This is a theory submitted by Kog.
A theory based off of another theorypost about the Seven Deadly Sins and how the seven Anguis of Ouroboros may fit them
When I saw Gu4n post his theory on this originally, I was enlightened on a few things, but I disagreed with a lot of the bases of it. I’m also kind of in doubt of the other Anguis theories, despite how INCREDIBLY solid they are (I cannot say that enough), but I’ll describe that in tandem with my description on what I feel the Seven Anguis match in relation to the Seven Sins.
Before I start, I want to also point out there were originally 8 or 9 deadly sins (depending on interpretation), which were widely considered to be parts of others, but separate enough to be dangerous inclinations of their own, those two are usually considered to be:
Vainglory/Vanity (vanagloria): typically mixed with Pride and Envy, this sin is categorized by deceitful boasting and extreme self-importance, where it is unnecessary or falsely attributed to your own achievements, or having to deceive others into achieve gain of your own. A falsified glory.
Despair/Emptiness/Sorrow (tristitia): this one is usually mixed with Sloth, and sometimes drives people to fall into Pride or Envy, because it pushes someone to inaction or nihilism because of life’s struggles. It really drives home the feeling of desperation that sometimes, when push comes to shove, someone will do something drastic to escape the black hole of depression, and will give rise to malice, cowardice or despair. Futility in action, thus inaction.
Now onto the meat of the theory:
Lust (luxuria): I have to agree that Vita is the only one possible to fill the quota here. Lust is typically considered to be a desire of the flesh, whether sexual in nature or not. Vita honestly hits on most of the male cast. Victims include Rean, Crow, Kevin, and the late Loewe. If I’m forgetting someone, do tell. Lust is also typically the least serious of the sins, but is also considered to be categorized as the sins of “no self control”. This may be construed as when she broke taboos of the Hexen Clan and joined Ouroboros, and awoke the Vermillion Apocalypse with the Noble Alliance.
Gluttony (gula): I also have to agree that F. Novartis fits Gluttony the best. While gluttony typically is considered to be someone overeating or being fat in modern media, gluttony isn’t restricted to food or eating. Gluttony is the overindulgence and consumption of anything that may be used for something else. To the point where it would be wasteful to use resources that may benefit the needy. Novartis is one of those scientists that doesn’t really care what happens to the tools in his experiments, despite risks it may pose to someone else’s life or well-being. If you remember Professor Schmitt from Cold Steel 2, the old scientist acts in a way one might consider to be parallel to Novartis. They don’t have any qualms as to how their research and projects end up; safety and human lives be damned. Only that they are able to satisfy their own intellectual needs and curiosity. This mirrors Gluttony in that Novartis’ research may come to harm other people, namely Renne when she was bound to Pater-Mater, but also when he kept making new Gordias archaisms based off of Pater-Mater and confiscated Aion Type-Alpha from Dieter, leaving him at the mercy of our Crossbell protagonists.
Greed (avaritia): While Gu4n’s theory has Weissmann and Mariabell as greedy people (which they most certainly can be greedy) I feel Weissmann fits another sin very much. While I have limited Crossbell knowledge, Mariabell is part of the Crois family which manages an international bank. Greed is a sin based off of material desire; usually money, and boy howdy, Mariabell has a lot of that. Thematically, Mariabell fits Greed with that alone, but Greed also can be interpreted as ‘hoarding’ of treasures, wealth, and other material belongings, as if you are protecting it, so that it does not come to anyone else’s possession. Mariabell possesses knowledge of how to re-create the Demiourgos, which can be construed as hoarding knowledge of how to make one of the Sept-Terrion using alchemy. Put that on top of wanting to alter time and space by use of the Demiourgos and Mariabell can be seen as the greediest. Also she hoards dolls made by the Doll Studio and that is supposedly worth a lot of money. Greed will also cause one to deceive, manipulate and trick others, as Mariabell did with her father when she abandons him and his plan to make Crossbell the strongest nation, manipulated Hartmann into making the Black Auction, and generally uses her money to achieve power.
Sloth (acedia): While not confirmed to be an Anguis, so many theories surround Lechter Arundel to be the 4th Anguis and also, thematically fits Sloth. Lechter was someone who had very promising outlook while at Jenis Royal Academy, being its student council president. For unknown reasons, he dropped out of it and started following Gilliath Osborne, becoming captain in his Ironblood ranks. Lechter is seen as laidback and carefree, and when shit hits the fan, Lechter is usually someone to say something along the lines of “Oh geez here we go”. He seems really averted to exertion and working, however when forced, will get the job done and with extremely effective results. Sloth is the aversion to working and responsibility, but also considered to be a great sin when “when capable people fail to act”.
Sloth’s scope is wide, and thus can include the “Despair” sin, seeing as a lot of interpretations conclude that the ultimate form of Sloth was the rejection of life, and thus begetting despair and leading to suicide. I don’t feel as if Lechter is that kind of person, and thus have separated the sins to fit characters thematically.
However, if Cold Steel/Sen 3 does reveal Lechter as one of the Anguis, it could make a lot of sense seeing as how Ouroboros now owes Osborne some payback, and what better way to have a mole in his ranks betray him when the time comes? Lechter being Sloth would also make a lot of sense here, seeing as when the need arises, Lechter will do something with extreme efficiency and possibly cruelty.
Wrath (ira): When concerning Wrath, the sin of anger, rage, vengeance, hate, or a love of justice and righteousness perverted. When I think of justice or righteousness amongst Ouroboros, I can think none other than Arianrhod. The leader of the Stahlritter, Arianrhod is what one would think to be a knightly person. She’s largely thought to be the most powerful person in the series, and has much loyalty to the Grandmaster of Ouroboros, easing her pain in regards to the loss of Loewe and Weissmann, which the latter Arianrhod feels that he “reaped what he sowed.” Arianrhod also possesses that moral ambiguity amongst the Anguis, displayed when she stopped a thief from stealing medicines from a hospital in Ao, as well as assisting Class 7 in Lohengrin Castle in Legram. Arianrhod as Wrath could mean that she and her Stahlritter may have a perverted justice while being upright knights, they enforce their will as a part of Ouroboros, which has had some pretty amoral practices to their plans. We know little about Arianrhod other than that she looks very much like Lianne Sandlot and that Duvalie gushes praises and adores her like no other. While Arianrhod has much to be proud of (being very strong, beautiful and having command of not only the Stahlritter, but also being one of Ouroboros’ Anguis as well as probably its strongest member), I do not feel she fits Pride the sin.
Envy (invidia): Envy is the jealousy that is born from an insatiable desire to have what others have. It may be an urge to see others brought low, and have others give into sadness and despair at their misfortune.
As of right now, the 1st and 5th Anguis are the unknowns in this theory, and if other theories that believe Marcel Nielsen, or Dan Russell as the first prove to be true, they may fit here if we find more about them, Marcel could envy others because he lost his sight, and Dan could be envious as to other bracers’ success while he was forced to possibly end his career. However, my personal theory is that we may find out who the 1st Anguis is in the upcoming Calvard arc, which in a writer’s sense, would fit as most of the time, an Anguis has been behind the events of each series.
Pride (superbia): Pride, the deadliest of all the sins, and the most dangerous to one to commit. It’s depicted as a dangerous amount of selfishness, the importance of one’s own desires over welfare of people, failing to acknowledge the accomplishments of others, and superiority over anyone else. Pride often blinds someone to their own faults, and will eventually lead to their fall, or in a worse case, their demise.
Pride goeth before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. In order to fit pride, someone we know in the series has to have had a fall. We know someone who experienced this not once, but twice.
I posit to you that the offender of Pride is none other than Weissmann the Faceless. When Weissmann reveals himself in the end of FC and throughout SC, he displays MANY traits of the sin of Pride:
- Thinks that the togetherness of people in the midst of trial and tribulation is likened to: “eking out survival by flocking together is how beasts and insects live.”
- He enjoys toying with others lives, being they are easily controllable masses like the ones that were giving in to the Aureole’s uses.
- He “watches people like a spy and uses their weaknesses”
- Feels that he must guide humanity on the “correct” path by obtaining the Aureole
- Is largely obsessed with “evolving” humanity beyond it’s fall from when the Aureole was sealed, feeling that they need a “flawless rationality, capable of resisting temptation” and “peerless intelligenece, unmoved by crude emotion”
- Estelle remarks that Weissmann’s “smug satisfaction comes from watching other people struggle”
- Weissmann is also very amused by watching people destroy each other, seeing as how he started the Hundred Days War by having War Hawk/Jaeger dropouts attack/pillage/rape Hamel inhabitants, as well as trying to get Joshua to kill Estelle in front of the party.
- He also plays his “teacher/professor” role in believing that he has lessons for everyone to learn about humanity, in his warped way of thinking. He says to Joshua, that he is a “foolish little child, that could have aspired to great heights, had he only obeyed him”.
Pride is the gateway to all of the other deadly sins, and Weissmann displays Greed, Envy, and Wrath in certain cases. He dabbled in trying to re-create the stigma to create people who were “evolved” or superhuman (Greed), which got him excommunicated from the church (his first fall). He enjoys seeing others brought low (a trait of Envy), and likes to enact his hateful misanthropy (a form of Wrath) by seeing people kill each other. You could also argue Sloth, see as one interpretation of Sloth is the “rejection of God’s gifts” seeing as he got excommunicated and is a heretic. He had a (Lust) for power concerning his fusion with the Aureole and a (Gluttonous) need to pursue his archaeological knowledge to free the Liber-Ark from its dimensional prison at the cost of having Liberl lose its orbal technology.
Weissmann didn’t forsee Cassius and Kevin foiling his plans of using Joshua again, and of course, was blinded by his own pride, something that even Joshua, Estelle and even himself make reference to; “blinding light of a loyal servant of the Grandmaster, The power of the faceless, one of the Anguis!”, “the one being blinded here is you!”, “hey, professor, time to drop the ‘holier than thou’ act.”, “It’s time you realize just what it means to oppose me.”
And of course, leads Weissmann to his second fall, which, well…..
You could also argue that another theme within how Weissmann speaks is the sin of Despair, which he also definitely fits, seeing as he talks about it in depth while discussing the Aureole and the events that led to it being sealed and citing that people took their own lives and resorted to crime. Weissmann really truly shows Despair in his final moments when he is finally taken down for good.
Now, for a few of the missing pieces, Vainglory, Envy and Despair would be missing here, most notably Envy, but lots of other theories bring up that another Anguis might perish sometime soon, thus enabling one of these sins to be “freed up”, so to speak.
Barkhorn is posited to be the 5th Anguis, while I feel that his place in Western Erebonia may be that he is chasing the 5th Anguis and may not be one himself. The 5th Anguis in Star Door 14 of Sky 3rd reveals that he is very knowledgeable about the Septian Church, and thus his title of “heretic”. If hunting down heretics is part of the Gralsritter’s tasks, then Barkhorn may be there for that reason, but if the Barkhorn theory is true, (which it most certainly can be) then he would be another Ouroboros mole for the forces that oppose them. And if Lechter is a mole, it’s not too far-fetched to think that Barkhorn may be one too.
A counter argument for this that was brought up before I posted this was that Mariabell and Weissmann would have to have the same sin and that it would mean that two of the same sin existed in the Anguis ranks at the same time and that was not possible in their eyes. Well, due to the (technical) existence of more than the seven sins originally, this theory became that much more probable, and that someone else could be a representation of the sin when Weissmann finally kicked the bucket. However, I find that Weissmann and Mariabell are far too different thematically.
Regarding Nielsen, I feel that he may represent something with Ouroboros, not as an Anguis, but perhaps an Enforcer, and a lot of the Enforcers have another theme attached to them, the Rider-Waite tarot. While Nielsen is SUPER fishy, the facts we know about him could represent one of the earlier arcana. But that’s for another time.