Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 1209-1210
AST 1209 –Arrived in Heaven Secrets Academy. Yu Sunu. Breezing Wind Veranda, Normal Disciple
The new year passed very quickly. Qing Shui, Yan Jinyu, seventh princess and the little girl set off for Heaven Secrets Academy.
The Heaven Secrets Academy was located at the most north-west area in Western Oxhe Continent. It was one of the strongest existence in north west. It also had Great Yu Dynasty, Great Virtue Dynasty and a lot other dynasties to be their supporters.
There was an unofficial rule between dynasties. This was, dynasties at the same level could try to kill each other. The low grade dynasties could challenge the higher grade dynasties. High grade dynasties however, could not randomly topple over low grades, Generally, this was the rule.
Heaven Secrets Academy had teamed up as well as fought against two of the fourth grade dynasties before. The fight between dynasties were suitable for all the dynasties in Western Oxhe Continent. Actually as fourth grade dynasties or Heaven Secrets Academy, they wouldn't really have time to intervene in the war between dynasties below them.
Great Yu Dynasty was extremely far away from Heaven Secrets Academy. Even if Qing Shui and the groups used the Nine Continent Step Effect together, it would still take them half a month to get there. If he had relied only on himself for that, it would take him even longer to reach there.
But other than resting at night, they would ride on their flying beasts to rush through their journey in daytime. The two girls also had to go back to Heaven Secrets Academy to report there.
After a month!
Along the way, they passed through countless dynasties. Mountains, rivers and earth. This was the first time Qing Shui saw them. Qing Shui was intoxicated with its magnificent and aggressive scene.
Compared to back in the five continents, the spiritual qi here was a lot more abundant. The journey was also very peaceful. Basically, most of the time they would pass through areas belonging to dynasties. Along the way, while listening to the two girl's introductions, he also hear a thing or two about some other dynasties. Among them, there were a few third grade, some would also be in second grade but the majority was in first grade.
Qing Shui stunned upon seeing Heaven Secrets Academy.
Who said that there were no tall buildings across the continent!
Qing Shui observed the sky-penetrating buildings… For example, the pavilion in the air, the courtyard in the air. They were all indescribably wide. These were all the work of a god. This was a kind of amazement.
The buildings here were made of extremely special materials. They were also built up using some restrictions and remarkable abilities. Even third and fourth grade State Masters were unable to destroy it within a short period of time. In the sky, at different levels of heights, there were figures of humans crossing through it.
There were three large words in the sky. Heaven Secrets Academy. Each of the words were like a small mountain top. This was also a place with groups of mountains. But if one didn't pay attention while looking at it, they wouldn't be able to tell. These buildings needed the mountains to support them whereas some just immediately opened up a way through the mountainside.
Qing Shui only came back to his senses after looking for quite a while. After that, the group dropped down and walked towards the gate of Heaven Secrets Academy. Nothing can be accomplished without norms or standards, even if they were able to fly around, they would still have to go through the gate unless their status was very high.
This should be the gate. It was too large, so large to the point it made Qing Shui felt a bit uncomfortable.
"Show your badge!"
As he reached the entrance, he got stopped by a few people. There were about more than a hundred guards here. Each of the disciples from Heaven Secrets Academy had badges to prove their identity.
Both Yan Jinyu and seventh princess also had badges for themselves. Qing Shui on the other hand, he was holding the eldest princess' letter. At the moment the person saw the eldest princess' letter, he politely told Qing Shui to wait for a while.
Qing Shui observed the watchguards here. All of them looked quite young. It's very unlikely for the people here to be older than a hundred years old, or rather, they might be slightly younger than that. They should be around their seventies. However, just these watchguards already possessed the strength of a first grade State Master.
This was too shocking… To think that a first grade state master would just be a guard in Heaven Secrets Academy.
Very quickly, the person already came back: "Mister, and miss, Teacher Sunu wants you guys to look for her in Breezing Wind Veranda."
"Teacher Sunu?" Qing Shui was confused.
"My sister is called Sunu. Let's go. I know where Breezing Wind Veranda is."
There was no name mentioned in the letter. The letter only stated that it was from the Eldest Princess. The outside of the letter on the other hand had a special sign which indicated it to be from Heaven Secrets Academy. Hence, Qing Shui only found out that the eldest princess was called Sunu now.
It was such a powerful name!
Qing Shui remembered a powerful woman called Sunu from his previous incarnation. In there, she was a goddess in a legend. She was good in musics and bedroom skills. But Qing Shui was only in awe for a while, the reason being that this was a name with a very heavy meaning.
The surname of the royal family in Great Yu Dynasty went by Yu. Hence, the eldest princess should most likely be called Yu Sunu.
Qing Shui only knew that the fifth princess was called Suya. He heard about it from Yan Yangchi. As for the seventh princess's name, up until now, he still didn't know what she was called. But he also wasn't that eager to know about it.
"What place is Breezing Wind Veranda?" Qing Shui asked while walking.
"Breezing Wind Veranda is a place where the eldest princess lived." Yan Jinyu answered.
By the time the group arrived at Breezing Wind Veranda, Qing Shui once again felt that the eldest princess held an extraordinary status. This place was located halfway up the mountain. No other buildings were stopped in the surroundings. This was what defined her status.
The Breezing Wind Veranda wasn't actually that big. But the way it's designed was very elegantly. Added on that it also had the scenery which was halfway up the mountain, that feeling was made even stronger. There was no guards here.
At the moment when the group stepped out, they could already see the eldest princess drawing something in the pavilion.
It had been six months since they last met, yet this woman was still pretty like usual. Today, she was wearing a snow white cloth. Unconsciously, her natural charm was able to make one's heart races.
After Qing Shui and the others came in, she lifted her head and smiled. She had beautiful pupils and shiny teeth. When she didn't have makeup on, she looked like a fairy. Compared to Yiye Jiange, she had an additional unspiritual charm. Despite so, her elegance also gave off a sense of pressure..
"You guys are quite fast indeed. Let’s go. I will bring you guys to his courtyard." The eldest princess put down her pen and said.
At this moment, Qing Shui saw the eldest princess' drawings. She was drawing a person, a woman, who looked a bit like her. However, she seemed slightly older.
Just as Qing Shui was thinking about what he hadn't asked. The seventh princess spoke, "Sister is starting to miss Mother again."
"Let's go!" The eldest princess smiled as she led Qing Shui and the others out.
When Qing Shui just came in, he felt that the Heaven Secrets Academy was really disorganized. But now only he was able to sense something. The buildings here were distinguished into different levels and numbers.
The lower he got, the more concentrated it became. Normally, only those who were weaker would live down there. But despite so, each of them would still have their own small courtyard. It was about an acre large. There was a pavilion and two small yards.
Qing Shui's yard was at the most bottom. The eldest princess said while walking: "Qing Shui, you just came recently. Even though you're strong, but at the moment, you're still at the most bottom floor. You would need to go through a few examinations to get promoted. By then, your yard would also be developed wider and higher. They would also become even bigger."
"I understand!" Qing Shui smiled and responded
Along the way, they ran into quite a few people. A lot of people would know her as master.
Qing Shui's yard was the the most bottom floor. All around, there were a lot of small yards like these. However, upon seeing his own yard, he was already satisfied with it. It consisted of three small floors. Each floor would have one living room. All around, there were at least eight room. Hence, in terms of only people living in it, this yard could contain more than ten people.
"Look around. Are you satisfied with it? If you are not, wait for two months for the examination. By then, you would be able to move to a new place." the eldest princess said again.
"Am I considered your student now?" Qing Shui asked and smiled.
"I think so. This is because you are someone introduced by me. I need to take responsibility for you. But you don’t have to keep this in mind. There is no absolute disciples and masters here. As long as you have the capability, you will end up a teacher in no time." the eldest princess smiled and looked at Qing Shui.
"I wonder what kind of strength one would need to be a teacher in Heaven Secrets Academy?" Qing Shui asked after thinking for a while.
"It doesn’t necessarily depends on one's strength. But they would at least need to exceed five hundred thousand clouds. Despite so, they had to be younger than a hundred years old. If they're older than that, they would need to be even stronger." the eldest princess smiled and explained to Qing Shui.
Qing Shui felt cold sweat trickling down his back. Looking at the people around Heaven Secrets Academy,it was a place where all the geniuses from Western Oxhe Continent gathered. Even someone who watched guard this place was an opponent who couldn’t be looked down upon outside.
Now, he was getting more and more curious about the eldest princess. How did she achieve this kind of strength? He was really keen to know about her strength. She was younger than a hundred years old, however, her strength already easily exceeded five hundred thousand clouds.
Without much thought, he could already tell that the eldest princess must have had other unusual encounters. Otherwise, it’s impossible for her to achieve this strength with merely those inheritance from royal family alone.
He only spotted two sets of Heaven Secrets Academy's attires by the time he arrived in his room. There were no weapons, but there was a belt. This was the lowest ranked belt for a normal disciple. It represented the status one had in it. Actually, this position was the same as being a guard watching the gate.
Normal disciples, high grade disciples, elite disciples, core disciples. Once they became core disciples, they would be taken in by a few elderly men from Heaven Secrets Academy to be their personal disciples. After that, they would take yet another step up and became the teacher of Heaven Secret Academy.
The teachers were considered the internal manpower of Heaven Secret Academy.
"Qing Shui, the little brat told me that your alcohol tasted really good. I wonder if I can have a taste after it?" The eldest princess smiled and looked at Qing Shui.
Qing Shui stunned: " I couldn’t have asked for more. I will treat you today."
This time, Qing Shui prepared the food in the kitchen. Of course, he also made some alcohol.
Even for someone like the eldest princess, she couldn't help but give compliments to Qing Shui's alcohol. Of course, she also did the same thing to the food he cooked. After they finished eating, Qing Shui brewed a pot of Red Robe (tea).
Before the eldest princess left, Qing Shui gave her quite a lot of it. The eldest princess too happily took it. Among the alcohol Qing Shui gave her, there was also a few Nv`er Hong.
For a disciple from Heaven Secret Academy to change their status, their martial art alone wouldn't be enough. Other than just their martial art improving, they would also need to have contribution values for Heaven Secrets Academy. The contribution value represented their affiliation and loyalty to Heaven Secrets Academy. Only by achieving both their contribution value and strength would they be able to gain higher status.
Qing Shui thought about it and agreed to it. It's said that it's very hard for the contribution value to increase. And the more he progressed, the harder it became. It seemed as though he would need to finish a few of the mission trials given by Heaven Secret Academy.
Qing Shui shook his head. For now, he wouldn't think about this. He would want to first get used to the environment here before seeing if he had any chances to rank up. At the very least, he has earned himself the title of being an elite disciple.
The contribution for elite disciples and those below that were very small. However, it would be really tough for them if they wanted to be promoted to being core disciples. The capabilities of core disciples compared to elite disciples differed by a number of tens, or rather, hundred times. The core disciples were absolutely loyal to Heaven Secrets Academy.
Qing Shui just came. Hence, there was no need for him to rush things. But he also hoped that he could make his way up in Heaven Secrets Academy. After all, the higher he got, the more things he would be able to access himself to. The eldest princess knew about a lot of things. It's just that she couldn't tell him about them.
Upon entering his bedroom, Qing Shui realized that there was a simple Spirit Gathering Formation here. It was almost as strong as the one which Qing Shui set up. However, the Spirit Gathering Formation seemed to be unlimited. It should be connected to something like spiritual meridians.
Qing Shui gave the room to the little girl. For now, he didn't really need it.
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AST 1210 –Beast Tide, Wavemoon Dynasty, Huge Desolated City, Core Disciple Prince Fu
It was already the third day since Qing Shui arrived. Throughout these three days, Qing Shui didn't take even a step away from the yard. He also didn't talk to the people around him much. Qing Shui was someone who just came by recently. Since he didn't interact with them, naturally, people wouldn't try to go near him.
The reason why Qing Shui didn't interact with them was that he knew that he would be leaving soon. With his strength, it's no problem for him to be an elite disciple. The only problem was the contribution value. But he had already gotten help from Yan Qingyu and Seventh Princess. As long as there were suitable missions for him, they would inform him about it.
Both Yan Qingyu and Seventh Princess were high-grade disciples from Heaven Secrets Academy;their strength wasn’t sufficient to be elite disciples. Talking about elite disciples, Qing Shui thought about Tian Jiange.
He should be able to see him soon. The next time they met each other, they would meet as friends. They should be able to do just that. He was an elite disciple of Heaven Secrets Academy. But Qing Shui didn't know which Dynasty he was from. He most likely had his own background except it was a huge gap away compared to the Eldest Princess. He was already a hundred years old, older than the Eldest Princess herself. It's impossible for him to catch up to the Eldest Princess in terms of how much they accomplished.
Originally, Qing Shui still intended to walk around. But seeing that he knew no one here, he threw away that idea from his mind. He would rather cultivate. Throughout these six months when his strength was improving rapidly, he felt as if his body has opened up. His bones and meridians, Dantian and golden pellet were able to withstand even more Origin Qi.
"Qing Shui, there is a mission now. This time, you only have to earn contribution value and pass your exam. Then you will be promoted to be a high grade disciple, heck, maybe even an elite disciple." Yan Qingyu and Seventh Princess approached Qing Shui and said.
Qing Shui got excited and asked hurriedly: "What mission?"
"Wavemoon Dynasty has been intruded by a huge wave of demonic beasts. The reason why Heaven Secret Academy issued the mission was for us to help Wavemoon Dynasty defeat those beasts. They will calculate our contribution value by the grade of Demon Nucleus we’ve received."
The Demon Nucleus would only be very useful for demonic beasts that achieved the strength of Grade One State Master. They were more precious compared to the demonic beast's cores. The contribution value would vary based on the strength of the demonic beasts where you got the Demon Nucleus from.
"How many of the people from Heaven Secrets Academy are going there?" Qing Shui asked after thinking for a while.
"A lot, normal disciples, high grade disciples, elite ones, even the core disciples, and masters would also go there. The beast tide in Wavemoon Dynasty this time was really terrifying." Seventh Princess looked a bit concerned as she spoke up to this point.
"What grade is Wavemoon Dynasty?" This question seemed to only hit Qing Shui now.
"Peak Grade Three dynasty. It's a very powerful dynasty. It's not far away from Desolate Mountain Regions. This time, the beast tide originated exactly from there." Yan Qingyu looked at Qing Shui and explained.
In reality, a Peak Grade Three Dynasty was already very powerful. Compared to Great Yu Dynasty, it was one whole grade above it. But this grade was very important, the reason being, a Peak Grade Three Dynasty would already have a lot of Grade Four State Masters in it.
In Western Oxhe Continent, Grade Four State Master, especially those high grade ones, were already the top existence at the peak of the pyramid in the continent. If Great Yu Dynasty had only been a peak Grade Two dynasty, it's very likely that the Eldest Princess was also a supreme character.
But there should be quite a few people with strength like the Eldest Princess' in Peak Grade Three Dynasties. But at the moment, Qing Shui himself was also unclear about her exact strength. So he was also only making assumptions.
"Sister Yan, when do we make our move?" Qing Shui asked after thinking for a while. 。 "Tomorrow. But now, a lot of people are already heading there. Tomorrow, Heaven Secrets Academy will announce the missions. People will either go there alone or look for a partner," Yan Qingyu explained after thinking for a while.
"Alright then, we will set off tomorrow," said Qing Shui.
He had the Nine Continents Step. Hence, he didn't want to leave too early. For all he knew, if he arrived there and ended up meeting a powerful demonic beast, things would not be in his favor. Hence, he found it unnecessary to rush.
"Could it be that the Heaven Secrets Academy doesn't organize missions? Instead, they make their disciples finish them themselves?"
Qing Shui was confused. Originally, he thought that Heaven Secrets Academy would try to intervene in these kinds of things to ensure the safety of their disciples. But he never expected them to be completely ignorant towards it.
"Within the academy, there are actually plenty of teams between teachers and disciples. Their numbers may range from a few to over ten to over tens of thousands. In that way, their chances of survival would be better if anything happened." The seven princess laughed.
"Starting up your team? Does Heaven Secrets Academy not care about this?" Qing Shui felt really weird. This wasn't how a normal sect should be. But soon after, he too quickly figured it out. People would find their own gang no matter where they were. It's just that they didn't do it that obviously, just like some aristocratic clans in other sects.
The strange part about it was that Heaven Secret Academy didn't seem to care about these. On the contrary, it seemed like they were sort of supporting it.
Since Qing Shui was unable to figure it out, he stopped thinking about that issue. In any case, he only just arrived in Heaven Secrets Academy. What would he understand as merely a normal disciple? If he really planned to learn everything about Heaven Secrets Academy, the only pathway to it was to continue climbing his way up. Maybe only after he reached a similar height as the Eldest Princess would he be able to understand Heaven Secrets Academy. ……
On the second day, the four of them set off for Wavemoon Dynasty. Qing Shui looked at the two girls and smiled, "Did you guys set up your own gang at Heaven Secrets Academy?"
"The quota last year was for me. Besides, I also have my own gang. My sister is the Head of it. Our gang is known as the Breezing Wind Veranda," the Seventh Princess smiled and said.
"Oh, I see!"
Qing Shui felt bored along the way. Even though Wavemoon Dynasty wasn't really far away from here, it would still take them one day to get there. Furthermore, this was something that could only be achieved after his significant increase in speed from before.
Hence, they would chit-chat along the way. Through this, they were able to know each other better.
"Don't look down on Breezing Wind Veranda. Despite its small amount of members, it's very powerful. But most of its fame was backed up by my sister." The Seventh Princess would get unusually happy every time she talked about the Eldest Princess. She really adored her.
"Oh, how many people are in Breezing Wind Veranda?" Qing Shui asked casually.
"There are only a thousand of them. It's considered a small group." Seventh Princess said with joy.
"Then am I considered one of them?" Qing Shui asked seriously.
"More or less, yes. My sister brought you here. Also, some of the people from Great Yu Dynasty were in the Breezing Wind Veranda. Of course, if anyone wanted to leave, sister wouldn't really stop them." Seventh Princess looked at Qing Shui.
"Is that so? I am considered as someone in an association. That's good. And I thought I would need to apply and be tested for it. If so, things would have been too troublesome." Qing Shui said in a relaxed tone.
Wavemoon Dynasty was located in the southwestern direction. Qing Shui rushed all the way into the most southwestern direction only to witness a very battered scene. This was a place most distant southwest of Wavemoon Dynasty.
Huge Desolated City!
Huge Desolated City, a city located at the most corner, very near to Desolate Mountain Region. At this moment, it has the become a desolated city. Ruins were everywhere. The entire area was engulfed in the smell of smoke. From time to time, human corpses could be seen. There were also corpses of some huge demonic beasts.
The place they arrived at wasn't actually the area near Desolate Mountain Regions;they were still at Huge Desolated City. For now, the city was devastated by demonic beasts. Also, they finally got to meet some people from Heaven Secrets Academy when they reached Huge Desolated City.
"Qing Shui, let’s go down. Do you think it will be better if we the kill demonic beasts ourselves or if we work together with others to kill them?" Seventh Princess asked while looking around.
"This time, it might last for quite a while. How about this? We have four people right? I have a formation which is made specifically for four people. Why don't we try practicing it?" Qing Shui asked after thinking for a while.
"Oh, that's good too!"
The two girls agreed. The little girl, on the other hand, she didn't say anything. She would listen to whatever Qing Shui said.
Four Directional Chu-Song Formation!
This was a kind of formation which ignites one's strength within their body. The songs of Chu came from all four directions, it meant one was taking their last bet, in exchange for their own life being at risk.
"Hello sir, why don't we go together? The four of you seemed to be quite weak, this place is dangerous."
Right at this moment, a voice which made Qing Shui feel a bit uncomfortable traveled over. That was a voice filled with arrogance and superiority.
Qing Shui turned around and saw a group consisting of no less than two hundred people. The person taking the lead was a man. His body shape told them he seemed gentle. But from time to time, his eyes would start gazing at the girls.
He was still considered to be quite reserved. On the other hand, quite a few of the people around him looked a bit lusty.
Qing Shui could tell that these people didn't actually recognize his group. Even though he was wearing the Heaven Secrets Academy's attire, there were too many disciples there. If not a million, there would still at least be eight hundred thousand of them. Hence, it's perfectly normal that they didn't know each other. The same also applied even if they didn't recognize the Eldest Princess.
"Thank you, but my friends are coming really soon. By then, I wouldn't be able to stick around with you guys." Qing Shui smiled and responded.
"The reason that Prince Fu invited you guys was because he looked up to you. Do you know who Prince Fu is? He is a core disciple. Very quickly, he will be taken in as a disciple by Elder Tianyi," said another man with long and sharp eyes who was standing beside the previous one. He resounded with disdain.
"What message are you trying to pass me through these?" Qing Shui looked at the man and asked gently.
That man was obviously choked on Qing Shui's words. This was his first time seeing such a straightforward person. In just a short while, his expression turned really ugly, "Little brat, are you not afraid of getting eaten by the demonic beasts?"
It was already clear that they're threatening him from what he said. Qing Shui however, smiled: "What's wrong? You want to kill us?"
"Kill him and leave the girls behind." The person at the back didn't just yell out.
The entire place was too quiet. After all, Huge Desolated City was too big. The people from Wavemoon Dynasty and Heaven Secrets Academy were all scattered everywhere. For a moment, the atmosphere in the surroundings felt a bit sophisticated.
So what if they were all from Heaven Secrets Academy? The academy itself had so many people and everyone, there were people constantly dying. In Huge Desolated City, everywhere, there would be skulls and bones. No one would feel suspicious or ask any questions.
Qing Shui looked at the two girls. To think that things like this would happen even in Heaven Secrets Academy. The law of the jungle applied everywhere. However, he wasn't worried about it. He was observing the opposite side and getting ready to make his moves at any time.
"What are you talking about? We're all people from Heaven Secrets Academy. Since you guys aren't willing to be with us. We won’t force you any further." The man who was in the lead said gently. He seemed to be blaming the man talking previously.
This turn of events surprised Qing Shui. However, Qing Shui wouldn't let down his guard just because of this change. He smiled and nodded before taking the girls to leave.
He wouldn't initiate the attacks towards his opponents first. After all, his opponents had a lot of people and each of them possessed decent strength. He was afraid that the girls would be put at disadvantages. Hence, unless the situation was really necessary, he wouldn't make any moves.
Qing Shui and the others left.
"Prince Fu, why didn't you do anything?" The man who talked from before asked confusingly.
"What do you know? The only thing you're good at is screaming for nothing. There is some stuff you are meant to not say even after you have done it. Just how many times do I have to tell you for you to grow some brains?"
"Yes yes, I'm just seeing those little girls because they look beautiful. I wouldn't even mind living ten years less just to have fun with them."
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