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Capella Emerada Lugunica, also known as the Sin Archbishop of Lust and Mother, is a major antagonist in the 2014 Japanese dark fantasy light novel series Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World. She first appeared as one of the main antagonists of the fifth story arc. As the master of Elsa Granhiert and Meili Portroute, Capella also acts as an indirect overarching antagonist of the first, second, and fourth story arcs. Finally, she is the overarching antagonist of the 2021 video game Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World: The Prophecy of the Throne.

Capella Emerada Lugunica was a member of the Witch Cult, an organization dedicated to the reverence of the Witch of Envy. The Cult was led by the Sin Archbishops, a group of individuals who each represented one of the seven deadly sins. Capella was counted amongst the ranks of the Sin Archbishops, personally representing the sin of lust. Capella was said to have the worst personality of the Sin Archbishops, believing that everything in the world existed to love her. Her power, the Authority of Lust, allowed her to manipulate the physical form of herself and other organics, befitting for a woman who wanted everyone in the world to love her. She was also the ruthless leader of the Gusteko Assassin Organisation referred to as "Mother" or "Mama" by her subordinates.

Under the direction of the gospel (the religious text that gave orders to Witch Cultists), Capella led an assault on the water gate city Pristela alongside the Archbishop of Wrath Sirius, the Archbishop of Greed Regulus Corneas, and the dual Archbishops of Gluttony Lye Batenkaitos and Roy Alphard. Capella was tasked with retrieving the remains of the Witch of Pride, which had been stored in the city since the Witch's death four centuries prior. Unfortunately for her, a young man named Subaru Natsuki led a resistance against the Witch Cult, driving them out of the city. Of the Sin Archbishops, only Capella and the Gluttony brothers made it out, as Greed was killed and Wrath was captured.

Personality

Even among the Sin Archbishops famed for their vulgar personalities and irredeemable actions, Capella was considered a special brand of evil. Lust viewed people other than herself as mere bags of meat meant to operate as she deemed fit. As she saw those around her as little more than animals, Capella cared not for the opinions and feelings of others nor whether or not her actions caused pain and suffering. Actually, the Sin Archbishop seemed to revel in the pain of others, often cackling as she brought torment upon them.

Befitting her title as the bearer of the Lust Witch Factor, Lugunica was obsessed with the concept of love. She felt a great urge for every single person in the world to love her, although like everything about the Archbishop, Capella's idea of love was severely warped. She presented excessive pride in regards to herself, often citing herself as a kind woman whose beauty compared to none.

History

Nine years before Subaru Natsuki's summoning, Capella, as the leader of the Gusteko Assassin Organization, tasked a former slave named Reisel with retrieving an object relating to the legacy of the Witch of Envy. The object in question was quite possibly a fox-like artificial spirit created by the Witch of Greed roughly four centuries prior. In order to help him complete his mission, Lust loaned him a magical artefact that would allow him to manipulate shadows in certain ways. However, Reisel's mission was ultimately thwarted and he was forced to destroy the artefact that Capella had given to him. The Mother of the Gusteko Assassin Organization, in her usual ruthless fashion, decided to punish her failure of a subordinate.

Reisel, who had only just made it out alive, was crawling across the ground while muttering about how he would enact vengeance upon his opponents the next time they crossed paths. It was then that Capella arrived, standing over the defeated form of the failure. With her usual sadistic tone, Lugunica rhetorically asked the demi-human man if he thought scum like him would receive a second chance. Reisel, gazing into Lust's evil red eyes, began trying to beg for forgiveness with no small amount of terror in his voice. The Sin Archbishop interrupted her minion, revealing that she had in fact been observing his mission in its entirety from a far.

With no small amount of glee, Capella said her words of farewell before proceeding to reach down and touch Reisel's forehead. The Sin Archbishop of Lust channelled the power of her Authority into the man before her, swiftly transmuting his physical form into a disgusting amorphous blob incapable of proper sentient thought. With the loss of her magical artefact and subordinate, Capella couldn't help but feel bereft. To nobody in particular, Lust affirmed that she would one day get her vile hands on the remnant of the Witch of Envy that Reisel had failed to obtain.

Powers & Abilities

Powers

  • Authority of Lust: In the past, Capella absorbed the Lust Witch Factor, allowing her to channel the power of the Authority of Lust. The potency of an Authority was decided by the personality of its wielder, as an individual who strongly embodied the sin of the Witch Factor they absorbed would have a more powerful variation of the Authority than an individual who embodied the same sin to a lesser extent. The bearers of Witch Factors, including Capella, gave off a particular scent that attracted mabeasts, terrifying man-eating monsters that were created by the Witch of Gluttony Daphne. Although not the strongest Sin Archbishop, Capella was still formidable enough to defeat all but the most powerful of individuals. She easily overwhelmed the combined might of Crusch Karsten and Subaru Natsuki, and fought to a standstill against the one-armed wanderer Aldebaran. She was, however, not as powerful as her predecessor the Witch of Lust Carmilla. Despite both being utilizers of the Lust Witch Factor, Capella's and Carmilla's versions of the Authority did different things, as Capella's Authority of Lust focused more on changing things physically rather than mentally. Emerada almost always used her power for nefarious reasons, whether it was to torment her opponents, discipline her subordinates, or manipulate people into "loving" her.
    • Shape-Shifting: The power provided by Capella's Authority of Lust was referred to as "Variation and Change." It allowed the Sin Archbishop to freely alter her own physical form to what appeared to be a nigh-unlimited degree. The power was incredibly versatile, giving her an excellent level of speed, power, durability, and even deceptive skill. She could change into the shape of another person or take the form of an animal and could freely manipulate which part of her body transformed, meaning she could leave some parts of her body unchanged while others were. Through the use of some manifestations, Capella could alter some aspects of her body to give her natural weaponry or other physical advantages. For instance, she could breathe fire like a dragon or grow a pair of bird wings to soar through the sky. Capella could increase or decrease her physical size and mass at will, even enlarging certain parts of herself such as her fist to do more damage to her enemies. Her power also allowed her to regenerate lost cells by transforming damaged body parts into uninjured ones. During her battle with Aldebaran, the one-armed wandered managed to sever her head and crush her heart, although she was still able to recover with little effort. Any lost body part that was replaced by a healed one would naturally dissolve over time.
      • Organic Transmutation: With Variation and Change, Capella could manipulate the biological makeup of organic lifeforms in addition to manipulating her own form. There seemed to be little if any limitations to what she could transform a creature into, as she could make a lifeform far bigger than it had ever originally been or even split it into numerous smaller creatures. She could turn her victims into any pre-existing animal or something entirely new created by her. When she split a person into multiple smaller organics (e.g. turning a person into a pile of frogs), their consciousness would be split along with the target and the collective creatures would share a hive mind similar to the Great Rabbit. Forms that Capella transmuted people into included a black-scaled dragon, abnormally large flies, birds, and even amorphous blobs of flesh incapable of sentient thought or actions. To transmute a creature's flesh, Capella had to make physical contact with them. There was no known method of undoing the affects of Capella's transmutations other than her reversing them herself, although the sacred blood of the Holy Dragon Volcanica may've been an exception.

Abilities

  • Leadership: Despite her lack of sanity, Capella was a skilled leader capable of effectively ordering the fanatical Witch Cultists under her command. Additionally, through her business acumen and charisma Lust was able to form a powerful criminal organization large enough that its influence reached every corner of the world. She inspired absolute loyalty in the criminal subordinates who operated as part of her assassination organization, as those who disobeyed her were fearful of her wrath. Even the likes of Elsa Granhiert and Meili Portroute followed Lust's orders unquestionably and maintained an abject terror at the thought of their superior.

Equipment

  • Witch Cult Gospel: As a member of the Witch Cult, Capella was the owner of a copy of the Witch Cult Gospel. Each Witch Cult Gospel was a replica of the Tome of Wisdom, a book that had been in the possession of the Witch of Greed Echidna. The Tome of Wisdom would provide exact details of future events concerning the Witch of Greed, essentially bestowing Echidna with a form of precognition. Unlike the original Tome of Wisdom, the Gospels of the Witch Cult were imperfect replicas, meaning that, although they detailed the future of its owner, the events conveyed were subject to change and the information provided was often up for interpretation. The Gospels took the form of small black books that could only be read by their owners.

List of Appearances

Light Novel

Volume 15

  • Chapter 5: I Love You Down to Your Bloods and Guts (First mentioned)

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Trivia

  • Like the other Sin Archbishops (with the exception of Stride Volakia), Lugunica received her namesake from a celestial body. Capella is the name of the brightest star in the Auriga constellation. In Latin and various other languages/cultures, the star Capella was known as the "little goat" or the "female goat."

Emerada Lugunica

Note: Although not directly stated, it is incredibly likely that Princess Emerada Lugunica and the Sin Archbishop of Lust were the same person. As such, information pertaining to the princess will be included in this section of the article.

So you say, Your Highness, but the blood has not run thin. It is a fact that once every several generations, a true master appears in the royal line. Two generations ago... No. My apologies. A slip of the tongue.
~ Miklotov McMahon stopping himself from talking about Emerada with Prince Fourier Lugunica.

Emerada Lugunica was a princess of the Kingdom of Lugunica who purportedly died of an illness sometime before the Demi-Human War. Described as beautiful, Emerada had the red eyes and golden hair shared by all members of the royal family. She had a nonconformist viewpoint and was known for her cruelty and general distaste towards others.

Despite her cruelty, Emerada was very intelligent and had excellent intuition. As such, she was considered to have the qualities necessary to become a Lion King. A Lion King was the title of a ruler who had ruled over the Kingdom of Lugunica before the pact was made with the holy dragon Volcanica, meaning they had ruled through sheer competency as opposed to the modern rulers who were maintained due to their bloodline. Emerada was acquainted in some regard with Miklotov McMahon, a governmental official.

Decades after Emerada's apparent death, a new individual was born into the royal line who had the qualities of a Lion King. The boy, Fourier Lugunica, displayed the same intuition his relative Emerada had. One day, Miklotov McMahon, now an old man, talked with the young prince about the Lion Kings of old. When Fourier expressed disbelief that an individual capable of being a Lion King could be born, Miklotov began to reminisce about Emerada before silencing himself.

List of Appearances

Light Novel

The Dream of the Lion King

  • Chapter 1: A Dream's Beginning (First mentioned) (Indirect mention only)

Note: Information pertaining to Princess Emerada ends here.

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