Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 1401-1402
AST 1401 –Second Grade Formation Eye Stone, Yehuang Guwu False God Tribulation, Unforeseen Event
This could be considered as being provided help at a time of need. He had been moving back and forth for over a year, each time only bringing one person. The breakthrough now was a huge surprise.
Once he was done refining and smelting the Five Elements divine Flag, he moved on to smelt and refine other items.
Maybe good things are better when they happen together, the Formation Eye stone also rose in grade. Now the speed and the formation's power had increased by twofold. This was a twofold increase on top of his own formation power.
He was already happy. The Nine Continents Boots and Formation Eye Stone could enhance Qing Shui's strength by quite a bit. This represented a battle prowess increase in the Five Elements, even if it did not have a form. At the same time, Qing Shui's strength had also increased.
Time passed by slowly, Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant's situation was still the same. Qing Shui had wanted the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant to break through so he would have another formidable False God beast fighter. Moreover, it would also mean that Qing Shui's strength would rise even further.
That way, if Qing Shui decided to leave, he could leave behind a formidable beast. Now that there were old people here, leaving a formidable beast behind would make them feel at ease.
"Qing Shui, Sister Wu's False God Tribulation is here." Hai Dongqing rushed to Qing Shui's room to inform him.
"After such a long time, it's time it arrived. I will go take a look, make sure the others do not disturb her." Qing Shui hurried out.
It had been a long time since Yehuang Guwu reached the False God grade, it was about time she had her breakthrough. Knowing that her False God Tribulation had arrived, Qing Shui was worried but not overly concerned because he knew she had a good foundation.
Yehuang Guwu was on a nearby hilltop. Qing Shui was watching from a distance away.
Yehuang Guwu was in snow-white plain clothes, with her beautiful hair draped behind her. She looked delicate without much effort, almost giving off an otherworldly aura.
The blue clouds converged in the sky, there was a vague feeling of everything in the surroundings mutually reacting to each other. This was the first time Qing Shui witnessed the False God Tribulation.
False God Tribulation was actually a trial to break through the gate to the next grade. Just like breaking through the barriers from before, False God Tribulation borrowed the power of thunder to temper the body. Those who were able to withstand it, would have their body strengthened to new heights, thus they'd enter the next grade.
False God Tribulation could only occur when one was the peak of their current martial realm, just before they are about to breakthrough they would experience the False God Tribulation. Only those who had reached a certain strength level could experience the False God Tribulation. If their martial realm did not meet the criteria, they would not attract the False God Tribulation.
Suddenly, a blue thunder struck down from the sky, it had the thickness of yarn but it directly struck onto Yehuang Guwu's body.
A subtle noise resounded, a light blue light enveloped Yehuang Guwu's body. She did not move her body, slowly waiting for the lightning to be absorbed into her body.
Qing Shui expanded his spiritual sense. He sensed the changes within Yehuang Guwu's body. He was not very far from her but he was not close either.
Persisting for a few breath's time, the blue lightning that surrounded Yehuang Guwu's dissipated. The clouds converged in the sky once again, this time the energy being converged seemed to be much stronger than before.
The sky rained down slim lightning strikes again but even he could tell with the naked eye that the lightning strikes were slightly thicker than the last ones. It was limited to only being slightly thicker.
False God Tribulation's beginning was to guide lightning towards the cultivator's body to undergo refinement, this was the only way to withstand the later stages of the horrifying False God Tribulation. If the beginning was blocked, then the cultivator would lose the opportunity to pass the False God Tribulation.
At the beginning, False God Tribulation's lightning strike were of the weaker kind. It was like a gift to enhance the cultivator's body to allow them to absorb the energy without any damage. The benefits to the body could not be estimated.
Only after absorbing all the lightning, was the first stage of refinement complete. With this, the probability of passing the next stages of False God Tribulation was much higher. Unless the cultivator was one with incomparable inherent talent, they could deflect all the lightning to the outside.
Half an hour later, the lightning that struck downwards was already the thickness of the pinky finger. Moreover, there were at least a dozen bolts striking at once, it looked frightening. The crackle and rattling sound was especially crisp.
At this time, Yehuang Guwu was no longer absorbing all of it. She was partly absorbing and partly blocking.
While undergoing the False God Tribulation, one was to block some of the lightning but also absorb some of the lightning's energy to change the body's constitution. If all of it was blocked, of course the False God Tribulation would pass but the effect would be very weak. Even if the cultivator was blocking, they would still absorb a tiny bit. Thus, the weak effect would result from the weak absorption.
To completely absorb everything was impossible, he had not heard of anyone completely absorbing all the lightning from False God Tribulation.
If they could not block it, nor could they absorb it, then there would only be one result. The cultivator would fail the False God Tribulation and it would result in death!
Other people could block for the cultivator undergoing False God Tribulation, however the power of the strikes would be tenfold as strong, moreover it would be based on the strength of the person doing the blocking. For example, the tenfold power would not be using Yehuang Guwu as the base but it would be using Qing Shui as the base. It would be the equivalent of what Yehuang Guwu was experiencing but increased tenfold. It was better to let Yehuang Guwu deal with it.
Thus, on the World of Nine Continents, there were not many who would block during the False God Tribulation, those who block usually die. If they failed to block, the False God Tribulation would land on the person who was originally undergoing the False God Tribulation.
Thus, there was only one conclusion, the cultivators themselves must undergo the False God Tribulation.
False God Tribulation was still ongoing, it had already been an hour. The thickness of the lightning bolts was still about pinky finger width. However, the quantity had reached 50 bolts……
Yehuang Guwu summoned a white tiger. Immediately, it shared half of the lightning bolts. The White Tiger's strength was many times stronger than Yehuang Guwu's.
When the White Tiger was summoned, Qing Shui was worried that it would be considered to be borrowing the strength of outside help and thus triggering the tenfold power spike on the lightning strike. Although it was too late, if it was going to be dangerous, Qing Shui was definitely going to rush over there.
Fortunately, the result was good, there was nothing to be worried about.
Yehuang Guwu summoned another White Tiger, however Qing Shui already had furrowed brows. False God Tribulation was not such a simple trial to undergo, because of this, the amount of lightning bolts that struck down increased significantly. It was at a point where it seemed to be never-ending.
With Qing Shui's current strength, he had not experienced a False God Tribulation. The reason was very particular. He was not sure whether he would experience a False God Tribulation but he threw this thought to the back of his mind as he watched in concern for Yehuang Guwu's safety.
Qing Shui was very surprised. According to Yehuang Guwu's strength and constitution, enduring through the first grade False God Tribulation should be easy. However, he had not thought it would be so troublesome. He had heard that the stronger a cultivator's talent and strength, the stronger the False God Tribulation would get.
Yehuang Guwu had already summoned all the White Tigers, however the amount of lightning bolts was increasing. Qing Shui could see the fatigue on Yehuang Guwu's face, even a bit of helplessness.
He unknowingly gripped his fists, he did not believe that Yehuang Guwu's False God Tribulation would fail. He would not allow her to fail. Now the only thing he could do was to takeover Yehuang Guwu's False God Tribulation, help her pass it, it would still be considered successful. However, he thought he would wait a little longer, until there was no other way.
Unconsciously, Qing Shui got a lot closer, almost to the boundary of the False God Tribulation.
Suddenly, a mysterious power connected him and Yehuang Guwu together, something triggered in his mind.
Five Element divine Flags!
This was a feeling originating from the Five Element divine Flag, at the same time, a dozen lightning strikes were rushing towards Qing Shui.
Husband and wife joining forces?
The lightning struck Qing Shui's body but was directly absorbed by him. Qing Shui felt that this did not count as blocking the False God Tribulation for Yehuang Guwu. That was because the False God Tribulation was still occurring where she was, only some of the lightning strikes were diverted to Qing Shui.
Moreover, with Qing Shui's entry, Yehuang Guwu's expression completely changed. She panicked to get Qing Shui to leave. Of course, she knew how horrifying the False God Tribulation would be and that only one person could undergo it.
"Little Wuwu, did you feel the fluctuations in the Five Elements divine Flag? This is something we must endure together. With our combined forces as husband and wife, we can overcome anything," Qing Shui said while laughing.
Yehuang Guwu was stunned, then allowed herself to sense it. She happily looked towards Qing Shui, "I thought today was going to be the last day we would see each other."
"You are the fortunate fate of your husband, that type of thing would never happen. If it was to occur, I would block it for you. As long as I am alive, no one can take you away from me." Qing Shui said warmly, his tone was not imposing at all, it carried a bit of familial warmth. It was uncertain whether it was due to Qing Shui's entry or whether the False God Tribulation was coming to an end, the lightning bolts were about the thickness of the thumb. The amount of lightning bolts also increased. Through this duration of lightning refinement, his raw strength also increased significantly.
Qing Shui saw that Yehuang Guwu was already at her limit, he immediately summoned the Hellfire Phoenix.
Hellfire Phoenix was a fire elemental beast, given it has the phoenix bloodline, it was resistant to thunder and lightning. Moreover, it could be said that its resistant to the five elements was very strong.
Seeing the Hellfire Phoenix, Qing Shui thought of Thunderous Beast, he quickly summoned it as well.
This time, Qing Shui was stunned even further. Thunderous Beast's ability to absorb the lightning was on a horrifying scale. The changes were immediately and at a speed that even the naked eye could see.
Seeing the situation, Qing Shui summoned the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant as well as the Seven-headed Demonic Spider to allow them to absorb some of the False God Tribulation lightning energy as well.
Even though it was Qing Shui's first time witnessing a False God Tribulation, he understood that the power of this current False God Tribulation was at least stronger than a Second Grade False God Tribulation, it could almost rival a Third Grade False God Tribulation. Roar!
The following events left Qing Shui in shock. Suddenly, the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant roared, and rushed towards the clouds. More than a thousand lightning bolts struck directly at the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant.
A roar that was like that of a dragon's cry resonated between the heaven and the earth. The surrounding lightning disappeared but the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant was enveloped and clad in lightning as it rushed towards the sky and into the clouds.
The crackling and rattling noises continued.
Qing Shui looked towards the sky with concern, he was not certain why the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant suddenly went on a rampage.
Yehuang Guwu could not comprehend the situation. Right now, she was like a completely exhausted person who no longer need to sprint. At this moment, she felt very relaxed, as if she had come from hell and landed in heaven. Before, she had relied solely on willpower to withstand the trial.
The crackling and rattling noises in the air seemed to become less frequent as time went on. The only thing that was visible in the sky was the outline of the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant. It seemed like it was rampaging about.
A loud sound!
The clouds in the sky were blown apart. The Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant surging with blue lightning appeared in the sky. Its body size grew by twofold, carrying an ancient fierce and tough aura as it enveloped the surroundings with its roar.
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AST 1402 –The Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant’s Breakthrough, Qing Shui’s Paragon Tribulation, Strength Increased Explosively
That ferocious aura was really astonishing. Qing Shui could still feel his heart palpitating even now.
This aura was definitely one that only Immortal Demons at the False God realm could have. It made one gasp for breath. Qing Shui felt both astonished and excited.
It had attained a breakthrough. He didn’t need to think to know that. He had been hoping for such a long period of time that it would attain a breakthrough but it had shown no signs at all. However, it had unexpectedly attained a breakthrough today, miraculously.
Qing Shui looked at the huge Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant that was still flashing with blue lightning in the sky, occasionally letting out a domineering roar that was like a dragon’s and also that of an elephant.
At the same time, many people in the area of the continent’s capital had felt this terrifying aura. This ancient aura made their souls tremble anxiously.
It wasn’t just Dancing Phoenix Continent’s capital. There were even many experts from the Soaring Dragon Continent’s capital and the Haohan Continent that had sensed this aura as well. However, with the exception of some people in the Dancing Phoenix Continent, the rest of the people from the different places all thought that another powerful demonic beast had successfully evolved. The feeling they experienced wasn’t very strong and the aura only lasted for a short amount of time, disappearing very quickly. Most of the people just felt a little bit more worried.
Humans had always been fighting against demonic beasts. When demonic beasts grew more powerful, it would spell disaster for humans. Therefore, when they encountered the birth of a powerful demonic beast, they would instinctively felt irritable.
Gradually, the blue lightning on the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant dissipated, revealing its original huge gold body. Right now, the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant was even bigger than before and its aura was so terrifying that one’s hair would stand up.
It had a mammoth body, a long and thick dragon neck and a huge savage looking dragon head. When Qing Shui saw its huge dragon head, he was stunned once again.
The two huge shiny golden dragon horns were like antlers and stood out a lot. It had horns in the past as well, but they were very small and didn’t look like this. Only now was it really considered to have matured. These could now truly be called dragon horns.
This was a tremendous breakthrough. Qing Shui had yet to be able to sense the benefits he had gained from the False God Tribulation this time around, but he couldn’t wait to look at the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant with his Heavenly Vision Technique!
Right now, the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant’s physical strength had reached a terrifying 300 sun and it was now even more powerful than Fire Bird. Even though the Fire Bird’s strength had also increased by a lot, after it had attained a breakthrough and reached the False God realm, its physical strength wasn’t as powerful as the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant which had attained a breakthrough.
Dragon Elephant Force, passive battle technique, permanently increases physical strength by 100 times!
100 times…It was the same as it was for the Fire Bird. Qing Shui felt that this 100 times seemed to be a juncture. They could even just stop here permanently.
Mighty Elephant's Recklessness: Increases random attacks by ten 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 increases physical attacks to be 20 times as strong and there was a certain chance for the surrounding targets to experience numbing in their limbs, giddiness and being rendered immobile.
Its prowess had increased once again…It had just doubled.
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 still no changes to these three battle techniques.
Ferocious Dragon Elephant Attack: Launches an attack at one target in an instant with a thirty fold offensive power!
From the initial fifteen fold to the current thirty fold…Qing Shui felt a little numb. It was too powerful!
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 twofold.
Dragon Scale Armor: Passive battle technique, allows the Dragon Elephant's defense to increase by nine fold. Having a powerful physical body and attacks were the foundation to the Dragon Elephant’s greatest abilities.
The Dragon Scale Armor’s prowess had also increased by a lot. Having reached the False God level, the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant had also gained two powerful abilities.
Dragon Elephant Might: Absolute suppression over all demonic beasts, with the exception of dragon-typed beasts, suppressing their abilities by at least 10%. At most, it could cause the target to lose its battle prowess but it was unable to cause a suppression in other areas. Zero depletion, passive battle technique!
Demonic Dragon Heart: The powerful Dragon elephant could let its abilities be doubled once again, fending off the majority of negative statuses.
It didn’t take long for the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant to be next to Qing Shui. He could sense the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant’s happy emotions and felt very satisfied. Right now, the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant’s strongest attack could be close to 30 million sun…
Heaven and Earth Battle Beast…The Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant was an all-rounded battle beast. If lucky, it alone could suppress at least 20% if not more of the opponent’s strength. It could also reduce the opponent’s speed, induce dizziness and it had both attacks intended to hit a large area or to target a single opponent.
Qing Shui was satisfied. He looked at Yehuang Guwu who was going through the False God Tribulation next to him. This lady really brought him good fortune. Her appearance had made his life a lot happier and it even increased his progress by over ten years.
“How are you feeling?”Qing Shui looked toward Yehuang Guwu and asked as he called back the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant. This wasn’t a place they could stay for long. There would probably be people checking out this place very soon.
Qing Shui took Yehuang Guwu’s hand and flew toward the Imperial Cuisine Hall.
In less than an hour after their departure, people slowly appeared in the area but many of them returned, disappointed.
As it was the aura of a demonic beast, they didn’t dare to appear directly but chose to move carefully. It was also because of this that they only appeared so much later.
They returned to the Imperial Cuisine Hall. The place was very lively now. After knowing that Yehuang Guwu had successfully made it through the False God Tribulation, everyone felt very happy. The power of the experts in Qing Clan had grown by a lot now. It was because Yehuang Guwu still had the White Tigers.
The two old men didn’t find it strange but merely looked at Yehuang Guwu in praise. They seemed to be very happy as well. After such a long period of time, they had already treated this place as their home and felt that this place was very heartwarming.
The Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant had attained a breakthrough. Qing Shui felt that he would be leaving very soon. Yehuang Guwu and the others were gathered together, chatting very happily, while Qing Shui entered the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal.
The power Qing Shui received from the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant’s breakthrough needed to be refined. The power this time around was very strong as well and he didn’t dare to let down his guard. After adjusting his condition to the best state, he started to refine the power from the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant.
A loud sound that was like a rubber ball exploding, rang out. In that instant, a violent energy rose in Qing Shui’s body. At almost the same time, a piece of seven-colored cloud quickly appeared in the sky of the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal.
Although Qing Shui didn’t open his eyes, he could see with his spiritual sense. His heart skipped a beat. What was this? A False God Tribulation? Or was it a divine Tribulation?
This wasn’t the time to be thinking about this. The small golden armored man in his Dantian seemed to have come alive. Holding the Nine Continents Mountain with one hand and the Big Dipper Sword in another, it stepped on the Five Elements divine Flag!
A bolt of seven-colored lightning bolt struck on Qing Shui’s body and then disappeared immediately. At the same time, the small golden armored man in his Dantian waved the sword and absorbed that bolt of lightning.
The small golden armored man now seemed to appear a little more material. This was the increase in the paragon vessel’s power.
The seven-colored lightning gradually landed from the air. Thankfully, the entire episode passed by without much danger. The power from the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant was also absorbed. This was the first time that Qing Shui had absorbed such great power with so much ease.
The moment Qing Shui sensed his raw strength, he was astonished. Earlier on, the progress he had experienced didn’t exceed 2.4 million sun. Even after he absorbed the power from the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant, he had only reached three million sun or even less.
However, Qing Shui’s raw strength had now reached five million sun…It had doubled.
Qing Shui thought of the lightning bolts from when Yehuang Guwu had experienced the False God Tribulation and that seven-colored lightning that came from the seven-colored cloud earlier.
Qing Shui quickly sensed his seven-colored pellet and the paragon vessel. He was once again struck with dizziness from the surprise.
The seven-colored pellet increased his physical strength by 40 times, the paragon vessel increased his strength by 60 times and the Nine-Nine divine Nebula Formation doubled his strength.
His spirit energy, under the effect of the Arhat Rosary Beads, seven-colored pellet, paragon vessel, Nine-Nine divine Nebula Formation and the Seal of Roc, now reached 20 million sun…
Compared to before, his strength had multiplied by four. Qing Shui knew that the primary reason lay in that seven-colored cloud. Earlier, a message had appeared in his consciousness as well.
Qing Shui's ordinary strength should only have doubled but after having gone through the Paragon Tribulation once, it doubled once again.
The Paragon Tribulation was about the same as the False God Tribulation but there were also some differences. After reaching the eighth heavenly layer, as long as his strength were to increase too fast, the Paragon Tribulation would appear. It was similar to the False God Tribulation’s effect on the tempering of the body. If he couldn’t get past it, what that await him would only be death.
After having gone through the Paragon Tribulation once, not only had his abilities stabilized, the seven-colored pellet and the paragon vessel had also become more powerful. Right now, Qing Shui couldn’t help but wish to experience the Paragon Tribulation a few more times. It was a pity that this was something like a chance encounter and if his strength couldn’t increase tremendously once again, he wouldn’t encounter the Paragon Tribulation again. The power of the Paragon Tribulation was related to how much one’s strength increased. The greater the increase in one’s strength, the stronger the Paragon Tribulation.
Putting this aside, Qing Shui looked toward the Paragon Heavenly Technique.
Elementary Paragon Heavenly Technique!
Paragon Golden Armor: Allows Qing Shui to bring up all of his defenses to be three times his actual strength and he can fend off a fatal attack each time.
Paragon Strike: Can be used once a day. The attacking prowess would be three times of Qing Shui’s actual strength.
Shadowless Paragon: Increase speed by three times. Can be used once a day, lasting for 15 minutes each time.
“Mmm, there’s another Heavenly Technique.”Qing Shui noticed that there was one more at the bottom.
Paragon Reversal: Duration for using battle techniques would be reduced to one-third. Attacking speed increased three times.
Thinking about this made Qing Shui want to smile. The seething power in his body gave him the feeling of being able to do things that others couldn’t achieve. If he were to face the Phoenix Dance’s Left Custodian again, the latter would be killed directly with a Paragon Strike. The only thing he wasn’t happy about was that the Paragon Strike could only be used once.
However, it was an attack that could reach a terrifying 60 million sun…
It was too heaven-defying. Even Qing Shui felt this way.
Even if he didn’t use the Paragon Strike, with his current strength, the killing techniques of the Left Custodian’s Heavenly Technique would be useless against him. It would probably not be able to break through his defense.
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