“All sword skills awoken, remaining Soul Points: 530/20”
After that, Gu Qing Shan simply ignored it and went back to eating nonstop.
After half an hour.
The entire large bucket of spirit cooking was finished by him alone.
Gu Qing Shan looked at the empty bucket, a bit confused.
Since when am I a bottomless pit?
First he was surprised, but after thinking for a bit, he understood.
Normal cultivators definitely can’t eat that much
Qin Xiao Lou must have used some sort of technique while cooking.
To allow someone to unknowingly eat an entire bucket of food and still isn’t full, that’s some real skill.
Gu Qing Shan was a bit impressed.
White goose stood at the gate, gesturing at him with his wings.
“Let’s go outside and work a bit to get used to your new cultivation”
“Yes” Gu Qing Shan happily replied.
Outside, Xiuxiu was sitting under the palace wall without a large bowl in her hand, snacking on some herbs and vegetables.
On the empty field in front of the palace, Qin Xiao Lou was actively swinging a long Blade around.
“Ah, so second brother was a Blade user” Gu Qing Shan commented.
Qin Xiao Lou face went red, then ignored him.
White goose took that chance and spoke in a low voice: “He used to like swords, but during the last semester examination, when he met Ning Yue Xi, his womanizing tendencies acted up and tried to hit on her”
White goose coldly cleared his throat.
Gu Qing Shan suddenly remembered Gong Sun Zhi’s words.
“…Those sword cultivators stuck to her, trying to gain her favor, when they couldn’t and tried to use violence, they got beat up”
“She always only beat them up enough to grovel on the ground and beg for forgiveness to stop”
…Gu Qing Shan can totally imagine that scene.
Gu Qing Shan looked at white goose, noticing white goose was also looking at him.
A man and a goose looked at each other with full understanding.
“Then… did Shifu not show up for second brother?” Gu Qing Shan asked.
“Shifu gave Ning Yue Xi a few valuable herbs, and thanked her as well” white goose answered.
Gu Qing Shan stopped himself from laughing, then seriously thought about it.
——he also would support Ning Yue Xi in that case.
“Come, junior brother” Qin Xiao Lou swung his Blade, “today this senior brother will spar with you to let you stabilize your cultivation”
He was already handsome, while talking his Blade swung into 7 phantom images at once, so even Xiuxiu couldn’t help but fan-girl him a bit.
“Thank you, senior brother” Gu Qing Shan was a bit hesitant, asking: “Then what realm is senior brother right now?”
White goose cut in: “He was in the same cultivation generation as Ning Yue Xi, but he’s only Foundation Establishment mid-level right now”
Ning Yue Xi is now at peak perfected Rejuvenation realm.
Qin Xiao Lou glared at white goose, saying: “Ning Yue Xi is a monster, people like me are the norm”
“Normal my ass, you sleep after sitting down for 5 minutes, complaining you’re tired after Blade training for 1 minute, cultivate for half a day and you already want to rest and eat, and you still call yourself a cultivator?” white goose angrily.
“I ———I was busy learning the 6 arts” Qin Xiao Lou couldn’t say anything to that, so he changed the subject, looking at Gu Qing Shan: “Junior brother, come, let us spar”
“Yes” Gu Qing Shan happily drew the Earth sword.
Qin Xiao Lou took a defensive stance, half-leaning forward: “You’re the junior, so I’ll let you attack first”
“Then here I come” Gu Qing Shan held his sword in hand and attacked.
The first strike is very normal, its speed also isn’t that quick, you should be able to block it as a cultivator.
This is a part of sparring etiquette with people in your own sect.
In a sect, everyone is always seeing each other, if you only need one strike to deal with your senior or junior brother, what would happen to that brother’s reputation? How would they continue to live together from then on?
“Come” Qin Xiao Lou looked at the strike, nodded then returned with a Blade strike.
Sword and Blade crossed.
Qin Xiao Lou’s screaming voice was heard as he flew across the sky.
In one strike, he was hit flying above the high palace walls, turning into a black dot far into the sky and not seen anymore.
Gu Qing Shan was confused.
He looked at white goose and hurried explained: “I didn’t use any force, not even a bit of spirit energy”
White goose laughed heartily, flapping his wings: “That’s because he’s too weak, and also because when you broke through a realm, the Earth sword’s power was released a bit more, can’t blame you”
White goose continued: “Hm, your second brother’s cultivation was mostly put together with pills and herbs. And his Blade skills… I think today was the 5th time he held a Blade ever since he swore to train with it?”
Gu Qing Shan’s face turned grim.
You can actually reach Foundation Establishment realm like that?
Senior brother Xiao Lou, how do you even cultivate? Can’t you put in a little more effort in it like you do with the 6 arts?
One minute later.
Qin Xiao Lou’s face was swollen, sullenly sat on one side.
Gu Qing Shan held his Earth sword, slowly swinging every strike one at a time.
“So I can use a 60,000 tons strike with the Earth sword after I break through” he muttered.
White goose stood on one side, teaching: “You have to learn to use spirit energy to communicate with the Earth sword, to let the sword knows your thought and understand your emotions”
Gu Qing Shan replied, then swung Earth sword again, training his skills.
Each time he swung the sword, he felt a bit more memory of him using swords in the past resurface.
The quicker he swung his sword, the quicker his knowledge and feelings of his swordsmanship returned.
At this moment, Gu Qing Shan was becoming rapidly stronger.
In the past life, he remembered training with the sword for 7 years straight, like he was in a frenzy, until the very end where he had nothing but a single sword in his heart.
One day, while fighting at the frontline, he suddenly saw the Great Monk of Sorrow, one of the 3 Saints fighting against a Beast Saint.
No matter how many tactics and tricks the enemy used to fight, the Great Monk of Sorrow only counter-acted with a single move.
As Gu Qing Shan saw that, he realized the nothingness of sword styles.
No matter which style it is, in the end it’s only a change in the speed and power of the strike.
He realized his own true sword will.
From then on, Gu Qing Shan started to truly become stronger, step by step walking up the peak to become a Sword Saint.
This life, thanks to the awakening of his sword styles, Gu Qing Shan’s progression with the sword was lightning fast.
While white goose was looking at him, he squinted his eyes, muttering: “His swordsmanship is rapidly progressing, a bit similar to Qin Xiao Lou’s talent in the 6 arts, seems almost like he was naturally born to use the sword”
Afternoon, Qin Xiao Lou couldn’t help it anymore and wanted to spar with Gu Qing Shan again.
As a senior brother, to lose in his junior’s hand really is too humiliating.
Not to mention, Gu Qing Shan had only just broken through to Foundation Establishment, a whole rank below himself, it’s too humiliating if he can’t even act as a sparring partner.
After a few dozen strikes, Gu Qing Shan used a light strike to knock Qin Xiao Lou’s Blade away.
Qin Xiao Lou was surprised, laughed loudly 3 times, then sighed 3 times, finally went to pick up his Blade.
White goose curiously asked: “What did you laugh about?”
“I was laughing” Qin Xiao Lou answered, “because in our sect, you’re a goose, I don’t like to cultivate, and Xiuxiu is still young, so with third brother being a sword cultivator, we finally have someone to hold up our reputation”
White goose asked again: “Then what are you sighing about?”
Qin Xiao Lou held his Blade, walking up to white goose and asked: “First brother, I remember you once gave me an unrivalled Blade scripture?”
“Yeah” white goose replied.
“I don’t know where I left it anymore, can you give me another copy?” Qin Xiao Lou said.
“You still want it? What for?” White goose asked.
“To cultivate” Qin Xiao Lou said.
White goose opened his eyes wide in disbelief.
Then he took a jade tag out from who-knows-where and gave it to him.
Qin Xiao Lou put the jade tag away, saying: “I don’t mind losing to Qing Shan, but now since he’s here, if I keep being lazy like this, people only need to glance to know his cultivation is higher than mine”
“I don’t mind his cultivation being higher as well, but that way, people will doubt Shifu’s eyes for picking such a useless disciple like myself”
“And that is unacceptable. No one gets to say that Shifu didn’t make the right choice”
“I have to try a bit more, at least I have to get far enough on the path of the Blade so that no one can say anything”
“It won’t be too late for me to be lazy then”
“Senior brother, junior brother, junior sister, I’m going to go into seclusion for a while”
Saying that, he took the Blade in hand, walking away full of motivation.
The field in front of the palace was silent.
Gu Qing Shan complimented: “Second brother isn’t bad”
Xiuxiu also nodded: “Just now I actually felt he was a bit handsome”
White goose scoffed, but his eyes showed a hint of happiness “Finally, this child grew up a bit”
White goose said: “Qing Shan, nice job, next time you and Xiao Lou spar, you can use 50% strength”
Xiuxiu was shocked: “What? Just now, third brother wasn’t using his full strength?”
White goose looked at Gu Qing Shan, saying: “He only used 30%”
Seeing how awkward Gu Qing Shan looked, white goose continued: “No worries, just keep stimulating him like that. I found that he’s the type to only act when threatened instead of spoiled”
“If I have to” Gu Qing Shan sighed, saying: “I eat the food he makes but also have to beat him up, it’s a bit awkward”
“Talking about eating” Xiuxiu suddenly asked, “if second brother goes into seclusion, what do we eat?”
An indescribable silence.
All three of them didn’t say anything.
White goose suddenly said: “No good, I have to remind him not to forget to cook even if he goes into seclusion”
Saying so, white goose flapped his wings and flew away.