AST 1567 - Heading to Sea King Palace, Paragon Water Flight!
After returning and seeing them all, Qing Shui felt at ease in his heart. Actually at the start, he wasn't that worried. But humans are all like this, unless they see things with their own eyes, they won't be able to not worry.
After drinking halfway, Xue Nuo arrived. Qing Shui and the other two treated Xue Nuo like their little sister and doted on her with their hearts. Also, she was doing pretty well here as well.
"Brother-in-law, can you bring me along tomorrow?" Xue Nuo sat down beside Qing Shui and smiled.
Qing Shui shook his head. "Maybe in the future, it's not suitable now."
"Hmph, I knew you would say this." Xue Nuo pouted and drank up a cup of wine that was in front of Qing Shui.
"This wine is still as delicious as ever, I can't get enough of it." Xue Nuo smiled. She wasn't angry that Qing Shui didn't bring her along.
"I will leave some for you. You'd best cultivate well. Don't you wish to be strong enough that you have authority in your clan? No one would then be able to force you into a marriage then." Qing Shui smiled.
"I know, recently, I've been improving a lot. You just don't know how to praise me to motivate me further." Xue Nuo stuck her tongue out at Qing Shui.
Lan Lingfeng and Yin Tong laughed as they drank their wine. The two of them could tell that this Xue Nuo might have fallen in love with Qing Shui.
"Brat your improvement is not bad, but you cannot be too arrogant. Your little tail shouldn't raise up to the sky just because of that small improvement." Qing Shui laughed.
"You are the one with a tail!" Xue Nuo pouted
During the second day, Qing Shui woke up early to eat breakfast with everyone before leaving together with Muyun Qingge. Although the others were reluctant, they knew that he had important things to do.
After coming to the air space of the Ice Ocean Domain, Qing Shui used the Nine Continents Steps and pulled Muyun Qingge along as he flew deeper in.
The deeper he flew, the lower the temperature became. Right now, even their breath created ice-crystals due to the low temperature of the atmosphere. There was nothing around them at all, not even a single flying bird.
"It's about time. Qing Shui let's go down!" Muyun Qingge smiled.
This time around, Qing Shui followed Muyun Qingge and dove into the water. The moment he entered, Qing Shui was stunned. He initially thought Muyun Qingge would use a water-avoidance pearl or some treasure. But she didn't, she simply dove in just like that. Qing Shui was instantly drenched like a drowning chicken...
Muyun Qingge was like a mermaid, being in her element. She moved in the water just like how she moved on land. Her clothes were like scales, not being touched by the water and not encountering any resistance.
Qing Shui wasn't so lucky, his entire body was wet. The temperature now still couldn't be considered anything. When one's strength reached a certain level, even without water-avoidance pearls, they could still travel in the water. However, they would encounter some negative effects such as speed and strength being reduced by 50% to 80%
Muyun Qingge smiled when she turned her head and looked at Qing Shui. Qing Shui discovered that in the water, Muyun Qingge's beauty was enhanced by 30%. In the water, she was just like a fairy that came to the mortal world from the heavens.
Just as Qing Shui wanted to use some water-avoidance treasure, an unexpected thing happen. A rumbling sound echoed from his dantian as another paragon technique was ignited. In an instant, he felt like he was on land and in the air, completely in his element.
Paragon Water Flight!
The passive paragon technique enabled Qing Shui to be like a fish in water. He wasn't affected in the water and could even increase his speed up to 20% at zero consumption.
Qing Shui could instantly travel over hundred thousand miles casually in the water. He could use this ability once every two hours.
"What's going on with you?" Muyun Qingge stared at Qing Shui. She saw Qing Shui standing in a daze and asked hurriedly.
"Nothing, it feels like I just comprehended something." Qing Shui smiled.
"Roaming Dragon Steps!"
Qing Shui no longer encountered any water resistance when he was in the water. He executed the roaming dragon steps and sunk into the depths of water. Also, his clothes and hair were all dry, seemingly untouched by water at all...
Muyun Qingge gracefully followed after Qing Shu effortlessly. In the water, no matter how fast Qing Shui was, he couldn't possibly be faster than Muyun Qingge. Unless he used the Paragon Water Flight to move hundred thousand miles away in an instant.
Soon after, Qing Shui got used to it. He felt extremely comfortable in his heart. In the water, his combat prowess wasn't reduced and was even enhanced instead. This caused him to feel more confidence towards what was coming next.
"You are getting more and more immeasurable. If I didn't know there are no males among Mermaids and Drakainas, I would definitely believe that you are one of those races." Muyun Qingge spoke in surprise
"There are no males among the Drakaina and Mermaid races?" Qing Shui was extremely shocked.
"Yup, there are only females."
"Then...how do you guys give birth?" Qing Shui asked. This question wasn't asked casually, he was truly curious and had no intend to cause any offense.
Muyun Qingge's expressions turned unnatural. But she still spoke, "Mermaids and Drakainas would find human males to marry and procreate."
Qing Shui exclaimed, "Ah I didn't expect that. Since this is the case, are all children born female? They would either be the mermaid or drakaina race?"
"Because of our physique, the children born to us would definitely be female and one of the two races." Muyun Qingge gently spoke.
"Those chosen males are so blessed." Qing Shui laughed.
"Oh? They are all already dead.." Muyun Qingge calmly replied.
Qing Shui stared at her puzzled, "What do you mean?"
"There's a curse within the bodies of mermaids and drakaina. Or to better put it, our physiques are unique, just like the Nine Yang Physique of humankind." Muyun Qingge stared at Qing Shui.
Qing Shui shook his head. Seems like there are two sides to every coin. Their races had immense talent and was extremely beautiful. Sadly, they could only coupled with humans and the humans who did so, would have to pay their life as the price…
"Can the two races only mate with humans?" Qing Shui asked in bewilderment.
"No, but usually mermaids and drakainas would choose humans to couple with. Because, our two races feel that we are more similar to humanity. The exception is that there are some powerful primal demon races who would tyrannically take us as concubines. There are naturally also some of us who chose to follow such primal demons willingly."
Qing Shui now knew that many aquatic species after reaching a certain strength, would be able to take on human form. It's just that they would have a specific trait of their race remaining. The other options were those extremely rare Shape-Changing Grass or Shape-Changing Fruit. These rare treasures would allow some of the more powerful demonic beasts to have an explosive increase in intelligence, allowing them to change their shapes. But no matter what, a specific trait of their original race would still remain.
In any case, there are still plenty who chose to couple with demons but the majority would choose humans instead.
In Qing Shui's eyes, mermaids and drakanais are just like the demon spirits of his previous life. In fact, as long as they could transform, they are practically no different from humans. Qing Shui wouldn't reject the possibility of being together with them. It was just that before this, he had never met any before.