ISSTH – Book 5 – Chapter 660

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Chapter 660: The Alcohol is Quite Strong

The woman’s words caused the old man’s face to grow very unsightly. He once again clasped hands to Meng Hao.

“Fellow Daoist, my apprentice doesn’t understand the way of things. Please, don’t take offense. Seahold might be large, but everything there is handled in an open and clear way. Once you go, Fellow Daoist, you will naturally understand.”

The young woman bit her lower lip, and said nothing more. She simply gazed at Meng Hao with a pleading look.

The old man was starting to get a bit worried. “Fellow Daoist,” he continued, “I answered all your questions without holding anything back. My apprentice is merely homesick. However, if we Cultivators wish to make progress, must step out of our comfort zones. That’s why I took her out into the world, to gain some experience.”

Meng Hao looked over the young woman and the old man, and then sighed inwardly.

“In the cultivation world, the law of the jungle prevails. I can’t do anything about that. However,” he said, shaking his head, “when it comes to our actions and decisions, there is an unwritten truth; habitual unjust behavior can prevent you from reaching Spirit Severing.”

“Many thanks for helping me achieve my aim!” said the old man, reaching out to grab the young woman.

“Senior!!” continued the young woman, “when you had a weak Cultivation base, didn’t you ever have a benefactor that was willing to help you…?” Before she could finish speaking, the old man’s hand latched onto her, and she immediately became like a puppet, capable only of shedding tears filled with despair and the desire to die.

When Meng Hao heard her words, he suddenly said, “Did I say you could leave?”

The words were simple, but as soon as the old man heard them, his mind trembled. The Nascent Soul inside of him began to tremble, and beads of sweat broke out on his forehead. He immediately stopped in place and slowly turned around, an expression of disbelief and shock on his face as he looked at Meng Hao.

It was in that instant that he realized that the Cultivation base of the person in front of him far, far exceeded his own.

Meng Hao’s voice was cool as he said, “This young woman has a unique physique suitable for certain dual-party cultivation techniques that extract the Yin to strengthen the Yang…. Your goal is nothing more than to use that power to break through a Cultivation base blockage.” With that, he lifted his right hand, causing ten mid-grade Demon hearts to fly toward the old man.

“Normally I wouldn’t interfere in such a matter,” he continued slowly, “but having encountered this young woman, it seems the two of us are connected by destiny. Thank you for answering my questions just now. Take these Demon hearts and leave.”

The old man struggled inwardly for a moment, but in the end, released the girl and collected up the Demon hearts. With a bitter smile, he clasped hands and bowed to Meng Hao, then hurried off into the distance.

Meng Hao’s Cultivation base was beyond his comprehension, and the gap between the two of them far too large. The old man didn’t even have the nerve to feel resentment, but rather, simply resigned himself to his fate.

As the old man made his way off into the distance, tears flowed ceaselessly down the young woman’s cheeks, and she bowed over and over again to Meng Hao.

“Thank you for your kindness in rescuing me, Senior. I grew up on my own in Seahold, and will spare no effort to aid you.” The gratitude she felt was clearly visible in her eyes. She had just evaded a huge calamity, and as a result, her voice quavered as she spoke. It seemed that all the courage she had shown just now completely vanished, and turned into weakness.

“What’s your name?” asked Meng Hao, looking her over.

“Wei Li…. Junior’s name is Wei Li,” she replied softly, lowering her head to conceal the sorrow she felt because of her name. 1

Meng Hao nodded, but did not ask for any further details. Then, he flicked his sleeve, sweeping up the young woman to fly off into the direction of the Three Sects’ Seahold, which was notated on the map he possessed.

Wei Li hesitated for a moment as she flew alongside Meng Hao. She looked around at the mist that surrounded them, and felt the incredible speed with which they were moving, something she had never experienced before. Her voice soft, she finally said, “Senior… are you… are you a rogue Cultivator?”

“Why do you ask that?” replied Meng Hao calmly.

“In the Third Ring, all the Nascent Soul Cultivators are either rogue Cultivators, or belong to Sects and Clans that provide special flight treasures. Such treasures make it possible to avoid a lot of trouble, and also allow you to meditate and practice cultivation while traveling.”

Wei Li hesitated again, worried that she might somehow offend Meng Hao with her words. “Furthermore, upon entering Seahold, if you have such a flight treasure, you won’t be interrogated.”

“So that’s how it is,” said Meng Hao. After a moment’s thought, he said, “Well, after I get to Seahold, I guess I’ll just have to buy a few.” He realized that he truly didn’t have any sort of special flight treasure. Considering that it was possible to practice cultivation while riding such a treasure, Meng Hao started to feel somewhat excited.

Wei Li’s eyes went wide, and she almost went on to tell Meng Hao that such flight treasures were extremely expensive. However, she didn’t dare to actually open her mouth on the subject. Then she thought about how he had casually produced ten mid-grade Demon hearts, and she realized that he most likely had an incredible social standing.

After a long moment, she looked over Meng Hao’s plain and unadorned robe, and then said, “Senior… you should probably change into a different set of clothing. In Seahold, you can purchase Daoist garments crafted from Sea Demons. According to the rumors, the highest quality garments can even resist an attack from the Spirit Severing level.

“If you prefer simple and unadorned clothing, Seahold has those too. However, regardless of whether it’s in terms of the quality of material, or the defensive capabilities, such garments are unique to the Milky Way Sea. Every year, people come from various outside Sects and Clans to have them custom made.”

Meng Hao looked down at his robes and nodded. He had never really paid much attention to his attire, but after listening to the young woman’s words, he realized that they made sense.

“Hmm, yes. When we get there, I’ll buy a few sets.”

“Senior, there’s also the matter of bags of holding. In the Milky Way Sea, you can get special holding treasures with a capacity a hundred times normal. Some even have other mysterious properties.

“In fact, the highest quality holding items can even store spiritual energy. That way, if you ever run low on magical power, you will have at least one chance to open your bag of holding.”

“Such items exist?” asked Meng Hao. It all sounded so new and interesting to him. He nodded. “Okay, when I get there, I’ll buy a few.”

“Senior, do you have any voice transmission talismans on you? None? You should definitely buy some of the voice transmission talismans available in the Seahold. That way, you can communicate directly with anyone on the outside, no matter where you are in the Milky Way Sea.”

“Alright! I’ll buy several!”

“Senior, considering the level of your Cultivation base, you probably don’t need magical rings, but I still suggest that you buy a few….”

“Excellent. I’ll definitely purchase a handful.”

“Senior, if you plan to stay in the Third Ring for a long time, you might want to buy an Immortal’s cave in the city. Of course, the prices vary depending on the location….”

“I’ll buy the best one!”

As they traveled, Wei Li continued to evaluate Meng Hao from top to bottom. If it were any other situation, Meng Hao wouldn’t really pay attention. However, considering how many Demon hearts he had in his bag of holding, and the number of Spirit Stones he could trade them for, his heart surged with joy.

Filled with the feeling of being rich and imposing, and accompanied by someone describing all the amazing things he could buy, roused his spirit. He flicked his sleeve and decided to buy everything.

Several days later, Meng Hao peered at Seahold from some distance away as they approached. He had already lost track of how many things Wei Li had described to him, nor could he remember exactly what he had said he intended to buy.

However, Wei Li was very professional, and she had long since taken out a jade slip to keep meticulous records.

Up ahead, the Seahold looked matchlessly huge. It was like an ancient sea beast, slumbering upon the surface of the water. At the moment, it was evening, and the city was ablaze with lights. A cursory examination left Meng Hao with the impression that at least 100,000 Cultivators were inside.

The area was surrounded by patrolling Cultivators of the three Sects. Also visible in the middle of the city was a huge tower, adorned with resplendently glowing pearls. They also emanated invisible ripples that no one but Meng Hao could see, which spread out to cover the entire city.

The entire city was surrounded by a towering wall, part of which stretched down below the surface of the water. The wall was completely black, and looked very somber and ominous. Vicious-looking spikes encircled the city, upon which were impaled the dried-up corpses of Sea Demons.

Meng Hao’s eyes glittered. Within Seahold he could sense, at the very least, hundreds of restrictive spell formations. Clearly, if he attempted to charge directly into the city, it would be impossible.

If they were activated, these restrictive spell formations could easily destroy a Spirit Severing Cultivator.

If that were all there were to it, it might not be a big deal. However, Meng Hao could also sense an aura deep within the city that caused his scalp to grow numb. It seemed to be partly the aura of a Cultivator, and partly the aura of a magical item.

It was impossible to distinguish clearly, but Meng Hao was certain that whatever thing emitted this aura… vastly exceeded the power of Spirit Severing.

After glancing the city over, his eyes came to rest on the huge tower in the middle of the city. In that very moment, red-robed Saint Sun Soul sat cross-legged in that very tower, meditating. Suddenly, his eyes opened.

His gaze passed out from within the tower until it reached Meng Hao off in the distance. Although Meng Hao had changed his appearance, he still recognized him.

The two of them were separated by quite a difference, but they could both sense each other looking at each other. After a moment, they retracted their gazes.

Seeing that Meng Hao had stopped in mid-air, Wei Li looked at him and said, “Senior?”

After a moment, she continued, “Senior, do you have an identity medallion?

“If you do, then you can just enter directly. If you don’t, well, that will be a bit more troublesome….”

Meng Hao frowned. He did not have an identity medallion, and currently, they were standing directly in front of the city gate. Inside, three men sat cross-legged, meditating. In front of them stood a dozen or so Cultivators clutching command medallions. Occasionally, they would glance around with cold expressions.

It was already evening, but there was still quite a line of people outside, waiting to enter the Seahold.

When Meng Hao and Wei Li arrived, the three old men all opened their eyes at the same time. In that moment, Meng Hao could sense the fluctuating ripples coming from nearby restrictive spell formations.

He knew that if he showed even the slightest bit of malice, those spell formations would activate.

“Senior,” said Wei Li, “if you have no identity medallion, then I can go into the city first to buy one for you. Unfortunately, the price will be quite high. Also, I will only be able to get the most common type of identity medallion, which will cause problems later. However….” Even as she was in the middle of speaking, a bright beam of light suddenly flew out from within the city.

Inside was a beautiful woman wearing a pink garment. She was elegant and poised, and as soon as she appeared, the Cultivators in the city gate bent at the waist to bow deeply.

“Respects, Madam Lin!” 2

At the same time, respectful expressions appeared on the faces of the other Cultivators in the area. One after another, they clasped hands and bowed.

“Greetings, Madam Lin!”

The poised and stately woman nodded and smiled. She passed through the crowds of people until she reached Meng Hao. As for Wei Li, she nervously backed up. Meng Hao’s expression was completely normal as he watched the woman everyone called ‘Madam Lin’ approaching. She stopped in front of him, and, as everyone watched, gave him a curtseying bow.

She didn’t speak, but she smiled and handed a gold-colored command medallion to Meng Hao.

“Someone asked me to pass you a message. The alcohol is quite strong.” She smiled and gave Meng Hao a deep look, then turned to leave.

As she walked away, everyone in the crowd turned to look at Meng Hao. Wei Li stared blankly at him, eyes wide.


This chapter was sponsored by Ahma Tawfiq Ahmad Fuaad, Gorgonzzz, Tjandra Johannes, and Frank Anthony

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  1. Wei Li’s name in Chinese is 唯离 Wéi lí. It’s kind of a made up name. Wei means “only.” Li means “leave” or “depart.” The name sounds sad, perhaps to indicate that some sorrowful event occurred in her past
  2. When addressing a woman as “Madam” in this way, the surname used would be that of the husband. For example, many chapters ago Meng Li was addressed as “Madam Fang.” In this case, it indicates that this woman’s husband is surnamed Lin. When Saint Sun Soul was introduced in chapter 656, we learned that he is also surnamed Lin. From this, it seems pretty obvious that the woman is his wife.


110 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 5 – Chapter 660” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. Lol, when you are rich you need someone to help u take care of that money and Meng Hao found the best assistant ever.

      Thanks for the chappy BTW.

    1. Yes, I made a quick change to the chapter and hit “update” before the page had fully loaded. Since the comments box starts out as unchecked and then “loads” the check mark after a second, I accidentally updated with the “allow comments” disabled.

  1. Aishh it seems young master meng is slowly being pampered huh but I can only wish he wont grow arrogant especially the one who is the best in using his dao of pampering him~

    *Stares intensly on DB

    Still many thanks fellow daoist DB

        1. Well, in my case, I don’t have any problem with her. It’s obvious she will fall in love with him, but as most of the girl when you see Meng Hao perks (treat people well, fair, and incredibly strong).
          But Meng Hao only love one girl so it’s unlikely to turn into an harem. And honestly, I wouldn’t want to see an MC letting a girl getting raped, especially if he can save her as eaily as this. And he truly needed an assistant while he stays there.

        2. Some people are a bit edgy on the matter of females. I also prefer a female to be the guide etc, we all know nothing will happen between them and he will leave later, he had a use for her, it has nothing to do with introducing a permanent female character or a romantic interest. I don’t really see why she has to disappear, I don’t want her clinging to the mc in a romantic way either, but this is just pure business, he helped her, she helps him, he’ll get some information and an easier time in the city and we’ll get to see some of her funny reactions that only outsiders can give when they see how weird meng hao is. I get disgusted when people assume that every female that is introduced must be added to some imaginary harem, there is no harem in the first place, so why care? Would you rather want an old warty macho guy to introduce him to everything in the city? I totally prefer the cute, female variation, it has nothing to do with love or romance… sigh, has this character even done anything to piss you off? I think it was pretty reasonable, but I guess some people want the mc(and author) to go full blown homo(and no, I don’t really care about people who are homosexual, totally their choice and none of my business, just trying to get my message through) and stop caring about genders at all, instead introducing one disgusting male after another to take the roles of the females in this story. Yeah, sounds great. Or maybe you just want meng hao to be a lone wolf that never meets anyone at all and never has anyone helping him with anything, never talking with anyone or getting escorted by anyone, makes for a dull story…

      1. I’d like it if that assistant isn’t a girl. A funny human sidekick would’ve been good though it’ll be pretty cliche and the funny part’s already present with the help of Meat Jelly and Lord Fifth. Also many readers wouldn’t like that, I guess? So I’d rather him not get an assistant.

        My motto for Meng Hao is:
        “No to Girls” (^o^)v except XQ

          1. A big thumbs up and hi-5 there, fellow daoist suoh95 \(>o< ) !!!!! We have the same opinion! XD

          2. Please point out one girl in ISSTH who “likes” Meng Hao because of his strength, wealth or status. Also, please point out any girl who actually matters to him in the story or vice versa, other than Xu Qing and Chu Yuyan.

            What are you, ten years old and don’t like “stinky girls” or something?

          3. All the girls that might have liked Meng Hao, liked him as a person (his attitude and etc.) – that much I know. Some girls are just interested with him -Han bei. Some loves him – CY. But as to what had been said above about loving his strength etc. I couldn’t mention anyone, I sincerely admit. BUT we, both suoh95 and I didn’t mention that someone fell for MH because of those attributes. I said “No to Girls”. And suoh95 just agreed and said “either that or girls who’ll like him because of his strength etc.” – that was our opinion and you have your own.

            And about being ten years old… Haha (^__^) I don’t mind being called that. I’m childish anyway and still am 10+ years old, haven’t reached adulthood in many sense I guess xD.

          4. That chick from that clan who wanted to marry Grandmaster pill cauldron, that chick from that clan who was declared as meng hao’s “fiance” and most of the others who only became interested or felt something for after he showed a hint or all his strength.
            660 chapters is a lot to re-read for more info.

            If I was 10 then wouldn’t I be wishing for more girls?

          5. Funny thing is, Xu Qing and Chu Yuyan are right now the ONLY reason I doubt we see a full harem but who knows, maybe the author decides to make it anyways?…


    1. Maybe because she needed help? Are you saying she should have just accepted being used by that dirty old man and not bothered to ask Meng Hao for help? She is not clinging to him, and in no way do I see romance developing. She just wants to repay her rescuer, there is nothing wrong with that. I also do not want a harem, but that does not mean Meng Hao should be cruel to all the girls he meets.

      1. I agree with what you have to say but I think that the sentiment being expressed here is more of ‘Why is she still here?’. I’m happy that he has a regular normal person that can rely on him and be useful to him. The best thing for him right now is to discover the reason why the sect is willing to buy these daemon hearts at exorbitant prices.

        1. But lets be real though, we all know that he could have easily found someone else to play the “assistant” role but the author wanted him to save another girl who now has to pay him back which will lead to meng hao eventually leaving a “deep impression in her heart” etc.
          Look I don’t mind the idea of a “Harem” but to use another “save the girl” plot kind of makes them a generic character. I just prefer more distinctive characters and plots I suppose.


          1. Well tbh this happens with both genders. Meng Hao has saved and converted or befriended other male characters as well. Also he has abandoned, killed or just antagonized many female ones, not even mentioning the ones where it was just a passing association.

            It jumps out more to you because you pay more attention to it but nothing here is out of Meng Hao’s normal character or what has happened throughout the story, and many of them are reasonable happenings.

            Basically just like every enemy or male character can’t be deep and impactful on the story the same applies to the female ones (sometimes slightly more) but in ISSTH its all within reasonable levels imo.

      2. You have a big point with what you said just now fellow daoist butterfly of the lynn. I’m quite childish and tend to be quite narrow minded at times. But I’m glad you also don’t like harems xD.

          1. Of all the stories to be whining about harems, why are you crying over this one? Go whine over martial god asura or against the gods.

  2. You know what I really like about the story of ISSTH? The effects of having a high cultivation are always clearly displayed. In other stories evrytime the MC gets a Power-Up there’s always someone stronger and arrogant who comes along. But in Er Gen’s story you can clearly see the respect that everyone gives Meng Hao because of his Nascent Soul cultivation. Also there’s no massive amounts of strong cultivators and geniuses everytime that the MC has to surpass despite having heaven-defying luck and battle prowess. (I’m looking at u ATG)

    1. Heh, this is true. At least ATG has it be plot related, as MC comes from the weakest country with little resources and ability, and couldn’t train for most of his life. It’s all about scale and such. In a way, there aren’t really that many other ‘Geniuses’ in ATG, just people with more fancy blood or family resources.

        1. Very few novels handle it well. It is very easy to fall into a pattern where the ‘villan of the week’ is replaced with a ‘rival for this level’.

  3. Hey, Can you guys look over of my ratings for these series that I’m reading and recommend some other good ones?
    (9/10)Against The Gods= Chapter 453
    (10/10)Martial God Asura= Chapter 731
    (10/10)Desolate Era= Book 13 Chapter 4
    (10/10)I Shall Seal The Heavens= Book 4, Chapter 660 (9/10)Tales of Demons and Gods= Chapter 316
    (8/10)Heavenly Jewel Change= Chapter 64
    (7/10)The Great Ruler= Chapter 181
    (9/10)Ze Tian Ji= Chapter 140
    (3/10)Wu Dong Qian Kun= Chapter 295
    (7/10)Skyfire Avenue= Chapter 198
    (10/10)Legendary Moonlight Sculptor= Book 35 Chapter 2
    (6/10)Sovereign Of The Three Realms= 130
    (10/10)Martial World= Chapter 209
    (5/10)Chaotic Sword God= Chapter= 462
    (7/10)The Strongest Dan God= Chapter 51
    (5/10)Renegade Immortal= Chapter 81
    (10/10)The King’s Avatar= Chapter 301
    (6/10)Peerless Martial God= Chapter 386
    (10/10)True Martial World= Chapter 421
    (10/10)Long Live Summons= Chapter 231
    (9/10)Battle Through The Heavens= Chapter 405
    (10/10)Otherworldly Evil Monarch= Volume 2 Chapter 7
    (10/10)Ancient Strengthening Technique= Chapter 90
    (7/10)Douluo Dalu= Chapter 202
    (5/10)Supreme Arrow God= Chapter 27
    (6/10)Scriptures of the Great Emperor= Chapter 4
    (8/10)Dragon King With Seven Stars= Chapter 5
    (4/10)Blue Phoenix= Chapter 203
    (6/10)Limitless Sword God= Chapter 35
    (10/10)A Thought Through Eternity= Chapter 14

    1. (5/10) Renegade Immortal
      How could you! It is Er Gen’s! Even if it’s his earlier work.. Even if it’s a bit dark.. It should be 7/10 at least! Why is ATG 9/10!? It should be 7/10 at most!

    2. Ratings are always a tricky thing. Myself, I liked WDKQ and CSG a bit more than that, but it’s also really hard to rate before the end, given how some of these novels can get into lulls that just aren’t as interesting.

      The Magus Era and The Portal of Wonderland are interesting so far, I love the concept for Magic Chef of Ice and Fire, and King Shura is also an interesting take on things. I’ve got plenty others, but the comment section here perhaps isn’t the best place for this.

      1. Coiling dragon is meh, the guy keep crying and go crazy about mom and dad, too whinie for my state, and his moral is too low, stomping to robbery and killing ppl for nothing, him and Yun Che are the two MC I hate the most.

        1. Linley? robbery? Well, he stole the rings of the people he killed, but I don’t think that mattered though. I mean, that’s how the story was set – people kill and snatch other’s rings. And Linley’s journey started because of his family so I guess it’s only natural that he’ll be weak when it comes to them. Most of what he’s done is for them, I guess. And yeah there was a time when he didn’t mind who he killed but he changed anyway. So CD’s a nice novel – well, that’s my opinion though.

    3. comments section isn’t good place to discuss other novels, better create a discussion on forum?!?
      Check out Stellar Transformation, Coiling Dragon, Swallowed Star and Tales of Demons and Gods

    4. ATG 6
      MGA 6.5
      DE 6
      ISSTH 9.5
      HJC 6
      WDQK 7
      SA 6
      LMS 6
      SOTR 7
      CSG 5
      RI 5
      DD 9
      BTTH 8
      thats all i am reading at the moment.
      Coiling Dragon would be 9, which i finished.

      1. Gravity Tales
        Translation Nations
        Totokk’s translation
        Blue Silvertranstaion
        One man army translation
        Noodletown Translated

        It should already give you a lot of novels to read, there is also several other sites but there are the one where I go.

          1. Just go to novelupdates and search Xianxia or search Wuxia or maybe just browse everything.


    5. You are crazy… so many novels, it must be good to have so much time 🙂
      I don’t know guys, in my opinion Heavenly Jewel Change is really underrated. I’m laughing a lot while reading it and really like the various attributes/abilities, the equipments etc.. MGA/ATG for me is good but… eh so many repetitive scenes… anyway…
      the concept of “Upgrade Specialist in Another World” is pretty good but the thing that the mc for the sake of improvement make some really stupid choices is a bit irritating but i can recommend it 🙂

  4. Thanks for the chapter! I hope Meng Hao has lots more of that alcohol, because it looks like he can use it to bribe the stronger cultivators. Here’s to buying his way to immortality with booze! *raises cup*

  5. Thanks for the Chapter!
    She’s a bad influence, gonna make him spend money lol.
    Also, did the sword immortals alcohol not have any use after he used up the remaining attacks?

  6. Thanks for the chapter, Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, anonpuffs, Lingson, Courtrecords, joeljbright, leoloo, Azusky, Ahma Tawfiq Ahmad Fuaad, Gorgonzzz, Tjandra Johannes, and Frank Anthony!

  7. I wonder what Meng Hao’s answer to the girl’s question is. I mean, probably as far as he’s concerned the only benefactor he has had is Pill Demon.

    Then again, I’m sure he finds his monstrous “luck” to be a little bit odd.

  8. Oh great. Seeing more readers projecting their morals onto a wuxia novel again. I like Li Mei. Meng Needed a secretary and there she is. Is already giving necessary info left and right. And just cause she is female, she is hated. What? She isn’t after his D, or his wealth or his fame cause she knows nothing. She was on her last string of hope and gambled that a complete stranger may save her from a fate worse than death. But oh no, she is female and thus any character development given so far when it’s not about sex appeal just means it is about sex appeal. Yeah, this is narrow minded thought process.
    P.s. what is wrong with harems anyways. What, when you have multiple kids you will only have the favorite and the others live in the shed? Just cause you love more than one woman doesn’t mean you have to love one more than the other.

  9. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, anonpuffs, Lingson, Courtrecords, joeljbright, leoloo, Azusky, Ahma Tawfiq Ahmad Fuaad, Gorgonzzz, Tjandra Johannes, Frank Anthony, and Er Gen!

  10. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, anonpuffs, Lingson, Courtrecords, joeljbright, leoloo, Azusky, Ahma Tawfiq Ahmad Fuaad, Gorgonzzz, Tjandra Johannes, and Frank Anthony!

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