Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 1333-1335
AST 1333 –Yao Clan, Yao Qubing, a visit from the Yehuang clan
"His medical skills are very good. He's much better than me," Soulsearch laughed.
Qing Shui doubted Soulsearch slightly. Soulsearch could accurately diagnose a patient's condition with his Meridians Knocking Soul Pulling technique, so it was much easier for him to diagnose and provide the correct treatment. Even if his medical skills might not be the best, he was definitely one of the top-notch physicians as he would not give a wrong diagnosis.
"Brother, you are too humble. With your Meridians Knocking Soul Pulling technique, you just have to practice the few acupuncture techniques I taught you. I don't dare to guarantee anything else but you will surely be much better than before." Qing Shui grinned.
"Yes. I can already tell. I have used some of the techniques in the past two days." Soulsearch agreed joyfully.
Li Ji watched Soulsearch and Qing Shui, a blissful smile appeared on her face. Her wish came true because of that young man and if she could have a child with Soulsearch, she would have no regrets.
"By the way, is that person a local?" Qing Shui wondered if that person was from Yehuang City.
"He is a member of the clan of divine physicians, the Yao Clan. The Yao Clan is a famous medical aristocrat clan and there are many physicians and alchemists in their clan. They are definitely the best medical clan in Yehuang City," Soulsearch said with a serious tone.
"Oh, he's that good? Why does he want to join our Imperial Cuisine Hall?" Qing Shui couldn't understand. If that person was from such a good medical aristocrat clan, wouldn't it be better for that person to advance within his clan? Furthermore, it was rated as the best medical clan in the region. Logically speaking, he should stay in his own clan unless there were some other reasons.
"He doesn't have the proper birth rights. Though his medical skills are good, he has few opportunities in his own clan. He wanted to venture out, just to see if there might be another path for him."
"Oh, so he wants to see if we can take him in. How old is he?" Qing Shui felt that this was important.
"He is slightly older than you, he looks quite young," Soulsearch replied after giving it some thought.
"Send someone to inform him to come here tomorrow. I want to see if he is qualified to join our Imperial Cuisine Hall."
"I have already done that."
Qing Shui was free at night, so he went into his Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal to train. He started refining his magic treasures. For now, there were no signs that his Coiled Dragon Statue, Heaven Shaking Drum, Spirit Gathering Lamp or Formation Eye Stone could be upgraded soon. Spirit Channeling Jade rose by one level, allowing Qing Shui to refine his items at a faster speed. He also faced a bottleneck with his Demon Binding Ropes and Soulshake bell. Since Soulshake bell had already reached the Ninth level, he did not know if there was even a tenth level but he could still refine it.
Be it carving Seal formations or practicing his Nine Palace Laws, his training involved so many activities that he was extremely busy, even though he had time. Amidst all that, he still had to concoct pellets he used frequently, brew wine and even create more culinary dishes.
As for the Roc form in his Nine Animals Mimicry Technique, he did not know if it could advance further after mastering his Seal of Roc. Heart of Roc was already at Great Perfection State, so there was barely any progression. It was down to luck if he wanted to reach another breakthrough for it. The same could be said for Roc Spreading Wings. It would be difficult to break through the current constraints of the skill.
Like always, he continued practicing his Thousand Hammer Technique because he planned to create even god-level items. Besides, the technique was useful in battle, ever since its attack became incredibly powerful. He worked on his Violet Star Thunder God. As he had his Big Dipper Sword, he used his Violet Star Thunder God only as a practicing tool for his hammering techniques since he could not improve its attack capabilities. Furthermore, he hoped that doing that would help unleash Violet Star Thunder God's potential power. If he was successful, he would have two powerful weapons, though he couldn't be sure if that would actually happen.
On the second day after breakfast, he received good news. Li Ji was pregnant. Qing Shui counted the number of days since he had helped Soulsearch recover. It was less than a month and Qing Shui didn't expect this would happen so quickly. Qing Shui used his spiritual sense on Li Ji and sensed the vital signs of two peolpe. One was stronger and the weaker one was naturally the fetus in Li Ji's womb.
Things were already set since Qing Shui left the previous celebration. Soulsearch had decided to marry Li Ji even if she didn't have his child.
Once it was afternoon, the physician from Yao Clan arrived. Qing Shui spotted him from the fifth floor. That man was near middle-age. He was handsome and very reserved. While he walked with a straight posture, he exuded an air of cultured elegance. "Brother Soulsearch, this must be divine physician Qing. Let me introduce myself. I am Yao Qubing." The man smiled faintly, in a neither servile nor overbearing manner. He seemed easy to get along with but he seemed a little skeptical when he looked at Qing Shui.
"You can call me Qing Shui, Brother Yao," Qing Shui greeted the man.
Soulsearch gestured for them to sit.
"I'll just be direct. Brother Qing Shui, please don't blame me for being straightforward here. I want to watch you display your medical skills. If I am satisfied, I will join Imperial Cuisine Hall." Yao Qubing went straight to the point.
"This is not a business. I'll put it this way. You need to consider if I am worthy and I also have to test if you are worthy. Let's see if we are both satisfied!" Qing Shui could tell that Yao Qubing was a little brash but he wasn't unbearable.
"Okay. I am sorry if I sounded offensive. Please pardon me."
"It's alright. I understand. As long as you have the skills, it doesn't matter even if you are ten times more straightforward," Qing Shui said with a smile.
Yao Qubing nodded, "Mr Qing, how should we test each other?"
"Since you are my guest here today, you can start first." Qing Shui gestured for Yao Qubing to test him first.
Yao Qubing thought for awhile before he spoke, "Okay. I have been suffering from a long-term condition. I wonder if you could diagnose my condition and let me know if it is curable."
Qing Shui laughed, "Mr. Yao, you can't you cure yourself?"
"No," Yao Qubing replied sheepishly.
Many physicians face the common problem— they couldn't treat themselves. No matter what sort of divine medical skills one had, one could not avoid death.
"You have a genetic heart deformity. Your heart functions poorly as it is only ⅘ the size of a normal person's heart. You have to eat Saint's Heart Fruit monthly to survive," Qing Shui replied simply.
Soulsearch could also easily diagnose Yao Qubing's condition but had no way of treating him. He might have learned the acupuncture techniques from Qing Shui but he did not have Nine Yang Force, Qi of the Ancient Strengthening Technique and Life and Death Needles. Along with other circumstance, he could only improve that man's condition by 1% to 2%. Even so, that was already considered a great talent.
"Can you treat my condition, Mr Qing?" Yao Qubing wasn't surprised. Since Qing Shui knew Soulsearch, it wasn't weird for him to know about his condition. He was more concern about whether it was curable.
"If I told you I could treat your condition, what do you expect?" Qing Shui asked smiling.
"I hope that you would treat me."
"Why should I do that?"
"If you do it, I will know how skillful you are. I would also be cured and I would promise to join Imperial Cuisine Hall," Yao Qubing said a little eagerly. The condition must cause him quite a bit of suffering.
"Your abilities are not good enough to be a physician here in Imperial Cuisine Hall," Qing Shui concluded shaking his head.
"But you haven't tested me, why would you say that?" Yao Qubing asked in a daze with a changed expression.
"I already tested you but sadly you failed." Qing Shui stood up and left after he said those words.
"divine Physician Qing, list your conditions. What do i have to do before you would treat me?" Yao Qubing changed the way he called Qing Shui.
"I want half a Medical clan. Would you be able to give me that?" Qing Shui turned to look at Yao Qubing.
"I can't give you that. I am nothing in my clan," Yao Qubing answered dejected.
"Since you are nothing there, why do you aim to come to Imperial Cuisine Hall? Do you think that by you coming here, you are gracing our Imperial Cuisine Hall with your presence?" Qing Shui said slowly. He didn't like that man from the start. That man was someone who didn't know his place. He could tell that Yao Qubing's main aim was to receive treatment. Perhaps he might stay after that but his heart was with his clan.
"Sir, please save me. I will work here for the rest of my life." Yao Qubing kneeled down and begged. He knew that without treatment, Saint's Heart Fruit could only sustain his life for less than ten years. If he died, it would all be over.
Qing Shui was not used to people kneeling before him. He shifted away and looked at Yao Qubing, "You still have about ten years to live. If I treat your condition, you have to work here for ten years first."
Qing Shui won't treat this man now, he would only do it in ten years. It was up to Yao Qubing to stay and believe Qing Shui's capabilities. Yao Qubing changed his clothes into an Imperial Cuisine Hall attendance uniform. But he was basically a worker who could also act as a physician.
Qing Shui didn't have other hidden agendas. Ten years was certainly enough to mend a person's attitude. This was the man's life. Originally, he could be a normal physician and receive a salary. Now, he was just an attendant but he probably didn't know how the next ten years would change his life.
Soulsearch did not have any comments on Qing Shui's decision.
"Brother, do you believe that in ten years, that Medical Clan will belong to him?" Qing Shui asked cheerily.
"Of course!" Soulsearch said with certainty.
Qing Shui watched the busy, prosperous street from the fifth floor window. He didn't know when he would be able to act as he pleased. He never let his guard down. Even if he wanted to help Demon Lord and her Demon Lord Palace, he would need to reach the level of False God. Where was the palace that Yiye Jiange went to? Was it in the Five continents, Western Oxhe Continent or the Three Continents?
How powerful could Seven-headed Crystal Beast get and how powerful could Yiye Jiange become? He suddenly realized that it would be very difficult to meet her. As the potential in each of his women unfolded, he did not know how much time it would take for him to gather all of them again.
This was a crucial ten years for him. It was also a crucial decade for his children. It was also critical for all the members of his Qing Clan. Would he be able to achieve everything he wanted in the next ten years?
Soulsearch walked in and looked at Qing Shui, "Someone is looking for you. A person from Yehuang clan."
Qing Shui was surprised to hear the words "Yehuang Clan". It seemed like whatever he was trying to avoid would purposely present itself. This was faster than he expected. He nodded his head and walked out. He wanted to know why they had come and hopefully, they were not trying to cause any trouble for him.
Translator notes: Yao Qubing could be translated loosely as "illness ridding medicine".
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AST 1334 –The Birthday of Yehuang Clan’s Old Master, The Power of the Longevity Noodles
Hearing the words ‘Yehuang Clan’, Qing Shui was a little worried. After all, they were a powerful clan who headed an entire country. A country in the Dancing Phoenix Continent was comparable to the size of one of the continents in the five continents. Most importantly, they were in the Dancing Phoenix Continent.
If Yehuang Guwu hadn’t told him of her background, he wouldn’t think much of it. Therefore, he could only take it one step at a time now. If there was a need to, there wouldn’t be any problems for him to treat the people from Yehuang Clan. After all, whether or not he could cure them wasn’t something which he could decide. Yehuang Guwu told him not to provide treatment to the people from Yehuang Clan. All he need to do was to provide treatment but not allow the patient to fully recover.
Qing Shui and Soulsearch walked out of the room and came to the hall. There were two middle-aged men seated in the hall on the fifth story. The two of them were on the borders of middle-age and would soon be considered old.
The two of them were wearing violet robes with a print of a female phoenix or it could be one of a male phoenix. Qing Shui didn’t take a close look at it. A powerful aura that came from people in power and those of superiority came gushing forth.
Seeing Qing Shui and Soulsearch, the two of them stood up and they broke into amiable smiles, “Miraculous Physician Soulsearch, this must be Miraculous Physician Qing. It’s really envious for one so young to have such great achievements.”
“I don’t deserve the compliments. Yehuang Clan is the greatest clan in the Yehuang City. There are numerous people who are envious of the two of you.”Qing Shui smiled, walked over and signaled for them to take a seat.
Tea had long been served. Yao Qubing was the one who had brought it up.
The two of them also signaled for Qing Shui and Soulsearch to take a seat.
“I’m Yehuang Duzui and this is my elder brother, Yehuang Duxing.”The man who spoke had a head of black hair but it was a little messy, as if it was swaying even though there wasn’t any wind.
Qing Shui was stunned. Their names had a lot of character to them. In Yehuang Clan, people from Yehuang Guwu’s generation had the word ‘gu’in their names, while the previous generation had the word ‘du’in their names. However, Yehuang Guwu was the youngest in her generation and thus she had a very large age gap with the people from the ‘du’generation. Furthermore, Yehuang Clan was a very big clan and had many people.
“Good names. I wonder matter do the two of you have today?”Qing Shui smiled and asked.
“I’ll get straight to the point. Yehuang Clan feels that Miraculous Physician Qing has great abilities and thus would like to cooperate with you. Don’t be in a hurry to reject, hear me out first. You can have any conditions you want. As long as you can name it, Yehuang Clan will do our best to fulfill them. You can even decide on the terms of the cooperation. Everything will be to your satisfaction,”Yehuang Duzui smiled and said.
How brazen! To think that they would allow him to state any conditions he wished. It was a pity that Qing Shui was really not very interested in cooperation. However, since they had brought it up, he could have a talk with them. When the time came, before they entered into collaboration, Yehuang Clan would be brought into chaos by Yehuang Guwu.
“My conditions are very simple. Help me find someone. As long as you can find this person, we’ll talk about cooperation. However, I’ll state this upfront. If you can’t find this person, I won’t work with you. Also, I’m a physician, so I won’t do things that would bring harm to others, nor will I be free for you guys to incite to save whoever you wish. I’ll only promise to save one person at most in a month. This number cannot be accumulated but since life is something to be treated with utmost care, it can occasionally be brought forward,”Qing Shui smiled and said.
Qing Shui’s words caused Soulsearch to be taken aback. He had initially thought that Qing Shui would reject it flat out. He hadn’t expected that Qing Shui would accept it. However, Soulsearch trusted Qing Shui and thus didn’t say anything.
“As long as the person is within the Dancing Phoenix Continent, I’ll be able to find the person you wish to find.”Yehuang Duzui said.
“I only know that the person is in the three continents. He might not be in the Dancing Phoenix Continent. If it was that simple, would I state this as a condition?”
Yehuang Duxing frowned slightly but still remained silent.
“Oh? Who is that person? Do you have any leads? For example, his portraits, estimation of his whereabouts, his abilities…”
Qing Shui took out Yan Zhongyue’s portrait and handed it over. “It’s this person. He should have become quite strong. You guys can work it out from here.”
Yan Zhongyue’s portrait looked very similar to Qing Shui but it was clear that they were two different people. On seeing the portrait, Yehuang Duxing understood that this person really existed. It shouldn’t be Qing Shui randomly taking out a portrait to deliberately make things difficult for them.
“The person in the portrait really looks similar to Miraculous Physician Qing,”Yehuang Duzui smiled and said.
“In terms of blood relationship, I should call him father. But I’ve never met him before and thus I’m looking for him.”There were no feelings of kinship in Qing Shui’s words and others might even feel that they were enemies. This made the two men feel a little awkward, not knowing what they should say.
“This is also the reason why I’m here. As long as you guys can help me locate his news and location, it’ll be fine.”It was rare that help came knocking on the door and it was a clan who had the abilities to help him search. To be able to not offend them but yet get the job done…It was basically killing two birds with one stone.
“Alright, I’ll agree to Miraculous Physician Qing’s condition. But there’s someone in the Yehuang Clan whom we need your help with. Is it convenient now?”
Qing Shui smiled and replied. He knew that Yehuang Clan were also guests here and he didn’t have any other choice. A man should be able to bend and adapt to circumstances. Moreover, they were just making use of each other.
“Miraculous Physician Qing, tomorrow is Old Master’s birthday and he is also the one who requires treatment. Would you be able to give the honor and be present tomorrow?”Yehuang Duxing smiled and said.
Qing Shui nodded, “Since it’s Old Master’s birthday, then I’ll make a trip there.”
After all, Yehuang Clan was the leading faction here and Qing Shui wasn’t strong enough to go up against them yet. However, he didn’t wish to slip away like a coward either. Since he was going to toy with them, he’d do it slowly. He felt that the Yehuang Clan wouldn’t be able to be smug for too long.
Yehuang Duzui and Yehuang Duxing left. It was the birthday of Yehuang Clan’s Old Master tomorrow and he was also the one who required treatment. Qing Shui had no idea if the False God existence in the Yehuang Clan was this Old Master but he felt this possibility was very low.
There was another reason why Qing Shui wanted to go. He wanted to bring up his reputation. Therefore, he must go and he must go with a high profile. He must let everyone know of his existence.
The next day, Qing Shui and Soulsearch didn’t head over that early and only reached Yehuang Clan between 11am and 1pm Many people had already gathered at the Yehuang Clan but the crowd wasn’t overwhelming. All the people who were here were people with high statuses.
Yehuang Duzui and Yehuang Duxing had been on the lookout multiple times and it was only at Qing Shui’s appearance that he let out a sigh of relief. Everyone present knew that Yehuang Clan was waiting for a mysterious guest.
Seeing Qing Shui’s appearance, Yehuang Duzui, Yehuang Duxing, as well as some other members of the Yehuang Clan quickly went up to welcome him. Qing Shui was holding onto a decorated plate which was covered with a piece of embroidered cloth and had not a hint of dust on it at all.
Qing Shui smiled and greeted Yehuang Duzui and the others. He then walked up to the most conspicuous spot where the birthday person was at. A valiant looking old man sat there. However, the old man appeared to be of very old age and was wearing a smile. He looked just like a lofty mountain.
Yehuang Clan’s Old Master didn’t stand up. He had the rights not to. Everyone felt that he deserved to be seated there and it was how things should be. The courtesy the other members of Yehuang Clan had shown was already giving Qing Shui respect. “Wishing Old Master everlasting longevity and fortune!”Qing Shui smiled and placed the decorated plate on the table before Yehuang Clan’s Old Master.
“Miraculous Physician Qing is really a dignified person!”the old man smiled and said.
Qing Shui knew that the old man was trying to say that he liked to put on airs. However, he didn’t think much of it and smiled, saying, “Compared to Old Master, I’m just like a dim light compared to the bright sun and moon. Earlier, there had been a few patients who were on the brink of death and thus we were delayed. I apologize to have kept everyone waiting.”
“Your reputation as a benevolent physician is really true to its name. Miraculous Physician Qing, today is my birthday but there’s also a high possibility that it might be my last day. Are you able to extend my life?”The old man smiled and went straight to the point.
Qing Shui was taken aback but still smiled and said, “I had already wished Old Master to have longevity and good fortune earlier. This is Longevity Noodles and can only be eaten on one’s birthday. Having one bowl of it each year can extend one’s lifespan by one year.”
When Old Master Yehuang heard what Qing Shui said, he had already guessed that it was Longevity Noodles. However, he didn’t really believe in it. He didn’t have many days left, so he could give it a try.
Old Master Yehuang slowly took off the cloth which was used to cover a porcelain bowl with a cover. The snow white and exquisite looking porcelain bowl had a lifelike image of a phoenix. On the lid, there was a smaller phoenix.
The old man’s eyes lit up. Even for such an event held by the Yehuang Clan, this porcelain bowl could hold its stand. Of course, it was also partially because it was brought out by this young Miraculous Physician.
The old man gradually opened the lid and in that instant, a warm heat came out together with a light fragrance. Many people were stunned. After all, there had only been a few bowls of Longevity Noodles which had been presented in public and there were some people who had tried it before in the Imperial Cuisine Hall. However, the impact they had received from it previously wasn’t as strong as it was right now. This was Longevity Noodles, a symbol of prestige, status and identity.
“How fragrant!”Even Old Master Yehuang could not help but praise.
“Miraculous Physician Qing, is this Longevity Noodles really so amazing? Why don’t you make more of it?”the old man asked calmly.
“Old Master, you’ll know when you try it. If you’re able to provide me with Longevity Fish, I’ll be able to make more of it,”Qing Shui smiled and said casually.
“No wonder. To think that the Longevity Fish is required.”The old man’s gaze when looking at Qing Shui was now very different from before.
“How many bowls of this Longevity Noodles can one eat? It’s impossible for one to keep on eating. Wouldn’t that mean that if one has Longevity Fish, one would be able to extend their life endlessly? Furthermore, a person can only take a limited one or two Longevity Fish as it is in one lifetime. He has already taken it before.”
“I only know that it can at least extend one’s life for 50 years. I’m not sure if it is still effective beyond this period,”Qing Shui said with certainty.
The old man broke into a smile, nodded, picked up the Longevity Noodles and started eating.
The old man ate very quickly and after the time taken for ten breaths, the bowl of Longevity Noodles was finished. He put down the bowl, as if craving for more. Then, he closed his eyes, as if he was resting.
Many people watched on curiously and waited. They were waiting for Old Master Yehuang’s comment on the Longevity Noodles. Not long later, Old Master Yehhuang opened his eyes and looked at Qing Shui. “This is really good stuff. But I heard that you still know of other means of extending one’s life.”
“The potential of Old Master’s body is already full and the heavenly and earthly treasures you’ve taken have already brought your body to its limits. For now, I don’t have any other means. This is unless I can attain a breakthrough in my medical skills. Don’t worry, I guarantee that I’ll definitely be able to extend your lifespan again within 50 years. I’ll definitely be able to attain a breakthrough in my medical skills within 50 years. If I’m lucky, I’ll only require 10 years and the chances are very high.”
Qing Shui didn’t even blush when he lied. Right now, he only wanted to tie down this old man from the Yehuang Clan with the Longevity Noodles. He believed that with this, at the very least, Yehuang Clan wouldn’t do anything to him. They didn’t ask how he got his hands on Longevity Noodles. For one, they knew that it was impossible to rear Longevity Fish. The old man didn’t have enough time. Another thing was that they didn’t know how to make the Longevity Noodles either.
Qing Shui had everything planned out the moment he saw the old man.
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AST 1335 –Scouting Jade Emperor Bees, Mutated Demonic Spider, Tianhe Country
Since Qing Shui knew the old man’s condition, he had the confidence of having things within his control. After all, the old man’s life was within his grasp. Earlier, he was still worried that Yehuang Clan would threaten him. Now, he knew that it was just a false alarm.
Unlike Qing Shui and Old Master Yehuang, everyone else was astonished. Old Master Yehuang’s words made it very clear. The Longevity Noodles were really effective. If that was the case, when one reached the end of their lifespan, they would be able to have at least an additional 50 years of lifespan if they were to have the Longevity Noodles.
In their current situation, 50 years was very short but when one reached the end of their lifespan, even five or ten years could be said to be extravagant, let alone wanting another 50 years. This was especially true when one still had unfulfilled wishes at the end of their lifespan.
Another thing was that Qing Shui had said that he would be able to attain a breakthrough in his medical skills within 50 years at most or possibly even within a couple of years if he was lucky. When that happened, he could increase one’s lifespan even further. Putting aside whether that was the truth, there would definitely be people from the Yehuang Clan who would try it out. Right now, what they needed to do was to think of ways to get into a good relationship with this Miraculous Physician.
Qing Shui didn’t bring the Jade Steamed Bun since it had been quite a while and many people had eaten it before. Furthermore, there were so many people today and he didn’t have so much of it.
Qing Shui’s aim was not to sell his buns. Selling of the buns was just a means. Therefore, it was impossible for him to sell it to everyone or to sell in large batches. Other than the Longevity Noodles, he also brought along a small vat of Plum Blossom Wine.
The Plum Blossom Wine once again kicked up a commotion, causing wine from the Imperial Cuisine Hall to spread throughout the Yehuang City within a short amount of time. However, it was still impossible for everyone to get to try it. Qing Shui’s plan was to rake up the reputation.
Old Master Yehuang was very happy. He hadn’t expected to be able to eat something so delicious and drink wine so great within his lifespan. Humans were born with the instincts for food and se*, with food being the most important thing. It went to show how important food was.
“Great wine. Does the Miraculous Physician still have a lot of it?”Old Master Yehuang seemed a little impolite when he asked this. Asking the person who had presented a gift to see if he had a lot of it was as if asking for gifts from the person.
“This wine requires too long a time to make. It is made from plum blossoms that are several thousand years of age and needs to be stored for several thousand years to get to this taste. It’s even harder to get hold of this than the Longevity Noodles.”Qing Shui didn’t say much more.
How could Old Master Yehuang not know this? Otherwise, with his status, he wouldn’t have been so impolite to ask this.
“I don’t have much but I can gift Old Master with two vats. One can get addicted on drinking too much of it. It’ll make it such that you won’t want to drink any other wine. Therefore, it’s better for you to drink less of it. After all, it’s not practical to be drinking it for your entire life.”
“Then I shall thank the Miraculous Physician. It’s about time, let’s start the feast!”
Everyone stood up to toast to Old Master Yehuang before they went on with their own activities. Some went to get closer to members of the Yehuang Clan, some pulled connections. It was also very lively around Qing Shui.
However, Qing Shui didn’t appear to get too close to anyone. Neither did he make himself appear too distant either. Right now, he requires prestige, to build up his prestige as a Miraculous Physician. With that, in the future, people who wished to lay their hands on him would all have to consider his reputation as a Miraculous Physician.
Qing Shui didn’t stay for long before he stood up and bade goodbye to the people from Yehuang Clan. The members of Yehuang Clan had tried hard to get him to stay but it was all formalities. Therefore, Qing Shui politely rejected them and left with Soulsearch. He couldn’t become friends with Yehuang Clan.
Other than Qing Shui, there weren’t many who could leave the banquet early. Unless they had important things to attend to, they would stay until the banquet ended. Powerful forces would make the weaker forces feel overwhelmed and honored just by appearing for a short moment at the latter’s birthday celebrations or at the opening of their trade associations. On the contrary, when weaker forces were to attend the celebrations for powerful forces, they would generally stay until the very end.
Old Master Yehuang was a Peak Martial Emperor existence. Although Qing Shui couldn’t sense his exact cultivation level, he knew that the Old Master wasn’t a False God cultivator. Even if there was a False God cultivator in the Yehuang Clan, the person wouldn’t be present.
Qing Shui didn’t know if Old Master Yehuang’s strength was at 300,000 suns, 500,000 suns or somewhere in between.
Thinking back on his own abilities, Qing Shui headed back to Qing Clan once. Right now, he had reached quite a high level of cultivation and most importantly, he had the identity of being a physician. With Qing Shui’s current abilities, it wouldn’t be much trouble for him even if he were to be dealing with a person who had a strength of 150,000 suns.
Time passed by quickly and another two months went by.
Everything went on smoothly during the two months but he didn’t attain any breakthroughs. His demonic beasts were still improving at a terrifying rate. Another pellet had appeared in Qing Shui’s Dantian, which was a result of the powers he had gotten from the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant. Although it wasn’t much, it was still quite a good amount. Qing Shui was in no hurry to refine it either.
Within the past two months, what had made Qing Shui the happiest was that both the Treasure Hunting Pig and the Jade Emperor Queen Bee had both become Grade Three Spiritual Medicinal Beasts and the medicinal herbs in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal were also growing at a tremendous rate. Qing Shui didn’t look at their age but only sensed their medicinal effects. It was fine if they had a good medicinal effect.
The Treasure Hunting Pig’s appearance hadn’t changed. It was still as cute as ever but its speed was now faster and its movements were sharper now. At the same time, the Jade Emperor Queen Bee had given birth to another batch of Jade Emperor Bees. However, this batch of Jade Emperor Bees were different from the ones before and had a strange spiritual Qi in their bodies. This gave Qing Shui the feeling that it should be related to the fact that the Jade Emperor Queen Bee had become a Spiritual Medicinal Beast.
Of course, these young Jade Emperor Bees weren’t Spiritual Medicinal Beasts but they should be Spirit Beasts. Since then, Qing Shui had been feeding them with the Jade Emperor Queen Bee Nectar from the Grade Three Spiritual Medicinal Beast. Not only that, Qing Shui had also added crystal physiques into the Jade Emperor Queen Bee Nectar.
The reason Qing Shui did all this wasn’t so that these young Jade Emperor Bees could become powerful demonic beasts but for them to become Scouting Bees. Qing Shui had always felt that he didn’t have enough information and he wished to let these Jade Emperor Bees spy for him, becoming his ears and eyes.
This was also something which the Jade Emperor Bee had communicated to Qing Shui. At the beginning, Qing Shui had wanted to nurture some people to collect information for him but now, he decided to first see the Jade Emperor Bees’abilities before deciding. After all, he wasn’t sure of their abilities.
The reason Spirit Beasts were called that was because they could form divine connections and could understand the human language. Although they weren’t as intelligent as the humans, they had better potential in certain areas, for example in their scouting abilities which Scouting Bees had.
Bee and ant type creatures lived in groups and they would be split up into categories such as soldiers, workers and of course, there would also be those who were scouts, in charge of getting information. This batch which Qing Shui was training were the scouting Jade Emperor Bees.
He would still need some time but with the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal, it shouldn’t take too long. Another thing was the Seven-Headed Demonic Dragon Spider’s subjects. He didn’t know if it was due to the Seven-Headed Demonic Dragon Spider’s mutation or due to other reasons…A portion of the Seven-Headed Demonic Dragon Spider’s subjects had gone through mutation.
There were the Burrowing Demonic Spider, Parasitic Demonic Spiders, Venomous Demonic Spiders, Diamond Demonic Spiders, Lightning Demonic Spider, Tenacious Web Demonic Spider…
Qing Shui liked these demonic spiders which had gone through the mutation. It was because he was full of expectations for their abilities. The Burrowing Spiders could move about with ease underground, launching sneak attacks. The Parasitic Demonic Spiders could quickly lay their eggs on the target, even if the target was made of steel. Such demonic spiders were the ones people are the most afraid of.
The Venomous Demonic Spiders were completely pitch black with a type of black aura around their bodies. Their venom wouldn’t lose out to the Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable and in terms of their numbers, they weren’t something which the Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable could compare against.
The Diamond Demonic Spiders were completely golden and could withstand terrifying attacks. Once the target was entangled by their huge spider legs and spider silk, they would be doomed.
The Lightning Demonic Spiders could move almost as if they were teleporting if it was within close proximity. This was useful primarily to break the flow of the opponent’s powerful attacks. Another thing was that they also had relatively sharp spider legs.
The Tenacious Web Demonic Spiders were as their names suggested, without any other specialties but that the spider silk they produced was extremely firm and tenacious. Compared to the spider silk of ordinary demonic spiders, their silk was several times of over ten times stronger. Of course, it was still a notch weaker when compared to the Seven-Headed Demonic Dragon Spider’s.
These mutations were all born from the eggs laid by the Seven-Headed Demonic Dragon Spider after it had grown its dragon head. This was also the reason why Qing Shui had felt that it could be due to the Seven-Headed Demonic Dragon Spider’s mutation. Regardless, this was a good thing.
It was also good for him to have a massive army of demonic spiders.
The Imperial Cuisine Hall was now on track. Not only the people from the Yehuang City knew of their existence, even the other places in the Yehuang Country as well as those from other countries would come and patronize. Qing Shui’s reputation got stronger and stronger.
Qing Shui was not afraid now. The good thing about being a physician was that there would be generally no one who would assassinate him. Of course, that was with the exception of those in the same trade. However, chances of this happening were very low. It was because those from weak powers wouldn’t be able to do this and those from strong ones would find ways to collaborate or get him to join them.
Another thing was that a great physician would always want to have the protection of a similarly great power. For example, the Yehuang Clan was keen on working together with Qing Shui. It was a pity that the Yehuang Clan had yet to find any news of Yan Zhongyue.
Qing Shui wasn’t surprised. He knew that Yan Zhongyue won’t be easy to find. One thing was that he didn’t know if there had been any changes to Yan Zhongyue’s appearance nor if he remembered the past. Therefore, Qing Shui wasn’t pinning much hope on the Yehuang Clan.
“Elder Brother, do you know of the divine Beast Sect?”
Most of the time, Qing Shui would stay in the Imperial Cuisine Hall, studying about cooking when he was free. Of course, he would also do some other things. Li Ji was already three months pregnant and had started to have her quiet rest.
“The divine Beast Sect is the one ruling over the divine Beast Country, a country which is even stronger than the Yehuang Country. The divine Beast Sect is also a sect that’s more powerful than the Yehuang Clan.”Soulsearch didn’t know why Qing Shui would suddenly ask about the divine Beast Sect.
“Then where is the divine Beast Country? Is it far from the Yehuang Country?”Qing Shui hadn’t expected that the divine Beast Sect was so powerful. It seemed like they must really have False God existences.
“They are separated by Tianhe Country.”
“Tianhe Country?”Qing Shui felt that he had neglected some existences all this while.
“The Tianhe Country is a unique existence. Although the area situated a little far from the capital of the Dancing Phoenix Continent and aren’t considered to be part of the continent’s capital boundary, no one can ignore their existence. I’m not very sure either but I know that the Tianhe Country is very powerful and not many people from the Dancing Phoenix Continent would dare to offend them.”
“Is the Tianhe Country strong? Or is it because a certain force there is strong?”Qing Shui gave it some thought and asked.
“Tianhe Country’s Tianhe City is the country’s capital. The Tianhe Clan is a clan which inherited an ancient legacy and it’s their legacy which kept them going on without deteriorating. There really aren’t many in the Dancing Phoenix Continent who can be compared with Tianhe Clan,”Soulsearch smiled and said.
Tianhe Country and Yehuang Country were close to each other and the Tianhe City was also the city closest to the Tianhe Country. However, there would tend to be some space between each country and he didn’t know if the Tianhe City was also situated close to the Yehuang Country.
Qing Shui felt that there was a need for him to get associated with different powers. With that, he would be able to have a stand in the continent’s capital in the future and then look for that lady from the Demon Lord Palace. Before that, he would still have to attain a breakthrough to the False God level.
False God…Three years? Five years? Or ten years? How long would he need to reach that level? Yang Pellet…He was going to be able to refine the Yang Pellet very soon!
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