Immortal Legend #01 – The Soyoku Phantom

The soul collector of the Abyss, responsible for the collection of human souls corrupted by greed.

Legends of the Immortals

In the legends of the Immortals, the elders would speak of the Soyoku as being once a man from a poor village. The man was accepting of his life yet on a growing number of occasions he would see royalty passing through the village, often triggering destructive moments of intense jealousy.

These negative emotions soon began to dominate his life as he began to look down upon his poverty stricken family, friends and those that he once held dearly.

It reached a point that one day in a moment gripped by his desires he decided to break into the royal palace. During the night he somehow managed to not only stealthily get past the guards but also make it out with the most valuable royal treasure in the land.

He spent the next week on the run with his newly acquired treasure, so preoccupied with his bounty he forgot to eat, sleep and even seek out water. On the seventh day of running and without consideration for his own bodies malnourishment, he inevitably perished. His remains were left gripping a hold of the treasure in a remote location far away from civilization never to be seen again.

It was from this moment that it’s believed that the Soyoku was born, the mans soul was forever destined to search the lands for those inflicted by the same greed that destroyed his own soul.

The Soyoku’s Collection of Souls

This particular phantom now typically frequents cities and districts with large concentrations of people completely unaware of its presence. It’s sweeps through the cityscape glancing through windows, peeking through doorways and in modern times it’s suspected to even tap into mobile devices as it watches over potential victims.

Once the Soyoku encounters a target afflicted with greed, it will often attach itself to the individual. During this attachment, it’s common for good fortune to manifest in the individual’s life. They might become rich, famous and gain all the material possessions they could ever wish for. Though little do they know, it’s the Soyoku’s offerings that is feeding their corrupted desires.

In the Abyss of course time does not exist and so this phantom might remain attached to its host for several years, every waking moment watching and casting judgment.

Its method of collecting souls occurs during “the night of final judgement” as the phantom enters into the victims dream. In the dream the Soyoku will test the individual’s spirits for one last time. This test will consist of offering even more gifts, money and possessions conjured into the dream world.

The Soyoku knows the source of greed in every individual and will create any opportunity to expose that person’s true character.

In fact it’s such an exceptional judge of character that most individuals during final judgement inevitably fail its test. Even those that somehow suspect the phantom is attached to them cannot help themselves from taking the phantoms offerings.

The Change of Heart

There is however rare cases where once greedy individuals become aware of their wrongs during the dream. Immortals called this a “change of heart” and key to any greedy individual breaking free from their destiny. In these moments it’s said the Soyokus dream disguise transforms, revealing itself in its true form before the individual wakes from the dream.

Those fortunate enough to wake still have their soul intact and must make an offering immediately. The ceremony is as follows, they must take all items of clothing (except those being worn), all physical possessions and seven days worth of fresh food. These items are to be taken to the homeless and distributed while thanking each person as the offering is given out.

Once the ceremony is complete, it will become evident to the Soyoku that the greed was dissolved from the individual’s ego. The phantom will then no longer desire to collect the soul and will forever protect the humbles individual.