|Other Names||Karchess Marlon|
|Affiliation(s)||Kingdom of Marlon|
- "You must be strong to regain what you love."
- ―Karchess Crim[src]
Karchess Crim, was a Count of the Kingdom of Marlon, and the lover of Queen Yufina. After his beloved had gone missing, Karchess was asked to help investigate the disappearance cases plaguing the Beelzenian Empire. Discovering that Duke Sateriasis Venomania had been the perpetrator, Karchess assassinated the Duke and eloped with Yufina whilst dodging both Beelzenia and Marlon.
Born in EC 110, Karchess became a count of the Kingdom of Marlon and befriended Baron Toy Conchita. After Prince Martius ascended the throne, Karchess became the favored retainer of his queen, Yufina Marlon, and the two entered into an affair, regularly meeting privately in secret. During this time, Karchess told Toy about the affair.
- "Depending on the situation, you may prove to be my savior, my good man."
- ―Karchess to Rajih[src]
Interpreting it as payment for breaking off the relationship, Karchess became incensed until Yufina insisted she wouldn't be gone too long and promised to come see him as soon as she returned. Yufina then bid him goodbye and Karchess swiftly departed, waving her goodbye. Later on, Karchess discovered the golden key's unique ability to shapeshift and assumed it was some form of advanced technology.
While waiting for Yufina's return, Karchess heard the Beelzenian Imperial Family claim she had fallen ill and was unable to make the return trip to Marlon. Around the summer of EC 136, he was asked by Princess Maylis of the Beelzenian Empire to investigate the disappearances of women across Asmodean, learning that Yufina was among the victims. Karchess agreed to assist the Empire and spent nearly a month investigating the incident.Noticing that Lilien Turner's disappearance in April coincided with local Ferdinand family's massacre, Karchess traveled to the Ferdinand Mansion in Mystica and met with the Marquis residing there. As they talked, Karchess confirmed that the new marquis had been transferred in as his uncle's replacement following the massacre. The two then discussed the culprit's objective and the possible connection to Lilien's disappearance, the marquis confirming that his uncle and the girl had never interacted.
Karchess then learned no one even saw Lilien leave town, much like in the other disappearance cases. The marquis furthermore told him that a peasant named Rajih Assad who was friends with Lilien had apparently gone mad after her disappearance, claiming Duke Sateriasis Venomania committed both crimes despite no one else seeing the Duke come to Mystica. Interested, Karchess pursued the lead and found Rajih drunk and depressed on the street. Scoffing at his state, Karchess confirmed this was the man he sought and, as he introduced himself, began to question him about Duke Venomania and Lilien.As the embittered Rajih tried to leave, Karchess stopped him and convinced him that they would talk with each other as equals. He then showed Rajih the golden key in his possession, explaining it was a weapon that could kill a demon. After hearing Rajih's full testimony, Karchess sent a report to Maylis of his progress in the past month.
Slaying the DemonEdit
- "As I thought, you're the culprit, aren't you, Duke Venomania!"
"... You're... a... man...!?"
"It was the magnificent girls' clothes, wasn't it?"
- ―Karchess and Sateriasis[src]
In EC 137, Karchess met the mage Elluka Clockworker at an inn in Lasaland, hearing her explain that the Golden Key he carried was a vessel of sin; he since joined forces with the sorceress, making an agreement to hand the key over after the duke was defeated. Afterwards, he became infuriated by her insistence that they wait to approach the duke, fearing for Yufina's safety, and they entered a heated argument. Following the meeting, Karchess mentally apologized to Toy and deviated from their original plan.Afterward, he forged a contract with the Demon of Wrath.With the Golden Key transforming into a knife, Crim disguised himself as Elluka and approached the alleged demon in his mansion. After allowing Venomania to believe he'd exerted his powers over him, Karchess followed the duke into his basement and stabbed him in the chest with the Golden Knife once he came too close.
Triumphantly shedding his disguise, Karchess left Venomania to die before searching for Yufina; with all the women freed, including his beloved, Karchess and Yufina fled Asmodean and eloped. Due to their activities, the two became fugitives of both the Beelzenian Empire and Marlon.
In EC 139, Karchess returned to his homeland and launched a coup to establish a legitimate Marlon country. With Yufina considered the one legitimate heir to the Marlon Royal Family, he received the backing of many Marlon nobles and was able to successfully install the new government, overthrowing Martius. Karchess then ascended to the throne as its king and part of the royal family. Later on, Karchess sired children with his wife.
Following his death, Karchess was succeeded by his grandchild and his lineage continued for over eight centuries, including Carlos and Kyle Marlon; the latter adopted "Karchess Crim" as a pen name for his paintings, later using it as his alias during the Lucifenian Revolution. The Golden Key wielded by Karchess was kept in the royal family's possession for several centuries, with tales of Karchess' triumph over Duke Venomania passed down to future generations since that time. Because of his marriage to Yufina, blue hair also became a trait for many of the male members of the Marlon royal family, in contrast with the common black or brown hair found among Marlons.
Personality and TraitsEdit
- "You say your lover's gone and you turn to drinking? You're pathetic."
- ―Karchess to Rajih[src]
Karchess was an emotional but loyal man. Strong-willed and proud, he valued strength and determination, believing them to be necessary to protect what one loved or regain what was lost; as a result, he could be slightly stubborn and childish. Because of this, he looked down on those with pessimistic or defeatist attitudes, considering such despair pathetic. Therefore, he was a bit arrogant and self-serving, openly deceptive and readily using his more effeminate features to his advantage.
Otherwise, Karchess acted relatively reserved with others, though quick to show how he really felt in his expression or speech. Because of his aristocrat upbringing, the man spoke with a formal and somewhat conceited tone and diction, and often spoke succinctly with disregard for pleasantries. However, he could act polite when he desired, if sounding somewhat forced. The Count also wasn't concerned with the differences in social classes and freely associated with commoners when needed.
Skills and AbilitiesEdit
- "Hear me. There are three things I possess that you don't. One, status. Two, the strong will to take back those you love. And three, a weapon capable of expelling even demons."
As an aristocrat from Marlon, Karchess had many connections among the nobility both locally and abroad, and was treated with utmost respect. He was also perceptive, able to parse irrelevant information and focus on what could be potentially useful for him. Combined with a general talent for investigation and planning, and Karchess could work effectively as a detective. His critical thinking made him an adept planner as well, performing diplomacy or devising schemes for his own benefit.
Physically, the Count was rather strong despite his effeminate aura, being able to hold a full-grown man in place with just one arm. Because of these more flamboyant characteristics, the Count was usually underestimated and appeared much weaker than he was. He could also raise his voice to a more high-pitched, feminine tone, allowing him to easily masquerade as a woman if he so desired.
Sateriasis Venomania: Karchess's object of pursuit. During his investigation Karchess was suspicious of Duke Venomania, thus following the lead Rajih provided. When he discovered his role in the women's disappearances, particularly Yufina's, he became wrathful towards the duke, taking delight in his eventual death.
Yufina Marlon: Karchess' lover. Karchess was a passionate lover for Yufina, both entering an affair with her and later eloping with her after the Venomania Event. Her disappearance was another motivation for Karchess' interest in the missing women, becoming frantic to track her down, and she had provided him aid beforehand in giving him the Golden Key.
Rajih Assad: Karchess' partner. Karchess saw Rajih as a useful lead in discovering and catching the culprit of all the abductions, although he believed the latter to be pathetic for drinking instead of saving Lilien and for emphasizing their difference in station.
Elluka Clockworker: A fellow investigator of Venomania. Karchess joined forces with Elluka for the sake of defeating Duke Venomania, although he did not take their partnership seriously, deviating from it when he thought necessary. Nonetheless, he was inspired by her appearance and name in creating his female disguise to fool the Duke.
Maylis Beelzenia: Karchess' employer. Karchess was a close enough acquaintance of Maylis that he accepted her request to investigate the women's disappearances, after Toy's recommendation.
Toy Conchita: A friend of Karchess. Karchess and Toy had a good relationship, the latter being one of the few privy to his affair with Yufina and recommending him to Maylis to help with the investigation.
Conceptualization and OriginEdit
- Karchess' surname, Crim, seems to be a reference to "ice cream" (アイスクリーム), the character item of his representative Vocaloid.
- Karchess's name is partially based off his representative Vocaloid, KAITO, with both names sharing the first two letters.
- His later surname, Marlon, is a reference to Mammon, the patron demon of Greed.