Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 1368-1369
AST 1368 –Yehuang Guwu Broke Through To False God, Five Elements Spring of Life
From the beginning until the end, the members of the Chi Clan never came forward. They were there but ultimately never made any move after they had witnessed the fate of the Yehuang Clan. Most people would have chosen betrayal at this point or perhaps not even to that extent.
Qing Shui was reminded of a proverb from his past life when he saw this sight. Most men stayed loyal because their bargaining chips of betrayal were low. When the stakes of betrayal have accumulated to an adequate amount, no one would turn a blind eye to betrayal. This bargaining chip could come in the form of money, beautiful women, their own lives, intimidation and other extreme measures.
Just like Chi Clan, compared to the survival of their family, nothing else mattered. If they could not survive, negotiations would be useless, which was why they preferred to be poked at their backs with fingers, rather than being killed.
Yehuang Clan was finished. The entire clan was considered deceased even though their name would still remain in the hearts of many. Yehuang Country was now in a state without a leader. However, no one would daringly declare themselves as the one to control Yehuang Country at the present time.
Among Yehuang Guwu, Qing Shui, Puyang Clan, Dugu Clan, Shui Clan and Chi Clan, it went without saying that Puyang Clan would be the likeliest choice. Regardless of whether the other clans would stand by with the Puyang Clan and Qing Shui, they were all well aware of Puyang Clan's power. If Puyang Clan decided not to do anything, they would do the same as well.
Qing Shui immediately mounted on the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant with Yehuang Guwu and flew towards the Imperial Cuisine Hall, leaving the mess behind.
"Who do you all think will become the next pillar of the Yehuang Country?"
"Isn't this obvious? If those young ones want to become the pillars, Puyang Clan and Dugu Clan will definitely support them. If they don't want any of that, then it is most likely Puyang Clan. They seem to be laying low but what kind of family isn't ambitious at all?"
"There is certainly an ambitious aspect of that but Puyang Clan might not be interested in Yehuang Country or maybe they view Yehuang Country as something too important to handle."
"Didn't you realize that many things had happened after Puyang Clan came in contact with this Miraculous Physician Qing? Puyang Qing who was close to his end suddenly achieved a breakthrough to become a False God Cultivator. The Old Ancestor of the Puyang Clan also broke through to Second Level False God. Her lifespan was nearing the end too."
"If you say it like that, then it's really….."
"That's why I'm saying that Miraculous Physician Qing is more important than the Yehuang Country for the Puyang Clan. As long as they maintain good relationship with the Miraculous Physician Qing, it will always be better than controlling the entire Yehuang Country. They can even enter that circle in the Continent's Capital or perhaps travel to the Haohan Continent."
"Qing Shui, am I vicious?" Yehuang Guwu should be able to cast off the burdens in her heart but it seemed like she still couldn't let go completely.
"How are you vicious? Your wish has come true, why aren't you happy about it? I will ask Elder Brother and sister-in-law to make some food as a celebration for you," Qing Shui said with a smile.
When Yehuang Guwu saw Qing Shui forcing a smile at her, she said, "I thought I would feel jubilant once I've done all of that but instead I feel like I have lost something. Qing Shui, can you tell me what have I lost exactly?"
Qing Shui was shocked. He understood Yehuang Guwu's feelings immediately and replied with a gentle smile, "It's difficult for one person to bear such a heavy burden. But with time, that person will get used to it, it's like an object attached onto body. If one day, that heavy object is taken away, that person will become lighter, so light that he or she might float. That person might not be used to that either. You have been so used to carrying this burden. At times you will feel that you are just living for hatred. But when that hatred is gone, your heart will feel empty too."
Qing Shui knew the main reason for her last realization had something to do with him, otherwise he could have killed more people and he would feel happy about it, as that would feel much like revenge.
On their way back, Yehuang Guwu and Qing Shui took a detour specifically to the place where her parents and her clan members were buried. It was the first time that Qing Shui saw this woman with tears streaming down her face…..
Qing Shui knew Yehuang Guwu would require time to recover as she was mentally unstable for the time being. She would need a bit more time to absorb what had just happened.
In the past, Qing Shui didn't divulge to Soulsearch and the others specific details of the situation, so he reckoned that they should have heard about it by now. However, he didn't have to worry about that anymore.
When they arrived at the Imperial Cuisine Hall, the others were already waiting inside.
When he saw Soulsearch, Li Ji and Yuan Su, he could see serious concerns dwelling in their eyes. Yuan Su hastened her footsteps and approached to greet them. She held onto Yehuang Guwu's hands and looked at Qing Shui, "Are you guys alright?"
Qing Shui could sense her concern and it felt real. After all, if he had been in an accident, she would become unable to protect herself. So whatever the case was, her concern was truly genuine.
Qing Shui had never been one to oppose purposiveness or intentions. Everyone has had similar thoughts to this before, just like a job that required a salary in his past life. Such things were considered normal. His friends were considered people of the same mind who had flocked together as a group. Because they were able to communicate with each other quite smoothly, they had proven to be quite useful. In other words, they were all like-minded with a common goal.
If Yuan Su were to know about Qing Shui's thoughts, she might become depressed. Maybe she really had her own purpose now, like how to progress her relationship with this man to the next level….
Yehuang Guwu felt happier when she saw Yuan Su, Soulsearch and Qing Shui. When she realized she still had Ruyan, Tantai Xuan and other people from the Putuo Mountain, she felt better. She wasn't alone and there were still many others who truly cared about her.
Qing Shui held onto her hand her quite tightly to let her know that he would face her problems with her any time, just like today. If Qing Shui wasn't there, she still wouldn't be able to do what she had done.
Yehuang Guwu squeezed Qing Shui's hand tightly. With a man like this, what more could she ask for? Her gaze became gentle when she looked into Qing Shui's eyes.
Qing Shui cooked a lot of food. Even though he was the one cooking, the others came and joined him. The kitchen was definitely large enough and it was quite spacious too.
The five of them then quickly sat around the table, with Qing Shui sitting next to Yehuang Guwu, Yuan Su on the other side next to Yehuang Guwu and Li Ji next to Yuan Su. Soulsearch's kid was sleeping inside the room with someone looking after him.
"Sister Wu has finally settled her lifelong important matters today, so it is worth being joyous for the day," Qing Shui explained to the others.
"I understand. Sister Wu doesn't have to shoulder such a great burden from now on." Yuan Su smiled.
"You will only know how important friends are to you during such circumstances. I will cherish them for the rest of my life," Yehuang Guwu said softly.
"Live for yourself from now on. Allow yourself to become happier."
"Live for myself, then what about you? You are getting older now, did you ever live for yourself for one day?" said Yehuang Guwu softly as she looked at Qing Shui.
Qing Shui was shocked. He had confided with Yehuang Guwu about his personal affairs before and he had already told her whatever he could. Qing Shui then shook his head lightly and said, "Maybe there are people like that who will live their entire lives for other things and never have their happiness disrupted because he or she will just be happy. Just like you, your father and mother will finally rest in peace."
"I hope that you can settle your matters as soon as possible too."
"I will and it will happen soon." Qing Shui replied with a smile. Despite that, there was a sigh in his heart. His own matter didn't seem like an easy task to settle. He was already 40 years old and if he were still in his past life, he would already be considered a middle-aged man. But in this realm, he still had quite a lot of time in his life.
Time flew by so fast and before they knew it, three months had passed. Qing Shui cultivated painstakingly every day to strengthen his body. The Grand Perfection Stage of the Nine Yang Golden Body had finally received full consolidation.
He was still lingering in between the False God and gate of the Eighth Heavenly Layer. He didn't manage to break through to False God but someone else did.
Having the burden in her heart discarded, it was as if her soul had been released. With the help from Qing Shui, she managed to break through to False God within three months of rigorous cultivation and thus obtained the power of 1.5 million sun.
She finally reached the breakthrough at the power of 500,000 sun.
Qing Shui had never expected that she would reach the realm of False God before him. Even though her Tiger Form did not reach a breakthrough after she had become a False God cultivator and it would be too difficult to reach a breakthrough at the Violet Golden level, her power was still as terrifying as ever.
White Tigers of four to five million sun and there were six of them too……
The power of Grade Two False God…..
Yehuang Guwu received six 'demonic beasts' of Grade Two False God through the Tiger Form immediately, which made her more happy than ever. Within these few days, she went to the Puyang Clan multiple times. After having consulted with Puyang Clan's granny, she realized that she had to build up her foundation properly after breaking through the False God realm, otherwise she would have a hard time clearing through the False God divine tribulation. Grade One False God was the weakest, yet the most important level of them all.
Qing Shui would help nurture her constitution during those few days to build up her foundation!
"Qing Shui, I have a recipe that can help build up a good foundation. However, there are a few ingredients that are very rare in this recipe," Yuan Su said after she had pondered for a few moments before handing over an alchemy recipe to Qing Shui.
Qing Shui took a look at the recipe and smiled. The reason he did so was because he had those rare ingredients she mentioned in his possession, which were the Spring of Life, Crystal Physique and two types of Five Elements Fruits.
After reading through the recipe, he understood what the ingredients were for. The Five Elements Fruits would correspond to the five internal organs, which were precisely five elements in a nutshell. The Spring of Life could evoke the dynamics and vitality of life and also to strengthen the cells inside one's body……
Qing Shui was quite surprised after reading the recipe. This woman's logic was too incredible. She was able to merge the medical properties of these medicinal ingredients with the best of her abilities but of course, Qing Shui would still be the one to carry out the practicality of the refinement. However, Yuan Su was the one who had given him the procedures to do so.
When he said he would do it, he meant his words. Because this type of medicated bath was precious, cultivators of any level would be suitable for it. There would be exceptions for this type of medicated bath, however. In any case, this alchemy recipe required the medicinal herbs to be refined into powder form before dissolving them into the water in a specific ratio accordingly.
Qing Shui preferred to take action immediately, so he went straight into the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. This alchemy recipe had no name but Yuan Su had already assigned one to it –"Five Elements Spring of Life". Qing Shui didn't care about the name, so he was happy to have the name settled beforehand.
This time, he had wasted several Golden Snake Grasses, like usual. Of course, the Spring of Life and Five Elements Fruits would be wasted too. After all, if the refining failed, all of those items used would vanish.
The Five Elements Fruits were still enough. He had harvested quite an amount during these few years. They were useless for most days, so he didn't expect that they would be extremely useful until now.
Yuan Su had mentioned before that the Five Elements Spring of Life could be used once after a certain period of time and that would have to depend on the absorption power of the body. Generally, if the absorption was continuous, the user would become full in less than a few days. They could still absorb more in the future but not as good as the first time. If the Five Elements Spring of Life was used continuously, it would be better to have a longer break after every use.
After struggling for about a month, he had more or less succeeded in refining this medicine. Qing Shui looked at the bottom of the Golden Flint Iron Cauldron that had about a cup of pale green powder. It had a strange subtle smell in it and that could rouse an impulsive addiction.
The efficiency stated in Yuan Su's recipe was incomplete. Because of that, Qing Shui decided to inspect the medicine closer.
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AST 1369 –The formidable Five Elements Spring of Life
Qing Shui still felt quite satisfied after seeing its effect. The Five Elements Spring of Life not only helped to build a good foundation, it even helped to strengthen one's body cells as well as their organs. It helped to refine one's physical body, remove impurities from them and also thicken the Vital Essence within.
Qing Shui was quite satisfied with this. He had already succeeded. "One should strike while the iron's hot". Qing Shui started refining the Five Elements Spring of Life. He did it continuously and only stopped when he went out of the realm. Halfway through the process, he only failed twice,succeeding with the rest.
There were a total of twenty bottles of powder of Five Elements Spring of Life. Each bottle could be used once. Qing Shui was quite satisfied with the result.
After Qing Shui exited the realm, he immediately asked Yehuang Guwu to get some water ready. Yuan Su was also present. But because Qing Shui and Yehuang Guwu were husband and wife, a fact that Yuan Su herself was aware of, when she saw Qing Shui had no intention to leave, she had no choice but to leave them temporarily.
The reason why Qing Shui stayed here was because he was scared that accidents might happen. In any case, he was already someone who was quite independent, let alone both him and Yehuang Guwu having long been considered to be husband and wife. In Qing Shui's heart, they already shared this kind of relationship since a long time ago.
Yehuang Guwu also didn't have much opinion about it. This was her room. After she locked the door, she went in front of Qing Shui, "I want you to take off your coat."
Qing Shui smiled and immediately embraced her. He quickly blocked those se*y lips of hers with lips of his own. In the first moment, his tongue was already inside her mouth. It was entangling itself on that pink tongue of hers as he greedily sucked on it.
Both of his hands were also slowly moving up and down as they made their way below her clothes. Yehuang Guwu didn't struggle while he was doing it. In fact, she was passionately returning his kisses while she was hugging him tightly.
Her soft breasts were curvy and shaped like half melons. They seemed very squeezable, yet at the same time, they were also very firm. It somehow felt like they were just about the right size, making them particularly attractive. They weren't overly large.
They were smooth and really spongy. Qing Shui had his other hand stroking the well-rounded buttocks of hers. Her skin felt extremely exquisite, as soft as water.
"Alright Qing Shui, the water is going to get cold in a while," Yehuang Guwu gasped, while avoiding Qing Shui's mouth. On that fair face of hers, there was traces of both shyness and happiness.
Qing Shui took back his hands and helped her to slowly take off her clothes. With the Nine Yang Golden Body at Grand Perfection Stage, it could be said that there wouldn't be any problems with him staying with Yehuang Guwu. But he had already promised her that they wouldn't do anything more until he reached False God Realm.
Even if he wanted to do anything more now, it was likely that Yehuang Guwu wouldn't agree to it. It had been so many years, she wouldn't mind waiting for a couple more. She didn't want to harm Qing Shui in any way. As long as she could stay together with Qing Shui, she would be willing to accept it even if they didn't manage to be husband and wife. Of course, to her, this would also be considered her biggest regret in life.
The water in the bathtub was really hot. The Five Elements Spring of Life was already blended into it. At this moment, the water had already turned dark green. It looked really nice. It was giving off abundant vital aura, as well as an alluring fragrance.
At this moment, Yehuang Guwu was already standing in front of Qing Shui completely naked. Her flawless body was really attractive, causing Qing Shui's tool to immediately react. He then instantly lifted his robes.
Yehuang Guwu let out a soft gasp. After that, she slowly dipped her body into the bathtub. The water within the bathtub started giving off small bubbles at a very fast rate. There were a lot of them and they were also very concentrated. This was evidence that the pores across a human's body were absorbing the water.
Yehuang Guwu closed her eyes slightly. She looked to be really calm and seemed like she was really enjoying it. Qing Shui stood by the side of the tub. This was a medicinal dosage enough only for one person. Furthermore, it was also his first time using it, hence, Qing Shui decided to stay with Yehuang Guwu so that if anything was to happen, he would be able to save her easily.
Time flowed on little by little. It seemed like Qing Shui's worries were a bit redundant. The bubbles within the tub seemed to be infinite but as time passed, the dark green color of the water began to fade away. Furthermore, the water no longer looked as clear as before.
It had only been two hours but the bubbles were getting fewer and fewer. Meanwhile, more and more impurities could be seen appearing in the water. Yehuang Guwu on the other hand, had begun to look more and more fair and smooth. Her skin, which was already really fair and smooth to begin with, now seemed to even contain a kind of spiritual nature.
Upon opening her eyes, before she managed to sense the change to her body, she jumped out of the water immediately after seeing the impurities in the water. She said in shock, "Why is the water so dirty?"
"It's not dirty. These are the impurities that were hidden deep within your body. If it had been someone else, theirs would most likely be jet-black in color. This means that it is effective." Qing Shui was telling the truth.
Guwu straight away went to another tub. She only felt better after doing this. Despite this, she was still really happy because its effect was really great.
Qing Shui was also able to sense some of the changes taking place within her body with his Spiritual Sense. In comparison to before, it was similar to when the foundation of a building had gotten many times stronger. Prior to this, it was just a building with ordinary foundation but now, it was as if it was further supported by many pillars and reinforced with steel. This was how a change was supposed to be, a dramatic change.
After the impurities within her body went through such a thorough cleansing, even her lifespan had increased. Similarly, both her vital force as well as the abilities of her organs also skyrocketed.
Despite this, her cultivation didn't increase much. Her strength had become more condensed, similarly, her battle prowess also increased by a lot. Her strength was directly connected to the white tigers. Four times her strength, they were capable of everything. Hence, when her strength increased, it would be as if the strength of the white tigers had also been focused. Both their attack prowess as well as ability to survive had increased significantly.
"This medical powder is really magical. This way, it has helped me save up at least ten years of my time to refine my own body." Yehuang Guwu was really excited. Of course she would be, other people would have felt the same if the same thing were to happen to them.
"This is a medical prescription Yuan Su made herself. Despite it being a bit difficult to refine, it carries a great effect. It isn't considered to be a divine Grade medical powder, but it can still be considered to be a Legendary Grade medicine." Qing Shui was really happy. Simultaneously, he really admired Yuan Su's talent in making medicines.
"Qing Shui, what do you think of Younger Sister Su?" Yehuang Guwu was submerged within the water with her body leaning forward against the side of the tub. Her body was slightly bent. That posture of hers could make Qing Shui spurt blood.
In just a moment, Qing Shui tore off his clothing as he instantly appeared behind her and stroked his hand over her waist.
"Qing Shui, slow down, be more gentle!" Yehuang Guwu blushed and whispered in an annoyed tone.
They were both now soaked in water. Their skin looked really smooth. As soon as Qing Shui straightened up, he could control no longer. He immediately found himself entering a warm and moist spot as he let out a moan of enjoyment.
Yehuang Guwu felt a painful sensation within her body. She was not concerned about it however because this time, unlike before, Qing Shui entered straight into her most private spot. She quickly reacted and said, "No……"
But it was already too late. An ice-flame like energy went into Qing Shui's body. Qing Shui was embracing her and he didn't dare to move even an inch. The nameless technique was revolving rapidly. The bones inside his body shone really brightly. Of course, it was not visible from the outside.
Wherever the ice-flame like gas passed, a tiny rift would appear in his meridians causing him extreme agony. The Golden Pellet within his Dantian was also revolving very swiftly while giving off faint light.
The Nine Continents Mountain was also giving off waves after waves of energy of Shield Attack. It was constantly clashing against the invading force to prevent it from attacking his Dantian.
It was the first time the Emperor's Qi gave off such an enormous imposing energy. It was as if it was facing off against a servant who was trying to rebel against itself.
But it seemed like the ice-flame like aura was unusually strong. It was just like a White Tiger God of War. The current situation had long since been out of the control of these two. Qing Shui was unable to even withdraw from it.
Similarly, Yehuang Guwu was also feeling really nervous. The worries she had in her heart had already gone all the way up to her throat. If any accidents were to really happen to Qing Shui, she would definitely accompany him even in death.
An ice-flame like aura came through from Yehuang Guwu's body. It was constantly wreaking havoc within Qing Shui's body. Qing Shui never expected himself to be able to only barely withstand it even after he achieved the Grand Perfection Realm. If things were to continue on like this, even he didn't know how long he could withstand it.
Could it be because she had broken through to the False God Realm?
It should be, even now Qing Shui was also really worried. If he really died like this, it would be just like the saying "one night romance with a gorgeous girl, a happy death thus deserve".
Qing Shui was adjusting all of the energies within his body. Certainly, he didn't want to die just yet. There were still a lot of things he needed to do. He was just one step away from False God and achieving Eighth Heavenly Layer. Very soon, he would be able to do the things he wanted to without any restrictions.
His meridians wouldn't really snap in just such a short while but the spider-web like wounds on top of them were increasing gradually. Luckily, Qing Shui's body was powerful enough. If it had been someone else, their meridians would have snapped a long time ago.
The only pain in the neck for Qing Shui was his Dantian. The unguardable qi had already penetrated its way through his Dantian. It was constantly attacking the Golden Pellet within his Dantian. The Golden Pellet was the base of operations, the foundation. If anything was to go wrong with it, it would certainly put an end to his journey as a warrior.
Time went on little by little. The expression on Qing Shui's face turned more and more bitter. Yehuang Guwu's face on the other hand, had long been filled with her own tears. She was well aware of what was happening. In fact, she understood just as much as Qing Shui. The reason being that now, the two were now connected with each other. Certainly, she wouldn't know about Qing Shui's secret. It was just that she was well aware of what kind of situation she and Qing Shui were in.
"Qing Shui, if I die, will it mean that you will be ok? With my Vital Qi gone, will you finally be able to free yourself?" Yehuang Guwu asked softly.
Yehuang Guwu was already completely on the passive side. She had lost control over her body but her consciousness still belonged to her, she was still able to converse normally.
Qing Shui on the other hand, was also able to control his own body as well as his consciousness. However, he was unable to withdraw his tool. He was able to control the his martial techniques and now the two of them was 'connected', that strange surge of qi energy between them seemed to have become a single entity. If any one of them wanted to separate the energy away from each other, it would either mean one of them had to die or…he would have to take it out by extreme force. In other words, Qing Shui would have to cut off his family jewels.
It's certain that Qing Shui wouldn't do that. Even though some of the miraculous medicinal pills could help that thingy grow back, there was still an uncertainty to it happening. Without that, he would be better off dead and it hadn't really gotten to the point where he needed to castrate himself.
Qing Shui shook his head, "Stop with the nonsense. If things are really going to turn out that way, I think I will be better off dying."
"I don't want to live after you die either."
"Neither of us is going to die. You haven't become my woman yet," Qing Shui said, pretending to be relaxed.
"I am, now, even if I am to die, I won't have any regrets. The only thing I will be upset about is that I have yet to give birth to any of your children. I am sure our child will be really good-looking," Yehuang Guwu said with a forceful smile.
"He will, don't worry about it. Then, let's give birth to two of our babies, one of them will be a boy, whereas the other one will be a girl." Qing Shui responded while trying to come up with a plan. Meanwhile, he still had to block the surging ice-flame like aura with great effort.
Suddenly, Qing Shui felt the vital force within Yehuang Guwu's body draining away.
"If you are really trying to do that, I will make my Dantian explode immediately. We are better off dead together." Qing Shui was really frightened. He quickly reacted to it. His tone has managed to put a stop to Yehuang Guwu's suicide act. She felt a slight warmth in her heart but, was she really only able to enjoy such a short period of happiness?
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