Years ago, Rama killed the rakshasi Tataka, but her son Maricha had escaped. He then retreated into the wilderness, living as a hermit.
Then one day, to Maricha's surprise, the mighty Ravana stormed into his ashram.
"Maricha!" he shouted. "I'm going to kidnap the wife of a man named Rama who lives in the forest, and I need your help."
When he heard Rama's name, Maricha shuddered. He tried to dissuade Ravana, but to no avail.
"You will become a golden deer," Ravana explained excitedly, "and lure Rama away from his wife. That's how I will kidnap her!"