Ning was born in a small settlement in western China. In fact it is uncertain if it even should be considered a settlement, it was barely large enough to be considered a village. There were a few families living there, the Ji family, the Qin family, and the Tang family. Despite the low amount of families it should not be assumed that the village was poor. The Tang family was a branch family of one of the major sects in the central provinces, but due to the distance they did not hold much significance, but they could not be ignored due to their connections. The Ji family however was not as well off, as Kitsunes they did not hold the respect of the Tangs that had dragonblood in their veins. The Ji family was made up 4 households, but Ning was the only cub in his household. As an only child there was a lot of attention towards him. However this did not spoil him, instead of asking for new toys Ning asked about the way of the world, his curiosity seemingly endless.
There were not many children similar in age to Ning, but he did have one close friend, Qin Lien , a Tengu from the Qin family. Lien was a few years younger than Ning, but they were the closest in age in the village. As such they spent large amounts of time playing together when they were young. With time feelings started to develop between the two of them, and when Ning turned ten years old they where as good as betrothed to each other. Ning never stoped asking questions about the world and the day he turned ten his family sent for a scholar to come and test Nings ability and with luck have him join one of the nearby sects. Before the scholar could arrive there was an attack towards the village, nearby monsters had for some reason become aggressive and attacked. Ning was inside preparing for his upcoming test so he was spared. In the end the wave of monster got repelled but there were some casualties, Qin Lien was among the dead. Ning had never experienced anything close to the pain he felt when the news reached him, he spent days in isolation trying to make sense of what happened, why Lien had to die before her time. After several days Ning realized that his understanding of the Dao was insignificant, he could not make sense of it all. But he did know about some principles. Ning focused on four lines he had been told by his father, “From zero comes one”, “From one comes two” “From two comes four” and finally “And the four are expressed through the eight”. Ning could not fully understand the deep teachings in these lines, but he could understand the concept of Taiji and the underlying principles. There is a balance, light and dark, hot and cold. But it is not that simple, in the dark there is always a piece of light and in the light there is always a little bit of darkness. This was not enough to relieve the pain in his heart but it eased the pain, made it possible for Ning to move on.
Not long after Ning left his seclusion the scholar arrived to test Ning. Ning, having spent most of his time trying to understand the workings of the world quickly impressed the scholar, Ning was after all only ten years old at this time. Ning left with the scholar to join the sect. The leaders of the sect quickly took notice of Ning and his dedication. In order to escape the pain he was suffering he spent all his time on understanding the Dao. The leaders felt like they were unable to properly cultivate Ning so they sent him to a sect of immortal cultivators, a sect where everyone was trying to understand to Dao and achieve immortality. The dedication that Ning gave to understanding the Dao was impressive even within the sect and he was not without talent for understanding the Dao. More and more influential members of the sect took notice of Ning and by the time Ning turned 12 he was raised from an outer disciple to becoming one of the few inner disciples. When Ning became an inner disciple he was informed of some truth hidden from the outer disciples. The first was the real name of the sect, it was the sect of the white tiger, and it was said to have been founded long ago by legendary guardian of the west, the white tiger. It was also revealed that cultivating immortality carried great risks, it was not a peaceful existence. Inner disciples were given a lot of resources, Ning received a personal house in which he could cultivate in peace. By the side of his new home there was a small pond. Ning had never forgotten Lien, even if he had learned how to handle the pain of his heart. Ning decided to grow lotus flowers in the pond in memory of Lien, after all her name did mean lotus, making her live on by his side in a way.
As Ning grew older is understanding of the Dao grew more profound, and he learned how to use the Dao in order to influence the world, such as creating sparks or creating balls of snow.
By the time Ning turned eighteen he was told by his elders that he had learned what he could from silent meditation, in order to deepen his understanding towards the Dao he needed to leave the sect and accumulate experiences, possibly risking his life, but such is the way of immortal cultivators. As he was leaving he was given 2 gifts by the sect, a sword to protect himself and a traveling companion, a white tiger named after the white tiger of legends, Bai Hu.
Ning and Bai Hu traveled all over the country and experienced many things, after 2 years they arrived in the city of Constantinople. Ning rarely mentions Lien anymore except in solitude with his closest companion Bai Hu.
But he will never forget Lien, he carries his grief in his heart, but it does not make him weak. It gives him the courage to look forward and remember that there always is some light in the darkness.