In ages past, there was a being known only as the devil, who ruled the world through fear. Eventually, the human race united and rose against him, and there soon emerged twelve saints blessed with heavenly power who sealed away the devil at last. The incantation of binding used by the saints was contained in a sacred text known as the holy verses. Fearing the incantation s misuse in generations to come, the saints erased the fact of their sainthood from the annals of history, divided the holy verses into 12 fragments, and passed them down to their descendants secretly through the ages. 3,000 years have passed, and the.