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Look, I've got nothing against people who have their own agendas — I myself joined the Fatui to get more experience in combat. But I don't like her at all. If she stood to benefit from betraying others, she'd turn against the Tsaritsa in a heartbeat. There isn't a sane bone in her body.
~ Tartaglia on Arlecchino.

Arlecchino, also known by her codename The Knave, is a background antagonist in the 2020 action role-playing fantasy video game Genshin Impact.

Arlecchino was a member of the Eleven Fatui Harbingers, a group of influential and powerful individuals who acted as the chief lieutenants of the Tsaritsa of Snezhnaya. Codenamed "The Knave," she ran an orphanage called the House of the Hearth that indoctrinated children into the Fatui.

Arlecchino is voiced by Huang Ling in Chinese, Erin Yvette in English, and Nanako Mori in Japanese. Yvette has also voiced Vicki Vale in Batman: The Telltale Series.

Appearance

Arlecchino was a tall, somewhat androgynous woman who had pale skin and eyes that had pure black irises and a red "x" in the center of each of them. Her asymmetric medium-length snow-white hair had the occasional black streak and was swept to the right side of her head. She wore small black and white snowflake-pattern earrings. During the funeral of La Signora, The Knave, like her fellow Harbingers, wore a double-breasted white overcoat with grey lapels and a collar of black fur.

Synopsis

House of the Hearth

Arlecchino a.k.a. "The Knave" was a member of the Eleven Fatui Harbingers, a group of powerful men and women who commanded the Fatui. The Fatui were a military faction who governed over the nation Snezhnaya and followed the Cryo Archon, the Tsaritsa of Snezhnaya, in her quest to overthrow the Gods of Celestia. Arlecchino oversaw the House of the Hearth, an orphanage in Snezhnaya that took in children from across Teyvat and indoctrinated them into the Fatui. Those who were raised in the House of the Hearth were given the surname "Snezhevich" if they were a boy and "Snezhevna" if they were a girl, and many of them would go on to become the direct subordinates of the Knave herself.

Funeral of the Fair Lady

Rosalyne died in a foreign land... But you heartless businessmen and dignitaries, always with a convenient excuse to remain in the comfort of your homeland... You couldn't hope to understand. So why don't you keep your mouths shut! We don't want to make the children cry...
~ Arlecchino scolding her fellow Harbingers.

Arlecchino attending the funeral of La Signora alongside her fellow Harbingers.

The Knave, alongside the other Harbingers, eventually gathered in a cathedral in Snezhnaya for the funeral of La Signora. When Pantalone, the Ninth Harbinger, pointed out that the period of mourning decided on was too short, Arlecchino called out her fellow Harbingers for being lazy dignitaries who didn't actually care about Signora's death or anything that occurred outside Snezhnaya. Tartaglia, the Eleventh Harbinger, urged her to not start a fight. Pierro, the First Fatui Harbinger, proceeded to silence the gathered Harbingers before making a speech in Signora's memory as her coffin was encased in ice.

Powers & Abilities

Abilities

  • Political Influence: As one of the Eleven Fatui Harbingers, Arlecchino was invested with nigh-unlimited executive authority by the Tsaritsa of Snezhnaya. With the political and economical power invested in her, the Knave could call upon almost any resource in furtherance of the goal of the Fatui. She could command the authority of any Fatuus who weren't themselves Harbingers, and presumably wielded unquestionable authority in Snezhnaya. Additionally, her official position as a Snezhnayan diplomat meant that she couldn't be prosecuted in foreign nations without significant political tension being caused.

Trivia

  • Prior to Version 2.8 of Genshin Impact, Arlecchino was mistakenly referred to using male pronouns in background text.
  • Like the other Fatui Harbingers, Arlecchino's name and alias are derived from a stock character in commedia dell'arte, a form of traditional Italian pantomime theater characterized by its masked characters and representation of fixed social types. In commedia dell'arte, Arlecchino (commonly translated as "Harlequin") was a light-hearted resourceful trickster who frequently competed against the sterner Pierrot for the affection of Columbina.

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