Library of Heaven's Path - chapter-146
Under the gazebo, Wang Chong and Ouyang Chong were seated across one
“You say that this Apothecary Zhang… passed the Pill Debate
Even until now, Wang Chong found it hard to believe.
Pill Debate is virtually a special privilege for master teachers,
something that is meant for only the very best. Yet, a young man who
wasn’t even twenty managed to pass this examination. Even though he was
hearing it firsthand from a reliable source, he nevertheless dares not to
believe it to be possible.
“Indeed, Apothecary Zhang’s knowledge on herbs and pills is superior even
to that of mine. He is bound to reach great heights!” Ouyang Cheng
couldn’t help but be impressed whenever he recalled Zhang Xuan’s deeds.
“Even though he is incredible in pills and herbs, his understanding of
the spear is too shallow. Spearmanship isn’t a game, one can’t learn just
by looking. If it were that easy, I wouldn’t have had to immerse myself
in it for my whole life thus far.”
Wang Chong’s face shone with pride and overwhelming confidence reflected
in his eyes.
“Indeed, the spear is the most complicated among all weapons. How could
it be easy to achieve mastery?”
Of the numerous weapons, the spear was the hardest weapon to master.
Countless cultivators had taken on the challenge only to end up locked
out of the gates of success.
Sighing, Ouyang Cheng suddenly remembered something and glanced at Wang
Chong, “There aren’t any exclusive spear art secret manuals in your
study, are there?”
He brought Zhang Xuan here. If his old friend were to accidentally reveal
some family heirloom secret manuals to him, he truly would have to feel
“Of course not. The spear arts that I created, as well as my family’s
secret manuals, are all kept in my mind. They are only passed down by
word, other people are unable to learn it even if they wanted to!”
Wang Chong chuckled, “Those that are in the study are all regarding the
basics and fundamentals of spearmanship. It is useful for those who have
just come into contact with the spear. It’s not a big deal to allow
Apothecary Zhang to browse through them. Besides, letting him read
through them is a good idea, he should realize how difficult spearmanship
is and drop his immature thoughts!”
To be thinking about teaching spearmanship when you know nothing at all,
what a joke!
If spearmanship were that easy, he wouldn’t have possessed the fame that
he has now, such that even Emperor Shen Zhui complimented him personally.
The Spear Master wasn’t a title that came out of nowhere.
For this matter, he had absolute confidence and pride!
“Indeed…” Ouyang Cheng nodded his head.
There isn’t a single weapon or battle technique that can be mastered
easily. They require continuous training to refine every single move to
the very perfection. If it could be grasped that easily, experts would be
worth nothing at all.
“Apothecary Zhang is still young and it is natural for him to be
ambitious. After he’s done browsing through those books, I will reveal a
spear art to him so that he would realize the difficulty and give up on
those ludicrous thoughts!”
Even though Wang Chong was unsatisfied with Zhang Xuan’s actions, he
dared not to underestimate him, especially after knowing his talent in
“Alright, I guess he should probably give up after that and focus on pill
forging. I am still looking forward to our first 2-star apothecary in our
Ouyang Cheng chuckled. Just as he was about to continue speaking, he saw
Wang Chong’s body stiffen abruptly before trembling uncontrollably.
He was oblivious to the fact that the wine cup he held in his hand had
dropped to the floor and shattered into pieces.
Looking at the spear master, whose strength was top-notch in the entire
Tianxuan City, acting so strangely all of the sudden, Ouyang Cheng was
He had never heard that his old friend was sick!
Why did he start convulsing all of the sudden?
“It’s Spear Intent, Spear Intent!”
Just when he was considering what pill he should pop into his friend’s
mouth to save him, the latter suddenly recovered. His eyes glowed as
though a priceless treasure was right before him.
“Spear Intent? What is that?”
Seeing that he was fine, Ouyang Cheng heaved a sigh of relief and looked
at him curiously.
What could it be, for it to be able to make his friend, who was as steady
as a mountain, behave in such a manner?
“Those who reach a certain level of mastery in the sword can form the
Sword Intent. Similarly, those who are able to exude Spear Intent are the
true spear masters. These few years, the reason why I had confined myself
to the residence was so that I can temper my mind to enter such a state.
However, it is a pity that I had been unable to achieve a breakthrough…
When did such an expert appear in the residence? Or did someone manage to
achieve a breakthrough before I did? Let’s go over to take a look!”
He stood up abruptly and proceeded toward the origin of the Spear Intent.
After developing Spear Intent, whatever one did with the spear would be a
He had always strived for this goal, but he had managed to find the way.
He never imagined that someone who could form Spear Intent would suddenly
appear in his residence. Who could it be?
The two of them rushed toward the source of Spear Intent. On the way,
they happened to see Zhang Xuan strolling leisurely out of the study.
“Where is he?” Before Zhang Xuan could say anything, Wang Chong asked
“He? Who do you mean?” Zhang Xuan had no idea what the other party was
He had been immersed in reading and practicing the Heaven’s Path Spear
Art, so he hadn’t paid much attention to the situation outside. What
happened? Did an enemy invade?
“I felt an astonishing wave of Spear Intent here, why is there no one?”
Seeing that Zhang Xuan was clueless, Wang Chong looked around hastily.
However, the surrounding was completely empty and there weren’t any other
people in sight.
“Could it be that you’ve been thinking of it so much that you began to
imagine things?” Ouyang Cheng asked.
His old friend had been dreaming about Spear Intent day and night. Could
it be that his longing had finally turned into delusions?
Otherwise, why was he unable to sense anything himself?
“At my level, I am just a step away from forming Spear Intent. Just a
moment ago, I had clearly felt a Spear Intent surging into the skies. I
am positive of that!”
Wang Chong was very confident.
He had been exploring the secrets of the spear everyday fanatically, and
it would be truly embarrassing if he had mistaken Spear Intent as
“Wait, wait. What is that Spear Intent you both are talking about?”
Looking at the heated discussion between the two, Zhang Xuan could not
hold back his curiosity.
All the books that he had read were on the bare fundamentals. Spear
Intent is an extremely advanced topic and it wasn’t recorded in any of
the books. As such, Zhang Xuan was ignorant.
“Spear Intent is a special state of mind which a practitioner can reach
only if his understanding of the spear reaches the extreme…”
Wang Chong tried explaining before shaking his head, “You have never
learned spearmanship. You won’t understand it even if I explain it to
Even though the other party did not go into details, Zhang Xuan got a
brief grasp on the situation. “So, the reason why you are looking around
here is because someone had released Spear Intent here just a moment ago?”
“I’m not very sure as well. I felt it vaguely just now and it should be
in the vicinity…” Wang Chong nodded his head.
The appearance of the Spear Intent was only for the briefest moment, as
though a flash of lightning. Even Wang Chong could only sense it vaguely,
and as such, he was unable to ascertain the exact location. Otherwise, he
would have rushed forward directly rather than to stay distressed over
“Right, you were here just now. You should be clear about where the
Suddenly recalling something, Wang Chong turned around to look at him
with glowing eyes.
He was a distance away, so he was unable to sense the exact location.
However, Apothecary Zhang had been here all along. With his help, he
would surely be able to find the master!
At the very least, after they confirm the location, they would know
whether the person is a member of the clan or an outsider.
As a clan specializing in spear, all members of the clan immersed
themselves in the way of the spear. Even the guards were skilled in
spearmanship. Even though Wang Chong could summon all of the guards here
to question them one by one, if the person in question simply kept mum or
was unaware of it himself, it would be much simpler to pinpoint the exact
“But… I don’t know what Spear Intent is?” Zhang Xuan hesitated.
“That’s simple. Even though I have yet to fully comprehend Spear Intent,
I am able to imitate with it a 70% to 80% likeness. It should feel
something like this!”
Wang Chong exerted and a sharp piercing aura gushed straight toward Zhang
Xuan. It felt as though it was capable of piercing through anything.
“So this is Spear Intent?” A bizarre expression appeared on Zhang Xuan’s
“Indeed, it should feel something like this. Do you know where it came
from?” Dispelling the aura, sweat droplets streamed down Wang Chong’s
forehead. Still gasping for air, he inquired.
Even though he only imitated the aura for a brief moment, it took a toll
on his body and weakened him.
“This…” Zhang Xuan felt slightly embarrassed. “Is the Spear Intent you
spoke of… this?”
The next instant, Zhang Xuan’s entire body seemed to have turned into a
spear and exuded a frighteningly piercing aura, as though he would pierce
through the heavens at any moment.
Contrasting the two, Wang Chong’s Spear Intent was like a blade of grass
before a towering ancient tree.
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Chapter 147: Can I Learn From You?
Translator: StarveCleric Editor: GaiaNove
“Ah? Spear… Spear Intent?”
Wang Chong’s body swayed and he nearly fainted.
Are you for real?
How can you display Spear Intent? Furthermore, such a pure Spear Intent!
He was astonished. Noticing Zhang Xuan’s embarrassed look, he nearly
threw up blood.
Embarrassed? Embarrassed your head!
Brother, can you not fool others like that? Didn’t you say that you never
learned the way of the spear? Didn’t you say that you didn’t know what
spear arts were?
I have started learning the way of the spear since eight and I had spent
forty years since then dedicating my life to it. Even so, I am still a
long way from achieving Spear Intent… Can you explain to me roughly,
what is with that overwhelming Spear Intent of yours?
Didn’t you say that you do not know what Spear Intent is? Then what in
the world is this?
Tears streamed down Wang Cong’s face.
You shouldn’t play with someone like that!
It was laughable that he had reprimanded the other party so brazenly
earlier on, saying that he wouldn’t understand it even if he explained
Where did this self-confidence come from?
Or rather, the one who didn’t understand was he himself…
He hated the fact that there wasn’t a hole here for him to dive into.
“This is Spear Intent?”
Ouyang Cheng was stunned.
Right after displaying a moment of Spear Intent, his old friend was
already sweating profusely and panting for air, as though he had been
constipated for a few days straight. Yet, this fellow was able to execute
it easily as and when he liked, as though it were merely eating and
Are you the spear master, or Wang Chong is?
“You… Didn’t you say that you have never learned about spears?”
Overwhelmed with shock, Ouyang Cheng asked. Wang Chong also hurriedly
shifted his attention to hear how the other party would explain it.
“It is true that I haven’t learned it before!” Zhang Xuan replied
“If you have never learned it before, how can you have such a powerful
Spear Intent?” Wang Chong was about to go mad.
If you were able to display such powerful Spear Intent without any prior
experience, given my achievement despite how I have spent my life
immersing myself in the art, I must have been spending my time on
“Oh, I was just reading the books in the study and an epiphany struck me.
I realized that executing spear art in this form felt the most
comfortable, so I got into the form. I didn’t know that this is Spear
Zhang Xuan said after a short moment of contemplation.
Zhang Xuan wasn’t trying to feign ignorance. Rather, the books in the
study were truly only about the very basics of spearmanship, so there
wasn’t a single one that detailed Spear Intent. He only happened to grow
such a disposition due to the Heaven’s Path Spear Art formed through
As for how Spear Intent could be used and how useful it was to a spear
wielder, he had no idea at all.
Wang Chong’s tears continued streaming down his face.
You described it as though it were as easy as eating and drinking, do you
know how much effort I have put into the matter, only to fail time and
For the past decade, I had been building my mental fortitude, entering
desolate lands, overcoming the frost and withstanding the heat. Even so,
I have yet to succeed. Yet, you simply came to the study, read some books
and unintentionally… managed to reach such a level!
My heart! My liver! My youth!
If there were a huge pit before him, he would have definitely jumped in
to bury himself alive.
Can you not destroy my confidence like that?
If you said that you had put in a lot of effort, trained daily and simply
happened to achieve a breakthrough, I would feel a little better. But you
have only spent two hours reading through books, and… and yet you have
already achieved a breakthrough…
Furthermore, what you were reading weren’t profound secret manuals. They
were just elementary books on spearmanship…
If word were to spread out, all spear masters in the capital would
definitely die from shame.
“Wang Chong, humans aren’t born with equal talents. Perhaps, Apothecary
Zhang… may truly be gifted in the way of the spear!” Seeing his
despondent old friend who had been struck a heavy blow, Ouyang Cheng
tried to console him.
“Alright, I can only take it as that!”
As expected of an expert spear practitioner, he had already forged his
will to become as resilient as steel. Even though he was dispirited, he
soon readjusted his mental state. Just as he was about to speak, he heard
a young man’s perplexed voice echo in the air.
“You say that I have comprehended Spear Intent, but what does Spear
Wang Chong’s staggered once more. Enduring his crumbling heart, he
explained, “Spear Intent refers to one’s understanding of the spear;
reaching Spear Intent means that the spear has already become an
extension of the practitioner’s arms. Under such a state, any movement
he makes can be considered as a spear art. This is something that can
only be achieved when one reaches the pinnacle of spearmanship!”
“Any movement made can be considered as spear art?” Zhang Xuan’s eyes lit
up. “Great! If my student can comprehend Spear Intent, he would be able
to achieve victory in the Freshmen Tournament!”
Since Spear Intent is that formidable, Zhang Xuan decided to give Zheng
Yang a good lesson when he returned. As long as he is able to achieve
such a state, even if he didn’t possess profound spear arts in his
arsenal, it is unlikely for him to lose to his opponent.
“You want to help your student comprehend it as well?” Wang Chong
Spear Intent is a person’s understanding toward the spear. Do you think
that everyone is as overpowered as you so as to be able to achieve a
breakthrough just by looking at some books?
He wanted to convince the other party to drop the idea, but he didn’t
know where he should start from.
“Right, I have learned a technique when I was looking through the books
earlier back, but I have no idea how powerful it would be. Since Brother
Wang is a spear master, can you offer me some pointers?”
Zhang Xuan had no concept of Spear Intent, so he wasn’t as shocked as the
other party. Recalling the move that the Heaven’s Path Library created,
he couldn’t help but speak up.
The person before him was a renowned spear master in the entire kingdom.
He would definitely be able to point out the strengths and weaknesses of
“You even comprehended a technique? Fine, I am also interested to see
what kind of move a genius like you is able to comprehend!”
Wang Chong nodded his head and sent a subordinate to fetch a spear over.
Soon, he returned carrying two spears.
“The best way to test the strength of a move is through sparring!
Apothecary Zhang, show me the move you have just comprehended!” It was as
though Wang Chong had transformed the moment a spear was grasped in his
hands. His aura was ferocious, as though a savage ancient beast had
awakened from his sleep.
In his view, even though the other party had comprehended Spear Intent,
his absolute strength and ability to wield the spear should still be
inferior to him. Even if the other party has any special moves, he should
be able to handle it with ease.
“Alright!” It just happened that Zhang Xuan wanted to try out his move.
Thus, he casually grabbed the other spear.
He had never once grabbed a spear in his life. However, after
comprehending Spear Intent, the spear felt like a perfect fit in his
The moment Zhang Xuan felt so, his aura evolved immediately, as though
the ordinary young man from before had become a domineering conqueror.
Charging forward, his spear shot out explosively from his palms.
This technique was something he created after compiling the essence of
thousands of manuals. All of the complexities had been simplified into
this one single concise move. The zhenqi in his entire body churned and
the spear flew out as though a massive rising from the ocean, soaring
into the skies.
Initially, he didn’t pay much heed to Wang Chong, but upon witnessing the
spear piercing straight at him, goosebumps were raised on his body
immediately and he was almost scared witless.
The move may look simple, inelegant and even ugly, but it focused all of
the cultivator’s strength and spirit into a single point. This… This…
This was supreme spear art!
Without much time to think, Wang Chong’s exerted all his strength in one
stroke and met Zhang Xuan’s blow with one of his own.
Unleashing his full strength, his cultivation realm was also revealed…
Fighter 7-dan, Tongxuan realm!
The two spears met in the air and a massive shock wave was generated,
sending intense gusts to the surroundings.
Deng deng deng deng!
Zhang Xuan retreated seven to eight steps before stopping. On the other
hand, Wang Chong was still rooted to his spot.
It was clear who the victor was in the simple face-off.
Zhang Xuan didn’t use his full strength. He had limited it to 40 ding and
naturally, wouldn’t be able to withstand a full strength attack by a
Tongxuan realm advanced stage expert.
However, due to the incredible resilience of his body and his pure
zhenqi, even though he was forced back, he wasn’t injured at all.
“As expected of a spear master, incredible!”
Seeing that the other party had managed to easily deal with a move
derived by the Library of Heaven’s Path, Zhang Xuan was impressed.
On the other hand, Wang Chong nearly fainted from fear.
The other party’s seemingly simple spear art had forced him to execute
his trump card. Furthermore… Even though he didn’t retreat a single
step and it looked as though he had the upper hand, there was a dull pain
in his chest and his blood flow had become erratic. He had been wounded
considerably in the face-off.
If not for him suppressing forcefully, he would have spurted a mouthful
No matter what, he was a Tongxuan realm advanced stage expert… For him
to be unable to match up to a Pixue realm opponent… It was a difference
of an entire cultivation realm between them.
Normally, it would be impossible for one to defeat an opponent who had a
higher cultivation realm.
It was hard to tell what he would think if he were to know that the young
man before him had only used half of his strength in this face-off.
“This move is truly incredible…”
After taking a long time to adjust his breathing, Wang Chong couldn’t
help but compliment.
The move was simply too amazing!
He had always thought that he was a genius, and he had also created quite
a few spear techniques. However, compared to this move, they were all
trash. The difference between the two was like comparing dirt to gem.
“That’s great. I want to impart this move to my student. Can Brother Wang
offer me some pointers so that I can improve it?”
Zhang Xuan asked.
“Pointers…” Wang Chong’s face flushed.
Apothecary Zhang, are you here to slap my face?
Putting aside the fact that you have achieved Spear Intent and that every
single move of yours is a spear art, this move… I can’t even comprehend
the move, how can I offer you pointers?
Even though he was a spear master, he wasn’t able to tell how his
opponent executed the move and how the attack came at him… He felt so
embarrassed that he could commit suicide.
“This move… has no problems. You can impart it to your student like
After saying those words, Wang Chong’s face felt a burning sensation on
An hour ago, he had thought that the young man didn’t understand
spearmanship, and that he was insulting the way of the spear. But now…
He felt that he was the one insulting the way of the spear.
The other party had only read two hours of books, and not only did he
comprehend Spear Intent, he had even created such an incredible
technique. On the other hand, he had practiced spearmanship for more than
forty years, but had only reached such a nonsensical level…
In an instant, he felt blood welling up in his chest, ready to spurt out
at any moment.
After the embarrassment, a daring thought suddenly emerged in his mind.
The essence of the other party’s technique was to concentrate one’s
entire strength to one single point. In this aspect, it resembled Spear
Intent greatly. If he were to learn the move, he might be able to break
through the final barrier obstructing him and achieve Spear Intent.
“Apothecary Zhang, can you… teach me this move?”
After a moment of hesitation, he asked red-faced.
“You wish to learn? Sure, I can teach you!”
After a moment of surprise, Zhang Xuan agreed to his request with a smile.
Hearing the conversation between the two, Ouyang Cheng staggered.
Wasn’t Zhang Xuan the one who came here today to learn spearmanship from
How did… their roles… get swapped?