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Jeanne d'Arc

Jeanne

JeanneVS

Characteristics
Kanji: ジャンヌ・ダルク
Romaji: Jan'nu Daruku
Also known as: Maiden of Orleans
The Chosen Maiden (by Charioce XIII)[1]
Status: Alive
Age: 17-19 (Genesis)
27-29 (Virgin Soul)
Gender: Female
Race: Human
Demon (temporarily)
Affiliations: Michael
Relatives: El/Mugaro (son)
Anime Debut: Episode 2

Virgin Soul Episode 4

Image Gallery

Jeanne d'Arc (ジャンヌ・ダルク, Jan'nu Daruku) was a knight from the Orleans Knights, a vessel of the gods and the mother of the Holy Child El.

AppearanceEdit

Jeanne d'Arc is a fairly tall, blonde woman with brown eyes and fair skin. Most of her long hair is pulled back into a tail, leaving the locks of hair on either side of her head and straight-cut bangs free. Her clothing changes several times throughout the series, but she is most frequently seen in plate-armor. The armor is white with red accents and consists of an asymmetrical breastplate, pauldrons, gauntlets, a skirt, and boots. The breastplate appears to belted into place over dark teal and brown cloth. Underneath the plating, she wears a long-sleeved top and gloves in dark red and striped maroon leggings. She carries a spear called Maltet, and a sword hangs from a sword belt at her waist.

Post-Genesis, Jeanne's hair was cut short. It grew back to its original length by the time of Virgin Soul. Jeanne's primary outfit became a farmer's outfit, followed by a yellow jacket, short skirt, and thigh-high brown boots which she obtained from the Dragonfolk Village. In this outfit, Jeanne's hair was pulled into a tail again.

As a demon, Jeanne possessed red eyes and white shaggy hair. Her skin was also very pale. Red and leg armor pieces also appeared during her transformation. Blessed by Sofiel's light, Jeanne's hair turned white and she gained a pair of white wings. She wore yellow armor.

PersonalityEdit

She is a strong, fearless, and honorable warrior. Much of her emotional stability depends on the gods and her guardian angel, Michael. The thought of being abandoned by the gods broke her so deeply that she chose to listen to Martinet, a decision she came to regret as it led to her transformation into a demon and the deaths of three archangels. Jeanne never got over this and any reminder of it brought her to tears.

She remained head-strong and loyal to the gods even afterwards, and accepted her banishment from the kingdom after she openly defied Charioce XVII. As a mother, Jeanne sought only to protect her child and would do anything to ensure his safety. Her willingness to go to battle and sacrifice herself for the betterment of others proves Jeanne is a great woman, though none of this causes her to lose a more compassionate, gentle side which she reveals to friends.

PlotEdit

Shingeki no Bahamut: GenesisEdit

Jeanne was a simple farm girl who received a call from the angels to go to war for them. Jeanne has since fought with their blessing, becoming stronger with each battle. When the God Key is stolen, Michael enlists Jeanne and the Orleans Knights in locating and capturing the thief. Thanks to Lavalley's information, Orleans Knights find the thief in Sword Valley.

After destroying Azazel's flying ship Gregor, Jeanne and the knights proceed with capturing the thief along with her three companions. They bring the four back to the royal castle as prisoners. Three archangels then appear to inform the King and the knights of the potential for Bahamut's revival and urges them to lock the thief (Amira) up but to treat her and her companions kindly.

When Azazel and Pazuzu arrive at the royal castle that night to recapture Amira, Jeanne d'Arc is the one to slay Pazuzu and defeat Azazel using the Maltet. She is rewarded the following morning by Michael with the Précieuse. King Charioce XIII, who had grown envious of Jeanne for a while now, becomes even more enraged and jealous of her. He tries to give her lands in exchange for a retirement, but Jeanne declines, further upsetting the King.

The demon Martinet takes advantage of this jealousy by drugging the King's wine to induce hallucinations. The King becomes convinced of Jeanne's "plot" to overthrow him and has her imprisoned as a result. Martinet visits Jeanne in her cell to convince Jeanne that the gods do not care for her as they refuse to come rescue her in her time of need. Jeanne remains steadfast in her faith towards the gods until Charioce XIII has her burnt at the stake. Dying and with no sight of any angel coming to help her, Jeanne agrees to "see the truth" in the gods and willingly transforms into a demon.

Armed with the Précieuse, Jeanne heads for the battlefield and kills three angels, including her guardian angel, Michael. Michael manages to force-feed her the antidote in time which returns Jeanne to her human form. Jeanne recovers and is horrified to discover what she had done to Michael. Michael reassures her that what she had done was not her fault. After Michael's death, Jeanne witnesses the defeat of Bahamut at the hands of Favaro Leone.

Shingeki no Bahamut - Short Story 2Edit

Jeanne has two sparring matches with Captain Kaisar. The two discuss their life choices and what has motivated them to stay as a member of the Orleans Knights. For Kaisar, it was a desire to live a noble life for the sake of helping others and not live selfishly like a bounty hunter. Jeanne shares a similar desire in that she still wants to help others and maybe atone for the sins she committed as a demon.

Shingeki no Bahamut Virgin SoulEdit

As a result of the actions she committed while a demon, Jeanne is stripped of her divine protection by the gods. No longer aided by the gods and reduced to a simple knight, Jeanne fails to rescue a child from a demon attack on said child's village.

When Charioce XVII takes the throne, he begins defying the gods by destroying god-worshiping temples and stealing divine artifacts. When Jeanne opposes the King's actions and disproves of his attempts to usher in an era where humans stand on top, Charioce XVII banishes her from the Orleans Knights and the royal castle.

Jeanne goes to live on the outskirts of the city as a lonely farm girl. One night while praying to Michael, her belly suddenly begins to swell and Jeanne gives birth to a half-human, half-angel child. Jeanne believes this child was blessed upon her by Michael. Jeanne promptly names the child "El".

Mother and son live in relative peace until they encounter Sofiel, an angel on the run from Charioce XVII's god-slaying knights. The knights track Sofiel down to Jeanne's house. One of the knights attacks Jeanne in search of the angel but El saves Jeanne by activating his power and disabling the knight's green stone. Jeanne and El then flee their home as Charioce XVII is alerted to El's ability. With a hit put out on El because of the danger he poses to the Onyx Task Force, Jeanne is forced to conceal her son by soaking him in demon blood and cutting off his wings. She leaves El among demon slaves while she runs off with Charioce's knights chasing after her. Jeanne is eventually captured and imprisoned by Charioce XVII, who demands to know the whereabouts of her son in exchange for her return as a knight. Jeanne adamantly refuses.

Jeanne remains imprisoned for at least two years, during which Charioce XVII tries to coerce her into gaining him the support of god worshipers and in exchange he will end the war through peaceful negotiations. Jeanne refuses and continuously resists his false offers. Eventually, Jeanne encounters Nina Drango and the two women attempt a prison escape. They are successful thanks to the help of Rita. Jeanne and her allies make it out of the prison and witness Charioce XVII going to war with the gods. Jeanne sees her son fighting on the side of the gods and Charioce VII's victory over them. Reminded of the time she murdered the archangels, Jeanne begs the Onyx Knights to spare the gods to no avail.

Rita rescues Jeanne from the battlefield by helping her and Nina board Bacchus's carriage. After Rita warns the two women not to return to the surface just yet, Jeanne decides she wants to go see her son in the Land of the gods. When Nina reveals someone who can take them there at her village, the pair agree to travel to Nina's home village from where they will enter the land of the gods to retrieve Jeanne's son.

Jeanne meets the residents of Nina's village and speaks with the Village Elder, a dragon folk who once carried gods back to their homeland 2,000 years ago. The Village Elder agrees to carry them too but she falls asleep, forcing Jeanne and Nina to remain in the village until morning. Jeanne takes a bath with Nina and the two discuss romance, with Jeanne insisting she and El's father (whom she refers to as "that gentleman") did not have a romantic relationship. When Nina mentions being in love with a man with multiple sides to his personality, Jeanne encourages Nina to follow her heart (unaware that she is literally telling Nina to be with Charioce XVII, her own greatest enemy).[2]

By morning, Jeanne and Nina board Bacchus's carriage which the Village Elder carries on her back in order to fly them up to the heavens. The pair arrive safe and sound in the Land of the gods and encounter Ridwan, who leads them to Gabriel's chambers. It is here that Jeanne re-encounters Sofiel before she is taken to reunite with El. Jeanne is informed by Gabriel that El's heart is not with the gods and she herself finds El very eager to fight Charioce XVII again. In his defiance of Gabriel, El escapes from the land of the gods with Bacchus, Hamsa and Nina. Jeanne convinces Sofiel to join her in retrieving the group by reminding her that she and El had saved her life once. The two arrive on the surface and struggle to find El. They do manage to find him eventually in the presence of Azazel, whom Jeanne had been informed was El's caretaker during Jeanne's imprisonment. Jeanne demands El's return and Azazel complies, but the gang are momentarily sidetracked when Nina gets attacked by an assassin.

Sofiel requests El to return to the land of the gods to help with the war against Charioce XVII. Jeanne intends to leave with her son and Sofiel by the following day, only for El to end up dying from a stab wound in the arms of Favaro Leone. Jeanne prays desperately for her son to survive as Rita operates on him, but El dies and Jeanne collapses in tears.

Enraged that her son had been murdered by a knight under Charioce XVII's services, Jeanne declares war on Charioce XVII and offers her services to the gods once more. She is blessed with Sofiel's powers. Jeanne d'Arc leads an army of her own and charges into battle, assisted later on by Azazel. The Onyx Task Force try to focus their assault on her. After defeating the Onyx Knights, Jeanne and Azazel prepare to strike down Charioce XVII, only for Kaisar Lidfard to sacrifice himself for his king. Jeanne and Azazel are saddened by this, and soon witness to return of Bahamut as this was Charioce XVII's intentions. Jeanne d'Arc does not partake in the conflict as she ends up unconscious at some point. She is shown safe and sound following Bahamut's defeat and surrounded by her allies.

At the conclusion of the battle, Jeanne buries her son next to her house and gifts his grave with his toy. Azazel arrives to leave El's ocarina alongside it, which she accepts. Jeanne is last seen walking away from her son's grave wiping tears from her eyes. Nina states that Jeanne is now living in the land of the gods.

Power & AbilitiesEdit

Jeanne d'Arc is a skilled knight in battle and military tactics who possesses Maltet, a holy spear from the gods that she uses against demons in battle. Her faith in the gods allows her to charge into the battlefield without fear. The loss of the gods' divine protection rendered Jeanne to a little more than "a pretty female captain", according to her fellow knights.

After transforming into a demon, Jeanne gained a few additional abilities. She lost them once she had taken in the antidote for her transformation.

  • Demon Summoning - Jeanne was able to wordlessly summon a winged demon and use it for transport and flying. She was able to ride the demon by standing upon its back. She also used it in deceiving Uriel by attacking from above while the winged demon appeared below Uriel, distracting the archangel.

Upon being blessed with Sofiel's power, Jeanne gained additional powers. It is unknown when this faded or if they ever did.

  • Flight - Jeanne gained a pair of white wings which enabled her to fly.
  • Holy Spear - Much like the Maltet, Jeanne was able to fire projectiles at targets using this spear. Its offense was on par, if not more superior, to Azazel's "snakes".

EquipmentEdit

Maltet: A holy spear imbued with the power of the angel Michael. Once the spear hits the target it creates a big explosion upon impact, particularly dangerous for demons. It can also shoot several beams of holy magic towards multiple targets. After throwing it, Maltet when called by Jeanne will return to her side.

Précieuse: A mystic sword of malevolence and blessedness given to Jeanne by Michael after the defeat of Pazuzu. Being an incredibly powerful sword, Précieuse is so strong that can even cut through a god or a demon quite easily, killing them.

RelationshipsEdit

  • Azazel: Jeanne fought against the demon Azazel when the latter kidnapped Amira. After Jeanne retrieved Amira and imprisoned her in the royal castle, Azazel raided the castle in order to retrieve her. Empowered by Michael's holy light and armed with the Maltet, Jeanne swiftly defeated Azazel. The two became bitter enemies afterwards. Upon reuniting with her son El, Jeanne learned that El had survived the two years without her thanks to Azazel, who had kindly adopted the boy and named him "Mugaro", an act which Jeanne thanked him for[3]. Although still on bad terms, however at the end, their animosity is no longer present, Jeanne and Azazel joined forces in the war against Charioce XVII, with Jeanne representing the gods and Azazel representing the demons.
  • Charioce XIII: Jeanne began her service as a knight under King Charioce XIII, who both admired and envied her due to the gods apparent favoritism. Jeanne served Charioce XIII loyally until he, under the impression that Jeanne was out to claim his throne, decided to have Jeanne publicly executed. Jeanne survived this execution through her demonic transformation and never saw the king again.
  • Charioce XVII: Jeanne heavily disapproved of Charioce XVII's opposition against the gods and was banished from the Orleans Knights in response. She was later hunted down and imprisoned when Charioce XVII learned she had a son who could defeat his Onyx Knights. During the two years Jeanne was imprisoned, Charioce XVII attempted to bribe Jeanne into bringing god-worshipers to his side and claimed her doing so would end the war peacefully. Jeanne wasn't convinced, and remained in defiance of the king even after she escaped captivity. Jeanne became enraged when Charioce XVII's dream of having her son killed came to fruition and Jeanne sought vengeance by declaring war on him, though her efforts proved in vain and she seemingly gave up trying, while Charioce XVII was declared a hero for his apparent defeat of Bahamut.
  • El: Jeanna's son. Jeanne was blessed with a child by the archangel Michael so she would not be alone. Jeanne loved her son very deeply and was willing to go to prison and suffer torture for his safety. Jeanne's greatest wish was to be by her son's side, believing it to also be Michael's wish. She did not approve of El going to war with the humans and was visibly uncomfortable when El told her he wanted to. Jeanne's desire to return to life on the farm with El was shattered when El was murdered at the hands of Charioce XVII's knight. His death drove Jeanne to serve the gods once more and declare war on Charioce XVII.
  • Michael: Jeanne received guidance and protection from the archangel Michael, who had chosen her as a vessel for the gods. She served Michael loyally until King Charioce XIII became jealous of Michael's preference for her and had her burnt at the stake. When Michael failed to come to her rescue, Jeanne was convinced the gods had forsaken her and took up Martinet's offer to become a demon. Driven by vengeance, Jeanne fatally stabbed Michael mere moments before Michael could administrate the antidote. Jeanne was deeply saddened by what she had done and cried as Michael faded away. When El was born, Jeanne understood this was Michael's parting gift to her and believed he would have wanted the two of them to live together.[4] She also believed Michael was always watching over them and prayed to him during times of difficulty. She considers Michael a gentleman and even ten years after the event, Jeanne has yet to overcome the guilt of killing Michael and still sheds tears at the reminder of what she had done to him.
  • Sofiel: Jeanne encountered Sofiel when the latter was running away from Charioce XVII's knights. This encounter led Charioce XVII to discover the existence of El and demand his execution, forcing Jeanne to hide El among slaves and allow herself to be captured for his safety. When the gods began using her son in their war against Charioce XVII, Jeanne was not impressed, though she was happy to learn that Sofiel was safe. After El escaped from the gods, Jeanne convinced Sofiel to join her in search of her son, reminding the angel that she owed mother and son her life. The two remained on the surface for some time, during which El was murdered and Sofiel was there to comfort Jeanne before taking her to see Gabriel. Determined to avenge her son, Jeanne offered her services to the gods and was blessed with Sofiel's light.

QuotesEdit

I was a village girl when one day, I received a divine revelation, and the masses revered me as a saint. I bore the weight of everyone's expectations, obeyed the words of the gods, took up my sword, and fought. And the result? You saw it, didn't you? I was tainted by demons, betraying everyone, including the gods themselves, even Lord Michael.
— Shingeki no Bahamut - Short Story 2

Trivia Edit

  • She appears on the cover of the sixth chapter of Shingeki no Bahamut: TWIN HEADS.
  • Jeanne d'Arc was inspired by the real-life Joan of Arc , a young French girl who claimed to have received visions from the Archangel Michael instructing her to support Charles VII and recover France from English domination late in the Hundred Years' War. She was eventually captured by English supporters and burnt at the stake at age 19.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. Episode 6
  2. Virgin Soul Episode 14
  3. Virgin Soul Episode 20
  4. Virgin Soul Episode 10

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