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Zhu Yuxian is a character in Love Nikki. He is the head of the Phoenix Clan, one of the Four Clans of Cloud.



Ask which dress is both elegant and luxurious, and the people of the Cloud Empire will think of South Kingdom Empress Zhu Yuxian's golden coral silk gown. The plain white gown is accented with shiny red plums. A bright red satin belt is layered upon the waist.

He is truly royalty.

— Zhu Yuxian's description in the Time Diary

Zhu Yuxian has straight waist-length brown hair that is pulled into a ponytail, which hangs over his left shoulder with bangs falling onto his face, brown eyes, a long white gown with red and gold trim, and black shoes with white sole.


Zhu Yuxian has a confident demeanor and is easygoing with a sense of humor. However, despite this, he learned from a young age when his parents died that he could only truly trust himself, and viewed his love for Ming Shuiyuan as a weakness.[8]


Zhu Yuxian designed the following:


Early Life Edit

Zhu Yuxian grew up in prosperous Southern Cloud and lived a carefree life. He was clearly loved dearly by his parents. One of his fondest memories from this time was of his mother playing him a song on her guqin as he fell asleep.[8] His father proudly called him the "Vermillion Bird", a reference to their house's corresponding symbol.[7]

When Zhu Yuxian was a toddler, his father gave him half a jade pendant. Zhu Yuxian, who was already knowledgeable about precious stones even at a young age, could tell that the pendant half wasn't worth much even though it was old. His father revealed that the pendant was a token that was shared between their ancestor and the first emperor of Cloud. He explained that the prosperity of Cloud wasn't just due to the royal family, but also due to the Zhu family, and so the jade half represented half of their country. Though Zhu Yuxian didn't entirely understand the lesson at the time, his father instructed him to keep the pendant and to work hard.[7]

Year 665 Edit

When Zhu Yuxian was ten years old, his parents passed away unexpectedly. They left on a trip during the winter, promising to be back before the New Year and imploring him not to forget his schoolwork. However, that was the last time he saw them before their death. Their cause of death was not revealed to him.[7]

Zhu Yuxian was left as the head of the clan. The situation in Cloud immediately became unsteady, as people began to covet his position, and the thirteen rebel cities his father had worked to reclaim showed signs of restlessness. There was an expectation that he would be killed or removed from the position. However, defying everybody's expectations, Zhu Yuxian remained the family head and brought the Phoenix clan back to its previous power.[8][7]

Zhu Yuxian worked hard to find answers as to why his parents had died, playing life and the people around him like a game of Go. He realized that the emperor that his father had been loyal to had begun to fear his power. However, he also felt that Cloud was weak, and that overall weakness had killed his father.[7]

Year 671 Edit

In this year, Ming Shuiyuan, a talented inventor, came to the Zhu clan's territory in Southern Cloud to help Zhu Yuxian restore the family vault. Though she initially had no interest in talking to him, Zhu Yuxian found her fascinating and wanted to find out what could make her happy. She only seemed to have an interest in finishing the vault.[8]

Still, the last night before she returned to Northern Cloud, they simply sat together in peace while he played the song his mother had played for him on his guqin for her all night.[8]

Year 673 Edit

Zhu Yuxian met Xiao Zong in the Flower Field during this year while traveling, and the two formed a strong bond. Their meeting was described as similar to how "heroes [meet] in legends", and together they often played go. Xiao Zong gave Zhu Yuxian a pair of silver orioles which could be used as messengers.[9][10]

Year 676 Edit

Zhu Yuxian did not see Ming Shiuyuan for five more years, until the ceremony of the Ming clan head, and when he did they simply greeted each other in their roles of clan heads. He didn't formally present her with a gift like the other clan heads, but instead he left her a box containing a compass.[8][11]

Year 677 Edit

During this year, Zhu Yuxian and Bai Yongxi played a game of Go together on the eastern coast. Zhu Yuxian hid his true identity as the king of South Cloud, so Bai Yongxi assumed he was just a ranger.[12]

Year 680 Edit

During this year, Zhu Yuxian assisted Nidhogg with his takeover of Cloud City by intercepting intelligence for him, which resulted in destruction and the death of the chief designer Lunar.[13]

Zhu Yuxian invited Bai Yongxi to play a game of Go on Mount Tai Chi.[14] He was surprised to see Bai Yongxi actually turn up, but regardless, they began a game of Go in the ruined temple.[15] There, they discussed the future of Cloud,[16] the Blood Curse,[13] and their encounter three years previously.[12] Though Zhu Yuxian had criticisms for how Bai Yongxi was running the empire, he believed that he wouldn't let another tragedy like the one that had happened in Cloud City happen again.[16][12]

During the game, a massive thunderstorm began, but the two men played on. Bai Yongxi was near to losing, but as he set down his last piece, Zhu Yuxian declared him the winner and got up to leave. Right as Zhu Yuxian left the mountain, the sky cleared up and the sun appeared again.[17]

While Zhu Yuxian and Bai Yongxi were on the mountain, thirteen cities along the southern border of Cloud rebelled.[1] They managed to advance to the gates of the city in only three days and breached the city walls the night before he returned, emptying the Phoenix Clan's palace.[18]

They met up again at some point at Wenying Hall to discuss the state of the war. The two disagreed over whose fault the ongoing battle was, and discussed the true identity of the Cloud Empress, suggesting that she was not the actual empress. The encounter ended with a deal and Zhu Yuxian withdrawing his men from the battle.[19]


Zhu RuoshengEdit

Zhu Ruosheng is a member of the Phoenix clan and a relative of Zhu Yuxian.

Xiao ZongEdit

Zhu Yuxian and Xiao Zong quickly became "bosom friends" after first meeting in the Flower Field. This first meeting was said to be similar to how heroes meet in legends.[10]

Xiao Zong finds Zhu Yuxian to be incredibly unique and refreshing, exceeding all of his expectations and causing him to finally leave the Flower Field after many years.[9] They drank and played go together, and Xiao Zong was surprised to enjoy even losing to him.[10] Xiao Zong also taught him how to erase his own memories.[9]

Xiao Zong also gifted Zhu Yuxian a pair of silver orioles. The pair of birds could always find each other, and they could be used as messengers.[10]

Ming ShuiyuanEdit

The two share a deep but complicated relationship. Zhu Yuxian wanted to enter her heart from the first time they met, while she restored his family's vault, and he wished he could take her to see the mountains or show her treasures. However, he betrayed her trust when he learned to erase his feelings and stabbed her.

Bai YongxiEdit

Bai Yongxi is his political opponent.

Quotes Edit

Name by Server Edit

Version Name/Transliteration
International International (English) Zhu Yuxian
France Flag International (French) Zhu Yuxian
Chinese Flag China (Simplified) 祝羽弦 (Zhu Yuxian)
Japanese Flag Japan 祝羽弦
Korean Flag South Korea 우현 (Woohyun)
Vietnam Flag Vietnam Chúc Vũ Huyền
Singapore Flag Southeast Asia (English) Santoso
Zhu Yuxian


Zhu Yuxian's given name in Chinese, Yuxian, means "Feather String", with 羽 (yǔ) meaning "feather" and 弦 (xián) meaning "string."

Gallery Edit

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Dreamland - Bai Yongxi/Annal of Ages#Darkness Falls
  2. Dawn Front/Story#Season 2
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dawn Front/Story#Season 2
  4. Wintersweet Robe
  5. After Rain
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Dream Weaver
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 World in a Game
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 Four Gods - Flight of the Flame-Feathered Phoenix; translations by minstrel-of-time
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Flashing Wind
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Brushwork of Romance
  11. Four Gods - Vast and Mysterious Deep Sea; translations by minstrel-of-time
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Dreamland - Bai Yongxi/Annal of Ages#Departed Sea
  13. 13.0 13.1 Dreamland - Bai Yongxi/Annal of Ages#Dragon in the Fields
  14. Dreamland - Bai Yongxi/Annal of Ages#Foresight
  15. Dreamland - Bai Yongxi/Annal of Ages#Cloud Top
  16. 16.0 16.1 Dreamland - Bai Yongxi/Annal of Ages#Observing Situation
  17. Dreamland - Bai Yongxi/Annal of Ages#Soaring Dragon
  18. Dreamland - Bai Yongxi/Annal of Ages#Yesterday Moon
  19. Art of War Event/Story#4 - Night Talks

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