Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 726-727
AST 726 –One month of time, Jiange's good looks
After Luan Luan left, the two of them seemed to sigh in relief before slowly letting go of each other's hands.
"Why Are you calling me master?" Yiye Jiange knitted her eyebrows, she seemed faintly disappointed in Qing Shui, if Qing Shui did not look carefully, he would not be able to tell.
"Jiange!" Qing Shui called out, he did not know how he felt in his heart. The relationship he had with Yiye Jiange was a result of Luan Luan or at least that was what Qing Shui felt.
Yiye Jiange was one of the people that rescued Qing Shui from a sticky situation in the early days, Qing Shui willingly called her master, in Qing Shui's eyes, she was an otherworldly goddess.
"Alright, today is a happy day, let's only talk about happy things." Yiye Jiange smiled and said in a relaxed manner, she felt that she was too obvious earlier.
"Mn, are you used to this place?"
Yiye Jiange is a woman who liked quiet or else, she would not choose to come here. Even when she was in the Skysword Sect, she also stayed alone on a mountain peak.
"I'm used to it already, I am happy here." Yiye Jiange gestured Qing Shui to take a seat, the two of them did not sit across each other but they sat side by side on the couch.
Qing Shui took out two porcelain bottles, they contained the Yang Pellet, he had obtained the recipe from Yuan Su and refined it. Its effects extended lifespan by 50 years, a person can only take one pill in their entire life.
"This is the Yang Pellet, it can extend lifespan by 50 years, it's a pity that only one pill can be taken, this is for you and Luan Luan." Qing Shui handed to bottles over to Yiye Jiange.
As it is, Luan Luan already had a lifespan of a hundred years, now, she had another fifty years. The lifespan of the young lass were all given by Qing Shui. Yiye Jiange did not receive it, instead, she smiled and said: "Give it to her yourself, she is very smart."
"Let's return to the Qing Clan, it is very lively there, you need to get used to coming in contact other people." Qing Shui smiled as he looked at Yiye Jiange.
"Mn, that's fine too, actually Luan Luan frequently goes to the Qing Clan." Yiye Jian Ge smiled.
"She does? It is fine to lie to her for her whole life but what about you? What if you want to marry someone in future? What are you going to say to Luan Luan?" Qing Shui said after she thought for a while, without realizing it, he mentioned this problem.
"Who's going to marry? I'm not marrying." Yiye Jiange panted in rage and glared at Qing Shui.
"Alright, alright, you're not marrying. Jiange, let me ask you a question." Qing Shui hurriedly said. With such a beautiful master like her having become his wife in name he felt quite bewildered.
"Ask away." Yiye Jiange thought about her earlier raging expression and laughed, that was why she was very relaxed now.
"Um, Jiange, have you ever liked any man? Have you ever thought of marrying or spending the rest of your life with a man?" Qing Shui tried to explain himself but he did not know if he explained himself clearly. Actually, Qing Shui wanted to ask her if she was just cold or did she not like men……
"You smelly brat, are you asking for a beating? Although I have not liked any man,I am very normal, I am a normal girl." Yiye Jiange blushed as she smacked Qing Shui on the head.
Qing Shui was very happy, he did not know he was very happy when he was spending time with Yiye Jiange. When an otherworldly goddess like her revealed this kind of expression, it made Qing Shui's thoughts very clear, it was worth it to get smacked by Yiye Jiange just to see her angry expression, it felt like he was cleansed, as though he was completely cleaned out.
"Oh, so Yiye Jiange had never liked him, that's good……" Qing Shui seemed to have heaved a sigh of relief.
"You smelly brat, you can't wait for me to get married?" Yiye Jiange looked at Qing Shui in rage.
"You are the mother of my daughter, of course, I am not willing." Qing Shui made fun of her, in the past, it was impossible for Qing Shui to say all these naturally.
Yiye Jiange just glared at Qing Shui in rage and embarrassment.
Qing Shui stopped speaking anymore, Qing Shui felt that Yiye Jiange could really be selfless, in addition to her otherworldly atmosphere, it was like a goddess descending to the mortal world.
Ever since Luan Luan called him daddy and Yiye Jiange mother, the feelings between the two of them had some changes, it was not that of family but one that surpassed that.
Qing Shui went to meet Cang Wuya and Fei Wuji, when they saw Qing Shui, they were incredibly happy. The two of them had done their best for the Heavenly Palace but they were limited to the Starmoon Hall.
It was a good thing that the Heavenly Palace had Elder Ge to manage it, no one dares to rashly talk about that demon like youth behind his back, the youngest patriarch of the Heavenly Palace, Qing Shui.
Qing Shui invited Cang Wuya and Fei Wuji to the Qing Clan, they said that they would go in two days.
"Luan Luan how is that Heavenly Fire-Armored Rock Bear of yours"" Qing Shui thought of that Demonic Beast that he gave her years ago. It was considered a Mutated Beast of Heaven and Earth, he did not know how it was now.
"Daddy, take a look!"
Luan Luan said happily then waved her right hand.
A huge mutated bear that was about ten meters tall that was covered in flame scale armor appeared. Although it looked very similar to what it did in the past, it was larger by threefold, it now looked more like a giant clad in a flaming armor.
Early Martial Saint!
Qing Shui felt that it roughly had the abilities of a Grade 1 Martial Saint. The Heavenly Fire-Armored Rock Bear had not matured yet, of course Qing Shui's Medicinal Pills helped. Now, Qing Shui was looking forward to its abilities when it matured.
The strength of 100 countries and the defense of 650 countries!
This was the current abilities of the Heavenly Fire-Armored Rock Bear!
The strongest aspects of the Heavenly Fire-Armored Rock Bear was its defense and its flame attack but its physical attacks were the weakest. Although it was only it only had the abilities of a Grade 1 Martial Saint, with its battle capabilities, a peak Grade 2 Martial Saint Demonic Beast was not its opponent.
"The Demonic Beast that daddy gave me was the best, my other Demonic Beasts were only peak Martial Kings. I have not had an opportunity to tame other Demon Beasts yet, when will daddy bring me to tame Demonic Beasts?" Luan Luan pulled on Qing Shui's arm as she
"Next time, there will be time. When your mother comes out, let's go back." Qing Shui smiled.
The three of them rode on the Fire Bird and headed for the Qing Clan just past noon. Qing Shui felt like laughing when he looked at Luan Luan, his daughter was already so big but she still called him daddy like she did when she was young, it had been thirteen or fourteen years already.
Maybe she sensed Qing Shui's thoughts, Yiye Jiange smiled gently at Qing Shui, there was something in that smile that made Qing Shui feel that it would be worth it no matter how tough it was.
It was mid-afternoon when they arrived at the Qing Clan, Luan Luan was slightly older than Yuchang but Yuchang was also about to undergo her coming-of-age ceremony, after the newyears, she would be an adult.
Yuchang had inherited the good points of Mingyue Gelou, together with Luan Luan, they were both perfect beauties, just that they were young and inexperienced, especially Yuchang.
Qing Shui believed that there would be many people proposing marriage in the future but then he remember that Qing Bei had not married yet, there was also his sister Qing Qing. The two brats would probably not marry too early, even though they could marry after the age of 16 in the World of the Nine Continents. Cultivators had a longer lifespan and adolescence phase, their complexions could be maintained for hundreds of years. Thus, once they became Xiantian, they did not have to be in a hurry to marry, unless they met someone suitable.
In the blink of an eye, one month flashed by!
In this one month, Qing Shui's days were incomparably free of anxiety. He spent his days cultivating, guiding the Qing Clan members' cultivation and playing with Qing Zun and Qing Yin.
He had a great night life in the room for the few girls, of course, it was just limited to Canghai Mingyue, Huoyun Liu-Li, Mingyue Gelou, and Shi Qingzhuang.
"Qing Shui, I want children too!" Huoyun Liu-li leaned on Qing Shui's body and batted her eyelashes.
"Then give birth!"
In the World of the Nine Continents, the stronger your abilities, the lower your reproductive abilities, this seemed like nature’s way of balancing things. The stronger their abilities and talents, the better the genes that would be passed down, this will eventually lead to the laws of nature being broken. Thus, the stronger their abilities, the better their talents, the lower the chances are of getting pregnant, even to the point of being infertile.
When he was with the few girls, Qing Shui did not specially adopt any special measures but only Canghai Mingyue had gotten pregnant, with a pair of twins.
However, Qing Shui guessed that it also had something to do with the number of times he been with them. He had only been with Huoyun Liu-Li a few time, Shi Qingzhuang even lesser, although he had been with Mingyue Gelou more, she was not pregnant either.
Qing Shui also wanted a few more children, after all, the stronger he became, the lesser the chance of pregnancy. He might regret it if he could not get his women pregnant now.
But these kind of things cannot be rushed, plus those saying a stronger person had fewer chances of being pregnant might not be right. After all, Qing Shui still had other ways to get his woman pregnant, just that he preferred for them to get pregnant naturally. He basically was in one of their rooms every night now, those women seem to be less reserved but he spent the most time with Huoyun Liu-Li and the least with Shi Qingzhuang.
Qing Shui was happy that Wenren Wu-shuang recovered her memories, he was originally worried that she would feel hurt over the matter with her sister. After experiencing that, she came to accept all of this and understood a lot more.
Although she seemed very close to Qing Shui, she maintained a certain distance. She never mentioned the words that they had spoken before. When Qing Shui mentioned it to Wenren Wu-shuang, she kept saying that she would give him a chance if he defeated her. Thus, even though they seemed close he was not able to verify their exact relationship.
Back then, Qing Shui was alone but now he had several women, thus Qing Shui hesitated. Because Wenren Wu-shuang was reserved, she did not think about this problem.
Only when Qing Shui thought about how alone she was, he hesitated, although he did not break through that final barrier with her, they had some intimate contact, just that she stopped him at the last step.
"Wu-shuang, do you remember what you said?" Qing Shui saw Wenren Wu-shuang staring blankly at the pond in the Qing Clan backyard.
"What words?" Wenren Wu-shuang raised her head and smiled at Qing Shui, before gesturing for Qing Shui to sit across from her.
They were at a gazebo that was beside the pond, there was a weeping willow beside the pond, it was blocking the sunlight, making this area very beautiful and quiet.
"You said that when my abilities exceeded yours, then I can chase you, does it still count?" Qing Shui looked at Wenren Wu-shuang.
"You already have a few women, are you still not satisfied?" Wenren Wu-shuang smiled gently at Qing Shui, her face looked very relaxed.
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AST 727 –The Diamond Gigantic Elephant and the Fire Bird that consumed the Ice Snow Sacred Fruit
"You already have a few women, are you still not satisfied?"
"The more pretty women I have, the merrier." Qing Shui rubbed his nose and chuckled.
"You are not that kind of person. I understand what you are thinking but I don't feel that kind of love you have towards me from before anymore. Perhaps your love has already been divided to the other women. You don't have to worry about me. I will not leave here, and even if I plan to, this will still be my home." said Wenren Wu-shuang while looking at Qing Shui.
"I am sorry that I am a greedy person." Qing Shui gave a bitter smile to Wenren Wu-shuang.
"I know. Since you are honest, I will give you another chance. Don't blame me if you aren't able to catch my heart." Wenren Wu-shuang's face was flushed with a subtle red color.
Qing Shui smiled after hearing those words –the words that reassured him that he was still in her heart. The only reason she said it in this way was because of how reserved she was.
"Miss Wu-shuang has a peerlessness beauty that is incomparable in the entire continent. I will cherish the chance you give me, so for that, I will definitely catch your heart even if I have to snatch you away by force." Qing Shui laughed.
"You dare!" Wenren Wu-shuang gave a slight scowl before she burst into laughter.
Half a month passed. Qing Shui was now quite excited as he stood under the Ice Snow Sacred Fruit Tree in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. This was because the two pieces of fruit hanging in the tree had already ripened.
The Ice Snow Sacred Fruit has a certain chance of allowing the demonic beast to the advance one of its techniques to the next cultivation realm. Should this fail, then the demonic beast would gain the strength of 200 countries instead. The effects could only be activated if the demonic beast was in the range of the Grade Two to Peak Martial Saint. Moreover, there was no limit that the effects would be activated only until the Grand Perfection Stage of the Peak Martial Saint either.
Unfortunately, this fruit could only be consumed by demonic beasts. Qing Shui continued to observe the two pieces of translucent and glittering azure blue Ice Snow Sacred Fruits as his heart was filled with a sudden jolt of excitement, albeit a bit less excited than usual.
The Ice Snow Sacred Fruit could at least increase the demonic beast's power by 200 countries of strength. If the demonic beast was lucky enough, it could advance one of its cultivation techniques to the next realm in an instant. The advancement wasn't as simple as jumping by one level, it could even skip a few levels to reach the next realm. However, realms do come in different sizes. The smallest increase of a realm could even boost a Grade Two Martial Saint to a Grade Three Martial Saint on a whim.
Qing Shui picked the fruit from the tree carefully. It would take another 1000 years for the next fruit to grow. A 1000 years would be five years outside the realm. Even though the fruits have extraordinary effects, it was still quite time-consuming to grow one, much less the time for the fruit to fully ripen.
Two pieces of the Ice Snow Sacred Fruits –one for the Firebird and one for the Diamond Gigantic Elephant. These two were the first demonic beasts that came to his mind, because they might be able to reap a huge benefit if they were to advance to another realm based on their current strength and growth. As for the other demonic beasts, advancing their cultivation base to another realm might not be advantageous to them for now.
The current power of the Diamond Gigantic Elephant was roughly the strength of 1700 countries, and its overall defense was about the strength of 3500 countries. When the Diamond Gigantic Elephant used the Ferocious Diamond Attack in addition to its Diamond Qi, Diamond Protection, and the Diamond Crossing Rivers, it would only reach about the strength of 7000 countries altogether.
The cultivation of martial arts would only become progressively harder as one's level increased, regardless whether they were a human or a demonic beast. There would also be a great disparity in strength between each level, just like how the Diamond Gigantic Elephant was able to display the strength of a Grade Eight Martial Saint with its full power.
The strength of 1500 countries would be qualified as a Grade Five Martial Saint, whereas the strength of 2500 countries would be qualified as a Grade Six Elementary Martial Saint. Those with the strength of 5500 countries would be considered a Grade Eight Elementary Martial Saint, and those with the strength of 7500 countries would be considered a Grade Nine Elementary Martial Saint, which was why the Diamond Gigantic Elephant would only be considered a Grade Eight Martial Saint with its current strength of 7000 countries.
The Fire Bird could unleash a power with the strength of 8000 countries under the influence of the Phoenix Dance of the Nine Heavens. Despite the great amount of strength both the demonic beasts possessed, Qing Shui felt that their powers were a little underwhelming.
He quickly summoned both his Diamond Gigantic Elephant and Fire Bird, and proceeded to feed them each the Ice Snow Sacred Fruit. After that, he began to observe any signs of changes to his two demonic beasts as they promptly consumed the fruit.
Fire Bird's current power was only at the strength of 2000 countries, which mean that it was a Grade Five Martial Saint demonic beast. Only when it managed to reach about the strength of 2500 countries would it be considered a Grade Six Martial Saint.
The Phoenix Dance of the Nine Heavens could double both the Fire Bird's strength and its attack damage in an instant. The reason that the Fire Bird could be extremely powerful was because of the Phoenix Dance of the Nine Heavens, which could also act as a power stacking ability. Take for example, Fire Bird's overall power was currently at the strength of 2000 countries. When the strength was doubled, the amount would become 4000 countries. And when the attack power was doubled, the amount would then become 8000 countries.
The cries weren't loud, but the two of them were beginning to move restlessly in an unnatural way. The Fire Bird began to circle around the sky, while the Diamond Gigantic Elephant began to stomp around ceaselessly in the sky as well.
The air around them had also been vibrating constantly after they began to act strangely. Qing Shui ascended the sky slowly as he felt something surging inside both of the demonic beasts' bodies. He was still quite excited about what was about to happen. After all, how powerful they should become was in correlation to how strong Qing Shui was.
Suddenly, the Diamond Gigantic Elephant let out a loud cry. Both of its front limbs lifted up in the air before it abruptly used the Mighty Elephant Stomp technique, which caused a straight path of gaseous substance, that seemed like a distortion of dark cloud, to spread around the sky. The strong aura the elephant gave off was enough to rip the sky apart. The distorted dark-cloud aura seemed as if it could destroy everything in its path.
The shrilling sound was beginning to hurt his ears before the sound of an explosion in the air lingered. The explosion had caused a formation of dark clouds rising through the sky about 50 meters away from him.
Qing Shui enjoyed that very moment when the force in the air had risen up to the sky!
The Mighty Elephant Stomp had reached the Grand Perfection Stage!
The Mighty Elephant Stomp of the Diamond Gigantic Elephant that never had a breakthrough for a long while had suddenly reached the Grand Perfection Stage. This technique could be used in mid-air, and the best part was that the strength of the technique was ten times the strength of its current attack power.
Qing Shui trembled when he felt the power from the Mighty Elephant Stomp earlier because the force of this technique felt stronger than the Thunder God at its full power.
This meant that the Mighty Elephant Stomp had reached another realm!
The power of a Grade Six Martial Saint –the strength of 2500 countries, the defense that had reached the strength of 5000 countries, the Grand Perfection Stage of the Mighty Elephant Stomp with the strength of 25000 countries, the attack power that was the strength of two and a half stars….. Qing Shui had a satisfied smile on his face. The Diamond Gigantic Elephant could unleash an attack of about the strength of 10,000 countries under normal circumstances. Even the Diamond Protection of zero net energy consumption was able to increase its defense several times.
The attack power of the strength of 2500 countries could reach to the strength of 5000 countries when the Diamond Qi was activated. Similarly like the Diamond Protection, the Ferocious Diamond Attack could unleash the strength of 10,000 countries without any consumption of energy.
The more Qing Shui thought about it, the more he wanted to go on a frenzy. The Diamond Gigantic Elephant was a demonic beast that regarded fighting as its main purpose in life. He couldn't measure the elephant's strength with the normal standards anymore, which was why Qing Shui had already overlooked its cultivation grade a long time ago. The strength of the body was the most important thing for the demonic beast –how much power the demonic beast could unleash would be the new standard for determining its grade.
The Diamond Qi was a zero-energy consumption passive battle technique that would always exist as long as the Diamond Gigantic Elephant was still alive. These kinds of passive techniques would always be a point of interest when it came to the analysis of its powers. Other than that, the Ferocious Diamond Attack and the Instantaneous Diamond Evasion could be used at any time as well.
The Diamond Gigantic Elephant that had surpassed a cultivation realm was running towards Qing Shui as it circled around him. Even though the elephant did not change in terms of its appearance, Qing Shui could feel that it had somehow possessed an aura of steel that wasn't there before.
Fire Bird was still screeching as it circled the sky unnaturally. Suddenly, its body flashed in a bright red light, and it was burning in a layer of raging flame.
A piercing screech rang out in the sky, yet it was pleasant to his ears. He felt like he could immerse himself in that clear pleasant cry all day.
However, he felt a little disappointed when he knew Fire Bird's overall power had broken through to the strength of 2500 countries from the previous strength of 2000 countries. After all, this was the Fire Bird he was talking about, and the fruit he had fed to the demonic beast was none other than the Ice Snow Sacred Fruit that has miraculous effects when consumed.
Naturally, Qing Shui continued to look at the Fire Bird's battle techniques!
Flying: Fire Bird's sole flying ability. The endurance and speed were incomparable. As one of the best abilities of all flying beasts, Fire Bird could travel for a long period of time with high-velocity.
Hell's Inferno: Fire Bird's powerful flame attack. The pitch-black flame has the ability to burn everything in its way. It has a terrifying and disruptive force when unleashed.
Phoenix Dance of the Nine Heavens: When the Fire Bird released this move, the damage from the flame attack would be doubled. These effects would last about 15 minutes, and could only be used once per day. During the span of 15 minutes, any damage inflicted on the Fire Bird will be reduced by multiple times.
Phoenix Dance: Passive battle technique. No energy would be consumed. This technique was tempered from the Phoenix Dance of the Nine Heavens during its blood awakening. Moreover, the Phoenix Dance has the ability to permanently double Fire Bird's overall power!
Phoenix Paradise: When Fire Bird receives a fatal blow, there would be a 30% chance of rising from the ashes after it died!
After reading Fire Bird's battle techniques, Qing Shui's disappointment from before had vanished completely. The 'Phoenix Dance' was comparable with Diamond Gigantic Elephant's three best passive battle techniques. Now that the Fire Bird had experienced another blood awakening, a new battle technique had appeared –the Phoenix Dance. It might be due to the improvement of its phoenix blood that the 'Phoenix Dance' was able to separate itself from the 'Phoenix Dance of the Nine Heavens', or to put simply, assimilated the passive battle technique from it.
With that, the Fire Bird's power was able to increase by multiple times. Qing Shui was elated that the speed had been doubled permanently. This would mean that the flight distance had been doubled as well, albeit the with the same amount of energy consumed and the same flight period as before.
With the Phoenix Dance of the Nine Heavens activated, the Fire Bird's attack power would be able to just reach the amount of strength of 10,000 countries. Unfortunately, this would only last for about 15 minutes, yet this short amount of time was already sufficient.
At that moment when he saw his Fire Bird and the Diamond Gigantic Elephant, he felt that they were like two pairs of tigers with wings attached. He also felt that he had gained a substantial personal wealth seeing how strong his demonic beasts had become.
When he remembered that he hadn’t seen the Diamond Gigantic Elephant's battle technique yet, he quickly went to have a look, in hopes that the elephant would gain something useful as well!
The Diamond Qi, Diamond Protection, and Diamond Crossing Rivers didn’t change at all.
The Diamond Sword Qi and the Ferocious Diamond Attack didn’t change either.
The Instantaneous Diamond Evasion could now travel 200 meters in an instant. This was especially thrilling news to Qing Shui because he could sneak an attack or escape from dire situations more efficiently.
Mighty Elephant Stomp: Grand Perfection Stage. It has 10 times the power to attempt an instantaneous powerful attack. There was also a cooldown period of 15 minutes after each activation.
Qing Shui was happy initially, but now he felt a bit disappointed. The Mighty Elephant Stomp had already achieved the Grand Perfection Stage, yet there was still a cooldown time after every use. Fortunately, it was only for 15 minutes.
When he thought about the Mighty Elephant Stomp's formidable force and its potential growth in future, he was able to come to terms with the cooldown time. Moreover, he would most probably use the technique only once in a battle due to its invincibility. Qing Shui finally shook his head and dispersed all these thoughts as he exited from the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal.
It was almost noon. Recently, Qing Shui had spent most of his daytime in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal until he was ready to get out. When he walked out from the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal, Qing Jun and Qing Yin were playing in the living room while Wenren Wushuang was beside the children, watching on as they played.
It was coming on two months since he had been back home. During that span of time, he had already become very familiar with his children. Qing Shui would always give them food, so the two children would always prefer to stick close to him.
He held them each on his arms, and then planted a kiss on their cheeks.
"You like kids." Qing Shui smiled as he looked at Wenren Wu-shuang.
"I do!" Wenren Wu-shuang's face was flushed in red all of the sudden. She shot an angry look at Qing Shui because she knew there was something suspicious about the way he made that statement.
"Brother, Sister Wu-shuang, let's go eat." Suddenly, Qing Bei walked in and flashed a smile.
"Jun 'er, come, let aunt hold you!"
Qing Bei picked up Qing Jun while Qing Shui held Qing Yin in his arm and walked out of the room with Wenren Wu-shuang to the big hall.
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