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The Sunshot Campaign was a conflict involving the sects of the Four Great Clans against the Qishan Wen Sect, which was eradicated in its aftermath, thus ending the Wen Sect's hundred year long reign.

Context

Chapter 17's introduction of the Qishan Wen Sect, translated by Exiled Rebels Scanlations:

"Among the cultivation world, there was a countless number of sects and clans, exceeding even the number of stars in the sky. And, among these, there was a titan which stood above the others without a doubt—the QishanWen Sect... The Wen Clan used the sun as the motif of their clan, signifying that they could “compete with the sun for radiance, match the sun in longevity”. Its sect residence was quite large, almost comparable to a city. It was named the Nightless Sky, also called the Nightless Celestial City, because it was said that there was no nightfall in the city. It could be described as a titan for the fact that no matter in terms of the number of disciples, power, land, or magical tools, there were no other families which could compare to it. A great deal of cultivators took being a foreign disciple to the Wen Sect as a supreme honour."[1]

Significant Build-up Events

War

Hejian Front

Wen Chao and Wen Zhuliu killed by Wei Wuxian.

Wen Xu beheaded by Nie Mingjue.

Langya

Jin Guangyao Undercover in Nightless City

Attack on Nightless City

Wen Ruohan killed by Jin Guangyao after significant effort from Nie Mingjue and Lan Xichen.

Aftermath and Influence

The triumphs and tragedies of the Sunshot Campaign consolidated the next generation of leaders of the cultivational world - power and influence became consolidated in the hands of the four great Cultivational Sects.

Wei Wuxian as the Yiling Patriarch began to prove a political threat to the Lanling Jin Sect, especially since Jin Guangshan coveted his Stygian Tiger Seal. The political climate and Wei Wuxian's protection of the Wen remnants including Wen Qing, Wen Ning, and Wen Yuan thus shaped the events which led to the first siege of the Burial Mounds.

References

  1. novel, Chapter 17