Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 555-556
AST 555 - Qing Shui's Methods
Di Chen's thoughts flew very far away...
Her birth father had sent her to the Residence of the Sky Tyrant Lord when she was very young;the person she had called elder brother for decades now wanted her to be his wife;the Elder Martial Brother who had treated her very well all this time also had ill-intentions toward her;the person who she had addressed as her adoptive husband also wanted her to marry his son...
Gradually, the same happened to everyone close to her. She started to reject everyone, especially men in particular, that was until she met Qing Shui. Back then, she had wanted to kill this guy who had taken advantage of her.
But because the situation was prolonged, tens of times a day, although she did not met him in person, his presence was imprinted in her heart.
This was hate!
But no matter what, even if it was hate, he was already cast a shadow in her heart. He had become a memory she could not erase from her mind. If she were to get married to someone in the future, she must at least kill this guy who had acted indecently toward her for so long. But whenever she saw this man with a pair of clear eyes, she hesitated.
Women are very strange creatures, especially ladies like Di Chen, who would not be able to accept any taints on themselves, even if it was just a scene in the Dream Among The Sea of Flowers.
Therefore, after a series of unexpected events, she held back and decided to give him a chance. At the same time, was giving herself a chance. This was also the reason why she went through so much trouble so many times in order to save Qing Shui.
Di Chen looked at Qing Shui in a daze. This man had not let her down. Although he was still not comparable to those people, it was just a matter of time.
She hoped that one day, she would be able to fall in love with him. Hoped that one day he could stand at the top of the world. She hoped that one day, he could bring her back to that family to show them that she was living an extremely good life and let them know that their decisions back then were extremely foolish.
"Qing Shui, do you really have to go to the Central Continent now? With your talent, you should be able to reach the Martial Saint level very quickly. By then, you should be able to fend for yourself. If you were to go now, everyone will be worried." Di Chen spoke softly to Qing Shui.
"Sister Chen, I know this. But I must go to the Central Continent. The main reason is because I feel that I've reached a bottleneck. I feel that if I were to leave now, I will be able to attain a breakthrough. Qing Shui looked at this goddess-like lady with a majestic aura. When he heard her words of concern, he felt very warm inside.
"How about this, let Qing`er return with you. She needs to go home too. With her along, the two of you can take care of each other along the journey." Di Chen paused a little before she continued.
Qing Shui knew that her intention was because of what Di Qing had said previously. After they had reached the Central Continent, she wanted some people to feel that because of Di Qing, Di Clan's Young Miss was very close to this man.
"Why? Are you not happy with this arrangement? How about you just take it as escorting me back to the Central Continent?" Di Qing smiled and said.
Qing Shui did not know why, but he felt nothing towards this beauty who's presence was wispy like an illusion. Her disposition was a bit like Di Chen and Yiye Jiange, but yet something was different about her.
Di Chen was one who was spiritually unrestrained, Yiye Jiange was one who was otherworldly, but Di Qing had a humanly aura to her. However, at the same time, it was hard for others to see through her. She was wispy, mysterious, decisive, and sharp.
"Alright!" In the end, Qing Shui could only reply this one word...
"Treat my elder sister better!" Di Qing said teasingly.
"Qing`er, what rubbish are you talking about?" Di Chen shot back.
Qing Shui was once again confused. This was the second time. He had always been intelligent and held only respect toward Di Chen. Moreover, he had never thought of having a relationship with Di Chen. Therefore, he was feeling at a loss, but he would not think too much of it either.
"When are you planning to head off?" Di Qing grinned and asked.
"Soon, no longer than half a year." Qing Shui did not think much and replied. He had already planned out everything.
In the Heavenly Palace's main hall!
"The reason I've called everyone here today is just to say some simple things." Qing Shui smiled and looked at the hundreds of people below.
"This is Elder Ge, I'm sure many of you know of him!"
"Isn't this Elder Feng?!" A voice full of disdain spoke up.
"Elder Jiang, do not be disrespectful. Elder Ge is a senior from the Old Ancestor's generation." Elder Gongsun looked toward that elder with triangular eyes.
"Old man Gongsun, why the act? Everyone knows that this is Elder Feng, someone who was goofing off in the Heavenly Palace for a few hundred years and had also tainted our reputation." Old Man Jin from the Golden Throne Palace smirked as he said to Elder Gongsun.
"Enough! This isn't a marketplace. After I'm done saying my piece, if you want to quarrel, take it outside!" Feeling annoyed, Qing Shui waved his hand and said.
Qing Shui looked at the Jin Clan's old man with disgust. This guy was short-sighted, did not repent, and the longer he lived, the more ignorant he became.
"I'll be leaving for a period of time and will be leaving the affairs of the Heavenly Palace to Elder Ge."
After Qing Shui finished, everyone fell into a daze. Many people did not say anything, but everyone knew that this Elder Ge was a crazy man and was only at the Xiantian level. Was it not a joke to leave the matters of Heavenly Palace to a person like him?
However, many people still chose to remain silent. Although they had a lot to say, they decided to keep quiet. This was the way to do things in life and was also a means of survival.
"Patriarch, are you kidding? Getting a lunatic to take charge of us?"
"Elder Jin is right. If that's the case, I, Jian Nianhe, will be the first person to disagree." That Elder Jiang from earlier spoke up again.
Qing Shui did not understand. Did these people not know that the bird which takes the lead was usually the one to be shot down? Could it be that they had lived long enough a life and had seen through a lot of things?
"It doesn't matter whether you agree or not. Are you the Patriarch or am I the Patriarch? Do you believe that I'll strip you of your position right now?" Qing Shui asked calmly.
These people had lived a bulk of their life, but some of them still liked to flaunt their seniority. Qing Shui did not mind teaching them a lesson before he left.
"Patriarch, the Heavenly Palace is one of the top sects in Greencloud Continent. If we let a lunatic take charge of things, we would become a laughing stock..."
With a flash, Qing Shui appeared next to Elder Jin and launched his Tiger Fist! His speed was so fast that no one could see him clearly.
With a terrible cry, Elder Jin was sent flying!
Qing Shui did not stop. He kicked out with his left foot as if it was a gigantic whip!
Elder Jiang was sent flying with the kick as well!
Qing Shui did not kill them but merely crippled them by snapping off their meridian channels. With this, they would not be able to use their cultivation but their lifespan would not be reduced.
"In the future, when I speak, those who interrupt before I'm done will be crippled immediately." Qing Shui returned to his seat.
The main hall immediately turned speechless and Qing Shui looked at Elder Jin and Elder Jiang who were not able to get up yet and said, "Don't think I don't know what you guys have been up to. You've sold out the Heavenly Palace's benefits to exchange for your own. I'll settle this with the two of you later."
"From today onward, Elder Ge will temporarily take over my position until I return. One more thing, Elder Ge has recovered and is now at the Martial Saint level." Qing Shui looked at Elder Jin and Elder Jiang as he smiled and said.
Everyone in the main hall had an excited expression. Even Cang Wuya did not know about this beforehand. Qing Shui saw that Elder Jin's and Elder Jiang's expression had turned pale immediately!
"Elder Ge, Patriarch, we were blind to not have seen this earlier!" Elder Jin and Elder Jiang turned to kneel on the floor.
"Shut up. One more word and I'll make the two of you disappear."
When he came out from the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal, Qing Shui suddenly recalled what he had said to Huoyun Liu-Li earlier in the day. He was about to leave. For the past few years, it had been tough on this lass. She liked him, and he should give her some hope and promise.
Although a promise meant nothing, Qing Shui would definitely make good on his words.
They knew Qing Shui's character, and would not let him make them any promises. They hoped that their relationship with Qing Shui was one filled with spiritual connection and love, and not one for the sake of fulfilling a promise.
Walking up to Huoyun Liu-Li's room, Qing Shui softly pushed the door!
It was locked!
Qing Shui's activated his Spiritual Sense and knew that Huoyun Liu-Li was not asleep. He knocked gently.
In the silent night, the sound was very clear. This was a Continent's Capital and could also be said to be a bustling city. The place was bustling with activity and excitement all day long, both in the day and at night.
During nighttime, the streets would be filled with food stalls and night markets. Even shops like the cloth stores, the clothes stores, and the medicinal stores would remain open. The most lively place would, of course, be some of the taverns and the places with unique businesses.
Such places were not uncommon in the World of the Nine Continents. There were many adventurers in this world and they would frequently hunt down demonic beasts or take on jobs to escort and protect mercenary teams. They lived a dangerous life and could lose their life at anytime.
They earned a lot of money but tended to not live to enjoy them. They were suppressed mentally and needed a place to relax and vent their stress.
The best way to vent out would be on women!
Each time they stopped by a place, they would release their frustrations without a care on how much money they spent. Of course, it was an exception for those who had their partners with them. Those without would look for the brothels in the area.
However, those who could set up such brothels would tend to be sects or reputable clans with great power and authority. However, Qing Shui had not heard that that the brothel was opened by the Heavenly Palace.
The sound of the door opening rang out.
Qing Shui regained his senses and saw that Huoyun Liu-Li was in her pajamas. After seeing that it was Qing Shui, she quickly lowered her head!
With a flash, Qing Shui squeezed in and closed the door after him!
"I hope that this time around, it would not be the same as the other time!" Qing Shui recalled the agony of how he could only hug her for a night but not have his way with her.
"This time around, even if you don't wish to touch me, I won't allow it."
Qing Shui heard that magnetic and intoxicating voice and those words which made his blood gush all the way up to his head. He lifted Huoyun Liu-Li's slender body and walked toward that purple and beautiful bed.
Qing Shui crazily kissed Huoyun Liu-Li on her eyes, nose, lips, neck, and lifted up her purple-colored nightwear. Her snow-white and flat abs were very firm, with no flabs at all.
Huoyun Liu-Li's body trembled and her hands hugged Qing Shui around the neck tightly! Her face burned up as if on fire, her eyes were soft like silk and and her messed up nightwear partially revealed her beautiful body before Qing Shui, exuding a fatal sense of seduction.
AST 556 - Sixth Level of Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal
She was exquisitely charming. Her eyes were as soft as silk!
Qing Shui tasted her lower body bit by bit. As they made out, they took off their clothes pieces by pieces until they were completely naked. With their bodies facing each other, Qing Shui's heart raced when he saw the impressive silhouette of her body.
Huoyun Liu-Li had a slim powdered neck, and moderately-sized supple breasts. Her breasts were not very bulbous, but Qing Shui's palms were not able to cover her entire breasts as he groped them. However, Liu-Li's breasts were bouncy and soft to touch, which left a fascinating visual impact for Qing Shui.
At that moment, Qing Shui's Unnamed Duo Cultivation Technique began circulating once more. He held Huoyun Liu-Li tightly in his arms and stopped moving. However, the Qi Force continued to circulate inside his body.
An enormous amount of energy flowed from his private part into his body while simultaneously purifying his spirit. In an instant, Qing Shui felt that all the bones in his body had been cleansed thoroughly.
After another round of Qi Force circulation, Qing Shui's eyes brightened when he suddenly felt a sense of liberation, as if something had been cleared inside his body. But after a while, his senses returned to normal. He was speechless about the weird sensation because he didn't have a clear understanding of what it was.
After three circulations, Qing Shui had stopped receiving the flow of energy into his body. However, Huoyun Liu-Li who was beneath him suddenly emitted numerous flickers of halo light from her body.
Huoyun Liu-Li opened her mesmerizing eyes and looked at Qing Shui with disbelief. Who knew that having se* would be able to heighten their strength….
The strength of Grade Five Martial King!
Even Qing Shui found it beyond comprehension. Not only had her strength greatly improved, but the constitution of her body had also developed by a moderate amount.
Qing Shui strongly believed that she and Canghai Mingyue could be in possession of the rumored divine Bodies described in the Portrait of Beauty!
After a series of developments, Qing Shui couldn't wait to ravage her, so he began to take siege of her body immediately after that. He engulfed himself with the pleasure of se*ual ecstasy until his back began to feel sore.
When they were done, both of them winded down and laid back on the bed together. Huoyun Liu-Li fell asleep soundly on his arms due to the extreme fatigue from the intercourse. Qing Shui, on the other hand, could not fall asleep for some reason.
Qing Shui gazed at Huoyun Liu-Li's genuinely satisfied expression as she drifted off to her dreams. The faint blush from the rush of having se* still remained on her cheeks. It was the most beautiful color he had ever seen - this faint shade of red had a mesmerizing glow to it.
Qing Shui stayed at her side until she had fallen into a deep sleep. By this time, it was already midnight. He got up slowly without disturbing her and left quietly. Qing Shui felt helpless about his situation;he had to continue his cultivation while satisfying his women while being a hero to many at the same time!
The reason he had decided to relieve himself with Huoyun Liu-Li was because he didn't have the mood to cultivate his skills. He also felt partly guilty for her as well as the other ladies because he couldn't devote an entire night to them, much less accompany them past midnight.
When he went back to his room, the first thing he did was to enter the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. But when he stepped into the realm, he was stunned by what he saw!
The realm had expanded in size, and was much bigger compared to before. Qing Shui knew exactly what caused this - an upgrade. The Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal had finally upgraded…..
Qing Shui roughly estimated that the width and height of the realm had increased by a thousand meters. The sole pond in the middle of the realm had also expanded by a hundred meter or more. In an instant, the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal had transformed into an area more spacious by numerous folds.
Although he hadn't see the descriptions inscribed on the stone monument, he was certain that the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal had experienced an upgrade.
He already had a nagging suspicion during his intercourse with Huoyun Liu-Li, especially during the time both of them were experiencing a change inside their bodies. At the same time, Qing Shui felt a surge of spiritual energy inside his body, a familiar sensation that happened every time the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal had been upgraded. He wasn't certain at that point, but then he saw it with his own eyes.
Qing Shui had also gained a moderate amount of spiritual energy during his intercourse with Canghai Mingyue back then. Because of that, he was able to miraculously revive part of his vitals that had been severely damaged.
This time, Qing Shui had broken through to the Sixth Level of the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. He knew he wouldn't have been able to upgrade the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal with Huoyun Liu-Li alone. Canghai Mingyue's help was also indispensable.
He still couldn't figure out the requirement to upgrade the realm after all this time. Initially, he thought that all he needed to do was to have intercourse with women in order to upgrade the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. However, this theory was debunked when the realm experienced an upgrade without him having se* with a woman. But it wasn't completely debunked because a woman was also involved in the breakthrough.
Qing Shui rubbed his head trying to figure out the exact trigger for the breakthrough. Nevertheless, the realm had upgraded to the next level, so it was a good thing worth celebrating. He then walked towards the stone monument near the pond to see what kind of surprises he would get from the upgrade.
The Nine-Petal Lotus in the middle of the water seemed significantly smaller as the pond had expanded. The depth of the pond had increased as well. It was deeper than it used to be.
The marine species consisting of fishes, prawns, turtles, and crabs had dispersed around the pond. It was more pleasing to his eyes because it wasn't that cramped anymore.
However, the stone monument did not change at all in terms of its size! Qing Shui was excited to see what words were inscribed on the stone monument!
The Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal!
First level, unlocked!
Second level, unlocked!
Sixth level, unlocked!
It only felt real when he read those words on the stone monument. He was ecstatic to know that the realm had indeed broken through to the sixth level. Qing Shui was excited to see what kind of rare rewards would come with this upgrade as he continued to the next line.
The first reward was a Five Elements Fruit Tree, which would bear ten fruits once it had ripened every hundred years. Each fruit was able to strengthen the ability of the five elements attributions, allowing the user to cultivate techniques that corresponded to their elements to yield twice the result with half the effort. The Five Elements Fruit would not increase the consumer's strength, but it could improve the consumer's bodily constitution and lifeforce. Most importantly, the fruit would be able to purify the consumer's corresponding element as well.
Qing Shui's element was Earth. If he were to consume an Earth element fruit, he would be able to increase the purity level of his element. He would discover an unexpected boost in the speed and the strength of his Ancient Strengthening Technique or other Earth elemental techniques once he started his cultivation.
The Five Elements Fruit Tree, as reflected by its name, had fruits of the five elements, namely Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth. Each person was only allowed to consume the fruits corresponding to their own elements. If they were to consume fruits other than their element, they would not be able to reap the benefits of the Five Element Fruit. Furthermore, one person could only have one corresponding element.
"This is good!"
Qing Shui didn't expect this surprise the reward would bring to him. The Five Elements Fruits were considered rare items in the World of Nine Continents. These fruits were very special and valuable.
Normally, one would only be required to eat one fruit or a number of Five Elements Fruits that would match the five elements of their body. That way, one would be able to proceed with their cultivation using techniques that corresponded to the five elements. In any case, a cultivator would be able to achieve a greater battle skill as long as the techniques have been applied and the techniques used reached a certain level of mastery.
A person was only allowed to eat up to ten Five Elements Fruits that corresponded to their own elements!
Qing Shui then recalled about the Five Elements Heavenly Fruits that were required to break through to the Martial Saint Realm - these fruits were also categorized into five elements. Despite the similarity, Qing Shui could not figure out the relation between the Five Elements Fruits and the Five Elements Heavenly Fruits required for the breakthrough to Martial Saint.
However, the Five Elements Fruit may be inferior because one person was allowed to eat ten of them. Because of that, Qing Shui didn't think the fruits that the Five Elements Tree bore would be on par with the quality of the legendary Five Elements Heavenly Fruits in the World of Nine Continents.
He perished his thoughts and shifted his focus onto the next few rewards!
Next reward: Ten 3,000 year Milkvetch!
Next reward: Ten 3,000 year Thousand Orchid!
Next reward: Ten 3,000 year Blood Jade Ginseng!
Qing Shui was quite pleased with these rewards. He had received fifteen types of 3,000 year herbs, and they were all very decent as well.
Although these herbs were satisfactory, Qing Shui did not feel as excited as he thought he would be. He felt that these herbs were less than half as exquisite compared to the first reward, the Five Elements Fruit.
However, Qing Shui didn't mind because these 3,000 years herbs would eventually become 4,000 years herbs or medicines of higher quality in no time with the help of his Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. Moreover, these herbs were originally grown in abundance in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal.
The next reward was a total of 300 Rainbow Trout Fishes - the species that would lay one hundred eggs once in a hundred years. After that, it would take another hundred years for the little fishes to mature. Each fish has the ability to increase one's energy level by two hundred Jin, as well as strengthening the consumer's meridians and the vital organs of their body. They would also feel as if their spirit has been cleansed slightly after consuming the fish. Moreover, they would still be able to feel the effects until they had consumed ten Rainbow Trout Fishes in a year, because consuming more than ten fishes a year would not yield any more energy or strengthen the body anymore. In any case, the fish tasted delicious on its own;it could also be used as a component of medicine, and as an ingredient for wine as well.
Qing Shui was ecstatic. The Rainbow Trout Fish was the evolution of the Gold Horn Firetail Fish, and most importantly, the number of eggs the Rainbow Trout Fish would lay was more impressive than its former form.
Theoretically, even if half of the 300 fishes were male and the other half were female, they would still produce a few million offsprings in two years….. Qing Shui looked back at the large pond and smiled widely.
The next reward was a 'Mysterious Fruit Tree' that would only produce one fruit in every 500 years. After the fruit was consumed, it would have a 1 % chance of giving a random unexpected result. The result would be a random increase in one of the following: strength, defense, or speed;a breakthrough for a random martial art technique;or the comprehension of the five elements profound theory of any cultivation technique.....
Qing Shui was confused by the Mysterious Fruit Tree and the fruit's capability. He knew it was a good item, but he was a bit iffy about the concept. The tree would bear one fruit every 500 years, and the fruit would have a 1 % chance of an unexpected reward….
Even with the realm's extraordinary time mechanic, the tree would only bear a fruit once every three years. Without the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal, he could only stare at the tree and still could not force it to produce a fruit. Moreover, the lifespan of a Xiantian martial warrior was at least 500 years, and the lifespan of a Martial Saint warrior would be around 1,000 years….
In three years, he thought, he would be able to pick the Mysterious Fruit. At least it was more acceptable than waiting for 500 years. In addition to that, it would be out of this world if he were to hit the jackpot on the 1 % chance of a rare gift.
The next reward was a bee nest consisting of an army of one hundred Jade Emperor Bees. These bees were able to speed up the growth of medicinal herbs by 10 %. Additionally, the Jade Emperor Queen Bee that led her armies of bees would be able to produce ten offsprings once in a hundred year. The matured Jade Emperor Bees would have at least the strength of a Martial King, whereas the Jade Emperor Queen Bee would have the strength of a Peak Martial King. The Jade Emperor Bee had a very long body, yet they were known to be extremely fast and poisonous. Each year, these bees would be able to harvest ten Jin of Jade Emperor Queen Bee Nectar.
Jade Emperor Queen Bee Nectar has the ability to enhance the potential of the human body, and strengthen the physique of one's body!
"What the f*k!"
Qing Shui could not help but swear at the sight of the enhancements the nectar could give. Meanwhile, the Martial King level Jade Emperor Bees were buzzing around with the Peak Martial King Jade Emperor Queen Bee in the middle of the hive. He was delighted to know that the bees were exceptionally agile and had a poisonous sting.
The rewards from the Sixth Layer of the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal were truly remarkable. However, the list still went on. So without hesitation, Qing Shui continued looking at the list of rewards calmly. Despite that, he wanted to finish reading the rewards quickly so that he could check the items on the spot….
Next reward: 2000 Jin of Violet Jade. A localized material that could be used for forging and refining!
Next reward: Ten cinnamon spices, and ten Purple Bamboo Tea!
Next reward: The ratio of time in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal has become 1:200. Time allowed in the realm has been expanded to six hours!