Gaming

Gaming
GamingNameGaming
TitleLeonine Vanguard
OccupationSword and Strongbox Secure Transport Agency
AssociationLIYUE
RarityRaritystrRaritystrRaritystrRaritystr
WeaponWeapon Claymore
ElementElement Pyro
Day of Birth22
Month of Birth12
Vision (Introduced)Pyro
Constellation (Introduced)Leo Expergiscens
Chinese Seuyu谢莹
Japanese Seuyu小松昌平
English SeuyuCaleb Yen
Korean SeuyuKim Yoon-Gi
DescriptionGuard of the Sword and Strongbox Secure Transport Agency, and the head of the "Mighty Mythical Beasts" Wushou troupe.
Character Ascension Materials
Agnidus Agate Sliver
Agnidus Agate Fragment
Agnidus Agate Chunk
Agnidus Agate Gemstone
Emperor's Resolution
Starconch
Slime Condensate
Slime Secretions
Slime Concentrate
Skill Ascension Materials
Teachings of Prosperity
Guide to Prosperity
Philosophies of Prosperity
Lightless Mass
Crown of Insight

Table of Content
Stats
Skills
Skill Ascension
Related Items
Gallery
Sounds
Quotes
Stories

Stats

LvHPAtkDefCritRate%CritDMG%Bonus Atk%MaterialsTotal Materials
195725.2958.945.0%50.0%0%
20246064.96151.425.0%50.0%0%
Agnidus Agate Sliver1
Starconch3
Slime Condensate3
Mora20000
Agnidus Agate Sliver1
Starconch3
Slime Condensate3
Mora20000
20+317583.85195.455.0%50.0%0%
404755125.6292.775.0%50.0%0%
Agnidus Agate Fragment3
Emperor's Resolution2
Starconch10
Slime Condensate15
Mora40000
Agnidus Agate Sliver1
Starconch13
Slime Condensate18
Mora60000
Agnidus Agate Fragment3
Emperor's Resolution2
40+5264139.03324.055.0%50.0%6.0%
506054159.91372.745.0%50.0%6.0%
Agnidus Agate Fragment6
Emperor's Resolution4
Starconch20
Slime Secretions12
Mora60000
Agnidus Agate Sliver1
Starconch33
Slime Condensate18
Mora120K
Agnidus Agate Fragment9
Emperor's Resolution6
Slime Secretions12
50+6732177.81414.455.0%50.0%12.0%
607523198.7463.145.0%50.0%12.0%
Agnidus Agate Chunk3
Emperor's Resolution8
Starconch30
Slime Secretions18
Mora80000
Agnidus Agate Sliver1
Starconch63
Slime Condensate18
Mora200K
Agnidus Agate Fragment9
Emperor's Resolution14
Slime Secretions30
Agnidus Agate Chunk3
60+8031212.12494.435.0%50.0%12.0%
708821232.98543.055.0%50.0%12.0%
Agnidus Agate Chunk6
Emperor's Resolution12
Starconch45
Slime Concentrate12
Mora100K
Agnidus Agate Sliver1
Starconch108
Slime Condensate18
Mora300K
Agnidus Agate Fragment9
Emperor's Resolution26
Slime Secretions30
Agnidus Agate Chunk9
Slime Concentrate12
70+9329246.41574.345.0%50.0%18.0%
8010120267.29623.035.0%50.0%18.0%
Agnidus Agate Gemstone6
Emperor's Resolution20
Starconch60
Slime Concentrate24
Mora120K
Agnidus Agate Sliver1
Starconch168
Slime Condensate18
Mora420K
Agnidus Agate Fragment9
Emperor's Resolution46
Slime Secretions30
Agnidus Agate Chunk9
Slime Concentrate36
Agnidus Agate Gemstone6
80+10628280.72654.315.0%50.0%24.0%
9011419301.6703.05.0%50.0%24.0%

Skills

Active Skils

Normal Attack: Stellar RendNormal Attack: Stellar Rend
Normal Attack
Performs up to 4 consecutive strikes.

Charged Attack
Drains Stamina over time to perform continuous spinning attacks against all nearby opponents.
At the end of the sequence, performs a more powerful slash.

Plunging Attack
Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE DMG upon impact.
Lv1Lv2Lv3Lv4Lv5Lv6Lv7Lv8Lv9Lv10Lv11Lv12Lv13Lv14Lv15
1-Hit DMG83.86%90.68%97.51%107.26%114.08%121.88%132.61%143.34%154.06%165.76%177.46%189.16%200.86%212.57%224.27%
2-Hit DMG79.04%85.48%91.91%101.1%107.54%114.89%125%135.11%145.22%156.25%167.28%178.31%189.34%200.37%211.4%
3-Hit DMG106.65%115.33%124.01%136.41%145.09%155.01%168.65%182.29%195.93%210.81%225.69%240.57%255.45%270.34%285.22%
4-Hit DMG127.95%138.36%148.78%163.66%174.07%185.97%202.34%218.7%235.07%252.92%270.78%288.63%306.48%324.34%342.19%
Charged Attack Cyclic DMG62.52%67.61%72.7%79.97%85.06%90.87%98.87%106.87%114.87%123.59%132.31%141.04%149.76%158.49%167.21%
Charged Attack Final DMG113.09%122.29%131.5%144.65%153.86%164.37%178.84%193.31%207.77%223.55%239.33%255.11%270.89%286.67%302.45%
Charged Attack Stamina Cost40 / s40 / s40 / s40 / s40 / s40 / s40 / s40 / s40 / s40 / s40 / s40 / s40 / s40 / s40 / s
Max Duration5s5s5s5s5s5s5s5s5s5s5s5s5s5s5s
Plunge DMG64.15%69.37%74.59%82.05%87.27%93.23%101.44%109.64%117.85%126.8%135.75%144.7%153.65%162.6%171.55%
Low/High Plunge DMG128.26% / 160.21%138.7% / 173.25%149.14% / 186.29%164.06% / 204.92%174.5% / 217.96%186.43% / 232.86%202.84% / 253.35%219.24% / 273.84%235.65% / 294.34%253.54% / 316.69%271.44% / 339.05%289.34% / 361.4%307.24% / 383.76%325.13% / 406.11%343.03% / 428.46%
Bestial AscentBestial Ascent
Pounces forward using the Wushou arts, leaping high into the air after coming into contact with a target or surface.
After Gaming has used Bestial Ascent to rise into the air, if he immediately uses a Plunging Attack, he will use the especially powerful Plunging Attack: Charmed Cloudstrider instead.

Plunging Attack: Charmed Cloudstrider
The DMG from Plunging Attacks caused by Bestial Ascent is converted to Pyro DMG that cannot be overridden by other elemental infusions. Upon landing, Gaming will consume a fixed amount of HP. Gaming's HP cannot be reduced below 10% by this method.
Charmed Cloudstrider DMG is considered Plunging Attack DMG.

"Auspicious beasts leap high to pluck the greens — that symbolizes good fortune and knowing how to make some serious green, y'know — so may we all rise to new heights, one step at a time!"
Lv1Lv2Lv3Lv4Lv5Lv6Lv7Lv8Lv9Lv10Lv11Lv12Lv13Lv14Lv15
Plunging Attack: Charmed Cloudstrider DMG230.4%247.68%264.96%288%305.28%322.56%345.6%368.64%391.68%414.72%437.76%460.8%489.6%518.4%547.2%
HP Cost15% Max HP15% Max HP15% Max HP15% Max HP15% Max HP15% Max HP15% Max HP15% Max HP15% Max HP15% Max HP15% Max HP15% Max HP15% Max HP15% Max HP15% Max HP
CD6s6s6s6s6s6s6s6s6s6s6s6s6s6s6s
Suanni's Gilded DanceSuanni's Gilded Dance
Gaming enters Wushou Stance, briefly applying Pyro to him, recovering a fixed amount of HP, and summons his companion, the Suanni Man Chai, to smash into his target, dealing AoE Pyro DMG.
After bashing its target, Man Chai will roll to a nearby location before moving towards Gaming. When it links up with Gaming, Man Chai will leave the field and reset the CD for Gaming's Elemental Skill, Bestial Ascent.
While Wushou Stance is active, his resistance to interruption is increased, and when Gaming lands with Charmed Cloudstrider attack or completes the forward pounce attack from Bestial Ascent with over 50% HP, he will summon Man Chai again.
Each Gaming can only have 1 Man Chai on the field simultaneously.
This effect will be canceled once Gaming leaves the field.

"The gilded Suanni spits out fortune like a fireworks show! Hey, now that's what's called prosperity, when business is really 'booming'!"
Lv1Lv2Lv3Lv4Lv5Lv6Lv7Lv8Lv9Lv10Lv11Lv12Lv13Lv14Lv15
Suanni Man Chai Smash DMG370.4%398.18%425.96%463%490.78%518.56%555.6%592.64%629.68%666.72%703.76%740.8%787.1%833.4%879.7%
Skill Healing30% Max HP30% Max HP30% Max HP30% Max HP30% Max HP30% Max HP30% Max HP30% Max HP30% Max HP30% Max HP30% Max HP30% Max HP30% Max HP30% Max HP30% Max HP
Wushou Stance Duration12s12s12s12s12s12s12s12s12s12s12s12s12s12s12s
CD15s15s15s15s15s15s15s15s15s15s15s15s15s15s15s
Energy Cost606060606060606060606060606060

Passive Skills

The Striding BeastThe Striding Beast
During the day (06:00 – 18:00), your party members gain the Swift Stride effect: Movement SPD increased by 10%.
Does not take effect in Domains, Trounce Domains, or Spiral Abyss. Swift Stride does not stack.
Dance of AmityDance of Amity
After Bestial Ascent's Plunging Attack: Charmed Cloudstrider hits an opponent, Gaming will regain 1.5% of his Max HP once every 0.2s for 0.8s.
Air of ProsperityAir of Prosperity
When Gaming has less than 50% HP, he will receive a 20% Incoming Healing Bonus. When Gaming has 50% HP or more, Plunging Attack: Charmed Cloudstrider will deal 20% more DMG.

Constellations

Bringer of BlessingBringer of Blessing
When the Suanni Man Chai from Suanni's Gilded Dance meets back up with Gaming, it will heal 15% of Gaming's HP.
Plum Blossoms UnderfootPlum Blossoms Underfoot
When Gaming receives healing and this instance of healing overflows, his ATK will be increased by 20% for 5s.
Awakening SpiritAwakening Spirit
Increases the Level of Bestial Ascent by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
Soar Across MountainsSoar Across Mountains
When Bestial Ascent's Plunging Attack: Charmed Cloudstrider hits an opponent, it will restore 2 Energy to Gaming. This effect can be triggered once every 0.2s.
Evil-Daunting RoarEvil-Daunting Roar
Increases the Level of Suanni's Gilded Dance by 3.
Maximum upgrade level is 15.
To Tame All BeastsTo Tame All Beasts
Bestial Ascent's Plunging Attack: Charmed Cloudstrider CRIT Rate increased by 20% and CRIT DMG increased by 40%, and its attack radius will be increased.

Skill Ascension

Sounds

TitleENCNJPKR
Party Switch
Opening Chest
Normal Attack
Medium Attack
Heavy Attack
Taking Damage (Low)
Taking Damage (High)
Battle Skill #1
Battle Skill #3
Sprinting Starts
Jumping
Climbing
Heavy Breathing (Climbing)
Open World Gliding (Start)
Open World Idle
Fainting
Idle Performance

Quotes

Audio Language:
TitleVoiceOver
Hello
Chat: Wushou Dance
Chat: Armed Escort
Chat: Dim Sum
When It Rains
When Thunder Strikes
When It Snows
When the Sun Is Out
In the Desert
Good Morning
Good Afternoon
Good Evening
Good Night
About Gaming: Hometown
About Gaming: This Day and Age
* Unlocks at Friendship Lv. 4
About Us: Show of Support
About Us: Dim Sum Time
* Unlocks at Friendship Lv. 6
About the Vision
* Unlocks at Friendship Lv. 4
Something to Share
Interesting Things
About Xiangling
* Unlocks at Friendship Lv. 4
About Xingqiu
* Unlocks at Friendship Lv. 4
About Chongyun
* Unlocks at Friendship Lv. 4
About Keqing
* Unlocks at Friendship Lv. 4
About Baizhu
* Unlocks at Friendship Lv. 4
About Qiqi
* Unlocks at Friendship Lv. 4
About Yun Jin
* Unlocks at Friendship Lv. 4
About Xinyan
* Unlocks at Friendship Lv. 4
About Xianyun
* Unlocks at Friendship Lv. 4
About Zhongli
* Unlocks at Friendship Lv. 4
About Charlotte
* Unlocks at Friendship Lv. 4
More About Gaming: I
More About Gaming: II
* Unlocks at Friendship Lv. 3
More About Gaming: III
* Unlocks at Friendship Lv. 4
More About Gaming: IV
* Unlocks at Friendship Lv. 5
More About Gaming: V
* Unlocks at Friendship Lv. 6
Gaming's Hobbies
Gaming's Troubles
Favorite Food
Least Favorite Food
Receiving a Gift: I
Receiving a Gift: II
Receiving a Gift: III
Birthday
Feelings About Ascension: Intro
* Unlocks at Ascension Phase 1
Feelings About Ascension: Building Up
* Unlocks at Ascension Phase 2
Feelings About Ascension: Climax
* Unlocks at Ascension Phase 4
Feelings About Ascension: Conclusion
* Unlocks at Ascension Phase 6
Elemental Skill: I
Elemental Skill: II
Elemental Skill: III
Elemental Burst: I
Elemental Burst: II
Elemental Burst: III
Opening Treasure Chest: I
Opening Treasure Chest: II
Opening Treasure Chest: III
Low HP: I
Low HP: II
Low HP: III
Ally at Low HP: I
Ally at Low HP: II
Fallen: I
Fallen: II
Fallen: III
Heavy Hit Taken: I
Heavy Hit Taken: II
Joining Party: I
Joining Party: II
Joining Party: III

Stories

TitleText
Character DetailsGoods flow through Yilong Wharf round the clock, and the merchant convoys and their cargo have need of guards to escort them through the various regions of Liyue to other lands.
Since ancient times, such escort work has been no easy task. Even in an era of relative safety on the roads such as this, any one escort run could involve any number of variables.
Perhaps this employer might change the route on an ad hoc basis, or perhaps that customer will nitpick and refuse to accept the goods, never mind how the roads do not lack for all manner of petty crooks if one is fortunate, and big-time bandits if one is not.
Although the Sword and Strongbox Secure Transport Agency has no shortage of capable, skilled staff, were you to comb through all their roster, the only one among their ranks who can keep clients happy while beating any brigands down is Gaming.
The merchant guilds, for their part, are quite eager to have this young, competent guard to escort their cargo, and Gaming is no less popular on the streets outside of work than he is in his professional capacity. Indeed, any and all friends of this busy fellow will rate him two thumbs up.
"It was a piece of cake! Come see our Wushou Dance when you're free! Don't worry, just enjoy the show, and we'll call it even. Thanks in advance, haha!"
Whenever someone on the receiving end of his help wants to return the favor, this will be his jocular reply.
Character Story 1Gaming was born in Qiaoying Village, a place famous for its tea, and his ancestors had been tea farmers for several generations, only switching to mainly selling tea leaves during his father Yip Tak's time. With his parents working together, their business was getting better by the day, and of course, any father would hope for his son to succeed him in the family business.
Thanks to his father's hard work, at least Gaming no longer had to experience the backbreaking daily grind of farm work, nor would he have to start a business from scratch. But as they say, "like father, like son" — Gaming turned out to have his own ideas about which road to tread, just as his father had chosen to diverge from Gaming's grandfather's decision to keep growing tea.
The two were at an impasse, with neither accepting the other's view. Only Gaming's eventual departure from their home put a stop to the arguments between father and son.
For his next haunt, Gaming chose the bustling Yilong Wharf, having planned out how he'd make his living a while back — through a passion of his that had burned since childhood, Wushou Dance, of course.
Filled with enthusiasm and confidence that created complacency, the young man blazed through creating all the relevant props, even printing flyers introducing himself and booking performance venues... He planned to plant his feet first in Yilong Wharf, then conquer Liyue Harbor, and finally, to introduce Wushou Dance to Teyvat at large...
Suffice it to say that the diligent youth's passionate pursuit of his dream sent all of the business startup funds he had saved up before leaving home up in smoke, leaving him quite broke in short order.
"Making Wushou Dance your career? As if! Forget making a living, hah, you'd be lucky not to starve!"
Hungry as he was, Gaming now understood his father's words.
With the mindset "What's done is done, let's focus on getting a meal first," Gaming had little choice but to find a job that could put food on his table.
Fortunately, fate has a habit of giving right after taking. Lantern Rite was just around the corner at the time, and the good-hearted young man led a Fontainian merchant to the Sword and Strongbox Secure Transport Agency just as a lead guard was fretting over a manpower shortage. Gaming took the opportunity to recommend himself and was promptly taken on as a temp employee.
Thanks to his daily Wushou Dance training, he had a strong foundation in martial arts and tenacity in the face of hardship, and was promptly asked to stay on as an official guard for hire after finishing that escort run.
All in all, that definitely counted as feeding himself through Wushou Dance... right? That was how Gaming saw it, anyway.
* Unlocks at Friendship Lv. 2
Character Story 2Language is one of the most important tools for communication between people, and Gaming's distinctive way of using this "tool" is especially interesting.
"Well, my friend, I do hope you stay in warm waters and on the wall."
"Why, you ask? Well, warm's just the way we like it, and your wall's a good fit, isn't it?"
And whenever the other party gets confused, Gaming will try supplementing his explanation through different methods, complete with various gesticulations to demonstrate his point.
This manner of speaking, he explains, he got from his mother, who married into Qiaoying Village from afar, and to whom he was quite attached after his birth. He would follow her just about everywhere, and in his doings and interactions with others, he would pick up many of her habits and interests.
Nothing to do? Get some dim sum. Feeling hot and woozy? Brew up some cooling tea. Eating a meal? Got to have some greens... and no, melons and fruits are not greens.
These habits are not ironclad, of course. If a friend came up with some new suggestion, he would be game to try it out. People from all lands were brethren, after all, and it is Gaming's way to treat all with sincerity.
He can easily shoot the breeze with just about anyone in Yilong Wharf, young or old. At first, most think his polite speech to just be pretty pleasantries, but after some time, they will find that he is being perfectly earnest. He will introduce the itinerant handyman Duqin to work opportunities, assist the ever-busy Zhigui, fetch medicinal wines from Liyue Harbor for his fellow guards, and even get Dip Yeuk to give a Suanni-themed toy to a child whom he himself has never met, all because Dip once mentioned that the boy liked watching Wushou Dance...
Priceless is the friend who knows your heart, and so everyone returns the favor to this big-hearted lad. They always invite him to come in and rest his feet when he comes by with a delivery, and there is always a seat for him at a dim sum table — well, on the condition that he doesn't say "I'll foot the bill."
Gaming often claims that he'd never have gotten far in Yilong Wharf without everyone's help, but those familiar with the humble, earnest lad know that he would have been fine no matter where he was.
* Unlocks at Friendship Lv. 3
Character Story 3Practice makes the professional. As such, no matter how busy work gets at the transport agency, Gaming will take time to train.
At meals, Gaming may be found tussling cheekily with his colleagues over dishes, wielding his chopsticks like a seasoned duelist, while under the table his knees are bent in a low horse stance, sturdy as a mountain. After the cargo is packed, he will rarely get a cart to move it to a warehouse but instead will lift it all himself, box by box, to train his arm strength.
The lead guard knew that their work was hard and laborious, and so from time to time would call for suggestions on items that might be added to the office for relaxation purposes.
Soft beds, comfortable pillows, Genius Invokation TCG decks...
At that moment, Gaming cleared his throat and said: "If possible, could we have some Plum Blossom Poles installed in the front yard so we can train better? Bet if we firm up our fundamentals, it'll make our work a whole lot easier!"
His words were met with silence. Everyone was just discussing where to go after work, and here was someone saying that overtime was the best break. Why, this was a crime most heinous, and "punishment" was in order! So they gathered about him like bees in a hive, some "screeching," others "pleading," still others pretending to "advise" him, laughing and cavorting.
"Have mercy on me and accept my apologies, brothers, and thank you for giving me my minute of glory. How about this, then? How about I treat you all to some dim sum? Will that make amends?"
This sort of horsing about happened every so often among the guards, of course. Everyone knew that Gaming wanted the Plum Blossom Pillars for Wushou Dance practice, and everyone was just playing along with him, wagging their tongues and fingers and feigning their reactions so his birthday surprise wouldn't be spoiled. In truth, they had already stacked those pillars up outside — all that remained was for them to put them up together.
During their downtime, Gaming also often invites his fellow guards to take up Wushou Dance, and everyone has indeed tried it at least once on account of it "looking totally dope," though almost none have persevered for long, with one of them even joking that:
"If we put suffering on a podium, we guards would get bronze, Wushou Dance masters silver, and Gaming would get gold, since he does both!"
Not wrong, in truth.
* Unlocks at Friendship Lv. 4
Character Story 4"Our kid from another family." This is the highest of the glowing evaluations Gaming has received from the streets of Yilong Wharf. And little wonder. He's a mature and decent sort, and having left his home, he has earned his status and reputation without relying on anyone else.
Only those aunts and uncles who saw him grow up know that he was once the notorious "demon king" of Qiaoying Village.
If he wasn't climbing up the roof tiles, he was grabbing at the bird nests in trees, and he would go into the fields with the adults to harvest tea, to the point where his father paying damages to the neighbors for those incidents was practically routine.
In truth, however, he climbed up the house beams to help his father store a private stash of Mora, and he rummaged through bird nests to help his mother collect feathers for head ornaments, and he was thrashing in the fields trying to capture pests and harmful bugs...
As an oddball, Gaming's head is always full of strange, bright new ideas, leaving others quite dumbfounded, and so his parents only ever spoiled him more despite his mischievousness.
Having heard that a somewhat famous Wushou Dance troupe from Yilong Wharf would be performing in Qiaoying Village, his father had handed work over to his assistants long beforehand, preparing to get Gaming one of the best seats to the watch the spectacular show.
But on the day of the dance itself, he tarried too long at the tea table as he dined on dim sum with his friends, and by the time Gaming had pulled both parents before the stage, it had already been ringed by spectators thrice and thrice again. There would be no watching the Wushou Dance today, it seemed.
"Daddy's a cheat and a fibber! You said we'd go see the big Suanni!"
There was no comforting him by this point. Even attempts to placate him with promises of purchasing toys were drowned out by his cries.
"Little kids who don't listen to their parents will get et by the Suanni! Check out how fierce it is!"
So saying, Gaming's father lifted the boy atop his shoulders. At that moment, the Suanni onstage leapt onto a tall pillar, and it turned and looked, locking eyes with Gaming.
All at once the boy stopped crying, staring with wide eyes and open mouth at the dance taking place onstage. After the show had ended and the crowd dispersed, Gaming continued to gaze back in the direction of the stage the whole way home. Only then did his parents see that something was amiss. Could he have been frightened so by the words spoken previously?
"Ah, Gaming, no need to be scared. That wasn't a real Suanni! There were people inside, and they don't eat children..."
"Daddy! I wanna watch the show again! I wanna be like that big Suanni. Raaaarr!"
From that day forth, Gaming, once whimsical (some might say half-hearted) in all his fancies, became utterly consumed with Wushou Dance, often badgering his father to take him to see shows, and his indiscriminate mischief-making gradually turned to (what he thought was) meticulous and well-planned Wushou Dance training.
At least eight bamboo baskets became casualties of his road to mastery in lifting the beast's head, cruelly felled by kicks.
As for the various rice and soup spoons that went missing around the house, they were no doubt taken to be used for drum practice, dragging not a few basins and benches down with them.
Once, Gaming went with his father to purchase a batch of new tea from the farmers, when a bamboo basket was passed to him, he performed a "Suanni's Salutation" on reflex, raising the basket and beginning to dance. The tea leaves were scattered everywhere, and Gaming wound up being chased around the village with his father in hot pursuit. And when the father finally returned, pulling his son by the ear, their meal had already gone cold, and the mistress of the house had long been waiting expectantly at the door for their return, rattan rod in hand...
In spring, autumn, winter, and summer, his parents would sit at home, his father nursing some tea and his mother snacking on melon seeds, and watch their son jump up and down, beast-head in hand...
It is a pity that such days, so ordinary they could not be more ordinary, can now only return in dreams.
* Unlocks at Friendship Lv. 5
Character Story 5Children really do change as they grow up, and that little child engrossed in watching Wushou Dance grew to become a spirited youth. The one thing that did not change was his passion for Wushou Dance, and still he dreamed of making it big in Liyue Harbor one day. But compared to Yilong Wharf, things were different there. In Liyue Harbor, Wushou Dance was seen as a new-ish folk practice that originated in Chenyu Vale — it was appreciated, sure, but it was no money-maker, and certainly not ingrained in people's hearts in the same way Liyue opera was.
The more Gaming's father watched his son bustle about tirelessly, the more he worried about the youth's future, and not a few times did he speak seriously with the boy about the difficulties of starting a business. And each time, Gaming would retort that staying in business was harder yet, and declined to succeed his father in the tea leaf business. In earlier years, when his mother was still around, any impasse between the two could be broken up around the dinner table, but after she passed from illness, it was as if the glue from this father-son relationship had come unstuck, and they grew distant.
Gaming's father blamed her falling ill on the immense amount of labor she had put into starting the business with him, and by extension, himself. If something were to happen to their only son, how could he ever face her? And thus, when Gaming was once again injured when practicing Wushou Dance, he could take no more, and gave all of his son's equipment away, leaving only the beast head his wife had made. To his shock, Gaming left without a word the very next day, taking said head with him.
In truth, his son's departure did not only leave him angry, but also stewing in a melange of emotions and wavering reflection. He had in fact been constantly asking those close to him at the Communications Office to help take care of his son over the years, but whenever Gaming came up in conversation, his words could be brutal and blunt — nor would he put aside his pride to proactively mend relations.
Leong, an assistant to the business, would write to Gaming come every festival, discussing some awkward matters that were neither here nor there — and of course, even a witless twit could guess that he was doing so at the behest of Gaming's father. Even so, Gaming was not as headstrong and free-spirited as he often appeared, and he never exposed Leong, instead going along with the letters, even asking after matters at home, intentionally or otherwise...
To Gaming, reading Leong's letters was akin to defusing a bomb, and in truth, he sometimes hoped to receive nothing at all. Just as he once feared that the villagers might come and say "Your father's on his way to give you a good whooping," he now feared that someone might say "Your father was at home when he had a fall"... Whether then or now, no news was good news.
Thus did father and son continue to be stubborn, each seemingly convinced that the other would understand them in time... Gladsome was it, then, that ever-ardent Ms. Xianyun would intercede before such reticence could turn to regret. With the bridge she built, and with the aid of able allies, Gaming's father was finally able to center himself and find calm, finishing watching his son's masterful, exciting Wushou Dance performance. From awkwardness to active dialog they went, and at last, they were again able to open up to each other, with Gaming's father accepting his son's career choice.
"Well, remember to come watch next time I perform in Liyue Harbor."
"I don't need you to tell me that."
"In that case, don't chat too long over dim sum, or you might not be able to squeeze your way in when you come late..."
"You rascal!"
* Unlocks at Friendship Lv. 6
To My Boy, GamingGaming doesn't like reading, but he has kept a book under his pillow for years. Tucked inside its pages is the only letter his mother ever wrote to him.
"...The thing I'm most worried about after I'm gone is that you and your father will get into arguments every day. All this agitation is simply no good for anyone. Don't blame your dad, he's more bark than bite. He's just concerned that you'll have a tough time on your own in the future and doesn't want you to go through such hardships. Do you remember that time when you sprained your leg? Your father was so anxious that he ran frantically to the physician, with you on his back. He was worried sick, and he secretly cried under the blankets that night. You are a big boy now, do show some consideration for your dad and let him have his way sometimes. Don't quarrel with your dad if you can help it..."
"...Don't worry, I'm not against you learning Wushou Dance. In fact, I'm glad that you found something you like and enjoy doing while you were young. But you have to promise me to be careful and not force yourself so you don't get hurt! And please be careful not to eat anything too heaty, cold or raw, and don't be too picky about what you eat and drink... Remember to wear more layers when it's stormy and raining, don't neglect keeping yourself warm just because you want to look cool!"
"...As you step into society, you have to stay true to yourself. Don't let yourself or others down. The worst thing you can do is to make empty promises and be someone who is 'all talk, no action.'"
"There's no harm in knowing more people. If you find a friend who you can really connect with, you absolutely must treat them well with a sincere heart. It's not about the number of friends you have but the quality of your friendships. You should count yourself lucky if you find someone you can rely on. I know you won't want to talk to your dad about things that are bothering you, so just find a friend whom you can share your woes with. No matter what you do, don't bottle up your feelings, and definitely don't do anything silly, alright?"
"I'm feeling a little tired, so I'll take a rest now. I know I always say, 'You little rascal, I wish I'd given birth to a chunk of char siu instead of you,' and you always sulk when you hear it... But I want you to know that you're not a little rascal and that you're so, so much better than a piece of char siu... You will always be my little boy that I cherish and love most in the world..."
Judging from the creases, the letter has been opened and put away again and again. Placing it between the pages of a book was indeed a clever way to preserve the letter.
The book in which he kept the letter had been used by his mother as a coaster for her teacup, and now that it had passed down to Gaming, he too had found a new purpose for it.
"Mom actually told me I should read more. Please, has she ever opened the book herself? Oh, oops, pretend I didn't say anything! Otherwise, Mom will give me a good whacking in my dreams!"
Gaming never cries when he talks about his mother in front of others. He knows she would have wanted him to be optimistic and happy and move on with his life. And that's exactly what he did.
It's just that the wind always blows sand into his eyes when he's alone and when he's thinking about his mother, even when he's in his bedroom, where there's neither wind nor sand.
* Unlocks at Friendship Lv. 4
VisionA certain question had always vexed Gaming — what does a Suanni look like, exactly? Having asked his seniors, he found out that they had never seen a real one either, and they had relied on their teachers to hand down the art of Wushou Dance to them. If he really wanted to find out, it was going to be an adventure unto itself.
Random chance allowed him to borrow a few old texts about the solitary Suanni hidden in the mountains from Xingqiu. Several nights did he do battle against the unfamiliar words that rushed his position like a relentless army of ants, only to be defeated at last, remembering only a few key phrases like "fierce," "majestic," and "untamed."
A giant beast of most heroic bearing indeed! He was sure that if only he could lay eyes upon it, he would gain much inspiration for his Wushou Dance performances. It was with this belief that Gaming would often poke about the locations the books mentioned. And when he came to Mt. Lingmeng, he sensed an oppressive aura about, as if a pair of eyes hidden in the bushes were watching him. This was it, Gaming intuited.
Before dawn broke the next day, he made himself presentable, and brought his favorite beast head and a big bag of food offerings into the mountains. Suddenly, a strong gust blew by, and before he could react, a dark shadow had swooped about him, looping around him in circles. He immediately closed his eyes and clapped his hands together, stating his intent in a reverent and loud voice.
"O Great Suanni, Gaming greets you! I came here simply to witness your majesty... and I brought lots of good food for your enjoyment, too! Now, ah, if you don't mind, could I open my eyes?"
Hearing no more movement, he slowly re-opened his eyes, only to witness a large... difference between how he had imagined a Suanni to look and this cute little creature that sat proudly upon a giant stone.
"Whoa, seriously!? You're so tiny! And cute! Who's a good Suanni? That's right, you are! C'mon, let me give you some headpats, and..."
In his excitement, Gaming overstepped and displeased the Suanni, and though it was indeed very small, it had an extraordinary energy about it, and like a furious flame it jumped all around the young man until he grew dizzy, the items he had brought dropping from his hands. Almost unconsciously, Gaming grabbed at the beast head and began dueling the creature. What the Suanni would do, Gaming would imitate, and so they continued from daylight till dusk — to a bystander, they might even have seemed like playmates meeting again after a long separation. Finally, the Suanni seemed to acknowledge him, and as it shook its head about, a shiny stone popped out of its mane.
"Really? A Vision, too? Is this what they mean by 'good things come in pairs'?"
Carefully did Gaming approach that stone, finding it to be an absolutely real, positively genuine chunk of ore that had only shone under the glare of the setting sun.
Ah, a misunderstanding, then. It was a shame, of course, but it did not dampen his mood — indeed, it was from this moment that the "Mighty Mythical Beasts" troupe was formally founded.
From that day onward, Gaming and Man Chai were inseparable, and he quickly forgot about that whole Vision affair...
Some time later, Gaming was escorting a merchant caravan when he encountered a ruthless gang of bandits. The merchants advised him to retreat — lost cargo could be written off as a cost of business, but lost lives could not.
"Hah! I've never been able to stand those who steal and rob for a living. Even if I wasn't on the job, I'd give them a piece of my mind, and as it happens, making them regret their life choices is my job and I'm on the clock. You go first, boss, and I'll hold the line here. I guarantee not one crate will be lost, nor will a single hair on your heads be harmed!"
Thus did Gaming go one against ten, and though he sustained numerous injuries, he persevered until all the brigands were bound, and both the Millelith and his colleagues had arrived, before allowing himself to slump over.
The merchants would later inspect their goods, only to find that, indeed, not a single item was missing, and there was even something that had not been in the manifest — a Vision.
They wrapped the item carefully before having it delivered, alongside the thank-you plaque they gave Gaming, to the Sword and Strongbox Agency.
Gaming was caught completely off-guard by the gem, with only surprise and not gladness registering in his heart, which was instead overwhelmed with a series of questions.
"What, really? Is this mine? I mean, I was just escorting some goods, nothing special. I mean, don't I do that every day?"
"Should I return it? But to whom? The caravan? No, wait, they said it wasn't theirs... Could it have been... that no-good low-down crook's?"
"No, no, what am I thinking! Well, in that case... I guess this Vision really maybe probably might be mine, then?"
"But I've heard that they have to do with strong wishes. I didn't get it back when I was dancing in front of Man Chai, and now I just... randomly got it on the job. Does that mean... that I was always meant to be a guard, but I was led astray by Wushou Dance?"
"Is this a hint that I should give up on it? In that case, I'd rather not have this Vision at all!"
This lasted until he got the wrapping cloth off the plaque—
And then he saw it, shaped as it was: like a beast of good omen, ears and eyes on the alert, seeing and hearing all.
The defeat of these crooks, he realized, was a deed that made him akin in spirit to the monster-subjugating Suanni.
Only then did the doubt clouding over Gaming's heart clear, and in response, he cleaned his hands on his clothes before accepting this Vision with all due ceremony.
* Unlocks at Friendship Lv. 6

167 responses to “Gaming”

  1. Now that Beacon of the Reed Sea is going to be easier to get, should I grab it for Gaming? I already have a R5 Serpent Spine and have Xinyuan/Gaming/Bennet/Xingqiu for my Gaming Team.

      
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    • nah stay on serpent, he can’t trigger beacon’s passives by himself and even if he could it’s just a sidegrade at best

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