Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 1078-1079
AST 1078 Manifestation Trapping Formation, the powerful Sacred Jade divine Stone Ring
The Buddha’s eyes had actually opened all by themselves…
In a split second, Qing Shui felt that the sky seemed to light up. It was to the extent that his eyes and body had an unexplainable feeling. Or perhaps, it could be said to be a feeling of appreciation.
His Buddha’s True Eyes didn't experience any breakthrough but he could feel an increase in its formidability. In addition, he felt that his Buddha’s Piercing Eyes should have also improved.
Qing Shui unhurriedly walked toward the temple steps and slowly headed up with heavy steps…Currently, he felt very relaxed almost relaxed as he was before…
After a quarter of an hour, Qing Shui reached the entrance to the temple. There was no door at the entrance and an inscrutable mysterious aura spread outward, giving off a mind clearing sensation.
Looking within, there were statues of all sizes in a myriad of colors. They were statues of cultivators, although there were still a few statues of monks and daoist priests.
Qing Shui took a step into the temple but did not move forward any further. He could tell that these colorful statues of various sizes were actually a formation.
Manifestation Trapping Formation!
This new formation was an evolution of the four symbols formation and a trapping formation. This formation was similar to the Nine Palace formation, with its biggest strength lying in trapping enemies instead of killing them.
Four Phases Steps!
Qing Shui walked slowly using the Four Phases Steps. Suddenly, the statue within the main hall of the temple moved. He raised his arm and directly struck out at the statue. What stunned him was that these statues were indeed special. He had thought that he could smash the statues apart in one hit. Instead, the statues only shifted slightly from their original position.
"If such solid material strikes out, it should also be very formidable. Could they also possess other abilities?"
While Qing Shui was still caught up in his thoughts, another of the Buddha statues struck out in his direction. Once again, Qing Shui reached out to smash the statue. What happened afterwards surprised him. He was actually jolted back and if he did not know much about formations, he would have been repelled into the center of the formation…
Previously, he attacked from a distance. Currently, he had attacked directly but was unexpectedly repelled…
Qing Shui was knowledgeable about formations but this mystical power was still able to push Qing Shui out of the temple. He noticed that there weren't any traces of corpses in the temple and it was very clean, causing him to feel a little puzzled.
This mystical repelling force was just like a shield attack, making Qing Shui feel powerless to resist. His eyes brightened. His own shield attack was currently at the third grade, but the probability of him resisting this formation were still slim. Furthermore, situations for him to use shield attack in recent battles were rare, to the extent that he had nearly forgotten about it.
He tried to barge in once more and the previous repelling power appeared once again. Only this time, Qing Shui allowed himself to fall back along with the repelling force. After that, a strange situation occurred.He was back at the entrance of the temple again.
This stunned Qing Shui. This place was a temple and perhaps because of this, the formation had an extra effect, which was the repelling force that would send you back to the entrance.
After countless tries, Qing Shui finally understood the Manifestation Trapping Formation. It would match the strength used by the intruder. The less strength Qing Shui used, the weaker the repelling force. However,he would still be repelled to the entrance of the temple.
This formation was meant to prevent anyone from entering the temple, was there some secrets hidden within? This time, Qing Shui used the Four Phases Steps again. However, he was only focused on evading attacks. In the beginning, there was one statue attacking, then there were two of them, slowly increasing in number. So long as he made the slightest mistake, he would be jolted back to the entrance of the temple again.
Qing Shui displayed the Four Phases Steps to its limits but he was still repelled eventually.
Five Elements Steps!
Seven Star Steps!
Eight Trigrams Steps!
Qing Shui realized that this was the perfect place to train his Nine Palace Steps. He was able to reach within ten meters of the exit to the Manifestation Trapping Formation, but in the end, he was still repelled at the very last moment.
As the skies had darkened, Qing Shui decided to stay for the night. However, he would first enter the Realm of Violet Jade Immortal and continue training his Nine Palace Steps when he's out.
Qing Shui felt very excited when he entered the Realm of Violet Jade Immortal this time around. The Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation had made a breakthrough and hence he decided to try it again. It would be wonderful if he was able melt the Sacred Jade divine Stone.
He still felt nervous even though the breakthrough of the Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation had almost doubled his mental strength when compared to previous breakthroughs.
Qing Shui's base mental strength had currently reached around10,000 Stars. His Arhat Rosary Beads allowed him to reach 20,000 Stars, and with the Big Dipper Sword, around 40,000 Stars. With the Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation increasing his abilities and mental strength by twofold, he could reach 1,200,000 stars. If he manifested his Buddha’s True Eyes, his mental strength would reach above 2,500,000 stars.
This was what Qing Shui had just experienced. When he used Buddha Form Reveal, the increase in his strength was greater than before. The breakthrough in Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation also doubled Qing Shui's abilities. During this period of time, Qing Shui's base mental strength had also improved immensely. After all, he would enter the Realm of Violet Jade Immortal to cultivate daily.
Especially during this period of time, Qing Shui had put a lot of effort into cultivating his mental strength. Unfortunately, he was still unable to make a breakthrough in the Heart of Roc. Otherwise, his abilities would definitely improve monstrously.
Besides, Qing Shui's Primordial Flame was very special and he also had the Yin-Yang Image. Hence, Qing Shui's overall strength was more than just his level of mental strength.
After adjusting his condition, he started melting the Sacred Jade divine Stone. He unleashed the Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation and Buddha Form Reveal from the start. After four hours, a drop of melted Sacred Jade divine Stone formed. This first drop made Qing Shui thrilled. Although the first drop took a long time, the melting process would become easier as time passed. Qing Shui had already prepared the ring mould to collect the melted Sacred Jade divine Stone.
At this moment, Qing Shui brought the divine Cast Stone next to the Sacred Jade divine Stone. He would have to wait a long time for the stones to continue melting. Luckily only a few drops of melted divine Cast Stone were needed. Qing Shui also compressed the Primordial Flames within an area to prevent the melted Sacred Jade divine Stone from solidifying too early.
The process unexpectedly took seven days. Fortunately it was just a ring. Otherwise, Qing Shui would have gone berserk waiting for the stone to melt droplet by droplet before even refining it.
Qing Shui had already attained a high level in the Pentacolor Art of Forging. He felt that to an outsider, it would definitely be considered a divine forging technique. With the divine Cast Stone and forging with his Thousand Hammer Technique, Qing Shui shivered in elation when he saw the bright radiance shine from the ring.
This was because the Sacred Jade divine Stone Ring was definitely considered a minor divine Artifact, allowing its user to move as they wished. Such items could be easily binded, as for the reason it was classified as a minor divine artifact, it was because it seemed to have a simple intelligent will. Thus, it needed to be binded by blood. Doing so would allow the owner to be more proficient in using the ring and they would even be able to find it through its aura when lost. Essentially, it would never be lost.
Binding an item with blood wasn't something that unreliable, thus Qing Shui decided to try it out. Yet, such a matter appeared very mysterious. An item with spirituality was able to link to an owner through blood.
As he picked up this simple and unadorned ring, he could feel the slightly obscure spiritual fluctuations. In the end, he couldn't help but use his Heavenly Vision Technique.
Sacred Jade divine Stone Ring: A legendary mystical item, a spiritual object of Heaven and Earth. Allows the user to teleport as they wish within a radius of two hundred li, able to be used a hundred times a day.
Method of Use: When worn, able to move as your heart desires.
Status: Unowned. After binding with an owner, it would be able to link with the owner's blood and have other special abilities.
Qing Shui was astounded. He didn't expect the capability of the Sacred Jade divine Ring to increase by this much. With the ring, he could easily shuttle and teleport anywhere within two hundred li. And the limit of use was a hundred times a day.
Its formidability mainly lied in its ability to allow the owner to move as he wished This was an item essential for survival. Remembering that it would gain special abilities after binding with an owner, Qing Shui impatiently bit his finger and allowed his blood to drip onto the ring. Qing Shui was astonished when the blood actually permeated into the Sacred Jade divine Ring.
Fortunately, the ring only needed a few drops of blood with any additional drops just rolling off. After absorbing Qing Shui's blood, the Sacred Jade divine Stone Ring gave off the same dazzling lights like when it was forged. After the light faded, the simple and unadorned Sacred Jade divine Ring had an additional drop of red, which looked like plum blossoms yet looked like a casual dot. This caused the simple ring to have a bright color and look gorgeous.
Qing Shui could feel a subtle indescribable feeling when he held the ring in his hand. It was a similar feeling to when he used his Big Dipper Sword.
He unleashed his Heavenly Vision Technique once again.
Sacred Jade divine Stone Ring: A legendary mystical item, a spiritual object of Heaven and Earth. Allows the user to teleport as they wished within a radius of two hundred li, able to be used a hundred times a day.
Method of Use: When worn, able to move as your heart desires.
Passive Effect: Doubles the user's speed and healing capability.
Qing Shui gazed at the ring for a long period of time, feeling satisfied as he put it on. In that instant, he felt himself becoming stronger. Shutting his eyes, his figure shuttled around the Realm of Violet Jade Immortal like a ghost, suddenly appearing in one place and then in another, going wherever he wanted to go. Of course, the Realm of Violet Jade Immortal was only a hundred meters in height. If he was outside, he would be able to use this speed to advance 20,000 li. In his previous life, 20,000 li would be able to pass over a large country. In the World of the Nine Continents, it didn't amount to much. However, it was sufficient for escaping as well as chasing enemies within a small radius.
This was a pretty good divine Artifact.
In the following time, Qing Shui didn't cultivate. It took roughly seven days to smelt one ring and one day of rest afterwards. Just like this, he continuously forged ten rings, which was enough for everyone that had journeyed this time around. Observing the remaining Sacred Jade divine Stone, Qing Shui could tell that there wasn't enough for him to make a ring for each member of the Qing Clan. Besides, it was not beneficial for those who were not strong enough to possess such an item as it would cause trouble if others vied for it.
Qing Shui left the Realm of Violet Jade Immortal after midnight. He felt extremely relaxed and started to shuttle through the Manifestation Trapping Formation. Currently, he wasn't thinking about breaking through the formation and instead was thinking of staying here for a longer period of time.
Just like that, the sky had already brightened. Qing Shui had spent the last two hours basically constantly inside the formation, leisurely wandered around the hall. While outsiders would be dazzled by the terrifying statues within the formation, Qing Shui actually felt that they were very slow. Currently, he could even travel around the formation with his eyes closed.
When the sky had totally brightened and the sunlight shined into the temple, Qing Shui opened his eyes and looked past the formation, towards the stone altar in front of the statues.
From his angle, he was unable to see what was on the altar as he could only see a corner of the altar while he was still within the formation. Even though the area was not too small, he still could not see anything. If he wanted to get a closer glimpse, he would have to pass through the formation.
Currently, as it was easy for him to pass through the formation, he directly passed through the formation. With his first glance, he saw the item that was on the stone altar.
AST 1079 –Grade Four Shield Attack, Sacred Object of Heaven and Earth, the Nine Continents Mountain of Sacred Spirit Grade, Enough to Traverse Across the Five Continents
On the left was a gray stone about the size of a foot. Its shape and appearance greatly resembled the mountains that Qing Shui saw outside, only smaller.
Despite being only a foot in size, it exuded an oppressive aura that was as immense as a lofty mountain. It felt unusually thick and heavy. Most importantly, Qing Shui could sense a wave of impenetrable domineering aura from it.
Even though Qing Shui only took a glance at it, he could tell that this item was definitely not as simple as it appeared. His hand slowly reached out towards this 'little mountain' that was very ordinary looking. It had a very hard surface and was also abundant with Spiritual Qi. However, before the space of a single breath had passed, his hand that was on it was repelled.
Qing Shui was shocked that this thing had such miraculous power. Unwilling to give up, he reached out to touch it once again. However, his hand was once again repelled. He tried a few more times and he got the same result every time.
This was the same energy that the Shield Attack had. Qing Shui pondered for awhile before circulating the energy of his Shield Attack. However, he held back a little. After all, his objective wasn't to repel this little mountain. Besides, his Shield Attack depended on the rate. Even though his Shield Attack was currently Grade Three, the chances for double damage was still extremely slim.
Qing Shui was only trying to resist the energy type that was akin to the Shield Attack. Otherwise, he felt that he wouldn't be able to pick up this little mountain at all. He extended his arm once again with slight anticipation and placed it on the little mountain.
A wave of intense Shield Attack energy channeled into Qing Shui's body through the meridian in his hand. The energies seemed to resonate with each other. Qing Shui was surprised. Not only did it not repel his hand but that pure energy seemed to blend with Qing Shui's energy. This subsequently strengthened Qing Shui's Shield Attack energy as it quickly completed one full cycle in his body.
The sound akin to a stone being dropped into water rang out. Qing Shui's eyes widened. Just when Qing Shui was grasping in the dark, the Shield Attack that had been very difficult to breakthrough actually broke through.
Grade Four Shield Attack. That wave of energy invasively gushed forth into his body. Its explosive force was so strong that it felt like it was enough to raze a big mountain to the ground. Qing Shui felt extremely pleasant right now. It felt as if his entire body was brimming with an explosive energy.
The breakthrough of Shield Attack was quite a bit of a surprise to Qing Shui. He had really reaped a lot of benefits from coming all the way to the Ancient Ruins. No wonder so many people wanted to come in. Everyone would experience their own encounters and opportunities here.
Feeling content, Qing Shui took a look at his Grade Four Shield Attack. Its capability was somewhat stronger than before. The amount of strength had also been increased by 10%. Furthermore, the probability of it occurring should be a lot higher now compared to before. Other than that, he had a hunch that the power of this Shield Attack was connected to this little mountain.
Qing Shui couldn't help but exclaim these words when he exerted some force and tried to lift that little mountain. It was too heavy. Its weight seemed to have exceeded Qing Shui's expectation. He was really curious about what this little mountain was made out of.
With his Heavenly Vision Technique, Qing Shui was instantly stupefied the moment he saw the name.
Sacred Object of Heaven and Earth, the Nine Continents Mountain!
"Another Sacred Object of Heaven and Earth……" Qing Shui's jaw dropped. His shock was indescribable.
Sacred Object of Heaven and Earth, the Nine Continents Mountain, treasure type. The condensation of pure stones between Heaven and Earth that formed after absorbing the power essence of sun and moon over countless years. Treasure of Sacred Spirit Grade. Refine with own fresh blood prior to use.
Just the simple line of 'Sacred Spirit Grade' was enough to daze Qing Shui. There were many types and grades among Sacred Objects. For instance, the Holy Bracelet could only be considered a Sacred Object of the lowest grade. Sacred Object Arhat Rosary Beads was obviously a level higher than the Holy Bracelet, while this Sacred Object of the Spirit Grade was another level higher than the Arhat Rosary Beads.
He had never heard anything about Sacred Objects of Sacred Spirit Grade in the Five Continents yet. Even if rumor, it seemed like only one or two supreme sects had them. However, no one had really seen it with their own eyes before. In the end, people questioned the validity of these rumors. Eventually, no one ever mentioned them ever again.
Walking until here, Qing Shui seemed to no longer feel the pressure of Heaven and Earth. The pressure of Heaven and Earth was no longer effective on people who could reach up to this point. Perhaps for this exact reason, there was no pressure present around this stone altar.
Qing Shui immediately stashed another object that resembled a book into the Realm of Violet Jade Immortal without even checking its title. All he had to do now was to refine this Nine Continents Mountain.
Using his own fresh blood to refine meant that this treasure required a blood sacrifice. It was a very normal way to use treasures of this grade.
Qing Shui took out the Gold Essence Scissors that was usually used for cutting beast leathers. He placed his hand on the top of the Nine Continents Mountain and slashed across the large artery on his wrist with the scissors.
Scalding fresh blood gushed forth and dripped onto the Nine Continents Mountain. His fresh blood was mixed with a trace of faint golden color. Although it wasn't really visible and could be easily overlooked, this trace of goldness truly existed.
The moment the scalding fresh blood came into contact with the Nine Continents Mountain, it disappeared without a trace. It was extremely strange, even for Qing Shui. He was feeling a little anxious in his heart. He feared that this was a trap.
However, Qing Shui was able to convince himself otherwise very soon. That was because he had read all these through his Heavenly Vision Technique. It wasn't likely to be false.
Qing Shui's face was already slightly pale. However, the Nine Continents Mountain was like a forever insatiable vampire. It greedily feasted upon his blood and it didn't seem like it would be stopping anytime soon.
Qing Shui clenched his jaw and persevered. He even had a feeling that this had gone too far. This kind of 'blood sacrifice' was a little dangerous, even though it wasn't normally life threatening. To put it simply, this was a higher leveled method of owner recognition compared to recognizing a master through blood.
Qing Shui didn't want to waste all the efforts he had put in. He raised the condition of his body to its peak. Even the Yin-Yang Image in his sea of consciousness was rotating rapidly. At least this way, he could replenish the blood that he had lost, even if just a little.
His brain suddenly dulled. Qing Shui was shocked. He was losing too much blood. Not even a powerful cultivator could take this because Qing Shui had already lost two-thirds of his fresh blood in his body by now. Coming to the World of the Nine Continents, there was no need to be surprised about this kind of situation.
Just when Qing Shui was thinking if he should stop doing this, the Nine Continents Mountain on the stone altar suddenly stopped absorbing his blood. It shone in black, white, red, yellow and some other colors. The simple looking Nine Continents Mountain appeared to be more beautiful now. Qing Shui was using his thoughts to control his body so that his wound from earlier wouldn't close up. But now that his blood was no longer needed, his wound healed very quickly.
Before he could even take a good look at the Nine Continents Mountain that had turned more gorgeous, everything around him went dark. At that moment, it felt as if Qing Shui's mind had completely stopped for a moment. In just a brief moment, Qing Shui hurriedly opened his eyes to scan his surroundings.
The Four Continents were boundless. The mountain peak from earlier was gone. The sky had also disappeared. Yet he was still certain that this was where he was previously.
"Huh? Where's the Nine Continents Mountain? The temple?"
Just when his thoughts flashed by, Qing Shui felt an extra heavy aura akin to that of a lofty mountain on his body, or more like a sensation.
Qing Shui hurriedly used Inner Sight. The moment he looked at it, he was stunned. At first, he thought it was the 'Nine Continents Mountain' on the stone altar that had disappeared. However, he was actually within his own dantian. On top of that, he was just right below the golden Dan. Next, some thoughts related to the 'Nine Continents Mountain' emerged in Qing Shui's mind.
Sacred Object of Heaven and Earth, the Nine Continents Mountain, treasure type. The condensation of pure stones between Heaven and Earth that were formed after absorbing the power essence of sun and moon over countless years. Treasure of the Sacred Spirit Grade. Successfully refined.
Increases physical strength by 10,000 Stars and spirit energy by 10,000 Stars…….
When Qing Shui thought about the sensation he felt in every movement he made right now, it was probably due to the tremendous increase in his strength or difficulty to adapt. To think that the Sacred Spirit Grade Sacred Object of Heaven and Earth could actually increase his physical strength by that much without exploding his body….
To the current Qing Shui, the true treasure was the increase in physical strength. His Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation could raise his strength that much as well, to the extent of a few ten thousands Stars. However, these were all based on his physical strength. So all this time, he was affected by his physical strength. This didn't only apply to him, but actually also to all the cultivators in the World of Nine Continents.
It should be known that Qing Shui's physical strength didn't even reach 700 Stars previously, yet it had achieved 10,000 Stars now. Even his spirit energy was only 10,000 Stars, after including the Heart of Roc at the large success stage but excluding Arhat Rosary Beads, Big Dipper Sword, Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation, and Buddha's True Eyes. His base spirit energy was about 1,000 Stars and it had only reached 10,000 Stars under the effects of those cultivation techniques and the Heart of Roc.
To have his base spirit energy increased by 10,000 stars was like reaching heaven in a single leap. Just the Heart of Roc could increase his spirit energy by five folds. With other techniques such as the Superior Focused Concentration, he could further raise it by about two folds. In addition to the Heart of Roc, this meant that his spirit energy could be raised by seven folds. Right now, Qing Shui's base spirit energy had already reached about 11,500 stars. This meant that even without the help of external forces including the Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation and Arhat Rosary Beads, his spirit energy was already 10,000 stars.
Qing Shui was stunned for a long moment because he was really shocked by his current strength. His body and just the Big Dipper Sword alone was able to unleash the strength of more than 20,000 stars, nearly 30,000 stars. This meant that if his damage was doubled by chance, it would reach more than 50,000 stars. His spirit energy offensive power was even more shocking. It reached up to 240,000 stars.
This was Qing Shui's assumption. In order to prove his own assumption, he quickly tried it out. In addition to his Shield Attack that had broken through to Grade Four, he could unleash 29,000 Stars of strength. When the 20% chance of double damage occurs, he would be able to unleash nearly 60,000 Stars of strength.
Brandishing his Big Dipper Sword, Qing Shui felt like ripping the Heaven and Earth apart. This powerful strength made every bone in his body feel very pleasant.
An explosive energy and a qi aura that could slash everything. He even felt that God was on his side. He had him go to the Lion King's Ridge and the other Four Continents.
Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation!
The Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation didn't only increase spirit energy, but also strength. Hence, this allowed Qing Shui's strength to reach over a terrifying 170,000 Stars.
If he was within the Five Continents, he could only exhibit less than 20,000 Stars under the laws of Heaven and Earth's influence…….
Then there was his spirit energy too. Qing Shui could hardly wait to use the Primordial Flame Dragons. He used the Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation, Buddha’s True Eyes and all that. The two Flame Dragons instantly became as thick as an adult's waist and reached up to 100 meters long while exuding an aura that condemned even the Heaven and Earth.
However, something felt off to Qing Shui because this type of power was only 120,000 Stars in strength. The Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation could increase his spirit energy by two folds and there was also Buddha's True Eyes. So why was it only 120,000 Stars?
Qing Shui put away his Big Dipper Sword. With a wave of his hand, he unleashed the Primordial Flame Dragons. The outcome was still exactly the same as before. The Big Dipper Sword no longer had any affects on his spirit energy's offensive power.
Qing Shui shook his head. Perhaps the Five-Colored Stone had lost its affects, or was lacking in grade. Or it could also be that the Big Dipper Sword's capability wasn't sufficient anymore. With this, his physical offensive power had once again exceeded the spirit energy in the Ancient Ruins. But if he exited from here, he was confident that he could easily traverse the Five Continents with the Arhat Rosary Beads and without the laws of Heaven and Earth's restriction.