Ancient Strengthening Technique Chapter 1124-1125
AST 1124 – Bringing Only One Person To The Other Four Continents
Wood Vines could be used to whip, coil, and act as a barb due to its insane growth rate. Qing Shui took great pleasure in using the Wood Vines and he felt that he needed to cultivate this skill properly in the future because the usability of the Wood Vines was too great to pass on. He ultimately decided to let his loved ones choose one type of skill to focus on each, allowing them to further strengthen their foundation skills and fully grasp the quintessence of their own elements.
When Qing Shui demonstrated the Water Ripples, he was shocked. His body became surrounded with nourishing water and ripples spread across the surface. He felt that his movements were a bit restricted like a person entering a muddy pond. Those ripples that traveled on the water surface contained a strange power, as if they resonated with his presence. The ripples seemed uninteresting at first glance, yet contained a power beyond his expectation.
This was the beginner level of the Water Ripples. Such a level of power had already surpassed Qing Shui's expectation, thus leaving him with a satisfied feeling. The Five Elements Divine Refining Technique had reached to such an unbelievable level, causing him to realize how outstanding this technique had become.
Because Qing Shui already had the Primordial Flames, he wasn't as amazed with the Fire Explosion as the Water Ripples. Despite this, he would still continue cultivating this skill, he hoped that he could integrate it with his Primordial Flames. Fire Explosion could be regarded as a form that one could incorporate into their attacks, increasing the spiritual power of their killing blow by a certain percentage. If the killing blow was based on their spiritual power, then the chances of succeeding in that attack would increase exponentially. Despite the buffs, the chance of a killing blow was still considered small.
However, as long as a killing blow was possible, he would have no problem with the skill. Nevertheless, Qing Shui decided that he would continue the cultivation of this skill with delight.
This was the least technical skill in his opinion. He only needed to wave his hand to summon rocky mountains to crush his foes with heaviness. The power of this skill would be as formidable as the weight of a mountain—the pressure would be extreme beyond words.
Qing Shui felt that the strength of the Earth Mountain would be terrifying should he manage to cultivate it to its peak level. At that stage, it would become as horrifying as the laws of the heavens. He could suppress anything in his way with the weight of the limitless mountains. He could even suppress the sea and the land…. Perhaps in the future, he might be able to incorporate this skill with the Nine Continents Mountain.
Qing Shui stopped and took a brief rest. He was able to acquire something valuable this time—three treasure maps that had their own significance. These treasure maps were truly more precious than all of the rare treasures he had ever seen—they were simply priceless.
Most of their time was spent cultivating their skills and they did not cover a lot of distance. Amidst their journey, Qing Shui had managed to seal numerous powerful demonic beasts on behalf of the elders in his family as he feared that they wouldn't be strong enough to do so themselves.
Like this, half a month had passed. The Sacred Jade Divine Stone Ring was able to extend their traveling mileage by about 20,000 li. They flew past the Northern Sea and reached the Deity's Abode in an instant. Naturally, they had decided to stay here for the night.
Qiu Feng held Qing Shui back gleefully when he saw him arrive and said, "Brother Qing Shui, when you said your matters were important, you weren't joking."
"Brother Qiu, I have finally settled my problems. I'm planning to stay for a night before going home tomorrow. After that, we shall go to the other Four Continents together. What do you think?"
"That's for certain. Come, dear brother. Let's drink until we are wasted." Qiu Feng didn't press for further information on the matters. He was quite elated when he heard the news regarding the Lion King's Ridge earlier. Because of that, his opinion of Qing Shui had become more positive.
On the other hand, the ladies and others went back to their old manor to rest. The interior was still the same as always and the rooms were clean and tidy. It seemed that cleaning was done regularly despite the great condition of the World of the Nine Continents—little dust would be found in the air. Most rooms would maintain their usual state without a speck of dust even if no one came to clean them for ten days or half a month.
Qing Shui and Qiu Feng had an interesting conversation but never touched on the topic of the other Four Continents. When the time to go to the other Four Continents came, Qing Shui would be able to gather more information from there onwards—either from Qiu Feng himself or Tantai Xuan.
Even though Qiu Feng said that they would drink until they were wasted, Qing Shui went back to the manor after drinking for an hour. He had spent most of the past few days traveling, resting, or cultivating. Having the Nine Continents Steps to hasten their journey was already considered an amazing feat.
When he managed to reach home, the ladies had already finished cooking. He only drank wine with Qiu Feng before he went back, so he decided to have a meal with everyone together. It was a lively atmosphere since there weren't any strangers or visitors in their home.
After the latest incident, everyone had changed. They were reborn as different people by simply bathing in the Dragon's Qi. They also had experienced participating in battles between great sects, which could be considered an unprecedented matter that could hardly come by easily in their lifetime.
Qing Shui had the greatest change among all of them all. Everyone felt that their horizons were broadened further as Qing Shui stood on a higher realm. Those who stood at the higher realm would always see better things beyond their own level, which was why they would become increasingly mature as they reached another peak. Only those with a pinch of power and superficial knowledge would regard themselves as the champion and the gods as something lower than them. These were the people that everyone would regard as arrogant and conceited.
After having a long meal and spending the day in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal, Qing Shui had a lot of time to spend for the remaining hours. He decided to spend them on writing a few copies of the Five Elements Divine Refining Technique for the others so that they could choose one of the skills they would like to cultivate.
He had already told them about the Gale Scroll but he had not mentioned the Five Elements Divine Refining Technique until today. Qing Shui carefully considered the constitutions of their bodies and how much time they had before he decided to allow them to choose one type of skill to learn. If they had both sufficient time and energy on their hands, he would allow them to learn more than one skill as it would always be better to acquire additional skills in their arsenal.
After the ladies had chosen their respective skills, everyone gathered together and had a discussion. It was mostly Qing Shui doing the talking and the rest listening. Qing Shui had already practiced all five elements, so he demonstrated all of them as the ladies considered their choices. He would like them to observe which skill they would prefer or which one suited their taste. It would be important that they choose a skill they had interest in as that would boost their morale during the cultivation process. In the end, most of the ladies chose Wood Vines as their preference.
For example, cultivating Wood Vines would render their constitution flexible yet invulnerable to swords and blades. Moreover, if they could reach a certain level of cultivation, the Wood Vines would become sturdy like some sort of demonic vine dragons. Additionally, the barbs around the vines would contain a poison. The vines could grow insanely long, split into multiple lengths and become extremely disruptive….
All of those abilities actually required a considerable amount of spiritual energy to sustain. Without the appropriate amount of spiritual energy to release the attack, any offensive moves would prove to be harmless. Additionally, it would be possible for the five elements to clash with another element—water with fire, earth with fire, fire with wood, earth with wood….
These restrictions were actually based on their own power as well. Like how water could extinguish fire, fire could also evaporate water. Of course, whether that was possible or not would have to depend on the user's current power. However, under the circumstance where both parties were at the same level, whoever could triumph over the other would be able to extinguish their flames first.
"Qing Shui, are you planning to go to the other Four Continents after we go back this time?" Yu He asked Qing Shui abruptly.
He lifted his head to look at Yu He and noticed that the other ladies, Little Fattie, Yiye Tian, and Lin Zhanhan were all looking at him as well. Even though they knew about his plan, no one would dare to talk about it—until Yu He brought up the question. They were planning to talk about it when Qing Shui had decided to go. Sooner or later, someone has to ask him about it.
"Mm, I can rest at home for a little longer." Qing Shui smiled, pretending to be at ease as he replied Yu He.
"I want to go with daddy." Luan Luan immediately spoke her mind.
Qing Shui had been hesitating as he thought about his upcoming journey to the other Four Continents. Initially, the ladies were insufficient in terms of power, so bringing them along would be impossible. However, they had become strong enough to go after they absorbed the Dragon's Qi. Nonetheless, Qing Shui still thought that they weren't strong enough to go as the other Four Continents as it could prove to be extremely dangerous to their well being. He might be unable to cope even with his current power, unlike how it was in the Five Continents. Qing Shui wanted to discuss it with them and tell them about his opinion on the current matter.
"I have a better grasp of the situation in the other Four Continents now. I know it's not much but it is still a vital piece of information. You are all still lacking in power, so I cannot bring you all with me," said Qing Shui after pondering for a while.
"Daddy, I want to go!" Luan Luan pouted.
"Don't you want to accompany your parents a bit longer? Didn't you say you would teach them about martial cultivation? Five years will pass by quickly, you know." Qing Shui said with a smile.
Luan Luan went quiet. Qing Shui was reluctant to part with his mother too. He wasn't ready to leave them just yet.
Qing Shui lifted his head to look at Hai Dongqing and said, "Dongqing, try to settle the matters with Hai Clan for the next few years first."
"Alright!" Hai Dongqing smiled and nodded her head. Despite her cheerful appearance, he could see a slight disappointment in her expression. He hadn't seen her for a few years last time too but it was different this time. In spite of that, he knew that she was a considerate woman, so she would know what to do next.
"Wushuang and Qing`er, both of you will continue your cultivation for the next five years!" Qing Shui pondered for a while before he finally turned to look at the two ladies.
Both of them were reluctant, yet they could do nothing but nod at Qing Shui's words.
"Qing Shui, let me stay and accompany them!" Yiye Jiange looked at Qing Shui and said with determination.
Qing Shui nodded his head and agreed, "That's a good plan. Bring Yiye Clan to stay with the members of Qing Clan. This manor is huge. If there aren't any rooms to accommodate everyone, you can decide on how to renovate the residence."
"Mm mm, I will listen to you." Yiye Jiange said gleefully.
"Qing Shui, I still need to take care of the Hundred Flowers Valley." Yu He smiled.
"Five years. After five years, come to the other Four Continents with the others. I will come and pick you all up. Also, you have to go to Qing Clan and stay there often." Qing Shui gave Yu He a reminder.
"I will listen to you!" Yu He said cheerfully. Her mature demeanor in this situation got Qing Shui's big approval….. Yiye Jiange, on the other hand, blushed when she heard Yu He's words. Yu He was copying her exact words……
Little Fattie, Lin Zhanhan, and Yiye Tian would naturally remain in the Five Continents. Little Fattie would join Qing Shui at the other Four Continents in the future but now wasn't the best time to do so.
Qing Shui turned around to look at Yu Ruyan who was sitting beside him silently. He smiled to her and said, "Let's go to the other Four Continents—you and me together!"
Qing Shui's words shocked Yu Ruyan for a moment. Everyone knew about their unusual relationship, yet no one took the initiative to talk about it because the pair hadn't explained their relationship to everyone properly. Yu Ruyan was also feeling slightly excluded even though her daughter had expressed her support towards their relationship. In the end, she still felt unnatural about announcing their relationship to everyone openly.
Qing Shui had told her once before that he would take her to the other Four Continents and start a new life. Duanmu Linshuang would be happier living in the Five Continents. This time, he would help Duanmu Lingshuang and her husband in taming powerful demonic beasts with the use of the low grade Sacred Beast Pills. Furthermore, he would introduce them to the members of Qing Clan so that they could come in contact with each other more often.
Yu Ruyan gazed at Qing Shui dumbfoundedly. She didn't have a great outlook on her relationship with Qing Shui as she always felt that he would forget about her eventually after he had overcome his endeavor.
However, no one had expected that he would call everyone to stay put in the Five Continents while he would travel to the other Four Continents with her alone.
As she continued to gaze at Qing Shui, her heart was filled with a sudden sensation of grief that she couldn't quite describe with words. Nonetheless, she was happy about it as she hadn't felt like this in a long time. She realized at this moment that Qing Shui had already imprinted his presence in her heart—it was as clear as day. His presence was the only thing that lingered in her mind. Upon realizing this fact, her eyes glistened, so she ducked her head slightly to hide away from everyone's gazes.
"I will go with you!" Yu Ruyan said softly.
"I've made arrangements for Lingshuang and Yanlin, so there's no need to worry about them." Qing Shui held her hand tightly under the table as he flashed a smile at her. The others were smiling as well, yet they hadn't expected that the one who would follow Qing Shui to the other Four Continents would be Yu Ruyan herself.
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AST 1125 – Yu Ruyan’s True Feelings, Back to Qing Clan
After hearing Qing Shui’s words, Yu Ruyan nodded. Her eyes became misted and she wore a smile. She wasn’t able to get Qing Shui to let go of her hand after a slight attempt and thus she let it be. Although it was under the table, the others could still tell.
Since there was no need to cultivate at night, Qing Shui had more free time. He went around the rooms and once again wondered when he would be able to share a bed with all of his wives. However, he knew that it would be difficult just thinking about it.
Luckily, Qing Shui had lots of energy. He first went to Hai Dongqing’s and Di Qing’s room and after a round of sex, he was pushed away. He was told to look for their other sisters.
Qing Shui felt that this was atrocious. In the World of the Nine Continents, there wasn’t a fixed system of one husband to one wife. Of course, there were also many who stayed true to their partner. However, there weren’t many strong men who only had one woman.
Qing Shui had quite an enjoyable time during this period. He just didn’t take Yiye Jiange and Wenren Wu-shuang, let alone Yu He. After coming out from the two ladies’ room, Qing Shui went straight to Yu Ruyan’s room.
During this period of time, Qing Shui didn’t have any overly close contact with Yu Ruyan. The most he would do was hold her hand. Knocking on her door and seeing her slightly panicky expression, Qing Shui felt his heart tugging. He wanted to be someone she could rely on, someone who could make her happy.
Qing Shui felt that he was too much of a male chauvinist sometimes. However, he didn’t feel such emotions toward his women, or rather, this kind of emotions didn’t exist towards them. He loved them, loved everything about them. It was just like how it was for Yiye Jiange, where he would willingly do a lot of things just for her.
Qing Shui locked the door, took Yu Ruyan’s hand and led her to the couch at the side. Her clothes were very neat although it was already very late. He didn’t know if she hadn’t been sleeping or if she had put on her clothes again.
Qing Shui saw that there wasn’t sleepiness in her eyes and said, smiling, “Are you waiting for me? Why haven’t you sleep when it’s so late?”
“I won’t think of you.” Yu Ruyan said unnaturally. Her voice was mature and drowsy. Additionally, she also had an intelligent disposition similar to Hai Dongqing’s.
“Ruyan, I hope that you can be happy but I don’t know what to do.” Qing Shui took her hand and they sat down next to each other on the couch.
Although Yu Ruyan was neatly dressed, her clothes were very thin. Qing Shui sat very close to her and he could even sense her body temperature. There was also a nice fragrance coming from her.
This lady was one of those from the Portraits of Beauty, and she had a divine body. It was just like when they had gotten together out of blunder, the feeling was the same, as if she was still a virgin. Her skin was beautiful as jade, soft and tender with great elasticity. There was also her expression… She was an extremely traditional woman through and through and thus was very conservative towards that topic. Even now, Qing Shui felt as if he hadn’t completely gotten a hold of her heart yet.
“Qing Shui, I’m already very happy. Ruyan is blessed to have met you and be saved by you twice.” After saying this, Yu Ruyan smiled. Affinity was really something very amazing. Like what he said, their affinity had probably been for as long as a thousand years.
“You’re really happy? I don’t wish for this to be the reason…” Qing Shui drew closer to her beautiful face and asked.
“Qing Shui, there’s always a reason to liking someone but it might not be just a single reason. Although you have saved me twice, it doesn’t mean that I’ll have to be together with you just because you saved me twice!”
“Then Ruyan, you’re saying that you like me?” Qing Shui smiled.
Yu Ruyan blushed and nodded slightly.
“Then can I raise a request?” Qing Shui smiled and asked.
“No!” Yu Ruyan said straightforwardly.
“Eh, why?” Qing Shui choked.
“You’re smiling like a hooligan…”
“Alright, since you say that I’m like a hooligan, then should I be doing something? Otherwise, I won’t be worthy of this address.” Qing Shui rubbed his hands together as he looked at Yu Ruyan.
“What do you want?” Yu Ruyan blushed. However, she wasn’t scared. Instead, she was embarrassed.
“Make your choice. Do you want me to force a long kiss on you or do you want to give me a peck? You can only choose one. You’re given the time for one breath to consider. The time starts now.” Qing Shui smiled and drew in closer as he rubbed his hands together.
Yu Ruyan hadn’t finished her words yet when Qing Shui took one of her hands and pulled her in. Her soft and beautiful body fell into his arms and went soft.
Qing Shui quickly landed a kiss on those tender lips and leaned back on the couch. This was a three seater couch but it was very wide. It was about over a meter and was like a small bed.
Qing Shui lay there while Yu Ruyan lay in his arms and hugged her tightly. The moment they fell, she loosened the grip on her teeth and Qing Shui’s tongue entered.
Yu Ruyan struggled a little initially but gave in after a short while. Her tongue even slowly answered Qing Shui’s kiss while he greedily sought for more and sucked, as if he wanted to take all her tongue into his mouth.
His two hands felt around her perky butt which was smooth and tender to touch, his palms grasping her tightly.
Yu Ruyan panted as she struggled to part from Qing Shui’s lips. One of her hands even pressed down on the hand that Qing Shui had on her butt, not letting him move, “Qing Shui…”
Qing Shui looked at her misted beautiful eyes and her flushed face. Seeing that she was avoiding his gaze slightly, he lifted his head slightly and pecked on her lips, “I’ll listen to you. If you want me to leave, I’ll leave immediately. I won’t let you do something you’re not willing to.”
“Qing Shui, it’s not like that… You’re asking me to… before them… you’re a rascal!” Yu Ruyan said, embarrassed.
“What so embarrassing about this? They’ve thought that we’re together since long ago. Didn’t you know?” Qing Shui asked, astonished.
Yu Ruyan: “…”
“I thought that it was because you’re not willing to be with me. Ruyan, you’re having a reaction.” Qing Shui’s finger entered her butthole.
After morning practice the next day, everyone sat down to have a meal together.
“Sister Ruyan, you’re even more beautiful today!” Wenren Wu-shuang sat opposite Yu Ruyan and smiled as she spoke to her.
Hearing Wenren Wu-shuang’s words, the other ladies all looked at Yu Ruyan. Di Qing and Hai Dongqing smiled and looked towards Qing Shui. Di Qing then smiled and said, “The reason why Sister Ruyan has become more beautiful today is thanks to Qing Shui.”
Thankfully, there were no outsiders here. Yiye Tian, Lin Zhanhan, Little Fatty, and Luan Luan were all not around. They intentionally tried to leave more time for Qing Shui to spend with the ladies.
Yiye Jiange ate calmly while Yu He looked at Qing Shui with a teasingly gaze.
“Alright, let’s eat. Did you not have your fill?” Qing Shui grinned and said as he looked at Hai Dongqing and Di Qing.
The two of them let out a ‘tsk’ and stopped talking.
In the afternoon, Qing Shui and the others bade farewell to Qiu Feng. Qing Shui said that he’ll be back before the Ancient Great Formation was activated and then headed back with the others.
The journey back was very calm. Even without taking Qing Shui into consideration, the strength of this group of people was not to be neglected. On the way, whenever Luan Luan came across a demonic beast, she would continue to tame them. With the Beast King Medallion, it was easy for her.
They returned to where Yiye Tian was staying and brought along his wife and Yiye Tong before they continued on their journey. The Nine Continents Steps was very amazing and powerful, and very soon, they entered the wilderness between the two continents.
They didn’t encounter any danger as they passed by the wilderness. Even when they came across a horde of demonic beasts, their safety was ensured. The journey became more boring after they entered the wilderness since it was just alternating between cultivating and traveling. They could only set up tents and rest in the wilderness as well.
Even though it was a boring journey, it was a fruitful one. After close to one month, they got close to Central Continent. When Qing Clan moved out from Greencloud Continent, Qing Shui had decided on staying in Central Continent since it was located in the middle of the Five Continents and it would be convenient no matter where they had to travel to.
When Qing Shui saw the familiar manor, he felt especially happy. This was his home and it felt good to be back. It was only because he had a home that he wouldn’t feel lonely. Home was one’s spiritual harbor.
Fair Wind City. The Fair Wind City of today suddenly had a great influx of population. There was no need to explain why. Qing Shui and Qing Clan was here. The matters with Buddha Sect, Demon Gate and the others had already spread out. Knowing that a certain area had an expert would make people feel safe. It was because they wouldn’t have to worry about their city being destroyed and thus get affected.
With someone strong was around, no one would dare to recklessly kill the innocent and they wouldn’t dare to destroy the city. It was because such a course of action would be an insult to the expert in the area!
When the group appeared at the entrance to Qing Clan’s manor in Fair Wind City, everyone came out with excited smiles. Many people gathered around as well.
Ming Clan was around too. News about the Lion King’s Ridge had spread all the way here, or rather, it could be said that it had been disseminated very far. Ming Xian, Ming Chen, and many others had all come.
“Brother Qing!” Ming Xian greeted happily.
“Brother, come, come in and have a seat.” Qing Shui went over to grab Ming Xian and Ming Chen as he spoke.
“Brother, you’ve just come back, so you should reunite with your family first. Tonight, I’ll set up a feast at my place. We’ll have a drink then.” Ming Xian smiled and said.
Qing Shui didn’t insist and smiled, saying, “Alright, I’ll definitely be there!”
Qing Shui waved to the surrounding people and then went up to hug his mother and family. Luan Luan stood on the other side of Qing Yi and shared with her grandmother stories about Qing Shui, praising him to the skies.
The Third and Fourth generations in Qing Clan also came over. Qing Yi got his son to go accompany his kids. Qing Shui could only carry one in each arm, Qing Yu and Qing Yan.
Qing Ming pouted at the side. Qing Shui squatted down while carrying his two daughters and said with a smile, “Ming`er, you’re a man and you must be strong. If anything happens, you must learn to carry it on your on shoulders. Look at Zun`er.”
Qin Yin and Qing Zun had grown quite a lot and they appeared to be a lot more mature and understanding than other kids of their age. They wouldn’t lose out to the kids from those great clans.
However, Qing Ming was the opposite. He had a weird temper, dressed weirdly, and didn’t even think in the same way as others. He tended to like same dark things that shouldn’t be shown in public.
“Father, if you’re biased, just say you are. Don’t give such lousy reasons. Am I so easily deceived?” Qing Ming said teasingly. His pouting lips now curled downwards, as if he was in contempt.
Qing Shui felt as if there were black lines on his head. Mingyue Gelou was extremely poised, so this kid could only take after him. Was he so actually so dark…?
“Rascal, how are you talking to your father. Are you asking for a beating?” Mingyue Gelou said angrily as she walked over.
“You shouldn’t beat kids. If you can’t handle them, let mother do it.” Qing Shui smiled and said to Mingyue Gelou.
“Come, rascal, let Father give you a present.” Qing Shui put out one hand to Qing Ming while carrying the two giggling lasses.
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