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Verdelet

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Japanese name: Verudore (ヴェルドレ?)
Profile Data
Occupation: Hierarch
Status:
Alive

Drakengard

Deceased

Drakengard 2
Drag-On Dragoon 1.3

Race: Human
Sex: Male
Age: 72 in Drakengard
87 (at death) in Drakengard 2
Born: 1027
Died: 1114 in Drakengard 2
Height: 178 cm
Pact-beast(s): Petrified Dragon
Pact-price: Hair
Location of mark: Skull
Mark
 
Verdelet crest
 
Japanese voice: Iemasa Kayumi
English voice: William Knight
The hierarch assigned to protect the goddess. Though without direct military command, he is a powerful and influential leader within the Union. However, when the situation becomes dire, his selfishness and sense of self-preservation come to the fore.
— Official Website Description
Verdelet is the hierarch of the Union and a traveling companion of Caim. He is the only priest allowed to speak to the Goddess.

StoryEdit

See also: Verdelet's Novella
Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Note: These events follow Drag-On Dragoon 3 Story Side.

Drakengard

Verdelet was raised within the clergy all his life. Although taught to always follow the scriptures and protect the Goddess at all times, he secretly doubts his life's practices and believes humanity's attempts to prevent the Great Time works against God's will. He dreads the Seeds of Resurrection as he fears their potential and the change they might bring to Midgard, speculating that they may be the bearers of God's punishment. Eternally unsure of what to believe for himself, he chooses the non-confrontational route by living faithfully to his occupation. When Verdelet was younger, he spontaneously made a pact with the now Petrified Dragon on the battlefield, giving up his dearly cherished hair in the process. The great power he gained from the dragon was the main cause of his rise to the position of hierarch.

He had served under many Goddesses before the events of Drakengard.

Drag-On Dragoon Judgement

Note: These events are not considered canonical.

Though he never makes a physical appearance, Verdelet is mentioned multiple times in Judgement.


Drakengard

the Anguish of an unsmiling Watcher

Hom gallech ne'allay fray natila.
— Verdelet's sealing spell.
Verdelet was the priest in charge of taking care of Furiae and also restoring the Seals, should they be destroyed. He accompanies Caim on his journey to protect (and later save) the Goddess and also to the other Seals before their destruction.

After cornering the Priestess, Verdelet prevents Caim from killing her and tries to subdue her with a sealing spell. The spell backfires however, and the priestess grows into a giant, forcing Caim and the red dragon to battle her. After her defeat, the red dragon volunteers to be the new Seal. Verdelet performs the sealing ceremony over her.

flowers for the Broken spirit

Verdelet accompanies Caim until the final battle with Furiae. It can be assumed that he was eventually killed by the many clones of her monstrous form.

a Companion's eternal farewell

The uprising of the dragons probably resulted in Verdelet's untimely death.

the wild dreams of a Deluded child

After the death of the Priestess, Grotesqueries and the Queen-beast enter the world from the crimson sky. Verdelet and the remanining party members devise a plan to place Seere on top of the Queen-beast, freezing the monster in time forever. Verdelet, afraid of the chaos around them, is left behind as Caim and Seere fly into the center of the Imperical capital where the Queen-beast lies. His fate remains unknown.

the End of the dragon sphere

Note: This branch ties into the events of Nier.

After the death of the Priestess, Grotesqueries and the Queen-beast enter the world from the crimson sky. Caim and Angelus decide to fight the Queen-beast alone, leaving Verdelet and Seere behind. Their fate remains unknown.

Note: These events DO NOT follow Branch A of Drakengard.

Drakengard 2

Three years prior to the events of the second game, Verdelet strengthened the seal on Angelus. Her agony caused Caim to hunt the Knights of the Seal for her release. Verdelet was one of the many killed by him.

Note: These events follow Branch A of Drakengard 3.

Drag-On Dragoon 1.3

The World of Dragons

Verdelet works as a Shinto priest for the Union. Although he is of a lower class, he aspires to become something greater and might even conspire to forcibly take the seat held by the High Priest. Perhaps he could use Caim to further develop this plot.[1]

The World of Humans

Record unavailable.

The World of Demons

Record unavailable.

The World of God

Record unavailable.

Shinjuku 2013

Record unavailable.

Spoilers end here.

PersonalityEdit

Verdelet is a priestly man. As the spiritual leader of the Union, he is greatly respected by its soldiers.

However, without the cover of his religion, Verdelet proves to be a worthless man. Deep down, Verdelet is a selfish coward, who prides his own safety over that of his followers. He is a very unreliable man.

He also appears to be mildly senile as he repeats things needlessly and makes constant exclamations about the world ending - in multiple variations.

AbilitiesEdit

As hierarch, and overseer of the seals, Verdelet has the ability to cast a sealing spell. It can be used to maintain the temples and seal away evil.

When he casts the sealing spell, Verdelet mutters "Hom gallech ne'allay fray natila". It is perhaps the transformed Latin phrase: ohm (gallech) ne allae fay natalia; this (algorithmically) translates to Homily (gallech) not ye Fay birth. A homily can describe a short sermon, especially one for a wedding or funeral; Fay is an older term for fairy/magic. If this were the true phrase, sealing serves to smother magic, and in fact keeps it from being born.

DevelopmentEdit

According to Cavia producer, Takuya Iwasaki, Verdelet was originally going to be a boss character. However, the team realized that they lacked a person who was concerned for the Goddess and decided to adapt him for this position. Taro Yoko explains that he was envisioned to be the "despicable elder" who doesn't care for taking responsibility for anyone else but himself. Yoko believes that's the reason why he was spared in the game's multiple endings. Developers are aware of fan backlash for his character, but he is liked by Kimihiko Fujisaka, the game's illustrator.

Dengeki Online conducted a follow up interview series to their character popularity poll with series's producer Takamasa Shiba and series's character designer Kimihiko Fujisaka. Though there is a ten year gap for both interviews on this page, Fujisaka's favoritism for Verdelet remains strong. He is the proudest of Verdelet's design and feels he is the best character he drew from his college days.

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Verdelet is named after a demon that carries witches to Sabbath.
  • Verdelet can whistle five whole octaves.
  • Fans still resent his character. In Dengeki Online's character popularity poll for the series, he didn't earn a spot in the top ten rankings but some of the fans' spiteful comments for him have been publicly posted. He is often known as "Baldy" (ハゲ, hage) with Japanese fans.
  • Since Iemasa Kayumi narrated the legend of the Intoners for the first promotional video for Drakengard 3, many Japanese fans believed Verdelet would appear in the game. This theory was smashed instantly during the opening cinematic, as a likely tip of the hat to fans.

ReferencesEdit

Utahime Five characters
Main characters
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Warlords
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Other characters
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Drakengard 3 characters
Playable characters
ZeroMikhail / Michael
OneTwoThreeFourFiveGabriella
Disciples
CentDecadusOctaDito
Other characters
AccordGabrielOne
Judgement characters
Main characters
CaimFuriaeInuartAsherahGaapIpris
Shi ni Itaru Aka characters
Main characters
OneNero
Other characters
LegnaFeyFuriaeShirleyCaimGaapOne
Drakengard characters
Playable characters
Caim & Red DragonLeonard & FaerieArioch & Undine and SalamanderSeere & Golem
Other characters
FuriaeInuart & Black DragonManahRuler of the FaeriesVerdelet & Petrified Dragon
Drakengard 2 characters
Playable characters
Nowe & LegnaErisManahUrick & The Reaper
Lieutenants
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Other characters
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