The sages said, read ISSTH Book 1, Chapter 88, 89!

“Good evening, this is Ken Zhang, head anchor of ZCNN, the State of Zhao’s premier Cultivation news broadcast. Tonight’s lead story relates to an interesting subject: incense. That’s right. How long exactly does an incense stick take to burn? Do different incense sticks from different countries take a different amount of time to burn? Does the scent relate to the burn length? Let’s go live to Nancy Wang, who has the inside scoop on this baffling question. Nancy?”

Chapter 88: Lord Revelation’s True Self
Chapter 89: Guyiding Tri-Rain
Translated by Deathblade
Contributing Editors: Madam Deathblade, Li Huazhi, RWX
Proofreaders: Lingson, laoren and MeeBoo
Chapter 89 Sponsor: Randall Klatt

Please join me in clasping hands in a respectful bow to Fellow Daoist Randall Klatt, whose generous donation of Spirit Stones made possible the 4th sponsored chapter of the week!

About Guyiding Tri-Rain and more

Long story short, I spent more time translating the words “Guyiding Tri-rain” than the rest of the entire chapter. Furthermore, there is a line of text in this chapter written in classical Chinese that I spent overall at least two or three hours working on. Even the original Chinese is hard to understand, and was the subject of a lot of discussions among ISSTH fans in China. Thanks to RWX, my new friend from China Li Huazhi, and especially my beautiful wife Madam Deathblade, for helping me with the name and the classical Chinese!

I think one of the fun things about reading fantasy books is trying to figure out in advance what is happening. I’m going to do my best to translate all the prophecies and myseries and whatnot in a way that is as equally vague as the original Chinese, but with enough of the clues to at least make guesses. Which is freaking hard…. but I’ll do my best.

13 thoughts on “The sages said, read ISSTH Book 1, Chapter 88, 89!” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. Hah! I check every five minutes for this update! I love this novel too much…
    My incense sticks take fifteen minutes to burn! They’re cinnamon-scented.

    Thanks for the chapterssss!!

    P.S. good luck, I’m sure that no matter how perfectly you translate the prophecies and whatnot, we’ll all be confused anyway 😀 especially since even the Chinese readers didn’t know what to make of it.. ahhaa..

  2. Thank you DeathBlade, thank you!
    Maybe incense duration also takes into account strenght of escense, and quality of the fire which with it started 😉

  3. lol i would really like to know how long an incense stick burns too because it really depends how big it is. ugh author y u gotta do dis to us????

  4. According to one of the Chapters in Chaotic Sword God (being TL’d over on Gravity), the time system used in CSG is –
    Breath – Approx 5 seconds
    Incense Stick – Approx 5 minutes
    Cup of Tea – Approx 10 minutes (I’m guessing this includes preparing the tea)

    Of course, the author for ISSTH may have an entirely different view on how long incense takes to burn, but I think it is a reasonable approximation given what happens in those periods.

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