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AST 1276 – Strength, Qing Shui's Deterrence

Right outside in a distance near the Lotus Sect, Qing Shui had begun exchanging fists with the sect lord of the Lotus Sect. He felt that he had very likely enraged the old lady which led to her making a big fuss over things. Originally, there were a few other disciples from the Lotus Sect who came forward to aid her in battles. However, they were all excoriated by the old lady to go back in.

"Why must you be so stubborn? I'm not asking for anything too excessive. I just want you to give me back my woman." The longer Qing Shui fought, the more natural he felt when he unleashed his techniques. The sect lord on the other hand, felt more and more uncomfortable as the fight continued. Qing Shui was like an agile fish in the water, she was unable to catch him no matter what.

"In your dream! I won't let you harm Chen`Er! She is still young, she doesn't know what's right and wrong. It's best if you give up your intention to have her. Seeing that you're also Chen`Er's friend, I won't put you in a difficult situation." The old lady had already unleashed up to 80% of her strength and yet, she realized that she was still unable to stop Qing Shui.


Single Whip!

Every single one of his strikes were works of arts which could surpass even nature and were incomparably exquisite. At the moment, the attack prowess of Qing Shui's Taichi Fist become even stronger as the strength provided by the Big Dipper Sword had been transmitted all around his body. Even though he was bare-handed, he had a strength equivalent to when he had the Big Dipper Sword with him.

Deep down, the sect lord of the Lotus Sect was extremely startled. With her own weapon in hand, she realized that she was still unable to stop Qing Shui. A flame which couldn't be explained in words got ignited within her heart.

Flame Lotus!

An enormous Flame Lotus burst open around the old lady's body. The aura that was emitted from her body gained an incredible raise. After that, the weapon in her hand, to Qing Shui's surprise, had turned into a Lotus Flower. Its body was covered entirely with a fiery, red color and gave out a powerful life force like it was alive.

Lotus Flower's Manifestation!

The old lady roared loudly. As she swung the lotus above her head, crimson-colored lotus appeared in the surroundings one after another out of nowhere. They were huge like the cast of the face. Each of them emitted a tyrannical energy fluctuation.

Lotus Flower's Convergence, Explosion!

More than ten Lotus Flowers gathered up around him. They locked onto him with their powerful Spiritual Sense. Qing Shui felt a chill around his spine at that moment at the thought that this old witch really wanted him to die.

However, Qing Shui had the Arhat Rosary Bead. Hence, these attacks that could most likely be considered as a Spirit Energy Attacks were something which he could withstand. Nevertheless, he didn't really want to take such risk. As he operated his Spirit Energy, the Nine Continent's Mountains appeared in front of him and cancelled out more than half of the attack.


The old lady unleashed a ray of Flame Lotus and collided it against the Primordial Flame Dragon Whip!

The strength of the Primordial Flame Dragon Whip seemed to be slightly weaker than that of the opponent's Flame Lotus, hence, it immediately got melted. However, as Qing Shui shaked his hand, the Primordial Flame Dragon Whip immediately changed its course and whipped in another direction.

Pa! Pa!……

A concentrated series of sounds from the exploding attack came through due powerful energy clashes. Qing Shui's body could be seen to be constantly adjusting as he tried to dissolve the remaining offensive prowess within his body.


This time, the Primordial Flame Dragon Whip looked incomparably bright. He immediately pushed the old lady backwards. Qing Shui didn't feel weird about it as the chances to double the attack prowess had been met. With the tyrannical Primordial Flame Dragon Whip, he had managed to push back the old lady quite a distance away.

Right now, Qing Shui hadn't yet encountered any life-or-death matches in general. However, it was unknown whether the old lady had already truly intended to kill Qing Shui or she had unknowingly placed him on the same level as herself.

"Spill it, what do you want to agree to my suggestion? Di Chen will definitely follow me in her entire life. It's ok if you want her to take over the Lotus Sect, but with the condition that it won't destroy the relationship between me and her." Qing Shui said casually.

"Damned brat, don't even think about it!" The old lady constantly unleashed attacks from her hands. She had a really firm attitude.

"I am currently still really young. Furthermore, I might be able to help the Lotus Sect expand across the entire continent in the future. Are you really not going to consider this? Let alone, do you think that you can stop me? Aren't there a lot of people from your sect secretly meeting men without your consent? Even some of the elders behaved this way, don't tell me you that didn’t know about it. Are you trying to deceive yourself? What does this say, that the rules within your sect doesn't really appeal to everyone? I think that it's a good excuse to make a change." While he spoke, Qing Shui begun to gradually slow down the movements of his hands.

The old lady knew about all of these problems. It was just as what Qing Shui said, these problems would just repeat itself despite repeated prohibitions. Besides, she had also experienced it before. Even though she had been hurt once very deeply, she know that she wouldn't feel delighted even if she killed him. On the contrary, she would feel lost.

She observed the man in front of her. He was really young, really powerful, and also really bewitching. She reckoned that there would definitely be a lot of girls who like him. The fact that he dared to come here alone could tell the position that Di Chen held in his heart. Besides, how many women could truly stand shoulder-to-shoulder with girls like Di Chen? No matter which men managed to get her good grace, it would have already been more than enough to prove how outstanding he was.

"How about this, you should be someone really powerful. If I managed to beat you, let’s sit down and have a nice talk, how does this sound? Also, I can help Chen`Er and let her strength soar to the peak of the continent while leading the Lotus Sect. Don't you want the Lotus Sect to appear in the Soaring Dragon Continent, the Dancing Phoenix Continent and the Haohan Continent? Don't try to tell me that I am being really ignorant. I have both the confidence and the asset to say that." Qing Shui stepped back and said.

"Then we will talk about it after you beat me!" The old woman hesitated for a long time before she looked at Qing Shui and said. Previously, he said about helping Di Chen to become more powerful and let her, not him, lead the Lotus Sect. This meant that he was still someone with principle. If Qing Shui had spoken of the latter, she would have immediately denied everything about him.

Qing Shui nodded. "Alright then, let us start!"

At the moment when Qing Shui finished speaking, he summoned out the Fire Bird and the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant.

Vajra Subdues Demon!

State of One with Elephant!

Under the State of One with Elephant, Qing Shui once again experienced a significant increase in strength. He still had the Diamond Sword Qi and immediately reduced the speed of the old lady once again. Qing Shui on the other hand, immediately condensed the Seal of Roc.

As she witnessed Qing Shui's current attack and felt her own current strength, the old lady felt extremely shocked in her heart. The gap in strength was too large. However, Qing Shui only condensed the Seal of Roc and didn't release it. He was afraid that it might double in attack prowess and would instantly kill the old lady.


The attacks of the Fire Bird was now almost a match against that of the old lady. Of course, it was the attack prowess of the Underworld Fireball. But in terms of receiving damage, the attacks of the old lady would be reduced by half by the Fire Bird. The attack prowess of the Underworld Fireball was really terrifying.

Slowly, Qing Shui retrieved back his Seal of Roc.

"Senior, I believe that you can already see the outcome of the battle. Truth to be told, the attack which I retrieved back before can achieve nearly 6,000 sun worth of strength. Furthermore, it also has a 10% chance to double its attack prowess. It will probably take me to only attack ten times for it to appear once. With your current strength, are you capable of blocking an attack worth around 10,000 sun?"

To make the old woman believe him, Qing Shui immediately formed a seal with both hands and unleashed the Seal of Roc. After that, he repeated the same thing. With his abundant strength, he was now capable to constantly unleash the Seal of Roc. He had quite decent luck as on the seventh time he unleashed it, the effect of doubling his attack prowess appeared. The Seal of Roc he released this time was golden in colour. It gave out bright and dazzling light, as if it could lit up the entire sky. Compared to the previous Seal of Roc, its strength was obviously one time stronger. As for the old woman, she didn't know how strong he was exactly, but her 6,000 sun worth of strength seemed to be inconsequential in the face of the golden roc aura.

This fact could be considered to have already thoroughly crushed the old woman. This was a defeat she felt deep within her. She stared at Qing Shui as she thought just what kind of a monster he was. She was aware what the most powerful strength within the Western Oxhe Continent was. Hence, she immediately got frozen in shock by the strength which Qing Shui demonstrated.

Qing Shui summoned back the Fire Bird and the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant then he just stood there. The sect lord of the Lotus Sect immediately lost her feeling of superiority. Before this, she felt that her opponent was just a disciple from an aristocratic clan. Compared to the Lotus Sect, he was nothing. However, now that he demonstrated his strength, any forces across the Western Oxhe Continent would have to give in to him wherever he went. He already had the strength to eliminate a sect unless they use the Grand Defense Formation

If a sect would resort to use their Grand Defense Formation, once they used the formation, everything would be done for. Using the Grand Defense Formation would cause the sect to lose some of their powerful warriors. Just like this, the sect would eventually suffer great losses and get conquered by someone else.

"Mr. Qing!"

The way the old lady addressed Qing Shui now changed. It wasn't really unusual as across the continents, one's strength was equivalent to how much respect they could get.

"I'm a junior. You can just call me Qing Shui. You are Chen`Er's master." Qing Shui said with a smile.

"Well then, let's sit down there and have a talk." The old lady could feel that Qing Shui was being really sincere. She pointed at the stone pavilion not far away and said.

No one would be able to stop Qing Shui if he was to forcefully take Di Chen and leave. The present him didn't feel arrogant or anything just because of his strength or the fact that he beat the old lady. The old lady really admired Qing Shui's earnest attitude and self-cultivation.

The old lady didn't actually think that Qing Shui was thirsting for the Lotus Sect. As for the thoughts of whether he was a pervert that wanted to sexually indiscriminate the Lotus Sect, all of these thoughts had also been rejected. Considering the old lady's age, she would be able to sense something. With the young man's strength, if he really wanted to do these, even she herself would really be unable to stop him.

"Qing Shui, if you really insist on taking away Di Chen, the Lotus Sect will be really unable to stop you. Since this is the case, let's sit down and talk through it like you suggested. Maybe you feel that I am an unreasonable, clueless, and stubborn old granny." The old lady said slowly after she sat down with Di Chen and Qing Shui.

In Qing Shui's mind, he thought that she was precisely this kind of person. But verbally, he still said formally, "Why would you think so?"

"You don't have to be like this. I'd still prefer you to be like before and just say whatever you want." The old lady shook her head and responded.

"Senior, I am aware that the Lotus Sect has its own rules. But a sect cannot always stick to the same rules forever. Rules are dead, but humans are alive. Do living people really have to be choked to death by people who are already dead? Besides, these rules were made since a long time ago. Time has changed, as so the style of the continents. If the regulations of the sect will stay the same, it will definitely be disqualified eventually."

"Have you ever thought about this? The Lotus Sect was filled with beautiful women. For now, no one may dare to lay hands on it because it’s strong. But I have heard rumors that a pair of geniuses have appeared within the Desolate Sect. Furthermore, they plan to conquer the entire Western Oxhe Continent. Think about it, what kind of people are those who are from the Desolate Sect. If those people really conquered the Western Oxhe Continent, have you ever thought about the fate of the Lotus Sect? Even if the Desolate Sect was unable to do anything, there will still be other sects who will try to do it." Qing Shui stopped for a while before he continued speaking slowly.

The old lady didn't say anything. She fell into contemplation.

"The Putuo Mountain from the Southern Sea was the same as the Lotus Sect but they wouldn't restrict their disciples from getting married. The Putuo Mountain from the Southern Sea isn't in the slightest inferior to the Lotus Sect in terms of everything. The people whom their disciples got married to were no ordinary people. Even though it is a bit jumbled up, this is how it is. The Putuo Mountain holds a very unique position and no one will dare to provoke them. This is because the network that they're intertwined with is too huge and deep. Who will dare to offend them?"

The old lady's expression had begun to loosen up. She was already struggling.

"Also, forbidding love between men and women is something which is against the natural law. Don't you think that the Lotus Sect will be in danger if you do something like this?"

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AST 1277 – The change of the Sect Lord of Lotus Sect. Long-term, the royal clan of Divine Might Dynasty

"Also, forbidding love between men and women is something which is against the natural law. Don't you think that Lotus Sect will be in danger if you do something like this?"

Qing Shui had involved the natural law in the things which he said previously. This caused the expression of Lotus Sect's Sect Lord to change yet again. Human relations were also considered a natural law. Actually, she also felt the same about it, it was just that she was Lotus Sect's Sect Lord. Lets first put aside whether her acts to privately change the rule of the sect would get approval, she would be criticized by others for deceiving her masters and betraying her ancestors.

"Qing Shui, you yourself are also aware that this has been a rule passed down for many years. It isn't something that can be changed so easily. Even though I am the Sect Lord of Lotus Sect, I am in no position to make decision on a huge matter like this."

Qing Shui was also aware that the old lady wasn't the strongest in terms of strength in Lotus Sect. There were some things which could only be decided through a Sect Meeting. However, Qing Shui also wasn't expecting her to change it right away.

"Senior, I don't mean that you have to change it right now. I just hope that you won't stop Di Chen and I. For now, I will avoid showing up nearby with Chen`Er so as to not make things difficult for Lotus Sect," Qing Shui explained after a few thoughts.

"*Sigh*, I know Chen`Er quite well. Since you have already said it up to this point, I think I won't say anything more about you guys. I reckon that I won't be able to change the rule. When Chen`Er went out this time, her cultivation increased significantly. I reckon that it won't be long until she takes over Lotus Sect." After repeated thoughts and careful considerations, the old lady felt more relieved.

Deep down, Qing Shui also felt really happy. It was best if he could solve the things in Lotus Sect peacefully. Also, Di Chen taking over Lotus Sect was also the best option. This way, he could take down Lotus Sect without having to use any forces. Of course, Qing Shui would give the entire Lotus Sect to Di Chen. The most he would do was to help her increase her strength. Other than that, he would wait until when she was strong enough to change the sect rules of Lotus Sect.

Now, the only problem was Di Chen's strength. This wasn't something to be panicked about. Di Chen absorbed the Sacred Object, Lotus Platform. The energy within her body was still really sufficient. Her strength was currently at a stage where it would continue to improve quickly.

"Senior, don't worry. Since you believe in Chen`Er as a person, you should do the same for me too. I won't intervene in things regarding Lotus Sect. Furthermore, I will help it." Qing Shui said this as a way to show his gratitude.

"Yes, since you have already said it like this, you should already know that it's impossible for me to change the rules of the sect. When the time comes, I will support Chen`Er and help her draw in the forces within the sect."

Qing Shui felt extremely surprised with what the Sect Lord of Lotus Sect said. After all, prior to this, Qing Shui had the impression that she was a stubborn old lady and that it would be impossible for him to persuade her. To his surprise, she was actually this open-minded. He wondered if it was because she reminisced about her past or because he had mentioned her weakness. This should be considered an unexpected surprise. If he was to force his way through, it would work just as well. But Di Chen was not yet capable enough. Most importantly, it's human hearts. Solving things peacefully in this manner. Di Chen was also the Holy Maiden of Lotus Sect. In the sect itself, she still held quite a prestigious position.

Diwu Zhisha was half a Holy Maiden. She was also the eldest daughter of Diwu Clan. She would also support Di Chen (As for Diwu Zhisha addressing Di Chen as Sister Chen, this was somehow related to their status and cultivation. It was totally unrelated to age. Their relationships hadn't been close to the point they would regard each other as sisters based on their age.)

No matter from which perspective Qing Shui looked at, no outcomes would beat the outcome of Di Chen taking over Lotus Sect.

The incident regarding Lotus Sect was considered to have ended for now. Like before, Di Chen still remained in Lotus Sect. Qing Shui on the other hand, he planned to travel to Divine Might Dynasty. He wanted to first take a look at the situation there.

"Qing Shui, I am going to go into seclusion now. By the time my body finishes absorbing the Forces of Sacred Objects, my strength will take yet another huge leap. By then, I will be able to fight together with you." Di Chen smiled while holding Qing Shui's hand.

"Alright, I'll wait for you. By then, if we work together as husband and wife, we will be unmatched across the world."

"Oh yes, Qing Shui, I feel that it's not necessary for you to conquer the large forces within Western Oxhe Continent. Actually, there is another method of doing it. When you have sufficient strength, you can work together with some of the forces just like forming an alliance. As long as you are strong enough, they won't dare to betray you. This way, the difficulty of you accomplishing your goal will reduce significantly." Di Chen smiled as she looked at Qing Shui.

"Ah, my Chen`Er is so smart. You actually shared the same thought as me." Actually, Qing Shui really had the intention to do so. But since Di Chen has spoken up, he was all the more confident that his plan would work.

"You shameless brat. You are complimenting yourself, aren't you?" Di Chen was really speechless.

"I'm leaving soon, will you miss me?"

"I will miss you."

"I'm leaving soon, why don't you give me some rewards!" As Qing Shui was speaking, he immediately moved closer to Di Chen's mouth.

"Wait until the next time I see you, wait until you are done with your seclusion, I will eat you up and make you my actual woman." These were the things which Qing Shui said before he left. At the moment when he finished speaking, he disappeared right away.

Since he was leaving, he would prefer to bid his farewell properly. He didn't want to see any sad scenes.

Di Chen's face looked completely red as she looked at the direction which Qing Shui vanished into.

Now, Qing Shui was inside the Imperial City in Divine Might Dynasty. This was his second visit here. Unknowingly, he found himself once again at the Imperial City Blacksmith Store. He entered the store and started randomly looking at the things there.

"Sir, you're here!"

At the moment when Qing Shui was looking around randomly, a voice came through. He turned around only to find that it was the male servant from before. At this moment, he was looking at Qing Shui with a faint smile.

"Oh, is there anything you need help with?"

"The eldest lady has mentioned before that if you show up, she hopes that you can wait here for a while. She wants to see you," the male servant said politely.

"Oh, alright!"

"Thank you, I will inform the eldest lady right away." The male servant left quickly after he finished speaking.

Qing Shui never expected things to turn out like this. He was panicking over why he hadn't seen any of the people from the royal clan within Divine Might Dynasty. To his surprise, someone actually gave him a pillow just as he was yawning.
(TL NOTE: someone actually gave him pillow just as he was yawning is an expression to say someone helping solve his problem.)

Less than half an hour later, Qing Shui saw Fu Rong. As usual, this little brat still looked really brilliant and gorgeous. Upon seeing Qing Shui, she walked here happily.

"You finally came. Didn't you say before that you were going to come to my house? Why haven't you shown up in such a long time?"

"Well, I came now, didn't I?" Qing Shui said with a smile.

The male servant had already left.

"My family members want to see you. Are you willing to go meet them?" Fu Rong asked a bit concerned.

"You are a person of the royal clan, aren't you?" Qing Shui didn't answer Fu Rong's question.


Her surname was Fu, it was already supposed to be the surname which royal clans had. Added on that this was the Imperial City Blacksmith Store, it wasn't actually sudden for Qing Shui to ask this question.

"Is it that your clan is planning to recruit me in?" Qing Shui asked with a smile.

"I don't think so. It seems like they have got something which they need your help with. But the reward is something which you will definitely be satisfied with," Fu Rong said quickly.

"Let’s go, I am also planning to meet the people from royal clan and discuss a few things with them. I wonder, are your clan members are able to decide things for the imperial household?" Qing Shui asked with a smile.

Fu Rong smiled, "Well, they can still do at least that."

Qing Shui was stunned. It seemed like the little lass held quite a high position within the imperial household. She should be from the main branch of the imperial household. Otherwise, it was impossible that her family members would be able to make decisions for things.

After two hours, Qing Shui looked at the vast garden in front of him which belonged to the imperial household. The land here was really wide. It was also located beside a mountain. A lot of the manors were located on top of it. There were stone stairs along the way. They seemed to extend all the way up to the top of the mountain far away in the distance.

Qing Shui sensed some of the powerful auras around him with his Spiritual Sense. They soared up high into the sky towards the mountain in the distance on a type of Cloud Deer.

It's very likely that this was a checkpoint for imperial households. There should be a palace within Imperial City. Actually, that place wasn't actually the actual palace. That place was just made for normal citizens to look at.

Along the way, Qing Shui saw a few guards. They were all powerful warriors. Of course, from his perspective, they were nothing. But when they were left outside in the world, they would be targets for people to admire.

This place was a relatively more hidden and standalone part of a manor. Furthermore, the views here were very unique. They were able to see the majority of the places nearby here. But other places on the other hand, would find it really difficult to notice this place.

There were two guards in front of the entrance. Qing Shui was quite astonished when he saw both of them. The reason being that they both had strength worth a 1,000 suns. Furthermore, they were considerably young. If things about them were to spread out, they would definitely be regarded as prodigies. Yet, they were here guarding an entrance. But considering that this place was the royal clan of Divine Might Dynasty, this was quite a normal sight.

"Uncles, please help me pass a message! I want to meet father. Also, just tell him that Mr. Qing is here." It's likely that Fu Rong was very familiar with these two people. She sounded really relaxed talking to them.

"The master is in there, princess, you can just go in straight away," the man on the left said with a smile.

Fu Rong smiled and nodded. She stepped in along with Qing Shui.

They passed through the courtyard and reached another compound where they saw two slightly old-looking men and a few middle-aged and young men gathered together talking about something.


Fu Rong shouted out joyfully upon seeing the person opposite her looking towards her. An old man in the middle who was wearing a white jade dragon gown smiled and nodded his head.

The man had quite a slender body. The slight bit of white hair which could be seen at the temples of his head made him looked somewhat elegant. He emitted a sort of abundant and dignified aura, giving people the impression that he was extremely noble and graceful.

The man smiled and took two steps forward, "So you are Mr.Qing, you indeed seem like a promising young man."

Qing Shui smiled as he looked at the slightly old man, "Senior, I reckon you know that I am a member of Heaven Secrets Academy. It's indeed my pleasure to be able to meet you."

It's necessary to mention some words of politeness. Flattery would only work if it was done mutually. The reason why Qing Shui spoke like this was to state his identity clearly.

"Yes, if not, I would have thought of all kinds of methods to draw you in," the old man who looked slightly old said blatantly.

"I really enjoy talking to someone as big hearted as senior."

"You flatter me!"

"Senior, why don't you address me as Qing Shui!"

"Well then, Qing Shui, if you don't mind, you can address me as Uncle Fu. Old Man Fu sounds fine to me too."

"Nice to meet you Uncle Fu! Are you not going to introduce the others to me?"

"Alright, come here, this is the person who always follows me and looks after me, Jiang Xia," said the old man while pointing at another older-looking man whose aura was completely retracted.

"Old Man Jiang, nice to meet you! Uncle Fu doesn't actually need someone to look after him with his current cultivation. There are very few people who are actually able to stop Uncle Fu." Qing Shui smiled and responded. He also took the chance to greet the old man.

"Erm, Qing Shui, do you find telling me about my cultivation?" Fu Tongsheng looked at Qing Shui casually.

"As for this, it's something which I'm still able to sense. Uncle Fu, I reckon that your strength is worth around seven thousand sun." Qing Shui said with a smile.

"Huh, you are actually able to see through my strength….." Fu Tongsheng looked at Qing Shui in shock. After that, he noticed that from his viewpoints, Qing Shui's strength felt really obscure. This made him feel really astonished. In fact, not only him, even Jiang Xia looked at Qing Shui stunned.

"Uncle Fu, why don't you start off by introducing them to me first? They should be the outstanding younger generations of your bloodline, yes?"

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