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Beneath the Ancient Tree is a Story Domain during Zhongli's Story Quest Historia Antiqua Chapter: Act II - No Mere Stone quest "Amidst Chaos, the Rock Is Unmoved."

In this domain, the player engages in a battle against Azhdaha. After completing No Mere Stone, the Trounce Domain Beneath the Dragon-Queller is unlocked, allowing you to relive this battle.

Enemies

Trial Character

WL Character
& Weapon
Talents & Artifacts Attributes

5

  • Normal Attack Lv. 5
  • Elemental Skill Lv. 8
  • Elemental Burst Lv. 5
Icon Attribute Health.png Max HP: 22,820
Icon Attribute Attack.png ATK: 1,725
Icon Attribute Defense.png DEF: 684
Icon Attribute Elemental Mastery.png Elemental Mastery: 42
Icon Attribute Critical Hit.png Crit Rate: 51.8%
Icon Attribute Critical Hit.png Crit DMG: 91.9%
Icon Attribute Energy Recharge.png Energy Recharge: 135.0%
Icon Attribute Geo.png DMG Bonus: 21.6%

Royal FloraRoyal PlumeRoyal Pocket WatchRoyal Silver UrnRoyal Masque
Artifact Lv. 16
Set Bonus
Noblesse Oblige 4-Piece

Completion Rewards

Item Mora.png 10,000 Mora

Attacks and Abilities

Unlike the Trounce Domain Beneath the Dragon-Queller, during the story domain, Azhdaha stays in Phase 1 and does not infuse himself with any elements. Note: All attack and ability names are unofficial.

  • Linear Strike: Slamming its head below, Azhdaha unleashes ground explosions that move in a straight line.
  • Body Slam: Slams his body sideways.
  • Three Waves: Slams his foreleg once, and emits three consecutive shockwaves.
  • Double Slam: Slams both of his forelegs, and emits shockwave upon each impact.
  • Tail Slam: Slams his tail once if target is behind.
  • Tail Sweep: Performs a quick Tail Sweep attack.
  • Skewer: Rushes forward, goring enemy units on with his massive tusks, tossing them into the air.
  • Burrow: Submerges underground and digs around the arena. This action will trigger a massive earthquake and rocks will rains on the arena for a while. Azhdaha will deal damage every time he resurfaces.

Dialogue

(Enter the Domain at the end of the underground tunnel)
The missing miners doggedly dig away inside the tunnel, at the end of which an ancient seal starts to come into view. The miners seem to have been somehow seduced into tunneling here... Just when you start to realize something is amiss, the miners and the rumored blue-haired child suddenly attack you. Chaos ensures, the ground begins to blow, and you are all sucked through the sealed door...
(Cinematic)
Zhongli: This is...
Paimon: The missing miners are here!
Paimon: Wh—What are they digging for?
Zhongli: I'm afraid that this whole tunnel
Zhongli: Is the fruit of their strenuous labor
Paimon: That gate...
Paimon: Has it been there all along?
Zhongli: Digging a tunnel to this ancient seal
Zhongli: Had they not been discovered
Zhongli: They would undoubtedly persevere
Zhongli: Until they opened the gate.
Paimon: ...So behind this seal, there's...
(The miners rush towards Paimon with pickaxes)
Paimon: Aah!!!
(Zhongli conjures a shield around everyone)
Paimon: What do we do? We can't hurt them!
(As Zhongli pushes the shield forward, black smoke gathers behind him)
(The blue-haired girl appears out of the smoke and launches an attack)
(Kun Jun notices and blocks the attack from hitting Zhongli)
(The seal breaks and a strong gust of wind blows everyone into the cavern)

On the other side of the door, you are greeted by the daunting sight of an enormous dragon — the cause of all the strange events that have occurred. Having torn away the seal, he now proceeds to vent his fury upon you...

(A battle with Azhdaha begins)
Paimon: What type of monster is this!?
Azhdaha: Morax... you arrive at my doorstep of your own volition. Excellent... taking revenge for sealing me away will be all the easier!
Zhongli: So.... the little girl is your power incarnate.
Zhongli: But if you recall, Azhdaha... this is not how we intended for events to transpire.
Azhdaha: Waste not your words! Your life is mine!
(During the battle)
Azhdaha: Argh...! Is once not enough!? You would forsake me again!?
Zhongli: If that is what you choose to believe, so be it.
Zhongli: He who bears the weight of memory is destined to shoulder the burden of truth. As it ought to be.
(If a character dies during the battle)
Paimon: Watch out!
???: Allow me.
Zhongli: You've recovered? How can that...
???: Focus your efforts, Morax!
(Further into the battle)
Azhdaha: Morax! You think you can destroy me!?
Zhongli: ...
(Defeat Azhdaha)
Azhdaha: Ah...!

(After defeating Azhdaha)
(Jiu bears the title "Azhdaha")
Jiu: Morax! A thousand years after you sealed me underground... you return for the second time...
Zhongli: ...
Zhongli: You should call it by its name, Azhdaha... fate.
Jiu: Fate?
Jiu: Fate!!! Hahahaha!
Jiu: So here lies the wisdom of the gods? Destroy all deemed redundant, enlist tyrants to ravage the wilderness!
???: No. You have forgotten.
Paimon: ...That... that voice...
Zhongli: Azhdaha...
Paimon: Huh? Kun Jun!?
Kun Jun: Morax. It's been a while.
Jiu: Y—You're...
Kun Jun?: Azhdaha... the very same.
Zhongli: During the battle... you embued us with your power...
Kun Jun?: Haha... yes. It was all I could manage.
Icon Dialogue Talk.png Then... which one is the real Azhdaha?
Icon Dialogue Talk.png You're not Kun Jun?
Kun Jun?: Forgive me for concealing the truth, Traveler. There were things that only became clear to me upon reaching this tree.
Kun Jun?: Allow me to elaborate. I am not Azhdaha the whole... but a fragment.
Kun Jun?: Heaven and earth, yin and yang, opposing forces... You can consider the existence of me and the Azhdaha you see there, to be a reflection of such polarities. "We" are a schism of the will... the will of Azhdaha.
Paimon: So... so there are two Azhdahas!?
Jiu: No! It can't be! That's impossible...!
(Kun Jun gains the title of "Azhdaha")
Kun Jun: When the seal loosened, your power manifested in this world as a child. With this new identity, you were able to vent about the forces that suppressed you... but would anyone listen... would they even care?
Kun Jun: That's when it occurred to you. The loosening of the seal constituted an opportunity to strike back. Kidnapping the miners was all in aid of digging to the entrance to the seal itself. Your plan was to launch an attack on both ends. From outside... and within. Thereby fully destroying the seal.
Jiu: The audacity! Are you insane!? If you truly are a part of me, how is it you find yourself standing on the side of the betrayer!?
Kun Jun: I was another power awakened with the loosening of the seal. Too weak to reincarnate, but strong enough to possess a human body.
Kun Jun: I was barely conscious... I couldn't remember who I was. Only the past would elicit a reaction from me... But my aim was clear: Find Morax... and aid him in stopping you.
Zhongli: I had sensed that something was amiss when you mentioned Dragonfall. Had your power been but a little stronger, I would've recognized you.
Kun Jun: Don't blame yourself, I have changed beyond all recognition. Only when I touched the stone tablet... did I truly remember.
Kun Jun: It's been so long. A secret beyond all comprehension, of youthful humanity and ancient dragon-kind... Morax, do you want to tell the tale?
Zhongli: There would be no harm in it. The decision is yours.
Kun Jun: Haha, you haven't changed. Then allow me.
Kun Jun: Azhdaha was once a friend and ally of the Geo Archon, Morax, with a lifespan far exceeding that of mankind. However, that which is derived of the earth is no more or less than the earth itself...
Kun Jun: The memories of rocks do not last long. Those memories that survive are rooted in powerful emotion. But as time passes, so these memories fade into obscurity. Erosion is the world's greatest destroyer of memories.
Icon Dialogue Talk.png Erosion...?
Kun Jun: Erosion ground Azhdaha's consciousness into oblivion. Slowly, he forgot the face of his old friend, and his memories of defending Liyue Harbor disintegrated.
Kun Jun: Azhdaha, now incomplete, became irascible... aggressive.
Jiu: What would you expect!? It was humanity that attacked the Ley Lines that sustained me!
Kun Jun: This much is true. Which is why "you" attacked The Chasm... why "you" waged war against Morax.
Kun Jun: In the beginning, in order to open up new territory and increase production, the citizens of Liyue came to the mountains to mine. Overexploitation caused the Ley Lines to quake, which brought untold suffering to "us."
Kun Jun: Erosion made "us" even more savage. No matter how we struggled, we lost the ability to coexist with humanity... we lost all reason.
Kun Jun: Morax shared with us some of his power, to prevent further erosion. But... it was futile. Everything returns to dust. It is the natural order, an unstoppable force.
Kun Jun: And so, "we" became "you." And from your will... "I" emerged.
Jiu: ...
Kun Jun: I am your final contract. Witness the promise between Azhdaha and Morax. You can hate me... but you cannot deny me.
Jiu: No... no...
Kun Jun: I am the remnants of Azhdaha's benevolence, the echo of a contract set in stone. I harbor a willingness to go further, a willingness to coexist peacefully with mankind.
Jiu: No, no! It is I, Azhdaha, forged of elemental crystal, bearer of the weight and memories of the earth, older than the mountains and the oceans that decides! I will not swear allegiance to this insect!
Kun Jun: Morax is not an insect.
Jiu: A lord over insects is nothing but an insect in turn!
Kun Jun: You forgot yourself. Nobody held Morax in higher regard than you or I.
Kun Jun: That which you have forgotten, I hold here in my heart. If you are the memory of the earth... then I am the memory of coexistence... of coexistence with humanity.
Kun Jun: All powers under heaven,[1] is Zhongli's signature elemental burst voice-over in Chinese, being the voice-over used in his Character Demo. The English version uses "I will have order!" for Zhongli's elemental burst voice-over, which is not a direct translation of the CN version. The translation used by Kun Jun is a more accurate translation.}} rise and fall of land and sea...
Jiu: ...A star appears within the wild... a sun ascends as bright as... jade...
Zhongli: ...
Jiu: Strange... What... what is this feeling? And all this...
Kun Jun: You are spent, and I will soon disappear. Before I do, heed these words.
Kun Jun: In the wilderness, snow falls on a spring day. In an instant it will melt. Even where it is fleeting and leaves no trace. Even where it will never fall again...
Jiu: No, that isn't true! I don't accept this as fate!
Kun Jun: Perhaps it isn't. But it remains... an inevitable misfortune.
Jiu: Mor... ax...
Paimon: The little girl vanished...
Icon Dialogue Talk.png Sealed away?
Icon Dialogue Talk.png Eroded?
Zhongli: Are you satisfied, Azhdaha?
Kun Jun: I had to make amends. Satisfaction had no part in it.
Kun Jun: So, Morax... you call yourself Zhongli these days?
Zhongli: I do.
Kun Jun: Well, I'm afraid old habits die hard. To me, you're Morax.
Zhongli: As you please.
Kun Jun: I never did forget your gift of sight.
Zhongli: I hardly lifted a finger. Think nothing of it.
Kun Jun: And yet you could see. You wouldn't know the yearning of a blind dragon, searching for the sun. A pair of eyes, from Morax to Azhdaha. This... I will remember this.
Kun Jun: ...
Zhongli: Your power is nearly spent.
Kun Jun: ...Perceptive as always, my friend.
Zhongli: Shall we get going, you and I?
Kun Jun: Surely the pressing matter is still that of the miners trapped outside the seal?
Zhongli: Indeed. Hence the need to get going, to fix the damage left in your wake.
Kun Jun: Ha... straight down to business, as always. Let's go.

Notes

Other Languages

Language Official Name Literal Meaning
English Beneath the Ancient Tree
Chinese
(Simplified)
古树之底
Gǔ Shù zhī Dǐ
Bottom of the Ancient Tree
Chinese
(Traditional)
古樹之底
Gǔ Shù zhī Dǐ
Japanese 古樹の底
Koju no Soko
Bottom of the Ancient Tree
Korean 고목의 밑부분
Spanish Bajo el árbol antiguo
French Sous le vieil arbreBeneath the Old Tree
Russian Корни древнего дерева
Korni drevnego dereva
Thai ใต้รากแห่งต้นไม้โบราณ
Vietnamese Rễ Cây Cổ Thụ
German Unter dem Alten BaumBeneath the Old Tree
Indonesian Beneath the Ancient Tree
Portuguese Debaixo da Árvore Antiga

Change History

Released in Version 1.5
Version 2.4

Version 2.2


Version 1.5

  • Beneath the Ancient Tree was released.

Navigation

  1. {{Ref|group=Note| (Chinese: 天动万象 tiān dòng wàn xiàng, "all powers under heaven")
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