Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 620-621
AST 620 –The Evolved Primordial Flame and its terrifying power!
As time passed, Qing Shui began to notice that many things weren't as simple they seemed from the surface. People dared to make such a statement because they must have gathered enough evidence to prove that the Sima Clan was in a close relationship with Ten Thousand Poisons Sect.
The reason why Qing Shui had hurt Sima Huoyu was because he had wanted to avoid more troubles during this time. After all, there were already too many people who wanted Qing Shui dead in the Seven Stars Country. For now, the only person who he could truly depend on was himself.
"Thank you, I’ll be more cautious." Qing Shui expressed his gratitude to Di Qing.
The two immediately went back into the ninth floor of Four Seas Inn through the windows. When they noticed that their dishes had been served, they once again settled down in their seats.
Qing Shui and the two Di sisters were supposed to have been enjoying their moment together until Sima Huoyu interrupted them. After finishing dinner, the three went back to the room together. Since it was already really late, Di Qing didn’t plan to go back to the Di clan as well.
"This is for you. I promised you this the other day." Qing Shui took out the Metal Element Fruits of Five Elements when they were back in the room.
"Ah! You really meant it!" Di Qing first reacted in surprise. After that, she happily looked at the ten golden fruits and began to show an alluring smile.
If Di Chen really ended up with this man, Di Qing would be the pair's sister-in-law. However, the sister-in-law would oftentimes have affairs with the sister's husband. This had been the case since ancient times.
"I was supposed to give you these earlier, but then I was in a rush, which is why I waited until now."
"Yeah, I heard about it from my sister! Mingyue gave birth to beautiful twins too, congratulations!" Di Qing responded as she took the fruits with a smile.
"Since when did you learn to be so formal?" Qing Shui smiled humbly as he tried to tease her. This woman exuded a mysterious aura which felt really similar to Di Chen's. Although she was normally really disobedient, Qing Shui felt that she was a bit soft.
Qing Shui wasn’t aware that, a while before, she had actually thought a lot about him. For a moment, Di Qing went blank as she looked at him, and it felt as if everything has changed.
Once someone began to feel different about a person, it would unknowingly affect every single one of his or her actions. This kind of change was a kind of subconscious act. In other words, it was a change that even she herself didn't notice.
Most importantly, she was starting to feel a bit complicated!
"Treat my sister well! Or else I’m not going to let you off that easily!" Di Qing blushed as she looked at Qing Shui.
Qing Shui touched his nose and smiled. He didn’t really know how to react, hence, he nodded: "I feel really stressed whenever I’m with your sister. Do you think it’s better if I offer her out to other people?"
"Damn you, what kind of a person are you to say these sorts of things?!" Di Chen embarrassingly shouted at Qing Shui.
"Since your sister and I are together, we are already considered to be relatives! Hehe." Qing Shui glanced towards Di Qing as he spoke.
"Sister… Yeah… Then I think I shall address you as my brother-in-law……" Di Qing looked at Qing Shui blankly, as if she had just come to realize it. After that, she gave him an expression as if she had come across an extremely bizarre incident.
"Exactly!" Qing Shui chuckled.
"Don’t even think about it, I’m older than you! I will never address you as my brother-in-law!" Di Qing shook her head and said grumpily. She was the only one who knew that age wasn’t the true reason she despised this way of addressing him.
"It’s ok if you don’t want to do it, calm down." Qing Shui touched his nose and said in a joking manner.
Di Chen seemed to have noticed something. Even though she and Di Qing didn’t grow up together, they had still spent a bit of time with each other during their childhood. When they were older, they had also stayed with each other for a while in Green Cloud Continent. Hence, the two could be considered to have known each other quite well. The problem was that Di Chen was still unable to confirm her suspicion.
"Well, let’s wait until when you are able to topple the whole World of the Nine Continents. I’ll address you then as my brother-in-law, ok?" Di Qing smiled as she looked at Qing Shui.
That beautiful and alluring expression of hers stunned Qing Shui. Slowly, he turned his head to the side to try to avoid her bright eyes and beautiful face.
"At the moment, you are much more beautiful compared to the time when I first met you. In any case, you are still my relative… This is for you, so that you can reach Martial Saint earlier." Qing Shui took out a medicinal pill bag and passed it to Di Qing.
There were at least one or two of each of Qing Shui's medicinal pills. He had even prepared some fruits in it.
"Hmm, since when have I not looked beautiful?" Di Qing responded grumpily. After that, she moved her sight to the medicinal pills which Qing Shui had given her.
"I’m going to rest for a while. I’ll let your sister explain what those pills are and their functions." After that, Qing Shui went towards the study room. It was almost time for him to enter the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal.
Qing Shui closed the door as soon as he went into the study room. He spotted the shelf at the corner and went towards it. Since there was still time, he decided to take a quick look through the shelf to see what kind of books the inn had.
He randomly took out a book. It was 'The Continent's Chronicle', a history book. Qing Shui fiddled through it for a while before putting it back on the shelf. Since Qing Shui had known about such history before, he felt that there wasn't a need for him to look through it again.
Qing Shui never thought that he would be able to find such an ancient book on the shelf. The room he was in must be one of the best rooms in Four Seas Inn. Qing Shui wouldn't even be surprised if there were any godly training methods here.
'Fun Facts about the Continent'
'Unusual Demonic Beast's Encyclopedia'
'Art of Observing Females'
Qing Shui spotted a few letters on the book he was holding. He was quite surprised and opened it to see if there was anything interesting in it. Since he was still free, he felt that this would be a good way for him to pass time.
There was a saying that "One's physical appearance was often related to his or her personality. For instance, if a person had a gentle and soft attitude, his facial expression as well as their eyes would also appear to be calm and gentle." This was the first sentence of the book. Qing Shui found it somewhat reasonable.
The main feature about it was "observing", which in other words, meant looking. Normally, when you were observing someone, you would often start from their head and slowly proceed down to their legs. The first thing you would look at was the person's eyebrows.
According to the 'Art of Observing Females', girls with eyebrows that were unusually curved in an arch shape like a crescent moon, extending all the way from one side of their eye to the other, were normally incomparably kind and helpful. They possessed a really soft and gentle heart. Women who possessed really beautiful eyebrows were usually really loyal, kind and gentle.
On the other hand, women with thick and droopy eyebrows that curved downwards were often really horny and dirty-minded. That was what led to their brows looking really messy and droopy. As for women with slightly sharper eyebrows, they leaned more towards the kind who were really cheap. Such women unusually had envious personalities and tended to have really short lives.
Women with really thin, clear brows colored bright black often turned out to be good, virtuous wives. ……
According to the 'Art of Observing Females', bushy brows indicated that a woman was a virgin. Often, the brows were somehow related to the genitals region. Once a woman lost her virginity, her eyebrows would begin to spread out from each other. As for those women who still retained their virginity, every single one of their brows would look soft and gentle, facing only one direction. For women who had lost their virginity, there would often be only a slight difference in the direction which their brows faced. If one was to look at it more closely, it wouldn't be that noticeable.
Additionally, females with sparkling eyes were often overwhelmed with lust and were usually promiscuous. Eyes represent body energy level and Shenqi. This type of women had an unusually strong desire to f*k guys. Normally, a single man wouldn't be able to satisfy them. ……
Females with large boobs often had very sparse genital hair. Some would have hair only around the corner of their genital parts while others would have none at all. Only dumb women had a small amount of short hair that would be soft, curly and light-colored. The opposite applied to smart women.
Qing Shui: "……"
There was one more theory that referred to the "Heavenly Court and Earthly Pavilion". In this context, the Heavenly Court referred to women's forehead, whereas the "Earthly Pavilion" referred to their lower jaw. Heavenly Court belonged to the yang category, meaning it represented males. Earthly Pavilion belonged to the yin category, which stood for females. Hence, a woman's fortune was all decided by their lower jaw.
Because women had more yin energy, they would often end up with a thinner and smoother body. The part where their yin energy gathered would be at their lower jaw.
The most good-looking lower jaw would essentially be smooth and round.
Women with fat butts and slender waists would have a higher chance of getting pregnant than normal women.
Nonetheless, the most important part of a woman was her legs. Other than a woman's lower jaw, her legs were one of the places where most of her yin energy would gather as well. Furthermore, it was also the part of her body which was the most sensitive to se*.
A woman's legs would be most attractive if they were dainty and delicate. This represented a gentle and reserved kind of beauty. On the other hand, if her legs looked thicker, it would be a kind of masculine beauty. The feature that came second after the shape of her legs was her foot. Women with thin feet would often trigger a kind of impulsive emotion in men to protect them. Other than that, women would also have curvy and soft legs.
There were some descriptions which were more explicit. As Qing Shui looked through them, he felt more and more stirred up.
By the time Qing Shui finished reading the book, it had been more than half an hour. He put down the book and went into the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. As he thought about the contents of the book, he strongly agreed with its general viewpoints even though he didn't really believe all of the things it said. He felt that the person who wrote the book 'Art of Observing Females' was definitely an expert in se*.
Other than that, Qing Shui had also randomly flipped through the back content of the book. He noticed that there were contents about women's body, bones, essence as well as aura.
Ever since he had been in Seven Stars Country, the people that he had encountered made him feel that he was still too weak. Even just protecting himself had also become a problem. Despite that, there was a very small chance that he would be able to take a huge leap in his strength compared to his current abilities.
Hence, Qing Shui put more emphasis towards his battle techniques, the level of his Tiger Form, Taichi Fist and his Sword Technique. He was also focusing more on the cultivation of his Thousand Buddha Palm Imprint as well as his Elephant Form and Bear Form.
At present, the progression of the Nine Animals Mimicry Technique slowed down as Qing Shui was at the Elephant's Form. Very soon, it would achieve the Large Success Stage. However, to Qing Shui, the dragon, phoenix and roc stage still seemed so far away.
Refine the medicines!
After cultivating for a while, Qing Shui decided to go and refine some medicinal pills. The grey Primordial Flame which was one feet long looked incomparably thick and solid as it spouted out from Qing Shui's palm.
Until now, Qing Shui was still confused why the flame felt as if it had a life of its own. He couldn't feel the hotness of the flame, but he could feel the energy of the flame itself. It was as if the flame belonged to him: he didn't fear it, just like a Beast Tamer and his beast.
Suddenly, Qing Shui felt a change in the flame on his hand. It happened so instantaneously that even his eyes were unable to catch up. The Primordial Flame which was a foot long suddenly condensed. The flame was two inches shorter than before. Furthermore, there was a simple, unadorned grey color added onto the flame.
The Primordial Flame once again went up by one grade!
It went up by a grade without any signs……
This time, both the burning ability and the temperature of the flame went up by a few folds. Furthermore, Qing Shui also felt as if he had established a close connection with the Primordial Flame. It was as if the Primordial Flame possessed a life of its own.
Coincidentally, the medicine in the Demon Refining Furnace was also done being refined. Hence, Qing Shui left the spot.
As soon as Qing Shui swung his right hand, a bunch of flame immediately shot out of it. The speed at which the flame travelled was shockingly fast. With his subconscious mind, Qing Shui has actually thrown out the Primordial Flame the same way he did with his Hidden Weapon.
The grey Primordial Flame… Qing Shui felt that Primordial Flame that had just gotten a few times stronger managed to collide with the edge of the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal before disappearing into the air.
Qing Shui never expected for the Primordial Flame to actually turn out like this once it went up by a grade. He took out an unusually tough metal which was the size of a human's head and placed it on a spot around fifty metres away from him.
Qing Shui once again swung his hand!
A flame almost the size of a fist was ignited.
Half of the metal which ordinary swords and knives would be unable to scratch was actually melted by Qing Shui's Primordial Flames. Unfortunately, the Primordial Flame which left his body was only able to last for a short while without the support provided by his Qi of Ancient Strengthening Technique. Nevertheless, its ability to cause destruction was still really terrifying. If it had been a human, that person would have been pierced through directly.
After that, Qing Shui experimented with it over and over again. As he did so, he felt increasingly happy. If he was to combine his speed, his Hidden Weapon Techniques and his upgraded Primordial Flames together, it would definitely be enough to instill fear in both warriors and Demonic Beasts stronger than him. The happy Qing Shui continuously experimented on the terrifying burning ability of the Primordial Flame.
Seeing as the Primordial Flame was still just a bunch of flame yet already possessed such a terrifying power, Qing Shui thought to himself if he could further strengthen it and increase its duration, he could increase the amount of the flame that he released.
Qing Shui thought about the bracelet which helped to boost strength. Unfortunately… It was already destroyed…
There was still a bit of flame left which could be released.
Suddenly, Qing Shui felt as if the window in front of him opened…
AST 621 –The Fiery Golden Eyes at the Small Success Stage, the 'lower' Segment of the Basic Sword Technique
The progression of the Primordial Flame made Qing Shui feel as if he had just entered an even wider land. Simultaneously, he also made up his mind to strengthen this killer weapon of his.
Primordial Flame was the most ancient kind of flame across the world. An ordinary flame already possessed tremendous strength, let alone this kind of ancient flame. Even though it's considered to have reached a very accomplished state, if Qing Shui could learn to use the Primordial Flame efficiently, it wouldn't be hard to use it to kill people.
Qing Shui spent his remaining time to congeal and condense the Primordial Flame in hopes of gaining the ability to draw out an even stronger power from it. At present, the Primordial Flame which Qing Shui released was much more powerful than the Fire bird's 'Nether Fireball'.
Qing Shui put more emphasis on cultivating his Nature Energy, Immovable Mountain, Frenzied Bull's Strength and on drawing the Hundred Forms of the Tiger. He also didn't forget the Heavenly Pellet and the Blue Lotus Art. It's just that compared to the other skills, he spent less time on these two.
Of course, the most significant one was still his Ancient Strengthening Technique. It was Qing Shui's most fundamental technique. All of the things which he cultivated, his Primordial Flame, Immovable Mountain and Frenzied Bull's Strength all relied on his Qi of the Ancient Strengthening Technique as their most basic component.
Qing Shui cultivated the Fiery Golden Eyes every day. Throughout the cultivation, he was able to feel its improvement. It's just that until now, it still didn't manage to reach the small success stage. This made Qing Shui torn between feeling happy or sad.
Normally, the harder the technique was to cultivate, the larger the effect would be once it was successfully cultivated. Hence, Qing Shui threw away all the distracting thoughts, including whether he would succeed or not.
Once he started cultivating, he stopped thinking about everything, about how much he would improve, whether he would achieve the small success stage, what he should do if he fails to achieve the small success stage, all of it. He completely immersed himself in his cultivation.
He closed his eyes and sat down in a cross-legged position. He looked really calm and relaxed, not exposing any kind of expressions on his face. He appeared to look so peaceful that it could shock people. He tried to form a sign with both of his hands.
Time went on like usual in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. There wasn’t anyone bothering Qing Shui, hence, he could focus solely on his cultivation.
Suddenly, a faint light started emerging from Qing Shui's body. Not long after, the huge Buddha Statue once again appeared behind him.
The Buddha Statue was golden in color. It gave out a really powerful spiritual fluctuation as it slowly channeled threads after threads of golden light into Qing Shui. It made the light emerging from his body even brighter and more dazzling, which added a bit of a dignified aura to his peaceful demeanor.
Qing Shui slowly opened both of his eyes. Everything was still the same, he still looked really calm like usual. The only thing different was his gaze which had a really sharp look.
He turned around!
A thread of faint golden light shot out of his eyes!
The Fiery Golden Eyes reached the small Perfection Stage!
Qing Shui slowly got up. He never thought that he would actually break through at such a time. He was well aware that he would only be able to make much progress if he could throw away all random thoughts and focus solely on his cultivation. Other than that, the chances of which he could break through would also be more than ten times higher than normal.
Nevertheless, it’s no use even if he had known about these factors because the chance of achieving this kind of feat itself was quite rare. It wasn’t really considered as an insight, but it had effects really similar to it. It’s just that it’s a bit inferior to insight itself.
The Fiery Golden Eyes had achieved the small success stage! It could destroy 10% of all the opponent's temporary strength!
Qing Shui didn’t know what was included as temporary strength. However, when he thought about it himself, he managed to figure out something. The Violet Gold divine Shield, Lunar Silk Clothes, Big Dipper Sword as well as Heavenly Talismans were all temporary abilities. As for other skills, Qing Shui wasn't really clear about it.
There was also a few unique medicinal pills which only had temporary effects!
It may just be a 10% decrease in strength, but one thing that Qing Shui was well aware of was that there are almost no warriors in the World of the Nine Continent who didn't have temporary abilities, so much that he felt that some of the supportive techniques were also temporary. If it was really as he thought, then the Fiery Golden Eyes would truly be terrifying.
This reminded Qing Shui of a phrase. Everything was temporary!
Every temporary attribute boosting abilities! That meant it has taken account of every temporary abilites!
Previously, Qing Shui also spotted the Buddha Statue behind him. He still didn't know if it was actually caused by his Thousand Buddha Palms Imprint or the Ancient Book of 'Rebirth'. Often, the first thing a normal person would feel was that it had something to do with the Thousand Buddha Palm Imprint. However, since a long time ago, Qing Shui has always felt that it was because of the Ancient Book of 'Rebirth'.
Seeing as time was almost up, Qing Shui showered before getting out of the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. The lightstones in his room were giving out a gentle light. It didn't really make the room bright, yet it was able to make people feel comfortable.
Qing Shui released his Spiritual Sense and felt the two girls sleeping soundly in a room not too far away. He suddenly thought about the book 'Art of Observing Females' which he read before entering the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal.
Qing Shui went up to the shelf. He didn't actually take out the book 'Art of Observing Females'. Instead, he took out other books, but he only flipped through the majority of the books and didn't really pay too much attention to the details.
He continued on and managed to flip through quite a lot of books. They were all basically about common things across the continent except it was more interesting and written specifically.
After going through almost half of the books, Qing Shui randomly picked out a book again. He planned to sleep after reading this book. It was just that at the moment Qing Shui got his hand on the book, he noticed that the book felt a bit different. It was a bit soft and it felt as if the book was made of a much higher quality materials compared to the rest.
'Last part of Basic Sword Techniques'……
Qing Shui blanked out. In an instant, he went from feeling sleepy to being incomparably awake. Lin Zhanhan had given him a book named the 'First part of the Basic Sword Techniques' back when he was on Qing Clan's Library. While he was on Heavenly Palace's Library, he had managed to find 'The Second Part of Basic Sword Techniques'. And now, to his surprise, he had actually found the 'Last part of Basic Sword Techniques' in Four Sea Inns.
At this moment, Qing Shui felt a bit agitated. When it came to Sword Techniques, Qing Shui had already known a thing or two about it. He felt really lucky he had trained the most unattended Basic Sword Technique at that time.
Most importantly, ever since he started cultivating it, he had just continued on for more than ten years. After that, he had even mixed his 'Wave Essence' into the basics of the Sword Techniques, enabling the strength of the Basic Sword Technique to undergo tremendous changes.
If it was converted to the time duration in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal, it would have taken around a hundred years of cultivation. This enabled Qing Shui's cultivation of the 'Basic Sword Technique' to reached great heights. However, he was still limited by the most basic restriction of the 'Basic Sword Techniques'. In the book 'Basic Sword Technique First part' it only had the most fundamental sword skills. For warriors who only got into sword techniques, they would have most likely replace the most basic sword techniques with an even stronger one after one to three months.
Compared to the first book, the 'Second part of Basic Sword Technique' had more variations of Sword Techniques. For example, it would have techniques which combined different piercing methods in a series. It might seem really simple, yet it possessed a really tremendous wounding power. It might look like a very basic skill, but Qing Shui was able to cultivate his Basic Sword Technique up to a terrifying stage by practicing it numerous times.
But Qing Shui always had high hopes in the 'Last part of Basic Sword Techniques'. He felt that there would definitely be some killer moves recorded in the book. It's just that he was a bit uncertain if he would be able to find the last book of the Basic Sword Techniques series. Who would have thought that he would actually find it here?
Qing Shui sat down in front of the study table. He no longer planned to sleep but instead, he planned to spend all of his time to go through the book carefully.
At the moment he flipped through the thin pages made of beast parchment, Qing Shui smiled. The skills listed on it might seem really simple and easy, but Qing Shui was the only one who managed to see the key points within it.
Combination Sword Techniques!
Qing Shui could already tell that these were all combined sword techniques with just one look. It's just performing different sword techniques together at one go. There were already a few simple combinations in the 'Second Part of Basic Sword Techniques'. Most of them were combinations of two sword techniques merged together.
As for the 'Last part of Basic Sword Techniques', they were combinations of at least three basic sword skills merged together. There were also some which combined four to five sword skills. When Qing Shui saw all of these, he felt as if he just saw the light again. There were finally powerful killer moves in the Basic Sword Techniques which he could use.
Qing Shui didn't know who drew out the Basic Sword Technique. But he felt that it must be someone whose sword skills belonged to that of the legends. All of the most basic sword skills written inside the Basic Sword Techniques were something that wouldn't be achieved without at least a hundred years of experience.
Seeing that all of these combined sword skills were the most basic combinations, normal people wouldn't be able to see the essence within it except Qing Shui.
Combining three skills together!
The sword techniques, which Qing Shui was reading, were all skills which had combined three sword techniques. The most powerful thing about the combinations was that it had ways to merge sword techniques which were totally incompatible together. For example, 'slicing' and 'thrusting' were skills that could be easily combined together whereas 'chopping' and 'piercing' were techniques which were very hard to be combined.
While reading the book, he had also attempted to mimic the skills written on it. As Qing Shui swung the sword in his hand, he had noticed that there was a really profound knowledge within it. If it has been a normal person reading about the sword techniques combination, it would surely drive them mad. This was because they were mostly combinations which were very hard to combine.
Qing Shui, on the other hand, felt that these sword techniques combinations were like a life-saving rope for someone who was drowning and like a sweet spring of water found by people who were about to die of thirst.
It wasn't until the sky slowly turned bright when Qing Shui woke up like he was drunk and stupefied. There was a satisfied smile on his face. The Two Moves Combination Sword Technique was able to increase his original fundamental strength by 10% whereas the Three Moves Combination Sword Technique was capable of increasing it by 20%. As for the Four Moves Combination Sword Technique, Qing Shui was unclear about it because at present, he was only barely able to perform a Three Moves Combination Sword Technique.
Even though he was only able to perform the Three Moves Combination Sword Technique, he was able to witness just how powerful these combined sword techniques were. Since he still had plenty of time, he immediately threw the book into the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal.
When Qing Shui went out, he proceeded towards the top of the building. The enormous roof resembled a tiny plaza. It was designed in a way so that it would be really suitable for warriors to cultivate. Of course, for someone like Qing Shui, he would definitely have to hold back his strength while cultivating. There weren't many ordinary buildings left which could stand Qing Shui's attacks.
As Qing Shui arrived at the highest part of the building, he noticed that there were already a few people cultivating. Qing Shui found a spot at the corner and then he took out a sword which was around one to three meters long from the weapons rack.
After he mulled over his last sword strike, he felt that it was more effective than just practising the moves. When this kind of simple Combination Sword Technique was executed, it did not have those kind of gorgeous vision effects but had a bleak killing intent instead.
The techniques were fierce and severe!
After that, Qing Shui continuously performed the Three Moves Combination Sword Technique which he had practiced since midnight. Slowly, he had realized that he was able to do it more and more smoothly. He was also able to perform the combination more quickly and skillfully.
Later on, Qing Shui had once again merged the 'Wave Essence of the Thousand Buddha Palm Imprint' into his sword techniques. This wasn't actually hard for him since he was already able to do it before. It was just that when he did it now with the sword techniques combined, he felt a bit awkward.
Practice makes perfect! This was a saying which Qing Shui strongly believed in. Otherwise, he wouldn't have cultivated the Basic Sword Techniques every day for ten years!
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