Li Long



Li Long was a skilled warrior and an assassin for the Ming Emperor. The Ming Dynasty had long suffered plundring by Japanese pirates called the Vakou. The emperor sent Li Long to assassinate the leader of the pirates, and also gave him a secret order to locate and retrieve the legendary sword Soul Edge. Li Long cared nothing for the Soul Edge, however. Taking advantage of war-torn Japan, Li Long not only targeted the Vakou leader but the Dainyo feudal lords as well. This was beyond the limits of his mission, but Li Long knew he would be successful and he would earn high praise from the emperor for his actions. However, he was only one man. His attack on the head of a powerful family in Honshu went awry, and he was badly wounded. Fortunately for Li Long, a beautiful girl named Chie found him and rescued him. Chie was the daughter of an innkeeper named Hachibei.

As a child, Chie had been traumatized by her mother's death and had lost the ability to speak. She had an ability to understand other people's sorrow, and she devoted herself to Li Long's care. During his months of recovery, Li Long and Chie came to love each other and Li Long decided to stay with her even after his wounds had healed. He stayed with them and helped tend the inn, not caring what was going on back in China. One day, he left the inn for supplies. When he returned, he found out that there had been a brawl at the inn and Chie was believed to be dead. Consumed with rage, Li Long asked Hachibei who had done this. In his grief stricken state, all Hachebei could get out was that a wandering swordsman had caused all the destruction. Eyewitnesses speculated that the lone mercenary Heishiro Mitsurugi was probably responsible. However, it was not Mitsurugi. In fact, it had been a ninja who had been looking for Chie and her father. Hachibei and Chie had belonged to a mystic ninja clan until the clan leader fell under an evil spell.

Hachibei had taken the sword he thought was responsible and left the clan with Chie. Ninjas were not allowed to leave their clan, however, and Hachibei and Chie had been hunted since they left. Li Long did not know any of this, however, and blamed Mitsurugi for Chie's death. He vowed to hunt down the mercenary and kill him for what he had done. Realizing that it was possible Mitsurugi was not responsible, he modified his vendetta to include every swordsman he met. In his travels, he discovered that Mitsurugi was searching for Soul Edge. This was the sword Li Long had been sent to retrieve long ago, so he set out after Mitsurugi. If his journey was successful, he would avenge Chie's death and have the legendary sword for Eirakutei. Through his travels, he encountered many swordsman, but never found Mitsurugi. During the journey, he did discover that Soul Edge had been located in a small port town in Spain. He journeyed to the town in the hopes that Mitsurugi would be there as well.

When he arrived in the port, he encountered the evil pirate Cervantes who possessed Soul Edge. Li Long attacked him, and despite his great skill and strength, he was quickly defeated. He fell to the ground covered in blood, and as he felt his life slipping away he called out Chie's name. About this time, Chie awoke at a monastery in Honshu. There was a large sword scar on her back, but other than that she was fine. She learned that her lover Li Long had believed her dead and set out on a journey of revenge. A month passed and Chie had waited for Li Long to return home, but she somehow knew that he was dead. She grieved for months, but her spirits raised when she learned that she was carrying Li Long's child. She gave birth to their child a few months later, and was happy knowing that a part of her lover would live on.


Soul Edge



Soul Blade, Soul Calibur 3, Soul Calibur 3: Arcade Edition

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Page Updated:  Oct. 29th, 2020

Besides Nuncha in Yie Ar Kung Fu (1985), Li Long was the first proper Nunchaku-user of fighting games. Naturally, Li Long was an instantly cool character for the time and a memorable character in Soul Edge / Soul Blade. This guy had personality... and Namco really nailed the animation of his Nunchaku moveset and fighting style for back then. Although, Li Long had a successful debut and was a memorable character, Maxi stole the show in Soul Calibur (hosting a much more fluid Nunchaku moveset). Out of the two characters, Maxi's overall design is more elaborate and catchy... alas, Li Long never got many appearances since then.

Li Long's return in Soul Calibur III was well done and very much appreciated by the old school fans. Li Long's new "double Nunchaku" fighting style was pretty cool for the most part (most notably in SC3: Arcade Edition). Namco should definitely refine his "double nunchaku" and bring him back in a future Soul Calibur title! Out of all the Soul Calibur characters, Li Long might be one of the least-appreciated and most underused characters by Namco. I think they really missed some opportunities by not bringing him back in titles such as SC4/SC5/SC6.

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