Yuri Volte Hyuga

  • Original Name: Urmnaf Bort Hyuuga (ウルムナフ・ボルテ・ヒュウガ)
  • Age: 25
  • Nationality: Japanese-Russian
  • Class: Darkness
  • Special Skill: To save the world
  • Voice: Hiroki Takahashi (Japanese), Joey Capps (English)

    Called "Godslayer" by the secret society for defeating Albert Simon and his super deity summoned to destory the world. Yuri's search for happiness and his sworn revenge for the death of his beloved, Alice Elliot continues. This anti-hero possesses the power of soul fusion. Defeated in Domremy and cursed by the Mistletoe, Yuri has sworn revenge.

    (continued from Japanese profile)
    Though the whole story is unknown, Yuri sets out on a journey with Gepetto. They stop by the village of Domremy, and since then have been protecting the village from the German army. However, in a fight to rescue a hostage, he receives a lethal blow that causes him to lose his power of fusion.

    Also appears in: Shadow Hearts

    After the events of the previous game (following the bad ending of Shadow Hearts), Yuri meets Gepetto in Zurich and buries Alice. Together they journey through Europe, their travels taking them to Domremy, France. Soon after Yuri befriends the villagers, the German army sets its sights on conquering the region for the ends of the Great War.

    In the form of Amon, Yuri protects the small village from all units sent in to capture it. His Harmonixer presence generates German rumours of a "Demon of Domremy" that lives in the church. However, an older reputation seals his fate.

    His victory over the Meta God, originally summoned by Albert Simon to cleanse the world, has earned him the title of "Godslayer" and the status of a trophy among shadow organizations moving to leave their mark on history. A secret society by the name of Sapientes Gladio seeks glory through his defeat, and use the German assault to lure Yuri out and manage to inflict him with the curse of the Mistletoe.

    The village of Domremy falls easily while Yuri is recovering from the initial blow. He makes it his mission to discover the secret of the Mistletoe's curse and avenge Domremy's loss.

    The Curse of the Mistletoe

    Nicolai calls the Mistletoe "the ultimate tool for exorcising demons". Gepetto's research reveals the Mistletoe to be a powerful artifact used for centuries to guide lost souls. How this is done, and how the two purposes are connected, is not explained. It can be rationalized, however, that the "lost souls" and the targeted demons are one and the same.

    Initially the curse appears to block Yuri's Harmonixer powers, severing his link with Amon and his ability to soul fuse completely. His body also begins to emit waves of energy that attract/summon other monsters. Over time, Yuri gradually regains his soul fusions by defeating the monsters called or created and removing the blockage, little by little.

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    The Mistletoe's true power is that it steals away the soul by slowly destroying a person's memories. Without past experiences to define the present self, the victim becomes a hollow shell and shadow of its former existence: effectively, a blank slate. There is no way to reverse the process. It is a slow-acting but potent weapon. Originally intended for use against Albert Simon, it is a fate worse than death for one such as Yuri.

    History & Mythology

    The Mistletoe
    Today the mistletoe is mainly recognized as a quaint Christmas tradition involving goodwill, peace and excuses for kissing. However, it has a much darker past and nature. In Norse mythology, it was the weapon used by the trickster god Loki to fool Hod, god of darkness, into killing his brother Baldur, god of light. Another apocryphic tale claims it was the material from which the cross of Jesus Christ's crucifixion was made.

    Botanically, the harmless-looking plant with cheery red (or white) berries is a parasite. It attaches itself to a host tree and leeches nourishment, stunting the host's growth, weakening it and eventually killing it. It is also highly toxic.

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  • Mistletoe in Mythology
  • Wikipedia - Mistletoe