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Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 579-580

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Chapter 579-580

AST 579 –Luan Luan and Yuchang taken away, Four Seas Country vying for the Greencloud Continent (2)

With the speed of the Fire Bird, the journey would still require a little more than a day. Qing Shui did not know when they left. Even if they had only left half a day before Qing Shui, he did not know if the Fire Bird would be able to catch up to them, even if it flew at its maximum speed.

"Qing Shui, I'm afraid that you might encounter misfortune.. you better not go!" Yiye Jiange was still worried as she tugged on Qing Shui's sleeves.

"If I don't go then are you going to go alone?" Qing Shui smiled and looked at Yiye Jiange.

"Maybe they would not make things difficult for me when I get there……" Yiye Jiange was not confident.

"If I don't go and you go alone, then am I still human? Letting them bully you? Over my dead body!" Qing Shui said in a determined tone that no one could refute.

"Qing Shui, if you are doing this to repay me for helping you back then, then everything you have done for Luan Luan is already sufficient." Yiye Jiange looked peacefully into the distance.

"When I receive kindness, I will repay it with even more kindness. Furthermore, back then, when I brought Luan Luan back, I was not aware of your relationship with Luan Luan. At that time, I had already intended to make sure the young lass would feel loved." Qing Shui recalled the time he met Luan Luan, in particular, he was reliving the and treasuring that moment.

"Qing Shui, can you treat me as though I am your friend? Although you already stopped addressing me as master, but the feeling still has not change." Now that things had gotten this far, she did not hold anything back, nor did she want to hold anything back.

"We have always been friends, extremely good friends. As friends, we should be able to help each other, it is the same for you and me. However, because of Luan Luan's matter, you have been wronged.

"I am very gratified and I do not feeling wronged at all!"

This time, Qing Shui did not enter the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal at night, nor did he rest. Qing Shui did not stop. After all, it would not be a problem for the Fire Bird to fly for a whole day and night. He would let it rest when they got to the Four Seas Country.

The sky began to brighten. Qing Shui and Yiye Jiange had finally arrived at the Four Sea Country. At the Four Seas Country, there was a sea in each of the four directions of north, south, east, and west. Thus the country's name, Four Seas Country.

There was also a sea in the Four Seas Country's capital, the Country's Capital was quite close to the Continent’s Capital. When they entered the city, Qing Shui and Yiye Jiange immediately looked for a beast carriage to bring them to the Hundred Clan War Barracks.

What caused Qing Shui to be depressed was that the distance was too far. They could not get a beast carriage for it would take a long time. Without any other choice, Qing Shui asked for the directions and then flew with Yiye Jiange for two hours.

This time, they were able to get a beast carriage and arrived at the Hundred Clan War Barracks, it was indeed the luxurious area of villas that was described to them when he asked for directions.

In front of them was a huge area filled with villas, there were at least a few hundred of them. There was only one road leading there and the beast carriage could only bring them to the outside of a large villa.

In front of the villas, there was a huge and wide door! There were two rows of guards standing there. At each side of the doors there were stone sculptures of lions and elephants, they were majestic and beautiful.

"Let's go inside and take a look, Luan Luan must have missed you." Qing Shui smiled at Yiye Jiange.

"En!"

"Halt, who goes there!" A middle-aged man leading the two rows of guards came out and blocked Qing Shui's path.

"I am from the Qing Clan, I have arrived!" Qing Shui released a suppressing air, against these people, he did not need to be polite. It was just that Luan Luan and Yuchang were still on their hands.

"Hang o……on!" The middle-aged man wearing armor turned around and ran inside, his forehead full of sweat. He felt like he was being watched by a huge beast and could be eaten anytime.

Very soon, many people of all sorts of ages came out. There were both males and females. Qing Shui extend his Spiritual Sense, he knew that these were the people of the Hundred Clan War Barracks.

When Qing Shui saw them, he felt relieved in his heart.

"They are too confident, since they actually lured him into their territory. Luan Luan and Yuchang are probably not in any trouble." Qing Shui laughed when he saw they their cultivation were not high.

Qing Shui stood there without moving. His gaze locked onto three old men within the crowd, they looked very old but they still had a strong life force.

The old man in the middle had a well-proportioned body. He had long snow white hair that extended to his waist and a pair of eyes as cold as ice. His nose was straight and his lips were tightly pressed against each other.

The surrounding people seemed to fear this gaze of the old man, a fear that seemed to encompass reverence. The two old men beside him seemed to be even older, but their vitality was still strong and sturdy.

Three Martial Saints!

Qing Shui never expected that in a country like the Four Seas Country, they had hidden three Martial Saints. The old man in the middle should be the strong Martial Saint that Lin Zhanhan mentioned, Qing Shui felt that his strength was comparable to the Three-Headed Dark Cloud Armored Beast.

The two men beside him were relatively weaker, only about the same level as Elder Ge. At best, they were slightly stronger than Elder Ge.

"How deep are the waters in the World of the Nine Continents?" Qing Shui shook his head. He discovered yet again that he had only seen the tip of the iceberg in the World of the Nine Continents. He remembered that in the tiny Hundred Miles City, there was a Ten Thousand Turtle Swamp that he did not know the strength of. However, Qing Shui was sure that it was at least a Martial Saint Beast.

Of the two old men at the side, one wore a light blue gown and the other wore a black gown. The old man in the middle wore a golden silk shirt. They were slowly walking over.

Behind the three old men, there were tens of other old men. Their strength were about the level of Heavenly Palace's supreme elders, peak of Martial King. Their strengths were mostly between the strength of three countries to the strength of five countries. However, there were some exceptions with the strength of seven countries or eight countries. All this information was clearly gleaned by Qing Shui using his Spiritual Sense.

This lineup was stronger than any sect that could be found in the Continent’s Capital. If it were not for some reasons, they would have been the biggest clan in the Greencloud Continent, at least up until now. Their strength no longer threatened Qing Shui. It was a pity for them that their luck was bad, the Diamond Gigantic Elephant had broken through and could easily suppress them.

"Indeed, the younger generations will surpass us with time, you are Qing Shui?" The old man in the golden silk shirt smiled at Qing Shui.

Even though he was smiling, his cold gaze made it seem like an icy smile. In addition, Qing Shui felt that there was a deep disdain.

"Where are the two young lasses? You are so old already, why do you enjoy using such despicable means?" Qing Shui stared at the eyes of the old men, giving them a spurious smile.

The old men were stumped for words, they were obviously struck dumb by Qing Shui's words. They had come to the Greencloud Continent for almost two hundred years already and no one had dared to speak to them like that. This young man was ridiculous.

"Did you not see the note? The two naughty girls actually used their Demonic Beast to harm my people, was I wrong to capture them? The old man's gaze turned even colder, becoming akin to a Demonic Beast addicted to killing people.

"I don't wish to speak any further, I am here to take them away. Everyone is well aware of what's going on, is there a need to use such a horrible excuse? I want to see them." Qing Shui coldly smiled at the old man.

Yiye Jiange stood next to Qing Shui and did not say anything, but she still attracted a lot of gazes. Many people could tell that one of the girls they had brought back was very similar to her.

"Grandfather, keep this woman behind……"

"Shut up!" The old man interrupted the young voice.

Qing Shui's knife-like gaze now shifted to a fat youth standing behind. When that youth was gazed upon by Qing Shui, he directly took a few steps back. If there hadn't been someone behind him, he would have fallen over.

He no longer dared to meet Qing Shui's gaze and he burst into cold sweat.

"You are too reckless!" Qing Shui stared at the old man in the middle and casually said.

The old man's expression changed and he gave Qing Shui a death stare. A strong suppressive pressure slowly surrounded Qing Shui, it seemed as sharp as a knife and its might was palpable.

Qing Shui slowly stepped forward, completely covering Yiye Jiange behind him!

Nature Energy!

State of Immovable as Mountains!

Qing Shui firmly blocked the imposing air that they were continuously sending to him. His expression did not change and he just looked calmly at the old man: "Don't regret this."

"Young man, you are too arrogant, do you really think that no one in the Greencloud Continent can defeat you? Let me tell you that there are many people who are hidden that can defeat you." The old man did not show any signs of weakness and mocked Qing Shui.

"Haha, so what? Are you sure you can defeat me? You have only seen the surface, at such an old age and yet you are still making such a basic mistake, don't you feel that it is sad?" Qing Shui slowly circulated the Qi of the Ancient Strengthening Technique and blocked the old man's suppressing pressure.

"The biggest weakness of a youth is their ignorance and arrogance! From the start to the end, they might not even know how they died. Anyways, we have to kill you today, just blame the position that you now hold."

"I'll say this again, if you are a man, bring my two daughters here first." Qing Shui wanted to see Luan Luan and Yuchang before anything else happened.

The old man found that although he had already raised his imposing air to the maximum, the target still seemed unaffected. He started to have some doubt in his heart. He understood a lot of things about Qing Shui. When he looked at him, he felt that this young man was a very smart man. Could it be that he came today because he had the confidence of bringing the two children away……

Emperor’s Qi!

Qing Shui directly used the tyrannical Emperor’s Qi to lock down on the three people in front of him, then he took a step forward. Unknowingly, he had incorporated the 'Walking Tiger' into his steps, causing his might to increase. He created an impact like a crashing mountain. The Emperor’s Qi immediately reduced all their abilities by 20 %.

Roar!

An indistinct tiger's roar resounded like thunder, scaring them till their scalp went numb!

"Don't force my hand, unless you want to force me to completely kill everyone here!" Qing Shui did not cover up his intentions.

At this, the three old men's expressions changed, but they could no longer stop. They had already felt that the situation was no longer that simple. At first they thought they could handle it as long as the youth was below the realm of Martial Saint. However, they now found that they had made a big mistake.

Especially Qing Shui's words that were filled with an intimidating force, threatening to kill everyone. The old man looked at the surroundings, there were all the people from his Zhan Clan here, if there were any mishaps, then he would cause all of them to die together.

The old man had lived for hundreds of years. He turned his head and told another old man: "the children probably did not mean it, Zhan Yuan, return the two children to him first, but we must settle today's matter."

The old man faced the young man he intended to kill, while the two girls were released. This way, if there were any unexpected accidents, it would not result in the Zhan Clan and the people here dying. Although the old man was confident, he still wanted to be careful. It was important to not count his chickens before they hatched……

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580 –Luan Luan and Yuchang taken away, Four Seas Country vying for the Greencloud Continent (3)

The old man's decision made many people feel incredulous. Qing Shui's words could be considered overbearing and aggressive, but the old man did not go and crush this young man to bits. Instead he released the two girls they had captured earlier.

Zhan Yuan muddle-headedly left. In Qing Shui's eyes, there was nothing wrong with the old man's decision. If it were him, he would do the same thing.

"I am here already, let us just speak openly, there is nothing wrong in wanting to vie for the Greencloud Continent. If there is anything wrong, it would be that you tried to use underhanded means to achieve this." Qing Shui looked at the reserved face of the old man.

Maybe because he felt that Qing Shui was not ordinary, the old man frowned and said "Since you said this, let's speak openly, I want to vie for the Greencloud Continent, but that position has been taken by you. Thus, how about we have a battle and not involve our families." The old man looked at Qing Shui and said slowly.

Qing Shui laughed coldly in his heart. He asked himself if it could be done, but he did not believe the old man across him. He did not seem like an resolute man. Most importantly was that fat youth who called him grandfather, his blood and Qi seemed unstable. It was obvious that he had indulged too much in women and alcohol. If it were not for medicinal pills, he probably would have died at the hands of a woman long ago.

There were also other youths and middle-aged men, most of them had obviously overindulged in women and alcohol. Those who had some strength were fine, at least they had maintained their cultivation.

As for that fat youth, Qing Shui did not intend for him to live beyond today.

"Haha, I can promise you that I won't kill the innocents. If anything happens to me, I ask that you will honor your promise and let them go safely. I won't ask for anything more." Qing Shui did not expect them to honor their promise, but he still had to say these words.

"Very well, I also hope that you will be able to bring them away safely."

"Father!"

"Father!"

……

The two young girls ran over when they saw Qing Shui. However, at this moment the old man caught hold of Luan Luan and Yuchang and yelled "Zhan Yuan, get them all to withdraw!"

"Father. mother!"

"Luan Luan, Yuchang!" Yiye Jiange could not help but tear up and wanted to run over.

Qing Shui caught hold of Yiye Jiange, this was the first time he saw Yiye Jiange crying. He felt a pain in his heart and hurriedly said: "I'm still here, calm down, nothing will happen."

Finally, only the three Martial Saints and the old men remained behind. Of which there were less than a hundred remaining. Some of them could not help but lower their heads.

"Qing Shui, since you dared to come, then you must be confident in your battle prowess. My biggest weakness is that I don't like to take risks and like to use underhanded means. It does not matter what kind of means they are, as long as I can achieve my goals, they are good. I have seen the affection between you and the two girls, I wonder if I can use them as hostages to restrain you." The old man laughed and looked at Qing Shui, his face had the gleeful look of a person getting away with an evil scheme.

The old man's earlier words were to test the relationship between Qing Shui and the two girls because him holding on to the two girls was not enough to threaten Qing Shui. The hearts of people who could reach this level were resolute. Only when the two girls appeared, did the old man knew that this plan would be effective.

"Father, don't bother about us, just kill him. Or else, if anything happens to father, we will not be fine either." Luan Luan quickly shouted to Qing Shui.

"Haha this young lass is clever and quick-witted, what a pity she is not from my Zhan Clan. What you say counts for nothing."

"Your plot is indeed effective, what a pity that it is a plan that is used by people with no balls. Just say it, under what conditions will you release my two daughters." Qing Shui laughed coldly, but his brains were working furiously.

"I do not want to be too demanding, just come forward and let them give you a strike together. You are not allowed to defend or counterattack. After that, I will release your two daughters." The old man said in an unhurried manner.

"I wonder how reliable your words are, you are really quite cowardly, are you truly not afraid that I would kill your entire Zhan Clan? Even on your deathbed, you want your Zhan Clan to be buried with you? Do you still have the face to meet your Zhan Clan ancestors? What would you say when you meet them?" Qing Shui said these righteous words to fetter the old man's heart, at his age, this was the matter that they feared the most.

The old man's expression changed, then resolutely looked at Qing Shui. "I don't care about that, do you want to see which of your two daughters will be crippled first?"

The old man held up the two young girls by the neck, Qing Shui felt a pain in his heart, he was not even able to conceal it. If Yiye Jiange was not held back by Qing Shui, she would have rushed over long ago.

"Very well, I promise you. However, I hope you will honor your promise. I hope you will not make things difficult for them." Qing Shui said without a choice.

"Qing Shui, don't, you will die…" Yiye Jiange now pulled at Qing Shui and shook her head, the staunch woman could no longer control her tears.

"I said before, I would not let anyone bully any of you unless I'm dead. Although I know this is not the best method, I do not want to see you suffer, you cannot do without Luan Luan……"

"But I cannot do without you Qing Shui, you are as important as Luan Luan to me…" At this point, maybe she revealed her true feelings, she would not care about how ambiguous her words were.

"Listen to me this time, in the future I will listen to everything you say!"

"If anything happens to you today, I will accompany you forever. Why do you always make others owe you……"

Qing Shui slowly walked to the front, the two old men beside that old man were already standing not far away waiting for Qing Shui. Qing Shui looked at the Old Man: "I hope you do not make things difficult for them."

"Do it!"

Two fists struck towards Qing Shui's chest at the same time, one right, one left. There was a black shadow appearing in the sky, this was the strength of two Martial Saints, Qing Shui submitted to fate and closed his eyes.

Qing Shui seemed to be submitting to fate, but in his heart, he expanded his Spiritual Sense. It was a pity that he could not retaliate, or else Qing Shui was confident that he could kill them with a wave of a hand.

How can one not bow to the circumstances?

Qing Shui never thought that one day he would be threatened by someone, under threats that rendered him helpless. He could meet with a contrived situation, furthermore, he was helpless in the face of crisis.

When he really met such a situation, even though he knew it was wrong, he still had to do it. Just like those situations where he still had to persevere even though he was wrong. It might be rash, but even so, he had to do it.

Minute Subtlety!

Qing Shui used the Minute Subtlety without making any movement or sound!

"Bang Bang!"

"Ka Ka!"

"Pu!"

Qing Shui spat out a mouthful of fresh blood and fell back. The fresh blood was expelled violently, scattering far away. His face was pale, His chest was sunken in, but he still stared closely intentlyat the old man.

"Qing Shui…"

Yiye Jiange could no longer resist it and ran over, hugging Qing Shui, her tears flowing down her delicate face.

"Cough cough, don't cry, I'm still not dead yet!" Qing Shui coughed out another mouthful of fresh blood.

"If you are a man, then let me hug my two daughters. Surely you are not afraid of a dying man?" Qing Shui weakly said to the old man, anyone could see that he was on the verge of death.

Only Qing Shui knew that when he was injured earlier, the “Rebirth”that he once cultivated appeared once again. In addition to the Minute Subtlety, Qing Shui managed to preserve his life.

"Even if you are not injured what can you do, on account of your stupidity this old man has been moved by you, I shall grant you your wish."

"Father, father……"

The two young girls cried till their face were tear stained and ran over to hug Qing Shui. Their faces were filled with a sorrowful expression.

"Stop crying girls, father is fine!" After Qing Shui said that, he struggled to get up. He looked at the old man and laughed very loudly, he wiped the corner of his mouth but fresh blood leaked out again.

The Ancient Strengthening Technique circulated slowly, the Ancient Strengthening Technique, Rebirth, and the Yin-Yang Image in his sea of consciousness continuously repaired the damage he suffered

With that insanely strong defense, the miraculous realm of Minute Subtlety, and well as the most heaven-defying Qi of Rebirth. As long as he did not die in an instant, Qing Shui could always recover with time.

Although he was in a helpless situation, he had confidence in the strength of his body. Not only that, he had the Diamond Gigantic Elephant as well. Even though Qing Shui was unable to make a move, he knew he could break free with the aid of the Diamond Gigantic Elephant.

"If I said I will kill you now, would you believe it?" Qing Shui looked at the old man, the words he said cause Qing Shui to feel sluggish, however, the old man just laughed.

"Are you still able to?" The old man looked at Qing Shui in disdain.

Qing Shui waved his hands!

"Ming!"

The Fire Bird appeared behind him, giving out a loud bird cry. It flapped its huge wings and a hot air blew by, causing the cold winter air to feel warm.

"Hahaha! You want to rely on this bird to kill me?" The old man looked at the huge Fire Bird and laughed, he was not unlike a cat playing with a mouse.

"Weng Weng……"

Qing Shui waved his hands and summoned a hundred Jade Emperor Bees, even the Jade Emperor Queen Bee was included among them. One peak Martial King Jade Emperor Bee was not frightening, but with a hundred, as long as they were not Martial Saints, they would feel their scalp go numb. The speed of the Jade Emperor Bee was fast, their sting had poison in them.

This time, the old man had a minor change in his expression. However, it was not a big change: "Who knew that you are also a strong Beast Tamer. It's a pity that your Demonic Beasts are trash, they will not be not able to save you."

Qing Shui did not summon the Jade Emperor Bee to battle but to protect the two young girls. The hundred Jade Emperor Bees could hold off the peak Martial King old men behind them.

"Really? Then how about this one?" as Qing Shui finished saying that, the Diamond Gigantic Elephant appeared directly in front of Qing Shui. It was Skywalking. With its huge body as well as the black flame that looked like black lotus flowers under its four feet it looked strange, mysterious, and strong.

"Martial Saint leveled Demonic Beast!"

"Martial Saint leveled……"

……

In an instant, there were cries of shock. Qing Shui looked at the old man who was getting paler, he commanded the Diamond Gigantic Elephant to attack.

Mighty Elephant Stomp!

The strength of 600 countries bombarded out, a huge web like chasm spread out. In an instant, it caused all the buildings in the Hundred Clan War Barracks to collapse. The old man and the other two Martial Saint had fast reactions and quickly flew into the air.

The biggest advantage of a Martial Saint was that they could fly!

The three of them avoided it, but that did not mean that the people behind them could avoid it. A shower of blood rained down. There was no need to spare these people, or else Qing Shui would not have allowed the Diamond Gigantic Elephant to use such as a strong area of effect skill.

After breaking through, the body of the Diamond Gigantic Elephant had the strength of 120 countries. The large success stage Mighty Elephant Stomp multiplied its strength by five folds and attacked the ground. That huge quake and tearing force was not something they could withstand.

Although the force of 600 countries was mostly dispersed by the ground, and the land of the Hundred Clan War Barracks was flat. Even so, many of the weaker cultivators could not leap up in time and immediately got crushed.

The other people were severely injured but had preserved their lives!

Instantaneous Diamond Evasion!

The shadow of the Diamond Gigantic Elephant body moved in a flash to one of the weaker Martial Saints. It was so fast that the target was not able to evade.

"Bang!"

A shower of blood scattered through the air. The Skywalking Diamond Gigantic Elephant was not unlike a blood-thirsty Demonic Beast, incredibly savage and violent!

"Ding! Ding!"

On the other side, two Sword Qi suddenly slashed at the huge body of the Diamond Gigantic Elephant.

Its body had the strength of 120 countries, with the effects of Diamond Protection its defense reached a terrifying defense of 240 countries. They sorrowfully realized that they could not breach the defense of this Demonic Beast.

This caused their mental state to hit rock bottom!

This time, Qing Shui was thoroughly angered. If the old man had relied on his cultivation to battle, it did not matter if they bullied people like the Residence of the Sky Tyrant Lord did. However, he used such underhanded plots, from that moment Qing Shui did not intend to leave him alive.

"Elephant, hit him!" Yuchang held Qing Shui's hands as she happily cried out.

However, Luan Luan was held back by Yiye Jiange and Qing Shui, Qing Shui was afraid that she would rush to the front!

Once again, there was another Instantaneous Diamond Evasion and Mighty Elephant's Recklessness. With the speed of the Diamond Gigantic Elephant the other weaker Martial Saint did not even have the time to think of escaping. Not to mention when the Instantaneous Diamond Evasion was used.

The huge strength caused another blood splatter. The Diamond Gigantic Elephant now left behind a black oppressive image in the air!

"Regretting yet?" Qing Shui commanded the Diamond Gigantic Elephant to restrain the remaining old man and casually asked.

The old man smiled bitterly: "I was not straightforward and upright but not despicable and vicious enough!"

"It is not that you are not despicable enough, nor vicious enough. You were stupid and overconfident. Your long life was truly a tragedy, you were chased out but did not fight back. Instead, you vied for the Greencloud Continent. You said that the Greencloud Continent still had Martial Saints, do you think they would allow you to control the Greencloud Continent? Is your strength sufficient?" Qing Shui looked at the old man in disgust.

"It is still hard to say who the winner will be, your Demonic Beast may have a strong defense, but its attack is lacking." The old man held a heavy sword and stared at the Diamond Gigantic Elephant.

"Its attack is lacking? Then take a better look, if you can withstand its attack then it would not be too late to say that!"

After Qing Shui said that, he commanded the Diamond Gigantic Elephant to attack. Likewise, it used the Instantaneous Diamond Evasion. However, at the moment of contact it used the strongest attack of the Diamond Gigantic Elephant.

Ferocious Diamond Attack!

"Pu!"

A gut wrenching sound resounded, facing absolute strength, nothing would be sufficient. When the old man's body snapped like a twig, Qing Shui's heart calmed down.

Now, the Diamond Gigantic Elephant was basically able to kill Grade 1 Martial Saint with one strike. It had excellent strength and speed, especially during the explosive attack of the Ferocious Diamond Attack. Even a peak Grade 2 Martial Saint would not treat it lightly. Any cultivator who could not dodge this attack, as long as they were below a Grade 2 Martial Saint in cultivation would immediately die. Even killing a Grade 2 Martial Saint was just a matter of time. The Diamond Gigantic still had the Vajra Subdues Demons, it weakens all the abilities of the opponent by 10 percent.

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