This long sword bears the mark of Shining Fortune, the blacksmith of the gods. Shining Fortune's weapons were so finely crafted that the gods forbade him from creating weapons for anyone but them. When his son was enlisted to subdue the barbarians from the west, Shining Fortune forsook his oaths and forged this marvelous long sword for his son. The gods cursed Shining Fortune for breaking his oath, and he was never again able to produce weapons of any worth. Still, the blade he made for his son never experienced defeat. It is truly Fortune's Favorite.
As with all weapons in Jade Empire, using Fortune's Favorite will drain your character's Focus at first. However, unlike other weapons, once enough mastery points are put into Focus cost reduction this weapon uses up no focus at all. As this style has superior reach, comparable damage, and speed to any of the starting martial styles, it can hit multiple enemies at once. There is some logic in putting mastery points into reducing the Focus cost of this weapon right from the start of the game. This will give an excellent style for defeating large groups of opponents and a respectable weapon for dealing with bosses especially when having Sagacious Zu as a follower and using him in support mode. It may even be worth keeping this long sword in favor of more powerful long swords throughout the whole game as a style to fall back on when focus is low.
The disadvantage of this method is that, as with all weapons, Fortune’s Favorite deals no damage to spirits, so leveling the long sword exclusively early in the game may make it harder to kill the spirits encountered in Chapter 2.