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Cecilus Segmunt (セシルス・セグムント) is the current 1st ranking Divine General of the Sacred Empire of Vollachia and acted as the Emperor His Majesty Vincent Vollachia's sword until the Emperor was forced to step down, some time between Arcs 4 and 7. He is hailed as the indisputably strongest individual from the Empire, and among the strongest swordsmen in the franchise.

Despite still not having formally debuted in the main story, Cecilus played a pivotal role in Re:Zero EX Light Novel Volume 4, especially in the Royal Selection Prequel: Reinhard vs Cecilus side story. He has also been mentioned in the main story by Ram and Julius Juukulius during the events of Arc 6 where he's noted as one of the only three individuals in the world who are about as strong as the current generation's Sword Saint[1].

Appearance

Cecilus is a youthful man with around 20 years of age, who usually stands out as an oddity to those who see him. His blue eyes, which give off a rather playful and relaxed aura, coupled with his long dark-blue hair which he has tied messily into a ponytail, make Cecilus give off a rather mysterious aura. To further exemplify his messy personality, various strands of long hair can be seen covering the right side of his face, although not to the extent that his right eye is obscured in any way. Completely opposite to his true nature, Cecilus' facial features are soft enough that, when coupled with his slender frame, he could be mistakenly identified as a woman if one were to quickly glance at him. On the left side of his face, just below his mouth, Cecilus had a noticeable mole. Despite the many hundreds of lives he has taken throughout the years, however, his face isn't burdened by a sense of guilt and his smile is usually described as surprisingly friendly, warm and welcome.

Although he was the greatest warrior in Holy Empire of Vollachia, the Blue Lightning wears clothings commonly found in the western City States of Kararagi. During one of his rare visits to Kararagi, Cecilus fell in love with the clothing and had some custom-made for him to wear on daily basis. His outfit consists of a subdued peach-pink kimono with a purple mist-like pattern along its bottom, a bright-blue haori that rests over his kimono with a pair of white diamond-shaped patterns on its breasts, and a pair of hand-made wooden zori sandals on his feet that he takes off during more serious battles. A white sash can also be seen tied around his waist that keeps his blades attached to his side. As Cecilus has more than two blades, the katanas dangling from his waist often change. The coupling of his youthful appearance and odd dress-sense could at first glance portray an image of a boy playing dress-up, entirely disregarding his cruel and often-times brutal personality.

Personality

Although considered a rather charming and easy-going person, as the strongest member of the Nine Divine Generals, Cecilus is incredibly prideful of his position, to the point he believes that he should be the center of the universe and therefore receive attention and praise, which in turn often results in him looking down of other people and treating them as inferior. He's shown to be extremely childish as well, overreacting to small and insignificant things which often ticked His Majesty Vincent off. Despite this, he was absolutely loyal to the Emperor, referring to himself as his sword, and is nigh impossible to bribe.

Although he rarely took his opponents seriously, he was shown to be overly passionate about fighting, as he was elated, seeing how skilled Julius was when he attacked him. Following his initial loss against the Sword Saint, Cecilus went to great lengths in order to illegally trespass the closed borders with the Empire and fulfill his desired to fight the famed Sword Saint once more in order to finally defeat him and prove his superiority. Though, despite his arrogance and childishness, following his duel with Reinhard, he admitted that Reinhard was an incredibly tough opponent and, rather than sulking in his failure, decided to strive and do his best to surpass the famed Sword Saint.

He is also implied to be somewhat of a flirt as he told the thugs that attacked him that he would be far happier to give them his signature if they were women. He is also shown to be generous, as when he gave the owner of a restaurant too many holy coins and he mentioned that she deserved it.

His sole goal is to achieve the Heavenly Sword, a title that is made for the strongest swordsman existing. Contrary to common belief, if it means achieving the Heavenly Sword, he would easily go against the word of His Majesty Vincent.

History

Well over ten years ago, Vincent came into contact with young Cecilus and took him under his wing as he recognized his insane prowess with a blade. From there on out, Cecilus acted as Vincent's sword.

Crimson Afterglow Side Story

Roughly 7 years before the start of the main story, Vincent and the rest of Drizen Vollachia's children entered a competition known as the Emperor Selection Ceremony in which they slaughtered each other with a sole goal of surviving and claiming the title of the 77th Vollachian Emperor. During those dangerous times, Vincent often employed Cecilus on different missions, most often on assassinations. One event in particular catapulted Cecilus' name amidst the ranks of the most feared and renowned swordsmen alive; Lamia Godwin and Prisca Benedict orchestrated the sieging of the Abellux Castle. Lamia commanded her army known as the Pruning Corpse to siege the manor's entrance. As a countermeasure, Vincent employed a single swordsman- Cecilus Segmunt. Cecilus single handedly slaughtered the entire army which numbered in hundreds. The word of a one-sided slaughter soon spread throughout the Empire and soon reached the ears of the neighboring countries and kingdoms as well, forever engraving the Blue Lightning's name in history.

Years during Vincent's rule

A couple of years before the main story, Cecilus was tasked to escort a convoy in Vollachia and act as a bodyguard of an important person; the very same person Elsa Granhiert was sent to assassinate. Cecilus and Elsa proceeded to fight; Cecilus easily came out victorious but slipped up and gave Elsa an opportunity to kill the VIP–which she did.

Re:Zero EX Light Novel Volume 4

Shortly after the death of the Lugnican Royal Family (roughly 4-5 months before the start of the main story), Reinhard van Astrea, Julius Juukulius and Ferris accompanied Miklotov McMahon and Bordeaux Zellgef, two members of the Sage Council, on a diplomatic mission to Vollachia in order to negotiate a pact of non-aggression between the Kingdom and the Empire. After an unprecedented turn of events which lead to the three Royal Guards and Vincent escaping to a nearby forest, Cecilus was dispatched and ordered to retrieve the Emperor and kill the "murderers". After locating the trio of Julius, Ferris and Vincent, Cecilus began his faceoff with the Spirit Knight. Seconds before finishing the fight and beheading the knight, Reinhard came to the rescue and swiftly defeated the Blue Lightning with a single kick to his neck. Cecilus and the two Divine Generals accompanying him retreated.

Roughly a month after the Imperial Incident, Cecilus was sent on a secret mission to assassinate or bring back the perpetrator who wanted to seize the Vollachian throne in the events of Imperial Diplomacy of Bloodshed - Gramdart Holstoy. On his unannounced trip to the Kingdom, Cecilus encountered Julius and Ferris. After exchanging words over a nice cup of tea, Cecilus requested their help as he wanted an opportunity to fight the Sword Saint for real. After initially refusing to give him help, Julius and Ferris finally gave in as if they'd continue refusing, they'd lose their heads and risk further unnecessary bloodshed. They told the Blue Lightning about Reinhard's whereabouts and upon realizing there's no way to fight him, Cecilus decided to stay in the Capital and eagerly await the red haired Knight's return. He spent the next couple of days in the Juukulius Household where he spent his time talking with Joshua Juukulius and sharpening his sword skills. Not long after, Cecilus ran away in search of the Vollachian traitor; it took him no more than a couple of hours to locate him, slaughter his guards and behead him–or so he would have done if Chisha Gold, the Divine General sent to help Cecilus retrieve Gramdalt, wouldn't interrupt him. After their successful mission, they were preparing to return back to the Empire when news came of the Sword Saint's return and Cecilus was finally given an opportunity too face off against the most powerful opponent in the world. Reinhard van Astrea with his Dragon Sword Reid unsheathed and Cecilus Segmunt with his beloved Murasame and Masayume fought; both survived the battle which resulted in a draw, which was later confirmed in Sword Identity Part 2 side story by Cecilus himself.

Abilities

Extraordinary Speed: Cecilus is able to move as fast as a lightning, surpassing human senses, being able to run right through checkpoints without being noticed. When serious, he removes his zori before running and is even noted to be able to surpass the speed of an actual lightning.

Extraordinary Swordsmanship: Cecilus is extremely skilled with the sword. Utilizing his inhuman speed and reflexes, Cecilus can move at breakneck speeds, circle his enemies and strike them down with extremely precise and powerful slashes. It is noted that most opponents do not manage to block more than one of his half-serious attacks and when Julius was able to block all seven slashes, Cecilus was left genuinely impressed and decided to take him a bit more seriously. When serious, he can move at such speeds that his opponents think they're fighting hundreds of Cecilus clones at the same time. Thanks to the combination of his insane sword talent, inhuman speed and razor sharp katanas, Cecilus in his early teens, single handedly slaughtered an entire army that was sent to kill Vincent Vollachia, roughly seven years prior to the beginning of the main story. His swordsmanship is said to be on par with Wilhelm van Astrea in his prime, which is an astounding feat considering the fact that Wilhelm was widely recognised as the indisputably strongest swordsman of his era.

Equipment: Cecilus wields two katana in a red and a blue scabbard respectively which he usually keeps at his waist. His main katana is called Murasame (村雨) which is also known as the Fiend Sword (邪剣), and his second katana is named Masayume (正夢) which is also known as the Dream Sword (夢剣). Those are his best and second best swords, but he also possesses a variety of other swords, as collecting them is his hobby. His fifth best sword was broken by Julius.

  • The Fiend Sword (邪剣 Jaken) also known as Murasame (村雨).

    Cecilus wielding the Fiend Sword.

    The sword is classified as an Enchanted sword and it has a very long and storied history. Due to it being a magic sword, it requires sacrifice and blood in order to satisfy its hunger for violence[2]. In other words, the owner of the Fiend Sword must use it as a killing tool rather often. It is said that the sword is capable of killing even invisible things by simply touching them[3]. According to Julius, even when sheathed, Murasame emits extreme cruelty and bloodlust[4].
  • The Dream Sword (夢剣 Yumeken) also known as Masayume (正夢).

    Cecilus wielding the Dream Sword.

    The sword is classified as an Enchanted Sword. Just like Murasame, it has a long and storied past. Due to it being a magic sword, it requires sacrifice and blood in order to satisfy its hunger for violence. In other words, just like with the aforementioned Fiend Sword, the owner of the Dream Sword must use it as a killing tool rather often. It is said that the sword eats away at its holder's soul[5]. According to Julius, even when sheathed, Masayume, just like Murasame, emits extreme cruelty and bloodlust.

Immense Power: Cecilus is extremely powerful. He's well-known around the world as one of the most powerful swordsmen alive; as a mere teenager, he single handedly slaughtered an entire army[6]. Cecilus is said to be capable of defeating the previous generation Sword Saint Theresia van Astrea with relative ease. Alongside Kararagi's Admirer and Gusteko's Mad Prince, he is one of three characters that are around Reinhard's level of power and has caused the latter to draw the Dragon Sword Reid.

Trivia

  • Cecilus Segmunt is stated to likely be responsible for more deaths than any other single person in the world.[7]
  • Both of Cecilus' katanas are categorized under the so-called Ten Swords of Power; a group of ten incredibly powerful swords scattered around the world. As mentioned above, he wields the Fiend Sword and the Dream Sword. Apart from the Dragon Sword Reid and Yang Sword Vollachia, they are the only Swords of Power whose whereabouts are known.
  • Cecilus is said to be capable of defeating the previous generation Sword Saint Theresia van Astrea with relative ease.
  • He's stated to be so powerful that he'd easily be able to slaughter the whole country-worth of soldiers, if he was given the chance to.[8]
  • Cecilus ordered his kimono to be custom-made for him after he fell in love with the special type of attire one could find in Kararagi.
  • As the strongest person in Vollachia, Cecilus has a considerable income. Sadly though, he spends most of it for his amusement and hobbies.[9]
    • His biggest hobby is collecting swords from all around the world, both ancient or new[10]. Naturally, Murasame and Masayume are his most prized swords[11] and he spends a great deal of his income on their maintenance.
    • Due to spending the entirety of his income on swords, Cecilus is forced to live in a run-down shack, situated on Arakiya's private plot of land. Furthermore, he's forced to stay there so Arakiya could fight him without causing too much damage.
  • Despite common misconceptions, the author stated that Cecilus survived the events of the Oboreru IF story. After Reinhard broke both of Cecilus' katanas, the Blue Lightning decided on escaping with his life, effectively making him one of the few survivors from the Pleiades faction.
  • He never received formal education and has no intention of learning things. This has made it so he's not confident in his thinking abilities.
  • According to the author, Cecilus will likely appear in the main story.
  • Despite being the nation's strongest and the 1st ranking Divine General, Cecilus holds miniscule authority, compared to other Divine Generals. He is, very much an unstoppable warrior who achieved his rank by outmatching everyone and everything in combat, as opposed to others such as Chisha Gold.

References

  1. "If we put confidence in Barusu and Emilia-sama’s words then our enemy is of the same calibre as the Knight Reinhard… If as said they truly are equal to the world’s strongest man, then there’s one that’s at least close to his level in every part of the world. In the Vollachian Empire there’s the First General, the "Blue Lightning" Cecilus Segmunt; in the Holy Kingdom of Gusteko there’s the "Crazed Prince"; and in the Kararagi City States there’s the "Admirer" Halibel." Arc 6 Chapter 27; Section 2
  2. "These two blades of his, Murasame and Masayume, needed even more attention than most, as befitted two of the greatest works of a master swordsmith's art. However, the most important thing for keeping enchanted swords in good fettle was not polishing or honing. What they sought, was respect for what they were. Enchanted blades required blood and death." Re:Zero EX Light Novel Volume 4: Record of the Days Before the Royal Selection - The Silver Flower Dance of the Sword Saint and the Lightning. Section 7.
  3. "This drawn sword’s incarnation was that, just by touching that blade, even invisible things would die" Re:Zero Oboreru IF/Wrath IF: Chapter 11
  4. "It was in no small part because both of the blades seemed to radiate an immense cruelty and bloodlust that could still be detected even when they were completely sheathed." Re:Zero EX Light Novel Volume 4: Record of the Days Before the Royal Selection - The Silver Flower Dance of the Sword Saint and the Lightning. Section 7.
  5. "Is it a slash of a sword that eats at the holder’s soul, then?" Re:Zero Oboreru IF/Wrath IF: Chapter 3.
  6. "The Blue Lightning... You mean the empire's unparalleled warrior?! The monster who destroyed an entire army during the Rite of the Imperial Selection all by himself?!" Re:Zero EX Light Novel Volume 4: Record of the Days Before the Royal Selection - Imperial Diplomacy of Bloodshed. Section 10.
  7. "Cecilus was llikely responsible for more deaths than any other single person in the world." Re:Zero EX Light Novel Volume 4: Record of the Days Before the Royal Selection - Imperial Diplomacy of Bloodshed. Section 10.
  8. It was said that he had struct down the equivelant of an army, during the Rite of the Imperial Selection Ceremony, but only because that was all the opponents that could been provided at the time. If there had been more of them, he could easily have cut his way through an entire town, the entire capital, the entire country." Re:Zero EX Light Novel Volume 4: Record of the Days Before the Royal Selection - Imperial Diplomacy of Bloodshed. Section 11.
  9. "Yes, well, of course my own stipend is not inconsiderable... But I do spend much of it on my own amusements. That leaves me with rather precarious finances, hardly enough to hire maids." Re:Zero EX Light Novel Volume 4: Record of the Days Before the Royal Selection - The Silver Flower Dance of the Sword Saint and the Lightning. Section 5.
  10. "As it happens, I collect swords both ancient and new from all around the world." Re:Zero EX Light Novel Volume 4: Record of the Days Before the Royal Selection - The Silver Flower Dance of the Sword Saint and the Lightning. Section 5.
  11. "The most exceptional pieces in my collection are my number one sword, Murasame, and my number two sword, Masayume." Re:Zero EX Light Novel Volume 4: Record of the Days Before the Royal Selection - The Silver Flower Dance of the Sword Saint and the Lightning. Section 5.

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