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In ages past, the Dweller-in-Darkness attacked the dimension of Ta Lo. It demolished many of Ta Lo's cities, as weapons were powerless to stop it. Then the Great Protector arrived, providing people of Ta Lo with dragonscale weapons and armor that could withstand the Dweller's assault. The humans pushed it back and sealed it in behind a door of dragon scales. Over centuries many have arrived seeking to free it, all of them believing that whatever they desired most was behind the barrier.

In modern days, the Dweller-in-Darkness manipulated the great Wenwu into doing the same, appearing as the voice of his late wife Ying Li and claiming that she was being held there by her own people against her will. Wenwu arrived in Ta Lo with his Ten Rings and then used the Ten Rings to damage the barrier. This enabled some of the Soul-Eaters to pass through. Attacking both Ten Rings and the people of Ta Lo, then were stealing souls and bringing them to Dweller-in-Darkness to increase his own strength. Eventually the Dweller was able to break though itself, after which it immediately killed Wenwu. However, Wenwu passed his Ten Rings to his son Shang-Chi who now had the trust of ther Great Protector herself. Shang-Chi and his sister Xialing rode on the Great Protector as she battled the Dweller-in-Darkness. The Dweller was about to consume the dragon's soul, but was shot in the throat with a dragonscale arrow by Katy, disrupting the process. Shang-Chi then used the Ten Rings to fight and explode the Dweller-in-Darkness, though it was at the cost of many of the Ten Rings' forces and the lives of the villagers of Ta-Lo.[1]


While the Dweller-in-Darkness and the Soul Eaters were based on the same-named characters, some aspects of the Dweller-in-Darkness and the Soul Eaters in the film are more resembling that of Kkallakku and Kkallakki from the comics.[2] 

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