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Great Goat Head
Dark Brown (Goat Mask)
Orange (Goat Mask)
Leader of a Heretical Cult
The Great Goat (山羊様 Yagi-sama?) was the leader of a heretical cult near St. Albion. He was a tall, thin and slender human with the head of a great and mighty goat. He became an apostle spawn by the Egg of the Perfect World and was later killed by Guts.
The Great Goat appears as a tall, thin and slender looking man, taller than the other members within his cult, with six fingers on each hand. In all his appearances, he has not worn any form of clothing save for the head of a larger-than-average goat with dark brown fur. But as he can see through the goat head's eyes, it is unknown if it is a mask or an actual part of him through some type of magic. In his Apostle Spawn form, which is a twisted reflection of his faith, the Great Goat becomes a monstrous goat-headed satyr with a serpent for a penis.
Not much is known about the Great Goat's personality, but he was a quiet man who enjoyed having sex with the other members of his cult, or with the new members who were introduced to it. For the new members to join into his cult, he would have them kiss his heart and phallus (which appears to be the living head of a snake via drug-induced hallucination). He would occasionally lead the cult, having some final say in the group's activities and actions.
The Great Goat is first seen when Nina brings Joachim to be inducted into the cult during one of its blood orgies. Joachim at first is willing to convert until he realizes that the soup he is about to eat to complete his induction is made with human flesh and runs off. While the Great Goat shows no reaction, he commands Nina to follow and kill Joachim with some of the other cultists to prevent him from revealing their secret whereabouts.
When Casca is assumed by the pagans to be a witch and brought before them by Nina, the Great Goat decides to marry the girl while having Nina become a sacrificial offering during the wedding ceremony. However, things go awry through both the Holy Iron Chain Knights being informed of the pagans' location by Joachim - who survived the attempt on his life - and Casca's Brand of Sacrifice invoking the spirits of the cult's victims to possess them. During the chaos that ensues, the Great Goat is sired as an Apostle-spawn by the Egg of the Perfect World and slaughters many of the knights before setting his sights upon Casca, who he intends to rape. Yet, Guts shows up and shears off the snake penis with one strike of the Dragonslayer in order to save Casca.
The Goat Head tracks Guts down as the group makes its getaway, still intent on getting Casca. He proves to be an incredibly fast and dangerous opponent, using his hooves and his horns, and at one point delivering a stomp that would have killed Guts if not for Godo's armor. Guts defeats the Goat Head by using one of Rickert's explosives, which does horrific damage to the Apostle-spawn's face and to one of his eyes, and then by using the Dragonslayer to shear off his head with one blow.
- The Great Goat's appearance is similar to that of the pagan statue seen in The Count's past when he witnessed his wife in a heretic orgy. The statue itself bears resemblance to Eliphas Levi's design of Baphomet, an entity that was believed to be worshiped by the Knights Templar prior to their downfall. Over time, Baphomet became associated in later years with witches, satanic cults and occultism in general.
- ↑ Kentarō Miura (author). "Bowels of the Holy Ground". Berserk. Volume 18. Episode 139. Young Animal.