Note: This article is an unofficial English translation of the official Japanese Master Guide 5 card storylines. The following information is presented in a format closely mimicking the language and format of how the information was presented in Master Guide 5.
All life rooted on that planet has its origins in the "Naturia Sacred Tree". The energy radiating from the "Sacred Tree" spreads throughout the earth, and is granted new life as it takes the form of any and all newborn creatures who draw breath upon the land. When these creatures die, this energy goes through the earth back into the Tree. This is the system of reincarnation regulating the flow of life and death in the world. Essentially, the "Sacred Tree" is the combination of 2 different types of reincarnation systems, known as "sefiroth" and "qliphoth".
"Sophia" regulated the power of "creation" while "Tierra" regulated the power of "destruction". However, in the Battle of Gods in times immemorial, "Sophia" managed to overcome "Tierra", obtaining sole directive over the "Sacred Tree’s" system. Using the power of "creation" and "destruction", the victorious "Sophia" accessed the "Sacred Tree", creating a "Core" to seal "Tierra" within the "Sacred Tree". To make sure that the "Core" could never be used again, "Sophia" broke it into 10 pieces, and scattered them within the organisms in a land far from the "Sacred Tree". Those pieces later became the "Pyroxene" of the "Gem-Knights". With "Tierra" sealed, the only way for organisms on the surface to prosper was through "Sophia".
Even so, "Tierra" had no thoughts of giving up trying to seize control of the world. After spending unmeasurable aeons interfering with the life energy being recycled back into the "sefiroth", and turning it into life energy for the "qliphoth", "Tierra" slowly regained some of its power.
Seizing the chance as "Sophia" fell in battle against the surface lifeforms, "Tierra" began planning its advent on the surface world once more. The first step would be reactivating the "qliphoth", while the second step would be regaining the 10 "Cores" to remove the seal suppressing its powers. The final part of the plan would have "Tierra" obtain the powers of "creation" and "destruction", and complete its revival. And so, this former deity began to put its dark machinations into motion.
"Constellar Sombre" and "Evilswarm Kerykeion", who had obtained the power of "Sophia" from the previous Great War, noticed that their powers of "creation" and "destruction" seemed to have been interfered with by an outside source. Thinking that this might be a sign of "Sophia’s" revival, in the process of searching for the truth behind this development, they descended upon the "Naturia Sacred Tree", where for the first time in decades, they met up with friends from their past.
"Naturia Leodrake" and "Steelswarm Roach", as well as the "Ritual Beast" and the "Nekroz", who had protected this land since the previous war, had all noticed the same strange disturbance, and gathered once more as comrades in arms.
Firmly believing that the disturbance was related to the "Sacred Tree", "Sombre" and "Kerykeion" gave up parts of their power of "creation" and "destruction" to each of "Leodrake" and "Roach", powering them up to to protect the Tree and prevent future threats.
Yang Zing, Spirit Dragons of the Land
Parting with "Kerykeion" and the others at the "Sacred Tree", "Sombre" scoured the land in search of powerful leylines where life energy overflow, in order to awaken the power needed to protect the planet from a new threat.
"Sombre’s" true goal was to break the seal on the "Naturia Sacred Tree" and gain access to the "sefiroth" system – by using the life energy of "Sophia, Goddess of Rebirth" coursing through the land to materialize the "Yang Zings". The "sefiroth", being the life system of "Sophia" itself, would allow "Sombre" to prevent "Sophia’s" revival, should she gain control of it. But in order to do so, "Sombre" required a total of 9 "Yang Zing" materializations.
Meanwhile, "Evilswarm Kerykeion" heard a rumor that the hero of the last war, "Gem-Knight Master Diamond", had revived – but had also attacked several individuals. He headed towards the Mist Valley Great Marshlands to find out the truth, but what he witnessed there was his former comrade, nearly unrecognizable, in the form of "Cairngorgon, Antiluminescent Knight".
"Cairngorgon" wielded the horrifying power of absorbing souls from the living, leaving their bodies as empty shells. Hoping to end this situation before any more victims were created, "Kerykeion" bravely fought on alone. However, he was unable to bring himself to use his full power against a former comrade and friend, and was ultimately absorbed by "Cairngorgon". "Kerykeion’s" power of "destruction" strengthened "Cairngorgon" tremendously, mutating it into "Shaddoll Core". "Shaddoll Core" then gave birth to those who lost their lives in the previous war – the "Shaddolls".
The true form of the "Shaddoll" are those who have lost their lives and were supposed to return to the "Sacred Tree" to be reborn again through "Sophia’s" life energy. However, they were trapped by "Tierra" while inside the "Sacred Tree", and imprisoned inside the vacuum tubes of the "Infernoids". Over time, their life energy began to change from those of "Sophia’s", to those of "Tierra’s", which caused the "Sacred Tree’s" system to treat them as bugs, spawning them to the world with only their bodies. In this form, they barely have a consciousness, but instead hold an innate desire to return to the "Sacred Tree" so that they can be reborn correctly.
And so the "Shaddoll" army began their advance in the direction of the Tree. Sensing "Kerykeion’s" plight with her power of "creation", "Sombre" led the "Yang Zings" to the Mist Valley Great Marshlands to stop the "Shaddolls’" assault.
In the hour of the Yang Zing’s danger, "Chiwen, Light of the Yang Zing", a new "Yang Zing", came falling out of the sky. "Chiwen" was materialized by "Sombre" after she gathered up all the star energy still drifting in the heavens; as such, it has a different origin than the other "Yang Zing". Due to this, "Chiwen" holds the power of "connecting the stars", the very same power wielded by the "Constellar" during the previous war.
By unleashing this power, it gathered up and combined with all the "Yang Zing" – including those who have already been turned into "Shaddolls" – evolving into "Baxia, Brightness of the Yang Zing".
As if in a resonance with the birth of the giant divine dragon "Baxia, Brightness of the Yang Zing" by "Chiwen, Light of the Yang Zing’s" power, warriors of light descended from the brilliant stars in the sky.
They are the descendents of the "Constellar", the brigade of saviors that fought to save this planet in the previous great war. "Constellar Sombre", being herself the result of the fusion of the 12 "Constellar" heroes, released the power of the 12 constellations, the "12 constellation rings", from herself, and returned them to the new warriors. The warriors of light, upon regaining that power, turned them into the "Tellarings", and transformed themselves into the "Tellarknight", the protectors of the planet. With their new power, the warriors headed toward the battlefield to confront the "Shaddoll".
In the midst of this, "Satellarknight Unukalhai", who wields the power of the constellation Serpens, suddenly sensed that there was a sliver of power within the shadows captured by the "Shaddoll" that was similar to his own. That was none other than the power of the constellation Ophiuchus, wielded by "Evilswarm Kerykeion" who was absorbed by "Shaddoll Core".
"Unukalhai" tried to free "Kerykeion", but in the overwhelming power of the "Shaddoll", he ended up getting restrained instead. Sensing "Unukalhai's" preparedness to die just to free him from deep within the shadow, "Kerykeion" also tried to fight back. However, with his power of "destruction" suppressed by "Shaddoll Core", the struggle was to no avail, and "Unukalhai" was captured by the shadow, and turned into "Shaddoll Squamata".
At that moment, "Kerykeion" used the shadow of his staff from the shadow, entrusting it to the "Tellarknights" still fighting outside. Wielding the staff's power, "Satellarknight Deneb" amplifies the power of "connecting the stars" that the "Tellarknights" possessed, and evolved into "Stellarknight Delteros" together with "Satellarknight Altair" and "Satellarknight Vega".
Following the "Stellarnova Alpha", "Delteros" called "Tellarknights" down from the sky.
Zing Fallen to the Shadows
The greatest error the "Tellarknights" made was allowing the "Shaddolls" to obtain the power of "connecting the stars" themselves, by absorbing "Satellarknight Unukalhai". The "Shaddoll" army used that power to fuse "Shaddoll Squamata" and "Bixi, Water of the Yang Zing", which had also been turned into a "Shaddoll", into "Jiaotu, Darkness of the Yang Zing", a dark "Yang Zing" with the power of "connecting the stars".
At this point, the war which started with the "Tellarknight"-"Yang Zing" alliance against the "Shaddolls" had become one of the "Tellarknights" facing both the "Yang Zings" and "Shaddolls", with no way out in sight.
Watchers of the Tree of Life
After obtaining the power of "connecting the stars", the "Shaddolls" gathered up the 8 "Pyroxenes" inside of the 8 "Yang Zings" and the "Pyroxene" belonging to "Gem-Knight Lapis" resting inside of "El Shaddoll Construct" to the "Antiluminescent Stone" belonging to "Cairngorgon" inside "Shaddoll Core".
Obtaining the power of 10 "Cores", "Shaddoll Core" evolved into "El Shaddoll Grysta". Following the will of the scheming "Tierra, Source of Destruction" to revive itself, "Grysta" began attacking the "Naturia Sacred Tree".
Although the situation was starting to improve for the "Tellarknights" with "Delteros" at front and center, the attack of the "Shaddolls," which leave every life form around them turned into more "Shaddolls," proved to be a desperate battle.
In the end, "Sirius" was also turned into a "Shaddoll". To prevent "Sirius’s" body from being used like how "Unukalhai" was used for "Shaddoll Squamata", "Betelgeuse" used his "Tellaring" to amplify his power of "connecting the stars" and fused the two of them plus "Procyon" together to form "Stellarknight Triver".
Even with the power of 2 "Stellarknights" in "Delteros" and "Triver", they were no match for "El Shaddoll Construct" and "El Shaddoll Grysta", and were forced to retreated from the Mist Valley Great Marshlands.
Borrowing the powers of "Evilswarm Exciton Knight", "Leo, the Keeper of the Sacred Tree", "Ritual Beast", and "Nekroz", they set up a barrier around the "Sacred Tree" as the final line of defense.
Final Battle at the Sacred Tree
The "Tellarknight"-"Ritual Beast"-"Nekroz" Alliance and the "Shaddoll" finally clashed at the barrier of the "Sacred Tree". The allied forces fought valiantly as both individuals and as a unit, successfully impeding the advance of the "Shaddoll" forces. With the resistance of the allied forces, "Tierra" was unable to breach the barrier, and began a new plan.
"Ritual Beast Tamer Wen" was born with great spiritual powers, but this caused fear in those around her, and she was eventually abandoned by her parents. She was picked up by "Elder of the Ritual Beast Tamers", and raised like sisters with "Pilica, Descendant of Gusto". She usually has her eyes closed in order to suppress her great spiritual powers which she greatly detests.
One with the Aura of God – Winda, Priestess of Gusto
"El Shaddoll Winda" was "Winda, Priestess of Gusto" in life. She died when her body was assaulted by "Sophia, Goddess of Rebirth’s" divine aura during its revival due to her proximity to the event. A very crucial part to "Tierra’s" revival is that of "Sophia’s" power, which was needed to gain access to the "Sacred Tree", so to compensate for this "Tierra" purposefully revived her.
Underground, hidden beneath the "Sacred Tree", lies the "Qliphort" and the "qliphoth" system which seals "Tierra". With "Winda’s" contact, the seal had been broken, and the "Sacred Tree" ripped itself from the ground, floating into the sky.
In the face of such an overwhelming event, even with the "Tellarknights" and those gathered at the "Sacred Tree" present, nothing could be done to stop it. At the same time, a change was also happening at the remains of the supposedly defeated "Grysta".
The activated "Qliphort" did not even spare a passing glance at the lives on the surface, but rather tenaciously went after the "Shaddoll" to eliminate or restrain them.
The "Qliphort" were originally entities that maintained the balance of the "Sacred Tree’s" "qliphoth" life system, and to them, the "Shaddoll", which were born from the "sefiroth" system, but who now has their souls in the "qliphoth" system, while still maintaining their bodies from the "sefiroth" system to move about, are nothing but alien elements that must be eliminated, as they are life that should not be and an existence that cannot be tolerated.
"Evilswarm Kerykeion" fought to suppress the "Shaddoll" from within, while "Delteros" gathered the staff and power it obtained from "Kerykeion" at "Apoqliphort Towers", and with the double suppression from inside and outside, "Construct" was finally stopped.
However, the threat was still far from over, and fearing the restraints breaking, the allied forces, with advice from "Kerykeion", urged "Shurit, Strategist of Nekroz" to use the spiritual power of the 3 "Ice Barrier" dragons within himself to create a seal, freezing "El Shaddoll Shekhinaga" in place and completely incapacitating it.
Evilswarm Kerykeion gathered energy together with Stellarknight Delteros at Apoqliphort Towers, restraining El Shaddoll Construct, turning into El Shaddoll Shekhinaga, which was in turn frozen by the power of the three dragons.
Cry of the God of Destruction
The "Shaddolls", now little more than an aimless mob, were being systematically eliminated by the "Qliphort".
However, as "Qliphort Scout" restrained and absorbed "Winda", the situation was turned completely on its head. After absorbing a being with the same aura as a god, that administrative privilege allowed access to "Tierra’s" power, which was split up and sealed inside of the "Qliphort".
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Finally released from their seals after immeasurable amounts of time, the "Infernoids" acquired the vacuum tubes – which the "Qliphorts" used to capture the "Shaddoll" inside themselves – to regain the power they have lost.
To sweep away the "Qliphort" and the surface lifeforms interfering with "Tierra’s" revival, the "Infernoids" began to flood the entire world with the flames of void.
Meanwhile, after coming into contact with "El Shaddoll Winda", the "Qliphorts" came to realize the existence of a life with the same aura as a god – an impossibility. Registering this as a fatal error in "Naturia Sacred Tree’s" life system, the "Qliphort" started executing the elimination of all life on the surface world, to purge and purify the world.
The text of "Qliphort Monolith"
The Japanese text of "Monolith" details the cause of the destruction caused by the "Qliphort" and "Infernoid". If you extract the Japanese and read from right to left, you reveal the motive of "Qliphort", while extracting the English reveals the reason for the actions of the "Infernoid".
"Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever."
"God is angry on your doing and want to bring the fire flood"
Note: TCG localization of Monolith's text uses an Atbash cipher that reads "Contact with the Sacred Tree is forbidden. The scourge has been unleashed." when deciphered. This has a decided differently meaning than what the original was going for.
Cycle of the Pyroxene
To take on not only the "Infernoid" but also the "Qliphort" was an undertaking the remaining allied forces were ill prepared for.
After rendezvousing with the "Tellarknight", "Gem-Knight Master Diamond" tried to perform the ultimate fusion by weaving together his own power of fusion, the valiant form of the "Constellar" in his memories, and the power of "connecting the stars" wielded by the "Tellarknight".
Combining the 4 chosen "Tellarknights" of "Sirius", "Procyon", "Capella", and "Rigel", and the 2 "Tellarings" housing the souls of "Constellar Aldebaran" and "Constellar Pollux" with himself, "Gem-Knight Master Diamond" transformed into the legendary divine dragon "Stellarknight Constellar Diamond". With his new form, "Diamond" appeared at battle against the "Infernoid" and "Qliphort".
Battle to the Death at Void
Rallying around "Stellarknight Constellar Diamond", the allied forces regained their strength and succeeded in pushing back the waves of "Infernoid" and "Qliphort".
However, the allied forces struggled in the face of the overwhelming power of "Onuncu", and even their last ray of hope "Constellar Diamond" looked to be no match, appearing on the verge of falling to the void flames of "Onuncu".
At his most dire moment, help arrived for "Stellarknight Constellar Diamond" in the form of a ray of light. "Constellar Sombre" succeeded in materializing the ninth and final "Yang Zing", "Denlong, Origin of the Yang Zing" and returned to the battlefield.
Using the rest of what little remained of her power of "creation" after materializing "Denglong", "Sombre" fused with "Constellar Diamond" and all of the remaining "Tellarknights". What was created was the true planetary savior knight, "Tellarknight Ptolemaeus".
The Secret Maneuvers of Devyaty
With the birth of "Tellarknight Ptolemaeus", the allied forces finally defeated "Infernoid Onuncu".
As the allied forces celebrated over their victory, "Shurit, Strategist of the Nekroz" noticed that the power of the 3 "Ice Barrier" dragons within him had disappeared. Sensing that this meant the war was not yet over, the allied forces began searching for the remnants of the "Infernoid" and "Qliphorts". However, they discovered that the vacuum tubes of the fallen "Infernoids" had disappeared from their remains, and that the trail had gone cold on "Infernoid Devyaty".
While escaping the chase of the allied forces, "Devyaty" had managed to collect the vacuum tubes of the fallen "Infernoids". To gain even greater power, it managed to reach the void where the 3 "Ice Barrier" dragons were previously sealed, "Void Trap Hole".
"Devyaty" then used the power of the "Ice Barrier" dragons to release the seal on the currently frozen – but still active – "El Shaddoll Shekhinaga", and absorbed it into itself. Realizing "Devyaty’s" goal, the allied forces hurried to "Shekhinaga", but were too late.
Wielding not only the powers of "Shaddoll", "Qliphort", and "Infernoid", but also the 3 "Ice Barrier" dragons, "El Shaddoll Anoyatyllis" was strong enough to rival even that of the "Goddess of Rebirth" from the past.
Channeling the "Nekroz of Sophia", the "Goddess of Rebirth" itself, "Dance Princess of the Nekroz" set out to stop "Anoyatyllis" together with "Tellarknight Ptolemaeus". The "Nekroz" that were left behind used this time to revive the 8 "Yang Zings" formerly turned into "Shaddolls", using their cycle.
God-Piercing Dragon Lance
The 8 revived "Yang Zings" steeled their resolve to stand against the threat of "El Shaddoll Anoyatyllis" by using their own sleeping dragon powers.
The souls of the 8 "Dragunity" became one and turned into the "Dragunity Divine Lance", a lance capable of piercing even the gods. The lance was then entrusted to "Nekroz of Sophia", locked in a battle to the death against "Anoyatyllis".
With the gathering of "Tellarknight Ptolemaeus", "Nekroz of Sophia", "Dragunity Divine Lance", and "Evilswarm Kerykeion" inside of "El Shaddoll Anoyatyllis" in one place, the powers of the "Goddess of Rebirth", the power of "creation" and "destruction", and the 10 "Cores" were assembled. The aura pulsating from this gathering became the key to starting up the "sefiroth" system, the counterpart to the "qliphoth" system, from within the "Naturia Sacred Tree".
The holy light emanating from the floating "Sacred Tree" chose 10 lives from the surface world to transform into the "Zefra". This "Zefra", just like the "Qliphort", is a part of the "Sacred Tree’s" system. Its original purpose was as a defense system that purged damaging errors to the "Sacred Tree", but for this war, in order to purge the anomaly threatening to destroy the planet known as "Anoyatyllis", it shared its powers with the surface lifeforms. And so the 10 chosen holy warriors stood against "Anoyatyllis" which threatened to destroy both the world and the Tree.
The Ten Chosen Zefra
"Satellarknight Zefrathuban", "Stellarknight Zefraxciton", "Shaddoll Zefranaga", "Shaddoll Zefracore", "Zefraxi, Treasure of the Yang Zing", "Zefraniu, Secret of the Yang Zing", "Zefrasaber, Swordmaster of the Nekroz", "Zefraxa, Flame Beast of the Nekroz", "Ritual Beast Tamer Zeframpilica", "Ritual Beast Tamer Zefrawendi"
Strike of the Divine Lance
With the arrival of the 10 chosen "Zefra" warriors, things finally turned around for the allied forces which was strained just to stop "El Shaddoll Anoyatyllis" in its tracks.
With the "Dragunity Divine Lance" in their hands, "Tellarknight Ptolemaeus" and "Nekroz of Sophia" used the power of "Sagittarius" maintained by "Satellarknight Alsahm" to launch the lance. With the power of the 8 dragons infused within, the Divine Lance’s sure-kill shot struck "Anoyatyllis", shattering it into pieces and finally defeating it.
Hidden within the remains of "El Shaddoll Anoyatyllis", was "Infernoid Decatron", the head of "Infernoid Devyaty", still active and functional. Using the power of the "Cores" within its 10 vacuum tubes, "Decatron" managed to access the "qliphoth" system within the "Sacred Tree" and revived "Tierra, Source of Destruction".
To solve this problem, "Tierra" planned to revive "Gem-Knight Lapis" that had been sleeping inside "El Shaddoll Construct" – as she is the mirror image of "Tellarknight Ptolemaeus", including her power of "creation" – and absorb the power this way.
"Tierra" first forcefully removed the seal suppressing "Construct", then manipulated the core of the defunct "Apoqliphort Towers", and resonated it with the vacuum tubes on "Infernoid Decatron", awakening the soul of "Gem-Knight Lapis" that had been trapped in a vacuum tube since the previous war. After spending decades imprisoned within the "Infernoid", most of her life energy had been converted into the "qliphoth" system.
"Lapis", a shell of her former self, became nothing more than a vanguard of "Tierra".
Lapis and Lazuli’s Relationship
"Lapis" and "Lazuli" were twins who were born with their bodies merged together. Although they split up after birth, the "Pyroxene" and its power all went to "Lapis", and "Lazuli" became a special "Gem-Knight" without a "Pyroxene". It is for this reason that "Lazuli" is the only "Gem-Knight" without a "Pyroxene".
"Tellarknight Ptolemaeus" was completely bewildered at the form of "Darktellarknight Batlamyus", essentially her other half. Under "Infernoid Tierra’s" control, "Batlamyus" activated the remains of the 10 "Qliphorts". Once the activation was complete, "Tierra" absorbed the 10 "Qliphorts" and "Batlamyus" into itself.
In the face of the god of destruction with its true powers regained, those on the surface could do nothing but await their purgation. With her final, faint sliver of hope, "Ptolemaeus" released the powers of the 9 "Yang Zings" she had once materialized to control the "Sacred Tree" at the "sefiroth" system.
That power activated the hidden 11th "Zefra" of the "sefiroth" system, and re-fused the cores of the 10 "Zefra". The 11th "Zefra" chose "Zefracore", who possessed auras of both light and darkness, and completed the fusion with its "Core".
The one who stood to face "Tierra, Source of Destruction" was the protector of the "Naturia Sacred Tree", "Zefraath". The scale of their battle shook the entire planet, and lasted for one thousand days and one thousand nights. At the dawn of the 1000th day, the forms of "Tierra" and "Zefraath" were nowhere to be seen. The only things left were the charred remains of the "Sacred Tree", and two "Gem-Knights".
The "War" which shook the heavens and the earth had finally come to an end. With the vanquishment of "Tierra, Source of Destruction", those imprisoned in the vacuum tubes of the "Infernoid" remains were freed. "Ritual Beast Tamer Elder", upon seeing the return of "Gusto Falco", sobbed uncontrollably, as he did in his youth as "Kamui, Hope of Gusto". The other veterans of the previous great war, having lived on for decades without ever expecting to see their old friends again in this lifetime, reunited with comrades of their own.
With the "Naturia Sacred Tree" out of action, the surface lives had lost their god. While many were at a loss about what to do, "Crystal" saw light emanating from the "Sacred Tree", thought to be completely inactive. With their friends and comrades watching over them, "Crystal" disappeared into the light along with "Lapis". As the dead and as "Shaddoll", they have wandered the world, but they have finally reached their resting place.
However, "Crystal" knows that his past friends and comrades are waiting just beyond that light. The future that they should head towards, that is a future in which life and death no longer endlessly repeat by the control of the "Sacred Tree". It is a world in which those living on the earth are promised tranquility, freed from the shackles of gods. To seek out that world, to create that promised land, he, just as those who were left behind by that light once did, embarks on a journey, to an unknown horizon.
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