Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 1241-1242
AST 1241 –One Spear Breaking Spirit, Meteor Rush, the old man in purple lion gown
Both Qing Shui and the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant already had the upper hand in terms of speed. This made Qing Shui really happy, the reason being that with speed, he would be able to attack and defend as he wished. In comparison, he would have much more space to move about flexibly.
Real combat helped toughen up someone. Qing Shui operated his high grade spirit energy up to its peak.
State of One with Elephant!
Both Qing Shui and the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant constantly rushed towards Saint Child. The weird energy from Saint Child once again rushed into both the dragon elephant's and Qing Shui's meridians. However, it was dissolved very quickly.
A white light enveloped Qing Shui, defending against every negative effect occurring within his body. Of course, it would have been hard to say if there were more attacks being dealt to the defense. Upon using Area Dominance, Qing Shui felt a lot more comfortable.
Diamond Sword Qi!
Previously, Saint Child's body was also similarly shining with white light. Other than the Emperor's Qi, the other negative effects had actually been removed, leaving Qing Shui with no choice but to once again make the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant patch it back.
Vahra Subdues Demon!
Without all of these weakening abilities, Qing Shui felt that it was very likely that he would have been defeated very quickly.
Saint Child remained calm and collected. However, the more he fought, the more fearful he felt. He felt that both the opponent and his demonic beast's movements were becoming more and more coordinated. It was as if they were a single entity.
But now, he had already come up with a countermeasure for it. He calmly blocked his opponents attacks. Countering skills with force, for now, he was still able to manage barely.
At the moment when both Qing Shui and the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant once again used the Ferocious Dragon Elephant Attack, Saint Child also charged in.
In mid-air, the body of Saint Child once again shone with the white light which Qing Shui was familiar with. Both his speed and strength abruptly shot up.The enormous javelin in his hand exploded with a resplendent white light.
Battle Spirit Strike!
Qing Shui got frightened. He watched as the enormous javelin approached him and knew that he was already no longer able to dodge in time. Even if the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant was to use the Instantaneous Diamond Evasion, it would also be futile, the reason being that he had already been locked onto by Saint Child's Spiritual Sense.
Qing Shui abruptly unleashed the Sword of Seventh Heavenly Wave with his Big Dipper Sword.
Continuously exploding noises came through. Both Qing Shui and the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant got blown backwards. As if Saint Child would give up on such a good opportunity. He quickly charged in once again.
As Qing Shui swung his head, the Ten Thousand Years Coldsteel Bead which he had prepared a long time ago immediately got tossed out of his hands.
Demon Binding Rope!
Now, Qing Shui only wanted to keep him occupied. Simultaneously, he also made the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant use the Vajra Subdues Demon and Diamond Sword Qi. With the Emperor's Qi being the only exception, both the tyrannical Vajra Subdues Demon and the Diamond Sword Qi could only stay in effect for roughly five minutes.
Qing Shui suppressed fluctuation within his mind. If not for the divinity Protection from before, it was very likely that he would have suffered a heavy injury by now. The more Qing Shui engaged himself in battles, the more he felt that the opponent wasn't as terrifying as he thought. But despite so, he knew that he was actually relying on the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant, without it, the only thing he could do was to run away.
Qing Shui took advantage of the time while his opponent was occupied and summoned the Thunderous Beast.
Both Qing Shui and the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant had very formidable resistance to physical attacks. In terms of his resistance to spirit energy, Qing Shui's resistance to it was even more undisputable. Hence, he would stand a chance once the Thunderous Beast came out.
After the Thunderous Beast attacked a number of times, Saint Child's expression changed. He dodged away from Qing Shui and was about to charge towards the Thunderous Beast. He was aware that he had to eliminate this demonic beast or else he would die at its hands today.
He had formidable spiritual sense. Even though the Thunderous Beast caused little to no damage to him, he was able to sense the terrifyingness about the demonic beast. This was very similar to cooking a frog in warm water. (TL note: it means due to a common situation which people are adapted to, they tend to let down their guard which results costing them their very lives.)
As if Qing Shui would let him do as he pleased. He blocked Saint Child's path with Instantaneous Diamond Evasion and once again smashed the Seal of Xuantian at his opponent. It had a 100% accuracy and was unavoidable.
Bloodthirsty Demonic Vines!
While constantly attacking with the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant, Qing Shui was also continuously making a bit of trouble for Saint Child. He was doing this all to buy some time for the Thunderous Beast.
Now, Saint Child was feeling really annoyed. He was supposed to be a lot stronger than this little brat, yet he was left constantly occupied by him and was unable to get himself away from him. Since the incident from before, Qing Shui wouldn’t forget to cast the Diamond Sword Qi as well as Vajra Subdues Demon from time to time to basically maintain his strength around that level.
Mighty Dragon Elephant Stomp!
The Mighty Dragon Elephant Stomp really worriedSaint Child. He felt that this area attack was very dangerous. Hence, normally, he would try to avoid it as much as possible. Halfway through, he failed to avoid it a number of times which as a result, caused his body to feel stiff. This really shocked him.
Saint Child was once again trapped. He immediately stepped back and swung his hand. As he did so, a large demonic beast appeared beside him.
Jade Kirin Beast!
Its entire body was dark green like jade and it looked like a lion. It was about a hundred meters long. But compared to the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant, it was considerably smaller. As soon as it came out, it was already charging in towards the Thunderous Beast.
In the instant the Saint Child summoned his own demonic beast, Qing Shui unleashed the weakening abilities along with the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant without any hesitation.
Vajra Subdues Demon!
This still wasn't enough, Qing Shui instantly took out the Soulshaking Bell and violently shook it.
All of this happened within a few moments time. Qing Shui could feel that this demonic beast was slightly weaker than the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant. It should more or else be around 8 million nimbus. It was also a mutated beast. Compared to the Fire Kirin Beast, it was much rarer.
After being constantly weakened as well as threatened by the Soulshake Bell. The battle prowess of the Jade Kirin Beast was significantly reduced.
Seven-headed Demonic Spider!
Without any hesitation, Qing Shui summoned the Seven-Headed Demonic Spider. On top of the Seven-Headed Demonic Spider, a small figure could also be seen. It was the Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable.
With the Heaven Shaking Drum and Spirit Gathering Lamp, Qing Shui didn't feel panicked. He could have crippled the opponent's Jade Kirin Beast whenever he wanted.
The Jade Kirin Beast wore thick jade armor on its body. Both its resistance towards spirit energy and physical attacks were very powerful. Legend has it that it carried a hint of the true Jade Kirin Bloodline within its body.
Under the effect of the Heaven Shaking Drum and Spirit Gathering Lamp, the spider web of the Seven Headed Demonic Spider managed to achieve a strength worth two million nimbus and more. The Demonic Spider Golden Armor could help make its stickiness and toughness as well as its toxicity increased three fold. Hence within a few moments, the Jade Kirin Beast was trapped by the Seven-headed Demonic Spider.
But very quickly, a layer of faint dark green colored gas could be seen emerging from the Jade Kirin Beast's body. It was just like water as it slowly corroded the spider web and caused it to deteriorate.
The Jade Kirin Beast was a nemesis to all poisonous beasts!
Even though the Jade Kirin Beast managed to restrain the Seven-Headed Demonic Spider, the spider itself was no ordinary demonic beast. The restraining effect also went both ways. The only thing seen was that its golden head started to give off a bright golden light. Not only that, the spider web it formed also started to give off a faint golden light.
Spider Thread Bind!
After that, yet another huge web appeared.
The Thunderous Beast was still constantly unleashing Thunderbolt at Saint Child.
The ability of the Seven-headed Demonic Spider also shocked Qing Shui. It was actually able to keep the Jade Kirin Beast occupied. The Seven-headed Demonic Spider had really high intelligence. Even though the Jade Kirin Beast had been weakened quite significantly, Qing Shui thought that he would still need both the Thunderous Beast and the Seven-headed Demonic Spider in order to keep it occupied.
The attacks of the Jade Kirin Beast mainly focused around its jade fire. This kind of flame was quite terrifying. Considering the fact that the Seven Headed Demonic Spider was slightly water-elemental in nature, it was still able to barely resist the jade flame attacks. In any case, it was still considered to have completely distracted the Jade Kirin Beast.
"Just admit defeat. Or else I'm scared that I might end up killing you by accident," Qing Shui said in his usual gentle tone.
Even though he wasn't loud, the people below were still able to hear him.
"Darn it, how did things turn out like this? Saint Child is actually not a match against his brat," someone screamed in surprise.
"That brat isn't a match against him. He is just showing off with his demonic beast."
"It's still his skills to be able to show off with his demonic beast. Could you have done the same?"
"Never would i have expected things to turn out like this. Saint Child is someone unbeatable, he definitely still have some tricks up his sleeves."
The discussions below were already unstoppable.
Similarly, the Eldest Princess also found what she saw hard to believe. Even though she seemed the same on the outside, a huge wave arose deep within her. To her surprise, this little man was actually this strong. He was really capable of fighting against the Saint Child. In fact, he seemed to even have the upper hand now.
Both Yan Jinyu and Seventh Princess were also really shocked. From the nervousness they felt at the beginning to the surprise and shock later on. Nevertheless, they would look at Eldest Princess from time to time. The reason being that considering that Eldest Princess was able to hug a man, it definitely wouldn't be as she had explained before. Did she really like Qing Shui?
"Do you really think you can beat me?" Saint Child observed Qing Shui's face that had looked really calm, all along.
"Try it then!"
When Qing Shui finished speaking, he summoned the Thunderous Beast and made it use the Violet Lightning Strike.
One Spear Breaking Spirit!
A snow white spear afterimage or rather, the afterimage of a battle technique, charged towards Qing Shui.
Violet Lightning Strike!
As Qing Shui looked at the afterimage of the spear which was approaching him, he realized that he was unable to move. There was a weird energy locking him down. It wasn't spirit energy locking him…… It was targeted through his soul. It felt really weird. On top of that, the power emitted from the snow white spear afterimage was really frightening.
Sacred Jade divine Stone Ring!
He succeeded in a tiny movement after a struggle…… Qing Shui's body actually moved. However, the spear afterimage was like a shadow following the body. It didn't actually change just because he avoided it, so much so that its very distance also stayed the same.
This was considered pursuing one's spirit……
Qing Shui's body couldn't move any more. The only thing that could move now was his mind.
Saint Child saw that Qing Shui was still able to move. Even though he was shocked, he was still more confident in his own battle techniques. This technique was a killing technique when used against someone with strength like Qing Shui's. Previously, he was being too careless, he should have used it long ago.
Violet Lightning Strike!
For safety purposes, Qing Shui told the Thunderous Beast to once again cast the Violet Lightning Strike. Since his life was also in danger, then Saint Child would also have to die.
Saint Child was also feeling terrified deep in his heart. He couldn't move and yet the fatal Ten Thousand Years Coldsteel Bead was heading towards his eyes. This was definitely fatal.
To think that the demonic beast still had tricks up its sleeves!
Everyone below the arena froze in shock. Could it be that they were planning to die together?
Right at this moment when everything seemed to be irreversible, both Qing Shui and Saint Child's bodies moved. Furthermore, two soft but clear noises came through. As that happened, the surroundings turned formless. Everything quieted down.
Both Qing Shui and Saint Child had walked past the gates of hell. At this moment, an old man in a purple lion gown appeared in the middle of the arena. He wasn't talking, yet he was laughing loudly.
"Alright alright, you both are geniuses born from heaven. Furthermore, both of you are also from Heaven Secrets Academy, what's the point in battling each other to the death? Today, let me be the mediator. Speak out about what kind of grudges you two hold for each other. I'll see how we can solve it." The old man's voice sounded just like a clock. It felt as if his voice immediately rang within everyone's ears.
"This is Headmaster Cao!
"Yeah, it's said that he is really powerful!"
"Nonsense! The terrifying attacks from before were dissolved by him effortlessly. How could he not be strong?"
"Fu Yantian greets Headmaster Cao!"
"Qing Shui greets Headmaster Cao!"
Even though Qing Shui didn't know who this old man was but he still went along with Saint Child and greeted him.
"Alright alright, come on, we will settle the problems between you two here and try to make you both as satisfied as possible." The old man seemed particularly happy.
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AST 1242 –Problem Solved, Reputation, Inquiring on the Heart of the Continents
At the moment when Qing Shui heard the old man's words, he knew that his only option was to give up. Despite so, he still felt really surprised. The reason was, the battle might have seemed to end up as draw today but it could still be considered as his victory as he was the one who challenged the Saint Child.
This battle consolidated Qing Shui's strength and made it even more stable. It helped him improved a lot. It would have been so sad if he really died together with his opponent as he didn't want to die yet. It wouldn't be long until his strength would surpass the Saint Child.
Actually, Qing Shui felt really happy deep down when he saw the old man interrupt the match. Fu Yantian on the other hand, was really depressed. Originally, before the match even started, he already felt that he was defeated. What was worse was, he never expected that the result of the battle would turn out this way at that time. Hence, deep within his heart, it could be said that he already felt that he completely lost.
"Little Fu, say it, what's wrong?" The old man smiled and asked Fu Yantian.
"He has casted a restriction on my brother. His lifeforce is dissipating slowly. I want him to help remove the restriction he put on him." Fu Yantian felt really depressed. As he spoke up to this point, he felt a bit helpless.
"Oh!" The old man responded and looked towards Qing Shui.
"I wonder if there has been any hostility between Qing Shui and Little Fu's brother?" The old man asked Qing Shui with the usual smile on his face.
"He has an attitude problem. He backed away from his promise after losing his bet. I was left with no choice to do so." Qing Shui said slowly.
"Well, that means that you guys don't hold too much grudges with each other." The old man revealed an even brighter smile.
"Yes!" Fu Yantian argued quickly.
Qing Shui was stunned and responded: "Yup.."
Qing Shui never expected for Fu Yantian to change his mind so quickly. He intended to make Qing Shui release the restriction he set on his brother without having to give away anything.
"As the saying goes: 'It's better to squash enmity rather than keeping it alive.' Everyone is a part of the Heaven Secret Academy. How about, since your match today ended in a draw, we will let Qing Shui come up with an appropriate condition to help Little Fu's brother release his restriction. Does this idea sound good?" The old man said while looking at the two.
"Alright, it's appropriate for him to suggest a suitable condition. I will treat it as teaching Little Ting a lesson." Fu Yantian put more emphasis in the word 'suitable'.
"Well then, Qing Shui, do you have any objections towards it?" The old man looked at Qing Shui.
"No!" This was a face which Qing Shui should spare. He also voluntarily gave him face. No matter what, the old man was considered to have saved his life previously.
"Alright then, Qing Shui, state your condition!" The old man said hurriedly.
"The condition is really simple, I am just going to follow my condition which we came to agreement with before the match started." Qing Shui said with a smile.
The old man was stunned. Fu Yantian too, revealed a very unsightly expression. However, he was someone with self-esteem, hence, he clenched his teeth and nodded: "I promise you. I hope that you can help my brother release his restriction."
"I will!" Qing Shui smiled and said.
"Just who is this Qing Shui? He is way too powerful!"
"This is my first time seeing someone not showing any concern towards the Saint Child!"
"Exactly, some elders, or even grand elders were very formal to the Saint Child. This time, it could be considered that he was completely slapped by someone else. I wonder if the people from the Saint Child Gang would still continue to act forcefully in the future."
"Guess this time, the Lord Sect is going to make a huge deal out of this. No, I think the Breezing Wind Veranda will be the one to do it instead."
Discussions could be heard continuously from below. Fu Yanting on the other hand, also went up the stage. Qing Shui effortlessly helped him removed his restriction. However, he also added on a few of his words. "It's useless to rely on someone else. Even the closest person to you will not be able to help you forever. It doesn't matter if a person ends up dragging down another person, but the kind of people who brainlessly try to drag someone else down the drain doesn't even deserve to live."
Originally, Fu Yanting already felt as if his heart was wounded by a sword. The reason why his brother lost all of his faces today was precisely because of him. The mysterious feeling which he used to give other people had also disappeared. This caused quite a considerable damage to the Saint Child Gang itself. It was very likely that a lot of people would leave the gang. This would also change a lot of people's original intentions to join the Saint Child Gang.
The other forces would also more or less repelled the Saint Child Gang. The reason being that, anyone could tell that Qing Shui had huge potential. In the future, he would definitely surpass the Saint Child. Also, the battle between the Saint Child and Qing Shui would also never disappear. Hence, to judge the hour and size up the situation, they would definitely get close to Qing Shui and the Breezing Wind Veranda.
"Since things have already been solved, I hope that you two can be friends and help each other. You guys are the future of the Heaven Secrets Academy. Failure means nothing as long as you learn to stand back up. There is no one who never failed. Just because you guys compete against each other, it doesn't necessarily make you two enemies. There are still huge benefits from looking for a rival. Don't look into problems too simply." The old man said.
Fu Yantian, who was originally feeling depressed, turned bright as soon as he heard the old man's words. He unconsciously gripped his fists tightly. The main reason why he ended up with a tie with Qing Shui was because Qing Shui was someone extremely low profile. If Qing Shui had been the head of the Lord Sect, things would have been more easily dealt with as his abilities would be more widely known.
Since the beginning, he was already in the dark about Qing Shui's abilities. As Fu Yantian thought about all these, he slowly calmed down his mind. Today's failure might not be a bad thing. It's just as the old man said, he could find himself a rival this way.
The old man left. Qing Shui on the other hand, left towards the direction of the Breezing Wind Veranda. The Fu Clan brothers also left, leaving behind only the crowds below. A lot of people were having discussions. It was just that Qing Shui wasn't in the mood to listen to them.
"Father!" Qing Sha happily approached Qing Shui and grabbed him.
Qing Shui could see her worries and joy in her eyes. He let out his hand and rubbed her head. After that, he left with Yan Qingyu and the Seventh Princess. They all headed towards the Breezing Wind Veranda. The Eldest Princess had already informed them about it.
Qing Sha also went along.
The moment they heard about the Breezing Wind Veranda, the girls stared at Qing Shui. They looked at him without blinking their eyes, as if they had seen through him. Qing Shui had no choice but to shrug. "Just spill whatever you feel like saying. You don't have to look at me like this, do you? You look just like gangsters."
"You are the gangster. Since when have you become so powerful? Are you a beast tamer?"
"I also don't know since when I became this powerful. I am not a beast tamer……" Qing Shui only provided a very unclear answer to their questions.
Back when he was in Yan City, Yan Qingyu was aware that Qing Shui was still really weak. Merely a slightly bigger clan would already be something he couldn't afford to provoke. How long had it only been? His strength actually became so formidable.
Not long after, the Eldest Princess returned as she smiled at Qing Shui. "You are really someone who manages to always give people surprises. Nevertheless, we are still very happy with this surprise."
"I thought you are unwilling to see this kind of results." Qing Shui looked at the Eldest Princess and smiled.
"What are you talking about? Today is a happy day. Lets celebrate it together. We will let Qing Shui prepare the food." the Eldest Princess said with a smile.
"I agree!" Yan Qingyu smiled and added on.
"Me too!" The Seventh Princess too went along and said.
"Father, you scared me today. You should make some food to amend it for me." Qing Sha smiled lightly. The smile was very vague, but it was enough to make Yan Qingyu and the others to feel as if they were in an illusion. Things were more precious when they came in small quantity. Qing Sha's smile was still something very rare.
Qing Shui on the other hand, was also willing to do it. He was still really skilled at making food. Actually, very few men across the continents knew how to cook, especially for cultivators. To them, cooking was a mortal task, and would 'down-grade' them in the eyes of others. But after all, Qing Shui was special. To him, men who looked after children were nothing but the best. Besides, most of the famous cooks from his past incarnations were all men.
This time, the dishes which Qing Shui prepared were all precious things from the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. Turtles, Rainbow Trout Fish, crabs and more. They were all stewed with medicinal herbs. There were soup, steamed dishes, as well as simmer-fried dish. Not only did they look delicious, they also tasted really amazing.
Qing Shui also felt really happy like he just got himself a newborn child. After all, he almost threw away his life this time. It was said that a person would come to understand a lot of things in life and death situations. They would begin to think through a lot of things which they were previously unable to understand. There were only very rare of those life and death opportunities in one's life. Nor would there be anyone willing to try it. The reason being that, only very few people managed to survive those moments.
The others would also help Qing Shui carry the dishes. The table was soon filled with dishes, with the majority being seafood. Of course, there were also some vegetables.
As for where Qing Shui gathered all these materials for, no one really inquired him on it. Qing Shui had already brought upon way too many surprises for them. They had long since gotten used to it. Besides, the only thing they wanted was to taste this amazing food for now.
"Since you are so good at cooking, whoever that gets married to you will definitely end up a fatty." The seventh princess said. It was unknown whether she said it intentionally or unintentionally.
Qing Shui took out a few altars of wine. How could there not be wine when there was food? There was no outsiders here, hence, after they drank a cup of wine together, the Seventh Princess said that she wanted to eat her meal and proceeded to do so as she finished speaking.
"Eh…… The food can also help increase cultivation……" the Eldest Princess looked at Qing Shui in shock.
"Of course. Actually, no matter what you do, you can raise your cultivation given that you find the appropriate time to do it. Eating can be said to be the most important. Hunger breeds discontentment, only upon consuming sufficient food will one gain strength and be able to maintain their health. The legendary immortal fruits, as well as medicinal pills were all consumed into the stomach. Hence, what's there to be surprised about eating food to increase one's cultivation?" Qing Shui put down his wine cup and smiled.
"Even though things are said this way, only very few people are actually able to do it. At least you are the first person whom I have seen to be able to do it. Or maybe, you might even be the last one." the Eldest Princess was sipping her fish soup.
"Oh yeah, Qing Shui, considered that the fight this time ended in a draw, the higher ups from the Heaven Secrets Academy will definitely come looking for you. By then, they might make an exception for you and promote you to higher grades. You will at least end up as an Elder, or maybe even a Custodian." the Eldest Princess told Qing Shui halfway through her meal.
"Oh, that's good." As Qing Shui thought about it, with this kind of identity, he felt that he would have attained himself a huge support in the Western Oxhe Continent. However, he knew that despite being protected by it at the moment, he might still have to return the favor back to the academy in the future.
"Qing Shui, take over the Breezing Wind Veranda. Even though it isn't huge, it can help you become the Saint Lord Custodian. In the future, the entire Heaven Secrets Academy will be yours." The Eldest Princess said seriously after she thought for a while.
This was the second time the Eldest Princess said it, Qing Shui looked at her. This time, she was really serious. However, he didn't really have the intention to do so. He smiled and replied: "My ambition does not lay in the Heaven Secrets Academy."
The Eldest Princess looked at Qing Shui confused.
"Soon, I will be heading off to search for my wife. I still have other things to do, hence, it's impossible for me to stay long. But I will forever be a member of the Breezing Wind Veranda. And also, I hope that I can give my utmost effort to help you ascend onto the position of the head in the Heaven Secrets Academy. Of course, this will need a bit of time."
"Me?" the Eldest Princess smiled and shook her head.
"Do you not believe in me or in yourself?" Qing Shui said with a smile.
"Even though I have decent innate talent, but the chances of me fighting for the position of head in the Heaven Secrets Academy is very vivid. But you on the other hand, you really are different." the Eldest Princess looked at Qing Shui with a smile.
"As long as you want it, you will surely be able to achieve it. I wonder if sister has ever inquired things about the Heart of the Continent?"
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