AST 1374 – The Great Power of the Heart of Seven Orifices, Heading for the Dancing Phoenix Continent’s Capital
Qing Shui carried Qing Yu and the other children also ran over to him.
Carrying Qing Yu in one hand and holding Qing Yan’s hand in another, Qing Shui headed for the living hall. They hadn’t walked for long when the family came out. For quite a long period of time now, the people in Qing Clan would try not to travel too far away since Qing Shui was able to come back once a month.
Even Qing Clan’s businesses were also handled by others. They now had enough money to get by. Moreover, if they were to come across good things, the items might not be measurable in terms of money. There were things which were impossible to buy no matter how much money was offered.
Power determined everything. And as Qing Shui continued to progress forward outside, power was the one which had guided Qing Shui on his path. With Qing Shui around, the members of Qing Clan could reach new heights which they would not dare to imagine in the past.
“Yin`er, I’ll be giving you a present this time around. I’m sure that you’ll like it.” Qing Shui said happily. Qing Yin had been a quiet child since young and would seldom fight with others.
Her character remained the same even as she grew older. However, those who were close to her could all sense that she was in fact very competitive.
“Oh? What present? Father, you can’t be biased. I want it too,” Qing Yu smiled and said.
“Alright, you’ll get one too. It’ll be good if you’ll like it as well,” Qing Shui smiled and said as he took out a smaller five-string zither.
Qing Yin was very happy when she saw that it was a zither. Qing Yan was also very happy. However, Qing Yu and the other children didn’t find it to be a nice surprise and merely smiled bitterly.
In the past Qing Yin liked music but Qing Shui only knew of a few pieces. By now, Qing Yin had already learned all of them and the light melodies she played were as if they had souls of their own. Some of the melodies she played sounded dignified, some dreary, some lonely…
“Father is the best!” Qing Yin received it happily and went on tiptoes to plant a kiss on Qing Shui’s face.
This small action made Qing Shui felt touched. Qing Yu would often do something like this but such acts were rare from Qing Yin, especially in the past few years. However, he now knew that this daughter of this was still very reliant on him and it was just that this feeling didn’t show.
Qing Shui reached out his hand to pat her on the head before he brought out the score for the Phoenix Cry Sonic Attack. “Take a look at this melody. This is a very unique melody. Your mother and aunties will all be learning this as well.”
Qing Shui then took out an identical copy for Qing Yan. Qing Yan was very happy as well. This time around, Qing Shui was the one to give her a light kiss. This lass was an introvert and thankfully, as time passed, she had now grown to be closer to him.
“Father, can I not want it?” After saying that, Qing Yu pursed her lips together and shook her head. Her exquisite little face appeared to be very helpless.
“Learning this will also allow you to beat up the bad guys. Do you want to learn?” Qing Shui smiled and said. He found the lass’ expression to be very funny.
He had no plans of forcing her to learn this. If they showed no interest, he wouldn’t force them. He knew one could only learn something well if it was something they were interested in. Therefore, he had always let the kids learn whatever they were interested in. For example, Qing Yin, like her name , showed a great interest in music. Therefore, Qing Shui let her learn music directly.
Thankfully, she had also shown an interest in the Nine Palace Steps and in the Taichi Fist. She had elder and younger brothers, so even if Qing Shui wasn’t around in the future, no one would be able to bully her. Therefore, even if Qing Yin wasn’t interested in cultivation, Qing Shui would let her be.
Of course, this was only for areas that would be beneficial. Qing Shui was still not approving of spoiling his children. Pampering children itself was a skill. Every parent would pamper their own children. Who else would if they didn’t? However, everyone had their own means of pampering their kids. With pampering, some kids could grow to be good but some would just turn out to be spoiled.
Canghai Mingyue and Huoyun Liu-Li had both received a five-string zither each of which was the same size as the ones which Yehuang Guwu and Yuan Su were using. They also received the cultivation method for the Phoenix Cry Sonic Attack. The means of cultivating was to produce the killing melodies using the Phoenix Cry Sonic Attack.
Qing Shui also handed the ladies the Hundred Birds Worshiping The Phoenix. There was great surprise in their eyes when they received it but their interest wasn’t that high. Canghai Mingyue and Di Qing both seemed to be interested but they also got to know that the chances of them succeeding in learning this technique would be less than 1%.
Qing Shui no longer made any requests of them and decided to let them decide for themselves. However, he soon got a surprise.
Luan Luan, who had the Heart of Seven Orifices, seemed to have reached the Divine Connection Realm in her grasp of music. After practicing a few times, she seemed to already be able to produce the Phoenix Cries, stunning everyone.
The melodies seemed to be exactly the same but made one feel that it was irresistible. They would move together with the melody and even Qing Shui had the feeling that it would be possible to use music to control and kill people.
Of course, that might be possible. However, the prerequisite was that the person playing the melody had to be powerful enough. If the opponent was strong, he would be able to get out of the situation very easily. For example, through sealing up his sight and hearing and to only be using his spiritual sense.
This was unless the practitioner had cultivated music to a stage in which the melody would be able to penetrate through everything and wouldn’t require the target to sense it through their ears but was able to send the melody straight into the target’s mind.
Luan Luan had been practicing in a slighter further location and so were the others. However, everyone came to a stop and quietly watched as Luan Luan played.
They could almost see the rate at which Luan Luan was improving very clearly. Luan Luan seemed as if she had entered an amazing realm. To think that the great power of the Heart of Seven Orifices was also so terrifying in terms of music. It was an extraordinary talent.
Earlier, Qing Shui hadn’t expected that Luan Luan would display an abrupt performance in learning the Phoenix Cry Sonic Attack. After all, she was already a powerful Beast Tamer and the other time, she had completed the final stage of strengthening her foundations through using of the Five Elements Spring of Life. In the future, she would also be growing much stronger at a rapid rate.
There were still not many people in the Qing Clan who could use the Greencloud Up-step Pellets, Origin Returning Pills and the Yang Pills. Their physiques and talents had gone through a tremendous change. If they could use the Greencloud Up-step Pellets, a portion of them would probably be able to reach the State Master level. Of course, in the short term, most people would be unable to reach the state where they could meet the conditions to be able to take the Yang Pills and the Origin Returning Pills.
Qing Shui didn’t feel depressed. In the future, there would be more alchemy recipes and medicinal pills. All these things might create new possibilities.
For a small clan to become a great clan, it would require several generations or even tens of generations worth of hard work. Qing Clan was only on its fourth generation. Powerful clans all had their legacies and it was only with their legacies that the clan would be able to remain prosperous and not wither and depreciate. As long as they had legacies, throwing out a few of them during times in which they were facing the threat of being wiped out would give them a new chance to live on. This was the power of legacies and this was how powerful clans with legacies were.
Qing Clan didn’t have any legacies and until now, it still remained the case. Although Wenren Wu-shuang’s and Di Qing’s children had slightly better aptitude than the older children, they still didn’t show any obvious signs of having inherited any legacies.
Right now, Qing Shui had already reached the False God level and his Nine Yang Golden Body had surpassed the Grand Perfection Stage. However, Qing Shui felt that it wouldn’t be possible for the Nine Yang Golden Body to become a legacy which could be passed down.
The Nine Animals Mimicry Technique, Tiger Form, Roc Form, Phoenix Form…
He wondered if there would be any legacies appearing from these battle techniques?
After staying for a few days, Qing Shui left. Right now, Qing Clan was already on track and he would definitely get a huge surprise in the future. Anyway, he could still come back every month and thus only stayed for a few days. In the future, he would stay for two days. Staying for over ten days was a bit too long. He still had things he had to do.
When Qing Shui returned to the Dancing Phoenix Continent, Yehuang Guwu was already prepared. However, they still stayed at the Imperial Cuisine Hall for one more day and Qing Shui gave more instructions before he left with Yehuang Guwu and Yuan Su, heading toward the continent’s capital.
This time around, when using the Nine Continents Steps, Qing Shui didn’t take their hands. Yuan Su looked curiously at Qing Shui. When she saw Qing Shui’s awkward smile, she smiled as well. However, in her heart, she was feeling very happy…
Qing Shui did remember that he still had to call upon Tianhe Renmo to join them. Tianhe Renmo didn’t have much to prepare.
“Do you want to stay at my place for a day?” Tianhe Renmo asked politely.
“Elder Brother, that’s fine. There’s no outsiders here. Let’s head off earlier so that we can reach the continent’s capital earlier,” Qing Shui smiled and said.
“That’s fine too!” Tianhe Renmo didn’t insist. He bade goodbye to the other members of the Tianhe Clan and they went on their way.
After consecutive uses of the Nine Continents Steps, Qing Shui called out the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant. Right now, the space on the Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant was still quite big. The two ladies sat at the back, chatting amongst themselves, while Qing Shui and Tianhe Renmo sat in the front.
“Brother, why are you headed for the continent’s capital?” Tianhe Renmo asked casually. With their close relationship, this was still a question which he could ask.
“I’ll first set up an Imperial Cuisine Hall at the continent’s capital and then take a look around before I do something else. Elder Brother, what about you?” Qing Shui smiled and asked.
“I… I’m going to look for my Master. He asked me to go look for him after I’ve attained the False God realm. He can help to bring me up a level higher.” When Tianhe Renmo spoke, there was a craving for power in his tone.
“Elder Brother, although your foundation isn’t bad, if you wish to improve further, it would be extremely dangerous.” Qing Shui spoke the truth. A person would have to experience a False God Tribulatin with each increased grade after attaining False God.
The False God Tribulations. Each tribulation would cause one to be faced with the dangers of life and death.
“I can’t be bothered with so much. It has been several decades. I had originally thought that there was no more hope but I hadn’t expected to encounter Brother. Since I’ve gotten better, I’ll need to get back everything others owe me,” Tianhe Renmo frowned and said.
“How’s Yelang Clan?” Qing Shui asked softly.
“They are a powerful clan in the continent’s capital and are even more powerful than the Tianhe Clan. However, Yelang Clan would also have to pay a huge price if they were to wish to wipe out the Tianhe Clan. Therefore, no matter how big I blow the matter up, it wouldn’t escalate into a large-scale battle.”
“Then what will Elder Brother do after reaching the continent’s capital?” Qing Shui looked at Tianhe Renmo and asked.
“Fight. I want to pay him back for what he did to me back then with interest.” Tianhe Renmo said firmly.
“You’ve already waited for several decades. Why can’t you wait a little longer?” Qing Shui looked at Tianhe Renmo and said.
“After reaching the False God realm, it’s much too hard for me to wish to level up. With each increment in grade, one would have to take a huge risk and face a life-threatening danger. It seems that from the Grade Three False God onward, it would be a close shave from death. I’m worried that I might not have the chance to do what I wish to do,” Tianhe Renmo sighed and said.
“Is your Master able to bring you up to Grade Two False God?” Qing Shui asked curiously.
“Peak Grade One False God. No one can escape the False God Tribulations,” Tianhe Renmo shook his head and said.
Hearing this, Qing Shui was even more astonished. It was because he had no idea what level he was at now. He should be considered to be Peak Grade Two False God. However, he hadn’t experienced any False God Tribulations.
He had reached the eighth heavenly layer. Could it that he didn’t have to go through the False God Tribulations?
Wasn’t it such that when one’s power come into contact with a certain level of heavenly and earthly Origin Qi, the person would experience a tribulation?
Why did he not experience the False God Tribulation? The ‘yin’ in Qing Yin’s name is the character that stands for music or sound.
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AST 1375 – Arriving at the Continent’s Capital. Manor, Wicked Servant, Showing Off Strength As A Form of Warning
Qing Shui didn’t know why. Could it be because he cultivated the Ancient Strengthening Technique?
At the False God realm, with the increment to each additional grade, one must go through a False God Tribulation. The False God Tribulation didn’t serve to create disasters for the individual but was a tempering of the physical body. One would only be able to advance to the next grade after passing through the False God Tribulation.
Therefore, the False God Tribulation was a qualitative improvement to a person’s power. It served to stabilize one’s power after the person had attained a breakthrough. Only by passing through the False God Tribulation would the person’s body be able to withstand the explosive increment of powers from the breakthrough.
Could it be that his physical body was strong enough and thus there wasn’t a need for him to go through the False God Tribulation?
It wasn’t as if there was no one who didn’t have to go through the False God Tribulations in this world. There had been some people who didn’t have to experience the False God Tribulations before Grade Five False God.
“If Elder Brother believes in me, come look for me after you’re back from visiting your Master. When the time comes, I’ll talk to you more about it.”
Qing Shui had originally wanted to help Tianhe Renmo strengthen his foundations now. The Five Elements Spring of Life was very amazing. However, on thinking that Tianhe Renmo still had a powerful Master, he didn’t want to let them see what he could do. He didn’t wish to attract unnecessary trouble. Right now, he wasn’t sure how his standing was amongst the strongest in the continent’s capital.
Therefore, Qing Shui decided to render his help after Tianhe Renmo had come back from his Master’s place. By then, with just a little bit more time, Qing Shui’s abilities would progress even further. At that time, he might be able to firm his standing in the continent’s capital.
The continent’s capital shouldn’t be too far from the Demon Lord Palace. The Demon Lord Palace was located in the intersection between the Dancing Phoenix Continent, Soaring Dragon Continent and Haohan Continent. It didn’t belong to any of the three continents.
It was only now that Qing Shui knew that the intersection point between the three continents was also very, very big. There was also the existence of some very powerful forces and Immortal Demons.
Right now, using both his Emperor’s Qi and the Hundred Birds Worshiping The Phoenix, he should be able to help her out, right? He wondered if the things he had given her previously were of any help. This time around, heading to the continent’s capital, he should have more chances to meet her.
Toward her, this lady who was like a goddess of an ice mountain, Qing Shui didn’t know if his feelings were that of love. However, he was after all, her first man. No matter what the situation was, he had to help her. He wanted to help her.
She was the Demon Lord. Qing Shui had no idea if she was someone good or bad. It wasn’t easy to judge if a person was good or not. While a person might appear to be good to one, he might appear to be bad to another.
Qing Shui had the feeling that she wasn’t a bad person. She was classified so for things that were meant to be from a very long time ago. Many of the people who seemed to be on the side of justice were just people wearing the hide of beasts and were worse than bad people.
Moreover, even if she was someone bad, Qing Shui still wanted to help her. In this world which revered power, there was no good or bad. There were only the strong and the weak. Those in power are seen to be the good. There was a reason for every cause. It was just like the rascals in Qing Shui’s previous life. Even if they were to bully people, they would select who they would bully. They tended to like to bully people who liked to put on a facade, even more than they themselves.
Of course, this was just an analogy. Interests were placed above everything and there was no classification of good or bad. The most important thing was survival and development.
“Of course I trust Brother. Alright, after I come back from my Master’s place, I’ll come to look for you.” Tianhe Renmo was full of admiration for Qing Shui’s medical skills and he now was even more admiring of Qing Shui himself.
In their conversation earlier, Qing Shui had confirmed that there was definitely bad blood between Tianhe Renmo and Yelang Clan. However, this seemed to be a matter concerning only the younger generations and the seniors in the clan wouldn’t involve themselves in this. However, the other time, Tianhe Renmo had still brought shame to the Tianhe Clan.
Having lived with such great humiliation for so many years, Tianhe Renmo hadn’t expected that he could still attain a breakthrough to False God. As if he had been born with a new life, Tianhe Renmo’s fighting spirit had increased and he now had plenty of confidence. The event that had happened was when he was still at Peak Martial Emperor.
Therefore, as long as he could reach Grade Two False God, Tianhe Renmo definitely had a chance. At Peak Grade One False God, he could ensure that he would at least not lose. This was the reason he had come to the continent’s capital. So many years had passed. He had no idea how that person in Yelang Clan was doing right now. And there was also her. She was the pain that would stick with Tianhe Renmo for life.
They continued to travel for over a month, even with the Nine Continents Steps. In the middle, Qing Shui had gone back to Qing Clan once but only stayed for a night before he returned.
With Yehuang Guwu around, it was easy for him to come and go. At night, they would rest but they would continue to travel at all other times. The Nine Continents Steps had allowed them to reduce the time by several fold.
Dancing Phoenix Continent!
The Dancing Phoenix Continent was too vast. Looking at the majestic mountains and rivers, the vast and boundless city seemed to exude a dignified aura. A man must hold great aspirations. Standing in the air and looking at this scene, Qing Shui felt an indescribable sense of comfort.
“Elder Brother, you should go to visit your Master first. We’ll first look for a place to stay before we think of the place where we’ll set up a branch for the Imperial Cuisine Hall,” Qing Shui gave it some thought and said.
“There’s no need for that. Although the Tianhe Clan isn’t located in the continent’s capital, we have quite a number of assets in the continent’s capital. There’s a manor that we have that’s very suitable for you to set up the Imperial Cuisine Hall. I’ll bring you guys there,” Tianhe Renmo smiled and said.
“Oh? Then we shan’t stand on ceremony then,” Qing Shui smiled and said.
“I’ll feel bad if you do. I don’t have many friends but you’re definitely my best friend. My life and what I have today are all given by you. Even if you were to take them away, I wouldn’t say a word.”
Tianhe Renmo was saying that no matter how Qing Shui treated him, he would still be considered his greatest friend.
Qing Shui could understand Tianhe Renmo’s feelings. This man was one who was clear of his friends and foes. People like him were the best and most suitable to be friends with.
Three days later, they arrived at the inner city!
The continent’s capital was far too big and was split up to be the outer city and the inner city. However, these two areas were both further segregated into many cities, with the most prosperous being the continent’s capital. It was the true continent’s capital, just like how it was for capital country of xxx continents and main cities.
Right now, the group had arrived at the continent’s real capital. Some of Tianhe Clan’s assets were here as well but they had been suppressed so much that there wasn’t much left, with the exception of some manors and businesses. These assets were considered to be negligible for a clan like the Tianhe Clan.
The prosperity of the city was totally different compared to the other cities. There were many rustic and great manors concentrated together here, all of them being symbols of clans with a long running history.
Tianhe Renmo brought Qing Shui and the ladies to a manor that didn’t appear to be rustic but seemed to have a longer history that the buildings owned by ordinary wealthy merchants. For trade, it was still better to be more luxurious looking. The rustic feelings from buildings were things that were left behind for a very long time, being marks left behind by powerful experts over the many years. It wasn’t something that could be created at the time of construction.
The manor here was very big, with ten very big and tall pavilion buildings. The manor here was also worth a lot of money and was situated in a good location.
“Brother, I’ll give this place to you. I still have to head over to my Master’s place.” Tianhe Renmo hadn’t plan on going in.
“Alright. If there’s any problems, remember to come and look for me here. Remember what I said earlier. Come and look for me here after your trip to visit your Master. When that time comes, I might be able to help you a little,” Qing Shui reminded him again.
“Mmm, I will.” Tianhe Renmo said firmly. Since Qing Shui had said that, he knew that Qing Shui still had things backing him up. This young man whom he couldn’t see through gave him an unfathomable feeling.
Tianhe Renmo bade goodbye to Yehuang Guwu and Yuan Su before leaving.
There were a few maids who were cleaning up and a steward as well. This steward was a man who was about 40 years old and his gaze was unfriendly when looking at Qing Shui. In the past, the money that Tianhe Clan had sent him for managing the maintenance of the manor was already sufficient for him and his family to lead a good life. However, if an outsider were to come and become the owner of the place, it would be very hard for him to live in the place as easily as he hoped to do. He stayed very comfortably here but if someone else were to come, things would be different.
Qing Shui looked at this man. Although the latter had tried very hard to conceal himself, Qing Shui could still tell what he was thinking. Qing Shui smiled and said, “What’s your name?”
The man didn’t seem to have heard Tianhe Renmo telling Qing Shui that the manor was now his. It could be due to the long time he had been spending in this manor which made him even feel like the manor was his. It might still be more acceptable if the one coming to take over the place was a member of the Tianhe Clan but he knew that the people from Tianhe Clan wouldn’t come. After all, the most outstanding young man from Tianhe Clan had been defeated and the fury and anxiety he had felt had caused him to experience Qi Deviation. Therefore, there would always be people coming to find trouble if they were to come and stay.
As for selling of the manor, it was even more impossible. It would only be done if they were at their wits end. This was especially so for a great clan. As long as they still had the means to progress, they wouldn’t sell the manor, even if it meant that they had to leave it idling by the side.
The man didn’t know if this young man was a member of Tianhe Clan but he knew that the young man wouldn’t be staying for too long. Toward a person who would find it hard to keep his own life, he wasn’t planning to show him a good attitude.
Even though the man didn’t show too much of this on his face, Qing Shui knew that this man was a wicked servant or might have already been driven by greed to the extent that he no longer knew of his own standing and wasn’t aware that Qing Shui could get him to scram at anytime.
“How many years have you been staying here?” Qing Shui smiled and asked.
“It’s been 30 years. It hasn’t been a short while,” Qing Shui continued to smile and said.
“That’s right. No one is more familiar with this place than myself. No one has more feelings for this place than myself,” Zhao Yaowu said proudly.
“But you’re only a steward here. It just takes one word if I wish for you to leave this place.” After saying that, Qing Shui smiled and headed to the pavilion buildings at the back together with the two ladies.
Zhao Yaowu looked at the two ladies of unparalleled beauty and his lustful gaze landed on their beautiful butts. At this moment, Qing Shui suddenly turned back and with a wave of his arm, Zhao Yaowu was sent flying as he spewed out blood.
“Scram. If you take another step in here in the future, then you’ll bear the consequences yourself.” Qing Shui was infuriated. His women were his reverse scales. If this steward didn’t show such an expression, then he wouldn’t have chased him out right now.
Zhao Yaowu threw a fierce glare at Qing Shui before leaving in a pathetic state.
Qing Shui was deliberately showing off his strength as a warning.This Zhao Yaowu was definitely related to some powers. Otherwise, being just a servant, he couldn’t possibly to be so audacious.
Therefore, Qing Shui wanted to see who were the ones who didn’t know any better. Even if it wasn’t the Yelang Clan, they would definitely have a very close relationship with the Yelang Clan. He still needed some time before he could set up his Imperial Cuisine Hall. Therefore, right now, Qing Shui wanted to keep a high profile. It would be even better if he could get some people involved. If that were to happen, the starting up of the Imperial Cuisine Hall would come naturally.
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