Soul Cartel

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Soul Cartel
Cover of Soul Cartel volume 1
Cover of Soul Cartel volume 1
소울 카르텔
Genre Fantasy
Author Kim Eun-hyo
Illustrator Kim Yeong-ji
Publisher Naver
Magazine Naver
Original run 2012
Collected volumes 1

Soul Cartel (Korean: 소울 카르텔?) is a Korean manhwa series written by Kim Eun-hyo and illustrated by Kim Yeong-ji. Started on 2012, this webtoon manhwa was released on Naver and is still publishing.

Plot[edit]

Soul Cartel follows Si-hun Cha, a young Korean boy who is able to see the spirits of the dead. He is taken care of by his older sister, Su-In Cha, and comes from a family of powerful mediums and exorcists. Si-hun Cha himself is lacking in any spiritual abilities whatsoever aside from his ability to see spirits. Despite this, he tries to help his sister catch weaker wayward ghosts. When chasing after one of these ghosts, he runs into a very powerful demon. The demon claims to be the Mephistopheles, or shortly, Mephisto, who wants Si-hun Cha to teach him of the modern human world and bring him books about his exploits. He states that if Si-hun Cha tries to run away, he's done for. Si-hun Cha does have the common sense to consult his sister (without revealing that he's actually caught a powerful demon's attention), but he quickly learns that even his sister would be no match for Mephisto. After Mephisto finishes a copy of Faust he reveals that he came to earth because Faust has been reincarnated. Faust was a human who'd claimed that he would not be corrupted by Mephisto's temptations, so they'd entered a contractual wager, with God acting as the judge. However, according to Mephisto, God had unfairly intervened at the last moment and cost Mephisto his victory. [1] [2]

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Si-hun Cha (차시훈)[edit]

Si-hun Cha is the main protagonist of the series. Although he is the main hero, his role in the series so far has been severely limited. This is because of his lack of strength and skills. But rest assured, he is still young and in training. He has shown exceptional advancement by gaining a special move known as the 3rd hand, a super punch which is strong enough to take on an A-class demon.

Mephistopheles (메피스토 펠레스)[edit]

Mephistopheles (more commonly known as Mephisto) is one of the main characters of the manhwa and is the first Archdevil shown. He is also known as the Archdevil of combat.

Faust (파우스트)[edit]

Faust is a Human who due to being reborn has decided to re-engage in his battle with the Archdevil Mephisto as a means of ensuring humans are safe. Due to 'said interference from god, Mephisto has claimed he never really lost. In this battle Faust will utilizing God's Papyrus a tool with divine powers from god that can do anything but be used for evil unpure reasons. Faust has used on numerous occasions to subdue Mephisto to a degree.

Su-in Cha (차수인)[edit]

Su-in Cha is one of the main characters of the series and is the elder sister of the protagonist Shi-hun Cha. She took up being a spirit medium after her parents vanished during a mysterious fight with a powerful being from the underworld. After a failed attempt to rescue them from the Underworld a few years ago, she was quietly doing her job guiding spirits to the next world when she came to know that her brother had gotten into a contract with the Archdevil Mephisto and would have to go the underworld. Upon hearing this, she decided to come along to protect her brother.

Supporting[edit]

Michael[edit]

Michael is one of the four Archangels, followers of the word of God and leader of the Angels. He often shows up in order to restrain Mephisto, although he has given aide to the party many times. Faust is branded with his crest, enabling them to communicate. Michael is known for having the strongest defense in the underworld, supposedly unpierced since Genesis. This has earned him the title 'The Impregnable Archangel'.

Cherub[edit]

Cherub is a Head Angel who serves under Michael. He is also a part of the Special Investigations Squad, and is currently assisting the party in their search for Si-hun Cha and Su-in Cha's parents.

Minotaurus[edit]

A demon resembling a Minotaur who was initially chained up for his crimes. He was released by Mephisto on the condition that he cared for Mephisto's pet, Cerberus.

Airen[edit]

Airen is a young member of the Witches Clan, and the current librarian. She initially runs into the party seeking Mephisto, in order to request his help in healing the Supreme Witch. She eventually grows attached to the party, and has promised to travel with them in the future.

Supreme Witch[edit]

The Supreme Witch is the lead of the Witches Clan, and a very powerful being. Although she supposedly wishes the best for her clan, her ideals were ultimately misguided, and she was defeated by Mephisto.

Shiole[edit]

Shiole was the chairman of the witches council, and eventually went on to become the Supreme Witch. Within the clan of witches, she supports the alliance with angels, and wishes to keep the peace in the underworld.

Librarian Inea[edit]

Inea was the former librarian of the Witches Clan. She focused on research to protect her clan from any danger.

Gilgath[edit]

A demon initially hired by the Nesk Trading Company in order to face off with Mephisto. He was nearing the end of his "Hell's Pilgrimage", a tedious journey in which a demon must fight and survive all 4 Archangels and Arch-devils. He only needed to fight Mephisto to complete his Hell's Pilgrimage and become a "Pluto".

Gairon[edit]

The head of the Nesk Trading Company. Gairon is an extremely powerful demon, and the first known "Pluto". He is extremely business-oriented, and will not stop at anything to further his company's strength.

Milon[edit]

A trusted worker of the Nesk Trading Company. He is a demon who works under Gairon, reporting directly to him on several occasions.

Beelzebub (바알세불)[edit]

Beelzebub is the second Arch-devil to appear in Soul Cartel who consider Mephisto as a rival.He aims to overturn the Arch-devil hierarchy. He is also known as the Arch-devil of slaughter.

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Mastema[edit]

Mastema is the third Arch-devil to appear in Soul Cartel, and is very fond of games. He aims to play a game with Faust and corrupt him, something which Mephisto failed to do. In doing so, he wishes to prove that he is better than God.

Gretchen[edit]

Gretchen is a human, and the lover of Faust from his previous life. During Faust's original wager with Mephisto, Gretchen and he grew close, however a conflict with Gretchen's brother caused Faust to ruin her life. Despite this, she forgave him, enabling God to give his help to Faust.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Manhwa/Soul Cartel - Television Tropes & Idioms". Tvtropes.org. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  2. ^ "Webtoon/Soul Cartel webtoon - chapter 2". Naver.com. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  3. ^ Soul Cartel webtoon Naver page

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