Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 534-535
AST 534 - Death of the Old Ancestor, Arrival of Trials and Hardships
The following days were very peaceful, however, there were many people who came to congratulate Qing Shui. Most of them were people of virtue and prestige.Some of the reputable family clans and small sects came as well, hoping to establish a relationship. If they were able to obtain protection from the Heavenly Palace, then it would be a matter that they would thank their ancestors for.Thus, on the second day, there were still tons of people coming. Since the Old Ancestor was still around, Qing Shui intended to not show up and let the Old Ancestor deal with them.However, the Old Ancestor said that since Qing Shui had already taken the position, this matter should be handled by himself. Despite this, Qing Shui did not want to deal with it.Nevertheless, for the prosperity of the Heavenly Palace, Qing Shui could only force himself to do it, despite his reluctancy.Despite Qing Shui's youth, when he wore that garment made of Lunar Silk, he looked more mature. This was the result of his strength, his experience, and especially that sense of suppression he unconsciously evoked when others stared at him.
There were disciples that dealt with welcoming the guests, Qing Shui only had to stay at the entrance to the study and exchange a few greetings with the guest. After all, they were all cultivators, they had started from the same point and had to help each other ......Even though there was no one showing up from Sword Tower, Qing Shui was not surprised. Of course, many of those who showed up had suspicions about Qing Shui's strength, but Qing Shui was no obligated nor interested is proving his strength.In their eyes, Qing Shui was definitely just a piece of trash!The miraculous story of Qing Shui killing a few supreme elders had spread outside the Heavenly Palace. However, a large portion of people, even many in the Heavenly Palace, felt that it was a ruse by the Heavenly Palace, to turn Qing Shui into a legend[a].
Only those supreme elders who were in the great hall knew about the terror of this youth. They instructed their disciples on what to do, urged them to exercise restraint, and used Qing Shi to try and stimulate them.......Sword Tower!"The plot of that old fellow is not much, he is using those old fellows to boost the reputation of the one controlling the Heavenly Palace, this is just an extravagant embellishment that anyone can see through. Only, this is truly a strange move that exceeds all expectations. To use a youth, who once rocked the world, such as Qing Shui. A strange move indeed." The Old Ancestor of Sword Tower laughed with a few other old men as he drank tea."Old Ancestor, I feel that we should still be careful, those people who had met Qing Shui felt that he gave off a strange feeling, they could not see any cultivation but they sensed an unexplainable suppression from him." Respectfully said a man dressed in black, who looked as sturdy as an iron tower."Long Ying, you rarely take something so seriously, could it be that your Heavy Sword Tower is afraid of him?" the old man from the Tan Clan said to the man dressed in black."My Heavy Sword Tower is not afraid of him, unlike someone's grandson, who was beaten till he became invalid for a year and had his woman taken away." casually said the man dressed in black, causing the face of the old man from the Tan Clan to turn dark."Enough, you argue every time you meet, I did not call you here today to argue with each other." Snorted the Old Ancestor from Sword Tower coldly.The old man from the Tan Clan originally wanted to shout at the man known as Long Ying, but now he could only keep quiet!"How is Tan Yang these days?" The Sword Tower Old Ancestor casually asked.Hearing the Sword Tower Old Ancestor ask about his grandson, the old man from the Tan Clan was immediately radiant with delight. He happily said: "Yang`er is improving at a rapid pace, he is now a Peak Martial King with the strength of four countries.""Strength of four countries? So fast?" the Sword Tower Old Ancestor was at a loss for words."Indeed, Yang`er was stimulated by that Qing Shui kid. He actually awakened the rarely seen Silver Bloodline of the Tan Clan. Although it is not as good as the Golden Bloodline, it is not that much weaker. In addition to the Origin Returning Pill, his abilities have rapidly soared. I thank the Old Ancestor for his concern on behalf of Yang`er." the old man from the Tan Clan said without restraint, then he looked at the man dressed in black."Good, Very Good!" the Sword Tower Old Ancestor seemed to be quite happy!......Qing Shui only met with the people on the same level as the Old Ancestor. As for the rest, they were delegated to those below him, thus the number of people Qing Shui met was not many."The Patriarch is back!" Huoyun Liu-Li could not resist making fun of Qing Shui when she saw him."Is your butt itchy again?" Qing Shui laughed.
"Loathsome Qing Shui,[b][c][d] you dare!"
"See if I dare!" Qing Shi laughed as he stretched his hands!
"I don't dare to anymore, please be gentle." Huoyun Liu-Li hugged Qing Shui's arms as she sent coquettish glances at Qing Shui with her se*y eyes. Her intoxicating eyelashes had the power to make men go crazy.
Qing Shui: "......"
In a flash, ten days went by!
In the secret chambers!
There were numerous people in the secret chambers, Qing Shui, Fei Wuji, Cang Wuya, Bai Gui and many others. With one glance, Qing Shui could tell that these were the Old Ancestor's most reliable and the only trustworthy people.
"Qing Shui, I can feel it, my time has come, I can finally meet her, and I can finally see my son." The Old Ancestor laughed.
"Old Ancestor......" Qing Shui had a sour suffocating feeling in his heart.
"I am happy, with you around, I feel assured. I can go in peace. Originally, I was worried about Wuji and the Heavenly Palace. Now, with the Heavenly Palace in your hands, it will surely prosper." The Old Ancestor said as he held Qing Shui's hands.
"Rest assured, I will do my best to manage everything."
"Wuji, you must double your efforts in cultivation, Qing Shui would be able to sufficiently teach you and more. In the world of cultivation, strength comes first, it would not be shameful to ask him to teach you, the most important thing is to be able to live.
"Grandfather, I know......:
"Bai Ji, you are my youngest disciple, and also my most talented disciple. When you follow Qing Shui in the future, treat him like you treat me.
"I will master!" Bai Ji said seriously as he cried as he knelt.
Qing Shui now knew that Bai Gui was also known as Bai Ji!
"Now that we are at this point, I shall permit you to return!"
"Thank you master......" Cang Wuya cried as he knelt in front of the Old Ancestor.
"Hai!" The Old Ancestor let out a long sigh, his face looked depressed.
"Old Ancestor, is there anything bothering you?" Qing Shui asked out of concern.
"Indeed, I do not know how to face her or what to say to her, I killed our child with my own hands." The Old Ancestor leaked out a tear.
"My son was too lascivious, but he knew his boundaries, I only found out afterwards that they seduced my son, then came to the Heavenly Palace to cause trouble. This caused me to kill my son with my own hands. However, they did this out of fun only, I am not satisfied!" The Old Ancestor kept tearing up.
Qing Shui slowly knelt in front of the Old Ancestor, his life was saved by the Old Ancestor twice. One can not only kneel to his parents but to his benefactors as well!
"Will the Old Ancestor tell me who they were, I, Qing Shui, swear that as long as I'm alive, I will bring martial uncle Fei along. This debt of blood, will be repaid with blood, the heavens and earth will be my witness and I will not regret this!" Qing Shui slowly stooped down.
"Get up, get up, this old man thanks you in advance. It is the Eastern Palace Clan of the Southern Viewing Ministry Continent. Promise me, before becoming a fifth grade Martial Saint, do not go there. Wuji, you are a smart person ......"
Finally, his voice got softer and softer, but his face had a smile full of satisfaction!
The funeral was set to be seven days later!
On the second day, the news of the Old Ancestor passing away was disseminated!
There were some people in the Heavenly Palace who were anxious, but many of the other sects were incomparably happy, especially the Sword Tower! The Demon Beast Sect was especially happy as well.
"He's dead, It's good that he is dead, Old fogey, you shall not be able to die peacefully, the day of you funeral, will be the day the Heavenly Palace will be massacred!"
The Sword Tower Old Ancestor looked upwards to the sky as hesaid this, his face filled with a sinister smile that could wither bones!
Seven days passed in an instant!
Today was the day of the Heavenly Palace Old Ancestor's funeral. The ones wearing mourning clothes were the Old Ancestors disciples and grand disciples, but there were also many heavenly palace disciples. However, where was a limit on the number of people who could attend, or else there would be no space for people to go in and out of the funeral hall.
But more than half of the people of Heavenly Palace were wearing white![e][f][g][h][i]
[TL notes: White and black clothes are for mourning. White usually represent the "host" when they are the mourners. Black, or dull colors for those coming to pay respects]
The grave was located in the back mountains, on a piece of precious land with good Feng Shui.
Soon, it was late in the day, and the people who came to pay their respects came wave after wave. Those who came were all people who were very reputable, the job of greeting them fell onto Qing Shui's shoulders.
"The Qin Clan arrives!"
Coming forward was the Qin Clan's clan head, Qin Lang, and with him was three other old men!
They first went to bow in front of the Old Ancestor's coffin, then exchanged a few greeting with Qing Shui!
"The Hai Clan arrives!"
Qing Shui recognized the ones who came, they were the Hai Clan's clan head and a few old men. What surprised Qing Shui was that there was a female amongst them.
The women's figure's figure was perfect, it was comparable to Canghai Mingyue, Huoyun Liu-Li, Di Chen and the other girls. She was wearing a veil, but the eyes that were exposed looked at Qing Shui, giving him a favorable impression.
She had a kind of awareness, grace, and poise!
The pair of eyes had the look of elegance and maturity, but also the purity of a young girl!
After paying their respects to the Old Ancestor's body they then walked to Qing Shui's side!
Before they could say anything, a large group of people walked in!
The Sword Tower arrives!
Given the situation, it was normal for the Sword Tower to come and pay their respects, but from the expressions of the other party, Qing Shui could tell that they did not come with good intentions. More importantly, they brought a lot of people.
A total of 500 people!
Furthermore, most of them were old men with long white hair!
Bringing what seems to be all of the Sword Tower's elders, it was obvious why they were here.
The Heavenly Palace rapidly gather almost 500 supreme elders!
Qing Shui looked down and ordered!
It was a good thing that Qing Shui had equipped all his armor in advance because he knew today would not be so peaceful!
That scream meant that the Sword Tower and the Heavenly Palace had shed all pretense of cordiality!
Qing Shui did not know how he feel, looking at the surroundings, he said: "Old Master, lead the supreme elders to defend this place, do not let anyone disturb the Old Ancestor." Qing Shui said to Cang Wuya.
"Just relax, nothing will happen to me!" Qing Shui gave Cang Wuya a look that lacked concern and walked away, but his blood was racing.
"Are you here to settle things with the Heavenly Palace[j]?" Qing Shui stared at the people from the Sword tower, feeling especially calm.
Qing Shui brought almost 300 supreme elders along with him, the rest of them were responsible for guarding the coffin!
No one was permitted to disturb the body of the Old Ancestor.
AST 535 - Open Confrontation Between Heavenly Palace and Sword Tower, The Appearance of Tan Yang
With Qing Shui were about 300 Supreme Elders, while the others were responsible for keeping vigil over the tomb! The Old Ancestor's corpse was not to be disturbed.
"Someone's here to look for trouble! Murder!"
After someone shouted, the situation turned into a mess!
The sounds of swords being drawn rang out, there were also plenty of curses being shouted out. Many of the ordinary disciples from Heavenly Palace only stood from afar and scolded.
"Is this how you guys treat people in mourning?"
The old man in the lead who was thin like a pack of bones let out a loud bellow after he finished his question. With a light stomp on the ground with one of his feet...
The ground shook and the ordinary disciples in Heavenly Palace who were close by all fell.
"You guys don't know any better and are nothing but crap! A young man chided in disdain, his longsword slashing out and chopping off those who were near to him at the waist."
An armor with a silver tint made him appear extremely handsome, and the changes he went through over the past few years gave him an additional strong aura. Even Qing Shui felt that Tan Yang had now become a true man who had been through ups and downs in life.
Qing Shui saw that Tan Yang had attacked without a single hint of hesitation or pause. He felt that the other party had not just recovered, but his powers had also increased a lot. Qing Shui felt that he should have reached at least four countries in strength.
It should be his body's original strength.
A hint of disbelief flashed past Qing Shui's eyes. After four years had passed, his powers had improved in leaps and bounds, but to think that the other party's progress was at a faster rate than him.
Qing Shui smiled!
Although Tan Yang physical strength was only about one-plus country weaker than himself, his defense was nothing in comparison. Moreover, Qing Shui was also equipped with various martial techniques.
Qing Shui was not 100% sure that what he had, others did not. However, even if there were people who had the things he had, there would not be many of them. He relied on the strongest supporting martial arts and could unleash a power many times stronger than his own physical strength.
This was how powerful supporting martial techniques;supporting the physical body and training it to the limits.
However, Qing Shui saw that the silver colored armor and that longsword with silver-light both exuded extremely strong spiritual energy.
After killing a person, Tan Yang looked toward Qing Shui, the young man who was the strongest and of the highest status in Heavenly Palace now, the person he had an unforgivable grudge against.
Today was the day that they put an end to everything!
"Step back!" Qing Shui let out a light bellow!
Those ordinary disciples back off to a far distance away, leaving only the about 300 Supreme Elders whose faces were also reflecting tension.
After all, faced again 500 people and with them not having a clear understanding of Qing Shui's level, if Qing Shui could not win against that old man on the opposing side, or if they were to come to a draw, there was no way that 300 of them could win against 500!
Just then, another batch of people came from a distance away!
Demon Beast Sect!
Riding demonic beasts, both flying types and land types, there were also no less than 200 of them!
When the people from Sword Tower saw those from the Demon Beast Sect, they looked even happier and looked toward the pale-faced Supreme Elders from Heavenly Palace.
Bringing so many people with them, they were obviously not here to mourn!
Just then, two ladies with beauties that could cause the fall of cities came over. They were Di Chen and Di Qing!
"Elder sister Chen, listen to me. The two of you just need to keep an eye on those people at the back, killing those who dares to cross this line." Qing Shui smiled and said to Di Chen, and with a move of his feet, a crack an inch thick spread out.
"Alright!" Di Chen nodded!
"Ladies, I hope that the two of you can don't get involved. This time around, our trip here has been approved and supported by the Residence of the Sky Tyrant Lord." The Sword Tower's Old Ancestor took a step forward and said to Di Chen and Di Qing.
"Don't bother bringing up the Residence of the Sky Tyrant Lord. Do you think the Residence of the Sky Tyrant Lord will give a hoot about a mere Sword Tower? Even if all of you were to die, no one in the Residence of the Sky Tyrant Lord would feel a thing." Di Qing said coldly.
"Today, we must eradicate Heavenly Palace! I can we can only offend the two of you!" Frowning, Sword Tower's Old Ancestor said.
Tan Yang's gaze was fixed on Qing Shui, filled with so much hatred as if he wanted to chew him up.
"You guys deserve to die!" Qing Shui looked at the old man calmly and said.
"Deserve to die? There are many people who deserve to die, but whether they do or not is another thing altogether." Sword Tower's skinny Old Ancestor obviously did not feel a thing toward what Qing Shui had just said.
Just then, those from the Demon Beast Sect also came over, with their Grand Elder in the lead. After giving it much thought, he was not able to stand up to the temptation.
With their 200 people, they would also be at about 500 with the demonic beasts included. Or rather, their formation seemed even stronger compared to the Sword Tower's. The Heavenly Palace Mountain immediately entered a state of strong tension.
"Old Ancestor, I'd like to challenge Qing Shui!" At that moment, Tan Yang suddenly bowed to Sword Tower's Old Ancestor and said.
"Yang`er!" The old man with the surname Tan quickly spoke up.
"It's fine. Without going through hardships and tribulations, one won't be able to gain great success. Tan Yang is the genius amongst our Sword Tower's younger generation while Qing Shui is the Heavenly Palace's. Why not let them fight it out today?" Another old man who was like a steel tower spoke out. If one were to take a closer look, one would be able to tell that he was much alike the man from the other day. He was holding onto a pitch black heavy sword and standing there like a block of small mountain.
"Old Man Long, what is the meaning of this?" The old man with the surname Tan bellowed furiously.
"No meaning to it. Even Tan Yang himself knows that he needs to be put through tribulations. Do you want him to live under your shadow all his life? How many years can you protect him?"
Old Man Tan turned silent. He knew that Old Man Long had ill-intentions but what he spoke was the truth. It was just that sometimes the truth could kill.
"Go, kill him. You'll be taking the most crucial step in your life." Sword Tower's Old Ancestor also hesitated a little.
"Thank you, Old Ancestor!" Tan Yang bowed and replied.
Old Man Tan clenched both his fists tightly, sighing to himself and looking at Tan Yang worriedly. However, when he saw Tan Yang's armor and weapon, he calmed down a little.
This was the armor and weapon passed down in the Tan Clan. Only after Tan Clan's "Silver Bloodline" was awakened could it then be used. The effects were monstrous.
The Silver Bloodline armor included the helmet, top, pants, boots, knee guards, wrist guards, bangle, and necklace!
The whole set could increase one's defenses by a further two folds, making one's defense three times stronger!
It could also fend off the opponent's attack by 20%! It was also said that there were also some unknown effects!
The Silver Bloodline Sword could increase one's attack to two times stronger, and when using the "Silver Bloodline Sword Qi", both the exhaustion and attack would be three times stronger.
One's speed would also become three times stronger!
This was the mysterious power in the bloodline. When the bloodline was awakened, one's powers could increase by a lot. After many years of study, most clans with bloodlines powers would be able to find martial arts, weapons, and armors compatible with their bloodline's effects.
Everyone's gaze was focused on Tan Yang and Qing Shui!
Everyone knew that Tan Yang was a genius!
And the Sword Tower's Supreme Elder also, without a doubt, knew that Qing Shui was a demon.
"I'm sure that you've never expected this day to come!" Tan Yang held onto his sword and walked toward Qing Shui gradually, his expression full of tease.
Toward Tan Yang's behavior, Qing Shui could understand very well. After having been crippled by Qing Shui, once he'd recovered, he would definitely vent out in a situation which he could control. And Qing Shui was the best target.
"I thought that you had already died. Seems like I'll have to fight again today. This is really troublesome." Qing Shui smiled, bringing out his Violet Gold divine Shield and Big Dipper Sword.
"Ignorant, simply ignorant!"
Tan Yang spoke with disdain. At his full power, his strength could reach up to twelve countries, and in Sword Tower, he was only a tad weaker than the Old Ancestor. Decades later, Sword Tower would be his and he would also be one of the best martial arts practitioner in the Greencloud Continent.
The awakening of Tan Clan's Silver Bloodline basically let him soared to the top with just one step. Coupled with the effects of the Origin Returning Pill, he became the strongest person in Tan Clan. And, if there were no accidents, it was almost certain that the Sword Tower would eventually land into his hands.
All along, Qing Shui's existence was like a nail hammered into his heart. No matter what, that woman was his. Even if he did not want her, he could not let others have her either.
If he did not get rid of Qing Shui, he would always feel as if his heart was weighed down by a chunk of heavy metal, so stuffy that it would make him crazy!
"You're really pitiful. To be honest, I don't even feel like killing you anymore!"
Qing Shui's calm words caused Tan Yang to go crazy as he looked at Qing Shui with a furious gaze, "I had wanted to let you live a bit longer, but you seem to be in a hurry to die. Since that's the case, I'll help you fulfill your wish. But don't worry, I'll help you take care of your woman."
Qing Shui's eyes narrowed, unleashing killing intent. He tightened his grip on the Violet Gold divine Shield and Big Dipper Sword, gradually circulating the force throughout his body!
Circulating his martial techniques basically took him only an instant. He circulated them to the peaks and maintained the status, "Make your move. I'll give you a chance!"
"Hahaha, arrogant! Ignorant! I'll grant you your wish to die!"
With a leap, Tan Yang moved toward Qing Shui in mid-air, slashing out his silver sword. The white silver sword which was like the color of the moon was about one meter plus long and was like a cold gleam of light.
In mid-air, Tan Yang let out a loud bellow and the longsword's aura once grew more powerful!
His control of the force was very good and his attack was tricky!
Qing Shui watched as the sword stabbed toward him. He remained calm as the lashed out with the Violet Gold divine Shield!
In actual combat, Qing Shui would not go easy on the opponent no matter how weak they were. He knew that he must not be careless, if not, he would lose not just his life.
Tan Yang was sent flying from Qing Shui's impact, but he was not injured at all.
Qing Shui chased after him, thrusting out his Big Dipper Sword!
Art of Pursuing!
Tan Yang was sent flying once again, but he was still uninjured. Although Qing Shui had not unleashed his full powers, he should have been able to injure him. Qing Shui then saw that silvery white colored battle armor.
Tan Yang's gaze when looking at Qing Shui finally changed. With a fierce wave of his silver sword, a soft and milky white glow flashed from all over his body.
The Art of Pursuing was countered...
Qing Shui felt a bit irritated. Too many people had managed to counter his Art of Pursuing. But it was still good since just the Emperor's Qi alone was sufficient to make his opponents cry.
His strength of twelve countries was reduced to not even ten countries...
Qing Shui once again pushed Tan Yang back with one hit. A trickle of blood flowed down Tan Yang's lips. Qing Shui felt that Tan Yang's armor definitely had some special effect.
Just like his Seven Star Armored Vest!
Otherwise, how could eighteen countries worth of strength only give him slight injuries?
Mighty Elephant Stomp!
Qing Shui stomped down on the ground in Tan Yang's direction. It was also where Sword Tower's Old Ancestor and those Supreme Elders were at!
The strength of twenty-six countries was thrown out with the unique attack from the Mighty Elephant Stomp!