Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 1017-1018
AST 1017 –Healing Injury, Luo Clan, Heading for Demon Gate, Elder Zhou
“This is the youngest physician who has come. Chen`er, you guys can take your leave first. Let Mister Qing see if I can still be cured.”The old man seemed to be very happy.
Ming Chen and Dai Ze both bowed and left with a puzzled look on their faces. They had initially thought that they would need to go through a long persuasion before the old man would be willing to be seen by a physician. They hadn’t expected things to go so smoothly.
“Mister Qing, I find you very familiar.”The old man looked at Qing Shui warmly and smiled.
Qing Shui knew that the old man might have recognized him. He wouldn’t find it weird since back then, he had caused quite a huge ruckus with Demon Gate and Marionette Sect. With his cultivation level, it wouldn’t be hard to recognize him.
“Sir, don’t you think that you might have mistaken me for the wrong person?”Qing Shui smiled and walked over.
“Across the entire Nine Continents, there are not many who are your match at this age. How could I have made a mistake?”The old man smiled and indicated for Qing Shui to sit down.
“The damage to your meridian channels are not light.”Qing Shui said casually.
“Sigh, I was too anxious back then and thus landed in this state now. Why have you come to Fair Wind City and why have you come to treat my condition?”The old man seemed to be especially curious.
“I plan to settle down in Fair Wind City and purchase a manor. I didn’t expect that the manor which I took an interest in belongs to you.”Qing Shui also found it quite strange, the old man and Qing Shui seemed to have an affinity of sorts.
Qing Shui didn’t find it to be very surprising, since he had come across too many surprising and amazing things in this world. The old man had seen Qing Shui before and thus had found him familiar. Primarily, it was because this young man was a demonic level existence.
“Oh, that manor? I’ll give it to you. If you were to settle down in Fair Wind City, it would also be a blessing for our city.”The old man said happily. He wasn’t trying to intentionally bootlick, but seemed to be truly happy from the bottom of his heart.
They say as people grow old they become shrewd. Qing Shui felt that this was the case for the old man before him. However, he still felt very happy and said, smilingly, “Thank you for your kind intentions. I think it’d be best to look at your condition first. If I can heal you, then it won’t be too late for you to give it to me then.”
“If you don’t mind, you can just address me as Elder Brother,”the old man smiled and said.
“Elder Brother, then I shan’t stand on ceremony.”
“Haha, alright, alright!”The old man smiled jubilantly.
“Younger Brother, I know that you’re very capable. Can my injury be cured?”The old man asked slightly hesitantly.
“Don’t worry, since I dare say this, it means that I have the confidence of curing you,”Qing Shui said firmly.
The time taken for the treatment wasn’t long. Qing Shui was quite good in the healing of meridian channels. He took two hours, using his Gold Needles to continue strengthening the old man’s foundation. However, the latter would still need some time to quietly recuperate.
“Younger Brother, this is really too good, it’s unbelievable…”
“Elder Brother, I’ll go make arrangements to settle down my family.”
“I’ll go with you!”
The manor became Qing Clan’s residence and when people from Ming Clan realized that the Qing Clan had cured their Old Ancestor, they were extremely happy. The reason Ming Clan were where they are today was all thanks to this old man.
Creating signboards and stuff like that were all done very quickly and the Qing Clan moved into this great manor. Qing Shui was also very happy to see this. In the future, this would be Qing Clan’s residence in the Central Continent.
With that, settling in Central Continent was decided by Qing Shui. As it was situated in the center of the Central Continent, it was relatively convenient if they wish to travel to Greencloud Continent, Northern Sacred Lu Continent, Eastern Victory divine Continent, and Southern Viewing Continent. Moreover, there were a few of his women in Central Continent, namely Hai Dongqing, Lady Duanmu, and Yun Duan. This was also home to Di Chen and Di Qing.
And right now, Qing Shui was having a chat with Ming Clan’s old man. Since there was such a suitable person present, Qing Shui planned to ask some questions.
“Elder Brother, you’re more familiar with this area, so I’ll need your help to tell me some things,”Qing Shui said casually.
“Oh, if you have any questions, just go ahead and ask. If I were to know them, I’ll tell you in detail.”Ming Xian immediately replied.
The old man’s name was Ming Xian, and he was the Ming Clan’s pillar, grandfather to the current head of the Ming Clan, Ming Chen. In Fair Wind City, they were considered quite a big clan, but they tended to keep a low profile.
“I’d like to know some news about Demon Gate.”Qing Shui paused before saying slowly.
“Demon Gate?”Ming Xian’s countenance fell.
“Mmm, what’s wrong? Are you feeling troubled? Don’t worry, I won’t get anyone from the Ming Clan involved.”
“Sigh, brother, it’s not that I’m not willing to say, but I really don’t know anything. Our Ming Clan isn't even able to get a connection to that level.”Ming Xian let out a sigh and said.
Qing Shui was stunned. He hadn’t expected this. He had thought that the Ming Xian might know some information. However, after giving it some thought, he felt that it made sense. The difference between the two clans was huge.
“Brother, Demon Gate is extremely strong. Elder Brother doesn’t know what issue you have with them, but you mustn’t be reckless. You’re extremely talented and sometimes, there are things that we have to learn to tolerate,”Ming Xian said seriously and very sincerely.
“I understand. Oh right, Elder Brother, you should know of Demon Gate’s location, right?”Qing Shui smiled and said.
“This I know. It’s at the top of the Heavenly Demon Cliff,”Ming Xian said. He knew that what Qing Shui wanted to do wasn’t something he could stop and thus he could only offer his words of advice.
After finding out Heavenly Demon Cliff’s location, Qing Shui sent Ming Xian off, informed his family, and headed out. Right now with Luan Luan and the others around, there was no need for him to worry.
This time around, he had only headed out to take a look and wasn’t planning on doing anything.
The Heavenly Demon Cliff was situated on a steep mountain range in the city. Like the Sky City of the past, Demon Gate was situated on the Heavenly Demon Cliff;this was a need. Most sects and aristocratic clans would set up their headquarters on mountains, especially those with extremely strong Spiritual Qi, and it would be even better if there were Spiritual Qi underground.
Heavenly Demon Cliff was in Demon City which had a massive mountainous region in the central of the city. Demon Gate was situated on the Heavenly Demon Cliff in this mountain range. It was said to be the tallest and most dangerous point in this particular mountain range.
Qing Shui rode the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant and flew toward Demon City. From high up in the air, he wasn’t able to see many people, but the flying beasts and demonic beasts he had passed by in the air or faced would all let out a cry or even stop to let Qing Shui’s Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant pass through before they continued on their way.
The cultivators on those rides would also turn pale, because strong cultivators would instantly kill some other cultivators in their way or even turn them into ashes in the blink of an eye. Qing Shui, on the other hand, wasn’t one with urges to kill recklessly without a care.
Demon City was situated on the borders of the Central Continent City. Dragon Emperor Mountain, Tang Manor, Buddha Sect, and other influences also had many bases, both in Central Continent City and in the cities surrounding the Central Continent City as well.
It was to the extent that this whole area was also called Central Continent City. There were many names.
Buddha Sect had many branches, and it was rumored that the Demon Gate wasn’t as big as the Buddha Sect in comparison. However, the Demon Gate’s members were more on the elitist level. They weren’t great in numbers, but each of them was extremely strong. Demon Gate was more inclined toward dismissing members who were inferior, unlike how Buddha Sect operated. The latter still had an immense number of external disciples in addition to the elite internal disciples they had. However, even though they appeared to be very big, only the internal disciples were truly considered to be a member of the Buddha Sect.
The Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant speed was very fast, and in less than half a day, Qing Shui had already arrived at Demon City using the Nine Continents Steps and the terrifying speed of the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant.
Demon City was only about half a day’s journey from Central Continent City. Right now, Qing Shui could sense the benefits of a powerful beast ride. It was also very important to have a home in Central Continent.
After arriving at Central Continent, he had yet to go visit his women here. He planned to wait until things had settled down before he went to look for them and let his family meet them as well.
Qing Shui stopped a beast carriage. Since Demon Gate was a great influential sect, no matter how well hidden they were, there should be people who were headed there. Therefore, he stopped a beast carriage and told the driver to head for Demon Gate.
“Sir, to Demon Gate please.”
Qing Shui said to the man driving the beast carriage.
The man was stunned for a moment before he said, “My carriage can’t reach Demon Gate. How about this, I can send you to a place where you can head for Demon Gate. What do you think?”
Qing Shui wasn’t surprised by this. If he were to be heading for Buddha Sect, any random beast carriage would be able to bring him there. However, it might not be the base of the Buddha Sect.
He nodded, “Then I’ll have to trouble you to do so.”
Qing Shui wasn’t stingy in paying the driver and very soon, it stopped before a large manor. The manor wasn’t luxurious, but it was very tall and big, much more so than the surrounding buildings.
“We’ve arrived. This place will make arrangements for people to head to Demon Gate, but it seems to be very difficult to get through.”The man pointed to the manor and said to Qing Shui.
Qing Shui looked at the signboard on the manor’s entrance. The words ‘Demon Gate’were written on it. He didn’t know what style of writing it was in, but it was a bit similar to cursive script. Just from looking at the words alone, Qing Shui was given a feeling that they were proud and overbearing, with a faint hint of a fierce aura.
There were ten people standing at the door wearing simple cultivator clothes. When they saw Qing Shui walking up the stone steps, the young man in the lead walked up and said, “Sir, please hold on!”
The person was very polite and Qing Shui lifted his head, smiled, and looked at the young man who had stopped him.
“Sir, could I have a look at your invitation?”
Qing Shui was stunned, but he soon understood that the people who came here must receive a recommendation letter from someone familiar with Demon Gate. Strangers wouldn’t be allowed entry. Qing Shui smiled and said, “I don’t have an invitation, but you can go in and tell the person-in-charge that Qing Shui is here.”
The reason Qing Shui said this was because he felt that he should have left a lasting impression on Demon Gate. If he were to come, they should allow him in.
“Qing Shui…Ah, you’re that Qing Shui!?”The young man seemed to be especially astonished and anxious.
The young man then threw a look to the people behind him and another young man immediately ran off. The young man before Qing Shui then looked at him uneasily, “Sir, please wait a moment. I’ve already sent someone to inform Elder Zhou.”
Very soon, an old man walked out. This should be the Elder Zhou who had been mentioned. He was only a Peak Martial Saint and his ranking was very low. However, it was considered quite good for him to be able to stay here and take charge of the people heading toward Demon Gate. With the powerful Demon Gate as his backing, no one would dare to create trouble here.
The old man had white hair and beard, and he seemed to be burdened with old age. His black clothes together with his white hair and beard made him stood out. Other than that, the old man actually looked very ordinary.
“You’re Qing Shui?”The old man was a little astonished when he saw Qing Shui. Although he hadn’t met him before, he had seen his portrait. It was true that this person looked like the person he had seen in the portrait.
“Do you think that there’ll be someone who would dare claim to be me?”Qing Shui smiled and said.
“That’s true. Oh, right. What matters do you have here today?”Elder Zhou was very puzzled. He would never have expected Qing Shui to come. It was already good that Demon Gate hadn’t gone to look for him, but why was he coming to knock on their doors?
Back then Demon Gate had originally wanted to hunt down Qing Shui, but they were stopped by Mo Zitong. He wanted to defeat Qing Shui himself. This was also the reason why Qing Shui had been able to enjoy some peace. It could be said that Mo Zitong had done Qing Shui a great favor.
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AST 1018 –Meeting Mo Zitong Again
“That’s true. Oh, right. What matters do you have here today?”
Qing Shui looked at the curious Elder Zhou and smiled. "I want to see someone from the Demon Gate that has the power to speak. It would be best if I can meet your clan's head."
Elder Zhou frowned. The clan head of Demon Gate wasn't someone that could be met by just anyone. However, he could only silently admire Qing Shui when he saw his calm demeanor. So he nodded at him with a smile. "I shall bring you to meet someone who has the power to speak for Demon Gate."
There was a reason behind Elder Zhou's immediate agreement. Mo Zitong had specially informed him about this before. If Qing Shui came to the Demon Gate, bring Qing Shui to him.
Qing Shui was also surprised that he had agreed so easily like this. He initially thought that he would have to go through a lot of troubles, or even had to lift a finger when needed to force the other party's important member to show himself.
Since this could be settled peacefully then it would be for the best. After all, the problem between the Demon Gate and Buddha Sect wasn't something that could easily be solved. It was basically impossible for both parties to come to a reconciliation with each other. Hence, it was not strange at all for things to turn out the way it did for Huoyun Peng and Mo Hongluo.
Perhaps they had already expected such an ending. However, people couldn't care so much once such feelings between two parties were conceived. In the end, this didn't only make them suffer but also their daughter, Huoyun Liu-Li.
"Then I shall thank you for your trouble, Elder Zhou." Qing Shui said courteously and smiled.
"Let us make a move now then!"
As soon as Elder Zhou finished his sentence, a black crow appeared. Elder Zhou signaled for Qing Shui to get on the black crow. He promptly soared into the air and landed on the back of the black crow. This was Demon Gate's flying beast. However, this black was much inferior to the ones used by Mo Zitong, Elder Wu and the rest.
The black crow flew towards a distant place. Qing Shui stood by Elder Zhou's side. He didn't say anything since he was going to meet someone slightly reputable from the Demon Gate. It wouldn't be too late to speak until then.
"Does Mister Qing have any business with the Demon Gate?" Elder Zhou said casually. He sounded so absent-minded that it didn't even sound like a question. It was more like something he had casually said.
"I've come to the Demon Gate to see someone," Qing Shui said slowly after thinking for a moment.
"See someone? If you don't mind, you can tell me. I might know that someone," Elder Zhou seemed to be very interested in the person that Qing Shui wanted to meet.
"Are you sure you want to know?" Qing Shui asked while smiling.
Elder Zhou's heart jumped when he saw Qing Shui's smile and he didn't know why. He started to hesitate now, unsure of how to respond to that question.
"Do you know Mo Hongluo?" Qing Shui wasn't afraid to expose this. He might find out about something else.
"Mo Hongluo? The name sounds like someone from the Demon Gate, but why have I never heard of him?" Elder Zhou looked at Qing Shui doubtfully.
Thoughts were running through Elder Zhou's head very rapidly. People with the surname Mo were all important figures from the Demon Gate. On top of that, people with the surname Mo were very rare and they were mostly from the Demon Gate.
Qing Shui didn't say anything else. He didn't need to explain further if Elder Zhou couldn't even recognize the name. Besides, Huoyun Liu-Li was all grown up now and was in her thirties. This meant that Mo Hongluo had been imprisoned for more than 30 years. He reckoned that only a few people in the Demon Gate currently would know of this.
While they were talking, they had entered a large mountainous region. After flying for about another one hour, a winding flight of stone steps appeared beneath them. Elder Zhou stopped the black crow for a landing.
Qing Shui checked his surroundings without saying anything else. The stone steps here weren't huge and winded upwards. Manors were seen on either side of the stone steps and they extended up the slope. The manors here were unique and had a distinctive style. They could withstand mountain flash flood and rain. Moreover, they were actually close to the summit so the area around them was more level. On top of that, the mountain rocks were more stable than the land, so there was no need to worry about any landslides.
As they made their way up to the summit, he could see the manors populating around the region here and they were well spaced. Although the buildings weren't arranged neatly and were of different heights, they made a peculiarly beautiful scenery.
When they arrived on the mountain, they met a lot of people. Most of them were dressed in black and many of them greeted Elder Zhou when they saw him. Some also greeted Qing Shui and many of them recognized him.
They were all very surprised. After all, Qing Shui didn't really leave a good impression on Demon Gate. Mo Zitong, who was number one among the younger generation of Demon Gate, was pushed down and could only be beaten by this youth. Even Elder Wu was injured by him and he had also warned Demon Gate not to act blindly without thinking.
He was the only person who dared to do such thing in the World of the Nine Continents. Although his warning wasn't heeded by the Demon Gate at all, Mo Zitong stopped Demon Gate from taking action on Qing Shui. He wished to defeat Qing Shui with his own hands and find his honor back.
Hence, Demon Gate didn't take any action since Qing Shui's existence could encourage Mo Zitong to constantly improve. He had an objective that continuously motivated him. Qing Shui could be considered his rival.
Regardless of everything, it was important to have a rival. One would be able to improve very rapidly if they had a rival, at least faster than usual.
Some people were even worked up and wanted to fight Qing Shui on the spot. But they behaved as soon as Elder Zhou told them that Mo Zitong wanted to meet Qing Shui. They had only done that earlier to intimidate Qing Shui. This was Demon Gate, they reckoned that not even Qing Shui dared to be impudent here. Little did they know that Qing Shui could actually kill all of them without batting an eye.
They entered into a less eye-catching manor. This manor was very huge. There seemed to be a few more smaller courtyards around. Two guards stood at the entrance. "Is the young lord around?" Elder Zhou went up and asked politely.
"Yes, he is. Do you have any business with him, Elder Zhou?" The tall and strong man on the left asked. He appeared to only be in his thirties.
"Can you please inform the young lord that Qing Shui has come?"
"Alright, I shall go at once!"
News of Qing Shui coming to Demon Gate spread like wildfire here. Qing Shui's name was especially famous around Demon Gate. Most people seemed to know about him.
"The young lord has extended his invitation to Mister Qing alone." The man from earlier came back and informed Elder Zhou.
"Qing Shui, I'm leaving first. The young lord is definitely one of the reputable people among Demon Gate." Elder Zhou smiled at Qing Shui.
"You have my gratitude, Elder Zhou." Qing Shui said with a smile. Despite everything, Elder Zhou was the one who had brought him here.
Back then, Qing Shui had shown mercy on Mo Zitong and Elder Wu because they were from Demon Gate. When he later found out that Huoyun Liu-Li's mother was Mo Hongluo, he knew that he had probably done the right thing in going easy on them.
He knew that Demon Gate actually had no other choice but to imprison Mo Hongluo. They could only blame it on this ill-fated relationship between them as the Buddha Sect had similarly imprisoned Huoyun Peng. Great aristocrat clans could afford to lose anything but face. They couldn't yield at any cost.
Besides, some things weren't going to be solved even if one party yielded. This was why it had led to the current situation.
Qing Shui went into the manor. The moment he went in, he sensed two powerful auras that were similar to Ji Yunlang. There was also another aura that was about 2,000 stars. This should be Mo Zitong's aura. Those other two were probably the people who were guarding Mo Zitong. Demon Gate was indeed powerful.
There weren't too many people in the manor. Qing Shui made his way towards the rear courtyard because the guards at the gate had told Qing Shui that Mo Zitong was at the rear courtyard. That aura of 2,000 stars strength also came from the rear courtyard. It was most likely Mo Zitong.
The rear courtyard was vast, just like a small sized public square. He could already see Mo Zitong who was fully dressed in black looking in his direction from a distance. There was some beauty in his handsomeness. He watched Qing Shui with battle intent surging in his eyes right at this moment.
He was number one among the younger generation of Demon Gate. There were no other disciples of the same age from any other aristocrat clans or great sect who could suppress him and beat him. Yet this youth was able to do it. He had completely suppressed him and easily defeated him.
Mo Zitong strength had increased tremendously again by now. Although he wasn't fully confident, he still wished to battle with Qing Shui once again.
Qing Shui walked over while smiling.
"So we meet again," Qing Shui chuckled at Mo Zitong. The tone of his voice was very relaxed, imperceptibly dissolving Mo Zitong's intense battle intention.
This greatly astonished Mo Zitong. It was important to know that one would be in a very dangerous situation when their resolution was dissolved by another;though he knew that Qing Shui had no intention of killing him. Otherwise, he wouldn't have gone easy on him last time.
"I want to fight with you again once more!" Mo Zitong tried his best to raise his battle intention. But things didn't go quite as well as he hoped it would be.
"You can't even bring your battle intent together anymore. You're not my match and I don't wish to attack your will to fight. Otherwise, it will be difficult for you to raise your strength again in the future." Qing Shui advised gently.
"I want to fight with you again, even if I am going to lose!" Mo Zitong said coolly.
Qing Shui was going to reject at first, but he smiled instead after thinking for a moment. "Sure. But if you lose, you'll have to agree to my condition."
Mo Zitong frowned. Agree to his condition? Could he agree to his condition if he wanted to take over Demon Gate? He was having second thoughts about this now, but then he inwardly sighed. He was sighing about how he was already thinking he would lose before he even fought with him.
"I'm not going to agree to any conditions." Mo Zitong replied very flatly.
This was a great surprise to Qing Shui. He had thought that he would ask him about the condition. Little did he expect he'd immediately refuse.
"Don't you want to know why have I come here today?" Qing Shui looked at Mo Zitong who had pretty much lost all his battle intention. Perhaps he had known that he wasn't his opponent because his current strength was even a little inferior to Qing Shui's strength back at that time.
"You're going to tell me anyway." Mo Zitong laughed. He seemed to be very confident about that.
Qing Shui laughed too. He was right about that. Mo Zitong wasn't going to let him talk about any conditions with him. Furthermore, Qing Shui wasn't only here to only talk about conditions. He wanted to see someone. If they wouldn't let him, he'd fight. It would be easier to talk about conditions when he had beaten the hell out of someone.
This was the most effective method when it came to dealing with a big sect. The best way to deal with them was to suppress them through force. As for whether it would work, he'd know if he tried.
"I wish to see someone," Qing Shui directly told Mo Zitong.
Yet it was during this moment Mo Zitong suddenly moved. "You'll have to beat me first before we talk about this!"
Mo Zitong's figure dashed towards Qing Shui rapidly. He raised the Qi aura of his entire body tremendously and suppressed Qing Shui. His footwork was complex and strange.
Mo Zitong's strength had improved considerably over this period of time. Although he felt that he was still somewhat inferior to the past Qing Shui, he still didn't want to give up. He wanted to give it another try. During this period of time, he spent most of his time cultivating his speed.
During the last time, he felt that his speed was completely suppressed. Now that he felt that his speed and footwork had increased tremendously, he should at least be able to persevere a little longer this time.
Qing Shui was taken aback. He didn't expect that Mo Zitong would still be unwilling to give up until the end. Qing Shui had to sigh in amazement at Mo Zitong's powerful talent as he watched him dashing towards himself. His fighting strength had improved by a lot ever since that time. It was a pity that the current Qing Shui was also as different as the Heaven and Earth compared to back then.
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