ISSTH – Book 4 – Chapter 436

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Chapter 436: Good Faith

Even as Meng Hao spoke, he waved his right hand, causing a gale force wind to sweep across the land. It only took a moment for the wind to sweep the spider webs off of the Wild Giant, Hairy #2 and the others. The webs became nothing but ash. Having been freed, the Wild Giant lifted its head up and roared.

In turn, all of the neo-demons that belonged to Meng Hao began roaring. The spiders who remained in the rear mountain district all continued to remain prone on the ground, not daring to even lift their heads.

At this moment, Meng Hao’s might billowed to the Heavens as he hovered there in mid-air glaring coldly at the Five Tribe alliance.

Facing up against his power, and hearing his words, the Greatfathers, Priests, and Grand Elders of the Five Tribe alliance felt shaken inwardly. Their breathing became ragged in pants. The strength of this Grandmaster Meng vastly exceeded their expectations. Furthermore, they had no idea when he had unexpectedly acquired so many neo-demons.

Not only was this group of neo-demons large in number, but they all looked very familiar. Upon closer inspection, they were shocked to find that these were neo-demons from the Crow Divinity Holy Land.

“Grandmaster Meng….” said the Crow Scout Tribe Greatfather with a wry smile. Before he could finish, Meng Hao pointed toward the ground, causing invisible Demonic Qi to rise up from the earth below.

The appearance of the Demonic Qi caused the surrounding neo-demon hordes to roar with even more intensity. That was even more true of the more than ten thousand spiders. Now, they were no longer suppressed. Instead, Meng Hao’s Demonic Qi exerted incredible attractive force on them. Following the lead of the twenty or more three hundred meter large spiders, they filled the sky as they flew over to Meng Hao, circling around him with expressions of submission on their faces.

Meng Hao floated in mid-air, surrounded by a mixed neo-demon horde nearly twenty thousand in number. Their aura billowed to the heavens as they let out unceasing roars. Meng Hao didn’t look angry, and yet radiated power. Some of his Grand Dragoneer aura suddenly exploded out, causing everything nearby to shake.

The Crow Scout Tribe Greatfather gasped, incapable of continuing to speak. The faces of the other Nascent Soul Cultivators from the Five Tribes fell. As of this moment, Meng Hao was vastly more powerful to them than Zhou Ye had been!

“Fellow Daoists,” said Meng Hao flatly. “Ever since I arrived in your Tribe, I have abided by your rules. Never have I offended anyone or violated any laws. Therefore, I don’t understand why, when my neo-demons were being captured, not only did you do nothing to stop it, you even facilitated the matter…. I require an explanation within three days. If I don’t get it, then my close relationship with the Five Tribes of the Crow Divinity will end, and I will leave this place.” With that, he and his twenty thousand strong neo-demon horde whistled through the air as they left. The black mist once again appeared, billowing up into the sky like a hurricane. It was visible even from a great distance away as it stretched up above.

Seeing Meng Hao leave did not cause the pressure weighing down on the Five Tribes to lessen. Rather, it grew even stronger. The Greatfathers and Priests exchanged glances. Bitter smiles appeared on their faces as they began to confer with each other using Divine Sense.

They had no desire whatsoever to offend Meng Hao or cause him to leave. A Grand Dragoneer with so many high-level neo demons among his horde of twenty thousand, was indescribably important to the Five Tribes.

It wasn’t just their Tribes that would feel this way. Any tribe would place great importance onto a Grand Dragoneer like this. Even a great Tribe would feel this way.

It must be known that for a Tribe to be classified as a great Tribe, they not only had to have a sufficient population and number of neo-demons, but another critical factor was that they had to have a Grand Dragoneer.

The Five Tribes discussed the matter until dawn of the next day. Then, the Nascent Soul Cultivators all went to stand outside the black mist in the rear mountain district. They clasped hands and bowed deeply.

“We humbly request an audience with the Grand Dragoneer, Grandmaster Meng.”

They stood there listening to the sound of their voices echoing into the roiling black mist. After a moment passed, Gu La strolled out, his jaw set with pride and condescension, his hands folded behind his back.

He was followed by the roaring Wild Giant, as well as a vast collection of spiders, which flew out to surround the Greatfathers, Priests, and others.

The indistinct shape of some gigantic spiders became visible, their power comparable to a Nascent Soul Cultivation base. There was also the red crocodile, which emanated viciousness as it crawled out. Further back, black crows whistled through the air followed by the green mosquitos.

The sight of all this caused the faces of the Greatfathers and Priests to fill with serious expressions.

“The Young Master is currently practicing cultivation. Before going into seclusion, he made it clear that if the Five Tribes came without sufficient intention for reconciliation, then when he emerged from seclusion, he would depart this place and sever all ties with you!” Gu La looked them over, feeling extremely excited and complacent. The feeling was much greater than the feeling he’d gotten after acquiring power on his own. This surpassed that by far.

As of this moment, he was quite happy to be a follower of Meng Hao.

The Crow Scout Tribe Greatfather smiled wryly, but gave an inward sigh of relief. He was well aware that their actions yesterday had in fact been a way of forcing Meng Hao’s hand. After exchanging glances with the others, the Crow Scout Tribe Greatfather stepped forward.

“First of all,” he said with a slight smile, “we would like to congratulate Grandmaster Meng on recovering all of his powers as a mighty Grand Dragoneer. Regarding the slaying of Zhou Ye, we Five Tribes will stand as witnesses of the event. Furthermore, each of our Tribes would like to offer you a congratulatory gift of two thousand neo-demons, a mix of levels 3 to 7.”

Hearing this caused Gu La’s heart to begin to beat wildly.

Two thousand neo-demons wouldn’t count for much to a great Tribe, but to a small Tribe, it was an incredible show of good faith. After all, neo-demons were the most important thing for Dragoneers.

Dragoneer cultivation was not based on personal strength, but rather, controlling neo-demons. Neo-demons were the basis of power, and for each of these Tribes to give two thousand meant that it was a total of ten thousand. Such a vast number caused Gu La to begin to breathe heavily.

“Well….” said Gu La, hesitating for a moment.

“Grandmaster Meng is a Grand Dragoneer, and we feel very honored that he picked our Five Tribe Alliance. We know that the position of Grand Dragoneer is an esteemed one, so each Tribe is also willing offer him 300,000 Spirit Stones in order to help facilitate his daily cultivation. That will only be the first payment! From now on, the Five Tribe alliance will provide him with an equal sum every three months as compensation for his assistance.” With that, the Crow Scout Tribe Greatfather once again clasped hands and bowed deeply.

Obviously, he wasn’t bowing to Gu La, but toward the churning black mist.

Gu La’s eyes were wide, and he couldn’t stop himself from panting in nervousness. His eyes began to glow, and his mind was reeling, filled with nothing but the thought of Spirit Stones. If each Tribe provided 300,000 Spirit Stones every three months, that was a total of 1,500,000. Essentially, that meant that every month Meng Hao stayed in the Five Tribes Alliance, he would get 500,000 Spirit Stones.

That was a vast number that Gu La had a hard time even imagining. Of course, he had no way of knowing that if it wasn’t for the imminent danger facing the Five Tribe Alliance, they would never possibly offer up such an unimaginable number.

“This matter….” Gu La’s mouth and tongue were almost too dry to speak, and he didn’t know what to say. Despite the fact that he had actually come prepared to strike out with deadly force against these people, he could never have predicted that before he even struck a threatening pose, such incredible gifts would be offered.

“Furthermore,” continued the Crow Scout Tribe Greatfather, “considering that Grandmaster Meng is a Grand Dragoneer and vassal of the Crow Scout Tribe, we would like to earnestly request that he assume the position of Grand Elder of the Five Tribe Alliance, a position equal to that of us Greatfathers!”

Gu La was panting and his mind was shaking. A position like that, equal to that of the Greatfathers of the Five Tribes, was incredibly high and vastly meaningful.

Suddenly, the Greatfather of the Crow Scout spoke again: “All of the resources of the Five Tribes Alliance will be poured into fulfilling Grandmaster Meng’s needs. Furthermore any spoils of war will be split six ways, with one part of that belonging to Grandmaster Meng.”

These words only served to add to the roaring that filled Gu La’s head until it was on the verge of exploding.

This last benefit seemed almost unreal. In fact, though, it was real, and vastly exceeded anything from before. This truly was good faith on the part of the Five Tribes Alliance, to split all future spoils with him.

At the same time, it would also tightly bind Meng Hao to the Five Tribes.

“In addition,” said the Crow Scout Tribe Greatfather, continuing on with the last item the Five Tribes had agreed to offer, “if Grandmaster Meng becomes the Grand Elder, then the Five Tribes agree to provide food for all of his thirty thousand neo-demons!”

Gu La didn’t know what to say. Thirty thousand neo-demons could eat a small mountain of beasts in a very short time. That amount of food was no small number, and when you added it all together, could easily drain a small fortune.

That was why Grand Dragoneers usually attached themselves to a great Tribe; both benefited from such an arrangement.

Gu La subconsciously looked back toward the black mist. The Greatfathers and Priests of the Five Tribes also looked toward the black mist, awaiting Meng Hao’s response.

“Lastly, as a show of good faith, if Grandmaster Meng agrees to all of this, and the Five Tribe Alliance survives for the next year, then we are willing to allow Grandmaster Meng to be our sole representative to enter the Bridge of Immortal Treading!” The person who uttered these words was not the Greatfather of the Crow Scout Tribe, but rather that of the Crow Soldier Tribe. He was the only of their number to have a Cultivation base at the mid Nascent Soul stage, and was their most powerful expert.

Almost the same moment that he finished speaking, the mist began to seethe, and then shrink back. The surrounding neo-demons quickly retreated along with it. In the space of time of a few breaths, the mist had completely vanished, along with neo-demon horde.

Now, all eyes were focused completely on the person slowly walking toward them.

It was Meng Hao, wearing a long black robe. His hair fluttered in the wind, and his eyes were cold. On his skin could be seen a dense, endless amount of totem tattoos. They even existed on his face. Each and every one of these totem tattoos depicted neo-demons.

20,000 neo-demons, all transformed into totem tattoos, branded onto Meng Hao’s body. His aura was thoroughly Demonic at this point, filled with a barbaric savagery that drifted slowly out from his body.

If the people in the Southern Domain who were familiar with Meng Hao were to see him now, it would be difficult for them to recognize him. As of this moment, anyone who looked at him would take him to be a powerful Western Desert Cultivator!

Such power, although it wasn’t of the Nascent Soul stage, was enough to slaughter anyone of the early Nascent Soul stage!

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111 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 4 – Chapter 436” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. He will probably give them back and just keep hairy series, those ancient ones that he just found and maybe the bat.
      who would want a 20000 army following him every day. and he has to give them food too. too much hassle mate

      1. Yeah, he can’t even be bothered to feed the giant, how is he going to be bothered with such a large horde?
        That being said, I don’t really understand why some of the creatures even require food. Meng Hao clearly hasn’t eaten a thing since he was at the Foundation level. Quite a lot of his creatures are from the Foundation to the Core level, some are even at the Nascent Soul level.
        Why do THEY need to eat food? And even if their “cultivation is different”, is it not possible to make it so they won’t need to consume food?

        That’s the sort of problems-solving I’d expect from a Grand Dragoneer poke master SMT demon ruler.

        1. They can’t absorb energy from haven and earth thats why they need to eat, and the only way for them to absorb energy from haven and earth is when a demon sealer uses RB on them which allows the to temporarily absorb it thus being able to live whiteout eating like regular cultivators.

      2. I bet he will get many more, perhaps a hundred or a few hundred thousand, then most of them will die in a giant fight and then he’ll get rid of them when he leaves the desert. Because he can’t take care of a lot of beasts when traveling around, too much baggage. They’d be in the way. At most, perhaps big hairy will come with him or something. I’m going to be sad if any of the hairy bunch dies :/

  1. He’s covered in tattoos, he’s gonna have to go through another cleansing to get rid of that shit. Meh im expecting he doesn’t really need em if he uses his Demon Sealing Powers. Whats happening with the Wu Ling and Wu Chan or whatever, they must be getting some face right lol

    Thanks for the chapter!

    1. Yeah…I don’t really get the point of all of these tattoos myself. I assume he did all of that sh*t just to disguise his “demonic pressure”. I don’t think there’s an actual function to them other than that.

      1. correct me if am wrong.. and probably I am. Anyway the way I see it those tattoos are just like a pokeball… he can take out or recall those neo demon at while and not have them following him behind all the time… So the 20 000 tattoos mean he pretty much have a 20 000 neo demon army all over his body at all time… then again… Sure his cosmos bag could have just done the same function now that I think about it… however if he where to somehow lose his bag it would also mean he lose all his neo-demon army… so hmm yeah… dunno^^”

        As for the cleansing part… Well those are tottems tatoos not actual real tattoos with inks and such, so even after a cleansing the tattoos will still be there… and I believe it will disapear if Meng Hao actually break the bond, or if the neo demon dies… so they are probably not permanent either so he can just get ride of them whenever he wishes…

        1. Anyway another thing…
          I do kinda agree that it is still somewhat useless… as that whole army gonna get obsolet soon enough… as he get more power up and walk into the nascent stage and further… unless of course he find some more effective way to mass power up that whole army along his growth beside using that demon nurturing pill….

    1. well..hes a cultivator.and not your everyday normal he might look young even if he reach the age of 100..remember that time when he looked so wrinkly and emmited a death/black qi…and then he just applied some pills..then back to normal

  2. FYI I made a bit of a booboo in the original release of the chapter. Each tribe offered him 300,000 Spirit Stones not 30,000… Sorrrryyyy. It’s fixed as of now

  3. Looking at these Dragoneers it really makes me want to see the ancient wars between the Western Desert and the Southern Domain. It doesn’t seem like most of the great clans/sects in the Southern Domain have the ability to slaughter hoards of demons of their own level. They do seem to have more people who reached Spirit Severing and up. Then again this probably happened in the ancient past when the cultivators all around were stronger. That time using clan would probably be unstoppable on a battlefield and there were 8 more on par with them. High level poison users/alchemists also seem to crap on Dragoneers.

    1. I think the entire clan is named Wu and why would they? As of yet I don’t think that Meng Hao has any official connection to them. That’s why the sister tried to tempt him. She wanted him to endorse her brother. Meng Hao is probably closest to the guy who was the gate guard since he actually visited him before everyone knew how epic he was.

  4. Lets be honest here, Meng Hao never did anything that benefited the five clans up until now. In fact it was quite the opposite. He killed some of their dragoneers and used up most of the Totem strengthening liquid. WWithout his interference the golden crow might have even been been able to defeat the intruders, letting the holy land exist for a few more years. They would have also suffered great losses if they tried to interfere while he won without any problems. So he has no right to complain at all.

    1. Yet in a man eating man Xianxia world. Strength is the first reason and all the reasons to do anything the upper handed people want. MC has power to leave or stay, local people have to beg him for protecting

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