This recap of Alchemy of Souls season 1, episode 16 contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking on these words.
Picking up where we left off, Jang Uk finds himself bowled over by Mu-deok’s unloving gaze, pointing out that if she was to look at him unkindly, she should have said she was “slightly attracted” to the young master at the instead of exclaiming that she loves him to death. However, the maid has real concerns about what kind of love to show someone who finds herself encouraged to marry. In due time, a promise is then suggested to ensure that Mu-deok belongs to Jang Uk, causing the young master to suddenly become cautious about how the two treat their affection. Then the mood changes, with the rookie mage explaining that Master Lee was always aware of Naksu’s true identity because of Gwigu. Meanwhile, Ho-gyeong confronts Park Jin in an effort to take the dog away due to his disappointment at his constant interference in the Changing Souls business, though Lee remains firm that the relic also belongs. in Songrim.
Alchemy of Souls season 1, episode 16 recap
After Ho-gyeong accuses Master Lee of being a thief, Gwigu fixes himself on Cho-yeon, attempting to catch her only through the Jinyowon leader’s dogged defense. In killing the dog, a stammering excuse of protection is made that doesn’t pass, given the revelation that the animal only felt the need to attack Lady Jin because it detected witchcraft. Worried, Woo-tak knows it could be the bloodsucking worm, but the sleazy husband finds his fears relieved by coincidence when Cho-yeon admits she used forbidden magic for a lover’s spell.
With Gwigu gone, Ho-gyeong prepares to chastise his child for dishonoring Jinyowon, but is unable when Dang-gu protects Lady Jin. Stunned, no further action seems to be taken, and we move forward to a group look at the dog’s wrapped corpse in the secret room. Here, Mu-deok wonders if Gwigu was also covering for her given that he never barked in her presence, while Jang Uk finds himself confused at the news that his friend and former fiancé are now lovers. Elsewhere, Ho-gyeong apologizes after taking responsibility for the incident, but finds herself angered by Park Jin’s concern that Jin Mu is only having fun with her about Bu-yeon. As such, the leader of Jinyowon rejects the idea of Dang-gu uniting families, harboring greater ambitions of marrying his daughter to the crown prince. However, Cho-yeon is ready to disobey now, clinging to her love’s arm in hopes of sending a message that the couple is meant to be.
Somewhat put aside, Dang-gu and Cho-yeon turn their attention to servant Kim, hoping that she can provide them with a place to stay for the time being. Simultaneously, Jin Mu reports to the royal family that Gwigu was treated, claiming that the dog was used by Songrim to threaten them, his words later being backed up by the queen, who adds that the relic was a facade used in such a way that the King understands that he could potentially be dethroned by the unanimous assembly. The Crown Prince has his doubts about the whole thing, seeing the good in what happened, but it’s obvious that enough has been done to shake those responsible.
Later, the Crown Prince fails to fully accept Jin Mu’s report that the existence of the King Star could spell betrayal, believing that the monarchy is strong enough to survive. “It’s absurd to think that one can become king because of a constellation,” he says, only to be told that it’s possible that person is from Songrim due to the revered nature of the Daeho’s former savior, Seo Gyeong. Slightly disturbed, the Heir states that he will not live in constant fear, but seems to come close to trusting the words of Assistant Gwanju.
Acknowledging that Park Jin was right to believe the queen was on Jin Mu’s side, Master Lee listens as the head of Songrim explains that the royal family cannot be provoked yet, as they could use the circumstances of Jang Uk’s birth to force him, and thereafter where he resides, to become an enemy. “We need Jang Gang,” adds Park Jin, confident that he knows the truth, as well as Jin Mu’s weakness, and will come back once aware of the rumors involving soul shapeshifters, “fearing for Songrim and for his son.” The next shot then shows the scruffy man walking with a determined look on his face.
Summoned by Master Lee to see Heo Yeom, Jang Uk is surprised to learn that he has been given custody of Naksu’s sword. The aged mage is also surprised, wondering why the young master is treated with so much affection by the professor when he is not even his student, in addition to why Lady Heo was charmed by him when he love Mu-deok. Jang Uk humorously denies his talent for drawing people in, but a very real warning comes that he must be careful not to wander off if he wishes to avoid Master Lee’s “ruthless” side. After that, Heo Yeom delivers a message about the sword to the Young Master, though we currently don’t hear what it is.
Having returned his sword, Naksu wonders why it was given to Jang Uk. “Because I have you, I should have your sword too,” he replies, both knowing that a blind eye will continue to be kept on the changing identity of the maid’s soul. We also find out the message that was given to the young master, the one that mentions that if anyone tries to use the weapon, they must be killed, and that Jang Uk will also die if he fails to do this act . It’s a warning that Naksu’s assassin form cannot return, but a message of relief that she’ll be safe as Mu-deok. Still, the former assassin worries about the enemies she will earn once her powers are returned, in addition to the idea that master and student will have to part ways. Jang Uk responds by wanting one more wish, that he be the first to be stabbed if Mu-deok becomes herself again, though he also states that he will make her a promise if she takes the gun away. Following a message about finding the Ice Stone so Naksu doesn’t go on a rampage, the Young Master leaves.
As Park Jin and servant Kim talk about their level of tolerance for loving those they love, the Songrim leader wonders if an older, less handsome man could stir his crush’s heart, worried about the attraction of Master Lee. However, Kim takes it in a different way, believing that Park Jin wanted to know how she felt about him in a direct way. Simultaneously, the secretive young couple open up about their small regret that they ran away together (although not to each other), but panic that their partner would be upset if any suggestion of a return home . A little later, Jang Uk mentions that it is dangerous that So-i is responsible for the murder case the former assassin is involved in, since she knows who it is. Mu-deok.
After seeing Seo Yul protect Mu-deok from being sent to help with any investigation into the thugs’ murders, knowing it would cause more harm than good, So-i practices walking like a blind person with an umbrella. outside, to the slight bewilderment of a curious Yeom Soo. Meanwhile, Mu-deok struggles with Cho-yeon’s demands for food, hiding her annoyance at Lady Jin’s similarities to Jang Uk until she is driven to ask her to go home if she was anxious. There is important context given here, that Cho-yeon was always treated as the black sheep of the family compared to the “pride and joy” Bu-yeon who had extreme power. Additionally, we find out that a powerful priestess Jinyowon can control people’s souls, tricking them into being helpless, which Naksu is very interested in.
At the climax of a sweet scene that shows the group of friends expressing their gratitude to the mature Seo Yul who protected them in their youth to the point that he fell ill from lying (there’s a weirder element to the current Dang-gu who buys the idea of soul shapeshifters existing in Songrim), and jokes about who will side with Dang-gu, we see that the genius mage is concerned about Seoho Fortress to the point that he can’t sleep. Jang Uk is aware that his friend is feigning ignorance, knowing that Mu-deok is a trigger for these misfortunes. Elsewhere, Naksu wonders if she’ll be as powerful as she was if her energy was regained, listening to servant Kim express her concerns about the “worrying” weapon now in Uk’s house.
Worried about what is happening, the crown prince once again notices the absence of the eunuch Kim, so orders a discreet examination of the missing man, when he started working and if there is anything wrong. strange that is worth pointing out. At the same time, we see Jang Uk acknowledging to his maid that the shaman Choi, whom Mu-deok knows is the queen, must be the superior in Jin Mu’s plan. Still, we find out that Lady Heo didn’t spot any signs of a soul change during the royal’s examination, and she still has her Lantern of Life which belongs to those of the Seo family. Park Jin is still unconvinced, remaining adamant that she’s a soul shapeshifter which could be Jin Mu’s “biggest weakness”.
When Jin Mu remains calm over Songrim’s suspicions of the queen, the royal turns the subject to So-i, wondering if she can safely enter Jinyowon. Assistant gwanju is confident, believing the lost girl will be found and a funeral will be held at the palace “because the queen will be deceased”. The former body housing the true noblewoman’s soul will be dealt with, a point proven by Woo-tak visiting the host to express his wishes that she be freed.
At Gaema Village, Jang Uk attempts to find Shaman Bong, but ends up curious that he and the oddly present Crown Prince have been directed to the Fire Priestess. Together, the two discuss their overlapping goals, sharing information between them that leads to a joint trip to see Shaman Bong. In the background, Jang Gang watches. Elsewhere, Dang-gu and Cho-yeon discuss their early regrets for acting impulsively, but agree not to return home if it means signing a letter that they won’t see each other again. Content, the couple eat together later, ready to temporarily move into the accommodation offered by servant Kim. That being said, Lady Jin takes the letter back after the meal, wanting to think it over to avoid being properly expelled.
As we see Mu-deok’s scar that matches Bu-yeon’s, we cut to So-i showing off a grown one, ready to do her best to trick the Jinyowon leader. However, Woo-tak is shown not to be entirely happy with the plan, as he states that it makes him “crawl” when the trickster addresses him as if he were his father. Just then, a distressed So-i notices the piece of silk left by the lord, putting two and two together to wonder why Mu-deok had anything with the Jin family crest.
That night, the story of Shaman Choi, a woman famous for her witchcraft who “casts spells on people”, is regaled by Shaman Bong to Jang Uk and the Crown Prince. Learning that she was nearly arrested by Cheonbugwan, but chose to throw herself into a fire that sparked rumors of her death or not, the royal thinks she might have blamed Jang Gang. Meanwhile, Dang-gu refuses to sign the paper due to his love for Lady Jin, and Cho-yeon tries to get her things out of Jinyowon without getting caught.
After that, Park Jin sends Dang-gu back to Jang Uk, but not for the expected reason. His nephew needs to see if Jang Gang appears there, wanting to be informed immediately if it happens. Alongside, Woo-tak is subtly shown as potentially Shaman Choi’s brother, before we head into So-i’s introduction to Ho-gyeong. Convinced that person is Bu-yeon when Jinyowon’s doors open (even though the audience knows it’s probably due to Mu-deok), the leader hugs the crook just as So-i spots his former friend. , potentially realizing what is happening.
Finally, the crown prince is told to keep today’s revelations a secret from Jin Mu, but he and Jang Uk are alarmed by the potential presence of a follower. So they split up, hoping to catch the man we know as Jang Gang. In the midst of this, Ho-gyeong looks cautiously at his daughter and Mu-deok, then the episode ends with the one-on-one reveal to Jang Uk that his father has arrived in front of him.
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