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The first novel of the ½ Prince series
|Cover artist||Ya Sha
Zhan Bu Lu
|Language||Traditional Chinese characters|
|Genre||Action, Adventure, Science Fantasy|
|Publisher||Ming Significant Cultural|
|Published||October 4, 2004 — August 15, 2005|
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
½ Prince (½ 王子 Èrfēnzhīyī Wángzǐ) is a series of nine Taiwanese novels written by Yu Wo. They are published by Ming Significant Cultural in Taiwan and were released between October 4, 2004 and August 15, 2005. In 2006, the novels were adapted into a manhua by Choi Hong Chong which were published by Tong Li Publishing. The plot takes place in a futuristic world where surreal virtual reality games exist. The protagonist is a 19 year-old female student named Feng Lan, who is challenged into playing the newly arrived game Second Life by her twin brother. As the first person to log into the game, Feng Lan is given a wish which she uses to give herself the privilege of creating a male avatar whom she names as Prince. In game, she strives to prove to her brother that she can be a capable player.
Feng Lan is a 19 year-old girl who is challenged by her twin brother to play a virtual reality game called Second Life. Being the first player to log onto the game, she is allowed to distinguish her real life looks from her avatar; thus she creates a handsome male elf named Prince. In game, she forms a team called the Odd Squads which consists of: Lolidragon, a female hidden game moderator; Ugly Wolf, a beast race Priest character; Doll, a necromancer; Guilastes, a bard with an attraction to Prince; and Yu Lian, a female mage. As the story progresses, the Odd Squads compete in a tournament emerging victorious and are awarded a large city which they name as Infinity City which Prince is voted to lead. Before the city is open to the public, Prince leaves in search of comrades to serve under her and wanders onto another continent. There, she befriends her real life friends, Lu Jing and Yun Fei and becomes involved in a hidden quest which awards her with two NPCs with self-awareness, Kenshin and Sunshine.
As the plot progresses, Prince learns that a self-aware NPC named Lord of Life, is commanding an army of NPCs to delete the humans which will prevent them from returning to the game. In response, Prince gathers players throughout the game in order to combat the threat. It is revealed Long Dian is the cause of the AI rebellion and wishes to gain eternal life through Second Life. Long Dian's NPCs take control of the world's superweapons and forces the world's best scientists to give him a new body. Prince and her companions defeat Long Dian's new super-human body, ending his reign of terror. During the battle, Guilastes saves Feng Lan's life and Feng Lan eventually chooses and marries Guilastes.
- Odd Squad (非常隊 Fēi Cháng Duì)
Feng Lan (風藍 Fēng Lán) is a 19 year-old girl who was given the permission to create a in game avatar distinguished from her real life looks in the game Second Life. Her avatar, a male elf named Prince (王子 Wángzǐ), gains reputation for his looks and cruelty earning her the name Blood Elf. She eventually groups up with five other players where they name their team the Odd Squad. The team consists of: Lolidragon (小龍女 Xiăo Lóng Nǚ), a female thief class who is a hidden gamemaster to Second Life. She was the gamemaster who assisted Feng in her avatar creation. Her father is the owner of Second Life and her real life identity is Long Shui Han; Ugly Wolf (醜狼 Chŏu Láng), the bestial healer and strategist of the Odd Squad. His real life identity is Feng's university doctor, Li Tian Lang (李天狼 Lĭ Tiān Láng); Doll (娃娃 Wáwa), a young girl who is a Necromancer. She uses Second Life as an escape from her life of royalty; Guiliastes (居里亞斯特斯 Jǖlĭāsītèsī), the bard and long ranged attacker of the group. His real life identity is Min Gui Wen (閔居文 Mĭn Guì Wén), Feng's university professor. Min is a prodigy who became a professor at a young age and has become bored of life. He joins Second Life on a whim and falls in love with Prince's personality; and Yu Lian (羽憐 Yŭ Lián), a female mage and finance management of the Odd Squad. In real life, she is a servant to Doll who is secretly keeping watch on her. Yu Lian falls in love with Wolf's personality and the two marry in game. As the story progresses, the group also gain in game pets. Prince gains a talking meatbun and two self-aware NPCs, a swordsman named Kenshin(劍心 Jiànxīn) and a powerful mage named Sunshine(陽光 Yángguāng), while, Guiliastes receives a Phoenix. After winning a mass of land through a tournament, the Odd Squad begins building an empire called Infinity City (無垠城 Wú Yín Chéng).
- Dark Emperor (暗黑邪皇隊 Àn Hēi Xié Huáng)
Dark Emperor is a team lead by Wicked (邪靈 Xié Líng). His real life identity is Zhuo Ling Bin (卓靈斌 Zhuó Líng Bīn), Feng Lan's senior in university who has harbored feelings towards her for the past eight years. After learning Feng is Prince, he becomes protective of her in game and prevents Guiliastes' advances towards her. His team consists of: Ming Huang (明皇 Míng Huáng), his short-tempered real life younger brother; Feng Wu Qing (風無情 Fēng Wú Qíng), Feng's twin brother; and minor characters named Ambusher (狙擊手Zŭ Jì Shŏu), Playboy Lord (偷香公子 Tōu Xiāng Gōng Zĭ), and Black Lily (黑百合 Hēi Băi Hé).
- Other notable players
While starting out, Prince was helped by Snow White Rose's (雪白玫瑰 Xuě Bái Méi Guì) and Fairsky's (晴天 Qíng Tiān) group. Rose and Fairsky developed a strong crush on Prince but are able to move on; Fairsky later develops a relationship with Sunshine. Rose's real life identity is Feng Lan's cousin by marriage.
During Prince's recruitment for Infinity City, she becomes involved in the affairs of in game player Nan Gong Zui (南宮罪). Nan Gong's sister, Ice Phoenix (浴冰鳳凰 Yù Bīng Fèng Huáng), falls for a playboy in Second Life named Fan (梵 Fàn). Fan does not care for Phoenix and uses her feelings for him to his advantage. As such, Prince intervenes, allowing Phoenix to realize Fan's true personality.
Lu Jing (綠晶 Lü Jing) and Yun Fei (古雲非) are Feng Lan's classmates. Their in game classes are Daoshi and Barrier Master respectively. She meets them in Second Life when she wanders onto another continent. She later takes the two and has them join Infinity City. As the series progresses, two are able to deduce her identity as Prince.
- Lord of Life (生命主宰 Shēngmìng Zhǔzǎi)
The Lord of Life is a self-aware NPC who controls Second Life. Due to the influences of Long Dian (龍典 Lóng Diǎn), the main programmer of Second Life, the Lord forms an army of NPCs to remove humans from the game of Second Life. Since Feng Lan began playing Second Life, the Lord had taken an interest in her and had been watching and assisting her in her adventures.
The series is written by Yu Wo and was published by Ming Significant Cultural in Taiwan between October 4, 2004 and August 15, 2005. The novels were recently reprinted in 2012 with redone artwork and character descriptions when the eighth volume, signifying the end of the story, was released.
- "½ Prince Novel 1" (in Chinese). Ming Significant Cultural. Archived from the original on December 31, 2011. Retrieved December 31, 2011.