“You’re a martial cultivator as well?”
When Leng Tian Xing saw him put on the shoulder pad, he couldn’t help but ask.
Gu Qing Shan didn’t want to answer, only pointed at a direction and asked: “The place where we need to go, is in that direction?”
Leng Tian Xing glanced at where he was pointing and answered: “Yes”
Their destination was overrun by demons, without even a place to stand up straight, it was almost like looking at a gross, fleshy sea.
To break the encirclement and get there will be a bloody and intense battle.
Gu Qing Shan frowns.
Both himself and Leng Tian Xing have decent long-ranged attacks, but without martial cultivators to cover the front, both of them will very quickly be surrounded by demons again.
During the next battle, they will need someone to go into close combat and use martial arts to keep them at bay.
——however, a good Sword Cultivator can also keep this amount of demons at bay.
Gu Qing Shan thought for a bit, then tapped his Inventory Bag to take out a Longsword.
This was the sword that Gu Qing Shan tried his best to recover after the Sword Cultivator Wang Cheng died.
As he gripped the sword, Gu Qing Shan was also observing it very carefully.
From its appearance, this is a very normal steel sword, the only special thing about it would be at the handle, where the words “Qian Qi” were inscribed. (TN: lit. Thousand Rides)
As he carefully felt it, he could tell the sword carried a hint of cold air.
Gu Qing Shan lightly swung the sword, and the cold air flows outwards.
Sword Cultivator Wang Cheng was the captain of Qian Qi squad, so according to the appropriate treatment, his Longsword was forged with a small bit of Cold Core iron.
With only a little bit of Cold Core iron, this sword has already become twice as sharp.
The only thing bad thing about the sword, is that while forging, the smith only paid attention to sharpness, so he made the sword about half an inch thinner, making the sword very prone to bending during an intense fight, possibly even breaking.
“You understand swordmanship?”
Leng Tian Xing asked as he saw him so carefully looked at the Longsword.
Right now he can no longer underestimate this formation user with low cultivation, so he’s speaking as if they were equals.
Gu Qing Shan unfazed and answered: “I understand it a bit”
In front of him, the War God UI was full of notifications.
“Discovered weapon: Sword”
“Detected that user knows 1753 kinds of Sword Skills”
“Detected that the user has War God UI, War God Skill turned on”
“No traces of Demon God, current situation found to be stable”
“Protection measures unlocked, begin memory recovery”
“From now on, the user can use Soul Points to regain his previous Sword cultivation”
Gu Qing Shan stood straight up and lightly swung the sword in his hand.
Another System sound was heard.
“In accordance to user memory, considering user’s current cultivation, current list of Sword Skills that will not cause the user’s soul to collapse as follow:”
The War God UI was showing a list of choices in front of Gu Qing Shan’s eyes.
“Sword Skill: Wind Slashing Style”
“Sword Skill: Bai Tai Style” (TN: lit. dice into a hundred pieces)
“Sword Skill: Flowing Clouds Style”
“Sword Skill: Kai Shan Style” (TN: lit. cut open a mountain)
“Sword Skill: Four Seas Style”
“Secret Art: Water Flow Severance”
“Seeing that the user had a very deep understanding of the sword, the cost to awaken his own sword cultivation reduced to its lowest”
“To awaken a Sword Skill, Soul Points Cost:5”
“To awaken a Secret Art, Soul Points Cost:10”
A Secret Art is a very powerful Sword Style, these kinds of sword styles usually only have a single move, commonly regarded as the king of sword styles.
If you look at it from a cultivator’s perspective, Secret Arts are the spells and techniques of a Sword Cultivator.
Gu Qing Shan only glanced over and quickly made his choice.
“Awaken Wind Slash Style, Kai Shan Style; Awaken Secret Art: Water Flow Severance”
“Wind Slash Style, Kai Shan Style, Secret Art Water Flow Severance has awakened, Soul Points cost: 20”
“Current Soul Points: 1/7”
As his Soul Points goes down, Gu Qing Shan felt images deep from inside his memory resurfacing.
All the images that were sitting in his memory collecting dust suddenly became active again, just like they only happened yesterday.
An outpost at the frontline.
A bunch of soldiers were gossiping, discussing things between themselves.
“Hah, even he wants to learn the first 3 moves of Wind Slash?”
“He’s just trash. The game had already begun over half a year ago and yet he’s only starting now”
“Yeah, all our Sword Skills had already begun to take shape and he’s only arrived at the Vanguard Legion, at least it’s not all bad, we have fodder to use now”
“You’re right, from now on, whenever we have to sortie, just let him go first”
“Ahaha, you’re right”
The voices and images disappeared as the scene changed.
The moon was high up in the sky, no one was around.
He’s still there alone, practicing his Sword Skills.
The skin on his right hand has already all but peeled off, his hands wrapped in numerous layers of bandages, even just gripping the sword he could feel intense pain.
You can’t, you can’t give up, this is the only chance for you to change your fate.
Gu Qing Shan gritted his teeth, extremely determined
The sword was swung once again.
The bandage has already begun to leak blood.
Soaked in sweat, he was focused only in training this Skills.
The scene also slowly faded as a new scene appeared.
“Vanguard Legion Gu Qing Shan, for your bravery and effort in defeating the demons, you are hereby bestowed the full secret scripture of Wind Slash Sword Style”
The scene changed again.
On a high platform, Gu Qing Shan was performing the Wind Slash Sword Style with absolute perfection.
“Hm, he’s interesting, but he’s too old, how regretful”
“Being that old, his potential will be limited, we don’t need him”
“Yes, he’s already almost 20, yet he only knows a single Wind Slash Style, seems like his ability to comprehend isn’t anything special, we also don’t need him”
“Then it’s decided, semester examination results are a failed?”
“Hm, I agree”
“Then that’s that, call on the next one”
The scene changed.
Gu Qing Shan was like a walking corpse, stood still on the street as snow fell on his body.
Suddenly two cultivators walked by him, speaking in a low voice
“The auction house has quite a few Sword Styles for sale, I especially like one of them, but the price is a bit too high, I’ll have to go earn a bit more Spirit Stones”
“Ah, is that so, you want me to help a bit?”
“If you can then thank you”
As their conversation was heard by Gu Qing Shan, he suddenly turned around.
“Fellow Daoist, is what you just said true?”
“Where did this trash qi training realm come from, scram!”
“You are Gu Qing Shan? Have you thought carefully, you want to go into the demon territory to collect herbs”
“Yes, as long as the reward you promise won’t change”
“Our store has a thousand years of reputation; we definitely will not change our minds”
“Then there’s no problem”
“Young man, I have to remind you, if you die in the demon territory, we won’t be responsible for looking for your corpse”
“No need to worry, I don’t have anyone that needs my corpse to remember me anyways”
“…. Hah, so you’re a pitiful person as well, then we have a deal”
The scene went away again.
Numerous scenes just like that kept appeared then disappeared, as the Sword Styles in his mind became clearer and clearer.
His whole memory has returned.
Gu Qing Shan sighed and raised the Longsword.
“Finally I’m back”
“I’m Sword Saint Gu Qing Shan”
He declared with a low voice.
Leng Tian Xing couldn’t understand what he was saying and became cautious.
Suddenly saying nonsense, could it be Tianma are appearing again?
Gu Qing Shan slowly stepped forward, each step was a swing of the sword, as he got used to the Sword Styles.
All the Sword Styles that War God UI picked out were ones that he knew, furthermore, the ones he knew best.
Choosing these 3 Styles, Gu Qing Shan had thought it through very seriously.
Wind Slash Style is extremely quick, Kai Shan Style had a heavy swing, both of them complemented each other.
Water Flow Severance is the first ever Secret Art that he learnt, in the current situation, he has to awaken it no matter what, to use as a trump card.