Yi Sun-Shin is a legendary Korean Naval Commander and general who was never defeated at sea nor lost a single ship under his command during the Japanese invasion of Korea. His naval victories were instrumental in repelling Japanese invasions of Korea in the 1590s.
In reality, the power of Yi Sun-Shin cannot be compared to heroes in mythology such as Hercules, but since Lucid Adventure is a game powered by the dreams of players and 100% of the players are from Korea, Duke of Loyalty and Warfare 's rating was measured much higher than it was supposed to be, with an expected rating of "SSS".
Conceptual Magic: The Best Swordsman is a able to use conceptual magic due to his person-type personal attribute. As with all Conceptual Magic, he has a Concept Destruction, but this has not been revealed.
Notes & Trivia
- The Best Swordsman's personal attribute was not revealed from the start, but the Korean fans speculated that it is was Admiral Yi Sun-shin. This is due to his water affinity attacks. His admiral attire in Season 2 further confirmed fans suspicions. The Best Swordsman spoke about his own Conceptual Magic in Season 1 and fans have speculated that it is Yi Sun-Shin's Turtle Ship, which is similar to how Armes creates Christopher Columbus' Santa Maria. In Season 2 Episode 9, The Best Swordsman's admiral attire in further confirmed fans suspicions. Some fans speculated that his personal attribute could have been Won Gyun or Eulji Mundeok. It was finally confirmed in Season 2 Episode 48 to be indeed Duke of Loyalty and Warfare , Yi Sun-Shin, which delighted the Korean fans.
- The Best Swordsman shares the same last name as his personal attribute Yi Sun-Shin. Both have the surnames "이" which can be romanised as either "Lee" or "Yi". For this wiki we have chosen Lee for The Best Swordman's Surname as the author has not revealed the romanized version. Yi can also be used.
- It was never confirmed whether or not Yi Sun Shin is a Hero Type Personal Attribute as The Best Swordsman is able to use Hero's Footsteps.
Admiral Yi Sun-Shin (이순신), sometimes Romanized as Lee Sun Shin or Li Sun Sin, was a Korean admiral and military general famed for his victories against the Japanese navy during the Imjin war in the Joseon Dynasty. Yi became an exemplar of conduct for both the Koreans and Japanese. Despite the fact that he had no prior naval training, Admiral Yi was never defeated at sea nor lost a single ship under his command to enemy action, and military historians have placed him on par with Admiral Horatio Nelson as one of the greatest naval commanders in history. His title of Samdo Sugun Tongjesa (삼도 수군 통제사), literally meaning "Naval Commander of the Three Provinces", was the title used for the commander of the Korean navy until 1896. Over the course of his career, Admiral Yi fought in at least 23 recorded naval engagements, all against the Japanese. In most of these battles, he was outnumbered and lacked necessary supplies. His most famous victory occurred at the Battle of Myeongnyang, where despite being outnumbered 133 warships to 13, he managed to disable or destroy 31 of the 133 Japanese warships without losing a single ship of his own. Yi died from a gunshot wound at the naval Battle of Noryang on December 16, 1598. His last words, "The battle is at its height. Beat my war drums. Do not announce my death", are often cited as an important part of his character. Although his successes were often ignored by the Korean royal court during his life, after his death various honors were bestowed upon him, including the title of Chungmugong (충무공; Duke of Loyalty and Warfare), an enrollment as a Seonmu Ildeung Gongsin (선무일등공신; First-class military order of merit during the reign of Seonjo), and two posthumous offices, Yeonguijeong (영의정; Prime Minister), and the Deokpung Buwongun (덕풍부원군; The Prince of the Court from Deokpung). Over time, Admiral Yi became a national hero in Korea, and remains so today.
One of Yi's greatest accomplishments was resurrecting and improving the turtle ship (Korean: 거북선; Chinese: 龜船). With his creative mind and the support of his subordinates, Yi was able to devise the geobukseon, or Turtle Ship. Contrary to popular belief, the turtle ship was not actually invented by Admiral Yi; rather, he improved upon an older design that had been suggested during the reign of King Taejong.
Yi Sun-Shin is famous for having multiple swords. As it is known to date, there are currently six swords related to Chungmugong. There are 1 pair of long swords in Hyeonchungsa Temple, 1 pair of Guido (귀도) and 1 pair of Chamdo (참도), which were presented to Chungmugong as a gift from Ming Dynasty in Tongyeong. In addition, there is a pair of swords called 'Twin Dragon Swords' (쌍룡검), where it is unknown where they were, and there has been a debate over authenticity for a long time. Information on the swords can be seen below.
- Admiral Yi Sun-Shin is famed for wielding the "Twin Dragon Swords" (쌍룡검, Ssanglyong-geom) that have become National Treasures in South Korea. The twin swords that Admiral Yi had commissioned in 1594 are over 6 feet in length. Inscribed on this blade are the words that Yi Sun Shin had inscribed on his twin swords:"鑄得雙龍劍 千秋氣尙雄 盟山誓海意 忠憤古今同" (Lit. "With this 6-foot sword, I swear to Heaven, as the seas and mountains tremble. I whip—I sweep. The rivers and hills are dyed red with the blood of my enemies"). The inscriptions in this sword are engraved by one of Korea's foremost swordsmiths, Master Lee Sung-Ho. The only record of the Twin Dragon Sword is the photograph and record of the Joseon Museum of Art, which was recorded by the Joseon Book Publications in 1910 and photographed of the relics of the Imperial Palace Museum. A picture of the Twin Dragon Swords can be seen on the right (it should be noted that the validity of this picture is still hotly debated in South Korea). There is a belief in some corners as to if the swords actually existed.
- Two of Chungmugong's swords, designated as Treasure No. 326, are preserved in Hyeonchungsa Temple (현충사) in Asan, South Chungcheong Province. On the blade are engraved the Chinese characters, 三尺誓天 山河動色 (sanchishitian sanhedongse) and 一揮消蕩 血染山河 (yihuixiaodang xieransanhe). This means "The mountains and the waters tremble as I swear to the heavens with a three-chi (90 cm) sword, and with one swing of the sword, blood dyes the rivers and mountains."
- The Ming Dynasty gifted two other pairs (4 swords) to Chungmugong that can be found in the Chungnyeolsa Temple . One pair is a 'Guido' 귀도 and the other pair is a 'Chamdo' 참도 . The picture of the pair of swords be seen on the right.
- Practitioners of kumdo (the Korean pronunciation of the characters used to write kendo) insist their art is the direct descendant of the one Adm. Yi Sun-shin used in battle.
- In Season 2 Episode 48, The Book that Ko Eun-Woo gave to Lee Ji-Hoon is known as 'Nanjung Ilgi' 난중일기 (Lit. War Diary). It is the personal diary of Admiral Yi Sun-Shin. It was written between January 1, 1592 and November 17, 1598, a first person narrative of the admiral's perspective on the Japanese invasions of Korea in the late 16th century. It is the 76th national treasure of Korea and listed in UNESCO's Memory of the World registry.
Admiral Yi Sun-Shin has two statues built to honour him in South Korea. The first is in Sejongno, Gwanghwamun Plaza in Seoul. The second is in Yongdusan Park in Busan, South Korea.