Hualin is one of the
shopkeepers appearing in Soul Calibur III, along with Valeria and Lynette.
Her goal was to
become the finest weaponsmith in the world. There was a mountain where martial
arts experts gathered and dwelled. At the foot of this mountain is a small
village, where it was said that a man who led a caravan settled down and opened
a shop. Hualin entered the shop as an indentured servant, and thus began her
life centered around weapons. While going through her daily chores and caring
for weapons, she found her life's calling. From there on her training as a
The shop sold
weapons from all over the world, but naturally because of the geography, Asian
weapons seemed to predominate. Nonetheless, she also encountered western weapons
and Arabic knives from the Middle East. Yet there was still so much she had not
seen. Hualin gradually wished to see all the weapons of the world.
Hualin first met
old man Cepheus one day near the end of the year. Cepheus was on his way back
from a city in Ming after making a huge purchase and stopped by to visit an old
friend. There, he was astonished by Hualin's skills, praised her and lamented
her situation. Hualin's skills handling Ming weapons were phenomenal, but her
handling of other weapons were inexperienced at best. He saw her potential and
gift, so he asked the shop owner if he could take her with him to work in his
shop. Cepheus' shop was located in a city where east meets west, and there
Hualin would be able to see and experience more. With Hualin's talent, there was
no question that she could eventually learn to handle any kind of weapon.
The weapons shop
owner also recognized Hualin's potential, but at the same time, it would be a
huge loss for the shop to let her go. Upon much agonizing, he made his decision,
and Hualin went on her way to Cepheus' shop. Day after day, Hualin sat in
Cepheus' workshop whetting all kind of weapons. As he looked at the razor-sharp
edges honed by Hualin, Cepheus was sure that it would not take long for her to
become the finest weaponsmith in the world.