Xuan Zan was the son-in-law of a prince. He stood at about 8 feet, had a face like the bottom of a wok, with a nose pointing towards the sky, along with messy hair and a red beard. He was big-sized, and excelled in martial arts, carrying a broad sword into battle. Once, a prince recognised his abilities and decided to let him marry his daughter. However, the Prince's daughter was not pleased with Xuan Zan's looks and died of frustration and hatred. Thus, Xuan was not fully made use of, and became only an officer in the army. That was how Xuan was nicknamed the 'Ugly son-in-law' (丑郡马).