Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 1413-1414
AST 1413 –Seeing The Demon Lord Again, Cold And Glamourous Like Ice
"If I said that I want to pursue your Palace Lord, would you believe me?" Qing Shui thought for a bit and then asked.
The First Elder was obviously shocked. After he looked weirdly at Qing Shui for a while, he finally said, "If it was before, I would definitely say no in front of you. But right now, I don't know if I should believe it or not."
"I want to join the Demon Lord Palace, will this be alright?" Qing Shui said with a laugh.
"Alright, I will also grant you an Elder position," the First Elder said with joy, his old eyes had a certain brightness that was indescribable.
"When can I see the Palace Lord then?" Qing Shui could care less about an Elder position within the Demon Lord Palace.
"The Palace Lord's whereabouts are adrift, she is rarely in the palace. Most matters are only passed on as a message to the Palace Lord, otherwise, it is discussed amongst us old folks." The First Elder laughed.
Qing Shui was not dejected. He knew that the Demon Lord traveled back and forth between the World of the Nine Continents. Though he did not know where she travels to, he didn't think that he would just find her immediately once he arrived at the Demon Lord Palace.
Now that Qing Shui was within the Demon Lord Palace, he knew that what he had seen was only the tip of the iceberg. The real Demon Lord Palace was something that not many could get into.
The First Elder took Qing Shui to get his uniform, weapons, and whatnot by himself. These were just tokens of status, though these things were of decent quality, Qing Shui had no use for them.
Elder Token. The Demon Lord Palace's Elder Token was pretty decent. There were only a few members in the Demon Lord Palace, but each one of them was best of the best. Even the most normal members had unlimited potential.
The Demon Lord Palace's conditions for accepting recruits were the harshest. Usually, they were people who had no other options or they carried revenge that ran too deep. It did not matter if that person had no cultivation, as long as they had good innate talent, the will to kill, and strong perseverance.
The Demon Lord Palace contained a secret Demon Fountain. Legend has it that each person's heart had a demon hidden within. Once they reached a certain requirement, they would be able to use the Demon Fountain which will awaken the demon within their heart.
The legend's saying was mysterious. Qing Shui thought that he could say it in a different way to make better sense of it. Just like Qing Sha, Qing Shui should have been well suited for the Demon Fountain. Though, it was the him before as he had no need for it now.
The Demon Lord Palace was a large sect, and it had 12 Earthly Branches. The Elder Association was independent of the branches, they take orders directly from the Palace Lord. The Elder Association did not have the power to refute the Palace Lord's decision.
This was what Qing Shui heard from the First Elder, moreover, it was a decision made by the committee of Elders. The 12 Earthly Branches also took orders from the Palace Lord, but the committee of Elders does not have command over the 12 Earthly Branches.
Basically, things were like that!
The Elder Association was a job without many obligations. There was only an Elder Association here. There was no Supreme Elder, Custodians or the like, as everyone was classified as an Elder. These people usually did not have much to do, only when a special need arises do they fight. Anything that could be resolved by the 12 Earthly Branches would not require any action from the Elders.
Qing Shui entered the Elder Association directly due to his strength and medical prowess. An exception was made, otherwise, he could not become an Elder immediately.
An Elder's duty was to protect the safety of the Demon Lord Palace inside and out.
Qing Shui was given a small manor, as Elders had this sort of status. There was no limit on the freedom of an Elder, however, there were areas within the Demon Lord Palace that were prohibited from entry.
In addition, he was permitted to enter the medical chamber of the Demon Lord Palace.
The Demon Lord Palace was very relaxed. If he wanted to go out, he could ride his flying mount out from his manor. Qing Shui was bored within his manor, perhaps he was going to kill time here by himself?
If she does not return, was he going to stay here the entire time to wait for her?
Qing Shui thought, and after awhile he had found an answer. Even if she did return, then what of it? There was nothing he could change. Qing Shui had already joined the Demon Lord Palace now. If she made enemies, or to be fair, she became an enemy of many powers within the Soaring Dragon Continent, what could he do then?
Suddenly, he felt like there wasn't much he could do.
Just like that, one month had passed. Qing Shui had returned to the Central Continent once in between, he once again brought two more family members over. The Phoenix Dance Continent had stabilized, and he already had a large family there.
Luan Luan's ability was improving significantly every day. Though everyone's abilities had increased, hers was especially scary. Moreover, her beasts were also getting more powerful. ……
The second time Qing Shui returned to the Demon Lord Palace, he felt a strange, yet familiar feeling. Without thinking about it, he knew that she had returned to the palace.
This was a strange and familiar resonance.
In fact, she also felt the same feeling.
Qing Shui looked towards the deep region of the Demon Lord Palace, he felt a familiar spiritual sense and he was getting excited. He had been working hard since long ago, and this woman was one of the reasons why. He joined the Demon Lord Palace because of this woman. Otherwise, he would not simply enter any of the established powers. But if it was this woman's organization, it did not matter what type of organization it was, he would still join. The reason behind his actions was because he did not know any means on how he could easily approach her.
With this woman's temperament, Qing Shui felt that directly looking for her was basically bringing trouble to himself. Rome was not built in one day. He did not believe that he had an amazing charm, moreover, he had absolutely no understanding of this woman.
However, Qing Shui felt that he had an obligation to let her know he was here and that she was the reason why he was here.
Qing Shui slowly followed the spiritual sense out of the courtyard. He followed the feeling towards the deeper regions of the Demon Lord Palace.
He was not moving very quickly, but he was a specialist in the Mystical Gate Formation, thus there was no risk of him being trapped. Furthermore, with his status as an Elder, there were many places he could enter and he would not be obstructed.
Just like that, Qing Shui had traversed many sceneries. The surrounding arrangements were mystical and very powerful, it was all part of a formation technique and the Mystical Gate Escape Arts. If Qing Shui was not an expert, he would not be able to pass through.
Turning past a mountain rampart, it became a world of ice. The temperature here was very low and carried a bone-chilling cold atmosphere.
Everything here was made purely from ice. It was like an Ice Palace that came from a dream or fantasy world. Before the Ice Palace were ice trees, ice supports, ice sculptures and many more.
Perhaps this was the world within her heart, an ice-like world?
"Halt, this is a place not to be trespassed by anyone, please return!"
Two women wearing black clothes were blocking Qing Shui's way. This stunned Qing Shui for a bit. These two women were strong, cold as ice, but elegant. However, compared to that woman, these two were much weaker.
These two women were probably her most trustworthy people. Their strength was high, which left Qing Shui uncertain of that woman's actual strength. Normally, she should be much stronger than these two!
"I have matters to meet with the Palace Lord," Qing Shui said.
"If you have something to say then tell us, we will pass the message on," the cool, elegant, and tall woman on the left said.
"Then say that a person from the past wants to see her," Qing Shui said after much thought.
The woman looked at Qing Shui strangely, then disappeared. Qing Shui's spiritual sense could detect there were around a dozen female martial artists inside that were around the guards' level. Though many seemed to be in their prime, many of them were already elderly.
Only Qing Shui and the other female guard remained. This female was slightly shorter than the other one, her well-rounded body almost made her black clothing to burst. She attentively stared at Qing Shui. Qing Shui believed that if he made any movements, this woman would probably take action.
After a while, the other woman returned. Her expression was weird, but she pointed to the area in front and said, "Walk forward, after you pass the small yard, you will see the Palace Lord waiting for you there."
Qing Shui was stunned, he had thought of only giving it a try. He didn't think that she actually wanted to meet him. Thus, he was excited. He thanked the two guards and walked forward.
"The Palace Lord actually wants to see him?" Qing Shui left, the woman who had been staring at Qing Shui asked the other woman.
"En, it seems like the Palace Lord was aware that he arrived."
"He said he was a person of the past to the Palace Lord, what kind of person is that?" The woman asked in confusion.
"Alright, let's not talk about this matter. We have already followed the Palace Lord for this long. Knowing who the Palace Lord is, given her character, what you are saying is impossible."
The floor beneath his feet was covered in ice, without a speck of dust. Everything in this place appeared like it was made with crystal. Qing Shui was not walking too fast, but the distance to his destination was not far now. Soon, he had passed the small yard and entered the Ice Palace.
As he passed through the small yard, he didn't think that he would be in the inner parts of the Ice Palace.
It was like a world covered in ice, like a world within a boundary. The ice here was not normal ice. Even if a fire was to roast this place, it would not melt. All the decorations were crafted from crystals. Qing Shui felt like this place was beyond reality.
In front of him was a charming silhouette that would bewitch any mortal. It made Qing Shui thought of the first time he saw her!
The woman within the crystal coffin had her eyes closed, with her hair tied in a bun. Just like a heavenly woman, her eyebrows looked gentle, without any need for face powder or liner. She had a snow-like skin and a blush like that of a morning sun. Just like that, she looked as though she was sleeping.
An unusually beautiful woman, wearing plain white clothing that could not camouflage her heavenly figure. It was as though she was chiseled from a stone into a beautiful statue. Her body could charm the soul of men, with waists that curved with her alluring lean body. Her body appeared so tender and delicate as though it had been carved out of jade by the gods. Her feet were left bare to glimmer within the light refracted by the crystal.
Even now, as she lied there with her eyes closed, she still gave off the temperament that could not be blasphemed. This woman was someone who Qing Shui could not approach. It was not because of her cold appearance, but due to her aloof temperament that came from her soul. This nature gave off a sense of pride.That was when she was within the crystal coffin. However, doesn't the Ice Palace now act like a bigger version of the crystal coffin?
A woman like a divine goddess!
Looking at her silhouette, Qing Shui still could not regain his focus. There was a feeling within him that could not be described.
The woman slowly turned around, as cool and elegant as before. A peerless talent within the frigid cold!
The woman stared at Qing Shui for a while. She was internally surprised. Every time she saw him, he would always have an incredibly rapid increase in strength from the last time they met. Twenty years ago, he was weak and incomparable even to an ant. Twenty years later, he had finally reached such a level. It was not as simple as a miracle anymore.
She had been sealed and had been slowly gaining her strength, but he had been honestly progressing to increase his strength.
Qing Shui felt that this woman was like a bottomless pit, though right now, it did not feel as deep. This was something that he could be happy about.
Seeing this woman, Qing Shui was speechless. It seemed that saying anything would be redundant. In front of this woman, he felt unworthy. It was worse than the immaturity he felt when he was before Yehuang Guwu previously.
"Nice to see you. I finally get to meet you." Qing Shui idled for a while before saying something funny. But in truth, for a long time, to see her here was not an easy thing. These words were said with much of his feeling embedded.
The woman felt calm as she listened to Qing Shui's words. She seemed to understand Qing Shui's mood. She said lightly, "What is making you attached? You should let go."
AST 1414 –Vice Imperial Empress, Poison Immortal Sect, Life Poison, Hua Rumei
The tone of women since ancient times has always been orderly, in addition to that cold, unique face, it could make anyone feel pressured.
But when Qing Shui hears a woman he just stares blankly, what she said was supposed to be for him, there's no need to be like this, no need at all.
"I don't know, I think there's nothing wrong, I want to exhaust my strongest power to change everything that I want changed," Qing Shui said after pondering for a moment.
"That's your freedom, but this here is the Demon Lord Palace , as you will know in a bit, you still have business here?"
Qing Shui smiled bitterly, "Not anymore…"
He knew that she normally treats people this way, so much so that he thought that he thought she was already being nicer towards him, at first he thought that she wouldn't even meet him, had that been the case he would have done things differently,
But when she looked at herself, she didn't feel any uneasiness, as though there was nothing wrong, indifferent, she was indifferent to everyone, and it has already been mentioned that no one could melt into her heart.
The opposite of love is indifference, and not hate, with the absence of love, hate will follow out, love really cuts very deep!
"Then I'll go to sleep first, why don't you sleep earlier too!" Qing Shui said lightly.
He was once able to shamelessly give her gifts, but now with the addition of the Demon Lord Palace, he instead feels as though it were something impossible to do, even though he had planned it this way, but he needed time…
Qing Shui left, the woman stood there for a good while, but didn't look for Qing Shui's departing view, and didn't go back either. ……
The Medical Pavilion!
The Medical Pavilion is one of the Earthly Branches of the Demon Lord Palace's 12 Earthly Branches, and also an important Branch, because all of the healing and medical related things were conducted there, Qing Shui was given special permission by the Grand Elder to enter the Medical Pavilion, and was coming in with one of the stronger Alchemists of the Medical Pavilion.
Having been here for so many days, it could be said that Qing Shui was well acquainted with the people of the Medical Pavilion, there weren't many, but it had a high status, and here it was better to go without than with a substandard choice, here the doctors were not bad compared against Soulsearch and Yuan Su, and had Soulsearch not met Qing Shui, he wouldn't even compare to the people here.
Qing Shui's strength within this group of Medical Experts has already been displayed, so his rank within the Medical Pavilion had been steadily increasing, so much so that he could be considered a teacher.
Within the 12 Earthly Branches, the Medical Pavilion had a small amount of people, but it wasn't weak, in comparison, the Alchemist normally held other posts at the same time, like the Poison Maker, which had other Old Monsters, which in turn had a few Sure Kill Heavenly Techniques.
The Medical Pavilion also had manny medical books, many of which were unheard of, and it also had a few Old Monsters that taught Qing Shui some stuff that they knew, after all Qing Shui had also taught them many unthinkable Medical Skills, and also some Medicinal Pills, the benefits were more than enough.
People all knew how to be grateful to each other, especially the ones who were older, having seen pretty much anything and everything after being alive for such a long time, the most important thing was that Qing Shui had obtained Alchemy Recipes that allowed him to continue forward.
The Quadruple Portion Alchemy Recipe!
An Old Monster gave that to him, having been in possession of it for countless years, and gave Qing Shui a portion, there were some things that counted as being given to the receiver, for example Alchemy Recipes.
"Old Monster, the Vice Palace Lord's sickness recurred, it's more serious now."
It was at this time that a hurried voice was heard.
"Qing Shui, go, let's visit there together," the Old Man left while pulling Qing Shui with him without an explanation.
The Old Monster was the Old Man that shared the Quadruple Portion Alchemy Recipe with Qing Shui.
The Vice Palace Lord?
Qing Shui thought as he walked, the Vice Palace Lord of the Demon Lord Palace?
He didn't ask since he would know in a bit.
They quickly arrived to the deeper parts of the Demon Lord Palace, not too far from the Ice Palace, this was a manor that was tranquil as a spring day, the guards were also women, very similar to the women that guarded the Ice Palace, both were powerful.
The buildings here were very luxurious, the courtyard full of flowers, grass, and residences, besides it was all arranged in an interesting way, Qing Shui was able to to conclude that this is because of the existence of an elder that was not in the least inferior.
The Demon Lord Palace still has many strong people, which doesn't seem weird after some thought, perhaps one day picking a fight with the Soaring Dragon Continent.
"Qing Shui, don't say too much, this woman's temper is very weird," the Old Man reminded Qing Shui.
Once they entered the building they smelled a faint medicinal fragrance coming from the room, the room was white in a very casual and comforting way, Qing Shui looked over and immediately saw a woman leaning on an embroidered sofa bed in the drawing room.
A mature woman, with an indeterminable age, just that her face was very cold, very indifferent, now her face turned deathly pale, as though there wasn't a speck of color, her lower half covered with a thick blanket.
"Why don't you guys go, there's no need for healing," a woman said as they entered the room.
"The Palace Lord commands that we must heal her," the Old Man said lightly, smiling.
"Old Monster, in any case you can't even heal her fully, I'll just bluntly tell you that, even though I am already crippled, but they also have many dead, if we calculated it I'd say that I profited," when the woman said this a little bit of color returned to her face, it seemed as though she was a little excited.
"Golden Jade Life Replenishing Ointment!"
Qing Shui slowly said to the woman.
"Who are you?" the woman just skipped over Qing Shui since some Alchemists and doctors would normally bring with them a Medicinal Apprentice.
"He is a doctor of the Demon Lord Palace, his Medicinal expertise is even better than mine, why don't you let Qing Shui help you take a look?" the Old man smilingly said.
"He's too young, how would he understand my situation, at least I know that the doctors that know me can't heal me, as for using a pill, there's too little of them."
The woman said serenely while shaking her head.
"Where did you obtain your Golden Jade Life Replenishing Ointment?" Qing Shui lightly asked the woman.
"I inherited it from one of my elders, it has already been used up."
"Our opponent must be very skilled to be able to create this type of poison." Qing Shui was also astonished after taking a look at the woman's poison.
"What, isn't she severely hurt? How would it be poison?" the Old Man said after standing up.
"The wound isn't life threatening, the thing that is is the poison, one similar to a goblet, which takes the life of the person along with it." Qing Shui said slowly to the woman.
"Old Monster, I now believe your claim that his medicinal expertise is more than yours," the woman said smilingly.
Her smile was very pale, but was still beautiful, a sort of beauty that comes with sickness, which makes people want to keep it and treasure it for a while, but who would dare do that, being in fear of this woman instant killing them.
"It is the poison of the Immortal Poison Sect," the woman said while looking at Qing Shui.
Qing Shui didn't care about what the poison was called, but this type of poison was life threatening, as long as the person was alive the poison would still be there, it was intractable, or at least he had never heard of anyone being able to get rid of it.
But this type of poison could be gotten rid of by other means, for example of the afflicted's body was strong enough, they could expel the disease themselves, if they couldn't expel it themselves they could transfer it, for example transferring it onto someone else, of which there were two types, one would be her man, the other her child, if she wanted to transfer it to her man her man would have to agree, but if she wanted to transfer it to her child all she had to do was wish for it.
"Qing Shui, do you have a plan?" the Old Man asked hopefully.
"He said that this is a life poison, as long as the person is alive, the poison cannot be gotten rid of."
"Although it can't be gotten rid of, but to allow you to recover, as long as I'm alive, you can live more than a thousand years with no problem," Qing Shui smilingly said after some thought.
"Really? Is this really possible?" the Old Monster happily exclaimed.
The woman skeptically stared at Qing Shui.
"Well it's supposedly possible, just that even the worse case scenario would be better than now," Qing Shui said with a smile.
"Even if you are put to death, if it is really a better result, I will definitely pay a visit to the Immortal Poison Sect, Mr. Qing, I believe you, just go do it with all your heart, there's no need to worry about anything," the woman's temperament seemed to have improved a bit.
"There's poison putting pressure onto the wound, that's why it's not getting better, if you eat this, it would allow your wound to heal," Qing Shui handed over a Golden Fragrance Jade.
The effects of the Golden Fragrance Jade don't have to be explained, this also improved their trust in Qing Shui, although it didn't completely heal her, but because it improved a significant portion, the woman's temperament improved a lot.
Life and Death Needles!
The Spring of Life!
Qing Shui took to these things very easily, this poison really couldn't be unrooted, at least Qing Shui couldn't think of a plan now, but he minimized the effects of the poison, but the poison's effects would slowly get stronger, which is when he will need to get rid of the poison again.
Violet Jade Pendant!
Carved onto the surface was the way to control the poison: "as long as you carry this, even though the poison is still on you, but it will be very hard for it to resurface, if you lose this remember to ask me for a new one, without this, the poison would most likely come back after three to five years.
The woman stood in the room, not fully awake from this huge excitement, her hand still holding the Violet Jade Pendant that Qing Shui gave her.
She no longer held hope, even though she had fallen to this stage, but the cost on the enemy was much more, just that there was a bit of regret in her heart, she couldn't kill the person that had given her the poison.
"I owe you a favor, which I will repay, no matter what, I can help you do to the most of my power," the woman happily said to Qing Shui after returning from her euphoric trance, she can now be like a normal person.
Her age wasn't young, but couldn't be said that it was old either, and could be said that she was in her prime, still having a long road ahead of her, if she had died like this it would have really been a shame.
"That's not necessary, I'm also a member of the Demon Lord Palace."
"My reputation isn't that great, having such a long list of kills, the amount of people that think well of me are rare," the woman said after a long sigh.
Qing Shui understood her meaning, thought about it a little and said: "What's your relationship with the Palace Lord?"
"The person that interacts the most with the Palace Lord here should be me!" the woman didn't know what Qing Shui meant by his statement, but still happily replied.
"Oh, then that's great, then if it's possible, hypothetically if you and the Palace Lord need anything done, remember to ask for me," Qing Shui said to the woman smilingly, with a tang of embarrassment.
The woman was distracted, then quickly became attentive, a smile forming on her face: " You really are courageous, and I'll support your way of thinking, but you should still be prepared."
"Thank you, I know."
"I'm Hua Rumei, if you wait for a bit more, the Palace Lord should return, here's your chance! The woman happily said to Qing Shui.
As she finished footsteps were heard coming from outside, and a familiar shadow came into the view of everyone, every time it creates this impact, the ice-cold and colorless beautiful eyes catching sight of Hua Rumei: "mm, seems much better."
These words were still as ice-cold as possible, but Qing Shui could feel that in comparison it was already warm as spring, unfortunately, he wasn't the subject of the conversation.