Top 5 Wen Ning Scenes
1. Golden core reveal
There are so many things I love about this scene. We've seen Wen Ning physically protect others many times before, but this is him forging his own path with emotional and verbal assertiveness. It's not a clear-cut right or wrong choice either: Wen Ning stands up for Wei Wuxian at the same time he is breaking his promise to keep the secret. (interesting that his biggest moments in the narrative involve some form of treachery - betraying his clan, harming Wei Wuxian's family, breaking a promise. a bit of a stretch to add, but even his existence as a fierce corpse goes against against the nature of life)
In this scene he is also standing up for himself as much as for Wei Wuxian--Jiang Cheng hits him with Zidian three times, and each time he stands up and returns with staggered but determined steps. He's normally so soft-spoken, but here we get to hear him raise his voice (and even kinda growl. god i love the growls). I also enjoy that Wen Qing is finally mentioned by name post-timeskip.
Although throughout the scene Wen Ning is visibly angry, he also seems very sad, especially once everyone has left. He carried this secret for so long, helped the core transfer happen and saw its consequences, and now he's seen Jiang Cheng's visceral reaction to the knowledge. Being the bearer of the truth isn't necessarily a pleasant thing.
2. Committing treason with a smile
Here's a gif of the smiley tap tap which is my favorite thing in the world
Wen Ning using his strengths! He has knowledge of medicine, so he drugs the wine. He knows his status isn't taken very seriously, so his excuse of just stopping by because he wanted to see what happened does the job.
I also love that he has this very brief nervous gesture when the guards approach (do I hold the jar with one hand? two hands? aaaghh how do i make this seem casual??) and then by the time the guards reach him, he's 100% in the zone and lies with such confidence and cheerfulness
3. Dramatic entrance at Guanyin Temple
A good portion of my reasoning for this one is head empty only Ghost General. The lightning?? The mean glare?? Dragging Baxia behind him??? This moment is too good!
I also enjoy that initially, everyone thinks it's Nie Mingjue. And Jin Guangyao, who is already having the worst last-farewell-date-with-erge-turned-dysfunctional-family-reunion ever, and is running on dangerously high levels of paranoia, and has already gotten jumpscared by Nie Mingjue's body replacing his mom's corpse, now thinks Da-ge is back and coming for him. But that's just some added spice.
I'll also lump this scene with Wen Ning saving Jin Ling and Jiang Cheng from Baxia. In the past, Wen Ning killed under the control of resentful energy. Here, he's able to fight Baxia's possession and save the son of the man he never meant to kill. About as chill-inducing as the novel version of Guanyin Temple where Wen Ning is pierced through the chest the same way Jin Zixuan was.
4. Bonding with A-Yuan
Reunited with his last living relative! Wen Ning has someone to tell all his stories too :) Their relationship is so gentle, and I love how Sizhui actively reaches out to Wen Ning before he even knows the truth of his identity.
Also, I adore the giant stiff hand gestures Wen Ning makes while talking.
5. Chef A-Ning
One of the first things Wen Ning does once getting his consciousness back is to cook all the dishes for Wei Wuxian's dinner party. And also apparently get charcoal all over his face while doing it. He is the sweetest. He makes another great appearance later looking so cute by literally just holding a tray.
I love how once his consciousness is restored, he is welcomed back so lovingly by his family and is integrated into their daily lives right away--shopping in town, farming, selling turnips, etc.
In this scene, Wen Qing proudly tells Wei Wuxian that "A-Ning" did the cooking, and Wei Wuxian repeats the name "A-Ning" which is one of the few times (that I know of) that he refers to Wen Ning by this term of endearment...Burial Mounds family really does something to me.
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Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Niè Huáisāng & Wēn Níng | Wēn Qiónglín
Characters: Wēn Níng | Wēn Qiónglín, Niè Huáisāng
Additional Tags: Accomplices, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, (I'm not sure if canon divergence is the right tag), the story still follows canon only nhs has an accomplice, Revenge, Wen Ning is tired of being nice, Nie Huaisang is in full revenge mode, morally ambiguous friendships
“And that’s about the gist of it, I suppose,” Nie Huaisang says. The rhythmic tapping of his fan against his palm ceases and he straightens in his seat. “What do you say? Why don’t you help me?”
Too much runs through Wen Ning's mind. The decade lost. His family’s murder. Wei Wuxian’s murder. Nie Mingjue’s murder. The Jin sect's role in each.
Jin Guangyao’s role in each.
Wen Ning’s throat burns from screaming. But he lifts his head, and snarls out an unflinching,
mdzs bingo prompts used: teamwork + flashback
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