|Pride, lust, greed, sloth, vanity, violence, melancholy and wrath. These are the Mantras that govern the world.|
|— Yasha recites the Eight Mantras|
Mantra is the cosmic energies produced by emotions, made either from the souls of mortals or from prayers. Mantra expedited the technological progress of a species to the point that they could be considered gods by races incapable of accessing it.
Originally, human prayer was the only way to safely accumulate Mantra until Deus and Kalrow devised a way to harvest Mantra faster by "saving" the humans; tricking them into sacrificing themselves on the premise that they would be saved from the Gohma. However, this was all to obtain energy for the Brahmastra, a supreme weapon within the Karma Fortress that was intended to permanently destroy Gohma Vlitra and bring about "The Great Rebirth" of civilization.
Chakravartin, the only 'true' god known to have existed, was the one who gave Mantra and the ability to manipulate it to a portion of the human race. With that power, this subgroup of humans quickly advanced technologically, surpassing all the other sections of their race whom were left to live in a more "primitive" state without Mantra. Eventually, they reached their limit: the amount of Mantra they had would only take them so far. To this end, the advanced humans organized their society, consciously or not, in a strict and religious hierarchy. The lower class, the primitive humans, praised the noble class as gods (partly because these were the ones who could manipulate Mantra). Thus the nobles became known as Demigods, though whether they named themselves as such or not is unknown. Giving their prayers to the Demigods, the primitive humans became the only source of Mantra.
This rather peaceful existence would not last for long. Once again, the Shinkoku Trastrium - now the name of the Demigod civilization, the only unified nation in the entire globe - reached its limit: they needed more Mantra to further their civilization. A new method to gather Mantra was then born, the sacrifice of humans; effectively mass slaughter. By taking their souls and refining them into Mantra, the Demigods were once again on the path of advancement. However, this came with a cost no one expected.
Gaea, as the Earth was then referred to as, was enraged when the souls of mortals were not returning to it once they left their bodies, the cycle of life and death being grossly disrupted. In a fit of anger induced by Chakravartin, Gaea unleashed upon the world Gohma Vlitra in an attempt to take back the souls that had been converted into Mantra. The War of Creation, a perpetual cycle of Vlitra appearing and subsequently being barely staved off by the Demigods, had begun. Perhaps ironically, this war prompted the Demigods to build the Karma Fortress to destroy the catalyst of this periodic event once and for all.
Mantra, in its full form, is composed of eight "pure" mantras, those being Wrath, Pride, Greed, Lust, Vanity, Violence, Melancholy, and Sloth. These are known as the "Eight Mantras that Govern the World". In its natural form, it resembles vibrations similar to those emitted by sound waves and possesses very little power on its own. However, through its manipulation - be it either by the Priestess or by resonating it within the Mantra Reactor - Mantra can become an abundant source of power. When amplified like that, Mantra appears as a green mist or aura capable of powering machinery, healing wounds, and also capable of strengthening those indulged in it to god-like heights.
Mantra also influences the speed in which a civilization advances technologically. For example, the Demigods' civilization, the only ones capable of fully manipulating it, have far surpassed the other human civilizations technologically, achieving spaceflight and near immortality through medicine and robotics before any of the others even thought about combustion and bacteria. Even so, one does not need to be able to manipulate Mantra to feel its effects. That is why each human city's technological advancement depends entirely on its location: Those in an area with a high concentration of Mantra will advance quickly, and vice-versa.
Mantra can be obtained through either prayers or sacrifices, the latter needing refinement (a soul into Mantra).
- Mantra plays a crucial role in Hinduism and Buddhism, being described as the source of all life. It is a sacred utterance, sound, word or chant used to clear the mind and aid concentration during meditation and prayers, as well as being used in spiritual practices to materialize deities. Practitioners believe Mantras have spiritual powers. In Sanskrit, Mantra means "mind control".
- "Pure" Mantras have different colors in their aura/mist form. Wrath is Red, Violence is Yellow, Vanity is Light Blue, Sloth is Green, Melancholy is Dark Blue, Lust is Purple, Greed is Orange, and Pride is White.
- The Pride Mantra Affinity is considered the most special of the Eight because it is believed it is the one bestowed upon the being most worthy of ruling over Shinkoku.
- The Eight Guardian Generals individually utilize all the eight pure Mantras, and each draw his or her power from that specific mantra. Asura is the General of Wrath; Wyzen, the General of Violence; Augus, the General of Greed; Kalrow, the General of Sloth; Deus, the General of Pride; Olga, the General of Lust; Sergei, the General of Vanity; Yasha, the General of Melancholy.
- Five of the eight kinds of forms of Mantra are part of the Seven Deadly Sins.
- Of the other three, two of them: Acedia (Melancholy), & Vainglory (Vanity) are also two 'historic' sins of the seven deadly sins; the third, Violence is also talked of extensively in the context of the Seven Deadly Sins.