Ik-soo made a divination with the voice of God, which led to Yona making the decision to gather the four dragons for their survival.
The Priests of Hiryuu Castle
Priests used to reside within Hiryuu castle and they held great power, even greater than the King as they were seen as messengers of God. Yu Hong, Soo Won’s father, was dissatisfied with the fact that words from a mere priest could usurp a King of his rights. Hence, the priests were driven out of the castle and Ik-soo came to live at the inhabitable cliffs within the Wind Tribe’s territory. From the episode preview, we’ll be getting the story on Ik-soo and Yun (I hope I got his name right), how they met and how they came to live together like husband and wife.
The Legend of Dragons / Creation Myth
A long time ago, a red dragon descended upon Earth from the heavens and took the form a a human – King Hiryuu, the first king of Kouka kingdom. However, people’s hearts fell to evilness and there was a time of war when King Hiryuu was captured by humans. Just as he was about to be executed, four dragons descended from the heavens and asked for King Hiryuu to return with them above after they destroy mankind who has forgotten how to express gratitude to its creator. King Hiryuu refused their offer because he couldn’t help loving humans despite being betrayed by them. The four dragons then gave their blood to four human warriors, in order to protect King Hiryuu. The human warriors gained immeasurable powers from that; one gained sharp claws which could tear through anything, one gained eyes which could see across great distance, one gained legs which could leap through great heights, and one gained a hardy body which could never be injured. The four human warriors, with their powers, built up clans and saved King Hiryuu. When King Hiryuu finally laid his body to rest, the four warriors mourned the loss and eventually left their clans for solitary lives after they realised that their powers were beyond humans.
You’re getting there, Yona! This is the second major decision Yona made for herself (the first being to leave the capital of Wind Tribe with Hak) and you can really see how she’s growing, thought not without the help of the people around her. I’ve never questioned it before, since she IS a princess, but Yun highlighted the fact that she never once thanked Hak for all his sacrifices for her, and that she didn’t thank Yun for saving her life. Although she did thank Yun afterwards, it felt as though she thanked him out of obligation. The second “thank you” she gave him felt more impromptu, and more sincere.
Ik-soo made the following divination for Yona and they concluded that as King Hiryuu’s descendant, Yona is to embark on the journey to gather the four dragons. Somehow I’ve automatically drawn the links between Yona, her red hair and the legend of a red dragon. Since her father didn’t have red hair, could she be something like King Hiryuu’s reincarnation? Also, it seems more plausible if you read through Ik-soo’s divination, that the red dragon (Yona) will return after gathering the four dragons.
|When darkness descends upon Earth
The blood of dragons will revive again
In accordance to the ancient pact
When four dragons are gathered
The sword and shield which protect the King will awaken
Finally, the red dragon will return to dawn
I was looking forward very much to watching them go dragon-gathering, but it seems like the next episode will focus on Yun and Ik-soo. *Shrugs* oh well.