Ra was born into a wealthy family. His father was a man of power in the city who cared much about his reputation. He was delighted when he first knew of his wife’s pregnancy; he even ordered the construction of a brand new mansion just for the baby. Yet, when his baby was born, he felt as if a real-life nightmare had descended upon him...Not only did the baby had parched skin, it even had a stubby tail!
The tycoon was appalled to see his son born a monster. He ordered the baby disposed, and proclaimed to the outside world that his baby passed away at birth.
The old manservant, having received the order, laid down the baby in a bush of a forest. Just as he was about to leave, the baby’s sudden wail halted his steps. In the end, he could not bear leaving the infant behind and hence, turned to take it with him. He brought it back to the mansion’s wood-shack, planning to raise it himself.
The old manservant named the baby “Ra” and educated him on different subjects and values. He always said to Ra, “It doesn’t matter if people bully you or ostracize you because of your appearance; do not hate yourself or those people. Stay kind, and the skies shall look after you.” Because of this, Ra believed there was a God who guarded over the realm. As long as he performed good deeds, that God will bless him.
Time passed, and Ra grew. He became increasingly curious about the world outside the wood-shack. Therefore, he sneaked out of the shack when the old manservant was distracted...
Ra: What is this place? It’s beautiful...
Ra: What’s wrong? Why are you running from me?
Maid: Help! You monster! Don’t come any closer!
Ra: ‘Looks like Poppy was right...Everyone would run from me because of my appearance...’
Hearing the maids’ screams, the tycoon and his wife came, and were shocked at the sight of Ra. A single glimpse told the tycoon that this “monster” was his abandoned baby...
Tycoon: Im...Impossible! Why are you still here, monster? You, you should have long been dead!
Just then, the old manservant arrived too. He immediately stepped between Ra and the tycoon, begging his master not to hurt Ra.
Old Manservant: I am sorry, Master. I could not bear watching the poor baby abandoned...
Old Manservant: I was the one who took him in and raised him. If you want someone to blame, let it be me!
This news enraged the tycoon, and thus, he deemed the old manservant traitorous. Believing what happens once shall happen twice, he banished the manservant along with Ra. The pair’s days became much more difficult.
Ra: It’s all that man’s fault! I’m never going to forgive him!
Old Manservant: Do not...hate...Learn to...forgive. Then...the skies will...look after you...
Not long after, the aged manservant passed away from a severe illness caused by overexertion. Although this left Ra without companionship, the lessons the old manservant taught remained ingrained. Therefore, he relinquished hatred towards his own father, and lived life with a grateful heart.
The old servant’s passing had left Ra all alone. The old servant’s passing had left Ra all alone, so he had to live a life of solitude. At first, he would seek food during the day, but all that awaited him were people’s screams and loathing. Gradually, he only journeyed at nights when others rested.
No matter where he went, as long as Humans were present, he would be ostracized and shunned. People always yelled “Monster!” at the first sight of him, and none ever attempted to understand him. Ra failed to comprehend this treatment since he had neither wronged nor harmed anyone. Every time he thought about this, he would recall the old servant’s words...
Old Manservant: It doesn’t matter if people bully or ostracize you because of your appearance; do not hate yourself.
Old Manservant: Stay kind, and the skies shall look after you.
Therefore, Ra remained kind, helping those in need; he believed this would show people his true nature and hence they would accept him someday. One night, Ra was in a cold alleyway seeking anything edible when he suddenly heard a maiden’s scream. He hurriedly dashed to the source of the sound...
Lascivious Man: Hey beautiful, why don’t you come grab a drink with us?
Maiden: No! Stay away from me!
Ra: Let her go!
Ra: Hurry up and leave! I’ll deal with them!
The maiden hastily escaped upon hearing Ra’s words. Their plan sabotaged, the youngsters encircled Ra and “dealt with” him. Outnumbered, all Ra could do was cover his head with arms, protecting himself as best as he could. Just then, the maiden returned with help. Upon seeing the crowd’s arrival, the youngsters ran without looking back. The maiden then hurriedly helped Ra up, his face terrified her. The others were also frightened by Ra, raising their weapons.
Ra eventually managed to escape the attack. Covered in injuries, he recalled the maiden’s reaction to his appearance. Frustration surged; Ra had tried hard to save her, but he was only rewarded with fear from the maiden. Ra began to think that all people were selfish and naive, that each only judge others only by their appearance. If he wanted others to accept him, he had to change such a way of thinking...
To awaken empathy within Humans, Ra decided to spread kindness and rekindle people’s hearts to care for each other...
Ra knew that he looked like a monster. To avoid scaring people, he never travelled during the day, but instead, did so at night. If he happened to come across suppressed peoples, or those in need, he would not hesitate to help. One night, he was walking alone in a quiet street when a cry for help rang from not far away. He hastily rushed in that direction...
Bandit: Hand me all your valuables!
Threatened Pedestrian: Please let me go...I have given you everything I have...!
Bandit: Take your clothes off! How do I know if you have any hidden on your body?
Ra: You rats! That’s enough!
This time, the bandits were not frightened off by the blinding light beaming from Ra’s hands and instead, they charged forth, relentlessly attacking Ra. Unfortunately, the man Ra was helping merely focused on his own escape. He grasped the bandits’ preoccupation with Ra and hastily escaped after collecting his possessions.
Just as Ra thought all was hopeless, a strong whirlwind dragged the bandits into the sky. Ra was looking in shock at sight when a gigantic dragon and a werecat appeared in the dark alley. They approached Ra, and the half-cat helped Ra up while affably asking about his situation.
Shu: Don’t worry! The hateful bandits are gone. They cannot hurt you anymore.
Tefnut: Shu, wasn’t that a bit uncalled for?
Shu: Hmph! Did they think about the feeling of others when they were hurting them? I think not! The punishment is right for them!
Noticing Ra’s apparent bemusement, Tefnut realized they have not introduced themselves.
Tefnut: How do you do? I am Tefnut, and this is Shu. We are journeying through the realm to help those in need.
Ra: I’m Ra, and like you, I am walking through the world hoping that someday, I can change the way people think...
Perhaps it was because of their similar thoughts, but the three were destined to meet, and once they did, they strove to change the realm together. Along their journey, the trio gradually realized that Humans were corrupted beyond redemption. Therefore, Ra utilized the Ancestral Elements in Shu’s possession, and created the Utopia where only good deeds existed — Spiritual Civilization...
Ra, Shu and Tefnut had always thought continuing to help people would gradually change the mindset of humanity. However, they came to realize that evil had long been rooted in Humans’ hearts and cannot easily be altered. Therefore, when Ra learned of the Ancestral Elements’ unlimited potential, he talked Shu and Tefnut into creating a true “Utopia” with the Elements.
The three selected a densely forested area as the site for “Utopia” . Since Humans had already fallen into depravity, they decided to create the beasts with intelligence, giving them the ability to live like a Human: stand with two feet, speak, and learn with their heart. Ra believed that the Spiritual Civilization will become kind but powerful under their guidance.
At first, everything progressed as Ra had expected. The beasts grew healthily in the harmonious and neighborly environment. Even though some beasts grew up weaker, the strong did not bully or ostracize them. However, when their knowledge grew, the beasts’ hearts began to change. The Civilization split as unity collapsed, each seeking to harm the others beasts for their own self-interest...
One day when Ra was soaring through the sky, he saw a werebird fighting with werewolves.
In mere seconds, the werebird returned its scimitars to the sheaths, and the werewolves were retreating.
On the ground, many lay dead or wounded.
Ra decided to follow the werebird, and found out that it was merely trying to return the stolen properties to their original owners. That was why it had to fight the werewolves. Ra could not help but sigh. The beasts in the Utopia had too been corrupted, like other creatures; beasts would prey upon the weak for their own interest.
Ra suddenly had an epiphany, that this world could never have a true “Utopia”. Man could not be solely kind; beings could not be fully moral. For various reasons and benefits, beings would have to choose their own path. This is where kindness and evil emerge. As long as there is life, kindness and evil would follow.
Ra had now been deified by the beasts as the God who brought light to the Spiritual Civilization. He no longer journeyed for others’ recognition, as he had already found a place to where he belonged. Looking at the beasts, Ra smiled. He did not intend to give up on them, but he did not plan to change them either. At the moment, all he hoped to do was bringing some glimpse of dawn, in the darkness of the chaotic realm...