Ancient Strengthening Technique

 
 

Ancient Strengthening Technique Chapter 762-763


AST 762 – Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan, Expert With A Strength of Seven Stars?

Hearing Qing Shui’s words, Ye Guyan smiled unnaturally, stunning Qing Shui. This lass was really afraid that he would be killed. Thinking about it, she had let him eat all the delicacies available…

Qing Shui didn’t stand on ceremony and tried to eat more. Ye Guyan even made it an exception and helped him pick some dishes, causing him to feel overwhelmed. It was rare to be able to receive such a treatment, for a woman like her help take dishes for a guy.

“Come, Qing Shui, have more!”

Ye Guyan did not eat much herself and was just taking food for Qing Shui all the time, causing him to not know if he should laugh or cry. He picked up his chopsticks and filled up her bowl with food which he thought looked good. “You eat too. Isn’t there still a few more days? I’ll still be able to eat.”

The meal ended in just thirty minutes. This time around, the old man whom Ye Guyan addressed as Grandpa Crazy was also present. The atmosphere was a bit stifling.

However, it was the old man’s presence that calmed many people down. After all, the old man was the Ye Clan’s pillar while Ye Guyan was the future pillar.

“Senior, do you know the level of the strongest person in the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan?” Qing Shui asked the old man after the leftovers had been cleared and top grade tea was served.

“Since the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan can be considered one of the great aristocrat clans, they naturally have their strong points. Although the people from the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan are arrogant and haughty, the talent of their members is still quite strong. The old generation is still strong and the new generations of strong experts have also appeared. At least, at the present time, the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan is still able to keep up. I’m not sure about the strongest person they have now since I’ve not had any contact with them for many years, but it should be around seven stars of strength.” The old man thought about it and said.

Hearing this, Qing Shui didn’t know what to feel. This was within his expectations since Donggong Taiqing already had a strength of three and a half stars.

Even Ye Guyan had slightly more than three stars of strength. Although she was only weaker than Donggong Taiqing by half a star, this gap was sufficient to make their abilities seem like worlds apart.

A strength of seven stars… Qing Shui thought of his Emperor’s Qi, Heavenly Talisman, Fiery Golden Eyes, the Diamond Gigantic Elephant’s Mighty Elephant Stomp, as well as the few other powerful demonic beasts he had.

The Jade Emperor Queen Bee was now a Grade Six Martial Saint demonic beast. However, he wasn't sure of the prowess of the Poison Killer Sting. Qing Shui felt that there was a restriction of the Jade Emperor Queen Bee’s ability to lower the target’s abilities, and that restriction was its success rate. It was not as overbearing as the Mighty Elephant Stomp.

Thinking about these, Qing Shui felt that he could still put up a fight. Moreover, when he had first arrived here, he had not expected that his demonic beasts could suddenly power up by multiple folds. At the same time, he also had not expected the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan to be so powerful.

Therefore, he still had quite a high chance. Since he was going to fight alone, there was no room for mistakes. This time around, not only had his demonic beasts powered up by multiple folds, even his abilities had suddenly improved by a lot to reach over one star of strength. His ability to receive hits was much higher too.

Another factor was the Diamond Gigantic Elephant’s Mighty Elephant Stomp. Due to how strong the Diamond Gigantic Elephant was, the Mighty Elephant Stomp’s prowess had reached a terrifying level of seven stars of strength, making Qing Shui overjoyed. When required, he could use the Mighty Elephant Stomp to kill or stop his opponents.

“Qing Shui, listen to me, don’t go for the fight. I’ll do my best to make sure that you guys can leave safely.” Ye Guyan frowned, looking at Qing Shui.

“Don’t fight? And let you get married to that Donggong Taiqing?” Qing Shui looked at Ye Guyan gently and said.

The old man just sat there quietly and sipped on his tea, not saying a word.

Ye Guyan fell silent, not knowing how to explain it to him. She knew that cultivators had their pride and if he were to shrink back now, it would leave an irrevocable impact on him.

“If you like that Donggong Taiqing, I can give up on the fight, or I can spare his life.” Qing Shui smiled and looked at Ye Guyan.

“Qing Shui, stop trying to cheer me up. I can’t make myself feel happy.” Ye Guyan said dejectedly.

“I’m serious. I hope that you guys can stay out of this. I’m thankful if you guys can help me take care of them. I can settle this myself.” Qing Shui gave it some thought and said. Even he found it hard to be saying this.

“Stop kidding. Qing Shui, I’ll do my best to help you.” Ye Guyan gritted her teeth and said determinedly.

“Sure, but you’re not allowed to get married to that guy from the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan.” Qing Shui smiled and said.

“Qing Shui…”

“I don’t want to see you become a widow.” Qing Shui said calmly.

“What are you talking about…” Ye Guyan chided Qing Shui unnaturally.

“Alright, alright. Lass, listen to Qing Shui this time around. We’ll do our best to help him. Now that things have come down to this, let’s just focus on the fight first.” The old man said slowly.

“Crazy grandpa!”

“Trust me. Lass, you’re very clever, but you still don’t know Qing Shui well. Actually, you would understand if you think about it.” The old man’s slight laughing voice rang out.

“Alright. Young man, I’ll do my best to help you. You must do your best in this fight. Although this old man is nothing much, I still have some influence.” After saying his piece, the old man stood up and started to leave.

Qing Shui quickly stood up, “Thank you, Old Master. I’ll definitely do my best to settle this.”

Everything was decided. Although Ye Guyan was still a bit doubtful, she chose to believe the old man’s words. Therefore, all she could do now was to place her trust in Qing Shui.

“I’m going to take a look at Martial God Street. Miss Ye, how about joining me?” Qing Shui smiled and said.

“You’re still going?” Ye Guyan said in surprise.

“Let’s go. No one would come to look for trouble in these three days.” Qing Shui smiled and said.

“If you still have the mood for it, then let’s go.” Ye Guyan’s mood wasn't that good, but she saw that Qing Shui’s mood seemed to be very good.

This time around, it was only Qing Shui and Ye Guyan that went. Qing Shui occasionally asked questions and Ye Guyan would answer them. However, she was not as lively as she was the day before.

“You’re so worried about me?” Seeing how Ye Guyan was, Qing Shui smiled and teased.

“You dream on!”

“I know you feel that you owe me because I brought Yan`er back. You don’t owe anyone anything. I didn’t plan on getting repaid for bringing Yan`er back. Moreover, am I such a reckless and brainless person?” Qing Shui smiled and said helplessly.

“A little…”

Qing Shui: “…”

The two of the continued to chat and the mood lightened up. They continued to walk along the Martial God Street. When they walked past the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan, they didn’t see anyone coming out.

Very quickly, they had arrived at the biggest arena in the Martial God Street. Currently, there were two people in it, engaged in an intense fight.

There were many people below, shouting out and cheering for them. It was very lively.

The current battle was between two young men. One of them was wearing blood red colored clothes while the other one was wearing snow white colored clothes. They both seemed to be in their thirties, nearing forty years of age.

What Qing Shui was astonished was that one of them was an elementary Martial Saint while the other was a Grade Ten Martial Saint. Although the Martial God Street was where the strongest in the area gathered, weren’t there too many geniuses around?

“Are you astonished that the two up there are very strong?” Ye Guyan smiled and asked Qing Shui.

“That’s right. If not for the people around seeming very normal, I would have doubts of whether I’ve seen wrongly. From the start, I was very astonished when I heard about Tantai Xuan from Tantai Aristocrat Clan. And then I met you, and then there was also Donggong Taiqing…” Qing Shui was truly astonished.

“Those two fighting are the younger generation from the Qu Clan and the Gaoyang Clan. They’re also considered the more outstanding juniors and are well known in Martial God Street. They like to spar with other people here and are on good terms with Donggong Taiqing. Their clans are also very close to the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan and even are related by marriage on their grandfather’s generation. Therefore, the three clans are also considered to be related by marriage.” Ye Guyan and Qing Clan stood slightly away from the arena, watching the intense battle.

There was no room for comparison between a Grade Ten Martial Saint to an elementary Martial Saint. The two of them were only sparring, and more of putting up a show. Their grand-looking stances made the crowd cheer.

“Oh, these two are really talented. Although they’re still not comparable to Miss Ye and Donggong Taiqing, they are already rare finds.” Qing Shui smiled and said as he looked at the two young man.

“Then how about when compared to you?” Ye Guyan smiled and looked at Qing Shui.

“Uhh, I think I should be slightly better than them.” Qing Shui was stunned for a short moment before he braced himself to say this. He knew what Ye Guyan was going to say.

“Haha, then aren’t you complimenting yourself?” Ye Guyan laughed softly and said.

Just as Qing Shui did not know what to say, a voice rang out, “Miss Ye, you’re here as well? The person beside you should be the one who’s competing against Young Master Donggong?”

Qing Shui looked up to see that it was the young man in blood red colored clothes. His handsome appearance had a hint of coquettishness to it due to his clothes, causing Qing Shui to feel slightly uncomfortable. Moreover, the young man in white clothes was already nowhere to be seen.

The young man's words caused many heads to turn toward them. Many people got closer to Qing Shui, wanting to see the person who would dare to challenge Donggong Taiqing.

“So he’s the one who’s going to challenge Donggong Taiqing!”

“Although this young man looks more handsome than Donggong Taiqing, when it comes down to a fight, it’s not a matter of who is the better looking one.”

“It seems like there’s a problem with his head. Why is he not treasuring his life?”

“I feel that this young man has potential.” A young man said.

“How did you sense it?” Someone asked immediately.

“Look at how close he is with Miss Ye? What kind of person is Miss Ye? She doesn’t even take a liking to Donggong Taiqing but fancies this young man. What do you think the reason is?” The young man felt that his words were very reasonable.

“That’s hard to say. Maybe this young man is good in bed…”

“Who said that?! Are you courting death? Say it once more if you dare!”

“That’s right! Kill him…!”

Qing Shui looked at Ye Guyan’s unnatural expression and knew that she had heard what they said. There were many voices standing up for Ye Guyan as well. It seemed like there were quite a number of people who liked and admired this lady.


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AST 763 – Tantai Aristocrat Clan, Three Days Passed

“There’s something you need from me?”

Qing Shui reached out his hand and softly tapped on Ye Guyan’s Lingtai acupoint before he took a step forward with a smile on his face.

Qing Shui’s tap no longer made Ye Guyan felt suppressed as before. Earlier, she felt uncomfortable but she didn’t know if it was due to fury or embarrassment. Now, she couldn't feel that sensation.

“I’m Qu Runie, and I’d like to have a spar with you.” The young man said with a clear and strong voice as he looked at Qing Shui. His voice was not very loud but it had a penetrating effect.

Qu Runie was cordial with Donggong Taiqing and had a lot of of admiration for him. He felt that he needed to do something for Donggong Taiqing when he heard that a nobody was going to challenge him.

He came here today to have a spar with Gao Yangtian, but he did not expect to meet Ye Guyan and that young man who had challenged Donggong Taiqing. Therefore, he wanted to take this opportunity to humiliate Qing Shui.

In a battle, as long as both parties had made an agreement, no other people would issue another challenge as it would offend the other party.

This was an unspoken rule, but since Qu Runie and Donggong Taiqing had a close relationship, it was another story. It was clear he was trying to suck up to Donggong Taiqing.

“My martial techniques is only for killing, not for sparring.” Qing Shui stared at the young man and said softly, however, his voice was swift yet strong.

Sounds of astonishments could be heard out from the surroundings. Clearly, the atmosphere started to heat up.

“I think well of this young man.” A middle-aged man laughed and said.

“Old Liu, can you please don’t always blow your own trumpet? Go look at yourself in the mirror. He needs you to think well of him?” Another middle-aged man retorted.

“Do you think that this young man will go up to fight with Qu Runie?” Someone brought the topic back.

“It’s hard to say. This Qu Runie is the Qu Clan’s genius. Although he can’t be compared to Donggong Taiqing, he’s still a character who’s hard to find amongst hundreds of thousands of people. He’s the future of the Qu Clan. That young man had said that he’d only kill and not spar. I think it will be hard for this battle to be carried out.” An old man said slowly.

“What if Qu Runie is bent on fighting?” Someone carried on.

“By right, they shouldn’t end up in a fight, but if they do, it will be a life and death battle. The Qu Clan will definitely send someone to stop the battle since they will not allow anything to happen to him. For the past few years, they have been forbidding them from fighting it all out with other people.” The old man smiled and said.

At that moment, Qu Runie stood on the arena with his brows furrowed as if he was deciding on something.

“Look, he’s hesitating. Seems like it’s true that the Qu Clan forbids him from taking any part in fights. I wonder if he can hold it in this time.” The old man smiled and said.

“Who do you think is stronger, Qu Runie or that young man?” Someone felt that the old man knew a lot and could not help but ask.

“I’m old, my eyes aren’t as good as before and my cultivation level is low.” The old man said as he waved his hand.

“Don’t be so humble. With your experience, it should be easy for you to tell. Come on, just share a little bit.” A young man said respectfully.

“Then I’ll just say a little. Do you think that young man looks like a fool?”

“Of course not. How could the man that Miss Ye Guyan thinks well of be a fool?” Someone immediately said.

“Shouldn’t that explain everything?” The old man smiled and left.

Just when Qu Runie was about to agree to a battle to the death with Qing Shui, a few people ran towards them. The one in the lead was a middle-aged man who shouted as he ran over, “Young Master Qu, Old Master wants you to return immediately. There’s something he needs to discuss with you.”

“I’ll take my leave today.” Qu Runie said to Qing Shui and Ye Guyan before he leaped off the arena and left.

Everyone was astonished and saw that the elderly had already left. Only now they had realized that the old man knew that the fight would not continue since the beginning, that he really had experienced a lot in life and could see between so many things.

The place became lively again with Qu Runie’s departure, with some people gossiped on how Qu Runie was a coward…

“Let’s go take a look in front!” Ye Guyan smiled and went together with Qing Shui.

Qu Runie returned quickly to the Qu Residence and went straight to the backyard. There, an elderly casually stood next to the pond as he watched the fishes swimmed freely. If those few young men from before could see this, they would definitely find it strange that this old man in the Qu Residence was the same old man from earlier.

“Grandfather!”

Qu Runie walked towards the old man and said softly.

“Slap!”

A loud slap rang out and the amiable-looking old man from earlier now appeared like a ferocious lion. This slap left a clear handprint on Qu Runie’s face.

This old man was actually Qu Runie’s grandfather. It was no wonder he could be so sure that the fight would not go on, because he was the one who called Qu Runie back.

Qu Runie was stunned by the slap. Since young, he had been spoiled due to his talent and he only would receive applause and commendations. The one who had given him the most praises and doted on him the most was his grandfather. It could be said that he was much closer with his grandfather compared to his parents. From what he remembered, his grandfather had never hit him nor did he shouted at him loudly before.

However now, the tight slap from the old man had stunned him.

“Nie`er, do you know why I’ve hit you?” In fact, the old man felt even worse than Qu Runie when he had hit him. However, it was something that was needed to be done to let Qu Runie understand some things.

“It’s because I was planning on fighting with someone.” Qu Runie looked at the old man and said.

“I’m not afraid that you’d fight with others. I’m angry because you didn’t use your brain. It’s nothing much to have sparring matches between cultivators. However, you didn’t use your brain and was about to just throw away your life. Do you think you deserve to get hit?” The old man sighed and said.

Qu Runie was shocked and cold sweat filled his forehead. He dropped to his knees and said, “Grandson has been unfilial to have caused you to worry.”

“Get up!”

The old man helped Qu Runie up before continuing, “If you can understand, then this slap wasn’t for nothing. The goal was not to hit you, but to let you think things through when you come across similar situations in the future. Think more about it, otherwise, you wouldn’t even know how you died. It’s not easy for a person or for a clan to survive and it’s natural to have some humiliation and injustice. Those who can succeed in life would be able to bear what others can’t and can adapt to all circumstances. If you can’t do this and also do not have the support of an absolute power, you will not have a good ending.”

“I understand. I may not be able to do this immediately, but I’ll try. Thank you, grandfather. You’ve made me realized a lot of things today.”

The old man’s slap didn’t let him learn anything, but rather enlightened him about certain situations. It felt as if like you suddenly had an increased sense of maturity when you finally realized things that you don't understand previously..

Qing Shui and Ye Guyan continued to walked towards the south along the Martial God Street. The weather in the Southern Sea City was great, with spring throughout the year. There was nothing to complain of except the frequent rainfall, however, it was rare for a heavy downpour to occur. Rather, there were more instances of light drizzles which would take a long time before a person get fully drenched.

The sky which was sunny a while ago had now turned slightly dim, with the sun covered up with dark clouds. However, it didn’t make people feel suppressed. Light drizzle started to fall from the sky after just a short period of time.

Such an environment could make a person to indulge in it easily, moreover, there was an unparalleled beauty next to him. However, Qing Shui didn’t harbor any thoughts for her. The reason he came to the Southern Viewing Continent was to eradicate the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan. He would return immediately once he attained this as there were still many people who waits for him back at home.

They walked all the way towards the south of the Martial God Street. Earlier, Ye Guyan had introduced Qing Shui to a quite number of reputable clans. However, it meant nothing to the Qing Clan now. He was only afraid earlier that the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan would have a lot of helpers and they might hinder him with his plans. But now, everything was fine. Putting aside the fact that the people from the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan was not well received by others, with the Ye Clan’s old man definite decision to take action, a situation where he would be surrounded and attacked would less likely to occur.

However, it was still not an easy task to eradicate Donggong Taiqing and it might be something he couldn't accomplish within a short amount of time. Donggong Taiqing must die, so that there would be a loophole in the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan.

“Look, that’s the Tantai Aristocrat Clan!”

Ye Guyan’s voice interrupted Qing Shui’s train of thoughts. He followed her gaze to look at a unique manor. It was a dazzling manor which was conspicuous compared to the others within the area. The large area it encompasses and its high build together with its golden color made it stood out a lot.
This was the Tantai Aristocrat Clan. Only when one sees it for himself, would he be able to feel that astonishment, that feeling of resplendent and magnificent. Only now did Qing Shui realized that the color gold could be so dazzling and luxurious.

“Probably only the Tantai Aristocrat Clan can be so dazzling.” Qing Shui lamented as he looked at the Tantai Aristocrat Clan’s building.

“That is true. The Tantai Aristocrat Clan is not only strong and hold great power but it is also a clan that all others could not be compared to. Moreover, it had a great number of descendents and had the most number of talents. The younger generation is stronger than ever before.” Ye Guyan smiled and said to Qing Shui.

Powerful clans would need to go through decades before they could grow. Qing Shui thought of his own clan, it was just himself alone no matter how powerful he became. For a clan to become more powerful was not something that could be accomplished overnight. However, Qing Shui was confident that he could make his clan powerful within a shorter amount of time compared to the others.

Just then, a smart looking young man walked out from the Tantai Aristocrat Clan’s Residence. His eyes lit up when he saw Ye Guyan and Qing Shui, “Miss Huyan!”

“Mmm, what coincidence.” Ye Guyan smiled and said.

“This must be Mister Qing Shui.” The handsome young man smiled and said warmly after seeing Qing Shui.

Qing Shui didn't expect a stranger to call out his name. However, his expression remained calm as he smiled and said, “I’m Qing Shui. May I know how to address you?”

“I’m Tantai Aoyun. It’s a pleasure to meet you.”

Qing Shui also answered politely. Although the Tantai Aristocrat Clan received him warmly, they wouldn’t do this to all strangers they encounter. This meant only one thing, Ye Guyan. Everything was because of this lady next to him.

Three days had passed by very quickly. Qing Shui made ample preparations during this past three days. The battle will be on the late morning today, however, Qing Shui still practiced Taichi when he woke this morning.

Ye Guyan seemed to have a false impression when she saw Qing Shui’s composed look while he practiced Taichi. He was really very special and hard to understand.


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