ISSTH – Book 4 – Chapter 440

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Chapter 440: Tragic!

Inside the shield, the Crow Gloom Priest’s face went pale and he began to murmur. “Exotic Heartdevil Flower!!

“The Five Poisons Tribe wants to exterminate the five Crow Divinity Tribes so bad they’re using the Exotic Heartdevil Flower! It must not be looked at! Looking at it causes a Heartdevil to rise up, which then transforms into a devilish will that burns you away….”

How could he not understand that he had been defeated from the very beginning…! Played and defeated. He had known something was off, but hadn’t been able to put the pieces of the puzzle together.

Exotic Heartdevil Flowers were rare. During Spirit Severing, if a Cultivator had such a flower, the chances of success were greatly increased, which made it an extremely precious treasure.

Furthermore, the flower itself was extremely brutal. Anyone under the Spirit Severing stage who looked at it would lose virtually all life force and then be burned alive by a devilish will. The end result was always death.

In some ways, though, the flower was weak. Although it was difficult for a person to defend against it, the Tribe’s protective shield was enough to keep its power on the outside. None of the Tribe members inside would be affected.

However, as soon as the Exotic Heartdevil Flower appeared outside, everyone on the battlefield suddenly stopped moving, with the exception of the totemic Sacred Ancients and the Sacred Spider.

After consuming the special medicinal pill, the Spider Branch Cultivators were temporarily safe from the effects of the flower. However, they were forced to first sit cross-legged in meditation. The members of the Five Tribes, on the other hand, began to scream in pain.

Almost immediately, more than three hundred members of the Five Tribes began to tremble. Blood oozed from their eyes, nose, and mouth as something like an invisible fire raged in their bodies, withering them up. It took only a moment for their life force to be extinguished, and their bodies transformed into desiccated corpses. In the last moment before death, they let out tragic, blood-curdling shrieks.

After that, more and more of the Tribe members began to scream and die. It was a massacre. No enemy made a single attack, and yet the ruthlessness of scene exceeded the previous fighting by a hundredfold.

The members of the Five Tribes within the shield looked out at their fellow Tribesmen dying, and could only tremble. Their eyes turned bloodshot, and they howled in anguish. Unfortunately… they could not charge out to provide aid.

As soon as they left the shield, they too would die. Not only would they be incapable of helping their fellow Tribe members, but they would be charging to their death!

The Grand Elder of the Crow Scout Tribe was shaking, and he coughed up blood as his body withered up. Even Nascent Soul Cultivators were incapable of evading. In front of him, he saw a shapeless form, laughing ruthlessly as it sucked away his life force and consumed it.

As the members of the Five Tribes died, the black light emanating out from Zhao Youlan’s wooden box grew even more intense. It seemed that after consuming enough blood, it was turning violet.

Everything was going according to Zhao Youlan’s plan. The slaughtering, the attack on the shield, all of it had been a ruse to draw out the powerful experts. Once they were out of the shield… she would exterminate them with the Exotic Heartdevil Flower.

At the moment, Zhao Youlan’s face was pale as she held aloft the Exotic Heartdevil Flower. A strange look appeared on her face as she spit out a mouthful of blood. As the blood flew out, it transformed into strands of Blood Qi, which spread out toward all of the Spider Branch Cultivators who sat cross-legged meditating on the battlefield.

“Nascent Soul seniors,” said Zhao Youlan softly, “I cannot exempt you from the effects of the Exotic Heartdevil Flower. However, all other ordinary Cultivators, my mouthful of Heartdevil Blood can temporarily allow you to move about freely.”

With the exception of the Nascent Soul Cultivators, all of the other Tribe members whom the Blood Qi entered suddenly shook. They opened their eyes, and the lucidity therein instantly transformed into savagery. They leaped up roaring, and began to slaughter the surrounding Five Tribes members, who were now powerless to fight back.

Now the true massacre had begun.

Mournful cries instantly could be heard from within the shield.


“Five Poisons Tribe, you are now the arch nemesis of the Crow Divinity Tribe! We two cannot exist under the same sky!!”

The surviving Five Tribes members within the shield were trembling, and their eyes were bloodshot as they felt their hearts tearing apart. They could do nothing but watch on helplessly as the Tribe members outside the shield were being slaughtered. The tearing pain within them caused their voices to be filled with indescribable grief.

In the blink of an eye, hundreds of Five Tribes Cultivators were viciously cut down by the Spider Branch. As for Meng Hao, he immediately attracted the attention of the Spider Branch Cultivators. However, the vast quantity of neo-demons surrounding him caused them to hesitate.

It was at this moment that the three Dragoneers opened their eyes from meditation. When they saw Meng Hao’s current position, they went wild with joy and immediately sent forth all of their neo-demon hordes to slaughter his.

It was in this fashion that the cruel Spider Branch Cultivators descended upon Meng Hao.

Meng Hao was sitting there meditating, his eyes closed tightly and his body trembling.

His thirty thousand neo-demons were situated around him on the battlefield. All of them began to roar. The Exotic Heartdevil Flower had little effect on them. Therefore, they immediately began to fight back against the enemy Cultivators and neo-demons.

Instantly, booming sounds filled the air, although Meng Hao was incapable of paying any attention to it. At the moment, his body was shaking as the Resurrection Lily unleashed all of its power against him in its attempt to take over his body. In return, Meng Hao was using all the strength he could muster to suppress it.

The inward struggle raged on. By this point, eighty to ninety percent of the Five Tribes Cultivators had been massacred. Blood soaked the ground, which was littered with corpses. The reek of blood rose up into the sky. The Five Tribes within the shield felt their hatred for the Five Poisons Tribe growing to an indescribable level.

It was at this point that the Crow Scout Tribe Greatfather coughed up a mouthful of blood. He laughed bitterly as his body withered up. Facing up against an Exotic Heartdevil Flower without making advanced preparations, even Nascent Soul Cultivators would find it difficult to resist it. They wouldn’t even be able to self-detonate. They could only stand there and be consumed by the flower.

In the moment before he died, the Crow Scout Tribe Greatfather bit the tip of his tongue. A green light began to shine out from all of the totems on his body. Fatally damaging his own body and spirit, he sent some of his life force shooting back toward the Crow Scout Tribe Priest.

“We can’t… all perish here!” cried the Greatfather. He continued to laugh bitterly as his body withered up completely. He was unable to extricate himself, but what he was able to do was impart some of his boundless life force to his fellow Tribe member. The stream of life force entered the person behind him. Unfortunately, he was not able to extricate himself from the power of the Exotic Heartdevil Flower either. Merging his own life force with that of the Crow Scout Tribe Greatfather, he sent it out to the next person. And so it went on….

The Crow Flame Greatfather, Priest and Grand Elder and other Nascent Soul Cultivators outside of the shield all perished, more than ten in total.

They died laughing bitterly, and hearts filled with rancor. Before withering away in death, the last person in line took all of the combined life force and passed it on to the most powerful expert of the Five Tribes, the Crow Soldier Tribe Greatfather.

The life force fused into the body of the gray-haired Crow Soldier Tribe Greatfather, who was currently fighting back against the Exotic Heartdevil Flower. It was a final gift from his fellow Tribesmen upon their death. Within the life force was also their combined hatred of the Five Poisons Tribe. It combined together to form one word.


The Crow Soldier Tribe Greatfather lifted his head to the sky and roared. His eyes were completely bloodshot, but at this moment, the power of restoration flowed through him. He shook off the glow of the Exotic Heartdevil Flower. Coughing up a mouthful of blood, he unhesitatingly fell back at top speed. Even as the power of the flower once again attempted to envelop him, he shot back through the shield, and then immediately sat down cross-legged to heal himself. His expression was one of extreme malevolence, but in fact, his heart felt as if it were breaking.

Beneath the dim light cast out by the Exotic Heartdevil Flower, all of the Five Tribes members had perished except for Meng Hao. The tragic turn of events caused the hearts of the Tribe members inside the shield to fill with thoughts of despair. The shadow of genocide loomed over them, and they began to weep.

As of now, the Five Tribes only had seven Nascent Soul Cultivators left inside the shield. They immediately went to stand guard around the Crow Soldier Tribe Greatfather. They said nothing, but within their bitterness, hatred boiled up into the sky. The Crow Gloom Tribe Priest laughed woefully and then muttered to himself, “Defeated… thoroughly defeated….”

Back outside the shield, Zhao Youlan opened her eyes and looked out at the blood-soaked, corpse-filled battlefield. When she saw that the Crow Soldier Greatfather had escaped with his life, she let out a soft sigh. A sliver of pity appeared in her eyes, but she quickly shook her head and it disappeared. Then her phoenix-like eyes fell upon Meng Hao, who was still sitting cross-legged in meditation.

“Spider Branch Cultivators, hold nothing back! Cooperate with our three esteemed Dragoneers to slaughter the Five Tribes’ Dragoneer!”

In response to her words, the more than three thousand Spider Branch Cultivators shot toward Meng Hao. As for the Grand Elders and High Priest, they simply sat there with legs crossed. Considering their status, they completely ignored Meng Hao, and instead looked with glittering eyes at the Five Tribes’ protective shield.

“Seniors,” said Zhao Youlan in her soft voice, “please exert full power to destroy the shield. We will allow the glow of the Exotic Heartdevil Flower to shine inside, whereupon today’s battle shall be concluded. The Spider Branch has suffered few losses, and secured victory. My trial by fire is over, and the Tribe can be notified.”

Booms filled the air as the powerful experts of the Spider Branch, including the High Priest, levelled attacks against the shield. Meng Hao’s neo-demons fought fiercely against the three Dragoneers and the rest of the three thousand Cultivators who surrounded them.

The injuries they were sustaining grew more severe, and the tide was turning against them. Without Meng Hao and his Demonic Qi, their battle prowess was significantly lessened.

The Five Tribes’ shield was rumbling and showing signs of breaking. At this point, Big Hairy let out a sad howl and coughed up some blood.

Just when it seemed everything was going to go wrong, Meng Hao’s eyes suddenly opened. They were completely bloodshot and radiated intense killing intent. Despite the Resurrection Lily’s fierce struggles, Meng Hao had once again managed to suppress it.

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111 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 4 – Chapter 440” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. bro legit im actually heated af rn
      these cuddis need to learn what true despair
      hope this bi****ss ho dies and doesn’t become another harem member

  1. a flower killed that many without any self sacrifice? what a load of bullshit and such a shitty end for the 5 tribes. Like they couldnt of done this before? its not even me being salty this is just a retarded way to go and i am in shock at how shitty this was wrote. Way to many powerful ppl dying in one go in such an easy way rly makes the quality of the rest of the story go down. I would of rather had the ji clan karma kill them for no reason instead of erasing there minds then see this flower shit happen. 80-90% of the 5 tribes gone like that whaaa daaaa faaaaak? I mean i could of maybe understood 50% but insta kill finish him move without any bad neg effects its like playing a round of mortal kombat and being able to do ur finishing move in the beginning. lies

    1. i feel u bro..its a bit overrated..if they could do this..then they should have done this shit a very long time ago…if this flower is this powerful..then why fear the holy land…zzzz bunch of retards..and this part of the story is a very big disappointment… its like a man with knives and guns vs 500 2 yearold babies

      1. They couldn’t attack before because the crow was still alive – and it was Spirit Severing level, i.e. above the power of the flower. They would simply have been wiped out.

        1. from what i understood the crow was on its last limb and with something as powerful as that flower its not like they could of tested them out in all this time especially since it was made clear how weak the tribe was getting even before crow was gone. Ambitious ppl that this writer is making would of “tested” them out way before this. But either what using the flower to kill 80-90% of the tribe is r.e.t.a.r.d.e.d.

          1. yes i agree…80-90% is so over rated… zzzzz… very disappointing… if its 30% died over the five tribes…its okay.. we can accept…

          2. I remembered Americans threw a nuke upon Japanese heads, almost killed 80% people of that city in WW2. we may consider this flower as a super weapon like a nuke

          3. Its not 80-90% of the tribe.. But 80-90% of the tribe force that joined the war.. There are still many people left as family(child, daughter, sister, mother, father, etc who had low cultivation/mortal ) of the cultivator that join the war….

            It was like the soldier that die but the citizen /bloodline still had many people

    2. ?? I think you’re exaggerating. The flower is a rare powerful treasure used for Spirit Severing enlightenment, so it’s pretty damn powerful. Killing Early Nascent Souls and below seems possible, especially when they’re unprepared. Remember how each Frigid Snow Spirit Severing brands decimated the entire Black Lands army, which contained some Nascent Souls? This flower is basically like a Spirit Severing brand.

      Also, there are certain conditions you overlooked or just didn’t get. (1) you have to look at it. There’s a black glow that caused all to look at it involuntarily, but not sure yet if it’s due to the flower or the box. (2) The flower kills indiscriminately, so the Spider Branch had to take pills to blackout their eyes in order to not be affected by the flower. (3) The flower’s power doesn’t penetrate past some strong shields or has negligible effect on neo-demons, so it won’t be effective if the enemy knows about the flower, stayed behind the shield and used neo-demons to fight cautiously and prepare for solutions for the flower, like some pills that Meng can make.

      Basically, the flower is a strong weapon, but is a killing blow only if used appropriately, which Zhao Youlan did by forcing most of the Crow Divinity army to battle outside the shield. Lastly, wait for a few more chapters to conclude that there’s isn’t any negative effect in using the flower, cuz I doubt it. And she probably can’t keep that flower out for long, or the pills don’t last long. Remember pills are rare in Western Desert, so I doubt they give more than 1 pills to 3000 of their Cultivators.

      1. Yup.   It was one shot surprise weapon that was only truly effective because it was a complete surprise.   If any knowledge of it had leaked out, then it would have lost impact.

      2. lol u ppl dont get it i am saying something that powerful that pills can stop it but yet not kill neo demons but kill there masters yet it makes you look at it? lmao then kills 80-90% of the clan but no one on there side the entire idea is stupid and if they would of stopped at 50% of the clan i would of been content but even then… but yet just so happens they send out there strongest elders like the MC needed his help? lmao if they didnt get how op Meng Hao is by now then they deserve to die. Also from what i understood some woman and children died as well even tho they were in the shield? in the end a nuke was dropped on the 5 tribes WEAK SAUCE. I guess it was cool USA dropped nukes on japan huh? HUH U RACIST BASTARDS! >:D lol w/e agree to disagree just saying there are many ways to introduce this new flower without killing 90% of the 5 tribes.

    3. you dont know the first tactic of war do you, and you tell other how the story would go, let say that the crow tribe still have the golden crow, the battle would be close 50/50 it will be a long and meaningless battle, also let say meng hao not there and they suffer lose even with the golden crow, and poison tribe win with 50/100 remaining army , crow tribe loss 100%. what do you think the other tribe would do, if it was me, i would basicly attacked the poison tribe given how that they have loss significant army. Also they have show their card on using that flower, it so be easy to counter later.

      Now do you have gain any enlightenment from this, this is straight from sun tzu, if you can comprehend the basic of military warfare, then why would you still live today?

    4. yep, bullshit.
      Back outside the shield, Zhao Youlan opened her eyes and looked out at the blood-soaked, corpse-filled battlefield. When she saw that the Crow Soldier Greatfather had escaped with his life, she let out a soft sigh. A sliver of pity appeared in her eyes, but she quickly shook her head and it disappeared. Then her phoenix-like eyes fell upon Meng Hao, who was still sitting cross-legged in meditation.

      I hope meng hao will tear her arms and legs off and then gouge her eyes out, rip her totems out and then leave her to die slowly after poisoning her with incurable poison that can never be dispelled so that she doesn’t miraculously make a come back later. The author seems to want us to think that she is actually innately good or something, but fact is that she did all this for no good reason, they attacked the crow divinity tribe for a paltry spot in a competition of sorts, if she felt any guilt she should just commit suicide right there and then. Her attitude is utter shit, freaking spoiled princess without a well-functioning brain.

    1. the tree from 5 tribes has a deep connection with the crow and now both have a deep connection with Meng Hao which in turn connects Meng Hao with the 5 tribes, he made it his responsibility to return there kindness only to get shit on so ya it sucks balls. Way to meditate to control the lily while 90% of the 5 tribes die 5ft from you and you fail at returning the kindness geez meng hao that lasted all of 2 sec.

  2. Well even more than the people from the Five Poison Tribes I’m pissed at the Ressurection Lily. Although Meng Hao is always in life-threatening situations it chose the time where thousands would die if it attacked. I really really hope that it becomes interactable sometime soon and that it experiences some experiments from Meng Hao along with some converting from UV, it getting off with just the assimilation is too easy for it.

    1. Well, since Lily is considered the most potent poison there in, facing another bulldung flower who wants to take her place, of course she did her best to control Meng so that she could prove who really is the most destructive…ahahahha. Lily is just pissed to the max…aahah

  3. All I could see was whine whine whine (have some cheese plix)

    You have to understand how it is done to set things for the next chapters, yes this felt annoying but there is a why for this.

    1. ya i understand, i understand you dont know wat da fuk ur talkin about lol considering the super powers in the surrounding area there are much more and better ways at killing off the 5 tribes then 1 flower killing 90% of them off with zero neg affects smh. Meng hao is op and keeps his promises and yet cant return the act of kindness by protecting the 5 tribes unless this new flower can restore those who died then the entire idea is shit no matter what happens in the future. Also this shit has happened a million times tribe gets wiped out REVENGE geez wake up and get off that lord fifth deek >:D

  4. MC got all he cold from the tribes, so the author kills them off. An old song being played over and over again.
    Now MC kills everyone, the ancient spirits of Poison tribe will give him another tattoo and so on.
    And should he get in trouble the mysterious bridge will appear and he will run away.

  5. Am I the only one who thought that this “war” could of happened with no real casualties on the crow tribe side and that no one of the crow tribe really needed to fight. They died because the mc didn’t feel like exerting to much effort. Because shouldn’t Meng Hao of been able to end this whole fight by himself. He could of just took control of all the opponents neo-beasts using his demonic energy and then have the neo-beast all proceed to kill their previous masters or at least suppress the neo-beasts so they can’t attack. Then the spider branch clan whatever would of been too startled and surprised to properly use their secret weapon as they would be fighting their own beast that are stronger then them and would quickly die. In fact to be honest wouldn’t doing this of been easier than whatever the mc is going to do after the crow tribe has lost most of its forces. I know that he doesn’t owe them much but he said he was going to protect the tribe and let it survive so letting it take heavy casualties doesn’t make much sense to me. This was what I was thinking please enlighten me if you have a reason why he didn’t do something like this instead of pretending like fighting them as if they were his equals in strength.

    1. MC was obeying the orders of the tribe union. An Army has discipline, strategy. MC can not do whatever he want and his army has been cheated by enemies, meanwhile the poison lily that buried in MC’s body was trying to occupy him, he can barely stay alive, what else he can still do?

  6. It just feels like Meng Hao is giving a Itsuki vibe with this whole waiting until the last moment when everything is at its worst to save the day.

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