When Hänsel and Gretel created the vessels of sin in EC 014, a blue spoon was used as the vessel for the Demon of Greed. Afterward, the twins released the vessels into the world. The spoon eventually ended up in the Kingdom of Marlon. At some point, a blacksmith discovered the spoon and tried to reforge it into a fork; he was then possessed by the demon and died.
Story of EvilEdit
The spoon was later collected around the EC 480s by Queen Prim Marlon. In EC 492, the Queen took the spoon with her to Yatski in Elphegort and gave it to Mikina Freezis. Through the spoon's power, wealth was attracted to the woman and the Freezis Family's shop in Aceid became enormously popular across the Evillious region.
In EC 494, Mikina inadverdently forged a contract with the Demon of Greed in her desperation to have her son Shaw Freezis for herself, activating the spoon's powers and incinerating her father, his henchman, and the nanny who betrayed her, along with slightly scorching Shaw's back. The demon was later exorcised by Abyss I.R. and returned to its vessel.
In EC 505, Abyss I.R. possessed Mikina and used the Marlon Spoon to fight through the guards at Lioness Castle. After rendering everyone assembled in one of the bedrooms unconscious, the mage stole the vessels of sin gathered there and fled with the spoon to Lucifenia. When Mikina's consciousness resurged and regained control during the sorceress' battle along the coastline two weeks later, Abyss invoked the link between Mikina and the Demon of Greed via the spoon to suppress her will again.
The mage then attempted to kill Yukina Freezis with the spoon's flames before being interrupted by Rin. When she attempted to use the spoon again afterward, the Demon of Gluttony intervened to cancel out the spoon's power. After Abyss I.R. was defeated, Elluka Clockworker and Gumillia collected the spoon from Mikina and subsequently sealed it.
Dark Star ScandalEdit
Sometime after the Duel of Merrigod Plateau, the spirit of Adam Moonlit ended up in the spoon, replacing the absent demon. The spoon later came into the possession of Mata Corpa; after Ma killed the man and stole the spoon, she was convicted by the Dark Star Bureau and the spoon was put in evidence lockup.
In EC 978, Ma stole back the spoon and gave it to Judge Gallerian Marlon, who subsequently forged a contract with Adam. The judge then kept with him in his breast pocket at all times. Forging a contract with the Demon of Greed, Gallerian amassed a fortune for himself through corrupt dealings in the courtroom in his pursuit to collect the vessels of sin. The vessel was later stored in the judge's home.
Following the completion of Evil's Theater in December of EC 982, the spoon was transferred there along with the other vessels of sin. Sometime after, the vessel awakened and took on the form of Gear. Gear maintained the dying Clockworker's Doll from Heartbeat Clocktower. When the tower broke down in EC 990, the awakened vessel sacrificed his heart and siphoned the powers of the Marlon Spoon to the doll, confining him to the clock tower. After the destruction of the Third Period in EC 999, Michaela summoned all seven vessels together for Allen Avadonia. The Demon of Greed later manifested its form and travelled to Jakoku.
Similar to the other vessels of sin, the Marlon Spoon served as a container for the Demon of Greed's essence and allowed the demon to possess or influence a host. From the spoon, the demon was able to fuel its owner's greed and desire for riches. As the demon was the source for the Marlon Spoon's power, sealing the vessel subsequently sealed the demon and left the object powerless.
The Marlon Spoon had the ability to naturally attract wealth to its owner, allowing them to easily be presented with situations that are financially beneficial. It was also capable of conjuring flames at its wielder's bidding; the flames could consume or entrap opponents. According to Prim, using the spoon's powers would also cause the host to form a contract with the demon and become possessed by the Demon of Greed, with the demon devouring the souls of the contractor's loved ones over time.
According to Ma, the vessel was necessary for Gallerian to speak with his "daughter", the Clockworker's Doll. Like all the vessels of sin, the Marlon Spoon was able to kill a demon contractor through the Demon of Greed's power. The spoon was also able to "awaken", manifesting in a human form. While awakened, it was able to transfer its powers to another vessel, making the spoon largely powerless.
Conceptualization and OriginEdit
- The vessel's representative sin is derived from Greed of the Seven Deadly Sins.
- The vessels's original form, the Soil, is depicted in Chrono Story as sand inside an hourglass; sand represents impermanence and fleetingness, relating to the pettiness of material wealth.
- Soil also represents advancement in certain things, such as wealth (e.g. the expression "built from the ground up"); things of great value, such as gold and precious stones, also come from the soil.
- The vessel's name is likely a reference to Mammon, the patron demon of Greed; the state of Marlon also derives its name from the demon.
- Spoons are commonly associated with wealth (e.g. the expression "born with a silver spoon in your mouth") and therefore greed.
- Its powers to conjure fire connects to greed's nature to indiscriminately consume everything; the phrase "There is no fire like greed" is an excerpt from the Buddhist Dhammapada.
- Interestingly, Irina Clockworker's father created a spoon magic tool similar to the Marlon Spoon; it being surrounded by gold and jewels in the Misty Mountain tomb may be a reference to the Marlon Spoon's ability to attract wealth.
- In the Judgment of Corruption and The Muzzle of Nemesis PVs, Gallerian is surrounded by blue flames while in "Hell", similar to one of the spoon's powers.
- In the Evils Court booklet, Gammon Octo speculates that the Marlon Spoon, which became Gear, contained the dying wish of Adam.