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Elves
Ivalera and Puck
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Japanese Name: 複数形
English Name: Elves
Manga Debut: Chapter A0
The Black Swordsman
Anime Debut: Golden Age Arc II
The Battle for Doldrey
(2016 Anime)
Episode 1
The Dragon Slayer

Elves are astral beings[1] which hail from the kingdom of Elfhelm, the domain of Sovereign Hanafubuku.[2] Puck and Ivalera are the two most prominent elfin characters, both of which travel with Guts in his traveling party.

Appearances Edit

Elves appear in many fairy tales, poems, and legends, but are rarely seen by human eyes.[1][2] They are creatures who exist in the Astral World, and may appear in the Physical World if they so desire. Only humans who have not closed their minds to the idea of mythical creatures are capable of perceiving them; religious zealots of the Holy See cannot.[3] As such, Farnese is only able to fully perceive Puck after secularizing herself.[4] Elves often become invisible to humans in large religious establishments such as monasteries and cathedrals, or in large crowds, though they sometimes appear to rural religious communities.[3] They can most often be observed by children.

The most famous legends involving elves include the story of Red-Eyed Peekaf [5] – a children's tale about a boy with elvish characteristics – and Sovereign Hanafubuku, the ruler of the idyllic elfin homeland: Elfhelm.[2]

Personality Edit

This section requires expansion.

Abilities Edit

Elves possess many different powers. They are capable of healing injuries, sensing people's emotions, and some even say that they have the power to bring one happiness.[6] They can create medicine with the dust that sloughs off their wings, known as Elf Dust. Although their size generally limits their usefulness in combat, they may emit a bright flash,[7] acting as a flare to blind enemies temporarily, and carry small objects.

History Edit

Long ago, elves dwelled within various locations such as Godot's mining cave[8] and Rosine's tree in the Misty Valley.[9] However, in time, the Holy See established its strict doctrines and the elves were forced to withdraw to the magical island of Skellig, upon which their homeland of Elfhelm is located.[1][10] The areas once home to elves now offer sanctuary to those preyed upon by restless spirits, Guts having Casca placed in Godot's cave for her safety.[8] It is only after the cave's destruction that Puck suggests taking Casca to his homeland,[11] and subsequently, Guts learns from the Skull Knight that the elfin queen Hanafubuku can restore Casca's mental capabilities.[2]

There are different races of elves that coexist in the Astral World, with Puck and Ivalera being of the pisky race, descendants of the sylph.[12] They are famed for their bubbly, friendly and fun-loving nature.

Gallery Edit

Notes Edit

  • The elves appear to be influenced by various types of fairies in European folklore, with Puck and Ivalera being piskies, a race of fairies traditionally hailing from Cornwall in England.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Kentarou Miura (author). "The Astral World". Berserk. Volume 24. Episode 201. Hakusensha.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Kentarou Miura (author). "Proclaimed Omens". Berserk. Volume 28. Episode 237. Hakusensha.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kentarou Miura (author). "Night of Miracles". Berserk. Volume 17. Episode 123. Hakusensha.
  4. Kentarou Miura (author). "Fangs of Ego". Berserk. Volume 23. Episode 190. Hakusensha.
  5. Kentarou Miura (author). "Red-Eyed Peekaf". Berserk. Volume 15. Episode 102. Hakusensha.
  6. Kentarou Miura (author). "The Black Swordsman". Berserk. Volume 1. Episode A0. Hakusensha.
  7. Kentarou Miura (author). "Bestial Priest (2)". Berserk. Volume 21. Episode 168. Hakusensha.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Kentarou Miura (author). "A Feeble Flame". Berserk. Volume 17. Episode 130. Hakusensha.
  9. Kentarou Miura (author). "Firefly". Berserk. Volume 16. Episode 115. Hakusensha.
  10. Kentarou Miura (author). "The Sound of the Sea". Berserk. Volume 27. Episode 236. Hakusensha.
  11. Kentarou Miura (author). "Prologue to the War". Berserk. Volume 22. Episode 181. Hakusensha.
  12. Kentarou Miura (author). "Elementals". Berserk. Volume 24. Episode 203. Hakusensha.

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