Old Devil Qian was a late Nascent Soul stage Grand Elder of the Yin Sifting Sect that resided within the Great Jin. As a Grand Elder, Qian carries a Ghost Sifting Banner. Additionally, he created the Unbreakable Cinque Devils - a group of 5 Nascent Soul skeletons that together possess the formidable abilities of a Late Nascent Soul cultivator.
After a concubine of the Sect Master of the Yin Sifting Sect was killed by Han Li during the Moulan invasion into the Heavenly South Region, hostilities between the Yin Sifting Sect and Han Li escalated. An elder of the Yin Sifting Sect was sent to place a Soul Sealing Curse on Han Li's wife - Nangong Wan to force a treasure with Divine Devilbane Lightning from Han Li. This elder was then killed by Han Li obtaining one of the eighteen Ghost Sifting Banners that formed the sect's signature treasure. As the grand elder of the Yin Sifting Sect, this resulted in an irreconcilable feud between Qian and Han Li.
Old Devil Qian was in the Nanjiang Region dealing with the He Clan, who betrayed Yin Sifting Sect, after swearing allegiance to them earlier. After their 72 cultivators died, he ordered to kill remaining 300 mortals. Since he was informed by Elder Ge Tianhao that the cultivator, who killed their sect's Elder and seized the Ghost Sifting Banner was in that region, he decided to stay there and deal with that too.
Later, Devil Qian invaded the legendary Kunwu Mountain range along with several other Nascent Soul stage cultivators after an opening in the mountain's seal had been created. There Qian encountered and instantly recognize a mid Nascent Soul stage Han Li accompanying Fu Cheng and Bai Yaoyi. Although he didn't immediately want to fight Han Li, instead Qian wanted to obtain the Ghost Sifting Banner that was in Han Li's possession. Youngster didn't mind to trade the banner, but for the knowledge of undoing the Soul Sealing Curse. However, Qian genuinely believe that Han Li was an inferior cultivator to be looked down on unto. This resulted in immediate hostilities between the two. Old Man Fu tried to reason with him, as they both were from Devil Dao alliance. Before Devil Qian and Han Li could fight, they were interrupted by an explosion sealing the exit. Then they were joined by Sacred Poison Sect's Grand Elder Hua Tianqi, Zheng Wei and other vagrant cultivators. Hua Tianqi proposed to suspend all conflicts and go together up the mountain to look for treasures, since the exit was blocked.
As they travelled, they were forced to destroy formations left behind by other group. As they arrived near the top of the mountain, they found many staircases. Almost everyone split up. Near the Kunwu Hall, Qian fought Ye Clan Elder and 2 defensive puppets. When Han Li appeared there, Grand Elder sent 3 of the Unbreakable Cinque Devils to attack him but was suprised by Divine Devilbane Lightning. As Grand Immortal Xu and others caught up to Han Li, he sent attack at the place, where Nightfiend, Lion Hawk and Gui Ling were hiding and escaped himself. Before human cultivators and demons started fighting, they came to realization they didn't need to fight and they banded together to break the restrictions in Kunwu Hall. When they caught up to Han Li they were in disbelief seeing him enter the Greatnorth Essence Lights. Frustrated Qian went after him. When he passed the Greatnorth Essence Lights, he seized the monk staff in the Kunwu Hall, but then got trapped by the Four Skies Ruler of Immortal Form Sect. After he became free, old Devil Qian chased Lady Mu, but she escaped in the Sun Moon Shuttle.
When passing through the Greatnorth Essence Light, old Devil Qian was ambushed by Han Li and Gui Ling. Yougster wanted a method to dissolve the Soul Seal Curse for Nangong Wan. Devil Qian received multiple surprises during the fight - learning Han Li controlled the Greatnorth Essence Lights, possessed a fearsome Flame, controlled a Late-Nascent Soul grade puppet, and held a divine spiritual artifact seemingly stronger than the Ghost Sifting Banner.
During the fight Qian's Unbreakable Cinque Devils proved ineffective against Han Li, who possessed Divine Devilbane Lightning, and couldn't serve as a distraction because they were being held up by Gui Ling. Qian abandoned his body was forced to flee in the Blood Devil Pearl by fierce Gui Ling and Han Li's Yang Ring. Once he got surrounded by puppet, Qian used Ghost Sifting Banner, but was defeated by Triflame Fan and Golden Lightning Bamboo Arrow. Before his Nascent Soul could escape from the Greatnorth Essence Light, it got caught by the Heavenvoid Cauldron. Old Devil Qian died when Han Li scoured Qian's soul using the Soul Searching Technique to obtain the incantation to dissolve the Soul Sealing Curse. The Cinque Devils lost the connection to their master and turned savage. They were sealed away by Han Li. Afterwards, his death was a monumental event that had shocked the entire Great Jin.