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|“||Magic swirled around me as my bones changed and my flesh condensed into a fur-covered shape I immediately felt at home in, even if I rarely used it. Smells became sharper, the cold of the deck beneath my paws more acute. I sat back on my haunches and twitched my whiskers as I looked up at the captain.||”|
–Min describing her shapeshifting ability while taking her true form, Dragon Pearl.
Kim Min (pronounced Geem Meen) is a thirteen-year-old Fox Spirit from the planet Jinju in the Thousand Worlds. She is the narrator and protagonist of Dragon Pearl. She is an agent of the Thousand Worlds Domestic Security Ministry.
Min was born and raised on the poverty-stricken planet of Jinju. She and her family have lived their lives in near hiding due to prejudice against fox spirits.
When she was seven, her father, a technician and mechanic, died. She would use her father's tools to do repairs around the dome. However, her mother would get saddened if she saw her using them.
At one point, she asked her mother if she could use charm to fix a worn-out blanket, but her mother was against it as they would have to redo the charm every day and Min had no desire to do more chores let the conversation end.
Min wakes up one morning to hear a stranger's voice coming from outside the room she shares with her cousins. She uses charm to disguise herself and sneaks out. She finds her mother talking with a Thousand Worlds investigator about her brother Jun, who went missing after supposedly deserted his post to search the Dragon Pearl. Min and her mother do not believe this and the investigator reveals that Jun left a coded message for Min and asks to speak with her. Her mother is reluctant until he temps her with her son’s last known recording and her mother calls her in. She makes it look like she came from her room and joins them. The Investor shows Min the message and she reads it, realizing it has a hidden meaning she lies and says it's nothing and her mother backs her up. Her mother invites the investigator for a meal, he accepts and asks Min to get the good table ready. She shapeshifts into it to eavesdrop and her mother and the investigator set the table. She senses her mother charming the Investigator. After he tells Seonmi the thinks Min his hiding something about the message he threatens an investigation into their family. Min turns to human form and the Investigator grabs her by the throat. Her mother begs him to release her but he threatens to report them. Min then knocks him out with a plate to the head. Min's mother and aunts drag the investigator to the front of the house and decide what to do with him while Seonmi orders Min to clean. As she does she tries to eavesdrop on them until her cousins Bora and Manshik come in. Bora starts to annoy her and she throws a rag at her. Her mother comes in and scolds her. Her cousins leaving and she gets back to work. As she brings dishes to the kitchen she hears the adults suggesting they bribe an officer or send her away, Min goes to wash off. When she finishes Bora comes in and makes a bet to see if she can bring Jun home in a year with the loser doing the winner's chores for six months and accepts. Min packs her bag with extra clothes, a mask and filters, a picture with her family before her dad died, and a few handfuls of jade, worth more than their planet's currency. As she leaves, Manshik spots her, but she tells him to tell the others she will be back and leaves.
Min takes her family's hoover scooter and heads to Hongok to get off work via the spaceport. She uses charm to make hers look two years older and alters her face slightly. She finds a fake identification card saying "Kim Bora", her cousin. She makes her way past guards at the city's entrance and cuts through the market district, but bumps into Eunhee, a guard, and is surrounded by semi-drunk guards. She bribes them for safe passage with a fake emerald ring and her stomach growls. They escort her to a fancy restaurant and sit out front. Min gets them to reveal that the Investigator revealed that his departure location and business on Jinju was classified, worrying her about her brother. They also reveal that the Space Forces have various ships around the Ghost Sector, a planet where the inhabitants were wiped out by disease spirits, that were under the command of Captain Hwan. They also reveal they do not like supernaturals, such as Fox Spirits. Min claims she has to go to the bathroom and Eunhee escorts her. She trips her on the way and the security officer falls on a waiter. She goes into an empty dining room and takes the form of a chair, as Eunhee and the waiter talk to the manager she takes the form of a waiter and leaves, realizing a few blocks away she left her backpack.
She considers going back for it but decides against it as it would be too risky. She makes her way to the Spaceport and gets past the guard. She finds the directory with "Don't play dice at Nari's" carved into it. She finds a cargo ship, the Red Azalea, leaving for an area near the Ghost Sector soon with the captain, Captain Hye, willing to take on working passengers. It says the captain can be found at Nari's and she reluctantly goes. Min finds a fox statue out front and, knowing people think of them as bad luck, wonders what it's doing there. A woman welcomes her to the tavern and both realize that other is a fox. The woman drags Min to the back office and smells her mother and aunts on her. The woman introduces herself as Nari, a relative of hers. She reveals that she and her mother opens the bar and were shunned by the family for it. She asks Min to work for her for a little while and Min, wanting to song Hye as soon as possible, reluctantly agrees until she can give her aunt the slip. She charms herself to a look like she was wearing a form blouse, pants, shoes, and gold jewellery and gets to work as Yong, a bouncer, keeps tabs on her. As she brings a drink she learns that the wine is charmed to make people lose. Min is shocked by this and wonders if this is why her mother left. She slips into the high stakes room and learns that Hye is on a losing streak and tells her that if she accepts an employee on her ship then Nari will declare her debt-free and the captain accepts. However soon after she sees Nye being dragged to Nari's office and, fearing she will be exposed, charms herself to look like she was wearing a spacesuit and a flatter face. Yong runs into her and, due to her age, helps her get away and she makes her way to the Red Azalea.
She reaches the ship and tells the sole occupant, a man named Byung-Ho, that Hye lost the ship to Nari and tells him to let her on board as the captain owed her a ride. He agrees and, after telling the other crew to stay hidden, he takes Min to the cockpit and they take off. She tells him that she is escaping poverty when Byung-Ho asks about her. As they pass through a gate, she sees a vision of her father that morphs into a tiger. Byung-Ho snaps her out of it and gives her a tour of the ship. After he has her clean and she falls asleep. She dreams of Jun on the white planet, standing on the edge of a cliff. Byung-Ho wakes her and tells her the just jumped through the second gate, but are under attack by raiders. He mans the weapons while Min flies, which she has never done. As the fighting breaks out he has her go to the engine room to do repairs. She arrives and gets to work, fixing the shields and life support system. The fighting soon stops and she heads to the Cockpit. Byung-Ho congratulates her on the repairs but soon after the engine breaks down and they prep to get boarded. Byung-Ho gives her his blaster and a firefight breaks out. They two are outnumbered and Min is blinded by a flash grenade. She fires randomly and hits someone before blacking out.
Min wakes up in the medical bay of a ship slightly in pain. She sees a boy next to her who introduces himself as Bae Jang, a Space Forces cadet who died a half-hour previously during battle would from saving her and Byung-Ho from the mercenaries. He reveals that they are on the Pale Lightning, Jun's ship, and she is amazed. Min apologizes for his death but he brushes it off, saying he wishes he could have finished his training. Min offers to take his place and reveals herself as a fox. He is unphased by this and accepts the offer if she can find out more about the mercenaries that killed him. She swears on her ancestor's bones, a serious oath, and accepts. The medic comes in and she turns into Jang and uses charm to trick the medic. Min asks about Byung-Ho and the medic says he is still in a stasis pod but will be fine. She leaves when the examination is done. Min wonders around the ship until she runs into a Dokkaebi named Sujin. They are soon joined by a dragon named Haneul. They great her as Jang and take him to Lieutenant Ju-Won. The lieutenant is happy to see that Jang survived and questions if he is okay. Min says she is and the lieutenant tells Jang to head to his station and points her in the right direction. Sujin and Haneul goes with Min and the dokkaebi gives her cookies and shrimp crackers to snack on. She decides to stay close to the two for the time being, since they know Jang well. After performing Jang's duties, she misranks an officer and cleans the latrines as a result. She charms a cadet who comes into the latrines into giving her a layout of the Pale Lighting, she arrives late to the barracks and Ju-Won has Jang wake up two hours earlier if more latrine cleaning. When she finishes she heads to the mess hall to get food and meets up with Haneul and Sujin. They get in line to eat and she overs hears two human girls asking each other why the human Jang would hang out with supernaturals. After mess, they head to Lieutenant Hyosu’s class on the ship's weapons systems. During class, they have a simulated dog fight and she is paired with Gyeong-Ja, one of the girls from the mess. Min takes the weapons while Gyeong-Ja acts as a pilot. They to do well and after the simulation, she asks about Jun. Gyeong-Ja calls him and the others who went with him deserters. After class, she sets out to find Jang.
After class, she cleans a maintenance shaft and speaks quickly with Jang. He says to check the handbook and to find who killed him. She later skims through it and discovers that if she is found to be faking being Jang, she will be court marshalled and either imprisoned or executed. Haneul and Sujin soon arrive and mess around with Jang. She later looks through Jang's trunk and the ghost looks at the objects with sorrow. The following day she and Sujin are scrubbing the latrine again. When she asks about Jun, Captain Hwan appears and they stand at ease. Hwan asks Jang if he is alright and he says yes. Jang instructs her to be calm. Hwan starts to talk about the Dragon Pearl and she asks about Jun, the captain says he went awol. After Hwan leaves the two finish up and gets to Hyosu's lesson. The two sit with Haunel as the lieutenant talks about the ships meridians, lines in the body that contain one's life force, The conversation quickly turns to the Dragon Pearl and Hyosu tells the Cadets that just as the pearl can create life, it can destroy it just as easily and they must keep it from falling into the wrong hands.
As she lays in Jang's bunk, Sujin and Haneul arrive for their regular game of baduk, similar to chess or checkers. Min winces that she might be discovered but goes with them to a game area of the Pale Lightning. Jang and Haneul play and she allows Jang a handicap of extra peace. During the game, she uses charm and asks about Jun. The others say he probably left to find the dragon pearl. They comment that, despite not knowing him well, Jun was a loyal soldier and was surprised he deserted. They say Jun's bunkmates were interrogated heavily and she decides to ask them if she can. They don't think he was the mastermind behind it as another of the deserters was a lieutenant. They also find it strange as it would be easy for the Pale Lighting to find him. Haneul wins and she heads back to the barracks. She finds Jang, angry that she is doing nothing to find out what happened to him. She apologizes, saying she would do it and he leaves.
The next morning at breakfast, he asks Sujin and Hanuel about the pirate attack, they say none of them survived and that they might have thought the Red Azalea was another mercenary ship and attacked it thinking it ha the Dragon Pearl. After breakfast and before KP duty, she tells Jang that all the pirates died in the attack. He is disappointed but accepts this and leaves. During Hyosu's lesson on the engines, she pulls Jang aside and compliments him on his work. Early the next morning she wakes up and checks out Jun's bunk but does not find his scent. When a sergeant finds her Jang says "he" woke up early and decided to go for a walk. For this, Jang is stuck with hydroponics, growing plants in liquid rather than soil, along with Haneul and Sujin. She is helped in looking for rot by a human ensign name Woo-Jin who she recognized from Jun's barracks. She charmed him to get information on her brother, but he said he told Hwan everything he knew. A warrant officer told them to help Haneul and she goes. The dragon tells her the ship's meridian on the third level is giving off bad luck and, after faking a stomachache to get out of a fencing match, she checks it out. She charms both guards standing at each end of the hall and goes in. She twisted her ankle and has a stomach pain due to the negative gi, life energy, and hides in a closet when she hears Captain Kwan and Lieutenant Commander Ju-Eun. As they talk Kwan says he thinks there is a ghost on board, worrying Min. Ji-Eun suggests it might be pirates but Kwan brushes it off. They suggest that it might be a prank before talking about the deserters and that if they were found, will be court marshaled. Ju-Eun heads back to the bridge and Kwan calls Jang out of the closet. He says "he" was curious and wanted to see the meridian for himself and distracted a guard and hid. He quizzes Jang on "his" background before he says he feared for his life in the pirate attack. He says Jang will get used to it in time and dismisses the "cadet". When the captain is out of sight Jang appears and she tells him that Hwan at least sent him in knowing it was too dangerous. She asks him if he would curse the ship, he denies it after a pause and vanishes.
She and Sujin head up to the bridge to learn the layout and functions of it. The two are told to go to an ensign in charge of navigation. The ensign quizzes them on what not to do while travelling through a gate. Min then realizes that her brother and the other deserters would have had to leave the ship via escape pod, something deadly while in a gate, and realizes there is someone she must ask to make sense of it.
Min decides to sneak into Hwan's quarters to find answers She decides to use litmus film to copy Hwan's fingerprints. However soon after the ship exits a gate and comes under attack by ten mercenary ships. Jang and Sujin head to the engine room and she helps the chief engineer with a broken meridian, but takes over Sujin's panel position when they are injured. Jang aligns her gi with the ship but is soon injured and blacks out. She wakes up in the medical bay and, despite her body hurting, made her way to Hwan's quarters. She uses the litmus film to fake Hwan's fingerprint and to get the code to his office. She is successful and enters. She finds Jun's scent on a sword in the background and looks through his desk. She finds old fashioned paper logbooks and reads through the most recent one. She reads that Hwan knows where the dragon pearl is and sent Jun and others on a mission to the Fourth Colony to retrieve it. He also wrote that he knows Jun is a Fox Spirit and selected him for it, as he felt he had the best chance to complete the mission and plans to use the pearl to destroy worlds. Min decides to go to the Fourth Colony to find her brother. She finds a map in the book and memorizes it before putting it away. She heads back to the medical bay and falls asleep.
When she wakes up she finds that the battle has lasted seventeen hours, Sujin is recovering, and Byung-Ho is out of his healing pod and in the medical bay, asking about Bora. After the medic says he was the only survivor they save, she uses charm and tells him Bora survived, he tells Jang to tell Bora she was a good mechanic and to peruse it. Hwan appears over the loudspeakers and announces the battle is over and they have taken prisoners. She goes to the brig and is joined by Jang. They get the access code from a pair of soldiers and make it to the brig to find Pox Spirits. As the two spy on the interrogation, the learn that the mercenaries were hired by Councilor Chae-Won of the Jeweled Worlds to ensure a monopoly on terraforming. When the interrogation ends they sneak out and Jang is assigned a desk job by Ju-Won. She meets up with Haneul and Sujin for dinner. She learns that in two days the Pale Lightning will stop on Abalone Spire for two weeks to repair damage from the battle. She decides to desert to find Jun and asks Jang to help her free the mercenaries, he agrees.
Min sneaks into the damaged meridian after charming the guards. She uses a blaster to destroy some wires before going to the brig. She disguises herself as Hwan before telling the guards present to release the prisoners and leave. The three prisoners, a male scholar, a light faced man, and a woman with scarred hands exit and she reveals herself as a fox spirit. She offers to help them escape if they take them to the Ghost Sector. They agree and the four make their way to the mercenaries' ship. She charms everyone they see to avoid unnecessary conversations. They reach the ship and the mercenaries inspect it before takeoff. Hwan's voice comes over the speakers, telling them to come back to the Pale Lightning or die. They blast a hole in the airlock and escape. She imitates Hwan's voice to cause momentary confusion among the crew. As the Pale Lightning fires a missile, they maneuver it to hit the Space Forces ship. The mercenaries open a gate and escape. The scholar, Chul, suggests they get the Dragon Pearl and use it for themselves. After exiting the gate she reverts to her human form for the first time in weeks. They learn they only have two jumps left. They open a gate to the Fourth Colony and it is white rather than the normal purple. She sees visions of a tiger and dragon fighting and they successfully reach the Fourth Colony.
However, the Pale Lighting beat them there and the ship is taken out by an electromagnetic pulse. With life support of the four put on space suits to make oxygen last longer and set up false traps to try the Space Forces. They are soon boarded by Sujin and Haneul. Kwan tells them to surrender or he will execute the two cadets for treason. Min surrenders to save them. Her former comrades say nothing to her and Jang leaves. She is brought before Hwan and she tells him her name when he asks. When he says he heard of her from her brother she demands to know Jun’s fate. He has her put in solitary where the guards are ordered to shoo if she shapeshifts. Later Hwan shows up and she turns into a fox, her true form, at his request. He offers her a deal to get her freedom and her brother if she Han charm her way past the ghosts of the Fourth Colony. He says Jun is hidden away and he can reunite them if she cooperates. She declines and Kwan leaves her. Later Sujin, who snick in while Hwan was talking with her, frees her. They have her turn into Hyosu and lead her to the escape pods where Haneul is standing guard. The three get in and head to the Fourth Colony, however, the pod short circuits and they drift somewhat. Min tells them Jang died saving the Red Azalea and he gave her permission to use his form. She manages to fix it and hopes to arrive on the planet safely. The pod heats up as they head to the planet's surface, albeit crashing into a forest where the trees break their fall. They take a survey pad, survival kit, and medical kit, and check to see if the air is breathable. She gets out after Haneul and gets poked by thorns in the way down. They are soon haunted by ghosts. When Sujin lands they have a quick snack and head in the direction the ghosts do not want them going.
As they march on they get caught in the rain. Min has a vision of ghosts telling her to find shelter. Sujin and Haneul snap her out of it and are soon approached by a familiar figure. They realize it is Jun and, much to her dismay, he is a ghost. She is saddened by this and Haneul comforts her. Jin leads them to his ship where they meet other ghosts. When they tell that Hwan recruited them to find the Dragon Pearl, Min and the other living beings realize the ghosts are using them as bait to lure Hwan to them. After realizing this she is alarmed when Sujin has warned him not to come to them. The ghosts then come at them. She fakes having to use the bathroom, using charm for good measure, and has Haneul a company her while Sujin wears their invisibility hat. The three flee and make camp by a bolder and some dead saplings for cover. Hanuel takes first watch as she and Sujin rest. Sujin tells her they were lying about contacting Hwan, but knows the tiger will come down regardless. They both fall asleep and Haneul wakes her. As she keeps watch Jun arrives and tells her he was going to help them escape later and he knows where the Dragon Pearl is. She wakes her friends and explains the plan to them and they four set out.
The four encounter a hoard of ghosts of both civilians and Space Force personnel, the hoard points out that Hwan is landing and leaps at them. Min knows where the Dragon Pearl is and, leaving her friends, goes to retrieve it. She turns into a hawk as Jun shields her from the ghosts. She gets the Dragon Pearl but sees Hwan pointing a blaster at her. She dives a Hwan and the tiger shoots at her shoulder and she falls to the ground and reverts to human form. Hwan demands the dragon pearl and a ghost, Eui, shows them a vision of Hae, the Shaman who brought the Dragon Pearl to the Fourth Colony. They say the shaman was selfish in her desires but Min promises to give them all a proper funeral. She orders Hwan to let her friends go, but she realizes the two were working with Hwan the entire time. She is hurt but understanding, saying Jang gave her permission to take his form, Jane then materializes to confirm what she is saying. She then starts the process. Hwan tries to grab the Dragon Pearl from her but stops when Eui mentions his long-dead comrade. Eui has the four living beings swear on the bones of a dead loved one, Jun for her, and the Fourth colony springs to life. Before Jang leaves he asks that he get a military funeral, she and the others promise to give him that. When they finish the ghosts that die with trying to get the Dragon Pearl the first time attack Hwan and drag him into a forest. Jun stays, saying he still wants to see the Thousand Worlds, Min agrees to this.
A lieutenant that came with Hwan asks for the dragon pearl, Min denies this but agrees to go with them. The three are disinfected and examined by medics and shamans back on the Pale Lightning. As Hanuel and Sujin are brought to the medical bay, Min is brought to Lieutenant Commander Ju-Eun, serving as acting captain until a replacement is found, tells Min she will be sent to Black Locust Station and put on a transport back to Jinju. She also learns that she has disqualified herself from enlisting in the Space Forces for real and escorts her to a guest cabin and has her meals brought to her. Soon after Haneul and Sujin bring her a meal. The two choose to play baduk with her and Jun before saying goodbye.
The Pale Lightning drops her off at the Black Locust Station and is put up in a luxury hotel. Two days later, she is greeted by Security Officer Seok of the Thousand Worlds Domestic Security Ministry, the same man who informed her family of Jun’s desertion two months prior. He tries to take the Dragon Pearl, saying it is property of the Dragon Council, but it fires a beam at him and singes his hair before Min snatches it back. Min states that she wants to use the dragon pearl to terraform worlds at a reasonable price. He then states her crimes and her heroism and offers her a position in the Thousand Worlds Domestic Security Ministry, as it can Shield her from the Dragon Council and the Space Forces. She agrees if Jun can be her partner, Seok agrees after getting over the initial shock of seeing a ghost.
The three take a civilian transport to Jinju and Seok drives a hovercar to her dome. She goes to greet her mother and Jun’s spirit appears. The siblings go inside to tell their mother everything.
At the office of the Thousand Worlds Domestic Security Ministry, she and Jun wait outside the office of Security Officer Seok to revive their first assignment. When they enter, she asks what their first assignment will be, however Seok says she is not an agent yet and must undergo an eight-week training program at the Gray Institute and be given a temporary license upon graduating. She protests but Jun and Seok say it is the only way for her to become an agent. Min reluctantly agrees and shapeshifts into a sixteen-year-old after Seok says she needs to hide her age, as well as not tell anyone she is a fox spirit. Seok tells Jun to hide as he would upset others. Before she leaves, Seok asks that she hand over the Dragon Pearl. Min is reluctantly but hands it over after Seok says it will be safe with him until she graduates.
Upon arriving on Daeriseok, a gas giant with domed cities that houses the Gray Institute, Min eagerly gets out of her seat and is greeted by her instructor, Lee Bina. As Bina starts to show Min around, an alarm goes off indicating that the dome is breached. The two, along with another trainee named Hansoo, take action. Worried Jun might have inadvertently caused it, Min asks him to leave temporarily but he cannot as he is haunting her and would pass on if he is away for too long. After putting on vacuum suits and taking out a forcefield generator, Min suggests it is a problem with the meridian and the headmaster, Commandant Paik, asks for a progress report. Bina says it is under control for now and Paik asks to speak with the three. Once in her office, Piak asks for a status report. Bina gives the report and Piak reveals it was a test. After explaining how she takes drills a step further, she asks Min if she has any supernatural heritage, however Hansoo replays for her, and the Commandant dismisses the three. Hansoo shows Min to her quarters. When he leaves, Min tells Jun she thinks Piak is hiding something. Soon after Hansoo returns to gets her to introduce her to the rest of the trainees in their group, Duri, a non-binary dragon training to be a customs inspector, Chinsun, a female dokkaebi training to be a computer technician, and Haru, a girl training for combat. After that Hansoo says he wants to be an administrator as the group talk about their tests.
Over the next few days, Min and her teammates are briefed on different protocols and safety guidelines. On the third day they are tasked with inspecting a downed shuttle and finding out what caused it to crash. As they do, Duri starts to feel feint and Min notices they are growing. She talks to Jun, but he quickly vanishes. Min panics and thinks there is some kind anti ghost enchantment on the school and notices Duri has grown more. Soon they revert to their true form with Min noticing the same thing happening to her and Chinsun. Min asks Jun what is happening, but he doesn't know and leaves just in case he is causing it. After her fox form is revealed the others are shocked to learn what she is, but they need all the help they can get and pay her little attention. They hear animal sounds and human screams from the other shuttle bays as Min says her handler wanted her heritage to be a secret. The group leaves, with Duri's emense size forcing them to stay behind, and they find other supernaturals panicking after being forced into their true forms. A trainee from a different group notices Min but thinks she is a dog. Min asks Jun, who has undergone a change in appearance, and the others notice him as well. They panic but calm down slightly when Min says he is her brother. Eventually they realize they forced transformations and loss of control might have something to do with the artifacts keeping the institute in orbit and agree to inform the Commandant.
They try to reach her but come up empty, Chinsun manages to hack into the system and get through. As they enter the elevator, Haru lays out a plan of action, having Min bite ankles if they are seen. They reach the Commandant's level and find everyone out cold and the door to the Commandant's office shut. Hansoo and Chinsun tend to the wounded as Min, Jun, and Haru approach the office cautiously. Just then the door flies off and a monsters will part from various supernatural species emerges, Min bites it as Haru shoots at it with blasters she took from downed technicians. After a while, Min realizes the creature is the Commandant and, hearing something in the vent, Min tells Haru to fire at it and Duri falls on the Commandant. The group goes into her office to find the artifacts going haywire and Duri manages to shut them down. After that the supernaturals could take human form and they realize she was stealing magic.
Three years after obtaining the Dragon Pearl, Min works as an assistant to Special Investigator Yi. The two head to Starbase Borasekbam to get him in defending the mining colony of Norandol in the Fortesss Sector from attacks from the neighboring Phoenix Empire and Sun Clans after Gate Crystals were discovered there. Yi recruits Ensign Hak and new recruits Baik Jee and Juhwang Sebin. She briefs them on the mission as their ship, the Haetae, is being resupplied. They head to the ship after it is fully stocked. After the cadets get their credentials and board, she and Yi are escorted to their quarters by a lieutenant.
When an explosion sounds on the ship, she goes down the hall to the cadet's bunks and opens the door to find the tiger spirit, she draws her blaster before learning it is Sebin. The cadets explain how they hacked into the security system and found no crew as well as failing to contact anyone. She says she could not contact anyone as well and they set out to find someone. The group runs into Yi along the way, who confirms that it is sabotage and they pass unconscious crew members as they reach an elevator. Jee gets it operational and they head to the bridge. Before the doors open, Sebin tells Min and Euna to cover them. She and the others watch as Sebin transforms into a tiger and the group sees a larger white tiger among the unconscious crew. They relealize Sebin knows the saboteur by the way they were talking to the tiger as Euna fires a flashgun. The saboteur leaves and he and the others interrogate Sebin on their relationship to the tiger. Sebin says he is their uncle Hwan as Namkyu confirms that the crew is all alive. She blames it on her luck as Yi orders her to escort Sabin to the holding cells for interrogation. After being placed in a cell, she uses charm to get Sebin to tell her everything they knew about their uncle being on the ship. She has her doubts about their story. After Min steps aside to take a call, she says she knows Sebin knows she is a fox spirit as Jun manifests next to her. Jun tells his sister to go easy on Sebin as the young tiger spirit. The siblings pretend to leave and Sebin, thinking they are alone, calls out to see if anyone is there to inform them about Min and Jun. However Min reveals herself and calls them a traitor before leaving.
As she and Yi are walking down a corridor, they see a dog and are soon ambushed by Hwan and a shaman. She tells Yi to run as she sees Sebin and tells the young tiger spirit she knew they were working with their uncle. She fires at Hwan but Sebin shields their uncle. Soon Shield starts to bark and drain her and Jun of their magic, reverting them to their true forms. Sean then threatens to send her brother to the afterlife if she does not work with them. She reminds Hwan he was the one who sent her brother to his death before pleading with Sena to let Jun stay in the land of the living. Sena starts the cleansing ritual and talks softly to Jun as he agrees with her and starts to fade. Min continues to plead as Sena stops, revealing it to be a warning and and threatens to send Jun away if she disobeys. She reluctantly agrees and requests she be allowed to return to human form. Hwan reluctantly allows her as Shield requests two treats to do so. Sena gives him the treats and he lets Min take human form. She leads them to the medical bay, where the captain is being treated, as Sebin watches Min. The doors fail to open when they arrive, resulting in Hwan ripping them open. Blasters start to fire as Hwan has her talk the crew down. They stop firing as Hwan has her introduce him as the Haetae's new captain.
After Sebin, Jee, Euna, and Rokuro trigger a trap in the engine room, she is led there. When she charms Sebin, she has them take Shield away from the fighting. After leaving, she charms Sena into leaving Jun alone and Hwan retreats with the shaman. She is alone until Sebin returns and Jee says the gate crystals still have some juice, but Hwan has disabled the escape pods, planning on taking the crew with him if he fails. Sebin has him put the escape pods back online just as Hwan returns with six mercenaries. Sebin has her charms them into not giving up as Jun creates an opening for the tiger spirit and the siblings flee the fighting.
She and Jee watch over Sebin as they are unconscious for three days before the tiger spirit wakes up. They two fill them in before the captain comes to question Sebin on their involvement in the situation with Hwan. A few days later she and Sebin play a game in the rec room and talk about using charm before more people come in. She and the cadets say their goodbyes to Sebin as they face a tribunal.
Yoon Ha Lee describes Min as an anti-hero in a fair description. She's clever and determined, but her main solution to trouble is to lie or trick her way out of it.  Min cares deeply about her family, especially her brother, and her friends like Sujin and Haneul, as well as even people she doesn't know very well such as Byung-ho if they prove themselves to mean well. She dislikes having to do chores and spent most of her childhood longing to explore all the different planets of the Thousand Worlds, an interest shared by her brother. Min is a naturally distrustful person, and good at improvising on the spot, especially with her power of Charm, but she finds some value in being honest and stating her goals upfront by the end of Dragon Pearl.
Min's true form is of a red fox with a single tail.
In her human form, she has shoulder length black hair that is naturally messy and brown eyes.
As a Fox Spirit, Min is able to shapeshift and can use an ability known as Charm for a variety of purposes, including hiding her presence and affecting others.
- Mechanic Skills: Min is the most skilled in her family when it comes to mechanics.
- Shapeshifting: As a Fox spirit, Min can shapeshift into anyone and anything.
- Charm: As a fox spirit, Min can create illusions around herself.
- Magic Sensing: As a fox spirit, Min can sense when other fox spirits are using magic. Later on, she learns to sense other forms of magic.
- Mystokinesis: As a fox spirit, Min can use magic very well.
- Dragon Pearl: After successfully terraforming the Fourth Colony, the dragon pearl chooses Min as its new handler and would attack anyone else who tried to take it from her. On her way home she made a leath harness for the drag pearl around her chest and embroiled a fox on one of the straps. She plans to embroil a dragon, tiger and Dokkaebi on it as well.
Out of all her relatives, Min has the best relationship with her elder brother. When she learned of his supposed desertion she set out to find him, breaking numerous laws in herjourney. When she found his ghost she was devastated but after Jun decided to stick around to see the Thousand Worlds, she is happy.
Min loves her mother greatly but is annoyed by her constant lectures. Two months after she left Jinju to find Jun, the mother and daughter embrace each other.
Min respects her late father and misses him greatly.
Min has a bad relationship with her elder cousin.
Min and Areum have the worst relationship out of all the fox spirit's aunts.
Min has a neutral relationship with her younger cousin.
Min first sees Jang's ghost when she wakes up on the Pale Lightning and agrees to help find out what happened to him if she can impersonate him. During that time he instructs her about the basics of the Space Forces and he helps her as she, Hwan, Haneul and Sujin terraform the Fourth Colony by keeping the ghosts at bay and thanks her when heading to the afterlife.
While disguised as Jang, Min grew close to the dragon spirit. When Hwan threatened to kill her and Sujin she surrendered and later went with the two, not realizing it was a trick to find the Dragon Pearl.After the pearl is found, the two rekindle and turn the fake friendship real, having one last meal together and playing a game before saying goodbye.
While disguised as Jang, Min grew close to the Dokkaebi. When she was exposed as a fake, she could not look them in the eye and was understanding when they and Haneul double crossed her.After the Dragon Pearl is retrieved the two grow close again, having one last meal together and playing a game before saying goodbye.
Min detests the tiger spirit for sending her brother on a suicide mission. When he was dragged away by the ghosts of his subordinates he left for dead, she did nothing to stop them.After running into him during a trap, she became enraged upon seeing him again, and feared for Jun's safety.
Min feared Sena as she posed a threat to her brother, however after convincing Sebin to take her sapsali away to “keep it out of harm’s way”, she charmed the shamen.
Min respects Byung-Ho as a responsible authority figure and pilot. She feels bad that he thinks she died in the pirate raid, but reassures him she is in fact alive.
Min is distrustful of Seok. When he came to their dome he tried to report them but she knocked him out before he could do so. Two months later she agrees to join the Domestic Security Ministry but still distrusts him.
At first, Min was neutral to the young tiger spirit. However after learning they were related to the man who got her brother killed, she became untrusting of Sebin. When she saw them out of the cell she placed them in, and with Hwan, she became confident that they were working with Hwan.
After meeting face to face again, she had them take Shield away from the battle to “keep him safe”. In reality she wanted them to take the dog away so she could charm Sena. After Hwan turns himself in, she and the other cadets watch over Sebin when they are unconscious for three days.For the rest of the trip the two talk when they can and she bids them farewell when they are heading to their hearing.
- Min is the first non-human point of view protagonist of an entire book in both the main literary universe and Rick Riordan Presents.
- All previous protagonists were either humans (Carter and Sadie Kane), demigods and legacies who are part human (such as Percy Jackson, Frank Zhang, Aru Shah, and Magnus Chase), or deity trapped in a human body during the story (Apollo). 9 from the Nine Worlds had sections narrated by non-humans, but not the entire book.
- Min is the first point of view protagonist of an entire book to not be born on Earth or a Earth-attached dimension like Olympus or Alfheim, instead having been born on the planet Jinju.
- Min does not trust modern medicine.
|Thousand Worlds series|
|Book:||Dragon Pearl | Tiger Honor|
|Main Characters:||Kim Min | Juhwang Sebin | Bae Jang | Juhwang Hwan | Kim Jun|
|Secondary Characters:||Haneul | Sujin | Sena | Captain Hye | Lieutenant Hyosu | Lieutenant Ju-Won | Manshik | Nari | Security Officer Seok | Kim Seonmi | Juhwang Matriarch | Baik Jee | Euna | Namkyu | Special Investigator Yi|
|Minor Characters:||Bora | Areum | 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 | Celestial|
|Related Content:||Yoon Ha Lee | Rick Riordan Presents | The Initiation|