Ancient Strengthening Technique

 
 

Ancient Strengthening Technique Chapter 772-773




AST 772 – The Fight of the Ultimate Life and Death Against Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan (2)

When used again cultivators of such a level, Qing Shui could easily push back his opponents. They say that in battle, if you take one step back, it’ll be followed with many steps back thereafter. Moreover, although the powers of the Shield Attack would not be able to cause the opponent to be hit by dizziness, when it pushed back the opponent, the opponent’s gathered powers would be scattered by half if not completely. It only took that one short moment.

Qing Shui knew about this very long ago but he had been unable to find the right moment. Usually, during battle, he would also try to find a chance for this. For example, when Qing Shui hit out with the Shield Attack, he would also shoot out his needles at the same time.

Shield Attack!

After pushing back the elder with another Shield Attack, Qing Shui sent needles flying out from his sleeves, aiming for his forehead. That flash was like a devil’s curse.

It pierced through the head!

Usually, this would be effective on the first use in every battle, catching people unaware. However, when he tried to attempt this a second time, people would either be on guard or try not to get near Qing Shui’s Violet Gold Divine Shield.

The Hidden Weapon Technique was extremely profound and caught people unaware. The essence to this technique was to be fast, accurate and vicious. It must be so fast that it was unbelievable, catching people unaware and so fast that one could only see it but not dodge it or even let their consciousness be able to catch up with what they saw. This was the crux of hidden weapons, only speed could counter it.

Accuracy was something that was of absolute importance for hidden weapons. No matter how fast they were, if they didn’t hit the opponents, they would be useless. Qing Shui had not expected that toward the end, hidden weapons could be used together with his spiritual sense which would bind down his opponents. It was just like the Meteor Smash. Moreover, with Qing Shui’s ability, accuracy was not an issue.

Viciousness can increase one’s lethal damaging prowess. It was just like how Qing Shui had used stones to shoot demonic beasts’ eyes to give them lethal damage. If he were to shoot elsewhere, it might not even be able to break through their thick hides and shells. Viciousness did not only refer to attacking the person’s weaknesses. For example, the stones could be changed to hidden weapons which had been tempered with poison, or the Primordial Flame Balls, which were both very lethal.

The old man’s brain was penetrated, through the spot between the brows at that. He was struck by tremendous pain, his consciousness blurred out and Qing Shui’s Thunder God quickly smashed down on his head, bursting it.

First one down!

Earlier, Qing Shui’s attacks were like strong gales and thunderstorms. Moreover, with the Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable helping Qing Shui, protecting his back from the old men who were trying to sneak up on him, this old man was instantly caught and killed unaware.

When the old man’s headless corpse dropped, the crowd went wild. Going up against five opponents and dashing forth with great arrogance, killing one of them with great perfection. He had controlled the time and speed with great perfection.

“I thought that my eyes were playing tricks on me. One person against five, with one of them instantly killed when the battle had not started for long. The power was too domineering, too strong.”

“This is too awesome! This kind of man is the kind that I’d like to have.” A young and obese lady smiled and said.

“With the likes of you? Aren’t you scared to become a joke?” A young man said in disgust.

“Who do you think you are? What’s it to you who I like? With your useless look, even if you were to give me a mountain of gold, I wouldn’t let you touch even a pinky of mine.” The lady shouted out in a loud voice.

Young man: “…”

The people in the surroundings broke out laughing and that lady whose waist was like a bucket had her hands at her waist, “What are you looking at? Haven’t you seen a beauty before?”

The people in the surroundings gritted their teeth, rumbling sounds coming from their stomachs. One of them could not hold it in and ended up puking.

Ten Thousand Great Thunderbolt!

Kill!

Qing Shui locked onto another person and quickly charged forth. In a battle, momentum is very important. When one person was up against multiple opponents, it was best to shuffle about and kill, instead of being surrounded by the opponents.

Not everyone could take the Ten Thousand Great Thunderbolt’s paralyzing effect. The increase given by the Thunder God which made one two times stronger wasn’t the most terrifying. What was the most terrifying was the Ten Thousand Great Thunderbolt. Once one couldn’t hold up against the paralyzing effect, what awaited was only death.

There were many methods to counter paralyzing effects. If one’s spirit energy was strong enough, one would be able to counter it. One could also rely on external objects. Usually, armors that were of a similar level with the Thunder God would have similar effects, just like that Jade-Armored Immortal Garb.

Another option was some weird stones which had divine effects that could purify. Moreover, weapons that had paralyzing effects were something that one might not be able to create even if ten thousand people had tried it. And even if there were any, usually they would not be too powerful either. There was also the point about success rate. It was just like how the success rate of Qing Shui’s Thunder God was far too low.

The Thunder God’s Ten Thousand Great Thunderbolt was very powerful but it could not be used repeatedly. After each use, one must rest for some time. This was why each time around, it could reach the expected effect, unless the opponent had the ability to neutralize the effect of the Ten Thousand Great Thunderbolt.

To go against paralyzing effects, there was a kind of Heaven Extinction metal which was suitable to be used for forging weapons. It was sharp, hard and could cut through all connections. It conducted neither heat nor poison and naturally could also be used so that paralyzing effects would not be conducted either.

In the blink of an eye, two of them died. Now, the commotion from the crowd was getting louder than before. Everyone could see the results of the fight. The remaining three from the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan could not do anything to turn the tables and now, each of their faces had turned grim as they knew that they might be going to die today.

The Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable held one back while Qing Shui headed toward the other two.

It was still alright for Qing Shui to handle these two people. Afterall, their abilities had been weakened by quite a lot.

The remaining three old men knew that in order to survive, they must kill this young man before them. Now, there were still three of them. They couldn’t afford for any more casualties, otherwise, there wouldn’t be any more hope.

Gritting his teeth, the old man with a long beard on the left glared. He slashed out toward Qing Shui’s left rib with his huge chakrams which emitted a cold gleam. Another old man thrust his sword toward Qing Shui’s neck.

The explosive sounds in the air and the dark black slashes created all tremored strongly in the air.

Qing Shui didn’t dare to be careless either. He defended himself against the saber with his Violet Gold Divine Shield, while the Thunder God knocked off the other old man’s longsword. He then swung out his Thunder God, unleashing the Total Annihilation and sent the opponent flying.

Although Qing Shui might not be able to have an advantage if they were to just compare their strength alone. However, the hammer was considered a heavy weapon and between two people of similar level, heavy weapons had an advantage when competing in terms of power.

Qing Shui was waiting. He was waiting for the Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable to kill the others.

Squeak squeak!

The Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable’s speed was not something the old man could match. Holding a small shield and a longsword, he barely managed to fend off the Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable’s attacks. Having some slight leeway, Qing Shui didn’t wish to waste too much time and shot out a Frosted Iron Ball toward the old man.

The old man was immediately at risk, facing attacks from both his front and back. How could the Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable give up on such an excellent opportunity? It dashed toward that astonished old man at the speed of lightning. However, everything was too late for him.

Now, three out of the five of them had died. The battle could be seen as over. However, Qing Shui still intentionally dragged out the time, hoping that the people from the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan would not be too alarmed. He wanted them to be mistaken that the most dangerous one was the Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable.

Qing Shui then killed the last two old men together with the Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable. With the use of hidden weapons, Qing Shui made it a breeze for the Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable to be able to defeat the opponent without any additional waste of energy, killing them by poison.

All five of them died and Qing Shui landed on the arena!

There was no way to throw in the towel for the Fight of the Ultimate Life and Death, unless the other party would agree to it. Otherwise, they could only fight to the bitter death until one side was completely wiped out. There were also no limits to the number of rounds until there were no more people from one side who would be participating.

“That poison beast is too powerful. If I also had one like it, I’d be able to do anything I wished.” A young man looked at Qing Shui’s Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable and said jealously.

“Young Master Tuoba, is there anyone from your family who would be able to fend off this Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable?” Qu Jiao asked Young Master Tuoba.

“This Five Colored Poison Beast is definitely the strongest I have seen amongst all Five Colored Poison Beasts. It must have taken heavenly and earthly treasures before. The easiest way to tame a Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable is to feed it the Flower of Life and after taking it, its abilities will rise greatly. It will form a connection with the owner and the person who owns the Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable would also start to develop stronger resistance to poison.”

After saying this Young Master Tuoba saw that Qu Jiao was still looking at him. He chuckled and said, “We’re just doing it for fun in our clan but there’re still some people who could fight against it.”

“That’s true. Actually, what I wanted to ask is if you can fend this off.” Qu Jiao smiled and said.

“Me? If it was the Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable in the past, I could handle it. But now, I can’t.” Young Master Tuoba smiled bitterly and said. Amongst the people of his age, to think that even though he deals with poison, he was no match for this person’s poison beast. That feeling of defeat and grief caused one to feel agony beyond words.

“Elder sister, uncle has won.”

“Mmm.” Ye Huyan was also looking happily at the man who was standing upright on the arena. Holding the shield and hammer, together with Qing Shui’s handsome demonic appearance, he exuded an inharmonious charm, giving one an astonished vision.

Cang Wuya, Fei Wuji and Bai Gui were all in a daze. To think that he had killed all five who were all unsurpassable existences. Unknowingly, they realized that Qing Shui had also reached an unsurpassable level. Without Qing Shui, they would probably never be able to help the Old Ancestor fulfil his dying wish all their lives.

The people from Ye Clan were also bursting with excitement, much more than the others in the crowd. A battle like this was hard to come by. This was very important for their cultivation as well. Moreover, Ye Clan and this young man were considered good friends and if he was to emerge victorious, Ye Clan’s reputation and status would be brought to new heights once again.

Unlike Ye Clan, Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan was now very gloomy, each of them having dark faces. The old man from the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan slowly spoke out, “Cuiyong, you bring Yanshu and the others up.”

“Yes, Old Ancestor!”

The five old men from the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan flew toward the arena. After the five of them had stepped forth, there was clearly a gap amidst the tens of people from the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan. None of those from the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan were not pained when they noticed this situation. Each of them held great pride for their clan since when it had became powerful, no matter where they went, people would hold them in high regard.

After looking at these five old men, Qing Shui didn’t say anything and immediately waved to call out the Diamond Gigantic Elephant. Theoretically, his opponents’ abilities would get stronger and stronger but it was also possible for them to call out their strongest. It would be up to them to decide how to go about doing it.


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AST 773 – The Fight Of The Ultimate Life and Death Against The Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan (3)

There was a mix of cheers, taunts, and gasps from the surrounding crowd when the Diamond Gigantic Elephant appeared. The five old men in front of Qing Shui seemed to be calm while two of them quickly summoned their demonic beasts as well.

One of the two demonic beasts was a Blue Fox Demon, which was essentially a Four Colored Poison Beast. The most outstanding characteristic of the Blue Fox Demon was none other than its formidable speed. In any case, what would these old men think if they knew the bite from Donggong Maisun's Green Bamboo Snake was ineffective against Qing Shui?

The other demonic beast was a Black Armored Turtle Beast of a cubic meter in size. The defense was quite fragile and its attack power was very weak as well. Despite that, it could attach itself to a human being to act as shield from incoming assaults. This turtle could be used as a disguised battle armor on its owner.

The other three old men did not call out their mounts or any demonic beasts. It wasn't strange when Qing Shui thought about it. Up at this point, only beast tamers who could call out their demonic beasts were allowed to join the battle. However, be it a poison beast or a fantastic beast or any demonic beasts that were too difficult to control, they would all be annihilated in an instant by a demonic beast of the strength of one star and above. If that was the case, beast tamers should think twice about letting their demonic beasts into a battle they could never win.

Qing Shui could barely hear the murmurs from the crowd below now. He and the five old men from the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan had already flown further up towards the sky. The sky above the Martial God Street was crowded with flying beasts initially but they had already flown about a thousand meters away from the area around the arena. It was best for the audience to spectate such a battle from afar. It was also interesting to note that their altitude in the sky wasn't the best condition to be in to spectate the fight either.

Both of Qing Shui and the opposition's men remained silent. Words were already unnecessary at this point. The most important thing right now was to kill his opponents as soon as possible through the advantage of the first-strike. Qing Shui banished all the unnecessary thoughts from his mind and focused on getting the first-strike without pulling any deceptions that would allow his opponents to make their moves first.
This was the second round, so he figured that he should reveal some of his powers this time.

Vajra Subdues Demons!

The Diamond Gigantic Elephant trampled its way towards the old men, while Qing Shui quickly activated his Fiery Golden Eyes and Emperor's Qi before he followed the elephant as well.

Instantaneous Diamond Evasion!

Mighty Elephant Stomp!

The Diamond Gigantic Elephant quickly flashed its way towards the old men and instantly unleashed its Mighty Elephant Stomp. The stomp that contained the strength of seven stars simply wasn't a technique these old men could withstand with their current strength. Before they could be trampled on, the old men hastily escaped, separating them in the process.

Everyone dropped their jaws when they witnessed the power displayed by the mighty Diamond Gigantic Elephant. The spectators below quickly stood up in awe. The strength of seven stars was a supremely terrifying power. The old men were all martial warriors with the strength of peak five stars. They didn't stand a chance, because even those with the strength of six stars could still be in extreme danger in front of a being with the strength of seven stars – they could end up dead with an instantaneous kill by a seven star being.

"Is he a beast tamer? Why is this demonic beast so strong? Does he have other demonic beasts like this too?

Within a few seconds, the spectators below burst out in another discussion. Some who had initially looked down on Qing Shui had begun to gain some admiration towards him. However, this was the Fight of the Ultimate Life and Death against the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan, so getting too involved with this fight would be a waste. No one wanted to bet their money on the fight because it wasn't worth betting in the first place.

"Elder sister, the elephant is so awesome."

Ye Guyan remained silent as she patted Ye Yan's head gently. She finally allowed herself a genuine smile when she saw how strong Qing Shui's demonic beast was. Cang Wuya, Fei Wuji, and Bai Gui, on the other hand, were surprised by the strength of the elephant. They never expected a normal-looking demonic beast would possess an abominable strength like this, at least not with the strength of seven stars.

However, the strength of the elephant was beginning to make sense to them after realizing the Diamond Gigantic Elephant's recent surge in power. Even if that was the case, the elephant was already considered strong based on its previous strength of Martial Saint. This, however, was out of their expectation.

……….

The Mighty Elephant Stomp had successfully dispersed the initial formation of the old men. It was sudden too, so the old men had no choice but to separate themselves to two sides; three on the left side, and two on the right side. Naturally, Qing Shui would never pass up on this opportunity, so with an Instantaneous Diamond Evasion move, he quickly flashed towards those old men. With the current level of the Instantaneous Diamond Evasion, he could now move a longer distance towards a direction.

Shield Attack!

State of One with Elephant!

Qing Shui's Shield Attack was able to knock one of the old men away from on the right side. This old man was the one with the Blue Fox Demon. However, the Blue Fox Demon was nothing against him but he still reminded himself to be careful so that the demonic beast would not be able to land an attack on him.

Bang!

The force of the Mighty Elephant Stomp had created a mist of black cloud in the center, blocking both the path and view of the three old men on the other side. It was only for a moment, but two corpses had already fallen from the sky towards the ground.

The sky returned to normal after that. The three old men stared at the young man in front of them blankly, unable to grasp why their two comrades had fallen so quickly. The expressions on the three old men changed immediately as the dull thumping of the corpses rang out from the ground.

It turned out that Qing Shui had also knocked the other old man with his shield after the first one. He had also shot out two poison needles towards those one of the old men, to poison him. However, it wasn't the needles that had killed him but the Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable that Qing Shui had thrown towards him at that moment. The sable was already quite fast and with Qing Shui's flexibility and strength, the sable acted as a hidden weapon as it scratched the old man as he was being thrown backwards from the shield. Having been afflicted with poison twice, the old man died instantly. The venom from the poison needles was quite strong as well……

Now wasn't the time to use his items sparingly, so Qing Shui didn't feel petty when he threw out a few poison needles. But if he could, he would restrict himself from using all of them because he had other members of the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan that needed to be killed too.

When the other old man saw his comrade going down, he went straight to save him. It was fine for Qing Shui as he didn't need to find another way to catch up to him. Without further hesitation, he quickly flashed towards the old man and aimed his attack at the old man's head with the Thunder God.

Critical Damage!

Qing Shui controlled his power to the level slightly lower than his opponent's defense, which caused the Critical Damage to ignore half of the old man's defense instantly. With the State of One with Elephant activated, the old man was severely wounded on the spot. The Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable went straight for that old man even without Qing Shui's command, killing him on the spot.

Three more to go. Qing Shui quickly made an estimation in his head; with five dead on the first battle, two in the current battle, and seven at the Ye Residence, he had killed a total 14 members from the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan. All of them were Peak Martial Saints too…..

Even the Blue Fox Demon had been killed by Qing Shui with his bare hands before being thrown into the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. At this point, demonic beasts of the Martial Saint level were nothing in the eyes of Qing Shui.

His opponents became timid when they knew how fragile they were right now. Qing Shui, on the other hand, was feeling bolder than before. He needed to boost his courage because he had to face a line of stronger opponents after this. Among the three old men in front of him, two possessed the strength of five stars. But after they had been weakened by the Fiery Golden Eyes and Emperor's Qi, their strength was reduced to somewhere around three and a half stars.

Only when one had been afflicted with the weakening effect would they feel the despair crawling up to them. Qing Shui was now more or less on par with his opponents after he had gained a surge of power from the State of One with Elephant technique.

Mighty Elephant Stomp!

Qing Shui repeated his old tactic but this time, his opponents began to strike as well. Facing three opponents at the same time – with two of them being stronger than himself – he needed to use another technique in order to win this round. With that in mind, he quickly took out two black Frosted Iron Balls, ready for the next strike.

When his opponents showed a frightened expression, Qing Shui wasted no time and shot the Frosted Iron Balls towards the old man in the middle. Even though the old men had already retreated backwards, their speed was no match for the speed of the hidden weapons. The Frosted Iron Ball was considered Qing Shui's deadliest weapon so far. If he wanted to kill those who were stronger than him, he needed to depend on his hidden weapons in order to do so.

Break!

When the Frosted Iron Balls got closer to the targets, the old man with the weakest strength quickly realized that they could no longer evade the incoming poisonous balls. Having accepted his fate, he took the fall for his other two comrades and blocked the Frosted Iron Balls with his own body, which ultimately led to his death.

Qing Shui's Frosted Iron Balls, that had been tempered with poison, were just enough to kill a man of such strength. If he hadn't weakened their powers from the beginning, the hidden weapon technique Twin Dragon Explosion would not yield the result he had expected.

Qing Shui felt that he had wasted two Frosted Iron Balls on one person. As he turned his attention to the remaining two old men, who were clearly frightened for their lives, he realized that it may not be a waste at all. At the very least, the horrific death of their comrades had somehow diminished their combat capabilities by about 20%.

It was time for another kill!

Diamond Sword Qi!

A pink sword qi three meters long was shot out by the Diamond Gigantic Elephant as it trampled across the sky in a vigorous motion. This skill was awakened after the Diamond Gigantic Elephant had consumed the 'Origin Essence Pellet' that he had received during the demon refining at the Stellar Horse Lake.

The pink sword qi flew towards the two old men at a moderate speed. The speed was not as fast as Qing Shui's hidden weapons – it was quite inferior to be exact – but the old men found it impossible to evade the sword qi as they could only watch it inching closer with fearful eyes……

Did the Diamond Sword Qi have a breakthrough?

Qing Shui was curious. When he had the Diamond Gigantic Elephant use the skill for the first time as a trial, it was not as powerful as he remembered. The power of the sword qi felt stronger now and the size of the qi seemed to have grown bigger. Qing Shui had always thought that the size of the sword qi was normal until he realized the change in the power was directly proportional to the size as well.

Now it seemed that the Diamond Sword Qi had gone through a slight change without him noticing it.

The two old men from the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan tried to block the giant sword qi with their weapons instead of evading the sword qi entirely. Qing Shui felt quite perplexed at their action but as he was still judging their decision, the Diamond Gigantic Elephant had already rushed towards the old men with an assault.

Ferocious Diamond Attack!

The Diamond Gigantic Elephant knocked itself against the one of the old men with a ferocious might, knocking that old man to the far end while spilling fresh blood aimlessly in the air. Realizing his comrade was dead and the pink sword qi had vanished, the remaining old man retreated as fast as he could.

Qing Shui was dumbfounded with his Diamond Gigantic Elephant's Ferocious Diamond Attack. Since when did that attack become that powerful…… he felt that the power of the attack had doubled, kind of.

Qing Shui mounted his Diamond Gigantic Elephant and brought the Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable with him to kill the last one – the one with the Black Armored Turtle Beast. After it was done, the battle had ended. Qing Shui came out victorious once again but the crowd below were silent, albeit momentarily.

It was deathly silent as the spectators looked at the young man standing proudly beside his demonic beasts with astonished gazes.

Qing Shui, on the other hand, was busy analyzing his Diamond Gigantic Elephant through his Heavenly Vision Technique. He tried to analyze the Diamond Sword Qi first because he had never paid any attention to it before. Once he got a good look at it, his heart almost skipped a beat.

Diamond Sword Qi: A giant sword qi would lock onto the target and initiate an assault autonomously. During the period of the assault, the target would not be able to move, until the Diamond Sword Qi had vanished completely. When the target attempted to block the Diamond Sword Qi, the Diamond Gigantic Elephant's attack power would be doubled instantly. The time and the chance of the locking the Diamond Sword Qi on the target would depend on the target's ability. This technique could be used once a day.

"No wonder the Ferocious Diamond Attack felt like it had doubled its power. So it's true. Too bad it can only be used once per day." pondered Qing Shui. The Diamond Gigantic Elephant originally had the strength of 7000 countries. It could reach to about 14000 countries when the Diamond Qi has been activated. If the elephant initiated the Ferocious Diamond Attack, its power would double, leading to about the strength of 28000 countries. If the Diamond Sword Qi were to activate itself, the elephant's power could go up to the strength of 56000 countries, which was more than the strength of five and a half stars. At this moment, if the elephant were to knock itself against a martial warrior with the strength of three and a half stars, the martial warrior would be dead instantly.

This was a demonic beast that lived for the sake of battles.

The expression on the old man from the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan immediately changed. He seemed to have realized something – ten strong martial warriors of the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan had been annihilated in a blink of an eye. It might as well be his own doing!


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