Wen Ning is a cinnamon roll and absolutely has a one-sided crush on Wei Ying.
I will answer this from CQL perspective only, because somehow MXTX doesn’t seem to know how Cultivation works and MDZS is way more fiction than actual Cultivation. So uhm, an approach from what we see in the live action series:
I don’t think Wei Wuxian had the intention to turn Wen Ning into a Fierce Corpse. It just kind of… happened? When they had found him on the field, he was still alive, he still had his cognition (which was already damaged since his youth), but his body was drenched in malicious energy because of the Spirit luring Flag stuck in his stomach. What Wei Wuxian did, was controlling the resentment / malicious energy within Wen Ning, until he called him by his name. It was this short moment that showed that the black energy hasn’t fully eaten him yet.
Thus is, why I think, Wei Wuxian’s original plan was to ‘purify’ the resentful energy from Wen Ning’s body, so he could live like before. The problem was, that Wen Ning had been aaaalmost dead already, so turning him ‘normally’ human again wasn’t an option anymore. The fierce corpse option with a sentient spiritual cognition was the ultimate end result.
So, Wei Wuxian never restored his spiritual cognition, it was still there. Through all the time. He just needed to find a way to suppress the dark energies, so Wen Ning was able to live again.
I am nooooot sure how much Jin Guangyao and Xue Yang know about Wei Wuxian’s cultivation path. I guess they just tried their luck with the manuals they have found in the cave, and probably some scripts Jin Guangyao stole from Wen Ruohan.
Turning Song Lan into a fierce corpse is noooot that hard once a part of the Yin Iron is near, but the skill of Xue Yang is not even anywhere near the one from Wei Wuxian. So all he could do is to change someone into a fierce corpse, but basically nothing more. He needed to attach the mind controlling pins to them in order to get Song Lan doing anything at all and Wen Ning obviously refused even with the two mind controlling pins.
Song Lan’s cognition was never destroyed either. So the moment the pins were out of his skull, he was “back to himself” just with a changed body structure.
This is where there is the greatest gap between CQL and MDZS, I think. So, CQL verse, he died. JGY and XY tried to make him into a fierce corpse but failed spectacularly. His cognition actually got damaged during the many Qi Deviations and through the turmoil music JGY played for him. If they had managed to ‘revive’ him, then without cognition. He would have been nothing more than the puppets Wen Ruohan had.
Much like Xiao Xingchen it will take a few hundred years and a few reincarnations to actually mend his cognition again so he could be reborn as the one he always used to be.
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Wei Wuxian: Strength is forgiving someone who will never say sorry to you. *Eyes Jiang Cheng*
Jiang Cheng: I would rather die
Wen Ning: Strength is Helping Master Wei lift a couch and then him taking you to mcdonalds afterwards
Idk why but interpreting Wen Ning as crushing on Wei Wuxian after their first meeting is so much more tragicomedic than other reads. The ineffable humor of being like “wish this cute boy would rail me” and then instead he brings you back from the dead.
A beautiful tidbit I didn’t (couldn’t) catch when I first read Mo Dao Zu Shi - when Wen Ning regains his consciousness and comes to talk to Wei WuXian, and he says all the Wen died. And WWX says so there aren’t any good news? No, Wen Ning says, no good news.
And right at this moment Jin Ling is heard from inside the inn, loosing his temper against Lan SiZhui, calling him by his birth name, which is the first time we learn it in the book, Lan Yuan.
Because there /is/ one good news, and it’s right there, and it’s A-Yuan.
The deliberate secret joy of writing it this way! Beautiful
YU BINS LOCKSCREEN BEING A BUNNY…… THE WEN NING FLASHBACK……. WHAT A GIFT
the scene where wen ning brings jiang chengs unconscious body back to wei wuxian waiting in the boat at lotus pier fucks me up its all just too much… wei wuxian holding jiang cheng so gently like he might shatter into a million pieces…. how devestated he is when he sees the condition he’s in.. when he lifts shaking fingers up to jiang chengs face to check if he’s still breathing… the absolute disbelief and horror on wei wuxians face when wen ning tells him that jiang cheng has been whipped and had several ribs broken… the way wei wuxian tucks jiang cheng under his chin and wraps his arms around him…. like thats his baby brother!!! Thats His Baby Brother………..
Heads Up, Seven Up
I was tagged by @peridot-tears to do the “last 7 sentences of your WIP” thing.
The actual last 7 sentences I wrote are in Yunmeng In-Laws Ch. 3, which will be posting on Oct. 31(!!) and I don’t wanna spoil, so here are seven from the thing I was working on before that - one of the future chapters of the Big Sibs OT4 that started posting today!
Nie Huaisang watches the way his throat moves as he swallows and lets him think about what sorts of things those might be. It’s a long list. Nie Huaisang is confident they can find plenty they’ll both enjoy. Jiang Cheng licks his lips and glances back over at Wen Ning. “I thought you didn’t- I mean- and what about you?”
Wen Ning smiles again, and this time it’s not innocent at all. “Oh, I’m one of the people who likes to watch.”
Jiang Cheng is saved from responding by the arrival of their plates, and Nie Huaisang proposes a toast to the infinite wonder of human relationships.
… which is coincidentally a bit with only little sibs, but hey ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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