Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 1269-1270
AST 1269 –Would It Be Possible To Unite the Western Oxhe Continent?
Qing Shui was taken aback. He hadn’t expected that he really made the right guess, that the sect lord was actually a woman who had been hurt by a man before. She even went on to push the blame of the hurt she felt onto men and made it a tradition for the Lotus Sect.
He was only unsure if she had joined the Lotus Sect before or after she had been hurt. Qing Shui smiled and looked at the two old men. “How strong is the Lotus Sect’s sect lord?”
Since the two old men said that it was likely that the sect lord would fight it out with him, he hoped to at least have an estimate of her abilities. This way, he wouldn’t be caught in surprise when the time comes.
“She isn’t the strongest in the Lotus Sect, but is one of the few strongest with a strength of about 6,000 suns or slightly more.”The golden dragon robed old man looked at Qing Shui and said with a smile.
“Oh? If it’s just this bit, then things will be simple.”Qing Shui replied with a smile.
The two old men were in fact very astonished. Qing Shui’s strength was unfathomable, but they knew that he wasn’t boasting. For him to be able to apply Spiritual Confinement on a cultivator with a strength of 2,000 suns. This was sufficient to speak stories.
“The Lotus Sect still has a Saint Lotus Elder Court with one or two old monsters whose strength should be at about 7,000 to 8,000 suns. They would generally not appear unless the Lotus Sect is facing a threat of life and death.”The old man reminded.
Qing Shui didn’t find it strange that the old men knew about these. His guess was that the Lotus Sect knew about the situation in the Heaven Secrets Academy as well.
“Thank you Sirs for telling me these.”
The old man waved his hand. “There’s no need to stand on ceremony with us. We’re one family. We know that in the future, your achievements will go far beyond the Heaven Secrets Academy but we still hope that you can bring the Heaven Secrets Academy to greater heights.”
“Sir, be assured. If it’s really as you said, I can guarantee that the Heaven Secrets Academy’s reputation would be spread very far, even to the extent that all nine continents would know the existence of the Heaven Secrets Academy.”Qing Shui said seriously.
“Alright, Sunu’s aptitude is in no way weaker than Fu Yantian and the others. We won’t say much either. If Sunu is able to take on the huge responsibility, the two of us are willing to back off to join the Supreme Elder Group.”The golden dragon robed old man smiled and said. “There’s no hurry. No matter whether Sunu will be taking over the Heaven Secrets Academy, I’ll still do my best.”
The two old men were both people with great experience and knew what they should be doing. The Heaven Secrets Academy would only be brought to greater heights if it was in the hands of Yu Sunu. It was because if their judgments weren’t wrong, Qing Shui and Yu Sunu would definitely become husband and wife in the future.
“Sir, I wonder if it would work to unite the entire Western Oxhe Continent?”Qing Shui had been conflicted on this problem. Was it necessary for him to take such actions?
“It’s possible, of course it is. If you wish to make a stand in the other three continents and go up against those people, it’s absolutely necessary to unite the Western Oxhe Continent. It’s even a crucial point.”The golden dragon robed old man thought about it for very long before he said.
After he heard what the old man had to say, Qing Shui fell silent, his thoughts whizzed through his head very fast. If he wished to unite the entire Western Oxhe Continent, he must first unite this half of the Western Oxhe Continent, including the Heaven Secrets Academy, Southern Sea Putuo Mountain, Lotus Sect, divine Might Dynasty, and the other Grade Four Dynasty.
The Heaven Secrets Academy was simple and could be achieved very quickly. But what about the Southern Sea Putuo Mountain? Tantai Xuan and Yu Ruyan were both there and Tantai Xuan was even the Chief Senior Disciple. What if she was the one to inherit the Putuo Mountain?
The Lotus Sect didn’t seem to be easy to deal with as well. Should he leave Di Chen there? Or should he give a push for Diwu Zhisha? And what about the divine Might Dynasty? It seemed that he only knew Fu Rong?
Qing Shui thought about it and felt that uniting the Western Oxhe Continent wasn’t as easy as he had thought to be. After all, his strength was still not absolute and even if he was strong enough, what would he do about the Southern Sea Putuo Mountain? Tantai Xuan would probably not agree to his idea.
Qing Shui thought about it for very long and decided to just go on with it and tackle the problems as they come. Things will eventually sort themselves out and there wasn’t a need for him to think too much. With that, Qing Shui calmed down as well.
Right now, the most important thing was the influences in the Heaven Secrets Academy. He must first twist everything here into a single rope and these two old men would definitely help him out.
Neither the old man in the golden dragon robe or the one in the violet lion robe interrupted Qing Shui. They merely looked at him silently. With their years of experience, they could have a rough guess of what he was thinking.
After a while, Qing Shui lifted his head and looked at the two old men. It was only a short while ago did he realize that the two old men actually didn't have that much lifespan left. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be looking for someone to takeover the Heaven Secrets Academy so early.
The two old men had yet to reach the limits of their lifespans. For cultivators, it wasn’t a case that they could live for as long as they had lifespan. For example, a Xiantian was said to have a lifespan of 500 years, but most people wouldn’t get to live to this age.
Many cultivators would have hidden injuries which they got during the process of their cultivation. Some of these injuries could not be cured completely, and thus many cultivators would not even reach half of their lifespans. This was something very normal.
It was just how it was for these two old men. They had yet to life through half of their lifespans, but it was a pity that there were impurities and hidden injuries in their bodies which had accumulated over many years. These things would explode when they reach a certain phase.
Once it were to explode, there was no way to help them. Of course, if they were to encounter some powerful heavenly and earthly treasures that could clean their bodies’impurities, when put to good use, those things could allow their lifespan to be slowly extended.
Qing Shui knew that in the future, he would still require these two old men’s help. The Eldest Princess would also need some time before she could stand up to reign. Therefore, he could only help the two old men to increase their lifespan.
“Mmm, this tea is good. To think that drinking tea can allow one’s lifespan to be increased.”The old man in golden dragon robe said in surprised as he looked at Qing Shui.
“It’s actually not hard to increase one’s lifespan. The reason I’ve come today is actually so that I can help both Sirs to increase your lifespans.”Qing Shui smiled and said.
Qing Shui made it sound so easy. In the world of the nine continents, when one was at the old men’s level and for cultivators who were at Martial Saint level or higher, it was far too difficult for them to increase their lifespans. It was even priceless. After all, by allowing their clan’s Old Ancestor to live longer, it would give the clan more time and assurance while they continued to nurture their next generation…
“To increase our lifespans?”
“If I’m not wrong, the two of you don’t seem to have much lifespan left. This must also be why the two of you are so anxious to look for someone to take over the Heaven Secrets Academy.”Qing Shui said calmly.
“Sigh, before you appeared, we have to put in great investments in nurturing Fu Yantian. We hoped to be able to live for a few more years, but it’s a bit hard to nurture Fu Yantian. In fact, even if it was you, we also feel that we don’t have enough time. Although the Heaven Secrets Academy appears glorious, it’s plagued internally.”Right now, the old men seemed to said these in a very relaxed state.
“Why not pass it to one who are one to two generations before Fu Yantian?”Qing Shui asked, puzzled.
“It’s the issue with their talents. A talented young man like yourself is a rare find, and even if there is one, it’s hard to know where that person is. Although the disciples of the previous few generations before Fu Yantian are not bad, they are incomparable to the few from Fu Yantian’s generation.”The old man said helplessly.
Qing Shui thought about it and agreed. After all, there really weren’t many who were of Fu Yantian’s caliber. Even Tian Jianxian and the others would be slightly inferior to him. This was also why the Saint Child Band had become so influential.
“The topic’s been brought off. I don’t dare to assure much, but it shouldn’t be a problem for me to increase the lifespans of you two by around 100 years.”
Qing Shui’s words caused the two of them to be stunned. 100 years. What confidence! It wasn’t a case where the longer one’s lifespan was, the easier it was to increase. It was like trying to snatch more life from the heavens. Even three to five years were very difficult. As for 100 years, how could it be possible?
After saying that, Qing Shui took out two porcelain bottles and handed them to the two old men. He also took out some Plum Blossom Wine.
When the two old men saw the Spring of Life, their countenance changed and they looked toward Qing Shui in disbelief. However, they didn’t ask. “I’ve come across some Spring of Life by accident. There isn’t much, so I can’t bring out more for the two of you.”Qing Shui smiled and said.
“It’s impossible for there to be a lot of such things. We’re already very satisfied to be able to have a single drop. Qing Shui, thank you.”
It was impossible for the two old men to not get touched. They knew about the Spring of Life and even if it was discovered, it wouldn’t be in a huge amount. It came in one drop each year, and any demonic beasts or wild beasts would be able to take it, even birds and worms. Moreover, the Spring of Life would exude a powerful Spiritual Qi and thus there were usually wouldn’t even be a single drop left.
This was why the Spring of Life was so precious. It could only be found in a place that had a sufficient level of Spiritual Qi of Heaven and Earth.
Without Qing Shui’s consent, the demonic beasts in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal wouldn’t dare to take the Spring of Life that was there by themselves.
“Qing Shui, this thing is very precious. If used on us old men, it’ll only be able to add a little lifespan. It’s a bit of a waste.”The old man in golden dragon robe looked at Qing Shui with hesitation.
“Although I don’t have much of it, I have several tens of drops. There’s enough for each of you to have one.”Qing Shui smiled in reply.
Hearing Qing Shui said this, the two old men no longer insisted but smiled and took it. They didn’t wonder if what Qing Shui said was the truth. No matter how much he had, him giving it to them was a display of his sincerity. Moreover, this young man wasn’t here to ask anything of them.
“Come, try this wine that I’ve brewed myself. It’s unique and you won’t find this anywhere else.”Qing Shui opened up a vat of Plum Blossom Wine.
The Plum Blossom Wine couldn’t directly increase one’s lifespan, but could add lifespan to the two old men when they drink it since it could cleanse some of the impurities in their bodies. Qing Shui had said that he was going to increase their lifespans by at least 100 years. That was actually a conservative estimation. If the effects were ideal, it could increase more.
“This is so fragrant. This wine seems to be several thousands of years old. It’s a good fight against Saint Grade wine…”The old men looked at the translucent liquid in surprise. It was like a heavenly nectar, its fragrance was thick yet light. Just smelling it would make one feel as if their internal organs experienced a cooling feeling.
This vat of wine could be said to be a priceless treasure.
Qing Shui pour a cup for each of them. “Come, give it a try. This can increase a little of your lifespans as well.”The two old men now found that the young man before them was increasingly unfamiliar to them. It was because Qing Shui said that he was the only one with this. Since he dared to say something like this, it could only mean one thing. This wine was brewed by himself or was passed down by his ancestors. He had said that this was a unique recipe to him. Judging from the age of the wine, it was impossible for him to be the one to have brewed it. However, the old men had a strange feeling that it was actually brewed by him…
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AST 1270 –Heart of Demonic Beast, A Little Difficulty
Just like this, the rush of impact which Qing Shui gave the two old men were quite enormous. Upon drinking one jar of Plum Blossom Wine, although the benefits weren't instantaneous, its effect was still considered quite decent. It was something which could be noticed fairly easily.
"To think that I'll still be able to drink something like this while I'm still alive. It's a good alcohol, this is how a true good alcohol should be."
As the sect lord of the Heaven Secrets Academy, it could be said that he had tasted a lot of good alcohol. Even alcohol that had been left for more than a thousand years was something which he could be tasted quite commonly. But for Qing Shui's Plum Blossom Wine with age of more than a few thousand years, it was his first time tasting it. Furthermore, not only did it taste good, it also had godly effect.
Qing Shui had accumulated a lot of them within the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. The majority of the Plum Blossom had been brewed into Plum Blossom Wine by Qing Shui. Hence, there were quite a lot of them which he could take out now. He gave the old man more than ten jars of it at one go.
There were also the Nv`er Hong (wine) and a small quantity of Pearl Revealing Wine. It was troublesome to brew the Pearl Revealing Wine, as the Pearl Revealing Droplets were collected in a very small quantity from medicinal herbs. There was just too little of them, even after he added some unique spring water. However, there was also a scale to it and Qing Shui must not add too much water. Hence, he could only brew very little of them for now.
Qing Shui didn't know how to express what he wanted. Hence, he showed it by taking practical actions. For men at their age, the old men naturally would be able to see Qing Shui's effort. Furthermore, they were also really willing to do so and would still give him a hand even if Qing Shui didn't do all of these.
However, they were naturally more willing to help him now as well.
"Old man, from now on, drink a small cup of it every morning. As time passed, I may not assure you that your lifespan will significantly lengthen, but a hundred years shall be no problem. I figure that you two old man will also want to see the achievement of the Heaven Secrets Academy!"
The two old men would also be able to figure out its effect even without Qing Shui explaining it. Today, they had drunk quite a lot of it. They were also able to sense the effect of Plum Blossom Wine, or rather, the coordination of it with the Spring of Life. Its effect could be considered to have brought forth quick results.
"This is our wish. Seeing the Heaven Secrets Academy flourish is our wish."
"Old man, how's the Desolate Sect hanging on?" Qing Shui felt that it was getting a bit late. He went on to ask the old man.
"Desolate Sect, it's a very ambitious sect. Actually, they have always wanted to swallow us up before swallowing the entire Western Oxhe Continent." The old man answered Qing Shui after careful consideration.
"Swallow up the entire Western Oxhe Continent? They have such a huge appetite, but I wonder if they have the capability to do so?" Qing Shui was stunned.
"Maybe not yet at the moment. However, two disciples with outstanding talent appeared within the Desolate Sect. Furthermore, they're directly related to the people with surname Lu. They're waiting precisely for the two geniuses to be powerful first before they carry out their plan." The old man knitted his brows. Obviously, he was really concerned about the two geniuses.
"Are those two people really fearsome?" Qing Shui was curious. If it was someone who could cause the old man with the surname Sui to attach such importance to, they were definitely no ordinary genius.
"They're both beast tamers. They have the physiques named the Heart of Demonic Beast. Legend has it that they have already tamed quite a lot of demonic beasts from the Desolate Mountain Regions. Added to that, they also possessed fearsome strength. They're around the age of 100 years, but now, they already have the strength worth 4,000 sun. Tell me, are they fearsome? Not to mention that at the moment, their body's hidden potential also seemed to be still developing. The Desolate Sect treats them like treasures, it's impossible for us to assassinate them." The old man with the surname Sui had never mentioned this to Qing Shui before. However, he now felt that the time was appropriate to tell him. Furthermore, he spoke bluntly without any euphemism that he planned to assassinate them.
"Beast tamers?" Qing Shui was stunned. Among warriors, beast tamers were absolutely terrifying. After all, no one knew what kind of demonic beasts they had and demonic beasts were often stronger than their owners. It was equivalent to a few ten warriors battling against only one of them. Hence, powerful beast tamers could sometimes dominate an area.
"Yes. Hence, Qing Shui, if you're to ever run into them, you have to be careful. They're also thinking about ruling the Western Oxhe Continent before planning to make their way into the other three continents." The old man looked at Qing Shui with eyes filled with hope.
"Don't worry. I have my own ways to deal with them. I am also considered a beginner beast tamer. Maybe for now, I'm not as good as them, but in the future, just one of my demonic beast is already enough to beat more than ten of theirs." Qing Shui thought about his Heaven-shaking Drum, Spirit Gathering Lamp and the Coiled Dragon Statue. If they would able to ascend a grade, they could definitely bring forth an enormous effect.
By then, merely the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant and Fire Bird were already enough to give a terrible time to the opponent's demonic beasts. Let alone Qing Shui still had the Soulshaking Bell and the Treasure Hunting Pig. Do not underestimate the Treasure Hunting Pig. If it was to work together with Qing Shui and the rest of his demonic beasts, it would definitely be extremely powerful and fearsome.
The other thing was that the Treasure Hunting Pig had finally learnt the Gale Scroll.
This thing was precisely used to increase the speed of demonic beasts. The only thing which the Treasure Hunting Pig needed was speed. The Gale Scroll was a good stuff, Qing Shui could immediately imprint it within the brain of the demonic beasts which belonged to him and let them learnt it right away. Hence, basically all of Qing Shui's demonic beasts had learnt the Gale Scroll.
Qing Shui didn't know when he would be able to learn the rest of the 'Heavenly Scrolls' . It was also an extremely powerful stuff. Furthermore, it wasn't an object which could only be used once and he could let all of his demonic beasts to learn it.
Merely one Gale Scroll was already really powerful. Originally, Qing Shui's beasts already possessed terrifying speed. With the further boost provided by the Gale Scroll, it just made them all more fearsome.
"We believe in you. Hence, we feel really relieved now. We can finally end our work and rest. We can help you nurture Sunu and at the same time also guard the Heaven Secrets Academy for a while."
Judging by the formal speech the old man just gave, Qing Shui knew that his goal had already been accomplished. He smiled and replied to the old man: "Old man, you indeed have a big heart. In the future, you will definitely receive ten, or maybe a few ten times of rewards in return."
This was also a guarantee made by Qing Shui. The old men with the surname Sui and Cao respectively weren't lonely old men, they had their own clan too. Even though the juniors from their clans were decent, they weren't qualified enough to take over the Heaven Secrets Academy. Anyone would have biased hearts, it was just that if it was something which they didn't have the ability to own, it would only turn out to be a disaster if it was to drop in their hands. Hence, the two old men had never considered letting their own clan members take over the Heaven Secrets Academy.
Upon hearing Qing Shui's words, the two old men laughed.
Only when one was willing to help someone wholeheartedly would they be able to provide the best aid. It was said that one would only know who their true friends were when they were in trouble. Only at time of crisis, would they know true comradeship.
Upon learning the things about the Desolate Sect, Qing Shui bid his farewell to the two old men. The Desolate Sect might possibly be slightly stronger compared to the Heaven Secrets Academy but it was just superior by a bit, perhaps, one might even be able to say that they were equivalent to each other. Just that small bit didn't have any deciding factor. The hopes which they relied on were their two prodigious disciples. Furthermore, they had already reached a crucial height now. A hundred years or less was all they needed to emit bright and dazzling light. By then, dominating the Western Oxhe Continent would also become a lot easier.
A hundred years, or maybe they might only need a few ten years. If they were to experience any unusual encounter, they would have even more time. By then, by relying on the Heart of Demonic Beast, they could possibly tame demonic beasts even more powerful than himself.
At the moment when he returned to his own yard, the ladies were all there. They happened to be chit-chatting happily. After Qing Shui came in, he went on to sit down between Di Chen and the Eldest Princess.
It was almost new year. The entire Heaven Secrets Academy was filled with a festive mood. The culture of celebrating new year was even more prosperous than Qing Shui originally expected. Basically, new year would be celebrated everywhere. It was one of the grandest moment.
Tomorrow night would be new year’s eve. They always had dinner together and at the moment, Qing Shui felt really calm. He even found preparing dishes as a kind of pleasure.
At night, the others left. But before leaving, the Eldest Princess gave Qing Shui a strange look, which made him feel as if there was a thorn in his back. It was a kind of feeling that couldn't be expressed in words. It wasn't really fear. Instead, from the Eldest Princess' look, it felt more like she was holding a secret grudge. But at the same time, that also didn't seem to be the case, which made him a bit puzzled.
Qing Shui bid her farewell and went back to her pavilion. Yan Jinyu and the Seventh Princess on the other hand didn't really showed much response at the moment when they left. The reason being that, the Seventh Princess realized that her love for Qing Shui was not able to undergo any trials.
After he sent them off, Qing Shui grabbed Di Chen's hand and immediately began strolling around the courtyard with her. The moon in the sky looked big and round, it shone upon the land and made it really bright. The woman beside him was like a fairy who came down from the moon palace. She looked so beautiful that Qing Shui felt like he was in a dream.
"I can feel that even though your mind seems really calm, your blood is boiling." Di Chen said while she walked.
"My beast blood is boiling. This is the result of holding back my lust." Qing Shui explained with a smile.
"Are you really this eager to talk about all these rogue words to me." Di Chen turned around and gave Qing Shui a skeptical look.
It was an incomparably flirtatious look. It made Qing Shui almost turned into a Moonlight Wolf King. (ultimate lecher)
"Yes……." Qing Shui remembered that the Eldest Princess from back then was precisely like this. Actually, this was considered quite normal. By talking about these things, he could see the other beautiful side of the woman he love dearly.
Di Chen was a bit speechless, but she wasn't mad. In fact, she felt relieved.
"Chen`Er, I plan to gather up the forces across the entire Western Oxhe Continent, how do you feel about this?" Qing Shui asked tactfully.
"You plan to rule the entire Western Oxhe Continent?" Di Chen looked at Qing Shui in shock.
"I have this plan in mind. But for now, this plan seems to be a bit difficult." Qing Shui looked at the surprised Di Chen and responded.
"A bit, is it only a bit difficult?" Di Chen looked at Qing Shui and calmed down. She smiled and asked.
"For now, the difficulty somewhat seems to be a bit higher. I figure I'll wait for a while longer. By then, it's likely that I'll be just a little bit away from doing so. The main thing that I'm thinking about for now is whether I shall let you take over the Lotus Sect or make you stay in the Heaven Secrets Academy." Qing Shui looked at Di Chen with a complicated look.
"If possible, I think I'll stay in the Lotus Sect. Sunu alone should be enough here."
"We'll see after new year. Let's talk about it only after you finished negotiating with the sect lord and see if you guys can reach a peaceful solution. I think it's a bit inappropriate to start a war."
"You… The sect lord is actually a nice person. She is also a miserable woman." Di Chen explained as she let out a sigh.
"The pathetic man certainly deserved to be despised. Maybe it's something which she brought upon herself.
"Women are all miserable." Di Chen looked at Qing Shui grudgingly. "Alright, my bad." Qing Shui surrendered as soon as he saw her gloomy eyes.
At night, Qing Shui would naturally want to be in Di Chen's room. Di Chen also felt really helpless. Even though nothing major could really happen, he could still embrace her smooth jade-like body with his shirt on.
Qing Shui greedily kissed her like a gluttonous child. Both of his hands also travelled around her entire body. He felt both pleasured as well as tortured.
Di Chen embraced him as she felt the burning lust within his body. It was a like that she didn't feel moved. She softly whispered by Qing Shui's ear: "If you find it really difficult to hold in, just take me. I don't want to see you suffering like this."
Qing Shui was stunned. He looked at Di Chen and smiled. "I'm perfectly fine. Nor am I suffering even the slightest bit. I feel that you are not ready yet. Let's wait until you break through this realm first. After that, I'll take you to the highest heavens and make you give birth to my children. How does that sound to you?"
"Alright, stop randomly touching me then. I'm scared that I may not be able to control myself." Di Chen said softly.
When tempting words like this came out of her mouth, even Qing Shui almost lost control over himself.
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