|Threads of Time|
Cover, Threads of Time volume 1 (Tokyopop edition)
(Sal Le Top)
Threads of Time (살례탑) is a manhwa series in the era of Mongol invasions of Korea by Noh Mi-young. It is distributed in English by Tokyopop.
Manhwa is the general Korean term for comics and print cartoons. Outside Korea, the term usually refers to South Korean comics, although the comics industry is emerging in North Korea as well.
The Mongol invasions of Korea (1231–1259) comprised a series of campaigns between 1231 and 1270 by the Mongol Empire against the Kingdom of Goryeo. There were seven major campaigns at tremendous cost to civilian lives throughout the Korean Peninsula, ultimately resulting in Korea becoming a vassal state of the Mongol Yuan Dynasty for approximately 80 years.
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High school student Moon Bin Kim has difficulty sleeping due to a recurring nightmare where he's stranded over a thousand years in the past chasing a dark-haired girl into a deep abyss.
Before long, the nightmare overwhelms him, and he is unable to tell whether he is Moon Bin, a Seoul teenager at the end of the second Millennium, or Sa Kyung Kim, the son of a prominent warrior family in the middle of the first Millennium. People in his present-day life assume roles in his historical life as he struggles to learn exactly who he is and what he's expected to do, straddling a transmigratory portal through time and space.
In the present, his school's kumdo club battles to stay in the championships but in the past, Moon Bin finds himself at the threshold of a territorial dispute on the plains of Mongolia.
Kumdo is a modern Korean martial art derived from Japanese Kendo. Though romanized in a number ways when written Kǒmdo or Geomdo the meaning remains "the way of the sword" and is cognate with the Japanese term. As a martial art, Kumdo has become accepted in Korean culture and society since its introduction from Japan to the degree that the term "Kumdo" has, in recent history, become a generic label for other Korean martial arts based upon swordsmanship. As a result, caution should be exercised to avoid confusion among practices espousing martial rather than sporting and competitive goals. Although related to Japanese Kendo, minor differences exist in Korean Kumdo due to appropriation and acculturation. Such differences include, but are not limited to, the use of native terminology, the use of blue flags rather than red flags for the referees and minor modifications to the uniform.
Moon Bin Kim (Sa Kyung Kim) - A student living on his own who suffers an accident and enters a coma in which his soul is sent back in time. Throughout his adventures, he discovers that he was Sali Tayi in a former life and was dragged back in time by the souls of the family of his current body, whom Sali Tayi killed. He realizes that he must kill Sali Tayi and himself to end this ordeal. It is also revealed to him that he "took over" Sa Kyung's body when Sa Kyung died during his comatose state.
Atan Hadas (Euen Eun Kyo) - A granddaughter of Genghis Khan, who acts as a love interest for both Moon Bin Kim, who she loves, and Sali Tayi, to whom she is betrothed. As a woman, she was unable to take a position as a warrior, but by disguising herself as a man and winning a competition, she was able to take the position of a commander at Sali Tayi's side. She's level-headed and smart, knowing that there are those on the battlefield who do not want her there and working to combat it by making herself an essential source of information.
Sali Tayi - A ruthless Mongol general who was sent to conquer Koryo (Korea). Engaged to Atan Hadas. He's known for his vicious nature on the battlefield.
Yeon Young (Chung War) - A servant of Sa Kyung Kim who was enslaved and sold in Mongol territory.
Sa Lum - Sa Kyung's older sister. She is the one that pulled Moon Bin underwater in the pool, and therefore responsible for his trip to the past. Ultimately raped and killed by Sali Tayi. Before her death, her body was in a comatose state, yet her spirit - both while she was living and dead - often visited Moon Bin.
Ma Zhang Bo - A servant of Sa Kyung that died in while hiding from the Mongols
Kim Kyung Sohn - A renowned Korean General and Sa Kyung's father, ultimately killed by Sali Tayi.
Ogodei Deh-Khan - The leader of the Mongols.
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