Move over, Mong! Another adorable pup, straight from the Spiritrealm, is here to melt our hearts.
Although pup may not be an accurate descriptor. Namjoon is actually a half-snake, half-yong creature known as an imugi. For those not in the know, imugis are easily identifiable by their scaly skin, sharklike teeth, and forked tails as sharp as blades and coated with acid.
What can we say? Cuteness is in the eye of the beholder.
In case you need a refresher on what a yong is, they’re dragons that live in the Godrealm and control the weather in the Mortalrealm. The next time a heavy storm floods your neighborhood, you can be sure a dragon is crying in another plane of existence. And as for how imugis came into existence . . .
One day a lowly mortal snake realized that it was sick of our world and decided he wanted to live in the Godrealm instead. In order to become a yong, the snake sought out the legendary yeo-ui-ju, an artifact that grants immortality. Long story short, when a mortal being tries to manipulate a godly artifact for its own selfish reasons, things never go according to plan. That’s a lesson we should all take to heart.
Pick of the Litter
Namjoon and his pack of fellow imugis may seem like a wild bunch at first, but that’s only because they’ve been separated from their loving mother, Kim Pasheon. “Pash” is one of the Spiritrealm’s CFOs, meaning that she’s responsible for rehabilitating lost souls before they can move on to Cheondang (the Spiritlealm’s version of heaven). Pash tends to work with the souls that are . . . Let’s just say they “lack compassion.”
Well, that’s the polite way of putting it. If you want to be less charitable, the more accurate word you’re looking for rhymes with shmurderers.
Work Your Magic
Imugis can’t control the weather like their yong ancestors, but they are capable of pulling off some neat tricks. For example, Namjoon can magically brew some of the best coffee in the entire Spiritrealm simply by, uh, licking your face and slobbering into a coffee filter. We know what you’re thinking, but it’s an effective way of determining the quality of your soul. If you’re a compassionate soul, the coffee will be delicious. If not, the coffee will be bitter and disgusting.
Never ask how the sausage gets made.
You Won’t Like Me When I’m Hangry
One imugi at a petting zoo is cute. Two are a little nerve-wracking but still cute, as long as you keep your distance. Thirty imugis in a pack at an unsupervised petting zoo after dark, hungry for their next meal . . . Well, that might be cause for concern.
However, Namjoon has been trained to be a vegetarian. So, no need to worry about this cute little guy eating your face. Unless, of course, he somehow escapes the petting zoo and reverts to his natural state. But there’s no way that would ever happen.
. . . Right?
Want to learn more about Namjoon and the other deadly creatures of the Spiritrealm? Be sure to pick up The Last Fallen Moon, on sale now!