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|“||Proud Fatui comrades, I know your hearts harbor both the fires of rage and the cold of eternal winter. Each one of us has borne witness to the absurd callousness of the foundational principles of this world. So, let us don our masks in mockery of the world as we go forth and rewrite the rules of destiny.||„|
|~ Pierro to the Fatui.|
Pierro, also known by his title The Jester, is a major unseen antagonist in the 2020 action role-playing fantasy video game Genshin Impact.
Pierro was the First of the Fatui to swear allegiance to the Tsaritsa of Snezhnaya and her plan to rebel against the Gods of Teyvat. Having experienced great loss at the hands of the divine in his past, the Jester sought to rid Teyvat of the Gods. He was the First of the Eleven Fatui Harbingers that acted as the Tsaritsa's lieutenants in the Fatui, and was personally responsible for the recruitment of several other Harbingers.
The man known later as Pierro was originally an academic in an unknown nation whose inferiority in comparison to his colleagues made him fall out of favor with the nation's ruler. His peers eventually caused a catastrophe of some sort that he failed to stop, bringing destruction to the nation. The event led him to develop a hatred for the divine, and he allied with the Tsaritsa of Snezhnaya in the hopes of rebelling against the Gods. He was the first of the Fatui, the religious militant group that enacted the Tsaritsa's will across Teyvat.
Recruiting the Harbingers
|“||You astound me. You have but a human body, and yet you carry such a power within you. You claim that you have no tears left to cry, no blood left to shed, but surely this is because you have filled yourself with fire... Though your body has long been covered in scars, fierce flames are all that now may flow, like molten iron, from your eyes and your wounds. But we appear to have gotten off-topic. The reason I followed the trail of smoke and tracked you down is that I wish to strike a deal with you... Let the flames that now devour you be extinguished by the grace of Her Majesty. What say you?||„|
|~ The Jester offering the Crimson Witch a position in the Fatui.|
At some point Pierro came across a woman named Rosalyne-Kruzchka Lohefalter, known infamously as the "Crimson Witch of Flames." Lohefalter possessed the power to produce Pyro without a Vision, although as the rage of her past experiences burned her heart so too did the flames she created. As her own flames threatened to destroy her heart, the Jester approached her and offered her a place in the Fatui. Lohefalter became the Eighth of the Fatui Harbingers under the name La Signora, and was given a Cryo Delusion by Pierro to suppress her natural abilities and rage.
The Jester later heard rumors of a student at Sumeru Academia in the foreign nation Sumeru who had been denounced as a heretic for his theorems on "enhanced humans." Curious, Pierro met with the student who claimed that given the right facilities he could manufacture a God-like being for the Fatui. The Jester agreed to the student's offer, and the student became a Fatui Harbinger known as Il Dottore. Sometime later, Pierro attended the investiture of the Eleventh Harbinger Tartaglia where he personally pinned an Electro Delusion on the younger Harbinger as the Tsaritsa watched on.
|“||What was the Jester thinking? He must have had some inkling of what we might discover on this mission... Would it really have been so difficult to give me a little forewarning?||„|
|~ Scaramouche after receiving his vision.|
Eventually, the Jester tasked the Sixth Harbinger Scaramouche with leading a covert investigation into a series of meteorite strikes landing in the foreign nations Mondstadt and Liyue. Unbeknownst to Scaramouche at the time, Pierro was somewhat in the knowhow of what his junior colleague would discover. Ultimately, Scaramouche experienced a vision that made him realize that the sky and the stars were both a "gigantic hoax."
Powers & Abilities
- Political Influence: Pierro, as one of the Eleven Fatui Harbingers, was invested with supreme executive authority by the Tsaritsa. The Jester was permitted to freely expend vast resources and command scores of Fatui in pursuit of the Cryo Archon's goals, and answered directly to the Tsaritsa. His status as a Fatui Harbinger and Snezhnayan diplomat also gave Pierro a level of diplomatic immunity that meant other nations couldn't persecute him without causing tension between itself and Snezhnaya.
- Delusions: Like every Fatui Harbinger, Pierro had a Delusion in his possession given to him by Her Majesty the Tsaritsa. Delusions were items similar to Visions, but were manufactured by the Fatui and only bestowed upon the worthiest of Fatuus. Like Visions, Delusions allowed their users to harness elemental power. Although they were more powerful than Visions, Delusions were also more unstable and drained the user's life force over time. The Jester owned multiple Delusions, and even bestowed some on those he deemed worthy such as La Signora.
- The fallen nation that Pierro once belonged to could be Khaenri'ah, a technologically-advanced subterranean nation governed by humanity rather than the Gods. Khaenri'ah practiced the Art of Khemia, an advanced form of Alchemy that supposedly led to the Gods of Teyvat attacking and decimating the nation. Not only does Khaenri'ah fit the description of Pierro's nation, but it would also explain the Jester's hatred for the divine.
- Like the other Fatui Harbingers, Pierro'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. Pierrot, who likely served as the basis for Pierro, was a sad clown in commedia dell'arte whose heart was broken by a character named Columbine after she left him for Harlequin. Pierrot was characterized as a naïve fool who was trusting despite the pranks frequently pulled on him.
- Prior to Version 1.5 of Genshin Impact, Pierro was referred to as "Pedrolino" in background text instead of "The Jester." Pedrolino was also the name of a stock character in commedia dell'arte, a wily servant who shared similarities with Pierrot.
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