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Vandalieu Zakkart (ヴァンダル), formerly Amamiya Hiroto or D-01, is the protagonist of The Death Mage. He was a student reincarnated in another world by Rodcorte, before finally being reborn as a dhampir to a dark elf mother in Lambda. He has an enormous Mana pool, and is only able to use no-attribute magic and death-attribute magic.

He is an extremely unfortunate person, whose life has been riddled with misfortunate events in all three worlds. Unlike other reincarnators, he was only reborn with an enormous Mana pool, rather he is given three curses upon being sent to Lambda. Furthermore, he was not granted a fortune/destiny, making his actions unpredictable for even Rodcorte.[1]

Appearance 

He has white hair, heterochromatic eyes of crimson and purple, and skin as pale as candle wax. His ears are pointed, though this is difficult to notice as they are covered by his hair. Because of his elven heritage, he appears younger than his actual age. Currently, he's reaching puberty.[2] He has a natural poker-face; His eyes lifeless like a dead fish and voice flat, making it difficult to tell where he's looking and what he's thinking, unless one is very familiar with him.[3]

His soul's appearance is completely different, having a Lovecraftian horror element to it. There were numerous eyes and mouths positioned randomly around his head, and his arms were made of multiple human arms joined together in bundles. The Fused souls of the 4 Champions, along with the Evil Gods that he has consumed.

The Demon King’s fragments were growing from his body in a chaotic manner. Horns, carapace, and coagulated masses of blood protruded from his body. His arms were covered in countless suction cups, and he was glowing ominously here and there.[4]

With the help of his companions, they finished reconstructing his soul. His soul’s appearance was far cleaner. From afar, he would appear to be a warrior or mage wearing armor and fur. But if one looked carefully, they would realize that he was far too thin to wear armor. And from up close, there was no way to conceal his grotesqueness. What appeared to be armor was actually a hard exoskeleton and carapace, and what appeared to be decorations were actually horns and compound eyes. What appeared to be a cape was actually wings and membranes, and what appeared to be his two legs were actually jointed legs that were organized into two bundles. The shield that his left arm appeared to be carrying was made from his bone that protruded through his exoskeleton and entwined with his carapace. And his clawed right hand was holding a staff that looked like a brain....If one looked closely, it was a sphere composed of countless brains that had their nerves wrapped around each other, and the shaft of the staff was a tongue that extended from that sphere. His head had a mouth with fangs protruding from it, enormous ordinary eyes, Demon Eyes, hair, and horns. The inside of his body was visible through gaps in his joints; the blood vessels visibly pulsated, and his internal organs squirmed. From time to time, a strange-colored liquid would drip from Vandalieu’s eyeballs. And there was death-attribute Mana… constantly emanating from him like pulsating brain waves from deep within him, and circulating around him like blood.[5]

In the manga, his Appearance is short stature was shaggy hair.

Appearance in Manga

Personality

Because of the terrible treatment he suffered at the hands of his uncle in his first life, he possesses a luxury-complex; When told that something is owned by rich people, he desires it even if he does not need it. In addition to developing a "mother-complex" since coming to Lambda. As a result of the trauma caused by Darcia’s death, he feels an intense desire to kill those who attack women.[3]

"Though he is not aware of it himself, he has gone insane; he doesn’t feel a shred of guilt or doubt when taking the lives of others. However, he does not particularly enjoy murder, either." He tends to hold unforgettable grudges against people he resents until he resolves the grudge in a way that satisfies him. He tends to prioritize his emotions and makes decisions without paying any regard to the benefits or losses to himself."[3]

On the contrary, he also has a soft personality. As he was not blessed when it came to friends and family on Earth or in Origin, he has deep feelings for those he has in Lambda and treasures their lives. His dream for the future is to become a muscular man that resembles a mass of male hormones.[6] He wants to have a warm family, rich relationships with others, and live an easy, luxurious life, trying to reproduce Japanese food with the various pieces of information he has from either TV or ghosts in Origin. He dreams of resurrecting his mother Darcia and of completing his revenge against those who killed her. As a child, he shows no interest in dating.[3]

He believes to not punish everyone, only those who are truly responsible for betrayal and various similar reasons. He actually can have large ramifications on country and politics, as well as on powerful individuals that respect him. His view on how to treat others pretty depends on their own actions and how they treat others in their personal history. If he considers someone a threat, he would show no hesitation by getting rid of it to prevent danger from his companions. He finds it difficult to forgive certain individuals, even if they change their way of seeing things as well as the way they treat people. This only applies to those he sees as his enemies. He loathes meaningless killing; he wouldn’t think of killing someone unless it´s necessary. The incident where he had a single silver coin stolen from him in the marketplace hadn’t even stayed in his memories. But if there is a reason to kill someone, he believes that they should always be killed.

Biography

Amamiya Hiroto dies on a sinking boat, trying to save a girl he barely knew, and is among the hundred or so passengers who Rodcorte reincarnates in another world with special abilities. Unfortunately, he is mixed up with Amemiya Hiroto, and is thus reborn with even less luck than before, starting with nothing but a tremendous amount of Mana. In Origin, he dies after 10 years as Test Subject D-01 at the hands of scientists researching Death-attribute magic. Then upon becoming an Undead and freeing his fellow test subjects, he is killed by the other reincarnators who doesn't recognize him. Rodcorte then informs him there will be yet another reincarnation. Not wanting Hiroto to endure a third life of suffering, the god curses him, in the hopes that he would either die quickly or commit suicide. Not wanting a fourth life, he is determined to live this third life with the only things remaining from his previous lives — Death Magic and his enormous Mana pool.

On Earth, he was an orphan living with an unnamed uncle, aunt and cousin. In Origin, he's yet again an orphan, upon regaining memories of his past life at 5yo. Rodcorte only granted him an enormous Mana pool of 100 000 000.[3]

List of facts:

At six years old, his personality hasn’t changed. However, it is now clear that he prefers ketchup over mayonnaise.

He became a king before becoming a nobleman, but he believes he needs to work hard now that he is the king, so he multiplies his heads and arms to complete his work quickly and lives life just as he did before.

Talosheim has already become his third home. He is trying to set up environmentally-friendly Golem factories for the manufacturing of processed food, flavorings, straw paper, clothes, and soap.

He is doing this to increase the quality of life for Talosheim’s inhabitants, but he is also doing it to produce future commercial products and tourism features.

Recently, he has been thinking about taking water from the waterways and making pools, wondering if making swimsuits should come first. Chezare, who has recently become his subordinate, pressed him to create currency (Lunas) and a national flag for Vandalieu's new nation (an Eclipse Crest flag). His days are fulfilling.

Going against the assumptions of Alda, the marshal, the Pure-breed Vampires, and the Emperor, he plans on finally journeying to the Orbaume Kingdom next year.

He is actually made from a combination of the souls of four champions, including Zakkart, whose souls have broken a hundred thousand years ago. This information was told to him by Vida when he was visiting her in her grounds. But as he doesn’t have his former memories or the power of the champions, he isn’t aware of this. It was a hundred thousand years ago, after all.

He would also struggle against an enemy who comes at him with a single attack that he has poured everything into. If this enemy has trustworthy allies to back him up, Vandalieu wouldn't be able to avoid being at a disadvantage.

Currently, he is 11 years old.

Thoughts on the others:

For Vandalieu the fault is in Rodcorte, and as long as the others apologize then he is alright with that, “As long as they don’t interfere with me or my companions, I won’t get involved with them. I have a mountain of things that I want to do and things that I need to do, so I don’t have time for that.”

For him being invited to be their companion or them becoming his allies would be more troublesome. No matter how Vandalieu thought about it, their senses of values wouldn’t match. He would consider it if they were willing to acknowledge each Zombie and Skeleton as an individual and respect them as such.

It´s probably impossible though. On Earth and in Origin, raising the dead as Undead was generally considered to be “desecration of the dead.” In many stories, including the stories told by every religion, there were only tragic endings unless the undying was buried immediately.

Situations were frequently seen in the movies and games of Earth where characters would say, “That’s not the real him anymore,” as they fired a bullet into the Zombie’s head. Such situations would likely become a reality if the others were to try to join Vandalieu.

But if they were to act like Kanata whom Rodcorde promised a fourth life full of luxury and treat living people as game characters or trash because he saw it as a fantasy world and not reality

Vandalieu said to Kanata: “Including the people that you’ve killed and even the people that I’ve killed. Life isn’t a game that you can reset, you should have faced reality a little more.” For Vandalieu, who was is doing his utmost to live his third life in Lambda, because he didn’t want a fourth one, the way Kanata lived was worthy of scorn.

Summary

Vandalieu, who is approximately two months away from turning eight years old at the end of Volume 4. Now that he has acquired dairy products, he has hopes for the future that he will grow taller.

He has realized that he has lost the resistance to the solitude that he had developed on Earth, but now he is capable of equipping insects and plants within his body and is constantly followed around by Princess Levia and the other ghosts who can become invisible, so he does not feel lonely at all.

He fears gods as he believes that they are beings that are absolutely superior to him, but that is because of the experience of great failure carved into his mind when he could not strike a single blowback at Rodcorte after dying in Origin. As for the fact that he destroyed the Spirit Clone of the god of ice Yupeon that resided in Ice Age, he does not think anything more of it other than, “It was nothing more than a Spirit Clone.”

In addition, he is unaware that the pseudo-reincarnations that he is conducting is causing damage to Rodcorte. As Alda and Fitun are also gods, he knows nothing of their movements other than the fact that they are hostile to him. He does not think much of the fact that he destroyed Kaidou Kanata, the first reincarnated individual, that he encountered in Lambda. However, he does think that things will be troublesome once other reincarnated individuals arrive. But as he has no way to prevent their arrival, he believes that he should just take care and prepare as much as he can, just as he has been doing up until now.

After Heinz and his party defeated Ternecia, the Lemures who were watching them ran out of mana, so he did not monitor them after that. Thus, he is unaware of the fact that Heinz was promoted to S-class or the fact that he gained the status of an honorary nobleman that Vandalieu has been aiming for.

Vandalieu has succeeded in refining new metals, eliminating Ternecia, and attracting new citizens to Talosheim. Talosheim’s current population exceeds four thousand, so it is still considered a small city-state in Lambda, but its infrastructure is as complete as any great nation’s capital.

But Vandalieu himself isn’t aware of this and works like a workaholic; he does not seem to have the sense that he is living luxuriously.

During the fourth volume, he was stared in the eyes by the reality of the Orbaume Kingdom, that he had so many expectations for, was not a dream-like country but simply another nation, so those expectations rapidly vanished.

His eyes have been opened to the Hartner Duchy in particular; even if the Amid Empire was to invade it, Vandalieu would do nothing about it; if there wasn’t an S-class adventurer in the Hartner Duchy, he would consider trampling over the Empire’s army from their flank when both sides were exhausted.

He is currently planning to start cultivating a marshland to the south in order to produce more Capricorns and increase the production of milk products.

He rapidly became more unworldly in the past volume, but he doesn’t really mind. In terms of power, if he fights while being careful not to stand out to others, he is in the lower to the middle area of C-class. If he uses Insect Binding Technique, Plant Binding Technique, his tongue and threads, Dead Spirit Magic, and reveals how much of a ‘Monstrosity’ he is, he is between the upper area of A-class to S-class. And if he uses the Demon King’s fragments and fights without holding anything back, he is truly as powerful as an S-class adventurer. He would struggle against an enemy who comes at him with a single attack that he has poured everything into. If this enemy has trustworthy allies to back him up, Vandalieu wouldn't be able to avoid being at a disadvantage.

After meeting with Vida, Ricklent, and Zuruwarn; Vandalieu obtains an object in the shape of a gem made of Vida's blood that can help with resurrecting his mother.

Warning spoilers

Main article: Vandalieu spoilers

Trivia

  • Vandalieu's name is a combination of the first and last syllables of Valen (ヴァレン/Varen), his father, and the first two syllables of Darcia (ダルシア/Darushia), his mother. Thus his name is Vandalieu (ヴァンダル/Vandaru/Vandar).
    • Had he been born a girl, his name would have been Varcia.
  • Vandalieu has a fine appreciation of people with muscles and one day hopes to become more muscular as he sees it as a symbol of physical power. He has a complex about his short height and lack of muscles as a child. He shows this complex whenever he sees someone muscular by making them pose for him.
  • Vandalieu´s candidates for future partners have a pattern of a mistake on Vandalieu's part, where they accidentally become his fiancé. He has a few candidates that just want to have a kid with him. They don’t belong to the same category as his "pattern continues". It´s most likely he’ll end up with a large family.
  • Vandalieu as a Dhampir is almost nothing like an individual of his species, he shares the physical traits and abilities typical to the species. As most do not make it to adulthood it is unknown how strong they can become; but in Vandalieu's case, his abilities are abnormal.
  • After conquering the Trial of Zakkart, Vandalieu inherited the name Zakkart, becoming Vandalieu Zakkart.
  • He was shocked upon learning that ten-year-old children were still not yet considered teenagers (In Japanese, ages are usually grouped in groups of 10 years – 0-9, 10-19, 20-29, etc. It is apparently surprising to Vandalieu that the English word “teenager” does not correspond exactly to the 10-19 category.)
  • Despite the fact that Van is a part of Vida Faction some Evil Gods fear him.
  • After releasing the seal of Botin and dialoguing with Peria, Vandalieu is renamed Vandalieu Zakkart Arc Soldier Hillwillow
  • After his intrusion into Origin, the new president of the United States declared (a faithful follower of his) and the remnants of the Eighth Orientation the God they saw in their dreams and because of this an extension of Vandalieu becomes part of the Gods of Origin. also due to the work of Demigod Vandalieu he can see everything that the Gods of Origin observe and dialogue with them.
  • He is currently engaged in a Holy War against the Amid Empire where he is having the upper hand.
  • Vandalieu appears as a playable character in the game, Yurudrasil Saga Forest, during a collab event.

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References

  1. Side Chapter 1: In a Divine Realm
  2. Chapter 192: Mother's Return and a Growing Family?
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Character Summary Page v1+2
  4. Chapter 147
  5. Chapter 209
  6. Chapter 49: The Victory against the Mid-Boss was Unfulfilling, but the Dragon Golem is Next
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