Beherits (ベヘリット, Beheritto; Dark Horse: Behelits),[expl 1] also referred to as 異界への呼び水 (ikai e no yobimizu; literally "drops of primed water leading to another world"),[expl 2] are highly spiritual stone objects that act as keys that link a deep layer of the Astral World to the Physical World. It is said that they govern the fate of humanity. They are used primarily for summoning the God Hand. The Crimson Beherit is unique among beherits, appearing only to individuals qualified to be reborn as the God Hand's kinsman.
Beherits are created in the Abyss as "droplets of ideas that have spilled from [that] sea to eternity". The fate associated with a beherit "rests in the hands of its master who sent it". A beherit belongs to a specific owner and therefore, no matter the circumstances, will always find its way to them when said owner's desire is great enough.
A beherit resembles an egg, covered with human facial features arrayed across its surface, giving it a rather disconcerting appearance. While seemingly inanimate most times, on occasion, one of a beherit's eyes may open and stare at an examiner. Furthermore, when mishandled, a beherit may give off notable expressions of discomfort. Upon activation, a beherit rearranges its facial features, forming a distressed face which sheds tears of blood and emits a low scream before creating a temporal junction. Beherits will also shake and rearrange their features in resonance with the sudden influx of great evil power, such as the voices of Albion's restless dead desiring the "new world" realized through Griffith's incarnation, Slan's appearance in Qliphoth, and Ganishka's emergence as "Shiva".
Beherits are not rendered null after activation, and at any time can be used by their owners to escape death by summoning the God Hand and offering another sacrifice in exchange for new life.
The Crimson Beherit, also known as the "Egg of the King", is said to grant one the world in exchange for the owner's flesh and blood, only falling into the hands of one bearing requisite qualities to become a member of the God Hand. Once every 216 years, during the time of the Eclipse, an owner of the Crimson Beherit is granted an audience with the God Hand. As preordained by causality, an owner will offer a precious sacrifice in exchange for being reborn as a member of the God Hand.
It is unknown whether there exist several different Crimson Beherits or if the same beherit came to each of the God Hand members in turn.
- As evidenced by the Slug Count, who couldn't bring himself to sacrifice his daughter, Theresia, dying apostles who activate a beherit a second time without offering a sacrifice are dragged into the Abyss' Vortex of Souls once they die.
- Guts currently possesses the beherit that belonged to the Slug Count, which he took as a means of reaching the God Hand.
- Puck affectionately refers to the beherit in Guts' possession as Becchi, and considers it his own.
- The Skull Knight has ingested a number of beherits from slain apostles, which he uses to create his Beherit Sword.
- A blue-gray beherit appears in artwork for the Berserk Visual & Story File, having been in a deceased young boy's possession.
- ^ While "behelit" (an alternative name for the artifact popularized by several sources) has no meaning beyond the context of Berserk, "beherit" is the Syriac word for "devil", commonly ascribed to the Syrian culture's concept of hell.
- Additionally, ベヘリット (beheritto) is the original name in Japanese, wherein the letters "R" and "L" are interchangeable.
- ^ Beherits are referred to as 異界への呼び水 (ikai e no yobimizu) by the Idea of Evil in the original volume 13 version of episode 82, which roughly translates literally to "drops of primed water leading to another world".
- ^ a b c d e Berserk, Volume 24, "Magic Stone"
- ^ a b c Berserk, Volume 2, "Guardian Angels of Desire (2)"
- ^ Berserk, Volume 20, "Unknown One at the Bottom of the Deep"
- ^ a b c Berserk, Volume 12, "All the Inhuman Monsters"
- ^ Berserk, Volume 13, "God of the Abyss (1)"
- ^ Berserk, Volume 9, "Tournament"
- ^ a b Berserk, Volume 33, "Roaring Dark"
- ^ a b Berserk, Volume 3, "Guardian Angels of Desire (4)"
- ^ Berserk, Volume 12, "Eclipse"
- ^ Berserk, Volume 16, "Firefly"
- ^ Berserk, Volume 34, "Backlighting"
- ^ Berserk, Volume 21, "Falling Sky"
- ^ Berserk, Volume 26, "Vicinity of Hell"
- ^ Berserk, Volume 5, "Golden Age (8)"
- ^ Berserk, Volume 12, "Promised Time"
- ^ Berserk, Volume 3, "Guardian Angels of Desire (5)"
- ^ Green colored beherit in the 1998 Berserk calendar
- ^ Blue-green colored beherit in Berserk Illustrations File artwork
- ^ Turquoise colored beherit in Berserk dust jacket artwork
- ^ Berserk, Volume 15, "The Girl I Remember"
- ^ Berserk, Volume 39, "Great Gurus"
- ^ Berserk, Volume 26, "Companions"
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