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"The Midland royal family crest. A castle bearing a crown seated in the midst of heavens."

The Kingdom of Midland is a monarchy under the influence of the Holy See. As its name implies, Midland is geographically central to the continent on which Berserk predominantly takes place. After its Hundred Year War with Chuder, Midland enjoys a brief peace among its rival nations. Following the king's death and Kushan Empire's subsequent invasion of the kingdom, however, Midland begins diminishing in prominence, until Falconia surfaces atop the ruins of Wyndham as the world's sole safe haven after the Blast of the Astral World.

History Edit

Founding Edit

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Supreme King Gaiseric, through sheer force, brought order to the war-torn lands which would come to comprise the Kingdom of Midland.

Approximately a millennium ago, in lands that would come to comprise the Kingdom of Midland, small city-states and tribes were in constant conflict with one another – a time referred to as the "age of warlords". As a consequence of incessant warfare, famine and plague, a third of the collective population died. Order would finally be instituted following the entrance of Supreme King Gaiseric, whose prior accounts continue to elude history. Gaiseric was able to raise an army, and through sheer force, subjugate the numerous nations under what would become the world's first empire.[1]

It is said that Gaiseric – referred to as the "Skull King" due to the skull helmet he donned in battle – forced laborers gathered from throughout his empire to construct a large capital city, aptly named "Midland" as a "land in the middle of nations". The Skull King lived a life of luxury while continuing to demand increasingly inordinate taxes of his people, with the capital city in time becoming a hotbed of decadence.[1] The ancient city was eventually destroyed by way of natural calamity in a single night, said to be the direct result of an imprisoned, tortured sage's incessant proclamations of the Skull King's sins.[1][2]

After Gaiseric's fall from grace and the destruction of his imperial capital, his empire eventually was splintered into the various nations which now exist. Gaiseric had no known children, and as such, no direct successor, though it is believed the Midland royal family is the only family in the world carrying the Skull King's blood. The Tower of Rebirth is said to have been erected as a means of hiding Midland's shameful past under the Skull King's rule.[1]

Hundred Year War Edit

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Griffith, with his Band of the Falcon, is able to recapture the impregnable fortress of Doldrey and end the Hundred Year War, having never lost to his Chuder opponents.

For a century's time, Midland finds itself at war with the nation of Chuder, following Chuder's invasion of Midland territory. Midland's border fortress, Doldrey, is seized by Chuder and in turn used as a crucial base of operations in the invading nation's war effort against the kingdom. However, when Chuder begins collapsing from within due to contention regarding claims to the throne, Midland uses the opportunity to strike and reacquire their seized fortress.[3] Rather than commission Midland's Regular Army, the King of Midland instead enlists Griffith's Band of the Falcon, which succeeds in reclaiming Doldrey – a feat thought to be impossible even by Midland's esteemed White Tiger Knights – thus bringing an end to the Hundred Year War.[4]

For their efforts in the Hundred Year War, the king formally ennobles the Band of the Falcon as Midland's White Phoenix Knights.[5] In a power play following his promotion, Griffith enacts a scheme which successfully disposes of most of his political opponents in Wyndham, including the Queen of Midland.[6] Griffith's eventual seduction of and fornication with Princess Charlotte incenses the king, resulting in the revocation of the White Phoenix Knights' nobility, Griffith's year-long torture and imprisonment in the Tower of Rebirth, and the Band of the Falcon being exiled as enemies of the state. A year later, Griffith is rescued by a small party of remnant Falcons, spurring the king to give chase to the White Falcon for several years to come.

Kushan Invasion Edit

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For his invaluable role in the war effort against the Kushan, Griffith is bestowed the title of Midland's Supreme Commander as Princess Charlotte's betrothed.

Following the Hundred Year War, Midland enjoys a two year peace; however, plague and natural calamity befalls the kingdom thereafter. The dying, decrepit king continues to dedicate Midland's resources to finding Griffith, rather than mending the damages of the Hundred Year War, all while people throughout the kingdom fall victim to disease and famine.[7] With the king's eventual demise, the Kushan Empire uses the opportunity to strike Midland in its moment of internal collapse, invading the nation and seizing Wyndham.[8] Griffith, with his reborn Band of the Falcon, resurfaces and begins liberating holds throughout the kingdom, in the process rescuing Princess Charlotte from the captivity of Emperor Ganishka.[9] The Band of the Falcon, under the authority of the Midland royal family, later intervenes during the invasion of Vritannis, saving the city and Holy See Alliance from complete annihilation at the hands of the Kushan. It is at this point Griffith is officially recognized by Princess Charlotte as her betrothed and Supreme Commander of Midland's Regular Army,[10] and by His Holiness the pontiff the messianic Falcon of Light.

In a final push against the Kushan, Midland's Supreme Commander and his Band of the Falcon venture towards Wyndham to liberate the royal capital. Enraged by his defeat in Vritannis, Emperor Ganishka descends into the Man-Made Beherit and transforms into a gigantic demon god, toppling both Wyndham and Kushan soldiers beneath his colossal feet. As the Band of the Falcon battles the emperor's familiars on ground, Griffith ascends to Ganishka's head, thereupon triggering the Blast of the Astral World and converting the emperor's Shiva form into the World Spiral Tree.[11]

New World Edit

Main article: Falconia
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Refugees from across Midland and beyond flock to Falconia following the Blast of the Astral World.

Following the Blast and influx of astral beings into the world of man, Griffith's new capital city of Falconia miraculously surfaces atop the ruins of Wyndham, now the sole safe haven in the world from malevolent creatures pervading the lands. Falconia proves to be a seeming boon for humanity, large enough in scope to take in innumerable refugees and affording its denizens peace and prosperity.[12]

Notable Locations Edit

Military Edit

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Kentarou Miura (author). "Thousand-Year Fiefdom". Berserk. Volume 10. Episode 53. Hakusensha.
  2. Kentarou Miura (author). "Fierce Believer". Berserk. Volume 18. Episode 138. Hakusensha.
  3. Kentarou Miura (author). "The Battle For Doldrey (1)". Berserk. Volume 7. Episode 23. Hakusensha.
  4. Kentarou Miura (author). "The Battle For Doldrey (6)". Berserk. Volume 8. Episode 28. Hakusensha.
  5. Kentarou Miura (author). "Moment of Glory". Berserk. Volume 8. Episode 30. Hakusensha.
  6. Kentarou Miura (author). "Tombstone of Flame (2)". Berserk. Volume 8. Episode 32. Hakusensha.
  7. Kentarou Miura (author). "Revelations (1)". Berserk. Volume 17. Episode 126. Hakusensha.
  8. Kentarou Miura (author). "Demon City". Berserk. Volume 27. Episode 230. Hakusensha.
  9. Kentarou Miura (author). "The Sleeping Princess Awakens". Berserk. Volume 27. Episode 235. Hakusensha.
  10. Kentarou Miura (author). "The Midland Regular Army". Berserk. Volume 32. Episode 284. Hakusensha.
  11. Kentarou Miura (author). "Fissure". Berserk. Volume 34. Episode 304. Hakusensha.
  12. Kentarou Miura (author). "Paradise". Berserk. Volume 37. Episode 333. Hakusensha.

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