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Yoo Ja Gyeom was the former Chief State Councilor (Hangul: 영의정; Hanja: 領議政; RR: Yeonguijeong) of Ga Guk during King Jin Won's reign. A conspirator during the Jeogwa Revolution, he was one of Yoon Yeon Lee's inamicable ally until her son's accession to the throne after their successful deposition of the crown prince.

He was also the father of Yoo Dan Ah, for whom his actions and decisions as part of the king's council were heavily anchored upon in his plan of making her queen. He typically utilized his influence and power over the young and rather inexperienced Jin Won in order to achieve this vision of having power to rule Ga Guk.


Personal Life[]

Ja Gyeom once married his spouse out of love instead of force or political reason, with whom he later had a daughter, Dan Ah. At some point, he also rose to power and became a government official, most possibly as a minister. Sometime when Dan Ah was seven years old, his wife became quite ill. To his dismay, Dan Ah went out to look for the medicinal herb with red fruit hanging from it, a rumored plant that cured King Jin Hyul's illness. Ja Gyeom then stayed by his wife, who kept on asking for Dan Ah's company.

Ja Gyeom breaks the news to Dan Ah of her mother's passing

Later, when Dan Ah returned home, Ja Gyeom slapped her and rebuked her that her mother had died, looking for her even in her final moments. As he noticed Dan Ah gripping the medicinal herb supposedly to be given to her mother, he realized that she wandered off with such reason to help her mother, after which they wept together.

After his wife's death, Ja Gyeom had her possessions disposed, also forbidding Dan Ah to talk of her mother from then on. He also worked quite busily that he barely had time for his daughter, who was left mostly in the care of her nanny and servants.

Jeogwa Revolution[]

Main article: Jeogwa Revolution

That same year, Ja Gyeom had made an agreement with the king's consort, Yoon Yeon Lee, to have Dan Ah marry her son, Prince Hae Won, in exchange for luring Bi Yeong Ship Mu to a trap and setting the palace on fire. With the plan of assassinating then Queen Dowager Ahn Young and the crown prince, Hae Won would ascend to the throne and, with the promise of marriage with Dan Ah, she would then become queen.[1]

This later culminated to the Jeogwa Revolution, which resulted to the dissolution of the king's guard,[2] the death of Ahn Young at hands of his co-conspirator Baek Yoo Shin, and the escape of the crown prince.[3] Moreover, Hae Won succeeded his father's throne as King Jin Won at the tender age of ten years old, with his mother becoming queen regent until he turns 20 years old.[4]

Ja Gyeom and Yoo Shin ordered to find the missing crown prince

In the early stages of Yeon Lee's regency, she asked for the search of the missing crown prince to have him executed before the ministers would find out about their involvement in the coup d'état. As such, Yoo Shin dispatched a search party, presumably the newly-instated Bi Yeong Pal Mu, taking with them all male children of the similar age range as the crown prince with a birthmark on their nape, as the crown prince had such unique characteristic. In the end, they were unable to find the crown prince.

As a result, they made sure that the compact that bore the names of the people behind the coup d'état was safely hidden. Aside from keeping their identities, this also became their insurance that their their allies would not turn against them. It was then placed at Yeon Lee's quarters in the palace until its eventual transfer to the chief state councilor's own residence.[5] Subsequently, with the crown prince presumed to be dead — given the posthumous name Jin Yeon — Ja Gyeom, Yeon Lee, and their allies became wary of the vigilante known as the Crimson Moon, whom they believe to be Jin Yeon himself.


Compact Heist Arc[]

At the palace of Ga Guk, Ja Gyeom brings the head of the Right Minister severed by the Crimson Moon to Queen Mother Yoon Yeon Lee and explains the actions of the masked vigilante. While being reprimanded by the queen mother, Yi Won bursts in and sings the Crimson Moon song which is completely offensive to be uttered. Yi Won then asks him if the rumor of Jin Yeon's status is true, to which the chief state councilor answers to be quite true.[6]

One midnight, his residence barn is set to fire as a signal for the Crimson Moon and his men to retrieve the compact. He awakens and realizes that they have arrived and orders his servants to extinguish the fire and find out who started the arson. As he goes back to his room, he notices that the compact he has hidden is already stolen. He then orders Baek Yoo Shin to catch the perpetrators who he believes is the former Crown Prince Jin Yeon. He then tells the captain to not worry about the stolen compact since what they have is a fake. However, he finds out that what they have taken is the true compact, so he sends Yoo Shin to capture them quickly.[7]

The following day, the chief state councilor reports to Yoon Yeon Lee that the compact was stolen. However, he enlightens the queen mother that they have confirmed about the Crimson Moon's and Crown Prince Jin Yeon's connection with each other. He concludes that the Crimson Moon is indeed Jin Yeon since he would not take such risks in order to retrieve the compact. He then points out that the compact is merely a scrap of paper; even if the evidence are to be held against them, nine out of ten of his co-councilors are on their side. Contrastingly, she reminds him that those councilors were on their side because the compact was with her, but now that the Crimson Moon has the compact, there is a great chance that those councilors will turn to Crown Jin Yeon's side.

Having one choice left, the queen mother decides to join forces with him by marrying their children. Outside, they are being listened to by Hyun Bin who congratulates him for the marriage ceremony. He then tells her that eavesdropping is not good for her inborn child.[8]

Chase Arc[]

After the incident at the slums, Dan Ah goes home and expects to be opened by her servant, but she is opened instead by Ja Gyeom himself. He reprimands her for her actions during night and tells her that she will soon be entering the palace to be married to the king. Dan Ah argues with her father, saying that she loves someone else and wants to be married to him. She adds that her father was married to her mother without coercion, but he slaps her, reminding her not to talk of her mother again.

She runs away to Bi Hwa Rim and did not return for the night.[9] The next morning, Dan Ah still does not return home, so Ja Gyeom orders a servant to bring her back.[10]

Revolt Procurement Arc[]

One morning, the chief state councilor is greeted respectably by Dan Ah and is given an embroidered purse containing some sweets in order to help him relieve fatigue. Despite believing that her own work needs improvement, her father comments that he rather likes it. He tells her to stay docilely at home and leaves afterwards.

At the palace training grounds, he is with Heuk Rang who shows him the confiscated weapons from Ah Ri Sa and Nam Hyeon. In line with this, he explains that trade inspections and security around the borders have been tightened. However, despite the efforts to lessen the rebel attacks, the chief state councilor tells him that those will not be enough and suggests the summary execution on those who will be involved in the insurrections. They are then interrupted by the coroner's servant and talks with the captain. He then leaves after realizing the captain's busy schedule.[11]

At the palace, Ja Gyeom takes care of the piled up scrolls in the king's chambers. He was reprimanded by the queen mother, but the king suddenly arrives. He immediately tells that they should now select three candidates. The king adds that his daughter is automatically chosen as a candidate because it will greatly hurt his image if here were to exclude her.[12]

Rebel Army Suppression: Setting in Motion[]

Physician Ma makes a deal with the chief state councilor

One morning, former royal physician Ma Mi Song visits Ja Gyeom at his residence to strike a deal with the chief state councilor. Since the plague has been ravaging the nation for quite some time, it has rendered the physician short on both manpower and medicine. Before it kills half of Ga Guk's population, he asks Ja Gyeom to set up national health clinics all over the country. As the councilor is taken aback due to its expensive cost, Physician Ma agrees to divulge the rebels' hideout in exchange for his request.[13]

Later, Ja Gyeom tails the left minister whom he finds at the Chamber of Eternal Life. He immediately finds him suspicious after not suspecting him for many years due to Seon Woo's loyalty. As he plans to meet with Heuk Rang to relay such information, the captain encounters him amidst the commotion of hurrying ministers. Heuk Rang advises the chief state councilor to also make haste, gesturing towards the king who has attended the assembly on time. Amidst the visible shock of the advisors, Jin Won begins discussing their agenda.

After all have been discussed, Jin Won decrees the last item, which is the mobilization of the Royal Army to annihilate the rebel army once and for all. Smirking beneath his breath, Ja Gyeom requests to have a private audience with the king as he looks at Seon Woo suspiciously.[14]

Ja Gyeom tells the king about his suspicions on the left minister

Ja Gyeom proceeds to tell Jin Won that he suspects the left minister as the spy within the royal court, though he admits not to have any proof to his conjecture. Jin Won finally realizes how the left minister immediately switched sides from Jin Yeon's to his own, shortly after Jin Won was coronated after the Jeogwa Revolution, which was to fool the king in order to protect Jin Yeon. The king turns to the chief state councilor, subtly berating him for not taking action in the midst of the deception by Jin Yeon's vassal. In the end, the king orders Ja Gyeom to find some evidence to confirm their suspicions.

Moreover, the king asks Ja Gyeom what else he wanted to discuss with him in private, to which Ja Gyeom reports about Physician Ma's deal with him that morning. With things running smoothly, the king allows for the national health clinics to be established and gives Ja Gyeom the command in suppressing the rebel forces. Before Ja Gyeom leaves, Jin Won asks him about his daughter, much to his shock amidst thoroughly hiding the news about her injury. Ja Gyeom lies and tells the king that she is doing fine, preparing for the bridal selection.[13]

Ja Gyeom and Hyun Bin exchange hostile pleasantries

The chief state councilor goes to the king, and the head servant announces his arrival. Hence, Jin Won's previous visitor, Hyun Bin, takes her leave. As the two encounter each other, Ja Gyeom subtly threatens Hyun Bin's standing in the upcoming bridal selection, saying that the king has not yet chosen her as a final candidate. Furthermore, he sends her some gifts in the midst of her nearing due date. Hyun Bin quips that the councilor has been busy taking care of her instead of his own daughter, about whom she had heard rumors that may interfere with her bridal candidacy. The two then part ways, visibly hostile toward each other.[15]

Ja Gyeom leaves Dan Ah confined until she enters the palace

That night, Ja Gyeom knows of Dan Ah's plans to elope with another man after encountering her nanny who secretly plans of sending a letter off to Yu Hyang Ru. He barges into Dan Ah's room and infuriatingly forbids her to leave her quarters until the bridal selection happens. Dan Ah pleads to him to have her exempted from the bridal candidacy, claiming that she loves someone else. Ja Gyeom orders her to forget him, stating that he shall have the man killed at their supposed rendezvous point for attempting to kidnap the future queen consort. Ja Gyeom then locks her up in her room and leaves, strictly ordering their servants to keep a close watch on his daughter.[16]

Rebel Army Suppression: Execution[]

Ja Gyeom corners Seon Woo

In the wake of the Royal Army's simultaneous attacks on Bi Hwa Rim and Yu Hyang Ru, Ja Gyeom corners Seon Woo and has him captured, telling the left minister that he has deliberately fed him with wrong information regarding the Royal Army's upcoming attack. Ever since Ja Gyeom began to suspect him as the spy, he started becoming cautious of him, sending out spies and feeding him wrong information for him to inaccurately tell the rebel forces. Finally, amidst Seon Woo's apparent speechlessness, Ja Gyeom asks him where Crown Prince Jin Yeon is.[17]

After the attacks on Bi Hwa Rim and Yu Hyang Ru, Jin Won becomes infuriated at Ja Gyeom upon knowing that Yu Hyang Ru was also raided by Bi Yeong Pal Mu. The councilor reasons out that Yu Hyang Ru was the center of finance and contact of the rebels, but the king interrupts and asks him whether all the rebels and gisaeng had been killed. The councilor informs him that those who yielded were merely arrested and imprisoned per his instructions, though they had no other choice but to kill those who resisted.[18]

Bridal Selection Arc[]

Ja Gyeom showered with compliments at the bridal banquet

At the evening banquet held for the bridal candidates, Ja Gyeom is showered with compliments and congratulatory remarks by his fellow ministers, save for Hwang Se Hyung, father of bridal candidate Se Ryeon. They also acknowledge how he has contributed greatly in the rebel army suppression and how it possibly made his position favorable in the bridal candidacy.[19] Later, as a shadow dance performance is performed courtesy of Jang Rok Ha's entourage, the king collapses as he approaches her. As the banquet is stopped, Ja Gyeom notices Nabi flee the commotion.

The next day, Ja Gyeom and the Queen Mother are informed by the royal physician that the king has passed out the previous night due to excessive alcohol intake that greatly weakened his liver, coupled with his unhealthy lifestyle and lack of rest recently. The Queen Mother then orders the physician to keep the king's condition secret before leaving.

The chief state councilor recommends putting a pause to the bridal candidacy for the meantime considering the king's state. However, Yeon Lee refuses, ordering for the occasion to push through, lest her son might cancel the engagement if there are further delays. In any case, the Queen Mother discusses her concern with him about the dancer from the previous night. Rok Ha had supposedly brought her from Seo Seo, but Yeon Lee is wary about her striking resemblance to someone that she once knew. Moreover, recalling that the dancer was in fact his daughter's maidservant who came to the palace, she asks the councilor who the woman really is.[20] However, he merely answers her ambiguously.[21]

Some time later at the royal court, Ja Gyeom attends the assembly as Jin Won rebukes his ministers' careless and unorganized work in failing to catch Jin Yeon. They tell him that the rebels, especially ex-minister Seon Woo, shall soon start to talk due to their torture, but Jin Won thinks otherwise. Given that the rebels still have not tried to rescue their important comrade, the king conjectures that they might be scheming away, since they know that Seon Woo is being kept alive. Therefore, Jin Won orders to stop Seon Woo's torture at once and decrees to have him executed at the end of the month.[22]

Minister Retrieval Arc[]

Few days after the rebels retrieved Seon Woo at the palace, the Queen Mother summons him to her chambers. As he approaches the door, Se Hyung exits the Queen Mother's chambers. He merely brushes past the chief state councilor with a smirk, giving Ja Gyeom an ominous feeling. As he enters her chambers, Yeon Lee informs him that she has made her decision and shows him the official bridal statement that she orders him to release by the following day.

Ja Gyeom paralyzes the Queen Mother

She threateningly asks him if he is not curious on whose name she wrote in the bridal statement, after which he reads it and becomes surprised. As Yeon Lee reminds him that a dog shall never bite the hand that feeds it, she collapses. Revealing that Ja Gyeom has punctured her with a paralyzing potion he previously procured, he warns her that she should have been merely obliging; otherwise, there would have been no need for him to resort to paralyzing her. Ja Gyeom explains that he shall let her live as his audience who shall witness a Ga Guk finally ruled by him. He then calls out for help and to fetch the royal physician.[23]

Persecution Arc[]

The king is notified in the middle of the night about his mother's sudden collapse. The royal physician informs of her strange condition in which she is fully conscious despite her body's paralysis. As he dismisses the physician, Jin Won turns to the chief state councilor and asks him how she was in the morning when he met her. Ja Gyeom states that he, too, is clueless as everyone else.

Ja Gyeom pressures the king to hold the royal wedding immediately

As Jin Won becomes frustrated, Ja Gyeom opens the issue regarding the bridal selection and presents the king with the official bridal statement that the Queen Mother gave him that morning. Ja Gyeom pressures Jin Won to hold the royal wedding immediately, given the escalating issues on the rise including skirmishes on the borders from Nam Hyeon and Ah Ri Sa, more so with the Crimson Moon possibly plotting to overthrow him anytime. Though the king has two children, Ja Gyeom reasons out that they are of Seo Seo blood coming from their mother.

Jin Won tries to stop the councilor's points amidst his mother's condition, but Ja Gyeom bows to the king and asserts his loyalty to him, pleading for the king to consider his concerns. After pondering about it, Jin Won orders for the announcement of the bride in the morning and to proceed with the wedding preparations. Despite Ja Gyeom's early thought of victory, Jin Won makes the judgment call to choose his bride since the Queen Mother is in no condition to authenticate the bridal statement. In the end, the king decides his bride to be Hyun Bin.[24]

Ja Gyeom learns of the death of the baby prince

The next day, Ja Gyeom is informed about the death of the king's and Hyun Bin's baby prince and is therefore summoned by Jin Won immediately. As his servant leaves, Ja Gyeom maniacally laughs, reveling at how even heaven seems to be by his side with the recent unfolding of events proceeding to his favor.[25] Several days later, the bridal selection is postponed. For several nights, Hyun Bin would also be found wandering in and out of her chambers unaccompanied. She would later be found by servants by the palace lake, with her hands curled as if cradling a baby.

One night, Ja Gyeom arrives at the palace lake, where a drenched Dan Ah and an unconscious Hyun Bin are. He, along with an entourage of ministers, proclaims how the rumors of Hyun Bin's insanity appear to be true.[26] He then instructs the servants to escort the consort to her quarters and summon the royal physician. He then orders his daughter to return to her chambers, thinking how she should have let Hyun Bin drown instead of saving her based on her drenched state.

Ja Gyeom meets with his fellow conspirator

Later, Ja Gyeom secretly converses with another man, who turns out to be a co-conspirator in setting up the incident by deliberately placing the baby prince's blanket on a basket with a log inside. The man remarks on their luck after Hyun Bin has indeed jumped off the water, otherwise the ministers that Ja Gyeom had gathered to witness her "insanity" would have been for naught. Ja Gyeom then asks his cohort to move on with the next phase, which is to take away the baby princess from Hyun Bin — a climactic feat to ensure Hyun Bin indeed goes insane to make things easier for him in the bridal selection.

The following day, the chief state councilor leads his fellow ministers in pleading to Jin Won for Hyun Bin's eviction. Though she was previously chosen by the king to be the royal bride, Ja Gyeom reasons out how she is now unfit to become queen given her recent mental instability. Amidst the king's claim that she is merely grieving her child, the councilor offers the king various official petitions to have Hyun Bin evicted.

The ministers plead to the king to have Hyun Bin evicted

Jin Won orders everyone to leave at once, but Ja Gyeom tries to prove Hyun Bin's insanity by informing the king about previous night's lake incident, evidence strengthened further by the numerous ministers who had "witnessed" it. Altogether, they profess their allegiance to the king; Jin Won asks them all to come with him in a plight of proving them wrong.

As they arrive by Hyun Bin's quarters, the entourage witness Hyun Bin on the ground, apparently distraught. As she tells the king that she hears their child crying, the ministers all shun her and murmur among themselves how her rumored insanity is true. Ja Gyeom comments how Hyun Bin has changed to the point that he himself cannot recognize her anymore. He pressures the king to have her evicted at once, conveniently so with the Seo Seo prince visiting at the moment. As Hyun Bin pleads to the king to return her baby princess, Ja Gyeom unwittingly informs the king about their plan to take the princess away from her mother.

In a fit of rage, Jin Won orders everyone to stop with their schemes, asserting that he is still the king of Ga Guk regardless of what they all think of him. In the end, the king allows Hyun Bin and her baby princess to stay by his side, though the ministers ultimately prevailed in protesting for Hyun Bin's selection as the royal bride: eventually, Jin Won revokes his decision in marrying Hyun Bin.[27]

Ja Gyeom asks Jin Won to reconsider accusations on Dan Ah

Later, evidence surface that incriminate Dan Ah as the one who murdered the baby prince, leading to her arrest and torture. A day after her interrogation, Ja Gyeom pleads to the king to reconsider the unfair accusation on Dan Ah. He explains how all the evidence are circumstantial, but Jin Won remains adamant of Dan Ah's innocence. Nevertheless, he thinks that she has the right to feel unfair on her indictment, but the king then asks the councilor if it is truly unfair for Ja Gyeom himself, much to his frustration. With nothing else to say, Jin Won dismisses the councilor and thanks him for all the hard work he has done.

As Ja Gyeom heads out of the king's office, he notices his fellow ministers and calls them. However, the ministers ignore his call and immediately leave, whispering among themselves how Ja Gyeom's time staying in power is now over. He strolls outside the palace premises and ponders on his misfortune, unlike Se Hyung who seems to be untouched by any scandal recently. Ja Gyeom becomes suspicious of him, thinking that a timid coward like him would have had some help in allegedly pulling the strings behind recent incidents.

With no other choice left, Ja Gyeom makes a deal with Nabi

As he thinks a rebel might have done so, Ja Gyeom encounters Nabi and makes a deal with her.[28] Nabi requests to have a few of her men slip inside the queen mother's chambers. In return, Nabi shall take the blame on the baby prince's death. The councilor ponders about her offer, thinking how the rebels killing Yeon Lee may douse the king's suspicion on his involvement with Yeon Lee's collapse. Weighing the probable results, he accepts Nabi's deal that seems favorable to him. Before she departs, Ja Gyeom asks Nabi if the one she serves has a scar on his nape.[29]

By late afternoon, Nabi surrenders herself as the one who murdered the baby prince.[28] Before Jin Won can storm out of his office, Ja Gyeom and his fellow ministers request his audience. In the royal court, a minister, who appears to be Ja Gyeom's co-conspirator during the lake incident, suggests that Nabi must be interrogated rigorously. Ja Gyeom furthers this claim and asks Jin Won to enact the strictest questioning as possible, pressuring him to exercise his judgment as king with his honor and reputation on the line. As his ministers clamor in agreement, Jin Won dispatches the special royal interrogators to extract the truth out of Nabi by any means possible.[30]

Ja Gyeom chides his daughter's carelessness

Afterwards, Dan Ah is put out of torture, who awakens in her chambers. She notices her father by her bedside, who reprimands her foolishness.[28] Asking him what had happened, Ja Gyeom merely rebukes her for her carelessness, especially hiding the baby prince's blanket in her room instead of letting him know or getting rid of it. Nevertheless, he is relieved that she did not confess, which might have incriminated their entire family. He lectures her that in entering and surviving at the palace, she should use her mind rather than her heart.

Dan Ah chides her father, advising him that misfortune often visits the greedy like him. As she asks him to stop, Ja Gyeom quips that it is him who dirtied his own hands with blood to make Jin Won the king. Moreover, he believes that the greedy one is the Queen Mother, who has not kept her promise to make Dan Ah marry her son in exchange for Ja Gyeom luring the Bi Yeong Ship Mu to a trap and setting the palace on fire. He hints that he had indeed planned to assassinate the previous queen and the crown prince, only for the latter to survive and resurface as the Crimson Moon.

Ja Gyeom pressures Dan Ah that she is the rightful queen as agreed

Ja Gyeom pressures Dan Ah that the queenship rightfully belongs to her, promising to get rid of anyone who gets in their way, even the queen mother herself. As Dan Ah trembles, he advises her that the future queen must not be easily shaken. She refuses to sit on the throne where the previous great queen sat, more so because of his heavy sins. He corrects her saying that sins have nothing to do with it but rather an issue of survival. As such, he had to sacrifice a valuable pawn to save her, which Dan Ah immediately realizes to be none other than Nabi.

Dan Ah becomes infuriated at him for using Nabi, though he tells her that it was Nabi's own idea. Moreover, he informs her of Nabi's true identity as a rebel sent to assassinate Jin Won, but he is shocked to see Dan Ah unfazed at the revelation, indicating that she has long known of the truth about Nabi. Dan Ah angrily yells at Ja Gyeom that she shall not forgive anyone who hurts Nabi, even her own father.

Ja Gyeom unable to stop Dan Ah from leaving her quarters

Dan Ah then gets out of her bed, struggling to head out of her chambers amidst her father's protests and her leg injury caused by the torture. Despite Ja Gyeom telling her that she might lose her mobility if she proceeds on forcing herself to walk, Dan Ah begrudgingly tells him that she does not care, afterwards heading out of her quarters with Ja Gyeom unable to stop her.[1]

Some time later, Ja Gyeom is present at the torture and interrogation of Se Hyung and his daughter Se Ryeon for their connection to the baby prince's murder. Upon their execution, Ja Gyeom smirks at his competitors' demise.[31]

Ja Gyeom imprisoned before his execution

That night, the king summons Ja Gyeom to the royal quarters. After complimenting him for catching Se Hyung, Jin Won tells the councilor that he has heard an interesting story about him. He then asks Ja Gyeom to hear it straight from the source, before having the doors opened to reveal the partially recuperated Queen Mother, much to Ja Gyeom's shock.[32] Visibly aghast, the councilor realizes Nabi's despicable trick during their deal into having him disposed upon seeing that Physician Ma has treated the Queen Mother to confess his crime. With his guilt proven, Jin Won thanks him for all his hard work as chief state councilor and charges him with attempted regicide and high treason, ordering for his execution the following morning as he is locked up in the prison.[33]

Crimson Moon Rebellion[]

Ja Gyeom's death

As the rebel army's revolt commences in the palace, Ja Gyeom remains confined in his prison cell. With rebels storming the palace premises, he is later visited[34] by Jeok and his men. As he muses how he was very close to his victory, Ja Gyeom notices Mu Jin, alive and well, after he thought that the former Bi Yeong Ship Mu captain had died in the trap he set for them ten years ago. Ja Gyeom warns Jeok not to get too complacent especially within ten years' time, similar to how they have not predicted events a decade ago. Per Jeok's order, Mu Jin kills Ja Gyeom. In his final moments, he sees his daughter nearby, who has witnessed his demise.[35]


  • (To Heuk Rang) "Arrogance is unhealthy, Captain. I believe you let him escape once ten years ago. I hope it does not happen again."[7]
  • (To Yeon Lee) "Do not worry about me. 'The dead cannot speak' — Did you not teach me that ten years ago? However, Your Highness, you cannot die just yet. No, it would be a tragic waste… I want you to bear witness to a Ga Guk finally ruled by me. Where's the fun in a grand show with no audience?"[23]
  • (To Jin Won) "I, Yoo Ja Gyeom, am willing to die for this cause. I beseech you to give this matter careful consideration and make a wise decision! Your Majesty, I, Yoo Ja Gyeom, am humbly at your service!"[24]
  • (To his daughter) "To survive in the palace, you have to use not your heart… but up here (the mind)."[1]
  • (Last words to Jeok) "Don't think this is the end. You never know what will happen in ten years just as we couldn't predict ten years ago."[35]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 69
  2. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 31
  3. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 0.1
  4. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 2
  5. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 8
  6. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 7
  7. 7.0 7.1 Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 10
  8. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 13
  9. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 17
  10. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 18
  11. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 24
  12. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 29
  13. 13.0 13.1 Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 40
  14. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 39
  15. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 41
  16. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 42
  17. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 43
  18. Twelve Nights webtoon, part two final chapter
  19. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 46
  20. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 47
  21. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 52
  22. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 49
  23. 23.0 23.1 Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 59
  24. 24.0 24.1 Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 60
  25. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 61
  26. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 62
  27. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 63
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 68
  29. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 77
  30. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 71
  31. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 75
  32. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 76
  33. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 77
  34. Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 80
  35. 35.0 35.1 Twelve Nights webtoon, chapter 81


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