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|“||As one of the Eleven Fatui Harbingers, it's my duty to see the will of the Tsaritsa fulfilled. She will get that which she desires. Ha! I'm not asking for your blessing, and there's nothing you can do to stop me anyway. The time for discussion and diplomacy has already passed. I mean, if it were up to me, I would have skipped that stage to begin with... but I'm willing to do as the Tsaritsa deem fit. Either way — we now come to my favorite part. A simple pleasure, and one that I am oh-so-delighted to be sharing with you... the battle.||„|
|~ Tartaglia to Paimon and Traveler.|
|“||Meet Tartaglia — the cunning Snezhnayan whose unpredictable personality keeps people guessing his every move. Don't be under any illusion as to what he might be thinking or what his intentions are. Just remember this: Behind that innocent, childlike exterior lies a finely honed instrument of war.||„|
|~ Tartaglia's official description on Genshin Impact's official website.|
Tartaglia (in Chinese: 达达利亚, Dádálìyǎ), also known by his title Childe, is a major antagonist in Genshin Impact and a playable 5-stars character starting from the 1.1 Patch as a hydro-type character and belonging to bow-type of weapon class.
While first introduced as an ally to the Traveler, he is later revealed to be the Eleventh Harbinger of the Fatui. He is able to control Hydro Vision and Eletro Delusion, looking to assist the Traveler in finding the real murderer of Rex Lapis. The purpose is to discover the reason behind the latter's "death" and clear the Fatui's name. As the story progresses, the Traveller discovers that Tartaglia actually played a part in that incident. After being manipulated by Zhongli and La Signora into stealing the Geo Archon from Rex's false body (almost destroying Liyue on the process) as well as awakening a sealed ancient god from the Archon War, Tartaglia is last seen in Liyue avoiding his little brother Teucer. He repeatedly attempts to hide his connections with Fatui before eventually retuning to his homeland.
He is voiced by Ryohei Kimura in the Japanese version (whom also voiced Syura in Akame Ga Kill!, Shizuma Hoshigaki in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Albert de Blois in Gosick, Judar in Magi: The Labyrinth of Magi and Kirito Kamui in Psycho-Pass 2) and Griffin Burns in the English version (whom also voiced Julius in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War and Vinegar Doppio in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind).
1.1 Ver (1)
He is the youngest among the Harbingers, but one of the most dangerous among their number. That said, Childe doesn't seem to fit in well with the others. As a fighter first and foremost, he is quite at odds with this organization of deceit and trickery. - "A New Star Approaches"
1.1 Ver (2)
Warm and friendly one minute, ruthless killer the next... His shifting and unpredictable personality can leave those around him at a loss for words to describe him. But in rare, private moments, he dispenses with titles, casts off his armor and the layers of intrigue that come with it, and show his authentic self. His name is Tartaglia, and he is devoted to the thrill and the physical feel of battle. Like a velvet sheath that houses an ostensibly ornamental blade, his unpredictability puts people on edge. - "Genshin Forum"
Tartaglia draws inspirations from Honkai Impact 3rd characters much like many other Genshin characters. It's speculated he was inspired by the young KEVIN, also known as Kevin Kaslana.
He was shown to be a tall young man with a short, messy light redhead hair and lightly-blue eyes with fair skin that is common from Snezhnaya region. He wears a red Fatui black and red mask pulled off to the left side of his head. He also wears a beaded earring with a red crystal on his left ear.
Tartaglia wears a grey jacket with dark red and light grey details, grey pants, and black boots. His jacket is open on one side to reveal a belt with his hydro vision attached. He also wears a ragged red scarf, one that seems pretty similar to Signora's that is attached to her coat.
Tartaglia is a manipulative individual that only has the desire to fight the strongest enemies and continue powering himself each combat he ever wages with people he deem to be strong or even stronger than he is even if his life is in danger. Unlike La Signora and other Harbingers, Tartaglia is a straight forward kind of person who enjoys the most simply things and is not into complex schemes of manipulation but his loyalty for Tsaritsa is so much that he is willing to let his personal feelings aside to fulfill her desires.
When meeting the Traveler for the first person he describes himself as "kind of a bad guy," to "honor" the rest of the Fatui the heroes encountered before but did not stated to be ruthless as Signora proved to be, at least that was the impression he wanted to pass to the Traveler once he had plans to control their actions and prove the innocence of Fatui on the Rex Lapis' assassination while also plotting to use them to open his way through Liyue's secrets and steal the Geo Gnosis from Rex Lapis as instructed by Tsaritsa once she was informed about the eventual "death" of Rex Lapis. On the surface, Tartaglia showed himself to be rather a childish individual who often threw indirect jokes at the people around him but made a good impression to the point he the Traveler started to trust him as a good-hearted and kind allied but always had doubts he was using them for his own benefits (something that later proved to be true). As a manager of the Fatui's bank in Liyue, Tartaglia has no sense of "sparing money" and is willing to give thousand of moras to the Traveler to gain their trust so he could have access to the location of Rex Lapis' body that was hidden under the orders of Tianquan of Liyue. Tartaglia was also too prideful of his own abilities and tends to look down on others unless he is pushed to his limits to prove him otherwise.
Despite being willing to be murder hundreds on the city of Liyue when he unleashed an ancient god that was sealed by Rex Lapis thousand years ago, Tartaglia is later revealed to have a protective side to his own siblings and family and promised to give them a better world in one of his walks around Liyue.
Tartaglia was born in the frozen lands of Snezhnaya as the elder brother of Anthon, Teucer and Tonia. Desiring to serve Tsaritsa and seeing the suffering of the Snezhnaya people he joined the Fatui at young age to help Tsaritsa to fulfill her vision of the future to the world. Awakening his Hydro Vision, Tartaglia became one of most fearsome of the Eleven Harbingers of the Fatui, granting him the privilege of being one of Tsaritsa's most powerful allies while also being the youngest member of the Harbingers.
At some point, Tartaglia was transferred to a bank division of Fatui in Liyue to be in charge of funding for the city's finances. Using the bank's moras, Tartaglia would often send extremely massive and expensive toys to his siblings on Snezhnaya during their birthdays and daily sent letters to Tonia. It's unknown if it was Tartaglia was the one who inspired Teucer to become a fan of Ruin Guards (seeing them as guardians of justice instead of war machines) by sending him toys-inspired by said killing machines, either way Tartaglia is the only one who spoiled Teucer the most and would regret much later in the future for doing so.
During his time in Liyue, Tartaglia went to Yanshang Teahouse to collect the debt of the teahouse's owner for not paying his part in the contract with the Fatui. After threatning the owner and defeating his guards, Tartaglia accidentally found a Sigil of Permission inside of his teahouse and took it as his property to be used in one of his experiments to clone the Sigil (the same one given to the Traveler to give them permission to enter in the residence of the adepti) in the future.
By the time that the Traveler had arrived on Liyue Harbor, Zhongli (also known as the mortal form of Rex Lapis the Geo Archon of Liyue) was approached by La Signora under the influence of Tsaritsa once said deity decided to just "retire" from his duty as the guardian of Liyue and leave the land to be taken care of by the mortals. Both Signora and Zhongli formed a contract to use Tartaglia and his Fatui division as their pawn and form an incident that would shake Liyue to the core by faking the death of their Archon. Rex is purportedly "assassinated" during the titular Rite, and his vessel - known as the Exuvia - was taken away to the Golden House by the Liyue Qixing to hide the body from potential threats like the Fatui that were the first to receive the blame. When the Traveler tried to escape from the Rite fearing they would be arrested, Tartaglia saved the Traveler from the guards and brought them to a safe place where he could inform the Traveler he wanted to help them clean their name from suspicion. At the Northland Bank, Tartaglia gives the Traveler a copy of the Sigil of Permission he created to give them safe entrance to the adepti's residence and inform them what happened to Rex Lapis.
After the Traveler returns from their long journey, they find Tartaglia in Liyue Harbor to be informed that the Qixing decided to hide the body of Rex Lapis somewhere in Liyue where it could not be touched by external forces. Childe then promised he'd find someone to break the stalemate, so the Traveler must pay another visit to Northland Bank days later. Childe then introduces Zhongli, consultant to an organization known as Wangsheng and a trusted associate of the Fatui, to the Traveler in a restaurant and gives the Traveler an insane amount of mora to prepare the Rite of Parting. The traveler then accepted to help Zhongli organize the Rite of Parting in the hope of seeing the Geo Archon again. He would be much later contacted by the Traveler after Baizhu, the owner of Bubu Pharmacy offers to sell the Everlasting Incense for three million Mora, an amount the party can't possibly afford. They are forced to implore Tartaglia for aid, who agrees to help after getting a good laugh at their misery.
Days later, when the Traveler was already fully aware of Tartagarita's experiments and plans, they return to the city only to see Liyue Harbor in a tense atmosphere between the Fatui and Millelith. Just as things were coming to a head, the Traveler went to the Golden House to intercept Tartaglia as he finally found the location of Lapis' body inside of the Golden House. He then attempted to seize the Geo Gnosis after fighting the Traveler, only to find the Geo Gnosis was never at the Golden House to begin with and was removed from the body before he could arrive. After being defeated in Foul Legacy form, Tartaglia swiftly switched to his backup plan, attempting to force the Geo Archon to make an appearance by summoning an ancient ocean god from Archon Wars with Fatui-forged Sigils of Permission he cloned, unleashing great devastation over the Liyue Harbor. To stop the adepti and Liyue Qixing from defeating the ancient god, Tartaglia sent his forces to the Jade Chamber to stop their efforts but his forces were defeated by the combined strength of all adepti. The ancient god was then subdued once again following a fierce battle and much sacrifice, ruining Tartaglia's original plan. When the battle was over with the defeat of Fatui and the ancient god unleashed by Childe to destroy Liyue and lure the Geo Archon to him, Signora revealed her plan to Childe and the Traveler at the Northland Bank as Zhongli handed his own Geo Gnosis to Signora. From that point on, Childe's disdain for Signora only got worse to the point he refused to share the same boat with Signora when returning back to Snezhnaya.
Days later, the Traveler found his brother Teucer by accident next to an abandoned ruin where a high number of Ruin Guardians were spotted by Millelith and found out he was an immigrant from Snezhnaya who travalled to Liyue inside of a ship of toys. When he brother was brought before him at Liyue Harbor, Tartaglia tried to avoid him to not get him involved with Fatui's matters and even humiliated himself in front of the Traveler and some thugs by calling himself the world's greatest toy salesman. When summoned by his servant to greet new Fatui recruits, he once again humiliated himself in front of the Fatuis to not let his brother see the true nature of his work as a Harbinger. Much later, Tartaglia decided to show his brother his favorite and "lovely" Mr. Cyclops (the nickname given by Teucer to the Ruin Guardians) toy inside of a ruin that was in fact a laboratory of a Harbinger before it was abandoned by the former for "losing interest" in the Ruin Guardians' research. Inside of the ruins, Teucer got himself in trouble little knowing what the Ruin Guardians were, forcing Tartaglia to use everything of his power to protect the childhood dream of his brother and even refused to show himself in front of Teucer to not show his weakened state following his Foul Legacy's transformation. Once all his family issues were solved, Tartaglia encountered the Traveler at the Fatui Bank and gave his farewell before inviting them to visit Snezhnaya and his house so they could meet his siblings. Tartaglia then left Liyue and returned to his homeland.
Power and Abilities
Despite his appearance, Tartaglia by no means should be underestimated and was proven to be one of the strongest enemies the Traveler ever faced in her journey until the end of her days on Liyue.
- Weapons: His main weapons are bows, but his elemental skill has him creating 2 swords out of water. This gives him alternative melee moves with Hydro effects, allowing him fight in close combat unlike other archer characters. Tartaglia's claims that bows are his worst weapon of choice.
- Hydro Vision: In his boss fight, Tartaglia was shown to be one of deadliest hydro-type characters; being able to shoot powerful arrow shots from his bow (despite being his worst weapon) that easily pierce through the player's body and can summon water whales from the ground, causing great amount of damage (one that can insta-kill any character if said player in inside of its range).
- Electro Delusion: While using his Electro Delusion, Tartaglia often changed his weapons to two swords and a spear whole granting him superhuman reflexes and supernatural speed. In said form, Tartaglia can create mark enemies with electro marks and insta-kill them if the player is not protected by any geo shield.
- Foul Legacy: Tartaglia possesses a transformation that incorporates the powers of both his Hydro Vision and his Election Delusion, allowing him to use both his Hydro and Electro powers for a short period of time. In this form, Tartaglia loses his humanity and suffers radical physical changes. However, keeping this form for too long leave his body too weak to even walk. In this form, Tartaglia receives near god-like status and surpass the limits of mortals.
|“||You've already fulfilled your task as guides, so why do you still linger here? If you were Fatui, I imagine that you would be entitled to a generous reward from the Tsaritsa herself. But now, you're nothing but dross — and you're in my way.||„|
|~ Childe ambusing the Traveler in the Golden House.|
|“||I had hoped it would never come to this. I absolutely detest working with those who are weaker than I am. The truth is, the world belongs to those of us who desire to become strong. I seldom willingly mingle with any dull and boring weaklings who think otherwise.||„|
|~ Childe to Paimon.|
|“||Hahahahaha! Let's see — will the nation that has lost its deity be swallowed by an ancient malice once more? If you wish to drown together with the people of Liyue you're free to stay and enjoy the show!||„|
|~ Childe after releasing an ancient evil god to destroy Liyue.|
- In appearance, Tartaglia was loosely inspired by Kevin Kaslana from Honkai Impact 3rd when he was younger (and whom is currently the leader of the maleficent World Serpent) before the arrival of Herrscher of the End and the destruction of the Previous Era.
- Like other Harbinger members from Fatui, Tartaglia's name was derived from the the Italian commedia dell'arte. In the show, Tartaglia is a stock character that has multiple roles depending on the story's plot. The character is notable for his unique farsightedness and stutter.
- Tartaglia is the youngest of the Harbingers but was considered to be one of the deadliest members yet.
- His constellation that can be "bought" via wishes is called Monocerus Caeli. In Latin it means "Celestial Narwhal." The narwhal or narwhale is a medium-sized toothed whale that possesses a large "tusk" from a protruding canine tooth and is closely related to his hydro ultimate seem during his boss fight.
- Childe's special dish is called "A Prize Catch".
- While working to Fatui, Childe adopted a false role of "toy salesman" to his brother to hide his vicious role as a Harbinger and Fatui.