|Anime Debut:||Episode 3|
Rita (リタ, Rita) is a seemingly young necromancer, known for being the only surviving citizen of the Nebelville massacre. For two hundred years she revived and lived with the zombified remnants of the town until she was, in the end, bitten by her own parents, driving a bypassing Kaisar Lidfard into killing her out of mercy. After being spared by Kaisar and becoming an undead, she now follow the former knight in his travels.
In Virgin Soul, she works in the capital as a shadowy doctor, accepting any patient whether divine or demonic.
Rita appears to be a child, but is actually much older. She has short black hair and bangs, and usually wears a lopsided hat. She carries a small backpack with her and wields a black umbrella with a skull on the tip. As a human, she wears a light green dress with white bloomers underneath and brown boots. When she becomes a zombie, her skin grows much paler, a scar from a bite remains on her left shoulder, and dark circles appear under her eyes. She also changes her outfit to a black dress and bloomers with a purple pair of boots and hat.
When working as a doctor, she takes off her hat and wears a light robe over her dress. She wears a stethoscope around her neck and a strange magnifying monocle on her head.
When Kaisar invites her to lunch, she changes into a long black skirt and sleeveless shirt with a white long sleeved shirt underneath.
Rita is mysterious and at first appears a bit sinister. However she cares for others, such as her parents. This is shown when she stepped in front of Kaisar's sword to protect her zombie parents. She is also perceptive and is usually the first to notice when something is amiss. Rita is shown to be mature at times, such as when she stops Favaro and Kaisar from fighting and tells them to focus on their immediate goal. At times she gets irritated and calls Kaisar a "brat", bringing up the fact that she is much older and wiser.
200 years ago Rita, the daughter of the village doctor, lived peacfully in the village of Nebelville until the day when the monster invaded the village and killed everyone, leaving her the only one able to survive the massacre. Alone and scared she used the Black Bible, a sorcery book she found somewhere, to revive her parents and the dead villagers and concealed all of them behind an magical mist that makes the zombie look like they are alive.
Rita is first shown dragging an unconscious Kaisar Lidfard to the town of Nebelville. She nurses the injured ex-knight back to health. She does not reveal much to Kaisar and lets her parents do most of the talking. She insists that Kaisar's left arm is broken which is why she bandaged it. When Rita's parents offer Kaisar food, Rita quietly tells Kaisar not to eat.
Kaisar eats anyway and becomes a little annoyed when Rita rudely insults her parents and refuses to eat her share of the food. Rita storms off and sits by the porch, later joined by Kaisar. In hopes that it would convince Rita to be nicer to her parents, Kaisar explains his own childhood and how his father's fall from grace and his mother's suicide made him realize how much he misses him. Rita pretends not to consider his words.
Since Kaisar had promised to deal with the monsters living in the forest, Kaisar joins the townsfolk in confronting the monster, only for the monster to reveal itself as Favaro Leone. Kaisar's perception of the world had been distorted by the fog surrounding the town and a bracelet concealed by the bandages. When the illusion dissipates and reveals that everyone in the town but Rita is a zombie, Rita uses her Black Bible to drive the zombies into fighting Kaisar, Favaro and Amira.
Rita runs off with Kaisar in pursuit. When Rita's parents wish to devour Kaisar, Rita doesn't allow them. Her father bites her in the neck in retaliation, temporarily killing her until she is revived as a zombie. Favaro destroys her Black Bible and leaves the town with Amira, while Kaisar watches Rita return to life. Although prepared to stab Rita, Kaisar chooses to spare her.
Rita joins Kaisar on his hunt for Favaro. The two arrive at Ysmenport and board a ship called the Dagonia to go after Favaro across the sea, but discover that they had unwittingly boarded a ship captained by pirates who intend to sell them off and steal their belongings. Rita proceeds to bite and turn each one of the pirates into zombies and control them using her staff. She has the pirate ship chase after the Celephales, which they proceed to crash into and hop on board.
Kaisar and Amira are abruptly captured by demons and taken away. Rita joins Favaro in coercing Bacchus into helping them locate the pair. Bacchus figures that the demons are taking Amira to Sword Valley from where they'll enter Cocytus, the demon capital. Rita and Favaro board Bacchus's carriage and arrive at Sword Valley. When the flying ship Gregor appears as predicted, Favaro sneaks on board and manages to rescue Kaisar and Amira. The three, plus Rita, fly off on a dragon.
The four are soon captured by the Orleans Knights and taken to the royal capital. Before a sentence can be delivered to them for stealing the God Key, three archangels appear to inform them about Amira's secret identity as a half-demon and half-angel and to warn them that, if Amira goes to Helheim, she will inevitably bring about the return of Bahamut. Amira is subsequently imprisoned in a room while Rita and the others spend time in the castle. When the demons, specifically Azazel, returns to capture Amira once more, Rita transforms a handful of sorcerers into zombies to help deal with the threat.
Suspecting that something is amiss about Lavalley, Rita searches his room and finds numerous concoctions and potions. She is confronted by Martinet but manages to get away along with some samples. She returns to Bacchus's carriage and is informed by Bacchus that Jeanne d'Arc has recently transformed into a demon. On their way out of the city, the carriage runs over Azazel and Rita ties him up and brings him inside for interrogation. At Azazel's insistence, the carriage heads for Abos.
As Rita creates a couple of antidotes to counteract Martinet's potion, she and Azazel discuss Martinet's identity and Rita deduces that it is unlikely Martinet really is a demon since she is able to create antidotes. Once they've arrived at Abos, the demonic Jeanne confronts them with the intention of slaying Bacchus. After giving an antidote to Kaisar to use on a recently-transformed Favaro, Rita attempts to throw the last one into Jeanna's mouth but it bounces off of Hamsa's inflated body. Dismayed, Rita declares herself ready for death but as Jeanne is about to strike again, Michael intervenes and grabs hold of Jeanne. Rita is shocked when Jeanne manages to impale Michael using the Précieuse, and even more shocked when she sees Michael taking the antidote into his mouth and force feeding it into Jeanne.
Rita and Bacchus watch the antidote restore Jeanne to her original human self. Once they deem Jeanne is back to normal, they go to assist Kaisar in dealing with Favaro and Martinet. After failing to do much on her own, Rita rides on Bacchus's hippogriff and catches Kaisar during a fall. Kaisar had just been betrayed by Lavalley and Rita reveals that Lavalley, as well as Martinet, are the false identities of Gilles de Rais, a gruesome sorcerer with a bounty on his head.
When Favaro assists Gilles by attacking Kaisar, the ensuing fight injures the hippogriff and Rita is forced onto a floating surface. She watches as Favaro, actually back to normal, captures Gilles using the Bounty Hunter's Bracer from Kaisar's cut wrist. Rita bandages Kaisar's arm and remains earthbound while Favaro and Kaisar work together to deal with Bahamut. She watches from a distance as the dragon is eventually defeated.
Ten years after the conflict with Bahamut, Rita is working as a doctor in Anatae and takes on any kind of patient regardless of race. She appears to have maintained contact with Kaisar and has actually developed a crush on him. Kaisar's left hand is now sentient and serves as her assistant.
Rita is first seen treating Nina Drango who was brought in by the "Ragged Demon". Rita introduces herself as well as her assistant and briefly questions Nina's race. Rita later sends Nina to go spend her time inside Bacchus's carriage. When Azazel tries to recruit Nina in his plot to rescue a group of demons, Rita comes to Nina's defense as she thinks Azazel is mistreating Nina. After Nina transforms a second time in order to save Azazel from the Onyx Knights, Nina takes the pair back to her clinic.
With the two unconscious, Rita goes shopping with Azazel's mute companion Mugaro, but on her way back she spots Nina making a mad dash away from the clinic with tears in her eyes. Rita returns to the clinic and asks Azazel what he had done to Nina, accusing him of being a pervert. Rita becomes annoyed when Azazel, still visibly injured, leaves the clinic and insists that Mugaro must stay with her. Rita allows Mugaro to spend time with Nina when the latter returns.
Kaisar pays Rita a visit and the two go on a date. The two try to catch up but Rita becomes frustrated and knocks Kaisar into the water. She accuses him of being pathetic unlike how he was ten years ago.
Sometime after Kaisar and Nina are arrested and taken to prison, Rita devises a plan to rescue them and flies to the prison on Bacchus's carriage. She manages to fight her way in and arrive outside of Nina and Jeanne d'Arc's cells. She proceeds with rescuing Kaisar and Favaro and the four survive the destruction of the prison when Dromos is summoned. Rita watches from on top of Dromos as Charioce XVII battles the gods and fires Dromos, destroying the gods's weapon.
Onyx Knights begin to surround the escaped prisoners. When Nina turns into a dragon and fights the knights, Rita summons Bacchus's carriage and tries to get Nina and Jeanne inside. She is successful thanks to Kaisar serving as a distraction.
As the carriage flies off, Rita opts to return to the surface to check on Kaisar and Favaro. She warns Jeanne and Nina not to return themselves just yet because of their status as fugitives. Rita then jumps out of the carriage while biding the pair good luck. Once Rita is on the surface, she puts on a demon disguise for her own protection. She makes a mess of her clinic and abandons it for a time.
Upon returning to the clinic, she spots Nina, El, Bacchus and Hamsa outside her clinic in search of her. Rita approaches them and reveals her disguise. Nina is momentarily puzzled until she recognizes Rita. The four stay together during which time Rita notes El's sullen mood. When Kaisar, Favaro and Azazel reunite with them, a plot against Charioce XVII is formed and Rita personally assigns everyone their respective roles, Dias and Alessand included.
Rita flies on Bacchus's carriage just above the royal castle with the role of giving Nina the signal to transform. Nina, who is inside the castle with Alessand, ends up ruining the plot when she decides to dance with the King and prevent Favaro from stealing the bracelet, which is their end goal. Rita, Bacchus and Hamsa have no choice but to return to their base and wait for everyone else to join them.
However, the group return with Jeanne d'Arc and Sofiel. The pair have come to take El back to the Land of the gods for his own safety. El, desiring to fight the humans and bring peace to the world, thinks he should go and bids everyone farewell.
Moments later, Favaro rushes to Rita's clinic with a bleeding El. Rita desperately tries to save him. Her efforts prove in vain and El dies in agony on the bed, much to Rita's sorrow. While almost everyone else leaves the clinic to mourn, Rita cleans up El's corpse, with Jeanne and Sofiel watching her. When Nina suddenly breaks down in tears inside Bacchus's carriage, Rita stops Bacchus from entering.
When a war between Charioce XVII and the gods and demons commences, Rita assists Kaisar in getting to the King's location. She becomes devastated when Kaisar offers himself up as a human shield to save the King from Azazel and Jeanne. Rita rushes to his side and cries as Kaisar passes away peacefully. When Bahamut appears, Rita gazes up at the dragon with a cold, determined stare.
Without anyone knowing, Rita resurrects Kaisar through a bite. Kaisar returns as a sentient zombie. After spending a moment with her allies following the defeat of Bahamut, Rita and Kaisar watch from a distance as Favaro goes off on another journey.
Power & AbilitiesEdit
Despite her small size, Rita possesses a range of abilities that prove useful to her allies.
- Necromancy: While holding the "Black Bible", Rita was able to use the book to stop her growth and resurrect both her family and the other villagers but only as zombies at her command. However once distracted the zombies can and will turn even against her. Later on it is shown that even without the Black Bible, Rita is able to control large numbers of undead using her staff.
- Infection: Rita is able to turn still living people into zombies through means of a bite. This was demonstrated when she bit a pirate captain on the arm.
- Undead Physical Structure: As a zombie, she can detach body parts such as her arm to punch others, her usual targets being Favaro and Kaisar. The arm can later be reattached. It was also noted by Favaro that she is amazingly lightweight.
- Complete Sentience: Through unknown means, Rita manages to maintain full sentience, awareness and control over her actions, despite being a zombie herself. Kaisar questioned how was it possible, but his question was left unanswered.
- Azazel: Rita met Azazel after Bacchus's carriage accidentally ran over the demon while she was on board. Rita opt to heal Azazel's injuries and interrogate him for information. The two fought together at the battle of Abos but stayed mostly apart. Sometime after Azazel began posing as the "Ragged Demon", Rita became the doctor who would treat his injuries. They do not exactly get along despite this since Rita regards Azazel as mean, impatient and a pervert, especially when it comes to Nina. Outside of their doctor-patient relationship, the two do not interact much but do work on the same team.
- Bacchus and Hamsa: Rita spends considerable time with the two gods. She rode in Bacchus's carriage while travelling to, and during the conflict with Bahamut. The three clearly consider each other as allies and companions. Upon becoming a doctor, Rita remains mostly stationary but does spend her free time with Bacchus and Hamsa following the second conflict with Bahamut.
- Kaisar Lidfard: After Kaisar arrives at Nebelville, Rita, who has always felt alone in her town, uses her magic to keep him oblivious to the truth, hoping that he would stay longer. When she is killed by her zombified parents, Kaisar cries over her body. After she awakens as a zombie, he spares her, and she decides to follow him around. In Virgin Soul, it is revealed that Rita and Kaisar have maintained contact in the ten years that passed, and it is strongly implied that Rita has developed feelings for Kaisar, though the knight is oblivious to them, to her disappointment. Although they've grown closer, their treatment of each other remains the same: Rita has always regarded him with a cold attitude and harsh words, while Kaisar has never hesitated to ramble on about his troubles to her. When Kaisar dies trying to defend Charioce XVII, Rita decides to resurrect him as a zombie.
- Nina Drango: The two girls have become like sisters to each other, talking about topics such as boys and cooking together. Rita has become very protective over Nina, threatening Azazel and even attacking Charioce XVII when she believes they are putting the girl in danger.
- After Kaisar's hand was severed by Favaro, she has kept it, zombified it, and named it Rocky. She refers to it has her assistant and refers to Kaisar as its father.
- She appears on the cover of the fourth volume of Shingeki no Bahamut: TWIN HEADS.
- Rita is the shortest main character in both Genesis and Virgin Soul.