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As the true source of evil in the action fantasy manga Madara (1996–1999), Miroku is the one who set the events of the story in motion. Created by Eiji Otsuka (story) and Sho-u Tajima (art), Miroku first appeared to Madara readers in the “Tale of the Abandoned Prince” storyline in 1996. However, he is described in the prologue of the first volume of Madara. According to legend, many years earlier, Miroku was the leader of a strange army that claimed to be “descendants of the gods”—meaning he was possibly of extraterrestrial origin. Miroku stood at more than 40 feet tall, and he physically resembled a human being. He also had control over demons called “Moki.” Swiftly defeating all enemies, Miroku eventually took over the land, established the Diamond Kingdom, and declared himself emperor. Yet Miroku's own offspring would become his undoing. When his son was born, Miroku—acting on a prophecy that his son would eventually depose him—sacrificed the infant to the demon lord and divided the body among his eight generals. Only the child's spirit survived, taken away by the wizard Hakutaku. That child is Madara. Fifteen years later, Madara—his soul now inhabiting a cybernetic (or “gadget”) body—began to search for the creatures that possessed the parts of his real body. Each time the boy killed one of Miroku's generals he gained a part of his real body back, as well as the experience needed to defeat his father. Miroku, now alerted to his son's quest, sent out his own army of bizarre and horrific creatures, as well as his demonic henchmen, to destroy Madara. One of his best commanders is Kaos, who later joins with Madara to bring about Miroku's downfall.
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