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Guilty Gear X (non-playable)
Raven (レイブン, Reibun) is a character in the Guilty Gear series. He is one of three servants to That Man. Little is known of him, but he does share some sort of connection with Axl Low, which That Man describes as being "parallel existences" of each other. Raven's body can regenerate almost instantly from nearly any physical damage caused to it.
Raven's clothing is notably different in Overture, in which he wears a wing-like mantle, and a steel mask with a single gold coin over his left eye (in the Greek tradition of placing coins over the eyes of the dead, indicating that he is "half-dead"). But his head still has the spike (the spike that goes through from the back to the front of his forehead).
Raven is considered a "masochist" because he seems to enjoy pain inflicted on his body, knowing he cannot recieve any "real" damage. Raven's theme song also seems to suggest that he is constantly having an internal conflict about whether or not he is worth existing.
Raven was born in Germany, and was genetically immortal, in other words, a "natural immortal" at birth. He was an accomplished knight, and participated in various historical Crusades in Germany in the early 12th century. Raven's "first death" occured when he and his group of Crusaders attempted to retake Jerusalem. While in Cairo, Egypt, their supplies run low and they stopped at a captured town. The Sultan's army had anticipated their movements and ambushed them. Raven, the only survivor, proceeded to be shot with arrows and stabbed with swords.
However, rather than dying, he found himself in a "cylindrical space" filled with window-like mirrors. There, he had the sensation of being caged with predatory birds, and felt their stares boring into him, eventually transforming into the pain of needles piercing him in every part of his body that was capable of feeling pain; this was described as "perhaps the greatest amount of pain a human can possibly experience". His powers presumably have something to do with this "cylindrical space".
It is mostly unclear what has happened to Raven after this point, though it is known that after he grew to be around 2,000 years old, Raven began to grow bored of life, since he had lived for so long, being immortal. At one point, Raven even drove a spike through his forehead out of despair, though he, of course, lived, and the spike remains there to this day. This is when he met with That Man, who gave his long life a purpose, presumably to be "a witness to history".
Though it is still unknown exactly how Axl Low is to become Raven in the future, it is explained in one of his story arcs in Guilty Gear XX that some "dramatic" event will cause him to become the being Raven. This event most likely will be caused by his "time shifting" ability, which may also explain Raven's ability to move through interdimensional space, which allows him to fight and defeat Faust. Daisuke Ishiwatari stated in an interview that the connection between Raven and Axl is not that they are alternate versions of the same person. In the Guilty Gear novel "Lightning the Argent", Raven shows unusual battle prowess by essentially ignoring Sol's fire attacks via regeneration, and beating Faust in an interdimensional battle. A recent short story canonically revealed that Raven is an immortal former Norse berserker.
Guilty Gear XXEdit
Raven is also present in several endings in Guilty Gear XX, in which one he is noted as the parallel existence of Axl Low.
Guilty Gear 2: OvertureEdit
Raven appears as a boss in Guilty Gear 2: Overture, in which Sol refers to him as "the Undying Disease," because of his ability to regenerate from any wound.
Main article: Valentine & Raven's Tribe
Powers & AbilitiesEdit
In battle, he surrounds himself in green flames, and fights using needles which are capable of stunning opponents and creating "Slow Fields", along with a variety of abilities including teleportation, dissipating into a cloud of feathers, and attacking ravens.
- Worthless As The Sun Above The Clouds - Guilty Gear 2: Overture
See: Raven Quotes
References and AllusionsEdit
- His name may be a reference to the pionneering british heavy metal band Raven.
- Some of Raven's artwork from Guilty Gear XX is the same as artwork used in "Guilty Gear X - Lightning The Argent".