Aside from his known character as being gentle as a ruler, he favoured his daughter, who was brilliant and intelligent unlike his other greedy and slow-witted children. This fondness and protection for Rei and Yeong Bi were evident, even to the point of naming one-third of Seo Seo to her daughter as inheritance.
Jang Ryun was known to be a wise yet weak ruler. He had three wives, in which his queen consort bore with him one prince and two princesses. Since both of his other consorts did not give birth, it was evident that the queen consort's firstborn son would inherit the throne.
After a year-long inspection of the country, the king returned with a commoner, Yeong Bi, together with their child, Jang Rei. Her arrival began to change the dynamics of the royal palace. Despite rampant criticism, he fell in even deeper love with Yeong Bi. Naturally, his affection directed towards Rei, which incited the jealousy and bitterness of his other children. Furthermore, as Rei's wit and intelligence became more brilliant as she grew older, the king, who was displeased with his other greedy and obtuse children, came to favor her over the others even more.
Death and Legacy
One year after Rei and erstwhile Prince Hae Won first met, he passed away at the age of 52 years old. Upon his son's succession to the throne, Jang Ryun's will was read, revealing that he had granted Rei inheritance of land, spanning from east Seo Seo to Se Han, much to the chagrin of his other children.
Following Jang Ryun's death, his three elder children plotted to kill Rei, which they thought to be easier without his presence to protect her and her mother. Meanwhile, Yeong Bi immediately followed Jang Ryun's death because of the First Princess's daily poisoning of her tea.
- Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 42
- Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 43
|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|