Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 1072-1073
AST 1072 –Starts to KIll, Lion King’s Imprint, Thunderous Beast’s Two Consecutive Violet Lightning Strike
Qing Shui’s powerful aura was sent out in all directions. The pressure in the area was strong to begin with and the three old men were more or less affected by the world’s pressure. Therefore, his aura didn’t affect the three old men in the least but it was still effective towards their demonic beasts.
Dragon Transcends the Sky!
Qing Shui’s Big Dipper Sword pierced out fiercely. There was still a hundred meter distance but with a small leap, he managed to close in by several tens of meters. A silvery gray-colored flaming python dashed out from the tip of his sword and a soul-shaking cry rang out.
The primordial flames python was the thickness of a person’s lower thigh. It shot out in a straight line. It was hard to tell if the twisted-looking head was that of a Jiao or python or the legendary dragon. It exuded an extremely sharp aura.
The Thunderous Beast’s Violet Thunder Chain Lightning was very terrifying and although that 'Old Fifth' had done his best to avoid being struck in fatal spots, his paralyzed state heavily affected his movements. In a battle like this, a slight mistake could be fatal. He tried his hardest to avoid being hit in the vital spots but he was still struck on the shoulder and was sent flying backward.
His right shoulder was crippled. The side effects of the numbing were still very great. Most importantly, his movements and senses had been seriously affected. Another thing was that when his body felt numb, his defenses, senses, and other aspects would all be affected.
Qing Shui crippled one of Old Fifth’s shoulder and his Primordial Flame Whip flashed repeatedly and whipped out toward the few demonic beasts. Most of these demonic beasts were very weak and could only attempt to fend off his whip but they quickly cried out terribly. One of them was even whipped until its head had exploded and it died.
Violet Thunder Chain Lightning!
The Thunderous Beast’s agile body escaped from being surrounded by the 'Old Sixth' and the few demonic beasts, landing consecutive Thunderbolts on the old man called Old Fifth. The tall old man with a strong build and the other demonic beasts were not far away. They were trying to protect Old Fifth, hoping that Old Sixth could join them and deal with the young man after he had dealt with the Thunderous Beast.
However, what had caught them by surprise was that the demonic beast’s speed was elusive like that of a ghost. Additionally, its resistance against damages was also very great. It was to the extent that when a demonic beast had attacked the Thunderous Beast, it was paralyzed and its head exploded.
The Thunderous Beast’s speed was amazingly fast and the prowess of the Violet Thunder Chain Lightning was very powerful as well. Although Qing Shui didn’t know for sure how powerful it was, there was still another terrifying reason, which was the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal’s Spirit Gathering Lamp.
The Spirit Gathering Lamp could increase the prowess of the Violet Lightning Strike, Thunderbolt, Violet Thunder Chain Lightning, and other attacks by one fold. This increase was considered extremely powerful and it seemed that it also provided a strong spirit energy resistance.
When the three old men from the Lion King’s Ridge were attacked by the Thunderous Beast, they had all activated their Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation. The tall and burly old man’s Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation was a Black Ember Lion while the other two old men’s were an Ice Rat and a Giant Ox respectively.
Through Qing Shui’s spiritual sense, he could tell that the tall and burly old man’s Black Ember Lion was the best. However, that Ice Rat also had its amazing factors and it should be able to increase its resistance and speed by quite a lot.
Mighty Dragon Elephant Stomp!
The Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant which had been close to Qing Shui all this time unleashed a stomp which covered a huge area, causing rocks to shatter and the whole world to turn into chaos. However, with the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant’s current damaging prowess, it wasn’t sufficient to harm anyone. It would only provide some threat to the ten or more demonic beasts in the area.
What surprised Qing Shui was that the Thunderous Beast had worked together and unleashed its Violet Thunder Chain Lightning, causing the dizzy opponent‘s head to explode.
As the Thunderous Beast had held down two out of the three old men, only Old Sixth was leading the demonic beasts to kill it. At this moment, Qing Shui calmed himself down and took out the Soulshake Bell.
He needed to end this battle as soon as possible and also wanted to test out the Soulshake Bell. Therefore, he rapidly shook the Soulshake Bell in his hands.
The strange and piercing sound rang out strongly. One of the Star Horn Devils tore apart the Copper Ox King next to it with its huge sharp horns. The entire scene was extremely chaotic.
By then, Old Sixth was already very close to the Thunderous Beast. Suddenly, with a wave of the truncheon-like weapon in his hands, a huge staff-like shadow was formed.
The Ice Rat shadow on Old Sixth also let out a squeaky sound which was extremely piercing. As it cried out, the huge staff-like shadow increasingly condensed itself and grew bigger.
Heaven and Earth Club!
Everything appeared to be very slow but was in fact happening at a very high speed. The Thunderous Beast kept on using its Thunderbolt and the violet light on its body was getting increasingly brighter.
When Qing Shui saw the huge staff coming down on the Thunderous Beast, he wanted to use his primordial flame dragon to save it. However, it was then when he saw the tall and burly old man swinging his large saber.
Lion King’s Imprint!
A huge image of the black lion pounced toward Qing Shui with a domineering aura coming down.
Qing Shui was just about to use his divinity Protection when the Thunderous Beast sent him a message through his consciousness, telling him that it could handle the situation.
The powerful aura from that huge staff-like shadow restricted the Thunderous Beast’s movements and it was unable to dodge the attack. Therefore, it could only perform the Lion King’s Imprint to receive the attack. Its Lion King’s Imprint and Violet Thunder Protection allowed it to reduce the damage received by half. However, despite this, the Thunderous Beast still let out a low roar. It spewed out blood from its huge mouth and was sent flying back.
This moment, Qing Shui’s heart ached. After all, this was a demonic beast he had brought up since it was young. Even in his previous life, if his pet which he had brought up since young was beaten up to the extent that it spewed out blood, he would also feel very pained and angry.
Buddha’s True Eyes!
Qing Shui was infuriated!
The huge Buddha image appeared. He wanted to get rid of the tall and burly old man who was holding him back, and under the effect of Buddha’s True Eyes, his primordial flame dragon wrapped around that huge Lion King’s Imprint.
Under the effect of the Buddha’s True Eyes, Qing Shui was slightly stronger. This made him feel even more worried since he had no advantages at all in this fight. It seemed that he would still need to upgrade his own strength and treasures.
Although Qing Shui was battling it out with that tall and burly old man, his gaze hadn’t left the Thunderous Beast.
The place where the Thunderous Beast had flown out to was filled with a brilliant violet light. Qing Shui felt more at ease since this was the Lightning Recovery.
Lightning Recovery: The Thunderous Beast grew up in the Golden Buddha Aura Lotus, harnessing an extremely powerful self-recovery ability. Using Lightning Recovery, the Thunderous Beast can immediately heal 70% of its injuries on its body. Its natural restoration speed will also increase by tenfold for an hour. After two uses, the cooldown time will be two hours.
Violet Lightning Strike!
In mid-air, the Thunderous Beast dashed toward 'OId Sixth' with a flash and performed the Violet Lightning Strike. This was an attack which would definitely hit, the opponent would be unable to avoid, and there was a 100% chance of creating a numbing effect. It was just that time the numbing effect would last was related to the opponent’s strength.
'Old Sixth' avoided being struck in the head and was hit in the shoulder. At that moment, the Thunderous Beast’s second Violet Lightning Strike struck out even faster than the first, targeting Old Sixth’s head.
Old Sixth’s body was numbed by the first Violet Lightning Strike and as he watched, the second Violet Lightning Strike came at him with a speed that was faster than shooting stars. He could only watch in terror and was unable to move.
One’s head was always the weakest spot, and as he was numbed, he couldn’t even put up his defenses. This was how terrifying the Violet Lightning Strike was and how terrifying two consecutive usage of the Violet Lightning Strike was. This was also why Qing Shui had been so concerned earlier if it could use the Violet Lightning Strike for two consecutive times.
Another reason was also because the Thunderous Beast had incessantly attacked 'Old Sixth' with its Thunderous Beast. Could it be that it was setting up a foundation for the Violet Lightning Strike…?
Without his head, it would be useless even if there was any miraculous medicine which could bring one back to life. Moreover, even miraculous medicine was only effective toward people who had died for less than the time it took for an incense to burn. There were also certain conditions required for such a medicine to work, such as that the person couldn’t be without his head or have their body crushed.
With 'Old Sixth' being killed, the battle went into a short standstill. The remaining two old men from Lion King’s Ridge were unable to accept this fact. It was because the whole thing had happened after the Thunderous Beast was dealt a heavy blow. However, in the blink of an eye, the seriously injured Thunderous Beast had instantly killed 'Old Sixth'.
The abrupt situation also caused Qing Shui to be quite astonished. Although he had thought that this could happen, he was still quite surprised since all these had been done by the Thunderous Beast. Right now, he finally knew that demonic beasts seemed to be even better at applying their battle techniques than humans. Qing Shui finally got to see this with his own eyes today.
Violet Thunder Chain Lightning!
The Thunderous Beast killed a demonic beast with the Violet Thunder Chain Lightning. Two of them escaped. After the effect of the Soulshake Bell from earlier, there were only three out of the over ten demonic beasts left.
One of Old Fifth’s arms were crippled and it was impossible to recover from such a serious injury within a short amount of time. The three old men from the Lion King’s Ridge had lost half their battle prowess and they lost an even more considerable number of their tamed beasts. Only three relatively stronger demonic beasts were left, but they didn’t pose too much of a threat. After all, they weren’t powerful existences like the Six-Headed Windfire Wolf and the Seven-Headed Crystal Beast.
“Who are you? Why are you attacking members of the Lion King’s Ridge? Aren’t you afraid that Lion King’s Ridge would look for you to seek revenge?”The tall and burly old man looked at Qing Shui.
“One is already dead and another is injured. If I were to say that we should stop here and make peace, do you think it’s possible?”Qing Shui smiled and said.
He didn’t have any good impression of the Lion King’s Ridge. While one would like the things the people he loved did, the same went for hatred. Ever since Qing Shui learned about the matter between Yiye Jiange and Lion King’s Ridge, he had started to bear hatred toward this great sect that he had never met before.
“What if I say it’s possible?”
After the tall and burly man said this, he suddenly moved and his Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation, the Black Ember Lion let out a high-pitched cry toward Qing Shui. Its cry was as if it was real. At the same time, the old man swung about his large saber, quickly forming a Lion King’s Imprint. After completing the series of actions, the old man’s pitch black saber slashed toward Qing Shui. The old man was best with his saber. It was just that ordinary people would tend to have weaker spirit energy and he had previously felt that it would be easier to get rid of Qing Shui using spirit energy. He now knew how wrong he was.
Looking at the old man’s 'slyness', Qing Shui broke into a smile of disdain. The tip of his Big Dipper Sword split into two and two primordial flame dragons that were as thick as an adult’s arm dashed out. Wherever they passed by, the air would be as if there was an explosion.
After the Qing Shui and the tall burly old man engaged in battle, the Thunderous Beast pounced toward the 'Old Fifth' who was at the back. Its speed was so fast that it was indescribable and continued to attack with its Thunderbolt incessantly once again.
When the tall and burly old man saw the Thunderous Beast pouncing toward 'Old Fifth', he was shocked and wanted to head back. However, how could Qing Shui let him have his way?
Buddha’s True Eyes!
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AST 1073 –Finished, Killing, Low Grade Sacred Beast Pill
Buddha’s True Eyes!
Qing Shui used his Buddha’s True Eyes on the tall and burly old man. At the same time, he activated his Nine Palace Steps’Reversal of Qiankun, switching their positions. He then used the Nine Palace Steps once again. This time around, his target was Old Fifth.
Although the tall and burly old man’s reaction was fast enough, when something like this occurred, there was bound to be a moment of reaction lapse. In a fight between experts, just a short moment could cause one to lose their life.
On the way, Qing Shui grabbed a 10,000 Years Frosted Iron Ball while the Thunderous Beast spewed out the Violet Thunder Chain Lightning.
This was the opportunity that Qing Shui had been waiting for. He swung his Big Dipper Sword and confined Old Fifth with the Sixth Waves of the Great Golden Buddha Palm. The Violet Thunder Chain Lightning also encompassed Old Fifth like a big net.
One of Old Fifth’s shoulders were crippled. In addition, he was struck by Thunderbolt for such a long period of time. Once this attack held him back, there was only one thing left for him—death.
Old Fifth could be said to have his entire body in a state of numbness and he was also injured. He was consumed in a state of terror and then everything quietened down. Qing Shui’s mind seemed to have calmed down now.
Once held back by the Thunderous Beast, if one didn’t have any special treasure to escape, they would end up in a terrible state. Old Fifth’s death caused one of the remaining three demonic beasts to run. It had already been on tenterhooks because of Qing Shui’s Soulshake Bell and had only stayed because Old Fifth was its master. However, after seeing Old Fifth’s death, it just made its escape.
The whole battlefield seemed to have suddenly become irreversible, leaving only the tall and burly old man. When Qing Shui saw the old man’s gaze, he knew that the latter no longer had any will to fight. However, Qing Shui didn’t plan on letting him escape.
Nine Palace Steps, So Close Yet Worlds Apart!
Before using divinity Protection, Qing Shui let out the Marrow Nibbling Golden Silkworm in his Central Palace Blood Essence Pool. Qing Shui’s action caused the old man to be frightened and he had no choice but to quickly take action. He now didn’t have any more hesitations but only endless fury.
Die! Sacrificial Sabre Lion King Slash!
The huge pitch black battle sabre seemed as if it was alive, and a faint image of a ferocious black lion appeared atop it. It exuded a cold and corrosive power as it slashed toward Qing Shui with eerie-looking black flames.
This attack caused the surroundings to be encompassed by darkness. The powerful confinement power it had even caused Qing Shui to feel a great impact.
Nature Energy, State of Immovable as Mountains!
Qing Shui circulated these two skills to their limits and retreated. He wasn’t very worried since he still had the divinity Protection and the Marrow Nibbling Golden Silkworm had already entered his opponent's body.
The 'Black Lion King Sabre' slashed down towards Qing Shui but was reflected by a faint golden glow. However, Qing Shui was still sent flying backward while the old man grabbed his head and howled in agony.
The Marrow Nibbling Golden Silkworm was extremely vicious, killing without any notice. As long as it attacked from a very close distance, the chances of it failing wouldn’t be high. This was unless the opponent’s body was really indestructible or that his spirit energy was so high that he could kill the Marrow Nibbling Golden Silkworm in his body.
Qing Shui had successfully fended off the attack by the Marrow Nibbling Golden Silkworm once, and that was also when he had managed to subdue it. The reason he had succeeded was because of his Yin-Yang Image as well as the activation of the Central Palace Blood Essence Pool. Most importantly, the Marrow Nibbling Golden Silkworm’s strength right now was not comparable to what it was back then.
The agonized cry stopped very quickly and the tall and burly old man, Old Fourth, fell to the ground. Qing Shui walked up to him to recall the Marrow Nibbling Golden Silkworm. Old Fourth’s head was crushed and now, Qing Shui felt very relaxed. He also increasingly felt that this trump card was very useful.
He turned to look at the Thunderous Beast which was still covered in a brilliant violet aura. It still had its Lion King’s Ridge activated and its recovery abilities were ten times as fast as usual. Qing Shui kept the Thunderous Beast. The two consecutive Violet Lightning Strikes could kill an old man from the Lion King’s Ridge like this instantly.
Life was very fragile. These three old men would be a fearful existence no matter where they went but they were all laid to rest here. Power. Only power decided everything. In this world where power was revered, if one didn’t have any power, they would be nothing.
Qing Shui retrieved their Interspatial Silk Sachets and weapons, then waved his hand to 'incremate' their corpses with primordial flames. When one was going around in this world, they must be prepared for things like this.
After everything was taken care of, Qing Shui used the Nine Continents Steps to leave. He knew that Lion King’s Ridge would know of the three old men’s death very soon but none of their belongings were left behind. In the end, they would only be able to find out that the three old men had died but it should be hard to find out how they died. Moreover, since they were in the Ancient Ruins, it was even harder to determine how they had died.
Not long after Qing Shui left, over ten people appeared at the place. There were people from Lion King’s Ridge as well as some other people. The person in the lead was an old man dressed in silver clothes, equally tall and burly. His beard and hair were all silvery white and were a foot long. However, he exuded a mysterious aura.
“There are traces of a battle lingering here. It’s likely that Old Fourth, Old Fifth, and Old Sixth are no longer alive.”
The silver clothed old man stood in the middle of the place where the fight had occurred. He closed his eyes and slowly spoke with a low voice. It was hard to tell that there were any emotional fluctuations from him.
“Third Brother, how is this possible? They were together…Could it be that they had encountered some ancient beasts? But there’s none here.”An old man looked at the silver clothed old man and said in astonishment.
“13th, they were killed by some other cultivators.”When the old man spoke, his eyes opened electrifyingly and stared into the distance.
“What kind of person would be able to kill 4th, 5th, 6th Brothers and over ten powerful demonic beasts in such a short amount of time? Could it be that they had many people…”
“There weren’t many of them, probably not more than three. 13th, go inform Eldest Brother and let him tell the others to be careful. Someone is after members of our Lion King’s Ridge.”The silver-clothed old man sighed and said.
Seven members from Lion King’s Ridge stayed behind while the rest left. Those people didn’t come along with Lion King’s Ridge, but just crossed paths coincidentally. The guy called 13th left as well.
“Let’s go and search around to see if we can find out anything.”The silver-clothed old man leaped into the air while the others followed.
However, they didn’t know that Qing Shui was already 400,000 li away.
The moment Qing Shui came here, he could sense the powerful yin winds in the area. It was still a little dark here, as if it was the end of the world. The yin winds in the area seemed to desire to sweep away humans’souls.
The world’s pressure was increasingly powerful. Thankfully, Qing Shui could ignore the impact. Otherwise, even his movements would be greatly affected. Because he had cultivated the Ancient Strengthening Technique and Nature Energy, even the yin winds in the surroundings didn’t affect him much.
In the Ancient Ruins, the ancient beasts were not the only terrifying aspect. Even natural disasters could stop these powerful cultivators in their tracks. If one didn’t have a few pieces of treasures or some unique skills with them, they wouldn’t be able to take a single step forward.
After sensing that there were no dangers around him with his spiritual sense, Qing Shui entered the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal directly.
He would have to spend six hours in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal and it was about time for him to do so. He performed the Nine Continents Steps once again and then returned.
Earlier, after using the Nine Continents Steps, he had realized that the area was a mountain range. He had even seen a huge demonic beast with a scale armor that was the size of a small mountain. Qing Shui headed back without any hesitation and planned to check the place out the next day.
He returned to the place with strong yin winds and then entered the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal to cultivate and rest. He also wanted to take a look at the three Interspatial Silk Sachets while he was at it.
Actually, what Qing Shui was interested in was the low grade Sacred Beast Pill Old Sixth had mentioned. It could allow one to tame powerful demonic beasts without taking into concern one’s cultivation level. It could even allow one to tame a powerful existence like the Seven-Headed Crystal Beast. Qing Shui was full of anticipation for this.
Qing Shui was in no hurry to open Old Sixth’s Interspatial Silk Sachet but started with Old Fourth’s whose Interspatial Silk Sachets was of the highest grade and was the most powerful.
After the owner of Interspatial Silk Sachets die, they would become ownerless and one would only be required to wipe off the spirit energy mark left behind. If a person couldn’t do it themselves, they could get someone to help them.
Qing Shui naturally didn’t need any help for that. Putting aside the fact that his spirit energy exceeded that of his opponents, even if it didn’t, he would have a way to erase the mark. The effects of Nature Energy, Shield attack and Yin-Yang Image were all very mysterious.
After successfully wiping off the spirit energy marks left behind by the old man, he looked into the sachet and broke into a smile. This Interspatial Silk Sachet was really good. It was both ten meters in length, width, and height and could be considered as quite a powerful Interspatial Silk Sachet. One which had a volume of 1000 cubic meters was considered to be very big.
In such a big space, there was a bed, a desk, a tent, wardrobe, as well as a pile of gold coins, food, things to use, water…
There were also many medicinal herbs as well as some strange items. There were many books and bottles on the desk.
Qing Shui was very happy. All of these items were quite good and even if he had no use for them, Heavenly Palace and his family palace would be able to use them. There were also some strange items which could have other uses.
Qing Shui’s first target was the bottles on the desk. He took them all out.
Vitality Moisturizer, Blood Staunching Powder, Living Blood Pellet, Poison Avoidance Pill…
Fish King Pill, Heartbreak Powder, low grade Sacred Beast Pill…
“Hmm, low grade Sacred Beast Pill?”Qing Shui was stunned. He was sure that this Interspatial Silk Sachet did not belong to that 'Old Sixth'.
To think that there were three bottles of low grade Sacred Beast Pills. Qing Shui opened them up to find that there were only two in each bottle, one big and one small. He then looked at a piece of paper at the bottom with a description written on it.
Qing Shui understood after reading it. This was a medicinal pill that was similar to a divine Marionette but was much weaker in comparison. However, these low grade Sacred Beast Pills were still very powerful and even the Elders of Lion King’s Ridge might not necessarily have them. Earlier, when Qing Shui had heard Old Sixth mentioned that he was going to subdue the Seven-Headed Crystal Beast with the low grade Sacred Beast Pill, he already knew how rare these things were.
However, he hadn’t expected that this Old Fourth who had remained silent actually had three bottles of these. It seemed like he couldn't bear to use them and wanted to use them when there were suitable demonic beasts.
Only Lion King’s Ridge had low grade Sacred Beast Pill. As for whether they could still refine them, outsiders have no idea. Lion King’s Ridge would only reward loyal and powerful people in the sect or from the main branch. In principle, it allowed one to subdue extremely powerful demonic beasts but the prerequisite was that the person must get the demonic beast they wished to tame to eat that bigger Sacred Beast Pill.