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Q: I keep hearing the name " Trail of the dead". What exactly is this so called "trail", and what is its significance to the story?

A: The "trail" represents the memories and emotions left over from the lives of all beings. Once a being dies (whether it is human or other worldly) its memories are stored as information. The "trail" is a residual and infinite collection of information, stored since the beginning of time. Basically, it is almost like how your computer uses disks to store data. The stored data can be accessed through the computer disks at any time, as long as the user has privileges to access those computer disks. Only very few people are able to see this "trail". The possibilities of what can be achieved through accessing these infinite records are endless. Basically, anyone who can access the "trail" can obtain any information (no matter how well hidden) they desire.

For example, if someone were to die a violent and wrongful death, the strong emotions left over would allow the victim to manifest itself in a new form. The victim cannot fully manifest itself into a physical form within the physical plane; and thus are stuck in between the spiritual & physical realms. The realm located between the spiritual & physical realm, is known as the "Etheric" realm. The wronged victim may want to tell someone of it's past, but cannot, for other entities in the physical realm cannot see or hear the victim. This is theoretically how "ghosts" are formed. These ghosts seek out those with high spiritual awareness, in attempt to gain their aid, so that they may move on.

Q: I see. How will this "trail" help our protagonist?

A: The main protagonist, Hiroko is an outer worldly being. Hiroko does not reside on Earth, but on a different plane of existence known as the kingdom of Ashurado, which she rules as queen. One day, evil beings known as the "Syncro" attack Ashurado, for it holds the key to fully harnessing the power of the "trail". Anyone who can harness the power of the "Trail", will obtain infinite knowledge and the power beyond any god. Our main protagonist, Hiroko is among one of the very few entities who can fully access the "trail". Knowing this, the syncro target Hiroko, in attempt to extract any knowledge of the "trail" from her.

Conquering the kingdom of Ashurado, never being invaded by outside forces, would be a challenging feat to accomplish for the Syncro. The ruler of the Syncro enlists in the aid of Hiroko's sister, Kohana, who helps the Syncro invade Ashurado in exchange for absolute power. Because Kohana has the knowledge of Ashurado's inner workings, she is able to provide the Syncro with the information needed to collapse the kingdom.

In attempt to stop the Syncro's plans, Hiroko is stripped of her memory and killed. The Syncro succeed in invading the holy kingdom of Ashurado, and obtaining the knowledge of how to harness the power of the "trail". As Hiroko is now dead, Kohana is crowned the new ruler of Ashurado.

Hiroko lost all of her memories, and was reincarnated as a human in the mortal world (Earth). These lost memories were stored within the information network, known as the "Trail". While in the human world, Hiroko meets a psychic named Anno. Anno has extremely high spiritual powers, and is able to tap into the information network (trail) to some degree. Anno agrees to help Hiroko recover her lost memories. Recovery of these lost memories are the only way that Hiroko may return to her own world, and prevent the "Syncro" from completely decoding the Trail (information network). If the Syncro are to succeeded, the results would be catastrophic.

Q: Wow, seems like that chick has got it bad. Anyway, what the hell is a Syncro?

A: The Syncro are beings that were derived from the realm of Preta, or the "Hungry Ghost" realm. Beings who are forced to dwell in this realm for all eternity are known as "hungry ghosts," who forever search for ways to quell their hunger and thirst. They are always suffering, always seeking means to end their suffering.

Through the desire to end their eternal suffering, a small group of beings defied and broke the laws of "Bhavacakra", thus escaping the realm of Preta and earning their freedom. These beings are known as the "Syncro". The Syncro are beings whom evolved over time by devouring the souls of entities. They are not binded by the laws of dark & light, good & evil. Therefore, the Syncro cannot be controlled by anyone (not even god himself), and are free to do or go as they please. The Syncro are able to travel between most dimensions at will. These beings also have the knowledge to destroy God & Satan, as well as all beings who have chosen to serve good or evil.

Q: Holy shit! How are they to be stopped!? So, what is this "Law of Bhavacakra"?

A: Bhavacakra, is a Tibetan Buddhist word meaning"wheel of life". The Bhavacakra is an ancient Buddhist diagram which explains the cycle of life, as well as the six paths of life.

Q: Cool! What is Ashurado?

A: Ashurado is a world which resides on one of the planes of existence. The term Ashurado was derived from the Hindu word "Asura", meaning "enemy of the gods". Ashurado is a place of constant war and suffering. Its inhabitants are violent demi-gods. Like humans, these beings know the difference between right and wrong.

Q: Cool. Explain to me, what are the planes of existence?

A: In Hindu and Buddhist mythology, all individual beings are born into one of 6 paths of existence. These paths are known as the cycle of suffering (or cycle of samsara). The cycle of suffering, is basically the reincarnation of a soul. All beings must train to gain good karma, and they will continue to reincarnate until they gain enough karma to reach nirvana. Once a soul reaches nirvana, it has conquered death, and no longer needs to reincarnate. There are six paths: The realm of Hell, the realm of hungry ghosts, the real of animals, the realm of Asura, the realm of humans, and the realm of Deva. Hiroko rules the realm of Asura, known as Ashurado in this story.

Q: Sweet! So, were does the story take place?

A: The story takes place after Hiroko was killed and reincarnated on Earth (human realm). Hiroko, who has lost her memories, aimlessly roams the Earth (human realm), until she comes across a city known as Giam. The human world is plunged in chaos. The world's economy has collapsed, as result there are countless struggles of violence. The people are tired of being deceived and lied to. They are tired of listening to promises of false hope. They are tired of wondering why the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

Even even in this crisis, the city Giam, has remained rich and powerful. It is one of the very few cities to survive the great depression. Everyone comes there to find work and make a living. Its inhabitants dare not venture out beyond the city’s boundaries, for it is too dangerous. More like the inhabitants do not care what happens outside their fabricated utopia. This is their utopia, their dream world in which they have no worries. They are fixated on the city. Unknowingly trapped within its walls; almost as if they are trapped within a maze. The very few sane inhabitants who attempt to escape this maze are helplessly and forcibly drawn back to its center. They are ghosts trapped in a maze; dead from the shoulders up. There is no escape. Not now, not ever.

Q: Whoa, looks like the world is in deep shit. Even though the world is in a crisis, how can Giam's people stay so calm and happy? Wont the world's insanity eventually spread to them?

A: Who said that the inhabitants were happy and sane? They are living in a city filled with conspiracies, and most of them don't even know. The city Giam is meant to look like the perfect utopia, one of the world's last sanctuaries and strongholds. Underneath all of the inhabitants happiness lies dark secrets. They are in fact, miserable. Their smiles are just to cover up all of the problems they are facing. They await for a savior to fix all of their problems, but don't seem to do much to help change the course of things themselves. But they don't seem to realize that no savior will help them. They are doomed to forever dwell in their so called sanctuary, waiting for a light to drive away all the darkness.

Q: Shit, Giam sounds pretty unstable now that you mention it. Wouldn't want to live there, or in the world you are depicting. How is Hiroko supposed to escape the city and recover her memories? Why did she go to such a scary city in the first place?

A: Hiroko coincidentally came across the city of Giam through aimlessly wandering around. She has no memories, so she is unaware of the dreadful events that now transpire within the human realm. She also didn't know the city of Giam would be a city filled with lies and conspiracy. And who says she will escape, or even survive for that matter? Who is to say that you will keep your sanity in order to continue reading?

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