Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 1361-1362
AST 1361 –Completion of the Four-Yang Pills. Five Elements divine Flag Reaching Third Grade
Qing Shui prepared some medicinal herbs. He could still remember his failure from before, in the situation where he had been using the Golden Snake Grass. However, at that time, the greater reason was that the medicinal effect of the herbs were insufficient.
This time around, the medicinal effect was sufficient and he had confidence as well. However, he still felt a little uncertain. He cleaned and tempered the ingredients without any trouble and after taking a short rest, recovering his condition to its best state, he started the alchemy process.
When the alchemy process started, everything seemed to be more smooth compared to the previous time. However, this time around, Qing Shui realized that the time required would be very long and might even exceed ten times more than was required the last time he attempted it.
When the sky had turned dark the next day, a clear and crisp sound rang out from the Golden Flint Iron Cauldron. It was extremely piercing, representing that his effort in refining for the past two days was a failure.
Although he had failed, Qing Shui felt very happy. It was because he seemed to have grasped the feeling for it.
He contemplated for a moment then started again. Time passed by little by little and Qing Shui controlled the primordial flames calmly and with great mastery. Everything seemed to be progressing well.
On the third day, the familiar sound rang out again. Although Qing Shui knew that the success rate for this attempt wasn’t high, he was still a little unhappy when he heard this sound. He had wasted three days.
After resting for a while and having some food, Qing Shui started once again. He didn’t know if he was considered to be obstinate, putting great effort in something insignificant or if he was just unwilling to submit. As he went through consecutive failures, the time used in each attempt was extending slowly. There were times in which it only extended by two hours but there were also times in which it was extended by half a day. Very soon, he had used up the medicinal herbs he had prepared. Left without a choice, Qing Shui could only prepare more. It would be a lie if he were to say that it didn’t pain him to have lost so many medicinal herbs, most of which were extremely precious.
Five days! Six days!
After continuing to go through multiple failures, this was already the sixth day of Qing Shui’s attempts. He gritted his teeth and continued on. If this were to exceed seven days, he would only continue to try until the ninth day at most. If he still continued to fail, he would give up.
After failing for over ten more times, Qing Shui finally heard that familiar sound. It was extremely pleasant to the ears and even Qing Shui felt overjoyed. After all, he had failed multiple times. If he still failed, his time in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal would be up. Thankfully, it succeeded at the very last moment.
Qing Shui couldn’t wait and opened the Golden Flint Iron Cauldron and found a brilliant golden Yang Pill in it. There wasn’t much change to its size but its color and spiritual Qi were stronger.
Qing Shui couldn’t wait and assessed it with his Heavenly Vision Technique.
Effect: Improves physique by a large degree. Increases physical strength by one sun or overall strength by 100 sun. Has a reinforcing effect on the Dantian, meridian channels and internal organs.
Each person can only use one of it every year and only ten in one’s life. Doesn’t conflict with the One-Yang Pills, Three-Yang Pills and Three-Yang Pills.
Prerequisites: People who have a strength of 100 sun or more.
It has some special effects on people with unique physiques. The effects would be related to the individual’s physique.
Qing Shui put away the Four-Yang Pill. He didn’t have the time to use it now since his time in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal was up. He quickly washed up and headed out.
It wasn’t too late outside and the others had yet to start their dinner. Qing Shui had taken the time into consideration and thus didn’t have his meal in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. There was no lack of food in the Imperial Cuisine Hall.
“Qing Shui, come help me bring out the food.”When Yuan Su saw Qing Shui, he smiled and waved.
Qing Shui followed her into the kitchen. There were four dishes and one soup, two of the dishes being meat dishes, while the other two were vegetable dishes. There was also a plate of Jade Steamed Buns and a bottle of wine. Qing Shui looked at Yuan Su curiously, “Hmm? What occasion is it today?”
It wasn’t particularly sumptuous but Qing Shui felt that there was something. It was a feeling he had and thus he asked.
“Today’s my birthday. Since you’re back, spend my birthday with me. Every year, I’d been spending it alone,”Yuan Su smiled and said.
Stunned, Qing Shui smiled and said, “Happy birthday.”
Qing Shui then took out a pair of Violet Earrings in the shape of the Redbud Flowers. He handed them to Yuan Su, “I haven’t prepared anything. I’ll give you these.”
“With you back and being able to spend my birthday with me, I’m already very happy. You can help me put them on. It’s inconvenient for me since I’m holding onto the dishes.”Yuan Su went up and put out her head slightly. She was now less than one foot away from Qing Shui.
Even though there were the fragrances coming from the food, Qing Shui could still smell a faint scent of fragrance. Her tender and flawless face seemed as if it would break at the lightest touch. She had se*y lips and her peaceful and beautiful eyes looked at Qing Shui without blinking.
Qing Shui smiled and gently put her hair back behind her ears, revealing her beautiful earlobes. He then slowly put the pair of Violet Earrings into her beautiful earlobes. The Violet Earrings immediately made her appear more poised. The Redbud Flowers were a very good match for her disposition.
“How do they look?”Yuan Su looked at Qing Shui and smiled, asking.
“Very beautiful!”Qing Shui nodded and said.
“Thank you!”After saying that Yuan Su suddenly landed a peck on Qing Shui’s lips and quickly left the kitchen.
Qing Shui could still feel that tender feeling from earlier on his lips. That moment happened very quickly and he felt a soft touch on his lips. It was a short touch but yet was one that one would miss.
Qing Shui didn’t think back on the feeling but was wondering what Yuan Su had meant by this. He picked up the remaining two dishes and headed out to the living hall.
The birthday celebration here was very similar to the one from his previous life. There were no candles here but there were Light Stones. People would make wishes as well, especially ladies. Most guys would skip out on this.
Yuan Su appeared very natural, as if nothing had happened.
She put her palms together and closed her eyes as she made her wish. Her long lashes were very dark and dense. They made her seem extremely attractive as they gently trembled.
Qing Shui wouldn’t ask what wish Yuan Su had made. At the very least, they weren’t in that close a relationship. If she was his woman, he could still ask. “Qing Shui, I have the feeling that you won’t be staying here for long.”Yuan Su looked at Qing Shui, a little in a daze.
Her gaze made Qing Shui look away slightly. However, when Qing Shui did so, a hint of loneliness flashed in Yuan Su’s eyes. It was very faint but Yuan Su soon went back to how she usually was.
“I haven’t decided on anything yet. I’ll probably still wait a little longer and only leave when I attain a breakthrough to the False God.”
Yuan Su was one of the undeniable reasons that Qing Shui could reach his current level so quickly. At the very least, she had helped to save him a lot of time.
Yuan Su smiled and didn’t say anything. She poured a cup of wine for Qing Shui and one for herself as well.
“Sister Su, come, let’s have a toast. I wish that you’ll forever remain youthful, beautiful and happy.”
“Come, have a taste of the food I made. I didn’t use any of the spices.”Yuan Su picked up some food for Qing Shui.
The food was very delicious. Eating was something that revolved around one’s emotions and Qing Shui was very hungry as well. He felt that it was very good. To be able to have a meal with a great beauty would unconsciously make the meal much more delicious.
The meal lasted for three hours and the two of them chatted a lot.
However, they didn’t bring in too much emotion nor did they say anything too intimate. Yuan Su was happy. She really seemed to be very happy.
“It’s late. Sister Su, have an early rest. I hope that you have a good dream.”Qing Shui stood up. They were in the living hall in Yuan Su’s room. There were some suites on the fifth story and the hall was like the corridors but just different in nature.
Yuan Su sent Qing Shui out and the moment the door closed, two streams of tears trickled down her cheeks. She hadn’t realized when she had started to take a liking to this man in the past year. She was a reserved lady and the kiss she had given him earlier and the act of getting him to help her put on the earrings were sort of a hint to him.
He doesn’t like me…
In that moment, Yuan Su felt very empty and smiled in self-mockery. She was a confident lady and even when she couldn’t cultivate in the past, there would be no end to the number of suitors she had. It was just that she had never felt that way for anyone before.
This time, being in the Dancing Phoenix Continent made her feel that she was at the end of the line with nowhere to go. It was only after she met Qing Shui that she felt especially elated. As time passed, she unknowingly developed those kinds of feelings for him.
However, right now, she had the feeling that Qing Shui didn’t like her or wasn’t interested in her.
She felt a little bitter. This was the first time she felt this helpless but it was an extremely horrible feeling.
She didn’t wish to be honest and to confess to Qing Shui. She was afraid of the reply he would give. Leaving it as it was would still give her some anticipation. She would just leave it as a dream that had not been dashed!
Qing Shui returned to his room and didn’t think much about it. Although Yuan Su’s actions earlier seemed a little strange, it could be due to a similar situation as when they were back in the five continents. Therefore, he didn’t think much about it.
Entering the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal, Qing Shui continued with his cultivation and tempering…
The tempering this time around brought a smile to his lips. The Five Elements divine Flag which hadn’t changed in very long, suddenly leveled up. At this moment, Qing Shui felt especially agitated and quickly assessed it. It came too suddenly.
Five Elements divine Flags (Husband)!
Third grade, could be refined with Blood Essence three times a day. For now, three locations could be set up within the map of the Five Elements divine Flag. The number of locations could increase in accordance to the ascension in grades. The user could shuttle back and forth between the locations. It could be used to travel to each location once every month.
State: recognized owner!
It could be used together with the Five Elements divine Flag (Wife), travelling between the two points without any restrictions. The only restriction was that it could only be used between the two owners of the Five Elements divine Flag!
Qing Shui could now set the third location. He went straight into the space of the Five Elements divine Flag. For the previous two locations, he had set one in the Central Continent and another one in the center of the Dancing Phoenix Continent.
Qing Shui still didn’t know where he should set the third location yet. He had no idea if Yehuang Guwu’s Five Elements divine Flag had attained a breakthrough to a new grade yet. By rights, it should have.
After all, the time required to reach the second grade wasn’t long and was only for about a year. Qing Shui had been stopped before the third grade for an entire year. When he saw that he could set up a location, he was stunned for a moment.
He was originally thinking of placing it at the intersection of the three continents but he now had another idea. Haohan Continent was far too big. If he were to set the point to be at the intersection between Haohan Continent, Dancing Phoenix Continent and Soaring Dragon Continent, it would be a bit of a waste.
It was because he felt that Yehuang Guwu’s second location should have been set on the Soaring Dragon Continent. Therefore, there was no need for him to place his on the intersection between the Haohan Continent, Dancing Phoenix Continent and the Soaring Dragon Continent.
This was Qing Shui’s current thought. He would have to head to the Haohan Continent sooner or later. By then, the Nine Continents Boots should have leveled up as well. Therefore, Qing Shui eventually still set the location to be in the center of the vast and boundless Haohan Continent.
With the Five Elements divine Flag reaching a higher grade, together with Yehuang Guwu, he would be able to move through the nine continents as he wished. However, he had no idea what changes there would be if the Five Elements divine Flag were to level up to a new grade again in the future
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AST 1362 –Perfected Nine Yang Golden Body, Complete Saturation, A year, Violet Gold Level Tiger Form, Chi Ao and Chi Feng
Qing Shui didn't know where he could set up his next location once the Five Elements divine Flag broke through again. If it was about him travelling alone, actually, he was almost ready for it. But the precondition was that he would need to first cooperate with Yehuang Guwu.
Qing Shui successfully refined the Four-Yang Pill once. Now, he was going to continue refining it. Upon successfully refining it once, the success rate when he continued to refine more had increased a lot. After failing twice in the middle of the process and eventually going for the Golden Snake Grass, now, basically, he would only get things in his favour every time he tried to refine the medicine.
It was just that each time he refined, he would only get one pill out of it. Though Four-Yang Pill may be precious, its value was undisputable. In terms of increasing one's strength, it could help boost it by tens of times. Other than that, it could also help strengthen the person's body physique. It had a surprisingly powerful effect on some people with unique body physiques.
Qing Shui spent almost all of his time refining Four-Yang Pills. He only stopped after successfully refining ten of them. Now, he needed to consume either one or two of them.
He still had a month of time left within the realm. This was already almost enough time for him. Even if it wasn't sufficient, he would still return back to his room. Hence, he wasn't worried about it.
Now, no matter where he was, there was one habit he had, where no one would bother him. That was, whenever he was in his bedroom, no one would go in to interrupt him. Hence, he wasn't worried about this.
The increment of one sun worth of raw strength was considered quite decent to the current Qing Shui. At least when compared to One-Yang, Two-Yang as well as Three-Yang Pills, it was already considered to be extremely powerful. But what he paid more attention to was the part which stated that it helped increase one's body physique and that it had an even more dramatic effect on people with unique physiques.
As he swallowed the Four-Yang Pill, a scorching aura emerged within his body. After that, it rapidly spread itself around his entire body. It felt really bizarre. It was like when someone threw a stone into an enormous surface of water causing a ripple which spread throughout the rest of the water.
A clear and loud noise rang through his body. After that, an even more violent and surging energy burst within his body. Despite this, he didn't feel any pain. On the contrary, he felt incomparably comfortable. Unknowingly, Qing Shui was already able to see the internal part of his body.
His gold-like bones had become even more solid. Even his Violet Gold Bloodline within his body had gotten slightly thicker. A violet energy surged through his blood.
Nine Yang Golden Body at Grand Perfection Stage!
Qing Shui revealed a satisfied smile. His Nine Yang Golden Body had reached a height which it had never achieved before. Originally, it was only at Great Perfection Stage but like the saying 'there is no limit to learning'. The Grand Perfection Stage was just a self-definition. On the surface, it was still considered to be at Great Perfection Stage. But only Qing Shui would be aware that this was a grade which was achieved after breaking through Great Perfection Stage. It was much more powerful compared to before.
Qing Shui operated his Spiritual Sense only to find his strength once again going through another change. Originally, he was only able to increase 10% of his raw strength. But now, possibly due to his body physique as well as the Nine Yang Golden Body achieving Grand Perfection Stage, his raw strength had actually increased by 60 sun. Other than that, there had also been a significant increase to the strength of his body. At the same time, his endurance was also extremely formidable.
There was yet another huge surprise. The barrier towards Eighth Heavenly Layer had loosened somewhat!
At the instant when the Nine Yang Golden Body successfully reached Grand Perfection Stage, the barrier which had been standing firmly like a mountain in front of the ordinary people had actually shaken. Even though he had yet to break through, one thing that was for sure was that he mustn't be too far away from it.
The Eighth Heavenly Layer had gone from initially being far in the indefinite future, eminent and unapproachable to the current state, where he was closer to stepping into it. It had been a long time, if it wasn't for the realm, Qing Shui felt that this was something he would never have thought of. With the realm present, it didn't matter if his talent wasn't that great, he would still be able to achieve a great height. He was very hard working, even though he had the realm, he was more hardworking than anyone else.
After thinking for a while, Qing Shui thought he might as well use the Double-dose medicinal Pill and take another one.
This time, his raw strength had increased by a total of three sun. The strength of his Nine Yang Golden Body body physique had once again increased by a bit, causing the Grand Perfection Stage which it just achieved a moment ago to be more stable.
Qing Shui, whose strength was originally already very tough to increase, due to the Nine Yang Golden Body once again making another breakthrough, it had helped the energy storage space within his body to increase significantly. The increase this time made him feel that he was not far away from False God.
Now, Qing Shui's strength was already considered to be quite terrifying. He didn't know to what extent his strength would reach. The strength of Peak Martial Saints was up to 500,000 sun. This was the highest one could achieve. As to whether there were exceptions, this was an unknown.
But things were special in his case. His Spirit Energy's attacks were already beyond 500,000. His physical offensive strength had yet to achieve 500,000. Could it be that his physical strength needed to achieve 500,000? Or could it be both his physical and Spirit Energy strength needed to achieve an average amount worth 500,000?
Now, Qing Shui's physical strength had achieved nearly 300,000 sun. The Nine Continents Mountain achieved a terrifying strength worth nearly 900,000 sun.
As for his Spirit Energy, in the case when he unleashed the Seal of Roc, it had achieved a strength worth beyond 800,000 sun. This time, upon taking the Four-Yang Pill, in a short while, it had helped increase his strength by an average amount which was beyond 500,000 sun.
Of course, the 10% chance to double in prowess couldn't be counted. He had a feeling that it was very likely his strength would stop increasing if he took the Four-Yang Pill again in the future. The reason being that the barrier exclusive to him was finally here.
Before he broke through to either False God or Eighth Heavenly Layer, his strength would no longer increase. No matter through what methods or what medicinal pills he had, even if his body was to leak out energies or burst, it still wouldn't increase.
He didn't know if he should take the Four-Yang Pill again after three days. If it didn't increase his strength, would he still need to continue taking it? If it increased nothing, he would stop consuming it. But it was likely that it would strengthen his Nine Yang body physique. Hence, he was lost as to whether he should still eat it or not.
What did False God and Eighth Heavenly Layer require for him to break through? Could the answer be the Nine Yang Golden Body? Prior to this, it was precisely because it reached the Grand Perfection Stage that the barrier had loosened.
He decided to continue consuming them!
Qing Shui was aware of what he needed to do. Even though he knew that it was a bit damaging for him to consume it without increasing his strength, for False God, the Eighth Heavenly Layer, to make sure he could find that person, as well as for the person in Demon Lord Palace, he must break through to False God as well as Eighth Heavenly Layer as soon as possible.
Thinking up to this point, Qing Shui realized that he still had a lot of things he needed to do.
In the blink of an eye, a year passed. It had been five years since he left the five continents. None of the people from Qing Clan had yet to come to Western Oxhe Continent. But Qing Clan has gotten themselves two visitors.
Chi Ao and Chi Feng!
The two children whom Qing Shui once met in Eastern Victory divine Continent. At that time, he told them to come look for him after ten years if they were still interested. Back then, he told them that he would be in Greencloud Continent but now that Qing Clan had a huge reputation, very coincidentally, the brother and sister had also found out that Qing Clan had moved to Central Continent.
At that time, Qing Shui had said to let them come look for him after ten years. That was because he knew that after ten years, they would be strong enough to travel back and forth on the five continents. After all, they had body physiques which were quite uncommon. They were similar to, yet different from, Qing Sha's body physique.
It had already been a year since Qing Shui was still pacing back and forth outside of the great door to both Eighth Heavenly Layer as well as False God grade. To other people, one year might have been a short time but to Qing Shui, it was significantly long.
Though the barrier to Eighth Heavenly Layer had loosened a little, it was still standing firmly there. For most of the time, Qing Shui felt like he was about to break through the bottleneck, yet he was never able to do so.
His raw strength had also increased by only two sun upon taking the Four-Yang Pill again. Then slowly, it stopped increasing totally. It had been a year, his raw strength just stayed at 65 sun worth of strength.
Within this one year, Qing Shui's strength remained the same. But in other aspects of his, there had been great developments in terms of refining medicinal pills and helping others. As for the one with the most significant changes, it was none other than Yehuang Guwu.
Her strength was already worth 400,000 sun. Throughout this one year, Qing Shui helped her perform Constitution Nurturing many times. He even helped her perform Strength Infusion. In any case, once he lost a bit of his strength, he could just replenish it with a Four-Yang Pill. It would be a waste if he didn't perform Strength Infusion anyway.
The thing lost from Strength Infusion was the purest energy. Furthermore, one of the factors that had to be taken into consideration was the body physique of the person in which Strength Infusion was being performed on. Normal people could only accept Strength Infusion once. For people with good body physiques, they could accept it many times. Normal people would feel reluctant to give their purest energy to other people, let alone normally, when ten sun worth of strength was infused into the person's body, their body would only manage to absorb less than one tenth of it,
Qing Shui's Strength Infusion would only be appropriate for people with formidable strength. For some of the weaklings, it would be inappropriate for them to have it. With insignificant strength, they would receive an insignificant amount of boost. Not only this, Qing Shui would also waste one chance for him to carry out Strength Infusion. Hence, Qing Shui helped raise the body physique as well as innate skills for Shi Qingzhuang, Zhu Qing as well as Yun Duan. He wanted to wait until their strength has been raised to help them perform Strength Infusion.
Yehuang Guwu's body physique was really powerful. Within a year, Qing Shui had helped her perform Strength Infusion almost ten times. He would do so one time almost every month. This was also the reason why she could manage to raise her strength up to this kind of level so soon. Other than that, her Tiger Form had also achieved Violet Gold Level. She could now summon six white tigers. Each of them had four times her own strength.
Just like before, each of the tigers consumed 10% of her strength. This included both her physical strength as well as her Spirit Energy. The time which it lasted had been extended to eight hours. Furthermore, it could be used as a mount, which caused Qing Shui to feel envious.
Yehuang Guwu said that this was already almost the highest grade. Beyond this, there were two more grades that awaited. But the possibilities of achieving them were rather small. Despite that, for now, this were already enough.
She had already informed Qing Shui that she wanted to set off for Dancing Phoenix Continent. So many years had gone by, she didn't want to wait anymore. With her current strength, it shouldn't be a problem for her to face off against Yehuang Clan. Six tigers with strength worth 1.6 million sun. Even some of the Grade One False God warriors of Yehuang Clan wouldn't be able to defend against that. By then, he could also try to greet them with something of his own. For example, weaken them. Basically, there were no cards left which Yehuang Clan could play. Hence, Qing Shui promised her.
With Tiger Form, the most important thing for Yehuang Guwu was her body motion. She would need to match her body motion to that of the white tiger. Actually, very early on, the woman had already learned the Nine Palace Step from Qing Shui. In fact, she was the one with the fastest improvement. Now, defending herself against a strength worth four hundred thousand sun was no longer that tough.
Chi Ao and Chi Feng came. Qing Shui was also really happy about it. He arranged for them to be in Qing Clan. After these ten years, they had also grown up to be adults. The two of them looked handsome and beautiful. They addressed Qing Shui as uncle.
The two of them were Heavenly Pernicious Lonesome Star. Certainly, there would be something special about them. In actuality, it was just that they possessed abundant Pernicious Aura and it was a bit hard to search for their origin. Legend had it that their parents were dead, nor was there any evidence left on their bodies.
Ten years time, under the influence of their own Pernicious Auras, they had also become really powerful. As of now, the two of them could already set off for Western Oxhe Continent with their strength. Despite this, they still chose to remain behind Qing Shui.
"Ao`Er, Feng`Er, how is your grandfather doing?"
"He has been great, he often talks about you, uncle."
"Alright, cultivate nicely. Go back to see your grandfather whenever you miss him. But once you guys become powerful, it will take you guys less time when you try to go home again."
Unlike Qing Shui, they didn't have the Nine Continents Boots. It took them a long time to travel back and forth.
"Yes, we know about that, uncle. As of now, the change taking place in Jade Mountain Village is really significant. Everyone is learning the Tiger Form which uncle taught. As of now, the Jade Mountain Village was also very popular. Other than the two of us, there were still quite a number of people who were really powerful. Throughout these ten years, we have also walked around Eastern Victory divine Continent. Now, the Jade Mountain Village has also already become considered to be a popular spot," Chi Feng said happily.
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