Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 1433-1434
AST 1433 –Battle God Statue, Charging Through the Formation
Regarding that man, Qing Shui had no recollection of him. If it was not because of his mother, that man would not be significant. In his previous life, he had parents that loved him, as well as an older brother and sister. Coming here, his mother was the most important to him. Afterwards, he got an older sister, his own women, and children.
"Qing Shui, what are you thinking about?" Hua Rumei looked at Qing Shui who seemed like his soul had parted with him and thus, hurriedly woke him up. This sort of state was not a good thing.
Qing Shui shook his head and smiled, "Nothing, I was just too into my thoughts."
Qing Shui left his thoughts behind, any idea before meeting that man was not a certainty. If any forces took actions against the Demon Lord Palace, he would not mind wiping them out as long as he had the power.
Everyone was spread out. Forces that had a good relationship with each other stayed together. Qing Shui and his group stopped a little bit away. Everyone wanted the treasures within the divine Shrine, yet no one wanted to be the first one to dip their toes into the water.
However, there would always be someone who would try. At this very moment, a silhouette had rushed into the fray. Many watched as the silhouette rushed up directly to the giant divine statue when suddenly, a giant Dragon Spear swung down fiercely and the sky was filled with Dragon Spear shadows.
The one who rushed up was also not just some small fry. He took out something that looked like a tree branch and with one sweep, a circle had formed around him. The man was at the center of the circle, and with this, he passed through the shadow images of the Dragon Spear.
When everyone thought that this person could rush through, the giant stone statue spun the Dragon Spear in its hand. The spear was like a giant stone snake that sucked the man into its vortex.
An explosion resounded. The person from before had disappeared and the stone statue returned to being inactive. The people that were not on stage were all shocked, but after a while, they started to discuss with each other.
"These many people and only three have passed thru the stone statue. Now there's no movement, the rest of the people have become broken corpses."
"You're right. Many people are now thinking about ideas like dog-eat-dog, but this type of loss cannot be taken by everyone. This Battle God Statue is a big obstacle, its power is immense and its attacks are continuous. The only way to pass thru it is to rush inside, there's no way to dodge. Perhaps, one can try to destroy the Battle God Statue."
The Battle God Statue's strength was powerful, but it was not invincible. The material of the Battle God Statue was special and would not be easily damaged, let alone be destroyed. Otherwise, these people would have destroyed it already.
After the person died, no one wanted to attempt again. Qing Shui was not in a hurry, he knew that the Ancient divine Shrine was not something easy to break through as the Ancient Fire Snake had already told him this.
"We already have a few people in there, do you guys not want to enter?"
At this time, an outspoken and straightforward voice was heard.
That voice came from a slightly-old elder that represented the Justice Alliance. His body was straight and he wore plain white clothes, as he gave off a scholarly air. His body emitted a type of natural energy.
Within the Justice Alliance, there were still people who were Justice Warriors. However, there are still hypocrites hidden within the group, some of those Justice Warriors were left in the dark by the lies of those pretenders.
This person belonged to the Sword Heart Pavilion. The Sword Heart Pavilion was a formidable sect within the Soaring Dragon Continent. Their specialization was on the interaction between the heart and the sword. This sect focused on the heart of the sword, the forms were not as important as long as the heart was one with the sword.
The Sword Heart Pavilion was reliant on the sword. A powerful member of the Sword Heart Pavilion could annihilate the world with one sword, however, it was not certain whether the Sword Heart Pavilion had such a person.
The Demon Lord didn't even turn her head, however, the divine Beast Sect had an elder walk out saying, "To have so many people here, but only three people have managed to enter. Is this really something to brag about?"
The elder's words were provoking. They already knew that only three people from the Justice Alliance had managed to enter, thus he made such a statement.
"You, you… If you have the ability, how about you send three people up as well. Don't whine when even one of your men can't get in. You will just lose face on the entire continent," the elder that was being shamed by the divine Beast Sect said angrily.
"Of course, we will go. However, we have to rest first since we just arrived," the divine Beast Sect elder laughed as he said.
Qing Shui observed the surrounding. When he looked up, he could see glimpses of the divine shrine within the clouds. This Battle God Mountain had a strong pressure Qi which made people especially uncomfortable.
In reality, his objective for coming here had already been accomplished. The battle with the Dragon Palace had been victorious and the people here already knew it. In terms of the Ancient divine Shrine, they did not care as much. Both the Justice Alliance and the Evil Powers were here, they would result in large losses. In the end, only the one who obtains the treasures would be the winner, everyone else was a loser without anything to show.
Now that they were here, they could at least try their luck. Most of them hoped to get something and decided to go here. Even when there were already three people inside, they could not see them. Thus, they don't know if it was true or not, and for all they know it could also be a rumor.
"What should we do? Do we want to give it a try?"
A group of people discussed as they gathered with the divine Best Sect elder as the head.
"You have already seen how formidable the Battle God Statue is. There were already dozens of formidable martial artist who died in its hands," an eerier old man said. He was the head of the Wild Ghost Valley. He looked tall and thin to the bone and his green-colored eyes carried a gloomy expression.
"Then what should we do?"
The divine Beast Sect's elder sighed as he said.
"The Battle God Statue is dependent on formation techniques. If you want to pass thru it, then you have to be an expert that specializes in formation techniques," the elder from the Wild Ghost Valley exclaimed.
"Elder Li, I heard that Mister Qing was an expert on formation techniques. Do you think he can get past?" One of the Lu brothers spoke at this time.
Qing Shui was stunned. He now understood, the Wild Ghost Valley and divine Beast Sect were echoing one another to provoke him to go. Although this method was lame, it was somewhat effective.
People looked towards Qing Shui and the Demon Lord Palace, everyone knew that the Demon Lord Palace specializes in formation techniques. The Demon Lord Palace was also the head of the Four Great Evil Powers, if they didn't make a move this time, it wouldn't go well with the others.
Qing Shui laughed and said, "I think my knowledge in formation techniques is quite strong, but to break through the formation before us will be quite difficult. I need two more people to cooperate with me. Perhaps the Lu Brothers would not mind manning up and joining me?"
The Lu Brothers cursed in their hearts, this guy was courting death. Even in death, he wanted to take them with him.
"Brother Qing, you jest. Us brothers should set formations with the rest of the people in the sect, perhaps it would be better to find someone from the Demon Lord Palace. Your cooperation with each other will be better," The man only appeared to smile on the surface as he said.
Qing Shui knew this would be the result. He laughed and said, "That's alright, you don't want to man up."
"You… you…" The Lu Brothers were angered to the point of changing colors.
"We will see if you are a real man or not," the Lu Brothers said angrily.
"Relax, real men don't do things that don't have balls." Qing Shui laughed and said.
This line was rude enough that the Lu Brothers shut their mouths right away. Qing Shui just said that the two Lu brothers had no balls.
"Qing Shui, you're so bad." Shen Ling arrived at Qing Shui's side and laughed.
This woman would try to be beside Qing Shui at any chance that she got.
Qing Shui was too uncomfortable to say anything about this and he couldn't just send her away. The Demon Lord would also not call him, especially when she had no feelings towards him or who he was with.
Hua Rumei and Zhan Yu were always together. If they found an opportunity, they would call Qing Shui away but they could not do that every time.
Qing Shui found an excuse to leave and to talk to the Demon Lord and Hua Rumei.
"We still need to go up there and check. Which one of you would like to go? We still need one person to stay and handle things here," Qing Shui said with a smile.
"I'll go!" Hua Rumei said without any hesitation.
"I'll go instead. You should be careful here, there should not be anything happening tho." the Demon Lord walked two steps forward and said.
Hua Rumei thought for a bit and nodded, "Qing Shui, be careful okay. Also, take good care of the Palace Lord."
"Relax, no one will be able to hurt her, even the stone statue cannot," Qing Shui laughed. He walked out from in between Hua Rumei's charming expression and Demon Lord's calm demeanor. "I have observed for a bit before. Use the Eight Trigrams Steps to dodge and the northeast location as your basis. If you can't dodge, move to the northeast position, if rushing go to the northwest position, then retreat to the southeast position." Qing Shui thought for a bit and said.
Qing Shui finished talking and rushed out without waiting for the Demon Lord's reply. The Demon Lord did not dare to be careless, she immediately rushed forward to follow Qing Shui.
The spiritual pressure was overwhelming the further up they got.
"Look, those are people from the Four Great Evil Powers. There is the Demon Lord, but who is that man?"
"The Demon Lord had never been together with a man before."
"What a beautiful woman. It's unfortunate that she is so cold, cool, and elegant. Not many men could take that on."
"To win a smile from that woman, even death was worth it."
The Battle God Statue directly thrust its Dragon Spear towards Qing Shui.
Nine Continents Mountain!
Qing Shui's silhouette did not stop. The Nine Continents Mountain had already met the Dragon Spear as he had rushed towards the entrance.
The Dragon Spear had directly sent the Nine Continents Mountain flying, then it smashed towards Qing Shui.
At this time, the Demon Lord rushed up.
"Quickly run inside. Remember what I told you, use the Eight Trigrams Step!" Qing Shui said to the Demon Lord without turning his head. The Demon Lord had wanted to block the Dragon Spear with Qing Shui. However, as she heard Qing Shui's words, she stepped towards the northwest position and thought about Qing Shui's instructions before rushing forward.
The stone statue swept again and the sky was once again filled with Dragon Spear shadow.
Nine Palace Step, Replacing Sky and Sun!
Qing Shui was the king of the Nine Palace, he was quite adept when it came to dodging attacks. He swept his hand out and the Bloodthirsty Demon Vines rushed out then wrapped around the Battle God Statue.
Gold, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth. Earth was weak against Wood, the Battle God Statue was of the Earth element and its strength was debuffed by 20%. This was the restraining power of the Five Elements, this was why the Five Elements divine Refining Technique was so strong.
Qing Shui used his Emperor's Qi on the Battle God Statue directly, and it was successful. The Emperor's Qi was definitely tyrannical. Afterwards, he buffed himself and debuffed the statue with Heavenly Talisman. In addition, he also used Phoenix Battle Intent, directly reducing the Battle God Statue's strength in half. His abilities were terrifying.
Suddenly, the statue waved its hand and a giant Stone Dragon appeared from the Dragon Spear. It spat out large piles of magma, it almost looked like a landslide to Qing Shui.
The Demon Lord had already passed the Battle God Statue. Qing Shui observed her and thought the timing was right.
Qing Shui directly used this ability on the Battle God Statue.
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AST 1434 –Entering The divine Shrine, Stone Boar Beast, Treasure Box
In an instant, Qing Shui and the Battle God Statue swapped positions. After the swap, Qing Shui directly entered into the middle of the formation. At the same time, the Demon Lord also entered the formation. Both of them were stunned once they were inside.
This was the Ancient Formation? Qing Shui could see that there was fog everywhere. Additionally, there was a heavy killing intent around and an Eight Trigrams drawing at the bottom of the formation. Moreover, Qing Shui saw that within the formation, there was an elder who was struggling inside.
He was not certain what this formation was, but he knew that this was at least a type of trap formation. In terms of killing techniques, it had the Battle God Statue outside. After a while, the struggling elder finally found the door to leave the formation.
Qing Shui observed for a bit and figured it out. If they moved forward more than halfway towards position the formation, the Battle God Statue will give up on attacking. He looked at the Demon Lord and said, "Don't leave the formation. Move at least one half of the way and wait for me there."
Suddenly, the Battle God Statue rushed over with the momentum of a stampede!
Nine Palace Step!
Qing Shui's footwork helped him completely dodged all of the Battle God Statue's attacks. The Battle God Statue that had been tangled did not look like it was using extra effort. Earlier, Qing Shui wanted the Demon Lord to wait for him so they could enter together without being ambushed.
When the Demon Lord arrived at the location that was a bit more than halfway through the formation, Qing Shui flashed over and instantly appeared next to the Demon Lord's side. He appeared very close her, to the point where he could smell her fragrant scent
The entrance to the formation was already this difficult to deal with, the lower palaces would undoubtedly bring unprecedented danger to them. Since Qing Shui had already encountered the Ancient divine Shrine, he wanted whatever it was inside.
Though he had never seen this Ancient divine Shrine before, he knew that there were good items inside. Any Ancient divine Shrines with restrictions were bound to have good items inside.
Once Qing Shui and the Demon Lord left the formation, they felt a strong sense of danger and was followed up by an overwhelming killing intent. It felt like an overflowing energy that was rushing towards them
Qing Shui did not think too much. This power was too strong, so he grabbed onto the Demon Lord's hand and instantly cast his Nine Palace Steps.
He did this because his spiritual sense had already locked on to something a while ago.
Nine Palace Steps, Vanish!
Qing Shui and the Demon Lord disappeared from their location!
Bang bang bang……
The place where the two stood before suddenly turned into a complete mess, even refined gold would turn into dust at that level of destruction. The two of them, hand-in-hand teleported several thousand of meters away. Only after they managed to stand firm on the ground did Qing Shui turned around to look at who had attacked him and the Demon Lord. It was a group of three elders, but he did not know which one of them had attacked.
Regardless of what or whom, it was without a doubt a Sure Kill Heavenly Technique.
Suddenly, his hand felt a feeling of softness and warmth. It felt so delicate that it could melt his heart and had a miraculous feeling that he could not describe with words. He finally noticed that he was still holding the Demon Lord's soft hand.
"Can you let go?" The Demon Lord's voice was cold but it was natural, without any emotional fluctuations.
"Yes, of course, I can. I really like you, you should consider me first," Qing Shui smiled as he said. Last time, he already thought it through. Towards this woman he had to be as thick skinned as the city's walls or otherwise, he would have no chance. Since there was no worst result, anything would be better than their current stalemate situation.
The Demon Lord did not think Qing Shui would suddenly be so bold. He suddenly said these words in front of her, and she responded in her usual coldness, "I don't like you, nor do I like men."
"…" Qing Shui almost choked until he was half dead.
As he heard those words, Qing Shui was ecstatic within his heart. Those words were proof that there were emotional fluctuations within the Demon Lord's heart. Even if it was little, he had already filtered out the other words she said.
Right now, Qing Shui could see the situation within this Battle God Mountain. Other than the center of the formation was a giant, divine shrine.
Ancient divine Shrine!
This building exceeded even the heights of the clouds, the upper levels were emitting an ancient aura. It was covered with an everlasting, ancient-like aura that made people's heart tremble.
There was no Guardian Ancient Beasts in sight. They currently should be inside the divine shrine.
The three elders across from them were all wearing different clothes. One of them wore the clothing of the Sword Heart Pavilion. No wonder the elder from the Sword Heart Pavilion was so arrogant, one of them had already rushed in here.
"Just like those outside, all of you are not real men but men without any balls," Qing Shui said directly towards the people on the other side. Even if they were far away, they could still hear him clearly.
The Demon Lord did not look at Qing Shui. However, her body was still swaying slightly, as if it was restraining something.
"Since you guys came out, then we shall fight here until one side dies. This will save us from having a battle later," the elder in the middle elder with a vigorous appearance said. "You think that if we don't stop you, you could successfully enter the Ancient divine Shrine?" Qing Shui laughed as he looked at the opposition.
"Without your interference, of course, we can enter the Ancient divine Shrine," one of the elders said with utmost confidence.
"Have you heard of the Guardian Ancient Beasts?" Qing Shui laughed as he asked.
"Of course we have. Are you telling me there are Guardian Ancient Beasts here? If there was a formation technique outside, then there will be no Guardian Ancient Beast inside. Do you not know this common knowledge?" One of the elders mocked.
Qing Shui thought about what the Ancient Fire Snake had said. There should be no mistake on what it said, the spiritual intelligence of beasts was strong. He laughed, "I won't stop you guys, but do you dare to enter the Ancient divine Shrine?"
"You're just deliberately trying to complicate things. If that is the case, we will just enter first." The elder finished speaking and entered the shrine hall.
The surrounding area was filled with towering ancient trees. They were rare, but most of the trees were only pine trees. They looked especially vigorous and gave off a feeling of standing tall and never conceding until the end.
The Demon Lord didn't react as she watched the elders enter. This woman was forever frigid. In a certain sense, people wouldn't feel that they were being snubbed. She was just like a crane in a flock of chicken. Moreover, she was not just like any other crane but a red-crowned crane. She emitted a sense of self-assured superiority. Rather than feeling that she gave them a cold shoulder, people would feel unworthy of standing next to this heavenly beauty
Within the Ancient divine Shrine, nothing could be heard. It was as if a stone had sunk into a deep, silent ocean.
"We should enter, let's see what good stuff is inside," Qing Shui laughed.
"En, be careful!" The Demon Lord thought for a bit and said. She then slowly moved towards the Ancient divine Shrine.
Qing Shui was ecstatic in his heart. This time, he felt that those words carried something different.
The Ancient divine Shrine was too big, it was larger than any open area mall in his past life. It was also not as simple as several dozen stone houses, the architecture of the building must have taken a long time to build. The materials used were also unique and had a special restriction, it could resist earthquakes and even counteract any force. Unfortunately, these materials could not be used to make an armor, otherwise, it would be invincible.
Once they entered, they could see a huge space before them.
There was also an ancient and old looking box. The three elders stood outside, one of them was injured.
"How is it? Does this count as a Guardian Ancient Beast?" Qing Shui greeted them as he walked.
"This is the first stage of the shrine, it's not easy to attack this Stone Beast. Its strength is formidable and nothing can shake it. That treasure box should have a treasure inside, why don't you guys try to see if you can get it or not?" One of the elders said slowly as he looked at Qing Shui and the Demon Lord.
"Can you not take it though? If you can't make it through you should probably retreat." Qing Shui looked at the elder.
"Hmph, we're giving you a chance. If you don't want to take it or are you waiting for us to defeat the Stone Beast and then steal the treasure box?" The elder looked at Qing Shui, seemingly wanting to annihilate both of them.
"I don't have time to play with you guys as I have to go to the next level. You guys enjoy your time with the Stone Beast!"
Qing Shui looked at the door behind the Stone Beast when he spoke.
The Stone Beast in front of them looked like a giant stone boar. It was 300 meters tall, with a giant grey body that would leave anyone speechless. The Stone Beast was given divine Sense. It was carved out of a special type of rock. Its movements were simple and it only relied on its fierce power, sharp claws, and jaws. These were enough to make it unbearable for some.
"Dream on. If you don't beat the Stone Beast, you can't enter," The elder said with disdain as he looked at Qing Shui.
"Watch how we enter."
Qing Shui summoned the Dragon Slaying Beast, then he suddenly rushed towards the Stone Beast.
This Stone Beast's divine sense only allowed him to move within a certain perimeter. Once something had entered the perimeter, the Stone Beast would attack it.
To guard the treasure box and door behind it, the area the Stone Beast could move around was not large. However, trying to kill the Stone Beast from afar was impossible. Qing Shui did not know if the indomitable Dragon Slaying Beast could pass through the Stone Beast or not.
With this Stone Beast's divine Sense, if the Dragon Slaying Beast's beast could not break through, then the Dragon Slaying Beast would be sent flying. The Dragon Slaying Beast's indomitable abilities weren't able to penetrate everything, especially this Stone Beast. However, it could be possible.
The door behind the stone beast was open. They could enter as long as they could pass thru the Stone Beast. However, the stone door was not very big and was also blocked by the Stone Beast. Even if they could lure it away, it would still block the door. It was a type of guardian that would guard the objective even in death.
Qing Shui used the Nine Palace Steps but no matter what he did, the Stone Beast would not leave the vicinity of the stone door. It would also continuously attack using the mystical powers of its body. The Stone Beast was like a robot that would never get tired. Other than eliminating it, there seemed to be no other way to enter.
Qing Shui did not know how he would deal with this tricky situation in front of him. He already landed many attacks on the Stone Beast but it seemed that Qing Shui's attacks had no effect on it.
"Haha, all words and nothing to show for. Doesn't your actions result in the same thing…"
The elder took the opportunity to mock Qing Shui.
Qing Shui was a bit annoyed. The Dragon Slaying Beast constantly cast Ice Bullet Attack on the Stone Beast several hundreds of times. However, this was his only method.
Ignoring everything to do with level or grades, it had a chance to freeze the target.
Even if the chance was small, it was still a chance. Qing Shui was waiting for it.
"I say, are you guys even going to make it. If not, retreat then. In any case, you guys won't be able to retrieve the treasure here, so stop trying to get yourselves in trouble."
After the elder's words were finished, the giant Stone Beast was frozen by a large piece of ice on its body. Qing Shui once again grabbed the Demon Lord and blinked without any hesitation.
Nine Palace Steps, Displacement!
Qing Shui was the king within the Nine Palace, allow this giant statue to shift slightly was still alright, there was a crack that would allow one person to squeeze through, they rushed towards the crack. The Dragon Slaying Beast had already passed through.
He also squeezed through as they flashed over. At that moment, Qing Shui and the Demon Lord were facing each other. He could feel the softness in front of his chest and the light touch of her lips on his, the feeling was intoxicating. In this small crack, the two of them were glued together. It was a tight fit to get through, especially when the Demon Lord's breast were so plump.
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