|This article is about the Witch of Miracles appearing in Umineko no Naku Koro ni. For the writer of poems in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, see Frederica Bernkastel.|
|This article is about a character in Umineko no Naku Koro ni.|
- 1 Profile
- 2 Appearance
- 3 Personality
- 4 Skills and Abilities
- 5 Background
- 6 Relationships
- 7 Story
- 8 Other Appearances
- 9 Trivia
- 10 References
The Witch of the Fragments, who has lived for a thousand years.
It is said she lives in a world where the concepts of fate and possibilities can be visualized.
She observes the fate of humans and sometimes interferes.
In other words, sometimes she is you, and sometimes she is your only friend. ...Understand?
She likes wine and spicy foods.
She hates boredom and people who never learn.
Bernkastel has long, steel-blue hair and emotionless purple eyes. It should also be noted that she has medium sized breasts in the visual novel, whereas they appear to be flat in the anime. She wears a black and white Gothic Lolita dress with a blue ribbon. She has black shoes and long white socks. She seems to have a black cat tail with a blue ribbon tied on it. Her weapon is a long black scythe, which separates miracles from reality. In the original visual novel, she is depicted as an individual around her teens, whereas in the remakes, she is depicted as a child, almost half Ronove's height.
Bernkastel initially appears emotionless and gets bored easily. She has forgotten the concept of pain and fear after centuries of being superior over others.
Deep down, Bern is sadistic and willing to kill or sacrifice anything or anyone for her own amusement. She treats her piece Erika like garbage when the latter fails to achieve any worthwhile results. She is just as, if not even more, playfully cruel than Lambdadelta, who shows a great fondness towards her and outright states that she loves her several times.
She has a tendency to hold grudges and that even a century won't make her forget the humiliation she suffered. As a result of this, she then creates a game where there won't be a happy ending, in the case when she lost a game to Beatrice.
Skills and Abilities
Bern can use "magic of miracles" to reset a bad situation, as long as the chance of it becoming favourable is not zero. She has experienced having been played with and imprisoned in a cruel fate in the past by Lambdadelta when she was a human being. Hence, it seems she can't ignore the fate of those in same circumstances. Bern uses a dark black scythe that harvests miracles from reality.
She possesses the ability to transform into a cat and to evoke an apparently infinite number of cat furniture, such as in Golden Fantasia with her move "Here Kitty Deathlords" where Bern summons kitty deathlords to fire beams at her opponent. She is also capable of combining her cat furniture to create the monstrosity known as the Leviathan, such as in Golden Fantasia with her move "The Heartless Leviathan that Consumes All" where Bern summons a giant snake to swallow the opponent.
She can also manipulate Fragments as weapons and transform them into defensive tools. During her battle against Lambdadelta in Twilight of the Golden Witch, the cohesion of her powers with those of the Witch Of Certainty proved to be able to create and destroy entire narrative universes.
Before becoming a witch, Bernkastel suffered through a logic error in a game board created long ago by an unnamed Game Master. After struggling for a long time, Bern escaped her Logic Error and earned the title of "Witch of Miracles".
In Twilight of the Golden Witch, Lambdadelta suggests that Bernkastel was originally a cat of Featherine Augustus Aurora, who was turned into a witch. Legend has it that Bernkastel wandered the sea of Fragments endlessly, searching for any Fragment that can revive her master from the pits of death called boredom, if even for a moment. Eventually, the cat revived her master.
- Beatrice (friend, enemy)
- Lambdadelta (rival, friend, enemy, lover)
- Ange Ushiromiya (piece, witch guardian of, enemy)
- Erika Furudo (piece, creation, servant, double/self-insert)
- Clair Vaux Bernardus (piece, furniture)
- Willard H. Wright (employer of, enemy)
- Battler Ushiromiya (enemy, rival)
- Featherine Augustus Aurora (miko of, previous master, creator)
- EVA-Beatrice (piece)
- Rika Furude* (alternate self)
- Black Battler (possible creation)
Bernkastel first appears in the ????. serving as Beatrice's guest to view her games to kill her boredom. She also gives the reader a hint about Beatrice before leaving.
At the end of the episode, Bern attends Beatrice's Halloween party wearing a goat disguise. Bored by the festivities, Bern leaves soon after.
In the ????, she speaks to Battler and helps him regain his strength to fight Beatrice. She establishes herself as not just a bystander and wants to help Battler win.
She briefly shows up during EVA-Beatrice's coronation ceremony.
In the ????, Bern heads to the world of 1998 and enlists Ange's help in defeating Beatrice and getting her brother back.
Bern helps Ange enter the metaworld and become part of Battler and Beatrice's game, on the condition that she not reveal her identity. However, Ange is forced to break this rule in order to save Battler, who'd fallen into despair.
In the ????, Bern is lying in a bed with Lambda talking about Battler's theories. They laugh them off and then proclaim that Beato shall not win, and a miracle will certainly not occur.
Bern takes a more active role in the plot, taking Battler's place in game against Lambda, who has become the new Game Master. She's played the game up until the second day, using her piece/self insert Erika Furudo. Battler resumes his position soon after.
Throughout the game, Bern starts showing off her cruel side. She uses red to deny that Natsuhi was ever having tea with Beatrice before 1986, leaving Battler to complain since it had no bearing on the mystery.
In the Tea Party, after Battler is pierced with the red truth and Natsuhi is declared guilty, Bernkastel bestows Erika with a scythe and the title of Witch of Truth.
Bernkastel spectates Erika's debate against Battler and later Beatrice. When the Witch of Truth eventually falls, Bern renounces ownership of her and sends Erika to oblivion.
Bernkastel puts together a miracle fragment made of several other fragments, and invites Willard H. Wright to come and investigate the mystery behind Beatrice's past. Bern doesn't allow him to leave until he can solve Beatrice/Clair's story.
In the Tea Party, Bern shows Ange and Lion the truth of what really happened on Rokkenjima, displaying the Rokkenjima Massacre; Ange is unable to handle the sight and falls apart into a pile of meat, much like her death in Alliance. After that Bern sends Lion in their world where another Rokkenjima Massacre takes place. Lion almost dies, suffering from the same injuries that they had in that Massacre; Will saves them before it can happen. The two try to escape, and Bern chases after them with a swarm of cats.
In the ???, Bern makes herself the Game master of Beatrice’s game and declares in red that this game won’t have a happy ending.
Bern is invited to Battler's party and plays a game with him and Beatrice. Afterwards, Ange falls into the game and is later rescued, being convinced by Bern to join her and retrieve the Book of the One Truth. Bern and her companions then launch an attack on Rokkenjima, summoning hordes of goats to devour it.
Ange then revives in the Golden Land and heads to the City of Books with Battler and Lambda to retrieve the Book before Featherine can reveal its secrets to the world. Bern engages Lambda in a fight of cosmic proportions, with the two witches becoming evenly matched; Featherine gets involved and kills Lambda, who falls to pieces.
Bern continues to guard the Book of the One Truth, and Battler and Ange confront her in a final battle. Bern initially kills Battler after assaulting him with closed-room mysteries, and he is swiftly revived once Ange accepts her role as the Witch of Resurrection. Ange then resurrects her entire family and all of the illusions, who had previously died when the Golden Land crumbled, and defeats Bern with a single strike, reducing her into a simple cat.
In the Tea Party, Bern accepts her defeat and bids farewell to Lambda after sewing her back together, saying they may meet again when something else cries.
Bernkastel is a playable character.
Bernkastel appears in several stories within Tsubasa. Bernkastel's Letter has her speaking to a friend about the rules of Beatrice's game.
The Witches' Tanabata has Bern granting a Tanabata wish for a young Ange, resulting in the relationship between Ange and Eva turning into a negative one.
- "...Umm, in times like this, what did I used to say again? ......Umm, uh, ......g-go for it, yay.
......It's so embarrassing, doing this."
- — Bernkastel trying to cheer Battler up in Turn of the Golden Witch
- Bernkastel shares many similarities with Rika Furude from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and is implied to be the same character as her.
- Rika and Bern have similar blue hairstyles, and Bern wears a cat-tail and transforms into a cat while Rika has referred to herself as a cat on many occasions in Higurashi. At one point, Bern uses Rika's catchphrase and acts like it was something she used to say.
- Bernkastel refers to Featherine as "Auaurora", referencing Minagoroshi where Hanyuu is introduced with her tendency to mutter "au au" when irritated or scared. The manga version of Banquet of the Golden Witch's Tea Party where the witches discuss their ostensible experiences with Santa Claus features Hanyuu appearing with Bern.
- In Dawn of the Golden Witch, Lambda and Erika talk about how Bern was trapped in a logic error in the past. The manga adaptation shows what looks like Rika wearing her dress and Hanyuu with her shrine maiden outfit, along with imagery related to dice and counting years.
- Bernkastel may even be the same character as Frederica Bernkastel from Higurashi because of their similar names:
- Bernkastel's Letter ends with a poem listing Frederica Bernkastel as the author.
- In an interview, Ryukishi answered a Higurashi question about Rika and Frederica Bernkastel's connection by saying that Frederica is the manifestation of Rika's despair, also saying that he enjoyed making Rika evil. A similar thing was said prior in an author note in Shinsou Kaimei Dokuhon Episode 8, where Ryukishi suggests that Bern and Frederica are the same; he references Saikoroshi-hen and how the latter separated from Rika in the Sea of Fragments.
- Ryukishi has apparently planned a detailed relationship between Bern, Lambda, and Featherine.
- The TRianThology ~Sanmenkyou no Kuni no Alice~ character Fuhka Takatori has a near-identical appearance to Bernkastel and most likely uses recycled sprites.