Ancient Strengthening Technique

 
 

Ancient Strengthening Technique Chapter 774-775


AST 774 – The Fight Of The Ultimate Life and Death Against The Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan (4)

"Elder sister, uncle has won again." Ye Yan shouted excitedly while hugging her elder sister with a bright red complexion.

Ye Guyan was happy as well. As long as Qing Shui was alive, everything would be fine. She felt a sense of responsibility towards him or to be exact, she felt like she owed a great deal to him. If Qing Shui died right here and now, she would feel anguished. It didn't help when she knew the reason he came to the Southern Viewing Continent – to obliterate the entire Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan, one of the strongest and influential clans amongst the supreme aristocratic clans.

"Old Ancestor, his demonic beasts are too incredible. Let me go and handle this kid." Donggong Maisun's grandfather, Donggong Nianyun, went up to the Old Ancestor of the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan and requested to be allowed into the battle.

"Equip your Jade Dragon Battle Armor Set. The poison beast will not be much of a threat to you if you have that on. Go now." The Old Ancestor of the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan spoke in a usual calm manner.

'Yes, grandfather!"

This time, Donggong Nianyun addressed the Old Ancestor as his grandfather. The Old Ancestor shifted in his seat and said: "Bring Congxing and a few men with you."

Donggong Nianyun bowed once again and proceeded to lead four old men towards the battle. He then flew up and headed towards the sky to face Qing Shui.

"Haha, did you see that? This is the third time that the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan is sending out their men. They have already lost a total of ten members in this battle. Now that Donggong Nianyun is being sent to fight Qing Shui, things are looking real bad for this young fellow." said a member from the audience, feeling anxious for Qing Shui's life.

"Heh heh, a lot of people said that the young man would not stand a chance from the very beginning of the battle. But isn't he still standing here all fine and dandy? The men from the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan, on the other hand, were all dead." Another person quickly retaliated, unconvinced that Qing Shui would be defeated by the members of the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan that easily.

"Donggong Nianyun is not a simple man. He is one of the top five strongest members in the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan. It will be difficult for Qing Shui to win this time." replied the person who spoke earlier as he disregarded Qing Shui's two-round winning streak.

"Jade Dragon Battle Armor Set?" Someone exclaimed in surprise.

"This set contains the Jade Dragon Battle Armor, Jade Dragon Battle Boots, Jade Dragon Battle Saber and four Jade Dragon Daggers. It is said that the armor set has a force that is extremely powerful in terms of both attack and defense. I'm not sure of the specifics though." Another person explained with an expression of admiration for the armor set.

"I still think this young man will not lose that easily. He is too amazing, which makes people want him to win this battle so badly." The previous man who retaliated for Qing Shui spoke out. Then he turned to look back at the sky, because the battle was starting again.

Screech!

Qing Shui quickly summoned his Fire Bird, and then the Jade Emperor Queen Bee and the Gold-Silver Colored Butterflies with a wave of his hand.

Everyone stared in bewilderment at Qing Shui's actions. The demonic beasts he had summoned in the previous two battles had already given the impression that they were far superior to Qing Shui himself. However, with the sudden appearance of four extra demonic beasts, everyone could not help but be amazed at his formidable strength.

Donggong Nianyun was also surprised as he stared blankly at the demonic beasts surrounding Qing Shui. He wrinkled his forehead and made a deep frown. Normally, if it were other people who summoned these demonic beasts of Martial Saint level, he would not be bothered to concern himself about them. However, it was a different story for Qing Shui because of his capability at such a young age.

Qing Shui remained silent while swapping out his Violet Gold Divine Shield for his Big Dipper Sword.

The substitute of the shield for a sword left many exclaiming in shock, because a sword and a hammer was a weird combination for a martial warrior. Martial warriors would not give off such feelings except for a blacksmith, who would usually forge weapons while holding a hammer. Even if he really was a blacksmith, no one would believe him, because all they could see was the mannerism of a martial warrior.

"Did you really kill them?" asked the old fellow as he stared coldly at Qing Shui.

When Qing Shui was dueling with the late Donggong Taiqing yesterday, this old man was there spectating the fight below the arena. Today, however, he was standing above the arena, ready to fight Qing Shui. Even the old man didn't expect that he would be fighting against this young lad one day.

"Who? Oh, you mean Donggong Maisun and his men?" Qing Shui gave a sly smile at the old man.

"I was a fool back then. I should have dealt with you right then and there. Because of you, our Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan is going on a regression of power." said Donggong Nianyun as he gritted his teeth.

"Donggong Maisun came to ambush us at night after I had already challenged the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan to the Fight of the Ultimate Life and Death. Luckily I was able to discover them in time. He has completely thrown away the dignity of the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan and ultimately, he is dead." said Qing Shui, unconcerned of Donggong Maisun's death.

"Kid, a slight mistake in my part has given you the privilege to act foolish and freely. I will definitely kill you today no matter what it takes to do so. You and your demonic beasts will not stand a chance in front of me." Donggong Nianyuan spoke with a voice full of malice and hatred. The usual impervious expression on his face had changed, albeit a bit.

"You don't have to say it like that. Today seems like a good day. I will send you off to the depths of hell personally." Qing Shui wielded the Big Dipper Sword on his right hand, while the other hand was wielding the Thunder God.

"We will see about that." The old man rushed towards Qing Shui as soon as he finished talking.

Heavenly Talisman!

Vajra Subdues Demons!

Fiery Golden Eyes!

Emperor's Qi!

Poison Killer Sting!

Qing Shui reserved nothing and used whatever technique he had to weaken his opponents' power. At the same time, the Gold-Silver Colored Butterflies surrounded themselves around Qing Shui while he stood on top of his Diamond Gigantic Elephant, promptly thinking of various ways to eliminate Donggong Nianyun.

Mighty Elephant Stomp!

Everything would turn to ash in the face of an absolute power. Even an old man such as Donggong Nianyuan was required to evade the formidable stomp as fast as he could, not wishing to turn himself into a pancake. Even if he could withstand the overbearing force of the stomp, he would never do it at the risk of overexerting himself.

The other old men naturally evaded without thinking twice. Having observed the first two rounds of the battle, they made the effort to coordinate their actions, forming a harmonized formation. The Fire Bird soared above Qing Shui while spitting out a black flame towards his opponents from time to time. Below Qing Shui was his Diamond Gigantic Elephant and on his left side were the Gold-Silver Colored Butterflies. The Jade Emperor Queen Bee buzzed around on his right side, while the Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable stood firmly on his shoulder.

Their existence in this battle was a great comfort for Qing Shui but they had inevitably given everyone an impression that Qing Shui was a beast tamer and a powerful one at that. Not only could he tame demonic beasts but he was able to tame poison beasts as well.

"It looks like I have to use my hidden weapons to poke you guys around." Qing Shui had a thought about using his two Frosted Iron Balls again. He then urged his Diamond Gigantic Elephant to use the Instantaneous Diamond Evasion to quickly flash over to the old men.

Two Frosted Iron Balls were instantly shot out as well.

Break!

The travel speed of the Frosted Iron Balls was significantly faster than it was before. At that moment when the Frosted Iron Balls were shot out, Qing Shui had consumed the Agility-Enhancing Fruit and a Gale Pellet. After that, he rushed himself towards those old men in a quick motion.

One unfortunate old man had his head split open by the poisonous Frosted Iron Balls and died on the spot. The leader of these old men moved himself to the left side, while the remaining three shifted to the right side. When he saw an opening, his eyes lit up. He then quickly rushed towards the direction of the three old men.

Seven Star Armored Vest!

Combination Sword Technique, Four Moves Combination!

The Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable leaped off from Qing Shui's shoulder and rushed in to make an assault on one of the three old men. Meanwhile, the wings of the Gold-Silver Colored Butterflies flashed in a bright light, causing the speed of the old man to decrease greatly, instead of being petrified due to his current strength. Having his speed decreased in front of a Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable would only mean one thing – instant death.

Qing Shui relied on the ability of his Seven Star Armored Vest to work out with his 'Minute Subtlety' and quickly eliminated the remaining two. In the process of killing the two old men, he had suffered a slight wound, which would not hinder his fighting ability. He had nothing to worry about anyway, because he could use Golden Buddha Aura Lotus to heal himself back.

The Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable had managed to kill one of the old men. With that, four old men were dealt with completely, leaving yet another lone warrior for this round – the old man wearing armor and wielding a battle saber that seemed to be made of white jade. Donggong Nianyun hadn't expected that his men would be annihilated much quicker than the last round.

Qing Shui did not wish to waste any more time because the effect of the Seven Star Armored Vest could only work for one hour. Half of the members from the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan were still alive, so he needed the effect to last for a few more rounds before the effect ran dry.

"Jade Dragon Slash!"

When Donggong Nianyun saw what had happened to his men, his face immediately turned red in rage. The long blade of four feet long unleashed an enormous sword qi that pierced through the air towards Qing Shui, as if an enormous dragon was baring its teeth and branding its claws to devour him.

Donggong Nianyun waited until the suppressing force of the sword qi had inched closer to Qing Shui and quickly unleashed a few more sword qi strikes before he rushed towards him with the Jade Dragon Battle Saber in his hand.

"Jade Dragon Armored Vest!"

Qing Shui flustered when he saw Donggong Nianyun rushing towards him. Not only was he wearing an extremely powerful body armor while wielding a formidable white jade battle saber, he also seemed to have regained his former power of the strength of nearly six stars. Qing Shui had faith that he could withstand Donggong Nianyun's attack due his defense with the strength of seven stars.

Qing Shui had easily reached the attack power of nearly three stars while wielding his Big Dipper Sword and Thunder God. He had a defense of more than the strength of three stars and above but with the Seven Star Armored Vest equipped, his defense had reached to a terrifying amount of seven stars.

Because of that, he was able to go head-to-head against the previous old men for a close range kill. He was able to go on a rampage at all distnaces as long as the weak spot on his body was not exploited.

However, the old man in front of him was different than the previous four. Donggong Nianyun's attack power was double the amount of his own. If Qing Shui's weak spot was carelessly hit, his life would be in great danger. Moreover, his attack power was of no threat to the old man, so his only choice of inflicting critical pain upon the old man was to use his hidden weapons or the Primordial Flames.

Fire Bird, the Gold-Silver Colored Butterflies and the Jade Emperor Queen Bee had already been called back by Qing Shui as soon as the sword qi was released by Donggong Nianyun. The four demonic beasts would not stand a chance if they were to be hit by multiple streams of sword qi. The only beings that could withstand the daunting force of the sword qi would be the Diamond Gigantic Elephant and himself.

The State of One with Elephant had already been activated, which led to the increase of their defense to more than the strength of seven stars, albeit marginally.

Qing Shui was able to block the old man's attack but he was knocked back violently in the process. Donggong Nianyun continued his assault immediately with an unbelievable speed that could rival that of Qing Shui. Moreover, Qing Shui would always be knocked backwards each time he deflected the old man's attack.

If it wasn't for his near-impenetrable defense, Qing Shui would have been dead by now. The swing of the gigantic Jade Dragon Battle Saber seemed bolder as the battle continued. Qing Shui couldn't afford to slip up on his blocking, otherwise he could become a corpse instantly if his weak spot were to be hacked by the saber.

Qing Shui wouldn't dare let his Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable to battle with this old man alone either. Donggong Nianyun's battle saber seemed extremely dangerous. It wasn't a risk worth sacrificing his sable for.

Vajra's Glare!

Body Securing Talisman!

Art of Pursuing!

…….

Qing Shui keep displaying techniques that seemed less powerful than his usual techniques. The Mighty Elephant Stomp could only agitate the old man for a bit, but Donggong Nianyun was not a person who would stand in a fixed position and voluntarily let the elephant stomp over his body .

A certain amount of time had passed and Qing Shui knew he could not drag on like this any longer, otherwise the effect from the Seven Star Armored Vest would wear off after an hour from the initial activation. By then, his opponent would be able to severely wound him with a single attack or worse, kill him on the spot.

Donggong Nianyun started his assault once again with the release of the heaven-shattering force from his battle saber. Suddenly, Qing Shui turned around to face the old man instead of running away. He even gave up on blocking the attack and offered himself to the white jade blade of the saber.

Tiger Grip!

This was one of the Tiger Form that he had not used in a battle up until now. With this technique, he could get really close to his opponent to the point of leaning side-by-side with each other. He never thought of using this technique because of the risk of putting himself in a great danger. However, he had finally thought of using it. When the Tiger Grip was used, his body went into an extreme contortion as he was pulled closer to the old man.


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AST 775 – The Fight of the Ultimate Life and Death Against Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan (5)

The old man moved, a short dagger immediately appeared in his right hand. It had the same color as that large sabre. The Jade Dragon Dagger lunged towards Qing Shui. Right at this moment, a golden light appeared on Qing Shui's body.

Divinity Protection!

This was a technique that matched the Tiger Grip. It could inflict heavy damage to others at close proximity, but similarly this also allowed the others to inflict heavy damage to him, especially when it came to opponents who were stronger than him.

While the Tiger Grip was in effect, there was no way Qing Shui would let such a good battle opportunity slip by. He immediately pricked the poisonous Coldsteel Needle that was readily prepared in his hand on the back of the elderly man's neck……

Bang!

The elderly man's attack was blocked by Qing Shui's Divinity Protection. Their moment of life and death was reversed.

It was impossible for that elderly man to even be able to withstand the five colored poison that had been refined by the crystal produced by the Crystal Lion. The life of the old man was already drained away almost instantly.

Qing Shui had already tossed his opponent's dagger and Jade Dragon Battle Sabre into the Realm of Violet Jade Immortal in midair. As for the Jade Dragon Battle Armor and boots, Qing Shui didn't have the impulse to take them off. He had only taken the Jade Dragon Battle Sabre and Jade Dragon Dagger because he was worried that he'd need to deal with them again if the Eastern Palace Clan used them again in the next battle.

Plop!

The elderly man's dead body fell lifelessly to the ground. That dull noise was not only dull but also dulled the hearts of many people, although by now most of them were already feeling numb about it. However, they were becoming more conscious of the mystery that shrouded the young man suspended in midair. They gazed up towards him. It was as if there was a brilliant halo surrounding his body, making it difficult to get a clear view of him.

The Old Ancestor from the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan raised his head to gaze at that figure tha stood tall and straight in midair. For a moment, his mind was in an extremely chaotic state. He hadn't felt this way for so many years and now, a mere junior was able to make him felt this flustered.

Donggong Nianyun's death made the hearts of everyone in the the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan heavy. It was obvious to them that Donggong Nianyun's strength could definitely make it to the top five ranking amongst the clan. But in the end, he was still murdered by this youth, despite being fully dressed in the Jade Dragon Battle Armor set.

"Big Sister, uncle is so impressive. He defeated so many people all by himself." Ye Yan had grown up in an aristocratic clan. Although she was quite young in age, she could be considered an adult and had witnessed quite a number of hand-to-hand combats. So this kind of scene was very normal to her. She was just worried for Qing Shui's safety.

Ye Guyan on the other hand didn't have it that easy. She was someone with powerful cultivation. She had observed how Qing Shui seemed to be a little spent and was worried about how he was going to fight next.

Naturally, that didn't escape the eyes of the Eastern Palace Clan's old man either. He couldn't shake off the feeling that there was an immense power hidden within this youth. This power was a type of toughness and perseverance that was shocking even to him.

"Old Ancestor, let me take care of it." An elderly man who had been standing by side of the Eastern Palace Clan's Old Ancestor bit his lips as he stepped forward and volunteered with determination.

"Sansha, are you sure you want to fight this youth?" The Old Ancestor of the Eastern Palace Clan looked at this elderly man. There was a conflicted look in his eyes. Whether the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan won or not, they had already lost today. If they were to really lose the fight, their clan would completely disappear.

"Father, the Eastern Palace Clan is already in a situation where I ought to fight. I have confidence." The elderly man told the Old Ancestor of Eastern Palace Clan affirmatively.

"Go then." There wasn't too much sadness on the old man's face. No one could see any emotions from those aged eyes either. But it felt like he was sending off a hero to the end of his road.

Qing Shui looked at another wave of five participants from the sky. There was an obvious emptiness among the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan down there. For now, he ought to quickly end this before the state of the 7 Stars Armor wore off.

The one leading the pack was an elderly man who exuded a killing intent. Qing Shui could even feel how bloodthirsty he was from all the way up there. This was an elderly man who had been through countless battles. His heart couldn't help but to race.

Qing Shui waved his hand and summoned the Thunderous Beast.

This was pretty much Qing Shui's trump card. Everyone around cried out in alarm at the appearance of the violet colored gigantic Thunderous Beast. It seemed like most of them could already tell that this was a Thunderous Beast.

The Thunderous Beast appeared together with the Golden Buddha Aura Lotus and the Golden Buddha Aura Lotus was a sacred Supreme Treasure. Only a man of virtue could possess it. Qing Shui didn't expect that him possessing the Thunderous Beast would have anything to do with his virtue.

Either way this was a good thing. Most people were now hoping that Qing Shui could claim victory because the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan was overbearing and arrogant. Besides, this Thunderous Beast had also raised Qing Shui's spirit by quite a lot

This time Qing Shui was riding on the Diamond Gigantic Elephant along with the Thunderous Beast by his side and Fire Bird hovering over him. Regardless of everything, the Fire Bird's Nether Fireball was quite decent. Under the state of Phoenix Dance of the Nine Heavens, as long as it didn't provoke that old leader of the opponent or leave Qing Shui's side too far, it would be safe. The Fire Bird's speed was still very impressive after its breakthrough.

Vajra Subdues Demons!

Fiery Golden Eyes!

………

QIng Shui didn't dare to take any chances. He immediately used his weakening cultivation arts once. At the same time, a violet halo surrounded the Thunderous Beast. A beam of light that was as thick as an adult arm was launched towards the leading old man across them.

Green colored light!

Thunderbolt!

Even if the elderly man was powerful, his body jolted when he was struck by the attack. The Thunderous Beast continued launching its attacks at other people across from it. The strength of its Thunderbolt lay in the fact that the opponents were unable to evade.

The speed of Thunderous Beast's Thunder attack was quite fast. Qing Shui's weakening effect was done within an instant. But the elderly man from across had already dashed towards him. The weapon in the hands of the leading elderly man was actually a fork and it was dark jade in color. On top of that, it strongly reeked of blood. Qing Shui didn't dare to be careless. He flung out his right arm.

Heavenly Maiden Scattering Petals!

Although it was a pity, Qing Shui scattered his poisoned Coldsteel Needles one last time. At the same moment, the violet light that surrounded the Thunderous Beast amplified. A ray of violet light that was as thick as an adult thigh was unleashed towards the elderly man.

The elderly man's face contorted. The poison needle from earlier had only managed to make his expression change slightly. But the attack that the Thunderous Beast was about to unleash shocked him so much that he was at loss of what to do. Unwillingness filled his face.

Violet Lightning Strike!

An absolutely paralyzing Violet Lightning Strike.

Qing Shui had already launched the poisoned Coldsteel Needle out before the Thunderous Beast unleashed the Violet Lightning Strike. His Big Dipper Sword slashed across the elderly man's throat at almost the same moment when the Violet Lightning Strike paralyzed him.

The powerful elderly man didn't even have a chance to unleash any attacks from the beginning to the end and died by the Thunderous Beast's Violet Lightning Strike.

Only one out of the other four people was able to survive Qing Shui's 'Heavenly Maiden Scattering Petals' from earlier. He had completely lost all his will to fight and had been standing at one side since long ago. It was as if he wouldn't even bother to fight back if Qing Shui was going over to kill him.

The elderly man's death was an indication that the Eastern Palace Clan could still fight. There was only one or two from their clan who was eligible to fight. Or should he say, it was only that old man. Donggong Sansha was a powerful cultivator within the Eastern Palace Aristocratic Clan. He was the strongest among them aside from their Old Ancestor. But even a man of his calibre wasn't able to seize the opportunity to strike. The old man stood up, the curvature of his hunched silhouette was even more obvious.

"Are you going to move, or are you waiting for me to come?" Qing Shui chuckled at the remaining elderly man.

"I'll fight it out with you…!" The elderly man shouted before he brandished the longsword in his hands and dashed towards Qing Shui.

Thunderbolt!

Every single Thunderbolt of the Thunderous Beast struck its opponent. Their falling speed was so fast that even Qing Shui was dumbfounded. Although it wasn't to an exaggerating level, it was definitely deadly.

After the last elderly man was disposed of effortlessly, Qing Shui turned his gaze towards the hunchbacked old man below who had already risen from his seat. This man was the pillar of the entire Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan. Qing Shui's confidence diminished a little when he saw him.

The elderly man from earlier had already died. It was unnecessary to fight any further without those few elderly Grade Four Martial Saints around. Sending anyone else out would just be throwing their lives away.

Cang Wuya and Fei Wuji along with Bai Gui's were emotional yet their hearts were heavy. They were emotional because they had gotten back what those people had owed them. Their hearts were heavy because Qing Shui was about to be in danger next.

But they could only watch. They weren't able to help him out even a little and could only be anxious down there.

"Old Man Tantai, this youth indeed possesses an unusual strength for him to be able to force the Eastern Palace Clan to this level." Wuma Clan's old man laughed.

"This young man has a great deal of potential. I think he is about the same level as my girl." Tantai Clan's old man said as he watched Qing Shui who was in midair.

"This young man is really a wonder. He is beyond anyone's expectation. I'm sure in the future there will definitely be legends of him in the World of the Nine Continents." Wuma Clan's old man chuckled.

"That's true. What an outstanding young man. The more I see, the more flawless he is. He is truly an impressive youth." Tantai Clan's old man laughed leisurely too.

"The Old Ancestor of the Eastern Palace Clan is about to go up. Do you think that youth can get past him?" Wuma Clan's old man asked Tantai Clan's old man.

"That young man shouldn't be able to take on the strength of the Old Ancestor from the Eastern Palace Clan. But I have no idea why I think this young man will remain standing until the end." Tantai Clan's old man said after thinking for a moment.

"Haha, my thoughts exactly. I'm quite curious to find out if this young man can get past him." Wuma Clan's old man watched as the Old Ancestor of the Eastern Palace Clan soared up.

Everyone else watched earnestly too.Things had already reached the final stage. This was a decisive moment that decided which party would survive and it was no longer the matter of an individual, but rather the matter of the clans behind them.

Qing Shui shook his head and focused all of his energy into battling the elderly man before him.

There was a Dragon-Headed Cane in the old man's hand. Qing Shui had no idea what it was made of but he was sure that this Dragon-Headed Cane was definitely unusual.

Qing Shui couldn't feel the elderly man's strength. But he should at least have the strength of seven stars. Qing Shui felt a little powerless when he thought about it. This old man had the strength of at least seven stars or even more.

"Bring it on! Kill me and you can do whatever you please with the Eastern Palace Clan." The elderly man sprinted towards Qing Shui the moment he finished his sentence.

Qing Shui's reduction effect had just emerged and he was already sent flying by the elderly man. He coughed out blood in midair.

Such disparity!

So this was the disparity between them.


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