AST 1431 – Not One Left Behind, Ancient Forest, Ancient Fire Snake
Demon Lord Palace had suffered quite bit of damage as well, although it was quite negligible compared to Dragon Palace.
Blood-curdling screeches and battle cries – the scene was certainly lively. Once Qing Shui and crew found a strong martial artist, they would directly kill them. They did not give the opposition a chance to use any Sure Kill Heavenly Techniques. No one was allowed to live.
It was a massacre, a one-sided massacre. This result was unbelievable. Qing Shui knew that the surrounding people could see everything. Just like this, 5000 Dragon Palace members were wiped out. These were all highly skilled martial artists, the core of their forces. These 5000 made up of more than half of the strength of the Dragon Palace, all that remained were 100,000 members that made up the other half. Dragon Palace was waning, and they still had lost even with two dragon tamers. What was even worse for them was that the two dragon tamers were dead.
Qing Shui directly collected all the resources from the Green Dragon. Injuries were unavoidable during battles such as these, and so he took out several medicinal pellets to aid people in their treatment. Many of them recovered quickly, but those that died did not leave behind anything.
Though he was a bit sad, it was still a huge victory that was worth celebrating.
After cleaning up the battlefield and collecting Interspatial Silk Sachets and whatnot, everything that was collected was handed over to the Demon Lord. The Demon Lord then handed everything to Qing Shui. Qing Shui laughed as he saw the amount of Interspatial Silk Sachets, "Lets share everything."
At the end, each person was given an Interspatial Silk Sachet, several of the formidable elder martial artists' Interspatial Silk Sachets were given to Qing Shui. He waved his arm and stored the sachets away, leaving everyone shocked. They knew that an Interspatial Silk Sachet could not store other Interspatial Silk Sachets. Interspatial type things simply could not store Interspatial type things.
The Realm of Violet Jade Immortal was a heaven-rebelling existence. Everything besides living humans and things that did not fit within the realm could be stored inside.
Other people branded their Interspatial Silk Sachet and kept it on their bodies.
Qing Shui did not give the two women any, as he felt that they would not have wanted it. He would compensate them with other things, naturally having to share the goods with them.
After taking care of things here, he directly used Nine Continents Step to leave. This place was covered in a gigantic forest that was beyond belief. It was filled with trees the height of skyscrapers. In the forest, there was a lake, river, small hills… The entire sky was being blocked, thus the area looked a bit dark.
Arriving the Ancient Forest, the rumored Ancient Divine Shrine was within the Ancient Forest. This was an extremely dangerous existence. Not only did he need prevent the dangers associated with ancient giant beasts, he also needed to ward off human attacks.
The forest occasionally had damaged trees where the sunlight could seep through the forest. Here, the trees were at least 1000 meters in height. Their thickness was shocking.
"Here in the Ancient Forest, everyone please be careful. This Ancient Forest has many formidable beasts, the trees are also very strong, the treetops were not damaged from one thing alone. There are extremely poisonous toxic insects, snakes and the like. There could also be countless ancient beasts, with many different types. These are the most threatening existence in all of Ancient Ruins." Hua Rumei said as she walked.
Suddenly, an Ancient Fire Snake appeared in front of them as they were walking forward. It was ten meters wide, emitting a golden flame that was several meters tall from head to toe. The snake had a height of 400 meters and it slithered about within the forest. The surrounding trees did not have a single scratch. Everyone was shocked as they saw the Ancient Fire Snake.
It was too stimulating for the visual sense. Compared to the Green Dragon, its look was decent and it was emitting an ancient but formidable aura. It belonged to the Fire Dragon kind, as it had the Fire Dragon bloodline within its body.
What appeared now was a snake and not some dragon head, yet it was a high tier snake type. Just like the legendary Nine-headed Snake, at the end of the day it was still a snake without the option of ever evolving into a dragon. However, it was several times more powerful compared to a dragon.
This ancient beast was not afraid when it saw Qing Shui and the others. It rushed towards several of the people. This Ancient Fire Snake's strength was immense, though it was not comparable to the Blue Dragon or Green Dragon. It was about the same as the Old Turtle and not far off from the dragons.
Before the snake arrived, it opened its mouth widely and spitted out a concentrated flame.
Solar True Fire……
Once Qing Shui saw the flames, his expression changed. He used the Nine Continents Mountain to directly block the giant flame.
"Everyone else retreat!"
Qing Shui commanded them. The prank had gone too far. He summoned the Dragon Slaying Beast, then to debuff it for 20%, he quickly used Emperor's Qi.
The ring of flame spat out by the Ancient Fire Snake was blocked, its body swept over horizontally. The flame on its body was not affected by its speed.
Qing Shui directly took out the Soulshake Bell and aimed it towards the Ancient Fire Snake as he shook it. The sharp noises would cause the beast listening to it to feel like their soul was leaving their body. The target of the Soulshake Bell was locked on, capable of being either single target or multi-target.
The bells' consecutive shaking had the Ancient Fire Snake's body trembling, its speed reduced. At this very moment, the Dragon Slaying Beast poked a giant hole through the snake's body.
"Stop, I give in. You actually had the Destruction Beast." A screeching noise like fingernails scratching on metal was transmitted over.
Qing Shui had the Dragon Slaying Beast stop after the unexpected outcome. The thing about Destruction Beast was that Qing Shui thought it was talking about the Dragon Slaying Beast. But why was it called the Destruction Beast? Did the Green Dragon not know about the Destruction Beast?
"Older sister, are you interested in keeping it as your battle partner?" Qing Shui turned around and asked Hua Rumei.
"Me? Can I?" Hua Rumei was shocked and asked. She had wanted a battle beast for her own, a formidable battle beast. She was most definitely satisfied with the Ancient Fire Snake in front of her.
Hua Rumei already had a mount, but it did not help her in battle. Demon Lord had the Old Turtle which was an Ancient Rare Species, it knew several Heavenly Techniques, and its speed and battle prowess was also very strong.
"Of course. Feed it this and it will be your tamed beast afterwards." Qing Shui took out a bottle of Mid Grade Sacred Beast Pill.
After many years, Qing Shui had refined some Mid Grade Sacred Beast Pills. The materials were overly valuable, however, so he could not mass produce it. Moreover, each person had a limit on its use. If they were not beast tamers, they could not use more than one or two pills. Qing Shui had not tried Double Portion or Quadruple Port Medicine, he felt it would not affect the effects of the Sacred Beast Pills.
With Hua Rumei's strength, using the mid grade Sacred Beast Pill on the Ancient Fire Snake should not incur any accidents. Seeing the Ancient Fire Snake's resentment in its eyes, however, Qing Shui wanted to rid his mind of any thoughts of worry.
"Older sister, take out your weapon and come over."
Hua Rumei was stunned but still took out a pair of blood-red thorns, then walked over to the Ancient Fire Snake.
Qing Shui noticed that once the Ancient Fire Snake had seen Hua Rumei's weapon, it obediently opened its mouth and swallowed the mid grade Sacred Beast Pill. As Qing Shui was not stingy, he took out several items for beast consumption, including Ancient Demonic Fruit.
Hua Rumei happily fed the Ancient Fire Snake. This trick was effective without fail. After all, it made Hua Rumei into a beast tamer. With the imposing effects of the Sacred Beast Pill, neither would allow the other to receive a fatal blow. With this human giving it such benefits, staying by her side was not such a bad idea.
He never thought that they would receive such a huge gift from the Ancient Forest. The Ancient Fire Snake was a formidable beast, and although its defense was not comparable to the Old Turtle, its attack and destructive power was stronger than the Old Turtle after it had consumed the Ancient Demonic Fruit.
The Ancient Fire Snake was a mutated species. Its fire had mutated to Solar True Fire, therefore its power was horrifying. The flame was comparable to Hellfire Phoenix's Hell flame. The only reason he did not tame it himself was for the Demon Lord Palace.
The strength of this beast was attractive to Qing Shui, but Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant and Fire Bird's strength was too far apart from the Ancient Fire Snake, so his urge to tame it was not big. One person's formidability was not comparable to a full group's formidability, he had already begun raising the strength of reliable people around him when opportunity arose.
Was Hua Rumei reliable? The answer was certainly yes. Qing Shui had saved her life before, and he had saved Zhan Yu's life. Given Hua Rumei's personality, even if she had to sacrifice Zhan Yu, she would not do anything to harm Qing Shui.
Hua Rumei was the Demon Lord's left and right arms, the relationship between the two was not simple. They were similar to sisters; their two weapons were from the same hands.
Hua Rumei's power was Demon Lord Palace's power. Now that he was part of Demon Lord Palace, if there were no unforeseen circumstances, he would not leave the Demon Lord Palace. Unless, that woman did not want him there.
Ancient Fire Snake's flames emitted from its body could be retracted. Once the flames were out, it showed of a spirited golden snake. His flames were gold in color. It was really close with Hua Rumei…
Demon Lord did not have much change in her expression. At the start, when Qing Shui had mentioned the Destruction Beast or told Hua Rumei to take the Ancient Fire Snake as a battle beast, the Demon Lord had looked at Qing Shui several times.
This could be considered as a joyous occasion for Demon Lord Palace as their strength had increased significantly. Not to mention, Qing Shui had helped Battle Pavilion with their formation techniques, which also helped them raise the strength a bit.
Suddenly, Qing Shui looked at the Ancient Fire Snake. This thing lived here for so long, it should know the Ancient Divine Shrine's existence. Moreover, it should be familiar with the topography of the area. In a battle, the Ancient Fire Snake would provide a big advantage.
"Brother Snake, do you know the Ancient Divine Shrine?"
Qing Shui's way of addressing it was not strange, as a formidable Ancient Fire Snake had more than enough status to be addressed this way.
"Ancient Divine Shrine? You guys and those people are both going to the Ancient Divine Shrine?" A metal screeching sounding noise resounded.
"Those people?" Qing Shui asked puzzled, it would seem the Justice Alliance members have already arrived.
"The Ancient Divine Shrine already has lots of people, but they can't enter. There is a Ancient Formation and also Guardian Ancient Beasts." Ancient Fire Snake's sharp voice was very calm this time.
"Are the Guardian Ancient Beasts of the Ancient Divine Shrine strong? How many are there? Are they stronger than Brother Snake?" Qing Shui asked consecutively.
"I don't know how many, but they are stronger than me. Entering the Divine Shrine is no easy task."
At the end, Qing Shui had the Ancient Fire Snake take them to the shortest route towards the Ancient Divine Shrine. Even if it was not far, it would still take ten days to half a month's time to reach it.
Ancient Fire Snake was the king in this area. With him here, the journey was especially peaceful. Qing Shui did not use Nine Continents Step to familiarize himself with the topography of the area.
Qing Shui did not ask any more things about the Ancient Divine Shrine, and that was because he knew the Ancient Fire Snake probably did not know. Moreover, Ancient Ruins did not have only one Ancient Divine Shrine. There were also many Ancient Ruins, each Ancient Divine Shrine with different items in it. It all depended on fate. Some Ancient Divine Shrines did not have restrictions, but others have Ancient Formations or Guardian Ancient Beasts.
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AST 1432 – Battle God Mountain, Battle God Statue, He is the Head of Soaring Dragon?
Under the conditions of restrictions, the items within the Ancient Divine Shrine would be more valuable than those without restrictions. Of course, this was not the absolute. There were the heaven defying items that came from Ancient Divine Shrines that had no restrictions. In general, however, items that came from Ancient Divine Shrines were usually much better even with restrictions.
With the Ancient Fire Snake, moving about in this Ancient Forest was easier than slicing cake. Not only did they save the hassle of risking themselves within the depth of the forest, they could also threaten some unnecessary troublemakers away.
The Demon Lord remained silent as per usual, not taking the initiative to say anything. Qing Shui did not know why she had this type of personality, but this type of personality was the most natural coming from her. A leader of the Demon Lord Palace did not need to say much, which explained Hua Rumei's importance within the Demon Lord Palace. This entire time, Qing Shui discovered that many things were dealt with by Hua Rumei.
She moved about in the air. Underneath her feet was a cloud shaped item. Qing Shui was not sure whether it was a treasure or an ability. It was similar to Tantai Xuan's Lotus Platform, yet it seemed more mystical.
The Ancient Fire Snake was walking in the front with Qing Shui, Hua Rumei, and the Demon Lord following behind. Zhan Yu had not fully recovered, but going for a journey was not an issue.
This Ancient Forest was huge, almost as if it had no boundaries. The trees within the forest were not of the same kind. Regardless of what kind the trees were, they shared one commonality. They were all trees with heights of skyscrapers.
If this had been his previous life, this location would have become a World Heritage site. But in this life, it was an existence with little value. At least Qing Shui did not want to get rid of this desire to treat it as a place of value.
"Let's rest here for a few days, we should wait for them." The Demon Lord looked at Qing Shui and Hua Rumei as she spoke.
Qing Shui knew that the woman was talking about the other Evil Powers. Regardless of the situation, they were standing on the same front, and so banding together would increase the chances of victory.
The others naturally had no objections, as the location was good. Any further in and they would be too close to the Ancient Divine Shrine. Too far and they might miss some people. This location was also sufficient for detecting the presence of people rushing over to the Ancient Divine Shrine.
This Ancient Divine Shrine was located not far from the entrance of the Ancient Ruins, therefore they would not need to wait for too many days. They casted the Maze Formation and allowed everyone to begin cultivation. Some people were tasked with observing for movements around them.
Four days went by like a flash, the Divine Sound Sect and crew having arrived already. The gathering of people was especially large. It was one people dared not to look down upon. Qing Shui once again saw Shen Ling and the brothers from the Divine Beast Sect.
Once Shen Ling spotted Qing Shui, she affectionately ran over. Her whole body was emitting a pure and charming aura – an innate charm, one that came from her bones. It was the most genuine pure charm, one that made it hard for people to resist.
"Qing Shui, we meet again." Shen Ling said happily.
Shen Ling's master and several of the elder generation all shook their heads helplessly. Though the movements were light, its motive could be easily seen through.
"Right, have you been well all this time?"
Hua Rumei, who happened to be right beside Demon Lord, looked towards Qing Shui and said to the Demon Lord, "That little devil looks like she likes him."
"And this is related to me?" Demon Lord said without turning her head.
"Qing Shui seems to like you." Hua Rumei said with a laugh.
"And this is related to me somehow?" This time the Demon Lord turned around and looked at Hua Rumei.
"You don't like him?" Hua Rumei continued to smile.
"Don't like!" Demon Lord said swiftly.
"En, then I'll ask you one thing. You should tell me, I promise I won't spread it. Do you have a man you like?" Hua Rumei looked at Demon Lord curiously and asked.
Demon Lord looked at Hua Rumei, then said lightly, "Having and not having someone I like, is that important to you?"
"Of course, don't you feel that it is regretful to not have a man? Do you not yearn for a relationship between a man and woman? You don't want a man to care for you, love you, spoil you?" Hua Rumei winked with those charming eyes of hers. It was even more bewitching.
"A person without a heart do not think about these." Demon Lord waited till Hua Rumei finished before shaking her head.
Hua Rumei choked to the point where she was stumped for words. She helplessly smiled, "You should stop torturing yourself like this. They would not want to see this either, they would wish you had a happy life."
"I can't convince myself otherwise. A lonely person will remain lonely forever."
The Demon Lord seldomly had any emotional fluctuations in her speech. It was natural for her innate cool elegance. No one had seen her laugh, not even a smile. She always appeared cold with a calm elegance.
"Your issues, perhaps he can help you." Hua Rumei said seriously after thinking a bit.
The Demon Lord looked at Qing Shui, all she saw was a man who she could not see through. She did not like this man, but she somehow kept remembering this man. She wanted to forget him, but she had not been successful. It was like the image of him was imprinted in her mind. This made her feel emotions she could not describe. She could not distinguish whether these feelings were good or bad.
Originally, Qing Shui's strength was nothing of worth in her eyes. Their lives would not cross paths, so she had left him alive. He was the person who broke through her seal. The fact that he was alive showed that he had a unique constitution. Otherwise, he would not have been able to break her seal.
However, his growth is terrifying. Every time she saw him, it seemed unrealistic and foreign. He seemed to be constantly changing, especially since he had entered the Demon Lord Palace. She understood his wish, but what about it?
Demon Lord shook her head, "Perhaps, but I don't want anyone to walk in these muddy waters."
"You think he will listen to you? You know why he entered the Demon Lord Palace? Anything to do with you, he would help until the very end. If this is the case, why are you still shutting your heart in?" Hua Rumei continued to say.
"We will see. I had thought that my heart was dead, and I don't know if anything can rekindle my heart." Demon Lord finished what she had to say and walked forward.
The two brothers from Divine Beast Sect saw how Shen Ling was being overly familiar with Qing Shui and they glared at him, unknowingly releasing some resentment. However, Qing Shui's spiritual sense was strong, he directly turned around and looked at them just to see that their expression had not fully recovered.
Looks like these two were interested in Shen Ling. The reason Divine Beast Sect was one of the Four Great Evil Powers was because they were licentious. Demon Lord Palace was known for being bloodthirsty. Divine Sound Sect were known for their bewitched beauties, but using music was considered heretic. Divine Beast Sect needed no other explanation. Wild Ghost Valley was even more evil, and all their cultivated techniques were sinister.
Qing Shui did not feel anything from their stares, if they decided to make any unnecessary movements, Qing Shui did not mind wiping them off the face of the world.
"Qing Shui, those two are sinister and ruthless. You should be careful. They have all sorts of malicious methods of doing things." Shen Ling saw Qing Shui look at the Lu Brothers and reminded him.
"They better not provoke me, or else I wouldn't mind having them stay here forever. You should be more careful, I think they are interested in you." Qing Shui smiled and warned Shen Ling.
Shen Ling's face blushed, as she brushed her words towards Qing Shui's ear and said, "But are you interested in me?"
Qing Shui lightly pulled his head away, and looked at the bashful woman, she was an alluring existence. He could not fully see through Shen Ling's thoughts. He could only stand there stunned, without saying a word.
"I'm just joking. Making you so nervous, am I not satisfactory enough to enter your eyes?" Shen Ling said while pouting.
"What do you mean? I am surprised. For someone of your quality, I would never dare approach."
"Hypocrite, alright time to go."
Qing Shui unconsciously started to avoid Shen Ling whenever he could. He also paid extra attention to the two brothers in the Divine Beast Sect. The foundation of the Divine Beast Sect was rich with talent. Beast tamers were the hardest to estimate in terms of power. The reason was because people did not know what kind of beasts, especially formidable beasts, were tamed by them.
Ten days later, Qing Shui and crew were already at the Ancient Divine Shrine. This place was an open space within the Ancient Forest. There were no trees, just a large mountainous area.
Battle God Mountain!
The mountain here was not especially tall, but it was blooming with spirit. The most eye-catching part was the giant statue at the peak. It was the Battle God Statue.
The stone statue was at least 300 meters tall, standing tall through the years weathering. There was not the slightest damage that could have been seen. The statue was very lifelike, with a full body of armor and a dragon lance in one of its hands. As it stood there, it gave off a strong spiritual pressure.
A Divine Sense was left in this stone statue. Anyone who stepped on this mountain will have to receive his attack, even this bit of Divine Sense was already terrifying. Though Qing Shui did not see the real strength of this statue, he could guess from the Divine Sense that its strength was comparable to the Blue Dragon and Green Dragon.
Qing Shui could not see the situation above, but he could feel the ancient aura. It was the aura of the Ancient Formation. The stone statue should be within the formation, that was the reason why it was so powerful.
There were a lot of people here and Qing Shui saw the familiar sects such as the Eternal Spring Palace. There were many here that represented the strength of Soaring Dragon Continent. Qing Shui was uncertain whether or not they had forces within Phoenix Dance Continent and Haohan Continent.
Qing Shui had a feeling the top strength of Soaring Dragon Continent was not here. Although they were in the top triangle tier of the Soaring Dragon Continent, they were not the peak.
In reality, the World of Nine Continents was a place where crooks were mixed with the honest folk. Nothing was as it seemed. A book could not be judged by its cover and those that appeared strong may not be the strongest. The opposite was also true. The strongest force within Soaring Dragon Continent was the same as the Phoenix Dance Continent. It was Soaring Dragon Organization.
Inside this place were forces from Soaring Dragon Organization, such as Dragon Palace, Immortal Poison Sect, and Eternal Spring Palace. Suddenly, Qing Shui thought of the time when elder Ling Hu had told him that Yan Zhongyue was the Head of a terrifying force. Perhaps he was the Head of the Soaring Dragon Continent?
Thinking to this point, Qing Shui was stunned. He had originally thought he was the king of some dynasty, but now he felt that he was the Head of Soaring Dragon. Now that the Demon Lord Palace and Soaring Dragon Continent were at opposite sides and the fact that Soaring Dragon Organization was naturally the strongest Justice Alliance within Soaring Dragon Continent…
Qing Shui went blank here. Would he have to fight him? To bring him down? How could Yan Zhongyue do all these? His increase in strength was too terrifying. These last several dozen years he went from a Xiantian martial artist to this sort of accomplishment. Qing Shui could not understand it.
Qing Shui was a mess. He did not know if that person's memory was still there, but he was Qing Shui's mother's hope. Qing Shui could not allow him to have any accidents. However, Qing Shui was helping the Demon Lord Palace to bring down Soaring Dragon. What was he going to do?
Everything was coming, but he did not know if it was him. He did not know Qing Shui, he probably did not know that Qing Shui existed. Even if he had any memory, it would only be the memory of Qing Qing.
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