The Bride of the Water God (하백의 신부) is an ongoing sunjeong manhwa by Yun Mi-Kyung, detailing the story of So-ah, a girl unfortunate enough to be beautiful, she is sacrificed to the river god so that the long drought plaguing her village will end. But instead of drowning, Soah finds herself inexplicably alive and brought to the palace of the child-like river god Habaek as his bride. As So-ah adjusts to living among gods, she struggles to learn more about the aloof Habaek and finds it increasingly hard to find somebody to trust in her new world. During all of this, she finds herself falling in love with Habaek's handsome and mysterious 'cousin' Mui, while uncovering the truth behind the yearly sacrifice.The English version is published by Dark Horse Comics.
Hunwon to Nakbin. He will help her save Hoo-ye from dying in exchange of becoming his instrument to get Habaek.
Hoo-yee to Wang Mo. He will give her the last peach of the divine tree to save Mui's life in return of Wang Mo letting Nak-bin resurrect as a normal human again. After she refused, saying such a thing was impossible, Hoo-yee let her have the mental load of her guilt for being she the one that hurt her own son.
Deadly Decadent Court: The head spins and the nose bleeds trying to determine the wheels within wheels of both Habaek's court and the Emperor's court.
Devoted to You: Habaek to Nakbin, even when he knew she is long dead and even if it meant being away from Soah. Also, Hoo-ye to Nakbin, which eventually led him to have an agreement with Wang Mo to let Nakbin be resurrected in the human world.
Wang Mo has a little on her forehead. Maybe to show though she's a death goddess, she isn't bad.
Mura has a large one over her left eye.
The emperor has a large one on his forehead.
Fake Real Turn: So-ah was actually a fake bride. Another girl was selected by the shaman to be sacrificed as Habaek's bride but So-ah's father sold her out to be the bride in replacement. But after time, Habaek did really fall in love with So-ah and she earned her right to be Habaek's bride all on her own.
Recently now the shapeshift is: Adult when he's away from So-ah, child when she's close.
I Will Wait for You: Habaek promised to wait for the reincarnated Nakbin and return to her no matter what form she may appear, though it's doubtful if this will be fulfilled considering his marriage to So-ah now that Nakbin is actually reincarnated without a memory somewhere in the human world.
Knight Templar Parent: Wang Mo, Habaek's mother, will do anything to protect him. This comes to bite her when she tried to take So-ah's life to "protect" him, but he decided to take the bullet.
Laser-Guided Amnesia: So-ah, when she is sent back to the human world, cannot remember her time in the Water Kingdom. Habaek appears to have this after being drugged, but as it turns out, he is only pretending to have lost his memories of So-ah.
Living MacGuffin: Habaek is an important piece to either side to win the war; since he decided to be True Neutral, the emperor use any chance to trying to convince him to join him.
Nakbin: killed herself by putting a curse on Habaek so he can escape from the emperor's grasp but things took turn for the worst and Habaek is still caught up in the war between gods.
Habaek: gave up his status as a god to experience human love with Soah only to be meddled with some troublesome plots created by the fortune goddess and Woo-hui and was forced to regain his godly status.
Smitten Teenage Girl: Woo-hui, Dong-young's sister. She falls in love with adult Mui at first sight and it's very determinated to make him love her. It doesn't help that she was the real selected bride and she actually believes Habaek must be hers.
Habaek and Nakbin: who according to Wang Mo are destined only as passing friends but fell deeply in love with each other that after Nakbin's death, both made drastic decisions in order to meet again with Habaek requiring human girls as sacrifice, and Nakbin escaping the world of the dead by deceiving the god governing it. In the end, their efforts are futile as circumstances always lead to Nakbin choosing death for Habaek's sake.
The Stoic: Dong Wang Kong. Justified because of the myths about him describing him with a solemn and imperturbable expression. Mui could also qualify, but he's more like Not So Stoic.
Strong Family Resemblance: Habaek and his father, Dong Wang Kong. They look very alike, even if Wang Dong denies it and compares him to his mother. And later on, So-ah and Mui's daughter, Yuhwa; she looks like a younger version of So-ah compared to her younger sisters.
Undying Loyalty: Habaek to Nakbin: It was revealed that Habaek knew Nakbin was under the emperor's orders but loved her just the same, even giving Nakbin the right to order his death instead of just putting a curse. He also initially planned on dying with her had it not for Hoo-ye's interference. Even after falling in love with So-ah, he chose to remain with Nakbin in the imperial palace and promised to never send her away even if she's not his soul mate bound by the red string. Finally, Habaek honored Nakbin's command not to look at some other woman the same way he used to look at her by telling So-ah that he will look only at her with his one eye (metaphorically though since his damaged eye is completely healed, signifying that while he loves So-ah, he will never love someone the same way with Nakbin.