York Le Corbusier was a soldier for the Kingdom of Lucifenia and one of the leaders of the Lucifenian Resistance. He joined in opposition of Princess Riliane's tyrannical regime over the kingdom along with his daughter, Sekka, serving as Germaine Avadonia's second-in-command. Following the revolution, the former soldier left the new government and reunited with his comrades again to oppose Marlon's occupation by King Kyle.
Born in the Kingdom of Lucifenia sometime during the fifth century EC, York later joined the Lucifenian army and fought in the Yellow Country's conquests with its neighbors. Serving under Arth Lucifen d'Autriche, York was injured and lost his eye due to not being protected by the king; he also sired a child, naming her Sekka. During the conflicts, York learned about the famed hero Leonhart Avadonia's zealous brutality against the kingdom's enemies, especially the Beelzenians. Sometime after, he learned Leonhart adopted an orphaned Beelzenian child, Germaine.
Eventually, the soldier retired from the military and settled down at home. Sometime after Arth's death in EC 491, York was approached by Leonhart's adopted daughter, Germaine, who asked him to train her in swordplay as her father refused to. Agreeing to her request, over the years York helped teach Germaine how to fight with a sword. As time progressed, he became familiar with the young woman's heavy drinking habit.
Seeds of RebellionEdit
- "How's the situation looking?"
"...Ain't too good."
- ―Germaine and York[src]
Following the death of Queen Anne in January of EC 499, York and his fellow Lucifenians suffered under the tyrannical rule of Princess Riliane, becoming disillusioned with the royal government. When Germaine decided to rebel against Riliane's tyranny after the mysterious assassination of her father the following year, York joined her along with Sekka, Minage, and Marc in establishing the Lucifenian Resistance. The rebels set up their base of operations at the abandoned home in the Lost Woods, and York became Germaine's second-in-command.
With Minage, he gathered recruits for the resistance and, noting they lacked any swordfighting ability, resolved to help train them. York later met with Sekka, Minage, Marc, and Germaine at the hideout to discuss their situation, talking over their issues in finding well-trained recruits, supplies, and intelligence. York also took part as Marc suggested getting information from the royal guard and Germaine said it wasn't the right time for them to reveal their existence to any palace officials. As time progressed, York and Minage trained the new recruits in swordplay.
After they discovered the Lost Woods was on fire later that year, York and the others joined in trying to put out the flames. As he helped carry water, he watched a group of Lucifenian soldiers on horseback arrive and reveal the fire was intentionally caused under Riliane's order to prepare for their invasion of Elphegort. It then suddenly rained and doused the flames; after affirming with Germaine that they would keep watch over the forest in the future, York returned home triumphant with the rest of the common folk.
After the Lucifenian army invaded the next day and began slaughtering any Elphe woman or other person who resisted them, Chartette Langley joined York and the others at the resistance meetings to share information from the royal palace. During one meeting at their hideout, York was present as a masked man arrived and offered to join their resistance, after initially trying to send him away.
Preparation for InsurrectionEdit
- "Calm down, York. Even if they aren't regular soldiers, it's not a good plan to quarrel with people from the palace."
"Be patient for now... Just for now."
- ―Germaine and York[src]
Later on, Chartette established contact between the resistance and the Evillious Commerce Alliance president Keel Freezis and York joined Germaine in meeting the merchant at the Corpa manor in Rolled. As they met with Keel, York watched while Germaine negotiated with him regarding the resistance. During the meeting, Keel told them of how Clarith, his former maid, had lost her friend and another of his maids, Michaela, to the genocide; as he did, Clarith herself entered. York then took part as Germaine tried and fail to convince her to join the resistance. After Keel confirmed the woman wouldn't leak any information to the palace, Germaine relented and York silently left with her.
To maintain contact with Keel, Germaine and York then met frequently with Clarith at a tavern in Rolled, with York repeatedly trying to get her to drink, with mixed results. Finally, one day Clarith reported to them that Keel had decided to cooperate with the resistance, but that she didn't wish to join the revolutionary army. After Clarith left, York witnessed two Venom Mercenaries, Yarera and Zusco, bully the bar owner to avoid paying. Enraged, Germaine just barely held him back from attacking the two, and then after tending to the tavern owner they paid for their drinks and left.
As they began preparing for their revolution with Keel's aid, York noticed the masked man bring a small army of elite soldiers to bolster their forces. As he tried to get Germaine's adoptive brother, Allen, out of the palace on her request, York learned from Chartette that the boy and the princess were close and therefore difficult to separate.
York later attended the resistance's final meeting at their hideout before their planned revolution; there he voiced his suspicions of their masked ally, only to be silenced, and learned their mysterious ally's name was allegedly "Karchess." Sekka then confirmed that the resistance army was well-armed with Keel's support, and York watched as blacksmith Langley delivered weapons for the resistance and left. York also reported to Germaine his findings on Allen.
- "Well, let's go. To topple that Daughter of Evil. We can cry and laugh when it's all over"
The day of the revolution, York, Marc, Germaine went to the tavern in Milanais Square with a group of fellow revolutionaries. They all watched as Yarera and Zusco entered and got drunk; as Zusco began harassing a waitress, York began attacking the mercenary and Germaine began attacking Yarera in turn. After Zusco escaped and brought in six other mercenaries, all of the revolutionaries in the tavern surrounded them, tied them up, and dragged them outside into Milanais Square. York then attended as Germaine rallied the people against the royal government, officially beginning the revolution.
Afterward, York and Sekka joined Germaine fighting with their forces in Rollam against the Lucifenian army. During the following week, York pushed the resistance army to its breaking point until they were resupplied by the Rollam merchants; they then pushed their assault over the next week and the city was captured. During this period, York discovered Sekka was seriously injured. Once Rolled was captured by Karchess and Marc's forces a week later, the two resistance forces linked up and headed toward the capital.
After reaching Lucifenian, York confirmed Sekka's injuries weren't life-threatening and decided to send her back home; he also failed to stop Chartette from joining the final assault on the royal palace. He later confirmed all their forces gathered at the palace gates before pushing through the crowds to Germaine and Karchess at the front, telling them the news. After waving off Germaine's apology for Sekka, he joined Germaine in leading the charge through the palace gates, entering into the Heavenly Yard. He then joined the rest of the forces in fighting the Lucifenian soldiers, only for Mariam Phutapie to intervene and disrupt the assault.
As the reinvigorated Lucifenian forces pushed back, York saw Chartette enter the fray and hold off Mariam. He then convinced Germaine to follow after Karchess through the enemy's broken lines into the palace. Once Germaine and Karchess split their forces to respectively locate Princess Riliane, York stayed with Germaine's forces when they were confronted by Gast Venom, with the support of the royal guard. At Germaine's command, York and the others charged at the enemy forces and fended them off until the injured Germaine killed Gast and the royal guard was finally defeated.
Dispatching forces to continue the search for the princess and Germaine's foster brother, York later reported to Germaine that Karchess had killed Prime Minister Minis after he allegedly resisted arrest, and that they hadn't found Riliane or Allen. After insisting Germaine and Chartette rest from their injuries, York went on to search the royal palace to find Riliane. Once York and his forces seemed to find the princess in the Hall of Sounds, they apprehended The Daughter of Evil and sent a report to Germaine.
York then watched as Germaine swiftly rushed to the room, to his consternation, and watched as the woman tried to look at the princess with her injured eyes. As the "tomboyish" princess struggled and screamed, York had a few troops restrain her and tried to quiet The Daughter of Evil down, only to be called an insolent fool.
- "The country of Lucifenia will henceforth be taken under the rule of the country of Marlon."
"...! You're fucking kidding me! What the hell is that supposed to mean!?"
- ―Kyle and York[src]
After the princess was imprisoned, York and the others discovered Karchess was actually Marlon's King Kyle. Not long afterward, York and Kyle went out drinking together and York told him Germaine's origins as Leonhart's adopted daughter, as well as Leonhart's dark history during Lucifenia's conquests. On December 24, York attended the peace talks at the Lucifenian royal palace's Hall of Sounds along with all the other parties in the revolution. During the meeting, York listened as Kyle discussed with them the Lucifenian army imprisoned in Elphegort and the remaining Three Heroes.
Once Kyle announced that Marlon would occupy Lucifenia from this point forward, York became outraged and argued with the king as he insisted this was necessary until the country could form a replacement government. Kyle then assured York that the revolutionaries would take part in the new government and, mollified, he silently relented his opposition. After York and the others finally agreed to Kyle's conditions, he agreed take part in the new government along with Minage, although discouraged when Germaine refused. Kyle then brought up Princess Riliane's execution and the council unanimously agreed to go forward with the action two days from then at 3 o'clock in Milanais Square.
Following The Daughter of Evil's execution on December 26, York acted out his position in the new government at the royal palace. Around three months later, in EC 501, the Marlon government announced its Witch Hunting Ordinance proclaiming Germaine wanted for treason; realizing Kyle's intention was to eradicate the resistance leaders, York and Minage decided to restart the resistance and oppose Marlon's occupation. The two fled the royal palace and set up a base of operations at Breck Mountain, amassing troops with Minage as York's second-in-command. During this period, York became Minage's father-in-law following his marriage to Sekka.
Although managing to push back the Lucifenian forces from Retasan Fortress, the resistance was defeated by General Riliane Mouchet's troops in EC 503, with York losing his right leg in an encounter with her. Surviving the encounter, York and his comrades retreated into the Beelzenian Empire, seeking safe haven. There they made an arrangement with the Beelzenian Emperor to serve Beelzenia as part of its army in exchange for protection.
- "You can't fight squarely anymore; you should retire already."
"Shut up, Minage. You oughtta go home every now and then and see your brats, you cur. Sekka's been complaining to me."
- ―Minage and York[src]
Once Germaine and Chartette reunited with the resistance in Beelzenia in EC 504, Chartette replaced the disabled York as captain of the new "Langley Unit", the former resistance setting up camp at an abandoned town near the Lucifenian border. In EC 505, York was sitting at the unit's headquarters with Minage when Chartette arrived with Gumillia and Yukina Freezis. Greeting Keel's daughter, the two talked and York told the girl about how he lost his leg, before bantering with Minage that he should go visit Sekka and the kids more. He then watched as Gumillia and Yukina left, and Chartette was made to help Minage with the paperwork.
When an undead army swarmed Beelzenia two weeks later, the Langley Unit fell back to protect the nearby city of Rucolebeni, fighting through the corpse soldiers for three days and nights straight. On the third day, the Beelzenian Emperor ordered the counterattack and the Langley forces assisted in retaliating against Retasan Fortress. Over a month later, the unit linked up with the Baggio and Catalani units in conducting night raids and spreading misinformation among Retasan's troops, capturing much of the fortress city within three days.
Following his death, York was sent to the Heavenly Yard and remained there. In EC 999, he and the other souls were pulled back to the Third Period as the ground world merged with the Hellish Yard. Afterward, York was invited to a dinner party at the Lucifenian Royal Palace held in Princess Riliane's honor and joined the other guests in the Hall of Mirrors. Later during the festivities, he inhaled the Eighth Gift in the palace air and fell into a deep slumber.
York 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 asked for everyone's help in protecting Riliane, York countered that while they didn't hate Riliane anymore they weren't exactly willing to risk their lives, although also shocked to learn that Arth remembered him. Refuted by Germaine regarding Riliane, York eventually joined the battle. During the fight, York expressed to Germaine his doubt of their chances of winning, although Germaine countered at they outclassed the soldiers in terms of experience and fighting spirit.
Personality and TraitsEdit
- "Speaking as a former soldier...There are a lot of thugs in the Lucifenian army ...But even among them, all of them bear in mind a minimum sense of courtesy. Those two aren't regular soldiers."
York was a brave but headstrong patriot to his country. As a citizen of the Kingdom of Lucifenia, York proudly served in the Lucifenian military up until his retirement. While believing many of his fellow soldiers to be thugs by nature, York strongly believed they all shared some sense of decorum. Similarly, he shared a camaraderie with his fellow resistance leaders and, as a revolutionary, observed some decency even towards his enemies. Hot-tempered and righteous, the man was quick to express his anger and readily stood up for the abused. As a result, his stubbornness made him both straightforward and sometimes unreasonable.
Despite his pride in his country, York was disillusioned with the royal government headed by Princess Riliane and became devoted to overthrowing the tyrannical regime to create a more prosperous and less oppressive government; because of this, he was strongly opposed to any form of aristocratic rule, though otherwise respectful of foreign nobles and royals. He similarly was hesitant to include just anyone within the resistance, cautious of the suspicious and reluctant toward the seemingly helpless.
Skills and AbilitiesEdit
- "But most of them are amateurs who've never so much as held a sword. I was going to have them train with York and I as it is, but..."
- ―Germaine and Minage[src]
York was fairly strong and had an impressive size and physique. Having served as a veteran in the Lucifenian army, York was a capable soldier and skilled in swordsfighting, though unable to handle Chartette's large claymore; he also demonstrated a certain teaching affinity, having helped train both the legendary Germaine and the inexperienced recruits in the resistance. Over the years of fighting for the resistance, York gained a lot of experience as a leader.
Germaine Avadonia: York's protege. Unlike Leonhart, York was willing to train Germaine in swordfighting to become an excellent warrior, and later he trusted his student as a capable leader of the Lucifenian Resistance. The two being close friends as well as student and master, York also spent his free time with Germaine such as in the two drinking together. Additionally, Germaine would sometimes serve as York's voice of reason in stressful situations.
Leonhart Avadonia: A friend of York's. York was close with Leonhart as a fellow warrior in Lucifenia, with York being close enough with him to know about his past in the Lucifenian Expansion Wars and guess at the real reason he adopted Germaine. Despite this, he had no problem going against Leonhart's wishes in teaching Germaine swordplay.
Sekka Le Corbusier: York's daughter. York loved his daughter and as her father was concerned after her safety, as well as making sure she was treated well by her husband later on. Despite this protectiveness, York also trusted her fighting capabilities enough to let her fight in the Lucifenian Revolution and accepted her as a fellow member of the Resistance.
Minage: York's son-in-law. A fellow member of the Lucifenian Resistance, York was friends with Minage and didn't appear to disapprove of him marrying his daughter at some point. Despite this, he often traded barbs together with his son-in-law and was critical of how often the younger man left his daughter alone with the kids.
Conceptualization and OriginEdit
- York is an English name derived from a city in northern England sharing the same name.
- York's surname is the pseudonym of the famous Swiss-French artist and architect, Le Corbusier; Lucifenia, his native country, is inspired by France.
- York was described as a large man with one eye and having a prosthetic leg after his encounter with Lily.
- The Daughter of Evil: Clôture of Yellow (first appearance)
- The Daughter of Evil: Wiegenlied of Green
- The Daughter of Evil: Praeludium of Red
- The Daughter of Evil: Praefacio of Blue (mentioned only)
- Entr'acte of Evil: The Daughter of Evil Worldguide (mentioned only)