Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 944-945
AST 944 –Scarlet Flame Flying Heavenly Frog, Arrival at the Central Continent
When Qing Shui saw what these people were like, he had no intentions of letting them off. Moreover, these people were from the Marionette Sect, making Qing Shui feel that it was even more reason for him not to let them off.
These people were considered top notch warriors and would be in the limelight no matter where they went. It was a pity that the population in the world of the nine continents was too great and thus no matter how strong one was, there would always be someone out there who was stronger. Even though they were strong, there were quite a number of warriors who were at their level. This was also something which Qing Shui had only realized after becoming one of those who was at the Martial Emperor level.
If one wasn’t of this level, it would be hard for him to come into contact with the events that would occur to the people of this level.
Yu He’s expression was cold, not saying a word. She knew that Qing Shui wouldn’t let them off, therefore she had no plans to make a move. These people really didn’t think much about the two of them.
“Everyone attack together! After we kill this fellow, that woman will be ours!”The 3rd Brother saw that things couldn’t be settled easily. When dealing with people who could launch spiritual attacks, they would need to not give the opponent any chance to attack and to kill him directly. It was because people with strong spirit energy tended to have weak physiques.
It might be because this was a means of balancing with the spirit energy.
It was a pity that Qing Shui was an exception.
Looking at the people who were charging over, Qing Shui took in a deep breath and stomped down.
Mighty Elephant Stomp!
Right now, Qing Shui’s physical strength had reached 90 stars and the Mighty Elephant Stomp which had reached the great perfection stage now gave him a strength of 900 stars. These before him were unable to take this attack. Before this tremendous attacking prowess, they were taken aback and had no other choice but to scatter off in all directions.
However, other than the five people in the lead, the others couldn’t even escape. The tremendous explosion caused them to be turned into dust, created a deep crater in the ground and dust to be flown all over. Those who were hit had completely disappeared.
Even though the five of them were able to escape, they weren’t able to get off completely unscathed. Two of them suffered from serious injuries. If Qing Shui were to let them off, they would naturally be able to escape. However, Qing Shui wouldn’t do that. He wasn’t that much of an idiot…
There were also three people who were flabbergasted and attempted to escape without any hesitation. How could Qing Shui let them off? He shot out two ordinary Coldsteel Beads.
This was sufficient to deal with people of their level. With a flash, by the time the two Coldsteel Beads went through their two heads, Qing Shui had already caught up to the last person. This guy with a burly build was the guy who was called 3rd Brother.
The primordial flames in Qing Shui’s hand turned into a Primordial Flame Whip and he lashed it out.
“Don’t kill me…”
It was a pity that he hadn’t even finished his words before he was killed by Qing Shui’s Primordial Flame Whip. These people deserved this fate, since those who committed too many sins would only end up dead. People like them would end up in a horrible state.
Even if he didn’t kill them today, someone else might do it. It was just that if they were lucky enough, they might be able to live through their lives safely. After all, with their strength ordinary people would have to shun them…
Mighty Elephant Stomp!
Qing Shui once again used a Mighty Elephant Stomp to turn the surroundings into debris before he gradually walked toward Yu He. These people were considered to have been buried.When people died, nothing was left.
“Let’s continue on our way for a little further!”Yu He looked at the surroundings and said, smiling.
“Alright!”Qing Shui and Yu He once again advanced on the Fire Bird. They had used up both uses of the Nine Continents Steps earlier.
Three days later, Qing Shui and Yu He truly entered the most central spot between the two continents. This was also the most dangerous spot. Qing Shui wasn’t very worried. He had yet to use the Nine Continents Steps and if worst came to worst, he could just escape with Yu He.
Recently, they had started to come across groups of demonic beasts. However, it was still quite manageable since he activated his Roc’s Might and there was also the Fire Bird’s pressure. Ordinary flocks of flying beasts wouldn’t dare to get near.
However, there were also exceptions. When they come across groups of large-scale ferocious flying beasts, Qing Shui and Yu He could only hide temporarily or choose to land. There were many places where they could hide on the ground and if it didn’t work, they would escape on the Fire Bird. Those ferocious flying beasts wouldn’t be able to do anything to them.
Qing Shui suddenly heard a series of piercing cries which were both like cries from frogs and crows, but just sounded worse. Suddenly, from their left side a group of densely packed dots appeared in the air.
Qing Shui frowned. This was the fourth time today, but this time around those black spots were moving very quickly. Very soon, Qing Shui’s expression changed slightly. Even Yu He was shocked and appeared slightly unnatural.
Scarlet Flame Flying Heavenly Frog！
These creatures were not very big, but were still about three meters in size. Their bodies were like flames and they looked like burning toads. However, it was a pity that they were too big. They looked like frogs but yet had wings. Their bodies were tough as steel and like the Blood-Thirsty Bald Eagles, they were proficient in the use of poison and fire.These Scarlet Flame Flying Heavenly Frogs were even more terrifying because they could both fly and leap. Each time they leaped, it would be at least 300 meters…
If they were to be targeted by a group like this, they would basically be goners, no matter if they were in the air or on land. It would be fine if there was just one of them, but there were countless of them now…
The center of this wilderness was really extremely dangerous but Qing Shui had his Nine Continents Steps, so he wasn’t too worried. Even Yu He wasn’t that worried either.
The Scarlet Flame Flying Heavenly Frogs scattered out and surrounded Qing Shui. Seeing how arrogant these ugly creatures were, Qing Shui couldn’t help but want to kill some of them.
“Since you guys specialize in fire, then we’ll see whose fire is stronger.”Qing Shui thought to himself and let the Fire Bird fly at great speed before he let the Fire Bird take another Gale Pellet.
Usually, when they were traveling the Fire Bird would tend to take some Gale Pellets if the situation allowed it to. This would allow them to travel faster. However, the prerequisite was that the number of times it took the Gale Pellets didn’t exceed the Fire Bird’s limits.
Even if medicinal pills could allow a temporary increase, it wasn’t impossible to do so without any limits. The temporary improvement would cause a strain on the body and it was necessary for it to take sufficient rest. Qing Shui had the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal, so basically, it was as if it had taken one Gale Pellet once every 100 days.
Very quickly, Qing Shui’s hands condensed two Primordial Flame Balls that were the size of the heads of two children. He continued to condense them, as he looked toward the densely packed group of Scarlet Flame Flying Heavenly Frogs.
Qing Shui threw the two Primordial Flame Balls which were as quick as lightning, instantly killing many of them. That short moment of outlash and the black hole that was created formed a strange wave of power, swallowing up tens of the Scarlet Flame Flying Heavenly Frogs in the area. The sparks from the explosion also had tremendous prowess, with the sparks having a terrifying penetrating power. Adding on to its terrifying high temperature, many of them were burned to ash.
Those who were unlucky enough to have their brain penetrated would die instantly. The same went for those whose Core or heart were penetrated…
In this moment, an empty space was created from the explosion.
There were many horrifying cries and many of them plunged.
Qing Shui let the speed of the Fire Bird remain constant and allowed a number of the Scarlet Flame Flying Heavenly Frogs to be able to catch up to him. The limits to his Primordial Flame Whip was 50 meters and he didn’t wish to take any risks since there were many of them. He didn’t wish to let them get within a 50 meter range of him, especially when Yu He was next to him.
Therefore, he used the Primordial Flame Balls, Roc’s Might and Buddha’s True Eyes!
Each time he used the Roc’s Might and Buddha’s True Eyes, he would only be able to kill one of them. These Scarlet Flame Flying Heavenly Frogs were all high level Martial Saints and were not able to withstand Qing Shui’s attacks. After all, Qing Shui’s spirit energy was considerably strong.
Seeing that he had done sufficient damage, Qing Shui then picked up Yu He, put away the Fire Bird and disappeared by using the Nine Continents Steps.
The Scarlet Flame Flying Heavenly Frogs were demonic beasts who didn’t fear death. As long as it was a live creature, they wouldn’t care how strong it was. They would just charge on forward until they’ve eaten their target.
“These desolate beasts are so scary. If I were to be escaping alone, it'd take a lot out of me,”Yu He smiled and said after arriving at a new location.
“Thank goodness these creatures aren’t very strong. Otherwise, they would be really terrifying, no matter if it’s in the air, on the land or in the water.”Qing Shui hadn’t expected a powerful toad to be so terrifying just from growing a pair of wings.
“Your treasure is really powerful. It’s a pity that the skill can only be used twice everyday. Otherwise, it would only take a little while to reach wherever you want to go.”Yu He seemed to be exceptionally happy.
“A man who is content will feel happy. I’m content with it right now. As it is, it can still save me quite a lot of time.”
“Qing Shui, look, it’s Sky City. We’ve finally arrived at Central Continent,”Yu He looked at the city far away and said happily.
On the way here, there were clouds in the sky and they didn’t see Sky City. However, there was not a single cloud in the sky today and Sky City seemed to be flickering, appearing very majestic.
They had spent a lot of time on this journey ever since they first left after the new year. It had already been three months, but the temperature was slightly warmer as they moved toward the Central Continent. Of course, there were still exceptions, such as Cold Ice City which was winter all year round and would snow every few days.
Mmm, thinking of Cold Ice City, Qing Shui thought of Hai Dongqing again.
“Let’s find a place to stop, have some food and get some rest.”Seeing that they were about to reach the Sky City, Qing Shui smiled and said.
Although they had been in the wild for the past few days, they had tents and Qing Shui had even prepared a bed for Yu He. They had good food and good sleep. Furthermore, both of them were very strong and didn’t feel tired. Even if they did feel tired, it would be more mental fatigue.
At the mention of looking for a place to stay, they thought of the Octagon Inn. Back then, he had dealt them a great blow and he wondered whether they had rebuilt the place or had they moved out of this area.
After arriving at Central Continent, Yu He took out something that was similar to a firework and lit it up. Although Qing Shui felt a little puzzled, he knew that she was informing someone.
The Octagon Inn hadn’t been rebuilt and there was nothing but ruins there. The fact that the place had fallen, even if it was by the hands of others, went to say that this place was an unlucky spot. Those who were rich wouldn’t choose this location, yet the poor wouldn’t be able to afford it, thus it was now empty. The Marionette Sect wouldn’t care about just leaving this place alone. However, it was a pity that in the past, the Octagon Inn’s daily revenue was really quite significant.
Heavenly Cloud Pavilion!
Qing Shui and Yu He moved a few streets away and stopped before this inn. It wouldn’t lose out to the Octagon Inn from the past and could even be said to be even more luxurious.
“Let’s decide on this place!”Qing Shui looked at the sign and thought to himself.
“Alright, we’ll do as you say.”
Hearing Yu He’s words, Qing Shui smiled, feeling something strange growing in his heart. During their journey, Yu He had often used this tone with him, being like a docile lady. However, she was actually a dignified, strong and mature lady who was an unrivaled beauty.
The decor of Heavenly Cloud Pavilion wasn’t as luxurious as the Octagon Inn, but it appeared majestic. It was something one could clearly sense upon entering. There were engravings on the walls and even the wall paintings would be demonic beasts or cultivators. The color scheme of the place wasn’t bright but it was clean and grand looking, having a gracefulness compared to other places which had only the luxurious image.
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AST 945 –Heavenly Cloud Pavilion, Yu He's departure
The carpeting from the entryway of the Heavenly Cloud Pavilion to its interior was brown. It suited the simple, minimalistic design of the building, giving the entire place an uplifting elegance. Qing Shui liked this particular style of architecture. Even though everyone could appreciate buildings like the Octagon Inn, which were built to look luxurious, Qing Shui felt that both styles could display their owners upper-class status and taste.
Once he entered, a waiter quickly came to welcome him. "Table for two? Please come in."
"Thank you!" Qing Shui replied as he and Yu He followed the young waiter to the upper floors. For a restaurant of this size to operate in Sky city, it should not be any less influential or powerful than Marionette Sect.
More importantly, it had a 'Heavenly' in its name, though Qing Shui wasn't sure if it had anything to do with its position in Sky City.
The two of them were brought to the third floor and were directed to a table in a corner as the tables by the windows were already full. Qing Shui told the waiter to get them one portion of every specialty dish in the restaurant.
"Do you know who owns Heavenly Cloud Pavilion?" Yu He asked as she smiled at Qing Shui.
"I have no idea. Is it Sister Yu's?" Qing Shui shook his head and replied lightheartedly.
"No. You have a rich imagination. But I do own a share of this Heavenly Cloud Pavilion" Yu He grinned.
"Oh, so my guess was pretty close then." Qing Shui was somewhat amazed by Yu He. Silken Web Ridge in Eastern Victory divine Continent, Heavenly Cloud Pavilion in Central Continent… After all these years since they last met, he realized that he really could not read this woman well.
"I told you this before. We, Hundred Flower Valley, have strategic strongholds in five different continents. Of course, we have to run some businesses. Otherwise, we won't be able to afford the upkeep costs." Yu He explained when she saw Qing Shui deep in thought.
"I'd never expect that Sister Yu would become such a powerful chief in these areas within these few years. You should be well-respected in these five continents, I guess." Qing Shui smiled at Yu He.
Yu He shook her head, "You will know soon enough. I don't deny that we are quite powerful, but we are in an awkward position. There is an extremely powerful presence within the five continents. You will meet them soon. They are the true overlords here," Yu He laughed.
Qing Shui was a little stunned. He had traveled to many places and have met many people with outstanding capabilities, but he had never fought with any true top experts before. He knew these top clans and sects: Tantai Aristocrat Clan of Southern Viewing Continent, Putuo Mountain of the Southern Sea, Central Continent Buddha Sect, Demon Gate, even Godly Sword Clan of Sky City, Eastern Victory divine Continent. In actual fact, Godly Sword Clan was not the most powerful clan in Eastern Victory divine Continent despite being one of the top tier clans in the capital city. However, Qing Shui did not have time to actually explore the whole continent then, likewise, he also did not cross paths with people of a higher level.
"You don't have to worry. When dealing with people of that level, all we have to do is to avoid provoking them. If we don't cause any trouble for them, they will also leave us alone," Yu He said in a rather carefree manner, seeing Qing Shui's expression.
Qing Shui gave a wry smile. The problem was that he was going to provoke them. Whether it was Demon Gate or Lion King’s Ridge of Northern Sacred Lu Continent, he needed to deal with them. Despite that, he smiled and nodded.
The waiter came back with nine fragrant dishes. The mouth-watering aroma which was simple, yet tasteful was just like the overall atmosphere of the restaurant.
Qing Shui handed Yu He a pair of chopsticks, "Let's eat. We can have a look at Sky City later. By the way, who owns the remaining 90% share of Heavenly Cloud Pavilion?"
He hesitated before he asked his question because he knew that their relationship was much closer now, perhaps one could say that they have already confirmed their relationship. However, he did not mind if she avoided answering him if she was uncomfortable.
"It belongs to Sky City." Yu He replied directly, without any hesitation. Anyway, it was common knowledge that Heavenly Cloud Pavilion was owned by Sky City.
"Sister Yu, do you know people from Sky City?" Qing Shui asked while he ate, since he was rather curious about Sky City.
"I don't know anyone. But one of the members in Hundred Flower Valley is the wife of a Vice Castellan of Sky City. We are as close as blood-related sisters," Yu He said cheerfully.
"Oh!" Qing Shui was more than aware of the benefits of nepotism in any sort of setting. He wondered if he could build a connection through his relationship with Yu He…
After they both finished their meal, more than ten women arrived at the entrance of the restaurant. They were all dressed the same. They each wore a white top and a simple skirt and had a long sword in their hand. They quickly approached both Yu He and Qing Shui when they saw them.
Qing Shui knew that they could only come here because of Yu He's signal and because they had many insiders in the Heavenly Cloud Pavilion.
The woman leading the group whispered.
Yu He waved, "Anything urgent?"
"Elder Master went to gather outside the city and head to Northern Sacred Lu Continent immediately," the woman replied.
Yu He frowned, "I got it. Get ready, we will gather outside the city in an hour's time," Yu He replied softly.
The group of women left, they were all very young but they were all at least Martial Saint or above. When he saw how they moved in unison, Qing Shui quickly realized— Unison Assault!
They were definitely skilled in Unison Assault. It was not a type of formation, but a well-executed Unison Assault could also boost the synergy in a group attack. An expert execution of Unison Assault was definitely comparable to some formations. With that said, Unison Assaults were not easy to perfect and there were some formations which are simply beyond the reach of Unison Assaults.
"Qing Shui, I'm sorry, I need to leave now. I will look for you after I settled matters." Yu He smiled apologetically.
"Please go ahead to resolve your matters. I won't delay you any further. Please be careful. I will walk with you to the edge of the city." Qing Shui smiled reassuringly. When both of them left, no one came to get any payment from them. Once they were outside, they sat on Qing Shui's Fire Bird and headed for the city's outskirts. Yu He had a faint smile on her face, but Qing Shui could sense her distress.
Qing Shui held her hand, "Sister Yu, I won't send you any further. Please be careful." Qing Shui looked at Yu He and said gently.
Yu He felt a wave of warmth within her heart, she smiled back at Qing Shui. "Don't worry. I have traveled to many places over these few years. I can protect myself."
"Let me give you something. There are directions on it, read it carefully. It might be useful to you." Qing Shui passed Yu He an Interspatial Silk Sachet.
Yu He was not sure if she should accept it.
"You don't need to be reserved about it. Anyway, I am almost even yours, what's wrong with accepting a little something from me?" Qing Shui chuckled and teased.
"Haha. I don't want you," Yu He laughed and accepted the Interspatial Silk Sachet. She suddenly hugged Qing Shui and planted a kiss on his lips. Once their lips touched, she quickly explored the inside of his mouth…
Qing Shui found it amusing that she had already stolen his kiss twice. It was weird that she did not know how to kiss even at her age but he liked that… He held her lips in his and sucked in gently, calming Yu He down. Her beautiful face flushed a bright red.
Qing Shui inserted his tongue into her mouth and toyed with her satin lips for some time. Just then, Yu He pushed Qing Shui away and blushed as she looked at Qing Shui, "We've arrived. I will leave now. Take care!"
Qing Shui waved at her and watched as her figure disappeared into the distance. There were more than twenty people waiting for her. Another woman was also watching Yu He leave with the group of people.
Once the group left, the woman sky-walked over to Qing Shui. Her outfit was about the same as Yu He and the others, but she was slightly older. Yet, she was still very se*y and was at the age where women have a se*y appeal.
"Master Qing, I am Weng Xue." the woman's skin was snow white and delicate. Her single lidded phoenix eyes were very pretty, she had a dainty nose and a lanky figure. Her perky breasts were accentuated by her slim figure. Her beauty was in no way inferior to Yu He.
Qing Shui could also guess who she was now, "Nice to meet you. Just call me Qing Shui."
"He'er mentioned you before. She treats me as her blood related older sister and I also treat her as my younger sister. I am an orphan, so she and my master are my closest relatives," Weng Xue said as she smiled amiably at Qing Shui.
This woman was very intelligent, she definitely had a way with people. Furthermore, Yu He had already spoken with her to help introduce Qing Shui to Sky City. Besides, her relationship with Yu He was really as close as real siblings.
"Sister Xue, sorry for troubling you." Qing Shui did want to see Sky City and this was his chance. Naturally, he would take any opportunity he saw.
"It's nothing. We're one family anyway," Weng Shui replied with a courteous smile.
"Sister Xue, please accept my gift. It is just my sincerity." Qing Shui took out a purple jade pendant and gave it to her.
"I should be the one giving you a gift." Weng Xue smiled.
"This purple jade is good for your body and your complexion and it has some other properties as well. It will be useful. Since we are family, please accept it." Qing Shui grinned, he could sense that this woman was not stingy. Besides, he also took into account her relationship with Yu He.
For a woman to be taken as the first wife of the Vice Castellan of Sky City, she definitely had her own undeniable charm, personality, abilities, mannerism and traits.
Weng Xue thanked Qing Shui and accepted the jade pendant. She was quite surprised when she examined it. She did not really give it much notice at first but now that she saw it, she knew that it was really quite valuable. It was not something that one could just buy.
She heard that Qing Shui was a very close friend of Yu He and that Yu He had known him for many years. When she first saw Qing Shui and how handsome he was, she thought he was just Yu He's childhood friend and perhaps a person that Yu He had already planned to marry. Now that she looked at him closely, she realized that she underestimated him.
She remembered when Yu He returned with Qing Shui to Victory divine, but now she remembered his other identity. She remembered the picture of the young man who had destroyed the Octagon Inn with one stomp. Previously, she found him familiar but did not think of it. Now, she was certain that this young man was the mortal enemy of the Marionette Sect.
"Brother Shui, you must look for me if you get into any trouble in Sky City." Weng Xue urged Qing Shui gently with a smile.
From her expression, Qing Shui knew that the woman before him must have realized something. After all, he knew that pictures of him were now all over the streets. He could also guess that Marionette Sect already knew that he was going to Sky City.
"Thank you. Sister Xue. Marionette Sect can't deal with me anyway," Qing Shui laughed out.
Weng Xue was quite shocked when he said that. She couldn't help watching Qing Shui curiously. They were now on Weng Xue's Cloud Crane and were flying towards Sky City.
Weng Xue looked carefully at Qing Shui, finding that he was definitely beyond her expectations. In the past, she joked that Yu He was taking advantage of the young and inexperienced man, but now she knew that this young man was actually more than qualified…
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