Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 958-959
AST 958 –Panic, Lei Clan’s Choice
Qing Shui was stunned and he smiled, saying, "This is a woman's nature. If there’s any less, it wouldn’t be perfect anymore."
Lady Duanmu quickly turned her head, pushed open the door and walked in. Qing Shui followed after.
There was a hall and a room inside which should be the bedroom. There was a bathroom and washroom at the other end of the living room and it could be considered a small-scale basic room.
However, everything here was new. There wasn’t much furniture, but there was the scent of a new room. It was probable that no one had stayed here before.
It was still not too dark outside since it was only late afternoon.
"Qing Shui, what do you think about this room?" Lady Duanmu smiled and asked.
"Of course it’s fine. It’s very good." Qing Shui replied happily before taking a casual look around and heading for the room where the bedroom should be located.
The bedroom was considered neither big, nor small. There was a bed with thick blankets set up and it was very clean. There was a standing cupboard, a clothes rack, as well as a desk and chair. Everything was made from high quality sandalwood and the room was filled with a rustic fragrance.
In this area, the people in the World of the Nine Continents knew how to enjoy themselves better and it was quite commonly seen. After all, there was plenty of precious wood around in this world and thus carpentry flourished too. In terms of skills like carpentry to create furniture and stuff, it was more developed in the World of the Nine Continents.
Qing Shui turned and saw Lady Duanmu standing next to him. In such a relatively small room with an extremely soft and comfortable bed with fresh blankets and pillows, a seductive aura gushed out.
This aura came from Lady Duanmu and she seemed to also have sensed a hint of intimacy in the room. She was about to walk out but the moment she took a step, Qing Shui grabbed her hand.
"Qing Shui, you…" Lady Duanmu said with a tremble.
"Your thoughts aren’t very healthy. Why are you running when I’m not even thinking about anything? Are you thinking about scenes not suitable for the eyes of children?" Qing Shui looked at the blushing lady teasingly.
When a lady like herself blushed, it held a greater charm than a young and shy girl. She glared at Qing Shui, "You’re the one with the unhealthy thoughts. You’re the one whose thoughts are running wild."
"Right, right, I’m the one whose thoughts are running wild. I shouldn’t be thinking about you. But when I look at this bed and then see such a great beauty next to me, can’t I even think about it even though I can’t do anything?" Qing Shui looked at Lady Duanmu, looked at her beautiful flushed red back, her dark and dense eyelashes fluttering like fans and trembling softly.
"Qing Shui…" When Lady Duanmu heard Qing Shui’s words, she called out to him angrily. She knew that Qing Shui was teasing her.
"Alright, alright, I’ll stop." Qing Shui didn’t let go of her hand, but instead grabbed it tightly. He could sense her palpitating heartbeat. It had been a long time since the last time they had been together. For a woman like her, it was as if this was an extramarital affair.
Her husband was long dead and with her gifts, she should long be remarried, but she had refused to do so. Qing Shui didn’t know the reason why. This should be the shackles which the World of the Nine Continents had placed on her. It was very hard for a woman with a traditional mindset to get rid of those shackles.
However, Qing Shui wanted to work hard to help her jump out of the cage she was in. He wanted to let her be happy. Right now, even Duanmu Lingshuang shouldn’t be against her remarrying. After all, there was still a very long life ahead of her and being alone like this was a very painful thing.
"Qing Shui, let go of me!" She looked at Qing Shui who had only grabbed her hand and didn’t do anything improper and said, heaving a sigh of relief in her heart. If he were to force himself on here, there was no way that she could resist. She couldn’t shout out for help either.
Qing Shui didn’t do anything. He knew what the situation was too. If he were to force himself on her, she would definitely disappear and he might never find her again.
He knew that right now, he was at least her best friend, the only person she could rely on. Therefore, Qing Shui was planning to slowly break through her shackles, letting her be truly free.
He shamelessly grabbed her hand for a while more before letting go under her furious gaze. Lady Duanmu, upon seeing his smile, also showed a hint of a warm smile.
After finding Qing Shui a room, the two of them walked out. People were just starting to prepare dinner and the sun had completely set, leaving just a hint of lingering light. It would still take a while before it turned completely dark.
About one-third of the people from Duanmu Clan had left and even a few branches from Duanmu Clan’s main family had left. They were very fast, using a few beast carriages, rumbling as they left.
Toward all this, Lady Duanmu was as if she had neither seen, nor heard anything. She just let them decide if they were to leave or stay. Of course, Qing Shui didn’t feel anything about their departure either. They were the ones to make their own decisions and they could blame no one. People without any persistence tended to be the ones who would miss out on opportunities the most.
Time passed little by little and no one came to look for Lady Duanmu. Those who should leave had already left and the others had either chosen to remain behind or were unable to leave.
It had yet to turn dark, but the light stones had started to light up. It was very bright both in the Duanmu Clan and along the streets outside. There were many people outside Duanmu Clan and the restaurants across the street from the Duanmu Clan were all filled with people.
After all, it was very boring to be standing outside, so they filled up the restaurants and inns nearby. There were also people before the clothing shops and roadside stalls. Everyone was waiting for something.
The Lei Clan was not too far away from the Duanmu Clan and they would definitely arrive today. There was no difference whether they were to come at night or in the day, since Duanmu City was a city with a great nightlife and with the moon hanging in the west, the sky was very bright tonight.
Suddenly, Qing Shui looked into the far distance where there were tens of black spots.
"They’re here!" Qing Shui looked toward the distance.
Lady Duanmu didn’t say anything, but she was also looking into the distance. This trial concerned the life and death of the Duanmu Clan and if they could get past this, their future would be very bright. It would all be because of this man next to her.
The Duanmu Clan was also rapidly developing. The reason she could manage the Duanmu Clan was that there were still people who supported her. All these people were the blood siblings, nephews and other relatives of Lady Duanmu’s past husband.
Very soon, the people from the Duanmu Clan all came out. They looked at Lady Duanmu and Qing Shui who were a distance away. Some of them were talking secretly amongst themselves, but they couldn’t hide the worry in their eyes.
Duanmu Lingshuang carried her child and was with some other people together with Hu Yanlin. Qing Shui waved his hand and called out the Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable before he nodded to Duanmu Lingshuang.
The Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable ran near to Duanmu Lingshuang. When Lady Duanmu saw Qing Shui’s actions, she broke into a faint smile. Seeing Qing Shui’s confident look, she also gradually relaxed.
With a wave of his hand, he called out the Fire Bird.
"Madam, let’s go take a look!"
Lady Duanmu stood on the Fire Bird, while Qing Shui walked with his hands behind his back. Each step he took, it was as if he had just appeared in front with a flash. The Fire Bird’s speed wasn’t fast and Qing Shui appeared to be very leisurely too. However, to outsiders, they still seemed to be very fast.
Many people from the Duanmu Clan also went onto their rides and flew into the air, while some others stayed on the ground. The buildings in the area were very far apart and since Qing Shui and the others were very high up, everyone on the ground could see them clearly.
"Look, Lady Duanmu and that young man have headed over."
The moment Qing Shui and Lady Duanmu went into the air, astonished cries could be heard.
"Do you think that the Lei Clan will apologize to the Duanmu Clan?" Someone asked.
"With the group that they’ve brought, do you think that they look like they’re here to apologize?"
Qing Shui and Lady Duanmu came to a stop after proceeding forth for less than 500 meters. They then looked at the people from the Lei Clan who were getting closer.
There were over 20 Snow Eagles, with only two to three people on each of them.
Qing Shui could see them very clearly. There were fifteen old men, probably less than 30 slightly old and middle-aged men and a small group of slightly over ten young men.
"About 80% of Lei Clan’s main fighting force must have come!" Looking at the opponents, Qing Shui thought to himself after sensing their abilities.
The other party came to a stop 200 meters away. Qing Shui smiled. This distance showed the opponent’s abilities. Most people would stand in a spot which was the most advantageous to them and was at the furthest distance they had the greatest confidence to attack from.
The two huge Snow Eagles in the lead were snow white, with only their eyes and claws in black and all other parts of their bodies were white. They looked very handsome and ferocious.
There were a total of four old men on the two Snow Eagles. They stood in pairs, next to each other. Only one of them was wearing a set of purple colored clothes while the others were wearing silver rimmed golden clothes.
"It’s that guy!" An old man at the back said to the old man in the lead.
Qing Shui could hear very clearly. It was the old man he had crippled one of the arms of in the afternoon. He didn’t see the other person and it seemed like he must really have been injured quite badly by the Buddha’s True Eyes.
"You’re the one who has harmed a member of our Lei Clan?" The old man in purple clothes looked at Qing Shui, his voice deep and hoarse.
"You’re not strong, but you put on such airs. You still have a chance to admit your mistake." Qing Shui’s voice was very bright and even the people on the ground could hear him clearly. This time around, Qing Shui was also trying to establish authority. Although he didn’t kill those people in the day, they were practically crippled.
"Did I hear wrongly? So many people from the Lei Clan have come. It seems like they’re here to butcher the Duanmu Clan to establish their authority. This young man is really daring!" Someone on the ground immediately spoke up in astonishment.
"The Duanmu Clan is in danger this time!"
"The Lei Clan is really infuriated. Seems like they aren’t planning to let a single one of them go. In Duanmu City, no one dares to humiliate th Lei Clan. This time around, the Lei Clan must be planning to make an example out of them. I wonder if this young man will be able to withstand it?" an old man sighed and said, looking into the far distance.
"5th Master Song, I heard that this young man managed to cripple a Peak Martial Saint from the Lei Clan in a single move," a man next to the old man who had just spoken, frowned and said.
"Any one of those old men from the Lei Clan would be able to do it. After all, those people were only the weakest ones amongst all Peak Martial Saints." When the old man said this, confidence filled his face, seeming as if he could do the same.
"Young man, you’re talking so shamelessly even though you’re on the verge of death. I don’t care what relationship you have with the Duanmu Clan but all of you will have to die today." The old man looked at Qing Shui. They didn’t really care about who the Duanmu Clan had gotten help from. For the past two years, they already had a very good idea of how strong the Duanmu Clan was and thus, they weren’t worried about Qing Shui at all.
"You’ve made this decision yourself, I hope you don’t regret it!" Qing Shui looked at the old man coldly and spoke in a cold tone.
When the old man heard Qing Shui’s words, he hesitated for that short moment before waving his hand decisively.
"Kill! Don’t leave a single person from the Duanmu Clan alive!"
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AST 959 –Destroying the Clan, Establishing Authority, Forging The Other Thunder God
“Kill! Don’t leave a single person from the Duanmu Clan alive!”
Hearing the old man’s decisive command, Qing Shui no longer had any hesitation. There wasn’t any need to be lenient on the Lei Clan any further. He waved his hand and called out the Five-Headed Demonic Spider, letting it stay on guard next to Lady Duanmu.
He took one step forward and sent out a fierce hit toward the leading old man.
Critical Tiger Attack!
A crisp sound rang out. Even though Qing Shui wasn’t holding the Thunder God, these people were still no match for him. The old man in the lead was only a step away from Martial Emperor and had a strength of 90 stars.
This was the leading and formidable existence in Duanmu City. However, right now, he was up against Qing Shui, a cultivator who could hit out with a strength of close to 2,900 stars. Even without his Thunder God, he would have a strength of close to 500 stars.
Under the amazing effects of the Nine Palace Steps, in a short moment, both of the old man’s arms were crushed. Qing Shui had unleashed a furious attack and if the old man had not worn armor to protect the vital parts of his body, this attack would have been sufficient to claim his life. However, as it was, he was already on the verge of his deathbed.
Many people from the Lei Clan who had noticed this were dumbstruck. They couldn’t believe what had happened right before their eyes. The dominating existence in Duanmu City, the Lei Clan’s clan head had been crippled by a young man in a single move…
Who on earth was this young man?
How strong was he? It seemed that he was very close with Lady Duanmu. If she had such a strong support behind her, why did he only come out now?
Qing Shui knew what he had to do. Flashing as he moved, each time he leaped, one life would be taken. Everything was completed very cleanly. He was like a ghost from hell, appearing elusively in every corner, reaping one life after another, regardless young or old.
Lady Duanmu stared in a daze at Qing Shui’s silhouette. Since when had he become so powerful? In the past, he wasn’t even as strong as her. Although his martial techniques were very strange, his abilities were simply unfathomable. What had he been through in the past few years…
She looked at Qing Shui, then at the huge Five-Headed Demonic Spider which was protecting her. She had read many books and knew a lot about the demonic beasts in this world, including this Five-Headed Demonic Spider before her.
It was a Martial Emperor existence.
Even his demonic beast was at a Martial Emperor level. If he had called this out earlier, then she would not have had to feel worried. This rascal had intentionally wanted her to feel worried, force her to have a bet with him and then ended up losing.
Thinking of how she had to reward him if she lost the bet, her mind went into chaos when she thought of the “reward that doesn’t go that far”. She also felt a little bit of an indescribable joy. It should be related to his victory. From the start, she had only thought of herself losing her bet. It was because this was the only way that they could all keep their lives.
However, now that she knew that she could live, she started panicking over that bet earlier. As her imagination ran wild, her eyes followed Qing Shui. In the time required for a few breaths, there were only three members from the opposing side left. They were three middle-aged men and Qing Shui had even killed over ten of those snow eagles by stomping down on them. The remaining ones had made their escape.
It was only when there was no one left around Qing Shui, that he then brushed his hands together before looking toward Lady Duanmu who was staring at him in a daze.
Lady Duanmu had a problem processing this. It was so simple. What had meant a huge disaster to them, had been easily resolved by him in just a short moment. It was the same as what happened in the afternoon, but this time around he went for the kill each time.
The Lei Clan’s corpses dropped one by one, dropping down on the street of Duanmu City. Each time the people on the ground saw one, they would let out a huge outcry from shock and excitement. Of course, they spent most of the time staring at that figure in the sky who was like a demon. The impact dealt to them was tremendous, both visually and mentally.
“It’s too terrifying. Each of them were killed with a single slash from a blade!”a fatty put his hand to his chest and cried out in astonishment.
“Fatty, where did you see that they were each killed with a single slash from a blade? Is he holding a sabre?”a rough young man next to him asked.
“It’s really scary to be uncivilized. I’m just stating an analogy. It means to kill in a single move.”the fatty grinned and said.
The people from the Duanmu Clan cheered in joy. They had heard what the leading old man shouted earlier. He had wanted to wipe out their entire clan. Some of the more timid ones even broke down crying. When one’s life was being threatened, not many people would be able to keep a calm face. At that time, many women and children from the Duanmu Clan had all cried.
However, what they saw next was the guy breaking through the enemies, killing them one by one, one-sidedly, they couldn’t describe what they felt. They even felt as if they suddenly could see through some things clearly now.
Only when a person was going through a life and death situation would their minds be easily cleansed and their mindsets and stuff would all go through a tremendous change. In the past, many people from the Duanmu Clan felt that Lady Duanmu shouldn’t hog onto the position of being the clan’s head, but now they no longer had the same resentment as before. They suddenly felt that it wasn’t easy for this woman to hold up the entire clan either.
Other than her, there seemed to be no one else in the clan who could take on this heavy responsibility. Many people now felt that they had done great wrongs in the past. Why did they have such a strong bias? Was it only because she was a woman or that she could only be considered an outsider? But everything that she had done was for the Duanmu Clan.
They had seen what she had done for them over the years. Lady Duanmu’s husband had died young and even if she were to remarry, no one would be able to stop her. However, she didn’t do so. It was because it would leave a bad reputation on the Duanmu Clan. She brought up her daughter by herself and still had to plan for the Duanmu Clan’s future.
In this final moment, to keep the clan alive, she stayed back to stand against the Lei Clan. She had always seen herself as a member of the Duanmu Clan. Otherwise, she could have chosen to leave at this point. However, she didn’t do so. Good heartedness is often rewarded and she ended up receiving help.
Qing Shui walked up next to Lady Duanmu. He looked at this woman who was in a daze, not saying a word, but just smiled as he looked at her.
In this moment, she suddenly felt that this guy was very unfamiliar to her. She wasn’t able to process all this and only smiled and said after a very long while, “Let’s go down!”
Putting away his Five-Headed Demonic Spider, the two of them returned back to the Duanmu Clan. There would naturally be people who would deal with those corpses. After they had descended, Qing Shui told Lady Duanmu to lead some people and make their way towards the Lei Clan. Qing Shui didn’t join them. He didn’t wish to be involved in such scenarios. He neither cared for the wealth, nor wanted to get involved with them. He merely let the Five-Headed Demonic Spider go along with them.
“Since the Lei Clan wanted to make an example out of the Duanmu Clan to establish their authority, then let the Duanmu Clan be the one to establish their authority this time around!”Looking at the sky, Qing Shui headed to his room. Everything had ended and thus the effect he had wanted had been attained.
Lady Duanmu led the people from the Duanmu Clan. This time around, she could clearly sense their changes. In the past, she had always felt hatred or other gazes, as if someone was staring at her from the back with vicious glares, giving her an uncomfortable feeling.
However, this time around, she realized that there were more feelings of understanding in their gazes and she broke into a faint smile. However, she thought of that increasingly daring little guy or rather, he was already now a matured man.
The Lei Clan was a powerful clan and had gotten their hands on quite a number of properties and benefits for the past two years. Their clan and properties were both very big and they were very wealthy. This time around, the Duanmu Clan could also get their hands on quite a considerable amount of wealth through them. This would allow the Duanmu Clan’s development to be even faster and they would become an unmovable presence in Duanmu City in the future. Those who wished to lay their hands on the Duanmu Clan would need to give consideration to that guy’s abilities. Since he could wipe out the Lei Clan for Lady Duanmu, then he could do the same to other people.
After having cleared up the remnants from the Lei Clan, Qing Shui no longer had any worries. With the Five-Headed Demonic Spider and Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable joining them, there wouldn’t be any accidents. It would be useless no matter how many old-good-for-nothings they had in the Lei Clan. They were no match for the Five-Headed Demonic Spider.
Qing Shui had entered Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. It was about time.
After some cultivation, he spent some time on refining medicinal pills. The alchemy recipe for the Violet Qi Pellet would be coming out very soon and he had some anticipation for it. The increase in his experience was very slow.
He looked at the other Thunder God which he had put aside for a very long time. Back then, he had gotten his hands on two of them. The effects of using both Thunder Gods were the same as when he used just one of it, thus Qing Shui had always been using just one of them.
Therefore, he decided to give one to Hu Yanlin now. After all, it was impossible for him to forge this one into another Violet Star Thunder God. He didn’t have the Violet Star Stone as a material and Qing Shui had no plans to use two hammers.
The feeling of forging the hammer was still alright, after all, Qing Shui had been practicing his Art of Forging. However, Qing Shui didn’t go overboard with the materials used for fear that the effects of the hammer would be too strong and Hu Yanlin might end up not being able to use it.
Another thing was that Hu Yanlin would be breaking through to the Martial Saint realm soon, as long as he could completely control the Qi in his body. Qing Shui had also prepared some Five Elements Fruits for him. The reason Qing Shui helped him so much was that he felt that he was quite a nice person, but most importantly it was for Lady Duanmu.
He was the husband of Lady Duanmu’s daughter and Lady Duanmu’s greatest wish was for her daughter to have a happy and blissful life. This was why Qing Shui was helping him like this.
There weren’t many changes to how the Thunder God looked. Only higher level techniques and the Qi of Ancient Strengthening Technique was used in the forging. He used the Penta Color Art of Forging and after a half day, the Thunder God shone in a bright glow.
He had succeeded!
Qing Shui didn’t feel much joy, but he used his Heavenly Vision Technique on this brand new Thunder God.
Thunder God, could increase the user’s strength by twofold and increase one’s attacking speed by 5%.
It wasn't bad. It also increased one’s speed by 5%.
Qing Shui waved it for a short while and then put it down. He then looked at the Big Dipper Sword and the materials were complete too. However, he continued to suppress his urge to forge the Big Dipper Sword right now. He thought of waiting for a while until his Penta-Colored Art of Forging has stabilized before forging it. After all, there was still the wolf fang which was hard to come by. He was afraid of wasting ingredients and there would be nothing he could do if they were to go to waste.
He then continued with his cultivation, forging, alchemy, Talisman drawing, drawing the Hundred Forms of the Tiger…
In the middle, Qing Shui came out twice. He saw that everything in the Duanmu Clan was normal, with sounds of happiness spreading through the house. Lady Duanmu had even come to his room twice and left when she saw that it was dark inside.
The next day, Qing Shui woke up early and headed for the backyard. Before he reached the backyard, he could hear the sounds of a person practicing fist techniques. When he saw Hu Yanlin, he was stunned.
He had made such progress in a day. The progress Qing Shui was referring to was the suppressing of the violent aura in his body. Right now, the Qi in his body was slowly calming down.
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