the Chai family, have groomed men and women alike into seasoned warriors of
China for many generations. Xianghua's mother, Xiangfei, forged a forbidden
romance with a monk at the temple, Kong Xiuqiang, thought to be the most
prominent candidate for inheritor of the holy bo staff, Kali-Yuga, but not until
the birth of their first child, Xianglian.
Months later after
Xiangfei left the temple, she gave birth to their second daughter, Xianghua, but
never revealed anything about the girl's father. By this time, the temple had
realized that the Krita-Yuga was missing, and found that Xiuqiang had stolen it.
He was exiled from the temple, but Xianglian had to remain there to be trained
as an orphan.
Meanwhile, when monks
from the temple came to Xiangfei, searching for the missing sword, all they
found was young Xianghua playing with a battered tai chi jian, and gave up the
search years later. Only Xiangfei had known that the jian Xianghua had been
holding was actually the Krita-Yuga in disguise. As time passed, Xianghua had
learned how to use the jian just as well as her mother when Xiangfei died
sometime after Xianghua's tenth birthday. Six years after, Xianghua became a
member of the Imperial Guard.
Eventually, the emperor
of Ming Dynasty China had become displeased with the search for the "Hero's
Sword"; he never heard back from any that had ventured out, including Li
Long. He sent members of his Imperial Guard to help the quest advance more
quickly. The guards traveled under the guise of a traveling opera troupe, with
Xianghua to be the main attraction, so as not to raise suspicion of their true
motives. As she prepared for her journey, she recalled her mother's dying
words -- that she was born to complete an important task and that she must cut
her own path through an uncertain future. With her mother's keepsake tai chi
jian, Xianghua left on her own. On her journey, she encountered a member of the
Ling-Sheng Su Temple in China, Kilik,
and a Japanese pirate of the Ryūkyū Kingdom, Maxi.
Told of the Soul Edge's evil nature by Kilik, she agreed to aid both of them in
their journey to destroy the evil blade, not knowing all the while that her
long-lost older sister, Xianglian, had been killed by Kilik as she had been
consumed by a berserker rage on the night of the notorious Evil Seed.
With Kilik and Maxi's
help, Xianghua stormed Ostrheinsburg Castle. After defeating Nightmare,
the combatants faced Inferno in an
ethereal void but the prior battle had left Kilik too weary to fight. As
Xianghua readied herself, her mother's keepsake unveiled itself as the holy
sword, Soul Calibur. After a fierce struggle, Xianghua defeated her opponent
with Soul Calibur's protective power. As the void started to collapse, she
carried Kilik out of it, though her mother's keepsake sword was left behind.
After destroying the
sword she was sent to find, a mysterious man approached her and awarded her with
an unnamed jian in return for the great deed she had done. Once she returned,
Xianghua fell in disfavor with the Emperor because of her failure to find Soul
Edge. She was stripped of her rank and reassigned to a menial position. Xianghua
kept her role in Soul Edge's destruction secret and never reported it. She left
on a second journey alone, convinced that this was a burden she had to bear,
since she failed to destroy Soul Edge completely the first time. Xianghua then began to
train her mind. Rather than becoming weak, she would be more fluid and allow her
heart to filter in both the good and the bad. After months of training, she felt
that she was ready and bid farewell to the general, beginning her journey anew.
So she left the temple to fight by herself. In Soul Calibur 5, she is
succeeded by her daughter Leixia.