Why Harem Intrigue When You Can Just Raise A Dog Instead? – Characters and Place Names

I decided to make a list of characters and place names to help keep everyone’s names and titles straight in my head @[email protected] I include a short description of each position based on my very informal knowledge of the ancient setting.

I aim to keep the titles, names, and place names consistent with Clam’s translations for Chp 1-26 and use her guide to harem hierarchy as an outline for this list.

Please feel free to refer back to it. I hope that it’s helpful! 🙂 JSYK, I will update this list as new characters are introduced.

List of Characters and Place Names For
{Why Harem Intrigue When You Can Just Raise A Dog Instead}


Updated until: Chapter 41

[Top Dog]

  • 皇上 / 周武帝 Emperor Zhou’Wu (ZW) / 古邵泽 Gu Shao’ze / 阿宝 A’Bao [dog form] lives in Qian’qing Palace
    • Main protagonist (ML)
    • Our doggy Emperor <3
    • Soul gets transferred to a dog’s body
    • Previously treated MSY terribly due to prejudice and misunderstandings. Now knows his wrongs.
    • Also goes by Han Hai
    • Related Locations: Imperial Study, Imperial Court, Imperial Gardens
  • 假皇帝 Fake Emperor
    • Originally a secret guard for the Emperor; Poisoned by Shen Hui’ru and forced to do her bidding
    • Casanova in the harem~ Slept with nine women in one night!

 


[Imperial Harem]

Please check out Pavillion’s page. Clam wrote an excellent summary of all the harem rankings and their translations from the Ming dynasty. Below are the characters by rank:

Tier 0 – Empress Dowager (太后 Tai Hou)

  • 太后蒋氏 Empress Dowager Jiang
    • Currently living outside the palace in Pudu Temple on Thousand Buddha Mountain (Introduced in Chp 34)
    • Adopted mother of Emperor ZW (Third Prince at the time) and birth mother to the previous Ninth Prince
    • Similar background to MSY – Her elder brother was the previous Jian’wei Great General
      • Her maternal clan was destroyed in the battle for the throne between Emperor ZW and his younger brother (Ninth Prince)
    • Also goes by Wang Chen (See Chp 36‘s TL Notes for an explanation of the name)
    • Servants:
      • Nurse Jin
      • Nian’ci – Betrays the Empress Dowager for SHR

Tier 1 – Empress (皇后 Huang Hou)

  • Deceased prior to the start of the novel – apparently due to MSY (?)
    • Mother of the Fourth Princess

Tier 2 – Imperial Noble Consort (皇贵妃 Huang Gui Fei)

  • Currently none

Tier 3 – Noble Consort (贵妃 Gui Fei)

  • 李贵妃 Noble Consort Li lives in Feng’luan Palace
    • Mother of the Second Prince and Third Princess
    • Manages the Inner Harem
    • Daughter of Left Chancellor Li

Tier 4 – Consorts (妃 Fei)

  • 德妃 Virtuous Consort / 孟桑榆 Meng Sangyu (MSY) lives in Bi’xiao Palace
    • Main protagonist (FL), transmigrator
    • Owner of A’Bao (Emperor Zhou’wu)
    • Currently the ‘most favoured’ of the Imperial Harem
    • Daughter of Great General Meng
    • Servants: Nurse Feng, Bi’shui, Yin’cui
    • Servants under suspicion (as of Chp 31): Xia’dong, Lan’xin, Hui’xin
  • 良妃 Gracious Consort / 沈慧茹 Shen Hui’ru (SHR) lives in Zhong’cui Palace
    • Main antagonist
    • Second ‘most favoured’ of the Imperial Harem after Emperor Zhou’wu is unconscious
    • Slept with the Fake Emperor (snu snu here)
    • Daughter of Imperial Preceptor Shen
    • Jealous of MSY because she was always one step ahead of her in the harem, receiving the power and position that she sees as hers
    • Servants: Wan’qing
  • 贤妃 Worthy Consort lives in Jiang’zi Palace
    • First concubine to sleep with the Fake Emperor
    • Mother of the Fifth Prince (who dies in Chp 34)
  • 宸妃 Imperial Consort 
    • Involved in the death of Su Jie’yu
    • Relatives:
      • 赵老封君 Elder Lord Zhao – Likely Imperial Consort’s grandfather
      • 赵吴氏 Mrs Zhao, Madame Wu – Imperial Consort’s mother
  • 丽妃 Beautiful Consort

Tier 5 – Imperial Concubines (嫔 Pin)

  • None mentioned so far

Others (Will be kept in pinyin)

  • Lady of Handsome Fairness (婕妤 Jie’yu)
    • 苏婕妤 Su Jie’yu – Introduced in Chp 33; Lower-ranked concubine that died by the hand of her own maidservant.
  • Lady of Bright Deportment (昭仪 Zhao’yi)
  • Lady of Bright Countenance (昭容 Zhao’rong)
  • Noble Ladies (贵人 Gui’ren)
  • Beautiful Ladies (美人 Mei’ren)
  • Talented Ladies (才人 Cai’ren)
  • First Class Female Attendant (选侍 Xuan’shi)
  • Second Class Female Attendant (答应 Da’ying)

[Other Characters Related to the Harem]

太医 Imperial Physicians

  • 温太医 Imperial Physician/Doctor Wen
    • Kind-hearted Imperial doctor who treats A’Bao’s injuries
    • Likes animals <3

太监 Eunuchs

  • 总管太监, 常喜 Head Manager Eunuch, Chang’xi
    • Former trusted aid of the Emperor, Betrays him for SHR

[Wangyes]

  • 淮南王 Huainan Wang
  • 湘北王 Xianbei Wang

[Other Nobility]

  • 永安侯 Marquis Yong’an (Marquis of Everlasting Tranquility)
    • His wife seems to have a close relationship with Lady Meng

[Court Ministers]

Civil Faction

国师 National Preceptor / State Teacher – Granted to scholars or religious leaders of the state religion by the monarch for their high morals and ethics. A figurehead position with no real power; Cannot interfere with state politics.

  • 太清真人 National Preceptor mentioned in Chp 32 – Head priest of the Taoist religion

太师 Grand Preceptor / Imperial Tutor – Most of the time, it’s someone who educated the Emperor when he was young. The highest official position in Ancient China.

  • 沈太师 Grand Preceptor Shen / 沈忠良 Shen Zhongliang (SZL) – Shen Hui’ru’s father; Main antagonist
    • Other Family Members:
      • 沈熙言 Shen Xi’yan – SZL’s son who he’s trying to groom for the position of Crown Prince; Previously fought with Meng Yan’zhou over a woman.

丞相 Prime Minister, 右丞相 Right Chancellor. and 左丞相 Left Chancellor (Usually replace the position of Prime Minister or may assist them, depending on the dynasty)

  • 李左丞相 Left Chancellor Li – Noble Consort Li’s father
    • Holds actual power in Court

Military Faction

大将军 Great General – There may be several. Most are responsible for guarding the borders from foreign invaders. Lead large armies.

  • 建威大将军 Jian’wei Great General / 孟长雄 Meng Chang’xiong
    • MSY’s father, currently at the frontier, controls 100,000 troops
    • Also has the title of 镇国公 Duke of Protection (hereditary) or 孟国公 Imperial Duke Meng
    • Other Family Members:
      • 孟国公夫人, 林氏 Imperial Duchess Meng/Lady Meng, Madame Lin – MSY’s mother
      • 孟炎洲 Meng Yan’zhou – MSY’s elder brother
        • Pretends to be dumb to protect his family
        • Got into a fight with SHR’s brother, wrongly punished
      • 文姨娘 Aunt Wen – Duke Meng’s concubine
        • Her son
        • Her daughter
      • They live in the 国公府 Imperial Duke’s Manor
    • Retainers
      • 王华山 Wang Hua’shan
        • The person MSY entrusts her family to in the event that something happens to her
    • Subordinates
      • 孟亮 Meng Liang – Duke of Protection Meng’s right-hand man
      • 韩昌平 Han Chang’ping 
        • Emperor Zhou’wu’s trusted aid
        • Best choice to succeed General Meng as the Jian’wei Great General
        • Disciple of strategist Ping Fuzi
        • Was immediately demoted to a Captain from a Right Hand General after joining the army so that he could rise up in the ranks and earn the position through his own merit

九门提督 Commander the Nine Gates – In charge of security for the nine gates of the capital city; Usually also in charge of the city garrison.

  • Previously: Commander Luo – the Emperor’s close confidant
  • Presently as of Chp 29: Commander Rong
    • Previous Xi’an Great General
    • Relative of Left Chancellor Li through his principal wife

提督 Provincial Commander

  • 谢正豪 Xie Zheng’hao – Provincial Commander of Gansu Province
  • Related Place Names: Jade Dragon City, Coiling Dragon Mountain

[The Emperor’s Hidden Guards & The Embroidered Uniform Guard]

  • 暗卫统领, 闫俊伟 Commander of the Hidden Guards, Yan Jun’wei (YJW)
    • Loyal subordinate and childhood friend of Emperor ZW
    • Also Commander of the Embroidered Uniform Guard
    • Birth name: Qi Dong’lei, legitimate son of Imperial Duke Qi (Chp 37)
    • Subordinates: Tao Hong

[‘Barbarians’]

  • 耶律汗王 Yeluhan Wang – A Khan of the Grasslands
    • 安扎达 An Zha’da – Top general under Yeluhan Wang’s command.
  • Related Place Names: 泥水滩 The Muddy Shores

[Thousand Buddha Mountain’s Pudu Temple]

  • 玄空法师 Master Xuan Kong – Head monk of Pudu Temple; Counsel to the Empress Dowager

 

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