Orochi (Yamata no Orochi, Large snake of Eight Branches) is an eight headed dragon with a garden, palace, and giant bell on its back. Each of his heads has its own source of vitality and element: Fire (Ka), Earth (Tsuchi), Poison (Doku), Light (Hikari), Lightning (Kaminari), Water (Mizu), Wind (Kaze), and Dark/Shadow (Yami).
Orochi came across the sea of stars to lay waste to the Celestial Plain but was faced by its guardian deity Ōkami Shiranui. Locked in battle the two fell to the earth where Orochi started a right of sacrifice, demanding a maiden every year. After a hundred years had passed he was intoxicated with 8 Purification Sake and challenged by the warrior Nagi and Shiranui who sealed him away but not before Shiranui was slain. Another hundred years later his seal was broken and Orochi spread a curse across the land. However Shiranui was awoken from her slumber as Ōkami Amaterasu and with the help of Nagi’s descendant Susano defeated Orochi once more.