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Sinji, literally means "Divine Land" (Vietnamese: Thần Địa), is the mysterious martial art sect that is behind many recent turmoils in the Murim. It is located near the Eastern Region, surrounded by two mountain belts, the first one protects its territory and the second one is smaller and protects its dwellings. The entrance to the first belt is hidden, which is one of the reasons why not many people know about its existence and exact location. The second belt main entrance is heavily guarded by an automated defense system and Sinji's warriors.

Sinji was founded 300 years ago when 8 clans, each specializes in a branch of martial art, gathered to discover new boundaries of martial art. However, their cooperation soon turned into rivalry and then all-out war. Each clan created a powerful artifact called Sacred Treasure to compete and find out which clan owned the most powerful treasure. Eventually, the Clan of Sword (or Geomjong) defeated the other clans and united Sinji under their banner around 100 years ago. Their leader, called Geomjon (it is a title, not the actual name, which is roughly translated to "Sword Supreme"), became the ruler of Sinji. Geomjon ordered the Treasures to be destroyed, only the Ma Ryong Sword remained because it was the heraldry of Sword Clan. They failed to destroy the Treasures and somehow let them loose in the Murim. The united Sinji then turned their eyes to Murim and intended to conquer it but was stopped by the masters of the Treasures, led by the master of Flame Dragon Blade, Po Mun Geol. Sinji has remained in the shadow ever since, constantly improving their skills and planning for the next invasion. They planted many spies in both Jongpa and Sapa, using wealth and power to lure many martial artists into their fold and stirring conflicts between Jongpa and Sapa. It is only a matter of time before Sinji commences their full invasion into Murim and turns the world into a sea of blood.


Sinji has a complete power structure, with the Geomjon as the supreme ruler. Below him are the Elders, leaders of the Clans that made up Sinji. Assisting the ruler in day-to-day operation are the Three Palaces: the Heavenly God Palace, the Earthly God Palace and the Brilliant God Palace, each headed by a master. Sinji's main military force are the 10 Thounsand Sword Brigades, each headed by a powerful swordman.

Sijin's martial arts are on a different level compared to the martial arts of Jongpa and Sapa, with many exotic and dangerous techniques exceeding human capacity. Their warriors are extremely powerful, even the foot soldier is on par with a competent Murim martial artist. The life of a Sinji warrior is short and violent, if they show no improvement in martial skills they will be discarded immediately.


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     Eight Sacred Treasures/Bát Đại Khí Bảo 
Eight powerful weapons created by the Eight Clans of Sinji. They are sentient and purposely choose their masters, not the other way around. Each has many special powers that could be unlocked if their masters manage to "awaken" them. There are two stage of awakening, the first one is normal awakening, and the second one is true awakening. A normal awakening will let the user use some of its power, while a true awakening allows for full access of its power.

According to a pact between the legendary Flame Dragon Blade's master Po Mun Geol and the ruler of Sinji, anyone who posseses at least 4 out of 8 Treasures can gain entrance to Sinji.

Seven of eight Treasures have been revealed.

Ma Ryong Sword/Phục Ma Hoa Linh Kiếm
Called "Flower Fairy Demon Conquering Sword", or just Demon Sword, Ma Ryong Sword is the heraldry of Clan of Sword. Like its name suggests, it has the power to vanquish evil spirits. Sword Demon used the sword to wreak havoc to the Murim 20 years ago. Dam Hwa Rin is its current user.
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Seriously, Flower Fairy Demon Conquering Sword
  • Empathic Weapon
  • Evil Weapon: which is quite ironic, considered its name.
  • Flower Motifs: when its power is activated, numerous flower petals will appear.
  • The Corrupter: When the user desires power, it will speak to him, promising great power if the owner let it take over their mind. If he agrees, it takes control and starts draining his life force. If the user is not its true master, it will drain him to death.

Flame Dragon Blade/Hỏa Long Đao
The heraldry of Clan of Blade and the strongest Treasure. Its current master is Han Bi Kwang. The master of Flame Dragon Blade is called Dojon and automatically becomes the leader of Clan of Blade. Flame Dragon Blade only allows its master to wield its power, others who try to use its power will be burnt to death.

Hyonmu Heavenly Bow/Huyền Vũ Phá Thiên Cung
The heraldry of Clan of Bow. Its current owner is Me Yujin. The master of Hyonmu Heavenly Bow is called Gungjon and automatically becomes the leader of Clan of Bow. It can sense and allow the user to see others' Ki from far away and can also shoot Ki arrows.

Demon Face Armor/Bá Vương Quỷ Diện Giáp
One of the Eight Sacred Treasures, it's possibly the heraldry of Clan of Illusion (or Hwanjong), since its main power is increasing its master's Ki over time by wearing it. Song Mu Guild took possesion of the armor after raiding a minor Sapa Guild. Yu Won-chan gave it to Dam Hwa Rin as a gesture of gratitude. Its current master is Dam Hwa Rin.
  • 24-Hour Armor: The proper way to use it power, it increases its user's Ki gradually if she keeps wearing it.
  • Armor of Invincibility: The strongest armor, capable of blocking all kinds of attack except that of Ma Ryong Sword.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Morphed into this after fully awakened.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite its sinister name and intimidating design, its power is rather beneficial to the user.
  • Face Design Armor: its design resembles the face of a, well, demon.

Five Spears of Chu Heun/Truy Hồn Ngũ Tinh Giáo
The heraldry of Clan of Spear, its current master is Noho. The user can control it telepathically, make it fly or change direction mid-air.

Gwe Myeong Sword/Quỷ Vọng Kiếm
The only Treasure that is still in Sinji's possession, Gwe Myeong Sword is the heraldry of Clan of Sound. It has demonstrated two abilities: the ability to emit sound waves to disorient the enemies upon impact and the ability to deflect energy back to the attacker. It was used by Jadam to fight Noho and Han Bi Kwang. After Jadam's defeat, Sa Eumin took it back to Sinji.
  • Attack Reflector: Its most dangerous ability, with an unexpected downside: when it deflects the energy back to the attacker, it also receives a pressure equal to the attack (similar to Newton's Third Law of Motion). If the user is strong enough to absorb the pressure, then Gwe Myeong Sword can neutralize it. If the pressure received exceeds the user's capacity, then he will take the full pressure and disintegrate. This is how Han Bi Kwang defeated Jadam, by engaging in a How Much More Can He Take? battle, he forced Jadam to exceed his limit and crumble to dust.
  • Elemental Powers: Sound.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Upon impact, it generates sound waves to disorient the enemies, the user is immune to its effect. The stronger the attack, the louder the sound waves it produces, which means to deter the enemies from making powerful attacks.

Divine Crystal Staff/Hàn Ngọc Thần Trượng
Its original clan is unknown, the staff has become Eastern Tribe's sacred relic, its master will become the leader of Eastern Region and inherit the title of Saisung (roughly translated to "Killer Star"). Its current user is Mi Go. The staff has extraordinary healing power, it can heal all kinds of injury no matter how severe and at full power can bring back the dead.

     Ruler of Sinji/Thần Địa Chi Chủ 
Often called "that person" by his underlings, this enigmatic figure rules over Sinji with an iron fist. The ruler of Sinji is also the Geomjon, leader of Clan of Sword. He forbids the use of other weapons and make sword the primary weapon of Sinji warriors.

Han Sang Wu/Hàn Tương Hựu
The ruler of Sinji and Han Bi Kwang's father. He was chosen as the next ruler of Sinji and sent to Murim 20 years ago by the late ruler of Sinji to scout the capability of Murim. He challenged and killed many Murim warriors and made himself quite a bit of enemies, earning the title "Geum Ma" (Sword Demon). Eventually, he met and fell in love with a beautiful woman called Hui Yeon and married her. Han Bi Kwang was born as a result. The family settled in a remote place and after 10 years, it seems that he could leave his past and live a peaceful life. However, some of his enemies tracked him down and took his wife and son hostage. He agreed to surrender in exchange for their lives but his enemies killed his wife anyway. Enraged, he massacres them and bring his wife back to Sinji to heal her, leaving his son Han Bi Kwang in the enemies' hand. After some time, he returned to rescue Kwang, but chose to erase Kwang's memory, planted false memory about Kwang's parents are hunters who were killed by a bear and imposed a condition in his mind so that he would flee if facing danger, hoping that Kwang will never get involved with the martial art world. He then returned to Sinji to become the next ruler.

Han Sang Wu made a deal with Jaha Masin, the true ruler of Sinji: Jaha Masin would heal his wife and in exchange he gave his body to Jaha Masin to inhabit. His actions in the series so far are Jaha Masin's.

Tropes associated with Han Sang Wu

  • Always Save the Girl: It really runs in the family.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He immediately surrendered and let his enemies humiliated him after his wife and son were captured.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: His techniques which earned him the epithet "Sword Demon". Anyone who learned it will develope a violent and bloodthirsty Superpowered Evil Side.
  • Deal with the Devil: He made a deal with Jaha Masin: Jaha Masin would save his wife and in exchange he gave him his body as vessel for his soul.
  • Despair Event Horizon: When his wife Hui Yeon died for real, he lost it and surrendered his body to Jaha Masin.
  • Enemy Within: He is one for Jaha Masin, constantly holding him back so he couldn't enter Murim. If not for Han Sang Wu's effort, Jaha Masin would have stomped the Murim flat years ago.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Han Bi Kwang bears striking resemblance to his father in both appearance, ability and personality.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: His wife is mortally wounded, instead of accepting the reality and moving on, he's willing to forsake his own life so that his wife might have a chance to live. Han Bi Kwang inherited this trait.
  • Master Swordsman: The best swordsman in the world.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After his wife was mortally wounded, he went on a rampage in the Murim and was only stopped when the Five Greats gathered to fight him.
  • Split-Personality Takeover: Jaha Masin finally wins and takes full control of his body.
  • World's Strongest Man: The most powerful martial artist in the world. It took the combined effort of the Five Greats to defeat him, and they only managed to relieve him of his weapon, the Ma Ryong Sword.

Jaha Masin/Từ Hà Ma Thần
The true ruler of Sinji. Several hundred years ago, a heavily wounded man arrived at Sinji. He practiced a dangerous martial art and was wounded as a result, so he traveled to Sinji hoping that their arts could cure him. Fascinated by his tale, the warriors of Sinji took him in. There he discovered the immeasurable amount of knowledge Sinji had amassed and immediately entranced. He wanted to absorb all that knowledge and become the most powerful warrior in the world. However, learning that much takes time, and human life is finite. He found a way: by learning the Soul Transfer technique, he managed to pass his soul to another person after his body became frail and weak with age, then continued his research. By jumping from body to body, he eventually reached the pinnacle of martial art and became the ruler of Sinji. His goal is simple and clear: destruction and suffering. He chose Han Sang Wu as his successor and bearer of his soul and planned the same fate for Fung Yeon.

He invented Jaha Singong, the notorious martial art that sets in motion the Ho Hyub Gok arc. He is also the former master of Ma Ryong Sword.

Tropes associated with Jaha Masin

  • Berserk Button: Don't mention Po Mun Geol around him.
  • Bigger Bad: Possibly for the whole series.
  • Body Surf: How he gained his power. By changing host over time, he gathered enough knowledge and power to become the ruler of Sinji. In fact, the rulers of Sinji for the last several hundred years were him all along.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He secretly trained a cadre of warriors, modified their appearance to match those of Sinji elders, ordered them to learned the mannerisms of the Elders for more than 10 years. He even boosted their powers to match the skills of the elders, so that when the time comes he would get rid of the Elders and replaced them with his men.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The result of most of his fights.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Jaha Singong. Its principle is the total opposite of orthodox martial arts and requires the user to discard all trace of humanity to learn. Even then it's extremely perilous to train, one mistake could badly maimed the user or outright killed him. Jaha Masin was well aware of this drawback, so he sought a way to have an immortal body. He succeeded.
  • Energy Absorption: He can suck out others' Ki to increase his own. He killed the Elders of Sinji to absorb their power.
  • Kick the Dog: When Han Bi Kwang is shocked by the death of his mother and called out his father, Jaha Masin emerged and proceeded to beat the hell out of him.
  • Ki Manipulation
  • Lack of Empathy
  • Omnicidal Maniac: His ultimate goal is not taking over the world, but destroying it.
  • Pet the Dog: He spared Hyol Roe's life after his failure to retrieve Ma Ryong Sword and Flaming Dragon Blade, only slashed his face and told him to never lose again.
  • Storm of Blades
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gave one to Ja Seom Pung, calmly telling him that a dog is always a dog and he shoulg give up rising above his station.
  • World's Strongest Man: Undoubtedly. He did have a huge advantage in several hundred years worth of experience compared to the rest of the cast.
  • Would Hit a Girl: As poor Me Yujin and Dam Hwa Rin found out.

     Three Palaces/Thần Các 
The Heavenly God Palace, The Earthly God Palace and The Brilliant God Palace are in charge of daily operations of Sinji. There exist fierce rivalries among the palaces, each sought to undo the others and gain the favour of the ruler of Sinji. Each palace is headed by a master. Their organization and structure are unclear.

Sa Eumin/Tạ Âm Mẫn
Master of Heavenly God Palace and notorious jackass. Rank No.12 in fighting power in Sinji. He has a fierce rivalry with Zhong Li, the master of Earthly God Palace.

Tropes associated with Sa Eumin

  • The Dragon: Became That Person's right hand man after That Person slaughtered the Elders.
  • Evil vs. Evil: His rivalry with Zhong Li.
  • Hero Killer: Killed the previous Saisung and nearly killed Noho.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: That Person suspected that Sa Eumin has planned the return of Eight Sacred Treasures to Sinji for unknown purpose.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: The previous Saisung defeated him and offered him a chance to flee, he pretended to leave only to strike her in the back instead.
  • Kick the Dog: Constanly mocking Noho about his defeat at Sa Eunmin's hand and the death of the previous Saisung.
  • Master Swordsman: One of the few who can use Ma Ryong Sword to its full power. Of course he has to be careful or Ma Ryong Sword will suck him dry just like anyone.
  • Out-Gambitted: He sent one of his men to Earthly God Palace to spy on Zhong Li. Zhong Li figured it out and fed the mole false informations to screw with Sa Eumin.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considered Jin Pung Baek this after their fight.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Engaged in one with Zhong Li, both vying for That Person's favour. Zhong Li seemed to get the upper hand until he got killed by Han Bi Kwang.

Zhong Li/Tống Lợi
Master of Earthly God Palace, ranked No. 20 in fighting power. He is in charge of Sinji's agents operating in Murim. A cruel and ambitious man, he aimed to remove the master of Heavenly God Palace and become That Person's right hand man. He was killed by Han Bi Kwang.

Tropes associated with Zhong Li

Shin-Gong/Thần Công
One of the Five Greats, his strength lies in his ability to create complext machines and weapons to use in combat. After witnessing Sword Demon's power, he had a change of heart and defected to Sinji, hoping to discover new limits of martial arts. He was assigned the Master of Brilliant God Palace by the ruler of Sinji. He built a machine called Soul Machines Formation to act as Sinji's defense system, which is strong enough that Sword Emperor himself couldn't pass it.

Tropes associated with Shin-Gong

  • Crazy-Prepared: He predicts that someone will try to smash Soul Machines Formation to pieces instead of passing it, so he adds self-repair mechanism into the machines.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Joined Sinji after witnessing Sword Demon's power
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Turns out he did have formiddable inner energy.
  • Mad Scientist: Create Zombie and Super-Zombie to act as Sinji's foot soldier
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Can build an automated defense system with mechanized claws and guns in the goddamn middle age.
  • Meaningful Name: His moniker means "God of Engineering".
  • The Resenter: His main reason for switching side. He was unable to learn martial art properly and had to rely on machine to fight. He envies the skills and successes of his peers like Sword Emperor who, in his words, are two powerful to feel his pain. Sword Demon showed him the incredible power of Sinji's martial art and he's willing to die for that.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Lost his shit when his prized Soul Machines Formation got burned to ashes by Han Bi Kwang's Hellfire Dragon.
  • We Used to Be Friends: with Guege and Sword Emperor.

     Thousand Swords Brigades/Thiên Kiếm Đội 
The main military force of Sinji. As the name suggest, each brigade consists of roughly one thousand elite swordsmen, led by one Master Swordsman of Sinji. There are 10 Thousand Swords Brigades.
  • Crimson Moon Brigade, commander: Jung Seung Cheon.
  • Eternal Quake Brigade, commander: Beon Chal.
  • Jungle Beast Brigade, commander: Gi Baek Ki.
  • Bloody Iron Brigade, commander: Im Cheol Geon.
  • Ethereal Soul Brigade, commander: Ra Su Yeon.
  • Unknown brigade, commander: Yun Sang Geo.

Tropes associated with Thousand Swords Brigades

  • Animal Motifs: Gi Baek Ki is tiger, Beon Chal is eagle, Ra Su Yeon is fox.
  • Badass Army: The backbone of Sinji's power.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Im Cheol Geon towards his brother Im Dae Gon. Knowing that his brother is too weak according to Sinji's standard and will be disposed of, he promoted Im Dae Gon to squad leader and assigned him to support mission so he won't be endangered. it wasn't enough to save his life.
  • The Brute: Beon Chal.
  • Dark Action Girl: Ra Su Yeon.
  • Dumb Muscle: Beon Chal. Running headfirst into battle and immediately fell into Hwanjong's Chaotic Formation.
  • Enemy Civil War: Im Cheol Geon and Bloody Iron Brigade joined Han Bi Kwang's side.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Im Cheol Geon betrayed Sinji and joined Han Bi Kwang's side.
  • Large Ham: Im Dae Gon.
  • Master Swordsman: All of them.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Ra Su Yeon.
  • Nightmare Face: Yun Sang Geo when he's pissed off.
  • Red Baron: The Master Swordsmen of Sinji tend to have cool epithets like "Quake Sword", "Valiant Tiger", "Blood Ghost", etc.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Im Cheol Geon after Sa Eumin killed his brother. Too bad his opponent is way over his league.
  • Whip Sword: Im Cheol Geon's weapon.

     Eight Clans of Sinji/Thần Địa Bát Tông 
Sinji was founded when 8 clans gathered to exchange knowledge about martial arts. Each clan specializes in one branch of martial arts. The clan's leaders form the Council of Elders, the second-highest authority in Sinji after the supreme ruler. Jaha Masin killed them all to absorb their powers.

Seven clans have been revealed.

  • The Clan of Blade (Dojong), specialy: Bladesmanship. Heraldry: Flaming Dragon Blade.
  • The Clan of Sword (Geomjong), specialty: Swordsmanship. Heraldry: Ma Ryong Sword. They united Sinji and forbade the use of other weapons.
  • The Clan of Bow (Gungjong), specialty: Archery. Heraldry: Hyonmu Heavenly Bow.
  • The Clan of Spear (Chongjong), specialty: Spear techniques. Heraldry: Five Spears of Chu Heun.
  • The Clan of Illusion (Hwanjong), specialty: Ki manipulation. Heraldry: Unknown, possibly the Demon Face Armor.
  • The Clan of Sound (Tonjong), specialty: Sound manipulation. Heraldry: Gwe Myeong Sword.
  • The Clan of Form (Mojong), specialty: Body manipulation. Heraldry: Unknown, possibly the Divine Crystal Staff.

Tropes associated with Eight Clan of Sinji

  • Asskicking Equals Authority: The Elders are the most powerful fighters of their respective clans.
  • Defector from Decadence: Hwanjon turned against That Person, arranged for Baek Gang to rescue Han Bi Kwang then confronted That Person himself to get rid of his toxic influence on Sinji. Sadly, he failed to comprehend just how monstrously powerful Jaha Masin is and was killed.
  • Enemy Civil War: They fought a war centuries ago, creating the Eight Treasures to compete with each other. Geomjong eventually triumphed over the rest and united Sinji.
  • Healing Factor: The Elder of Mojong, Seung Yeong can heal shattered bones and muscles in mere seconds.
  • Ki Manipulation: Any powerful martial artist can do this, but Hwanjon takes the cake.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Seung Yeong prefers to use his fists in combat. He even crushes his sword to fight Baek Gang bare-handed.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Tonjong's specialty.
  • Master of Illusion: Hwanjong is a clan full of these. They can create images of landscape or even whole army to mess with the enemies.
  • Mind Manipulation: Sim Seo Lo can create melody that mesmerizes his opponents.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: The Clans have long suspected that something is wrong with That Person, but still followed his orders out of loyalty. After Han Bi Kwang revealed himself as Dojon, the Clans decided to watch how things played out before taking actions. As of now, Hwanjong and Gungjong has left Sinji and joined Han Bi Kwang's side.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: They let Jaha Masin stay in Sinji and learn their arts. It bites them on their butts hard.
  • Supernatural Martial Arts: Their martial arts are on a totally different level compared to Murim's, with exotic ability such as body manipulation, sound manipulation, etc.
  • Xenophone: The Elder of Tonjong, Sim Seo Lo can play his sword like a flute.
  • Would Hit a Girl: The Elders of Gungjong and Chongjong were willing to tag-team Dam Hwa Rin since they recognized her ability.
     Notable Warriors 

Ja Seom Pung/Gia Sơn Phong
The first warrior from Sinji that was shown in the Manhwa. Ja Seom Pung was tasked with retrieving That Person's martial arts from Murim. He tracked down Yu Se Ha and Han Bi Kwang but was killed by Yu Se Ha in his Ma Gum Rang self.

Tropes associated with Ja Seom Pung

Hyol Roe/Huyết Lôi
After Ja Seom Pung failed to return, That Person sent Hyol Roe to retrieve Ma Ryong Sword, Flame Dragon Blade and find out what happened to Ja Seom Pung. His skills are a class or two above Ja Seom Pung's.

Tropes associated with Hyol Roe

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy
  • BFS: His trusty blade, which is as big as a man.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: His loyalty to Sinji and to his clan Dojong. The latter ultimately wins: when Han Bi Kwang reveals that he is Dojon and therefore the leader of Dojong, Hyol Roe eventually joins him.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The guy fought Dam Hwa Rin, Han Bi Kwang, Jin Phe Wun and Le Hwa, the last three at the same time, and beat them all without a scratch. He only lost when Kwang awakened the Flame Dragon Blade.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He refused to support That Person's more reviled acts and supported Han Bi Kwang instead.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He joined Han Bi Kwang's side after he is revealed to be Dojon.
  • Killing Intent: He emits aura so intimidating Jin Phe Wun and Han Bi Kwang freeze in terror.
  • Master Bladesman: He is so good at bladesmanship That Person allows him to keep his original weapon.
  • Noble Demon: He serves a villainous organization but still a honorable warrior that follows proper martial art traditions.
  • Super Strength
  • Would Hit a Girl: Dam Hwa Rin and Le Hwa found out the hard way.

Jadam/Giả Đam
One of the elite swordsman of Sinji, ranked 18 in fighting prowess. He disguised as a mercenary in an escort group in a ploy to destroy the Eastern Region and eliminate the Saisung, their leader. He is killed by Han Bi Kwang.

Tropes associated with Jadam


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