Golden Age Arc II
Jon Avner (1997 Anime, Film)
Leader of the God Hand
Void features a partially denuded skull with a large exposed brain clothed in a long cloak with a high and pointed collar. When he stands, it would appear his cloak reaches the ground. His skull lacks its calvarium, and his thusly exposed brain is much larger than could be contained in a normal human skull. The skin of his intact skull is drawn tight to the bone. His nose is missing, and his lips and surrounding skin are retracted by fine hooks and wires. His eyelids are stitched shut. He usually keeps his hands and arms hidden underneath his cloak. His two slender arms prove inhumanly long enough to reach past his cloak. His hands each have six long slender fingers with long nails. His officially licensed Figma action figure reveals that under the cloak his body consists only of his head and two long arms attached to a vertebral column.
Void is very philosophical, far more than his demonic cohorts. His manner of speech is more formal and dated than the other members of the God Hand, a testament to his superior age and wisdom. His primary focus is on the flow of causality and its inevitability. The Skull Knight describes him as "preaching" the inevitability of causality.
Void always remains calm and collected, never showing emotion even when things do not go according to his plans or defy the "will of causality". He is also the most polite member of the God Hand, addressing the Band of the Falcon as honored guests rather than treating them as mere sacrifices like the other Apostles during the Eclipse. Void, despite all of this, is shown to be incredibly manipulative. He uses memories from Griffith's past in order to convince him to not only sacrifice his men, but that his men would gladly accept this fate to further his own goals. He also uses Griffith's anger and jealousy towards Guts to his advantage, solidifying Guts as the sole obstacle in the path towards Griffith's potential future.
It can also be assumed that he coerced the other members of the God Hand preceding Griffith into making the same deal; sacrificing something they valued to become greater beings.
Abilities and Skills Edit
Being the oldest and most powerful of the God Hand, Void has a number of supernatural powers.
Spatial Manipulation: The first of these abilities is his semi-corporeal form, with conventional weapons passing through him, although he can be harmed by supernatural weapons like the Skull Knight's Sword of Thorns. To prevent this, Void can defend himself by bending space, once creating a spacial rift to redirect the Skull Knight's own attack back at him.
Causality Manipulation: Void can see the design of Causality, but only to an extent that barely borders omniscience. This enables him to foresee almost any possibility and influence the course of events to ensure one possibility becomes a reality.
Brand of Sacrifice: Void is the only member of the God Hand to administer the Brand of Sacrifice, marking the soul of the inflicted with a brand that compels all manner of fell creature to kill them. This ability is usually used as a means to sire an Apostle from a tortured soul who has acquired a Beherit, the transformed being normally killing the branded person they have sacrificed to obtain this power. It can be assumed that only Void can remove the Brand.
Corporealization: He and the rest of the senior God Hand manifest rudimentary bodies from the restless spirits running amok in the city during Griffith's revival in the corporeal realm. Void and the rest of the God Hand manifest fully during the Blast of the Astral World, gaining a full-time physical presence.
At some point in the distant past, apparently around the time that Gaiseric's kingdom befell in disaster, Void came into being and made an enemy out of the Skull Knight. It can be assumed that as the centuries passed, acting in the Idea of Evil's interests, Void seduced countless humans into becoming Apostles while recruiting three with Crimson Beherits into members of the God Hand.
Golden Age Arc Edit
Void, alongside the other God Hand members, first make themselves known to Griffith while he is imprisoned in the Tower of Rebirth. Appearing in Griffith's vision, Void refers to Griffith as his "kinsman" and "king of longing" while telling him that they will soon meet at the appointed time and place: the upcoming Eclipse. Once the guest of honor and his sacrifices appear in the Interstice, the other God Hand reveal themselves and, after Ubik reminds the human of who he is, Void convinces Griffith to accept his destiny by offering him ebony wings to ensure his dream for a kingdom. Griffith accepts and Void proceeds to brand all members of the Band of the Falcon present. After Griffith's transition into Femto is complete with the deaths of all but Guts and Casca, the Skull Knight intervenes and spirits them back to their reality after a brief clash with Void. While the other senior God Hand members ask him if he foresaw the turn of events, Void considers it to be nothing as the Age of Darkness that the Holy See scripture foretold has begun.
Black Swordsman Arc Edit
Two years after last seeing Guts, Void and the rest of the God Hand appear before him after he fatally wounds the Count and the Apostle summons them to be given new life. Despite Griffith being occupied easily overpowering a revenge-driven Guts, Void reminds the neophyte that they have business with the Count first. After the Interstice linking the physical world and the Abyss subsides, the God Hand returns to their realm.
Conviction Arc Edit
During the Incarnation Ceremony at Albion, Void and the rest of the senior God Hand members make themselves known to Guts when they manifest rudimentary bodies from the restless spirits running amok in the city. After an attempt to strike down Void, realizing he and the others are not fully in the physical realm, Guts decides to focus back on saving Casca from the mob who are intent on burning her at the stake. While the Incarnation Ceremony goes as planned with Griffith fully reconstituted, the process separates the senior God Hand members across different layers of the Astral World until the Blast of the Astral World.
- His name is borrowed from Frank Herbert's Destination: Void.
- In the first anime adaptation of the series, Void serves as the series narrator. In the second adaptation, Unshō Ishizuka provides the narration again but he's not credited for Void (played by Shinji Ogawa in the third film, and the series use the cast of the movies).
- While the story of how he and the Skull Knight came to be is not fully known, Void is speculated to have become the first God Hand member to be created at the end of the reign of Gaiseric. As Mozgus told to Farnese and Serpico, Albion's Tower of Conviction served as a prison for a "sage" who proclaimed the king's sins to God who sent an angel to punish the king. This parallels the story told by Charlotte at the Tower of Rebirth about how Gaiseric's capital city was utterly destroyed by four or five angels. Skulls marked with the Brand of Sacrifice can be seen at the bottom of the Tower of Rebirth which is what remained of Gaiseric's city.
- If this is to be believed, with the Crimson Beherit only activating every 216 years, that would make Void at least 1,080 years old.
- If Void truly is the God Hand that ended Gaiseric's reign, then there is an error in the story: Charlotte describing five angels that punished Gaiseric in her rendition while Judeau commented that he heard a version of the story where there were only four. Void would have been alone at that time as angels of the God Hand are only created once every 216 years. Then again, the story might also have been part prophecy, given the currrent number of God Hand members.
- It is implied that Void will play a larger role in the future of Berserk. When asked about the ultimate goal of the God Hand in an interview Miura published for the Berserk Illustrations File, Miura stated that it was too early to reveal the goal of the God Hand but gave a potential hint to speculate over: "The key word is Void".
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