ISSTH – Book 8 – Chapter 1398

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Chapter 1398: The Starry Sky of the Vast Expanse

The tunnel shook as the butterfly flew along, surrounded by Meng Hao and the other powerful experts. Countless vortexes appeared; explosive power was gathered which dramatically increased the speed of the butterfly. However, despite that sudden outburst of speed, when they looked back, they could still see Shui Dongliu standing outside of the tunnel like a mountain.

Meng Hao’s red pupils flickered with mixed emotions as he watched Shui Dongliu suddenly growing much larger. He was no longer old, but rather, a man in his prime.

His hands flashed in a double-handed incantation gesture, causing a shocking aura to rise up around him. There was also brilliant light, all of which was… the power of a 9-Essences cultivation base, which roared to life inside of him.

However, he seemed incapable of actually making a move. His cultivation base rocketed up, but all he could do was stand there, as if to use himself… to block the entrance to the tunnel. If anyone on the other side wanted to enter, they would have to destroy him first.

It was in that exact same moment when he began to grow larger, and his cultivation base grew more powerful, that in some mysterious fashion, he formed a connection to the Mountain and Sea Realm seed within Meng Hao’s body!

It was like a spiritual consecration, like the transmission of a Dao, causing Meng Hao to shake, and his mind to rumble. Boundless understanding of the Dao of Heaven, complete mastery regarding cultivation bases, and deep comprehension regarding various magical techniques, all passed into Meng Hao from Shui Dongliu.

If that were all there were to it, it might not be a big deal, but a boundless cultivation base power, as well as life force Essence, all poured into Meng Hao. Trembling, he let out a howl as shocking and monumental changes occurred inside of him.

Outside of the tunnel, the frustrated howls of the people from the Immortal God Continent could be heard.

“It’s Immortal Dao Transference!”

“He’s using himself as the seed, then self-immolating to help someone else ascend….”

“That’s a magical technique left behind from the Paragon Immortal Realm. But originally, it was completely malevolent. You could consume another person to help ascension. But this guy… he’s using that magic in the opposite way!”

Amidst the buzz of conversation, the 9-Essences female Paragon frowned for a moment, then snorted and took a step forward. The old man with the white eyebrows and robe sighed, and continued to advance. As for the other 8-Essences Paragons, they also approached.

It took only a moment for rumbling sounds to fill all ears as they closed in with deadly force on Shui Dongliu. Shui Dongliu chuckled, and his eyes shone brightly as he looked at the virtually all-powerful cultivators of the Immortal God Realm.

“We Mountain and Sea cultivators… live and die for the Mountains and Seas!” His hands flashed in a double-handed incantation gesture, summoning a divine ability. Drawing upon himself, he burned his own body and unleashed his cultivation base, partly to block his opponents, and partly to give to Meng Hao.

Blood sprayed out of his mouth as he sustained countless injuries. However, he didn’t shrink back in the slightest. He stood there outside of the tunnel, laughing just as before.

“I am not Nine Seals, although my body contains a stream of Nine Seals’ discarnate soul…. I’m not sure whether he used me to gain another life, or if I used him to return to the world…. The question of who I actually am is something I’ve pondered for countless millennia. Perhaps I’ve known the answer all along. I was originally a Mourning-Death soul…. In the end, though, it doesn’t matter. It’s all the same…. 1

“I called back the clone of the fallen God, and allowed the enemy to stay within the Mountains and Seas. I discussed the Dao with Extermination, and asked about the Heaven of all living things. 2

“I spared no effort. I did everything I could…. Perhaps some people will hate me, and perhaps some will denounce me. But when it comes to the Mountain and Sea Realm… I will never, ever have any regrets. I have lived my life for the Mountain and Sea Realm, and now I will die for it. My wish is fulfilled, and I have absolutely no regrets!

“We Mountain and Sea cultivators live and die for the Mountains and Seas!” As Shui Dongliu laughed, a look of madness gleamed in his eyes for the first time ever. Just before he was about to be completely destroyed by the enemy, he made the same choice that so many other cultivators of the Mountain and Sea Realm had made when they were on the verge of dying.

Self-detonation!

By means of self-detonation, he would injure those who were giving chase. By means of self-detonation, he would pass on his legacy with burning speed to Meng Hao, to deliver to him… superlative good fortune!

Shui Dongliu was self-detonating!

As soon as that happened, the vortexes in the tunnel spun faster than ever, in⁣creasing the butterfly’s speed dramatically. It took only a moment for it to shoot far off in the distance. It was also in that moment that Meng Hao’s mind filled with the crash of infinite thunderclaps. He shook visibly as countless Daos filled his thoughts, provoking frenzied growth within him.

Blood sprayed out of his mouth, and his vision swam for a moment before he passed out. Paragon Sea Dream quickly caught him. Then she, along with everyone else atop the butterfly, looked back with mixed emotions at the blinding, scintillating lights flashing near the entrance of the tunnel.

However, it didn’t take long before a huge boom echoed out from that very area. A moment later, vast numbers of Immortal God cultivators poured in. At the same time, their huge continent also reached the tunnel itself. Moments later, the tunnel itself began to crumble into pieces.

In that very instant, the butterfly was rapidly sucked out to the end of the tunnel.

Time seemed to slow until it was impossible to tell how much had passed. When things returned to normal, they were in the starry sky of the Vast Expanse, shooting out from a vortex which had just appeared.

When the Mountain and Sea cultivators looked out, they saw an endless starry sky. The Vast Expanse. There were no planets or Heavenly bodies, only layers of pulsing mist.

Behind them was where the Mountain and Sea Realm had formerly been located. Looking back, they could see a blurry vortex, within which were countless dots of light.

This was the first time most of these cultivators had seen the outside world, and it looked very unfamiliar.

Meng Hao was still unconscious, but a shocking power seemed to be brewing within him, stirring and rumbling.

The butterfly quickly shot out into the Vast Expanse. However, it didn’t take long before rumbling sounds echoed out from the very location it had just emerged from. The vortex which had been ripped open suddenly grew larger, then exploded as a gigantic land mass emerged.

Then, that vortex, which was connected to the former location of the Mountain and Sea Realm shattered, vanished for all eternity.

What had just emerged was none other than the Immortal God Continent, which immediately cast countless enraged and murderous auras out in all directions.

“The boundless starry sky of the Vast Expanse! They won’t be able to escape!”

“When the Immortal God Continent chases someone, they can’t escape!”

“Meng Hao! The name of the successor is Meng Hao!”

After a moment, they determined the direction Meng Hao and the others had taken, and went all out in pursuit.

Even as the Immortal God Continent gave chase, a lone ship appeared within the Vast Expanse. It hovered there, an old man on the prow, who suddenly opened his eyes and looked off into the distance.

After a moment passed, he shook his head and sighed.

“If they knew the truth about it all, would they do this?” he murmured. Perhaps the only person who knew which “they” he referred to… was him.

Another moment passed, and then the ship began to fade away. The old man continued his never-ending journey. Apparently, his stop in the Mountain and Sea Realm had just been a brief respite from a lifelong journey. Now, he made his way off into the distance once again.

“Perhaps we will never meet again. And yet, that Demon… seemed quite interesting.” He sighed, and his eyes glittered thoughtfully.

Even as the ship disappeared, an emaciated cultivator appeared off in another direction. Hovering at his side was an enormous mosquito. Both of them looked off into the distance.

The cultivator had a wretched appearance, but at the moment, he was frowning in apparent hesitation.

“Is this war really necessary? Lunatics. They’re all lunatics…. It was all to prevent the Immortal from appearing, all to transform him into the Demon….” If Wang Mu were here, he would instantly recognize this gaunt old man. He was none other than his Master, who had taught him the ways of cultivation in the bamboo forest of the Wang Clan.

After a moment passed, the gaunt cultivator sighed.

“The jinx has been gone for many, many years, gone to parts unknown. And yet, the same type of thing is happening again. Ah well, forget it. I’m not getting involved.” The emaciated cultivator shook his head, then began to make his way off into the distance. Perhaps from his perspective, what the Immortal God Continent was doing was a bit excessive, maybe even vile. Yet in the end… it wasn’t anything fatally wrong.

Even Slaughter appeared, looking off into the distance. Apparently, even he felt that what was happening was relatively meaningless….

It was possible that, at this point in time, there was no one who could foresee… what type of explosive tempest would arise because of the events playing out.

The Immortal had become the Demon, and the Demon… could change the entire Vast Expanse!

The pursuit was underway. The final events of the war which had just played out caused mixed feelings to rise up in the hearts of the cultivators of the Mountain and Sea Realm regarding Shui Dongliu.

Shui Dongliu had given the Mountain and Sea Realm hope. When they were mired in the depths of hopelessness, he had provided a slight chance for survival. That tiny chance had grown larger and larger, until survival now was a distinct possibility.

Although it seemed possible that the butterfly might still meet destruction, the truth was that the instant it had emerged from that vortex into the Vast Expanse, the Mountain and Sea Realm… had already escaped the fate of certain destruction.

As of this moment, the Mountain and Sea Realm was in control of its own fate!

There were no fetters and no seals. There were no 33 Heavens, and no Dao Fang. There was no Aeon Seal. There were no two powers crushing down on them from above.

It could even be said that the cultivators of the Mountain and Sea Realm had finally acquired true freedom. Tens upon tens of thousands of years had passed since the Paragon Immortal Realm, and during that time, they had never possessed… freedom.

They were being chased, but as far as the cultivators of the Mountain and Sea Realm were concerned, they still had their freedom.

The downside was that the cost of that freedom had been immeasurable. As for the handful of cultivators who actually remained behind, when they thought about that seemingly impossible chance which Shui Dongliu had procured, they were filled with mixed feelings, including both hatred and respect.

Ninety-nine percent of the cultivators had died. In exchange for that, every flap of the wings of the butterfly caused more of the dead souls of the Mountain and Sea Realm cultivators to fade away.

In fact, it might be better to say that the wings were not being propelled by Fang Xiufeng and Meng Li, but rather, by the lives of the Mountain and Sea cultivators.

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  1. The Mourning-Death Clan and the Mourning-Death souls are from the novel Beseech the Devil. I don’t really know much about them, I just know that they existed in that novel and were relevant in the later parts of the story.
  2. You might remember a while back I said that the man on the boat seemed like he might be Old Man Extermination from Beseech the Devil. This seems to confirm that

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54 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 8 – Chapter 1398” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

      1. He has only used one at his ancient realm tribulation. However I firmly believe that his two remaining lives are useless against people that are too strong.

  1. This novel had the most “crossing” whatever that term is, with the usage of other characters connected in the same universe or something.

    1. No. At the bamboo forest meng hao encountered slaughter for the second time. He followed him, then found this old man with his disciple.
      The man with the mosquitos is that old man.

  2. Who is the jinx that Mosquito man is talking about? And who is Old Man Extermination and wth is this ‘never-ending journey’ thing? And is someone here knowing what OME meant with ‘they’? and the mourning-death soul…
    WOW..in this chapter we have some answers but more questions…..
    THX DB!!

    1. Everytime I see charachters with varying degree of importance/that played a big role in the story self-detonate (Shui Dongliu, MH parents and maaaaany others), or say smthing like ‘perhaps we will never meet again’ ( Old Man Extermination , Slaughter (?) ) it makes me a little sad :'( …even OME ‘never ending journey’ thing…( I know its impossible but I want everyone to be reunited and live happily lol..)

      Note : I wonder if the actual MC from Er Gen previous works will appear……and I am not talking about clones…

    2. The jinx is Wang Lin (from Renegade Immortal) and the mosquito used to be his pet (it has already appeared in the translated chapters). No idea about rest of your questions. Probably, OME was Su Ming’s master (MC in Beseech the Devil).

  3. So shiu dongliu was really an outsider, or not. And tat old man seems to be super op. First i thought he was 9 seals then i thought he was grandpa fang cuz though he was a doyen, he was still somewhere outside. Now it looks like the old man might be behond the power level of the vast expanse.but where is grandpa fang?

  4. Well, to whoever said that Wang Lin wont make an appearance in this story: Haha, you were wrong 😀

    Anyways, thanks for the chapter and my opinion on the last few chapters is this: I have no idea why but it seems like Er Gen seems to have run into some kind of a very big mental block with ISSTH for there to be only about 200 chapters left but at the same time, the amount of things introduced and that could have made a very interesting side arc or even a main story arc were far too many.

    Still, I have enjoyed every chapter this far and will enjoy every chapter until the end.

          1. Wait wait wait…..

            That explains quite a lot actually….

            But that also creates one question: Why did Xu Liguo look after the Wang Clan? From what I understand about RI and how he thinks of the Jinx, there should be no way he stood guard over the Wang Clan for so long.

            Also, it is not like the whole Wang Clan perished for him to give up so easily and go his own merry way….

    1. Er Gen seems to be telling the story of this vast expanse, and I feel like it might be building up to something big. So even though I haven’t read RI and BTD yet, I imagine that the MCs in those stories probably don’t fully achieve whatever it is that they want and may eventually have to work together or maybe even train someone together in a future story. And really, Er Gen seems to have planned everything out nicely so a mental block seems unlikely. So maybe we should read the entirety of ISSTH sort of like a single book in a long series of books.

      We still have around 200 chapters though so maybe it’ll really end the story of Meng Hao by the time we’re done, and we’ll just see little references of him or other characters in this universe in another story. But again, I feel like the ending of ISSTH is going to be a building block for this bigger story.

      1. It may be so.

        The reason I said it feels like a big mental block is that there are a lot of things yet unexplained and even more things are being introduced each and every chapter but seeing that there are only 200 chapters left, I just felt that either 90% of the things will be forgotten or have a simple solution that is explained with 1 sentence and never heard of again.

        I honestly like your theory on all the stories he writes being a single arc in the Vast Expanse story… But that in itself creates a lot of interesting questions and ideas, so I am looking forward to seeing if your theory is true.

      2. You’re right. There’s really a bigger story here. We’ll probably find out more in”A Will Eternal “. Btw since ma boi bai xiaochun was always so afraid of death that he wanted to become immortal, he might really become the true immortal mentioned in issth.

  5. Damn… the sacrifice of 99% MSR souls is only temporary solution!!! wtf!!… each flap of butterfly wings consumes quite a bit of energy… thought MSR will run for couple hundred years till everything AMD everyone is ready then will take the last stand but now there’s chances that final battle will done without being 100% ready even with all these sacrifices…
    btw.. looks like god realm has more than 1 9 essence paragon and atleast 1 daosource(patriarch of god realm) and thats only 1 of the 2 major forces… haha.. gonna be starry sky shaking vast expanse shattering final battle…
    now that the butterfly is on the move and everyone is out of intense deadly crisis… hope we get to see old chosens and really hope that except song loudan and Tiangzi no one died..

  6. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, anonpuffs, Madam Deathblade, GNE, Tsukihime, JerryDaBaws, and Baby Deathblade! Whoa all the references. Can’t wait to finish the other novels to get a more complete picture.

  7. What happened to sealing the heavens though ? As in, the title of the story ?

    When MH learned the “Seal the heavens incantation” I thought that he would use it in the war, but in the end he just absorbed the world essence from the 1st Heaven and the other heavens were mostly destroyed… Weird

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