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Xiao Zong is a character in Love Nikki. He is an immortal man from the Cloud Empire. He was previously known as the Ancient Pavilion Designer before faking his own death.[1]

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Appearance[]

Xiao Zong has long, wild white hair with black streaks. He has a rogue-like look and wears a smirk, and he looks young for his age.

Personality[]

Xiao Zong, being immortal, takes a carefree and often chaotic approach to life. However, he became bored with travelling and drinking all day, and wished for many years to be inspired by somebody and teach them. After meeting Zhu Yuxian and involving himself with Zhu Yuxian and Ming Shuiyuan's relationship, he believed that life was too interesting to give up on.[10]

As the Ancient Pavilion Designer, he was a wise man with a good sense of humor. Though he was a strict teacher, he understood the value of learning in non-traditional ways as well, and enjoyed fresh perspectives.[11] However, he was also described as seeming indifferent when he heard and experienced the story of Evelyn.[7]

Designs[]

Xiao Zong designed the following:

The latter three designs were attributed to the Ancient Pavilion Designer.

History[]

Early Life[]

Xiao Zong was taught alongside King Sayet earlier in his life by the same teacher.[14] During this time, they became friends as they learned to become master-grade designers.[15] The two traveled together, and managed to enter the Pigeon Forest, where they met Rachel. Rachel showed them the memory of Evelynn through one of the steles in the Stele Forest, but the Ancient Pavilion Designer was not strongly affected by it.[7]

Past[]

Xiao Zong's immortality meant he used to spend his infinite days doing things like getting drunk and practicing swordsmanship for fun. He wandered around Miraland trying to find meaning to his life, but everything seemed the same to him.[10]

One day he met a boy in whom he saw great potential. For a long period of time, Xiao Zong tried his best to support the boy, but one day he received a letter from the boy. He had given up on life due to love, which disappointed Xiao Zong. For sixty years after this, Xiao Zong stayed in the Flower Field of Cloud, hoping he would find somebody who would inspire him. As time passed, he relied more upon material things to fill his mind.[10] It is possible that this boy referred to King Sayet, though it is unclear.

Year 630[]

In the year 630, he encountered Fu Su claiming to be a disciple of his in order to sell things and make money in the Flower Field.[16] Instead of disciplining him, he asked Fu Su where he learned to style, having seen him battle Spring (and lose).[17] When Fu Su responded that a deer taught him, Xiao Zong laughed. He gave him some advice, and asked him to compete with the Flower Field Fairies. When Fu Su won, Xiao Zong offered to teach him, which Fu Su eagerly accepted.[16]

Year 672[]

The Ancient Pavilion Designer taught Fu Su for many decades as time went by. One day, he learned that King Sayet passed away. He summoned Fu Su and asked him to visit Pigeon for him to give his condolences. The news troubled him greatly, and he expressed great sadness over Sayet's passing.[18]

After Fu Su returned from Pigeon, Xiao Zong's health apparently began to decline. He tried to tell Fu Su that he should leave the Pavilion, saying that the seal protecting the Pavilion caged them in as well and adding that Fu Su should leave.[19]

Year 673[]

Xiao Zong met Zhu Yuxian in the Flower Field during this year, and the two formed a strong bond. Their meeting was described as similar to how "heroes [meet] in legends", and together they often played go. Xiao Zong gave Zhu Yuxian a pair of silver orioles which could be used as messengers. Zhu Yuxian gave Xiao Zong's life meaning again, and he made the decision to leave the flower field.[10][20]

While Fu Su was out picking herbs one day, Xiao Zong appeared to pass away in his bed. Fu Su's deer, Bambi, alerted him to the occurrence.[19] Fu Su carried out his last wish by putting his body on a bamboo raft and floating it down the river in the mountain.[2][21] Fu Su later discovered that he faked his own death.[1]

Xiao Zong tried to teach Yuxian how to erase his own memories, but he did not believe he had the potential to do it. However, Xiao Zong was proven wrong when Zhu Yuxian stabbed Ming Shuiyuan. Xiao Zong stepped in to save her, as he wanted her to continue to associate with Zhu Yuxian and tell an "interesting story".[10] After saving her, they talked for a long while, with her apparently unsuspecting of his true intentions.[22]

Year 680[]

Xiao Zong climbed the Misty Peaks one morning, drinking, when he happened upon two soldiers. They told him he couldn't be there and one tried to stab him with his sword, but he easily deflected the attack and turned it around, killing the soldier. Xiao Zong suppressed the flare he tried to send out and told the dying officer not to interrupt, as it "was nearly time".[3]

All of a sudden, light came from the direction of Jinlin Palace and shot into the sky, indicating the Empress of Cloud performing a ceremony. Xiao Zong let out a fanatical laugh and remarked that they didn't disappoint him.[3]

Nine-Night Tales event[]

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Relationships[]

Zhu Yuxian[]

Zhu Yuxian and Xiao Zong quickly became "bosom friends" after first meeting in the Flower Field. This first meeting was said to be similar to how heroes meet in legends.[20]

Xiao Zong finds Zhu Yuxian to be incredibly unique and refreshing, exceeding all of his expectations and causing him to finally leave the Flower Field after many years.[10] They drank and played go together, and Xiao Zong was surprised to enjoy even losing to him.[20] Xiao Zong also taught him how to erase his own memories.[10]

Xiao Zong also gifted Zhu Yuxian a pair of silver orioles. The pair of birds could always find each other, and they could be used as messengers.[20]

King Sayet[]

King Sayet and Xiao Zong were close friends were instructed together,[14] and both became powerful designers.[23] They both created blueprint designs for each other, and both dreamed of becoming the greatest stylist and would see who could accomplish that achievement first.

As adults, they did not often visit each other.[24] When Xiao Zong received news of his passing, he was very upset, and told Fu Su to go to his funeral in Pigeon.[19] Fu Su did not know that they had known each other, and he suspected that they had had a falling out.[24] While at King Sayet's funeral, Fu Su realized that they did not have a rupture after all.[25]

Fu Su[]

Fu Su was Xiao Zong's disciple, knowing him as the Ancient Pavilion Designer. Xiao Zong first met him when Fu Su was selling esoterica in the Flower Field.[26] He challenged him to battle the Flower Field Fairies Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. When Fu Su won, Xiao Zong offered him an apprenticeship.[16]

Fu Su was very grateful for the option to study under Xiao Zong, and never took it for granted, especially since he had been homeless and poor before.[27] He was a dutiful student for years and years, with his only transgression being that he left the Pavilion with Winter without permission.[19] He later describes Xiao Zong as his role model.[2]

Fu Su took care of the Flower Field after Xiao Zong's supposed death. It is implied that he did not tell anyone, or many people, about the Pavilion Designer's death, given that Lunar did not know he had passed.[28] Xiao Zong told Fu Su that he wanted him to leave and broaden his horizons, but Fu Su believed that by staying in the pavilion, he would be able to inherit the Designer's will and become a great designer. However, after Fu Su met Nikki, he was finally inspired to leave and journey the world.[29]

Appearances and Mentions[]

Main Story[]

Around the World[]

This character does not appear in any Around the World stages.

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Events[]

Suits[]

Items[]

Item Caption Icon
Kind Heart After the Nine-Day War passed away, the Ancient Pavilion Designer of Cloud Empire enclosed himself. Kind Heart
Snow Ears The Ancient Pavilion Designer of Cloud Empire used to be an old friend to the legendary King Sayet. Snow Ears
Broken Wings (Dress) The Ancient Pavilion Designer and the legendary King Sayet were taught by the same teacher. Broken Wings (Dress)
Stranger Fu Su does not understand why master and King Sayet do not visit each other all their lives. Stranger
Osmanthus Brew Ancient Pavilion Designer is another master-grade designer after King Sayet in the continent. Osmanthus Brew
Mist in the Mountain Gossip: Sayet's diary records, the pipe was given to the Ancient Pavilion Designer now belongs to Nikki... Mist in the Mountain

Quotes[]

  • "Upon seeing the peach blossoms, some marvel how brilliant they are while others are rankled by the absence of leaves. The true beauty lies in your heart."
    — The Ancient Pavilion Designer in Right or Wrong, Past in Flower Field.

  • "Life has limits, but beauty does not."

  • Name by Server[]

    Version Name (Romanized)
    International.png International (English) Xiao Zong
    Chinese Flag.png China (Simplified) 萧纵 (Xiāo Zòng)
    Korean Flag.png South Korea 소종 (So Jong)
    Vietnam Flag.png Vietnam Tiêu Tung
    • Xiao Zong is said to be a pseudonym by Fu Su.[1] His real name is Yinxi, or Spring Usher.[2]

    Ancient Pavilion Designer[]

    Version Name (Romanized) Translation
    International.png International (English) Ancient Pavilion Designer N/A
    France Flag.png International (French) Designer de l'Ancien Pavillon Ancient Pavilion Designer
    Chinese Flag.png China (Simplified) 古楼大师 (gǔ lóu dàshī) ???
    Vietnam Flag.png Vietnam Thiết kế Lâu đài cổ Ancient Castle Designer
    Singapore Flag.png Southeast Asia (English) N/A N/A

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    Trivia[]

    • Before it was officially confirmed in The Wave of Time Event, there was some evidence that Xiao Zong was the same character as the Ancient Pavilion Designer. This evidence includes the fact that both Xiao Zong and the Ancient Pavilion Designer are described as King Sayet's senior, and the fact that their timelines both indicate that they spent many years in the Flower Field of Cloud, ending in the year 673. However, their personalities were different, and interestingly, the Miraland Civilization Files book also wrote that the Ancient Pavilion Designer died and presented the two separately.

    Notes[]

    1. According to Sayet, who was born in 583, Xiao Zong was the younger of the two. However, it is possible that Xiao Zong lied about his age, as this does not line up with the rest of his story. (Sayet called him senior in Nine-Night Tales, but in the suit Sayet designed for Xiao Zong, Cloud Tea Party, it's said that Sayet had to call the younger of the two senior because Sayet came later to study.)

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