Quest: Hong Gil-dong - Forest of Spirits (0) ;
The master of the Red Band Clan who always tries to help the poor.
Basic Training Quest
Location: West of Pyongyang
Beyond Atlantica, history and legend:
Hong Gildong is a fictitious character in an old Korean novel, The story of Hong Gildong (Hangul: 홍길동전; Hanja: 洪吉童傳; RR: Hong Gildong-jeon), written in the Joseon Dynasty. The story was authored by Heo Gyun and is believed to have been written in the late 16th or early 17th century. Hong Gildong is famous for his robbing the rich to feed the poor
, much like the English folk hero Robin Hood.
Due to the strict Confucian laws of the Joseon Dynasty, Heo expressed his ideas in this novel, where Hong, born an illegitimate child, is not accepted by his father and family. His father, after hearing from a shaman
that his son is cursed, attempts to kill him but fails. Shocked and appalled at his father's actions, he goes out into the world, where he becomes a bandit leader
. He becomes a bandit for the people, and steals from the rich only to give to the poor. His popularity within the peasant society soars, and many view him as a hero.