Xie Bian, Wuchang, General of the Netherworld, and disciple of the legendary Zhong Tianshi, is elegant, gentle, and easygoing. Although he enjoys his mission to collect souls and bring them back to the netherworld, he has always wished for a shidi. When Zhong Kui brings the young and talented Fan Wushe to the netherworld on a drunken whim, Xie Bian finally gets the shidi he wished for. But why does this new shidi look at Xie Bian with complicated eyes? Why does he know secret techniques that he should not?
With the grudges from their past life that only he remembers, Fan Wushe cant help but stay close to his shixiong.
"You are mine. You will be mine after all."
Contains examples of:
- Axe-Crazy: Zong Zixiao. He's so completely and utterly monstrous that an axe-murderer would look good in comparison.
- Big Brother Instinct: Zong Ziheng did his best to protect Zixiao before everything went to hell. Sadly Zong Zixiao pays him back with rape and torture.
- Break the Cutie: Poor, poor Zong Ziheng. Blamed for killing his father who was killed by someone else? Check. Raped by his brother? Check. Commits suicide? Check.
- BrotherSister Incest / Not Blood Siblings: Zixiao and Ziheng weren't actually blood-related brothers. Though they didn't know that when Zong Zixiao first became attracted to Zong Ziheng.
- Driven to Suicide: Zong Ziheng commits suicide. Zong Zixiao refuses to let him go even then and goes to the underworld in an attempt to resurrect him.
- Footnote Fever: The first translation has many footnotes, both to explain things for non-Chinese readers and to provide occasionally-snarky commentary on what's happening.
- Past-Life Memories: Fan Wushe remembers his life as Zong Zixiao. Xie Bian regains his memories as Zong Ziheng.
- Reincarnation Romance: Zong Zixiao's obsession/lust for Zong Ziheng lasts through two lifetimes and years of being tortured in hell. Fan Wushe pursues Xie Bian romantically during their shidi/shixiong relationship which is severed when Xie Bian regains his memories.
- Royally Screwed Up: And how! The royal family indulges in things like filicide, rape, and cannibalism to such an extent that usurping the throne is the most normal thing any of them do.
- Zong Ziheng is framed for killing his father and brother in order to seize the throne, then is deposed by Zong Zixiao who rapes him on the throne.
- Spirit Cultivation Genre: All main characters cultivate daoism. In the novel's world, no one has reached immortality in hundreds of years because of continuously diminishing spiritual energy in the mortal and ghost realms.
- Yandere: Zong Zixiao/Fan Wushe is obsessed with Zong Ziheng/Xie Bian in every lifetime. He goes as far as storming the underworld to bring Zong Ziheng back to life.