Library of Heaven's Path - chapter-1417
Xuan was taken aback.
“Is there a second Zhang Clan? It goes without saying that I’m referring
to the number one Sage Clan in the world!” Jian Qinsheng harrumphed. “I’m
about to head there soon, and I hope that Zhang shi can accompany me
“Me?” Zhang Xuan was unable to keep up with the situation. “Pardon me,
but why would you need me to head there with you?”
It was not like he was from the Zhang Clan, so there was no point in him
heading there, right?
Besides, it was just a moments ago that he had given Zhang Chun a good
pummeling, and to run to the enemy’s home base right after… He still
had many good years ahead of him, and he did not want to die a premature
death just yet!
“Well, it’s like this…” Jian Qinsheng’s face flushed slightly red
before he started speaking. “In truth, I have some history with the
Xingmeng Sword Saint of the Zhang Clan, and I once vowed that I would
groom a successor who would surpass his. You should have met my students;
none of them are really strong enough to shoulder this burden, so I can
only hope for Zhang shi to make a move in my stead.”
If he had not really been cornered to this point, he never would have
troubled the other party.
As fellow swordmasters, he and the Xingmeng Sword Saint had been rivals
in the Sanctum of Sages, and they had competed with one another
frequently. Eventually, he had become an elder of the Sanctum of Sages
whereas the latter had returned to his clan to serve as the deputy clan
head. In view of their identities, they could not compete like they did
back then anymore, so they agreed on competing through their students
And in the previous few battles, his students had lost tragically.
The talent and bloodline of those in the Zhang Clan were simply too
powerful. Even their aptitude toward swordsmanship was also far stronger
than that of his students.
this matter, but upon meeting Zhang Xuan, one of the few aspiring, young
swordmasters outside of the Zhang Clan, he had suddenly seen a ray of
hope. Unwilling to simply accept his loss just like that, he had chosen
to buck up the courage to ask Zhang Xuan this favor.
Compared to the young man before him, all of his students were like frogs
in a well. In fact, in terms of swordsmanship mastery, even he was not a
match for the young man.
“What you mean is that you want me to challenge the Xingmeng Sword Saint
in the capacity as the successor to your swordsmanship?” Zhang Xuan
finally understood what was going on.
He had seen Jian Qinsheng’s students, and indeed, it would be rather
embarrassing to bring them out in public.
Even the strongest Senior Xie had been utterly defeated by him with just
a strand of hair, completely unable to retaliate.
“That’s not it. You wouldn’t be able to stand against the Xingmeng Sword
Saint even with your current proficiency in swordsmanship. What I hope
for you to do is to challenge his successor,” Jian Qinsheng said
Considering how the other party had not learned the slightest thing about
swordsmanship from him—on the contrary, the other party even provided
him valuable pointers to bringing his swordsmanship to another higher
level—it was indeed a little embarrassing for him to ask the other
party to act as his successor.
“This…” Taken off guard by the abrupt request, Zhang Xuan found himself
at a loss.
Even though he was extremely displeased with how the Zhang Clan was
treating Luo Ruoxin and wanted to teach them a lesson, he would still
rather challenge them in his capacity as Luo Ruoxin’s boyfriend than as
Jian Qinsheng’s successor.
Instead of turning down Jian Qinsheng’s request immediately, Zhang Xuan
frowned. “Elder Jian, if you wish to turn the tables on the Xingmeng
Sword Saint, you should be able to win fair and square soon enough if you
use the modified version of the Flowing Water Swordsmanship that I have
given you to groom your successor. It shouldn’t take too long for the
effects to show, so there shouldn’t be any need for you to be in such a
Qinsheng’s residence and unintentionally severely injuring the elder, he
had altered the Flowing Water Swordsmanship and handed the manual over to
Given Shui Qianrou’s aptitude toward swordsmanship, as long as she
cultivated the modified manual strictly, there should be a massive leap
in her fighting prowess very soon. Considering how she was Jian
Qinsheng’s direct disciple, the honor and glory that he would derive from
the victory should be far greater.
After all, even though it had only been less than a month since Zhang
Xuan had come to the Sanctum of Sages, considering the various commotions
surrounding him and his current identity as ‘Yang shi’s student’, it was
likely that the Xingmeng Sword Saint would swiftly realize that he was
not Jian Qinsheng’s student.
Once that happened, it would render Jian Qinsheng’s efforts meaningless.
“The sword art that you have imparted to us is truly formidable, such
that even I have benefited greatly from its ingenuity. If Shui Qianrou
studies it diligently, she should be able to improve swiftly within a
short period of time. However, I am indeed in a rush. The Zhang Clan’s
Clan Assembly is just about to start, and if I were to miss this one, I
don’t know how much longer I’ll have to wait for the next opportunity,”
Jian Qinsheng said.
“Clan Assembly?” Zhang Xuan was bewildered. “What does the Zhang Clan’s
Clan Assembly have anything to do with the challenge between you and the
Xingmeng Sword Saint?”
This is a private grudge between you and the Xingmeng Sword Saint, right?
Is there really a need for you to confront the other party during their
Or does this mean to say that you intend to wreak havoc in the Zhang Clan?
But if the Zhang Clan could be bullied so easily, there is no way it
would have been able to survive so long and retain its position as the
number one Sage Clan on the Master Teacher Continent!
“All of the top geniuses of the Zhang Clan would be returning to attend
the Clan Assembly, so we’ll be able to challenge their strongest sword
practitioners if we challenge them at this event. Only when their best
sword practitioners have been defeated can this be considered a victory
for me!” Jian Qinsheng explained.
successor can defeat all of the sword practitioners of the Zhang Clan
during such an occasion, I will be able to embarrass the Xingmeng Sword
Saint and force him to acknowledge his loss to me!”
“This…” Zhang Xuan was rendered completely speechless.
However, there was indeed some sense into what Jian Qinsheng was saying.
If he wanted a good platform to defeat the Xingmeng Sword Saint once and
for all, the Zhang Clan’s Clan Assembly was definitely a good opportunity
to do so.
If he could triumph over the Xingmeng Sword Saint before the entire Zhang
Clan, he would be able to cleanse all of the humiliation that he had
suffered thus far.
Of course, if he lost in such a setting, his reputation would be swept
into the gutters.
“That’s equivalent to putting your reputation and honor on the line. The
stakes are simply too high; I fear that I’m unworthy of your confidence.”
Zhang Xuan pondered for a while, but eventually, he still decided to turn
down the offer.
As much as he wanted to get back at the Zhang Clan, he did not dare
gamble with Jian Qinsheng’s reputation and honor. While everything would
be great and wonderful if he won, he could not bear to imagine the
consequences if he lost.
As confident as Zhang Xuan was in his strength, the implications behind
this matter was simply too big. As an outsider to the grudge, he was
unwilling to shoulder such a heavy responsibility.
“Ah…” Hearing Zhang Xuan’s rejection, a bitter smile surfaced on Jian
Qinsheng’s face. “It seems like my request is really a little too abrupt.
It was indeed a little inappropriate of me to attempt to involve you in
my private affair, and I apologize for that.”
He had only met Zhang Xuan once, and he had not imparted anything to the
young man at all. On the contrary, it was the young man who had corrected
the flaws in his cultivation, so in that sense, the young man could even
be said to be his benefactor.
kindness of his benefactor, he had made such an inappropriate request to
the other party. It was understandable why the young man would turn down
“Elder Jian, you needn’t feel disheartened. If there’s still some time, I
can offer some pointers to Shui Qianrou’s swordsmanship, and hopefully,
she will be able to bring you glory during the Clan Assembly!” Zhang Xuan
offered with a smile.
“I’m afraid that there’s no time for that anymore. The Zhang Clan’s Clan
Assembly will be held a month from now, and I’ll have to start making my
way over now in order to make it in time.” Jian Qinsheng shook his head.
Considering how the young man before him had been able to see through his
flaws and offer pointers to correct them, there was no doubt that Shui
Qianrou’s fighting prowess would improve immensely under his guidance.
However, it was a pity that time did not allow it.
“The Zhang Clan’s Clan Assembly will be held a month from now?” Zhang
Xuan was slightly intrigued. “Shouldn’t the Clan Assembly be usually held
during festive seasons and the like? Why now?”
He seemed to recall Zhang Jiuxiao saying that the Clan Assembly would be
held during the start of the new year, and it would only be the eleventh
month a month later. Did they bring their Clan Assembly forward?
“I heard that some unexpected situations occurred. It seems like the
Zhang Clan decided to hold their Clan Assembly earlier to discuss the
bringing forward of the matrimony with the Luo Clan!” Jian Qinsheng
paused for a moment before adding, “However, that’s just speculation on
“The Zhang Clan intends to bring forward the matrimony with the Luo
Clan?” Zhang Xuan widened his eyes in astonishment.
“Indeed. According to the rumors, it seems like the little princess of
the Luo Clan has someone she likes, and that has provoked the ire of the
Zhang Clan. Thus, they decided to bring forward the matrimony from the
third month of the next year to the start of the year so as to prevent
any unexpected situations from occurring.” Jian Qinsheng told Zhang Xuan
everything that he knew about the matter.
“Start of the year?” A bolt of lightning flashed across Zhang Xuan’s mind
as his clenched fists trembled intensely in agitation.