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Ahn Young was one of the wives of King Jin Hyul, the other being Yoon Yeon Lee of Ja Eui. Nineteen years prior to the start of the series, the queen was pregnant with twins, though the royal physician Ma Mi Song, unbeknownst to her, did not inform her of this and that the second child had a faint heartbeat compared to the first child's normal heartbeat.
Later, she finally gave birth to twin princes: one healthy and one barely breathing, as previously diagnosed. The king, not wanting the two children to eventually grow in jealousy over the throne like his rivalry with his twin brother, did not allow let the physician attend to the baby. One of the queen's ladies-in-waiting overheard the conversation and tells her of the king's scheme. Angrily, Ahn Young orders her ladies-in-waiting to summon the physician immediately.
Her cousin's husband, Minister Yi Ha, witnessed the commotion near her chambers and asked her about the situation. Ahn Young explained the dilemma to him and pleaded for her cousin-in-law to help her and her child. Moments before the king arrived at the queen's chambers, Minister Ha escaped with the child and flees from the palace. Physician Ma saw him, seemingly suspicious of his unrest. As he realized the situation, Physician Ma took the child to treat him and resigned from his position from thereon. Subsequently, Minister Ha took the child under his and his wife's care. Meanwhile, Ahn Young kept the secret from the king, making it seem as if the second-born prince had died. Few months later, Ahn Young sent the couple the child's name: Hwi.
Since then, Ahn Young always made two of the same clothes: one for her firstborn and another for her second child, supposedly as a spare. Eight years later, Jin Hyul acquired an illness and became bed-ridden. He asked Ahn Young to finally bring the child living with Minister Ha back to the palace, indicating his knowledge about the secret. Ahn Young then ordered for the child to be brought to the palace, albeit on Jin Hyul's condition that no one is to know about the second-born prince's identity until the crown prince assumes the throne. The boy was introduced to the crown prince and, though initially aloof towards him, the latter befriended Hwi to the point of regarding him as a brother. The queen later met with her two children and welcomed Hwi, embracing and thanking him for becoming the crown prince's companion. She also gave them clothes, identical in design, and further emphasizing their resemblance with each other. Jeok claimed that the clothes she had been making had finally seemingly found their way to their rightful owner.
One tragic night briefly after Jin Hyul's death, Yoon Yeon Lee orchestrated a coup d'état and set the palace on fire. Ahn Young bid her farewells to her two sons (though still hiding the second-born's identity), asking them to escape the burning palace. Minister Seo In Seon Woo, their mentor, instructed them to find the area with red-tiled roofs and seek Wol Young Hwa for help. As the children fled, Ahn Young shed some tears and smiled one last time to the children.
Yoon Yeon Lee arrived, exclaiming about her diabolical plans of claiming Ga Guk from the queen. After having a brief confrontation, Yeon Lee ordered Baek Yoo Shin to kill Ahn Young. At that point, Yeon Lee acquired Ahn Young's title as queen: specifically, her ten-year-old son Yi Won was coronated as King Jin Won, making Yeon Lee the regent of Ga Guk for ten years until he reached 20 years old.
Ahn Young was a fair and beautiful woman with long tan hair and hazel eyes. She wore a white chima jeogori with violet linings, a lavender durumagi, and a light brown goreum with brown designs which served like a belt. She put on a long light turquoise baeja which is tied to a ribbon. Her goreum had a continuation-like cloth which reached to her feet like her chima and bore a round seal on the bottom part of the cloth. As queen, she wore her hair in a braid and accessorized it with a yongjam, designed with two dragons on each end adorned with silver bead-like strings falling on both directions.
In the past, she would wear lavish chima jeogori during her palace walks, usually with the crown prince and her ladies-in-waiting. She also kept her shin-length hair in braids and/or complemented with head ornaments and accessories.
Ahn Young was selfless and affectionate as a mother, who was known as a great queen in the history of Ga Guk. In the face of imminent danger and death, she was able to maintain her composure and pride, even before she drew her last breath. She was the object of jealousy of Yoon Yeon Lee because Ahn Young and her son are rather the focus of attention of the late king Jin Hyul. Amicable and motherly in character, it was clear that Ahn Young naturally cared for the kingdom. If the kingdom is to subjected under the hands of a self-indulgent person such as her usurper Yeon Lee, Ahn Young did not hold back her loathing for such individual, even returning as a vengeful apparition to the erstwhile queen mother moments before the latter's death in a fire during the rebel army's rebellion.
- (To Yoon Yeon Lee) "Yoon Yeon Lee! Do you truly think that you'll come out of this alive?"
- (To Yi Jeok and Yi Hwi) "It will be a long and difficult road. Never let go of each other's hands."
|Characters of Twelve Nights|
|Royal Family||Ahn Young • Hyun Bin • Jin Hyul • Jin Jeok • Jin Won • Unnamed Baby Prince • Unnamed Baby Princess • Yi Hwi • Yi Sae Gi • Yoon Yeon Lee|
|Ministers||Hwang Se Hyung • Kim Hak Gyu • Sa Hwa Hyeon • Seo In Seon Woo • Wi Ji Hyun • Yi Ha • Yoo Ja Gyeom|
|Bi Yeong Pal Mu||Baek Ah • Baek Ju • Baek Lin • Baek Ryung • Baek Sa • Heuk Rang|
|Bi Yeong Ship Mu||Baek Ho • Baek Yoo Shin • Gil Mu Jin • Yi Ha|
|Deung Ha Bul Myung||Baek Ho • Crimson Moon • Gil Mu Jin • Nabi • Seol Hwa • Seo In Seon Woo • Wol Young Hwa • Yi Hwi • Yi Jeok|
|Yu Hyang Ru||Nabi • Wol Young Hwa • Yi Jeok|
|Others||Chung • Hwang Se Ryeon • Hyun • Ma Mi Song • Nam Yang Heon • Sori • Woon • Yi Ha's Wife • Yoo Dan Ah • Yoo Dan Ah's Mother|
|Royal Family||First Prince • First Princess • Jang Rei • Jang Rok Ha • Jang Ryun • Second Princess • Three Wives of Jang Ryun • Unnamed Baby Prince • Unnamed Baby Princess • Yeong Bi|
|Others||Gwak Ji Ryeon • Meng Gyeom|