Volcanica (ボルカニカ), also known as the Divine Dragon, is a key figure in the sealing of the Witch of Envy 400 years ago. It is the guardian of the Kingdom of Lugnica and is worshiped by its inhabitants as it's the very symbol of hope and trust for the entire nation. Mentioned throughout the series, it formally debuted during the climax of Arc 6 as a minor antagonist and later in a minor supporting role.
During Arc 6's climax, it acted as the overseer of the third trial of the Pleiades Watchtower and the final obstacle preventing Emilia from conquering it. It's also revealed that decades of neglect caused the Divine Dragon's mind to break, reducing it to a shell of its former self and putting it into a hibernation-like state.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Volcanica is an enormous dragon who is covered in shiny pale blue scales which are said to gleam like jewels and seem sharper than a forged treasured sword. Its thick paws are equipped with black, rock-like claws. Volcanica's face greatly resembles that of an Earth Dragon with two large milky-white horns sticking out of each side of his head. Finally, Volcanica has a pair of intelligent looking gold eyes which emit a wise and awe-inspiring aura. Its presence is so great that one feels like he isn't even allowed to breathe without the Divine Dragon's permission. Another notable feature is the presence of a mysterious white scar located directly underneath Volcanica's jaw. When touched by someone other than Volcanica, the Divine Dragon will fall in a state of shock and will desperately try to kill whoever touched it.
In its crouched position, it is said to be about 16 meters in height but its actual size is unknown, though it is much much larger than Valgren who was about 10 meters tall.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Volcanica was described as a benevolent and wise entity, one which defended Lugnica from many threats in the past and brought peace to the Kingdom.
In complete contrast to its reputation, by the events of Arc 6, Volcanica has fallen into a hibernation-like state, operating purely on instinct. Beatrice and Echidna (Artificial Spirit) speculated that Volcanica in its current state exerted about 10% of its former strength even though its condition is nothing physical, but rather a "spiritual death". The Divine Dragon has lived for so long that most things have lost its meaning, though it still feels obliged to uphold the covenants it forged with Dragon Kingdom of Lugnica and Flugel respectively.
Before falling into its current state, Volcanica was mentioned to be a cynic by Shaula. During its fight with Valgren, about 50-years before the main story, it was mentioned to feel pity for the state in which the black dragon had ended up in, implying it had a strong sense of pride.
Volcanica speaks in a deific manner favouring the archaic pronouns thou (汝 nanji) and mineself (我 ware) and its voice conveys its omnipotence. Its gender is also neither male or female, as it uses a neutral pronoun (我 waga).
History[edit | edit source]
Volcanica was an incredibly large and powerful dragon who possessed a deadly sharp wit and enough magical energy stored within his body to coat the entire world in his power. One day, many years after his birth, Volcanica became acquainted with Farsale Lugnica. Falseil was the Lion King who ruled over the Kingdom of Lugnica, a country considered to be one of the three great nations of the world. Using a woman known as the "Dragon Priestess" as a medium, Volcanica and Farsale made a covenant. The covenant dictated that as long as the lineage of King Farsale was maintained as the ruling body of the nation, Volcanica would protect the nation from external threats from other countries. Furthermore, by bestowing his blood on the ruler of Lugnica, the Kingdom's harvests prospered. Additionally, Volcanica gifted the Kingdom with an artefact known as the Dragon Tablet, a slab of stone that would give Lugnica information regarding the future that was always true. Thanks to the Dragon Tablet, the Kingdom was able to prepare for and avoid numerous tragedies.
At some point, Volcanica visited Flanders, a city located in the southern part of Lugnica. It was there that he was bound in friendship with the first generation's Sword Saint Reid Astrea the Sage Flugel, and the Sage's right-hand woman Shaula. At the time, Volcanica used his power to create creatures known as ground dragons in the city. At some point, the Witch of Sloth Sekhmet used her tremendous power to drive Volcanica past the Great Waterfall that rested at the edge of the world. Sekhmet had apparently been motivated by a desire to rest. Nevertheless, the action caused a battle between the Witch and the Dragon that ended with Sloth falling from the Waterfall to her death. At another point in time, the Witch of Envy Satella went on a rampage, destroying roughly half of the world in the process. The combined power of Volcanica, Reid, Flugel, and Shaula was able to defeat the Jealous Witch. However, as Satella could not die, the heroes sealed her in a shrine located near the Great Waterfall. Volcanica and Satella were apparently friends before the atrocity committed by the Witch of Envy. The Dragon felt remorse and a sense of personal guilt regarding the calamity of Envy. At another point in time, Volcanica destroyed the body of the Witch of Greed Echidna and sealed her soul in a tomb.
After his dealings with the Witches, Volcanica became far less active. Over the next centuries, Volcanica vigilantly watched over the Kingdom of Lugnica from beyond the Great Waterfall, only descending to provide his blood to a new ruler or to protect the Kingdom in its time of need. Unsurprisingly, Volcanica became a legendary figure across the world for his numerous deeds. Lugnica revolved much of its identity around the Dragon, making him the new symbol of the Lugnican Royal Family and of the Kingdom as a whole. He was recognized as a deity known as the "Holy Dragon" who was respected and worshipped by the people. At some point, the nation became known as "The Dragon Kingdom Lugnica " in reverence to the Holy Dragon Volcanica. The enemies of Lugnica, especially the Empire of Vollachia located to the south, neglected to wage war with The Dragon Kingdom Lugnica out of fear that they would earn Volcanica's fury. The ground dragons created by Volcanica were mass-bred and used around the world as steeds and transportation. Flanders became famous as the birthplace of ground dragons and was eventually elevated to be one of Lugnica's five great cities.
Roughly 40 years before the events of Arc 1, about a year after the end of the Demi-Human War, Volcanica appeared after Stride Vollachia summoned the Black Dragon who proceeded to ravage through one of the five regional cities of the Kingdom–Picouttate, which stands at the Kingdom's border with the Empire. The Divine Dragon scorched the Black Dragon with its purifying breath, healed the wounded and put out the fires that were spreading through the city, confirming the validity of the four centuries long covenant.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Dragon Characteristics: Volcanica demonstrates a variety of draconic characteristics and abilities.
- Purification Breath: The Divine Dragon's breath, which when let loose rushes straight towards its target enveloping it in a white and bluish light. When the light envelops its opponents, they're instantly turned into dust, as if they had been purified. Volcanica used this attack against Valgren to put him to rest. It's so powerful and hot that it instantly destroyed Emilia's Ice Soldiers who were said to be tougher than steel and according to Emilia, it even killed sound itself.
- Flying: Being a dragon, Volcanica was capable of flight. According to Emilia's observations, however, it actually used the ability through magical energy rather than its wings which help it to fly. By channelling magical power throughout his body, Volcanica could make itself float in a similar way to the Great Spirit of Fire and Roswaal L Mathers. It used its pairs of wings to help it glide and control the direction of its flight in a manner similar to a rudder.
- Dragon's Blood/Dragon Vein: Dragon's Blood is Volcanica's magially imbued blood, which acts as miracle agent. It's said that it's capable of curing any disease and even reverse famine instantly. Only the rulers of the Dragon Kingdom of Lugnica have access to it. In order to receive it, however, one must kill a Divine Dragon and collect the blood from its last heartbeat.
Divine Mana: Volcanica has an enormous amount of mana in its body and is even able to cleanse the world with it. The effect is enough to turn off the flames or spread them throughout the city or to cure injured people all at once.
Twisting of Space: Volcanica is capable of twisting space which makes it swoll and burst open. Volcanica can seemingly do this at will and with immense accuracy destroying anything that it hits.
Vast Intellect: Volcanica has been shown to have enormous knowledge and possibly foresight to foretell the future. However, due to its great age, it is currently in a hibernation-like state, operating purely on instinct which renders it impossible to seek the Dragon's wisdom.
Great Power: As the Divine Dragon and the safeguard of the Kingdom of Lugnica, Volcanica has considerable power. It was able to defeat Sekhmet, the second strongest Witch after Satella, and is stated to even be able to put up a competitive fight against Reinhard while the latter uses the Dragon Sword Reid. While being 90% in a hibernating state and operating purely on instincts, Volcanica was easily able to overwhelm Emilia and her Ice Soldiers and scorch away the incoming Shadows within seconds.
Other Abilities: After forming a covenant with the Kingdom, Volcanica "deployed" some sort of a "barrier" all accross the Kingdom's lands. This barrier–for lack of a better term–acts like a magical warning system, which alerts the Divine Dragon, every time the covenant requires it to act, allowing Volcanica to assist the Kingdom in accordance to the four centuries old covenant.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Despite common knowledge, Farsale was not the one who directly made a covenant with Volcanica. He used a young maiden as as a mediator between the Divine Dragon and the Lion King. The maiden was known as the Dragon Maiden.
- Volcanica's power has been compared with King Ghidorah from the Godzilla franchise.