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Season 1 Episode 38: The Past I Yearn For (3)
1-38 resting place of ocean depths purification
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When the N0 Cataclysm occurred, the primeval god Visnu separated the races, placing everyone into the god realm, the human realm (for humans and inferior suras), or the sura realm (for superior suras). The suras ended up in the least habitable and most toxic realm, which was especially harsh for the Gandharva clan. Their king, Gandharva, created a purified area to make a livable space for his clan, but it is not enough for the young and vulnerable rakshasa, and many clan members are begging him to create an ocean. The #2 strongest clan member, Makara, tries to reassure everyone that their king is doing his best for the sake of the clan (Urvasi scoffs at this, saying it is for Shakuntala), but creating an ocean could kill him. Maruna, who at this time is still in his third stage, seems unaffected by the poisonous environment, unlike Shakuntala, who is in her fourth stage and struggling.

As Gandharva relaxes in a small pool (possibly healing himself since his previous injuries are no longer visible), the king of the Ananta clan, Manasvin, arrives with his underling, Sagara, to discuss a way to save his clan, since Visnu's promise of giving them an ocean never came to fruition. After hearing the proposition, Gandharva angrily declines to get involved. On his way out, Manasvin reveals that Shakuntala is suffering and putting up a facade to protect her father.

Back in the present time, Kubera explains to Gandharva that the gate only allows travel in one direction at a time, depending on who crosses over first. As Gandharva prepares to pass through the gate to what he presumes will be an isolated region in the sura realm, someone else begins to come through from the other side—Sagara. Gandharva becomes enraged at this apparent double-cross.

Spoilers and TriviaEdit

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  • From Currygom's blog entry for this episode:
    • (Sagara): I fell asleep right after I finished this chapter, and dreamt that someone chased me yelling "upload it!" I woke up surprised...
      You don't need to memorize every character. The most important one shown today is Sagara, who is one of the main characters. She will appear more often anyways... Since most of the character names are Hindu-based, they can be hard to remember. It would be too weird to have characters with Korean names in such a setting.
    • (Gandharva and Makara): Nastikas usually speak formally to their king, but these two speak plainly.
      Sort of like... students talking to muscle guy(?) in class. However, it would be impossible to talk like that if the king were ruthless, wouldn't it? Ghandarva used to be that way... but he changed for his daughter. So he is kind of like a teacher who is looking after kindergarteners, so he's not really scary.
    • (Manasvin and Sagara): Changes were made to their clothes. Manasvin's mask now has openings for the eyes; he felt too emotionless without them. Sagara's outfit was too revealing... so I covered her up a bit. Just kidding. This just felt cuter. She has her old clothes underneath the new ones.
    • (Varuna): hoti varuna was heard when Atera was burning.[1] Some people seemed to have thought it was typo for Maruna. It's Varuna. I don't want to use confusing names, but I am borrowing these names from Hindu mythology, so I don't have much of a choice...
  • The two Primeval gods who disappeared during the Cataclysm were Visnu and Shiva. Agni mentioned Visnu's disappearance when he was buying mushroom skewers.[2]
  • When speaking of the gods, we can see, among others, the silhouettes of Agni and Chandra.[3]
  • We later learn that suras with stronger potential need to accumulate more experience to develop, hence why Maruna claimed that Shakuntala's fast development is a sign of her being a defect.[4]
  • Sagara and Manasvin were shown previously as silhouettes, warning Gandharva never to trust a god.[5]
  • We see Visnu making the promise about an ocean to Gandharva in Season 2. We eventually see a flashback of Visnu making the promise, and he actually didn't exactly lie.[6]
  • Manasvin mentions that only Varuna can create an ocean for Gandharva. In later chapters, we learn that Gandharva might have destroyed a planet that Varuna was protecting in D1, so she might be particularly hostile against him.[7]
  • Manasvin tells Sagara that they will go to Airavata next. She is the #2-ranked nastika in the Kinnara clan, a clan that is neutral.
  • We see what happens later on to the Gandharva clan in Season 2. Gods need to be the ones to create an ocean: though nastikas are stronger, gods are better at creation. In this chapter, Gandharva also says that he only needs to find Makara, because Makara is the one he asked to take Shakuntala to safety.[8]


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unwelcome divide
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welcome respite
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unwelcome guests
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unwelcome surprise

ReferencesEdit

  1. Season 1 Episode 15: The Sorrow of Loss (4)
  2. Season 1 Episode 8: The Queen and the Bum (3)
  3. Season 1 Episode 37: The Past I Yearn For (2)
  4. Season 2 Episode 104: Outsider (4)
  5. Season 1 Episode 20: The Sorrow of Loss (9)
  6. Season 2 Episode 59: Frozen Tears (2)
  7. Season 2 Episode 27: Reflection (1)
  8. Season 2 Episode 60: Frozen Tears (3)

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