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General Fics

Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.


     One-Shots 

until we meet again by solitudine

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "I have a request," Jiang Cheng says. He looks uncomfortable. Lan Wangji imagines that he is not used to asking for help from others. "I have heard that there exists a song, passed down in the GusuLan clan, that allows one to speak to the dead."

murky waters by newamsterdam

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Convinced Jiang Cheng and Wei WuXian will never reconcile of their own accord, Jin Ling takes matters into his own hands by trapping both of his uncles alone, together, without their cultivation.

this comes as no surprise by retts

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: As the chaos began to settle, Jiang Cheng noticed Wei WuXian and Lan WangJi sneaking out of the temple.

A Moment's Delay by DarkScales

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In Mo Village, Lan Jingyi sets off the signal flare a moment too late. Consequently, Lan Wangji does not arrive in time to defeat the possessed Madam Mo, and the juniors face down their deaths. Wei Wuxian interferes.

Unsealed Truth by DarkScales

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After the Siege of the Burial Mounds, Jiang Cheng claims both Chenqing and Suibian. An unwanted revelation is subsequently had.

purple spiders and hyacinths by mapotofu

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "There's nothing left to say." Jin Ling doesn't believe that.

You're So Wonderful To Think About (But So Hard To Live Without) by psychoinnocent

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Lan Sizhui was his sun, after Wei Ying died. Now his sun is gone, and Wei Ying has returned. — Sizhui dies in Mo Village

     Multi-Chapter 

Once Upon A Time in Qinghe by paranoid_fridge

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Nie MingJue wakes up. And that doesn't make sense, because he knows he died.

Empathy by clockwork_spider

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Stuck in the same coffin, Nie MingJue and Jin GuangYao's souls were pulled together in an extended Empathy. Having experienced Jin GuangYao's entire life from his perspective, Nie MingJue finds himself back in his younger body. Before the Sunshot Campaign. Before Meng Yao was kicked down from the Koi Tower.

the price of a home by JemTheKingOfSass

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "You said you understood when we took you in. You're old enough now to start earning your keep." Madam Yu reaches down and tugs loose the sash holding Wei Wuxian's robes together. A few rough pulls of fabric and he is unceremoniously stripped to the waist. Zidian sparks in her hand.

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Shipping Fics

Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.


     One-Shots 

The Talk by rikke

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Lan SiZhui gets elected to ask Lan WangJi and Wei WuXian to tone down the affection a little..
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian

nothing gold can stay by rikke

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Before Wen Chao can throw him into Yiling Burial Mounds, Lan WangJi finds Wei WuXian.
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian

The Pets They Love and Hate by rikke

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Wei WuXian makes an attempt to get over his fear of dogs.
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian

tame by rikke

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After the Xuanwu Cave incident, Wei WuXian wakes up back in Lotus Pier with one hand clutching Lan WangJi and the other hand clutching... an egg?
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian

grieve the living by Misila

  • Recommended by: yin_13147
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Lan Wangji knows what the disciples are talking about, the same way he knows what everyone outside is celebrating: that the Yiling Patriarch is dead, that he was stabbed by Sect Leader Jiang and chewed to pieces after destroying half the Stygian Tiger Seal in a last attempt to redeem himself. They are partly right.
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian

Confessing Apostasy by JemTheKingOfSass

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "No, no," chokes out Wei Wuxian, eyes squeezed tightly as he fights against the light and the warmth. He deserves neither - Lan Wangji swinging Bichen at him, trying to destroy both a flute and its user in one slash, that is the only relationship they have and this temporary, fleeting relief from it is confusing and infuriating. "Leave, get out of here... just go."
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian

anamnesis by nanthebread

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Alzheimer's Disease. A chronic, neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and gradually worsens over time. Most people expect it to only appear in the elderly who are already going senile, their minds and bodies frail due to erosion from the sands of time. Nobody expects it in adults in their prime, vivacious with the prospect of a bright future. Nobody expected it to strike Wei Ying, the most vivacious and brightest of them all.
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian

keep going, keep going by tangerinechar

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The letters Lan Wangji wrote Wei Wuxian over the years.
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian

operational amplifier by chinxe

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Lan Wangji has never been good with words, or at writing. But, if it'll allow him to imagine a world where Wei Wuxian could actually love him back, he supposes it couldn't hurt to try.
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian

twice by Misila

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "I... heard you took the worst of the crash." Be it medication, the daze of sorts still clinging to his senses or brain damage, it took Wei Wuxian a couple of seconds to understand the implications behind Lan Wangji's words.
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian

Only in My Eyes by Leffy

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Lan Wangji has recently discovered that his childhood crush is living in the apartment in front of his. Wei Wuxian has appeared back into his life, now with a family of his own. It's most likely a misunderstanding, and it would have been solved if Lan Wangji had bothered to ask the most obvious question.
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian

until daybreak by chattoyant

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: He should never have gone up that mountain. He should never have allowed himself the chance of seeing him again one last time. Because now, knowing how fleeting this moment is, the pain only magnifies and tears his heart out of his chest before being stomped under the weight of his own grief into a million pieces. Every touch, every kiss and every breath that ghosts over his skin feels like a hot brand against his flesh—searing and burning and scorching his soul until he carries the scar of playing with fire to his death.
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian

the passing of seasons by yoonminoml (fanficloverme96)

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It wasn't Jin Zixuan whom the Ghost General killed during that fateful encounter on LuanZang Hill. It was Lan Wangji. Wei Wuxian spends the passing seasons endlessly searching for Lan Wangji's soul, while others spend the years trying to heal his.
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian

When fish soar by mondengel

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The second Wei WuXian hit the water Jiang Cheng knew it was over.
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian

the meaning of the ritual by newamsterdam

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When the entire cultivation world turns against the Yiling Patriarch, Wei Wuxian makes a risky gamble— he'll agree to participate in an ancient ritual for cleansing the spirit, so that his character can no longer be called into question. The catch? He has no idea who his partner for the ritual will be.
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian

Concerning Rabbits by pomme (manta)

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In which Lan Wangji navigates life, family, grief, friendship, and love through the years— with rabbits.
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian

     Multi-Chapter 

a stone to break your soul, a song to save it by rikke

  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: When the entire cultivation world turns against Wei WuXian, Jiang Cheng comes up with a plan to save him and arranges a marriage between his brother and the Second Jade of Lan, Lan WangJi.
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian

SanRen by Kyogre

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Leaving YunmengJiang in an effort to curb the tensions in the Jiang family, Wei WuXian becomes a rogue cultivator. Even without the support of a sect, he is a rare genius whose name will become known across the cultivation world and whose techniques will influence the course of a war. However, what influences his own fate is a chance meeting that becomes the first step toward love.
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian

Monotone by seredemia

  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Wei WuXian is dead, and life is colourless. Lan WangJi ghosts through time, simply living each day in monotone. That is, until he meets a man who has the same face, same name, same smile as Wei WuXian. Suddenly, there's colour and hope back in his life — but it's not long until he realises Wei WuXian in this timeline has not escaped the sorrow that plagued his past self. Maybe history really does repeat itself after all.
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian, Lan Xichen/Jiang Cheng

Loneliness Knows My Name by Jaywalker_Holmes, Treef

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: AU after the First Siege of Burial Mounds. Wei WuXian didn't die; instead, he was saved by someone everyone thought was already dead - Wen Ruohan. However, no one knows this (since Wen Ruohan is apparently great at faking deaths), so the cultivation world rejoices even as Lan WangJi desperately searches for his Wei Ying and finds a little child instead. Wei WuXian, on the other hand...
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian
  • Notes: Has a sequel - Endless Sacrifice (Ongoing)

The Tears of Thirteen Years by ShenWeiLightning

  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: To find Wei Ying, Lan Wangji has to find himself and he unknowingly has thirteen years to wait.
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian

focal, filler, and line by bosbie

  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Mo XuanYu successfully summons the YiLing Patriarch from the dead and exacts revenge on those who wronged him. A cursed arm is detained in Dafan Mountain, and the newly-revived spirit of the most hated man in the cultivation world quietly leaves the scene under his old acquaintances' noses. Three years later, someone — a lunatic to some, a dead man to others — sells flowers at the marketplace in the dead of winter.
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian

I will surrender (myself to this moment in time) by Naamah_Beherit

  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: There's an entire army coming for him, and an unstable artefact in his hand - and Wei WuXian knows he'll be dead before the night ends. Injured, bedridden, and surrounded by unfamiliar faces, he wakes up in Gusu afterwards and it's something he never expected to happen. He's well acquainted with nightmares, but this particular one forces him to face one person he's been hoping to forget. And yet, in the silence between heartbeats, a part of him wishes for this nightmare to be real.
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian

One Ends, Another Begins by Shinocchi

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Being back in Yunmeng, Wei WuXian unravels a tangled knot between himself and a long-lost friend and finding himself opening up a new path to tie his knot with another long-lost friend. Home is not a place; it's the people — and the heart.
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian

Thank You, and I'm Sorry by Hamliet

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Jin GuangYao might be dead, but his story is not. Taking advantage of the chaos he instigated, someone makes an attempt on the life of the young new leader of the Jin Sect. When Jiang Cheng takes Jin Ling to the Cloud Recesses to have him study while he attempts to work with Wei WuXian and his husband Lan WangJi to eliminate the threat, he encounters a mourning Lan XiChen, lovestruck teenagers, and a persistent corpse — and both pairs of brothers find themselves struggling to move on.
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian, Lan Xichen/Jiang Cheng, Lan Xichen/Jin Guangyao, Lan Sizhui/Jin Ling

brave new world by Quixiote

  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: There is magic still hidden within the world, if one were to look. Sometimes it comes to you on the breeze. Sometimes it comes to you after much searching. For Wei Ying, it comes to him in the form of a inquisitive six year old picking up a ribbon. Or, the co-habitation saga of a single father, his son, and a shape-shifting seal prince.
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian

side business by tangerinechar

  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Nie Huaisang notices a lack of romance novels in the Cloud Recesses, takes it upon himself to rectify this problem, finds inspiration, accidentally becomes a famous author, and gets found out by his friends, in that exact order. And if, in the process, he ends up matchmaking Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji, that's a whole different problem.
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian, Jiang Cheng/Nie Huaisang

Response by Aki_no_hikari

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: What if Wei Wuxian hadn't been silent to Lan Wangji's Inquiry?
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian

Bitter Heart by KyuuTheDevil

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After the entire ordeal from that particular night-hunt, Xiao XingChen had begun to feel very self-conscious whenever Xue Yang was in the room. He could feel the hair on his hand stand whenever Xue Yang leaned in too close...
  • Pairing: Xue Yang/Xiao Xingchen

precious tears by chinxe, domokunrainbowkinz, Keysmashed, lily_winterwood, Naamah_Beherit, savedbythenotepad, sushicorps, tangerinechar

  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Lan Wangji is always beautiful. His crying is no exception. (Or, eight times Wei Wuxian made Lan Wangji cry.)
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian

the courtesan of yunmeng by savedbythenotepad

  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Life handed Wei Wuxian a chance in the form of a lady dressed in green who promised him warmth and no more nights on the street. But there was to be an equivalent exchange as he sold his freedom along with his body and soul. It earned him the glorious title of a Yiji, one of the best high-class courtesans in Yunmeng. There was no use fighting what he had become despite his urge to break free and live without the debt of himself. But the conflict within China soon threatens war and a chance reveals itself in the chaos. A chance in the form of white robes and a stoic, handsome face.
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian

Lurking by dazaionice, Verse

  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Lurk.ing; adjective,1) remaining hidden so as to wait in ambush.2)(of an unpleasant quality) present in a latent or barely discernible state, although still presenting a threat. (There is something wrong in the Cloud Recesses.)
  • Pairing: Lan Sizhui/Jin Ling/Lan Jingyi

a trivial loss by bosbie

  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: After the burning of the Cloud Recesses, Lan WangJi visits the jingshi to find out if the mementos he kept of his and Wei WuXian's shared month in the Library Pavilion survived the fire.
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian

Remember by Amona

  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Jiang Cheng was 6 years old when his father got him three puppies for his birthday. His first instinct was to look around cautiously, ready to gather the pups into his arms in case they decided to go towards— His mind drew blank here.
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian

Unlikely Trio by Yumi_chan_Hamano

  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Jiang Cheng and Lan Wangji found themselves in the past, more specificially during their school days at Cloud Recesses. The last thing they remembered was finding Nie Huaisang in his room with an array drawn on the floor. With the knowledge of the future and a strong desire to change it, the three of them must work together to change their fates. But the future is a finicky thing. Somethings must happen, in one form or another. They learn to accept their new reality as long as their loved ones were by their side.
  • Pairing: Lan Wangji/Wei Wuxian

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Crossover Fics

Crossover between two or more works.


     Multi-Chapter 

Lion In Human Hide by Verse

  • Crossover: Mo Dao Zu Shi/Tian Guan Ci Fu/The Scum Villain's Self-Saving System
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Sizhui was warned about college; about deadlines, and impossible finals, and weird relationships, and pretending to be an adult until you finally figure out how taxes function. No one warned him about finding ageless men in his dumpster. (Then again, Xie Lian is hardly the one to kickstart all- this.)

Atlas by etymologyplayground

  • Crossover: Mo Dao Zu Shi/Tian Guan Ci Fu
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Lan WangJi had a lot of time to pray to different gods while Wei WuXian was dead. One of them was Hua Cheng.



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