Chronicles of the Cursed Sword(Korean: 파검기PaGumKi, lit. "The Record of the Sword Destroyer") is a Tokyopop-adapted English version of manhwa by Yeo Beop-ryong (author) and Park Hui-jin (illustrator).
PaGumKi was originally serialized in monthly magazine Junior Champ (Hangul: 주니어챔프) from 1999 to 2006, and it is now serialized on monthly magazine Comic Champ (Hangul: 코믹챔프) since 2006. As of June 2007, a total of 31 volumes have been published by Daiwon C.I..
In the 'Era of the Warring States', Emperor Moosunje has gotten his hands on a powerful sword, known as the PaChun. The PaChun absorbs the blood of humans and gives its wielder amazing power rival only... to the power of its counterpart- the PaSa. The owner of the PaSa, Rey Yan, is, unknowingly, part of a plot devised by the demonic Prime Minister Shiyan and his brother to overthrow the Demon Emperor, lest he becomes the Grand Emperor of Heavenly Destruction and gains control over all three realms. After Emperor Moosunje proves incapable of controlling the PaChun, Prime Minister Shiyan kidnaps Jaryoon, King of Hahyun to receive the sword. Jaryoon, normally a kind and just leader,is transformed into a monster whose mission it is to conquer and 'unite' all the neighboring kingdoms and make Rey Yan suffer.
As orphans, Rey and his sister had been living in the streets as young children, and one day decided to go to the palace to meet the emperor, hoping that he would be able to help them. When they arrived, they were each given a sword, and sent into a deep dungeon-like pit where many other orphans were also trapped. The steep walls were unclimbable, and all of the children starved there for several weeks, with only each other and a sword for company. After a long time, the top of the pit slid open, and two large barrels of food were dumped down into the pit. This, of course, was not nearly enough to feed all of the starving children, and they soon realized the truth: They would have to kill each other for the food. Rey's sister was "lost to the darkness", and Rey fell into a deep, exhausted coma, waking to find a demon stone implanted on his forehead because he was one of the strongest who survived.
How he got out and met Shyao is unclear, but they were taken in by a master who taught them of the arts of fighting, magically and physically. However, the powerful demon White Tiger destroyed their master, and Rey vowed revenge. Before dying, their master entrusted the PaSa sword to Rey, telling him to use it wisely. However, as the sword became part of Rey, so did its longings. Thus, in order for the PaSa sword to maintain its tremendous power, it must be constantly fueled by demon blood, thus Rey must continue killing if he hopes to escape the wrath of the heavenly soldiers and sages, and also to protect himself from the PaSa sword's rival and companion, the PaChun sword.
Although Rey's raw power is rather remarkable by human standards, his swordsmanship (and most importantly, learning to merge with the PaSa sword's spirit) leave much to be desired. Master Chen Kaihu takes him in as his disciple (having failed to lure Kuochien away from the ladies long enough). The sword spirit, however, does not find the idea of Rey learning to control his power too exciting as this means he will have a harder time possessing him.