I Shall Seal the Heavens - chapter-802
In the vast Eastern Lands was the ancient city of Chang’an.
It was a place that countless scholars in the lands of South Heaven
dreamed of. All of them hungered to pay homage to the Great Tang, and to
stroll through Chang’an.
The military strength of the Great Tang was incredible, and even
possessed garrison states populated entirely by cultivators. There was no
location in the mortal worlds of South Heaven in which people did not pay
homage to the Great Tang.
It was no surprise that there were great numbers of sects and clans in
the Eastern Lands. Their strength and influence exceeded that of any of
the powers that existed in the Northern Reaches, Southern Domain or
Western Desert. In terms of sects alone, there were nine major ones.
In addition, there were seven great clans with vast numbers of disciples,
followers, and clan members. The Eastern Lands were a flourishing place
with countless Chosen, many of whom were famous even in the other
Even the Imperial family had its own Daoist teachings and doctrines,
which they used to exercise control over the whole continent. The Tang
Emperor himself possessed a powerful cultivation base, and although he
rarely made public appearances, his power held sway over the all the land.
Chang’an was the center of it all, and was encircled by ten defensive
fortresses. Of those, eight belonged directly to the Great Tang, with the
remaining fortresses belonging to two different clans.
One was the Fang Clan and the other was the Ji Clan!
Just because they occupied the defensive fortresses didn’t mean that
these two clans bowed their heads to the power of the Emperor. They were
independent, and in fact, above everyone else. It was the other sects and
clans who bowed their heads to them!
This was especially true of the Ji Clan. The Heavens themselves belonged
to the Ji Clan, so who was there that could possibly surpass them?
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As for the Fang Clan, they had vast and powerful resources at their
disposal. Although they were only a subdivision of the main clan, they
were still deep and immeasurable. Of course, in compliance with their
clan rules, they respected the Great Tang, and would protect the Tang
Dynasty for all time. After all… the Tang Emperor was surnamed Li! 1
However, despite the fact that these were the circumstances surrounding
Meng Hao at the moment, they were far distant from his daily life.
Currently, Meng Hao sat cross-legged in a courtyard in the Fang Clan,
underneath an ancient tree. Sitting next to him was a trembling little
crocodile who was oh-so-cautiously looking at the man sitting
cross-legged in front of Meng Hao.
That man was none other than Meng Hao’s father.
“Hao’er,” he said, “your future path is your own to tread. As to
what you do and how you do it, your mother and I can assist from the
sidelines, but will not help you directly. The most important thing you
should focus on is… Immortal Ascension!
“You’re already halfway into true Immortality, lacking only that
final half step. Then you will be in the Immortal Realm.
“The chance to gain true Immortality is something that comes along once
every 10,000 years. There are many cultivators of the elder generation,
and even current Chosen, who are willing to suppress their own
cultivation bases, all for the chance to get that true Immortal destiny.
“During this 10,000 year period, the true Immortal destiny lies in the
lands of South Heaven. However, since you weren’t born on South Heaven,
it cannot belong to you. The location of your true Immortality is on
Planet East Victory.
“The simplest way to achieve true Immortal Ascension is by means of the
rarely seen Immortality Illumination Vine. Use that to gain enlightenment
regarding the meaning of Immortality, and you can achieve true Immortal
“Although Immortality Illumination Vines are rare, it is not impossible
to acquire them. In fact, there are enough that, during each 10,000 year
period, most powerful sects manage to produce one or two true Immortals.
However, the vines are only effective in the 1,000 years after the true
Immortal destiny appears.
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“The second way to achieve true Immortal Ascension is very difficult,
and that is to acquire the Immortal destiny that appears once every
10,000 years, and use it to tread the path to true Immortality. That is
the path your master Pill Demon must take.
“Both of these types of Immortals are true Immortals.
“Your master is going about it the most difficult way. If he succeeds,
then he will most certainly be taken away by some powerful organization
and made a Conclave disciple.
“Therefore, when the time comes for your master’s true Immortal
Ascension, the lands of South Heaven are going to be a very lively place.
The various Chosen of other sects and clans who have left South Heaven
will return to fight for their chance. When that time comes, I will act
as Dao Protector for your master.
“As for you, after you help your master transcend his tribulation, then
you will go to Planet East Victory. Father has already prepared an
Immortality Illumination Vine for you there!
“Initially, using the Immortality Illumination Vine produces a slightly
inferior result. However, cultivation isn’t always dependent on the
first steps, and using that method can also lead you to great glory.
“So there are only these two ways to achieve true Immortal
Ascension?” asked Meng Hao, a bit surprised. “Why could the
Resurrection Lily achieve it?”
“People aren’t flowers and flowers aren’t people. The path of the
Resurrection Lily can be learned from, but if cultivators try to follow
it, they will find it very difficult to realize their Dao.
“There is a third path which is not dependent on any of the planets or
any Immortal lands. It is to achieve true Immortality… by your own
“This is a very rare thing. According to the legends, only Patriarch
Ksitigarbha, the Earth Store Bodhisattva of the Fourth Mountain 2, has
ever traveled that path. Other than him, no one has ever pulled it off.
When he did, it caused all of the Immortal qi in the Mountain and Sea
Realm to surge and swirl towards him, such that everyone knew about it.
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“As to how to tread that path, even I don’t know.” Meng Hao’s
father shook his head. Even though he had a high opinion of Meng Hao, he
didn’t think it was possible for him to tread that third path. “For
now,” he said, looking at Meng Hao sternly, “focus on my nine sword
forms. Make sure you understand them thoroughly.”
Sadly, Meng Hao’s older sister Fang Yu was still unable to emerge from
secluded meditation. Meng Hao’s return had caused many in South
Heaven’s Fang Clan to act with great caution. They were unfamiliar with
him, and didn’t dare to even try to probe him for information.
Word of Meng Hao’s deeds in the Southern Domain had long since spread
amongst the cultivators of the vast Eastern Lands.
When it came to the Ji Clan, there quite a few people there who were
currently vacillating nervously…. Those people were the Chosen who owed
Meng Hao spirit stones from back in the Demon Immortal Sect. There were
Chosen from other sects in the Eastern Lands as well, all of whom had
mixed feelings about Meng Hao.
As they sat there beneath the tree, Meng Hao’s father waved his hand,
causing a scintillating command medallion to fly out toward Meng Hao. It
came to rest in front of him, where it floated in the air. It only took a
glance for Meng Hao to be able to sense the vast ancientness pulsing off
“This is an Immortal Ancient Dao Medallion,” said Meng Hao’s father.
“In the future, when you leave the lands of South Heaven, you could
return home to the clan to continue your cultivation, or you could use
this medallion to join the Ninth Mountain’s Immortal Ancient Daoist
Rite and cultivate their Daoist magic!
“In the Ninth Mountain and Sea, there are many Immortal Ancient Daoist
Rite Temples. Whenever one of those temples opens its doors, it will
attract a lot of attention.
“Currently, only the Immortal Ancient Daoist Rite of the Ninth Mountain
continues to pass on its legacies. Many cultivators practice cultivation
among them, making them one of the most superlative Daoist Societies in
the Ninth Mountain. By the time any Daoist rite temple is revealed to the
world, it will already long since been left untended and abandoned.
“Only the most powerful of Chosen can join the Immortal Ancient Daoist
Rite. Lord Li joined, as did Lord Ji. The Fang Patriarch of that era also
joined. Their requirements for accepting disciples are very strict.
However, if you possess an Immortal Ancient Dao Medallion, then you can
join directly as a Conclave disciple.
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“Take good care of this medallion!
“The medallion has another function. I happened to discover an Immortal
Ancient Daoist Rite Temple. Although it’s deserted, if you enter it,
the temple will automatically come to life….
“Accept the medallion’s guidance, and you can cultivate enlightenment
in the temple. It will greatly improve your chances at achieving Immortal
“However, after the Immortal Ancient Daoist Rite Temple comes to life,
others will detect it. Therefore, Chosen from the sects and clans of the
other planets will come to try to seize the luck and good fortune in the
“What they will be most interested in obtaining is the Immortal Ancient
“That will be your chance to hone your skills.”
Meng Hao looked closer at the medallion, and inside, he could just barely
make out an Immortal Ancient Daoist Rite Temple, filled with countless
figures practicing cultivation. There was also a glowing Immortal who was
giving a sermon regarding the Dao.
The music of a great Dao floated through the air, which Meng Hao
couldn’t hear clearly. However, it caused him to perceive an unusual
sensation of being bathed in an celestial radiance, with Immortal qi
swirling around him.
After a long moment, he trembled, and recovered his senses. He quickly
reached out to take hold of the Immortal Ancient Dao Medallion.
“Keep the Dao medallion safe, and achieve Immortal ascension. Those are
my tests for you. If you can’t accomplish these things… then it would
be better for you to stay here with me and your mother.
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“If you can fight with all your might against the Chosen of the sects
and clans of the other planets, if you can protect this medallion, if you
can achieve true Immortal Ascension, then… your mother and I will be
confident that you are ready to leave us and forge your own glorious
Meng Hao clutched the Immortal Ancient Dao Medallion, looked up at his
father, and slowly nodded.
Meng Hao’s father looked back and then smiled. It was a smile full of
love and encouragement.
“Go,” he said. “Leave this crocodile here. When you achieve
Immortal Ascension, it will be the mount you can use when you leave.
Hao’er… you did not have me and your mother at your side in this
lifetime. You’ve reached your current stage by relying only on your own
“Likewise, I believe that in the future… you won’t need help from
me or your mother. Your path will lead you much further… and you can do
it on your own!”
Meng Hao took a deep breath and then bowed to his father.
“Now go. We cultivators don’t focus on the trifles in life.
Besides… you’ve grown up.” His father’s smile grew wider. From
the look in his eye, you could see that he wished for his son to be a
dragon, to truly succeed. It was a look similar to the one Meng Hao had
seen in the eyes of Ke Yunhai.
Meng Hao rose to his feet and caught sight of his mother approaching. She
walked up to him, adjusted his clothes, and then looked at him lovingly.
She clearly did not wish to part with him, and was also worried.
“Mom, I’m fine,” he said with a bashful smile.
When she saw his smile, his mother shook her head.
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“That’s the same smile you used to make when you were little,” she
said, “whenever you were about to get into mischief.”
Meng Hao’s smile grew even more bashful. He chatted a bit more with his
parents, then clasped hands and bowed. Giving them a final deep look, he
turned and made his way off into the distance.
They watched him leaving, and Meng Hao’s mother sighed.
“This is how cultivators were meant to practice cultivation,” his
father said calmly. “Hao’er is a dragon amongst men. His path… is
his own to tread!”
“I’m still worried though…” his mother said.
“It was without our help that he stepped halfway into true
Immortality,” his father replied proudly. “He’s grown up, and given
his personality, it would be impossible for him to stay with us here for
100,000 years. Since we can’t leave, he needs to temper himself with
appropriate challenges. Moreover… in all the Ninth Mountain and Sea,
there truly are few who have achieved a cultivation base like his at such
“I’m just afraid that this Immortal Ancient Daoist Rite Temple that
you’ve activated will attract people above the Spirit Realm…” his
mother said softly.
Meng Hao’s father laughed coolly. “Fang Xiufeng makes the rules here
on Planet South Heaven, and I say… if anyone above the Spirit Realm
dares to enter, I’ll just kill them!”
Meng Hao left the Fang Clan, the first time he had done so since
arriving. The streets were busy, and as he looked around at the bustle,
it was clear that this was a city of mortals. There were cultivators
present too, but they didn’t dare to act superior to others.
Apparently, cultivators were not permitted to act aggressively in the
lands controlled by the Great Tang.
Meng Hao looked up, and off in the distance he could see an enormous
city. That was… Chang’an.
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At first glance it looked ordinary, but when Meng Hao circulated his
Immortal qi, he was shocked to find that there were ninety-five gold
dragons spiraling through the air above the city. Occasionally they would
let out shocking roars. Of course, it was something that everyone else
could not see or hear.
Gradually, the ninety-five dragons merged together into a figure sitting
there in midair. When Meng Hao looked at it, the figure seemed to sense
his gaze, and then looked back at him.
Suddenly, a majestic voice filled Meng Hao’s mind. “The son of Elder
Brother Fang. As expected, you are quite extraordinary. It’s a pleasure
to meet you. Allow me to bless you with some qi reserves to incorporate
into your body.”
The ninety-five dragons each spit streams of draconic qi, which merged
together into an extremely lifelike golden dragon. It turned into a
golden beam of light that shot through the air and merged into Meng Hao.
As it swirled through his body, an incredibly refreshing feeling filled
Cracking sounds could be heard from inside him, and an otherworldly aura
seemed to be washing over him, like a baptism. It almost seemed as if he
had formed a resonance with the land, and could now see various Daoist
magics and natural laws wherever he looked.
Meng Hao’s mind trembled as the figure looked away from him.
“The Tang Emperor!” gasped Meng Hao. He was certain that the person
just now…. was the Emperor of the Great Tang!
“The lands of South Heaven are filled with hidden dragons and crouching
tigers….” he thought. “The Emperor of the Great Tang has an
unfathomable cultivation base. Is South Heaven the only place like this,
or are the other planets similar? Perhaps only people in the same Realm
as father can understand such things.”
Meng Hao clasped hands and bowed toward Chang’an. Then, he transformed
into a beam of colorful light as he followed the Immortal Ancient Dao
Medallion’s guidance toward the temple. His second true self became the
shadow beneath him, following him wherever he went.
Meng Hao had just appeared outside the city, and was about to head off
into the distance, when his eyes glittered.
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“I heard mom say that the Ji Clan isn’t too far away from here….”
A bashful smile appeared on his face and he rubbed his bag of holding. He
still had many promissory notes inside, some of which were written by
Chosen of the Ji Clan.
“I think it’s time to go settle accounts….” Meng Hao thought with
a dry cough. He took out a jade slip which continued a detailed map of
the vast Eastern Lands. After examining it for a moment, he headed toward
the Ji Clan’s fortress….
1. The character in the surname of the Tang Emperor is 李, the same as
Lord Li, previous ruler of the Ninth Mountain as well as the Li Clan,
which we know exists on Planet North Reed, and whose auxiliary branch was
destroyed by Meng Hao