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Died [1]
Abilities Nightmare
Nationality Torish
World Komashi
Universe Cosmere
Featured In Yumi and the Nightmare Painter
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Hwanji is a young Torish woman who works as an attendant to yoki-hijo Yumi.[2]

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Hwanji appears to be in her twenties. She has a short, plump figure and a notably pale complexion. Her face is round, and she wears her hair in a bun.[3][4]

Hwanji likes to hum while assisting Yumi.[5]


Hwanji is from a village in Torio. At some point in time, scholars from the university in Torio City came to her village and helped with crop diseases.[6] She eventually became an attendant to yoki-hijo Dwookim, who was very local in the reform movement. After Dwookim's retirement, Hwanji became an attendant of Yumi, under Liyun. Her duties included feeding, bathing, and dressing Yumi, as well as escorting her, fetching needs such as water, and performing various other acts of service. Following the activation of the machine, Hwanji was turned into a nightmare.[6]

Hwanji continued to attend Yumi over the centuries that followed, at the direction of the machine, until the time of Yumi and Nikaro's bond. When Nikaro, in Yumi's body, began painting during the time of ritual prayer, Hwanji was the first subject he used.[7] Hwanji became fearful that Liyun would assume she was responsible for encouraging Yumi's rebellious actions. She confronted Yumi about this concern, and reluctantly but respectfully explained the reform movement after realizing the yoki-hijo was entirely unaware of the movement.[7] When Nikaro and Yumi decided to confront the scholars, Hwanji excitedly grabbed Nikaro's arm and expressed a distrust of the scholars currently in the village.[6] Hwanji was the final nightmare that Nikaro painted during the battle of Kilahito.[8]


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