The "official" story illustrations are posted here.
Li Chunfeng and Zhang Huizhong - Gladiolus and Peony Flowers (2018)

Concept art: Characters

The concept artwork displayed on this website is meant to be a visual representation of the fictional characters and scenes from the story. These works are not published commercially unless otherwise stated. Credit is given when due.
** Photo references of poses, clothing, people and animals are from Pinterest (specific images are on my account) and personal photos. **

Zhang Huizhong in Prayer (2.11.18) Zhang Huiliang greeting with a lotus flower (2.15.18) Li Chunfeng in disguise (3.4.18)
Qiuhuo & Xiaolong watching fireworks (3.18.18) Fuxin_intraining_4.26.18 WhiteOwl design_4.27.18
Shen Mingzhi Reading into the evening (6.2.18) Liu Ganzorig in marauder style


Concept Art: Backgrounds

Dong Ying
** Personal photo references of Suzhou's Humble Administrator's Garden and Lijiang's Black Dragon Pool used.**



0 Family and Forms of Address
* Fù​qīn (or bà​ba): father (2nd term is informal)
* Mǔ​qīn (or mā​ma): mother (2nd term is informal)
* Jie or jiejie: older sister
* Mei or meimei: younger sister
* Ge or gege: older brother
* Pó​po: grandmother
* Gōng​gong: grandfather
* Ér (儿): child
* Xiao: informal term to address the younger person of a specific family name
* Lao: informal term to address the older person of a specific family name
* Laoban: owner of a business
* Laoshi: teacher
* Furen: Mrs, lady, or married woman (formal)
* Xiansheng: Mister
* Xiaojie: Young lady, miss
* Shàoye: Young master, son of the master
* Shifu: master
* Daren: a title respect
* Zhuzi: master (usually of a house or a place)
* Fashi: Title for Buddhist monks

0 Food
* Jiaozi: dumplings
* Liu sha bao (流沙包): molten salted egg custard steamed bun
* Mantou: steamed bun
* Nuomiji: northern version of the Cantonese dim sum dish, lo mai gai (a lotus leaf wrap consisting of steamed sticky rice and chicken)
* Qingjiangcai: bok choy

0 Places
* Baoxing Village: the village that was devastated by a severe famine. Thanks to Official Zhang and his group's efforts, the village was revived.
* Eagle Peak Monastery: home to a group of secluded monks that practice a secret form of martial art. Rumors say maybe sorcery as well. Founded by legendary Yan Jun 200 years ago.
* Lao Tong's Bakery: a family-owned bakery known for liu sha bao and other delicacies.
* Meihua Chaguan: a well-known gathering place for literati and small groups to discuss, recite poetry, or exchange information. Admission requires identifying oneself by the family jade pendant. The owner, Teacher Huang Zhiyuan, hopes that this will be the birthplace for radical ideas.
* Ren-shifu's academy: a temple of martial arts found in the woods northeast of Dong Ying. It is located beyond the Jinyu River-- the eastern tributary of Shuilong River, which brings down glacier water from Eagle Peak down to the villages in Anhu Prefecture.

0 Terms
* Chaguan (茶馆): teahouse
* Cheng feng ao xiang: Soar, carried by the wind
* Chi (尺): a distance about equal to a foot
* Dàodéjīng (道德经): The Book of Dao written by Laozi, the founder of Daoism
* Guai (枴): a weapon similar to what the Japanese call a "tonfa"; literally can be translated to a "crutch"
* Guanyin (觀音): East Asian bodhisattva of compassion; also known as the Goddess of Mercy
* Jianzi (毽子): a dexterity game that involves kicking a shuttlecock from foot to foot
* Jianghu (江湖): literally "rivers and lakes;" usually used to describe the community of generally nomadic, anti-establishment martial artists of ancient China
* Jingshu (经书): a scripture or manual
* Li (里): a distance of approximately 500 meters.
* Neigong (內功): inner power
* Nü gui (女鬼): vengeful female ghost
* Qì (气): vital energy
* Qìdān/Khitan (契丹): an ethnic group skilled in falconry and horsemanship. Historically they lived in Mongolia (modern Manchuria).
* Qigong (气功): a healing system of deep breathing exercises and movement that is used to harness one's qi for health and martial arts
* Qīng​gōng (轻工): the ability to glide across rooftops, scale trees, etc. but not flying.
* Shagua (傻瓜): silly person
* Sheng li gui lai: come back victorious
* Tàijíjiàn (太极剑): a kind of traditional Chinese sword-play
* Wenren (文人): literati, scholars or poets
* Xishi (喜事): a happy occasion, e.g. weddings
* Yāoguài (妖怪): a demon or monster
* Yuanzhang (院長): overseer of a facility
* Zhuchi (住持): abbot or head monk of a monastery
* Ziran (自然): the state of naturalness achieved after using qigong to harness one's qi

Cast of Minor Characters

* Tong, owner of Lao Tong's Bakery
* Physician Qu, personal physician of Zhang Huizhong
* Teacher Ming, a kindly monk who runs a school for disadvantaged children

Meihua Chaguan
* Jiang, errand boy
- The Literati Girls
* Huang Meilin, the youngest (not related to Huang Zhiyuan), daughter of a lesser noble family
* Fang Lihua, the most opinionated (same age as Zhang Huiliang), daughter of a local magistrate and granddaughter of Governor Yu
* Ren Wenling, the kindest and oldest of the group, daughter of the supervisor of records in the court office and niece to a certain martial artist

Zhang Household and Extended Family
* Lady Zhang, wife of Official Zhang and Huizhong's mother
* Liang Mu, Huizhong's uncle and oldest brother of Lady Zhang who resides in the capital
* Kang, head maid of Zhang Huizhong's mother
* Mei, one of the maids at the Zhang household

Shen Household
* Lady Shen, wife of Official Shen
* Shen Yang, daughter of Official Shen

Slum Dwellers
* Wu, the owner of a hostel near New Market Street
* Zhao, a blacksmith
* The orphans: Xiaoxing(F), Xiaoyue(F), Xiaoyang(M)

Gang Members
* Those originally part of Li's gang: Hongmei(F), Lvhu(F), Tingshan(M)
* Those originally part of Guan's gang: Shunfeng (M), Liulang(M), Shunzi(M), Fanfan(F)

Ren-shifu's Academy
* Lao Ma, a middle-aged man who is the steward of Ren-shifu's household. He, his wife, and his son manage the household affairs while the shifu is busy making money off his students.

Eagle Peak Monastery
* Venerable Dong Guan, the zhuchi (abbot) of the monastery
* Yi Jian, a monk who performed rites at Zhang Huiliang's funeral and a Wood User
* Zhi Guan, a teacher of the beginning class at the monastery
* Fuxin, a loyal acolyte who has a penchant for mischief at times

* Choejor, a friendly sentry