirit Realm thing for sure, which obviously is junk to the current him. You can argue about the poor immortal carriage even though I’m sure it would’ve been immortal-level at best. (he still didn’t use it when he could though, which is sad)

        Time sword tip, wheel of time, karma fishing rod and the Fang gloves are likewise only effective against Spirit Realm cultivators, who he could now obliterate by so much as staring at. The fishing rod is related to karma, and I’m sure he doesn’t even need a treasure for manipulating karma anymore. As for why he doesn’t “karmically annihilate” people? That would be too bothersome as it would potentially mean erasing people from Dao realm cultivators’ memories at this point.

        The Ji Blood Divinity has appeared lately, but it’s still not strong enough for his current level. It’s Ancient Realm at best. Though something that has been bothering me for eternity was solved with its appearance, and that was why he didn’t use the Blood Immortal skills. Turns out the Blood Immortal was not even that strong, he was immortal at best.

        The magics he learned though.. That’s bothering me too. The 7 words thing was used frequently by him once he reached spirit severing, but never to be seen afterwards. It shouldn’t be too low-leveled since it was the treasured “secret art” for that ancient sect..

        The Echelon Heart was absorbed by him, it has no distinct usage. The Eyeless Larva should be low-leveled too, it barely withstood that tribulation thing which was nowhere near the level of immortal tribulation and of course, immortal related stuff, not to even mention Ancient and Dao realms.

        1. the 7 words thing, is that the ” Flames of War unify blah blah ” ? if that is then i would also like to the whole incantation till the end and he still hasn’t used the Mask which can bolster his power level but you saying that blood immortal is at best an immortal only, I think you’re wrong on that. If you will remember Meng Hao said after he reach the All Heaven Immortal he said to a particular cultivator/enemy that ” you just don’t understand the true meaning of the word ” Immortal ” “. So assuming that the Blood Immortal which is one of the powerhouses of the Heavens of Li is just an immortal then we can rightfully assume the Lord Li is just an Ancient Realm Level then nobody would even want his Legacy hahaha! The Echelon Heart after absorbing makes his Divine Sense Even more Powerful to the point that he Dream Travel until he was detected by Fang Dao.

          1. I think the 7 word magic thing he was talking about was that withering magic thing, that he only gained enlightment to 2 of the words; one of which was Withering, and I forgot the other.

            Remember how he used it in the war against the Northern people? Yeah that magic.

          2. Well, when the Blood Divinity reappeared, I’m 90% sure that the narrative said something about Meng Hao being much stronger than THAT blood immortal (the one who he got the legacy from).
            It’s very unlikely that the mountain lord was just an immortal, that’s for sure. In fact he should be more like a Dao Lord. But the one he got the legacy from? I don’t think so.
            But who knows, there might a lot more to this than we think.

        2. The blood immortal was the same as blood demon just a different aspect of him. Remember in the demon immortal sect where the mountain approves of him and asks him to wear the mask? And then we find out that blood demon is anothe clone of him.

          1. Naah. And here I thought you were one of the more attentive ones.
            Blood Immortal has NOTHING to do with Blood Demon, except that they’re from the same sect. Blood Demon has something to do with the seven mountains below the three floating mountains which Alexanderjuvarn mentioned below.
            I suspect the Flying Rain-Dragon that Meng Hao saw when he first got there has the same status as Blood Demon..? Pure speculation.

      2. The blood immortal is the blood demon on planet south heaven that died and helped Meng Hao. He is Dao realm. All 3 Emperors were Dao realm. Frost Demon, Blood Demon and Withering Flame Demon. Honestly, I dont know what happened to the larva. It shouldnt be that weak considering its the 4th most powerful beast in existence.

        The swords will come into use later but he only has one of the 100k swords atm.

        He used the magics to form his Immortal body. Thats about as far as they go. And the soul magic he has yet to master. Not sure what happened to the one he got frm the tower though.

        1. Nope, Blood Immortal is not Blood Demon.
          As for the larva part, it was the “fourth strongest in existence! ” by South Heaven’s standards, remember that the only Ancient realm cultivator was Emperor Tang, right below him were the immortals such as that crocodile and the Dawn Immortal. I suspect that the ones who classified the Eyeless larva as the 4th strongest shouldn’t even know of these old monsters who reached immortality. Then again, it might really be the 4th strongest and that there are many mysteries about it but.. I don’t think so.

      3. The magics he learned from the ancient demon i think are these :
        Nine Heavens Destruction Punch – Which he upgraded when guyiding-tri-rain teach Meng Hao about Vibrations but never used anymore as he got now the GOD-Slaying fist
        The Body Tempering shit – Which he would consume Precious treasures of higher level like immortal treasure or dao seeking treasure to further enchance his Fleshly Body , On one part he consumes large amount of treasures he got in the Dao Geyser where he get the Flame Essence to Enhance his right hand so when he punch there’s a heaven shaking, earth-shattering force.
        The Immortal heart shit – The one Ke Yunhai taught him which as per Haowie he needs to die first to understand the magic which not so far as mastered but Ke Jisui, his brother, is using as I speak.
        Mountain Consuming incantation – The very used Magic which now when he used is colored azure cos of the Allheaven Dao Cultivation.

  1. I saw that the novel is completed and it finishes at 1600 mark. Isn’t that really short?

    I just can’t see how it will finish in a mere 350 chapters

    I hope this doesn’t count as a spoiler

    sorry if it is

    1. ISSTH overall is about as long as the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. The 350 chapters left would be about 2 or 3 books within that series. That’s a lot of material left to cover. There’s a reason this was the most popular story on qidian.com for about 2 years straight, even for months after it was completed.

          1. And he made another core sea when he formed his 9th Nascent Soul or 9th Anima.

            @Sora
            Who knows, he only use that as a disguise for Fang Mu.

    2. Well it was looking like that before he got this crazy powerup. Going by the title of this book he probably finishes every loose end in the M&S realm. Then we’ll have one book for fighting the outsiders coming for the mirror, and one book for sealing the heavens/Dao Fang. Not sure which one comes first though. If I had to guess probably sealing the heavens first because the sealing technique he got is supposed to also be a powerup for every one he seals.

  2. I’m somewhat touched that Meng De isn’t a complete douche and ”attempts” to help ”Meng Chen”. Even if for his own reasons, the thought is what counts.

  3. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, anonpuffs, Madam Deathblade, GNE, Courtrecords, Shu, CyanR, JerryDaBaws, and Baby Deathblade! Hey Meng De doesn’t know Meng Hao is Meng Chen so that identity is still usable. After all while he was fighting Meng De was busy crying in a corner so he wouldn’t know who died.

  4. A boom rang out as hundreds of black-robed figures suddenly began to pour out, all of whom fled in different directions. The only thing left behind in Meng Hao’s hand was a piece of skin.

    Tajū Kage Bunshin no Jutsu!

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