Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 1325-1326
AST 1325 –Longeitivity Noodles, The members of the Pang Clan are here, Pang Shitu, Accident
"To think that it is really treatable." Sikong Tonglang looked at Qing Shui in shock. Right now, he had only recovered a little but this was just like a lamp shining in the darkest night. It had managed to guide him towards a desirable direction and showed him hope.
Old Man Sikong had actually also sensed it. Despite this, he found it a bit hard to believe. With Sikong Clan's family background, it was easy for them to look for the best doctors and alchemists, yet none of them had proven to be capable of treating such illness.
"Old man, we will bid our farewell first. I will come here every two days to help treat him. If everything goes well, I can guarantee that he will be back to normal within half a month," Qing Shui stood up and said with a smile.
"I have already finished setting up the banquet. No matter what, you two must stay today. I have found almost every famous doctor around here but only now did I notice that there are a lot of people with unearned reputations. I am going to leave the matters regarding Tonglang to you two miraculous doctors." Old Man Sikong was very friendly with Qing Shui and Soulsearch.
"Old man, we still have other things we need to do today. Someone is still waiting for us to save their lives. Let's wait until we totally cure Tonglang's illness first. By then, we will have a drink together, how do you feel about that?"
Since words had been spoken up to this point, Old Man Sikong could no longer stop Qing Shui. He reluctantly let go of both of their hands and said with a smile, "Alright then, we have made a deal with each other. We must drink together once Tonglang is cured.
"Alright, we will definitely do that!"
They visited quite a few clans within a day. These clans all had special patients in their houses. All these patients were very important, at the same time, they were also patients who needed urgent treatment. Qing Shui managed to make a few connections while helping them cure their illnesses. More importantly, Qing Shui's medical expertise had also been passed down throughout the area.
At the same time, Qing Shui's reputation has also been passed down along with his medical expertise. Of course, that also included the Jade Steamed Buns and wines.
Unfortunately, the grudge Qing Shui and Pang Clan harbored against each other was circulated around as well.
Pang De was drinking his wine. There was a middle-aged man who looked like a scholar standing in front of him. That man gave people an impression that he was a very profound and mysterious man.
"Brother Pang, how are you planning to deal with the brat? That brat will definitely evolve into a frightening existence in the future if you continue letting him do as he pleases. He is a doctor. If this goes on, within less than a year, he will definitely be a very influential character." The middle-aged scholar took up the wine cup and took a sip of the wine.
"In three days, I plan to eliminate him no matter what it takes," Pang De said firmly after hesitating for a while.
"Yi He, is anything wrong?"
"I keep on having the feeling that there is no point doing this to just a doctor. It just doesn't seem worth it," the middle-aged scholar who went by the name Yi He said while looking at Pang De.
"The words have already come out of my mouth. I can't afford to embarrass Pang Clan. Besides, he may have been just a doctor, even if he may be able to achieve great things in the future, killing him now is just as easy as squeezing an ant to death." Pang De's killing intention was very firm.
A trace of disappointment flashed across the eyes of the middle-aged scholar. Nevertheless, he didn't express it. On the contrary, he continued to drink alcohol with Pang De.
"Grandpa, were you looking for me?"
A mature middle-aged man said with a smile while approaching Old Man Puyang's courtyard.
"Honghu, there is finally hope for Zhengming to stay alive. But it seems we have got trouble these few days. The person going by the name Qing Shui from Imperial Cuisine Hall is able to save her, it's just that it seems Pang Clan is plotting something against him. Please help pay close attention to him in secret and save him when necessary," Old Man Puyang said with a smile.
"Grandpa, don't worry, since there is someone who is able to save Zhengming, Puyang Clan will definitely protect him," Puyang Honghu said joyfully.
Zhengming had the same pronunciation as fighting for life. It was the name of the little brat which Old Man Puyang was with the other day. It meant for her to fight for her life from god.
At the same time, Sikong Clan, along with a few other clans, seemed to have made the same move. At least they were all planning to get into the good graces of Qing Shui.
As soon as Qing Shui returned to Imperial Cuisine Hall, he immediately went into the realm. Today, he started fiddling with the Longevity Noodle.
Even though there wasn't a lot of Longevity Fish, the quantity was considered somewhat valuable. It's also already enough to be used. The reason being that he still had the crystals produced by the Crystal Lion. This way, it would have been enough for the Longevity Fish to slowly merge with the bits of the crystal.
The Jade Steamed Buns had finally become popular. Furthermore, its popularity was still increasing. Now, people found whoever managed to eat the buns from Imperial Cuisine Hall as a kind of identity and pride. It had already managed to achieve these within just a few days time. It was also this that triggered Pang Clan to stalk them. Causing Pang Clan to come up with the intention to conquer Imperial Cuisine Hall.
It had only been a day and there were already more customers on the fourth floor of Imperial Cuisine Hall. His position had also gotten a lot higher compared to before. In an instant, he helped significantly raise up level of Imperial Cuisine Hall. The people who left prior to this all felt regretful to the point even their intestines turned green.
Simultaneously, Pang De was also the other one feeling regretful. If he had known earlier, he wouldn't have mentioned the three day limit. Even though it had only been one day, he already knew that Qing Shui wouldn't come. It was already impossible for Pang Clan to get him into the Pang Clan. So long as he refused to join them, there would definitely be people coming out to support him now.
But the Pang Clan couldn't throw away their own face. Back then, they had already made their words very clear. How could they patch things back up at this time? They could only hope that others wouldn't act on the matter on that day. Or rather, they could choose to use softer methods when they acted. This way, they might just be able to keep their face.
Unknowingly, Pang De has started feeling unconfident with himself.
On the second day, the Longevity Noodles had been made. Both Old Man Puyang and the little brat were here. These were all for free. For now, on the fourth floor, other than paying once a year, the remaining things needed to cure disease were all for free. This kind of rule was almost similar to that of the clubhouses from his previous incarnation.
This time around, the main thing was to advertise. Maximum effect can only be achieved by eating that on birthdays, hence, they made a promise to deliver the longevity noodles to people during their birthdays.
In the blink of an eye, three days passed. Today was the day when Pang Clan was going to come. Naturally, Qing Shui waited for them inside Imperial Cuisine hall.
Around noon, the people from Pang Clan came. This time, around ten of them headed over. Each of them was on an enormous Cloud Lion Beast. After that, they dropped down from the sky and landed in front of the door of Imperial Cuisine Hall.
Naturally, Qing Shui, Soulsearch and Li Ji had long since gotten the news.
Not long after the people in Pang Clan stood outside the door, Qing Shui and his group came out.
There were a lot of people in the surroundings. Back then, a lot of people were aware of what Pang Clan said three days ago. Hence, since early today, there were already people paying close attention to the things around here. Furthermore, more and more people came here. There were even plenty of aristocratic clans among them.
A lot of the inns across the street were rejoicing in the misfortune of others. A lot of people had been jealous of Imperial Cuisine Hall, seeing Qing Shui joining them and the changes which occurred for them. Of course, there were also a lot of people trying to defend it, since they got their illness treated there.
Even though the customers here were all wealthy people, they would still spend time heading over to treat their illnesses on the first floor. Not only this, the treatment was free, hence opening up free medication, even to the commoners. One thing though, they had to be ordinary commoners. For the bad, the evil, the rich but arrogant, and people who bullied others, Qing Shui would never treat them no matter how rich they were. He had already enforced this rule since the time back when he was in the five continents.
For example, for clans like Pang Clan. Even if he had had no conflicts with them before, once he was made aware that they had this kind of characteristic, it would be impossible for them to turn into Imperial Cuisine Hall's customers no matter how rich they were. Those were clans that resembled that of an evil tyrant.
"It has been three days. You haven't come to Pang Clan so I came here today to realize the things which I said the other day." Pang De looked at Qing Shui and took the initiative to talk.
He was really loud. He did this to tell the people that Pang Clan would do what they promised and he hoped that no one would get involved in it. To the Pang Clan, losing their face wasn't something which everyone could accept.
"I have said it before. I am not interested in working with people like you. Could it be that you want to level this entire area just because I refuse to work with you?" Qing Shui said with a smile.
Even though Qing Shui didn't speak loudly when he spoke, everyone around him was able to hear what he said clearly.
"People from Pang Clan, they have always been forceful with others. I reckon that they most probably wanted to own the entire Imperial Cuisine Hall just because they felt that they could gain benefits from it."
"Oh yes, I also wonder why no one has stopped Pang Clan yet. There are still Yehuang Clan, Puyang Clan and Guhu Clan…… There are so many clans which are capable of levelling the entire Pang Clan, why do they choose to not care about it?"
"Well, this, you don't know. It's because a clan like Pang Clan exists for the reason to show the contrast between the 'good' and 'bad' clans. This is also why no one eliminated Pang Clan even though they are not used to seeing the way they do things.
Qing Shui was listening to the discussions around him. It seemed there had to be a reason for something if it existed. This was an unwritten rule.
"Pang Clan never bullies people. How about this, we will fight three rounds today and the first to win twice will be considered the winner. If I win, you will have to promise to work with Pang Clan. If you win, I will call off the things about us working together and apologize to you. What do you think?" Pang De seemed to have realized something. His tone changed immediately.
"Are you telling me that if I win, an apology is all that I will get?" Qing Shui looked at Pang De.
Pang De stunned, "Well then, say what you want then, I will take whatever it is."
"Right, we will fight and decide the winner with one match. If you guys win, I will follow the condition you suggested just now. If I win, in the future, Pang Clan will never again be allowed to step on this street." Qing Shui was really calm. But what he said could make one's blood boil when they heard it.
Something worth noting was that across Yehuang Country, other than a minority of aristocratic clans, clans at the level of Pang and Sikong Clan were the ones that were the strongest. Of course, there were still a lot of clans around the country. After all, Yehuang City was still really huge. There were only roughly ten of them around the Pang Clan's power level in this area.
The corner of Pang De's mouth twitched. He had already embarrassed himself. He then replied with an upset face, "Alright, I will accept your condition."
Before this, he thought he could smooth things over with an apology. However, Qing Shui had already indicated that he couldn't be bothered receiving this 'apology' at all. Instead he said he didn't want any of the Pang Clan members to set foot on this street and in another words, this meant that the sight of Pang Clan members are so disgusting that they turned the stomach of people looking at them…
Qing Shui casually looked around his surroundings. He sensed that someone was paying attention to him. But that aura was very gentle. It didn't contain any evil intentions. Hence, he stopped worrying about it and skywalked.
Pang De clenched his teeth and was about to rise up. But right at this moment, he suddenly spotted a Cloud Lion Beast flying towards here from far away. At the moment when he saw the old man on top of it, he got really agitated. He politely waited for the old man to arrive in front of him.
"Third Uncle!" Pang De politely greeted him.
The old man had a very tall and sturdy body. He looked slightly older than Pang De. But he was still only considered to be slightly but not too old. Because, the fact that Pang De had a face which looked like a mature middle-aged man had to be taken into account.
"Understood, alright. Close yourself into seclusion when you get back." The old man's eyes were like engraved lacquerware. They looked really cold.
"Yes!" Pang De's body trembled. Despite this, he still responded politely.
The old man took a glance at the surroundings, "Nobody can step on our Pang Clan's pride.
At the moment when the old man finished speaking, he immediately skywalked. He was like an enormous bird, fast like lightning.
"I am Pang Shitu. Today, I am going to represent the entire Pang Clan to fight with you. If I win, I have no further conditions. And if I lose, I will apologise to you and from today onwards, as long as you are alive, none of our Pang Clan members will set foot on this street." Pang Shitu stared at Qing Shui as he spoke seriously.
AST 1326 –Fighting against 70,000 sun worth of strength, First Level of the Nine Palace Laws
Somehow, Pang Shitu's words still surprised Qing Shui. He didn't know what this old man was plotting. The reason being, not only would the old man not benefit from anything if he won the bet, if Pang Clan lost, they would all lose face.
Suddenly, Qing Shui saw a trace of cold light deep within the huge eyes of the old man. That was killing intent!
Suddenly, Qing Shui came to understand something. Naturally, if they lost, Qing Shui would call the shots and if they won, they would rather not gain anything from it. There was also one thing which wasn't mentioned openly and that was that they could kill Qing Shui, making things look like an accident and thereby absolving them from their promises..
The old man was someone who was very firm with his decision to kill his opponents. If he managed to kill them, he would help save his clan from future troubles. If he didn't manage to do so, he would leave himself some methods to survive. So far, he had managed to do that.
Qing Shui smiled. After that, he spoke slowly, "Rest assured, if I lose, I will guarantee you a life. I don't care who it is, even if it is someone who is at the brink of death, so long as he or she is someone you point out, I will help extend their life by at least a hundred years.
One should never give in despite how powerful your opponent might be. Besides, Qing Shui wasn't confident that he would be able to beat his opponent. Hence, it would be best if he could leave a suspense in his opponent's mind and let them hesitate for a while before laying their murderous hands on him.
Pang Shitu's eyes twitched. He somehow still knew quite a lot about Qing Shui. Hence, whether he believed him or not, at least now his heart has moved a little. Qing Shui could feel that the opponent's killing intent had just diminished a little.
Qing Shui had achieved his goal. He smiled and said once again, "Let's begin! Swords do not have eyes, it's best to be careful!"
"It's destiny whether we die or remain alive today!" Pang Shitu took out an enormous lion headed sword while speaking.
This was a three meter long, 30cm wide, enormous fiery red colored lion headed sword. On the tip of a sword was a lion's head which looked very realistic. The lion's head somehow resembled something like a flame. It was giving off a fierce and malevolent aura.
Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation!
Qing Shui used the Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation. But he wasn't holding any weapons. The reason being that he didn't need to hold any.
Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation!
Pang Shitu also used his Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation. His was a set of fiery red colored armor. It seemed like it came as a set with the Lion Headed Sword. At the moment when he saw Qing Shui not holding any weapons, he proceeded to say, "Make your move, I won't hold back."
Qing Shui nodded his head. After that, he summoned the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant.
Vajra Subdues Demon!
Since Qing Shui had the initiative to attack, he immediately summoned the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant and used its weakening techniques. And at the moment when his opponent was still in shock, he immediately went on to use his Emperor's Qi.
At the same time when Qing Shui managed to weaken the old man, he was also quite stunned with his strength. Twenty thousand sun worth of the old man's strength immediately got reduced by Qing Shui.
The old man actually had strength which was worth almost 70,000 sun.
Merely Pang Clan already had this kind of strength. Imagine Yehuang Clan and Puyang Clan. Was Pang Shitu considered the strongest within Pang Clan? How was the strength within Dancing Phoenix Continent distributed?
In just a blink of an eye, he already lost twenty thousand sun worth of strength. Even for someone like Pang Shitu, his countenance also drastically changed. He swung the enormous Lion Headed Sword in his hand. As he did so, a ray of red light flashed across the sword. Following which, an enormous flame lion appeared and rushed its way towards Qing Shui.
He still had roughly 50,000 sun worth of strength left. And there was also quite a huge gap between Qing Shui's strength and his. Nevertheless, Qing Shui found it to be somewhat manageable once he weakened him. The reason being that Qing Shui was someone who had stepped through the great door to Heavenly Dao. Pang Shitu on the other hand, he might be strong but he was still someone who only had one of his feet on the threshold of the great door of Heavenly Dao.
Also, there was an 80% chance that the slash which the old man just performed was a Spirit Energy Attack. Hence, Qing Shui wasn't worried. It was also unlucky for Pang Shitu that his martial technique was based on flame elements.
Nine Continents Mountain!
As soon as Qing Shui activated his consciousness, the Nine Continents Mountain immediately blocked the enormous Lion Dragon.
The Nine Continents Mountain got cut in half. Right at this moment, Qing Shui swung his head and a silver platform appeared above Pang Shitu.
Seal of Xuantian!
Second Wave Seal of Xuantian! Reduce the opponent's speed and reaction time by 20%.
During this time, Qing Shui's Seal of Xuantian had already broken through up to the Second Wave.
Qing Shui controlled the Nine Continents Mountain and initiated an attack on Pang Shitu with it.
Now, Pang Shitu also more or less knew a few of the strange things about Qing Shui. Originally, he thought that he would be able to crush the enormous stone with only one slash with his sword alone. But now, he already knew that this thing was a precious thing. He reversed his enormous Lion Headed Sword and once again cut towards the Nine Continents Mountain with the back of the sword. This time, he used even more force than before.
At the moment when he pushed it away, the old man moved. He immediately charged towards Qing Shui. His Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation was equipped almost all the way to his teeth. The Lion Headed Sword was spurting out flames which somewhat resembled that of blood.
As Qing Shui waved his hand, an enormous Primordial Flame Dragon Whip whipped towards Pang Shitu.
Nine Palace Steps!
The Formation Eye Stone helped boost the strength of a formation onefold. This also included the Nine Palace Steps. In an instant, Qing Shui appeared behind Pang Shitu. He was very nimbly whipping the Primordial Flame Dragon Whip at Pang Shitu.
Stepping into the great door of Heavenly Dao combined with the mysterious features of the Nine Palace Steps, Qing Shui was able to quite flexibly deal with opponents who were a few times stronger than himself.
The Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant was at a spot not far away from them. The moment Qing Shui moved, it also initiated its attacks.
Diamond Sword Qi!
This also helped reduce 20% of speed……
The Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant contained a bloodline which wasn't inferior to that of the dragon species. And now, it has strength which surpassed ten thousand sun. Under the effect of Heaven Shaking Drums, it was still growing at a frightening speed during this time.
This was precisely the stage where the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant would soar up in strength. It was just like when humans went through puberty. Given time, provided that they consumed the right nutrients, their body would grow rapidly. It was an all-around upgrade.
Legend has it that the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant was a being which could one day surpass an enormous dragon when it grew. Given that the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant was strong enough, Qing Shui's strength would increase. Water tended to spill when it was full. By then, it was likely that Qing Shui would break through to the False God Realm.
With this happening, Pang Shitu's speed was significantly slower than that of Qing Shui's. Without speed, basically, it would mean his chances of winning would be low unless his strength was more than ten times or even a hundred times greater than that of his opponents. If so, he would be able to perform acts similar to 'dominating ten professional martial artists with brute force alone', to the state of causing everything to be powerless in front of his absolute strength alone.
As of now, Pang Shitu was in a passive position. Despite this, he was still able to defend against Qing Shui's attacks. Even though he might get hit occasionally from time to time. Unfortunately, Qing Shui's attacks were unable to cause any damage to him. This made him let out a huge laugh.
"I will stand here and let you hit me as you wish. You still won't be able to beat me." Eventually, Pang Shitu decided that he would just stop moving. That powerful Demonic Beast Armor Manifestation of his had made him like a divine turtle.
"Do you really not plan to move at all?" Qing Shui smiled.
"I won't move!"
Qing Shui immediately summoned the Thunderous Beast.
Pang Shitu wasn't in the least concerned about the Thunderous Beast's weak attacks. It was just that very quickly, he managed to notice something was wrong. His face changed and he immediately swung his sword.
The red color on the lion's head on top of the Lion Headed Sword was turning darker and darker and looking more and more frightening. That lion's head suddenly shone with a strong bloody light and enveloped the old man.
Bloody Devilish Lion!
Qing Shui could clearly feel that other than the Emperor's Qi, the rest of his weakening effects had all disappeared. Furthermore, his strength had even increased. In a flash, he was already charging towards the Thunderous Beast.
The Thunderous Beast quickly tried to avoid it. But it seemed like it was already a bit late by the time it did so.
Deep down, Qing Shui was also greatly astonished with what happened.
Nine Palace Step, Great Reversal!
Qing Shui instantly swapped positions with Pang Shitu. Pang Shitu, who still had no idea what just happened, still sped forward in the opposite direction for a distance. His body glowed with red light and when he discovered what happened, he was thoroughly enraged.
"I will see how many times you can block my attacks!
Mighty Dragon Elephant Stomp!
The Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant ferociously stomped on Pang Shitu.
Unfortunately, it didn't work.
Diamond Sword Qi!
Qing Shui didn't hesitate to retrieve both the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant and Thunderous Beast. He used the Sacred Jade divine Stone Ring to avoid the terrifying attacks from Pang Shitu.
Pang Shitu was currently in a strengthened state. It was only for a temporary period of time. Other than the Emperor's Qi, other supportive techniques were all now useless. Hence, Qing Shui wanted to wait and only fight back once his Bloody Devilish Lion state depleted.
Bloody Devilish Lion, lock!
Suddenly, a bloody red colored ray of light on top of Pang Shitu's sword began enveloping Qing Shui's body like a spider net. After that, Pang Shitu disappeared while leaving an afterimage behind. What followed was that an earth-shattering aura began to push down against Qing Shui.
Qing Shui cursed silently, he felt cold sweat all over his body. With a pull of his hand, he retreated with explosive speed as a gigantic water screen manifested.
The only thing Qing Shui felt was as if a huge mountain collided against himself. Mouthfuls of blood kept spurting out of his mouth. Luckily, he was able to withstand the impact from the hit.
To think that the Nature Energy didn't cancel out that red light…..
Luckily, the Area Dominance managed to help dispersed it. But right at this moment, Pang Shitu once again made his way towards Qing Shui.
Puyang Honghu was paying close attention to the battle taking place on the stage. Both of his fists were about to make their move. But right at this moment, a voice came through to his ears, "I know you mean well but for now, your help is not yet necessary. If I am really in a pinch, I will tell you about it, thank you!
Qing Shui had long since noticed this person. To think that he was here to save himself. Without much thought, he was already able to figure out who it was. It had to be from those few clans. He felt that the likeliness of them being from Puyang Clan was really high. But at the same time, he wasn't really certain about it.
Nine Palace Step, Emptiness!
Qing Shui's body slowly became more and more vague. After that, he appeared far away in the distance.
Qing Shui shot out two Ten Thousand Year Icesteel Beads towards Pang Shitu.
Under the state of Bloody Devilish Lion, he was just like a divine turtle which never exposed its head, leaving other people not knowing what to do with it.
Qing Shui was better off dodging constantly. Within the Nine Palace, he was king.
The Nine Palace King!
Qing Shui seemed to have thought of something. After that, he multitasked. While constantly dodging, he was thinking of the controls he had within the Nine Palace. Ever since he cultivated up to the Nine Palace Steps, he thought that there wasn't any more room for improvement.
He mixed all of his movement techniques together and used them with his Nine Palace Steps. Slowly, he seemed to understand them more and more clearly. That was a very bizarre feeling. It felt as if everything within the nine palace had become alive.
Suddenly, Qing Shui saw the color of the spot where his consciousness was focusing on had gotten darker. For a moment, he was stunned, he never expected this kind of thing to actually work. This was the Nine Palace Laws.
It was just like the Heaven and Earth Laws. He had the right to decide everything within the Nine Palace. The Laws were all set up by himself.
Very quickly, Qing Shui noticed that the current Nine Palace Steps had reached the first level in Nine Palace Laws
First Heavenly Level, unleash Nine Palace Laws, capable of putting his opponents under the effect of ten times gravity.
Ten times gravity. If he had been in his previous incarnation, he would have been able to immediately murder his opponents. But right now, his opponent was a powerful warrior. This might have affected his opponent but the influence caused wasn't that significant. In any case, it was still better than nothing. Let alone that he could still continue improving it once its grade was higher.
Devour, consuming the essence of opponents. The first level can slowly devour, causing the exhaustion rate of the target to increase by 10%.
Heavy Strike, the master of the Nine Palace can stack his attacks together, increasing by 10% in power. There's a high chance that the target would be blasted backwards and a small chance to cause the target to sink into panic, lowering their strength and dispersing their concentration.
This was the Nine Palace Laws at First Heavenly Level. Qing Shui was somewhat still satisfied with it. He could use it simply by willing it.
Ten times gravity! Devour!
Qing Shui immediately unleashed the Nine Palace Laws at its first heavenly grade against Pang Shitu.
And at this moment, the red light around Pang Shitu's body also disappeared. Qing Shui looked really pale but the injury across his body had recovered by a lot. Added on he had powerful bones himself, there was no longer any major problems in front of him. He knew that his chance had finally come.