|Title||The Witch of Miracles|
|First Appearance||Legend of the Golden Witch|
Minagoroshi-hen (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, manga-only)
|Portrayed By||Yukari Tamura|
"Did you know? They say that in chess, the player who moves first is twice as likely to win?"—Bernkastel
Bernkastel (ベルンカステル Berunkasuteru?) is an extremely powerful witch that has lived for a thousand years. It is said that she lives in a world where concepts such as fate and possibility can be visualized. She can give birth to all kinds of miracles with her immense power but her heart ends up fracturing more every time she does so. She serves as a lesser antagonist in the first four story arcs but later becomes the main antagonist of the series.
Bernkastel is the end result of the centuries of torment endured by Rika Furude. Bernkastel references this in Turn of the Golden Witch, wherein she she begrudgingly recalls her old catchphrase "Nipah~" from the universe of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. All of Rika's negative emotions and memories eventually formed into the being Frederica Bernkastel, who observes Hinamizawa via mysterious means. After an unknown amount of time, Frederica Bernkastel became trapped in a Logic Error created by an unnamed Game Master. As a result, Bernkastel was made to step on a keyboard for centuries until she typed the word "miracle," which earned her the title "Witch of Miracles."
Bernkastel's appearance varies somewhat depending on the adaptation. In the original visual novel, she appears to have the height of a teenager, however in the remakes her height is more similar to a child. In Minagoroshi-hen, Bernkastel appears identical to Rika Furude other than her emotionless eyes. As a general rule, Bernkastel as long blue hair and cold purple eyes. She wears a black and white gothic lolita dress adorned with a blue ribbon along with white socks and black shoes. She appears to have a cat tail with a blue ribbon tied to it.
Legend of the Golden Witch
Turn of the Golden Witch
Similarly to the previous arc, Bernkastel only appears in the ???? scene of Turn of the Golden Witch. In it, she offers more advice to the reader on how to defeat Beatrice after Beatrice reveals that she knows about Bernkastel's prior meddling.
- Bernkastel is frequently likened to a cat, a comparison that is also visible in her character design with her catlike tail protruding from her dress.
- In Banquet of the Golden Witch, Bernkastel expresses a strong liking for alcohol, similar to Rika Furude.
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