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"However, no matter how I wanted to, I could not take that step forward. Courage is not something that everyone is endowed with."
―Yvette[src]

Yvette Jacobi was the abbess of the Held Monastery in Lucifenia and the stepdaughter of General Shalgham. Miserable after her mother's marriage to the Asmodean general, the child became involved in her stepfather's scheme to eliminate Gast Venom in the hopes of earning her family's love. After murdering her stepfather in a blind rage, Yvette eventually became a nun for the Held sect.

HistoryEdit

Early LifeEdit

"I worked as hard as I could to somehow be loved by my stepfamily."
―Yvette[src]

Yvette was born in Asmodean in EC 463 as the only child of a low-ranking soldier. In EC 468, Yvette's father died in a war and the five-year-old kept the Golden Key he owned as a memento, often playing with its ability to shapeshift. Around EC 473, her mother remarried and the innocent girl moved in with her stepfather, General Shalgham, and his sons at their home in the capital of Lasaland. Initially pleased with her new lavish lifestyle, Yvette grew miserable as her entire family treated her coldly. As time progressed, Yvette despaired of running away from home out of fear of being alone; she thus became completely subservient to her stepfamily to earn their love, to no apparent effect.[1]

Chance PlanEdit

"And so my stepfather told me his plan, and requested that I help him. It was a foolish and cruel plan."
―Yvette[src]

EC 477, Yvette witnessed three visitors to her father's house, a beautiful silver-haired woman who gave General Shalgham some documents, an Elphe man who studied her for some time, and an old woman with a red cat. The next day, her stepfather gave her the documents he was given and she read over the Phutapie intelligence officer's detailed history of Gast Venom.

Afterward, Shalgham told her his plan to have his Golden Dragon Unit camp at the Misty Mountain ruins and forbid anyone from going near the "heretical" altar there. Yvette's stepbrothers would then call the anti-authority Gast to the altar where his sister Sarah's "ghost" would meet him during the night; then, Yvette learned how the green-haired man was Gast's neighbor when he lived in Elphegort, who confirmed Yvette looked like Gast's dead sister. Pretending to be Sarah, her role would be to push Gast to mutiny against Shalgham's orders to destroy the altar, opening him up to be legally killed.

Believing she might finally be accepted as part of the family, Yvette agreed to cooperate with some hesitation. Yvette then headed to the southern Misty Mountains and waited in the nearby town of Mystica until the Golden Dragon Unit arrived, as instructed. Once the unit passed through town, she hid herself away with them during the journey across the mountain range.[1]

Daughter of FogEdit

"I became close to Gast, pretending to be the “ghost” of his little sister. Naturally he didn’t believe such a nonsensical claim, but he never doubted that I was Sarah."
―Yvette[src]

Once Shalgham had his soldiers camp in the ruins, Yvette hid in his bed to avoid the other soldiers until nightfall. Just before she left bed that night to execute the plan, Shalgham came by and forced Yvette to take a peculiar-looking sword to show Gast should he doubt her. Afterward, Yvette waited at the altar until Gast arrived; struck by his beauty, she greeted her shocked "brother" joyfully as though she were Sarah.

Yvette continued the ruse each night for two weeks, falling in love with Gast over time while keeping the sword with her and out of sight. When he asked how she was there, Yvette claimed she was a ghost and that the altar was a pathway between their world and the Hellish Yard that allowed her to visit him on dark and foggy nights. During the period, her stepbrothers feigned illness and Shalgham used their fake sickness to have the "pagan" altar destroyed as planned. The night before Gast's planned murder, Yvette met with him again by the altar and heard him announce he'd deserted the army, Shalgham knowing about his lineage to Venomania.

Pleased that this meant Gast wouldn't be killed, Yvette was struck when Gast soon after asked her to come with him. Conflicted, she refused in order to keep up the ruse of being a ghost, despite Gast's protests that she had to be real. Gast then said he would come see her instead, only for Yvette to reluctantly confirm that he wouldn't see her if the altar was destroyed as Shalgham wished. She then listened in terror as Gast announced his decision to kill Shalgham; protesting the decision, Yvette brought out the Venom Sword to try and convince him otherwise, only for Gast to demand she hand it over and then forcibly take it from her.

Realizing what ominous power the blade held, Yvette met with her stepfather the next day. Seeing the old woman Abyss I.R. next to him, Yvette told Shalgham about Gast's desertion, hoping to keep them from killing each other. When her father staunchly refused to stop his plan to kill Gast, Yvette became furious. Possessed by the Demon of Wrath, she transformed the key into a knife and stabbed Shalgham in a blind rage. Afterwards, she fled from Abyss I.R. and her stepbrothers with the key.[1]

New IdentityEdit

"And if I hadn’t encountered a compassionate Held monk, I surely would not have survived for long. All during my escape, putting on the pretense of a pilgrimage, I worried about Gast."
―Yvette[src]

During the course of her escape, Yvette met a Levin monk of the Held sect and the compassionate man allowed her to join him as a pilgrim. Thinking much about Gast during her travels, she later met the wandering Asmodean Emperor and learned that he saved Gast from execution for the general's murder, having him exiled instead. Relieved, Yvette continued journeying with the friar; during her travels, she heard of Gast's activities over the years and ultimately decided not to meet with him.[1]

Later LifeEdit

"During those days where I devoted myself to God, I gradually stopped remembering what had happened so long ago. Before my eyes were children who had not received the love of parents. I ended up dedicating most of my thoughts to saving them."
―Yvette regarding her later years[src]

In the late EC 490s, Yvette and the monk established a monastery near the Lucifenian port town with funding from the Freezis Family. After discussing the golden key with the monk, the two decided to seal it away in the monastery; Yvette also decided to dedicate her life to being a nun there and was baptized by the new director. Later on, she replaced the monk as the abbess of the monastery, helping lead the other nuns with managing the church and orphanage.[1]

In EC 500, Yvette accepted Keel Freezis' former maid Clarith as a guest and potential new nun at the monastery.[2] Sometime after the Lucifenian Revolution, she heard of Gast's death and visited his grave several times.[1] She also during this time told Clarith about a legend she heard about the sea where one would write down a wish, put it in a bottle, and throw it out to the ocean so it would come true, telling the fellow nun it was actually a demon contract.[3]

Over the years, Yvette came to see Clarith as her own daughter, along with an orphan named Rin who also became a nun. In EC 505, the abbess learned about their guests Yukina Freezis, Germaine Avadonia, and Rin defeating Abyss I.R. on the beach while the mage possessed Yukina's mother, Mikina. Afterward, she checked where the key was supposed to be sealed and discovered it missing, realizing Abyss had also known and must have since lost interest in her and the monastery. During this, she learned about the vessels of sin and that both the key and sword were among them.

Around EC 529, the 65-year-old nun realized she would soon die and decided to entrust her position to Rin. Hoping to confess her single regret from her youth to someone, the dying woman decided to write a letter to Yukina about her past with Gast and the golden key. After writing her confession in the letter and sharing what she discovered about the key, Yvette requested the girl seal away the key again, should she find it. Shortly after Yvette sent the letter, she died.[1]

LegacyEdit

Following Yvette's death, Rin was made the new abbess of the monastery and took care of the children in its orphanage until her death decades later.[4] Sometime after the abbess' death, Clarith left the monastery and established her own religious order, dedicating the Sisters of Clarith to fighting injustice and providing for the needy across the Evillious region.[5]

Personality and TraitsEdit

"Those were painful days. To tell the truth I often thought about running away from home. But how could a child like me survive, cast out into the world alone? In the end, I just didn’t have that kind of courage."
―Yvette regarding her childhood[src]

Yvette was a kind but cowardly woman. Ruled by fear throughout much of her youth, even being terrified of sharp-edged tools, the woman lacked the courage to strongly resist others' intentions or endanger the status quo. Unhappy with how her stepfamily treated her like an "unnecessary child" and yet terrified of living alone, Yvette developed a certain patience and quiet obedience to fit in with her stepfather and stepbrothers. This in part bred the rage which with Yvette was able to kill Shalgham using the Golden Key, finally rebelling as she always wished to.

Once the monastery was established, The conflicted Yvette hoped to discard her past and live a new life as a Levin nun in the service of others in need. As part of this, although having once treated the Golden Key as a toy and memento of her father, she hoped to seal it and her murder away for all time. Despite this, as her death drew near Yvette had a change of heart and hoped to confess her last regret before she left the world. Yvette also felt extremely indebted to the Freezises for funding the monastery and was always welcoming and respectful to its members.[1]

Skills and AbilitiesEdit

Yvette lacked much physical ability and was a poor fighter, though still capable of wielding a knife to great effect. Due to her uncanny resemblance to Gast's sister, Sarah, Yvette could easily impersonate the dead girl, albeit under the impression she was an older version. The woman became knowledgeable about the vessels of sin following her experience with the cursed tools. She was also literate and possessed the organizational skills to successfully run a monastery.[1]

Character ConnectionsEdit

Shalgham: Yvette's stepfather. Made miserable by how cold and cruel Shalgham was, Yvette grew up wishing to please her stepfather and terrified of how he would decide her future. Because of this, and wishing to be loved by her stepfamily, the girl was desperate to please him and would do whatever he asked even if she disliked it or found it immoral. Eventually, pushed too far by her father's cruelty towards Gast, this miserable desperation turned to hate and she murdered him in her wrath.

Gast Venom: Yvette's crush. As a sheltered girl to afraid to run away, Yvette was amazed by Gast's sense of independence and came to harbor strong feelings for the handsome older teen, wishing to run away with him. Due to this, she became increasingly conflicted over deceiving him for her stepfather and even murdered Shalgham to save him. Over the years, Yvette continued to harbor feelings for Gast and felt great sympathy for him, mourning his bitter end in the Revolution.

Clarith: One of Yvette's nuns. Accepting the woman into her monastery, Yvette began to consider Clarith a dear friend and even like a daughter to her. She also saw fit to impart to her some of the wisdom that she had gained, such as the legend of forming a contract by using a message in a bottle.

Rin: One of Yvette's nuns. After bringing the orphaned girl into her monastery at a young age, Yvette came to care for her and appreciate Rin's dedication towards taking care of the other orphans and working hard as a nun. Due to this, she was confident in trusting Rin with control over the monastery after her death.

TriviaEdit

Conceptualization and OriginEdit

  • The name Yvette is French in origin, meaning "archer".

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