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Zondark
Debut
Manga

Episode C0
Guardians of Desire (1)

Profile
Gender

Male

Status

Deceased

Affiliation

The Count's Guards
The Count

Occupation

Guard Captain

Zondark was the Captain of the Count's Guards.[1] He was later transformed into an apostle spawn by the Count when his rage and desire to kill Guts left him deranged and fixated on revenge.[2] He is the very first apostle spawn that Guts fights in the series.

AppearanceEdit

During his first encounter with Guts, he wears a set of large plated armor and a personalized face guard in the shape of a male face, complete with detailed nose, mouth, and bone structure; holes are present on the guard in place of eyes, allowing for clear visibility inside the armor.

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Zondark's disfigured face.

His actual face is somewhat brutish with short, scraggly black hair. Without his armor on, he wears a white sleeveless undershirt and dark pants with boots, and upon his transformation into an apostle spawn, his teeth become sharp and demonic, and his eyes shine brightly, his pupils disappearing entirely.

Possessing regenerative abilities, Zondark's body changes drastically as a result of the injuries sustained in his battles against Guts. Multiple growths sprout out from the wounds inflicted by the swordsman, which even replace lost limbs upon their amputation; both of his arms are eventually reconstituted as tentacle-like protrusions. After a portion of his head is sliced off mid-battle, the Count's parasitic offshoot emerges from the laceration, resembling its parent.[2]

PersonalityEdit

Zondark displays overconfidence in his abilities during his first confrontation with Guts, belittling his opponent and proudly challenging him to a fight, even after witnessing the swordsman lay waste to several of his guards. He also seems to enjoy a challenge, pitting his war hammer against Guts' Dragonslayer to see how it will fare in combat. Ultimately, his boasting does not amount to victory, and following his loss to the swordsman, Zondark is completely consumed with a need for revenge, utterly unhinged.[1]

In his apostle spawn form, Zondark is a puppet for the Count; his mind is reduced to that of a mindless brute, with only his desire to kill remaining.[2]

AbilitiesEdit

As a human, Zondark was a very strong and skilled warrior, though no match for Guts. He was capable of wielding both a war hammer and a battleaxe.

As an apostle spawn, he is even stronger, and gains regeneration and the ability to grow tentacles.

HistoryEdit

Black Swordsman ArcEdit

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Zondark leers down at Guts when they first meet.

Upon their initial encounter, Zondark confronts and quickly attacks Guts, but the swordsman easily dodges, causing Zondark to mistakenly kill several of his own unwitting soldiers. Nevertheless, he continues his assault. Eventually, Zondark manages to trap Guts between himself and a brick wall. He swings his hammer to deal the final blow, but Guts intercepts it with a strike from the Dragonslayer. Guts' weapon proves to be stronger; the shaft of Zondark's hammer is bent and the head is reduced to shrapnel, which flies into its wielder's face. Zondark then falls to the ground in pain and receives a kick to the face from Guts, thoroughly defeated. Subsequently, Guts escapes into the sewers under the direction of Vargas, and Zondark orders his men to pursue and kill the fleeing victor.[1]

Transported inside the castle to have his injuries tended to, Zondark is driven mad with desire to kill the Black Swordsman. Suddenly, the Count appears and orders everyone else to leave the room, excluding Zondark. Now insane, Zondark smashes his head repeatedly against a stone pillar, the Count strangling his captain from behind to stop the frenzy. Zondark exclaims that he will do anything for vengeance against Guts, and in response, the Count produces a large slug-like creature from his mouth, which crawls down the captain's throat, siring him into an apostle spawn. When the Count declares that the now blank-faced Zondark will be in charge of killing the Black Swordsman, Zondark begins to laugh at the prospect of killing him.

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Guts deflects Zondark's attacks.

Later on, Zondark appears outside Vargas' lab and destroys the door, stepping in to exact his revenge upon Guts. The swordsman draws his weapon and engages the spawn in combat. Zondark charges towards the swordsman, but he dodges and slices off Zondark's right arm; the amputated limb is promptly replaced, tentacles emerging from the stump. Using his new tentacles to grasp his battleaxe, Zondark once again attempts to kill Guts, and with his greatly increased speed, his axe cleaves through the supports around Vargas' lab. Consequently, the ceiling begins to cave in. The two still exchanging blows, Guts blocks Zondark's whip-like strikes; he uses his cloak to disorient Zondark, and capitalizes on the spawn's confusion by dealing a quick blow to his head, slicing it off from the left temple to the cranium.

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Guts finishes the remnants of Zondark off.

However, Zondark still stands as a slug-like creature emerges from the laceration, the Count speaking through it to praise the Black Swordsman's skills. Before they can resume their battle, the ceiling caves in completely and Zondark's body is crushed.[2] Nonetheless, Zondark survives, his body monstrous by the time they cross paths again; he attacks Guts when the swordsman infiltrates the Count's castle. Although Guts triumphs over his opponent, the Count's offshoot survives and leaves Zondark's corpse, attempting to assimilate itself into Guts' body. Before it can succeed in doing so, the swordsman smashes it against a wall, destroying it.[3]

ReferenceEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Kentarō Miura (author). "The Guardians of Desire (1)". Berserk. Volume 1. Episode C0. Animal House.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Kentarō Miura (author). "The Guardians of Desire (2)". Berserk. Volume 2. Episode D0. Animal House.
  3. Kentarō Miura (author). "The Guardians of Desire (3)". Berserk. Volume 2. Episode E0. Animal House.

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