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    Version 1.0
    October 20th 2002
    
    History of Soul
    The SoulEdge/Blade & Soul Calibur History Book
    
    For SoulEdge/SoulBlade, Soul Calibur, Soul Calibur II for arcade and console
    
    written by: DLG
    E-Mail: God@magicaldreamerz.de
    ICQ: 119465293
    
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    The purpose of this faq is to tell the history of these great games as it is 
    written in them,
    this way people can enjoy the story without actually having to play the games.
    
    This is a compilation of all the texts I've been able to find which are either 
    in the game, manuals or respetive web sites, any help in checking this faq, or 
    rather history book, would be greatly accepted.
    
    You will need to use an editor with unicode enabled to view the japanese 
    portions of this faq.
    
    This faq should only be found at:
    
    http://www.gamefaqs.com
    http://www.psxcodez.com
    http://www.neoseeker.com
    
    or my site:
    
    http://www.magicaldreamerz.de
    
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    1. Legal stuff
    
    2. Soul Edge/Blade
       2.0 Prologue (Manual)
       2.1 Edgemaster Books
           2.1.01 Hwang
           2.1.02 Rock
           2.1.03 Taki
           2.1.04 Sophitia
           2.1.05 Mitsurugi
           2.1.06 Siegfried
           2.1.07 Seung Mina
           2.1.08 Li Long
           2.1.09 Voldo
           2.1.10 Cervantes
    
       2.2 Weapon Room
           2.2.01 Hwang        
           2.2.02 Rock
           2.2.03 Taki
           2.2.04 Sophitia
           2.2.05 Mitsurugi
           2.2.06 Siegfried
           2.2.07 Seung Mina
           2.2.08 Li Long
           2.2.09 Voldo
           2.2.10 Cervantes
         
    3. Soul Calibur Arcade/Website
       3.1 History
           3.1.00 Prologue
           3.1.01 Chapter I: Kilik - Awaken Destiny
           3.1.02 Chapter II: Xianghua - Itenerant Flower of the Breeze
           3.1.03 Chapter III: Maxi - Dandy from the South Sea
           3.1.04 Chapter IV: Mitsurugi - Mercenary in a Warlike Age
           3.1.05 Chapter V: Taki - Dream Shadow of Demon Sealer
           3.1.06 Chapter VI: Voldo - Hell Guardian
           3.1.07 Chapter VII: Sophitia - Second Advent of the Vow
           3.1.08 Chapter VIII: Astaroth - A Soldier of the Heretic
           3.1.09 Chapter IX: Nightmare - Azure Nightmare
           3.1.10 Chapter X: Ivy - Wreathing Blade of Isolation
           3.1.11 Chapter XI: Hwang - Patriot's Burning Soul
           3.1.12 Chapter XII: Yoshimitsu - The First Mechanized Ninja
           3.1.13 Chapter XIII: Lizardman/Plumeria - Jasper Scales of Shudder
           3.1.14 Chapter XIV: Siegfried - A Soul in Purgatory
           3.1.15 Chapter XV: Rock - The Trembling Earth
           3.1.16 Chapter XVI: Seung Mina - Heart and Soul Girl
           3.1.17 Chapter XVII: Edge Master - The Master of Blades
    
       3.2 Stages of History (Website)
    
    4. Soul Calibur Dreamcast
       4.1 History/Profiles
           4.1.00 Prologue
           4.1.01 Kilik
           4.1.02 Xianghua
           4.1.03 Maxi
           4.1.04 Mitsurugi
           4.1.05 Taki
           4.1.06 Voldo
           4.1.07 Sophitia
           4.1.08 Astaroth
           4.1.09 Nightmare
           4.1.10 Ivy
           4.1.11 Hwang
           4.1.12 Yoshimitsu
           4.1.13 Lizardman
           4.1.14 Siegfried
           4.1.15 Rock
           4.1.16 Seung Mina
           4.1.17 Edge Master
           4.1.18 Cervantes
           4.1.19 Inferno
    
       4.2 Mission Books
           4.2.1 Middle Map
                 4.2.1.1 Proving Grounds
                 4.2.1.2 Harbor of Souls
                 4.2.1.3 Silk Road Ruins
                 4.2.1.4 Kunpaetku Shrine
                 4.2.1.5 Palgaea Shrine
                 4.2.1.6 Maze of the Dead
    
           4.2.2 Left Map
                 4.2.2.1 Ostrheinsburg Castle
                 4.2.2.2 City of Water
                 4.2.2.3 The Colosseum
                 4.2.2.4 Shrine of Eurydice
                 4.2.2.5 Money Pit
                 4.2.2.6 The Adrian and the Fortress
                 4.2.2.7 Valentine Mansion
    
           4.2.3 Right Map
                 4.2.3.1 Empror's Garden
                 4.2.3.2 Takamatsu Castle
                 4.2.3.3 Hoko Temple
                 4.2.3.4 Water Labyrinth
    
           4.2.4 Special Missions
                 4.2.4.1 Pit/Swamp
                 4.2.4.2 Secret Dojo
                 4.2.4.3 Chaos
    
    5. Soul Calibur II
       5.0 Japanese site
           5.0.1 History
                 5.0.1.00 Prologue
                 5.0.1.01 Astaroth
                 5.0.1.02 Cassandra
                 5.0.1.03 Ivy
                 5.0.1.04 Kilik
                 5.0.1.05 Maxi
                 5.0.1.06 Mitsurugi
                 5.0.1.07 Nightmare
                 5.0.1.08 Raphael
                 5.0.1.09 Taki
                 5.0.1.10 Talim
                 5.0.1.11 Voldo
                 5.0.1.12 Xianghua
                 5.0.1.13 Yunsung
                 5.0.1.14 Yoshimitsu
                 5.0.1.15 Cervantes
                 5.0.1.16 Charade
    
       5.1 English site
           5.1.1 History
                 5.1.1.00 Prologue
                 5.1.1.01 Astaroth
                 5.1.1.02 Cassandra
                 5.1.1.03 Ivy
                 5.1.1.04 Kilik
                 5.1.1.05 Maxi
                 5.1.1.06 Mitsurugi
                 5.1.1.07 Nightmare
                 5.1.1.08 Raphael
                 5.1.1.09 Taki
                 5.1.1.10 Talim
                 5.1.1.11 Voldo
                 5.1.1.12 Xianghua
                 5.1.1.13 Yunsung
                 5.1.1.14 Yoshimitsu
                 5.1.1.15 Cervantes
                 5.1.1.16 Charade
    
    6. The Reality
       6.1 Interviews (Website)
           6.1.1 Yotoriyama-san
           6.1.2 Ishiguro-san
           6.1.3 Nimura-san
           6.1.4 Ishizu-san
           6.1.5 Yamashita-san
           6.1.6 Inoue-san
           6.1.7 Nakamura-san
           6.1.8 Shibue-san
           6.1.9 Hirata-san
    
       6.2 Weapons
           6.2.01 Katana
                  6.2.01.1 A Short History of the Japanese Sword
    
           6.2.02 Bo Staff
           6.2.03 Tai Chi Sword
           6.2.04 Nunchaku
           6.2.05 Tanto
           6.2.06 Jutte
           6.2.07 Chinese Broadsword
           6.2.08 Tonfa
           6.2.09 Butterfly Swords
           6.2.10 Naginata
    
       6.3 Locals
    
       6.4 People
           6.4.1 Seiyuu/Voice Actors
    
       6.5 Historical facts
    
    7. Version Stuff
    
    8. Planned Stuff
    
    9. Credits
    
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    1. Legal stuff
    
    This faq can't be claimed as the work of another except as the authors, you may 
    not sell this or use it in any way to gain profit. The characters and game are 
    the property of NAMCO. If you want to host this faq on your site contact me 
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    2. Soul Edge/Blade
       2.0 Prologue (Manual)
    
                         The Tale of the Legendary Weapon:
                                     Soul Edge
    
             (as told by bosun Wm. Bones at the Fairweather Inn. 1572)
    
    KNOW THIS;  these whispered  tales of a  sword that  can cut  the very heav-
    ens asunder are true! This SouleEdge exists! Many have tried to possess this
    legendary weapon but all have fallen to a horrible fate. Vercci, the Italian
    weapon merchant  sought out the  blade and you  know of his  grisly end! His
    agent, the pirate  Cervantes de Leon was last said  to possess the sword and
     ------------------------------  has not  been seen  since!  That  blade  is
     |                            |  cursed as sure as I  sit here! Bewarned, ye
     |                            |  are not  the only  one on  this quest!  Ten
     |                            |  wariors  from  around  the  globe  seek the
     |                            |  blade  for  their  own  desires. For  some,
     |         Cervantes          |  Soul Edge  is their  key to  salvation; for
     |            de              |  others,  their route to damnation.  None of
     |           Leon             |  them will  back down  without a fight! Only
     |                            |  the stout  of heart  and strong  of arm can
     |                            |  survive.  Heed  my  warnings!  They  say to
     |                            |  hold  Soul Edge  is to  possess true power,
     |                            |  but ye  cannot hold  on to  it and your own
     ------------------------------  soul at the same time...
    
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    The ten Warriors
    
    
    Heishiro Mitsurugi
            "Lone Swordsman"
    
    Nationality : Japan   Birth Date : June 8
    
    Height : 168 cm       Blood Type : AB
    
    Weight : 59kg         Fighting Style : Mitsurugi
    
    Age : 22              Weapon : Korefuji
    
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    Seung Mi Na "Heart & Soul" Girl
    
             Nationality : South Korea
    
             Height : 159 cm
    
             Weight : 46 kg
    
             Age : 16
    
             Birth Date : November 3
    
             Blood Type : A
    
             Fighting Style : Seung's Long Blade
    
             Weapn : Zanbatoh
    
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                Li Long "Rage of Executor"
    
    Nationality : China   Birth Date : October 23
    
    Height : 168 cm       Blood Type : B
    
    Weight : 55 kg        Fighting Style : Matchless Dragon
    
    Age : 24              Weapon : Nunchaku "Snakewind"
    
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    Taki "Underground Hunter"
    
                  Nationality : Japan
    
                  Height : 170 cm
    
                  Weight : 55 kg
    
                  Age : 22
    
                  Birth Date : Unknown
    
                  Blood Type : A
    
                  Fighting Style : Dream-Slashed Sword
    
                  Weapon : Katana "Rekki-maru"
    
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    Voldo "Hell Guardian"
    
          Nationality : Italy
    
          Height : 183 cm
    
          Weight : 79 kg
    
          Age : 43
    
          Birth Date : August 25
    
          Blood Type : A
    
          Fighting Style : Own Style
    
          Weapon : Katar "Karma & Mara"
    
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    Sophitia Alexandra "Emotional Goddess"
    
       Nationality : Greece   Birth Date : March 12
    
       Height : 168 cm        Blood Type : B
    
       Weight : Secret        Fighting Style : Athena
    
       Age : 18               Weapon : Short Sword "Omega"
                                       Small Shield "Owl"
    
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    Siegfried Schtauffen "Innocent"
    
        Nationality : Germany   Birth Date : February 6
    
        Height : 157 cm         Blood Type : A
    
        Weight : 48 kg          Fighting Style : Own Style
    
        Age : 16                Weapon : Zweihander "Faust"
    
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    Rock "Reckless Commando"
    
       Nationality : New World
    
       Height : 175 cm
    
       Weight : 81 kg
    
       Age : 35
    
       Birth Date : December 14
    
       Blood Type : Unknown
    
       Fighting Style : Own Style
    
       Weapon : Battle Ax "Apocalypse"
    
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    Hwang Sung Kyung
          "The Hero in the Warlike Age"
    
    Nationality : South Korea   Birth Date : August 8
    
    Height : 171 cm             Blood Type : AB
    
    Weight : 60 kg              Fighting Style : Seung's Long Blade
    
    Age : 25                    Long Sword "Bluestorm"
    
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         Cervantes de Leon "The Immortal Pirate"
    
    Nationality : Spain
    
    Height : 17 cm
    
    Weight : 80 kg
    
    Age : 48 (Immortal)
    
    Birth Date : January 1
    
    Blood Type : O
    
    Fighting Style : Possessed
    
    Weapon : Legendary Sword "SoulEdge"
    
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    2.1 Edgemaster Books
        2.1.01 Hwang
    
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    Name:
    Hwang Sung Kyung
    Age: 25
    Born: Dec. 14
    
    Height: 171 cm (5'7")
    Weight: 60 kg (132 lb)
    Blood Type: AB
    Family: Parents (deceased).
    Seung Han Myong (master)
    Weapon:
    Longsword "Blue Storm"
    Style: Seung's Long Blade
    
    
     Hwang Sung Kyung, was born
    in a poor, yet peaceful
    family. He grew up strong
    and healthy despite
    the warlike age.
    
     His childhood memories of
    his parents were of brave
    people with a strong sense
    of justice. However, their
    righteousness was their
    downfall.
    
     His parents' death was
    a painful experience to
    overcome.
    
     Now, he is a man.
    
    "I was protected by a lot of
    people. Now, it is time for
    me to protect others."
    
     He enrolled himself into a
    dojo to learn the long blade.
    
     He had an innate talent for
    it. He practiced as much as
    possible. It didn't take him
    too long to become the best
    student. At last, he could
    have a private lesson from the
    school's master, Seung Han
    Myong.
    
     Master Seung was happy to
    have such a talented young
    student.
    He had a child who was still
    small yet very talented.
    However, one thing worried
    him about his child. It was
    a she, instead of a he.
    
     Master Seung seemed to be
    seriously thinking of adopting
    Hwang as his son.
    
     Master Seung didn't get a
    chance to talk with Hwang
    about it. The world was
    plunged into a dreadful
    situation. Among the Asian
    countries, Japan first
    settled its civil war and
    started invading the main
    land.
    
     It is not too late! People
    rallied under the Sea Force
    admiral Le Shun Jin and
    prepared to defend their
    mother land against the 
    coming invasion.
    
     They started building
    fortresses along the coast
    lines. A Coast Guard was
    formed and Hwang was first
    to volunteer.
    
    Those who were eager to
    devote their lives to the
    savior of their mother land,
    were fervently talking about
    the Legendary Patriot Sword,
    "SoulEdge," that they had
    heard of from the West.
    
     When the rumor spread to
    every part of the country,
    Hwang was ordered to search
    for "SoulEdge."
    "It is time for me to save
    others."
    
       The Pirate's Castle
    
     Noto Castle, belongs to
    Noto-Murakami and Setonai
    Pirates of the Mori Sea Force.
    The island itself is formed
    as a pirate castle and port.
    
     It is said that valuable
    weapons are gathered and
    are stored in this castle.
    
     As a member of the Coastal
    Defense Force, Hwang was
    ordered to investigate the
    pirates. He stowed away in a
    trading ship an d infiltrated
    the castle.
    
     But, when he was leaving,
    he was spotted by a samurai
    guard.
    
    "Name yourself"
    
    Yelled the samurai as he
    drew his sword.
    
     Hwang recognized the man
    and knew he must fight!
    
    Heishiro Mitsurugi
    Age: 22
    Born: Jun. 8
    Weapon: Korefuji
    Style: Mitsurugi
    
       The Lone Swordsman
    
     He is a well-known swordsman.
    And quite a challenge!
    
     Beat him quickly before you
    run  out of time! Others are
    coming!
    
     Hwang defeated Mitsurugi
    with his quick sword attack
    and martial arts. He took
    Mitsurugi's "Nippon Blade"
    and escaped from the castle
    before other pursuers came.
    
       The Old Temple
    
     The Chii Mountain is located
    on the Southern edge of Korean
    Peninsula. At the bottom of
    the mountain, there is an
    historical temple. The temple
    was built in the 4th century,
    and the huge stage in front of
    it has been used for training
    by Seung Dojo students.
    
     Hwang, ordered to search
    for the SoulEdge, stopped by
    to visit his master Seung Han
    Myong before he left for the
    west.
    
     Han Myong said to Hwang,
    
    "I am going to give you the
    final lesson."
    
     Han Myong and Hwang stood on
    the stone stage of the temple,
    then calmly forced each other.
    
    Seung Han Myong
    Age: 46
    Born: Mar. 31
    Weapon:
    Mountain Breaker
    Style:
    Seung's long blade
    
     The Master is the expert
    of the long blade technique!
    
     Survive his attack within
    the time limit!
    
     Hwang skillfully defended
    himself against Han Myong's
    constant attacks.
    
     "Well done! I've taught
    you all I know. Hwang....
    Take my sword and carry on
    the long blade technique."
    
     Hwang was given the Seito
    Sword "Mountain Breaker"
    from his master. He then
    left for the west.
    He didn't know that Han
    Myong's daughter, Mi Na,
    would leave her home to
    follow him a few days
    later.
    
       The Gorge
    
     San Kyo is the deep gulch
    located in the middle reaches
    of the great Chinese river,
    Yangtze.
    
     Hwang, on his trip in China,
    reached the great river.
    
     Hwang was drifting down the
    river when an arrow skimmed
    his cheek!
    
    "Ow! What the!?"
    
    Hwang looked behind and found
    a man standing on the edge of
    his raft.
    
    "That was just to weaken you.
    Now I'm going to finish you
    off!"
    
     Hwang's body numbed the
    arrow's poison. The man drew
    his weapon and attacked.
    
    Li Long
    Age: 24
    Born: Oct. 23
    Weapon:
    Snake Wind
    Style:
    Matchless Dragon
    
       Rage of the Executor
    
     He was an assassin sent by
    the Ming Dynasty. To find
    the killer of his lover Chie,
    he returned to China and
    is attacking every single
    swordsman who passes through
    the gulch.
    
     Before the poison spreads,
    use your throwing techniques
    to defeat him!
    
     After a heavy battle, Hwang
    defeated Li and took his Curved
    Sword "Thunderous Fire"
    which was made in the Toh
    period!
    Fortunately, the poison soon
    wore off.
    
       The Desert
    
     The desert area spreads
    throughout the middle of Asia.
    It is the most dangerous place
    for travellers who choose to
    travel across the continent.
    
     You may notice the remains of
    an ancient Chinese fortresses.
    It is truly a deadly road.
    
    Seung Mi Na
    Age: 16
    Born: Dec. 3
    Weapon: Halbard
    Style:
    Seung's long blade
    
       "Heart & Soul" Girl
    
     As the only daughter of
    Seung Han Myong, she was
    eager to find the Legendary
    Sword. She didn't listen to
    her father who tried to
    stop her and left to find
    SoulEdge. After months of
    following Hwang's trail,
    she finally caught up with
    him.
    
     Even though it has been a
    long time since they saw
    each other, Hwang didn't
    look happy to see her.
    
    "Listen to me! Go back to
    your father."
    
    "Never! I'll never go back
    without the Patriot Sword!"
    
    "Well, if you defeat me,
    you can go on!" Hwang said.
    
    "Prepare yourself!" She cried.
    
     Knock away your enemy's
    weapon!
    
     It was a rigorous battle of
    wills, but Hwang's technique
    overwhelmed Mi Na.
    
     The young girl reluctantly
    gave up on her dangerous
    journey and returned home.
    
       The Colosseum
    
     The secret arena has
    been rumored to have fighters
    gather from all over the
    world. It is said that the
    winner gets a valuable weapon.
    
     Hwang went to the Colosseum.
    
     In front of the Colosseum,
    there was a sign that said:
    
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           TODAY'S BATTLES
           SURVIVAL BATTLE
    DEFEAT FOUR FIGHTERS IN A ROW
             WINNER GETS
         AN EXPENSIVE WEAPON
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     Defeat four fighters in a
    row!
    
    1st Match
        vs. Heishiro Mitsurugi
    2nd Match
        vs. Taki
    3rd Match
        vs. Li Long
    4th Match
        vs. Rock
    
     The battles lasted for a
    long time but Hawng won all
    of the matches.
    
     Hwang was rewarded with
    the weapon "Falchion."
    
       Eurydice Shrine
    
     The Shrins is said to be
    build by the God Hephaestus.
    He was a blacksmith who forged
    weapons and armor, among many
    things
    
     Rumor says that a girl
    received an oracle and was
    given the sacred armor in this
    place.
    
     In the Shrins, Hwang heard
    a voice coming from the sky.
    
    "You, the warrior searching
    for the evil sword SoulEdge.
    Survive my test and prove
    your worth."
    
     A female fighter appeared
    in a flash of holy light.
    
    "She is the rumored one!"
    Hwang whispered.
    
    Sophitia Alezandra
    Age: 18
    Born: Mar. 12
    Weapon: Gaea Sword
    Style: Athena
    
       Emotional Godess
    
     The girl who receiver an
    oracle from Hephaestus. She
    prevents disasters caused by
    those who are misled by the
    evil sword, and travels the
    world with the sword and
    shield forged by the God
    himself.
    
     Defeat all enemies with
    crushing mid-air combos!
    
     Hwang, defeated both
    Sophitia and his own illusion.
    He was given the sword "Sword
    Of Dawn" by the God.
    
     When Hwang held the sword
    in his hand, he felt a warm
    pulse and the will of
    Hephaestus urging him to
    "Destroy the evil Soul Edge."
    
       The Secret Treasury
    
     The secret treasury is
    on an unknown island. The
    millionaire Vercci hid his
    treasure here. There are 50
    meter deep pits, water traps,
    and more to guard against
    theft. It is the perfect
    impregnable treasure island.
    
     Tales tell that there is a
    tremendous amount of treasure
    on this remote islan....
    
     Hwang heard the stories and
    travelled to the island. He
    was tormented by traps, but
    finally reached the bottom of
    the lair.
    
     There was a guardian in
    strange armor blocking the
    brightly sparkling treasure.
    
    Voldo
    Age: 43
    Born: Aug.25
    Weapon: Iron Claw
    Style: Own Style
    
       Hell Guardian
    
     His only task is guarding the
    treasure.
    
     From living in the dark for
    a long time, his eye sight and
    sanity have weakened, but he
    has killed all who have entered
    into the pit with his cruel
    assassination techniques.
    
     Defeat the enemy!
    
     After a deadly battle, Hwang
    defeated the Hell Guardian,
    Voldo
    
     Although "SoulEdge" was not
    among the treasure, he found a
    solid gold sword, known as the
    "Midas Blade" and an important
    clue to the whereabouts of
    "SoulEdge."
    
       The Final Battle
    
     At last Hwang arrived at the
    place he believed "Souledge"
    was located.
    A port harbor in Spain where
    the great pirate Cervantes de
    Leon was once based. The
    pirate ship Adrian lay anchored
    in the dock.
    
    "There's evil all around...
    I must be close!"
    
     Hwang prepared himself, then
    stepped on the ship.
    
     On the deck, he found a man
    who held ominously shining
    swords in his hands.
    
    "Ha Ha Ha! I've been waiting
    for you. Your burning soul
    will soon belong to my holy
    blades!"
    
    Cervantes de Leon
    Age: 48(Immortal)
    Born: Jan.1
    Weapon: SoulEdge
    Style: Possessed
    
       The Immortal Pirate
    
     The great pirate was feared
    by all who sailed the Atlantic
    Ocean. Decades ago, he left
    on a trip tp find SoulEdge for
    the merchant Vercci, but
    disappeared, never to be seen
    again.
    
     Defeat the enemy!
    
     Hwang defeated the ghost and
    found "SoulEdge."
    
     However, in his eyes, the
    legendary sword did not look
    "patriotic."
    "Evil" was perhaps a better
    word.
    
     "How painful to discover the
    Patriot Sword I was searching
    is actually one of destruction."
    
     He raised the sword and
    threw it away, never to been
    seen again.
    
     However, his brave travels
    in search of the Patriot
    Sword were still the talk
    of Korea.
    
     Even though he returned
    empty handed, he recieved
    a warm welcome, What he
    had lost in hope he had
    gained in strength and
    wisdom.
    
     It was not long before
    the war against Japan
    finally began. He entered
    battle to protect his
    mother land displaying
    great bravery, justice
    and love.
    
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        2.1.02 Rock
    
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    Name: Rock
    Age: 35
    Born: Dec.14
    
    Height: 175 cm (5'8")
    Weight: 81 kg (178 lb)
    Blood type: unknown
    Family: Parents: Whereabouts
    unknown.
    Bangoo: His orphaned ward.
    Weapon: Battle Ax
    Style: Own Style
    
     He it a giant living on the
    Savannah of the New World.
    
     He was born "Nathaniel
    William Adams" in England.
    He was nicknamed "Rock"
    because of his strength. His
    father ran a curio store
    specializing in rare weapons
    and was always taken with
    strange antiquities. He had a
    loving mother and with it, an
    idyllic childhood; until that
    fateful day...
    
    "Rock, look at the "SoulEdge."
    Isn't it a beauty?"
    
     His father's wish had finally
    been fulfilled. He showed his
    son the sword in the ship's
    cabin. "At last, "SoulEdge,"
    the hero's sword..."
    
     The storm that buffeted the
    ship scared young Rock to the
    point of tears. His Father was
    too excited to even notice.
    His mother, frustrated, led
    Rock to the hammock. Just then...
    
     Cannon fire sounded and the
    ship rocked from a direct hit!
    Rock screamed in terror. His
    Father and Mother held him
    tight as the cries of the crew
    echoed: "Pirates!"
    
     The Spanish pirate Cervantes,
    confederate of Vercci, the
    Italian "Merchant of Death,"
    had started his attack. His
    goal was none other than
    "SoulEdge."
    
     Father ran to the ship's
    storeroom to hide the"Soul
    Edge," After another explosion,
    Rock's Mother ran after to
    stop him.
    
    "Rock, stay here until we
    return!"
    
     His parents never did.
    Before they could, the ship
    sank.
    
     Rock awoke on an unfamiliar
    shoreline, alone
    
     At first, Rock cried out,
    looking for his parents.
    Eventually he learned to live
    off the land to survive;
    discarding former habits and
    language.
    
    It was at this point that he
    first came upon other living
    people, a tribe native to the
    area. Afraid of the "white
    giant," they would not approach
    him. The child Bangoo, an
    orphan of tribl warfare, was
    the sole consolation for Rock,
    who was now an adult.
    
     From the natives, Rock
    re-learnt about the "people
    across the ocean." Faded
    memoires of his parents and
    even "SoulEdge" returned.
    
     He remembered having heard
    the words "SoulEdge." It was a
    word he had heard often as a
    child. At bedtime, mealtime,
    while being held in someone's
    arms ... a hazy image formed
    in his mind. If he could find
    the "SoulEdge," perhaps he
    could recover his own past.
    He might even find his
    parents!
    
     With his giant ax in hand,
    Rock set out for the land
    across the sea.
    
       The Journey
    
     Savannah, the New Worl. A
    mysterious forest of megaliths
    stands in the center of a wide
    crater.
    
     After taking leave of Bangoo,
    he set out on his quest to find
    "SoulEdge," the key to his
    memories. Rockeventualyy came
    across something strange.
    
    "What's that?"
    
     In this sacred site, Rock
    caught sight of an inhuman
    shadow.
    
     Suspicious, he climbed to
    the top of one of the
    monoliths, where he spied a
    man holding a strange weapon.
    
     The man whirled as Rock
    approached and assuming a
    strange position, suddenly
    attacked!
    
    Voldo
    Age: 43
    Born: Aug.25
    Weapon: Katar
    Style: Own Style
    
       Hell Guardian
    
     Carrying out the will of his
    dead master, Vercci, Voldo set
    out to find the "SoulEdge."
    While his sight and mind have
    decayed with long years of
    lowless living, he still wields
    a quick sword!
    
     Defeat the enemy!
    
    Rock pushed Voldo from the
    edge of the monolith. The
    strange man dropped a parchement
    as he plunged to his fate.
    Rock picked up the piece of
    paper.
    
     At first, the letters
    appeared to be meaningless
    squiggles...
    Finally, he realized that
    the letters were a language.
    
     "S-O-U-L Edge!"
    
    He realized that this note
    was an important clue in his
    search for the SoulEdge.
    
     Carrying a "Stone Club,"
    chiseled from one of the
    monoliths, he immediately
    set out in the direction
    of the setting sun.
    
    The Shrine of Confined Demons
    
     A haunted shrine stood in a
    bamboo grove. It had been
    built by Taki to imprison evil
    spirits. A small shrine holds
    the ghost's haunted weapon.
    
     Rock entered the shrine and
    found the weapon at the altar,
    as he grabbed it, he passed out.
    
     When he came to, many people
    wielding swords stooed before
    him.
    
    "Kill them, cut them down!"
    
    A voice echoed in his head.
    Rock had become a homicidal
    demon.
    
    Heishiro Mitsurugi
    Age: 22
    Born: Jun.8
    Weapon Korefuji
    Style: Mitsurugi
    
     A young warrior who won
    fame during the war. He
    quells demons.
    
    Taki
    Age: 22
    Born: ?
    Weapon: Rekkimaru
    Style:B
    Dream-slashed sword
    
     The female ninja who sealed
    the shrine.
    
     Defeat all who appear!
    
    "What has ... happened to me?"
    
     After defeating Mitsurugi
    and Taki, Rock momentarily
    recovered himself. Another
    Rock appeared before his eyes.
    
    "Let me become one with myself
    again!"
    
     At the end of the fierce
    fighting, Rock was released
    from the ghost's spell. He
    picked up the "Crescent Ax"
    from the shrine's altar.
    
       The Desert
    
     A desert region in Central
    Asia. For the traveller who
    had avoided the perils of the
    ocean journey to cross the
    continent by land, this was
    the most difficult passage.
    
     The ruins of an ancient
    Chinese citadel lay behind,
    but nothing else was to be
    seen on this desolate road.
    
     Rock searched for the
    legendary weapon in the ruins
    of the citadel. However, the
    weapon had already been
    unearthed by someone else.
    
     Footprints led from the
    excavation site. In the
    distance he spied the images
    of a man and woman.
    
    Rock yelled.
    
    "I need that weapon!"
    
    Hwang Sung Kyung
    Age: 25
    Born: Aug.8
    Weapon: Blue Storm
    Style: Seung's long blade
    
     Searching for the "Patriot
    Sword" to save his homeland.
    
    Seung Mi Na
    Age: 16
    Born: Nov.3
    Weapon: Zanbatoh
    Style:
    Seung's long blade
    
     Daughter of a warrior
    family, she left home to
    follow Hwang.
    
     Use the throw technique
    to defeat them!
    
     Rock defeated Mi Na and
    Hwang, taking the weapon
    "War Hammer" which they had
    unearthed. But it was not
    SoulEdge. Rock travelled on.
    
       The Arena
    
     Veteran fighters from all
    over the world gather here.
    It is said that victors are
    awarded with a priceless
    weapon. Rock found his way
    to the arena and took place
    in the contest, hoping
    win SoulEdge.
    
     Defeat all three oponnents!
    
    Li Long
    Age: 24
    Born: Oct.23
    Weapon: Steel Dragon
    Style:
    Matchless Dragon
    
    Sophitia Alexandra
    Age: 18
    Born: Mar.12
    Weapon:
    Sword Breaker
    Style: Athena
    
    Heishiro Mitsurugi
    Age: 22
    Born: Jun.8
    Weapon: Korefuji
    Style: Mitsurugi
    
     After a fierce fight, Rock
    was able to triumph over three
    opponents. Li Long who used a
    nunchaku; the swordswoman
    Sophitia, who mounted a stout
    defense with her sacred sword
    and shield; and Heishiro
    Mitsurugi, with whom he had
    crossed swords as a demon at
    the Shrine.
    
     The victorious Rock was
    awarded the "Twin Ax" as a
    prize.
    
       Ostrhinesburg Castle
    
     Castle of the knight Stefan,
    at war with Marquis Andre. It
    is now the height of battle
    and the castle is about to
    fall. Apparently, weapons
    from around the world are
    kept in the castle.
    
     As a mercenerary of Marquis
    Andre. Rock participates in
    the siege of Ostrhinesburg
    Castle, defended by Sir
    Stefan.
    
     Rock, whose goal is the
    weapons stored there, breaks
    into the huge castle. Mounting
    a furious charge against the
    enemy, he heads for the main
    tower where the weapons are
    stored.
    "Barbarian! So the invasion
    has come this far!"
    Suddenly, a young soldier in
    armor blocked Rock's way.
    
    Siegfried
    Age: 16
    Born: Feb.6
    Weapon:
    Hard Steel Blade
    Style: Own Style
    
     A young mercenary searching
    for the "SoulEdge," with which
    to defeat his father's enemies.
    
    Li Long
    Age: 24
    Born: Oct.23
    Weapon: Snake Wind
    Style:
    Matchless Dragon
    
     An assassin searching for
    the "SoulEdge" with which to
    hunt swordsmen.
    
     Take down the two foes
    within the alloted time!
    
     Upon defeating the mercenary
    castle defender Siegfried
    and the assassin Li Long
    from the East, who sought
    the weapons in the castle;
    Rock obtained the weapon
    "Cross Ax," just as the castle
    fell.
    
       The Secret Treasury
    
     A secret storehouse hiding the
    treasure of the millionaire
    Vercci is located on a nameless,
    solitary isle. Booby-traps such
    as 50 m deep pits and water
    traps are set everywhere to
    repel invaders. It is an
    impregnable Treasure Island.
    
     Rock proceeded to the island
    to find Vercci who wrote Voldo's
    note.
    
     Following the instructions
    in the note, he avoided the
    booby-traps, at last arriving
    in the Secret Treasury at the
    bottom of a pit. In addition
    to glittering treasure was a
    mountain of rare weapons.
    
     A sharp pain shot through
    him as a woman's voice came
    from behind.
    
    "If you leave quietly, I'll
    spare your life."
    
    Taki
    Age: 22
    Born: ?
    Weapn: Kunai
    Style:
    Dream-slashed sword
    
       The Underground Hunter
    
     She, who fought Rock at the
    shrine in Japan, had been
    secretly tailing him.
    
     Although wounded, you must
    defeat the enemy.
    
     Rock defeated Taki despite
    his wounds. He took up the
    "Double Tomahawk" from the
    weapons storehouse.
    
     Rock discovered a journal
    kept in the storehouse.
    
     The journal contained a list
    of the people commissioned by
    Vercci, the owner of the
    storehouse, with the search
    for the "SoulEdge."
    
     The lsit contained the name
    of the msot feared pirate in
    history, Cervantes.
    
    "Pirates ... "
    
     He recalled "that night," a
    faint memory of which had
    remained in the back of his mind.
    
     A sudden explosion, the jet
    black sea, the skull and
    crossbones flag approaching
    the sinking ship ... "Could
    it be the same pirate?"
    
     He decided to track down
    Cervantes.
    
       The Final Battle
    
     Cervantes... the pirate who
    had terrorized the Atlantic.
    While gathering scraps of
    information, Rock visited the
    Spanish port that had been
    the pirate's base in search
    of more reliable leads
    
     The area was quiet, with
    no sign of people.
    
     As he walked around the
    port, Rock was overcome by a
    strange sensation he had not
    experienced before, His mind
    became hazy and his body
    naturally led him towards a
    certain ship ....
    
     When he camee to his senses,
    several ships rocked before
    him. Upon seeing a flag on
    one ship, Rock's eyes opened
    wide.
    
    "Could it be ... THAT flag?"
    
    Rock recalled that nightmare
    night he could never forget.
    
    "Could it be, this very ship
    ... me, my parents ...?"
    
     Rock climbed onto the deck.
    Suddenly, a voice boomed from
    behind, seeming to shake the
    ground.
    
    "I've been waiting for you.
    I'll sacrifice your innocent
    soul to my sacred swords!"
    
     A man grasping a strange
    sword in both hands stood
    there. In contrast to his
    glittereing eyes and sword,
    his pallid face showed no
    sign of life.
    
    "Pirates ... Cervantes ...
    SoulEdge!"
    
     Rock, with a war-cry,
    sprung upon the man!
    
    Cervantes de Leon
    Age: 48(immortal)
    Born: Jan.1
    Weapon: SoulEdge
    Style: Possessed
    
       The Immortal Pirate
    
     This great pirate was feared
    by all who sailed the Atlantic.
    Several years ago, after
    stealing SoulEdge for Vercci,
    the Italian arms dealer, he
    disappeared.
    
     Defeat the enmey!
    
     The pirate lay dead. His
    parents were avenged. As his
    large hands grasped SoulEdge,
    the memory of a child terrified
    by the storm came vividly
    back.
    
     His mother's smiling face,
    his father's strong arms.
    Warm food and a soft bed.
    Memories of his parents'
    love.
    
     His memories melded with
    those of the orphan Bangoo.
    
     Rock remembered the small
    hands grasping his fur
    sleeves, alleviating his own
    sadness. Through the small
    child, he had forgotten his
    own pain.
    
     Perhaps his own parents
    were still alive somewhere.
    But Bangoo's father and
    mother were not.
    
    "Bangoo!!"
    
     Rock chose future happiness
    over past memories.
    
    "I must look after him. I must
    return to Bangoo!"
    
     Thinking of his "family,"
    Rock started his long journey
    back to the New World.
    
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        2.1.03 Taki
    
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    Name: Taki
    Age: 22
    Born: ?
    
    Height 170 cm (5'6")
    Weight: 55 kg (121 lb)
    Blood Type: A
    Family Structure:
    Parents & Siblings (deceased)
    Teacher: Taki
    Weapon: Rekkimaru
    Style:
    Dream-slashed sword
    
     Taki is a highly skilled
    ninja working as a demon
    hunter. As an orphan, she was
    brought up by a ninja master
    named Taki.
    She is an expert spy and a
    great schemer in this age of
    the Civil War. Many military
    commanders employed ninjas,
    but Taki works for herself.
    
     Taki does not have a base of
    operations for she is one of a
    ninja clan now living in
    seclusion.
    
     Among this ninja clan, many
    have extraordinary abilities
    that have been lost or
    forgotten by the general
    population.
    
     Having been blessed with
    supernatural powers, Taki
    chose to travel throughout
    Japan to conquer the evil and
    vindictive demons who threaten
    ordinary people.
    
     Taki forged her own weapons
    which she did with great love
    and care.
    
     Among all her custom weapons,
    her favorite was "Rekkimaru"
    which held supernatural powers
    within.
    
     However, "Rekkimaru's" power
    had began to weaken and about
    this time, rumors concerning an
    "Evil Sword" began spreading
    from southern countries.
    
    The seal at the shrine which
    confined the ancient Fury
    demons was weakening. Taki
    was called to solve this
    problem.
    
     The shrine was full of evil
    spirits, demons, and ghosts.
    "Look at them all! Nothing
    like a good challenge."
    
     She drew her faithful
    "Rekkimaru" and sliced at
    the demon leader.
    
    "What's happened here?"
    
     The demon still stood before
    her. After several attacks,
    the spirit vanished. She was
    extremely surprised.
    
    "This can't be possible. I usually
    kill these things in one
    stroke!"
    
     Her sword "Rekkimaru" was
    displaying an unusual loss
    of power.
    
     After sealing the shrine,
    Taki began to think about what
    was happening. Something was
    affecting her beloved sword,
    but what could it be?
    
     She knew there was no such
    thing in Japan.
    
    "What of that rumor of the
    evil sword, 'SoulEdge'?"
    
     "The sword must be close.
    There's no other explanation
    for this strange phenomenon."
    
     Taki decided to investigate
    this evil sword.
    
     "If there's even the
    slightest chance of saving
    my favorite sword "Rekkimaru",
    I would travel the world for
    it."
    
    The Shrine of Confined Demons
    
     The Shrine of Confined
    Demons is surrounded by
    bamboo. It now contains
    demons nad spirits sealed
    in by Taki.
    
     Taki was told that her
    seal had broken.
    
    "So soon?"
    
    "It is unusual for the seal
    to be broken so quickly."
    
     When she returned, Taki saw
    a demon different to the ones
    she had previously sealed away.
    
    " ... destroy Ninja .... "
    
     Taki realized that this was
    a man manipulated by the evil
    spirit which filled the shrine.
    
    Voldo
    Age: 43
    Born: Aug.25
    Weapon: Katar
    Style: Own Style
    
       Hell Guardian
    
     Carrying out the will of
    his deceased master, Vercci,
    he left on a journey to find
    "SoulEdge."
    
     Upon reaching the shrine,
    Voldo was possessed by the
    evil spirit, his evilness
    being magnified by the
    Fury-Demons.
    
     There is no way of defeating
    him inside this shrine. Knock
    him out of the Ring!
    
     After defeating the demon
    Voldo, Taki sealed his spirit
    inside her "Iron Fan."
    
     "What the...no wonder!" Taki
    noticed that the "Spiritual
    Sword" used to seal the
    shrine, was missing.
    
    "Without it, those demons
    will be released again. I
    must recover that sword."
    
       The Pirate's Castle
    
     The headquarters, Noto castle,
    belongs to Noto-Murakami and
    the Setonai pirates (Mouri
    sea force).
    
    It is a pirate fortress that
    occupies the entire island.
    It has naval ports and serves
    as a sea barrier.
    
     Taki heard of a Demon-Slaying
    samurai, Mitsurugi. She went
    after him, hoping to recover
    the "Spiritual Sword."
    She arrived at the castle.
    
    "He must be the one!"
    
    The samurai guarding the
    castle had Taki's sword at
    his belt.
    
    "Who's there? Come out!" he
    said.
    
    "You! Heishiro Mitsurugi!
    
    Give me back the sword from
    the shrine"
    
     Taki leapt to the attack.
    
    Heishiro Mitsurugi
    Age: 22
    Born: Jun.8
    Weapon: Korefuji
    Style: Mitsurugi
    
       The Lone Swordsman
    
     He is a great samurai with a
    taste for collecting swords.
    While planning a worldwide
    search for "SoulEdge,"
    Mitsurugi was hired to guard
    the castle in exchange for
    using Noto's ship.
    
     Defeat the enemy within the
    time allowed.
    
     Taki defeated Mitsurugi and
    repossessed her sword. The
    other guards chased her but
    she eluded them and returned
    to the empty castle where she
    took "Mekkimaru," the treasure
    sword with power to break
    evil spirits.
    
     She returned to the shrine
    and re-sealed it, then headed
    off to find information on the
    evil sword.
    
       The Narrow Gorge
    
     The deep and narrow gorge
    called "San Kyo" is located
    in the middle reaches of
    Yangtze River, one of the
    great rivers of China.
    
     Arriving on the continent,
    Taki heard further rumors of
    "SoulEdge."
    
     Traveling down the river on
    a raft, surrounded by sheer
    cliffs, she heard a man's
    voice echoing in the deep fog.
    
    "You! I heard you're looking
    for 'SoulEdge.'"
    
     The next opponent, a man with
    a fearsome smile and strange
    looking weapon jumped on the
    raft.
    
    "Sorry, but I must find that
    sword first!"
    
    Li Long
    Age: 24
    Born: Oct.23
    Weapon:
    Snake Wind
    Style:
    Matchless Dragon
    
       Rage of the Executor
    
     He is a royal assassin who
    was sent to Japan.
    He returned only to find his
    lover, Chie, murdered.
    He searches for "SoulEdge"
    hoping it will lead him to
    her killer.
    
     Defeat the enemy using the
    Throw technique.
    
     Taki defeated the skillful
    Li Long in battle.
    
    "Chie---Chie---."
    
     Li Long uttered as he threw
    himself into the river and
    disappeared. "A very skilled
    opponent. I guess he was more
    than just a thief."
    
     Taki continued her journey
    to find evil sword.
    
       The Fighting Arena
    
     This is a secret fighting
    arena attracting strong men
    from all over the world.
    
     Taki arrived here during
    her journey and entered the
    contest.
    
     Gain victory over every
    opponent!
    
    Heishiro Mitsurugi
    Age: 22
    Born: Jun.8
    Weapon: Iron Slasher
    Style: Mitsurugi
    
    Seung Mi Na
    Age: 16
    Born: Nov.3
    Weapon Zanbatoh
    Style:
    Seung's long blade
    
    Hwang Sung Kyung
    Age: 25
    Born: Aug.8
    Weapon:
    Mountain Breaker
    Style:
    Seung's long blade
    
    More opponents to be announced.
    
     First match :
        Heishiro Mitsurugi
    
     Second match :
        Seung Mi Na
    
     Third match :
        Hwang Sung Kyung
    
     Forth match :
        Voldo
    
     Despite the odds, Taki
    defeated all the swordsmen
    and won the weapon "Jutte."
    
       Eurydice Shrine
    
     It is siad that this temple
    was built by the God of Forge,
    Hephaestus himself.
    
     There is a rumor that a girl
    who received a revelation at a
    forest lake was given a "Divine
    Weapon" in this temple.
    
     The temple was tranquil
    inside. In the center of
    the stage, there was a girl
    praying to the heavens.
    Taki tried to sneak up on
    her without being noticed,
    butthe girl caught her.
    
    "You too are searching for
    "SoulEdge," aren't you?"
    
    "What if I am?" Taki replied.
    
    "If you want it, you must
    challenge me first."
    
     The girl turned around
    and her sword radiated
    with powerful rays of light.
    
    Sophitia Alexandra
    Age: 18
    Born: Mar.12
    Weapon: Gaea Sword
    Style: Athena
    
       Emotional Goddess
    
     Sophitia is the girl who
    received the divine revelation
    from the God of Forge. She
    prevents misfortune caused by
    the evil sword, and has
    received her own sword and
    shield tempered by the god
    himself for the very
    destruction of this evil
    thing.
    
     Defeat the enemy using
    the CriticalEdge technique!
    
     Taki defeated both Sophitia
    and her double.
    
     As taki picked up Sophitia's
    "Gaea Sword", she felt the will
    of the God of Forge.
    
    "Destroy 'SoulEdge!'"
    A voice said.
    
            Attack on
       Ostrhinesburg Castle
    
     This is the castle where the
    knight Stefan, who has been at
    war against Marquis Andre
    resides. He had bragged of
    his invincibility but is now
    suffereing defeat from the
    enemy's cannon attack.
    
     It is siad that he has
    collected weaponry from all
    over the world.
    
     As the cannons continued
    their bombardment, Taki
    snuck into the enormous
    Ostrhinesburg castle.
    
     But, a young swordsman
    holding a huge sword blocked
    her way from the main tower.
    
    "No one is allowed past this
    point!" the knight said.
    
    "I have no time to play with
    a kid like you." Taki
    remarked.
    
    "Why you impetuous female...!"
    
    Siegfried
       Schtauffen
    Age: 16
    Born: Feb.6
    Weapon: Flamberge
    Style: Own Style
    
       Innocent Darkside
    
     He is a young mercenary who
    participates in one war after
    another. He too seeks
    "SoulEdge" hoping to avenging
    his father's death. He is
    currently the mercenary captain
    guarding the castle.
    
     The castle will fall tonight.
    Defeat the enemy before sunset.
    
     After defeating the young
    Siegfried, Taki discovered a
    weapon traditionally used by
    the ninja called "Kunai."
    
       The Money Pit
    
     In an isolated island, there
    is a secret storage place
    where the millionaire Vercci
    keeps his fortune. It has a
    50 meter deep pit and some
    under water traps for
    preventing invasions. This is
    indeed an impregnable treasure
    island.
    
     Knowing of the island from
    Voldo, Taki landed on shore
    and penetrated the secret
    storage place.
    
     She was attacked from the
    behind and injured. Gradually
    she felt her body grow numb.
    
    "What's happening to me?" she
    cried.
    
    "Time for you to take a nap."
    
     There, stood a familiar man.
    
    Li Long
    Age: 24
    Born: Oct.23
    Weapon:
    Snake Wind
    Style:
    Matchless Dragon
    
       Rage of the Executor
    
     After his humiliating defeat
    by Taki on the Yangtze
    river, Li Long has thought of
    nothing but revenge, trailing
    her here even past all of the
    perilous traps!
    
     Defeat the enemy before the
    poison takes full effect!
    
     Li Long's attack was more
    furious ever. Though poisoned,
    Taki still won with her awesome
    skills.
    
     Taki found and took the
    antidote. She searched for
    "SoulEdge," but found the
    weaon "Tanto" instead.
    The, she left the accursed
    island.
    
       The New continent
    
     In a savanna in North
    America, there is a huge
    crater with a forest of giant
    stones in the center. The
    natives called it "sacred,"
    but were afraid to visit
    the place.
    
     Taki had heard of the story of
    the pirate who some thirty
    years ago found "SoulEdge"
    off the coast of the New World.
    
     To find out the truth, she
    sailed across the Atlantic and
    arrived on the continent.
    
     After wandering about, Taki
    encountered a man. He reacted
    violently when she uttered the
    word, "SoulEdge?"
    
    "--SoulEdge!!"
    
    The man suddenly attacked Taki!
    
    Rock
    Age: 35
    Born: Dec.14
    Weapon: Stone Club
    Style: Own Style
    
       The Reckless Commando
    
     An orphan, wandering around
    the new continent, Rock
    learned skills for survival
    in the wild. Rock is looking
    for "SoulEdge," the key
    to regaining his lost memory.
    
     The enemy's strength is
    miraculous. Knock him out
    of the ring to win
    
     Taki used her ninja skills to
    knock the giant Rock off the
    cliff.
    
     After talking with the
    locals, Taki found that the
    pirate had not been seen on
    land. She started back for
    Europe.
    
       The Final Battle
    
     Not finding him in the
    New World, Taki decide to
    investigate Cervantes' Spanish
    port base.
    
     Taki had never seen
    "Rekkimaru" had been growing
    more and more fragile.
    
    "This time I must be close!"
    
     After searching the port,
    Taki saw a man holding two
    swords on the deck of an
    anchored ship.
    
    "You've finally found me!
    I'll take your sword's power
    and your soul!"
    
    Cervantes de Leon
    Age: 48(immortal)
    Born: Jan.1
    Weapon: SoulEdge
    Style: Possessed
    
       The Immortal Pirate
    
     He was the pirate once
    feared by all shipping on the
    entire Atlantic Ocean. He has
    not been seen since he uner
    took a mission to find
    "SoulEdge" on the order of
    Vercci, the Italian weapons
    merchant.
    
     This was the cause of the
    disturbance. "This man,
    Cervantes, doesn;t look alive.
     What an awful smell! If he
    is not a mortal man, the what
    is he?"
    
     Defeat the enemy!
    
     Her sword, "Rekkimaru",
    which she created and
    dedicated her life to,
    shattered into pieces!
    Not even a powerful
    enemy like a Fury-Demon was
    that strong.
    
     The demons rejoiced
    at the destruction of
    Taki's sword and swarmed
    after her to avenge
    their humiliation at
    her hands. Taki grabbed
    "SoulEdge" and with a
    simple wave, the demons
    quickly disappeared.
    
    "Now this could be useful!"
    
     Taki realized that she held
    a powerful weapon. But to
    wield great power requires
    control, lest she become like
    Cervantes. Within a half year,
    she was able to forge the
    weapon into an obedient
    servant, melding it with her
    beloved "Rekkimaru".
    
     Not long after, the ultimate
    challenge arose as the
    Fury-Demons once again tried
    to come forth into the mortal's
    world.
    
     Taki, with new weapon in
    hand, met them in combat and
    destroyed the demons once and
    for all!
    
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        2.1.04 Sophitia
    
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    Name:
    Sophitia Alexandra
    Age: 18
    Born: Mar.12
    
    Height: 168 cm (5'5")
    Weight: She would not tell us.
    Blood Type: B
    Family Background:
    Father Ataros, Mother Niek,
    Sister Kathandra, Brother
    Ruches
    Weapon: Omega Sword
    Style: Athena
    
     Greece, the birthplace of
    Cretaceous culture. The
    people's beliefs are starting
    to change to the new ways, but
    the ancient Gods live on in
    their arts and mythologies.
    
     Sophitia is a tidy girl who
    works in a small bakery in
    Athens. She cherishes the
    mythical world of her
    ancestors.
    
     She often prayed to the
    goddess Pallas Athena,
    guardian of her town and
    embodiment of wisdom and
    prudent warfare. Her prayer
    have not been ignored.
    
     One morning, as she bathed
    in a forest spring, a dazzling
    light shined in front of her.
    The light formed the shape of
    a man.
    
     As she stood amazed by the
    sight, the man told her that
    he was Hephaestus, the god of
    Forge. One of the twelve
    Olympian Gods.
    
    " I'm only a mere mortal.
    What can I do for you? "
    
    " Do not fear. I only want
    you to receive my oracle."
    
     "Among all the weapons that
    mankind has created, one sword
    has grabbed the attention of
    the gods. The sword is true
    evil. It was forged blindly
    and now sucks up the hatred
    and pain of its victims. Many
    'deceived' seek this wicked
    weapon."
    
     "If any of them find it,
    disaster will surely follow. I
    will not let a creation of the
    forge such as this ruin my
    reputation. I want you to find
    that wicked sword before
    anybody else and destroy it."
    
     The importance of this task
    was clear and she desired to
    undertake it, but still she
    was filled with self-doubt.
    
     "But I'm just a mere mortal.
    Can I fulfill such a big task?"
    
    "You are not as weak as you
    think. Obtain a mighty weapon
    and you can save your kind. I
    have heard of you from Pallas
    Athena. She says you still
    believe in the Olympians.
    That's why I chose you. No
    other except you can hear our
    oracles anymore."
    
    " Do not worry. Come to my
    temple. I will grant you the
    best arms and Athena will
    always be with you."
    
     Hephaestus then left. Silence
    returned to the spring.
    
     Sophitia went home and
    equipped herself for the
    journey. She left home before
    the rosy-fingereddawn arose.
    May she have the protection of
    the Goddes of Victory, Nike.
    
       Eurydice Shrine
    
     This temple was designed and
    constructed by the god of
    Forge, Hephaestus, one of
    twelve Olympian Gods. It
    recently lay in ruin, but due
    to the power of Sophitia's
    faith it has been restored to
    its former glory.
    
     Sophitia arrived at the temple
    and received the blessed sword
    and shield from the god of
    metalworking.
    
    "Survive your first trial!"
    
    The voice echoed in the temple.
    Lightning flashed and another
    Sophitia appeared before her!
    
    Simulacrum Sophitia
    Weapn: Omega Sword
    Style: Athena
    
     She is a duplicate of Sophitia
    created by the god of Forge,
    Hephaestus to test her.
    
     She looks just like Sophitia
    down to the armor she wears,
    but Hephaestus controls her.
    
     Defeat her!
    
     Sophitia overcame the god's
    trial.
    
    "Well done, Sophitia."
    
    "You eill travel the world
    and waken the deceived with
    your sword. Good luck..."
    
     She realized she had been
    transported to a new and
    strange land...
    
       Unknown Land
    
     A svanna in North America.
    In the middle of a gigantic
    crater, a mysterious group of
    megaliths lie.
    
     The natives fear the area,
    so nobody comes here. Is it a
    site of power?
    
     In this strange place Sophitia
    met a man. He gazed at her sword
    and shield and then raised his
    large ax.
    
    "Put down your weapons!"
    
    At the that momen, she heard
    Hephaestus' voice. "Beat him!"
    
    "Yes, Hephaestus..."
    
    Rock
    Age: 35
    Born: Dec.14
    Weapon: Battle Ax
    Style: Own Style
    
       A Reckless Commando
    
     He was orphaned while a
    child. He wandered about the
    New World and acquired the
    skills to survive in the
    wild. He met a foreign female
    swordsman and challenged her
    to a fight for her beautiful
    weapons.
    
     He has amazing stamina.
    Knock him out of the ring!
    
     Sophitia knocked Rock off
    the megalith. The big man
    fainted away.
    The God spoke again.
    "Sophitia, you are getting
    better. I shall give you
    this..."
    
     He gave her the "Gaea Sword"
    which provides protection
    from the goddess of the
    earth. She headed West...
    
    The Shrine of Confined Demons
    
     This shrine is surrounded by
    bamboo. It used to hold in
    "Fury-Demons." There was once
    a ring of protection around
    this place but it has since
    been broken. These Demons now
    prey on passing travellers.
    
     Sophitia came to this shrine
    on Omi Isle to suppress the
    evil that lives here.
    
     As she approached the shrine,
    a foul creature materialized
    before her. It breathed heavily
    and reeked of evil.
    
    "Gods, please protect me."
    
    Voldo
    Age: 43
    Born: Aug.25
    Weapon: Full Moon
    Style: Own Style
    
       Hell Guardian
    
     To fulfill his dead master
    Vercci's will, he searched for
    "SoulEdge. As he approached
    the shrins, he was possessed
    by a Fury-Demon and has now
    become one.
    
     He has incredible recovery
    power. Beat him with constant
    attacks.
    
     As Sophitia beat Voldo, he
    was freed from the spell. She
    gave Voldo's evil weapon to
    Hephaestus. As a reward, he
    gave her the "Sword Breaker."
    
       Ancient Temple
    
     Mount Chii towers over the
    southern edge of the Korean
    Peninsula. There is a historic
    temple at the foot of the
    mountain.
    
     It is said that the temple
    was build in the fourth
    century. The stage in front
    of this temple is used for
    training by the students at
    Seung's school.
    
     A girl called out to Sophitia.
    
    "You're not from these parts,
    are you? I see you also carry
    a sword. Can you use it?"
    
     The girl challenged her to a
    fight with a long sword.
    
    "Is this a trial?"
    
    But the Gods did not answer her.
    
    "I don't wish to fight without
    a reason."
    
    Seung Mi Na
    Age: 16
    Born: Nov.3
    Weapon: Tiger Fang
    Style:
    Seung's long blade
    
       "Heart & Soul" girl
    
     She is the only daughter of
    the martial art school teacher
    and a master swordsman. She
    has been in a foul mood since
    she was rejected from the
    coastal defense force and will
    challenge anyone in a fight.
    
     Survive her attack within
    the time limit.
    
     Though Sophitia was puzzled
    by this sudden challenge, she
    engaged Seung Mi Na. Then...
    
    " Mi Na! Stop that!"
    
    "Uh-oh. That's my father. Now
    I'm in real trouble!"
    
     Mi Na turned and ran away
    from Sophitia. She shouted
    back as she ran.
    "I'll let you go this time!"
    
    Surprised, Sophitia watched
    her leave.
    
       The Desert
    
     There is a desert in the
    central Asia. It's the hardest
    part for the travellers who are
    crossing the continent
    overland. Nothing but the
    ruins of an ancient Chinese
    fortresses lay in the sand.
    
    "Bandits?"
    
     Sophitia entered the ruins
    of the fortress. She felt that
    someone was sneaking up to her,
    so she looked back. "Who are you?"
    "Give me back the shrine's
    sword." The stranger said.
    "What are you talking about?"
    
     Sophitia was confused as the
    stranger pounced upon her without
    mercy. "It seem there's no
    way to avoid this fight, is
    there?"
    
    Taki
    Age: 22
    Born: ?
    Weapon: Rekkimaru
    Style:
    Demon-slashed sword
    
       The Underground Hunter
    
     She is a ninja who kills demons
    for a living. She came to this
    land following Sophitia to
    retrieve ther weapon taken away
    from the shrine. (The sword
    she gave to Hephaestus.)
    
     Due to the hard trek across
    the desert. Sophitia is
    exhausted. Beat Taki with what
    little energy you have.
    
     Sophitia repulsed Taki. She
    took the "Fire Blade" that
    the ninja dropped as she ran
    away.
    
       Colosseum
    
     There is a secret colosseum
    where fierce warrios gather
    from all over the world.
    Sophitia arrived at the
    colosseum in time for the
    contest. "Prove yourself and
    win the prize." The God told
    her.
    
     Defeat all three fighters.
    
    Heishiro Mitsurugi
    Age: 22
    Born: Jun.8
    Weapon: Water Moon
    Style: Mitsurugi
    
    Seung Mi Na
    Age: 16
    Born: Nov.3
    Weapon: Morning Star
    Style:
    Seung's long blade
    
    Hwang Sung Kyung
    Age: 25
    Born: Aug.8
    Weapon: Falchion
    Style:
    Seung's long blade
    
     In mortal combat, Sophitia
    defeated the following three
    fighters.
    
    First match
      Japanese Samurai,
      Heishiro Mitsurugi
    
    Second match
      Tomboy, Seung Mi Na
    
    Third match
      Hwang Sung Kyung, who's
      trained in the same fighting
      style as Mi Na.
    
     Sophitia got the "Blue
    Crystal Rod" as a prize.
    
       The Secret Treasury
    
     The secret treasury that
    hids the Italiam Vercci's
    treasures. It was built on the
    unknown isolated island at the
    bottom of a huge pit, 50m deep.
    It is truly an impregnable
    "Treasure Island."
    
     Sophitia avoided the pit's
    traps and arrived at the secret
    treasury. Something poked her
    from behind.
    
    "Eeek!"
    
    "Hi, long time no see."
    
    Taki, the Japanese Ninja stood
    behind her.
    
     Sophitia realized she had
    been poisoned as the strength
    left her body. Taki leapt at
    her with an unknown weapon.
    
    Taki
    Age: 22
    Born: ?
    Weapon: Jutte
    Style:
    Dream Slashed sword
    
       The Underground Hunter
    
     She is looking for the
    "evil sword" in order to
    strengthen her own beloved
    sword. She still believes
    Sophitia has the evil sword
    from Japan.
    
     Sophitia is poisoned.
    Overcome this condition
    and beat her.
    
     Sophitia defeated Taki once
    again. The Ninja fled in shame,
    leaving Sophitia alone.
    
     She took the "Rapier" from
    the treasury.
    
          The Capture of
       Ostrhinesburg Castle
    
     Sir Stefan is at war with
    the Marquis Andre.
    His "invulnerable" castle
    is suffering heavy damage
    under the Marquis' modern
    cannonade.
    
    "There is a young man here
    who has a deep attachment to
    the wicked sword. Save him
    from being pulled into the
    dark side."
    
     Sophitia was led to the
    castle by the god's voice,
    where she found Siegfried,
    a young swordsmann...
    
    "Listen to me! You are under
    the wicked sword's control.
    I can wake you!"
    
    "Maybe I don't want to wake
    up!"
    
    Siegfried
      Schtauffen
    Age: 16
    Born: Feb.6
    Weapon: Faust
    Style: Own Style
    
       Innocent Darkside
    
     He is looking for the
    invincible sword "SoulEdge"
    in order to avenge his
    father's death. Presently he
    is the chief mercenary of the castle guards.
    
     Wake him up with a throw.
    
    "Huh, what? ...Fa..father..."
    
     Siegfried's addled mind
    cleared as Sophitia freed him
    from the dark side.
    
     She received the "Apollo
    Sword" that grants protection
    from the sun god.
    
       Decisive Battle
    
     Sophitia tracked down the
    location of the wicked sword
    "SoulEdge." This Spanish
    port is home to the pirate
    Cervantes. Ominous silence
    reigned all around. The pirate
    ship, Adrian, lies anchored
    nearby.
    
    Cervantes de Leon
    Age: 48(immortal)
    Born: Jan.1
    Weapon: SoulEdge
    Style: possessed
    
       The Immortal Pirate
    
     Once he was the most feared
    pirate on the Atlantic. Several
    decades ago, he set off towards
    the New World in search of
    "SoulEdge" as requested
    by Vercci the Italian arms
    merchant.
    
     A fould smell hangs in the
    air. A thirst for blood can
    be felt here.
    
    "It's here as I thought. I
    must be right."
    
     Sophitia felt an evil
    presence emanating from the
    Adrian.
    
     She trusted the gods'
    protection and climbed
    aboard the ship. A strange
    man holding two gleaming
    swords waited for her on
    deck.
    
    "The 'SoulEdge!'"
    
    "I have been awaiting you.
    You are the girl who received
    the oracle. I can't wait to
    feast on your pure soul!"
    
     Beat Cervantes and destory
    the wicked sword SoulEdge!
    
    "Hephaestus!!!"
    
     Sophitia yelled and lifted
    up her Omega Sword high.
    
     At that moment, a dazzling
    light encircled her and a
    thunderbolt shattered the
    wicked sword "SoulEdge" into
    pieces.
    
     From the light, she could
    hear the voice of Hephaestus.
    
    "Than k you for destroying
    the evil swords."
    
     As the light around her
    diminished, her armor, shield
    and sword shrank to the size
    of her palm.
    
     Then, to the amazed Sophitia
    the twelve Gods appeared before
    her and thanked her for her
    courage. Hephaestus smiled and
    they all vanished.
    
     How long has passed since
    then?
    Sophitia now bakes bread with
    her sisters. The past seems
    like a dream.
    
     But, she can still feel the
    loving eyes of ancient gods
    upon her.
    
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        2.1.05 Mitsurugi
    
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    Name:
    Heishiro Mitsurugi
    Age: 22
    Born: Jun.8
    
    Height: 168 cm (5'7")
    Weight: 59 kg (130 lb)
    Blood Type: AB
    Family: All deceased.
    (Natural causes)
    Weapon: Korfuji
    Style: Mitsurugi
    
     This young Samurai known as
    "The Guardian in this age of
    civil war." He is also called
    "The Great Swordsman."
    Although he is feared for his
    fierce fighting, he was born a
    farmer's son in Bizen.
    
     The strong young boy enjoyed
    farming, however after many
    years of seeing his beloved
    farm ravaged by war, he became
    angered and discouraged.
    "It's better to raid than to
    be raided." He said.
    
     In the winter of his 14th
    year, He threw down the hoe
    and took up the sword.
    Studying swordsmanship under
    a powerful clan-lord, he was
    eventually hired as a
    "mercenary for the advent
    of war." It was then when he
    took the name "Mitsurugi."
    
     His original fighting style
    and tremendously powerful
    attacks during battle made
    him quite feared. "He has
    been known to mow through
    foes as if they were like
    a field of wheat." Some say.
    
     He has a spectacular battle-
    field record with several 
    commendations to the rank of
    officer.
    
     Having rejected his military
    commissions, Mitsurugi's only
    desire is that of a worthy
    adversary.
    
     Mitsurugi eventually leaves
    the Urakami Clan, much to their
    regret, to pursue a career as
    a freelance mercenary.
    He fights in every war in the
    land, thus earning his nickname
    "The Guardian in an age of
    civil war."
    
     It is during this time that
    he hears of a new weapon
    "Tanegashima" - a matchlock
    rifle.
    
     "What is this? A firearm?
    It cannot be so powerful.
    It looks like a pipe!"
    Mitsurugi stared in disbelief.
    
     However, even the mighty
    Takeda cavalry was wiped out
    by this weapon.
    
     For Mitsurugi, who has
    fought with a single sword,
    this is an urgent matter.
    "If this weapon is allowed in
    the world, wars will not be
    won by the strong and I will
    lose my job as a mercenary!"
    
     "I must find a weapon stronger
    than that rifle!"
    
     A rumor about the legendary
    sword "SoulEdge" reaches his
    ears.
    
    "That's it. This weapon can
    overpower the fire arm."
    
     Without a second thought,
    Mitsurugi starts his search to
    find the blade. "Somewhere in
    the world, this "SoulEdge"
    exists!"
    
    The Shrine of Confined Demons
    
     In Oni, surrounded by bamboo,
    lies a haunted temple, inhabited
    by a horrible demon.
    
    "A demon. How interesting..."
    
     Upon hearing this tale,
    Mitsurugi heads for the
    shrine...
    
    Rock
    Age: 35
    Born: Dec.14
    Weapon: Crescent Ax
    Style: Own Style
    
       A Reckless Commando
    
     As an orphan on the new
    continent, he learned his
    skills for survivial in the
    wild.
    
     He was possessed by an
    evil spirit upon entering
    the shrine and has now
    become a demon himself!
    
     Fight all who enter the
    shrine!
    
     Mitsurugi defeats the
    possessed Rock as well as his
    malevolent doppleganger.
    "I thought one demon was bad
    enough!"
    
     A fter the battle, Mitsurugi
    finds a sword lying on the
    stone floor. "Could this be
    SoulEdge?"
    
     Mitsurugi picks up
    "Onimaru", the life drinker,
    which can absorb the vitality
    of its owner and convert it
    to attacking power.
    
       The Pirate Fortress
    
     Noto castle is the head-
    quarters of Noto-Murakami and
    the Setonnai pirates. (also
    known as the Mouri sea force)
    The fortress occupies the
    entire island. Naval ports
    act as a sea barrier and
    provide supplies for their
    pirate ships.
    
      Mitsurugi visits Noto castle.
    The chief counselor requests
    him to guard the castle in
    return for his passage tp
    the continent.
    
     That night, He spots a ninja
    creeping into the fortress.
    "To defeat that ninja would be
    quite an accomplishment!"
    
     Sword in hand, Mitsurugi
    intercepts the ninja's flight
    throught the darkness.
    
     "Woman, give up quietly!
    I demand your immediate
    surrender!"
    The woman smiles unexpectecdly.
    "Man, you demand too much..."
    
    Taki
    Age: 22
    Born: ?
    Weapon: Rekkimaru
    Style:
    Dream-slashed sword
    
       The Underground Hunter
    
     Taki is a ninja whose
    specialty is demon hunting.
    She trailed Mitsurugi to the
    castle to tretrieve "Onimaru"
    which he had taken from the
    shrine.
    
     Act quickly, for you only
    have a limited time to
    defeat your enemy!
    
     Mitsurugi defeats the ninja,
    Taki, The chief counselor
    recognizes this great deed and
    gives hime the sword "Iron
    Slasher" as a reward.
    
     A few days later, Mitsurugi
    took a sea force ship to the
    continent.
    
       The old temple
    
     At the southern tip of the
    Korean Peninsula, a historic
    temple rests at the foor of
    Mount Chii, It was originally
    constructed in the 4th century
    but has been rebuil several
    times.
    
     It is here that Mitsurugi
    was challenged by a girl with
    a large weapon.
    
    Seung Mi Na
    Age: 16
    Born: Nov.3rd
    Weapon: Naganaki
    Style:
    Seung's long blade
    
       "Heart nad Soul" Girl
    
     She is the daughter of a
    martial arts master and an
    expert swordsman. Ever since
    she was refused by the coastal
    defense force because of her
    gender, she has been wasting
    her days in frustration and
    has taken to challenging any
    swordsman she encounters.
    
     Use a throw technique to
    defeat her!
    
     "You are a good fighter,
    but you waste my time!"
    
     Using a variety of
    techniques, Mitsurugi defeats
    MiNA. He quickly leaves
    while she is still stunned.
    
     Along his journy, Mitsurugi
    hears an intriguing rumor.
    A swordsman named Hwang is
    searching for a weapon called
    the "Patriot Sword."
    
    "Could this be SoulEdge?"
    
       The Narrow Gorge
    
     Along China's Yangtze river
    is the San Kyo, a deep gorge.
    A canal flows through this
    gorge providing a means of
    transportation for travellers.
    
     As he travels down the canal
    on a raft, Mitsurugi is
    suddenly attacked by a stranger,
    his fellow traveller.
    
    "I will kill you, Heishiro
    Mitsurugi!" shouts the man!
    
     The man brandishes a strange
    weapon and leaps to the attack!
    
     Mitsurugi avoids what would
    be a fatal blow, only receiving
    a small scratch. Suddenly,
    his limbs grow heavy.
    
    "What!? Am I poisoned?"
    
    Li Long
    Age: 24
    Born: Oct.23
    Weapon:
    Snake Wind
    Style:
    Matchless Dragon
    
       The Rage of the Executor
    
     Li is an assassin sent from
    Ming to Japan. He returned to
    his home to find his love
    Chie, murdered at the hand of
    Mitsurugi. He tracked down
    Mitsurugi and waited for the
    right time to strike.
    
     Defeat him before the poison
    takes effect.
    
     Li Long is defeated after a
    bitter fight. Uttering
    his last words "Chi....Chie!"
    
    He flings himself into the
    river and disappears.
    
    "How is it my name is already
    known in this country? And
    who is Chie?"
    
     Mitsurugi recalled all the
    people who held a grudge
    against him. Surprised to find
    there were so many, he stopped
    counting. "I can't help it if
    I fight to win!"
    
     Upon searching Li Long's
    possessions, Mitsurugi finds
    an antidote for the poison
    and the legendary "Kojiro's
    Sword."
    
       The Desert
    
     There is a vast desert in
    central Asia. This is the
    most dangerous part of the
    overland passage.
    
     "Huh? Who is that?"
    
    Mitsurugi spots a swordsman
    up ahead. Hwang waits for him
    in the ruins of the ancient
    fortress.
    
     KnowingMitsurugi is traling
    him, Hwang decides to set up
    an ambush.
    "Hey you!" says Hwang.
    "What do you want from me?"
    
     "Uh...Um..." At a loss of
    words, Mitsurugi draws his
    sword to fight!
    
    Hwang Sung Kyung
    Age: 25
    Born: Aug.8th
    Weapon:
    Mountain Breaker
    Style:
    Seung's long blade
    
       The Hero in a warlike age
    
     Hwang has been ordered to
    find the "Patriot Sword" to
    rescue his homeland.
    
     He had already thwarted
    other attempts to stop his
    quest for the sword.
    
     Strike Hwang while in the
    air to defeat him.
    
    The two fought even though
    they were exhausted from
    travel. Mitsurugi, with a
    surprising burst of energy,
    leapt into the air, struck and
    defeated Hwang.
    
     Mitsurugi steals a map
    showing the way to Western
    world from Hwang, who lies
    unconscious.
    
       The Fighting Arena
    
    The secret arena attracts
    fighters from all over the
    world. The victor receives a
    valuable weapon as a reward.
    
     Mitsurugi arrives at the
    arena with the help of the
    stolen map.
    
     Defeat every opponent you
    encounter!
    
    Rock
    Age: 35
    Weapon: Twin Ax
    Style: Own Style
    
    Sophitia
      Alexandra
    18 years old
    Weapon: Rapier
    Style: Athena
    
    Seung Mi Na
    Age: 16
    Weapon: Naganaki
    Style:
    Seung's long blade
    
    More opponents to be announced.
    
     Mitsurugi defeated all five
    challengers at the arena.
    
     As his reward, he was given
    the supernatural sword
    "Water Moon".
    
     "Water Moon" shines with a
    strange blue light and
    contained the magical power
    to protect its owner.
    
    Attack on Ostrhinesburg Castle
    
     The castle of the Knight
    Stefan is said to contain
    weapons from all over the
    world. His clams of
    invincibility are being hard
    pressed as he vainly defends
    against a seige by Marquis
    Andre and his powerfull
    cannons.
    
     Mitsurugi joined the Marquis'
    forces as a mercenary warrior.
    Sensing the castle's imminent
    fall, he decides to leave the
    campaign.
    
     Under the cover of cannon
    fire and amidst the confusion,
    Mitsurugi decides to search the
    castle for "SoulEdge."
    
    Siegfried
       Schtauffen
    Age: 16
    Born: Feb.6th
    Weapon: Flamberge
    Style: Own Style
    
       Innocent Darkside
    
     He is a young mercenary who
    wanders from one battle to the
    next seeking out "SoulEdge,"
    hoping to avenge his father's
    death.
    As a mercenary captain, He
    guards Stefan's castle.
    
     The castle will soon fall.
     Defeat the enemy within the
     time allowed.
    
     Mitsurugi defeated the young
    mercenary, Siegfried.
    "Yu have great skill, but
    cannot close in to finsih.
    Your concentration is weak."
    "Stop talking and just finish
    me off!" Siegfried growled.
    "Don't have time for that now!"
    said Mitsurugi.
    
    He ventured into the castle to
    seize the "Two Handed Sword."
    
       The Secret Treasury
    
     This secret money pit is
    where the millionaire Vercci
    stores his fortune. Lying at
    the bottom of a 50 meter pit
    on a desert island surrounded
    by deadly rip-tides, this
    treasure island is indeed
    impregnable.
    
    Voldo
    Age: 43
    Born: Aug.25
    Weapon: Guillotine
    Style: Own Style
    
       The Hell Guardian
    
     Carrying out the will of
    his long-dead master, Vercci,
    Voldo has been guarding the
    treasure vault for most of
    his life. His sight and mind
    have deteriorated in the dark
    money pit.
    However, that does not seem
    to have dulled Voldo's talent
    for killing, for no intruder
    has ever escaped alive!
    
     Defeat him by using the
    CriticalEdge!
    
     Mitsurugi was almost over-
    come by the superhuman Voldo,
    but persevered with a relent-
    less attack. "Hmm. They don't
    seem to have the weapon I
    seek."
    
     As Mitsurugi was leaving he
    spotted an aged parchment.
    "This is curious..." The note
    to Vercci told that the pirate
    had captured "SoulEdge" and
    held it in his possession.
    "This is it!" yelled Mitsurugi
    with joy.
    
     Mitsurugi left the island
    with the weapon "Falx" and
    the letter revealing the
    location of the pirate and
    "SoulEdge".
    
       The Final Battle
    
     Following the letter,
    Mitsurugi arrived at the
    Spanish base of the pirate
    Cervantes. Cervantes' ship,
    Adrian, lay anchored in port.
    
     Despite his growing
    excitement, Mitsurugi could
    nopt help but feel the
    menacing atmosphere of the
    desolate Spanish port.
    
    "I have a strange feelin.
    This must be the place."
    
     Mitsurugi sneaked aboard the
    Adrain. The pirate ship reeked
    of blood. Sensing someone
    behind him. Mitsurugi turned
    around...
    
     There stood a man holding
    two swords that pulsed as if
    alive. "Ahhhh. I have been
    waiting for you. I want you
    hot soul for my blades."
    
    "And I have waited long enough
    for those hot blades. "
    said Mitsurugi. "I will take
    them now!"
    
    "Just try boy!" Cervantes
    said.
    
    The man's eyes flared with a
    strange blue light and with
    a roaring sound, his two
    evil swords flew to attack
    Mitsurugi!
    
    "What evil magic is this!?"
    
    Cervantes de Leon
    Age: 48(immortal)
    Born: Jan.1
    Weapon: SoulEdge
    Style: Possessed
    
       The Immortal Pirate
    
     He was the pirate once
    feared by all who sailed the
    Atlantic. Dozens of years
    ago, he disappeard while
    searching for "SoulEdge"
    for Vercci, the Italian
    weapons merchant.
    
     Defeat the enemy!
    
     Even the fearsome pirate was
    not able to defeat Mitsurugi.
    He thought his long journey
    had finally ended here.
    But...
    
     Once he held the swords, he
    knew something was not right,
    
     "These are indeed powerful
    swords, but they are evil."
    
     Long seconds passed...
    
    Then he cast "SoulEdge" away
    without further hesitation.
    Turning himself from the evil
    swords, he sighed in
    frustration.
    
     "This is not what I wanted.
    Never..."
     He realized that "SoulEdge"
    was pure evil, not the
    weapons of legend.
    
     "I would refuse them even if
    given to me!"
    
    
    The end of the civil war...
    
     As the smoke of gunpowder
    cleared over the battlefield,
    Mitsurugi stood alone with
    fresh determination.
    
     His journey to find a weapon
    which can overpower the rifle
    continues...
    
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        2.1.06 Siegfried
    
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    Name:
    Siegfried
      Schtauffen
    Age: 16
    Born: Feb.6
    
    Height: 157 cm. (5'1")
    Weight: 48 kg (105 lb)
    Blood Type: A
    Family:
    Margaret(Mother)
    Frederick(Father, murdered)
    Weapon:
    Zweihander "Faust"
    Style: Own Style
    
     He is the young commander of
    mercenary knightsm, who seeks
    an invicible sword in order
    to avenge the murder of his
    father. He has yet to find
    the murderer or the weapons,
    "SoulEdge."
    
     "I must find the sword and
    have my revenge... I must..."
    
     In Germany, the oppressed
    peasants revolted against the
    Holy Roman Empire. With its
    forces weakened by the Italian
    Wars, the German peasants
    finally had a fighting chance.
    
     One of their champions was
    Sir Frederick, a brave knight.
    While on campaign, Frederick
    met the lovely Margaret and
    spent the night in her arms.
    
     After nine months of battle,
    Frederick returned to find
    that Margaret had given him
    a son.
    
     Frederick realized his love
    for Margaret and named his
    son Siegfried, after the famous
    hero.
    
     Several years passed. His
    father, known as the "gentle
    knight," taught his
    son swordsmanship. He embarked
    upon a foreign crusade,
    promising his return to
    Margaret.
    
     Young Siegfried, without his
    father's gentle hand to guide
    him, fell into bad company.
    
    He banded together with a
    group of outlaws and started
    commiting crimes.
    
     His strength grew and soon he
    led a feared group of thieves
    known as "Schwarzwind" or
    Blackwind. It was then when he
    conceived his master plan...
    
    "We will hunt the cowardly
    knights who ran away from the
    crusades. They carry valuable
    armor and loot. We'll all get
    rich!"
    
     That night. as a war-weary
    group approached, the thieves
    sprang their amubush. The fatigued
    knights were no match for the
    thieves. They defeated the
    knights all too easily.
    
     Siegfried killed the knight's
    commander himself with his
    proud "Zweihander."
    
     He held the commander's
    decapitated head up high in
    triumph.
    
     But, as the moonlight shone
    down, he let out a horrified
    scream.
    In his hand was the head of
    his father, Frederick!!
    
    The horror caused Siegfried's
    mind to snap.
    
     Yelling in grief and fear he
    fled into the forest.
    
     He plunged deeper into his
    insanity, convincing himself
    that someone else slew his
    father. He grew determined to
    find and avenge his father's
    death!
    
     Hearing about the invincible
    sword, "SoulEdge," he has
    come to believe that his
    father's fictitious killer
    can only be defeated by this
    weapon.
    
    "I can't ease my father's soul
    until I find the sword and
    slay his murderer!"
    
        The Conquest of
       Ostrhinesburg Castle
    
     At the castle of Sir Stefan
    a battle rages.
    The marquis Andre uses his
    cannons to bring down the
    once-invulnerable fortress.
    Siegfried is the commander if
    Stefan's mercenary knights.
    
     Sir Stefan's legendary sword
    was quite well known in the
    region. Siegfried sought the
    sword and gained employ in
    order to steal Stefan's
    weapon.
    
     As the battle became fierce
    and the castle was beseiged,
    Siegfried steeled himself
    against the invaders with his
    powerful sword in his hand.
    
    Heishiro Mitsurugi
    Age: 22
    Born: Jun.8
    Weapon: Korefuji
    Style: Mitsurugi
    
       The Lone Swordsman
    
     A samurai who travls around
    the world looking for a weapon
    superior to firearms. He is a
    mercenary for Marquise Andre in
    the attack on Ostrhinesburg.
    He us after the valuable weapons
    which are believed to be kept
    inside the castle.
    
     The enemy is as strong as
    the devil. Beat him!
    
     After stopping the foreign
    mercenary, Siegfried entered
    the blazing castle.
    
    There he killed Stefan and
    took his legendary sword,
    "Grimblade."
    
    "This is it. With this
    sword, I can finally avenge
    my father."
    
     After escaping from the
    burning castle, Siegfried
    rested in the forest.
    He gripped "Grimblade" tight
    in his hand and spoke.
    
    "Sword, grant me invincible
    power!"
    
     But the sword was still.
    
    "Damn it! This is not it!"
    
     Siegfried started feeling
    anxious.
    
    "I must find the right sword.."
    
     The image of his father's
    dead face floated before his
    haunted eyes/
    
     He held his head and ran
    through the dark forest.
    
    "Father, fatherrr!!!"
    
    His cries echoed into the
    valleys beyond.
    
       Eurydice Shrine
    
     This temple was supposedly
    built by the God Hephaestus
    himself. He was the creator
    of armor and arms.
    
     It is said that a young gitl
    received a revelation and was
    offere holy armor at this
    sanctuary.
    
     Siegfried met a young girl
    in a Mediterranean village
    and was taken to the temple.
    
     The sanctuary was tranquil.
    After offering prayers, the
    girl turned and stared at
    Siegfried.
    
    "You're seeking the evil
    sword, aren't you? That
    sword is too dangerous for
    you. Let me help."
    
    "I don't need your help!"
    
    Siegfried yelled.
    
    Sophitia
    Age: 18
    Born: Mar.12
    Weapon: Fire Blade
    Style: Athena
    
       Emotional Goddess
    
     This young girl received
    the revelation of the God
    Hephaestus. With her holy
    weapons, she is sworn to save
    those who foolishly seek the
    evil sword and destroy the
    wicked weapon.
    
     Defeat all your enemies!
    
     Siegfried defeated Sophitia
    and the spectral illusion.
    
     He shouter at the sky.
    
    "I have defeated your little
    girl! Now give me the
    invincible sword!"
    
    But the Gods were silent.
    
    Siegfried's voice echoed
    in vain.
    
    "Why? Why?"
    
     Burying himself deeper into
    insanity, Siegfried laid waste
    to the sanctuary.
    In the rubble. he discovered
    the long "Atlas Sword" hidden
    in a column.
    
     The sky above the sanctuary
    slowly covered with dark mist.
    It was as if Siegfried's
    insanity had attracted an evil
    force.
    
       The Arena
    
     This is a secret arena
    where strong gather from
    all over the world.
    The winner is awarded valuable
    amrs.
    
     Siegfried had heard warrior's
    tales of this place.
    
     At the arena's gate, a sign
    was posted:
    
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          SURVIVAL CONTEST
      THOSE WHO CAN DEFEAT FOUR
      CONTESTANTS IN A ROW WILL
        WIN VALUABLE WEAPONS
    
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     Siegfried entered the contest.
    
    Heishiro Mitsurugi
    Age: 22
    Born: Jun.8
    Weapon: Korefuji
    Style: Mitsurugi
    
    Rock
    Age: 35
    Born: Dec.14
    Weapon: Cross Ax
    Style: Own Style
    
     More opponents to be
    announced...
    
     Defeat all rivals!
    
     After a long battle,
    Siegfried defeated all of his
    opponents.
    
     He won the waved sword
    "Flamberge."
    
       The Desert
    
     A desert stretches through
    central Asia. It is the most
    difficult passage for those
    whp travel across the continent
    to avoid dangerous sea routes.
    Ruins of an ancient fortress
    can be found buried in the
    sands. It is an extremely
    cruel passage.
    
    "Who's following me?"
    
     Although he was exhausted
    from crossing the dry desert,
    Siegfried could still sense
    an enemy at his back.
    
    "Show yourself, Swinehund!"
    
    Siegfried swung his sword as
    he turned. It was Rock who
    Siegfried had defeated at the
    arena.
    
    "That prize shoulde have
    been mine. Give it to me!"
    Rock yelled.
    
    "Oh, you'll get it..."
    
    Rock
    Age: 35
    Born: Dec.14
    Weapon:
    Crescent Ax
    Style: Own Style
    
       Reckless Commando
    
     He was orphaned as a boy.
    He wandered around the New
    World and learned means of
    survival in the wild. He
    started his journy to regain
    memory of his lost past. His
    pride would not allow him to
    take defeat by Siegfried to
    easily.
    
     Triumph in this cruel land
    that drains your strength!
    
     Despite hunger nad thirst,
    Siegfried again defeated the
    giant Rock and with a thrust
    and delivered a mortal blow!
    
    "Ba...Bangoo..."
    
     The dying Rock stared at
    Siegfried, whispered in
    delirium and expired.
    
       The Pirate Castle
    
     Noto castle belongs to
    Noto-Murakami nad the Setonai
    pirates. (Mouri sea force)
    The entire island is a castle
    of pirates and a naval port.
    
     Siegfried's bravery impressed
    the pirates and he was hired
    as a castle guard.
    
     He caught a woman trying to
    escape from the castle.
    Siegfried followed the woman
    and confronted her.
    
    "Surrender yourself!"
    
     She turned slowly.
    Strangely enough, she smiled
    at him and said,
    
    "You can't stand in my way."
    
    She plucked the sword off her
    back and jumped at Siegfried.
    
    Taki
    Age: 22
    Born: ?
    Weapon: Rekkimaru
    Style:
    Dream-slashed sword
    
       Underground Hunter
    
     She is a ninja who
    exterminates ghosts. She
    searched for the "evil sword"
    in order to bolster her
    magic weapon, "Rekkimaru."
    
     Defeat her before you run
    out of time!
    
     As a reward for defeating the
    female ninja Taki, Siegfried
    was given the "7 Branch
    Sword" and passage on a Mouri
    vessel.
    
    "The sword I seek isn't in this
    land, I will seek further..."
    
     Siegfried's mania grew and
    grew...
    
       The Valley
    
     San Kyo is a deep valley
    located in the middle part
    of China's Yangtze River.
    Siegfried heard tales of a
    river thief who had been
    collecting sords.
    He decided to investigate.
    
    "Give up your sword!"
    
     A man dropped from the brifdge
    as Siegfried's raft passed by.
    This man must be the thief,
    Siegfried thought.
    
    "Surrender that sword! It will
    make a fine addition."
    The man demanded.
    
    "You will get my sword."
    Siegfried grinned. "In your
    gullet!"
    
    Li Long
    Age: 24
    Born: Oct.23
    Weapon: Phoenix
    Style:
    Matchless Dragon
    
       Rage of the Executor
    
     He was an assassin for the
    Ming Dynasty. His life ruined
    after the murderer of his
    beloved Chie, he now steals
    weapons from every swordsman
    that travels the Yangtze
    River.
    
     Defeat him by using
    a throwing technique!
    
     "Chie, Chie..."
    
    As he groaned with pain, Li
    Long plunged into the water
    and got away.
    
     After defeating the
    mysterious thief Li Long,
    Siegfried discovered numerous
    stolen swords along the river,
    Among them was a big Chinese
    weapon, "HardSteel Blade."
    
       The Secret Treasury
    
     The wealthy and greedy Vercci
    hid his treasure in a vault at
    the bottom of a 50 m pit on an
    uninhabited island.
    It is rumored to be
    impregnable.
    
     Siegfried and his band, the
    BlackWind, once planned to
    break in to the secret vault.
    
    The attempt failed terribly
    and he lsot many of his men.
    
    "Can SoulEdge really be here?"
    
    Though wounded by the traps,
    Siegfried finally reached the
    pitch-black vault.
    
    Voldo
    Age: 43
    Born: Aug.25
    Weapon: Full Moon
    Style: Own Style
    
       The Hell Guardian
    
     Guarding Vercci's treasure
    gives Voldo the only reason
    to live. Although he is blind
    and insane from his years in
    the dark pit, hi
    assassination techniques are
    fearful and have killed all
    those who have attempted
    to enter the money pit.
    
     The traps have left you weak!
    Fight with what strength you
    have left!
    
     Siegfried defeated the
    guardian Voldo and demanded
    the "SoulEdge."
    
    "Where is it foul beast?"
    
    "Not ... here..." Voldo
    groaned.
    
    "That's not true! Talk!
    Where is SoulEdge? Talk!
    Talk!" Siegfried shook him in
    rage.
    
     But Voldo was no longer
    responding.
    
    He was already dead.
    
    "The sword must be here.
    It must be."
    
     Seigfried thrashed the money
    pit in search of the legendary
    sword but to no avail. The
    sword was not there. However,
    Siegfried would not give up.
    
     Among the ruin of Vercci's
    vault, Siegfried found a
    letter which named the
    location of "SoulEdge."
    
    "At last. Finally I can
    accomplish my revenge."
    
     He took the "Claymore" and
    left.
    
       The Final Battle
    
     Siegfried had found the
    whereabouts pf "SoulEdge."
    The pirate Cervantes de Leon
    once used this Spanish port
    as a base. His ship was still
    anchored nearby.
    
     Death was thick in the air.
    
    "SoulEdge, is it here?"
    
     Siegfried tried to control
    his excitement, but his body
    could not stop shaking as he
    climbed aboard the Adrian,
    the ship of Cervantes.
    
    A short search turned up
    nothing. He heard something
    behind him. He turned.
    
    "Who are you?"
    
    "Ahhh. Such a lovely, insane
    soul you have. I must possess
    it for my own."
    
    "What! Who on earth are you?"
    
     There stood a man holding a
    pair of strange swords in his
    hands.
    
    Cervantes de Leon
    Age: 48(immortal)
    Born: Jan.1
    Weapon: SoulEdge
    Style: Possessed
    
       The Immortal Pirate
    
     A great pirate who was once
    feared by all sailors on the
    Atlantic Ocean.
    
    He went missing several
    decades ago during the search
    for SoulEdge as requested by
    Vercci.
    
     Defeat the enemy!
    
     The great battle is finally
    over, Siegfried's destiny
    was right in front of him.
    
     He grasped SoulEdge in his
    blood-stained hands.
    An incredibly foolish act.
    
     The history of massacre
    within SoulEdge traveled into
    Siegfried, consuming his
    consciousness!
    
    Anger, sadness, agony, horror...
    
    Siegfried's emotions were
    devoured by "SoulEdge."
    
     He realized too late that
    the evil swords had invaded
    him and were using him for
    its own purpose.
    The parasitic swords merged
    with him.
    
     Siegfried screamed as his
    body turned as red as blood.
    Though, it was no longer
    certain he could hear his
    own screams.
    
     Time has passed since then
    and the world ahd regained
    peace for a while.
    
     But now, a horror appears on
    the cliff high above a quiet
    German village.
    
    There, in the moonlight, stands
    a red knight clutching two
    evil swords...
    
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        2.1.07 Seung Mina
    
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    Name:
    Seung Mi Na
    Age: 16
    Born: Nov.3
    
    Height: 159 cm (5'2")
    Weight: 46 kg (101 lb)
    Blood Type: A
    Family:
    Father (Seung Han Myong)
    Mother (deceased)
    Weapon:
    Zanbatoh
    Style:
    Seung's Long blade
    
    "Leave me alone Father! I am
    determined to find the sword."
    
     Seung Mi Na struggled against
    her father's grip as she tried
    to leave his school at Chii
    mountain in Korea.
    
     "Stupid girl! Get back inside
    now!"
    
    "You treat me like a baby!
    I'm doing this for our country!"
    
     Having been born into a
    strict family of martial arts
    teachers, Mi Na grew up
    surrounded by weapons.
    
    She has excellent knowledge
    of martial arts and her horse-
    sword technique is superior
    to even her father's.
    
     However, because of her cute
    looks, she had been teased by
    the neighberhood boys and
    treated like a girl.
    
    "If you ever call me 'cutey'
    again, I'll beat you with
    something harder than this
    stick!"
    
     There were a lot of beaten
    boys in Mi Na's neighborhood.
    
     Her father, Hen Myong taught
    her to be well disciplined and
    always to be faithful and true.
    
    She grew up healthy and strong.
    
    Han Myong thought "She's
    strongwilled, but it's all
    right if she stays here and
    obeys me."
    
     However, an independent girl
    has other thoughts on her mind.
    
     The ever-changing political
    situation in Korea had become
    serious, too serious to be
    called peace.
    War and invasion was avoided
    only by the fact that other
    countries were embroiled in
    their own problems.
    However, neighboring Japan
    geared up for outward
    expansion and conquest.
    
     In these troubled times,
    suppression was turned to as
    a means of control.
    Everyone living in that
    difficult period knew what
    that meant.
    
    "You could be next..."
    
     In preparation for invasion
    from neighboring countries,
    the patriotic people of Korea
    begin to build fortresses
    along their shores.
    Their leader is Le Shin Jin,
    the admiral of the coastal
    defense force.
    
     Then a rumor emerges of the
    "Patriot Sword - SoulEdge".
    The rumor spreads faster than
    the blink of an eye and
    eventually reaches Mi Na's
    ears.
    
    Mi Na has grown into a
    patriotic young maiden.
    
    Barred from joining the
    coastal defense force because
    of her gender, she jumped at
    this opportunity.
    
    "If I find this sword, I can
    save my country. I must look
    for it!"
    
     After packing, she set out
    on her journey. But her
    father discovered what she
    was up to and caught her.
    
    "Hwang has already been sent
    after the sword by government
    order. What if the rumors are
    false?"
    
     Hwang Sung Kyung was the
    best student and swordsman
    at her father's school.
    He had already started his
    search for the weapon.
    There was a possibility that
    the rumor could be another
    scheme, but...
    
     Mi Na had already decided to
    leave. "I am sorry, father!"
    
       The Old Temple
    
     At the southern tip of the
    Korean Peninsula, a historic
    temple rests at the foot of
    Mount Chii.
    It was originally constructed
    in the 4th century but has
    been rebuilt several times.
    
     Running out from her house,
    against her father's will,
    Mi Na stopped at this temple
    to rest.
    There she saw a suspicious
    swordsman.
    
     This man was trailing the
    student Hwang, who also sought
    the "Patriot Sword".
    
    "This man is very suspicious.
    But he may have information
    on the 'Patriot Sword'."
    
     Hoping to get to the bottom
    of the matter, Mi Na challenged
    the man to a fight.
    
    Heishiro Mitsurugi
    Age: 22
    Born: Jun.8
    Weapon: Korefuji
    Style:
    Mitsurugi
    
       The Lone Swordsman
    
     He gained renown as a great
    swordsman in the "Age of Civil
    Wars". When he discovered the
    existence of firearms, he
    started a journey to find
    "SoulEdge" a weapon he hoped
    was greater than the power
    of the rifle.
    
     Mi Na's father and students
    are looking for her.
    Defeat the enemy in the time
    allowed!
    
     Mi Na overcame Mitsurugi,
    but before she could get
    information about the
    "Patriot Sword" from him...
    
    "Oh! My father approaches!
    I can't stay here!"
    
    Leaving Mitsurugi there,
    she quickly ran away.
    
       The Shrine of the
        Confined Demons
    
     The shrine on Oni Isle is
    surrounded by bamboo.
    It was built for the purpose
    of containing horrible Fury-
    demons.
    
    It is said that in the shrine
    rests a weapon capable of
    manipulating the human spirit.
    
     "I wonder if it could be the
    'Patriot Sword'?"
    
    Travelling to Japan, Mi Na set
    off for the shrine.
    
    "There's something here."
    
     She arrived in Oni and
    approached the haunted shrine.
    Suddenly, something burst from
    the shrine!
    
    "Aaaargh!!!"
    
    Mi Na said, "Yow! What's that?"
    
    Rock
    Age: 35
    Born: Dec.14
    Weapon:
    Crescent Ax
    Style: Own Style
    
       Reckless Commando
    
     As an orphan on the new
    continent, he learned his
    skille for survival in the
    wild. He was possessed by an
    evil spirit upon entering the
    shrine and has now become a
    demon himself!
    
     Defeat the demon!
    
     Even though the demon Rock
    rose to attack again and
    again, Mi Na was able to
    finally defeat him.
    
    She retrieved the "Tiger Fang"
    from the shrine.
    
       The Pirate Fortress
    
     Noto castle is the
    headquarters of Noto-Murakami
    and the Setonai pirates.
    (also known as the
    Mouri sea force)
    The fortress occupes the
    entire island. Navel ports
    act as a sea barrier as well
    as keeping the pirate ships
    well supplied.
    
     Mi Na planned to sneak aboard
    a ship and return to China.
    
     When she reached Noto castle,
    she found the pirates were at
    sea. Seeking lodging, she snuck
    into the castle.
    
    There she encountered a female
    Ninja.
    
    "I want the weapon you stole
    from the shrine." The ninja
    said.
    
    "Go away. It is mine now."
    
    Taki
    Age: 22
    Born: ?
    Weapon: Rekkimaru
    Style:
    Dream-slashed sword
    
       Underground Hunter
    
     Taki is a ninja whose
    specialty is demon hunting.
    She followed Mi Na to castle
    Noto in order to retrieve
    the "Tiger Fang".
    
     Defeat her within the time
    allowed!
    
     Mi Na defeated Taki after a
    fierce fight.
    
     She took the "Long Handled
    Sword" from Noto castle's
    weapons store and jumped on a
    ship headed for China.
    
       The Narrow Gorge
    
     The gorge, "San Kyo" is
    located in the middle reaches
    of the Yangtze, one of the
    greatest rivers in China.
    
     Mi Na boarded a raft that
    would take her down the
    Yangtze.
    
     As her raft passed under a
    bridge, a man dropped down
    landing beside her!
    
    "I need to take this raft.
    Leave your sword and get off
    now." The man said.
    
    "Yeah, right!"
    
    "Then, you leave me no choice!"
    
     The man leapt to the attack!
    
    Li Long
    Age: 24
    Born: Oct.23
    Weapon: Falcon
    Style:
    Matchless Dragon
    
       Rage of the Executor
    
     Li is an assassin sent from
    Ming to Japan. He returned
    home to avenge the death of
    his love Chie. Since then he
    has attacked swordsmen on the
    Yangtze, hoping to find her
    killer.
    
     Use the Throw technique to
    defeat him!
    
     Mi Na defeated Li Long.
    Realizing his mistake,
    he gave her te weapon
    "Naganaki" as an apology
    and left.
    
     She continued her journey
    down the river after Hwang.
    
       The desert
    
     There is a vast desert in
    central Asia. This is the most
    dangerous part of the overland
    passage.
    
    After three months of trailing
    Hwang, she finally caught up
    with him in this desolate
    area.
    
     Needless to say, Hwang was
    surprised to see Mi Na here.
    
    "Please go home. Your father
    must be worried!"
    
    "No. I will never, never go
    back until I find the
    'Patriot Sword'." Mi Na
    replied.
    
    "You're hopeless! All right.
    You can come with me if you
    prove your fighting is
    superior to mine."
    
    She smiled.
    
    "No special treatment!"
    
    Hwang Sung Kyung
    Age: 25
    Born: Aug.8
    Weapon:
    Thunderous Fire
    Style:
    Seung's long blade
    
       The Hero in a warlike age
    
     Hwang has been ordered to
    find the "Patriot Sword" for
    his government.
    
     He is having a hard time
    convincing Mi Na, who ran
    away to look for him, to
    return home.
    
     Disarm him to win!
    
     "How was that?" Mi Na
    asked.
    "How can I come with you?"
    
     The two fought to exhaustion,
    but Mi Na ended up the victor.
    
    "Continue your search." Hwang
    replied. "I'll rest here a while."
    
       Eurydice Shrine
    
     It is said that Hephaestus,
    the God of forge, built this
    temple himself. Rumor had it
    that a girl received a
    revelation from him in a
    nearby pool and a "Divine
    Weapon" in this temple.
    
     At the temple, Mi Na heard
    a "Divine Voice".
    
    "You are a strong-willed
    woman. Defeat her and you
    will receive the sword!"
    
     As the Voice faded,
    a female warrior appeared
    in a flash of light!
    
    Sophitia Alexandra
    Age: 18
    Born: Mar.12
    Weapon: Fire Blade
    Style: Athena
    
       Emotional Goddess
    
     Sophitia received the divine
    revelation from the God of
    forge, Hephaestus.
    She received her sword and
    shield from the God himself
    and travels the globe
    preventing misfortune caused
    by all those seduced by the
    evil sword.
    
     Defeat your enemy!
    
     Despite Sophitia's divine
    powers, Mi Na won.
    The Divine Spear "Halbard"
    appeared before her and the
    Voice spoke again.
    
    "Take this weapon and destroy
    the evil sword!"
    
          The Capture of
       Ostrhinesburg Castle
    
     The castle of the Knight
    Stefan is said to contain
    weapons from all over the
    world.
    His claims of invulnerability
    are being hard pressed as he
    vainly defends against a
    siege by Marquis Andre and
    his powerful cannons.
    
    Mi Na arrived as the Marquis'
    forces were assaulting the
    castle. Fire balls streaked
    through the air as she stormed
    the gate.
    
    A soldier blocked her way,
    brandisihing his huge sword.
    
    "No one may pass! Not even
    a little girl like you!"
    
    Her eyes narrowed.
    
    "Little girl? I'll show you
    who's a little girl!"
    
    Siegfried
      Schtauffen
    Age: 16
    Born: Feb.6
    Weapon: Atlas Sword
    Style: Own Style
    
       Innocent Darkside
    
     He is a young mercenary who
    wanders from one battle to the
    next seeking out "SoulEdge"
    intent on avenging his
    father's murder.
    As a mercenary captain, He
    guards Stefan's castle.
    
     The castle will soon fall.
    Defeat your enemy before the
    sun sets.
    
     Mi Na defeated the young
    mercenary as the castle fell.
    
    In the chaos, she grabbed the
    weapon "Morning Star" and
    a map, then made her escape.
    
       The Secret Treasury
    
     This secret money pit is
    where the millionaire, Vercci,
    stores his fortune. Lying at
    the bottom of a 50 meter pit
    on a desert island surrounded
    by deadly rip-tides, this
    treasure island is indeed
    impregnable.
    
     The Ostrhinesburg map
    pointed the way to Vercci's
    money pit and its treasure.
    
     After narrowly avoiding the
    money pit's numerous traps,
    the exhausted Mi Na finally
    reached the vault.
    From its inky darkness she
    heard the sinister breathing
    of the pit's guard.
    
    "Oh! Stay away from me!"
    Mi Na cried out.
    
    Voldo
    Age: 43
    Born: Aug.25
    Weapon: Full Moon
    Style: Own Style
    
       The Hell Guardian
    
     Carrying out the will of his
    long-dead master, Vercci, Voldo
    has been quarding the treasure
    vault for most of his life.
    
     His sight and mind have
    deteriorated in the dark pit.
    However, that does not seem to
    have dulled Voldo's talent for
    killing, for no intruder has
    ever escaped alive!
    
     With little strength left,
    defeat Voldo!
    
     Although he possessed super-
    human strength, Mi Na won.
    With a raspy death rattle,
    Voldo expired.
    "I must get out of this awful
    place!"
    She happened to find a letter
    describing "SoulEdge's"
    location. Taking that and the
    "Sickled Spear" she left the
    island.
    
       The Final Battle
    
     Mi Na located the Spanish
    port that was the base of the
    pirate Cervantes. His ship,
    the Adrian, lay anchored in
    port. All was still.
    
     Mi Na's heart pounded as she
    made her way through the
    desolate port. She could not
    stop trembling.
    
    "What is that smell? That
    horrible smell?"
    
     As Mi Na climbed aboard the
    Adrian, she was confronted on
    deck by a man. He held swords
    that shone eerily.
    
    "Ahhhh. I have been waiting for
    you. You have guts for such a
    little girl." he said.
    
    "Don't call me a little girl!"
    
    "Such fire! Your strong spirit
    will feed my swords well!"
    
    Cervantes de Leon
    Age: 48(immortal)
    Born: Jan.1
    Weapon: SoulEdge
    Style: Possessed
    
       The Immortal Pirate
    
     He was the pirate once feared
    by all who sailed the Atlantic.
    Dozens of years ago, he
    disappeared while searching for
    "SoulEdge" on behalf of Vercci,
    the Italian weapons merchant.
    
     Defeat the enemy!
    
     "I did it, father!"
    
     The evil stranger lay
    defeated at Mi Na's feet/
    Trembling with anticipation,
    she reached for "SoulEdge"
    
    "This is surely the Patriot
    Sword!"
    
    However, the swords were not
    easy to lift.
    
     She lifted the first of
    "SoulEdge's" blades and
    staggered under its weight.
    
    She tried to lift the other
    but fell and was caught
    under them. She thought,
    
    "Can these swords really save
    my country? Look what
    destruction they have caused
    here. I don't want it to
    happen again!"
    
     Annoyed, she kicked the
    swords away.
    
    "Oh well."
    
    She turned and cheerfully
    left the port town.
    
     But her cheerfulness
    diminished as she reached
    home.
    
    "My father might be more
    fearsome than anyone I've
    met on my journey!"
    
     As expected, her father
    stood at the gate, awaiting
    her. But contrary to her
    fears, he greeted her with
    open arms and a smile.
    
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        2.1.08 Li Long
    
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    Name: Li Long
    Age: 34
    Born: Oct.23
    
    Height: 168 cm (5'5")
    Weight: 55 kg (121 lb)
    Blood Type: B
    Family Structure: Parents
    deceased, Mimi (sister),
    Chie (Lover)
    Weapon: Falcon
    Style: Matchless Dragon
    
     After the death of th
    great Eirakutei, the Ming
    Dynasty suffered plundering
    by Southern Japanese pirates
    called the "Wakou."
    
     The emperor finally took
    action and sent Li Long to
    assassinate the leader of the
    pirates. The secret mission
    also included an order to
    retrieve the valiant sword,
    "SoulEdge."
    
     However, the assassin, Li
    Long, did not care about
    "SoulEdge." Taking advantage
    of war-torn Japan, he decided
    to not only target the Wakou
    leader, but also the Daimyo
    feudal lords.
    
     This action was, of course,
    outside the limits of his
    mission, but he had no doubts
    as to his success. His iron
    will would see him through.
    
     However, man is not made of
    iron. His attack on the head
    of a powerful family in Honshu
    went awry, leaving him badly
    wounded. Fortunately for him,
    he was rescued by a beautiful
    girl named Chie.
    
     Chie was a daughter of the
    innkeeper Yahei. As a child,
    she was traumatized by her
    mother's death and lost
    her ability to speak.
    
     Even without words, Chie
    is capable of understanding
    people's sorrow. She devoted
    herself to the care of the
    wounded man.
    
     Li Long gradually opened
    his heart to Chie and the
    two began to love each other.
    Li Long stayed with Chie
    even after his injuries
    healed.
    
     But, destiny did not treat
    him kindly.
    
     While he was away, a fight
    broke out at the inn. In the
    confusion, his lover was
    thought to have been killed.
    "Who! Who did this? Why?"
    The wounded Yahei told
    grief-stricken Li Long that
    a wandering swordsman had
    started it, then fled.
    
     Eyewitnesses thought it
    might be the lone swordsman,
    Heishiro Mitsurugi. However,
    Mitsurugi was not the only
    swordsman wandering the land.
    
    "When I find who did this, I
    will show no mercy!"
    
     Remorse filled Li Long
    until he had a revelation.
    "I will not rest until I
    have hunted down every
    single swordsman."
    
     Li Long discovered that
    Heishiro Mitsurugi was
    searching for "SoulEdge,"
    and decided to follow him.
    
    If I find "SoulEdge," first,
    Mitsurugi will come to me and
    his death. If Mitsurugi is not
    Chie's murderer, I'll just
    continue hunting criminal
    swordsmen. I will also have
    the sword for Eirakutei.
    
     Li Long started to pack
    up for a journey to trace
    Mitsurugi hoping to take
    revenge for his dead lover
    Chie.
    
    The Shrine of Confined Demons
    
     This Shrine is surrounded
    by bamboo. It was built by
    people with supernatural power
    to seal off the "Fury-demon"
    inside.
    
     Mitsurugi had plans to
    exterminate the demon haunting
    this shrine.
    
     Li Long decided ambush
    Mitsurugi at the shrine. But
    the samurai did not appear.
    "Where can he be? Wait!"
    
     Suddenly, Li Long realized
    he wasn't alone!
    "Someone's coming. Could it
    be...?"
    
     He reached for his nunchaku
    in anticipation.
    
    Rock
    Age: 35
    Born: Dec.14
    Weapon: Crescent Ax
    Style: Own Style
    
       A Reckless Commando
    
     Rock was possessed by an
    evil spirit when he entered
    the shrine, and has now turned
    into a demon, attacking people
    indiscriminately.
    
     Attack and defeat the
    supernatural foe!
    
     Li Long defeated the demon
    Rock and seized his weapon.
    
     He modified it to make a
    new weapon, the poisoned
    "Snake Wind."
    
       The Pirate Castle
    
     Noto castle, belongs to
    Noto-Murakami and the Setonai
    pirates (Mouri sea force) It
    has naval ports which supply
    the pirate ships between
    raids. Valuable weapons,
    stolen by the pirates, are
    kept inside the castle.
    
     Mitsurugi had already left
    this place and has gone to the
    new continent.
    "I have no business here
    anymore." Li Long said.
    
     Li Long took the weapon
    "Titan" from the armory. A
    swordsman in a suit of armor
    blocked his way.
    
    "I saw you take that! Come
    with me! You are under arrest!"
    "Never!"
    
     Li Long raised his weapon
    and entered a fighting stance.
    
    Siegfried
      Schtauffen
    Age: 16
    Born: Feb.6
    Weapon: Faust
    Style: Own Style
    
       Innocent Darkside
    
     He is a young mercenary
    lookin to avenge his father's
    death. Because of his great
    swordsmanship, he was employed
    as a mercenary captain
    quarding the castle.
    
     Others are coming. Defeat
    him within the time allowed.
    
     Li Long quickly defeated
    Siegfried and with his
    "Titan," he left the castle
    and escaped his pursuers.
    
     A few days later, Li Long
    boarded a ship for his home
    country in pursuit of
    Mitsurugi.
    
       The Narrow Gorge
    
     The gorge, "San Kyo" is
    located in the middle reaches
    of the Yangtze, one of China's
    great rivers.
    
     Li Long burned with vengeful
    thoughts, concluding that
    Mitsurugi would have to
    pass this main  section of
    the river on his travels.
    
     Li Long had never seen
    Mitsurugi's face.
    
    It was impossible for him to
    recognize the samurai. But, Li
    Long with his iron will had not
    doubts that he could find his
    enemy.
    
    "I'll attack every swordsman
    traveling on this river!"
    
    Seung Mi Na
    Age: 16
    BornL Nov.3
    Weapon: Zanbatoh
    Style:
    Seung's long blade
    
    Taki
    Age: 22
    Born: ?
    Weapon: Rekkimaru
    Style:
    Dream-slashed sword
    
    Sophitia
    Age: 18
    Born: Mar.12
    Weapon: Gaea Sword
    Style: Athena
    
     Defeat every opponent!
    
     Li Long fought several
    swordsmen, but Mitsurugi did
    not appear.
    
     He crafted the weapons
    seized from swordsmen on the
    river and made "Phoenix,"
    a new nunchaku with shackle
    attached. Frustrated by
    Mitsurugi's absence, he left
    the gorge.
    
       The Desert
    
     There is a desert area in
    central Asia. For people who
    travel across the continent
    avoiding the dangerous sea
    route, this desert is the most
    dangerous part of the overland
    route.
    Except for the ruin of an
    ancient Chinese fortress, the
    area is barren.
    
    "You! What do you want from
    me?"
    
     The man addressed Li Long.
    His height and size were the
    same as Mitsurugi's but this
    was not him. He was no Japanese
    samurai.
    
    "You are not who I thought you were."
    
     Li Long readied his nunchaku
    and stepped closer to the
    man.
    
    "But, I'm not one to turn
    down a challenge!"
    
    Hwang Sung Kyung
    Age: 25
    Born: Aug.8
    Weapon:Nippon Blade
    Style:
    Seung's long blade
    
       The Hero in a Warlike Age
    
     Hwang is the swordsman who
    was ordered to find the
    "Patriot Sword" to save his
    country.
    
     Having already been ambushed
    and followed by bandits, Hwang
    was constantly vigilant.
    
     Use an Air-Combination
    technique to defeat him.
    
     Li Long defeated Hwang Sung
    Kyung, seized his weapon,
    "Steel Dragon" and a map of
    the world.
    
       The Fighting Arena
    
     This is a secret fighting
    arena which attracts warriors
    from all over the globe.
    "A Japanese samurai is
    fighting furiously at the
    arena."
    
     Li Long heard this and
    immediately rushed to the
    arena.
    
     At the arena, the following
    schedule was posted:
    
    --------------------------
           TODAY's FIGHT
          SURVIVAL MATCH
    WINNER RECEIVES A VALUABLE
              WEAPON!
    --------------------------
    
     Li Long applied for the
    match at once.
    
     "I will continue fighting
    until I defeat Mitsurugi!"
    
     After a long fight against
    his lover's attacker, Li Long
    finally defeated Mitsurugi.
    He tried to find out about the
    terrible incident by
    questioning him. "Confess!
    You killed the daughter
    of an innkeeper in
    Honshu!" Li Long yelled.
    "...you are mistaken. I would
    never... kill a woman."
    
     Although Li Long wanted
    justice, he did not think
    Mitsurugi was lying. The
    mortal wound to Chie could
    not have been made by
    Mitsurugi's sword.
    "If not him, then who?"
    
     That night, Li Long set off
    for "SoulEdge" taking the
    prize weapon "White Tiger"
    with him. The desire for
    revenge still burned in his
    heart.
    
    "When I get 'SoulEdge' in
    my own hands..."
    
    His anger was his only solice.
    
       Secret Treasury
    
     In an isolated island,
    there is the secret storage
    place where the millionaire
    Vercci keeps his fortune. It
    has a 50 meter deep pit and
    some under water traps to
    prevent against invasion.
    This is truly an impregnable
    vault.
    
    Voldo
    Age: 43
    Born: Aug.25
    Weapon: Guillotine
    Style: Own Style
    
       The Hell Guardian
    
     Carrying out his dead
    master's wishes, Voldo has
    been guarding the treasure
    in this secret storage
    place. His sight and mind
    have deteriorated due to
    his prolonged seclusion
    in the dark pit. However,
    thanks to Voldo's great
    skill, no man has ever
    lived to see Vercci's
    treasure.
    
     Defeat all who enter!
    
    Taki
    Age: 22
    Born: ?
    Weapon: Jutte
    Style:
    Dream-slashed sword
    
       Underground Hunter
    
     She is a ninja whose
    specialty is conquering
    demons. She has been looking
    for the evil sword hoping to
    strengthen her own weapon.
    She trailed Li Long into the
    vault.
    
     In the depths of the pit,
    Li Long defeated the guard,
    Voldo, and the ninja, Taki.
    But, could not find "SoulEdge"
    among the treasures.
    
     Taking information from
    Vercci's notes, Li Long
    seized the weapon "Asura"
    and left the island.
    
       The Pirate Ship
    
     Li Long traced the location
    of "SoulEdge" to a port where
    the pirate, Cervantes once had
    his base.
    
     Li Long looked at the pirate
    ship, Adrian, at anchor in
    the port.
    It was a menacing place with
    no sign of life.
    "I have finally found it."
    
     Having been unable to find
    his lover's attacker, Li Long's
    hopes were now pinned on the
    heroic sword, "SoulEdge."
    
     Li Long climbed on board
    the Adrian. There stood a
    man holding two brightly
    glowing swords.
    
    "Come to me! Your soul will
    be as sweet as that of your
    lover's!"
    
    Cervantes de Leon
    Age: 43(immortal)
    BornL Jan.1
    WeaponL SoulEdge
    Style: Possessed
    
       The Imoortal Pirate
    
     He was the pirate once feared
    by all shipping on the entire
    AtlanticOcean. Dozens of years
    ago, he disappeared while on a
    mission to find "SoulEdge"
    as requestd by Vercci, the
    Italian weapons merchant.
    
     Defeat the enemy!
    
     Falling to his knees, Li
    Long saw that the ground was
    covered in blood. Losing
    consciousness, he did not know
    whether the blood was his own
    or his enemy's.
    He began to realize that the
    evil man with "SoulEdge" was
    lying dead in front of him.
    
     With heavy sighs, slowly he
    tried to reach "SoulEdge,"
    but he was only grabbing the
    air.
    
    "Chie----Chie!!"
    
     At a monastery in Honshu,
    Chie slowly opened her eyes.
    It was a miracle. There was a
    large sword scar on her back,
    but she was going to live!
    
     Since Li Long left on his
    journey of revenge, nearly a
    month had passed.
    
     Chie knew in her heart that
    Li Long had died. She wept
    for months.
    
     Half a year later, Chie and
    Li Long's love was producing a
    new life. Dreaming about her
    lover, on a continent far
    away, Chie whispered her first
    words in years...
    
    "Please Li Long, protect our
    child...."
    
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        2.1.09 Voldo
    
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    Name: Voldo
    Age: 43
    Born: Aug.25
    
    Height: 183 cm (5'11")
    Weight: 79 kg (173 lb)
    Blood Type: A
    Family: All deceased
    Weapon: Katar
    Style: Own Style
    
     After the Discovery of the
    new world, Europ entered a
    new era of trade, art and wars
    driven by colonization and
    conquest.
    
     The time was right for
    merchants to make a fortune.
    
     One such Italian merchant
    dealt with the invincible
    Spanish Armada and grew rich
    from supplying weapons. He
    became known as "The Merchant
    of Death."
    
    "You will bring me the
    legendary swords, 'SoulEdge!'"
    
     This merchant, named Vercci,
    heard the whispered rumors of
    "an object that would satisfy
    every earthly desire." He
    started a scheme to find the
    mystical weapons.
    
     Vercci's younger brothers
    opposed his plan. Strange how
    they were soon recruited into
    the army and out of his way.
    He promoted his right-hand
    man, Voldo, to lead the search
    instead.
    
     Vercci used every means
    necessary to track down
    "SoulEdge." Mercenary armies
    searched the land for him,
    and when that didn't work,
    cut-throats and pirates
    scoured the seven seas; but
    to no avail...
    
     Growing furious with his
    aides, Vercci decided to lead
    the search himself and took
    his fleet to sea.
    
     He took his fleet around the
    Cape of Good Hope and headed
    east. Along the way, he
    aquiredrare exotic arms and
    riches at Easter ports. Then,
    he received the news.
    
    "No! This cannot be!"
    
     In his homeland, war had
    broken out between the two
    great powers. "The Italian
    Wars."
    
     The flames of war had finally
    reached the politically
    unstable Italy.
    Ironically, the target of these
    invaders was the "Merchant
    of Death" himself.
    To return would be suicide.
    
     Vercci's home had been seized
    and destroyed. All his wealth
    was gone. All he had left was
    his fleet and their treasures.
    His anger turned into real
    madness.
    
    "I will not lose my treasure!
    They'll never find it!"
    
     Vercci and his fleet sailed
    to an uninhabited island. His
    crew dug a massive pit.
    A vault, guarded with deadly
    traps, housed Vercci's
    remaining treasure and
    weapons. Voldo then executed
    the crew, lest they give away
    the vault's location. For his
    loyalty, he was sealed alive
    inside the vault.
    
     By the time the vault was
    finished and sealed, the
    "Italian Wars" had ceased.
    
     But Vercci never made it back
    to Italy alive.
    
     Voldo went blind and insane
    from his years in the pit. His
    only reason for being was to
    guard Vercci's secret treasury.
    
     Only Voldo's talent for murder
    remained keen after all those
    lonely years...
    
       The Secret Treasury
    
     This secret money pit is
    where the millionaire Vercci
    stores his fortune. Lying at
    the bottom of a 50 meter pit
    on a desert island surrounded
    by deadly rip-tides, this
    treasure island is indeed
    impregnable.
    
     The ghostly voice of the
    long-dead Vercci rung in
    Voldo's ears.
    
    "Voldo, protect my treasure!"
    
    Sophitia Alexandra
    Age: 18
    Born: Mar.12
    Weapon: Omega Sword
    Style: Athena
    
       Emotional Goddess
    
     Sophitia received the divine
    relevation from the God of
    Forge, Hephaestus. She received
    her sword and shield from the
    God himself.
    
     Beat her!
    
     Voldo enjoyed slaying the
    intruder Sohpitia. The voice
    of his master spoke again.
    
    "Well done, Voldo. Feel free
    to use another weapon from my
    treasury."
    
     Voldo selected the razor-sharp
    "Full Moon."
    
       Recollection
    
     Another foolhardy adventurer
    made his way into the Money
    Pit.
    
     Voldo kneeld at Vercci's
    throne and uttered a promise.
    
    "Master, I will slay him."
    
    Hwang Sung Kyung
    Age: 25
    Born: Aug.8
    Weapon: Blue Storm
    Style:
    Seung's long blade
    
       The Hero in a warlike Age
    
     An excellent student in
    Seung's school, he has been
    commissioned by the coastal
    defense force to find the
    "Patriot Sword - SoulEdge."
    His travels have ended up
    here.
    
     Strike him while in the air
    to win!
    
     The pieces of Hwang had not
    cooled when the voice returned
    to Voldo's mind.
    
    "S..Soul..Edge"
    
    Even to his addled mind, these
    words have great meaning.
    
     Finally, Voldo recalls
    Vercci's vain search for the
    powerful weapon.
    
    "Bring  me SoulEdge!"
    
    "Master, I will not fail you.
    I will find your 'SoulEdge.'"
    
     Recalling Vercci's information
    on the legendary weapons, he
    leaves the pit for the first
    time in decades in search of
    the swords.
    
       Capturing Ostrhinesburg
                 Castle
    
     The castle of the Knight
    Stefan is being hard pressed
    as he vainly defends against a
    siege by Marquis Andre and his
    powerful cannons.
    
     The castle is siad to contain
    weapons from all over the
    world.
    
     Voldo carved his way through
    the enemy's troops as he headed
    for the front gate. The castle
    shuddered from impacting
    fireballs.
    
     A young swordsman with a huge
    sword blocked Voldo's way to
    the tower.
    
    "Monster! You may not take a
    step further!"
    
     Voldo snarled and muttered.
    
    "...Kill..."
    
    Siegfried
       Schtauffen
    Age: 16
    Born: Feb.6
    WeaponL Faust
    Style: Own Style
    
       Innocent Darkside
    
     Seeking revenge for his
    father's death, he searches
    for "SoulEdge." He presently
    is the captain of the Stefan's
    mercenaries.
    
     The castle will fall soon.
    Beat him within the time limit.
    
     After a vicious battle, Voldo
    slew Seigfried. Stefan's armory
    did not hold "SoulEdge."
    Voldo took the "Iron Claw"
    instead.
    
       "Cervantes de Leon"
    
     The spanish port was once
    flourishing but now lies quiet.
    Voldo remembered meeting with
    Cervantes, a pirate hired by
    Vercci to find "SoulEdge."
    Maybe he had the swords.
    
     On the foul ship, Voldo found
    a man with a pair of curious
    swords and a wicked grin. The
    swords glowed intensely.
    
    "Ah, yes. Vercci. I have his
    swords. Too bad he is dead.
    Now join him!"
    
    "SoulEdge!" Voldo growled and
    sprung like a panther to
    the attack!
    
    Cervantes de Leon
    Age: 48(immortal)
    Born: Jan.1
    Weapon: SoulEdge
    Style: poosessed
    
       The Immortal Pirate
    
     Once he was the most feared
    pirate on the seven seas. Upon
    taking up Vercci's search for
    "SoulEdge," he was never
    heard of again!
    
     The enemy takes pride in his
    invincible strength. Survive
    his attack to win!
    
     Voldo fought Cervantes to a
    stalemate.
    
    "If I can't kiil you,"
    the pirate said;"I will banish
    you to the ends of the earth!"
    
    With a roar and a flash of light
    Voldo suddenly disappeared!
    
       The Unknown Land
    
     In a savannah in North
    America lies a gigantic crater.
    Mysterious megaliths cover
    the area.
    
     The locals fear this holy
    area. Nobody ever comes here
    normally.
    
     Voldo awoke to find himself
    in this strange place. Where
    was Cervantes?
    
     Voldo wandered around and
    eventually met a small boy.
    The boy led him back to his
    home and to a big man.
    
    "Bangoo! Stay away from
    him!"
    
     The man shouted and lunged
    at Voldo.
    
    Rock
    Age: 35
    Born: Dec.14
    Weapon: Stone Club
    Style: Own Style
    
       Reckless Commando
    
     He was orphaned as a child
    and grew up in the wilds of
    North America. Voldo's strange
    appearance with his adopted
    son Bangoo filled him with
    fear. He lunged instinctively.
    
     He has amazing stamina. Beat
    him with a ring-out.
    
     Rock plummeted off the edge
    of the megalith.
    
    "B..Bangoo..."
    
    Rock groaned and passed out.
    
    "Rock!" The boy ignored Voldo
    as he ran to Rock's side.
    
     Voldo left this strange land
    and headed east...
    
       The Pirate Fortress
    
     Noto castle is the
    headquarters of Noto-Murakami
    and the Setonai pirates. (also
    known as the Mouri sea force)
    The fortress occupies the
    entire islan. Naval ports act
    as a sea barrier as well as
    keeping the pirate ships well
    supplied.
    
     It is said that rare arms
    are collected and stored here.
    
     Voldo arrive by trading ship
    and sneaked into the castle
    under the cover of night.
    
     As he left the armory, he was
    discovered by the guard.
    
    "Wait!" A samurai leapt out to
    block him.
    
    "What kind of monster are you?
    I will find out with my sword!"
    
    Heishiro Mitsurugi
    Age: 22
    Born: Jun.8
    Weapon:
    Iron Slasher
    Style: Mitsurugi
    
       The Lone Swordsman
    
     He is a samurai who won fame
    as a master swordsman. He was
    planning on travelling overseas
    in search of "SoulEdge" and
    was working as a guard to pay
    for his passage.
    
     Beat him within the time
    limit!
    
     Mitsurugi suffered a defeat
    at the hands of Voldo.
    
     Voldo took the "Guillotine"
    from the armory and left.
    
       The Canyon
    
     The gorge, "San Kyo" is
    located in the middle reaches
    of the Yangtze, one of the
    greatest rivers in China.
    
     Voldo traveled down the
    Yangtze on a raft.
    
     A man's voice echoed down.
    
    "Surrender your raft and
    weapons!"
    
     The man leapt down to the
    raft, he brandished a strange
    weapon.
    
     Voldo almost avoided the
    man's attack, but its blade
    nicked his skin. A numbness
    started to spread over his
    body.
    
     The man's weapon must be
    poisoned!
    
    Li Long
    Age: 24
    Born: Oct,23
    Weapon:
    Snake Wind
    Style:
    Matchless Dragon
    
       Rage of the Executor
    
     Li is an assassin from the
    Ming Dynasty. He was on his
    way to Japan to kill Mitsurugi
    and avenge the death of his
    love, Chie.
    
     Beat him before the poison
    spreads!
    
     Voldo was weakened by Li
    Long's poison, but still over
    -came the assassin's attack.
    
     Defeated, Li Long gave Voldo
    the antidote and the weapon
    "Poison Arrow."
    
       Colosseum
    
     There is a secret arena
    where fierce warrios gather
    to battle for rare and valuable
    weapons.
    
     Voldo stumbled upon this
    hidden place in his travels.
    
     As Voldo entered the great
    colosseum, his blind eyes could
    not read the sign:
    
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           EVENT OF THE DAY
            SURVIVAL MATCH
        WINNER WILL BE AWARDED
              A WEAPON!
    
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     Beat all enemies!
    
     Voldo was victorious over
    all four combatants.
    
     The prize was the "Buffalo
    Horn."
    
       The desert
    
     There is a desert in central
    Asia. It is the hardest stretch
    fro travelers to cross.
    
     Voldo stopped to rest at the
    ruine of an ancient castle.
    
     He was suddenly attacked from
    behind!
    
    "I was here first! The sword
    is mine!"
    
     Voldo reeled from the powerful
    blow as he turned to face a
    masked woman.
    
    Taki
    Age: 22
    Born: ?
    Weapon: Kunai
    Style:
    Dream-slashed sword
    
       The Underground Hunter
    
     She is a ninja who kills
    demons for a living. She
    believes her own magic sword
    "Rekkimaru" is being affected
    by the evil sword "SoulEdge."
    Her search brought her to these
    ruins.
    
     Defeat the enemy in this
    desperate situation !
    
     Against incredible odds,
    Voldo still managed to defeat
    Taki. The ruins didn't hold
    "SoulEdge." but Voldo found
    the weapon "Pata."
    
     Voldo headed for Spain where
    Cervantes awaits.
    
       Decisive Battle
    
     Voldo, once again arrived at
    Cervantes' Spanish port town.
    
     Nothing but silence greets
    his return.
    
    Cervantes de Leon
    Age: 48(immortal)
    Born: Jan.1
    Weapon: SoulEdge
    Style: Possessed
    
       The Immortal Pirate
    
    "Look who is bacl. Vercci's
    lap dog. Your devotion to the
    Death Merchant will only bring
    you death!"
    
     Defeat him!
    
     "I was looking for these.
    Only these were my regret."
    Voldo found the swords at last
    and kneeld down slowly.
    
     He did not remember how to
    express joy, but he was sure
    his master would.
    Holding "SoulEdge" in his
    hands, he pressed the swords
    to his cheek lovingly.
    
     When Voldo returned to his
    "home," he set "SoulEdge"
    into the place of honor. His
    master's weapon collection was
    completed at last. Voldo
    felt a great sense of relief
    
    Deep underground, there is a
    throne made of glittering gold
    and countless gems. On this
    throne, sits Voldo, obedient
    to the new command of his
    long-dead master.
    
    "Guard SoulEdge until the end
    of time!"
    
     Voldo still sits...
    
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        2.1.10 Cervantes
    
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    Name:
    Cervantes de Leon
    Age: 48
    Born: Jan.1
    
    Height: 177 cm (5'9")
    Weight: 80 kg (176 lb)
    Blood Type: 0
    Family:
    The "rethen of the sea"
    are his family now.
    Weapon:
    Wicked Sword "SoulEdge"
    Style: Possessed
    
     The mighty Spanish armada
    held supremecy over the
    Atlantic Ocean. But sometimes
    they were not enough. That is
    where the privateers came in.
    
     Phillip Leon was one such
    privateer. He commanded a
    proud ship with a special
    commission from the Spanish
    King to loot in the name of
    Spain.
    
    He once told his son,
    Cervantes:
    
    "A sailor must always be
    strong and gentle."
    
     Young Cervantes was proud of
    his father. He was devastated
    when his father died at sea.
    Phillip's ship had moved
    alongside an English ship in
    order to plunder it.
    Unbeknownst to him, it was a
    ruse; an English warship in
    disguise.
    
     Their cannon shells shattered
    the Spanish galleon. wiping
    Captain Leon from history
    forever.
    
     The young man received his
    father's hat,his only remains.
    He swore:
    
    "This is where his allegiances
    to the crown have gotten him!
    I will be against all
    countries! I'll become a
    pirate!"
    
     And thus, Captain Cervantes
    the pirate, was born.
    He started a reigne of terror
    across the Atlantic in his
    ship, the Adrian, showing no
    mercy to anyone, even those
    in the invincible armada.
    
     One day, a messenger of the
    "Merchant of Death," Vercci,
    entered Cervantes' haunt, an
    inn called the Black Tail.
    
     He told the pirate of Vercci's
    search for the legendary
    weapons, "SoulEdge."
    
    "This Vercci wants my aid,
    does he?"
    
     The messenger promised an
    exceptional reward for the
    recovery of the swords. But
    the pirate did not like the
    idea of working for anyone.
    What to do?...
    
     Cervantes finally accepted
    the offer as a lark. For a
    year, he searched for Vercci.
    Finally, he came across some
    information.
    
     At a secret antiques auction,
    an English man made a
    successful bid on a "strange
    article."
    
     The ship carrying the man and
    the article was setting sail.
    Cervantes made plans to
    intercept the ship.
    
     There was no conclusive
    evidence that this was
    "SoulEdge," but then why
    should a pirate pass up
    such an oppurtnity?
    
     The sea was stormy as the
    Adrian set sail after the
    passenger ship.
    
    "Get ready, me hearties!
    There she blows! Helmsman,
    hard to port! Ready the
    cannons...fire!"
    
     The boom of cannons echoed
    across the stormy sea.
    Columns of water surrounded
    the passenger ship.
    
     The Adrian came along side.
    Cervantes raised his cutlass,
    rallying his bloodthirsty
    pirates.
    
    "SoulEdge is our prize!
    All else goes to Hades!"
    
    Mysteriously, the pirate
    Cervantes has neither been
    seen nor heard of since...
    
       Imitation
    
     The Adrian, Cervantes' pirate
    galleon, lies anchored in a
    Spanish port.
    
     The town is deserted.
    Nothing stirs even in the
    wind.
    
     A man appears. Could he be
    the pirate Cervantes?
    Then who are you?
    
    This is an evil place where
    strange things happen. Who
    knows where these evil swords
    will lead you?
    
    Your double smiles.
    
    "HE has returned. 'SoulEdge'
    will at last be mine."
    
    Bogus Cervantes
    
        No details
         are known
    
     His mask has yet to be
    uncovered. Is he a swordsman
    who seeks the "SoulEdge?"
    
     Tear this imposter apart!
    
     The battle was short. The
    wicked swords drank heavily
    on the imposter's soul.
    Cervantes took his "Main
    Gauche" as a prize.
    
       Eurydice Shrine
    
     The shrine was built by
    Hephaestus the God of Forge.
    He was a sculptor who built
    many things.
    
     Rumor had it a young woman
    who received a divine message
    in a forest spring was later
    given a sacred weapon here.
    
     Cervantes entered the shrine,
    feeling the vibrations from
    the sacred weapon.
    A Voice boomed out.
    
    "You come to challenge me?
    Fine! It shall be champion
    against champion."
    
     Lightning arced and formed
    a young woman armed with the
    sacred weapon.
    
    Sophitia Alexandra
    Age: 18
    Born: Mar.12
    Weapon: Gaea Sword
    Style: Athena
    
       Emotional Goddess
    
     Sophitia received the divine
    revelation from the God of
    Forge, Hephaestus. She battles
    disasters caused by those who
    were lost to the wicked swords.
    Hephaestues himself made weapons
    to aid her in battle!
    
     Crush all your enemies!
    
     The woman lay crumpled at
    his feet.
    
    "Ha! Is this all the mighty
    God can do?"
    
     The shrine became corrupt
    with evil energy from the
    wicked sword. As a token of
    his victory, Cervantes tool
    "Defender" with him.
    
       The Desert
    
     The desert stretches through
    the middle of Asia. Travelers
    use it to avoid the dangerous
    sea route, but the overland
    passage can be just as deadly.
    
     Along the route lie the ruins
    of an ancient Chinese fortress.
    
     In the past, the wicked sword
    had seen blood shed many times
    in this place. Cervantes was
    led by "SoulEdge" to this
    desolate wasteland.
    
     Today, however, someone is
    among the ruins. The swords
    sing out and hunger for them!
    
    Cervantes attacks!
    
    Hwang Sung Kyung
    Age: 25
    Born: Dec.14
    Weapon:
    Thunderous Fire
    Style:
    Seung's Long Blade
    
     He is searching for the
    "Patriot Sword - SoulEdge."
    
    Seung Mi Na
    Age: 16
    Born: Nov.3
    Weapon: Naganaki
    Style:
    Seung's Long Blade
    
     She snuck away from home
    to follow Hwang.
    
     Beat them!
    
     They were highly skilled
    opponents, but still no match
    for Cervantes and the magical
    swords.
    He too "Jirotoh" from Hwang's
    body and left it cooling in
    the desert sands...
    
       The shrine of the
        Confined Demons
    
     The Shrine on Omi Isle is
    surrounded by bamboo.
    
    It was built for the purpose
    of containing horrible Fury-
    demons.
    
     It is said that in the shrine
    rests a weapon capable of
    manipulating the human spirit.
    
    "I feel a kindred spirit here."
    
    "SoulEdge" tells Cervantes
    as he arrives at the haunted
    shrine.
    
     A great man, who had been
    touched by the evil sword,
    stepped into the light, ready
    to attack.
    
    Rock
    Age: 35
    Born: Dec.14
    Weapon:
    Crescent Ax
    Style: Own Style
    
       Reckless Commando
    
     Orphaned as a young boy,
    he learned to survive in the
    wilderness. His body was
    possessed as he entered the
    shrine for shelter. Now he
    is half-man, half-demon,
    attacking all who pass by.
    
     Knock this monster out of the
    ring, before your power is
    drained by the Fury-demons!
    
     The battle between the two
    possessed men was climatic!
    However, Cervantes was "one"
    with his swords and eventually
    the victor.
    
    As he subdued Rock, the wicked
    sword siphoned up the evil
    energy swimming in the air.
    Rock's evil sword drained
    dry, leaving "Katana" behind
    for Cervantes.
    
       The Canyon
    
     The Yangtze, one of the
    greatest rivers in China,
    flows down the "San Kyo"
    gorge.
    
     It serves as a watery
    passageway for travellers.
    
     After wandering through the
    wildernessm, Cervantes ended up
    travelling down the Yangtze.
    He was driven onward by the
    wicked swords to perform his
    next horrible deed.
    
    A man on a bridge above,
    spied the unusual swords with
    desiring eyes.
    
    "These swords. I must have
    them."
    
    Li Long attacked Cervantes
    without realizing that he
    held the wicked sword
    "SoulEdge."
    
    Li Long
    Age: 24
    Born: Oct.23
    Weapon: Titan
    Style:
    Matchless Dragon
    
       Rage of the Executor
    
     Li is an assassin from the
    Ming Dynasty. He returned to
    find his leve, Chie; dead;
    Hoping to trap her murder,
    Mitsurugi, Li Long waits in
    ambush along the Yangtze.
    He cannot resist the lure of
    "SoulEdge."
    
     Use a throw to defeat him!
    
     Cervantes found li Long's
    nunchaku attack curious, but
    it was not enough of a novelty
    to keep him from destroying
    the assassin.
    
     The "Three Bladed Edge" served
    as an adequate reminder of
    Li Long's foolish and vain
    attack.
    
       Ostrhinesburg Castle
    
     The castle of the Knight
    Stefan is falling as he vainly
    defends against a siege by
    Marquis Andre and his powerful
    cannons.
    
     The castle is said to contain
    weapons from all over the world.
    
     Cervantes cam to this land,
    attracted by the smell of
    blood and warfare. The castle
    was on the verge of collapse
    as men slew each other in
    combat. The fields ran red
    with blood. Cervantes looked
    truly satisfied.
    
     He strode through the carnage
    to the castle's gate. A young
    man in armor barred his way.
    
    "Go no further! It will mean
    your doom!"
    
    Cervantes smiled...
    
    Siegfried
      Schtauffen
    Age: 16
    Born: Feb.6
    Weapon: Flamberge
    Style: Own Style
    
       Innocent Darkside
    
     Seeking revenge for his
    father's death, he searches
    for "SoulEdge."
    He presently is the captain
    of the Stefan's mercenaries,
    Little does he know he faces
    the weapon that he seeks!
    
     Defeat all enemies within
    the time limit!
    
     Cervantes felt a twinge of
    sympathy for the insane young
    man as he cut his head from
    off his shoulders. But it soon
    passed. After searching the
    decimated castle, he tool the
    "Heavy Lance" with him for
    his growing collection.
    
       The Secret Treasury
    
     This secret money pit is where
    the millionaire Vercci stores
    his fortune. Lying at the
    bottom of a 50 meter pit on
    a desert island surrounded
    by deadly rip-tides, this
    treasure island is indeed
    impregnable.
    
     "Vercci..." Cervantes thought
    about the man who lead him to
    this fate. He decided to visit
    the treasury of his former
    employer.
    
     The elaborate system of traps
    were no challenge to Cervantes
    as he reached the vault.
    Inside he heard the tortured
    gasps of Voldo, Vercci's loyal
    quardian.
    
    Voldo
    Age: 43
    Born: Aug.25
    Weapon:Buffalo Horn
    Style: Own Style
    
       The Hell Guardian
    
     Carrying out the will of his
    long-dead mster, Vercci,
    Voldo has been guarding the
    treasure vault for most of his
    life. His sight and mind have
    deteriorated in the dark pit.
    However, that does not seem to
    have dulled Voldo's talent for
    killing, for no intruder has
    ever escaped alive!
    
     Strike him in the air to
    defea him!
    
    "Mast..er... Ver..cci..."
    
     The guardian didn't even
    make a death cry as Cervantes
    finished him off. After a
    couple of moans he stopped
    moving completely.
    
     The sight of dead Voldo
    caused Cervantes to chuckle
    with laughter.
    
    "Vercci!"
    
    He called out.
    
    "I have the swords you and
    your servant have been
    looking for! Ha Ha Ha!"
    
     Taking the sickle weapon,
    "Serpent's Tongue" with him
    Cervantes left the island.
    
       Hot Soul
    
     Cervantes returned to the
    Spanish port town he had loved
    so much. The anchored Adrian
    lay waiting for his return.
    
     Evil energy filled the air
    but no one was around to sense
    it.
    
     Cervantes had let the swords
    be his guide as he traveled
    the world. But now the wicked
    swords were calling him home
    to Spain. It looked like some
    hot-souled men were searching
    for him.
    
    "I shall gladly take all their
    burning souls!"
    
     Defeat all enemies!
    
     "SoulEdge" took their souls,
    each and everyone of them, not
    even leaving destroyed husks
    behind.
    
     Cervantes felt that he was
    regaining himself, the more
    souls he took. But he realized
    in horror what he had become.
    
    "Must I follow the will of
    this cursed sword? No! I must
    finally become its master!"
    
     Cervantes has regained
    control. If he is to survive,
    he must destroy the wicked
    "SoulEdge" who has controlled
    his body for so long!
    
    Time and space warped as the
    two met for a decisive battle!
    
    SoulEdge
    
    Weapon: Himself
    
    "Ultimate Wicked Sword"
    
     Everything about him is a
    mystery.
    
     The power of SoulEdge
    manifests itself and takes
    from. Do not wait long.
    Your strength may not last!
    
     Cervantes was finally freed
    of the power of SoulEdge.
    He was finally its master now.
    
    "Get ready to sail me
    hearties!"
    
    He shouted!
    
    "We shall change this world
    into a hellish paradise!"
    
     As he spoke, the skies split
    open, letting in a mighty fleet
    crewed by undead pirates,
    ready to terrorize the world
    with destruction and murder.
    
     The fleet set sail against
    a black wind filled with the
    smell of death...
    
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    ================
    
    2.2 Weapon Room
        2.2.01 Hwang
    
    ------------------------------
    Blue Storm
    
         POWER:-----
       DEFENSE:-----
      STRENGTH:-----
    DURABILITY:-----
        WEIGHT:-----
     Standard weapon.
    
    
    ------------------------------
    Nippon Blade
    
         POWER:-----
       DEFENSE:------=
      STRENGTH:------=
    DURABILITY:------=
        WEIGHT:-----
     A strong defensive
     weapon.
    
    ------------------------------
    Mountain Breaker
    
         POWER:------
       DEFENSE:--
      STRENGTH:-
    DURABILITY:------=
        WEIGHT:--
     Enables very fast
     attacks.
    
    ------------------------------
    Thunderous Fire
    
         POWER:------
       DEFENSE:------=
      STRENGTH:-----
    DURABILITY:-----
        WEIGHT:----
     Excellent in both
     attack and defense.
    
    ------------------------------
    Falchion
    
         POWER:------==
       DEFENSE:------===
      STRENGTH:------====
    DURABILITY:------===
        WEIGHT:------=
     An extremely strong
     defensive weapon.
    
    ------------------------------
    Sword of Dawn
    
         POWER:------=
       DEFENSE:------==
      STRENGTH:-
    DURABILITY:----
        WEIGHT:---
     Highly defensive
     blade with strength
     recovering effect.
    ------------------------------
    Midas Blade
    
         POWER:------====
       DEFENSE:-----
      STRENGTH:------
    DURABILITY:------===
        WEIGHT:-----
     Extremely high
     attack power.
    
    ------------------------------
    Phantom
    
         POWER:------=
       DEFENSE:----
      STRENGTH:-
    DURABILITY:------====
        WEIGHT:----
     Invisible to the
     naked eye.
    
    ================================================================================
    ================
    
        2.2.02 Rock
    
    ------------------------------
    Battle Ax
    
         POWER:-----
       DEFENSE:-----
      STRENGTH:-----
    DURABILITY:-----
        WEIGHT:-----
     Standard weapon.
    
    
    ------------------------------
    Stone Club
    
         POWER:------==
       DEFENSE:----
      STRENGTH:------=
    DURABILITY:--
        WEIGHT:------====
     Stronmg weapon,
     but consumes energy.
    
    ------------------------------
    Crescent Ax
    
         POWER:---
       DEFENSE:---
      STRENGTH:-
    DURABILITY:-
        WEIGHT:---
     Strikes quickly
     but consumes energy.
    
    ------------------------------
    War Hammer
    
         POWER:------====
       DEFENSE:-
      STRENGTH:------====
    DURABILITY:------====
        WEIGHT:------====
     An enormously
     powerful weapon.
    
    ------------------------------
    Twin Ax
    
         POWER:------
       DEFENSE:------=
      STRENGTH:--
    DURABILITY:---
        WEIGHT:----
     A stron defensive
     weapon.
    
    ------------------------------
    Cross Ax
    
         POWER:------===
       DEFENSE:------
      STRENGTH:------
    DURABILITY:------==
        WEIGHT:-----
     Extremely high
    attack power.
    
    ------------------------------
    Double Tomahawk
    
         POWER:------
       DEFENSE:------==
      STRENGTH:------
    DURABILITY:------
        WEIGHT:---
     Excellent in speed and
     defense.
    
    ------------------------------
    Great Ax
    
         POWER:------====
       DEFENSE:----
      STRENGTH:------==
    DURABILITY:------====
        WEIGHT:----
     Immense attacking
     power, and energy
     reviving effect.
    ================================================================================
    ================
    
        2.2.03 Taki
    
    ------------------------------
    Rekkimaru
    
         POWER:-----
       DEFENSE:-----
      STRENGTH:-----
    DURABILITY:-----
        WEIGHT:-----
     Standard weapon.
    
    
    ------------------------------
    Iron Fan
    
         POWER:-
       DEFENSE:------=
      STRENGTH:-
    DURABILITY:----
        WEIGHT:--
     Enables ver fast
     attacks.
    
    ------------------------------
    Mekkimaru
    
         POWER:------==
       DEFENSE:---
      STRENGTH:------
    DURABILITY:------=
        WEIGHT:------
     Strong weapon, but
     consumes energy.
    
    ------------------------------
    Jutte
    
         POWER:---
       DEFENSE:----==
      STRENGTH:------====
    DURABILITY:------====
        WEIGHT:---
     Extremely good at
     destroying weapons.
    
    ------------------------------
    Gaea Sword
    
         POWER:------=
       DEFENSE:------
      STRENGTH:-----
    DURABILITY:------==
        WEIGHT:-----
     Recovers energy.
    
    
    ------------------------------
    Kunai
    
         POWER:-
       DEFENSE:---
      STRENGTH:-
    DURABILITY:--
        WEIGHT:-
     Enables extremely
     fast attacks.
    
    ------------------------------
    Tanto
    
         POWER:------==
       DEFENSE:------=
      STRENGTH:-
    DURABILITY:-
        WEIGHT:----
     Excellent in both
     attack and defense.
    
    ------------------------------
    Spirirt Blade
    
         POWER:------===
       DEFENSE:------===
      STRENGTH:------===
    DURABILITY:------===
        WEIGHT:---
     An outstanding weapon
     in all aspects.
    
    ================================================================================
    ================
    
        2.2.04 Sophitia
    
    ------------------------------
    Omega Sword
    
         POWER:-----
       DEFENSE:-----
      STRENGTH:-----
    DURABILITY:-----
        WEIGHT:-----
     Standard weapon.
    
    
    ------------------------------
    Gaea Sword
    
         POWER:------=
       DEFENSE:------
      STRENGTH:-----
    DURABILITY:------==
        WEIGHT:-----
     Recovers energy.
    
    
    ------------------------------
    Sword Breaker
    
         POWER:-
       DEFENSE:--
      STRENGTH:------====
    DURABILITY:------====
        WEIGHT:---
     Extremely good at
     destroying weapons.
    
    ------------------------------
    Fire Blade
    
         POWER:------==
       DEFENSE:------=
      STRENGTH:------
    DURABILITY:------
        WEIGHT:---
     Strong, but heath
     emitting from the
     sword drains strength.
    ------------------------------
    Blue Crystal Rod
    
         POWER:-
       DEFENSE:------===
      STRENGTH:-
    DURABILITY:----
        WEIGHT:-----
     Highly defensive
     blade with strength
     recovering effect.
    ------------------------------
    Rapier
    
         POWER:------
       DEFENSE:---
      STRENGTH:--
    DURABILITY:---
        WEIGHT:--
     1.4 times longer than
     OMEGA SWORD.
    
    ------------------------------
    Apollo Sword
    
         POWER:------===
       DEFENSE:-----
      STRENGTH:-----
    DURABILITY:------==
        WEIGHT:---
     Immense attacking
    power, and energy
    reviving effect.
    ------------------------------
    Valkyrie
    
         POWER:------===
       DEFENSE:------===
      STRENGTH:------=
    DURABILITY:-----
        WEIGHT:---
     Weapon gauge recovers
     withing certain period
     of time.
    ================================================================================
    ================
    
        2.2.05 Mitsurugi
    
    ------------------------------
    Korefuji
    
         POWER:-----
       DEFENSE:-----
      STRENGTH:-----
    DURABILITY:-----
        WEIGHT:-----
     Standard weapon.
    
    
    ------------------------------
    Onimaru
    
         POWER:------=
       DEFENSE:--
      STRENGTH:-----
    DURABILITY:--
        WEIGHT:-----
     Strong weapon, but
     consumes energy.
    
    ------------------------------
    Iron Slasher
    
         POWER:-----
       DEFENSE:------=
      STRENGTH:------==
    DURABILITY:------===
        WEIGHT:---
     Outstanding weapon
     destruction capability
     and durability.
    ------------------------------
    Kojiro's Sword
    
         POWER:-----
       DEFENSE:------
      STRENGTH:------
    DURABILITY:------=
        WEIGHT:-----
     Excellent reach
     1.5 times longer than
     KOREFUJI.
    ------------------------------
    Water Moon
    
         POWER:----
       DEFENSE:------===
      STRENGTH:-
    DURABILITY:---
        WEIGHT:----
     Highly defensive
     blade with strength
     recovering effect.
    ------------------------------
    Two Handed Sword
    
         POWER:------===
       DEFENSE:------
      STRENGTH:------
    DURABILITY:-----
        WEIGHT:----
     Extremely high
     attack power.
    
    ------------------------------
    Falx
    
         POWER:------
       DEFENSE:---
      STRENGTH:-----
    DURABILITY:------=
        WEIGHT:-
     Enables extremely
     fast attacks.
    
    ------------------------------
    Murasame
    
         POWER:------===
       DEFENSE:------==
      STRENGTH:------
    DURABILITY:-
        WEIGHT:---
     Renders any defense
     almost ineffective.
    
    ================================================================================
    ================
    
        2.2.06 Siegfried
    
    ------------------------------
    Faust
    
         POWER:-----
       DEFENSE:-----
      STRENGTH:-----
    DURABILITY:-----
        WEIGHT:-----
     Standard weapon.
    
    
    ------------------------------
    Grimblade
    
         POWER:------==
       DEFENSE:---
      STRENGTH:---
    DURABILITY:------=
        WEIGHT:---
     Consumes tremendous
     energy when attacking.
    
    ------------------------------
    Atlas Sword
    
         POWER:---
       DEFENSE:------==
      STRENGTH:--
    DURABILITY:-----
        WEIGHT:------=
     Highly defensive
     blade with strength
     recovering effect.
    ------------------------------
    Flamberge
    
         POWER:------
       DEFENSE:---
      STRENGTH:------
    DURABILITY:------===
        WEIGHT:--
    Enables swift attacks.
    
    
    ------------------------------
    7 Branch Blade
    
         POWER:-
       DEFENSE:--
      STRENGTH:-----
    DURABILITY:-
        WEIGHT:----
     Weapon gauge recovers
     within certain period
     of time.
    ------------------------------
    Hard Steel Blade
    
         POWER:------==
       DEFENSE:------
      STRENGTH:------==
    DURABILITY:------==
        WEIGHT:-----
     A tremendously
     powerful sword.
    
    ------------------------------
    Claymore
    
         POWER:-----
       DEFENSE:--
      STRENGTH:---
    DURABILITY:-----
        WEIGHT:-
     Enables extremely
     fast attacks.
    
    ------------------------------
    SoulEdge
    
         POWER:------====*
       DEFENSE:------====*
      STRENGTH:------====*
    DURABILITY:------====*
        WEIGHT:------====*
     The ultimate evil
     sword. Dangerously
     powerful.
    ================================================================================
    ================
    
        2.2.07 Seung Mina
    
    ------------------------------
    Zanbatoh
    
         POWER:-----
       DEFENSE:-----
      STRENGTH:-----
    DURABILITY:-----
        WEIGHT:-----
     Standard weapon.
    
    
    ------------------------------
    Tiger Fang
    
         POWER:------=
       DEFENSE:---
      STRENGTH:-----
    DURABILITY:-----
        WEIGHT:------==
     Strong weapon, but
     consumes energy.
    
    ------------------------------
    Long Handled Sword
    
         POWER:-
       DEFENSE:---
      STRENGTH:-
    DURABILITY:---
        WEIGHT:--
     Enables very fast
     attacks.
    
    ------------------------------
    Nagamaki
    
         POWER:------
       DEFENSE:------=
      STRENGTH:------
    DURABILITY:----
        WEIGHT:---
     Enables swift attacks.
    
    
    ------------------------------
    Halbard
    
         POWER:------===
       DEFENSE:------
      STRENGTH:------
    DURABILITY:------
        WEIGHT:------=
     Immense attacking
     power, and energy
     reviving effect.
    ------------------------------
    Morning Star
    
         POWER:------
       DEFENSE:------===
      STRENGTH:------==
    DURABILITY:------=
        WEIGHT:-----
     A stron defensive
     weapon.
    
    ------------------------------
    Sickled Spear
    
         POWER:---
       DEFENSE:------=
      STRENGTH:-
    DURABILITY:---
        WEIGHT:-
     Enables extremely
     fast attacks.
    
    ------------------------------
    Spiked Mace
    
         POWER:------====
       DEFENSE:------==
      STRENGTH:------=
    DURABILITY:---
        WEIGHT:----
     Weapon gauge recovers
     within certain period
     of time.
    ================================================================================
    ================
    
        2.2.08 Li Long
    
    ------------------------------
    Falcon
    
         POWER:-----
       DEFENSE:-----
      STRENGTH:-----
    DURABILITY:-----
        WEIGHT:-----
     Standard weapon.
    
    
    ------------------------------
    Snake Wind
    
         POWER:------==
       DEFENSE:--
      STRENGTH:--
    DURABILITY:---
        WEIGHT:----
     Inflicts damage
     against opponent's
     defense.
    ------------------------------
    Titan
    
         POWER:------
       DEFENSE:------==
      STRENGTH:------
    DURABILITY:------=
        WEIGHT:---
     A strong defensive
     weapon.
    
    ------------------------------
    Phoenix
    
         POWER:---
       DEFENSE:------=
      STRENGTH:-
    DURABILITY:-----
        WEIGHT:--
     Excellent in speed and
     defense.
    
    ------------------------------
    Steel Dragon
    
         POWER:------
       DEFENSE:------
      STRENGTH:------====
    DURABILITY:------===
        WEIGHT:-----
     Excellent at
     destroying weapons.
    
    ------------------------------
    White Tiger
    
         POWER:------====
       DEFENSE:-----
      STRENGTH:------
    DURABILITY:------==
        WEIGHT:------
     Extremely high
     attack poer.
    
    ------------------------------
    Asura
    
         POWER:------==
       DEFENSE:------=
      STRENGTH:-
    DURABILITY:------
        WEIGHT:---
     Excellent in both
     attack and defense.
    
    ------------------------------
    Twin Thunder
    
         POWER:------====
       DEFENSE:------===
      STRENGTH:------=
    DURABILITY:------===
        WEIGHT:-
     Enables extremely
     fast attacks.
    
    ================================================================================
    ================
    
        2.2.09 Voldo
    
    ------------------------------
    Katar
    
         POWER:-----
       DEFENSE:-----
      STRENGTH:-----
    DURABILITY:-----
        WEIGHT:-----
     Standard weapon.
    
    
    ------------------------------
    Full Moon
    
         POWER:---
       DEFENSE:------=
      STRENGTH:-
    DURABILITY:------=
        WEIGHT:--
     A strong defensive
     weapon.
    
    ------------------------------
    Iron Claw
    
         POWER:-
       DEFENSE:---
      STRENGTH:-
    DURABILITY:---
        WEIGHT:-
     Enables extremely
     fast attacks.
    
    ------------------------------
    Guillotine
    
         POWER:------==
       DEFENSE:-----
      STRENGTH:------====
    DURABILITY:------===
        WEIGHT:------=
     Heavy, but its weight
     produces outstanding
     power.
    ------------------------------
    Poison Arrow
    
         POWER:---
       DEFENSE:-----
      STRENGTH:---
    DURABILITY:---
        WEIGHT:---
     Inflicts damage
     against opponent's
     defense.
    ------------------------------
    Buffalo Horn
    
         POWER:------==
       DEFENSE:------
      STRENGTH:---
    DURABILITY:-----
        WEIGHT:--
     Recovers energy.
    
    
    ------------------------------
    Pata
    
         POWER:------
       DEFENSE:------===
      STRENGTH:------
    DURABILITY:------
        WEIGHT:----
     An extremely strong
     defensive weapon.
    
    ------------------------------
    SoulEdge
    
         POWER:------====*
       DEFENSE:------====*
      STRENGTH:------====*
    DURABILITY:------====*
        WEIGHT:------====*
     The ultiamte evil
     sword. 2.6 times
     longer than KATAR.
    ================================================================================
    ================
    
        2.2.10 Cervantes
    
    ------------------------------
    SoulEdge
    
         POWER:------====*
       DEFENSE:------====*
      STRENGTH:------====*
    DURABILITY:------====*
        WEIGHT:------====*
     The ultimate
     evil sword.
    
    ------------------------------
    Main Gauche
    
         POWER:--
       DEFENSE:---
      STRENGTH:-
    DURABILITY:---
        WEIGHT:--
     Enables swift attacks.
    
    
    ------------------------------
    Defender
    
         POWER:---
       DEFENSE:------==
      STRENGTH:------
    DURABILITY:------=
        WEIGHT:---
     A strong defensive
     weapon.
    
    ------------------------------
    Jirotoh
    
         POWER:------=
       DEFENSE:---
      STRENGTH:------==
    DURABILITY:------===
        WEIGHT:---
     Extremely good at
     destroying weapons.
    
    ------------------------------
    Katana
    
         POWER:---
       DEFENSE:-----
      STRENGTH:------
    DURABILITY:----
        WEIGHT:------
     Inflicts damage
     against opponent's
     defense.
    ------------------------------
    3 Bladed Edge
    
         POWER:------====
       DEFENSE:-----
      STRENGTH:-
    DURABILITY:--
        WEIGHT:---
     Extremely high
     attack power.
    
    ------------------------------
    Heavy Lance
    
         POWER:------
       DEFENSE:------==
      STRENGTH:------==
    DURABILITY:------=
        WEIGHT:----
     Excellent at
     destroying weapons.
    
    ------------------------------
    Serpent's Tongue
    
         POWER:------===
       DEFENSE:------==
      STRENGTH:-
    DURABILITY:------====
        WEIGHT:-
     Enables extremely
     fast attacks.
    
    ================================================================================
    ================
    
    3. Soul Calibur Arcade/Website
       3.1 History
           3.1.00 Prologue:
    
       By history a man becomes a soldier,
    through history a soldier becomes a hero.
    
        This is a tale of souls and swords,
    transcending the world and all it's history,
              told for all eternity...
    
         From a bard's song in the fourteenth century
                                       Author unknown
    
    The story begins with Captain Cervantes, one of the most dreadful pirates of the 
    era. After he acquired the evil twin swords "Soul Edge", Cervantes and his 
    mighty ship the "Adrian" struck fear into the Atlantic Ocean. Once fully 
    possessed by the demon swords, he slew his entire crew and the residence of his 
    port base in Spain. After the bloodshed, Cervantes rested himself at the remains 
    of what was once known as the "Black Tail Inn". Temporarily satisfied with its 
    twisted desire to consume souls, the evil swords rested and prepared to create 
    the "Child of the Evil Swords"...
    
    During the next twenty years, the rumors of the evil swords spread throughout 
    the world. Some believed it was the sword of salvation, while others called it 
    the ultimate weapon. Some, selected by destiny and history, sought Soul Edge for 
    personal reasons. Fortunately, few reached Soul Edge; those that did cursed 
    their fate as the evil swords devoured their souls.
    
    However there was one who fought the cursed fate... Sophitia, the sacred fighter 
    of Hephaestus the God of Blacksmiths. During the grueling battle with Cervantes, 
    she succeeded in destroying one of the twin swords. But in doing so, she was 
    wounded as the pieces of the shattered sword rained upon her body. Cervantes, 
    with wrath as if a part of him had been destroyed, was about to end her life 
    when Taki the "Underground Hunter" challenged him.
    
    Due to his loss of control from the destruction of one of the blades, the 
    intense battle between Taki and Cervantes ended with the victory of the 
    "Underground Hunter". She completed her mission by gathering a piece of the 
    destroyed Soul Edge and left with the injured Sophitia.
    
    Siegfried, the "Innocent Darkside," visited the port town seeking the sword of 
    legend for his vengeance, only to find the corpse of a pirate captain. Attracted 
    by a sword clutched in the dead pirate's hand, Siegfried walked toward it take 
    possession of the blade, but suddenly the corpse rose up enveloped in hell fire. 
    It seemed as if an evil spirit had materialized on earth consuming Cervantes' 
    body.
    
    With a flash, mortal combat began. The Zweihander "Faust", roared in the hands 
    of the boy, who seemed too little to bear such a heavy blade, and slashed 
    through the air controlled by the madness in the youth's eyes. When the battle 
    ended, all that remained was the burnt corpse and the boy grasping the now 
    broken Zweihander. His green eyes reflected the Soul Edge bathed in hell fire...
    
    The youth's warped spirit extended a hand to Soul Edge, as if being guided by 
    the evil spirit which longed for a new host to maintain its power and control... 
    
    That night, some people at the Spanish seashore saw a mysterious but beautiful 
    scene of a white column of light piercing the clouds and spreading through the 
    sky. How could they have known, it was the birth of the Evil Seed, which would 
    cause disasters throughout the world?
    
       Thus started the next chapter in history.
    	        This is a tale from the sixteenth century...
    
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           3.1.01 Chapter I:
    
                                                  Name
                                                 Kilik
    
                                                 Weapon
                                                  Rod
    
                                              Weapon Name
                                      Kali-Yuga (rod) Dvapara-Yuga
                                                (mirror)
    
                                                 Style
                                      Secret Art of Ling-Sheung Su
                                               Style Rod
    
                                                  Age
                                                   19
    
                                               Birth Date
                                               Feburary 9
    
                                                 Family
                                                Unknown
    
                                              Birth Place
                                                Unknown
    
                                                 Height
                                            5 foot 6 inches
    
                                                 Weight
                                                139 lbs
    
                                               Blood Type
                                                   A
    
    Kilik - Awaken Destiny
    
    The Ling Sheng Su Temple rested on a quite mountain deep in the interior of 
    China. This temple is considered to be the finest school for the sword and rod 
    arts. Many heroes of history have come from this great temple and to this day 
    the monks here are still strong. Up until 10 years ago the temple had very 
    little communication with the outside world. But one-day, robbers raided the 
    neighboring town and the monks opened their doors and saved the village. Now the 
    great temple accepts anyone regardless of age or gender, so long as they have a 
    strong fighting spirit. Since then it has been customary for the children of 
    soldiers to visit the temple to brush up their skills and the farmers and 
    merchants to come to the temple to learn some basic techniques to protect 
    themselves from robbers. 
    
    In the main hall of the Ling Sheng Su Temple there were three sacred weapons 
    call the Kali-Yuga, the Krita-Yuga and the Dvapara-Yuga. No one knew why the 
    treasures were kept there, the reasons stretch far beyond recorded history and 
    the monks of the temple have strictly enforced the rules. 
    
    One winter day a baby was found deserted in front of the Ling Sheng Su Temple. 
    Despite weeks of searching the child's parents could not be found and thus the 
    baby was named "Kilik" and adopted by the temple. Kilik grew up healthy and 
    trained himself with the monks and pupils of the temple in the ways of the rod 
    from a very young age. He also had a sworn elder sister named Xianglian. She too 
    was adopted by the temple and there she studied the art of the sword. She felt 
    close to Kilik since they were both orphans and she loved him as a younger 
    brother. 
    
    Years passed and Kilik grew into a strong and healthy youth. By natural talent 
    or not Kilik mastered art of the rod taught from Master Han and became one of 
    the school's finest students. With his skill and warm personality he was able to 
    serve as one of the school's teachers. Thus it was natural that he would be 
    nominated to be the successor of the Ling Sheng Su style rod at the succession 
    ceremony held once every 20 years. At the ceremony he would be granted the Kali-
    Yuga, on of the three scared weapons of the temple. As the successor his status 
    in the temple would be raise atop the rod school as the most skilled student in 
    the temple. 
    
    The cool wind of the night was gently blowing. Kilik couldn't sleep and sat on 
    the stone wall behind the main hall and looked up into the moon lit sky. This 
    was Kilik's favorite place within the temple. When he was a child he used to 
    come here and look into the stars each time his heart was sad. Suddenly he 
    sensed a new presence behind him, there stood Xianglian. She too was elected to 
    be one of the successors of the treasures, the Dvapara-Yuga. As they talked they 
    remember many old memories; this place was special to both of them. 
    
    Why did Xianglian, master of the sword, succeed the Dvapara-Yuga and not the 
    Krita-Yuga? 
    
    Kilik finally asked her the question that had troubled his mind for so long. 
    Xianglian quietly replied that there were only two of three treasures currently 
    in the temple and that the Krita-Yuga had been lost over ten years ago. 
    
    The scared weapons had been a spiritual goal for the students of the temple. In 
    days of turbulence, such as attacks by robbers, the thought of losing one of the 
    treasures would have been a great moral damage to the temple. Thus the fact that 
    the Krita-Yuga was missing was strictly taboo and only a few of the highest-
    ranking monks knew about it. They knew they had to hide the fact that the Krita-
    Yuga was missing and more over the thief was non other than a high ranking monk 
    of temple once nominated to be the successor of the Kali-Yuga! 
    
    Surprised to hear one of the three treasure had been lost, Kilik stood shocked 
    as Xianglian continued her tale. "Those are not all the facts, I am not worthy 
    the succeed the art of the sword because the thief of the Krita-Yuga is... no 
    other than... my father." 
    
    She learned of this when she overheard a conversation between the school's 
    masters. Master Han was aware Xianglian had heard and said to her gently, "You 
    have no connection to these facts, cut your own path in life and never let the 
    act of your parents rule you." 
    
    At the time Xianglian was too young to understand but as she grew she understood 
    the words of the master. However she still felt she had no right to be the 
    successor of the art of the sword. If she did succeed and people discovered the 
    truth they would not except her. And Xianglian herself did not wish to be the 
    successor. This was her decision after long and deep thought on the matter and 
    Master Han understood her choice and nominated her to be the successor of the 
    mirror. The skills need to be the successor of the mirror were not natural 
    fighting talent but the power of a pure soul and a strong mind. In those areas 
    she was more than strong enough. 
    
    Silence fell on the couple as their thoughts reflected on understanding the 
    other's situation. The cool night breeze grew cold as they began to stand to 
    leave for a good night's rest. They suddenly felt the moonlight grow stronger 
    and looked into the sky and saw a beautiful display of lights covering the sky. 
    But some how the couple sensed the evil within the light and ran to a nearby 
    hall. Deep in the hall lay the shrine for the sacred treasures. Some priests in 
    the hall were preparing for tomorrow's ceremonies when they felt the evil 
    presence and handed Kilik and Xianglian the Kali-Yuga and the Dvapara-Yuga to 
    fight the evil. 
    
    It all began some hours before in the land of Spain when a young mercenary 
    carelessly touched the forbidden evil sword Soul Edge. At that moment Soul Edge 
    lost it inner balance, expelled its evil will and scattered the Evil Seeds of 
    disaster all over the world! 
    
    A part of that evil energy reached across the continent to this mountain village 
    and fell upon the temple. It forced pure evil into the people of the temple, 
    driving them mad with rage as they started killing each other. 
    
    Poisoned by the Evil Seed, Kilik also went berserk with one of the three 
    treasures in his hands. He was so strong he defeated many people and still 
    relentlessly fought on. Only Xianglian with the Dvapara-Yuga on her shoulder 
    could escape the evil influence. Realizing the power of the mirror she tried to 
    get close to Kilik to place the mirror on him but the people of the temple 
    seized by the Evil Seed savagely attacked her. 
    
    When his senses returned Kilik had no memory of what had happened. Though he 
    remained confused he was forced to fight his attackers in order to survive. His 
    master who rescued and raised him, the friends he had trained with, his own 
    students, everyone attacked Kilik or ruthlessly killed each other. Kilik's words 
    never reach them, tired and confused by the madness Kilik tried to escape from 
    the temple. But just then Kilik sensed a bloodthirsty presence behind him, he 
    raised his rod in defense and saw a sight he had hoped never to see. Xianglian 
    had turned into a puppet of madness; Kilik desperately repelled her attacks that 
    held strength clearly beyond any woman's. He was exhausted, his consciousness 
    was fading and then he closed his eyes and moved without thought. A moment later 
    he felt a pain on his left check and a response in his hands. The something warm 
    trailed down the rod and covered his hands. He opened his eyes reluctantly and 
    in horror gaze upon the Kali-Yuga piecing the heart of Xianglian. 
    
      "AHHHHHHHHH...!!!!", a sad cry echoed in the darkness of night. He remembered 
    nothing after that. 
    
    As the sky began to turn gray from the east a figure stood in the now silent 
    temple. The old man remained calm despite the mountains of death and rivers of 
    blood that fell upon his eyes. He found Kilik laying alone unconscious. The old 
    man set fire to the once great temple and carried Kilik to his home. 
    
    Kilik had been asleep for two days and now awoke in an unfamiliar house. He 
    found his body covered in scares and signs that his wounds had been cared for 
    but he couldn't summon the strength to move. He realized the old man sitting in 
    front of him had taken care of him despite not knowing who he was. 
    
    The man told Kilik that he was the adviser to the Ling Sheng Su arts of fighting 
    and that he was in charge of teaching the secret arts of the Ling Sheng Su style. 
    He told Kilik that he could never take the Dvapara-Yuga off his shoulder no 
    matter what might happen. The old man told a silent Kilik that he must 
    concentrate on healing his body and nothing more. 
    
    Time has passed and Kilik recovered the ability to walk. One night he looked up 
    into the southern sky, the nightmare of that night returned to his mind. 
    
    Kilik couldn't bear his life. Though he had to defend himself he felt the weight 
    of guilt bearing down on him, he who had killed the people that raised him as an 
    orphan, his master, his comrades whom he shared joy and sorrow and most of all 
    his beloved Xianglian. 
    
      "I do not deserve life..." Kilik wanted to die. But, how strange it was. He 
    fought desperately for the chance to live then and yet the pain of living was 
    more than he could bear. Then Kilik suddenly realized, "Why was the Dvapara-Yuga 
    on me when Xianglian had placed it on her shoulder? If I survived because of the 
    power of the mirror, then Xianglian must have gave her own life to entrust me 
    with the mirror. She gave me life... TELL ME SISTER WHY MUST I LIVE!?" 
    
      "Time will give you the answer." The old man told an agonized Kilik. 
    
    From that night the old man broke his silence and began the story. The true 
    source of the tragedy at the temple was known as the "Evil Seed". In fact as 
    they spoke evil spirits possessed both Kilik and the Kail-Yuga, but the power of 
    the Dvapara-Yuga suppressed the evil and protected them. If the mirror was 
    removed from Kilik he would be seized with evil and run berserk just as the 
    people of the temple had. If the Dvapara-Yuga was removed form Kilik's body, 
    Kilik would turn completely evil. If the Kali-Yuga was separated from Kilik it 
    too would cause disasters, therefore Kilik and the two ancient treasures could 
    never be separated. Then the old man told the legend of the evil sword, "Soul 
    Edge". 
    
      "You must live as I once did." The eyes of the mentor shined deeply as if he 
    could foresee everything. 
    
    Kilik decided to train himself under the old master. As Kilik trained hard to 
    master the secret arts of the Ling Sheng Su style rod and three years passed 
    quickly. He learned to control himself and the Kali-Yuga to stop the possession. 
    
      "I order you to your final trial." 
    
    The final trial was a journey to purify himself in the west. 
    
      "Everything is waiting for you in the west." With the final word of the master, 
    Kilik left the hermitage to begin his quest.
    
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    Epilogue:
    
    Despite losing its physical shape the demon blade still burnt violently and 
    prepared to be scatter throughout the world again.
    
    Kilik chanted quietly but powerfully, "Om Vajradharma hrih"
    The instant the Dvapara-Yuga clash the evil flame was sealed.
    
    Through his many battles he learned to control the evil within. Despite his 
    great victories Kilik remained unsatisfied and returned to the pure train ground.
    
    Here at the end of the earth where the sky begins his eyes reflected the 
    celestial bodies of the farthest heavens. 
    
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           3.1.02 Chapter II:
    
                                                  Name
                                                Xianghua
    
                                                 Weapon
                                             Chinese Sword
    
                                              Weapon Name
                                               Krita-Yuga
    
                                                 Style
                                     The sword art learned from her
                                                 mother
    
                                                  Age
                                                   16
    
                                               Birth Date
                                                April 2
    
                                                 Family
                                      Father was said to be dead.
                                     Mother passed away five years
                                                  ago.
    
                                              Birth Place
                                              Ming Empire
    
                                                 Height
                                                 5 foot
    
                                                 Weight
                                                101 lbs
    
                                               Blood Type
                                                   B
    
    Xianghua - Itenerant Flower of the Breeze
    
    The story begins some decades before our heroine was born...
    
    The Chai family has been and continues to be a strong family with a lineage of 
    proud soldiers serving the nation. 
    
    Once the eldest son succeeded his father's estate the remaining sons left the 
    house to search for their independence. The second son of the house settled down 
    in the town were the Ling Sheng Su temple was located since the great school was 
    considered to be the strongest martial arts school in the land. The son was 
    intent on following the traditions of the Chai family and these traditions 
    stated that regardless of man or woman all members of the family must become 
    skilled martial-artists and serve the nation. His daughter, Xiangfei, was born 
    in the town and attended the Ling Sheng Su school to learn the art of swordplay. 
    Due to her bloodline or not her diligent training over the years brought her a 
    level of skill that surpassed even the monks of the great school. If only she 
    had been born a man, then surely she would have been nominated to be the 
    successor of the secret arts of the Ling Sheng Su sword style. 
    
    After her father passed away she began to train even harder and soon Xiangfei 
    fell in love with one of the monks of the Ling Sheng Su temple. His name was 
    Kong Xiuqiang, the probable candidate to be the successor of the one of the 
    three treasures of the temple; the rod called "Kali-Yuga". Sadly this was a 
    forbidden love. The managed to keep their love secret for many years and not 
    until their daughter named Xianglian was born unto them did the monks know of 
    their relationship. 
    
    This was Xianglian's second year. 
    
    A candidate could never sway from the pure path and thus the school drove the 
    lovers apart. The school took little Xianglian. With both her daughter and her 
    lover gone Xiangfei could not bear her sorrow and decided to leave town and 
    never return. 
    
    Their sworn brother Han Dongxiu heard she was leaving told a penitent and 
    depressed Kong. "How can you just sit here and wait? Leave now! Create your own 
    future with your own strength!" 
    
    With Han's help Kong was able to sneak away from the temple and down to the town 
    under the vale of darkness. He gave Xiangfei a sword as proof of their love and 
    as a reminder of the hope they would meet again. It was all he could do. 
    
    Xiangfei left the town and told none her final destination. She left pregnant 
    with her second child but she hoped Kong would soon forget about her and focus 
    on his candidacy for the Kali-Yuga. She returned to her noble family. With the 
    Chai family's long lineage of soldiers in the Ming Empire capitol she was able 
    to join the ranks of the soldiers. There she bore her second daughter Xianghua. 
    Xianghua was brought into the Ming family and her mother never told her about 
    the past. Meanwhile the Ling Sheng Su temple was facing a great crisis. The 
    "Krita-Yuga", one of the three treasures of the temple was missing. 
    Investigations traced the theft back to Kong and he was immediately 
    excommunicated and drove from the temple. Xianglian was left alone and the 
    temple decided to raise her as an orphan.
    
    Kong followed traces of Xianglian and discovered her link to the Chai family. 
    
    However the Chai family told him, "She believes that you are in the temple 
    training hard. She would certainly be sad if she met you. We beg you, please 
    leave here and take no more action." 
    
    As persuaded Kong left the house without knowing his second daughter had been 
    born. He could never return to the temple and so he left the town and 
    disappeared. 
    
    Meanwhile the temple's search for the Krita-Yuga continued and the first suspect 
    was Xiangfei. The search party found her but the sword they could not. All they 
    found was little Xianghua playing with an old sword and Xiangfei looking after 
    her daughter. The search party returned to the temple in failure and after many 
    years the temple gave up the large-scale search. 
    
    How could they have known? No one knew, not little Xianghua, the search party, 
    the Chai family, or even Xiangfei herself knew that the old sword in Xianghua's 
    hands was none other than the Krita-Yuga one of the three treasures of the Ling 
    Sheng Su temple ranking with the Kali-Yuga and the Dvapara-Yuga. To prevent its 
    true power from being abused and in case it was ever separated from the other 
    three treasures the Krita-Yuga would change its shape and sleep in silence. Only 
    Kong, who separated it from the other treasures, knew this secret. 
    
    Xianghua grew up never knowing she had an elder sister and by her tenth year she 
    had acquired the basic arts of swordplay. Her mother's death drove her to train 
    as hard as her dear mother once had and by her sixteenth year her skill was so 
    renowned she applied for a position in as one of the royal guards of the Ming 
    Emperor. 
    
    The emperor of the Ming Empire irritated by the lack of progress searching for 
    "Soul Edge" the hero's sword, decided to send his royal guards as the third 
    searching party. Xiangua's best fried Meimei and Ming's Imperial Maid of Honor 
    heard that Xianghua was part of the search party and asked her to look into her 
    brother, Li Long's health. Xianghua agreed to the task. 
    
    Xianghua had been training herself in martial arts under her mother since she 
    was a child. "You were born to complete an important task... fight you way 
    through your cursed destiny!" were the last words of her tender mother. Xianghua 
    left for the quest, having her keepsake sword in hand. More and more of the 
    members of the search party dispersed chasing various bits of information and 
    rumors. Xianghua left the troop as well chasing a hint of information when she 
    met Kilik. Was it fate? What would happen when the three treasures meet in one 
    place...?
    
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    Epilogue:
    
    As if aware of the decisive moment her sword,
    the Krita-Yuga, revealed its true form.
    
    She channeled her pure spirit through the sword and it gave her an unparalleled 
    power.
    The grueling battle ended as Xianghua stood in victory.
    
    Sunlight split the nimbus and showered on her body.
    "I did the right thing... didn't I mother?"
    
    She narrowed her eyes as the sunlight danced on her naive visage and warmed her 
    soul.
    
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           3.1.03 Chapter III:
    
                                                  Name
                                                  Maxi
    
                                                 Weapon
                                                Nunchaku
    
                                              Weapon Name
                                                Fatibaru
    
                                                 Style
                                            Shissen Karihadi
    
                                                  Age
                                                   24
    
                                               Birth Date
                                                 May 1
    
                                                 Family
                                          Parents passed away
    
                                              Birth Place
                                             Ryukyu Kingdom
    
                                                 Height
                                            5 foot 9 inches
    
                                                 Weight
                                                126 lbs
    
                                               Blood Type
                                                   O
    
    Maxi - Dandy from the South Sea
    
    Maxi was a pirate from Ryukyu Kingdom who sailed freely like the wind. Maxi had 
    anchored his ship at an Indian port to enjoy the night when Kilik arrived 
    searching for a ship to the west. Kyam, Maxi's sworn brother, was taking care of 
    the ship while Maxi was out. Kyam liked Kilik because he chose their ship among 
    many. "You have a good eye! Be our guest and I'll ask my brother for you!" Kyam 
    laughed. 
    
    As Kilik was waiting Maxi's return, the weather grew hostile. As a strong wind 
    began to blow, a mysterious ship approached within a thick fog. As soon as the 
    ship moored along Maxi's, a crowd of monsters with dead eyes attacked Kilik. 
    Without knowing their reasons for attacking him, Kilik fought the monsters with 
    Kali-Yuga but the monsters managed to slaughter Maxi's crew. 
    
    The battle was raging as Maxi returned. "You bastards! Prepare to die!!!" roared 
    Maxi. 
    
    Maxi and Kilik alone managed to drive the monsters back, but as they did the 
    giant, Astaroth, bearing a huge ax mortally wounded Kyam and pulled the Dvapara-
    Yuga off Kilik as they withdrew. Without the Dvapara-Yuga Kilik lost control and 
    attacked Maxi. Maxi defended himself and placed the Dvapara-Yuga upon Kilik. The 
    instant he did Kilik lost consciousness. 
    
      "Brother ... take Kilik west, and see the world for yourself ... on behalf of 
    us.... " Kyam begged Maxi in his last breath. Maxi lost everything in an instant. 
    He decided to travel with Kilik and take revenge on Astaroth for Kyam.
    
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    Epilogue:
    
    His fight with the demon blade was all Maxi could bare.
    "Hehehe... you are too late"
    
    "No! Say this isn't... please!!"
    "I... must... leave..."
    "Kilik... I..."
    "MAXI!!!"
    
    Kilik hung his head in silence.
    Xianghua also stood in silence.
    
    The wind is blowing, clouds are floating, all unaware of their travels.
    "Our memories are all..."
    A windy voice of a cloud whispered in the dandy's tone.
    
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       3.1.04 Chapter IV:
    
                                                  Name
                                           Heishiro Mitsurugi
    
                                                 Weapon
                                                 Katana
    
                                              Weapon Name
                                               Shishi-Oh
    
                                                 Style
                                          Tenpu-kosai-ryu Kai
    
                                                  Age
                                                   25
    
                                               Birth Date
                                                 June 8
    
                                                 Family
                                     Parents and brothers all taken
                                              by diseases.
    
                                              Birth Place
                                                 Japan
    
                                                 Height
                                            5 foot 7 inches
    
                                                 Weight
                                                143 lbs
    
                                               Blood Type
                                                   AB
    
    Mitsurugi - Mercenary in a Warlike Age
    
    Mitsurugi lost all traces of Soul Edge and remained unaware of its true form. 
    Without a weapon superior to the Tanegashima rifle he felt he could never return 
    home. But his irritation drove him mad and he chose to duel against the 
    Tanegashima in front of lords. Despite his skill the Tanegashima bested him and 
    Mitsurugi took a bullet in the chest.
    
    Completely defeated, Mitsurugi realized he needed to study additional arts of 
    the sword to match the Tanegashima rifle. After learning new styles he heard the 
    story of a knight named Nightmare and his invincible sword roaming Europe in a 
    trail of blood. 
    
      "Prepare for my arrival, 'Naito-whatever'! I'll be there to take your sword!" 
    
    Mitsurugi once again prepared for his journey.
    
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    Epilogue:
    
    After countless battles the demon blade
    "Soul Edge" was finally in his hands.
    
    While returning to his homeland
    he was ambushed by pirate ship.
    
    The bloodthirsty pirates surrounded Mitsurugi.
    As he looked down the barrel of their guns he smiled and murmured,
    "I've had enough of duels... let's play with the sword!"
    This was the last anyone heard of the samurai who was called
    "The mercenary in the warlike age".
    No one knows where his journey ended.
    
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           3.1.05 Chapter V:
    
                                                  Name
                                                  Taki
    
                                                 Weapon
                                                Ninjatou
    
                                              Weapon Name
                                        Rekki-maru & Mekki-maru
    
                                                 Style
                                            Musou-baton-ryu
    
                                                  Age
                                                   25
    
                                               Birth Date
                                                Unknown
    
                                                 Family
                                     Parents and brothers all taken
                                        by diseases. Master Toki
    
                                              Birth Place
                                                 Japan
    
                                                 Height
                                            5 foot 7 inches
    
                                                 Weight
                                                117 lbs
    
                                               Blood Type
                                                   A
    
    Taki - Dream Shadow of Demon Sealer
    
    Taki's Journey
    
    The battle was beyond imagination. A conflict against a powerful dark energy 
    that made the ghosts she had conquered in the past seem like child's play. Her 
    armor, which she had been improving for years, could not bear the pulse of evil 
    and cracked and her sealing spells proved useless. At last her beloved and proud 
    Rekki-maru cracked as the mad pirate shrieked in death.
    
    Carrying the wounded girl that managed to destroy one of the evil blades Taki 
    left the Spanish harbor, and as she left she felt an immense explosion of evil 
    energy behind her, the release of the Evil Seed. Taki removed the shards of the 
    evil sword from Sophitia's wounded body and cured her. After she returned 
    Sophitia to her family she left for her homeland with the shards of the Soul 
    Edge. During her travels she was reminded of the events that unfolded before her 
    departure...
    
      ...It all began before Rekki-maru began to resonate with the curse of Soul 
    Edge. Toki, the chief of the clan and Taki's foster father, suddenly summoned 
    all the ninjas of the clan and addressed them, "Hachibei who once lead this 
    great clan with me has stolen the spiritual ninja-to Mekki-maru and ran away 
    with his daughter Chie. The are now nuke-nin!(Ed. Nuke-nin are ninja that leave 
    their clan without permission, usually ninja can not leave the clan until they 
    die because the secrets of their clan and lord. Thus the clan is responsible for 
    the nuke-nin and must execute them as soon as possible. This was one of the 
    tragedies of the ninja, as a nuke-nin if the ninja wanted to live they must kill 
    their friends, kith and kin that now sought their lives.)I order find them and 
    return Mekki-maru dead or alive!"
    
    Seeing the pure fury in his eyes Taki began to grow suspicious in Toki for the 
    first time. 
    
    No one could find Hachibei; his skill in hiding was easily the finest in the 
    clan. Only Taki with her unusual sixth sense and massive intelligence network 
    could even begin to track him down. Eventually after following a trace of Chie, 
    her childhood friend, Taki was able to locate Hachibei. 
    
    Hachibei and Chie ran a small stall on a vacant road. A man of extraordinary 
    strength lived with them at the time. Taki avoided trouble and contacted 
    Hachibei while the man was out. Hachibei was surprised to find Taki in front of 
    him at first but eventually his face filled with relief. He showed Taki Mekki-
    maru and began talking through his heavy coughs. 
    
      "Toki is possessed by madness and has lost his senses. This Mekki-maru 
    controls him now." 
    
    The ninja-to she took from Hachibei seems quiet and dull even though Hachibei 
    claimed it had extraordinary spiritual powers. 
    
      "Toki is not the Toki we knew, if he comes in contact with this blade again... 
    I am in my final days. I beg you Taki never let Toki have this blade! Never!" 
    
    Hachibei was ill and he knew Toki would find him soon. With these new facts 
    Taki's suspicions in Toki grew, she left and decided to let Hachibei and Chie go 
    free. She hid Mekki-maru and returned to her clan to confirm her suspicions. 
    
      "A Chinese man, Chie's lover, has taken Mekki-maru. Hachibei and Chie have 
    already been killed." 
    
    In hearing her report Toki grinned and ordered the clan to pursue the Chinese 
    man. Toki was not the Toki Taki had known, his eyes were full of evil and Taki 
    could see the madness behind them. Her suspicions were confirmed. 
    
    At the same time Mekki-maru suddenly changed, she knew the evil blade was 
    resonating with an unexpected power and she believed the source to be an evil 
    sword in a foreign country. Taki crossed the sea for the first time...
    
    Taki returned homeland with a shard of the Soul Edge. She tried to drive the 
    shard into her beloved but broken ninja-to "Rekki-maru", but they were resistant 
    to one another and refused to be joined. Meanwhile, Taki was attacked repeatedly 
    by assassins who seemed to be sent by Toki, her master ninja. It was an easy 
    task for Taki to drive them away, but she found that their purpose was to steal 
    the mysterious spiritual ninja-to "Mekki-maru", which Hachibei had entrusted to 
    Taki. 
    
      "In Mekki-maru there is sealed a fearful power. Never let Toki have the ninja-
    to. You are only one that I could entrust..." 
    
    Reminded of Hachibei's words, Taki tried to fuse the shard of Soul Edge with 
    Mekki-maru. The two were immediately united and began to shed a dark aura. An 
    aura so dark even common people could sense it. Sensing the blade's potential 
    Taki closed it in its sheath and sealed it with magic cards. However even this 
    was not enough power to suppress the power of Mekki-maru. And the instant she 
    ran out of power she was captured by Geki, Toki's right hand man and his 
    highest-ranking ninja. Exhausted from battling Mekki-maru Taki could not resist 
    the strength of Geki as he took Mekki-maru from her hands. 
    
      "Respectable Taki, I'm sorry to say this ninja-to belongs to Master Toki. You 
    must have thought you deceived us well, but everything was planned from the 
    beginning. Now it is time for you to rest." 
    
      "No Geki don't release it!" 
    
    A careless Geki watch in horror as his right arm was blown to bits as the blade 
    shed a dark shock wave upon its release from the sheath. His shriek of pain 
    split the bamboo forest; Taki seized the moment, grabbed Mekki-maru and ran past 
    Geki's assistants Gaki and Doki. 
    
      "Humans should never have this power... especially Toki..." 
    
    At the same time, the rumor of the berserker bearing the new evil sword reached 
    Japan. Taki realized that the evil sword must be the remaining Soul Edge, 
    because her Rekki-maru still resonated like before. Taki planned to have the two 
    evil swords, Soul Edge and Mekki-maru, battle each other to offset their evil 
    powers. 
    
    Thus Taki became a nuke-nin like Hachibei. The assassins under Toki's direct 
    control were powerful and fearful ninja and among them Geki, having lost his 
    right arm, wished to taste her blood most of all. Driving their attacks back 
    with her various skills, the Dream Shadow of Demon Sealer continued her quest 
    west. 
    
    And now the powerful ghost Gel-o-fury gained enough power from the Evil Seed to 
    break Taki's seals in the bamboo forest. Its direction was mostly likely the 
    Hoko-ji Temple in Kyoto. The great temple of madness constructed by warped 
    ideals would be the final battleground with the ghost. 
    
    Taki chose to share her fate with Mekki-maru for a while. Often while chasing 
    the Soul Edge, Taki would look at Mekki-maru and think "what terrible powers... 
    but, isn't there any way to control it?"
    
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    Epilogue:
    
    "Spirits born from evil, I command; BEGONE!!!"
    Mekki-maru channeled Taki's full spiritual power
    and slashed Inferno.
    
    The ninjatou, which bore the same evil spirit as the demon blade,
    was now under her control. 
    However Mekki-maru still quivered and Taki remained uncertain in the blade.
    "It still resonates...?"
    
    Still, she knew that her mission would be complete...
    As always her parting words rang out,
    "The deed is done."
    
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           3.1.06 Chapter VI:
    
    
                                                  Name
                                                 Voldo
    
                                                 Weapon
                                                 Katar
    
                                              Weapon Name
                                             Shame & Blame
    
                                                 Style
                                               Own style
    
                                                  Age
                                                   46
    
                                               Birth Date
                                               August 25
    
                                                 Family
                                     Parents and four brothers, all
                                            killed in wars.
    
                                              Birth Place
                                             Palermo, Italy
    
                                                 Height
                                                 6 foot
    
                                                 Weight
                                                185 lbs
    
                                               Blood Type
                                                   A
    
    Voldo - Hell Guardian
    
    After his unsuccesful search for Soul Edge, Voldo returned to the Money Pit and 
    found the pit flooded by a storm. He took every means to drain and restore the 
    pit but finally gave up as an entire section sunk under water. Meanwhile, a 
    female fighter violated the Money Pit searching for a note Vercci had left about 
    Soul Edge. 
    
    Voldo allows no one to invade his Master's sanctuary! From darkness the guardian 
    attacked the female fighter, but she was armed with a mysterious weapon and her 
    fighting style troubled him. The battle ended when the female fighter ran away 
    guarding herself with her weapon. Voldo kneeled in front of Master Vercci's 
    coffin, as usual, to report that the invader was cleared. Suddenly, he heard the 
    sweet voice. 
    
      "Voldo, didn't you feel her dark aura? She had the scent of Soul Edge... Chase 
    her, and bring me Soul Edge! Do you understand? Remember, I trust you... " 
    
    Hearing the voice of the master, rose colors swept into Voldo's grayish cheeks 
    and hot blood flowed through his veins. Voldo left the Money Pit again to get 
    Soul Edge.
    
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    Epilogue:
    
    The instant Voldo's hands touched the blade he writhed
    in the flood of its twisted energy.
    
    "Leave your soul to the sword..."
    a sweet voice echoed in his mind.
    
    Suddenly all his pain disappeared,
    he regained his youth and his memory returned.
    
    His eyes opened widely and reflected
    the soft smile of his master's face.
    
    The master's quest was over.
    As was his wish.
    
    Eternal joy surrounded him within the lonely darkness.
    
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           3.1.07 Chapter VII:
    
                                                  Name
                                           Sophitia Alexandra
    
                                                 Weapon
                                       Short Sword & Small Shield
    
                                              Weapon Name
                                        Omega Sword & Elk Shield
    
                                                 Style
                                              Saint Athena
    
                                                  Age
                                                   21
    
                                               Birth Date
                                                March 12
    
                                                 Family
                                         Achelous (Father) Nike
                                      (Mother) Cassandra (younger
                                    sister) Lucius (younger brother)
    
                                              Birth Place
                                      Athens, under occupation of
                                            Ottoman Empire.
    
                                                 Height
                                            5 foot 6 inches
    
                                                 Weight
                                             It's a secret.
    
                                               Blood Type
                                                   B
    
    
    Sophitia - Second Advent of the Vow
    
    When she recovered her senses she found herself lying in her bed at home. She 
    returned to her life as the daughter of a baker and has spent her days in peace. 
    But one day on her way shopping with her sister, she suddenly lost consciousness. 
    
      "So many lives... disappearing... Soul Edge?" 
    
    Sophitia was rescued and carried back home by a youth named Rothion who lived in 
    the next city. Since that day they were attracted to each other so strongly that 
    they decided to become engaged. They were visiting the Temple of Hephaestus to 
    report their engagement to him, when Hephaestus appeared before them. The God of 
    Smiths revealed that the remaining Soul Edge was regaining its power and he 
    needed Sophitia's help once again. 
    
      "Let me go in place of her", insisted Rothion. 
    
      "Rothion, you are a smith, aren't you? This time it is you who will forge the 
    armor and weapon to protect Sophitia." 
    
    Hephaestus gave Rothion a raw chunk of sacred iron and instructed Sophitia that 
    she must completely destroy the Soul Edge. She left home with the sword and 
    shield that Rothion had forged from the iron. She pursued Soul Edge, purifying 
    lands seized by the Evil Seed. Her eyes shined with the light of faith.
    
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    Epilogue:
    
    With Hephaestus's oracle complete Sophitia returned to her love.
    "Rothion, I... " "I know Sophie... "
    
    The entire city joined them in
    celebrating their beautiful wedding.
    
    As time pasted she gave birth to a new life.
    "I can no longer hear the voices of the gods,
    but perhaps this baby can..."
    
    Knowing the words or not the baby still returned its mother's smile.
    
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           3.1.08 Chapter VIII:
    
                                                  Name
                                                Astaroth
    
                                                 Weapon
                                                Giant Ax
    
                                              Weapon Name
                                             Klsdf Py Gyst
    
                                                 Style
                                                 Glkks
    
                                                  Age
                                                   3
    
                                               Birth Date
                                              September 3
    
                                                 Family
                                                  None
    
                                              Birth Place
                                                Unknown
    
                                                 Height
                                            6 foot 4 inches
    
                                                 Weight
                                                209 lbs
    
                                               Blood Type
                                                  None
    
    Astaroth - A Soldier of the Heretic
    
    "Where... here... I... what..." 
    
    Hot air burned its throat; groaning spells clung to the ears. It opened its eyes. 
    The chants echoed in the grand hall and ceased. 
    
    It recognized that a man stood high above it muttering, "Creation from 
    nothing..." 
    
      "What... is... this monster? Is this..? I..." 
    
      "I made a first step toward a god...", murmured the man in an ecstasy. 
    
      "Shut up... you don't bother... what?" 
    
    It felt anger at the moment it was born, then found another feeling behind the 
    man. It stared, but there was nothing.
    
      "Agg... Uhrrrggggg... !" 
    
    It was bombarded with memories. At first it seemed the memories of a warrior who 
    was fighting for something he looked for, but then followed by the chorus of 
    shrieks of death. 
    
    Fair, despair, flash of blades, pain, and darkness. 
    
      "Ugrrr......GhrraaaaaAAAAA.......!!!" 
    
    It cried out in the pain of birth. 
    
    Deep in the shrine the Grand Priest, Kyumm mrl py eltzk, ordered to the giant he 
    created; "Find the demonic sword 'Soul Edge'!" 
    
    As the monster, brandishing an ax, was leaving the shrine, Kyumm mrl py eltzk 
    grinned and yelled, "The great power that even god desires... With this power I 
    shall reach the status of a god!"
    
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    Epilogue:
    
    Astaroth returned to the Grand Priest
    Kyumm mrl py eltzk with Soul Edge.
    
    "Astaroth, you've returned!
    Now the power surpassing the god will be mine..."
    
    "Wha... what are you doing!?
    Leave me! No... STOP IT!! NOOOOO!!!"
    
    "NEED... MORE... SOULS..."
    
    The two figures faded away in the scarlet flames.
    
    What were Astaroth's true motives?
    Perhaps beyond even the darkest nightmares.
    
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    Note - Executioner:
    
    What they believe:
    
    What they defy 
    
    The ancient cultic religion's calling translates as "the call of the 
    executioner". The true name of the religion has remained hidden for many 
    centuries. 
    
    Upper Priest Language -- py argria  Parguria
    Lower Priest Language -- pargia 
    
    History
    The cult's origins are deep in history beginning along the coasts of he Black 
    Sea in late BC. However the origins remain confused as some factions before "the 
    Guardian of the Normal Stream" were organized before the religion melded into 
    Greek mythology. These original factions rejected the Greek influence and 
    developed their own desires of destruction to enlightenment and resurrection. 
    
    The cult's entire existence remained underground and thus it was able to escape 
    the rise of Christianity and the other medieval religions. The religion 
    gradually faded from history but still grows to this day (16th century) and 
    developed many unique ideas that seemed to stem from Asian thought. 
    
    The cult's central guardian (god) is Ares the god of destruction and war. They 
    believed in harnessing the god's power to control life (resurrection) and sought 
    immortality. During these times the fully body of "the Guardian of the Normal 
    Stream" extended its hands well into the Middle East causing out breaks of war 
    in those regions. 
    
    The statues of snakes seen in the shrine are the remains of the other gods who 
    controls resurrection.
    
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    Doctrine:
    
      "Everything in the world is merely a repeat destruction and resurrection, even 
    the world itself conforms without exception. 
    
    If we resist this stream it would mean the destruction of balance throughout the 
    whole universe, and thus the loss of balance would mean the end of all existence. 
    
    This is the true destruction. 
    
    Humans are born, and die without question. This theory maintains the existence 
    of the human being. And so it to maintains the control of the world. 
    
      "Therefore we must destroy the present world stuck in stagnation once and for 
    all." 
    
    They believe they must place this great destruction on the highest priority. And 
    thus according to the doctrine they too will be destroyed. Unless they perish 
    the great destruction they seek will not complete its cycle. The great 
    destruction will see the death of the gods, but the true gods will be 
    resurrected and then the universe reborn. 
    
    This is the eternal cycle. 
    
    However there are a growing number of believers that interpret the doctrine to 
    say that they should create the destruction themselves and so subversive faction 
    are beginning to take root. The has also been a rise in believers that believe 
    they will be saved at the time of destruction. The interpretation of this 
    doctrine is of central debate with in the organization. More and more the 
    arguments among the Arc Priest are becoming violent.
    
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    Organization:
    
    The Grand Priest: 1 person "The great being who sees everything" 
    
    Upper Priest Language -- kyumm mrl py eltzk  cummail pyelzuk
    Lower Priest Language -- kun petokoo
    
    
    The Arc Priests: 7 people 
    7 places of the heavenly bodies: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, 
    Saturn. 
    The Earth is the center of the universe and fixed. This is the place of the 
    Grand Priest.
    
    Priests:
    Twenty or more priests are confirmed in the entire organization. Some of them 
    serves each Arc Priest. 
    There is some differences in thoughts and factionizm among the Arc Priests.
    
    Believers:
    The numbers of believers can not be confirmed because they do not gather in one 
    place.
    
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    Language:
    
    There are two general languages throughout the organization. Literary Style and 
    Colloquial Style. 
    
    The Literary Style (Upper Priest language) is the holy language which the priest 
    use to talk to their lord. Therefore it is only used during high ceremonies. To 
    speak the scared language in any other case is punishable by death. This applies 
    to the written verse as well. 
    
    In common ceremonies among the lower priest, such as admissions, the Colloquial 
    Style (Lower Priest language) is used. The Colloquial is a simplification of the 
    Literary Style. In high ceremonies such as bring new members in to "the call of 
    the Executioner" the higher Literary Style is used. 
    
    The history of the languages is long and complex. Present Colloquial Style was 
    born from the need for the ease of understanding and the simplification of the 
    Literary Style. The languages are so complex that typically most priest solely 
    learn the Colloquial Style. Therefore communication between the various priest 
    is almost always in Colloquial Style. Most common believers do not even 
    understand the Colloquial Style. They simply live and believe in the precepts of 
    the religion. 
    
    "The Guardian of the Normal Stream" 
    Upper Priest Language -- py glkks estes mnz  pygluksestes munz
    Lower Priest Language -- phygle sestems
    
    "Defend" (shifting meaning to "The way of defense") 
    Upper Priest Language -- glkks  gylucks
    Lower Priest Language -- gylks
    
    "A creature resembling a new human being" 
    Upper Priest Language -- azr ss trzaous  as stursa ulous
    Lower Priest Language -- a sta ros
    
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           3.1.09 Chapter IX:
    
                                                  Name
                                               Nightmare
    
                                                 Weapon
                                               Soul Edge
    
                                              Weapon Name
                                               Soul Edge
    
                                                 Style
                                       The memories of Soul Edge?
    
                                                  Age
                                                Unknown
    
                                               Birth Date
                                                Unknown
    
                                                 Family
                                                Unknown
    
                                              Birth Place
                                                Unknown
    
                                                 Height
                                            5 foot 6 inches
    
                                                 Weight
                                                209 lbs
    
                                               Blood Type
                                                Unknown
    
    Nightmare - Azure Nightmare
    
    No one knew where the rumor came from. 
    
    The blue knight, with the mysterious crimson eyes, bore the huge sword in its 
    malformed right hand. No one who saw the crimson eyes of the knight, from strong 
    fighters to shrieking women, from innocent babies to tiny worms, could escape 
    its blade as it devoured their souls. The single eye of the huge sword looked 
    like it was smiling in enrapturement, as it tasted the blood of living things. 
    Only the creatures of darkness that served its cold blade were exempt from its 
    fevered hunger for new souls. 
    
      "Rumor, it's only a rumor." "Damn rumors all..." 
    
    Three years after the Spanish village saw the column of light, a small German 
    village was in for a night of death as a knight with crimson eyes stood atop a 
    cliff with the full moon to his back. It swallowed towns and villages in its 
    path to the Black Woods. It was as if Captain Cervantes returned, but with a 
    dreadfulness and evil far surpassing the original! 
    
      "We are coming, father..."
    
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    Epilogue:
    
    The time had come.
    With countless souls stolen from brave warriors
    the demon blade transformed
    into an apparition of his father.
    
    "Siegfried, my son..." "Father..."
    
    "Pierce me with the sword."
    "Wha...!?"
    
    "I am nothing more than an illusion.
    Look for the truth within yourself."
    
    Kneeling in front of his father's grave he murmured.
    "Can there be a chance for redemption,
    after what I have done?"
    
    With that he left,
    carrying the heavy burden of atonement on his back and
    holding his father's will in his soul.
    
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           3.1.10 Chapter X:
    
                                                  Name
                                           Isabella Valentine
    
                                                 Weapon
                                              Snake Sword
    
                                              Weapon Name
                                               Ivy Blade
    
                                                 Style
                                             Unrelated Link
    
                                                  Age
                                                   28
    
                                               Birth Date
                                                 Dec 10
    
                                                 Family
                                            Parents Deceased
    
                                              Birth Place
                                            London, England
    
                                                 Height
                                                 6 foot
    
                                                 Weight
                                                128 lbs
    
                                               Blood Type
                                                   AB
    
    Ivy - Wreathing Blade of Isolation
    
    Isabella Valentine was raised with love as the daughter of the noble English 
    Valentine family. However, her father, Count Valentine, grew obsessed in mystery 
    and drove the rich family into despair. The count died in madness and the famous 
    Valentine family was ruined in a single generation. 
    
      "You are not our daughter in blood... your true parents are..." said her 
    tender mother, as she followed her husband into death. Devastated with remorse, 
    Isabella could care less about her "true parents". 
    
    One day, as she was collecting her parent's possessions, she discovered her 
    father's diary. In the diary, she found that the count had become obsessed with 
    alchemy and was investigating a sword named "Soul Edge" which was rumored to be 
    the key to immortality. She became an alchemist to follow her father's dream and 
    pursued the trail of Soul Edge. 
    
    Vercci an Italian death merchant... Adams an English curio dealer... Captain 
    Cervantes the dreadful Spanish pirate... The more clues she found, the greater 
    her suspicions grew. Once she discovered the true form of Soul Edge, which she 
    believed was the sword of mystery, something in her mind snapped. 
    
    My father was driven mad by such a loathsome thing... this evil sword!" Despair 
    and rage gave her a new goal in life, destroy the sword and cleanse the 
    Valentine name. 
    
    To destroy the evil sword, she needed an even more powerful weapon. All her 
    intellect and skill was utilized to create a weapon that could change its shape 
    back and forth from sword to whip. However, the weapon was still just a lifeless 
    tool that could change its shape mechanically, it could never defeat a living 
    demonic blade. In order to use her weapon's true potential, it needed to live! 
    But even giving it her own blood would not bring it to life. 
    
    Frantically, she tried everything she could think of. Once she found her 
    understanding of alchemy useless, she began to explore ancient sorcery and 
    repeated summoning rituals every midnight. But just like her father, she lost 
    her temper and struggled with rage. One night, her desperate desire finally 
    summoned a malformed arm into the summoning gate. Isabella stared blankly at the 
    arm as it sensed her attachment to her beloved sword and fused itself to it. 
    Then a voice without sound uttered, "I, Cross of the Pledge, shall confer onto 
    thee the Point in the Escutcheon of Destruction - Dexter Purpure." The ceremony 
    ended as the being disappeared. Under frozen moonlight, the embodiment of 
    Isabella's sanity cracked and twisted as it desired something unholy. 
    
    Her sword was completed beyond her wildest dreams! But Isabella still remains 
    unaware of her true parents...
    
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    Revelations:
    
    Massacre after massacre... devoted souls seeking the truth brought down... in 
    the hands of its host Nightmare, the evil blade's monstrous eye smiled in 
    satisfaction. 
    It used Astaroth and Lizardman as its hands to recover its strength with no risk 
    to itself or its host. Soon it would regain the power it once had. The time had 
    come here in Ostrheinsburg Castle with so many plots racing through each mind. 
    Nightmare's plan was to have the evil blade eat the souls of Astaroth and 
    Lizardman as the final touch since the monsters themselves sought to deprive the 
    sword of its power. 
    
    Despite the evil air, Ivy walked down the isle to the back gate alone. She 
    wanted to repay Nightmare for helping her create the Ivy Blade and so she helped 
    him in his quest for resurrection. But she has finally reached her limit. These 
    endless massacres left too many victims just for the art of resurrection. What 
    was the true purpose of these tragedies? 
    
    This was the question that raced in her mind that bore no answer. Moreover she 
    loathed the vile beast that carried out the massacres like cold executioners. 
    The bloodthirsty giant must enjoy the slaughter and Lizardman was clearly not a 
    creature from the earth. The eyes of Lizardman bore no emotion despite its 
    heartless acts. Moreover everyone, including Nightmare, seemed to be plotting 
    something terrible. 
    
    I can't help anymore. 
    
    A monster stood watch at the back gate of the castle. Looking for a way out of 
    the castle while avoiding detection Ivy choose a secret underground passage. In 
    the dark narrow isle she felt uneasy as if the eye of Nightmare's sword was 
    gazing upon her. Her steps quicken as she saw the light of the exit in the 
    distance. However as she emerged from the passage on to the ramparts she saw 
    Astaroth and his clay golem subordinates waiting for her. 
    
      "It's strange that you are using an underground passage. Where are you going 
    in such a hurry?" Astaroth smirked. 
    
      "I will no longer hold company with brutal creatures like you. I'm leaving 
    this castle to complete my own quest." Ivy replied. 
    
    Hearing her words Astaroth said, "You stupid bitch, the object of your quest 
    Soul Edge has sat in front of you all this time. Why didn't you feel anything 
    when you gazed upon the eye? Well not that I care and the time is coming so 
    devote your soul to the blade." 
    
    Dodging a sudden attack from the giant's axe Ivy drew her ever-morphing Ivy 
    Blade. 
    
    What did he say? That Nightmare's sword was none other than Soul Edge? 
    
      "I felt the evil aura of the blade but that is not proof enough to call it 
    Soul Edge. Above all if it were the Soul Edge he would have never let me who 
    wants to destroy the blade, near him. Or maybe he thought because I am a mere 
    woman...", Ivy's thoughts raced on. 
    
      "You are a spare host I've heard"; Astaroth smirked and answered with such 
    confidence that it seemed as if he knew everything. 
    
    A spare host? What could that mean? 
    
    Ivy was stunned for a moment with this thought and with out hesitation Astaroth 
    seized the moment. The giant's blade was coming down on her head as she regained 
    her mental focus. Narrowly she dodged the axe's blade but the hilt slammed her 
    against the wall. Astaroth stood in front of a beaten Ivy and smiled. But 
    suddenly the clay golems behind him became noisy. 
    
      "What's happening? Three... three strong souls? Good." Upon his subordinates' 
    report Astaroth turned his back to Ivy and began to leave. 
    
      "Are you running away?! Take back the words you said!" 
    
      "I'm leaving for a more efficient hunt. Worry not, these golems will finish my 
    work and take your soul for the blade." Astaroth replied. 
    
    The giant left and the clay golems attacked Ivy obeying his orders. A long and 
    hard fight left a breathless Ivy standing is a pool of melted clay. Her 
    beautiful face and body were cover in mud, and strength gone and her 
    consciousness fading. Desperately she made her way back to the passage. She 
    refused to believe Astaroth's words and needed to talk with Nightmare directly. 
    
      "Stop child of the evil sword," the voice of a young woman rang out from 
    behind Ivy. 
    
    As Ivy looked back she saw an Asian woman in strange clothing standing there. 
    Ivy wasn't aware of the woman's presence before. Ivy brandished her sword with 
    her last bit of strength but the woman stopped her attack with a short sword 
    drawn from her waist. The moment the blades clashed Ivy Blade wreathed on the 
    short sword as it began to shed a dark and evil aura. Affected by the dark aura 
    the trees surrounding them groaned in pain. 
    
      "What is happening!?" 
    
      "This sword bears a crack of Soul Edge," said the woman. "And your sword which 
    resonates with mine is the child of the sword." 
    
      "The child of the evil sword... it may be. So your words and Astaroth's are 
    true, this sword was completed with the power of Soul Edge. How stupid I am, me 
    who in order to destroy Soul Edge entrusted the very power of the evil sword 
    itself." Ivy replied as she was hit with her own uneasy suspicion. 
    
      "One more fact, the blood of the evil blade runs in your veins." 
    
      "Wha...?!" 
    
    The woman had now called not only her blade the child of the evil sword but Ivy 
    as well. With her last remaining power Ivy attacked the woman. But the woman 
    parried her blade easily and jumped onto the ramparts. 
    
      "Once I fought with a man who bore an aura similar to yours. That man was the 
    previous owner of the evil sword. Now, farewell." 
    
      "Wai... wait! What do you mean? You mean that my true father is...!" 
    
    Captain Cervantes, the immortal pirate? 
    
    She never said the name but she stared at the rampart where the woman once stood. 
    Ivy then heard a heavy noise from inside the castle. The three trespassers must 
    have been more than Astaroth expected. Ivy drew her exhausted body toward the 
    dark castle with a new will. 
    
    If it's true I will cut him to pieces. 
    
    Knowing she was deceived is the only power that moves her now.
    
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    Epilogue:
    
    "It... Shouldn't..."
    Through her battles suspicion changed to certainty. Despite the death of the 
    demon her blade still held the breath of life.
    
    But now the source of its undead life was cursed blood running through Ivy's 
    body.
    
    However she accepted the curse without hesitation.
    "I have always felt this to be true, but now that I know the truth I am 
    relieved..." 
    
    Now a new unholy quest calls her soul.
    
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           3.1.11 Chapter XI:
    
                                                  Name
                                            Hwang Sung Kyung
    
                                                 Weapon
                                             Chinese Sword
    
                                              Weapon Name
                                              Blue Thunder
    
                                                 Style
                                           Hwang's Long Blade
    
                                                  Age
                                                   28
    
                                               Birth Date
                                                 Aug 8
    
                                                 Family
                                        Parents deceased. Master
                                            Seung Han Myong
    
                                              Birth Place
                                     Chi-Ri San, Lee Dynasty Korea
    
                                                 Height
                                            5 foot 7 inches
    
                                                 Weight
                                                137 lbs
    
                                               Blood Type
                                                   AB
    
    Hwang - Patriot's Burning Soul
    
    During his quest for Soul Edge "the sword of salvation"; Hwang heard a terrible 
    rumor that his beloved homeland would soon fall under attack from a neighboring 
    country. 
    
    He immediately abandoned his honored quest and returned home. During his return 
    he found his master's daughter Seung Mina and brought her home with him. Once 
    home he returned to the Coastal Defense Force and served under the direction 
    command of Navy Admiral Lee Sun Shin. Soon a rumor spread that Mina had run away 
    from home yet again. This troubled Hwang but he knew he could not forsake his 
    duty protecting his beloved country. 
    
    Burdened with his worries over Mina's safety and his impatience with the attack 
    foe's cowardly tactics he eventually lost his inner calm. At last he made a 
    horrible tactical mistake chasing a small pirate ship and many lives under his 
    command were lost. 
    
    Admiral Lee Sun Shin summoned Hwang and dismissed Hwang's rank as commander of 
    the Coastal Defense Force. And thus the Admiral returned Hwang to the honorable 
    quest of seeking the sword of salvation. 
    
    Admiral Lee Sun Shin was a good friend of both Seung Han Myong and Hwang and 
    sympathized with their concern for Seung Mina. So Admiral Lee Sun Shin privately 
    requested Hwang search for Mina in the name of "the quest for the sword of 
    salvation". 
    
    Hwang understood the admiral's order and obeyed without the slightest protest. 
    Once again Hwang's soul leaves for the west.
    
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    Epilogue:
    
    The legendary "Sword of Salvation".
    The harsh reality was that the blade was pure evil and
    drove the soul mad.
    
    Injured during the battle of the
    sword's birth Hwang was rescued by Mina.
    "I am independent, am I not?"
    "Indeed... Thank you."
    
    "We shouldn't rely on the legends. We will defend
    our homeland by our own hands."
    
    The incandescent patriots set sail for the sea of battle.
    Their people and homeland still needed their protection.
    From now unto eternity they
    will be the pride of their great nation.
    
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           3.1.12 Chapter XII:
    
                                                  Name
                                               Yoshimitsu
    
                                                 Weapon
                                                 Katana
    
                                              Weapon Name
                                               Yoshimitsu
    
                                                 Style
                                             Manji Ninjutsu
    
                                                  Age
                                                Unknown
    
                                               Birth Date
                                                Unknown
    
                                                 Family
                                       Unknown. Clan has perished
    
                                              Birth Place
                                                Unknown
    
                                                 Height
                                            5 foot 7 inches
    
                                                 Weight
                                                126 lbs
    
                                               Blood Type
                                                   O
    
    Yoshimitsu - The First Mechanized Ninja
    
    In a time forgotten, there was a village of ninja, called the Manji clan, hidden 
    away in the forests at the base of Mt. Fuji. 
    
    One day, a lord who sought the power of the Manji clan invited its chief to his 
    castle. Due to his advanced age the clan's chief sent the strongest warrior of 
    the clan on behalf of him. As expected, the lord requested the allegiance of the 
    Manji clan. But the Manji clan preferred to remain hidden in these troubled 
    times and refused to join in the era's petty wars. After a few days stay at the 
    castle, the fighter politely denied the lord's request and returned to his 
    village. 
    
    Upon his return he found his beloved village in ruins. The lord had prepared an 
    army in anticipation of the clan's refusal to serve him. The reason the lord had 
    stalled his request and forced Yoshimitsu to stay at the castle was to buy time 
    for his ruthless ambush. 
    
      "Either they shall serve me or I will strike down every last one of them! They 
    are too powerful to remain uncontrolled. Destroy the survivor as well, though he 
    may be the clans strongest fighter he is but one alone." 
    
    As the only remaining member of his once proud clan, he tried to devise a plan 
    to avenge the deaths of his beloved clansmen as he fought off attacks from the 
    lord's men. But he knew he could never match the lord's strength alone. His plan 
    for revenge failed and in the lord's brutal counter attack he lost his right 
    hand. All he could manage with his artificial hand was escape into a secret 
    underground water vein only his clan knew about. Days of drifting in the cold 
    and dark cavern reminded him of a tale of the ultimate weapon said to exist 
    across the seas. 
    
      "With this weapon of legend I could crush all my enemies! I never believed 
    this tale in the past, but now I feel it may be the only way left for me!" 
    
    Unable to shake the thoughts from his mind, he left to the west in his quest for 
    the Soul Edge. During his travels, he heard the rumor of the Azure Knight and 
    saw the remains and tragedies the knight had caused. He felt the despair, hatred, 
    and desires for revenge born from the knight's evil and thought, "I can never 
    give up my quest for revenge, but what is the difference between the lord and I, 
    or the Azure Knight? What will be left after my bloody quest for revenge? Is 
    this what the souls of my clan desire?" 
    
    Something in the man called Yoshimitsu began to change.
    
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    Epilogue:
    
    "Taste my blade hell spawn!"
    Yoshimitsu's silver blade
    brought down the demonic sword.
    
    However a spark from the demon sword
    struck Yoshimitsu's blade and it began
    to shed a strange aura.
    "Has my sword been possessed by evil?
    NEVER! IN MY NAME I WILL CONTOL THIS EVIL!"
    
    He gathered money and food
    for poor and helpless people.
    
    The good name spread throughout the land.
    Many great heroes sought his good name.
    
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           3.1.13 Chapter XIII:
    
                                                  Name
                                               Lizard Man
    
                                                 Weapon
                                       Short Sword & Small Shield
    
                                              Weapon Name
                                         Xi Sword & Game Shield
    
                                                 Style
                                                Unknown
    
                                                  Age
                                                   3
    
                                               Birth Date
                                                Unknown
    
                                                 Family
                                        Unknown. There are many
                                           similar creatures
    
                                              Birth Place
                                                Unknown
    
                                                 Height
                                                 6 foot
    
                                                 Weight
                                                  190
    
                                               Blood Type
                                                Unknown
    
    Lizardman/Plumeria - Jasper Scales of Shudder
    
    In his worries over the "Man Made Demon" Soul Edge, Hephaestus gave many mortals 
    sacred oracles and ordered the destruction of the blade. He appointed a total of 
    twenty-four mortals in order of the Greek alphabet. Each of their origins were 
    unique, from the captain of the royal knights to the daughter of a baker, yet 
    each of their spirits were the same. Each was pious with all their soul and 
    could hear the voices of the gods. 
    
    Among the chosen few was a man named Aeon Calcos. Born in Sparta under the 
    occupation of the Ottoman Empire he was a powerful knight gifted in the art of 
    swordplay. Once he received the holy oracle he wandered the earth in search of 
    the "Man Made Demon" Soul Edge. 
    
    One day he was wondering a vast desert of death. His sight was fading and the 
    harsh sands parched his mouth.   "My lord, my guardian, the God of War, why do 
    you abandon me?" 
    
    In the sandstorm he lost his sight as his remaining senses began to fade... 
    
    When he had recovered his consciousness he found himself lying on a bed in a dim 
    room. He then learned that a village man of an oasis found him buried in the 
    sands and saved him from death. Since the village was frequently ravaged by 
    burglars he chose to repay their kindness by teaching them the art of swordplay. 
    However, only a week had passed and the village was attacked by the Evil Seed 
    before he could repay their kindness. The Evil Seed covered the oasis in a 
    sphere of light and showered pure evil onto the village! 
    
    Months had passed and a caravan crossing the desert carried a rumor of an oasis 
    drenched in blood and a beserker raining terror. In fact, since the mysterious 
    night of lights, many a caravan had been lost in the desert. The rumor spread 
    throughout the desert and eventually reached the ears of the Grand Priest, Kyumm 
    mrl py eltzk "the Guardian of the Normal Stream" (Py glkks estes mnz), whose 
    shine lay deeply hidden within the earth. 
    
    The Grand Priest had plans for the berserker. Soon after losing his soul to the 
    Evil Seed, Aeon the berserker was captured and brought before the Grand Priest. 
    The Grand Priest saw that even despite being bound to a huge boulder with 
    several thick chains the beserker still violently resisted.   "Splendid 
    Material... this will be a royal subject once the synthetic experiment is a 
    success." 
    
    Days of madness had passed and once the ritual was completed Aeon was born anew. 
    His limbs were given newfound power, his body was covered with scales, a 
    reptile's tail hung behind him, and the head of a lizard rested on his shoulders. 
    The madness swept away his memories, but his body remembered how to fight. The 
    Grand Priest was pleased with the results and decided to "educate" him 
    thoroughly. And thus Aeon the sacred fighter was transformed into a strong and 
    loyal slave of the Grand Priest. 
    
    When the time came, the Grand Priest ordered Lizardman to search for the demon 
    sword. And so his three years of living in the shadows came to an end with his 
    appearance at the port of India. How could one hope to find the affection and 
    nobility which lay within his soul since it was masked by his present eyes of 
    emptiness...
    
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    Epilogue:
    
    Inferno sank into the abyss with
    the weight of the cursed souls.
    
    The flood of power, pure
    madness and a passion for destruction...
    Wounded in the great battle,
    Lizardman approached another nightmare.
    He roared in desire, a new quest of destruction and
    massacre filled his mind.
    
    As if called by the roar creatures
    from the underworld gathered under the moonlight.
    He and his cold-blooded minions
    began a new hunt.
    Soon their prey will...
    
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           3.1.14 Chapter XIV:
    
                                                  Name
                                          Siegfried Schtauffen
    
                                                 Weapon
                                               Zweihander
    
                                              Weapon Name
                                                Requiem
    
                                                 Style
                                              Self-Taught
    
                                                  Age
                                                   19
    
                                               Birth Date
                                                 Feb. 6
    
                                                 Family
                                    Mother - Margaret. He killed his
                                          own father Frederick
    
                                              Birth Place
                                           Holy Roman Empire
    
                                                 Height
                                            5 foot 5 inches
    
                                                 Weight
                                                110 lbs
    
                                               Blood Type
                                                   A
    
    Siegfried - A Soul in Purgatory
    
    After the Soul Edge devoured a great number of strong souls Siegfried was able 
    to use it to resurrect his father Frederick. He quickly realized this 
    resurrection was nothing more than an illusion created by his weak mind. 
    Perplexed by the illusion he created, he wondered, "Is there any hope for 
    redemption?" 
    
    She lived in a small town in Germany. With both her husband and son missing, her 
    life was completely barren. But on this day a youth stood in front of her house. 
    For the first time since he had killed his father, he returned to his mother 
    Margaret. As his hand raised to knock the door he heard words of prayer from 
    within the house. His body froze as he listened to the sound of his mother's 
    voice praying that her son's soul may see peace. 
    
      "I am unworthy to see my dear mother now, I cannot return until I have settled 
    everything," he decided. 
    
      "Mom, I met dad," were the only words he muttered as he turned his back and 
    ran away before his mother could notice. 
    
    The boy had now grown into a youth and he left the town of his childhood with a 
    refreshed will. The knight left to put down the flames of unholy hellfire that 
    had spread throughout the world. The sun had set and all that remained in front 
    of him was a dim road of uncertainty.
    
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    Epilogue:
    
    Having conquered the evil within,
    the knight stared where the wind fell.
    
    Memories of childhood,
    an imposing figure of his father,
    the beginning of his madness and the black wind...
    
    Sieg, where have you been for the last three years?"
    "I'll tell you later... someday."
    
    He found some faces he knew from the past,
    and some faces new to him.
    He found that the black wind had never lulled.
    Demons are attack!" "Sally, men!!"
    And now a new wind began to blow.
    
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           3.1.15 Chapter XV:
    
                                                  Name
                                                  Rock
    
                                                 Weapon
                                               Battle-Axe
    
                                              Weapon Name
                                               Apocalypse
    
                                                 Style
                                              Self-Taught
    
                                                  Age
                                                   38
    
                                               Birth Date
                                              December 14
    
                                                 Family
                                       Parents missing. Bring up
                                     Native American orphan Bangoo
    
                                              Birth Place
                                      Born in London, Raise in the
                                             New Continent
    
                                                 Height
                                            5 foot 9 inches
    
                                                 Weight
                                                187 lbs
    
                                               Blood Type
                                                Unknown
    
    Rock - The Trembling Earth
    
    The battle had ended. They had fought each other in complete misunderstanding. 
    During their fight they realized this and ceased their conflict. 
    
    Lit by the parting beams of sunlight in the fading dusk the female fighter named 
    Sophitia said, "I felt hesitation in your attacks. You have someone that needs 
    your protection, don't you?" 
    
    He crossed the great ocean to find the past. With no memories of his parents he 
    searched for Soul Edge, the only possible cure, and continued his quest. Yet 
    Sophitia's words hit his heart. He longed for his one and only family, the 
    Native American orphan that he had left behind, Bangoo. 
    
    After due consideration Rock chose not past but present. His quest was over. 
    Rock bid farewell to Sophitia and returned to the west. As he set sail he saw 
    the light rising into the sky above the continent as if it were bidding farewell 
    to him. When the light faded the earth was hidden by the darkness of night. 
    
    After a year of travelling the vast earth Rock returned to his life with Bangoo. 
    He knew he had made the right choice, because he never wanted Bangoo to 
    experience the loneliness he used to feel. He decided to stay with Bangoo until 
    Bangoo had become a fully independent man. 
    
    One day a rumor that mysterious lizard-like humanoids were wandering the land 
    disturbed their peaceful existence. Rock tried to avoid the matter and focus on 
    keeping peace with Bangoo but the monsters attacked Rock without warning on a 
    moonless night. Their target was non other than Rock "the White Giant" himself! 
    Rock mowed down every single lizardman with his giant battle-axe. Dimly aware 
    that their proud hard scales were powerless against Rock's giant axe, the 
    lizardmen disappeared into the darkness. As the silence grew Rock returned home 
    and found his home destroyed and Bangoo missing! The lizardmen knew they could 
    never capture Rock so they kidnapped Bangoo to lure him! Even though he knew it 
    was a trap, he couldn't avoid falling into the lizardmen's plans. He left on his 
    quest chasing the trail of the lizardmen, but once he reached the European 
    continent he lost their trail. Rock now wandered Europe trying to find 
    Bangoo.   "I have one whom I must protect." 
    
    It had been three years since he had heard the words that made him decide to be 
    the boy's guardian.
    
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    Epilogue:
    
    Through bloody battles Rock rescued Bangoo and
    return to mother nature.
    
    Bangoo lifted Rock's axe and
    staggered a little and then smiled,
    "Don't worry Rock. Look, I can handle it."
    
    Years have passed and Bangoo had grown up to be a strong youth.
    
    Each time he sees a great cloud in
    the sky he remembers Rock's words.
    "You will leave someday like me
    to go forth for yourself and find
    your soul."
    
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           3.1.16 Chapter XVI:
    
                                                  Name
                                               Seung Mina
    
                                                 Weapon
                                           Ancestral Zanba-to
    
                                              Weapon Name
                                            Scarlet Thunder
    
                                                 Style
                                         Seung's Long Blade and
                                        Ling-Sheng Su Style Rod
    
                                                  Age
                                                   19
    
                                               Birth Date
                                               November 3
    
                                                 Family
                                        Father: Seung Han Myong,
                                       Mother and younger brother
                                                deceased
    
                                              Birth Place
                                      Chili-San, Lee Dynasty Korea
    
                                                 Height
                                            5 foot 4 inches
    
                                                 Weight
                                                106 lbs
    
                                               Blood Type
                                                   A
    
    Seung Mina - Heart and Soul Girl
    
    Seung Mina was now facing her toughest opponent ever. She left home (by pushing 
    her father to the side) and chased after the sword of salvation, "Soul Edge" but 
    before she got anywhere in her quest she was found by Hwang and taken home. 
    Seung Han Myong, her father and teacher in the ways of the blade, ordered Mina 
    into rigorous training as punishment. While on the other hand Han Myong took an 
    even greater liking to Hwang and began arranging a marriage between Hwang and 
    Mina. But Hwang was never home since his volunteer duty in the Coastal Defense 
    Force kept him away from Chili-san most of the time. Mina would never be a quiet 
    girl and after experiencing the freedom from her previous adventure she felt ill 
    at ease. She finally lost her last shred of patience when the prodigal son of 
    the wealthy Kim family, a pupil of the Seung School, proposed to her. 
    
      "I can't take this anymore!" she screamed and flew from the house again. 
    
      "Now where should I go? I want to volunteer for the Coastal Defense Force but 
    they've flatly denied me because I am a woman. Moreover Hwang and father's best 
    friend Admiral Lee Sun Shin are members of the Force so the instant I go there 
    they will be forced to go back home. Then why don't I begin the quest for the 
    sword of salvation again? Yeah, that seems like a good idea! If I get the sword 
    surely the Force will accept me! I shall prove my ability by getting the Soul 
    Edge! The father and Hwang will be forced to recognize my independence." Mina 
    mused out load. And with this decision she began her renewed quest immediately. 
    
    After a few months Mina final reached western soil. One day Mina heard a rumor 
    about a female fighter in town, who was searching for the Soul Edge, Mina's 
    natural instincts lead her right to the female fighter. The tall female fighter 
    was about to leave town but she told Mina she was searching for the demonic 
    blade Soul Edge and the source of her power. Mina felt uneasy that the female 
    fighter called the sword of salvation "the demonic blade". 
    
      "Oh? If you don't know even that much you should stay away from the blade and 
    sit at home, pretty baby.", were the words the female fighter taunted Mina with. 
    
    Mina was upset the female fighter called her a baby and she didn't care if she 
    was in the middle of the street or among a large crowd she challenged the woman 
    with her Zanbato. Although she wasn't overpowered she was clearly overwhelmed by 
    her opponent's mysterious wriggling sword. She fought her best against this 
    strange opponent but the final result was obvious. 
    
    After the female fighter left the crowd broke up and left Mina standing alone in 
    a dim street. The sun set into evening and the windows began reflecting the warm 
    light within the rooms. 
    
      "My art of the blade was useless against her... does this mean I have 
    neglected my training?" Mina pondered. 
    
    The art of the Zanbato was her only confidence in this journey. She stood in 
    shock as her mind was denied everything by this one defeat. 
    
      "Interesting duel! Thanks for amusing me" a voice bellowed in the distance. 
    
    The voice hit Mina and she regained her focus. As she looked around she saw an 
    Asian man standing on the side of the street where the crowd once was. The man 
    looked in his thirties or forties, perhaps Chinese and very drunk. A rod is the 
    man's hands drew Mina's attention. At a slight glance it looked like a mere 
    stick but surely it was a rod and moreover it was very used. 
    
      "The sword of that lady was a rare thing indeed. Indeed it was a good lesson 
    for you to learn not to challenge so boldly wasn't it? Luckily you are young so 
    you can become stronger, eh' baby?" the man muttered. 
    
    After being treated like a child for the second time today she attacked the man 
    without thinking. However her Zanbato never reached him. He didn't parry it or 
    guard himself with his rod but instead he simply stopped the blade by grabbing 
    the Zanbato by the rod section. 
    
      "Like I said. You should know your opponent's ability before you attack", the 
    man smiled. 
    
      "You also said since I am young I could become stronger. Will you teach me how 
    to fight? I don't care if it is the rod or other weapons" Mina rebutted in what 
    may have been her strongest bluff ever. 
    
    The seasons came and went and Mina continued to train herself under the guidance 
    of the man. 
    
      "I know I will encounter strong fighters like that female fighter in my quest 
    for the Soul Edge. If I seek the blade then I need to become stronger." These 
    were the words that would race through her mind as she continued her training. 
    
    This was her sole motivation to continue to push herself. The man paid little 
    attention to Mina's application and instead taught her genuinely because of her 
    strong convictions. Day by day her skill grew. Even though the man was drunk and 
    his appearance was a terrible mess his fighting style and mastery of the rod had 
    something very noble and traditional about it. 
    
    And now a full year had passed in Mina's training. And then one day the man went 
    out to buy some alcohol and never returned. A sadden Mina found this note from 
    the man at midnight: 
    
      "I am not worthy to officially teach you the way of the rod. But with your 
    talent you need not master it fully, just combine what I have taught with your 
    original art of the long blade. There is nothing more to teach you, go forth and 
    complete your quest. - From Kong" 
    
      "Or so the story goes... at least that is what I remember about her. She 
    reminded me of a girl from my past... they were both the same age I guess. I 
    taught her the art of the rod for no real reason but I found myself surprised at 
    how quickly she mastered it. She needed merely a year to master the basic 
    techniques. She was an honest girl, so honest that she couldn't keep her 
    thoughts in her mind. I think you should consider becoming more frank like this 
    girl... don't you Chief Commander Hwang?" Drunk as usual, Kong both a master of 
    the rod and new recruit in the Coastal Defense Force, talked with Hwang in a 
    very frank and casual manner. Hwang's mind was still thinking about his failure 
    a few days earlier when he had given chase to the Ryukyu pirate ship and lost 
    many of his men. He heard Kong's tale without truly listening to it until the 
    girl who Kong instructed in the way of rod drew his attention. This girl sounded 
    like... 
    
      "Pardon me, Chief Commander Hwang. Sir Lee Sun Shin summons you immediately." 
    Suddenly a voice from outside the room called Hwang. Hwang stood in reply and 
    forced himself to stop thinking about Mina. 
    
      "My duty is to the Coastal Defense Force" he persuaded himself as he went into 
    Admiral Lee Sun Shin's quarters. 
    
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    Epilogue:
    
    With her remaining power
    Mina brought down her final enemy.
    All her strength gone she collapsed from exhaustion.
    "You rest before our homeland is saved?"
    "Oh, Hwang..."
    
    Mina's face turned red.
    Complete exhausted, how could she hope
    to escape his strong arms?
    
    A far more dangerous enemy awaited her at home.
    A proposal from the prodigal son of the Kim family.
    Please marry me."
    "Unto you I will give a hundred cows."
    
    "Oops..."
    "I can't wait to run away from home again!"
    
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           3.1.17 Chapter XVII:
    
                                                  Name
                                              Edge Master
    
                                                 Weapon
                                              All weapons
    
                                                 Style
                                               Any Style
    
                                                  Age
                                                Unknown
    
                                               Birth Date
                                               January 1
    
                                                 Family
                                   Living with Kilik for three years
    
                                              Birth Place
                                                Unknown
    
                                                 Height
                                            5 foot 9 inches
    
                                                 Weight
                                                176 lbs
    
                                               Blood Type
                                                   O
    
    Edge Master - The Master of Blades
    
    Time flows through all, the mind of a single being holds no measure compared to 
    the long stream of history. There are few that understand this truth 
    
    Nobody knows his place of birth, when and how he became the great master of the 
    Ling Sheng Su Temple or even his true name. Each new chief of the Ling Sheng Su 
    Temple simply knows he is well versed in weapons and descends from the mountains 
    to initiate the successors of the three treasures and teach them the secret arts 
    of the temple. These facts alone show he has lived an extremely long time but 
    none of the previous chiefs or successors of the treasures and secret arts know 
    the truth about him since he never talks about himself. 
    
    And now a new young successor is training under him. Three years have passed 
    since the night of horror at the Ling Sheng Su Temple. Kilik is now the 
    successor of the Kali-Yuga but the Evil Seed possesses both him and the rod. 
    Kilik has mastered most of the secret arts of the Ling Sheng Su style rod and 
    the master has prepared a final trial to help Kilik resist the Evil Seed in his 
    body. 
    
      "Go west and find the evil sword "Soul Edge", the seed of all this chaos. 
    There you will find your purpose and everything will be clear." 
    
    After Kilik left the master devoted his mind to deep meditation. When his 
    thoughts became clear he stood up. It might be worth challenging the stream of 
    history again. It might be nice to believe one can cut their path through 
    destiny and create the future. He took his long trained weapons and left for the 
    west. 
    
    He too might rest if the evil sword "Soul Edge" is destroyed; though the real 
    answer lays well in his mind
    
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    Epilogue:
    
    "Finally, I am back. The journey was painful beyond imagination!"
    "Well... Kilik seems to have become strong. I'll try 'that' on him."
    
    "Kilik!" "Yes, Master."
    "Wait here a moment."
    
    "Master! What happened to your... body!?"
    "I'll teach you the secret art to
    control the evil within.
    This is 'control the evil by using the evil'."
    
    "Do you think you can defeat me?
    Prepare yourself Kilik! Ready? Kyiaaaaah!!"
    
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       3.2 Stages of History (Website)
    
    Valentine Mansion
      
    With his vast wealth from the profit of trades Count Valentine used his wealth 
    and lifeline of personal contacts to built his great mansion. It was design 
    purely modern and the near daily parties held in the ballroom and its expensive 
    rose marble floors were proof of the Valentine's prosperity. 
    However the Valentine's eventually fell into ruin as Count Valentine was possess 
    by the mysteries of the Soul Edge. He did anything to obtain the sword and 
    scattered his wealth. The Valentine's wealth vanished, the cheerful laugher from 
    the grand halls disappeared and the servants and maids left. What came into 
    Isabella's mind as she stood in the dark and empty room?
    
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    Ming Emperor's Villa
    
    This grand garden was designed to be the Ming Emperor's summer home. It made 
    perfect use of the natural landscape giving visitors the beautiful scenery of 
    the four seasons. Aside from the Emperor and his family only the royal guards, 
    including Xianghua, were permitted to enter the house. When Xianghua received 
    the order to search for the Soul Edge she visited the garden for the first time. 
    The garden, as if celebrating her departure, was in full bloom.
    
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    Remain in the Desert
    
    The prosperous oasis cities in the shirt of the Taklimakan were important relay 
    stations for caravans crossing the Silk Road. Merchants rested and enjoyed these 
    cities as they chased the profits of trade. 
    This remain construct in a cave deep within a valley lay but one day travel by 
    wagon from a near by oasis city. Rumor has it that a rich merchant fond of life 
    away from the rush of city life built this remain. As if to prove the rumor the 
    halls and floors are decorated with expensive lazurite and malachite.
    
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    Ostrheinsburg Castle
    
    This large castle stands deep with the woods of Mittelbirge in Germany. 
    Constructed by Sir Stefan, famous as an independent knight, this castle 
    consisted of a quadruple fortress and has been proud of its impregnability. 
    However Sir Stefan had been killed in a war a few years ago, after the lord's 
    death the remaining soldiers were executed, and the crying women and children 
    were killed or taken away as prisoners. After thorough plundering the once proud 
    castle is nothing more than a ruin of death that none dare visit.
    
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    Hoko-ji Temple
    
    Hoko-ji Temple was constructed in Kyoto (capitol at the time) in the 17th year 
    of Tensho (1589) under the proposal of Hideyoshi Toyotomi. The temple's was 
    officially created to pray for the peace and stability of the nation but it had 
    an hidden agenda of "katana-gari" (Ed. Katana-gari was the sword hunting policy 
    to take swords away from people other than nobles. Until then there was no set 
    border between samurai (soldiers), sho-nin (merchants) and no-min (farmers). 
    Thus people like Mitsurugi, who were once a peasants, could take up the sword. 
    Once the policy went into effect farmers could not bear katana and thus the 
    caste system became more apparent.) to prevent the constant rioting of farmers. 
    In a secret underground hall there is standing Buddha statue 24 meters tall set 
    within the center of a huge fusui-ban (Ed. Fusui-ban is an octagonal disk used 
    for fortune telling based on fusui, a type of Chinese secret magic (or logic 
    depending on the translation). Fusui literally means "winds and waters", and it 
    core purpose it to read the stream of "ki" in nature and control them.) which 
    Yin-Yang masters would consult in their advice to Hideyoshi and his strategies 
    for conquering the country.
    
    However in construction of the great hall Hideyoshi cut down a several thousand-
    year-old cedar tree on Yakushima Island and used the weapons collected from the 
    katana-gari for iron for the huge Buddha statue. In ancient times the Japanese 
    word "ki" meaning wood and another word "ki" meaning spirit were on and the same. 
    People believe wood and trees had holy spirits and the word "kodama" literally 
    means "spirit of a tree" and now "echo". Thus by killing a great life to make 
    the hall and using the statue forged from iron that had tasted the blood of men 
    it was only natural that this place would bear the seeds of disaster as it shed 
    its dark pulse.
    
    In fact Hideyoshi drove the Yin-Yang masters out of temple in the 2nd year of 
    the Bunroku when their fortune telling effected the Toyotomi Clan. It is also 
    well known that the kanji carved on the great bell of the temple became the 
    direct cause of the fall of the Toyotomi Clan. (Ed. The bell's creation was 
    sponsored by the son of Hideyoshi (deceased by this time) and his mother Yodo-
    gimi under recommendation of Ieyasu Tokugawa (eventually the first shogun of the 
    Edo Era, at the time he was a subject of Toyotomi, though he was equal in power 
    to the lord). The eight kanji carved on the bell meant, "may the nation be in 
    peace so lords and subjects may enjoy wealth". However the order of the kanji 
    could also be translated as "cut Ieyasu in two piece, Toyotomi becomes the 
    emperor and prospers forever". Though the Toyotomi Clan did not intend this, 
    Ieyasu saw this as a curse of magic that wished the fall of the Tokugawa clan 
    and challenged the Toyotomi Clan formally. Thus began the Winter Campaign of the 
    Osaka-jo Castle, followed by the Summer Campaign and ending with the fall of the 
    Toyotomi Clan.)
    
    Taki came to this temple to have a decisive battle with the ghost Gel-o-fury, 
    which had broken the seals of the bamboo forest with its newfound power from the 
    Evil Seed. Outside the temple Toki's assassins awaited the outcome, how could 
    Taki hope to survive this situation?
    
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    Water Vein
    
    Japan is a lush and green land and large veins such as this one gather the snow 
    and rain from the ground. These veins form a network throughout Japan much like 
    the veins in the human body.
    It is said that it takes one year for water to dive into the earth one meter. 
    Thus the water in this deep vein has travel for many years and is deathly cold 
    and ghostly clear. The soft pale blue stones create and illusion amount the 
    walls broke only by patches of warm green moss.
    
    Newly empowered by the Evil Seed the vile ghost Gel-o-Fury shattered the seals 
    in the bamboo forest and made its way into this vein. Taki challenged the ghost 
    in several times in this complex cave. Toki's assassins chasing Taki could not 
    resist Gel-o-Fury's aura and were absorbed into the great ghost. As Gel-o-Fury 
    grew in power Taki became convinced the ghost was planning to exit the vein in 
    Kyoto within the Buddha Hall of the Hoko-ji Temple. She went ahead and planned 
    to ambush the ghost in the hall.
    
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    Money Pit
    
    The Money Pit once proud of its impregnable status faced a humbling conquering 
    at the hands of an act of god. A terrible storm flooded most of the treasure 
    stockyards and even the highest of stockyards could not escape. The highest 
    among the stockyards bore the marble statue of the dead master Vercci, this was 
    the final stand of the Money Pit and the place Voldo placed the coffin of the 
    dead master and slowly gathered the remaining treasure into.
    
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    The Inundated Castle
    
    Mitsurugi was a trusted mercenary in the base of Mori's Murakami Navy on the 
    Noshima Island. Mitsurugi had been assigned defense of the Takamatsu-jo Castle 
    at the front line of the Mori Army. The Takamatsu-jo Castle was centered in a 
    marshy area and due to its geographical features considered impossible to seize. 
    However a clever and resourceful Hideyoshi Hashiba constructed a 3-kilometer 
    bank surrounding the castle to stop the flow of water and the Ashimori-gawa 
    River then flooded the region.
    Everything hung in the balance and thus without fear or hesitation Mitsurugi 
    climbed a board a ship, faced an onslaught of arrows and rushed into battle.
    
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    Pure Training Spot
    
    This Hindu temple was made in the 9th century and had been forgotten for many 
    years. With its pure waters the place had a holy atmosphere that made it feel as 
    if it was another world. The stone cave and the temple lay deep within India and 
    the small caves that formed the lake like shape out of the river only broke the 
    tranquil scene.
    The mysterious old man that appeared in front of Kilik lives here in the small 
    lodge on the hill like a hermit.
    
    "Who could this great master be..."
    
    His mind is full of questions Kilik trains himself everyday to control the evil 
    within.
    
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    The Evil Shrine
    
    This shrine is an underground construction for the great god of evil. It seems 
    to be near a volcano since the grand hall is always filled with lava. In the 
    center stands a triangle shaped alter where the grand priest "kymm mrl py eltzk" 
    performs various ceremonies. This is also the place of Astaroth's creation and 
    birth. The material of construction remains unknown. But by observing the 
    surrounding statues vomiting lava one would think heat was the source of life. 
    No one known if the original materials were from evil magic or human hands.
    
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    City of Water
    
    The City of Water, also known of the pearl of Italy, is a maze palace on water 
    constructed by connecting countless islands across a lagoon with over 400 
    bridges. During the Renaissance, Venice monopolized all the merchants' rights 
    and with this power stretched its colonization into northeast Italy as it 
    expanded into its golden age.
    As a city it was adorned with gorgeous mansions, fine works of art, master 
    pieces of architecture and it was heralded as a Mecca for intellectuals of the 
    time. The people admired this city as if it was an illusion. Some came to the 
    city chasing dreams; other attracted by its beautiful art and landscapes. And 
    now Siegfried comes...
    
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    Indian Port
    
    This was the Indian harbor Maxi visited to arrange goods.
    In India the shore is a sacred place so a stair terrace allows for travel to the 
    water. The terrace, which is called a 'ghat', leads to the town with its maze of 
    house, temples and narrow pathways. Visitors unfamiliar with the town are 
    notorious for getting lost. For Maxi this gray sea became a place of destiny 
    where his sworn brother Kyam and shipmates slept. Maxi swore revenge on Astaroth 
    as he stared at his ship in the distance sunken by Astaorth.
    
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    Shrine in the Air
    
    The gods constructed a circular shrine atop a great sacred mountain. Legends say 
    the gods created this shrine to defy themselves and as if to prove this legend 
    the path to the shrine was a cascade of stairs that human feet could never step 
    upon.
    "If to gods do not wish us to enter the shrine of legend then we shall construct 
    a second shrine for them to come to us."
    
    There fore this second shrine stood next to the mountain. All who visited the 
    shrine surrounded by clouds and divine light felt as if they were floating in 
    air. What could have been the hopes and bows of people standing on this shrine 
    looking at the circular shrine of legend in the distance? And of Sophitia...
    
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    The Colosseum
    
    Here stands the remains of an ancient coliseum surrounded by canals. Evidence 
    suggests it was once used at a theater as well as an arena since the royal boxes 
    have epitaphs such as "dedicated by the holder of this grand event". It is 
    estimated this theater can hold twenty thousand guests, which is about the same 
    as the Megalopolis in Greece.
    The players entered the coliseum by grand boats decorated with gold and silver 
    and the winners were praised atop the alter of sacred fire in the center of the 
    spectator seats.
    
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    Gap of the World
    
    A desolate land created by Inferno, the fire of hell. This land is an illusion 
    of time created by the awakening of Soul Edge's true form. It is also said to be 
    a materialization of the pains and sufferings of the souls devoured by Soul Edge. 
    But some that gaze upon this land only feel the beautiful fluttering colored 
    lights dancing a rondo. . .
    
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    4. Soul Calibur Dreamcast
       4.1 History/Profiles
           4.1.00 Prologue (Manual)
    
    Transcending time and space, an eternal tale of souls and swords...
    
    Considered by some as a Hero's Sword or even the Sword of Immortality by others, 
    rumors of the legendary sword Soul Edge spread throughout the world under its 
    many guises.
    
    Whatever its name, Soul Edge was without a doubt, a sword of gret evil.
    
    The owner of the cursed sword was the dreaded pirate Cervantes, whose reign of 
    terror ended after his defeat at the hands of Sophitia, the sacred warrior, and 
    Taki, the demon huntress.
    
    However Siegfried, who was searching for a sword of vengeance, stumbled upon 
    Soul Edge which was now without a host and on the verge of tearing itself apart 
    because of its uncontrollable evil energy. When he grasped the sword, the 
    nightmare began once again...
    
    ...The Evil Seed, radiating from Soul Edge, appeared as a column of white light 
    that shot up into the sky and scattered seeds of misfortune across the world.
    
    Several years after the incident, rumors of an azure knight spread across Europe. 
    In his grotesquely misshapen hand was a giant one-eyed sword. This myserious 
    knight decimated villages and cities as he made his way towards the Black Forest. 
    A fearsome figure to behold, this knight was said to even surpass Cervantes in 
    his evil...
    
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    Kilik
    Destiny Awakened
    
    Fightin Style   Secret Art of Ling Sheng Su Style Rod
    Weapon          Rod-Kali-Yuga
    
    Kilik is a chosen heir of the Kali-Yuga, one of the
    three treasures of the Ling Sheng Su Temple. His
    fighting moves take advantage of the rod's long
    reach and have a wide area of efficacy, enabling
    him to keep enemies at a distance.
    
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    Xianghua
    Flower in the Breeze
    
    Fighting Style   Sword arts passed on from her mother
    Weapon           Chinese Sword- Krita-Yuga
    
    Xianghua is on a quest to find Soul Edge as a member of th Ming
    Emperor's search party masquerading as a Chinese opera troop.
    Xianghua's elegant fighting moves based on her nimble footwork
    help to catch her enemies off guard.
    
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    Maxi
    Dandy of the South Seas
    
    Fighting Style   Shissen Karihadi
    Weapon           Nunchaku- Fatibal
    
    Maxi is the young leader of a carefree crew of
    pirates sailing the high seas. Maxi can turn
    any battle to his advantage by using his six
    ever-changing stances to confuse the enemy
    and attack blows to throw off the enemy's
    attack timing.
    
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    Nightmare
    Azure Nightmare
    
    Fighting Style   Memories of Soul Edge
    Weapon           Soul Edge
    
    Siegfried was transformed into
    Nightmare by the demonic powers of
    Soul Edge. The evil sword held in his
    grotesque hand is capable of slashing
    through anything with one fatal stroke.
    
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    Ivy
    Twistin Blade of Solitude
    
    Fighting Style   Unrelated Link
    Weapon           Snake Sword- Ivy Blade
    
    Ivy is a platinum-haired warrior on a mission to
    destroy Soul Blade. Her Ivy Blade has the longest
    reach of all the weapons. It functions as a sword in
    close combat, and transforms into a whip for mid
    and long distance attacks.
    
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    Astaroth
    A Soldier of the Heretics
    
    Fighting Style   Gyulkus
    Weapon           Giant Ax- Kulutues
    
    Astaroth is the creation of a heretical order called
    Fygul Cestemus. His great strength enables him
    to wield a giant ax easily, and his blows are
    devestating. Astaroth's close combat body
    throws also pack a lot of damage as well.
    
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    Heishiro Mitsurugi
    Mercenary in a Wartime Age
    
    Fighting Style   Tenpu-Kosai-Ryu Kai
    Weapon           Katana- Shishi-oh
    
    Mitsurugi is a samurai who is known as "the
    Demon" for his fighting style on the battlefield.
    He mastered the art of the sword in order to
    triumph over firearms. Mitsurugi can approach
    the enemy in an instant and attack with a sin-
    gle deadly strike.
    
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    Taki
    Shadow Huntress of Demons
    
    Fighting Style   Muso-Battoh-Ryu
    Weapon           Ninja Swords: Rekki-
                     Maru & Mekki-Maru
    
    Taki is a woman dedicated to destroying
    demons. Her strenght is in close quar-
    ter combat, where her special moves
    and skills are the most effective. Her
    beloved sword Rekki-Maru and the mys-
    terious phantom sword Mekki-
    Maru accompany her on the quest
    to destroy Soul Edge.
    
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    Sophitia Alexandra
    Renewal of the Vow
    
    Fighting Style   Athenian
    Weapon           Short Sword- Omega Sowrd
                     Small Shield- Elk Shield
    
    Sophitia is a warrior who received an oracle to
    destroy Soul Edge Hephaestus, the god of fire
    and smithery. The thrust attacks from her sword as
    well as shield attacks are extremely powerful. With
    weapons forged by her betrothed, she embarks on
    her journey to destroy Soul Edge once again.
    
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    Voldo
    Hell's Guardian
    
    Fighting Style   Self-taught
    Weapon           Katar x 2- Shame & Blame
    
    Voldo is the dreaded guardian of the Money Pit. His acute senses
    developed through years of living in darkness enable him to attack an
    opponent even with his back turned. His unique and strange move-
    ments can confound the enemy.
    
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    Prologue (Game)
    
    SOULCALIBUR- Prologue Chapter 1
    
    The dread pirate Captain Cervantes
    and his ship the "Adrian" struck fear
    throughout the entire Atlantic during
    his reign of terror.
    
    It all began when Cervantes obtained the
    evil twin swords, Soul Edge. Under its
    demonic influence, Cervantes slew his
    entire crew and those unfortunate enough
    to be in a nearby Spanish port town.
    
    With Soul Edge's twisted desires
    temporarily satiated with the feast of
    souls provided by the bloddy massacre,
    Cervantes and Soul Edge took to the
    ruins of the "Black Tail Inn" to enter
    a long sleep in preparation for the
    birth of the "Child of the Evil Sword."
    
    
    --- Prologue Chapter 2
    
    Over the course of the next twenty years,
    tales of the evil swords spread throughout
    the world and the truth about them was
    distorted. It was considered by some as
    the "Sword of Salvation" or even the
    "Ultimate Weapon" by others. And then
    there were those destined to seek Soul
    Edge for their own personal ends.
    
    
    --- Prologue Chapter 3
    
    The chosen few who reached Soul Edge,
    either by choice or by luck, cursed their
    misfortune as the evil swords devoured
    their souls.
    
    
    --- Prologue Chapter 4
    
    However, there was one woman who defied
    this fate...She was the sacred warrior
    Sophitia sent by a divine oracle from
    Hephaestus, the god of fire and smithery.
    She succeede in shattering one of the
    evil swords while engaged in a fierce
    battle to the death with the pirate
    Cervantes.
    
    
    --- Prologue Chapter 5
    
    Yet her victory came at a price, for she
    was gravely wounded by fragments of the
    shattered sword. With the destruction of
    one half of Soul Edge, Cervantes became
    enraged as if a part of his body had been
    destroyed. He was about to take her life
    when Taki, the "Shadow Huntress of
    Demons," appeared tp stop him.
    
    
    --- Prologue Chapter 6
    
    Although his equilibrium was broken due to
    the loss of one blade, Cervantes fought
    Taki with murderous rage, but lost to the
    demon hunter in the end.
    
    
    --- Prologue Chapter 7
    
    Taki obtained a fragment of the shattered
    Soul Edge, and with her mission complete,
    
    Departed with the badly injured Sophitia
    whose life hung by a thread.
    
    
    --- Prologue Chapter 8
    
    Siegfried, the "Innocent Darkside," came
    to the Spanish port town to seek the
    legendary "Sword of Vengeance." Yet all
    that he found there was what appeared to
    be the corpse of a pirate captain. The
    sword clutched in the dead pirate's hand
    caught his attention, and so Siegfried
    approached the corpse...
    
    
    --- Prologue Chapter 9
    
    ...But then, the corpse suddenly rose amid
    flames of hellfire. It seemed as if evil
    itself had possessed Cervantes' body to
    become corporeal.
    
    
    --- Prologue Chapter 10
    
    Mortal combat ensued. Although the
    Zweihander was too large to be held by the
    hands of the boy, he swung the giant sword
    effortlessly. The eyes of the boy were
    filled with madness as the sword cut the
    air with a terrific roar.
    
    When the battle was over, only the burned
    out remains of the pirate's corpse was
    left. In the bloodstained hands of the boy
    was his Zweihander, broken at its hilt.
    The image of Soul Edge enveloped in
    hellfire burned fiercely in the boy's
    eyes...
    
    
    --- Prologue Chapter 11
    
    Soul Edge had lost its host and was on
    the verge of tearing itself apart. As if
    guided by Soul Edge, the youth with th
    dark soul reached out to it...
    
    
    --- Prologue Chapter 12
    
    That night, a mysterious light was seen
    on the Spanish shoreline. A white column
    of light pierced the clouds and scattered
    throughout the sky. Witnesses of this
    event had no idea that the beautiful sight
    they beheld was the dissemination of the
    Evil Seed that would bring misfortune to
    the world.
    
    And so history turned its page anew...
    
    These tales you are about to witness
    occured in the sixteenth century.
    
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           4.1.01 Kilik
    
    Kilik (Character Exhibit)
    
    - Destiny Awakened -
    
         Weapon: Rod
    Weapon Name: Kali-Yuga (rod)
                 Dvapara Yuga (mirror)
          Style: Secret Art of Ling Sheng Su
                 Style Rod
            Age: 19
     Birth Date: February 9
         Family: Unknown
     Birthplace: Raised in Ling Sheng Su
                 Temple, Ming EMpire
                 Birthplace unknown.
         Height: 5' 6"
         Weight: 139 lbs.
     Blood Type: A
    
    Kilik, raised at the Ling-Sheng Su Temple
    deep within China, was chosen to inherit a
    rod called "Kali-Yuga" after many years of
    training. This weapon was one of the three
    sacred treasures of the temple.
    
    However, the Evil Seed had rained down
    upon the temple and caused its people to
    lose their sanity and a blood bath ensued.
    
    Kilik was able to keep his sanity under
    the protection of the "Dvapara-Yuga," but
    was forced to defend himself against those
    who were under the spell of the Evil Seed.
    In doing so, he killed his sworn sister
    and others dear to him.
    
    When Kilik regained consciousness, the old
    man who saved him told him the truth.
    Kilik and the Kali-Yuga were both still
    under the demonic influence of the Evil
    Seed. The only thing that separated Kilik
    from madness was the Dvapara-Yuga slung
    around his shoulder. And the source of all
    this evil was the demonic blade Soul Edge!
    
    Kilik trained under the old master, and
    after learning how to control the evil
    within himself and the Kali-Yuga, embarked
    on a quest to purify himself and his
    weapon.
    
    ---Weapon
    
    Kilik- Kali-Yuga (Rod) & Dvapara-Yuga
           (Mirror)
    
    Kilik's Kali-Yuga and the Dvapara-Yuga
    were two of Ling-Sheng Su Temple's three
    sacred treasures. When the Evil Seed
    corrupted Kilik and Kali-Yuga with evil,
    the Dvapara-Yuga's power, along with
    Kilik's inner strength, were the only
    things that kept him from being completely
    possessed by evil.
    
    If Kali-Yuga had fallen into the hands of
    someone else, this would have meant the
    creation of another weapon like Soul Edge.
    
    Equipped with the rod that took the life
    of his sworn sister, and the mirror that
    she gave him along with her life, Kilik
    departed for the West to find answers for
    himself.
    
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    Proving Grounds
    
    This training area is near a Hindu temple
    located in a stone cavern of a mountain,
    deep in the heart of India. Pure water
    cascades downward from the rocky
    mountain's waterfalls. The beautiful,
    clear water that flows through this place
    evokes an otherworldly, if not holy
    atmosphere.
    
    The mysterious old man who appeared before
    Kilik Lives here in a small shack like a
    hermit.
    
    Kilik has come here again to focus on his
    training regimen in the hopes of taming
    the demons that dwell within him.
    
    ---Voice
    
    Listen to the beat of my soul!
    This rod will be your doom!
    You want more punishment?
    Master, I won't let you down!
    I'm done with you!
    Give up!
    Evil one, begone!
    Damn you!
    Take this!
    Ready!
    
    ---Ending
    
    Despite losing its physical form, the
    demonic blade still burned fiercely and
    prepared to scatter itself throughout
    the world again.
    
    
    Kilik chanted quietly but with resolve,
    "Om Vajradharma Kilik."
    
    The Dvapara-Yuga that protected him split
    apart and extinguished the evil flames.
    
    
    Over the course of many intense battles,
    Kilik masteres the skill to tame the evil
    within him.
    
    Not one to rest on his laurels, Kilik
    subjects himself to more intensive
    training.
    
    Here, at the place where heaven and earth
    meet, his eyes reflet nothing but the
    clear blue of the boundless sky.
    
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           4.1.02 Xianghua
    
    - Flower in the Breeze -
    
         Weapon: Chinese Sword
    Weapon Name: Krita-Yuga
          Style: Sword arts passed on from her
                 mother.
            Age: 16
      Birthdate: April 2
         Family: Father is deceased, according
                 to her mother.
                 Mother passed away 5 years
                 ago.
     Birthplace: Ming Empire
         Height: 5'
         Weight: 101 lbs.
     Blood Type: B
    
    The Ming Emperor was irritated by the lack
    of progress in the quest for Soul Edge,
    the "Hero's Sword," so he ordered his
    royal guards to join the search. Xinghua
    was a member of this group.
    
    The guards masqueraded as a traveling
    Chinese opera troupe to avoid suspicion
    about their true mission. Xinghua,
    trained in martial arts since childhood by
    her mother, was chosen to be the star
    attraction of the troupe.
    
    As she prepared for her journey, Xinghua
    recalled her mother's last words:
    
    "You were born to complete an important
    task...Cut your path through an uncertain
    future!"
    
    With her treasured keepsake sword in hand,
    Xianghua departed with the sense that the
    invisible forces of her destiny were pushing
    her onward.
    
    ---Weapon
    
    Xianghua- Krita-Yuga
    
    Xianghua's treasure was her mother's
    keepsake Chinese Sword. Whenever Xianghua
    gazed upon the Krita-Yuga, she recalled
    her mother's final words: "You were born
    to complete an important task...Cut your
    path through an uncertain future!"
    
    With her treasured sword in hand,
    Xianghua embarked on her quest, feelin
    the invisible forces of destiny pushing
    her onward.
    
    The Krita-Yuga, along with Kali-Yuga and
    Dvapara-Yuga formed the treasured trinity
    of the Ling Sheng Su Temple. Seperated
    for over 10 years, surely something
    momentous would come to pass when the
    three treasures were brought together
    again.
    
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    Emperor's Garden
    
    This garden was constructed as a part
    of the Ming Emperor's summer retreat.
    Its design emphasizes harmony with the
    surrounding natural landscape and provides
    visitors with a beautiful view througout
    the four seasons.
    
    With the exception of the Emperor and his
    family, only the royal guards including
    Xianghua have permission to set foot
    inside the retreat. When Xianghua received
    her order to search for Soul Edge, that
    was the first time she set her eyes on
    this garden. When she entered the garden,
    the petals from the flowering trees danced
    gently in the warm breeze like confetti
    thrown to wish her good fortune in her
    quest.
    
    ---Voice
    
    I've got to win!
    I said no mercy!
    That's all there is to it!
    Thanks again!
    Justice will prevail! Just kidding!
    Ahem! How's that?!
    You're finished!
    You're mine!
    Here's a freebie!
    I got you!
    
    ---Ending
    
    The Krita-Yuga she wielded revealed its
    true form as if it heeded the call of
    destiny.
    
    The sword gave her unparalleled strength
    and in return, Xianghua channeled her pure
    spirit through it.
    
    
    The interminable battle came to a close
    with Xianghua's victory.
    
    
    The brooding clouds that covered the
    firmament until now broke apart tp
    reveal shafts of sunlight from above.
    
    "Mother...was this the destiny I was meant
    to fulfill?"
    
    She narrowed her eyes as the brilliant
    sunlight caressed her innocent, childlike
    face...
    
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           4.1.03 Maxi
    
    - Dandy of the South Seas -
    
         Weapon: Nunchaku
    Weapon Name: Fatibal
          Style: Shissen Karihadi
            Age: 24
     Birth Date: May 1
         Family: Both parents deceased.
                 Sworn brother Kyam and
                 shipmates.
     Birthplace: Ryukyu Kingdom
         Height: 5' 8"
         Weight: 126 lbs.
     Blood Type: O
    
    Maxi was carefree pirate from the Ryukyu
    Kingdom who travelled to wherever the winds
    would take him. One day, while anchored at
    an Indian port, his ship came under attack
    during his absence by a horde of monsters
    led by Astaroth.
    
    By coincidence, Kilik was there as well,
    and so they both joined in the battle
    against the horde. After a fierce battle,
    they repelled the monsters, but not before
    one of them snatched the Dvapara-Yuga away
    from Kilik. Kilik lost his sense of reason
    and attacked Maxi.
    
    Maxi barely succeded in supressing
    Kilik, but by then the monsters that
    massacred his sworn brother Kyam and many
    of his crew were nowhere to be seen...
    
    Having lost all that he held dear, Maxi
    chose to travel with Kilik and swore an
    oath of revenge against Astaroth.
    
    ---Weapon
    
    Maxi- Fatibal
    
    Fatibal is the name of Maxi's wooden
    nunchaku made by Yagazzi, one of Maxi's
    pirate crewmen. Yagazzi made and improved
    many nunchakus out of necessity for Maxi,
    since MAxi kept breaking them in battle.
    
    Throught trial and error, Yagazzi learned
    that using Balisanda wood enabled him to
    make a nunchaku that was strong and
    durable. This discovery resulted in the
    creation of Fatibal. Fatibal was perfectly
    suited for Maxi, since it could handle his
    extraordinary strength and the special
    characteristics of his Shissen Karihadi
    style of fighting.
    
    Each handle of the nunchaku were given the
    names, Kochi (East Wind) and Hae (South 
    Wind).
    
    ---Stage
    
    Harbor of Souls
    
    Maxi's crew regularly visited this harbor
    in India to trade goods.
    
    In India, there are grand, broadd steps
    known as a "ghat" that allow worshippers
    to walk into the river to bathe in holy
    river water. These steps also lead to
    narrow, maze-like streets packed tightly
    with houses, temples, and shops. Visitors
    who are unfamiliar with the city are said
    to lose their without exception.
    
    The gray seas of this harbor became the
    watery burial grounds for the souls of
    Maxi's sworn brother Kyam and others who
    met their fate at the hands of Astaroth.
    Maxi swore to take revenge against
    Astaroth as he gazed out beyond his
    sunken ship into the open seas.
    
    ---Voice
    
    Your luck ran out when you messed with me!
    I won't spare anyone who gets in my way!
    What's the matter, can't get up?
    Better stop now...If you want to live!
    It's been fun!
    C'mon there's more!
    Try this on for size!
    Vengeance is mine!
    Toooryah!
    Atah!
    
    ---Ending
    
    The price of defeating evil was high.
    "Heh...What took you so long?"
    
    
    "No!  This can't be!"
    "This is...the end of the line for me..."
    "...And...Ki...lik..."
    "Maxi!!"
    
    
    Kilik was without words, and Xianghua
    looked on quietly.
    
    The winds blew and the clouds moved on as
    if they were oblivious to their mortal
    plight.
    
    "...It's been fun..."
    The clouds seemed to whisper in his voice.
    
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           4.1.04 Mitsurugi
    
    - A Mercenary in the Wartime Age -
    
         Weapon: Katana
    Weapon Name: Shishi-oh
          Style: Tenpu-Kosai-Ryu Kai
            Age: 25
     Birth Date: June 8
         Family: Parents and siblings all
                 taken by sickness.
     Birthplace: Bizen, Japan
         Height: 5' 7"
         Weight: 143 lbs.
     Blood Type: AB
    
    The advent of firearms was a grave matter
    for a mercenary who made his living by the
    sword. Yet Mitsurugi was unable to find a trace of the legendary sword, Sould 
    Edge,
    claimed to be superior to firearms.
    
    In his frustration, he challenged a
    rifleman to a duel in front of nobility,
    but suffered an ignomious defeat before
    the eyes of his lord. This forced
    Mitsurugi to embark on a quest to perfect
    his swordsmanship so that he could defeat
    the rifle. It was during this quest that
    he learned of a knight named Nightmare,
    who terrorized Europe with an invincible
    sword.
    
    "Prepare for my arrival, whoever you are!
    I'll soon relieve you of your sword!"
    
    ---Weapon
    
    Mitsurugi- Shishi-oh
    
    Shishi-oh is the name of Mitsurugi's
    katana.
    
    Mitsurugi was soundly defeated and 
    disgraced in front of his lord by a
    rifleman bearing the Tanegashima rifle
    during an exhibition duel. This defeat was
    the catalyst that forced him to perfect
    his swordmannship and seek a weapon strong
    enough to defeat the rifle.
    
    During his intensive training, he became
    dissatisfied with his old sword Korefuji
    and replaced it with Shishi-oh, a katana
    with a longer and wider blade. Mitsurugi
    perfected many new sword fighting moves to
    defeat the rifle with Shishi-oh, the Relic
    being just one of them.
    
    ---Stage
    
    Takamatsu Castle
    
    Mitsurugi proved himself as a soldier at
    Noshima Island, tha main headquarters of
    the Mori Clan's Murakami Navy. Respected
    by his superiors, Mitsurugi was entrusted
    with the task of defending Takamatsu
    Castle at the fron lines of the Mori
    Army.
    
    Takamatsu Castle was considered difficult
    to conquer because it was surrounded by
    marshlands. However, a cunning enemy of
    the Mori named Toyotomi Hideyoshi invaded
    the castle by flooding the area. Toyotomi
    constructed a levee around Takamatsu
    Castle and then released the river water
    from the rain-swollen Ashimori River,
    neutralizing the natural defense offered
    by the marshlands.
    
    Both sides continue to engage in battles
    that end in stalemate. As the fighting
    rages on, Mitsurugi boards a raft to join
    his comrades on a battlefield with
    arrow-filled skies.
    
    ---Voice
    
    No one can take Soul Edge from me!
    You'll be in hell...Before me!
    The name's Mitsurugi! Don't forget it!
    You fool! Don't make me laugh!
    This is it!  Hiiiyah!
    Farewell!
    You're finished!
    What's the matter?!
    Prepare yourself!
    May there be mercy for you!
    
    ---Ending
    
    After countless battles, the demonic blade
    Soul Edge was in Mitsurugi's hands.
    
    En route back to his homeland, pirates
    attacked him on the hight seas.
    
    
    Mitsurugi was completely surrounded by the
    bloodthirsty pirates.
    
    He smiled without fear as he looked down
    the barrels of their guns and murmured...
    
    "I've had enough of duels ...You're just
    what I need to try the blade of my new
    sword..."
    
    
    This was the last anyone heard of the lone
    samurai known as the "Mercenary in the
    Wartime Age."
    
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           4.1.05 Taki
    
    - Shadow Huntress of Demons -
    
         Weapon: Ninja Sword
    Weapon Name: Rekki-Maru & Mekki-Maru
          Style: Musoh-Battoh-Ryu
            Age: 25
     Birth Date: Unknown
         Family: Immediate family all felled
                 by sickness.
                 Master Toki
     Birthplace: Ohmi, Japan
         Height: 5' 7"
         Weight: 117 lbs.
     Blood Type: A
    
    Taki was a member of a ninja clan sworn to
    defeat evil demons.
    
    Believing that her beloved sword
    Rekki-MAru was resonating in sympathy with
    the evil sword Soul-Edge, Taki crossed the
    sea to seek the truth. While abroad, she
    managed to obtain a fragment of the evil
    sword.
    
    Returning to her homeland, Taki failed to
    meld the fragmend into her own sword.
    However, when Taki attempted to fuse the
    same fragment with the sword Mekki-Maru,
    the two materials joined together
    immediately and an evil aura began to
    emanate from the sword's blade...
    
    In order to pit Mekki-Maru against the
    remaining Soul Edge, Taki travelled to
    foreign lands once again.
    
    Yet in the dark recesses of her heart,
    Taki felt the desire to master the immense
    power of the demonic blade.
    
    ---Weapon
    
    Taki- Rekki-Maru & Mekki-Maru
    
    Taki made her own weapons and protective
    gear partly out of need and pertly as a
    hobby. Taki created her most prized
    possession Rekki-Maru by incorporating
    supernatural powers in its blade. For
    Taki, it proved time and again to be a
    valuable partner in her work of slaying
    demons.
    
    On the other hand, Mekki-Maru was a sword
    cloaked in mystery. Ever since it was
    fused with a fragment of Soul Edge, the
    sword emanated an evil aura whenever
    withdrawn from its protective scabbard.
    Because of this, even Taki handled it with
    caution. In any even, she would surely
    find a way to subjugate into obedience
    this sword of unmeasured potential.
    
    ---Stage
    
    Hoko Temple
    
    The Hoko Temple was constructed in Kyoto
    under the auspices of Toyotomi Hideyoshi,
    a ruler of Japan during the 16th century.
    Although the temple was officiall6
    intended to a place where Buddhist
    monks could pray to bring peace and
    stability to the nation, the temple had a
    secondary, ulterior role as a focal point
    of a "katana-gari" campaign to quell the
    peasant-led uprisings that occured
    frequently during that era.
    
    (Japanese Historical Note: "Katana-gari"
    was part of a political policy to remove
    weapons like katanas away from all people
    with the exception of the samurai nobility
    and to establish a rigid feudal class
    system. Until that time, there were no
    strict social boundaries between soldiers
    (samurai), merchants (sho-nin) and farmers
    (no-min). This is why Mitsurugi, who once
    was a peasant, could rise to the ranks of
    the samurai-class. After this rigid feudal
    policy was instituted, farmers were
    prohibited from bearing katana, and
    therefore effectively eliminated the
    ability of the lower classes to improve
    their place in society.)
    
    Toyotomi felled thousands-year-old cedars
    to make the central support pillars of
    the temple and used iron from weapons
    confiscated through the katana-gari to
    create the giant Buddha statue.
    Unfortunately for Toyotomi, these
    materials used in the construction of
    the temple proved to have evil karmic
    consequences. The destruction of the
    old-growthcedars was equivalent to the
    killing of an ancient life force. In
    addition, the blood of the victims killed
    by the weapons cursed the iron.
    
    It was only natural that this plce bore
    the seeds of disaster and became the
    source of misfortune for the Toyotomi
    clan.
    
    ---Voice
    
    Ready to meet your maker?
    Say your prayers, misguided one!
    Back for more?!
    Hmph, haven't you had enough?!
    Hmm, are you sure?
    Demon defeated!
    Why don't you disappear?
    Shyaaaaaa!
    Evil! Begone!
    Go away!
    
    ---Ending
    
    "Evil...Begone!"
    
    Taki's cry and Mekki-Maru both pierced
    through Inferno.
    
    Taki wielded Mekki-Maru at her will, which
    bore the same evil as Inferno.
    
    
    But the faint resonance of Mekki-Maru
    along with the doubt in her heart would
    not stop.
    
    "...So there is no end to this?"
    Yet surely she will triumph somehow...
    
    
    ...And repeat her favorite line, "Demon
    slain, the deed is done."
    
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           4.1.06 Voldo
    
    - Hell's Guardian -
    
         Weapon: Katar x 2
    Weapon Name: Shame & Blame
          Style: Self-taught
            Age: 46
     Birth Date: August 25
         Family: Parents and four siblings,
                 all killed through warfare.
     Birthplace: Palermo, Italy
         Height: 6'
         Weight: 185 lbs.
     Blood Type: A
    
    The Italian merchant Vercci had sought
    Soul Edge, yet he went to the grave
    without ever obtaining it. After Vercci's
    death, his loyal vassal Voldo became the
    guardian of the Money Pit, which was
    Vercci's treasure vault in addition to
    being his tomb.
    
    Voldo had once attempted to fulfill his
    MAster's last wish of obtaining Soul Edge
    and even ventured abroad in its pursuit,
    but he was unsuccessful.
    
    While Voldo was guarding the pit one day,
    a trespasser appeared. Voldo had chased
    the woman away, but upon doing so, heard
    the familiar voice of his master.
    
    "Voldo, that woman...She had the scent of
    Soul Edge upon her...Hunt her down, and
    bring me Soul Edge this time!!"
    
    ---Weapon
    
    Voldo- Shame & Blame
    
    Shame and Blame are the names of Voldo's
    twin Katars.
    
    Vercci collected treasures from every
    corner of the world and believed that he
    had everything that was worth collecting.
    His enormous treasure trove included many
    rare foreign curiosities. Vercci favored
    the Katars that were brought back from
    India and gave a pair to his loyal vassal
    Voldo as weapons. Shame and Blame are one
    of the tens of Katar types stored in the
    Money Pit. Even after Vercci's death,
    these weapons were used to hunt down
    robbers and adventurers who ventured into
    the Money Pit.
    
    ---Stage
    
    Money Pit
    
    The Money Pit had aa proud history of
    protecting its treasures from robbers and
    adventurers alike. Ironically, it was
    conquered easily by the forces of Mother
    Nature when a devastating storm flooded
    most of its treasure vaults.
    
    Although this room was the highest among
    the treasure vaults, it was not spared
    from the flood. Now, the marble stature
    of the dead master Vercci towers solemnly
    into the air. Voldo salvaged what
    treasures he could from the depths of
    their watery grave and placed them in a
    chamber containing his master's coffin.
    
    ---Voice
    
    Shuuuukouuuu
    Kouuuushuuuu
    Shuuukouuu
    Kouuushuuu
    Shuuuu
    Kouuuu
    Shuuu
    Kouuu
    Shuu
    Kouu
    
    ---Ending
    
    The moment he grasped the evil sword, a
    flood of evil energy coursed through
    Voldo's body and made him writhe in agony.
    
    "Entrust you soul to the sword..."
    A familiar voice echoed in his mind.
    
    
    As he gave in to the power of the sword,
    the pain dissolved miraculously and his
    memory along with his youth returned.
    
    The image of his dead master was reflected
    in his eyes, now wide open.
    
    
    His master's wish was finally fulfilled,
    as was his.
    
    In the empty solitary darkness of this
    place, he found eternal bliss.
    
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           4.1.07 Sophitia
    
    - Renewal of the Vow -
    
         Weapon: Short Sword & Small Shield
    Weapon Name: Omega Sword & Elk Shield
          Style: Athenian
            Age: 21
     Birth Date: March 12
         Family: Father- Achelous
                 Mother- Nike
                 Younger Sister- Cassandra
                 Younger Brother- Lucius
     Birthplace: Athens, Ottoman Empire
         Height: 5' 6"
         Weight: Unknown
     Blood Type: B
    
    Following an oracle from Hephaestus, the
    god of fire and smithery, Sophitia
    succeded in destroying one half of Soul
    Edge.
    
    After recovering from the wounds she
    suffered from the sword fragments, she
    returned to her life as the daughter of
    a baker and spent her days peacefully.
    However, one day Sohpitia had an ominous
    vision of a knight in azure armor and a
    sword of immense evil.
    
    Once again, Sophitia received an oracle
    from Hephaestus to destroy the remaining
    Soul Edge. As she embarked on her journey,
    Sophitia held on tightly to the sword and
    shield forged by Rothion, her betrothed.
    
    ---Weapon
    
    Sophitia- Omega Sword & Elk Shield
    
    The Omega Sword and the Elk Shield are
    the short sword and small shield used by
    Sophitia.
    
    Rothion, Sophitia's betrothed and
    swordsmith, forged both the sword and
    shield using sacred iron bequeathed from
    Hephaestus. With Sophitia's oracle in his
    thoughts, Rothion put his heart and soul
    into forging this sword and shield.
    
    These weapons served to protect Sophitia
    from the malice of Soul Edge as well as to
    guide her during her quest. Whenever
    Sophitia used these weapons, Rothion was
    always alongside her in spirit during her
    trials and tribulations.
    
    ---Stage
    
    Shrine of Eurydice
    
    Legend says that circular shrine was
    constructed atop an ancient sacred
    mountain by the gods to sanctify
    themselves. As if to prove the legend,
    the path to the shrine consisted of
    gigantic stairs that no mere mortal could
    ever hope to scale.
    
    Thus, the Shrine of Eurydice was built
    upon a small plain at the edge of a nearby
    mountain in the hopes that the gods would
    come down from their shrine to visit them.
    Those who visit this shrine feel as if
    they are floating in air since divine
    light and a sea of clouds envelop them.
    
    ---Voice
    
    I want to save you!
    I can't give up now!
    I won't give up hope!
    I won!
    Was that too much?
    Forgive me!
    I can't lose!
    Take this!
    This is it!
    I'm sorry!
    
    ---Ending
    
    After fulfilling the sacred duty entrusted
    upon her by Hephaestus, Sophitia returned
    home to her betrothed.
    
    
    "Rothion, I..."
    "I understand, Sophie."
    
    The long delayed wedding took place
    at last with the blessings of the
    townspeople.
    
    
    Time passed and Sophitia was blessed with
    the birth of her child.
    
    "Thou I can no longer hear the voices of
    the gods, perhaps my child can..."
    
    The child smiled back as if in reply to
    her words.
    
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           4.1.08 Astaroth
    
    - A Soldier of the Heretics -
    
         Weapon: Giant Ax
    Weapon Name: Kulutues
          Style: Gyulkus
            Age: 3
     Birth Date: September 3
         Family: None.
                 There are many similiar
                 creatures like him.
     Birthplace: Unknown
         Height: 6' 4"
         Weight: 209 lbs.
     Blood Type: None
    
    The god of destruction Palgaea desired to
    possess the demonic blade Soul Edge and
    ordered his grand priest Kunpaetku to seek
    out Soul Edge.
    
    Astaroth was created in hellish heat
    under the divine protection of the god
    of destruction to head up the quest.
    The grand priest Kunpaetku ordered his
    creation, the giant Astaroth, to find the
    demonic blade.
    
    As he gazed upon Astaroth as he departed
    from the shrine with a giant ax in hand,
    the grand priest laughed to himself, "If
    I possessed this immense power that even
    the gods desire, I shall become a god
    myself!"
    
    ---Weapon
    
    Astaroth- Kulutues
    
    The grand priest Kunpaetku of the
    heretical order Fygul Cestemus made
    Astaroth's giant ax called Kulutues. The
    grand priest used many invocations to
    create this giant ax, which Astaroth took
    on his quest to find Soul Edge. Astaroth
    used Kulutues (which means "Merciless
    Destroyer" in the ancient language of the
    order), during his rampages.
    
    The souls taken by Kulutues served to feed
    the never-ending hunger of Nightmare's
    Soul Edge. Once Soul Edge was full of
    souls, it would be taken to Astaroth's
    true master Palgaea, the god of evil, to
    bring forth the Apocalypse.
    
    ---Stage
    
    Palgaea Shrine
    
    The Palgaea Shrine is an underground lair
    that deifies the god of evil Palgaea.
    Located at the foot of a volcano, its
    grand hall is always filled with fiery
    lava. There is a triangular-shaped altar
    at the center of the shrine, where the
    grand priest Kunpaetku presides over
    various ceremonies. This is also the place
    where Astaroth uttered his birth cry.
    
    The materials used to construct this
    shrine are not known, however, the various
    surrounding statues as well as the face of
    the serpent spewing lava suggest that they
    are extremely heat resistan. No one knows
    whether these materials are man-made or
    born of evil magic.
    
    ---Voice
    
    Go to hell!
    Gggrrrrr
    Get lost!
    Eyeehehehehe
    Your soul's mine!
    Dead yet?
    You worm!
    Die!
    Squirm!
    Scream!
    
    ---Ending
    
    Astaroth returned before the grand priest
    Kunpaetku with Soul Edge in hand.
    
    "Astaroth, you have done well. Now the
    power that surpasses the gods is mine!"
    
    
    "What...are you doing!  No, unhand me!
    Stop! STOP!"
    "Need...more...souls..."
    
    
    Engulfed in crimson hellfire, the two
    figures eventually fade from view.
    
    What were Astaroth's true intentions?
    There is no way to know...
    
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           4.1.09 Nightmare
    
    - Azure Nightmare -
    
         Weapon: Soul Edge
    Weapon Name: Soul Edge
          Style: Memories of Soul Edge?
            Age: Unknown
     Birth Date: Unknown
         Family: Unknown
     Birthplace: Unknown
         Height: 5' 6"
         Weight: 209 lbs.
     Blood Type: Unknown
    
    No one knows when the knight in azure
    armor first appeared in Europe.
    
    It was said that those who saw this
    knight's crimson eyes could not escape
    death.
    
    The grotesquely shaped sword in his hand
    appeared as if enraptured when bathed in
    the blood of the living. And then there
    were the grotesque monsters that followed
    him...
    
    Seasoned knights and armies equipped with
    the latest firearms were no match for it,
    as the nightmarish horde cut a path of
    destruction and horror through towns and
    villages.
    
    ---Weapon
    
    Nightmare- Soul Edge
    
    Soul Edge is the legendary sword of
    Nightmare.
    
    To some, it was the "Hero's Sword," and
    to others, the "Sword of Immortality."
    Although the details of this legendary
    sword changed as its rumor traveld
    around the world, its true nature was
    unmistakably evil.
    
    Nightmare was said to be a young warrior
    who was corrupted by taking possession of
    Soul Edge. The evil sword had a will of
    its own, and it transformed itself into a
    gigantic sword that would make the best
    use of the warrior's fighting experience.
    
    Its single eye appeared enraptured
    whenever the grotesquely shaped sword
    was bathed in blood. The dmonic blade
    manipulated its bearer to commit
    atrocities so that it could consume the
    souls of the innocent. Soul Edge's true
    purpose and intent remains to be
    discovered.
    
    ---Stage
    
    Ostrheinsburg Castle
    
    Ostrheinsburg Castle rises high with the
    deep forests of Mitttelberg in Germany
    behind it. Constructed by a renowned,
    independent knight named Sir Stefan, this
    castle's defenses consisted of quadruple
    castle wals considered as being
    impregnable.
    
    However, after Sir Stefan was killed in a
    war, the remaining soldiers loyal to him
    were summarily executed and women and
    children were taken away as slaves. After
    thieves plundered it thoroughly, this
    castle became a tragic ruin that reeked of
    death. It became a place where none dared
    to visit.
    
    ---Voice
    
    There's no turning back now!
    Blood...Darkness...Come unto me!
    I shall reclaim my soul!
    My sword, give me strength!
    Souls, come unto me!
    You ask for more?!
    Waaaryah!Take this!
    I'm through with you!
    More!
    
    ---Ending
    
    The time had come...With countless souls
    stolen from brave warriors, the evil sword
    now transformed into an appirition of his
    father.
    
    "Siegfried, my dear son..."
    "F..Father..."
    
    
    "Pierce me with this sword."
    "What?!"
    
    "I am nothing more than an illusion.
    Reflect back upon your sins and repent."
    
    
    Standing before his father's grave, he
    whispered to himself, "Is redemption
    possible?"
    
    And so he embarked upon a journey with
    atonement as his cross to bear, embracing
    within his heart the last wishes of his
    father.
    
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           4.1.10 Isabella Valentine (Ivy)
    
    - Twisting Blade of Solitude -
    
         Weapon: Snake Sword
    Weapon Name: Ivy Blade
          Style: Unrelated Link
            Age: 28
     Birth Date: December 10
         Family: Adoptive parents dead through
                 sickness.
                 Birth parents unknown.
     Birthplace: London, England
         Height: 5' 10"
         Weight: 128 lbs.
     Blood Type: Unknown
    
    Ivy was raised with love in the house of
    the English nobles, the Valentines.
    However, her father Count Valentine died a
    madman, driven to insanity through an
    obsession with alchemy.
    
    The House of Valentine was brought down by
    the Count's insanity. Soon after her
    family's fall, Ivy learned from her mother
    on her deathbed that she was an adopted
    child. Ivy, however, had no interest in
    her "true parents."
    
    Ivy eventually learned about her father's
    search for the mystical sword Soul Edge
    and began to follow in his foosteps in
    its quest.
    
    As Ivy learned more about Soul Edge, she
    discovered its true nature and swore to
    destroy the demonic blade. She succeeded
    in creating a weapon for this purpose
    through ancient sorcery.
    
    To this day, she is still oblivious about
    her true lineage...
    
    ---Weapon
    
    Ivy- Ivy Blade
    
    Ivy's Snake Sword called Ivy Blade has the
    ability to expand and contract at will.
    
    Ivy researched countless weapons to find
    one that was suitable for her quest to
    destroy Soul Edge. Based upon an Asian
    multi-segmented whip, her sword came to
    life by Nightmare's touch. Armed with this
    weapon, she embarked on her quest.
    
    But little did she know that her Ivy
    Blade was brought to life by the power of
    Soul Edge, the same sword she sought to
    destroy. She also remained ignorant of the
    fact that her own bloodline served to
    strengthen the sword.
    
    ---Stage
    
    Valentine Mansion
    
    Count Valentine constructed the
    avant-garde Valentine Mansion by using the
    wealth and political contacts amassed
    through trade. Countless parties that
    showed off the prosperity of the Valentine
    family were held in the great hall where
    expensive rose-colored marble was used in
    great abundance.
    
    However, Count Valentine was beguiled by
    Soul Edge's powers and began to squander
    his riches madly in its pursuit. It was
    not long before the Valentine clan fell
    into ruin.
    
    Ivy, the adopted daughter of the Count,
    remains here alone to pursue Soul Edge by
    researching alchemy and ancient sorcery.
    
    ---Voice
    
    I'll tear everythin apart!
    Do you want more?
    Sing, my sword!
    This sword is my treasure!
    Haaaa haa haa
    This is the end for you!
    There's still more!
    Fesity one!
    Behave!
    Dance I say, dance!
    
    ---Ending
    
    "But...It can't be..."
    Through her battles, her premonitions
    proved to be true.
    
    Although evil had been destroyed, the
    sword would not die.
    
    
    The cursed blood that flowed through her
    veins was the sword's life source.
    
    
    However she felt no hesitation in coming
    to terms with the truth.
    
    "I feel as though a burden on my soul
    has been lifted..."
    
    The fetters of her curse were broken and
    thus began a new unholy quest.
    
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           4.1.11 Hwang Sung Kyung
    
    - Burning Patriot -
    
         Weapon: Chinese Sword
    Weapon Name: Blue Thunder
          Style: Hwang Style Long Blade
            Age: 28
     Birth Date: August 8
         Family: Parents deceased.
                 Master Seung Han Myong
     Birthplace: Chili-san, Lee Dynasty Korea
         Height: 5' 7"
         Weight: 137 lb.
     Blood Type: AB
    
    Rumor of an impending invasion of his
    homeland reached Hwang during his quest
    for Soul Edge, the "Sword of Salvation."
    He immediately cut short his quest and
    returned to his country, but not before
    dragging home Seung Mina, the runaway
    daughter of his master Seung Han Myong.
    
    Not long after Hwang joined the Coastal
    Defense Force, he received news that Mina
    had run away from home again. Irritated by
    the news, Hwang lost his better judgement
    and caused his men to fall into a pirate;s
    trap, resulting in the loss of many lives.
    
    Hwang's superior, Admiral Lee Sun Shin,
    dismissed him from the Coastal Defense
    Force for his debacle and gave him a new
    set of orders. To aid his good friend
    Seung Han Myong, Lee ordered Hwang to
    search for Mina under the guise of seeking
    the Sword of Salvation.
    
    Hwang immediately understood the true
    nature of the Admiral's orders and
    departed for the West again.
    
    ---Weapon
    
    Hwang- Blue Thunder
    
    Hwang's Chinese sword, was given to him by
    Admiral Lee Sun Shin, as Hwang embarked on
    his new quest. This sword was originally
    given to the Admiral in his youth by Seung
    Han Myong, who descended from a clan
    famous for their military skills and now
    trains Hwang as his master.
    
    When Hwang was given this weapon, the true
    intent of the Admiral's orders was not
    lost on him. Although he was told to
    search for the "Sword of Salvation," his
    true mission was to find the headstrong
    runaway Seung Mina.
    
    Armed with the weapon of his country's
    hero, Hwang immediately departed for the
    West again. What was in store for him
    beyong the desert sands?
    
    ---Stage
    
    Silk Road Ruins
    
    The prosperous oasis cities on the
    outskirts of the Takla Makan Desert in
    Central Asia were importan relay stations
    for trade caravans travelling across the
    great Silk Road.
    
    This ancient ruin is inside a stone cavern
    in a depp, tranquil ravine that is a day's
    travel away by horse-drawn wagon from an
    oasis city. Legend says that a rich
    merchant whho desired a life of simple
    tranquility away from the hustle and
    bustle of commerce built this place. Proof
    of the merchant's wealth can be seen in
    the ruin's walls and floors, where
    precious lapis lazuli and malachite are
    used lavishly.
    
    ---Voice
    
    Save yourself!
    I'll remember your defeat!
    I'll make my own way through history!
    Go home!
    You idiot!
    Teeeya!
    How did you like That?!
    You're finished!
    Meet your doom!
    Sorei!
    
    ---Ending
    
    One legend spoke of the "Sword of
    Salvation" as being in truth an evil
    sword that drove souls insane.
    
    Injured during a fight with Inferno, the
    incarnation of the sword, Mina came to
    his aid.
    
    "You can depend on me now."
    "...Indeed...Than you."
    
    
    "We need not rely on legends anymore, for
    we shall protect our country ourselves."
    
    The zealous patriots depart for the seas
    of unrest to protect their country and
    their people.
    
    Their stories will surely be retold with
    pride to future generations.
    
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           4.1.12 Yoshimitsu
    
    - The First Mechanized Ninja -
    
         Weapon: Katana
    Weapon Name: Yoshimitsu
          Style: Manji Ninjutsu
            Age: Unknown
      Birthdate: Unknown
         Family: Unknown
                 Entire clan was massacred.
     Birthplace: Unknown
         Height: 5' 7"
         Weight: 126 lbs.
     Blood Type: O
    
    Yoshimitsu was the only survivor of the
    Manji Ninja Clan, after it was attacked by
    the samurai lord Oda Nobunaga.
    
    Yoshimitsu lost his right arm during the
    battle against Lord Oda, but that did not
    stop him from crossing the sea to find
    Soul Edge, rumored to be the ultimate
    weapon in all of existence. Yoshimitsu
    wanted the weapon to take his revenge
    against Nobunaga.
    
    During his travels, he came across
    horrific atrocities left behind by a
    knight in azure armor. He sensed the
    hatred and despair of the knight's
    victims and reflected on his situation.
    
    "Vengeance will be mine, but if I continue
    along this path, I will be no better then
    Nobunaga or the azure knight..."
    
    Even as this moral dilemma gnawed at his
    soul, he continued his search for the
    sword of vengeance.
    
    ---Weapon
    
    Yoshimitsu- Yoshimitsu
    
    Yoshimitsu's beloved self-named katana was
    handed down through many generations of
    the famed Manji clan. At first glance, the
    sword appears to be just another katana,
    but it has many unique features that
    accommodated the Manji Clan's unique
    martial arts style. Because of this, no
    one outside of the clan could replicate
    it.
    
    One day, a feudal lord wiped out the
    entire clan and deprived Yoshimitsu of his
    home and family. Thus, Yoshimitsu swore an
    oath of vengeance upon the last remaining
    sword of his clan.
    
    Years later after its confrontation with
    Soul Edge, this sword took on a mysterious
    glow and became a supernatural weapon for
    the champion of the poor and weak.
    
    ---Stage
    
    Water Labyrinth
    
    Japan is land blessed with greenery,
    water, and giant labyrinth-like underground
    rivers, fed by water from thesurface.
    These rivers lead to various points
    throughout the country.
    
    The water that eventually reaches the
    underground river, after traveling through
    the earth for many years, is extremely cold
    and clear. The cavernous walls where
    the rivers travel through are covered with
    luminescent moss that provides the only
    source of light. The soft, pale blue light
    that emanates from the moss creates a
    dreamlike atmosphere.
    
    ---Voice
    
    Your life is in vain!
    May there be mercy for you!
    Your life is in vain
    May there be mercy for you!
    Hyaaah!
    Shyaaao!
    Shhhyui!
    Shyuraa!
    Gyaau!
    Ooohoa!
    
    ---Ending
    
    "Taste the steel of my blade, demon!"
    With a flash of his katana, Yoshimitsu
    destroyed the evil sword.
    
    At that moment, lightning from the evil
    sword struck his beloved katana, and it
    became the host of a ghostly glow.
    
    "Has my sword been possessed by evil?
    Never!! This I shall not allow!"
    
    
    "Honor is reflected in one's deeds-
    Inaction bespeaks of cowardice."
    And thus Yoshimitsu became a protector
    of the poor.
    
    Eventually, his name became known
    throughout the land, and valiant men
    came to gather under his name.
    
    Yoshimitsu the First became the head of
    a band of chivalrous thieves, and his name
    continues to live on to this day.
    
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           4.1.13 Lizardman
    
    - Jade-Scaled Terror -
    
         Weapon: Short Sword & Small Shield
    Weapon Name: Xi Sword & Game Shield
          Style: Gyulkus (Rapid Ares Style)
            Age: 3
     Birth Date: Unknown
         Family: Unknown
                 There are many similiar
                 creatures like him.
     Birthplace: Unknown
         Height: 5' 11"
         Weight: 190 lbs.
     Blood Type: Unknown
    
    Aeon Calcos was a warrior who received an
    oracle from Hephaestus, the ancient god of
    smiths, to destroy the demonic blade.
    Thus, he wandered the world in search of
    Soul Edge to fulfill his destiny.
    
    One day, desert travellers rescued Aeon
    from certain death in the desert and
    brought him back to their oasis village.
    However, he could repay their
    kindness, the Evil Seed rained down and
    transformed him into a bloodthirsty
    berserker that massacred everyone in th
    village.
    
    The stories of a berserker in the desert
    reached the ears of the grand priest
    Kunpaetku of the dark order Fygul
    Cestemus. Aeon was captured by the dark
    order and became a human subject in a
    diabolical experiment. The experiment
    caused an unspeakable transformation in
    Aeon...
    
    "Find the demon sword Soul Edge!"
    
    To the newly spawned slave of the grand
    priest, these words were absolute.
    
    ---Weapon
    
    Lizardman- Xi Sword & Game Shield
    
    The Xi Sword and Game Shield are the names
    of Lizardman's short sword and small
    shield.
    
    Before Aeon Calcos was transformed into
    Lizardman, like Sophitia, he received an
    oracle from Hephaestus to destroy Soul
    Edge as well as these sacred implements of
    battle.
    
    Although both sword and shield are without
    a doubt sacred in origin, its remains to be
    seen whether they retain their holy,
    given Aeon's fate.
    
    ---Stage
    
    Kunpaetku Shrine
    
    When Kunpaetku was promoted to the rank of
    grand priest, he schemed to create a troop
    of grotesque creatures within the dark
    order who were loyal only to him.
    
    He had also secretly built a shrine that
    mirrored the design of the Palgaea Shrine.
    However, in contrast to the hellish heat
    of the Palgaea Shrine, poisonous fumes
    filled this place instead. Strange,
    ominous light also filled the recesses of
    the shrine, generated by the mysterious
    pools of glowing liquid that produced the
    poisonous gasses.
    
    Though highly poisonous to humans, perhaps
    this environment was intended for the
    grotesque abominations of nature that
    dwell in this shrine.
    
    ---Sword
    
    Grr grr grrraaaul!
    Grrraaaul
    Baggrau!
    Aaarwl!
    Grrrwl!
    Grrr!
    Rrrowrrowl
    Grrowl!
    Grrroww!
    Grraun!
    
    ---Ending
    
    Inferno disappeared into the infinite
    darkness with countless lost souls.
    
    The overwhelming power, the pure insanity,
    and the temptation for destruction...
    
    Injured during the violent struggle,
    Lizardman devoted himself to madness.
    
    
    With a hideous roar, Lizardman expressed
    his lust for more destruction and carnage.
    
    Other monstrous abominations gathered
    under the moonlight as if summoned by
    his roar.
    
    And so the cold-blooded legion led by
    Lizardman began the hunt for their next
    prey...
    
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           4.1.14 Siegfried Schtauffen
    
    - A Soul in Purgatory -
    
         Weapon: Zweihander
    Weapon Name: Requiem
          Style: Self-taught
            Age: 19
      Birthdate: February 6
         Family: Father- Frederick, killed by
                 Siegfried
                 Mother- Margaret
     Birthplace: Holy Roman Empire
         Height: 5' 5"
         Weight: 110 lbs.
     Blood Type: A
    
    Siegfried barely hung on to his sanity by
    supressing the memory of him killing his
    father.
    
    He obtained Soul Edge to avenge what
    cannot be avenged, only to become enslaved
    by it instead.
    
    Many years passed during which time his
    soul was consumed by the demonic blade,
    and he eventually came to be known as
    Nightmare. The resurrection of his father
    Frederick succedded at last, but he
    discovered it was a mere illusion created
    by his weak soul.
    
    Admonished by the illusion of his father,
    he accepted responsibility for his sins by
    relinquishing ownership of Soul Edge. As
    penance for his sins, Siegfried now
    travels around the world to destroy any
    evil left by the demonic blade.
    
    ---Weapon
    
    Siegfried- Requiem
    
    Requiem is the name of Siegfried's
    Zweihander swords.
    
    After freein himself from the Soul Edge's
    evil curse, Siegfried armed himself with a
    new Zweihander sword named Requiem and
    embarked on a journey of atonement. The
    deathblow Siegfried dealt when slaying
    demonic monsters was fueled by his need
    and zeal to distance himself from his
    cursed past. He traveled the lonesome path
    of redemption to save his soul, but would
    he ever find peace within his soul?
    
    ---Stage
    
    City of Water
    
    Venice, the City of water, is a maze-like
    city on water composed of countless
    islands in a lagoon interconnected by a
    patchwork network of bridges. In its
    halcyon years during the Renaissance era,
    Venice monopolized all trade and brought
    northeastern Italy under its political
    control.
    
    This city is full of magnificent
    architecture, art and wealth. People are
    drawn to this city as if it were some kind
    of beautiful mirage.
    
    Some come here with dreams of riches,
    while others come to meet their destiny...
    
    ---Voice
    
    Is there hope for me?
    I'll take back my soul!
    I'll redeem myself!
    What should I do?
    Come on, come on!
    How do you feel now?!
    You're finished!
    Take this!
    I'm through with you!
    Give me more!
    
    ---Ending
    
    There was nothing to stand in the way of
    the wind that cut through this valley.
    
    The evil within him had been exorcised,
    and now the warrior cast his eyes upon the
    windblown valley.
    
    His childhood memories, the valiant figure
    of his father, the beginning of his
    madness, and the Schwarzwind (Black
    Wind)...
    
    
    "...Siegfried, where have you been for the
    last three years?"
    "I shall tell you about it someday."
    
    Familiar faces, new faces...It seemed
    the Schwarzwind was alive and well.
    
    
    "Demons are on the attack!"
    "Prepare to fight, men!"
    And thus a new wind began to blow...
    
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           4.1.15 Rock
    
    - The Earthshaker -
    
         Weapon: Battle Ax
    Weapon Name: Apocalypse
          Style: Self-taught
            Age: 38
     Birth Date: December 14
         Family: Parents missing.
                 Raising Bangoo, a Native
                 American orphan.
     Birthplace: Born in London, raised in the
                 New World
         Height: 5' 9"
         Weight: 187 lb.
     Blood Type: Unknown
    
    As a young child, Rock was cast adrift at
    sea after a shipwreck and landed in the
    New World, an orphan without parents.
    
    Many years later, he came across an orphan
    named Bangoo, who lost his kin through
    tribal warfare. Rock felt sympathetic to
    the boy and became his guardian.
    
    Rock had once travelled abroad in search of
    Soul Edge, a distant memory and a fleeting
    clue to his past. However, he realized that
    by doing so, he was subjecting Bangoo to
    the same loneliness that he had suffered
    as a child, and so he returned home to
    Bangoo.
    
    But one day, Bangoo disappeared.
    
    Kunpaetku, the grand priest of a
    heretical order called Fygul Cystemus,
    was responsible for Bangoos kidnapping.
    The abduction of Bangoo by his Lizardmen
    was part of his plan to lure Rock out
    into the open with the ultimate goal of
    taking his soul.
    
    "Bangoo, I will never abandon you!" Rock
    cried out as he crossed the sea again in
    desparate search for Bangoo.
    
    ---Weapon
    
    Rock- Apocalypse
    
    Apocalypse is the name of Rock's immense
    battle ax.
    
    Rock had to battle wild beasts from time
    to time in order to protect himself and
    his adopted son Bangoo. Rock wore fur out
    of respect for the courageous beasts that
    shared the wilderness with him.
    
    The sound of Apocalypse slashing through
    the air is a tell-tale sign of Rock
    engaged in a life-or-death struggle.
    
    ---Stage
    
    The Colosseum
    
    The Colosseum is what remains of an
    ancient coliseum built around canals. It
    appears to have served as a stadium for
    competition and a theater as well. The
    seating capacity of this place is
    approximately 20,000, which ranks in
    size with the Megalopolis in Greece.
    
    The players entered the Colosseum on boats
    adorned with gold and silver. Winner were
    praised atop the altar of sacred fire in
    the center of the Colosseum.
    
    ---Voice
    
    Ban goo, this is for you!
    Grr grrowl!
    It's no use!   Give up!
    Bangoooo!
    Get out of my way!
    Daryaaah!
    Nuaaawah!
    Get lost!
    Eeyaaah!
    Hayaah!
    
    ---Ending
    
    At the end of the fierce battle, Rock
    finally rescued Bangoo and returned back
    to their homeland in the wilderness.
    
    Although he staggered a little, Bangoo
    lifted Rock's ax high.
    
    "See, I'll be okay Rock. I can take care
    of myself from now on."
    
    
    With the passing of time, Bangoo became a
    strong young man.
    
    He would recall Rock's words whenever he
    saw a large cloud in the vast blue sky.
    
    "You'll leave someday on a quest of your
    own, to find your true soul for yourself."
    
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           4.1.16 Seung Mina
    
    - Hear and Soul Girl -
    
         Weapon: Ancestral Zamba-toh
    Weapon Name: Scarlet Thunder
          Style: Seung Style Longsword and
                 Ling Sheng Su Style Rod
            Age: 19
     Birth Date: November 3
         Family: Father- Seung Han Myong
                 Mother and younger brother
                 taken by sickness.
     Birthplace: Chili-san, Lee Dynasty Korea
         Height: 5' 4"
         Weight: 106 lbs.
     Blood Type: A
    
    Seung Mina ran away from home to follow
    Hwang on his quest to find Soul Edge, the
    "Sword of Salvation." Unfortunately for
    Seung Mina, Hwang drageed her back home
    when he found her.
    
    It was not long before Seung Mina ran away
    from home again. Her frustrations with
    rigorous training, combined with a
    marriage proposal from one of her father's
    pupils, sent her over the edge and out the
    door.
    
    Seung Mina resumed her quest for the
    swprd, but gained a valuabel lesson along
    the way. Following a humiliating and utter
    defeat, she learned never to understimate
    an opponent's abilities.
    
    She underwent further training during her
    travels to refine her skills, and now she
    was ready to renew her quest for the Sword
    of Salvation.
    
    ---Weapon
    
    Seung Mina- Scarlet Thunder
    
    Scarlet Thunder is the name of Seung
    Mina's Zamba-toh.
    
    Mina's Zamba-toh is one of the weapons
    passed down through many generations of
    the Seung family. Mina played with this
    large blade ever since she was a toddler,
    so despite its considerable weight, she
    was able to wield it easily and took it
    with her when she ran away from home for
    the second time.
    
    Mina combined the rod style taught to her
    by Kong Xiuqiang with her own individual
    style and thus armed, she has departed to
    search for the "Sword of Salvation" as a
    way to prove her independence. Do the
    thoughts and prayers of her father and
    Hwang reach this headstrong girl?
    
    ---Stage
    
    Maze of the Dead
    
    Built before the birth of Christ according
    to legend, the underground city of
    Cappadocia in Turkey is still shrouded in
    mystery.
    
    Several centuries after Cappadocia was
    established, a reigning monarch converted
    a similiar underground temple nearby into
    an extravagant palace.
    
    This temple stands above a deep chasm
    claimed from ancient times to be the
    gateway to Hades. The interior of the
    temple contains the section that was
    converted into a palace. In addition, a
    cavern exists beyond the palace, followed
    by more unexplored nether regions. No one
    knows for sure what exists down there.
    
    The palace itself is in ruins now, thanks
    to those who turned it into a rock quarry
    of sorts. However, the lower underground
    areas remain intact.
    
    Since treasure seeking thieves who venture
    into the lower levels of the ruins never
    come back alive, no one but the most
    foolhardy enter this place now.
    
    ---Voice
    
    Now! Let's fight!
    Don't treat me like child!
    Father, I won't lose!
    Ha! That felt good!
    Had enough?
    Try and dodge this!
    How dare you!
    I've got you!
    This is it!
    Damn you!
    
    ---Ending
    
    Mina used every ounce of strength left in
    her to defeat the final enemy. Exhausted,
    she was about to collapse when...
    
    "Don't you have a homeland to save?"
    "Oh...Hwang..."
    
    Her cheeks reddened and though she
    struggled, she lacked the strength to
    escape from his strong arms.
    
    
    Upon returning home, Mina found a far more
    dangerous enemy waiting for her. The idiot
    son of the Kim family proposed.
    
    "Hey, let's get hitched. I've even brought
    a gift of a hundred cattle as a sign of my
    love for you!"
    
    "Hmmm...Maybe I should run away again..."
    
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           4.1.17 Edge Master
    
    - The master of Blades -
    
         Weapon: All weapons
    Weapon Name: All weapons
          Style: All
            Age: Unknown
     Birth Date: January 1
         Family: Lived with Kilik for three
                 years.
     Birthplace: Unknown
         Height: 5' 9"
         Weight: 176 lbs.
     Blood Type: O
    
    No one know about the details of Edge
    Master, an old man who is a teacher of
    martial arts at the Ling Shen Su Temple.
    Although renowned for his skill with all
    weapons, his past and true name were
    shrouded in mystery.
    
    Edge Master taught Kilik, the cursed
    successor of the Kali-Yuga, how to
    suppress the evil within himself over
    the course of three long years.
    
    Something troubled the old master after
    Kilik left on his quest to purify himself
    and the Kali-Yuga. Although Edge Master's
    motives were unknown, he broke his long
    silence and departed on his own quest.
    
    Was there a connection between the old
    master and the evil sword Soul Edge? No
    one knows for sure...
    
    ---Weapon
    
    Edge Master- All Weapons
    
    Although Edge Master could wield all
    weapons skillfully as if they were
    extensions of his limbs, his philosophy
    was that they were mere tools, regardless
    of their power. This was due to his core
    belief that it was a strong soul, and not
    a weapon that made a strong warrior.
    
    Although Edge Master made all of his
    weapons, none of them bear names on
    accordance with his philosophy.
    
    ---Stage
    
    Proving Grounds (TWILIGHT)
    
    The harsh daylight gives way to the
    setting sun that colors the entire area
    in the soft, gentle rose-colored hues of
    twilight.
    
    As if forgotten by time, the ruins nearby
    lie in shadows, weathered and worn away
    by the unforgiving rain and river. Now,
    the remaining light of the setting sun
    reflects off the river's surface. Although
    this is a place forgotten and abandoned
    by man, its natural beauty holds an
    undeniable charm for those who gaze upon
    it.
    
    This place was a natural choice for the
    man who devoted his remaining days to
    achieving perfection in all forms of
    martial arts.
    
    ---Voice
    
    Do you think you can beat this old man?
    This match is mine!
    You've come a thousand years too soon!
    Begone now!
    Heeyah!
    Idiot!
    Here I come!
    Take this!
    Soooryah!
    Twaaah!
    
    ---Ending
    
    "It's been a long, hard trip, and it's
    good to be back at last."
    
    "Seems like Kilik is ready to take the
    test."
    
    "Kilik!"
    "Yes master."
    "Wait right here."
    
    
    "...Master, you've become...!!"
    
    "I shall teach you the art of mastering
    the evil within you by using evil itself!"
    
    "Prepare yourself Kilik, defeat me if you
    can. Are you ready?!  Kaaaaaah!!"
    
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           4.1.18 Cervantes de Leon
    
    - The Immortal Pirate -
    
         Weapon: Long Sword and Pistol Sword
    Weapon Name: Acheron & Nirvana
          Style: Memories of Soul Edge
            Age: Stopped at 48
     Birth Date: January 1
         Family: Parents deceased
                 Killed all his crew but has
                 no recollection of this.
     Birthplace: Valencia, Spain
         Height: 5' 10"
         Weight: 176 lbs.
     Blood Type: None
    
    Cervantes grew up full of pride over his
    father who was a great seaman, but became
    a notorious pirate because of his father's
    death.
    
    He obtained Soul Edge, and it eventually
    drove him mad as it devoured his soul. His
    insanity made him destroy anyone who came
    seeking the sword. Cervantes' reign of
    terror continued for over 20 years until
    Sophitia and Taki defeated him.
    
    But this was not the end of Cervantes...
    
    Nightmare, the new master of Soul Edge,
    brought Cervantes back from the dead.
    Once again, Cervantes seeks the demonic
    blade with renewed fervor and strength.
    
    ---Weapon
    
    Cervantes- Acheron & Nirvana
    
    Acheron and Nirvana were the long sword
    and pistol sword, respectively, of the
    resurrected pirate Cervantes. These
    implements of destrucion were probably
    booty from his pirate days, recovered by
    Cervantes from his beloved ship the
    "Adrian."
    
    Nirvana was an unusual sword that
    contained a pistol in its hilt. This was
    perfectly suited to Cervantes and his
    intimidating fighting style. However,
    after tasting the power of Soul Edge, his
    weapons paled in comparison and left much
    to be desired.
    
    ---Stage
    
    The Adrian and the Fortress
    
    This battle fortress on the Atlantic coast
    of Spain served double duty as a trading
    port for treasure ships of the Spanish
    Armada.
    
    When the dread pirate Cervantes returned
    from beyond the grave, he began to attack
    and plunder treasure ships from the
    Americas as well as the Far East. Even
    ships from his motherland Spain were not
    spared from his ruthless ways. In fact,
    there are various historical records of
    clashes between Cervantes and the Spanish
    Armada.
    
    His ship, the Adrian, became a ghost ship
    that was surrounded by an otherworldly
    glow that resembled St. Elmo's fire. The
    eerie sight of this ship could be seen
    from dusk to dawn when Cervantes prowled
    the hight seas for his next victim.
    
    Due to the sheer number and spread of the
    St. Elmo's fire, Cervantes' victims
    believed that they were surrounded by a
    large pirate fleet and either abandoned
    ship or fell into a state of sheer
    madness.
    
    ---Voice
    
    Taste my pain!
    I'll see you in hell!
    No one can stop me!
    Mm, mm, mm, mmmwah, ha, ha, ha.
    Got you!
    Dorrryah!
    Torryaah!
    Say your prayers!
    Take this!
    Not so fast!
    
    ---Ending
    
    The long lost sword...
    And his onetime master...
    
    He reached toward the demon sword, now
    without a host, and the two became one
    once again.
    
    
    A lone figure appeared, clawing his way
    through the eternal flames of evil.
    
    Regaining a lost part of himself, his
    memories came flooding back and the broken
    chain was now complete again.
    
    
    His ship spread fear across the seas once
    more as even the warships of the great
    naval powers were sent downt to their
    watery graves.
    
    "Raise the anchor and make sail, me
    hardies! Cervantes de Leon sails again!"
    
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           4.1.19 Inferno
    
    - The Hellfire of Despair -
    
         Weapon: All weapons
    Weapon Name: All weapons
          Style: All
            Age: Unknown
     Birth Date: Unknown
         Family: Unknown
      Birtplace: Unknown
         Height: Unknown
         Weight: Unknown
     Blood Type: None
    
    Although no one knows when or where it
    first appeared exactly, "It" definitely
    exists...
    
    It took on the shape of a sword in order
    to devour more souls and exists in the
    grip of someone's hands even know. Those
    who hold it are unable to escape from the
    curse of its evil powers.
    
    It continues to devour in darkness the
    souls of those who are led astray by fate.
    While if burns fiercely with the anguish
    and regret of those lost souls, its blade
    shines with an icy gleam.
    
    ---Weapon
    
    Inferno- All Weapons
    
    Inferno was the embodiment of Soul Edge,
    and memories of the warrios it defeated
    were crystallized within it. Inferno used
    the warrios' memories and incorporated
    them into its own style of fighting.
    Inferno was even able to create weapons
    from memory and form them from its body.
    
    The anguish of defeated warriors fueled
    the brilliance of Inferno's disturbing
    crimson flames. When Inferno's weapon
    becomes eveloped with that flame, the
    world would know the meaning of true fear
    and despair.
    
    ---Stage
    
    Chaos
    
    Chaos is a desolate land created by
    Inferno and filled with hellfire...
    
    According to legend, this land is made in
    the image of the place where the demonic
    blade Soul Edge shows its true self. This
    place is the physical manifestation of
    the pain and suffering caused by Soul Edge
    as it consumes the souls of its victims.
    However, those who gaze upon these
    lands may only recognize this as the
    mesmerizing, beautiful colored lights that
    shift and dance in the air.
    
    This is the final destination for those
    who pursue Soul Edge.
    
    ---Voice
    
    "Pride"
    "Greed"
    "Lust"
    "Anger"
    "Gluttony"
    "Envy"
    "Sloth"
    "Death"
    "Pain"
    "Suffering"
    
    ---Ending
    
    A pillar of light pierced throught the
    clouds to herald the event.
    
    A powerful sword capable of destroying
    evil, as if in opposition to the surging
    evil...
    
    For the demon sword seeking stronger souls
    to consume, it became the ultimate source
    of power.
    
    
    The Krita-Yuga was consumed by a wave of
    evil, and a new sword of chaos was born.
    
    Inferno's cry of joy reverberated as if
    to reach the entire world.
    
    All hope was lost...And now an era of
    darkness is about to begin...
    
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       4.2 Mission Books
           4.2.1 Middle Map
                 4.2.1.1 Proving Grounds
    
                  Proving Grounds 1
    
    You are in the deepest part of the
    Himalayas. You are in search of an old man
    known as "Edge Master," a man who has
    mastered countless types of weaponry.
    
    Your goal is to train with this elder
    before embarking on your search around the
    world for the legendary sword Soul Edge.
    
    "Hmmm, you have a hard journey ahead of
    you..."
    
    The old man crosses his arms and falls
    silent in contemplation for a moment,
    and then begins to give you counsel on how
    to proceed on your journey.
    
    "In order to travel the world in search of
    new battles, you must first prove yourself
    in battle..."
    
    "Simply attack the enemy is not always
    the correct path of achieving victory in
    battle. You must satisfy the rules of
    engagement for each contest."
    
    "The rules are written at the end of each
    mission description in colored letters. Be
    mindful of the rules as you begin your
    battle."
    
    "Once you emerge victorious from your
    battle and earn points, you can select
    ART GALLERY from the Map Screen menu and
    purchase Art Cards if you have enough
    points..."
    
    "If you go forth and purchase the Art
    Cards, new adventures will come your way.
    Keep this in mind as you take on new
    battles..."
    
    The old man grasps his weapon after
    dispensing his wisdom to you about your
    journey ahead.
    
    "Although this may come as a surprise, I
    must see for myself if your fighting
    skills are worthy... Oh, have no fear.
    All I ask is for you to defend yourself
    from my attacks..."
    
    "Remember, you will be injured gravely if
    you fail to defend yourself!"
    
    ****************** HINT ******************
    
    You must use the Guard move to protect
    yourself from an enemy's attacks.
    
    Press the G Button to guard.
    
    To protect yourself from attack around
    your feet, you must guard while in a
    crouched position to use the Low Guard.
    
    Press the G Button while pressing Down
    on the Directional Pad for a Low Guard.
    
    If you get stuck on a mission, use the
    Practice Mode to analyze your performance
    and improve your fighting skills.
    ******************************************
    
    Guard against the elder's attacks.
    Survive until the time limit!
    
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                   Training- Part 1
    
    "Circle around me!"
    
    ****************** HINT ******************
    Use the 8 Way Run feature to circle around
    your opponent. This enables you to move in
    a circular path with your opponent at the
    center.
    
    CONTROL METHOD
    
    Quickly press the Directional Pad twice
    in the Up, Down, Left, or Right direction
    and continue to press the button down in
    that direction.
    
    If you keep the Directional Pad down and
    press another direction, you can freely
    change the direction of the run.
    ******************************************
    
    Use the 8 Way Run to circle around
    Edge Master once!
    
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                   Training- Part 2
    
    "Let's see how much you can focus your
    mind and spirit...Attack me with a Soul
    Charge attack!"
    
    ****************** HINT ******************
    When you press the A+B+K Buttons at
    the same time, your character will start
    to charge its energy and glow green.
    
    This is called a Soul Charge.
    
    While the Soul Charge is effective, any
    move made by your character becomes a
    counter
    
    A counter occurs when your attack hits the
    opponent while the opponent is in the
    middle of an attack or a run. The damage
    sustained by the opponent during this time
    is greater than normal. Other effects may
    also occur as a result of a successful
    counter.
    
    During the game, you can tell the
    difference between a regular attack and a
    counter by checking to see whether the hit
    spark given off by an attack is colored
    red or yellow. If the spark is red, it
    is a counter. If yellow, it is a normal
    attack.
    ******************************************
    
    Attack Edge Master while in a Soul Charge!
    
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                   Training- Part 3
    
    "On occasion, a throw is useful against
    your opponent. Now try and throw me from
    all sides!"
    
    ****************** HINT ******************
    A throw is performed by closin in on the
    opponent and pressing the two button
    combination of either A+G or B+G
    at the same time.
    
    CONTROL METHOD
    
    - Facing front, right, left, or rear side
      of the opponent:
        Press A+G or B+G at the
        same time.
    
    There are also unique throws for each
    character that can be performed with
    special button combinations.
    
    For more information on how to perform
    throws, refer to the COMMAND LIST that can
    be displayed from the Pause Menu. You can
    also learn about the button input timing
    for these moves by pressing the A Button
    while in the Practice Mode's COMMAND LIST.
    ******************************************
    
    Throw Edge Master from the front, right,
    left, and rear!
    
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                   Training- Part 4
    
    "Attack me with all your might! Hit me
    with an unblockable attack!"
    
    ****************** HINT ******************
    An Unbloackable attack is a special attack
    that is available for every character. The
    move is executed with a different set of
    button commands for each character.
    
    When an Unblockable hits your opponent,
    it will hit even while he is in a guard
    stance.
    
    To find out how to execute an Unblockable
    attack, see the COMMAND LIST that can be
    opened from the Pause Menu. You can also
    learn about the button input timing for
    the move by pressing the A Button while in
    the Practice Mode's COMMAND LIST.
    ******************************************
    
    Hit Edge Master with an Unblockable
    attack!
    
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                   Training- Part 5
    
    "If you can read the opponent's attack,
    you can use Guard Impact to your
    advantage. Judge my attack timing
    correctly to execute your Guard Impact!"
    
    ****************** HINT ******************
    There are two types of Guard Impact that
    can occur when your opponent attacks.
    
    Quickly pressing the Directional Pad
    toward the opponent along with the G
    Button will "repel" the attack.
    
    Quickly pressing the Directional Pad
    away from the opponent along with the G
    Button will "parry" the attack instead.
    
    In addition, it is possible to execute
    Guard Impact against low attacks by either
    pressing Down Diagonal toward the opponent
    on the Directional Pad along with the G
    Button to repel, or Down Diagonal away
    from the opponent on the Directional Pad
    with the G Button to parry.
    
    You can also perfect your Guard Impact
    technique in Practice Mode. Select
    FREESTYLE SETTINGS from the Pause Menu
    and then select the GUARD IMPACT item
    from the menu.
    
    When you attack, the CPU charater will
    execute a Guard Impact and then launch
    into a counter. Learn to use your Guard
    Impact when the enemy goes into a counter.
    ******************************************
    
    Edge Master will attack repeatedly.
    Press the Directional Pad and the G
    Button to execute your Guard Impact!
    
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                  Proving Grounds 2
    
    Edge Master...A man who has perfected his
    skils on countless weapons...
    
    You've returned to the place where you
    once received your training from him
    
    You've honed your fighting skills through
    countless battles in many places around
    the world. You've come to challenge the
    elder to a match once again.
    
    Unfortunately, the old man is nowhere to
    be found. Instead, bloodthirsty warriors
    wander the area. Their intent seems to be
    the same as yours; to take on the elder.
    
    However, Edge Master only needs one
    opponent in battle- you.
    
    You decide to eliminate the bloodthirsty
    horde as a kind of a "training exercise"
    prior to your fight with the elder.
    
    The time limit is extended with each win.
    Defeat all enemies within the time limit!
    
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                  Proving Grounds 3
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    You've come back to see the elder after
    thoroughly training yourself in numerous
    battles throughout the world.
    
    "It seems you've been busy polishing your
    skills! Well, let's see just what you've
    accomplished...Come now, don't hold back
    and show me your skills!"
    
    Defeat Edge Master!
    
    ******************************************
    
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                  Proving Grounds 4
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    The time limist is extended with each win.
    Defeat all enemies within the time limit!
    
        CAUTION! DIFFICULTY LEVEL IS HIGH!
    
    ******************************************
    
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                 4.2.1.2 Harbor of Souls
    
                  Harbor of Souls 1
    
    You are surrounded by a pair of warriors
    at an Indian port.
    
    It appears that you have attracted the
    notice of the locals because of your
    inquiries about the evil sword Soul Edge
    as well as by your appearance.
    
    A little while ago, you came across a
    disturbing rumor that the entire crew of
    a pirate ship was annihilated here. What
    disturbs you the most was that the crew
    met its fate at the hands of a group of
    strange monsters...
    
    Ever since that event, rumrs of an evil
    sword have spread like wildfire throughout
    the port and filled the hearts of the
    people with worry. These warriors who
    surround you now seem to have something to
    do with this.
    
    There is no profit at all in fighting here
    at this time. However, your attackers have
    already drawn their weapons and made their
    challenge to you. There is no escaping
    this situation...
    
    Defeat both enemies!
    
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                  Harbor of Souls 2
    
    Significant advances in seafaring
    technologies were made during the
    sixteenth century. This port was a
    reflection of these times; the port is
    normally filled with the hustle and bustle
    of trading ships...
    
    ...But the city has now been plunged
    into a state of restless gloom.
    
    You were in a hurry. You heard that the
    same monsters that were rumored to be here
    once before appeared at a nearby port.
    
    You had to act. You manage to find a ship
    that is about to set sail for that port
    and negotiate with her captain. Confident
    in your abilities, you offer your services
    as a guard...
    
    "Sorry...we already have a guard on our
    ship..."
    
    Unfazed, you make a counterproposal. "The
    monsters may not be at the port when you get
    there. Why not test the skill of your
    guard now to ensure your safety?"
    
    "Heh, there won't be any mercy..."
    
    A young man dressed in colorful clothing
    pushes aside the captain and stands before
    you. He seems to be the ship's guard.
    
    The wind starts to blow fiercely and a
    storm is about to begin as in your
    previous battle here.
    
    The ship is about to set sail. You must
    quickly prove your worth against this
    guard.
    
    Defeat the enemy within the time limit!
    
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                  Harbor of Souls 3
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    You become faster as your Life Bar
    decreases.
    Defeat both enemies!
    
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                  Harbor of Souls 4
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    Defeat both enemies within the time limit!
    
        CAUTION! DIFFICULTY LEVEL IS HIGH!
    
    ******************************************
    
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                 4.2.1.3 Silk Road Ruins
    
                  Silk Road Ruins 1
    
    You are in a desert somewhere in Central
    Asia.
    
    To seek respite from the unforgiving rays
    of the afternoon sun, you decide to seek
    shelter in some ancient ruin.
    
    "...An enemy?"
    
    Just as you are about to take your rest,
    you notice the presence of someone coming
    from behind you.
    
    You grab your weapon and immediately
    engage the foe in this ruin.
    
    And then something unexpected happens.
    
    Your feet are swallowed by the sand!
    
    At this rate, you will not be able to
    move as you wish and open yourself to
    attacks as a result.
    
    Sand will bury your feet and make your
    movements slower if you do not run.
    Defeat Hwang!
    
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                  Silk Road Ruins 2
    
    The nighttime desert is extremely cold
    when compared with the merciless heat of
    the afternoon sun.
    
    Although you came here to seek protection
    from the heat once before, you now suffer
    from the bitter cold instead...
    
    As you marvel at the irony of it all, you
    notice a shadow moving towards you. Could
    it be a bandit?
    
    But this time, you have a strategy against
    the enemy.
    
    You manage to force him into the area of
    the ruins that has basically turned into a
    sand trap. Your intent is to attack him
    while he is immobilized by the sand.
    
    On top of that, poisonous insects would
    be active in the sand at this time of day.
    
    Unfortunately, the enemy somehow manages
    to keep his footin in the sand. As you
    look around your feet, you realize that
    during nighttime, the area is not as dry
    as during the day.
    
    You have no option now but to attack the
    enemy and force him into becoming prey for
    thye poisonous insects.
    
    If you are hit, you will slip into the
    sand and lose your strenght from
    poisonous insect bites. You must hit
    the enemy to rid yourself of the poison.
    Defeat Hwang!
    
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                  Silk Road Ruins 3
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSiON **************
    
    Sand will bury your feet and make your
    movements sloer if you do not run.
    Defeat both enemies!
    
    ******************************************
    
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                  Silk Road Ruins 4
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    If you are hit, you will slip into the
    sand and lose your strength from
    poisonous insect bites until you hit
    the enemy!
    Defeat both enemies!
    
        CAUTION! DIFFICULTY LEVEL IS HIGH!
    
    ******************************************
    
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                 4.2.1.4 Kunpaetku Shrine
    
                 Kunpaetku Shrine 1
    
    While traveling through various regions
    throughout western Asia, you hear about a
    lizard-like beast. You suspect that a dark
    order practicing black magic in this area
    is somehow responsible for it.
    
    You discover that this group has a hidden
    shrine beneath the desert, and you decide
    to infiltrate it.
    
    The interior of the shrine is laid out
    with complex, labyrinthian passageways.
    
    You head to the central altar of the
    shrine first since it appears to be
    lightly guarded. Unfortunately, this
    strategy backfires.
    
    Suddenly, a foul-smelling gas fills the
    area. Overwhelmed by the poisonous gas,
    your strength begins do drain away.
    
    An armed pair of the order's members
    appear. They have already anticipated
    your arrival.
    
    Your strength is being drained by poison.
    Defeat both enemies!
    
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                 Kunpaetku Shrine 2
    
    You've been captured by members of the
    dark order and thrown into a prison cell
    inside the underground shrine. It's
    unlikely that they'll allow you to live
    for long. You plot your escape plan inside
    your cell.
    
    Several days later, you manage to escape,
    but that is only the beginning of your
    problems. You find it extremely difficult
    to find a path out of the underground
    shrine to the surface.
    
    After wandering for several hours, you
    arrive at a narrow footbridge that leads
    to the path out of the shrine. The area
    around the bridge is a swamp that gives
    off poisonous gas, but going through this
    area is your only hope of escape.
    
    You quickly run across the bridge.
    However, halfway across, you face the
    unexpected. Suddenly, both ends of the
    bridge begin to crumble and fall away!
    
    A group of sword-wielding lizards appear
    on this narrow bridge and begin to close
    in. Although they are numerous in number,
    they seem to be underlings.
    
    You have no choice now but to fight them
    all and break through.
    
    The width of the bridge is extremely
    narrow, making throws impossible.
    Defeat 5 or more lizards and survive until
    the time limit!
    
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                  Kunpaetku Shrine 3
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    Your strenght is bein drained by poison.
    Defeat all enemies!
    
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                  Kunpaetku Shrine 4
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    The width of the bridge is extremely
    narrow, making throws impossible.
    Defeat 5 or more enemies and survive until
    the time limit!
    
        CAUTION! DIFFICULTY LEVEL IS HIGH!
    
    ******************************************
    
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                 4.2.1.5 Palgaea Shrine
    
                  Palgaea Shrine 1
    
    There is a dark order searching for Soul
    Edge. Their main shrine is located
    underground beneath a desert.
    
    You are now unconscious, captured by the
    order. The grand priest of the evil order
    intends to perform diabolical experiments
    on your body because of your notoriety as
    a warrior.
    
    And thus, you are now being carried to
    their altar hall...
    
    However, you regain consciousness as
    you're exposed to the heat within the
    shrine. You jump the guard priests at the
    first opportunity and procure a weapon.
    The only thing left now is to escape...
    
    Alas, a powerful force field has been
    projected along the perimeter of the altar
    hall to prevent your escape. If you should
    step into this field, you would surely
    receive a blow that would throw your body
    across the hall.
    
    The enemy begins to close in on you. You
    summon your strength for the impending
    battle.
    
    Stepping on the edge of the stage will
    blow you away and cause damage.
    Defeat all the enemies!
    
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                  Palgaea Shrine 2
    
    Kunpaetku, the evil grand priest of the
    dark order has ordered his minions to
    search for Soul Edge...
    
    When you hear this story, you become
    concerned about the potential threat to
    you that might come from the giant whom
    you engaged in mortal combat before.
    
    You decide to see for yourself if the
    giant was alive or not. And so you
    infiltrate the order's shrine this time.
    
    You disguise yourself as a priest and make
    your search throughout the shrine. But
    something goes awry when you arrive at an
    all to familiar altar.
    
    The brethren of the order somehow saw
    through your deception and dispatched
    assassins who surround you now.
    
    But there is something odd about these
    assassins. Your body is naturally repelled
    away from them! It's almost as if you're
    fighting Cervantes again!
    
    From the stories you've heard, the members
    of this dark order have the power to
    control a person's body and soul. The
    force that is repelling you must be a
    manifestation of their black arts.
    
    The enemy has the power to constantly
    repel you. In addition, stepping on the
    edge of the stage will blow you away and
    cause damage.
    Defeat both enemies!
    
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                  Palgaea Shrine 3
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    Stepping on the edge of the stage will
    blow you away and cause damage.
    Defeat all the enemies!
    
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                  Palgaea Shrine 4
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    The enemy has the power to constantly
    repel you. In addition, steppin on the
    edge of the stage will blow you away and
    cause damage.
    Defeat all the enemies!
    
        CAUTION! DIFFICULTY LEVEL IS HIGH!
    
    ******************************************
    
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                 4.2.1.6 Maze of the Dead
    
                  Maze of the Dead 1
    
    This is an underground ruins somewhere in
    Turkey where ancient treasures are said to
    lie. No one has successfully retrieved
    treasures from the depths of the
    labyrinth-like ruins and escaped with
    their lives.
    
    It's been more than ten hours since you
    began your search, but you still wander
    through the ruins.
    
    However, you still feel unusually strong.
    In fact, strangely enough, you find that
    your agility is increased if you focus
    your mind and spirit.
    
    Although there is no way for you to know,
    these effects are caused by vapors from
    the moss that grows in abundance within
    the labyrinth.
    
    Several hours later, you finally stumble
    upon the exit. But a stranger stands in
    your way.
    
    A Soul Charge increases your speed.
    Defeat both enemies!
    
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                  Maze of the Dead 2
    
    Wounded by a surprise attack from an
    unknown enemy, you've come to these
    underground ruins to escape.
    
    However, you still sense the presence of
    the enemy in the ruins. Without question,
    the enemy has followed you here.
    
    During the attack, you were poisoned
    through your wounds. As a result, your
    body is becoming numb. You feel your
    strength draining away...
    
    You find a hall in front of you and decide
    that you will confront the enemy here
    instead of running away.
    
    Fortunately, the effects of the poison
    have not completely taken over your body.
    
    If you focus your mind and spirit and take
    a deep breath, it is possible to regain
    some of your health.
    
    You must take advantage of this technique
    when you fight the enemy.
    
    The poison will slowly drain your health,
    but a Soul Charge will restore it.
    Defeat both enemies!
    
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                  Maze of the Dead 3
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    A Soul Charge increases your speed.
    Defeat both enemies!
    
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                  Maze of the Dead 4
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    The poison will slowly drain your
    health, but a Soul Charge will restore it
    Defeat both enemies!
    
        CAUTION! DIFFICULTY LEVEL IS HIGH!
    
    ******************************************
    
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    ================
    
           4.2.2 Left Map
    
                 4.2.2.1 Ostrheinsburg Castle
    
                Ostrheinsburg Castle 1
    
    These are the ruins of Ostrheinsburg
    Castle and the residence of Nightmare,
    the leader of the "Schwarzstrom" (Black
    Storm).
    
    Your pulse quickens with the knowledge
    that you are standing on a former
    battle field where countless people lost
    their souls. And there is a voice in your
    head repeatedly calling out for you with
    the following words...
    
    "Souls...more souls..."
    
    As your free will slips away, you realize
    that your body and soul have been
    transformed into that of a crazed warrior.
    
    You see the figure of a lone knight as
    you lose your consiousness.
    
    "My sword, lend me your powers..."
    
    The knight seemed to be summoning
    something from the gigantic sword in his
    hand. The sword's "eye" opens unexpectedly
    and stares at you.
    
    "Soul Edge!!"
    
    You allow you instinct to take over and
    take up your weapon. You charge the knight
    Nightmare who possesses the demon sword,
    Soul Edge. There's nothing to lose now!
    
    ****************** HINT ******************
    In this mission, no moves are guardable.
    Moreover, all attacks become counters.
    
    A counter occurs when your attack hits
    the opponent while the opponent is in the
    middle of an attack or a run. The damage
    that the opponent sustains during this
    time is greater than normal. Other effects
    may also occur as a result of a successful
    counter.
    
    During the game, you can tell the
    difference between a regular attack and a
    counter by checking to see whether the hit
    spark given off by an attack is colored
    red or yellow. If the spark is red, it
    is a counter. If yellow, it is a normal
    attack.
    
    Change the COUNTER menu item settings in
    the Practice Mode Pause Menu to ATTACK,
    BACK DASH, or RUN to see the different
    outcomes for the counters.
    ******************************************
    
    Any attack becomes a counter and no moves
    are guardable.
    Defeat Nightmare!
    
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                Ostrheinsburg Castle 2
    
    You still cannot forget that sensation.
    
    The incredible rush of power coursing
    throughout your body...
    
    You do not realize that this is the same
    effect from the Evil Seed experienced
    before you by the likes of Cervantes,
    Siegfried and Kilik. In any event, it was
    an experience that was unforgettable.
    
    And now, you stand ince again on the ruins
    of this former battlefield. You see a lone
    figure in the distance.
    
    It is a warrior who is afflicted with the
    powers of the Evil Seed just like you...
    As you prepare to engage this warrior in
    battle, you begin to wonder whether the
    knight who wields Soul Edge will appear
    again.
    
    ****************** HINT ******************
    In this mission, all attacks become
    counters for you as well as the enemy.
    
    A counter occurs when your attack hits the
    opponent while the opponent is in the
    middle of an attack or a run. The damage
    that the opponent sustains during this
    time is greater than normal. Other effects
    may also occur as a result of a successful
    counter.
    
    During the game, you can tell the
    difference between a regular attack and a
    counter by checking to see whether the hit
    spark given off by an attack is colored
    red or yellow. If the spark is red, it
    is a counter. If yellow, it is a normal
    attack.
    
    Change the COUNTER menu item settings in
    the Practice Mode Pause Menu to ATTACK,
    BACK DASH, or RUN to see the different
    outcomes for the counters.
    ******************************************
    
    All attacks become counters when they hit.
    Defeat all the enemies!
    
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                Ostrheinsburg Castle 3
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    Any attack becomes a counter.
    Defeat all the enemies!
    
    ******************************************
    
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                Ostrheinsburg Castle 4
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    All attacks become counters when they hit.
    Defeat Inferno!
    
        CAUTION! DIFFICULTY LEVEL IS HIGH!
    
    ******************************************
    
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    ================
    
                 4.2.2.2 City of Water
    
                   City of Water 1
    
    You are on a bridge that spans the canals
    of Venice, the City of Water.
    
    Atop the bridge, a stranger stumbles into
    you unexpectedly. He is out of breath, as
    if he has run a long distance. You notice
    that he has a weapon in his hand as well.
    
    You attempt to leave, but you hear a voice
    calling out for you to stop.
    
    "Do you think you can escape?!!"
    
    The owner of the voice has drawn his sword
    and now blocks the path for both you and
    the stranger. You turn around to see that
    another armed warrior blocks your only
    remaining escape route.
    
    These armed warriors now attack you. It
    seems that this is a case of mistaken
    identity- they believe that you are a
    compatriot of the stranger.
    
    You try in vain to explain that you do no
    know the stranger. However, your attempts
    fall on deaf ears.
    
    Cooperate with the stranger.
    Defeat both enemies!
    
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                   City of Water 2
    
    Venice, the City of Water. You stand alone
    on a bridge that spans the canals.
    
    You cannot recall what happened yesterday.
    Judging from the new scratches on your
    weapon, you could have been involved in
    some scuffle for all you know.
    
    Two warrios appear and grab your arms.
    They both say, "Leave quickly from here."
    
    You are confused by this sudden turn of
    events. Who are these two?
    
    However, there was no time for you to
    ponder your situation. The three of you
    are surrounded by a group who appear to
    be after all of you.
    
    You can't comprehend what's going on, but
    it's clear that you are now being chased
    along with these two warriors.
    
    You have no choice but to fight alongside
    these warriors.
    
    Cooperate with the unknow warriors.
    Defeat all enemies within the time limit!
    
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                   City of Water 3
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    
    Cooperate with the stranger.
    Defeat both enemies!
    
    ******************************************
    
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                   City of Water 4
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    Cooperate with the unknown warrior.
    Defeat all enemies within the time limit!
    
        CAUTION! DIFFICULTY LEVEL IS HIGH!
    
    ******************************************
    
    
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    ================
    
                 4.2.2.3 The Colosseum
    
                   The Colosseum 1
    
    You arrive at the remains of an ancient
    coliseum.
    
    It seems that a fight is going on here
    with prize money awarded to the victor.
    This is a golden opportunity for you to
    earn some badly needed money for your
    travels.
    
    You hear that the prize money is a paltry
    sum at first, but the money is supposed
    to multiplied by the number of wins.
    
    However, all your winnings will be
    forfeited if you lose. In other words, you
    must fight your opponents while keeping
    an eye on your health.
    
    ****************** HINT ******************
    In this mission, you have the choice of
    continuing the battle every time you win
    or quitting to collect your winnings.
    
    You can complete this mission by simply
    winning a single round and quitting or
    defeating all the enemies that appear.
    
    In other words, if you are not concerned
    about earning prize money, you can quit
    after you win your first battle.
    ******************************************
    
    The prize money doubles with each win.
    Watch the Life Bar to gauge your health.
    Defeat the enemies for prize money!
    
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                   The Colosseum 2
    
    As you continue your journey, you revisit
    the Colosseum. You hear the voices of a
    crowd echo from within as if a match has
    just begun.
    
    What kind of contest goes on inside?
    
    Your curiosity motivates your feet to
    step inside the Colosseum.
    
    The rules of the contest seem to be the
    same as before.
    
    The prize money is still awarded based on
    the number of opponents you defeat. The
    prize doubles per each win, but you
    forfeit everything if you lose. It's
    difficult to decide when to quit.
    
    However, this time, the stakes are higher.
    Two more battles were added to the
    contest. In other words, a contestant who
    wins all the matches could win four times
    as much prize money than before.
    
    If you can win this much money, you can
    live on easy street for a while.
    
    What will you do now?
    
    ****************** HINT ******************
    In this mission, you have the choice of
    continuing the battle every time you win
    or quitting to collect your winnings.
    
    You can complete this mission by simply
    winning a single round and quitting or
    defeating all the enemies that appear.
    
    In other words, if you are not concerned
    about earning prize money, you can quit
    after you win your first battle.
    ******************************************
    
    The prize money doubles per each win.
    Use the Life Bar to measure you health.
    Defeat the enemies for prize money!
    
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                   The Colosseum 3
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    The prize money doubles per each win.
    Use the Life Bar to measure your health.
    Defeat the enemies for prize money!
    
    ******************************************
    
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                   The Colosseum 4
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    The prize money doubles per each win.
    Use the Life Bar to measure your health.
    Defeat the enemies for prize money!
    
        CAUTION! DIFFICULTY LEVEL IS HIGH!
    
    ******************************************
    
    ================================================================================
    ================
    
                 4.2.2.4 Shrine of Eurydice
    
                 Shrine of Eurydice 1
    
    Hephaestus... Several years ago, when Soul
    Edge disappeared along with Cervantes, a
    young woman's cry calling out this name
    could be heard throughout this place.
    
    You learn that Hephaestus is the name of
    the ancient Greek god of fire and smithery
    and decide to head to a shrine dedicated
    to the worship of this god.
    
    This shrine is located far above the
    clouds and icy, freezing winds blow
    without mercy there. You find yourself
    shielding your face from this unbearable
    wind.
    
    When you raise your head again, a warrior
    enveloped in light stands before you. Was
    this warrior sent by the gods?
    
    The wind blows with increasing intensity.
    One false move and you will be carried
    away.
    
    The strong winds will carry you away...
    Defeat both enemies!
    
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                 Shrine of Eurydice 2
    
    You are at a shrine dedicated to
    Hephaestus, the ancient god of fire and
    smithery.
    
    If Soul Edge was the "Ultimate Sword of
    Evil" as rumored, a sword forged by the
    hands of a god would be necessary to fight
    against it. You believed this to be true,
    so you have come to this shrine again.
    
    However, this god still believes that you
    are the enemy.
    
    In a matter of moments, light pours down
    from the heavens to reveal a lone warrior
    standing before your eyes. She is
    Sophitia, the warrior chosen by the gods.
    
    As she gives her prayers to the gods, her
    body becomes enveloped in a pale light
    that emenates from where she stands, It
    appears that the floor of this shrine
    provides her "Divine Protection."
    
    Sophitia cannot be damaged while she
    remains on the stage.
    Defeat her with a ring out!
    
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                 Shrine of Eurydice 3
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    Strong winds carry you away...
    Defeat all the enemies!
    
    ******************************************
    
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                 Shrine of Eurydice 4
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    Sophitia cannot be damaged while she
    remains on the stage and ring outs are
    not effective either.
    Defeat her with a mid-air combo!
    
                      CAUTION!
      DIFFICULTY LEVEL IS HIGH DEPENDING ON
                 CHARACTER CHOSEN.
    
    ******************************************
    
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    ================
    
                 4.2.2.5 Money Pit
    
                     Money Pit 1
    
    You've come to a nameless island somewhere
    in the Mediterranean Sea and found your
    way into a deep pit called the "Money
    Pit."
    
    It is said that the vast fortunes of
    Vercci, the merchant of death, lie here.
    
    There are traps located throughout to foil
    intruders. You've managed to negotiate all
    of them and finally arrived at the central
    section of the pit. But then...
    
    ...You sense that there is another living
    being here besides yourself.
    
    Something attacks! Is it some beast? A
    thief? Or could it be the rumored guardian
    of this place?
    
    The rats on the floor bite your feet.
    Defeat both enemies!
    
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                    Money Pit 2
    
    You've come again to this solitary island
    to check on the rumor that there is a
    memoir containing the clues about the location
    of Soul Edge hidden somewhere amongst
    Vercci's treasures.
    
    You infiltrate the Money Pit once again,
    avoiding traps along the way. But this
    time, you manage to go down deeper than
    before.
    
    The guardian of the pit is nowhere to be
    found. As you head further down, there is
    still no sign of the enemy or the memoir.
    However, you catch the glint of a weapon
    in the corner of your eye at the very
    moment you set foot on the deepest part of
    the pit
    
    The enemy! ...But you see no signs of life
    here. Could this be Voldo, the guardian of
    the Money Pit!
    
    No! How could this be?! The only thing you
    see is a weapon dancing in the air. Could
    it be...
    
    You remember a story about how Vercci
    collected "cursed weapons" like Soul
    Edge. Could the weapon you see before
    your very eyes be one of them?
    
    You can only see the enemy's weapon.
    Defeat all the enemies!
    
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                    Money Pit 3
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    The rats on the floor bite your feet.
    Defeat both enemies!
    
    ******************************************
    
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    Money Pit 4
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    You can only see the enemy's weapon.
    Defeat all the enemies!
    
        CAUTION! DIFFICULTY LEVEL IS HIGH!
    
    ******************************************
    
    ================================================================================
    ================
    
                 4.2.2.6 The Adrian and the Fortress
    
             The Adrian and the Fortess 1
    
    The legendary pirate Cervantes is said to
    have been the owner of the demonic sword
    Soul Edge.
    
    You hear a rumor that Cervantes has been
    spotted somewhere in Spain, so you make
    your way there.
    
    The fortress at the edge of the ocean was
    in ruins. Although this place is devoid
    of humanity, it is filled with a dark,
    forboding atmosphere.
    
    Could this be caused by the Evil Seed?
    
    As you look around you, you see a figure
    emerge from a ship anchored near the
    fortress.
    
    You are simply overwhelmed by the presence
    of the man. As he takes one step after
    another towards you, you find yourself
    being pushed backwards by some invisible
    force!
    
    The ocean draws near behind you. At this
    rate, there is no hope of keeping your
    footing. You'll probably end up falling
    into the sea.
    
    The enemy is constantly pushing you away,
    but there is no way to keep your footing.
    Avoid falling off the stage and defeat
    Cervantes!
    
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             The Adrian and the Fortress 2
    
    The resurrection of the drea pirate
    Cervantes was no illusion.
    
    However, it is not known how or why he was
    resurrected or what he seeks as he travels
    around the world.
    
    You hear that Cervantes has appeared at
    the fortress again and head towards the
    ocean.
    
    The battle began suddenly. Cervantes was
    more powerful than before. The invisible
    force that pushes you back is still
    present.
    
    The enemy is constantly pushing you away,
    but there is no way to keep your footing.
    He also has a powerful strike that can
    blow you assunder.
    Avoid falling off the stage and defeat
    Cervantes!
    
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             The Adrian and the Fortress 3
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    The enemy is constantly pushing you away,
    but there is no way to keep your footing.
    Avoid falling off the stage and defeat
    the enemies!
    
    ******************************************
    
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             The Adrian and the Fortress 4
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    The enemy is constantly pushing you away,
    but there is no way to keep your footing.
    He also has a powerful strike that can
    blow you away.
    Avoid falling off the stage and defeat
    the enemies!
    
        CAUTION! DIFFICULTY LEVEL IS HIGH!
    
    ******************************************
    
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    ================
    
                 4.2.2.7 Valentine Mansion
    
                 Valentine Mansion 1
    
    You are now in a mansion where the late
    Count Valentine is siad to have performed
    various ceremonies. At this moment, you
    are being attacked by an enemy within the
    walls of this mansion.
    
    During the battle, you notice a strange
    phenomenon occur before your eyes. The
    movement of the enemy appears to suddenly
    quicken or slow down for no reason.
    
    Could this be an effect of some curse or
    sorcery that was performed here in the
    past?
    
    It almost seems as if the enemy you're
    fighting is surrounded by some unseen
    supernatural force that bends the flow of
    time.
    
    The enemy's movement speed changes without
    warning.
    Defeat both enemies!
    
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                 Valentine Mansion 2
    
    This mansion is devoid of souls.
    
    The late Count Valentine squandered his
    riches on alchemic research and brought
    ruin to his family.
    
    You've come here again after you realize
    that the true reason for the research was
    the study of a certain sword...
    
    Soul Edge...
    
    Yes, the Count was researching the very
    sword you were after. If that was the
    case, there must be some clue left in
    this mansion about its whereabouts.
    
    You realize that something strange has
    happened soon after you begin your search
    of the mansion...
    
    Your weapon is nowhere to be found.
    
    No, the truth is that you can no longer
    see your weapon. You still feel its weight
    and texture.
    
    Although this is a mysterious phenomenon,
    could it be just another of the many
    supernatural events that occur here?
    
    But somehow, something doesn't feel right.
    What if you were attacked by someone now?
    
    ...Just then, you hear a noise coming from
    behind you.
    
    You can't see your weapon or your enemy's.
    Defeat all the enemies!
    
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                 Valentine Mansion 3
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    The enemy's movement speed changes without
    warning.
    Defeat both enemies!
    
    ******************************************
    
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                 Valentine Mansion 4
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    You can't see your weapon or your enemy's.
    Defeat all the enemies!
    
        CAUTION! DIFFICULTY LEVEL IS HIGH!
    
    ******************************************
    
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    ================
    
           4.2.3 Right Map
    
                 4.2.3.1 Emperor's Garden
    
                  Emperor's Garden 1
    
    You have come to the great empire of the
    Ming in East Asia. You are here at the
    request of one of the Ming's generals to
    appear in an exhibition fight to be held
    before the imperial nobility.
    
    According to the general, he wants you to
    demonstrate your famed fighting skills in
    front of his Emperor.
    
    You are told that if you win the match,
    you can ask for anything as a reward. You
    decide to accept the offer. However, there
    was one rule for the contest-
    
    "The first fighter to get 16 hits against
    his opponent shall be judged victorious."
    
    Strength is not necessary to win in this
    match. You will need to use many fast
    moves instead. With this in mind, you step
    upon the battle stage...
    
    ****************** HINT ******************
    You must learn to use attack moves that
    can be executed quickly to hit the
    opponent many times.
    
    You can check the speed of a move by
    opening the COMMAND LIST from the Pause
    Menu and pressing the A Button after
    selecting a move.
    ******************************************
    
    Hit the enemy 16 times first and win!
    
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                  Emperor's Garden 2
    
    In the past, you appeared before the Ming
    Empire's nobility in an exhibition fight.
    This time, you are staying in an imperial
    mansion as a guest of the general.
    
    In your last appearance here, you heard
    a curious tale from a government official.
    It seems the Emperor ordered a search for
    Soul Edge, the "Hero's Sword." Even a
    search party has been dispatched in this
    effort.
    
    Yes, your true objective here is to get
    the information collected by the Emperor
    about Soul Edge. Perhaps Soul Edge itself
    might be in the possession of the Emperor.
    
    Several days later, you make your move
    when the mansion's guards are distracted.
    
    First, you must take care of the Emperor's
    personal guards. You must use your most
    powerful moves in order to insure that
    they are completely neutralized!
    
    ****************** HINT ******************
    The key to successfully completing this
    mission lies in your ability to use throws
    as well as Unblockable attack moves.
    
    Open the COMMAND LIST from the Practice Mode
    or the Pause Menu to learn how to pull off
    Unblockables.
    ******************************************
    
    Use Unblockable attacks or throws.
    Defeat Xianghua!
    
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                  Emperor's Garden 3
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    Hit the enemy 16 times first and win!
    
    ******************************************
    
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                  Emperor's Garden 4
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    Use Unblockable attacks or throws.
    Defeat all the enemies!
    
        CAUTION! DIFFICULTY LEVEL IS HIGH!
    
    ******************************************
    
    ================================================================================
    ================
    
                 4.2.3.2 Takamatsu Castle
    
                  Takamatsu Castle 1
    
    You stand in the midst of a battlefield
    where the skies are filled with arrows
    and bullets.
    
    Takamatsu Castle is where you stand. The
    castle now stands in a lake because of a
    man-made flood engineered to break down
    its defenses.
    
    Once again, you board your boat to join
    your comrades in battle. But as you near
    the middle of the lake, a stranger boards
    your boat.
    
    ...The Enemy! In battle, there is no room
    to lower your guard against the foe.
    Failure can only mean one thing...Death.
    
    ****************** HINT ******************
    The key to completing this mission is your
    ability to knock down the opponent.
    
    Use the Practice Mode to learn what moves
    will enable you to accomplish this task.
    ******************************************
    
    You lose if you are knocked down.
    Knock down all the enemies instead and
    fight to the end!
    
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                 Takamatsu Castle 2
    
    Flooded during the summer campaigns,
    Takamatsu Castle now faces winter under
    water.
    
    Injured several days ago in a meaningless
    altercation, you return by boat alone to
    Takamatsu Castle.
    
    No one followed you here. With luck,
    some rest should help you regain your
    strength.
    
    Alas, a shadowy figure has followed you.
    What does he want?
    
    Before another thought enters your mind,
    the shadow makes its move and attacks!
    
    You are weak, but you will regain your
    health with time.
    Defeat all the enemies!
    
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                 Takamatsu Castle 3
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    You lose if you are knocked down.
    Knock down all the enemies instead and
    fight to the end!
    
    ******************************************
    
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                 Takamatsu Castle 4
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    You are weak, but you will regain your
    health with time.
    Defeat Mitsurugi!
    
    ******************************************
    
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    ================
    
                 4.2.3.3 Hoko Temple
    
                   Hoko Temple 1
    
    You've come to Japan in the hopes of
    tracking down the ninja Taki, who is
    rumored to possess a fragment of Soul
    Edge.
    
    You are now in Kyoto, standing before a
    giant Buddha statue buil in an
    underground hall of the Hoko Temple.
    You've learned that Taki frequents this
    hall, so you decide to wait for her here.
    
    You sense that the hall is filled with
    strange spiritual energy...
    
    "Be gone..."
    
    You hear the cold, dagger-like words of a
    woman coming from behind you.
    
    The woman...she is Taki. She stands on the
    palm of the Buddha, looking down upon you.
    
    You instinctually pull out your weapon and
    attack Taki. When you move, you are
    surprised at how powerful you've become.
    Could it be that you were somehow
    strengthened by the spiritual energy while
    you waited in the hall?
    
    Taki leaps into the air and answers your
    attack at the center of the stage.
    
    "Shyaaaaaa!"
    
    Taki crosses her blades and focuses her
    spirit. Then, a powerful spiritual energy
    starts to discharge from her swords.
    
    The attack blows of both you and the
    enemy have increased in power.
    Defeat both enemies!
    
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                   Hoko Temple 2
    
    The hall of the giant Buddha in the Hoko
    Temple is filled with evil spiritual
    energy.
    
    Built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi during his
    reign, the giant Buddha statue is full of
    supernatural powers. It would not be out
    of place for Soul Edge to exist here.
    
    You still sense the same spiritual energy
    here as before.
    
    "What a foll...back again..."
    
    With those words, a shadow flies over your
    head and stops at the center of the stage.
    
    The last fight should have settled
    everything...
    
    You feel certain that your attacks against
    the previous enemies were effective.
    However, the shadow...Taki appears as if
    nothing happened. Could she be immortal?
    
    In reality, these mysterious happenings
    were actually caused by the evil spirit
    Gel-o-fury, and not the gian Buddha as
    once thought. In fact, the spirit was
    headed here via the underground rivers
    that run through this area.
    
    But just before your arrival, Taki
    captured the spirit and managed to absorb
    its evil energies into her sword!
    
    Taki also restored her health with the
    healing effects of the spiritaul energy
    radiating from her sword.
    
    Taki heals herself over time.
    Defeat her!
    
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                   Hoko Temple 3
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    The attack blows of both you and the
    enemy have increased in power.
    Defeat both enemies!
    
    ******************************************
    
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    ----------------
    
                   Hoko Temple 4
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    Taki heals herself over time.
    Defeat her!
    
        CAUTION! DIFFICULTY LEVEL IS HIGH!
    
    ******************************************
    
    ================================================================================
    ================
    
                 4.2.3.4 Water Labyrinth
    
                  Water Labyrinth 1
    
    There are large, undiscovered rivers that
    flow underground throughout the islands of
    Japan. An intesnse spiritual energy now
    lingers throughout these rivers.
    
    This energy is concentrated around a giant
    Buddha in Kyoto. Believing that there is
    something at the source of this energy,
    you discover these underground rivers
    during your quest for the source.
    
    While searching these rivers on a raft,
    you are attacked by someone. The enemy has
    come alongside and boarded your raft.
    
    However, something is amiss. Although
    your attacker is extremely agile, you do
    not get the sense that he is alive.
    
    Suddenly, something strange occurs. An
    indescribable wail-like voice begins to
    fill your head and your body starts to
    feel light...
    
    "It's a curse!"
    
    After you receive a small wound, your
    instinct tells you that the curse feeds
    on the pain and suffering of its victims.
    
    Knowing this, you must now injure the
    enemy to transfer the curse to him!
    
    The pain of the poisonous curse spreads
    slowly throughout your body...There is no
    time to spare!
    
    If you receive damage, your lose your
    health and your movement becomes faster
    until you injure the enemy.
    Defeat the enemy!
    
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                  Water Labyrinth 2
    
    You are traveling by raft on a great
    underground river near the sacred Mount
    Fuji.
    
    In your previous quest, you learned about
    the existence of the "Manji Clan." You
    are exploring these rivers to find out
    about what the clan has been protecting
    throughout the ages.
    
    As you make your way on the river, a dense
    atmosphere charged with spiritual energy
    envelops you. This energy is full of evil
    and your health gradually deteriorates.
    
    And then the enemy appears. The enemy must
    have been waiting for you to become
    weaker...
    
    Could this be someone sent from the Manji
    Clan?
    
    Your strength deteriorates with time.
    Defeat all enemies!
    
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    ----------------
    
                  Water Labyrinth 3
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    If you receive damage, your lose your
    health and your movement becomes faster
    until you injure the enemy.
    Defeat all enemies!
    
    ******************************************
    
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                  Water Labyrinth 4
    
    ************* EXTRA MISSION **************
    
    You've been poisoned by a nunchaku
    wielding enemy.
    
    Your strength deteriorates with time and
    ring outs are not effective.
    Defeat Maxi!
    
        CAUTION! DIFFICULTY LEVEL IS HIGH!
    
    ******************************************
    
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    ================
    
           4.2.4 Special Missions
    
                 4.2.4.1 Pit/Swamp
    
                        Pit
    
    *********** SPECIAL MISSION 1 ************
    
    "What the?!"
    
    You fall into a pit.
    
    This place seems to be cursed with a spell
    that turns you invisible when you are hit.
    
    You or the enemy will turn invisible if
    hit!
    Defeat the enemy!
    
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                       Swamp
    
    *********** SPECIAL MISSION 2 ************
    
    "What is all this mud?!"
    
    You are trapped in a muddy swamp.
    
    This place is filled with the avenging
    souls of the warriors whom you have
    dispatched.
    
    If you do not watch out, you will be
    sucked into the ground! On top of this,
    the swamp seems to be extremely poisonous!
    
    If you do not move, you will lose your
    strength and get trapped in mud!
    Defeat the enemy!
    
    ================================================================================
    ================
    
                 4.2.4.2 Secret Dojo
    
                Secret Dojo- Basement
    
    *********** SPECIAL MISSION 1 ************
    
    This is a secret dojo built by Seung Han
    Myong to train his daughter, Seung Mina.
    
    Basement floor. Enemies are good guys.
    
    The daughter hates rats.
    
    The rules are unknown.
    Defeat all the enemies!
    
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               Secret Dojo- First Floor
    
    *********** SPECIAL MISSION 2 ************
    
    This a secret dojo built by Seung Han
    Myong to train his daughter, Seung Mina.
    
    First floor garden.
    
    His daughter trains hard even during the
    beautiful seasons when a young child
    should be playing outside.
    
    The rules are unknown.
    Defeat both enemies!
    
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              Secret Dojo- Second Floor
    
    *********** SPECIAL MISSION 3 ************
    
    This a secret dojo built by Seung Han
    Myong to train his daughter, Seung Mina.
    
    Second floor.
    
    He still treats his daughter like a child.
    
    The rules are unknown.
    Defeat the enemy!
    
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    ----------------
    
                 Secret Dojo- Attic
    
    *********** SPECIAL MISSION 4 ************
    
    This a secret dojo built by Seung Han
    Myong to train his daughter, Seung Mina.
    
    Attic floor. There are only women here.
    
    The daughter hit her father and ran away
    several years ago...
    
    The rules are unknown.
    Defeat all the enemies!
    
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                Secret Dojo- Rooftop
    
    *********** SPECIAL MISSION 5 ************
    
    This a secret dojo built by Seung Han
    Myong to train his daughter, Seung Mina.
    
    Rooftop. Finished.
    
    Several years later, the daughter ran away
    again...
    
    The rules are unknown.
    Defeat the enemy!
    
    ================================================================================
    ================
    
                 4.2.4.3 Chaos
    
                      Chaos 1
    
    As you travel throughout the world and
    survive battle after battle, you come
    closer to finding the demonic blade.
    
    However, just as you think you've come
    close to finding the sword, you are
    unexpectedly pulled into a vortex that
    takes you to another world.
    
    "Where...am...I?" You are surprised and
    confused by all of this.
    
    Suddenly, someone attacks out of nowhere.
    Was the enemy also pulled into this world?
    There was not time to think. And so began
    the battle.
    
    While you fight, you slowly understand
    what is going on. You still exist as flesh
    and blood. And in this world, any physical
    or psychological damage you cause against
    the opponent becomes sustenance for your
    strength.
    
    To live by consuming the life force of
    others...This is the natural low of
    survival in this alien world.
    
    The damage you give to the enemy becomes
    your strength.
    Defeat both enemies!
    
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    ----------------
    
                      Chaos 2
    
    You are close to finding the demonic
    blade. Although you were pulled into this
    alien world without warning before, this
    time it's different.
    
    This time, you are here out of your own
    free will. You've come to this place to
    find out the true nature of the hellfire
    that radiates from Soul Edge.
    
    You feel that if you survive the battle
    and discover the meaning of the hellfire,
    new worlds will be opened to you...
    
    However, things aren't as easy as the last
    time. As you stand here, the poisonous
    environment of this world eats aways your
    health.
    
    A shadowy figure appears and challenges
    you to a battle.
    
    To live by consuming the lives of
    others...You remember the law of survival
    in this alien world.
    
    The poisonous effects of this world
    consume your health, but the damge you
    give to the enemy becomes your strength.
    Defeat all the enemies!
    
    ================================================================================
    ================
    
    5. Soul Calibur II
       5.0 Japanese site (Japanese font needed to view, such as MingLiu)
           5.0.1 History
                 5.0.1.00 Prologue
    
    ここに、ソウルエッジと呼ばれる剣にまつわる様々な伝説がある。ある噂曰く、最強の武器。
    他の噂では英雄の剣。そして強い霊力を宿した妖剣。不老不死への鍵。この上ない秘宝。
    万病の薬、救国の剣...。
     その所在、真偽は不明のまま噂だけが様々な伝説・伝承として世界中に広がるソウルエッジ。
    だがその正体は、人の魂を喰らう二本一組の邪剣であった...!
    
    
     時は流れ十六世紀後半。邪剣の力を危惧した古き鍛冶神の神託を受けた戦士によって邪剣の片方が破壊さ
    れたが、これはその意思とは裏腹に大きな悲劇をもたらす結果となった。
    バランスを崩した邪気が、その場に留まる術を知らず暴走したのだ。後にイヴィルスパームと呼ばれる怪光
    現象として空へ散った邪気は全世界にその爪痕を残した...。
     残る一本の邪剣もまた、己を握った男の精神を支配して連続虐殺事件を引き起こし、ヨーロッパ中を恐怖
    で包み込んだのである。
    
    
     だが、三年も経つと虐殺は起きなくなり、さらに四年が流れる頃には人々にとって忌まわしき事件は過去
    の出来事となった。
     ...誰も知らなかった。
     四年前、荒れるソウルエッジに呼応するかのように東方から現れた霊剣ソウルキャリバーの事。
    それぞれの使い手を介した激しい死闘の末、邪剣が砕けた事。そして邪剣の暴走を押えるために、霊剣が邪
    気に満ちた空間に置き去られた事...。
     そう、大多数の人間は今の安息の裏にそのような戦いがあったことはおろか、霊剣の存在すら知らなかっ
    たのだ...。
    
    
     その見かけの安息の裏で邪剣は静かに、だが確実に再び世界を覆い始めている。
    邪剣は大小様々な数多の欠片の形をとり、人の手によって今や世界中に広がっていたのだ!
    そしてそれらは、未だ忌まわしき邪気を失ってはいなかったのである。
     霊剣が虚空へと失われた今、邪剣の影響が世界を蝕むのは時間の問題だった...。
    
    
     これから紐解くは、それぞれが信念と理由を以ってソウルエッジを追った者達の、『剣と魂の物語』...。
    
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                 5.0.1.01 Astaroth
    
    年齢 : 不明 再生したばかり 誕生後7年経過 
    出身 : 不明 
    身長 : 202cm 
    体重 : 130kg 
    武器名 : ジャイアントアックス/クルトゥエス 
    流派 : ギュルクス 
    
    -----
    
    人の怨念を喰らいつづけ、砕けてなお世界を覆わんとしている邪剣ソウルエッジ...。
    その力に気づいた神はオリンポスの鍛冶神へパイストスだけではなかった。へパイストスがソウルエッジに
    危惧の念を抱いたのに対し、純粋にソウルエッジが持つ力に興味を持った神もまた、存在したのだ。戦争を
    司るアレスにとって、邪剣ソウルエッジの忌まわしき由来や習性は大した問題ではなかったと見える。彼は
    ソウルエッジを手元に置くことを望んだ。
    同じオリンポスに属する二人の神の邪剣を巡る思惑は、やがてそれぞれが人間界に介入する結果となったの
    である。
    
    
    戦争神が目をとめたのは、彼を「執行者パルギア」としてあがめる砂漠の邪教集団であった。
    啓示を受け、ソウルエッジを入手するための使者の用意を命じられた大神官クンペトクーはその秘術を駆使
    して一体のゴーレムを創り上げる。大神官は彼に強力な呪いを込めた特製の大斧と、アスタロスという名を
    与えて邪剣探索へと送り出した...。
    
    
    神が求めるほどの力...。密かにソウルエッジを手にする野望を抱く大神官ではあったが、神を欺くことは容
    易ではない。大神官は知るよしもなかったが、実はアスタロスには、戦争神に従い戦場を駆ける死の司ケー
    ルが宿っていたのだ...!
    直接の創造者である大神官の思惑とは裏腹に、戦争神に邪剣を捧げるべく行動するアスタロス。
    首尾よく邪剣を探し出したものの、邪険はその半身を失い、その力は激減していた。
    このような状態のソウルエッジを主が望むわけがないと判断したアスタロスは、当時の邪剣の持ち主であっ
    たナイトメアに従って虐殺を重ね、邪剣の力を高める事に専念していた。
    三年も経つころには邪剣の力も回復し、いよいよナイトメアから邪剣を奪う瞬間が近づいてきた...!
    
    
    しかしアスタロスはその時を待たずして、彼を仲間の仇と追ってきた男との戦いによって破壊されてしまっ
    たのである。虐殺を重ねた彼は多くの恨みを受ける身となっていたのだ。
    その恨みの中の、たった一つだけが強い復讐心を以って、ナイトメアの居城となっていたオストラインスブ
    ルグまでたどり着いたのだった。
    
    
    だが人の視点から見れば悪と言えど、アスタロスは紛れも無く神の従者であった。
    即座に神罰がくだり、地面に亀裂が入る。男は仇討ちの喜びを声にする間もなく、重傷を追ったまま地下へ
    と飲み込まれて消えた...。
    アスタロスを破壊した男の仲間達の手により邪剣が砕かれたのは、その直後のことだった。
    彼らは仲間の姿を求めてしばらくの間留まっていたが、やがて立ち去り、しばしの静寂が訪れた。
    
    
    ...四年の年月をかけてそれは行われた。
    もしもアスタロスが純粋に人の手による存在であったなら、そのような事は起きなかったはずであった。
    戦争神の加護、そして死の司ケール。これらの人知を越えた存在と、オストラインスブルグという土地がそ
    れを可能にした。すなわち、かつてナイトメアの虐殺による流血と怨念を吸った周囲の土を媒介にしてアス
    タロスは再構築されたのだ。
    
    
    一度破壊されたことにより、生来の弱かった「人の手による」部分が減り、さらには再生時に近くに存在し
    たソウルエッジの破片をいくつか取り込んだ新しい体は、以前にも増して強靭に、そして冷たくそびえ立っ
    ていた。
    やがて彼は自分のするべきことを思い出したのだろう。傍らに落ちていた懐かしき大斧を拾い上げると、霧
    の中へ消えていった。 
    
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                 5.0.1.02 Cassandra Alexandra
    
    年齢 : 21歳 
    出身 : オスマントルコ帝国/アテネ 
    身長 : 164cm 
    体重 : 最近計ってないと言い張る 
    生年月日 : 7月20日 
    血液型 : B型 
    使用武器 : ショートソード&スモールシールド 
    武器名 : オメガソード&ネメアシールド 
    流派 : 身体を動かすままに(聖アテナ流) 
    家族構成 : 父・アタロス
    母・ニケ
    弟・ルキス
    姉・ソフィーティアは鍛冶屋ロティオンと結婚してピュラとパトロクロスの姉弟(年子)を産んだ 
    
    -----
    
    フラリといなくなった姉が傷だらけの状態で、東洋人の女に連れられて帰ってきたのはもう7年も前のこ
    とだ。古きオリンポスの鍛冶神ヘパイストスの神託を受け、邪剣ソウルエッジを破壊するための旅だったの
    だと姉は言った。その話はあまりにも突飛すぎて誰も信じなかったが、カサンドラは違った。彼女は姉が嘘
    をつくような人間ではないことを知っていたし、邪剣の一振りを砕いた時に負ったという傷の治療の際に、
    姉の身体から抜き採られた「邪剣の欠片」を見たのだ。だから数年後、結婚を目前にした姉が再び失踪した
    時、カサンドラはその理由がソウルエッジに違いないと考えた。
     家族の心配に答えるかのように、しばらくして姉は帰ってきた。邪剣に汚染された土地を清めてまわって
    きたと語るその顔には、何かをやり遂げた者特有の穏やかさがあった。
    その後婚礼を上げた姉は鍛冶屋を営む夫との間に2人の子をもうけ、今では幸せな家庭を築いている。
    
    
     今日もカサンドラはアテネの街で小さなパン屋を営む実家の手伝いをしていたが、ちょっとした用事で少
    し隣町にある姉の家へやってきていた。まだ幼い子供達の寝顔を見ながらカサンドラは冗談混じりに言っ
    た。
     「ピュラ、そしてパトロクロスもよく聞きなさい。君たちがしっかり捕まえてないとお母さん、また神様
    のお使いに行っちゃうぞ。」
     その言葉を聞いた姉は微笑んで幼い姉弟の頭をなでながら、自分にはもう神様の声は聞こえないからと答
    えた。
     やがて仕事が一段落したのか、義兄が部屋に入ってきた。今まで眠っていた子供達は急に跳ね起きて、我
    先にと父親のほうへ走る。これは見たことがない素材だと語る義兄の手から金属片をもぎ取り、必死で奪い
    合う子供達...。その様子はまるで自ら体の一部を取り合っているような、常軌を逸したものだった。
    
    
     カサンドラはその金属片に見覚えがあった。そう。ソウルエッジの欠片...!
     子供達の態度が示す事実に姉は声なき悲鳴を上げてくず折れる。その悲鳴にはっとしたカサンドラは、咄
    嗟に子供達の手から金属片を奪うと叫んだ。
     「これが何だっていうのよ姉さん! こんなものに何が出来るとでもいうの?
    しっかりしてよ! それでも神の声が聞こえるって強情張って旅に出た聖戦士様なの?!」
     彼女の中に怒りの感情が沸き上がる。突然の事態にあわてる義兄を残してカサンドラは姉の家を飛び出
    し、そのままヘパイストスの神殿へと走った。
    
    
     「なんで姉さんをまきこんだのよ!? 神様のくせに! 答えなさいよ!」
     今や訪れる人もいない神殿に彼女の怒声が響き渡る。叫び疲れて座り込んだ彼女の目に、結婚式のあと姉
    が夫とともに奉納した鍛冶神の加護が宿るという武具が映った。それは4年もの間、風雨にさらされなが
    らも未だ輝きを失ってはいなかった。
     カサンドラはその武具と、手にしたソウルエッジの欠片を見比べる。まるで武具を恐れるように、忌むべ
    き破片は鳴くような音をかすかにたてた...。
    
    
     ...まだ終わっていないんだわ。でも、姉さんはもう旅になんか行かせない。
     私が邪剣を倒そう。へパイストスなんて信用できないけれど、今、目の前にはその為の力がある...!
    
    
     東の空から光が差し込む頃、いつものように静寂に包まれた神殿にカサンドラの姿は無かった。
    ただ、かつて奉納された武具が一組、消えていた。 
    
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                 5.0.1.03 Ivy (Isabella Valentine)
    
    年齢 : 32歳 
    出身 : イングランド王国/ロンドン 
    身長 : 179cm 
    体重 : 58kg 
    生年月日 : 12月10日 
    血液型 : 不明 
    使用武器 : 蛇腹剣(ジャバラケン) 
    武器名 : バレンタイン(アイヴィーブレード) 
    流派 : アンリレイトリンク 
    家族構成 : 育ての両親とは死別
    実の父親はセルバンテスであることが判明
    母親は既に死亡している 
    
    -----
    
    「不老不死の鍵」と言われるソウルエッジを求めるあまり、錬金術師でもあったバレンタイン伯爵は狂気の
    中で他界した。彼がソウルエッジのために続けた出費はあまりにも多大だったため、ロンドンの名門バレン
    タイン家は一代にして没落してしまったのである。
     夫人もまた伯爵の後を追うように病に倒れ、バレンタイン家には一人娘であるアイヴィーだけが残っ
    た...。
    
    
     実は彼女はバレンタイン家の実子ではなかった。まだ赤子の頃に屋敷の前に捨てられていたのを在りし日
    の伯爵夫妻が引き取とられて、養子として育てられたのだ。伯爵夫人の遺言で初めてそのことを知ったアイ
    ヴィーであったが、それでも彼女にとっての両親は伯爵夫妻しかいなかった。
     育ての父の遺志を継ぎ、ソウルエッジを求めて錬金術を学んだアイヴィーはその研究過程においてソウル
    エッジの正体が「魂を喰らう邪剣」である事実にたどり着く。邪剣の噂に惑わされて死んだ父親の無念を晴
    らすべく、ソウルエッジの破壊を誓った彼女はもてる知識の全てを使った。
    遂に妖しげな儀式をもって何者かを呼び寄せ、鞭へと変化する機械仕掛けの剣アイヴィーブレードに命を吹
    き込むことに成功する。
    
    
     自ら意思を持ち、主であるアイヴィーを護り、また彼女の敵を討ち果たすであろうその剣を手に、アイヴ
    ィーは邪剣探索の旅へと旅立ったのであった。
    そしてアイヴィーブレードに命を吹き込んだ張本人−ナイトメアと出会った彼女はその恩を返すため、彼が
    行おうとしている「反魂術」の手助けをすることになる。
    ...全ては邪剣の計画とも知らずに。
    
    
     だがナイトメアが倒れ、ソウルエッジが砕かれたあの日。遂に彼女は、ナイトメアこそがソウルエッジの
    持ち主であったことを知る。それはソウルエッジを破壊するための愛剣が、他ならぬ邪剣の力で生命を持っ
    ていた事実を意味していた。そしてアイヴィーは、自身の出生の秘密をも知ることになる。
     彼女の実の父親...それはかつてソウルエッジを握り、邪剣に操られた男だったのである...!
    
    
     思わず逃げ出したくなるような事実に衝撃を受けたアイヴィーは故郷へ戻り、暗い実験室に閉じこも
    る...。今や憎悪と後悔の対象でしかないアイヴィーブレードを何度破壊しようとしただろうか。
    だが、その度手が止まる。
     私もこの剣と同じなのだ。...そう、私にも邪剣の血が流れているのだ。同じ血が...。
     アイヴィーブレードはただ静かに、主の命令を待っていた。
    
    
     数ヶ月にもわたる長考の末、暗い部屋から出てきた彼女は、「邪剣破壊」にかわる「邪剣の完全なる根
    絶」という新たな目的を得ていた。彼女は目的を達成するという誓いの証として、忌むべき愛剣アイヴィー
    ブレードに「バレンタイン」の名を冠すと、すぐさま旅支度を整えたのである。
    
    
     数多に存在するであろうソウルエッジの欠片全て、邪剣の血筋を持つ者、そして邪気に犯されたと思われ
    る人物全員を抹殺する。全ての禍根の芽を摘む為には、該当者の善悪すら問うてはならない。僅かな可能性
    も見逃さず、いかなる例外をも認めない。
     鬼とでも悪魔とでも呼ぶがいい...! 邪剣の芽を残さず刈り取るためならば、喜んでその名に甘んじよ
    う。
    
    
     自らの分身とアイヴィー自身さえ消し去らねばならない、長く厳しい誓いの道。
    
    
     育ての親の姓「バレンタイン」の名は、邪剣の血筋を濃く引きながらも強い意志をもって「人間」として
    生きようとする彼女の象徴であった。 
    
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                 5.0.1.04 Kilik
    
    年齢 : 23歳 
    出身 : 不明(明/真行山臨勝寺で育つ) 
    身長 : 167cm 
    体重 : 63kg 
    生年月日 : 2月9日 
    血液型 : A型 
    使用武器 : 棍 
    武器名 : 滅法棍(メッポウコン) 
    流派 : 真行山臨勝寺棍法奥伝 
    家族構成 : 臨勝寺で育てられるが姉同然だったシャンレンを含めてキリク自らが全員を殺害
    師匠・エッジマスター 
    
    -----
    
    武術の修行が盛んなことで知られる真行山臨勝寺。ある夜を境にこの寺は歴史から消え去った...。
    邪気に犯され、正気を失った寺人達が互いに殺しあう中、たった一人生き延びた男。
    衰弱しきっていた彼は、翌朝一人の老人によって助けられた。
    
    
    キリクは赤子の頃真行山に捨てられ、臨勝寺に引き取られた孤児であった。物心つく前から武術の修行を日
    常として育った彼は、特に棍を好んだ。そして16歳になるころには、棍術の奥義伝承者に選ばれる程まで
    の使い手に成長したのである。
    臨勝寺には三宝と呼ばれる代々伝わる三つの品があった。棍法の伝承者になるということは、その一つであ
    る滅法棍を授かる資格を得ることを意味していた。だが、イヴィルスパームが臨勝寺に降り注いだのは、そ
    の皆伝式の前夜のことだった...!
    やがて老人の庵で目覚めたキリクの肩には、滅法棍と共に三宝の一つである末法鏡がかかっていた。
    末法鏡は、キリクと同じく孤児で彼にとっては姉のような存在であったシャンレンが授かっていたはずの品
    であった。
    イヴィルスパームを浴びて膨れ上がった破壊衝動に流されていたキリクが正気に戻った時、既に彼は末法鏡
    を身に付けていた。おそらくこの鏡が、邪気を自分から取り除いたのに違いない...。
    そして末法鏡を彼にかけたのは、持ち主であるシャンレンしか考えられなかった。
    ...なのに。なのにキリクは、そのシャンレンを殺してしまったのだ。末法鏡を持っていれば無事だったであ
    ろうシャンレン。だが彼女はキリクに鏡を託し、自らは狂気に飲まれて命を落とした。
    彼女は何故死を選んでまで自分を生かしたのか。そして愛すべき人々を手にかけてしまった自分は、何のた
    めに生きていかなければならないのか...。
    自らを責めつづけた彼はやがて、己の業を断ち切ることこそが生き延びた自分に出来るただ一つのことだと
    結論する...。
    
    
    「全ての元凶は邪剣ソウルエッジ。そしてキリク自身と、力を吸収する性質を持っていた滅法棍はあの夜以
    来邪気に満たされ、末法鏡によってかろうじて正邪のバランスを保っている。」
    キリクが自分で結論を出すのを待っていたかのように、そう彼に継げる老人。この老人こそは、人里を避け
    隠れて暮らす臨勝寺の武術顧問その人であった。
    
    
    彼は老人のもとで臨勝寺棍法の奥義と自らの身体と滅法棍に巣くう邪気をコントロールする術を学び、やが
    て邪剣破壊の旅へ出る。旅先でシャンファ、マキシと出会ったキリクは、旅の末にソウルエッジを持つナイ
    トメアの居城へとたどり着いたが、ナイトメアの配下達に囲まれてしまう。盟友マキシの捨て身の行動によ
    って、際限なく襲いくる敵を振り切ったキリクとシャンファはナイトメアに戦いを挑み、死闘の末シャンフ
    ァが持つ霊剣ソウルキャリバーの力で邪剣を破壊することに成功した!
    末法鏡は激しい戦いの最中、砕けてしまっていた。だが末法鏡がない状態でも、キリクは己の邪気が暴走し
    ないことに気付く。
    長い旅の末、彼は自分自身で内なる邪気を抑える術を会得していたのだった...。
    
    
    ...それももう既に4年も前のことだ。
    その後、行方知れずとなったマキシの捜索を諦めた二人はそれぞれの道を歩き出した。師の元へ戻り邪気を
    時間をかけつつも中和・浄化する術を学び更なる高みを目指して修行を続けていたキリク。
    だが彼はある日、覚えのある邪気を感知する。それは忘れようもない、忌まわしき邪剣のそれであった。
    ...未だソウルエッジは存在している!
    破壊しただけでは邪剣を滅することができなかった...。力で邪剣を破壊することがかなわぬならば、滅法根
    に吸収させてしまえないだろうか。善悪を問わず力を吸収する滅法棍の特性を以ってすれば、全ての邪気を
    自分の監視下におくことができるはずだ。後は時間をかけて邪気を浄化していけば...。
    
    
    4年たった今でも自らに巣くう邪気を完全に浄化できてはいない事実から、邪剣が持つ巨大な邪気を完全に
    浄化するには、長い時間を必要とするのは容易に想像できた。
    だが生涯かかろうとも自らが手に掛けてしまった人達に償いができるなら...。
    答えは決まっていた。 
    
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                 5.0.1.05 Maxi
    
    年齢 : 28歳 
    出身 : 首里/琉球王国(沖縄) 
    身長 : 174cm 
    体重 : 64kg 
    生年月日 : 5月1日 
    血液型 : O型 
    使用武器 : ヌンチャク 
    武器名 : 蘇竜集(そりゅーじゅ) 
    流派 : 七閃架裏破手 
    
    -----
    
    気心知れた部下達を率い、雲のように気ままな旅を続ける琉球の海賊マキシ。既にアジアの海をあらかた巡
    り終えた彼は、新天地を求めて西へ向かっていた。ヨーロッパを目指して南航路を進み、インドの港街にた
    どり着いた時、彼はソウルエッジを探して旅をしていたキリクと出会う。
    だが、それは決して喜ばしい出会いではなかった。
    
    
    キリクが内に秘めていた邪気。それに導かれて現れた異形の群れとの戦いで、マキシの部下達はなす術もな
    くその命を失う。やがて異形の群れが去った時、かろうじて生きていたのはキリクとマキシだけだった。
    仲間達の復讐を誓ったマキシは、この事件以降キリクとともに行動する。異形の群れを率いていたアスタロ
    スは、いつか再びキリクのもとに現れるに違いなかった。
    旅の途中でシャンファを仲間に加え、彼らは一路ヨーロッパを目指した。慣れない陸の旅を通じ、彼と新た
    な仲間達の絆は深まっていった。
    
    
    やがて彼らは邪剣ソウルエッジを持つナイトメアの居城へと侵入、ナイトメアの配下達の襲撃を受ける。忘
    れもしない異形の群れ...!
    目指す敵が近くにいると確信した彼に答えるかの如く現れる巨大な影。
    仲間達を先に行かせ、マキシはアスタロスと対峙する。部下達の恨みを晴らすべく、彼は渾身の力を込めて
    アスタロスに挑み、ついに深手を負いながらも勝利を収めたのだ。しかしその直後、アスタロスを加護して
    いたアレス神の手で地中へと飲み込まれたマキシは、意識を失ったまま地下深くを流れる水脈へと落ち、静
    かに冷水の中を流されていった。地上にはただ、彼のヌンチャクが残されていた。
    
    
    気が付いたとき、マキシは岸辺に打ち上げられていた。戦いで傷ついた手足の感覚は無く、ただ意識だけが
    しっかりとしていた。彼は最早自分が満足に動けないほどの重症を追ったのを理解した。
    やがて近くの村の者に助けられたマキシは、その村で暮らし始める。持ち前の知識と義理堅い性格、そして
    人をひきつける魅力は、彼を村の一員としてくれた。やがて体力は戻ってきたが、傷ついた四肢が治る見込
    みはなく、以前のように旅をする生活には戻れそうになかった。
    だが、彼は満足していた。皆の仇は討てたのだから。キリク達がその後どうなったのか、それは気になって
    いたが今の平和な生活が続く以上、彼らはうまく災いの元を断ったのだと思われた。
    このままこの村で一生を終えるのも悪くはない...。そう思っていた。
    
    
    四年が過ぎたころ、ある噂が村へと届いた。
    「大きな斧を持った 大きな男が通る 後には何も残らない」
    マキシは直感した。奴だ...! 詳しく話を聞けば聞くほど、直感は確信へと変わった。
    奴が生きている...。俺はこんなところで何をしているんだ? 仲間の仇も討たずに自分だけがのうのうと平
    和に暮らしていていいわけがない!
    だが、彼の四肢は動かなかった...。
    
    
    マキシの心情を読み取ったのか、村に住むまじない師の老人が彼の前に現れる。
    「何かを得ようとするならば、同等の何かを手放さなければなるまいよ。」
    マキシは老人の秘術にすがり、老人は取引に応じた。老人が最近手に入れたという珍しい金属片。
    その貴重な品を薬として使って秘術は行われたのである。
    
    
    数日の後、村人達に再会を約束するとマキシは旅立った。
    彼が仇討ちのための肉体と引き換えに失ったもの...。それは仇討ちを誓った仲間と同じぐらいに大切な、旅
    の苦楽を共にした二人の記憶だった。 
    
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                 5.0.1.06 Heishiro Mitsurugi
    
    年齢 : 29歳 
    出身 : 日本/備前 
    身長 : 171cm 
    体重 : 65kg 
    生年月日 : 6月8日 
    血液型 : AB型 
    使用武器 : 日本刀 
    武器名 : 獅子王(シシオウ) 
    流派 : 天賦古砕流・改 
    家族構成 : 両親兄弟いずれも病死 
    
    -----
    
    戦乱の最中にあった日本に生まれ、農民の出身でありながら「戦国の用心棒」「孤狼剣士」「鬼神」などの
    二つ名で呼ばれる程にまでなった男、御剣平四郎。彼は傭兵として数多の戦場を渡り歩き、常に勝ち残って
    きた。戦場で出会う敵全てが、彼の豪快な剣技を恐れてきたのだ。
    だが、向かうところ敵無しの彼を脅かす新兵器が登場する。...種子島。織田信長によってその実用性が証明
    されつつあった、いわゆる鉄砲である。
     己の腕だけで生きてきた彼にとって、種子島は大きな脅威であった。この「筒」を持つだけで、ただの雑
    兵が恐るべき戦力となる...。御剣がそのような状況を認められるはずもなく、彼は彼なりに種子島を打ち破
    る方法を模索した。しかし有効な手立ては見つからないまま時は流れ、ついに彼は焦りから種子島との勝負
    に挑んだ。
     ...結果右肩を撃ち抜かれて敗北した彼は、以前にも増して「打倒種子島」を胸に腕を磨きつつ、鉄砲に勝
    る強力な武器を求める日々を送る。海を越えてソウルエッジの噂が届いたのは、そんな時のことだった。
     当時ナイトメアが持っていた異形の大剣。その凄まじさを遠い日本で伝え聞いた御剣は、何の躊躇もなく
    海を渡る!
    
    
     噂の剣を奪うべく世界へ出た御剣。ナイトメアがいると言うヨーロッパを目指して一路西へ向かう。
    しかし、ろくに言葉も通じぬ異国の旅は困難を極めた。しかし旅路において、路銀を得るため各地の戦に傭
    兵として参加した結果、御剣の剣の腕は鈍ることは無かったのである。
     だが時は無情であった。もたもたしていた御剣の元へやがて、ナイトメアが消えてしまったという噂が届
    き、それを最後にソウルエッジの消息はぷっつりと途絶えてしまった。それでも御剣は諦めきれず、ソウル
    エッジの手がかりを求めながら、世界の戦場を巡る生活を続けた。
    
    
     4年後、とある明の辺境に位置する城に立ち寄っていた御剣は、ふとした事から、遂にソウルエッジの手
    がかりをつかむ。それはソウルエッジの欠片と呼ばれる金属片で、ある男から譲り受けたものであった。そ
    の男は街の裏路地で数人の刺客に囲まれて瀕死の重傷を負っていた。偶然その現場を目撃してしまった御剣
    は、目撃者を消すべく襲い掛かってきた刺客を相手に大立ち回りを演じてこれを撃退、結果男の命を救った
    のであった。
     瀕死の男は最早この傷では目的を果たせないと悟ったのか、御剣に金属片を託したのだ。
    こいつを手放さないでくれ、と。どうやら何者かの手に渡るのを恐れているようであったが、男はそれ以上
    は言わずに裏町の暗がりへと消えた。
    
    
     だが...「そうるえっじ」ってな、砕けちまうような脆いモンなのか?
     金属片をいじくりながら、御剣は自問自答していた。いまいち信憑性に欠ける気がするのである。
    しかし、あの男の目に偽りはなかった。そもそも死に瀕した人間が、見ず知らずの自分に嘘をついて何の得
    になる?
    
    
     折りしも明皇帝の遣いが御剣のいた城塞を訪れ、英雄の剣を差し出すよう執拗に迫った末、ついには「無
    いものは出せない」と城主に切り捨てられたという容易ならざる話が城内を駆け巡った。
    
    
     「戦か...」
    
    
     御剣はこれまでに幾多の戦場で感じてきたものと同じ空気があたりを包んでいくのを感じていた。 
    
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                 5.0.1.07 Nightmare
    
    年齢 : 不明 
    出身 : 不明 
    身長 : 168cm 
    体重 : 95kg 
    生年月日 : 不明 
    血液型 : 不明 
    使用武器 : ソウルエッジ(ツヴァイハンダー型) 
    武器名 : ソウルエッジ(♂) 
    流派 : 我流、ソウルエッジの記憶 
    家族構成 
    
    -----
    
    かつてソウルエッジを握り、邪剣が囁くままに夜な夜な虐殺を行ってきた男。彼の赤い視線と、異様な一つ
    目の大剣を人々は彼を恐れた。ナイトメア...悪夢と。
    
    
     もともと神聖ローマ帝国の辺境に位置する黒い森を根城とする盗賊団「黒い風」の首領だった彼は、長ら
    く遠征に出かけていた騎士であった父親が何者かに殺されたのを期に略奪の生活をやめて仇討ちの旅に出
    る。
     いつしか聞いた最強の剣ソウルエッジ...。それを手に入れば、父の仇を倒すことができると考え各地の戦
    場を巡りながら旅を続けた彼は、やがてスペインの廃港で異様な気を放つ剣とその持ち主だったであろう海
    賊らしき死体を発見する。剣を護るかのように炎に包まれて起き上がった死体を倒した彼は、剣の柄に手を
    伸ばす...。
     そうして、彼は聞いたのだ。その剣...ソウルエッジの声を。
     魂を喰らう剣、ソウルエッジ。その集めた魂を使えば、父親を生き返らせることも不可能ではないと。
    新たな目的を得た彼の体から邪剣の気があふれ出す。それは美しい光の束となって夜空に舞い上り、世界中
    へ散っていった...。
     彼はこの瞬間、後にヨーロッパ中を恐怖で染める狂騎士、ナイトメアとなったのだ。
    
    
     今ソウルエッジが持つ力だけでは父親の復活には足りない。そう考えた彼は邪剣に力を注ぐため、次々と
    集落をその凶刃にかけていった。それだけでは足らず、強い魂の持ち主を探してはその魂を邪剣に喰らわせ
    続けた。しかし三年程経ったある日、その凶行は終わりをつげた。
     今まで通り犠牲者は邪剣の糧となるはずだったが、その日は違ったのだ。逆に彼のほうが、追い詰められ
    てしまったのである。その理由は相手の一人が手にしていた剣にあった。
     霊験ソウルキャリバー。そのソウルエッジとは対極の気を放つ剣の使い手達との戦は、邪剣を中心に染み
    出した炎と邪気が渦巻く空間へと舞台を変えていく。そして激しい死闘の末ついに邪剣は砕かれ、彼はその
    衝撃で砕けた邪剣と共にゆがんだ空間へと落ちていった...。
    
    
     ソウルエッジの邪気が急激に弱まったのだろう。彼は辛うじて人間性を取り戻していく。
    己が重ねてきた罪と自分に向けられた恐れと怒りの記憶、そして記憶の底から浮かんでくる鮮明な記憶。
    父親の命を奪ったのは他でもない、彼自身だったのだ...!
     いずことも知れない土地へ投げ出された彼は自らの記憶に押し潰されそうになりながら、砕けて弱まった
    あまり絶えず破片が剥がれゆく邪剣を握り締めて夜へと消えていった...。
    
    
     邪剣を再び人の手に渡してはいけないという一念で、彼は人里を離れて道なき道を行く。
    だが、彼は決まって死体の傍らで目覚めた。彼が眠る僅かな時間の間、彼の身体は邪剣に乗っ取られるので
    ある。目覚めるごとさらに罪の意識を重ね、苦悩しながらも彼は最も安易な逃げ方...死を選ぶことだけは避
    けた。
     もしそうすれば、野放しにされた邪剣は間違いなく次の宿主を見つけてしまうからである。
    強い意志をもって彼は、邪剣を封じるべき場所を探してさまよい続けた。
    
    
     彼と邪剣のバランスの変化は徐々に現れてきた。始めは僅かであった肉体を支配する意識の交代が不規則
    になり、邪剣のほうが、徐々に長い時間を支配するようになった。
    邪剣が支配する時間に行われる殺人。それを積み重ねた結果、大小の亀裂が無数に入っていたはずの邪剣が
    少しずつ癒えていたのだ...。
     そして、四年もする頃には、それ相応の邪気さえ放つまでに回復していたのである!
    
    
     逃亡の過程で失った数多の破片、かつて「イヴィルスパーム」として飛び散ってしまった邪気、そして砕
    かれてしまったもう一本のソウルエッジ...。
     今や大半の時間を邪剣が支配する肉体は、再び「ナイトメア」として失われた自身を求め、ついに本格的
    に復活に向けて動き出した!
     ...その一方で「彼」の意識もまた、与えられた僅かな時間の中で足掻き続けていた。 
    
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                 5.0.1.08 Raphael Sorel
    
    年齢 : 32歳 
    出身 : フランス王国/ルーアン 
    身長 : 178cm 
    体重 : 72kg 
    生年月日 : 11月27日 
    血液型 : A型 
    使用武器 : ソードレイピア 
    武器名 : フランベット 
    流派 : ソレル・ラピエレ 
    家族構成 : 養女・エイミ
    くだらない一族とは縁を切ったも同然 
    
    -----
    
    宗教抗争の真っ只中にあった16世紀のフランス。そんな時代を揺篭に、貴族達の謀略を子守唄に、そして
    レイピアと医学を友として育った冷徹で非情なソレル家の若き当主。それがラファエルである。
    彼の処世術は敵を多く作ったが、その的確で素早い判断力と実行力は、確実にソレル家の基盤を堅固なもの
    にしていた。
    
    
    だが悪名高いイヴィルスパームが起きた年、彼は致命的な間違いを犯した。ソレル家が支持していた貴族の
    一人がイヴィルスパームを浴びて狂乱状態に陥ったことを知るのが遅れ、敵意を持つものに自分を攻撃する
    大義名分を与えてしまったのだ。
    しかも戦乱に巻き込まれた凡庸な一族達は早々に保身を図り、ラファエルの身柄を引き渡すことを条件に降
    伏してしまったのである。
    
    
    ただ一人孤立し、一族からも追われながら彼は貧民街へと逃れた。だが不自由ない生活に慣れた彼にとっ
    て、飢えと寒さで凍える生活は厳しかった。追手に発見され、弱った体で逃げている所を匿ってくれたエイ
    ミという名の幼い少女がいなかったなら、彼は生きていなかったにちがいない...。
    彼女にとってそれは「兵隊が嫌いだから、邪魔をした」というだけの、ほんの気まぐれな行動にすぎなかっ
    た。
    しかしそれは、自分の力だけで生き抜いてきたラファエルにとって、生まれて初めて他人に助けられた瞬間
    だったのだ。彼に欠落していた何かの感情が沸き起こり、ラファエルにとってエイミは特別な存在となっ
    た。
    
    
    これまで持っていた価値観から一歩離れて見た世界はまったくもって新鮮で、そして無意味なものだった。
    貴族たちは自らの利益と保身のみを考え、争いを繰り返すばかり。平民は平民で、戦乱に疲れ果て全てを諦
    めきっていた。無気力で生きていても死んでいても変わりないような者ばかりだった。
    
    
    戦乱のもとでは、真の意味で生きている意味を持つ人間はいないと確信した彼は、エイミを連れて貧民街を
    出た。
    彼らはくだらない戦乱を避けて地方都市へと移ったが、環境が変わってもエイミは周囲に心を開かなかっ
    た。
    長い貧民街の生活は雑草の如き生命力と強い警戒心を育てていたが、同時にまだ10歳にも満たない彼女か
    ら未来という希望を消し去ってしまっていたのだ。
    
    
    彼はソレルの名を隠してある資産家に近づき、少女を養う為の財産を得た。持ち前の聡明さで犠牲者と周囲
    の信頼を得、折をみて毒を盛ったのである。あとは「屋敷の主人は長い旅に出かけた」と偽りの情報を流す
    だけだった。
    やがて彼は屋敷の図書室で、己の転機ともなったイヴィルスパームに関する書簡を発見する。
    その全貌に興味を持った彼が、ソウルエッジにたどり着くのに時間はかからなかった。
    
    
    狂気と引き換えに持主に力を約束する魔剣、ソウルエッジ。それを愚かな貴族どもの中に投げ込んだな
    ら...。
    間違いなく彼らはソウルエッジを奪い合うだろう。一時的に戦乱は大きくなり、そして最終的には自ら破滅
    の道を歩んでいくに違いない。
    当然ソウルエッジをめぐる戦乱によって平民にも被害は出るだろうが、彼らはもともと死んでいるも同然な
    のだからどうなろうとかまわない。
    
    
    それを己の欲で戦乱を起こす貴族どもを一掃し、エイミが自ら意味ある人生を歩んでいける世界を用意する
    ことができるなら...。
    その為には、ソウルエッジの入手が不可欠であった。必要ならば、何としてでも手に入れて見せよう。
    たった一人のための壮大な、そして狂気を含んだ計画がラファエルの中で織りあがっていく...! 
    
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                 5.0.1.09 Taki
    
    年齢 : 29歳 
    出身 : 日本/封魔の里 
    身長 : 170cm 
    体重 : 53kg 
    生年月日 : 不明 
    血液型 : A型 
    使用武器 : 忍者刀×2 
    武器名 : 裂鬼丸(レッキマル)&滅鬼丸(メッキマル) 
    流派 : 夢想抜刀流 
    家族構成 : 両親兄弟は病死
    恩師・トキ 
    
    -----
    
    かつて愛刀・裂鬼丸と共鳴する邪剣ソウルエッジに興味を持ち、世界を旅したタキ。
    彼女は魔物退治を生業とする封魔の忍の一員である。封魔の腕に長けるばかりではなく自らの武具をも打つ
    彼女は、封魔の忍でも屈指の使い手だった。当時ソウルエッジを握り、邪剣に精神をのっとられた大海賊セ
    ルバンテスと対峙し、これを打ち破ったのも、ひとえに彼女の実力によるものだった。
     長い旅を終えた彼女は、入手した邪剣の破片を妖刀滅鬼丸に打ち込もうと試みる。だがその結果、滅鬼丸
    はさらに強い邪気を発しはじめ、最早タキにも扱いかねる程の妖刀と化してしまったのだ。
    恩師でもある封魔の首領トキが既に妖刀に魅入られている事実を見抜いたタキは、滅鬼丸をトキに渡すのは
    危険と判断した。こうして彼女は抜け忍となったのである。
    
    
     かつての仲間達から追われる身となったタキは、強力な邪気を持つソウルエッジと滅鬼丸をぶつけて相殺
    するべく再びソウルエッジを追いかけた。しかし彼女がソウルエッジにたどり着く直前に、邪剣の持ち主で
    あったナイトメアは一組の男女の前に敗れ去っていた。
    
    
     滅鬼丸を手に再び思案するタキ。ソウルエッジ亡き今、いかにこの妖刀を破壊するべきか...。
    以前から密かに持っていた、滅鬼丸を使いこなしてみたいという思いが強くなっていく...。
     旅の間に多少なりとも滅鬼丸を扱う糸口をつかんでいた彼女は、滅鬼丸を完全に制御するべく精神を鍛え
    る生活に入る。そして極めて短時間ならば滅鬼丸を使役することが可能になったある日、タキのもとに封魔
    の忍が現れた。彼らはそれまでの追手とは違い、問答無用で襲ってくるわけではなかった。なにやら策を張
    り、彼女を生け捕ろうとしているようである。しかしタキがそのような罠にかかるわけもなく、彼らは滅鬼
    丸の前に倒れた。
     「首領の命とはいえ、わざわざ異国までご苦労なことだ...。ん...?」
     追手の骸を調べていた彼女の手に、一つの金属片が当たる。弱々しいながらも、その金属片が発する邪気
    はソウルエッジのものに相違なかった。邪剣は完全に消滅したわけではなく、このような欠片に砕け、バラ
    バラになって存在していたのだ。
     彼女は瞬時にして今回の追手が彼女の殺害ではなく、あくまで生け捕りをねらっていた理由に思い当たっ
    た。トキがソウルエッジの情報を収集しているのだ。おそらくこの欠片のように、いくつもの欠片が里へと
    運ばれているに違いない。
    
    
     ソウルエッジを握った人間がどうなるかを彼女は知っていた。もしもトキがソウルエッジを手にしたな
    ら...!
     ただでさえ封魔の長として強力な力を持つトキである。ソウルエッジが彼に与える狂気は、トキをこれま
    でにないぐらい強力な妖怪と変貌させる恐れがあった。
     近い将来故郷で起こるであろう災いを見逃せるはずもなく、彼女は日本へと向かう。
    再び膨れ上がった邪剣の気配を彼女が察知したのは、その帰国の路の途中であった。
    手にした欠片の邪気がわずかに活性化したのが判る。彼女は咄嗟に欠片を封じると、少しだけ考えた。
    
    
     かつての恩師の手にあるであろう欠片を封じるのが先か、それとも復活したと思われる邪剣本体を封じる
    のが先か...!
     いずれにせよ、時間は限られていた。 
    
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                 5.0.1.10 Talim
    
    年齢 : 15歳 
    出身 : 東南アジア/風奉りの集落 
    身長 : 144cm 
    体重 : 42kg 
    生年月日 : 6月15日 
    血液型 : 不明 
    使用武器 : 叉刃拐(サジンカイ)×2 
    武器名 : ロカ・ルーハ&シィ・サリカ 
    流派 : 風奉りの奉納剣舞 
    家族構成 : 父・サンプット
    母・リディ
    祖母(集落の最長老)・カラナ
    鳥・アルン 
    
    -----
    
    スペインがフィリピンに対して領土宣言を行った瞬間、東南アジアは激動の時代を迎えた。
    西洋人が持ち込んだ新しい文化は、遠慮無く元からあった文化を侵食していった。彼らは今でこそ沿岸部か
    ら先へは進んでこなかったが、やがて山間部へ踏み入ってくるのも時間の問題だった。
     その足音を感じつつ、迫る西洋列強から隠れるようにひっそりと山間部で暮らす集落がある。
    彼らは先祖代々風を奉り、自然と共に生きてきた人々だった。彼らの考えからすれば、風は世界を巡る血液
    のようなものだ。
     タリムはそんな時代、その集落の霊媒士の家系に生まれた。彼女は徐々に進む西洋化と共に風信仰と霊験
    が弱まっていくなか、「最後の巫女」として育てられる。そしてタリムは、その資質ゆえに生死の境を彷徨
    うことになる。
    
    
     彼女はいつもと同じように風を読んでいた。幼い頃から毎日続けてきたことだったが、その日はいつもと
    様子が違った。いつも自然の囁きに混じって聞こえる遠く離れた町々のざわめきの代わりに、全てを飲み下
    すような邪気が運ぶ悲鳴と絶望と狂気の記憶。
    いたるところで同時に起きているであろう惨劇が、本人が理解する間もなく一気にタリムの中へ流れ込んで
    きたのだ...!
     ...それは遠い西方の地で、「イヴィルスパーム」が起きた日のことだった。
     その場で倒れこんだタリムは、そのまま数日間意識を取り戻すことなく眠りつづけ、皆が諦めかけた頃に
    なってようやく目を開いた...。その瞳は深い悲しみで満たされていた。
    わけもわからず、彼女は泣いた。
    
    
     その後、彼女が15歳になる頃には集落で行商人や探検家など西洋人の姿を見る機会も多くなった。
     ある日そんな西洋人の一人によって村に持ち込まれた「活力のお守り」。
    その珍しい金属片を見た年寄り達は、口々に危険を唱えた。
     風を読む彼らにとって、これらの気は本来の位置役割からずれているがために、周囲に良くない影響を及
    ぼす悪しきものであった。
     タリムは瞬時に、その金属片からあの邪気と同じものを感じとった。
    
    
     ...この破片を本来の位置役割へ戻さなければならない!
    
    
     破片を持って旅に出ようとする彼女を止めようとする年寄り達。彼らは「最後の巫女」が集落の外部と接
    触し、その純粋さが失われるのを恐れた。だが、彼女の両親は違う考え方を持っていた。
    彼らは逆に、娘が様々な体験をすることで自然に対する純粋さを高める事を望んだのである。
    
    
     集落が峰の向こう側へ消えたころ、タリムは自分が持つ金属片と同様の邪気を発している存在が世界中に
    点在しているのに気が付く。
     大陸を越え、海を渡る風が邪気を運んでくるのだ。だが、このような気を風が運び続けていては、遠から
    ず世界は病んでしまうだろう。
     おそらく同じような破片が散らばっているのだ。そしてそれらは自分が出会った破片のように、今も人の
    手によって世界中に広がっている...。全ての破片を集めて、その「本来有るべき場所」を探し出す必要があ
    った。
    
    
     これまで集落の外を知らず、初めて広い世界に出た彼女だったが、風を肌で感じることはどこでも出来
    た。風が吹く限り、たとえ長い長い旅をすることになっても不安になどならなかった。 
    
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                 5.0.1.11 Voldo
    
    年齢 : 50歳 
    出身 : ナポリ王国/パレルモ 
    身長 : 183cm 
    体重 : 84kg 
    生年月日 : 8月25日 
    血液型 : A型 
    使用武器 : カタール(ジャマダハル)×2 
    武器名 : マナス&アユス 
    流派 : 我流 
    家族構成 : 両親は既に鬼籍に入っている
    兄弟4人は戦災で死亡
    主ベルチーも他界して久しい 
    
    -----
    
    地中海に浮かぶ小島の一つに存在すると言われる富豪ベルチーの宝...。一攫千金を狙う盗賊達が目指し、い
    つしかマネーピットと呼ばれたその縦穴状の倉には、常にある噂がつきまとっていた。
    侵入者を待ち受ける罠の数々、そしてその深部には不気味な番人が潜んでいるというのだ...。
    
    
    「私のもとに存在しないものは無い」という言葉で知られるイタリアの死の商人ベルチー。
    だが、そんなベルチーにも「欲して止まない品」は存在していた。秘宝中の秘宝ソウルエッジを手にせんと
    思いつく限りの手段を尽くしたベルチーであったが、それでもソウルエッジを手にすることはできなかっ
    た。遂に彼は自ら船団を率いて捜索の旅へと出たが、その留守の間にイタリア戦争が勃発。ベルチーは秘宝
    を見つけるどころか、残してきた財産を全て戦乱に奪われてしまったのである。
    己の全存在とも言える財産の大半を失ったベルチーは、船団に残る最後の財産を守るため、部下と共に地中
    海の小島に縦穴を掘った。宝を狙う者を拒むため、その縦穴には幾重にも罠が張られた。
    こうして主の思惑通り、秘倉マネーピットは二十数年に渡って盗人達を飲み込みつづけたのだ...。
    
    
    今日も男は宝を守っていた。彼こそが、番人と恐れられ侵入者達から宝を守るその男である。
    かつて富豪ベルチーの航海を補佐し、共にマネーピットを掘り、そして主の死後、ひたすらにその遺産を守
    り続けるこの男は、長い穴倉生活を送るうちに視力と思考を失い、ヴォルドという自分の名前すら忘れて久
    しかった。しかし、彼にとってそれは些細なことだったに違いない。今は無き主の望みをかなえること...こ
    の財宝を守ることが彼の全てだったのだから。
    だが...何かを忘れていた。何かが足りなかった。愚かにも宝を狙う侵入者の断末魔を聞きながら、ヴォルド
    は次第にそれを思い出していった。...秘宝ソウルエッジ。
    
    
    亡き主の望みをかなえるべくヴォルドは外界の捜索を開始した。秘宝の手がかりを求めつつ定期的に秘倉へ
    戻って罠や宝の無事を確認する。彼は己の仕事を一切の雑念が入ることなく進めていった。
    そしてある日、マネーピットに戻った際に侵入者を退けたヴォルドの耳に亡き主ベルチーの声が聞こえたの
    だ。声に従い、侵入者の女が持っていた剣が持つ「ソウルエッジの気配」を追ってヴォルドは旅を続け、遂
    に妖気を放つ一振りの刀を持ち帰ったのだった。
    
    
    暗い縦穴の最深部には海水が溜まっていた。冷たい水越しに様々な財宝が沈んでいるのを見下ろす在りし日
    のベルチーの像。その裏側にある小部屋の中で、今日も一人の男が本来は主の為に用意された玉座に腰掛け
    て微動だにしていないのが見える。
    彼はソウルエッジを見つけたはずであった。足りなかった唯一の品は手に入れたはずであった。
    しかし亡き主は、再び彼に声をかけてはくれなかったのだ...。
    4年が流れた今もマネーピットの時間は止まったまま、時折訪れる侵入者を倒す彼の生活は変わらなかっ
    た。懐かしき声を彼はいつまでも待ちつづけ、いつまでもこの沈黙は続いていくかのように思えた。
    
    
    だが、運命は突然に彼を現実へと引き戻す。ある日倒した侵入者の持ち物の中から、ヴォルドは主に捧げた
    ソウルエッジから放たれるものと同様の妖気をもつ数個の金属片を見つけたのだ。しかもそれらは破片であ
    るにもかかわらず、一つ一つが比類なき秘宝であるはずのソウルエッジと同等の力を感じさせる...。
    
    
    敬愛してやまない亡き主が、未だその声をかけてくれない理由をヴォルドは今、理解できた。
    彼が手に入れた品は、ソウルエッジではないのだ。これらの破片がソウルエッジが砕けてしまったものなの
    かどうかはヴォルドにはわからなかった。だがソウルエッジを追えば、それもおのずとわかってくるだろ
    う。
    ヴォルドは丁寧に欠片を集めて玉座の上に乗せると、外界へと消えたのである。
    
    
    主が最期まで望み続けたソウルエッジを秘倉へ持ち帰るのが彼の使命であった。 
    
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                 5.0.1.12 Xianghua
    
    年齢 : 20歳 
    出身 : 明帝国/北京 
    身長 : 152cm 
    体重 : 46kg 
    生年月日 : 4月2日 
    血液型 : B型 
    使用武器 : 中華剣 
    武器名 : 無名 
    流派 : 真行山臨勝寺剣法+アレンジ 
    家族構成 : 母は病死
    父は死んだと母から聞かされていた 
    
    -----
    
    度重なる倭寇の侵略に苦しめられていた東の大国・明は、民を守り、また国の威信を取り戻すため、英雄の
    剣と伝えられたソウルエッジの探索にもっとも力を入れた国の一つである。
    しかし三度にもわたる捜索隊は、いずれも吉報を持ち帰ることはなかった。第一、第二の捜索隊はついに帰
    ることは無く、つい先ごろ帰国した第三陣も英雄の剣を見つけることはできなかったのだ。
    皇帝の親衛隊から選りすぐった第三陣ですら入手することはかなわなかったという結果は、皇帝を大いに失
    望させたのである...。
    
    
     シャンファはその第三陣に参加した一人であった。彼女は代々軍人の柴家に育ち、今は亡き母親から剣の
    手ほどきを受けていた。やがて母が病死した後もシャンファは腕を磨きつづけ、ついにはその腕を見込まれ
    て皇帝の親衛隊員となる。...そしてソウルエッジ探索の任務に抜擢され、失敗したのである。
    皇帝の不興を買った彼女はその後親衛隊の任を解かれ、張り合いの無いヒマな仕事を与えられていた。
    柴家の者はその境遇を嘆いたが、彼女はそれで良いと思っていた。
     実は四年前、彼女はソウルエッジを目の当たりにしたのだ。だが英雄の剣であるはずのソウルエッジの正
    体は、人の魂を際限なく喰らう邪剣だったのである。そのような剣を国に持ち帰ったところで災いしか呼ば
    ないであろう。このような邪悪な存在は破壊してしまわなければならない!
     そう判断したシャンファは旅を共にした仲間であるキリクとともにソウルエッジと戦い、炎渦巻く異空間
    で邪剣を破壊することに成功した。しかし、戦いの間不思議な力で彼女を守り、共に戦った母の形見である
    剣はシャンファ達が異空間から帰還する際に虚空へと失われてしまった。
    自らの運命を切り開きなさい─。形見の剣は失われたが、その遺言はシャンファの精神に宿っていた。
    彼女は自分の決断が正しかったと確信していたのだ。
    
    
     ある日、彼女を失望させる事件がおきる。皇帝が自国の辺境に位置するある城を攻撃したのだ。
    表向きの理由は反逆を計画していたからだと報じられていたが、ほどなくシャンファにはその真の理由が告
    げられた。
     それは明の諜報部がつかんだ確かな情報だった。かつてソウルエッジ探索第二陣として派遣された男が英
    雄の剣を持ちながら、かの城に留まって皇帝の元へは帰ろうとしないというのだ。
    召喚の使者を出しても彼は応じず、また城主も彼の引渡しに応じない。それはソウルエッジを皇帝に献上す
    るのを拒み、己が物とする意図があるに相違ないと判断された。軍が送られた結果城は落城したが、剣を発
    見することは出来なかったのである。
     再びシャンファを召し出した皇帝は、彼女を廃墟となった城へと派遣することにしたのだった。
    それは彼女がもっともソウルエッジに近づいたと思われる人間であり、瓦礫の山からソウルエッジを探し出
    すには彼女の経験と知識が必要だと考えたからに他ならなかった。
    
    
     確かに自分は邪剣を破壊したのだ。だから、ソウルエッジが戦場となった城にあるはずはなかった。
    真実を報告していたならば、今回の戦は起きなかったのかもしれない...。深い悲しみと共に戦場跡へと派遣
    されたシャンファ。だが彼女は、数少ない生き残りの証言や細かく散り散りになった記録などから確かにソ
    ウルエッジの欠片と呼ばれる品がこの地に存在していた事実にたどり着く。
     もしも本当に邪剣の欠片だったならば、その邪気に気が付く人間はいたはずだ。そう考えれば欠片を入手
    した者が、皇帝への献上を躊躇した理由も説明がつく。推測される欠片の大きさからして、城主がそれを欲
    から手元においておきたいと考えるのは難しかった。すると、やはり欠片は忌まわしき邪剣のそれであった
    のか...?
    
    
     破壊したはずのソウルエッジが、今なお災いを起こしているかもしれない...!
     もしもそれが事実ならば、その欠片を見つけ出し、形も残らないほど徹底的に砕いてしまわなければなら
    ない!
    それは邪剣を中途半端に破壊して安心してしまっていた自分が負うべき責任なのだ。
     一度決心したシャンファの行動は素早かった。その夜のうちに彼女は一人任務を離れたのである...。 
    
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                 5.0.1.13 Hong Yunsung
    
    年齢 : 18歳 
    出身 : 李氏朝鮮/智異山 
    身長 : 176cm 
    体重 : 72kg 
    生年月日 : 4月16日 
    血液型 : O型 
    使用武器 : 中華刀 
    武器名 : 白露(ビャクロ) 
    流派 : 成家式大刀術+生来の足癖 
    家族構成 : 父は病死
    母は行方不明
    恩師・成漢明 
    
    -----
    
    隣国日本がほぼ統一されて早や数年、李氏朝鮮は緊張に包まれていた。揺れ動く情勢の中において安定する
    国が生まれる...。それはすなわち、その国の海外進出が近いことを意味しているのだ。
     日本を隣国に持つ李氏朝鮮は、何時日本が攻めてきてもいいようにすぐさま防備を固めていた。
    水軍提督・李舜臣(リ・シュンシン)が組織する沿岸警備隊もその一環である。
    名将と名高い提督の下には有望な若者達が集い、その防衛力には大いに期待がかけられていた。
     その沿岸警備隊にその人ありと言われた黄星京(ファン・ソンギョン)を世に送りだした成式道場に、一
    人の少年が入門したのはもう十年以上も前のことだ。その少年から見て、14年年上のファンは、まさに憧
    れの英雄だった。
    
    
     やがて時は流れ、彼も多感で血気盛んな年頃に成長する。洪潤星(ホン・ユンスン)といえば、同世代は
    もとより年長の門下生達にも知られた名前となっていた。道場主・成漢明(ソン・ハンミョン)直々の指導
    を受けるまでに腕を上げていた彼にとって、幼いころの英雄だったファンは今や追い抜くべき目標と言え
    た。祖国の為、二度にわたる「救国の剣」探索に抜擢されるほどの実力者であるファンとの手合わせを望む
    ユンスン...。いわゆる若気の至りというやつである。
     年長の者は苦笑しながらもそんなユンスンの将来に期待していた。多分に荒々しく感情的ではあるが、彼
    はまっすぐな心を持つ男だった。
    
    
     ファンが長旅から戻って来るという知らせが成式道場へ届いた日、ユンスンはとうとうその時が来たと思
    った。体調は万全、気分も最高だ。今ならファンに自分を認めさせることはおろか、ともすれば彼を超えた
    ことが証明されるかもしれない!
     ...だが世界をめぐり、大局を見据えていたファンはユンスンの挑戦に応じることことはなかった。
    「救国の剣」が見つからなかった以上、隣国の侵略に備えて即刻隊に戻るのは当然のことだったのである。
    
    
     しかし、ファンに全く相手にされていないと理解したユンスンは不満であった。しばらくはふてくされて
    いた彼だったが、ある日彼の様子を見かねた師の娘・成美那(ソン・ミナ)から一振りの刀を渡される。
     「何いつまでもふてくされてるの。これでも見てよく自分を見つめなおしなさい。 ...まったく子供なん
    だから。」
     それは成家に代々伝わる一振りの刀で、その刀身をには持つ者の奥底が映ると伝えられる品だった。
    その夜、ユンスンは一人、刀身に映る自分の姿を見ながら自分は何をすべきかを考えた。
    様々な思い、考えが浮かんでは消える。
    
    
     確かに祖国の危機において、私闘を優先させるのは愚かだ。ならば...?
    ...そうだ、あの人が遂に達成出来なかった「救国の剣」を探しだして、俺の存在を認めさせてやる。
    彼を追い抜くのは国を救ってからだ!
    
    
     自分の力を示すとともに、祖国の危機をもすくう一石二鳥の考えは大変納得できた。
     そうと決めたら、ゆっくりとしてはいられない。即刻彼は荷物をまとめると、師に手紙を残して道場の門
    をくぐる。四年前ファンが引き分けたと言う琉球の海賊が南航路でヨーロッパへ向かったらしいという噂を
    聞いていた彼は、迷わず南路を選んでヨーロッパへ向かう。
    
    
     彼は後に、ソウルエッジが「救国の剣」どころか忌まわしきものであるらしいことに悩みながらも、確実
    に邪剣に近づいていくことになる。さらに隣国日本が遂に祖国に攻め込んだとの知らせも届く。
    ...悩んだ末にユンスンは決断するだろう。
    
    
     ファンに自分を認めさせ、そして祖国を脅かす日本を倒せるなら...。
     たとえソウルエッジが邪剣であろうとも構うものか! 
    
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                 5.0.1.14 Yoshimitsu
    
    年齢 : 不明 
    出身 : 不明 富士山麓/日本(日本) 
    身長 : 170cm 
    体重 : 不明 
    使用武器 : 日本刀 
    武器名 : 妖刀吉光 
    流派 : 卍忍術 
    
    -----
    
    時の権力者に恐れられ、抹殺された忍の一族があった。たった一人生き残った男は一族の復讐を誓ったが、
    権力者を守る軍勢相手に一人では何もできず逆に追い詰められてしまう。腕一本を失いながらも九死に一生
    を得て逃げることができたのは、一族随一と言われた彼の実力と多大な幸運があってのことだった。
    それでも彼は一族の復讐をあきらめることはできず、そのころ日本に流れてきていた一つの噂に望みをかけ
    て海を渡る。最強の剣ソウルエッジ。それをもってすれば、軍勢ごと敵を屠ってしまえるはずであった。
    
    
     大陸へと渡り、剣の噂を追いながら彼は歩を進めた。やがてヨーロッパへとたどり着いたとき、彼はちょ
    うどその頃ヨーロッパを襲っていた虐殺事件の跡に遭遇する。抹殺された一族の記憶が目前の光景と重な
    り、彼は考えた。
     理由はどうあろうと殺意が生み出すのは、深い悲しみと復讐心であろう。そして、その殺意を自分も抱い
    ているのだ。自分が仇と同じことを成さんとしている事実を、一族の皆が望むであろうか...。
    馬鹿な、一体何を迷っているのだ!
     己の中に芽生えた迷いを振り切り、再びソウルエッジを求めて旅を続ける彼。しかしその旅路で幾度も幾
    度も虐殺の爪跡に出会う度、彼の意に反して迷いは次第に大きくなっていく。いつしか彼はソウルエッジで
    は無く、虐殺を起こす男の足取りを追っていた。
    
    
     虐殺を重ねる男...ナイトメアの足取りを追っていた彼は、やがてその居城オストラインスブルグへとたど
    り着いたが、人の気配はなく、城は静寂につつまれていた。所々に渦巻く邪気が残っていたものの、虐殺の
    男の手がかりはまったく無く、やがて彼は城を後にした。
     それから間もなくして、彼は異変に気付く。彼の刀が禍々しき気を宿していたのだ。おそらくはあの地に
    残っていた怨念が、人を斬ったことがある刀に吸い寄せられたのだろう。
     彼は妖刀と化した刀に己の名「吉光」を冠し、その負の気を静めることを決意する。これまで復讐の誓い
    を支えていた彼の精神力はその向きを変えた。そう、彼が抱いていた迷いは遂に悟りへと転じたのである。
    
    
     だが、ここで思いもかけなかったことが起きた。
     彼が怨念を沈めるために精神を使い果たし、不覚にも熟睡してしまったその晩、闇に紛れて忍び寄った何
    者かに彼の刀は盗まれてしまったのだ。
     一日やそこらであの怨念が静まるはずもない。あの刀を野放しにしては再び不幸を招くであろう。
    
    
     その後吉光は刀を探し大陸を巡りながら、弱きものを守るために働く生活を送っていた。そして四年後、
    彼は権力者と弱者との貧富の差を少しでも打開するためある計画を立てる。死の商人と言われた大富豪ベル
    チーの墓、そこに蓄えられているという財宝を盗み出すのだ。
     吉光はその技術、体術を駆使してマネーピットと呼ばれる墓へ侵入する。噂どおり内部は罠に満ち溢れて
    いたが、最も警戒していた「番人」には結局出会わぬまま財宝へとたどり着くことに成功した。予想を越え
    る収穫に思わず笑みがもらした彼であったが、やがてその笑みは消えた。
     財宝の中に彼は発見したのだ...失われて久しい刀を。そして奥の一室に安置されている空の玉座を発見し
    たとき、さらにその表情は深刻なものとなった。
     ...玉座の上には、愛刀が宿したものと同じ邪気を放つ金属片があったのである。
    
    
     数刻の後、己の名を持つ刀と金属片を手に吉光はマネーピットを立ち去った。
     このような邪気を帯びる品が多数残っているのならば、それらは全て摘み取ってしまわなくてはならない
    だろう。そう、あのような悲劇を二度と繰り返してはなるまい。
    
    
     今や吉光の心に一片の曇りすらない。携える邪気を帯びた品々も、自らの進むべき道を進む彼の心に影を
    落とすことなど出来なかった。 
    
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                 5.0.1.15 Cervantes (Cervantes de Leon)
    
    年齢 : 48で止まっている 
    出身 : バレンシア/スペイン王国(スペイン) 
    身長 : 177cm 
    体重 : 80kg 
    使用武器 : 長剣&短銃剣 
    武器名 : ソウルエッジ(♀)&ニルヴァーナ 
    流派 : ソウルエッジの記憶 
    
    -----
    
    かつて大西洋を恐怖で包み込み、列強の艦隊ですら恐れたと言われる大海賊・セルバンテス。
    かの邪剣が力を失う以前の姿・雌雄二本のソウルエッジを手にした時、人間としての彼は死を迎えた。
    その身体が朽ち果てるまで邪剣の思うままに操られる...。それが彼の運命だった。事実部下を皆殺しにし、
    己が拠点としていた港町を血で染め、そしてソウルエッジの噂にひきつけられて訪れる剣士の魂を喰らいな
    がら過ごした二十数年の歳月の間、彼の身体を支配していたのはソウルエッジであった。
     当時邪剣はたまたま休息期間に入っていたため、自ら魂を求めて虐殺を起こすことはなかった。
    だがもちろんそれは一時的なもので、時がくれば殺戮の嵐はヨーロッパを襲っただろう。そしてその中心に
    はソウルエッジを携えたセルバンテスが立っていたはずであった。
     しかしソウルエッジの休息期間が終わる前に、彼の運命は激しく揺れることになる。邪剣を恐れた神の啓
    示を受けた聖戦士との戦いによって片方のソウルエッジが破壊されてしまったのだ。かつて無いほど大きく
    バランスを崩したソウルエッジは更に現れた敵との連戦を強いられ、そして宿主であったセルバンテスを失
    ったのである。
    暴走状態に陥ったソウルエッジの片割れだけがその場に残され、セルバンテスの身体は、邪剣から漏れ出し
    た炎に焼かれて朽ちていった...。
    
    
     ...だが、それでもセルバンテスの魂は解放されなかった。
     炭化して今や誰とも判別のつかない死体のもとを、ソウルエッジの新たな宿主が訪れたのはしばらくして
    からの事だった。ソウルエッジが近づいたことにより、破壊された際に飛び散ってセルバンテスの身体に食
    い込んだ邪剣の破片が共鳴をはじめる。その反応を感じ、ソウルエッジがいかなる思いを巡らせたかは判ら
    ないが、新たなソウルエッジの犠牲者は立ち去った...。
     一方活性化した破片はまるで生物のようにセルバンテスの死体の中を蠢きまわる。一昼夜が過ぎたころ、
    廃墟の中から彼は立ち上がった。こうして彼は、再びこの世に戻ってきたのである。
     しかし、セルバンテスの身体に残っていた破片は僅かだった。復活を果たしたものの、彼の精神は完全で
    はなかったのだ。彼は記憶を失っていた。半ば廃船と化しながら港に停泊していた海賊時代からの旗艦、エ
    イドリアン号の名だけがかろうじて覚えていた全てであった...。
    
    
     彼は自分の名前も思い出せないまま廃墟の中で暮らしていたが、やがてその姿を消えた。
     ...そう、嵐の中で立ち尽くしていたある晩、彼は思い出したのだ。同じような嵐の中、エイドリアン号で
    狙った船を襲ったことを。哀れな犠牲者達から奪った獲物のことを。そして手にした二対の剣のことを...!
     全てを思い出した時、彼はあの巨大な力を再び手にしたいと感じていることに気がついた。精神を乗っ取
    られ、操られた記憶を持っていてなお、その力は魅力的であったのだ。邪剣の破片を己が一部として蘇った
    男は共鳴を聞き取り、邪剣が今どの地に存在するのかを知った。驚くべきことにその気配は数箇所に分かれ
    ていたが、一方の邪剣が砕け散ったことを考えれば、それは自然なことだと思われた。第一、彼自身の身体
    の中にも邪剣は存在しているのだから。
     セルバンテスは最も大きな気配を追って歩き出したが、ある程度まで近づいたある日、ソウルエッジの気
    配が更に細かく分かれたのを感じ取った。
     まさか...。そう感じたセルバンテスは、その地に着くと同時に自分の予感が正しかったことを知る。
    もう片方のソウルエッジまでもが砕かれてしまったのだ!
    
    
     その地で拾い集めた幾つかの新たな破片を彼は眺めた。
     最早あの力を再び手にする野望は潰えてしまったのだろうか...?
    
    
     異変に気が付いたのはその時だった。手にした二つの欠片はセルバンテスの身体と共鳴を起こし、徐々に
    彼の手の中で一つに溶け合っていくではないか。すぐさま彼は別の欠片に手を伸ばす...。再びそれは一つに
    なった。
    自分の身体の中の破片との共鳴がこの現象を引き起こしていることに彼は気が付いた。彼の体の中の破片が
    喜びの声を上げるのがはっきりと判るのだ...。そしてソウルエッジに力を与える為には何をする必要がある
    のか、彼はそれを熟知していた。
    
    
     それから四年。彼は時には強者の魂を奪い、時には新たな欠片を得ながらソウルエッジの力を徐々に高め
    ることに努めた。いつしか彼の手の破片は剣の形となっていき、それ相応の邪気を放ちはじめる。しかし彼
    は以前とは異なり、自らの意志を持ちつづけていた。セルバンテスは邪剣の欠片を体内に持つことで、精神
    を侵されること無く邪剣を握ることが出来たのだ。
    
    
     とうとう「彼の」ソウルエッジを手にしたセルバンテス。彼が強い魂とともにソウルエッジの欠片が集ま
    っていく様をただ見過ごすと考えるのはあまりにも不自然であろう。世界各地でソウルエッジの欠片によっ
    て戦士達が動き出した今、彼もまたその野望を実現するために動き出しているに違いない。
     いつ、どの闇の中から邪剣を携えて彼が現れるのか。
     それを知るのはただ一人、セルバンテス本人だけである...。 
    
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                 5.0.1.16 Charade
    
    年齢 : 不明(数ヶ月?) 
    出身 : 不明 
    身長 : 一定周期で変動を繰り返している 
    体重 : 一定周期で変動を繰り返している 
    流派 : マインドピーピング 
    
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    その男の一生は決して輝かしいものではなかった。若いうちから力に優れ、冒険を夢見た少年が育った村の
    外で見たものは、厳しい現実だった。村で褒め称えられたその腕は、広い世界においては決して突出してい
    るわけでは無かったのだった。その後、戦乱に荒れた時代を生きた男は、遂に成功への手がかりを掴むこと
    に成功する。流れの商人が持っていた金属片...。お守りと称されたその金属片を見た彼は有り金を全て使
    い、商人が持つ全ての金属片を買い取ったのである。
     その夜薄暗いランプの明かりの元で彼は入手した破片を眺めつつ、以前旅の剣士から聞いた話を思い出し
    ていた...。
    
    
     全ての武器をも凌ぐ最強の武器、ソウルエッジ。酒場で飲んでいた連中には、誰一人として信じる者がい
    なかったが彼は違った。剣士の目に何か感じるところがあったのである。彼は剣士の後を追い、詳しい話を
    聞き出そうとした。最初は剣士も何か情報が得られるかもしれないと思ったのだろう。だが結局彼が何も知
    らないと判ると、それ以上は語らずに去っていった。
     それはたいした話ではなかったのかもしれない。だが、彼の興味をひくには充分だった。彼は彼なりにソ
    ウルエッジを追い、世間からは夢見がちな奇人扱いをされながら生きてきたのだった。
    
    
     ...その彼の目の前に今この瞬間、追い求めてきた物がある。彼は妙な確信を以って、この金属片こそがソ
    ウルエッジの一部だと信じていた。
    
    
     それからしばらくして、彼は盗賊に殺されたのである。金属片を大事に扱いしすぎた結果、何か高価な品
    を溜め込んでいるという噂が流れたためであった。もちろん盗賊達の目にかなう品なぞ、彼は持っていなか
    った。盗賊達はいつもそうするように犠牲者の死体を無造作に谷へ投げ込むと、去っていった。
     ところで彼の執着はよほど強かったと見える。谷に捨てられた彼の骸は、死んでなお金属片をしっかりと
    握り、決してその手から離してはいなかったのだ...。
    
    
     そして数ヶ月。彼の手に残った破片が全て、いつのまにか無くなっているのに気が付いた者はいなかっ
    た。確実に破片は消えていた。...幾つかの不完全な死体を残して。ただ何かが這っていったような跡が死者
    達の脇に残されていたが、それもやがて降り出した雨によって消えてしまった。
    
    
     ...その生物、いや生物かどうかは定かではないが、それは確実に歩いていた。...己の意思で。
    それは思考というよりは、本能に近いものだった。
    
    
     死んだ男の手の中で、その血を吸って一つと成ったその姿。
     再び形を成す為に、仲間を求めて彷徨うその姿。
     同じ邪気を持つ破片を貪欲に取り込み、確実に成長していくその姿。
     出会う者の心の奥に潜む思考を感じ取り、それに合わせて反応するその姿...。
    
    
     かつてソウルエッジを求めた男が最期に手にした金属片は、まぎれもなく本物であったのだ...! 
    
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       5.1 English site
           5.1.1 History
                 5.1.1.00 Prologue
    
    Transcending history and the world,
               a tale of souls and swords, eternally retold.
                                                  Anonymous
    
    Chosen by history, a man becomes a warrior.
         Engraved into history, a warrior becomes a hero.
                                Song by a 14th century troubadour
    
    
    Countless legends surround a sword known as Soul Edge. Some claim it was the 
    ultimate weapon. Others refer to it as the "Sword of Heroes." ...A phantom sword 
    with immeasurable power of the spirits...the key to eternal youth...treasure 
    without equal...a panacea to cure all illness... There are even those who 
    consider it the "Sword of Salvation."
    
    Although no one could ever be certain of the sword's whereabouts or true 
    identity, various rumors and folklore spread across the world. In reality, Soul 
    Edge was comprised of twin blades that fed on human souls.
    
    In the latter half of the 16th century, a warrior on a divine mission for the 
    ancient god of forge successfully shattered one of the evil blades. Tragically, 
    shattering the sword produced the opposite effect of what was intended. The 
    balance of power between the swords was destroyed, and the evil of the blades 
    spiraled out of control; its malevolent energy diffused into the sky in a form 
    of eerie light. The phenomenon, which later became known as the Evil Seed, 
    scarred the world with its evil legacy.
    
    The remaining sword possessed the body of a man who took the evil blade into his 
    hands and embarked on a killing spree throughout Europe. Macabre accounts of 
    merciless killings spread fear throughout the entire continent.
    
    Yet the massacres ceased after three years. Four more years passed, and the 
    horrors became a distant memory and people felt safe once again.
    
    ...No one knew.
    
    Four years before, a spirit sword named Soul Calibur appeared from the East, as 
    if to answer the call of the raging Soul Edge. No one witnessed the final battle 
    to the death where Soul Edge was shattered. No one knew that the spirit sword 
    was left behind in the vortex of evil to stop the demon sword's powers.
    
    Most people were oblivious to the fact that the peace that followed was the 
    result of this battle, and the spirit sword's existence remained a mystery.
    
    Unfortunately, the peace was merely a facade; the evil blade began spreading its 
    influence, quietly yet surely, throughout the world once again. People 
    unwittingly transported the sword to every corner of the world in the form of 
    metal shards. These pieces of Soul Edge still embodied evil powers. With Soul 
    Calibur lost in the void, it was only a matter of time before the evil sword's 
    dark powers infected the entire world.
    
    The following tales of swords and souls are of those who pursued Soul Edge for 
    their own convictions and reasons...
    
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                 5.1.1.01 Astaroth
    
    Age
    Recently Resurrected
    7 Years Since Initial Creation
    
    Birthplace
    Unknown
    Heretical order Fygul Cestemus
    The Grand Shrine of Palgaea
    
    Height
    6'4"
    
    Weight
    287 lbs.
    
    Birth Date
    September 3
    
    Blood Type
    None
    
    Weapon
    Giant Ax
    
    Weapon Name
    Kulutues
    
    Discipline
    Gyulkus
    
    Family
    Servants of Ares
    The God of War
    
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    There are several things that cause monsters.
    The first is the glory of God.
                    Ambroise Pare, Animaux, monstres et prodiges
    
    
    The evil sword Soul Edge continued to gorge upon human hatred and threatened to 
    envelop the entire world with its fragments...
    
    Hephaestus, the Olympian god of forge, was not the only god who took notice of 
    the sword's power. But unlike Hephaestus, who bore misgivings about Soul Edge, 
    the other god was genuinely intrigued with the weapon. To Ares, the god of war, 
    the evil blade's cursed origins and nature were of little concern. He simply 
    wished to possess Soul Edge for himself. 
     
    Ultimately, the conflict of the two gods' desires began to unfold in the human 
    world.
    
    Ares looked to a heretical order to help him obtain Soul Edge. The desert-
    dwelling cult worshipped him as Palgaea the Executioner. Receiving Ares' oracle 
    to seek the sword, the grand priest Kunpaetku used the cult's black arts to 
    create a golem. The grand priest named the golem Astaroth, bestowed it with a 
    giant ax infused with a powerful curse, and sent it on a mission to search for 
    the evil blade.
    
    Kunpaetku secretly desired Soul Edge for himself, for the sword bore a power 
    that even the gods sought after. But deceiving a god was no easy task. Little 
    did the grand priest know that Ares' servant, Ker-the agent of death- dwelled 
    within Astaroth.
    
    Contrary to its creator's intentions, Astaroth sought after Soul Edge for the 
    god of war. When Astaroth eventually found it, the sword was in a weakened state, 
    having lost half of itself in battle. Deciding that his god would not be pleased 
    with the blade in this condition, the golem followed the orders of Nightmare 
    (who wielded the sword at the time) and slaughtered countless victims in order 
    to strengthen the unholy weapon. Astaroth became the subject of bitter hatred 
    for those who managed to survive his innumerable massacres 
      
    Three years later, the blade had recovered its power, and the time was nearing 
    for Astaroth to take Soul Edge from Nightmare's grasp. But Astaroth never saw 
    his opportunity. Of all the souls harboring hatred for Astaroth, one soul with 
    an irrepressible desire for vengeance reached Nightmare's stronghold in 
    Ostrheinsburg and destroyed the golem. This man sought to avenge his comrades 
    who were slain by Astaroth.
    
    Although from a human standpoint Astaroth was a wicked being, he was 
    nevertheless the servant of a god. Immediately after his servant was destroyed, 
    the infuriated god of war unleashed his punishment. The ground buckled beneath 
    the man-who was already seriously wounded from the battle-and he disappeared 
    into the earth. So sudden were these events that the man had nary a moment to 
    rejoice in his victory.
    
    Soon after the battle against Astaroth, the revenge seeker's friends defeated 
    Nightmare and shattered Soul Edge. They searched for the slayer of Astaroth for 
    some time, but they eventually lost hope of finding him and left. For a while 
    thereafter, peace returned to the world.
    
    Four years passed since that time.
    
    Had Astaroth simply been a creation of a mere mortal, it would have been an 
    impossible feat. Nevertheless, the god of war's divine powers and Ker, the agent 
    of death, along with the soil in Ostrheinsburg made it feasible. The 
    Ostrheinsburg grounds, sated with the blood of those slain by Nightmare and 
    cursed by their deep-seated hatred of him, acted as the perfect medium for 
    Astaroth's resurrection.
    
    When he was destroyed, Astaroth lost much of the weaknesses he had obtained as a 
    result of being created with the aid of human hands. Moreover, during his 
    regeneration, his new body absorbed several Soul Edge fragments that were nearby. 
    This made Astaroth far more powerful and merciless.
    
    Eventually, Astaroth must have remembered his purpose, for he hefted his 
    familiar ax and vanished into the mist.
    
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                 5.1.1.02 Cassandra Alexandra
    
    Age
    21
    
    Birthplace
    Athens
    Ottoman Impire
    
    Height
    5'5"
    
    Weight
    Unknown
    
    Birth Date
    July 20
    
    Blood Type
    B
    
    Weapon
    Short Sword & Small Shield
    
    Weapon Name
    Omega Sword & Nemea Shield
    
    Discipline
    Athenian Style
    
    Family
    Father Achelous
    Mother Nike
    Brother Lucius
    Older Sister Sophitia
    
    Sophitia married Rothion the blacksmith and gave birth to Pyrrha and Patroklos
    
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    Here I sit, forming men in my image, a race to resemble me:
    To suffer, to weep, to enjoy, to be glad-and never to heed you,
    like me.
                                          Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Prometheus
    
    
    It was seven years earlier that Sophitia, Cassandra's missing older sister, 
    returned with the mysterious Asian woman.
    
    Upon her return, Sophitia explained that Hephaestus, the ancient Olympian god of 
    the forge and fire, had given her a divine oracle to seek out Soul Edge and 
    destroy it. 
     
    Nobody believed her sister's fantastic story except Cassandra. She knew that 
    Sophitia was not the sort of person who lied. She also witnessed the Asian woman 
    extract a fragment of the evil sword from Sophitia's body, while treating wounds 
    she received when one of Soul Edge's blades was shattered.
    
    Therefore, it was no surprise to Cassandra when Sophitia disappeared again 
    shortly before her marriage. She was certain that her sister had left to contend 
    with Soul Edge.
    
    As if to answer the concern of her family, Cassandra's sister returned after a 
    few years, her face glowing with contentment as she spoke of cleansing the lands 
    contaminated by the evil of Soul Edge. Soon after, she married a blacksmith, had 
    two children, and led a happy family life.
    
    One day, after running some errands for the bakery where she worked, Cassandra 
    visited Sophitia's home. As she looked into the sleeping faces of her sister's 
    young children, she jokingly spoke to them. "Pyrrha, Patroklos, listen to me 
    carefully. If you don't hold on tight to your mother, she might go running off 
    again to carry out god's duties."
    
    Cassandra's sister smiled and laughed, then assured Cassandra that she no longer 
    heard oracles from god. 
      
    It was then that Cassandra's brother-in-law returned home after a day's work. 
    The children jumped out of their beds and ran to greet their father, who carried 
    in his hand a mysterious metal fragment. Fascinated with the metal scrap, the 
    children grabbed it from their father's hand and tugged it away from each other 
    greedily. The way they fought over the piece of metal seemed unnatural-almost as 
    if the children were trying to take back something that belonged to them.
    
    Cassandra recognized the metal. It was a fragment of Soul Edge.
    
    Knowing exactly what her children's reactions meant, Sophitia collapsed, 
    shrieking.
    
    Cassandra grabbed the metal away from the hands of the children quickly and 
    shouted, "Dear Sister! What could be so terrible about this thing? What could 
    this possibly do? Get a hold of yourself! And you call yourself the divine 
    warrior who answered the voice of god?"
    
    Filled with anger, Cassandra rushed out of the house and ran to the Hephaestus 
    Shrine. "Why are you doing this to my sister? How can you claim to be an 
    almighty god? Answer me!" she screamed at the shrine, her voice reverberating 
    throughout the desolate holy ground. Cassandra collapsed on the floor, worn out 
    from shouting. It was then that she saw the weapon. It was the holy sword 
    blessed by the god of forge; Sophitia and her husband offered it to Hephaestus 
    after their marriage. Even after all this time, the sword had not lost its gleam 
    despite being exposed to the elements for four years.
    
    Cassandra held the fragment of Soul Edge up to the blessed sword. The fragment 
    resonated and gave off a faint wailing sound-almost as if it was frightened of 
    the holy object.
    
    She realized then that Soul Edge was still alive. But she could not allow her 
    sister to carry the burden, with a family who depended on her. Cassandra decided 
    that she would put an end to the evil sword herself.
    
    Cassandra did not trust Hephaestus, but the power to defeat the evil was right 
    before her.
    
    As night gave way to dawn, nothing disturbed the temple's tranquility. Cassandra 
    was nowhere to be seen. However, something was amiss-the holy weapon was missing 
    from the temple.
    
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                 5.1.1.03 Isabella "Ivy" Valentine
    
    Age
    32
    
    Birthplace
    London, British Empire
    
    Height
    5'10"
    
    Weight
    128 lbs.
    
    Birth Date
    December 10
    
    Blood Type
    Unknown
    
    Weapon
    Snake Sword
    
    Weapon Name
    Valentine (Ivy Blade)
    
    Discipline
    Unrelated Link
    
    Family
    Adoptive parents deceased
    Birth father Cervantes
    Birth mother deceased
    
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    She is the one who hides her secrets.
                  Max Ernst, La Femme 100 Tetes
    
    
    Count Valentine, a practitioner of alchemy, was driven insane by his pursuit for 
    Soul Edge-also known as the "Key to Eternal Youth." By the time of his death, 
    his efforts to search for Soul Edge drained his family's fortunes and left one 
    of London's most distinguished families in ruins.
    
    As if to pursue her husband into death, the Countess fell ill and passed away 
    soon after Count Valentine's death. This left Ivy as the sole surviving member 
    of the Valentine family. 
     
    In reality, Ivy was not a true Valentine by birth. The Count and Countess found 
    her abandoned in front of their mansion when she was an infant, and she was 
    taken into the family as an adopted child. Ivy discovered this secret only after 
    reading a will left behind by the Countess in her death. But this did not matter 
    to her, for the Valentines were the only parents she knew.
    
    Obeying the last wishes of her adoptive father, Ivy continued the search for 
    Soul Edge and studied alchemy. During this investigation, she uncovered the true 
    nature of the sword-it was an evil blade that feasted on souls. In order to 
    avenge the death her father, who was driven insane by the allure of Soul Edge, 
    Ivy vowed to use all of her knowledge to destroy it. She invoked strange powers 
    through occult rituals to summon a mysterious individual who gave life to the 
    whip-like, mechanical sword she dubbed "Ivy Blade."
    
    The sword, which had a will of its own, accompanied and protected Ivy on her 
    journey to vanquish Soul Edge.
    
    When she crossed paths with Nightmare-the one who breathed life into her sword-
    she agreed to assist him in the "summoning of souls." Little did she know that 
    it was all part of the evil sword's plans. 
    
    Ivy realized it was Nightmare who possessed Soul Edge. She came to this 
    revelation only after he was defeated and the evil blade was shattered. That 
    meant that the beloved blade she had forged to destroy Soul Edge had life thanks 
    to the power of the evil blade. She also learned the secrets of her true lineage. 
      
    Ivy's birth father...he once wielded Soul Edge and was manipulated by its wicked 
    powers!
    
    Shaken by the horrifying truth, Ivy returned home and locked herself away in a 
    dark laboratory. She tried countless times to destroy Ivy Blade, which was now a 
    symbol of her self-hatred and regret. She could not, however, bring herself to 
    actually break the sword. "I am the same as this sword... Yes, the blood of the 
    evil blade flows through me. The same blood..."
    
    Ivy Blade waited for its master's orders silently.
    
    After months of soul searching, Ivy emerged with renewed resolve. Her goal was 
    no longer to destroy the evil sword, but to completely wipe it out of existence. 
    As a vow to her commitment, she renamed her sword "Valentine." And when she 
    acquired information about fragments of Soul Edge being scattered throughout the 
    world, she immediately departed on her new journey.
    
    Ivy intended to destroy every fragment of Soul Edge, anyone who carried its 
    tainted bloodline, and anyone contaminated by its evil. Nothing would stop her 
    from destroying the root of the evil, even if it meant killing the innocent-
    there would be no exceptions. The only thing that mattered was obliterating the 
    evil sword's existence completely. "...Call me a monster, a demon if you must. 
    I'll be happy to be called those names if it is the price I must pay to 
    eliminate the existence of the evil blade!!"
    
    This was the beginning of her long, arduous journey. A journey where she would 
    ultimately have to destroy herself and all that was related to her.
    
    Ivy's adoptive family name "Valentine" became a symbol of her will to live as a 
    "human" even though the cursed blood of the demonic blade ran strong within her.
    
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                 5.1.1.04 Kilik
    
    Age
    23
    
    Birthplace
    Unknown
    Raised in Ling-Sheng Su Templa
    Ming Empire
    
    Height
    5'6"
    
    Weight
    139 lbs.
    
    Birth Date
    February 9
    
    Blood Type
    A
    
    Weapon
    Rod
    
    Weapon Name
    Kali-Yuga
    
    Discipline
    Secret Art of Ling-Sheng Su Style Rod
    
    Family
    Murdered everyone at Ling-Sheng Su Temple where he was raised
    Master Edgemaster
    
    -----
    
    Man reaches, stumbles forward, painfully, mistakenly sometimes.
    Having stepped forward, he may slip back, but only half a step,
    never the full step back.
                                         John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
    
    
    Kilik was an orphan found abandoned on Ling-Sheng Su Mountain as an infant. The 
    elders at the temple took him in and cared for him as their own. Martial arts 
    became a part of his daily life from a young age, and Kilik became especially 
    fond of fighting with the rod. By his sixteenth year, he became so proficient 
    with the weapon that he was selected as the successor of the secret arts of the 
    rod. 
     
    The Ling-Sheng Su Temple had three sacred treasures, one of which was a rod 
    known as Kali-Yuga. Becoming the successor of the secret art meant that this 
    revered treasure would eventually be passed down to him. Tragically, the Evil 
    Seed rained down upon the temple the night before the succession ceremony.
    
    Driven insane by the Evil Seed, the residents of the temple butchered one 
    another in a bloody riot. An elderly man found an exhausted Kilik the following 
    morning and saved him from imminent death. He was the lone survivor of the 
    ordeal. The Ling-Sheng Su Temple, which had once flourished with martial arts 
    students, was forever obliterated from the face of the earth.
    
    When Kilik awoke, he found himself in an old man's hermitage. Along with Kali-
    Yuga, Dvapara-Yuga, a mirrored sash that was one of the three sacred treasures, 
    rested on his shoulder. Dvapara-Yuga belonged to Xianglian, another orphan at 
    the temple who had been like an older sister to him.
    
    The Evil Seed had spun Kilik's destructive instincts out of control. When he 
    regained his sanity, he was already wearing Dvapara-Yuga. He realized the sacred 
    treasure must have cleansed the evil energy from his body. The only person who 
    could have placed Dvapara-Yuga on him was Xianglian.
    
    And he had killed her.
    
    He had taken Xianglian's life. She would have survived had she kept Dvapara-Yuga 
    on herself. Instead, she gave the mirrored sash to Kilik and lost her life after 
    being overcome by madness. Why did she sacrifice herself in order to save him? 
    And what was Kilik supposed to live for, when everyone he loved had been slain 
    by his own hands? 
      
    After a long period of self-loathing and blame, Kilik concluded that the only 
    thing he could do was to destroy the evil resident within him. "The root of all 
    the evil is Soul Edge," the elderly man said. He said this as if he had been 
    waiting for Kilik to reach this conclusion by himself. "You, along with Kali-
    Yuga, which absorbs spiritual energy, have been filled with evil power ever 
    since that fateful night. Dvapara-Yuga is the only thing that maintains the 
    balance between good and evil."
    
    The old man, who lived alone in a remote region, turned out to be a martial arts 
    advisor for the Ling-Sheng Su Temple.
    
    Under the advisor's tutelage, Kilik learned the secret art of the Ling-Sheng Su 
    style rod and techniques to control the evil energy within both Kali-Yuga and 
    himself. In time, Kilik left on a journey to destroy the demonic sword. During 
    his travels, Xianghua and Maxi joined Kilik on his quest.
    
    They eventually reached Nightmare's stronghold but were surrounded by 
    Nightmare's horde. Through Maxi's selfless actions, Kilik and Xianghua were able 
    to slash their way through the endless waves of foes to reach Nightmare. They 
    challenged their powerful adversary, and a fierce battle ensued. Ultimately, the 
    power of Xianghua's Soul Calibur prevailed- they succeeded in destroying the 
    evil blade.
    
    Dvapara-Yuga shattered during the violent encounter against Nightmare. It was 
    then that Kilik realized the evil within his body remained under control, even 
    without the sacred treasure. During the long journey, he had gained the ability 
    to suppress the demonic powers within him.
    
    For some time, Xianghua and Kilik searched for Maxi, but could find nary a trace 
    of the lost pirate. The two of them eventually went their separate ways- Kilik 
    returned to his master in order to perfect the technique of neutralizing and 
    purifying the evil energy over time.
    
    Four years had passed since the fateful battle.
    
    One day, Kilik sensed a malevolent aura- it had the same energy as the wicked, 
    demonic blade. Soul Edge still existed! Merely shattering the weapon had not 
    destroyed it. "If brute strength alone wasn't enough to destroy Soul Edge, would 
    it be possible to absorb all of its powers into Kali-Yuga?" Kilik wondered. 
    "Kali-Yuga can absorb any form of energy, so it should be possible to keep all 
    of the blade's evil power under my control. Then I can try to purify it over 
    time..."
    
    He then realized the enormity of his plan. Four years had passed since he'd 
    begun his training, yet he had been unable to completely purify the evil inside 
    his body. It would take a long time to purge the colossal amount of demonic 
    energy possessed by Soul Edge, but it did not matter- his mind was made up. 
    Kilik was willing to make the sacrifice as a means to atone for the deaths he 
    caused.
    
    Even if it took an entire lifetime.
    
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                 5.1.1.05 Maxi
    
    Age
    28
    
    Birthplace
    Ryukyu Kingdom
    
    Height
    5'8"
    
    Weight
    126 lbs.
    
    Birth Date
    May 1
    
    Blood Type
    O
    
    Weapon
    Nunchaku
    
    Weapon Name
    Soryuju
    
    Discipline
    Shissen Karihadi
    
    Family
    Both parents deceased
    His crew slain by Astaroth
    
    -----
    
    We lose the certain things, while we seek the uncertain ones.
                                                       Latin Proverb
    
    
    Maxi, the pirate from Ryukyu (present-day Okinawa, Japan), led a crew of 
    trustworthy men and lived carefree on the high seas. Having traveled throughout 
    the seas of Asia, Maxi looked to the west for new lands to explore and sailed a 
    southerly route towards Europe. While docked at a harbor in India, he 
    encountered Kilik, a young man searching for Soul Edge. 
     
    Unfortunately, this proved to be a star-crossed encounter.
    
    The hidden evil resident within Kilik attracted unwanted attention from a horde 
    of monsters. The ensuing battle took the lives of Maxi's crew, who were helpless 
    against these nightmarish foes. Kilik and Maxi were the only survivors of the 
    bloody carnage.
    
    After the massacre, Maxi traveled with Kilik and swore to seek revenge for his 
    fallen comrades. Maxi was certain that Astaroth, the leader of the monsters, 
    would appear before Kilik once again.
    
    Xianghua later joined their journey, and the three of them headed towards Europe. 
    The travels through unfamiliar lands strengthened the friendships between Maxi 
    and his new companions.
    
    Eventually, the group made their way into Nightmare's stronghold. Nightmare, who 
    possessed Soul Edge, commanded his horde to attack the intruders. Maxi 
    recognized them as the same monsters that murdered his crew; he knew that his 
    sworn enemy was nearby. Almost as if to acknowledge Maxi's presence, a hulking 
    silhouette emerged from the shadows. 
    
    Maxi forced his companions to go on while he stayed behind to confront Astaroth. 
    He used every ounce of his strength and avenged his fallen crew by destroying 
    the golem, but at a price- Maxi suffered grave injuries during the battle. 
      
    Immediately after Astaroth's defeat, the outraged god of war commanded the earth 
    to swallow up the weakened pirate. Unconscious, Maxi fell into a river that 
    flowed deep underground and was carried away quietly by its icy currents.
    
    Above ground, the only trace of Maxi left behind was his nunchaku.
    
    When Maxi awoke, he found himself resting on a riverbank. His mind was lucid, 
    but he could not feel his extremities. He soon realized that he had suffered 
    debilitating injuries that prevented him from moving freely.
    
    Fortunately, a person from a nearby village rescued Maxi, and took him to the 
    village. With his vast knowledge, strong sense of duty, and likeable personality, 
    it did not take long for Maxi to be accepted by the villagers. After some time, 
    his strength began to return, but his arms and legs would not heal- it seemed 
    unlikely that he would be able to return to his carefree, nomadic lifestyle.
    
    Nevertheless, Maxi was satisfied with his new life. He had exacted his revenge 
    against the one responsible for his crew's death. Although he was curious about 
    Kilik and Xianghua's fortunes, as long as the peace continued, he believed that 
    they had vanquished the root of the evil. "I wouldn't mind spending the rest of 
    my life here in this village," thought Maxi.
    
    Four years passed, then a rumor reached the village. "When the enormous man with 
    a gigantic axe comes through... Nothing remains in his wake!"
    
    Maxi had a horrible feeling that it was him. The more information he gathered, 
    the more convinced he became that it was indeed Astaroth. "That freak is still 
    alive. How can I be here, living peacefully, when I haven't avenged my crew?" 
    Unfortunately, his limbs still refused to move.
    
    As if he were reading Maxi's mind, an elderly village medicine man paid him a 
    visit. "If you wish to gain something of value, then you must part with 
    something of equal value," counseled the elder.
    
    Maxi implored the elder and convinced him to treat his injuries with his secret 
    arts. The elder had found a peculiar rare metal fragment recently and used that 
    precious item for the mysterious treatment.
    
    Several days later, Maxi left the village with the promise to return one day.
    
    In exchange for the restoration of his limbs to seek revenge, Maxi lost 
    something just as precious as the slain comrades he swore to avenge- the 
    memories of Kilik and Xianghua.
    
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                 5.1.1.06 Heishiro Mitsurugi
    
    Age
    29
    
    Birthplace
    Bizen
    Japan
    
    Height
    5'7"
    
    Weight
    143 lbs.
    
    Birth Date
    June 8
    
    Blood Type
    AB
    
    Weapon
    Katana
    
    Weapon Name
    Shishi-Oh
    
    Discipline
    Tenpu-Kosai-Ryu Kai
    
    Family
    Parents and siblings all taken by sickness
    
    ------
    
    Carnivores never become corpulent.
    Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, La Physiologie du Gout
    
    
    Mitsurugi was born in Japan to a peasant family during a time of war. 
    Nevertheless, this did not stop him from becoming a renowned mercenary. His 
    reputation earned him nicknames such as "The Mercenary of War," "One Man Army," 
    and "Demon." 
     
    As a mercenary, Mitsurugi fought in and triumphed over countless battles. Every 
    enemy who faced him in combat feared his invincible blade. That was until a new 
    breed of weapon was introduced. Rifles known as Tanegashima were brought in for 
    practical use by the famous shogun Nobunaga Oda.
    
    For Mitsurugi, who relied purely on his strength and skill, the Tanegashima was 
    a serious threat. Simply by holding this "pipe," even the lowliest foot soldier 
    could become a powerful force on the battlefield. Unable to accept such a 
    preposterous notion, Mitsurugi looked for ways to defeat the rifle. 
    Unfortunately, he could not find a good way to overcome the new weapon. 
    Frustrated, Mitsurugi challenged Tanegashima to a duel, but lost when he was 
    shot through the right shoulder.
    
    But this did not deter Mitsurugi's spirit. He resolved to defeat the rifle by 
    finding a powerful weapon that would enable him to achieve this goal. It was 
    then that he heard a rumor from overseas about Soul Edge. At the time, a man 
    known as Nightmare wielded the giant, grotesquely shaped blade. Hearing stories 
    of its immense powers, Mitsurugi set off across the ocean in pursuit of the 
    sword without a moment's hesitation. 
    
    He headed west towards Europe, where Nightmare supposedly roamed. Travels 
    through foreign countries were difficult for Mitsurugi, who was unable to 
    understand the languages of the places he visited. Nonetheless, he continued his 
    travel, making ends meet by fighting battles as a mercenary. The added benefit 
    of his mercenary lifestyle was that he was able to maintain his fighting form. 
      
    But time was callous and unforgiving. Eventually, rumors that Nightmare had 
    disappeared reached Mitsurugi, and Soul Edge's trail ran cold. Mitsurugi was 
    still unwilling to give up, and continued his search around the world's 
    battlefields for signs of the ultimate blade.
    
    Four years after his quest had begun, while visiting a castle near the Ming 
    frontier, Mitsurugi stumbled upon the trail of Soul Edge. It was a metal 
    fragment of Soul Edge that he came across by accident.
    
    Walking past one of the back alleys of the city, Mitsurugi came to a halt when 
    he witnessed several assassins surrounding a gravely wounded man. When the 
    assassins saw Mitsurugi, they pounced upon him, intending to leave no 
    eyewitnesses behind. A vicious melee ensued, and Mitsurugi drove back the 
    assailants, saving the man's life as a result.
    
    The badly injured man handed Mitsurugi a piece of metal-perhaps he thought that 
    he would be unable to accomplish his mission with his wounds. He asked Mitsurugi 
    to keep it safe. He seemed afraid to let it fall into someone else's hands, but 
    he would not explain any further. Without another word, the man vanished into a 
    dark alley.
    
    Looking at the metal fragment in his hand, Mitsurugi pondered, "If Soul Edge was 
    so powerful, why would it shatter?"
    
    Mitsurugi had a difficult time believing the man who gave him the fragment, but 
    there was no denying the sincerity in the man's eyes. "Besides," Mitsurugi 
    reasoned, "why would a man on the verge of death lie to a complete stranger?"
    
    Soon after, a grave story circulated through the castle. Apparently, a servant 
    of the Ming Emperor arrived at the castle, demanding the "Sword of Heroes." When 
    the servant steadfastly refused to leave without the sword, the lord of the 
    castle slew him, exclaiming that he could not turn over something he did not 
    have. "War is coming," thought Mitsurugi.
    
    He sensed the same storm brewing that he had felt before in countless 
    battlefields.
    
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                 5.1.1.07 Nightmare
    
    Age
    Unknown
    
    Birthplace
    Unknown
    
    Height
    5'6"
    
    Weight
    209 lbs.
    
    Birth Date
    Unknown
    
    Blood Type
    Unknown
    
    Weapon
    Soul Edge - Zweihander Type
    
    Weapon Name
    Soul Edge - Male
    
    Discipline
    Original Style
    Styles memorized by Soul Edge
    
    Family
    Unknown
    
    -----
    
    What a chimera, then, is man! What a novelty! What a monster,
    what a chaos, what a contradiction, what a prodigy!
                                                     Blaise Pascal Pensees
    
    
    At one time, Nightmare committed countless cold-blooded murders while under the 
    control of Soul Edge. All who knew of him feared his crimson gaze and his 
    strange, one-eyed, giant blade.
    
    Originally, he was the leader of a group of brigands known as the Black Wind, 
    whose stronghold was located in the Black Forest near the Roman Empire. It was 
    news of his father's death that drove him from his marauding lifestyle, 
    resolving to find his father's killer. 
     
    Hearing word of a sword known as Soul Edge, he became convinced that he could 
    slay his father's murderer if he found this ultimate weapon. He searched through 
    the battlegrounds in every region he traveled. Eventually, he came across a 
    sword in a Spanish harbor that emitted a strange aura beside the corpse of its 
    owner, who appeared to be a pirate. The dead body returned to life, covered in 
    flames, as if to protect the sword. Upon defeating the apparition, he reached 
    for the hilt of the mysterious blade. 
    
    It was then that he heard the voice of Soul Edge, the sword that feeds on souls.
    
    It told him that if he used the souls absorbed by the sword, he would be able to 
    resurrect his father. Accepting his new goal, the man's body began to surge with 
    the evil energy of the sword. The energy became a beautiful pillar of light that 
    pierced the evening sky and dissipated into the atmosphere.
    
    From that moment on, the man became Nightmare, the evil knight who would strike 
    fear into every corner of Europe. 
      
    Having determined that the power Soul Edge had at that moment was insufficient 
    to revive his father, Nightmare attacked village after village to nourish the 
    blade. Not satisfied, he sought out those with strong souls to feed the evil 
    sword.
    
    The killings ended three years later, when Nightmare came across three 
    sacrifices for his blade. One of them wielded a spirit sword called Soul Calibur, 
    which possessed an aura that was the polar opposite of the evil power emitted by 
    Soul Edge. The battle between the swordsmen took place in a vortex of hellfire 
    and evil energy summoned by Soul Edge. After a raging battle, the evil sword 
    shattered, and both Nightmare and Soul Edge fell into the collapsing void.
    
    With Soul Edge severely weakened, Nightmare regained some of his humanity. Along 
    with lucidity came the horrifying memories of the sins he committed, as well as 
    the fear and anger of those who were slaughtered by him. Moreover, he realized 
    that he had been the one who murdered his father.
    
    Expelled from the void into an unfamiliar place, Nightmare disappeared into the 
    night-the evil sword still in his grip. But Soul Edge was weaker now, and 
    splinters of itself were left in Nightmare's footsteps.
    
    He knew Soul Edge must never fall into the hands of another man. He set off to 
    go as far away as possible from human settlements.
    
    Yet each morning, he awakened to the sight of people slain by him during the 
    night. While he slept, Soul Edge took over his mind and flesh, and he was 
    burdened by this new guilt. Nevertheless, he did not choose to take his own life 
    and end things easily. He knew that if he died, the sword would only find a new 
    host to continue its evil ways. The only solution was to find a place where the 
    evil could be imprisoned forever.
    
    Initially, the balance of power between him and the sword were equal. But as 
    time wore on, his control over his body became irregular, and the sword held 
    sway over him for slightly longer periods of time.
    
    The number of those who fell victim to the blade continued to grow. The sword 
    healed itself gradually by feeding off the victims' souls. After four years, the 
    sword had nearly recovered to full strength.
    
    The fragments of itself lost during its escape...The evil energy dispersed as 
    the Evil Seed...Soul Edge's shattered companion blade...the other Soul Edge...
    
    With dominant control over its host body, Soul Edge, once again in the form of 
    "Nightmare," began to pursue the fragments of itself that it had lost. It was on 
    a quest to restore itself completely!
    
    But at the same time, he continued to fight the evil sword's plans with the 
    little sanity left within him.
    
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                 5.1.1.08 Raphael Sorel
    
    Age
    32
    
    Birthplace
    Rouen
    French Empire
    
    Height
    5'10"
    
    Weight
    159 lbs.
    
    Birth Date
    November 27
    
    Blood Type
    A
    
    Weapon
    Rapier Sword
    
    Weapon Name
    Flambert
    
    Discipline
    La Rapier de Sorel
    
    Family
    Foster daughter Amy
    Cut family ties with worthless relatives
    
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    A vice begins by choice. But through things such as heredity,
    intelligence, and mental exhaustion, this choice becomes
    something inexplicable, or is refined into something criminal.
                             Jean Cocteau, Opium: Journal Dune Desintoxication
    
    
    During the 16th century, France was amidst religious strife. Raphael, the young 
    master of the Sorel Family, grew up with the tumultuous age as his cradle, the 
    scheming of noble families as his lullaby, and the rapier and medicine as his 
    playmates. His cool, unemotional demeanor created many enemies, but his quick 
    and precise decision-making and execution skills solidified the foundation of 
    his family amongst the nobles. 
     
    Unfortunately, Raphael made a critical mistake during the year of the notorious 
    Evil Seed catastrophe. He discovered too late that one member of nobility 
    supported by the Sorel clan became insane from the effects of the Evil Seed. 
    Consequently, Raphael gave his enemies the justification to come after him. To 
    make matters worse, treacherous members of his family who were thrust into the 
    conflict surrendered quickly and offered to hand over Raphael in order to 
    protect themselves.
    
    Raphael hid himself in an impoverished town to escape from his pursuers, which 
    included his family members. But accustomed to a life of privilege without want, 
    Raphael could not bear the cold and hunger he suffered in the slums. He most 
    certainly would have died if it were not for a little girl named Amy, who hid 
    the weakened Raphael from his enemies.
    
    For the little girl, helping Raphael was only a simple deed motivated out of 
    spite for the soldiers. For Raphael, a man who until then lived by his own means, 
    it marked the first time he owed his life to someone else. He felt emotions that 
    he had never experienced before, and Amy became an irreplaceable presence in 
    Raphael's life. 
    
    Raphael's exposure to life in the slums made him see the world in a whole new 
    light, and realize the meaninglessness of everything. Nobles quarreled 
    constantly and only thought of their petty interests and self-preservation. And 
    the commoners, tired of constant warring, had given up hope. The world was 
    filled with people whose soulless, meaningless lives made them no better than 
    the dead. 
      
    Convinced that the chaos of war was no place to live a meaningful life, Raphael 
    took Amy and left the poverty-stricken town. Avoiding war-torn lands, they moved 
    to a town in the countryside. But even with the new surroundings, he could not 
    get Amy to open her heart to the world. Even though her life in the slums 
    strengthened the 10-year old girl's wariness of life and gave her a tenacious 
    will to live, it erased any sense of hope she had for the future.
    
    Assuming a false name, Raphael befriended a rich noble to obtain the means to 
    take care of the young girl. He employed his cunning to gain the trust of the 
    lord and those around him. And when the opportunity arose, Raphael poisoned the 
    noble and spread word that the "lord had left on a long journey."
    
    One day, Raphael found a letter with references to the Evil Seed- the turning 
    point in his life - in the mansion library. He was fascinated by the information, 
    and it wasn't long before he made the connection between the Evil Seed and Soul 
    Edge.
    
    Soul Edge- a demonic blade that promises power in exchange for one's sanity.
    
    What if such a sword were thrust into the hands of the pathetic nobles? They 
    would undoubtedly fight feverishly for the weapon, and ultimately destroy 
    themselves. Commoners would be unfortunate victims of the war, but their 
    existence mattered little, for they were no better off then the dead. It would 
    all be worth it if the petty, war-mongering nobles could be eliminated to secure 
    a meaningful future for Amy.
    
    But in order to accomplish his goal, Raphael needed Soul Edge; he was determined 
    to obtain the sword by any means necessary.
    
    A grand, insane plan was brewing in his mind- all for the sake of a young girl. 
    
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                 5.1.1.09 Taki
    
    Age
    29
    
    Birthplace
    Fu-Ma No Sato
    Japan
    
    Height
    5'7"
    
    Weight
    117 lbs.
    
    Birth Date
    Unknown
    
    Blood Type
    A
    
    Weapon
    Ninja Swords
    
    Weapon Name
    Rekki-Maru & Mekki-Maru
    
    Discipline
    Musoh-Battoh-Ryu
    
    Family
    Master Toki
    Immediate family all taken by sickness
    
    -----
    
    Do not suppose opportunity will knock twice at your door.
                                 Sebastien Chamfort, Maximes et Pensees
    
    
    Taki began her journey when her fascination grew in Soul Edge, the evil sword 
    that resonated in the presence of her beloved sword Rekki maru. As a Fu-Ma Ninja, 
    her specialty was the extermination of demons. She possessed exceptional 
    fighting skills and excelled at forging weapons, which made her a valuable asset 
    to the Fu-Ma clan. In fact, it was she who battled and defeated the dread pirate 
    Cervantes, who was possessed by Soul Edge. 
     
    After returning from her long journey, Taki attempted to fuse a fragment of Soul 
    Edge into the demonic blade, Mekki-Maru. Much to her surprise, the Mekki-Maru 
    began to surge with even more evil energy, making it difficult for even her to 
    handle the sword.
    
    Taki saw that the leader of the Fu-Ma clan, Master Toki, became obsessed with 
    Mekki-Maru. She deemed that it would be dangerous to hand the sword over to him, 
    and left the clan. Thus Taki became a renegade ninja.
    
    Toki, however, would not give up so easily. He sent other clan members after her 
    in order to retrieve the powerful blade.
    
    Pursued by her former clan members, Taki decided to destroy Mekki-Maru by 
    pitting it against Soul Edge. She hoped that the two powerful weapons would 
    obliterate one another. Unfortunately, by the time she found Soul Edge, its 
    wielder Nightmare had already been defeated by a group of warriors.
    
    How would she destroy Mekki-Maru without Soul Edge? Taki tried to devise another 
    plan, but her secret desire to master the sword grew stronger by the day. The 
    decision was made. She grasped the fundamental skills needed to handle Mekki-
    Maru during her journey; she just needed to build her mental strength enough to 
    overcome the evil influences of the sword. 
    
    Around the time she mastered the ability to use the sword for short periods of 
    time, several Fu-Ma ninjas appeared before her. Unlike previous encounters, 
    these Ninjas did not attack on sight. Instead, they attempted to capture her. 
    Unfortunately for the ninjas, they were no match for Taki; they all fell before 
    her Mekki-Maru. "...I know they were sent by Master Toki...but why would they 
    travel so far to these strange lands to seek me?" 
      
    Searching through the strewn remains of the ninjas, Taki came across a metal 
    fragment. Although weak, the aura emanating from the metal was unmistakably that 
    of Soul Edge. The sword was not destroyed; it still existed in pieces.
    
    Taki then realized why the ninjas had tried to capture her. Master Toki was 
    trying to gather information about Soul Edge in order to find all of the 
    fragments. Undoubtedly, pieces of the sword, just like the one she held in her 
    hand, were already in Master Toki's possession.
    
    Knowing the effects that Soul Edge had on those who wielded it, Taki knew she 
    could not let it get into the hands of Master Toki.
    
    Even without the sword, the head of the Fu-Ma clan was already powerful. She was 
    afraid to think about what would happen if Toki acquired the evil blade and 
    received its madness. He could transform into a monster with unfathomable 
    strength.
    
    Taki headed for Japan. She could not allow this impending disaster to occur in 
    her homeland.
    
    On her way back to Japan, she sensed the presence of the evil sword. The metal 
    she possessed began to resonate ever so slightly with the aura of evil.
    
    After she hastily sealed the fragment, she thought about what she should do next. 
    Should she go after the fragments that her former master had, or exorcise the 
    evil sword itself?
    
    Either way, time was running out.
    
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                 5.1.1.10 Talim
    
    Age
    15
    
    Birthplace
    Village of the Wind Deity
    Southeast Asia
    
    Height
    4'8"
    
    Weight
    93 lbs.
    
    Birth Date
    June 15
    
    Blood Type
    Unknown
    
    Weapon
    Elbow Blades
    
    Weapon Name
    Loka Luha & Syi Salika
    
    Discipline
    Wind Dance
    
    Family
    Father Sanput
    Mohter Lidi
    Grandmother Kalana (Village Elder)
    Bird Alun
    
    -----
    
    Nature does nothing in vain...There are no Grotesquesin
    Nature: not anything framed to fill up empty Cantons, and
    unnecessary spaces.
                                     Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici
    
    
    The moment Spain declared the Philippines as part of its empire, Southeast Asia 
    was thrust into an age of turmoil. The westerners introduced their new culture 
    without giving any regard to the indigenous culture or people. The foreigners 
    stayed near the shoreline at first, but it was only a matter of time before 
    their influence reached all the way to the mountains. 
     
    As if they felt the need to hide from the encroaching footsteps of the 
    foreigners, a tribe of people secluded themselves in a small village nestled 
    deep within the mountain valleys. The tribe honored the Wind Deity and lived as 
    one with nature.
    
    Talim was born during this era into a family of shamans. She was raised as the 
    Last Priestess of the Wind during a time when western influences grew stronger, 
    and faith in the Wind Deity gradually waned.
    
    One day, Talim was reading the winds, just as she had done since she was a young 
    child. That day, however, something about the winds felt odd. Unlike the normal, 
    soft whispers of the winds mixed with murmurs of distant cities, the winds were 
    tainted with an evil aura that seemed to devour everything in its path. The 
    screams, hopelessness, and madness of faraway places carried by the evil aura 
    surged into Talim before she realized what was happening.
    
    This occurred on the day the Evil Seed spread across the world.
    
    Talim crumpled to the ground and lost consciousness for days. The people of her 
    village were on the verge of losing all hope when she finally awoke. Talim's 
    eyes were filled with deep sorrow, and she cried without knowing why. 
    
    By Talim's fifteenth year, it was common to see western merchants and explorers 
    in her once secluded village. One day, a westerner brought a "vitality charm" to 
    the village. The elders expressed concern when they saw the unusual metal 
    fragment. They sensed that it did not belong in their village; it belonged 
    somewhere else. They also felt that its presence would have an evil influence on 
    those who came near it. 
      
    Talim immediately recognized the evil in the piece of metal; it was the same 
    malevolent energy that she felt on the day she collapsed. "I must return the 
    fragment to its rightful place!" Talim exclaimed.
    
    The elders tried to prevent Talim from leaving the village with the metal shard. 
    They feared that the purity of the Last Priestess would be tainted if she were 
    exposed to the outside world. Her parents disagreed. On the contrary, they felt 
    that by experiencing the world, Talim's purity and love of nature would grow. 
    The young Sibyl left on her journey with her parents' blessing.
    
    As her village slowly disappeared behind the mountain range, Talim sensed the 
    resonance of the same evil aura from other parts of the world. She could feel it 
    in the winds that traveled across the seas and continents, circulating 
    throughout the world. She knew that everything would soon be consumed by illness 
    if the evil force continued to spread with the wind.
    
    Talim reasoned that there were more of these metal fragments. And like the one 
    she possessed, unwitting people carried the pieces to all corners of the world. 
    Talim knew she had to find all of the fragments and seek their rightful place.
    
    Although Talim had never set foot outside of her village before, she was not 
    afraid-no matter how long the journey, she knew she would be fine as long as the 
    winds were with her.
    
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                 5.1.1.11 Voldo
    
    Age
    50
    
    Birthplace
    Kingdom of Naples
    Palermo
    Italy
    
    Height
    6'0"
    
    Weight
    185 lbs.
    
    Birth Date
    August 25
    
    Blood Type
    A
    
    Weapon
    Katars
    
    Weapon Name
    Manas & Ayus
    
    Discipline
    Self-taught
    
    Family
    Parents deceased
    Master Vercci long deceased
    Four brothers killed through warfare
    
    -----
    
    Grace appears most purely in that human form which either
    has no consciousness or an infinite consciousness. That is, in
    the puppet or in the god.
                               Heinrich von Kleist, Uber das Marionettentheater
    
    
    Somewhere in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, there was a small island said 
    to hold the treasures of a wealthy Italian merchant of death named Vercci. His 
    riches were stored in a chasm known to thieves who schemed to plunder it as the 
    Money Pit. Rumors circulated amongst them about the numerous traps that awaited 
    foolish intruders and of the eerie guardian who watched over Vercci's fortune 
    deep within the pit. 
     
    Although Vercci was renowned for saying, "There is nothing that I do not 
    possess," there was one thing he desired more than anything...Soul Edge. Vercci 
    tried everything within his powers to locate the coveted weapon- going as far as 
    leading a fleet of his ships on an expedition- but ultimately failed. During his 
    absence, Vercci lost most of his fortune to a war that broke out in Italy.
    
    His possessions were the only things that mattered to Vercci. He took whatever 
    treasures remained on his fleet of ships and hid it in a pit that he had dug 
    with the help of his loyal followers on a small island in the Mediterranean Sea. 
    Vercci rigged the chasm with countless traps in order to ward off treasure-
    seeking intruders. And for over twenty years, the Money Pit ensnared thieves who 
    attempted to steal his treasure, just as Vercci expected.
    
    There was a man who stood watch over the treasure- a guardian feared by all who 
    dared to enter the pit. He was Vercci's loyal vassal. The man served Vercci on 
    his expedition, helped dig the pit, and after his master's death, defended the 
    vault faithfully. After years of solitude in darkness, the man lost his sight 
    and sanity. He even forgot his name, which was Voldo. All of this must have been 
    trivial for him, for his only desire was to serve his master's will by 
    protecting the treasure. 
    
    But he had forgotten something. Something was missing.
    
    In the silence broken only by the death throes of foolhardy intruders, Voldo 
    slowly began to piece together what he had forgotten- Soul Edge, the treasure 
    amongst treasures. 
      
    Voldo ventured abroad in an attempt to fulfill his master's last wish. He 
    followed numerous leads, and he returned periodically to the pit to ensure the 
    safety of the treasure and the working condition of the traps. The guardian 
    focused solely on performing his duties.
    
    One day, after Voldo chased an intruder away, he heard his long-lost master's 
    voice. Obeying his master's orders, Voldo followed Soul Edge's aura emanating 
    from the female intruder's sword. And after a long journey, he finally succeeded 
    in bringing back a single-handed sword that emitted a strange aura.
    
    Upon his return, Voldo found his master's pit flooded with seawater. Voldo sat 
    quietly, barely moving, on his master's throne in the small chamber behind the 
    statue of Vercci, which overlooked the treasure vault now covered by water.
    
    Voldo believed he had found Soul Edge. He had obtained the one thing Vercci 
    desired. Yet he did not hear the voice of his deceased master...
    
    Four years passed, but it was as if time stood still inside the Money Pit. The 
    guardian's duty of defending the Money Pit never changed. Voldo felt as though 
    he would spend eternity in the silence of the pit, waiting to hear his master's 
    voice once again.
    
    But fate brought Voldo back to the present. When he defeated an intruder one day, 
    Voldo found several metal shards that possessed the same aura as Soul Edge. And 
    although each piece was merely a fragment, they seemed to radiate the same 
    amount of power as Soul Edge itself.
    
    Voldo finally understood why he did not hear his deceased master's voice. The 
    sword he brought back was not Soul Edge. The guardian did not know whether or 
    not the metal pieces were truly from Soul Edge, but he knew that the truth would 
    be revealed if he searched for the weapon once more.
    
    Voldo collected the fragments, placed them on the throne carefully, and then 
    ventured outside. His mission was to bring Soul Edge- the weapon his master 
    desired to the very end of his life -back to the Money Pit.
    
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                 5.1.1.12 Chai Xianghua
    
    Age
    20
    
    Birthplace
    Ming Empire
    Ling-Sheng Su
    Height
    5'0"
    
    Weight
    101 lbs.
    
    Birth Date
    April 2
    
    Blood Type
    B
    
    Weapon
    Chinese Sword
    
    Weapon Name
    No Name
    
    Discipline
    Ling-Sheng Su Style
    Self-taught Style
    
    Family
    Mohter passed away
    Father also deceased, according to her mother
    
    -----
    
       Live without regrets.
    Musashi Miyamoto, Dokkoudou
    
    
    Constantly invaded by Japanese Pirates, the great Ming Empire of the East was 
    one of the countries that expended great effort to search for Soul Edge - 
    believed to be the "Hero's Sword" - to protect its people and regain its dignity. 
    Unfortunately, three such quests failed. The first two search parties never 
    returned, and the third group, which had just returned recently, was also 
    unsuccessful in finding the Hero's Sword. The failure of the third quest 
    devastated the Emperor, given that the group consisted of warriors hand-picked 
    from his royal guards.
    
    Xianghua was one of the members of the third group. She grew up in a family with 
    a prestigious military lineage, and learned the ways of the sword from her now-
    deceased mother. Even after her mother fell ill and passed away, Xianghua 
    continued to hone her skills and eventually became a member of the Emperor's 
    royal guards. 
     
    She was then assigned the prestigious honor of the search for Soul Edge, but her 
    mission failed. Falling into disfavor with the Emperor for her failure, Xianghua 
    was stripped of her rank of royal guard and reassigned to a menial position that 
    she had no desire to do. Her family lamented her fall from grace, but Xianghua 
    was content with her situation.
    
    In truth, she actually found Soul Edge four years ago. But the weapon said to be 
    the Hero's Sword turned out to be an evil sword that had an infinite appetite 
    for human souls. "Nothing good will come of this if I bring such a sword back to 
    my country. I must destroy this evil thing!" Xianghua decided.
    
    She battled Soul Edge with the help of her companion, Kilik, and managed to 
    shatter the evil sword within the fiery vortex created by the weapon. 
    Regrettably, her mother's keepsake sword that protected her with its mysterious 
    powers during the battle was lost in the void when they escaped from the vortex. 
    "Cut your path through an uncertain future..." Xianghua may have lost her 
    mother's keepsake sword, but her mother's last words remained clear in her mind. 
    She firmly believed that she had made the right decision. 
    
    One day, an incident occurred which devastated Xianghua. The Emperor attacked a 
    castle near the border of her homeland. The Empire justified its attack by 
    publicly stating that the castle was plotting to rise in revolt. But Xianghua 
    found out the truth from Ming spies. 
      
    A man from the second search team apparently had found the Hero's Sword, but 
    refused to return and holed himself up in the castle. He did not respond to any 
    of the messengers sent to summon him, and the lord of the castle refused to turn 
    him over. The Emperor was convinced that the lord of the castle refused to turn 
    over the weapon in order to keep it for himself. As a result, soldiers were 
    dispatched to retrieve the sword. Although the castle fell, the sword could not 
    be found.
    
    The Emperor ordered Xianghua to investigate the remains of the castle. He 
    reasoned that she was the only person who came within reach of Soul Edge and 
    that her experience and knowledge of the sword would be valuable in locating it 
    amongst the rubble of the castle.
    
    Xianghua had destroyed the evil sword, so the castle could not have housed Soul 
    Edge. Had she reported the truth, the tragic incident may never have happened. 
    Dispatched to the battlegrounds of the castle, she left with a heavy heart. 
    Gathering information from the few remaining survivors and tattered records, 
    Xianghua discovered that an object referred to as a Soul Edge fragment had 
    existed there.
    
    If it was truly a piece of Soul Edge, there had to be those who sensed its evil 
    energy. That would explain why the individual who found the fragment hesitated 
    to surrender it to the Emperor. From what she gathered about the shard, it was 
    hard to believe that the lord of the castle would desire such an insignificant 
    little object for himself. Could it be that the fragment was really from the 
    accursed Soul Edge?
    
    The weapon that Xianghua believed she had destroyed may still be wreaking havoc 
    unto the world!
    
    If this proved to be the truth, someone had to find every single fragment and 
    crush them down until nothing remained. Xianghua convinced herself that this was 
    a burden she had to bear, since she failed to destroy Soul Edge completely the 
    first time.
    
    Xianghua moved quickly once her mind was settled on the matter- she resigned her 
    Emperor's assigned duty that very night...
    
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                 5.1.1.13 Hong Yunsung
    
    Age
    18
    
    Birthplace
    Chili-san
    Lee Dynasty Korea
    Height
    5'9"
    
    Weight
    150 lbs.
    
    Birth Date
    April 16
    
    Blood Type
    O
    
    Weapon
    Chinese Sword
    
    Weapon Name
    White Storm
    
    Discipline
    Seung Style Long Sword
    Natural Footwork
    
    Family
    Father died from illness
    Mother whereabouts unknown
    Master Seung Han Myong
    
    -----
    
    "If you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you."
                      Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass
    
    
    Around the time Japan became unified, tensions were mounting in the neighboring 
    country of Lee Dynasty Korea. When a country in disarray comes together as one, 
    it often means one thing: The country is close to expanding overseas. 
     
    Because Korea was adjacent to Japan, they fortified their defenses in order to 
    be ready for a Japanese invasion at any moment. The coastguard, under the 
    command of Navy Admiral Lee Sun Shin, was a part of that defense. With a 
    distinguished admiral at the helm, many promising youths joined the coastguard. 
    The country had high expectations for its maritime defenses.
    
    As a young boy, Yun Sung entered the Seung dojo where Hwang Sung Kyung, the 
    renowned coastguardsman who served under Admiral Lee, learned his skills. Hwang-
    who was 14 years his senior-was a hero to Yun Sung.
    
    Time passed, and Yun Sung matured into a hot-blooded, reckless young man. He 
    became well known in the dojo, even by his seniors. Recognizing his potential, 
    Master Seung Han Myong took him under his wing and taught him directly. By this 
    time, Hwang, whom Yun Sung had idolized as a child, was no longer his hero. 
    Rather, he was now a man who Yun Sung avowed to surpass. In order to prove his 
    skills, the youthful and enthusiastic Yun Sung wished to fight Hwang-a man who 
    had traveled the world twice in his search for the Sword of Salvation. 
    
    Even his seniors looked forward to Yun Sung's future. Although he was 
    temperamental and emotional, they knew that his heart was pure.
    
    One day, news reached the Seung Dojo that Hwang was returning from his long 
    journey. Yun Sung saw this as an opportunity. He was in top condition, in both 
    body and mind. Yun Sung was convinced that he could make Hwang acknowledge his 
    fighting skills. Not only that, he might also prove that he was actually 
    stronger than Hwang.
    
      
    Wiser from his long journey around the world, Hwang ignored the challenge. 
    Disappointed that his mission to find the Sword of Salvation had failed, Hwang 
    rejoined the military to defend his country from the impending Japanese invasion.
    
    Yun Sung was dissatisfied that Hwang ignored his challenge. Seung Mina, the 
    master's daughter, saw the brooding Yun Sung and handed him a single-handed 
    sword. "How long are you going to sulk like that?" she asked him. "You're still 
    such a child. Take a good look at your reflection in this sword, and think 
    things through."
    
    The weapon she handed to Yun Sung was a Seung family heirloom. According to 
    legend, it possessed the ability to reflect the deepest thoughts of those who 
    held the blade.
    
    That night, Yun Sung studied the image of himself in the sword, and thought 
    about what he should do. An array of thoughts and feelings entered his mind.
    
    He realized it was foolish to challenge someone for personal reasons when the 
    country was in such peril. But what could Yun Sung do to make Hwang acknowledge 
    him? Yun Sung mulled over his options. He then realized that if he could obtain 
    the Sword of Salvation that Hwang had failed to find, Hwang would be forced to 
    recognize Yun Sung's talents and respect him. A challenge against Hwang would 
    have to wait until after Yun Sung saved the country.
    
    Save his motherland and prove his strength-this allowed him to achieve two goals 
    in one fell swoop. He was quite pleased with his plan.
    
    Once Yun Sung made his decision, he could not stay put for long. He immediately 
    packed his belongings, wrote a letter to his master, and left the dojo. Upon 
    hearing rumors that a pirate from Ryukyu (present day Okinawa)-whom Hwang fought 
    to a draw four years earlier-took the southern route to Europe, Yun Sung decided 
    to take that same path without a moment's hesitation.
    
    During his journey, Yun Sung learned of the true abominable nature of the Sword 
    of Salvation, and became tormented as to what to do. Nevertheless, he continued 
    his search, which brought him ever closer to the evil blade. But the message 
    that Japan invaded Korea was what solidified his resolve.
    
    Yun Sung did not care if Soul Edge was evil...as long as he could make Hwang 
    respect his skills and defeat the Japanese invaders.
    
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                 5.1.1.14 Yoshimitsu
    
    Age
    Unknown
    
    Birthplace
    Unknown
    (Base of Mt. Fuji, Japan)
    
    Height
    5'7"
    
    Weight
    126 lbs.
    
    Birth Date
    Unknown
    
    Blood Type
    Unknown (O)
    
    Weapon
    Katana
    
    Weapon Name
    Yoshimitsu
    
    Discipline
    Manji Ninjutsu
    
    Family
    Entire clan was massacred
    Now belongs to a clan of chivalrous thieves
    
    -----
    
    "Enter," he said, but no one knocked when the light turned on.
                                          Tristan Tzara, Ou boivent les loups
    
    There was once a ninja clan that was massacred at the hands of a vengeful lord. 
    Yoshimitsu, the sole survivor of that clan, swore to avenge the fallen, but was 
    no match for the army that protected the lord. Helpless and alone against the 
    enemy, Yoshimitsu the avenger was chased off. Although he lost one arm during 
    his harrowing escape, he managed to cheat death only because of his considerable 
    ninjutsu abilities and a great deal of luck. 
     
    Despite this experience, Yoshimitsu could not give up his desire to avenge his 
    clan. He saw opportunity in a rumor that circulated within Japan during that 
    time and decided to travel overseas. Soul Edge, the ultimate sword...if only he 
    possessed that sword, he would surely be able to cut down an army at will.
    
    Yoshimitsu traveled across the continent, chasing down rumors of the sword. When 
    he finally reached Europe, he came upon the aftermath of a massacre. During that 
    time, a series of mysterious killings wreaked havoc and spread terror across 
    Europe. The bloody carnage before Yoshimitsu's eyes reminded him of the 
    slaughter of his clan.
    
    He thought to himself, ...No matter what the reasons may be, murderous hatred 
    only begets deep sorrow and retaliation. And I have this hatred within me as 
    well. Would my clan approve of my vengeance if they were still 
    alive? ...Nonsense! Why am I doubting myself?!...
    
    Yoshimitsu cut down the budding doubt within him, and continued his quest for 
    Soul Edge. But as he continued his journey, he encountered many remains of 
    massacres, one after another. With each ensuing encounter, the doubt within his 
    heart took root. It was only a matter of time that Yoshimitsu was on the trail 
    of the man responsible for these killings. 
    
    Nightmare...the man responsible for countless killings...Yoshimitsu followed his 
    trail to Ostrheinsburg Castle, but the castle was enveloped in silence and 
    devoid of any signs of life. Although there were traces of evil energy in the 
    castle, there were no clues about the whereabouts of the mass murderer. 
    Yoshimitsu eventually left the castle behind him. 
      
    Soon after his visit to the castle, he noticed something strange. Yoshimitsu 
    sensed the presence of a sinister energy dwelling within his katana. Perhaps the 
    evil spiritual energy that lingered in the castle was drawn to the sword because 
    it had been used to shed blood.
    
    Yoshimitsu decided to give his spirit-sword his name, "Yoshimitsu," and swore to 
    quell the negative energy within his sword. The spiritual energy within him that 
    sustained his vengeance until now had a new purpose. The conflict and doubt 
    within Yoshimitsu was finally resolved, and he achieved enlightenment through 
    this new task.
    
    But something unexpected happened.
    
    One night, Yoshimitsu became careless and fell into deep slumber after 
    exhausting his energies on neutralizing the negative spirit within his sword. 
    During his sleep, some intruder used the cover of night to steal his sword
    
    There was no way that the spiritual energy of malevolent hatred and resentment 
    within the sword would dissipate in a day or two. Only misfortune would result 
    if the katana fell into the wrong hands.
    
    While Yoshimitsu traveled the continent in search of his sword, he devoted his 
    life to serving the weak and the underprivileged. Four years passed, and he 
    devised a plan- an attempt to close the gap, even a little, between the haves 
    and the have-nots. His scheme involved the plunder of treasures from the 
    Vercci's tomb-Vercci was once a wealthy man who was also known as the "Merchant 
    of Death." It was rumored that a vast fortune was stored in his tomb.
    
    Yoshimitsu used all of his skills and abilities to infiltrate the tomb, also 
    known as the Money Pit. As described in rumors, the interior of the tomb was 
    rife with traps. But he was able to reach the treasures without encountering the 
    "Guardian" of the tomb, whom Yoshimitsu was vigilant against. A faint smile 
    unconsciously crept across his face- the riches waiting for his taking were 
    beyond his wildest imagination.
    
    His smile faded when he found something amongst the stockpiles of 
    treasures...his lost sword. And his face became graver when he discovered a 
    throne enshrined in one of the rooms deep within the Money Pit.
    
    Upon the throne was a metal fragment that emanated the same evil aura as his 
    beloved sword.
    
    Shortly after this discovery, Yoshimitsu left the Money Pit with his namesake 
    sword and the metal fragment in hand.
    
    Yoshimitsu thought, "If there are other things that possess this evil within 
    them, they must be found and collected. The tragedies caused by this evil must 
    never be allowed to happen again."
    
    Now, there was no more doubt clouding Yoshimitsu's mind. Neither did the cursed 
    items in his possession cast a shadow upon the path that he chose to take.
    
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                 5.1.1.15 Cervantes
    
    Age
    48 (Aging has stopped)
    
    Birthplace
    Valencia
    Spanish Empire
    
    Height
    5'10"
    
    Weight
    176 lbs.
    Birth Date
    January 1
    
    Blood Type
    None
    
    Weapon
    Soul Edge (Long Type Sword) & Pistol Sword
    
    Weapon Name
    Soul Edge & Nirvana
    
    Discipline
    Memories of Soul Edge
    
    Family
    Father killed in battle
    Mother deceased
    Slaughtered his entire crew when he came in
    possession of Soul Edge but has no recollection
    of this
    
    -----
    
    He shows himself sufficiently, although his whole body does not
    appear, which in all likelihood no human eye ever beheld...
                               Erik Ludvigsen Pontoppidan, Natural History of Norway
    
    Cervantes de Leon...the dread pirate who terrorized the Atlantic and struck fear 
    into even the grandest of naval fleets. He ceased to exist as a human being the 
    very moment he grasped the male and female swords-Soul Edge-in their original 
    form before they lost their power. His body became nothing more than a puppet of 
    the two swords...a servant until the day his body rotted away to nothing. 
     
    That was Cervantes' fate. He slaughtered his entire crew and stained the streets 
    of his home port with the blood of its people. In the twenty-some odd years that 
    followed, his body and soul were under the control of Soul Edge. And during this 
    time, he took the souls of swordsmen who, drawn by the rumors of Soul Edge, 
    ventured forth to challenge him.
    
    The demonic blades were in a dormant state at that time, so they did not thirst 
    for massacres to satisfy their appetite for souls. But this was only temporary-
    it was only a matter of time before the dark storm of death terrorized Europe. 
    And Cervantes's destiny was to stand in the eye of that storm, with both blades 
    in hand.
    
    But the course of Cervantes' fate was greatly altered before Soul Edge awoke 
    from its dormancy. A holy warrior-sent by a god fearful of Soul Edge-destroyed 
    one of the demonic blades during battle. By losing its companion blade, Soul 
    Edge lost its natural equilibrium and overcompensated its powers to combat 
    another foe. Cervantes, Soul Edge's host, was a casualty of that encounter. Only 
    the fragments of a Soul Edge on the verge of losing control of itself were left 
    behind. Hellfire that burst forth from the demonic blade devoured Cervantes and 
    turned him into ashes...
    
    Cervantes' soul was not freed by the destruction of his corporeal form, however.
    
    Some time passed before Soul Edge's new host appeared before Cervantes' ashen 
    remains, which now appeared no different than any others'. As the host brought 
    Soul Edge near the remains, the fragments of Soul Edge that cut into Cervantes' 
    flesh at the moment of its destruction began to resonate. No one knows what Soul 
    Edge's thoughts were when it sensed the resonance, but it and its new victim 
    moved on...
      
    In the meantime, Soul Edge's shards came to life and began to move around 
    Cervantes' remains. After a day had passed, Cervantes stood tall again amidst 
    the ruins. And thus, Cervantes returned to this world.
    
    But there were only a few fragments embedded in Cervantes' flesh. Although he 
    was resurrected, his mind was not whole. He had lost his memories. Cervantes 
    barely remembered the name of his good ship, the Adrian, from his days as a 
    pirate-his ship was now a half-derelict vessel anchored at port...
    
    Cervantes lived amongst the ruins, unable to remember his name. But he 
    disappeared eventually from the ruins.
    
    Yes, he remembered one night while standing in the middle of a storm. He 
    recalled a memory of attacking a ship in a storm just like that night. The loot 
    he took from his hapless victims. And the two swords he held in his hands!
    
    When all of Cervantes' memories returned, so did his desire to possess that 
    great power once again. Although he recalled the loss of his free will to the 
    power, it still appealed to him. The man who was resurrected by the fragments of 
    the evil blade sensed the resonance of the other blade. Surprisingly at first, 
    the signs of the other blade were scattered in various locations. But this was 
    to be expected, given that one of the blades splintered into many fragments when 
    it was destroyed. Besides, parts of the demon blade resided within his body as 
    well.
    
    Cervantes set out to follow a strong sign of the evil blade, but as he closed in 
    on that sign, he sensed that Soul Edge's presence was splintered even more. "It 
    couldn't be..." thought Cervantes when he arrived at the location of the evil 
    energy. His premonition was correct-the other Soul Edge had been shattered as 
    well!
    
    He picked up several pieces of the newly created shards and gazed upon them. Was 
    his desire to possess that power again for naught?
    
    That was when Cervantes sensed something strange. Two pieces of the sword in his 
    palm began to resonate with his body and began to melt into one. He immediately 
    reached out for another shard... That piece joined the other piece as well. 
    Cervantes realized that the fragments within him caused this resonance to occur 
    with the others. He also sensed what must have been the cry of joy that rose 
    from the sword fragments within him. At that moment, he knew very well what was 
    necessary to restore Soul Edge's powers.
    
    Four years passed. He took the souls of the strong and found new pieces of the 
    sword to increase the power of Soul Edge. In time, the fragments assumed the 
    shape of a sword and began to emanate an evil aura in proportion to its physical 
    size. But unlike the first time Cervantes held Soul Edge, this time he was able 
    to wield the demonic blade without ceding his will to it-the pieces of the sword 
    within him gave him this ability.
    
    Finally, Cervantes possessed his own Soul Edge. He would probably not sit idly 
    by while strong souls and pieces of Soul Edge gathered together. Now that 
    warriors around the world were compelled into action because of the Soul Edge 
    fragments, Cervantes' desires must have been reawakened again as well.
    
    When and where will he appear from the darkness with his evil sword in hand?
    
    There is only one person who can answer this question...Cervantes himself
    
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                 5.1.1.16 Charade
    
    Age
    Unknown
    
    Birthplace
    Unknown
    
    Height
    Changes appearance constantly
    
    Weight
    Changes appearance constantly
    
    Birth Date
    Unknown
    
    Blood Type
    None
    
    Weapon
    Charade
    
    Weapon Name
    Charade
    
    Discipline
    Mind Scan
    
    Family
    Fragments of Soul Edge scattered around the
    world
    Eyewitness accounts have confirmed two forms
    of the creature, but there is no evidence to prove
    that there is more than one creature roaming the
    world
    
    -----
    
    Every day he gains weight and becomes somewhat larger and
    stronger than all the other in the house, regardless of how little
    he was to begin with
                                            Jakob Grimm, Journal for Hermits
    
    The man's life was far from glorious. Although gifted with strength from 
    childhood, harsh reality awaited him outside of the village where he dreamt of 
    adventures as a youth. The strength that was lauded within his village was far 
    from remarkable in the real world. But the man survived through an age ravaged 
    by war and finally attained the key to achieving success. 
     
    Pieces of metal belonging to a traveling merchant... The man spent all the money 
    in his possession to purchase every last piece from the merchant, who was 
    selling them as amulets against evil.
    
    That night, as he gazed upon the metal fragments in the dim light of an oil lamp, 
    he recalled a story passed on by a traveling swordsman.
    
    Soul Edge, the ultimate weapon surpassing all others... The drunkards in the 
    tavern did not believe the swordsman's tale, but he did. He sensed something in 
    the eyes of the swordsman. He followed the warrior in hopes of getting more 
    information about Soul Edge out of him. The swordsman probably thought that he 
    would do the same, so they talked about the weapon. As it turned out, the 
    swordsman knew nothing. They parted ways without wasting any more words.
    
    The tale he heard could have been a hoax. But it was enough to arouse his 
    curiosity and set him off on his singular pursuit of Soul Edge. The people 
    around him dismissed him as an eccentric with a fantastic dream...
    
    And thus the object of his pursuit was in his hands, before his eyes. He 
    believed with conviction that these metal pieces were from Soul Edge.
    
    But fatefully, he was slain by bandits shortly thereafter. Because of his over-
    protective nature for his precious metal fragments, a rumor circulated in the 
    cities that the man was in possession of something extremely valuable. Naturally, 
    he did not own anything that would have interested the bandits. And as customary 
    with these bandits, they threw their victim's corpse into a ravine. 
      
    The man's tenacity to protect his precious fragments never wavered in his final 
    moments. The hand of the abandoned corpse in the ravine still had the pieces in 
    its grasp...
    
    Several months had passed. No one bore witness to the fact that the pieces had 
    disappeared over time. They were definitely gone, leaving behind several 
    incomplete corpses in the ravine. There were trails left besides the corpses, as 
    if something had crawled about them. In time, the rains that fell upon the 
    ravine erased the trails.
    
    The life form, or whatever it was, walked under its own will... But the will of 
    that being was not driven by sentience...the force that drove it was closer to 
    instinct.
    
    A being formed by blood absorbed from the hand of a dead man.
    A being that wanders the earth to search for its kindred in order to become 
    whole once again.
    A being that grows by greedily devouring fragments with the same evil aura as it 
    has.
    A being that responds by reading the innermost thoughts of those it meets...
    
    The metal pieces that the seeker of Soul Edge possessed was, without a doubt, 
    the genuine article!
    
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    6. The Reality
       6.1 Interviews
           6.1.1 Yotoriyama-san
    
    Yotoriyama-san (Mr. Yotoriyama)
    Profile: Yotoriyama-san was once a gymnast that had won a gold metal in the long 
    horse vault and a silver metal in the general competition during the Eastern 
    Japan Classified Championship and many other metals in other competitions. He 
    was key in establishing characters systems in Tekken 3. For Soul Calibur he was 
    in charge of game system construction on all character's basic moves and leader 
    of the motion team.
    
    Previous Work: Mach Breakers, Tekken 2, Soul Edge, Tekken 3.
    
    
    
    Q: It is clear the most obvious difference between Soul Calibur and Tekken 3 is 
    weapon combat versus fist combat. Explain the significance of this.
    
    Yotoriyama: Soul Calibur expresses the fun and diversity in weapon combat. With 
    weapon you may clash or that the various differences between the weapon's power, 
    angle or weight will greatly improve fighting styles. We approached our work 
    with the though of "If I had a weapon, I would fight like this..." and developed 
    Soul Calibur's features. In many ways this is a simulation of weapon combat.
    
    Another big difference between Tekken 3 and Soul Calibur is that Soul Calibur 
    enables full three-dimensional movement to utmost using the newly introduced 
    8Way Run system. Unlike Tekken 3 (in which the field is infinite), Soul Calibur 
    has a ring and ring out rule. So the character's "position" in the ring is 
    highly important and closely related to the new "run". This is interconnected to 
    all horizontal and vertical aspect of the game making it far more three-
    dimensional and tactical than Soul Edge or Tekken 3.
    
    
    
    Q: Tekken 3 had new and unique characters like Xiaoyu or Eddy with impressive 
    fighting styles. Does Soul Calibur feature similar characters?
    
    Yotoriyama: In Soul Calibur each character wields a different weapon, and this 
    reflect that they each have their won fighting style based on their own weapon. 
    For example, Astaroth uses a heavy long weapon so his style focuses on distance 
    and power games, while a character like Taki uses a short light weapon thus she 
    must use footwork and quick attacks to pressure at close range. Also the system 
    itself changes with each character. For example, holding the attack buttons with 
    Astaroth increases the power of the attack, while holding the buttons with 
    Nightmare with make him change stances. The weapons themselves on top of the 
    characters own fighting style make the characters of Soul Calibur more 
    interesting than the Tekken characters. But given all these things we had a much 
    harder time adjusting the balance of the game...
    
    
    
    Q: What do you think is the most important aspect of Soul Calibur?
    
    Yotoriyama: I would like to say the three-dimensional tactics and impressive 
    characters featuring weapons. Yet we also have confidence in saying that Soul 
    Calibur is the best fighting game out there pushing new fighting styles.
    
    
    
    Q: Any comments for the players?
    
    Yotoriyama: Yes, we made every aspect of Soul Calibur from scratch, we worked 
    with no old materials and we hope you will try it with that perspective in mind.
    
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           6.1.2 Ishiguro-san
    
    Ishiguro-san
    Profile: As a key figure on the motion team Ishiguro-san is in charge of the 
    quality of the character motions while he himself also creates elaborate motions. 
    Ishiguro-san is a black belt in Shaolin and the biggest Pro-Wrestling fan in all 
    of Namco's VS R&D. His training has made him wise to the value of justice and he 
    is nice to everyone.
    
    Previous Work: Mach Breakers, Tekken 2, Soul Edge, Tekken 3
    
    
    
    Q: You worked as the motion creator for both Tekken 3 and Soul Calibur. What 
    aspects of creating motion for Soul Calibur did you find more difficult than in 
    Tekken 3?
    
    Ishiguro: Since Tekken 3's fighting is with bare fist as opposed to weapons in 
    Soul Calibur I made the emphasis on the movements of the arms and legs with the 
    weapon.
    
    
    
    Q: Has you experience with Shaolin made you more skilled at creating motions for 
    Soul Calibur?
    
    Ishiguro: Yes, it helps me understand the individual action in continuous moves. 
    There is a deep amount of logic in the art of combat. When creating combos it is 
    important to understand these elements.
    
    
    
    Q: What aspect of Soul Calibur do you think is the most important?
    
    Ishiguro: The reality of fighting through motion only Namco can create. It is 
    important to feel the individual motions and the realism within the game.
    
    
    
    Q: Some comments to players, please.
    
    Ishiguro: There are many aspects of fighting that can only be enjoyed in Soul 
    Calibur. Please enjoy playing!
    
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           6.1.3 Nimura-san
    
    Nimura-san
    Profile: After graduating from an animation college she gained a few experiences 
    as a graphic designer and then worked as a member of the motion team for Soul 
    Edge. She also values her strength as a good wife and finds herself taking many 
    goods between work and home for both herself and her husband. But recently Kilik 
    has stolen her heart.
    
    Previous Work: Mach Breakers, Out Foxies, Soul Edge (both Arcade versions and 
    Playstation version), Tekken 3
    
    
    
    Q: What part do you play on the motion team and which characters did you do the 
    motions for?
    
    Nimura-san: All except Voldo and Ivy. And I specifically worked on Astaroth.
    
    
    
    Q: Which motions do you recommend players should watch.
    
    Nimura-san: The struck motions of a single floating uppercut. I like the 
    unconscious feeling as the characters are falling. I also like Xianghua's scene 
    before she fights Inferno.
    
    
    
    Q: Please give some comments to the players.
    
    Nimura-san: We tried hard to make everyone a fan of this game. Please enjoy 
    playing.
    
    
    
    Q: Where is your mind these days?
    
    Nimura-san: I am secretly training myself at an arcade so I won't be so nervous 
    in versus combat. Thanks to my training I seldom get nervous these days.
    
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           6.1.4 Ishizu-san
    
    Ishizu-san
    Profile: When I was a child I was sick often and absent from school. I loved 
    drawing in bed, so I went to an art college. There I noticed I was very 
    physically weak so I joined a Shoalin Martial Arts club and began training. As I 
    learned Shaolin I became interested in the motions of characters in fighting 
    games. Thus the reason I am in the motion team now.
    
    
    
    Q: What was your part on the motion team and which characters did you work on?
    
    Ishizu-san: Astaroth's front and side throw motions, all the characters struck 
    motions, guard motions and small motions such as punches or kicks.
    
    
    
    Q: Which motions do you recommend player watch?
    
    Ishizu-san: The beautiful traces of the blade in many of Xianghua's attacks 
    (such as Tzao Lan Hua Rhythm). Also please notice the stagger and blocking 
    animations.
    
    
    
    Q: Please give some comments to the players.
    
    Ishizu-san: Soul Calibur was my first project so I love this game. I am always 
    doing my best, so please enjoy playing.
    
    
    
    Q: Any other comments?
    
    Ishizu-san: When I move by myself I can do an art instantly because I learned 
    Shaolin, but it takes days to have game character do the same art... I have much 
    more to learn.
    
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           6.1.5 Yamashita-san
    
    Yamashita-san
    Profile: He learned modern ballet and has some experience as an animation artist. 
    These experiences lead me to become a motion designer via dot graphics. These 
    days I feel I mainly create struck motions...
    
    Previous Work: World Stadium '93 and '95, Great Sluggers, Out Foxies, SoulEdge, 
    Tekken 3
    
    
    
    Q: What was your part in the motion team and which characters did you create the 
    motions for?
    
    Yamashita-san: Heavily struck motions... light hits, heavy hits, hits on the 
    ground, special motions... I created for days and days. I also created the basic 
    motions for various characters and some of the arts for Sophitia whom I had 
    taken charge of in Soul Edge. I was very happy because I love Sophitia. (Some 
    say this is a carrot and stick. Ed. I don't get this either.)
    
    
    
    Q: Which motions do you recommend players watch?
    
    Yamashita-san: Of course the struck motions! I know players have no time to 
    observe these motions when they are loosing the game, but for Soul Calibur we 
    put great effort in creating a "being slashed by a blade" feeling. Good attack 
    motions will be ruined if the struck motions are too simple or vague. We had a 
    hard time expressing the "pain". Please feel the "slash" feeling we have tried 
    to create.
    
    
    
    Q: Some comments to players, please.
    
    Yamashita-san: Thank you very much for playing Soul Calibur (and Namco products). 
    We always do our best in creating better games. Please enjoy playing.
    
    
    
    Q: What is important in creating motions?
    
    Yamashita-san: Brushing up our observation skills and senses, making the motions 
    boldly and thoroughly and giving them the feeling of "will", "spirit" and 
    physical strength!
    
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           6.1.6 Inoue-san
    
    Inoue-san
    Profile: I joined Namco because of my experiences with dislocation. I know the 
    pain of joints very well. For Soul Calibur I worked on the motion team and the 
    creation of backgrounds.
    
    Previous Work: Tekken 3, and Super World Stadium '98
    
    
    
    Q: What was your part on the motion team and which characters did you work on?
    
    Inoue: Xianghua, Kilik, and Hwang mostly.
    
    
    
    Q: Which motions would you like players to check out?
    
    Inoue: Xianghua's Muu Jiann and Ivy's Spiral Punishment.
    
    
    
    Q: Who is your favorite character of all time and why?
    
    Inoue: Tekken 3's Hwoarang. With Hwoarang I could play well against all 
    characters and working on his motions was very easy. I feel creating "throws for 
    a kicker" was the part that was most exciting for me. Then again Kuma may be...
    
      
    
    Q: Some comments for the players please.
    
    Inoue: I feel that designing motions is a more sensual and delicate art than 
    just creating models. I feel the pain when I create painful motions and when the 
    work is finished I love it. I'll work harder so players can share this love.
    
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           6.1.7 Nakamura-san
    
    Nakamura-san
    Profile: Nakamura Shoji
    Birth date - 7/19/74
    Age - 24
    Blood Type - unknown
    Born a natural athlete he learned to view life through sports and over 16 years 
    through primary school up through the university. After he graduated he became 
    an employee of Namco and has been learning the tough life of society and game 
    creation through his daily hard work on the motion team. He is still in both the 
    middle steps of work and life. Previous work: Tekken 3 (PS)
    
    
    
    Q: What was your part on the motion team and which characters did you work on?
    
    Nakamura: Creating the various moves for the characters, especially Mitsurugi 
    and Nightmare.
    
    
    
    Q: Which motions would you like players to check out?
    
    Nakamura: Nightmare's clashing motions and Mitsurugi's Hell Flash.
    
    
    
    Q: What was the most difficult part for you?
    
    Nakamura: Soul Calibur was my first genuine project. Since I was a cadet I made 
    many mistakes and everything was very difficult for me. So I wanted to extend a 
    big thank you to all the staff for their patience and help with me.
    
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           6.1.8 Shibue-san
    
    Shibue-san
    Profile: Originally an animator of OVA style animes (picture & motion drawings). 
    His first work on games was creating artwork for adventure games on the PC 
    Engine (Turbo Graphics 16). And then a fighting game (character design and 
    graphics) for the PC9801, Mahjong games (art and graphics, direction and art 
    direction) and others.
    
    Previous Work: See above
    
    
    
    Q: What was your part on the motion team and which characters did you work on?
    
    Shibue: Mainly throws for Ivy, Astaroth, Kilik and Nightmare.
    
    
    
    Q: Which motions would you like players to check out?
    
    Shibue: Try the throws on an opponent's back. Though they are difficult these 
    are great motions. We made special hit motions for these so you maybe want to 
    spend the extra money or get help from the 2P side.
    
    
    
    Q: Some comments for the players please.
    
    Shibue: Please enjoy controlling the characters, not being particular to win or 
    lose.
    
    
    
    Q: How are you doing in these days?
    
    Shibue: I am melting... (Ed. I guess it must be hot)
    
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           6.1.9 Hirata-san
    
    Hirata-san
    Profile: After "the dark ages" Namco employed him via a complete miracle. His 
    previous job was working as a magazine writer. He was a gifted Tekken 2 player 
    and had nick named himself "San Paul Hirata". There is also so rumors that 
    during "the dark ages" he was a bartender... so many pasts. He is now working on 
    the motion team in VS R&D. He is a standing member of both the "VS apprentice 
    quartets" club and the "I have my futon in the office" club.
    
    Previous Work: Soul Edge ver. 2, Quiz My Angel, Dancing Eyes, Tekken 3
    
    
    
    Q: What was your part on the motion team and which characters did you work on?
    
    Hirata: I am part of the motion selection crew, we give the characters motions. 
    In Tekken 3 I created motions for Eddy, Xiaoyu and other characters. My 
    creations often turned out to be painful looking and I don't know why. At the 
    time I was forced to create dangerous "bunshin"(dividing and advancing) motions. 
    I Soul Calibur I was in charge of Maxi, Ivy, Kilik, Xianghua, Taki and Voldo. My 
    favorite character to work on was Kilik. I also participated in the motion 
    capturing, we encounter many hardships back then... we even had a swam of 
    earthquakes!
    
    
    
    Q: Which motions would you like players to check out?
    
    Hirata: In Tekken 3 I really like Paul's Thruster. Because from this motion I 
    learn how to create stronger motions. In Soul Calibur: Kilik's Heaven Monument 
    throw. It is one of the few motions I was truth satisfied with. And in general 
    Maxi's motions are good since I created them under tough instructions. If you 
    look at the movies I highly recommend Kilik's kata. I know I shouldn't point out 
    the attract movies but I worked on this one very hard... both mentally and 
    physically.
    
    
    
    Q: Some comments for the players please.
    
    Hirata: We put great effort into making this game fun for every level of player. 
    Soul Calibur is out masterpiece in terms of effort and we hope players will 
    enjoy it for a long time. We wish that all players will enjoy playing this game. 
    We also work hard to make games players can enjoy with all their heart. Please 
    feel the fun of playing, not just with your mind (brains) but with the body as 
    well.
    
    
    
    Q: What is the most difficult part in motion capturing?
    
    Hirata: The hardest parts are designing moves, keeping the actors' tensions and 
    investigating the subtitles of the actors' movements. Of course the true 
    "hardest part" is staying awake sometimes. The time schedule can be very tight 
    so we have little time to prepare ideas, reference videos (of actors), etc. So 
    what we cut off our schedules when we don't have enough time is sleep. Therefore 
    we couldn't sleep the day before motion capturing and we all felt very exhausted. 
    I was lucky that my part of the work was to talking to the actors to keep 
    everyone awake and fresh. I remember one time the cameraman was pitching and he 
    said "Oh earthquake?" and the director didn't notice because he had failed to 
    resist sleeping and he began wandering. From that day on I decided to always 
    carry some gum.
    
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       6.2 Weapons
           6.2.01 Katana
    
    Developed before the bokken, the Katana was the traditional weapon of the 
    Samurai warriors of feudal Japan.  This deadly blade was both feared, and highly 
    honored.  
    A slightly curved sword, the Katana was worn in the belt on the left side, edge 
    upward.  The metal was folded thousands times in order to increase its strength; 
    then the blade was driven through the bodies of captured enemies. The ancient 
    Japanese believed that this action captured their enemy's soul within the blade. 
    
    Employed on foot or horseback, the Katana was used in battle, competition, and 
    assisted in ritual deaths.  The scabbard is made of lacquered wood and was 
    sometimes used to subdue enemies the Samurai deemed unworthy of honorable combat.  
    By studying the Katana you not only learn the skills of the blade, but also the 
    ceremony and traditions that come along with it. The Katana is a very involved 
    weapon, its use spanning for many generations.  Training was usually handed down 
    from father to son, father to son...  
    
    The Katana is now primarily a popular weapon for kata competition and 
    demonstrations. 
    
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                  6.2.01.1 A Short History of the Japanese Sword
    
    Archaeological evidence indicates that swords have existed in Japan for its 
    entire historical period. Short straight swords imported from China and Korea 
    are among the earliest weapons found in historical sites around Japan. After 
    2000 B.C., when these swords first appeared, the Japanese began making their own 
    swords. Around 700 A.D., Japanese swordsmiths forged the first of what are now 
    considered the finest swords ever made. 
    The person considered responsible for vastly improving Japanese sword design and 
    manufacture was a smith named Amakuni. Like others in his profession, he was 
    responding to the huge demand for weapons made by local, provincial, and 
    national leaders. Regional conflicts over land rights and issues of power 
    continuously erupted, and, when not warring among themselves, the early Japanese 
    were invading the Korean peninsula or China, or defending themselves against 
    Korean and Chinese invaders. Any leader with a supply of superior weapons was at 
    a great advantage, so a constant, long-term effort to find swordmakers improving 
    the craft ensued. The most devoted smiths made the quest for the perfect blade 
    into a lifetime pursuit, and men exist today who devote their lives to the art 
    of swordmaking. 
    The long sword in Japan has seen three major incarnations, and for each type of 
    sword exists a fighting style to match the blade's shape. The early blades, 
    called chokuto or "straight swords," tended to get longer as metallurgy 
    techniques improved. Though not much is known about how these weapons were 
    wielded, the extra length - without any significant increase in weight - 
    certainly gave the fighter more reach. The handle size of these blades suggests 
    that they were held in one hand. The two-edged blade suggests a thrusting and 
    hacking style of fighting. 
    The first major change in the shape of the sword came during Amakuni's time, a 
    style perhaps created by Amakuni himself. Warriors found that, compared to a 
    straight blade, a curved sword can be drawn from the scabbard more quickly and 
    can provide a more effective cutting angle. Consequently, swordsmiths developed 
    forging techniques to make a curved blade at least as strong as the earlier 
    straight ones. These swords, called tachi, were extremely long, some nearly four 
    feet, and were generally used by soldiers on horseback. The long, curved blade 
    was ideal for a sweeping draw and slash against opponents on the ground or 
    mounted upon other horses. 
    Later in Japanese history, most soldiers found themselves doing battle on foot, 
    or engaging in individual combat against one another. For such men, the tachi 
    were too long to be drawn or wielded comfortably, so a shorter sword was 
    developed. This sword was the katana, and the katana is the sword that most 
    practicianers of Iai-Do systems use today. Katana are generally between two and 
    four feet in length and, though curved, have a less pronounced arc than the 
    tachi. They can be efficiently drawn from the scabbard into position for a 
    horizontal, diagonal, or vertical cut, and the curve of the blade lends itself 
    well to the efficient slashing cut characteristic of Iai-Do.  
    
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           6.2.02 Bo Staff
    
    The bo, or staff is probably one of the first weapons that mankind used to 
    defend or hunt. It could easily be found, was not too difficult to handle, and 
    could be used for multiple purposes. The bo staff itself is believed to have 
    been originated with the tenbin (a stick held across the shoulders, usually with 
    buckets hanging from each end for carrying water and such). 
    The history of the bo dates back thousands of years, believed to be found first 
    in China. It is one of the five weapons systematized by the early Okinawan 
    developers of the style known as te (hand). In feudal Japan it was part of the 
    bugei (early Japanese martial arts) and was used by samurai and commoners alike. 
    Its length made it an apt weapon against swordsmen, disarming the opponent while 
    allowing the user to remain at a safe distance. 
    
    The bo is a well known weapon used in most styles of martial arts practiced 
    around the world. Although varied in size and length, all bo staffs are long 
    pieces of well polished wood, best described as a stick. Thickness of the bo 
    varies pending on the style of the martial art, although it must be made so that 
    the fighter can comfortably make a tight fist around it in order to block and 
    counter an attack. The length of the bo also depends on the style of the martial 
    art, however the most common length is a few inches taller than the wielder. 
    
    In a fight, the bo staff acts as an extension of one's limbs. All jabs, strikes 
    and blocks should be executed as you would without the weapon in your hands. A 
    well aimed jab to an enemy's weak or unguarded area could easily disable them 
    without requiring much strength from the person wielding the weapon. The bo is 
    also used to block and parry an opponent who may also possess the same weapon. 
    Other uses for this weapon include sweeping the leg/feet of an opponent, 
    breaking the knees, and sweeping dust into the  
    opponent's eyes.  
    
    It is not hard to find a good bo staff in the time of need. A good stick can be 
    found almost anywhere. Now part of budo (martial way), the bo is often used in 
    kata performance. Physical conditioning with the bo improves balance, 
    coordination, and upper body strength.
    
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           6.2.03 Tai Chi Sword
    
    This straight sword is know as the 'weapon of a thousand days' - this was the 
    amount of time required to become proficient in the use of the Tai Chi Sword. 
    This particular weapon was regarded as a symbol of status within traditional 
    Chinese society, therefore it was worn as a sign of class and position by 
    scholars, gentry, royalty and high ranking government officials. 
    
    The practice of the Tai Chi (Taiji) Sword is consistent with the way of Tai Chi 
    Chuan, having the same positive effects on the body as Tai Chi. While the beauty 
    of the sword's forms is its external grace & elegance, the sword offers another 
    level of Tai Chi Chuan's profound internal principles.  
    
    Externally, the speed of these forms is even-tempo with soft steps and 
    occasional jumps. The practitioner executes horizontal, vertical, diagonal, 
    circular, forward and backward cuts, thrusts, chops, blocks, and slices 
    throughout the forms. The primary purpose of this weapon when used in combat was 
    to disable an opponent and render them unable to continue.  
    
    Internally, a strong connection between the body and the sword has to exist, or 
    the aforementioned techniques cannot be properly executed. Like the long form, 
    the practitioner is practicing the power principles, using a sword instead of 
    the hands. Techniques are executed as if the sword were a part of the body. In 
    sword forms, the practitioner pays attention of the movements of the sword by 
    using the waist.
    
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           6.2.04 Nunchaku
    
    The nunchaku is made out of two sticks, preferrably of hard wood, connected by 
    rope or chain. As the sticks vary in legth, size and weight, so does the length 
    of the connection between the two sticks. The nunchaku-stick is normally as long 
    as the forearm, however personal preference allow for longer of shorter versions.  
      
    Developed somewhere in the late 16th, early 17th century by Okinawans after the 
    Japanese gained occupation of their land, the nunchaku was one of many harmless 
    looking weapons implemented at the time (like the sai, tonfa, etc.). The two 
    equal sections were originally held together by horsehair, and were originally 
    used as a farming tool to thresh grain.  Their application evolved into weapons 
    of defense, and could be used against armed or unarmed assailants. As a weapon, 
    the nunchaku were used in conjunction with various stances and techniques. The 
    sticks could be used for spearing or striking, and the chain could choke, block, 
    or trap.  
    
    Today the nunchaku is a popular weapon for demonstrations. It is also used as a 
    weapon of self-defense by martial artists, and some law enforcement agencies.  
    
    The nunchaku-stick is divided into three parts: the upper part (jokon-bu), the 
    middle part (chukon-bu), and the lower part (kikon-bu). The top of the stick is 
    called kontoh and the rope passes through the ana (hole). The bottom of the 
    nunchaku is called kontei. 
    
    There are numerous variations of the nunchaku. The Chinese had a round stick 
    nunchaku, or maru-gata nunchaku; the Japanese an octagonal, called the hakakukei 
    nunchaku. Then there is a nunchaku with one long stick and one short stick, 
    which is called so-setsu-kon nunchaku. It should prevent you from hitting your 
    own hand when you miss a hit. 
    
    The han-kei nunchaku is made out of two halfs of a stick which fit nicely 
    together which makes it easy to carry. The san-setsu-kon nunchaku is the three-
    sectional staff. The sticks may vary in size, often the middle one is a bit 
    shorter than the outer ones. Another variation of this nunchaku has one normal 
    stick, and the other side is composed out of two shorter sticks. It makes it 
    harder for an opponent to block an attack, and it is easier to loop another 
    weapon (or attacker) with this nunchaku. Yet another variation, the yon-setsu-
    kon nuchaku, is made out of four sticks (long piece-short piece-rope/chain-short 
    piece-long piece).
    
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           6.2.05 Tanto
    
    The Tanto is a Japanese knife which is traditionally up to 18 inches in length. 
    Originally created in the 14th century to be worn with a Samurai's armor, the 
    tanto's main purpose was to cut the wearer out of their armor if they were to 
    fall in water. A similar dagger without the guard is sometimes called an Aikuchi.  
    The tanto was also an important weapon in the Ninja's arsenal. Like the ninja-to, 
    the tanto was not made of the high quality steel that the Samurai's sword was, 
    however the Ninja made up for this by using the tanto as a 'multi-purpose' tool. 
    The tanto was used to pry open doors, dig holes or small ditches, and could even 
    be thrown. The tanto was used as a thrusting weapon in close combat, to cut 
    and/or stab an opponent.  
    
    While Tanto-Jutsu (art of the dagger) is not widely practiced today, the weapon 
    is sometimes used in kata demonstrations and  
    competitions.
    
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           6.2.06 Jutte
    
    Jutte are implements that were used by the samurai as well as the feudal era 
    police. They were used for trapping bladed edged weapons as well as jabbing, 
    striking and trapping fingers.  
    Some believe that the jutte is the predecessor of the sai because of their 
    similarity in appearance, however there is no proof of this particular theory. 
    One thing that is known, is that the little prong on one side of the jutte was 
    NOT used to 'catch' a sword, but was used instead to take a sword away from a 
    Samurai of higher status without damaging the Samurai or his katana.
    
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           6.2.07 Chinese Broadsword
    
    Designed to lay the wind, the curved blade of the broad sword ranges in length 
    from 25-29 inches, the handle from 7 to 10 inches, and the guard about 1.5 
    inches beyond the perimeter of the handle. The circular or semicircular metal 
    guard protected the handle from the enemy's weapon sliding down the blade. Often, 
    a handkerchief as long as the blade hung from the handle to distract the enemy 
    and whipe blood off the blade.  
    The width of the blade varies from sword to sword, averaging two inches near the 
    guard, to three inches at the crescent. The blood grooves near the back edge of 
    the blade are etched in for stability, and for allowing air into the wound for a 
    quick pull out. In ancient China there was a saying that the broad sword is the 
    master of all weapons. Because of the way the broad sword was used, it had 
    proven to be more advantages than other weapons - even a slight sliding across 
    the enemy's body would cause more serious of an injury than from the hammer, the 
    staff, the spear, or the whip. Since the broadssword is sharp only on one side, 
    placing the spine of the sword close to the body can prevent the weapon from 
    causing injury to the holder. 
    
    Many different types of sabres existed in China, depending on geographic area, 
    martial technique and personal preference.  
    
    In order to increase the weight to improve killing potential, the width and the 
    thickness of the blade was increased, rings were installed on the back of the 
    sabre, and/or the end of the handle was formed into a ring shape.  This design 
    of sabre incorporating all three changes was called a Large Ring Sabre.  
    Different numbers of rings have been used.  The most common designs had 6 or 9 
    rings, called the Six Ring Sabre and Nine Ring Sabre respectively.  The sounds 
    of the rings also served as a distraction to the enemy, just like the 
    handkerchief.
    
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           6.2.08 Tonfa
    
    The tonfa was originally a wooden handle that fit into a hole on the side of a 
    millstone used to grind rice and other grains, dating back to 15th century 
    Okinawa. The handle, which was easily disengaged from the millstone, became a 
    very effective weapon of defense. The tonfa's circular movements as a farm 
    implement evolved into its rotating strikes as a weapon.   
    In 1906, the ownership of weapons was prohibited on the Okinawan Islands by the 
    Japanese invaders. As a result, an exploration of self-defense techniques and 
    new weapons for self-defense began. To fill the need to protect their family and 
    crops, the Okinawans developed Karate; one of the most efficient forms of 
    unarmed combat in history. They also developed a system of armed combat, with 
    'hidden weapons' (ordinary farm tools), called Kobujutsu.  
    
    The main part of the tonfa, the shaft, consists of a large hardwood body, about 
    50 to 60 centimeters in length, and a smaller cylindrical grip secured at a 90 
    degree angle to the shaft, about 15 centimeters from one end.  
    
    Two tonfa were often used simultaneously, and were very efficient against armed 
    assailants. The side of the tonfa was used for blocking, and the ends for direct 
    punches. Continued practice with the tonfa can help improve balance, 
    coordination and physical strength.
    
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          6.2.09 Butterfly Swords
    
    The Butterfly Swords are two short swords working in unison and with potentially 
    deadly results. The Butterfly Swords were a common weapon combination used by 
    many southern Chinese styles.  
    Broad and thin giving them the ability to be flipped for hiding from an enemy, 
    this weapon duo naturally increases a practictioner's hand and arm speed while 
    strengthening one's wrists. This weapon, and any form for it, have the 
    trademarks of short but quick techniques.
    
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           6.2.10 Naginata
    
    The Naginata (reaping sword) is a weapon with a rich history, utilized and 
    refined from the Nara Period (710-784 A.D.) to today. Employed initially by the 
    Bushi, it later found itself the specific weapon of the Sohei or Buddhist monks. 
    It is derived from the spear family and, as such, is a shafted weapon. The 
    length of its oval shaft varied from 5' to 8', depending on battle conditions 
    and personal requests. The most striking feature however, was the blade; it 
    could be anywhere from 10 inches to more than 2 feet, and was sharpened on a 
    single side, fashioned in the manner of either Sakizori or Uchizori.  
    As with most shafted weapons, it was most devastating when utilized for sweeping 
    or circular motions. However, thrusts with the blade and/or the heavy Ishizuki 
    on the butt end were effective tactical alternatives used to block or knock 
    opponents off balance.  
    
    During the Edo period (1600-1808), women of the samurai class were the primary 
    wielders of the Naginata. It could be used on horseback or on foot, and was part 
    of the Bujutsu (Japanese military arts).  
    
    Today, Naginata-do (the way of the Naginata) is still popular with Japanese 
    women and is part of many academic athletic programs in Japan. National 
    competitions are still held, and women often compete with Naginata against men 
    armed with Bokken (wooden swords). Extremely strong wrists and forearms are 
    necessary for this sport.  
    
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       6.3 Locals
    
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       6.4 People
           6.4.1 Seiyuu/Voice Actors
    
    Shiina Hekiru
    Seung Mina - Soul Edge Arcade
    Seiyuu info
    Born: 03-12-1974
    Birthplace: Kurume, Tokyo
    Height: 152 cm
    Weight: 38 kg
    Blood Type: A
    Works for: M.T. Project
    
    Some other roles:
    Magic Knight Rayearth - Hikaru
    DNA^2 - Kotomi
    Megami Paradise - Rurubell
    
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    Miyamura Yuko
    Seung Mina - Soul Blade (PS)
    Seiyuu info
    Born: 12-04-1974
    Birthplace: Hyougo
    Height: 157 cm
    Weight: ? kg
    Blood Type: 0
    Works for: M.T Project
    
    Some other roles:
    Evangelion - Asuka
    Wedding Peach - Hinagiku (Daisy)
    Hyper Police - Natsuki
    
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    Kuwashima Houko
    Seung Mina - Soul Calibur
    Seiyuu info
    Born: 12-12-1975
    Birthplace: Iwate
    Height: 158 cm
    Weight: 45 kg
    Blood Type: A
    Works for: Aoni Production
    
    Some other roles:
    Dead or Alive 3 - Kasumi
    Nadesico - Yurika
    Slayers - Philia
    
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    Morikawa Toshiyuki
    Mitsurugi - Soul Edge Arcade / Soul Calibur
    Hwang - Soul Edge Arcade
    Seiyuu info
    Born: 01-26-1967
    Birthplace: Kanagawa
    Height: ? cm
    Weight: ? kg
    Blood Type: 0
    Works for: Arts Vision
    
    Some other roles:
    Tekken 3 - Hwoarang
    Key the Metal Idol - Tataki
    Please Save my Earth - Ogura
    
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    Takagi Wataru
    Hwang - Soul Blade (PS) / Soul Calibur
    Mitsurugi - Soul Blade (PS)
    Seiyuu info
    Born: 07-25-1966
    Birthplace: Chiba
    Height: ? cm
    Weight: ? kg
    Blood Type: A
    Works for: Arts Vision
    
    Some other roles:
    Samurai Spirits - Galford
    Slayers - Volgarv
    Dirty Pair Flash - Baran
    
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    Takimoto Fujiko
    Taki - All Soul- games
    Seiyuu info
    Born: October 6
    Birthplace: Osaka
    Height: ? cm
    Weight: ? kg
    Blood Type: B
    Works for: ?
    
    Some other roles:
    Zelda - Young Link
    Gravitation - Jun
    Mahoujin Guru Guru - Nike
    
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    Neya Michiko
    Sophitia - All Soul- games she is in
    Seiyuu info
    Born: 10-10-1965
    Birthplace: Fukui
    Height: ? cm
    Weight: ? kg
    Blood Type: A
    Works for: Arts Vision
    
    Some other roles:
    Xenogears - Emeralda
    Toshinden - Tracy
    To Heart - Serio
    
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    Hiyama Nobuyuki
    Siegfried - All the soul- games
    Nightmare - Soul Calibur / Soul Calibur II
    Yoshimitsu - Soul Calibur
    Seiyuu info
    Born: 08-25-1967
    Birthplace: Hiroshima
    Height: 166 cm
    Weight: 60 kg
    Blood Type: A
    Works for: Arts Vision
    
    Some other roles:
    Zelda - Link
    Fushigi Yuugi - Hikitsu
    Escaflowne - Ort
    
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    Yamanoi Jin
    Li Long - Soul Edge Arcade / Soul Blade (PS)
    Seiyuu info
    Born: Novemer 16
    Birthplace: Tokyo
    Height: ? cm
    Weight: ? kg
    Blood Type: B
    Works for: ?
    
    Some other roles:
    Legaia Densetsu - Gala
    Fushigi Yuugi - Tatara
    Dagwon - Shin
    
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    Nagasako Takashi
    Cervantes - All the Soul- games
    Rock - All the Soul- games he is in
    Seiyuu info
    Born: ?
    Birthplace: ?
    Height: ? cm
    Weight: ? kg
    Blood Type: ?
    Works for: ?
    
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    Touma Yumi
    Ivy - Soul Calibur / Soul Calibur II
    Seiyuu info
    Born: 12-20-1966
    Birthplace: Chiba
    Height: ? cm
    Weight: ? kg
    Blood Type: A
    Works for: Aoni Production
    
    Some other roles:
    Dead or Alive - Lei-Fang
    Oh! My Goddess - Urd
    Fushigi Yuugi - Yui
    Record of Lodoss War - Deedlit
    Xenogears - Elly
    Xenosaga - Nephilim
    Valkyrie Profile - Valkyrie
    Tekken 3 - Ling Xiaoyu and Nina
    
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    Hisakawa Aya
    Xianghua - Soul Calibur / Soul Calibur II
    Seiyuu info
    Born: 11-12-1968
    Birthplace: Osaka
    Height: 160 cm
    Weight: 40 kg
    Blood Type: A
    Works for: Aoni Production
    
    Some other roles:
    Sailor Moon - Sailor Mercury
    Oh! My Goddess - Skuld
    Star Ocean Second Story - Rena Lanford
    
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    Ginga Banjou
    Astaroth - Soul Calibur
    Seiyuu info
    Born: ?
    Birthplace: ?
    Height: ? cm
    Weight: ? kg
    Blood Type: ?
    Works for: ?
    
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    Gohri Daisuke
    Edge Master - Soul Calibur
    Seiyuu info
    Born: ?
    Birthplace: ?
    Height: ? cm
    Weight: ? kg
    Blood Type: ?
    Works for: ?
    
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    Hoshi Souichirou
    Kilik - Soul Calibur / Soul Calibur II
    Seiyuu info
    Born: 05-30-1972
    Birthplace: Fukushima
    Height: ? cm
    Weight: ? kg
    Blood Type: B
    Works for: Arts Vision
    
    Some other roles:
    To Heart - Masashi
    Skies of Arcadia - Enrique
    Angelic Layer - Oujirou
    
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    Kanna Nobutoshi
    Maxi - Soul Calibur / Soul Calibur II
    Seiyuu info
    Born: 06-10-1968
    Birthplace: Tokyo
    Height: 170 cm
    Weight: 66 kg
    Blood Type: A
    Works for: Aoni Production
    
    Some other roles:
    Fushigi Yuugi - Tasuki
    Tenshi ni Narumon - Gabriel
    3x3 Eyes - Naparuba
    
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    Takagi Reiko
    Cassandra - Soul Calibur II
    Seiyuu info
    Born: 11-26-19xx
    Birthplace: Osaka
    Height: 145 cm
    Weight: ? kg
    Blood Type: A
    Works for: ?
    
    Some other roles:
    Love Hina - Kaora Suu
    Shadow Skill - Lunaris Anbra
    
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    Tamura Yukari
    Talim - Soul Calibur II
    Seiyuu info
    Born: 02-27-1976
    Birthplace: Fukuoka
    Height: 145 cm
    Weight: ? kg
    Blood Type: A
    Works for: Arts Vision
    
    Some other roles:
    Soul Hunter - Sakurai Asuka
    Onegai Teacher - Morino Ichigo
    Tenchi Muyo - Yoshinaga 
    
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    Toriumi Kousuke
    Yunsung - Soul Calibur II
    Seiyuu info
    Born: ?
    Birthplace: ?
    Height: ? cm
    Weight: ? kg
    Blood Type: ?
    Works for: ?
    
    Some other roles
    ? 
    
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    Masutani Yasunori
    Raphael - Soul Calibur II
    Seiyuu info
    Born: ?
    Birthplace: ?
    Height: ? cm
    Weight: ? kg
    Blood Type: ?
    Works for: ?
    
    Some other roles
    ? 
    
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       6.5 Historical facts
    
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    7. Version Stuff
    
    Ver. 1.0:
    Added seiyuu info and rearranged some profile info for section 3.1 which wasn't 
    were it should have been, added weapon info
    
    Ver. 0.9:
    Added english Yoshimitsu, Charade and Cervantes info
    
    Ver. 0.8:
    Added Soul Calibur II characters, and some weapon facts
    
    Ver. 0.6:
    Added section which goes into detail about the game, interviews, character 
    profiles from site and stage descriptions, added the mission books from Soul 
    Calibur, added Soul Calibur II in the index
    
    Ver. 0.5:
    Restructured the index and added the info from the Dreamcast version. Included 
    all the character profiles and prologue texts from the manuals
    
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    8. Planned Stuff
    
    Gather information about the characters, stages, weapons etc which might have a 
    basis in the real world.
    Need translator for japanese text
    
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    9. Credits
    
    Short history of the japanese sword - http://www.iaido.org/Pages/swordH.html
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    Thanks to Ewe for letting me use the seiyuu info from her site 
    (http://www.clowsecrets.com/esuo-esu/)
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    Weapon info - http://www.grandmaster.cc/weapons.php3
    

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