I apologize in advance, this became a lot bigger than I expected.
Like a few others out there, I started The Breaker by reading New Waves first. A few weeks went by and with nothing to read in between updates and deciding that I really enjoyed reading New Waves, I decided to read The Breaker.
So, I went back and read the first part of the series and this helped fill in a few of the gaps in New Waves. Sadly, the more answers I got, the more questions there were. Maybe with this, another perspective, I will be able to fill in most of the gaps and answer the questions I have.
First, let's start off with what exactly the title of Nine Arts Dragon is. At first I thought one had to study and master the arts of nine different or competing schools, which was odd since Goomoonryong is relatively young but it would explain his familiarity with the most of the different school he came into contact with as well as their secret techniques during The Breaker.
The down side to this theory is that most of the (fictional) martial art schools I've read about only pass on their hidden techniques to the chosen heirs or successors of that particular school.
Later we get a semi-explanation that... Well, what we're told is that there is this 'legendary' tournament, the Shinmujengpe, (yearly/bi-yearly/every-ten-years/Tekken/KoF?) that determines the
rankArts of the participants, 'Nine Arts' being the highest one can attain. So far we've only been introduced to a Three Arts Dragon and a Nine Arts Dragon. Which is odd since in theory there should be more Arts Dragons running around. (1~9) Instead what we do have running around are masters, elders and other ranks.
The flashback (that's how we learn about the Shinmujengpe) also seems to suggest that only through the tournie can you earn the right to learn a Dragon Art, even if you already belong to a Dragon Art School. Not to mention that despite the variety of martial arts, only those specific nine count towards the title.
Does it make sense to take part in a tournament like that? Wouldn't winning and proving that your art is superior or that you are superior be enough? Or could it be that these nine are the core and everything else is a spin-off/variation there of? For those that read 'Naruto' it would be like the one-handed Rasengan that Minato invented and the modified two-handed Rasengan that Naruto is famous for. (Nine Arts Dragon = Sage of Six Paths?)
Here's another question; If winning one of the Dragon Arts earns you the right to learn the corresponding hidden technique, how would elders be able to pass on clan secrets is they are regularly giving them away to outsiders? Are the hidden techs given back like trophies? Do the nine major Dragon Arts Schools only aim at keeping their specific Art within their clan/school? Would mean then that every Dragon Arts School has a One Arts Dragon within the school. Is this perhaps why Munju and the other elders were upset with Goomoonryong?
Another thing I've been wondering about is why Goomoonryong joined the Black Forest Defence (BFD). At no point in part one was he surprised by his own power so why didn't he try to assassinate the elders responsible for his master's death? He could easily have infiltrated the various schools, compounds or what ever. His obsession with destroying the Alliance feels misplaced and over dramatic.
My guess would be that he wants to end the ways of the Murin such as needless killings, cover-ups, ect. but he demonstrates that he fully embraces life as a Murin. Does he think the BFD will do better if they are in charge?
What is the author planning to do with Saehee? I hate to say it but she started out with so much potential and now she's become a secondary character and contributes little towards the story as a whole. I have to wonder why, instead of Jinee, Saehee wasn't developed more and taught martial arts.
Lastly, where is the author heading with the story. I thought it would be a simple 'stand up for yourself' of about 140 chapters at most but The Breaker alone is 70+ and New Waves could easily run past that not including a part three. Was this all part of the plan or has the story received a life all it's own.
There were some other things but they aren't coming to mind atm. so I'll leave it here for the moment.
Unless I'm confusing this with another series, when you defeat an enemy clan the loser hands the secret technique over to the victor. So if your clan is weak, people will keep beating you, you'll start having your secret techniques spread around, and eventually it will all snowball until the clan dies out. This is why that steel-body guy was pissed off in the flashback, that 9AD "stole" the technique. 9AD responds by saying that clan had it secret for so long that it had stagnated.
I don't think a person would spread a technique around that they won. It seems like they just keep the tradition going and pass it to their disciple, or not at all.
As for Black Forest, we don't know much about them, really. Not how/why 9AD joined them, nor what the shady guy behind it all is really after.
Don't be fooled; Saehee isn't a character, she's just motivation and development for Shiwoon. The first volume is the ONLY time she has a scene without Shioon, and that was just to show how brainless she is. She has no personality, no development, and above all she is stupid.
He needed backup or better to say he needed to use people (although it turns out that he himself was used by them) to dig more information of his enemies.
So it's useless to do something like that.
How should a single man be able to handle constant attacks with no time to rest? Eventually that man dies eventhough he is the strongest (dehydration, ...) !!!
PS: Otherwise hands down, good thinking...
You killed me with that comment about Saehee. xD Too bad, she is a sweat kid. So, what happens to her now? If she lives she gets to take care of Shioon’s babies or she dies as the ultimate motivational art? Kinda sucks either way.