Ancestral Elements, the power Elder Gods had used to create this realm, had unlimited potential. The Elder Gods created this realm; and before leaving, they created Cooper and Fafnir to watch over the realm in their place.
When Cooper wandered around the realm, she collected all the remnants of Ancestral Elements and sealed them into a giant piece of crystal. She knew that its power was immense that it must be hidden in a place where none would discover it. And so, she created two giant dragons to safeguard the crystal — the warlike Seth and the peaceful Shu.
Since their moment of birth, Seth and Shu stayed in the shrine Cooper built. They bore the responsibility of safeguarding the Ancestral Elements regardless of cost, even if it means their lives. Throughout this time, Shu had been Seth’s only companion. Their trust for each other was unwavering. For Seth, Shu was the only one he could rely on.
Being immortal, Seth and Shu quietly safeguarded the Ancestral Elements perpetual. The mighty power had originally been a secret in the past; but as various tribes developed, they finally discovered the secret shrine.
The power of the Ancestral Elements was so overwhelming that one could already sense its power surging into one’s body when standing by its side. Therefore, the shrine’s whereabouts soon became common knowledge among people. While deemed a precious treasure due to its cloak of mystery, it's immense power also attracted many struggles. In the long river of time, Seth and Shu defeated countless ambitious enemies.
Seth: Get out of here! This is not somewhere you should be!
Seth: ‘Their pursuit of power has blinded them.’
Seth: ‘Over the years, many have died in pursuit of the Ancestral Elements’ power...’
Seth: ‘If anyone can integrate with its power, then the elements can be properly utilized without harm.’
Seth silently looked at the dazzling crystal before its eyes. However, Seth’s attention was drawn not by its beautiful shining rays, but by the power sealed inside...
Shu: What are you thinking about?
It was Shu. Seth turned to give him a quick glance before fixing his eyes once again upon the crystal.
Seth: Not much. I am just thinking — why would everyone vy for it?
Shu: Having been granted immortality, perhaps we would never understand their obsession and thirst for power.
Shu left as he finished his words. Looking at the cracks on the wall of the shrine, Seth recalled the incessant battles they had been going through. He started to doubt his mission, questioning himself — what did it “safeguarding” truly mean...
Seth and Shu had been safeguarding the Ancestral Elements in the shrine. Regardless of how much time passed, they had always stayed inside the shrine, and this continued until a werecat called Tefnut appeared. The arrival changed everything. Because of Tefnut, Shu became increasingly attracted to the outside world. Both his resignation to stay within the shrine and that he needed to do so to protect the Ancestral Elements had ended.
Disregarding Seth’s attempt to stop him, Shu insisted on leaving with Tefnut, bringing the Ancestral Elements along with them. Left without an alternative, Seth could only discreetly follow, watching over both Shu and the vital Ancestral Elements. He watched as Shu, Tefnut and Ra create the Spiritual Civilization using the Ancestral Elements. Over his years safeguarding the Ancestral Elements, he had never expected that they could be used in this way.
Seth was curious about these spiritual beasts. Since they were beasts spiritualized by the Ancestral Elements, he really wanted to know what impact it would make on them. However, no matter how much time had passed, they were simply sentient animals; they demonstrated no other power from Ancestral Elements..
The peace was soon broken. Seizing the opportunity of Shu, Ra and Tefnut’s absence, the Demons raided the Spiritual Civilization. Having never possessed combative mindsets, and unprepared for the sudden attack, the spiritual beasts were no match for the Demons’ army...
Seth: ‘This is a battle for survival; it is time to awake the power within! Come on, show me how you will use the power of the Ancestral Elements!’
Seth: ‘Even the fear of extinction could not trigger any change...’
Seth: ‘Does it mean that they were endowed with nothing by Ancestral Elements? But... how could that be...?’
Originally, Seth had decided to be an observer in the battles. He expected that the will to survive and the heart to protect their home could rouse the power hidden inside the spiritual beasts. But he soon realized he was wrong. The Demons’ army pressed on hard, while the Spiritual Civilization was defeated in battle after battle. If this continued, the spiritual beasts would be wiped out.
Seth sighed and rushed into the battlefield. Using fire elements, he created a flaming wall of to halt the Demons’ pursuit of the beasts. Then, he conjured balls of fire in his palm, shooting them towards the Demon's army. Instantly, the Demons were bogged down in a sea of fire. Realizing they were no match for Seth, the Demons immediately ran. This shall ensure the continuation of the Spiritual Civilization.
The Demons invaded because they had spotted the powerlessness of the spiritual beasts to defend themselves. If not for the presence of Seth, the Spiritual Civilization would have perished.
Seth: ‘They will become weaker and weaker if I just simply stay to protect them.’
Seth: ‘The true way to safeguard them is to guide them to the path of strength.’
Seth had an idea. Perhaps the Ancestral Elements had granted them something other than intelligence, what they need was just some “help” to awake their power within...
For the spiritual beasts, Seth, Shu, Tefnut and Ra were their Gods, their Creators. They believed in the Creators and worshipped them. Throughout this time, Seth had been looking for changes in the beasts, but over and over again, he was disappointed... He had once thought that the onset of competition among them, or a life-and-death situation would trigger the potential of the Ancestral Elements within them. However, things did not progress as he had expected.
He refused to believe that creatures created by the Ancestral Elements would be so feeble. He thought the reason why they could not utilize the power was the lack of a stimulant to awake them. Therefore, he extracted a fraction of the power from the crystal, divided them into gemstones and gave them to different spiritual beasts, to see whether this would bring changes to them...
Seth kept observing the changes of the beasts. His first batch was a tribe of werewolves. Unfortunately, for unknown reasons, the werewolves that had come into direct contact with the Ancestral Elements lost their sanity, going as far as killing themselves.
The next batch was a tribe of werelizards. Yet, they suffered the same fate as the werewolves — insanity and suicide.
In the end, the last remaining tribe to be tested were the tribal chiefs of Spiritual Civilization — werelions...
Tribal Chief: What... is this feeling... ? There seems to be a stream of strange power flowing inside my body...!
Tribal Chief: And in my mind, I think I hear a voice talking to me! My head aches... aagh!
Seth: ‘It seems they cannot have direct contact with Ancestral Elements. Perhaps it is because the power so strong that it will take their sanity.’
Though the werelion eventually did fall into frenzy from the Ancestral Elements, Seth subdued him at the crucial moment. Otherwise, the lion may well have killed all the beasts in the Spiritual Civilization. Yet, when Seth wanted to retrieve the fragment of Ancestral Element from the fainted werelion, the stone had already disappeared...
Later, Seth’s deeds were uncovered by the three Creators. They thought his actions had violated the principles for “Utopia”. However, Seth had actually decided against further testing of the beasts’ potential already. Although he believed the true way to safeguard them is to guide them to the path of strength, he could not bear hurting them again.
After that, all the Ancestral Elements were taken back to the shrine, with the stone that had disappeared the sole exception. In fact, the stone had been integrated into the werelion’s body, resulting in peculiar changes inside.
This accident caused the mutation that led to the permanent problem of “frenzy factor” for werelions. Because of the frenzy factor, their bodies were stronger than all other spiritual beasts; but they could also lose their sanity at anytime.
After discovering that the direct contact with Ancestral Elements would drive the spiritual beasts into madness, Seth and the three Creators hid the Ancestral Elements back inside the shrine. They had also set up rules forbidding the entry of all spiritual beasts aside from the priestesses and the tribal chief. They thought that this was not only an effective way to protect the Ancestral Elements, but can also prevent harm from coming to the beasts.
But unexpectedly, the secret of the Ancestral Elements was still uncovered by people outside the tribe. A white cat wormed his way into the tribe “by accident”, and he even manipulated the priestess to discover the location of the Ancestral Elements.
When stealing the Ancestral Elements, the white cat had inadvertently dropped some pieces in the tribe. Through a series of unforeseen circumstances, the pieces of the Elements arrived at the hand of Spiritual Civilization’s tribal chief, leading to an irrevocable tragedy...
The pieces of the Ancestral Elements had awoken the frenzy factor of the tribal chief. He was soon deprived of his sanity, injuring and killing many in the tribe. As the power in his body resonated with the Ancestral Elements in the shrine, he walked into the shrine and gathered his power to attack Seth.
Seth: Mufasa, what’re you doing here?
Seth: Mufasa, I am asking you!
Seth: Is it... frenzy factor?
Seth finally realized that Mufasa, like the first werelion who had come into direct contact with the Ancestral Elements, had lost his sanity due to the frenzy factor. Thus, he lowered his invisible barrier defense and allow Mufasa to attack before subduing Mufasa with a fiery red magic circle. The tribal chief was pinned to the ground, grunting in pain. At that moment, Shu, Ra and Tefnut returned to the shrine. Puzzled, they wanted to stop Seth...
Tefnut: Seth, what’re you... Is something wrong with him?
Seth: He has lost his sanity. This is the only way I can keep him under control!
Shu: Are you saying, it is he who massacred the beasts in the village?
Ra: Why do they have to suffer so horribly?
Seth: What should we do with him?
Tefnut: Let’s seal him up...
Then, the tribal chief suddenly regained his sanity. He realized his sin was too great, for he had slaughtered too many of his own. He found himself unforgivable and therefore, with his remaining consciousness, he begged the Gods to kill him. But the kind Tefnut did not have the heart to do so, so she used her godly power to hypnotize him. Seth, who had been watching them by the side, was surprised by the strength of Mufasa’s will needed to overcome his frenzy.
Seth: ‘It seems that there is a link between the Ancestral Elements and the spiritual beasts that we have yet to understand...’
Seth: ‘Perhaps they are the most suitable beings to integrate with the Ancestral Elements.’
Beside them, Seth silently looked on at Osiris taking away the soul of the tribal chief, as countless questions once again emerged in his heart...