mong the many titles of honor that the Phantom
bears is "Guardian of the Eastern Dark." This title was earned by
the Ninth Phantom.
The Eastern Dark were a fierce and notorious tribe that lived far from Deep
Woods, beyond the Misty Mountains. As late as the eighteenth century, they
were practicing slavery, and making human sacrifices to their fire god Zaal.
Their belief that they must maintain the fire in the altar or bring about the
destruction of the tribe created a constant need for sacrifices. This and
their desire for slaves drove them to raid the jungles frequently.
The Phantom defeated the tribe and ended Zaal's reign of terror. This feat
earned the Ninth the title, "Guardian of the Eastern Dark," which
all Phantoms have carried ever since.