Ancient Strengthening Technique

 
 

Ancient Strengthening Technique Chapter 781-782


AST 781 – Lady of Unparalleled Beauty, Tantai Xuan

Qing Shui naturally knew that they were talking about Tantai Xuan. It seemed like this lady also had a very unusual position among the Tantai Clan. Since she only returned once every few years, it was naturally very normal for her return to be regarded seriously. Of course, the main reason was still because of her strength.

"I'd be delighted," Qing Shui said with a smile. He didn't have too much of a change in his expression. This secretly impressed the old man and the people of the Tantai Clan. No one would usually be able to remain this calm when told that they would see her, let alone being introduced to her. Perhaps this was because he had only been at the Southern Sea City for a short while.

However, those that had been invited to the Tantai Residence would most likely have knowledge of Tantai Clan's background. It was definitely impossible for one to not know of Tantai Xuan if they knew about the current Tantai Clan. Setting aside the Tantai Clan, Tantai Xuan's identity of being the pinnacle among the youth was dazzling enough already. On top of that, she wasn't only the top among the younger generation.

"Old Master is really blessed. A descendant like Miss Tantai is more than enough to make everyone around you extremely jealous." Qing Shui continued after his previous sentence. This wasn't really a flattery, but it was definitely something people would love to hear.

"Hoho, Qing Shui, you don't have to be modest either. I personally believe that you aren't the least bit inferior to my girl. Although you may still slightly lack in control, I have a feeling that you will be able to soar high up into the skies very soon." The old man told Qing Shui sincerely.

"I pray that Old Master's auspicious words will come true." Qing Shui laughed.

"Old Ancestor, I'll go fetch big sister." Tantai Aoyun smiled at the old man.

"Go then."

Tantai Aoyun excused himself with a smile and walked outside after hearing the old man's response. Qing Shui looked at the couple that were still here. The man was extremely handsome, although he appeared to be middle aged. Even Canghai lost a little compared to the composed and gentle aura he exuded, and even when compared to his unrivalled looks.

The man hadn't spoke much after he greeted Qing Shui earlier, but Tantai Aoyun had addressed him as father during the conversation. That was how Qing Shui found out that perhaps the couple were Tantai Xuan's parents, but Qing Shui still wasn't certain if Tantai Xuan and Tantai Aoyun were biological siblings.

That middle-aged lady wasn't really lavishly dressed, but she seemed like she would still be stunning no matter what she wore. He couldn't really guess the age of that lady either. The mature charm she exuded, her extremely well developed body figure, her fair and jade-like skin, her silky hair that was pulled in a high bun, her straight nose, those lips with hints of a smile, and her beautiful eyes were extremely enticing.

"Let us go to the big lounge." The old man gently smiled.

Qing Shui greeted the others with a nod and they slowly walked to the lounge in the front courtyard. Qing Shui calculated the time, they should reach the front courtyard by the time Tantai Xuan returned.

When they arrived at the front courtyard, Qing Shui saw two people coming in from the entrance. One was Tantai Aoyun, the other one was a veiled lady. The lady had a very tall figure and was only half a head shorter than Tantai Aoyun.

The lady was dressed in a plain snowy white dress. Although her sleeves were a slightly too long and covered half of her palms, they seemed harmoniously aesthetic to Qing Shui. Her face was partly concealed by a snowy white veil. Her eyes were unconcealed though, and Qing Shui was stunned by them. It took him a lot of strength to look away from them.

It wasn't because her eyes were as brilliant as the stars in the sky. They didn't exude an otherworldly aura like Yiye Jiange, they weren't as deep as Canghai Mingyue, they weren't as unique as Di Chen, or graceful like Hai Dongqing. Qing Shui couldn't quite put his finger on it. If he really had to describe them, her eyes were somewhat graceful, outstanding, sacred and a little deep.

It was Qing Shui's first time seeing such a pair of beautiful eyes that were so enchantingly sacred. She had a wave of strange energy in her body that made one have the impulse to worship her.

Her delicate feet moved lightly, and the movement between her steps were as natural as the moving clouds and flowing water. She was a woman whose beauty was already unparalleled without even looking at her face. Her beauty was in the aura and temperament that she exuded.

This was a woman that wasn't in the least bit inferior to Di Chen, Yiye Jiange and the rest. Not only that, she was also so powerful that she could make a man feel inferior. The woman quickened her pace when she saw so many people coming out from the Tantai Residence.

"Old Ancestor, how many times have I told you not to have so many people come out? I'm a junior, this isn't appropriate." The woman had a very similar voice to Di Chen. It was melodious and sacred, but her voice gave off a lighter feeling.

Qing Shui was very fond of Di Chen's voice even though his other women had better voices. Each and everyone of them had a distinct quality to their voices though. Hearing this woman from the Tantai Clan speak gave him a familiar feeling.

"We happen to come here." The old man chuckled. From the tone of his voice, anyone could tell how happy the old man was and how much he doted on her.

"Sister Xuan!"

"Little Sister!"

….

Qing Shui didn't know how she presented herself outside. At least she looked to be very comfortable at home now, it seemed very natural. She never took her veil off though, Qing Shui guessed that it might be because of his presence.

He realized that this woman was very similar to Di Chen from back then. They both dressed in plain white clothes and wore veils. A smile broke across his face as he recalled these memories, it had been a long while since he last saw them. He realized that he missed them quite a bit.

"Xuan'er, let me introduce a strong junior to you." The old man smiled.

"Oh? I'm quite curious to know who could make the Old Ancestor acknowledge his strength." There was a hint of smile in Tantai Xuan's beautiful eyes as she immediately shifted her gaze to Qing Shui. There was only one person she didn't know, so the person in question would naturally be him.

"Xuan'er, this is Qing Shui. Both of you should get to know each other." The old man smiled and made a simple introduction.

"How do you do, Miss Tantai? You really are as divine as the legendary immortals." Qing Shui greeted with a smile.

"So you are Qing Shui." Although Tantai Xuan's distinct voice was very calm, Qing Shui could see the surprise which flashed across her divinely beautiful eyes.

"You know about me, Miss?"

Qing Shui soon realized how stupid his question sounded. Although it hadn't been very long since he arrived at the Southern Sea City, news about him was everywhere now.

"The moment I arrived at the Southern Sea City, the discussions I heard about the most involved you. I didn't expect to meet you as soon as I returned home. It's surprising to know that the person who destroyed the Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan would be this young." Tantai Xuan stood a few metres away from Qing Shui. Her sacred eyes were very soothing to look at, and she had been very serene.

She appeared to be very amiable, yet also very unapproachable. Qing Shui didn't know what he was feeling. Perhaps it was because he was at the Tantai Aristocrat Clan and was being introduced by the Tantai Clan's old man. He couldn't help but feel that this woman can be seen, but not claimed.

After they exchanged a few words, Qing Shui turned around and smiled at Tantai Clan's old man. "Miss Tantai has returned, I'm sure you have a lot to discuss with her. I will not bother you any longer."

Despite Tantai Clan's old man and Tantai Xuan's persuasion, Qing Shui still insisted on leaving. In the end, the old man told him, "Let us know if you are leaving here. This old man will see you off from the Southern Sea Country."

"Thank you for your kindness, Old Master."

They saw Qing Shui off from the Tantai Clan and watched his silhouette disappear into the distance. Tantai Clan's old man smiled, "Xuan'er, what do you think of this young man?"

Tantai Xuan was actually quite curious about him because this was her first time meeting someone who didn't have much reaction after seeing her. She could clearly feel that he didn't have the slightest hint of reluctance when he left.

"This is my first time seeing such a peculiar person, he is very strong as well. There's an unknown energy within his body. He must be a person with unswerving determination." Tantai Xuan answered after thinking for a moment.

"Alright, let's not talk about him anymore. How long are you staying this time?" The old man asked while he walked back towards the house with Tantai Xuan.

"Three days, I think." Tantai Xuan replied as she walked.

….

Qing Shui returned to the Ye Clan once he took his leave from the Tantai Clan. He shouldn't wrap his head around things that exceeded his imagination.

Three days passed before he could realize it. Qing Shui spent his time peacefully at the Ye Residence. Qing Shui only knew today that the Ye Clan had actually went to the Deep Sea City once over the past few days. Those people from Ye Clan who had participated in this scheme had also received their proper punishments.

This was how a society worked according to the laws of the jungle.

The Ye Clan was firm about it and Qing Shui was actually very supportive of their way of handling this issue. One must be ruthless when dealing with people who deserved it. He had realized that the Ye Clan had done it very well. Everything was handled by Ye Guyan. Ye Clan's old man was usually not involved in Ye Clan's matter unless Ye Guyan specifically looked for him.

"No need to see us off. We will take a quick look at the Southern Sea before returning. By that time, we will trouble you again for another one or two days." Qing Shui, Cang Wuya, Fei Wuji, and Bai Gui stood on the back of Fire Bird and told the people of Ye Clan.

"Be careful on your journey. Ye Clan is also your home, we welcome you anytime." Ye Guyan smiled. The way she put it sounded very ambiguous. But since everyone had a very heavy mood, no one bothered about things like these.

"Thank you, I will."

Fire Bird disappeared from everyone's sight. In the end, Qing Shui had decided to take a look around the Southern Sea. Since there was no way he could make it back in time before his child was born, he might as well enjoy the Southern Sea before returning. He had no idea when would he visit the Southern Sea Country again after he returned this time. He supposed that he would never even return to some places again.

Cang Wuya and the rest seemed very happy. With their wishes fulfilled, looking at the Southern Sea was not a bad idea. They didn't know anything about Shi Qingzhuang and Mingyue Gelou's pregnancies. Since there was no way they could make it in time, there was no harm in delaying a little more. They just had to hurry a little more on their return journey.

The Southern Sea was said to be located at the southernmost part of the World of the Nine Continents, at least for now. No one had discovered anything at the southern side of the Southern sea. After ten days, Qing Shui finally saw the Southern Sea. The seawater stretched out boundlessly. He had no idea how many times his field of vision had widened. Ascending mountains and watching the seas were activities that could enhance mental states.

There were a lot of people at the Southern Sea beach. Qing Shui had already put away his mount before they reached there. The four of them walked towards the beach by foot.


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AST 782 – The depths of the Southern Sea, Heavy Wave Vigor

After seeing the sea for the first time, everyone became very emotional. Shocked by the limitless horizon in front of their eyes, sighing about the mystical and vastness of nature. Beautiful mountains and rivers, magnificent rivers and mountains, this view would make a strong martial expert feel how small one really was.

A few people walked to the edge of the sea. Waves continuously slapped the coast, one wave after another without stop. The fires and floods have no mercy. Looking at the gigantic waves that contained inestimable energy, this was the strength of the great nature.

Water flowed from a high to a lower point, relying on gravity. Qing Shui looked at the sea water and unknowingly his thought started to fly away. He seemed to sense and feel something, however he was unable to grab hold of it.

Heavy Wave Drive!

Qing Shui knew about his Nine Heavy Wave Giant Buddha's Hand Print! The current Five Heavy Wave attack was able to increase the strength of the strike by quite a bit. However, more of the strength of the Five Heavy Wave was its amplification factor, which increased the strength of consecutive strikes.

In the past, when he had used a sword to execute the Five Layered Wave, he was able to unleash five Heavy Wave Drives. The last of the drives had an amplification of 50%. It was overbearing, however its limitation was a little too much. Due to its heavy consumption of strength, it required some preparatory time to unleash the Heavy Wave Drives. It was still applicable towards opponents in the past, however there was no time to prepare against those that he would meet in the future.

All along Qing Shui had been thinking of how to shrink the preparatory time to the absolute minimum. There was also another problem that surfaced while he was using this move. If his opponent was too strong it would be dangerous, as he was unable to stop this move while in the midst of the preparatory phase.

Qing Shui looked at the waves coming one after another. Under their surging momentum, he could sense a force that would break down the hardest defenses. This imposing aura within would cause people's hearts to palpitate. He stood at the edge of the sea, not moving a single inch as he continued to stare at the never ending waves. He had a feeling of being unable to grasp the concept, making him feel anxious.

Cang Wuya, Fei Wuji and the rest looked at the absent minded Qing Shui and knew he was thinking about something. Although it wasn't comprehension, one would easily comprehend anything in this state of mind. Even if he did not manage to comprehend his objective, he would still be able to learn a lot of things

Great Potential!

Great Strength!

He felt that the gigantic waves within the sea did not have a fast speed. However the key was might and imposing aura. When one's strength reaches its absolute limit, if unleashed it would be sufficient to snatch the life of one's opponent.

Normal arts and skills were similar to this, as they would never be absolutely perfect. Attacks with speed would generally be lacking in strength, while strong attacks were generally slow. In addition each one would have different limitations. Maybe, only the divine arts from the legends would be able to achieve relative perfection.

Qing Shui had many auxiliary martial arts and was now lacking a strong killing move. He felt that the Nine Heavy Wave Giant Golden Buddha's Hand Print was absolutely not a garbage martial art. Not only did this martial art have a connection with the Buddha's Thousand Hand Print, there were multiple appearances of the buddha's image. This made Qing Shui feel that there would be some breakthrough transformation of the Nine Heavy Wave Giant Golden Buddha's Hand Print in the future.

The preparatory time for the Four Heavy Wave was longer than the Three Heavy Wave, with the Five Heavy Wave having the same phenomena. This was the main reason why Qing Shui reduced the utilization of this move when meeting strong opponents, especially when there are large number of them.

His mastery of executing of the Five Heavy Wave using a sword had been resting at the peak for a very long time. Yet, Qing Shui was anticipating and worrying about its breakthrough. He was anticipating the might of the next level. However, he was also afraid that the dreadful period of delay would increase even further.

After thinking about it, other things don't matter if its might increases. The instant he relaxed his state of mind he seemed to understand a lot of things. One can't seek to be perfect in everything and there was no use to forcefully pursue it. Letting nature take its course, one would discover the best ending when time comes.

There were many tents by the seaside, some luxurious and some simple. Some were here to enjoy a vacation, while some were cultivators here to seek treasures in the Southern Sea. Of course there were fishermen present, riding their boats to catch fish. These people were generally merchants who relied on selling fish to survive. The area where they catch their fish did not exceed thirty kilometers from the coast line.

This area was considered a safe region within the Southern Sea. Out of this region there would appearances of ferocious wild marine beasts and demonic beasts. Naturally this was true for most people in general. As long as one was a XianTian expert, one would be able to freely retreat within hundred kilometres from the coastline. Of course, there isn’t an absolute for everything.

Turning around, Qing Shui looked towards the three people standing at a place slightly far from him, endlessly preventing people from approaching him. Faintly smiling, he walked over. The three people saw Qing Shui walked over and knew that there was nothing wrong now and stopped what they were doing. During this period of time they had said many kind words. People could tell in one look that they were cultivators and thus many people would understand. Firstly due to not wanting to find trouble and secondly due to their extremely good attitude.

"How's it?"asked Cang Wuyan with a smile.

"I think we should stay here for a few days. You guys can stroll around this area. As for me, I want see if I can get my hands on the things that would help me." replied Qing Shui after thinking about it.

Qing Shui left the Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable and the Diamond Gigantic Elephant behind behind as they should be able to settle any little problems that could arise. It was quite good to pitch a tent nearby, as there wasn't a large number of demonic beasts at the coastline. The Diamond Gigantic Elephant wasn't conspicuous, as for the Ten Thousand Poisonous Violet Sable, it was even less so.

Only after doing this did Qing Shui feel relieved. He had thought of heading to a slightly more remote location to train for a while. Although he had told them it was just a few days worth of time, he wasn't able to give a definitive answer. Only by letting them relax in this place would he feel relief.

It was now midday and Qing Shui planned to find an uninhabited small island within the depths of the Southern Sea. He wanted to train the Nine Heavy Wave Giant Buddha's Hand Print for a while to see if his idea could work.

The coast was littered with shells of all colours, which looked especially beautiful. There was no one picking them up, as there were too many of them. Regardless, Qing Shui bent down and picked up a few exceptionally pretty ones and tossed them into the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal.

The sand around the pond in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal had all along been bare but was crawling with tortoises. Now, there were those multicoloured shells, which immediately caused the entire pond to seemingly light up.

The people along the coast were baffled by Qing Shui picking those shells. In general, these kinds of things were only done by children, as only children would be interested in such worthless things.

In reality, those shells are ingredients for medicine, as the powder formed from crushed shells could staunch bleeding. However there were good and bad shells within the entire lot. There were good ones within the innumerable ones on the coast, however they were still rather sparse and there were not many people who knew about this.

Looking at the boundless Southern Sea, Putuo Mountain, Sea King’s Palace and the Violet Bamboo Forest these three sects were all within the Southern Sea. Qing Shui knew that they were definitely within the depths of the Southern Sea.

……

On the second day, after eating breakfast, Qing Shui said his goodbyes to the rest. Mounting the Firebird, he flew towards the depths of the Southern Sea. He wished to find a secluded and remote island as there were too many people around the coast. Furthermore, training at the coast was not very suitable.

What the sea was least lacking was islands and the island in the depths of the Southern Sea were basically all remote islands. Naturally, there were a few people staying on those bigger islands. These people were mostly cut of from the world and lived a fisherman's life. As for why they chose to do that, there were very many reasons.

After all this was the depths of the Southern Sea. There were some people that lived for many generations. With their strength, they could never walk out of this boundless sea. Furthermore, these islands were not small, each of them having their own culture and hierarchy. These islands ranged in size from one city to multiple cities, with their population being at least in the millions. This was enough for them to have their own government, however they were generally lagging behind the World of the Nine Continents.

In addition, some of them were the gathering spots for pirates. People who were unable to establish their footing in the World of the Nine Continents would flee to these remote islands. Gradually, after the number of people reached a certain scale, the island would change into a gathering spot for pirates, before an organization spontaneously formed.

Other than those two situations there were experts who were living in seclusion. They were weary of everything within the secular world and yet they did not want to die. Therefore they could only find an uninhabited place to stay, as most uninhabited places were either deep within the mountains or remote islands.

Uninhabited islands was only a common term. Islands where there were no people were considered uninhabited islands, however the geography of the uninhabited islands was much better in general, with mountains with rivers and forests. When the people living in seclusion had nothing to do, they would eat wild game and observe the scenery. Associating with the birds and beasts was rather enjoyable, as people who had chosen to live in seclusion would not feel lonely.

Adding the Fire Bird's speed with Qing Shui's divine continental steps, he could instantly travel a hundred thousand kilometres. After flying for half a day, with the Firebird's current speed, the distance travelled was already much further than the travel distance of the divine continental steps.

Within this half a day, Qing Shui had met with quite a few islands of all sizes. All of them were small fishing islands with some normal people living on them. People who were truly born on these islands might perhaps not know that there were humans living outside the islands.

From the sky, the island had an irregular shape. From north to south it was around a hundred kilometres while it was twice as large from east to west. However it was already considered a typical island. Looking towards to horizon from this island, one could simply not see any other islands.

Looking like this day was able to come to an end, Qing Shui decided to stop over at this island. After all, although this island wasn't large, the people on it were some of the least, with only a few villages within the elevated regions within the centre.

Qing Shui did not wish to alarm the people on the island, however he did not know whether they had seen him. The eyesight of a normal person was very limited and would not be able to spot Qing Shui and Fire Bird unless they had cultivated.

He chose a place at the far west, as there was a hill there that was considered not very tall. In actual fact, the shape of the island was like a cross shaped sword, with the distance from north to south being more than double that from east to west.

The hill was three to four hundred metres tall and one could hear the clear sound of sea water splashing along the coast. This sound made Qing Shui feel emotional, with this being the reason that he chose this place after spotting it from midair.

This hill had basically spread from the north to south of the island, even continuing quite a distance into the water. Looking to the west, Qing Shui started walking towards the hill, which had a 45 degree inclination.

The summit of the hill was roughly a thousand metres tall and had some pine trees on it. There was also dense and lush vegetation, every single plant brimming with vitality. The ground was littered with great numbers of broken stones and rocks that were very hard to be shifted by ordinary people due to their sharpness and size, being a metre large at least. Any ordinary people would find it difficult even to walk to such a place, as one would get pierced and cut up if one was not careful.

Continuing to walk all the way to the other side, it also had the same degree of inclination, however it continued all the way to the bottom. It had even extended to a level that was quite lower than the other side, if not this island would already be submerged.

The surging waves from the sea unceasingly rushed against this sloped cliff edge, causing it to be eroded until it became glossy akin to a mirror.


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