Ximen Chuixui, Ah Fei, Jing WuMing, Xie Xiaofeng, Yan Shisan were names most people think of as the most powerful swordsmen in Gu Long novels. However Fan Bao'er hardly ever gets mentioned. The kid was a true prodigy with the sword despite hating martial arts. Bai Ye Ren, the White Robed Man, was the most powerful swordsman of his time. Having defeated all of Chinas warriors, he later challenged Zi Yi Hou, The Purple Marquis. Losing by only half a stroke, he admitted defeat. He could of beaten ZYH if he continued the fight but noticed that his opponents internal energy was getting irratic and so admitted defeat. This ZYH is a practioner Mingyu Gong, having reached level 8 (same as Princess Lianxiang). 7 years later BYR returns to China with his newly developed swordplay based on Go, only to be defeated by FBY.