Curse of the Eight Paths (守護者の呪い) is an ideal that is said to have been passed down from the Sage of the Eight Paths to his many descendants. The origins of this way of thinking can be traced back to the time of the Rikudo Sennin. when on his deathbed the forefather of ninja chose to name his younger son his successor over his older son, despite the elder's supposed birthright. The Sage chose the child he thought most suitable to continue his legacy (the younger, who believed love necessary to achieve peace, over the elder, who sought power to bring peace). The Sage of the Eight Paths' Children, Shimizu Clan Ancestor the Older Sister, Gekko Clan Ancestors the Older Brothers and the Rokujou Clan Ancestor the Younger Brother decided to govern the World of Nabari that was capable to live for The Legend of Hatred.