|In the Beginning, it is said, the Great Universal Goddess had three sons: the God of Water, the eldest and most powerful; the God of Earth, the second, and most concerned with mortals when later they came; and the God of Air, the youngest, and most carefree.
But the God of Fire was different entirely, son of the God of Earth and his human wife, and lived an odd life, alternating between old age and infancy like a pendulum. And the mortals were unsure if this new power that moved in the world, seemingly good only for destruction, could belong to a being who was not evil.
Hence, in order not to slight the new God and offend him or his parents or the Great Goddess herself, a bride was prepared for him, too. She was beautiful, and intelligent, and her spirit burned bright with hatred, for her home had been hit by lightening and consumed by fire, killing everyone but her. This maiden was to be, secretly, her husband's assassin, if the opportunity presented itself. (cont.)