Guo Xiaotian (郭嘯天; 郭啸天; Guō Xiàotiān; Gwok3 Siu3-tin1) is Guo Jing's father. He made an agreement with his sworn brother, Yang Tiexin, for their children to become either sworn siblings (if they are of the same sex) or a married couple (if they are of opposite sexes). He is killed by Duan Tiande's men.
Li Ping (李萍; Lǐ Píng; Lei5 Ping4) is Guo Xiaotian's wife and Guo Jing's mother. She survived the raid on Niu Family Village but was captured by Duan Tiande. She manages to escape and settle down in Mongolia, where she gives birth to her son. She remains in Mongolia for the rest of her life and never returned home. She commits suicide to remind her son of his heritage when Genghis Khan tries to force Guo Jing to help him conquer the Song Empire.
Yang Tiexin (楊鐵心; 杨铁心; Yáng Tiěxīn; Joeng4 Tit3-sam1) is Yang Kang's father. He specialises in the martial art 'Yang Family Spear' (楊家槍法), which has been passed down for generations in his family. He survived the attack on Niu Family Village, renames himself Mu Yi (穆易; Mù Yì; Muk6 Jik6), and adopts Mu Nianci as his daughter. He is reunited with his family later but his son refuses to acknowledge him. He commits suicide with his wife after being cornered by Wanyan Honglie and his men.
Bao Xiruo (包惜弱; Bāo Xīruò; Baau1 Sik1-joek6) is Yang Tiexin's wife and Yang Kang's mother. She is soft-hearted and empathetic, as implied by her name "Xiruo" (lit. "pity the weak"). She survives the raid on Niu Family Village and is saved by Wanyan Honglie, who brings her back to the Jin Empire and marries her. She commits suicide to join Yang Tiexin.
The "Seven Freaks of Jiangnan", also known as the "Jiangnan Qi Guai" (江南七怪; Jiāngnán Qī Guài; Gong1-naam4 Cat1 Gwaai3), is a group of seven chivalrous martial artists from Jiangnan. They were Guo Jing's first martial arts teachers. Ke Zhen'e was blinded many years ago in a fight against the "Twin Killers in the Dark Wind". Zhang A'sheng is killed by Chen Xuanfeng while the rest (except Ke Zhen'e) are murdered by Ouyang Feng and Yang Kang later. The seven are:
Ke Zhen'e (柯鎮惡; 柯镇恶; Kē Zhèn'è; O1 Zan3-ngok3), nicknamed "Flying Bat" (飛天蝙蝠), is the oldest among the seven. Even though he is blind, he is highly skilled in using the staff and dart-throwing.
Zhu Cong (朱聰; 朱聪; Zhū Cōng; Zyu1 Cung1), nicknamed "Marvellous-Handed Scholar" (妙手書生), is the wisest among the seven. He specialises in the art of thieving.
Han Baoju (韓寶駒; 韩宝驹; Hán Bǎojū; Hon4 Bou2-keoi1), nicknamed "Horse Deity" (馬王神), specialises in horse-riding.
Nan Xiren (南希仁; Nán Xīrén; Naam4 Hei1-yan4), nicknamed "Southern Hill Woodcutter" (南山樵子), is a shy individual who taught Guo Jing to use the saber.
Zhang A'sheng (張阿生; 张阿生; Zhāng Ā'shēng; Zoeng1 Aa3-sang1), nicknamed "Laughing Buddha" (笑彌陀), is Han Xiaoying's lover. He is slain by Chen Xuanfeng.
Quan Jinfa (全金發; 全金发; Quán Jīnfā; Cyun4 Gam1-faat3), nicknamed "Hidden Hero in the Busy City" (鬧市俠隱), specialises in using the spear or lance.
Han Xiaoying (韓小瑩; 韩小莹; Hán Xiǎoyíng; Hon4 Siu2-jing4), nicknamed "Yue Maiden Sword" (越女劍), is Zhang A'sheng's lover and the only female among the seven. She taught Guo Jing to use the sword.
Temüjin (鐵木真; 铁木真; Tiěmùzhēn; Tit3-muk6-zan1) is an ambitious warlord who unites all the Mongol tribes under his rule and becomes known as Genghis Khan (成吉思汗; Chéngjísī Hàn; Sing4-gat1-si1 Hon6). He raises Guo Jing and treats the boy as a surrogate son. At the end of the novel, before his death, he debates with Guo on what constitutes a hero.
Chagatai (察合台; Cháhétái; Caat3-hap6-toi4) is the second son.
Ögedei (窩闊台; 窝阔台; Wōkuòtái; Wo1-fut3-toi4) is the third son.
Tolui (拖雷; Tuōléi; To1-leoi4) is the fourth son. He becomes Guo Jing's anda (安達; sworn brother).
Huazheng (華箏; 华筝; Huázhēng; Waa4-zang1) is the Khan's daughter. She was Guo Jing's childhood playmate and has a crush on him but Guo regards her as a younger sister. Her father betroths her to Guo but they are not married eventually. When she discovers that Guo is planning to disobey her father's order to attack the Song Empire, she secretly reports Guo to her father in the hope that Guo will be forced to remain in Mongolia. However, in doing so, she unknowingly brings big trouble to Guo and indirectly causes his mother to commit suicide. Overwhelmed by guilt over what happened to Guo's mother, she leaves home and became a recluse for the rest of her life. Before leaving, she warns Guo that the Mongols are planning to attack Xiangyang.
Genghis Khan's followers:
Jebe (哲別; Zhébié; Zit3-bit6) is an expert archer from a rival tribe who later becomes one of the Khan's most trusted men. He teaches Guo Jing archery.
The "Seven Immortals of Quanzhen" (全真七子; Quánzhēn Qī Zǐ; Cyun4-zan1 Cat1 Zi2) are the seven students of Wang Chongyang. They lead the sect after their teacher's death. The seven are:
Ma Yu (馬鈺; 马钰; Mǎ Yù; Maa5 Juk6), Taoist name Danyangzi (丹陽子; 丹阳子; Dānyángzǐ; Daan1-joeng4-zi2). He teaches Guo Jing some basic Quanzhen martial arts and inner energy skills.
Tan Chuduan (譚處端; 谭处端; Tán Chǔduān; Taam4 Cyu2-dyun1), Taoist name Changzhenzi (長真子; 长真子; Chángzhēnzǐ; Coeng4-zan1-zi2). He is killed by Ouyang Feng in a fight.
Liu Chuxuan (劉處玄; 刘处玄; Liú Chǔxuán; Lau4 Cyu2-jyun4), Taoist name Changshengzi (長生子; 长生子; Chángshēngzǐ; Coeng4-sang1-zi2).
Qiu Chuji (丘處機; 丘处机; Qiū Chǔjī; Jau1 Cyu2-gei1), Taoist name Changchunzi (長春子; 长春子; Chángchūnzǐ; Coeng4-ceon1-zi2). He befriends the Guo and Yang families in the first chapter. He becomes Yang Kang's teacher later.
Wang Chuyi (王處一; 王处一; Wáng Chǔyī; Wong4 Cyu2-jat1), Taoist name Yuyangzi (玉陽子; 玉阳子; Yùyángzǐ; Juk6-joeng4-zi2). He befriends Guo Jing after learning that Guo learnt some Quanzhen skills from his senior, Ma Yu, before. Guo helps him recover when he was injured by Lingzhi Shangren.
Sun Bu'er (孫不二; 孙不二; Sūn Bù'èr; Syun1 Bat1-ji6), Taoist name Qingjing Sanren (清靜散人; 清静散人; Qīngjìng Sǎnrén; Cing1-zing6 Saan2-jan4).
Yin Zhiping (尹志平; Yǐn Zhìpíng; Wan5 Zi3-ping4) is one of Qiu Chuji's apprentices. He goes to Mongolia to remind Guo Jing of his scheduled match with Yang Kang.
Cheng Yaojia (程瑤迦; 程瑶迦; Chéng Yáojiā; Cing4 Jiu4-gaa1) is Sun Bu'er's apprentice. She was almost raped by Ouyang Ke but Guo Jing and Huang Rong saves her. She later marries Lu Guanying under Huang Yaoshi's arrangement.
The "Twin Killers in the Dark Wind" (黑風雙煞; 黑风双煞; Hēi Fēng Shuāng Shà; Hak1 Fung1 Soeng1 Saat3) are Huang Yaoshi's two most senior apprentices. They eloped, stole their teacher's copy of the Nine Yin Manual, and fled from Peace Blossom Island. They master two skills derived from an unorthodox interpretation of the manual: the 'Nine Yin White Bone Claw' (九陰白骨爪) and the 'Heart Shattering Palm' (摧心掌). Mei Chaofeng also learns the 'White Boa Whip Skill' (白蟒鞭法). The couple are known for committing heinous crimes and are highly feared in the jianghu. They are:
Chen Xuanfeng (陳玄風; 陈玄凤; Chén Xuánfēng; Can4 Jyun4-fung1), nicknamed "Copper Corpse" (銅屍|s=铜尸). He fights with the "Seven Freaks of Jiangnan" and tries to grab a six-year-old Guo Jing but the boy instinctively stabs him in the abdomen with a dagger and kills him.
Mei Chaofeng (梅超風; 梅超风; Méi Chāofēng; Mui4 Ciu1-fung1), original name Mei Ruohua (梅若華; 梅若华; Méi Ruòhuá; Mui4 Joek6-waa4), nicknamed "Iron Corpse" (鐵屍). She is blinded by Ke Zhen'e in the fight against the "Seven Freaks". She escapes and trains hard in martial arts to avenge her husband. She meets Huang Yaoshi in Guiyun Manor and he forgives her and tells her to find his other four apprentices. She is killed by Ouyang Feng.
Qu Lingfeng (曲靈風; 曲灵风; Qū Língfēng; Kuk1 Ling4-fung1) makes his first appearance as Qu San (曲三; Qū Sān; Kuk1 Saam1), a crippled neighbour of Guo Xiaotian and Yang Tiexin. In the day, he pretends to run the inn in Niu Family Village. At night, he disguises himself and steals treasures from the palace. Guo and Yang discover his secret after witnessing him fighting with palace guards. He is killed by Shi Yanming, a palace guard. His skeleton is discovered by Guo Jing and Huang Rong several years later in a secret chamber in the inn.
Lu Chengfeng (陸乘風; 陆乘风; Lù Chéngfēng; Luk6 Sing4-fung1) settles in Guiyun Manor (歸雲莊) near Lake Tai and nicknames himself "Handicap of Five Lakes" (五湖廢人). He once rallied a number of allies in a futile attempt to capture Chen Xuanfeng and Mei Chaofeng for his teacher. He shares the same passion for arts as Huang Yaoshi and inherits his teacher's knowledge of medicine and strategic formations. He also leads a group of pirates who rob the rich and corrupt to help the poor. He moves to Dasheng Pass (大勝關) with his family and followers after his home is destroyed by Ouyang Feng. He died of illness.
Wu Mianfeng (武眠風; 武眠风; Wǔ Miánfēng; Mou5 Min4-fung1) died from illness.
Feng Heng (馮衡; 冯衡; Féng Héng; Fung4 Hang4) was Huang Yaoshi's wife and Huang Rong's mother. She had eidetic memory and memorised the second volume of the Nine Yin Manual after reading it once. She fell ill after giving birth to Huang Rong and died.
Shagu (傻姑; Shǎgū; So4-gu1; "foolish girl") is Qu Lingfeng's mentally handicapped daughter. She was first spotted by Guo Jing and Huang Rong in the inn at Niu Family Village. She is accepted by Huang Yaoshi as a grand-apprentice and taken to Peach Blossom Island.
Lu Guanying (陸冠英; 陆冠英; Lù Guànyīng; Luk6 Gun3-jing1) is Lu Chengfeng's son and the young master of Guiyun Manor. His father refuses to teach him martial arts without permission from Huang Yaoshi, so he learns from Reverend Kumu instead. He marries Cheng Yaojia after falling in love with her on first sight, with Huang as the matchmaker. Huang later allows him to learn martial arts from his father.
Qiu Qianren (裘千仞; Qiú Qiānrèn; Kau4 Cin1-jan6) is the leader of the Iron Palm Sect (鐵掌幫). He is one of the more powerful fighters in the jianghu after the Five Greats, and is nicknamed "Iron Palm Skimming on Water" (鐵掌水上飄) for his prowess in martial arts and qinggong. He committed various heinous crimes, including killing Yinggu's infant son and collaborating with Jin soldiers to terrorise Song citizens. He is saved by Reverend Yideng after falling off a cliff and repents. He is renamed to Ci'en (慈恩; Cí'ēn; Ci4-jan1) and becomes Yideng's apprentice.
Qiu Qianzhang (裘千丈; Qiú Qiānzhàng; Kau4 Cin1-zoeng6) is Qiu Qianren's twin brother. He is inferior to his brother in terms of moral character and martial arts prowess, and relies on impersonating his brother to con and deceive others for a living. He falls to his death from Iron Palm Peak.
Liu Ying (劉瑛; 刘瑛; Liú Yīng; Lau4-jing1), also known as Yinggu (瑛姑; Yīnggū; Jing1-gu1; "Aunt Ying"), is nicknamed "Divine Mathematician" (神算子). She was Duan Zhixing's concubine but he neglected her due to his obsession with martial arts. She had an affair with Zhou Botong and bore him a son, but the child was severely injured by a masked attacker (Qiu Qianren). She pleaded with Duan to save her son but he refused and the infant died. Since then, she has been leading a reclusive life in the Black Swamp while plotting revenge on Duan and searching for Zhou Botong and her son's killer. During this time, she tutors herself in mathematics and martial arts.
Chu Dongshan (褚東山; 褚东山; Chǔ Dōngshān; Cyu2 Dung1-saan1), nicknamed "Reclusive Fisherman of Diancang" (點蒼漁隱), disguised as a fisherman, was previously an admiral of Dali's navy.
Zhang Shaoshou (張少守; 张少守; Zhāng Shàoshǒu; Zoeng1 Siu2-sau2), disguised as a woodcutter, was previously a general of Dali's army.
Wu Santong (武三通; Wǔ Sāntōng; Mou5 Saam1-tung1), disguised as a farmer, was previously the chief of Dali's palace guards.
Zhu Ziliu (朱子柳; Zhū Zǐliǔ; Zyu1 Zi2-lau5), disguised as a scholar, was previously Dali's premier.
The Indian Monk (天竺僧人; Tiānzhú Sēngrén; Tin1-zuk1 Sang1-jan4) is Yideng's junior, and an expert in medicine and healing. He translates for Guo Jing and Huang Rong the part of the Nine Yin Manual that was written in Sanskrit.
Li Sheng (黎生; Lí Shēng; Lai4 Sang1) is a brave member of the sect who fights with Ouyang Ke to rescue the latter's victims, even though he is aware that he is no match for Ouyang. Guo Jing and Huang Rong show up to help him and he recognises them as Hong Qigong's students. Hong Qigong taught him one stance of the 'Eighteen Dragon Subduing Palms' before. He refuses to kill Guo and Huang when Yang Kang orders him to do so, and chooses to commit suicide instead.
Wanyan Honglie (完顏洪烈; 完颜洪烈; Wányán Hóngliè; Jyun4-ngaan4 Hung4-lit6) is the sixth prince of the Jin Empire. He bribes Duan Tiande to lead soldiers to kill Guo Xiaotian and Yang Tiexin so that he can seize Yang's wife Bao Xiruo for himself. He marries her and raises Yang Kang as his own son. He is obsessed with finding the Book of Wumu as he intends to use the knowledge acquired from the book to eliminate the Jin Empire's enemies and become a hero of his people. His plans are foiled by Guo Jing and Huang Rong, who obtain the book instead. He later travels to Samarkand to form an alliance between the Jin Empire and Khwarezm Empire as part of a last-ditch effort to counter the Mongols. He is eventually captured by Mongol forces and meets his end.
Wanyan Hongxi (完顏洪熙; 完颜洪熙; Wányán Hóngxī; Jyun4-ngaan4 Hung4-hei1) is Wanyan Honglie's brother. He and his brother are sent to Mongolia as envoys to meet Genghis Khan in an early chapter.
Ouyang Ke (歐陽克; 欧阳克; Ōuyáng Kè; Au1-joeng4 Hak1) is Ouyang Feng's nephew, but he is actually Ouyang Feng's illegitimate son. A lecherous fiend, he enjoys preying on young and beautiful maidens, especially Huang Rong, Mu Nianci and Cheng Yaojia. He initially wanted Guo Jing's Ferghana horse and later becomes Guo's rival in winning Huang Rong's affection. His attempts on Huang Rong have ended up in failure and shame for himself every time. His legs were crushed by a boulder in a booby trap set by Huang Rong. He is murdered by Yang Kang eventually after attempting to molest Mu Nianci and Cheng Yaojia in Niu Family Village. Another motivation for the murder is that Yang Kang would be the most likely person to become Ouyang Feng's apprentice after Ouyang Ke dies.
Sha Tongtian (沙通天; Shā Tōngtiān; Saa1 Tung1-tin1) is nicknamed "Devil's Gate Dragon King" (鬼門龍王). His left arm is amputated by Peng Lianhu after being infected with poison from a dying Yang Kang. He betrays Wanyan Honglie near the end of the novel.
The "Four Devils of the Yellow River" (黃河四鬼; 黄河四鬼; Huánghé Sì Guǐ; Wong4-ho4 Sei3-gwai2) are Sha Tongtian's students. They are:
Liang Ziweng (梁子翁; Liáng Zǐwēng; Loeng4 Zi2-jung1), nicknamed "Ginseng Immortal Old Demon" (參仙老怪), is an eccentric martial artist from the Changbai Mountains. 20 years ago he attempted to rape many women but they were saved by Hong Qigong and he suffered a humiliating defeat at Hong's hands. He rears a pet serpent meant to be used for an experiment. The snake nearly kills Guo Jing, who has been immobilised, but Guo bites its neck in self-defence, and kills it and drinks its blood in the process. Since then, Liang has been stalking Guo and wanting to suck his blood, believing that it will make him more powerful. Hong Qigong shows up to help Guo, and Liang shuns away in fear when he recognises Hong. At the end of the novel, Liang loses his footing in a final attempt to kill Guo at Mount Hua and falls to his death.
Lingzhi Shangren (靈智上人; 灵智上人; Língzhì Shàngrén; Ling4-zi3 Soeng5-jan4) is a Tibetan monk who poisons Wang Chuyi in a fight.
Peng Lianhu (彭連虎; 彭连虎; Péng Liánhǔ; Pang4 Lin4-fu2), nicknamed "Thousand Hands Human Butcher" (千手人屠), is a notorious mass murderer. He poisons Ma Yu in a fight.
Huang Chang (黃裳; 黄裳; Huáng Cháng; Wong4 Soeng4) was the creator of the Nine Yin Manual.
Duan Tiande (段天德; Duàn Tiāndé; Dyun6 Tin1-dak1) is a military officer who leads his men to kill Guo Xiaotian and Yang Tiexin. He is actually acting on Wanyan Honglie's orders, as part of the latter's plan to win Bao Xiruo's affection. He later reveals the truth unsuspectingly while being held captive in Guiyun Manor, and is eventually slain by Yang Kang.
Lü Wende (呂文德; 吕文德; Lǚ Wéndé; Leoi5 Man4-dak1) is the commander of Xiangyang's military forces. Guo Jing and Huang Rong warn him about the Mongols' invasion at the end of the novel.
Shi Yanming (石彦明; Shí Yànmíng; Sek6 Jin6-ming4) was a high ranking palace guard. He and Qu Lingfeng killed each other in a fight in the secret chamber in Qu's inn. His skeleton is discovered many years later by Guo Jing and Huang Rong.
Wang Daoqian (王道乾; Wáng Dàoqián; Wong4 Dou3-kin4) was an official in the Ministry of War. He was killed by Qiu Chuji after the latter discovered his attempt to trade secrets with Wanyan Honglie.
Jiang Wen (姜文; Jiāng Wén; Goeng1 Man4) is the magistrate of Xiushui County.
Shi Miyuan (史彌遠; 史弥远; Shǐ Míyuǎn; Si2 Mei4-jyun5) is a court minister.
Ge Yuncong (蓋運聰; 盖运聪; Gě Yùncōng; Goi3 Wan6-cung1) is the prefect of Jiaxing.
Han Tuozhou (韓侂冑; 韩侂冑; Hán Tuōzhòu; Hon4 Caa3-zau6) is a court minister.
Reverend Kumu (枯木大師; 枯木大师; Kūmù Dàshī; Fu1-muk6 Daai6-si1) is the abbot of Yunqi Monastery (雲棲寺) and a member of the Xianxia Sect (仙霞派). He is Duan Tiande's uncle and Lu Guanying's teacher. Duan lies to him that Qiu Chuji is a murderous villain after his life. Kumu believes his nephew and enlists the help of the "Seven Freaks of Jiangnan" to fight Qiu, resulting in a big misunderstanding.
Reverend Jiaomu (焦木大師; 焦木大师; Jiāomù Dàshī; Ziu1-muk6 Daai6-si1) died incidentally during a fight between Qiu Chuji and the "Seven Freaks of Jiangnan".