If you liked Save Me, you’ll love 7Fates: CHAKHO!
7Fates: CHAKHO is an urban fantasy tale inspired by the tiger hunters of the Joseon Dynasty. In an interview segment, BTS revealed what readers can look forward to in terms of the plot and the characters.
“The story begins with monsters called ‘Beom,'” Jin said. “invading the city of ‘Sin-si’ to hunt humans. And the seven hunters of the Beom called CHAKHO have gathered.”
The CHAKHO are based on real tiger hunters from the Joseon Dynasty, the Chakhogapsa. The Chakhogapsa culled Siberian tigers to protect the nation from tiger attacks.
This is an urban fantasy from the motive of the Chakhogapsa, the army that used to catch tigers and bears of Korean tales.
“Beom” is the Korean word for tiger, but the CHAKHO’s Beom may be supernatural in nature.
According to Jimin, 7Fates: CHAKHO draws on creatures from Korean folklore including trickster goblins (dokkaebi), and the Bulgasalyi (also called Pulgasari). Bulgasalyi is an unkillable monster that feeds on metal scraps.
There’s also an interesting set-up from old tales, like Korean traditional goblins and Bulgasalyi.
We can also look forward to a cast of complex characters played by BTS’s members. Jungkook describes one as a hunter who possesses the “ability of Beom.”
This character is put in an awkward situation where he has to catch Beom using the ability of Beom, but at the same time, he’s not to be recognized as a Beom.
“The character had to be cutthroat to survive in the cave in the den of Beom,” J-Hope said, describing one character’s origin story. “It will be interesting to see what kind of decisions the characters will make, and how those decisions will lead to different incidents.”
“They [the CHAKHO] perform different roles of Beom in a corrupted and confused city,” Suga said. Just what are these roles, and what does Sin-si city have in store for the tiger hunters?
RM hinted that 7Fates: CHAKHO might be just as heartbreaking as Save Me. Will BTS get a happy ending this time?
Keep an eye on each story of the tiger hunters to discover their tragic fate, and to take revenge for losing their loved ones.
Read more about the webtoon and the real tiger hunters here: