Cast of Characters

Main Characters
Zhang Huizhong
Eldest daughter of Official Zhang Chanming. She wields dual blades following the Ren style but her stubbornness may be the stronger weapon.

Li Chunfeng
A fiery-tempered sorceress of the slums. She leads a rag-tag band of beggars, bandits, and outcasts from the high society.

Pao Qiqiang
A high-ranking official in the Emperor's court whose influence is greater than one can imagine.

Li Tiexin
A mysterious young man capable of wielding the element Metal. He wears a white owl mask.

Supporting Cast
Zhang Household
* Official Zhang Chanming, father of Huizhong and Huiliang & head of treasury, taxation and agriculture
* Zhang Huiliang, youngest daughter of Official Zhang
* Wei Lanfang, loyal servant of Huizhong since childhood

Li Chunfeng's Household/Gang
* Chen Qiuhuo, Li's most trusted friend and "little sister."
* Zhu Xiaolong, a rather chubby child who happens to be talented at manipulating Earth. His left eye is an odd silvery white, which had caused him to be abandoned by his parents at a young age for fear that he was possessed.
* Jiang Jiedao, a thief who has been rehabilitated. Now serves as an errand boy. Has considerable skill with knife-play.
* Guan Jintou, a former rival gang leader that came to respect Li. His gang and Li's get along well, and most of the slum-dwellers can't even tell that they were once two separate gangs. He and his wife, Yinguang, run the inn in the city.
* Yu Jianning, Guan Jintou's best friend.
* Huang Shenlin & Lanlan, a couple who were saved from bandits a few years before the beginning of the story. No one ever inquired where they were from or where they were going, but Li has accepted them as part of the gang. They are skilled in medicinal arts and run the traditional medicine shop adjacent to the inn. They have an older daughter, Meiyu, and a younger son, Gaoan.

High Society
* Shen Mingzhi, son of Official Shen & likely suitor to Zhang Huizhong

* Black Owl, leader of the Imperial Owls who wears a black owl mask
* Imperial Owls, a group of skilled individuals wearing black robes and owl masks

Masters & Teachers
* Ren Hongqi, master swordsman of the Ren style of swordscraft (Dancing Sparrows)
* Teacher Huang Zhiyuan, owner of the Meihua Chaguan and a man of radical ideas

Ren-shifu's Disciples
* Liu Gangzhuolige (冈卓力格)/Liu Ganzorig ("steel courage"), a young man of Khitan descent who specializes in falconry, horsemanship, archery, and the use of sabers. He has a hunting eagle named Gerel.
* Xuan An, a young woman from the neighboring prefecture who wields hu tou gou (hook swords)

* Lin Hongye, a leader of the bamboo gang
* Tianying, acting leader of the mercenaries
* Qingyu, a beautiful, exotic-looking woman who seems to have strong ties to Xiaolong's past.
* Yuwen Xiang, a nobleman from the capital

Trait Holders
1) Tiexin
2) Huiliang/Qiuhuo
3) a male monk, who is also a Water User (Kong Zhenkang)
4) an American Indian guy (Teeto Quispe)
5) a European guy (Borek Zeptal)
6) an African gal (Mekyla Joubert)
7) an Indian gal (to be retrieved/recruited by the European guy and African gal) (Ramdeep Kalan)


Archive 2017 Updates

December 2017
- Added Chapter 10 Zhang (12.3.17) --> Edits (12.10.17)
- Added Chapter 11 Li (12.24.17)
- Edited Cast of Characters for Trait-Holders' names (12.24.17)

October 2017
- Added Chapter 10 Li (10.11.17)
- Minor edits made to Chapter 10 Li (10.21.17)
- Minor edits made to Setting & Timeline (10.21.17)
- Updated Cast of Characters for Tianying, Qingyu (10.21.17)
- Updated Cast of Minor Characters for Choejor (10.21.17)
- Updated Glossary for jingshu, jianghu (10.21.17)

September 2017
- Updated the glossary for guanyin, qigong, ziran, jianzi, yāoguài (9.3.17)
- Added Author's Note: References (9.4.17)
- Chapter 9 Zhang draft posted (9.5.17); edits made -> final update (9.9.17)

August 2017
- Updated Chapters 2-8 Zhang with grammatical edits, courtesy of beta reader, Suzu (8.19.17)

July 2017
- Revised a few grammatical errors on Chapter 1 Zhang, courtesy of beta reader, Suzu (7.22.17)
- Updated glossary for daren, zhuzi, guai, shagua, neigong, and chi (7.23.17)
- Added Chapter 8 (Li) (7.26.17)

June 2017
- Added Venerable Dong Guan and Fuxin to Cast of Minor Characters (6.21.17)
- Updated glossary for food items, zhuchi and tàijíjiàn (6.21.17; 6.23.17)
- Added the story of Yan Jun under Background -> Legends & Folktales (6.22.17)
- Chapter 8 Zhang added (6.22.17)

April 2017
- Updated Cast of Minor Characters for Shen and Zhang household members, and others (4.5.17; 4.7.17)
- Updated Glossary (4.7.17)
- Minor formatting issues updated (4.7.17)
- Chapter 6 Zhang added (4.7.17); updated the parts about Wei's punishment and dialogue with Ren-shifu (4.11.17)
- Added 1 new background to Concept Art (4.9.17)
- Added Chapter 7 (4.22.17)
- Added Lin Hongye to Cast of Characters (4.22.17)

March 2017
- Updated Glossary for nü gui and shàoye (3.1.17; 3.3.17)
- Updated Minor Characters list with Physician Qu and Teacher Ming (3.1.17)
- Chapter 4 Zhang added, fixed various errors and dialogue (3.1.17; 3.3.17)
- Shen Mingzhi and Teacher Huang are now supporting characters (3.1.17)
- Updated Cast of Minor Character for various slum dwellers and gang members (3.5.17)
- Updated Glossary for yuanzhang (3.5.17)
- Updated Cast of Characters for Trait Holders (3.8.17)
- Added Chapter 5 Li (draft) (3.13.17)
- Updated Chapter 5 (Li) (3.23.17)
- Added 2 backgrounds to Concept Art (3.27.17)

Archive 2016 Updates

November 2016
- Updated Glossary for xishi and li (11.19.16)
- Updated Cast of Characters for Yu Jianning (11.19.16)
- Chapter 3 Li added (11.19.16)

October 2016
- Chapter 2 Zhang posted (10.16.16; updated the encounter scene in Wei's account 10.29.16)
- Updated Glossary: Family and Forms of Address (10.27.16)

April 2016
- Chapter 1 Zhang - last scene edited (4.2.16; reverted to original ending with a couple of edits 5.5.16)
- World map and Dong Ying map (2nd drafts) uploaded (4.6.16)
- Cast of Characters, Cast of Minor Characters updated with new characters (4.16.16)
- Chapter 1 Li added (4.22.16)

March 2016
- Chapter 1 Zhang (ver 1) added
- Added draft of Anhu map
- Added draft of Dong Ying map
- Minor Character list added
- Updated miscellaneous details on various pages