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|name= Ganishka
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|kanji= ガニシュカ
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|ename=Ganishka
|rōmaji= ''Ganishuka''
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|jname=ガニシュカ
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|rname=Ganishuka
|manga debut= Episode 231<br />''[[Episode 231 (Manga)|Dread Emperor]]''
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|first={{ep|230}}
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|last={{ep|304}}
|japanese voice= {{wp|Tessho Genda}} <small>[[Berserk (2017 Anime)|(2016 Anime]], [[Berserk and the Band of the Hawk|Berserk Musou]])</small>
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|other names=Serpent Prince{{qref|e303}}<br>Dread Emperor{{qref|e231}}<br>Demon King{{qref|e231}}<br>Demon God{{qref|e234}}<br>Thunder Emperor{{qref|e274}}<br>Shiva{{qref|e297}}
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|traits={{tt|180 cm|5 ft, 11 in}},{{qref|BOG}} {{tt|92 kg|203 lbs}},{{qref|BOG}} black hair, pale eyes
|gender= Male
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|allies=[[Kushan|Kushan Empire]]
|height = 180 cm (5'11") <ref name="BGB">{{cite artbook|BGB}}</ref>
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|weight = 92 kg (203 lbs) <ref name="BGB"/>
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* Captures the royal city of [[Wyndham]]{{qref|e230}}
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* Reincarnates a second time through the [[Man-Made Beherit]]{{qref|e292}}
|hair= Black
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* Completely destroys Wyndham beneath his feet{{qref|e296}}
|status= Deceased
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* Acts as a catalyst for the [[Great Roar of the Astral World]]{{qref|e304}}
|affiliation= [[Kushan|Kushan Nation]]
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{{Quote|I control the vastest territory in the world. I won't relinquish it. Even if it's blood-smeared and defiled... this world belongs to me. I'll reign over this unclean world as a demon king and rebel against god.|Ganishka{{qref|e231}}}}
|occupation= Emperor of Kushan
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'''Emperor Ganishka''' was the head of the [[Kushan|Kushan Empire]] and one of the most powerful known [[apostle]]s. He desired first and foremost to extend the territory under his control to every corner of the [[Physical World|world]]. Unlike most apostles, Ganishka opposed the [[God Hand]] – [[Griffith]] in particular – and aimed to transcend them, in stark contrast to other apostles.
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Emperor {{nihongo|'''Ganishka'''|ガニシュカ|Ganishuka}} is the head of the [[Kushan|Kushan Nation]] and main antagonist of the [[Falcon of the Millennium Empire Arc]]. He is also an [[apostle]], but one who opposed the [[God Hand]] in contrast to the other Apostles.
 
 
== Appearance ==
 
Ganishka is a large-built man with a thick beard and mustache. He wears the Royal sherwani with a turban. While his eyes were originally normal when he was human, they changed to light blue irises with blackened sclerae and his mouth became wider and filled with sharp teeth.
 
   
 
== Personality ==
 
== Personality ==
Ganishka is a merciless king who killed countless people in order to secure his life and throne. While he acted fearless, he was in a constant state of fear and mistrust toward those around him. This led Ganishka to believe that only fear could ensure his survival. Truly evil and inhumanly cruel, he would string up women to be eaten by crocodiles for his amusement and had hundreds more imprisoned to be raped and violently killed by dunking them in his artificial Daka generator, causing the infant Daka to tear their way out of their mothers. Even other apostles were not safe from his cruelty, as Ganishka used some of them and stitched them together alive to create the Reincarnator that creates the Daka.
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{{Quote|Life... The world... It's all darkness. In the all-engulfing darkness, you fear, you instill fear, you writhe and creep. Lightlessness... That is... life...|Ganishka{{qref|e303}}}}
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Surviving the ploys of the ever-scheming Kushan royalty and aristocracy throughout his youth hardened Ganishka into a callous, calculated prince, one who brought about the deaths of his younger brother, mother, and father. In order to survive and thrive as a young monarch, Ganishka devoted himself to the art of war, and became convinced that inspiring fear was the only way to progress, all while harboring many unshakable fears of his own. He became increasingly obsessed with reigning supreme over the entire world, all in a vain attempt to quell his own fears.{{qref|e303}}
   
Ganishka is shown to be very arrogant, as seen when he stated why he would not follow Griffith. When he met and discovered a branded Guts, he offered to join forces to defeat Griffith. He admitted that he thought favorably of those who possessed enough strong hate to survive the inescapable fear and despair of the endless night of spiritual torture. However, when Guts rejected his offer, he didn't second-guess his decision to try and kill him.
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When he met [[Guts]], Ganishka was impressed by the swordsman's skill, grit, and ability to survive as one who is [[Brand of Sacrifice|branded]]. He found Guts agreeable, and deemed the swordsman's inner malevolence and madness appropriate for the bloodstained [[Physical World|world of man]].{{qref|e275}}
   
== Abilities ==
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Unique among apostlekind, Ganishka refused to submit to the [[God Hand]], believing himself to be the sole individual worthy of reigning over the world. As such, he fostered strong enmity towards [[Griffith]] when the White Falcon began thwarting his invasion of [[Midland]]. During the Kushan attack on [[Vritannis]], when he finally met Griffith face-to-face, he was disabled by the White Falcon and forced into retreat;{{qref|e283}} thereafter, he acknowledged the immense difference in his and Griffith's power and was left disturbed, exhausted, and humiliated. His resulting humiliation was so great that the emperor lowered himself into the [[Man-Made Beherit]] to reincarnate again, in an attempt to surpass the God Hand.{{qref|e292}}
[[File:Ganishka's Mist Form.jpg|thumb|180px|left|Ganishka in his Lightning Mist form.]]
 
As an apostle who tapped deeper into the Astral plane, Ganishka's apostle form is second only to the God Hand in power. Unlike other apostles, who transform directly into their alternate forms, Ganishka's apostle form is a monstrous proxy he creates out of fog. This proxy is several hundred feet tall and resembles his face, and he can in fact speak and hear out of it and is capable of triggering it anywhere, from any location he wishes. This proxy can generate lightning strikes that give it an extremely powerful offense. It had only one weak point, and only Schierke was able to locate it through her magical powers: the spot directly between its eyes. Striking this point destroyed the proxy and caused Ganishka's real body, many miles away, some measure of pain.
 
   
Griffith, however, being one of the God Hand, shamed Ganishka in front of the ruined Kushan forces easily. When Ganishka became enraged and triggered his proxy, Griffith blew it away with a powerful wind he summoned, and claimed that he should be careful not to do such a thing on windy days.{{-}}
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In his twice reincarnated form, Ganishka lost his capacity for rational thought and sense of self, perceiving everyone around him as insects. Initially, he was able to recognize [[Daiba]], but he gradually became disoriented and lost himself in his own immense power. When crushing his army under his footsteps, he expressed glee and likened the resulting gore to blooming red flowers.{{qref|e297}} In the deep recesses of his turbulent mind, however, Ganishka reflected on his lifelong darkened reality and expressed melancholy upon acknowledging the seeming lightlessness of life.{{qref|e303}}
   
=== Second Transformation ===
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== Background ==
[[File:Ganishka's Shiva Form.png|thumb|right|180px|Shiva form.]]
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[[File:Manga E303 Den of Vipers.png|thumb|right|Ganishka spends his formative years overcoming the schemes of those who seek his death.]]
After his stalemate with Griffith, Ganishka decides to enter the [[Man-Made Beherit]] he commissioned for creating his [[Daka]] to transcend into a form equal to Griffith in power. This transformation that Ganishka undergoes requires that he tap the depths of the Astral Plane itself, and must use all his forces within Wyndham's walls as sacrificial offerings. Only Daiba survives the sacrifice, safe behind a barrier as he witnesses his lord's rebirth destroying the entire city once dawn approaches.
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Ganishka was born the eldest son of a Kushan king. His mother favored his younger brother and attempted to poison a six-year-old Ganishka to ensure his brother's ascendance to the throne. Surviving the attempt on his life, Ganishka exacted his revenge by killing his own brother, whose death drove his grief-ridden mother to commit suicide some time after.{{qref|e303}}
   
In this state, referred by Daiba and the other Kushan to be their god "Shiva" incarnate, Ganishka becomes a giant taller than Midland's mountains with whip-like tentacles and a mound of multiple heads on his shoulders that all breathes fire. Despite his power, Ganishka loses all sense of rational thinking and self, unable to register the fact that he is now a huge entity and sees everyone around him as insects. It can be observed that his mental state deteriorates as he stays in this form. At first he is able to recognize Daiba, but is then disoriented and starts to lose himself under his sheer power. He crushes his army under his footsteps and considers the gore thus produced as "crimson flowers" while sired familiars emerge from the corpses' remains.
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Though many in the Kushan royalty and aristocracy plotted against him, Ganishka managed to survive the "den of vipers" as he grew into an adult. Upon meeting his father as a young man, he noticed primarily the intense fear and suspicion in the king's eyes; in response, the young prince arranged the king's death and took the throne for himself. After becoming king, Ganishka came to believe that the best way to solidify his sovereignty was through fear and conquest. His campaigns left him no time to spend with his wife and child, the idea of which he came to fear anyhow.{{qref|e303}}
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[[File:Manga E303 Assassination Attempt.png|left|thumb|Ganishka is nearly assassinated.]]
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As a young monarch, Ganishka devoted himself to the art of war and became peerless on the battlefield, becoming possessed by his ambition to reign supreme. Returning to his royal palace to attend a banquet several years later, Ganishka was again poisoned, and then nearly assassinated by royal guards at the behest of his [[Ganishka's Son|fearful son]]. In a last ditch effort to survive, Ganishka activated a [[beherit]] given to him by a stranger some time ago and sacrificed his son in exchange for being reborn as an [[apostle]].
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== Story ==
 
== Story ==
=== Background ===
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=== Millennium Falcon Arc ===
[[File:AssassinatedGanishka.png|left|thumb|Ganishka nearly assassinated.]]
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When [[Midland]] is ridden with plague and famine, Ganishka uses the opportunity to invade the kingdom and successfully seizes the royal city of [[Wyndham]] as a foothold to conquer the land. He holds Princess [[Charlotte]] hostage in the Tower of Rebirth and intends to have her bear his child to solidify his rule over Midland. However, his plan is foiled when the [[Band of the Falcon (Reborn)|reborn Band of the Falcon]] mounts a diversionary attack on his forces while [[Griffith]] and [[Zodd]] escape with the princess in tow.{{qref|e235}}
Long ago, Ganishka was born the son of the ruler of Kushan, yet his mother favored his younger brother and sought to poison him. But Ganishka survived and took his revenge by killing his own brother, forcing their mother to commit suicide out of grief soon after. Though he had political rivals, Ganishka managed to properly maneuver his way through the dangers as he grew into an adult. When Ganishka met the emperor, his father, in person he noted the man's eyes were full of fear and suspicion before arranging the emperor's death and killing the assassin he hired in order to cover his tracks. Upon taking the throne, Ganishka realized the best way to remain on the throne is through fear and conquest, his campaigns not leaving him time to spend with his remaining family whom he secretly feared. Years later as he began to envision himself as the rightful ruler of the entire world, Ganishka attended a banquet in his honor before learning it was an assassination set up by his own son. Being poisoned and then stabbed numerous times by the spears of the surrounding guards, Ganishka lived long enough to reach an [[Beherit|oddly-shaped]] stone that was given to him by [[Daiba]]. Ganishka activates the Beherit, sacrificing his son to be reborn an apostle so he would never again feel pain inflicted against him by other humans. Despite being an apostle, rather than be their follower like the others, Ganishka instead acts against the God Hand for his own whims.
 
   
=== Conviction and Falcon of the Millenium Arcs ===
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Ganishka later launches an assault on [[Vritannis]] as the [[Holy See]] forms an alliance to oppose him, sending his [[Pishacha|monstrous forces]] to decimate the population. After [[Guts]] defeats [[Daiba]], Ganishka manifests his fog form to combat the swordsman. He is impressed by the man's tenacity and ability and survive as one who is [[Brand of Sacrifice|branded]], and offers to enlist Guts as a soldier, given that they both oppose the Band of the Falcon, though Guts bluntly refuses. Just as Ganishka prepares to take the swordsman's life, a group of flying Band of the Falcon apostles led by [[Zodd]] arrives to attack the emperor, though they all fall to his lightning strikes. However, when Guts and Zodd form an uneasy alliance, where the former atop the latter pierces Ganishka's fog form between the eyes with the [[Dragon Slayer]], the emperor's form dissipates, his weakness figured out.{{qref|e277}}
During the plague that has struck Midland, Ganishka takes over [[Wyndham]] as a foothold to begin his campaign to conquer the country while sending [[Silat]] to find and capture [[Griffith]]. After Griffith escaped and formed the [[Band of the Falcon (Reborn)|new Band of the Falcon]], Ganishka ends up losing his captive [[Charlotte]] when the band distracted him and his forces. Ganishka later mounts an assault on the city of [[Vritannis]] as the Holy See are gathering an army to oppose him, sending his monstrous armies to decimate the population for an easy conquest. But Ganshika's inhuman armies are slaughtered by Guts and the apostles serving Griffith, who leads the rest of his forces against the main army and allows Ganishka to retreat in a humiliating stalemate to prepare for a final battle at Wyndham.
 
   
[[File:GanishkaExplosion.png|left|thumb]]
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[[File:Manga E283 Ganishka Kneels.png|thumb|right|Ganishka kneels in defeat before Griffith.]]
Ganishka, motivated to become Griffith's equal, is prompted to dive into the Man-Made Beherit he had Daiba create to offer lives of his own men within the city walls to undergo a transformation. The result destroyed Wyndham as Ganishka, compared by Daiba to their god Shiva, became a miles-tall monstrosity while gradually losing his mind and siring [[Pseudo-Apostle]]s from those crushed under his feet. Griffith eventually reaches Ganishka's human face and redirects the [[Skull Knight]]'s attack on him towards it, causing Ganishka to [[Blast of the Astral World|explode]] with a [[World Spiral Tree|giant tree]] growing from where he stood.
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Undaunted by the blow, Ganishka summons his army in full force and initiates a second wave attack against the fully encircled Holy See Alliance armies. Just as it seems the Kushan will decimate the Holy See Alliance, Griffith and the Band of the Falcon arrive to swiftly turn the tide of war. When Griffith enters the emperor's mobile palace, Ganishka fills with trepidation and instinctual reverence for the White Falcon. Realizing a touch from Griffith will completely subdue him, Ganishka manifests his fog form in retaliation, though he is immediately incapacitated regardless when Griffith employs the nearby sea winds to nearly scatter the emperor's form. Kneeling in defeat, Ganishka accepts the terms of Griffith's ceasefire, retreating to later have their final showdown in Wyndham.{{qref|e283}}
   
== ''Berserk and the Band of the Hawk'' ==
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[[File:Manga E304 Ganishka Explodes.png|thumb|left|The Astral World spills out from Ganishka's twice reincarnated form.]]
Ganishka serves as the final boss of the 2016 game '''''[[Berserk and the Band of the Hawk]]'''''.
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At a later point, a humiliated and distraught Ganishka lowers himself into the [[Man-Made Beherit]] to reincarnate again in hopes of transcending apostlehood. He surfaces as a skycraping eldritch abomination, toppling Wyndham and his own army beneath his colossal feet, and slowly losing all sanity and sense of self. Griffith, in his God Hand form Femto, ascends to the emperor's head, where the [[Skull Knight]] ambushes him. Having anticipated the knight's arrival, Femto grabs his aggressor's [[Beherit Sword|space-tearing sword stroke]] and redirects the attack towards Ganishka. An astral fissure is then formed, and from Ganishka's cavitating form spills out a [[Great Roar of the Astral World|blast]] from the [[Astral World]],{{qref|e304}} which gives birth to the global [[Interstice]] of [[Fantasia]] and leaves in the emperor's place the [[World Spiral Tree]].
   
Ganishka appears in the final chapter, "Pishaca Invasion", wherein his forces have invaded Vritannis. Once they are defeated, he arrives and begins overseeing the assault, only for his appearance to trigger the arrival of the Band of the Hawk Reborn, who are intent on killing him. Once this begins, Ganishka will create an environmental hazard in the form of lightning strikes, preceded by glowing circles on the ground that spark with electricity. Once the party reaches the harbor, Ganishka will appear to block their progress, spurring Zodd and Guts to team up in order to take him out. Rather than instantly being defeated as in the manga, Ganishka is made fully corporeal as a result and the boss battle ensues.
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== Abilities ==
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[[File:Manga E274 Ganishka Lightning.png|thumb|right|Ganishka shooting lightning in his fog form.]]
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Ganishka wielded great power and stood as one of the most powerful of all apostles, capable of casually dominating multiple other apostles simultaneously. Unlike other apostles, who transform directly into their true forms, Ganishka's true form was a moisture-based proxy comprised of wind and water [[elemental]]s.{{qref|e277}} This proxy resembled his visage, could range from room-sized to gigantic, and could be manifested by from afar at will. In this fog form, he could also generate lightning strikes, providing him with an extremely powerful offense capable of dominating multiple powerful apostles{{qref|e234}} and disabling the likes of even Zodd.{{qref|e276}}
   
Ganishka is quite a chaotic and dangerous boss, but not overtly difficult thanks to the Berserker Armor. Ganishka will enshroud himself in lightning, aim lightning bolts at the player, and and set large spheres of lightning running around the arena to stun the player. Each time a life bar is taken (he has a total of five, the highest in the game), he will materialize either in the center of the arena or back at the edge of it. Due to Ganishka's size and lack of a guard or evasion, he is not difficult to land strikes against. Nonetheless, players should keep on the move at all times, particularly in the late stages of the boss fight, as Ganishka will train lightning on them constantly and many different attacks can be covering the arena at once. Players should particularly beware if playing as Apostle Zodd or Apostle Wyald, as Ganishka possesses one of the few attacks in the game that can stun them and the recovery time for these characters is abnormally long.
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His fog form had one notable weakness, however: When a weapon capable of wounding astral beings (such as the Dragon Slayer) struck his proxy directly between the eyes, his fog form dissipated and Ganishka experienced a significant measure of pain.{{qref|e277}} Additionally, Griffith was able to use an intense, timely gust of wind to nearly scatter the emperor's fog form, leaving him unable to keep up his proxy and kneeling in exhaustion afterward.{{qref|e283}}
   
Ganishka also appears as a boss in the ''Endless Eclipse'', being challenged on Level 95 and offering an environmental hazard from Level 91 all the way until he is defeated. Certain characters can also be given one of his missions, wherein he desires to wipe the world clean of Griffith and his followers, culminating in a boss fight at the harbor with Zodd.
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In his twice reincarnated form, Ganishka's power was so great as to be uncontrollable and gradually wear away his sanity and sense of self. In this form, he was capable of effortlessly toppling cities and crushing armies beneath his feet, though mindlessly.{{qref|e296}} He was also capable of breathing massive torrents of fire from the various mouths over his body, and spawning Pseudo-Apostles from the troops crushed beneath his feet.
   
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== Notes ==
 
== Notes ==
* Emperor Ganishka is based on {{wp|Kanishka}}, who was a king of the Kushan Empire in Central Asia, from 127 AD until 151 AD.
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* Ganishka is the only apostle not to revert to his original human form upon death. This is due to his body being transformed into the World Spiral Tree.
 
 
 
== References ==
 
== References ==
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== Appendices ==
 
 
{{Supernatural Beings}}
 
{{Supernatural Beings}}
 
[[Category:Apostles]]
 
[[Category:Apostles]]
[[Category:Male Characters]]
 
 
[[Category:Kushan]]
 
[[Category:Kushan]]
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[[Category:Supernatural Characters]]
 
 
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Revision as of 20:47, January 19, 2020

I control the vastest territory in the world. I won't relinquish it. Even if it's blood-smeared and defiled... this world belongs to me. I'll reign over this unclean world as a demon king and rebel against god.
– Ganishka[2]
Emperor Ganishka was the head of the Kushan Empire and one of the most powerful known apostles. He desired first and foremost to extend the territory under his control to every corner of the world. Unlike most apostles, Ganishka opposed the God HandGriffith in particular – and aimed to transcend them, in stark contrast to other apostles.

Personality

Life... The world... It's all darkness. In the all-engulfing darkness, you fear, you instill fear, you writhe and creep. Lightlessness... That is... life...
– Ganishka[1]
Surviving the ploys of the ever-scheming Kushan royalty and aristocracy throughout his youth hardened Ganishka into a callous, calculated prince, one who brought about the deaths of his younger brother, mother, and father. In order to survive and thrive as a young monarch, Ganishka devoted himself to the art of war, and became convinced that inspiring fear was the only way to progress, all while harboring many unshakable fears of his own. He became increasingly obsessed with reigning supreme over the entire world, all in a vain attempt to quell his own fears.[1]

When he met Guts, Ganishka was impressed by the swordsman's skill, grit, and ability to survive as one who is branded. He found Guts agreeable, and deemed the swordsman's inner malevolence and madness appropriate for the bloodstained world of man.[11]

Unique among apostlekind, Ganishka refused to submit to the God Hand, believing himself to be the sole individual worthy of reigning over the world. As such, he fostered strong enmity towards Griffith when the White Falcon began thwarting his invasion of Midland. During the Kushan attack on Vritannis, when he finally met Griffith face-to-face, he was disabled by the White Falcon and forced into retreat;[12] thereafter, he acknowledged the immense difference in his and Griffith's power and was left disturbed, exhausted, and humiliated. His resulting humiliation was so great that the emperor lowered himself into the Man-Made Beherit to reincarnate again, in an attempt to surpass the God Hand.[8]

In his twice reincarnated form, Ganishka lost his capacity for rational thought and sense of self, perceiving everyone around him as insects. Initially, he was able to recognize Daiba, but he gradually became disoriented and lost himself in his own immense power. When crushing his army under his footsteps, he expressed glee and likened the resulting gore to blooming red flowers.[5] In the deep recesses of his turbulent mind, however, Ganishka reflected on his lifelong darkened reality and expressed melancholy upon acknowledging the seeming lightlessness of life.[1]

Background

Manga E303 Den of Vipers

Ganishka spends his formative years overcoming the schemes of those who seek his death.

Ganishka was born the eldest son of a Kushan king. His mother favored his younger brother and attempted to poison a six-year-old Ganishka to ensure his brother's ascendance to the throne. Surviving the attempt on his life, Ganishka exacted his revenge by killing his own brother, whose death drove his grief-ridden mother to commit suicide some time after.[1]

Though many in the Kushan royalty and aristocracy plotted against him, Ganishka managed to survive the "den of vipers" as he grew into an adult. Upon meeting his father as a young man, he noticed primarily the intense fear and suspicion in the king's eyes; in response, the young prince arranged the king's death and took the throne for himself. After becoming king, Ganishka came to believe that the best way to solidify his sovereignty was through fear and conquest. His campaigns left him no time to spend with his wife and child, the idea of which he came to fear anyhow.[1]

Manga E303 Assassination Attempt

Ganishka is nearly assassinated.

As a young monarch, Ganishka devoted himself to the art of war and became peerless on the battlefield, becoming possessed by his ambition to reign supreme. Returning to his royal palace to attend a banquet several years later, Ganishka was again poisoned, and then nearly assassinated by royal guards at the behest of his fearful son. In a last ditch effort to survive, Ganishka activated a beherit given to him by a stranger some time ago and sacrificed his son in exchange for being reborn as an apostle.

Story

Millennium Falcon Arc

When Midland is ridden with plague and famine, Ganishka uses the opportunity to invade the kingdom and successfully seizes the royal city of Wyndham as a foothold to conquer the land. He holds Princess Charlotte hostage in the Tower of Rebirth and intends to have her bear his child to solidify his rule over Midland. However, his plan is foiled when the reborn Band of the Falcon mounts a diversionary attack on his forces while Griffith and Zodd escape with the princess in tow.[13]

Ganishka later launches an assault on Vritannis as the Holy See forms an alliance to oppose him, sending his monstrous forces to decimate the population. After Guts defeats Daiba, Ganishka manifests his fog form to combat the swordsman. He is impressed by the man's tenacity and ability and survive as one who is branded, and offers to enlist Guts as a soldier, given that they both oppose the Band of the Falcon, though Guts bluntly refuses. Just as Ganishka prepares to take the swordsman's life, a group of flying Band of the Falcon apostles led by Zodd arrives to attack the emperor, though they all fall to his lightning strikes. However, when Guts and Zodd form an uneasy alliance, where the former atop the latter pierces Ganishka's fog form between the eyes with the Dragon Slayer, the emperor's form dissipates, his weakness figured out.[14]

Manga E283 Ganishka Kneels

Ganishka kneels in defeat before Griffith.

Undaunted by the blow, Ganishka summons his army in full force and initiates a second wave attack against the fully encircled Holy See Alliance armies. Just as it seems the Kushan will decimate the Holy See Alliance, Griffith and the Band of the Falcon arrive to swiftly turn the tide of war. When Griffith enters the emperor's mobile palace, Ganishka fills with trepidation and instinctual reverence for the White Falcon. Realizing a touch from Griffith will completely subdue him, Ganishka manifests his fog form in retaliation, though he is immediately incapacitated regardless when Griffith employs the nearby sea winds to nearly scatter the emperor's form. Kneeling in defeat, Ganishka accepts the terms of Griffith's ceasefire, retreating to later have their final showdown in Wyndham.[12]

Manga E304 Ganishka Explodes

The Astral World spills out from Ganishka's twice reincarnated form.

At a later point, a humiliated and distraught Ganishka lowers himself into the Man-Made Beherit to reincarnate again in hopes of transcending apostlehood. He surfaces as a skycraping eldritch abomination, toppling Wyndham and his own army beneath his colossal feet, and slowly losing all sanity and sense of self. Griffith, in his God Hand form Femto, ascends to the emperor's head, where the Skull Knight ambushes him. Having anticipated the knight's arrival, Femto grabs his aggressor's space-tearing sword stroke and redirects the attack towards Ganishka. An astral fissure is then formed, and from Ganishka's cavitating form spills out a blast from the Astral World,[10] which gives birth to the global Interstice of Fantasia and leaves in the emperor's place the World Spiral Tree.

Abilities

Manga E274 Ganishka Lightning

Ganishka shooting lightning in his fog form.

Ganishka wielded great power and stood as one of the most powerful of all apostles, capable of casually dominating multiple other apostles simultaneously. Unlike other apostles, who transform directly into their true forms, Ganishka's true form was a moisture-based proxy comprised of wind and water elementals.[14] This proxy resembled his visage, could range from room-sized to gigantic, and could be manifested by from afar at will. In this fog form, he could also generate lightning strikes, providing him with an extremely powerful offense capable of dominating multiple powerful apostles[3] and disabling the likes of even Zodd.[15]

His fog form had one notable weakness, however: When a weapon capable of wounding astral beings (such as the Dragon Slayer) struck his proxy directly between the eyes, his fog form dissipated and Ganishka experienced a significant measure of pain.[14] Additionally, Griffith was able to use an intense, timely gust of wind to nearly scatter the emperor's fog form, leaving him unable to keep up his proxy and kneeling in exhaustion afterward.[12]

In his twice reincarnated form, Ganishka's power was so great as to be uncontrollable and gradually wear away his sanity and sense of self. In this form, he was capable of effortlessly toppling cities and crushing armies beneath his feet, though mindlessly.[9] He was also capable of breathing massive torrents of fire from the various mouths over his body, and spawning Pseudo-Apostles from the troops crushed beneath his feet.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Berserk, Volume 34, "Backlighting"
  2. ^ a b c Berserk, Volume 27, "Dread Emperor"
  3. ^ a b Berserk, Volume 27, "Demon God"
  4. ^ Berserk, Volume 31, "Thunder Emperor"
  5. ^ a b Berserk, Volume 34, "Giant God of Blindness"
  6. ^ a b Berserk Official Guidebook
  7. ^ Berserk, Volume 27, "Demon Castle"
  8. ^ a b Berserk, Volume 33, "Fog of Death"
  9. ^ a b Berserk, Volume 33, "Roaring Dark"
  10. ^ a b Berserk, Volume 34, "Fissure"
  11. ^ Berserk, Volume 31, "Attack of the Demon Army"
  12. ^ a b c Berserk, Volume 32, "Gust of Wind"
  13. ^ Berserk, Volume 27, "Sleeping Princess Awakens"
  14. ^ a b c Berserk, Volume 32, "Human Bullet"
  15. ^ Berserk, Volume 31, "Cloud Mass"
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