ISSTH – Book 3 – Chapter 273

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Chapter 273: Tenth Dao Pillar, Form!

Nine was the ultimate number in Heaven and Earth. But ten was perfect!

Meng Hao’s mind and spirit trembled. In all the ancient records he had researched, he had never read anything that mentioned a tenth Dao Pillar in Foundation Establishment. Even in ancient times, Cultivators never had more than nine.

Because of the change in the Heavens, the path of the Qi Condensation stage had been broken, making the tenth level of Qi Condensation disappear. That information was recorded in the ancient records. However… there was no such information about a tenth Dao Pillar!

As a Furnace Lord of the East Pill Division, he was required to have a deep understanding of history. As such, it was very beneficial to comb through the ancient records looking for clues about the ancient Dao of alchemy. After becoming a Furnace Lord, he had browsed through a vast amount of the Violet Fate Sect’s ancient records.

Despite all of that, he had never encountered any information regarding a Cultivator with a tenth Dao Pillar during Foundation Establishment.

And yet, Meng Hao could clearly sense… a tenth Dao Pillar was now forming!

Only Meng Hao was able to sense this tenth Dao Pillar, anyone else would be unable to. In much the same way that no one could sense which Cultivator the Nascent Soul blood he possessed came from, Meng Hao made sure that no one could pick up any clues about his Dao Pillars.

The only thing people could see was the increasing amount of spiritual energy erupting from the Dao Geyser. It showed no sign of lessening; it continued to envelop Meng Hao and he continued to absorb it.

As he absorbed the spiritual energy, the outline of the tenth Dao Pillar grew clearer.

Ten percent, twenty percent, thirty percent…

Dao pillar energy roared within Meng Hao, filling him with a power he had never experienced before. A shocking feeling filled him, as if he were soaring to the highest heavens.

Power! Unprecedented power!

His Spiritual Sense continued to increase exponentially. Before, it could spread out over roughly two hundred fifty meters; now, five hundred, one thousand….

His mind was filled with clarity, and as the spiritual energy poured in, he could sense everything around him. His perception of everything was different than it had been before, clearer, as if everything was in more detail. This clarity was even deeper than what he had experienced in the moment when he acquired the Perfect Foundation.

“This… is this the true Perfect Foundation?” he murmured to himself. The world outside of the spiritual energy vortex was not visible, but with his Spiritual Sense, he could see it clearly.

His heart began to race. A feeling of resolve and excitement welled up within him. He took a deep breath, intense anticipation and steadfastness filling his eyes as the spiritual energy surged into him.

He slowly lifted his hand up, then looked down at it, closing it into a fist. As the fist tightened, he felt strength.

Unprecedented strength!

It felt as if his blood and flesh were reforming, filling with a power that shook his mind.

The shocking level of this power was such that Meng Hao felt as if he could tear magical treasures to pieces with his bare hands. This was a similar transformation as that which had occurred when he entered the tenth level of Qi Condensation. It felt like a baptism of sorts; the power of the tenth Dao Pillar was completely transforming him, making his body more suitable for cultivation, turning his body itself into a treasure! 1

Meng Hao had the strong feeling that at the moment, he could crush all Foundation Establishment Cultivators without the aid of any magical techniques. Even Dao Children and Cultivators of the great circle of Foundation Establishment could be destroyed bare handed.

Meng Hao began to pant. From the moment he had entered the Cultivation world, he had thirsted for power, had dreamed to stand at the pinnacle. One thing after another had happened to cause him to grow stronger, all the way to this day. Meng Hao clenched his fists. He knew… that he was striding the path he had dreamed of!

Only the strong could tread this path, and now, there was no turning back. He could only stubbornly continue!

More spiritual energy erupted from the Dao Geyser, inundating Meng Hao, growing his Spiritual Sense, feeding his body, growing his Cultivation base.

The range of his Spiritual Sense increased, his body grew stronger, and his Cultivation base shot upward. His tenth Dao Pillar was rapidly solidifying!

Forty percent, fifty percent, sixty percent….

The surrounding Southern Domain Cultivators watched on dumbstruck and panting. The indescribable spiritual energy erupting out of the Dao Geyser left them in a daze. The sheer amount of spiritual energy dwarfed that seen during the enlightenment experienced by anyone in the past.

This was especially true of the following ten or so breaths. The spiritual energy was not subsiding, but growing even more abundant, as if all of the power of the Dao Geyser were exploding out.

Black Lands Dao Children Luo Chong and Xu Fei panted in shock. Wang Lihai and the other Southern Domain Dao Children also watched on in disbelief.

“Is he… is he going to reach Core Formation?”

“It doesn’t look like Core Formation, but… the spiritual energy seems without end! It seems like an ordinary Core Formation Cultivator couldn’t even match up!”

Conversations buzzed endlessly among the surrounding Cultivators. The person with the most unsightly face of all was none other than the unmasked azure-masked Cultivator. His aged face was now filled with shock. He could only stare fixedly at the shadow of Meng Hao within the dense spiritual energy.

The sense of impending crisis within him grew even more intense. The shadowy figure within the spiritual energy seemed to be transforming into something from his nightmares.

“I can’t let him continue!” the man said, gritting his teeth. His eyes filled with ferocity and determination. He lifted his hand to push against his forehead. A booming sound rolled out as the Core Qi, which had previously dissipated, once again seemed to ignite into being. The image of a sword once again appeared within the Core Qi. At the same time, the unmasked Cultivator flashed incantation gestures with both hands. The Core Qi sword screamed forth, heading directly toward Meng Hao, who was still enveloped with spiritual energy.

The sword moved with incredible speed, almost immediately reaching the spiritual energy vortex. A massive boom sounded out, but the sword was incapable of penetrating more than a teeny bit into the spiritual energy!!

The unmasked Cultivator was of the Core Formation stage, but the density of the spiritual energy erupting from the Dao Geyser was such that even his Core Qi sword couldn’t pierce through it.

The sword was stuck part way into the spiritual energy vortex. It began to tremble, as if it might be swept away at any moment.

It was at this moment that Meng Hao’s tenth Dao Pillar reached seventy percent completion!

His face unsightly, the unmasked Cultivator flashed an incantation sign with his right hand and then pressed down on his forehead. He then opened his mouth and spat out a mouthful of blood. The blood rapidly began to coalesce into the shape of another sword.

“Core Soul Emergence Slaying!” roared the unmasked Cultivator, his eyes glowing brightly. His right hand formed an incantation gesture and then waved forward. Immediately, his eyes bulged and a tremor ran through his body. Ghost images of his own face suddenly flickered into existence. This was none other than his soul.

The soul flew out of his body, merging into the blood, solidifying into the form of a blood sword.

The sword buzzed, emitting a power seemingly capable of destroying anything. The blood sword shot out to merge with the Core Qi to form… a real sword!

The blood was an embryo, the soul was the sword spirit, and the Core Qi formed the blade. This was… the Cultivator’s Consummate Life Force Sword! It emitted a shocking scream as it pierced into the spiritual energy vortex and headed directly toward Meng Hao.

It slowly approached him. Its speed was not great, but it showed no signs of stopping. It seemed it wouldn’t stop moving until Meng Hao was dead. It approached at a crawl: one hundred meters, fifty meters, twenty five meters, fifteen meters….

Meng Hao closed his eyes. He floated in the midst of the vortex of spiritual energy, his tenth Dao Pillar now eighty percent complete!

The unmasked Cultivator’s body trembled and his face was pale. It seemed as if his life force was being suppressed; a death aura appeared. Despite this, he continued to exert maximum power, using his soul to power the Consummate Life Force Sword closer to Meng Hao.

The soul within the sword let out a deep howling noise. In the blink of an eye, the sword was now only ten meters from Meng Hao. The unmasked Cultivator could now clearly see Meng Hao floating there, eyes closed. He could also sense something awakening within Meng Hao, something that seemed like an ancient wild beast.

No one would interfere in this magical battle. It didn’t matter that Meng Hao was at a critical juncture of a Cultivation base breakthrough. It didn’t matter that the unmasked Cultivator’s actions were virtually a sneak attack. This battle was between the two of them, and the two of them alone.

The other azure-masked Black Lands Cultivators did nothing to assist their compatriot. Nor did the Southern Domain Cultivators do anything to block him.

Within the space of a moment, the sword was three meters away from Meng Hao. It glittered coldly, heading directly toward his forehead….

Meng Hao’s tenth Dao Pillar was rapidly congealing. It was now ninety percent complete!

“DIE!!” screamed the unmasked Cultivator’s soul shrilly. The Consummate Life Force Sword emitted a roaring sound as it approached Meng Hao. Three meters. One meter. Half a meter….

Soon, it was only a few centimeters from Meng Hao’s forehead!!

It was at this moment that an incredible, heaven-shaking roar filled Meng Hao’s body. His tenth Dao Pillar was now one hundred percent complete!

Meng Hao slowly lifted his right hand, clasping two fingers down onto the tip of the Consummate Life Force Sword, which was only half a centimeter from his forehead.

“This is the true Perfect Foundation!” Meng Hao murmured to himself. His eyes suddenly snapped open, revealing frigid iciness and shocking killing intent.

This gaze contained a cold, callous aura.

This gaze was filled with a shocking, threatening glow.

This gaze erupted with an unbelievable domineering aura.

At the exact same time, Meng Hao could sense something within his bag of holding. Something inside was suddenly calling out with an incredible thirst.

This call came from within the blood-colored mask. It was coming from that which Meng Hao previously had been unable to even touch… the flag of three streamers! 2


This chapter was sponsored by Graham Kemp and Phong Bui

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  1. Meng Hao reached the tenth level of Qi Condensation in chapter 75
  2. The flag of three streamers has been mentioned a few times, including chapter 130, chapter 137, chapter 177


69 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 3 – Chapter 273” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. Thanks! Yes I got first Holy Crap! I checked to see if the chapter would be up before it was updated and it was. I’m so happy. Finally, my life is complete. Now I can go back to doing regular comments because I just had to do this once for ISSTH.

    Thank you Deathblade, fellow new assistant translator who is being trained, baby deathblade, and the author for the chapter. And thanks Meng Hao for being a boss!

    Also, that chapter ending. This is going to be great!

      1. Uhh, not the Core stage I think. Mastiff is just hibernating in order to fully assimilate the blood dragon it ate. It wakes up after it finishes the assimilation.

        1. Mastiff didn’t eat the blood dragon Li, it merely usurp its collected blood power. Old Li still exist as blood dragon sealed in the mask continue to be lectured by our “respected” UV alongside two (or three?!) poor Huang dudes of how immoral they were.

          1. Sorry, I meant the mastiff did eat MOST of the Blood Dragon + Old Li and spared a vestige of Old Li b/c Meng commanded it, and mastiff needed to consume the dragon in order have (maybe almost) full control the mask (Old Li did manipulate the mask somehow during Meng’s enlightenment of the Spirit Devouring Scripture in the mask, and almost made Meng wore it). Evidence below:

            In ch134, Meng said
            “If you give in, and let my Blood Divinity take control of the Legacy mask, then I won’t permit him to consume all of you. Some of your spirit can remain, and eventually the day will come when you can emerge and transform back into a person! The choice is up to you!”

            and in ch135:
            Even as Meng Hao spoke, the Li Clan Patriarch knew that his only choice was to stop resisting and allow the mastiff to consume him and take control of the mask.

            Having completely swallowed up the possessed Blood Dragon, the mastiff was now in a state of hibernation. The Li Family Patriarch’s Cultivation base was incredibly powerful, thanks to his initial incredible strength, added to which was the power of the Blood Dragon he had possessed. Even though the mastiff, also a Blood Divinity, could consume him, he would need quite some time to fully absorb him.

        2. Yes it is in hibernation now, but it is part of the mask, they are the same weapon now, and the mask can’t be used until Meng Hao reaches core stage, or he will lose himself to the mask. Which is why he currently uses the meat jelly power instead of the mask to go undercover. It is also why Patriarch Li tempted Meng to wear the mask to try and escape.

  2. Thanks for for the chapter

    Isn’t Violet Fact Sect going to be suspicious with Fang Mu? Joined as as Qi Condensing level 5 years ago. Then become invincible of formation establishment after 5 years.

    I’m pretty sure it takes more then 5 years to complete the Formation establishment.

    1. talent & pills makes it POSSIBLE, as a furnace lord his material supplies are infinitely higher than any normal qi condenser, then input psudo-grandmaster pill crafting and it’s suddenly merely improbable, include the dao pillar and it could be ascribed to luck… and shit, he just wrecked all the dao children… all of them, and he’s about to kill a core cultivator, no sect in their right mind would toss him out… unless he was secretly meng hao ;P

    2. Yea, gotta agree with michaely5. I mean, even Chosen in Violet Fate, the Sect that has the most reputable alchemists, have to make deals and get in line for pills. Their speed in cultivation wouldn’t be comparable to Meng if he claimed that he focused only cultivation and not alchemy during the year he was stranded. Those who knew his real level of alchemy, like Pill Demon and An Zaihai, would probably buy into that story since they would believe his skill would be enough to concoct high level pills to help boost his cultivation. And he could also claim that the Dao Geyser was the main reason he got so strong, which isn’t really false, but it would be a good cover up story. Besides, the tens of thousand of Chosen would vouch for that story.

    3. Yeah the only sketchy thing is his battle prowess and his strange techniques. His power level isn’t the problem. Rather, why is he so good at fighting if he’s just an alchemist?

    4. Everyone is under the assumption he became OP because of enlightenment from the geyser, and what just happened would be a second enlightenment, since all the cultivators are receiving various benefits.

  3. So DID 10th level of Perfect Foundation exist? Or did Meng Hao discover it?

    Can’t wait till he kicks more ass!!! And gets known by Chu Yuyan… and gets “favors” from Han Bei… and “visits” his fiancee…

    Thanks for the chapter XD

  4. Thanks for the chapter!!!


    >>Only Meng Hao was able to sense this tenth Dao Pillar, anyone else would be unable.
    add “to” to end of sentence ?

    >>The range of his Spiritual Sense increased, his body grew more stronger, and his Cultivation base shot upward. His tenth Dao Pillar was rapidly solidifying!
    not sure about “more stronger”… maybe “grew even stronger” or “grew stronger even more” ?

    >>The shadowy figure within the spiritual energy seemed to transforming into something from his nightmares
    missing “be” between “to” and “transforming”

    >>He could also sense something awakening with Meng Hao, something that seemed like an ancient wild beast.
    “with” -> “within”

  5. Thanks Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, Editors and Co. and finally Baby D. 😛 It’s been a while since I’ve been so excited in ISSTH. Seems like it’s time for Meng Hao to rock the Southern Domain once again!

  6. Aw man… the HYPE is unreal!! And I keep thinking which two fingers he used to grab the sword would look the coolest!!! I’m guessing its the index and middle fingers.

    So from what Meng muttered out, it seems like having 10 pillars is only possible for perfect Foundation.

    And LOL, that BD meme!!

      1. The way Meng kept saying 10 perfect Dao Pillars is the true perfect foundation, I don’t think there’s going to be an 11th or higher… at least he doesn’t seem to think so.

  7. This chapter was pure hype! I mean in other novels there are many scenes like this filled with the MC powering up but i don’t think any have been so intense as to use the whole chapter on a power up and still have it feel so great to read.

    Many Thanks.

  8. Important to note that the meat jelly saw the flag of three streamers in chapter 178 and said:

    “Th-th-that’s … a Yellow Springs Nine Burials Flag!! It already has three streamers! Evil! Profound evil!”

    And here’s the Blood Immortal talking about his Blood Dao:

    “Descendants of the Legacy of my Dao, do not forget that you must wrest away the bloodline of Ji! Make the Dao of Heaven weep, and the earth mourn! Remember the techniques of the Blood Immortal, the Nine Killing Magics!
    “Remember, the day your Dao is achieved, put on my mask and hoist the flag of three streamers. Defy the ancients, topple the Heavens!

    “No face, no words; flames of war!
    “Broken clouds, a blood rain which rises to the heavens!
    “Send the spirit to the glorious devil tower!
    “Forge the bloodline of the spirits into the nine deaths!”


    “Thus, it becomes death. Nine bloodlines, nine experts. They become the nine deaths, nine deaths fused into one. This is… the Blood Dao!”

    So it seems like the Flag is directly related to the Blood Clones/Spirit Devouring Scripture, perhaps one streamer for each bloodline? The goal appears to be to create blood clones of nine supreme bloodlines, one of which is the Ji clan who (from clues that have been given) seem to be the current rulers of the Heavens. The nine blood clones are then supposed to fuse, maybe into one ultimate clone? This clone then uses the Blood Immortal’s Mask and hoists the (completed?) Flag in order to fight against the Heavens.

    1. I thought Meng was supposed to be the one who uses the mask and hoist the flag, especially from the end of this chapter, and the next chapter title…. Unless the “descendant” really refer to this “ultimate” blood clone, that is for sure going to be one hell of a twist. if it’s true, then Meng could possibly be in danger if the “ultimate” clone is created since it would demand Meng to hand over the Blood Immortal Legacy. We’ll see I guess… in maybe 500 chapters later lol

      1. Yeah, that would be really interesting. But reading that chapter again, it looks like I was probably wrong:

        “If you Cultivate according to my scripture, you can wrest control of Spirit and blood and fuse them into your body. Refine them into a body of blood, Spirit of blood, a Blood Immortal, a Blood Dao!”

        Including the other info, it seems more likely that the ‘ultimate’ blood clone will afterwards fuse with the inheritor of the legacy to become the next true Blood Immortal?

        1. From that description, possibly. But if it has sentient, I’m not sure if it will do so willingly. Why I think it may be sentient? Well besides that it would probably be super powerful, remember there’s a skeleton beside the Blood Immortal in his tournament? What if it was Blood Immortal’s “ultimate” blood clone

          from ch132:
          >>Within the ninth matrix, everything was black. There seemed to be no end to it. Buried deep below the surface of the land in this place was a skeleton. The skeleton looked up, and within its empty eyes, a burning light appeared. It seemed to be the fire of hope, piercing up through the earth until it reached Meng Hao.

          “The Legacy of the Blood Immortal has waited countless years for the hoped for one to appear…” murmured the skeleton softly. “I hope that in the end, you can avoid treading that path of no return which my Lord the Immortal tread….” The light in its eyes slowly faded into nothing. Its body transformed into drifting ash.

  9. About the next chapter title:

    Googling “Three Incarnations” makes it look like a Buddhism/Hinduism thing, although I’m having trouble telling how it will relate to ISSTH’s setting. It could also be referring to the “Three Pure Ones” of Daoism (the top three Daoist gods), but that seems a little less likely to me.

  10. One last thing…
    I wonder if he’ll see the Dao Taboos (from chapter 100, when he established his foundation) again once he reaches Core Formation? Maybe this time he’ll try to interact with them, at least, I hope.

    1. Cool forgot about that. Also, there’s the mysterious symbol on his hand right after he established Foundation

      from ch100
      >>”…My biggest question, though, is… what is this symbol…?” His gaze had fallen onto his right hand. There, on the back of his hand, was a strange, glowing magical symbol which was slowly fading. It didn’t exist on his skin, but rather, inside of him. Looking at it, Meng Hao got the feeling that it had existed in there for a very long time.

      This was the first time he had seen it, and he had no idea why it had appeared along with Foundation Establishment.

      The symbol faded away, and Meng Hao frowned. It didn’t give him any feeling of danger. In fact, it seemed somewhat familiar. He thought about it for a while, but couldn’t come up with any clues as to its nature. He put it aside in his mind and then looked around.

      Idk, so many mysterious may be revealed in Core Formation, it's unreal. There's probably going to be more stored up for Nascent Soul and so on.
      Also, that he felt the mysterious symbol had been there for a long time, might be a symbol of his lineage or something. That's also a mystery we'll want to know, and the author continued to tease the reader if Meng's bloodline is special or not.

  11. Last chapter, I joked about DBZ scouter, didn’t really expect one in meme in next chapter teaser! Using merely 2 fingers to catch a Core Qi blade while still a Foundation albeit a perfect 10 Pillars, proof that he can tussle with possibly early or beginner Core cultivators! Lucky no one can really read power level correctly, they can only sense whether others got Pillar or Core, if they can read power level, I guess Meng Hao possibly around a mid level Core, but will be surprise that he doesn’t have a Core yet.

  12. Victory dance! 사랑해요!
    Thanks for the chapter, Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, John Rogers, Lingson, MeeBoo, Yascob, joeljbright, Graham Kemp and Phong Bui! Dear WuxiaWorld, many thanks to the Author, Translator(s), (Editors), (Donors) for the awesome chapter! With lots of love, Jack ❤

  13. haaa.. how i would like a few chapters again where he gets to a lower sect like the xiao sect, chapters ago, after the black sieve and meatjelly dungeon thing.
    That was priceless how they respected him, just kinda liked it.

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