Joined: Apr 2018
Ayo it's me ya girl I got too much time on my hands soooo here we go with a chronological summary of events in the season 2 flashback timeline. This pertains to the **donghua only**. I also used the names of locations as translated by Guodong Subs, not sure if Tencent left them in pinyin or not. Please correct me if I'm mistaken about anything and I'll edit the summary.
At the bottom of this post I've added a quick CHARACTER REFERENCE GUIDE, so if you don't know who someone is, check the bottom.
SEASON 1 was pretty straight forward :: Increasing tensions led to a war with the QishanWen Sect, known as the Sunshot Campaign. Wei Wuxian founded the methods of demonic cultivation.
SEASON 2, FLASHBACK TIMELINE (spoilers, obviously) ::
** The squad defeats Wen Ruohan. Thus, the QishanWen Sect falls and the Sunshot Campaign ends. Wen Ruohan was specifically killed by a collaboration between Nie Mingjue, Lan Xichen, and Jin Guangyao.
** (This was mentioned in Season 1, Episode 15: After killing Wen Ruohan together, Nie Mingjue, Lan Xichen, and Jin Guangyao become sworn brothers known as the Venerated Triad.)
** After the Sunshot Campaign, the LanlingJin Sect secretly rounds up and imprisons the noncombatant remnants of the QishanWen Sect, including Wen Ning.
** The cultivation sects gather for a night hunt competition on Mt. Baifeng. The LanlingJin Sect accuses Wei Wuxian of cheating because he is using demonic cultivation. Jiang Yanli stands up for him. Jin Zixuan confesses his feelings to Jiang Yanli.
** Wen Qing finds Wei Wuxian, tells him the LanlingJin Sect is keeping Wen Ning and other innocent Wen survivors as prisoners.
** Wei Wuxian confronts the LanlingJin Sect at Qiongqi Road. He discovers Wen Ning is already dead. A battle ensues, and Wei Wuxian turns Wen Ning into a ferocious corpse. Several LanlingJin disciples are killed.
** Wei Wuxian escapes with the Wen remnants to Yiling and they begin living at Burial Mound.
** Jiang Cheng visits. They agree that he will announce to the world that Wei Wuxian defected from the YunmengJiang Sect.
** Lan Wangji visits and tells Wei Wuxian that Jin Zixuan and Jiang Yanli are getting married. This same day, Wei Wuxian manages to restore Wen Ning's spiritual consciousness.
** Jin Ling is born. Wei Wuxian is invited to Jin Ling's one-month-old celebration.
** On the way to the celebration, Wei Wuxian is ambushed by LanlingJin disciples at Qiongqi Road led by Jin Zixun. Jin Zixun accuses Wei Wuxian of putting a curse on him. A battle ensues.
** Jin Zixuan arrives and tries to break up the fight. He is unintentionally killed by Wen Ning.
** Back at Burial Mound, Wen Qing and Wen Ning decide to turn themselves in to the LanlingJin Sect to take responsibility for the death of Jin Zixuan. They incapacitate Wei Wuxian and leave.
** Wei Wuxian sneaks into Koi Tower and watches Jiang Yanli mourning the death of Jin Zixuan.
** The cultivation sects gather in Nightless City to have a "let's kill Wei Wuxian" meeting. Wei Wuxian crashes the party. A battle ensues.
** Jiang Yanli enters the battlefield and is wounded. Wei Wuxian reaches her, and she convinces him to stop the demonic enegy. A random cultivator attempts to kill Wei Wuxian, Jiang Yanli pushes him out of the way, and the random cultivator accidentally kills Jiang Yanli.
** Horrified, Wei Wuxian goes sicko mode and gets down with the slaughter. This is known as the Massacre at Nightless City. (After this scene, when he wakes up in Lan Wangji's care, is flashing back to the present timeline after he passed out from the curse mark. This isn't him waking up after Nightless City.)
HERE IS A CHARACTER GUIDE I went way overboard and included basically every character, whether they were mentioned in this summary or not sooo here we go.
QishanWen Sect (white & red robes)
** Wen Ruohan : sect leader, died in Sunshot Campaign
** Wen Chao : youngest son of Wen Ruohan, died in Sunshot Campaign in S1
** Wen Qing : older sister of sibling pair distantly related to Wen Ruohan, their branch of the family focuses on medicine and they did not fight in the war, died after turning herself in to LanlingJin Sect
** Wen Ning : younger brother of sibling pair distantly related to Wen Ruohan, died at Qiongqi Road and became ferocious corpse
LanlingJin Sect (yellow/gold robes)
** Jin Guangshan : previous sect leader, died during Wei Wuxian's death
** Jin Zixuan : Jin Guangshan's only legitimate son, killed by Wen Ning
** Jin Zixun : Jin Guangshan's nephew, the one who accused Wei Wuxian of cursing him
** Jin Guangyao, aka Meng Yao, aka Lianfang-zun : current sect leader & chief cultivator (big boss of the cultivation world), one of Jin Guangshan's many illegitimate children, youngest sworn brother of Venerated Triad
** Mo Xuanyu : the body Wei Wuxian was given, one of Jin Guangshan's many illegitimate children
** Jin Ling, aka Jin Rulan : son of Jin Zixuan and Jiang Yanli
GusuLan Sect (white & blue robes)
** Qingheng-jun (never shown on screen) : previous sect leader, father of Lan Xichen and Lan Wangji, remained in seclusion, died in S1 after the Wens attacked the Cloud Recesses
** Lan Qiren : "acting" sect leader until Lan Xichen took over
** Lan Xichen, aka Lan Huan, aka Zewu-jun : current sect leader, nephew of Lan Qiren, second sworn brother of Venerated Triad
** Lan Wangji, aka Lan Zhan, aka Hanguang-jun : our boiii, nephew of Lan Qiren
YunmengJiang Sect (purple robes)
** Jiang Fengmian : previous sect leader, father, died in Lotus Pier massacre in S1
** Yu Ziyuan, aka Yu Furen/Madam Yu : wife, mother, died in Lotus Pier massacre in S1
** Jiang Yanli : older daughter, mother of Jin Ling, died in Nightless City
** Jiang Cheng, aka Jiang Wanyin : current sect leader, younger son
** Wei Wuxian, aka Wei Ying, aka Yiling Laozu/the Yiling Patriarch : our baby <3, senior disciple, basically adopted into family
QingheNie Sect (brown robes)
** Nie Mingjue, aka Chifeng-zun : previous sect leader, eldest sworn brother of Venerated Triad, older half-brother to Nie Huaisang, died during Wei Wuxian's death
** Nie Huaisang : current sect leader, younger half-brother to Nie Mingjue
Modified by Yalthamen, Sep 21, 9:46 PM
Joined: Apr 2018
Oh all this time I took it that WWX mastered and refined Demonic Cultivation and not invented it because it was a forbidden art before, which means someone must have tired and failed. I thought that was how they knew it corrupts the user.
Hmm maybe I should change the word. I almost used "founded" demonic cultivation since zushi literally means "founder" but it just sounded clunky lol. He was the first person to cultivate demonic energy.