Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 872-873
AST 872 - Lotus Inheritance, Di Chen
The sudden resplendent silvery light momentarily made the surrounding people sluggish. Such an intense halo. The brighter the halo signified the better one's innate talent was, and the suitability for training. One's accomplishments in the future would also be greater.
Although Di Chen was enveloped within the light, her mind was very clear. An enormous and exquisite energy radiated from the Lotus Platform and flowed into her body. Being recognized as the owner of the Lotus Platform Was only a kind of qualification, the true inheritance wasn't here.
Only by passing this Lotus Platform, which was indicated by the halo of light, would one be able to obtain the true inheritance. The stronger the light, the more qualified an individual was.
However, they never imagined that Di Chen would unexpectedly obtained this energy from the Lotus Platform. Furthermore, this energy was very strong and a few old people had already discovered that Di Chen's strength was increasing frantically.
Although her strength had increased at a rapid pace, there wasn't any hint of violence detected. It was the purest kind of energy and it could directly assimilate into her body. This made everyone present thoroughly stupefied.
The Lotus platform was a treasure from the Lotus Realm but it was unable to be moved. It's considered a symbol of the Lotus Realm, but there had never been anyone who could obtain power from it.
Actually, it was recorded in ancient texts within the Lotus Realm that the Lotus Platform was a spiritual item. If it truly recognizes an owner, that individual would definitely gain great benefits. Those benefits might even be better than the Lotus inheritance!
Di Chen's emotions were in a mess. She could only feel her strength rapidly increasing, so much that she couldn't even tell how much her strength had risen. However, she knew that this power exceeded her own by far too much.
At the beginning, she felt slightly flustered because being a cultivator, she knew that an overly fast increase in one's strength wasn't a good thing. Mingyue Gelou was a perfect example of this. For one's cultivation to bear fruit, every level had to be built properly. Only with solid foundations could one reach loftier heights.
However, she quickly discovered that this energy was very special. Although there was a huge amount, it was very easy to absorb and was docile like water. The energy immediately circulated and was quickly absorbed and altering every part of her body.
Most crucially, she didn't need to do anything. Within the light, she was unable to sense what was happening outside. At the same time, those on the outside could only sense the massive spiritual energy fluctuations within the white light.
The Lotus Realm's old female master was shocked but also ecstatic. She was reaching the end of her lifespan. Although the Lotus platform had recognized an owner and there would be someone taking over to lead the Lotus Realm, she was still very unassured. Even with the assistance of the elders, she still couldn't feel at ease. The Lotus Realm's leader had to be dignified, moral and have top notch inner qualities. Furthermore, the leader's cultivation needed to shock people or at the very least, their aptitude needed to be perfect.
Although the Lotus Realm was a Sacred Land and very strong, there were powers that were similar in strength with the Lotus Realm. Therefore, they couldn't be free of worries, internal strife and foreign aggression.
As time slowly ticked by, Di Chen's master looked at her disciple who was within that silvery light on the Lotus platform. She felt happiness within her heart but also felt an indescribable feeling, as though she had let down Di Chen. However, when she remembered that Di Chen would need to possess formidable strength for her path ahead, she felt that the current circumstances were good enough.
After persisting for almost an incense stick's worth of time, the light started to gradually rescinded and Di Chen's figure gradually became distinct. When Di Chen appeared in front of everyone once again, all of them were stupefied.
Beautiful, previously Di Chen was already exceedingly beautiful. However, there was now an additional immortal aura around her. This aura gave off a special feeling, causing people to forget to even breathe.
This was due to the effects of the Lotus Platform. Her aura gave off the feeling of an immortal lotus. This was the genuine false immortal. As no one believed that there were true immortals, she appeared to be a false immortal that had descended from Heaven.
"I announce that Di Chen will be the 198th generation leader of our Lotus Realm!"
At this moment the old lady walked up and announced. There wasn't a single person who had a surprised expression. Almost everyone appeared to be happy. Of course there were those that were unhappy, including that seductive woman.
The most unhappy person would be her. If Di Chen hadn't appeared, she would definitely have become the leader of the Lotus Realm. Among her generation, regardless of intelligence, appearance and cultivation, even though she wasn't the strongest in all aspects, overall she was definitely ranked in the top five. However, Di Chen's appearance forcibly pushed her out of the running and just like that, an enormous opportunity for her was lost.
Her gaze was filled with bitter resentment as stared at the goddess-like woman on the platform, incomparable hatred manifesting within her heart.
Di Chen's gaze, intentionally or otherwise, looked toward that seductive woman. The previous surrounding aura clearly entered her mind, she could roughly gauge what the others were thinking from from their emotion fluctuations.
This was a strange feeling. Furthermore, the strength of the Xiantian Qi circulating in her body made her feel that she could perhaps defeat everyone present. This was the feeling of true power. Her body already possessed powerful strength, however she was still unfamiliar with this power or rather she couldn't believe it. She looked around with a calm gaze. Those matchless beautiful eyes made the seductive woman feel extreme fear, as though she was laid bare.
The seductive woman felt as if her thoughts were seen through and became more and more afraid. Di Chen's aura was incredibly powerful...
After awhile, Di Chen withdrew her gaze and slowly walked down the Lotus platform.
"This is the insignia of the Lotus Realm's leader. These are the keys and passes. Also, you need to go and accept the Lotus inheritance and train in seclusion for three years," said the old woman with a smile as she handed the insignia to Di Chen.
"Secluded training for three years?" asked Di Chen in shock.
"Yes, you are currently unable to completely display the power hidden within your body. You need to train in the consummate arts of the Lotus Realm. Only the Lotus Realm's leader is allowed to train in it," replied the old woman.
"Chen`er, go. As long as you're strong, everything is possible," at this moment, Jiwu walked over and spoke to Di Chen gently with a smile.
At this moment, Di Chen seemed to realise something, however she did not fully understand it. She bowed towards the old woman, took the insignia and then bowed towards Jiwu. After that, she left with the old woman.
The old woman brought Di Chen to a place that only those with the insignia could enter. This was a hidden place, which felt like it was underground. This was the sacred grounds of the Lotus Realm and the inner area of the 'divine Lotus' from the legends.
This time, Di Chen entered the place by herself without the old woman. Upon entering, Di Chen discovered that it was a small space that was empty. Advancing was like climbing a spiral staircase. The surroundings were wooden and most importantly, this place had a mysterious aura.
She remembered the old woman's words, sitting in the middle after walking in. The middle was right below a gigantic hanging dark green branch. This was the inner area of the Lotus Realm's divine Lotus. While training here, she would obtain the divine Lotus' inheritance and remold her body.
"There is a staircase inside. After going up, you can train in the 'divine Lotus Arts'. Under normal circumstances, you would reach small success stage after three years. At that time, you can exit. These three years will be three years of thorough change. The Spiritual Qi that has been accumulated for hundreds of years within the divine lotus will be absorbed by you." ......
After it faintly hurt for awhile, the pain in Qing Shui's chest disappeared. The pain lasted for approximately an incense stick's worth of time. After inspecting that there weren't any problems with his internal organs, he stopped thinking about it.
He had given enough to that lady, which should make up for her losses. Regardless of who it was, Qing Shui didn't like letting the other party suffer a loss, especially when she was helping him.
Both the Spirit Gathering Lamp and the Spirit Channeling Jade were upgraded. However, the Spirit Gathering Lamp's degree of progress had slowed down. Currently, it had reached the fifth grade, its realm soared through the clouds.
The current Spirit Gathering Lamp was already incomparably powerful. Qing Shui tested it and found that its might had increased by approximately a fold. Originally, he had assumed that increasing a stage would lead to 10% increase. However, he later noticed that while it got harder and harder to upgrade it by a stage, the might gained from each upgrade was incomparably strong.
This was good. The might and the killing power of the Thunderous Beast and the Fire Bird had doubled. Unfortunately, there were no changes to the Diamond Gigantic Elephant. In the future, the Spirit Gathering Lamp's realm would require a huge amount of time to refine.
The upgrading of the Spirit Channeling Jade seemed much harder than the other treasures. However, the results were also a lot stronger. This greatly increased Qing Shui's anticipation for the day that these items became powerful existences.
On the second day, Qing Shui had woken up very early and practised his slow and strange fist techniques as usual. Qing Shui's Taichi Fists had already surpassed the realm of 'intent over stance'. They now truly seemed to be at the Heavenly Grade realm. Although every fist was slow, it gave people a feeling of astonishment. If the Dong Family ancestor were to see this, he would definitely be gobsmacked as this feeling and intent was what he had pursued.
After he finished his morning training routine, Qing Shui finally took note of the lady who was standing not far away. Actually, he had already noticed her when she had arrived, but he did not want to stop till his morning training had finished.
She seemed to have a lot of things on her mind but she ended up keeping her silence. Looking at Qing Shui with a smile, she said, "Can you teach me how to cook?"
Among the things Qing Shui had given her were many spices. He had even written various recipes for her. These items were absolutely priceless.
"You cook, I'll watch," replied Qing Shui with a smile.
"Okay. You cook for the rest while I cook for myself. If it's not delicious, others would laugh at me. I'll eat what I cook. Even if it's not nice I'll not have any complaints," said the lady after thinking.
This lady could unexpected say such cute words...
Just like that, Qing Shui cooked for the rest. There was no other way. These were good people and they loved to eat. This could be considered as expressing his thanks to the lady.
Even beautiful women needed to eat and liked to eat delicious food. By nature, humans desired for food and se*. Eating was one of the most important things in life. No matter how important something was, it definitely wasn't as important as eating.
This lady was no exception. With the best spices, even the food that the lady made was pretty good. In most circumstances, when one ate the food they made themselves, one would feel that it's more delicious. Qing Shui had given her a lot of spices since he still had a lot of spices stored in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. Only a small amount of spices were used at each time and the amount he gave her was enough for the lady to use for many years.
After eating, everyone continued on their way. As before, Qing Shui and the lady were still grouped together as they headed towards the depths.
In half a month, they had already reached 30,000 li deep. They had obtained quite a few things and had escaped numerous times from hordes of huge demonic beasts. Fortunately, they were able to barely avoid the beasts. However, it was already slightly pushing it. He heard from the lady that beyond 50,000 li into the cave, they could only repel the beast hordes if they got too close and it was impossible to hide. Therefore they definitely had to always have a positional advantage. Otherwise it would be extremely dangerous.
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AST 873 - Star Steel, Lightning Bees, Golden Beast, Powerful Woman
Within the Sky Penetrating Mountains!
Qing Shui had been in the mountains for two months. Currently, they didn't dare to split into groups to seek for treasures. Furthermore, they would try to obtain a thorough understanding of their surroundings before taking any action. As of now, they were already 500,000 kilometers into this place.
A large portion of the 'Treasure Hunting Pigs' were already stored by the lady. However, the lady had summoned tens of 'Lightning Bees' which caused Qing Shui to be stunned for quite a while.
The Lighting Bees were also called the path searching bees. They were the size of a thumb and their bodies were a grayish white. They were as resilient as diamonds and as quick as lightning. Although they didn't have any offensive capabilities, there were able to increase the scope of view of their master.
This was the most precious thing for an adventurer. Having numerous Lighting Bees would allow an adventurer to avoid many dangers, including potentially fatal ones. Lightning Bees would allow their master to feel the movements of the wind and the movements of every stalk of grass within their surroundings.
Although the Lightning Bees lacked offensive capabilities, they were fast and small. Most demonic beasts were simply unable to attack them. As for those small beasts that eat bugs or birds, they were simply unable to eat them. The lady proceeded to lead everyone further into the mountain range. As they walked, they made numerous turns, allowing the Treasure Hunting Pigs to direct her from time to time. She aimed to search for treasures while evading strong demonic beasts.
Qing Shui was feeling a bit curious about this lady. Her family refines demons yet she was able to bring out tens of Treasure Hunting Pigs. Additionally, she brought out tens of Lighting Bees. The demonic beasts that she summoned were unable to fight, however, each and every one of them was worth cities...
’’To the left!’’
The lady spoke these two words before following the Treasure Hunting Pig. The pig dashed towards the left side of the mountain top. Qing Shui and the rest hurriedly followed her. At this current place, he had to bring out 120% of his effort to settle everything. Even Qing Shui didn't dare to have the slightest degree of carelessness.
During these past few days, it could be considered that he had seen the dangers of this Sky Penetrating Mountains. He had avoided quite a bit of poisonous miasma and faced that terrifying horde of Five Coloured Poison Beasts.
They arrived at an area with a group of swamplands in a valley. There were dense and numerous Five Coloured Poison Beasts, including Five Coloured Poison Alligators whose bodies hadn't even reached a meter in length. Additionally, their speeds were just average, if they were faster, Qing Shui's group would be neck deep into trouble.
While he fled, Qing Shui didn't forget to catch a few poison beasts, tossing them into the poisonous pond within the Realm of the Violet Immortal. Plants and animals were able to live in the Realm of the Violet Immortal, including Qing Shui's demonic beasts. In addition to demonic beasts, there were also aquatic creatures. Even amphibious existences were able to live in his realm, including tortoises. The Five Coloured Poison Alligators were amphibious poisonous beasts.
They followed the Treasure Hunting Pig and ran to the peak, only to see it continuously knocking against a gigantic rock on the mountain peak. After a while, a jet black item appeared, infused with a cold glint.
Everyone was shocked that this mountain peak actually had Star Steel. Furthermore, this piece of Star Steel seemed to be very large. Star Steel was the leftover essence from meteors after they were worn down from falling from the sky.
They were uncertain of the exact size of this Star Steel but this piece was at least three meters in size. Star Steel was an extremely precious metal. Most fires were unable to melt it and even sharp weapons were unable to cut it apart.
The lady took out her Mystical Connection divine Sword and tried to cut the steel a few times before finally giving up helplessly. Although she was able to leave a few scratches, wanting to extract it was an impossibility. The Star Steel was very thick and dense. With that weight, it wasn't a load that their spirit energy could withstand. Furthermore, it wasn't something that they could fit into their Interspatial Silk Sachets...
It would be very unfortunate if they couldn't bring it away. Suddenly, she looked at Qing Shui, who was standing a bit far away. Walking over, she gently asked, ’’Are you able to bring the Star Steel away? It's too much of a pity to leave it here.’’
’’I'll give it a try!’’ replied Qing Shui after thinking. The Realm of the Violet Immortal could hold tens of thousands of these. However, he didn't know if his spirit energy could handle it, nor did he know if there would be any repulsion. Despite this, he still had to give it a try, after all, 'controlling items' with spirit energy was different from using one's strength. The lady's spatial item was absolutely big enough but her spirit energy probably hadn't reached the required level.
Qing Shui slowly placed his hands on the surface of the Star Steel. He could feel a strong spiritual energy emanating from it, causing him to become speechless. Only by touching it did he realize that this Star Steel wasn't like regular objects. Slowly, he started to activated his spirit energy.
The Yin Yang Image in his sea of consciousness rapidly started to revolve and gradually increased in speed. Spirit energy and strength had one aspect in common. If one suddenly used up too much and there was no response from their target, it would lead to injuries and damage. This was just like a man trying to lift a heavy rock. If he tried to use his full strength to move it, it would result in exceptional suffering if he was unable to move it. In fact, his body would suffer injuries. Therefore, one had to slowly increase their output. This would reduce the likelihood of injury, as spirit energy injuries would result in injuries to the spirit.
The gigantic piece of Star Steel and the surrounding rock disappeared in a flash before everyone's eyes. Qing Shui had used around half of his spirit energy to store this gigantic piece of Star Steel. This was the immense efficacy of the Yin Yang Image. In that instant, the image had shone brighter than usual.
After Qing Shui was able to store it, everyone felt extremely happy. It was better that one of them managed to store it, rather than just leaving it here. The lady smiled towards Qing Shui before kneeling down to pat the head of the little gold pig beside her. The Treasure Hunting Pig closed its eyes in enjoyment, before suddenly opening its eyes and rapidly rushing down the mountain.
The harvest for today could be considered sufficient. Such a big piece of Star Steel, its value simply couldn't be calculated. However, they couldn't stay here for too long. The lady's group was unable to take it away, so Qing Shui being able to take it away was a good thing. Furthermore, the lady vaguely felt in her heart that despite not taking away the Sky Penetrating Grass, the items that she had gotten were absolutely more valuable than it.
After all, she was also a Beast Tamer...
Before they started walking down the mountain, they heard the dense cries of numerous birds appearing in a place across the horizon, their sharp calls breaking the Heavens. Everyone was still standing on the mountain top and upon hearing this, they hurriedly ran down the mountain.
When they were half way down the mountain, the lady suddenly stopped. With an extremely unnatural expression, she looked at the group, before she slowly said, ’’There are numerous Berserk Dragons rushing up here from the bottom...’’
Berserk Dragons were demonic beasts that possessed the bloodline of dragons from legends. Its appearance was similar to an earth dragon, albeit being somewhat smaller in size. However, the degree to which it could go berserk was comparable to the Violent Blood Bear. It was a Peak Marital Saint and its abilities were at least at three stars. Their highest strength was uncertain, as a few mutated stronger subspecies would often appear.
Sky rending roars continuously rang out as a large flock of birds appeared in the distance. When they saw the flock, everyone became even more flustered. There were so many Vampiric Falcon Vultures that it made cold shivers run up everyone's spines.
The appearance of the Berserk Dragons had let everyone guess that the flock of birds were Vampiric Falcon Vultures.
Vampiric Falcon Vultures weren't very different from the Blood-Thirsty Bald Eagle, with strength ranging from Early Martial Saint to Late Martial Saint. Only a small number were barely able to reach the Peak Martial Saint level. However, the probability was one in a million. They were approximately ten meters wide, possessed good speed, and their attacks had a poisonous attribute. This poison could accumulate and when they saw blood, they would get crazy. As long as blood was seen, they would want food no matter what.
A Vampiric Falcon Vulture was dark red and it had a falcon's head. Its beak was lined with densely packed half a foot of long sharp teeth. The poison came from its teeth.
The lady looked at her surroundings without being flustered. Looking at the nearby mountain, she saw a space that seemed like a shallow cave. The rocks here were exceptionally hard and dense, forming a large mountain. Even the Vampiric Falcon Vultures wouldn't dare to bump into this mountain. After all, they weren't demonic beasts with strong bodies and their strength was unable to cause the mountain to collapse.
If it were the mountains in Qing Shui's past life, it could possibly collapse. However, this was the World of the Nine Continents.
Everyone stood before that spacious 'cave entrance'. The mountain peak above gently protruded out, so they wouldn't have to worry about getting attacked from the top. Just as they stood firm, immense roars started to ring out from below.
Qing Shui looked at the innumerable Berserk Dragons and his goosebumps stood up uncontrollably. Their scarlet bodies were like a lion's and they were approximately 30 meters long. Their fierce heads were a cross between a lion and a camel, and their jaws filled with massive sharp teeth. A thick stench of blood came hurtling over.
Being almost ten meters tall, their four thick limbs that were armed with sharp claws could rip almost anything to shreds.
As the innumerable Berserk Dragons dashed about, a great thumping noise rang out from the ground. The hurried noises seemed to resonate with everyone's hearts but the mountain where they hid didn't have a single trace of vibration.
Originally, Qing Shui thought that this mountain might collapse. He thought about the scars that the meteor had caused when it landed on the mountain peak. It looked like the rocks here were hard and firm and had a frightening density. However, it was a pity that this stone couldn't be refined and reforged.
The lady wielded her Mystical Connection divine Sword as she faintly frowned. With a wave of her hand, four golden beasts appeared. A few of the other old people also summoned their demonic beasts. However, they only summoned one demonic beast each, and their demonic beasts weren't as eye catching as the lady's four golden beasts.
The golden beast was a rare demonic beast. Its body was similar to that of a Berserk Dragon and it looked noble and graceful. The strength of this demonic beast lied in its penetrative attack and its extraordinarily high defense. Its massive body was tough as diamonds. It was one of the best in term of its application of raw strength since it had abandoned magic and combat technique type attacks. Therefore, its defense, speed, and the might of its claws and teeth were all extraordinarily strong.
What a trump card!. Every time this lady took action, it would always be a major move. Qing Shui summoned his Diamond Gigantic Elephant and the Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable. Naturally, there was also the Fire Bird. Due to the Spirit Gathering Lamp, the Fire Bird's attacking power would double. This was an enormous breakthrough.
Upon climbing up, those demonic beasts started attacking crazily. Fortunately, their location was unique and prevented them from being attacked from behind. The number of attacking demonic beasts did not exceed 30, with the Berserk Dragons being the primary attackers.
The base strength of the Fire Bird was close to a star, and its strength was already more than 9,000 countries. Under the effects of Phoenix Dance, its abilities were permanently doubled. Additionally, the Phoenix Dance of the Nine Heavens and the might of the 'Hell's Inferno doubled its strength once again, allowing the Fire Bird's attack power to reach four stars.
As of now, with the Spirit Gathering Lamp, its attack power could even eight stars. It took to the skies and rushed towards the Vampiric Falcon Vultures and the Berserk Dragons. The Vampiric Falcon Vultures were similar in strength to the Fire Bird, with the Vampiric Falcon Vultures having the advantage of a poison attribute and numbers.
The strength of the majority of Berserk Dragons weren't even a bit inferior to the Fire Bird and there even a small amount that exceeded it.
Although the individual strengths of Qing Shu's group were significantly higher than the Berserk Dragons and the Vampiric Falcon Vultures, it was difficult to fend off so many enemies. Even a hero wouldn't be able to withstand that many foes. A small mistake could cost all their lives. Due to the innumerable amounts of demonic beasts in the sky and on the ground, if they were to attract even stronger demonic beasts, they would be in real deep sh*t.
At this moment, a few crystal cards appeared in the lady's hand, which she tossed onto the golden beasts. She had a few cards left, so she casually gave Qing Shui one.
At this moment, Qing Shui saw the effects of the cards. These cards seemed to increase the strength and destructiveness of the user's attacks. This improved their penetrative power. Only now did he remember that the Mu Family was a family of Demon Tamers.
The Mu Family was very strong!
This was what Qing Shui's felt.
The Fire Bird's Phoenix Dance of the Nine Heavens could only be sustained for 15 minutes but its might was truly enormous. The strong Hell's Inferno had immediately killed many Vampiric Falcon Vultures instantly.
Even the Berserk Dragons on the ground couldn't endure the flames. After continual use of Hell's Inferno, tens of Beserk Dragons were killed directly. However, this attack had an unfortunately high consumption rate. Although the Fire Bird could enter the Realm of the Violet Immortal to recover, it would still require some pills and occasionally some Vital Essence Pill.
The Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable was as quick as lightning. It only needed to attack the weak parts of the Berserk Dragons, which were the face, the ears, and the abdomen. After those parts were attacked, the Berserk Dragons would die in a few hours.
The poison of the Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable had already become something that the previous version couldn't be compared to. After being strengthened by Qing Shui's medicinal pills and that pearl, it wasn't far from becoming six colored.