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The Abyss (深淵 Shin'en?) is the deepest level of the Astral World.[1] It is called "Hell" by some.[2][3]



The abyssal chain of souls.

The Abyss is the home of the Idea of Evil.[3] It has a vortex of souls,[1][4] described by Puck as "an endless swirl of consciousness" that feels "as if all the evil in the world were gathered there".[2] The Idea of Evil describes it as the dark side of the collective consciousness of the human species, filled with all kinds of blurred negative feelings.[3] The spirits of the dead all form an interconnected chain from it. The chain usually appears whenever an apostle dies, emerging from the death wound to cover the body before retracting with the apostle's soul, while the body is reverted to its original human state. The Band of the Falcon first sees the chains after Wyald's death.[5] Later on, Guts would become more familiar with the Abyss during his battle with the Count as the chains attempt to take him twice due to his Brand of Sacrifice.[2]

Those that make sacrifices to the God Hand, and others who are caught up with demonkind (which usually includes the victims of those same apostles) are taken here when they die. As explained by the God Hand, when their body of flesh expire, their spirits are "whisked away by a wave of demonkind, straight to hell". Eventually, they can't preserve their final remnants of individuality and dissolve to wander within the swirl for all eternity.[2]

The Skull Knight plans to entomb the God Hand in its vortex by using his Sword of Beherits.[4]




  1. ^ a b Berserk :: Volume 24, "Astral World"
  2. ^ a b c d Berserk :: Volume 3, "Guardian Angels of Desire (6)"
  3. ^ a b c Berserk :: Volume N/A, "God of the Abyss (2)"
  4. ^ a b Berserk :: Volume 26, "Companions"
  5. ^ Berserk :: Volume 11, "The Immortal, Again"