Once upon a time, Loki went travelling with his daughter.
Hel: Daddy, are you still awake...?
On a bumping carriage, Loki was asleep with his daughter in his arms. On the way, he thought he heard his daughter’s voice, so he held the little bundle in his arms tightly. He could felt his daughter’s body was so soft that it was like a loose sack filled with garments. Loki immediately opened his eyes. In his arms, instead of his daughter, he found a backpack. The cute little child was reading Loki’s notes, ready to flip to the next page.
Loki: There’s none who solely suffers.
The little girl was astonished when she heard him speaking. Loki picked up the note she dropped and turned to the next page that she was going to read.
Loki: May we never be disappointed... Do you want me to continue?
In a fluster, the girl shook her head. Loki put away the sack and pulled his daughter into his arms.
Loki: What do you wanna know? You can ask me directly.
Hel: You wouldn’t scold me?
Loki knocked her head.
Loki: It’s good that you know it.
: You never tell me anything...
‘Because you’re too young...’ Loki did not say this out. When he was little, he had also hated these excuses given by adults. He waved the note in his hand.
Loki: Did you understand this?
The girl shook her head again. Loki held her close. She was different from a sack. Her body was so thin and frail as easily blown over. What was even worse was that, her lower extremities were paralyzed because of the Demons’ curse. If they cannot find a cure, her body would gradually dehydrate as she grow... For this reason, Loki followed Odin in search of the power of Runes.
Hel: Daddy, why does Uncle Odin’s horse has eight legs?
Loki: It’s... a very complicated story...
Then, the carriage was stopped. A group of bandits appeared. Loki shook his head wearily and said to his daughter,
Loki: Just like... there are countless accidents in life.
Gnome Strangler: Pay your money to buy your way!
Loki: Hel, life is full of surprises, even in these tasteless appetizers.
Hel: Daddy are you going to kill them?
Loki: Sometimes, for our loved ones, we must bear sins.
Odin the Knight of Runes: Loki, go send word to the defending troops in the city.
Odin the Knight of Runes: Demons are going to attack them.
Odin the Knight of Runes: They’ll launch a full attack at dawn.
Odin the Knight of Runes: You must arrive before daybreak and arrange the defense.
Loki: But... what about here?
Odin the Knight of Runes: I’m here, as well as Tyr.
Loki turned his head to look at his daughter lying in the carriage. As a paraplegic because of the Demon curse, she obviously could not follow Loki on his laborious journey.
Hel: Daddy, please don’t go.
Odin the Knight of Runes: Leave her to me. I’ll take good care of her.
Loki patted her head and pulled her into his arms. Using his other hand, he untied the horses and brought one to the front of Odin.
Loki: Be a good girl. Daddy will come back very soon.
Loki: Listen to Uncle Odin.
Hel: No! No way!
Loki: Daddy will be back very soon. I mean it.
Loki: And dear Uncle Tyr is also here.
Hel tried hard to stop crying, and opened her arms to let Odin pick her up.
Loki: Odin, she’s my life.
Loki: And I always follow your order.
Loki: Who said Demons are going to attack this city?
Loki: We’ve waited till dawn already, but there are just a few minions.
Loki: Odin must have been mistaken.
Loki: How can such remnant soldiers be deemed a large Demon army?
Soldier: Odin’s main force was raided.
Soldier: I heard they suffered heavy casualties.
Loki wiped out the small group of Demon soldiers, mounted his horse and rushed to join the troops of Odin. When he just went out of the city, he met a soldier in Odin’s force. The soldier was driving Loki’s carriage and yelled to him arrogantly,
Soldier: The battle hasn’t ended yet.
Soldier: But Odin has requested me to bring the corpse to you.
Soldier: Take a look. I heard this is your daughter.
Soldier: You know? Death is inevitable in war.
Soldier: Quick, take it away after a look.
Soldier: I need to go back to help at the frontline, not stay in here...
Loki, who was boiling with rage, could not wait until the soldier finished his words. He drew his sword and beheaded the soldier, and to the now decapitated head rolling on the ground, he said:
Odin the Knight of Runes: Loki, even not for yourself, you still need to fight in the name of Gods,
Odin the Knight of Runes: Think about it.
Odin the Knight of Runes: Aren’t we fighting against the Demons to save the holy land?
Odin the Knight of Runes: Don’t sacrifice the well-being of all because of your own loss.
‘Destiny has snatched away my wife. And now, you’ve taken my daughter. Don't you feel ashamed discussing the well-being of all when you can’t even protect a little girl?’ Every time when Odin admonished him, fury burned in his heart. But he knew that it was not a good time to break with Odin. Listening to Tyr’s advice, he tried very hard to suppress his anger and placed his every hope on the godly power that Odin had promised to share with him.
Loki, even after gaining the power, was still trapped in memories. His first idea was to find his daughter’s soul, so he went to find Thor, claiming that he would help Thor to kill the evil wolf.
To guide the soul, the help from Light and Dark Runestones is needed.
Gather the power of Loki and Thor to inject Hel’s soul into a Demon’s body.
Odin had finally made a decision asking the Gods to kill the giant wolf. Loki’s best friend, Tyr, was responsible to execute this order. He killed the giant wolf at the expense of his arm. There was nothing left that Loki cared about. Falling into madness, he completely split with Odin at last.
Loki: My daughter once had a goat. She called it Lily.
Loki: But of course it could not compare with you in strength and wisdom.
Loki: Because you were created by me —— a replica.
Trapped in the Dark Cove by the Gods, Loki said to the Sabbatic Goat beside him. The goat responded to its master obediently, trying to understand the meaning of his words.
Loki laughed frantically, as if he regarded his tragedy as a kind of delightful and exciting enjoyment. The goat was frightened by his laughter, but it dared not to back off. It chose to stay by the side of its master, listening to his angry words.
Loki: It’s worth it! Haha!
Loki: Odin never could have thought, not even in his wildest dreams,
Loki: that I would destroy the seal of the Dragon of Poison.
Loki: Now, he must suffer from endless misery.
Loki: He will be trapped forever.
Loki: In a cycle of deathly dreams and berserk reality. Haha!
Loki: Hel... Hel.
Sometimes Loki was crying, sometimes laughing. The Sabbatic Goat beside him was perplexed. No matter how earnestly it served, Loki was never satisfied. It thought that Loki was always drunk in past memories and he kept creating counterfeits of them.
After Taotie was born, the Gods gradually became afraid of the power of these unknown evil creatures, even though they just resided in Dark Cove for Loki’s reminiscence. The giant wolf had already died because of their fear, and now they were sending troops of Gods again to exterminate the beasts created by Loki...
Loki: If I’m defeated, please help me to bring Taotie to the realm of man.
Tyr, One-armed Deity of War: Before that, we should at least drive away the enemies.
Loki: Tyr, my good brother, are you here to see my daughter?
Loki: She liked to stick with you.
Tyr, One-armed Deity of War: Don’t be stubborn! Face reality!
Tyr, One-armed Deity of War: Following through with this would only mean the hatred of the Gods.
Loki: Have I ever been liked by them before?
The fight between Loki and Tyr was a draw. After receiving a signal from the goat, Loki did not fight back anymore. Tyr looked for Taotie in every corner of the cove, but still he could not find it. He returned to the realm of man. Since then, Loki started to build a castle in the Dark Cove, living in his abyss.