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Saiunkoku characters

Some of the main characters in Saiunkoku Monogatari

This page is a comprehensive List of Characters that appear in Saiunkoku Monogatari.

Eight Coloured Sages Edit

Eight FamiliesEdit

Shi ClanEdit

The clan of the Imperial Family, known also as the Purple Clan.

  • Shi Ryuuki, the current Emperor of Saiunkoku
  • Shi Senka, the previous Emperor of Saiunkoku, Ryuuki and Shi Seien's father
  • Shi Seien, the second prince of the Imperial family, exiled for conspiracy
  • Four Shi princesfour other brothers of Seien and Ryuuki
  • Four consorts four among the six consorts of Emperor Senka
  • Kou Yuri, the half-sister of Emperor Senka and the daughter of Kou Gyokukan
  • Suzuran, the mother of Prince Seien, the second consort of Senka
  • Kou Gyokukanformer consort of Senka's father and Kou Yuri's mother
  • Kou Shuureithe consort of Emperor Ryuuki and mother of Shi Chouka
  • Shi Chouka, Ryuuki and Shuurei's daughter and the next ruling Empress
  • The Ou clan membersone of the four Purple retainers
  • Ki Koukithe sole remaining member of the Ki clan, one of the Purple Gates 
  • Riku Seigathe sole remaining member of the Riku clan, one of the Purple Gates

Ran ClanEdit

Known also as the Indigo Clan or Blue Clan, the most powerful clan in Saiunkoku after the Shi clan.

  • Ran Shuuei, the fourth son of the Ran clan, the General of the Urin Army and eventual bodyguard for Emperor Ryuuki
  • Ran Ryuuren, the youngest son of the Ran clan, an eccentric wanderer
  • Ran Jyuusan, the younger half-sister of Shuuei and Ryuuren, the daughter of the previous clan head and a noblewoman from the Ran clan's retainer branch, the Shiba clan
  • Ran Setsuna, the current head of the Ran clan, a set of triplets acting under a single identity, the older brothers of Shuuei, Ryuuren, and Jyuusan
  • Ran Gyokuka, the wife of Setsuna
  • Hyou ShusuiShuuei's wife
  • Ran ShijakuShuuei and Shusui's eldest son
  • Shiba Jin, a member of the Shiba clan, Ran Clan's retainers, and the childhood friend of Jyuusan
  • Shiba RyuuJin's grandfather, a former general and a famed war hero
  • Shiba YuuJin's father

Kou Clan Edit

Known also as the Red Clan or the Crimson Clan. Holds equal power to the Ran Clan and the third most powerful clan in Saiunkoku.

  • Kou Shuurei, the protagonist of the series, a young woman aspiring to become a government official
  • Kou Shouka, Shuurei's father, the eldest son of the Kou Clan, the librarian of the Imperial Archives, formerly an assassin known as the "Black Wolf" and leader of the "Wolves of the Wind"
  • Hyou Shoukun, Shuurei's mother, Shouka's wife, formerly the "Rose Princess" of the Hyou Clan
  • Shi Seiran, the adopted son of Shouka and Shoukun, a retainer of Shouka's household
  • Kou Reishin, the second son of the Kou Clan and the current head of the family, Shouka's younger brother, the Minister of Civil Affairs and Administration
  • Li Kouyuu, Reishin's adopted son, the Vice-Minister of Civil Affairs and Administration
  • Kou Yuri, Reishin's wife and Kouyuu's adoptive mother
  • Kou Kurou, the third son of the Kou Clan, the proxy head of the Kou clan, the younger brother of Shouka and Reishin
  • Kou Gyokukan, Yuri's mother, the great-aunt of Shouka, Reishin, and Kurou, a former concubine of Emperor Senka's father
  • Kyuuka, Kurou's wife
  • Kou Hakuyuu, Kurou's son
  • Kou Sera, Kurou's daughter
  • Tei Yuushunmember of the Ki clan, one of the Crimson Gates and the 'Hourin'

Heki Clan Edit

Known also as the Jade-Green Clan, a clan known for their excellence in the arts.

  • Heki Hakumei, a junior government official
  • Heki Karin, Hakumei's older sister, the intended heir to the current clan leader
  • Heki Banri, Karin's son
  • Ouyou Jun, the husband of Karin, the father of Banri and a member of the Ouyou clan, one of the Green Gates
  • Ouyou GyokuJun's cousin, a member of the Ouyou clan

Ko Clan Edit

Known also as the Yellow Clan or the Saffron Clan, a clan known for their merchantile prowess, particularly in times of war.

  • Ko Kijin, the chief secretary of the Department of Treasury, a friend of Reishin

Koku Clan Edit

Known also as the Black Clan, a clan renowned in military affairs.

  • Koku Yousei, Grand General of the Left Urin Army.
  • Son RyououMinister of Defense and a member of the Son clan, one of the Black Gates

Haku ClanEdit

Known also as the White Clan, a clan renowned in military affairs.

  • Haku Raien, Grand General of the Right Urin Army.

Sa Clan Edit

Known also as the Brown Clan, the last prestigious clan.

  • Sa Enjun, the former head of the Sa clan, one of the three Grand Advisors to the Emperor of Saiunkoku
  • Hyou Eiki, the wife of Enjun, Enjun's proxy in the Sa Province
  • Kourin, Enjun's adopted ward, a lady-in-waiting in the imperial harem
  • Sa Shunki, Enjun and Eiki's granddaughter
  • Sa Kokujun, the youngest of Sa Chuushou's grandsons
  • Sa Chuushou, Enjun's corrupt and ambitious younger brother
  • Sa Soujun, Chuushou's eldest grandson
  • Sa Sakujun, Chuushou's second eldest grandson

Hyou Clan Edit

Known also as the Light Indigo Clan, a mysterious clan outside the eight colored clans that has worked in the shadow of the imperial family and known for their supernatural powers. Originally a counterpart of the imperial clan founded by the first Emperor's younger sister. Daughters of the imperial family were frequently sent to the Hyou clan to become priestesses or to be married off.

  • Sou Youkiyounger sister of the first emperor and the founder of the Hyou Clan
  • Hyou Riou Sr., the current head of the Hyou clan
  • Hyou Riou Jr., the son of Riou the Elder, a government official
  • Hyou Ruka, the sister of Riou the Elder, a priestess of the Hyou clan
  • Hyou Shoukun, the former "Rose Princess" of the Hyou clan, Shuurei's mother
  • Hyou Shusui, the chief lady-in-waiting in the imperial harem, a former priestess of the Hyou clan, a retainer of Shouka and an assassin of the "Wolves of the Wind"
  • Hyou Eiki, the Consort of Sa Enjun and former successor to Hyou Ruka
  • Sa ShunkiEiki's granddaughter. Although not a part of the clan, she has Hyou heritage and supernatural powers.
  • Hyou Ren, a son of the Hyou clan 
  • Uu Uu, a government official from the Hyou Clan
  • Ou Hien, the mother of Hyou Riou Jr. and the only daughter of Ou Ki.

Government OfficialsEdit

Imperial Court Officials: Edit

The officials who are working in the central government are the Imperial Court Officials. Many officials who pass the national exams dream of becoming an official in the central government. The ranks in the central government are usually very prestigious and high.

Grand AdvisorsEdit

The three Grand Advisors to the Emperor of Saiunkoku.

  • Sho Yosei, the Taishi, the former Prime Minister
  • Sa Enjun, the Taiho, the former head of the Sa Clan
  • Sou Shungai, the Taifu, a great military commander and a former general

Military OfficialsEdit

Officials of State AffairsEdit

  • Tei Yuushun, he was the Secretary of this department as well as the Prime Minister
  • Ki Kouki, Yushuun's successor and the one of the next dual Secretaries of this department as well Prime Ministers.
  • Kei Yuuri, Yuushuun's successor and one of the two dual Secretaries and Prime Ministers.
  • Li Kouyuu, Kouki and Yuuri's successor and the next Secretary as well as the Prime Minister.
  • Hyou Riou Jr., Li Kouyuu's successor and the next Prime Minister.
  • Shuuran, Riou's successor and the next Prime Minister.

Officials of the Chancellery Edit

Cave of Immortals' OfficialsEdit

  • Uu Uu, was previously the deputy director of the Cave of Immortals
  • Hyou Riou Jr., is the director of the Cave of Immortals

Secretariat OfficialsEdit

  • Shin Suou, was previously an official in the Department of Central Secretariat before becoming a joukan.

Officials of the Ministry of DefenseEdit

  • Son Ryouou, is the minister of Defense
  • Mou, was the previous vice-minister of Defense

Civil Administration OfficialsEdit

  • Kou Reishin, previous minister of the Civil Administration
  • Li Kouyuu, previous vice minister of the Civil Administration
  • You Shuu, temporary vice minister of the Civil Administration
  • Heki Hakumei, a junior official in the department

Revenue OfficialsEdit

  • Ko Kijin, the minister of Revenue
  • Kei Yuuri, the former vice minister of the Department of Revenue and eventual Prime Minister
  • Kou Tongai, an official in the Department of Revenue
  • Heki Sonshi, an official in the Department of Revenue

Officials of Ministry of Justice  Edit

Officials of Public WorksEdit

  • Kan Hishou, was the Minister of Public Works
  • Ouyou Gyoku, is the Vice-Minister of Public Works
  • Sai Rin, Hishou's successor and the eventual Minister of Public Works

Censorate OfficialsEdit

  • Ou Ki, former Director General of the Censorate
  • Ki Kouki, previous Director General of the Censorate, Ou Ki's successor
  • Riku Seiga, current Director General of the Censorate, Kouki's successor
  • Kou Shuurei, an accomplished Censorate Official, renonwed as the 'Official Killer'
  • Shin Suou, a famous Censor
  • Ro Ensei, previously Shuurei's assistant and currently a Censor, Shuurei's successor

Provincial Officials: Edit

The officials who are away from the capital and working in one of the 8 provinces are the provincial officials. The examination faction normally aim for the court. Thus, most of the officials of the noble faction are dominant in the 8 provinces.

Ran Province OfficialsEdit

Kou Province OfficialsEdit

  • Ryuu Shibi, governor of the Kou Province
  • Jin Iku, Vice-governor of the Kou Province

Heki Province OfficialsEdit

  • Kei Na, former governor of the Heki Province
  • Ouyou Gyoku, acting governor of the Heki Province

Sa Province OfficialsEdit

  • Tei Yuushun, an offical of Sa Province who assists Eigetsu and Shuurei during the tenure as co-governors
  • Ro Ensei, the informally appointed former governor of Sa Province, a bandit leader, later Shuurei's assistant
  • Kou Shuurei, the co-governor of Sa Province until she is dismissed
  • To Eigetsu, the co-governor of Sa Province until he is dismissed
  • Kai Yu, the former governor of Koku Province, successor to Eigetsu and Shuurei
  • You Shuu, former official in the Civil Administration Department and currently district leader of Sa Province

Koku Province OfficialsEdit

  • Kai Yu, former governor of the Koku Province

Factions and OrganizationsEdit

Examination FactionEdit

Government officials who achieved their rank through the examination system developed by Emperor Senka. Most of these officials hold loyalty to the Emperor.

  • Ran Shuueiformer general of left Uringun army. Current personal guard of the emperor 
  • Li Kouyuuformer deputy secretary of the Department of Civil Administration
  • Heki Hakumeian official in the Department of Civil Administration
  • Kou Shuurei, an official of the Censorate, former governor of Sa Province
  • Shin Suou, a merchant's son, appointed to the Censorate as Shuurei's assistant
  • Ro Ensei, Shuurei's assistant
  • To Eigetsu, former governor of Sa Province

Noble FactionEdit

Government officials who attained their rank through their noble lineage. Many are opposed to the Emperor because the previous Emperor, Senka, had brutally purged many of the minor nobles in court, particularly branch families of the Shi Clan, in order to reduce their influence in court.

  • Ou Ki, the secretary of the Department of Royal Commandment Affairs
  • Son Ryouou, the Minister of Defense, the former governor of Ran Province
  • Ki Kouki, the director-general of the Censorate
  • Riku Seiga, the deputy director-general of the Censorate, Shuurei's rival
  • Ryou Anju, the vice-secretary of department of Royal Commandment Affairs
  • Tei Yuushunthe prime minister

Unaligned OfficialsEdit

Government officials who are neither aligned with the Examination Faction or the Noble Faction, though they may have achieved their rank through either method.

  • Ko Kijin, the secretary of the Department of Finances
  • Kei Yuuri, the deputy secretary of the Ministry of Revenue
  • Kou Reishinformer secretary of the Department of Civil Administration
  • You Shuu, a former undercover official and current deputy secretary of the Department of Civil Administration
  • Ouyou Gyoku, former vice minister and current minister of the Ministry of Public Works and the current governor of Heki province
  • Kan Hishouformer minister of the Ministry of Public Works.
  • Rai ShunshinMinister of Justice.
  • Ryuu Shibithe governor of Kou province

Wolves of the WindEdit

A secret group of assassins, whose leader is assigned the title of the "Black Wolf". They serve the Emperor, though the current Black Wolf answers to Advisor Sho as Ryuuki is unaware of the Wolves of the Wind.

  • Kou Shouka, the current Black Wolf
  • Ou TsuyuriShouka's predecessor as the Black Wolf, Ou Ki's older sister and nemesis
  • Hyou Shusui, a former priestess of the Hyou clan, Shouka's protegee
  • Hokuto, an accomplished assassin from Sa Province, skilled in survival tactics, the adoptive father of Shourin and Youshun

Merchant's GuildEdit

The Merchant's guild is an association of merchants in Saiunkoku. It has branches all over the country.

  • Sai Rin, head of the Guild's Sa Province branch in Koren
  • Sai Shou, head of the regional branch of the Sa provincial Guild in Kinka

Kiyou's Underworld SyndicateEdit

The leaders of Kiyou's underground. They are an independent group who handles all kind of criminals and persecute them during the National Exams and other festivities.

  • Kochou, is one of the leaders of Kiyou's underworld

Assassin DollsEdit

The puppests used by the Hyou clan for assassination.

InhabitantsEdit

Inhabitants of Shi ProvinceEdit

Those living in the Imperial Capital, Kiyou, located in Shi Province.

  • Kochou, a reknown courtesan of Kiyou's red light district, a leader of Kiyou's underground
  • Dr. Tou, a physician at the Imperial Palace
  • You Shikou, a renowned doctor
  • Ryuushin, one of Shuurei's students
  • Ou Keichou, Shuurei's childhood friend
  • Touka, one of Shuurei's students
  • Kinren, one of Shuurei's students

Inhabitants of Koku ProvinceEdit

Those living in Koku Province.

  • Ka Shin, is a wandering doctor and Eigetsu's adoptive father
  • To Eigetsu, lived a peaceful life with Ka Shin there until his village was wiped out by a disease

Inhabitants of Sa ProvinceEdit

Those living in Sa Province.

  • Meishou, the leader of Satsujinzoku (Murderous Blades), supported by Sa Sakujun
  • Shourin, the elder adoptive son of Hokuto
  • Youshun, Shourin's younger brother, the younger adoptive son of Hokuto
  • Sai Shou, the head of the Merchant's Guild of Kinka in Sa Province, the twin brother of Sai Rin
  • Sai Shin, the military commander of the city of Kinka in Sa Province, the father of Sai Sho and Sai Rin
  • Sai Rin, the head of the All Merchant's Guild of Koren in Sa Province, an inventor, the twin sister of Sai Shou

ReferencesEdit

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