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Captain Hwan ("hwahn") is a Tiger Spirit, a powerful guardian spirit and warrior in the Space Forces.


In 1483, when Hwan was about sixteen years old, he went on a secret mission with a female comrade named Myung. But she was killed by a burning blaster, she was to be made captain instead of him. By the time they fought the battle, peace had already been negotiated, they didn't hear about the treaty until afterward.[1]

After Jun joined the Space Forces, Hwan discovered he was a Fox Spirit and sent him and others on a mission to the Fourth Colony to retrieve the Dragon Pearl. He plans on using the pearl to destroy worlds in warfare.

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He enters the latrine where Sujin and Min, disguised as the recently deceased Bae Jang, are cleaning. He asks Jang if he is alright as Lieutenant Ju-Won has stated he is somewhat off. He informs him that the Space Forces are meant to both defend the Thousand Worlds from the Jeweled Worlds, and maintain order within the Thousand Worlds. He then talks about the rumors of the Dragon Pearl reappearing. He states that when the sole survivor of the Red Azalea awakes he will question him. When Jang asks him about Jun, he quickly says he is a traitor before leaving.

A day later he and Lieutenant Commander Ju-Eun inspect the Pale Lightning's damaged merit and suggest a ghost is on board. She suggests if it is a pirate ghost but he denies it. He suggests a prank by a cadet and she denies it. He has Ju-Eun leave and calls Jang out of the closet. He asks why he is there and Jang says he was curious about the meridian so he distracted a guard and hid in the closet. When Jang mentioned his nightmares after the attack, Hwan tell him of a time when his friend sacrificed herself when the were on a covert mission and did not hear of a peace treaty. He then dismisses Jang.

A day later the Pale Lightning comes out of a gate and is attacked by ten mercenary ships. He orders the crew to their stations and argues with the chief mechanic about their reasoning in the Ghost Sector. He orders the crew to try to take the mercenaries alive if they can. Seventeen hours later he announces the Pale Lightning's victory over the mercenaries and they have taken prisoners.

After Min frees the mercenaries he orders them to surrender but they deny him. Min then mimics his voice to confuse the crew. He beats them there and disables their ship with an electromagnetic pulse. He has Haneul and Sujin and threatens to execute them right there if they four don't surrender, they surrender. He asks for Min's name and she gives it. He orders the mercenaries to be put back in their cells and her Min to be placed in solitary confinement. He later visits the young fox and has her turn into her true form, she obeys. Kwan offers her a chance to save Jun if she can find the Dragon Pearl. Min declines and he leaves her, saying she will come around sooner or later.

He heads to the Fourth Colony with a small party. After Min retrieves the dragon pearl he points a blaster at her. He fires and hits Min’s shoulder and has his soldiers surround Haneul and Sujin. As the two are surrounded by the ghosts they show a vision of them driving the shaman who brought the drag pearl to their world mad to the point of suicide. He reveals that Sujin and Haneul were working for him since she let the mercenaries out, Jang then appears and berates his former commanding officer for leading him to his death. He tries to get the ghosts not to trust Min as she uses the dragon pearl to give them a proper burial. He lunges at her but stops when Eui mentions Myung and has him swear on her bones to put the ghosts to rest. When the four living finish, he is attacked by Lieutenant Seo-Hyeon and the others ghosts he sent to their deaths, minus Jun, and drag him into a nearby forest. He turns into his true form and tried to fight back to no avail.

It is unknown if he escaped the ghosts of his former subordinates or was killed by them.


In his human form, Hwan was a tall, bearded man with amber eyes. His teeth were unnaturally perfect and white, but don’t look sharp at all.

His true form was an immense white tiger.


Hwan is devoted to war, wishing to drag on any battle as long as possible. He is also serious, as he takes finding the Dragon Pearl as his top priority. He is willing to resort to threats to get his way, such as threatening to have Sujin and Haneul killed on the spot if Min and the mercenaries did not surrender.

However he is a loyal friend, remembering Myung and swearing on her bones, a serious oath.


  • Predator Instincts: He has extremely keen instincts and heightened senses. It helps him detect emotions, lies and weaknesses in others.
    • Emotion Detection: With his predator instincts, he can tell what emotions people are feeling. He is especially adept at smelling fear.
    • Lie Detection: With his high instincts, he is capable of sensing when people are lying to him. For this reason, Min avoiding making direct lies to him.
  • Magic Detection: He appears capable of sensing magic to a degree, causing Min to not use Charm on him, stating that he would be able to sense it.
  • Superhuman Strength: As a Tiger Spirit, Hwan is extremely powerful in terms of strength.
  • Shapeshifting: As a Tiger Spirit, Hwan can change form between a human and an enormous white tiger.


  • When first introducing him, Rick Riordan mistakenly referred to the captain as Kwan instead of Hwan.[2]
  • He keeps his logbooks as traditional paper notebooks rather than on technopads.


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Book: Dragon Pearl
Main Characters: Kim Min | Bae Jang | Haneul | Sujin | Captain Hwan | Kim Jun
Secondary Characters: Areum | Bora | Captain Hye | Lieutenant Hyosu | Lieutenant Ju-Won | Manshik | Nari | Security Officer Seok | Kim Seonmi
Minor Characters: Byung-Ho | Chul | Eui | Eunhee | Gyeong-Ja | Hae | Lieutenant Commander Ju-Eun | Lieutenant Seo-Hyeon | Woo-Jin | Yong
Supernatural Species: Fox Spirit | Dragon | Tiger Spirit | Dokkaebi | Shaman | Ghost
Related Content: Yoon Ha Lee | Rick Riordan Presents