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Zhi Ming
Personal data
Alias Black Turtle of the North, Xuanwu, Genbu, Huyền Vũ, Hyeonmu
Gender Male
Emblem Zhi Ming emblem
Species Guardian spirit-turtle
Production notes
Created by Zephyros-Phoenix

Zhi Ming (執明), also called Xuanwu, Genbu, Huyền Vũ, and Hyeonmu is a guardian spirit and one of the Four Symbols. He is a water spirit and the Black Turtle of the North. He represents the north and winter.


Zhi Ming is the ruler of the north and represents the season of winter. His duty is to protect the northern lands from danger. With Ling Guang, Meng Zhang and Jian Bing, he makes up the Four Symbols and serves Huang Long. As a water spirit, Zhi Ming is capable of manipulating all forms of water, but only in it's liquid form.


  • Zhi Ming is based on the Black Tortoise.
  • Zhi Ming was changed to a turtle to avoid confusion with Ankyla, who is already a tortoise.
Guardian Spirits