King Sun and Journey to the West
Okay, for those of you who it is not painfully obvious to King Sun is a homage to the character of the Monkey King from the classic Chinese adventure story called “Journey to the West.” Indeed some of the characters, places and events in King Sun's bio are also adapted (stolen) from this old tale.
So for those of you who are curious here is a list of references to Journey to the West that can be found in the King Sun bio you have just read.
1.King Sun - Homage to the character of the Monkey King, 'Sun Wukong'. Like Sun he is also immortal and wields a magic staff.
2.Pigsy – Homage to character of Pigsy. In Journey to the west Pigsy was a heavenly soldier who got banished from heaven and ended up inside a Pig, hence the nickname Pigsy. The King Sun Pigsy is so called because in the NV, Ogre's have a pig-like snout for a nose
3.Sandy – Homage to the character of Sandy. The original Sandy was a water demon who was called Sandy because his real name 'Sha Wujing' meant 'Sand Awakened to Purity'. Because he was a water demon I decided that it would be best the the NV Sandy would be a Mer-Person
4.Cloud The White Horse – A Homage to both the white horse that Tripitaka travelled around on and the fact that the Monkey King could ride on clouds using a technique called 'Cloud Somersaulting'
5.Trippy – A blink and miss it Homage to the character of Tripitaka. In Journey to the West he was the monk that was tasked to travel west to claim some scrolls. Sun Wukong, Sandy and Pigsy were his bodyguards.
6.Hugoshan, the original home of Sun – A homage to the Mountain of Flowers and Fruit where Sun Wukong was born from a stone egg. In China this mountain was called 'Hua Guo Shan'
7.Bodhi Mountains – Homage to Patriarch Bodhi who was the Sage who taught Sun Wukong the secret of immortality
8.The Waterfall / Shu Li Do – In journey to the west Sun Wukong was crowned king of the Monkeys by leaping through a waterfall and discovering the Water Curtain Cave “Shu lian Dong” very similar to how Sun discovered a new home for the Simapians by jumping through a waterfall and thus being crowned their new king.
9.The Sage Pool – Another homage to Patriarch Bodhi who was a Sage. Just as he is one of the sources of Sun Wukong's immortality, the pool of water that Sun finds that smells like Sage is believed by most to be the source of his long life.
10. The Dragon Staff - In Journey to the West Sun Wukong is granted his magical wishing staff (the Ruyi Jingu Bang) by the Dragon King of the Eastern Seas (alluded to in Sun's bio by the fact that the cave Sun finds the Dragon in is on the east
side of the Mystic Mountains)
11. The Stone Monkey – One of Sun Wukong's names which he is named due to the fact that he was born out of a STONE EGG.
12. Journey to the West - Just like the original Monkey King, Sun Wukong, King Sun's first journey (to find a new home for his people) took him West
13.Drummond – Not a homage to Journey to the West but instead to the actor Brian Drummond who voiced Odiphus / Stinkor (a Paleezean) in MYP He-Man