The Band of the Falcon, named after its original namesake, is an army founded by the White Falcon Griffith following his reincarnation into corporeal form, comprised of both humans and apostles.
The band acts as Midland's primary resistance force during the Kushan invasion, beginning their campaign against the foreign invaders by liberating key holds throughout the kingdom and eventually rescuing Princess Charlotte from her Kushan captors. As Midland's sole regular army, the band mounts a successful defense against the Kushan in Vritannis and soon after defeats Emperor Ganishka himself during the Battle for Wyndham. With the ultimate destruction of the ancient royal city in midst of the latter struggle, Griffith erects his own utopian city of Falconia atop the land which Wyndham once sat. The reborn Falcons currently act as Falconia's imperial guard and as escorts for travelers seeking refuge through the treacherous lands birthed by the Blast of the Astral World.
The reborn Band of the Falcon owes its beginning to the metaphysical reunion between Griffith and Zodd prior to the Incarnation Ceremony. As the apostle sits atop a hill musing over his desire for the "absolute strongest", Griffith appears before him in his consciousness as the Falcon of Light and wounds him into servitude, afterwards instructing the Immortal to seek out the refugee city of Albion, where his desired one would in time arrive. At Albion, by way of the city's manifested sacrificial malice in a mock-Eclipse, Griffith is reincarnated in corporeal form and whisked away by Zodd.
Millennium Falcon Arc
Griffith and Zodd set out for the Hill of Swords, where Griffith reunites with Guts and Zodd does fierce battle with the Black Swordsman. With an abrupt ending to their reunion, Griffith sets out with Zodd to fulfill his dream of acquiring his own kingdom.
In the process of liberating the western Midland city of Shet from Kushan occupation alongside Zodd, Griffith is met and assisted by the formidable apostles Locus, Grunbeld, and Rakshas, all of whom recognize him as the Falcon of Light and pledge their allegiance to him.
Liberation of Midland
The Band of the Falcon continues liberating holds throughout Midland from Kushan occupation, acting as the kingdom's most preeminent resistance force. Soon after, Griffith recruits the young seer Sonia, who acts as the band's medium, and the Midland noble Mule Wolflame, the former due to her gifts of telepathy and battlefield-wide surveillance and the latter for the addition of his remnant resistance force to the band's human cavalry.
At a later point, after being granted entry by Rakshas, Locus and his lancer unit, accompanied by an archer unit led by Irvine, lead a diversionary charge on Wyndham, drawing out the apostle Emperor Ganishka. Griffith and Zodd then use the opportunity to rescue Princess Charlotte from the Tower of Rebirth and fly away with her in tow. With the successful rescue of the princess, the Band of the Falcon retreats.
Defense of Vritannis
Amid the Kushan siege of Vritannis, just as Emperor Ganishka and his large invading forces begin to decisively overwhelm the Holy See Alliance armies, the Band of the Falcon intervenes and launches a sneak attack on the Kushans' flank, swiftly turning the tide of battle. As his forces continue to dispatch the Kushan, Griffith makes his way into Ganishka's mobile palace, where he is able to bring the emperor to heel before agreeing to have their final showdown in Wyndham, allowing his adversary to withdraw. After the battle, Griffith's authority comes into question by Holy See Alliance officials, but with Charlotte's bestowal of the title "Supreme Commander of the Midland Regular Army" to her betrothed White Falcon and the entranced pontiff's recognition of Griffith as the prophesied Falcon of Light, all suspicions are assuaged and the Band of the Falcon is granted peerage in the Holy See Alliance.
Battle for Wyndham
Vexed by his previous act of submission, Ganishka descends into his Man-Made Beherit and reincarnates a second time, consequently assuming a sky-scraping, demonic beast form and destroying Wyndham beneath his feet. The Band of the Falcon's War Demons meet the emperor's newly-formed spawn, assuming their true demonic forms to properly combat the advancing enemies. With the revelation of Griffith's command over such monstrous beings, human members of the band begin to question the true nature of their commander. Sonia telepathically reminds them that the War Demons are the ones fighting and bleeding for their cause, as they stand idly by, and that may they be human or apostle they are all members of the Band of the Falcon, thus renewing the band's sense of unity. Together, human and apostle Falcons combat the spawn, as Griffith and Zodd ascend towards Ganishka's head. There, Griffith (in his God Hand form of Femto) is ambushed by the Skull Knight and uses the would-be-assassin's space-cleaving sword stroke to split open Ganishka's vast ethereal body, thus triggering the Blast of the Astral World and converting the emperor into the World Spiral Tree. He soon after reappears atop Zodd to usher his forces to his newly-formed city of Falconia.
The Band of the Falcon acts as the imperial guard of Falconia following the Blast of the Astral World, and when refugees from across Midland flock to Falconia, they additional act as protective escorts for the travelers, fending them from the influx of malign astral beings now roaming the world of man.
Some of the most renowned and powerful warriors of legend serve within the Band of the Falcon. Nosferatu Zodd, a veritable "god of the battlefield", serves as Griffith's most immediate lieutenant and mount, while also having natural command over lesser War Demons he occasionally functions with. The Moonlight Knight Locus acts as commander of the Falcon's lancers; on his own he is able to dispatch hordes of daka, and together with his unit of lancers is capable of carving straight into vast enemy lines. The fabled warrior Grunbeld has command over a unit of giants, who in their true apostle forms become behemoths capable of immense destruction. Acting as more peripheral offensive forces, Rakshas and Irvine typically fulfill stealth and long-range functions, respectively: the former a highly-skilled assassin and the latter one of the greatest archers in the world.
By far the Band of the Falcon's most powerful asset is Griffith himself. As one unchallenged by mortal opposition, akin to the author of his own tale, he acts as the band's assurance of success in nearly all of their endeavors. Griffith's military genius coupled with the devotion of his Falcons has brought about the band's unparalleled might on the battlefield. His magnetic od and charisma attract people of all walks to the band and continuously inspire those under his command to fight with vigorous passion for his cause. Both humans and apostles are undyingly loyal to the White Falcon, ready to fight to the death for their commander. Even members of foreign origin, such as Kushan pledges, fight in the band of their own volition.
- Sonia reveals that it was actually liberated Midlanders who came up with the name "Band of the Falcon" for Griffith's new army, naturally named after the original. The legendary exploits of the original Band of the Falcon are still fresh in the minds of many, and with the White Falcon's return to the battlefield, "Everyone asked Lord Griffith to name it so."
- During the Kushan invasion, Kushan pledges who survive the brunt of battle three times are given the choices of conciliation or death. If conciliation is chosen, they are given promotional opportunities within the band like any other Midlander. This law within the band is an improved version of the Kushans' own use of "war slaves", with the difference being the band's incentivizing of pledges' allegiance, in contrast to the Kushans' reliance on solely fear and coercion.
- As noted by Rickert, the reborn Band of the Falcon's flying sword emblem differs slightly from the original's, with the wings being spread wider apart.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Kentarou Miura (author). "The Midland Regular Army". Berserk. Volume 32. Episode 284. Hakusensha.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Kentarou Miura (author). "Banner of the Flying Sword". Berserk. Volume 23. Episode 193. Hakusensha.
- ↑ Kentarou Miura (author). "The Black Swordsman, Once More". Berserk. Volume 14. Episode 95. Hakusensha.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Kentarou Miura (author). "War Cry of the Wind (2)". Berserk. Volume 22. Episode 184. Hakusensha.
- ↑ Walter Bennet (sender), Puella (translator). "Writing Miura". "'Falcon' or 'Hawk', both mean [鷹] in Japanese. In some dictionaries, 'Falcon' is translated as [隼(はやぶさ)], but there's almost no difference. I used 'Falcon' from the great name of the 'Millennium Falcon' ship in Star Wars." SkullKnight.net.
- ↑ Kentarou Miura (author). "War Cry of the Wind (1)". Berserk. Volume 22. Episode 183. Hakusensha.
- ↑ Kentarou Miura (author). "The War Demons". Berserk. Volume 23. Episode 192. Hakusensha.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Kentarou Miura (author). "The Sleeping Princess Awakens". Berserk. Volume 27. Episode 235. Hakusensha.
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- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Kentarou Miura (author). "Pandemonium". Berserk. Volume 38. Episode 336. Hakusensha.
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Kentarou Miura (author). "Paradise". Berserk. Volume 37. Episode 333. Hakusensha.
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- ↑ Kentarou Miura (author). "Determination and Departure". Berserk. Volume 21. Episode 176. Hakusensha.
- ↑ Kentarou Miura (author). "Reunion on the Hill of Swords". Berserk. Volume 22. Episode 178. Hakusensha.
- ↑ Kentarou Miura (author). "The Witch". Berserk. Volume 24. Episode 198. Hakusensha.
- ↑ Kentarou Miura (author). "The Night of Falling Stars". Berserk. Volume 23. Episode 195. Hakusensha.
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 Kentarou Miura (author). "The Flight". Berserk. Volume 32. Episode 281. Hakusensha.
- ↑ Kentarou Miura (author). "Wind Coil". Berserk. Volume 32. Episode 283. Hakusensha.
- ↑ Kentarou Miura (author). "Hero". Berserk. Volume 32. Episode 285. Hakusensha.
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 Kentarou Miura (author). "Inhuman Battlefield". Berserk. Volume 34. Episode 299. Hakusensha.
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 Kentarou Miura (author). "The Medium of the Falcon". Berserk. Volume 34. Episode 300. Hakusensha.
- ↑ Kentarou Miura (author). "Fissure". Berserk. Volume 34. Episode 304. Hakusensha.
- ↑ Kentarou Miura (author). "Demon God". Berserk. Volume 27. Episode 234. Hakusensha.
- ↑ Kentarou Miura (author). "Proclaimed Omens". Berserk. Volume 28. Episode 237. Hakusensha.
- ↑ 25.0 25.1 Kentarou Miura (author). "Wings of Light and Darkness". Berserk. Volume 23. Episode 194. Hakusensha.
- ↑ Kentarou Miura (author). "City of Men". Berserk. Volume 38. Episode 334. Hakusensha.
- ↑ Kentarou Miura (author). "Bridge of Parting". Berserk. Volume 38. Episode 337. Hakusensha.