Askr was a strange place with even stranger rules. Henry had met all sorts of people he’d been convinced were just fairy tales in the past… Among the great heroes and peerless warriors though, were surprisingly people from what Henry had understood as history. The Hero King Marth, for example, had laughed at one of Henry’s jokes, and Kiran, in all their infinite hooded wisdom, had put Henry on a small attachment with the infamous Emperor of hellfire: Arvis.
He’d been taught a few things about what a terrible villain he’d been, in life. He’d been taught enough, at least, that he should have thought to stay away, or at least take a more cautious approach to him.
Instead, he bounded up to Arvis with a wide grin and twenty questions.
❝ I’m glad we’re stuck with each other! I’m a huge fan of fire myself, though Kiran has me using swords? Nyahahaha! I’m Henry! And you… ❞
❝ You’re the dread emperor right? They said you went crazy and killed like, thousands of your own people! I always thought that was a little suspect, since fire magic doesn’t really make your blood go bonkers. That’s dark magic. I’d know. Can you tell me about it? Ooh, can you burn some one up for me? Nyahaha! I’d love to see it! ❞
The story of “Hong Kil Dong” was the first novel written in Hangul and dealt with a big social issue: the mistreated offspring of the children of noblemen’s concubines.
Hong is the illegitimate son of an elite family. He leaves home, learns magic, and soon becomes like Korea’s Robin Hood. When soldiers come to arrest him, he creates numerous replicas of himself to confuse them. He can contract space to “appear and disappear like a ghost” in several places at once.
He eventually reconciles with the court, serves as defense minister, and later sails across the sea to create his own kingdom free from discrimination.
Yoo Jae-suk is literally EVERYWHERE in Korea. He is “the nation’s MC.” He’s on numerous TV shows and multiple commercials. I remember seeing him in:
Running Man (런닝맨)
Infinite Challenge (무한도전)
Happy Together 3 (해피투게더 3)
A chicken and/or pizza commercial I can’t quite recall
I remember flipping through the channels and seeing him on at least 5 different stations at once.