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Nox Catorce
Noxcatorce
ノクス・カトルセ

Nox Catorce

Alias

  • The Last Twin
  • Transcendental Being

Gender

Male

Age

14

Race

Humina/Rufina

Home country

Holy Kingdom of Noigllado

Hometown

Novarista

Position

Leader of the Anti-Noigllado Alliance

Weapon

Tyrfing

Family

  • Matin Catorce (Sister)
  • Adhuc (Foster Father)
  • Aime (Foster Sister)
  • Roake (Foster Brother)

Seiyuu

Akira Ishida

Nox Catorce is a character from Chapter 3 of the Epic of Zektbach. He is the "legitimate" heir to the of the Holy Kingdom of Noigllado's throne, and the twin brother of its Empress Matin. He is considered the "Negative" twin of the pair, is left-handed and carries the Sword of Despair, Tyrfing. When his sister was appointed Empress by Agiona, the agency decided that he should be exiled to avoid him interfering, as well as to prevent the people from knowing there was a male heir available for the crown, despite the Empress being female. Unaware of his noble ascendance, he grew up to become an enemy of his own Kingdom, for he saw just how corrupt it was and how many people it oppressed and left in poverty.

He and Matin are, excluding the meme that forms their individual selves, one same genetic being sliced in half, as are all twins. However, due to their role as carriers of Lien's genetic capital, they can genuinely be considered one being, forcefully kept apart by Ristaccia.

AppearanceEdit

Nox has pale platinum blonde hair, the same as his twin sister ; he wears it in a long braid. His sky blue eyes are large and deep, and his face as a whole looks notably feminine and soft, which accentuates his resemblance with Matin. Despite growing up among poor children, his adoptive father Adhuc kept his sumptuous, regal clothes with him when they fled, and he consequently still dresses like a prince ; he is most often depicted in a purple outfit, wielding Tyrfing.

PersonalityEdit

Nox's main character trait is his hatred and resent towards the entirety of the Holy Kingdom. Unaware of being Matin's brother, he considered Aime, Adhuc's adoptive daughter, his sister ; it was when she was killed by Noigllado soldiers that he acquired this burning rage, which was only scaled up by the death of many fellow rebels.

When talking with his sister - then under the guise of Lucis - however, Nox reveals himself to be filled with hope for a better world if Noigllado is ever vanquished. He says the fleet he allied with for an attack is "carrying his dreams", and that he must fight for them to come true. His sympathy towards his father Adhuc confirms that he possesses a sensitive personality under the soaring hatred he primarily demonstrates. The feelings tearing him apart are indeed only L'erisia's means to separate him as much as possible from his sister, so as to prevent them from reuniting.

StoryEdit

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Born as twins, Nox and Matin were separated by the hand of fate ; they originally were but one creature. However, L'erisia devised things as to oppose them in every way, making their reunion theoretically impossible by turning them into polar opposites.

Nox was supposed to become the next Emperor of Noigllado, but was abandoned for having the ability to wield another Ristaccia Sword, Tyrfing ; this was to maintain the facade of Noigllado officially being a theocracy based around Trisagion. Moreover, the two swords being polar opposites, the twins were already deemed the same at birth, on the basis of old beliefs. To avoid the possible conflict between the positive and the negative half, and because the "ruler" of the Kingdom had to wield Trisagion, Nox was left aside. This whole reasoning was only Agiona's, whose concern was to stay discreet.

But the royal sword instructor, Adhuc, saw the coronation of Matin as both an offense to the Kingdom's tradition, but also as the ultimate proof of its growing corruption. Since he was a kind man, who had already adopted two orphans, he adopted Nox and took him away, along with Tyrfing, before escaping from the palace. Unaware of his origins, Nox grew up as Adhuc's third child, in the countryside, leaving a poor life with his foster family.

The instructor taught Nox all of his sword skills. With his native talent for any and all arts, Nox became an outstanding swordsman. Knowing Nox was a Prince, Adhuc also tried his best to keep enough money to buy Nox gorgeous suits, adding them to the ones he had already brought away. Thus, Nox never looked shabby, hungry, or dirty, despite his tough life ; he remained as beautiful as his sister.

But the Holy Kingdom Of Noigllado, authoritarian and ever corrupt, was the largest country on the continent and its head, the Agiona members, were always eager to expand their own sphere of influence further. This drove both the people of Noigllado and of neighboring countries to become resentful. Just like his sister, Nox possessed a strong sense of justice ; however, unlike her, he was familiar with the reality of the situation and knew the Kingdom to be the oppressor. He swore to fight it with all his might, to save the people from their suffering, without even knowing his position as heir. Thus, the Anti-Noigllado Alliance, Novaria, was founded between the Noigllado rebels, led by Nox, and the pirates, led by Malacia.

It was around that time that Falo Credere Etincelle, knight of Noigllado, came to the rebel camp on a mission to find Matin's brother. Astonished to discover someone exactly like his Empress, he was seen by Nox as an enemy right away. Intending to kill him, the boy was stopped by his adoptive father who, recognizing Falo as his former apprentice, showed him mercy.

A few days later, as he was inspecting the pirate fleet he had allied with, he was visited by a commoner called Lucis, who met him near the end of the night. Discussing his dream of a better world with her, he insisted that his cause was right ; that the negative consequences of the battle were negligible, and that he fought for justice. Nox left without recognizing Lucis as Matin in disguise.

Not long after, Nox was finally taught his antecedent. No vocal media or written chapter depicts his immediate reaction ; however, we know that he felt happy for having Matin as a sister, from her outstanding qualities, notably her legendary kind soul ; this is why he kept his braid and long hair even after learning the truth. Despite the fact that she was her sworn enemy, as the "ruler" of Noigllado, he was aware of her being powerless and most unaware of it.

Eventually, however, because the Kingdom did not stop in its tracks of crimes, his heart was filled with hatred anew, and day by day, the piece of Ristaccia inserted in Tyrfing amplified and fueled the feelings necessary to keep Matin and Nox apart ; this escalated to the point where L'erisia took over him completely, cutting a "hole" in his heart and driving him to madness. Soon, Nox had no interest in saving the people, or even taking his sister's throne ; his hatred for Noigllado had been directed by the Angel directly to Matin, whom he swore to kill.

But as they battled, on the verge of killing each other, A'milia came to break the curse of Ristaccia, and reunited them as a single transcendental being. No longer separated, a single entity, they joined Shamshir and the Sealer to finally end L'erisia's reign.

Trivia Edit

  • In latin, "Nox", his given name, means night. As for "Catorce", his and his sister's family name, it is the Spanish word for "Fourteen". The fact that he is named "Night" serves to reflect his darkness-filled heart, his personality characterized by hatred and negative feelings in general. As for "Fourteen", it is the age of Nox and Matin in their Chapter.

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