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The Twelve Crusaders (十二聖戦士, Jūni Seisenshi lit. Twelve Holy Warriors) are the twelve fighters that went through blood rites with the Dragon Tribe during the Miracle of Darna. Together, they fought and eventually overthrew the Loptyrian Empire in Gran Calendar 632-648. Their heroic actions led them to be honored as gods by the people of Jugdral after their deaths.

Each of the Twelve Crusaders was gifted a weapon infused with the power of a certain member of the Dragon Tribe, and only the Crusader (or one who has inherited their power) can wield them. Also, each Crusader has a holy bloodline named after them, except Heim and Sety, whose holy blood lines are called Naga and Forseti respectively in Genealogy of the Holy War. Much like the descendants of the First Exalt and the royal families of Rigel and Zofia, individuals who bear major blood from one of the Twelve Crusaders can have a brand somewhere on their body. Those with major blood can be possessed and even resurrected by the spirit of the dragon with whom they share blood; this possession seems to cause drastic personality changes and/or amnesia in the affected person.

After the fall of the Loptyrian Empire in 648, the Twelve Crusaders founded twelve nations across Jugdral. In the next year, Chalphy, Dozel, Jungby, Velthomer, Friege, and Edda consolidated into duchies under the leadership of Belhalla, creating the Kingdom of Grannvale. Among the nations of Jugdral, only Verdane and Miletos were not founded by Crusaders.

The Twelve Crusaders, their holy weapon, the nation they founded, and the dragon with whom they blood-bonded are listed in the table below:

Crusader Holy Weapon Nation Founded Blood-Bond
Heim Book of Naga BelhallaGrannvale Naga
Baldur Tyrfing Chalphy (→Grannvale) ?
Hezul Mystletainn Agustria ?
Od Balmung Isaach ?
Noba Gáe Bolg Manster District ?
Dain Gungnir Thracia ?
Neir Helswath Dozel (→Grannvale) ?
Ulir Yewfelle Jungby (→Grannvale) ?
Fjalar Valflame Velthomer (→Grannvale) Salamander
Thrud Mjölnir Friege (→Grannvale) ?
Sety Forseti Silesse Forseti
Blaggi Valkyrie Staff Edda (→Grannvale) ?

Trivia Edit

  • In the TearRing Saga Series, the Twelve Crusaders are paralleled by the Twelve Heroes who helped save Leda from being taken over by the Theocracy of Gerxel.
  • In one of the developer interviews for Genealogy of the Holy War, Lewyn's possession by Forseti is compared to a geis, a binding magical contract from Irish mythology that can be both a major boon or drawback.

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