The Grimoire & Flavor Text

“I call it the Zhang Fei. It hits almost as hard as I do.” — Wei Ning

Wei Ning punched the mountain. It moved. A microscopic shudder, but enough to make her punch it again. “They’re just angry that you keep winning without a gun.” Her Ghost danced fretfully around her fist. “That’s why they say these things. Jealousy.”

“I tell you,” Ning grunted, shattering granite, “someday they’ll lose their smart guns and fancy ships, and then they’ll wish they’d listened! There’s one weapon you can always count on, and it’s your strong hand.”

“Eriana would be sad to hear you dismissing machines.” Her Ghost bobbed slyly up to her shoulder. “Eriana would ask if those mighty hands could build a machine in the image of your strength. Just like she was made in the image of a woman.”

Wei Ning tapped her fists together. “Huh,” she said.

This lore card was illustrated by ClashingShaders:

Commissions

A commission I had done with Wei and her Lion by Tamani:

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A second commission I had done by Freichou: Wei Reposted with permission. DO NOT REUPLOAD ON YOUR OWN.

The Ornaments

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Ornaments for Fighting Lion.

More on Wei Ning

Wei Ning was the greatest titan who ever lived.

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Zhang Fei

A Zhang Fei is a kind of Chinese Dancing Lion, named after a Chinese military general from the Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

The Zhang Fei (Cantonese: Cheung Fei) [dancing] lion has a black based face with short black beard, small ears, and black bristles. The tail is black and white with white trim and a white underside. Traditionally this lion also had bells attached to the body. Being the youngest of the three brothers, there is only a single coin on the collar. This Lion is known as the Dou Shi (simplified Chinese: 斗狮; traditional Chinese: 鬥獅; pinyin: Dòu Shī; literally: ‘Fighting Lion’) because Zhang Fei had a quick temper and loved to fight.

Also, this is neat given this website’s name:

This lion is used by [Kung Fu] clubs that were just starting out or by those wishing to make a challenge.

Zhang Fei himself, to use an alignment chart, would be Chaotic Evil. “Zhang Fei is not a good person, he is not a good general, he’s just good at killing.” (Also, he was good at drinking.) So I much prefer to think of the name as the dancing lion rather than the General.

Design Motifs

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The design of the Fighting Lion obviously is based on the wolf crest on Gjallarhorn & Alpha Lupi, but also appears to share motifs of the Chinese Guardian Lions, also called foo dogs.

Naming in other Languages

Translation: Lion, cheer up … hahahahahahahahahahaha

Korean uses the borrowed word “Fighting” as a word of encouragement. It can mean “Come on!”, “Let’s Go!”, “Good Job!” or “Cheer up!”