Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 674-675
AST 674 –Benefitting from a disaster, the powerful Yin-Yang Image
Qing Shui was really fired up. He had finally found some hope in surviving. It's only when one is at the brink of losing their life that they begin to appreciate it.
The Marrow Nibbling Worm which lost both of its eyes could only roll around and scream madly. Qing Shui constantly moved around it while continuously attacking it with his Primordial Flames.
The Marrow Nibbling Worm, which was as big as a small mountain, was unable to stand this level of burning. Slowly, it's screaming got softer and softer. It's movements had also begun to slow down significantly.
The enormous joy that Qing Shui felt was acting as his mental support to help him fight better and better. Furthermore, there was still the Yin-Yang Image which was continuously helping him to recover. Qing Shui who no longer had anything to worry about was finally able to go all out without holding back.
The enormous Marrow Nibbling Worm finally collapsed. Qing Shui stood in the distance and let out a sigh of relief. If the Marrow Nibbling Worms here were to die, the Marrow Nibbling Worm inside his body would also suffer the same fate.
Suddenly, the Yin-Yang Image above the sky started giving off a faint light. Not only that, the light was getting brighter and brighter. After that, the Marrow Nibbling Worms on the ground similarly started glowing.
At this moment, the Yin-Yang Fish Image in the Yin-Yang Image looked extremely distinct, sparkling and translucent. It was shining on the bodies of the Marrow Nibbling Worms on the ground with a faint greyish light. Slowly, the Marrow Nibbling Worm began to shrink while the Yin-Yang Image got brighter and brighter. Simultaneously, the energy that Qing Shui emitted had also begun to become stronger and stronger.
Qing Shui was really fired up. The Yin-Yang Image had indeed gotten really strong. If the person who was bitten by a Marrow Nibbling Worm had been an ordinary person, he would have died a long time ago if he didn't take in the Golden Buddha Aura Lotus. No matter how strong Qing Shui's body or his recovery ability was, he wouldn't be able to stand the Marrow Nibbling Worm's attacks. During that time, the Yin-Yang Image played an indispensable role in maintaining Qing Shui's sanity. It was also because of the Yin-Yang Image that Qing Shui managed to maintain control over himself.
The instant the Marrow Nibbling Worm disappeared, the Yin-Yang Image emitted a dazzling light. The simple yet magnanimous light was filled full of an unknown and mysterious strength. At the same time, Qing Shui felt really relaxed. He felt as if his exhausted body was recovering at an incredible speed.
Mysterious yet powerful!
Qing Shui felt that the Yin-Yang Image had gotten a few times stronger. He assumed that it had probably ascended by another grade. But he was uncertain about what level it's in at the moment. Qing Shui felt really happy. If he was to combine it with his body, that already possessed terrifying recovery ability, he felt that he would be like a tireless machine that could work for eternity. The rate at which damage was caused to his body was almost on par with his recovery ability.
The current Yin-Yang Image was one third bigger than the previous ones. It also looked a lot more solid compared to before. Even the Yin-Yang Fish Image on top of it looked as if it had gotten more distinct and magnanimous.
Just like the saying "One who survives a great disaster is destined to good fortune for ever". Qing Shui never thought that he would eliminate the Marrow Nibbling Worm in such a way. Killing the consciousness of his enemy within his own consciousness. When the body died, the spirit would disappear. Similarly, when the spirit died, its body would also disappear. The one that Qing Shui killed in his Sea of Consciousness was the spirit of the g Marrow Nibbling Worm.
Everyone possessed a "spirit". They all have their own consciousness. It's not an unusual thing. To be more precise, it meant that the soul of somebody was something which controlled one's body. It existed within one's brains and had control of every single part of the body. The people in vegetative states from his previous incarnations were cases of people losing their "spirit". Or rather, their "spirit" had become so weak that it was no longer able to control their body.
At the moment, the Marrow Nibbling Worm residing in Qing Shui's body were nothing but worthless worms. They had already fallen into a dormant state. The only thing left for Qing Shui to do would be to think of a way to force it out. This would be an easy task, after all, it's just dead worms that he was facing.
This time, not only did he survive, his Spirit Energy had also become a lot stronger. Since that happened, his Primordial Flames, Hidden Weapons and other techniques would be able to make yet more huge leaps. Since Qing Shui was no longer worried about losing his life, he felt a lot more relieved.
Spirit energy was something that's quite difficult to upgrad. In any case, Qing Shui was considered to have benefitted from a disaster. He got to significantly improve his Spirit energy. That's all he knew. As for other details, Qing Shui wasn't really certain about them. On the whole, Qing Shui assumed that the Yin-Yang Image should have most likely ascended up another level. The increase in his Spirit energy should be one of the effects of it.
Di Chen felt Qing Shui's changes from the outside. Not long ago, his body was still continuously shivering. The corner of his mouth was constantly overflowing with fresh blood. Qing Shui didn't really go through many changes within his consciousness. But from the outside, he was constantly vomiting blood. His entire body was already dyed red by his own blood.
Di Chen felt really heart-broken. She was helpless facing this kind of situation. But slowly, she noticed that Qing Shui's condition getting better and better. He stopped vomiting out blood, even his face had begun to look more and more peaceful. She even noticed a faint smile and joy on Qing Shui's face.
At this moment, Qing Shui opened up both of his eyes. Soon after, he started drawing signs with his hands.
A small hole appeared at a spot between Qing Shui's eyebrows. A worm the size of a thumb was forced out of the hole. Without further delay, he immediately grabbed it with his hand. This tiny worm wasn't stained with any of his blood despite it flowing through his vessels.
"It's out! You recovered!" Di Chen couldn't believe what she saw. She grabbed Qing Shui's hand and said in surprise.
This was the first time Qing Shui saw Di Chen that surprised. He felt a sense of warmth in his heart. She was happy because he recovered. What else could he ask for when he already had such a good wife?
"Yeah! I'm good!" Qing Shui looked at Di Chen with a smile. Suddenly, he felt as if the dark clouds in the sky had disappeared.
He kept the Jade Emperor Bee in the realm, leaving only the Fire Bird outside. After that, he rode on it along with Di Chen and headed towards Di Clan. Di Chen held Qing Shui's arm with eyes filled with tears of joy. The smile on her face didn't disappear.
Qing Shui went to take a bath while Di Chen passed on the good news with everyone. After all, a lot of people were really concerned about it.
While showering, Qing Shui constantly thought about the Yin-Yang Image. He was still surprised by the fact that the Yin-Yang Image was the one to refine the Marrow Nibbling Worm. Qing Shui assumed that the Yin-Yang Image might not be strong enough to refine the healthy Marrow Nibbling Worm. That was why it waited until when the Marrow Nibbling Worm was at the brink of death to refine it.
Qing Shui came up with a thought. If the Marrow Nibbling Worm was to drill its way into his brain again, with the current Yin-Yang Image, it should more or less be able to stop it even if it was unable to refine the worm. At least he wouldn't have to be worried about his life. Furthermore, he also possessed the powerful ability to self-recover. Even though it wasn't comparable to the Golden Buddha Aura Lotus, it was still able to help him keep his life safe. It's just that he would have to suffer things that far exceeded what an ordinary human could handle.
He felt extremely comfortable after taking a shower.
Qing Shui walked out and noticed that there were a lot of people in the living room. Almost everyone was there. For a moment, they all looked really concerned when they saw Qing Shui. After finding out that he had recovered, everyone felt really happy. Unknowingly, Qing Shui had become a pillar of support to this place.
"Qing Shui, you have really recovered." Di Qing stood in front of Qing Shui and looked at him seriously. The misty and bewildering eyes of hers were less than a third of a meter away from Qing Shui. She looked so pretty that Qing Shui wanted to avoid it.
There was a fresh yet seducing air from her mouth, which felt particularly good. He smiled and nodded: "Thanks for your concern. Don't worry, I'm not going to die."
A joyful smile appeared on Di Qing's beautiful face: "I'm not worried about you. The good will always be short-lived while the bad will be able to live a thousand years. You're a bad person."
Since Qing Shui recovered, Di Qing once again had the mood to joke around. After Lady Duanmu had a conversation with Qing Shui, she stood up and was about to say her goodbyes. Previously, she had been quite worried about him.
As soon as he heard Lady Duanmu leaving, Qing Shui felt really empty: "Why don't you go tomorrow. Let's gather around for today."
Qing Shui didn't really mean it when he said that. There wasn't much meaning to it. However, Lady Duanmu was obviously shaken up by what he said. But as soon as she saw Qing Shui's clear eyes and his serious expression, she shook her head and smiled: "Lingshuang is worried about me, it's time for me to go back."
"I'll accompany you!" Qing Shui knew that no one would be able to change Lady Duanmu's mind once she has decided on something.
This time, Lady Duanmu didn't reject Qing Shui's request. She nodded her head.
The group saw her off outside the house. Both Qing Shui and Lady Duanmu mounted the enormous Ice Crane and said their goodbyes to everyone.
Both Qing Shui and Lady Duanmu stood on the back of the Ice Crane and flew ahead at an even speed. Ever since that incident, despite both's their efforts to remain calm and pretend like nothing happened, they still felt really awkward deep in their hearts.
"Sorry to have made you worry!" Qing Shui said gently.
Lady Duanmu looked from afar and didn't say anything. During the process of it, she turned back and looked at Qing Shui with a complicated look.
"You couldn't forget about it?" Qing Shui asked gently after stopping for a while.
"You are the one who's unable to forget about it."
"Yeah, you're right, I can't."
Lady Duanmu turned back and stopped saying anything. She instantly blushed. It might be because of Qing Shui's near death incident that made her looked over it.
"Lady Duanmu, if you……"
"Qing Shui, stop saying anything. I won't think about any other things for now. I know what you want to say but it's not the time for it, I can't do it." Lady Duanmu interrupted Qing Shui. She tried to avoid Qing Shui's eyes in a very unnatural way.
Whenever she saw Qing Shui, she would think about the things that happened that day. One whole night.. For one whole night, she wrapped around a guy like a fool. That scar was craved really deeply within her heart. It's not something which could be so easily forgotten.
There was no men who dared to get near her for twenty years… Twenty years of solitariness, it's already really firm. The walls that she herself said would never collapse had actually been punctured that night. Despite all her attempts to fix it, it was futile. The more she thought of fixing it, the more it would collapse.
"Alright, alright, I'll just listen to you. But one thing, do not ever think of not seeing me again. If anything happens, you must look for me. We're friends. In any case… Good friends… And also, allow me to come see you in the future." Qing Shui responded after thinking for a while.
Lady Duanmu smiled and nodded. However, not knowing if it was because of the "alright, alright" that he said previously, her heart beat faster and she blushed. She grudgingly looked at Qing Shui and noticed that he was actually quite naughty.
"You don't have to see me off any further, go back!"
After the Ice Crane flew quite a distance, Lady Duanmu said gently.
"I'll see you off a little while longer. I'll feel more relieved after you pass this area." This part of the area which she has to go through along her journey was quite chaotic. Nevertheless, Lady Duanmu's strength was something which very few would dare to challenge.
Hence, Qing Shui's words made Lady Duanmu laugh: "What're you worried about? Could it be that there are formidable demonic beasts around here?"
"I'm afraid that you will be kidnapped by bandits. If that happens, how am I going to find you?" Qing Shui chuckled.
"Alright, go back, be obedient!" Lady Duanmu said gently.
Her gentle voice stunned Qing Shui. Qing Shui felt really unusual deep in his heart. He felt really warm and a kind of sweetness which he was unable to describe. He had a feeling that he was talking to a lover as well as an elder sister.
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AST 675 –Saint Jade Poisonous Pearl
The kind of feeling Qing Shui had caused him to skip a heartbeat. He felt unusually attached. He realized that he had grown to like Lady Duanmu, at least for this moment, this was the thought that he had. It was a kind of feeling which couldn't be described by words, it felt really beautiful and great.
By the time Qing Shui came back to his senses, he noticed that he was holding Lady Duanmu's soft hands. What he was surprised about was that he felt calm even after finding out that he was doing it. On the other hand, Lady Duanmu seemed like she didn't want to call him on it.
"Be careful on your way back!" Qing Shui said gently.
Qing Shui boldly went forward and embraced her. Aside from that, he didn't really do anything else. It was just like a hug between friends. At the moment, their two hearts were really close to each other, so much so that Qing Shui could feel her heartbeat.
Upon feeling her soft delicate body, Qing Shui felt a sense of peace in his heart. In addition to that, there was her unique fragrance which made it felt particularly good during this hot summer. It was a cool and relaxing feeling, a kind of beautiful atmosphere.
Qing Shui who was standing on the back of the Fire bird felt really depressed as he saw Lady Duanmu off until she disappeared from his sight. Prior to this, he had always thought that Lady Duanmu was an extreme beauty. If she hadn't given birth to Duanmu Lingshuang, she would have been considered a youngster.
Qing Shui felt that he wasn't an imprudent person. As long as one didn't cross a line, he would find it really hard to let go of his relationship with any particular person. Taking Zhu Qing for example, despite the circumstances they were in, Qing Shui still chose to accept her.
The only exception was Elder Yun from Feng Clan. That woman was the only person whom Qing Shui wanted to completely give up on. As of now, he still hasn't really planned on visiting her. If it wasn't for him, would she have acted this way too? At that time, Qing Shui realized that it was the woman's first time. Even so, Qing Shui would still occasionally think about her.
As for Lady Duanmu, despite Qing Shui being a person who has had countless near-death experiences and a person who has lived two different lives, he was still a bit clueless when it came to facing her. Not only was he a lot younger than Lady Duanmu, he was almost about the same age as her daughter.
Not only did Lady Duanmu feel that this situation was out of the question, even Qing Shui himself found it a bit thorny. He rubbed his forehead and instructed the Fire Bird to head back to Di Clan following the original route. He planned to think about this again in the future because for all he knew, this problem might eventually end up solved on its own.
In just a short while, the Di Clan had become the mightiest clan, which no one dared to provoke in Seven Stars Country. As of now, people from everywhere, regardless of whether they already knew each other from before, all came forward to congratulate them with the intention of establishing a relationship.
This was the way the world worked. Each and every one of them pretended like they cared deeply for Di Clan and acted like they're really close to them. Yet during the battles, none had shown up to provide aid.
About all of these, Di Clan could only act like they didn't know anything about it and pretended to accept. Di Clan obviously didn't have enough strength to hold up the Seven Stars Country at the moment. Even if they had it now, it didn't mean that they would still have it in the future. Hence, Di Clan would still have to rule Seven Stars City along with them.
It's better to provoke a gentleman than to provoke a cheap person. Regardless of how powerful one was, there would come a day when their boat would sink. Even cheap people would turn out to be successful one day. When that happened, it would be the time for the people who have had born grudges with them to suffer.
By the time Qing Shui returned, the people from Di Clan had already started becoming occupied. Already, those people couldn't wait to approach them. Di Clan had to comply since they couldn't upset everyone. Qing Shui on the other hand, didn't care about it. He used the excuse of not feeling well to avoid meeting anyone who wanted to see him.
Qing Shui was looking through the battle rewards with Di Chen and Di Qing. It was the things that were collected from Ten Thousand Poisons Sect and Sima Clan.
Qing Shui saw his own Blackjade Poisonous Spiderweb and a few poisonous beasts that died in it. He immediately put away the Blackjade Poisonous Spiderweb and dissected the poisonous beasts. He left behind a few poisonous pills, poisonous bones, blood and skin for the purpose of using them to draw poisonous talismans and mix poisons.
The majority of Ten Thousand Poisons Sect's collection was related to poisons. Poisonous pills, medicines, grass, flowers, beasts and so on. Di Clan said that these were all for Qing Shui, the reason being that they didn't have the slightest knowledge about poisons and dared not keep it. They wouldn't have the opportunity to enjoy it despite how good they were. Even if they had known how to use it, they wouldn't hesitate to give it to Qing Shui.
Qing Shui had the right to it. Not only that, they were also really keen on letting Qing Shui get it as long as Qing Shui could recover. Qing Shui didn't refuse them. That was how he ended up here.
The majority of the collections were from Ten Thousand Poisons Sect. The brocade boxes of different sizes as well as medicinal herbs were scattered all around the room. Reason being that some of the things there shouldn't be interacted with directly.
Qing Shui randomly picked up a box. To his surprise, there were a few decent poisonous flowers and Heartbroken Flowers. The flower was just as the name stated. Whoever ate it would end up getting their heart broken.
Rain-Mist Flowers, Bloody Qi Grass, White-Worm Grass, Thousand Years Snake-Marrow Grass, Thousand Years Scarlet Crane Top, Emotion Flowers, Thousand Years Tiger-Wolf Grass, Turtle-dove Pill, Turtle-Dove Blood, Two Thousand Years Poisonous Wood Arrow Venomous Wolf Flowers…
Among all of these, there were also a few poisonous medicines that were more than two thousand years old. Qing Shui looked through it randomly and took some of them. It wasn't anything much, he was just taking whatever entered his sight. It felt really good to collect rewards. The feeling of not knowing what one might find was really exciting.
Qing Shui opened up a box which looked distinctly different compared to other brocade boxes and got shocked when he saw the content within it. It was a black jade pearl that looked like an eye.
It looked really similar to an eye when looked at closely. It was really unusual and was sparklingly black. Yuan Su on the other hand made a weird noise. This resulted in Qing Shui glancing towards her in confusion.
"You know what this is?" Qing Shui asked Yuan Su.
"Saint Jade Poisonous Pearl !"
"What's it used for?"
"Hey, it's the Saint Grade Medicinal Pill for a Poison Beast. There is a huge possibility that it could help a poisonous beast to mutate, grow, and increase its toxicity by a 100%."Yuan Su explained slowly.
When Qing Shui first heard its name, he already had the feeling that it would be a valuable item. In addition to that, the abundant spiritual energy which he felt when he first opened it further convinced him that his assumption was right.
"This is more than enough, this trip is worth it." Qing Shui happily put away the Saint Jade Poisonous Pearl . This thing was considerably precious to Qing Shui.
He continued looking around while throwing those that he regarded as useful into the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal.
During the process, he managed to find a few more decent things. But compared to the Saint Jade Poisonous Pearl, they were greatly inferior. They didn't really pique Qing Shui's interest.
He put away those that he found decent. As for the useless ones, Qing Shui threw them away immediately. Even though Ten Thousand Poisons Sect was a large sect, it didn't necessarily mean that they wouldn't have trash. On the contrary, there was even more trashes than stuff that's actually useful. Truly valuable stuff would often come in limited quantity. How much something was worth was partially based on its rarity.
Seeing as it was almost evening, Di Xian approached them and asked them to go have dinner. The little brat was really charming. She constantly had the title auntie and uncle hanging on her mouth. She didn't hide the slightest bit of her admiration for Qing Shui any time she looked at him.
Almost everyone from Di Clan arrived. They were all really happy after knowing that Qing Shui was fine. No matter what, Qing Shui was Di Clan's son-in-law. Not only was he half a Di Clan member, he even represented the entire Di Clan.
It was a big drinking party. Everyone enjoyed themselves with the dishes that were prepared while Qing Shui became the busiest person among them. He had to constantly drink wines with the people from Di Clan. Luckily, he managed to maintain his soberness.
The meal lasted all the way until nighttime. The crowd became less and less. Qing Shui felt that it was time for him to enter the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal.
"I'm going to cultivate for a while. I'll be back a bit later." Qing Shui smiled at Di Chen.
"You can come back whenever you like." Di Chen responded before turning around with a smile and leaving.
Qing Shui smiled and walked to a spot with fewer people. After that, he immediately entered the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. The place which he chose wasn't too far away from his room.
The many things which happened within a day made Qing Shui felt really tired mentally. As soon as he entered the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal, he laid down, cut off all thoughts and slept.
By the time Qing Shui woke up, it had been around eight hours. No matter how tired Qing Shui felt, he normally wouldn't sleep for more than eight hours. The most important part about sleeping was to let the spirit rest. As long as the spirit didn't feel tired, no matter how exhausted one's body felt, they would still be able to endure. It was exactly like what people usually knew as "mental strength". Mental strength was also spiritual strength. Once someone's spirit was tired, they wouldn't be able to do anything even if their body wasn't. They would be left with no choice but to rest.
Qing Shui arranged the medicinal herbs that he tossed into the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal and started cultivating. He went through all of the essential things that he needed to cultivate everyday like usual. As of now, Qing Shui's Hidden Weapons had taken yet another huge leap. This caused Qing Shui to feel incomparably happy, after all, to Qing Shui, these Hidden Weapons were also one of his considerably powerful techniques.
Qing Shui was really happy to see himself being able to create Primordial Flame which was about 66 centimeters tall. There was an insanely powerful energy contained within it.
Qing Shui controlled the Primordial Flame and slowly compressed it to concentrate the energy within. The 66 centimeter tall Primordial Flame was compressed all the way to about 33 centimeters. At this moment, Qing Shui could feel the benefits of having strong mental strength.
He continued compressing it until it was about the size of an adult man's fist. It could no longer be compressed any further, nevertheless, Qing Shui was already really satisfied with it. He could clearly feel the terrifying power of the Primordial Flame.
Qing Shui flung it into the sky.
The destructive power of the fireball was still able to be felt the instant it exploded. More importantly, it's combustibility had gone up two fold compared to back then when Qing Shui was facing off against the Marrow Nibbling Worms.
The stroke of luck Qing Shui had this time made him feel that he wouldn't have as hard a time the next time he faced someone like the Sect Leader of the Ten Thousand Poison Sect again. The Primordial Fireball should also be able to force them to retreat.
Qing Shui looked towards the Jade Emperor Poison Queen Bee and the Gold-Silver Colored Butterfly. This time, not only had the Jade Emperor Poison Queen Bee been really helpful, it had even brought him two formidable demonic beasts.
What truly surprised Qing Shui was the Gold-Silver Colored Butterfly. Originally, the Realm of the Violet Jade could only grow plants, aquatic animals and amphibians. Of course, there were also demonic beasts which shared close connections with Qing Shui, for instance, the demonic beasts that the Realm of the Violet Jade rewarded as a result of ascending up a new grade.
But how did the Gold-Silver Colored Butterfly manage to survive within the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal? It wasn't an aquatic animal, nor was it an amphibian. Could it have something to do with the Jade Emperor Poison Queen Bee?
Since Qing Shui wasn't able to figure out the reason for it, he stopped thinking about it and took out the Saint Jade Poisonous Pearl . Qing Shui intended to feed this to the Jade Emperor Poison Queen Bee, but before this, he planned to first take a look at the Gold-Silver Colored Butterfly.
The Gold-Silver Colored Butterflies were two meters long. One of them was colored gold whereas the other one was colored silver. In terms of physical appearance, they looked extremely beautiful. Their body was soft yet tough. Their action felt gentle yet swift. They were barely considered to be Martial Saint Grade mutated beasts.
What Qing Shui truly looked forward to was the mysterious "solidifying" ability. It was too insane!
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