Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 1052-1053
AST 1052 –Ghost Sect. You can ask three questions
Qing Shui looked down at the golden bells on the floor, then he turned to Wen Jing and watched his expression. For the first time, there was a visible change in that man's expression. At that moment, Wen Jing had an extremely sinister look. His previously bright lively eyes were now replaced with a menacing and ominous gaze. The man turned around and stared at Qing Shui.
Qing Shui was a little surprised that the man would turn hostile so quickly but he soon understood why. The bloodcurdling aura that Wen Jing now possessed was the full blown version of what Qing Shui had faintly detected.
The golden bells not only kept the Yin Qi in this place under control, it also had another function. Right now, Qing Shui could sense the uncontrollable, erratic movements of the 'Ghostly Qi' within Wen Jing's body.
Is this something related to Yin Qi?
Qing Shui was very certain that he was right. When the golden bells fell, and when all that Yin Qi pervaded the air, Wen Jing who previously presented the presence and mannerism of an upright man instantly changed. It was as if he suddenly couldn't control his aura.
In a similar manner, the two Elders also lost all semblance of control over their aura. Similar to how blood-thirsty men enjoy the sight of fresh blood, the two Elders watched Qing Shui and his companions with a crazed unrestrained thirst.
Everything happened so quickly such that it was beyond anyone's expectations. Apparently, the golden bells also helped the men appear as normal people. Since their strength would rise in an environment with a heavy concentration of Yin Qi, they could not stay there for too long. This was because, it would drive them mad. Once they became mad, they would do whatever they wanted, no matter how insane it was.
Rumor had it that such people usually use formations like Yin Omen Great Formation…
Wen Jing practiced a very demonic technique. It required the Yin Qi from other humans. The high concentration of Yin Qi here was the leftover from Wen Jing's absorption sessions. To be precise, he practiced Massacre Techniques, or rather his entire organization practiced them.
Wen Jing targeted Qing Shui's group and invited them here because he could sense that they all had very rich and complex Qi. He had already secretly informed his clan members beforehand and planned to deal with this group of people by other means rather than a straight out battle. But he did not expect that the golden bells, which formed the ward to keep the Yin Qi controlled, would fall from the ceiling. He inwardly cursed his misfortune and decided that he had to just fight them right there and then.
In fact, everyone who knew Wen Jing was well aware of his licentious nature. From the look in his pair of wicked eyes, his own people knew that the reason he chose the group was largely due to the women. But they would never point that out;they didn't dare do so anyway.
"Brother Wen, what's wrong? Are you possessed?" Qing Shui smiled when he saw Wen Jing's vicious eyes.
Though the women themselves were quite powerful, they were a little taken aback by Wen Jing's pair of demonic-looking eyes. Those eyes were filled with ruthlessness, perversion, bloodlust and insanity…
"Yes, I am indeed possessed. But you are all so unlucky because I spotted you. And oh, I just can't resist people like all of you, " Wen Jing looked at Qing Shui and replied calmly.
The surrounding Yin Qi spread uncontrollably throughout the entire manor. However, it did not seep out of the building as there was a sort of Spirit Sealing Formation surrounding the manor.
He had previously failed to notice it but now, looking at the few men filled with that tumultuous Ghostly Qi, he realized that they were stronger than expected. "I am going to give you a final warning. I don't care what you intend to do but you better not provoke me. Otherwise, you won't even have the chance to regret it." Qing Shui maintained his smile.
There were too many villains and evil people in the world. Qing Shui had no ambition to eliminate all evils and protect peace;he never thought of fighting for the sake of justice. In the end, everyone was just trying to survive. As long as nobody provoked him, he really had no time to interfere in such matters. Anyway, considering the population of World of the Nine Continents, there was no way a person could solve all those problems even if they wanted to. If this was not happening in Northern Sacred Lu Continent, Qing Shui might consider dealing with it but currently, he just wanted to quietly resolve his own matters.
"Haha! You're really an outsider. Don't you know that if Ghost Sect wants to deal with you, there's nothing you can do?" Wen Jing laughed cruelly. Wen Jing appeared vastly different right now even though his facial features had barely changed;the change was mostly attributed to his aura.
Ghost Sect. Qing Shui had never heard of them before. In Northern Sacred Lu Continent, Qing Shui only knew about Lion King’s Ridge, Bei Ming Clan and Wan Clan. He knew them for other reasons, but beyond that, he really had no idea what to expect from this continent.
"Ghost Sect?" Yiye Jiange exclaimed in astonishment and gave Qing Shui a look of alarm. Qing Shui recalled that Yiye Jiange had stayed in Northern Sacred Lu Continent for some time. So, she must have heard of Ghost Sect before.
"Qing Shui, Ghost Sect is a powerful demonic sect in Northern Sacred Lu Continent. Most of the influential people in Ghost Sect have the surname Wen. This must be a branch of Ghost Sect. They are quite formidable," said Yiye Jiange a little worriedly.
"How are they in comparison to the Guardian Clans?"
Though Qing Shui asked Yiye Jiange, he already knew the answer. He could sense that Ghost Sect was definitely stronger than Bei Ming Clan and Wan Clan. However, there was variance between the different Guardian Sects. Wan Clan could easily come down on General Manor, likewise there must be other Guardian Clans which could control Wan Clan and Bei Ming Clan.
"Ghost Sect isn't one of the Guardian Sects and they do not care about the Guardian Clans. There are strong and weak Guardian Clans. The head of Lion King’s Ridge also comes from another Guardian Clan," Yiye Jiange shook her head and explained.
Qing Shui knew that he could not wrap up this incident without a fight. He wasn't worried since his companions were all very powerful. Yet, his opponents seemed unconcerned with anyone whose strength was lower than three thousand stars.
How could they be so calm?
Qing Shui was a little hesitant. He could sense that all his opponents had the strength of three thousand stars. Weren't they afraid that he could just kill them with a single blow? Qing Shui created and condensed a Primordial Flame Ball in his hands. He threw it directly at Wen Jing. He wanted to know why that man could be so arrogant.
When his Primordial Flame Ball touched Wen Jing's body, a black halo appeared around the man's body. The black halo also surrounded the three men and upon touching it, the Primordial Flame Ball exploded before disappearing.
The 'shield' was activated automatically, so Qing Shui knew that it was due to a treasure that Wen Jing possessed. It was some sort of defense-type equipment.
"Take out all the treasures that you have and I'll leave you with an intact corpse." The red and black capillaries in Wen Jing's eyes were very obvious and his voice became even more menacing.
Qing Shui shook his head and looked out into the distance. He had noticed the swift moving silhouettes, of over ten people, rushing toward them.
"So, it seems that Wen Clan isn't the head of Ghost Sect. Aren't you afraid that the leader of Ghost Sect will punish you?" Qing Shui did not actually know which position Wen Clan held in Ghost Sect, so he wanted to find out more.
He presumed that Wen Jing would lower his guard since his clan members were rushing over to help.
"Haha! Wen Clan might not head Ghost Sect, but even the leader has to treat us properly. Even if Ghost Sect found out about what I did today, they wouldn't say anything about it. Besides, you are from Greencloud Continent. Even if all of Greencloud Continent comes for Wen Clan, I am not even a tad bit scared, " Wen Jing said slowly as he looked up at the ten plus people who were clearly reaching soon.
Qing Shui did not have the time to ponder over Wen Jing's words. Right now, there were over ten men nearby. Five of them were old and the others were slightly younger. They each had an extraordinary presence but they all had the same creepy aura —primarily due to the techniques they used.
Qing Shui commanded the women and Little Fatty to stand in formation. Little Fatty and Lin Zhanhan stood in the middle of the formation. They were standing in the position of the Buddha Aura Great Illumination Formation but they did not activate it.
After seeing the additional Elders, he immediately raised his strength. He held his Big Dipper Sword and informed the rest to start activating the Buddha Aura Great Illumination Formation
The first five Elders were about seventy years old, except for the old man in the center who was so old that he was like a withered tree. The creepy aura of the withered man could scare the wits out of any less courageous person.
"Haha! He has the body of the Nine Yang Spirit Medium. Jing'er, you have done well this time. Let me know what you wish for, I will grant you anything," said the old man in the center without even turning to look behind.
Qing Shui did not react when he heard the man mention "Nine Yang Spirit Medium". He felt that the terms Nine Yang Buddha Body, Nine Yang Marionette King and Nine Yang Golden Body all referred to the same thing —a Nine Yang body constitution. It was just that everyone had their own variation of the term.
"Old Ancestor, please cripple the people behind that man and give them to me, your grandson," Wen Jing said cautiously.
"You're still young. Don't obsess too much about women. If you are powerful, you won't lack women. Women can cause you to become lazy, they will numb your mind, they will impede your growth and cost you your life." The old man's wise-sounding voice was calm and had a sort of infectious charm.
"Yes, Old Ancestor. I know. I just want to absorb the spiritual qi from their bodies," Wen Jing lowered his head and said softly.
"Alright, I'm feeling happy today so I'll accede to your request." The old man shook his head and laughed before looking at Wen Jing for a brief moment.
"Old Ancestor, thank you!" Wen Jing replied delightedly.
One of the Elders besides the Old Ancestor let out a faint sigh. He saw a hint of disappointment in the Old Ancestor's eyes and knew that Wen Jing had been eliminated as a candidate to take over as head of the clan.
Qing Shui observed them calmly the whole time, there was even a slight smile on his face. The members of Ghost Sect were all so egotistic and so overconfident, that he wanted to sigh for them.
"Young man, you are so composed and collected. This amazes me." The Old Ancestor kept his eyes on Qing Shui. Even when he briefly glanced at Wen Jing, he did not entirely take his eyes off Qing Shui.
"Can an almost dead man ask a few questions?" Qing Shui laughed and asked.
"No, but I'll make an exception. You can only ask me three questions. I will take that as the price for your life because I admire your calmness," the Old Ancestor replied cheerfully.
The old man's aura may have been creepy but he actually looked quite normal. It was just that he was insanely old.
"Then I'll have to thank you, sir. Can you tell me who is the strongest in Wen Clan?" Qing Shui asked with a smile on his face. He did not ask if the Old Ancestor himself was the strongest as he might not get the answer he wanted, and he would have wasted a chance.
The old man hesitated for a moment, "Since you asked, I will tell you honestly. It is my uncle. He is quite old and has therefore returned from the Four Continents, for his retirement. You know about the other Four Continents, right? I don't exactly know how powerful he is, so this is how I'll answer!"
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AST 1053 –Ghostly Hypnosis Call，Ghostly Qi Devouring，Netherworld Formation
When the Old Ancestor brought up his uncle, he sounded exceptionally proud of him. Qing Shui suddenly realized why Wen Jing mentioned that even the leader of Ghost Sect had to treat the Wen Clan with respect. That must be the reason.
Qing Shui was shocked to hear that the Old Ancestor's uncle had come back from the Four Continents to retire. Perhaps that man doesn't have many years left…how strong is he anyway?
At the moment, Qing Shui found the Four Continents quite scary. Luckily, once a person returned from the Four Continents, they were limited by the laws of the earth. However, he still did not wish to meet anyone from the Four Continents.
"Old sir, how powerful is the Wen Clan in the other Four Continents?" Before he asked this question, Qing Shui had a startled look on his face. Even though he was really shocked, he did not find the need to hide his emotion.
Naturally, the Old Ancestor felt pleased when he saw Qing Shui's expression. Everyone acted the same way since having a relative of that level was an honor and something to be proud of.
"The Wen Clan holds an average position in the other Four Continents. But the other Four Continents are much wealthier and the cultivators are stronger… I don't want to elaborate on this subject because it is beyond your comprehension." The Old Ancestor seemed to long for that place, perhaps even reminisced about the place. Qing Shui had a strong feeling that the old man must have been there before.
"Old Sir, if your clan is bullied here, for example if your entire clan was annihilated by someone, will the people from the Wen Clan of the other Four Continents send people here for revenge?" Qing Shui asked after thinking about it for a few seconds.
He had finished asking his three questions and so far he had found out a few things. Now, he was very interested in the last answer. He could see that the Old Ancestor of the Wen Clan had a slightly moody expression.
"There are not many people in the Five Continents who can annihilate my Wen Clan. Even so, they will not decide to do so hastily, because they will pay a high price. However, if we really are annihilated by others, then it'll just prove our incompetence. The Wen Clan from the other Four Continents will never seek revenge in the Five Continents. It is a sort of pact. People from the Four Continents are strictly prohibited to abuse their power here in the Five Continents. However, if those enemies decide to travel to the other Four Continents, that would be a different matter."
Perhaps, the Old Ancestor of the Wen Clan did not consider Qing Shui a threat at all, therefore he actually answered Qing Shui patiently. This was the first time that he had done something like that even though he would be unable to justify his own action. It could just be because he saw Qing Shui's unique constitution.
"Old Sir, thank you for telling me all that," Qing Shui thanked the old man sincerely. "You don't have to thank me. The answers are what you get in exchange for your life. They are what you deserve." The Old Ancestor looked at Qing Shui calmly.
"That's right. Then I won't stand on ceremony."
"Will you kill yourself or do you want me to do it?" the Old Ancestor said stiffly with his weather-worn voice while watching Qing Shui. His words were cold and they possessed an unquestionable intensity — a mannerism of an expert cultivator.
"I don't want to die, so you will have to snatch my life away from me, old sir!" Qing Shui took out his Formation Flags and starting throwing them. They stuck to each spot he targeted.
In the beginning, the Old Ancestor was very doubtful of Qing Shui's ability. However, the old man quickly realized that things were not going well. His expression was immediately replaced with shock and anger. "Set up the formation!"
The Old Ancestor was suddenly aware that he might have underestimated the young man. The main reason was because Qing Shui looked very young. But he was very confident that even a super genius would not be able to flip the tables.
The Old Ancestor knew about formations, even his own clan had a few, so he quickly recognized that Qing Shui was setting up a formation. He knew how insanely powerful formations could be, therefore they had to stop Qing Shui. When he remembered Qing Shui's last question, he somehow felt uneasy. The Old Ancestor took out his Black Onyx Trident. Pushing his feet against the floor he propelled himself towards Qing Shui in a demonic fashion as the others fell into their formation positions. In an instant, the entire scene became a battleground, but it had not reached the stage of non-stop exchange between the parties.
Nine Palace Steps, Free Spirit Roaming Steps！
In a fleeting, elegant, unpredictable movement, Qing Shui moved closer to the Old Ancestor, as he simultaneously threw out his Formation Flags. The Old Ancestor was now feeling slightly anxious, he did not expect the young fellow to move so quickly.
Phantasmic Triplicate Steps!
The Old Ancestor instantly split into three figures. Two of the figures attacked Qing Shui from behind, while one of them attacked him head-on. The three silhouettes were extremely fast, they each left a heavy trail of Yin Qi in their path, and that dark aura was spreading rapidly throughout the hall.
Buddha’s True Eyes!
With two loud sounds, the two fake decoys shattered.
Great Golden Buddha Palm!
Qing Shui launched his Great Golden Buddha Palm directly at the last real figure!
Nine Palace Steps！
Qing Shui saw his Buddha Palm attack utterly destroyed by the old man but Qing Shui had already finished placing the last Formation Flag. He finally felt some relief. Even if there was an unexpected situation, he could always enter the formation.
As he did not have much time, Qing Shui used his Duality Minutest Formation!
Descending Heavens Talisman！
Qing Shui was very cautious but he was calm. His Nine Palace Steps had reached a mature stage and when he placed down his Descending Heavens Talisman, he clicked his tongue.
Over 1000 stars!
The old man's strength was actually over 200,000 stars, almost close to 300,000 stars.
The Wen Clan Old Ancestor wanted to kill Qing Shui so the old man could not help inwardly cursing Qing Shui.
When Qing Shui used his Descending Heavens Talisman, the Old Ancestor became a little dazed or rather stunned. Subsequently, Qing Shui started throwing all sorts of talisman, such as his Binding Talisman, at the old man. At the same time, he used all the talismans with buffs on himself.
He was also Talisman Master…
The Old Ancestor felt like crying but he had no tears. He had just realized that Qing Shui was extremely cunning and could easily slip out of his hands like a loach.
The old man waved his Black Onyx Trident.
Nine Phantoms Soul Pursuit!
Suddenly, a faint black flow of qi rapidly appeared around Qing Shui's body. Just like an intangible rope, it bounded Qing Shui tightly. At that very moment, the Old Ancestor rushed toward Qing Shui in a flash and launched his Black Onyx Trident in the direction of Qing Shui's head.
The large Black Onyx Trident was just like a Black Jiao and it let out a loud ghastly howl as it headed towards Qing Shui.
Ghostly Hypnosis Call!
Qing Shui felt as if he had been marked with a target. Furthermore, his opponent also possessed a terrifying speed. In the blink of an eye, the Black Onyx Trident was only three meters away from him!
Suddenly, Qing Shui heard a series of piercing sounds that were so sharp, it was as though they could pierce through the starfield. This was a kind of sonar attack that was charged with spiritual energy. It was like Lion’s Roar but weaker. The main purpose of that ghastly howl was to distract the opponent.
The Yin-Yang Image in his sea of consciousness started spinning rapidly. Qing Shui sealed his ears with his own spiritual energy and he defended himself against the Black Onyx Trident with his own Big Dipper Sword.
This time around, he used his brute strength and took the opportunity to step backwards. He was unable to activate the chance of the multiplying 20% of his offensive force. Qing Shui flew backwards when the weapons clashed, but he was unharmed.
This all happened in a flash;about the time it took for three breaths. When the Wen Clan members had completed their formation, they were stunned to see the outcome of the few blows.
"Old sir, I used those techniques because I wanted to thank you for answering my questions. I won't hold back any longer. You better use your most powerful technique or join that formation. Otherwise, you will regret it." Qing Shui's Big Dipper Sword was now spewing a long Primordial Fire Snake.
The Old Ancestor was seething. He did not like being made fun of. His rather tranquil face was now extremely sinister. He drew a semicircle in front of him with his palm. Black flames of Qi appeared and engulfed his entire body. Such Dark Qi was like toxic dust;it not only blocked the view of the opponent, it was also poisonous.
Unfortunately, the Old Ancestor did not know that Qing Shui was also well-versed in the use of poisons. If he had known that, he wouldn't have used that technique!
Soul Chasing Fatal Pursuit!
The Old Ancestor's Black Onyx Trident headed for Qing Shui like a black venomous snake.
Qing Shui's Big Dipper Sword vibrated and a Primordial Fire Snake rushed forth from it, wrapping around the Black Onyx Trident. A series of clear crisp metallic sounds rang out.
Qing Shui raised his left hand and threw multiple Coldsteel Needles at the old man.
Qing Shui noticed a shield-like item appearing in front of the old man;it also surrounded the Dark Qi within it. It was the same 'shield' that Wen Jing used, but he sensed that it was more powerful.
Primordial Flame Dragon Drill!
Qing Shui channeled his spiritual energy and targeted the old man's protective shield.
Such protective shields were powered by one's spiritual energy. Even if it had been created by a treasure item, it was made of something very similar to spiritual energy. Hence, it would be easier to destroy them with spiritual energy as well. When the Primordial Flame Dragon Drill hit the protective shield, the protective shield vibrated violently for a moment. Based on the old man's capabilities and given that his spiritual energy was at about 200,000 stars, the root source of the shield must be the old man's strength.
Qing Shui's spiritual energy was at 7000 stars, but his Arhat Rosary Beads boosted his spiritual energy to about 105,000 stars without any restraint from the laws of Heaven and Earth. Similarly, the Old Ancestor's spiritual energy must also be free from these restraints.
However, since Qing Shui's flames were Primordial Flames, even when they were not at their maximum lethality, they were already extremely powerful. When used with a technique like Primordial Flame Dragon Drill, they could only become terrifyingly stronger.
There was no way that the old man could compare to a Six-Headed Crystal Beast. Once that attack hit his protective shield, the protective shield shattered into smithereens.
In that instant, the Old Ancestor was totally shocked. He was not only shocked, he was also scared. When he recalled how the young man maintained his composure, and how he carefully posed those three questions, the old man finally realized something.
The old man was whipped once by Qing Shui's Primordial Flames.
"To your positions, Netherworld Formation!" The Old Ancestor positioned himself in the center of the formation that his clan members had formed. As soon as he finished his sentence, a large illusion appeared and enveloped all of them.
Python Tailed Lion!
A large lion illusion appeared, but its tail was in the form of a large python and there was a malevolent-looking python head at the tip of the tail.
The formation activated a Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation.
Was that possible? Qing Shui could sense that this Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation was much stronger than the one which belonged to the old man from Buddha Sect.
The people in the formation channelled all their spiritual energy into the Python Tailed Lion illusion. As the illusion became clearer and clearer, it became obvious that the creature was pitch black and the python head appeared more and more vicious.
Qing Shui targeted the python head with his nimble Primordial Flame Whip!
The python head spat out a column of black qi, which corroded the Primordial Flame Whip, then it headed for Qing Shui.
Ghostly Qi Devouring!
The huge python head opened its wide mouth and spat out a ball of condensed grey cloud. It headed toward Qing Shui, travelling along the same trajectory as the Primordial Flame Whip, then the huge python head appeared directly in front of Qing Shui.
Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation!
Qing Shui had not expected that he would have to use both divinity Protection and Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation.
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