Yu-Gi-Oh! The Millennium Puzzle
In the world of Yu-Gi-Oh! The millennium puzzle, also known as the Millennium pendant is one of the seven treasures created by a spell from the Millennium Spellbook in order to keep the magic of the ancient Shadow games locked up forever and is the item that we are first introduced to in both the Manga and Anime that gives Yugi his powers.
History of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium pendant:
Approximately 3000 years prior to the present day events in the story the Millennium pendant was forged, along with the other 6 Millennium items in Kul Elna by sacrificing 99 souls of villagers. The pendant was given to Pharaoh Aknamkanon and the other items to six priests to defend the village from attack. The Pharaoh was not aware at the time how the items that saved the village had been created, and upon healing how he fell ill and died.
The Pendant was inherited by Aknamkanon’s son Atem, but was later stolen by Bakura, a thief king, who also stole other millennium items and summoned the Dark one, Zorc Necrophades who is the source of the Shadow Power (More on that later) and is the main antagonist of Yu-Gi-Oh!. Atem managed to defeat Zorc by sacrificing his own life by using his own name as part of a spell to seal not only Zorc’s but also his own soul within the Millennium pendant. The pendant was laid to rest with him in his tomb in pieces.
The box that contained the pieces had two messages written on it:
"The person who solves this puzzle will have their wish granted."
"The one who solves me, will recieve my dark knowledge and power."
In the 1960s Solomon Muto, Yugi’s grandfather, found the Millennium pendant in the tomb of the nameless pharaoh (Who we know is Atem) and the pendant became known as the Puzzle from here. And over the years nobody was able to assemble the pendant. Yugi found the puzzle in their family game shop and spent 8 years trying to solve it, with Solomon, who had fears that the puzzle contained the power of the shadow game, trying to convince him to give up.
Yugi finally solves the puzzle when being bullied to pay “bodyguard” fees by Ushio, and his body also becomes host to part of Atems Soul, whilst together known as Yami Yugi.
Yami Yugi was able to take control of Yugi when he was in possession of the puzzle, and Yugi often wore the puzzle around his neck so that he could get assistance from Yami to play games, especially Duel monsters, at any point.
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