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Why Is Skurai After Chaos (Ragnarok Manhwa)?

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
An alternate title for this post is 'the inconsistency of Skurai'. Skurai is a character from Ragnarok: Into The Abyss manhwa who is apparently after Chaos. What could be so wrong and inconsistent about that?
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The simple answer to the post title question is that Talatsu, Skurai's cursed sword, apparently wants Chaos' blood, which would explain why the swordsman is after the guy.

"Okay, so what's the point of writing a post that can be answered by a single sentence?" you ask.

The point is that the supposed answer can't be classified as acceptable or satisfactory, not in the least and certainly not when this was never shown (note the word used is 'shown' and not 'told') in the manhwa. What does that mean exactly?

To explain, let's start with Volume 2, Chapter 10 wherein we find out that Skurai is in the city of Fayon. That in itself doesn't make sense at all because the comic never explains why the swordsman is there or how he even got there.

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The last time we see the man was in Volume 1, Chapter 6 wherein we were first introduced to him. In that chapter, he was last seen about to fight with someone who was apparently after him.

Then, the next time we meet him in Chapter 10 of Volume 2, he's already in Fayon and I suppose we just have to assume that he won against that guy who challenged him back in Volume 1.

But that doesn't explain why he's in Fayon, because, really, isn't it awfully convenient of him to be in the exact same city where everyone else (meaning all the other main characters) have converged?

Our questions aren't answered though. Instead, we are brought to Chapter 12 of the same volume wherein we find out that Skurai and Talatsu can sense Sara Irine's power, though how they can smell it, I have no idea. But the cursed sword wants Sara's blood, so they go after her.

In Chapter 13, we see the swordsman flying towards the Valkyrie, intending to ram his weapon in her, but he appears to have hit Lord Irine instead. As we can see, there is nothing in this volume about Skurai even noticing Chaos or intending to go after him because of Talatsu. It was Sara that the sword wanted and even Lord Irine.

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Neither of the two (weapon and wielder) paid any attention to the resident main character, so how could things suddenly and so abruptly change?

I have no idea, but things definitely changed and it doesn't seem all that believable at all. Why and what does that mean?

In Volume 3 of Ragnarok: Into The Abyss, Skurai is brought to the headquarters of the Assassins' Guild thanks to Odin's Beholders.

It's also thanks to the two that the swordsman decided to decimate the entire guild. Okay, that seems believable actually since Talatsu is apparently always thirsty for blood and Skurai is only too happy to oblige.

Things take a sudden turn for the unbelievable when we get to Volume 4's summary though. This is where we're told (yes, told and never shown, unfortunately) that Skurai is now apparently after Chaos.

To that, the only thing I can say is why? Seriously, how could Skurai be after the protagonist now when he never even took notice of him back in Fayon. Back in that city, the swordsman was busy paying attention to Sara and Lord Irine that Chaos didn't even fit in the equation.

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So, what changed? And, really, when did Skurai plan to destroy the Assassins' Guild and frame it all on the main character? How could this even be possible or plausible?

After all, the only reason Skurai was even at the guild headquarters was thanks to Odin's Beholders and the only reason he agreed to kill all the assassins was due to the beholders convincing him to do so.

There was no mention of the swordsman planning to frame his crimes on the protagonist or even wanting to fight Chaos and yet, now, apparently, Skurai had planned this all along.

It doesn't make sense, does it? Don't you wish the manhwa had shown all these things to us instead of just telling us that this is what happened so you better believe it and accept it as fact, even if the graphic novel itself didn't say anything about it at all?

- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki based on the image by arifinsam (CC:BY) from deviantArt
- Said image is meant to represent Skurai since the figure looks powerful and he even has a sword
- The rest of the pics are enlarged product images from; links shown above via Amazon's Native Shopping Ads widget

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