Library of Heaven's Path - chapter-1428
we bump into him, we will end up wasting a great deal of time. Right now,
I only want to meet Zhang Xuan.”
The Meng Sword Saint nodded in agreement.
Knowing that an encounter with Jian Qinsheng would probably dredge up all
of their old grudges and stall them significantly, the middle-aged man
tapped his feet lightly.
The aerial saint beast that they were riding on immediately dived into
the clouds, disappearing without a trace.
In the portable room on the Cloudlight Saint Beast, a deep frown suddenly
appeared on Jian Qinsheng’s forehead.
“What’s wrong?” Zhang Xuan asked.
Under normal circumstances, no one would keep their Spiritual Perception
active at all times, so he did not notice the saint beast ahead of them
diving into the clouds.
“It seems like a rather powerful aerial saint beast that was in our path
has flown away.” Jian Qinsheng shook his head. “It’s fine! It’s good that
it didn’t notice us, or else we would have been in deep trouble.”
Xing Sword Saint had multiple saint beasts under his command, and the one
that he was currently riding on happened to be one that Jian Qinsheng did
not recognize. On top of that, they were quite some distance away from
one another, so Jian Qinsheng was unable to accurately discern the people
riding on the saint beast.
There was, however, only one thing that Jian Qinsheng was certain
of—the saint beast that had just moved out of their path possessed far
greater strength than the Cloudlight Saint Beast that he was currently
To wield greater strength and yet simply turn around and leave, it was
likely that the other party had not noticed them. Otherwise, they would
have been in for a tough battle.
Even though his cultivation had reached Saint realm and he could fly
freely without fear of plummeting to the ground, it was still rather
disadvantageous for them to fight against a powerful aerial saint beast
in the skies. If it was possible to avoid a fight, it would be best to do
“That’s fortunate!” Having understood this, Zhang Xuan heaved a sigh of
Deciding not to pay too much heed to the saint beast that had been in
their path earlier, Jian Qinsheng swiftly confirmed their location and
said with a chuckle, “We’re not too far away from the Zhang Clan anymore.
As long as we speed up a little, we should be able to arrive in half a
“Elder Jian, since we are going to compete with the Zhang Clan in the
field of swordsmanship, may I know what outstanding sword practitioners
there are in Zhang Clan and what kind of Sword Quintessence they have
comprehended?” Zhang Xuan asked.
Know one’s strength and one’s opponent, and one would attain a hundred
victories in a hundred wars! He did not think that there were any sword
practitioners in the same cultivation realm who were capable of matching
him, but it was still best to tread carefully. Otherwise, if he ended up
being defeated by those small fries… what right would he have to
challenge that young prodigy and vie for Luo Ruoxin’s hand in marriage?
He only had a single goal for this trip to the Zhang Clan—establishing
As such, nothing could go wrong.
in the Clan Assembly, he would ensure that the other party learned of his
“Currently, in the younger generation of the Zhang Clan, the person who
possesses the deepest understanding of swordsmanship is Zhang Xu. The
Xingmeng Sword Saints once offered him pointers in his swordsmanship.”
Jian Qinsheng harrumphed. “He’s also the fellow who came to my residence
before, wanting to access my library, only to be chased away by me.”
“Zhang Xu?” Zhang Xuan pondered for a moment before nodding.
He had heard of the matter between Zhang Xu and Jian Qinsheng from Shui
Qianrou, and it was precisely due to that incident that led to him
thinking that Jian Qinsheng had an eccentric temper.
From the looks of it now, it was rather clear that it was not on a whim
that Jian Qinsheng chased Zhang Xu away. Given the deep grudge between
him and the head of the Zhang Clan, it was only natural that he would not
be too fond of the offspring of the Zhang Clan.
“That’s right. In total, Sword Quintessences can be divided into five
main classifications. The Old Sword Maestro’s devastating offensive
swordsmanship and Ancestor Liushui’s impregnable defensive swordsmanship
correspond to Strength and Defense respectively. Other than that, there
are also Dexterity, Speed, and Void,” Jian Qinsheng explained grimly.
“Void?” Hearing a foreign term, Zhang Xuan could not help being confused.
He could roughly comprehend what Dexterity and Speed entailed, but what
would Void be?
“To be honest, I don’t have a clear grasp of what Void is at the moment
either. In the present day and age, it could be said to be somewhat like
a legend among sword practitioners. Rumor has it that Kong shi reached
this level back then, and with just a casual swing of his blade, even if
his swing wasn’t fast, was lacking in strength, and was riddled with
loopholes, his slash would still, by some inexplicable phenomenom, be
able to overcome his opponent’s move with ease!” Jian Qinsheng explained.
“Only that which is truly non-existent can be considered as void. If my
guess fails me not, in order to comprehend a Void Quintessence, one must
fuse the other four Quintessences together. However, just comprehending a
single Quintessence would already take a sword practitioner an entire
life’s worth of time and effort. To comprehend four at once… to be
honest, other than Kong shi, I don’t think that there’s anyone in this
world who is capable of doing that.”
He had comprehended two Sword Quintessences, and in the field of
swordsmanship, he was by no means weaker than Jian Qinsheng. Even though
the latter’s description was very vague, he was still able to form a
decent picture of what the latter was talking about.
While Sword Quintessence was commonly known as the pinnacle of
swordsmanship on the Master Teacher Continent, it did not mean that it
was the end of the road for sword practitioners. Those who had achieved
Sword Quintessence would only come to realize that there were limitations
to the current path of swordsmanship that they were pursuing, and there
was still a greater peak above them. Most likely, the Void Sword
Quintessence was a concept that would push one closer to that peak.
“The Sword Quintessence that the Zhang Clan specializes in is Speed. The
swordsmanship that they execute pushes their speed to the extremes, to
the point where the concept of time seemed to fall apart. It is due to
this that the Zhang Clan’s swordsmanship is deeply feared on the Master
“Speed?” Zhang Xuan’s face turned grim.
The Zhang Clan’s unique bloodline was capable of controlling the flow of
time—he had experienced that for himself, and without a doubt, it was
an incredible ability.
Most likely, the Speed Sword Quintessence that they comprehended had
something to do with their unique bloodline.
As the saying goes, of all martial arts in the world, there is no might
that cannot be overcome; only true speed stands undefeated!
Speed would always be one of the crucial factors that determined the
outcome of a battle.
For example, as powerful as Zhang Xuan’s Sea Severing Sword was, it
required lengthy preparation before it was ready for execution. If his
opponent moved fast enough, it was possible to his opponent to interrupt
him in the midst of his preparation.
swordsmanship tears down the very boundaries of time, such that even the
Flowing Water Swordsmanship wouldn’t be able to hold its grounds too long
against it before being breached. On top of that, any attempts to launch
a counterattack would only be rendered futile by their absolute speed.
This is also the reason my students suffered a tragic loss the last time
around.” Jian Qinsheng shook his head.
Even though he knew where the foundation of the Zhang Clan’s
swordsmanship lay, he simply was not able to find a sure-proof way to
“If that’s the case, doesn’t it mean that it’s impossible to achieve
victory?” Zhang Xuan frowned. If even you are completely helpless against
the Zhang Clan’s swordsmanship, even if I’m slightly stronger than you,
it should be impossible for me to win against them too, right?
“It wouldn’t be easy to achieve victory, but it’s definitely not
impossible. Other than the Void Sword Quintessence, the remaining four
types of Sword Quintessences are able to curb one another. By itself, it
would be difficult for your Strength Sword Quintessence to stand against
the overwhelming speed of the Zhang Clan. However, if it is used together
with the Flowing Water Swordsmanship as well, there is a good chance that
you will be able to overcome their Speed Sword Quintessence!” Jian
On the other hand, Zhang Xuan frowned in confusion.
It was just a moment ago that he felt that it would be difficult for him
to achieve victory because it would simply take too long for him to
charge up sufficient momentum to launch the Sea Severing Sword. How would
the Flowing Water Swordsmanship make any difference?
“You are cornered by your own train of thought!” Seeing how even the
usually knowledgeable young man would have his moments of foolishness,
Jian Qinsheng could not help but chuckle softly. “By itself, the Flowing
Water Swordsmanship isn’t sufficient to fend off the Zhang Clan’s
swordsmanship for too long, but all you need is just to stall your
opponent for several breaths! As long as you can gather sufficient
strength during this period of time to launch the Old Sword Maestro’s
ultimate technique, you should be able to subdue your opponent easily!
“The Speed Sword Quintessence is formidable, but it isn’t infallible.
Before the might of your sword art, there’s no doubt that you will be
able to easily subdue your opponent!”
“This…” Widening his eyes in realization, Zhang Xuan could not help but
burst into laughter.
Indeed! He had been thinking of the two Sword Quintessences as separate
entities, so he had failed to consider this point.
Sword Quintessences with one another, their might could be brought up to
a whole new level.
The tight defense of the Flowing Water Swordsmanship and the crushing
power of the Old Sword Maestro’s sword art…
As long as he could buy sufficient time to launch the Sea Severing Sword,
no matter how fast his opponent was able to move, the other party would
still be rendered completely powerless under the relentless onslaught of