|“||While they may have their flaws, there is some good in them. Losing faith in humanity is easy. Simply hating them is even easier, but continuing to love them is extremely difficult.||„|
|~ Jeanne on humanity.|
|“||The heavens tell of God's glory. The skies proclaim His handiwork. Speech is poured forth during the day and knowledge during the night. A fire has ignited within my heart and continuously burns to remind me. This is where I meet my end. My destiny has run its course. My life's dream has reached its conclusion. Utilizing the last thing I have at my disposal, I fight to protect the path He must walk. Lord, accept my sacrifice. [..] La Pucelle!!||„|
|~ The incantation of Jeanne's suicidal Noble Phantasm - La Pucelle.|
Jeanne d'Arc (in Japanese: ジャンヌ・ダルク, Jan'nu Daruku), also known as Ruler (in Japanese: ルーラー, Rūrā), is the deuteragonist and main heroine of the light novel, manga and anime series Fate/Apocrypha. She is based off of the historical figure Joan of Arc. Despite playing a prominent role in Apocrypha, Jeanne's original appearance was as a non-speaking cameo in the light novel, manga and anime series Fate/Zero when Gilles de Rais recalled his past. Since her appearance in Apocrypha, Jeanne has made several other appearances in the Fate franchise all set in alternate realities where the events of Apocrypha didn't take place. She is one of Ritsuka Fujimaru's playable servants in the turn-based tactical RPG Fate/Grand Order. In the story of Grand Order, Jeanne plays a supporting role in Part 1 Fate/Grand Order: Observer on Timeless Temple, appearing as the tritagonist in the first chapter Orleans: The Wicked Dragon Hundred Years' War and a minor character in the final chapter Salomon: The Grand Time Temple. By extension she has made appearances in the anime adaptions of Fate/Grand Order. Specifically, she has cameo appearances in Fate/Grand Order: First Order and Fate/Grand Order - Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia, which adapt the prologue and seventh chapter of Part 1 respectively.
Jeanne was born as the daughter of two peasants in the small French rural village Domrémy. When she was a teenager, Jeanne claimed to have received a command from God Himself to fight for the improvement of mankind. In response to this request, Jeanne threw away her life as a simple peasant to fight in God's name. She resolved to fight despite knowing she would be ostracized by the masses for discarding contemporary Catholic beliefs and fighting as a woman in man's world. Despite being a modest village girl, Jeanne didn't hesitate to jump into the heat of the Hundred Years War with her sword and flag. She captured the hearts of many, including the Knight Gilles de Rais, who became her closest companion. After recapturing the city of Orleans, Jeanne and Gilles were both heralded as national treasures by King Charles VII of France. Eventually, Jeanne was put to death for heresy by her enemies. The crowds of people gathered at her execution hurled words of damnation at Jeanne, although she didn't mind their cruel words. As she burned to death, Jeanne expressed no regrets in her actions, believing all was part of God's plan. The death of Jeanne drove Gilles mad; he eventually began murdering children in an attempt to prove that God had abandoned humanity. Eventually, the Catholic church canonized Jeanne as Saint Joan of Arc. After her death, Jeanne became a Heroic Spirit immortalized by the Throne of Heroes. Subsequently, a specter of Jeanne could now be summoned as a warrior servant by a mage through a special ritual.
She is voiced by Maaya Sakamoto in the Japanese version of the anime and by Erika Harlacher in the English version, the latter of which also voices Elizabeth Liones in Seven Deadly Sins, Shinobu Kocho in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Violet Evergarden in the show of the same name, and Kurapika in Hunter x Hunter.
Jeanne had beautiful amethyst-colored eyes that were described as completely pure. Her straw-blond hair was incredibly long, reaching down to her waist, which was tied into a braid with a blue ribbon at the end. While her looks were not as perfectly manufactured as Sieg's or as cute as Astolfo's, she was described as possessing a beauty that seemed otherworldly. Although she has been mistaken as Artoria Pendragon, Jeanne apparently has more sex appeal then the King of Knights.
As part of the Great Holy Grail War, Jeanne briefly possessed the body of a French girl named Laeticia. Physically speaking, Jeanne was nearly identical to Laeticia in every way, with the exception of her bust size which was slightly less pronounced then her host body's. During the Grail War, Jeanne was affixed with command seals printed on her back pertaining to each individual servant active in the War.
While in Laeticia's body, Jeanne usually wore a suit of sorts in casual scenarios. This suit consisted of a white t-shirt, a short blue tie, short blue shorts, blue leggings, brown shoes and a blue blazer with a silver trim. While in battle, Jeanne was capable of materializing the battle-dress she wore in life on her person. During the Grail War she was always seen carrying her personal banner into battle.
Jeanne upheld absolute faith in God, regardless of any misfortune that befell her or her comrades. She believed that giving prayer unto God and expressing his will was the sole reason she was born.
Jeanne never displayed any personal desire for the Greater Grail. When it came to the Great Holy Grail War, Ruler only cared that honorable conduct was employed between the combatants. As long as it didn't bring harm upon the world, Jeanne chose to respect any wish asked by a person, regardless of whether it was selfish or not.
Despite being ostracized, demonized, and put to death by the people she was trying to protect, Jeanne felt no ill will to those who betrayed her. Furthermore, she held no regrets about her life and did not wished she was saved from her cruel fate.
La Pucelle by Masaru Yokoyama
- Jeanne's english voice actress Erica Harlarcher also voices Leonardo da Vinci in the Fate franchise.
- Before appearing in Fate/Zero, Jeanne was briefly mentioned in the web novel Kara no Kyoukai which is set in a completely different universe to the Fate and Tsukihime franchises. In the story, Mikiya Kokutou briefly mentioned to Touko Aozaki that Jeanne's story reminded her of the Counter Force.
- Due to her upbringing as a peasant Jeanne was unable to read or write in life. The most she was capable of was signing her own name when required. Gilles de Rais once jested that she didn't need such things to pray to God.
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