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Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 1423-1424

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Chapter 1423-1424

AST 1423 –Treasure Hunting Pig's Transformation, Eighth Level Spiritual Medicinal Beast, Dragon Slaying Beast

Qing Shui was stunned. Her weapon was too mystical, demonic and dripping with blood. It filled people with fear.

Devil Slaying Weapon!

Qing Shui distinctly remembered that when Demon Lord pulled out her sword, the Dragon had called it a Devil Slaying Weapon. Among weapons, there were different grades. Apart from the legendary Artifacts and divine Artifacts, there were Immortal Artifacts, Demonic Artifacts etc. Devil Slaying Weapons were on par with divine Artifacts.

All Demonic artifacts had demonic natures. People loved and hated them. Those that loved them gained great power, but those that hated them would be betrayed by them. Demonic Artifacts constantly drained a user's soul. Those who were not strong enough would be controlled by it instead.

On the same note, those who used Demonic Artifacts frequently tended to hunger for death and blood. They became excessively cruel and violent to the point where they would not recognise friends and family, their personality warped beyond belief. Those betrayed by the Artifact showed these signs as well.

Roar! Roar!

Blue Dragon roared, shaking the heavens. Qing Shui now knew why Demon Lord could fight the multitude of forces from Soaring Dragon Continent on so many fronts. This woman was terrifying.

Or rather, both women were terrifying. Hua Rumei's weapon was not as strong as Demon Lord's, but it was made of the same material. It did not lose out much.

Bang!

Treasure Hunting Pig burrowed into Blue Dragon's body. After becoming Fourth Level Spiritual Medicinal Beast, it's powers grew, especially in terms of speed. With Demon Lord and Hua Rumei distracting Blue Dragon's attention, Treasure Hunting Pig managed to continue burrowing into Blue Dragon.

Roar! Roar!

Blue Dragon began to struggle. The violent movements forced Demon Lord and Hua Rumei to temporarily retreat. During that time, Blue Dragon's massive body was sliced into three pieces, fresh blood pouring out. It was then that Qing Shui took out his instruments and appeared next to Blue Dragon.

Catching Dragon's Blood!

Both women looked at Qing Shui, speechless. Even though dragon blood was valuable, there was no need to be this cheap!

Qing Shui collected two vats of blood and placed them in the Realm of the Violet Immortal. He took out another two vats, intending to fill them up just as Blue Dragon smashed into the vats and destroyed them, causing Qing Shui to temporarily retreat.

Seeing Hua Rumei look at him with a pondering look on her face, he laughed embarrassingly, "This stuff has too many uses, and it's difficult to come by."

"You gave us quite a surprise. You are knowledgeable in so many ways, and very proficient in your knowledge." Hua Rumei said in a sincere voice.

"You all surprised me more." Qing Shui laughed, embarrassed. He felt a little nervous earlier, as though he were the protagonist of a story.

"Without you, the princess and I would not have been able to retreat today," Hua Rumei said. She laughed at Qing Shui's expression, a sincere laugh with no other meaning to it.

Roar! Roar!

Blue Dragon began to struggle more violently, making the situation more scary.

"Humans, how dare you allow your Demonic Beast to consume my Pearl Of Immortals and Demons! The other Dragons will avenge me!" Blue Dragon roared in rage.

Eh!

Qing Shui thought for a moment, then understood. It must have been Treasure Hunting Pig.

Roar!

Blue Dragon roared in pain, sounding like one whose heart was being ripped asunder.

Blue Dragon's powerful Qi began to drop.

"Qing Shui, when Demonic Beasts consume a dragon's Pearl of Immortals and Demons, it leaves a mark. Any dragon in range will be able to sense it. They will know who has consumed a dragon's Pearl, and will mark them as an enemy of the Dragons. They will come for their lives." Hua Rumei said.

"Relax, it's fine. They won't be able to find us." Treasure Hunting Pig usually resided in the Realm of the Violet Immortal. There would be nothing to sense.

The enormous Blue Dragon still struggled and shouted in vain. Once Treasure Hunting Pig began to burrow in its body, there was no going back. If only it had been more observant, it would have been able to easily knock Treasure Hunting Pig 180 li away. But once it managed to burrow into its body, it would be similar to the Marrow Nibbling Golden Silkworm, or worse.

When the gold, shining Pig returned, Blue Dragon had perished…

The two women looked at the squeaky clean Treasure Hunting Pig in disbelief. Hua Rumei actually caught it in mid-air with a big hug. The Pig struggled in vain. It dared not use its teeth, as it knew who was friend and foe.

"Qing Shui, this little piggy is too magnificent. Let me play with it for two days please!"

Qing Shui looked at the pitiful expression on Treasure Hunting Pig's face, smirked and then laughingly said:" He still needs to work. All my medicinal herbs are still waiting for him. Anytime you want to play with him, let me know and I will pull him out for you to play with. This is a Treasure Hunting Pig. We can bring him along to find treasure."

"Ok. Once we finish up here, I wanna play with him." Hua Rumei reluctantly handed the Pig over.

"Sure!"

Qing Shui nodded, listening to Hua Rumei's words with ambiguity. Hearing such a beautiful woman say such words made one think of multiple implications of what she had said. Qing Shui decided not to think too much. In his heart, this woman was one whom he could be friends with.

"What use is there in consuming a Pearl of Immortals and Demons?" Qing Shui suddenly had a thought and hurriedly asked.

"It will massively increase one's power. One will also inherit powers from the Pearl. In the case of Treasure Hunting Pig, he will inherit some of Blue Dragon's power. It might even change it somewhat." Hua Rumei said.

Qing Shui threw it directly into the Realm of the Violet Immortal and headed straight for the dying Blue Dragon with the intention of harvesting it. Dragon blood, bone, scales, heart, liver, marrow, Dragon Pearl, Dragon Demonic Crystal…

The Dragon's skin, tendons, and even its flesh were stored away by Qing Shui. This was a big dragon. After Qing Shui had stored it all in the Realm of the Violet Immortal, Hua Rumei looked at Qing Shui and said, "You have quite a treasure on you, for such a large being could be stored in it."

When Qing Shui had stored his table and bed earlier, it wasn't too odd. But the fact that such a large creature could be stored amazed everyone.

Qing Shui smiled, "I will keep these first. Later, I will refine some medicinal pills for you. By the way, have you finished the previous ones?" Qing Shui asked Demon Lord.

Demon Lord nodded!

Seeing Demon Lord nod her head, Qing Shui felt a sudden joy. He took out the recently refined Quadruple Portion Medicine, "Elder Strange gave me the formula to refine these. This Quadruple Portion Medicine."

They still had medicine. A Quadruple Portion was sufficient.

After packing up, the three of them hit the road once again. After Demon Lord packed away Old Turtle, Qing Shui performed the Nine Continents Steps.

…..

That night, Qing Shui entered the Realm of the Violet Immortal. What he saw left him in a daze. Treasure Hunting Pig's appearance in particular made Qing Shui want to cry.

The once cute pig's head had morphed into something odd. It had become a gold dragon head……

Dragon Pig Beast!

It was rumored, that the Dragon had nine sons. This Dragon Pig Beast, however, was not among them. It had even grown in size. Now, it was the size of a calf. When it saw Qing Shui, it ran over excitedly.

Qing Shui didn't know whether to laugh, or to cry. He looked at Treasure Hunting Pig's abilities.

Dragon Slaying Beast! Eighth Level Spiritual Medicinal Beast!

Qing Shui was stunned. It wasn't a Dragon Pig Beast, but a Dragon Slaying Beast… Was it because it had slain Blue Dragon? Dragon Slaying Beast was a better name, definitely more heroic than Dragon Pig Beast. He was so afraid it would become a Dragon Pig Beast…

The most important part was that it was a Spiritual Medicinal Beast, especially an Eight Level one… Consuming the Pearl of Immortal and Demons had instantly made Treasure Hunting Pig a Dragon Slaying Beast. This power was also an earth-shaking change. Qing Shui felt relieved. The Realm of the Violet Immortal still needed it.

When Qing Shui saw its abilities, he was shocked once again.

A Dragon Slaying Beast's teeth and claws were indestructible. Its tough body could withstand enormous impact and could not be countered by the Five Elements.

Dragon Slaying Beast's whole body was harder than diamond. It had a powerful Gold Qi, Treasure Qi, and could retreat when injured.

It could be said that not much could hurt a Dragon Slaying Beast. As it was able to break through any prison, it could drill holes through a Demonic Beast's body and escape even if it had been eaten. It defied any force or poison attack.

It was like being a prickly hedgehog. No one could eat it.

Abilities: Treasure seeking, creation of Spiritual Pills, upgrading of Spiritual Pills. Specializing in Icefire attacks.

Its attacks contained Icefire, and caused a speed reduction as well overall damage increase.

Icefire Fireball: This attack had a chance to freeze a target, and was not affected by an opponent's defense.

Treasure Dragon Golden Qi: A passive skill, it enhanced one's speed a hundredfold, upgradable with no energy expenditure!

Qing Shui looked at this calf-sized beast emit a scary aura. Even though it looked docile now, its sharp aura should not be overlooked. This thing was dangerous. With its frightening speed, it could easily penetrate an unwary foe. The hundred-fold speed increase made even more dangerous. What made the Dragon Slaying Beast terrifying was its extreme speed and indestructibility. Speed equaled power.

Dragon Slaying Beast was an aberration. It did not belong to any race. Rather, it was a mutated Demonic Beast. Demonic Beasts were plentiful, so a mutated one wasn't a rare sight.

Moreover, the Icefire Fireball was Blue Dragon's ability. The scary part was the possibility of freezing a target. The fact that it wasn't affected by an opponent's defense made this move a trump card. Once an opponent was frozen, Dragon Slaying Beast could kill any opponent, regardless of how powerful the opponent was.

Qing Shui looked at the last skill!

Dragon Slaying Qi: A passive skill, no energy expenditure, it suppressed 20% of any dragon's power, while simultaneously increasing Dragon Slaying Beast's strength and power tenfold.

The skill targeting dragons was frightening. It increased power tenfold. The Dragon Slaying Beast's power was unknown, but it was relatively unchanged comparative to the Treasure Hunting Pig's. However, that sharp and strong aura that seemed to promise death was unshakeable.

Qing Shui never thought that such a tiny thing could become a such a unique and terrifying Battle Beast. This power was like an assassin. A small slipup was fatal. Dragon Slaying Beast's body could not be harmed. When Qing Shui tested his full strength against it, all it did was push it back a little, with nary a scratch. According to Dragon Slaying Beast, it didn't feel a thing.

A skill that suppressed 20% of a dragon's energy. Qing Shui smiled. He knew that many powerful Demonic Beasts had dragon blood in them. If it could slay dragons, other Demonic Beasts weren't a problem. The Dragon Slaying Beast could play both the roles of an Eighth Level Spiritual Medicinal Beast and a powerful Battle Beast.

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AST 1424 –Fifth Grade False God's divide, Assembled at the Ancient Ruins Entrance

It had reached an adequate level of power, so the Treasure Hunting Pig mutated after swallowing the Blue Dragon Pearl of Immortals and Demons Essence. Not all beasts could swallow a dragon kind's Pearl of Immortals and Demons Essence. Normally, the stronger beast would swallow the Pearl of Immortals and Demons Essence of a weaker beast to increase their strength. If a weaker beast ate the Pearl of Immortals and Demons of a much stronger beast, there was a huge chance they would explode.

After swallowing it, they would usually only absorb a small part of it.

Moreover, swallowing a Pearl of Immortals and Demons Essence had a chance of inheriting the abilities from the Pearl of Immortals and Demons Essence. However, the chance was only 1/10,000th.

Treasure Hunting Pig was a Mutated Beast of Heaven and Earth and also a Treasure Beast, it was a rare encounter. Otherwise, it would be other beasts that would be trying to steal the Treasure Hunting Pig's strength, which would allow the power within the formidable Pearl of Immortals and Demons Essence to increase exponentially.

Looking at this little thing that had mutated into the Dragon Slaying Beast, Qing Shui was still very satisfied. From now on, if he encountered any dragon race, it would be a lot easier to kill them. The Dragon Slaying Beast was a unique and formidable existence, which could debuff for 20%. In addition to Qing Shui's Emperor Qi that could also debuff for 20%, this would cause the opponent to only be able to use their strength at 60%, reducing the level of threat.

Eighth Grade Spiritual Medicinal Beast!

Qing Shui thought about this and allowed the Dragon Slaying Beast to work around the Realm of Violet Jade Immortal for a bit. Since it had a much larger body now, the Dragon Slaying Beast completed its previous work in a quick fashion. Qing Shui could clearly feel that just from that bit of work, the medicinal properties of the medical herbs had increased by quite a bit.

Eighth Grade Spiritual Medicinal Beast was horrifying. Even the Jade Emperor Queen Bee was barely a Fourth Grade Spiritual Medicinal Beast. The later the stage, the harder it became to raise its grade. In terms of the Spiritual Beast Pill, he had two Spiritual Medicinal Beasts within the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal right now, which was more than enough.

However, Qing Shui still needed a couple more. He needed to breed several water dwelling Spiritual Medicinal Beasts. This would allow the quality of the herbs and fish within the small pond to increase.

He almost required the herbs to refine the Spiritual Beast Pill. Now that he had an Eight Grade Spiritual Medicinal Beast, it should be even quicker when the time came.

The second day, Hua Rumei was looking for the Treasure Hunting Pig, but when Qing Shui retrieved the Dragon Slaying Beast, Hua Rumei said in annoyance, "Knew it, I should have played with it longer yesterday……"

……

Time unknowingly passed, and the Soaring Dragon Continent was already before them. Moreover, Qing Shui and the two women had already left the Battle Pavilion and Secret Service Pavilion behind. People knew the location of the Ancient Ruin, but the gathering location was not in front of the entrance of the Ancient Ruin. Furthermore, they had to be careful when they entered the Soaring Dragon Continent.

Qing Shui started to feel that the Soaring Dragon Continent was the same as the Phoenix Dance Continent. This assumption was purely based on the surface. The truth was, the top tier powers within Soaring Dragon Continent were far more powerful than those of Phoenix Dance Continent.

Right now, Qing Shui knew the actual strength of a Fifth Grade False God from discussions between the Demon Lord and Hua Rumei. The Peak Fifth Grade False God's strength was at 16 million suns. Peak Sixth Grade False God's strength was at 32 million suns. Peak Seventh Grade False God's strength was at 64 million suns. Peak Eighth Grade and Peak Ninth Grade False God's strength was at 128 million and 256 million suns respectively.

Since he knew their strengths, Qing Shui felt like a speck of stardust within the vast cosmos. What was the limit of a human martial artist? False Gods were already like immortals of the World of Nine Continents. Then, what type of existence was the far away divine Realm?

Soaring Dragon Continent!

This was Qing Shui's first time entering the Soaring Dragon Continent. The Demon Lord and Hua Rumei were both wearing bamboo hats, but even their loose clothing could not hide their charming figures. Many looked in their direction.

The secular world did not taint her, as she lightly walked about, each step carried a saintly ice-burning charm. No one would associate this type of woman with the legendary Demon Lord who was fond of killing.

The weather here was like mid-Autumn, and it was already morning. There was a breeze in the air. Even though it had been dozens of years, Qing Shui still enjoyed the breeze and air here. As he walked around the busy city, his mood was calm.

He enjoyed this feeling. He enjoyed this type of liveliness. Just like people who were watching the busy streets from a high-rise, it was that type of feeling. Once he entered the crowd, he slowly melded into it. While he was observing others, people would also watch him from above.

State of Mind!

This was a type of State of Mind. A human's thought process and state of mind decided the heights that they could reach. A person like a frog at the bottom of a well that had a limited outlook and experience would limit their state of mind, as they could only see very little. If they could not break through, they would not rise to newer heights. To raise their state of mind, they would need to jump out of the well. However, this was a difficult feat.

Humans were the same, raising the level of their State of Mind was incredibly reliant on luck. Trying to raise the level was like a frog trying to leave the bottom of a well.

"What are you thinking about? Your expression looks weird," Hua Rumei's voice transmitted over.

"I was thinking when I could stop and go live a simple life, protecting my family." Qing Shui shook his head.

"I couldn't tell that you were thinking these things. You are so young, yet you're thinking in such a mature fashion." Hua Rumei was stunned, but she smiled.

"I left home when I was sixteen. Most of the time, I was away from my family. After so many struggles with my life on the line, there are still so many things I must do. There's no slowing down, as I have only relied on myself……" Qing Shui said softly, and his tone carried traces of tiredness.

Hua Rumei was quiet, as she looked at this man's back. It was a back that carried loneliness, desolation, but it was also unyielding. She said softly, "You saved sister's life. If you have anything in the future, I will deal with them with you. Unless you no longer need me, or you come to hate me."

"Older sister, why do you keep bringing up that incident where I treated your condition? Do you not consider me a good friend? Not to mention that we are sister and brother now," Qing Shui said with a smile.

"I will no longer bring this matter up in the future."

The Demon Lord stood on the side. He could not see her expression, and he could only feel that she was looking afar.

After traveling for a while, they arrived at the Soaring Dragon Continent. He went down to go and check it out. It was Qing Shui's first time here, so he suggested to go walk around. The two women had no objections since they still had some time. The Nine Continents Steps had already saved them quite a bit of time.

"Someone seems to be watching us." Qing Shui's spiritual sense picked up a hidden sense locking onto them, as he said softly.

"Someone locking onto us as we arrive on the Soaring Dragon Continent is not strange at all. Since we came from outside, having them observe and target us is not a strange thing," the Demon Lord said softly.

Qing Shui's spiritual sense was powerful, but it would seem that the Demon Lord's spiritual sense was even stronger.

"Do you know which organization it is?" Qing Shui asked in a low voice.

"It should be Yin Moon Sect. They specialize in stealth and poison."

"Will they attack us?"

"Can't be certain. The chance of fighting now will not be big. Otherwise, our whereabouts will be exposed," the Demon Lord said slowly.

"No fear. We will wait for them here. Then, we will go directly over there. Even if they want to follow us, they would not know where to go." Qing Shui's Nine Continents Steps could use himself as the center. He could bring many people within a hundred-meter radius with him.

"That is good too."

……

Several days later, Battle Pavilion and Secret Service Pavilion's members arrived. That day, Qing Shui directly used the Nine Continents Steps to make a group of people instantly disappear into thin air. This was the best method to avoid trackers. Of course, if they really wanted to track the Demon Lord Palace's whereabouts, they could still slowly investigate to discover it.

But he estimated that they did not know the terrifying ability of his Nine Continents Steps. His consecutive use of it had already opened a wide distance between them. It was a perimeter that they could not imagine. Those who wanted to intercept them in the middle would find nothing but air.

The Ancient Ruin was not far from the intersection of the three continents. They could reach it within three days. It was a location similar to the Sacred Land of Panacea, and it had a boundary made of mist. Only those above Martial Emperor could enter. Moreover, there was no limit. It could be entered at any time or day;however, it was very dangerous inside. If one was unlucky, beasts could immediately eat them.

Ancient Ruin's entrance was at the heart of a giant mountain range—Dragon Chant Mountain.

The reason why the Demon Lord Palace and Dragon Palace would fight within the Ancient Ruin was because someone said that they had found an Ancient divine Temple within the ruins. Thus, there were many people here. Both the 'righteous' and the 'evil' were here.

It did not matter who got the good stuff, as people would fight for it. This would naturally cause lots of fights to break out or even giant battles.

Dragon Chant Mountain was like a giant spiraling dragon. The gate of the Ancient Ruin was located in the midwest section of Dragon Chant Mountain;at the inverse scale area of the dragon mountain.

With the crystalline light gleaming, the boundary was huge. It was tall and wide and spanned at least ten thousand meters.

At this time, the place was already packed with people. In reality, it was packed with people every day. There were those who could enter and those who could not enter. To rush pass the boundary required a large consumption of strength. Those who could not enter were here in the Dragon Chant Mountain to hunt for treasures.

If they were to enter, they would partner up and enter.

Suddenly, Qing Shui saw some familiar powers. There were three of them, divine Sound Sect, divine Beast Sect, and Wild Ghost Valley. Other than these, there were a few other forces, but they were all forces that opposed those who claim to be a righteous organization.

divine Sound Sect's clothing was easy to recognize;they wore clothing embroidered with beasts. Moreover, the Wild Ghost Valley had just come out. He had to ask Hua Rumei to verify.

"We should go over. Whatever the case, we are on the same side as those guys," the Demon Lord said, as she led them.

divine Sound Sect had several people. divine Beast Sect, as well as Wild Ghost Valley, had several people walk out. Of course, the Demon Lord Palace was the strongest existence amongst them.

divine Sound Sect only had women. There were two older but well-rounded women that walked out. They resembled a ripe peach. Qing Shui could also see Shen Ling, as Shen Ling happily walked over.

"To think we meet again."

"Yes, what a coincidence," Qing Shui said with a smile.

"How was it at Demon Lord Palace?" Shen Ling did not care for others. She tugged at Qing Shui as if they were really close. Perhaps because Qing Shui was her benefactor, but she naturally believed him and felt close.

"Good. Why did you guys not enter?" Qing Shui asked, as he didn't understand.

"We were waiting for you. Do you see the surrounding people? They are all enemies. If it was not because we weren't weaklings either, they would have probably wiped us out. Many people have already entered, but we must wait till Demon Lord Palace enters. Otherwise, we would all be wiped out in one go," Shen Ling said with a smile.

"You must be Qing Shui. Thank you for saving Ling'er."

After their greetings, a well-rounded flirtatious woman walked out beside Shen Ling and smiled.

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