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#modern cultivation au
mdzs-fic · 22 days ago
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Alternate Universe - Modern With Cultivation, Sex Demons, slight dubcon, but all parties are happy, Hurt/Comfort
Word count: 17k
Dating a yao is a lot more mundane than some might imagine. Or, at least, less filled with danger. At least for Lan Zhan.
Of course, "dating" may be too strong of a word for it. Currently Lan Zhan is taking it day by day, as Wei Ying wishes, but he is biding his time until he can truly demonstrate to Wei Ying that they have nothing to worry about and that Wei Ying is safe with him.
Years of lonely hunting for scraps, however, have conditioned Wei Ying to be wary of even the most reliable of circumstances. Lan Zhan will not let that dissuade him. He will simply have to make himself more reliable.
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mdzs-fic · a month ago
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Alternate Universe - Modern with Magic, Swords, surprisingly no sword-related euphemisms, sword-racing, Getting Together, Injury, Alternate Universe - Sports, Concussions, yunmeng sibs
Word count: 19.5k
The next turn in the racecourse took them up higher, perhaps twenty meters off the ground as undergrowth swarmed in bunches.
Out of the corner of his eye, right as Lan Zhan hit the peak of his turn, Wei Wuxian saw a red suit flash by. Before he could even react, there was a blinding explosion of light as multiple talismans activated at once, and then – nothing. Lan Zhan wasn’t in front of him anymore.
(A modern sword-racing AU.)
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threepunksofyunmeng · a month ago
Yet more miscellaneous thoughts about my modern cultivation au (wherein Meng Yao is a disciple of Yunmeng Jiang and becomes frienemies with Wei Wuxian):
Lan Wangji becomes good friends with both Wen Qing and Mian Mian. Wei Wuxian likes to joke that Lan Wangji is surprisingly popular with the ladies, which frustrates Lan Wangji to no end, because 1. he is gay, 2. he is in love with Wei Wuxian, and 3. his friendship to Wen Qing and Mian Mian was born out of wlw/mlm solidarity. Wen Qing and Mian Mian, on their part, can’t believe that Lan Wangji actually has a crush on the densest man on the planet.
Nie Huaisang identifies as genderqueer and goes by them/them pronouns. They “misplace” their saber at any given opportunity, determined not to cultivate in the traditional Qinghe Nie Sect fashion. However, Nie Huaisang does learn to cultivate with a fan, with the help of Meng Yao and Wei Wuxian. Meng Yao is the one who suggests the idea, and Wei Wuxian is the one who makes it work. Even after Nie Huaisang begins to perfect their new cultivation style, however, they still prefer to make excuses for why they can’t go out on the more dangerous night hunts. They know their strengths, and they know that night hunting is not one of them.
A-Yuan ends up experiencing a similar trauma to Wei Wuxian, in which he and his family are trapped in a crypt with a bunch of angry fierce corpses for betraying the Qishan Wen Sect. He survives, but like Wei Wuxian, the amount of resentful energy he was subjected to leaves his qi channels permanently damaged. Wei Wuxian is the one who rescues him, and afterwards he becomes a mentor figure to A-Yuan, teaching him how to resist the negative side effects of resentful energy. It is not long before A-Yuan starts thinking of Wei Wuxian as his dad.
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threepunksofyunmeng · a month ago
Taking Prompts!
This is a brand new au, and there is a lot of land to cover
Basically this is a modern cultivation au wherein Meng Yao is a disciple of Yunmeng Jiang and becomes frienemies with Wei Wuxian
They are experts in demonic cultivation and are often asked to consult on cases for other sects, especially when it comes to cursed artifacts that are too dangerous for a non-demonic cultivator to handle. Jiang Cheng also tags along, mostly because he doesn’t like feeling left out, but also because he has Zidian in case things get especially hairy.
Featuring wangxian, xiyao, xuanli, chengqing, and a whole lot of pining.
Read more about the au here
Send in requests here
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threepunksofyunmeng · a month ago
Even more miscellaneous thoughts about my modern cultivation au (wherein Meng Yao is a disciple of Yunmeng Jiang and becomes frienemies with Wei Wuxian):
Due to an particularly traumatic and life-altering event in Wei Wuxian’s childhood, wherein he got stuck inside a trap away within a haunted forest for several months, he is unable to form a golden core, due to his qi channels being too damaged. However, he has a higher than normal resistance to resentful energy, and can still use talismans. Because of this resistance, Wei Wuxian is often recruited by other sects when it comes to finding and handling items teeming with harmful resentful energy
Both the Yunmeng Jiang and Lanling Jin Sects become interested in the subject of demonic cultivation, basically turning it into its own field of study. Disciples are still forbidden from practicing it, but are free to conduct experiments using resentful energy so long as they have taken proper precautions and have been given permission from the Sect Leader. Yunmeng Jiang is known for being more careful in regards to their experiments, while the Lanling Jin Sect likes to test the boundary of what is or what is not acceptable in the eyes of the public
Jin Zixuan himself doesn’t have anything to do with demonic cultivation, though. Nor does Jin Guangshan. That is what the outer disciples (non-blood related disciples) are for
Wei Wuxian and Meng Yao are considered to be two of the best experts in the field of demonic cultivation, and Jin Guangshan frequently tries to recruit Meng Yao to join his side, but Meng Yao has practically been raised by the Jiang family (mostly by Jiang Yanli) and has grown too attached to them (or, more accurately, Jiang Yanli) to betray them
After Jin Zixuan started being a dick to Jiang Yanli during adolescence, Meng Yao nearly saw red and gave Jin Zixuan a piece of his mind. This led to Jin Zixuan realizing he liked Jiang Yanli back much sooner. When the happy couole get married and Jiang Yanli moves to the Lanling District, Meng Yao misses Jiang Yanli’s presence so much that he almost regrets his involvement. But at least they still live in the same city, and the three punks of Yunmeng try to visit their jiejie/shijie as often as possible
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enbyleighlines · a month ago
Against all common sense, I have created a side blog for that modern cultivation au (wherein Meng Yao is a disciple of Yunmeng Jiang and becomes frienemies with Wei Wuxian (also known as the Three Punks of Yunmeng Verse))
It’s @threepunksofyunmeng and I am accepting questions there, plus drabble prompts that take place in this au
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enbyleighlines · a month ago
Ask me some questions about my modern cultivation au (wherein Meng Yao is a disciple of Yunmeng Jiang and becomes frienemies with Wei Wuxian)
Also tentatively nicknamed “three punks of yunmeng verse”
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enbyleighlines · a month ago
Some more miscellaneous thoughts about my modern cultivation au (wherein Meng Yao is a disciple of Yunmeng Jiang and becomes frienemies with Wei Wuxian):
Wei Wuxian has both adhd and an anxiety disorder. He is also a caffeine addict. For him, caffeine is a double-edged sword. It helps him stay focused and also gives him a nice little serotonin boost, but he has to snack continuously throughout the day, or else he gets jittery, and can more easily spiral into a panic attack
Lan Wangji is autistic. When he gets overstimulated, he likes to find a secluded space where he can pet Yin and Yang, his pet rabbits. He also carries pieces of guqin strings in the sleeves of his robes to pluck at when he feels the need to start stimming
When it comes to outfits, the Gusu Lan Sect is really the only one that is still strict about how their disciples dress. They are encouraged to wear their hair long, and to don traditional robes. And of, course, they still have their head bands. The other sects do have their own signifiers (Yunmeng Jiang has the clarity bells, Lanling Jin the crimson dots on the forehead, Qinghe Nie with their giant sabers, and Qishan Wen with red tattoos), but they allow each disciple the freedom to wear either more traditional or modern clothing, as long as a majority of their clothes are in the Sect colors
Wei Wuxian of course dresses more modern, kind of like a mix between a punk and a skateboarder. He mostly wears black, with accents of red and purple. He also has his ears pierced. Wei Wuxian wears his hair around shoulder-length, and cut that short he naturally has some really nice gravity-defying curls. Lan Wangji could build a temple to those curls
The Gusu Lan Sect has invented a spell that “silences” all technology in a certain range, which makes it impossible to text in class. Wei Wuxian quickly found that out in his adolescence, when he took a summer course on purification rituals in Gusu Lan, and nearly lost his mind (or so he claimed) due to boredom
The various sects all live in the same huge metropolitan city, just in separate districts, so disciples have many opportunities to hang out with friends from other sects. In fact, disciples are often encouraged to learn from other sects through taking summer courses and such
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Chapters: 1/1 Fandom: 陈情令 | The Untamed (TV), 魔道祖师 - 墨香铜臭 | Módào Zǔshī - Mòxiāng Tóngxiù Rating: Teen And Up Audiences Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply Relationships: Lán Zhàn | Lán Wàngjī/Wèi Yīng | Wèi Wúxiàn Characters: Wei Ying | Wei Wuxian, Lan Zhan | Lan Wangji, Background & Cameo Characters Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Alternate Universe - Modern with Magic, Case Fic, Roommates, Getting Together, Ghosts, It's A Little Bit Spooky, And A Lot Bit Cozy, Mutual Pining, Curses Summary:
Turns out the HR department may have had a point when they said don't bring your work home with you, and not just in the metaphorical sense. In his defense, it's not like he was trying to get anyone cursed.
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Chapters: 1/1 Fandom: 魔道祖师 - 墨香铜臭 | Módào Zǔshī - Mòxiāng Tóngxiù Rating: Teen And Up Audiences Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply Relationships: Lán Zhàn | Lán Wàngjī/Wèi Yīng | Wèi Wúxiàn Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Alternate Universe - Still Have Powers, fake hating, An opposite of Faking dating, i'm a visionary with tags Summary:
Today, they were facing against a ghost who fed through his victims’ emotions, pursuing him to a shopping center’s parking lot, when a dark presence showed up unannounced, twirling a black dizi with a grin.
The rogue vigilante: the Yiling Patriarch.
“What are you doing here?!” Nie Mingjue had no time for this man’s antics.
“ChiFeng-Zun,” the Yiling Patriarch saluted, his grin gaining a teasing edge as he shifted his sights to Lan Zhan, giving no attention to the rest of the squad, much to their whispering indignation, “Hanguang-Jun…”
Within a blink of a moment, Lan Zhan had the man against a wall, his sword, Bichen, a touch shy of the Yiling Patriarch’s neck. Turning towards Nie Mingjue, Lan Zhan implored, “Leave him to me.”
(three times Hanguang-Jun and the Yiling Patriarch pretended to be enemies, and one time they didn't have to.)
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mdzs-fic · 2 months ago
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Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, modern au with cultivation, Road Trips, Hurt/Comfort, Rimming, Romance, Ghosts, Canon-Typical Violence, brief gun violence, brief mention of mind control, Brief Medical Procedure (IV fluids), Curses, Found Family, Camping, Barebacking
Word count: 15k
Wei Ying glances aside and smiles. "Are you okay?" he asks.
It is three in the morning. Maybe they're the only people in the world.
"Yes," Lan Wangji says, surprised at how much he means it.
This is a story about running away.
And finding your way home.
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wangxianficrecs · 5 days ago
Crazy, Rich Cultivators by ShanaStoryteller
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Crazy, Rich Cultivators
by ShanaStoryteller
not rated (I’d say T or even G), 13k, wangxian
Summary:  Lan Zhan is convinced to bring his boyfriend home to meet his family.
What he doesn't know is that Wei Ying is a former disciple of the Jiang who was kicked out in disgrace.
None of this would have happened if he and his brother hadn't been sent to boarding school after their mother's death.
My comments:  Let me preface this with acknowledging that while I'm aware the movie Crazy Rich Asians exists, I know nothing about it. Turns out, I didn't have to, so....
Wow, this story moved so fast! Turns out that while lwj and wwx have been happily dating/living together for a year, they actually... don't know any important DETAILS about the other. Like what their actual courtesy name is. Also, this isn't information they share with their families, wanting to keep them from internet-stalking their boyfriend.
Lan Xichen, ignorant yet sweet brother that he is, organizes a surprise party to meet lwj's new boyfriend, and all the main Clans are invited. Only, everyone there already knows wwx, and the poor Lan brothers are bewildered....
This is angsty, it's all from lwj's POV, and he's so hurt and confused because it really seems that everyone knows more about his boyfriend than him. And his boyfriend is... clearly not happy with this at all. Which hurts AND frightens lwj.
Ah, when the Mysterious Past comes up to bite you in the ass....
modern au, modern cultivators, idiots in love, misunderstandings, POV lan wangji, crazy rich asians au, established relationship, miscommunication, identity porn, (-ish), angst, protective everybody, farce, @shanastoryteller
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penguinooooooo · 9 days ago
I've been reading this wangxian time loop fic for almost four hours now and i'm only on chapter three -_-
these chapters are so long
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wangxianficrecs · 10 days ago
Moonlight as My Guide by BromeliadDreams
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Moonlight as My Guide
by BromeliadDreams
M, 32k, wangxian
Summary:  A modern cultivators AU in which Wei Ying, local talisman nerd and tired post-doc, finds himself drawn into the circle of professional cultivators Lan Huan and Lan Zhan as they attempt to track down the person responsible for a series of horrific magical ‘experiments’ in Yiling.
My comments:  Delicious case fic. Wwx is a post-doc who studies talismans (since the Jiangs refused to let him have Cultivator lessons with his 'sibs', this is as close to magic as he can get). The Twin Jades blow in, and wwx falls instantly and hard. But the case is really horrific, and the minds behind it are utterly sick, very clever and very creative, so he's intrigued as well as repulsed.
modern au, modern cultivators, case fic, modern with magic, talismans, college/university au, except wwx is a non-cultivator post-doc and lwj is a functioning adult out in the world, gore, body horror, chaos gremlin wei wuxian, getting to know each other, getting together, gray asexual wei wuxian, hurt/comfort, domestic, *podfic welcome*, rating is for gore background xiyao, happy ending, @sinni-ok-sessi​
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wangxianficrecs · 13 days ago
The Life Cycle of the Frog and the Fish by Aerlalaith
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The Life Cycle of the Frog and the Fish
by Aerlalaith
T, 53k, wangxian
Summary:  “Huh,” Wei Wuxian said finally. He was staring at the guy’s face, lips parted. “He’s kind of…” he tilted his head. “Hot?”
“Don’t you dare,” said Jiang Cheng, “try and sleep with the random hobo we found sleeping in a haunted fucking cave.”
(Reincarnation has its pitfalls.)
My comments:  Ah, I love this story! In which a modern, 3-year-old Wei Wuxian is adopted by a mysterious Grandmother who teaches a weird, kind of twilight version of cultivation that her students (except for wwx) can simply interpret as meditation with a metaphor, if they'd rather. The first fifth of the story covers his childhood, wherein he lives with his Grandmother until she has to leave and then he stays with the Jiangs after that. During these years, he slowly develops a seizure-related illness that seems linked to strange, and vivid memories, and the sensation of deja vu.
Then we time skip to young adulthood, wherein jaing cheng and wei wuxian go out hiking with nie huaisang. Wwx trips over a cave and goes inside, of course, and discovers... a beautiful man in white, with a white ribbon and white hair, inside of a stasis bubble or force field. Also, there's a skeleton nearby, an evil-yet-friendly flute, a welcoming sword and a message on the wall with his own name on it.
They drag the poor unconscious man to a nearby monastery (where everyone seems to be named Lan... what kind of cult is this?) and try to go home, but wwx has trouble letting go, and then he realizes that those Lans never had any intention of calling a doctor for the previously cave-dwelling stranger, so he storms back up the mountain to protect his unconscious charge and... things get weirder from there.
*[I never did figure out what this has to do with frogs and fish]*
Excerpt:  “What’s the problem then? Why’d you stop?” [Jiang Cheng]
“It’s…” [Wei Wuxian]
“No, it’s just…it’s weird.”
“Well—it can’t be that weird,” Jiang Cheng asserted, despite the indisputable fact that he was currently standing in a haunted cave with a skeleton and a maybe-cultivator or maybe-hobo cosplaying as Sleeping Beauty, while his brother read some kind of goodbye note carved into the wall in antiquated Chinese.
modern au, modern cultivators, fairy tale au, (Sleeping Beauty -ish), reincarnation, case fic, mystery, angst, fluff, humor, illnesses, curses, child wei wuxian, (for a while), growing up, mysterious Grandmother, near drowning, seizures, the jiangs are good parents, deja vu, flashbacks, dumb college kids, spelunking, grief/mourning, case fic, immortality, fainting wei wuxian, (because that’s his gig), getting together, rescue, happy ending, @aerlalaith​
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ladyvyola · 14 days ago
Jeweled symbols for the modern cultivator:
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And to compare to the traditional symbols:
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sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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ophiuchus-thelostsoul · 16 days ago
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English & Chinese Language Provided:
Finalllyyy!!!!!!!! I’ve trying to finish my part 2 since the first one I posted on Valentine’s Day, and it’s finally COMPLETED!!!
Hope you guys enjoyed their little special date~
(This is the modern au btw)
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fey-r · 27 days ago
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"You Belong To Me" 
Jiang Cheng from my Modern AU arranged marriage Xicheng - Can you wait for a bit more
(I was unable to draw for a good two months due to a herniated spine, so this is not my life's work)
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amidsttime · a month ago
verse tags!
v. (i.) main ❆ thou seek the dark / with an unsheathed blade
v. (ii.) main; yicheng ❆ obtain the fate you sow / on this path be wary friend and foe
AU. modern cultivation ❆ thou seek the light / with an outstretched hand
AU. modern ❆  after the storm stills its wake / may all be blessed
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