Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 737-738
AST 737 –Facing Head On, The Prowess of 'Petal Rain Under the Skies'
After stabbing them with the two Coldsteel Needles, Qing Shui no longer attacked them but launched a Shield attack toward the elder who had suffered from damage earlier.
Everything was over. All four had died!
Qing Shui recalled that he had already killed 15 Peak Martial Saint level cultivators from the Zuoshi Clan. Four of them at the Qing Clan, seven at the Zuoshi Clan, and the four from earlier.
This should be about half of Zuoshi Clan’s strength. Qing Clan gradually landed on the valley and collected the Golden Lion Eagle’s hide, core, blood and bones. The materials from mutated beasts of such a level were quite rate. In the future, he could use them individually in alchemy and let his demonic beasts take the pills to increase their cultivation level. It could even allow them to comprehend special battle skills and and abilities.
After killing these four cultivators from the Zuoshi Clan, Qing Shui felt happy for a moment. Now, he had even more confidence in dealing with the last wave from the Zuoshi Clan.
In the three occasions he had killed the fifteen people, his opponents were stronger each time, especially the last four he met who were either close to two stars or had exceeded two stars in strength. If not for his domineering Emperor’s Qi and Fiery Golden Eyes, he would probably not be able to even walk out of the Qing Clan, let alone winning them.
Another thing was his divinity Protection. This technique could be only used once a day. However, giving how heaven-defying it was, having such a restriction was perfectly normal.
The Heavenly Thunder Slash, Cloudmist Steps and the divinity Protection he had learned from the Heavenly Palace were all very practical skills he could put to use. The [Heavenly Palace Sword Art] was the only one that he had yet to discover its greatness.
However, Qing Shui decided to still practice it in the future. After all, it had the words Heavenly Palace in it and the Heavenly Palace Sword Art was also known as the Falling Thunder Sword Art. It was just that he had no idea when he would be able to reach the stage of “Falling Thunder”.
Looking at the sky, Qing Shui decided to take action the next day. Thinking of what the Zuoshi Clan’s goals were in Greencloud City, they should be heading back soon.
He stood at the top of the mountain where the cold wind blew. The wind at the peak of the mountain would always be very strong and cold. However, to a cultivator, this was nothing.
There was less than a month to the new year. He hoped to be able to end this battle on a good note and have a good new year. After that, it would be Yuchang’s coming of age ceremony.
Thinking of these, Qing Shui smiled. He could still remember Luan Luan’s coming of age ceremony. It hasn’t been long and now Yuchang has also 'come of age'. Looking at how they’re growing up happily, he felt very satisfied. In this world, an individual would only be considered an adult after the coming of age ceremony. Prior to this, they would only be considered a child.
“Old Ancestor, we’ve looked around the vicinity and even dug to a depth of three feet deep.”Zuoshi Yanlang looked toward Zuoshi Ziyan and said respectfully.
“A sect with a long legacy is truly different. Although there aren’t any strong experts, they had once been strong before. To think that they still can find a place to reside. I’ve always felt that things are not as simple as they seem. Inform everyone to head back immediately.”Zuoshi Ziyan gave it some thought and said.
Zuoshi Ziyan’s words were not something anyone in the Zuoshi Clan could go against. Zuoshi Yanlang gathered everyone from the Zuoshi Clan before getting on the Golden Eagles after taking a look at the horrible damage done to the Heavenly Palace.
With this havoc, one-third of the people had left the Heavenly Palace while over 100,000 people went home. The locations of the remaining one-third were unknown and many of the reputable clans in Heavenly Palace were massacred…
Many members of the Jin Clan had also been killed. However, just like how the important characters in the Heavenly Palace’s nine halls had kept themselves hidden, although those who were killed were direct descendents, it wouldn’t obstruct their family's development.
It was just that no one knew if this havoc was good or bad. More than half the population in the Heavenly Palace were gone, leaving only some executives behind to wreck their brains. They didn’t even understand why things had come to this.
This was a long mountain range, and was also a relatively huge stretch of mountains in the entire Greencloud Continent. Those who wished to enter or exit Greencloud City would need to pass through this stretch of mountains. It was just that this mountain was barren to the extent that there were no powerful demonic beasts here. Most places in this world were renowned for either being overly dangerous or were filled with heavenly and earthly treasures. If it didn’t had either, it was hard for the place to become well known. It wasn’t sufficient for it to be just a huge stretch of mountains since there were too many of such places in the entire World of the Nine Continents.
Qing Shui was now standing at the highest point in the area and looking toward the direction of Greencloud City. He knew that right now, the people from the Zuoshi Clan were there.
The four he had killed the day before had all rushed over from Greencloud City. Qing Shui had the feeling that the others would be coming soon since they should know that he was in Pingyang Country.
This would be his final battle with the Zuoshi Clan, and the toughest one he had come across in the past years. Qing Shui stood there, deep in thought. He couldn’t afford to lose, he could only win.
The opponents should have at least one expert with a strength of three stars, or even exceeding three stars. However, he had the feeling that it should not exceed a strength of four stars.
If it was only three stars, Qing Shui would be able to defeat them by himself. However, if they were close to four stars, he would be put in a tight spot. It would be all over if he was held back by his opponents. Afterall, there were over ten of them and he felt that they would probably be at least at two stars or above. If there were two at three stars or higher…Qing Shui was worried.
Time passed by and soon it was noon. Qing Shui planned to wait here for a while and set off for Greencloud City before the sky had turned dark.
In the late afternoon, Qing Shui lifted his head to look into the distance. His blood started to boil as he saw a few flying beasts, appearing to be very small from afar. However, Qing Shui felt that it was them. The final battle was about to take place, but Qing Shui suddenly felt very much at peace.
Seeing the flying beasts getting increasingly closer, Qing Shui summoned all his powers to their limits. This time around, he couldn’t afford to be careless at all. He called out the Diamond Gigantic Elephant and found the best spot to conceal himself.
When dealing with a clan like this, Qing Shui felt that it was especially justified for him to launch sneak attacks.
Qing Shui held a bunch of Coldsteel Needles which had been previously tempered with poison. There were at least thirty of them. On his left hand, he was holding onto a Frosted Iron Ball. He then just waited for the flying beasts which were getting closer and closer.
He was located on a high spot with his back facing the sun. Hence, Qing Shui and the Diamond Gigantic Elephant were completed concealed. Moreover, the surfaces were slanted, so even if the opponents were to fly past them, they wouldn’t be able to see Qing Shui.
Qing Shui gradually closed his eyes and relaxed his body. He merely used his sharp spiritual sense to observe the surroundings, right down to the mere rustle of the leaves in the wind…
Qing Shui suddenly opened both eyes abruptly in joy. His spiritual sense had attained a breakthrough. Earlier, the feeling was very blurred, but now, the senses were very clear. The clarity was like a pair of omnipresent eyes, able to see in all directions with great clarity.
Presently, Qing Shui was even more confident. The spiritual sense was very important. If it was powerful enough, it could make up for a slight difference in abilities. Qing Shui’s Minute Subtlety was also tightly connected to the power of his spiritual sense.
Just like now, his spiritual sense’s prowess allowed the entire environment to be reflected clearly in Qing Shui’s mind. The spiritual sense gave him the strongest sense of reality.
Suddenly, five Golden Eagles appeared in Qing Shui’s spiritual sense with great clarity. Their distance and angles were completely reflected to Qing Shui through his spiritual sense.
His spiritual sense’s level had truly increased, and it was at the most crucial phase.
Qing Shui’s hold on the Coldsteel Needles tightened and his own existence suddenly appeared in the spiritual sense. Qing Shui was stunned for a moment before he broke into a smile.
At this level of his spiritual sense, he could totally afford to close his eyes completely since the spiritual sense was much stronger than his own eyes!
A crisp eagle cry rang out.
Qing Shui could sense even the people on the Golden Eagles. Their appearances were exactly the same as the ones reflected in Qing Shui’s spiritual sense. In fact, what Qing Shui had seen was an actual image. It was just that another method was used to replace the eyes.
Qing Shui was waiting for them to enter his attacking range. His body seemed to be trembling slightly due to the excitement. Suddenly, Qing Shui saw the eyes an old man dressed in yellow garment twitch. It was then that he also quickly opened his eyes.
The Diamond Gigantic Elephant he was riding released an Instantaneous Diamond Evasion. They cunningly went into a tricky corner thanks to the prowess of the spiritual sense which allowed him to find the best view. It was then did Qing Shui shoot out the tens of Coldsteel Needles he was holding.
Petal Rain Under the Skies！
This was the strongest area of effect attack in his Hidden Weapon Technique. Its speed and accuracy was unrivalled. Back then, Qing Shui had spent a lot of effort to practise his killing move.
“You’re courting death!”
The old man dressed in yellow glared furiously and waved out his wide sleeves, creating a strong gale. He was hoping to blow away Qing Shui’s Coldsteel Needles but he quickly found out that it was a wrong decision.
This time around, Qing Shui had paid a great price too. That was half the total amount of Coldsteel Needles he had soaked in poison. And because he didn’t have sufficient Coldsteel Needles, his Petal Rain Under the Skies could only be used once too.
Qing Shui was very happy with the results as he watched on the Diamond Gigantic Elephant. There were twenty one of them and five Golden Eagles, but to think that eleven of them and four Golden Eagles were hit.
At the start, Qing Shui felt that he would be able to hit about five of them, but definitely not more than seven. He even thought of the possibility that he might only hit two to three people. However, after his spiritual sense had attained a breakthrough, Qing Shui felt that this result was very normal. Of course, he was very satisfied too and was impressed by the great combination of the Hidden Weapon Technique and poison weapons. They formed a great killing weapon.
In that instant, those who had been hit by the Coldsteel Needles died. The Golden Eagles also let out a terrible cry and fell. Instantly, there were only ten out of the twenty one people left…
“You’re a Poison Master?”the old man’s face which had been through the vicissitudes of life was filled with fury, but he still kept him calm as he stood there in the air, looking at Qing Shui.
Over ten people’s deaths caused the remaining people be on tenterhooks. Only Zuoshi Ziyan and two other old men remained unperturbed. However, their eyes were fixed on Qing Shui.
Qing Shui looked at the three old men before him. He could sense the level of two of them. What that had astonished Qing Shui was that they were at three stars. And after Qing Shui sensed the level of the old man dressed in yellow who was standing in the middle, his heart skipped a beat.
To think that he could sense his level. This was only something Qing Shui could do after his spiritual sense had gotten stronger. Although it was not at four stars yet, it was just a tad away…
The quiet looking old man took out a white porcelain bottle and gave some medicinal pills to other people. “This might not be able to serve as a prevention. Everyone be on the alert.”
Qing Shui felt a bit stumped as he gradually took out the Big Dipper Sword and Thunder God, but the additional 50% increment in strength was nullified. However, what Qing Shui wanted wasn’t that 50% increment. He wanted the effect of the Seven Star Armored Vest.
Only then would he be able to fend off the attacks from the opponent who was about four stars in strength, as well as the attacks from the other people.It was only recently that Qing Shui had thought of the idea of holding two different weapons at once. In the past, he was too restrained and didn’t know that he could use the Thunder God and Big Dipper Sword concurrently.
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AST 738 –Ancient Thunderbolt Spear, The Clever Uses of Crystal Cards
"I'm considered half a Poison Master as well as half an Alchemist. The Mind Replenishing Pill that the person took out before has no effect against this poison." Qing Shui said slowly as he took out the Thunder God and the Big Dipper Sword.
"You actually managed to recognize my Mind Replenishing Pill. It seems like you're really an Alchemist." The elegant old man next to the old man in yellow gown looked at Qing Shui and slowly enunciated every word with a powerful voice.
There were ten more people!
Qing Shui didn't say anything. He was thinking about how he should fight the battle. His strength had already been totally raised and he had also used the Heavenly Talismans on himself.
He casually took out a whole lot of Heavenly Talismans and tossed them to them.
"Talisman master?"Zuoshi Ziyan muttered to himself in doubt.
Qing Shui heard it. But he didn’t say anything. The Descending Heavens Talisman immediately reduced the old man's strength by almost eight hundred countries. This made him unsure whether he should feel happy or upset.
He was happy for being able to reduce it by so much but at the same time also upset that it was only possible when his opponent possessed strength that reached a certain frightening extent. He shook his head and summoned the Diamond Gigantic Elephant, thinking it would be better if he initiated the first move.
Vajra Subdues Demons!
Qing Shui was relieved that the Vajra Subdues Demons was a success. It seemed that even though the Diamond Gigantic Elephant could only weaken the opponent's strength by 10%, it was unavoidable even for an elderly man with strength of four stars.
In a short while, the old man's strength was reduced by almost three thousand nine hundred countries. Even Zhuoshi Ziyan was shocked by it despite having formidable strength. He finally understood why his own clan members were killed. He waved his hand and a long spear appeared in his hand.
The barrel of the spear looked like it was made of ancient woods tangling together whereas the tip of the sword resembled electricity and thunder. It was the Thunderbolt! The Ancient Thunderbolt Spear refined with ancient magma fire.
Qing Shui's heart thumped. This time, he was really in trouble. The original strength of the elderly man was already quite frightening to begin with. Now, he has gotten himself an Ancient Thunderbolt Spear. Legend has it that Thunderbolt's attacks were often attached with thunder and electricity energy. He didn't know if Thunder God was able to block it.
The other thing he was concerned about was whether the Thunderbolt would help to significantly raise the elderly man's strength. But as he thought deeper into it, he let out a bitter smile on his face. The original function of the weapons were to help increase the strength of offensive attacks. Not to mention it was the Ancient Thunderbolt Spear he was looking at.
The old man charged towards Qing Shui like a roc that opened up its wings. The four meter long enormous ancient spear struck towards Qing Shui with a violet blue colored light. The spear caused a series of explosions as it passed through the air, it was truly shocking!"
Fiery Golden Eyes!
7 Stars Armor!
Qing Shui's raw defense was worth around three thousand and eight hundred countries. Under the effect of Diamond Protection, it would be worth around seven thousand and six hundred countries. Along with the 50% boost provided by Nature's Energy and 40% provided from both Immovable Mountains and Heavenly Talisman, Qing Shui's achieved thirteen thousand and seven hundred countries of defensive strength. Additionally, the Thunder God also helped him boost it by one fold and under the state of Seven Stars Armour, it once again multiplied by a fold. However, the effect would only last for half an hour.
His defensive strength could temporarily be boosted up to slightly more than five stars.
Even Qing Shui himself was stunned by it. It was as if he only realized how powerful it was to dual-wield. All along, he had felt it unnecessary to wield both a sword and a hammer at the same time. Not only did it look weird, the two weapons weren't really a match for each other either. This was also Qing Shui's last resort because he ran out of ideas. He never thought that it would be so powerful.
Even the people opposite of Qing Shui were shocked when they saw him holding a long sword in his left hand and a hammer in his right hand. Furthermore, he also looked really strange, as though he was a blacksmith……
They might even believe Qing Shui if he was to tell them that he was also partly a blacksmith.
Even though Qing Shui has significantly weakened the elderly men. They still managed to blow Qing Shui away with their attacks. Furthermore, the technique which Qing Shui used was Ten Thousand Great Thunderbolt. Unfortunately, none of them was paralyzed by it.
The old man watched Qing Shui as he got blown away by the attack. Even though the corner of Qing Shui's mouth started trickle out blood, he wasn't really heavily injured by it. A gleam of light flashed across Qing Shui's eyes as he once again charged himself towards Qing Shui.
He was so fast that Qing Shui could only block him with his Thunder God. At the same time, he also used the Big Dipper Sword to protect the vital parts of his body.
The difference in strength between Qing Shui and the elderly man was too large. The Thunderbolt had already made up for the amount of strength that got reduced previously. In fact, it felt like there was an increase to it. His attack wasn't sufficient to go against his opponent and even though he possessed formidable defense, he would still die if he got hit in the fragile parts of his body.
His opponent's speed was too fast. Qing Shui was already sweating all over his back just after a few clashes. If it wasn't for the accurate judgement of his spiritual sense, he would most likely have been dead by now.
Qing Shui, who found an opening, quickly swallowed down the Agility-Enhancing Fruit and Gale Pellet and received a one fold boost to his speed. Only after this did he feel a bit better. Despite this, he could only barely resist against it.
Having agility was equal to having strength. With absolute speed, the opponent wouldn't be able to do anything no matter how strong they were. Not to mention his opponent didn't only have great speed, he was also at an absolute advantage.
At this rate, Qing Shui would definitely lose the match. He had no time to use other techniques and was short of offensive techniques to use against the old man. If the other nine people decided to make their moves as well, the consequences would be unimaginable.
Qing Shui got hit in the chest by accident. Despite having formidable defensive strength, he still spat out blood from the attack. But because Qing Shui's powerful body was recovering on its own, Qing Shui didn't feel that it was such a big deal.
Qing Shui never thought that there would be a day when he craved so much for speed. The Cloud Mist Steps had been used by Qing Shui to its limit. However, the gap between their strengths was still too big. Furthermore, Qing Shui felt that his opponent cultivated some kind of techniques which could help raise one's speed. Or else, he wouldn't have just been able to barely stand up against him after using the Nine Continent's Boots, Gale Pellet, Agility-Enhancing Fruit and so on.
A sudden joy emerged in Qing Shui's heart. He suddenly thought about the Four-Eared Shadow Mouse Card that he had never used before.
After dodging the attacks one more time, Qing Shui took out the crystal card and immediately patted it to his body. At that moment, Qing Shui felt a faintly discernible feeling flowing through his entire body. That feeling made him want to laugh out loudly.
Effect: One fold boost in speed. Effect lasts for fifteen minutes. It could be stacked with similar battle techniques. Within fifteen minutes time, there was a fixed chance of dealing extra damage to the target.
Originally, their speed differed by quite a large amount. But it would definitely be less than one fold. But now, after experiencing a one fold boost in speed, Qing Shui surpassed the elderly man in terms of speed.
After dodging the attacks of the elderly man with ease, Qing Shui swung his sleeves and shot out two poisonous Coldsteel Needles from it. At the same time, he also used the Thunder God First Style, Heaven Shaking Attack.
Even Zuoshi Ziyan was particularly concerned with Qing Shui's poisonous needles and avoided it hurriedly. Qing Shui took the opportunity and used the Thunder God to attack with all his might.
Heavenly Thunder Slash!
The violet light on the Thunder God immediately clashed against the old man's spear. It actually pushed the old man backwards. Qing Shui was stunned. He thought about the effect of the Four-Eared Shadow Mouse crystal card about there being a certain chance of causing extra damage. In other words, there's a certain chance the offensive strength of his attack would multiply in that instant. It's just that it was unclear how significant the boost would be.
The more Zuoshi Ziyan fought, the more anxious he felt. It wasn't weird for the very young man to kill the people from his clan with his current strength. He subconsciously moved his sight to Zuoshi Yun. Previously, he even had a feeling that Qing Shui intentionally left Zuoshi Yun behind……
Similarly, Qing Shui also smiled and looked at the pale Zhuoshi Yun. All along, Qing Shui was never fond of hedonistic sons of aristocratic clans. They relied on the reputation of their clans to tyrannically abuse people as much as they liked.
It might have been because Zuoshi Ziyan didn't manage to take down Qing Shui so soon, the old man, who took out a medicinal pill previously, indicated to the old man next to him with his eyes and the two assaulted Qing Shui almost at the same time.
Qing Shui had also been keeping an eye on other people's movements. As he saw the two old men making their moves, Qing Shui didn't dare to slow down. He quickly took out another Crystal Demonic Beast Card, the Crystal Demonic Beast Card of the Skywolf.
Sneak attack, making his attacks impossible to defend. It could temporarily increase the guard-break ability and speed of the user.
Upon getting yet another boost in speed and offensive strength, Qing Shui felt more reassured. However, because the duration of the effect was also quite limited, he would need to finish off the battle as soon as possible. If he couldn't manage to do it, the outcome would be unimaginable.
Unfortunately, he no longer had the crystal card of the White Jade Jiao. If not, the effect would have been even better,
At this moment, Zuoshi Ziyan formed a flanking maneuver and slowly approached Qing Shui.
Blue Lotus Art!
Three glowing lotus flowers appeared around Qing Shui. This was also the result of his cultivation. He was able to skillfully control the four lotus flowers. By doing so, not only was he able to increase his raw defense by 40%, he could also use it as a shield to protect himself and also initiate attacks. But at the moment, it was really bad at offensive attacks.
Qing Shui knew that the situation would only worsen the longer the battle dragged on. He looked at the three old men who were getting closer and closer to him and thought that he would need to kill two of them. His targets were the two old men who joined in a bit later.
The golden lotus flowers continuously rotated around Qing Shui and very quickly, they had already completely shielded him.
"Be careful of his poisonous weapons!"
Zuoshi Ziyan suddenly screamed out loudly. However, Qing Shui suddenly shot out two Frosted Iron Balls which had been dipped in poisons before. But at the time when he initiated the attack, he was completely enveloped by the golden lotus flowers.
Twin Dragon Explosion!
Qing Shui shot his Frosted Iron Balls at Zhuoshi Ziyan. He completely trapped Zhuoshi Ziyan with another two poisonous Hidden Weapons and violently charged towards the two elderly men.
Unknowingly, Qing Shui has been struggling through the fight for quite some time already. He was again able to use the Ten Thousand Great Thunderbolt. This was also one of the important reasons why Qing Shui was confident he could kill the two of them.
Not everyone could block against the paralyzing effect of Ten Thousand Great Thunderbolt!
Qing Shui used divinity Protection to block the other old man's attack. The Big Dipper Sword on the other hand, it had already pierced through the body of the paralyzed old man. At the moment when the last remaining old man planned to retreat, he felt a trace of coldness at his neck.
It was the killer technique of short ranged needle type Hidden Weapons.
Unfortunately, the condition to use it was also quite harsh. Prior to using it, the user had to stay still for a long time. However, it would definitely be a very powerful technique if it was to be combined with divinity Protection. Last time, the technique which Qing Shui used along with the Coldsteel Needle to kill the two Zuoshi Clan members was exactly the Shadowless Kill. Shooting two at once was Qing Shui's current limit.
"Using the divinity Protection, that could only be used once a day, to exchange for the life of two Peak Martial Saints should be worth it!" Qing Shui smiled as he was really satisfied with his own achievements.
The strength of the two elderly men were second after Zhuoshi Ziyan. Unfortunately, after getting weakened by Qing Shui, they only had about two stars of strength left. It was fairly easy for Qing Shui to murder two warriors with strength that was worth two stars, not to mention that there were a lot of supplementary techniques currently in Qing Shui's body.
Zuoshi Ziyan who avoided the Hidden Weapons got so angry that he almost spat out blood upon seeing the mess. His cold and sharp eyes suddenly turned bloody red. More than half of the strongest warriors from Zhuoshi Clan has been killed by this very young man.
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