Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 1261-1262
AST 1261 –Blackmoon Star, Swift Agile Pill
Basically, everyone in the shop would sort of examine the item. But once they asked about its price, they would leave immediately as the seller only wanted to exchange that item in trade. Furthermore, their demand for the exchange was very high. They demand for either a demonic crystal worth 1,000 sun or three cores with same level.
Upon hearing the price, everyone shrunk back. The only special thing about the black stone was that it looked quite nice. Hence, as soon as they heard the price, they lost the mood to even bargain for it. Even though the stone looked really beautiful but if it was only being sold for its appearance, one could already buy something similar by only spending very little money.
Of course, in between, there would still be people that came here to take a look at the stone to see what was mysterious about it. The conclusion they got was that there was a bit of spiritual fluctuation on top of it. However, this spiritual fluctuation wouldn't be worth such a price. In fact, it was totally not worth the price.
Hence, only an idiot would exchange for it. Not any ordinary idiot, but an extremely wealthy idiot.
When Qing Shui saw them put it down, he operated his Heavenly Vision Technique and peaked at it. Upon doing so, he got incomparably agitated.
He had never heard about it before but he had managed to learn about it with his Heavenly Vision Technique. Qing Shui's Heavenly Vision Technique was an outstanding technique which helped him evaluate things. Basically, through the Heavenly Vision Technique, he would be able to roughly evaluate any objects.
Effect: It could be forged with an object. Limited to weapons, armors, whips, shield, accessories and more. It could help to permanently increase the ability of the target by one level. There was also a fixed chance that it would fail. Upon failure, the Blackmoon Star would disappear.
Qing Shui's heart throbbed at the time he finished reading it. All of the abilities of a particular object would go up by one level. This was such a powerful ability. If it wasn't because his Big Dipper Sword was now a Spiritual Sword, he would definitely choose the Big Dipper Sword as his first pick. This would help to increase the possibility for it to turn into a Legendary grade weapon. Of course, upgrading by one level didn't necessarily mean a similar rise in grade. For example, the Big Dipper Sword previously increased his strength by five times. Upon using the Blackmoon Star, it would end up increasing his strength by six times instead.
However, the Big Dipper Sword was already a Spiritual Sword now. He wouldn't be able to forge it again. He now had an even better goal.
Nine Continents Boot!
Qing Shui immediately thought about the Nine Continents Boot as soon as he saw the ability of Blackstar Moon. In his heart, the Nine Continents Boots was an existence which was at the same level as the Arhat Rosary Beads, Big Dipper Sword and Nine Continents Mountain. To him, the Nine Continents Boots was already a small divine weapon.
"How is this sold?" Qing Shui pointed at the Blackmoon Star and asked the male servant from before.
"Nice to meet you sir. Our boss has informed us that this item is not for sale. It can only be used to exchange for other stuffs." The male servant smiled politely.
"Oh, I wonder what I can use to exchange for it. Can I know it’s rough value?" Qing Shui felt that he must get his hands on this Blackmoon Star. However, he couldn't express himself to be so eager to get it, or else, if people with bad intentions were to notice, it would be difficult for him to take it.
For example, when buying something, if you were to tell the seller to state a price and that you would buy it regardless of the price, this would cause the seller to feel that the thing he owned was a priceless treasure. As a result, it might even lead to the seller to no longer desire to sell the object.
"The price was equivalent to either a demonic crystal worth 1000 sun or three cores at the same level." The male servant smiled politely.
"Can you make the call?" Qing Shui asked after he thought for awhile.
"Yes, but my boss has informed me that there should be no bargain. As long as you pay according to the price, you can take it away immediately."
"Erm, alright then, I am buying this thing." Qing Shui responded after he thought for awhile.
"This thing is no longer for sale."
At this moment, a melodious voice came through. Qing Shui turned around and looked only to find that it was a young girl. She probably haven't reached her twenties. He was still able to tell at least that.
The woman, or rather, the girl, was wearing luxurious cotton cloth. Her hair was tied in ponytail, brimming with youthful aura. The five organs on her face looked exquisite. Particularly her small nose. It was straight like a jade sculpture.
Her body had already matured completely. She had a slender body with womanly curves, especially the two peaks in front of her chest. They looked unusually upright and plumped, as if they were almost able to tear off her shirt. Qing Shui didn't know if she was considered a loli. A loli with the face of a child yet had huge breasts.
He felt that this little girl shared a bit of resemblance with Xiang Bao from the Hundred Miles City. But as of now, Xiang Bao should be older than her by half her age now.
"Mistress, you're here." The male servant bowed down and greeted her.
"Alright, why don't you go and look after other customers? I'll handle this." The little girl chuckled.
The male servant smiled before he turned around and left.
"Why is this not for sale anymore?" Qing Shui felt a bit regretful now. He should have bought it immediately and left. Now, a little girl showed up out of nowhere. Furthermore, she was the mistress of the Imperial City Blacksmith Store. If she was to say that it was not for sale, what could he do? Could he possibly snatch it away from her?
"I want to use it myself. Of course it's not for sale." The little girl held the Blackmoon Star in her hand and said with a smile.
Qing Shui realized that the girl wasn't actually planning to leave. In fact, she was testing him from time to time. He felt that the girl seemed to know him and seemed as if she purposely came for him. He couldn't do anything but shook his head: "Since that's the case, I think I'll just look for it at some other places then!"
At the moment he had finished speaking, he turned around to take his leave. However, as the little girl saw this, she quickly shouted: "Mister Qing, don't rush on leaving."
Qing Shui stopped, it seemed that she really did know him. It was just that he didn't really know how she learnt about him.
"You know me?" Qing Shui looked at the little girl puzzled.
"I have seen a portrait of you before. I never expected to see you. I don't plan to exchange things with you. If you can help me with something, I will give it to you." The little girl blinked her eyes craftily.
"Forget it. It's only because I think that this thing looks beautiful and that I have useless demonic crystals with me that I plan to exchange for it. Since you feel reluctant to do so, I also don't want it anymore. It's useless." Qing Shui waved his hand. He knew that the more he thirst for something, the more he shouldn't express it.
"Hmph, based on the way you look at this object previously, I am already able to tell how you feel about it. No matter what, I have a feeling that this thing may be really useful to you. Mister Qing, I wonder if I am right?" The little girl looked at Qing Shui and said as she pretended to be calm.
"There are a lot of stuffs which can be useful to me. As if I can get all of them. What do you think?" Qing Shui smiled casually.
The girl was stunned. "Hasn't that always been the case? Everyone has a lot of things which they liked. To everyone, the things which they liked are important things. Even if they only managed to get one of the things they liked in their hand, it will also be considered as a kind of blessing. Heck, it might even be considered as an unreasonable request."
The little girl quickly rolled her eyes, "Mister Qing, this is different. It's something you can get just by putting out your hands. Won't you try to fight for something you would like to have?"
After much thought, Qing Shui responded: "This is fine too. Then say it."
"Join the divine Might Royalty!"
Qing Shui immediately took a step forward and left.
"Hey, don't go. Alright alright, I'll stop talking about this and change another condition." The little girl quickly caught up to him and said. She felt really upset. Unknowingly, she had already been put at a disadvantage.
Qing Shui stopped and looked at her. "Now, I realize that I no longer hold much interest in this black stone. Say it, one last time. If we really cannot come down to a deal, I'll leave."
"Hmph, you stingy man. Help me refine a medicine once."
As she saw Qing Shui was about to say something, she quickly interrupted: "Alright, I know you're an alchemist. I don't know much about this. But I am aware that you are very good at refining medicines. This shouldn't sound too harsh, should it? Plus I have already prepared all the medicinal herbs.
He hesitated for a while and responded: "Let me look at that stone and see if it is worth it."
Qing Shui didn't have a choice. He purposely did this because this little brat was just like a little fox.
The little girl hesitated for a while before she handed it over to Qing Shui. Now, she was really scared that he would say no.
"There are so many alchemists in the royal family. Are they not able to refine it for you?" Qing Shui felt puzzled.
"Their success rate are less than 50%."
"Don't tell me the royal family don't have the Golden Snake Grass." Qing Shui asked, confused.
"The Golden Snake Grass could only help double the success rate. Even if the success rate had been 10% before this, it would only manage to reach 20% with the Golden Snake Grass. It's just too low." The girl explained in an upset tone.
Qing Shui was stunned. It seemed that he had misunderstood some stuffs. All along, he always thought that the success rate in refining would be 100% by using the Golden Snake Grass. Actually, his success rate of refining was 100% when he used the Golden Snake Grass.
This was because no matter what medicine Qing Shui tried to refine, he himself already had more than 50% of success rate in refining them. If he was to add in the Golden Snake Grass, he would naturally have a 100% success rate. So long as the success rate exceeded 100%, success would be guaranteed.
Despite so, the Golden Snake Grass was still a very valuable thing. Furthermore, it also sounded more logical now. It seemed like prior to this, he had truly misunderstood its function. It was also because his success rate in refining medicines itself were already high. If not, he suspected that he would have figured out that his assumption was wrong a lot earlier. For example, if he really came across a failure in between, he would automatically come to understand that the Golden Snake Grass didn't guarantee a 100% success rate.
"Alright, I promise you. But even I can't manage to guarantee a 100% rate. Hence, even if you're to ask me to help you refine it, you still have to be mentally prepared. Let me have a look at the prescription first. This is only way I'll be able to roughly guess the success rate."
The girl quickly handed over a Beast Parchment which resembled a crystal to him. It was said that this kind of beast parchment was made with the skin of crystal beasts.
Swift Agile Pill!
As soon as Qing Shui started to look through the prescription, he realized that all of the medicinal herbs stated on it was precious medicinal herbs. However, after he looked through it, he felt that it shouldn't be a problem for himself. Even without the Golden Snake Grass, his success rate would still be quite high.
Its effect also gave Qing Shui quite a shock. It increased the offensive speed and overall speed of the consumer by 50% and there was no restriction for strength.
Each individual could only consume one of it.
Qing Shui felt really amazed as he looked at the effect of the medicinal pill. It might have only be 50%, but this kind of medicinal pill was specially prepared for high ranked warriors. If low grade warriors were to use it, it would just be a reckless waste of natural resources.
"If everything goes on smoothly, it shouldn't be a problem for me to succeed in refining it. But I can't guarantee you 100%. Decide it for yourself." Qing Shui said with a smile.
"Will there be 60% chance of success if we use the Golden Snake Grass?" The girl asked.
"Alright then, let’s refine it. If it fails, I'll only count it as me having a bad luck." The girl said firmly.
"This is for you." The girl handed over the Blackmoon Star to Qing Shui.
"What's wrong? Are you scared that I may only refine the medicine half-heartedly?" Qing Shui smiled and said.
The girl blushed and smiled. "Isn't this for helping you calm down your mind in advance? If you really succeeded in refining it, I will share a bit with you. If there is only one of them, I won't give it to you."
"How about if I managed to refine two?" Qing Shui realized that this girl had quite a decent personality.
The little girl was in a dilemma for quite a while. "If there are two, I'll share one with you."
"Alright, if there are only two, I won't really demand any of them from you. Don't worry about it. Once I succeed in refining them, I will deduct them from from the fee. We will meet here again tomorrow at the same time. I just live there." Qing Shui pointed at the Imperial City Inn which was located not so far away.
The girl should be someone from the Royal Family. Hence, she should feel really safe staying in the Imperial City Inn.
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AST 1262 –Eight Swift Agile Pill. The Fire Bird Which Consumed The Nirvanic Fruit, Rapid Advancement
Actually, the girl had a lot of faith in Qing Shui. She smiled and nodded: "I believe in you. My name is Fu Rong. Well then, we will meet here again tomorrow."
"Alright, see you tomorrow!"
Qing Shui didn't stay in the shop any longer and also took his leave after he finished speaking. In any case, he had already looked through almost all of the stuffs here. Actually, he didn't really considered that he would be able to buy an outstanding item for a fairly cheap price as very few people actually knew about the Blackmoon Star. Without the Heavenly Vision Technique, it would have been impossible for him to know that it was the Blackmoon Star. However, he also felt really upset. He managed to find the Blackmoon Star precisely because it was sold for a high price. A lot of people on the other hand, would think that it was not worth the price at all.
The only thing which Qing Shui didn't understand was why the boss here would sell the Blackmoon Star for such a high price.
After a while, Qing Shui also stopped to think about it. Actually, the answer was really simple, he happened to wander into this shop. For example, there might still be similar things in this shop but they had all been taken away by the early birds while he himself wasn't aware of it. Hence, there really wasn't a question of whether it was worth it. It was only a matter of whether it would suit his need and whether it was something which he looked up to.
Qing Shui walked into the Imperial City Inn.
The Royal Clan of the divine Might Dynasty was none other than the Fu Clan. It was an indisputable fact that the little girl from before, Fu Rong, was someone from the Royal Clan. Furthermore, she might very likely possess quite a high position as well. In any case, the Imperial City Inn still held the name of the Royal Clan. Hence, not only did it occupy a lot of space, it was also very high-class. As for the environment, there was nothing to complain about. No matter how daring a person was, he or she wouldn't dare to seek trouble in the Imperial City Inn. Even people who tried to hide away from people trying to kill them would end up really safe in the Imperial City Inn.
Qing Shui booked a random room in front of the counter. He didn't fear even the Royal Clan in the divine Might Dynasty. If he was to really fight someone now and it just so happened to also be a one-on-one fight, it would be impossible for even the highest existence in the Western Oxhe Continent to beat him.
Even though it was still early, Qing Shui still entered the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. Now, he didn't really have a fixed time to enter the realm. Normally, he would go in there at the last part of the day and went to sleep as soon as he came out. He might also go in there at the earliest part of a day. As for now, he entered at the last part of a day.
After going in, Qing Shui first started by refining some medicines. He now felt that refining medicines wasn't a problem to him. However, he also didn't know how long he would need to refine the Swift Agile Pill. If the time needed was long, he would just refine the Blackmoon Star tomorrow. This was the main thing he had in mind.
The medicine refining process was still fairly quick. Even though Qing Shui didn't dare to call himself number one in terms of refining medicines, he felt deep down that he wouldn't lose to anyone. One day, he felt that he might be able to turn out to be one of the greatest alchemists.
Cleansing, refining, picking medicines…… He did all of these regularly and thoroughly. Qing Shui was really calm. Ever since he took a huge leap in strength, it seemed as if he had everything within his grasp. This was a very powerful self-confidence.
A man with self-confidence was the most attractive man. Of course, this kind of self-confidence wasn't an act of arrogance. Self-confidence wasn't expressed through one's expression, nor was it expressed through words. On the contrary, it was something proved to people through actions.
The entire refining process took 49 days. He didn't know how long other alchemists needed. In any case, Qing Shui felt that the time he needed to refine medicines had reached a limit.
Forty Nine days!
It seemed like medicinal pills which would require 49 days were all mostly pretty good medicinal pills. This made Qing Shui felt that it was a bit time-consuming. He wondered if the time to refine medicines in the future would be cut shorter. For example, within two or three days time.
Qing Shui immediately laid down to take a break after he finished refining medicines. Even with his valiant strength, 49 days of constantly consuming his energy had also put a huge burden on him. Hence, once it succeeded, he immediately laid down to rest. This kind of deep sleep was the best way to recover.
After eight hours, Qing Shui woke up on time. He opened the Golden Flint Iron Cauldron with excitement and got shocked when he saw eight light-green colored medicinal pills at the bottom of the cauldron. They were almost at the size of a thumb.
Qing Shui looked at the effect and realized that it was the same as the little girl said.
QIng Shui immediately contained them into eight porcelain bottles. He really wanted to take a few of them away, but he was a person with principle. Principle should never be broken. Just like in some situations, one shouldn't steal nor snatch away things which belong to someone else.
After he put them away nicely, Qing Shui began to cultivate. Right at this moment, he suddenly came to realize that the Fire Bird was slowly absorbing the fiery aura around the Nirvanic Fruit. He didn't know since when the Nirvanic Fruit had begun shooting out fiery aura into the surroundings like it was spreading smoke.
He didn't know if it was the fiery aura emitted by the Nirvanic Fruit itself or by the Fire Bird. Despite so, he still looked at the Fire Bird curiously as it circled around in mid-air while it absorbed the red gas around the Nirvanic Fruit bit by bit.
Qing Shui stopped doing anything and just looked on as the Fire Bird swallowed the Nirvanic Fruit. It had been so long and the day for it to eat the fruit had finally come. He didn't know what kind of changes will occur to the Fire Bird from eating the Nirvanic Fruit, but he was sure that it would definitely be really significant.
Time went on little by little, this lasted for almost 40 days. The red gas around the Nirvanic Fruit was already getting weaker and weaker while the body of the Fire Bird in the air looked as if it was bloated with air and could burst at any time.
Qing Shui currently also felt really nervous. The chirping noise of the Fire Bird sounded really loud and clear. Its melodious chirping noise didn't give people the slightest feeling of pain, it was a kind of cry filled with resolution to battle.
The body of the Fire Bird started to burn with surging flames. It was a type of flame which looked as black as ink, which also made its enormous body black in color. Looking at it in mid-air, it looked really stunning and beautiful.
The aura emitted from its body was raising very quickly. Every time it ascended to a new grade, a rumbling noise would be heard and a sea of fire would appear. It was just that this sea of fire was black in color and somewhat gave people a chilly feeling.
Hell's Inferno. The legendary flame of hell. It was the fire source which could immediately burn souls.
Again and again, the Fire Bird burst with black flames just like a butterfly which just went through metamorphosis. After the same thing happened a number of times only did Qing Shui start to pay attention. This was because he was able to feel a sense of danger from the Fire Bird now.
The whole thing only came to a stop after the Fire Bird evolved seven times. At this moment, the Fire Bird opened up both of its wings. They were almost 200 meters huge, as if they were able to cover up the entire sky and earth and its jet black body looked shockingly beautiful. In the past, Qing Shui had always known that black was a really nice-looking color, but he still never expected for there to be such a beautiful black color.
In the past, he used to think that rainbow colors, gold color, blue color and even something with no color looked good. Until now only did Qing Shui come to understand that all colors looked nice, it was just that these colors needed to be in the purest form of their respective colors. For example, there were some yellow colors which would look really ugly whereas some would look nice, like golden yellow and earthy yellow colors.
As of now, Qing Shui was having a really great feeling about the jet-black feathers of the Fire Bird. Compared to before, it looked more tyrannical and noble. There were lines across its body that was a symbol of its strength, and also gave a very powerful sense of beauty.
It slowly calmed down. Qing Shui was really excited because he had already felt the powerful strength of the Fire Bird. He was really agitated with the fact that his demonic beasts had finally begun to walk up towards the stage for battling.
As Qing Shui sensed the strength of the Fire Bird and happily looked towards its abilities.
At the moment, the raw strength of the Fire Bird had achieved 80,000 nimbus. In other words, it possessed a strength worth eight sun. Qing Shui felt that the aura emitted by the Fire Bird had already exceeded what the current Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant emitted. This time, the Nirvanic Fruit caused the Fire Bird to constantly evolve. Even though each time it evolved, the increase in strength wasn't as significant as the breakthrough of the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant. However, when all seven times were stacked up together, the total amount of strength increased surpassed that of the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant's.
Dark Phoenix of Nine Heavens: Passive battle technique, zero consumption. Permanently increase raw strength by 50 folds. The consumptions for all battle techniques would be reduced by half.
Superior Flight: A unique flying ability owned by the Fire Bird. It had exceptional speed and endurance. One of the best among all flying type demonic beasts. It could stay on high-speed flight for a long period of time.
Hell's Inferno: The Fire Bird unleashed a powerful fire attributed attack. The jet-black flame was capable of burning down everything and contained formidable destructive power. Legend has it that it was the powerful battle technique of the Black Phoenix.
Phoenix Dance of Nine Heavens: Passive battle technique, permanently increase fire attributed attack by four folds. The damage it received would be reduced in folds. Zero consumption.
Qing Shui laughed as he looked up to this point. Under the effect of Phoenix Dance of the Nine Heavens, the Fire Bird's attack would achieve a strength worth 2,000 sun. This had already exceeded the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant's. For a moment, Qing Shui got extremely impatient. After all, it had been a long time since he last made the Fire Bird took part in any battles.
Underworld Fireball: Unleash a fireball attack. It increased the user's offensive strength by one fold. The fireball contained a terrifying explosive power. It could lock onto the opponent.
Qing Shui couldn't help but open up his mouth wide in shock. In this case, its offensive prowess would have achieved 4,000 sun. Furthermore, the attack could lock onto the opponent. Even though it could only aim at one opponent, its power was really tremendous. This made him to remember the enormous green dragon within his consciousness. The attack from the water dragon should also be equally as formidable.
Qing Shui felt that his demonic beasts had already transitioned to a whole new level. This time, the Fire Bird had awakened even more of the Dark Phoenix's Bloodlines. Furthermore, its abilities had also increased significantly.
Phoenix Paradies: Upon receiving a fatal damage, there was a 30% chance that the Fire Bird would activate Firebath Rebirth. Once it was successfully reborned, it would transform and its strength would increase by one fold.
The Fire Bird was flying around happily and spiralled around Qing Shui. Furthermore, it even communicated with him through the mind. This phenomenon shocked him because its intelligence had increased a lot.
Qing Shui didn't know if the Immortal Fairies in the world could turn into human. After all, only the beasts that had achieved the False God grade would turn into Immortal Fairies. However, even if they were unable to turn into humans, they would definitely not lose to them in terms of intelligence. All powerful demonic beasts would have intelligence which exceeded those of their same kind.
Now, the Fire Bird already had intelligence. Naturally, this would help make its breakthrough faster in the future. Qing Shui had now begun to feel more confident within the divine Might Dynasty. There were just too few people who would be capable to hurt the Fire Bird.
The Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant was powerful in its battle techniques. The Fire Bird on the other hand, was had powerful wounding abilities. The Vajra Subdues Demon, Mighty Elephant Stomp, Diamond Sword Qi and so on of the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant were all pretty good controlling battle techniques. The Underworld Fire Ball possessed by the Fire Bird on the other hand, had a formidable offensive power. The only thing about it was Qing Shui didn't know if it would continue to upgrade in the future.
The Spirit Gathering Lamp had lost its effect. This made Qing Shui felt a bit upset. He would refine them everyday in hope that the Spirit Gathering Lamp, Coiled Dragon State, Heaven-Shaking Drum would break through. If that happened, he would be able to stand at the top of the Western Oxhe Continent.
When time was almost up, Qing Shui left the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. It was now already the latest part of the day. After 30 minutes, he would once again be able to enter the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal
The breakthrough of the Fire Bird this time was an accident. However, the surprise brought upon from this accident was too huge. In the future, the Fire Bird would be able to fight together with the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant. Things would be getting more and more interesting later on.
Even though the Nirvanic Fruit was gone, its spiritual root still remained. Before Qing Shui left, he retrieved two drops of the Spring of Life.
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