- With the Ula Nara clan in disgrace after Empress Yixiu fell out of favor, Ruyi (Zhou Xun) learned the politics of the harem and steadily climbed up the ranks to become Empress. Even after surviving through multiple conspiracies and successfully proving her innocence, her relationship with Qianlong (Wallace Huo) had become irreparable. Ruyi eventually became disillusioned with her husband and the harsh reality of life in the Palace. Although the love and trust between them gradually disappeared, Ruyi served as a distinguished empress until her death.
Xin Zhi Lei