ISSTH – Book 8 – Chapter 1400

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Chapter 1400: Green Coffin Vortex!

Sea Dream’s divine sense spread out further and further. Everything from her waist down had transformed into motes of light. It was then that, shockingly, she noticed… a vortex, spinning somewhere far, far away.

It was a vortex larger and grander than the space once occupied by the Paragon Immortal Realm, and within it could be sensed an intense, terrifying pressure that was no less powerful than that exerted by the Immortal God Continent.

There was indescribable danger inside, and within the cracks and crevices that riddled the swirling vortex, it was just possible to discern that in the centermost region… was a coffin!!

The coffin was green, and inside of it was the corpse of a woman who almost appeared to be sleeping.

Next to the coffin was a stone stele, upon which was a line of script that Paragon Sea Dream could just barely read.

“The entire starry sky owes me a debt, and likewise… I owe you a debt. You could awaken from slumber if you wished, but you do not. Well then… I will use this starry sky, transformed into the Vast Expanse, to accompany you in death.”

That vortex was a place that had nothing whatsoever to do with the Mountain and Sea Realm, the Immortal God Continent, or the Devil Realm. It was another world, a world that had seen the passing of countless ages. Apparently, it had even existed back in the days when there was no Immortal God Continent or Devil Realm!

Apparently, the reason why the Vast Expanse existed to begin with… was because of that world!

Sea Dream had never seen this woman before, but as soon as she laid eyes on her, her mind reeled. Somehow, she was filled with the sensation… that this was the place where the Mountain and Sea Realm could find its chance at survival!

The vortex itself was bizarre in appearance; it consisted only of the colors black and white, and also contained some sort of timeshifting magic, which made it so that Paragon Sea Dream couldn’t examine it for very long. A moment later, her divine sense was on the verge of running out, so she retracted it. By now, everything below her neck had transformed into light.

“That’s the place. That… is where the Mountain and Sea Realm has a chance to survive!!” She seemed excited as she pulled back her divine sense, and yet, it was in that same moment that the Vast Expanse churned as the Immortal God Continent appeared not too far away in the distance.

However, Paragon Sea Dream continued to smile as her head transformed into motes of light. Those motes of light then propelled the butterfly ahead with incredible speed, and with it all of the cultivators of the Mountain and Sea Realm.

Rumbling could be heard as the butterfly shot away from the Immortal God Continent, which continued to pursue relentlessly, despite the distance between them.

The motes of light were all that remained of Paragon Sea Dream, and they were about to fade away. She quickly pushed the butterfly toward the vortex she had discovered with her divine sense, and passed on the information about it to Fang Xiufeng and Meng Li.

“Go there…. That is where… hope exists!”

The butterfly changed its course, speeding rapidly in the direction indicated by Paragon Sea Dream.

At this point, the motes of light that were Sea Dream began to fade away. She watched as the butterfly disappeared off in the distance; smiling, she offered it all of her well wishes.

She was Sea Dream, who had stood guard over the Mountain and Sea Realm ever since the final battle of the Paragon Immortal Realm. Now, she was dying.

Shui Dongliu gave the last bit of his life force to buy hope for the Mountain and Sea Realm, and now Sea Dream did the same thing. She gave her life to point the Realm in the right direction.

“Big bro Nine Seals, I’m coming to join you….

“I’m the most useless of everyone. I was useless back then, and now… I’m just as useless…. I didn’t even kill an Imperial Lord, let alone a Paragon. Completely useless.

“To all you children of the Mountain and Sea Realm, I truly hope… that you can live quiet and safe lives.” Smiling, Paragon Sea Dream faded away into the Vast Expanse… for all eternity.

Of all the cultivators of the Mountain and Sea Realm on the butterfly, the only one to witness her passing was Ksitigarbha. When she was gone, a look of deep sadness appeared in his eyes.

As for Meng Hao, he was currently in that other world in his mind. Because of the sea of his cultivation base, he was growing more powerful. Of the Soul Lamps which surrounded him, a total of 20 were extinguished!

Of the Hex marks on his forehead, the one which represented the First Hex was more than half complete!

Essence was growing rapidly within the eight marks. The Demonic qi and Immortal qi within him, as well as all other types of energy, were rapidly fusing together, transforming into… a completely bizarre aura.

His heart was now beginning to pound. Thump thump. Thump thump. Thump thump….

With every beat of his heart, it felt as if lightning were crashing in his brain. Gradually, the effect spread outside of his body, causing bursts of lightning to appear in the Vast Expanse beyond the butterfly.

Time passed, although it was hard to say exactly how much. The butterfly shot through the Vast Expanse in the direction Paragon Sea Dream had indicated, drawing ever closer to the vortex she had discovered….

One day, the murkiness of the Vast Expanse lessened. Ahead of the butterfly, a huge vortex had become visible. It was so large that, although it was a vast distance away, it looked very close.

This was none other than… the location Paragon Sea Dream had seen with her divine sense!

In the same moment that the vortex became visible, the Vast Expanse filled with rumbling sounds as the Immortal God Continent… appeared once again!

The starry sky of the Vast Expanse was so vastly large that no one could truly say how large it was. Or perhaps it would be more correct to say that people who did know the answer to that question were incredibly rare.

To most cultivators and even other life forms, the starry sky that was the Vast Expanse… was essentially unending. After all, most beings wouldn’t be able to travel to the ends of the Vast Expanse, not even the Immortal God Continent.

In the end… it was too large.

Nor could anyone clearly explain how many vortexes or floating land masses existed. However, everyone knew that wherever vortexes existed in the Vast Expanse, civilizations could be found!

Even if they were extinct, evidence would remain of their existence, remnants that could give a glimpse into their former glory.

As for the land masses that floated about, they were always places of great danger, locations of either powerful experts, or the shades of the dead.

However, the Vast Expanse was so large that the space between such land masses was incredible. It was even possible to travel for tens upon tens of thousands of years and never run into a single one. As for the Immortal God Continent and the Devil Realm, they had traveled far and wide within the Vast Expanse. Although they had never traveled far enough to grasp the overall shape of the Vast Expanse, whenever they encountered other forces, they always came out on top!

In fact, they knew much more about this newly appeared vortex than most others would.

Almost as soon as the Immortal God Continent appeared, the voice of a woman echoed out from the land mass, passing through the Vast Expanse into the ears of the people standing on the back of the butterfly.

“There are three restricted areas within the Vast Expanse, mysterious locations within which lurk profound secrets relating to the creation of the Vast Expanse itself. The place you are traveling toward is one of those three. It is called… the Green Coffin Vortex!”

Ksitigarbha’s expression was one of vigilance. Standing next to him was the Paragon puppet, which had been reduced to a very simple state of consciousness due to Meng Hao being in a coma. Wang Youcai was also present, as were Ji Yin and others, such as the Mountain and Sea Lords and Ke Jiusi.

These people were the most powerful experts in the Mountain and Sea Realm!

They were guarding Meng Hao, and as such, their faces were grim as they stared out at the Immortal God Continent.

The woman’s voice echoed out once more: “Choosing to go to a place like that is essentially choosing… to die!”

Even as she spoke, certain cultivators from the Immortal God Continent were flying out into the Vast Expanse.

Some of those cultivators were like suns, and emanated shocking fluctuations. In the rear position was the same cold woman who had appeared back in the Mountain and Sea Realm, whose cultivation base fluctuations were those of the 9-Essences level.

She was the one who had just spoken.

“According to the legends,” she continued, “the black and white vortex which spins there outside the Green Coffin Vortex contains a Dao of Time. It is a great Dao that did not just appear randomly. It was forcibly acquired and left there to feed the woman inside the coffin.

“As for who exactly that woman is, nobody knows. Years ago, my husband came here and observed this place for a long time, and in the end, said only one thing.

“He said that the person in that coffin is the origin of the starry sky that became the Vast Expanse!” Eventually, the 9-Essences woman’s eyes came to rest on Meng Hao, who was unconscious on the back of the butterfly.

“We have reached the point where the hostilities should cease. There is no need for you to proceed any further. Our entire purpose for starting this war was, first, to prevent the rise of the Immortal, and second, to acquire a mirror.”

The woman looked at the butterfly, her expression cold as she said, “The funny thing is that both of those reasons were originally unconnected. But now, they are inexorably intertwined. Just hand that man over, and allow yourselves to be sealed. Then… you can be on your way.

“In the starry sky of the Vast Expanse, 9-Essences Paragons… are the most powerful of beings. If you want to stay alive in the Vast Expanse, then no matter where you go, you will need a 9-Essences Paragon.”

Her words cause incredible pressure to weigh down on the Vast Expanse, and left the butterfly trembling and incapable of moving.

“Do you people disagree?” A moment later, the woman waved her right hand, causing an incredible force to surge down. Just when she was about to take a step forward, her heart suddenly thumped as she realized that Meng Hao had just twitched.

“Is he waking up?” she thought, smiling, her eyes glittering coldly. “How amusing. I’m also curious to see… the true strength of this Immortal who became the Demon.”

She pointed out at the butterfly.

“Don’t leave a single one alive!”

As the words left her mouth, the surrounding cultivators of the Immortal God Continent charged in attack. The four suns radiated boundless light as they shot toward the Butterfly, closing in almost instantly.

Sadness appeared on Ksitigarbha’s face, and everyone else had bloodshot eyes. As the cultivators of the Immortal God Continent closed in, a beam of light shot out from the butterfly, a divine ability which transformed into a shield.

However, it could only protect them for a moment before it began to crumble and collapse. At that point, Ksitigarbha launched himself forward to attack, along with Wang Youcai, the Paragon puppet, and everyone else.

Sappy note from Deathblade: Maybe it was my mood when I was translating the past couple chapters, or something else, but for some reason I was unusually upset by Sea Dream’s death. I couldn’t help but feel how tragic it was that someone so powerful, someone who had lived so long, seen so many things, could have such negative feelings, even when sacrificing herself to save the day. I kind of wished I could reach out to her in her final moment and say, “No, you’re not useless!” She might not have killed anyone in the fighting, or concocted some super complex plan. But she worked hard, she endured, and in the end, she actually saved the day. At a certain point in life, all of us find ourselves in the situation where we feel inadequate or lacking, but we should never let that get the best of us. Poor Sea Dream. R.I.P.

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62 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 8 – Chapter 1400” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

        1. so what if he whines? Er Gen is not a god, the novel is not perfect. just because he has some criticism he can’t read it? so we are only allowed to read it if we pretend there are no mistakes? if you don’t agree with him, it’s fine. but why he keeps reading it is not of your concern. btw he right on that one, there was some forced drama.

          1. So having a character trait established and then reinforced is “forced drama” if the trait is negative?

            I have never said this to anyone, and usually fully encourage the opposite, but please never write anything. With an attitude like that it would come out as either the most bland and uninteresting tripe or the most cliche ridden garbage.

          2. Man light novels are like…by definition going to be trashy cliched forced drama. These are akin to daytime soaps so pointing out that the drama is forced is a bit insultingly redundant to those capable of suspending their cynicism for fifteen minutes.
            Sometimes people indulge in things because they’re fun and pointing out bad writing in an attempt at being meta is spoiling the fun for some.

  1. now that we have only 200 chapters to go maybe focus a bit more on AWE to get the series really going so it will be a good transition form one novel to another

  2. I was really surprised that Sea Dream died without any mention of the meat jelly. Was thinking he would come out and say goodbye or something. Was I alone in thinking that?
    Thanks for the chapter

    1. lol the comedians pair has been given so little attention that I totally forgot about the connection between sea dream and meat jelly. well pointed. probably there is so much stuff going on that Er Gen forgot to mention that. I guess he will explain it later. to be honest, I think there is way too much suspense regarding the parrot and meat jelly. it’s like he wanted to make such a shocking revelation about their origins that it simply got confused at some point and no one cares anymore. now they just spend 99% of time in the bag of holding and there are more important things going on, so I think he missed the right timing.

    1. I stopped reading akame ga kill when I realized the author was just going to keep killing off characters until he had to introduce new ones, and then he’d kill those as well.

      Everyone thinks they’re george r.r. martin now. The trouble with that is, there’s no real suspense when you always expect characters to die. The sad clowns making martin a millionaire don’t realize they’re reading something about as suspenseful as dragonball z.

  3. I agree with you, patriarch db. Sea dream still contributed a lot to the survival of the mountain and sea realm.
    I’m hopijg sooner or later, we’d find out the story behind the parrot and meat jelly

  4. thanx for the chapter and damnn 1400 chapters… congrats… been one hell of a journey so far… 😎😎
    and there goes the last yonkou of MSR to dust … RIP SEA DREAM

  5. Somehow it hadn’t hit me until your note. This person who’d gone for countless years protecting her homeland and in the end even gave her very life to give it a shred of hope of survival called herself useless because she couldn’t measure up to the other paragons of the Realm. In the end though, what really hit me wasn’t that, it was that this seemed to be a form of redemption for her. Her final smile at the end felt to me like it was her finally being glad she could help the Mountain and Sea Realm just like her big bro.

    Thanks for the chapter

  6. Could the person in the coffin be Chu Yuyan?

    wasn’t chu yuyans body placed into a coffin no one understood and meng hao is sorta connected with time magic

  7. Interesting how they could catch up so easily when the MnS realm was propelled by several paragons self destructions including Shui Donglius 9 essence

  8. Thanks for the chapter!

    Yea, I agree with you, Deathblade. I was more sad about Sea Dream’s lack of self-esteem and self-worth than I was about her death. Everyone has value and should be able to see that.

  9. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, anonpuffs, Madam Deathblade, GNE, Tsukihime, JerryDaBaws, and Baby Deathblade! Meng Hao seems to be tied to the Dao of Time rather deeply. Wonder if he’ll step past the Paragon realm using the Daosource of Time.

  10. Thanks DB!

    For me, Paragon Sea Dream is the same as Xu Qing for the current generation.

    Also, the death of Paragon Sea Dreams reminds me of the ending of Samurai X (OVA) where Kenshin is unable to properly hold a sword which he is famous for. He was strong but in the end he died.

  11. Of all the deaths that this novel had, only Sea Dream’s death struck and it was deep. It was sad, I was sad, especially line when she turn into motes of light looking at the butterfly disappeared in the Vast Expanse. I had the urge to erect an Obelisk to commemorate her death in that Vast Expanse. sigh~

  12. I’m not feeling it. So what if Sea Dream died. So did Nine Seals, Ancient Immortal and 99% of the people of the Mountain and Seas.
    What’s one more? Her background story has never been gone into. All she did was act arrogant as hell in front of Meng Hao.
    The writing back when Ke Yunhai died was far better. His death was actually poignant.

    This whole arc was a big can of wtf. Swarms of suicidal idiots blowing their own worlds up with glee. Another swarm of suicidal idiots blowing themselves to blow up the first swarm of suicidal idiots. And for what? A fancy treasure mirror and to prevent some stranger from reaching xyz realm?

    So what if they don’t have the mirror and so what if some stranger becomes more powerful? It does not affect them!
    How are all these idiots going to benefit from anything if they’re all dead? There’s always going to be some treasure item somewhere and there’s always going to be some powerful expert somewhere!

    Honestly I can’t believe the person who wrote the superb first 4 books is the same person who wrote the plothole ridden last 4 books. I’m inclined to think Er Gen was replaced by, not a single, but multiple different ghost writers, which would explain why so many important plotpoints been suddenly “forgotten” a couple dozen chapters later.

  13. You are NOT useless felow daoist Sea Dream!
    In fact, you are one of the key the M&S realm can escape.
    You are bound to Meng Hao by karma.
    Remember, what are the 3 must have keys to break the aeon?
    1. The immortal god land mass
    2. The 33 heavens land mass
    3. The DEMON qi from Haowie

    If you have less anyone of those, then the aeon can’t be broken (shui dong liu said so).

    If there is no Haowie, then no Demon.
    And Haowie has long died, he died in his Ancient realm tribulation. But hey, guess what Sea Dream? You resurected him by means of echelon mark! Yay……!

    So, no you, then no Haowie, then no Escapede.

    You may not grand schemer like nine seals, nor you as strong as Immortal Ancient, but you hold a big key role nonetheless.

    Don’t be so down lil’ sis Sea Dream, I will slay those gods for you and will pick you up afterwards.

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