Ancient Strengthening Technique - chapter-728
Now that he had seen a number of Martial Saints throughout his life, Qing
Shui would never believe that there wasn’t any Martial Saints in the
Greencloud Continent before. There were many of those who had kept a low
profile in the vast place like the Greencloud Continent, because they
don’t need to reveal who they really were in the first place.
Pingyang Country was considered a small country of insignificance. Which
was why countries like this would most unlikely attract the attention of
any visitors in the Greencloud Continent. Despite that, there were
currently five Martial Saints that had arrived in front of him right now.
Even so, these people were only at the level ranging from Grade Four to
Grade Five Martial Saint. The leader and the two elderly men were at
Grade Five Elementary Martial Saints, and the other two tower-like men
were at Grade Four Martial Saints.
Qing Shui frowned. Why did the leader felt the need to bring those men
who could crush both the Qing Clan and the Heavenly Palace with their raw
power? The Martial Saint warriors of the Qing Clan were all Grade Four
“You guys are?” Qing Shui slowly picked up Qing Jun and Qing Yin
before he began to speak.
“You are Qing Shui?” After the middle-age leader pondered for a
while, his eyes brightened up while he locked his eyes with Qing Shui.
Qing Shui had remained silent as he stared at the leader quietly. Just
then, Di Chen came by and gave Qing Shui a smile. While she maintained an
assuring smile on her face, she quickly and gently took over his two
children from his arms and left.
Di Chen’s sudden appearance had left the middle-age man baffled. He was
captivated by her beauty, as well as her strength – he had only
received news that there wouldn’t be any powerful Martial Saints like
her in the Qing Clan.
Qing Shui placed both of his hands behind his back and silently watched
the reaction of the man in front of him. He did had a thought before that
he should establish a mutual relationship with this hidden clan, so that
during tough times the Qing Clan would be able to receive aid. After all,
being well-protected by an ally was much better compared to falling into
an abyss of desolation if ever anyone from the other continents came to
cause trouble. A good example was that time when the people from the
Eastern Palace Aristocrat Clan from the Southern Viewing Continent had
made their Old Ancestor to bear a lifetime of burden that would not go
away even after the Old Ancestor had died. This incident with the Eastern
Palace Aristocrat Clan was a humiliation towards the entire Greencloud
The middle-aged man seemed to had realized something before he looked
towards Qing Shui with a smile on his face. His set of white teeth had
increased a few elegance points, which he continued to flashed as he
introduced himself. “I am from the Zuoshi Clan of the Pingyang Country.
I went to the Heavenly Palace to look for you last time, but I was not
able to meet you. So we came here to your residence today to look for
you. It seems that luck is on our side.”
“Pingyang Country? Zuoshi Clan?” Qing Shui clearly understood where
that place was and what kind of clan they were from. However, he wasn’t
able to shake off the uneasiness in him as he stared at the man with
“Mr. Qing, I have a feeling that you are not very welcoming towards our
Zuoshi Clan, but we didn’t come here to look for you with bad
intentions.” The man gave a gentle smile at Qing Shui.
Even though Qing Shui didn’t have a good opinion about the Zuoshi Clan
and was suspicious of them, he still guided them into the big living
room. He wasn’t particularly concerned about their strength, but he was
more worried about the secluded clan that supported the Zuoshi Clan in
Not long after, the men from the Zuoshi Clan sat down politely. Di Chen
brought in some tea for the guests, but Qing Shui quickly took it from
her hands because he didn’t want her to serve them personally.
“My name is Zuoshi Yi. I will briefly explain our Zuoshi Clan for
you.” The middle-aged man had looked at Di Chen for the third time.
Every time he did so, he did it casually as he swept his gaze at her
Because of this behavior, Qing Shui had completely lost his last hope and
interest on them. These people had very poor virtue and character.
Zuoshi Yi didn’t look at her openly or brazenly. Qing Shui didn’t
want to cause a ruckus for the time being, so he didn’t feel the need
to say something more. He had quickly gestured Di Chen to take a leave
from the big living room.
“I was wondering if Mr. Qing knows about those supreme aristocrat
families and the secluded clans?” The man turned his attention to Qing
Shui after Di Chen had left, his expression was different than before.
The way he talked had also changed slightly, especially when he asked
this question to Qing Shui.
So it had come to this, Qing Shui thought. Although he knew what was
about to happen, he shook his head and said: “I don’t know. I have no
idea about these things.”
In that moment, the man’s eyes had showed a brief disdain towards Qing
Shui. If one wasn’t attentive enough, they wouldn’t be able to notice
anything. The leader had maintained a refreshing smile as he explained:
“Supreme aristocrat families are those of the top prestigious families
in the entire continent. These families are categorized into various
ranks or grades, even the lowest grade of the supreme aristocrat families
have several martial warriors of the strength of one star. Secluded
clans, however, are those of the supreme aristocrat families that don’t
go out often to make themselves recognized. Our Zuoshi Clan is one of the
true secluded clan in the Pingyang Country.”
Zuoshi Yi was quite proud as he had mentioned his clan. In the World of
the Nine Continents, everyone had wished to be related to those supreme
aristocrat families or supreme sects. Even though the Zuoshi Clan from
the Pingyang Country was just a branch clan of the main Zuoshi Clan, it
was enough to prove their worth as a superior clan.
“So where does Mr. Zuoshi stand among your secluded clan?” Qing Shui
smiled at Zuoshi Yi.
“Cough cough, we are one of the important branches of the Zuoshi Clan,
and the blood flowing inside us are of Zuoshi Clan as well. We are living
together right now as one big clan.” Zuoshi Yi was caught off guard by
Qing Shui’s question.
“Oh, how do you categorize the grades of the supreme aristocrat
families? Do you know anything about that?” Qing Shui didn’t ask if
Zuoshi Yi was comfortable to reveal the rankings, but specifically asked
if he knew about it. He knew Zuoshi Yi would talk about it because he
didn’t get the chance to show how great he was from the beginning.
“Supreme aristocrat families and supreme sects have three classes, with
the third-class being the weakest and lowest rank. To be qualified for
the third-class, a clan should have no less than 20 martial warriors
between the strength of one star to three stars, and this is inclusive of
their demonic beasts. Second-class should have no less than 50 martial
warriors between the strength of four stars to seven stars, which is
inclusive of demonic beasts as well. First-class are said to require at
least about a hundred martial warriors with the strength of eight stars
and above. I am not really sure about the first-class ranking because
they are very rare. There are rumors also that an Emperor Grade clan
exists, but whether they do really exist is another story.” explained
Zuoshi Yi slowly.
“It’s no wonder that Mr. Zuoshi is a member of a supreme aristocrat
family since you are well-informed. I was wondering what class is the
Zuoshi Clan at?” Qing Shui could make a guess about their ranking, but
he would still rather ask about it anyway.
“Third-class. It is still an honor to be regarded as a third-class
supreme aristocrat clan in the World of the Nine Continents. We are still
the best that the Greencloud Continent has ever seen.” Zuoshi Yi
chuckled as he looked at Qing Shui.
“Mr. Zuoshi, I think I have a firm grasp of what you had told me today.
Thank you for coming all the way to inform me this.” Qing Shui replied
with a smile.
“Cough cough, well, we actually have something else to talk about with
Mr. Qing.” Zuoshi Yi gave two awkward coughs before he continued. The
introduction of being a supreme aristocrat family was just an entrée for
what was to come next. The following matters would be left for Qing Shui
to decide while keeping in mind of the Zuoshi Clan’s current status.
“Oh, you still have more things to talk about. Go on, go on.” Qing
Shui gestured Zuoshi Yi to continue.
“The second master of Zuoshi Clan has his eyes on Miss Wu-shuang. As a
proposition, we were told to bring Miss Wu-shuang back to our clan today,
so if there is anything the Qing Clan needed help from our clan in the
future, you can go to the Pingyang Country to look for us. How about
it?” Zuoshi Yi looked at Qing Shui’s calm expression and stated his
Qing Shui was shocked. They actually came to the Qing Clan all the way
from the Pingyang Country just for Wu-shuang, and he could feel that they
wanted to take Wu-shuang back to their clan after this meeting was over.
Qing Shui was furious under the pretense of a smile
“Take away Wu-shuang?” asked Qing Shui while he looked at Zuoshi Yi
in the eyes.
“Zuoshi Yun is the direct descendent of the Zuoshi Clan. He is
exceptionally talented, and he has a lot of influence in the household.
His grandfather is the current head of the Zuoshi Clan, and Zuoshi Yun
his favourite. Zuoshi Yun is still quite young, about 30 years old, and
he had already reached the Grade Nine Peak Martial Saint stage even
before he hit the age of 40. Miss Wu-shuang will have a happy life if she
follows the second master.” Zuoshi Yi quickly explained.
Indeed, these words had enough significance to persuade anyone to submit
to their wishes. A direct line of the supreme aristocrat family who
achieved the strength of a Grade Nine Peak Martial Saint at a young age,
Wu-shuang would have a glorious life if she were to follow him for the
rest of her life.
To had reached the strength of 5,000 countries, this young man could be
considered to be outstanding in his generation. This fellow would be one
of the best in the Greencloud Continent, and he would have every rights
to be proud and arrogant about it. However, a Grade Nine Peak Martial
Saint was nothing in Qing Shui’s eyes.
Also, Zuoshi Yi said to ‘bring’ Wu-shuang back, and not ‘marry’
her, which meant that the second master would most likely make her a play
thing. And the part about looking for the Zuoshi Clan if they have any
troubles clearly showed how much power they had if they were able to make
that statement. However, Qing Shui felt nothing of the third-class
supreme aristocrat family like them, so they had no rights to act this
presumptuous in front of him.
“Their strongest is no more than the strength of three stars. I can
easily display the strength of two stars with an extra strength of 2000
countries. If I have to fight with one who have the strength of three
stars, it will not be a problem.” Qing Shui smiled as he went through a
monologue in his head. However, he was a bit worried because the Zuoshi
Clan had about less than 20 martial warriors between the strength of one
star to three stars.
“So you came today specifically for this?” Qing Shui retracted his
smile. Since they did not put him in their eyes and had shown little
significance towards the Qing Clan, then he had stopped being polite
naturally towards them as well.
“Heh, that’s right. What do you think? The Zuoshi Clan will not
mistreat the Qing Clan, so why don’t Mr. Qing state your conditions?”
Zuoshi Yi quickly lowered his tone when he saw the unhappy expression on
Qing Shui’s face.
“I have no conditions, so you all may leave now. Go back to that Zuoshi
second young master or whatever, and tell him he isn’t worthy.” Qing
Shui stood up. And when he did that, it was already clear that he wanted
them to get out from the Qing Residence immediately.