| Pride |
Also Known As: Keeper of the Vigil
|Race||Seven Deadly Sins|
|Means of Travel||By Foot
|Special Features||Pride Embodiment|
|Affiliation||Seven Deadly Sins|
|Occupation||Leader of the Deadly Sins|
|Relatives(s)||Seven Deadly Sins (siblings)|
|Type of Attack||Melee and Magic|
|Enemies||The Four Horsemen|
The Charred Council
Pride, also known as the Keeper of the Vigil, is the de facto leader of the Seven Deadly Sins that were originally imprisoned by the Four Horseman many centuries before the Apocalypse. However, upon the End War's premature onset and the destruction of Humanity, Pride, along with her brethren, were freed and began to ravage the Earth and threaten the Balance she is also the secondary antagonist and the manditory tennth and penultimate boss of the game.
|“|| Pride is the de facto leader of the Sins, a title she seized long ago. Seeing herself as their superior, she rarely involves herself in their petty affairs. Instead, she observes the carnage they unleash from afar, preferring to focus on loftier goals than mere destruction.|
— Description of Pride, from the Darksiders website.
Pride and her fellow Sins were released from their cage by none other than The Charred Council, with the expectation that she and one of their champions Fury of Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse would wipe each other out. Pride however does not take kindly to being a pawn in someone else's game and schemed to make her would be enemy her ally.
Towards this end, when Pride was approached by Fury outside the South End church she told the rider that she was unworthy to face her as she was and to come back after she's defeated the rest of the sins, before retreating to her self dedicated temple. With her fellow Sins as hurdles to over come Fury would go on to grow powerful as Pride had intended.
Indeed Fury would rise to the task set for her, defeating not only the sins but acquiring great power along the way. With this Pride made her proposal, the answer's Fury has been seeking. Thus Pride reveals to whom it was that released the sins in the first place, and proposes an alliance to unseat the mutual enemy in the Council.
After that Pride and Fury will go on to create true balance within Creation by unseating Heaven and Hell. Sadly for Pride her hurdles were more effective than she had intended, for Fury had grown past being a self centered berzerker and the ambition for power above all. With that Fury and Pride fought with Pride ultimately losing.
As Pride lays beaten Fury pins her down and demands answers and she gets them though not from Pride herself, rather Fury's watcher reveals herself as Envy who kills Pride herself, steal's back the Talisman of Sin, before finally absorbing Pride into her Amulet thus gaining the combined power of the Seven Deadly Sins.
For a member of the Seven Deadly Sins, Pride appears akin to an angel; having majestic gold armor, shining blue wings, long grey hair and an ornate mask. However, her cape that drags with her legs appear burned to black and shredded, while the crown hovering over her head appears cracked and broken, likely hinting at her true nature.
Behind the ornate mask supposedly hides a beautiful face but in reality, a scarred one. Her scars drags down over her right eye to her lip.
In battle, Pride wields a large rune broadsword.
Personality and TraitsEdit
As the embodiment of the Deadly Sin of Pride, Pride herself is confident to a fault, haughty, arrogant and contemptuous to everything besides herself. Pride doesn't even contemplate how the concept of pride is a sin. Likewise, she looks down upon her fellow sins, even though she is often considered their leader, not caring if they fall and leave her the sole sin left.
As a testament to her arrogance, she considers everything in the Creator's designs to be beneath her and her so-called light. Pride especially thought lowly of the Sin's hunter, Fury, calling her lowliest of the Horseman and unworthy to face her. Thus, she hoped to build something upon the shattered Earth worthy of her own greatness. She dubs her realm Aires, which had statues and stone carvings bearing her own likeness.
However, Pride's confidence and arrogance could be nothing but a facade to hide her own insecurity and shame over her appearance. Behind her mask, lies a broken and scarred face, likely hinting at the symbolism that overt pride is hollow and false. In addition, her own arrogance led her to be manipulated by her sister, the covetous Envy, leaving Pride to be at her mercy.
Despite her overarching sense of self-worth, Pride is by no means ignorant of the goings on of the world. Being perceptive enough to recognize Fury's personal growth after accomplishing the task lain out before her. Even going so far as to commend the Horsemen for her accomplishments, the sin was also aware that the Universe is broken and the Charred Council are as much to blame as the warring factions of heaven and hell.
Going so far as to state that the cosmic balance which everybody was fighting about was a faux pass, an existential lie used as a meager guideline which nobody really bothered to adhere too on the surface. Something Pride pointed out to her pursuer when she voiced how someone along the way had lied to her, about how the Lord of Hollows knew it too, that someone being those who the Black Rider served had originally unleashed the Seven.
Stating despite their adherence to Balance, Pride was very much aware that The Council was fat with her concept, they do not, in fact, have any real loyalty to the Balance they claim to serve and have been manipulating it from behind the scenes to their own ends. Admitting the Seven Deadly as a whole, only existed to debauch humanity, and without humanity to lead astray however, Pride brings up the question of what purpose do she and her brothers & sisters serve.
Abilities and PowersEdit
Being the leader of the Sins, Pride is the most powerful of them all. As the representation of the sin of Pride, she has the ability to weaponize the azure light of her namesake in various ways. Including creating a magical sphere for defensive purposes, being resistant to Fury's Barbs of Scorn for a time.
In addition, Pride can charge her sword swings with Pride energies. Halfway through the battle she uses her statue's head to fire off 2 azure beams of Pride from the front and back of the statue's head to corner her opponents and surprise attack them. The sin also boasts a pair of bright, luminescent wings with which she uses to fly and hover around the battlefield.
A quality that further bolsters her stupendous ego, as to signify her standing above the masses. Not even so much as touching the ground upon which her adversary stands upon. She often uses this aspect to deliver a damaging aerial attack from where she swoops down and swings her blade at an enemy.
She'll give away a tell of when she'll do so by cackling maniacally before rushing towards the ground swiping her edge at her unsuspecting prey. Another tactic she likes to use through her azure energies is discharge a flurry of pride charges at an enemy which zero in on their mark from a distance before exploding. Whenever she needs space to breath, Pride will often release a black & white energy pulse while doing a 360 degree sword swing.
Both of these tactics can be chained together with other powers, such as the homing blasts for the aerial raid. or the burst of energy before the forming of her shield. Pride also has various combos to complement her master swordsmanship, combining roundabout sword swings with a lunging dash sweep soon after.
The power given to her by the council remains largely unknown. Pride seemingly as the capacity to channel her pride energy in order to animate and manipulate lifeless material. Hence her creating the vigil from which to observe from afar.
Before the battle begins, Pride will first conjure an energy shield around herself that not only can unleash a shock wave that can damage Fury if too close, but can also makes her invincible to all of Fury's attacks, the only way to dispatch the shield is by attacking Pride repeatedly, which after the shield is down will stun her for a brief moment, allowing Fury to damage her. Pride also possesses other attacks, such as swinging her sword at Fury or charging up for a spinning sword strike, all of which can be dodged. Pride can conjure the energy shield again if needed, at times Pride can fly away from Fury to avoid most of her attacks.
After Pride lose nealy half of her health, she will unleash a double headed statue head that will fire an azure beam from both heads that will clutter up the arena and will sometimes corner Fury as a suprise attack. In this phase Pride also gets a set of two new abilities, if Fury is far from Pride she will fire a set of energy bullets from her sword that can somewhat home in on Fury, another attack that Pride posses is that she will fly high in the air and do a charging sword thrust at Fury.