Hoyoung / Ho Young is an Anima Thief, the first ever playable class from its branch released in KMS. They use a newly introduced weapon: Ritual Fans (different from the ones used by Kanna) as their main weapons.
Master is a sage summoned by the realm of the sages, and his job is to correct worldly affairs. He was always on the battlefield during the chaotic age in the history of Grandis. One day, Master heard the cry of a tiger cub (Hoyoung, the Anima) in a ruined city. Master took pity on the child and brought him to a hermitage on the foot of Mt. Songyu. Hoyoung grew up to become Master's pupil and grew fond of the arts of magic. Master saw the limitless power inside him but that latent strength was dangerous, wild and unpredictable. He decided to seal his power.
Hoyoung is a dashing rogue who learns the art of magic. Master always warns him not to go to the other side of the mountain. One day he steals Master's talisman.
Master says he has been called away on an urgent business and tells Hoyoung to take care of the Hermitage while he was gone.
But Master does not come back. Hoyoung reads a book about Tai Yu who sealed away the Four Perils (Hundun, Qiongqi, Taowu, and Taotie) in his time alone in the hermitage. Of all the sages of Grandis, Tai Yu was his favorite. In the book, it is said that some say Tai Yu descended from the heavens while other say he was a monster himself because of his great strength. He could blow away a whole legion of monsters with just one swing of his fan. He was a master shapeshifter, he could create clones of himself and he had a heart of gold. Whenever someone asked who he was, he'd always give the same answer, "I am but a simple wanderer." Hoyoung memorized all the cool one-liners. But that was his last volume of the Tales of Tai Yu. After he reading that book he comes to the magic training grounds, dig up a piece of wood because to catch up to his training. He sits on a wood pile at the entrance of the training ground and uses a knife to engrave symbols of heaven, earth, and humanity. In the meantime, he is attracted by someone calling him.
Hoyoung arrives at the mountain vantage while following the strange voice. He realises he was at the other side of the mountain, where his master warned him not to go. Frightened by his Master, Hoyoung decides to go back until he discovers a rock with a talisman. There, the voice asks Hoyoung to release him from the seal in the rock, which he refuses. The voice tries to persuade him, asking once again to removes the talisman on the rock in exchange for any wish. Hoyoung is swayed by this idea and tries to remove the talisman, but soon reattaches it and leaves.
But the wind blows the talisman away and a monster appears. He wakes up Taotie, one of the four perils that had been locked away. Awakening Taotie would cause devastation to the land. Hoyoung quickly comes up with a plan. He challenges Taotie for his legitimacy, and asks to provide real evidence. He asks him to move the mountain. To Hoyoung’s surprise, Taotie moves the mountain. He challenges the Taotie,the second time and teases him by saying a legendary monster like Taotie could easily move more mountains. After Taotie successfully finishes his second challenge he becomes weary and tired. Hoyoung attempts to seal the weakened Taotie back into his Master’s talisman. Instead, Taotie was sealed inside Hoyoung’s body due to his inexperience with magic. The small vessel of Hoyoung is incapable of holding all the monsters Taotie has consumed. He could now use Magic’s freely, but he needs to get Taotie’s monsters back. Taotie becomes a small, spirit like form, but he informs Hoyoung that he still possesses enough power to make his life miserable.
Hoyoung agrees that it couldn't hurt to do some good in the world. He borrows a fan and the Magic of Mt. Songyu, Vol 1, one of the books of spells in Master's drawer. With Taotie, a fearsome fiend who caused chaos upon Grandis in the distant past, Hoyoung departs from the tranquil valley he has called home. He sets off on a journey into the world.
To find out more about the different monsters released from the seal of Taotie, he journeyed to Cheong-woon Valley to find the released monsters. And he goes to a local tavern listen to the information, because in Volume 12 of the Tales of Tai Yu, he read that taverns are the best place to go if they are looking to pick up local rumors. Ironhide says to a wandering poet, Willow that a couple days ago, one of the mountains in the area quaked and shook, and a river nearby changed its course entirely, folks are claiming that after that, they started to seein' way more monsters around there. Hoyoung thinks that sure does sound familiar. Ironhide talk to Willow that a couple years back, the town's information brokerage started keeping a few private investigators on the payroll, and he thinks it was around the time the ownership changed hands, and they sniff out answers around in the Cheong-woon Valley, for issues large and small, they don't come cheap, but their results speak for themselves, they have become something like local heroes here. Ironhide got a fish bone stuck in his throat so hard to talk like that, but a cool shot of somethin' stuff oughtta wash it right down. He thinks that he did have to stop right there, and they're putting in an order with the tavern's owner, and buy the look on her face, she seems troubled about something, sounds like they're out of whatever he ordered, she's saying it'll take some time to pull more out of the storage cellar.
He makes a conveniently timed delivery of some Sikhye, with his amazing acting, no one was the wiser. Willow talks to Ironhide that a small temple outside the village, the head monk who died, and a handsome monk who comes in after he died, however, there have been rumors he's started to sequester himself in the temple, naturally, people assume he's staying in the sanctum pray'in for the safety of the town, but it's strange.
He decides to be a private investigator and goes to an Information Broker Bureau. He arrives to the information broker Kaling and calls her to kid. She is angry and says she is just short and if he wanna work here, he better cut that out. He tries to register himself as a private investigator, but she asks him that he could pay a fee to expedite his application, that would come out to be 100 million mesos. He fans himself because he pretends to be warm, but she finds out that she have seen that fan before. He says it is an heirloom passed from sage to sage. She remembers that it is a fan of a great man so she registers him as a private investigator, but she is still going to put that 100 million meso expedite fee on the ledger, he can pay it down in his own time. She gives him to teleport skill, which is able to back to town whenever he use it.
He became a private investigator and Kaling orders he can help another private investigator. He meets his senior private investigator, Farasi and greets her. She tells him about how Anima generally live in seclusion, when they do venture out of their towns, they usually hide their animal features, and she turns out, she's Anima herself, she originally came from the sea, she even showed him the ears she had carefully styled her hair to cover. She says if he really want to walk around in broad daylight as he is, she won't stop him, just know that having his ears and tail visible might cause him some trouble that he could've otherwise avoided. He uses his magic and makes his ears and tail invisible then reappear, and he calls this one 'Shapeshift'. She stresses that she is a senior and handed him the donkey's work.
He is dissatisfied with the character of Farasi, but after several months, the two spent a long time together, becoming friendly with each other, and progressing together to eat soup (original text: Gukbap) frequently.
He is officially commissioned by a client. The client who is a trainee of the temple, asks him to search for trainees who is missing one or two things. After finding clues, he goes to a cliff to find the culprit. At the end of the cliff are the Monster Magpie, lost temple objects, and trainees. The Monster Magpie hears the bell and becomes a spirit again. He trying to chase the spirit that came out after the Monster Magpie, but falling from the cliff. He calls out a Nimbus Cloud to get away from the crisis and recovers the spirit to Taotie. Kaling stamps a seal.
Several days later, he runs all sorts of errands. Both the trainees and the Handsome Monk are back. The trainees give the villagers to dolls which are made by the Handsome Monk. Like this, it seems that the peace came to the village. Farasi says she is tired of living on the ground and she will solve of the Handsome Monk incident, quit the private investigator work and return to her hometown of the sea. He goes to Kaling and sends out a trap when he is asked to see a faceless monster in his village. The monster caught in the trap ran away with his bag, and there were dolls in the bag. Suspicious, he goes to the temple. He sees the trainee acting like a rat in front of the Temple Entrance, suspiciously looking for real trainees trapped inside the temple. The trainees were robbed of their faces and magic. When he reaches the Sanctum Entrance, he sneaks into the Sanctum to sneak out the fake trainees guarding the entrance. In the Sanctum, a feast was held. Farasi was kidnapped next to the Handsome Monk.
Suspicious of Handsome Monk, he fights him, but he is forced to flee and shouts "Ultimate Sage Skill: Thirty-Sixth Stategem!" (Run away)
Running away, he goes back to the village and eats soup but does not feel good. Tavern Keeper looks through that and whipped up a little something special for him which is puts the fire back in his belly.
Taotie appears and says normally he expected to see he wolfing down his meal, but now he is just starring his soup bowl like it contains the answers to life's great mysteries. Guess he really don't have much of an appetite today. He then plans with the private investigators.
He scolds grunts and lets the bamboo-hatted beggar drink water.
The identity of the bamboo-hatted beggar is the real Handsome Monk without a face. The Handsome Monk tells the past to him. The Handsome Monk says he carelessly his nail clippings out, and a rat had eaten it and took his face and strength, and it became so strong. Taotie says to Hoyoung that the Flea Monster that sucks on power stuck with the Monster Rat. He works with a real Handsome Monk and goes back to the Sanctum with the Monster Rat.
He fell into a crisis by the fake Handsome Monk, but it was actually a fake. He tricks him, then smashes his back to spit out his nails, returning him to the original Monster Rat. In the meantime, the real Handsome Monk who has regained its original appearance breaks the doll that sucks the power of those who the Monster Rat have distributed throughout the town of Cheong-woon Valley. After losing his strength, the Monster Rat loses to Hoyoung and becomes a small rat and runs away. The spirit of Flea Monster is absorbed by Taotie. Kaling stamps a seal.
Few days later, he transforms into trainee and eavesdrops this. Ironhide says to Willow that still, it must have been rough, coming back to his old hometown after so long only to have all this happen. Willow says it is not an experience he had care to repeat, he can say that much, but he can not be too upset, it gave him a fabulous font of inspiration for his next novel, so ultimately, even this dark cloud had its silver lining, he can see it now: Noble of heart and bald of head, the Handsome Monk must struggle to save his town from the vile clutches of the Monster Rat, publishers love that whole 'based on a true story' thing, and it is gonna be a million seller, flying off the shelves in droves, it will be halfway to retirement on the publisher advances alone. He returns to his original form. Taotie says it sounds to him like the villagers really believe the Handsome Monk solved this whole thing himself, none but themselves truly know what happened in the temple that right. He says in the end, it does not really matter if anyone knows the whole story, and there are plenty of times when the real hero is the one working behind the scenes, heck, even the great sage did not always take center stage, "I am but a simple wanderer..." maybe he has finally earned the chance to use that line for real.
He thinks there are other monsters who have fled elsewhere besides Cheong-woon Valley. He says to Farasi that he was gonna bolt. She says in the end, she was able to escaped unharmed thanks to the interference of the other private investigators. He started to telling her about what happened after he left, how he met the real Handsome Monk and came back to fight the Monster Rat. She says she is going back to the sea as for dreams. He says he will miss all those lunches (original text: Gukbap) they had together. He says even if their paths don't cross, they leave letters with the Tavern Keeper telling each other how they are doing. When he said goodbye to Farasi, it is time to say goodbye to Kaling, but just thinking about the debt he still owe her makes him nervous.
He thinks when he had dropped in to give Kaling the info about the Monster Rat, he had asked if he could get the other private investigators to help keep the chaos from sweeping the town, she said he had have to ask with cold, hard cash if he wanted to get the investigators on his case, he underestimated how greedy that kid could be. After some uncomfortable calculating, she quoted him a sum that nearly bowled him over, it was almost as much as he had to his name, but he couldn't weasel out of this one. She says just as a little side note, since he is all paid up, the private investigators would have taken action on their own, even if he had not hired them, because it is part of their code to defend the known in times of crisis. He says he had like to buy whatever information about the outside this much will get him, because he will be leaving town soon. She pulled out a wide drawer at the bottom of a cabinet and began to fish around, pulling out a few scrolls.
- Guide to Grandis
The world of Grandis exists as a cluster of individual worlds.
Many unique races populate these planetoids...
But the major races of Grandis are these:
It is said that the Flora are the most populous race.
There are three Transcendents in this world.
Gerand Darmoor, the Transcendent of Life.
Chronica, the Transcendent of Time.
And Aeona, the Transcendent of Light.
It's said that Chronica dwells in a place known simply as the Chronica Sanctuary.
It's said that, when Chronica disagreed with Darmoor's will, Darmoor imprisoned them and stole their power.
Of Aeona's current status or whereabouts, little is known.
- The Flora: Past and Present
However, disagreements that led to a civil war split this once-unified people into the two groups we known today.
History shows the two factions have often been at war.
When the vile cruelty of war had reached a fevered pitch...
Gerand Darmoor, the prince of the High Flora, awakened as the Transcendent of Light.
And with his overwhelming power, he laid waste to the Verdant Flora.
During this time, it's said that the Anima disappeared without a trace.
At present, only the Nova in Pantheon are fighting back against Darmoor's forces.
He reads this and thinks that he remember reading a bit about Gerand Darmoor, who is trying to rule the world and snuff out anymore who does not share his brand of crazy, so he sounds like a huge tool.
There exists a portal that can spirit you away to another dimension entirely.
They say the taking of a Transcendent's power by another Transcendent is what caused it.
There are actually several such portals in Grandis.
The surest place to encounter one of these portals, if one is so inclined, is within Pantheon's Great Temple.
That stable portal is connected to a place called Maple World.
He read this and thinks that maybe another dimension entirely is where Master went.
- Visiting Maple World
When I went through the door from Savage Terminal, I found myself in Pantheon.
There was a portal in the Great Temple there, just like I'd heard.
I didn't know what this 'Maple World' place was like, but I entered the portal nonetheless.
When I arrived there, I started travelling the land. It turned out, Maple World was a pretty interesting place.
There was also a rumor I heard going around that a Transcendent that was once sealed was about to awaken.
I didn't catch his name, but everyone calls him the Black Mage...
What? you don't believe me?
Al right, then let's have a duel. Whoever wins gets to be right. How does that sound?
He thinks whoever wrote this seems like they have a little short fuse, might be fun to brawl a little with them. He says goodbye to her and goes to Temple Entrance. At this time, She talks to herself that once she has got her eye on something, she never let it out of her sight, no matter where it may go.
He meets and says goodbye to Handsome Monk.
After he solves the problem in Cheong-woon Valley, he can visit Willow to learn about Grandis's foreshadowings.
- An Anima I Encountered
It's generally understood that the Anima aren't fond of fighting.
But I did encounter a noble exception--an Anima performing as a gladiator in a coliseum.
Their skill in taunting their opponent and making a fool of them showed that not only were they a skilled combatant, they actually enjoyed it.
Of course, they were concealing their features, so I couldn't tell which animal they took their lineage from.
But there was no mistaking their wild movements. Only someone with the keen senses of an animal could pull off those kinds of athletics.
- The Princess's Castle
In my wanderings, I came to an ancient castle, complete with a grand garden that looked pretty as any painting.
A princess lives there, attended by her many servants.
But the princess never sets foot outside her castle, preferring to remain within.
Even I don't know when the City Gates will open.
Still, I enjoy walking around the castle grounds, whenever I find myself in the area.
- A Mechanical Body
In certain places, technology has advanced far enough that people can replace parts of their bodies with synthetic parts.
But the knowledge necessary to create such technology is considered a great secret, and very few people know how to do it.
The rumors say there's even someone who went as far as to replace their entire body with mechanical parts.
Do you think that means they'd get a mechanical brain, too? How would they know they were still themselves?
The character referred to in this story is implied to be Senya.
- The Boy Who Didn't Age
One day, on my travels through Grandis, I got hopelessly lost in the forests near Pantheon.
I had no idea where I was, and wondered if I might actually die out there...
Thankfully, that didn't happen, because a young boy--a magician--appeared and saved my life.
He might've grumbled a bit, sure, but he did heal me.
As soon as I had recovered, he used his magic to send me away.
I never got to ask his name, and I don't know that I could find that particular area of the forest again even if I tried.
The character referred to in this story is implied to be Melange.
He didn't realized it, probably 'cause it happened gradually, but he have really come into his own with the spells he have been using. Taotie says unless he plan to invent entirely new spells himself, he will need a spell book for that, and he had have to return to the Hermitage for that. He says he snuck another of the books out last time they were there. He should pull out that spell book Master wrote and see what more he can learn about his style of magic, and he hopes he is not angry he filched his books, it is for a good cause. He says last time he looked at these, his eyes just glazed over, now, when he looks at the words, they actually make sense somehow.
He goes to Savage Terminal and Pantheon's Great Temple, and meets an old priestess, Fenelle. She says he doesn't appear to be one of the Nova or the Flora. He says he is what she is probably thinkin', and he is Hoyoung and he is an up-and-coming sage. She says he is the very first Anima she knows of who is visited them here. He says even if another Anima did come through, they usually hide anything that makes them stick out. She says there is one thing they must check before allowing him across to the portal, before granting him clearance to travel to another dimension, she will quickly gaze deep within his soul to see whether he learn closer to good or evil. She gives him a look that was stern, but gentle. She says when she looks with her mind's eye, like this, such things become as plain to her as words upon a page, he does not differentiate between good and evil in the methods he use to accomplish his goals, but his will itself cherishes that which is good. She explains among Maple World's explorers, there is one that serves as a sort of de-facto representative for them: the elven bowman Athena Pierce, if he would like, she can tell her of his coming in advance.
Sealing the Fiends
He arrives to Henesys, Maple World and meets Athena Pierce. Athena Pierce says he must be the one Fenelle told her about, and he can go out and meet the locals first because she is sure some of them could use his help. At this time, Taotie senses the aura of a monster. He starts to explore Maple World to bring peace back to them. As Taotie devours more spirits, his power grows and so does Hoyoung's.
- Lv. 30: In the Ellinel Fairy Academy, he saves Ephony the Fairy and Phiny the Fairy while solving the case of Ellinel Fairy Academy and listen monster story to them. He and Taotie feel suspicious energy from strange shadows and catch Mole King which is with strange energy. The Monster Ant, away from Mole King, is absorbed by Taotie. Kaling stamps a seal.
- Lv. 50: Taotie senses a new monster's energy and heads for the Dangerous Croco in Kerning City. There is a Warped Path in the swamp, so they go to there and catches Dyle which is with monster. The Monster Crocodile Bird, away from Dyle, is absorbed by Taotie. Kaling stamps a seal. Afterwards, he teases Taotie whether he eats a monster from his stomach whenever he is hungry.
He got this feeling lately likes there is something lacked in his life, he wanna chase away the blues by learning some cool new spells, but the one he studied last time was the last volume he brought with him from home, but there is only one thing he can do, though it is gonna be a huge bother: he will have to return to the Hermitage, so he summons the Nimbus Cloud and goes to Mt. Songyu. They arrive in Cheong-woon Valley Entrance, but they can's find the entrance of Mt. Songyu and they have been wandering in circles for hours. He says he is hallucinating or just under some hex. At this time, Taotie attacks to him and says at least now he knows it is not a dream. He thinks the Hermitage sink into the ground or Master did return and erase the old path, and what if he was to fly up on the Nimbus Cloud and try to find it from the air, but even if he did that, there had be too many clouds for him to get a good view. He yawns and says if he can't find the answer in the walking world, he will find it in his dream. At the moment, he says he will go to the Hermitage in his dreams and read the spell book he needs that way. Focusing inward, he fells asleep with all his memories of life at the Hermitage swirling in his mind, and as he dreamed, it felt like that familiar scenery unfolded all around him. In the dream, he arrives in the Hermitage. He says this almost feels too vivid to be a dream, it is like he really is at the Hermitage, better go see if he can find the next volume of Master's spell book series. He scanned Master's shelves and cabinets and found the spell book, it really looked just like he remembered, so he guesses it was somewhere there in his subconscious all this time. He wakes up and zips back on the Nimbus Cloud. Now he can use the spells he read about in his dream, he is only sage who has learned magic while he was asleep, and he puts out the Sky Sage medal and emblem which was he snuck out of Master's cabinets.
- Lv. 65: Taotie senses a new monster's energy and heads to Sleepywood's Ant Tunnel Square 1. To weaken monsters in Warped Path, they light candles and call out the monster. They catch Zombie Mushmom which is with monster. The Monster Talisman, away from Zombie Mushmom, is absorbed by Taotie. Kaling stamps a seal.
Athena Pierce calls and says Maple World have formed an Alliance against the Black Mage, so many warriors from Grandis, including some of the Nova, have come from Pantheon to join the fight, and they could use someone with his skills as an ally, so he can join them, and if so, she will send him to Ereve, the Empress's sanctuary, right now, and when he gets to there, he can find Neinheart, who is able to know who he is. He arrive in Ereve, the island of the Empress. Neinheart says he is the Cygnus Knights' tactician. He thinks this guy makes him feels kinda cagey, it is like he is tryin' to see through him, poking and prodding with every look and comment. Neinheart says Empress Cygnus has been eager to meet him, he has heard many a rumor of his exploits himself, it seems he has done much for the people of Maple World already. He thinks Neinheart is making small talk, but he thinks he is still tryin' to gauge how good he is, so it is proof he wants, he will give him all the proof he needs. He used his keen skills to swipe Neinheart's Pocket Watch, then appeared behind him. He says tricks are his specialty, no enemy can prevent elemental damage from the element of surprise, and he likes to keep it fun. Neinheart says it was quite amusing, but if he was to do something like that to the Empress, he would be much less than amused. He says he has learned plenty of tactics, and he can not spell 'tactics' without 'tact'. He meets Cygnus. Cygnus says it is wonderful to finally meets him in person, and as he know, Maple World and Grandis are connected now, the fate of one is tied to the other, and the dimensions have fallen into chaos, to put it plainly, they are desperate to have great heroes like him fighting alongside them. Cygnus gives a medal and power to him.
- Lv. 90: Taotie senses a new monster's energy and heads to Nihal Desert's Cactus Desert 2. According to Taotie, the monster is in a desert, but it is contradictory that who covets water very much. He gets water from the cactus around him. There is a Warped Path in the desert, so they go to there and catch Deo which is with monster. The Monster Sand, away from Deo, is absorbed by Taotie. Kaling stamps a seal.
He says to Taotie that he is going to dream for a while because he is going to read the spell book in his dream again. He dreaming again and Taotie says he is a heavy sleeper. In the dream, he arrives in the Hermitage again and opens Master's drawer, but the spell book is not there. He says the spell book is gone so it seems that he is distracted. At this time, blue Master appears and gives a spell book to him. He surprised a little but thinks that it is not strange that Master is here, because this place is the Hermitage. Blue Master asks why he is so flustered, it is like he has seen a ghost, and he is looking for the spell book so it seems that he is trying to make trouble. He answers he already made trouble, and he wants to master new magic skills, so he was about to borrow Master's spell book for just a moment. He explains to Master what had happened to him so far, you had better face your difficulties as early as possible. He asks blue Master should give him strong punishment. Blue Master shouts he rascal, but he is not angry at him and he will not grab a rod, there is no use crying over split milk, he should move on, because it seems like he is paying the price, and he thinks that is enough, he means the burden he will carry from now on. He asks why Master did hide the entrance to the Hermitage, he tried his best, but he still could not find it, that is why he is here now. Blue Master answers the realm of the sages is a forbidden area only those with permission can enter, and since he can use magic now. He surprised. Blue Master says he guesses it is time he knew, about his past and the story of the realm of the sages. Blue Master tells the story. He says now he understand why all his efforts were in vain, and Master should not told him earlier. Blue Master says then he would have neglected his training, anyway, it seems like he has enlightened himself and broken the seal, because his magic ability has also reached a certain level. He says maybe he is stronger than Master. Blue Master says he is cheeky little one, anyway, he is sorry that he hid the truth from him, in hindsight, he thinks he should have trusted him more, he must have been frustrated, so as an apology, let him give him a new magic skill and a present. Blue Master stretches out his hand and put it on his head, with a flash before his eyes, a new magic skill is transferred into his head. Blue Master says this is the last magic skill he can teach him, from now on, it is all up to him, he should keep developing his skills. He says Master does not have to worry, someday, he will surpass him. Blue Master says he never lose that spirit. He wakes up from his dream, he is holding the medal which is Blue Master's gift. The magic skill Blue Master handed down is now in him, this is a kind of magic only high-level sages can use. He sees the medal and thinks it was not a dream, but it doesn't matter, anyway, he will try this new skill.
- Lv. 110: Taotie senses a new monster's energy and heads to Dead Mine of El Nath Mts.' Sharp Cliff I. There is a Warped Path in the forest, so they go to there and meet Snowman which is with monster. The Monster Wolf, away from Snowman, is absorbed by Taotie. Kaling stamps a seal. He says he sees snow for the first time after knocking down Snowman. Taotie tackles he saying that he is unsophisticated. The two have a fun snowball fight.
- Lv. 130: Taotie senses a new monster's energy and heads to Mu Lung Garden's Goblin Forest 1. There is a Warped Path in the forest, so they go to there and meet King Sage Cat which is with monster. The King Sage Cat puts riddles to them unlike other monsters. Taotie says the Monster Book is not strange, though, because it has a bad habit of testing others with difficult riddles. If you're wrong with the riddle, you'll have to battle with the monster, but if you're all right, don't fight. The first question: It is close to you, but you can never catch it. It is a coward that hides itself in darkness. The answer: Shadow. The second question: Something everyone has. A rascal who goes fast when asked to slow down. The answer: Time. The Monster Book, attached to King Sage Cat, continues to give riddles, and a long time passes. After finishing the riddles, the Monster Book says it thinks it have enjoyed itself enough, so let it go back to the place it came from. The Monster Book, away from King Sage Cat, is absorbed by Taotie. Kaling stamps a seal.
In the Memory Keeper's Room, the Memory Keeper explains that he must return to his beginnings to regain his lost memory. He remembers the day when he left the Hermitage and resolved to contribute to the world with Taotie. He says it all started when he broke Taotie's seal, since he met him, so he will talk with him about the old days. He says it is urgent so Taotie should come out for a second. Taotie appears. He says let's talk about the old times, and he knows, this adventure all began when he broke his seal, he never knew he would travel all the way to another dimension. Taotie says he does not seem quite himself. He says it is good to look back on the past from time to time, it is easy to get tired, always looking ahead. Taotie says as far as he can recall, he was just a big talker who was terribly weak, but he have grown while breaking barriers by himself, and now he is somewhat a useful sage, if he can collect all the monsters, he may be able to call him 'pretty decent'. He says that stimulates his desire to win. He talks, sometimes squabbles, with Taotie about the old times. This gives him a warm feeling.
In the Black Heaven story, he comes Cheong-woon Valley and says fortunately the village seems to be nothing. He thinks because he will join another dimension of war, he remembers here which is his first village where he played an active part, and he will also keep Maple World, and he decides to eat hot soup with rice (original text: Gukbap) and make his mind. He orders a soup with rice, and says he has not seen Tavern Keeper in the meantime, her expression got better. Tavern Keeper says he can eat a lot of soup with rice. He smells a soup with rice is aromatic, so he thinks of the time when he was working as a private investigator, because the smell is more stimulating than the other senses. He asks if Tavern Keeper seen Farasi and her letters. Tavern Keeper answers she does not saw everything. He thinks it is a pity because he can't meet Farasi this time. At this time, Farasi calls him. He and she eat soup and talk about each other. Farasi says she is looking for a new dream at sea. Farasi reacts to a soulless response when he tells him that he is leaving to the other world, but soon she encouraging him, and says she will see him next time.
- Lv. 150: Taotie and he chases monster energy rapidly. They go to through a dense forest, and the Land of Dragons unfolded before their eyes. They arrive at the icy-cold Wyvern Canyon. It seems as though the monster is hiding there. And... luckily he hears as interesting rumor at the entrance of the canyon. 'Leviathan has become transparent!' It is said that Leviathan is a dragon monster and the owner of the canyon. Listening to that story, Taotie becomes convince of the location of the monster. The monster hiding in the canyon is the Monster Lizard. There is a Warped Path in the canyon, so they go to there and meet Leviathan which is with monster. The Monster Lizard, away from Leviathan, is absorbed by Taotie. Kaling stamps a seal.
- Lv. 170: He says to Taotie that he have just heard a rumor that there is an alien in the Maple World, and he has a hunch that if they go to the place where it is, they will find the monster there. Taotie says he will not forgive him if he does something stupid when he is supposed go and get the monster. He thinks although he is going there primarily to see the alien, he may stumble upon the monster as well. They see the UFO Detector. He says he is so excited that he get to see an alien, and maybe this is the device that summons a UFO. The UFO is summoned. He says he will be suck into it, and this is going to be fun. In the Corridor 103 of Omega Sector, there is a Warped Path. He asks to Taotie that what he is doing out here. Taotie says he feels it and sometimes his goofing off can be helpful, and he got lucky this time. They meet Chief Gray which is with monster. Chief Gray says he is feeling sluggish, and his back hurts. Taotie says it seems like the Monster Magnet has attached itself to Chief Gray. He says a monster usually makes its host stronger, but it is not, so this monster is unique. Taotie says there is always an exception. The Monster Magnet, away from Chief Gray, is absorbed by Taotie. Kaling stamps a seal. He says he guesses Chief Gray must be free from his backache. Taotie says it is hard to cure diseases that come with old age. He asks does Taotie have a backache, too. Taotie angry and says he is mocking him again. He says Taotie is so simple-minded, he always react to his jokes.
- Lv. 180: Taotie says he detects monster energy, but this time, it is from Grandis. He says Grandis is been a long time. Taotie exerts his power. With a flash, he feels like he is being sucked into something. There is a Warped Path in the Savage Terminal's Seedy Scrapyard 3. He says there are heaps of trash, there was not this much when he dropped by this place last time, he did not know there was a dumping ground outside the town, and he want to get out of here right now, this place does not suit him. The Frog Monster says it hate clean air, so someone can give it filth. Taotie explains that is a flog monster that always searches for filthy places, since it had always lived in filth, the flog monster itself eventually became filth. He says it smells terrible, he can't stand it, let's take care of quickly. They meet Foul Ooze Waste which is with monster. The Monster Flog, away from Foul Ooze Waste, is absorbed by Taotie. Kaling stamps a seal. Taotie says he is weak to filthy things. He says he grew up in a place with beautiful mountains and clean water, so this place does not suit it at all, he have to get out of here quickly.
- Lv. 190: Taotie exerts his power. With a flash, he feels like he is being sucked into something. There is a Warped Path in the Fox Valley's Fox Tree Top Path 3. He smells because this place smells like him, but maybe he was mistaken. They meet Monster Cocoon. Taotie says that is a monster cocoon that has been waiting to become an imago, but something is strange. The Monster Cocoon says he is Taotie, because he almost did not recognize him since he is smaller than before. Taotie says the Monster Cocoon cocky little one. He laughs. Taotie asks where is the Monster Cocoon's brothers, and explains three cocoons makes one set. The Monster Cocoon answers he have lost them when they were dropped here, as Taotie can see, they are too cowardly to find their brothers. Taotie says he must reseal all three of them at once. He says the Monster Cocoon will need his help, and asks does he know where they were dropped. The Monster Cocoon answers he has no idea. Taotie says to Hoyoung that he knows where they are, so he should follow him. In the Fox Tree Top Path, He meets another Monster Cocoon. Another Monster Cocoon asks who is he. He says he is but a simple wanderer, and it is complicated, anyway, he is here to find his brothers, so he can come with him. Another Monster Cocoon says it is okay. Taotie says they have found one, let's go to the next place. In the Fox Tree Top Path 2, another Monster Cocoon meets the other Monster Cocoon and calls him to his little brother. The other Monster Cocoon calls another Monster Cocoon to the big brother. The monster cocoons reunited with tears in their eyes. He thinks he will find another brother. He says they can follow him, because he will reunite them with their brother. In the Warped Path, the three monster cocoons talks about how they have been. He thinks they seem to take care of each other, and seeing them, the Master whom he have not seen for a long time comes to mind, he would worry about him all the time, just like those cocoons. A Monster Cocoon says he is so relieved that he is all safe, he wishes no better, and wishes to go back into the stomach of Taotie. The two Monster Cocoon disappear. The Monster Cocoon says thanks him for finding his brothers. The Monster Cocoon is absorbed by Taotie. Kaling stamps a seal. He says this excellent sage has solved yet another case. Taotie says soon, he will not able to see him boast like this anymore, because now they have only one monster to reseal. He thinks he is a little sad that they have only one left.
In Fox Valley story, he looks Fox Point Village people, and says since the shape of their ears and tail is in the shape of a fox, he notices that there is hidden fox Anima village. He meets Maru and introduces he is Hoyoung, who is a sage to go out pretty well. Maru smells and says, he smells familiar from him and asks if he is Anima, and says an Anima is his first time coming from outside of village, and he is not sure if he is strong or not. In the Where the Fox Tree Touches, he thinks here smells similar to Hermitage. Sky Guardian asks him why he have gone down into the secular world. He asks Sky Guardian if he know him.
The Final Act
According to Taotie, the last monster is likely to be in the Broken Corridor in the Temple of Time. He thinks he is ready, let's fly to it on the Nimbus Cloud, here comes the monster buster sage Hoyoung. It's been a long time since he departed to find monsters, they have resealed all the monsters one by one, and now they are about to reseal the last one.
In the Broken Corridor, after resisting hard, now the last monster has almost exhausted its energy, it will all be once his final strike is made. The monster is absorbed by Taotie. Kaling's stamp is not stamped at this time. Taotie says he feels powerful. He reseals the last monster, Taotie retains his original form, exactly the form he had when they met at the Hermitage for the first time, he can see the dignity and figure of a great monster who has swallowed many monsters, he was originally that outstanding of a monster. He says he actually feels bad that he mocked Taotie everyday.
At this time, some vibration occurs. He surprised and asks is that Taotie, he is not paying him back for having messed around with him until now. Taotie says he can senses some kind of strange energy from a distance, this energy is obviously that of a monster, this is not from his stomach, but it is more familiar than the ones living here, it is approaching very quickly coming here. He says it seems that he is attracting monsters because he is so famous, so he is proud of himself. Taotie says he little bastard should take it more seriously.
At the moment, he meets Kaling. She says long time no see, and asks the private investigator did not forget her. He says of course not. She asks why he does look so frustrated. He answers he never thought he would meet her here. She says he will understand if she tell him why she have come this far to see him. He says he is assuming she is here to get her money back. She says get back her, kind of... as a matter of fact, she has something she likes more than money, she loves collecting powerful monsters, but, unfortunately... someone intercepted the monster she had been long seeking a little while ago. He says it seems that someone is him, but she has been hunting monsters too, but he is afraid he can not help her, those monsters were supposed to be inside the stomach of a monster named Taotie, so she can go back to where she came from. She darkens her face, says he should not mock her, and he does not know the true power of the Four Perils, so he can not deserve Taotie, and let's help him go on a rampage, and bring miserable disasters to the world, that is the reason he exists, so he can hand him to her. He says Taotie is not something she can use at her discretion, whether he deserve him or whether he will bring about disasters, that is merely her opinion, whatever monster Taotie was in the past, he is different now, he is the only friend. Taotie is surprised. She says if he says so, in that case, she has no choice but to force him, he can protect Taotie and prepare to die. At this moment, he can not move. Suddenly, she pulls out her big dark hand and attacks him.
The monster that comes out of her swallows him, and he feels like his life is burning away. Taotie asks why he is resisting. He says Taotie should help him if he can, he has regained power. But Taotie says he was sealed in him little bastard, so he can not exert this power alone, then he will lend him his power just once, because the monsters she has must be Four Perils like him, to defend them, he need the power of them like him, but one thing he is concerned is that he might not be ready to exert his power completely. He says he is not who he was when he sealed Taotie, now he can do it, no, he has no choice unless he want to die. He receives Taotie's power and comes out of the monster.
He says he thinks now he deserve him. She says he managed to survive, but she does not think he have a second chance, now it is time to say goodbye.
She pulls out her monster and tries to attack him, but blue Master suddenly appears and stops the monster. Taotie is surprised to see the blue Master. Blue Master says he does not like watching his dearest pupil get hurt. She angry and says he is from the realm of the sages. Blue Master says she had better back off now, because he is quite strong for a spirit, and he really likes young blood, so it is time for her to die. He and Taotie are nervous. But blue Master shouts "Ultimate Sage Skill: Thirty-Sixth Stategem!" (Run away) Blue Master takes he and Taotie and runs away. She angry and says he willy sage, and things have gotten complicated.
In the foot of Mt. Songyu, he says this is the Hermitage, it is not magic; it is real. Actually, blue Master is the spirit of him, the created by magic. He asks why Master is here. Master answers he had planted a spirit he created with magic in him before he left, to help him when he is in danger. He asks where have Master been and why he is not coming back. Master answers he can not tell him that and he is sorry. He says he is always like that. Master says the darkness is eating into the world, he may also have sensed that, the reality is more cruel than the story, nevertheless, he decided to jump into this world, however, he will give him one more chance, does he wish to leave this Hermitage and return to the world. When he refuse, he thinks that is not what he meant, that is not it. When he accept, he says he still want to give it a shot, sometimes he make terrible mistakes, and he is distressed when things do not go the way he expected, but he has finally come to realize that he is the one the world needs, and being that person makes everything worth it, although he sometimes encounter danger, he can not simply turn away now, he can not simply go back to his previous life. Master says he prays for the safety to him, and he will stop nagging and go now. He says he should not leave. He says his spiritual body can not last that long, he should not pulling him and let them say goodbye to each other. He says Master do not forget to bring him a gift when they see each other again, he need to read him the best part of the Story of Sage Tai Yu. Master says he promise he will read the book to him, as for the gift, he will give him this. Master takes a scroll out of his clothes and hands the magic book to him. Master says he hopes next time he see him, he will be a better sage, the one next to him seems like he is become a good friend of his. He says it is a long story.
Master's spirit disappears, and Taotie appears. He says Master is gone. Taotie says he never expected his master to be that bastard, because he is the one who sealed him. He is surprised because Taotie means Master is Sage Tai Yu, his idol, so he feels sort of happy, or maybe disillusioned, it would have been better now knowing. Taotie says if he had known he was Tai Yu's pupil, he would have crushed him. He says he knows Taotie do not mean that, so cute. Taotie attacks to him. He asks who asked Taotie to look that cute, when he is actually regained his original form. Taotie says he kind of like this look, too. He says many things happened all of a sudden, but there is no change in the fact that they are going to continue their journey. Taotie says he does not want to cooperate with him but, he guesses it would be better to travel with him rather than being sealed by other bastards. He says he can tell Taotie have fallen to the charms of this genius sage who can control the power of Four Perils. Taotie says he is not have mastered his power, it would take a million years, even if he trained all day long. He says let's bet on how long it will take, and let's take the Nimbus Cloud.
He has the scroll Master gave him in his hand, so he opens it. He obtains a medal and a magic, Exclusive Spell, and there is a line. "I will look forward to listening to the story of your journey." He says until he see Master again someday, and he will become an excellent sage who can surprise even his master, or Sage Tai Yu, he can look forward to it.
5th Job: Blessings of the Goddess
The goddess of Maple World asks what is it that he want to protect the most in this world. When he select aspiring dream, he says the day he left behind the Hermitage, he made up his mind to become someone needed in this world, that if he continued pushing, some day, he would become an even greater ascetic than his master, Sage Tai Yu, he told himself that it was an irreplaceable dream.
When he select ties in the Secular World, he says the secular world was not such an easy place as he had read from books, there were tough and painful times, and he had once almost died, but, he still likes living in the secular world, there is good food (original text: Gukbap), there are fun people, and there are a lot of people who need him, Taotie is one of them. Taotie says he just does not make up stories.
"If people are in danger and you can't see it, how can you be called a sage?" Child 1 says someone has always saying this and helped with the many villages of Maple World and Grandis, and he is a new sage who is following Tai Yu and appear briefly and then vanish, and his sparkling eyes are more courageous than tiger, and his spiritual magic is very unusual, and he disappeared after defeating Maple World's Transcendent, the Black Mage, and is still wandering somewhere in this world.
In the Marketplace, Cheong-woon Valley, Child 1 says he is so cool, and he wants to read the next book soon, and asks where is the sage by now. Child 2 speculates that he is surely going to sweep the terrible demons. He and Taotie listen to children's story. He asks to children that, the merchants can't trade, so they should go somewhere else and chat. Taotie says It’s pathetic that he is the legendary sage who defeated the Black Mage, because he is renting a seat at the local tavern and is being commissioned by an trivial personal investigator. He says this is not trivial, and they were on the verge of being a bite to a monster serpent.
Taotie says if he had been the original form, that monster would not make a mouthful, and he remembers the request he received at milord Choi's who live in the palace-like tile house, call the servants with his hand and they just ran to him, and best of all, all kinds of delicacies come with 16 side dishes, and he has been treated hard. He says for him, the rice and thick soup (original text: Gukbap) with sour Kimchi is better suited, and it is natural for people who suck the blood of the people to stick with the horrible ghosts, so he does not want to kick them out, although he struggled to sneak through the wall at dawn, but thanks to his secret skill, Shapeshift, he managed to escape safely. Taotie thinks that was just covering the chunk of trees with a blanket.
Ironhide says to Willow that it is said that a new Transcendent is preparing war in Grandis. Willow says that's right, it says that a man who have dragon horns and tails in the Pantheon, gather people and prepare for the counterforce. Ironhide says no matter how Guardian of Nova, he is going to difficult against the Transcendent. He says to Taotie that the man with unusual ears and tails, like him, will surely fit in with him. Taotie says if he is dragonewt, he is not Anima, then probably Nova. He tries to go him because if a friend is in a crisis, it's the true sage's attitude to reach out for help. He appears to children and says the personal investigator's work will be closed from today, because he has a work and will go somewhere for a while, so until he come, they must keep the village well with the magic he has passed on. Child 2 says he did not teach them proper magic. Child 1 says when he comes next, he must let know the real magic. Taotie asks why he has not identified himself, and if he was the legendary sage in the book, thousands would follow him, and not only the point of the world that he wanted to be so much, but also he can be a greater being. He says he realized when he finished a big fight, If he follow it when the world needs him without any impatient, naturally he will be a shining point in the world, above all, stories are most beautiful when they remain as stories, and you should not break the innocence of childhood of those sage promising kids. He thinks although he does not have the same valor as heroes in books. He says he is confident that he will not lag behind anyone in Grandis for a clever scheme and bluff. Taotie says he also learned that head-to-head is not the answer, and he and him who is unpredictable and going around will not be bored for the time being. Child 1 asks he can give him his name before he leave town.
Grandis felt a variety of unclean energies, and in a turbulent period of public sentiment, someone asked his name to the sage who helped the people and left, and then he who is radiated a mystical energy, said something.
"I am but a simple wanderer."
- 호영 (虎影, Hoyeong) means 虎 (tiger) + 影 (shadow or figure), so it means tiger shadow or tiger figure.
- Hoyoung is based of White Tiger (白虎), one of the Four Symbols in the Chinese constellations, and is known as Bái Hǔ in Chinese, びゃっこ (Byakko) in Japanese, and 백호 (Baekho) in Korean.
- Hoyoung is a commonly used male name in Korea.
- Some of Hoyoung's stories are based off Korean folk tales.
- Hoyoung really likes Gukbap (국밥). Gukbap is a Korean food which is hot soup with rice.
- Hoyoung's leitmotif/theme BGM is RidingOnTheClouds.
- Comments of MapleStory Reddit, and confirmed by the Community Manager, and announcement on his Twitter page
- Confirmed by the Community Manager, and announcement on her Twitter page
- Announcement on his Twitter page
- Also provides the voice(s) of Senya.
- Announcement on Doh-hyeong Nam's Twitter page
- Announcement on Maple Party 2019
- Announcement on JMS Twitter page
- GMS website
- From MSEA website, GMS localization.
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