Scene 38
Scene 038
Bathing in the hidden valley

Original magazine title

たったひとつの証[1] Tatta hitotsu no akashi (The one and only proof)

Issue, release date

August 2004, July 2004

Tankōbon title

闘う資格 II[2] Tatakau Shikaku II, volume 7

US tankōbon title

Fit for Battle, Part 2[3]

New character



Live Clare! Your staying alive is the only proof that Teresa ever existed.[4]




Ilena's Hidden Valley[6]

Anime arc

The Endless Gravestones

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  • Fit for Battle arc:
    • Scene 037 link 37: Part 1
    • Scene 038 link 38: Part 2
    • Scene 039 39: Part 3
    • Scene 040 link 40: Part 4

Cold openEdit

Ilena continues teaching Clare the Quicksword.[7]

Fit for battleEdit

Clare's limitsEdit

Nearly sunset. Clare falls to her knees, exhausted. Ilena warn her not to overextend herself. She orders Clare to take a bath.[8]

Hidden valleyEdit

Night. As Clare bathes in a lake, she notes how well hidden Ilena's home is. She puts on a shirt and leggings from Ilena's old uniform and joins Ilena at the campfire. Ilena notices how well her old clothing fits Clare. The two women have a heart-to-heart talk.[9]

Ilena speaksEdit

Ilena observes that Clare thinks Teresa's death is Clare's fault. Ilena agrees with this—Teresa's resolve as a warrior declined after meeting Clare. Teresa could have killed Priscilla, but Teresa was no longer fit for battle.[10]

But Ilena adds she thinks Teresa was happy before she died. She advises Clare to stay alive, since Clare is the only proof that Teresa ever lived.[11]

Parting giftEdit

Another day of practice. After a minute, Clare again falls her knees, exhausted. [12]

She also notes Clare's paradox: "You already appear calm on the surface, but your real heart is a whirlpool of passion."[13]

Ilena realizes Clare will never master the Quicksword in her condition. She commands Clare to stand up. She cuts off the stump of Clare's missing arm.[14] Then Ilena cuts off her remaining arm. She orders Clare to attach it to the open stump.[15]

Scene 038a
Prepping Clare for a new arm

After hesitating, Clare attaches Ilena's arm. She promises Ilena to return the borrowed arm someday.[16]


Clare has gone. Ilena stands outside, gazing into the mountains. Warrior No. 5, Rafaela approaches from behind. Rafaela tells Ilena that the Organization has ordered her executed for desertion.[17]


Clare travels though the forest. She senses something sudden in Ilena's arm.[18] But a loud commotion interrupts her thoughts.[19]

Additional detailsEdit


  • Artistic license is taken with Ilena's clothes perfectly fitting Clare, since Clare's height is 170cm (5ft 6.92in)[20]
  • Ilena's height is 180cm (5ft 10.86in),[21] the same height as Teresa
  • Ilena is a "Never Found the Body" candidate and may again return as a "Back from the Dead" character


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. Monthly Shōnen Jump, August 2004, Claymore, p.
  2. Claymore 7, Shueisha, Scene 38, p. 123
  3. Claymore 7, Scene 38, p. 123
  4. Claymore 7, Scene 38, pp. 134–135
  5. Claymore DS Game handbook, p. 28
  6. Claymore DS Game advertisement
  7. Claymore 7, Scene 38, pp. 123–124
  8. Claymore 7, Scene 38, p. 125
  9. Claymore 7, Scene 38, pp. 126–128
  10. Claymore 7, Scene 38, pp. 131–132
  11. Claymore 7, Scene 38, pp. 133–135
  12. Claymore 7, Scene 38, pp. 136–137
  13. Claymore 7, Scene 38, p. 138
  14. Claymore 7, Scene 38, p. 139–140
  15. Claymore 7, Scene 38, pp. 141–145
  16. Claymore 7, Scene 38, pp. 146–147
  17. Claymore 7, Scene 38, pp. 148–152
  18. Claymore 7, Scene 38, pp. 152–153
  19. Claymore 7, Scene 38, p. 153
  20. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 1, "Yoma War Record I," p. 506
  21. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 1, "Yoma War Record I," p. 514

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