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AST 1348 – The change in half a year, Dragon Elephant, Qing Shui at peak Martial Emperor

There were also quite a few people in the Qing Clan whose strength had achieved a pretty good level like Canghai Mingyue, Hai Dongqing, Mingyue Gelou and Mu Qing. For now, it was unnecessary to take into account the children. With Qing Shui around, the kids were already standing at the top of their age groups.

The people who Qing Shui were a bit worried about were Shi Qingzhuang and Zhu Qing. Yun Duan was slightly faster compared to them. As for those two, they were progressing only slightly faster than the people from Qing Clan. Now though, Qing Shui was already raising the innate skills of the people from Qing Clan. Furthermore, the effects also worked out quite well. The speed at which they improved had shockingly grown a lot faster. Prior to this, they were too weak. Ever since their innate skills were altered, the speed at which they improved had become many times faster than before.

Regarding this matter, the two girls also felt a bit upset, particularly Shi Qingzhuang. There wasn't that big a gap between the age of this intelligent and beautiful woman and Qing Shui's. She was one of Qing Shui's earliest woman. She might not have said anything about it, but she was unsatisfied with her own strength.

Zhu Qing, on the other hand, was content with it. For most of the time in a day, she would be the one to look after the children. Whenever someone needed someone to take care of her children, she could just deliver them to her. Regardless of whether she was taking care of one or a bunch, she was still taking care of them. In addition, with more children, the atmosphere would become more lively.



Qing Shui had attempted many things, including his medicinal pills and acupunctures. Unfortunately, she was still only able to absorb very little of it. Even Qing Shui himself, had run out of ideas. The only thing he could do was to strengthen her constitution.

Qing Shui had told them to not rush things and become distracted from their goals. Now that he thought about, the Violet Gold Bloodline Pearl might be helpful. For the past six months, Qing Shui had been letting her cultivate her Blood Force. It had produced quite a decent effect. This was to help make the Violet Gold Bloodline within her body become even more tenacious.

The six months time had also made Qing Shui feel even more refreshed. His demonic beasts had sufficient time in the realm to take in the energies within their bodies. All of them had already gone through substantial changes.

All along, Qing Shui had paid a lot of attention on the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant in the last six months. This was equivalent to more than ten years within the realm. During this time, he didn't cut down on his intake of medicinal pills. Furthermore, the Dragon Force which he had absorbed in the past as well as some other things had also stabilized greatly. Apparently, they had all burst out during this time. Not only had his raw strength increased significantly, but also even some of his battle techniques had undergone enormous changes.

His raw strength had achieved an amount worth forty-five sun….. Actually, Qing Shui knew about all of this. During the entire time, he has been observing his demonic beasts. It seemed like the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant, the Heaven and Earth Battle Beast, had also gained a lot of strength during this time. This made Qing Shui wonder if he should break through towards "Immortal Demons".

Qing Shui quickly looked down.

Dragon Elephant Force, passive battle technique, permanently increased raw strength by seventy times.

This had also increased! Qing Shui remembered that, two months ago, it had used to be sixty times.

Mighty Dragon Elephant's Recklessness, five times of the exact same attacks. It could hit at most fifty targets.

The amount of targets which could be attacked had increased yet again by ten. This was the group killing battle technique owned by Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant. Its offensive strength had also increased significantly.

Mighty Dragon Elephant Storm, Great Perfection Stage, an attack which was worth eight times its raw strength. There was a fixed chance it could cause numbness to the targets around the surroundings and immobilize them.

Its strength had increased yet again. Ever since the Dragon Elephant Bloodline awakened greatly, its strength once again underwent changes. This battle technique had already begun to shine.

Instantaneous Diamond Evasion: Within three thousand meters of distance, user could instantaneously leap to a location.

Diamond Sword Qi: Instantaneously shoot out a Core Qi to attack the opponent. It contained very powerful damaging power. It could reduce 20% of the opponent's speed. The effect could last for two hours.

Vajra Subdues Demon: Once used, the targets within a thousand meters would experience a 10% reduction in strength. The amount of targets must not exceed fifty. The effect lasts for two hours.

There were no changes for these three battle techniques. Despite this, Qing Shui already felt really content.

Ferocious Dragon Elephant Attack: Instantly activate ten times of the user's physical strength to attack a single target.

It changed! Even this had changed!

Dark Internal Flames: The dark flame below the dragon elephant's feet could enable the attacks of the dragon elephant to contain 20% of offensive strength to break armors. Simultaneously, it also raises 20% of the dragon elephant's speed in air.

Dragon Scale Armor: Passive battle technique, increases the defensive and offensive capability of the dragon elephant by three times. Its powerful defensive strength and offensive strength were the dragon elephant's biggest capabilities.

Looking at the last one, Qing Shui was stunned. He never expected for the final technique, the Dragon Scale Armor, to be a particularly important ability. Increasing by three times, that would mean multiplying its raw strength by four. Taking this into account, the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant would achieve nearly one hundred and thirty thousand sun worth of strength when it performed the Ferocious Dragon Elephant Attack.

Within six months time, Qing Shui had refined the feedback strength received from the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant three times. His raw strength had achieved a strength of twenty one sun. If it had been only one time, Qing Shui himself also wouldn't dare to refine it, but this was a whole three times.

Qing Shui's cultivation during this time had also helped him increase his raw strength by one sun. This was how had he ended up with twenty one sun worth of raw strength.

This way, by taking into account the supplementary abilities like the Big Dipper Sword and others within his Dantian, Qing Shui would had achieved more than ten thousand sun, nearly one hundred thousand sun worth of strength. If the chance to double his attack prowess was met, he would achieve nearly two hundred thousand worth of strength. The attack of the Nine Continents Mountain, on the other hand, was already close to reaching the weakest strength of a peak Martial Emperor. It had now achieved an offensive strength worth two hundred and ninety thousand sun.

He would be lying if he said he wasn't proud. The attack of the Nine Continents Mountain was very quick and it also consumed Spirit Energy. Compared to people of equal strength to him, Qing Shui's Spirit Energy was way stronger. The Spirit Energy within his Sea of Consciousness was many times more compared to other people. Added on that the Nine Continents Mountain didn't really consume a lot of the Spirit Energy, for now, the Nine Continents Mountain was one of his biggest weapons. It contained almost three hundred thousand worth of offensive strength and it had terrifying power from the Shield Attack.

Now, one random Spirit Energy Attack from Qing Shui would achieve almost a hundred and forty thousand sun worth of strength. If he was to use the Seal of Rocs, it would achieve nearly two hundred and eighty thousand sun worth of strength. It had violated the chance to double in prowess and right away broke through to a strength worth five hundred thousand sun.

The chance to double in prowess wasn't really an actual strength. Hence, Qing Shui could surpass five hundred thousand worth of strength without having to break through to being a False God Warrior. Other than that, Qing Shui hadn't really stuck close to some of the rules of the Nine Continents. He believed in his Ancient Strengthening Technique even more.

Now, the Ancient Strengthening Technique had long since achieved peak Seventh Heavenly Layer. During this time, it had also made a lot of progress. Qing Shui felt as if he was standing in the middle of a journey to the top of the mountain. The great door towards the Eighth Heavenly Layer was already within sight. Even though it might still be far away for now, Qing shui already felt confident that he could make his way up.

Furthermore, he was very confident with this. He felt that he would definitely be able to achieve it.

Once he broke through to the Eight Heavenly Layer, he felt that he would be able to let go and accomplish a lot of things he wanted to do. The Eighth Heavenly Layer would definitely make his body even more powerful.

Qing Shui didn't know if he could break through to five hundred thousand sun worth of strength by relying on his own strength. In other words, under the situation where the chance to double his prowess wasn't met, his strength was beyond five hundred thousand sun. That would mean that his raw strength would need to be as much as forty sun. Other than cultivating alone, he also had the Yang Pill. Added on to that, he also had the enormous variable, the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant, Qing Shui felt that it should be very soon that he would achieve it. By then, he would have to get himself ready to break through to the False God Grade as well as the Eighth Heavenly Layer. Once he achieved False God, he would be able to pay a visit to the continent cities or the large cities nearby.

Even though he might have not broken through to False God, Qing Shui felt that he was already the first person right below the False God Grade, the reason being that he had the Emperor's Qi and Vahra Subdues Demon. Seeing that the Dragon Force of the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant was becoming increasingly powerful, the Vajra Subdues Demon had become even stronger. Five hundred thousand sun worth of strength would right away be reduced to three hundred and fifty thousand worth of strength. It could be said that it would be hard for the opponent to even block his Nine Continents Mountain. The effect of three times of his own speed as well as his Shield Attack… it would be tough for an opponent with three hundred and fifty thousand sun of strength to even hold it back.  

This realization made Qing Shui feel incomparably satisfied. A peak Martial Emperor was unable to hold back against his Nine Continents Mountain. If the grade of the NIne Continents Mountain was to increase twice again and his raw strength was to be increased yet again, an opponent may be crushed by the Nine Continents Mountain and end up in pieces? It didn't matter whether they were False Gods or not. They would all just be eliminated.

Wishes were always beautiful. However, the grade of the Nine Continents Mountain wasn't something which could be raised that easily. If it wasn't because Qing Shui accidentally helped Puyang Qing broke through his barrier, it's unlikely that he would break through as well.

Even for his current level, in the future, wasn't something to be looked down upon. When his own strength increased, the offensive strength of Nine Continents Mountain would increase by three times that amount. For now, the phase it was in was already enough to be compared to Yehuang Guwu's Tiger Form.

Speaking of Yehuang Guwu, her Tiger Form had gone up by one grade during these six months. It has increased from the Silver Grade to the current Golden Grade. Its strength was three times her raw strength, butshe was now able to produce four of them. Everytime she condensed one of them, it would only consume 10% of her overall strength. It could last for two hours. During its existence, it wouldn't consume her raw strength.

Unless it got dispersed under absolute strength, it was controlled by consciousness alone. It was still the usual snow white enormous tiger with a size exceeding a hundred meters. This was a kind of bizarre form of energy.

Furthermore, the strength of Yehuang Guwu, who had stepped into the great door of Heavenly Dao, was also improving very quickly. Furthermore, she only cultivated the Tiger Form. The mysterious aura and strength within her body had been developed significantly. Originally, Qing Shui used to think that Yehuang Guwu would need at least ten years before she could flatten the entire Yehuang Clan. Seeing the way she was progressing now, it should take a lot less than that.

Three years should be enough!

Within six months time, the influence brought upon by the Imperial Hall had spread out through the entire Yehuang City. Even the nearby cities had people coming in and out very often to Yehuang Country to make friends with Qing Shui.

There were also people who came from Tianhe City and the countryside. However, they didn't really try to establish deep friendships with Qing Shui. Within these six months, Qing Shui had yet to make any true friends. All of these people only came because they needed help from him. Until now, it's too difficult for him to find friends like Soulsearch and the Puyang Clan. Hence, he would prefer a relationship where they both gained benefits from each other with these people.

What kind of benefits? Precious medicinal herbs, rare objects, and what came after that? Human emotions.

Hence, Qing Shui had benefited quite a lot during this time by helping others cure their diseases. Furthermore, he had also made a lot of people owe him a debt. During these six months, the Imperial Hall didn't manage to find anymore suitable candidates. Nevertheless, both Yuan Su and Soulsearch, like in the past, had undergone significant changes as well. Their strength improved greatly, particularly in their abilities in terms of their medical expertise. Hence, Qing Shui had become more relaxed.

During the six months time, Qing Shui would help Puyang Qing four to five times every month. He did this constantly for six months and now, it had finally reached the final stage. The firm barrier had loosened. If no accident were to happen, it would take Puyang Qing at most one month to break through to False God.

Of course, the precondition was that he must succeed. Even if he were to charge in recklessly, there would still be danger. For example, his body might burst. This was considered one of the most damaging effects. He would still be considered ta False God Warrior, but he wouldn't have the life to enjoy it.

The granny from Puyang Clan had smoothly advanced to become a Second Level False God and had becaome the strongest person in Yehuang City by name. Through communicating with the old woman, Qing Shui realized that a lot of dangers awaited in the False God grades. The gap between each level of False God was very big. Furthermore, the warriors had to face enormous risks in losing their life every time they attempted to break through a level.

At the moment when the granny broke through, Qing Shui was nearby. Qing Shui also helped perform acupunctures on her to protect her and to increase the chances of succees in breaking through. Qing Shui realized that, in the future, he still had things he needed to do with the False God Warriors. He could continue down the path of a doctor.

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AST 1349 – Puyang Qing Attained Breakthrough to False God, Qing Shui Benefited Once Again

“I feel that this time around, it should work,” Puyang Qing said confidently to Qing Shui.

Qing Shui smiled and looked at Puyang Qing. This time around, Puyang Qing once again attempted a breakthrough from Martial Emperor to False God. He needed one type of thing or rather, something which could bring him to a certain level.

Spring of Life!

Or rather, things that had similar effects to the Spring of Life. For example, the Fruit of Life, Life Origin Grass, Flower of Life and the Sacred Leaf. Qing Shui hadn’t expected that he had two such items. However, he wasn’t planning on using the Flower of Life. It hadn’t been easy for it to grow to the stage at which it was at right now.

Puyang Qing had previously made multiple attempts to attain a breakthrough. Thankfully, he would get a tremendous takeaway each time around. Otherwise, he would probably have lost his confidence. Furthermore, this was a barrier that people would encounter at Peak Martial Emperor level. It wasn’t that easy for one to break through.

It should be about sufficient. The other time, Qing Shui felt that Puyang Qing should be able to attain a breakthrough in another month tops. RIght now, half a month had already passed by and if there weren’t any accidents, he should be able to attain a breakthrough. A False God cultivator would be born with his help. Qing Shui was feeling very agitated.

Having applied acupuncture on him for the past year. In addition to what he had done for him in the past it all added up to about a year in total. Puyang Qing’s meridian channels had been reinforced by Qing Shui to a large extent. Furthermore, there were still the Ren Meridian Strengthening Pellets and the Du Meridian Strengthening Pellets which had contributed significantly.

The Ren Meridian Strengthening Pellets and Du Meridian Strengthening Pellet were effective even for that old lady from Puyang Clan, who was a False God cultivator. Therefore, Qing Shui felt very happy. There was another reason why he felt happy about it.

Demon Lord!

These two meridian strengthening pellets had been included in the things which Qing Shui had given to her. He hoped that she would use them. Very soon, he would be able to head to the continent’s capital, which would make him closer to her and closer to the Demon Lord Palace.

Puyang Qing started his attempt to break through the barrier. Qing Shui applied acupuncture on him to protect his internal organs so that he had less things to worry about and could focus on his attempt. Qing Shui also stayed behind him to use the power of the Shield Attack to help him in his attempt.

One time, two times…

Time trickled by and the barrier leading to False God started to loosen up, seeming as if it would be broken through at any moment. However, each time, it would still remain connected, refusing to break.

Both of them were mentally prepared for this and had no intention to break through it immediately. Gradually, it became a cycle of charging forth, being repelled back, then to continue charging forth and then once again being repelled back.

Boom!

A stifled sound rang out in Puyang Qing’s body and a hole was created in the barrier. In that instant, a terrifying gush of power exploded in his body.

Thankfully, Qing Shui had helped him to protect his internal organs in advance and had also helped him to reinforce his meridian channels for such a long period of time. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have been able to withstand that outburst of power.

In the instant in which Puyang Qing attained his breakthrough, a hint of mysterious energy gushed into Qing Shui’s body, following his meridian channels and charging toward his Dantian. Qing Shui felt anxious and activated his Nine Continents Mountain to block it.

Boom!

That pure energy was the power that belonged to False God cultivators and was the purest form of energy. Not only did it get past the Nine Continents Mountain, it continued to flow through his meridian channels and even reached where the golden pellet was at.

The spinning golden pellet mysteriously absorbed this gush of power endlessly.

When a cultivator attained a breakthrough to False God, the outburst of energy in that particular instant was very dangerous. Many people would have their skin and flesh in a battered state and some of the power would leak out. Some people’s meridian channels could also burst or even break. If the ones which broke weren’t the primary meridian channels, then there would only be a minor impact. However, if it was an important meridian channel, then the result wouldn’t be good.

Despite this, Puyang Qing still spewed out a mouthful of blood, another way in which some of his powers could be let out. In a sense, it was also considered to be a good thing for Puyang Qing that Qing Shui had managed to absorb some of the purest energy.

However, Qing Shui wasn’t sure if it was a good or bad thing. Very soon, he was sent flying back by that gush of force.

Qing Shui knew that it was a success. With his help, not only did the old man, who was reaching the end of his life span, have his lifespan increased by a lot, he had even attained a breakthrough from the Martial Emperor realm to the False God realm.

Qing Shui looked at the Puyang Qing who was trying to digest and absorb his new powers. They were high up in the air, deep within the clouds. There wouldn’t be anyone who would disturb him. There was no longer any gravitational force in such a high place. However, there was air and spiritual Qi. Even ordinary people would be safe here.

Puyang Qing would probably have to take at least half a day to for the elementary refinement at the False God level. This was a conservative estimation. There was’t anyone to disturb them there. Furthermore, there were also other members in the Puyang Qing who were on guard.

With nothing to do at the moment, Qing Shui sensed his Dantian and felt that the power contained in his golden pellet had increased by more than double. However, this was more like an increase in his endurance and not to his attacking power. If he could withstand about 24 hours of full power attack earlier, right now, he would be able to sustain for over 40 hours. This was the benefit that pure force had brought him.

Even though that gush of force had gone through the Nine Continents Mountain, it didn’t raise its grade. Qing Shui was still thinking previously that when Puyang Qing attained a breakthrough to the False God, that surge of force would be able to allow the Nine Continents Mountain to reach a new level. However, it was a pity that nothing had changed.

In all, the benefit he received was still tremendous.

The sky had already started to darken and Puyang Qing gradually opened his eyes. A hint of a gleam burst out from his eyes. This was due the fact that one who had just attained a breakthrough to the False God realm wouldn’t be able to control their power. When Puyang Qing saw Qing Shui, he felt an indescribable feeling of happiness.

“I shan’t say more thanks. This old man hadn’t many years left to begin with and hadn’t held any hopes to be able to hit False God. All this was given by you,” Puyang Qing said a little agitatedly.

“Old Master, is there still a need for this between us? I don’t have many friends in the Dancing Phoenix Continent. Although many people are very friendly to me, that’s only because of my medical skills.”

“Back then, the reason I approached you was also because of your medical skills,” Puyang Qing smiled and said.

Qing Shui shook his head and said smiling, “That situation was different. Back then, my abilities or rather, the abilities that I had displayed wasn’t sufficient to be taken seriously by you guys. Furthermore, Puyang Clan’s reputation isn’t something which other clans could be compared with. Right now, isn’t it clear what everyone is like?”

“Haha, so what if this old man has become a False God? There are many things that can be measured by other things, not just one’s power. Puyang Clan will forever be your best friend. As long as you face trouble, no matter what it is, we’ll face it together with you.” Puyang Qing didn’t say much. It was because sometimes, it would sound hypocritical when one said too much.

After returning to the Imperial Cuisine Hall, Qing Shui entered the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. It was time. After entering, Qing Shui didn’t do anything but went deep into thorough, comprehending and allowing himself to immerse in experiencing. In the instant Puyang Qing attained a breakthrough to the False God level, Qing Shui had also sensed that the force had gushed forth explosively from beyond the barrier.

This force had only gushed in from the Baihui Acupoint after the barrier had been broken through. It was a pity that there weren’t any weird heavenly and earthly phenomena. When Puyang Clan’s old lady had attained a breakthrough to the Grade Two False God, silvery white thunderbolts had struck from the sky. When most people attained a breakthrough to the False God level, there wouldn’t be any heavenly and earthly phenomena. It might appear for some people but it would be rare. It could be said that only people with a strength of 500,000 sun would experience such phenomena when they attain a breakthrough to False God.

Puyang Qing’s strength hadn’t reach 500,000 sun and after attaining the breakthrough, his strength immediately reached about 1.5 million sun. If a person that only had a strength of 300,000 sun were to attain a breakthrough, he would only reach a strength of one million. This was the difference between two people who had a strength of 300,000 sun and 500,000 sun respectively when they attained a breakthrough. This gap would become increasingly bigger as they continued to get stronger.

When he came out from the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal, it was already the latter part of the night. When he returned to the living hall, he saw that Yuan Su hadn’t rested yet and was drinking tea.

“Be careful that you won’t be able to fall asleep when you drink tea at such a late hour,” Qing Shui said as he took a seat opposite her.

Unknowingly, it had already been over half a year ever since Yuan Su had came.

“I can’t sleep anyway, so I decided to just get up and have some tea.”

Qing Shui poured himself a cup of tea as well.

“Why aren’t you sleeping either?” Yuan Su put down her tea cup and asked as she looked at Qing Shui.

“I decided to come out to take a look since I woke up, then I saw you sitting here alone in a daze. Why? Is something troubling you or have you thought of someone?” For the past half a year or so, Qing Shui and Yuan Su had developed quite a good rapport with each other and Yuan Su was able to feel more free. At least, right now, the two of them were very good friends. This was especially when as time passed, the time the two of them had spent together was quite significant.

However, even if they were together, they would only talk about some light hearted topics. They wouldn’t even bring up the things in the past. This made it more at ease between them. During this period of time, Qing Shui would still head back once a month. There was once when Yuan Su had wanted Qing Shui to bring her back to take a look but it was a pity that Qing Shui didn’t have the ability to do so yet.

However, Qing Shui told her that there would be opportunities in the future. He didn’t hide the facts about the Five Elements Divine Flag and told here that there would be chances for that in the future. This made Yuan Su feel very happy. Another thing was her own abilities. If she got strong enough, she would be able to go back by herself as well. It was just a pity that it would take so much time.

“That young lady from Li Clan came to look for you in the day.” Yuan Su didn’t reply but smiled and changed the topic.

“Oh? Did she say why she had come?”

During this period of time, Qing Shui didn’t have much contact with Li Yan. One reason was because Qing Shui was busy and she wasn’t the lady he had thought of. She and the lady he knew were still largely different and thus, as time changed, Li Yan changed as well. She no longer had that impact from when they first met and gradually, didn’t have that inclination either. In the past, Li Clan could still bring up the matter but now, they wouldn’t bring it up from their side either.

Qing Shui had once cured Li Clan’s Old Master of his illness and Li Clan had given Qing Shui the Life and Death Needles. During this period of time, they were considered to be quite good friends. Furthermore, the benefits Qing Shui had brought Li Clan were quite tremendous. There was no reason for this except for the Life and Death Needles and also for that extremely similar appearance.

“She didn’t but she seems to like you,” Yuan Su smiled and said.

Qing Shui was stunned. At the beginning, he didn’t notice that Li Yan liked him. He was the one who had some misconceptions when she saw her appearance. There were also quite a number of times when they had met and come into contact as well but she hadn’t shown any signs at all. Qing Shui had already let go of these thoughts. It was best to leave things to its natural progression.

“I don’t think so. We’ve also known each other for very long.”

“I only said that she might like you. This is very normal. Mister Qing now has many people who like you and even more people who wish to marry their daughters to you!” Yuan Su said, seemingly jokingly.

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AST 1350 – Yuan Su’s Alchemy Recipe origin Returning Pill

Qing Shui threw a strange look at Yuan Su but didn’t press on. He smiled and shook his head, “I’ll be heading out for the next few days. You and Elder Brother will be very busy.”

“Oh, alright. No problem,” Yuan Su said, smiling with ease.

“If you have time, you should study alchemy recipes. It can raise your abilities and you’ll receive great benefits.”

During this period of time, Yuan Su had been busy learning medical skills and hadn’t put in much work on alchemy recipes. Qing Shui didn’t know if she still had other alchemy recipes on hand. Right now, the two of them were considered very good friends and friends should help one another.

Friends should help one another, allies or people working in partnership would be making use of one another.

Of course, Qing Shui wasn’t trying to make use of Yuan Su. Each time he gained something good from Yuan Su, he would return the favor many times over. This was something which Qing Shui had always believed in. If others were to show him a hint of respect, he would return the respect multiple times over. if others were to make things easier for him, he would return the favour in three times or more. If others were to give him some benefits, he would return the favor three times or even 30 times. To sum it up, he didn’t like the other parties to suffer from any loss. Of course, if people were to harbor any thoughts of trying to take advantage of him, Qing Shui would make sure that they would suffer greatly.

When Yuan Su heard Qing Shui’s words, she smiled, “Young Master Qing has finally spoken. I’d thought that you’d already forgotten that I have this ability.”

Qing Shui rubbed his head. After he had gotten closer with this lady, especially when her disposition seemed to be slightly different than what it was like in the past, most of the time she would still appear to be elegant, giving others a feeling of extreme calm and peace. However, sometimes, this lady would change to be different from usual. Qing Shui couldn’t put a word to describe what was so different.

“Alright, I shall stop teasing you. With your current abilities, you probably won’t fancy the other alchemy recipes either. The only one I can bring out would be this. However, I have no confidence whether or not it can be successfully refined either.” Yuan Su smiled and handed Qing Shui a beast parchment.

The beast parchment was trimmed very neatly and not only was there no weird smell, there was even a faint fragrance. This was a pure white piece of beast parchment. Qing Shui felt that this should be the hide of a Fragrant Fox Demon.

Qing Shui received it. “Are the others useful for you? Actually, I also want to refine some medicinal pills which can increase the powers of someone of your level or even lower. When you get slightly stronger, I’ll be able to let you improve at a faster rate just like Elder Brother is doing.

“Oh, I still have a few more here. You can have them. See if you can refine them successfully. Anyway, all my attempts at refining them had failed. I’ll put my hopes on you.” Yuan Su took out a stack of alchemy recipes, rendering Qing Shui speechless.

This lady was only waiting for him to bring this up. He had no idea if these were the alchemy recipes which she had come up with during the past half a year or if she had come up with them in the past. They should have been created for the past half a year. After all, she had gotten much stronger now and it was partially thanks to this.

“Then I shan’t stand on ceremony.” Qing Shui smiled and stored the alchemy recipes. He then took out the first alchemy recipe which Yuan Su had said that was something that might be useful for someone of his level.

When he opened it up, he saw three words written on it.

Origin Returning Pill!

Under the words, there were the combinations of various medicinal herbs. Qing Shui didn’t take a closer look at them. There were mostly things which he had, knew of and he had also used most of them before. The requirements weren’t high but there was a huge variety. In this alchemy recipe, there were definitely at least 70 different types of medicinal herbs as well as some materials from demonic beasts.

Qing Shui looked straight at the effect.

Increase one’s physical strength by 10% or increase one’s power by 10%.

Requirement: State Master.

Limitation: Each person can only take one each year. Peak Martial Emperor can only take one.

Qing Shui felt depressed. This medicinal pill was very powerful and could be taken repetitively until one had reached Peak Martial Emperor. It was a pity that he could only take one of it. Even with the Double Portion Medication, he would only be able to take two.

His physical strength had already reached 21 sun and 10% would make it two sun. If he were to take two, his physical strength could increase by close to 4.5 sun. It was quite significant. Right now, what he needed to do was to refine this medicinal pill and let the people around him take them. It was a pity that this pill also required one to be at the State Master level. Therefore, as long as the person could reach the State Master level, Qing Shui would be able to make them stronger. The combination of the yang pills and this Origin Returning Pill would be perfect.

“You should turn in earlier. Everything will be fine.” Qing Shui stood up. It was already the next day and he could now enter the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal.

Although expert level cultivators would find it harder to get stronger, there were more opportunities and the effects of medicinal pills available would also be much stronger. It was because there were many precious medicinal pills which couldn’t be used by low level cultivators, unless they were some divine grade medicinal pills which could let a low level cultivator become a Martial Saint directly.The pill would already be considered a divine grade one if it could allow an ordinary person to directly become a Martial Saint.

The Xiantian Golden Pellet was a legendary grade pill but was the lowest grade amongst the legendary grade pills. Higher grade ones could allow one to reach Peak Xiantian or Elementary Martial King level. It would be hard for even top notch divine grade pills to let a cultivator directly attain a breakthrough to Martial Saint.

Yuan Su watched as Qing Shui returned to his room and continued to be in a daze for a very long time, even after Qing Shui’s back view was no longer in sight.

Her relationship with him had once been very good and they had quite a lot of contact with each other as well. Her condition had been cured by him and her body had been seen by him. She was also the one who had asked to part ways. She had initially thought that she wouldn’t want to meet him again. Back then, he had even said that he'd definitely not step into the Seven Stars Country again…

Back then, he should have been angry. She didn’t know if she was considered to have forgotten about him. Usually, she would also think of him but she did not harbor any feelings of yearning. She just felt that there was a knot in her heart. After all, her pure and chaste body had been seen by a young man. Although there was no helping it since it was for medical treatment, it was still a fact that her body had been seen.

When she had stumbled into the forbidden area in her clan and come to the Dancing Phoenix Continent, she knew that it would be very hard for her to return throughout her entire life. Although Qing Shui was quite talented, it was impossible for him to leave the five continents in such a short amount of time. The past two years were the toughest two years of her life.

The increase in her cultivation here wasn’t worth mentioning. Although the population was mostly made of ordinary people, this was the capital city, a place where cultivators gather. However, the capital city was very big and it wasn’t that easy for one to encounter powerful cultivators.

She managed to live quite a decent life through her medical and alchemy skills and earned herself quite a reputation. Many people wanted to take her into their clans or even into their own bedrooms. Yuan Su was very clever and by making use of the various powers, she would be able to turn the attention away from her temporarily.

The appearance of the Imperial Cuisine Hall let her see some hope. If she were to enter the Imperial Cuisine Hall, there were many fewer people who would dare to set their sights on her. However, she hadn’t expected that the person behind the Imperial Cuisine Hall was Qing Shui.

At that moment, she didn’t dare to believe what she was seeing. It was because this place was the Dancing Phoenix Continent. To think that she would meet him here! Although, for her part,   she had tried to bear with it, only she herself knew how happy she had felt.

This was like what she had said, to be meeting a familiar person from her hometown in a foreign land. That feeling was very good, especially when one was in a bleak situation as if they were treading on thin ice.

Qing Shui walked to his room but he could still sense Yuan Su’s gaze. It was a complicated gaze. He shook his head briefly and entered straight into his room and then the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal.

He had decided to go to the Tianhe Country to take a look the next day. Things in the Yehuang Country were already fine. With Puyang Clan around, the Imperial Cuisine Hall would be fine. As for the Yehuang Clan, Qing Shui was waiting for Yehuang Guwu to grow stronger. When the time came, he would see how she would be dealing with the matters.

Qing Shui was still unaware which of them was Yehuang Guwu’s birth father. Of course, Yehuang Guwu wouldn’t  recognize him as her father. Her father was already dead. The reason she took this as her surname was for him and even her birth mother was forced to death as well. He felt that Yehuang Guwu wouldn’t let Yehuang Clan off easily.

Picking up the stack of alchemy recipes, Qing Shui read through them and smiled. What had made Yuan Su so powerful was that she was able to group many medicinal herbs, which weren’t that special, together. The number of medicinal herbs was far too terrifying and there could be over 100 types. This was also why no one could help her try to see if the alchemy recipes would work. It wasn’t that easy to merge so many medicinal herbs together, refining them into medicinal pills. There would even be a large number of alchemists who would just say that they weren’t really real alchemy recipes. It was impossible to combine so many medicinal herbs together.

Many of the medicinal herbs would clash with each other but Qing Shui soon discovered that there were some other medicinal herbs which could reduce the conflicts between some of the clashing effects of certain medicinal herbs and help blend them together. Qing Shui looked at the medicinal effects of these alchemy recipes. Most of them were pretty useless for him but there was still the Qing Clan and the kids which they would be useful for.

Qing Shui read through them one after another. Yuan Su’s ability was very powerful. There was a very large possibility of him succeeding with these alchemy recipes. If they were in the hands of some other alchemists ordinary alchemists would just feel that it was impossible for these alchemy recipes to succeed. Powerful alchemists on the other hand, wouldn’t waste their time on such weak medicinal pills. Moreover, the success rate was far too low.

Therefore, it was the best match when Yuan Su encountered Qing Shui. Qing Shui was the only person who could bring her medicinal pills into the world.

After reading through all of them, Qing Shui saved half of them, putting aside the other half which he didn’t have all the medicinal herbs for. Another thing was that there would be clashes and thus they couldn’t be used even if they were refined.

Qing Shui started refining the medicinal pills with the remaining time. However, it took him half a day more just to prepare the medicinal herbs. After spending one entire day on the preparation, everything was finally ready.

The alchemy process was dry and boring. The first one he tried to refine was the Origin Returning Pills. It was something which both he, as well as the people around him could use, bringing one from the State Master level to Peak Martial Emperor. This medicinal pill was considered to be quite powerful but it wasn’t that easy to refine. There was one medicinal herb in it which he didn’t have much of but could be replaced with the Spring of Life.

Qing Shui’s hands were trembling. He didn’t know whether he should feel happy or upset. The Golden Snake Grass… Qing Shui didn’t wish to fail in his attempt. If he were to fail, both the Golden Snake Grass and the Spring of Life would be wasted.

Failure!

Failure!

Although starting off with failures wa within his expectations, Qing Shui still felt a little pained. However, he had failed multiple attempts. Even though he had quite a bit of Golden Snake Grass and Spring of Life, these were priceless things. To be failing even in the presence of the Golden Snake Grass was something which had happened when he was refining the Four-Yang Pills. In that situation, it was because the medicinal effects of the herbs weren’t strong enough.

Qing Shui tried to keep his spirits up and made another attempt.

Failure!

This time around, Qing Shui was so angry that he felt like puking blood. It was because when he reached the final two medicinal herbs, he had let his guard down, leading to the failure…

After learning from the previous two failures, Qing Shui would learn from the failures and avoid the reason he had failed in the next attempt while he merged in the medicinal herbs. However, he knew that it was still not time for him to let his guard down and as he kept his spiritual sense under a state of high concentration, the medicinal pills formed in the Golden Flint Iron Cauldron. He was waiting for that familiar sound.

Ding!

The crisp sound was like the most moving cry. It was only then that he relaxed. He had finally succeeded.

The Origin Returning Pill. It didn’t take up much time but was definitely a medicinal pill that required the most effort.

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