Ancient Strengthening Technique Chapter 931-933
AST 931 – Gu Song Dies, Powerful Poison Physique, Sacred Venom Jade Art
When Qing Shui saw that poison weapon, he was shocked but he calmed himself down quickly. That poison weapon was much worse off, as compared to his Poison Dragon Dagger. It could only be considered the weakest poison weapon.
The main thing to a poison weapon was that it must have a poison core, a tempered poison core. Only a weapon which had a poison core could be called a poison weapon. One’s Qi of Xiantian could pass through the poison core, stimulating its poison nature, causing one’s attack to be poisonous by nature.
Gu Song activated his poison weapon. That black aura was a clear indication to other people that it was a poison weapon and that this was an open and aboveboard battle. He then stomped down hard with both legs.
A faint black aura spread out and he slashed toward Mu Lang with in mid-air.
Mu Lang circulated his abilities to its peak and the Violet Jade Pendant he was holding let out a cooling aura which circulated in his body, causing his mind to be very much awake.
Reverse Chop of the Weeping Willow!
Mu Lang’s body suddenly inclined forward as his thin sword slashed out toward Gu Song as if it was a fine sword net. The Duality Steps allowed him to instantly reach a spot which Gu Song would find hard to reach.
Poison Jade Sword!
Gu Song suddenly twisted his body weirdly, the longsword in his hand exuded a great black glow and slashed against Mu Lang’s sword net.
A crisp sound rang out as the two of them retreated quickly. Gu Song first retreated before dashing out toward Mu Lang fiercely. Right now, the fight had already escalated into the air.
Mu Lang was pushed back from the impact and a hint of black aura was seen on him, as he kept up with his fighting stance. Right now, Mu Lang’s heart was in turmoil. He realized that his body had become stiff and when such a situation happened in battle, it could be fatal.
He knew that this was the effect of the opponent’s poison Qi. Right now, Gu Song swung his black sword and pounced toward Mu Lang, his sword piercing toward Mu Lang’s throat.
“Lad, you dare?!” An old man from the Mu Clan let out a loud bellow and was about to step up.
After all, this was a wedding banquet, but the people from Poison Mountain Stockade had wanted to deal a fatal blow. Mu Lang held an important role in the Mu Clan. In such an arena battle, other people were not allowed to step up to stop it, regardless who the person was. This was unless the person who interfered was one who could dominate the rest of the people. However, the participants on the arena could admit their loss since it was not a battle to the death. However, one could only count themselves unlucky if they were to be killed if they didn’t throw in the flag. It was normal for accidents to happen.
The old man was stopped by a few other old men.
Mu Qing looked toward Qing Shui who didn’t show any changes to his expression and then turned her gaze toward the arena. Gu Song’s expression was very twisted and he said, “It’s not too late to admit your loss.”
His voice was very loud, clearly letting the others hear. It was because he knew that Mu Lang could neither move nor talk.
“Brother Mu really has a strong backbone. Then let’s just fight it out! We’ll leave our lives to fate!” With that, he suddenly accelerated and dashed out toward Mu Lang.
Mu Lang’s consciousness was very clear, but he couldn’t move. He looked at the longsword that was thrust toward him, but was not able to say a single word. At that moment, he was not afraid of death. If he could kill this sly guy, he would have no regrets even if he were to die.
“Channel your Qi of Xiantian into the Violet Jade Pendant and recite the Violetjade Pureheart!" Just then, Qing Shui’s voice rang out next to Mu Lang.
When Mu Lang heard Qing Shui’s voice, the feeling was as if a drowning person had managed to grab a life buoy.
He followed Qing Shui’s instructions without any hesitation and true enough, he managed to regain control over his body. Before he moved, Qing Shui’s voice rang out once again.
“Use the Duality Steps’ Duality Tornado to advance, then use Brushing Willow Slaughter!”
Hearing Qing Shui’s instructions, Mu Lang did as instructed without any hesitation.
With a flash, he managed to dodge that incoming longsword just in the nick of time.
Brushing Willow Slaughter！
A killing move in the Brushing Willow Sword Art!
The crisp sound of a throat being slash rang out. When Mu Lang knew that he could move, he had wanted to kill his opponent. When he heard Qing Shui’s words, he didn’t care if he could kill but trusted what Qing Shui had said without any hesitation.
When he saw Gu Song collapsing, he felt very happy. It was because he knew that Qing Shui also wanted to kill him. This was for the best.
“It was a moment of life and death and I wasn’t able to hold back in time. Life and death are decreed by fate. I’m very sorry.” Mu Lang cupped his hands together and said apologetically.
Silence filled the place. The situation at that point was very dangerous, but for some reason Mu Lang could suddenly move. However, seeing that the Poison Mountain Stockade’s Young Master was killed, many people still felt very happy.
This was the case especially for the Mu Clan. Earlier, they had known that the Young Master from the Poison Mountain Stockade had wanted to kill Mu Lang and now, he had managed to turn the tables back on him. The prowess of that last move even caused everyone’s eyes to light up.
This time around, it was very quiet, with no one saying a word. The people from the Poison Mountain Stockade glared at the young man on the arena in fury, but there was nothing they could do. Very quickly, two members from the Poison Mountain Stockade went up to retrieve Gu Song’s corpse.
Gu Wu sat at the side, his fist clenched tightly. He suddenly stood up like a huge black eagle. A faint layer of black fog started to surround his body, causing others to be unable to see his face clearly.
Poison Mountain Stockade’s martial madman!
People started to talk within themselves. Many people knew of this guy from the Poison Mountain Stockade. After all, he had claimed the limelight for himself when he wiped out an entire aristocrat clan. He was said to be the top expert amongst the younger generations.
The people from the Poison Mountain Stockade were feeling very grim. Everything was dependent on Gu Wu who was now on the arena. If Gu Wu could hang on, then Poison Mountain Stockade would still have hope. If anything were to happen to him, then Poison Mountain Stockade would have to lay low and live their lives in the future…
“Are you ready?” Gu Wu looked at Mu Lang and said softly. It had been a while since he had fought. He looked at the surroundings and squinted his eyes slightly.
“Qing`er, I’ll go up and take a look. You can go have a rest at where Sister Yu is at.”
“Don’t worry, I’ll be fine!”
This was the big day for him and Mu Qing. He didn’t wish for there to be any accidents or unhappiness. Therefore, he decided to step up himself. The opponent was a little eerie and even he felt a little uneasy.
It was fortunate that his spirit energy had attained a breakthrough. Otherwise, he would really have to deploy other means.
“Let me have a go! Brother Mu, you must be tired too, go take a break!” Qing Shui suddenly appeared before Mu Lang.
Nine Palace Steps!
Qing Shui had used the Nine Palace Steps to head up to the arena.
Qing Shui’s movement caused many people to draw in a breath of cold air. If Qing Shui were to launch a sudden attack, how many of them would be able to dodge the attack? Many people were wondering if they themselves would be able to dodge.
Mu Lang looked at Qing Shui gratefully and left the arena. Qing Shui looked at the guy, his Nature Energy circulating automatically. The same went for his Diamond Qi, Diamond Protection and Diamond Crossing Rivers.
The other thing was that his other techniques were also circulating to the limits and also initiated his expert level Focused Concentration.
Yu He was also looking at Qing Shui, feeling worried. She had no idea what level Qing Shui had attained, but she knew that that guy from Poison Mountain Stockade was very strong.
“Sister Yu, you’re very worried for Qing Shui,” Mu Qing looked at Yu He’s expression and said softly.
Yu He shivered, smiled and looked at Mu Qing, “We came from the same place and had even partnered up to manage a restaurant before. He was also the one who had cured my grandfather’s injuries. He calls me Sister Yu.”
“Haha, Sister Yu, you’re thinking too far. He has a few wives and I’m only one of them. For a guy like him, no one is able to keep him for herself.” Mu Qing thought of how he had repeatedly emphasized that he already has wives and there was still that drawing. She really wanted to have a look at what the other women in his life looked like.
She even heard that he already has children…
“Sister Yu is old!” Yu He smiled, shook her head and said.
“Sister Yu isn’t old. You still have great elegance and talent. Even my heart beats quicker when I see a mature beauty like Sister Yu. Didn’t you see the gazes from the people around you? They can’t wait to devour you,” Mu Qing smiled and said.
“So even the domineering and dignified Miss Mu will say something like this.” Yu He smiled and blinked at Mu Qing. The mature lady’s cuteness caused even Mu Qing to be stunned. However, she flushed up and hadn’t even had a chance to say anything when the fight on the arena had already started.
Gu Wu reached out his right hand and a gush of black Qi spewed out, turning into what seemed to be a material longsword. It was flashing with a heart throbbing aura that seemed to be like black flames.
Qing Shui brought out his Violet Star Thunder God. No matter how weak his opponent was, he planned to do his best to deal with him. He hadn’t expected this guy to have an inborn poison physique and this made him gave the thought of using poison.
He felt that even the Five-Colored Poison might not be that effective. There were many amazing and strange people in the world of the nine continents. Although he had felt that his cultivation realm was considered to be not bad or rather, quite good amongst the younger generation, he hadn’t ever thought of the possibility that there were no youngsters who would be able to surpass him.
Ten Thousand Great Thunderbolt!
Nine Palace Steps!
Qing Shui leaped up and in an instant, reached behind Gu Wu and smashed down with his hammer.
A ripple appeared behind Gu Wu and then it shattered, as if it had hit against a barrier. Then, Gu Wu’s “black sword” thrust toward Qing Shui at great speed.
The strong stench caused him to feel nauseous and Qing Shui leaped away, stopping his breath.
To think that he had such a treasure with him that could protect himself. To think Gu Wu had managed to stop his Ten Thousand Great Thunderbolt attack.
The hammer’s damaging prowess was very strong but it was slightly slower. Moreover, Qing Shui’s Nine Palace Steps was best matched with agility and thus, after over ten rounds of exchanges with Gu Wu, he changed to his Violet Jade Sword.
“It seems like I’ll need to forge my Big Dipper Sword.”
Basic Sword Techniques!
Qing Shui channeled his Nature Energy onto the Violet Jade Sword!
Brilliant violet light from the Violet Jade Sword surged up, however, the pressure was getting increasingly stronger. When it swung out, it was as if it brought along with it the powers of Heaven and Earth.
Gu Wu was pushed back and Qing Shui quickly retreated as well. The Nature Energy, together with the Violetjade Pureheart, was able to barely push back Gu Wu’s poison Qi.
“Inborn Poison Physique is truly powerful!”
He knew why the Poison Mountain Stockade dared to act like such a big shot here now. With just this ordinary attack, as long as he were to come into contact with the opponent, most early Martial Emperor wouldn’t be able to accept this.
He was filled with poison all over. However, it was a pity that such a heaven-defying existence was a strong contender against the Heart of Seven Orifices. It also had a fatal flaw—short lifespan.
Gu Wu was also astonished. He had initially thought that it would be an easy feat to deal with this fellow. He hadn’t expected for his opponent to be able to withstand his Sacred Venom Jade Art. Furthermore, he had sensed that the pure Qi of Heaven and Earth his opponent had was a power that could go against all evil. It was fortunate that his Sacred Venom Jade Art wasn’t something ordinarily evil and poison could deal with. However, a large part of it was still being pushed back.
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AST 932 – 12 Heavenly Meridians, The Primordial Flame Whip 'Breaking' Jade Jiao
Gu Wu stared at Qing Shui standing adjacent to him, while rising above the sky with both hands emitting streams of black colored Qi that quickly transformed into two 30 meter long black pythons. The pythons shot out their pitch-black tongues as they slithered menacingly, terrorizing the hearts of the crowd with their wicked demeanor.
Qing Shui's expression changed for the first time since the beginning of the disturbance. Clearly, he had underestimated this man. So without a second to spare, he conjured a five meter long Primordial Flame on his hands and slowly condensed the flame into two Primordial Flame Balls.
This battle had no mercy for carelessness whatsoever. He initially wanted to use the Heart Toxin Talisman against Gu Wu, but felt it unsuitable at a time like this. These thoughts were quickly discarded, leaving him the choice to use it when he really needed to.
Qing Shui did so because he had a feeling that the man might have some kind of treasure in his possession. The Ten Thousand Great Thunderbolt Qing Shui had unleased had been blocked completely and he was also unsure whether this man could block the same attack for the subsequent times. This was indeed troublesome, especially when the man had two black pythons slithering from both of his hands right now.
The pythons weren't just poisonous by Qing Shui's speculation, because they were not real to begin with. Certainly, the surreal pythons had a terrifying level of agility and ferocity and it might be impossible to defend against beings of such power. Before that should happen, Qing Shui decided to stall for as much time as possible and use his killer move to strike them down.
Twin Dragon Pearls!
Qing Shui immediately formed two Primordial Flame Balls in his hands. His spiritual energy and spiritual sense as well as his power had undergone a slight change, achieving a small success stage especially after he had decided to stay with Mu Qing. Suddenly, he realized what had exactly changed inside him.
Twelve Heavenly Meridians!
The four channels had been cleared among the Twelve Heavenly Meridians. Indeed, human bodies were one of the greatest mysteries in the world. Besides the normal channels, there were other channels hidden deep within the human body. In spite of that, the hidden channels were considered to be quite strong and only a handful of people in the world could clear these particular channels successfully.
Qing Shui was able to realize the hidden channels within a human body from the moment the four channels had been cleared, thus granting him a characteristic change in his spiritual ability. The pearl from the Niwan Palace had become twice as big, almost like the size of a small marble. The Yin-Yang Image had experienced a change as well.
However, unlike the spiritual ability, his powers did not receive an impressive change after a tremendous breakthrough. Ten stars of strength was quite powerful and substantial, but more rigid. Despite this, it wasn't all that bad. He could always refine his powers, much like the process of tempering a weapon or armor.
With four channels cleared, Qing Shui seemed to have realized something different about himself. His spiritual ability had reaped most of the benefits from this breakthrough. Still, he felt odd having thoughts like this during a battle with a ferocious opponent like Gu Wu.
All of that happened within an instant. Qing Shui watched on as the flame balls shrouded with ferocious streaks of dark silhouetted energy flew towards the unfazed man from the Poison Mountain Stockade.
Gu Wu was cautious as well, as he simultaneously released the 'black pythons' in his hands towards the incoming Primordial Flame Balls without hesitation. The pythons sprang across the flames while they hissed, baring their fangs in a lifelike motion.
The high-pitched hisses were followed by the dull sounds of collision, which simultaneously created an explosion in the air, filling the empty space with thick smoke and toxic gas.
"Young man, you are very strong. Unfortunately, you are against me and I don’t have time to play with you any longer. Saintly Venomous Jade Jiao, arise!"
Gu Wu rushed towards Qing Shui while flashing a wicked smile that could send shivers down his spine. After that, he shouted in a roaring tone that echoed throughout the sky.
A gleam of light the color of jade flashed from his body when he uttered the last word. Both of his hands erupted in a dense jade-like aura, which simultaneously extended to about 30 meters long.
Two distinct roars could be heard bursting in the sky, as the elongated aura transformed into two Jade Jiao crossing each other in a circular motion. The bodies of the twin Jiao were gleaming in a brilliant luster of jade, which was exquisite and beautiful to look at. However, Qing Shui's spiritual sense was telling him that the jade-colored Jiao was at least ten times more toxic than the previous 'black pythons'.
Nevertheless, he had already prepared a Heart Toxin Talisman on his hand to throw at Gu Wu!
There was nothing else to think of right now. All he had to do was to kill this man, because if Gu Wu was left breathing after this fight, Qing Shui would be the one to die today. Of all places, Qing Shui didn't expect that there would be such a freak like him within the Poison Mountain Stockade.
The Heart Toxin Talisman of absolute accuracy was torn apart yet again when the distance from the opponent was getting close. Qing Shui released another Heart Toxin Talisman towards Gu Wu without the intention of giving up.
Just then, Gu Wu shook both of his hands, followed by two giant Jade Jiao letting out two thundering roars before they leaped towards Qing Shui. As they opened their ferocious jaws to let out a piercing cry, a blazing stench of 'jade aura' was subsequently released to the air.
The jade colored aura was sparkling brilliantly like a lustrous jade, but was swept across the sky at an accelerated rate. The jade aura seemed like a streak of icy flames shrouded with a hint of ghastly radiance that gave Qing Shui a brief fright.
His spiritual sense could now detect the menacing threat of the jade aura clearly and distinctively.
Fiery Golden Eyes!
As soon as he used the weakening technique on Gu Wu, a stream of ripples appeared around his body, indicating the ineffectiveness the technique against him. Qing Shui was clearly shocked and worst of all, he was unhappy about it!
This time, there were no ripples to be seen. The domineering Emperor's Qi has the ability to ignore the opponent's strength and defenses!
The domineering Emperor's Qi did not let Qing Shui down. 20% debuff was a terrifying reduction, because the weakening ability had affected all aspects of his opponent’s power!
With that, the imposing forces of the twin Jade Jiao were immediately reduced. And at the same time, Qing Shui shot two Primordial Fire Balls, which had hit the Jade Jiao, but did not burn them to crisps.
Despite being unable to burn them, he was able to melt one of the heads successfully. However, in a mere few seconds, the head was regenerated, as if they hadn't been hurt in the first place. The twin Jade Jiao assumed their demeanor and rush towards Qing Shui in a quick motion.
Coagulating the Primordial Flames required time. However, time was not a privilege he was given by his opponents.
Feeling annoyed, he shot out two 10,000 Years Frosted Iron Balls immediately, which were promptly blocked by the twin Jade Jiao. Even though the Jade Jiao had turned darker in color, they were able to recover quickly, reverting the darker color to its original color.
In any case, Qing Shui didn't want the Jade Jiao anywhere near him. His spiritual sense was telling him that the poisonous beings were extremely dangerous and he didn't want to risk himself to find out. So with a flash of his silhouette, he transversed behind Gu Wu and shot a 10,000 Years Coldsteel Needle at his head.
With the Roc Spreading Wings at its large success stage, Qing Shui was able to nab the advantage of speed with his Nine Palace Steps. However, his opponent had an inborn poisonous physique, as well as two poisonous Jade Jiao akin to two ferocious giant pythons. The Jade Jiao were perhaps even stronger than the giant pythons – they were untouchable…..
Blocked once again, Qing Shui finally realized his opponent might have something valuable up his sleeves. Or perhaps he had a technique that resembled Qing Shui's 'Divinity Protection' and that would certainly have a cooldown time as well.
Even so, Qing Shui's opponent was visibly frightened. The twin Jade Jiao flew in a circle around Gu Wu, placing him in the middle. After that, the twin Jade Jiao rushed towards Qing Shui in a flash.
Qing Shui had a feeling that the 10,000 Years Coldsteel Needles might be at their limit. If these Coldsteel Needles had a bit more prowess in them, perhaps the battle would have ended earlier than this……
He could only use his Nine Palace Steps to run away. He felt a bit annoyed seeing how his opponent was able to control the twin Jade Jiao efficiently. What he didn't expect either was the fact that Gu Wu had mastered the Transformation Technique as well!
Of course, the Transformation Technique!
The user of this technique would be able to combine his Qi of Xiantian to form a powerful demonic beast to participate in the battle, just like how Gu Wu had called forth the Jade Jiao. The Transformation Technique was known to be powerful as it was a technique exclusively for those who had reached the level of a Martial Emperor. Moreover, it was rumored to be a technique of a legendary level as well.
He was also wondering whether the Nine Animals Mimicry Technique that he had cultivated would be able to transform……
There was no time to lose. He figured that he must stall for more time, but stalling might be a bit risky for now.
With another Nine Palace Steps, he evaded the incoming attack of the twin Jade Jiao in a flash.
The slithering of the giant Jade Jiao was as fast as lightning, as well as flexible in its movement. If Qing Shui didn't have the Nine Palace Steps in the first place, he would have been wounded the moment the Jade Jiao unleashed an assault. Gu Wu was a man to be feared and the Mu Clan would not even stand a chance against him at this point.
Even if Gu Wu were to be attacked from all sides, the members of the Mu Clan would never stand a chance. The twin Jade Jiao might seem beautiful from their gleaming appearance, but the humongous beasts were nevertheless poisonous to touch.
The Primordial Flames were now about a foot thick, spreading across the battlefield at about 5 meters in length. When he was still in the middle of coagulating his flames, he could see the roaring Jade Jiao swirling towards his direction from the corner of his eyes…..
Qing Shui could now use the Primordial Flames with superb efficiency – one of the changes brought about from his breakthrough. Since he could conjure the flames quite efficiently, a daring thought then popped up in his mind.
He retreated abruptly and quickly pulled his flames apart, extending its length to about 20 meters long…..
The thickness of the flame was about the size of a thumb. Even though the whips were long, Qing Shui also noticed that the strength of the whip was in correlation to his powers. He was overwhelmed with a sudden surprise, clearly excited to unleash the force of the flames once more.
The 'Primordial Flame Whip' about 30 meters long oscillated across the battlefield in a nimble motion, breaking one of the Jiao's heads in a successful strike…..
The giant head that had been whipped had turned into an obscure image, as if it was going to disappear at any second.
Qing Shui burst into laughter, as he began to move his hands, making the flame whips seem increasingly nimble, as if they were two life-like snake whips. With that, he continued to strike the whips against the bodies of the twin Jade Jiao relentlessly.
The pace of his strikes was agile, unlike before when he had prioritized the force of the attack more than the whip's agility. Even though he was able to destroy their heads successfully or destroy one-third of the Jade Jiao, his opponents would regenerate in an instant. The conjuring of his Primordial Flame Balls required a bit more time to form, thus it was unable to keep up with the pace of the Jiao's regeneration rate.
Now that he had the whips, he was able to match up against the regenerative ability of the twin Jade Jiao. The power of the 'Primordial Flame Whips' was able to block against the assault of the Jiao as well, becoming nimbler by the minute. He hadn't needed to evade anymore and he was able to stay on his ground while forcing the twin Jade Jiao to retreat from his attacks.
"So the Primordial Flames can be used this way, rather than shooting them as flame balls." Qing Shui was elated by his new discovery.
The crowd was stunned as they would never have imagined the battle to go on to such an extent. Most of them were beginning to feel concern about Qing Shui because Gu Wu was an extraordinary cultivator honed in the Poison Mountain Stockade. The strongest one in the Poison Mountain Stockade wasn't one of the old fools from before, but this man pitting himself against Qing Shui in the field.
The Primordial Flame Whip was able to crack open the heads of the twin Jade Jiao and Qing Shui continued to lash the whip as much as he could to defend against the soaring beasts. As the time passed by, the 'toxic gas' inside Gu Wu's body was starting to run low.
Meanwhile, Qing Shui's golden pellet in his Dantian circulated very quickly, with an enormous amount of energy flowing to his limbs and bones continuously. The Yin-Yang Image was also circulating at a fast speed as well, one could tell with their naked eyes that he was swiftly being replenished with an abundance of Qi. Although the output rate of his Qi was comparatively higher than the replenishing rate, the replenished amount was able to make up to the rate of his loss.
The twin Jade Jiao had become shorter in length, which made Qing Shui increasingly uneasy. With another Heart Toxin Talisman flung across his opponent, the twin Jade Jiao simultaneously extended towards Qing Shui in an abrupt movement, stretching to one-third longer than that of their best forms. The speed of the twin Jade Jiao was as fast as the hisses of their tongues.
Qing Shui quickly retreated as he lashed the Primordial Fire Whip at the Jade Jiao to block their attack.
He evaded it, but or to better put it, he countered the Jade Jiao with his Nine Palace steps, causing the twin Jade Jiao to soar upwards abruptly before backing off in a hurry. At the same time, the Heart Toxin Talisman had successfully hit his opponent, staggering Gu Wu an instant before he started acting in a frenzy from the psychological attack.
The Heart Toxin Talisman had allowed Qing Shui to witness its peerless power….
And in that window of time, Qing Shui struck the Primordial Flame Whip against Gu Wu's head without hesitation!
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AST 933 – The Fall Of Gu Wu, Encouragement, The Participation Of The Silken Web Ridge
Before that, Qing Shui could feel a subtle green aura seeping into his body. The aura was leaked from the Jade Jiao when it had ascended to the sky abruptly. In the end, he didn't really dodge their attacks at all…
Gu Wu was dead after he was struck on the head by Qing Shui's Primordial Flame Whips, splitting his brain apart in an instant. Overwhelmed with a sense of relief, Qing Shui watched as Gu Wu fell straight to the ground from the sky. The Heart Toxin Talisman was nonetheless invincible – psychological offense would always be the best tactic in a battle.
Unless the person affected had a heart of a stone or was a kindhearted person of righteousness who would not be tempted by corrupt thoughts, the Heart Toxin Talisman would immediately attack the psychological mind without a doubt.
However, Qing Shui still wasn't sure what kind of effect the Heart Toxin Talisman would inflict against those with weaker cultivation and power. But if the talisman was used against an early Martial Emperor, he or she would be greatly affected, causing their minds to be susceptible to psychological attacks. In any case, Qing Shui was satisfied as long as his opponents were affected by the talisman.
Gu Wu's corpse landed on the grounds of the arena with a loud but dull thump. The body of a Martial Emperor had been strengthened to become as sturdy as solid steel, which explained why his bones and limbs weren't shattered when he fell from a high altitude.
Qing Shui then slowly descended to the arena. There was a great benefit in battling this man from the Poison Mountain Stockade and that was the discovery of the 'Primordial Flame Whips' attack. The whip attack was not only convenient and fast, but also nimble due to the sentient characteristic of the Primordial Flames. With time, the Primordial Flames would be able to achieve the ability to transform into something much greater…..
When he was presented with the possibility of transformation, he became excited by the idea of the Primordial Flames transforming into a demonic beast, which he surmised to be extremely powerful and intimidating. A skill that could transform would at least be considered a skill of legendary level. In spite of that, not all legendary skills have the ability to transform.
The crowd below the arena were stunned by the outcome. No one said a word, filling the atmosphere with a moment of eerie silence. However, they were relieved that it was Gu Wu who had fallen, because nothing bad would happen if the Mu Clan emerged victorious. But if it was the other way around, no one would be able to stop Gu Wu from spreading death throughout these lands.
Even if Qing Shui were to be defeated and the Godly Sword Clan was to intervene in the fight with Gu Wu, a bloody war would break out with no way to tell who would win and who would lose. The innocent bystanders would be desecrated as well.
Now that Qing Shui had won, their peace would be secured. If the Poison Mountain Stockade were any wiser, they would not stir up trouble anymore. Should they decide to ignore their wisdom and ruffle Qing Shui's feathers in the future, the annihilation of their sect would become a reality, rather than a fictional fantasy.
Qing Shui folded his fists and bowed to the crowd surrounding the arena. Then he looked towards to the members of the Poison Mountain Stockade and said: "Seniors of the Poison Mountain Stockade, are there any more words you wish to speak to us?"
"No more!" After a brief moment, the old leader of the Poison Mountain Stockade spat out two words unwillingly and arduously.
"Today is an auspicious day for Mu Qing and I. Thank you for the 'entertainment' you had gifted to us. I hope there will be no more cases of such amusement. A man as wise as you should never do such shocking things from now on. I don't wish to see the Mu Clan getting hurt. Should they be hurt, I will repay their sufferings 100 times more to the assailant, regardless of who they are. Whether they are from a large sect or an aristocratic clan, it doesn't matter – more of them are being annihilated everyday." After giving his final speech, Qing Shui turned away and slowly descended from the arena.
The members of the Poison Mountain Stockade went up the arena and collected Gu Wu's corpse. Meanwhile, the old man turned to the crowd while cupping his hands and said: "The Poison Mountain Stockade has further matters to attend to, so we will take our leave now. Farewell!"
Such behavior wasn't strange, after all, they had lost their face completely, so staying any longer would be pointless. Losing Gu Song and Gu Wu had cost them dearly, leaving them with two options to choose in this situation.
One, either continue to fight with Qing Shui or two, swallow their pride and leave quietly without ever retaliating. The latter would be possible if Qing Shui and Mu Clan could show how strong they would be in the future. If they managed to soar to a high position, then the Poison Mountain Stockade could only remain silent for the sake of their survival.
But if it was otherwise and the Poison Mountain Stockade gained a high position instead, they would definitely come back and settle their score with Qing Shui, crushing the Mu Clan in the process.
If Qing Shui could let them leave quietly, then he must have the confidence to brush them off should they retaliate once more. Letting them go served as an encouragement to the Mu Clan and himself. The Poison Mountain Stockade could be seen as a poisonous wolf that would devour them anytime. They would always need to be cautious of their surroundings and they had to be diligent in their cultivation. If they were able to do all of the above, then the poisonous wolf would eventually become as insignificant as a tiny ant.
After all, a tiny ant would definitely have a hard time rising up to the top again.
The wedding ceremony continued as normal, but progressed at a hasty speed instead. Around mid-afternoon, most of the guests had left, leaving only the members of the Godly Sword Clan, Dong Clan and Sun Clan, as well as the Silken Web Ridge.
These members were welcomed into the large hall of the Mu Clan, this time for the banquet that only close friends and family were allowed to join. After watching Qing Shui's performance today, they knew what they should do next – form an alliance with one another.
The Silken Web Ridge were made to stay by Qing Shui, which the others had acknowledged. Everyone knew there was something mysterious between Qing Shui and the leader of the Silken Web Ridge, but no one said anything about it. Both of them didn't have any particular interaction that could arouse their suspicion. In any case, the members of the Mu Clan were already informed about the existence of Qing Shui's other wives and they were not really surprised. After all, most of them had a number of wives themselves too.
They knew Qing Shui would become a man of utmost importance in the future, so no one in the family expected Mu Qing to be his only wife. The members of the Mu Clan were already quite old and with that came the experience and wisdom to judge things with clarity. Whatever Qing Shui had set his mind to do, they decided that they would not interfere with his decision.
Mu Qing sat on Qing Shui's left side, while Yu He sat on his right, which she invited herself to do so. Qing Shui took the opportunity to ask Yu He why she had come to the Eastern Victory Divine Continent and she gave him a simple explanation before ending the conversation.
After that, the Mu Clan, Godly Sword Clan, as well as the Dong Clan and Sun Clan requested to form an alliance once again. The key member would of course be Qing Shui himself. At the same time, Yu He was also requesting to join the alliance, which Qing Shui was more than happy to welcome her into.
He was also pleased to know that the Silken Web Ridge would be joining the alliance as well. Should anything happen in the future, things could be settled without much resistance.
And so, the banquet lasted until late at night. Mu Qing and Yu He left first, so that Mu Qing could show Yu He her room. Before Yu He left, she had a depressed expression on her face, but she only revealed it when she had her back turned from everyone else. Tonight was Qing Shui and Mu Qing's wedding night, after all.
The members of the Godly Sword Clan, Dong Clan and Sun Clan were also staying in the Mu Residence for the night before leaving tomorrow morning. Qing Shui knew he wouldn't be able to enter the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal tonight, so he had already used up his time for today in the morning just before dawn.
Their newlywed room was Mu Qing's building that she had designed herself. The decorations inside the rooms were elegant and not a shred of girly items could be seen inside. The elegant air of the room had given the entire place a sense of nobility. The bed was covered in a golden satin blanket embroidered with the golden luan and phoenix design to signify their status as husband and wife. Beside Qing Shui stood his wife wearing a golden phoenix dress, as he glanced at her lovingly.
Mu Qing was shy and bashful when she noticed the loving look in his eyes. The subtle curve at the corner of her lips was too seductive and with such display from an elegant and intellectual woman like her, Qing Shui couldn't resist the temptation to conquer her entire body for himself.
He scooped her up from her feet and placed her on the bedsheet. The softness of the bed and the loving woman in his arms made him growl in passion, filling the room with a layer of romantic air that would linger until dawn…
Yu He stood in front of the bedroom window watching the lights pouring in from the festival lights. The whole area was still brimming with the atmosphere of new year, so she might have to stay for a few days before she could go back home. Besides, the Mu Clan was still in celebration of two happy events, making it worse to go away now. Even though the sky had turned dark, laughs and giggles could be heard from some of the rooms in the Mu Residence.
When the image of Qing Shui and the eldest daughter of Mu Clan making passionate love flashed through her mind, she felt a painful throb in her heart. She came all the way for him, but she realized the past feelings between the two of them had already faded away. It has been a long time since they had seen each other.
She was afraid of losing what they had before. All of her efforts were because of him and she was prepared to give herself to him. She only had Qing Shui in her heart and nobody else could replace him anymore.
She had never thought of marrying someone other than Qing Shui. If they could not be together, then she would rather be alone for the rest of her life. All the years of effort were for her to catch up to his footsteps, so that she would not be a burden to him…
Looking at the illuminated window in the building far away, she recognized that room as the bridal chamber for Qing Shui and Mu Qing. Yu He had a yearning expression on her face. One day, she might be able to become a bride to someone who would love her unconditionally.
During the day, she noticed his gaze when he saw her. There was a hint of pleasant surprise and sincerity in his eyes, but they were completely different compared to his eyes back then at the Hundred Miles City. He was already a man of high position and there was no need for him to take advantage of her like before…
The next day, Qing Shui woke up late yet again, an unusual occurrence for a man who prioritizes morning training. Last night was his wedding night, so he decided to cut himself some slack. When he and Mu Qing finally woke up, they went back into having sex again. After they were done, the sky was already bright, illuminating the room with a subtle daylight from the outside.
The daylight in the winter was late as usual.
"Qing Shui, I am officially your wife now," Mu Qing said with a chirpy mood.
"You have been my wife even before the banquet. You will still be my wife even without the formalities and the ceremony." Qing Shui embraced Mu Qing while he spoke with a grin.
"It's weird, you know. Fate is a curious thing. You are from the Greencloud Continent and I am from the Eastern Victory Divine Continent. The distance between us is millions and billions li away, yet we were able to meet each other and walk down this path." Mu Qing stared at Qing Shui with her beautiful eyes, as she pondered their destiny to become one with each other.
"And that's why I said our marriage is a gift graced by the heavens. You are destined to be with me," Qing Shui chuckled.
"Qing Shui, does Sister Yu like you?" Mu Qing asked with a smile, suddenly changing the topic to something else.
The sudden question caught Qing Shui by surprise, but he managed to maintain his smile and said: "Are you jealous?"
"I am serious. The woman came all the way here to find you, don't you feel anything for her?" Mu Qing scoffed.
"She came here to find me?" Qing Shui was confused as he looked back at Mu Qing.
"She didn't exactly say that but I know she was talking about you. All the effort she had put on herself was because of you and that she wanted to match up to you. I don't know what happened between you and her to make her change to the way she is, but did you abandon her long time ago?" Mu Qing blinked profusely, clearly curious about their past.
After being stunned by her question, he quickly slapped her butt and said: "What nonsense are you talking about, we haven't seen each other for many years, that's all."
Mu Qing blushed as she squinted her eyes at Qing Shui, but then quickly reverted to her cheerful self and said: "You know, you can actually marry sister Yu if you want to."
Mu Qing's words shocked Qing Shui thoroughly. It would be normal if Huoyun Liu-Li had spoken those words instead, but coming from a refined woman like Mu Qing was a bit unexpected. He could only remain silent as he looked at her with a smile curled at the corner of his mouth.
"Don't look at me like that. I just think Sister Yu has endured enough hardship as it is," Mu Qing said with an embarrassed expression on her face.
"Silly woman, are you willing to share your man with someone else just like that?" Qing Shui was entertained by his wife for being naive in matters of romance and relationships.
"I'm not willing to share my husband with anyone else. How should I know that a woman like her would have feelings for a blockhead like you……."
Qing Shui was utterly silenced by his wife in an instant!
The Godly Sword Clan, Dong Clan and Sun Clan had already left in the morning. However, Dong Yan and Sun Yan stayed behind because they knew Qing Shui would be leaving in a few days. By then, they would be able to send him off personally as his sworn brothers.
Behind the courtyard, Qing Shui and Yu He sat opposite to each other around the table in a pavilion.
Yu He smiled while staring at Qing Shui the whole time they were sitting down.
"Sister Yu, even though we haven't seen each other in a long time, you don't have to stare at me like that!" said Qing Shui as he looked at the elegant woman in front of him.
"You really have grown much more mature, in fact. You and Mu Qing are made for each other."
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