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The inn that stands at the southern end of Dihua Marsh seems to serve as something other than a resting place for guests. They say that Wangshu Inn is a haven for lovers' moonlit rendezvous. Folk stories also have it that even ones as august as the adepti sometimes bask in the moonlight here.

Vigilant Guardians' Vantage Point

Wangshu Inn (Chinese: 望舒客栈 Wàngshū Kèzhàn, "Wangshu Inn (fig. Moon Inn)") is a landmark south of Dihua Marsh, built upon a massive stone pillar.

Description

As most of the patrons that stop here are traveling merchants, the inn provides an area for them to trade and set up stalls. The view from the top of the inn is jaw-dropping — weather permitting, you can see all the way to Mt. Qingce and Jueyun Karst in the distance.

Legend amongst the stalls says that the tower of the inn hides a mysterious secret, but that's as far as the legend goes, as no one has ever been able to verify the claims.

The inn itself is run by Verr Goldet and her husband, Huai'an, who are both secret agents under the Liyue Qixing reporting directly to Ningguang.[1] The commercial aspect of the inn is a front to their real task of covertly assisting Xiao in his excursions of excising plagues from Liyue.

Shop

The Wangshu Inn shop menu can be accessed by speaking to Verr Goldet.

Ascension Materials, Food and Ingredients

Item Item Mora.png Stock Total
Cost
Refreshes
Almond Tofu Almond Tofu 1,550 2 3,100 Daily
Matsutake Meat Rolls Matsutake Meat Rolls 1,775 2 3,550 Daily
Jueyun Chili Chicken Jueyun Chili Chicken 1,925 2 3,850 Daily
Noodles with Mountain Delicacies Noodles with Mountain Delicacies 2,150 2 4,300 Daily
Chicken-Mushroom Skewer Chicken-Mushroom Skewer 450 10 4,500 Daily
Matsutake Matsutake 300 10 3,000 Every 3 Days
Butter Butter 270 10 2,700 Weekly
Sausage Sausage 840 10 8,400 Weekly
Silk Flower Silk Flower 1,000 5 5,000 Every 3 Days
Violetgrass Violetgrass 1,000 5 5,000 Every 3 Days
Total cost for all items
43,400

Recipes

Item Item Mora.png Stock Total
Cost
Required
Adventure Rank
Recipe Recipe: Vegetarian Abalone 2,500 1 2,500 ?
Recipe Recipe: Bamboo Shoot Soup 5,000 1 5,000 ?
Recipe Recipe: Stir-Fried Shrimp 5,000 1 5,000 ?
Total cost for all items
12,500

NPCs

Lower Level

Upper Level

Message Boards

Other Interactable Objects

Rockery

Rockery

An interactable object in Liyue at Wangshu Inn's topmost floor can be found. Interacting with it starts a puzzle.

Icon Dialogue Talk.svg Observe
Rockery: (A basin of what seems like a rockery used for decoration. A strange marking adorns its peak.)
Rockery: (Look for a similar-looking mountain in your travels in Liyue, and examine the peak of such a mountain carefully. Who knows if you may find something unexpected...)

The peak is found near the Statue of The Seven at the Sea of Clouds to the south. At the top of the cliff is a dig site marked with a spade. Dig to uncover a Previous Chest. After the puzzle is completed, Rockery in Wangu Inn is no longer interactable.

Soundtrack

The following soundtracks are played at Wangshu Inn.

Soundtrack No. Soundtrack Name Player Played in
11 Cozy Leisure Time (Wangshu Daytime)
Wangshu Inn (Day)
12 Sojourner's Sweet Dream (Wangshu Night)
Wangshu Inn (Night)

Developer Insight

Constantly Iterating on Landmarks

After reaching Dihua Marsh, one of the first things players exploring the area will find is the central structure in this area: Wangshu Inn. Sitting atop a towering pillar of rock, it is Liyue's first landmark piece of architecture.

From early on in the very first IP Design Document, the name "Wangshu Inn" was already a foregone conclusion. The head of the development team hoped that this inn would "soothe those who gaze out at the scenery," which is basically the literal meaning of 'wangshu' in Chinese. Incidentally, Wangshu is also one of the aliases of the moon in traditional Chinese — specifically it alludes to the beauty of the moon goddess. In that sense, the view from Wangshu Inn should capture the enchanting beauty of Liyue as a whole, since the 'yue' of Liyue is the more common Chinese term for the moon.

The reference for its conception was "Dragon Inn," a martial arts film well-loved by everyone in the department. Thus, Wangshu Inn inherited the unique feature of the Dragon Inn: while peaceful and pedestrian on the outside, it is in fact the stage for a fierce clash between "crouching tigers and hidden dragons."*

*The "tigers" and "dragons" here refer to people with hidden or unnoticed special talents. Thus, this idiom refers to people to whom there is more than meets the eye.

Wangshu Inn has an excellent vantage point, to the extent that it could pull double duty as a watchtower. On the one hand, this inn is a place where one can expand one's horizons. At the same time, local legend has it that Wangshu Inn is one of the places where the adepti of Liyue gather, a secret base of operations from which they conduct the extermination of monsters in the surrounding area.

And that's not all. The plateau on which Wangshu Inn is built has its own fair share of history as well. According to the IP documents, in a combination of ancient Chinese myths about the dragon Bixi, the Dihua Marsh of antiquity used to experience seasonal floods. In order to avoid disaster, people would build their homes on large rocks, using them to their advantage against the rising waters, and thus escaping damage from flooding.

At the same time, we also considered that the finished structure should look striking when viewed from afar. After referencing ancient stilted buildings and the Xuankong Temple, the facade of Wangshu Inn also began to take shape.

Wangshu Inn was designed to be a home to many characters who are full of surprises. But on a normal day, it is simply a bustling inn. Inns have always been a hub for people on the move, as well as a place where local culture leaves its indelible marks. So it is with Wangshu Inn, the nexus of human activity from Dihua Marsh to the Guili Plains. From porters delivering goods, to traveling merchants, to adventurers... All sorts of people come here, and their experiences become part of the Inn's history.

During the design process, we at the art department often ask ourselves questions such as: What do the people here do every day? How do they get around? After some discussion with the IP department, we were able to derive behavioral norms and ways of living for characters and NPCs based on the larger story world, which we then used to help us design the details. In the current floorplan of the inn, the platform at its base is a resting spot for porters, bedecked with simple tables and chairs, with some tea on the side for guests. As for the water wheel-powered elevator, it is used to ferry guests and goods up and down the floors.

We took the same approach to the interior design. Namely, we first pictured the NPCs' needs, wants and their state of mind before then using these results to create amenities for them.

The other core functions of an inn are the provision of meals and a place to stay. As such, the inn must have also have a kitchen, in which the cooks prepare food and drinks for the guests.

With spaces to eat and stay comes the need for storage space, and so the inn's interior underwent a renovation along the lines of Xuankong Temple. Once the rock's summit had been hewn out, the living space increased drastically. The kitchen was situated on the bottom floor of the inn, allowing guests at the reception area to gaze down at the busy kitchen, while heading from reception to the second floor would allow one to take in all the sights of Dihua Marsh at a single glance.

So that's a small part of our design concept for the Dihua Marsh area. At present, Liyue is home to many more interesting locales, many of which we are furiously working on as we speak.

We will continue to dig deep and improve on the twin aspects of flair and finesse, and strive toward creating more interesting and top-quality content, in order to bring you a better and more complete experience.

Many thanks to everyone who read up to this point. I'm Ziyuan. Let's meet again sometime!

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Trivia

Etymology

  • Wangshu is the name of a legendary coachwoman who drives the moon chariot in the ancient Chinese mythology.[2] It is also figuratively used as an archaic name for the moon. This may be an allusion to the fact that Wangshu Inn is actually an intelligence agency for Liyue ("Lapis Lazuli Moon").

Design

  • The design of the Dihua Marsh area took many elements from Guilin, a city in south China. Wangshu Inn, as the signature building of the area, adopted features of Guilin architecture.[3]
    • The level artists also used the 1967 wuxia film Dragon Inn as reference when they wanted to incorporate "the sense of 'there's more to this place than [what] meets the eye'" in Wangshu Inn's design.

Change History

Released in Version 1.0
Version 1.6
  • Recipe: Stir-Fried Shrimp was added to the shop's inventory.

Version 1.3

  • Recipe: Vegetarian Abalone was added to the shop's inventory.

Version 1.2

  • The following items were added to the shop's inventory:
    • Noodles with Mountain Delicacies
    • Matsutake
    • Butter
    • Sausage
    • Silk Flower
    • Violetgrass

Version 1.1

  • Recipe: Bamboo Shoot Soup was added to the shop's inventory.

Version 1.0

  • Wangshu Inn was a location available on the game's release.
  • The Wangshu Inn shop was added, containing the following items:
    • Almond Tofu
    • Matsutake Meat Rolls
    • Chicken-Mushroom Skewer

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