There is an old Chinese proverb which says “when one is in the Jianghu, the body is hard pushed to follow the heart's bidding”. In other words, when a person is in the Jianghu, he no longer has full control of his actions and is often forced to act against his own will.

Jianghu” literally translates as rivers and lakes, even though it is commonly known to most Chinese people as a gallant fraternity or an environment where people choose to live by their own moral principles instead of conforming to existing societal laws.

Metaphorically, are we being equated as mere unwitting travelers on a raft; flowing along the ferocious current of a mighty river and submitting ourselves to its toils without question? Why then, do people in Jianghu, who had supposedly steered themselves away from the mainstream, still find it hard to act freely?

Does the saying further imply that no matter what we choose, we still end up with the same moral dilemmas? Or Is this just a poorly disguised excuse, made up by people who were afraid to take risks and uphold their own moral standards in the face of the merciless mainstream?

Crossroads of Heroes®】 is created as an attempt to explore this profound theme that is still prevalent in modern society, all in the fashion of a classic Wuxia tale. It tells the story of five protagonists - each from a different martial arts sect, and follows their individual journeys to enlightenment. As their paths cross and lives entwine in adventure, they learn, each in their own way, the meaning of heroism.

Enjoy your journey as I have enjoyed mine.

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