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With these eyes, I see many things... things you cannot imagine...

— Sword Maiden

Sword Maiden (剣の乙女, Tsurugi no Otome), formerly known as Female Bishop (女司教, Onna shikyō)[2][1], is a former gold-ranked adventurer who currently serves as the Temple of Law's Archbishop of the Supreme God.

Appearance

Sword Maiden is a beautiful woman with wavy ankle-length blonde hair that is braided back by a black bow with bangs hanging over her forehead (mostly hanging on the right side), and chest-length hair strands which hang on either side. She has pale blue eyes that are often covered by a black blindfold, full pink lips, and a voluptuous body.

She wears white robes with blue outlines and a golden decoration around her hip. Her body is covered in several faint white lines that have all mostly healed by the time the events of the story takes place. However, her eyes have healed to a lesser extent.

Personality

Sword Maiden is a calm and compassionate woman who doesn't normally get upset with others. However, this masks the depression and anxiety beneath her exterior, as the trauma that was born from her experience as a captive of goblins follows her to this day. Her fear of goblins is so overwhelming that the simple mention of them makes the young woman tremble. While Sword Maiden tries to beg for help, nobody has ever taken her pleas seriously as they believe a former Gold-ranked adventurer could and should not fear the Lowliest of Monsters.

As a result, she became unable to deal with the goblins terrorizing the sewers under her own city which made her resort to hiring adventurers. When it is revealed the Princess was taken to the Dungeon of the Dead by goblins, the King's court immediately suggested that Sword Maiden goes to rescue her while not taking into consideration her horrible past, an act that almost breaks the former adventurer. It was only thanks to meeting Goblin Slayer that it has lessened.

Sword Maiden demonstrates a capability for being quite childish. Before the festival, she was seen kicking and turning in her bed when told to get up, wanting to go to the festival rather than her Archbishop duties. She perked up when Goblin Slayer was mentioned, but fell right back down when her duties were brought up again.[3]

Background

Sword Maiden was an adventurer captured by goblins on her first adventure and tortured mercilessly. Yet, she somehow escaped and worked as an appraiser in Fortress City until the events of Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana where she began work as an adventurer once again.

She made her mark in history ten years ago by defeating the Demon Lord along with five other adventurers, becoming a renowned hero. It was around that time that she first met the future King.

One of her roles was being her party's cartographer, mapping out the dungeons as they delved into them.

Chronology

Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana

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High Priestess was confronted by two adventurers who wanted her to appraise their equipment. After evaluating their gear as poor, the adventurers demanded she give them the "real" evaluation; when she could not, the adventurers compared the look on her face to when she was attacked by goblins. When one of them made an advance toward High Priestess, suggesting another line of "work", the leader of another party stepped up to confront them. Once they were deterred, the leader offered High Priestess a position in his party.[4] When the party made their way to a temple, Female Wizard helped her pick out a black blindfold, and High Priestess blushed after receiving a compliment from the party leader. At the temple, she looked on confusedly as the party leader prepared to duel with the next recruit.[5]

Year One Volume 1

On the ninth level of the Dungeon of the Dead, High Priestess and her party debated on whether to go back or to advance to the tenth level and face the Demon Lord. When the leader asked for her opinion, High Priestess told them she wanted to keep going, as there may not be a next time. With the party resolving to advance, High Priestess was certain the world would be saved.

Year One Volume 2

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Goblin Slayer Volume 2

Having heard of Goblin Slayer’s achievements, Sword Maiden enlisted him and his party to slay goblins infesting the sewers underneath Water Town, the city her temple oversees.

However, once they destroyed the portal allowing the goblins through, Goblin Slayer approached Sword Maiden and proclaimed that she knew the circumstances behind the goblin nest in the sewers, as he had concluded the alligator in there was a familiar. Sword Maiden admitted she took baths to cover the wounds and stench she shared with the alligator and apologized for not showing her best side to his young friend. She added that although the Demon Lord forces behind everything were vanquished, there were still goblins beneath the town; she wanted the people to fear the goblins as she did, but ultimately, nobody was able to. Sword Maiden asked Goblin Slayer if he shared her feelings, and was deeply saddened to hear his blunt denial. However, he promised that he will slay any goblins upon request, including the ones in her dreams. Moved to tears of joy, Sword Maiden exclaimed that she cherished him.[6]

Goblin Slayer Volume 3

Unable to go to the festival, Sword Maiden pouted and refused to get up from her bed to attend to her duties as an archbishop, which displeased the nun asking her to do so. She briefly beamed at the mention of Goblin Slayer, but slumped back down after her responsibilities were brought up again, much to the nun's exasperation.[3]

She later worked with Hero in the astral plane to slay the beast Hecatoncheir before it could be summoned by Dark Elf.[7]

Goblin Slayer Volume 4

She had a conversation with The King regarding the recent crises occurring around them as well as reminiscing old times and how they struggle with their new positions. [8]

Goblin Slayer Volume 5

In a letter sent to Goblin Slayer, Sword Maiden informed that she had no dreams of goblins since their last encounter, thanking him and his party for it. She then asked him to take a quest to find a noblewoman who had gone missing slaying goblins.[9]

Goblin Slayer Volume 6

During a conversation with Noble Fencer, Sword Maiden asked her what she thought about Goblin Slayer. Upon hearing that Noble Fencer merely thought that she owed him her life, Sword Maiden smiled happily while walking with her.[10]

Goblin Slayer Volume 7

Sword Maiden was given several clay tablets by Goblin Slayer for her to decipher. She was unable to, but offered to take them to the library for further study. Sword Maiden asked if Goblin Slayer could come back soon, only to learn that he was obligated to leave south for a wedding. Before he left, Sword Maiden warned him to be careful traveling the river.[11]

In the library, Sword Maiden and an acolyte of the God of Knowledge deciphered the tablets and learned of a powerful foe that threatened all creation. As Sword Maiden went to prepare a letter to The King and the chief of the elves, she stated that if Goblin Slayer could save the people, they had to save the world.[12]

Goblin Slayer Volume 8

Back when she was an adventurer, High Priestess and her party defeated greater demons in the Dungeon of the Dead's ninth level, after which she began mapping the area. To herself, High Priestess whispers that she was relieved that their opponent wasn't goblins, though she didn't allow her party to hear her words.

In the present day, Sword Maiden was obliged to participate in The King's council at the capital, but the appearance of tattooed goblin riders prompts her to hire Goblin Slayer's party as bodyguards. When they camp for the night on their way to the capital, Sword Maiden is consoled by Goblin Slayer after she experiences a flashback of her ordeal with goblins. She is quickly brought back to the carriage when they sense the presence of goblins, and Sword Maiden silently wishes for none of them to live. Once they reach the capital gates, Sword Maiden's presence allows them quick entry. When the group learns that Priestess' armor was stolen, Sword Maiden asked Goblin Slayer to comfort the young girl and decided to bring it up during the council.

At the king's council, Sword Maiden informs the king of the theft, which the latter promises to look into. When they get word that the princess was kidnapped by goblins, Sword Maiden deduces that the goblin nest was located in the Dungeon of the Dead. As she was one of the six adventurers who successfully challenged the dungeon, Sword Maiden is pressured by the king's advisers to rescue the princess. Right before she is forced to accept, Noble Fencer returns to the council room with Goblin Slayer's party, who are willing to accept. Before they set off for the dungeon, Sword Maiden gives Goblin Slayer a Blue Ribbon, a key that would allow them further entry into the dungeon, and a map sketched from memory. Noble Fencer asks her if she ever wished to be an adventurer again, to which Sword Maiden replies that she no longer had the courage to face her fears. When the two went back to the castle, Sword Maiden wishes all the goblins would disappear.

Sword Maiden later burst into the dungeon with a group of warrior-priests to kill the remaining goblins, announcing that their enemy were Non-Prayers who sought to summon demons. Sword Maiden is barely able to hold up her sword and scales while leaning on her crocodile for support while confronting the goblins, and fixated her gaze on Goblin Slayer as a source of strength.

Light Novel Volume 15

Abilities

As a former gold-ranked adventurer, Sword Maiden is one of the most powerful humans on the planet. As an Archbishop, she also possesses both religious and political influence.

  • Cartography: Sword Maiden was her party's cartographer when they challenged the dungeon, and was able to produce maps of it Lizard Priest regarded as well drawn.[13]

Miracles

  • Resurrection《蘇生 (リザレクション) Rizarekushon》: After sleeping with a virgin, both the latter and the user get a major recovery from any injuries they have previously received. She was able to cast it on Priestess and Goblin Slayer.
  • Appraisal 《鑑定, Kantei》: Although she is blind, this skill gives her the ability to verify the properties and value of items.[14]
  • Alligator Familiar: Sword Maiden used a familiar in the form of an alligator to deal with goblins in the sewers of Water Town.
  • Protection《聖壁 (プロテクション) Purotekushon》: She is able to cast an exceptionally strong Protection miracle, a miracle which creates a magical barrier that shields her and her allies from attacks and projectiles.[15]
  • Silence《沈黙 (サイレンス) Sairensu[15]
  • Holy Light《聖光 (ホーリーライト) Hōrīraito[15]
  • Fire: During her adventure in the Dungeon of the Dead, she cast flames on a slime to prevent it from suffocating Female Warrior.[16]

Equipment

  • Sword-and-scales Staff: A staff shaped in the form of a sword and scale.[17] Shaped much like the sign of the Supreme God, it is a sign of righteousness and the justice of the law.[18]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Goblin Slayer Gaiden 2: Dai Katana Light NovelVolume 1
  2. Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana Light Novel - Volume 1, Step 2: Wire-Frame Proving Ground
  3. 3.0 3.1 Goblin Slayer Light Novel - Volume 3, Interlude: Of a Surprisingly Troublesome Woman
  4. Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana Manga - Chapter 1
  5. Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana Manga - Chapter 3
  6. Goblin Slayer Light Novel - Volume 2, Chapter 11: There and Back Again
  7. Goblin Slayer Light Novel - Volume 3, Interlude: Of the Hero and Her First Hail Mary Attack
  8. Goblin Slayer Light Novel - Volume 4, Chapter 6: Of the Destruction of the Demon-Enthralled Temple of Doom
  9. Goblin Slayer Light Novel - Volume 5, Chapter 2: Mass Combat
  10. Goblin Slayer Light Novel - Volume 6, Interlude: Of Two Women
  11. Goblin Slayer Light Novel - Volume 7, Chapter 2: Beard-Cutter Goes to the Southern River
  12. Goblin Slayer Light Novel - Volume 7, Interlude: Of a Flash of Inspiration at the Library
  13. Goblin Slayer Light Novel - Volume 8, Chapter 6: The Princess's Ordeal
  14. Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana Manga - Chapter 1
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Goblin Slayer Light Novel - Volume 8, Chapter 1: The Prime of Youth, Now Ashes
  16. Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana Manga - Chapter 8
  17. Goblin Slayer Light Novel - Volume 2, Chapter 7: Whispers and Prayers and Chants
  18. Goblin Slayer Light Novel - Volume 8, Chapter 9: Goblin Hand, Sign of Destruction
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Major Characters

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Adventurers

Apprentice Cleric Die.png Bugman Monk Die.png Captain Die.png Druid Girl Die.png Dwarf Scout Die.png Elf Acolyte Die.png Female Knight Die.png Female Warrior Die.png Female Wizard Die.png Fighter (formerly) Die.png Half-Elf Light Warrior Die.png Half-Elf Ranger Die.png Half-Elf Scout Die.png Harefolk Hunter Die.png Heavy Warrior Die.png Hero Die.png Knight of Diamonds Die.png Martial Artist Die.png Noble Fencer (formerly) Die.png Professor Die.png Rhea Fighter Die.png Rhea Scout (formerly) Die.png Rookie Warrior Die.png Sage Die.png Scout Boy Die.png Spearman Die.png Sword Saint Die.png Warrior Die.png Witch Die.png Wizard Die.png Wizard Boy Die.png Young Warrior

Antagonists

Dark Elf Die.png Demon Lord Die.png Evil Wizard Die.png Goblin Lord Die.png Hecatoncheir Die.png Ice Witch Die.png Ogre

Other

Apprentice Boy Die.png Arc Mage Die.png Burglar Die.png Cow Girl's Uncle Die.png Forest Princess Die.png Goblin Slayer's Older Sister Die.png Guild Girl's Colleague Die.png Illusion Die.png Inspector Die.png Padfoot Waitress Die.png Senior Guild Receptionist Die.png Sister Grape Die.png Smith Die.png The King Die.png The Princess Die.png Truth

TRPG Belvedere Die.png Choushunka Die.png Kyuu Die.png Legato Improvvisazione
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