I Shall Seal the Heavens - chapter-774
The motes of light turned into a long river. In the darkness of the sky,
the river of light was resplendent and glittering as it swept higher and
A vast vortex suddenly appeared up above, rotating silently. It was as if
the sky itself was being split open to reveal the starry sky above it.
There, out in the stars, another river was visible, vast, mighty, and
incomparably boundless. The water of the river seemed withered and
yellow, and was filled with innumerable… discarnate souls!
The cultivators down below were shocked.
“The River of Forgetfulness!!” 1
“Heavens! That’s the legendary River of Forgetfulness!”
What the people down below could see was only one small portion of the
river that flowed through the starry sky, visible through the vortex.
Xu Qing, now a collection of light motes, was just about to flow through
vortex and merge into the River of Forgetfulness, then be swept away to
the underworld of the Fourth Mountain.
Meng Hao hovered in midair staring blankly at the scene. Tears streamed
down his face, and his heart was wracked with stabbing pain. Up above,
the motes of light seemed to form the outline of a face as they entered
into the vortex. It was Xu Qing’s face.
It looked just like the face that Meng Hao saw underneath the moonlight
in the Reliance Sect. His heart quivered.
Xu Qing’s face seemed to be smiling at him. She looked at him for a
moment, then turned and once again turned into a flowing river that
flowed up toward the vortex.
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Among the seven peak Dao Seeking experts from the Northern Reaches, the
young boy in the red robe had an evil glint in his eye. His body
flickered as he shot directly toward the motes of light.
His voice was high-pitched as he cried out, “Want to enter the cycle of
reincarnation…? You’re dreaming! If you’re gonna die, your soul is
going to disperse into nothing!”
When Meng Hao saw the boy closing in on the motes of light that were Xu
Qing, he began to tremble. A Devilishness, along with a desire to kill,
exploded out in his heart, both of which were impossible to suppress.
In the same moment, just when the red-robed boy was about to reach the
motes of light, he let out a miserable shriek. A mysterious power
enveloped him, and he was sent tumbling backward, blood spraying from his
mouth. He looked up at the vortex with shock in his eyes.
He had already been seriously injured in battle earlier when the 3rd Li
Clan Patriarch self-detonated. Without an incredibly powerful cultivation
base to support him, he would have long since died.
Right now, the power that swept out from within the vortex was filled
with a shocking aura, something that left him frightened out of his mind.
Furthermore, it seemed to only be a warning.
The vortex continued to spin as Xu Qing disappeared inside and merged
into the great river. She was now one of many souls floating along in the
However, there was something different about Xu Qing’s soul. She had a
red glow surrounding her, protecting her, making it so that none of the
other discarnate souls could even get near her. All was quiet around
her… as she drifted in the river water, far off into the distance.
The vortex vanished, and the sky returned to its normal state.
Meng Hao was silent. The temple vanished, and the candles were
extinguished. The lantern and banners transformed into ash, and the happy
atmosphere disappeared. The only thing that remained was a battlefield.
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Meng Hao slowly descended to the ground. He looked down at his hands, and
for a moment it almost felt as if he were still holding Xu Qing.
Except… she was no more.
“Gone….” he murmured, his voice hoarse. “We made an agreement to
spend a hundred years together…. But now you’re gone….” His face
twisted, and his white hair began to rise up as an intense murderous aura
The murderous aura grew more intense. In the blink of an eye, it was an
inferno, a black mist that roiled around him. Everything around him
froze, and an aura of death spread out. The black mist rose up to turn
into an enormous face up in midair.
The face was none other than Meng Hao’s face!
His eyes were no longer red, but black, with no pupils. It was as if he
could see nothing but infinite blackness.
As he stood there, he lifted his head up and began to laugh bitterly.
When the laughter entered the ears of the Northern Reaches cultivators,
their hearts began to tremble, and their souls shivered.
Suddenly, cracking sounds filled Meng Hao’s body, although only he
could hear them. It was the sound of shackles breaking. Within him… a
Devil was being unleashed, something that had existed within him since
the events in the Milky Way Sea.
As of this moment, he no longer had any desire to control it. He did not
wish to suppress it. He only had one desire….
To kill each and every cultivator from the Northern Reaches who had
invaded the Southern Domain! To kill each and every peak Dao Seeking
expert. Kill them! Kill them ALL!!
He would pay any price to be able to do that!
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If he couldn’t become an Immortal, then what was the harm in becoming a
As he laughed bitterly, his body rumbled, and black mist poured out of
him. His hair was now completely white, but his features were no longer
withered. His youth was restored, and his face was shockingly icy.
He looked like a blood-thirsty Devil that could only see blood and
Cracking sounds rose up from the ground as blood-colored ice spread out
in all directions. Intense coldness spread around him, as if the seasons
were suddenly changing. Black snowflakes began to flutter through the air.
Meng Hao had thoroughly unleashed the Devil within him, and he had
removed any suppression of his desire to slaughter. He was now completely
grim and cold, not just to his enemies, but even to himself.
His wedding day had been turned into a tragedy, and the only thing he
could do now was become a Devil!
In the instant that his inner Devil was unleashed, the Blood Demon Grand
Magic finally began to move away from the fourth level toward the fifth.
Meng Hao’s gaze looked out into the sky toward… the red-robed boy.
“You,” he said. “You shall die!”
Instantly, his second true self looked over with flickering eyes.
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At the same time, Meng Hao vanished, then shockingly, reappeared up in
midair. His body was wreathed in seething black mist and Devil flames.
Along with his second true self, he shot toward the red-robed boy.
“Your clone is pretty tough,” said the boy with a snort, “but your
true self? Screw off!” In unison with his words, the fighting on the
battlefield broke out once again. Whether it was the peak Dao Seeking
experts up above or the madness of the close-quarter combat of the
Southern Domain and Northern Reaches down below, the battling was
intense. This was far beyond the fighting which had taken place outside
of the Blood Demon Sect in the initial war.
Meng Hao’s second true self shot toward the red-robed boy at high
speed. As soon as they met, winds blasted out and lightning boomed.
Explosion after explosion rang out as, within a short period of time,
they exchanged thousands of moves.
As for Meng Hao, as soon as he flew out, the old man in animal-hide
clothing moved to intercept him. Grinning viciously, he punched out
violently toward Meng Hao.
“Your beloved is dead! What’s the point in continuing to live? Why
don’t you go join her!”
As the fist descended toward him, Meng Hao looked at it coldly. He lifted
his right hand, and the Lightning Cauldron appeared, causing the old
man’s face to instantly flicker.
It was then that lightning poured out from within the cauldron to
surround Meng Hao. Brilliant light was cast out onto the battlefield, and
then he suddenly vanished. So did the old man!
Their positions had been reversed!
When Meng Hao appeared in the spot previously occupied by the old man in
animal-hide clothing, he didn’t even turn to look back. Even as the old
man roared in fury and shot in pursuit, Meng Hao proceeded forward. He
had one target: the red-robed boy!
It was that boy’s Cinnabar Fruit that had cursed Xu Qing!
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Furthermore, he had just attempted to interfere with Xu Qing entering the
cycle of reincarnation!
Meng Hao was like a Devil in his determination to slay him!
The red-robed boy was currently fighting Meng Hao’s second true self.
He had already been seriously injured, and as such, was not a match for
the second true self. He continued to fall back in retreat, his eyes
bloodshot as he attacked with reckless abandon. When he saw Meng Hao
bearing down on him, he pointed out with a finger.
“Trying to get yourself killed on purpose?! Fine, I’ll kill your true
self!” In the instant that the boy pointed out, Meng Hao used the
Lightning Cauldron again. There was a flicker, and he switched places
with his second true self.
A boom rang out as his second true self appeared in the spot he had just
occupied. As for Meng Hao, he was now… closer to the boy than anyone
else on the battlefield!
Meng Hao’s use of the lightning cauldron had reached the acme of
The red-robed boy’s mind trembled. His finger attack just now was
incapable of doing anything to Meng Hao’s second true self. He jerked
around and was about to make a deadly attack against Meng Hao, when
suddenly, Meng Hao waved his hand. Shockingly, a magical symbol appeared
in his hand!
It was a single character!
This was the Withering Character Incantation which had appeared after he
absorbed eighty percent of the curse power! The incantation could be used
as a divine ability that could be continuously maintained for a long
period of time. As Meng Hao’s cultivation base grew higher, the
withering power of the magic would grow more consummate, its might, more
and more terrifying.
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However, he could also focus its energies into a single instant attack.
This would deplete the magical symbol and cause it to dim, requiring it
to recharge and absorb more withering energy before it could be used
“I haven’t personally killed a peak Dao Seeking cultivator before,”
said Meng Hao quietly. “You’re going to be the first. The pain that
my wife felt before she died, is now something… that you will have the
pleasure of experiencing!”
Meng Hao’s voice was calm, calm in a way that caused the red-robed
boy’s heart to pound. A profound sense of deadly crisis appeared inside
The ‘withering’ character caused the red-robed boy to begin to pant.
His scalp went numb, and he instantly tried to flee.
At the same time, Meng Hao, his eyes cold, coolly said, “Withering
As soon as the words left his mouth, blinding gray light shot out from
the palm of his hand. It immediately filled the sky, causing the hundreds
of thousands of cultivators down below to look up in astonishment. They
could sense the withering curse power exploding out up above.
The old man in animal-hide clothing gasped, then immediately began to
“NO!!” screamed the red-robed youth. Cultivation base power exploded
out, and he produced massive quantities of magical items to try to fight
back against the power of his own Hellwither Nineruins curse.
However, no matter what he did, when it came to the explosive withering
power, he was like a praying mantis trying to block an army. In the blink
of an eye, he was inundated by the grayness.
The only thing that remained behind was a bloodcurdling scream that
echoed out across the land.
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1. Although the river Lethe from Greek mythology is also known as the
River of Forgetfulness, this is a different river, one that comes from
Chinese mythology. I couldn’t find much information about it in
English, so I translated the summary from the baidupedia article about
the River of Forgetfullness (this is information about the mythological
river, not necessarily the river as portrayed in ISSTH): In Chinese
mythology, after people die, they pass through the gates of Hell and
travel the path of the Yellow Springs to the underworld. Between the
Yellow Springs and the underworld itself is the River of Forgetfulness.
The water of the river appears to be both yellow and blood-red. Within
the river are countless wandering souls and wild ghosts that cannot be
reincarnated, as well as endless bugs and vermin. The stench from the
river buffets your face like a wind. Running over the river is the Bridge
of Helplessness, beside which sits an old woman, who is old lady Meng. To
cross the River of Forgetfulness, you must drink the tea of old lady
Meng. If you don’t drink the tea, you can’t cross the Bridge of
Helplessness, which means that you cannot be reincarnated