Ancient Strengthening Technique Chapter 648-649
AST 648 – Accepting the Fight of the Ultimate Life and Death
Qing Shui never expected that the person to declare the Fight of the Ultimate Life and Death would be the Young Master. From this, Qing Shui could already tell that this man was in a considerably high position in Ten Thousand Poisons Sect because he was the only young man among the group.
Despite the young man's age, his strength was already slightly superior to Di Chen's. Since he was the young master of Ten Thousand Poisons Sect, he should be an expert in poison. To poison experts, their strength wasn’t their most terrifying weapons. The most terrifying ones were their poisons and poisonous substances. In fact, there were some poisons which were capable of instantaneously murdering people, making people lose all their senses or even captivating them. If that happened, the only fate that awaited them would be death.
Qing Shui remained silent in these circumstances. After all, he didn’t have the right to intervene in the relationship between Di Clan and Ten Thousand Poisons Sect. However, just because one didn’t talk, it didn’t mean that they wouldn’t need to do so.
"Qing Shui, what do you think?" Even Di Fentian was hesitant facing a matter which could decide the fate of the clan. This was a major incident. Therefore, he fixed his sight on Qing Shui, after all, the brother-in-law seemed to be very mysterious and possessed very unique abilities.
Qing Shui smiled bitterly while looking at Di Fentian: "It there a limit to the number of people taking part in the Fight of the Ultimate Life and Death?"
Qing Shui had actually had this question in his mind for a long time. He knew that the Fight of the Ultimate Life and Death was a battle to the death between members of different sects, it wouldn’t stop until everyone from one side collapsed.
If the opponent limited their participants to one-versus-one matches, Qing Shui would reject it. Qing Shui's strategy was to work in teams with the people from Di Clan and face off their opponents one at a time. With his Pure Jade Pellet as well as supplementary techniques, he doubted that they would be able to take advantage of them.
"There is a limit. There can only be a maximum of five participants and a minimum of two participants on the stage at a time. This is a battle between two forces, hence, it’s not going to be like the ordinary kind of one on one showdown." Di Fentian said happily after staring blankly for awhile before figuring out an answer.
"The seniors from Di Clan may not be here, but having pushed to this point, if we do not accept this challenge it will seem like Di Clan is a lot weaker than others. We can’t lose our pride even if it means losing. Brother Tian, I believe that the seniors will also take this challenge if they're here." Qing Shui smiled as he tried to convince Di Fentian.
After getting Qing Shui's confirmation, Di Fentian glanced towards the Young Master and smiled: "Di Clan will accept the challenge. In three days, we will meet at the Seven Stars Battle Arena along Seven Stars Street.
"Right! Great! Take this!"
The Young Master extended his hand and threw out a red colored Beast Parchment. The letters written on it looked really clear and tidy, it even gave off a solemn and stirring feeling.
Fight of the Ultimate Life and Death!
Those were the largest letters that Qing Shui saw on it. He didn’t proceed to read any further, nor did he feel like it. Since things had developed to this point, it basically meant that one would not be able to get out unless the enemy got eliminated. Both sides were just using this method so that they can leave some of the innocent people in their clan alive in case they lose.
Qing Shui noticed that the elderly men not far away were all smiling. They all possessed extraordinary strength but the one with the long and thin brows in particular, the elderly man known as "Brother Qian Xi", was so strong that even Qing Shui wasn’t able to see through him. Nevertheless, he could faintly feel that the elderly man was a Grade Ten Martial Saint. That was why Qing Shui dared to take up the challenge. Furthermore, it does not matter if they accept the challenge or not, the result will still be the same.
After accepting the challenge, the people from both the Ten Thousand Poisons Sect and Sima Clan left one after another. Even Sima Yanming left. As he was leaving, he behaved really formally and manly, just like when he arrived.
So it was all just an act……
Qing Shui never expected it to be an act, even he was deceived by it. All of this was done so that Di Clan would be forced to accept their challenge.
After their enemies left, the people from Di Clan all turned silent. The Fight of the Ultimate Life and Death was no small matter. This was an upgraded version of the death match between two people. This was a battle to the death between two clans!
"Big brother, are we being too reckless?" Di Fenxing asked Di Fentian.
"It doesn’t matter anymore. We had no choice but to accept it under the circumstances. If we don’t, it’s very likely that they'll just kill us off right here. It’s just that in exchange for that, they would have to bear the name of villains. If it’s Ten Thousand Poisons Sect, they would definitely do it. In fact, they have the power to do so." Di Fentian let out a sigh and said.
"Big brother, it seems like things will not go as smoothly now. If Ten Thousand Poisons Sect was to unite all five of their clans, wouldn’t that end up being a one-sided massacre?" Di Fenxing said furiously.
"Uniting the five clans?" Qing Shui glanced towards Di Fenxing in confusion.
"The Ten Thousand Poisons Sect is really close to Sima Clan. This is because there are a lot of people from Sima Clan in the sect itself. Sima Clan is considered one of the forces of Ten Thousand Poisons Sect. Other than Sima Clan, there are still Zhuo Clan which came the other day, Guan Clan and Du Clan. Often, the three clans relied on Ten Thousand Poisons Sect to survive. Hence, it’s quite normal for them to appear this time. In terms of skill, they're considered one of the strongest one outside of Seven Stars Country. They even have quite a few experts." Di Fenxing explained to Qing Shui bitterly.
"Let's go back and discuss this with father and grandpa first." Di Fentian said while shaking his head.
Qing Shui and the gang had no choice but to nod their heads. They rode on the Beast cart and returned to Di Clan. Qing Shui never expected another problem to arise right after he solved the issue with the Residence of the Sky Tyrant Lord and realized Di Chen's wish. Furthermore, the incident this time was even tougher.
Three days, this would mean five months for Qing Shui. It was neither short nor long. Hence, Qing Shui was thinking about whether he could do anything during this time.
Very quickly they were already back in Di Clan. When they stepped in, everyone from Di Clan was already there, including the side branches of the clan.
Qing Shui knew that they had already found out about it. Along the way back, a lot of people had already started discussing the incident regarding Di Clan and Ten Thousand Poisons Sect in Seven Stars City. Qing Shui knew that the Ten Thousand Poisons Sect was responsible for spreading the rumors.
"Grandpa! Father!" Di Fentian called of to Di Xuan and grandpa Di Xiong anxiously.
"You guys are back. Come, we will talk about it inside." Di Xiong smiled.
Qing Shui noticed that everyone from Di Clan looked really stressed. Even Di Jing didn’t complain like he usually did. After all, he wasn’t all that stupid.
"Senior, why didn’t Old Lady Mo come out?" Qing Shui asked in confusion.
Di Xuan knitted his brows: "I was about to tell you. It seemed like she wasn’t feeling well, she is resting in her room."
"Oh, you guys can go in first then, I’ll go take a look at her."
Qing Shui greeted everyone while Di Chen stood beside him and told him that he wanted to go with him to see Old Lady Mo. After they bid their goodbyes to everyone, they proceeded to her room together.
"Qing Shui, how do you think things will turn out this time?" Di Chen asked Qing Shui in concern, she had also realized that things were a bit unusual.
"Don’t worry, it will be fine." Qing Shui said gently. Actually, he was not confident and only said this to comfort her.
"If you were to leave now, will they stop you? Or rather, could they?" Di Chen asked Qing Shui after thinking for a while.
"Here it goes again. Come on, stop thinking so much. Do you really think that I’ll abandon you and leave on my own? Is the guy you love such a coward?" Qing Shui held Di Chen's hand and said.
"Don’t be rude Qing Shui! I know you aren’t someone like that but you need to think about Mingyue, Liu-Li and the others. You need to think about your son and daughter too, can you bear to see them growing up fatherless?" Di Chen felt hurt when she was saying this. When making decisions like this, it’s similar to when someone needs to choose between cutting off their hands or dying, it’s extremely painful. There would be no way to enjoy the best of both worlds.
Qing Shui gently slapped Di Chen's curved and bulging butt.
"You pervert, bastard, you bullied me." Di Chen blushed and said angrily.
"It doesn’t matter if you're right or wrong with your previous statement. I, as a man, need to be responsible even if it means what I’m doing is wrong. There are some things which I can’t choose, just like now, even if it means dying, I need to die earlier than you." Qing Shui said gently but in a firm tone. The sincerity in his statement was unwavering.
Di Chen gently called out to Qing Shui with a face filled with happiness and smile.
Di Chen gently embraced Qing Shui's neck and whispered in his ear: "You're not allowed to hit me without my permission next time."
"Hey young lady, do you seriously expect me to wait until you say something like Qing Shui, quickly come here and hit my butt?" Qing Shui said with a smile.
"Are you looking for death?!"
Very quickly, the two arrived in front of Old Lady Mo's room. Qing Shui extended his hand and gently knocked on the door. After a while, the door opened, Old Lady Mo was stunned when she saw Qing Shui.
"Granny, are you not feeling well?" Qing Shui asked. He had heard Old Lady Mo's story before. There was a reason why she decided to reduce her strength down to her present level.
"Nah it’s nothing, just something that comes with age. Every time after I fight, I’ll feel weak for up to half a month. It seems that it'll be really hard for me to help you this time." Old Lady Mo said in sorrow.
Qing Shui and Di Chen followed the elderly woman into her room. Actually, prior to this, Qing Shui could already smell a faint medicine scent. As soon as he stepped in, the smell became even heavier.
"Granny, are you making medicines?" Qing Shui asked while sniffing the air.
"Yeah, no choice, the meridians all over my body feel really painful." Old Lady Mo looked very pale. She seemed to even be having trouble with normal actions. Indeed, she seemed to be suffering.
Qing Shui released his spiritual sense and noticed that Old Lady Mo's meridians were bloated and red. It seemed like the symptoms of an overexertion of strength.
However, Qing Shui was aware that this wasn’t the case for Old Lady Mo. Qing Shui smelled something familiar in the air, the Thousand Years Ghost Vine Flower.
The Thousand Years Ghost Vine Flower, this kind of medicine could increase the tenacity of one's meridians. It’s also a medicine which could reduce the pain and injury of meridians. As soon as Qing Shui smelled it, he already knew that Old Lady Mo had injured her meridians. Either she was poisoned or she was hurt by shockwaves. Her meridians didn’t actually break, but their toughness was weakened. This was also the reason why her strength got reduced. In fact, not only did it get reduced, it seemed to have a huge after-effect on her too.
"Granny, are your meridians feeling really painful?" Qing Shui asked calmly as he took out two Gold Needles.
"Ah, I forgot, you are a genius doctor. Unfortunately, the rest of the doctors said that my wounds are incurable." Old Lady Mo shook her head and smiled.
AST 649 – Cure, Arrival of Yuan Su
"Isn’t that what they said with your grandson as well?" Qing Shui smiled as he pierced the Gold Needle through Old Lady Mo's Tianzhu and Kunlun Acupuncture points and gently massaged her.
He also used the Saintly Hands to transfer his Qi of the Ancient Strengthening Technique into Old Lady Mo's meridians.
In a flash, Old Lady Mo could already feel a refreshing energy flowing through her meridians. The painful and scorching feeling in her meridians was slowly beginning to fade.
To other doctors, the injury to her meridians could only be treated with medicinal pills. Furthermore, they didn't know much about meridians, dantian and Xiantian Qi and tend to be quite clueless on what steps they should take. Hence, quite often, they would only end up making the existing problems even worse.
"Granny, how are you feeling?" Qing Shui noticed that the injury to Old Lady Mo's meridians was more serious than what was shown from the outside. It was an internal injury. If this was to go on, she would very likely end up being crippled in a few decades.
"I feel a lot better. Who would have thought that you would actually be a top-notch doctor at your cultivation level? You are already capable of treating meridian problems with your current knowledge of medicine." Old Lady Mo said in gratitude.
"Granny, it seems like your meridians might have been poisoned. I can't say for sure yet, so I'll only prescribe you some pills once I'm a hundred percent sure about it." After thinking for a while, Qing Shui felt that Old Lady Mo was really important. Without her, the Fight of the Ultimate Life and Death that was to be held in three days time would turn out to be really tough.
"Actually, three years ago, I went to Evil Dragon's Valley once. While I was there, I was hurt by a Scarlet Armored Poisonous Mink. It has been three years, normally, it would hurt once a month. If I perform any of my martial arts, I end up sick for up to half a month! My meridians feel painful to the point it feels like they are going to tear." Old Lady Mo let out a sigh as she explained helplessly.
"Alright, this is fine. I'm quite good at treating things like this. Don't worry granny, you will never have to suffer from this pain ever again." Qing Shui said happily. Old Lady's Mo's injury was still something he was capable of curing. Her situation was actually quite similar to that of Baili Jingwei's. Furthermore, Qing Shui has improved significantly in terms of his medicinal knowledge.
Qing Shui made Old Lady Mo sit on her bed cross-legged. After that, he performed Solid Constitution Nurturing Acupuncture. He also used the unique property of Gold Needles to force out the poisons from her meridians.
It actually consumed quite a lot of his mental energy in order to perform that. Qing Shui's Qi of the Ancient Strengthening Technique was originally capable of nourishing and toughening meridians. With the help of the "Saintly Hands", it's effect was multiplied even further.
Black droplets, with a fishy smell, could be seen dripping from the tip of the Gold Needle. This was one of the greatest benefits the Gold Needle has to offer, it was capable of removing poisons. It could be used to absorb the poisons and guide it out of one's body.
With the poisons removed from Old Lady Mo, things had become a lot easier for Qing Shui. He only needed to toughen the meridians and use the Thousand Year Silver Mugwort Leaves and other herbs to make a medicinal soup. The Thousand Year Silver Mugwort Leaf itself already possessed the ability to cure swollen wounds and damaged meridians.
Qing Shui slowly took away his Gold Needle. While doing so, he felt more relieved because he knew that once this was over, Old Lady Mo's strength would definitely improve even further. To be more precise, she would be able to use all of her strength including that which she lost in the past.
In the past, because of her damaged meridians, she was unable to withstand Xiantian Qi which was too powerful. But everything was different now, Qing Shui put down the soup and left behind a few Meridians Strengthening Pills which he refined in the past and a few other Medicinal Pills. However, he didn't give her any Great Revitalizing Pills, for it would not be worth that period of weakness for a temporary boost in power.
He asked Old Lady Mo to properly rest for these few days and take in some medicinal pills to stabilize her strength. This way, after three days, their chances of winning the Fight of the Ultimate Life and Death will increase. If it’s about fighting in groups, Qing Shui was somewhat confident that he could do it. Of course, that’s if he didn’t run into anyone insanely strong.
Qing Shui felt that it was very unlikely that the insanely strong peak Martial Saint experts in Seven Stars Country would take part in the tournament. There shouldn’t be someone this strong in Ten Thousand Poisons Sect or else other forces in Seven Stars Countries wouldn’t have been so relaxed and carefree.
Qing Shui and Di Chen left Old Lady Mo's room. At the moment, Qing Shui felt really relieved. This was because he had Old Lady Mo, who should be a Grade Ten Martial Saint, with him. However. Grade Ten Martial Saint was a crucial realm of cultivation that was unclearly defined.
This was also what Old Lady Mo recently told him about. When one possessed five thousand countries worth of strength, they were considered to have stepped into Grade Ten Martial Saint. However, six thousand, seven thousand and even eight thousand countries worth of strength were still considered to only be Grade Ten. It was once said that the standard strength with which a person entered Peak Martial Saint was usually when they have around ten thousand countries worth of strength.
Qing Shui was unsure of Old Lady Mo's strength. But hearing the way she spoke, her strength should be in the middle of Grade Ten Martial Saint, meaning she should have around five thousand five hundred countries worth of strength or maybe five thousand eight hundred at most.
The medicinal pills that Qing Shui gave Old Lady Mo were particularly useful for Martial Saint Warriors in terms of strength. The medicinal pills provided an increase in strength, just like Qing Shui, if his raw strength was to be increased by ten countries, he would be able to draw out up to fifty countries worth of strength. If that’s the case, Old Lady Mo would most likely be able to achieve a strength worth five thousand and eight hundred countries.
Qing Shui thought of his Emperor's Qi and Fiery Golden Eyes. If necessary, he would summon the Diamond Gigantic Elephant and use the Vajra Subdue Demons. His Godly Force and Divine Shield Talismans could also help him increase his strength quite a lot. By doing so, he could increase Old Lady Mo's strength up to a little more than six thousand countries.
Qing Shui continued walking while thinking about his plan. The more he thought about it, the happier he felt. He was confident that he could kill them because if nothing went wrong, both him and Old Lady Mo would be able to challenge warriors with up to nine thousand countries worth of strength.
Emperor's Qi was a skill which could reduce the opponent's strength by twenty percent under any kind of circumstances. As for Fiery Golden Eyes on the other hand, it would reduce the opponent's strength by a thousand countries under the condition of the opponent's strength exceeding five thousand countries when it is in the small success stage. The Vajra Subdue Demons reduced the opponent's strength by ten percent. For example, for someone with eight thousand countries worth of strength, the Emperor's Qi would still reduce opponent's strength according to the original eight thousand countries even after the Fiery Golden Eyes reduced it by a thousand countries. This was the terrifying part about Emperor's Qi. Vajra Subdue Demons on the other hand reduced the opponent's strength by ten percent.
Hence, when Qing Shui encountered a formidable enemy, he would have to arrange all the skills in the proper order. By doing so, he would be able to reduce even more of the opponent's strength. As for Emperor's Qi, he would leave it as the final and the most fatal move.
Every time Qing Shui thought about strong warriors getting tortured and beaten up, he would feel really happy. He couldn’t help but smile. It’s just that his smile looked really weird.
"What are you thinking about? That smile is evil." Di Chen shook Qing Shui's hand.
"Is that so?" Qing Shui touched his nose and asked Di Chen.
"Yeah, you often smile like that before doing something bad." Di Chen said while holding his hand.
"Bad things? No? Since when have I done bad stuff?" Qing Shui smiled and said. Now that he felt more relieved he wanted to tease Di Chen.
"Humph, you have turned bad." Di Chen said in dissatisfaction.
Qing Shui picked Di Chen up in one go. Her body was really light but long. The curve of her body was perfect and felt soft. Qing Shui got so turned on that he just picked her up without any hesitation.
Upon hearing Di Chen's surprised scream, Qing Shui said awkwardly: "I was charmed by you, that’s a subconscious action. Don’t worry, I’m not thinking of doing that kind of stuff……"
"Put me down quickly, you're getting more and more daring nowadays." Di Chen sounded really gentle when she said it, she seemed like she didn’t mind him doing it.
Qing Shui knew that she was giving him more confidence. He felt a bit embarrassed but at the same time really happy and blessed. He couldn’t help but say, "thank you!"
"The last time I thanked you, you ended up hitting me…… now, tell me what I shall do." Di Chen smiled and looked at Qing Shui.
"Why don’t you hit me back?"
"No! Don’t be unreasonable." Di Chen rolled her eyes at Qing Shui and interrupted him."
Qing Shui carried her and walked around the room slowly. They shared gazes with each other. The kind of atmosphere in the room caused Qing Shui to feel an indescribable joy.
"I noticed that I’m falling deeper and deeper for you. It’s love, not the type that only thirsts for your beauty." Qing Shui said gently. He sounded really natural and calm when he said it.
"Well, I’ll consider this sentence a redemption for you! You can put me down now." Di Chen smiled gently. After that, she extended her hand and touched Qing Shui's face.
Qing Shui gently put her down. As soon as he did so, he could already see Di Qing approaching them. Both Qing Shui and Di Chen once again looked at each other and smiled. He didn’t know if Di Qing saw. But on second thought, he figured that it wasn’t really important whether she saw it or not.
This time, Di Qing didn’t speak too much. As soon as she opened the door, she said: "There is an extreme beauty looking for you."
"Looking for me?" Qing Shui asked in confusion.
"Quick, go, its Sister Yuan Su." Di Qing rushed Qing Shui with a smile.
Qing Shui responded to her and thought to himself that she came at a good time. He had planned to go look for her but it turned out that she came on her own. He wanted to see if he could ask for some great medicine recipes from her. They might be of help for the Fight of the Ultimate Life and Death.
He said his goodbyes to the two women and walked towards the main hall. As soon as he stepped into the front yard, he could already see a woman standing at the pavilion. She was a beautiful woman who didn’t have any cultivation.
Even when she was in front of women like Di Chen and Di Qing, she was not inferior to them. Especially that plain and simple aura which she gave off, it made her really attractive. Other than that, it was the wise look that she possessed when she was quiet that made her even more beautiful.
She waved her hand after she saw Qing Shui. He approached her with a smile. This place was a pavilion that was not too far away from the hall. It was really secluded and quiet. From Qing Shui's perspective, the extreme beauty really paired up well with the pavilion and together, it felt as if they had just formed the most beautiful of scenery.
"You're here!" Qing Shui smiled and greeted her.
"Yeah! Who would have thought that Ten Thousand Poisons Sect would lose their cool in such a short time! Sister Qing and I are like sisters, Naturally, I’ll be here to help you guys in the battle ." Yuan Su smiled as she hinted Qing Shui to sit down.
"Help us in the battle?" Qing Shui's eyes flashed. The Alchemist Sect has actually volunteered to provide them with aid……
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