Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 1243-1245
AST 1243 - Yang Force, Heaven Secrets Courtyard, Palace Lord, Discussion
The Eldest Princess looked at Qing Shui's serious expression and smiled: ’’Thank you for your kindness. Even if I do have these kinds of thoughts, I'd only be able to achieve them after many years. There will be a lot of changes as time goes on. Why don't we just go with the flow?’’
Qing Shui didn't say anything more. He smiled: ’’I'll listen to you then, but I will still try my best to help you improve your strength. I know a few medicinal pills as well as acupuncture, which might be of help to you. By then, you might be strong enough to do it. It's just a matter of whether you want to or not.’’
’’Alright, this time, you can been considered an enemy of the Saint Child. The brothers in the Fu Clan will definitely think of ways to deal with you. You guys may have seemed to reconcile today, but more things are definitely bound to happen. Hence, you must be careful.’’ In the Heaven Secrets Academy, the Eldest Princess still knew about the Fu Clan's personality. Even if Fu Yantian and his brother didn't do anything themselves, the people behind them would still take action.
The Fu Clan was also a famous clan within the Heaven Secrets Academy. There would be people from Fu Clan in the Elder and Custodian Associations, and past members had been Supreme Elder. Not only that, but Fu Yantian also had hope of becoming the leader of Heaven Secrets Academy in the future. By then, the entire Fu Clan would become even more glorious. Hence, if an enemy were to appear out of nowhere, they would definitely try to kill him by all means.
Actually, the Fu Clan wasn't the only one who harboured this kind of thoughts. Other forces shared similar ambitions. The Heaven Secrets Academy was a big fat piece of meat that anyone would want to get their hands on. The Eldest Princess was only trying to reveal some of the situation to Qing Shui.
’’It will be alright. It's best if they don't provoke me. If they do, I will teach them very quickly that doing so comes with a disastrous cost.’’ This time, it could already be considered that Qing Shui had given face to Headmaster Cao by not cutting off Fu Yanting's hands. Perhaps, this was face he had needed to give.
Even though he let Fu Yanting off today, there was the chance that he would do it again. There wasn't really an allotted time to the reconciliation between Qing Shui and Fu Yantian that the old man in purple lion gown had brought. Things were considered to have been solved back then, as long as both parties had come to an agreement at that time. Besides, the old man was aware that the two shared rivalries with each other. Hence, it was impossible for the two to live peacefully together.
A sect's lords and head, particularly that of a huge sect, would need to go through the baptism of blood. They would need to go through ruthless battles and massacre in order to climb up to a high position. Getting a high position wasn't impossible to achieve with peace, but one need to make everyone obey, or at least have a majority of people feel fear.
The first thing to do in order to accomplish this was to become much more powerful than all others, to the point that they wouldn't even have the courage to fight. However, this was easier said than done. There were multiple geniuses in this world. Besides, warriors would also not be able to raise their strength without going through battles and massacres.
Hence, almost all sects in the continents would send their disciples out to gain experience through fighting against demonic beasts or other human warriors. This was really crucial. The sect would even motivate their disciples to battle among themselves, as long as there was no killing.
’’I believe that very soon, you will be strong enough to do so. Since you don't fancy the Breezing Wind Veranda, I will stop forcing you to do it.’’ The Eldest Princess smiled as she put down the silver fork in her hand.
Actually, prior to this, Qing Shui had been observing her eating for quite some time. She looked very elegant while drinking her soup and eating her food. Furthermore, her movements also looked really natural. Qing Shui really enjoyed this feeling. Halfway through the meal, the Eldest Princess would also lift up her head and look at Qing Shui a few times. However, Qing Shui continued to maintain his natural expression. Within his clear eyes, there were no traces of evil intentions. He only seemed to be stunned by her beauty. Or maybe he did have some dirty though, just that he managed to hide them well.
After all, her pink cherry lips, and that alluring lip line with the pink and fragrant tongue that could be seen from time to time could still cause Qing Shui to imagine some inappropriate scenes. Nonetheless, he didn't leak out any of those thoughts through his expression.
It was only past noon. Both Qing Shui and Qing Sha had just arrived in their own courtyard. Upon arrival, they noticed that there was an old man already standing there. It was none other than the old man in purple colored lion gown,. Prior to this, Qing Shui has already heard from the Eldest Princess that the higher-ups from Heaven Secrets Academy would come to look for himself. But he never expected for it to be so soon. On top of that, it was even an old man.
’’I came without any invitation. I hope this doesn't bother you.’’ The old man revealed a happy smile upon seeing Qing Shui.
’’I'm always free. If senior wants to see me, you could have sent someone here to tell me about it.’’ Qing Shui answered with a smile. He knew that this old man was very powerful. Even though he was unclear about exactly how strong the old man was, he was definitely someone to be reckoned with in the Heaven Secret Academy.
’’Why don't you come to the Heaven Secrets Courtyard with me? There's something which our lord would like to talk to you about.’’ The old man in the purple lion gown went straight to the point.
’’Alright, little brat, go back into the house first. I will be back soon.’’
’’Alright!’’ Qing Sha nodded and immediately went back to the courtyard.
’’The little girl has a very heavy pernicious aura.’’ After Qing Sha left, the old man said softly.
’’Yeah, it's a lot better now. At least now, she is able to maintain her own composure.’’
’’Yes, she has yet to join the Heaven Secrets Academy, I suppose? I wonder if you intend for her to do so?’’
Qing Shui knew that the Heaven Secrets Academy had most likely investigated him regarding some of his background. Hence, he wasn't really that surprised by it. He pondered over it for a while before answering: ’’I'm not sure myself. I will ask her about her thoughts later and see if she wants to join. She has a very strange personality.’’
The two talked with each other while flying towards the Heaven Secret Courtyard, on an enormous crane which belonged to the old man.
The location of the Heaven Secrets Courtyard was not visible. It was located at a high spot on the periphery of Heaven Secrets Academy. All around, the place was contained within the Nine Palace Fog Formation. It may seem like there was nothing there looking in from the outside, but everything from the outside could clearly be seen from the inside.
’’Qing Shui, you aren't from the four continents, are you?’’
’’I'm from the other five continents.’’ This wasn't really a secret. Qing Shui was also convinced that they already knew about this.
’’Five continents. It is said that in the past, the nine continents used to be really balanced and closely connected to each other. Who would have thought for them now to be separated by mountains and oceans?’’ The old man looked around and said emotionally shaking his head.
’’Senior, I wonder if there are any other methods of going back and forth between the five and four continents, other than a few of the Ancient Great Formations?’’ Qing Shui had always kept this question in his mind. He still wanted to reunite with his family. As it stood, it would take him around ten years just to meet them once.
’’It's said that they have, for example, warriors who've reached the False God stage, as well as some legendary Distance Shrinking Rulers. Other than that, there's said to be other methods in the Soaring Dragon Continent, Dancing Phoenix Continent and Haohan Continent that we don't know about.’’ The old man looked at Qing Shui. Qing Shui was from the other five continents, so it wasn't really weird for him to ask this question.
’’Oh yeah, senior, are there any sects or dynasties at the fifth grade across the other three continents?’’ Upon hearing these ideas, Qing Shui knew that for now, he could do nothing but only listen to them. He could still ask about their grades.
’’Yes, of course there is. Even though the Western Oxhe Continent is one of the four continents, the gap in strength with the other three is way too large, even larger compared to the gap in strength between the Western Oxhe Continent and the other five continents.’’ The old man let out a sigh. The feeling he felt was something which couldn't be expressed in words.
Even though Qing Shui reckoned that the other three continents should be really powerful. He could even feel it just by listening to their names. Of course, this wasn't absolute. However, upon receiving an accurate answer, he didn't know if he should feel excited or gloomy. The other three continents were bound to have the existence of False Gods. Could False Gods be the most formidable existences ever to exist?
’’Senior, how strong is a peak fifth grade State master?’’ Qing Shui took the opportunity to ask this question.
’’This isn't that accurate a guess. It should be around 20 million nimbus, also known as 2 thousand sun.’’
’’Oh, so ten thousand nimbus is equivalent to one sun. The beginner fifth grade State Masters have strength around two hundred sun whereas those at the peak possess two thousand sun of strength. The gap between the strength of the same grade is indeed getting wider and wider.’’ Qing Shui said with a smile.
’’The further you progress, the wider the gap. Actually, by the time one reaches this level, they only present themselves based on the grade of State Master he's at. Even this is just a vague concept. It is all based on the strength which you sensed from your opponent. This is because these were all set many years ago, and it has already changed a lot in many places.’’
While talking, they had already arrived at the Heaven Secrets Courtyard. After passing through the Nine Palace Fog Formation, Qing Shui realized that he could pass through it as much as he liked with his Nine Palace Step.
’’Do you find this formation really easy?’’ A gentle yet dignified voice came through.
Qing Shui lifted up his head and saw an old man in a gold dragon gown standing on a spot not so far away from him. It was as if the old man appeared out of nowhere. However, even the current Qing Shui was unable to sense any aura from the old man's body.
The old man looked elegant and dignified. He possessed an aura which resembled that of a king. He was the headmaster and head of Heaven Secrets Academy. He might not be the strongest warrior, but he was the person in control of Heaven Secrets Academy. The warriors more powerful than him would normally not show too much concern towards the Heaven Secrets Academy unless it was about very important matters.
’’That's not it... It's just that I find it a bit familiar.’’ Qing Shui said hurriedly.
’’Here, have a seat. It has been a long time since I last talked to a young man. How many years has it been? I have never been this curious about a young man.’’ The old man asked both Qing Shui and the old man in purple lion gown to sit down.
’’I'm the headmaster of Heaven Secrets Academy, but I hope that you won't overthink this. I don't harbor any bad intentions towards you. It's just that seeing a prodigy like yourself appearing here, we were hoping that you could use our name, the Heaven Secrets Academy.’’
’’Senior, I don't really get what you mean?’’ Qing Shui had a lot of secrets even his own close relatives didn't know about, let alone outsiders. He also didn't plan to share them with others. If he was careless with it, he might endanger himself, with the risk of being killed.
’’It means that wherever you go in the future, we hope that you will go as a representative of Heaven Secrets Academy. In the future, if it's fine with you, we hope that you can help raise the level of our Heaven Secrets Academy.’’ The old man looked at Qing Shui and said seriously.
’’I am not that capable. There are way too many people more powerful than me in Heaven Secrets Academy. Even some of the youngsters are more powerful than me.’’ Qing Shui revealed a bitter smile and shook his head.
’’Haha, you are still acting dumb in front of us. We know that you have secrets, but we also won't ask you about them. Deep down, you actually don't see that highly of the Heaven Secrets Academy. But you also have an ambition deep in your heart. For example, one day, you will overtake the Heaven Secrets Academy.’’ The old man said very confidently.
Now, Qing Shui knew that these experienced old men were much more powerful than those psychiatrists from his previous incarnation. He said helplessly: ’’I don't dare to think so.’’
’’Alright, we won't force you to do it, nor will we be so stubborn towards this matter. Everyone in Heaven Secrets Academy is really free. Even if an agreement doesn't end well, we won't really mind it. All we hope is for you to help the Heaven Secrets Academy within your own capability. This is also for the future development of Heaven Secrets Academy. Of course, we won't let you suffer unnecessarily. For example, you can suggest any conditions you want. As long as it's something we can do, we will help you out with it.’’ The old man sounded really relaxed. He was unusually friendly when he spoke.
’’I promise, also, I will stay as a disciple of Heaven Secret Academy, as a member of Breezing Wind Veranda.’’ Qing Shui felt that he was not in an appropriate position to negotiate, nor did he find it necessary to do so. He felt that very soon, the Heaven Secrets Academy would know that he had the assets to do so. It would have been enough if he mentioned that he was a member of Breezing Wind Veranda. The old man was a very experienced man, he would know Qing Shui's thoughts even if he didn't mention it.
’’It's good to be young. Little brat, you're a genuine person. Don't worry, we will give the Breezing Wind Veranda our biggest support. If the situation allows it, in the future, you might even have a very good chance of taking over Heaven Secrets Academy.’’ The old man revealed a happy smile.
’’Well then, thank you.’’ Qing Shui knew that the old man was only making empty promises right now. If Qing Shui were to make these into reality, he would still need to rely on himself. However, he wasn't really worried about this.
AST 1244 - Value, Guest Custodian, the strength of Western Oxhe Continent
’’I have already finished talking about the main things today. The other thing is that I want to promote you to be a Guest Custodian. Are you fine with that?’’ the old man in the gold dragon gown smiled and said.
’’Guest Custodian?’’ Qing Shui knew about the custodians. However, he also knew about the Saint Lord Custodian. But this was his first time hearing Guest Custodian.
’’Actually, the Guest Custodian is just a normal custodian. It's just that you won't be restricted by other people. Even us, we do not have the authority to control you. Of course, you cannot ruin the reputation of Heaven Secrets Academy. Whenever the Heaven Secrets Academy is in trouble, so long as it's not difficult for you, the Guest Custodians are obliged to help Heaven Secrets Academy out.’’ The old man looked at Qing Shui and said with a smile.
This condition indeed sounded really flexible. The reason being that the more powerful a person was, the more annoyed they would feel being restricted. Hence, an open-minded sect would give the person as much freedom as possible when the situation allowed it. Even if they had been more forceful with things, once the sect was endangered, the members wouldn't be as helpful as those that were being loosely restricted. The most important thing about a sect was how united they were and helping their members find a sense of belonging. Of course, rules were very important but it definitely wasn't the most crucial thing about a sect.
’’I promise you. But I am already a disciple of Heaven Secrets Academy. Why don't you just forget about the Custodian title? Wouldn't this be even better?’’ Qing Shui smiled and looked at the old man.
’’Haha, these words are the most important and can't afford to be ignored. I can feel that you are very ambitious. Furthermore, what's even weirder is that I have been having this feeling that there is a unique strength contained within your body. One day, you will definitely transform into a dragon among men and soar around the sky. By then, I hope that you can help look after the Heaven Secrets Academy. That's all I ask for.’’
Qing Shui knew about his own situation. He also felt that he would be able to do it. However, considering that the old man insisted on it, he definitely trusted his judgement. Other than that was the old man's boldness. Qing Shui should be a nothing but a weakling in his eyes. However, the old man had actually opened up such a big door for him.
’’Don't worry about it. If a day like this really was to come, I would do it. Given that I am capable of doing so, I will help the Heaven Secrets Academy destroy the pattern of Western Oxhe Continent,’’ Qing Shui said firmly after thinking for a while.
’’Alright, if you have anything you need which we can do, the Heaven Secrets Academy will do our best to aid you. Feel free to tell us what you need. We will try our best to satisfy your requests.’’ The old man in the gold dragon gown looked at Qing Shui seriously.
’’Alright, old man, roughly how much strength does the strongest force within the Western Oxhe Continent possess?’’ Qing Shui felt that later on, he wanted to head off to the other dynasties within Western Oxhe Continent. It was said, ’’To know one's own strength and the enemy's is the sure way to victory’’. Besides, he was also curious about it.
’’The top force within the Western Oxhe Continent is roughly at eight thousand sun. I'm not sure whether this is accurate,’’ after thinking for a while, the old man in the gold dragon gown smiled and said.
Qing Shui slightly knitted his brows. He himself also didn't know if this strength was considered unusually high. In any case, it should be considered to be quite high by right. After all, his current stable strength was about three hundred to six hundred yang. The doubling of prowess which he got from time to time couldn't be considered part of its strength as it only appeared very occasionally.
’’Do you really not find it that terrifying? Actually, three thousand sun is a cut-off point. Around five thousand sun on the other hand, it is a huge cut-off point. The same also applies to eight thousand sun. For example, once someone reaches three thousand sun, they will meet a bottleneck. A bottleneck which is very hard to break through. So much so that it may be as hard as climbing up to heaven.’’ The old man smiled and looked at Qing Shui.
Qing Shui felt a bit embarrassed. After all, despite him possessing such little strength, he already found eight thousand sun worth of strength a little low. Now, he had also come to understand that as someone progressed further in their cultivation, despite the fact that they might experience a significant increase in their strength, simultaneously, it would be even more difficult for them to increase it as they progressed forward.
’’I see, the journey of cultivation is indeed tough!’’ Qing Shui said in awe.
’’You are still young. Your youth is your asset. Once you reach a certain age, your strength will naturally follow it and increase. Or maybe, it will get raised even higher by then.’’
Qing Shui only left after staying in the Heaven Secrets Courtyard for more than half a day. His courtyard has once again been moved. This time, it had been moved to a spot located not far away from Eldest Princess. Qing Shui didn't know if the old man did it onpurpose. Logically speaking, with his identity, this shouldn't be the place he lived in.
Furthermore, the old man also gave him a key. This was one of the treasures which the old man rewarded him with. Or rather, it was the key to a room filled with treasures. Originally, Qing Shui intended to reject it. But as he thought deeper into it, he gave up this intention. This was a reward given to him for the future. Furthermore, there were also a few more people from the Heaven Secrets Academy which were rewarded with these rooms.
Qing Shui didn't rush to look for the treasury. Instead, he first headed back to his old courtyard. He brought Qing Sha along and together they moved over.
Qing Shui only found out that this courtyard was the closest to Eldest Princess' courtyard upon heading there along with Qing Sha. Originally, there were courtyards all around the place where Eldest Princess lived but they were all empty. However now, they had all been given to him.
Not long after Qing Shui and Qing Sha went to the courtyard, Eldest Princess came. The expression she had when looking at Qing Shui was really weird. Qing Shui felt a bit embarrassed being stared at by her like that, ’’This is something which the headmaster rewarded me with. I don't know how I ended up here......’’
Even Qing Shui found it hard to believe, let alone Eldest Princess. This was a place specifically for elders. However, it was even higher than that of normal elders. This had something to do with her master. Most importantly, her master had told her before that no other people can live around her, especially men. But now, the person living closest to her was a man.
’’What are you trying to explain? It's not like I am trying to chase you away.’’ Eldest Princess found Qing Shui's expression when he was helpless a bit funny.
’’Well, I'm just scared you won't like it.’’ When Qing Shui heard her words, he felt relieved.
’’Oh, are you that scared of me?’’ Eldest Princess asked in surprise. Her eyes seemed a bit crafty.
’’Er... Not really, I'm just scared that it might upset you. After all, we are neighbours now. We should help each other.’’
Eldest Princess smiled and looked at Qing Shui without blinking her eyes. Soon, Qing Shui also found himself a bit speechless. He had no choice but to mock himself and stop.
’’So we are only neighbours.’’
’’Er, Sister Su, I'm just kidding. How about this, tonight, this little lass and I will move to your......’’
’’In your dreams. Alright, let's go. Stop complaining.’’ Eldest Princess also knew that Qing Shui was just kidding. She felt really happy. Her lifestyle now was something which she never would have expected in the past.
Even her own master told her that she had changed. But her master liked the way she was living now. She remembered her master telling her this, cultivation didn't mean moving away from the world. Only through feeling emotions and comprehending your own heart would you be able to experience the meaning within it. This was the real cultivation.
The courtyard here looked almost the same as Eldest Princess'. Actually, Eldest Princess wasn't aware that other than the area where she lived in, the rest of the areas in the surroundings had all become Qing Shui's. Compared to where Qing Shui lived previously, this place was a lot better. Although the size of the residence didn't increase too much, the main thing about it was the decoration and the scenery in the courtyard. Also, the formation used to cultivate had been upgraded a lot.
Both Yan Jinyu and Seventh Princess came. Qing Shui gave them the other two courtyards in the surroundings. By the time they found out the news was real, they were incomparably happy. The reason being that by using the formation in here, one's cultivation speed would become a lot faster. Most importantly, even though this place was made for elder grade warriors, the way the formations were set up in here, most of them were a lot better than those used by elders.
’’This is great! In the future, it would be so much easier for us to get rice. Unlike before, it doesn't look good to travel such a long distance just to get rice.’’ Seventh Princess said happily after she confirmed this was real.
Yan Jinyu on the other hand, smiled and didn't say anything. She was staring at Qing Shui with her eyes. Deep down in her heart, she was also really stunned with Qing Shui's changes throughout these days.
In the middle of the afternoon, Qing Shui took out the unique key and walked deep into the mountain. The Heaven Secrets Academy's treasury was scattered in a lot of places. Each of them would have a lot of rooms as well. Furthermore, they all had professional people guarding them.
Qing Shui headed towards the address which the old man gave him. This was a place with a lot of mountains, causing it to seem really messy. From high-up, one could only see it as an enormous mountainous region. Plenty of the mountains penetrated straight through the clouds, completely covering the bottom. It was just like a tunnel and Qing Shui was currently shuttling through it.
In addition to that, there were also a lot of junctions. The rocks here were very tough. They looked murky and dull. Also, they seemed to be unusually humid. Within it grew things like mosses and such. From time to time, there would also be small wild beasts and worms which were all scared away by Qing Shui.
The atmosphere here told Qing Shui that no one had been here in a very long time. It didn't actually feel that stuffy. This might have been the effect of the spiritual qi within the mountain or the effect of those mosses. Instead, the air felt a bit fresh and clean. Of course, it still couldn't be compared to the air outside.
Qing Shui was swiftly shuttling through it. If he was to head there by air, the distance would be relatively short. But it would be very hard to find the exact location unless he travelled by ground. A lot of people would pass through the mountains to head there whereas some would choose to go there through the underground. The majority of the people could tell that it was an artifact.
Qing Shui didn't know when, he had started having the feeling that he was walking along an underground tunnel. At first, he thought that the surroundings were all rocks but now, he realized that they were a kind of earth stone. It was also through this that he found out he was currently underground.
Suddenly, Qing Shui got his attention caught by the things in front of him. What appeared ahead was a relatively wide area. To his surprise, there were tiny bits of light around it. This was an area which resembled a tent. By that, it meant that one would feel as if they were in a tent staying here. The top part of the area had tiny bits of lights dropping down from it. It looked just like stars. However, those were only pores which led to the outside.
Around the walls in the surroundings, there were a few stone walls. At this moment, a few elderly men suddenly appeared around the area. These old men looked old, like withered trees. The feeling they gave others was a bit gloomy.
A gloomy and cold voice came through.
Qing Shui took out the token which the old man in the gold dragon gown gave him. There was a number carved on top of it.
’’Go to the hidden room that matches the number on your token. Don't go near the other rooms. Or else, don't blame us if you die.’’ Once they finished speaking, the old men from before disappeared like demons. Just like when they first appeared, they disappeared very quietly.
Qing Shui shook his head. Every one of the old men here were very powerful. They should be one of the groups in charge of protecting the treasures in Heaven Secrets Academy.
He took out a heavy key which was about a foot long and inserted it into the key lock. This place was set up with a lot of formations. Once someone attempted to destroy them by force, they would be activated. Furthermore, the door to the hidden room was made of an unusual kind of metal. It was extremely tough. Unfortunately, it wasn't suitable to make weapons.
This was a trapdoor. Once it got destroyed, the hidden room would also collapse.
Qing Shui was twisting it very quickly with his hands. This lock was very complicated. With Qing Shui's speed, he actually twisted it more than a hundred times. The only thing heard was a heavy noise. The door of the hidden room finally opened.
Actually, Qing Shui had always been interested in learning about traps. Unfortunately, he had never had the chance to interact closely with them. The stone door opened. The only thing which entered his eyes was a long flight of steps extending downwards. There were things like Night Pearls on the side providing a dim radiance so he could still see somewhat.
AST 1245 - Treasures, Yang Stone, Yang Pill, Nine Yang Pharmacopoeia, Spiritual Medicinal Beast
Qing Shui followed the path and slowly proceeded down the staircase. The staircase was a few meters long. Qing Shui summoned out the Jade Emperor Bee to help him find his path forward. It was always better to be safe than sorry. If anything bad was to happen, at least he would be prepared for it.
The stone steps weren't really that long. Very quickly, they had already reached the bottom. Deep down, Qing Shui also felt really excited about it as after all, this was the treasury which the Heaven Secret Academy gave him. He didn't know what it contained but it shouldn't be anything too bad.
While thinking, Qing Shui walked towards the one and only huge hidden room within it. There was no sign of danger in the messages which the Jade Emperor Bee sent him. While Qing Shui was walking, he was also thinking about what he was looking forward to the most.
As Qing Shui thought about this problem, he was stunned. The reason being that he already had the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. A lot of his things came from the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal but now, for a moment, he realized that he no longer had very high expectations for the things in the outside world. Even now, he wasn't really as excited as he thought he would be. If there was something he really looked forward to, it would be to refine the strength within himself.
The door of the hidden room here was left open. Hence, Qing Shui could already see a lot of the things inside it with just one glance. Most of what was here were some chests. The things left outside were all useless. Despite the treasury being about ten meters long and wide, there were very few things within.
This instead made Qing Shui feel happy. This was because from his experiences so far, the more things they had put in here, the more things there would be which were useless. Only a minority of them could be considered to be decent.
Qing Shui laid his hand on one of the chests closest to him. The chest was made out of a kind of jade. Since the chest was made of jade, there ought to be decent things contained within it. Other than that very valuable things, normally, the majority of the things contained within jade stones were medicinal ingredients.
Qing Shui slowly opened it and realized that there was only one layer within it. On top of it was a round hole about the size of a pigeon egg. Within it was contained sparkling and translucent medicinal pills. There was formidable spiritual qi being emitted from them.
Qing Shui took out one of them and closed the chest. The medicinal pill was slightly bigger than a person's thumb. It was gold in color. There was fluorescent light circulating around it, giving people the feeling it was an elixir.
Heavenly Vision Technique!
One Yang Pill!
Effect: One One Yang Pill can help increase the user's strength by one sun (not the raw strength but the complete strength of the user), everyone could only consume it ten times throughout their lifetime. They could only consume one per year.
One can use the One Yang Pill without the Two Yang and Three Yang Pills, they wouldn't clash. Or more precisely, while consuming the One Yang pill, one could also use both the Two Yang and Three Yang Pills at the same time.
’’Oh, there is still Two Yang Pill, Three Yang Pill and so on.....’’ Qing Shui was stunned. Originally, he felt that the One Yang Pill would provide him a little help but if he could use it at the same time as Two Yang as well as Three Yang Pills, the result would still considered to be decent. It was just that Qing Shui didn't know if there were Two or Three Yang Pills within the hidden room.
Condition of use: Warrior has to possess strength of Grade One State Master or above.
Qing Shui thought about why the disciples in Aristocratic Clans were so powerful. Their clan inheritance itself was already powerful to begin with. If they were to add in a few more powerful medicinal pills, it would be hard even if they didn't want to be powerful. For example, just like the One Yang Pill, a Grade One State Master could consume one and immediately ascend to a beginner Grade Three State Master.
Of course, the people who could own such formidable medicinal pills were definitely powerful forces. Furthermore, it was safe to assume that only the geniuses from the clans could use them.
The other clans might not have the One Yang Pill. But they would have other medicinal pills which might not necessarily be weaker than the One Yang Pill. They might even be able to match against the Two or Three Yang Pills.
If we were to talk about merely the One Yang Pill, Qing Shui felt that it would provide little help for himself. The reason being that it didn't increase one's raw strength. If that was the stat it raised, it would have been more powerful. In fact, if it really helped raise raw strength, Qing Shui wouldn't dare to eat it as he feared that his body might burst as a result.
There were sixty of those pills in the chest. The One Yang Pill was definitely a formidable existence. The value of sixty of these was already something immeasurable.
Qing Shui put the One Yang Pill back into the chest and immediately threw it into the Realm of Violet Jade Immortal.
After that, Qing Shui stopped looking. He immediately tossed all of the chests into the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal and left. On the way out he was very fast. He followed the path back to where he came from and swiftly shuttled through it. At the time when he came out, he didn't run into those elderly men.
By the time Qing Shui reached home, it was already evening. He was surprised to find out that the girls were also there. It was truly convenient for them to take the rice now. But this time, Qing Shui made them prepare it instead.
Qing Shui gave them the flavorings as well as the rest of the ingredients. After that, he entered the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal.
As for the girls, they could only start trying to cook. The beauties from heaven looked at each other dumbfoundedly inside the kitchen but luckily, Yan Jinyu had seen Qing Shui doing it before. In fact, she had also once also cooked before, it was just that the dishes she prepared were of the simplest kind. Also for Qing Sha, she has seen Qing Shui's cooking the most. Hence, the girls began trying their best to prepare the dishes.
Meanwhile, Qing Shui had already begun checking out the other boxes within the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. There were around ten of them. Qing Shui opened up one of the other two Jade Stone chests and realized that there were medicinal pills which looked like One Yang Pill. They shared the same size and similar color. It was just that the aura emitted felt different. The ones here were slightly more powerful.
Qing Shui's heart moved. He looked towards it with his Heavenly Vision Technique.
Two Yang Pill!
Effect: One Two Yang pill can increase strength by two sun (Not raw but overall strength). Each person could only take ten throughout their lifetime and only one per year.
At the moment when Two Yang Pill was consumed, it could be used together with One and Three Yang Pills.
Condition of use: User's strength has to be at least at or above Grade One State Master.
Two Yang Pill, it really was the Two Yang Pill. Furthermore, it was exactly the same as the way he thought it would be. There were also around sixty of them within this box. Each row contained ten and there were six rows in total.
He opened up the other Jade Stone Chest. This one was relatively bigger than the one before. Qing Shui looked into it and found there to be medicinal ingredients within the box. Furthermore, they were all especially precious ones. Even though there were only very few of each, they were quite valuable.
Qing Shui glanced over them and found out that they were all roughly ten thousand years of age.
Following on, Qing Shui took a peek at the other chests.
Qing Shui felt really agitated. To his surprise, this piece of Yang Stone was as big as the heads of two adult men. Its coloration was an indication that its quality seemed to be even better. Qing Shui closed the chest. The old man had truly put a lot of capital into the presents he gave Qing Shui.
He continued opening another chest only to find seeds within it.
There were a lot of seeds within it, Qing Shui looked towards them with his Heavenly Vision Technique and realized that they were seeds of Yang Grass and Yang Flame Flower.
Qing Shui's heart moved.
Could it be the seeds of the medicinal herbs to refine One and Two Yang Pills?
Qing Shui closed the other chests which he had opened. The things here seemed to share relations with ’’Yang’’. For example, Yang Stones, Yang Pills, Yang Flowers as well as Yang Grass.
There were still the last two small chests. Both were only one foot in size. However, the quality of the chests were the best among those he took. This made Qing Shui really excited. He slowly opened up one of the small chests. The thing which appeared in front of him was an ancient book. On top of it was written a few simple and unadorned words ’’Nine Yang Pharmacopoeia’’.
Upon opening it, Qing Shui read it from the first page. They were all decent recipes. However, all of the recipes written in it basically required medicinal grass like Yang Grass. Towards the end, Qing Shui noticed the recipes for One Yang to Nine Yang Pills. There was nothing further.
From those seeds and recipes, Qing Shui felt that this treasury was left behind by a powerful alchemist. However, because the person was restricted by certain situations or maybe, because of his personal influence, he could only refine the Two Yang Pill.
After a long time, Qing Shui put down the recipes in his hands. This was because he felt that he would need a lot of years until he could refine medicines. What he meant by that was that the age of the medicinal herbs wasn't something he could have at the moment. The medicinal pills he refined now all required spiritual medicine grade ingredients. Those would be at least three thousand years old. Only after three thousand years would the herb start to be considered the lowest grade spiritual medicine. And as for things like One Yang Pill, its requirements would be even higher. Even inside the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal, it would still require ten years in the outside world for it to be done.
Hence, this made Qing Shui felt a bit gloomy. Nevertheless, he still felt really happy. After all, his current lifespan was really long. If he really ran out of ideas, it would still be fine if he had to wait for ten years.
Qing Shui opened the last box with a complicated feeling only to find that it was also a book. On top of it was written ’’Beast of Spiritual Medicine’’.
Qing Shui was confused. He took out some books and started flipping through them. While reading, a surprised look could constantly be seen on Qing Shui's face. As it seemed, the Spiritual Medicinal Beast targeted specifically medicinal herbs. They were beasts that turned medicinal herbs into spiritual medicine.
Spiritual Medicinal Beasts raked through the soil within the ground, making the soil within the medicinal farm be filled with spirituality. Some of them would pollinate the herbs whereas some would right away penetrate through the medicinal herbs. The main things were the demonic beasts within the soil of the medicinal farm and the pollinators. Only through changing the soil into a spiritual farm would the medicinal herbs be able to turn into spiritual grass. As for those being pollinated, they were mostly spiritual fruits and such.
Qing Shui continued reading it and realized the formidable features of Spiritual Medicinal Beast. A Grade One Spiritual Medicinal Beast could reduce time by 10%. A Grade Two could reduce by 20% whereas a Grade Three could reduce it by 30%.
The Spiritual Medicinal Beasts didn't shorten the time. Instead, it helped raise the spiritual nature within the medicinal herbs. It was in another way considered shortening the time, the reason being that medicinal herbs would turn into spiritual medicine once it reached a particular time.
There was also the Flower of Life and enourmous lotus within the pond inside the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. The main point was how do one nurture the Spiritual Medicanal Beasts?
The ’’Beast of Spiritual Medicine’’ was mainly used to nurture Spiritual Medicinal Beasts. The majority of Spiritual Medicinal Beasts didn't have mighty combat prowess. Furthermore, their body size was very small. The reason being that they needed to rake the soil as well as nurture the medicinal herbs.
Qing Shui had a lot of targets for pollinating Spiritual Medicinal Beasts. For example, the Jade Emperor Bee as well as the Gold-Silver Colored Butterfly. But for now, the main one Qing Shui needed to choose was one which could help change the quality of the soil.
The soil within the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal was already considered to be really decent and powerful. If not, it wouldn't be suitable for any plants to grow. After spending half a day deciding, Qing Shui spotted the Treasure Hunting Pig which was sleeping soundly in the corner.
Its body still looked golden-bright and round as usual. It was a lovely and really likeable beast. It was best to turn this kind of Treasure Beast into Spiritual Medicinal Beast. Not only was it able to hunt for treasure. In terms of its size, it was also more suitable for the role. Furthermore, despite not having any combat power, the Treasure Hunting Beast's resistance against attacks was extremely powerful. It could also pass through mountains, drill underground, cross rivers, pass through fire and even penetrate through things tougher than itself. This was also so that it could hunt for treasures.
The Treasure Hunting Pig becoming a Spiritual Medicinal Beast would only benefit itself. After settling on which demonic beasts he wanted to feed, so long as he fed them with one Spiritual Beast Pill, he would have considered to have planted a seed of Spiritual Medicinal Beast within their bodies. If it was compatible with the demonic beasts, they would immediately ascend to Grade One Spiritual Medicinal Beast. Whereas if it was not compatible, the process would be really slow. They might not even end up a Spiritual Medicinal Beast.
There was a recipe for Spiritual Beast Pill within the ’’Beast of Spiritual Medicine’’. Furthermore, among the seeds, there were also medicinal herbs like these. However, Qing Shui remembered the box of medicinal herbs. He quickly opened it and looked into it.
’’As I thought, it's the medicinal herbs listed in the recipe for Spiritual Beast Pill.’’ Qing Shui was unable to describe the surprise he was feeling right now. If he was to really nurture a Spiritual Medicinal Beast and used it along with the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. With his ability in refining medicines, it shouldn't be a problem for him to refine the medicinal pills within the Nine Yang Pharmacopoeia.