Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 1046-1047
AST 1046 –Grade Three Nine Continents Boots, Powerful, Nine Continents Steps
Celebrations for the new year passed by very quickly. During this time, Qing Shui used the best formation flags to set up several Nine Palace Eight Trigrams Formations around Qing Clan's manor. It was because they were heading for Northern Sacred Lu Continent.
In the end, there was Qing Shui, Yiye Jiange, Luan Luan, Di Qing, Hai Dongqing, Lin Zhanhan, and Little Fatty. Yu Ruyan was joining them as well since Qing Shui had informed her.
There were many people who came to send them off, including Demon Gate, Buddha Sect, and Tang Manor. However, there were also many of them who would be heading for Northern Sacred Lu Continent since they had also received news about the Ancient Ruins.
Qing Shui and the seven others rode the huge Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant and went on their way. This time around, they were heading for Northern Sacred Lu Continent's Ancient Ruins. Qing Shui had originally wanted make the trip with Yiye Jiange, Luan Luan, and Lin Zhanhan only. However, he couldn't win against the other ladies and he felt that it would be good for them to go train themselves too and thus he had agreed. With their cultivation level, they'll definitely be able to enter.
However, as Mingyue Gelou and Canghai Mingyue needed to take care of the children, they stayed behind. With them around, Qing Shui would feel assured as well. Moreover, he was only going to head for Northern Sacred Lu Continent.
Qing Shui waved as they sent him off and only turned away until they were no longer in sight. Thinking of how the next time they met might be ten years or even several decades later, he couldn't help but feel a little sad.
Qing Shui had left almost all of his stocked items in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal behind in Qing Clan. Canghai Mingyue, Mingyue Gelou, and the other members of Qing Clan also had a heavy heart. They knew what the situation was. In the past, when Qing Shui went off, they hadn't felt like this before.
Qing Shui didn't say anything. When the matter with the Lion King's Ridge was over, he would tell the ladies who were with him and let them inform the other members of Qing Clan. This time around, he had decided to head to the other Four Continents alone. Of course, this was on the condition that the matter with the Lion King's Ridge was handled successfully. Otherwise, there wouldn't be a need for him to head for the other Four Continents.
The Northern Sacred Lu Continent was situated in the North and it was about the same size as Central Continent. The temperatures here were relatively lower and many places were all extremely cold. There would be ice-cold tornadoes which could frost up iron and have them shatter into pieces. This showed how terrifying the cold was.
On the way, everyone was very quiet, even Luan Luan. Everyone knew what was going on, especially Yiye Jiange, Lin Zhanhan, and Luan Luan.
Qing Shui currently didn't know much about the Lion King's Ridge, but he had the confidence to deal with them. He headed for the Ancient Ruins first, hoping to come into contact with some amazing encounter. Maybe he could get his hands on a treasure or have a certain martial technique leveling up. It would be best if he could attain a breakthrough to the 8th Heavenly Layer.
However, everything was basically possible except attaining the 8th Heavenly Layer. He didn't hold onto any wishful hope and it was just a fleeting thought.
At the thought of the Ancient Ruins, Qing Shui thought of Yu He. He might encounter her somewhere. If his guess wasn't wrong, she would definitely be there. Moreover, when they parted last time, she was heading for the Northern Sacred Lu Continent.
A day passed by and the sky was just starting to turn dark. They managed to reach Tongjiang City and decided to stay for the night. Qing Shui already had everything planned out. They would travel in the day and the night, then he would enter the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal for his training.
Before entering the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal, Qing Shui performed the Nine Continent Steps as usual. However, after he used it once, Qing Shui was stunned. He like a person who had made a hole through the paper on the windows. He was used to traveling with the Nine Continents Steps and advancing 200,000 li before using it to travel back. This time around, he did the same but there was great joy surging in his heart.
He could feel that his Nine Continents Steps had leveled up.
Excited, Qing Shui quickly entered the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal, then he entered his consciousness to sense the Nine Continents Boots' abilities.
Refined from the star fragments and strange beasts in the World of the Nine Continents. Has a mysterious and unfathomable ability.
Increases speed by two folds;reduces depletion by two folds;hard for even a Martial Emperor to harm it in the slightest. Comes with the battle technique Nine Continents Steps.
Mmm, Qing Shui noticed that it has changed. In the past, its speed had increased by one fold;reduced depletion by one fold. Additionally, those below the Martial Emperor level wouldn't be able to inflict any damage. Right now, it could actually increase his speed by two folds and reduced depletion by two folds. Furthermore, even a Martial Emperor would find it hard to inflict any damage onto it. It seemed that this upgrade was very powerful. Just the additional one fold increment to his speed would let Qing Shui become terrifyingly strong.
Nine Continent Steps: Activating the Nine Continent Boots and the Nine Continent Steps allows the user to instantly travel 400,000 li in a straight line. Currently at the third level, Realm of Subduing Dragon and Tiger, can be used four times in a day.
The user of the Nine Continents Steps could concurrently bring along with him all living things within a ten-meter radius from him, including humans, demonic beasts and others.
Prerequisite: Martial Emperor level!
Qing Shui was completely stunned from this tremendous surprise. This was simply as if someone had given him a pillow when he dozed off. The Nine Continents Boots was too powerful. This was truly a divine Artifact. Although it couldn't be considered one yet, to Qing Shui, it was already one.
Qing Shui left his consciousness. In the past, he would need to look at the Nine Continents Boots directly but now he could sense it even from his consciousness. He liked this feeling. This gave him the feeling as if he was one with the Nine Continents Boots.
Mmm, it recognizes its owner!
Qing Shui was suddenly stunned by this strange thought. He had a spiritual connection with the Nine Continents Boots. He had gotten hurt on multiple occasions, causing it to be dyed in his blood on multiple occasions. It was already imprinted by him.
He didn’t know when it had started and when he gained this connection with it. It was a very warm feeling. It might have started to recognize its owner since a very long time ago but since the Nine Continents Boots wasn’t strong enough, the connection was very weak. When it leveled up the other time, it should have become slightly stronger and now that it had upgraded again, the connection was even stronger than before.
Going through one round of tempering!
Each time he tempered his magic treasures, he would also temper the Nine Continents Boots. Moreover, he would use the Nine Continents Steps daily and thus the leveling up of the Nine Continents Boots should be related to both its usage and its tempering.
Next, Qing Shui left the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal and headed back using the Nine Continents Steps. He then used the Nine Continents Steps once again. This time around, it was 400,000 li. He then went in the opposite direction again.
He arrived above Tongjiang City’s Cloudway Inn When he tried to use the Nine Continents Steps once again, there were no more reactions. A total of four times. It could already be considered quite powerful. With each usage allowing him to travel for 400,000 li, four times would equal 1.6 million li in total. It was four times stronger than before. In this vast World of the Nine Continents, the Nine Continents Steps could undoubtedly be called a paragon. A paragon which could allow one to kill and rob another, chase a target over long distances and also escape.
Qing Shui once again entered the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal and was even more motivated to got through his cultivation. The changes to the Nine Continents Boots had filled him with a strong determination. All the living things that were within a ten-meter radius away from him could be brought along with his Nine Continents Steps alone. Non-living things could just be stored in his Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal.
It was about a circle with an area of over 60 square meters. He could bring along a lot of people but it was a pity that he would need to recall his Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant, it was just too big. However, Qing Shui was already satisfied. With that, not only would he be able to save some time on his travel to the Northern Sacred Lu Continent, it also made their journey a lot safer.
They could just skip over the dangerous areas and when they encountered danger, he could just use the Nine Continents Steps and escape with the others. Right now, to Qing Shui, dangers would usually mean a powerful group of demonic beasts.
Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation!
Nine Waves Great Golden Buddha Palm!
These two were the skills which Qing Shui had prioritized. Of course, he wouldn’t forget about the Primordial Flame Whip either. The battle technique which he had created was also extremely powerful, especially the Primordial Flame Drill.
Once Qing Shui started his cultivation, he would be completely engrossed and intoxicated, not bothering about any worries. Here, there was no one who would disturb him. He left a Jade Emperor Bee in the room to constantly keep a lookout and alert him if a commotion occurred outside.
Hundred Forms of the Tiger. Qing Shui repeatedly tried to draw out each form of the tiger. The more he progressed, the more he found it hard to bring out its charm. However, right now, he did his drawing very leisurely and was very relaxed. He felt that this method greatly suited his current situation and his progress was much better than before.
The next day, they continued on their journey and after Qing Shui explained the situation, the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant which was flying in mid-air suddenly disappeared.
Nine Continents Steps!
Qing Shui was only trying it out since this was the first use. Even if he were to fail, he could still head back.
When he tried this previously, he could travel immediately and a faint glowing energy circle had formed around his body. This time around, it was the same, except the glowing circle was bigger than before, big enough to encompass the group.
So this was how it worked!
Qing Shui let out a sigh of relief. It could finally be done. Right now, it would be easier for him to bring the people around with him. The Grade Three Nine Continents Boots and the Nine Continents Steps had such great power already. If given time, would he really be able to travel across the Southern Sea just like that…
Once they stopped, Qing Shui performed the Nine Continents Steps once again!
Qing Shui used it three consecutive times and left the last one for when they were ready to stop and find a place to stay for the night. Alternatively, Qing Shui could also use it after he came out from the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. That would be the last little bit of time in a day.
Right now, the speed at which they were traveling could only be described as monstrous. Compared to the past, this was too exhilarating. In the end, he only used the Nine Continents Steps four times and left the remaining time for the ladies to train.
This would save a lot of traveling time in the future and increases one’s cultivation time. Moreover, if the journey wasn’t urgent, he could just travel using this method and stop by at places he was interested in.
In the day, they would cultivate and Qing Shui would enter the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. In the end, the five-colored cane was still eventually returned to the old man. A cultivator’s weapon was his second life and although it might be a bit of an exaggeration, a weapon was truly very important to a cultivator. It was one’s pride. Therefore, Qing Shui returned it. However, in exchange, the old man gave him a very large piece of Five-Colored Stone.
Qing Shui decided to reforge the Big Dipper Sword in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. He wanted to merge in some of the Five-Colored Stone into the Big Dipper Sword and see if it could increase the prowess of its spirit energy attacks.
This led Qing Shui to think of his previous life. When priests went about conducting rituals, many of them would use the 'Big Dipper Sword' or swords made from the wood of peach trees. Thinking of this, Qing Shui smiled. It was because he felt that his Big Dipper Sword was definitely stronger compared to those counterfeits.
Qing Shui enjoyed forging. Everyone would actually have desires to create and desires to destroy. When he thought of this he thought of those nurturing plans or programs, as well as the people who had strong wishes to live a flirtatious life. In a sense, this was embodied the idea of creation and destruction.
There was a five-colored glow on the Five-Colored Stone and it had very strong Spiritual Qi. Even ordinary people would be able to sense that the Five-Colored Stone was very precious, just like how gold would shine.
He smelted and heated up the Big Dipper Sword.
He then set fire to the Five-Colored Stone, letting it turn into liquid and slowly drip onto the Big Dipper Sword. Qing Shui’s spiritual sense encompassed the Big Dipper Sword, and just like a formless hand, he used his spiritual sense to slowly guide the process, spreading out the liquefied Five-Colored Stone!
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AST 1047 –Big Dipper Sword, Five-Headed Windfire Wolves
The melted Five-Colored Stone dripped slowly onto the Big Dipper Sword filling the atmosphere with a dense yet suffocating ancient aura. However, the appearance of the Big Dipper Sword remained unchanged.
The first day and the second day went by….
On the last hour of the seventh day, a distinct sound akin to a nail dropping on the floor rang out. He quickly took out the Five-Colored Stone while wiping the sweat on his forehead.
At that moment, he was elated. He had succeeded in refining his Big Dipper Sword, but he had no idea what type of change had occurred to the sword. Perhaps the sword could boost the strength of psychic attack instead?
Big Dipper Sword!
Big Dipper Sword: Formed from the convergence of unique silver sand of the Heaven and Earth, the materials were then forged into a sword by a skilled blacksmith. The sword has the ability to unleash a lethal damage power as well.
The Big Dipper Sword could also increase the user's power by four times, and increase the speed and attack speed by 20%. There would be a 20% chance of increasing the attack damage by multiple times for each attack, subsequently decreasing 10% of the damage received. The user would also have a certain chance of receiving an unexpected surprise from the sword.
Additionally, the sword has the ability to double the power of psychic attack!
Doubling the psychic attack power –Qing Shui had no idea how much that would be, but he was still happy to see that nonetheless. The Arhat Rosary Beads were powerful, and it could double the power of the psychic attack too. However, these beads have other significant strength that made also them very powerful.
Because of that, the Five-Colored Stone was also considered powerful. Even though it was just a simple twofold increase of the power of the psychic attack, the outcome of this ability was already incredible.
With the existence of the Arhat Rosary Beads, the twofold increase of the psychic attack would still apply without being affected by the limitation of the world's regulation. This allowed Qing Shui's power to go beyond terrifying in an instant.
The Nine Continent Boots had also allowed Qing Shui's speed to receive a tremendous boost, increasing his confidence in his pursue against the Lion King's Ridge as well. The accumulation of power he had acquired would be beneficial for him when he managed to cross to the other four continents as he could face more challenges and confrontations from external forces.
When he finally exited the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal, it was still quite early. They had decided not to progress in their journey during the day, and Qing Shui would only use the Nine Continents Steps when it was time to pitch their tents and call it a night. After they had sufficiently rested, they would cultivate again on the next day. When the sky became dark, he would use the Nine Continents Steps again and repeat the cycle.
Everyone felt carefree as they continued to journey using this method;especially Qing Shui. He would only require six hours in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal and could spend the rest of time guiding the others in their cultivation progress or researching something else.
Qing Shui was more liberated at night as he would go and spend his time at the private tent of either Hai Dongqing, Yu Ruyan or Di Qing. It was his way of rejuvenating himself with these women. The other ladies suspected something fishy going on between Yu Ruyan and Qing Shui. However, no one would say anything about it considering Qing Shui's tendencies with women.
With that said, Qing Shui wanted to tell everyone about his relationship with Yu Ruyan, but she wouldn't allow him to do so. He had no choice but to wait patiently until it was the right time to explain. He was quite open about his relationships and couldn't care less about other people's opinions of him. Qing Shui never cared about what others thought of him as long as his conscience was clear and he had nothing to regret.
Time passed by so quickly, and they were already in the middle of the wilderness between Central Continent and Northern Sacred Lu Continent. The closer they were to the Northern Sacred Lu Continent, the colder the air became.
Those with a higher level of cultivation were able to withstand both cold and hot temperatures, which was why they were more than capable of travelling around the World of the Nine Continents. The world was a vast place, and in most cases the east and south would always be warm whereas the west and north would always be cold. However, there was rumored to be warm places in the North Scared Lu Continent, as well as cold places in the Southern Viewing Continent.
Normal people were not able to stand certain degrees of coldness or hotness, and they would easily fall ill. Worse still, they could endanger their lives when their body temperature could not withstand the sudden change of the atmosphere ranging from extreme cold to hot temperatures.
At this moment, the sun was already high in the sky, indicating that it was in the afternoon. Qing Shui had just come out from the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal as the others were already cultivating their skills. He positioned his bed directly in the sun and lay down to allow the sun to warm his body.
"Daddy, you're like this again. I don't even want to train after seeing you relaxed like this." Luan Luan approached Qing Shui and pinched his nose.
"Mmm, my girl, cultivation is always important no matter what. Daddy is tired so I'm taking a nap. Is that an eyesore to you now?" Qing Shui said with a smile as he shifted away from Luan Luan's hand.
Luan Luan let out a distinct laugh and continued to pinch his nose relentlessly. In the end, Qing Shui gave up and let her hold his nose with her dainty fingers.
"This should do it!" Qing Shui smiled as he escaped from Luan Luan's grasp and gave her a knock on the head with his curled index finger.
"Sob, I'm already a grown up yet you still hit me on the head. Aren't you afraid that your knocks will turn your precious daughter into a dimwit?" Luan Luan pouted as she rubbed her head gently.
Qing Shui didn't use a lot of strength of course. He sat up and said with a smile: "You're too smart for your own good. A knock or two will be fine."
Meanwhile, Yiye Jiange was cultivating her sword technique. She would train for a while and then become lost in her own thoughts.
Qing Shui wasn't sure if she was daydreaming or gaining insights for her sword technique.
Their current location was at the borderland of Central Continent stretching towards the core of Northern Sacred Lu Continent. The wilderness between Central Continent and Northern Sacred Lu Continent was a notorious danger zone. Qing Shui didn't dare make any careless moves as he needed to protect those who were travelling with him as well.
Lin Zhanhan sat leisurely on a patch of grass under the sun not far from where Qing Shui was sitting. When Qing Shui invited him on this journey, he had already conveyed his plans to him about what he would do in Northern Sacred Lu Continent. Lin Zhanhan had been with the Qing Clan for about ten years, and not once had the thought of seeking justice from the Lion King's Ridge crossed his mind.
It wasn't because he didn't want to think about it, but because his opponents were too strong for him. He was waiting patiently for the passage of time to erase the memories of the past, and when everyone forgot about it, he would return to look for the descendants –he wanted to know if they were still alive or not.
Qing Shui sat beside Lin Zhanhan and asked: "Grandpa Lin, is something the matter?"
The worried look on Lin Zhanhan's face triggered Qing Shui to initiate a conversation.
For Lin Zhanhan, the descendants of the Qing Clan were like his own as he was there throughout their growth period. He turned around to look at the devilish young man –a descendant of the Qing Clan who would bring the ultimate glory to his family.
"It's been so long. Some things just aren't fated to be forgotten or vanish into thin air. Even though I couldn't calm myself these past few years, I've become more accepting of a lot of things. But now, I feel restless going back to Northern Sacred Lu Continent again," said Lin Zhanhan as he shook his head lightly.
"Grandpa Lin, if you feel restless, it means you still have someone you care about in your heart. You still can't forget the past." Qing Shui understood Lin Zhanhan's feelings. Anyone would be anxious if they were going back to their hometome, even if they had bad memories of that place.
"Maybe so. The bloody disaster of those years is still vivid in my mind. Living is just suffering to an old age." Lin Zhanhan sighed as he expressed his helplessness to Qing Shui.
"We will make them atone for blood with blood. Grandpa Lin, I am your grandson, so I will vent your grievance on your behalf." Qing Shui's determined tone was assuring, but it would be frightening to his opponents if they heard it. Qing Shui wasn't lying when he said those words. Those were his genuine feelings, stemming from the bottom of his heart.
"I'm very happy and lucky to hear that. However, I want you to be discreet in whatever you do. You are a man of prodigious mind, but you must learn to be patient. It will be extremely beneficial for you if you can spend most of the time being patient."
"I understand. You have watched me grow up. I won't do anything that I don't have confidence in," Qing Shui said with a smile.
"There are just some things in which mistakes cannot be made because they will cost your life."
"Thank you for the reminder, Grandpa Lin. I understand that now."
Qing Shui understood that sentence very well. This was the first time that he had heard Lin Zhanhan speak words that weighed heavy on his mind –perhaps due to the influence of the circumstances. Qing Shui used to be nonchalant about these things, but this time he finally understood the gravity of Lin Zhanhan's words. He would always remember those words for the rest of his life.
Upon seeing Qing Shui's expression, he laughed. It was a genuine happy laugh.
The surroundings echoed with the continuous roars of beasts, but the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant and his other demonic beasts were undeterred and let out their roars as well. Those cries were a form of intimidation;they could ward off demonic beasts and prevent them from drawing closer, including demonic beasts roaming in a group.
This area was notoriously known as a danger zone, and they had already entered the core of this region –the most dangerous territory of the zone. Qing Shui had so far used the Nine Continents Steps to evade harm once –from the beast tide that roamed across the field of mountains. Demonic beasts were everywhere, and this was his first time seeing such a view. It was terrifying. If he was by himself, he could still push through these demonic beasts without problem, but without the realm and ability upgrade of his Nine Continents Steps, he would be toasted sooner or later.
Luckily, he always left the last use of the Nine Continent Steps to the last hour of the day;which he had decided that he would continue to do for the remaining days. If he could do that, then he could assure the safety of his family in the process.
Today was once again the last hour of the day. Qing Shui and the others used the Nine Continent Steps four times in a row. But what awaited them was a tragedy, because when they finally stopped at their destination from the last Nine Continent Steps, Qing Shui could feel a terribly powerful aura lingering in the air. His first instinct was to shroud the others in safety as quickly as possible.
Qing Shui was shocked and quickly followed the strong aura. Before he left, he said: "Little Fatty, protect them for me."
As soon as he was done, he called out his Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant and the other demonic beasts, and commanded them to stay with the group. Qing Shui left to pursue the strong aura all by himself.
He did so because there was only one strong aura present. He was able to sense stronger auras based on his current power, and that aura was definitely terrifying. This could be stronger than the Berserk Dragon he had encountered way back when he was at Giant Beasts Mountain.
Other than that overbearing aura, there were other auras that were slightly weaker than the initial one. It would be the second day in four hours from now, so he didn't expect to encounter something like this after the last usage of the Nine Continents Steps. This deadly coincidence was nothing but rotten luck.
A series of frightening cries rang out, which cause Qing Shui to frown. The surroundings were composed of large hills and Qing Shui could sense the intense aura being emitted from the other side of the hill. This hill was about 200 meters tall, which was considered a slope in the World of the Nine Continents.
Everything happened in a mere moment. Even if he were to lay out a formation, it would be too late. Qing Shui wielded his Big Dipper Sword and jumped towards the sky. It was then that he was able to see the giant demonic beasts in front of him.
Five-Headed Windfire Wolves!
Four of them, in fact. Behind these four was another demonic beast that had six heads and a crystal-like body.
A mutation beast.
Six-Headed Crystal Beast!
The Five-Headed Windfire Wolves were all blood-red in color. They were also known as fire demonic beasts that possessed an unprecedented speed with a body size of around 100 meters on average;which was roughly similar to the size of his Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant. However, the Six-Headed Crystal Beast had a body size of 50 meters, which was half that of the wolves. The Crystal Beast had a full body of crystal armor as well, and the heads were all azure blue in color. Overall, the proportional stature of the Crystal Beast was robust and dignified, as if it was a king standing behind its soldiers of wolves.
Qing Shui had seen this beast before in the historical records. The Windfire Wolves have a 1/10,000 chance of evolving into a Crystal Beast, but the chance of survival of the Crystal Beast was also 1/10,000. Only one amongst 10,000 Crystal Beasts would live, and only one Crystal Beast would appear amongst 100 million Windfire Wolves in the world.
The Six-Headed Crystal Beast already possessed a terrifying ability, which was the capability of utilizing water, fire, and wind elements. Most importantly, the strongest ability the Crystal Beast could use was the Sixth Level Flame of Icefire. This formidable ability was of the same type of attack as Qing Shui's Primordial Flame, with the exception of its flame being ice fire. Most flames would be terrifying as the intensity went up, but the flame of the ice fire could instantly freeze the air and subsequently cause an explosion.
Qing Shui remained silent as he proceeded to take out the Soulshake Bell and started shaking it violently. When the spiritual power of the bell had been used up, he then moved forward and stomped in the direction of the demonic beasts.
It was a tragedy. When the Soulshake Bell had its power depleted, a sense of fright overcame the four Five-Headed Windfire Wolves as their eyes began to show signs of fear. Meanwhile, the Six-Headed Crystal Beast remained steady without showing any reaction in its expression…..
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