Hwang Sung Kyung
was the firstborn son of a poor but peaceful family. He grew up strong
and healthy despite the warlike age, but his parents both died when he
was very young. His memories of his parents were of brave people with a
strong sense of justice. Their righteousness had been their downfall in
this age of war and treachery, and their deaths were hard for Hwang to
overcome. Hwang grew into a strong young man and decided that it was time
for him to protect the people that had guarded him when he was young and
alone. He enrolled himself into a dojo to learn the art of the long blade.
Hwang had an uncanny talent for it, and he practiced as much as possible. His
name is also spelled Hwang Seong-gyeong.
It was not long before
Hwang became the dojo's best student and he earned a private lesson from
the school's master, Seung Han Myong. Master
Seung was happy to have a talented student such as Hwang. Myong had a child,
Seung Mina, who was a skilled martial artist herself. She was Master Seung's
only child, and he wanted a son more than anything. He was seriously thinking
about adopting Hwang as his son. Hwang did not learn of this until later
because their homeland of Korea was suddenly threatened by Japanese forces.
Japan had settled their civil war and was now preparing for foreign conquest.
People rallied under the Sea Force admiral Le Shun Jin and prepared to
defend Korea against the invasion. They started building fortresses along
the coast lines. A Coast Guard was formed and Hwang was one of the first
to volunteer. Those who were eager to save the motherland talked about
the legendary Patriot Sword Soul Edge, which they had heard of from the
When Hwang's superiors
heard of the sword, they ordered Hwang to travel to the west to find Soul
Edge. With this sword, perhaps they could drive off the Japanese and save
their country. On his way to the west, Hwang stopped by the dojo to bid
farewell to Master Seung. Seung offered him his own sword, the Mountain
Breaker, but Hwang decided to rely on his Blue Storm. Hwang left the dojo
unaware that Seung's daughter Mina
had overheard their conversation and would follow him a few days later.
During his travel west, he encountered many warriors who were also seeking
Soul Edge. With a map of Europe in his hands, he was getting closer to
his destination every day. However, word reached him that Korea had finally
been invaded and would soon fall. With this news, Hwang immediately abandoned
his honored quest and returned home. During the return trip, he found Seung
Mina and brought her home with him.
When he arrived at
the dojo, a worried Seung Han Myong thanked Hwang for returning his daughter.
He then asked Hwang to become his son. Hwang was honored by Myong's offer,
but felt that his place was on the front defending his country so he refused.
Even though he had returned empty handed, he recieved a warm welcome from
his comrades. He had become increasingly strong and wise during his journey,
and he entered the war to protect his mother land displaying great bravery,
justice, and patriotism. The battle raged for months, but Hwang remained
strong. But one day, Hwang learned from a new recruit named Kong that Mina
had run away from home again. The news troubled Hwang, but he knew that
he could not forsake his duty protecting his country. Worry over Mina's
safety and his impatience with the Japanese forces' cowardly tactics eventually
caused Hwang to lose his inner calm.
He made a horrible
tactical mistake by chasing a small pirate ship and many lives under his
command were lost. Admiral Lee Sun Shin summoned Hwang and dismissed his
rank as commander of the Coastal Defense Force. Admiral Shin had come to
consider Hwang a friend over the years, and he asked Hwang what was troubling
him. The Admiral was also a friend of Seung Han Myong, so he sympathized
with Hwang's concerns for Mina's safety. Thus, he sent Hwang on a new quest
to find Soul Edge, with the real objective being the retrieval of Seung
Mina. Hwang understood why Admiral Shin had demoted him and accepted the
assignment without the slightest hesitation. He headed west once again
to search for Mina. He caught up with Mina in Europe, who had come to the
west to search for Soul Edge. She had learned the sword's true nature,
and that it was a source of evil. Shocked about what had been the object
of his search, Hwang decided that Korea need not rely on legends anymore,
for he and others like him would protect their homeland. Having found Mina
and fulfilled his true objective, Hwang returned to Korea to once again
defend his country.
Updated: Jan. 13th, 2021
Though a man of few words, Hwang was a pretty cool and memorable character in the early
Soul series. He made a good rival to Mitsurugi, for one. His fighting style, flashy kicks, and persona always stood out... but for some reason, Namco decided to replace him with Yun-seong
in SC2 (and after). They also gave his updated moveset to a lame bonus
character in SC2, Assassin. (I think maybe Namco didn't have time to fully flesh
out Hwang's design enough in SC2 to do him justice, or just wanted to give the spotlight to the younger Yun-seong).
Hwang made a comeback in SC3, but sadly as a "BONUS" character (as if he's not as important to be on the main roster). :/ Thankfully, Hwang's updated SC3: Arcade Edition fared better, as they gave him quite a few new animations and moves. It's been a long time coming, but Hwang's epic return in SC6 with a new Bloodborne-inspired
visual design and reworked moveset turned out great! The darker vibe of his SC6 design is unexpected, but definitely works to bring Hwang back into the spotlight after so many years. His new moveset in SC6 is sick!
Style / Moveset