|Eye color||Dark Brown|
Little of Hou Zan's past is revealed during the course of Dark Dawn. However, it is known that he lived in Belinsk for at least part of the occupation. After ten years of Sanan occupation, however, the beastmen executed a successful revolt, forcing Hou Zan and other Sanans to flee for their lives. However, Ryu Kou's sister Hou Ju, would be captured by Morgal forces, and was held prisoner by Volechek, Morgal's king. Hou Zan and Ryu Kou attempted to infiltrate Belinsk Castle but were unsuccessful, but they were allowed to escape with ease.
Hou Zan and Ryu Kou would make it to the safety of the nomadic village of Te Rya in the glacial midst of the Khiren Mountains. In exchange for safe haven, the duo offered to act as guards at the games. When Matthew's group of Adepts encounter them for the first time, Ryu Kou thinks of them as enemies. Hou Zan subdues him with a decisive punch to the stomach, and warmly welcomes Matthew's group into the village. After noticing Matthew's group wandering around town, however, Hou Zan encourages them to leave by revealing a pathway to Morgal via the Teppe Ruins. They would come to trust the Adepts after the group returns some belongings of Hou Ju to Ryu Kou. After this, Ryu Kou and Hou Zan eventually climb back down into Morgal by scaling the sheer mountain face.
 In Morgal
At some point, Hou Zan and Ryu Kou would meet up with Sveta, a beastman who had offered her assistance to them. She instructs the two to meet Matthew's party at Talon Peak, and gives the Sanans the Slap Glove the Adepts would need for their quest for a Mountain Roc feather. Upon meeting with the Adepts, Hou Zan and Ryu Kou team up with them, presenting the Slap Glove in exchange for assistance in rescuing Hou Ju. After gaining the feather, the group is confronted by Blados and Chalis, who sic the Mountain Roc on the group. Hou Zan and Ryu Kou take cover while the Adepts successfully defeat the monstrous bird in battle. Afterwards, Ryu Kou would take a Magma Orb, which was, according to Blados and Chalis, necessary for breaking into Belinsk's fortress, despite warnings from the Adepts, who had been informed of a deadly machine located deep within the ruins. More reluctantly, Hou Zan would take a Magma Shard and the Slap Glove from Matthew.
The two men made their way back to Belinsk, and were able to sneak into the Belinsk Ruins via a secret entrance. As the two men proceeded, they suddenly found that their exit had been cutoff. The two are forced deep into the dungeon, where they meet with Matthew's party, which now includes Sveta. The party agree to put their differences aside for a time, so that Hou Ju can be rescued. Eventually, the group ends up at the Alchemy Dynamo, where they are confronted by Blados, Chalis and Arcanus. While, Blados and Chalis attack the Adepts, Hou Zan is knocked unconscious. Arcanus uses this opportunity to manipulate Ryu Kou into activating the Alchemy Dynamo, claiming Hou Ju would be killed if he didn't. When Hou Zan awakens, he realizes what has happened, and attempts to attack Arcanus, though he escapes. The group leaves the dungeon themselves, and travels to Belinsk's castle to rescue Hou Ju. Amazingly, Hou Ju is voluntarily released by Volechek. At the same time, Kraden appears, and encourages the Sanans to flee Belinsk, as a terrible catastrophe would soon take place.
 The Grave EclipseBelinsk on a ship that had been conveniently sent by Sana. During the Grave Eclipse, a result of Ryu Kou's actions at the ruins, the group would somehow end up far to the north, where the ship was wrecked, and most of its crew killed. Hou Zan, Ryu Kou, and Hou Ju would take shelter in a a small outpost, with Hou Zan using his martial arts skills to kill any approaching monsters. However, he only wounds the last one, and is injured. When Matthew's party finds the group, Hou Zan is close to death. Hou Zan leaves the two young Sanans in Matthew's care before dying. He is buried just outside the outpost, with Hou Ju's Echo Gem serving as a grave marker.
After they meet up in Morgal, they make their way down to the Belinsk Ruins where they along with Matthew's group confront Blados and Chalis. After a good fight Ryu-Kou is forced to give up the magma orb and the Luna Tower launches the eclipse. After leaving the party for a while. Matthew finds them both in an outpost with Hou Ju. Where Hou Zan bravely dies defending Hou Ju and Ryu Kou from the monsters.
- In Te Rya:
- Hou Zan: "My companion was rude. Please forgive him."
- Ryu Kou: "But what if they're spies?"
- Hou Zan: (Referring to Tyrell) "This one wears his fiery heart on his sleeve. He is no spy. And we're not in Morgal."
- Ryu Kou: "True. But even if they aren't spies, they might unwittingly give us away..."
- Karis: "Excuse me-I gather you've got things to talk about, but can we go into the village?"
- Hou Zan: "You may enter. / Ryu Kou: "Of course not!"
- Ryu Kou: "You still have to get past us!" / Hou Zan: "Many apologies, strangers." (Hou Zan punches Ryu Kou in the stomach)
- Hou Zan: "I've got a good feeling about these folks. If they want to go to Morgal, who are we to say they can't?"
- Hou Zan: (After Matthew returns Hou Ju's elegant bag to Ryu Kou) "Matthew, I thank you from the bottom of my old heart. You have done more good in this deed than you know."
- Karis: "I-it was nothing..."
- Hou Zan: "No, it most certainly was not. And our debt will be repaid."
- On Talon Peak:
- Hou Zan: "Young one... Ryu Kou... We don't have to do this."
- Ryu Kou: "I'm afraid we do. Good-bye, everyone." (Ryu Kou and Hou Zan both leave.)
- In Belinsk Ruins:
- Hou Zan: "Please. Allow us to apologize for our recent actions."
- Hou Zan: (After waking up to see Ryu Kou powered the Alchemy Dynamo) "Ryu Kou, why?"
- Ryu Kou: "I didn't have a choice..."
- Hou Zan: (To Arcanus) "This is your fault, monster!"
- Arcanus: "In what way could this possibly be my fault? Ryu Kou has done this by his own hand."
- Hou Zan: "Hide behind your excuses, coward. I swear you will pay for what you've done here."
- Arcanus: "How many times must I demonstrate to you tiresome insects that you can't beat me in battle?"
- Hou Zan: "At least once more, apparently." (Hou Zan rushes forward to attack, but Arcanus disappears using his warping Psynergy.)
- In Belinsk:
- Hou Zan: "We are in debt to all of you. I wish it could be otherwise... but farewell."
- In Iceberg Outpost:
- Ryu Kou: (With a fatally wounded Hou Zan) "As you can see, Hou Zan is in a bad way."
- Hou Ju: "He fought off a horde of monsters to protect this place."
- Hou Zan: "I thought I'd finished them all, but one was only wounded... I let my guard down... But now that Matthew is here, I can finally rest..."
- Ryu Kou: "Hou Zan, no! You can't die in this forsaken place! I-I won't let you!"
- Hou Ju: "Yes, hold on long enough for Matthew to take us all back home to Sana, Hou Zan..."
- Hou Zan: "Ah, that would be a dream... But, alas, one that cannot be..."
- Ryu Kou: "Hou Zan, no!"
- Hou Ju: "Don't leave us!"
- Hou Zan: "Take care of them... Matthew." (Hou Zan passes away.)
- Ryu Kou: "Hou Zan..."
- Hou Ju: "No..."
- Hou Zan: (Spiritual message from beyond the grave) "With my young charges safe at last, I can finally rest without care..."
|GBA||Isaac Garet Ivan Mia | Felix Jenna Sheba Piers|
|DS||Matthew Karis Tyrell Rief Amiti Sveta Eoleo Himi|
|GBA|| Kyle Dora Saturos Menardi Alex The Wise One Kraden |
Babi Hammet Tret Hama Feizhi Dodonpa Briggs Karst
Agatio Susa Hydros Moapa Puelle
|DS|| Nowell Blados Chalis Arcanus Bogho Baghi Paithos |
King Wo Ryu Kou Hou Zan Laurel Vande Volechek
High Empyror Unan