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- "Oh, I am one yet many!"
- — Clair's monologue
Clair Vaux Bernardus (クレル・ヴォーブ・ベルナルドゥス Kureru Vōbu Berunarudusu) is a temporary form created for Yasuda by Bernkastel so that the former may tell their story. She first appears in Requiem of the Golden Witch.
Technically, she is a vessel used to personify Beato and her game.
Therefore, she has no personality of her own. In that sense, perhaps she is not a person, but a tool.
Her name signifies her position as the final guide in Beato's game.
Clair is the original form of Beatrice, thus possessing the same face and expressions as the Golden Witch. However, she has long white hair and a white knee length dress with a collar and cravat to match the image of a ghost haunting the mansion during the night. Her eyes have no pupils, giving her a perpetually sad and empty expression. Clair is also seen carrying a book in hand.
Clair displays a melancholic disposition while telling her story and relies on Zepar and Furfur to liven things up. Despite being stated as to having no will of her own or a personality, she can just be said to be very committed to her role as furniture, and is in a sense a very tragic figure as she exists only as Bernkastel's piece and to shoulder the sins of Beatrice. She even wishes her counterpart, Lion Ushiromiya, to live a happy life for her sake and for all of the Beatrices that have ever existed.
Clair can transform her book into a sword or manifest a golden sword similarly to how Willard H. Wright manifests his black blade. Will's attacks initially went right through Clair as if she were water.
Clair is the original form of Beatrice as created by Yasu, who made her to match the image of a ghost that haunts Rokkenjima with a pure white dress and contrasting personality. Once Beatrice accepts the love for Battler Ushiromiya, her form changes to match Battler's ideal woman and the portrait of Beatrice later placed in the mansion.
- Yasu (vessel of, creator, true persona/form)
- Beatrice (prototype of, alternate persona)
- Shannon (alternate persona)
- Kanon (alternate persona)
- Lion Ushiromiya (alternate existence from Miracle Fragment)
- Bernkastel (master)
- Willard H. Wright (opponent)
After Will exposes the truth about Lion, Bernkastel invites Clair to expose the truth about Beatrice and how she became the Golden Witch. She exposes everything on stage (along with Furfur and Zepar) as all the Theater Witches watch the show. The story goes from the birth of Yasu to the child's days as a servant until Yasu solves the epitaph.
Clair (as Beatrice) is seen like a counterpart of Lion; Beatrice will not reach a happy ending, so she asks Lion to live a happy life for all the Beatrices. Lion swears to be happy for her too. Since Battler found the truth out too late, he has not come to this funeral and so Clair entrusts her final moments to Will. Will destroys her illusion and lets her rest in peace.
In the Tea Party, she is once again brought on stage once by Bernkastel, who shows her that her only hope for happiness (represented by Lion's life) will be destroyed. She shows that the murders on Rokkenjima will still happen even if Lion exists, and they will be killed by Kyrie Ushiromiya. Bernkastel calls this her final revenge for the humiliation she had in the previous two games as she cuts open Clair and pulls her guts out of her body.
- Clair's design may be based off the Shiro Lolita fashion trend in Japan as her outfit is very remniscent of the style. Her outfit features a maid headpiece, a white dress and bows, along with laced boots that are popular in Shiro Lolita.
- Clair is a reference to St. Bernard of Clairvaux, the final guide of Dante, in Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy; Beatrice and Virgilia's names refer to Dante's guides preceding St. Bernard, Beatrice and Virgil.
- Clair's name and role as portrait artist additionally allude to Claire Delisle, a portrait artist and the professional name of Eleanor Rulapaugh, the wife of Willard H. Wright.