Brand of Sacrifice
Brand of Sacrifice
"You have now been marked with the Brand of Sacrifice. The lives of those who bear the Brand, from the last drop of blood, to the last moment of your agonizing death, will feed life to the new Child of Darkness."
Void, to the branded Band of the Falcon

The Brand of Sacrifice (生贄の焼印 Ikenie no Yakīn?) marks those for the Invocation of Doom, a sacrificial ceremony in which those consecrated by the laws of causality trascend their humanity[1], resulting in the creation of an apostle[1] or God Hand[2], as well as severing an apostle's last ties to humanity.[1]

The lives of the sacrificed, someone close and important to the summoner, are then offered to creatures of the darkness[3][4] and ritualistically murdered.[1][3] At least in the case of God Hand members, the deceased's life force is used to complete the summoner's transition.[3]

Fate Edit

Branded humans who survive these ceremonies reside in the Interstice between the Physical and Astral worlds, forced to fend for themselves against creatures of darkness and the nightly attacks by the restless souls of the dead who desire flesh.[4] In response to these fell entities, the brand will bleed and cause pain. Around ordinary evil spirits or apostles, the blood will only trickle out, and the pain will be relatively minimal. Around a member of the God Hand, the brand will shoot blood out in huge gushes, and the pain inflicted will be agonizing. If the evil is too great, it can supposedly kill the Branded.[1]

So far, Void is the only individual who has been seen administering a Brand of Sacrifice.[1][2]

Sacrifices Edit

In the case of a human being reborn as an apostle, the sacrifice required is determined by its importance to the ascending.[1] These are usually family members or other loved ones, and the number of apostles present to feast is unknown. However, in the special case of the Eclipse, the sacrifice demanded could be much greater, and apostles are drawn to arrive, closing in even before the ceremony begins.[5][6]

However, the sacrifice need not necessarily be someone that the ascending loves, nor must it necessarily even be a specific living human or humans. Griffith, whose camaraderie with them was questionable, sacrificed the Band of the Falcon to become Femto.[2] The Egg of the Perfect World sacrificed his "world"[7]; interestingly, his own body seems to have become branded. In addition, a Brand presents itself in the form of fires as the Egg's wishes come true.[8] What matters is the value or importance of the sacrificed to the apostle-to-be.

Two factors can cause an intended sacrifice to be refused: Guts was refused as the Count's sacrifice on both of these, the first being that his importance to the God Hand was irrelevant; it was his importance to the Count that could have made him a viable sacrifice, and Guts was merely an enemy who sought his destruction. Second, Guts had already been branded in a previous ceremony and could not be sacrificed a second time.[1]

Branded Individuals Edit

Guts and Casca are the only known branded survivors to date.[9] When the two traveled together, they attracted an unusual amount of evil spirits[10], causing catastrophe to every human settlement that they passed by. The witches Flora[11] and Schierke are able to mitigate the effects of the Brands by inscribing temporary seals over them.

Brand Locations Edit

  • Guts' Brand is on the right side of his neck near his jugular vein.[2]
  • Casca's Brand is on the upper-middle part of her left breast.[2]
  • Judeau's Brand is on the palm of his left hand.[2]
  • Corkus' Brand is on his forehead.[2]
  • Pippin's Brand is on his right arm.[2]
  • The Egg of the Perfect World's Brand is on his tongue.[12]
  • Gaston's Brand is on his left shoulder.[13]
  • The Count's wife had her Brand on her upper chest, above and between her breasts.[1]
  • The corpses under the Tower of Rebirth all possess Brands on their foreheads.[14]

Notes Edit

  • It is unknown if a Brand placed on an extremity, like in Judeau or Pippin's cases, can be effectively removed by severing the limb.
    • Given the Brand is consecrated on an individual's astral body, this seems unlikely, as the Brand would continue to exist in all planes of existence.

Appendices Edit

References Edit

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Kentarou Miura (author). "Parting". Berserk. Volume 12. Episode 78. Hakusensha.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Kentarou Miura (author). "The Feast". Berserk. Volume 12. Episode 79. Hakusensha.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Kentarou Miura (author). "Vow of Retaliation". Berserk. Volume 13. Episode 91. Hakusensha.
  5. Kentarou Miura (author). "Festival's Eve (2)". Berserk. Volume 10. Episode 52. Hakusensha.
  6. Kentarou Miura (author). "Eclipse". Berserk. Volume 12. Episode 73. Hakusensha.
  7. Kentarou Miura (author). "One Unknown in the Depth of the Depths". Berserk. Volume 20. Episode 158. Hakusensha.
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  10. Kentarou Miura (author). "Winter Journey (1)". Berserk. Volume 23. Episode 187. Hakusensha.
  11. Kentarou Miura (author). "The Astral World". Berserk. Volume 24. Episode 201. Hakusensha.
  12. Kentarou Miura (author). "The Threatened". Berserk. Volume 20. Episode 159. Hakusensha.
  13. Kentarou Miura (author). "Lifeblood". Berserk. Volume 13. Episode 84. Hakusensha.
  14. Kentarou Miura (author). "Thousand-Year Fiefdom". Berserk. Volume 10. Episode 53. Hakusensha.