Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 658-659
AST 658 - Uses of the 'Pearl', Seven Stars Street
"Poison Dragon Pearl?" Qing Shui couldn't believe his ears and asked doubtfully.
Yuan Su looked at Qing Shui and said seriously: "I'm also not quite sure, but I can feel that this is the Poison Dragon Pearl. Even though I have never seen it before, my assumption is unlikely to be wrong. You can also call it Poison Pearl since it might not be that apt to call it a Dragon Pearl."
"It doesn't really matter what it is, what's the use of this pearl?" Qing Shui was more concerned with this. He didn't care if it's the Poison Dragon Pearl, he just wanted to know what it could be used for.
"For now, let's just call it the Poison Dragon Pearl since there is a 80 percent chance of it being a Poison Dragon Pearl. Actually, the Poison Dragons arenlt the divine dragons mentioned in legends. They're likely to be an ascended form of a Poisonous Jiao. The Poison Dragon Pearls were made of the essence within the Poison Dragon's body." Yuan Su explained slowly after pondering for a while.
When Qing Shui first heard the word dragon, he felt a bit excited. He assumed that it should be a demonic beast which was higher in rank compared to a Jiao. For example, Poison Dragon Beast and Poison Flood Dragon.
"Even though it isn't an true dragon, it still possesses a dragon's veins within its body. The Poison Dragons are actually quite famous across the World of the Nine Continents. The only problem is that they are quite rare nowadays. This pearl could only be formed by a demonic beast at Peak Martial Saint grade. It's even more rare than the demonic beast's Core. Even though I have mentioned that only a demonic beast at Peak Martial Saint could make the pearls, it didn't necessarily mean that all of them would be able to do it. Other than that, if a demonic beast was to lose this pearl, it would instantaneously turn into a crippled beast."
As Yuan Su spoke, Qing Shui finally understood that the pearl was not only the essence of a Peak Martial Saint Demonic Beast, but also an extremely rare object. Considering that it's the essence within the body of a Poison Dragon, it should be really toxic.
"I have spent so much time explaining, yet I haven't told you about its use." Yuan Su smiled and looked at Qing Shui. She seemed to be really patient.
"Well then, will the Miss quickly explain the use of this pearl?" Qing Shui laughed as he said this.
"I'm not quite sure myself. But I have heard rumors saying that this kind of pearl has intelligence. It's no easy task but if you have it on you fairly often, you will be able to sense something, so much so that you will start to be able to control it with your mind. Furthermore, considering that this is a pearl from a Poisonous Dragon, it's really risky to wear it since the essence of the dragons themselves is also poisonous.
Qing Shui remained silent as he continued to listen to what Yuan Su said.
"These kinds of pearls have particularly abundant spirit energy. If it wasn't a Poisonous Dragon Pearl, it would still turn out to be an outstanding medicinal herb. The problem is that the Poison Dragon Pearls are also something which Poison Cultivators longed for. As long as you don't directly come into contact with the Dragon Pearl, you will be fine. It can also be used to water poisonous plants or nurture living things which are poisonous to strengthen their toxicity."
As she spoke, Qing Shui seemed to have gotten a grasp on something even though he was still a bit confused. Despite this, he was still satisfied that he had finally understood its basic uses.
"Is there no other use anymore?" Qing Shui asked casually.
"Other? Regarding that, it's still used as a medicinal pill or it could be fed to other demonic beasts. There is a possibility that it will gain new abilities. It will have the best effect if it's taken in by a demonic beast. Or else the human warrior with it is very likely to be poisoned to death. It can also be used as a poisonous weapon, for instance, you can throw it at your opponent, inserting it into their body."
"How tough is the Poison Dragon Pearl?" Qing Shui asked after thinking for a while.
"Apparently, a Peak Martial Saint Warrior would also need to go all out and attack a number of times to break it." Yuan Su smiled and explained.
"If I open up this bottle, will the toxicity of the pearls in it be gone?" Qing Shui already had his own thoughts on how to use the dragon pearls. However, he was still a little apprehensive.
"No it won't. These pearls would recover toxicity on their own so long as you still managed to retain half of it. But if you were to use up half of its toxicity at one go, it will slowly turn into a useless pearl. Normally, you can speed up the recovery by nurturing them with some poisons."
"You're welcome!" Yuan Su gave a faint smile and responded.
"Shall we open it up and see?"
"Alright, I too want to have a look."
Qing Shui opened up the bottle. As soon as he did, the entire room instantaneously felt really chilly. The bottle was only the size of a baby's fist. It's shaped like the bottom part of a calabash. Qing Shui also felt a strong spirit fluctuation from the chilliness of the room. He was truly amazed by the essence of a Peak Martial Saint Demonic Beast.
He tried to look at the pearl through the mouth of the bottle. The pearl was as big as an oat, jet-black in color and unusually translucent. It was so black that it sent chills down Qing Shui's spine and shone with light that seemed to belong to a demon.
When looking at it, it gave off a feeling that would cause one to stop and not go further. It was a feeling of danger. Even Qing Shui who possessed the Nature Energy didn't dare to risk it. He didn't feel the need to risk himself for it. He would wait for his Nature Energy to ascend even further because only then, would he be able to resist the poison with it.
Qing Shui felt that it might be useful for the poisonous substances in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. Not to mention that his Blackjade Poisonous Spiderweb needed to be refined urgently. It seemed like these pearls might really come in handy for him.
Yuan Su passed it back to Qing Shui after looking a few times at it.
After a while, Qing Shui stood up and said his goodbyes. He threw the bottle containing the Poison Dragon Pearl into the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal and placed it among the poisonous flowers and grasses.
Just like that, the incident resolving the Fight of the Ultimate Life and Death had been decided. Simultaneously, the world was really heated up with rumors about it. People from around the entire Seven Stars Country, other countries and other cities were all planning to head here to spectate the match.
Within one short day, not only had the entire city found out about it, a few unknown forces even started to get themselves involved in it.
Qing Shui didn't care about any of these. It's obvious that they were trying to profit from another's misfortune. Other than that, there were still a lot of people who wanted to take advantage of the situation but in order to do so, they would need to be strong enough.
"Chen`Er, let's go out and walk around." By the time Qing Shui found Di Chen, she was staring blankly into space.
"Alright!" As soon as she saw Qing Shui, the upset look on her face immediately got replaced by a happy one.
After taking only a few steps, they could already see both Di Qing and Yuan Su walking towards them. When Qing Shui saw this, he automatically knew that was impossible for Di Chen and him to spend some alone time.
"Sister, where are you guys going?"
"Let's go together. We may no longer be in the mood to do so in two days." Di Chen smiled and said.
Di Qing's face immediately turned upset.
"Qing`Er, stop thinking so much, there's always a way out." Di Chen said gently.
"Yeah, it's nothing. I'm just a bit grumpy, how great would it be if I was a Peak Martial Saint, they wouldn't dare to come even if they had nine lives." Di Qing said grumpily.
"Sister Qing, do you believe in me?" Yuan Su smiled and asked Di Qing.
"Of course I do! Who else is going to help us other than you?" Di Qing believed deeply in Yuan Su's mysterious sensing ability. To be more accurate, her ability to sense a person's character. It was not actually an ability that was capable of finding out things in advance before they happened.
"If you believe in me, then be happy. Now that you have me aiding you, everything will be fine." Yuan Su glanced towards Qing Shui and said calmly with a smile.
Di Qing accidentally saw Yuan Su's intentional glance. In response to that, she smiled: "I will believe in you then! Let's hang out together today."
Qing Shui was squished in the middle. Even though he was happy that he was like a moon surrounded by myriads of stars, he would quickly be the center of attention as soon as he stepped out of the house, considering that the three girls were all extreme beauties.
On top of that, both Di Qing and Di Chen no longer wore their veils and Qing Shui was quite good-looking. There would be a lot of people talking about them along the way. Even if Qing Shui possessed great strength, it was still really easy for him to be criticized as a man who lived off women.
If Qing Shui had looked tall, bold, powerful, and more boorish, he would end up being called a toad lusting after a swan's flesh.
To a certain extent, the only way to stop these kind of gossips would be for Qing Shui to continue getting stronger. Across the World of the Nine Continents, one's strength was more than enough to decide everything.
"Qing Shui, where shall we go?" After walking for a while, Di Chen asked Qing Shui.
"Let's go to Seven Stars street, I would like to go have a look at the Seven Stars Battle Arena." Qing Shui responded after thinking for a while. He felt that it would be worth a visit before the match began.
Everyone agreed with Qing Shui's suggestions except Di Chen who glanced towards Qing Shui with an uneasy look. Despite this, she didn't say anything. Eventually, they rode on a beast cart and rushed their way towards Seven Stars Street.
Seven Stars Street wasn't too far away from here. However, it would still take a long time for a person to walk there on foot and since there were a few outstanding girls with him, he thought that it would be better for him to ride a beast cart. He also felt it unnecessary to ride the Fire Bird, despite there being a lot of people riding their own mounts along the street.
There was no wrong to maintaining a low profile, especially during times like this.
Very quickly, the four arrived at Seven Stars Street. Qing Shui and the rest stopped when there was still quite a distance between them and the arena.
The Seven Stars Street was one of the widest streets in Seven Stars City. This place was considered the biggest landmark in Seven Stars Country because it was also one of the most developed areas. The aristocratic clans would often do their business here.
The width of the Seven Stars Street was roughly a thousand meters. A street that wide was something that Qing Shui would never have been able to imagine. But after spending so many years here, he had already gotten used to seeing it. Furthermore, the different kinds of beasts and beast carts that passed along the street gave a unique feeling to Qing Shui. He really enjoyed it.
The environment here was also really good. Myriads of tall shops, many of which sheltered both sides of the street, the continuous yelling noises as well as noises of customers negotiating with the sellers, formed a type of melody along the street. Even though Qing Shui was in the middle of a noisy street, he felt really calm.
"Look! The young lady from Di Clan! She's so beautiful!"
"Unfortunately, Di Clan will be finished in two days. No matter how beautiful she looks, she will still end up a toy for Ten Thousand Poisons Sect." The person from just now said.
"Actually, why does Ten Thousand Poisons Sect want to force Di Clan to the Fight of the Ultimate Life and Death?" Someone interrupted the person from before. Topics like this would often end up gathering a lot of crowds fairly easily.
"Could it be that you knew?" The others looked at the young man who spoke previously in suspicion.
"Hehe, my cousin is from Sima Clan, it's normal for me to know things like this." The young man responded in an arrogant manner.
"Oh, I forgot, brother Zhao's cousin is a steward from Sima Clan. Brother Zhao, please stop being so secretive and tell everyone the reason for it. The longer you hold it, the more impatient you'll get." One of the men from before quickly changed his expression and said with an ingratiating smile.
AST 659 - Seven Stars Arena, Provocation
’’Remember to keep it a secret. Or else we might not even know how we die.’’
’’Don't worry Brother Zhao, are we the kind of people who would do that?’’
’’From what I heard, there was a time when the young master from Ten Thousand Poisons Sect went to Di Clan to propose a marriage but got rejected by them. Ever since then, Ten Thousand Poisons Sect has hated them. Coincidentally, things didn't turn out well for Di Clan as their Old Ancestor passed away. Everything is in Ten Thousand Poison's Sect's favor because even if they themselves don't take action, a fat meat like Di Clan will also be targeted by other people.’’ The young man who was known as Brother Zhao explained slowly while looking at Qing Shui and the others.
’’Brother Zhao indeed knows about a lot of things. Oh yeah, what do you think they are at Seven Stars Street for?’’ Immediately, there was already a person trying to flatter Brother Zhao. Of course, he didn't forget to ask his question.
’’Judging from the direction they're heading, they're most likely going to Seven Stars Arena.’’
’’Let's go have a look, for all you know, we might discover something unexpected.’’ The young man with surname Zhao said happily after thinking for a while.
Actually, Qing Shui heard what they said. At present, Qing Shui, who had already had a huge leap in strength acquired a terrifyingly powerful Spiritual Sense. He was able to detect every single movement of the things in his surroundings.
Qing Shui moved his sight to Di Chen and Di Qing. It seemed like they didn't hear it. Di Qing was constantly chatting with Yuan Su and Di Chen. Occasionally, she would point at some demonic beasts or shops.
’’Qing Shui, look, that's the Seven Stars Arena! It's the biggest battle arena in Seven Stars Country. For ordinary people, it's really hard for them to even have a match in it.’’ Di Qing smiled as she explained to Qing Shui.
Qing Shui finally saw the Seven Stars Arena for the first time. Prior to this, he had only heard about it, it was right in front of him. It was located in one of the most bustling areas in the city, being in the center of a crossroad, the Seven Stars Arena was round in shape and about hundred meters tall. There were seven shining crystals decorated around it, which resembled seven stars. But Qing Shui wasn't actually able to recognize what they were.
The Seven Stars Arena was dark purple in color. It had a circumference of around three hundred meters. Indeed, it was one of the biggest battle arenas which Qing Shui had ever seen. Even so, Martial Saint Warriors would most likely rise into the air while battling, very rarely would they remain on the arena to fight.
Not to mention that some gigantic demonic beasts were a hundred meters long. If it was a battle between two aristocratic clans, they would feel cramped even if they were in the Seven Stars Arena.
Another factor that played a part was that people feared that the Seven Stars Arena would be destroyed as a result of the battle. Hence, for truly formidable warriors with strength that surpassed Grade Eight Martial Saints, they would very often rise up above the arena to fight rather than fighting on the ground. The arena was only a tool for battles. For formidable warriors, their true battle was high up in the sky.
Only aristocratic clans like Di Clan and Ten Thousand Poisons Sect would battle on the Seven Stars Arena. Normally, one of the clans would send a battle invitation to their opponent. If the opponent accepts their challenge, both side would agree on a location to fight.
Slowly, the arena became a place that was specially used for battles between warriors below Martial Saint grade. For warriors above that level, the destruction brought about by them would be too devastating.
’’Sima Sha! Look who that is!’’
There were a lot of people in the arena. This place had always been crowded with people. A lot of beast carts would also pass back and forth around the arena.
The person speaking was a handsome young man. Similarly, Sima Sha was also a handsome young man except that he looked really devilish as well.
Sima Sha heard what the young man said and looked towards Qing Shui. He first fixed his sharp sight on Qing Shui before giving the three women around Qing Shui a perverted look.
’’Sima Sha, the brother of yours that got beaten up indeed has good eyes. The three women around him are all extreme beauties.’’ The young man from just now told Sima Sha with a smile. He sounded calm while he was saying it.
’’Hm, the Fight of the Ultimate Life and Death is in just two days. Since they're here, why don't we have some fun with them in advance. If they don't dare to accept, we will just forget about it.’’
After Sima Sha finished speaking, he went on to approach Qing Shui and his group. The people behind him, including the young man, hurriedly followed him. After all, Sima Sha was one of the strongest young men from his generation. It seemed like the seductive and handsome man was a bit older than Di Fentian. He was originally supposed to be considered the senior, but for some reason he was holding onto the most formidable nickname of the strongest person in his generation.
’’Qing Shui, Sima Sha is about to come here.’’ Di Qing pulled Qing Shui and said.
’’Sima Sha? Someone from Sima Clan?’’ Qing Shui looked at the young man who was approaching them in confusion.
’’Yeah, if he wants to challenge you, it's best if you reject it. Despite his young age, he is much stronger than his older brother.’’ Di Qing said hurriedly.
Qing Shui was more confused now. Di Qing seemed to be really concerned with this man. Could he really be that strong?
’’He is the youngest elder in the Ten Thousand Poisons Sect. He is really adept with his poisons. None of the people from his generation is a match for him.’’ By the time Di Qing finished speaking, Sima Sha was already less than ten meters away from them.
’’Young lady Qing indeed knows me quite well.’’ Sima Sha chuckled.
Di Qing totally ignored Sima Sha. Instead, she told Qing Shui, Di Chen and Yuan Su: ’’it's not fun here, let's go back.’’
’’Young lady Qing, why are you planning to leave as soon as you come? It's not common for us to run into each other, why don't we spend some time together?’’ The young man behind Sima Sha said in a joking manner.
Di Qing knitted her brows and looked towards the young man who was talking: ’’shut up if you don't want to die.’’
’’Haha, Zhuo Siming, how does it feel to be insulted by a woman?’’ Another young man laughed at the one who was speaking just now.
’’Di Qing, Di Clan is at the brink of being destroyed. We are both Peak Martial Kings, do you think that I'm afraid of you?’’ Zhuo Siming felt really embarrassed being berated by a woman in public. If it was before, he would just forget about it but Di Clan was no longer what it once was.
’’Siming, you're wrong, she is already a Grade One Martial Saint, you are not going to be able to block her move.’’ Sima Sha said while maintaining a calm mind.
Zhuo Simin: ’’......’’
In the end, Zhuo Siming remained silent.
’’So the young master from Zhuo Clan is nothing but scum?’’ A person's voice came through. Coincidentally, everyone was able to hear it. No one was certain who said it but the person who actually dared to make such a statement was definitely someone who didn't fear Zhuo Clan.
’’The people from Zhuo Clan are like this. This is normal, they're all scum, don't worry about it.’’ There are still people who don't fear death. Not to mention, as there are a lot of people around them, it was difficult to detect who that said it, even if one possessed keen spiritual sense.
Zhuo Siming got so furious that his face turned red. Nevertheless, he remained silent and didn't say anything. No matter how upset one was, they should never put their life at risk.
’’Even young lady Qing said that I intended to challenge you. If I don't do it, it'll just show that I'm useless. Mister, I wonder if you will accept?’’ Sima Sha smiled while looking at Qing Shui
He had investigated Qing Shui's strength before. His strength seemed to be at Grade Two Martial Saint. Even though he used Hidden Weapons during battles, he needed someone to help him with it. It's going to be useless if it's used in a single match.
His poisonous webs and other objects on the other hand, unless used for sneak attacks, they would be useless for single matches. If he dared to accept today, Sima Clan would definitely have to leave his body here to help stand up for Sima Clan. Let alone that the young man seemed to be quite experienced with team attacks!.
At the moment when Sima Sha was evaluating Qing Shui's strength, Qing Shui was also doing the same thing to him. He was evaluating the strength of the young man, or rather, the strong and robust man.
Peak Grade Six Martial Saint!
At this moment, Qing Shui himself was unclear with how he felt. The strongest young man in his generation was actually a Peak Grade Six Martial Saint, that had the abilities of 2000 countries.
For the younger generations, which was Di Qing and Di Chen's generations, they're already considered geniuses by having been able to break through to Martial Saint unless they're disciples with unique talents from hidden clans. But since Sima Sha was slightly older, they could only be barely considered the younger generations.
It's a piece of cake for Qing Shui to beat him.
Qing Shui really wanted to laugh. Not only that, he actually had broken into laugher. Humans are weird, when one found that someone who is a lot weaker than them, they wouldn't have much interest when their opponent challenged them. It's just like looking at an ant. No matter how much you saw it moving, you wouldn't be enraged by it.
’’You sure you want to challenge me?’’ Qing Shui smiled as he looked at Sima Sha.
’’I'm sure, you won't get cold feet will you? No one can stop you if you want to do it. There are so many people looking at you, if you do that, then you will be known as a person who hides behind a woman's skirt!’’ Sima Sha said calmly.
’’Yeah, fight if you're a man!’’
’’If i was him, I would battle! If not, I don't think I'd have the face to stand here. They're outstanding women, please don't choose a coward to be your husband.’’
’’I accept your challenge. I wonder, where you get the confidence to force people to take part in a match with you?’’ Qing Shui stared at Sima Sha. All along, he had misgivings about Sima Clan.
’’Great, everyone around the battle arena is the witness. Today, we will have a showdown to the death. I will wait for you up there.’’
Sima Sha soared up into the air as soon as he finished speaking. He did it all smoothly at one go. People in the surroundings were amazed with what he did. After all, Skywalk was an ability only exclusive for Martial Saint grade warriors.
Di Chen called out softly and pulled his sleeve.
Di Chen managed to hear what Di Qing said previously. After all, no one was actually aware of how strong Qing Shui truly was.
’’Have faith in me, it would be such a waste if I were to die right after getting you, such a beautiful woman, to be my wife.’’ Qing Shui grabbed her hand and smiled.
’’You are still in the mood to joke around at a time like this......’’
’’Qing Shui, you need to be careful of his poisons!’’ Di Qing knitted her brows and reminded him.
’’Thank you, he won't stand a chance.’’ Qing Shui let out a humble smile and stepped up into the sky. Very quickly, he was on opposite side of the sky from Sima Sha. The two were less than a hundred meters away from each other.
Qing Shui slowly sheathed the Big Dipper Sword while determining if he should kill him off instantly or try to hide his strength for now.