Oh, hi there! I’m the Joseon Dynasty. While you can call me Korea, I will also accept the name Korea, The Beautiful. 😉 I existed for centuries–way longer than either of my modern-day “successors”–and my rich history is full of thrilling stories. I bet you’re dying to read one, right?
This is a tale about a daring adventure where I defeat the Supreme Evil and transform into a great empire. There’s magic, risk, and betrayal–so exciting! Below you’ll find a little teaser, just for you~ If you like what you see, and I’m sure you will, come back next week for part two.
China tried, but he could not break me.
Korea . . .
The Mongol Empire came, but he could not kill me.
Destiny . . .
Japan thought she was strong; she thought wrong.
The stone . . .
France. The United States. They all underestimated me.
Use the stone . . . drive out the darkness . . .
I drifted through a strange, ethereal realm, guided only by an omnipresent voice. My fingers brushed against constellations, stardust kissed my skin, planets swirled passed me. Even in the vastness of space, I wasn’t lost. I was being pulled toward something, and it wasn’t an unfamiliar feeling.
Every since I could remember, I felt something tugging me along–an invisible thread woven around my soul. It carried me through the pain and the heartbreak, through the victory and the anguish. It wasn’t long before I realized . . . that string was destiny.
Soon I came to a magnificent crystal. It stood like a massive pillar, and even though I should have been intimidated by its towering might, I reached out and touched it anyway. Warmth washed over me, spreading like a fire. I heard the voice again.
With Taeguk . . . You must defeat the evil . . .
After China, in his infinite weakness, suffered defeat by Japan’s hands, I forged a stone. Using tools of ancient power, I melded together the essence of heaven and the essence of earth to create a gem as formidable as it was lovely. Through this weapon, I harness my power. Through this weapon, I lay waste my enemies.
Feel its power . . . Unleash its true might . . . !
The voice bellowed and it felt as if it were rippling through my whole body, rattling my core. Then the crystal began to radiate with a dazzling, blinding light.
Child of Light, will you fulfill your destiny? Will you conquer the shadows? Will you become great?
Everything began to fade to white. I smiled.
“Bitch, I’m already great.”
Catch Part 2 Next Week
This will be an analogy for how, after sweeping reforms, the Joseon Dynasty declared itself an empire in 1897 . . . which lasted for a few decades before Japan killed it. Joseon’s transformation wasn’t necessarily a declaration of independence. More like, it was her saying, “Look out world, I’m an empire now!”
Side note: the taegukgi on the Korean Empire’s flag looked slightly different from the one in this story (and on South Korea’s flag). The idea is still the same, though.
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