Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 1198-1199
AST 1198 –Gold Needle Acupuncture. Raging Force of Blood. Danger
Had it been before his increase in strength, Qing Shui would not have dared to bring the girl along. But now, since it had already been raised, he felt that he was able to cope with it. After all, if he really couldn't, he could have just ran for his life right away.
He brought the girl and followed the crowd into Rong City.
Looking from the outside, the atmosphere was murky, billowing smoke all about but nothing would happen if they went inside the city. This was the Scarlet Flame Formation. This kind of huge formation would only be dangerous at places where they actually existed. A lot of places weren't really that dangerous.
Qing Shui felt that he specialized in formations. As he entered the area, he soon realized that the area was deserted. A lot of the areas within the city had already turned into ruins. Some places were even on fire.
There were only ones around were people who had just entered this place. No one from Scarlet Flame Region could be seen nearby. Nor were there any other people. But from time to time, quite a few corpses could be seen. Each of the corpses died in different kinds of ways. A lot of them were ordinary civilians.
"These barbarians! They don't even show mercy to ordinary civilians! Ruthless! They better run away from me, because I won't let any of them live!" Yan Yangchen shouted in rage. He sounded especially angry.
"Everybody, divide yourself into small groups and go separate ways. Get someone to watch your back. Take up your weapons and fight!" There was a bit of enchantment in the old man's voice. This was because he witnessed some of the corpses of ordinary people.
Deep down, everyone actually had their own concept of justice. At least a normal person would have it. Hence, now, their fiery spirits had been ignited by what they have seen. It started with a few people, then ten and eventually it became even more people that proceeded forward. At this moment, the strength of quite a lot of people seemed to be increasing.
To be burning with anger, this was the power of blood!
Qing Shui's blood was boiling even more vigorously. But he was strong, so he was able to control it. At this moment, it seemed like he had learned some new things about the control over the power of his blood.
Only through rage, when one was seething with anger would they be able to light up the power of their blood and trigger their hidden potential. It was just like a young mother from his previous incarnation. When her few month old baby got kidnapped, she was able to experience a burst in energy and caught up to the motorcycle within a short period of time. The energy burst at that moment was beyond one's understanding. And there was also another mother, when there was an earthquake, she used her weak and frail body to hold up the slab which dropped down. This was because her children were right below her.
These were all hidden potentials from deep down within a human's body that were triggered. At that time, they were able to light up the power of their blood.
Violet Golden Bloodline… Qing Shui didn't really know if he was considered as someone with Violet Golden Bloodline at the moment but there were Violet Golden Blood Threads in his body. It contained terrifying power.
"Let's go!" Yan Yangchi led the group and gave a gesture. The group settled on a direction and made their way towards it.
Rong City wasn't really that big. It was a small city near Scarlet Flame Region. Since it was nearby that area, a lot of the people here were people who came temporarily to gain some income. Once they did it, they would leave the city.
Scarlet Flame Region might be dangerous but places with high risk were often also accompanied by high rewards. Hence, there would be people entering Scarlet Flame Region every day. Rong City was a place for replenishment. Hence, the hotel, blacksmith store and shops here often earned a lot of profit.
If one was lucky, they might be able to work here for a few dozen years without anything happening. If they were unlucky, just like this time, those people who died were people that just came recently.
Two hundred li forward, this was a wide street. Silhouettes of humans could be seen showing up in front. All of them had dark red skin. There were about forty or fifty people. They had strong auras. As for their ages, it was not known.
Some of them even had blood stains on them. Without much thought, they were definitely people from Scarlet Flame Region.
"Make your move and kill them! Don't kill the women, it's rare to see such beauties. Once we're done toying with them, we could still gain a lot of benefits by sending them into the sect," a gloomy voice came through.
Qing Shui locked onto the person speaking with his spiritual sense. His body wasn't that big but he was a man who looked like a wolf. At this moment, the person was already making their way here.
There were about ten people on Qing Shui's side whereas the opponents had around forty to fifty in number.
However, their opponents weren't that strong. Hence, in a nutshell, there wasn't really much to worry about. There were only a few of them who were a bit stronger. The rest were not enough to scare Qing Shui and the group.
Yan Yangchen took the initiative and roared out loudly. With World Demolition Hammer in his hand, he charged forward. Qing Shui calculated the right timing and immediately took out the Big Dipper Sword.
He instantly murdered one of the people from Scarlet Flame Region.
Fresh blood could be seen spurting out. In just a short while, people from both sides got fired up. Especially Yan Yangchen who was taking the lead. He immediately struck with the huge hammer in his hand.
Yan Yangchi and the others were scared that something would happen to Yan Yangchen. They quickly charged forward.
Qing Shui was holding the girl while constantly attacking with his Big Dipper Sword. He used his divine Force to protect the girl. The Nine Palace Orientation made him feel as if he was a fish that got back into water. He locked onto a few of the people with his spiritual sense. Especially the guy from before who was ruthless like a wolf.
Qing Shui could tell that the path he walked was the path of an assassin. Once given a chance, he would definitely strike with his sword and kill his enemy with one hit.
"Brother Leng, kill him. You guys are going on the same path. Killing him will bring you great benefit," Qing Shui smiled as he told Yan Leng.
After Qing Shui defeated Tian Jiange, even the princes didn't dare to look down on him. Everyone could tell that if given some time, he would definitely be able to achieve great things in the future. In the future, whether it was one sect or one dynasty, he would have no need to even bat an eye at them.
For this kind of people, it was either become good friends with them, remain strangers forever, or kill them early on. Becoming enemies would only result in an endless stream of trouble.
Yan Leng bound himself to the thin man. Qing Shui on the other hand, wandered around the area. With the Big Dipper Sword in his hand, he would from time to time strip away lives.
Yan Jinyu and the others also weren't some devout men and women. They were all trained in battles. With the weapons and armor Qing Shui made for them, their strength increased quite significantly.
In the span of the time for an incense stick to burn, this place turned quiet. Qing Shui did a headcount and found out that he had killed twenty people. It was almost half of the people there. Not only that, this was the number he killed after he purposely slowed down.
After that, they continued moving forward.
Qing Shui could feel a vague aura around the group. He could feel that the aura didn't have any bad intention. Hence, he knew that they were people who came to protect them.
He just didn't know whether it was people from the royal family who came to protect the Fifth and Seventh Princess or if they were people from Yan Clan. Even though he didn't know, he still felt a bit more relaxed.
They looked around the surroundings. The reason why they were here was to kill people and force the people from Scarlet Flame Region in Rong City to retreat. Their intention was to make Rong City recover back to how it used to be.
But this kind of behaviour was only a cover up from the outside. If they didn't finish off Scarlet Flame Sect which lay deep within Scarlet Flame Region, they wouldn't be able to solve this issue entirely.
"Those who dare to kill people from Scarlet Flame Region must die!"
A voice came through. It sounded old yet was accompanied by a bloodlust aura. That was a voice of an insane person.
As Qing Shui heard the voice, his face expression changed. He went forward and headed left by two steps. As he let out his hand, a cold light shot out. Along its way, a crisp noise came through only after it took a few turns.
"Eh, someone was actually able to notice me." These words could be heard from far and near. When the person finished speaking, an old man covered in a black jacket appeared in front of the crowd.
The old man had an average sized body. The aura emitted from his body was very strong. It was a lot stronger compared to Tian Jiange's. Despite this, Qing Shui didn't feel pressured by it.
"I wonder how many people from Scarlet Flame Region are in Rong City? Would you mind telling me?" Qing Shui smiled and asked.
"Young man, that was such a pathetic way to enrage your opponent. There is no need for you to know about this. Just ask the person who killed you once you die!" When the old man finished speaking, he charged towards Qing Shui.
The old man's body shone with black light. Something which looked like a black willow branch appeared in his hand.
Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation!
Qing Shui protected the little girl. He activated his spiritual sense and tossed out the Demon Binding Ropes.
The old man immediately got bound halfway. Not only that, wave after wave of red light began eroding the old man's demonic beast armor manifestation. After just a little while, the old man's face could already be seen to pale.
Qing Shui knew that the Demon Binding Rope was powerful but he was unclear as to the extent of its strength. From how it seemed now, it had decent strength.
Bloodthirsty Demonic Vines!
Qing Shui swung his hand and immediately summoned the Bloodthirsty Demonic Vines. In just a short while, the old man was already bound by it.
The whipping and wiggling of Bloodthirsty Demonic Vines, added to the Demon Binding Ropes, it was almost as if there were no more obstructions to eliminating the target.
The old man was more powerful than those that sneak attacked Qing Shui the other day. Unfortunately, the assailant died before he even managed to show his strength. In another way, this was also considered dying in a very cowardly way.
The people from Yan Clan as well as the two princesses looked at Qing Shui in shock. The reason being that they were unclear about Qing Shui's actual strength. As they remembered that even Tian Jiange got defeated at his hands, they felt that it was even harder to see through him.
Qing Shui collected all the Interspatial Silk Sachets and proceeded deeper into the area. He quietly sensed the surroundings once again. Previously, he was unable to sense any fluctuations in the surrounding aura. This might be because the old man was aiming right towards him at that time.
After that, they once again ran into multiple waves of people. He was really conserved when he attacked. The main thing for him would be to ensure that the others would be able to fight as well. Even though the abilities which they demonstrated weren't weak, this was a good time for them to practice. If Qing Shui had laid his hand down in the matter, the situation would have turned one-sided.
Without noticing, it was already noon. In between, they also ran into a few people from other aristocratic clans. Despite so, they only greeted each other. They didn't really team up together.
This time, they're in Rong City for three days. After three days, they would gather up outside of Rong City and look for a quiet place to sit down and take a break. After a while, they would continue on moving forward.
While resting, Qing Shui closed his eyes and continued to cultivate the Seven-seven divine Nebula Formation. Unfortunately, he still didn't manage to succeed. No matter what he did, the last star just would not get in place. This made Qing Shui a bit upset.
At night, they set up camps to rest. Qing Shui let the girl take a break. He also let out his demonic beasts and entered the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. He continued to cultivate the Seven-seven divine Nebula Formation. In the blink of an eye, another forty days passed but he still couldn't manage to succeed.
It was difficult to address the depression felt within Qing Shui's heart. He ate some food and after a while of rest, when he was about to continue his cultivation, he could feel the warning signals given off by the demonic beasts outside. He panicked and immediately went out.
He went out only to find that the situation was really serious. They had actually been surrounded. There were more than ten auras. Among them, there were a few that were even stronger than his own. Not only by a little but by a lot.
Great Yu Dynasty was a peak second grade dynasty. Within a dynasty like this, by normal rules, his strength should have been a lot stronger than theirs. So much so that he should already have been at the top of the pyramid.
But now, among the ten auras he felt, there were at least half of them whose strength exceeded his own. It seemed like he was in a really bad situation today. Could he possibly run away from this? He could use the Nine Continents Steps Effect and bring them along but would the opponents give him time?
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AST 1199 –The Blood Terminating Pills awakened, Seven-Seven divine Nebula Formation succeeded
After Qing Shui came out, he quickly got together with the group. The girl had also woke up. In fact, many people didn't asleep. Now, they were all together, in the span of a few breaths time, they had already been surrounded.
These people didn't seem young. Their movements were very fast and in order. They seemed to have extremely good coordination with each other. Even though it was now nighttime and the area was a bit dark, their vision wasn't affected.
These old men all wore scarlet flame gowns. There was a raging scarlet flame sewn on top of their shirts. Qing Shui paid particular attention to the old man in the middle since the color of his scarlet flame gown was the darkest.
Furthermore, the aura emitted around his body was also the strongest. It was concealed well yet powerful, even with Qing Shui's current ability, he felt that he was insignificant in front of him. This made him feel burdened in his heart. This old man definitely held a very powerful position in Scarlet Flame Sect.
"Haha, I never thought that I would run into the Yan Clan's beloved sons and daughters. More importantly, there are two princesses as well. Almost all the people Young Sect Lord mentioned are here. Back then, he was so in love with the Eldest Princess, yet… This is good. I am going to kill off all the men and bring back the ladies!" The old man said calmly without any fluctuation in his heart.
Yan Yangchi and the others instantly activated their Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation. They might seem really calm but deep down, they were actually very worried. They weren't worried about themselves but the women around them. Those were their sisters and their fiances.
"You guys took over Rong City by force and killed the innocent. Are you not afraid that the Great Yu Dynasty will eliminate you?" Yan Yangchi screamed out loudly.
"Haha, Great Yu Dynasty, do you really think that the Great Yu Dynasty can do anything to us? Even if they can, will they do it? There are many benefits with us being in the middle of the Great Yu Dynasty and Great Virtue Dynasty. Furthermore, if Great Yu Dynasty really wanted to eliminate us, I think it will only result in an immediate change of ruler," the old man chuckled.
Actually, everyone was aware of that. It would just end with both sides suffering heavy casualties. This was why the Scarlet Flame Sect could survive within the Scarlet Flame Region. Furthermore, despite how crazy they were, they would not break out in all out war. In a way this also showed how powerful Scarlet Flame Sect was.
Move! Scarlet Flame Formation!
The old man shouted. Soon after, a faint layer of hot air spread into the surroundings, slowly getting hotter and hotter. Qing Shui shielded the girl, but noticed there was no change in her expression.
Qing Shui got nervous. But now, he had to fight, hence he shouted, "Set up formation!"
Qing Shui looked on as the crowd charged towards them from all sides. The old man from before on the other hand, didn't make any moves. He should be the leader of this crowd. Qing Shui didn't dare to fight him. He was not confident that he would win because the old man was too powerful.
Primordial Flame Dragon Whip! 九宫步，划地为王！ Nine Palace Steps, Earth Rowing King!
Nine Continents Mountain!
All of these happened as swift as electric sparks. Not only were the attacks sudden, they were also incomparably fast and nimble. They immediately murdered two of the considerably powerful warriors there.
Undeniably, Qing Shui was really lucky. Under the effect of Big Dipper Sword, the Primordial Flame Dragon Whip just managed to activate the ability to double the attack in time. It immediately whipping one and crushing another to death.
Tidal Cloud Wave Seal!
In a short while, the surroundings were swallowed in huge waves. Qing Shui quickly told the others, "Don't move, set up your formation and defend yourselves."
This time, everyone felt completely unfamiliar with Qing Shui as they were totally unable to feel just how strong Qing Shui was.
The old man also squinted his eyes and looked at Qing Shui as his eyes sparkled. The people in the surroundings got caught up in the huge wave as well. Qing Shui took the chance and continuously thrust out his Big Dipper Sword.
Quite a few golden swords rushed towards them.
Currently, Qing Shui couldn't care less about anything going on. He wanted to seize the opportunity to attack, hoping that he would still be able to bring them and escape if he was really out of options.
Scarlet Flame Soaring Sky!
As the old man lifted up both his hands, an enormous scarlet flame wave covered both the sky and earth, immediately dispersing Qing Shui's Tidal Cloud Wave Seal.
"Set up your formation and charge in! Everyone, be careful!"
Qing Shui's hand trembled. Demon Binding Rope! He managed to bind one of them.
Bloodthirsty Demonic Vines!
The Nine Continents Mountain blocked one of the opponents whereas the Bloodthirsty Demonic Vines managed to bind another. They were instantly killed. To Yan Yangchi and the others, these old men might be really powerful but to Qing Shui, they were people whom he could still face relatively easily.
But they had the Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation, hence the Bloodthirsty Demonic Vines was still more reliable.
At this moment, the old man made his move.
Scarlet Flame Wave!
A violent scarlet hot wave charged towards Qing Shi and the group like surging magma.
Qing Shui extended his hand and pushed away the others. He operated the Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation all the way to its maximum. As he thrust out his sword, a huge water wall formed in front of him.
A white light spread out into the surroundings.
Nine Waves Great Golden Buddha Palm, Seventh Wave!
Qing Shui spotted one of the old men who wanted to perform a sneak attack on the others. He immediately swung his Big Dipper Sword.
The Nine Continents Mountain smashed down with a loud bang!
Sometimes, things were just this simple. It was unlikely for the mountain to crush the old man. But right now, the thing in front of him was a piece of bloody mist which was extremely fragile.
Without noticing, Qing Shui had already killed four of them. Each of them were strong warriors. This massacre was caused by some sudden changes which took place amidst the battle adding on to the fact that their strength was also reduced by twenty percent.
Qing Shui's enormous water wall got crushed by the surging scarlet flame wave. It continued making its way towards Qing Shui.
Ancient Secret Art of Yin Yang!
Qing Shui didn't dare to delay. He operated the ancient secret art once again. Since the start, the technique he cultivated had always been Primordial Flame. He also mixed in the spirit energy attacks which could reduce the opponent's strength by seventy percent, Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation and Area Dominance.
Area Dominance was able to calm his nerves.
Qing Shui controlled his mind to block with the Nine Continents Mountain. As soon as he managed to block the surging Scarlet Flame Waves, they were deflected to the sides. To one's surprise, two of the old man's comrades paid little attention to the surroundings and as a result, one of them got swallowed by it while the other one lost half of his body. Because they had just witnessed Qing Shui getting swallowed by the surging wave a moment ago, they didn't manage to react in time.
The first thing which the girls as well as Yan Yangchi and the crowd saw was Qing Shui getting swallowed up. After that, their view was blocked by the Nine Continents Mountain.
The little girl also saw Qing Shui get swallowed. Suddenly, a solidified baleful aura emerged from her jet-black cold eyes. Following that, black qi could be seen coming out of her body. Soon after, a black aura shot out and went straight up into the night sky.
A sharp shouting noise pierced through the night sky. The girls and Yan Yangchi were all also in shock. They couldn't accept the fact that Qing Shui was swallowed by the wave. But due to this scream, they saw an even more bizarre scene.
The little girl dashed out like a demon. On her body, she carried along a very powerful aura capable of devouring a person.
Although Qing Shui was being swallowed up by the surging fiery wave at this moment, he happened to notice that the forty ninth star had been coincidentally arranged. It was moving towards the correct position. Furthermore, it was moving at a very fast speed.
Actually, Qing Shui didn't notice that the surging fiery wave was disappearing rapidly. The old man was in shock as he witnessed this occurrence.
Right at this moment, the girl appeared with intense killing intention. At this moment, the jade pendant which Qing Shui put around her neck was no longer able to resist the vicious and baleful aura within her body.
If Qing Shui had seen it, he would recognise that her Blood Terminating Pill has been awakened.
The girl charged towards the old man, her body was covered in black aura. Her speed was fast like lightning and in a flash, she was already near the old man. She extended her hand to grab the old man.
The dark vicious Qi was like a black snake and carried a gloomy and cold aura.
The old man's face turned serious, raising a hand and struck out.. A stream of red gas clashed against the black gas.
The girl's body got blown backwards. However, she seemed like she was totally fine. She turned around and shot out a similar black qi towards an old man on the left side a few steps away from her.
This old man tried to quickly deal with her. It might be because he was also shocked at the little girl's baleful aura which caused his heart to immediately get pierced through by it.
The Yan Clan and the others were unable to believe what they were witnessing.
As the old man from before made his move, a scarlet flame about two meters long resembling the fire dragon wave appeared. As a result, the air in the surroundings was also ignited. It even resembled red lightning.
When Qing Shui's stars were arranged into place, a powerful spirit energy burst out. He immediately rushed out of the wave and saw the old man charging towards the girl.
This was bad, it's been awakened!
Qing Shui moved, Nine Palace Step, Yin Yang Reversal!
Qing Shui immediately switched places with the girl. He didn't switch place with the old man because he was scared that it wouldn't work as he wasn't as strong as the old man. divinity Protection!
Qing Shui took a hit. The divinity Protection disappeared just as he was about to dodge!
Qing Shui felt a sensation as if his bones were broken apart. A boiling hot sensation went along his throat and spurted out.
His mighty spirit energy prevented him from fainting. He happened to land beside the girl. At this moment, the girl once again attempted to charge towards the old man.
Qing Shui immediately extended his hand and stopped her.
"Listen to me! Don't go there!"
This was something which Qing Shui did instinctively. He knew that she was currently awakening the Blood Terminating Pill. It would be very easy for her to lose her mind and lose her original character.
Qing Shui took out a few Gold Needles and quickly injected them into his own body.
A gold needle pierced into his acupoint. It was so stimulating that it caused him to throw out a mouthful of blood.
He extended his hand and took a few more gold needles. He swiftly inserted them into the girl's solar plexus, Tianzhu, Fengchi and Tianling Acupoints!
The girl looked at Qing Shui and calmed herself down. It was just that her eyes were shining with a terrifying fierce light. It seemed like she was suppressing it. At the same time, the vicious Qi within her body was also spreading out little by little as it surged vigorously within the meridians in her body.
"Little brat, let me see how many times you can help them block my attacks!"
The old man quickly charged towards Yan Jinyu and the Seventh Princess. Qing Shui similarly made his move. At the same time, he used his Spiritual Sense to control the Nine Continents Mountain and block the path of the old man.
The old man took out an additional scarlet flame stick in his hand and within a short while, broke the Nine Continents Mountain.
Qing Shui was rushing over because of Yan Jinyu.
This was something he did subconsciously. Regardless of whether it was the Yan Clan or any other people, since he had already became sworn brother and sworn sister with Yan Jinyu, he would treat her as his own, blood-related sister.
He felt that he was a bit foolish. If he was to escape by himself, he would be able to make it. This was because he had the Sacred Jade divine Stone in his hand. The problem was that he couldn't convince himself deep down. If he really did so, he wouldn't find peace in his heart. It would feel as if he was getting torn apart.
The Big Dipper Sword barely managed to block it.
His body's hidden potential had already been triggered by the gold needles inserted into his acupoints. Furthermore, his Nine Yang Golden Body was at its large success stage. He actually didn't hear any bone crushing noises, but his organs had already suffered great damage.
"Qing Shui, go, I know you can escape, go!"
Yan Jinyu was screaming anxiously. Tears could be seen dripping down her face.
The Seventh Princess's expression on the other hand, seemed really calm. It was just that at the time when she heard Yan Jinyu's words, she was startled. He could actually escape, but he chose not to.
Qing Shui still had one Sacred Jade divine Stone Ring in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal which was meant for Di Chen. He still had a small piece of Sacred Jade divine Stone. At most, he could forge another two or three more of them. But now, he only had one in his hand. It was useless. He still needed a bit of time to use Nine Continents Steps. Even though it was short, it couldn't be interrupted. However, he was truly out of chances.
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