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Roy Alphard, also known as the Sin Archbishop of Gluttony, is a major antagonist in the 2014 Japanese dark fantasy light novel series Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World. He first appeared as a major antagonist in the fifth story arc before reappearing as a major antagonist in the sixth story arc.
At some point in their childhood, the siblings Roy Alphard, Lye Batenkaitos, and Louis Arneb absorbed the Gluttony Witch Factor, giving them access to the Authority of Gluttony. Alongside his brother, Alphard joined the Witch Cult, an organization dedicated to the reverence of the Witch of Envy. The Cult's highest ranking members known as the Sin Archbishops, which the brothers were counted among, each possessed a Witch Factor relating to the seven deadly sins. With the Gluttony Witch Factor, Roy and Lye represented the sin of gluttony and were both known as Sin Archbishops of Gluttony. Louis, who had been trapped in the Corridor of Memories since birth, would occasionally wonder the world by possessing one of her brothers.
Befitting of the sin he represented, Roy had an insatiable hunger for human flesh and memories. Using his Witch Factor, the Authority of Gluttony, Alphard could eat the identities and memories of his opponents without killing them, essentially leaving them as forgotten husks. He could also control mabeasts, terrifying creatures that had been created by his predecessor the Witch of Gluttony Daphne.
Under the direction of the gospel, Alphard & Lye led an assault on the water gate city Pristela alongside the Archbishop of Wrath Sirius, the Archbishop of Lust Capella Emerada Lugunica, and the Archbishop of Greed Regulus Corneas. Unfortunately for Roy, a young man named Subaru Natsuki led a resistance against the Witch Cult, driving them out of the city. Of the Sin Archbishops, only the Gluttony brothers and Lust made it out, as Greed was killed and Wrath was captured.
Roy Alphard had fang-like sharp teeth, dark skin, and emerald green eyes that had yellow centers. His dishevelled long dark-brown hair was tied into a braid flowing down his back to the waistline.
Roy, like his siblings, referred to himself using collective pronouns such as "we" instead of "I". He appeared to lack any form of remorse, as he was perfectly willing to massacre and devour fellow humans. He had a deep passion for his immoral consumption of human memories, however, no amount of food had ever been enough to fully satisfy his hunger.
Powers & Abilities
At some point, Roy Alphard absorbed the Gluttony Witch Factor, gaining the Authority of Gluttony in the process. The Authority, appropriately, was a power primarily based around eating, although not in the usual sense of the word. With the Authority of Gluttony, Roy and his siblings had the power to consume the name and memories of a target. If Roy devoured the name of a target, the target would be forgotten by everyone in the world with the exception of the Gluttony siblings themselves. If Roy devoured the memories of a target, the target would become amnesiac, forgetting everything about themselves, although those who knew them would still remember them. If Alphard consumed the name and memories of a target, the person would fall into a coma of sorts, becoming an undying empty shell remembered by nobody. Roy demonstrated his Authority during the attack on Pristela when he ate the name of Julius Juukulius.
With his Authority of Gluttony, Roy was able to manipulate the behavior of mabeasts. Although mabeasts were usually hostile to all forms of life, Roy and his siblings could control their actions and as an extension quell their antagonism. Even the White Whale of the Three Great Mabeasts was susceptible to having its behaviour controlled. That being said, the Great Rabbit and the Black Serpent of the Three Great Mabeasts were resistant and unaffected by Roy's power respectively. The source of the Gluttony siblings' ability to control mabeasts likely stemmed from the Witch of Gluttony Daphne, a previous owner of the Gluttony Witch Factor who was responsible for the creation of the mabeasts.
- Witch Cult Gospel: As a member of the Witch Cult, Roy 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. Like every Witch Cultist, Alphard followed the details provided in his Gospel unquestionably.
- Like the other Sin Archbishops (with the exception of Stride Volakia), Roy received his namesake from a celestial body. Alphard is the name of the brightest star in the Hydra constellation. The star was also known as "the backbone of the Serpent" to the Arabs.
- The star names of the Gluttony siblings were each linked to the Three Great Mabeasts created by the Witch of Gluttony Daphne four hundred years ago. Roy (hydra) represented the Black Serpent, Louis (hare) represented the Great Rabbit, and Lye (sea monster) represented the White Whale.
|Capella Emerada Lugunica · Louis Arneb · Lye Batenkaitos · Pandora · Petelgeuse Romanée-Conti · Regulus Corneas · Roy Alphard · Sirius · Stride Volakia|
|Witches of Sin|
|Carmilla · Daphne · Echidna · Hector · Minerva · Pandora · Satella · Sekhmet · Typhon|
|Black Serpent · Great Rabbit · White Whale|
|Gusteko Assassin Organization|
|Elsa Granhiert · Mama · Meili Portroute|
|Balleroy Temeglyph · Bean Argyle · Heinkel Astrea · Kurgan · Melaquera · Miles · Reid Astrea · Roswaal Mathers · Sphinx · Ton, Chin, and Kan|