Greetings, Fellow Daoists. The appearance of the Dawn Immortal in the previous few chapters led to some questions. In the past there has been confusion about the possible similarities or differences between The Dawn Immortal (Immortal Li), Meng Li, and Lord Li. If you'd like a brief summary about all the "Li" characters, as well as a bit of background on Meng Hao's nickname "Haowie," check out the info after the jump!
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Dawn Immortal 黎仙: Originally translated as "Immortal Li," the Dawn Immortal is a powerful figure in the lands of South Heaven. In book 1, Lord Revelation used the name to try to intimidate Patriarch Reliance. When Patriarch Reliance revealed his turtle form, Lord Revelation suddenly realized why threatening Patriarch Reliance with the Dawn Immortal wouldn't work (because Patriarch Reliance's level was above that of the Dawn Immortal). Since Lord Revelation had some connection to the Dawn Immortal, and since the Dawn Immortal is the mother of the Resurrection Lily, it makes sense that Lord Revelation would have a three-colored Resurrection Lily seed.
The Dawn Immortal was also mentioned in the Song Clan arc. The Song Clan Dao Seeking Dao Reserve corpse made a comment indicating that the woman who appeared and gazed at Meng Hao was the Dawn Immortal, the mother of the Resurrection Lily. Many readers took this comment to be fact. Coupled with the original translation of "Immortal Li," a lot of people believed, and some still believe, that Meng Li is the Dawn Immortal. However, the "Li" character is different, and later evidence seems to indicate pretty strongly that Meng Li is not the Dawn Immortal. However, no absolute, iron-clad evidence has appeared in the story to disprove the theory.
Meng Li 孟丽: A powerful woman in the Eastern Lands. When the Ji Clan tried to sever Meng Hao's karma, she flipped out and destroyed some of their property, then told them not to mess with her son. She was called "Madam Fang," indicating that her husband is a member of the Fang Clan. She is Fang Yu's mother, which would make Fang Yu and Meng Hao brother and sister. Don't forget that Fang Yu asking Meng Hao to call her "big sis," would in no way directly indicate that they are related. In Chinese culture, such an address is commonly used for a woman who is older than you, but not too much older (then it changes to Auntie).
Lord Li 李主: The "Li" character of Lord Li is different from the "Li" in Dawn Immortal and Meng Li. He has been referenced on a handful of occasions, and was elaborated on in the Demon Immortal Sect arc. In the past, was the leader of the Demon Immortal Sect and also Lord of the Ninth Mountain and Sea. He "went missing" at some point, and various rumors circulated, but no one knows for sure what exactly happened to him. Later, there was a big war which culminated in the Ji Clan taking over rulership of the Ninth Mountain and Sea.
Haowie 浩子: This is a nickname for Meng Hao that sounds kind of cute and silly in Chinese. It takes the "Hao" character and adds another character which makes the nickname rhyme with the word for "mouse 耗子." I picked "Haowie" mainly because it sounds kind of funny and sort of captures the spirit of the original (albeit without the "mouse" reference). P.S. Chinese fans do use the nickname when talking about Meng Hao online.