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Recap / Mo Dao Zu Shi Season 1 Episode 11 - Mountain Collapse

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Now that the negotiations for peace have ended on less than amicable terms, the Jiang Sect and the Wen Sect engage in an all-out war. But as the Jiang family is currently divided, so is their strength against the enemy.


  • Adaptation Distillation: The anime leaves out the parts when Jiang Fengmian was able to have one last conversation with Wei Wuxian and Jiang Cheng, and when he realized that Yu Ziyuan also made him a wielder of Zidian.
  • Ambiguous Situation
  • Darkest Hour: In the span of one night, Wei Wuxian and Jiang Cheng lose their family and their home, and they can do nothing but hide and grieve about it.
  • Desecrating the Dead: Wang Lingjiao pushes Madam Yu's corpse and tries to slap it, but she is stopped by Wen Zhuliu.
  • Downer Ending: The Wen Sect takes over the Lotus Pier, and Wei Wuxian and Jiang Cheng are the Sole Survivors of the massacre, with both crying over everything that happened.
  • Due to the Dead:
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    • Wen Ning notices that one of the dead junior disciples is missing his silver bell and stops to tie it back, even though it earns him a disdainful look from his fellow clansmen.
    • Wen Zhuliu prevents Wang Lingjiao from disrespecting Madam Yu's corpse, arguing that someone like Yu Ziyuan deserves to be treated with dignity.
  • Five Stages of Grief: Jiang Cheng goes through stages 1 to 4 in the span of one night after losing his parents.
  • Gray Rain of Depression: Mere seconds after Jiang Cheng bursts into tears on Wei Wuxian's lap, it starts pouring hard.
  • Heroic BSoD: Both Wei Wuxian and Jiang Cheng end up breaking down from losing their home and family to the Wen Sect, with Jiang Cheng going into a fit of Inelegant Blubbering while Wei Wuxian silently hides his tears.
  • It's All My Fault: It's implied that Wei Wuxian blames himself for the fall of Lotus Pier, which is why he doesn't fight back when Jiang Cheng lashes out at him and even nearly kills him.
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  • I Want My Mommy!: Played for Drama. After he vents out his rage at Wei Wuxian, Jiang Cheng breaks down in tears and cries that he wants his parents.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down
  • Last Stand
  • Mauve Shirt: There are plenty of familiar faces among the piles of corpses, including Madam Yu's handmaidens and the disciples Wei Wuxian and Jiang Cheng used to hang out with.
  • Moment of Weakness
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: When Wei Wuxian and Jiang Cheng escape Lotus Pier a second time by swimming, Wen Ning covers up their tracks by jumping into the water and claiming that he fell over.
  • Pet the Dog: While they never had the best relationship, Yu Ziyuan readily entrusts Wei Wuxian with Jiang Cheng's life.
  • Watching Troy Burn: Tied to a boat that is carrying them downstream, Wei Wuxian and Jiang Cheng can only watch as their beloved home is burned to its foundations.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Out of despair and anger, Jiang Cheng lashes out at Wei Wuxian and blames him for his parents' deaths, claiming that had Wei Wuxian just stood still and done nothing at the Xuanwu Cave then the Wen Sect wouldn't have attacked Lotus Pier.
  • You Are Too Late: As soon as Zidian releases them, Wei Wuxian and Jiang Cheng paddle back to Lotus Pier in hopes of finding survivors, only to discover that everyone has already been killed, including Jiang Cheng's parents.

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