Otto Suwen (オットー・スーウェン) was a merchant, until he was captured by the Witch Cult and saved by Natsuki Subaru. He later joined the Emilia Camp following the events in the Sanctuary and became the Head Internal Affairs Official.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Otto has gray hair that is mentioned to be as long as a gal game protagonist. He is said to be somewhat handsome if he has a serious expression. However, he is usually either retorting, shouting, or panicking, ruining his looks. He has a medium build, but has trained himself since he used to work as a merchant. He wears a green, belted wardrobe, as well as a dark green hood, held up by a red bow. He also wears a green Ushanka with a white feather.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Otto is generally an unlucky person, first shown when he almost drowned in his first bath, and is said to be born under an unlucky star. When he was young, he was treated as a pitiful child by others due to his Divine Protection, as they thought he was talking to imaginary objects. He is generally on the receiving end of jokes, with some people such as Natsuki Subaru suggesting to use him as a shield, but despite this, he is loved by the others. He is also loyal to his friends, as he helped Subaru in the Sanctuary even though it could've cost him his life.
History[edit | edit source]
20 years before the beginning of the story, Otto was born in Picoutatte. To his "luck", he was blessed with a Divine Protection of Soul Language which allowed him to hear voices and communicate with non human beings. Ever since birth, Otto's life was living hell. He would non stop hear different sounds and voices, cries, screams and death cries; it was so bad that even when his parents picked him up and talked into his ear, Otto was unable to hear them, let alone understand the meaning of their words and actions. As a result, Otto grew up without any emotions. He did not cry, he did not get angry, he did not get happy; all because to him, everything sounded like the exact same thing. His parents strived to understand what's wrong with their son but to no avail. At the end, their love for young Otto slowly faded and they started to pay more attention to his siblings. When Otto was five years old, his older brother presented him with a note book and a pen and started teaching him how to write and communicate without speaking. Due to Otto's inability to hear, it took him ten times longer to learn how to write than it took an average kid, but that did not demoralize him as he saw it as a way to kill some time. One day, he presented a piece of paper in front of his parents saying "thank you for everything" which utterly broke them. Coincidentally, it was also the first time Otto cried in his life as he finally realized the love his family harbored towards him and it opened up his heart.
When Otto turned 8, he was able to differentiate the human and animal world much much better than before. Sadly, his late realization meant his knowledge and education was far behind his age group but to everyone's amazement, he showed significant talent and will for learning. But sadly, things didn't go as smoothly as everyone hoped; Otto fell behind in a subject called "human relations" and was gradually isolated from his age group, leaving him without any friends.
At the age of 10, Otto finally learned how to truly differentiate between voices, which gradually led him to a realization that he possesses a Blessing. As soon as he confirmed his assumptions, he darted towards his older brother whom he trusted the most and explained everything to him. His brother was rather impressed with Otto's ability but warned him of the dangers that could appear if he ever revealed his ability to others; Divine Protections are god's gift and some people would feel extremely jealous and start hating him for his power. Low and behold, 3 days after the conversation with his brother, the news of Otto's Divine Protection spread around the entire town after his younger brother carelessly told his friends about Otto's blessing. Otto was forced to demonstrate it in order to prove that his younger brother was not lying and from that day onward, he gained a new nickname; Zodda bug bastard.
Throughout the following years, Otto slowly managed to conceal his depressing past and got rid of the vile nickname. But of course, Otto's luck soon ran out as he got entangled up in a love affair with a daughter of a powerful figure in Picoutatte and was accused of a "crime" he did not commit. Otto being Otto, called forth his bug friends who explained the truth to him and Otto carelessly revealed it to the whole town, saying she slept with eight different guys and he was not among them. Out of rage and shame, the girl hired an assassin, Otto lost every ounce of respect and was hated by everyone; he was subsequently exiled from his hometown. His father managed to get a friend of his to take Otto under his mentorship and at the early age of sixteen, he set out into the world as a travelling merchant.
Throughout the following four years, Otto's bad luck really came forth; if he was transporting fruits, bad weather would come forth, if he took a shortcut, random bandits would attack him and so forth. Luckily, Otto was born with a mercantile talent as great as his luck was poor. He rarely lost bets and deals, no matter the odds and of course, he never went bankrupt. One day, Otto misread the market trends and got into a lot of debt after the price of the oil he was transporting plummeted. Luckily, a friend of his told him about a great offer; one where he'd only have to transport someone to a specific place. But once again, Otto's luck ran dry and he was captured by the Witch Cult. Just before he was about to be killed by the Witch Cultist, Ricardo Welkin came to the rescue. After his successful rescue, Otto Suwen met Natsuki Subaru.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Divine Protection (加護 Kago): Otto has the Divine Protection of Soul Language (言霊の加護 Kotodama no Kago), which allows him to talk with all sorts of living creatures. However, as he speaks in the language of the creature he's talking with, it makes him look shady to others while he's using it. As Otto can't use it properly, he normally keeps it plugged. Continuous use of this divine protection causes him to bleed out from his nose.
Magic User: Otto is able to use Earth Magic.
- Dona (ドーナ): The user summons one earth wall from the ground. It is typically used for defense, but it can be applied for offense and evasive movement.
- El Dona (エル・ドーナ): The user conjures a swarm of earth mana and pinpoints it at a target, which then bursts into spikes inside them expanding outward.
- UI Dona (ウル・ドーナ): Otto is able to lift thick walls of earth around himself in a shape of a dome.
- Al Dona (アル・ドーナ): User summons an enormous blast of violent earth mana that shreds a target and the surrounding area upward. It's strong enough to pulverize the surrounding trees
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- According to the author, Otto's birthday is March 24.
- Otto likes spicy and bitter things.
- Otto cannot use Al Dona normally, because he barely has above average magic talent.
- He's stated to be very talented in football. If he was born in Japan, he'd most likely make a living out of it.
- In the Emilia Camp, Otto plays a rather interesting role; whenever someone has some trouble regarding something specific, they always ask Otto for advice.
- In arc 4, Otto for some reason did not appear in Roswaal's Book of Wisdom which completely threw Roswaal's plan off, resulting in Subaru gaining a chance to defeat him and win their bet; along with Rem, they are the only characters that don't appear in the Book of Wisdom.
- The Author has stated Otto does have potential to become a Spirit Arts user, as his Divine Protection allows him to speak with lesser spirits, but the spirits ignore him.
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