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Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 573-575

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Chapter 573-575

AST 573 –Stellar Horse Nightmare Beast! Scarlet Gigantic Python! divine Artifact

Si-si!

The Scarlet Gigantic Python whirled around the sky. It swept its enormous body towards the Stellar Horse Nightmare Beast like a tornado and left a huge black rift across the sky.

The Stellar Horse Nightmare Beast galloped in mid-air like it was walking up stairs as it dodged the enormous tail. It charged towards the Scarlet Gigantic Python with its enourmous body, its movements like drifting clouds.

Beng!

The enormous shockwave caused the entire area to be filled with black smoke and pestilential vapors. Furthermore, it also created a few huge crevices in the ground.

The heaven and earth looked as if it had just exploded. There were sands and stones flying everywhere.

The battle continued on from the sky, all the way to the ground. Occasionally, they would be on the surface of the water. This terrifying battle made Qing Shui felt numb.

What upset Qing Shui the most was that so far, both sides had only been attacking each other physically. In the , it was recorded that both of these Demonic Beasts possessed poisonous attacks.

Soon after, Qing Shui managed to realize the reason behind this. Both of these Demonic beasts definitely had really high poison resistance so they used physical attacks instead.

Just as Qing Shui came up with that theory, the Stellar Horse spat out a red substance which resembled a sword aura. It was a few meters wide and more than ten meters long. The Stellar hourse slashed the Bloody Scarlet Python with it.

Si-si!

The Bloody Scarlet Python instantly curled up its body. Its entire head was protected by its curled body.

Chi-chi!

Red colored liquid exploded in the air.

"Such a sharp attack!" Qing Shui felt goosebumps as he looked at the Scarlet Gigantic Python dyed in blood. There was a huge reason behind what the Scarlet Gigantic Python did previously. It had curled up into layers and had only exposed a very small portion of its body. This would help reduce the damage caused to it. Even though its entire body was covered in blood, the wounds were distributed evenly around each portion of its body.

Just as Qing Shui thought that the Scarlet Gigantic Python was slightly inferior to the Stellar Horse, it abruptly sprung up like a bullet from its curling position. It was as fast as lightning.

Pu!

Python's Kiss!

Si-si!

The Stellar Horse quickly retreated. A grotesque wound had appeared on its huge body. The Bloody Scarlet Python, on the other hand, spat out a sharp red gas similar to the red substance that the Stellar Horse had previously spat out. The only difference was that this gas didn’t look as stunning when compared to the Stellar Horse's substance.

Pu!

What made Qing Shui astonished was that the speed at which the two battled each other seemed to have slowed down significantly.

Poison?

As time passed, the injuries of the two beasts became heavier and heavier. Despite that, neither had any intention of stopping. However, there was someone who was feeling even more impatient than them at the moment.

As Qing Shui watched the way the two fought, he felt that it wasn't impossible for the to last for three hours. Qing Shui began to panic in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal.

He immediately felt like riding the Fire Bird for a desperate escape.

Qing Shui withdrew his spiritual sense. At present, Qing Shui was able to stay in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal for as more than a month in exchange for three hours of time in the outside world. He felt that he really needed to come up with a solution if he wanted to live.

Qing Shui didn’t want to try and escape now. He felt that he would just end up alerting the two demonic beasts, which was the last thing he would want to happen. For all he knew, the two might end up retreating after fighting for only one hour? Hence, for now, the only thing he could do was to wait.

If Qing Shui looked at the outside world from the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal, it would feel like time was flying. Since his spiritual sense was in the outside world, he would end up traveling at the same pace as the time outside. This was the reason he took back his spiritual sense.

Cultivate!

Qing Shui forced himself to calm down his mind and cultivate. Ever since he got crippled by the Residence of the Sky Tyrant Lord and had recovered his strength by relying on the Ancient Book of 'Rebirth', he told himself that no matter what, even if it meant putting his life in danger like now, he would never stop cultivating.

As long as he cultivated, there would be slight hope that he would survive. For instance, he might just break through to the Martial Saint grade out of nowhere.

There may only be a very small hope, but he would still fight for it nevertheless.

Qing Shui managed to beat himself. He cultivated as much as he could and only stopped when there were less than five days left. During that time, Qing Shui didn't pay any attention to the things that were happening outside.

However, Qing Shui wasn't able to make break through to the Martial Saint Grade in this time. For now, he would still have to face the problem in front of him. He released his spiritual sense only to find that the two were still fighting each other. Qing Shui smiled bitterly.

It’s just that their injuries seemed to have gotten a lot worse. A few inches of the Scarlet Gigantic Python's tail were gone. Furthermore, there was even blood flowing out of it. The Stellar Horse Nightmare Beast, on the other hand, was blinded in one of its eyes, one of its legs were even crippled.

Their entire bodies were bathed in blood. However, it didn’t seem like these injuries were fatal. As Martial Saint Grade Demonic Beasts, they both had really powerful self-recovery abilities. Despite that, the Stellar Horse couldn’t do anything about its blind eye nor could the Scarlet Gigantic Python do anything about its severed tail, unless they obtained gifted earth-ranked treasures like the Bones of the Living Dead.

Qing Shui couldn't wait any longer. He got everything ready and raised his strength to its peak. Just when he was about to exit the realm, he suddenly saw something which he had long-forgotten.

The Primordial Demon Refining Furnace!

The Primordial Refining Furnace was carved with many simple and unadorned pictures of Demonic Beasts. At one point, Qing Shui deeply researched about refining demons. When he arrived at Central Continent, he had discussed it with Nian Feng's grandfather as well.

Therefore, he could be considered to have understood quite a lot about it.

Across the World of the Nine Continents, refining demons meant placing the Demonic Beast's corpses into the refining furnace then refining its bone marrows and skin to convert the essence within it into a form of energy.

Crystal Demonic Beast Card!

Actually, it’s just something which had the same effect as Qing Shui's . Other than refining the Crystal Demonic Beast Card, it also had a certain chance of refining other objects. It was just that the chances of this happening were quite small. However, if it really succeeded, the objects which were refined would generally be really outstanding. It would more or less have the same quality as the Buddhist relics. Of course, the grade of the Demonic Beasts played a large part in it.

There was also information about refining demons within Qing Shui's sea of consciousness. It was an additional support skill which was included in the Ancient Strengthening Technique, although it was neglected by Qing Shui all along.

The beasts which were used to refine demons needed to be at least of the Demonic Beast Grade. There were two methods of refining demons, one was by refining the entire corpse of a Demonic Beast. It needed to be a complete corpse, on top of that, it wouldn't work if the Demonic Beast had died for too long. He would either get a Crystal Demonic Beast Card or a unique object, though the latter was quite unlikely.

This method of refining demons was exactly the same as the one in the World of the Nine Continents! It's just that Qing Shui never bothered trying to use it.

The other method was totally ignored by Qing Shui. This method of refining demons required two living Demonic Beasts. There was a chance that he could fuse part of their strengths and abilities with each other. The Demonic Beast which managed to survive from it would end up being tamed by the person who refined the demons.

However, there was only a one in a million chance of success!

At one point, Qing Shui has also thought about using this kind of method to get Demonic Beasts and become a Beast Tamer. But as soon as he saw the success rate, he immediately chickened out.

Actually, there was another reason why he backed off. During the process of refining demons, the person who was in charge of the refining process would be in danger themselves, especially when it came to refining very powerful Demonic Beasts. Furthermore, there were two of them. Hence, he would need to have an extremely strong spirit energy. If the gap in strength was too much, the person would explode and die immediately before the process properly begun.

These were the reasons why Qing Shui didn’t want to try it. It would be pointless if he wereto just refine a few low grade Demonic Beasts.

Even now, it was not like Qing Shui wanted to try it. Instead, it could be said that things had gotten to the point where he was forced to try and use it. Those were two Martial Saint Grade Demonic Beasts, either one of them were capable of killing him in an instant!

When he was taking out the Primordial Refining Furnace, he felt that its weight didn’t match up well with its size. Soon after, he gradually revolved his Qi of the Ancient Strengthening Technique. He channeled all of his Qi, which he had raised to its peak, into the Primordial Refining Furnace.

In an instant, the Primordial Refining Furnace started giving out seven-colored rings of lights. It looked really dazzling and bright!

"It’s a divine Artifact……."

Qing Shui stood there blankly. The strength in his body continuously gushed into the Primordial Refining Furnace without him noticing. By the time Qing Shui came back to his senses, he realized that more than half a day has passed.

He then realised established a unique connection with the Primordial Refining Furnace. This wasn’t really all that surprising since this was one of the most obvious unique features about a divine Artifact

Up!

Qing Shui used his mentally lifted up the Primordial Refining Furnace into mid-air through the connection he just established. Unfortunately, Qing Shui was not able to detect any messages with his spiritual sense.

He was unsure if there weren’t any messages or it’s just that he wasn’t strong enough……

Qing Shui tried to control the Primordial Refining Furnace through his unusual connection with it. After that, he slowly poured his spirit energy inside. Soon after, the Primordial Refining Furnace started expanding constantly. On top of that, it was also gave out a dazzling light.

The seven colored light would only appear occasionally. The colorful light which was coming out now all came from the Demonic Beast pictures on the Primordial Refining Furnace.

He looked at the Primordial Refining Furnace which has gotten considerably big as it floated in mid-air. It would even be able to contain both of the enormous Demonic Beasts together. It’s just that in order to do so, the two would have to be embracing each other. Would that even be possible?

Qing Shui wanted to make the Primordial Refining Furnace a bit bigger. But it had already reached its maximum size, hence, he could only give up on his thought. After that, Qing Shui revolved his Ancient Strengthening Technique and recovered his strength and state of mind to its peak. More than half a day had already passed in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal.

After getting everything ready, Qing Shui released his spiritual sense and looked towards the outside world. He knew that he didn’t have much time left.

Beng!

It was yet another loud noise. The Stellar Horse Nightmare Beast stomped the Scarlet Gigantic Python with both of its rear hoof, which had pitch-black flames on them. However, the Scarlet Gigantic Python once again demonstrated its defensive strategy. It curled up its entire body to protect its essential body parts.

After one stomp, the Stellar Horse wanted to retreat. But the Scarlet Gigantic Python didn’t let it do as it wished. It wasn’t the first time they had fought each other. Every time they fought, it would only end in a draw. Hence, the Scarlet Gigantic Python finally made its move.

What shocked Qing Shui was that it didn’t spit out anything poisonous nor did it bite the Stellar Horse. Instead, it streaked across the Stellar Horse's neck at a speed as fast as lightning. It was so fast that even Qing Shui was unable to grasp exactly what was going on for a moment. In any case, the Stellar Horse was embraced by the Scarlet Gigantic Python.

Si-si!

Si-si!

The Stellar Horse struggled with all of its power. Meanwhile, the flames which looked liked a flock of black clouds underneath it got became dark like ink. However, despite its body burning fiercely, the Scarlet Gigantic Python wouldn’t let go. Instead, it sped up its movement and kept on constricting.

This was the killer moves of all kinds of snakes. If Demonic Beasts of the same grade were binded by this move, it basically meant that they're done for.

If the Stellar Horse was binded like this near the start, it would be really easy for it to break free. But taking into account all of its injuries and its energy consumption, it should be really hard for it to break free now.

The outcome of the battle between the two most powerful Demonic Beasts in the Stellar Horse Lake was about to be decided!

AST 574 –Demon Refining, Buddhist True Imprint, Demonic Beast Origin Essence Soul Pearl

AST 574 –Demon Refining, Buddhist True Imprint, Demonic Beast Origin Essence Soul Pearl

A victor was about to emerge from the two strongest demonic beasts of the Stellar Horse Lake!

Even if the Stellar Horse Nightmare Beast died, it would not let the Scarlet Gigantic Python off easily, it was a pity that the weak points of the Scarlet Gigantic Python were being defended heavily. The Stellar Horse Nightmare Beast was unable to reach them, and that huge mouth and sharp teeth could not be put to use.

Sisi!

There was a resounding sound of braying, and the Stellar Horse Nightmare Beast's entire fiery jade body suddenly blazed with black flames.

It was the Nether Combustion of the Stellar Horse Nightmare Beast! It burned its own life force to activate a strength beyond its limits!

Sisi!

The Scarlet Gigantic Python glowed red and continuously made 'sisi' sounds!

"If I don't go now, then when would I wait until!" Qing Shui rode on the Fire Bird and rushed out of the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal, he wanted to escape far away. However, at this moment, the Stellar Horse Nightmare Beast, which was burning in black flames, created an opening, it widened its big mouth and bit the body of the Scarlet Gigantic Python.

The position was a little too high, it was very close to the position of the Scarlet Gigantic Python Demonic Beast's Core. Either it sensed that it was in danger or because of the pain, the Scalet Gigantic Python loosened its body.

The Stellar Horse Nightmare Beast took this opportunity to try and struggle free, but the Scarlet Gigantic Python would not let it escape. At this moment, the Fire Bird rushed out and for some unknown reason, the tangled Martial Saint beasts rushed at the Fire Bird.

"Oh no!"

Qing Shui's back was instantly drenched in sweat, it was too late to return to the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal!

Emperor’s Qi!

Qing Shui used this tyrannical air to lock down the two Demonic Beasts, whose strength had decreased severely. At the same time, he stuck a stack of Heavenly Talismans on them.

Meanwhile, the huge Primordial Demon Refining Furnace appeared in front of him!

Qing Shui had practiced his control of the Primordial Demon Refining Furnace in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal till he was incomparably skilled. Because this had happened so suddenly, Qing Shui was afraid that the two strong Demonic Beast would spit poison at him, thus he wanted to use the Primordial Demon Refining Furnace to block them.

After all, the Primordial Demon Refining Furnace was a divine Artifact, it would be able to block their poison for a while!

Qing Shui did consider trying to refine them, as the two Demonic Beasts were tangled together and heavily injured. This was a hard to come by opportunity, especially since they had caught his fancy.

Sisi!

Sisi!

These sharp cries were extremely weird, it seemed as though the two huge Demonic Beast were especially afraid of the Primordial Demon Refining Furnace. The Primordial Demon Refining Furnace flashed in multiple colors and accurately captured the two Demonic Beasts.

If they were not tangled together, Qing Shui felt that it would be impossible to get them into the Primordial Demon Refining Furnace, this had saved him quite a lot of trouble.

A short moment after they were captured, the Primordial Demon Refining Furnace released an even more intense light. At the same time, Qing Shui found that his brain was swelling, its connection to the Primordial Demon Refining Furnace seemed to be getting stronger.

"Oh no! Why is it starting to refine them now……"

Qing Shui cried out in his heart, he circulated his vigor to the max, at the same time, the Yin-Yang Image in his sea of consciousness seemed to rotate faster.

"Return!"

The Primordial Demon Refining Furnace containing the two huge Demonic Beast flew in front of Qing Shui. He stretched his hands out and touched the Primordial Demon Refining Furnace and slowly sent his Qi Force into it.

Weng……

Qing Shui felt as though there were many bees buzzing around in his brain! He ferociously bit down on his tongue to clear his thoughts, Qing Shui felt pain beyond compare.

It was already too late to stop the refining process, but he did not have any confidence as all. However, since he had no other options, Qing Shui could only grit his teeth and try his best.

If he could succeed, not only he would live, but he might even get some huge benefits. However, if he failed, he might even lose his life!

Mental State akin to that of immovable mountains!

Now, the Tiger Form was extremely important, along with the Mental State akin to that of immovable mountains resulted in a multiplicative effect! The increase in vigor would cause his spirit energy to increase, his strength would be increased by 20 percent, that was one fold more than previously.

Qing Shui gritted his teeth, had no other choice but to refine the two Martial Saint level Demonic Beast. At this moment, he did not hold anything back and give it all he got.

The Primordial Demon Refining Furnace began to gently vibrate, giving of a lot of hissing sounds, this caused Qing Shui to be very nervous.

Weng Weng……

The Primordial Demon Refining Furnace's vibrations became even stronger and strands of fresh blood were vomited out by Qing Shui. This blood coincidentally landed on top of the Primordial Demon Refining Furnace, but it quickly disappeared.

This caused the Primordial Demon Refining Furnace to quiet down, most importantly, Qing Shui felt his connection to the Primordial Demon Refining Furnace deepen by several folds.

Qing Shui could even clearly feel the scenario inside the Primordial Demon Refining Furnace, however, that after feeling it, his scalp went numb.

The two tangled Martial Saint beast did not appear to be refined, in fact, it even seemed that they slowly recovered from some of their injuries. At the same time, they were desperately resisting the rainbowed radiance of the Primordial Demon Refining Furnace.

Although Qing Shui managed to kill a Three-Headed Dark Cloud Armored Beast previously, Qing Shui knew that he was at his peak state then. With all his abilities and even under the State of One with Elephant, only then could he resist it. If we were to talk about his raw strength, at his peak, he would have about the strength of 60 countries, and this was only if he held the Violet Gold divine Shield.

Qing Shui did not hesitate to eat an Agility-Enhancing Fruit, Vermillion Fruit…… Anything that could help him increase his abilities, he ate it. Now, he could not be bothered about being thrifty, he had to survive this first. Now that the situation had developed this way, he could only do his best and leave the rest up to fate.

The only thing he could do was to frantically circulate his vigor to its peak state and to use a determined will to withstand it. Originally, the Great Revitalizing Pellet was pretty good, but only under an extreme circumstance then only he would use it. The effects would only last for an hour. After an hour, he would be weakened to the point where he was like a mortal, by then, he could only wait for death.

However, the miserable cries coming from the Primordial Demon Refining Furnace gave Qing Shui a thread of hope!

Time slowly went by, Qing Shui had never felt that the passage of time was so hard to bear, not even when he cultivated 'Rebirth' and walked on Blades and Swords. He had never felt such suffering.

The blood dripping from the corner of his mouth caused the front of his gown to be wet, some of the blood was from when Qing Shui bit his lips. Qing Shui, who had once cultivated 'Rebirth,' had extraordinary willpower, and also a strong spirit. Especially under such circumstance, Qing Shui could draw out his innermost powers.

Another two hours went by, Qing Shui's face was pale and his sweat fell like rain. There were many wounds on his lips. The mark on his forehead turned strangely red, it was uncertain whether did it absorbed the blood or was it bleeding.

The first time he refined demons, he ended up refining two Martial Saint level Demonic Beast, furthermore, he was only a peak Martial King. Qing Shui knew that this divine Artifact level Primordial Demon Refining Furnace had its own strength, or else it would not be able to sustain for so long.

Weng weng……

The rainbowed colored light in the Primordial Demon Refining Furnace rotated and frantically shook. Qing Shui's Spiritual Sense could tell that he was only halfway, he had already reached an impossible situation.

Gritting his teeth, he quickly ate a Great Revitalizing Pellet. Qing Shui placed all his hopes on this Great Revitalizing Pellet, when he ate it, he could feel an explosive strength fill his body.

Emperor’s Qi!

Diamond Qi!

Nature Energy!

……

Qing Shui did not care about anything else now, as long as it could raise his strength, he used it. He expanded his Spiritual Sense and frantically circulated the Qi of the Ancient Strengthening Technique to catalyze the process in the Primordial Demon Refining Furnace.

Fifteen minutes later, the Primordial Demon Refining Furnace started to frantically shake again. Qing Shui ferociously opened his reddened eyes, he knew this was the most critical moment, success or failure depended on this. If he could withstand it for a few more breaths of time, he could be considered to have succeeded.

But it was difficult for Qing Shui to withstand this final resistance, he could only depend on fate now. His feets stood firmly on the stone ground, his whole body covered in blood. It was though he had taken a blood shower.

Dong Dong……

A trampling sound came from the Primordial Demon Refining Furnace, following that, it started to rotate. Qing Shui's hands were repelled, but his consciousness was still connected to it. Qing Shui only felt as if his his brain had just exploded, it was incomparable painful, his whole body trembled, but he stubbornly maintained that connection without relaxing.

Despite this, Qing Shui knew that his strength had waned, he gently closed his eyes, as though submitting to fate, and finally that final connection broke.

"$&!/=^$#@*#@ ……" (incomprehensible Buddhist Chant)

Just as Qing Shui's heart quietened down, a Buddhist chant suddenly appeared. Boundless strength arose from his body and Qing Shui was surrounded by a bright golden light. Qing Shui suddenly opened both his eyes and saw a huge Buddha Image.

Looking back, there was a Golden Buddha Image towering over him, it seemed a little illusionary. Qing Shui had a smile on his face, in a short moment, he suddenly seemed to have no desires.

His hands slowly stretched out and slowly turned a light gold!

Thousand Buddha Palm Imprint!

Qing Shui struck palm imprints at the Primordial Demon Refining Furnace one after another, as each golden palm imprint hit the Primordial Demon Refining Furnace, they seemed profound and spectacular. His plain but strong palm imprint emitted a strange strength.

After 399 palm imprints, he fainted, but his eyes were closed in satisfaction.

…… ……

"Elder Sister, it has been five months, the baby will be born in another 5 months. When he comes back and a child calls him father, what do you think his expression will be?" Huoyun Liu-Li faced Canghai Mingyue and laughed loudly, she seemed to be full of anticipation as she tried to imagine Qing Shui's expression.

"It is not as though no one calls him father, look at those two young lasses, aren't they like little angels." Canghai Mingyue laughed loudly and said, she seemed incomparable happy as she used a hand to rub the slight bump on her abdomen.

Although she was already five months pregnant, she was still very beautiful, her face had a faint expression of satisfaction, or maybe it was hope.

"That is different, this is the child of elder sister and him. Hm, Elder sister, would your prefer it to be a boy or a girl?" When Huoyun Liu-Li said this, she seemed especially happy.

"They are both the same, I like both." Canghai Mingyue smiled and looked at Huoyun Liu-Li.

"I like girls, boys are too naughty, however, if it is a boy like Qing Shui, it would not be too bad." Huoyun Liu-Li squinted her eyes as she happily said.

"Liu-Li, come, let's go back, or the clan will send someone to search for us."

"Hm, stupid Qing Shui, dumb Qing Shui, quickly come back……" Huoyun Liu-Li mumbled as they headed back to the Qing Clan……

……

When Qing Shui woke up, he discovered that the sun was rising, he did not know if he had only slept for a day or multiple days, however, he was very happy.

He had once again escaped from the clutches of death, Qing Shui felt that the heavens had been quite generous to him, he should not be complaining about anything!

When he stood up from the ground, saw the Fire Bird guarding him closeby. Qing Shui felt a warm feeling fill his heart. He moved his four limbs and did not discover anything wrong, in fact he even felt that his strength had been consolidated.

Taichi Fist!

The sun had just risen, but the time was not completely over yet. Thus, Qing Shui practiced a round of Taichi Fist, every strike was repeated tens of times.

After stopping, Qing Shui suddenly thought about the final Thousand Buddha Palm Imprint, it seemed different from usual, as if he had reached the stage of the 'Buddhist True Imprint'.

Unintentional growth, if the people of the Buddhist sects saw this, they would say that Qing Shui had a great affinity with Buddha. Qing Shui stretched out his hands, 'River breaking the shackles'!

Both his hands turned into a light gold and countless huge illusory shadows as though it was ground down, pressing downwards so heavily that it made people not dare to defend.

It did not seem fast but it could not be defended against!

Following that, he struck out many and complicated palm imprints. However, despite having an indescribable force hidden within it, these palm imprints' might was not greater than the Tiger Form. This caused Qing Shui to feel incredulous.

Since it was a good thing, despite not understanding it, he did not think about it further. In the distance, Qing Shui noticed the Primordial Demon Refining Furnace, it had already shrunken down to about a meter. Qing Shui knew that the refining had failed, but he had managed to keep his life and improve the Thousand Buddha Palm Imprint, so it was worth it.

"Rise!"

Qing Shui controlled the Primordial Demon Refining Furnace to fly in front of him, then he casually tossed it into the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. Then he looked into the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal, he wanted to see if the two Martial Saint Demonic Beast left behind anything.

Qing Shui was stunned when he looked inside!

Within the bright and clean Primordial Demon Refining Furnace, there was a pearl the size of a fist. Half of the pearl was red and the other half black, the Spiritual Energy fluctuations it emitted caused Qing Shui to be speechless.

"Demonic Beast Origin Essence Soul Pearl?" Qing Shui stared blankly at that pearl that was emitting a strange light.

He originally thought that when it failed, there would be nothing left, yet it actually managed to refine such a thing. This thing was for Demonic Beasts to use, naturally, its effect was to raise their strength.

Looking at the boundless wilderness, danger can appear at any time. Qing Shui looked at the pearl in his hands, then summoned the Diamond Gigantic Elephant, whether it could make a breakthrough this time would depend on its fortunes.

Seeing the pearl, the Diamond Gigantic Elephant continuously circled Qing Shui, as though it was very interested in the pearl. Qing Shui hesitated, should he give it to the Diamond Gigantic Elephant or the Fire Bird?

Finally, he thought about how half the pearl was made from the essences of the Stellar Horse Nightmare Beast and the other half from the essence of the Scarlet Gigantic Python. Considering that the Fire Bird was a flying beast, he felt that the Diamond Gigantic Elephant would be more suitable.

"Do your best!" Qing Shui smiled as he threw the pearl to the Diamond Gigantic Elephant.

Actually, Qing Shui had another reason, if the Diamond Gigantic Elephant grew stronger, the Qing Shui would obtain 20 percent of whatever it gained. Who knew, maybe under such circumstances, Qing Shui might be able to break through to Martial Saint Realm or breakthrough to the 6th Layer of the Ancient Strengthening Technique……

As the Diamond Gigantic Elephant swallow that pearl, Qing Shui found himself to be very excited, if the Diamond Gigantic Elephant made a breakthrough, it would become a Martial Saint level Demonic Beast……

If he had a Martial Saint level Demonic Beast, in addition to his own strength, it would be possible for him to deal with a grade one Martial Saint, or maybe even a Grade Two Martial Saint.

575 –Qing Shui's Martial Saint leveled Demonic Beast, Level of drawing skin

Time slowly went by, Qing Shui was shocked. The the time that it took to brew a pot of tea went by but there was no big reaction. However, the Diamond Gigantic Elephant soon got restless and it used its four legs to light trample around.

Qing Shui felt restless in his heart as well, after all, this was the essence of two Martial Saint leveled Demonic Beast. Qing Shui had wanted to let the Diamond Gigantic Elephant use this strong energy to break through to the Martial Saint Realm.

This kind of pearl was very precious, Demon Refiners in the World of the Nine Continents would have an extremely small chance of getting this kind of essence pearls because it was refined out of corpses. Thus when compared to Qing Shui's pearl, the quality was far lower. However, refining the corpses of Demonic Beasts was not dangerous or life threatening.

The trampling movements of the Diamond Gigantic Elephant got larger and larger, even to the point where it was executing the Mighty Elephant Stomp frantically, at that moment, its body started to emit a strong might.

Prrrrttt!

With a loud elephant howl, a faint red light arose from the Diamond Gigantic Elephant. In fact, when he looked more closely, it was more of a scarlet black light, and its shade was deepening.

Very soon, when the Diamond Gigantic Elephant was enveloped by the scarlet black light, it continued to grow larger, finally, it looked like a huge callus, Qing Shui stared at the changes of the Diamond Gigantic Elephant without blinking.

Seeing that the sun was now high in the sky, and the Fire Bird was circling around not far away, Qing Shui did not think of any other things, he just quietly looked at the Diamond Gigantic Elephant, using his Spiritual Sense to track its changes.

When Qing Shui sensed that the Diamond Gigantic Elephant's strength was unceasingly and rapidly rising, he felt worried that the Diamond Gigantic Elephant might explode and die.

This continued for another two hours before Qing Shui relaxed, the increase of the Diamond Gigantic Elephant's strength had finally slowed down. That intense atmosphere was especially terrifying, it even caused a chill despite the sunny weather.

Prrrrttt!

Bang!

A heaven shaking roar resounded, following that, the scarlet black light was blasted apart towards the surroundings. Qing Shui's expression changed in an instant and he hastily retreated.

Pupupu……

The position where the Diamond Gigantic Elephant initially stood at turned into a big pit with a radius of 100 meters and the water of the Stellar Horse Lake gushed into it.

However, at this moment, Qing Shui just started at the Diamond Gigantic Elephant in the air!

It can Skywalk……

However, what caused Qing Shui to be stunned, was the appearance of the Diamond Gigantic Elephant. It was now seven meters tall and its body was 20 meters long, it looked very thick and solid. Although it was still golden, it's four huge feet was stepping on four black fire clouds, causing the originally simple Diamond Gigantic Elephant to gain a degree of mystery and unruliness.

"It is mightier than before!" Qing Shui looked at the floating Diamond Gigantic Elephant with excitement in his heart. After all, this was his Demonic Beast and now, it was a Martial Saint leveled Demonic Beast.

A Martial Saint leveled Demonic Beast that belonged to him……

Qing Shui rubbed his nose, the Diamond Gigantic Elephant in the air came in front of Qing Shui in a flash and circled around Qing Shui, its movements seemed very natural.

Qing Shui laughed when he tried to sense the strength of the Diamond Gigantic Elephant. He discovered that he could no longer sense the exact strength of the Diamond Gigantic Elephant, the difference was just too big.

Jumping on the back of the Diamond Gigantic Elephant, he summoned the Fire Bird and continued his journey to the Greencloud Continent!

A Martial Saint was incomparable, Qing Shui found out that the Diamond Gigantic Elephant's Skywalk was much faster than the Fire Bird's flight speed. It was stable and felt natural, even people who ate the Great Revitalizing Pellet and got weakened could ride it……

Ming!

The Fire Bird let out a resounding cry, as though it was unsatisfied. Qing Shui swapped over to the Fire Bird, leaping across from the broad back of the Diamond Gigantic Elephant to the back of the Fire Bird.

He submerged himself into his sea of consciousness, even though he did not know the strength of the Diamond Gigantic Elephant, he could see if there were any changes to its innate techniques.

Diamond Qi: passive technique, permanently increases the Diamond Gigantic Elephant's bodily strength by one fold.

Diamond Protection: passive technique, permanently increases the Diamond Gigantic Elephant's bodily defense by one fold.

Diamond Crossing Rivers: passive technique, permanently increases the Diamond Gigantic Elephant's bodily speed by one fold.

Mighty Elephant Stomp!

Mighty Elephant's Recklessness!

Instantaneous Diamond Evasion: suddenly activates within 200 radius, raising speed by one fold! The distances had doubled compared against previously.

Ferocious Diamond Attack: The Diamond Gigantic Elephant uses its body to attack in an instant, can raise the body's attack by one fold!

Diamond Sword Qi: Spits out Core Qi to attack the opponent, has great killing power, can reduce the target's speed by 20 percent, effects last for 15 minutes.

Vajra subdues Demons: after activation, the targets within 100 radius will have their abilities reduced by 10 percent, effects last for 15 minutes!

Dark Infernal Flames: Uses Dark Infernal Flames to attack!

Qing Shui believed that the last one should be an ability granted by that pearl. Looking at the two additional skills, he felt that they complemented his Emperor’s Qi and the Heavenly Talismans very well. However, the most important thing was that the Diamond Gigantic Elephant had broken through to the Martial Saint Realm, this caused Qing Shui to be very happy.

The Diamond Gigantic Elephant was a war beast, it relied on its body to attack. When coordinated well, the Diamond Qi, Diamond Protection, Diamond Crossing Rivers, Instantaneous Diamond Evasion, and Ferocious Diamond Attack were sufficient to kill even an expert in a second.

The Mighty Elephant Stomp was a terrifying area of effect technique, its strong destructive powers can only be described as absurd!

Withdrawing his Spiritual Sense, Qing Shui recalled the Diamond Gigantic Elephant and rode on the Fire Bird. He rapidly flew for a day, until it was time to enter the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal, at that time, he brought the Fire Bird with him into the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal.

This event could considered as a thrilling event, the greater the risk, the greater the rewards. Although he had nearly lost his life, he now had a Martial Saint Level Demonic Beast. The most important thing was that he had a terrifying increase in strength. It was worth it, the fact that he was still alive made it worth it.

After he cooked some food and ate, he looked into his Dantian and saw a familiar gaseous mass, every time the Diamond Gigantic Elephant broke through, he would obtain 20 percent of the increase.

Only, this time, the gaseous mass seemed to be very big. He remembered the last time he tried to absorb this energy, he went through a lot of pain. This time, Qing Shui hesitated.

However, when he thought about the benefits he had obtained when he cultivated the Ancient Book of 'Rebirth,' coupled with the training he did on his body, he was very confident in the strength of his constitution.

After considering things again, Qing Shui decided to absorb it!

Nothing ventured, nothing gained! Maybe this was an opportunity to breakthrough to the Martial Saint Realm!

The more Qing Shui thought about it, the more excited he got, it was a pity that he was still in the weakened state of the Great Revitalizing Pellet. However, Qing Shui was not worried. After the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal leveled up, he could stay in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal for 50 days. Thus, Qing Shui intended to rest in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal for a month before absorbing that gaseous mass.

Qing Shui, could temporarily not do other things, so he drew talismans, but without the Qi of the Ancient Strengthening Technique, he could only draw the form. When he got tired of drawing talismans, he would draw other things. He felt that the Tiger’s Mount painting was pretty nice and decided to try drawing it.

At first, Qing Shui did not know where to start, thus he kept looking at it. He felt that the charm of this painting was not ordinary. Back then, it was because of this charm that he purchase it. Slowly, Qing Shui felt that the ferocious tiger in the painting seemed to come alive.

Suddenly, he felt that drawing tigers was not that difficult, his hands held the Golden Calligraphy Brush and he rapidly drew on the Beast Parchment. In this period, Qing Shui did not have any other thought, he spent two days like this before stopping.

Qing Shui did not think that he could be completely engrossed in painting for two days!

To the untrained eyes, they would find that the tiger in the painting looked nice, but to the expert, they would discover that the painting Qing Shui drew had skin and fur, it was the level of drawing skin.

In this world, there was an artist occupation but they were not cultivators and focused on only drawing. The art of drawing can be classified into multiple levels, level of introduction, level of drawing skin, level of drawing flesh and blood, level of drawing bones, level of drawing souls, level of drawing divine essence!

Being able to reach the level of drawing bones would be sufficient for one to become rich, this was because their paintings would become valuable. As for the level of drawing souls and the level of drawing divine essence, they were the stuff of legends. Legends had it, that upon reaching that level, the things in the painting will come to life.

Qing Shui did not believe in that, but Qing Shui believed in another explanation. It was that it was like drawing talismans, it could temporary possess life, for example, the tiger that was drawn could have a mysterious temporary attacking strength.

This was what Qing Shui felt when he had nothing to do and drew for fun, he felt that it could be useful to him. Maybe if he could practice till the level of drawing skin, level of drawing flesh and blood, or maybe the level of drawing bones, the effects of the talismans he drew might be better……

In the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal, one month of time went by quickly. Qing Shui had drawn ten ferocious tiger paintings, there were some improvements but there was nothing obvious. He could be considered to be at the level of drawing skin. After all, Qing Shui had spent a significant amount of time drawing talismans and had some basics. Furthermore, those talismans were not easy to draw, it was a good thing that it did not matter if you drew an ugly talisman.

But an artist would be different, the things they drew needed to look nice. When it reached a certain level or above, beauty referred to health and strength, for example, a tiger looked robust and well shaped, when it became strong, the body of the tiger looked beautiful, as simple as that.

Qing Shui decided that when he had time in future, he would practice drawing. It would be too wasteful if he did not practice with the Golden Calligraphy Brush and the Moonstone Ink Slab!

One month went by and the state of weakness had passed. Qing Shui planned to use the remaining time to absorb the gaseous mass.

After making the necessary preparation, Qing Shui started to slowly circulate the Qi of the Ancient Strengthening Technique towards that gaseous mass!

Bang!

In an instant, Qing Shui felt that as if his whole Dantian was about the explode, a berserk energy circulated in his meridians. This energy caused his meridians and Dantian to expand;his whole body felt a pain that entered his bone marrows.

A layer of fine and dense blood sweat could be seen on Qing Shui's body. If Qing Shui's meridians and Dantain were not this strong, he would have exploded long ago.

The Dantian and meridians continued to expand, at the same time compressing the Qi force in the Dantian and meridians, making it denser……

Pu!

A small hole appeared in the meridians, however, it healed very quickly at a speed that could be seen with the naked eye. After that, another hole would appear somewhere else and heal again……

This situation continued for almost 15 minutes before stopping, following that, the pain in his bone marrows stopped and an enormous strength filled his body.

Slowly, all the pain vanished, following that came a strong sense of comfort. His whole body was warm, as though he was sunbathing on a cold winter day. There was a sense warmth and satisfaction, the kind that was both physical and mental.



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