He was the best candidate qualified to inherit the leadership of the Xiao Clan. At age 17, he broke into the Nascent Profound Realm. At 23, he achieved the True Profound Realm.
Xiao Ying became life friends with Yun Qinghong and when Yun Qinhong was being hunted down by the assassin sent by the Mighty Heavenly Sword Region, he decided to switch his own son Xiao Yun with Yun Qinghong's son,Yun Che, to help preserve Qinghong's bloodline. The assassin attempted to kill Xiao Ying, after he failed to kill Yun Qinghong a month after Yun Che was adopted. A few days before that, Xiao Ying also saved the life of Xia Clan’s daughter, Xia Qingyue. After this rescue, Xiao Ying only could fend off the assassins with half his usual strength and drew his final breath. His wife’s heart broke in grief for the loss of her love and went to meet him soon after.