Ashi bonds with Jack as he tells her of his life before Aku. During the night, Jack ventures off alone, and by day happens upon the ruins of a time portal he was prophesied to use, as well as the broken glasses of the Guardian he unsuccessfully fought. Ashi catches up to Jack, who explains he left her behind out of fear of losing her to Aku as he did many others. Ashi reassures him that, together, they will defeat Aku. At that moment, Aku appears with Scaramouche, who has finally informed him about Jack losing his sword. Upon seeing Jack has his sword, Aku swiftly destroys Scaramouche and starts to leave, but he senses himself inside of Ashi. He recalls visiting the Daughters of Aku and leaving part of him in a goblet for them, then assumes the High Priestess must have drunk it and given birth to her seven children, making Ashi “a true daughter of Aku”. Aku possesses and transforms Ashi, and forces her to fight Jack. When Jack wounds Ashi, she briefly comes back to her senses and begs Jack to kill her. Unwilling to do so, Jack lays down his sword in defeat, which Aku then holds up triumphantly.