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Gwak Ji Ryeon is a general of Seo Seo and the personal bodyguard of Jang Rei during her stay in Ga Guk as King Jin Won's royal consort.


Chase ArcEdit

One night, Ji Ryeon visits Hyun Bin and informs her about his daily report regarding King Jin Won's usual excursions, including visiting gambling and gisaeng houses. However, he notices that he has been frequently seen with a young maiden recently, who turns out to be Yoo Ja Gyeom's daughter, Yoo Dan Ah. He adds that they seemingly do not know each other's identities. Implicitly, she asks to have her assassinated. The next day, he accompanies Hyun Bin to the palace to meet the king before going with the queen mother to the Valley of the Kings. She thanks the king for asking Bi Yeong Pal Mu as an escort and decides to lend her bodyguard as a substitute for the royal guard.[1]

On the road from Hwa Gwi Cheon, Ji Ryeon arrives in the midst of the planned assassination attempt of some men from Nam Hyeon on Dan Ah. He protects Won and advises him to run away, though he also subtly gives a signal to the men to assassinate Dan Ah. Later, he witnesses the Crimson Moon arrive, much to his curiosity and disappointment on the failure of Rei's order.[2]

Plague ArcEdit

Baek Yoo Shin interrogation

Heuk Rang interrogates Ji Ryeon

Ji Ryeon is summoned secretly by Bi Yeong Pal Mu captain Heuk Rang to the palace training grounds for an interrogation. The captain does not believe his claims that he was the one who single-handedly killed the assassins on the night the king was attacked. However, Ji Ryeon insists he really did kill the ones behind the attack, making Heuk Rang more suspicious.

For the last time, the captain asks what really happened that night; Ji Ryeon continues to divulge no truth, as it was Rei who was behind the incident. However, he tells Heuk Rang that he was helped by the Crimson Moon that night. Yoo Shin asks him why the Crimson Moon would help him in this endeavor, which also perplexes Ji Ryeon himself. To redeem himself, Ji Ryeon gives Heuk Rang a lead on the vigilante, informing him that the Crimson Moon received a deep wound on his back during that midnight.[3]

As the king returns to the palace from Moon's End Village after his "accident", Ji Ryeon accompanies Hyun Bin to see the king. On their way, Hyun Bin encounters some palace servants carrying the king's bloodied garb during the incident. She smells the garb and senses the scent of dream flower infused in it. She immediately turns back to return to her chambers.

In her room, she asks Ji Ryeon whether he knows of the dream flower, which he acquiesces by telling some details about the endemic Seo Seo plant. She tells him that she sensed dream flower infused in the king's garb, believing the incident was orchestrated by Seo Seo. She then requests Ji Ryeon to find Rok Ha, who she believes is staying in Ga Guk.[4]

Rebel Army Suppression: Setting in Motion Edit

Ji Ryeon rushes to Hyun Bin and informs her that he has found where Rok Ha is staying. They then head to an inn with utmost caution, where Rok Ha warmly welcomes his aunt.[5]


  1. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 20
  2. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 22
  3. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 31
  4. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 38
  5. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 41


Characters of Twelve Nights
Ga Guk
Royal Family Ahn YoungHyun BinJin HyulJin JeokJin WonUnnamed Baby PrinceUnnamed Baby PrincessYi HwiYi Sae GiYoon Yeon Lee
Ministers Hwang Se HyungKim Hak GyuSa Hwa HyeonSeo In Seon WooWi Ji HyunYi HaYoo Ja Gyeom
Bi Yeong Pal Mu Baek AhBaek JuBaek LinBaek RyungBaek SaHeuk Rang
Bi Yeong Ship Mu Baek HoBaek Yoo ShinGil Mu JinYi Ha
Deung Ha Bul Myung Baek HoCrimson MoonGil Mu JinNabiSeol HwaSeo In Seon WooWol Young HwaYi HwiYi Jeok
Yu Hyang Ru NabiWol Young HwaYi Jeok
Others ChungHwang Se RyeonHyunMa Mi SongNam Yang HeonSoriWoonYi Ha's WifeYoo Dan AhYoo Dan Ah's Mother
Seo Seo
Royal Family First PrinceFirst PrincessJang ReiJang Rok HaJang RyunSecond PrincessThree Wives of Jang RyunUnnamed Baby PrinceUnnamed Baby PrincessYeong Bi
Others Gwak Ji RyeonMeng Gyeom
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