- "Presi... You're the one who killed Genesia..."
"Yes, that's right. I served him poison."
- ―Elluka Clockworker and Minister Presi[src]
Presi Rogzé was the Minister of Interior Affairs in the Kingdom of Lucifenia and the younger brother of Prim. In the wake of his failures against his rival, Presi agreed to collaborate with his sister in her dark conspiracy. Colluding with Abyss I.R. for his planned treason, the minister worked to advance his status in Lucifenia via the vessels of sin.
Presi was born in the Kingdom of Lucifenia during the fifth century EC as a noble of the esteemed Rogzé family. During his childhood, he met another noble around his age, Genesia, and the two entered an intense rivalry, constantly trying to best one another. Growing up, Presi also began studying his family's expertise in medicinal drugs. Around the same time, he witnessed the supposed Beelzenian mage Elluka Clockworker become close friends with his older sister, Prim, and seemingly give her magic training.
Time in the MinistryEdit
Once he came of age, the young Presi became the Minister of Internal Affairs at the royal palace and continued his competition with Genesia, who had also become a minister there. After Prim departed for Marlon and became the Queen there by EC 474, Presi began exchanging letters with his sibling to keep her updated on Lucifenia's current affairs. As time progressed, Presi continued to be credited with failure while Genesia was given praise for many achievements.
Around EC 480, Elluka Clockworker defected to Lucifenia during the nation's war, and Presi reported it to his sister. Later on, he learned that Elluka had given Prim magic training, though Prim had left Lucifenia before it was completed. Presi also learned that Elluka was actually an immortal and had been searching for the mystical vessels of sin for centuries. After Princess Riliane and Prince Alexiel were born into the royal family in EC 485, Presi reported it to Prim as her influence in Marlon's government grew. When Genesia became the prime minister instead of him, Presi was humiliated.
- "This is a demon? Suddenly I can't believe it..."
"Believe or disbelieve as you please. In any case, you don't have time to choose, do you? Minister Presi."
- ―Presi and Abyss I.R.[src]
After King Arth's death in EC 491 and the end of Lucifenia's conquests with its neighbors, Presi was devastated to witness Queen Anne select Prime Minister Genesia as the guardian to Arth's chosen heir, Alexiel. Around December of that year, he discovered that Riliane and Alexiel had been sneaking out of the palace to play at a nearby beach. Afterward, he was visited by an old woman with a red cat, Abyss I.R., who presented him with a letter from Prim telling him to cooperate with her.
Abyss then proposed to the surprised Presi that they have Prince Alexiel become possessed by the Demon of Pride residing in one of the vessels of sin, letting Presi manipulate the Prince as a puppet to advance both his and Prim's ambitions. She then presented Presi with the vessel they'd use, a hand mirror with a faint red light dwelling within its depths.
Skeptical, and sure Prim was just using him to take control of Lucifenia, Presi questioned Abyss's identity and was told that she was a masterful sorceress, reminded of their court mage Elluka. At Elluka's mention, Abyss noted they'd have to arrange for Alexiel to be possessed outside the palace and Presi told her about the twins' habit of sneaking out. As Abyss abruptly departed, Presi resolved himself to his treason to defeat Genesia.
Change in PlansEdit
- "The demon possessing Riliane had been unplanned, but... in the end it seems it'll turn out alright."
Later on, Presi met with Abyss and she informed him that the demon had ended up possessing Riliane, not Alexiel. Panicked, Presi forged Arth's will to claim Riliane was the actual successor, and brought up this "discovery" with the rest of the ministers in the Hall of Sounds, accusing Queen Anne and the Prime Minister of conspiring to prop up a false successor with a fake will. Although initially laughed off, after Presi presented the "real" will to the assembly, debate sparked among the ministers and some sided with Presi that Riliane should be the rightful heir.
Around the same time, Presi met with Riliane, finding her gorging on food, and influenced her to take interest in inheriting the throne. Meeting privately with Abyss I.R. again, he quarreled with her over the situation before questioning if the demon possessing Riliane was really one of "Pride," citing the girl's new gluttonous behavior and lack of arrogance.
As Abyss brushed him off, Presi tried to think through their next course of action and realized it would be difficult to hide Riliane's possession as is. Once Abyss warned him to watch out for the Three Heroes, she left Presi alone and he panicked, fearing his treason would be discovered. Quelling his fear, he decided to assassinate Alexiel and Genesia to make things easier; he then arranged for Alexiel to be immediately assassinated by one of the ministers and, with some difficulty, procured the poison Gift.
When the assassination attempt on Alexiel failed, Presi took the hungry Riliane with him to Genesia's office and poisoned the Prime Minister while the child ate a hare. Shortly after, Elluka entered the scene and Presi mocked her as she immediately feared Riliane was eating a piece of the dead Genesia. Readily admitting his guilt in Genesia's death, Presi became maniacal as he prepared to kill Elluka. Transferring the demon's possession to him from Riliane, Presi taunted the mage further before succumbing completely to the Demon of Gluttony. He then attacked and overwhelmed Elluka, only for Mariam to arrive and save her. Fighting together, the two defeated and killed the possessed Presi.
- "You're really something too, tricking that pitiful man and having him possessed by a demon."
- ―Ney during her report to Abyss I.R.[src]
After his death, the demon possessing Presi returned to Riliane before being exorcised and sealed in the hand mirror by Elluka, inadvertently wiping much of her memory. As a result of the chaos, Prince Alexiel was publicly declared dead and secretly adopted by Leonhart under a new name to prevent another incident by Presi. After Ney Marlon reported Presi's planned death to Abyss I.R., the sorceress continued with the planned infiltration and undermining of the Lucifenian government for Queen Prim.
After the death of Queen Anne and Princess Riliane assumed her place as monarch, the Three Heroes discussed bringing Alexiel back when Leonhart cited the Prince's sudden return would only repeat the incident Presi caused seven years prior. When explaining her motives behind her dark conspiracy to her son, Prim stated that Presi's death was "regrettable" but ultimately couldn't be avoided for securing her own ambitions.
Personality and TraitsEdit
- "You know that Presi has suddenly begun to claim that Riliane is the legitimate heir, and that he's taken place as her guardian?"
"Yes. It's likely out of animosity towards Genesia, but it's stupid of him."
- ―Queen Anne and Leonhart[src]
Presi was a proud but somewhat pathetic man, always trying to prove himself as more than a tool for others. Being a member of such a prestigious noble family, Presi held a great amount of pride in himself and what he could accomplish. As a result, he strove to establish his own greatness and poured himself into his work. This ambition made him extremely competitive, with Presi often pitting himself against his intimidating and successful sister and Genesia. For the latter, this rivalry was flamed into an obsession of loathing as Genesia repeatedly showed him up. As a schemer, Presi was more nervous or argumentative in comparison to the cool-headed Prim.
Presi was skeptical of the existence of magic, despite his sister being trained by the mage in their younger years, and only developed an appreciation of the craft after seeing Elluka's awesome displays over her years as their court mage. Regardless, he still had trouble believing the supernatural, such as the Demons of Sin, and didn't fully understand the effects it could have over him.
As he partook in his treason, Presi crossed the point of no return and quelled his concerns and worries, having no scruple against even killing a small child. With his grasp on reality bordering madness, the minister lost all care for any consequences and lapsed into hysteric fits of laughter, his behavior becoming vastly less lucid after borrowing the power of the Demon of Gluttony.
Skills and AbilitiesEdit
- "Changing your tactics to fit the situation... You must be proud."
- ―Abyss I.R. regarding Presi[src]
Presi was a talented individual. As part of the Rogzé family, he was well-versed in the creation and utilization of medicinal drugs and poisons, with the relatively new and readily available Gift becoming his poison of choice. Similarly, his place as one of the highest-ranking noble families in Lucifenia increased his prestige and capabilities. He also seemed to have some ability to forge handwriting, having created a seemingly authentic version of Arth's will.
As Minister of the Interior, Presi effectively handled administration over all of Lucifenia's internal affairs. However, his rivalry with Genesis and many apparent failures gave the minister a poor reputation and resulted in him lacking a strong presence in the King's court. Regardless, he still held some political savvy and could quickly adapt to unforeseen events while under pressure. Unlike his elder sister, Presi lacked any magical potential and didn't have the capability to be a powerful mage, only possessing tremendous power when borrowing the Demon of Gluttony from Riliane. In exchange though, the demon's influence caused his mental state to collapse.
Genesia: Presi's rival. Cultivating a competition with Genesia from a young age, Presi began to resent the noble for receiving constant praise while he was credited with failures, culminating in the other becoming Prime Minister. As such, Presi's rivalry turned into hatred and he was driven to discredit and kill Genesia as revenge.
Prim Marlon: Presi's older sister. Although knowing his sister's awful nature and humiliated by her success overseas, as well as knowing he was only a pawn to her, Presi nevertheless bowed to Prim's pressure and kept in contact with her. Hating even the thought of his sister's disdain towards him, he aiding in her darker schemes in large part to further his own ambitions.
Abyss I.R.: A mage who worked with Presi. While highly skeptical of her claims and her control over the Demons of Sin, the minister nonetheless felt no choice but to work with her for his own ambitions; he later was suspicious of the sorceress when it seemed she had used the wrong demon, but decided to improvise his plans rather than pointlessly chide her.
Elluka Clockworker: A mage whom Presi became well-aquainted with. Presi was initially astounded by Elluka's magical talents and her quest to find the vessels of sin, and respected the mage and member of the Three Heroes as being very powerful; despite this, with the power of the Demon of Gluttony he became unafraid of the sorceress, mocking her when he believed she was unable to stop his plans.
Riliane Lucifen d'Autriche: Presi's pawn. While initially only focused on Alexiel, Presi saw Riliane as a suitable pawn after she was possessed in the Prince's stead. Seeing the child only as a tool, he showed no concern for Riliane's mental wellbeing and was only disturbed her gluttony could expose his plans.
Conceptualization and OriginEdit
- Presi's name may be derived from the word "president", referring to the head of a state, company, or other organization.
- Like other named members of his family, Presi's name begins with the Japanese character プ (pu).
- His surname seems to be a corruption of Zero-G, the company that created his sister's representative Vocaloid, Prima.