Ancient Strengthening Technique Chapter 1006-1008
AST 1006 – Grade Three Shield Attack, Breakthrough, Liu-Li's Decision
Knowing contentment should be an attitude. It was necessary to be content but one should also continue striving to be better. These two things shouldn't contradict each other.
Qing Shui was having a random thought and began to worry again. Maybe he should talk to Liu-Li about her problem.
Huoyun Liu-Li knew she wasn't her parents' biological daughter. Qing Shui had first found out about it from her. However, he was told by Huoyun Liu-Li's own foster father at the Firecloud Blacksmith Store about her relation with the Demon Gate. He had also told him that if he was capable in the future, he should bring Huoyun Liu-Li to visit the Demon Gate.
Qing Shui knew that if there was even the slightest possibility, no one would abandon their own flesh and blood. Just like his mother and Qing Qing back then. If there was even the slightest possibility, she wouldn't have allowed Qing Qing to be taken away.
Qing Shui carried Qing Yu to look for Huoyun Liu-Li after lunch. In the room, he saw Liu-Li standing by the window as she stared blankly outside. It seemed that she didn't even realize that Qing Shui had entered the room.
Qing Yu called out cheerfully. Huoyun Liu-Li turned around and looked at the fair skinned little lass. Feeling loved and content, she held up her daughter who came running towards her. Her mind was much clearer within a split second.
Even though she was an abandoned child by her parents, her foster parents had treated her as their own. She was as precious as the pearl in their palm to them. But ever since she discovered her identity, there was always this little bit of distance between them.
She knew that even if her birth parents had shown up, she would still be her foster parents' daughter. This would never change. However, she would also constantly thought of her own birth parents. It wasn't because she was missing them but she merely wanted to know why they given birth to her only to abandon her later.
Her foster parents had told her before and she had guessed it before too. They must had abandoned her because they had no alternatives. Hence, she only wanted to know the reason. Furthermore, her foster parents had also told her that her parents had probably done this out of helplessness.
Over so many years, she didn't know what to feel either. She wished to see them. Yet at the same time, she hated them a little. Perhaps she also kind of wanted to meet them.
But she didn't have the slightest clue except for the Jade Pendant that was hanging around her neck. Her name, Huoyun Liu-Li, was carved on it. Apart from that, there was no other clue. She could only sigh.
She was thinking about all this earlier until Qing Shui and her daughter interrupted her deep thoughts. Her heart calmed down after she saw her daughter. At the same time, she had also understood many things after she had become a mother herself.
Especially the joy in her daughter's eyes and her clinginess when she entered the room and saw her. It made her unconsciously think of her birth parents. Could it be that they were really left with no choices? Were they still alive? Were they doing well?
All these thoughts flashed across Huoyun Liu-Li's mind very quickly while she was playing with her daughter. Qing Shui sat next to them, smiling while watching them.
Women with daughters would become stronger. The power of motherhood was enormous, especially on their hearts. So, Qing Shui felt that it was the right time to talk to her.
"Liu-Li! There's actually something that you should know. So, I want to know your thoughts on this." Qing Shui smiled as he tried his best to say it in a light tone.
"What is it? There is nothing that we can't say to each other." Huoyun Liu-Li smiled and looked at Qing Shui.
"Do you wish to know your parents' whereabouts or their information?" Qing Shui said while he picked up the little lass who was crawling over into his arms.
Huoyun Liu-Li couldn't help but tremble but she didn't speak. Only after a long pause, she sighed and said, "Since they have abandoned me, I have nothing to do with them anymore. I don't want to break my current parents' hearts anymore. In my heart, they are my only real parents."
Qing Shui looked at Houyun Liu-Li. He approved of her way of thinking. Bearing a child wasn't easy. Raising a child for so many years wasn't any easier either. But sometimes things could be very frustrating, just like Qing Qing and his mother. If Qing Qing could never bring herself to forgive his mother, his mother would be devastated. His mother was also helpless. For the sake of Qing Clan and herself, she had to do what she had done back then. Even if she hadn't done that, the outcome wouldn't be any different, it could even be worse.
Therefore, Qing Shui had been working hard since he was young. He was determined to bring Qing Qing back and compensate her. He would do anything for her as long as she liked it.
"Did you know how I have found out all this?" Qing Shui smiled at her.
"Foster father told you!" Huoyun Liu-Li exclaimed in shock.
"He is a respectable man. Since he had told you all this, he has no intention of hiding anything from you. He didn't tell you all this while because there is no point in telling you. It will only add on to your worries. He has a coarse appearance but a gentle heart. Liu-Li, you are very lucky to have met him."
"Father treated me very well. He may be an ordinary blacksmith but he is the greatest father," Huoyun Liu-Li said happily while thinking about it.
"That's right. The first time I went there, he told me to bring you to look for your parents if I am capable in the future." Qing Shui looked at Huoyun Liu-Li. He really wanted to know her opinion.
"I have no intention of acknowledging them." Huoyun Liu-Li thought for a while before she spoke.
"What if they had no choice but to abandon you back then and are actually suffering right now?" Qing Shui asked with a smile.
Huoyun Liu-Li was taken aback as she looked at Qing Shui expressionlessly.
She had thought of many things. She had experienced a lot from some of Qing Clan's affairs. She realized that she couldn't calm down now after hearing Qing Shui's words. No matter what, they were still her parents. Furthermore, this was her foster parents' intention. They had never hidden anything from her since the beginning. It had been their wish to reunite her with them.
Besides, it wouldn't make a difference whether they were reunited or not. She would still forever be their daughter. Just like their own flesh and blood.
"Liu-Li! I am now capable. So, think about it. Your foster father wishes for you to reunite with them. If you have made up your mind, I'll bring you to investigate it." Qing Shui smiled. Since it had been so many years, nobody was clear of the exact situation.
Qing Shui carried Qing Yu and walked out of the room. He wanted to give Huoyun Liu-Li some time to think. If she gave it thorough consideration, he would be supportive of her decision. If she had decided to leave things as they were and didn't wish to know anything, then Qing Shui wouldn't go. Either way, it would be fine as long as she was happy. However, Qing Shui had a hunch that she would go.
Besides, it wasn't like they would be going now. It would have to wait for at least half a year later. He had come up with many possibilities. For instance, Liu-Li's parents were members of the Demon Gate. Or perhaps the enemies of the Demon Gate……
Since Liu-Li's foster father had asked him to pay a visit to the Demon Gate, then there must be clues at the Demon Gate. The keepsake ought to be the jade pendant around Huoyun Liu-Li's neck.
But going to either Demon Gate or Lion King’s Ridge would require strength as a support. Qing Shui hoped that the Spirited Snake Turtle's strength would raise a little over this period of time. In addition, his strength, formation, talisman drawing as well as his techniques had to be upgraded as well.
For strength that exceeded 10,000 stars, 10% of that strength after deducting 5,000 stars was the strength that could break the rules of Heaven and Earth. Hence, Qing Shui only had to increase his strength slightly more and he would have sufficient strength to exhibit a little more. If he increased his strength by ten stars, he would be able to exhibit an additional strength of one star.
Qing Shui's idea was to be able to exhibit the strength of 7,000 stars, the Nine Palace Steps formation and so on, as soon as possible. He wasn't sure if he could defeat anyone with a strength of 10,000 stars. In order for the people in the five continents to exhibit strength of 10,000 stars, they would need to have a strength of nearly 60,000 stars.
Qing Shui grew confident when he thought up to this point. He had a feeling that there shouldn't be many people with a strength of 60,000 stars running around in the four other continents. He wouldn't be too afraid if he came face to face with a strong opponent. He felt that the Marrow Nibbling Golden Silkworm in the Central Palace Blood Essence Pool was still his biggest trump card.
Ever since his strength had improved tremendously and especially after he had ingested the Violet Qi Pellet and Hallow Fruit, the strength of Marrow Nibbling Golden Silkworm had also developed rapidly. It had upgraded by directly swallowing Qing Shui's blood essence. The speed had naturally became indescribably fast. The stronger Qing Shui was, the stronger his blood essence would be.
About half a year's time would be sufficient!
Qing Shui had taught his family the Four Phases Formation and Ten Paramitas Formation. They would spare some time to practice them daily. When Qing Shui was in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal, he would also cultivate intensively.
The Bear Form, the Crane Form……
The Back Connecting Fist! Qing Shui was once again cultivating intensively in Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. He wasn't sure what realm it had attained by now. Just like the Tiger Form which had long exceeded the Grand Perfection Stage.
The Back Connecting Fist was already at the Grand Perfection Stage since long ago. He had basically cleared up all the acupoints from his back to his arms. The image of the Ape King and his punching moves in the middle of Sky Penetrating Mountains kept appearing in his mind.
Qing Shui had been imitating it lately. The acupoints that he had cleared had increased his strength by quite a bit. Most importantly, those major acupoints that had been cleared had brought him benefits. The strength that had been increased would be too little if he was just relying on the clearing of the acupoints.
It was cleared!
Before Qing Shui even had the time to feel happy, his Shield Attack technique had automatically activated itself. It went along the course and directly cleared up a few branches of meridians along the way.
So this worked too!
Grade Three Shield Attack!
All this while, Qing Shui had always thought that the Shield Attack technique only had two levels because it hadn't levelled up for a very long time. Little did he expect it to be upgraded to Grade Three now. This was in fact great news.
The Shield Attack had a powerful knockback effect. There was a definite chance of knocking back an opponent. The Shield Attack symbolized justice as well. Hence, it could be used together with the Nature Energy and also the State of Immovable as Mountains. It was also immensely helpful on techniques' breakthrough, poison immunity and so on.
Grade Three Shield Attack! Compared to Grade Two, it seemed to have raised physical strength by another 10%. That would be more than 40 stars, which was enough. Qing Shi knew that its potential effect was immense.
This could be considered a pleasant surprise. Qing Shui was very fond of the feeling when using Shield Attack. Being knocked back during a battle was also a type of sudden outburst situation. That was a time when he could seize the opportunity to kill.
The chances of knockback during grade two was very slim, so Qing Shui didn't even take the Shield Attack seriously since it seldom occurred. Hopefully it would appear more frequently in grade three.
In the period of one month, Canghai Mingyue and Di Qing had broken through within three days of each other. Their strengths were about the same as Yiye Jiange. Qing Shui gave them the weapons he had forged.
Furthermore, Qing Shui had also forged battle armor and battle skirts during this period of time. They were made out of Golden-Back Giant Crocodile Emperor's skin on its back and he was quite satisfied with the abilities of his forging.
Physical and magical defense increased overall defense by 50 percent. The defense could only be increased by 2,500 stars at maximum!
Battle boots, increases speed by 50 percent!
There was a restriction now!
This immediately increased the women's initial basic defense by half, reaching to approximately 4,500 stars. The Pentacolor Rainbow Art of Forging's most important factor was the strong materials. It should be known that only a small piece of the Golden-Back Giant Crocodile Emperor's skin had fallen off under Qing Shui's all out attack. This shown how strong its defense was.
Huoyun Liu-Li's affair had also been decided. She had decided to go to the Demon Gate. The time had been set as well. They had to be prepared to go four months later. This time, it was necessary for Qing Shui to be well prepared.
In the next two years, not only did they need to go to the Demon Gate but also Lion King’s Ridge and the Ancient Ruins. Then, he had to go to the other four continents to look for Di Chen……
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AST 1007 – Huoyun Liu-Li’s Background, No Room for Conciliation?
Time passed by very slowly. Huoyun Liu-Li was already decided and Qing Shui was thinking about how he should be heading for Demon Gate. Should he be heading there alone with Huoyun Liu-Li or should he be bringing along Qing Yu and the others?
Qing Shui found it hard to come to a decision but eventually, he decided to discuss it with Huoyun Liu-Li. This was primarily because Qing Yu was still too young but Huoyun Liu-Li wouldn’t be able to part with her for an extended period of time and would also be afraid that the lass would cry badly when she was left behind.
Although Qing Shui had headed to Huoyun Liu-Li’s place to look for her, he knew what her decision will be. If there was any danger, she would definitely not let the lass follow them. However, she’d definitely not be assured to leave her here.
After giving it some thought, Qing Shui still felt that it was better to bring one more person along. At least at the crucial moment, the person would be able to help him.
Luan Luan was quite strong now. And most importantly, she had many powerful demonic beasts, she had made great progress during this time and there was also the Four Phases Formation.
Qing Shui thought of her ten Earth Devouring Mice. Although they were also considered spiritual beasts, they were considered low grade ones. However, Qing Shui planned to bring the strongest one of them all into Martial Emperor. It should be manageable if there weren’t any accidents.
He couldn’t do anything about the rest since the gap was still far too big.
As long as the Earth Devouring Mouse could become a Martial Emperor, with the Hallow Pill, it would become a terrifying existence and would also be able to bring about a great impact, even if there was only just one.
“Qing Shui, if anything were to really happen, are you confident in handling it? I can’t bear to leave our daughter behind but yet don’t wish to get her involved in danger,” Huoyun Liu-Li frowned and said.
Qing Shui knew that this would be the case and thus could only smile and say, “Let’s bring the lass along, it’ll be fine. We’ll get Luan Luan to go with us and on that day, we’ll leave the lass with Luan Luan.”
“Alright!” Huoyun Liu-Li hesitated a little before agreeing.
Right now, Qing Clan’s cultivation was getting on track. Two months later, Mingyue Gelou attained a breakthrough. The ladies’ cultivations were originally about the same level and even if there weren’t any Hallow Pills, Qing Shui would also think of ways to bring them up to early Martial Emperor. By rights, from early Martial Emperor onward, the rate of improvement to one’s cultivation would become slower but the rate of power gained would be much faster.
Qing Shui did some more work on Mingyue Gelou’s Skywolf Claw, reforging it with more materials. It was now about the same level as the others’ weapons and she also took two Hallow Pills and Violet Qi Pellets
Qing Shui also took the time to refine two rounds of the Violet Qi Pellets. He still had a few Purple Qi Star Grass and they were growing in the realm’s pond which was now much bigger than before.
During alchemy, Qing Shui would add in quite a number of other valuable ingredients, including Crystal Physique Cards. Even so, the Violet Qi Pellets would only increase one’s strength by 30 stars at most and then the Hallow Pills would further increase one’s physical strength by 100 stars each. If he hadn’t added those additional ingredients, he didn’t know what the effects would be like.
He couldn’t help but think of Di Chen. She had the ability to head for the other four continents, which meant that her abilities should be very powerful. Qing Shui felt that she hadn’t merely exceeded a strength of 5,000 stars but had probably reached a terrifying stage. He thought of the Heartmatched Fruit which he had gotten his hands on. Was this thing really useful?
There was also Wenren Wu-shuang. Qing Shui hadn’t been able to put her out of his mind but yet he wasn’t able to find time to go and look for her. Qing Shui felt that she should have gone to see her elder sister to take her mind off things. He hoped that she would be able to come back soon.
This was just Qing Shui’s guess. He was going to wait for a little while more. If it didn’t work out, he would head to Hundred Miles City to take a look. It was hard to find a person in this world, even for an influential faction. No one had that wide a reach.
There was still some time and Qing Clan let the members of Qing Clan stay at home to cultivate. There would be no changes to the plan and Qing Shui would head out with Luan Luan toward Hundred Miles City. Firstly, it was to see if Wenren Wu-shuang was there and secondly, it was to prepare to enter the Giant Beasts Mountains.
Luan Luan had attained a breakthrough to Martial Emperor and could now tame powerful Demonic Beasts. Qing Shui was also preparing to refine demons and increase the abilities of his demonic beasts. He also wanted to become stronger in preparation for the trip to Demonic Beast Mountains.
Luan Luan was Qing Shui’s daughter and thus the two of them could also use the Nine Continents Steps. This increased their travel speed by a lot. Moreover, the Fire Bird had become much stronger and faster than before.
Luan Luan had a strong reliance on this father of hers. Even after she knew of her own background and felt a little distant from him, she still treated him as her father, the person closest to her. This was something that would never change. Moreover, it seemed certain that her aunt would get together with her father. It was just a matter of time.
Hundred Miles City!
Qing Clan felt very emotional to be coming here again. He went straight to Wenren Wugou’s tomb to take a look but didn’t see the familiar figure. He went to Shi Clan and Yu Clan to take a look before heading to Firecloud Blacksmith Store.
After the couple from Firecloud Blacksmith Store took the Xiantian Golden Pellets Qing Shui gave them, they were now both Xiantian cultivators. With Shi Clan, Yu Clan and Xiang Clan around, as well as the fact that Xiantian cultivators were considered a powerful existence in Hundred Miles City, the blacksmith store didn’t have many enemies.
Qing Shui and Luan Luan finally entered the Firecloud Blacksmith Store. This time, they just wanted to learn more information about Liu-Li’s parents.
Upon entering, they saw Liu-Li’s foster father. The burly built and straightforward man was explaining weapons to someone.
“Qing Shui, you’ve come. This is?” The burly man happily apologized to the other guy and walked over.
“Uncle, this is my daughter Luan Luan.”
The man warmly brought Qing Shui and Luan Luan to the backyard, leaving the blacksmith store to his disciple. The man smiled and asked, “Is Liu-Li still well?”
“She’s well. Uncle, Liu-Li and I now have a daughter. We’ll bring her to see you next time,” Qing Shui smiled and said as they walked.
“Alright, alright. As long as Liu-Li is happy, we’re happy.”
They arrived at the backyard and saw that amiable looking lady standing not far away. She had heard their conversation earlier and walked over happily when she saw Qing Shui.
“You have a child with the lass!” There was an indescribable surprise in her eyes.
“Aunty, we now have a daughter who is about two years old. She’s very playful and intelligent.” Qing Shui was also very happy at the mention of Qing Yu.
After a short chat, Liu-Li’s foster mother went to cook. Qing Shui hesitated for a moment before asking the straightforward looking man, smiling, “Uncle, soon I’ll be bringing Liu-Li to Demon Gate. The reason I’m here today is because I hope to get some news about Liu-Li’s parents.”
When the guy heard Qing Shui’s words, he was first surprised. After looking at Qing Shui for very long, she spoke, “You have the confidence now?”
“I have!” Qing Shui replied firmly.
“If you really have the confidence, then I’ll tell you!” the man paused for a long time, as if he had made a huge resolution.
Qing Shui didn’t say a word but quietly listened.
“Liu-Li’s father is Buddha Sect’s Huoyun Peng. He is the important fifth son of the Buddha Sect’s sovereign while Liu-Li’s mother, Mo Hongluo, was the daughter to Demon Gate’s sovereign. Buddha Sect and Demon Gate are archrivals but the two of them developed feelings for each other and even had Liu-Li. Their relationship was known by Buddha Sect and Demon Gate and thus they had no choice but to hand their child to me, an ordinary man. They were only thinking of looking for an ordinary family but for some reason, decided on me even though this place is extremely far from the Central Continent. This might be an affinity between me and Liu-Li.”
When Qing Shui heard the man’s words, he was surprised. To think that something like this had happened. He didn’t say a word since he knew that the man was going to continue.
“Buddha Sect and Demon Gate are on bad terms with each other and neither party can do anything to each other. They won’t forcibly go to war either, since other people could easily take advantage of the situation if that were to happen. However, there was no way that they would let Liu-Li’s parents be together since the two clans were enemies. Huoyun Peng and Mo Hongluo knew that this daughter of theirs must not be known by Buddha Sect or Demon Gate since neither party would allow her to continue to live.”
It was only now that Qing Shui realized that this man, who wasn’t very strong, was actually very intelligent.
“Huoyun Peng and Mo Hongluo each returned to their sects and it was said that they were grounded. However, the two of them made several attempts to meet and were eventually imprisoned. Therefore, Qing Shui, you can’t be rash. Right now, you and Liu-Li have a daughter. I know that the lass must be very happy now, so you can’t be rash. Buddha Sect and Demon Gate will definitely not give in on this matter. The problem here is that Buddha Sect and Demon Gate are enemies and there’s no way that they would be able to come to a conciliation. It’s extremely difficult to let Liu-Li’s parents be together.” The man couldn’t help but let out a sigh.
Qing Shui fell silent too. Earlier, he thought this matter only concerned Demon Gate but hadn’t expected that it also involved a sect which was the one with the deepest roots in Central Continent.
Since he was going to face them, he would have to get stronger first. When one was strong enough, there was nothing that couldn’t be resolved. At most, he could just take the two of them away and beat up whoever was in their way. As he thought of this, Qing Shui felt that it was actually no big deal.
Things were easier said than done. He didn’t really know how strong Demon Gate and Buddha Sect actually were. There was still some time and Qing Shui planned to make good use of the time he had.
Qing Shui and Luan Luan didn’t stop in Firecloud Blacksmith Store for long. They then flew toward the Giant Beasts Mountains.
Hundred Miles City was very close to Qing Village and Giant Beasts Mountains was slightly to the southwest of Qing Village. It was neither near nor was it far. It took only two hours when the Fire Bird flew at rapid speed.
It was a pity that he had used up his Nine Continents Steps for the day. Otherwise, they could just use it!
Qing Shui felt that the Giant Beasts Mountains seemed to be even more dangerous than the Sky Penetrating Mountains. It was on the west of the Greencloud Continent. The Spiritual Qi in Greencloud Continent was the weakest amongst all continents and many people believed that Giant Beasts Mountains was very dangerous. However, there probably weren’t as many treasures as the Sky Penetrating Mountains. Therefore, no one was willing to enter the area since they couldn’t get much good out of it.
No matter how great the danger, the borders were relatively safe in comparison. The villages in the area would hunt for a living and although there might be accidents at times, the mountains were still a source of income for these people.
At the start, Qing Shui and Luan Luan travelled very quickly. When they exceeded the 1,000 li mark, demonic beasts with the strength of about 2,000 stars started to appear. Qing Shui now felt that this world was very strange. The demonic beasts in these dangerous areas would tend not to leave their own territories. However, he thought of how there were also some people who weren’t willing to live in the city or country they had been living in and from there, he seemed to have understood some things.
The reason Qing Shui had brought Luan Luan here was not only for her to tame demonic beasts but also for her to get some training and battle experience.
Luan Luan had great talent and could now, albeit barely, reach the level of the Four Phases Steps. However, her progress had slowed down, Qing Shui taught her the Four Phases Formation, Nine Palace Eight Trigrams Formation and other things. She was now considered to be quite familiar with them.
Formations were also segregated into many tiers and it wasn’t hard to learn them at the lower tiers. However, each time the formation leveled up, it would be as if tremendous changes had been introduced. With regard to formations, the hardest thing to improve was the application and flexibility, which was the increase in mastery.
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AST 1008 – Giant Beasts Mountains, Refining Demons, Cultivating, Horrifying Berserk Dragon
Qing Shui and Luan Luan were wandering around the Giant Beasts Mountains randomly, their goal was to find a suitable beast to battle. The battle could be for Luan Luan or Qing Shui depending on the suitability and strength of the beast. If it was not fitting for either of them, they would leave or run away. Since it was the Giant Beasts Mountains, anything could appear.
After killing the beast, Qing Shui would cast Refining Demons immediately. Refining Demons was best when the body temperature of the demon was still warm since it created a higher probability of gaining the Demonic Beast Origin Essence Soul Pearl.
Setting a formation was for the safety of the two of them and battling was for gaining real combat experience. Combat was the best way to raise one's strength, thus Qing Shui and Luan Luan passed each day in battles.
Refining Demons after the battle is over produced mostly Crystal Cards and other items. These items could increase attack by 20% or speed and whatnot. The effects were decent since these Crystal Cards were produced from beasts at strength of two thousand stars. Up until this point, no Demonic Beast Origin Essence Soul Pearl had been produced.
This was also normal. Demonic Beast Origin Essence Soul Pearl was a very rare item that was a condensed form of Essence gathered within the beast's body. It could only be used by beasts; thus, it was a favourite item amongst Beast Tamers and those who own beasts.
In one day's time, Luan Luan had become excited. She could clearly feel the growth in herself. It was not a change in strength but rather in her lethality. It was like a person who had been cutting with the back of the knife but suddenly allowing them slice with the blade. Using the same strength but the feeling would be very different.
Luan Luan was feeling this right now. It was a realm that could allow one to use their strength like a blade, she seemed to have touched the threshold. Every day she was developing and Qing Shui was a witness to her growth. If it was not a matter of life and death, he would not aid her, even if she was injured.
He did not want Luan Luan to develop a habit where she would never experience death and expect that each time there was danger, Qing Shui would immediately appear in front of her. The result of this habit would be fatal for her in the future.
The days went by.
It could be said that Luan Luan had gotten injured every day but Qing Shui would only heal her injuries after her battles were done. Luan Luan was excited, the fire in her eyes was like the flames of war.
Qing Shui would also battle but the times he battled were far fewer than Luan Luan. Most of his time was spent on Refining Beasts. From the second day onwards, Qing Shui had almost gotten one Demonic Beast Origin Essence Soul Pearl every two days. If he had better luck, he would get one a day. One of those days, he had gotten three, which made him overcome with joy.
All the beasts they were fighting had strength between 2000 to 6000 stars. Anything above four thousand stars would be handled by Qing Shui, the others were dealt with by Luan Luan and her beasts.
Demonic Beast Origin Essence Soul Pearl from beasts that were 2000 stars in strength had a chance to raise a beast's strength by 20 stars. Crystal cards could buff the original strength by 20%. It can only be used with one attribute, like power, speed, penetration or poison… … 3000 stars would receive a buff of about 30 stars and so on… Demonic Beast Origin Essence Soul Pearl was also restricted in the amount that could be consumed. Consumption of Demonic Beast Origin Essence Soul Pearl was restricted to two per stage.
At the same time, Qing Shui released his own beasts to form the Four Symbols Formation for battle. To train his own strength while battling was not only effective for
Qing Shui and Luan Luan brought the beasts to Giant Beasts Mountains to begin a difficult slaughter. At the same time, they also gathered materials and rare objects from the beasts. In addition, Qing Shui had the ridiculous Realm of Violet Jade Immortal. Compared to the Interspatial Silk Sachet, the difference was like heaven and earth.
Qing Shui used up beast material at a terrifying speed. Using them for Drawing, Talisman Drawing, Refining Beasts, Formation Flags for setting formations, etc… … Even for making bone soup he would use the best Beast Bones.
Demonic beast's cores were Fire Bird and Demonic Spider's favourite food…
As everyone concentrated on certain things, time went by quickly. Demonic Beast Origin Essence Soul Pearl produced from Refining Demons was fed to suitable beasts immediately. In the subsequent battle, it would be digested quickly, which would better allow them to absorb the benefits.
After forty days, Qing Shui could see a beast in the distance, a giant, Berserk Dragon!
Berserk Dragon was not a dragon, it was closer to a Jiao or Earth Dragon Beast. The Blood of Dragons ran through its veins.
But the Berserk Dragon in front of them was clearly stronger than any Earth Dragon Beast or Golden Jiao King. Even the Golden-Back Giant Crocodile Emperor could not compare.
Berserk Dragon had the head of a Jiao, body of a lion, tail of a snake and a giant body that had a length of two hundred meters when measured with its tail. When it came to its giant tail, it looked like a giant python. Its body was tall and sturdy like a small mountain. Its Jiao head puffed out a breath that was three meters long. Its two eyes were the size of two giant water jars, it was as bright as two giant fireballs.
Its entire body let off a violent energy, its giant tail continuously twisted and turned. Its movement had a rhythm that could not be described with words. The scales on its body let off a light violet aura, like battle armor similar to that of the giant metal beast.
Qing Shui and Luan Luan were both wearing Battle Armor and Battle Dress made from the hide on the back of the Golden-Back Giant Crocodile Emperor. Qing Shui did not dare be careless now. Qing Shui felt that this beast could release a power that was not less than ten thousand stars in strength.
Formidable. Qing Shui let Luan Luan watch from the distance, then set the Nine Palace Eight Trigrams Formation. If the situation changed, he would make Luan Luan go inside the formation. He slowly allowed the Berserk Dragon to approach.
At this time, Qing Shui had only used Demonic Beast Origin Essence Soul Pearl to raise the strength of Thunderous Beast and Diamond Gigantic Elephant. Since Thunderous Beast had only been at ten stars, he spent the extra effort to finally get it to 25 stars. Its strength was too weak, Qing Shui did not dare feed it the Demonic Beast Origin Essence Soul Pearls that were too powerful.
Upon reaching 20 stars, Violet Thunder Protection leveled up. It increased from the original doubling in strength to tripling. Until it reached 25 stars, Qing Shui finally let out a breath of relief. He directly fed the Thunderous Beast two Hallow Pills. Violet Thunder Protection immediately powered up to now having quintuple effect on strength. Each Hallow Pill had powered up Violet Thunder Protection once.
Thunderous Beast could become so formidable, Qing Shui was not overly surprised. Even if Thunderous Beast was not a mythical existence, it was still a scary existence because of its ability to crowd control.
Thunderous Beast's strength was already 225 stars!
Violet Thunder Protection: The Thunderous Beast's unique ability that activates automatically to quintuple its strength with zero energy consumption. When the Thunderous Beast is under physical attack, it has a chance to paralyze the enemy. At the same time, it can reduce the enemy's attack by 20%.
"Not bad, to reduce an enemy's attack power by 20%. It was still a reactive technique but with zero energy consumption, the stronger it gets the more powerful it becomes."
Thunderbolt: A thunder attack emitted from the beast's core, with an 800 meter attack range. The attack causes a slight Paralysis effect as well as Deceleration and Reaction Delay debuffs. These effects are stackable.
The range increased by 300 meters from the last power up, this was also normal. Formidable beasts were all like small mountains that could been seen clearly from several thousand meters out.
Violet Lightning Strike: Harnesses the core's power and releases a powerful lightning strike to disable the opponent. It has a one hundred percent chance to paralyze the enemy, with the length of the paralysis depending on the opponent's abilities. This skill can only be used every twenty four hours.
Lightning Recovery: The Thunderous Beast grew up in the Golden Buddha Aura Lotus, harnessing an extremely powerful self-recovery ability. Using Lightning Recovery, the Thunderous Beast can immediately heal 70% of the injuries on its body. Its natural restoration speed will also increase by tenfold for an hour. After two uses, the cool down time will be two hours.
Thunderous Beast was a control type, its attack power was not comparable to those of the same level. However, it could restrict the movement of an opponent. If it was paired with another beast or a martial artist, it would lead to better results which could even overturn a dire situation.
This time the haul was decent but was barely enough. A beating that had to be endured. However, Diamond Gigantic Elephant had raised its original strength of 230 stars to 300 stars.
Risen by 70 stars already. Qing Shui had the Origin Essence Soul Pearl that could raise its strength by another 60 stars but using it on the Diamond Gigantic Elephant was too dangerous. Thus, it should only be used on beasts with at least 2000 stars' strength. He would have to save the higher-level ones for later use.
Diamond Gigantic Elephant's increase in strength could benefit Qing Shui in many ways. Unfortunately, Diamond Gigantic Elephant's buff increased from 10% to 20% and would not increase by much anymore.
Qing Shui had always wanted the Diamond Gigantic Elephant's strength to increase, since it provided him with many benefits. The other one he wanted to rise in strength was the Spirited Snake Turtle.
In between, he had allowed the Spirited Snake Turtle to increase in strength by 40 stars. Rising in strength required time. Beasts eating pills or other items required a bit of transition time.
Right now, the Spirited Snake Turtle's strength had already reached 340 stars. After a while, the Spirited Snake Turtle had only reached 1360 stars of strength, Qing Shui still wanted to raise its strength. He wished that Area Dominance could power up once more. This would provide additional assurance to Qing Shui.
To raise his strength to its peak, seeing the Berserk Dragon in the distance, Qing Shui thought about battling the Berserk Dragon as a challenge to himself. The beasts here were not as strong as the Seven-headed Scarlet Serpent from the Sacred Land of Panacea. That area was not limited by any restrictions but this area was restricted.
Qing Shui used the skill that came from the Spirited Snake Turtle at the peak of his strength, at the same time, he cast the Descending Heavens Talisman towards the Berserk Dragon.
Five hundred fifty!
Descending Heavens Talisman had directly debuffed its strength by 550 stars.
Eleven thousand stars in strength!
If the Berserk Dragon's strength was not bound by the laws of heaven and earth, had it been in the other four continents or Sacred Land of Panacea, its strength would have been 65000 stars.
A huge roar that shook the core of people's souls. Two huge eyes locked onto Qing Shui. With a body like that of a small hill, its movement was strangely coordinated. Once it began to move, it became as vigorous as a soaring dragon and as active as a leaping tiger. Its huge tail swept over.
Nine Palace Steps!
Qing Shui did not dare be careless, he immediately used his trump card.
Directly resulting in a debuff of two thousand two hundred stars.
Berserk Dragon Beast still had the strength of 8200 stars remaining!
His heart felt a bit more at ease, at least right now there was a chance to fight back. Although Qing Shui's strength was just under 7000 stars, he still had Nine Palace Steps. More importantly, his Big Dipper Sword had a 20% chance to do bonus damage.
Qing Shui was already aware that even if he struck with double damage, it would still only be 7900 stars in power. It was not even 8000 stars in strength. The debuffed Berserk Dragon Beast still had 8200 stars left.
"Mn, Crystal Card, how could I forget about this!"
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