Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 552-553
AST 552 - Hai Dongqing
A day had past by the time Qing Shui returned from his meeting with Elder Ge. Because of the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal, Qing Shui often felt that time in reality was very short. Thus, most of the day would have already passed by the time he had a chance to take a breather.
Among the three generations of the Qing Clan, Qing Bei joined the Heavenly Palace. Luan Luan, who was the fourth generation of the Qing Clan, also joined the Heavenly Palace. Mingyue Gelou, Shi Qingzhuang, and Wenren Wu-shuang also joined the Heavenly Palace under the banner of the Starmoon Hall rather the Misty Hall's.
Qing Jiang and Qing He also joined the Starmoon Hall. The rest of them, including Lin Zhanhan, did not join the Heavenly Palace. They either had yet reach the Xiantian Realm yet or reached the Xiantian realm by means of the Xiantian Golden Pellet. As for Lin Zhanhan, Qing Shui intended for him to protect the Qing Clan.
Even so, Qing Shui was still worried, therefore Qing Shui intended to raise the strength of the Qing Clan members during this period of time. He wanted to make sure they would have the ability to protect themselves the moment he left Greencloud Continent.
On the second day after arriving at the Heavenly Palace, Qing Shui went down the mountain to find a suitable lot of land or pavilion for sale. Qing Shui was not lacking in money, as he had accumulated many treasures, gold, and silver in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal.
Qing Shui left the Heavenly Palace alone, then went to the lively city of Continent's Capital. Continent's Capital's roads and pavilions were much wider and taller than those of Hundred Miles City.
Even the demonic beasts and horse carriages on the road were of a superior grade. After all, this was the Continent's Capital, the most bustling place of the continent. The transportation, business, sects, and family clans were the most developed.
Qing Shui aimlessly wandered among the crowd, his gaze sweeping the pavilions that lined the two sides. The highest pavilions were ten odd stories high. Although they were not particularly high, the pavilions gave off a sense of magnificence and stability, an extraordinary grandeur.
Many of the wealthy stayed in villas. The land area was big, and in it were fake mountains, ponds, forest, pavilions, everything that was needed. One could tell in a glance that these belonged to those family clans or the wealthy.
This large road was also one of the most flourishing road, and its name was very poetic as well: Ocean Blue Astral Road. Qing Shui didn't know the origins of this name, neither was he interested in knowing.
Along the way, he saw many which were up for rent. When Qing Shui inquired about them, the other party wasn't willing to sell. Thus, he did not bother trying to offer a high price. Even if he offered a value twice the market prince, they would not sell. Furthermore, Qing Shui was not that satisfied with these places.
Every now and then, he would see a few places for sale but they were too small!
Qing Shui did not even bother to go up and ask. He simply looked for others. After all, this was the most bustling area, so much so that even the businesses were good. Along the road, the Cloth shop, weapons shop, banks, pawn shops, armor shops, medicine shops, physician store, and countless many others all seemed to have good business. Thus, there were very few shop lots for sale. They would only sell those lots if they were leaving Continent's Capital.
Time slowly went by, and soon, it was noon. Qing Shui felt depressed. He had the money but could not spend it. Could it be that he had to buy his own land and build it himself?
Qing Shui shook his head, he could only buy good land. Actually, with Qing Shui's status as the Heavenly Palace patriarch, he could get anything he wanted in the Continent's Capital. Qing Shui did not want to did it that way, however, as he detested this way of doing things. What's more, he had no other use for all his money.
"En!" Qing Shui noticed a large sign that made him excited. For Sale! More importantly, this place was big enough.
Qing Shui looked at it and felt that this place was better than he imagined. The location was the best spot of the Ocean Blue Astral Road.
The land area was about as big as Qing Village. In the Greencloud Continent, the price of such a villa would be astronomical, and regular people would not be able to afford such a villa.
Normally, people who owned such a villa would not sell it away. After taking another look, Qing Shui became distracted. This was actually the Hai Clan…...
Qing Shui hesitated as he stood there. The was the ancestral home of the Hai Clan. Why was the Hai Clan selling away their ancestral home? Qing Shi felt this matter unimaginable.
They were a famous Clan in the Greencloud Continent. If anyone said that the Hai Clan was lacking money, they would drown to death from the crowd's spit. However, it seemed that the Hai Clan was selling away their ancestral home now. Who would do that unless they were lacking money?
"Could it be that they are leaving? Leaving the Greencloud Continent forever?" Qing Shui speculated. The more he thought about it, the more plausible it became.
Taking wide strides, Qing Shui stepped through the wide doors of the Hai Clan. There was not even a guard at guarding the door. As he walked, he thought that it would be great if he bought the Hai Clan's villa.
However, Qing Shui felt that it was not so easy to purchase. Otherwise, this offer wouldn't have even existed. Upon coming to this train of thought, he smiled. Qing Shui felt that there would be a good show to watch.
Once he entered, he saw two people chatting with each other. When they saw Qing Shui, they quickly kept quiet. The one on the left side was a youth with thick brows. He smile towards Qing Shui and asked: "Sir, how may I help you?"
"Isn't this villa for sale? I wish to buy it!" Qing Shui answered with a smile.
The man on the other side, a slightly plump man with small eyes, gave Qing Shui a few looks. Perhaps Qing Shui had a certain presence, because after the man looked at him, he said: "Sir, please follow me."
Originally, there were not many people in the Hai Clan. plus, it was cold now. In such a large villa, he did not see many people in it. He followed that plump man with small eyes to the backyard.
The did not see anyone on the way!
They stopped at a gorgeous pavilion, after which the man said: "Young Mistress, there is someone here to buy the house."
"Allow him to come in!" An elegant voice with a certain magnetic quality rang out.
Qing Shui nodded his head and walked into the gorgeous pavilion. After he entered, he found himself in a huge hall. This was the architectural style of the World of the Nine Continents. The whole of the first floor was basically the living room.
A woman stood in the middle of the living room with a smile on her face. Her figure was tall and graceful;there was an intellectual air to it. Her charm was the kind that could captivate others.
"It's you!" That intellectual and graceful voice, the stunningly exceptional face… they exuded a certain kind of charm.
This women was Hai Dongqing!
Qing Shui had met this woman at the Old Ancestor's funeral before, although this was his first time seeing her face. This woman had a intellectual and gracefully charm, in addition, an exceptional face. Even Qing Shui, who had not planned to take in any more woman, could not help but agree that she was peerless.
"You are selling this place?" Qing Shui smile and retracted his gaze.
"Yes, are you interested?" Hai Dongqing's eyebrows relaxed as though she was in a particularly good mood at this moment.
"En, yes. I wonder how much are you selling for?" Qing Shui was straight to the point.
"Come, have a seat and we will discuss. Let me get you some tea first!" Hai Dongqing invited Qing Shui to the room, then went to a room north of the living room
Qing Shui sat down and looked at the surroundings here. The decorations were not too luxurious, but it allow people to feel that this was a wealthy family. From the furniture to the decorations they were all of a superior standard and brand new.
On the west wall, there was an humongous painting of a snowy land. It was a vast expanse of whiteness and the field of view was extremely expansive. On the extreme left, there were snow-white plum blossoms which stood tall and straight in this snowy heaven, unafraid of the cold. In the middle was a big ice mountain, and on the extreme right, there was a endless glacier.
The roof and walls were a light green color. In this hot summer day, it caused Qing Shui to a faint coolness. He felt very comfortable.
Very soon, Hai Dongqing brought out a wooden tray which carried a pot of tea and two snow-white cups. He noticed everything in the room, as well as everything on Hai Dongqing, were all white. He knew then that this woman liked snow-white colors.
"Sorry for the wait!" Hai Dongqing treaded lightly to across the table.
"It's fine, sorry to trouble you!"
Hai Dongqing filled the two tea cups to 70 percent, upon which a faint tea fragrance wafted out. Although the tea fragrance was faint, it was very distinct. Any person would feel refreshed upon smelling it.
"Is it very busy being the patriarch of Heavenly Palace?" Hai Dongqing smiled as she offered Qing Shui a cup of tea.
Qing Shui quickly replied: "Not really, I just came back yesterday. I am still not clear on the Heavenly Palace's matters."
"The working class uses strength, the middle class uses their intelligence, the upper class uses people!" Hai Dongqing smiled as she picked up her cup.
"I am not as good as you say I am. I just lack time." Qing Shui shook his head and smiled.
Hai Dongqing smiled and looked at Qing Shui, that gaze seeming to show that she was especially curious about Qing Shui.
"Don't look at me like that. Curious about me? I'm here to buy the house." Qing Shui smiled at this beautiful yet stunningly graceful woman.
Hai Dongqing was not embarrassed. Instead, she seemed even happier: "I was quite curious about you. I wonder how you cultivate? You could reach such heights at such a young age. Within the World of the Nine Continents, there would not be many youths who could achieve the same cultivation as you."
"Don't do too curious about men, otherwise you might get yourself into a difficult situation. It's a good thing that I'm young." Qing Shui did not even look at Hai Dongqing. It was not that he did not wish to look at her, but that they were too close. They were separated by not even a distance of a meter, and he could smell the faint fragrance from her body. Her chest had a elegant curvature. It was also full, and there was a healthy luster to it to her sparkling and translucent snow-white skin.
"How narcissistic. I have no interest in younger guys." Hai Dongqing found it funny.
If this was the past, especially his past life, Qing Shui would look at such woman and drool. At that time, Qing Shui would never have thought that there would be any interaction with them because of his personality. He never would have been able to manage these kind of women.
"Let's talk business. I feel that you all are leaving this place, right?" Qing Shui raised his head and looked at Hai Dongqing as he finished speaking.
"You guessed right, but there is no prize. Let's talk about this villa, then. This villa is not selling for cash." Hai Dongqing felt like laughing. She seemed to be very relaxed around this youth, despite him being the patriarch of the Heavenly Palace.
Qing Shui smiled and said: "that seemed obvious. After all, the Hai Clan is not short on money."
"Miss Hai, what should I use to exchange for this villa?" Qing Shui did not wait for Hai Dongqing to reply before asking.
"I don't know. Anything is fine, as long as I can be satisfied." Hai Dongqing said after thinking for a little.
Qing Shui went black, then said: "please give me a rough idea. For example, what kind of things would you like? This way, it would speed up this transaction if I have it."
"That's hard to say. The villa is here, what do you feel this is worth? Unless you have too many good things and have everything? Why don't you take out what you are willing to exchange and let me pick?" Hai Dongqing looked at Qing Shui and smiled.
Qing Shui smiled silently, then he took out a silk shirt from the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal and placed it on the table: "How about this?"
Hai Dongqing was speechless. She could not help but think that the silk shirt was good, but if he wanted to exchange this shirt of this large villa, it would not be justified.
"You wish to use this silk shirt to exchange?" Hai Dongqing was moved by her emotions for the first time, during this period of time.
"No, you can try this silk shirt first, then see how much am I lacking? What do you think?" Qing Shui smiled and said.
Hai Dongqing looked seriously at Qing Shui. which caused Qing Shui to lower his head. Her bright eyes seemed to see through Qing Shui.
"Sure!" Hai Dongqing smile. She took that shirt and turned her body to head upstairs.
After a while, about 15 minutes, Hai Dongqing surprising wore her original clothes down. The silk shirt was arranged neatly as though it had never been worn before. Her eyes were full of excitement.
Once again, Hai Dongqing took a seat opposite Qing Shui. She blinked her beautiful eyes and looked at Qing Shui!
"Alright Miss Hai, please stop looking. I already have a woman." QIng Shui rubbed his nose and said bitterly. He felt uncomfortable when such a beauty looked at him with that kind of gaze.
"In your dreams. Learning such bad things at a young age!" Hai Dongqing laughed. It was strange. She did not know why she felt so relaxed within such little time. Maybe it was because this youth was excellent, or maybe he was not like other men who looked at her with ravenous eyes. Perhaps his age was too young…...
"I am very satisfied with this silk shirt, only……"
"I know you are a honest person, so I won't take advantage of you." Qing Shui took out a pair of shoes, bracelet, a Great Revitalizing Pellet, and a Tri-Acupoint Clearing Pellet.
He handed those over to Hai Dongqing. With such a big villa, Qing Shui felt it inconceivable to trade a silk shirt for it. Maybe the miss of the Hai Clan liked it a lot and did not know what to do. She also was too embarrassed to bargain. After all, the value of that silk shirt was not small. This bit of Martial Saint beast skin was incredibly valuable.
"Great Revitalizing Pellet!" Hai Dongqing exclaimed in shock when she saw the pellet.
"You recognized this pellet?"
"En, but the one you have seemed to be a little different from the one in the legends. Maybe in the future, you would be able to refine a true Great Revitalizing Pellet." Hai Dongqing said excitedly.
"A true Great Revitalizing Pellet?" Qing Shu felt a little deceived. Wasn't this the Great Revitalizing Pellet? What true Great Revitalizing Pellet……
"The true Great Revitalizing Pellet is out of the strong medicines of the World of the Nine Continents. It is very rare but does exist. Its effects are also very strong, it can regrow flesh or even a leg. No matter what it is, the pill is capable of regrowing it. However, the amount each pill can regrow is only 2 jin. The effects of a permanent increase of 50% of strength is only applicable to the first pallet. It can temporarily raise strength by 100% and lasts for 15 minutes! What effects does your pill have?" Hai Dongqing smiled at Qing Shui. Her expression was a little hopeful.
553 - Two years later, Martial Saint Elder Ge
"Regrow the body……" Qing Shui had not thought that the World of the Nine Continents also had the Great Revitalizing Pellet, it was even a divine medicine that could regrow the body. His Great Revitalizing Pellet did not have such an effect, it could only heal some major wounds, then raise one's strength by a little.
"Could it be that the quality of the Great Revitalizing Pellet was not sufficient? Or was it because his Great Revitalizing Pellet was a different medicine from the World of the Nine Continents 'Great Revitalizing Pellet?' Qing Shui thought. One must know that the effect of regrowing the body was sufficient for it to become a legendary pill.
In this martial art prevalent world, there were many strong cultivators that were disabled or missing a limb. With the legendary Great Revitalizing Pellet, one could exchange it with them for anything they wanted.
"Mine can only heal some major wounds, the first pellet permanently raises strength by 20 %, and it temporarily raises strength by 100 % for 15 minutes." Qing Shui smiled.
Hai Dongqing opened her small mouth in shock but she quickly closed it. However, her beautiful appearance in that moment caused Qing Shui's heart to palpitate, thus he silently shifted his gaze away from her face.
After Hai Dongqing saw Qing Shui's expression, she relaxed. She hated men who looked at her ravenously or gutless men who would steal glances at her. Qing Shui had looked openly at her, but had controlled himself sufficiently. She did not hate this kind of feeling, she even felt that this youth, who did not have a thick skin, was quite interesting.
If Qing Shui knew what she thought, he would not mind using a wretched gaze to look at her. However, Qing Shui would subconsciously reject that, because Qing Shui did not want to get involved in any more relationships between man and woman.
"I quite like these items of yours, I shall take advantage of you and ask for them all, is that alright?" said Hai Dongqing as she looked at the items in Qing Shui's hands.
"These are things that you deserve in the first place. If everything is alright, then can we consider our transaction successful?" Qing Shui stood up and smiled.
"En, hang on for a moment, I'll go get the title deeds and the contracts for ownership transfer."
Very soon, the exchange was completed. Qing Shui was happy in his heart, he had never expected to be able to buy the Hai Clan's villa. On the Ocean Blue Astral Road, this villa ranked among the top.
Furthermore, Qing Shui knew that this Ocean Blue Astral Road was related to the Hai Clan.
"I'm leaving, we will meet again if fate allows it!"
Hai Dongqing smiled at Qing Shui and then left swiftly!
Qing Shui watched as Hai Dongqing left, then he wandered around the Hai Clan's villa. He visited every pavilion and discovered that all the furnitures were new. Qing Shui did not find this strange, this was a practice in the World of the Nine Continents. Things that were used before, the previous owners had to remove it or destroy it. They could not allow others to use the things they used before, and others would not want to use it either.
Originally, Qing Shui had intended to custom order some furniture, but it looked like he did not need to, he could just get them to directly move in.
After he looked around, Qing Shui locked up the big doors of the Hai Clan Villa, it seems that half the afternoon had passed!
Time went by in a flash! In a blink of an eye, two years passed!
A peaceful two years!
Greencloud Continent City!
The majestic Qing Clan, this used to be the Hai Clan's Villa, but two years ago, it was bought by the Qing Clan, a rapidly developing family clan.
At first, there were some people who came to make trouble, but they were driven away by the Qing Clan members. The other party was a slightly famous second rate family clan.
The brainless second generation family head did not think about who stayed here in the past, could the people who bought the villa from the Hai Clan be ordinary?
They even spoke rudely, trying to take liberties with Mingyue Gelou, and got killed by her. When that clan found out that their descendants had died at the hands of a nameless family clan, they brought their people after finding out that the Qing Clan did not have any background.
It was a pity that Qing Shui was around and suppressed everyone. The Qing Clan rose up because of this disaster. This time, the Qing Clan was truly headed to becoming part of the upper echelons of the Greencloud Continent City.
At the same time, almost everyone learned that the Qing Clan and the Heavenly Palace were very close, the young patriarch of the Heavenly Palace was a member of this Clan, in a short period of time, the Qing Clan became as busy as a market……
Everyone came to extend their congratulations including the large family clans of the Heavenly Palace, as well as the surrounding clans and sects. This was a good chance to establish a good relationship with the Qing Clan, no one would give it up. After finding out that the Qing Clan was in the medicinal herbs business, many big medicinal herb trading companies took the initiative to cooperate with the Qing Clan.
When the reputation of one was great, others can rely on it for cover!
All of these things were very normal, since they could not avoid it, they might as well enjoy it! Qing Shui spent most of his time staying in the newly established Qing Clan's villa. Even if he had to go back to the Heavenly Palace, he would leave the Diamond Gigantic Elephant behind. Aside from doing business, the other Qing Clan members were bitterly training, especially Lin Zhanhan.
This was how the two years went by!
The changes in the Qing Clan were great, amongst the three generations, aside from those who did not want to cultivate, everyone had reached the Xiantian Realm. Qing Qing had achieved it as well, after Qing You.
All these breakthroughs were the results of Qing Shui guiding them, in addition to the Spirit Concentrating Pill, Tiger Bone Soup, Snake Gall Soup, Bone Strengthening Pill, Constitution Nurturing Pill…...
After reaching Xiantian, they directly joined the Heavenly Palace, because it was safer there. Finally, Qing Shui let Qing Shan take the Xiantian Golden Pellet. Qing Shan did not like cultivating, so after he reached Xiantian, he was already very happy.
Under the effects of Qing Shui's pills, Lin Zhanhan was now a Peak Martial King with the strength of four countries, he could be considered stronger than Cang Wuya by a little.
Canghai Mingyue has also more or less achieved the Peak Martial King and had started to accumulate strength!
Huoyun Liu-Li bitterly trained and was now a Grade One Martial King. She was the slowest one amongst them, even Wenren Wu-shuang, who had lost her memories, was now a Grade Five Martial King. Without any other way, Qing Shui let Wenren Wu-shuang eat every pill he had, he even helped her to cleanse her marrow and replace her vessels. In these two years, although she had not recovered her memories, but her eye-piercing blood-red hair had turned back to black.
She was now at least happy and got along with the others pretty well. In these few years, she now knew who were nice and sincere to her.
In regards to Wenren Wu-shuang's breakthrough to the 5th Grade of Martial King, Qing Shui was not surprised. This was because she was one of the women from the Portraits of Beauties. Amongst the women of the Portraits of Beauties, Qing Shui just realized that she was the weakest one.
In this two year period, Qing Bei had reached the 2nd grade of Xiantian. Luan Luan, who had dealt many blows to Qing Bei, had already reached the 5th grade of Xiantian. This almost thirteen year old girl, was now a beauty that could cause the fall of nations.
The Heavenly Fire-Armored Rock Bear's improvements were not inferior to Luan Luan, Its height had increased by a meter, and its strength increased by more than one country.
There was no longer anyone who would dare to anger the Qing Clan in the Greencloud Continent. Furthermore, the Qing Clan were unpretentious, they were not arrogant, and their public reputation was good.
Now, Qing Shui was rushing to the back mountain of Heavenly Palace!
Today was his last treatment for Elder Ge, whether he could recover his Martial Saint strength would be determined!
When Elder Ge saw Qing Shui, he was a little excited. It had been almost three years since this youth had given him a chance to chase after his former glory.
"Qing Shui is here!"
"Let us begin!" Qing Shui smiled as he took out the Gold Needles. He sterilized the needles with the gray fire in his hands. In an instant, he caused the Gold Needles to turn back into the state it was when it was just made. Furthermore, since the Golden Essence material was a disinfectant, it would not be contaminated.
"Sure!" Elder Ge took a deep breath.
"Don't be so nervous, it is just like the other times, just relax!" Qing Shui looked at Elder Ge's tensed up muscles, he knew that this was caused by Elder Ge's excitement and anxiousness.
Qing Shui's hands turned transparent and sparkled like a crystal. In an instant, his hands gave off an overwhelming Spiritual Qi, then they directly landed on Elder Ge's stout chest!
Qing Shui's hands rapidly struck all over Elder Ge's body, covering every acupoint and joint. His hands seemed as though they were rapidly dancing but they were not frantic or hurried.
He struck Elder Ge's body more than a few thousand times, until there seemed to be a sparkling translucent Qi on Elder Ge's body. Then Qing Shui suddenly pulled out a Gold Needle, which he had prepared earlier, and pierced it into Elder Ge's Shanzhong acupoint.
The Shanzhong acupoint was one of the largest acupoints in the human body, it was also known as the death acupoint. If Qing Shui was not accurate, it would be easy to cause serious injuries and even death.
Qing Shui pierced this needle very steadily, its depth accurate to within millimeters.
Then he took out another Gold Needle and pierced it into the Tiantu acupoint!
Elder Ge's body trembled!
Qing Shui did not even seem to react to it, he took out another Gold Needle without any hesitation and accurately pierced it into Elder Ge's Youmen acupoint!
Six Gold Needles pierced down, there was a layer of fine sweat on Qing Shui's forehead, but he continued. Suddenly, Qing Shui swept his hands across the six Gold Needles, as though it was a zither.
A soft hum rang out, the six Gold Needles were slightly trembling, the frequency was high but the range was small. If one observed carefully, one would notice that they were rotating slower than before.
Elder Ge's body seemed to be getting cleansed, a fine black oily substance oozed out of his body, giving off an odd odor.
This was the Seven Stars Acupuncture Technique that Qing Shui practiced over the past two years, not only could it improve talent and constitution, but it could also easily cleanse the marrows. At this moment, Qing Shui watched Elder Ge's changes without blinking, his hand held a Gold Needle.
Qing Shui could feel the Qi Force circulating in Elder Ge's body with his spiritual sense. Silently, he cheered for Elder Ge in his heart.
Slowly, time went by, after the amount of time it takes to brew a pot of tea, Qing Shui squinted, then suddenly plunged the Gold Needle in his hand into the top of Elder Ge's head.
It was as fast as lightning!
The Gold Needle was pierced stably into Elder Ge's Chengguang acupoint!
In a few moments, the seven Gold Needles emitted a faint golden light, furthermore, it was getting brighter. At the same time, Qing Shui could feel a huge strength rising from Elder Ge's body.
The Chengguang acupoint was connected to the majestic Spiritual Qi of Heaven and Earth!
The moment when the two types of strong Qi clashed against each other, Elder Ge's whole body released a bright light which enveloped his entire body.
A strong aura of might was released in every direction, and a barely audible beast roar could be heard. This was the might that was released when one's Qi had reached a certain standard.
"Success, Martial Saint, it's a success……" Qing Shui smiled at Elder Ge, who was still wrapped in light.