List of The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber characters

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The following is a list of characters from the wuxia novel The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber by Jin Yong (Louis Cha).

Main characters[edit]

Ming Cult[edit]

See also: Ming Cult
  • The Bright Left and Right Messengers serve as the cult leader's deputies. They are:
    • Yang Xiao (traditional Chinese: 楊逍; simplified Chinese: 杨逍; pinyin: Yáng Xiāo; Jyutping: Joeng4 Siu1) is the Bright Left Messenger (光明左使). During the period of internal conflict in the cult, he served as its acting leader, and later became an advisor to Zhang Wuji after the latter became the cult's leader. In the earlier revisions of the novel, Zhang Wuji names him the new leader of the Ming Cult before leaving with Zhao Min. He is Ji Xiaofu's lover and Yang Buhui's father.
    • Fan Yao (traditional Chinese: 范遙; simplified Chinese: 范遥; pinyin: Fàn Yáo; Jyutping: Faan6 Jiu4) is the Bright Right Messenger (光明右使). He disfigured himself and disguised himself as a mute monk called Kutoutuo (traditional Chinese: 苦頭陀; simplified Chinese: 苦头陀; pinyin: Kǔ Tóutuó; Jyutping: Fu2 Tau4-to4). He pretends to serve the Mongols while secretly working as a spy for the Ming Cult.
  • The Four Guardian Kings (四大護教法王) assist the leader in overseeing the cult's activities. They are ranked in order of seniority:
    • Daiqisi (traditional Chinese: 黛綺絲; simplified Chinese: 黛绮丝; pinyin: Dàiqǐsī; Jyutping: Doi6-ji2-si1), nicknamed "Purple Dress Dragon King" (traditional Chinese: 紫衫龍王; simplified Chinese: 紫衫龙王; pinyin: Zǐshān Lóngwáng; Jyutping: Zi2-saam1 Lung4-wong4), is a Persian. She broke the cult's rules when she married Han Qianye, and later moved to Divine Snake Island with her husband. She adopted a new name, Golden Flower Granny (Chinese: 金花婆婆; pinyin: Jīnhuā Pópó; Jyutping: Gam1-faa1 Po4-po4), to avoid being identified by the Persian Ming Cult. She is Xiaozhao's mother.
    • Yin Tianzheng (Chinese: 殷天正; pinyin: Yīn Tiānzhèng; Jyutping: Jan1 Tin1-zeng3), nicknamed "White Brows Eagle King" (traditional Chinese: 白眉鷹王; simplified Chinese: 白眉鹰王; pinyin: Báiméi Yīngwáng; Jyutping: Baak6-mei4 Jing1-wong4), is Yin Yewang and Yin Susu's father. He left the Ming Cult during its internal conflict and founded the Heavenly Eagle Cult (天鷹教). He dies from exhaustion while trying to save Xie Xun by fighting against the three Shaolin elders.
    • Xie Xun (traditional Chinese: 謝遜; simplified Chinese: 谢逊; pinyin: Xiè Xùn; Jyutping: Ze6 Seon3) is nicknamed "Golden Haired Lion King" (traditional Chinese: 金毛獅王; simplified Chinese: 金毛狮王; pinyin: Jīnmáo Shīwáng; Jyutping: Gam1-mou4 Si1-wong4). His family was murdered by his former master Cheng Kun, who disappeared after committing the atrocity. Guided by fury, he went on a rampage to kill many people and push the blame to Cheng Kun, hoping to draw the latter out of hiding. Yin Susu throws her darts at him in self-defence when he is about to attack her during a fit of insanity, and he is blinded as a consequence. He becomes the godfather of Zhang Wuji, whom he names in memory of his own deceased son, Xie Wuji. The families and associates of Xie Xun's victims forgive him after his final confrontation with Cheng Kun. He becomes a monk eventually to seek peace and redemption for his past misdeeds.
    • Wei Yixiao (traditional Chinese: 韋一笑; simplified Chinese: 韦一笑; pinyin: Wéi Yīxiào; Jyutping: Wai4 Jat1-siu3) is nicknamed "Green Winged Bat King" (Chinese: 青翼蝠王; pinyin: Qīngyì Fúwáng; Jyutping: Cing1-jik6 Fuk1-wong4). His prowess in qinggong is unmatched in the jianghu. He once accidentally infected himself with an icy venom while practising the skill 'Icy Palm'. Since then, he has to suck the warm blood of human beings (and sometimes animals) to keep the freezing poison in his body under control. Zhang Wuji later cures him by using the 'Nine Yang Divine Skill' to purge the venom from his body.
  • Yang Buhui (traditional Chinese: 楊不悔; simplified Chinese: 杨不悔; pinyin: Yáng Bùhuǐ; Jyutping: Joeng4 Bat1-fui3) is Yang Xiao and Ji Xiaofu's daughter. Her name literally means "no regrets" to reflect her mother's love for Yang Xiao. Zhang Wuji helps her escape from Miejue after her mother's death and leads her on a long and perilous journey to bring her safely to her father. She regards Zhang Wuji as an elder brother for his care and concern towards her. The trauma of witnessing her mother's death makes her become suspicious of anyone who could be a potential enemy and this intensifies her hatred towards Miejue.[1] This is evident in her treatment towards Xiaozhao, when she and her father suspected the latter of being a spy from the Emei Sect. It also made her extremely protective towards her father and Zhang Wuji, whom she sees as what is left of her family. She falls in love with Yin Liting, her mother's original fiancé, and marries him eventually despite the large age gap between them. They are said to be expecting a child near the end of the story.
  • Zhu Yuanzhang (Chinese: 朱元璋; pinyin: Zhū Yuánzhāng; Jyutping: Zyu1 Jyun4-zoeng1) is an ambitious minor leader of the cult who eventually takes control of the rebel forces and leads them to overthrow the Yuan dynasty. He betrays the cult later and becomes the founding emperor of the Ming dynasty.
  • Chang Yuchun (Chinese: 常遇春; pinyin: Cháng Yùchūn; Jyutping: Soeng4 Jyu6-ceon1) is a cult member who travels with Zhang Wuji to Butterfly Valley to seek treatment from Hu Qingniu.
  • Xu Da (traditional Chinese: 徐達; simplified Chinese: 徐达; pinyin: Xú Dá; Jyutping: Ceoi4 Daat6) is a minor leader of the cult. Zhang Wuji presents him with Yue Fei's military textbook Book of Wumu. Xu studies the book and uses his knowledge to lead the rebel forces to victory in the battles against the Yuan government.
  • Hu Qingniu (Chinese: 胡青牛; pinyin: Hú Qīngniú; Jyutping: Wu4 Cing1-ngau4) is a physician residing in Butterfly Valley. He is nicknamed "Jiansi Bujiu" (traditional Chinese: 見死不救; simplified Chinese: 见死不救; pinyin: Jiànsǐ Bùjiù; Jyutping: Gin3-sei2 Bat1-gau3; literally: "to watch one die and not save him") for his odd practice of treating the cult's members free of charge but not others regardless of whatever the latter group are willing to pay. He helps Zhang Wuji slow down the effects of the poison in his wound, preserving Zhang's life and buying him time to find a cure to heal himself. He also imparts his knowledge of medicine to Zhang indirectly when the latter stays with him during the recovery period. He is killed by Golden Flower Granny for revenge because of his apparent refusal to save her husband's life years ago. However in reality, treatment for Han Qianye's wounds were beyond Hu's abilities.[2]
  • Wang Nangu (traditional Chinese: 王難姑; simplified Chinese: 王难姑; pinyin: Wáng Nàngū; Jyutping: Wong4 Naan4-gu1) is Hu Qingniu's wife. In contrast with her husband, she uses her mastery of toxicology to kill people. The couple become rivals in a contest, in which Wang will poison someone while Hu will try to save the person's life. She imparts her knowledge to Zhang Wuji. She is killed along with her husband by Golden Flower Granny.
  • Yang Dingtian (traditional Chinese: 陽頂天; simplified Chinese: 阳顶天; pinyin: Yáng Dǐngtiān; Jyutping: Joeng4 Ding2-tin1) was Zhang Wuji's predecessor as the Ming Cult's leader. He was practising the Heaven and Earth Great Shift (乾坤大挪移) when he discovered his wife's illicit affair with Cheng Kun. He was infuriated and the inner energy flow in his body was disrupted. He was severely injured and died.

Heavenly Eagle Cult[edit]

  • Yin Susu (Chinese: 殷素素; pinyin: Yīn Sùsù; Jyutping: Jan1 Sou3-sou3) is Yin Tianzheng's daughter and Yin Yewang's younger sister. She meets Zhang Cuishan by coincidence and both of them are cast adrift to Ice Fire Island, where they are married and settled. She gives birth to Zhang Wuji. She commits suicide after Zhang Cuishan did likewise.
  • Yin Yewang (Chinese: 殷野王; pinyin: Yīn Yěwáng; Jyutping: Jan1 Je5-wong4) is Yin Tianzheng's son and Yin Susu's older brother. He is Yin Li's father and Zhang Wuji's maternal uncle. His first wife (Yin Li's mother) practised the 'Thousand Spiders Venom Hand' (千蛛萬毒手) and became infertile and disfigured, and she fell out of favour with her husband. Yin took a concubine who bore him two sons. Yin Li later killed her stepmother because she often bullied Yin Li's mother. Although Yin Yewang is angry with his daughter for this incident, in the earlier editions of the novel, with help from Zhang Wuji, he eventually reconciles with her.
  • Yin Li (traditional Chinese: 殷離; simplified Chinese: 殷离; pinyin: Yīn Lí; Jyutping: Jan1 Lei4) is Yin Yewang's daughter. She practises the 'Thousand Spiders Venom Hand', a deadly skill she inherits from her mother, which causes her to become horribly disfigured. She is thus known as Zhu'er (traditional Chinese: 蛛兒; simplified Chinese: 蛛儿; pinyin: Zhū'ér; Jyutping: Zyu1-ji4; literally: "Spider Girl"), a nickname given to her by her mother. Her mother commits suicide to allow her to escape from her father and half-brothers after she killed her stepmother. Her relationship with her father becomes estranged as a consequence. She joins Golden Flower Granny and develops affections for Zhang Wuji when she first met him. She is apparently murdered by Zhou Zhiruo, but towards the end of the story, she is revealed to have survived.

Persian Ming Cult[edit]

  • Xiaozhao (Chinese: 小昭; pinyin: Xiǎozhāo; Jyutping: Siu2-ziu1) is Han Qianye and Daiqisi's daughter. Her mother sends her as a spy to infiltrate the Ming Cult and find the location of its secret tunnel. Xiaozhao then becomes a servant in Yang Xiao's household. The Yangs become suspicious of her and bind her in chains to restrict her movements. Xiaozhao runs into Zhang Wuji and they narrowly escape death together in the secret tunnel. Xiaozhao has fallen in love with Zhang Wuji but can never be with him as she has to take her mother's place in order to save the latter's life. She becomes the leader of the Ming Cult in its headquarters in Persia. Jin Yong mentioned in the epilogue of the novel that Xiaozhao is his favourite character.[3]

Yuan dynasty[edit]

  • Lady Han (traditional Chinese: 韓氏女; simplified Chinese: 韩氏女; pinyin: Hán Shì Nǚ; Jyutping: Hon4 Si6 Neoi5) is Chaghan Temür's concubine. She is killed in Wan'an Monastery by Lu Zhangke, who wants to prevent her from telling Chaghan about his sexual advances on her. Lu frames the captured martial artists and Ming Cult members for the murder.
  • The Xuanming Elders (Chinese: 玄冥二老; pinyin: Xuánmíng Èr Lǎo; Jyutping: Jyun4-ming4 Ji6 Lou5) are the students of the late Taoist Baisun (traditional Chinese: 百損道人; simplified Chinese: 百损道人; pinyin: Báisǔn Dàorén; Jyutping: Baak3-syun2 Dou3-jan4). They serve Chaghan Temür as mercenaries and they once injured Zhang Wuji with their infamous 'Xuanming Divine Palm' (玄明神掌). Later, after seeing how powerful Zhou Zhiruo had become from practising the skills in the Nine Yin Manual, they attempt to seize the book from her, but are unwilling to share it with each other, and start fighting over the manual. Zhang Wuji and Zhao Min show up to help Zhou and defeat the Xuanming Elders. In the earlier editions of the novel, the Elders lose their powers after their last fight with Zhang Wuji. The Elders are:
  • Huogong Toutuo's disciples are recruited by Chaghan Temür as mercenaries. They and Cheng Kun massacred the Dragon Gate Escort Agency and later paralysed Yu Daiyan. 20 years later, they ambush and injure Yin Liting. They are defeated by Zhang Wuji in a fight. They are:

Wudang Sect[edit]

See also: Wudang Sect
  • The "Seven Heroes of Wudang" (traditional Chinese: 武當七俠; simplified Chinese: 武当七侠; pinyin: Wǔdāng Qī Xiá; Jyutping: Mou5-dong1 Cat1-hap6) are the first seven disciples of Zhang Sanfeng. They are listed in order of seniority:
    • Song Yuanqiao (traditional Chinese: 宋遠橋; simplified Chinese: 宋远桥; pinyin: Sòng Yuǎnqiáo; Jyutping: Sung3 Jyun5-kiu4) is Song Qingshu's father. His reputation as a heroic swordsman is tarnished by his son's misconduct, causing him to be seen as a disgraced parent. His relationship with his sect is affected and he loses an opportunity to succeed his teacher as Wudang's leader after Zhang Sanfeng orders him to spend the rest of his life in solitude.
    • Yu Lianzhou (traditional Chinese: 俞蓮舟; simplified Chinese: 俞莲舟; pinyin: Yú Liánzhōu; Jyutping: Jyu4 Lin4-zau1) is the most powerful in martial arts among the seven. He is named by Zhang Sanfeng as the new successor to lead Wudang.
    • Yu Daiyan (traditional Chinese: 俞岱巖; simplified Chinese: 俞岱岩; pinyin: Yú Dàiyán; Jyutping: Jyu4 Doi6-ngaam4) was ambushed and paralysed by Yin Susu[4] and he lost the use of his limbs. He receives medical treatment from Zhang Wuji 20 years after his injury but only manages to recover partially and can no longer utilise the full potential of his martial arts.
    • Zhang Songxi (traditional Chinese: 張松溪; simplified Chinese: 张松溪; pinyin: Zhāng Sōngxī; Jyutping: Zoeng1 Cung4-kai1) is the most intelligent among the seven. He occasionally provides advice to his fellows.[citation needed]
    • Zhang Cuishan (traditional Chinese: 張翠山; simplified Chinese: 张翠山; pinyin: Zhāng Cuìshān; Jyutping: Zoeng1 Ceoi3-saan1) has the best understanding of martial arts among the seven.[citation needed] Apart from being an accomplished swordsman, he is also well versed in scholarly arts and calligraphy. His distinctive weapons earn him the nickname "Silver Hook Rail Line" (traditional Chinese: 銀鉤鐵劃; simplified Chinese: 银钩铁划; pinyin: Yín Gōu Tiě Huà; Jyutping: Ngan4 Ngau1 Tit3 Waak6). He is Zhang Wuji's father and Xie Xun's sworn brother. He meets Yin Susu by chance and they are cast adrift to Ice Fire Island, where they are married and settled there for ten years. He commits suicide after being cornered by martial artists when he refuses to divulge the whereabouts of Xie Xun.
    • Yin Liting (Chinese: 殷梨亭; pinyin: Yīn Lítíng; Jyutping: Jan1 Lei4-ting4) was Ji Xiaofu's original fiance. Their engagement ended when she realised that she was in love with Yang Xiao and was already pregnant with Yang's child. Many years later, when Yin is injured in a similar manner as Yu Daiyan, Yang Buhui nurses him back to health and falls in love with him when he is recovering. Yin marries Yang Buhui eventually despite the large age gap between them. They are said to be expecting a child towards the end of the novel.
    • Mo Shenggu (traditional Chinese: 莫聲谷; simplified Chinese: 莫声谷; pinyin: Mò Shēnggǔ; Jyutping: Mok6 Sing1-guk1) discovers Song Qingshu's voyeuristic attempts on Zhou Zhiruo and the Emei Sect's members. He tries to discipline Song but is accidentally killed by the latter.
  • Song Qingshu (traditional Chinese: 宋青書; simplified Chinese: 宋青书; pinyin: Sòng Qīngshū; Jyutping: Sung3 Cing1-syu1) is Song Yuanqiao's son and serves as a foil to Zhang Wuji in the story. He has a strong crush on Zhou Zhiruo, which makes him become extremely jealous when he sees Zhang Wuji and Zhou developing a romantic relationship. That ultimately becomes his weakness, as it allows him to be manipulated easily by enemies into committing depravities to win Zhou's heart and prove that he is better than Zhang. He eventually betrays his sect and kills Mo Shenggu. Zhou pretends to marry him and teaches him the 'Nine Yin White Bone Claw', while actually planning to use him to take revenge on Zhang Wuji after the latter reneged his promise to marry her. Song is seriously injured at the Lion Slaying Ceremony during a match with Yu Lianzhou and dies of his wounds on Mount Wudang later. In the earlier revisions of the novel, he was killed by Zhang Sanfeng as punishment for his crimes.[5]

Emei Sect[edit]

See also: Emei Sect
  • Guo Xiang (Chinese: 郭襄; pinyin: Guō Xiāng; Jyutping: Gwok3 Soeng1) was the founder of Emei and the younger daughter of Guo Jing and Huang Rong. In the prologue, she met Jueyuan and Zhang Junbao (later Zhang Sanfeng) near Shaolin Monastery and Jueyuan recited the Nine Yang Manual to her, Zhang, and Wuse before his death. Guo Xiang's prowess in martial arts improved after she integrated the manual's skills into her existing ones and she became an accomplished martial artist later. Guo Xiang inherited the Heaven Sword and knowledge of the secrets in the weapons from her family during the Battle of Xiangyang. After her family members sacrificed their lives to defend Xiangyang from Mongol invaders, she continued to roam the jianghu for years before founding Emei. (See Template:Guo Jing and Huang Rong's family tree for her family tree.)
  • Abbess Miejue (traditional Chinese: 滅絕師太; simplified Chinese: 灭绝师太; pinyin: Mièjué Shītài; Jyutping: Mit6-juet3 Si1-taai3), whose name 'Miejue' literally means "to destroy and eliminate", is the dogmatic leader of Emei. She does not tolerate any form of evil and wishes to purge the world of evil and make Emei a leading sect in the wulin (martial artists' community), which leads her to commit all sorts of deeds that are ethically and morally vicious. She hates the Ming Cult not only because of its evil name, but also due to Yang Xiao's indirect involvement in the events leading to Guhongzi's death. Miejue refuses Zhang Wuji's help and plunges to her death after naming Zhou Zhiruo her successor.
  • Guhongzi (traditional Chinese: 孤鴻子; simplified Chinese: 孤鸿子; pinyin: Gūhóngzǐ; Jyutping: Gu1-hung4-zi2) was Miejue's senior. He challenged Yang Xiao to a martial arts contest and he borrowed Miejue's Heaven-Reliant Sword, hoping that it would give him an advantage. However, he lost to Yang Xiao and the sword was seized by Yang before he could even unsheathe it. Yang Xiao made some unkind remarks and threw the sword to the ground and walked away. Guhongzi felt very disgraced and insulted and eventually died in anger. His death caused Miejue to bear a grudge against Yang Xiao and the Ming Cult.
  • Ji Xiaofu (traditional Chinese: 紀曉芙; simplified Chinese: 纪晓芙; pinyin: Jǐ Xiǎofú; Jyutping: Gei3 Hiu2-fu4) is one of Miejue's students who is seen as a potential successor to the sect's leadership. She was Yin Liting's original fiancée under an arrangement but fell in love with Yang Xiao instead and bore him a daughter, causing her to leave Emei to raise her child. She names her daughter 'Buhui' (literally means "no regrets") to express her love for Yang Xiao. She is eventually found by Miejue, who forces her to kill her lover. She refuses and is killed by her teacher in anger. Her remains are buried by Zhang Wuji and her daughter at Butterfly Valley.
  • Ding Minjun (Chinese: 丁敏君; pinyin: Dīng Mǐnjūn; Jyutping: Ding1 Man5-gwan1) is one of Miejue's most senior students. She is jealous of their teacher's favouritism towards Ji Xiaofu and later towards Zhou Zhiruo. Peng Yingyu once remarked that she is "ugly in appearance and evil hearted" (毒手無鹽; literally: "venomous hand without salt") after she blinded his right eye with her sword.[6] She once self-appointed herself as Emei's acting leader when Zhou Zhiruo went missing, but her peers were reluctant to follow her for her selfishness.
  • Bei Jinyi (traditional Chinese: 貝錦儀; simplified Chinese: 贝锦仪; pinyin: Bèi Jǐnyí; Jyutping: Bui3 Gam2-ji4) is one of Miejue's disciples and a junior to Ding Minjun and Ji Xiaofu. When her teacher orders her and Ding to pursue and kill Yang Buhui, she decides to spare the child on account of her past relations with Ji Xiaofu (Yang Buhui's mother), so she lies to Miejue that Yang has already left Butterfly Valley.

Shaolin Sect[edit]

See also: Shaolin Sect
  • Cheng Kun (Chinese: 成昆; pinyin: Chéng Kūn; Jyutping: Sing4 Gwan1) is the primary antagonist in the novel. He seeks to destroy the Ming Cult after the loss of his beloved. Driven completely insane by this tragedy, he murdered Xie Xun's family in cold blood and Xie sees him as a sworn enemy. He disguises himself as a Shaolin monk called Yuanzhen (traditional Chinese: 圓真; simplified Chinese: 圆真; pinyin: Yuánzhēn; Jyutping: Jyun4-zan1) and makes his evil plans to stir up conflict between the Ming Cult and the other sects. Although he shares the same aversion towards the Mongols as his fellow Han Chinese, his desire to destroy the Ming Cult overshadows this sentiment and he collaborates with the Yuan government to persecute the cult. He holds a grudge against Zhang Wuji for the loss of one of his skills, Huanyin Finger (幻陰指), after their first encounter. He becomes even more corrupted by his lust for power and later plots with Chen Youliang to dominate the wulin (martial artists' community). He is blinded by Xie Xun in their final battle and is defeated.
  • Four Holy Monks (四大神僧):
  • The Three Elders of the Bodhidharma Hall (達摩堂三元老) form the 'Vajra Evil Subduing Ring' (金剛伏魔圈) to guard Xie Xun when the latter is held captive in Shaolin. They previously fought Yang Dingtian after being instigated by Cheng Kun. Later, after listening to Zhang Wuji's explanation, they become more aware of Cheng Kun's wicked intentions. The Three Elders are:
  • Huogong Toutuo (traditional Chinese: 火工頭陀; simplified Chinese: 火工头陀; pinyin: Huǒgōng Tóutuó; Jyutping: Fo2-gung1 Tau4-to4) is a traitor of Shaolin. He learnt some of Shaolin's skills and fled to the western regions, where he founded the Vajra Sect (金剛門).

Kunlun Sect[edit]

See also: Kunlun Sect
  • He Zudao (Chinese: 何足道; pinyin: Hé Zúdào; Jyutping: Ho4 Zuk1-dou3) is nicknamed "Kunlun Three Sage" (traditional Chinese: 崑崙三聖; simplified Chinese: 昆仑三圣; pinyin: Kūnlún Sān Shèng; Jyutping: Kwan1-leon4 Saam1 Sing3). He disappeared mysteriously after being defeated by Jueyuan. Yinkexi, one of the duo who stole the Nine Yang Manual from Shaolin, told him the whereabouts of the manual before dying, but He Zudao misheard the message and spread the wrong information in the jianghu.
  • He Taichong (traditional Chinese: 何太沖; simplified Chinese: 何太冲; pinyin: Hé Tàichōng; Jyutping: Ho4 Taai3-cung1), nicknamed "Mr. Iron Zither" (traditional Chinese: 鐵琴先生; simplified Chinese: 铁琴先生; pinyin: Tiě Qín Xiānshēng; Jyutping: Tit3 Kam4 Sin1 Sang1), is the ungrateful and immoral leader of Kunlun. He and his wife try to kill Zhang Wuji and Yang Buhui after Zhang saved his concubine from death, but Yang Xiao saves Zhang and Yang. Later in the novel, he attempts to kill Xie Xun, who is held captive in Shaolin, so that he can take the Dragon Saber, but is eventually slain by the Three Elders of the Bodhidharma Hall.
  • Ban Shuxian (traditional Chinese: 斑淑嫻; simplified Chinese: 斑淑娴; pinyin: Bān Shūxián; Jyutping: Baan1 Suk1-haan4) is He Taichong's wife and an expert in using the Dual Swordplay (正兩儀劍法). She is killed along with her husband by the Three Elders.

Mount Hua Sect[edit]

See also: Mount Hua Sect
  • Xianyu Tong (traditional Chinese: 鮮于通; simplified Chinese: 鲜于通; pinyin: Xiānyú Tōng; Jyutping: Sin1-jyu4 Tung1), nicknamed "Shenjizi" (traditional Chinese: 神機子; simplified Chinese: 神机子; pinyin: Shénjīzǐ; Jyutping: San4-gei1-zi2), is the promiscuous and immoral leader of the sect. Hu Qingniu once saved his life when he was infected with Golden Worm Poison by Lady Miao, whom he previously had a relationship with. Hu Qingniu's sister Hu Qingyang fell in love with him while he was recovering and eventually married him. However, he forced Hu Qingyang to die so that he can marry the daughter of his predecessor, even though she was already pregnant with his child. Xianyu's wicked deed was discovered by his senior Bai Yuan, but Xianyu killed the latter before the secret was revealed and he framed the Ming Cult for the murder. During the battle at Bright Peak, Xianyu attempts to kill Zhang Wuji, who is aware of his dirty secrets, but is infected with the Golden Worm Poison again. Zhang defeats him and exposes his past atrocities to the wulin (martial artists' community). Xianyu Tong dies at the hands of He Taichong incidentally during the fight.
  • Xue Gongyuan (traditional Chinese: 薛公遠; simplified Chinese: 薛公远; pinyin: Xuē Gōngyuǎn; Jyutping: Sit3 Gung1-jyun5) is one of Xianyu Tong's students, who is just as corrupted as his teacher. He and several others were injured by Golden Flower Granny and headed to Butterfly Valley to seek treatment from Hu Qingniu. They are healed by Zhang Wuji, but later betray him and make cannibalistic attempts on him and Yang Buhui. Zhang tricks them into consuming a poisonous broth, which kills them.

Kongtong Sect[edit]

See also: Kongtong Sect
  • The "Five Elders of Kongtong" (崆峒五老) bore a grudge against Xie Xun after he stole the 'Seven Harms Fist' (七傷拳) manual from them. They are defeated by Zhang Wuji at Bright Peak. The fifth elder's name is not mentioned in the novel. The other four are:
    • Guan Neng (traditional Chinese: 關能; simplified Chinese: 关能; pinyin: Guān Néng; Jyutping: Gwaan1 Nang4)
    • Zong Weixia (traditional Chinese: 宗維俠; simplified Chinese: 宗维侠; pinyin: Zōng Wéixiá; Jyutping: Zung1 Wai4-hap6) harbours animosity towards Yin Tianzheng after fighting the latter once in the past. He becomes Zhang Wuji's ally in Kongtong after the latter treats his wounds during their match at Bright Peak. He renounces his past feud with the Ming Cult.
    • Tang Wenliang (Chinese: 唐文亮; pinyin: Táng Wénliàng; Jyutping: Tong4 Man4-loeng6) had his limbs broken by Yin Tianzheng during the battle at Bright Peak. Zhang Wuji heals his injuries and saves him from permanent paralysis.
    • Chang Jingzhi (Chinese: 常敬之; pinyin: Cháng Jìngzhī; Jyutping: Soeng4 Ging3-zi1)
  • Jian Jie (traditional Chinese: 簡捷; simplified Chinese: 简捷; pinyin: Jiǎn Jié; Jyutping: Gaan2 Zit3) is a minor member of the sect who was injured by Golden Flower Granny. He is healed by Zhang Wuji but repays the latter's kindness with evil by making cannibalistic attempts on Zhang and Yang Buhui. He is tricked by Zhang into consuming a poisonous broth that cost his life.

Beggars' Sect[edit]

See also: Beggars' Sect
  • Chen Youliang (traditional Chinese: 陳友諒; simplified Chinese: 陈友谅; pinyin: Chén Yǒuliàng; Jyutping: Can4 Jau5-loeng6) is Cheng Kun's apprentice. He serves the Beggars' Sect as a spy for his master, and manipulates Song Qingshu into betraying Wudang. He defects to the Ming Cult after Cheng Kun's defeat but betrays the cult eventually. He becomes a territorial warlord after the fall of the Yuan dynasty.
  • Shi Huolong (traditional Chinese: 史火龍; simplified Chinese: 史火龙; pinyin: Shí Huǒlóng; Jyutping: Si2 Fo2-lung4) is the sect's chief. He is hardly known to the wulin (martial artists' community) as he rarely made any public appearances. He was murdered by Cheng Kun and Chen Youliang, who replaced him with an impostor acting on their instruction.
  • Shi Hongshi (traditional Chinese: 史紅石; simplified Chinese: 史红石; pinyin: Shǐ Hóngshí; Jyutping: Si2 Hung4-sek6) is Shi Huolong's daughter. She was rescued by the Yellow Dress Maiden after her father was murdered. She succeeds her father as chief of the Beggars' Sect.

Zhu and Wu families[edit]

  • Wu Lie (Chinese: 武烈; pinyin: Wǔ Liè; Jyutping: Mou5 Lit6) is a descendant of Wu Santong. He schemes with Zhu Changling to deceive Zhang Wuji into divulging Xie Xun's whereabouts.
  • Zhu Jiuzhen (Chinese: 朱九真; pinyin: Zhū Jiǔzhēn; Jyutping: Zyu1 Gau2-zan1) is Zhu Changling's daughter. Though beautiful in appearance, she is cruel and sadistic. She seduces Zhang Wuji and helps her father and Wu Lie con Zhang into exposing Xie Xun's hideout. She is killed by Yin Li.
  • Wei Bi (traditional Chinese: 衛壁; simplified Chinese: 卫壁; pinyin: Wèi Bì; Jyutping: Wai6 Bik3) is Wu Lie's student. He wants to win the love of both Zhu Jiuzhen and Wu Qingying. He is slain by Wei Yixiao while attempting to sneak up on the latter.


  • Han Qianye (traditional Chinese: 韓千葉; simplified Chinese: 韩千叶; pinyin: Hán Qiānyè; Jyutping: Hon4 Cin1-jip6) was nicknamed "Mr. Silver Leaf" (traditional Chinese: 銀葉先生; simplified Chinese: 银叶先生; pinyin: Yín Yè Xiānshēng; Jyutping: Ngan4 Jip6 Sin1-sang1). He sought revenge on Yang Dingtian and challenged the latter to a fight. Daiqisi took up his challenge and they fought in the Icy Lake. They fell in love and later left for good to settle on a remote island, where their daughter Xiaozhao was born. In an earlier edition of the novel, Fan Yao was suspected of poisoning Han to death.
  • Xia Zhou (Chinese: 夏冑; pinyin: Xià Zhòu; Jyutping: Haa6 Zau6) is a brother of one of Xie Xun's victims. He is killed by Jingjia along with Situ Qianzhong at the Lion Slaying Ceremony.
  • Du Baidang (traditional Chinese: 杜百當; simplified Chinese: 杜百当; pinyin: Dù Bǎidāng; Jyutping: Dou6 Baak3-dong1) and Yi Sanniang (Chinese: 易三娘; pinyin: Yì Sānniáng; Jyutping: Jik6 Saam1-noeng4) are the parents of one of Xie Xun's victims. The couple provided shelter for Zhang Wuji and Zhao Min when they are heading to Shaolin, thinking that Zhang and Zhao are a pair of eloping lovers. The couple are murdered by Zhou Zhiruo later.


  1. ^ The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber Chapter 25, pages 1001-1002.
  2. ^ The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber. Chapter 13. Page 493.
  3. ^ (Chinese) Epilogue of The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber
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  5. ^ (Chinese) Hudong Baike
  6. ^ Chapter 11