ISSTH – Glossary of Terms, Places, and People

This glossary is updated with information up to the most current chapter. That means it contains spoilers for anyone not up to date with the most recent release! Be careful!

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Alchemy – An ability related to medicinal plants and pill concocting. Not to be confused with alchemy related to transmuting metal (see this article for more information)
An Zaihai – A Violet Furnace Lord of the Violet Fate Sect. 安在海 ān zài hǎi – An is a surname which also means “safe” or “quiet.” Zai means “at” or “in.” Hai means “ocean” or “sea”

B
Bag of the Cosmos – A type of bag of holding that Meng Hao looted from Eccentric Song’s treasure mountain. It can “contain mountains and rivers”
Bag of holding – A magical bag which can store a large amount of items inside ss
Bai Yunlai – An alchemist of the Violet Fate Sect’s East Pill Division who befriends Meng Hao. 白云来 bái yún lái – Bai is a common surname which means “white.” Yun means “cloud.” Lai means “come.”
Bedevilment Pill – A pair of pills created by Meng Hao during alchemic enlightenment. After inflicting severe damage to whoever consumes it, it causes the Cultivation base to rise to an incredible level. Meng Hao created two, one of which was slightly more potent than the other. The less potent version was purchased by Grandmaster Pill Demon for 200,000,000 Spirit Stones, which were never paid to Meng Hao/Fang Mu
Black Lands – A nation of the Southern Domain which borders the Western Desert
Black Sieve Sect – One of the five great Sects from the Southern Domain. Developed enmity with Meng Hao when he stole Ultimate Vexation away from them.
Blood Immortal Legacy – The items included in the Blood Immortal Legacy are a blood-colored mask (which cannot safely be used before Core Formation), a flag of three streamers upon which the character “Ji” is written, and various magical techniques.
Blood Immortal Legacy tournament – A contest to win the Legacy of the Blood Immortal. Competitors had to pass through nine spell matrixes to acquire the Legacy. In the course of participating in the event, Meng Hao acquired the Blood Mastiff. It was also during this time that he achieved the Perfect Foundation. Since the Blood Immortal was devoted to defying the Heavens, the Legacy instantly picked Meng Hao as its rightful successor. Meng Hao defeated Li Daoyi to acquire the Legacy, after which the Legacy zone self destructed
Blood Mastiff The Blood Divinity created by Meng Hao at the beginning of the Blood Immortal Legacy tournament. He and Meng Hao forge a strong bond of friendship and both save each others’ lives. After the tournament is over, it goes into a state of deep sleep ss

C
Chang’an – Capital city of the Great Tang. Named after the historical ancient Chinese city of Chang’an
Chen Fan – One of Meng Hao’s friends from the Reliance Sect. Very talkative and extremely loyal. Upon the dissolution of the Reliance Sect, he was taken to be an Inner Sect disciple of the Solitary Sword Sect. He was looked upon with favor by his master, and was gifted with a very powerful black flying dagger. He also joined the “Seven Solitary Sword Sons,” an elite group within the Solitary Sword Sect. 陈凡 – chén fán – Chen is a common family name. Fan means “mortal” or “ordinary” ss
Chosen – A high position within a Sect or Clan, reserved for people with high latent talent
Classic of Time – An ancient scripture which can be used to forge the Time Sword. Comprised of three jade pages, one of which was acquired by Meng Hao, another of which was swallowed by Ultimate Vexation, and the third of which was not retrieved
Chu Yuyan – Wang Tengfei’s fiancé, who was present the day Wang Tengfei left the Reliance Sect. Also a Chosen of the Violet Fate Sect, daughter of the Sect leader, disciple of Grandmaster Pill Demon, and one of the Four Great Beauties of the Southern Domain. As of her appearance in the beginning of Book 2, she was at the middle Foundation Establishment stage, with a Flawless Foundation. Through a series of events, she ended up being captured by Meng Hao and forced to concoct the Perfect Foundation Pill. She also gave him advice which helped him during the Blood Immortal Legacy tournament. Later, she was seen in Meng Hao’s presence, wearing his clothes. This led to rumors (primarily propagated by Fatty), that she was having an illicit affair behind Wang Tengfei’s back. Angered, Wang Tengfei participated in the Song Clan search for a son-in-law, after which Chu Yuyan returned the engagement agreement to the Wang Clan, thus ending their relationship. 楚玉嫣 – chǔ yù yān – Chu is a family name. Yu means “jade” or “beauty,” and Yan means “captivating” ssss
Cold Wind Sect – One of the three great Sects of the State of Zhao
Conclave – An elite group within a Sect above both the Outer and Inner Sect
Copper Mirror – An item that Meng Hao was tricked into accepting as his first magical item upon entering the Reliance Outer Sect. Seemingly useless at first, he eventually learned that it can kill creatures with feathers or fur, usually by exploding parts of their bodies in a grisly fashion. It can also duplicate magical items at the cost of Spirit Stones. The more powerful a magical item, the more Spirit Stones it takes to duplicate the item. The mirror will refuse to duplicate some items that are Demonic in nature. According to Ultimate Vexation, the contains an immoral parrot which will appear when Meng Hao reaches the Core Formation stage ss
Cosmetic Cultivation Pill – A medicinal pills which maintains physical appearance. On three occasions, Meng Hao gave such a pill to Xu Qing as a gift. It has come to be a symbol of their relationship
Corpse (Immortal) – See “Immortal’s corpse”
Cultivation – A type of meditation which can enable a person to achieve Immortality. Cultivation can be improved or sped up by use of different techniques, magical items, medicinal pills, etc.
Cultivator – A person who practices Cultivation

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Dao Child – The highest position in a given stage in a Sect or Clan
Dao Protector – Someone tasked with protecting someone or something else, similar to a bodyguard
Dao Reserves – A powerful backup source of power saved by a Sect or Clan to be used in emergencies. In some cases it can be a powerful Cultivator who is kept in suspended animation after failing to break through to the next stage of Cultivation
Demonic Core (inside Meng Hao) – See “Flying Rain-Dragon”
Demon Lord – A high level Cultivator from the Blood Demon Sect who claims to have helped Meng Hao on at least three occasions. The most noteworthy was when Meng Hao was almost killed by Lord Revelation. The Demon Lord’s clone damaged Lord Revelation’s attack, saving Meng Hao’s life. Later, the Demon Lord observe’s Meng Hao’s actions when he is nearby the Blood Demon Sect. When the Demon Lord sees that Meng Hao has Ultimate Vexation, he immediately conceals himself in fear
Demon Sealing Jade – A jade slip Meng Hao looted from Patriarch Reliance’s human form. It contains secrets and mysteries related to the Demon Sealing Sect
Demon Sealing Sect – A once powerful Sect who sealed Demons. Knowing that the Heavens would inflict tribulation on their Ninth Demon Sealer, they sealed Patriarch Reliance’s turtle form to force him to provide assistance. Later, Patriarch Reliance’s human form took over the sect and changed its name
Ding Xin – A Violet Fate Inner Sect Chosen disciple and novitiate of Grandmaster Pill Demon, sent to kill Meng Hao because of the incident with the iron spear. Meng Hao was defeated by him in battle, but was then brought back to life by the North Lake. Meng Hao subsequently killed him. On his person was a Foundation Establishment Pill created by Grandmaster Pill Demon. Meng Hao impersonated Ding Xin to sell it in Milky Way City. ss

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Eastern Lands – One of the four subcontinents of the Nanshan continent
East Pill Division – A division of the Violet Fate Sect which focuses on alchemy
Eastern Refinement City – A city of Cultivators in the State of Zhao, controlled by an alliance of the three great Sects of the State of Zhao
Eighth Demon Sealing Hex – A magical technique passed down to Meng Hao by the Eighth Demon Sealer
Eccentric Song – A powerful Cultivator from the Song Clan of the Southern Domain who likes to collect Demonic beasts. He had a vast accumulation of treasures which he stored on a treasure mountain in the State of Zhao. Meng Hao ended up looting many of his valuable treasures, including the Bag of the Cosmos and the black net. Later, when Meng Hao participated in the Song Clan search for a son-in-law, Eccentric Song bet on Meng Hao against the Nascent Soul Cultivators of the other Sects and Clans
Elder – A position held by disciples of a Sect who can reach Foundation Establishment within a sixty-year cycle
Elder Brother Chen – See “Chen Fan”
Elder Sister Xu – See “Xu Qing”
Eyeless Larva – A legendary larva which can supposedly produce precious magical items when fed properly

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Fang Mu – Meng Hao’s alias while undercover in the Violet Fate Sect. 方木 fāng mù – Fang is a surname, although the character has multiple meanings, some of which are “square” and “direction.” Mu means “wood” or “tree” ss
Fatty – See “Li Fugui”
Five Great Sects (Southern Domain) – Black Sieve Sect, Blood Demon Sect, Golden Frost Sect, Solitary Sword Sect, Violet Fate Sect
Flame Dragon – A Qi Condensation stage technique. The various upgrades are: Flame Serpent, Flame Python, Flame Dragon, Flame Flying Rain-Dragon
Flying Rain-Dragon – An ancient dragon which viewed itself as the sovereign of the heavens. When it died, it hid itself in Reliance Sect territory. Meng Hao consumed its Demonic Core, whereupon the Legacy of the dragon was passed on to him. The Demonic Core continues to exist inside him, occasionally providing him with assistance and power
Foundation Establishment Pill – A pill most suited for breaking through to the Foundation Establishment stage. After consuming it, the body is paralyzed temporarily

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Geography – See ‘Nanshan Continent’
Great Art of Demonic Life – A Demon Sealing Sect art which allows the user to absorb the body and life force of the target
Golden Frost Sect – One of the five great Sects from the Southern Domain, known for its magical techniques
Grandmaster Eternal Mountain – A former alchemist of the Violet Fate Sect who forsook the Sect to seek after his own Dao of Alchemy. He later joined the Golden Frost Sect and founded the World Pill Division there
Grandmaster Pill Cauldron – The alchemy name coined by Southern Domain Cultivators when Meng Hao/Fang Mu’s Bedevilment appeared in the Violet Fate Sect Pill Auction
Grandmaster Pill Demon – A Grandmaster alchemist in the Violet Fate Sect. His disciple Ding Xin was killed by Meng Hao. He is also the master of Chu Yuyan. ss
Great Tang – A powerful government in the Eastern Lands. Name based on the historical Tang Dynasty
Guyiding Tri-Rain – The name of the Demonic life force Meng Hao meets in the boat in the North Lake. Her physical appearance is that of a young girl. She was born as rainfall during march in ancient times. See also “North Sea” ss

H
Han Bei – A Black Sieve Sect Conclave disciple. She secretly organized a group of Cultivators to enter a special zone in the Black Sieve Sects Blessed Land to seek the Classic of Time. Throughout the course of their search, all the other party members are killed. In the end, Meng Hao escaped with one of the three jade pages that makes up the Classic of time. When he ran into her later in the Song Clan’s search for a son-in-law, she claims to have taken Xu Qing under her wing. 韩贝 hán bèi – Han is a common surname. Bei means “shell” ss
Honor Guard – A position held by a Sect disciple who cannot reach Foundation Establishment within a sixty-year cycle
Hundred Treasures Pavilion – A shop for high-level Cultivators, with branches in multiple cities

I
Immortal Li – A mysterious Immortal who some believe to be the mother of the Resurrection Lily. She had some undetermined connection to Lord Revelation, who originally poisoned Meng Hao with the three-colored Resurrection Lily
Immortal’s Corpse – A body fell from the sky into the Southern Domain before the disappearance of the State of Zhao. Rumored to be that of an immortal, it caused a huge sensation amongst the great Sects and Clans of the Southern Domain. Eventually, the Solitary Sword Sect and the Violet Fate Sect ended up with blood samples from it. According to rumors, the corpse’s eyes were gray and had seven stars within the pupils. Strangely, Meng Hao saw a similar corpse in the sky above the Tower of Tang in the capital city of the State of Zhao. That corpse looked at him and infected him with a Death Qi that took a very long time to dissipate. Meng Hao speculates that the body fell out of the Heavens because of himself. For more details, you can read Chapter 59, Chapter 61, Chapter 107, Chapter 108

J
Jade Slip – An item which has various magical properties including acting as a key, acting as a basic communication device, and storing information
Ji – A mysterious Clan that seems to have some enmity with various, heaven-defying forces in the Southern Domain

L
Latent Talent – A person’s innate strength and ability in Cultivation
Legacy (Meng Hao) – See “Flying Rain Dragon”
Levels – See level descriptions below
Li Clan Patriarch – A Foundation Establishment Patriarch of the Li Clan. In a previous Blood Immortal Legacy tournament, he possessed a statue within the tournament. He then waited 4,000 for another Li Clan member to participate in the next iteration of the Blood Immortal Legacy tournament. That person was Li Daoyi. After meeting Li Daoyi within the Blood Immortal Legacy zone, he possessed the Blood Divinity of another contestant. In the end, Li Daoyi abandons him to save his own life. The Li Clan Patriarch subsequently surrenders to Meng Hao. Later, he arrogantly refused to provide Meng Hao with any information. Meng Hao subsequently sent Ultimate Vexation to convert him, which also served to free Meng Hao from the annoying curse of the meat jelly ss
Li Daoyi – A Dao Child of the Li Clan who joins the Blood Immortal Legacy tournament. By means of trickery perpetrated by a Li Clan Patriarch, he almost won the tournament. At the last minute, Meng Hao forced him to flee the Legacy zone and abandon the Legacy. His arm was severed in the process. When he ran into Meng Hao later at the Song Clan search for a son-in-law, his arm had been restored, but he still harbored animosity toward Meng Hao. 李道一 – lǐ dào yī – Li is a common family name. Dao is the same character as in The Dao, and means “way” or “path.” Yi means “one” ss
Li Fugui – Meng Hao’s only close friend, more commonly known as Fatty. One of a group of four boys, including Meng Hao, who joined the Reliance Sect at the same time. As he practices Cultivation, his teeth grow longer and longer, forming Spirit Teeth. He uses a special corrugated flying sword to file them down. When the Reliance Sect was disbanded, he was taken to join the Golden Frost Sect in the Southern Domain. After it was discovered that he could accept one of the most important blood Legacies of the Sect, he became crucial and a virtual celebrity. The Sect is also attempted to get him as many wives as possible in order to continue his bloodline. Because of his hatred for Wang Tengfei, he jumped on the opportunity to spread exaggerated rumors about Chu Yuyan having an illicit relationship with a strange man (who was of course Meng Hao). 李富贵 – lǐ fùguì – Li is a common family name. Fugui means “rich and influential” ss
Li Shiqi – Dao Child of the Blood Demon Sect. Originally appeared wearing mens clothing. Initially had a good impression of Meng Hao, which was then spoiled by Ultimate Vexation. Later, she chose to side by him in order to support her Junior Brother from the Blood Demon Sect, Wang Youcai. 李诗琪 lǐ shī qí – Li is a common family name. Shi means “poem.” Qi means “fine jade” ss
Li Tao – An alchemist of the Violet Fate Sect’s East Pill Division who frequently requested Fang Mu as an assistant in pill concocting. Later, they became friends. 历涛 Lì tāo – Li is a common surname, which also can mean “strict” or “severe.” Tao means “great waves”
Lightning Flag – A magical item Meng Hao looted from Patriarch Reliance. It can defend against the power of the Foundation Establishment stage, and can call, and in some cases, absorb lightning
Lin Hailong – The highest ranking Violet Furnace Lord in the Violet Fate Sect. 林海隆 lín hǎi lóng – Lin is a surname which also means “forest.” Hai means “sea” or “ocean.” Long means “grand” or “eminent”
Lord Revelation – A cultivator from the State of Revelation, known for his skill in divining. His clone was absorbed by Patriarch Reliance’s human form, whereupon his true self came to the State of Zhao to fight. His true self was at the Second Spirit Severing stage, so his was confident of being able to defeat Patriarch Reliance’s human form. He destroys Patriarch Reliance’s meditation zone, which end up loosening the seal on Patriarch Reliance’s turtle form. He was subsequently eaten by the Patriarch Reliance’s turtle form
Lu Song – A Violet Fate Inner Sect disciple who buys Meng Hao’s fake “treasured” iron spear for an exorbitant price
Lu Tao – A rogue Cultivator from the Black Lands who wants Meng Hao’s Thunderclap leaf. When Meng Hao encounters him in the Black Sieve Sect’s Blessed Land, he forced Lu Tao to give him information about its abilities

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Meat jelly – See “Ultimate Vexation”
Meng Hao – Protagonist of the story. 孟浩 – mèng hào – Meng is a family name based on some historical people. Hao means “great” or “many.” ssssss
Milky Way City – A city of Cultivators in the State of Zhao which was not aligned with any of the three great Sects. Founded by Patriarch Milky Way
Milky Way Sea – See “Nanshan Continent”
Mount Heaven – A location where Cultivators can achieve Immortal Ascension

N
Nanshan Continent – The setting of the story. Divided into the Eastern Lands, the Western Lands, the Southern Domain, and the Northern Desert. Two subcontinents exist, one comprised of the Eastern Lands and the Northern Desert, the other one being the Western Lands and the Southern Domain. The two subcontinents are separated by the Milky Way Sea. The geography is loosely based on descriptions of the world in Journey To The West and the Classic of Mountains and Seas
Nine Families – Nine ancient Clans which were once very powerful, but have declined in modern times. Based on current information, they would include the Clans of Han, Xie, Sima, and Xu, but not Meng.
North Sea – A large lake in the State of Zhao which assisted Meng Hao in Cultivation progress and also brought him back to life during his battle with Ding Xin. The lake is a Demonic consciousness named Guyiding Tri-rain, which takes the physical form of a young girl. She is accompanied by an old man in a boat, who is the Demonic reincarnated consciousness of a boat that ferried mortals across the North Sea over many generations. Guyiding Tri-rain also gives Meng Hao some key advice which helps him defend against Patriarch Reliance’s turtle form. The old man explains to Meng Hao that even though she is a lake, she desires to become a sea. Meng Hao vows on two occasions to help her fulfill this desire
Northern Desert – one of the four subcontinents of the Nanshan continent

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Patriarch Reliance – A massive Demonic turtle upon whose shell exists the State of Zhao. He was tricked by the Demon Sealing Sect into traveling to the Southern Domain, whereupon they sealed him with the goal of using him to protect against the tribulation that the Heavens would send upon the Ninth Demon Sealer. Somehow, he managed to send out a sliver of his will, which was incarnated into a mortal body. The mortal body began to practice Cultivation, eventually taking over the Sect and changing its name to the Reliance Sect (and his own name to Patriarch Reliance). He thereupon created Sect rules which pitted Sect disciples against themselves, all in an attempt to prevent the appearance of the Ninth Demon Sealer, and also to gain enough time to unseal his true form. Eventually, Meng Hao’s actions lead to his seal being broken. Unable to kill Meng Hao, he fled to the Milky Way Sea, taking the State of Zhao along with him
Patriarch Violet Sieve – A Patriarch of the Black Sieve Sect

Q
Qiao Ling – A salesgirl at the Hundred Treasures Pavilion in Eastern Refinement City who takes a liking to Meng Hao
Qian Shuihen – A Violet Fate Inner Sect disciple who buys Meng Hao’s fake “treasured” iron spear for an exorbitant price

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Rebirth Cave – One of the Three Danger Zones in the Southern Domain
Reliance Sect – See “Patriarch Reliance”
Resurrection Lily – A flower, the seed of which is implanted into a person as a type of poison. Currently, not all the facts about the true nature of the flower are clear. What we do know is that if the poison runs its course, there are apparently two outcomes. 1) The flower matures and takes over the mind and body of the victim. 2) The victim can “tame” the flower to his advantage. Apparently, the flower has a “mother,” who some believe to be Immortal Li
Reverend Violet East – Founder of the Violet Fate Sect, rumored to have achieved Immortality
Roc – An enormous bird which emerged from the Milky Way Sea and flew toward the Rebirth Cave in the Southern Domain. It began as a blackness which emerged from a sealed coffin at the bottom of the sea, then transformed into a fish, which in turn became the roc. This even occurred in Chapter 104. Its passage led to Meng Hao and Chu Yuyan being trapped in a volcano together
Rogue Cultivator – A Cultivator who is not associated with any particular Sect or Clan

S
Sang Luo – A midget Cultivator who was persuaded to try to kill Meng Hao but failed and was captured by Meng Hao. His brother is a Chosen of the Blood Demon Sect.
Shangguan Xiu – An Elder of the Reliance Sect, who was originally from Milky Way City. He was in possession of a secret formula to create a Perfect Foundation Pill. He came to suspect that Meng Hao had a magical item with duplication abilities, which he dearly needed to concoct the Perfect Foundation Pill. He chased Meng Hao on numerous occasions, with the intent of killing him and seizing his treasures. Eventually, Meng Hao kills him and takes the secret formula.
Shan Ling – A female Cultivator of the Solitary Sword Sect. When Meng Hao sees her for the first time, the Demon Sealing Jade gives him some information which seems to indicate she has some mysterious past. 山灵 shān líng. Shan means “mountain.” Ling means “spirit”
Shui Dongliu – A mysterious painter and Daoist Grandmaster. He sealed the Resurrection Lily in a painting, giving Meng Hao more time to dispel it completely. 水东流 shuǐ dōng liú – This is a somewhat odd name. Shui is a Chinese surname, which also means “water.” Dong means “east.” Liu means “flow.” So literally his name means “water flows east” ss
Sieve Earth Pill – A medicinal pill unique to the Black Sieve Sect, suitable for the Foundation Establishment stage. It must be consumed at night because of its connection to moonlight
Solitary Sword Sect – One of the five great Sects from the Southern Domain
Song Jia – A Chosen from the Song Clan who joins the Blood Immortal Legacy tournament. The Song Clan search for a son-in-law was held to find her a husband. Meng Hao wins the contest, ostensibly making her his fiancee. 宋佳 – sòng jiā – Song is a family name. Jia means “excellent” ss
Southern Domain – One of the four subcontinents of the Nanshan continent. Its Cultivation world is dominated by five great Sects and three great Clans
Song Yunshu – Dao Child of the Song Clan. 宋云书 sòng yún shū – Song, of course, is a family name. Yun means “cloud.” Shu means “book”
Spirit Stone – A magical stone which contains Spiritual Energy. It can be used in cultivation practice, and is most commonly used as currency. Organized into low-grade, mid-grade, high-grade and ultra high-grade quality
Spiritual Sense – A power gained in the Foundation Establishment stage which can be used both to gather information, and as a weapon
Spring and Autumn tree – A magical tree which can be used to suppress a variety of poisons, and can also be used as an ingredient to create magical items. Rumored to have other properties
State of Cloudy Skies – One of the nine states that forms the center of the Southern Domain. Controlled by the Wang Clan
State of Eastern Emergence – One of the nine states that forms the center of the Southern Domain. Controlled by the Violet Fate Sect
State of Zhao – A small nation formerly located in the south of the Southern Domain. In the end of Book 1, it is revealed be located on the back of Patriarch Reliance’s colossal turtle form. He takes it with him when he flees to the Milky Way Sea. Named based on the historical State of Zhao from Chinese history
Sublime Spirit Scripture – One of the great Scriptures of the Nanshan Continent. It is made up of various manuals which describe techniques that allow Cultivators to reach the highest level of any given stage. Most of the manuals have been lost. In his first visit to Patriarch Reliance’s meditation zone, Meng Hao acquires the Qi Condensation Manual of the Sublime Spirit Scripture, which will allow him to establish a Flawless Foundation

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Three Danger Zones – Three dangerous locations in the Souther Domain, consisting of the Rebirth Cave, the Ancient Temple of Doom, and the Primordial Dao Lake
Three Great Clans (Southern Domain) – Li Clan, Song Clan, Wang Clan. In Chinese these are all common family names. 李 lǐ, 宋 sòng, ad 王 wáng
Three Great Sects (State of Zhao) – Cold Wind Sect, Winding Stream Sect, Upright Evening Sect
Thunderclap leaf – A leaf Meng Hao looted from Patriarch Reliance’s Immortal’s Cave. Its exactly properties are unclear
Time Sword – An ancient weapon with powers yet to be described fully
Tower of Tang – A type of tall tower located in various cities which is decorated with depictions of the Great Tang in the Eastern Lands. These towers exist both in mortal cities and Cultivator cities
Treasured fan – A magical item, a fan composed of sixteen feathers that can be used both in attack and defense

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Ultimate Vexation – A mysterious object that can change shape, but was originally seen as a slab of meat jelly. Bonded itself to Meng Hao in the Blessed Land of the Black Sieve Sect. It can talk endlessly, and loves to convert people ss

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Violet Fate Sect – One of the five great Sects of the Southern Domain. Organized into the East Pill Division and the Violet Qi Division. They possess a fragment of the Foundation Establishment manual of the Sublime Spirit Scripture
Violet Moon City – A city in the State of Eastern Emergence, located just outside the Violet Fate Sect
Violet Qi Division – A division of the Violet Fate Sect which focuses on magical techniques and battle
Violet Qi from the East – A special Cultivation technique of the Violet Fate Sect, based on a fragment of the Foundation Establishment manual of the Sublime Spirit Scripture. With this manual, it is possible to form a Violet Core
Violet Qi to the West – A mysterious Cultivation technique of the Violet Fate Sect

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Wang Clan – One of the three great Clans of the Southern Domain
Wang Lihai – Dao Child of the Wang Clan. He was thought to have been killed in the Blood Immortal Legacy tournament, but it was later revealed that what died was only a clone. The subject of animosity and jealousy of his younger brother, Wang Tengfei. 王历海 – wáng lì hǎi – Wang is a common family name. Li means “experience.” Hai means “ocean”
Wang Tengfei – Former disciple of the Reliance Outer Sect, and member of the Wang Clan of the Southern Domain. He joined the Reliance Sect in the hopes of having a chance to get the Sublime Spirit Scripture. As a favor for a friend, he almost crippled Meng Hao, who was saved at the last minute. Later, Meng Hao defeated him, stealing his position in the Reliance Inner Sect. In the process, Meng Hao destroyed one of his fingers. He subsequently leaves the Sect to return to the Southern Domain. Later, he regrew his finger into a “poison finger,” which he tried to use to kill Meng Hao. However, Meng Hao’s immunity to poison thanks to the Resurrection Lily enabled him to quickly defeat Wang Tengfei and destroy the poison finger. During the Song Clan search for a son-in-law, it was revealed that he has harbored lifelong jealously of his brother, in whose shadow he has always lived. 王腾飞 – wáng téng fēi – Wang is a common family name. Tengfei means “to soar.” ss
Wang Xifan – A Dao Protector of the Wang Clan from the Southern Domain, of the Core Formation stage. When he came to the Reliance Sect to take Wang Tengfei back to the Southern Domain, he almost killed Meng Hao. He constantly encourages Wang Tengfei to live up to his potential as a Chosen
Wang Youcai – One of the group of four, including Meng Hao, who were taken by Xu Qing to the Reliance Sect. He was later reported by “Little Tiger” Dong Hu to have been killed in an accident. Later, Dong Hu reveals that he was not killed. His next appearance is as a contestant in the Blood Immortal Legacy tournament, as a member of the Blood Demon Sect. Strangely, he seemed to have not aged throughout the years since the beginning of the story. 王有才 – wáng yǒu cái – Wang is a common family name. Youcai means “to have talent or ability”
Western Desert – A location within the Western Lands
Western Lands – One of the four subcontinents of the Nanshan continent
Wind Blade – A special technique Meng Hao learned after consuming the Flying Rain-Dragon’s Demonic Core
Wooden Sword – A weapon of immense power that Meng Hao looted from the Flying Rain-Dragon, then duplicated with his copper mirror at great price. After injuring an opponent, it will slowly drain their Spiritual Energy away
World Tree – An ancient, powerful tree. According to legend, it exploded itself rather than submit to the will of the Heavens
Wu Dingqiu – An Elder of the Violet Fate Sect. Mistakenly assuming that Meng Hao had a magical spear, he sent disciples to take it, with strict orders not to steal it. His disciples paid an exorbitant price for what turned out to be a simple iron spear. This, of course, was a humiliation for Wu Dingqiu and the Violet Fate Sect, causing them to dispatch Ding Xin to kill him

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Xie Jie – A Black Sieve Sect Conclave disciple who joined the group who went after the Classic of Time. Although he and Han Bei were a couple, she betrayed and killed him, stating his previous poor treatment of her. 谢杰 xiè jié – Xie is a surname, and also the word for “thanks.” Jie means “outstanding” or “heroic”
Xu Qing – An Inner Sect disciple who makes her debut at the seventh level of Qi Condensation. She is described as being beautiful but cold. She brought Meng Hao along with three others to the Reliance Sect. Upon the dissolution of the Reliance Sect, she was taken to be a member of the Black Sieve Sect in the Southern Domain. Because of a variety of circumstances, she made little Cultivation progress there. Eventually reunited with Meng Hao in the Blessed Land of the Black Sieve Sect, she realized that complicated feelings for Meng Hao had developed. They parted ways there after Meng Hao saved her and delivered her safely back to her Sect. 许清 – xǔ qīng – Xu is a family name. However, it has a variety of other meanings as a character including “to praise” and “to allow.” Qing means “pure” or “clear”

Y
Yunjie County – Meng Hao’s hometown, located below Mount Daqing in the State of Zhao. Its neighboring counties are Yunkai and Yunhai ss

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Zhao Shanling – A Dao Protector of the Golden Frost Sect
Zhou Daya – A Foundation Establishment Cultivator from the Golden Frost Sect who sees Meng Hao and Chu Yuyan together after the events of the Blood Immortal Legacy tournament. He speculates that they have a romantic relationship, and hurries to spread rumors. 周大牙 zhōu dà yá – Zhou is a surname. Da means “big.” Ya means “teeth”
Zhou Dekun – A Furnace Lord of the Violet Fate Sect’s East Pill Division. ss
Zhou Jie – Dao Child of the Black Sieve Sect. Sent by the Black Sieve Sect to delay Meng Hao for enough time for the Black Sieve Sect Patriarchs to come apprehend him. He and Meng Hao engaged in a fierce battle in which Meng Hao thoroughly defeated him. In the end, Meng Hao freed him from being possessed by some mysterious Spirits that seemed to have a connection to the Black Sieve Sect. By the end of the fight, Zhou Jie respects Meng Hao and thanks him for sparing his life. 周杰 Zhōu jié – Zhou is a common family name. Jie means “outstanding” or “heroic”
Zhou Yanyun – A Dao Protector of the Solitary Sword Sect who takes Chen Fan to be his disciple

Level Descriptions

Qi Condensation (ningqi)

Nine levels (in modern times)
Thirteen levels (in ancient times)

Special features of the 10th through 13th levels:
10th level – Strengthens the body and allows one to steal luck from the heavens
11th level – Refines the Core Sea, allows for boundless future progress
12th level – Creates a sea of perception which leads to more powerful Spiritual Sense
13th level – Increases latent talent

Foundation Establishment (zhuji)

Early stage – One to three Dao Pillars
Mid stage – Four to six Dao Pillars
Late stage – Seven to nine Dao Pillars
Pseudo Core stage – Nine Dao Pillars, “circle of Foundation Establishment” complete

Fractured – More than nine cracks per Dao Pillar
Cracked – Nine cracks per Dao Pillar
Flawless – One crack per Dao Pillar
Perfect (not seen since ancient times)

Special features of the Perfect Foundation

• Cuts the Cultivator off from the spiritual energy of heaven and earth; they can only absorb spiritual energy from medicinal pills, or other places where spiritual energy has been accumulated
• Can exert crushing pressure on all other Foundation types
• Once a new Dao Pillar is almost complete, it will suck in energy uncontrollably. If there is no other source of energy, it will absorb the life force of the Cultivator and eventually kill them

Core Formation (jiedan) – Gold, Violet, Crimson, Mixed

Nascent Soul (yuanying)

Spirit Severing (zhanling)

Dao Seeking (wendao)

Immortal Ascension (chengxian)

Violet Fate Sect alchemy ranks
Apprentice alchemist – 100,000 in Sect
Master alchemist – 1,000 in Sect
Furnace Lord – 100 in Sect
Violet Furnace Lord – 8 in Sect
Grandmaster – 3 in Southern Domain

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46 thoughts on “ISSTH – Glossary of Terms, Places, and People” - NO SPOILERS

    1. In the Book 1 Chapter 76

      Foundation Establishment consisted of early, mid and late sub-stages. In total, nine Dao pillars would appear. If each pillar had one crack, it meant a total of nine cracks would appear. This is what is referred to as a Flawless Foundation. A Flawless Foundation contained the least amount of cracks, and leaked the least amount of spiritual energy. After long periods of breathing exercises, the body would become incredibly powerful, much more so than other Foundations.

      In the modern Cultivation world, this was the most powerful Foundation type. The special methods to achieve it could only be found amidst the clues in the great classic scriptures, for example the Qi Condensation manual of the Sublime Spirit Scripture. Such secrets could lead to horrific bloodbaths. In fact… that was why the Reliance Sect had been disbanded.

      Without such a scripture, the only way to have a chance at establishing a Flawless Foundation was to have incredible latent talent or outstanding luck. Most often, it was a Chosen who could piece together the clues to do so.

      If an additional cracked appeared on each of the Dao Pillars, this was called a Cracked Foundation. Although this type of Foundation was weaker than a Flawless Foundation, it could not be looked down upon. Usually, only disciples of the great Sects were able to achieve it.

      Last, of course, was the Fractured Foundation. This was when, after reaching late Foundation Establishment, more than eighteen cracks existed on the Dao pillars, which is too much. This Foundation could be considered nearly shattered. In terms of both Cultivation speed as well as battle prowess, both were much weaker. With this type of Foundation, the chances of forming a Core were much lower.

      Doesn’t that mean that flawless has 1 crack per pillar and total of 9 and cracked has 2 per pillar and total of 18 and fractured more than 18, while you wrote in the glossary

      Fractured – More than nine cracks per Dao Pillar
      Cracked – Nine cracks per Dao Pillar
      Flawless – One crack per Dao Pillar

      Isn’t that wrong? , or am i mistaken?

  1. Nice job Patriarch Deathblade, haha

    Now, here are somethings I’m just thinking of. Hope my thoughts are useful… and if not, then I’d feel bad.

    For Levels
    Isn’t there a “Gold” core formation?

    And the 11th stage doesn’t just refine the core sea, but also expands it and allows their future growth to be boundless.

    In general
    And why not add the chapter (in italic parenthesis) where it was 1st shown or mentioned each of these things so that it is easier to find… When you have the time of course, thought you could start with the newer stuff right away. That way, we could find the chapters and understand even more about each thing from finding it on our own.

    About comments
    And, it feels weird saying this since I’m using the comments on the page, but instead of allowing comments on the glossary page, why not create a suggestion’s page for the glossary, so that the glossary page is only for the glossary and so that the page won’t slow down or anything from having too many comments and so that it’d be easier to navigate through.

    Then, people could go to the glossary suggestions page to add ideas and the glossary page would have less stuff. It’d also organize things a bit more.

    Also, removing the pics might also be nice since it also slows things down.

    This stuff will also be an improvement for phone users as well, since they’d use less data when viewing the glossary and stuff.

    Thanks and the good news
    Many thanks for reading this Fellow Daoist DMR’s ideas Patriarch Deathblade and for all of your sacrifice and hard work XD

    On a bright note, one of the people I recommended ISSTH to told me that they are actually reading it… (others may have too, but this was the only person to have told me). We have more people joining the clan, Patriarch XD

    1. I haven’t checked the comments for a while, sorry. I made some of the suggested changes. Regarding the comments, I might do that in the future.

      Thanks for spreading the word about ISSTH! YEAH!!

  2. You still didn’t add the Golden Core at the Core Formation stage, and I think you should add that the Tower of Tang is located at cities of Mortals and Immortals.
    Thank you for your work

  3. “Fractured – More than nine cracks per Dao Pillar
    Cracked – Nine cracks per Dao Pillar
    Flawless – One crack per Dao Pillar
    Perfect (not seen since ancient times)”

    This is incorrect. From chapter 76.

    Fractured – 18 cracks per Dao Pillar
    Cracked – 10-17 cracks per Dao Pillar
    Flawless – 1-9 cracks per Dao Pillar
    Perfect – No cracks.

    1. I went back and read the translation, and you’re right, that’s exactly what it sounded like. However, that’s not actually correct. I went back and cleaned up the translation a bit to make it clear. My apologies for any confusion.

      1. Your changes work better. Here’s how I understood it though:
        Fractured – More than two cracks per Dao Pillar (more than 18 total)
        Cracked – Two cracks per Dao Pillar (18 total)
        Flawless – One crack per Dao Pillar (9 total)
        Perfect – No cracks (cut off from the cycle of heaven and earth, not seen since ancient times)

          1. Well, how 18 cracks per pillar would look would depend on how large the cracks were in comparison to the pillar.

  4. Wow, the stuff looks better than before, this glossary looks pretty god haha XD

    That said, for Core, isn’t Gold better than Violet? (The way you put it was Violet, Gold, Crimson, Mixed & seems to show the order of which was better to worse)

    And Gold was also not seen since ancient times too I believe…

    1. There is an explanation of this later, and I’m having a hard time remembering the details. I’m pretty sure that violet is better than gold in the Core stage. I’ll confirm this and change as necessary

      1. Well, it is because to get the perfect Gold Stage, Meng Hao stated that he needed the Violet and the Sublime Spirit Scripture is the one that gives Purple Core (which you later changed to Violet).

        The Pill that Meng Hao wants to create is one that evolves the Violet core into a Perfect Gold Core.

        1. The two pills mentioned regarding perfection were the Perfect Foundation Establishment Pill and the Perfect Gold Pill. It does not say Perfect Gold Core, just Perfect Gold. I’m not sure how that works, though. Maybe if I tried to read through it all in Chinese, but I’m sure it’ll be revealed later in the story.

    2. Regarding the core colors I’m pretty sure that violet is a higher color in rank.
      Someone in zhan long spoiler forum said something (i may be wrong) like black iron(green), bronze(orange), silver, gold(symbol of kings), violet(symbol of emperor which is Higher than kings). These 4 are the earthly colors. There are also 4 heavenly color / symbols which I forgot.

      Sorry if there are typos. Kinda not used to type on phone.

  5. I would really appreciate it if you would start putting the chapters were it talks about the said item. I’m sure it would save people a lot of time and become immensely useful. I’ve only read this ln for 3 months and I’m already really fuzzy on (and honestly don’t even remember) some things like the perfect core and how he got to know of the formula etc etc

    1. That parrot is the meat jelly, transformed version – and even if it was the real thing, why would it suffer when UV is the one who gets frustrated at it 🙂

  6. So, it’s certain that the green-clothed young lady is Xu Qing?
    I thought she was Chu Yuyan…

    Since,
    Chapter 35:I’m not Willing!

    Next to the middle-aged man was a young woman, perhaps eighteen or nineteen years of age. She was incredibly beautiful, tall and slender. She wore no makeup, and yet her face glowed like the dawn. Her hair was pinned up in the shape of a swallow’s tail, and her body seemed as if it were carved from jade. She wore a thin, light green garment. Standing there in the moonlight, she emanated a magical aura, cool and composed, refined and free from worldly vulgarity. She looked just like a female celestial, descended from heaven.

    Sorry if wrong! o7

    1. I’m not 100%, because this image is attributed to both throughout the Chinese internet. Once I can get a confirmation from an “official” source I will let everyone know.

  7. Violet Fate Sect – One of the five great Sects of the Southern Domain. Organized into the East Pill Division and the Violet Qi Division. They possess a fragment of the Foundation Establishment manual of the Sublime Spirit Scripture
    And
    Violet Qi from the East – A special Cultivation technique of the Violet Fate Sect, based on a fragment of the Foundation Establishment manual of the Sublime Spirit Scripture. With this manual, it is possible to form a Violet Core

    This need to be updated…from few chapters ago seem that there are two different kind of manuals. One is complete Sublime Spirit Scripture Manual and other one is Violet Qi from the East Manual which is fragment. As I learned that second manual are different from first one but similar enough can be infer from complete Sublime Spirit Scripture Manual to make better understanding of fragment Violet Qi from the East.

  8. Violet Fate Sect – One of the five great Sects of the Southern Domain. Organized into the East Pill Division and the Violet Qi Division. They possess a fragment of the Foundation Establishment manual of the Sublime Spirit Scripture

    Violet Qi from the East – A special Cultivation technique of the Violet Fate Sect, based on a fragment of the Foundation Establishment manual of the Sublime Spirit Scripture. With this manual, it is possible to form a Violet Core

    Those two items needs to be updated…from few chapters ago seem that there are two different kind of manuals. One is complete Sublime Spirit Scripture Manual and other one is fragmented Violet Qi from the East Manual. As I learned that second manual are different from first one but similar enough can be infer from complete Sublime Spirit Scripture Manual to make better understanding of fragment Violet Qi from the East.

  9. It’s nice to have level descriptions and alchemist ranks listed at the bottom, but I think you should also include them in the glossary itself. Like, under M, you should put “Master alchemist: see alchemist ranks below the glossary” or something similar.

    Edit: speaking of alchemist ranks, listing the rank-up conditions would be a nice addition (but I’m too lazy to go look them up :p)

  10. I seem to remember a picture of either Xu Qing, Chu Yuyan, or Han Bei but in it she was wearing a white robe that was slightly falling with her brown hair flowing and a cool, calm look.. you posted it in a chapter release and I’m going crazy trying to find it again (it wasn’t official or anything just a drawing.. lady in the robe was it?)… can someone give me the link? (thanks)

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