was transformed into Nightmare by the demonic powers of Soul Edge. At one
time, Nightmare committed countless cold-blooded murders while under the
control of Soul Edge. All who knew of him feared his crimson gaze and his
strange, one-eyed, giant blade. Originally, he was
the leader of a group of brigands known as the Black Wind, whose stronghold
was located in the Black Forest near the Roman Empire. It was news of his
father's death that drove him from his marauding lifestyle, resolving to
find his father's killer.
Hearing word of a
sword known as Soul Edge, he became convinced that he could slay his father's
murderer if he found this ultimate weapon. He searched through the battlegrounds
in every region he traveled. Eventually, he came across a sword in a Spanish
harbor that emitted a strange aura beside the corpse of its owner, who
appeared to be a pirate. The dead body returned to life, covered in flames,
as if to protect the sword. Upon defeating the apparition, he reached for
the hilt of the mysterious blade.
It was then that he
heard the voice of Soul Edge, the sword that feeds on souls. It told him that if
he used the souls absorbed by the sword, he would be able to resurrect
his father. Accepting his new goal, the man's body began to surge with
the evil energy of the sword. The energy became a beautiful pillar of light
that pierced the evening sky and dissipated into the atmosphere.
From that moment on,
the man became Nightmare, the evil knight who would strike fear into every
corner of Europe. Having determined
that the power Soul Edge had at that moment was insufficient to revive
his father, Nightmare attacked village after village to nourish the blade.
Not satisfied, he sought out those with strong souls to feed the evil sword.
The killings ended
three years later, when Nightmare came across three sacrifices for his
blade. One of them wielded a spirit sword called Soul Calibur, which possessed
an aura that was the polar opposite of the evil power emitted by Soul Edge.
The battle between the swordsmen took place in a vortex of hellfire and
evil energy summoned by Soul Edge. After a raging battle, the evil sword
shattered, and both Nightmare and Soul Edge fell into the collapsing void.
With Soul Edge severely
weakened, Nightmare regained some of his humanity. Along with lucidity
came the horrifying memories of the sins he committed, as well as the fear
and anger of those who were slaughtered by him. Moreover, he realized that
he had been the one who murdered his father. Expelled from the
void into an unfamiliar place, Nightmare disappeared into the night-the
evil sword still in his grip. But Soul Edge was weaker now, and splinters
of itself were left in Nightmare's footsteps.
He knew Soul Edge
must never fall into the hands of another man. He set off to go as far
away as possible from human settlements. Yet each morning,
he awakened to the sight of people slain by him during the night. While
he slept, Soul Edge took over his mind and flesh, and he was burdened by
this new guilt. Nevertheless, he did not choose to take his own life and
end things easily. He knew that if he died, the sword would only find a
new host to continue its evil ways. The only solution was to find a place
where the evil could be imprisoned forever.
Initially, the balance
of power between him and the sword were equal. But as time wore on, his
control over his body became irregular, and the sword held sway over him
for slightly longer periods of time. The number of those
who fell victim to the blade continued to grow. The sword healed itself
gradually by feeding off the victims' souls. After four years, the sword
had nearly recovered to full strength. The fragments of itself
lost during its escape...The evil energy dispersed as the Evil Seed…Soul
Edge's shattered companion blade…the other Soul Edge...
With dominant control
over its host body, Soul Edge, once again in the form of "Nightmare," began
to pursue the fragments of itself that it had lost. It was on a quest to
restore itself completely. But at the same time,
he continued to fight the evil sword's plans with the little sanity left