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Hwang Se Hyung was the father of Hwang Se Ryeon and the former Left State Councilor during King Jin Won's monarchy.


He had white hair that had black streaks, rolled to a bun with a red tie. He also had gray eyes and sported a mustache.


Yoon Yeon Lee once said that he was contented with the power he had as the Left State Councilor. Having a weaker power base than the chief state councilor, she perceived him as someone who would not attempt to control the king if given the chance.[1]

Outside his professional attitude, Se Hyung was apparently anxious and even scared of his own daughter, Se Ryeon. When ordered to dispose her maid, he instructed (almost pleaded, at the least) his guards to kill the maid, frightened that they shall die if they fail to catch the witness.[2]


Fateful Encounter Arc[]

One court session, King Jin Won asks the chief state councilor whether he knows "Nabi". Ja Gyeom replies whether he meant a butterfly, the meaning of nabi. Se Hyung enlightens him whether he rather meant Nabi, a young gisaeng from Yu Hyang Ru. Upon realizing his luck to find out she is a dong-gi, the king immediately goes out of the courtroom to find her.[3]

Bridal Selection Arc[]

Following the eradication of the rebel army partly thanks to Se Hyung's efforts of enacting interrogations for caught rebels, the public's attention diverts to the king's bridal selection. Along with Yoo Dan Ah, his daughter Se Ryeon is chosen as a bridal candidate by Queen Mother Yoon Yeon Lee. After Hyun Bin is chosen as the third bridal candidate per King Jin Won's decree, the palace holds a banquet for them.

Se Hyung looks at Ja Gyeom being praised from afar

At the gathering, he and another minister listen at the compliments thrown to Chief State Councilor Yoo Ja Gyeom. He becomes wary of this, but his fellow minister advises him not to worry, since the queen mother personally recommended his daughter as a bridal candidate and therefore stands a greater chance of being the king's bride. The minister also tells Se Hyung to divert his attention to Hyun Bin after the king personally chose her seemingly at the last minute, rather than worrying about the chief state councilor's daughter Dan Ah, who is infamously known to be quite sickly and scandalous.[4]

Minister Retrieval Arc[]

Se Hyung exits the Queen Mother's chambers one morning and notices Ja Gyeom approaching his way. He merely brushes past the chief state councilor with a smirk.[5]

Persecution Arc[]

Immediately after the king has personally chosen Hyun Bin to be his bride for the royal wedding following the Queen Mother's paralysis, Se Hyung anxiously rushes to his daughter to tell her about the news.[6] Originally, the Queen Mother had promised to choose Se Ryeon as the king's royal bride, only for her to collapse soon after, causing Jin Won to choose his bride himself. Amidst his panic, Se Hyung reprimands his daughter for apparently having done nothing during the bridal selection period to earn the king's favor. Se Ryeon calms her father and merely smirks at him, indicating that she had set a plan after all.[7]

Se Ryeon orders Se Hyung to dispose of her maid

Following the indictment of Dan Ah for allegedly murdering the baby prince, Se Hyung visits his daughter in her chambers, who laughs loudly and revels at her success. As a final step before she achieves her ultimate triumph, she orders her father to silence her maid permanently. Se Hyung then anxiously abides by her words, thinking how his daughter is quite scary.

That night, Se Hyung heads out with his guards to chase Se Ryeon's maid. He nervously orders them to catch the maid, lest they shall all die if they fail to do so. As his men try to kill her, Se Hyung catches up to them and asks why they are not answering him, only to find his guards killed.[2]

Se Hyung and Se Ryeon due to be executed for high treason

Some time later, Se Hyung visits his daughter in her quarters with a troubled expression. She assures him that everything shall be fine as long as he has disposed of the maid witness. She then confirms whether he has truly handled the rest of their plans, to which Se Hyung acquiesces. Suddenly, palace guards storm Se Ryeon's quarters to arrest him and his daughter. Se Hyung and his daughter are tortured for their implication in murdering the baby prince as confessed by the maid that he has failed to dispose. As conclusive evidence surface that prove their guilt, Jin Won charges Se Hyung and his daughter of high treason and orders for their execution. At that moment, they are drawn and quartered by ox carts, resulting to their instant deaths.[8]


  1. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 45
  2. 2.0 2.1 Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 67
  3. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 2
  4. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 46
  5. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 59
  6. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 60
  7. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 61
  8. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 75


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