|This article is about a character in Umineko no Naku Koro ni.|
Virgilia (ワルギリア Warugiria), full name Publius Virgilia Maro , is the original "Beatrice" and previous Endless Witch before passing her title and powers to the Golden Witch Beatrice. She first appears in Banquet of the Golden Witch.
Profile[edit | edit source]
A now-retired Endless Witch and Beatrice's teacher.
She used the Endless Magic properly and devoted her life to the smiles and happiness of many people.
She taught Beatrice the Endless Magic. believing that Beatrice would also devote herself to the people, and retired.
Though she was Beatrice's teacher, she was also a magician employed by Beatrice's family. For that reason, she interacted with Beatrice in a manner fitting for a servant. Some point to this as the source of Beatrice's arrogance and recklessness.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Virgilia has long silver and gray hair that is very dignified, and usually respectfully keeps her eyes shut. She wears a black dress and a black hat adorned with dark red flowers.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Virgilia speaks very respectfully and typically dislikes fooling around, however there are times where she will relish in combat and deceit.
Skills and Abilities[edit | edit source]
Despite being a Finite Witch, Virgilia still is powerful enough to engage Beatrice in a magical duel and proves to be a formidable opponent, defeated only through trickery on Beatrice's part. In her duel against Beatrice, Virgilia is shown using magic to fly, teleport, creating shields of magic for defense, and summoning the divine hammer Mjölnir and divine spear Gungnir. She also has several Goat Butlers under her command. Like Beatrice, she can be an extremely cunning opponent.
Background[edit | edit source]
Virgilia served as the magician at Beatrice's home and came into contact with her in the position of a servant. She taught Beatrice the Endless Magic and retired, believing that her pupil would also devote herself to providing happiness for people. Virgilia became nameless afterwards and used Kumasawa as a vessel, sealing her powers. She would then take the name of Virgilia after her duel with Beatrice.
From an anti-fantasy perspective, Virgilia is an imaginary friend created by Yasu and based off of Kumasawa, who was a mother figure for them.
Relationships[edit | edit source]
- Beatrice (pupil)
- Chiyo Kumasawa (vessel)
- Gaap (friend)
- Ronove (friend)
- Chiester Sisters Imperial Guard Corps (friends)
- Dlanor A. Knox (friend)
Role in the Story[edit | edit source]
Virgilia is first introduced in the prologue, where she offers to teach a young Beatrice how to use the Endless Magic.
Once the game starts, Beatrice sets out to claim victims for the first twilight and discovers that Kumasawa was actually Virgilia. Virgilia shows disappointment that Beatrice is using her powers for murder and engages in a duel with her. After a fantastical fight, it seems like Virgilia has won and prepares to return Beatrice to her original form, however it is revealed that Beato had killed Virgilia before the fight even started, swiftly reviving her and pretending to fight. Virgilia soon dies and Beato heals her wounds.
Afterwards, Virgilia arrives in the Meta-World and helps Battler overcome his mental blocks, acting as an advisor for him. She teaches him about the concept of Schrodinger's Cat Box and helps him understand that there are magic explanations and realistic explanations for the murders on Rokkenjima.
At the very end of the chapter, it is revealed that Virgilia wasn't on Battler's side at all, rather tricking him in accordance with Beatrice's "North Wind and the Sun" strategy and almost gets Battler to sign his own demise at the Golden Land.
Virgilia is summoned by Kinzo along with Gaap, Ronove and the Chiester Sisters Imperial Guard Corps in order to assist with Beatrice's resurrection ceremony. Virgilia receives the task of watching the prisoners in Kuwadorian, who are to be victims of the subsequent twilights.
Virgilia summons several goats to act as guards which are soon taken away by Gaap. The prisoners use this opportunity to escape and a furious Virgilia tries to hunt them down. She summons several more Goats to engage in a boxing match with Krauss, but she is defeated when one of them falls upon her.
Virgilia appears at the beginning of the chapter in the Golden Land's rose garden, where she combs a catatonic Beatrice's hair. She asks Battler to take back the game board from Bernkastel and Lambdadelta for Beatrice's sake, as Bern's anti-fantasy approach and Lambda's work as the new Game Master have disgraced her game.
After the appearance of the Eiserne Jungfrau and their first defeat, Battler returns to the Golden Land to find Dlanor A. Knox, who greets Virgilia as a friend rather than an enemy due to Virgilia's status as a witch. Virgilia is later forced to witness Beatrice's downfall after she struggles to prove Natsuhi Ushiromiya's innocence against Erika Furudo. She provides Battler with her final Red Truth that Natsuhi isn't the culprit, however it is not enough to prove her innocence.
She later reappears in the ???? scene along with Dlanor in the Golden Land after Battler's unsightly defeat, where they discuss the premise of the Knox Decalogue and Beatrice's motives. This prompts Battler to go back through the tale and solve all the puzzles with a mystery perspective and reach the truth of everything. After Battler resurrects as the new Endless Sorcerer and resumes his battle with Erika, Virgilia reappears alongside all the other fantasy characters who had previously been denied to defeat Erika's theory.
Other Appearances[edit | edit source]
Virgilia is a playable character.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Her name comes from the Divine Comedy character Virgil, who guides Dante through Hell and Purgatory to Beatrice, who is his guide through Heaven.
- In Answer of the Golden Witch, it was revealed that Virgilia was originally not going to be in the story but was added in when Ryukishi07 rewrote Land of the Golden Witch to help the readers keep thinking since most readers had given up on solving the mystery already.
- Virgilia was originally a man named Virgilius, who was to appear in Land of the Golden Witch as an antagonist who saw everything from a different prespective then Battler and would argue against his reasoning. This character was later adapted into End of the Golden Witch as Erika Furudo. She references this when naming herself; she comes up with being Virgilius but she quickly changes it to Virgilia instead.
- In Ougon Musou Kyoku, the Umineko fighting game, her sprite in which she holds out her wand, is incorrect, showing her have a white-wood wand or a silver wand. However, the close-up sprite of her that pops up after she declares meta, shows her holding out her traditional brown-coloured wand.
- In Ougon Musou Kyoku, it is revealed that both Virgilia and Ange are fujoshi.
- Her color swap palette in Ougon Musou Kyoku is based on Shinku of Rozen Maidens.
- A cosplay outfit of Virgilia is on display at the Übersee-Museum in Bremen, Germany. 
- "Virgilia is a good witch of the sound novel Umineko no naku koro ni (When the Seagulls Cry), that was released 2007 for the PC. It is a mystery story about several cases of murder. The story was very successful and was produced as manga and anime after."
- — Museum label
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