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References - Anima




Asher
[Hyuga's anima relic.]

Literally "happy" or "blessed," and one of the twelve tribes of Israel, also one of the sons of Jacob. Asher is also a Philistine goddess. She's mentioned several times in books about Mesopotamian culture, so she must have been popular. In the game, the relic Asher was attached to Fenrir and aligned with Hyuga Ricdeau.





Dan
[Bart's anima relic.]

One of the twelve tribes of Israel, and known for its fighting men. In many legends and records I've read, Dan is considered the 'lowliest' of tribes, but I have yet to find out why. In the game, Krelian's notes tell us that Dan is the relic aligned to Bart, and the Perfect Works merely says that it's aligned to a surface-dweller.





Dinah
[Sophia's anima relic, aligned 500 years ago.]

Dinah was Jacob's daughter. "Dina" is an angel of the seventh heaven. In the book of names (well, my old copy), the name means "judged". Make of that what you will... The rest of this information was kindly donated by Berk Watkins:

Dinah.. one of the daughters of Jacob (and the only one named in the Bible). Sister to Simeon, Reuben, Levi, Judah, Asher, Issacher and Zebulun. Half-sister to Gad, Dan, Naphtali, Joseph and Benjamin. (note, Benjamin is not used as a name in Xenogears, because Benjamin was born in the land of Canaan, in Bethlehem in fact, the other children of Jacob/Israel was born at his father-in-law's house in the east.) Mentioned for being raped by a Canaanite prince. Simeon and Levi led their brothers in a scheme to exact revenge on the people of the town the prince's father ruled, resulting in the people of that village being killed. Not.. the most auspicious name in the world.... For additional data on the story look at Genesis 34.





Gad
[Unknown anima relic.]

This was another son of Jacob (who supplied David with his best warriors). The Perfect Works says this relic is aligned to a surface dweller, but no name is given. Since there are only three alinged on the surface and Dan is already taken, this relic probably belongs to either Billy or Rico. Judging only by the reference, I'd guess Rico.





Issachar
[Unknown anima relic, aligned 500 years ago.]

Literally "reward bringer". Issachar was the ninth son of Jacob and the fifth son of Leah. He was also the anscestor of one of the tribes of Israel. In the game, this relic was aligned five hundred years ago to one of the deceased Gazel Ministers. I assume it is still in their possession.





Joseph
[Unknown anima relic.]

Joseph was the youngest son of Jacob, and was highly favored by his father. He also had the ability (I think it was a gift from God) to interpret people's dreams. The fact that he was the favorite didn't sit well with his brothers, and they attempted to murder him, but ended up selling him into slavery in Egypt instead. While there, he spent some time in prison (falsely accused of raping his master's wife), but later his ability concerning dreams led to his appointment as an important advisor to the pharoah. He eventually reunited with his family, and I think he remained a powerful prince of Egypt.

The Perfect Works says this relic is aligned to a surface dweller, but no name is given. Since there are only three alinged on the surface and Dan is already taken, this relic probably belongs to either Billy or Rico.





Judah
[Krelian's anima relic, aligned 500 years ago.]

Literally "Praise be to the Lord". (How fitting!) A son of Jacob and one of the tribes of Israel - commonly considered the greatest of them, in legend. Their banner was a lion on a field of blue, according to The Scroll of the War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness. Alternately, the prince named Judah compiled the oral laws of the Jewish people, which in turn had great influence on the entire religion and culture, both past and present.

As stated, this Relic was aligned with Krelian five hundred years ago. Before Sophia's death Krelian was one of the fanatic faithful, and later he was fixated on finding his 'god,' so this definition is fitting. More on this in Krelian's shrine.







Levi
[Unknown anima relic, aligned 500 years ago.]

Levi was aligned five hundred years ago to one of the deceased members of the Gazel Ministry, according to the chart in the Perfect works. In the Bible, Levi was the third son of Jacob and Leah, and one of the tribes of Israel - all priests were from this tribe (but not all were priests). This is still in the possession of Solaris.





Naphtali
[Grahf's anima relic, aligned 500 years ago.]

Means "my struggle". (I don't need to say it, do I?) The tribe of Naphtali was very warlike, also the tenth son of Jacob. In the game Naphtali is given as Grahf's relic, aligned five hundred years ago.





Reuben
[Unknown anima relic, aligned 500 years ago.]

Quoted from Behind the Name: "behold, a son" (Hebrew). In the Old Testament he was the eldest son of Jacob and Leah and the ancestor of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. According to the Perfect Works, this relic was aligned to one of the four deceased members of the Gazel Ministry five hundred years ago. It is still in the possession of Solaris.





Simeon
[Unknown anima relic, aligned 500 years ago.]

One of the sons of Jacob and ancestor to one of the twelve tribes of Israel. The Perfect Works says this was aligned to one of the four Gazel Ministers who died five hundred years ago. It is still in the possession of Solaris.





Zebulun
[Ramsus's anima relic.]

Means "He dwelled". One of the sons of Jacob and ancestor to the Zebulun tribe of Israel. Notable deeds include skillful fighting and the destruction of idols. IN the game, Zebulun is aligned with Ramsus to create the gear Vendetta.





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