Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 1411-1412
AST 1411 –Soaring Demonic Dragon, Dragon Elephant's Might, Moyun Mountain
Shen Ling was a bit surprised, she was not someone who was so superficial but for a beautiful woman this was a particular concern of hers. Her beauty and expression could weaken an enemy's strength by 20%, this was a subconscious effect, of course those who were sadistic were exempt from this effect.
Without much thought, he thought of another question. He needed to reach the Demon Lord Palace, in general most outsiders did not go to the Demon Lord Palace.
"You want to go to Demon Lord Palace?" Shen Ling asked while being shocked.
"Mn, Miss Shen, do you know which way the Demon Lord Palace is?" Qing Shui continued to ask.
"Yes I do, the Demon Lord Palace is situated on Moyun Mountain but outsiders cannot get in." Shen Ling looked at Qing Shui.
"Not letting anyone in is not an issue, as long as I know where it is I can get in," Qing Shui said with a laugh.
"Moyun Mountain is extremely vastand it is very dangerous there, are you sure you want to go?" Shen Ling thought for a bit.
"Can the lady please explain."
"From here, head directly west. However, it is very far away." Shen Ling thought and told him the approximate distance.
The distance Shen Ling mentioned wasn't considered far for Qing Shui. It would only take a few days' time. Knowing the Demon Lord Palace location, he was very happy, "You guys should return, pay attention to your safety."
"Do you know the Demon Lord Palace? I'm afraid you will only run into danger," Shen Ling said with a bit of a complicated expression. No matter what, he was her benefactor, if there was danger she should tell him.
"I have seen the Demon Lord several times, there should be no issues," Qing Shui said after much thought.
"Oh, if that's the case, then you be careful. You are my benefactor, I would not want you to get injured from my telling you the location of the Demon Lord Palace," Shen Ling said with a smile. Her smile was inadvertently se*y to the point that it could capture one's soul but it was also an innate ability of hers.
"You're born with Bones of the Immortal Fox, this was the tune I played earlier and a zither, all as a gift to you. You are talented in music, let's consider this gift as a treasured sword matching that of a hero."
Qing Shui was not trying to buy favor but maybe he was. He wasn't trying make friends with this woman or maybe he was, he couldn't help but extend a helping hand when he saw her. In reality, Qing Shui wanted to establish rapport with the divine Sound Sect for the future in case he wanted a partnership.
What made Qing Shui a bit surprised was that Shen Ling hesitated but actually accepted the gifts, "I already owe you so much anyway, I will not be overly polite. If I am not able to pay you back, I'll just have to pay you back with my body."
Qing Shui smiled and shook his head, "I already have a wife."
"Are you brain-dead? What's the problem of having another one? Am I not beautiful?" Shen Ling winked at him with her alluring pupils.
"Beautiful but I already have many wives."
Shen Ling was a bit stunned, this man was very honest. In the World of Nine Continents many men had multiple wives, especially powerful men. However, most men would not tell a beautiful woman that he had a woman, especially not when he had many women. She felt a bit hurt and said, "If you already have that many, then it shouldn't matter if I joined in, unless I do not have the charm?"
Sometimes women can be unreasonable.
Qing Shui could not tell whether she was deliberately trying to tease him, so he did not take offense to it. After all, this woman was very charming and could not be judged using conventional means. He did not look at her that way, but she was overly bold. This was evident from her conversations with Eternal Spring Palace's Second Elder before.
"Alright, I'll stop teasing you but remember to come find me at the divine Sound Sect in the future." Shen Ling laughed as she looked at Qing Shui.
"Mn, alright, mark my words from before, if I can't marry I will come find you."
A series of laughter resounded, the women rode away on their flying mounts.
Qing Shui shook his head, once he found the direction he needed to head towards, he used Nine Continents Steps. divine Sound Sect was one of the Four Great Evil Powers and Eternal Spring Place was a sect of the Soaring Dragon Continent. They were a powerful sect.
Qing Shui did not know the strength difference between Soaring Dragon Continent and Dancing Phoenix Continent, but he had heard that they should be about the same. However, he felt that this was not absolute. According to the hierarchy of the Five Element divine Flag, Soaring Dragon Continent should be a higher tier in strength than Dancing Phoenix Continent.
Moreover, the Four Great Evil Powers had little interaction with the Dancing Phoenix Continent. Though many powers within the Dancing Phoenix Continent were against the Demon Lord Palace, the real opposition of the Four Great Evil Powers were powers within the Soaring Dragon Continent. Dancing Phoenix Continent was just assisting a bit.
On the third day, Qing Shui used Nine Continents Steps. When he appeared at the landing location, a loud roar could be heard from the sky.
Soaring Demonic Dragon!
Qing Shui looked at the giant fellow and immediately recognized the identity of this giant beast.
Demonic Dragon could be considered an Alpha Dragon species. The Soaring Demonic Dragon in front of Qing Shui was about 300 meters long. Its menacing looking head was almost like that of a dragon's but if one looked at it in detail they would notice that it lacked the dignity of a dragon. For example, the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant's head could be considered to be a real dragon head.
Soaring Demonic Dragon's strength was decent, it specialized in speed, with a formidable body, wind element type, can use formidable battle techniques such as Wind Storm, Wind Tornado, Wind Blade, Wind Confinement…
In fact, battle techniques of equivalent strength were about the same, the only difference was in the five elements, some would counter others just like natural enemies. With similar strength, if it was a natural enemy, then it would be very difficult to overcome, after all, every move would be countered.
A huge explosive burst resounded. A massive desert storm shaped almost like a mushroom blew up and, as if it was a solid substance, advanced towards Qing Shui with earth-shattering pressure.
Qing Shui had only seen scenes like this in pictures in his previous life, it almost felt like an apocalypse. However, right now, he was seeing it firsthand. Moreover, its power was much stronger than the ones from his previous life.
"Little guy, let the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant play with you."
Qing Shui summoned the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant.
A spirited roar!
The roar resonated in the sky, once Qing Shui arrived he was already under attack but with his current strength, this attack would not damage him.
Even Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant's loud roar and body size were stronger than the Soaring Demonic Dragon.
The roar stunned the Soaring Demonic Dragon.
It had immediately used Dragon Elephant Might right after that roar from before.
Instantaneous Diamond Evasion!
Ferocious Dragon Elephant Attack!
Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant was swift, its huge body rushed over only leaving a false image. From Qing Shui's point of view, the Soaring Demonic Dragon was huge but the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant was even bigger. This collision surprised Qing Shui for a moment.
Instant kill. Such a giant beast was rammed by the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant to the point of only leaving blood drops raining down.
After all, Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant's strongest attack was certainly horrifying, reaching nearly 30 million sun. Moreover, Dragon Elephant Might had a staggering debuff effect on the beast that was already weaker than Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant. Originally, its strength was already half of Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant, under the debuff of Dragon Elephant Might, it would be a surprise if it had not been an instant kill.
Nothing was left behind. Qing Shui looked at his surroundings then used Nine Continents Steps again. Afterwards, he summoned Hellfire Phoenix and flew directly ahead. He took a look at the scenery while thinking about what he would do in the future. For example, what would he do after he found the Demon Lord? Once he thought of this question, Qing Shui started having a headache. If she asked him why he was looking for her, what would he reply?
This woman was not any ordinary woman. Any normal method would be rendered ineffective. If he said she was his woman, then it would make Qing Shui seem too naive. Even if they had a one night stand, it was due to circumstance. If it was due to that one time that she became his woman, then he would be like an immoral beast, once he did the deed he would get the woman. There was no word of rape, nor was it a mistake or random relationship, because he could openly declare that this was his woman……
Along the way he had encountered several beasts, but they were all easily taken care of. Unknowingly, he had reached the Moyun Mountain.
Moyun Mountain was as the name described. It was a huge mountain range that went all the way up into the clouds. It was taller than the clouds. The clouds located here were all very high in altitude. This entire area was a giant mountain range, it was difficult to spot where the Demon Lord Palace was located.
Now that he was at Moyun Mountain, he wandered around. He might be able to find some clues regarding that woman. Now that things had gotten to this stage he was not in a hurry, he still needed to think about how to make contact with that woman.
In his last several encounters, Qing Shui had felt that the woman was ice-cold. It was too difficult to just barge into her life.
The second day, Qing Shui shuttled between the mountains aimlessly, suddenly he spotted a bunch of buildings. There was a dozen of them situated at the base of the mountain, Qing Shui's heart skipped a beat.
"Halt, who are you?" Several burly male voices, that were loud as a bell, transmitted over, they also tried to use their aura as a warning to Qing Shui. Qing Shui took advantage of the situation to descend, he had already put away the Hellfire Phoenix.
"Brother, you look very vigorous, I am heading towards the Demon Lord Palace. I wonder if brother knows which way the Demon Lord Palace is?" Qing Shui laughed while praising the man. Qing Shui felt relaxed, he felt fantastic talking to these people.
"Demon Lord Palace? Why are you going to Demon Lord Palace? Outsiders going to Demon Lord Palace will be killed on sight. If you don't provide a valid reason, then today will be your day of death." The leading tall and sturdy man was like a metal tower. Maybe it was due to his build, he gave off a sense of being a bandit, the muscles on his face were also very tough.
"I killed people from the Eternal Spring Palace, I am out of options, I want to join the Demon Lord Palace. Would brother be able to put in a good word for me?" Qing Shui knew from his discussions with Shen Ling, only those who killed people of the righteous powers and were left without options would join Demon Lord Palace.
"You killed people from the Eternal Spring Palace? Who did you kill, let us investigate." The burly man wasn't buying his claims.
"The Second Elder of Eternal Spring Palace, the old fart that was ugly, also some people that referred to him as eldest martial brother, the others were some young men…" Qing Shui felt he had no need to lie to them. With Demon Lord Palace's information network, they should have record of this.
"Hard to tell. I had only recently heard that Eternal Spring Palace people were all killed. Come, come, enter. Joining the Demon Lord Palace is not difficult but I have to tell you the conditions." The burly man immediately changed his expression and welcomed Qing Shui inside warmly.
"Now, you just have to prove that your strength is enough to kill the Second Elder of the Eternal Spring Palace," the burly man said explicitly. "Oh, if that's the case, alright, then I'll fight you. You should be around Eternal Spring Palace's Second Elder's strength level." Qing Shui smiled as he looked at him.
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AST 1412 –Mystical Gate Formation, Demon Lord Palace's First Elder
The burly man finally believed Qing Shui's strength, that was because Qing Shui saw through the fact that his strength was equivalent to that of Eternal Spring's Second Elder. This observation was better than his own.
"There's a risk of injury if we fight, brother should be careful." The burly man was very frank, as he turned towards Qing Shui and said seriously.
"Come!" Qing Shui smiled as he gripped both fists. The burly man was a body strengthening martial artist, his natural talent was also very good. To be able to guard the gates of the Demon Lord Palace, he was not some simple gatekeeper.
A gatekeeper here was many times stronger than the elite martial artists in the imperial palace. They were False God martial artists. Though it sounds derogatory to call them gatekeepers, in reality they were overseeing and protecting this region.
With a strength of 10 million sun, it was more than enough to oversee an area. Thus, Qing Shui did not dare to underestimate this burly man. He looked as though he was quick on his feet but he was also quick to react with his wit.
What the burly man cultivated was fire element category Eruption Fist. Standing on the opposite side of Qing Shui, the moment he gripped his hand into a fist, his hand doubled in size and became red as a flame. The two fists looked like two pots.
The burly man was very honest. The people surrounding them were watching attentively. The burly man was the strongest here, the others all followed his orders.
"I will attack now!" The burly man didn't waste any time, right after finishing what he said he struck his fist towards Qing Shui. Using roughly 70% of his strength, with subsequent force to follow up, he could chain the next attack with his full strength at any time.
Condensed energy shaped into two giant red fist prints was fired towards Qing Shui.
Qing Shui laughed as punched back.
Back Connecting Fist!
Qing Shui condensed his energy into the shape of fists, moreover he was using the Flames of Yin-Yang, which was Primordial Fire. He absorbed the fist the burly man fired at him. Qing Shui also did not hold back, his figure flashed to the left rear of the burly man.
One punch made the burly man walk three steps forward. Qing Shui's physical force was not as strong as the burly man but Qing Shui's speed, angle, accuracy and footwork allowed him to use less than half of his strength in this one punch.
When the burly man was able to stabilize his figure and engage in a counter attack.
Qing Shui was already waiting for him with another punch. The force in this punch was 10% stronger than the last one.
The other people watching only saw how the burly man was being punched back and forth like a sandbag. At the beginning the burly man was angry and embarrassed but after he calmed down, the number of times he was sent flying was reduced…
At the end, the burly man was tired to the point where he was panting like a dog, "I can't fight any longer brother, I won't be able to thank you enough. I could have made the decision to let you into the Demon Lord Palace but you are too powerful, I will need to report to the higher-ups."
"Natural course of things, brother, then your purpose here is to prevent people from entering the mountain?" The mountain that Qing Shui mentioned was the inner mountain of Moyun Mountain. That was the real Moyun Mountain, where the Demon Lord Palace resided.
"Actually this is just a somewhat important junction point. It would be pointless to break in even if we were not here. People who were not members of Demon Lord Palace would only get lost." The burly man showed a bit of fright when he got to this point.
Qing Shui was surprised, "Is this a formation or is it a hidden gate?"
"Mn, brother you understand quite a bit. I, myself, am not sure about this. It is probably those two things you mentioned. I am a brute, so I made the choice be the gatekeeper, the further in you go, the more abstruse it becomes."
The burly man's name was Li Batian!
Qing Shui wanted to laugh after hearing his name, it was a very imposing name but it was a bit stupid. He did not say what was on his mind but smiled as he said, "I am Qing Shui, nice to meet you brother."
"You come from the Phoenix Dance Continent, Imperial Cuisine Hall's Miraculous Doctor Qing?" Demon Lord Palace's information network was superb. Though they had not met Qing Shui in person, they had heard of Qing Shui's name but did not have his portrait.
Qing Shui once again noticed that he had a bit of a reputation. divine Sound Sect knew of his existence, now even Demon Lord Palace knew of his existence.
At least now he knew. Imperial Cuisine Hall, his medical techniques and his battle with the Left Custodian and Che Clan, had he missed one of those he would have been neglected. It was the combination of these incidents that made the powers notice him but it was only noticing him.
Once things were settled, Qing Shui followed Li Batian into Moyun Mountain.
Li Batian felt that Qing Shui was not simply here to join Demon Lord Palace, even if he did kill people from the Eternal Spring Palace. Eternal Spring Palace resided in Soaring Dragon Continent, one Eternal Spring Palace probably can't deal with him.
Just that Qing Shui had not mentioned the reason, so he did not bother asking. After all, there was another person in his way. All he had to do was to send him over to the First Elder. Any martial artists that were beyond the False God Realm but wanted to join the Demon Lord Palace would have to be sent to the First Elder's.
"Brother, your potential is unlimited, I have walked this path before. I hope you will go down the proper path. Brother, do you know anything about Demon Lord Palace?" Li Batian asked while walking.
Qing Shui had faintly felt his intent, he was probably worried that Qing Shui was a spy. Qing Shui smiled and said, "Brother, please elaborate."
"Demon Lord Palace is regarded as an Evil Power by the outsiders but brother probably knows, to our members, the Demon Lord Palace is a sacred ground. The outsiders call our palace lord as the Demon Lord but to our members, she is a divine woman," Li Batian said slowly.
Qing Shui did not reply, he listened quietly.
"In the wasteland of the three continents, the four powers are not weak, since they have to fight with the Soaring Dragon Continent. If they did not have some strength, they could not hold their ground. Those who call themselves righteous are simply hypocrites, we would not sink to their level," Li Batian said angrily.
Qing Shui had seen Eternal Spring Palace's people, of course it could not be said that everyone was like those of Eternal Spring Palace. If that was the case, then the World of the Nine Continents would really have changed.
Only having a few of these powers was enough. Even more righteous sects would contain some bad seeds, moreover, the two powers were already in opposition from generations ago. With each generation, they probably forgot what enmity they had, they only remembered who their enemies were and they would try to find any opportunity to bring the other down.
Once he entered the inner mountain, Li Batian told Qing Shui, "Follow my footsteps, if you are lost, I will not be able to find you."
When Qing Shui first entered, he could sense what was happening. It was similar to Mystical Gate Escape Arts. This area was littered with mountain rock and forestry, travelling within, it would seem very normal. However, if the person entering stepped the wrong way, it would activate the formation. This was similar in structure to Qing Shui's Illusionary Formation.
It would seem that this Demon Lord Palace had some really highly skilled martial artists protecting it, they were highly knowledgeable in Mystical Gate Formation.
On the path, there were mountains and trees in the scenery, as well as vegetation and trees. However, these were all weapons that could kill someone. After an hour of walking, they finally stopped on top of a small hill, this place was an isolated small manor.
Two strong man standing by the door saw Li Batian and greeted him courteously, "Elder Li!"
Li Batian was an Elder of the Demon Lord Palace, anyone who was False God Marital Realm would be an Elder of the Demon Lord Palace. Birds of a feather flock together. Now that Qing Shui entered the False God circle, he would have to approach people of this level. This was his strength. If it had been his strength from before, he would never be able to approach the people he was approaching now.
"Is First Elder here?"
"Yes, he said if you came you could go directly in."
Li Batian nodded and took Qing Shui with him to the courtyard.
This manor did not have anything special about it. It looked very simply decorated, there was not an ounce of lavishness. The courtyard had many simple and unadorned rocks and also some dazzling flowers and plants. Once Qing Shui saw the flowers, they triggered his thoughts.
Formation, the way the flowers were positioned had to be a formation. Moreover, it was super refined. Qing Shui could conclude, the formation that was on the path outside of the manor was a product of the First Elder or had direct relation to the First Elder.
Passing through the courtyard, they saw an old man standing in the middle of some planters. Moreover, in his surroundings were several pots of planters, it was tender and beautiful and incomparably bright here.
Right now, Qing Shui could confirm that, not only was the First Elder's strength a bottomless pit but his other abilities were equally formidable. For example, the Elder was a formidable Formation Master. "左三进五在退六，右一推三，前进五步，回去左四……" "Left three, forward five, retreat six, right one push three, forward five steps, return left four…"
Qing Shui said casually, the Elder heard his voice but was confused. After thinking for a bit, he followed Qing Shui's instructions. He had already failed countless times.
In reality, the continuously failing Elder had sensed there must be other methods to the madness. For example, maybe what Qing Shui said was correct but he quickly dispelled this feeling. However, he still followed Qing Shui's instruction and did as he was told. He had already failed so many times, so failing again would not matter.
However, the result left him with a big shock or perhaps he was in disbelief.
Flowerwood Spirit Formation!
Recently, the Flowerwood Spirit Formation that he had been researching for a while suddenly became a success. He raised his head towards the direction of the voice that gave him instructions. He saw a familiar face and a stranger.
Li Batian was the familiar face but his sights were set on the young man next to him. This was a bewitching and quick-witted young man, he gave off an unfathomable aura of danger or maybe it was a mysterious aura.
After being stunned for a bit, he walked out with a light smile on his face.
"First Elder!" Li Batian greeted respectfully.
"Xiao Li, come!"
Qing Shui looked at the Elder, this was an aged but intelligent old man. He looked kind, easy going but wise. The Elder wore very plain clothing, with a slim figure and white hair. His body gave off an aura that was neither obsequious nor supercilious. However, no one would miss his presence but neither would it make people uncomfortable.
"Young man seems to be well versed in Mystical Gate Escape Arts, I do not remember Demon Lord Palace having a young man such as yourself," the First Elder said amiably. "First Elder, he is Imperial Cuisine Hall's Miraculous Doctor Qing. Because he killed the Second Elder of Eternal Spring Palace, he wants to join the Demon Lord Palace."
The First Elder brightened up and smiled, "Oh, that's the case, not a problem. Xiao Li go do your things, I will talk to Mister Qing."
Li Batian left.
"Miraculous Doctor Qing, lets speak openly shall we?" The First Elder smiled towards Qing Shui.
"How can I approach the Palace Lord or rather the Demon Lord," Qing Shui thought and then answered.
"Good, you're very honest. I want to know why you want to approach the Palace Lord, I believe you are not a spy for another sect." The First Elder looked at Qing Shui and suddenly realized he could not see the fluctuations within his heart.
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