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Recap / Mo Dao Zu Shi Season 1 Episode 13 - Fatal Position

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"No matter how mighty the blazing sun, it will eventually fall to dusk."
Lan Xichen

Two events simultaneously play out, both of which will be marked in history. Firstly, the Four Great Sects unite to form the Sunshot Campaign. And second, unbeknownst to everyone at the time, is the founding of demonic cultivation.

  • Adaptation Expansion: The novel only mentioned the Four Great Sects officially declaring war against the Wen Sect, and the donghua shows how that played out.
  • At Least I Admit It: When Sect Leader Yao accuses Jiang Cheng of simply wanting revenge against the Wen Sect, Jiang Cheng doesn't deny this and angrily reminds the elder that he lost his family to them, so of course he would do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.
  • The Bus Came Back: Lan Xichen, who was last seen in Episode 7, is revealed to have survived the sieges of the Wen Sect and is secretly helping amass an army.
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  • Bystander Syndrome: Jin Guangshan really doesn't want to get involved in the war against the Wen Sect, only relenting when all the other clans are convinced to join.
  • The Corruption: Wei Wuxian undergoes this after encountering the main source of the resentful energy in the Burial Mounds. He resists at first, but eventually gives in after remembering the fall of Lotus Pier.
  • Dare to Be Badass: This episode shows the Lan, Jiang, Jin, and Nie Sects gathering together and announcing the Sunshot Campaign.
  • Defiant to the End: Even when at Wen Chao's mercy, Wei Wuxian refuses to surrender or beg.
    Wei Wuxian: Enough bullshit. Bring on whatever methods you have. Torture me to death if you dare! The more brutal the better. After I'm dead, I'll definitely turn into a vicious ghost. I'll make sure that you damned Wens will never be at peace!!
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  • Downer Beginning: The episode begins with Wei Wuxian getting ambushed by Wen Chao before being thrown into the depths of the Burial Mounds.
  • Evil Laugh: Wen Chao laughs as he pushes Wei Wuxian off the cliff.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The Burial Mounds — where Wei Wuxian was thrown into — became known in history as where he became the Yiling Patriarch, hence it's a given that he doesn't die in this episode.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • When Wei Wuxian gets ambushed, Wen Zhuliu strikes him with his Core-Melting Hand, although Wei Wuxian doesn't seem to react at the impact. There's also how, for some reason, Wei Wuxian appeared exhausted beforehand.
    • When the resentful energy in the Burial Mounds attack Wei Wuxian, unlike the last few instances, there's no shot of his golden core fighting off the corruption.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: Lan Xichen has been secretly gathering an army from all the clans the Wen Sect oppressed.
  • He's Back: When Jiang Cheng reveals his presence during the meeting, the audience sees that he's like his old self again, driven with newfound determination to bring the Wen Sect's reign to an end.
  • I Will Find You:
    • A sinister version of this trope happens when Wei Wuxian threatens Wen Chao that even if he dies, he'll come back as a ghost and haunt him until the end of his days.
    • Then there's the benevolent version in which Lan Wangji continues his search for Wei Wuxian, but to no avail.
  • Living Is More Than Surviving: Both Nie Mingjue and Jiang Cheng argue to the clan elders who are reluctant to stand up against the Wen Sect that even if they avoid getting killed by the Wens, they'll still be condemning their people to a lifetime of slavery and subjugation.
  • Missed Him by That Much: Lan Wangji didn't make it in time to reach the mountain where Wei Wuxian and Jiang Cheng were at before the Wens, and could only rescue the latter as the former was already long gone.
  • Mordor: The Burial Mounds was once the sight of a great battle and was used as a graveyard afterwards. The resentful energy infected the entire area, leaving it dead and lifeless and killing anyone that enters.
  • My Life Flashed Before My Eyes: This happens to Wei Wuxian as the ghosts in the Burial Mounds attempt to corrupt him.
  • Not So Stoic: Downplayed, but Lan Wangji shows a bit more emotion than usual whenever news (or lack thereof) regarding Wei Wuxian's whereabouts is involved.
  • Not the Fall That Kills You: Wei Wuxian barely survives falling into the Burial Mounds, but then he goes through another near-death experience after he's overwhelmed by the resentful energy in the area.
  • Spiteful Spit: Wei Wuxian does this to Wen Chao when the latter has him bloodied and pinned down.
  • Tracking Spell: Inquiry can act as this trope, as it's a song that calls out to spirits and seeks answers from them, and Lan Wangji uses the song in this episode to ask about Wei Wuxian.


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