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A Compiled List of Known Lan Clan Rules

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According to the MDZS novel, there are 3,000 rules at the time of the lectures, and 4,000 rules 13 years later after Wei Wuxian is resurrected. According to CQL, there are 3,500 rules at the time of the lectures.

These rules are presumably numbered, as when Lan Wangji is being beaten, Lan Qiren asks him “what is the 52nd doctrine of the Lan clan?” However, they are given in a different order in different sources so establishing how they are numbered is impossible. Since we can’t know the order they “belong” in, I’ve organized them by grouping them thematically. For the few I know numbers for, those numbers are included in parenthesis.

I don’t know how these rules are referred to in Chinese; in English they are translated as rules, principals, doctrines, or laws. Based on contextual clues, it’s possible that the rules are sorted into different categories (ie, principals vs. doctrines vs. rules)

I did my best to consolidate the rules listed duplicatively over multiple sources, but as I don’t speak Chinese and therefore cannot say which are identical in the original, there is likely some redundancy. This is exacerbated by a lot of rules apparently being given in both “do not” and “be” forms - ie, “do not disrespect elders” and “be filial” and “be respectful to teachers” are all rules. The reason I opted to leave these areas of redundancy is that this compiled list is around 175 rules. There are 3,000 plus of these things. If just ~175 have this much duplication the amount of redundancy in the actual list must be insane, so I think these overlapping rules are intentional and consolidating them would be inappropriate.


Sources I used to compile this list:

The “Book of Righteousness” notebook, as translated by BigBadRedPanda. They did two translations, posted on Tumblr and on Twitter , which don’t always match on translation choices.

The inscribed wall is shown in the donghua, as translated by my-otp-list , based on a list transcribed by an unknown Weibo user.

The MDZS wiki , which draws on multiple sources.

The Netflix translation of CQL: I watched through the episodes of the lecture and transcribed these myself. I do not have time to rewatch the whole series for those that might have been listed elsewhere. I specifically rewatched: the fight between WWX and LWJ and WWX arrives at Cloud Recesses in episode 3; the “NHS has a bird” scene in episode 3; the “putting a turtle on LQR’s back” scene in episode 4; and the scene where LWJ is punished in episode 43.

For anyone with a lot of patience and a working knowledge of Chinese and English, in CQL episode 3, timestamp 23 minutes on Netflix, there’s a carved stone with the rules on it. Also, in episode 4, timestamp 2 minutes on Netflix, Wei Wuxian is shown sleeping amidst the copies he’s made, there are more rules visible then. Same episode, timestamp 3:30 or so, a disciple opens a pamphlet of the rules and some are shown. (I expect there’s much overlap between these three sources). Information there might be able to expand this list? Or it might be entirely redundant. I don’t know. I’m sorry.


Interpreting the list:

“Source” indicates which source(s) include this rule. (this isn’t exhaustive and there is a fair amount of overlap between CQL and MDZS)

  • notebook - “The Book of Righteousness” translation by BigBadRedPanda
  • donghua - the translation of the list in the second episode done by my-otp-list
  • CQL - the Netflix translation of CQL
  • MDZS - the Exiled Rebels translations of the novel.

“Also translated as” is a different translation from the same source (ie, two different translations of the Book of Righteousness)

“Alternate” is a similar rule from an alternate source that overlapped so closely that I lumped them together (ie, overlap between Book of Righteousness and donghua)




Rules pertaining to appropriate behavior and comportment:

  • Lan clan disciples must follow the principles of the Lan (source: CQL)
  • Do not work after 9 pm (source: notebook)
  • Do not rise after 5 am (alternate: wake up at 8 am (??)) (source: notebook, donghua)
  • Do not go out at night (also translated as: venturing out at night is prohibited) (source: donghua)
  • Those who come at night should not be allowed in until 7 AM (source: CQL)
  • Do not be late (source: CQL)
  • Do not enter Cloud Recesses without permission (source: CQL)
  • No one is permitted to attend the lectures without an invitation (source: CQL)
  • Do not enter the back hills without permission (source: CQL)
  • Do not fight without permission (alternate: fighting without permission is prohibited) (source: notebook, donghua)
  • Do not create damages (source: donghua)
  • Do not take life within Cloud Recesses (alternate: do not kill within the premises)  (source: notebook, donghua)
  • Do not stand incorrectly (also translated as: do not stoop while standing) (alternate: have a proper posture) (source: notebook, donghua)
  • Do not sit improperly (also translated as: do not slouch while sitting) (alternate: do not sit with a disgraceful pose, sitting improperly is prohibited) (source: notebook, donghua, CQL)
  • Do not make noise (alternate: do not make an uproar, causing noise is prohibited) (source: notebook, donghua, CQL)
  • Do not hurry rashly (also translated as: do not rush while walking, do not walk too fast) (alternate: do not act impulsively; running is prohibited) (source: notebook, donghua, CQL)
  • Do not move arbitrarily (source: CQL)
  • Do not smile for no reason (also translated as: do not smile foolishly, do not laugh for no reason) (source: notebook, donghua)
  • Sneering for no reason is prohibited (source: donghua)
  • Do not drink alcohol (alternate: alcohol is prohibited) (source: notebook, donghua, MDZS, CQL)
  • Do not consume meat (source: MDZS)
  • Killing livestock within the area is prohibited (source: MDZS)
  • Do not be difficult with food (alternate: do not be picky about food) (source: notebook, donghua)
  • Do not eat more than three bowls (alternate: eating more than three bowls is prohibited) (source: notebook, donghua)
  • Do not talk during meal times (source: MDZS)
  • Pets are not permitted (source: MDZS)
  • Change clothes after a shower (source: CQL)
  • Wear a headband to discipline yourself (source: CQL)
  • Do not touch others’ headbands without permission (source: CQL)
  • A headband is not to be used for any other purpose (source: CQL)
  • Only a spouse or child may touch the headband (source: MDZS)
  • Do not bribe a law enforcer (source: CQL)
  • Do not use a concealed weapon (source: CQL)
  • Do not hide an edged tool (source: CQL)
  • Do not wear any jangling objects like beads (source: CQL)
  • Do not wear more than three accessories around your waist (source: CQL)
  • Do not alter clothes secretly (source: CQL)
  • Never hurt insects or plants (source: CQL)
  • Do not borrow money (source: CQL)


Rules related to personal virtues (virtues in the English sense, not the classical Chinese sense):

  • Love and respect yourself (source: donghua)
  • Behave yourself (source: CQL)
  • Be respectful (alternate: be courteous) (source: donghua, CQL)
  • Be modest  (source: CQL)
  • Arrogance is prohibited (source: donghua)
  • Hide your wisdom (source: CQL)
  • Do not show off your skills (source: CQL)
  • Be humble (source: donghua, CQL)
  • Do not be supercilious (source: CQL)
  • Be amicable and united (alternate: be cordial) (source: donghua, CQL)
  • Be strict with yourself (source: donghua)
  • Have a strong will and anything can be achieved (source: donghua)
  • Diligence is the root (source: donghua)
  • Morality is the priority (source: donghua)
  • Harmony is the value (source: donghua)
  • Be ethical (source: donghua)
  • Uphold the value of justice (source: donghua)
  • Be just (source: donghua)
  • Shoulder the weight of morality (source: donghua)
  • Perform acts of chivalry (source: donghua)
  • Have courage and knowledge (source: donghua)
  • Have courtesy and integrity (source: donghua)
  • Do not be ill-mannered (source: CQL)
  • Have affection and gratefulness (source: donghua)
  • Be compassionate (source: CQL)
  • Be generous (source: donghua)
  • Frugality is a moral (source: CQL)
  • Give more, take less (source: CQL)
  • Do not expect rewards after giving (source: CQL)
  • Do not be miserly (source: notebook)
  • Do not regret after offering (source: CQL)
  • Accumulate virtue and merits (6th rule) (source: CQL)
  • Make sure to act virtuously (source: donghua)
  • Be grateful (source: donghua)
  • Be grateful when praised (source: CQL)
  • Stop bad habits (source: donghua)
  • Destroy the five poisons (the five poisons are desire, anger, ignorance, pride, and jealousy; references:;
  • Do not indulge in pleasure (source: CQL)
  • Do not be promiscuous (alternate: do not commit acts of promiscuity; promiscuity is prohibited) (source: notebook, donghua)
  • Do not indulge in debauchery (source: notebook)
  • Do not wallow in luxury and pleasure (alternate: do not live extravagantly, do not be luxurious) (source: notebook, donghua, CQL)
  • Be peaceful when insulted (source: CQL)
  • Do not succumb to rage (also translated as: do not get angry) (alternate: do not be over-the-top; do not be aggressive) (source: notebook, donghua, CQL)
  • Speak meagerly, for too many words only bring harm (source: donghua)
  • Do not be haughty and complacent (source: notebook)
  • Do not be of two minds (alternate: be of one mind) (source: notebook, donghua)
  • Do not exult in excess (also translated as: do not be overly happy) (source: notebook, donghua)
  • Do not grieve in excess (also translated as: do not be overly sad) (source: notebook, donghua)
  • Do not covet the property of others (source: CQL)
  • Do not steal (source: notebook)
  • Do not be greedy (source: notebook)
  • Be careful with your words (source: donghua)
  • Do not use coarse language (source: CQL)
  • Do not tell lies (source: notebook)
  • Do not take your own words lightly (source: donghua)
  • Do not sow discord (source: CQL)
  • Do not use flowery writing (also translated as: do not write about love and sex; do not use frivolous language) (alternate: do not spread empty line (sic) ) (source: notebook, donghua)
  • Do not say one thing and mean another (alternate: do not break promises; do not go back on your word) (source: notebook, donghua, CQL)
  • Do not boast about your own strengths (source: CQL)
  • Believe sincerely (source: donghua)
  • Do not be suspicious (source: CQL)
  • Do not be wasteful (source: donghua)
  • Do not break faith and abandon right (source: notebook, donghua)
  • Do not be unreasonable (source: CQL)


Rules for training, studying and learning:

  • Learning comes first (source: donghua)
  • Train your body and your mind (source: donghua)
  • Maintain your own discipline (source: donghua)
  • Organize work properly (source: donghua)
  • Do not neglect your studies (source: CQL)
  • Do not give up on learning (source: donghua)
  • Do not lose your life goal (source: CQL)
  • Nurture aspirations (source: donghua)


Rules for interacting with others:

  • Love all beings (source: donghua)
  • Embrace the entirety of the world (source: donghua)
  • Honor good people (source: donghua)
  • Appreciate the good people (source: donghua)
  • Good people will be esteemed, blessed by natured, and accompanied by good fortune (source: CQL)
  • Respect the filial ones (source: donghua)
  • Be fair, and they will follow you (source: donghua)
  • Be trustworthy, and they will believe you (source: donghua)
  • Be mighty, and they will die for you (source: donghua)
  • Be loyal (source: donghua)
  • Earn trust (source: donghua)
  • Win friendships with kindness (source: donghua)
  • See friends as neighbors (source: donghua)
  • Steer away from bad men (source: donghua)
  • Correct others by correcting yourself (source: CQL)
  • Do not fear the strong (source: notebook)
  • Do not ignore others and be undisciplined  (source: CQL)
  • Help the lonely (source: CQL)
  • Take pity on the desolate (source: CQL)
  • Do not despise poverty (source: CQL)
  • Do not bully the weak (alternate: do not bully others; bullying is prohibited) (source: notebook, CQL)
  • Do not mix public and private interests (source: notebook)
  • Help the underprivileged (source: donghua)
  • Care for the weak (source: CQL)
  • Lend a hand to those in need (source: CQL)
  • Rescue those in danger (source: CQL)
  • Do not take advantage of your position or connections to oppress others (source: notebook)
  • Do not build wealth by using others, for this wealth won’t last (source: donghua)
  • Do not curry favour (also translated as: do not flatter) (source: notebook)
  • Do not go tuft-hunting (source: CQL)
  • Do not be a social climber (source: CQL)
  • Do not form a clique and exclude others (alternate: do not form cliques) (source: notebook, donghua)
  • Do not insult people (alternate: do not slander others) (source: notebook, CQL)
  • Do not use bad words to hurt others (source: donghua)
  • Do not tease others (source: CQL)
  • Do not praise yourself and slander others (source: notebook)
  • Do not jump to an unfounded conclusion (also translated as: do not make assumptions about others) (alternate: do not judge others quickly) (source: notebook, CQL)
  • Do not judge people behind their back (alternate: do not speak ill of others; talking behind other people’s back is prohibited) (source: notebook, donghua)
  • Speak not about other people’s weaknesses (source: CQL)
  • Be easy on others (source: donghua)
  • Be sad for other people’s sufferings (source: CQL)
  • Rejoice in other people’s blessings (source: CQL)
  • Regard other people’s gains and losses as your own (source: CQL)
  • Do not hold grudges (source: donghua)
  • Have wins and losses (source: donghua)
  • If others win over you, do not envy (source: donghua)
  • If others lose to you, do not look down (source: donghua)
  • Do not take apprentices excessively, nor pass ordinary people (source: CQL)
  • Interacting with Wei Wuxian is forbidden. (added by Lan Qiren at some point post lectures...yes, really...heck of a lot of good it did anyone...)


Rules for respecting those in authority:

  • Respect the elderly (source: CQL)
  • Do not disrespect the elder (source: notebook)
  • Do not disregard the younger (source: notebook)
  • Do not forget the grace of the forefathers (source: donghua)
  • Be loyal, filial, friendly and dutiful (source: donghua, CQL; donghua only lists the first two)
  • Be a filial child (source: donghua)
  • Do not argue with your family, for it doesn’t matter who wins (source: donghua)
  • Honor the teachers and respect the elders (source: CQL)
  • If your senior is standing, you may not sit until they have done so (source: CQL)
  • Teachers have extensive knowledge and are examples of moral integrity (source: CQL)
  • Disturbing female cultivators is prohibited (7th rule) (source: MDZS)


Rules on cultivation, good and evil:

  • Concentrate on cultivating (source: CQL)
  • To suppress and eliminate ghosts and monsters, liberate them (source: CQL)
  • Stay on the righteous path (source: CQL)
  • Take the straight path (alternate: follow the righteous way) (source: donghua, CQL)
  • Reject the crooked road (alternate: do not take the crooked ways) (source: donghua, CQL)
  • Eliminate evil and establish a just law (source: CQL)
  • Do not associate with evil (source: CQL)
  • Do not befriend the evil (52nd doctrine) (source: CQL)
  • Do not fall to evil (source: CQL)
  • Resist evil (source: CQL)
  • Promote good (source: CQL)