ISSTH – Book 5 – Chapter 693

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Chapter 693: Eternal Stratum!

A tremor ran through Meng Hao. He turned around and looked at the misty figure behind him. His eyes were bloodshot, and he was on the verge of insanity, albeit a silent insanity.

“Do you remember me?” The misty figure gradually grew clear to reveal an old man. He looked ordinary, and yet, within the ordinariness was an indescribably extraordinary disposition.

“Senior Shui Dongliu?” said Meng Hao, trembling. Of course, he instantly recognized that this man was Shui Dongliu. 1

Shui Dongliu. Whoever existed in his memory could not be destroyed by the Karmic Severing of the Ji Clan.

“The Perfect stratum is great and all, but it’s only a foundation. The ignorant masses think that the Perfect Foundation is the most supreme. It comes from the three classic scriptures, and can qualify you to become a Doyen!

“But! As far as I’m concerned, the Perfect stratum is like a leafy branch. It spreads throughout your body and eventually blooms with flowers that turn into Dao Fruit. That fruit is the key to being truly supreme!

“You may have lost your foundation, but the Dao Fruit is still there. Why are you acting like what you lost was the important part?!”

Meng Hao was startled, and his mind filled with an intense roaring. “Dao Fruit?!”

“Of course, Dao Fruit,” replied Shui Dongliu coolly. “The whole purpose of the Perfect stratum is to solidify the Dao Fruit of Perfection!

“That Dao Fruit of Perfection is none other than the Supreme stratum. And yet, that stratum also counts for little!” He swished his sleeve.

“Above the Supreme stratum is the Eternal!

“That is the true pinnacle of these strata. Shattered, Fractured, Flawless, Perfect, Dao Fruit, Eternal. These are the six great strata of any stage of cultivation. You only reached Perfect. 2

“To achieve the Dao Fruit, you need to sever your Perfection!

“As for the Eternal… you already meet the requirements; someone even severed your Perfection for you already. Why is your heart… still imprisoned? Why… don’t you just go ahead with your Second Severing?” Shui Dongliu’s voice echoed like thunder in Meng Hao’s ears, giving rise to enormous waves within his mind.

Meng Hao’s brain reeled, his body shook, and an unprecedentedly bright light shone in his eyes. Shui Dongliu’s words thoroughly crushed all traces of his muddlement. It was as if in the darkest of nights, a ray of bright light suddenly pierced through the blackness of his world.

“Dao Fruit…. Dao Fruit….” thought Meng Hao, panting. “Sever Perfection, achieve Dao Fruit!

“The 10th Wang Clan Patriarch took away my Perfect Foundation. However, that Perfection… completely preoccupied my heart! Therefore, this time, I will Sever… my heart!

“Sever away the Perfection in my heart!

“When I had my cultivation base, I could sever it. Without a cultivation base… who is to say that… I can’t still Sever it!?

“Spirit Severing. Spirit Severing. What is Severed is the spirit. What is Severed is the heart. This… is my second blade of Spirit Severing!

“Sever away the Perfect stratum. Sever the past. Carve out my Perfect Dao Fruit!” A boom could be heard in Meng Hao’s mind as he gained enlightenment. Although he clearly possessed no cultivation base, a billowing aura shot towards the sky.

Within that aura appeared Heavenly transformations, roiling clouds, and seething winds. Shockingly, precursors of the descent of a great Dao’s reverberated out, something he had previously experienced in the Milky Way Sea.

In that instant, the sky above all regions of the Southern Domain exploded into motion. Winds surged, lightning cracked, thunder boomed. Every expert in the Southern Domain was shocked, and countless people looked up into the sky in amazement.

At the same time, in the starry sky outside of Planet South Heaven, from inside the Ninth Mountain, a shocking will suddenly appeared. It swept out over the Ninth Mountain and Sea, after which it zeroed in on the lands of South Heaven.

This was the will of the great Dao of the Ninth Mountain and Sea! It was the natural law of Heaven and Earth, the basis upon which the Ninth Mountain and Sea operated.

This will itself was also a great Dao! Its appearance filled the sky of South Heaven with a boundless light. Even the Ji Clan’s Immortality Bestowal Dais outside of Planet South Heaven was shaken, and ceased functioning.

In the lands of South Heaven, the Ji Clan elders, as well as countless powerful experts from other sects and clans, fell to their knees in shock and began to kowtow.

In the sky above South Heaven, the will of the Ninth Mountain and Sea suddenly solidified into a blade that shot down toward Meng Hao in the Rebirth Cave.

This descending will far exceeded the first blade of his First Severing. All of the lands of South Heaven were shaken.

The Heavens opened up, revealing the heavenly bodies. Countless rivers of stars glittered and shined, seemingly prepared to bear witness to what was happening.

In the Rebirth Cave, a blade appeared in front of Meng Hao. This was his Spirit Severing blade, floating there in front of his head, glowing with shocking light.

Hair in disarray, he lifted his head up and roared: “SEVER!”

As his voice echoed out, the great Dao blade descended, slicing into the Rebirth Cave, fusing into the blade above Meng Hao’s head, then slashing into the top of his head.

As soon as the blade touched Meng Hao’s head, it sliced through him all the way to the ground. His body looked as if it had been cut in two.

Shattering sounds could be heard, not from his body, but from the fetters inside him, the shackles created by his reluctance to accept the loss of the Perfect stratum!

All such restraints were completely Severed!

Meng Hao instantly began to shake violently. Then, he experienced a sensation of relaxation, an incredible calm that filled his entire body. It felt as if moments before, the weight of an entire mountain was crushing down on him. Then, that mountain disappeared.

At the same time, shockingly, an image of a fruit appeared on his forehead, emanating a glow like that of a magical item.

This was… a Dao Fruit!

It was made up of countless magical symbols, and looked perfect in every aspect.

The 10th Wang Clan Patriarch could steal away Meng Hao’s Dao Foundation, but he could not take away his Dao Fruit. The Dao Fruit belonged solely to Meng Hao, and could not be taken away by anyone.

In the moment that the Dao Fruit appeared, a cultivation base suddenly exploded out in Meng Hao. First it was Qi Condensation, then Foundation Establishment, then Core Formation, and after that, Nascent Soul.

After the peak of Nascent Soul, Meng Hao’s desire for freedom and independence caused his First Severing to reappear.

His cultivation base was completely restored!

Tribulation can also be good fortune!

Meng Hao’s energy was like a multicolored beam of light. His optimism for what would happen after severing the Perfect stratum caused his body to tremble again. An even more powerful cultivation base aura suddenly spread out from his body.

This was a Second Severing cultivation base!

“Dao Fruit Paragon!” A strange light gleamed in Meng Hao’s eyes, and he began to breathe heavily. His fleshly body returned to the Heaven-defying state it had reached because of the art of Fleshly Sanctification. Furthermore, because of the indescribable boundless life force imparted to him by Da Nu, it was even more powerful than before.

“Dao Fruit is good,” said Shui Dongliu levelly, “but since you qualify for the Eternal, why don’t you sit down and try to gain enlightenment!” He flicked his sleeve, causing Meng Hao instantly drop cross-legged to the ground. “Ask yourself, what is the Eternal?!”

“What is the Eternal?” The question echoed out in Meng Hao’s mind.

The Eternal….

The Eyeless Larva was eternal. If the larva was not destroyed, the silk could never be broken. If the silk was never broken, the larva could not be destroyed!

That was an eternal cycle!

The Soul Divergence Incantation was eternal. An undying soul could be created. Once that happened, the cycle of reincarnation of Heaven and Earth could not destroy it. Even if you died, years later, your flesh and blood would be born again.

“The Eternal is something that exists eternally within me. No living thing in Heaven and Earth can do anything to take it away from me. Even the will of Heaven and Earth itself would be incapable of wresting away the Eternal which belongs to me!

“The Eternal is a type of determination, an overbearing attitude!

“What is mine, belongs to me alone!” Meng Hao suddenly looked up at Shui Dongliu.

“Did you figure it out?” said Shui Dongliu, looking at him.

“Yes!” In the instant in which he replied, a rumbling sound filled his body. The Dao Fruit shattered into pieces, causing countless magical symbols to scatter about. They filled his entire body, then fused into his cultivation base, his flesh, and his soul.

At the same time, the Soul Divergence Incantation began to rotate in Meng Hao’s mind. After only a single rotation, Meng Hao suddenly understood the true meaning of the incantation.

It was a supreme Daoist Magic that could lead people to an understanding of the Eternal stratum!

To cultivate the Soul Divergence Incantation, one needed to experience death, to have incredible willpower and unusual good fortune, and most importantly, to experience hanging onto life by a thread, a razor’s edge between life and death where a single misstep would lead to either truly perishing or failing to cultivate this magic.

As for Meng Hao, the reason he could gain enlightenment was because of the Eyeless Larva. Its thread of life and death had thoroughly entwined his soul so that it could not depart. His soul had been alive while his fleshly body was dead.

In that space between life and death, Meng Hao’s soul… earned the qualifications for the Eternal!

All those years ago, the coffin prepared for Ke Jiusi by Ke Yunhai served just such a function. That was how Ke Jiusi ended up succeeding in cultivating the Soul Divergence Incantation.

Meng Hao trembled as the magical symbols penetrated every part of his body. Because of the fusing of these symbols into him, although his cultivation base was only at the Second Severing level, his level… was that of the Eternal!

He was no longer Perfect, but rather, far above Perfect, in the Eternal stratum!

The Eternal stratum! What’s mine is mine, and no one can steal it from me!

Meng Hao rose to his feet. His energy surged with power. Because of the Eternal stratum, his Second Severing cultivation base could far exceed the gap between it and the Third Severing. In fact, in combination with his Fleshly Body, he was now… the number one person beneath Dao Seeking!

Meng Hao turned to Shui Dongliu, clasped hands, and bowed deeply.

“Senior, many thanks for your kindness in pointing out the correct path!”

Shui Dongliu looked at him for a moment and then said, “There’s no need to thank me…. I only hope that from now on, you don’t hold any grudges against the Wang Clan. If you wish, you can kill the person who stole your Dao Foundation, but not others. Don’t be a monster who kills those who haven’t provoked you.

“Now, go. You have something bothering you, I won’t keep you any longer.”

Meng Hao stared back at him, then nodded silently. He clasped hands and bowed again, then turned and shot out of the cave like an unsheathed sword, radiating intense killing intent.

Shui Dongliu watched Meng Hao leave, then, after a long moment, turned and walked back into the depths of the Rebirth Cave. To people like Choumen Tai and Da Nu, the Rebirth Cave wasn’t very big. But to Shui Dongliu, it was limitless.

He walked and walked until finally he reached a room carved from stone.

The stone room was empty except for a half-painted canvas.

The painting depicted a countryside village. A white-haired old man stood there with his hands clasped behind his back, looking off into the distance. Next to him was a boy who appeared to be pleading for something. In return, the man shook his head.

Shui Dongliu looked at the painting, and a look of reminiscence appeared in his eyes. Finally, he closed his eyes.

In that instant, the old painter sitting cross-legged in the Eastern Lands suddenly opened his eyes. He smiled at the rich man standing in front of them, and then cleared his throat.

“My mental journey went well. Now, let me start that painting for you.”


This chapter was sponsored by Rafael Ramirez

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  1. Here is a brief refresher about Shui Dongliu. He was introduced in chapters 194 and 197 during the Song Clan search for a son-in-law. He helped Meng Hao seal the Resurrection Lily into a painting in chapter 208. Er Gen joked about him in the interlude after chapter 222. He made a super brief appearance in chapter 383, when Meng Hao refined the Eyeless Larva. He prevented Ji Nineteen from severing Meng Hao’s Karma in chapter 425
  2. I believe “Shattered” is what I translated as “Cracked” in the early chapters. Better late than never to fix it, so I’m calling the lowest stratum “Shattered.” Earlier chapters will be edited at some point


243 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 5 – Chapter 693” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. Great,

    So much talk about the chapter and the story. Normally you only see thanks to translator and the eternal dao of the f5 sect.
    I love how this chapter sprouted this amazing discussion.
    As far as i understand Spirit Severing stage was named as the stage where you leave the world of the mortals.
    First he severed all shackles that wanted to bind him.
    His second severing is of his mortal cultivation. His obsession with being perfect mortal was standing in his way of being an immortal. The Painter showed him the truth about spirit severing. He also guided him towards higher level of cultivation. He thought that perfect is the best. He didnt know that perfect mortal cultivation is not needed to immortal. And how he come that he understood the Eternal so easy? That is because he already came in contact with eternal. Both larva and his soul are eternal. If he didnt know that there is anything eternal possible he would have much harder time comprehending the eternal.
    If your mind is not prepared to accept an idea it has much harder time accepting it. His mind WAS prepared he just didnt know that there was something to be prepared for. Once he was guided to the path it was easy for him to take the steps along it.

  2. Thanks for the chapter!

    Truly interesting, once again. I was kinda wondering why all this ‘Perfect’ stuff kinda ended after reaching Spirit Severing. That seemed silly.

  3. Well, guess I’ll add in my own interpretation of the perfect foundation.

    Growing a tree which will bear the fruit sometimes requires a foundation to support it. In our real world trees, we’ll often use sticks/other stuff to support the young tree as it grows, and to me the perfect foundation is the supreme crutch for growing our cultivation tree.

    However, as important as a perfect foundation is for the initial stages of growth, the tree will eventually surpass the crutches that supported it and the perfect foundation instead becomes a shackle, inhibiting further growth.

    By severing the perfect foundation, or in Meng Hao’s case getting it severed from him for free, he’s effectively discarded the perfect shackles which will allow him to grow freely and unrestrained.

  4. I just love all these recent chapters… The fall against the 10th Patriarch, the staggering determination, the salvation with Xu Qing. And that promise is so painfully romantic… I wonder what price she had to pay to provide the pill.

    Thanks a lot!

    1. It was quite fun being correct about this thing while so many people kept going: “Nuuu he needs his perfection, nuuuu”.
      Even though I didn’t guess he’d severe his perfection, it was clear that there’s no way he lost his “perfection”, just to get it back. Especially not Meng Hao’s freedom-dao demands that he won’t be limited by anything, such as something that can be wrestled away from him.

      Although, I wasn’t expecting so much powerups. Feels like the author is rushing it.

      1. I don’t feel the same way. All the previous stages of cultivation were about absorbing energy, and doing things to it. Spirit severing and above seems to rely completely on enlightenment. In the past, what took meng hao time, was energy gathering (because he can’t absorb from heaven and earth) and putting that energy into the perfect form.

        In spirit severing, it is all about discovering the things that are holding you back from immortal ascension, and severing them. Meng Hao in a short time period has come across quite a few things that have brought him closer to his Dao, by being severed.

        I am taking a guess that unless something major comes up, we are going to see a fast forward to at least 3 severings, and possibly immortal ascension.

        1. …Going from a mortal, to a second spirit-severing is a bit drastic of a powerup, not to mention it sounds finicky when that accumulation of power seems to come out of nowhere (did it come from the heavens? The severing blade and Da Nu’s life-energy boosted him up to that severe of a degree?)

          That being said, having Meng Hao level up from mortal to spirit-severing in terms of power in an instant didn’t quite bother me, for all I care he returned to normal in that sense (and there’re quite a few ways to explain how his powers returned, especially in the sense that they did not truly left him, so whatever). What bothers me is that it was also accompanied by going from Perfect to Fruit to Eternal.
          We’re essentially talking about 3 powerups here, in a row. That’s some fast-paced enlightenment pills we’re selling here. Just add a bunch of vague narrative, and instant effect is guaranteed!
          If that’s not rushed, I don’t know what is.

          1. It wasn’t really going from Mortal to Spirit Severing.

            His Dao Fruit was basically just what he cultivated. So all of his work creating a perfect foundation turned into a Dao Fruit, and once he severed his link to perfection and consumed his fruit, he reached perfection.

            So Dao Fruit is basically the “fruit of his labor”. So he already had the fruit.

          2. Yes, yes. I get it. It’s all nice and dandy analogies we’re doing here. Can we stop being poetically ambiguous about this matter? It stopped being fancy and started becoming annoying.

            No matter how you look at it, having going from “I have absolutely no power” to “I have the power that is #3 on the entire planet” (spirit severing -> Dao -> Immortal), within an instant, is extremely severe. Going from Perfect, to Fruit, to Eternal, within an instant, is extremely severe.
            On one hand, it’s a good thing this arc stopped dragging its feet, but on the other — everything is happening way too bloody fast. Meng Hao’s enlightenment happens one after the other within seconds, it just feels underwhelming and utilitarian, even when I predicted 90% of this will happen.
            Meng Hao’s dao-fruit got discarded so quickly, we barely even had the time to appreciate its existence. We were just being told of a realm we never heard of before, and then it was dumped for Eternal.
            We don’t even see how Fruit or Eternal is in any shape or form different from Foundation in terms of cultivation. The reason Meng Hao could not circulate energy this entire time, was because those stages are fundamentally different, not just his fixation. Yet, it all seems to be exactly the same.

            This is the Qi-Sea and Qi-stage 13 all over again. But at least we have something to look forward to now, with Meng Hao going to XU Qing.

  5. There’s no need to thank me…. I only hope that from now on, you don’t hold any grudges against the Wang Clan. If you wish, you can kill the person who stole your Dao Foundation, but not others. Don’t be a monster who kills those who haven’t provoked you.”

    If Yun che followed this instead of killing all inside that fire sect, I would still be reading ATG.. too bad I was enjoying it too.

    As for Meng Hao – He is getting more power ups. Probably need it too since hes on a collision course with the Ji

      1. How many did actually provoke him? 100 out of 5000? The outer disciples are probably fetching water and doesn’t even know him at all (They didn’t even qualify to go to the trials) The aunt wasn’t even treated that bad.

        I prefer it here – killing the 10th Patriarch and sparing the unrelated others.

        1. If Yun Che had left someone alive, they would come for vengeance, and he couldn’t afford it. Unfortunately he ended up sparing that twat that kidnapped them in the first place because of his sister’s wish… That was just stupid in my opinion, and it’s going to come back to bite him in the arse.

          He literally followed the inverse of Dongliu’s advice, killed everyone other than the guy he was originally mad at.

          1. BS, this slauthering was totally useless to the story and author is a retard that cause most people to drop the story, me included, what vengance will come from a serpent who had lost his head.
            Did you ever consider that there were children and women in the 70 thousand people that Yun Che kill in that clan, and all that just because someone get abducted and released later without a scratch. Yun Che is by far the most Evil MC I’ve ever seen in a story.

            It wasn’t him annihilating an army of strong men but a clan which is form of countless families, with not only strong men, but elderly, women and children, and he was even begged by the highest authority of the clan to let them go, but he still kill them anyway. I totally hate this guy.

          2. Funny thing is that he let the true avenger go, because little aunt made him promise that.

          3. @Randomfan
            And where were those innocent women, children and elderly when burning heaven clan people were going around flaunting their dicks and raping women, killing countless more innocents than Yun Che ever did and completly disregarding people’s dignity. They thought that it was ok for their sons to show off their status and crippling people? For their husbands to do the same? Not saying that Yun Che is a saint and what he did was right, but he at least has values and bottom lines to things. He dosnt just go around killing people who didn’t offend him, and does show gratitude to those who act with benevolence to him. He’s just too extreme at both, but granted how savage the world is compared to Meng Hao’s and having more idiots, it’s somewhat understandable.

        1. Same, however it was not only because of the slaughter but the whole ego trip he had during those times. Like in this novel if you truly offend Meng Hao or try to harm someone he cares about he’s going to just kill you, not going to do all the posturing and baiting when there are people to be killed and others to be saved.
          Yun Che in general handled that whole situation poorly.
          Also i didn’t even read far enough to realize he ended up sparing the very guy that should be first on his kill list when he already wiped out his clan, that’s truly stupid when he would be the head grudge holder and not the innocents of the clan.

          Its truly the opposite of Dongliu’s advice and really not the way to go.

    1. You know the point is: Every Wang clan member is dead. Only 3 ghost towns and a psycho are left…

      And the thing about ATG: yeah that was shi*, but the story gets better.

      1. Almost every Xianxia I know at least had me go: “WHAT THE F***, AUTHOR, ARE YOU HIGH, WHAT IS THIS, WHAT!?” at least once. I already got used to it, and for all I care, if I don’t like something, I can just skip over it.
        As long as a story is consistently entertaining, it can have a few black patches. I can scratch them off and pretend they were never there.
        I initially dumped ISSTH because it started out without any point to it, I couldn’t understand the MC’s motives at all. He acted just because, things happened just because, and dragged on for way too bloody long without changing phases (he was stuck as a scrub in his sect for so long.) That irritation accumulated to the point in which Wang Tengfei and Meng Hao had a showdown, and they basically flung toy-swords at each other like little children, and the author was trying to make it seem like as if it was this epic and exciting battle, while they done nothing but cuss and fling crap at one and another.
        Ironically, right after that fight, the story really starts to pick up and change phases like I wanted it to.

      1. I was like…. “So… he’s going to impregnate every single one of his girls… this guy needed a lot of money to support his harem and children… I wonder how many kids will he make to his girls… 3? 4? or maybe every 2-3 years one? how many women does this guy have? CONCLUSION: the MC will die from being wasted!!! pshhhh—– womanizer -_-“

    2. It’s a bit different from Yun Che’s case.

      Over all, he was fighting an army. Yun Che only destroyed the main sect, not all the branches.

      And his war WAS with the entire sect, so there were no true innocents (For crying out loud, he was fighting an ARMY, not a single guy, and the ENTIRE SECT attacked him).

      If it was only 1 person that fought, he wouldn’t have annihilated that sect.

      Also, keep in mind that Meng Hao didn’t have outsiders to worry about, Yun Che does have people he needs to protect.

  6. I think this chapter pretty much confirms my hypothesis regarding the basic concept in this story.

    Cultivation is a training of one’s mind. An with greater mind comes greater self confidence.
    This should be the reason why getting an enlightenment on something can boost one’s cultivation level.
    More knowledge > less ignorance > higher self satisfaction > higher self confidence
    It was also mentioned in the story more than once that what cultivators truly cultivate is self confidence.
    It was no surprise the ‘Eternal’ comes with an overbearing attitude (Extreme self confidence)

    Daos are ways to live one’s life.
    The best way one can live his life was simply however he wants in the way he can be himself.
    Fake immortals study ancestors’ daos and thus walk on someone’s footsteps. They don’t live their own lives.
    Absolute freedom is the greatest path one can achieve.
    First severing: Resurrection Lily (Physical shackle)
    Second severing: Heart (Mental shackle)
    Third Severing: … (Whatever it is it must go in line with his dao of freedom) [Should still be a kind of restriction]

    Powers and everything else are flavors to the story.

    1. I think he would lastly sever karma. Severing himself from destiny. This might highly relate with the Ji Clan’s power over Karma. Also, the notion of no one was destined to be “The One” but rather anyone can become the one if they will to do so (Reference from The Matrix).

      1. Remember that he was “destined” to not be a cultivator based on the decision of his family on leaving him in the State of Zhao rather than bringing him to the Eastern Lands. A prominent action of him hinting he would sever Karma was during the Immortal Demon Sect arc when he was asked the first question of the Reincarnation Mountain on chapter 623-624. He chose to rather die on his own hands rather than be stuck on the cycle of reincarnation. As he said, “What I have… is the determination to set my foot where I wish to set it. I control my own fate.” They are all related: karma, destiny, reincarnation, and fate.

    2. For the third severing, he should sever the heavens because it is the only one holding him back from his growth by throwing down lightnings to kill him. You see it was actually the heavens which was his greatest shackles for being free. XD It would be probably awesome if he severed his connection with the Heavens(9th mountain and sea) and create his very own new Heavem XD It’d be like 10th mountain and Sea since 10th is perfect and he’ll be the lord of it. XD

  7. lool whomever tht holds his wife prisoner will find out they stepped on a steel plate n tht they offended some1 they couldnt afford 2 offend pretty sure meng hao will spank em good itll b good 2 b a quack near by if theres anything left of em tht is 🙂

  8. I always thought he’d sever imperfection to create a Dao of Perfection, lol, but the reverse happened.

    I wonder what the 3rd severing will be. Maybe severing the heavens/world. And knowing Meng Hao, he probably won’t stop at 3.

    1. I wonder if his third sefering will be the severing of severing? Or perhaps the severing of destiny? It’ll definitely be something grand like that.

      Oooh, perhaps the severing of the ninth mountain?

    1. Remember the clan he stayed in the north where he disguised as a normal alchemist? He got the larva there and it fused to him when he went to Western Desert for totem research. 5 Dudes who plan to infiltrate Crow Divinity Tribe had a method to conceal cultivation and in the process eyeless larva became totem or so we say fused with him.

      Can’t remember other fine details but hope this helps fellow cultivator 🙂

  9. Thanks for the chapter, Deathblade, Madam Deathblade, Baby Deathblade, anonpuffs, Lingson, Courtrecords, joeljbright, Azusky and Rafael Ramirez!

  10. Thanks for the chapter Deathblade, anonpuffs, Madam Deathblade, Lingson, Courtrecords, joeljbright, Azusky, Baby Deathblade, and Rafael Ramirez!

  11. DBs note made me remember something…

    Since his parents have been watching him the whole time, do you think they did a massive facepalm when he started feeding that larva leaves that would MOST LIKELY cause an explosion the size of hundreds of miles?

  12. I say, ISSTH is one of the few novels I know where cutting yourself is so badass to an extreme level ??? Finally power at peak Spirit Severing! I thought we had to go through a lot of fillers.

    Freedom/Perfection/Eternal — OP-ness level is over 9000! ?

    Now what happened to waif- I mean Qing-er..

  13. Lol…. comments about cultivation and tree… why not use crops as a next example guys…. like vegetables, wheat, corns or etc. 😛
    Edit: btw tnx for the chapter!!!

  14. “You may have lost your foundation, but the Dao Fruit is still there. Why are you acting like what you lost was the important part?!”

    Meng Hao was startled, and his mind filled with an intense roaring. “Dao Fruit?!”

    “Of course, Dao Fruit,” replied Shui Dongliu coolly. “The whole purpose of the Perfect stratum is to solidify the Dao Fruit of Perfection!

    this soo trolling…. like all those pain that if he realize from the start it will be so easy…

    it’s like the saying that there is many opportunity but then do you aware of it?

    like there is a mountain of gold but you dont realize that it’s gold

  15. So awesome.

    I had put off reading (starting from On Board) because it felt like it was going to be a few chapters to cover the “journey” as it were, and I wanted to read it all at once if possible.

    Definitely the right decision.

  16. Thanks deathblade and crew, for the translating, this is my firs comment :D, I’ve always been silent reader.. but this chapter, I must comment this chapter, because this chapter is awewome !!!

  17. Thank you for your great work!

    I wonder what will happen with the Wang guy and Hao’s perfect cultivation. He severed it from his heart.
    But that would mean he’d not give due payback for the first time. I’m curious about that.

  18. I shall sever studying for my first severing.
    I shall sever working for my second severing.
    I shall sever boring or my third severing!
    Dear Friends, many thanks to the Author, Translator(s), (Editors), (Donors) for the awesome chapter! With lots of love, Jack

  19. Thanks for the chapter!

    Well, the Wang Clan was already obliterated, so… to hold a grudge against them for their crazy patriarch who murdered them all is stupid.

  20. The third severing will be his most powerful. Meng Hao will severe himself from spirit stones… forever being poor, or at least one whole day.

  21. Wonder why this novel feels so….what to say?like the author have lived for many many years and every part of the story feels like they really happened ? Like …hmm I can’t describe but it feels very good to read it

  22. I only hope that from now on, you don’t hold any grudges against the Wang Clan. If you wish, you can kill the person who stole your Dao Foundation, but not others.


    Was not Wang clan members all dead except the very person who robs dao foundation?

  23. Oh man… I love ISSTH, but sometimes I just cant concentrate because I’m giggling about the concepts. Dao fruit, alcohol qi… I just can’t take them seriously when I imagine them.

    “Could you pick up some dao fruit while you’re out?”

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