- "I want to create a country where children live with a smile."
- ―Queen Anne's favorite phrase[src]
Anne Lucifen d'Autriche, born Anne Swee, was a monarch of the Kingdom of Lucifenia. A childhood friend of both her future husband, Arth Lucifen d'Autriche and Prim Marlon, Anne's friendship with Prim dissolved after the latter was suspected in an assassination attempt on Arth. After her husband's death, Anne ruled Lucifenia and secured territories captured in the kingdom's previous conquest.
Anne was born in the Kingdom of Lucifenia on June 29, EC 457 and raised as a noble of the Swee family. While growing up, she became close friends with another noble, Prim Rogzé. Over the years, Anne excelled in her academics and music studies, more so than her friend Prim. During her childhood, she met Prince Arth and, together with Prim, the three of them became friends until their adulthood.
In the early EC 470s, the king and queen died in a carriage accident, with the prince appearing to be the sole survivor; Anne was the only one who noticed a slight change in him afterward. Following the event, Arth became famed for his conquests over Beelzenia and greatly sought after by women; by this time, Anne had fallen in love with Arth and he with her. She also, during this period, learned that Arth had become a golem after his body died in the carriage accident. When Arth proposed to Anne, she accepted in spite of his strange condition.
When they told Prim the news of their marriage, she gave them her blessing. Soon after, Arth was poisoned with Gift and, although he survived, no one suspected of the crime was permitted near him, including Prim. When the insulted Prim met with Anne and demanded to know why they were ostracizing her, Anne tried to explain what happened and that someone close to them was suspected to be the culprit, although insisting that they still trusted her.
Wife of a Warrior
In the years after Prim departed for Marlon, Arth and Anne's relationship suffered after years without any children. Anne eventually became acquainted with the Beelzenian defector Leonhart Avadonia and in EC 477 met the Asmodean defector, Mariam Phutapie, both of them helping her husband's war effort. Around EC 480, Anne met the mage Elluka Clockworker and all three warriors became her close friends.
In EC 482, Prim, having married the King of Marlon and now being the Queen of Marlon, came to visit the couple and stayed in Lucifenia for several months before returning to Marlon. Afterwards, Anne and Arth's relationship improved as she miraculously became pregnant and gave birth to twins, Princess Riliane and Prince Alexiel, on December 27, EC 485.
Over the years, Anne raised the twins with a firm hand. When Riliane grew old enough, Arth suggested they marry her to Prim's son, Prince Kyle, and Anne agreed to the proposal. Once she suggested the arrangement to the Marlon royal court, Anne and her Prime Minister were delighted that they agreed, and  Riliane was engaged to be married to Kyle once she turned fifteen.
- "The real nuisance is of course those Three Heroes, and Queen Anne who holds them together."
- ―Abyss I.R.[src]
Around December, EC 491, Arth's golem body gave out and he was publicly stated to have died of the Gula plague in Beelzenia, leaving Alexiel as the heir to the throne in his will. In the Hall of Sounds, Anne and the other ministers reached consensus to have Prime Minister Genesia act as Alexiel's guardian until the boy came of age. Despite this Minister Presi contested Alexiel's right to the throne, claiming Anne and Genesia had forged the will and presenting another that claimed Riliane as the successor.
During the political strife, Anne noticed Riliane exhibiting poor behavior, such as mistreating Alexiel, constantly eating, and suddenly wishing to become the heir herself. Concerned that magic or a demon was affecting her, she met with Elluka for advice over the issue and listened as Elluka voiced her suspicions about Presi. In response, Anne sent Mariam to investigate the situation and met privately with Leonhart in the Hall of Sounds.
During the meeting, Anne heard out Leonhart's own thoughts that Presi was trying to counter his rival, Genesia, as well as hearing from him that there was a rumor about her and Genesia. Leonhart then reassured Anne that the truth would come out and she complimented his simpler mode of thinking. The two then discussed Riliane's strange behavior and Anne requested Leonhart's help with protecting Alexiel.
Once Presi's treasonous intentions were uncovered and an assassination attempt on Alexiel was narrowly missed, Alexiel approached Anne and asked to be adopted by Leonhart to avoid any potential further trouble. Hoping to have the heir chosen once both her children came of age, Anne accepted Alexiel's wish and publicly declared the prince dead, allowing the captain of the royal guard to adopt him and name him "Allen" in the meantime.
After Presi's conspiracy was shared with the other ministers, they agreed to have sovereignty over the nation transferred to Anne until the sole living successor, Riliane, came of age and Anne assumed the throne, making Minis Stoup her new prime minister. She also learned that Riliane had lost her memories of the past five years due to Elluka exorcising the Demon of Gluttony that was possessing her, and she ordered Mariam to become the head maid to help the child recover from the ordeal. Sometime after, Anne began sneaking out of the palace to visit her son at Leonhart's home.
Afterward, Anne lessened Lucifenia's military campaigns with its neighbors, focusing more on expanding national power and securing the country's existing territories acquired during her husband's reign. Around EC 496, Anne contracted Gula and eventually became bed-ridden due to the illness. The year before her death, she visited Allen a final time and, during their meeting, told him to protect Riliane. She later succumbed to the disease in January of EC 499 and died.
Following her death, Anne's soul was sent to the Heavenly Yard and remained there, reunited with her husband; in her afterlife she learned that the sun god had locked Allen in the device Black Box for a special purpose. In EC 999, she and the other souls were pulled back to the Third Period as the ground world merged with the Hellish Yard. Once there, Arth and Anne returned to the royal palace with their daughter and allowed Riliane to throw a dinner party for everyone from their era. During the festivities, the royal couple inhaled some of the Eighth Gift, and fell into a deep slumber.
Anne eventually woke up and gathered with everyone else in the Hall of Sounds. As the group discussed the Tasan Party soldiers surrounding the palace and Arth rallied the souls to protect the palace, Anne joined her husband.
Later into the battle, a Black Box flew out over the Lucifenian forces and began to suck everyone inside. Holed up in the palace stronghold with Yukina and Arth, Anne interrupted Arth's vague retelling of how he became a golem, tipping off Yukina that he was talking about himself. Later on, Anne pointed out that they probably weren't safe inside the palace before the Black Box was soon after defeated by Nemesis Sudou. When all the souls of the Third Period started singing the Clockwork Lullaby to restrain Ma, Anne eventually joined in their singing. After Allen and Riliane later created a new world with the Re_birthday function, Anne was presumably incorporated into it.
Following her death, a royal funeral was held for Anne on the Levin Cathedral in Lucifenian, being attended by many of her loyal subjects and both of her children. She was remembered as a wonderful monarch who ruled the Kingdom of Lucifenia benevolently. Her daughter, Riliane, assumed the throne in her mother's place and refused to be called "Queen" until she came of age, out of respect for her mother.
During Riliane's tyrannical rule, the massive kingdom Anne and Arth made over the years swiftly declined, with starvation and crime becoming rampant. The Lucifenian Revolution in EC 500 overthrew the Lucifenian Royal Family's regime and led to a Marlon occupation by Prim's son, King Kyle.
Elluka would remain grieved by Anne's death and her failure to save her from the Gula disease, recalling her while also mourning Shaw Freezis' death. During the confrontation with Fourth Shadow, she similarly mocked Elluka for her failure to save her dear friends.
Personality and Traits
- "Even if you have no blood running through your body, I'll be by your side."
- ―Anne declaring her love to Arth[src]
Anne was a gentle and noble woman. After her husband's death, she forced herself to become strong and never show weakness in front of others in order to maintain and control her kingdom. This extended as well to her firm parenting, locking her children in their room for misbehavior. As a result, she was respected and admired by many, including her daughter Riliane, who sought to mimic her mother's resolute exterior and strong rule.
Anne showed determination to secure the territories Lucifenia already acquired and improve the nation for the benefit of the people. Such reflected her desire to create a country where children could live with a smile, making it her motto. Despite these strengths in her character, Anne had a habit of over-thinking situations and their implications in the long-term, although readily admitting this flaw herself.
Skills and Abilities
- "She held as much wit as Arth–more, even, and above all she loved her country more than anyone."
- ―Presi Rozgé regarding Anne[src]
Queen Anne was an effective ruler over the Kingdom of Lucifenia and managed the nation effectively during her tenure as monarch. She excelled in expanding Lucifenia's national power in order to maintain control over the country's acquired territories, in contrast to Arth who continued expanding their borders.
Employing a strong demeanor, Anne was effective in earning both the respect and admiration of her peers in the political arena and was able to make difficult political decisions for the better of her family and country. She also sensibly knew when to seek the guidance of others, such as the Three Heroes, in times of need. Anne was also skilled with the violin and excelled in her academic studies as a child.
Arth Lucifen d'Autriche: Anne's husband. Anne fell in love with Arth when she was young and cared for him deeply, giving birth to his children, though their marriage was more distant during the Lucifenian Expansion War. Despite this, her love continued to stay strong even after his death. Anne often enjoyed seeing Arth depicted in a heroic manner, such as in commissioned paintings.
Prim Marlon: Anne's childhood friend. Initially, the two had a close relationship, but Anne's regard for Prim began to disappear after the latter was suspected of trying to poison her husband. Nonetheless, Anne remained friends with Prim, often visiting and being visited by the queen and being in favor of uniting their houses with Kyle and Riliane.
Riliane Lucifen d'Autriche: Anne's daughter. Anne loved Riliane deeply and grew disturbed by the girl's developing cruelty and insatiable appetite, worrying about the interference of demons and magic. Anne later put in every effort to help her daughter heal from the demon's possession, up until her death.
Alexiel Lucifen d'Autriche: Anne's son. Anne loved Alexiel and showed great care for his well-being as well as appreciation for his judgment, growing concerned over Riliane's treatment of him and later sending the boy from the palace at his own insistence. After the twins were separated due to a political dispute, Anne continued to care for Alexiel, visiting him several times at his new home outside the palace.
Leonhart Avadonia: An employee of Anne's. Anne and Leonhart had a close friendship, the queen enlisting his aid during political disputes or in wartime. She appreciated the soldier's less complicated way of thinking when giving advice and trusted him to raise her son until such a time as when Alexiel could return to the palace.
Elluka Clockworker: An employee of Anne's. Anne became good friends with Elluka over the course of her employment and enlisted her aid during political disputes or in wartime. She appreciated Elluka's advice over matters of magic and demons, confident in the sorceress' wisdom.
Mariam Phutapie: An employee of Anne's. Anne became good friends with Mariam over the course of her employment and enlisted her aid during political disputes or in wartime. She often appreciated the woman's advice, but thought she, like Anne herself, over-complicated things. Anne would later trust Mariam with watching over Riliane's progress after Presi's defeat.
Conceptualization and Origin
- Her surnames, Lucifen and d'Autriche, are a reference to Lucifer, the patron demon of Pride, and Marie Antoinette, respectively.
- Anne's name is partially inspired by the name of her representative Vocaloid, Sweet ANN, with both names sharing the first three letters; likewise, her original surname, Swee, is likely derived from the "Sweet" part of Sweet Ann.
- Anne shares the same birthday (June 29th) with her Vocaloid.
- In Epic of Evil: The Daughter of Evil Fanbook, Anne was voted as the eighteenth most popular character in The Daughter of Evil Series by Japanese fans.
- Despite Anne being represented by Sweet ANN, in the song Song of the Third Period, she is voiced by Kagamine Rin.