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"God. For God and God alone... do we act."

The Holy See is the pontifical body that rules over a major religious order in the world of Berserk. Their insignia resembles a falcon in flight, with two orbs forming a helix around it.

Story Edit

Established centuries ago, the Holy See gradually made itself a world power. Much of the Holy See's doctrine is based on a strict code of conduct. However, beneath the surface, in league with the nobility, the Holy See monopolizes the wealth of the world while removing potential threats to itself, which include the worship of benign astral beings and the practice of magic, seen as heresy.[1] Many Holy See churches are built upon land which previously supported shrines and other sacred places of the spirit faith people once adhered to.[2] The Holy See also wrote scripture, one such prophetic document foretelling the coming of an angel known as the Falcon of Darkness, which would come "when the Sun dies five times" and call down upon the world an age of darkness.[3]

Two years after the fifth eclipse, many people across Midland receive dreams of the coming of a single shining falcon upon the bloodstained land, instinctively believing it to be their "desired" and associating it with the "Falcon of Light".[4] Priests clamor that it is their god's revelation, a good omen signifying the appearance of one who will save people from every calamity.[5] The Holy See's Pontiff receives a similar dream of the "White Falcon", prolonging his life during the Kushan army's attack on Vritannis.[6] At the guidance of Mule Wolflame and Sonia as Griffith's ambassadors, the Pontiff meets Griffith and proclaims him to be their savior by divine revelation – the Falcon of Light.[7] After the Blast of the Astral World, Sonia seems to have taken the role of a high member of the order (hailed as "The Falcon's Medium").[8]

Faith Edit

The basis of this church is to instill faith. The Holy See also consider the "Falcon of Light" (identified as Griffith) to be their savior. Despite the Holy See denouncing the existence of other astral beings, they do recognize the Four Kings of the World to be cardinal guardian angels.[1]

Beliefs Edit

  • God - The Holy See worships a solemn and dreadful god able to perform miracles.[3] Nevertheless, this god does not display miracles lightly, instead dwelling in faith, hearts and Heaven.[9] God reveres silence. As a holy father, God is magnanimous towards his own, blessing them with divine protection.[10] He is not only benevolent, but a strict arbiter.[11]
  • Tolerance - According to the priest of Enoch Village, tolerance is God's teaching.[12]
  • Faith - Faith forms the core teachings of the Church. People are to act for God, and God alone without question.[13]
  • Prayer - Members of the Holy See use mantras.[1]

Institutions Edit

The Holy See presides over burials[14][8] and uses buildings such as chapels[14] and monasteries.[15] Their government is divided into several departments, such as the Miracle Recognition Department,[16] the Court Supreme,[6] and the Financial Administration, which is managed by the Vandimion Bank.[17] The Holy See also has inquisitorial power to prosecute and judge individuals for charges such as heresy. If tried and proven guilty, said individuals may be burned at the stake.[9] However, the accused are not always brought before court. As an inquisitor, Mozgus has the authority to pass summary judgement without trial at his own discretion.[10] If a village is judged to be a refuge for heretics, its entire population may be burned. Those who would plot to murder a priest are usually deemed to warrant burning or breaking on the wheel.[10]

Territories under the Holy See's dominion include the Kingdom of Midland in the middle, Tudor Empire, Kingdom of Balden, duchies of Morgar and Wallatoria to the east, Randel Commonwealth, and Paneria Alliance (Lana, Faris, Nise, and Vritannis).[18] The abbot of the Tower of Conviction resided in the Holy City[19] and Farnese used to live in a mansion there before she set her estate ablaze as a child.[20]

Known Members Edit

Notes Edit

  • The Holy See is similar to the real life Roman Catholic Church jurisdiction of the same name in structure.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Kentarou Miura (author). "The Arcana of Invocation". Berserk. Volume 25. Episode 210. Hakusensha.
  2. Kentarou Miura (author). "Troll Raid". Berserk. Volume 24. Episode 206. Hakusensha.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Kentarou Miura (author). "The Black Swordsman, Once More". Berserk. Volume 14. Episode 95. Hakusensha.
  4. Kentarou Miura (author). "Revelations (1)". Berserk. Volume 17. Episode 126. Hakusensha.
  5. Kentarou Miura (author). "Revelations (2)". Berserk. Volume 17. Episode 127. Hakusensha.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Kentarou Miura (author). "Divine Revelation". Berserk. Volume 30. Episode 264. Hakusensha.
  7. Kentarou Miura (author). "Hero". Berserk. Volume 32. Episode 285. Hakusensha.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Kentarou Miura (author). "The Divine Right of Kings". Berserk. Volume 38. Episode 335. Hakusensha.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Kentarou Miura (author). "The Hollow Idol". Berserk. Volume 16. Episode 121. Hakusensha.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Kentarou Miura (author). "To Holy Ground (2)". Berserk. Volume 17. Episode 132. Hakusensha.
  11. Kentarou Miura (author). "Tower of Shadow (1)". Berserk. Volume 18. Episode 135. Hakusensha.
  12. Kentarou Miura (author). "Qliphoth". Berserk. Volume 25. Episode 215. Hakusensha.
  13. Kentarou Miura (author). "Fierce Believer". Berserk. Volume 18. Episode 138. Hakusensha.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Kentarou Miura (author). "Pursuers". Berserk. Volume 15. Episode 107. Hakusensha.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Kentarou Miura (author). "To Holy Ground (1)". Berserk. Volume 17. Episode 131. Hakusensha.
  16. Kentarou Miura (author). "The Holy Iron Chain Knights (1)". Berserk. Volume 16. Episode 119. Hakusensha.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Kentarou Miura (author). "Suzerain of the Religious Domain". Berserk. Volume 30. Episode 258. Hakusensha.
  18. Kentarou Miura (author). "Navy Yard". Berserk. Volume 28. Episode 244. Hakusensha.
  19. Kentarou Miura (author). "Collapse". Berserk. Volume 20. Episode 162. Hakusensha.
  20. Kentarou Miura (author). "In the Garden". Berserk. Volume 29. Episode 252. Hakusensha.
  21. 21.0 21.1 Kentarou Miura (author). "Vandimion". Berserk. Volume 29. Episode 251. Hakusensha.
  22. Kentarou Miura (author). "The Ball". Berserk. Volume 29. Episode 255. Hakusensha.
  23. Kentarou Miura (author). "Children of Shadow". Berserk. Volume 18. Episode 137. Hakusensha.