Ancient Strengthening Technique Chapter 928-930
AST 928 – The Martial Madman of Poison Mountain Stockade, Violet Jade Bracelet
Mu Fengyang and some of the elderly men smiled wordlessly at the side. Nobody would intervene in Mu Qing's wedding, as she had taken all the initiative. Naturally though, the proposal from earlier today would still have to formally go through Mu Qian.
"These are?" The items were beyond the expectations of Mu Qian, Mu Fengyang and the others. These were definitely good things, because they came from Qing Shui.
"I have forged these jade pendants. Give them out to everyone!" Qing Shui smiled, as he opened up the slightly bigger brocade box. A strong wave of Qi that accompanied a violet light emerged.
Many saw the jade pendants in the box together with the earrings, but there were very few of them. Even though there were many women in Mu Clan, there were more men. The box was emptied out in no time by everyone present.
Mu Fengyang had already found out that there were some conflicts between Qing Shui and Mu Qing with the young chief of Poison Mountain Stockade, but he didn't make a big deal of it. Now that Qing Shui had taken out all these items which could prevent the effect of poisons, it seemed that he planned in advance.
Everyone was very happy when they received the exquisite jade pendants and earrings, but they were all taken aback when they wore them. Their strengths had actually increased drastically…..
Mu Qing looked at Qing Shui blissfully from one side. At this moment, that content smile of hers was indescribably moving. Mu Fengyang, Mu Qian and the others each had also received a pendant, but Mu Xue alone received a Violet Jade Sword.
This made the little lass so happy that she couldn't stop calling him brother-in-law. Cheers and laughter rang out endlessly. Qing Shui and Mu Qing's wedding was a big deal for the Mu Clan. It was an event to be celebrated.
"Uncle, I hope to hold the wedding reception the day after tomorrow. I have to leave in a week." Qing Shui said gently, while looking at Mu Qian.
Mu Qian was not surprised by Qing Shui's words. Instead, he looked at Mu Qing, who was still standing there, smiling. He nodded his head towards Qing Shui, "I will inform the others tomorrow and send out the invitation cards."
Mu Qian naturally knew Qing Shui had to leave and this time, his departure had to be done in a grand way. He still felt grateful towards Qing Shui. Even if he didn't have to leave this time, he would still give his daughter a grand wedding.
"When will you leave, Qing'er….." Without holding himself back, Mu Qian spoke softly.
"Daddy, I still can't leave for the time being. Let's wait until the Mu Clan has settled down before we discuss this again!" Mu Qing said cheerfully.
Qing Shui smiled without saying much. Bringing Mu Qing along wasn't a problem for him but just like she said, the Mu Clan needed her right now. If he demanded her to depart with him, it would just make things difficult for her.
Mu Qian and the others didn't argue any further on this topic either. Qing Shui and Mu Qing's wedding was pretty much finalized. On the very night of New Year's Eve, some of the people made the invitation cards.
After the New Year's Eve dinner, everyone was considerate enough to not disturb the two of them. Qing Shui was standing with Mu Qing on the spacious and empty arena in the rear courtyard of the Mu Residence. The arena was a little high and the fireworks around them were still continuously rising up into the skies. They would go on endlessly for the entire night.
"Don't worry about the Poison Mountain Stockade. Just set up the Nine Palace Eight Trigrams Formation around the Mu Residence and wear the jade pendant. Diligently cultivate the formation technique. The Poison Mountain Stockade shouldn't be too formidable. Make full use of the Spirit Gathering Formation and those medicinal pills so that you can reach the Martial Emperor realm soon." Qing Shui chuckled while he looked at Mu Qing.
"Alright. Qing Shui, I will miss you." Mu Qing nodded her head lightly.
"I will miss you too." Qing Shui pulled Mu Qing into an embrace.
The two of them embraced, as they whispered to each other. They stayed like this until midnight before they returned.
The next day, Qing Shui came out from the building and proceeded to carry out his morning practice as usual. Today was the first day of the New Year. It was the day to visit relatives and friends. The Mu Clan was also very busy now too, informing others of the wedding in advance as well. In less than half a day's time, the news of the Mu Clan's eldest daughter and Qing Shui's wedding spread as if it had grown a pair of wings.
At the same time, the Mu Clan's invitation cards had also been sent out. There were some people who didn't believe the rumors initially but now that the Mu Clan's wedding invitation card had been sent out, nobody doubted them anymore.
The Poison Mountain Stockade!
Gu Song had also heard the news regarding Mu Qing's wedding. He had always felt that the Mu Clan's young miss was his. The Mu Clan's young miss was arrogant and there was hardly any news of her having an intimate relationship with anyone. He had wanted to wait until he broke through to the Martial Emperor realm before he proposed a marriage to the Mu Clan.
Currently, he was only one step away from the Martial Emperor realm, but Mu Qing was about to marry someone else. This made his normally peaceful heart restless. In addition, the incident that took place on the street yesterday made him feel even worse.
The invitation cards the Mu Clan had sent about the wedding felt like a sharp blade. A thread of very poisonous light flashed across his eyes.
"Qing Shui, you're gonna die! The Mu Clan's woman is mine. Any woman I lay my eyes on won't escape from me!"
Gu Song sat in the middle of the courtyard and thought about what options he had. He could rely on the poison, but he wasn't sure if the poison would work. If it didn't work, he knew he wouldn't stand a chance against Qing Shui.
"That's right! Brother Madman! As long as Brother Madman is willing to help me, that brat is sure to die!" A sinister smile appeared across Gu Song's face.
Gu Song stood up. Without pausing, he made his way towards an isolated courtyard. He was looking for his cousin, who was called a martial maniac by others. Behind his back, he was known as the Martial Madman.
As soon as Gu Song arrived at the courtyard, an explosion rang out. A thick black smoke rose up as the entire house had been blown up. A man dressed in shabby and ragged clothes came out, looking extremely pathetic.
"Big brother! It exploded again….."
Gu Song looked at Gu Wu, who didn't seem to be surprised about it at all. It was evident this was very normal to him.
"Little Song! What brings you here?" A loud and clear voice rang out.
"It's because I missed my brother!" Gu Song laughed mischievously.
"Save it, brat! You wouldn't be here if it was about nothing. Let me clean myself up. Wait for me in this room!" Gu Wu spoke calmly and left for the other room.
Gu Song watched the tall and strongly built man leave. This was the man of his age whom he admired the most. Others said that he was a martial maniac, a martial madman. They even said that he had gone haywire from cultivating martial arts. But he knew that this cousin of his was not crazy, nor a madman. He was in fact, a prodigy.
Other than cultivating martial arts, he showed no interest in any other things. This was also the reason why Gu Song had the chance to become the young chief. He might even be able to take over the Poison Mountain Stockade in the future. If Gu Wu had been interested in becoming the chief of Poison Mountain Stockade, the position would definitely have been his and Gu Song would never have had a chance of becoming the young chief.
The world outside knew that there was a martial madman in Poison Mountain Stockade. It was rumored that he was very strong, especially after he had once killed an entire clan by himself. Rumors said that among the murdered was a powerful man who had just broken through to the early stages of Martial Emperor.
That was five years ago.
Despite all the rumors floating outside about the martial madman, some core members of the Poison Mountain Stockade knew how powerful Gu Wu actually was. It was just that he was a bit of a vicious and merciless individual. He actually treated his relatives and friends very well. Therefore, he had the highest position among his brothers and even Gu Song admired him very much.
Gu Wu changed into a fresh set of clothes in no time and looked way better than earlier. He still looked quite young now, with a particularly bulky body. If an outsider saw him, they would never think that this man was a martial madman. He would only appear as a very calm person to others.
"What's wrong? From the look of your face, did someone provoke you? You're not able to settle it yourself?" Gu Wu asked lightly while he smiled at Gu Song.
He had quite a pleasant smile. Just by sitting there, his presence made others feel a little pressure. It wasn't his bulky body, but rather the aura that he exuded.
"Big brother! That Mu Qing from the Mu Clan is about to get married!" Gu Song hesitated for a moment before speaking.
"Oh! That slipped my mind. You have always been interested in her, but this is not a very appropriate thing to ask of me, is it?" Gu Wu dully said to Gu Song. He thought that Gu Song was going to steal a bride again.
"The person she's going to marry is Qing Shui, the young man who eliminated the Sky Prison Sect all by himself. He is a youth who is younger than you by about 10 years. Now, the entire capital city is saying that he is the top cultivator among the younger generation. Even I and the other two elders were at a loss yesterday. It was madness!" Gu Song said in a disgruntled voice.
He only mentioned the matter casually without saying much else, because he knew that this big brother of his had always considered himself to be the top cultivator of the younger generation. All this time, nobody could compete with him due to his powerful strength and poison. It must be unpleasant for him to hear that someone else had stripped him of his title now.
Furthermore, Gu Song knew that Gu Wu would definitely compete with Qing Shui if he heard this news. All he had to do was just exaggerate a little more. It would make them get into a fight for sure. He must cripple the brat, so that he couldn't marry the woman from the Mu Clan.
"Do the uncles know about your problem?" A sharp and powerful Qi rose in Gu Wu's eyes, as he calmly asked.
"They know but they said to let the younger generation solve this problem," Gu Song answered helplessly. He felt that he was not Qing Shui's opponent.
"Then I shall go with you. Come over and tell me about it. It's been awhile since I last had a battle with anyone," Gu Wu said with a smile.
"You are the top cultivator among the younger generation but you still have to be cautious. That Qing Shui is rumored to be very impressive," Gu Song warned seriously.
"Alright, hopefully this Qing Shui doesn't disappoint me!" Gu Wu's will to fight was raging in his eyes. It had been a long time since he had such an intense will to fight.
Gu Song felt ecstatic in his heart. He knew that the more he reminded his brother to beware, the more he could demonstrate Qing Shui's strength and provoke Gu Wu's will to fight. Gu Wu was very strong in cultivation, but he was way inferior to Gu Song when it came to handling personal matters. Moreover, he never took these youths seriously.
The rumors that Qing Shui had eliminated two powerful early Martial Emperor cultivators previously spread like wildfire, but it didn't seem like a big deal to Gu Wu. Besides, if he exerted the full potential of his poison, two early Martial Emperors cultivators were nothing to him either.
Although he was the "strongest of the younger generation", he was about to lose the title at his relatively older age. Before he lost that title though, it wasn't a such a bad thing to drag another potential holder of that name down.
Qing Shui and Mu Qing spent the first day of the New Year together. Tomorrow would be the day they held their wedding reception and their wedding day. Although everything was happening in a rush, it didn't interfere with their emotions.
Qing Shui had specially forged the Violet Jade Pendant, Violet Jade Bracelet and the Violet Jade Ring for Mu Qing. Not only were they forged exquisitely, they also had decent additional abilities. This was especially true for the Violet Jade Bracelet, which increased destructive power and damage by 100%…
This effectively doubled her damage. Qing Shui and Mu Qing each had one on. Mu Qing liked this. This made her feel like the two of them were lovers and that they were inseparable.
The Violet Jade Bracelet didn't actually increase her strength directly. In terms of defense and energy, nothing changed, but any attack would be launched with the additional immense destructive power. Getting this effect would require some Qi of Xiantian to be channeled into the Violet Jade Bracelet.
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AST 929 – Wedding, She Is The Mistress of Silken Web Ridge
On the first day of New Year, basically all of the influential figures in the capital city had received invitation cards from the Mu Clan in just a day.
Godly Sword Clan!
The Old Ancestor of the Godly Sword Clan was reading the invitation card in his hand. The expression on his face was tranquil, but it gradually turned grave. Recalling the things that Qing Shui had said and done before, he silently made a decision in his heart.
Two middle-aged men came in very quickly. One of them was the guard at the entrance that was addressed as 'Brother Hui' by that youth. The other one hurriedly bowed when he saw the Old Ancestor. "What is your order, Old Ancestor?"
"Get the Clan's Head and the few Vice Clan's Heads here. Tell them I have an important matter to discuss with them," the Old Ancestor of the Godly Sword Clan spoke very slowly, yet his speech had an indescribable rhythm to it.
In about 15 minutes, eight elderly men stood at the entrance of the door. However, all of them appeared to be extremely healthy and strong despite their age.
"Come in!" The old man's voice rang out!
The eight elderly men entered in a straight line, with the Godly Sword Clan's Head leading. The elderly man stood tall and straight. The fish tattoo covering his body, the gold sabre that he carried and the silver attire that he was dressed in caused him to appear intensely oppressive.
The other seven men were all clad in brown robes but they were all exuding a powerful aura. If outsiders were here, they would definitely sigh in amazement at the glamorous inner structure of the Godly Sword Clan. Although the Sky Prison Sect had eight sovereigns, they were of a different caliber than the eight here. On top of that, these men were overseen by an Old Ancestor.
The eight elderly men bowed to the Old Ancestor of the Godly Sword Clan. The respect in their eyes came from the bottom of their hearts. The Godly Sword Clan was able to attain their current position thanks to this old man before them. With the old man in the Godly Sword Clan, their position of being the overlord in the capital city would not waver.
"Alright, take a seat everyone!" The old man waved casually.
There were nine tutor chairs in the room. The Old Ancestor of the Godly Sword Clan was sitting on one while there were eight of them across from him. Everyone slowly sat down. They knew that the Old Ancestor had an important matter to discuss with them for him to summon all of them here.
"I believe all of you already know about us, the Godly Sword Clan, forming an alliance with the Mu Clan, right?" The old man spoke slowly.
"Yes!" The leading old man, who was dressed in the silver robes with fish tattoo and gold sabre, answered.
"What are your opinions?" The Old Ancestor of the Godly Sword Clan continued asking.
"This youth is very powerful, he definitely won't be a person of no particular talent in the future. The Mu Clan couldn't make him stay. Don't you think that forming an alliance with them is not entirely worth it?" The elderly man pointed out after thinking.
"How about you?" The Old Ancestor of the Godly Sword Clan asked the third elderly man, who was sitting across from him.
"With the rumors going on out there and the things that have happened, I have a feeling that this youth takes friendship very seriously. On top of that, the Mu Clan also seems to be studying on formation techniques and they were able to break the Sky Prison Sabre Formation of the Sky Prison Sect. I have a hunch that the Mu Clan will surpass the Sky Prison Sect very soon. Perhaps they are still inferior to the Godly Sword Clan right now, but it's very hard to say the same in the future. With the unstable situations that are going to arise everywhere, joining forces with the Mu Clan is also a good thing. That Spirit Gathering Formation will benefit us," the elderly man answered slowly.
"Hahaha. I am relieved to hear that from you. As long as all of you maintain the same vigor, we, the Godly Sword Clan will definitely be safe. The younger generation needs to be cultivated vigorously. I am here to inform you all today that we are attending the wedding reception tomorrow together."
The rest were startled, but very quickly nodded their heads!
Other than spending time with Mu Qing, Qing Shui was studying formation techniques. The formation techniques stemmed from combined attacks. For instance, if a few people joined hands they would be able to amplify the effects several times. All the battle groups in the World of the Nine Continents had combined assaults and troop formations. But they had merely scratched the tip of an iceberg and those couldn't really be truly considered as real formation techniques.
The formation techniques that Qing Shui used required the energies of Heaven and Earth, which were the five elements of the Eight Trigrams and the Spiritual Qi of Heaven and Earth. The wonders of nature were boundless. Qing Shui was able to barely use it, yet he wasn't able to thoroughly study it.
Just like the Nine Palace Steps and the Nine Palace Position's miraculous leap. Just this step would be able to block countless people outside the entrance. No one was able to jump over it. Besides, there shouldn't be many who knew about the Nine Palace Position, so there should be even fewer who had thought about jumping over the Nine Palace Position.
Qing Shui lay down in the Realm of Violet Jade Immortal, thinking about the wedding reception tomorrow. He knew that the traditions here were quite similar to the Hundred Miles City. There would be a wedding arena and guests could even challenge the groom and bride. Of course, the groom and bride could turn down the challenge, but it was very rare for someone to challenge the newly weds.
However, Qing Shui had a feeling that it would be very difficult to predict what would happen tomorrow. He wasn't really worried about it. If something happened, then he would just settle everything here before he left.
It was the second day of New Year and the joyous celebration had just started. For the Mu Clan, today was a day with two joyous events. It was still early in the morning and the guests had already turned up one after another, carrying generous congratulatory gifts with them.
Many people from the Mu Clan stood at the big entrance to greet the guests.
After about an hour!
A group of about a hundred people was coming from afar. Mu Fengyang welcomed them with a smile as soon as he saw them. It was the Godly Sword Clan. The Old Ancestor and the other eight elderly men had come. This was quite an honor.
"Old Master, you are here. Please come inside. Big brothers, please come inside too." Mu Fengyang was also a junior in the presence of the old man.
The congratulatory gifts were carried inside from behind them. "No need to mind us, go entertain the others!" The old man chuckled.
"Old Master, you've come all the way here." Qing Shui and Mu Qing came out too. They were startled when they saw the old man and the others, but immediately gave them a smile.
"Qing Shui is marrying the Mu Clan's lass. How can I not come?" The old man laughed heartily.
The Dongfang Aristocrat Clan had arrived!
The Yin Clan had arrived!
Quite a number of guests came in one after another. They were all influential figures in the capital city. Qing Shui didn't see that Yin Yuanjiao from the Yin Clan. The people of the Yin Clan were very courteous and respectful.
Qing Shui didn't really have any reaction. The Yin Clan was no longer capable of causing any troubles now. If they still couldn't tell chalk from cheese, they were going to perish sooner or later. The disparity between the Yin Clan and Mu Clan was even greater now.
There were some familiar faces among the Dongfang Aristocrat Clan, so Qing Shui immediately sent Dong Yan and Sun Yan to entertain them……
The Silken Web Ridge had arrived!
The Poison Mountain Stockade had arrived!
Qing Shui was also startled when he heard these two names. For them to come together, it seemed like it was going to be lively today. The Sky Prison Sect had perished. Otherwise, they would definitely be standing together with those two.
The Silken Web Ridge was a powerful force from the capital city. They could be both good and evil but were slightly better than the Poison Mountain Stockade. The members of the Silken Web Ridge were all women. Their weapons were whips and they cultivated charm techniques. At the same time, they were also proficient in poison and were skilled in hidden weapons. A sect that could be involved with the Poison Mountain Stockade would not be a simple sect.
When Qing Shui saw their troops, he was also shocked. The number of people from the Godly Sword Clan that came earlier was already considered as quite a lot to Qing Shui. The only ones that went in were the Old Ancestor of the Godly Sword Clan and the other eight elderly men. The rest remained here to stand guard. This immediately let the others know the relationship between the Mu Clan and the Godly Sword Clan.
There were 400 people from the Poison Mountain Stockade and the Silken Web Ridge. The Silken Web Ridge had fewer people, probably less than a hundred of them. However, each and everyone of them were young ladies with an alluring body figure. Standing together, they were like a cluster of flowers, causing many people to stare in awe.
Qing Shui was shocked when he saw their leader…..
He simply couldn't believe his own eyes. How could she be here? On top of that, she was the leading woman of the Silken Web Ridge.
That stunning beauty that led them turned out to be Yu He.
After Yu He left the Hundred Flowers Valley with the others, they returned to the Hundred Miles City and subsequently caught wind of Qing Shui's journey towards the Eastern Victory Divine Continent. The Silken Web Ridge of the Eastern Victory Divine Continent happened to be one of the strongholds of the Hundred Flowers Valley.
The Hundred Flowers Granny wanted everyone to know of the Hundred Flowers Valley's existence, so the Hundred Flowers Valley had strongholds in the Greencloud Continent, Central Continent, Eastern Victory Divine Continent, Southern Viewing Continent and Northern Sacred Lu Continent.
When she knew that Qing Shui had gone to the Eastern Victory Divine Continent, she hurried there too. She had now attained the large success stage of the [ Hundred Flowers Secret Technique ] and felt that she was worthy enough stand before him. She could be of help to him now instead of being a burden.
It was just one day before New Year by the time she arrived here. She heard much news about Qing Shui but didn't manage to find him in time. She was elated at the thought of meeting Qing Shui. She could finally see him again after she had stubbornly refused him back then. She was hoping to give him a surprise here at the Eastern Victory Continent, but she didn't expect to receive an invitation card on the very next day…
Once again seeing that apathetic face of her dreams, Yu He realized that it had become a little unfamiliar to her after such a long time. He was no longer that young man who only wanted to take advantage of her. He had grown up into a mature man.
Qing Shui called out in surprise. He was truly very surprised. He briskly walked towards her, while Yu He stared blankly at the man before her and seemed to be lost in her thoughts. Her beautiful autumn-like eyes were a little moist.
Qing Shui was staring at Yu He. He was also extremely shocked in his heart. Just what had happened for a Xiantian cultivator to reach such heights?
Qing Shui tried jogging his memory. All of a sudden he realized that he seemed to have not seen her for many years. It had indeed been many years. Back then he wasn't even 20 years old yet, but now he was about to be 32 years old…
He felt that Yu He strength was somewhat indistinct. It was giving off a dangerous aura, to the point that he thought she would be able to instantly kill an early Martial Emperor cultivator. Her temperament had changed a lot over time. She was like a big sister of the next door neighbor back then, but now she was like a capable woman with a high position. She even had the aura of a sect's sovereign and she was still as hardworking as she was before…
"Qing Shui, today is your big day. Sister Yu is here to congratulate you!" Yu He said with a smile. Her smile was like a hundred of flowers blooming.
Qing Shui had a lot of doubts but he couldn't ask her right now, so he laughed at Mu Qing who was beside her. "I knew Sister Yu from more than ten years ago. Why don't you show her the way in?"
"Sister Yu, let us go in and have a nice talk!" Mu Qing smiled at Yu He.
Her sudden appearance puzzled many around them. No one expected Qing Shui to have such relation with the leader of the Silken Web Ridge. Among all, the Poison Mountain Stockade had the most unpleasant expression on their faces.
Gu Song clenched his fists tightly. Mu Qing had gone over to the other side. He was stunned when he laid his eyes on the new Mistress of the Silken Web Ridge, who had just arrived two days ago. But he didn't have the guts to be involved with her. He knew that this beauty was a femme fatale and one would probably not know how he had died at her hands. He had a feeling that his plans were going to be ruined today and threw a glance at the ancient thing that was frowning beside him.
If even the Silken Web Ridge got involved with the Mu Clan and the Godly Sword Clan, then the Poison Mountain Stockade would be in a precarious position.
This turn of events had wavered the objectives of Poison Mountain Stockade's visit. Many knew that the Mu Clan had made the right move in the wedding now. They would definitely be able to accomplish great things in times to come. The happiest of all was naturally the Mu Clan.
At first, the Mu Clan was still a little worried after seeing the formation of the Poison Mountain Stockade and the Silken Web Ridge. After all, these two sects that had joined together were still very powerful and it was impossible to guard against their methods of doing things.
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AST 930 – Inborn Poison Physique, Battle at the Wedding Banquet
When it was noon, no more people came and the banquet started. The tables and chairs laid out in the backyard were basically full. Even though it was winter, large-scale wedding banquets were mostly outdoors since wedding banquets tended to come with an arena battle.
Mu Fengyang stood at the “main arena”, put his fists together and said, “Welcome, everyone. Today is the big day for Qing Shui and our Mu Qing…”
Qing Shui and Mu Qing went around, receiving toasts from some people. This was a formality, generally with representatives of those powerful sects. Right now, Qing Shui’s status and identity were very special.
Silken Web Ridge and Poison Mountain Stockade were present as well!
It might be because of where they were seated or due to other reasons but after Qing Shui and Mu Qing went to the tables with the Godly Sword Clan and some others, they first went to where Yu He was at with a few ladies from Silken Web Ridge. Qing Shui didn’t know what to feel when they were walking toward Yu He.
He didn’t even know what he felt toward her right now. There weren’t the vague feelings he had toward her in the past and the things that had happened between them were like a dream.
After all, they had not met for many years. Back then, there was not a deeply engraved love between them, but Qing Shui knew that he had taken quite a lot of advantage of her. When he eventually brought it up to her, she had rejected him.
He didn’t know if Yu He didn’t want his love, which was as if it was given out of charity. Maybe right now, Qing Shui still didn’t know what Yu He was thinking back then. He had never felt that he was trying to offer his love to her out of charity, but instead it had taken a lot out of him to have come to that decision.
Time had passed and although he was very agitated when he saw Yu He earlier, Qing Shui felt that he had met someone he knew. She hadn’t gotten married. Why had she come to the Eastern Victory Divine Continent? With her being together with the people from Silken Web Ridge, does that mean that she had been here for a very long time…
Qing Shui then thought of how he had been here for over a month. If she was here, would she have come earlier? Could it be that she hadn’t been here for long either?. But the Silken Web Ridge and her…
Since he couldn’t understand, Qing Shui decided not to think about it. Everything happened in a short moment. He raised his cup and Mu Qing did the same. Yu He and the other ladies all stood up as well.
“Sister Yu, I’m happy that you guys can come. I’ll bottom up my cup.”
Yu He also smiled and said a few polite words before letting Qing Shui and Mu Qing move onto the next table.
Very quickly, Qing Shui and Mu Qing arrived at the table where the people from Poison Mountain Stockade were seated. No matter what, they would still have to go over. There were three old men there and two young men. Qing Shui could recognize only one of them.
It was the young master from the Poison Mountain Stockade!
However, when Qing Shui saw the other young man, his brows furrowed slightly. This young man was very strong. Most importantly, he had a strange power. If not for the fact that Qing Shui’s spirit energy had attained a great breakthrough, he wouldn’t have noticed it.
Inborn Poison Physique!
This was a poison technique. Qing Shui hadn’t expected that the Qi of Xiantian in this young man’s body to be poisonous Qi and his body was also a poison physique. Most importantly, he was a Martial Emperor cultivator.
“Today is the big day for myself and Qing`er. I’m very honored that senior could come. We’ll raise a toast to everyone.” Qing Shui smiled and said.
To begin with, the Mu Clan didn’t have any grudge against Poison Mountain Stockade. There were only mild disagreements with Gu Song. However, Gu Song was the reason that Gu Wu had dissatisfactions against Qing Shui, bringing up the matter of who would be the top expert amongst the younger generation.
Gu Song had exaggerated very badly to say that Qing Shui had humiliated Poison Mountain Stockade, causing Gu Wu to wish to challenge Qing Shui or rather, to fight for that useless title. However, Qing Shui didn’t know about all this. He only knew that the young master wouldn’t let it go at that.
The people from Poison Mountain Stockade politely met their cups with Qing Shui and then the couple quickly left. A junior from Mu Clan walked up the arena and greeted everyone with a bow.
“Everyone, welcome! I’ll perform a sword dance to raise the atmosphere!”
This was a custom, for a person to first perform a sword dance before the others joined in or issued a challenge. However, since this was a wedding banquet, everything done was to raise the atmosphere and even battles would be appropriately stopped.
Therefore, generally, the people who took part would be the juniors from the clans. Most of the people who came to offer their good wishes wouldn’t take part and even if they did, it would only be for fun, to raise the tension. Everything would just be for the sake of performance.
Of course, if the two parties were evenly matched, they could have a spar. However, it would only be a friendly one. Even if one was able to defeat his opponent, one would still leave some leeway.
There would still be situations where people would get hurt, but there wouldn’t be many of those scenes. However, in a world where the strong were revered and with such a big event going on, it wouldn’t be much of a problem even if some blood was shed. However, no one would dare to create such havoc if the host was a powerful clan.
There would also be sparrings within the clan internally, to raise the atmosphere.
The junior from the Mu Clan who was standing on the arena was performing a sword dance while using the Duality Steps. To be able to take the stage, even if he wasn’t the strongest junior, the person would also have to be one of the better performers.
Everyone here was just looking from the side and even felt that everything would end after a simple performance. However, once the person had started the performance, everyone was astonished.
Although they could not see the footwork clearly, they discovered that it was very practical and had a strong damaging prowess. It immediately drew in the majority of the people’s attention.
The young man on the arena was only in his twenties and was a Martial King. However, he moved in quick flashes on the arena, moving erratically, while demonstrating the Mu Clan’s Brushing Willow Sword Art. Many people could tell what sword technique he was using but when used with this strange foot technique, the damaging prowess was increased to become at least twice as strong as before.
“To think that the Mu Clan has such an amazing foot technique?”
“The Mu Clan today is no longer what it was before. It must be related to this young man.”
“The Mu Clan is really lucky!” That old man who was the leader of the Poison Mountain Stockade let out a sigh and said.
“Since so many of us have come today, shall we join in for some fun?” An old man next to him hesitated for a moment before asking.
“Silken Web Ridge will no longer stand together with us. This new lady who has come has taken over the position of the leader of the Silken Web Ridge and is very much against us. Where on earth did this lady come from?” The old man said, dispirited.
“Haha, of course we should fight. Why shouldn’t we? Didn’t they set up this arena so that we can have a spar?” Just then, Gu Wu smiled and said.
When Gu Wu said this, even the other two old men looked at him in astonishment. Gu Wu’s status in the Poison Mountain Stockade was not low, especially amongst them, the core members. It was because they all knew how terrifying Gu Wu was.
“Today, if we don't take the edge off this young man, even if we were to come to this city in the future, we’ll only be able to lay low,” an old man who had not spoken till now said.
The old man looked ordinary, but he had a pair of especially bright eyes. He appeared very elegant as well, giving off the aura of one in power.
“There mustn’t be any deaths!” The old man who was in the middle let out a sigh and said.
“Don’t worry!” Gu Wu smiled.
Very quickly, a young man from Poison Mountain Stockade went up. The young man had a big build and a poison scorpion embroidered on his clothes. After he went up, he cupped his hands and said, “Wang Dong from Poison Mountain Stockade. Please give me your guidance!”
The young man from the Mu Clan was stunned for a short while before he quickly recovered, cupped his hands and said, “Mu Lin. Please make your move!”
This young man was an internal member from the Mu Clan and was from the same generation as Mu Fengyang’s grandson. The young man from the Poison Mountain Stockade who had gone up was about the same cultivation level as Mu Lin, but the spar went very quickly.
With a leap, the opponent’s black sabre was pushed back and Mu Lin then suddenly advanced with the Duality Steps. Then, with a “Brushing Willow Welcoming The Wind”, his sword was held against the opponent’s neck.
“Thank you for letting me win!”
The young man from Poison Mountain Stockade cupped his fists together and came down from the arena. In a battle like this, it was unfair to the Poison Mountain Stockade because they had held their skill with poison, but yet it wasn’t appropriate for them to be using poison in an event like this.
However, if they were to not use any poison, they would definitely lose!
The Poison Mountain Stockade lost another two consecutive rounds. However, when someone went up once again, it was actually Gu Song. He smiled and said to the young man on the arena, “Gu Song. Please give me your guidance!”
Mu Lin knew the gap with the opponent he was up against, but he still gritted his teeth and went up. Sometimes, cultivators could not shrink back and thus, he charged forth.
The Duality Steps did still require one to be strong, but his abilities were far from a match for Gu Song’s. When Gu Song saw the longsword thrusting at him, he threw out a punch which was covered with a thick layer of black fist Qi.
Mu Lin was sent flying back, spurting out a large mouthful of fresh blood in mid-air and fell off the arena.
Gu Song’s expression was weird and he smiled awkwardly, “I’m sorry, I lost control. Thank goodness Brother Mu is fine. Let’s just say that this is adding on to the joy for this great event today.”
Mu Lang caught Mu Lin and looked up at the arena in fury. Everyone could tell that Poison Mountain Stockade didn’t come with good intentions.
“Eldest Brother, let me go up!” A member of the Mu Clan said.
“You’re not his match. Let me do it!” The strong looking guy got someone to bring down Mu Lin who had fainted. With a move, he appeared on the arena and stared at Gu Song.
“Brother Mu Lang, I had already held back earlier. I didn’t expect Brother Lin to still be injured.” Gu Song said politely to Mu Lang.
“It’s nothing. It’s inevitable for there to be casualties in a fight. When I saw Brother Gu Song, I really itched for a fight too. Please do give me your guidance!” Mu Lang drew out an emerald colored thin sword and said, smiling hypocritically.
In the past, even though Mu Lang had something against Qing Shui, he had changed after knowing how powerful Qing Shui was and how much he had done for the Mu Clan. He did what he did for the Mu Clan and targeted events, not people.
He had also received a jade pendant from Qing Shui and he received a lot of advantages just by carrying it with him. Now, even if he was up against Gu Song, he felt very confident. After all, Gu Song was the Young Master of Poison Mountain Stockade and rumor had it that he was very proficient in the use of poison. Therefore, he was very nervous. On this arena, he didn’t think that the opponent dared to use poison. Although it was a bit sneaky to be using poison, there were no rules which said that they couldn't be used in a battle.
A stream of crimson glow flashed on Mu Lang’s thin sword. At the same time, he exuded a strong aura and attacked with the Duality Steps!
Brushing Willow Welcoming The Wind！
Even though it was the same Duality Steps, when used with different techniques by people of different cultivation level, the effects were completely different. What Mu Lang had unleashed was something that even left some powerful experts stunned. It was too profound and too terrifying!
Gu Song didn’t dare to let down his guard either. Mu Lang appeared very young. Although he was the same generation as Mu Qing, he was much older than her.
Although Mu Lang was now about the same cultivation as Mu Qing, due to their difference in age, his talent was far from a match for Mu Qing’s. However, as a guy, he still held a great chance of becoming the next head of Mu Clan.
On the first contact, Gu Song was pushed back several steps. His face turned pale and the black sword he was holding flashed a gleam of black glow, releasing a one foot long black aura.
“Poison weapon!” Qing Shui looked at that black longsword.
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