Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 1239-1240
AST 1239 –Heaven Secrets Arena, Showdown Against the Saint Child
Under normal circumstances, Qing Shui should refine that formidable energy. After all, the Saint Child would definitely not hold back against him. Furthermore, the Saint Child also had extremely formidable strength.
However, the main issue now wasn't that Qing Shui didn't want to refine it, rather, his body was currently in a saturated state. He recently just had a lot of increase in strength. For the time being, his body was unable to absorb more powerful energy within. After all, the gap from the last time when he refined the energy was still too recent.
It was also because of this that Qing Shui set his sight on the realm of the State of One with Elephant and made himself coordinate with the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant. Despite so, he was still the one who took the lead. His familiarity with the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant was undoubted, and they could communicate through their consciousness.
Qing Shui managed to increase 100,000 nimbus of his strength in merely one visit to the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. He still had one more day left. He didn't know if he could increase a bit more of his strength. Even increasing a tiny bit more would mean a greater chance of victory to Qing Shui.
On the next day, the rumors had long since been spread around the entire Heaven Secret Academy. Qing Shui challenged the Saint Child to a battle. Its location and more all become the main topics around the Heaven Secret Academy. The teachers and elders, as well as other high-ranked people from the academy, already knew about it.
The Saint Child was a famous figure in the academy. It could be said that almost everyone knew him. After all, the Saint Child himself was already the Saint Lord Custodian to begin with. Even some Grand Elders or Custodian would give the Saint Child face. The reason being that, it was very likely that he would become the support for the Heaven Secret Academy in the future.
This kind of person was someone who might not be seen even in a lifetime. Furthermore, he would definitely have a formidable force behind his back. Hence, Qing Shui felt that he need to be really careful. If he died, he would die for nothing. If things would end the other way around, he still need to be prepared for some emergency situation.
Saint Child had always been someone who was really proud and arrogant. To think that he would also fall in love with a woman. If he couldn't manage to succeed in pursuing the Eldest Princess, even his future cultivation would be affected. This was also the reason why he lost his self-control last time.
Originally, the Saint Child had never once feared how many people were after Eldest Princess. Even though he didn't have much interactions with her, he knew that the woman he like wasn't someone who would be taken away by others so easily. Even if it was the leader of the Lord Sect and others who liked Yu Sunu, he was never worried.
However, he never expected that a brat, who came out of nowhere, would be able to hold her hand. This felt just like a sharp sword that pierced into his heart. Deep down, the Saint Child had already regarded Yu Sunu as his own exclusive woman. As if he would let other people dip their fingers on her. On that day, he already had the intention to kill Qing Shui. However, he felt too surprised and complicated inside, so he needed calm his heart down. This was the reason why he decided to leave quickly that day.
The matter was being discussed all over the academy. However, most of the topics were about how Qing Shui didn't know about the immensity of heaven and earth. After all, throughout these years, it was as if the Saint Child had put an enormous rock deep down in their heart. They were all chained by the reputation of the Saint Child. It was just like Tian Jiange, but except compared to his, it was more widespread.
"Brother Sui, do you think the challenge match this time is something to look forward to?"
At an isolated spot within the manor, two old men were playing chess. One of them wore a yellow gown. On top of the gown, there was a picture of a golden dragon. The old man seemed a bit old. He looked really elegant and possessed the temper of a king. The aura he emitted on the other hand, felt especially thick and immense.
The other old man on the other hand, wore a purple gown. There was the picture of a Sky Consuming Lion drawn on it. In comparison, this old man had a slightly taller and sturdier body. He had thick grey hair that resembled that of a lion's mane, and he emitted an oppressive pressure.
The man who spoke was precisely the old man in purple lion gown.
"Do you know the young man who challenged Little Fu well?" The old man in gold dragon gown asked.
The old man in purple lion gown on the other hand, looked at the chessboard as he spoke slowly. "That young man just joined the Heaven Secret Academy not long ago. But he seems to be really close to that little lass Sunu. Furthermore, ever since he came, Sunu's cultivation has been increasing constantly."
"You are indeed well-informed. Then I suppose you should have an answer by now." The old man in gold dragon gown smiled and lifted up his head.
"Unless he is an idiot, no one would play a joke with their life. This young man might not be an idiot. It's just that he is still too young, it would have been unbelievable if he could be a match against Little Fu." The old man in purple lion gown slightly knitted his brows as he spoke.
"We will see by then. No matter who wins or loses, we shouldn't make a big deal over it. One day, this very young man might just become the support for my Heaven Secret Academy." The elderly man in gold dragon gown chuckled.
"Brother Sui, is the young man really this daring?" The old man in purple lion gown looked at the elderly man in gold dragon gown in awe.
"Brother Cao, in any case, we still have time. Why don't we just observe him slowly?"
"But how about the strength of the Fu Clan?" The elderly man with the surname Cao asked gently.
"The Fu Clan is a prosperous clan. However, it is still going to depend on Little Fu. If Little Fu didn't manage to take hold of the entire situation, this will only put an end to the golden age of the Fu Clan.
Heaven Secret Academy, Heaven Secret Arena!
This was the largest arena in Heaven Secret Academy. It was also the most popular place within the Heaven Secret Academy, the reason being that only important battles would be held here. Normal people weren't allowed to battle here.
Today was the day Qing Shui challenged the Saint Child. Its location was at the Heaven Secret Arena.
The Heaven Secret Arena had long since been crowded with people. A lot of people already came even before the sky turned bright. Now, the sun was already rising gradually. There was still a bit of time left until the fight started.
"Do you guys think that Qing Shui will dare to come?"
"Most likely yes!"
"I wonder how long he will be able to hold himself for on top of the arena. Will the Saint Child kill him?"
"At least he wouldn't kill him on the Heaven Secret Arena. He still need Qing Shui to cure Fu Yanting's injuries."
"Do you guys know that this young man is very close to the leader of the Breezing Wind Veranda?"
"Ah, this match will be exciting then. A lot of people is aware that the Saint Child is after the leader of the Breezing Wind Veranda. I wonder who the woman will cheer for."
Very quickly, the sun was already at three poles high. This was also the promised time for the battle. Soon after, a man appeared from afar. He slowly approached the arena and skywalked. His movement looked elegant like an immortal fairy.
"The Saint Child is here!"
"He is so handsome!"
The Saint Child slowly walked up to the arena. After that, he stood there quietly, not moving even an inch.
A lot of people was screaming 'Saint Child'. These were all the people from the Saint Child Band. This moment already showed just how powerful the Saint Child's connection was. He was a mysterious yet powerful man. Normally, very few people would get to see him.
"That Qing Shui is being so pretentious. Don't tell me that he doesn't dare to come for the match!"
"Exactly, it would be no fun if he doesn't come."
"Yeah, even if he doesn't come, the Saint Child will still have the right to kill him. Not just him, even other people shares equal rights to do so."
Everyone was discussing about the match. Time went on little by little. Qing Shui only have another fifteen minutes to show up. If he didn't, it would be considered that he had given up on the match. But right at this moment, he made it.
He was really fast, like a meteor catching up with the moon. At the moment when the crowd noticed him, he had already appeared on the arena.
Qing Shui let Qing Sha attended the fight. They didn't actually come together, as Qing Sha came earlier than him. She was at an empty spot below, very few people actually recognized her. In addition to that, she was now also with Yan Jinyu and the Seventh Princess.
Eldest Princess had just arrived. She came slightly earlier than Qing Shui. Her appearance once again brought up discussions among the crowd.
Qing Shui stood on top of the arena as he looked at the Saint Child. He looked at his indifferent expression and also his intermittent powerful arena. A wave-like pressure constantly charged against Qing Shui.
An elderly man acted as the eye-witness. He had already announced the rules on top of the arena. Hence, the match was already considered to have begun.
"You are the one who challenged me. Other than matters over life and death, why don't we bet on other things?" The Saint Child looked at Qing Shui and smiled.
"Sure!" Qing Shui wasn't surprised. This was already within his expectation.
"How about this, if I win, you have to cure my brother, and you can never meet Sunu ever again." Saint Child looked at Qing Shui.
His words once again caused an uproar below the arena.
"Saint Child is indeed a good brother!"
"He's not just a good brother, but also a very passionate man."
"If it isn't because of Fu Yanting's injury, Saint Child wouldn't have accepted Qing Shui's challenge."
"Of course, it's fine for me to cure your brother. But what will happen even if I left Sunu? Women aren't something that can be given to other people. Besides, Sunu and I are just friends. Don't you find the condition which you offered useless?" Qing Shui would never be at a disadvantage in a verbal arguement.
To Eldest Princess's surprise, she heard the two talked about her on the arena. However, she could do nothing but only listen at the moment.
"Well, then I'll go with what you said! Let's begin!" The Saint Child responded in his usual calm tone.
"Wait, are you people with the surname Fu all so shameless? If I need to do something if I lose, how about you? Don't you need to promise me a few things if you lose instead?" Qing Shui said with a smile.
"Lose? As if I will lose?" Saint Child looked at Qing Shui in shock.
Qing Shui knew that he was doing it intentionally. Nevertheless, he still said with a smile. "There are just too many people with undeserved reputation."
Merely these few simple words already made the Saint Child upset. He could only helplessly say: "Say it, you can suggest anything you want."
"It's very simple. Next time, keep that cocky pride of yours back to yourself. Also, don't think that Sunu is your woman just because you think you look handsome. Oh, and stop shouting Sunu's name. Do you know how disgusting she finds it? She wants me to tell you that you suck and that she doesn't like you." Qing Shui said with a smile.
These words struck the Saint Child really hard. Even though he said that he didn't believe it, deep down, he was a bit convinced by it. The reason being that he had seen this brat hold Yu Sunu's hand with his own eyes. For him to be able to hold the hand of a woman like this, if they didn't share any blood relations with each other, it was already enough to speak for everything.
Yu Sunu was really upset. This little brat was being too nasty. Since when did she ever said things like these? Even though some of the things which he said were real, but she herself had never spoken about it before. How would he know about some of her thoughts?
Even the Saint Child's formidable heart had been struck by it and as a result, he slightly shook. He smiled: "I have said before, as long as you win, I can promise you anything."
"You arrogant brat! Get lost!"
"As if Saint Child is someone you can compete against.
"Exactly! Lets see how you will die later! Who do you think you are! The reason why Saint Child promised to fight you today is because he pitied you. Or else, you wouldn't even be qualified to challenge him!"
"Saint Child, I support you!"
"Saint Child, finish him off within seconds!"
At this moment, the people from the Saint Child Band started to spit their saliva at Qing Shui.
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AST 1240 –The people who supported Qing Shui. The tyrannical weakening abilities. Speed
Qing Shui didn't really feel anything towards the people from Saint Child Gang who were spraying out their saliva at him. He hoped that he could make Saint Child lose his calm with his sharp words. Even though the hope was a bit unrealistic, he still wanted to give it a try.
This was also why Qing Shui got Eldest Princess involved. Of course, he could already tell that Eldest Princess wasn't fond of Saint Child. Basically, it was impossible that she would like him, that's why he did it. After all, Eldest Princess wasn't his, Qing Shui's woman. If she was his woman, he would have long since fought against Saint Child as if his life depended on it instead of waiting until now.
Thinking up to this point, Qing Shui couldn't help but think that this might really be effective. There was no perfect person in this world. Everyone would have their own flaws. It was said, "One who knows his own strength and that of the enemy, will be invincible in battle". Only by grasping the opponent's weakness would one be able to deal a killing blow to the enemy.
"Father, I support you, beat him!"
The voice which suddenly came through caused the people all around to be tremendously shocked. A lot of people looked towards Qing Sha in surprise. Qing Sha on the other hand, pretended nothing had happened and let out yet another scream. Previously, people really still didn't have any idea who Qing Sha was supporting. But as she screamed out yet again, a lot of people witnessed that she was screaming in the direction of Qing Shui.
"Qing Shui, we support you, the Breezing Wind Veranda supports you!" Yan Jinyu shouted at this moment.
"Little brother, I also support you! Beat him!" Tian Jiange's voice came through.
After that, more and more voices which stated they supported Qing Shui came through. Originally, the fact that the Breezing Wind Veranda supported Qing Shui had already caused the crowd to feel incomparably shocked. This also meant that the Breezing Wind Veranda was very close to Qing Shui. The crowds all thought that the battle on the arena was a battle between two rivals in love.
After that, even Tian Jiange's voice was heard. This made even more people drop their glasses. A lot of people knew that Tian Jiange was from Lord Sect. Originally, Lord Sect was neutral in the battle today.
However, Tian Jiange promised Qing Shui that he wanted to be on his side and face it together with him. This scream took a lot of courage.
"Since when is Lord Sect on the same side as Breezing Wind Veranda?"
"Exactly. Even though Lord Sect and Saint Child Gang have always been competing against each other, they have never once taken part in things like this. Could it be that the leader in Lord Sect is also attracted to that woman?"
"I am from Lord Sect. I have never heard of us taking any sides before."
"Yeah, what's going on?"
Qing Shui observed Saint Child whom still looked calm. He knew that actually, deep down, the Saint Child's heart had already started to waver. The reason being that not only Breezing Wind Veranda supported him, even Lord Sect was behaving similarly.
Lord Sect might be powerful but it wasn't enough to put pressure on Saint Child. The main pressure which he got was from Breezing Wind Veranda voicing out that they supported Qing Shui. Even though he hasn't fought but even if he was to emerge victorious eventually, he would still feel that he lost.
This kind of thought made him feel really tired. He had never been like this before or rather, he hadn't felt this way in many years. For the first time, he felt like a clown standing there.
"Let's begin!" Qing Shui said gently while looking at Saint Child.
"Yeah. Let's get on with it. You can start first. I am afraid you might only have few chances for that." Saint Child looked at Qing Shui with bright eyes. At this moment, he was once again burning with confidence. It's just like a burning sun.
"Alright then, my pleasure."
As Qing Shui finished speaking, he took out the Big Dipper Sword and immediately used the Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation.
Following up, Qing Shui summoned the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant!
The appearance of the formidable Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant in the sky shocked lot of people. Anyone could tell that the dragon elephant was extraordinary. The pressure and aura it emitted already made a lot of people fearful.
The expression of Saint Child changed slightly. Qing Shui knew that now, at least he had begun paying attention to Qing Shui. The fact that he began taking him seriously meant that he himself was a lot stronger than the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant but he still didn't dare to let down his guard.
Dragon Roaming Step, Nine Palace Orientation!
Qing Shui's body was like a roaming dragon in water as he charged towards Saint Child.
Qing Shui swiftly thrust out his sword towards Saint Child without any flashy moves. It was as if he suddenly appeared beside Saint Child. That spot was an extremely tricky spot. It was a blind spot.
Saint Child moved his body. With graceful steps, he easily avoided Qing Shui's attacks.
His footwork was very fast. Fast to the extent that it had ascended to an artistic state.
Qing Shui on the other hand, was relying on the mysterious features of his Dragon Roaming Step and Nine Palace Orientation. He was testing the limits of Saint Child with this.
But to his surprise, his opponent managed to dodge it fairly easily.
Qing Shui also stopped hiding anything. He immediately raised his speed to its maximum and thrust out the sword in his hand with technique from Taichi fists.
Saint Child's eyes were shining brightly. He once again avoided his attacks a number of times and proceeded to open his mouth and say, "You have to be careful now!"
His calm voice came through. After that, instead of retreating, he charged in and thrust out his right hand. This hand seemed really long and soft but it looked incomparably bizarre. It even seemed like it contained a tough and unyielding energy as it instantly extended up to Qing Shui's sword edge as he executed his Single Finger Flick.
Violet Gold Slash!
Qing Shui abruptly raised his power to its maximum. This was Qing Shui's temporary explosive force. For a short while, he exploded with terrifying strength.
A clear noise rang out.
Qing Shui's body got blown backwards really quickly. The formidable attack from before went straight into Qing Shui's meridians through the sword's body. If Qing Shui's meridians weren't powerful enough, this kind of force would have immediately caused a serious injury to Qing Shui. It might even destroy his meridians as a result.
To think that he could actually pull off attacks like these once he was strong enough.
Today, Qing Shui was considered to have broadened his horizons. From this attack alone, Qing Shui wasn't sure about Saint Child's true strength. But he knew that he was a lot more powerful than him. Maybe Saint Child was testing him as he didn't release his full strength.
Nine Continents Mountain!
Qing Shui controlled the Nine Continents Mountain and charged it towards Saint Child. He crushed it against him with full force.
"If this is all you have got, you are not qualified to challenge me." Saint Child shook his head. He turned his hand from a palm into a fist and immediately punched the Nine Continents Mountain.
The Nine Continents Mountain immediately got blown backwards. Qing Shui was controlling it with his consciousness. He he extended his hands and clapped a few times to set the Nine Continents Mountain in place.
Difference, this was the difference. Qing Shui had expected things to be like this. After all, his current attack contained prowess of less than three million nimbus. The Nine Continents Mountain may be worth five million nimbus, it was still not enough when up against an opponent like Saint Child.
"Of course not. Later on, you will know what else I have," Qing Shui said with a smile.
"That demonic beast? Even though it's not bad, it's still not a match against me. If you are going to rely on it, you will still lose." Saint Child extended his hand and took out a javelin. It was silver-white in color. On top of it, there was a powerful killing intention being emitted from it.
Qing Shui didn't know if this battle technique was a legendary grade weapon. But it should be really close to it.
Now, Qing Shui was really nervous. Saint Child was really powerful. But it wasn't to the point of Qing Shui being powerless in fighting against him. He summoned the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant with his mind.
Vajra Subdues Demon!
Without any hesitation, Qing Shui jumped onto the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant. He immediately called upon it, as he could no longer let down his guard.
Diamond Sword Qi!
As this went on, even Qing Shui was stunned. He had actually weakened about 6 million nimbus of his strength. That meant that Saint Child originally began with strength of more than 20 million but now, he was left with no more than 15 million nimbus of strength.
Powerful, the water in Heaven Secrets Academy was indeed deep. He wondered what level Saint Child's strength belonged to within the Heaven Secrets Academy. Was he considered to be at one of the highest levels within the pyramid? How many more people were there who were more powerful than him?
At this moment, Qing Shui was already standing on top of the dragon elephant. Using the State of One with Elephant now could help make his strength achieve more than 11 million nimbus. But even with this being the case, there was still a difference of about four million nimbus in strength.
"You actually have this kind of tyrannical weakening martial technique?" Saint Child said in shock after looking at Qing Shui for quite a while.
Considering that his strength dropped from the original 21 million down to barely 15 million, this had still caused quite an enormous impact on him. This was the most depressing thing one could experience. It was not that he wasn't strong enough, it was just that his strength has been weakened by someone else out of nowhere. This kind of feeling was enough to make someone spurt blood.
"Take this!" Qing Shui shouted. He called upon the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant and immediately charged towards him.
State of One with Elephant!
Mighty Dragon Elephant Stomp!
It was an enormous explosive power. The entire sky had been burst open. Everywhere, greyish dark mushroom clouds could be seen. It spread a wide range around the sky. The weather in the four continents had abundant Origin Qi. As compared to the five continents, it was even harder to pierce through the sky.
There were explosions all around in the air. Even heaven and earth were shaking and tearing apart.
Saint Child's face finally changed a little. A layer of silver white colored armor appeared on his body. The five meter long War Halberd in his hand suddenly shot out a strong and violent "Gasosaurus" and charged towards the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant.
Nine Continents Mountain.
Now, Qing Shui didn't want to make the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant interact with Saint Child too early.
Qing Shui had long since avoided it with the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant. He temporarily gave up his control over the Nine Continents Mountain. No matter how powerful it was, the Nine Continents Mountain would come to a stop after it exceeded Qing Shui's maximum distance at which he could control the mountain.
Primordial Flame Dragon Whip!
Eight-eight divine Nebula Formation!
Qing Shui only whipped his opponent's head. His Spirit Energy Attack was a lot more powerful than his physical attacks.
Spirit Energy Attacks were often weird and tricky. However, it wasn't able to threaten his opponents. Even if occasionally, it happened to burst out with critical attacks, the gap in strength between him and his opponent was still really big.
Tire him! He should first tire him out!
Qing Shui was controlling the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant. From time to time, he would use the Instantaneous Diamond Evasion and the Ferocious Dragon Elephant Attack.
Under the State of One with Elephant, even though he still got blown back by the opponent, the powerful physical body of the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant was surprisingly able to take it. This was what shocked Qing Shui. As long as it could take his attack, Qing Shui would have ways to tire him to death.
Qing Shui took out a Heavenly Talisman. He quickly slammed a few of them which helped boosted strength, against the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant and tossed a few which reduced strength, towards Saint Child.
And also Buddha's True Eyes!
Maybe because the gap between their strengths was too large, the Buddha's True Eyes was uneffective. It might also have been because his opponent had a lot of things with him. In any case, the Buddha's True Eyes didn't manage to succeed.
Seal of Xuantian!
Qing Shui remained calm and unhurried. He immediately raised up his hand and an enormous silver platform appeared in the sky. It smashed Saint Child who was below and for a moment, made him freeze in shock. But this was also only for a moment. That time interval was so short that it was almost unnoticeable.
When he had weakened the strength of Saint Child previously, he had also weakened part of his speed. The Diamond Sword Qi reduced speed. The Seal of Xuantian also did the same. With these, the effects could already be seen clearly.
Originally, Qing Shui specialized in both speed and footwork. The Instantaneous Diamond Evasion of the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant was something that didn't even need to be talked about. Both him and the dragon elephant shared thoughts with each other. Even under the State of One with Elephant, the Nine Palace Orientation could still be used.
Do not look down on the speed and appearance of a demonic beast. A lot of the martial techniques of humans were learned from demonic beasts. For example, Qing Shui's Dragon Roaming Step and Nine Animals Mimicry Technique.
The Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant had its Dragon Elephant Step. It was just as abstruse. Hence, now, with both Qing Shui and the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant being in the state of One with Elephant, they had finally managed to gain some advantage in speed.
Speed meant power. Speed was the only factor that could never be destroyed among all the martial arts in the world. In front of absolute speed, everything was a paper tiger. But as if it would be easy to get absolute speed. Now that Qing Shui could gain some advantage with his speed, he felt like he finally managed to see brightness from the dark sky.
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