- "So I put my hopes on you, Kyle. I believed that surely you, since you were of my blood, would make Marlon a greater kingdom than it has been. Naturally, it is a mother's duty to erase anything that would get in the way of that."
- ―Prim Marlon[src]
Prim Marlon, born Prim Rogzé, was the queen of Marlon and the mother of Kyle and Ney. Childhood friends with both Anne Swee and Arth Lucifen d'Autriche, Prim grew to resent them both and plotted against the couple. Conspiring with the sorceress Abyss I.R., Prim enacted a plan to destroy everything Anne held dear, including both her kingdom and family.
- "Anne was my best friend. Her happiness was my happiness. And that fact wouldn't change even after that—that's how I expected it to be, anyway."
- ―Prim regarding her and Anne's friendship[src]
In the early EC 470s, Arth's whole family was killed in a carriage accident, with the prince appearing to be the sole survivor. Following the event, Arth became famed for his conquests over Beelzenia and greatly sought after by women; believing that marrying Arth was her birthright, Prim was shocked to learn Arth had instead chosen Anne to become his Queen, instantly making her childhood friend a higher status than her. Although she refused to believe Anne fairly courted Arth, Prim outwardly gave her best friend her blessing.
The enraged Prim asked her father, Plus, to develop a lethal poison so that she could kill Arth and he complied, making a more lethal variant of Gift. Prim soon procured a sample, poisoning Arth's wine glass during their next meeting. After the assassination attempt failed, Prim noticed that Anne and Arth had begun distancing themselves from her and, upon confronting Anne, learned that it was because they suspected someone close to them to be behind Arth's poisoning. Although Anne insisted that they both still trusted her, Prim became convinced she was lying and, insulted, secretly swore vengeance on her former friend.
Unable to be the Queen of Lucifenia, Prim traveled to Marlon and instead began courting its King, comforting him over the loss of his wife. Leaving her training with Elluka incomplete, Prim married the King of Marlon and took up residence at Marlon Castle. In EC 474, Prim gave birth to a son, Kyle, but had already learned by then that the Marlon king had sired multiple children with several mistresses. Growing obsessed with Kyle, Prim was determined to make him a great king that ruled over a powerful Marlon kingdom, unlike her philandering husband.
Competition with LucifeniaEdit
- "I did it! I've beaten Anne!"
By exchanging letters with her younger brother, Presi, Prim kept herself updated on Lucifenia's current affairs. In the meantime, she began using the villa at Castle Hedgehog over the years as a resting place from the royal palace; she also took up a hobby collecting Gine Dolls and began displaying her collection in Right Palace. As Kyle grew up, she refused to let the boy study swordplay or battleships, even for self-defense, arguing that the future king should lead from behind the troops.
Around EC 480, Prim learned that Elluka had defected to Lucifenia and that the kingdom was growing even more powerful. Fearing Anne's kingdom would surpass Marlon before Kyle came of age, Prim began searching for a mage that could counter Elluka, immersed in magical research. She discovered a mage residing in the Blood Pool region, rumored to be a descendant of the mage who served the infamous lord of Castle Hedgehog: Abyss I.R..
As Prim remained skeptical, Abyss I.R. presented Prim with the Venom Sword as a "love charm." With it, Prim departed to Lucifenia and used the sword to seduce Arth during her stay. After several months, Prim returned to Marlon and learned that she was pregnant with Arth's child. Ecstatic, Prim insisted that she had sired the child with the Marlon King and took leave from public service. Months later, Abyss I.R. visited the castle and offered to help Prim, in exchange for helping her collect the other vessels of sin and providing her a child to experiment on for magical research.
Prim accepted the conditions, planning to hand over the child of one of her husband's mistresses, a boy named Arkatoir. A month later, however, in EC 482, Prim gave birth to a golden-haired baby girl. Aware the infant's hair color would reveal her infidelity, Prim gave her own child to Abyss instead and publicly declared the baby stillborn, claiming to be unable to have any more children as a result. Abyss I.R. then took the child and named her Ney.
Prim then tasked Duke Sfarz with finding the rest of the vessels of sin via his vast information network. With Abyss I.R.'s cooperation, Prim completed her magical training and was given access to the sorceress' vessel of sin collection. When Abyss proposed creating "new facilities" for espionage, Prim gave her permission to develop the Special Maneuvers Task Force. Hoping to maintain her beauty from youth, Prim also had Abyss cast a spell to mask her aging appearance.
- "Although, well, those dreams were crushed at my mother's instigation."
- ―Kyle regarding his painting career[src]
As time progressed, Prim noticed that Kyle had taken great interest in painting and disapproved of the hobby, finding it a distraction from his kingly duties. She also, however, began relating tales of Elluka to Kyle, telling him of her wartime heroics and how she previously mentored her. During the same period, Duke Sfarz successfully found and collected the Glass of Conchita, the vessel of Pride, and the Marlon Spoon for Prim to go along with Abyss I.R.'s Venom Sword and Clockworker's Doll.
In EC 485, Prim learned Arth had sired twins with Anne, Riliane and Alexiel, and was alarmed to hear the royal couple had returned to a loving relationship. Around EC 488, the royal family also faced heavy criticism from Kyle's art teacher, Margaret, and her politically high-ranking husband. In EC 489 she had the couple arrested and convicted as political prisoners, arranging for Margaret to commit suicide with Gift.
To discourage Kyle's continued painting hobby, Prim hired multiple art dealers and critics to demean her son and his works, including the famed Nikolay Tolle. With her son's confidence broken, Prim asserted Kyle as the next King. Around this time, she gifted one of the four hand mirrors to Kyle.
As Kyle grew older, Anne visited Marlon and proposed to Prim that Riliane marry Kyle once she turned fifteen; although horrified, Prim reluctantly agreed for the sake of appearances. Infuriated to learn Arth had come up with the betrothal, in EC 490 Prim requested Abyss I.R. to kill King Arth and his twin children. Around this time, Prim learned that Kyle had gone out himself and defeated a small band of pirates with Marlon's army; furious, Prim forbid him from traveling anywhere alone and assigned the Royal Victoricia as his escort vessel. By EC 491, she heard word that Abyss I.R. had killed Arth with the Gula Disease, summoned by the Glass of Conchita.
Prim progressed to the next stage in her plan to kill Arth's twins in December of that year. Planning to have Alexiel possessed by the Demon of Gluttony, Prim instructed her brother Presi via letter to help the mage possess Prince Alexiel with the Demon of "Pride" so he could act as the minister's puppet, sending the letter with Abyss I.R. as she traveled to Lucifenia. She later learned that only Alexiel was seemingly successfully assassinated and that Presi had been killed during the event as well.
Learning of how Abyss I.R. had deviated from the plan to trick Elluka Clockworker, Prim suspected that the two mages had animosity towards each other. Following the conclusion of the plan, Ney was also sent to the Lucifenian Royal Palace as a spy.
Paving the WayEdit
- "She wouldn't tell me the particulars of it, but as I was able to catch sight of several small glass bottles with white and yellow powder in them in her personal effects it was probably to get those."
- ―Mikina Freezis[src]
In EC 492, Prim traveled to Yatski village in Elphegort with the Marlon Spoon to acquire some materials from a Yatski shaman for Gift. While in disguise, she found a pregnant Mikina Freezis unconscious at the bottom of a steep hill and rescued her. When Mikina awoke, she explained to Prim how she was planning to have an abortion due to her and her husband's failing business, begging for help. Prim, in response, gave Mikina the Marlon Spoon, promising it would bring her good fortune before they parted ways.
Sometime afterward, Prim's husband died and she began purging the royal family, killing nearly all of her husband's other illegitimate children. Afterwards, Kyle was crowned king in EC 494. Later that year, Mikina visited Prim and told the queen dowager how the Marlon Spoon conjured blue fire that killed her father and her son's nanny when they threatened to take her newborn child away. After explaining what the vessels of sin were, Prim told Mikina that she unwittingly made a contract with the Demon of Greed and that, to save her family's souls, she would have to replace her father, Duke Sfarz, as their collaborator.
Once Mikina reluctantly joined their conspiracy, Prim had her secretly allocate some of the Freezis Firm's wealth to fund her ambitions and used its information network to replace the loss of Duke Sfarz's own network. After Kyle's half-brother Arkatoir came to the palace as a member of parliament, Prim ultimately let him live due to his excellence in the government office. With the continued success of the Special Maneuvers Task Force, Prim consolidated their position and increased their influence.
- "If this goes on, our country will be the largest in history. My son... your brother, will be crowned King."
- ―Prim to her daughter[src]
As Ney had transplanted the Demon of Pride to the Lucifenian Princess, Prim continued to openly support her son's marriage to the increasingly tyrannical Riliane and sent aid to the ailing Lucifenia in wait. In EC 500, after learning Kyle had been possessed by the Demon of Lust and planned to reject his betrothed in favor of the girl Michaela, Prim confronted Abyss I.R. and learned that this was her doing.
Although displeased, Prim moved forward and planned to launch Lucifenia into a war with this development. For this end, she convinced Kyle to write a formal letter rejecting his marriage. When Prime Minister Minis visited as an ambassador from Lucifenia, Prim cordially received him, accepting gifts from Lucifenia and giving gifts in turn, before sending Minis back with the rejection letter.
Later on, Prim learned that Michaela was Elluka's apprentice. When Lucifenia declared war on Elphegort in order to kill Michaela, Prim imprisoned and delayed Kyle when he prepared to leave Marlon to save her. Then, using Mikina, she had Ney learn Michaela's location and had the girl killed. Afterward, Prim allowed her son to covertly assist the Lucifenian Resistance planning to overthrow Riliane while Marlon remained neutral in the conflict.
After the events of the Lucifenian Revolution, Prim sent a letter to Kyle, saying she would accept her son's actions so long as he obeyed a list of conditions she sent him, including Marlon's occupation of Lucifenia and eventual integration as one of its territories. Kyle obeyed his mother and the vast kingdom's territory was occupied by Marlon. Prim then met with Ney after the girl returned to Marlon and listened to her report that all of her enemies had been disposed of or would not interfere in her plans.
Afterward, Prim learned that Abyss I.R. had removed the Demon of Lust from Kyle, and to keep him obedient, had the Demon of Pride possess Kyle instead. Once Kyle incorporated Lucifenia as part of Marlon's territory, he handed over administration of the Marlon island to Prim while he ruled from Lucifenia.
- "But because of that mage and that swordswoman, the demon of Pride left you. You went back to your original self—the Kyle that rebelled against his own mother. Therefore... Therefore, my Kyle, your mother will once more have a demon possess you."
In EC 502, Prim lent Kyle the Special Maneuvers Task Force for his Witch Hunt on his request and Abyss I.R.'s suggestion, on the conditions that the organization have absolute freedom for matters regarding the Witch Hunt and that Abyss decided who would lead the group, namely Ney. In EC 505, word reached the parliament that Kyle planned to return home and Prim learned her son had been freed of the Demon's control by Gumillia and her compatriots. Immediately afterward, Prim took leave for Castle Hedgehog, claiming she needed to rest at the royal villa.Once there, Prim had Ney use the Glass to begin building up an army of undead soldiers, and sent Abyss I.R. to counteract Kyle's voyage to Marlon while she kept their remaining vessels of sin. After Abyss's failure and her subsequent death, the Prim prepared for her son's inevitable assault. During the ensuing battle at the castle, Prim took the Clockworker's Doll and the last hand mirror up with her to Heartbeat Clocktower.
From there, Prim oversaw the battle from atop the tower with the Clockworker's Doll in her lap. Once Ney lured Kyle to the room, she calmly greeted and spoke to him while Kyle sent his soldiers after the fleeing Ney. Kyle then began to ask Prim if she were being held against her will and she readily denied it. In response to her son's pleas Prim explained, between Kyle's interjections, everything that she had done for her revenge and everything that had happened from the day she met Anne to the present.
Prim finished her explanation by elaborating that she planned to have Kyle repossessed to make him obedient again. As he declared that she had gone insane, she showed her son the mirror in her possession and explained how the Demon of Lust had since resided in it. She affirmed that she would be able to enact the possession even without Abyss I.R. and then began talking about the Clockworker's Doll in her lap.
At that moment, Ney returned to receive Prim's praise for taking out Kyle's soldiers. Seeming to ignore her, Prim continued on talking about the true power of the doll and how it would allow her to freely control the demons, as well as explaining it was modeled after the Original Sinner, Eve Moonlit. As she prepared to use the doll to possess Kyle, Ney was enraged, being ignored so many times, and stabbed Prim in the chest. Shocked and breathless, Prim died in her seat and her youthful appearance vanished.
Following her death, Prim's soul remained in the Hellish Yard. Following the destruction of the Third Period in EC 999, Prim escaped the underworld and traveled to Marlon, although her time was paused soon after by the Master of the Hellish Yard. Taken back to the bowels of the Hellish Yard, the catatonic Prim was then controlled by Sleep Princess and used to restrain Kayo Sudou. Sateriasis Venomania then used his brainwashing on Prim, breaking Sleep Princess' hypnosis. After Sleep Princess broke the boundary between the Hellish Yard and the Third Period, Prim escaped once again, ending up in Asmodean.
Immediately after Prim's death, Ney attacked Kyle, believing he was the one that murdered their mother. After the battle was over, Kyle carried Prim's corpse out of Heartbeat Clocktower. Weeks later, a nation-wide funeral was held for her and she was buried in Left Chapel next to her daughter. Abyss I.R., having fled from Marlon after Prim's death, took the vessels of sin the Queen had collected with her before being defeated by her pursuers not long after.
In the wake of the battle, Kyle publicly declared Prim killed by her captor, a mage manipulating the Special Maneuvers Task Force, leaving the truth surrounding Prim in the darkness. Yukina Freezis later wrote a novel detailing the true events and Prim's actions, gaining popularity around the world during the succeeding centuries.
Over the years, some theorists speculated that Prim had planned to kill King Arth I using her father's newly developed Gift and had convinced him to develop the poison for that purpose, though the theories were never validated. A century after her death, Irina Clockworker cited Elluka's inability to notice that Prim was a HER as evidence that the mage wasn't the real Elluka during her confrontation with the god Levia. While discussing Gallerian's youthful appearance, Loki Freezis mused that it was because he descended from the youthful-looking Prim.
Personality and TraitsEdit
- "Anne had better school grades than me, and was more skilled in music and singing. But I didn’t pay that any mind. Because I was a woman of higher status than she was."
Prim was a vain, spiteful, and cruel woman. Having been born with Hereditary Evil Raiser Syndrome, she felt compelled to spread malice and misfortune to others. Additionally she was capable of obsessive and sociopathic behaviors, showing no regard for human life or for the emotional well-being of those around her, with even family members regarded as little more than tools or obstacles to further her own ends. As a result of her condition she also seemed to have little self-awareness and selective priorities, with which she insisted her murders and atrocities were benevolent or even justified.
As a member of such a prestigious noble family, Prim came to believe she was destined to always be superior to those around her and that she would always get whatever she desired. As a result, the young Prim looked down on other noble families with lower status and considered any accomplishments her peers made insignificant. Although holding high expectations for everyone, though, she respected those who proved their worth to her and demonstrated competence in their role; likewise, she was willing to tolerate talented and, more importantly, useful individuals, even if she would have killed them otherwise. In reverse, the woman held disdain for those who failed to advance their own ambitions, disgusted by their apparent weakness.
Prim also was capable of having good relationships with others, such as having a confidential relationship with Abyss I.R. and, most significantly, a childhood friendship with Anne. Her bitter obsession with Anne, however, became a driving point for Prim's life and colored her relationships with other people, such as her new hatred of Arth or her obsession with her son Kyle each being inspired by her competition with Anne. She similarly believed that all her family members should mimic her behavior and was disgusted when they demonstrated a lack of ambition, like Presi.
The Queen had a fascination with the unknown and therefore was fascinated by magic and wished to fully understand and practice the craft. Prim also seemed to enjoy collecting Gine Dolls as a hobby, decorating the Right Palace with her collection. Prim had tremendous faith in Ney and Abyss I.R.'s loyalty, though eventually considering her inability to control the latter a detriment. In the end, Prim fully believed Ney would never betray her, an overconfidence that led to her downfall.
Skills and AbilitiesEdit
- "And in the Kingdom of Marlon as well, while the country is officially governed by the young King Kyle, it is said that his mother, Queen Dowager Prim, is the one who holds authority there."
- ―An aristocrat speaking about Kyle and Prim[src]
Prim was also very intelligent and mastered manipulation at an early age, having moved to Marlon, courted its King, and bore his child by the time she was seventeen. Likewise, Prim had great influence in the political scene and was able to maintain her position of power as Queen for decades; even after her son was crowned King, Prim ruled Marlon from the shadows.
These abilities extended to Prim's ability to strategize. Although not having any military experience, the Queen was able to effectively coordinate the corpse soldiers and utilize them effectively in dividing the Marlon army. Similarly, the Queen planned her actions years ahead of time when seeing their potential, and was also decisive when using a situation or person to her advantage. However, due to her arrogance, Prim often neglected internal loyalty and rarely suspected sudden betrayals or deviations in plans from her underlings.
Compounding this, Prim had strong magical potential and studied under two of the most powerful mages from the Magic Kingdom Levianta's era, though not an actual mage herself. Having finished her mage training under Abyss I.R., Prim was knowledgeable about the vessels of sin and their history. As a result of Abyss I.R.'s magic, Prim maintained her natural youth and beauty with clear skin and glossy black hair well into her forties, though the effect disappeared after her death.
Kyle Marlon: Prim's son. Prim had an obsessive fixation on her son that manifested in controlling his every action, wanting to make him into the perfect champion for the Kingdom of Marlon; to that end, she was willing to sacrifice his emotional and mental well-being to achieve that goal. Seeing him as a pawn more than a person, Prim preferred Kyle possessed by the Demon of Pride, where he was obedient to her will; she also held a low opinion of his judgment, mocking his choice in women.
Ney Marlon: Prim's daughter. Happy that Ney's birth, via her affair with Arth, meant she'd "beaten" Anne, Prim only recognized the girl as her daughter through the lens of viewing her as a pawn. She was willing to let her be experimented on and manipulated her into becoming a tool in her revenge-scheme, relying on the girl's skills in espionage and subterfuge for manipulating events to her liking. In addition to this, Prim would only show affection towards Ney when necessary to secure her loyalty.
Abyss I.R.: Prim's partner. Although amused and confounded by her secretive ambitions, Prim held Abyss I.R in high regard for her skills as a sorceress and ability to manipulate the vessels of sin. The two had a close confidential relationship initially, but after she began acting for her own ends Prim viewed her with mixed approval, disliking Kyle's possession by the Demon of Lust in particular.
Anne Lucifen d'Autriche: Prim's childhood friend and later enemy. Although looking down on Anne for her low status, Prim initially maintained a real friendship with her. After the girl married Prim's childhood crush, Arth, her fondness turned to spite as she perceived herself being cheated by the lower class noble. Following her attempted murder of Arth, these feelings quickly developed into a bitter rivalry with Anne, Prim becoming consumed with a desire to best and humiliate her former friend.
Arth Lucifen d'Autriche: Prim's childhood love. Prim fell in love with Arth when she was young, and losing him to Anne was one of the factors that drove her to hate her childhood friend. Although continuing to desire him, she nonetheless attempted to kill him out of spite and later used Arth in her vendetta against his wife, seeing herself as "beating" Anne after inciting their affair with the Venom Sword. Following her conception of Ney, Prim continued her vendetta by finishing Arth off with the aid of Abyss I.R.
Presi Rogzé: Prim's brother. In spite of, and in part because of, being her brother, Prim saw Presi as little more than a pawn to further her plot against Anne and was unaffected by his death. She relied on his close position as Lucifenia's Prime Minister to relay information to her and carry out necessary actions, such as planting the mirror with the Demon of Gluttony inside it.
Mikina Freezis: A pawn of Prim's. Prim saw Mikina as a reliable pawn due to the latter's desperate circumstances and believed her useful for her revenge scheme, as Keel Freezis' wife.
Elluka Clockworker: One of Prim's teachers. Prim held Elluka in high regard as a sorceress and looked to her tutelage for learning about magic. Despite this, the two stood opposed to each other and Prim had no qualms having her pursued as an enemy later.
Conceptualization and OriginEdit
- Prim's name is derived from the word "prim", which means to be excessively decorous to the point of being vain or prudish.
- Her maiden name, Rogzé, is likely a corruption of Zero-G, refrencing Zero-G Limited, the company that created her representative Vocaloid.
- Prim's surname, Marlon, is a reference to Mammon, the patron demon of Greed.
- Prim's name is inspired by the name of her representative Vocaloid, Prima, with both names sharing the first four letters.
- Like other named members of her family, Prim's name begins with the Japanese character プ (pu).
- Prim shares the same birthday (January 14th) with her Vocaloid.
- According to Gumillia, Prim at some point forged a contract with Eve Moonlit.
- In Epic of Evil: The Daughter of Evil Fanbook, Prim was voted as the nineteenth most popular character in The Daughter of Evil Series by Japanese fans, along with Mariam Phutapie, Aile Freezis, Arkatoir, Banica Conchita, Ma, and the Demon of Gluttony.