Ah, Genshin Impact, the game that keeps us hooked with its breathtaking landscapes, thrilling battles, and the constant anticipation of new character releases. But alas, with the recent unveiling of two long-known NPCs in Version 4.4, we find ourselves faced with a wasted opportunity. As the game's fourth year of content unfolds, it takes a detour from the region of Fontaine and plunges us deep into Liyue's annual Lantern Rite Festival. This year, however, we embark on a new adventure in the unexplored Chenyu Vale, a location that serves as a direct route between Liyue and Fontaine.

Chenyu Vale and the Carp-Like Guide:
Nestled within Chenyu Vale lies the lair of a new Adeptus named Fu Jin. This character takes the form of a carp and proves to be an invaluable guide for both the Traveler and Paimon throughout their journey in this region. But Fu Jin isn't the only Adeptus gracing us with their presence in Version 4.4. Our old favorites, Cloud Retainer, Moon Carver, and Mountain Shaper, also make an appearance to partake in the Lantern Rite Festival. However, here's where the disappointment sets in for eager players who had hoped for updated character models.

The Mundane Human Forms:
During the time-limited story quests of the Lantern Rite Festival, Moon Carver and Mountain Shaper reappear, reconnecting with the Traveler. Instead of unveiling unique and captivating character designs that match playable characters, Moon Carver and Mountain Shaper, much like Cloud Retainer's human form, adopt the standard appearance of male NPCs from Liyue. Sure, their clothing showcases a unique color pattern, but their faces, bodies, and outfits fail to stand out in any meaningful way.

A Missed Opportunity:
This revelation of Moon Carver and Mountain Shaper's human forms being relegated to the standard NPC character models signals a lack of intention from developer HoYoverse to make them playable anytime soon. If they were to become playable characters, one would expect their designs to deviate significantly from the mundane NPCs we encounter in Liyue. With their human forms already established, it's unlikely that HoYoverse will revisit these characters with updated models in future releases. What a waste!

The Teasing Power of Unique Designs:
In contrast, Cloud Retainer's Xianyun form wowed players during the 2023 Lantern Rite Festival in Genshin Impact. Much like Moon Carver and Mountain Shaper, Cloud Retainer is a well-known character in Liyue's history, boasting a strong connection with the Traveler. HoYoverse could have explored the stories of Moon Carver and Mountain Shaper during the upcoming Lantern Rites, teasing players with their unique designs and introducing them into the gacha system. Alas, it seems this tantalizing prospect isn't in the cards for Genshin Impact—at least not in the foreseeable future.

The Rich History of Liyue:
Liyue, oh Liyue, the land of rich stories and captivating lore! Moon Carver and Mountain Shaper are intricately woven into the tapestry of the Nation of Geo. They hold a special place in the hearts of players, as evident from the fan art created by the talented Zhblueirin on Instagram. Releasing Moon Carver and Mountain Shaper as playable characters would have been a logical move, allowing us to delve deeper into their stories and further immerse ourselves in the wonders of Liyue. But alas, it seems HoYoverse has other plans for Genshin Impact, leaving fans yearning for more.

As we bid farewell to the Lantern Rite Festival in Version 4.4 of Genshin Impact, we can't help but feel a tinge of disappointment. Moon Carver and Mountain Shaper, two beloved characters with immense potential, have been cast aside, given the mundane appearance of standard NPCs. While we can't predict the future, it seems that the dream of playing as these intriguing Adepti will remain just that—a dream. So, let us cherish the characters we have, explore the breathtaking world of Teyvat, and hope that future updates will bring new surprises, both fishy and fantastical, to our Genshin Impact adventures.

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