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Northern Army
Northern Army
Northern Army in anime

VIZ Media name

Northern Army[1] (en-us)

Variant

Nördliche Armee[2] (Northern Army de), troupe du nord[3] (northern troop fr), guerrieri del nord[4] (warriors of the north it)

Original name

北の軍[5] Kita no gun (Army of the North)

Commander

Isley

Current status

Defunct

Generation

Initial Male Era

Ties

Isley

Quote

The Northern Army of 27...will annihilate the village of Pieta in Alfons.[6]

First appearance

Scene 50, Anime Scene 17

EtymologyEdit

北の軍 translates literally as "Army of the North." First mentioned by Isley.[7]

北の軍 untranslated in most editions. For example, the "Northern Army of 27" is unmentioned in the Spain edition. Instead, Isley says, "Make Pieta the grave of 27 Claymores gathered there" (Haced de Pieta la tumba de las veintisiete Claymore reunidas en ella),[8] despite the presence of only 24 warriors.

DescriptionEdit

Army of 32 awakened beings, commanded by Isley. Army consists of Isley, Rigaldo (second-in-command), three scouts and 27 regulars.

Anime version of characters similar to manga, though differs in detail. The Northern Army resembles the earlier Apostle group of the Berserk series.

HistoryEdit

PriscillaEdit

RigaldoEdit

In Alfons, Isley and Rigaldo survey the ruins of a village.[9]

New villageEdit

Priscilla appears in another village, killing and feeding on villagers.[10]

Rigaldo also appears in the village, on a mission to kill Priscilla. Rigaldo awakens into the Silver Lion.[11]

Two defeatsEdit

From a distance, Isley senses Rigaldo's defeat. Priscilla, in her winged, one-horned form, stands atop Rigaldo's prostrate body.[12]

Isley attacks with bolts, but Priscilla catche them. Then Isley awakens into his centaur form. During his combat with Priscilla, she destroys half his upper torso.[13]

PeaceEdit

Isley reverts to human form. He swears allegiance to Priscilla and asks her greatest wish. She replies that she wants to find her parents in "Musha." He promises to help.[14]

Witch's MawEdit

Riful tells Galatea and Clare that Isley is gathering an army of awakened beings.[15] Riful further reveals Priscilla's existence, but refuse to tell her whereabouts unless Clare can cut her.[16]

Pieta huntEdit

In Mucha, the Northern Army wipes out the Pieta hunt—lead by No. 7, Eva. Warriors Kate and Lucia are also killed.[17]

Battle of the NorthEdit

The Battle of the North begins. The battle group of 24 Claymore warriors, under the command of Miria, gathers in the village of Pieta.[18]

Engagement IEdit

Three scouts from Northern Army approach Pieta.[19]

Charging aheadEdit

The bearded scout decides to disobey orders and attack ahead of the army. He awakens into the Dreadlock awakened.[20]

He shoots tentacles into village. Tentacles anchored, he catapults himself hundreds of meters. He lands downtown and attacks villagers. His tentacle captures a young girl. But Miria cuts girl free.[21]

The battle group confronts the three scouts, Dreadlock in front, the blindfolded scout atop a tower, the monk sitting on a roof.[22]

Miria orders: her team attacks Dreadlock. Team Flora attacks the scout on the roof. Team Jean the scout on the tower. Teams Undine and Veronica stand by.[23]

Team FloraEdit

They attack the still unawakened scout on the roof. But his Yoma Energy, resembling Yoma Energy Alignment and Control, is greater than Galatea's. He makes Flora's sword miss, then makes Carla attack Flora.[24]

Clare realizes what is happening and kicks Karla away. The scout then seizes control of Miria, Lily, Wendy and Clare, dropping them to their knees. As Carla is about to execute everyone, Clare asks Ilena's arm for help. The arm, independent of Clare's volition, shatters the roof, toppling everyone.[25]

Flora finally strikes him. But he escapes and morphs into the Armadillo awakened.[26]

Team JeanEdit

The third scout shapeshifts into the Insectile awakened. Jean is the last team member standing. But Veronica's team reinforces Jean.[27]

Helen uses her extensible arm to distract Insectile, while Veronica attacks him from behind.[28]

Team Undine reinforce Team Flora.

Power of a No. 6Edit

After defeat of Armadillo and Insectile, Clare urges everyone to aid Miria.[29]

But Miria decapitates Dreadlock. After battle, Tabitha carries Yuma, who lost her arm. In the first engagement, the battle group manages to kill all three scouts without a single loss.[30]

Engagement IIEdit

After the scouts go missing, Isley orders Rigaldo to lead the Northern Army of 27 awakened beings into Pieta.[31]

At this point, manga and anime diverge.

Manga shows death of the Tyrannosaur awakened and the attack on the Stegosaur awakened, but no double-digit warrior deaths.[32]

Anime shows death of Mannequin awakened, as well as those of double-digit Pamela, Yuliana, Carla, Claudia and [Eliza]].[33]

During battle, Rigaldo counts the loss of three awakened versus five Claymore warriors. He decides to decapitate the battle group leadership.[34]

MangaEdit

Rigaldo awakens into the Silver Lion and targets all team leaders. He kills Veronica, Undine, Flora and wounds Jean and Miria. Meanwhile, the Northern Army fights remaining 15 warriors, minus Clare, Helen and Deneve.[35]

Clare goes berserk, awakening her legs so she can match Rigaldo's extreme speed. As the battle rages on, Clare finally kills Rigaldo by awakening her arms.[36]

The awakened Clare is out of control. She orders Helen to euthanize her. Despite Jean's severe wound, she manages to realign Clare back to normal, but dying in the process.[37]

Though Rigaldo is dead, only six warriors are able to stand and fight. Tabitha and Yuma are too injured. The other warriors are dead.[38]

AnimeEdit
RigaldoEdit
19 warriors are shown confronting the Northern Army, which disappears. Rigaldo shows up and awakens into the Silver Lion. He kills Veronica, Undine, Flora and wounds Jean and Miria. Clare goes berserk and attacks.[39]

Claymore Northern Army in Pieta00:20

Claymore Northern Army in Pieta


Northern Army retreats

She awakens only her legs. When Rigaldo captures Miria, Clare cuts off his arm.[40]

She eventually hacks Rigaldo to pieces.[41]

PriscillaEdit

After Rigaldo's death, Clare asks Helen to euthanize her, but Priscilla appears and a new fight begins. Meanwhile, Raki is galloping on a horse toward Pieta.[42]

The fight continues with Clare pursuing Priscilla into the mountains, where the final showdown takes place in a volcano. Miria, Deneve and Helen follow Clare, while Jean and Raki are not far behind.[43]

When Clare awakens her arms, she defeats Priscilla, who reverts to human form. Raki stops Clare from executing Priscilla. Though Clare cannot control her awakening, Jean sacrifices her life by realigning Clare as in the manga. Isley takes away Priscilla.[44]

AftermathEdit

AnimeEdit

Next day after Priscilla's defeat, the fighting has stopped. The fate of 15 Claymore warriors and Northern Army (24 awakened) is not shown.[45]

Miria, Deneve, Helen and Clare decide to desert the Organization. They split up—Miria journeys alone from Alfons, seeking information to destroy the Organization. Deneve and Helen journey together to some unknown destination. As do Clare and Raki. Anime series ends here.[46]

MangaEdit

SutafuEdit

Northern Army of 11 approach Organization Headquarters. Identical twins in black uniforms, warriors No. 1 (Alicia) and 2 (Beth), confront army.[47]

Lobster awakened, who appears to lead army, challenges the twins.[48]

Galatea and Rubel watch Alicia awaken into winged form, while Beth appears to meditate. Galatea speculates that a "Controlled Awakening" technique is being used.[49]

Alicia proceeds to destroy Lobster and army.[50]

Rubel confirms Galatea's suspicions, explaining how the twins were trained from infancy to be of one mind—in short, a two-person Claymore warrior. Neither twin has any individuality left.[51]

Galatea is left appalled.[52]

LautrecEdit

Northern Army of 12 confront Riful and Dauf. Lead by Flame-hair awakened, the group think they are more powerful.[53]

Dauf fires a Yoma rod through the skull of Flame-hair. As Riful and Dauf proceed to kill all of them, she implies that Isley deliberately sent them into a death-trap.[54]

MuchaEdit

Isley alone confronts Luciela of the South. She repeats Riful's accusation of splitting up his "allies" into weaker groups, which Riful and the Organization easily annihilated.

Isley admits the truth of this. He dislikes sharing.[55] After the 7-year timeskip, Chronos speculates that Isley awakened on purpose to infiltrate and destroy all the awakened warriors of the Initial Male Era.[56]

7-year timeskipEdit

Seven years after the Battle of the North, the current No. 47, Clarice, counts the swords used as grave-marks from the Battle of the North,[57] but finds only 17 swords—seven short of the original 24 warriors. Clarice reports this to the Organization. But her report is ignored.[58]

But owing to Miria's "play dead" plan, seven survive: Miria, Cynthia, Deneve, Helen, Tabitha, Yuma and Clare.[59]

But before the second engagement (flashback in Scene 66), Miria has the battle group take a half of suppressant pill. If rendered unconscious, their lack of Yoma aura would make them appear dead to both the Northern Army and Organization.[60]

The Organization is defeated by the Northern Army. Only seven Claymore warriors survive. The 7-year timeskip begins here.[61]

The survivors desert the Organization. They hide in the mountains of Alfons, suppressing their Yoma auras so the Organization will presume them dead.[62]

Due to the production needs of Abyss Feeders, the Organization now hunt awakened proactively, rather than on request only.[63]

Northern ArmyEdit

LeadersEdit

  • Isley Isley, commander
  • Rigaldo link Rigaldo, field commander

GroupsEdit

ScoutsEdit

First engagement with Organization battle group.

  • Armadillo Awakened link Armadillo awakened
  • Dreadlock Awakened link Dreadlock awakened
  • Insectile Awakened link Insectile awakened

RegularsEdit

Second engagment with Organization battle group and aftermath in Sutafu and Lautrec.

  • Flame-hair Awakened link Flame-hair awakened, leader in Lautrec
  • Lobster Awakened link Lobster awakened, Leader in Sutafu
  • Mannequin Awakened link Mannequin awakened
  • Stegosaur Awakened link Stegosaur awakened
  • Tyrannosaur Awakened link Tyrannosaur awakened

ReferencesEdit

Tankōbon Claymore volumes cited are VIZ Media (en-us) editions, unless otherwise noted. Manga scenes (chapters) not yet translated cite Shueisha tankōbon (ja) editions. Manga scenes not yet published in tankōbon form cite Jump SQ (ja) editions. Fragments of Silver Omnibus (総集編 銀の断章 Gin no Danshou) 1–3, Shueisha, are only available in Japanese. Anime scenes (episodes) cited are FUNimation (en-us) editions, unless otherwise noted.

  1. Claymore 10, Scene 56, p. 152
  2. Claymore 10, Tokyopop, Scene 56, p. 152
  3. Claymore 10, Glénat Édition Française, Scene 56, p. 152
  4. Claymore 10, Star Comics, Scene 56, p. 148
  5. Claymore 10, Shueisha, Scene 56, p. 152
  6. Claymore 10, Scene 56, p. 152
  7. Claymore 10, Shueisha, Scene 56, p. 152
  8. Claymore 10, Ediciones Glénat España, Scene 56, p. 152
  9. Claymore 14, Extra Scene 3, pp. 130–132
  10. Claymore 14, Extra Scene 3, p.
  11. Claymore 14, Extra Scene 3, pp. 137–138
  12. Claymore 14, Extra Scene 3, p. 140
  13. Claymore 14, Extra Scene 3, pp. 142–156
  14. Claymore 14, Extra Scene 3, pp. 158–159
  15. Claymore 8, Scene 45, pp. 185–187; Claymore, Anime Scene 16
  16. Claymore 9, Scene 46, p. 7; Claymore, Anime Scene 16
  17. Claymore 9, Scene 50, pp. 127–129; Claymore, Anime Scene 17
  18. Claymore 9, Scene 50, pp. 144–145; Claymore, Anime Scene 18
  19. Claymore 9, Scene 51, p. 187; Claymore, Anime Scene 18
  20. Claymore 9, Scene 51, p. 189; Claymore, Anime Scene 18
  21. Claymore 10, Scene 52, p. 14; Claymore, Anime Scene 19
  22. Claymore 10, Scene 52, p. 16–18; Claymore, Anime Scene 19
  23. Claymore 10, Scene 52, p. 17; Claymore, Anime Scene 19
  24. Claymore 10, Scene 52, p. 24–26; Claymore, Anime Scene 19
  25. Claymore 10, Scene 52, pp. 27–31; Claymore, Anime Scene 19
  26. Claymore 10, Scene 52, p. 31–32; Claymore, Anime Scene 19
  27. Claymore 10, Scene 53, p. 56; Claymore, Anime Scene 19
  28. Claymore 10, Scene 53, p. 62; Claymore, Anime Scene 19
  29. Claymore 10, Scene 54, p. 85; Claymore, Anime Scene 19
  30. Claymore 10, Scene 54, pp. 86–89; Claymore, Anime Scene 19
  31. Claymore 10, Scene 56, p. 152; Claymore, Anime Scene 20
  32. Claymore 10, Scene 57, pp. 164–166
  33. Claymore, Anime Scene 21
  34. Claymore 10, Scene 57, pp. 168–170
  35. Claymore 10, Scene 57, p. 171
  36. Claymore 11, Scene 59, pp. 68–69
  37. Claymore 11, Scene 60, pp. 80–87
  38. Claymore 11, Scene 61, p. 101
  39. Claymore, Anime Scene 21
  40. Claymore, Anime Scene 22
  41. Claymore, Anime Scene 23
  42. Claymore, Anime Scene 24
  43. Claymore, Anime Scene 24
  44. Claymore, Anime Scene 26
  45. Claymore, Anime Scene 26
  46. Claymore, Anime Scene 26
  47. Claymore 11, Scene 62, pp. 134–135
  48. Claymore 11, Scene 62, p. 136
  49. Claymore 11, Scene 62, pp. 137–139
  50. Claymore 11, Scene 62, pp. 140–144
  51. Claymore 11, Scene 62, pp. 144–145
  52. Claymore 11, Scene 62, p. 146
  53. Claymore 11, Scene 62, p. 147
  54. Claymore 11, Scene 62, pp. 150–153
  55. Claymore 11, Scene 62, p. 155
  56. Jump SQ, December 2012, Claymore, Scene 132, pp. 240–241
  57. Claymore 12, Scene 66, p. 71
  58. Claymore 12, Scene 68, p. 136–140
  59. Claymore 12, Scene 66, pp. 83–95
  60. Claymore 12, Scene 66, p. 84–85
  61. Claymore 12, Scene 66, p. 90
  62. Claymore 12, Scene 66, pp. 77–78
  63. Claymore 16, Scene 89, p. 172

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