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The Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation – An Intro to The Big Sects
The Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation (魔道祖师, Mó Dào Zǔ Shī) is the animated adaption of the Chinese web novel by the same name. Broadcasted by Tencent Video and produced by G.CMay Film (the studio that made The King’s Avatar season 1), this new Chinese anime is off to a great start with beautifully animated scenes and incredible soundtracks.
“As the grandmaster who founded the Demonic Sect, Wei Wuxian roamed the world in his wanton ways, hated by millions for the chaos he created. In the end, he was backstabbed by his friend and killed by powerful clans that combined to overpower him. He incarnates into the body of a lunatic and then started a journey with Lan Wangji, his archenemy…”
(Source: Exiled Rebels Scanlations, Edited)
Inside the series, there are Five biggest sects in the cultivation world. They are the Yunmeng Jiang Sect, the Gusu Lan Sect, the Qishan Wen Sect, the Lanling Jin Sect, and the Qinghe Nie Sect. In this post, I’m going to give you an introduction to those big sects.
Yunmeng Jiang Sect (云梦江氏, Yúnmèng Jiāng’ Shì)
Location：Yunmeng (Close to the Jianghan Plain in the Hubei Province, China)
Founder: Jiang Chi（a wandering swordsman）
Motto：Attempt the impossible
Leader(s): Jiang Cheng (Current), Jiang Fengmian and his wife Madam Yu (Past)
The Yunmeng Jiang Sect is a lively and fascinating place. Wuxian’s hometown Lotus Pier is surrounded by water and full of lotus flowers. As a smart and naughty boy, Wuxian had a carefree life in the Lotus Pier. He often picked (stole) lotus seeds in the water and ran after pheasants in the mountains. Just like the lotus flower has its root in the mud, it still grows upward in the direction of light, the motto of Yunmeng Sect is “Attempt the impossible”.
Gusu Lan Sect (姑苏蓝氏, Gūsū Lán Shì)
Location: Gusu (Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China)
Residence: Cloud Recesses
Founder: Lan An（a monk）
Motto: Be righteous
Motif: Flowing clouds
Leader(s): Lan Xichen (Current)
The Cloud Recesses is a place that most students hate to go. Over four thousand rules were carved into a rock called “Wall of Rules” that in front of the mountain where the Cloud Recesses is located. Members of the Lan clan are asked to wear white forehead ribbons, which means to “regulate oneself”. This forehead can only be removed by one’s “fated person”. Members of the Lan Sect are good at playing the musical instrument and they are all good-looking.
Qishan Wen Sect (岐山温氏, Qíshān Wēn Shì)
Location: Qishan (Qishan County, Baoji City, Shaanxi province, China)
Residence: Nightless City
Founder: Wen Mao (the first man who started to “kill the Sect and grew the Clan”)
Motto: As long and bright as the sun shines
Leader(s): Wen Ruohan
The Wen Sect was the biggest sect in the cultivation world. However, the leader was arrogant and suppressed other sects to make sure their leading position. The Wen Sect invaded others’ territories, seized their treasures, and killed the clan members. Later, the small sects aligned and launched the “Sunshot Campaign”. Finally, Wen’s century-old foundation collapsed.
Lanling Jin Sect (兰陵金氏, Lánlíng Jīn Shì)
Location: Lanling (Close to the South of Shandong Province, China)
Residence: Carp Tower
Motif: White Peony (Sparks Amidst Snow)
Leader(s): Jin Guangyao (Current), Jin Guangshan (Past)
The Jin Sect became the biggest Sect after the collapse of the Wen Sect. This Sect is rich and the leaders are fond of exquisite and luxury items. There is a vermilion mark on the forehead of the direct Jin clan members. The mark implied the meaning of “opening the doors toward wisdom and aspiration; illuminating the world with the vermilion light.” Jin Guangyao is the leader of the Lanling Jin Sect after the death of Jin Guangshan. Due to the power of the Jin clan before and during his reign, he also became the first Chief Cultivator.
Qinghe Nie Sect (清河聂氏, Qīnghé Niè Shì)
Location Qinghe (Close to the Midsouth of the Hebei Province, China)
Residence: Unclean Realm
Founder: A butcher
Motif: Head of a beast
Leader(s): Nie Huaisang (Current), Nie Mingjue (Past)
The Qinghe Nie Sect was founded by a butcher who lived with his knives. Every leader cultivated in a violent way, and most of them were ruined by the violence. After the death of the owner, the knives became uncontrollable and dangerous weapons. As a result, the knives were often buried in the coffin with the body. The former leader of the Nie Sect, Nie Mingqi, was a strong and tough guy. But after his death, his brother Nie Huai Sang took over, and the family gradually declined.