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"Great Gurus" is episode 345 of the Berserk manga series.

Synopsis[]

The chapter opens with the party arriving in a large, wooded hall, described as being able to fit the entirety of Flora's Sanctuary inside it. Here they meet three elderly men, archmages that govern the village alongside Gedfrig: masters Skirbil "the perplexed", Thraein "the settled", and Ginnar "the ponderous", along with their aide, Danan "the domestic".

Danan is quick to welcome back Puck and offer food and rest to Guts and his party, but Guts politely asks if they can first meet the Flower Storm Monarch, as curing Casca is the sole reason they came. Gedfring however, assures him the Elf King will still be there when they are done, and that the party needs rest and sustenance. Guts is put off, but surrenders the issue.

When asked, the party begins recounting their expedition to Elfhelm, prompting one witch to say that the outside world sounds terrifying, to which Molda says that it sounds stimulating. This prompts Gedfring to mention the Falcon of Light and the astral world, which Guts asks him to elaborate on.

Gedfring asks if they have seen the branches in the sky, Serpico and Roderick commenting that they can be mistaken for clouds until one realizes they are visible in broad daylight. Gedfring proceeds to explain the World Spiral Tree: it is a global fissure, a creation that binds the heavens, the earth, and the underworld, similar to a beherit in nature. Gedfring asks to see the beherit Guts has on his possession, wondering if it is attached to him or if he is simply the means by which it travels to its true owner. Guts says he has heard this much before in a different witch wood, prompting a smile from Schierke. Puck intervenes in the conversation, swiping the beherit comically and insisting it belongs to him.

Schierke asks Gedfring to explain the connection between the attack on her mansion and the World Spiral Tree, and Gedfring first states that the Spirit Tree Schierke called home was not unique. There are other lands associated with trees in the Interstice, and "spirit woods" is a generic term for them. Those trees, he says, have sunk their roots into those of the World Spiral Tree, like parasitic vines or mistletoe. Gedfring goes on to explain the nature of mistletoe, that it is neither of the earth nor the heavens, and describes the "spirit mistletoe" as holding back the World Spiral Tree's growth by feeding off of it, drawing on its power and preventing it from covering the world. Gedfring describes many a spirit tree as home to a sorcerer who utilizes its power and in turn maintains the balance between the physical and astral realms around their tree. Flora, as he tells Schierke, was one such sorcerer.

Gedfring says that most of the spirit trees are now ash, and that the World Spiral Tree's power is growing. He finishes by asking Guts about the Falcon of Light, seeming to understand that the two know each other. He asks who the Falcon is and what would prompt that man to become a God Hand member and to link the worlds.

Guts is troubled, wishing not to discuss Griffith as he has already settled the high task of letting go of his obsession with murdering the God Hand, only to have the subject brought up at his destination. Guts gives the simple answer that he knows Griffith since their mercenary days and of his dream for a kingdom.

Gedfring, having scryed, describes Falconia, which sits underneath the World Spiral Tree, as a calm eye in a raging storm and says that it is now the only place where people can live in peace from the creatures of darkness. A nearby witch expresses fear that Guts knows the Falcon of Light, and Ivalera answers that "he is a bit of a monster", though to which man she refers is unknown. Everyone else expresses their own surprise, with Isidro asking if the Falcon of Light and the Hero of Midland are one and the same. Isidro almost seems to realize that Guts is his idol, the Band of the Falcon's raiders' captain, but humorously comes to the conclusion that Guts must have known the raiders' captain.

The archmages ask how Griffith could do such a thing, wondering if he even understands the means to his ends. But Guts, seeing Griffith hasn't really changed, tells them that Griffith sees the ends and means to be the same thing and that gaining his kingdom is just one more step in his mania.

Characters In Order of Appearance[]

  1. Gedfring
  2. Puck
  3. Isidro
  4. Ivalera
  5. Schierke
  6. Isma
  7. Casca
  8. Farnese
  9. Serpico
  10. Azan
  11. Guts
  12. Magnifico
  13. Roderick
  14. Kukka
  15. Iony
  16. Theuene
  17. Danan
  18. Skirbil
  19. Thraein
  20. Ginnar
  21. Flora (flashback)
  22. Griffith (flashback)

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