|Mendoza as Immortal Being|
Personality & CharacterEdit
Mendoza was once one of the top alchemist of the Makai Order, serving the Senate in magical affairs. Unfortunately, he was excommunicated when he created a forbidden Madōgu, Zirkel's Ring. The magical tool he created had the power over life and death, in addition to having influence over Horrors. However, Zirkel's Ring is fueled by human blood and it would require many lives to power the tool. The Order took offense to Mendoza's work as it was an affront against the sacred duty they upheld. While arrested, Mendoza revealed he had a god complex, believing their order should use their powers to be gods over mankind as they need their protection against the darkness. Believing Mendoza to be beyond redemption, he was excommunicated and branded with a cursed mark as a reminder of his crime. However, his exile didn't stop him from craving power.
Using his alchemy training, he helped cure an epidemic that won him favor in the Kingdom of Valiante. To expedite his value and rank within the royal court, he used Horrors to do his bidding to aid King Valiante in his campaigns. The king valued him so greatly that he gave him a beautiful wife to keep him at his side. Originally content with being the king's adviser and a husband, life was good for a time until he was reminded of his shame. When his wife gave birth to their child, the infant and himself revealed the magical curse the Order had given to him. Fueled by anger and shame, he murdered his family and refocused his rage upon the Makai Order.
Using his knowledge of the order, he used it against them to expose alleged witchcraft to the kingdom. Because the court had never seen the Makai Order, they were quick to believe Mendoza's words and attacked the very order that secretly protected them against the darkness. Using the Valiante's own military against the order, he intended to persecute as many people from the Order as possible and use their blood to fuel Zirkel's ring and raise his own legion of controlled Horrors. However, his vengeance wasn't just to punish the order, but also for immortality.
In Mendoza's final hours, he successfully merged with Anima to become an immortal being. No longer bound by the limitations of his mortal flesh, he had the powers of one of the most powerful horrors in his new body and no knight could stop him. Although slowed down by Garo, Mendoza's god-like powers made him impervious to death and pain. It was ultimately the magical flames endowed to Garo that was used to seal him. The deceased Alchemist, Anna Luís had magically bonded her spirit onto her son as magical flames. Deciding to protect her son, she left his body and used her flames to help forever seal Mendoza in the Makai Realm. Mendoza was defeated, but he is still alive in a excruciating cycle of death and resurrection, sealed within the Makai Realm and only kept sealed because of Anna's flames. Should the flames become extinguished, Mendoza might revive once again.
Skills & AbilitiesEdit
- Makai Alchemist Training: Being one of the top Makai Alchemists, Mendoza was most skillful when it comes to magic, creating barriers, and alchemy. A testament of his ability as Makai Alchemist was his dark invention, Zirkel's Ring, which can revive the dead and even summon and control Horrors. Not only that, Mendoza managed to save himself from being devoured by Blood Moon with an unspecified spell, but at the cost of his lifespan as by the time Germán Luís met him again after León's Lost Soul Beast rampage, Mendoza had become an elderly man.
- Intelligence: Aside from his skills in magic and alchemy, Mendoza was also very intelligent and charismatic, making him the infamous master manipulator who framed members of Makai Order as witches and came close in destroying them all.
Tools & WeaponsEdit
- Madō Staff: ?.
Originally a Makai Alchemist, Mendoza served the Senate and believed the Makai Order should be revered as gods by humanity for having protected them from Horrors. But was excommunicated for creating Zirkel's Ring, a powerful Madō Tool that uses human blood to allow one to control Horrors. Combined with his apathy towards humans and ideals, Mendoza was branded with glowing red marks all over his body with his descendants cursed so his line would forever be banished from the Makai Order. During his wandering in exile, he came to the Kingdom of Valiante under the pretext of being a monk and entered the service of Fernando San Valiante. Medoza used his hidden talents as a Makai Priest to predict the outcomes of battles and to heal the sick during an epidemic. As a reward for his services, Fernando gave him a beautiful bride and a position as a royal advisor. But when his wife gave birth to their child, Medoza was reminded of his curse as he murdered his wife and child to spare them and the midwife to conceal his secret. After dumping the corpses into the sea, a hate-filled Mendoza vowed revenge on the Makai Order while plotting to revive the ancient Horror Anima and becoming the Horror's vessel to become a living god
Mendoza began his plan by poisoning Fernando and using the king's Catholic faith as an excuse to begin a systematic slaughter of residing Makai Knights and Priests under the cover of a witch hunt. With the assistance of his aide Octavia, who denounced Catholicism to follow him, and the Fallen Makai Knight Bernardo Dión, Mendoza manages to isolate Valiante from the Makai Order while having the Horrors under his control assume key positions in the country's government. Within a year's time, Mendoza tortured and executed hundreds of Makai practitioners in Valiante while trapping their souls within a crystal designed to resurrect Anima.
Among his victims was a pregnant Makai Priestess named Anna who was of the line of Makai Knights who bear the title of Garo. Mendoza proceeds to have Anna burned while she was giving birth to her son León Luís, her husband Germán Luís saving the infant after breaking out of his cell. After apologizing to the king for unforeseen events, Mendoza focuses on finding Germán to kill him and his son before the latter becomes a threat to his plans.
Seventeen years later, after a failed attempt by the Horror Metaclim and the soldiers in his service to kill a now teenaged León, Mendoza learns from Octavia of the golden cross pendant with the Garo emblem that prince Alfonso San Valiante received on his birthday from his mother. Furious to learn that a branch of the Garo line has not been noticed this whole time, Mendoza stages a coup d'état by poisoning the king and framing Queen Esmerelda for treason as Alfonso was forced to flee for his life. Mendoza later finds a tapestry of the Knight of Light and burns it.
Later, while facing Alfonso and León as they reach to Santa Bard, Mendoza ends up being unceremoniously and abruptly killed by Bloodmoon when he summoned the Horror to combat Alfonso after he is forced to relive his cousin of the Garo Armor. Despite his apparent death, Mendoza somehow survived and continued his agenda from under Santa Bard castle with a majority of his followers. But while Medoza's other followers are unaware of his survival, including Octavia as her true loyalties had yet to be exposed, Garm knew of the ex-Makai Priest's survival and gives Germán the task to protect him despite knowing his true intentions.
Despite Germán being mortally wounded in the attempt to stop him, Mendoza succeeds in reviving Anima and absorbing the Horror to become a living god. In a final gambit to stop Mendoza from wrecking havoc on the world with his new power, León dragged the villain into the Makai Realm where the Horrors originate from. It was there in Makai that Anna's spirit made her presence known and transferred the flames from her son's protective seal onto Mendoza. As a consequence of his immortality, he is unable to die and is reduced to a mere charred skeleton, forced to remain in the Makai in a state of pure agony from being endlessly burned alive.
Notes & TriviaEdit
- Due to the Spanish Inquisition-style setting of the series storyline, Mendoza may have been loosely based off Grand Inquisitor Tomás de Torquemada.
- Mendoza's final defeat reflects the middle ages' ideal of Hell in terms of being consumed in hellfire, along with the poetic justice-type punishment established by Dante Alighieri in his Divine Comedy.
Articles & ReferencesEdit
|Carved Seal of Flames & Divine Flame Characters|
|Kingdom of Valiante|
|Kingdom of Vazelia|
Black Knights | Hanamushi | Metaclim | Ezol | Onbla | Banbora | Jemitre | Almar | Despera | Moneta | Anfel | Blood Moon | Aboradura | Convexo | Medicruz | Grand Magus | Mandura | Masked Horror | Arabel | Resume | Gemellus | Blade-Armed Spider Horror | Crimson Gale