‘‘It is a sad tale, one of despair and betrayal.’’ Tao began, with renewed vigour, ‘‘When we die, our spirit cannot cross on to the afterlife as long as everything that attaches it to this world remain. Such as their worries for their loved ones, their fears for their belongings, their hatred for their enemies. Once all of these things cease to exist, or the spirit had found it within themselves to let go, they can proceed, but until then, they are trapped in a dark place of existence, a limbo. It is from this limbo that those who wield dark magic draw their power from, and it is this place that is their doom.’’ he explained with a gloomy tone for extra effect.
‘‘When the goddess Iya-Nami gave birth to the god of fire, Zhu-Nagi, his searing skin scorched her flesh. Fearful she would die, her husband, Iya-Nagi, the god with whom she had created the world, held her close. So grievous were her wounds, she succumbed to death.’’
‘‘To rescue her spirit, Iya-Nagi travelled to limbo, the realm of the darkness and death. Through the black maze he searched, until finally he came upon her, hidden amongst the shadows. He implored her to return with him. She could not, but he insisted. He would not leave her in this place. He swore it.’’
‘‘Iya-Nami agreed to take her husband to see the gods of limbo, to implore them to free her. Meanwhile, remain in darkness, she cautioned him, for the realm of the dead was not meant for the living to see. Taken by foreboding, Iya-Nagi lit a torch and laid eyes upon his wife. No longer the graceful, elegant beauty she once was, Iya-Nami now appeared a rotting corpse, hollow and decayed, maggot ridden and foul. Frightened and disgusted, Iya-Nagi broke his vow and fled.’’
‘‘Through the bowels of limbo he ran, pursued by the fiend that was once his wife. Escaping the cave entrance, Iya-Nagi rolled a boulder in place to block it. Sealed within, betrayed and cursed, consumed with wrathful anger, Iya-Nami swore, one thousand lives would she take each day. One thousand to pay for the broken promise he made.’’
‘‘It is because of that broken vow, it is because of him to whom we owe our existence to, we must also suffer mortality.’’