Yu Zhu Character Introductions – Updated!

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At this point I’ve written a ton of chapters for this story and I know how difficult it is to keep track of every character, and there will be a couple more that I’m going to introduce in the next few weeks. So I’m updating the character sheet below, whilst trying not to give too much of the story away.

About Bamboo Rain (Yu Zhu) – A fantasy wuxia novel set in the warring states era that blends martial arts, romance, ancient Chinese legends, folklore, politics of the Human, Demon, and God realms. The story follows the life of Yu Zhu, princess of the kingdom of Dian, whose world becomes strange as she leaves the protection of her kingdom and is thrust into a life of adventure and intrigue.

* These are the actors in the pictures below are the ones I wish would play the characters in the novels, they are all amazing actors and would do these parts great justice.

The Women – in no particular order

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Yu Zhu (雨竹)  – The princess who travels to the Demon Realms. She is highly intelligent and has a strong morality streak, but emotionally distant to most people. Yu Zhu is fearless in most situations, even if she knows the odds are against her. She and Lin Yu even started a gang of beggars to fight Ho Pa Lai and all the rich bullies in the town.  She grew up in the inner palaces as the only child of the Emperor, whom she loves dearly. She is said to be as beautiful as her mother and does possess a great deal of martial arts knowledge.

 

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Lin Yu (鳞玉) –  900 year old snake demon. The daughter of the Green Snake and niece to the White Snake. Magically gifted  and very beautiful, Lin Yu is feared by most of the town boys for her aggressive fighting style and even more potent bite. Lin Yu is mischievous to a fault and rarely holds her words back. She and Yu Zhu are closer than sisters.

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Hua Er (花儿 ) – the Princess’s chief handmaiden.  A highly trained warrior whose specialty is daggers tipped with poison. She takes her tasks very seriously and though is regarded and treated as a daughter to the emperor, she is in charge of the Princess’s education. She is fearlessly loyal and would always put the Princess’s needs above her own. She and Xu Long Hui share a special history.

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Xi Yang Yue(夕阳月) – The deceased mother of the Crown Prince and Princess Yu Zhu. She died during a coup attempt, while trying to protect her children. She was famed throughout the land for her intelligence and strength of will. Xi Yang Yue is part of the the legendary Xi Yang clan, its people are believed to have been the descendants of a powerful Goddess.

The men – Again, no particular order.

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Xu Long Hui (许龙回) – A mysterious character whose identity causes an uproar in Yu Zhu’s kingdom. He is cold and ruthless, yet has a strong sense of obligation. Xu Long Hui’s past ties closely with his name and while he is slow to anger, he is slower to forgive.

 

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Huang Wu (黄五)– The Royal Prince Crow, fifth son of the Demon Crow King Hei Tian of the Western Skies. Arrogant, abrasive, and extremely sarcastic. He is extremely powerful, however he had trouble making Lin Yu or Yu Zhu recognize his importance in the world. He has been the favorite son for a long time, even landing the title Guardian of the Sacred Grove, where Wei Yun lives.

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Wei Yun (围云)– A fallen god who was imprisoned to the Demon realms, just after he and his brother helped the gods to defeat the demons after the great war. For the battle against demons Wei Yun was give the Tai Shan sword, forged by the Jade Rabbit. Demons use Wei Yun’s name to scare their children, he is said to be feared even by the Gods.

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Hong Yan Su (红淹速) – The youngest general and powerful heir of the Hong family. He is universally admired for his leadership and battlefield prowess. Hong Yan Su has time and time again shown to the Emperor that he is the most ideal candidate for Yu Zhu’s hand. The entire kingdom believes that they will eventually get married. His father was once the guard of the decesased Queen Xi Yang Xu

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Tu Suo (兔锁) – Lin Yu’s adoptive elder brother. He is quick on his feet and extremely ambitious. There are few people he cares for in the world and he can sacrifice everything for his goals. Few people can tell what he is thinking, as he has become very good at hiding his emotions.

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The Emperor – Yu Zhu’s doting father who was fighting at the borders when the siege of his palace occured at the beginning of the story, resulting in the death of all his children and concubines. The Emperor never married after his Empress died.

 Shan Ying lang (山鹰狼) – A fearless fighter who is both intelligent and slightly obnoxious. He grew up in the mountains and have no real manners. When he first meets the Princess, she dislikes him but soon comes to realize that he’s actually a very good man. Even though his past is hazy and painful, he’s came out a strong and determined man.  In terms of looks, he is ruggedly good looking the polar opposite of Hong Yan Su’s calm good looks.

Grandfather – A very old demon who has lived since the great war between gods and demons. He once served under the Jade Rabbit, then as Grand General for 10 generations of the Jade Rabbit’s Royal descendants. He was a the fall of the kingdom and helped the last royal child escape.

Wei Tian(围天) – Said to be created by Nu Wa with a piece of coal from the highest volcanic mountain and half of Pan Gu’s heart. He was made alongside with Wei Yun to destroy all demon-kind who wanted the earth for themselves. Wei Tian, along side Wei Yun lead the gods and some demons against the demon King and brought peace to the realms. He was given Hou Yi’s bow

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Li Sun (李狲)– A kind hearted doctor who found Xu Long Hui when he was gravely injured. Though he has no idea of Xu Long Hui’s past, he worries about his friends future. Li Sun is a gifted physician, even at his young age, though he chooses to use his skills on the power rather than seek the wealth from the rich and powerful.

General Hong – The revered general who guarded the Empress Xi Yang Yue during the siege by two ambitious lords. He was gravely injured during the battle.

Ho Pa Lai (后爬来) – A rich pig demon who has been the nemesis of Yu Zhu and Lin Yu since Yu Zhu met him. He is spoiled rotten because he comes from the biggest merchant family in town and has never been denied anything in his life.

 

People who I can’t talk about yet because they haven’t really shown up in the story: 

 

Jade Rabbit (玉兔) – A demon ruler who, after the great fight for the human realms, was granted control of the demon realm by the Emperor of Heaven. Later, the Jade Rabbit then committed a grave sin and was banished to the cold moon to keep Lady Chang’E company.

Mei Yan (美焰)– A mysterious woman from the past. (I can’t say much at this time)

 

Locations 

Kingdom of Dian – The home of the Princess Yu Zhu. The Dian civilization is an actually civilization during the waring states period, and is located near Yun Nan, a province in South Western China.

Bui Hui Town – A town on the edge of the Demon Forests where Wei Yun lives. Bui Hui is a relatively small town with a few thousand residents. Yu Zhu and Lin Yu live on the edge of town, in a small cottage with Grandfather and Tu Suo.

7 responses

  1. ooh, I’m so glad you’ve added the Chinese characters for their names, now I finally know what the tones are ~
    I’m so excited to see YanSu and YingLang again and also how their relationship will change (if it does, since we still don’t know if YingLang found out/ will find out about what YanSu is planning) though I don’t know whether he cares at all haha.

  2. Sun Li is a beautiful and really lovely Chinese Asian girl. That would be nice to have Sun Li playing the role of Yu Shu instead of another role in Yu Shu (Bamboo Rain).

    Liu Shi Shi is 4 years younger in age (outside of this show), simply 4 years younger (not 15 years, obviously not 20 years younger) and is simply 4 years younger in age than the other young Chinese actress, Sun Li.

    • Thanks for the comment! I agree that Sun Li is lovely and talented. Her massive popularity is due to her incredible performances.

      The trick with writing is that I see everything and plan everything before I write it. The characters form mannerisms, ticks, and traits that are unique, much like how we are unique individuals. In my minds’s eye I’ve always seen Liu Shi Shi as Yun Zhu, she has this ineffable sadness mixed with iron will. Sun Li’s beauty is sharp and deadly, though she could play innocence without effort, her innocence is still different (not better nor worse) than Liu Shi Shi.

      As for Sun Li, the reason I casted her as Xi Yang Yue, was because the character was a strong female ruler who took care of the kingdom whilst her man was away at war. No man in her situation would have done what she did, because her action are uniquely hers. Xi Yang Yue was a pivotal role in all of this, since her death is really the catalyst of the story. Well, one of them anyways. Only Sun Li could do a complex character like Xi Yang Yue justice.

      I wrote Xi Yang Yue without regard to the whole age difference thing, because it was in a flashback. Because when Xi Yang Yue died, she was only in her late twenties and is closer to Sun Li’s actual age. Hope this helps! Thank you for reading!

  3. Note: Being young and lovely (for women) or handsome for men are too different things and that depends on the person. One woman could be 6 years younger in age than another woman and yet, the bigger sister could be more beautiful.

  4. You’re right that beauty is relative, and thus by definition subjective. I think comparing the beauty between two women is like asking someone to choose between a chrysanthemum and a rose, it is incomparable. Sometimes you can see how the thought of the transience that accompanies beauty scares the shit out of people. Yet not many can learn to appreciate the beauty of transience, a fault that I have to admit I didn’t really think about until a friend brought it up. In sum, I want express and illustrate the aesthetically pleasing aspects of each character I write, but it is not the main focus of my novel.

    In terms of the story, I picked actors based on their strength of acting and communication. While they are good looking, I would rather appreciate what they would bring to the role.

    • Hi Julianne, if my recollection and pieces are correct, I think Jin is Fu Xi’s son. Read Chapter 51 and 52 again when Nu Wa explains all the complicated history. There is still one more of their kind (half human, half god), but I still haven’t figured out who that is or that person still hasn’t shown up yet. Is it Nu Wa’s daughter? I don’t remember Nu Wa was with a human though. But I recall the prophesy said there are 3 deities who will rise up again the emperor of heaven. The prison holding all the half gods are made with the blood of a powerful half-god and Yu Zhu asked if it’s Fu Xi’s or Nu Wa’s daughter so maybe she is a half-god too. I need to re-read everything again since it’s been so long and I’ve been so short on time. Hope this helps.

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