Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 906-907
AST 906 –Eve, Jade Spirit Fruit ripened
By the time Qing Shui and Mu Qing had left the great hall, it was late in the morning. Dong Yan and Sun Yan had already disappeared somewhere long ago as they didn't wish to interrupt Qing Shui and Mu Qing.
Unfortunately, they didn't know that Qing Shui's relationship with Mu Qing hadn't reached that point yet. They could only be considered good friends.
"Qing Shui, I suddenly feel that you are growing more and more unfamiliar," as Mu Qing walked, she looked at Qing Shui and smiled. Her bright eyes gave off a bewitching air.
"How could that be? I am still the same person and forever will be," Qing Shui replied with a smile and looked at Mu Qing.
When she saw Qing Shui's smile, Mu Qing felt a little flustered, especially when she thought of what happened on that day. At that moment, she felt extremely flustered. She wasn't sure about her feelings towards Qing Shui.
Originally, she was already very curious about Qing Shui. However, he now seemed like an unsolvable puzzle. This made her urge to try and understand him grow stronger.
"Let me teach you about formations," Qing Shui said after thinking for awhile. He felt that it was time to tell her a little about for formations and for her to come into contact with them. This was because she was capable of learning formations now.
Mu Qing stared blankly for a while before she smiled, "Fine, I am actually getting more and more curious about formations."
Mu Qing actually had her own reasons for saying this. After she saw the might of formations, she actually stopped asking Qing Shui to teach her. In the past, she wanted to learn formations from Qing Shui to deal with the Sky Prison Sect. She had assumed that Qing Shui's formation skills were very superficial and weren't important to him.
She didn't expect that Qing Shui's formation skills would be much more formidable than the Sky Prison Sect's. Thus, she felt that she was too rude in the past. However, since he now took the initiative to teach her formations she actually felt very happy. It wasn't because she could learn more about formations, but it was because Qing Shui was willing to teach her.
Even an intelligent woman would have a simple side to them. Qing Shui had never expected this. Seeing that Mu Qing was happy, they headed towards her manor.
"Qing Shui, do you think that the people of the Sky Prison Sect will come soon?" Mu Qing asked as she walked. She was very calm when she asked this. Her calmness should be due to a change in her mentality
"They should be coming soon. If it was someone else, they would definitely try to rush over as soon as possible," Qing Shui said after he thought for awhile.
Mu Qing felt a little worried. When the two of them walked into the manor, Qing Shui stopped and called out to Mu Qing, "It is still early, we will do it here."
Qing Shui first got Mu Qing to draw a simple Nine Palace Eight Trigrams. Then he got her to draw the Duality Minutest Formation's position and its supporting position in sequence.
Mu Qing had built up a solid foundation during these days. She was quite fast and persistent. She would continually correct her own mistakes and identify the key points.
Qing Shui felt that Mu Qing had a treasure but he didn't know what it was. However, he estimated that it was even more precious than the Spirit Concentrating Pill. He felt that her treasure could even be used together with the Spirit Concentrating Pill.
Almost everyone who could reach such a level at such an age had treasures on them. Even if they didn't own treasures, their items wouldn't be too bad either.
Although formations looked simple on the surface, its internal workings were full of variables.This kind of thing required a long time to research. Qing Shui had only grasped a single path in the art of formations. It would require a shocking amount of time to completely research formations. This was similar to the principle that it was possible to understand and apply some principles but not know where it came from.
Without realizing it, it was already noon. A lot of people from the Dong Clan came. This time, they planned to stand together with the Mu Clan and resist the Sky Prison Sect.
The one leading the Dong Clan was Dong Yan's grandfather. Qing Shui knew about the abilities of this old man. He was at the level of 80 stars. It seems that the Dong Clan was somewhat inferior to the Mu Clan. Despite this, Qing Shui felt happy.
With such level of abilities, it would be difficult for them make such a decision. It wasn't important if they took action because Dong Yan rallied them or they volunteered. The most important person was Dong Yan. It was enough just having him.
Even though the Dong Clan came, they wouldn't be of much help in this case. However, there was strength in numbers. At the very least, having more people would strengthen their courage and the atmosphere wouldn't be as worrying as it was before.
In the afternoon, Qing Shui still continued to practice formations with Mu Qing. When he had spare time, Qing Shui started to use those small formation flags to lay down formations in the Mu Clan's yard. He had basically surrounded the entire Mu Clan with formations. Additionally, he accumulated many flags in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal.
Qing Shui used the Duality Minutest Formation to intersect the interior and the exterior of the Mu Clan. He had also taken out the Five Elements Minor Formation for the few old men to research. During this period of time, Dong Yan and Sun Yan had learned a lot. They were able to assemble and coordinate the formation.
The individuals who accompanied Mu Qing when she headed into the Sky Penetrating Mountains were now at a crucial moment with their practice of the Five Elements Minor Formation. The formation master of the Five Elements Minor Formation had cooperated with the 20 old men that had been together for many years and had a tacit understanding of each other. Thus, they were able to easily reach their current achievements. At the same time, they practiced walking around in the Duality Minutest Formation. Qing Shui had them practice this as a precaution.
Time slowly went by. Qing Shui noticed that the Duality Minutest Formation had already been laid everywhere. He also saw the key figures of the Mu Clan learning how to cooperate while using the Duality Steps and the Five Elements Minor Formation. If everyone was able to cooperate together when the time came, their might would be increased very significantly.
To connect these people together, every group of them would have two to three experts in charge. Furthermore, when everyone was together, they would be able to look after each other. Since they found out about Qing Shui's strength, the people who were learning the formation put in their best efforts.
Even those people who had tried to bully Qing Shui forgot about their motives. Back then, they thought that Qing Shui was an idiot. Thus, they had hoped that Young Master Yin would kill him.
However, now they knew that Qing Shui was a heaven defying genius. Within the whole World of the Nine Continents, there were only a few of these demon-level characters. If they knew about his talent earlier, they wouldn't have to blindly mull over this. In retrospect, it was silly of them to plot against Qing Shui.
When humans were desperate, their potential would become limitless. The Mu Clan's current situation could be considered extremely dangerous. If they weren't careful, their roots might get torn out.
No one would want their clan to fall. At this time, the Mu Clan was very easily unified. Thus, their speed of improvement was much faster than before by many folds.
Mu Qing was no exception. Originally, her talent was pretty great. Now, with a good foundation and her efforts, she was the one who learned the fastest.
The sky slowly turned dark but the people from the Sky Prison Sect hadn't appeared yet. This was normal. Old Wu and his group probably hadn't even reached the Sky Prison Sect yet.
Thus, it was more likely that they would arrive two days later. They could still enjoy two more days of peace.
In a splendorous and majestic mansion within the country's capital, there was a youth whose hand was wrapped in bandages. There was also a really sturdy man in his prime, he was about two meters tall.
"Stop thinking of revenge, regardless of whether the Mu Clan can survive this ordeal, stop thinking about revenge," the man sighed and said to the youth on the bed.
"I hope that the Sky Prison Sect will obliterate them all, especially that fellow……"
The man sighed and left the room. Originally, he had wanted to go to the Mu Clan and argue with them because of his son's injuries. After all, his son was crippled, how could he take it lying down as his father? He had even planned on making a big scene at the Mu Clan.
However, his influence was no longer needed. If the Mu Clan was destroyed by the Sky Prison Sect, they naturally didn't have to do anything. At best, they would just cause some trouble while they were down. On the other hand, if the Mu Clan succeeded, then there would be no need to send themselves to die.
However, seeing his son in this state, he felt very upset as his father. The Yin Clan was a privileged clan around these parts but they were now forced to just tolerate this.
It was night when Qing Shui entered the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal and headed towards the Jade Spirit Fruit Tree. It was about time for it to ripen.
It was ripe!
The fragrance of the snow white Jade Spirit fruit was filled with spirituality that could be smelt from afar. There was a total of 100 fruits. Qing Shui still wasn't very sure about the effects of the Jade Spirit Fruit.
He then picked all of the Jade Spirit Fruit. After hesitating for a while, Qing Shui chose one and ate it. It was very fragrant and slightly sweet. The most important part was that it had a refreshing taste.
After he ate it, his whole body felt cleansed and it felt very good. However, after awhile, Qing Shui realized that there were no effects. His abilities hadn't changed. However, he could sense that his marrows had transformed slightly.
Transformation of marrows?
Qing Shui didn't give up and ate another one. This time, Qing Shui was stunned. He gained half a star of abilities. The transformation of one's marrows could actually increase one's abilities?
Thinking of the Snow Lion King that protected the Jade Spirit Fruit, Qing Shui summoned his demonic beasts. He wanted to see what effects this Jade Spirit Fruit had on them.
Every demonic beast ate two of the fruits.
After that, he quietly waited and watched the surrounding demonic beasts. At this point of time, he only knew that the Jade Spirit Fruit could improve the marrows.
After they ate it, Qing Shui was taken aback. There were some changes but they were all minute. The Gold-Silver Colored Butterfly and the Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable's abilities seemed to increase significantly.
Qing Shui still hadn't given up and fed each of his demonic beast five Jade Spirit Fruit. If there still weren't any obvious effects, then Qing Shui was prepared to eat all of the fruits himself. At least, his abilities would have some increase.
This time, there were some obvious effects. There was an obvious change in their marrows. The level of abilities gained was also very visible and their abilities were increased by nearly 10%.
The Five-Headed Demonic Spider had the abilities of 400 stars. This time, its abilities actually increased by 40 stars…
This Jade Spirit Fruit was actually able to increase the abilities of a Martial Emperor by this much? There didn't seem to be any cultivation limit. It was a pity that it only increased the consumer's abilities by 10%. However, why was the Snow Lion King defending it to the bitter end if it was just so simple?
It definitely shouldn't be just for this 10% increase in abilities. This 10% increase was definitely just a supplementary effect.
After the Five-Headed Demonic Spider quietened down, it didn't experience any more changes. The Gold-Silver Colored Butterfly and the Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable also gained a 10% increase in abilities before stopping. Finally, Qing Shui cast his gaze on the Diamond Gigantic Elephant and the Fire Bird.
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AST 907 –Yet another twenty stars Increase, Dragon Elephant Force, Dark Phoenix of Nine Heavens
At the moment, Qing Shui was at a loss. Forget about the other demonic beasts that didn't undergo any changes, the Five-Headed Demonic Spider was a very formidable beast, even though its increase in strength was quite significant, it still felt like it had barely achieved that.
Suddenly, Qing Shui remembered the Snow Lion King, a demonic beast which already had the strength of a Peak Martial Saint. Could it be that it wanted to break through to Martial Emperor using the Jade Spirit Fruit?
Qing Shui was puzzled. He himself has already eaten a few of them. He felt that even though it was quite decent in terms of boosting strength, its effect would gradually fall dependant on the amount that he consumed. He estimated it would lose effect once he ate ten of them. However, it could help change body physique and bones, it was just that its effect would also decrease progressively. A 10% increase in strength was already quite decent. The strength stated here was talking about the strength which didn't rely on any external factors. It included the raw strength and techniques. In one go, Qing Shui's raw strength actually increased by twenty stars and achieved a total of sixty stars.
To Qing Shui, twenty stars was still really heaven-defying, it was already worth it!
Could it be that this was a Spirit Fruit for awakening innate skills and blood vessels? To think that such good stuff would be seized by a Peak Martial Saint Demonic Beast.
Qing Shui remembered his Beast Pill. Could the effect of Jade Spirit Fruit be similar to that of a Beast Pill? Just that it's more suitable for powerful demonic beasts and warriors but then, why would it not have any effect on the Five-Headed Demonic Spider? And it seemed to be useless with the other demonic beasts as well.
Did it have to do with their species?
The Diamond Gigantic Elephant was evolved from the Diamond Demonic Boar. It had already awakened its innate skills and blood veins. Could it be that it could still awaken it for a second and third time?
Suddenly, the Fire Bird let out an ear-splitting chirp. Jet-black flame flourished all over its body.
Qing Shui stared at the Fire Bird that was growing more mighty in the air. He felt excited in his heart, it seemed that its bloodline had been awakened by a significant amount. Even if the Fire Bird had the bloodline of the legendary phoenix, there was still a long way to go before completely awakening it.
He remembered the Roc Form. The ability of the Golden Winged Roc was really powerful. Merely from the earliest "Heart of Roc" and "Roc Spreading Wings", he could already tell that it was more powerful than the Five-Headed Demonic Spider while the Dragon and Phoenix Forms were above that of the Roc Form.
Since ancient times, both the phoenix and dragons represented peace. Dragons were the king of all beasts whereas the phoenix was the king of flying beasts. The legendary roc was actually also the descendant of the phoenix. Their bodies would contain a huge amount of phoenix blood veins.
At the moment when jet-black flame flourished all across the Fire Bird's body, golden light also shone on the Diamond Gigantic Elephant's body. This caused Qing Shui to feel a bit surprised as he originally thought that there would no longer be any changes to the Diamond Gigantic Elephant.
The Diamond Gigantic Elephant was evolved from the Diamond Demonic Boar as a result of it completing its Innate Skills and Blood Veins Awakening, could it be that it was going to go through yet another awakening? Just to what extent could it evolve?
But Qing Shui was really happy. It was fine as long as it could awaken. It also didn't matter what it awakened. In any case, once it went through an awakening, it would experience a significant strength boost. This was more powerful than ordinary breakthroughs. He was looking forward to seeing to what extent its strength would reach in a while.
Qing Shui could tell that there seemed to be a kind of firm tone which resembled that of a dragon moaning noise within the Diamond Gigantic Elephant's howl. The noise itself sounded really beautiful to the point that it could shake one to their core.
The chirping noise of the Fire Bird on the other hand, became clearer and clearer. The noise sounded so sharp that it felt like it was going to penetrate through the blue dome of heaven. Despite never hearing the actual chirping noise of a phoenix before, Qing Shui felt that it already resembled it. He thought that it resembled a bit of what was referred and described as a phoenix chirping noise based on his previous incarnation. Nevertheless, it was still quite different compared to what he was hearing now. This kind of phoenix chirping noise sounded really pleasant, it was a pleasurable experience.
It kept going on for roughly the time of an incense stick. During this period of time, both the Diamond Gigantic Elephant and Fire Bird recovered back to their original states almost at the same time. There weren't many changes to the appearance of either of the demonic beasts, but if one was to observe closely they would notice that the neck of the Diamond Gigantic Elephant had become longer and its body resembled metal even more than before. It also appeared to look slightly swollen.
The color of the Fire Bird got even darker, this time, there was no longer anyone who said that the Fire Bird was colored red. In the past, it was scarlet red but now, it had turned to scarlet black. Judging from the trend, it might eventually turn out to be a jet-black colored Black Phoenix.
Qing Shui released his Spiritual Sense to analyze the strength of both the Diamond Gigantic Elephant and Fire Bird. Originally, the strength of the Diamond Gigantic Elephant was really close to reaching a star but now it jumped straight to achieving a total of three stars. Looking at the slightly extended neck, Qing Shui was quite confused as to what innate skills and blood veins the Diamond Gigantic Elephant possessed. Could it be dragon? He shook his head, in any case, Qing Shui found it really hard to believe as it didn't resemble one even a bit.
Three stars worth of raw strength, when under the effect of Diamond Sword Qi, Diamond Protection and other passive battle techniques, it would immediately achieve six stars worth of strength. What made Qing Shui upset was that both the offensive and defensive strength of the Diamond Gigantic Elephant had synchronized. They both had three stars worth of raw strength. He was unable to comprehend it, could it be that it would achieve a balanced state of strength once it reached a certain level?
Qing Shui looked towards the Diamond Gigantic Elephant's battle technique only to be dumbfounded. Diamond Qi, Diamond Protection and Diamond Crossing Rivers were all gone. In exchange, it got a new battle technique instead, a passive battle technique.
Dragon Elephant Force, passive battle technique, permanently increase raw strength threefold. In this case, the Diamond Gigantic Elephant would achieve a total strength of ten stars. Furthermore, it was when it hadn't used any battle techniques.
Dragon Elephant Force, Qing Shui was confused for a long time. He once again looked at the current Diamond Gigantic Elephant and found that it truly has become different from before. Its neck had become a bit longer. If one was to observe it from further away, it would be much more obvious.
Dragon Elephant Force. Was this ability trying to reveal something? It's just like when the Fire Bird's battle technique mentioned the word "Black Phoenix" but could the "Dragon Elephant" be a type of species?
After that, Qing Shui continued looking downwards.The ability Instantaneous Diamond Evasion got upgraded. It could instantly rush in and kill enemies within five hundred meters. However, Qing Shui felt that this ability wasn't anything significant when used against a Martial Emperor since five hundred meters was already a range which Qing Shui could travel instantly. Now that he had perfected his Nine Palace Steps, this was even more worthless. But when used against warriors below that of Martial Emperors, it was still quite insane.
The Diamond Sword Qi was still the same as before, it could lock onto the target and was unavoidable. But the opponent could try to block or resist against it. Under the state of Diamond Sword Qi, the attack of Diamond Ferocious Attack would multiply.
Diamond Ferocious Attack could originally already increase the offensive strength by one fold. Under the situation when the target also got marked by the Diamond Sword Qi, it could immediately be raised to four times the original offensive strength.
Mighty Elephant's Recklessness, twofold of the same offensive attack. It could target at most ten opponents.
"Yeah, it became a group attack, so it's more like a technique used to open up paths."
Mighty Elephant Stomp, Great Perfection Stage, ten times the raw offensive strength.
Qing Shui smiled as he finished reading through all the battle techniques of the Diamond Gigantic Elephant. If he didn't break through himself, the current Diamond Gigantic Elephant would most likely be his strongest powerhouse. After all, the Mighty Elephant Stomp could achieve an offensive strength of thirty stars.
But now, because the Diamond Gigantic Elephant's raw strength wasn't powerful enough, its current most powerful single kill has become stacking the Diamond Ferocious Attack on top of Diamond Sword Qi. It could achieve a total of thirty six stars of offensive strength while the opponent could only try to block and resist against it. It couldn't be avoided and was strong enough. Unfortunately, it couldn't be of much use under the current circumstances.
But Qing Shui was already satisfied with what he had. This was a good beginning. The Diamond Gigantic Elephant awakened its Dragon Elephant Force. Even though in his mind, Qing Shui found that the ability of the Diamond Gigantic Elephant was really heaven-defying how long would this last? Some people were born to be ordinary whereas some could just cover up the entire sky with one hand, the same thing should also apply for the Diamond Gigantic Elephant, some should be incomparably strong whereas some should only be normal.
Qing Shui had a feeling that the Diamond Gigantic Elephant might really attain the ability to battle the heaven and earth.
He turned around and looked towards the Fire Bird which was still flying in the sky. He leaped onto the Fire Bird's back. The Fire Bird's raw strength, which was originally one and a half stars had now achieved four stars.
All along, Qing Shui had always felt that the Fire Bird's ability wasn't that strong. Only now did he feel that the Fire Bird should have become slightly more powerful. He eagerly read through the Fire Bird's Battle Techniques.
Dark Phoenix of Nine Heavens: Passive battle technique, zero consumption, permanently increase raw strength fourfold. All of the battle techniques' consumptions would be cut in half.
"Changed, it also changed. Is the Jade Spirited Fruit really that strong? Then the Snow Lion King was very likely to break through to the Martial Emperor Grade using the Jade Spirited Fruit. It's such a waste." Qing Shui let out a sigh.
Superior Flight: The unique flying ability only known by the Fire Bird. Both its endurance and speed were incomparable. It was one of the top techniques among all the flying type demonic beasts. Capable of flying at high speed for a long period of time.
Hell's Inferno: The Fire Bird executed a formidable flame attack. The dark flame could burn away everything. It contained terrifying destructive ability. Legend has it that it was one of the powerful battle techniques of Black Phoenix.
Phoenix Dance of Nine Heavens: When the Fire Bird used the Phoenix Dance of Nine Heavens, its flame attack's damage would multiply. This would last for thirty minutes. It could be used four times a day. During this time, the damage it received would be cut in half.
The number of times allowed to use it in a day doubled. Other than that, nothing really changed. These weren't actually that important.
Qing Shui moved his gaze to the last battle technique, the Phoenix Paradise.
Phoenix Paradise, at the time when the Fire Bird received critical damage, there was a 30% chance it would go through Firebath Rebirth. Once it succeeded in rebirthing, it would be as if it went through a metamorphosis and its strength would double.
Under the state of Dark Phoenix of Nine Heavens, the Fire Bird would achieve a strength of sixteen stars whereas under the state of Phoenix Dance of the Nine Heavens, it would be thirty-two stars. Most importantly, at present, Qing Shui still had a really powerful item, the Spirit Gathering Lamp.
The Spirit Gathering Lamp could now double the damage dealt by the Fire Bird's flame attacks, that being sixty four stars.
The mighty Spirit Gathering Lamp, Qing Shui was now really happy. Unfortunately, the progression made by it as of now was really slow. However, it shouldn't be too far away from ascending a grade. It had been a long time since it leveled up.
Qing Shui jumped off the Fire Bird's back, feeling really satisfied. At such a crucial point, the power boost of the Demonic Beast was really important. Even though the effect wasn't that significant against formidable foes, the majority of warriors in Sky Prison Sect should most likely be ordinary warriors. How many Martial Emperors could there possibly be? Hence, the Diamond Gigantic Elephant, Fire Bird and the other demonic beasts of his were still really powerful.
This time, nothing happened to the Thunderous Beast. Qing Shui was determined to continue and fed it two more Jade Spirit Fruit. He noticed that things were still the same except he could sense that the Spiritual Qi within the Thunderous Beast felt really strong.
Seeing that there were not many Jade Spirit Fruits left, Qing Shui immediately put it away. The fruit seemed to have a really strong effect on people with unique blood veins. The blood vein of the Thunderous Beast was just Thunderous Beast. It might be that ordinary blood veins didn't contain any powerful species' blood veins, that was why it couldn't be awakened.
As Qing Shui exited the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal, he immediately laid down on his bed and slept. In the morning, he woke up on time and after going through a simple and quick shower, he walked out of his room. As he stepped out of the house, he could already see Mu Qing arranging a few stones in the courtyard.
This woman was truly hard working. As Mu Qing saw Qing Shui coming out, she happily greeted him.
There would most likely be no one to bother them today. So they could enjoy a day of peace.
"How did it go?" Qing Shui walked up to her side with a smile and looked at the stones on the ground.
"It's done but nothing is happening with the formation." Mu Qing looked at Qing Shui with a bitter look.
"Move the Gan Position horizontally by three meters, the Gen Position up by half a meter, the eye of the formation in the southeast direction by a meter. At the time when you put down the stone of the supporting position, you need to use the hand motion that I told you about. It's best if you could find stones with Spiritual Qi." Qing Shui smiled as he passed the colored stone to Mu Qing.
Mu Qing happily nodded. After that, she rearranged things once more. Then, she placed the stone in her hand into the eye of the formation. Instantly, the Spiritual Qi surged and the formation activated.
Mu Qing stood within the formation excitedly. The surprised look on her face was indescribable, yet it still looked really beautiful as usual. The expression given out from her bright and beautiful pupils resembled that of the stars in the sky.
"Duality Steps, remember the usual practice." Qing Shui charged towards Mu Qing within the formation.
Qing Shui seemed to have forgotten about the awkward feelings he had in the past, it might have been because he couldn't care much about it now. Mu Qing on the other hand, blushed. It seemed like she was also reminded of that time. She bit her lip and quickly avoided him. The technique she executed was a skilled Duality Steps.
Qing Shui spotted Mu Qing's expression, especially her action from before when she bit her lip and revealed her snow white teeth, it was breathtakingly beautiful.
Qing Shui shook his head and once again charged towards Mu Qing. During the entire process, he didn't stop pointing out to her the things which needed particular attention about formations and explained to her once more about the Sixth Gate and other details……
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