Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 1160-1161
AST 1160 –The Tenth Portrait of Beauty, The Younger Generation of the Four King Aristocrat Clan.
It was a success?
Qing Shui was dumbfounded. He opened both of his eyes and sensed his sea of consciousness. When his spiritual sense scanned through the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal, he discovered a scroll of a painting on the ground within the realm.
I only took one glance for him to confirm that this was the Portrait of Beauty. It was the tenth Portrait of Beauty. Furthermore, this scroll inside the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal was opened. The woman in the painting instantly shocked Qing Shui.
The lady in the painting was fully dressed in palace attire, her soft and silky hair draped over her shoulders. Her face was like the masterpiece of heaven and as translucent as jade. At the same time, the vigor of the brushstrokes that painted this Portrait of Beauty caused Qing Shui to sigh in amazement. Although he was currently at the level of drawing bones, he still felt that he was significantly inferior. After all, the level of drawing bones was also divided into different sub-levels.
The woman in the painting had a graceful figure. He could already feel that elegant and refined figure from the portrait alone. Qing Shui's level of drawing bones still hadn't achieved these heights. Her beautiful eyes were as beautiful as poems and paintings. They were as majestic as the starry skies and exuded an impressive aura from the inside out.
She was like the bright moon in the sky. The expression on her face was very calm, yet it exuded a pressure that was akin to the seas and the blue dome of heaven. Her palace attire made her appear a little closer to an ordinary human. Even so, the air of nobility that surrounded her was still extremely overwhelming.
From just the painting alone, Qing Shui could already sense that the strength of this woman was indescribably terrifying through her bones and the aura she exuded. He stared at this painting in a daze. After awhile, Qing Shui's mind was once again blown.
That was because the figure of this lady on the painting actually overlapped with the lady who rode on the gigantic green dragon he saw earlier. They perfectly overlapped each other. Qing Shui knew that he wouldn't make a mistake on this because both her grace and bones overlapped with each other. There was no way he would be mistaken about this.
Judging from her palace attire, she was probably one of the people from the dynasty. On top of that, she could control dragons. This kind of ability wasn't possessed by just anyone from the dynasty. She was probably at least from a Grade Four Dynasty.
There seemed to be only two Grade Four Dynasties among the Western Oxhe Continent. They were absolute chiefs of the Western Oxhe Continent. A sect of the same level probably existed. Otherwise, the sects in Western Oxhe Continent would definitely be oppressed.
Since he had gotten his hands on the Portrait of Beauty, this meant that he had successfully accomplished his objective. However, Qing Shui was a little puzzled. In the situation just now, he didn't get to interact with the woman on the gigantic dragon at all. Could this be due to the fact that this Portrait of Beauty wasn't in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal?
Qing Shui who had just snapped back to reality opened his eyes. He was looking at the two slightly worried ladies. He knew what they were worried about, so he assured them with a smile. "Don't worry, I won't lay a finger on this statue. After all, I've made a wish too."
The two ladies had an obvious look of disbelief on their faces. However, since Qing Shui assured them that he wouldn't destroy the Goddess statue, they were able to finally breathe a sigh of relief in their hearts. Besides, by the looks of it, they reckoned that Qing Shui had probably retrieved what he wanted.
"Qing Shui, you got what you needed?" Yu Ruyan smilingly asked while looking at the relaxed expression on Qing Shui's face.
"What is it? It seems like you're really in a good mood. Do you mind telling us?" Yu Ruyan could sense the way Qing Shui had told them earlier about getting something out from within the Goddess statue that. It was probably not something that was inconvenient for him to share.
"It's the soul of this Goddess statue." Qing Shui said in an especially serious tone.
The two ladies were surprised before they laughed, looking at Qing Shui. Yu Ruyan rolled her eyes at him. "You only know how to spout nonsense. Let's go. We've already made our wish. Let's go explore other places!"
The three of them weren't too far off from the Wishing Stone before they found themselves being surrounded by a group of people. These people weren't that old in age. The oldest one among them only had the appearance of a middle-aged man. Even so, each and every one of them were wearing extremely luxurious clothing.
There were four men that appeared to be considerably youthful at the front. The one in the middle was wearing a crimson robe. It had a gigantic sword embroidered on it and looked extremely domineering. The remaining three had a broadsword, gigantic hammer and spear embroidered on their robes……
Qing Shui was startled and glanced towards Tantai Xuan.
"They are the people from the Four Kings Aristocrat Clan of the Four Kings Street!" Tantai Xuan said with a frown.
"Brother Xu, it must be fate to be able to meet such gorgeous beauties. Are you interested?" The tall and burly man with a gigantic sword embroidered on his clothes chuckled.
It was as if the people in surroundings had instantly vanished at their appearance. There was not even a single person to be seen within 100 meters around them and they were not that far away from the Wishing Stone. The area became quite spacious. But it was also evident how domineering these people were….
"These women are indeed very beautiful. However, women are sources of calamity. Brother She, do you think we are able to devour them?" the man with a spear embroidery said. He had a lanky figure and his eyes shone.
"Brother Pi, the Four Kings Street is definitely considered to be the most powerful entity in the outer city. If us, the Four Kings Aristocrat Clan, link hands, we will be a rope. Do you think there is still anything we can't devour in this area?" the man with the gigantic sword embroidery said haughtily.
Their voices weren't that loud, but they traveled clearly into Qing Shui's ears. He couldn't help frowning and then looked at the two ladies who had similar frowns on their faces.
"Is the Four Kings Aristocrat Clan very powerful?" Qing Shui asked Tantai Xuan.
"The Four Kings Aristocrat Clan could be considered a powerful being in the outer city of Yan City. Most importantly, they have some connections to the Black Wind Mountain." Tantai Xuan looked at Qing Shui and explained.
"The Black Wind Mountain (黑风山)? How is it compared to the Putuo Mountain?" "The Black Wind Mountain is a Grade Two Sect. On the surface, it is about equal with the Putuo Mountain." Tantai Xuan looked at the people from the Four Kings Aristocrat Clan who were drawing nearer to them.
Qing Shui's heart sank. He was hoping that he could pressure them with the Putuo Mountain. By the look of things, he wasn't sure if it would still be effective.
However, these people were all the younger generation of the Four Kings Aristocrat Clan. In addition, the Black Wind Mountain only had connections to the Four Kings Aristocrat Clan. Unlike Tantai Xuan, she was Fairy Tantai of the Putuo Mountain. She had an honorable position.
Qing Shui stood in front of the two ladies as they watched these people quietly. The person across him had said earlier that the women behind him were sources of calamity. To be honest, Qing Shui shared the same feeling. There were many times that women basically spelled trouble for him.
There are only two kinds of people in this world –man and woman. Human are animals that desire food and se*. When they lead an easy and comfortable life, their lust will surface to a certain extent. This was the only entertainment the profligate sons of aristocratic clans had.
"Who are you all? Among such a big crowd, I saw you all in just a single glance. This must be fate!" The man with a gigantic sword embroidery said with a smile.
"It doesn't matter who we are. You all are from the Four Kings Aristocrat Clan, right? Let me give you all a reminder –there are some people whom you can't afford to offend." Qing Shui knew that he mustn't show his weakness in front of these people. These people were very arrogant. If he wanted to push them down, then the only way was to be more arrogant than them.
Qing Shui didn't have any plans to fight with these people right now. His own group could still handle this group of people before his eyes. But if the experts from the Four Kings Aristocrat Clan came chasing, they could only flee and things might even get troublesome.
The man with the spear embroidery frowned. He looked at Qing Shui seriously and then at the two ladies behind him. It was a known fact that the class of the women by the side of a man was an indicator of a man's status. These profligate sons weren't actually worthless as they were aware of the benefits of strength. Hence, even though they were from a wealthy clan, they didn't abandon their cultivation. On top of that, they were also the leading figures among the younger generation of their clan.
They knew that powerful strength was necessary if they wanted to be truly profligate. In their youth, their clans would support them because they were the hopes of their clan. But they'd have to rely on themselves in the future. Hence, cultivation was of utmost importance. Otherwise, even their clans might abandon them.
Regardless, Qing Shui's words had given them some worries in their hearts. For him to be able to still say something like this despite being in the Four Kings Street and knowing that they were part of the Four Kings Aristocrat Clan, he must have someone to rely on.
"Haha, we are not looking for trouble, Brother. We only felt that our encounter is a fateful. Isn't it better for us to be friends? My name is Wang Xu, this is Wang She, he is Wang Pi and this is Wang Shi. How shall we address you and the two ladies, Brother?" the man with a gigantic sword embroidery laughed heartily.
The man said, while making the introductions. He also extended his hand out to Qing Shui with a smile. This was a friendly gesture.
Qing Shui smiled. "I'll pass on making friends. We are only passing through here. Strangers come together by chance. There's no need to know someone whom we have met by chance."
While speaking, he reached out to shake the man's hand with a smile. Qing Shui knew that if he didn't let them know his cultivation and push them down, he reckoned that it would be very difficult for him to get out from here peacefully.
The moment their palms were clasped together, Qing Shui felt a wave of incisive Qi channeling into his meridian. Qing Shui didn't counterattack. Although these people had decent strength, there was still some disparity between their strength and Qing Shui's strength. Not to mention, Qing Shui's cultivation arts were domineering.
He activated the Seven-colored Pellet. The incisive Qi aura that entered Qing Shui's body was instantly melted away. On the other hand, Wang Xu felt that it was as though his Origin Qi was like a stone dropped into the sea…….
Qing Shui used the Roc's Might to cohere with his Qi aura in his entire body and unleashed it towards the man standing in front of him. The man's entire body turned weak, as if about to kneel down by the pressure pressing down on him.
Wang Xu struggled hard against it but his legs were gradually bending down. Right now, he was the only one who could feel this. At least now, he knew how troublesome this man could be and also believed his earlier words.
The man was about to give up and kneel down. Although unwilling, he was already powerless. Just then, the heavy sensation suddenly lifted from his body. That pressure vanished without a trace. He lifted his head up and looked at Qing Shui somewhat thankfully.
Qing Shui loosened his grip. "Alright, we'll see each other again if it is the will of fate. A man has to rely on himself. It is not safe to rely on the others or outsiders. Those are but a temporary reliance."
When Qing Shui finished speaking, he held Yu Ruyan's hand. He hesitated for a moment before holding Tantai Xuan's hand too and left immediately. Wang Xu and the rest watched as Qing Shui left but didn't say anything else. The expression on Wang Xu's face was neither pleasant nor unpleasant. It just looked especially conflicted.
"Brother Xu, we are going to let them go just like this?"
"This man is very formidable. He can't be stopped even with all of us ganging up on him. You think we can call the seniors in our clan for this kind of thing? Besides, he's right too. A man has to rely on his own ability." Wang Xu watched the retreating figures of Qing Shui and the two ladies.
"You can let me go now, right?!" Tantai Xuan didn't even know what to feel when she said this. She had let this man taken advantage of her again and again, although she understood that it was an expedient measure earlier. She recalled the words of that Joyous Sage. He said that his destiny would intertwine with hers…….
"Ohhh, I'm sorry. Not going to happen again next time……"
Qing Shui hurriedly let go of her, but he was still holding Yu Ruyan's jade-like hand.
"Let us leave here first!" Yu Ruyan interrupted the two.
They used the Nine Continents Steps on their way back. Qing Shui had just said he 'won't do it again' earlier and those words seemed to still linger by the side of his ears. But once again, he was holding Tantai Xuan's soft hand right now……
In the blink of an eye, they had returned to somewhere around the divine Weapon Street. They then went towards the manor they had bought. It was about mid afternoon by now, so Qing Shui decided against visiting the Firecloud Blacksmith Store.
"Ruyan, both of you stay here for a few days this time!"
Tantai Xuan's body jolted as she recalled the incident last time. The expression on her face instantly turned extremely unnatural.
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AST 1161 –Gaining Another Two nimbus, Improvement
Tantai Xuan became flustered when she remembered about the incident last time. Fortunately she was wearing a veil and her head was also slightly lowered right now. But she had already made a decision in her heart. She would definitely not stay in the same pavilion as them tonight.
"At most two days. We may even leave tomorrow!" Yu Ruyan informed him with a smile.
"Why in such a hurry? But I'm relieved too, since you will be staying at Putuo Mountain." Qing Shui thought that it was a very decent decision. With his current strength, he reckoned that he'd have to flee everywhere if she was with him. Although his strength was quite decent in this Western Oxhe Continent, it was still not enough to create an impact.
When Yu Ruyan realized that all she had been doing was talking with Qing Shui and had neglected Tantai Xuan, she hurriedly loosened her grip on Qing Shui. She then pulled Tantai Xuan towards the living room.
Tantai Xuan didn't really feel anything about it though. The expression on her face had already returned to normal. She looked at them smilingly. Regardless, she still felt that Yu Ruyan was blissful.
To be able to reel in such an infatuated fish, she thought that this man wouldn't be bad no matter what. She wouldn't doubt the nature of an infatuated fish. Besides, master had a very high opinion of him. She thought back about the words of that Joyous Sage. Would something like that really happen between him and her?
Someone who could infuse more than 100 nimbus of strength for others through Strength Infusion should be a Grade Three State Master at the very least. Tantai Xuan was deep in her thoughts. A Grade Three State Master was already quite a terrifying existence. That old man could very well surpass a Grade Three State Master.
"Well, do you still have a lot of wine left?" Tantai Xuan whispered towards Qing Shui after taking a seat.
"Oh, yes, a lot. How much do you want? I can give you it all." Qing Shui was surprised at her question. At least he could be considered a friend to Tantai Xuan now and probably quite a good one at that. She treated his woman as her sister. The relationship between them was akin to that of a 'bestie' in his previous world or something even more than that.
"No, I mean my master needs some!" Tantai Xuan hurriedly explained.
"How much do you need? Is a hundred jars enough?" Over these years, Qing Shui had accumulated quite a lot in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. With the extension of time in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal, the amount of those plum blossoms had grown quite a lot compared to the beginning.
"No need for that much. Ten jars will suffice. I will buy them from you. Give me a price. I know this wine is very valuable. Or perhaps I can trade for them with items?" Tantai Xuan said after thinking.
"You are Ruyan's sister. Consider these a gift!" Qing Shui shook his head.
"No, this wine is very valuable…."
"I really don't have any plans to sell this wine and I have not sold it before either. If you insist on paying for it, then go buy it from someone else!" Qing Shui smiled at her.
"Sister Xuan, no need to be so courteous towards him!" At this very moment, Yu Ruyan laughed in an effort to resolve the dispute.
Qing Shui took out 20 jars and placed them on the table. "Let me know when you run out. I'm guessing that you won't find this anywhere else. Even if you do, it is very rare. I have more than enough, so just tell me when you need more. I'm treating you as a friend. You don't need to guard against me like you would to a thief. Although you are very beautiful, I don't have any intentions towards you. Besides, my Ruyan is more beautiful than you!"
Tantai Xuan turned gloomy as she put away the wine immediately. "I do treat you as a thief but I also treat you as a friend. Good to know that you don't have that kind of intention towards me. That assured me."
"Qing Shui, what nonsense are you talking about?!" Yu Ruyan glared him.
Seeing that it was about time, and the sky would turn dark soon. "I'm going to cultivate. Wait for me tonight, alright? Both of you can go on and eat without me."
Qing Shui left first as soon as he finished speaking, leaving behind a bashful Yu Ruyan and an embarrassed and flustered Tantai Xuan. Although the two ladies were very close with each other, this kind of thing was still very awkward.
"Sister Ruyan, well…. Are you really very happy……"
Tantai Xuan asked in a soft voice when there was only the two of them around. The relationship between these two ladies was akin to that of blood-related sisters. Yet, they weren't blood-related sisters, so they could openly discuss a lot of things with each other.
When Tantai Xuan saw Yu Ruyan's blissful and bashful smile, she couldn't help but to ask. Yet at the same time, it was more like she was teasing her.
"What do you mean?" Yu Ruyan asked Tantai Xuan, who seemed a slightly awkward, with a smile.
"Sister Ruyan, I mean you and him!"
"Oh, that. Of course, I am happy…"
"No wonder why Sister Ruyan's voice was so strange that time." Tantai Xuan smiled faintly.
"Oh, It seems like our Fairy Tantai can't stand being lonely."
"I'm not! Both of you were so loud!"
"Can't you seal your spiritual sense and seal your sense of hearing?!" Yu Ruyan asked, equally shyly and timidly. After all, Tantai Xuan heard her.
Tantai Xuan was unable to speak about her suffering. She had really sealed them at that time. But those scenes emerged in her mind like a spell, the same went for all of the sounds……
After Qing Shui got into the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal, he immediately picked up the Portrait of Beauty that was still lying on the ground. Without realizing it, he had already found ten of them. He had already met the ladies on the other nine portraits and had formed some sort of relationship with many of them.
Yet he still hadn't met the woman on the tenth portrait. Moreover, he felt that it was very unlikely for him to meet her anytime soon. The position of other party wasn't ordinary. He was still uncertain if he could find her in the Western Oxhe Continent. Besides, Qing Shui didn't intend to search for her either.
"Oh right, the nebula within my body dispersed earlier at the sight of this woman and that gigantic green colored dragon. I haven't checked how much my strength has been raised." Qing Shui quickly sensed it with great excitement.
It wasn't really the right time to do so earlier, but he had also vaguely sensed it. After all, any changes in the body could be felt. Qing Shui smiled when he sensed it. The nebula that had dispersed actually increased Qing Shui physical strength by two nimbus. But of course, he knew this was still mostly due to the Strength Infusion that the old man had performed on him. But during that time it had only reached the borderline. It just so happened that telepathic communication after that happened to catalyze the nebula.
His physical strength had reached eight nimbus!
Such a tremendous gain still made Qing Shui extremely surprised. At the same time, he was even more puzzled as to why the Joyous Sage would perform a Strength Infusion on him. One round of Strength Infusion would probably cause him to lose ten years of his cultivation!
Right now, Qing Shui had reached nearly 1,000 nimbus of strength with just using the Big Dipper Sword alone. If he used the Nine Continents Mountain, he would be close to 2,000 nimbus. By now, he was probably capable of fighting against a State Master of the lowest level!
His spirit energy had also reached more than 1,500 nimbus. With some treasures, his spirit energy was also extremely terrifying in its resistant to damage. It could be said that if Qing Shui met a cultivator whose primary cultivation was spirit energy, he could confidently defend himself against him. To be able to cancel out about 70% of spirit energy was already beyond terrifying. This was the most scary part of the Arhat Rosary Beads.
As for physical attack, Qing Shui had his Nine Yang Golden Body, Nine Continents Mountain and the rest. Besides, even the might of his Emperor's Qi was turning domineering. He also had the Nine Continents Step and the Five Elements divine Refining Technique…….
Oh right, movement technique!
Qing Shui suspended this Portrait of Beauty and then tried his best to recall the movement technique of that gigantic green colored dragon from back then. The way it moved and the Qi aura it exuded. At that time, it created an impact that caused Qing Shui to have a very intense realization.
The reason why Qing Shui had a realization was due to the existence of Fish in Water. If he didn't have Fish in Water, he wasn't certain if such a realization would have come to him.
Qing Shui's figure rose to midair. His movement was still like Fish in Water but its swiftness could make one sigh in amazement. As time passed, his movements were also changing. The biggest change that could be observed was the aura that he exuded.
Fish in Water emphasized agility and ingenuity, allowing him to roll with the punches. But Qing Shui's current movement technique carried a domineering aura that was condemning. The movement technique was still agile and even more so compared to before. It felt almost like it was the work of the Gods. With this kind of agility and domineering aura together, that kind of impact was still very impressive.
Roaming Dragon Steps!
Qing Shui smiled in satisfaction. Although he had only just grasped the Moving Dragon Steps, it was a lot more powerful than Fish in Water at its peak. Next, he had to coordinate it with Nine Palace Steps.
The most important thing about the Nine Palace Steps was its orientation. He could move anywhere he wished within the Nine Palace and everything within there was under his control. The ability of his opponents would more or less be lowered Inside the Nine Palace. The Nine Palace Steps inside the Nine Palace was most straightforward but sometimes Qing Shui would still need to use the Cloudmist Steps in there when he was facing his opponents. However, the situation had turned for the better. He could use the Roaming Dragon Steps. This way, his power would probably become a lot stronger.
Like this, a few days passed. Qing Shui would forget everything when he was cultivating. Just like this time, he didn't stop to sleep or rest over these few days.
For a powerful cultivator, especially of this caliber, they would still be fine even if they didn't eat or sleep for ten days to half a month. Even so, they would still normally sleep because sleeping could recuperate the mind and it was a very special and vital thing to do. It was best that they at least took naps every day. It was very important do so.
As soon as he stopped, Qing Shui felt mentally exhausted. His stomach also growled in hunger. So he sat down and ate some food then washed himself up before he immediately lay down on the big bed in the Realm of the Violet Jade immortal and slept.
By the time Qing Shui came out, it wasn't 11 pm yet. The two ladies were still around when he walked to the living room. Yu Ruyan smiled after she saw Qing Shui. "Wait for a moment, I will serve you your meal."
Qing Shui was going to say no, but he didn't. In just a short moment, Yu Ruyan served him two dishes, a soup and some rice.
A meat dish and a vegetable dish of quite ample portions!
"Well then, I shall return to rest!" Tantai Xuan stood up and said smilingly.
"It's still early, have a rest first! Let's sleep together tonight!" Yu Ruyan said with a smile.
Qing Shui hurriedly objected before Tantai Xuan could even say anything. It was still fine if he didn't see Yu Ruyan. But if he couldn't do that sort of things when Yu Ruyan was staying here, then that would really be an ordeal to him.
Qing Shui words made the two ladies fell embarrassed. Yu Ruyan's face was crimson!
"Miss Tantai, well… I haven't seen Ruyan for so long… so you know… I have missed her terribly……"
"I don't know!" Tantai Xuan spat at him and hurriedly stood up to excuse herself from Yu Ruyan before she left.
Tantai Xuan left this pavilion immediately and made her way towards the other pavilion.
"Huh, why did she go to the other pavilion?" Qing Shui stared at Yu Ruyan.
"It's your fault. She said it was a little noisy. Qing Shui, I think she didn't only mean that it was noisy. Sister Xuan had a very strange expression on her face…… Was my voice really that loud?" Yu Ruyan asked as she blushed in shame.
"Enough. Let's not be bothered if she's acting strange or not. Let's go have our happy time! Oh right, you can be a little louder tonight. I love to listen to it the most……" Qing Shui said while he immediately lifted Yu Ruyan and walked towards the bedroom.
Before they even reached the bedroom, Qing Shui was already kissing those sweet, soft and divine red lips. The wonderful sensation numbed the back of Qing Shui. By the time they reached the bedroom, Yu Ruyan only had her snowy white undergarments left on her body.
Qing Shui kissed her lips, her face, ears, delicate neck and sucked on one of her nipples with her clothes in between. Yu Ruyan uncontrollably arched her back as she moaned uncontrollably, enticing Qing Shui through his sense of hearing.
Qing Shui had one of his hand on her breasts and his other reached over her delicate waist and groped her round, perky and beautiful rear. It was so round and soft, yet at the same time surprisingly elastic.