You know what's an insane take that I somehow see all the time? People being extremely critical of the Lan/spending a lot of time exploring why wx + sizhui might not be happy in cloud recesses post canon, but then refusing to be equally critical of jc, and sometimes claiming they'd be happy in lotus pier. I mean ig they're cql people who also hate novel wx because it's "abusive" or "unequal" (?) and I can just block them but it's making my braincells boil and die. Not saying you can't be anti-lan or whatever but wth
Yeah not a fan of those takes. I don't quite know what people were expecting of the Lan Clan. I've said it before, Lan Xichen tried to discuss Wen Ning and Wen Qing's possible innocence more than jiang cheng. But what else was LXC supposed to say when jiang cheng didn't open his mouth to say that he owed them a life debt?! And LXC spoke up in spite of the fact that his home was burned down by the Wens, his father died because of the attack, LWJ was severely injured and almost killed and none of them received any help from WQ and WN - like jc did. Imagine if WN and WQ had been the ones to help LXC flee and hide!- this is one of the big reasons LXC is so grateful and trusting of JGY and has a completely different impression of what his character is like and actually stubbornly stands between him and NMJ even after JGY killed NMJ's men. Even WWX doesn't judge LXC for not seeing through JGY's manipulations. Besides, by allowing WWX no recourse other than defection to help the Wens, jc condemned and undermined what he was doing completely. If WWX's own martial brother, that he grew up with, abandoned him and declared him the enemy of the cultivation world after visiting his "lair" what was LXC supposed to think?
I get why people might want Lan Sizhui to be mad, but I don't get why they want him to be mad at the Lans -who again were working on misinformation regarding what WWX was up to and were not actually part of the two leading forces as Yunmeng Jiang and the Jin were. Not to mention who tried to moderate things when WQ and WN went to turn themselves in and suffered losses even in that incident. The Lans got involved because things escalated. The reason things escalated can be traced back to jc, as JGY points out-
“If being determined that everything from the Hundred Holes curse to the attack at the Qiongqi Path was part of my singlehanded scheme would ease your troubles, then feel free to think whatever you please. But what you have to understand is that, for what happened to Young Master Wei in the end, you are responsible too and in fact, you are very much so.” ....
“You, on the other hand, had just rebuilt Lotus Pier and behind you was the YiLing Patriarch, Wei WuXian, the danger of whom was immeasurable. Do you think the other sects would like to see a young sect leader who was so advantaged? Luckily, you didn’t seem to be on good terms with your shixiong, and since everyone thought there was an opportunity, of course they’d add fuels to your fire if they could. No matter what, to weaken the YunmengJiang Sect was to strengthen themselves. Sect Leader Jiang, if only your attitude towards your shixiong was just a bit better, showing everyone that your bond was too strong to be broken for them to have a chance, or if you exhibited just a bit more tolerance after what happened, things wouldn’t have become what they were.”
The Lans also accepted LWJ taking Sizhui in and making him a part of the Clan. He was raised and taught by them, and by all accounts treated well. If Sizhui should take revenge on anyone his targets should have been JGS & JGY who were motivated by their hunger for power, and jc who had seen him in person and not given a damn about his life. Possibly NMJ who was always a hot head and didn't want to listen to anything positive about the Wens bc of his own beef w them. But most importantly Lan Sizhui is now reunited with Wen Ning and Wei Wuxian. He has LWJ who raised him with care and love. In what way would it actually serve him to suddenly be another jc consumed by hate and rage? It's been shown repeatedly throughout the story that holding on to resentment and hate is harmful, ultimately to the person doing the holding on. The Wen Remnants themselves let go of their anger, defended the people unworthy of it and and moved on. Lan Sizhui is such a testament to Wen Ning and Wei Wuxian and LWJ in that he prefers to be happy with what he has and what he's found again, rather than dwell on what he's lost and fill himself with hate. People who stan jc just project jc's character on LSZ and make him into the same kind of angry, hateful, ungrateful person as jiang cheng. Not to mention it's laughable to think WangXian would be happier in Lotus Pier w a homophobic dude who said this :
“Jiang Cheng pointed outside, “Mess around outside however you want, whether under a tree or on a boat, hugging or otherwise! Get out of my sect, get out of anywhere my eyes can see!”
Right...🌝. Anyway, I suppose in an AU where Lan Sizhui was a completely different character and wanted to seek vengeance instead of happily night hunting with Wen Ning and his dads, it's possible that his first stop would be Lotus Pier- but only so he can murder jc.
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“Gusu Lan Sect, Lan Wangji.”
“Emperor’s Smile, I’ll share one with you, can you pretend you didn’t see me?”
“Why would I not dare to turn up here? I’ve faced 3000 people myself before.”
“I’d like to see just what minor and small evil spirits dare to create trouble here.”
“Becoming strong... this is something that is within my expectations.”
“Being hardworking in studies and practice is a priority for all Lan disciples.”
“How boring, where’s Fairy?”
“Walking quickly is forbidden in Cloud Recesses!”
“Who has summoned me? It sounds so familiar...”
“How did I end up meeting him again?”
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And we have a bonus character who literally has no character card because he’s that extra:
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