Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 1376-1377
AST 1376 –Qing Shui’s Peak Martial Emperor Demonic Beast, A Sect With A Long History, the divine Beast Sect
Zhao Yaowu left and Qing Shui didn’t feel anything about it but just took a walk around the manor with the two ladies. There weren’t many people here to begin with. Including Zhao Yaowu, there was only just over ten people, with one person in-charge of the cleaning up of a building. Since there was no one staying in the place, the cleaning wasn’t done once a day. Qing Shui had no idea if the reduction in staff was Zhao Yaowu’s wishes or if it was a decision by the Tianhe Clan. It was impossible for ten people to clean up the entirety of the ten buildings once through daily.
It could be because Qing Shui’s earlier action had stunned some people that three of the maids left, quitting the job. Qing Shui wouldn’t force them to stay either. He knew that the people who had stayed here would definitely be people who were on quite good terms with Zhao Yaowu.
There were still five or six of them left. Qing Shui wasn’t bothered to say anything to them. If they wished to stay, Qing Shui wouldn’t be against it. If he couldn’t even deal with maids, then how would he be able to set up the Imperial Cuisine Hall?
The interiors of the pavilion buildings were still quite clean with not much dust. The wooden floor was so clean that it could reflect a person’s image. The place at which Zhao Yaowu and the maids stayed wasn’t within these ten pavilion buildings but no one knew if Zhao Yaowu and the others had stayed here before.
The facilities in the courtyard weren’t bad. There was even a place that catered to young children’s entertainment. There were artificial mountains, ponds, flowers and trees. There was nothing to complain about the environment. They just chose the place they would be staying in the pavilion buildings at the back.
“Qing Shui, then what shall we do now?”Yehuang Guwu watched as Qing Shui helped put Sister Yuan Su’s bed in the room. All the other furniture was readily available and was all brand new. The bed was the only thing which the two ladies insisted on having replaced.
Qing Shui had many things on backup in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. There was sufficient space in there for him to store things and thus he had a variety of things and quite a number of them. There were no exceptions for beds, blankets and things like that.
These were things that the two ladies had chosen to put in for use on while traveling.
“Let’s go take a look at the building on the extreme end. We’ll be setting up the Imperial Cuisine Hall there in the future, so let’s go and see if there’s anything we need to prepare.”Qing Shui gave it some thought. Even if he didn’t set up the Imperial Cuisine Hall now, he would still need a general plan so that everything would be ready for the operation.
At the point of construction, this building had been intended to be used as a trade association or something similar. Therefore, the structure was of a higher quality than Yehuang City’s Imperial Cuisine Hall. At the very least, Qing Shui felt that it was of a much higher quality than Soulsearch’s Imperial Cuisine Hall.
The building was also very tall. They went up to the tenth story. Each story was about ten meters or so and thus this entire building had a height of 100 meters. Generally, in a prosperous city, a height like this wasn’t considered to be short. Of course, there were even higher ones, with even some which exceeded 1,000 meters. However, those buildings tend to be located in forests. They were immense structures and were a form of symbol.
Heading upward from the lowest story, they just continued to take a look. This manor that Tianhe Renmo had given them was extremely suitable. There was basically nothing that they had to prepare. All the facilities were already available.
Of course, as for shelves, counters and things like that, Qing Shui had quite a number of them in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. He just needed to bring them out.
The corridors and stairs here were built in a circular winding fashion and there was also a spot which allowed one to head upward or downward directly. However, it was located at the back. In the front, one could only take the winding stairs or choose to fly up into the hall of each story directly.
However, a method like this would generally be stopped by the owner of the building.
Qing Shui decided to put his residence on the highest level of this building and also left a room for the two ladies. Earlier, they had already cleaned up a room for them to stay in temporarily. Of course, they could stay in whichever room they chose to in this manor.
The day passed by without any troubles. They spent the entire day in the manor. Qing Shui was like a small and nameless pebble, tossed into the great sea of the continent’s capital, not creating even the slightest ripple.
“We’ve been traveling for such a long time, the two of you should have an early rest. We’ll go take a look around the continent’s capital tomorrow,”Qing Shui looked toward the two ladies and said.
“Mmm, then I’ll go and take a rest. The two of you have an early rest too!”Yuan Su smiled and left first.
“Wait for me! Qing Shui, you should have an early rest too!”Yehuang Guwu said to Qing Shui and ran after Yuan Su.
On the way, Qing Shui had plenty of se* with Yehuang Guwu but it was generally in the middle of the night. Qing Shui would use the Sacred Jade divine Stone to send them to a very far place before they then headed back. Yuan Su had discovered that on two occasions. After all, what could the two of them be up too in the middle of the night…
After the two ladies went back, Qing Shui entered the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal directly. He put in the Five Elements Spring of Life in the bathtub in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal and started to have a soak.
This was the sixth time he was soaking in this after he had attained a breakthrough to the eighth heavenly layer. It could be because the time in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal was very much longer than the outside world that he would soak once in awhile. The effect was especially good.
Qing Shui’s foundations were very firm and his internal organs were very powerful as well. The same went for his muscles and bones. However, there was still rooms for improvement. Therefore, Qing Shui decided to have a soak like this once in awhile. He had also let the people around him try it out before but there weren’t any effects.
Qing Shui had basically finished the Four-Yang Pills before he attained the breakthrough. Therefore, he could only place his attention on the Five-Yang Pills now. It was a pity that the medicinal herbs right now were still insufficient for him to refine the Five-Yang Pills.
He reckoned that he still needed some time. After reaching this degree, the herbs should only be a little off from the required years. Moreover, there were also the effects of the Spiritual Medicinal Beasts and the Flower of Life.
During this period of time, Qing Shui hadn’t forgotten about his demonic beasts. Although he hadn’t gotten his hands on powerful medicinal pills, the speed at which they were getting stronger was still very, very fast. This was the power of blood awakening. The demonic beasts’legacies were much more powerful than that of a human’s.
The size of the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant was a lot larger now. Even if Qing Shui could see it often, he still felt that both its power and size had increased by a lot.
His physical strength had reached 80 sun…
Qing Shui quickly read on. He was full of anticipation to see if the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant’s Dragon Elephant Force had any changes.
Dragon Elephant Force: Passive battle technique, permanently increases physical strength by 80 times!
Having this increased by ten more times, Qing Shui was very happy. It was good as long as there was some kind of improvement.
Mighty Elephant's Recklessness: Increases random attacks by three times for a maximum of 50 targets.
There was no change to the attack numbers but the attacking prowess had increased by a lot. Qing Shui was already very satisfied. He didn’t have high expectations for this battle technique.
Mighty Elephant Stomp, at the great perfection stage. It increased physical attacks to be ten times as strong and there was a certain chance for the surrounding targets’limbs to appear numb and render them unable to move.
Its prowess had increased once again…
Instantaneous Diamond Evasion: Instantly leap across a distance within 3,000 meters!
Diamond Sword Qi: Instantly spew out Core Qi to attack the opponent and harbors powerful killing prowess. It can decrease the target’s speed by 20% for a period of 2 hours.
Vajra Subdues Demons: After technique is performed, multiple targets within a 1,000 meter range would have their strength reduced by 10%. The number of targets cannot exceed 50 and the duration of the effects could last for 2 hours!
There were no changes to these three battle techniques, they weren’t out of Qing Shui’s expectations.
Ferocious Dragon Elephant Attack: Launches an attack at one target in an instant. Can raise offensive power by fifteen fold!
From the initial ten fold to the current fifteen fold…Qing Shui already felt that the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant was able to become a Heaven and Earth Battle Beast. Its battle technique legacies were far too domineering.
Dark Infernal Flames: Dark Infernal Flames under the feet allows the Dragon Elephant's attack to possess a 20% armor breaking offensive power. At the same time, it increases the Dragon Elephant's speed in the skies by two fold.
Dragon Scale Armor: Allows Dragon Elephant's defense to increase by four times. Having a powerful physical body and attacks were the foundation to the Dragon Elephant’s greatest abilities.
When Qing Shui saw the last one, Qing Shui smiled happily.
The last Dragon Scale Armor was an especially important ability. To increase by four times would mean that it would be his physical strength multiplied by five. With this, the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant’s Ferocious Dragon Elephant Attack could already reach 480,000 sun in power…
Demonic beasts were different from humans. They didn’t have to undergo False God Tribulations and could directly attain a breakthrough past its bottleneck and enter the False God realm directly, becoming a demonic beast of the immortal demons level.
Immortal demons would have a strength of 600,000 sun or 700,000 sun. As long as their strength surpassed one million sun, then the demonic beast would become a immortal demon directly.
Compared to humans, demonic beasts were more blissful in this aspect. However, due to the effect of spiritual intelligence, it was very hard for demonic beasts to attain the level of immortal demons. This was in a way, a balance of the Heavenly Dao. Demonic beast’s spiritual intelligence were lower and thus wouldn’t experience False God Tribulations.
Earlier on, Qing Shui had already reached his maximum capacity and thus didn’t refine the additional power. Therefore, he waited until he attained a breakthrough to the eighth heavenly layer. When he first attained a breakthrough, his foundations weren’t that stable, thus he hadn’t been able to absorb the additional power until now. The Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant’s physical strength had increased by 35 sun and when reflected on Qing Shui, it was seven sun.
Right now, with a physical strength of 200 sun, seven sun was nothing to Qing Shui. However, it was still an increase. It was just that the increase wasn’t considered a lot when looking at his overall power.
Having a little increase was better than not having an increase at all. Qing Shui didn’t know when it started that the reflection from the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant was already 20% of its increment in its physical strength. Was this a good thing or a bad thing?
The Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant was a Heaven and Earth Battle Beast and in the future, it might not lose out to Qing Shui. If the increment continued to be at 20%…thinking about the seven-colored pellet and the paragon vessel, Qing Shui shook his head. The current state might be the best.
The abilities of the Fire Bird, the Thunderous Beast and the Seven-Headed Demonic Dragon Spider were all also increasing at a rapid rate. Although they weren’t comparable to the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant, they weren’t that far off. The Fire Bird and the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant were progressing at a similar rate while the Seven-Headed Demonic Dragon Spider was slightly slowly. However, it was already many times stronger than it was in the past. Right now, it was also showing some signs of going to attain a breakthrough.
Amongst the four beasts, the Thunderous Beast as the weakest. However, it had the strongest control and to Qing Shui, it would mean that he could work together with the Thunderous Beast to achieve an instant kill with a single move.
Right now, if he didn’t encounter any False Gods, Qing Shui would be able to deal with his opponents just with these four demonic beasts. Furthermore, he could do so even if he was up against multiple Peak Martial Emperor cultivators. Qing Shui was very happy. He then thought of the divine Beast Sect.
The divine Beast Sect was in the continent’s capital and was one of the top few powerful sects, a sect with a long history and ancient legacy. They had a powerful means of taming beasts. This place was very close to the point at which the three continents intersected. There were many demonic beasts there of varying power. Therefore, as long as one had the path of beast taming, one would be able to tame their own beasts. Therefore, the power of the divine Beast Sect in the continent’s capital was very strong. A False God from the divine Beast Sect could even go up against ten or more False God cultivators from elsewhere. If they were lucky, the tamed beasts would be one grade more powerful than its owner or could be even stronger. This was how terrifying the divine Beast Sect was.
Qing Shui didn’t know what level the pair of genius brothers had reached. With the Heart of Demonic Beasts, they could tame demonic beasts which were much more powerful than themselves and they could also gain the abilities their demonic beasts had. He had no idea if they had attained False God. Both Yehuang Guwu and himself had already reached False God level now.
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AST 1377 –Beaten Up People From Yelang Clan, Want to Cooperate? Yelang Qiankun
The next day, Qing Shui woke up very early. When he walked out, he saw that the two ladies were already awake and were going about with their morning practice. Yehuang Guwu was still practicing the Tiger Form. Right now, she focused primarily on practicing the Tiger Form and the Nine Palace Steps.
Yuan Su on the other hand, was practicing her sword. Qing Shui had no idea what she was practicing but it looked very nice, especially the charm and the essence of the technique she was displaying.
After taking a look for a while, Qing Shui started with his Taichi Golden Qi. In the morning, he usually didn’t practice anything other than the Taichi Golden Qi. Right now, his Taichi Golden Qi was already very powerful but there had not been any new changes to it.
After they were done with their morning practice, the three of them had their breakfast and were about to go out and have a walk around the continent’s capital, a group of people entered the manor.
“Where is he? Zhao Third, where are they?”
A coarse voice rang out. It sounded to be from a tall and burly man.
“They should be coming out very soon. Steward Chen, this person is very arrogant.”Zhao Yaowu’s voice sounded very weak. He had suffered from injuries after being beaten up by Qing Shui yesterday and hadn’t recovered. He was now being carried in by others.
“Too arrogant. Regardless which Young Master of the Tianhe Clan he is, he has no right to be arrogant before the Yelang Clan. Tianhe Renmo is Tianhe Clan’s most outstanding talent. But what of it? Hasn’t he still been beaten by Young Master into a cripple?”
Qing Shui’s, Yehuang Guwu’s and Yuan Su’s hearing were still quite sharp and could hear their loud blabberings clearly. The three of them didn’t let their guard down as they headed for the door.
After passing by the building in front, they saw the people who were making a commotion. There were over ten of them, two of whom were lifting Zhao Yaowu with a wooden plank. The person in the lead was a tall and burly man who was like a steel tower. He seemed to be middle-aged and seemed to have a compatible appearance with the voice they heard earlier.
“That’s him! They are the ones!”When Zhao Yaowu saw Qing Shui and the two ladies, he started shouting loudly.
“You’re the one who injured Zhao Third? Which Young Master from the Tianhe Clan are you?”The man who was like a steel tower had tanned skin but it seemed to be glowing as if he had applied oil no it.
“Zhao Third?”Qing Shui was stunned for a moment. This person should be referring to Zhao Yaowu. It could be because Zhao Yaowu might be ranked third in his family!
“Zhao Third is someone working for our Young Master Yelang. How are you going to compensate for having injured him? Come, let’s have this sorted out right now!”The man looked at Qing Shui then at the two ladies of unrivalled beauty, feeling an itch creeping up in his heart.
Men could be said to be visual animals. Furthermore, it was instinctive for opposite genders to attract. When men came across beautiful ladies, all of them would want to get involved. It was an amazing feeling that couldn’t be described clearly using words.
“Go on. How do you guys want me to compensate him?”Qing Shui smiled. Both sides were actually trying to make a fool of each other. Qing Shui probably was aware of who was the one being made a fool of.
“If our Young Master were to find out that you’ve injured Zhao Third, he’d definitely kill you. How about this, let us have the manor.”The man said without blinking an eye. His tone was so calm that it gave one the feeling as if Qing Shui was the one who had gotten the longer end of the stick.
Qing Shui continued to wear a faint smile on his face. “Did Young Master Yelang really say that?”
“I’m a person close to Young Master Yelang and my words do carry some weight.”When the man said this, he sounded very proud. Many influential people in the continent’s capital had to treat him with care when they met him.
A dog’s status is raised if the owner holds a high status. If the owner is powerful enough, the dog next to him would also hold a high status.
“Oh? Then it seems like I’m the one getting the better end of the deal. Is the debt settled if I were to give the manor to you guys?”Qing Shui gave it some thought and said.
“The two ladies next to you are very beautiful. Our Young Master likes them a lot.”The man’s gaze flickered.
In the continent’s capital, Young Master Yelang was well known for being lecherous. If he were to take a liking to a lady, he would make sure to do everything he could to get them. With his outstanding appearance and talent, in addition to his background, all his attempts had been successful. Most ladies would practically be the ones who come onto him, even if it was just for a one night stand…
Qing Shui’s eyes narrowed as he looked at this man who was like a steel tower. Taking one step forward, he sent an immense pressure pressing down on the man.
Everyone, including Zhao Yaowu, were sent flying by Qing Shui’s invisible essence, spurting out blood. Zhao Yaowu got the worst of them all. He had suffered from heavy injuries from the start and after being dealt this blow, he was on the verge of death. For him, it was hard to say if he could remain alive.
Qing Shui walked over slowly. All these people were sent flying out of the manor by Qing Shui and had landed on the streets outside. The streets were bustling with activity to begin with and this place was also one of the most prosperous areas in the continent’s capital.
Yelang Clan’s steward was well-known and thus many people immediately could recognize him to be the Yelang Clan’s steward. however, what they were surprised about was who would dare to beat up people from the Yelang Clan?
People who found this curious all came over to watch and very soon, the place was filled up with people. Qing Shui was also taken by surprise when he saw that so many people had already gathered around. Since that was the case, then he might as well blow up the issue.
“Kid, how dare you beat me? I’m from the Yelang Clan! You can just wait to be killed!”From the beginning to the very end, the man’s air of superiority had not disappeared. It was as if he felt invincible just because he had a circle of light above his head which was from his status as Yelang Clan’s steward.
“If Yelang Clan will take action for someone like you, then their reputation would be far too disappointing. Is the entire Yelang Clan as rubbish as you are? If that’s the case, then I won’t be afraid of them anymore.”Qing Shui smiled and walked up.
“Just you wait. If you can live past three days, I’ll give you my head.”The man looked at Qing Shui viciously.
“I don’t need your head. Scram. If you hurry, you’ll still be able to tell your Young Master about this. If you’re any later, than you’ll end up dying on the way back.”As Qing Shui spoke, he kicked at the man’s Central Palace, locking onto his lifespan.
If one was powerful enough, they would be able to unlock it themselves. It could also be done if the person were to find someone who was more powerful than the person who had locked it. Otherwise, the only thing that would be left for the victim would be to die.
Hearing this, the man clenched his teeth and stood up, taking his leave rapidly with the others. After they had travelled a distance, they called out their rides and left at an even greater speed, disappearing into the distance.
“Isn’t this Tianhe Clan’s manor?”
“That’s right. Who is this young man? To think that he would dare to beat someone from the Yelang Clan. Could it be that the Tianhe Clan is preparing to have a big battle with the Yelang Clan?”
“It can’t be. The battles between great clans tend to be a competition between the same generation. There wouldn’t be an all out fight. Could it be that this young man is a genius from Tianhe Clan who has attained a high level of cultivation?”
“That should be the case. This fight is between those in Tianhe Renmo’s generation. The seniors won’t be able to take part. I wonder how many people from Tianhe Clan have come this time around.”
With the commotion, Qing Shui and the two ladies no longer had any interest to take a walk around town. After all, if they were to head out, there would definitely be many people following after them. Of course, it would be easy for Qing Shui to throw them off his tracks but with his mood affected, he decided to give up on the idea of heading out.
Moreover, if news of today’s matter were to spread out, there would definitely be some powers from the continent’s capital who would know of his existence and conduct checks on him. They should be able to find out quickly where he was from and who he was.
This was only their second day in the continent’s capital and they had already encountered such troubles. Qing Shui wasn’t afraid of trouble but that didn’t mean that he was willing to encounter such things.
Yelang Clan was considered to have been shamed. Great clans could lose anything but not their reputation. Therefore, Qing Shui knew that very soon, someone from the Yelang Clan would come to talk it out with him.
He made up his mind to start the business for the Imperial Cusine Hall after this matter was over. Initially, Qing Shui had wanted to get a few powerful clans to support him before he started the business. With this matter with the Yelang Clan, there should be some clans who would know what Qing Shui did in the past and they might end up giving him some help.
The period of peace they enjoyed was beyond Qing Shui’s expectations. They went through three days peacefully. Just as Qing Shui thought that they wouldn’t be coming, someone arrived.
It was an old man or rather, a man who was starting to enter into old age. He appeared to be very elegant but had an air of superiority on him. Qing Shui had encountered many people with such auras, especially people from great clans. However, the aura on this old man was the strongest amongst all the people Qing Shui had encountered in the past.
“Physician Qing, have you been well?”The old man said directly the moment he saw Qing Shui. It went to show that there were now many people who knew of Qing Shui’s identity. If Qing Shui didn’t appear at this place nor had he beaten those people up, others wouldn’t think of checking up on his background. However, what Qing Shui had done had surfaced him to the public and thus many people would be checking on him.
“How may I address you?”Qing Shui smiled, greeted the old man and invited the old man to head over with him to a resting pavilion.
“My name is Yelang Qiankun. I’m sure that Physician Qing is aware of the reason why I’m here!”The old man smiled and said as they walked.
“Are you here for the few people who were beaten up previously?”Qing Shui asked calmly.
“Of course not. If I was here for those few people who commit all sorts of misdeeds in the name of the Yelang Qiankun, I wouldn’t have waited until today,”Yelang Qiankun smiled and said.
“Then what’s the reason that you’re here today?”Qing Shui had already guessed the actual reason. Since they knew who he was and was showing a different attitude, it must be for his medical skills.
“Yelang Clan wishes to work together with Physician. What do you think about it?”Yelang Qiankun looked at Qing Shui, smiling very confidently.
Qing Shui smiled and looked at Yelang Qiankun, “How would you like for us to work together?”
“Yelang Clan will assure that everything will be smooth sailing for Physician in the continent’s capital. We’ll provide a stable environment. Physician will have to share everything you gain with Yelang Clan,”Yelang Qiankun gave it some thought and said.
Qing Shui smiled. Yelang Clan was really greedy. Everything he gained would include connections. Yelang Clan wanted those as well. What they provided was merely stability. And whether or not it would really be stable was unknown.
Qing Shui smiled and looked at Yelang Qiankun, “Since you know who I am, then you should know that I don’t work with others.”
“I know. But there’s always an exception to everything.”Yelang Qiankun looked at as if he was bent on having his way with Qing Shui.
“What if there aren’t any exceptions?”Qing Shui gave it some thought and asked.
“There’ll definitely be. Today, I’m here to discuss this matter with Physician. The continent’s capital is different from the Yehuang Country. Yehuang Country is nothing in comparison. In a new place, you must follow the regulations of the new place. Otherwise, you’ll end up being on the losing end.”Yelang Qiankun smiled very confidently.
“You should just say things out right. I don’t really understand what you’re saying.”
“This area is the continent’s capital and is very chaotic. If you don’t have sufficient power, then you’ll need to work together with some other forces. Otherwise, you won’t be able to make it big. There’ll be many people who won’t allow you to make it big. They deploy all sorts of means to bring you down.”
“If I don’t work with Yelang Clan, will Yelang Clan also try to bring me down?”