Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 1187-1188
AST 1187 –Battling Tian Jiange! Taichi hands, Skysword hands!
"Let me fight this battle!"
At this moment, Qing Shui spoke out unhurriedly. Everyone was shocked when they heard him say this. This was because the Fifth Princess had already mentioned that Yan Leng would definitely lose if he was to go up the stage. To think that this man would still dare to say something like this after what she said. This man must be really certain that he would win.
Everyone looked at Qing Shui in shock. Even though they knew that Qing Shui was extraordinary, they didn't know his actual strength. The only thing they knew about him was that he had exceptional talent in forging.
"I am confident that I will win," Qing Shui said softly.
The Fifth and Seventh Princesses as well as the people from the Yan Clan looked at Qing Shui in amazement. This fight was the most crucial fight, they couldn't afford the slightest carelessness.
Each clan could look for an external help that was under the age of a hundred years old. This was precisely what the Fifth Princess had come over for. However, she never would have expected that Qing Shui would suddenly appear midway.
"Are you aware of who the Yu Clan would send to battle?" The Seventh Princess knitted her brows and looked at Qing Shui. She seemed to be a bit upset with Qing Shui's arrogance. Currently, Qing Shui could be said to be egotistical in her eyes.
"I don't know. I am just stating my opinion. Brother Yan lets me fight, i'll do it. I have no objections even if he chooses someone else to do it," Qing Shui said casually.
He didn't like the expression the Seventh Princess showed. Nevertheless, he still answered carefreely.
The Fifth Princess knitted her brows. After a while, she said unhurriedly, "The opponent is a young expert from Heaven Secrets Academy.He turns hundred this year and is just able to particpate. He is really strong and he shares a decent relationship with Third Prince."
"Is his name Tian Jiange?" Yan Jinyu asked softly.
"Yeah, Sister Jinyu, I assume that you too, know of his strength?" Seventh Princess said.
"He is an elite disciple of Heaven Secrets Academy. Most importantly, he is exactly a hundred years old this year. No one younger than him will be a match against him," Yan Jingyu let out a sigh as she answered.
Qing Shui actually didn't really feel anything from it. He smiled and said, "Well then, do you guys have a suitable candidate?"
"We managed to find one. However, there is only a ten percent chance he will beat Tian Jiange." The Fifth Princess said bitterly.
"Even though he only has a ten percent chance of winning, he has a killer move. Once he uses it, there is a thirty percent chance he will be able to heavily injure his opponent. However, the impact of this killer move is really significant. Regardless of whether it will be able to heavily injure his opponent, he will still end up a cripple for three years," the Seventh Princess carried on and said.
"So even with the killer move included, there is only a thirty percent chance of winning. The hope is too small." Yan Yangchi currently felt really conflicted.
"Brother Qing Shui, you have seen it too… This person called Tian Jiange seems to be really strong. Second brother supports your decision to go up. But we don't want anything to happen to you." Yan Yangchen said seriously.
"Don't worry. I promised Sister Qingyu that I would help her fight a match. I am fine with whoever you decide to send. But I guarantee my chance of winning will definitely be higher than that person." Qing Shui responded with a smile.
"Since Brother Qing Shui has said that, we will support you. It's just that this match is a death match. Hence, we really wish that you are certain you want to take part in it. We don't want anything to happen to you," Yan Yangchi said with her teeth gritted.
"Haha, that's great then. Let me fight this one. Oh yeah, Sister Qingyu, if anything happens to Tian Jiange, will Heaven Secrets Academy come and seek trouble?" Qing Shui found it necessary to ask this question.
"No, this is a normal match. Heaven Secrets Academy will not seek trouble. The worst thing that could happen is that the friends or relatives of Tian Jiange might come and look for you. They wouldn't do anything in the open but you wouldn't be at peace anyways," said Yan Qingyu after thinking for a while.
Qing Shui was a little depressed upon hearing this. But in any case, he couldn't care too much about it at the moment. To him, this was also a great opportunity.
The Fifth and Seventh Princesses didn't say anything upon seeing this. They left after saying a few sentences to Yan Yangchi. Just before they left, the Seventh Princess turned around and looked at Qing Shui, "If you manage to win this match, I will help you with one thing, as long as it's something that is within my capability."
Time was up. This time, the Yan Clan was step onto the stage first. Qing Shui rose into the air as he walked onto the arena. It didn't seem like he was moving fast, but he had arrived within a few blinks of an eye.
"He is so young, is he someone from Yan Clan?"
"No, he should be the person that they asked for help."
"Yeah, both sides can call for help. It's just that the person helping them cannot be older than a hundred year old."
"This young man looks quite handsome, I wonder if he is strong?"
"He is the last one to come out. Even if you use your leg and think, will he possibly be weak?"
Qing Shui was already standing on the arena. However, there was no movements from the Yu Clan. The participant coming out later could choose to come out fifteen minutes after the first participant arrived.
And now, it's very likely that the opponent was trying to neglect Qing Shui. Qing Shui faintly closed his eyes. He stood there like a 10,000 Years Pine Tree, imposing yet motionless, till the point that others felt like he was petrified.
"The Yu Clan can really pretend!"
"What are they trying to do!"
"Lower your volume. I have heard rumors that the external help the Yu Clan invited is quite extraordinary."
"Really? Brother do you know who he is?"
"He seems to be an expert from Heaven Secrets Academy."
"If that is true, it's safe to assume that this young man is done for."
A figure appeared. He was wearing white clothing. His hands behind his back as he approached the arena. Every step he took was like a profound mystery. This person looked equally young and was as handsome as a painting.
All along, this person had a faint smile on his face. Something suddenly appeared in Qing Shui's mind. He was an expert from Heaven Secrets Academy, so how did the Third Prince manage to find him?
Heaven Secrets Academy was a lot stronger than Great Yu Dynasty. Normally, elites from Heaven Secrets Academy wouldn't even bat an eye at a Prince.
On top of the arena not far away from Qing Shui, this young man was greeted with cheers from the audience below. It's not known whether he was cheered because of his handsome looks or his reputation.
Qing Shui was also observing this man. He already knew that this man was a hundred years old. However, he looked like he was almost the same age as himself.
Qing Shui smiled. If it wasn't for the double breakthrough in his Roc Form significantly boosting his strength, things would really be terrible today. The strength within the continent was indeed really profound. Just how powerful was the Heaven Secrets Academy?
"Qing Shui! Please advise me!"
"Tian Jiange, I'm glad to meet you too!"
Qing Shui was a bit shocked by what Tian Jiange said. Nevertheless, he still smiled and said, "I'm really glad to know you too!"
"Well then, let's try out each others skills today. No matter who wins, as long as we manage to survive, let's be friends. Are you okay with that?" Tian Jiange smiled and said.
"Sure!" like before, Qing Shui responded calmly. He then lifted up his leg slightly, arriving beside Tian Jiange in a flash.
Tian Jiange squinted, moving his body subtly and raising his right hand.
A silver aura appeared in his palm. He immediately pressed toward Qing Shui's wrist.
Taichi Golden Qi!
A golden light flashed across Qing Shui's palm. He abruptly struck towards Tian Jiange's wrist at a faster speed. The scene looked really exquisite. The two used very mysterious footwork. From an outsider's perspective, they looked like two shadows. Only powerful warriors would be able to see their movements.
Qing Shui's hand seemed slow but was actually fast as he attacked Tian Jiange's acupoints. Qing Shui used the Roc Spreading Wings and Roaming Dragon Steps as he attacked his opponent with the Nine Palace Positioning. His hands were like nature itself, giving off a majestic aura like a huge net. It was so densely packed that one would not be able to find any openings in it.
Qing Shui was aware that Tian Jiange didn't really pay any attention to him previously. He also wouldn't have a favorable impression just because of his words from before.
Seeing as the opponent was unarmed, Qing Shui wanted to make him suffer a little.
Tian Jiange's heart was currently fluctuating like a surging wave. Even though he didn't have any weapons now,by using his hands as replacements for a sword to unleash the Skysword hands, it already held formidable might. He never expected that there would be a day where he was pressured by a similarly unarmed youngster.
Originally, he thought that he would be able to win the match without any weapons. He was an elite disciple of Heaven's Academy and a well-known figure among people his age. Currently he was facing off against someone younger than him, of course he wouldn't pay any attention to him.
Even though he previously felt that his opponent was decent, the aura he emitted was far weaker than his own. However, he was presently getting forced back by his opponent instead. The primary reason was because his opponent was aiming for his acupoints.
It was a close-combat fight. Qing Shui's hand was so fast that it dazzled the crowd. Both of his hands contained an extremely mysterious force. Even at the time when they collided with Tian Jiange, even if his fists weren't that strong, they could still sweep away the opponent's hands. From time to time, he would take advantage of an opening and strike the opponent. Tian Jiange on the other hand, would try his best to prevent Qing Shui from hitting his acupoints.
A force that wasn't extremely strong struck Tian Jiange and immediately blew him backwards. The two seemed to share a mutual understanding with each other.
"I am sorry. I underestimated you just now. I will get serious now. You have to be carefull too!" Tian Jiange said seriously while looking at Qing Shui.
Qing Shui nodded.
Everyone below was in shock when they saw Tian Jiange being blown away!
"I can't see clearly. But it seemed like the person invited by the Yu Clan is at a disadvantage!"
"Yeah, he actually got blown back!"
"Brother, do you think Qing Shui will be able to beat Tian Jiange?" Yan Qingyu asked softly.
"Qingyu, based on your understanding of Qing Shui, what kind of person do you think he is?" Yan Yangchi smiled and asked.
"His heart is as huge as a mountain, yet he is calm like water. He isn't arrogant, nor does he give up easily. He is very adamant and he always manages to keep his calm in solving problems." By the time Yan Qingyu said all of this, she even stunned herself.
"We have truly underestimated him. He should be even stronger than this. This is weird, what clan actually managed to nurture such a monster? Furthermore, he is very skillful at forging." Yan Yangchi frowned. However, he was still really happy.
He came from the Five Continents. Yan Yangchi shook his head as he thought about all of this. The world truly had too many hidden experts.
"Fourth brother, to think that this person is this strong. Since when has there been such a strong person among the young generation in Great Yu Dynasty?" Fifth Princess looked at the stage in shock.
"Third brother had calculated everything, yet he was unable to predict someone like this appearing. We will see and only talk about it after he beats Tian Jiange. You haven't seen the extent of Tian Jiange's strength," the Fourth Prince said calmly.
"He has truly managed to hide himself well. After the tournament finishes, I will go take a look at his blacksmith store. He had given me a seventy percent discount on the items." The Seventh Princess smiled.
The Fourth Prince and Fifth Princess simply smiled silently
"Where did this little brat come from?" the Third Prince had an unsightly expression on his face.
"He is a blacksmith. During all this time, his blacksmith store has become quite well-known. I think it's called the Firecloud Blacksmith Store," a middle-aged man beside the Third Prince said softly.
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AST 1188 –Battle, I’ve Lost, Tian Jiange Lost
“Blacksmith? What kind of clan could let a blacksmith reach such a level? Amongst the countless population in our Great Yu Dynasty, how many of such people would there be?”The Third Prince was astonished beyond words.
The reason he was able to invite Tian Jiange  was because the latter had owed him a great favor. Tian Jiange had promised to help him once in the future and the reason he had taken part this time around was so that he could repay the Third Prince and he was only going to do it to the best of his abilities, regardless of whether he would eventually win or lose.
This was what the Third Prince had said as he had thought that once Tian Jiange were to take part, their victory would already be confirmed. Therefore, he didn’t have to worry nor was he worried in the least.
Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation!
Tian Jiange used the Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation and although his Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation was at the second form, it wasn’t what the ones Qing Shui had seen previously could compare against.
Although it had an illuminated glow, it was more material and was in a silvery white color. Even the Sky Sword he was holding gave a feeling as if he had descended from the heavens. He had an extraordinary aura to him but even more so, killing intent.
It was very contradicting and his aura was much more powerful compared to the ones from before. Qing Shui didn’t dare to let his guard down. He took out his Big Dipper Sword and activated his Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation.
Qing Shui’s Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation was a golden color and appeared very thick. It formed a very distinctive difference against Tian Jiange’s silvery white form.
This time around, Tian Jiange attacked first. With a move, with a speed that was much faster than before, a sharp sword shadow shot out toward Qing Shui with a flash.
It was like the spring breeze and fine drizzle, silent and stirless!
Qing Shui raised his head as well and attacked with the Golden Sword in his Five Elements divine Refining Technique. It clashed against the opponent’s 天剑影 and they negated each other out!
Heavenly Net Sword Slash！
Tian Jiange instantly dashed out once again, bringing about many sword shadows to form a huge net, encompassing the surrounding sky.
Tidal Cloud Waves Seal!
Qing Shui didn’t panic. Lifting his Big Dipper Sword, a spread of ocean appeared around them, blocking the sword shadows that were coming in from all directions.
Qing Shui raised his hand once again and many huge whirlpools appeared. The pitch-black whirlpools exuded a terrifying engulfing power, as if they were going to absorb the entire sky.
Roaming Dragon Steps!
Amidst the danger-filled ocean, Qing Shui was a huge dragon that was on a roll, advancing with a mysterious power and dashing toward Tian Jiange.
Qing Shui still had some reservations. He didn’t wish to kill Tian Jiange, nor did he wish to let him feel completely humiliated. Therefore, he decided to temporarily drag the fight on since he didn’t wish to be targeted by the people from Heaven Secrets Academy.
If he could make it such that it didn’t bring humiliation to Tian Jiange while he could still win, he believed that Tian Jiange won’t let the people from Heaven Secrets Academy find trouble with him. Qing Shui wasn’t afraid of people who were of his age but there were too many experts in Heaven Secrets Academy. If a few of them were to come and deal with him, he might just have to live like a fugitive.
Might of Sky Sword！
Tian Jiange didn’t dare to let his guard down. Seeing that Qing Shui was able to easily fend off his Heavenly Net Sword Slash, he knew that Qing Shui has a great mastery in spirit energy.
He raised his Sky Sword which rapidly grew bigger, exuding a rustic feel. It was as if this was an ancient huge sword, one which had descended from the heavens.
Qing Shui moved his Big Dipper Sword, swinging the sword as his hand!
Diamond Buddha Devil Staff!
Four Staff Five Oceans Churning！
A huge golden divine staff that was like a heavenly pillar appeared in the air. It was glimmery gold and there were many rustic Buddha images. It exuded profound power.
Qing Shui himself was a little astonished. To think that his Diamond Buddha Devil Staff had now reached such a level and prowess. He would never have expected this at the very beginning. Only when one was strong, would the person then be able to unleash the prowess of martial techniques to their greatest.
Anger of Sky Sword！
The huge white sword Qi was stronger and it slashed down toward Qing Shui. A silver glow encompassed Qing Shui.
A loud clashing sound rang out. It was a deep sound that would cause the world to tremor, just like when two blocks of mountains were to clash together!
Everything in the surroundings disappeared. Tian Jiange shook the longsword in his hand!
Solar True Qi！
The silvery-white longsword and his Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation suddenly turned red. He appeared to be like a small, scorching sun!
Solar True Fire Sword！
The reason Tian Jiange could reach his cultivation level at such a young age was because he cultivated the powerful Solar True Fire Art, A powerful crimson red sword Qi that was over ten meters long burst out. The violent power outburst slashed out toward Qing Shui.
Its speed was fast as sparks!
Nine Continents Mountain!
With a single thought, the Nine Continents Mountain appeared before Qing Shui and smashed out toward Tian Jiange while blocking the explosive Solar True Fire Sword Qi!
With a flash, the profound Nine Palace positioning allowed Qing Shui to instantly appear near Tian Jiange!
He raised his Big Dipper Sword!
First Level of Xuantian Seal!
What astonished Qing Shui was that this time around, the silver platform was much bigger than before. It was a shimmering silver light and the silver light encompassed Tian Jiange.
It might be because of the great increase to his spirit energy that this time around, the prowess of the Seal of Xuantian seemed to have gotten a lot stronger!
Solar True Qi！
The Solar True Qi on Tian Jiange exuded violently and negated the First Level of Xuantian Seal’s ability to reduce speed and reaction.
Qing Shui didn’t find this strange. It was because when he was using his spirit energy, there was no Buddha Form Reveal. Therefore, the spirit energy he struck out with now wasn’t very terrifying.
However, the Nine Continents Mountain’s prowess had been displayed!
The Nine Continents Mountain smashed out toward Tian Jiange!
The prowess of 13,000 clouds was very great. At the very least, Tian Jiange was sent flying.
The Nine Continents Mountain had a powerful Shield attack and even though Tian Jiange was very strong, his strength was probably only slightly higher than 10,000 nimbus. If he were to use the Solar True Fire Sword Qi his battle prowess would exceed 10,000 nimbus. However, the prowess of the Nine Continents Mountain’s Shield attack was still very powerful. Moreover, this time around, Tian Jiange didn’t have sufficient time to prepare for the block!
Solar True Fire, flames！
A gleam shone in Tian Jiange’s eyes and the red glow on his body shone much brighter than before. The huge “red sword”slashed down on the Nine Continents Mountain!
This time around, the Nine Continents Mountain was pushed back!
Qing Shui knew that if it wasn’t because he had a tremendous increase in his strength, he wouldn’t be able to deal with Tian Jiange. He should be barely considered a Grade Three State Master or could be said to be only Peak Grade Two State Master. One’s abilities wasn’t measured simply just by one’s grade alone and it wasn’t necessary such that one would be of a certain grade if they had a certain level of strength. Grade was something which should be seen from a general overview.
For example, a Grade Two State Master must have the necessary strength, defense, speed, spirit energy, realm, endurance…
The Big Dipper Sword slapped down a Sword of Seventh Wave on the Nine Continents Mountain.
The impact from this blow, in addition to the control of the Nine Continents Mountain’s prowess through his mind, the Nine Continents Mountain smashed toward Tian Jiange with a terrifying power.
At this moment, Tian Jiange’s countenance seemed to be a bit pale as he gave off a feeling of helplessness.
Tian Jiange squinted and with a few flashes, streams of red sword Qi smashed down on the Nine Continents Mountain. At the same time, with a wave of his hand, a huge demonic beast that was emanating flames all over appeared right next to him.
This demonic beast was about 100 meters in size and was exuding flames from its body. It was covered in scales and looked like a bull. It had two huge horns on its head and spewed flames out from its nose was over ten meters long.
The Three Primordial Solar Beast！
This huge beast that was emanating flames had an even stronger aura than Tian Jiange. After coming to the Western Oxhe Continent, Qing Shui temporarily had no use for his demonic beasts. It was the same for the others. At their level, people tended to have stronger demonic beasts but it was difficult to tame a demonic beast that was stronger than yourself.
The more power the demonic beast, the higher its intellect. While it might not be comparable to a human, in battles, it wouldn’t be weaker than humans. This was their talent. Moreover, demonic beasts have far longer lifespans than humans.
The Three Primordial Solar Beast was a powerful demonic beast from the ancient era. They exuded flames on their body and had scales for armor. Their powerful defense caused them to be undefeatable.
The Three Solar Fire was a terrifying flame that was of the same level as the Golden Flames and the Li Fire, one of the most powerful flames. The explosive Three Solar Fire was one of extreme yang and was a power which was capable of destroying everything and would light up even water.
Its two huge fire horns and thick and muscular limbs gave it terrifying physical strength as well. It would even be able to penetrate a mountain or crumble it.
Qing Shui controlled the Nine Continents Mountain and sent it smashing toward the Three Primordial Solar Beast!
What that astonished Qing Shui was that the 13,000 clouds strength could only cause this huge beast to tremble. It wasn’t even able to stop the beast in its tracks.
The greatest flaw of the Three Primordial Solar Beast was that it was slow. Qing Shui formed imprints with his hands.
Buddha Form Reveal!
Buddha’s True Eyes!
Tidal Cloud Waves Seal!
Water contradicts fire!
Qing Shui felt that he should be able to confine it like this.
In the ocean, the Three Primordial Solar Beast was like a unique existence, darting around and even the Tidal Cloud Waves Seal was only able to stop to for a short moment.
Nine Waves Great Golden Buddha Palm!
Qing Shui performed the Seventh Wave of the Nine Waves Great Golden Buddha Palm again, the lotus form with an even greater prowess. It managed to confine the Three Primordial Solar Beast!
Qing Shui then shifted the sword to his left hand and swung it once again!
Another Seventh Waves of the Great Golden Buddha Palm!
Single-handedly holding up the skies!
This time around, what Qing Shui unleashed was the attacking prowess of the Seventh Waves of the Great Golden Buddha Palm!
The tremendous strength slapping down on the Three Primordial Solar Beast caused it to bleed profusely and many aspects on its scale armor were smashed!
The prowess of this attack was concentrated with all of Qi of the Ancient Strengthening Technique’s spirit energy. How powerful was that? It caused the Three Primordial Solar Beast to be seriously injured and this was when Qing Shui didn’t get the 20% chance of having the attacking prowess doubled. Otherwise, it would probably have died.
Tian Jiange was stunned. What kind of power was this? If this attack were to land on him, how could he block?
Qing Shui was in no rush to attack again. He was waiting for Tian Jiange to express his stance!
After very long, Tian Jiange let out a soft sigh, wearing an unconcealable bitterness on his face.
“There’s nothing wrong about losing. It’s something that every cultivator is constantly experiencing. It’s just that there are many means to admitting defeat. Even if you lose, don’t lose in terms of morale;even if you lose, don’t lose in terms of spirit;even if you lose, don’t lose in terms of will…”Qing Shui spoke calmly.
There was a difference between between “I’ve lost”and “I admit defeat”!
What Tian Jiange said was “I’ve lost”and not “I admit defeat”!
“I wonder if you’re able to accept the words I’d said earlier?”Tian Jiange said softly.
“Friends are made with the heart. If you treat me as a friend, I’ll naturally treat you the same.”Qing Shui smiled and said calmly.
“Alright, I’ll treat you as a friend. I have a feeling that we’ll meet again. The next time we meet, we’ll be friends. Farewell!”Tian Jiange cupped his fists together toward Qing Shui, called back the seriously injured Three Primordial Solar Beast and then turned to leave. The Chinese characters for Tian Jiange's "Tian Jian" is the same as the characters for "Sky Sword".
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