Bernkastel

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Bernkastel
ベルンカステル
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Character Information
Classification Witch
Title The Witch of Miracles
Lady Bernkastel
Gender Female
Age 1000+
Hair Color Blue
Eye Color Purple
First Appearance Legend of the Golden Witch
Minagoroshi-hen (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, manga-only)
Portrayed By Yukari Tamura
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"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 a thousand years. It is said that she lives in a world where concepts like fate and possibility can be visualized. She can give birth to all kinds of miracles with her immense power but, in compensation for that, her heart ends up breaking a bit each time she uses them. In the first four arcs she serves as a lesser antagonist but later on during the core arcs she becomes the main antagonist of the series.

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Background

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 witch Bernkastel.[1]

As punishment for creating a Logic Error, Bernkastel was made to step on a keyboard for centuries until she typed the word "miracle," which earned her the title "Witch of Miracles."

Appearance

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.

Personality

Plot

Legend of the Golden Witch

Bernkastel appears for the first time in Legend of the Golden Witch's ???? scene. She offers the reader advice on how to defeat Beatrice as a means of alleviating potential boredom.

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.

Trivia

  • 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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