Motoko folds her hands over the Red Book and stares at them in silence for a while. "Moriya, I've talked to Grandmother before about how the Outsiders work, and to Anthy-san... they were the ones who corrupted her brother, you know. What makes them so potent, so dangerous, is that they work with what's in people's hearts."
Moriya closes his eyes and leans back in his chair. "Yes. Exactly."
Motoko says, "They take the little evils that are in everyone's heart--resentment, bitterness, jealousy--and they turn them into great evils. And they can even take the good things--they can take love--and make it so all-consuming that people will burn worlds in the name of someone they love."
The Outsiders. Their names whispered in dark corners, promising power and glory to those in the Real universe, seeking ways In from Outside, to regain what they had lost eons ago when the Logrus and Pattern came to be and brought structure to Shadow?. To study them is to risk falling under their sway, for the more you learn about their ways, the more you risk your sanity... as evidenced by Annadil of Chaos, who exchanged his sanity for Power from the Outsiders in order to attempt to open the Gate of Revolution, to try and remake the known universe to his vision. He was defeated, the Font of Power was sealed, and their power was believed to be broken -- or at least curtailed for the time being.
But now, the Outsiders try to force their way In once more...
So far, the following beings of dire power or their servants have been encountered in one fasion or another in Unicorn no Seishi. Read more about them, at your peril:
With the fall of Tharkold, the last of their Herald Candidates has fallen. It is hoped it will be a very long time before they try for another competition to select one...