ISSTH – Book 4 – Chapter 448

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These three Blood Immortal divine ability forms immediately caused black smoke to appear on the bodies of the nine Nascent Soul Elders. It rolled off of them up into the sky, seemingly completely beyond their control. Seeing this caused their faces to fall immediately.

It took only a moment for them to realize that this smoke was caused by an invisible burning of their own life force. Their life force was the fuel and this black smoke was the result!

The sight of it caused the nine men to be filled with shock. They immediately began to utilize various techniques and divine abilities, but to their horror… they were completely incapable of preventing their life forces from being burned up. The black smoke continued to billow off them.

Within the black smoke was vast quantities of thick aura of death, making the smoke a mass of inky blackness. From a distance, it really did look like the flames of war were burning in the area. The sight was shocking to the extreme.

As for the Supreme Priest, even he had black smoke coming off of him. The ten Nascent Soul Cultivators’ faces were filled with shock at this strange divine ability which apparently couldn’t be evaded. Then their faces filled with hatred, and they once again used minor teleportation to charge toward Meng Hao.

Ten people closed in on Meng Hao from ten different directions.

Meng Hao closed his eyes. He had noticed something familiar within the black smoke from the burning life forces. He had seen something just like that after his glimpse at the world above the Tower of Tang in the State of Zhao, when he had been infected by the death aura from the fallen Immortal whom he later encountered outside the Rebirth Cave.

“There must be some similarity between the two….” A cold glint appeared in his eyes as he performed an incantation gesture with both hands and then waved his hands out. Flames of war shot up into the sky. The power he had absorbed from the hundreds of Crow Scout Tribe members poured through the mask, causing rumbling sounds to fill the air as the flames exploded up to shocking effect.

The ten Nascent Soul Cultivators immediately coughed up blood. The closer they approached in their charge toward Meng Hao, the more life force they wasted.

It was as if Meng Hao had turned into some destructive force that could consume all life forces.

Unfortunately, they had no choice but to continue to charge toward him. Retreat was not an option. The only chance they had was to kill Meng Hao.

Even as they roared and charged forward, Meng Hao closed his eyes and sensed the boundless, so-called Joss Flame power within him. Suddenly, the enormous face once again magically appeared. This time… the face was different. This time, it bore the semblance of Meng Hao.

Meng Hao’s eyes suddenly opened, and so did the face’s eyes. Its lips quivered, and just as it seems more flames of war would rise up, a single word was uttered.


The instant Meng Hao’s voice could be heard, rumbling sounds filled the air. In that instant, the black smoke coming off of the ten Nascent Soul Cultivators roared with an earth shaking sound as it exploded with intensity. This was an explosion of their life forces, as if they were being harmed by their own power!

Surrounded by roaring sounds, nine of the Nascent Soul Cultivators coughed up blood as their bodies tumbled backward violently like kites whose strings had been cut. They were thrown three hundred meters away, and their bodies were listless, older. Their life forces were now dim; they had lost nearly half of their longevity.

When they finally came to a stop, their faces were unsightly. Their hearts trembled; fear for Meng Hao had already taken root inside of them. It seemed to them that they weren’t fighting a Cultivator, but rather… a totemic Sacred Ancient!

Furthermore, the power of Joss Flame was incongruous with their own Cultivation base power, which came from the totems of their Tribe. This, combined with Meng Hao’s Blood Immortal divine abilities, allowed him to thoroughly shake these ten Nascent Soul Cultivators.

As for the Supreme Priest, blood sprayed from his mouth. He was obviously stronger than the other nine, but he too had been severely injured.

All of them were thoroughly shaken inwardly.

Meng Hao gave an inward sigh of disappointment. Just now, he had attacked with the full force of the Joss Flame power. Even that was only enough to injure his opponents. After all, these were ten Nascent Soul Cultivators. If he were only fighting one or two, Meng Hao was confident that with his borrowed power, he would be able to slay them.

However, as soon as all of them came to a stop, the killing intent in their eyes grew even stronger. Their bodies flickered as they approached him once more!

It was at this point that suddenly, a massive sea of flame exploded out from within the distorted ripples that blocked the view of the battle of totemic Sacred Ancients up above. It spread out to cover half of the sky. The massive flames lit up the faces of everyone down below on the battlefield, astonishing everyone.

Astonishingly, within the massive spread of flames a figure could be seen, reclining there in mid-air. A golden light rose up, and it was impossible to see what was inside, but it was clear that the golden light was melting and dissipating.

That golden light was the Metal-type totemic Sacred Ancient of the Crow Soldier Tribe. The Flame Sea was the Crow Flame Tribe’s Fire-type Sacred Ancient. It was impossible for everyone down below on the battlefield to not look at the scene up above.

An archaic voice suddenly echoed out from up above. “I cannot continue to protect you of the five Crow Divinity Tribes. However the Flame Totem and I… will fight to put you in a good position. As such, our ten thousand years of Karma must be dispersed…. We wish you… peace and safety.”

The sea of flames rapidly began to contract. It shot toward the golden light at incredible speed. In the blink of an eye, it completely surrounded the golden light, wrapping it up, transforming into… a gigantic sun!

A death aura swirled within the sun. Down below on the ground, the members of the Crow Soldier Tribe were trembling, as were the members of the Crow Flame Tribe. Their totems were rapidly beginning to dissipate. Intense feelings of grief and sorrow welled up in their hearts.

“Sacred Ancient!”

“Sacred Ancient!!”

Wails of grief rose up into the sky. Unfortunately, neither the Metal-type nor the Fire-type totems could hear them.

Even as the members of the Five Tribes cried out in grief, golden light and the glow of flames combined within the burning sun up above. Soon, everything was illuminated by its billowing light. Shockingly, just barely visible within the enormous sun was… a Golden Crow!

The instant the Golden Crow appeared, Meng Hao’s eyes went wide. He was able to sense a somewhat familiar aura on it, and yet, most of it was unfamiliar.

“It’s not her,” he murmured with a soft sigh. “It’s only a tiny sliver of consciousness left behind in the world. Gold and Fire ended their own lives to transform.”

The Golden Crow lifted its head to the sky and roared as it shot out from within the sun. It closed in on the spider and the scorpion, which in turn shot toward it, intent on destroying it.

Such a totemic battle was something that Cultivators couldn’t interfere with. The instant the three of them slammed into each other, the Golden Crow’s body burst into flames. Golden light and the glow of flames spread out. The Golden Crow began to expand. In the blink of an eye, it was three hundred meters, three thousand, thirty thousand meters!!

It filled the sky and covered over the land, completely enveloping the spider and the scorpion!

“Totems, I call upon the vestiges of the power of the Crow Divinity to seal you and the root of your totemic power! Totemic Demons of the Five Poisons Tribe, be sealed!!” The archaic voice was filled with weakness as it used the last of its power to speak. The gigantic Golden Crow was now completely enveloping the spider and the scorpion. It transformed into an enormous golden shield almost like a bubble. The frantic spider and the scorpion were trapped inside, and were madly attacking in all directions as they tried to escape.

“SEAL!” The enormous golden bubble glittered as if with flames as it shot away with the spider and the scorpion. All the onlookers were breathing heavily as it flew out of the mountains, carrying the Sacred Ancients of two branches with it!

Its destination? The plains which housed the Five Poisons Tribe, where it would use the last bits of its power to interfere with the other three totemic Sacred Ancients.

This was the final price paid by the great totems of the Crow Divinity, a final protection for the members of the Five Tribes!

This seal would last for half of a sixty-year cycle. They had burned their own life forces to create this seal. However, their deaths, and the burning of their life force which had unleashed such incredible power, had caught the attention of the Golden Crow’s sliver of will, which would exist for half of a sixty-year cycle.

As for the Sacred Ancients from the other three branches of the Five Poisons Tribe, they would meet similar fates as the other two. Even if the Five Poisons Tribe made another move, they would not be able to employ the strength of their Sacred Ancients.

Zhao Youlan coughed up a mouthful of blood. It wasn’t just her; all of the surviving Cultivators from the Spider Branch did the same as their Cultivation bases instantly dropped an entire stage.

When the Sacred Ancients were sealed, their auras were also sealed as if in death, and were incapable of bestowing any of their power. This was the cause of this instant Cultivation base drop.

Zhao Chunmu also coughed up a mouthful of blood, along with the rest of the Scorpion Branch Cultivators. Their expressions were that of shock as their Cultivation bases also fell.

The faces of the ten Nascent Soul Cultivators who Meng Hao was facing up against instantly fell. They began to pant as their Cultivation bases began to weaken and fall. It wouldn’t be long before they were no longer of the Nascent Soul stage!

That was a unique feature of Western Desert Cultivators. They could borrow the power of totems, but if a Sacred Ancient died, then they would lose a totem tattoo, which would result in Cultivation base loss. In contrast, the Cultivation base of Southern Domain Cultivators belonged only to them. That was why practicing Cultivation was much more difficult there than in the Western Desert.

Of course, the Crow Divinity Tribe was in the exact same situation because of the deaths of the Metal-type and Fire-type totems. The Crow Soldier Tribe members’ totem tattoos began to vanish; however, at this exact moment, when their Cultivation bases were beginning to fall, a golden light suddenly sprang out from Meng Hao.

It was as if a previous generation had died, so a new one arrived to replace it. Golden light radiated out of Meng Hao from his Metal-type totem tattoo, the ancient character ‘metal’ which existed on his chest!

The instant the light appeared, the Crow Soldier Tribe members’ bodies began to tremble. Although their previous Metal-type totem tattoos were disappearing, a new one appeared. It looked different than the previous totems; it resembled Meng Hao’s in every aspect. This was the ancient character for metal!

Immediately, boundless and intense Joss Flame power erupted from the members of the Crow Soldier Tribe to shoot toward Meng Hao. It covered his golden body, causing his aura to rise up even higher.

His hair whipped about wildly, and brilliant beams of green and gold light swirled around him. In front of him, two massive characters appeared, wood and metal. They emanated shocking power.

Filled with excitement, the Crow Soldier Tribe members clasped hands and bowed deeply to Meng Hao. The roar of their voices filled the air.

“Sacred Ancient!”

“Greetings, Sacred Ancient!!”

It was at this moment when Meng Hao’s Wood- and Metal-type power was displayed in spectacular fashion that… the power of the Joss Flame around him grew thicker and suddenly… a flame appeared within him!

This was not Joss Flame, but rather something that had been inside of him this entire time… the East Pill Everburning Flame!


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173 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 4 – Chapter 448” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

      1. What? The Everburning Flame is not a pill itself like the Crow Divinity was. It’s a divine treasure passed down in the sect that’s used to concoct pills.

        Also does Meng Hao necessarily need to turn the flame into a totem? He was only getting the totems to collect the elements. He already has the element of fire. Sure it would probably be useful for the Fire tribe of cultivators but it doesn’t seem needed for Meng Hao’s plans.

        1. Well, the power of Joss Flame seems pretty useful, so why not make it into the ancient character for Fire and use it to gain more Joss Flame from the Crow Flame Tribe? Also, just putting it out there, but that Dao he gained from that lake in the State of Zhao, who wants to be that that will become apart of his water totem?

          1. But remember that the Fire is a divine technique of the Violet Fate Sect. Not even most members of the sect are allowed to use it. Would making it into a totem and giving it to a tribe of outsiders be considered betraying the secrets of the sect? I can’t imagine him betraying Pill Demon.

            If I Recall Correctly the Dao he gained was just that if you call it a sea then the qi lake turns into a qi sea. It wasn’t all that profound and didn’t actually have anything to do with the water element.

  1. Why do so many Chinese Translators try to hide the title?

    A title’s purpose is literally to be a brief summary of the chapter or represent it somehow. I can understand you want to shut up the ones that yell spoiler, but don’t you feel like you are insulting the author, the series itself, and the other readers by doing so?

    Like if this was established thing that translators did, whatever. But this is a new thing that is exclusively happening with fast Chinese novel translations and its starting to become a problem.

    1. Because a brief summary is annoying, and no I don’t feel like I’m insulting the author. If you have a problem with it simply scroll down to view the title before reading it.

  2. one sacred ancient tatoo gave him that much power, what will 5 do to him, but the fire won’t use the tatoo i guess, i wonder what the rest will be.
    Thank you for the chapter!

  3. It’s not just any flame, but the “Everburning Flame”…
    Does everything have to do with Meng Hao have to be perfect? xd lol

    I bet Meng Hao goes to the 5 Poison tribe to get their Sacred Ancients…
    Then all their cultivation drops, and the final MASSACRE!!!!!

    Meng Hao’s way is always “leave no risk behind”. If he left the rest of the 5 Poison tribes to survive (the other 3 tribes), even if they didn’t attack the Crow Divinity tribe now, they will in 30 years. So it’s only logical to get rid of them for good.
    Of course, the best way to do that is to get their Sacred Ancestral Totems… And since Meng Hao’s a demon sealer, well… with all the karma and everything (now he has positive karma, thats nice).

    Ooh, oh. Maybe the karma this time, will help him to “heal” his “injured soul”… That soul needs a fixing, before Nascant Soul stage…

      1. That’s his “life force” though. The “aging” thing. Like skin wrinkle and stuff. That happens when Meng Hao try to use the “Blood Mask” when he didn’t have enough cultivation base, so he use his “life-force”.

        But what im talking about “soul injury”, is it occurred when he used the “3 seemers” (the thing used to seal the 19th Ji, the flag thingy…); when he was fighting the Core Formation guy, when he was at the Late Foundation Establishment. That “soul injury” was something that was “different” to his other injuries. It wasn’t anything related to “energy”. Like even if Meng Hao gets his full energy, he still have that injury. And nothing’s been mentioned ever since, about his “soul injury” yet.

    1. I think he was going to heal it after reaching NS.

      Also after sealing those two Sacred Ancestral Totems it went off to get the other three. They’ve already been taken out of the picture.

      1. Nah, he needs to heal it “before” he gets to NS. And that’s “super” important. Otherwise his Nascant Soul is going to be damaged. And he doesn’t know of any way to fix it.
        Like Meng Hao waited for Core Formation, to get his “Golden Core Formation”, even thought he could have gotten into the Core Formation earlier on.

        As far as Meng Hao mentioned, it was said (by Meng Hao in the novel…) “I will just wait til the time comes”, as in the “time” to get to the NS comes. At the moment, he was just Foundation Establishment, so he had Core Formation to worry about first.

        1. I coul have sworn between the blacklands and desert arc currently they specifically stated even the damages to his soul were now healed but I don’t remember the chapter it was hard to miss, and he could now reuse the flag thanks to that and the fact that he was at a higher cultivation.

          1. Damage to “life force” was solved.
            Ji’s Karma thread was solved.

            Now “soul injury” need solving.
            Also Wan 10th patriarch Karma thread solving. Meng Hao could prevent the “total annihilation” of the Karma thing, by remembering the Worm Guy. So, maybe if he could find a way to “cut” certain “Karma threads”, without the “total annihilation”, maybe use it on the Karma thread between himself and the Wan patriarch…

        2. Well it’s either one or the other. I’m thinking that a damaged Soul is possible to fix for a NS level guy since that’s what their cultivation revives around.

          When did it say that he could have gotten into Core Formation earlier on? I think he spent like 6 months trying reach Core formation after the Violent Furnace Lord promotion. I think you’re thinking about the middle or stage of the Core Formation. He suppressed his advancement so that he could gain a more powerful core spirit with the Gold Core.

          I think it’s called the Wang clan.

    2. His soul’s injury is that it was displaced, it’s not like it cracked or anything. My bet is that his soul being displaced will actually help him reach perfection.

      1. Hmmm, that would be interesting…
        So far, it seems to be a “disadvantage” thought. Don’t know why it is. And also, “displaced” from what exactly right? We don’t know a whole a lot about the “soul”, and the “realm” it resides… yet…
        Probably learn more, as he enter NS stage, after all its called the Nascant SOUL stage… Has lots to do with the Soul lol.

        Wonder if Meng Hao will die… I mean to “revive, his soul not dying, just the body… That would be interesting lol.

    1. I was thinking that he would use that to his advantage. Wood feeds Fire and so he could use his Wood Totem to power up a fire totem. Seems like it’s not going that way though.

  4. 2 fabulously exciting chapters back to back – The ABSOLUTE BEST Chinese New Year prezzie I have ever received!

    Thank you so much Patriach DB, Lady DB, baby DB and the whole gang.


  5. I think the rok feather thingy he received from that immortal lady of rebirth cave is gonna be his air-element , have been suspecting that to happen for sometime now n seeing everburning flame contribute only makes me be more sure of it , hbu u guys? Think it’s possible?

    thanks for such exciting chapters guys~

    1. Yeah, maybe its the fact that I dont know the story behind it, but the Chinese elements are weird.
      3 forms of Earth, Fire, and Water.

      P.S its Wind, sorry this is one of my peeves.

    2. It could be his water totem, after all, it is a fish scale. Anyways this whole thing reminds me of coiling dragons beginning where the cultivators would get power from the people who worshipped them. Unfortunately that went nowhere in coiling dragon, I guess the author forgot about it completely or just didnt feel like expanding on it. I just hope ISSTH goes a little more in depth with it and doesnt forget about it 50 chapters from now( kinda like what happened with lord fifth and his OP human formations).

      1. In CD, it was a cultivation method for the lazy. The Sovereigns power up without doing anything, but it’s a bit slow. It was only the lesser sovereigns who bothered with it.

        Linley was always in a hurry, so he skipped over it.

        1. It wasnt a cultivation method. It would make your cultivation faster because you would get energy or whatnot from the people. It was like a passive buff that you would get just be having people worship you. Linley had an entire continent of people worshiping him yet the author never even mentioned the benefits of it. Coiling dragon was a mess of a novel, with the author never really going into depth about anything, a lot of things he would completely forgot about and never mention again. I urge you to reread the whole thing, if you read it 1 chapter a day you probably never noticed.

          1. I have to say you’re forgetting some mentions because the whole faith thing was mentioned quite a few times. Even after he became a soverign the faith power was mentioned but was said to be insignificant because Linley himself already had a super powerful soul.

          2. Ugh… OK, the power of faith in Coiling Dragon was a passive buff that enhanced the strength of the practitioner’s soul. The benefits were that a stronger soul naturally had better comprehension abilities, thus improving your ability to understand and fuse the natural laws, and was better able to withstand soul-based attacks. The drawbacks were that it takes staggeringly huge amounts of faith power to actually accomplish any measurable benefits, and the Soveriegns were greedy and would destroy churches that didn’t worship them. Basically, Linley’s one continent on one small plane was just too small to bother with, and so he wasn’t really getting a big buff from that, but he was getting a constant small flow over time.

        1. Another thing I don’t really understand, Black Turtle – flame?

          Besides, Meng Hao is now fulfilling the role of a Totemic Ancient, so placing himself in a subservient position to another demon doesn’t seem to be in line with what’s going on.

  6. When it says that their cultivation dropped a level did mean like Mid Nascent Soul level to Low Nascent Soul level or Mid NS level to Core level?

    Edit: Nevermind. I went back and checked. It’s the latter. In that case I don’t think the poison tribes should have any Nascent Soul level cultivators left. This should be a massacre.

  7. OMG!!
    So the truth of the flame is going to be revealed?!
    Have faith in Deathblade, gain eternal translation. When Deathblade translates, who dares to read MTL!

  8. For all this effort put into getting a Nascent Soul with more elements it sure hasn’t turned up in the story yet. What I mean by that is that we haven’t really seen any NS cultivators being distinguished as being stronger because of a superior soul.

      1. Nah. Only perfection is blocked off. Look at the previous stages of cultivation. Foundation Establishment had Perfect, Flawless, Cracked, and Fractured. Cultivators could get up to a Flawless Foundation with no problems. Core had Gold, Violet, Orange/Green/Crimson, and Mixed. They could get Violet without tribulations. A Four Color Nascent Soul is suppose to be the equivalent of the best that you can get without tribulations. I assume that there are 1, 2, and 3 color Nascent Souls as well which should all have different power levels.

  9. Hmm, a grand battle such as this would be the perfect setting for his Nascent soul, if the author wants to end this already I guess Meng Hao could use the flame as a fire totem, the Roc scale as the foundation for a wind totem, and use his lightning abilities as a fifth totem maybe? Also holy hell thanks for the double release, Im so glad I’m reading this series

  10. Many Thanks for This Chapter!

    The unraveling continues in magnificent fashion, Its amazing how there is a big fight going on but the fight is actually in the background right now in terms of what’s getting me hyped.
    Meng Hao literally became the Sacred Ancient for two of the 5 tribes and then all of a sudden, East flame appears.

  11. You know, when they sent that Rank 9 Dragoneer to scout out the Crow Divinity, you’d think that after he died they’d actually exercise some caution. I mean, what’s the point of scouting if not for that? But it looks like they won’t have long to regret their decision…

    1. I’m going to throw in a quote from the TV sci-fi drama “Babylon 5” now: “You have no idea what you are getting involved in…arrogance and ignorance in one package, how very efficient of you.”

  12. So if the East Pill Everburning Flame was used for the Flame totem,
    then that also opens up possibilities like for the water from the Dao Lake from first chapter
    and Earth from the earth that he was collecting and studying from the blacklands ??

    1. That earth was only special because it had celestial magic in it, it didn’t have any actual earth-element power. He’ll probably get water from the flying-rain dragon core, and earth from that Nascent Soul pill he got from the Ji clan brat.

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