I Shall Seal the Heavens - chapter-860
Dying fills people with fear. Dying 100 times will make people numb.
Dying 1,000 times can cause one to feel lost. Dying 10,000 times…
That can make someone feel as if they aren’t even human any more.
Such an experience gave birth to pain, a pain that the competitors could
only hope would just come to an end. A pain that spread into the hearts
of everyone. Their hearts filled with torment to the point that their
Daos were in peril of being lost.
This trial by fire was like an enormous grindstone, slowly crushing away
their wills as it turned and turned.
More and more people gave up on fighting back. If fighting back 10,000
times in a row did no good, how many people were there that could
Meng Hao persevered. Every time he woke up, he would continue to fight
and kill the beasts that attacked him. 10,000 times.
As time went by, Meng Hao saw countless cultivators making various
decisions. Some chose to try to flee. Some chose to attack the giant.
Some chose to commit suicide.
There were even some people who attacked other cultivators.
Regardless of what they did, every time Meng Hao regained his senses, he
saw the same people in the same places on the iron chains, without
The audiences in the Ninth Mountain and Sea watched the screens, and
their hearts and minds trembled. If you said that the spectators had been
shocked by the previous eight stages, then this stage left them
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Before, they had been envious of the competitors, and had even sighed,
wishing that they could switch places. Now that they saw what was
happening in the final two stages, however, they could only watch
As for how many times the cultivators had actually died, nobody knew.
“Just what kind of test is this? How does dying over and over again
help their hearts and their Daos?”
“These last two stages are basically Hell!” By this point, the
audience members were all breathing in ragged pants.
“You can see people trying all kinds of different methods. If you add
everything together, it seems they’re trying every possibility! But in
the end, there’s no other result than defeat.”
“How can this test be passed? I’m afraid Fang Mu will have no way to
clinch first place.”
Complete silence reigned in the starry sky palace as the Patriarchs
stared wordlessly at the display screens.
The dying continued, over and over again, an endless cycle.
Meng Hao remained silent and taciturn throughout the process. However,
unlike many of the people around him, he never attempted to flee, nor did
he lose his desire to fight. From beginning to end, every time he
regained lucidity, he would begin killing.
However, his deaths came more and more quickly. That was because more and
more of the others ceased resisting. When the iron chains were flung out,
they would simply close their eyes and wait to die.
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Gradually, fewer and fewer people were like Meng Hao, constantly fighting
back. Of the tens of thousands of people who had started out fighting,
there were now only a few thousand remaining. Suddenly, Ling Yunzi’s
voice echoed out within the world.
“If you say ‘I give up,’ you can leave.”
The instant these nine words spread out, among the countless cultivators
who had grown numb to the constant dying and were once again on the verge
of being killed, someone quaveringly spoke up.
“I give up….” As soon as he spoke the words, he vanished, leaving
the world entirely.
After him, one voice after another began to ring out, and one cultivator
after another began to vanish.
Without the presence of despair, if someone is given hope, they might not
attach too much importance to it, especially if they have a steadfast
heart and an unchangeable Dao.
However… if you torment someone to their limits and place them in the
midst of despair, then give them a sudden scrap of hope, an opportunity
to be extricated, then most people would not hesitate to grab that chance.
More and more people chose to give up. However, there were also others
who had previously ceased resisting, who suddenly seemed to be filled
with energy, and began to fight the beasts.
Time passed by. They died over and over again, and as they did, the words
‘I give up’ seemed to become like an inner Devil, lurking in the
hearts of all the cultivators.
Simply speaking, all they had to do was say some words, and the constant
torment would be over. They would be released.
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“What a brutal test,” said one of the Patriarchs in the palace.
“From ancient times until now, the mark to pass this stage has been
“More than 50,000 marks a participant as Chosen!”
“To date, no one has exceeded 79,113. That was the mark set by Sir
“So, he participated in this part too. Without the element of despair,
perhaps many could grit their teeth and continue on. But with hope right
there, so close that all they have to do is reach out and grab it, how
many people will be able to persevere?”
“The ninth stage tests the heart, the tenth stage inquires of the Dao.
These two stages test how strong one’s heart is and how unyielding
one’s Dao is!”
“The longer they endure, the more terrifying everything becomes!” In
addition to the Patriarchs in the palace who were discussing the matter,
there were many outside in the Ninth Mountain and Sea who were able to
piece together some clues about the nature of the two stages.
“I heard that when Sir Fan reached these last two stages, he died more
than 79,000 times. He held on until he was the very last person before
The outside world was abuzz, but their discussions could not pass into
the world in which Meng Hao was continuing to persevere. Inside of him,
two voice were speaking, one of them telling him to give up, the other
telling him to endure.
Every time, he would die wracked with pain, and would wake up confused.
It is a simple thing to describe, but it was nothing short of torture.
The number of cultivators left behind continued to shrink.
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The sound of the words ‘I give up’ that echoed around was like the
voice of that inner Devil. It actually caused even more of the remaining
cultivators to eventually decide to quit.
Time passed by. Fewer and fewer cultivators remained behind. Soon there
were only a few hundred. After three days, there were only a hundred.
After another three days, there were only nine.
Of those nine, there were three who were enduring, but had ceased to
fight back. It was a somewhat fraudulent method, and although it
initially seemed as if it would lessen their torment, in the end, it
actually made things even more painful.
The other six included Meng Hao. Every time he awoke, he would begin to
He had no idea how many times he had died. His eyes were bloodshot, and
everywhere he looked, he saw blood. Another three days passed, and the
three people who had been passively allowing themselves to be killed,
finally couldn’t take it any more and gave up.
Of the five people other than Meng Hao who had continued to fight, four
There were now only two people left. One was Meng Hao, the other was…
Chen Fan fought. Every time he regained his senses, he fought viciously,
almost as if he hoped to achieve some special state amidst all the
Out in the Ninth Mountain and Sea, everyone was shocked. In the starry
sky palace, the Patriarchs were watching with baited breath, closely
observing Chen Fan.
Chen Fan had had his outstanding moments in the previous stages, but had
not attracted much attention when creating his divine ability. Now, in
these last two stages, he was suddenly rising to prominence.
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“With such a heart and such a Dao, this young man has incredible good
“He could give up at any time, but has endured all the way to this
point! He’s already died 70,000 times!!”
“He’ll most likely be able to hold on for a while longer. In this
stage, the most difficult point is when there is only one person left. At
that point, first place is secured, which leads to a softening of the
heart, making it difficult to continue on. Even Sir Fan, when he reached
that point, didn’t last for more than a thousand deaths before giving
A day later, Chen Fan began to tremble, and finally chose to quit. He had
endured for more than 70,000 deaths, which was second only to Sir Fan’s
performance all those years ago. He was now quite the center of
attention, and there were several sects who were preparing to try to
At this point in the shocking trial by fire, everyone was looking at the
final remaining participant… Meng Hao.
“He took first place in the first two stages, outshone the first place
winner in the middle three stages, and then in the following three
stages, took first place yet again. Now in the final two stages… he
actually… took first place again!”
“He’s definitely going to rise to complete prominence! Nobody can get
in his way. As long as he doesn’t get killed, then he’s going to be
thoroughly famous in all the Ninth Mountain and Sea!”
“It’s like we’re looking at a future Paragon….” All of the
cultivators who were watching the trial by fire out in the Ninth Mountain
and Sea could now feel their minds spinning.
By now, especially after seeing the final two stages, they all had to
admit that if they were in Meng Hao’s place, they would not be able to
do what he was doing.
Meng Hao was still hanging on. He knew that he was the only person left,
and yet he didn’t give up. A vicious, ruthless smile appeared on his
face, and each time he regained consciousness, he would wade into battle
with the countless beasts. It was in the middle of this carnage that he
tempered his heart and his Dao.
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“My Dao is the endless path of life, freedom and independence! Now, I
am restrained by these chains, which is the furthest thing from freedom!
“My heart is unconstrained. If Heaven and Earth collapse, it will not
be destroyed. If all living things become ancient, it will not wither.
But now, it hesitates!
“My Dao is not free, but I desire freedom! My heart hesitates, but I
wish to persist past the point of hesitation!
“This trial by fire is testing me, and I’m using it to polish my Dao.
In this way, although I might seem to be restrained, in actuality they
are nothing but chains. They can’t tie me up, they can only polish my
“As for my heart, if I wish it to be unhesitating, then I need to
endure. Endure to the point… where I do not feel pain in this trial by
fire, but instead, happiness!
“When I pass this stage, then I will be truly free, and my heart will
be incredibly strong!” Eyes shining brightly, he launched an attack.
73,000. 76,000. 79,000….
When Meng Hao died for the 80,000th time, the audiences in the outside
world roared, and the patriarchs in the starry sky palace, despite being
somewhat accustomed to how Meng Hao worked wonders, were still completely
“He exceeded Sir Fan!!”
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“I just added it up, and that was the 80,000th death! That puts him in
first place among everyone from ancient times until now!!”
“Fang Mu. Fang Mu! This name is definitely going to shock the
While the audience was in an uproar, Meng Hao continued to persevere. A
smile could be seen on his face, and he actually seemed to be incredibly
happy. It wasn’t happiness because of dying, or killing, but rather, a
happiness because of his own Dao. His heart was now growing even more
To his heart and his Dao, death… was unworthy of being anything more
than a grindstone.
A few days later, he died for the 90,000th time!
A few more days, and it was… 100,000!
That 100,000th death caused universal uproar. When Meng Hao opened his
eyes afterward, wild colors flashed in the sky, and a wind screamed. The
giant slowly dropped to one knee and raised the cudgel aloft. The
countless beasts that had poured out of the rift all dropped to the
It was as if they were prostrating themselves in worship!
The stage had been cleared!