Since their birth, Shu and Seth were assigned the mission of guarding over the Ancestral Elements. They stayed in the shrine and fought to protect them for all time. Shu was resolute in his belief that this was the meaning of his life and hence, loyally carried out his duty. His mind and actions all revolved around the Ancestral Elements.
Sometime later, a werecat inadvertently barged into the shrine as it was avoiding pursuit of Humans. This was the turning point of Shu’s destiny. The half-cat was called Tefnut. She told Shu about the outside world — its prosperous cities, various creatures, delicious delicacies. Thus, he was no longer content with only living in the shrine. He wanted to see the unknown realm, and experience all within it with Tefnut...
Eventually, Shu decided to leave with Tefnut. No matter how Seth tried to dissuade him, Shu did not waver. Recognizing his resolution, Seth could only let him go.
Shu and Tefnut embarked on their journey across the realm. To avoid attention, when they needed to proceed in daylight, they would borrow power from the Ancestral Elements to assume the form of a Human; they would return to their true appearance at night. During their journey, they met a lot of people in need...
Shu and Tefnut heard a pained cry when they were passing through a forest.
They approached the source of the wails and saw a crowd of gnomes encircling a family.
People around them did not attempt to help and instead, despite the weapons in their hands, they fled.
Helpless Woman: Please let my child go. If you want food, eat me!
Crying Child: No! I want to be with mum!
Shu: Darned creatures! How can they treat others like that?!
With the help of Shu and Tefnut, the family was spared from doom. They gave the pair everything in their possession as a token of their gratitude, but Shu merely thought that stepping in was an inherent mission. Seeing the family safe and sound, satisfaction surged in Shu’s heart.
Since then, Shu and Tefnut found and helped many more people in need. But to their surprise, people all around them were indifferent, as if emotionless.
Shu and Tefnut walked through cities, traveled through valleys, and flew across oceans, hoping to broaden their horizons. One day, when they were passing by an alleyway, they saved Ra from a predicament. He then joined them on their journey. On the way, they shared every idea and hence discovered that they shared similar ideas about the realm, prompting the three’s decision to work together and change it in the way they hoped...
On their journey, they happened to see a woman grabbing a maiden, and preparing the punch her. Shu lept into action, driving off the woman. The maiden expressed her gratitude before leaving. However, not long later, they heard someone yelling “Thief!” And the maiden they had just saved was figured as the culprit! It turns out the reason that the woman wanted to hit the maiden was because she stole from her...
Nevertheless, the three insisted on helping others, believing that people’ s values will change someday. Soon after they had left the city, they journeyed into a village. There, they saw a man tied up and berated. Some of the villagers even had weapons in hand...
Angry Villager: Hateful rat! Look, everyone! This is the guy that cost us our home!
Tied Man: Bullcrap! You losing your home has nothing to do with me!
Armed Villager: You said you’re going to develop something. Then you just went and burnt down our forest! Or else we wouldn’t have ended up like this!
Shu: Even if you kill him now, all you have lost will not be restored. All you would have achieved is taking a life!
Shu: Instead of focusing on grievances of the past, you can choose to endeavor to rebuild your home and hope for the future!
Heeding their advice, the villagers released the man. Yet, he silently left without any sign of gratitude or remorse. Still, Shu continued his journey with the two. By happenstance, they heard people discussing a bloodbath: a village was massacred overnight! Upon investigation, they found out that the village was the one they had visited, and the murderer was the man they had personally saved!
Their hope for the realm was utterly shattered. Greed and evil had already corrupted the roots of humanity. The three no longer wanted to change such a realm and instead, they started planning to utilize the Ancestral Elements to create an ideal “ Utopia”...
Fully disappointed, Shu and Tefnut no longer fantasized about changing the realm; instead, they decided to create their ideal “Utopia” with the Ancestral Elements. Since their creation of Spiritual Civilization, they put the Ancestral Elements in their shrine where they stood guard, and the beasts of the Civilization worshipped.
The relationship between the different tribes of the Spiritual Civilization had always been harmonious and neighborly. Shu, watching from above, was content with the sight of this. However, days of peace soon ended...
Once, when Shu was scouting the surrounding area, a Demon army exploited the chance to invade the tribes. If not for Seth, who was stationed at the shrine, the Spiritual Civilization could have been eliminated, and the Ancestral Elements would have fallen into the Demons’ hand.
Since then, Shu always pondered over how to truly protect the Civilization and the Ancestral Elements. Gradually, Shu realized that the beasts were incapable of surviving on their own. Is constant protection the best way to ensure their safety? As Shu was mentally deliberating the issue, a beast’s peculiar howl drew his attention...
When Shu arrived following the howl, he saw Seth subduing a werelion. The place was filled with beasts of the Civilization, dead or wounded.
Shu: Seth! What are you doing?
Seth: It’s deranged! I have to do this!
Shu: How did this suddenly happen? It had been a wise and capable leader! What did you do to it?
Seth: I merely shared a tiny part of Ancestral Elements with it. I wanted to find out if this can unleash their potential...
Shu: Are you out of your mind? Ancestral Elements are enormously powerful! There is no way they can withstand it!
Seth: Right...I indeed underestimated the effect the Elements could bring.
Seth: But you should also understand. If their strength doesn’t grow, extinction will be the only thing awaiting them.
Shu could not refute Seth. At first, Shu too had thought that competition would divide Utopia, but he also realized that the Spiritual Civilization was too weak at the moment. Especially after the Demons’ invasion, Shu sensed the beasts’ over-reliance from them. If not for Shu and the likes, the Civilization could be destroyed.
Shu began to agree with Seth’s standpoint. Merely watching over them could not truly protect them; the best way to do so was to guide them towards unleashing their power...
To prevent beasts from losing their sanity due to Ancestral Elements, entry of all spiritual beasts into the shrine, with the priestesses and tribal chief the sole exceptions, was forbidden. 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, a white cat still succeeded in stealing pieces of the Ancestral Elements, leaving Shu furious. Shu believed that all was caused by revealing the location of the shrine, where the Ancestral Elements were kept. Therefore, he cast a curse upon the Civilization as punishment...
Shu: There shall be no more rain here; lakes and rivers shall dry; the earth shall crack; and crops shall shrivel!
Since then, not a drop of rain fell on the land of Spiritual Civilization. The beasts’ lives were on the brink of death. Tefnut could not bear watching the drought and hence, she begged Shu, hoping he would lift the curse.
Tefnut: Even if your goal is to punish them, it has been quite a long time already. After all, they did not cause the problems.
Tefnut: They have suffered enough. No matter what sins they might have committed, if any, they have already gotten everything they deserve!
Shu: They have to remember that they have once sinned so unforgivably!
Tefnut: If this continues, they will die!
Shu: If that happens, it is still a fate they deserve!
Tefnut: Why did you create them in the first place if you do not care whether they live or die?
Tefnut: How are you different from the horrid Humans if you watch them die? You are cold-blooded like them!
Tears filled Tefnut’s innocent eyes. She knew that the beasts were struggling in pain, and the priestess had been pleaing for Shu’s forgiveness. Shu threw back his head, deeply inhaling; the act brought the winds back to the earth, bringing along with it bands of dark clouds. Upon seeing this, Tefnut understood that Shu had already forgiven them.
Shu: I have lifted the curse. Leave me alone!
Shu turned and flew back towards the shrine when Tefnut’s face was once again wreathed in smiles. She then conjured her godly power manifesting in the form of water elemental cats. They assembled into dark clouds, prompting rain to fall from the sky. Seeing the soon revitalized and increasingly joyous beasts when they saw long-awaited rain, Shu could not help but smile.