The Snake and the Crane

CH: 承蛇蒙鹤/Chéng Shé Méng Hè
Author: Chichi (that’s me)
Pairing: M/M
Rating: T (graphic death, violence, dark themes)
Genre: Wuxia/low xuanhuan murder mystery
Status: Ongoing
Wordcount: 188k
EPUB (currently up to ch. 36)

The leader of a sect is supposedly poisoned with the unique venom of the scarlet banded snake, which are sometimes raised by the people of the Miasma Caves. Zhu Li, a traveling doctor, is the only known member of the Caves that travels abroad, and happened to be in the area – adding that onto the fact that he had a disagreement with the decedent, and everyone believed that they knew what had happened.

Herein lies the problem; Zhu Li didn’t do it. Not only did he not do it, but he had never spoken to the decedent, and didn’t possess any of the used venom. The evidence being used against him is flimsy to the point of ridiculous, and yet someone powerful is pushing his guilty verdict through, intent on seeing him dead.

Then, he is temporarily saved by someone he’s never met before, and things come to make even less sense.

Table of Contents

Prologue * 1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * 5 * 6 * 7 * 8 * 9 * 10 * 11 * 12 * 13 * 14 * 15 * 16 * 17 * 18 * 19 * 20 * 21 * 22
23 * 24 * 25 * 26 * 27 * 28 * 29 * 30 * 31 * 32 * 33 * 34 * 35 * 36

Main Characters

Zhu Li (诸利) – The MC ♂
Age: 25
The second youngest child and only son of Miasma Caves’s Sect Head. Left home to be the sect’s sole traveling doctor, and did so without the approval of his family. Now, he’s been framed for murder.
Sword: Dusha (毒煞) – Poison Fiend

Guhui (骨灰) – The MC’s Beloved Horse ♀
Age: 8-10
A dappled grey slopenose (Arabian). Dislikes other horses/things bigger than her, and is viciously protective.

Chu Ran (珃) – The SC ♂
Age: 29
Bestowed: Kanqing (看清)/ Yingliu (映柳)
The eldest son of the Chu family’s main branch. Even with such a status, he is shrouded in mystery, to the point that he is virtually unknown outside of his own family. He’s also completely blind.

Chu (楚) Family

Chu Haoyu (豪欲) ♂
Given: Ji (集)
Age: 64
The patriarch of the Chu’s. He’s had quite the poor health, lately.

Chu Fu (福) ♂
Age: 25
The second Chu son. Quite concerned with face.

Chu Xu (蓿) ♀
Age: 20
The third Chu daughter. She escaped the family and ran off to cultivate. Her fate and whereabouts are unknown.

Chu Yan (燕) ♂
Age: 19
The fourth Chu son. Loves to eat, and tends to horf down his food.

Chu Mei (梅) ♀
Age: 13
The fifth Chu daughter. Very young.

Du Lin (都琳) ♀
Age: 45
The Chu matriarch. None of the children born came from her, but concubines.

Han (翰) Family

Han Wenkang (文康) ♀
Age: 66 (deceased)
The previous Blue Orchid Sect Head. Was murdered under mysterious circumstances.

Han Taisha (泰帹) ♀
Age: 23
Han Wenkang’s daughter, current Blue Orchid Sect Head.

Han Xingyu (兴榆) ♀
Age: 54
Han Wenkang’s younger sister. Travels abroad a lot, and is familiar with Zhu Li.

Ren Zhuizhun (任追谆) ♂
Age: 63
Han Wenkang’s father, and…?

Han Dao (导) ♂
Age: 13

Xin (鄩) Sect

Xin Junyan (峻烟) ♀
Given: Jiang (姜)
Chu Ran’s only sectmate that still has her sight.

Xin Yinhui (隐慧) ♀
Age: 58 (last seen)
The old head of the Xin Sect, who’s been missing for years. Was blind, and the teacher/adopter of many of the members.

Zhu (诸) Family

Zhu Longmai (龙脉) ♀
Given: Ya (崖)
Age: 62
Sect Head of the Miasma Caves. Zhu Li’s mother.

Ren Nidan (任匿澹) ♂
Given: Di (迪)
Age: 62
Zhu Li’s father. Hailed from Beishan.

Zhu Wuji (毋忌) ♀
Given: Cha (察)
Age: 34
The eldest sister.

Zhu Junhe (俊和) ♀
Given: Qin (勤)
Age: 31
The second sister.

Zhu Airong (艾绒) ♀
Given: Heng (姮)
Age: 26
The third sister.

Zhu Canxi (璨希) ♀
Given: Pao (匏)
Age: 18
The fourth sister.

Zhu Yaodang (尧谠) ♂
One of Zhu Li’s cousins.

Zheng (郑) Family

Zheng Tonghao (茼蒿) ♀
Age: 28
Likes Zhu Li, but screwed up by not defending him.

Zheng Enyuan (恩源) ♂
Age: 74
Zheng Tonghao’s father.

Ji Yaoyi (纪姚意) ♀
Age: 58
Zheng Tonghao’s mother.

Zheng Aota (奥塔) ♂
Age: 31
Zheng Tonghao’s older brother.

Others

Masked Wasp (假面蜂) ♂
Age: ??
A man that plotted the murder of Han Wenkang.

Ji Misheng (纪弥生) ♂ – Deceased
Age: 34

Dong Wanqiu (冬晚秋) ♀ – Deceased
Age: 35

Ji Zhan (纪展) ♂ – Deceased

Ru Yeying (孺夜莺) ♀
Age: ??

Deng Xia (邓夏) ♂
Age: 22
Cultivated the venom that killed Han Wenkang.

Yin Dun (訚敦) ♂
Delivered the venom that killed Han Wenkang.

Dong Hairong (冬还融) ♂
Friends with Chu Yan and Yin Dun.

Dong Yongming (冬永明) ♀

Faux Fox (假狐哦) ♀
An expert at disguising, appearance-changing, and using qi therapy for cosmetic fixes.

Locations/Objects

蓝兰宗 – Blue Orchid Sect
氛气窟 – Miasma Caves
凤陵 – Feng Hills
北山 – Beishan
东丘 – Dongqiu
南安 – Nan’an
中陵 – Zhongling
西原 – Xiyuan