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*This is the updated Pinterest board that includes how each character will look in the official anime:


Wei Ying

(named Mo XuanYu after transmigration)

Common name: WuXian (fourth on the list of young masters)

Title: YiLing Patriarch

Name meanings: Wei—contains the character for “ghost”; Ying— “infant”; WuXian— “no envies”; YiLing—the place Yiling, where Luanzang Hill is

Height: 186 cm (180 cm after transmigration)

Sword: Suibian (the Chinese characters “Sui Bian”, meaning “whatever”, are engraved on the sword)

Tools: Stygian Tiger Seal (of which half was destroyed prior to the siege at Luanzang Hill), Compass of Evil, spirit-attraction flag

Lan Zhan

Common name: WangJi (second on the list of young masters)

Title: HanGuang-Jun (“Two Jades of Lan” with his brother Lan XiChen)

Name meanings: Lan— “blue”; Zhan—an adjective often used to describe an azure shade of blue; WangJi—a Daoist phrase, meaning “to not seek fame or wealth, forget about worldly matters, and be at peace with the world”; HanGuang— “to hold light”

Height: 188 cm

Sword: Bichen (meaning “to avoid dust/worldly matters”)

Guqin: Wangji

YunmengJiang Sect

Motto: to attempt the impossible

Residence: Lotus Pier, Yunmeng

Motif: the nine-petal lotus

Jiang Cheng

Common name: WanYin (fifth on the list of young masters)

Name meanings: Jiang— “river”; Cheng— “clear”, “transparent”; WanYin— Wan means “night”, while Yin means “to chant”

Height: 185 cm

Sword: Sandu (a Buddhist phrase that refers to the root of all turmoil—greed, anger, and ignorance)

Ring: Zidian (“purple lightning”); it can turn into a whip that emits purple lightning, able to separate the soul and body of a person who had seized someone else’s body

Jiang FengMian

(Jiang Cheng’s father and past sect leader; he was old friends with Wei WuXian’s parents)

Name meanings: FengMian—Feng means “maple”, while Mian means “to sleep”

Yu ZiYuan

(Jiang Cheng’s mother)

Name meanings: Yu—”to worry”; ZiYuan—”purple kite-bird”

Jiang YanLi

(Jiang Cheng’s older sister, Wei WuXian’s shijie)

Name meanings: YanLi—”to dislike separation”

GusuLan Sect

Motto: be righteous

Founder: Lan An (born in a temple; became a musician afterward)

Residence: The Cloud Recesses, Gusu

Motif: flowing clouds

Lan Huan

Common name: XiChen (first on the list of young masters)

Title: ZeWu-Jun

Name meanings: Huan—“to dissipate”; XiChen—”A chancellor of the morning sun”

Height: 188 cm

Sword: Shuoyue (“new moon”)

Xiao: Liebing (“fractured ice”)

Lan SiZhui

(mature disciple with polite manners)

Name meanings: SiZhui—”to recollect and long for”

Height: 172 cm

Lan JingYi

(less mature disciple with less polite manners)

Name meanings: JingYi—Jing means “scenery”, while Yi can mean either “appearance”, “etiquette”, or “gift”

Height: 168 cm

Lan QiRen

(the pedantic, stubborn, strict teacher who brings up excellent students)

Name meanings: QiRen—Qi means “to open, to start”, while Ren means “kindness”

LanlingJin Sect

Residence: Koi Tower, Lanling

Motif: the white peony Sparks Amidst Snow

(Disciples of the Jin Clan have vermilion marks on their forehead)

Jin GuangYao

(Leader of the LanlingJin Sect)

Title: LianFang-Zun

Name meanings: Jin—”golden”; GuangYao—Guang means “light”, while Yao means “a radiant piece of jade”; LianFang—”to hide fragrance”

Height: 170 cm

Jin Ling

(son of Jin ZiXuan and Jiang YanLi)

Name meanings: Ling—”to rise above”

Height: 172 cm

Jin ZiXuan

(Ranked third on the list of young masters)

Name meanings: Zi—a common character found in many names; Xuan—”a tall pavilion”

Height: 185 cm

Jin GuangShan

(past sect leader, rumored to have died “in bed”)

Name meanings: GuangShan—Guang means “light”, while Shan means “kindness”

Mo XuanYu

(illegitimate son of Jin GuangShan, sacrificed his body to Wei WuXian)

Name meanings: XuanYu—Xuan means “mysterious”, while Yu means “feathers”

Qin Su

(Wife of Jin GuangYao)

Name meanings: Su—”sincerity”

QishanWen Sect

Founder: Wen Mao (the first to focus on expanding the clan instead of the sect)

Wen Ning

Alternative name: Ghost General

Name meanings: Wen—”lukewarm”; Ning—”peace”

Height: 183 cm

Wen RuoHan

(Past leader of the Wen Sect)

Name meanings: RuoHan—Ruo means “as though”, while Han means “coldness”

QingheNie Sect

Motif: the head of a beast

Nie MingJue

Title: ChiFeng-Zun (eldest one of the sworn brothers)

Name meanings: MingJue—”a bright, penannular jade”; ChiFeng—”a crimson blade”

Saber: Baxia (“to be under forceful power”)

Height: 191 cm

Nie HuaiSang

(the cowardly second young master)

Name meanings: HuaiSang—Huai means “to hold”, while Sang refers to “mulberry leaves”

Height: 172 cm

Yicheng Arc

Xue Yang

Height: 180 cm

Sword: Jiangzai (“to bring down disasters”)

Xiao XingChen

Name meanings: Xiao—”dawn”; XingChen—”star-dust”

Height: 185 cm

Sword: Shuanghua (“floral frost” or “the brilliance of frost”)

Song Lan

Common name: ZiChen

Name meanings: Lan—”mist”; ZiChen—Zi a common character found in many names, while Chen means “a precious stone”

Sword: Fuxue (“to brush away snow”)


Name meanings: Qing—”bamboo”


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July 10, 2017 8:29 pm

Thank you. I love these posts. They are really helpfull

July 10, 2017 8:56 pm

Thank you!

aida hanabi
aida hanabi
July 10, 2017 9:52 pm

Here… When I though u gimme the news chapter… 😂😂😅
Good… I be tricky… By batman trap… Lol.. *just kidding

July 10, 2017 10:03 pm

Thank you! This is so helpful. I was getting so confused earlier.

July 11, 2017 12:53 am

Thank you ! I was getting lost with the names and trying to remember everyone. xD

July 11, 2017 12:57 am

For some reason I kept thinking wuxian has small build, now that I know his height, it’s not small at all haha
the fan arts are so good, but who is who?
Thank you for the information ^^

July 12, 2017 7:36 am

Thank you! love this novel.. and this was helpful. 🙂 will be patiently waiting for more. 🙂

July 14, 2017 3:34 am

The description lol

(less mature disciple with less polite manners)”


July 14, 2017 9:18 am

I’ve finally had time to take a good look at the pintarest pics and I realized that everyone is pretty tall. I’ve some trouble identifying some characters in the height table but I think i managed to reconize the main ones. ^^

July 15, 2017 3:18 am

I think you mixed up Wei WuXian’s before and after transmigrations on Pinterest.

August 26, 2017 4:15 pm

Very helpful, wish I saw this sooner. I had to make my own notes to get all their names straight.

October 21, 2017 12:40 pm

Hey sorry can I ask when the anime gonna come out? or is it out already?

December 17, 2017 12:17 pm

Thank you! Do you know if there is a pinyin guide to the names, or if you could include some?

January 30, 2018 8:29 pm

I feel like Yicheng Arc would be the final solution to the mystery that MC and ML are currently looking into. Might be wrong though.

February 10, 2018 12:00 pm

Hmmm I wonder how Xue Yang looks like…🤨🤨🤨🤨

February 11, 2018 6:57 pm

This is brilliant thank you for doing this!!!!

February 14, 2018 6:24 am

haha,usually wuxian wears black clothes and wangji wears blue(or white)ones.

March 11, 2018 12:10 am

Xiao XingChen is a cinnamon roll, too good, too pure for this world
April 11, 2018 4:46 pm

thanks for adding the meanings! It helps when remembering everyone’s various names and titles

June 20, 2018 2:21 am

These name meanings looks great(◔◡◔)

July 25, 2018 3:46 pm

a friend intro-ed me to this series & im glad there’s an english translation to this. tbh tot i won’t get into it since it’s wuxia but i got hooked into it & got hype into the horror adventures in the series. brings me back to old times when i like watching chinese horror movies of the sort in this series. again…. i’d really like to say great thanks for translating this amazing novel series….

Jingle Belle
Jingle Belle
August 9, 2018 8:48 pm

Xiao XingChen is stardust? Xue Yang (薛洋) is ‘wormwood ocean’

Aw man now i feel weepy again.

August 30, 2018 7:11 am

Great novel!

September 15, 2018 4:40 pm

Thank you

September 18, 2018 1:05 am

Wow these names are so meaningful, looking back on them after reading up to chapter 68! Thanks for your hard work! It really brings the novel to life.

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