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References - Gears




Achtzehn
[Nicolai's gear.]

The number eighteen, in German. In the game this gear was the second prototype, piloted by Maria's father during the attack on Shevat.





Amphisbaena (Amphysvena)
[A gear used once by Ramsus.]

"A Greek serpent with two heads, one on each end of its body. When chopped in half, it will become one again." (From Encyclopedia Mythica.) In the game, Amphysvena is an omnigear, the last that Ramsus pilots when he fights Fei in Merkava. It is speculated that this is Krelian's gear, but there is no conclusive evidence to support that claim.





Andvari
[Bart's omnigear.]

Andvari was the dwarf who lost his treasure to the fire god Loki. He was a craftsman and was the richest dwarf, out of all men who dwelt underground. (snip)

Loki, accompanied by Hreidmar, undertook this great task, and went through a maze of underground tunnels to an underground lake, where he caught a large pike, which, not unlike the otter, turned out to be quite more than it first appeared. The pike was, in fact, the dwarf Andvari. Andvari sacrificed his immense treasure, which included a magical gold-making ring (known as Andvarinaut), because of Loki's horrible threats, but in his anger, the dwarf laid a powerful curse on his ring. The curse would cause doom to whoever wore it. (snip)

"In this way, we see that Andvari's curse continued to cling to the stolen gold and brought about the death of all those who attempted to possess it." (P. 179, Cotterell).


[Note: It says in the book, also, to see "Rings of Power". Perhaps this legend was a large influence on Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings'; for instance, one might aquaint Andvari with Gollum, and the cursed, gold-making ring with Frodo's Ring of Power.]

[Note: Why Bart's gear is called Andvari is quite beyond me; Andvari himself did not appear to be significant in Norse legends, but his ring caused the great hero Sigurd much grief. Although Bart wasn't as nice to Sigurd as he could have been, there was nothing in the game that hinted to anything of the magnitude of giving away a cursed ring.]

In the game, this omnigear belonged to the Fatima family.





Brigandier
[Bart's gear.]

SYLLABICATION: brig·and
NOUN: A robber or bandit, especially one of an outlaw band.
ETYMOLOGY: Middle English brigaunt, from Old French, from Old Italian brigante, skirmisher, from present participle of brigare, to fight. See brigade.
OTHER FORMS: brigand·age (-n-dj) , brigand·ism -NOUN

Brigandier means, simply, Thief. It bears the closest resembelance to "brigand" which is, of course, a reference to robbers or thieves, especially those who are part of an outlaw band. The other possible reference may be toward "brigadier" which was a title meaning General in the french foreign legion, I believe. Either way, they are both pretty close to Bart's gear, and his entire lifestyle. (See Contributors.)

In the game, this is the gear Bart piloted for the first half of the story.





Crescens
[Emeralda's Gear.]

Quotes from the holy book -- "...... For Demas hath forsaken me having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia; Titus unto Dalmatia." (II Timothy 4:10)

"...... On this day we celebrate the memory of holy martyr Kodratos of Corinth and Anektos, Paul, Dionsios, Cyprian and Crescens who were with him." (Not from the holy book, that I can see - I think it was the author's statement)


Initially it looks like Crescens, Demas, and Titus--all followers of Paul the apostle-- abandoned him and went on their merry ways. (2.Timothy.10)

Yet Titus not only has an epistle later dedicated to him, but is consistantly treated through all of Paul's later writings as having a good heart (2.Corinthians.13-16, etc). Similarly, in Paul's epistle to Philemon, he mentions that Demas is still one of '[his] fellow laborers' (Philemon.24). I couldn't find anything else about Crescens, but it's possible that he traveled to Galatia to similarly spread Paul's words.

'Forsaken' is a pretty rough term though; I'm fuzzy on Paul's timeline, but I think the epistles to Timothy were still before Philemon (Paul makes mention of needing Mark to travel to him in 2.Timothy.11, and then in Philemon.24 he's already there... bah, I'm so rusty on Paul's writings). Perhaps he just means that the three decided to live in other lands, essentially abandoning him at his home. Or change locations so that they wouldn't get put on trial either. Hmmm. Sounds good. Galatia was a Roman province in Asia Minor.

(Kindly donated by Cheshire Court)





Fenrir
[Hyuga/Shitan's omnigear.]

Fenrir was the son of the mischief-making fire god, Loki, and the forest giantess named Angrboda. He was the devouring wolf, the spawn of Ragnarok, and the doom of the gods. "His was an axe-age, a sword-age, an wind-age, a wolf-age, before the wrecking of the world." (Cotterell, P. 189).

Fenrir was kidnapped by the gods and kept under Asgard where the gods could keep an eye on him, but he was so savage that only Tyr, the war god, dared to feed him. The gods tried to restrain Fenrir by asking the dwarves to make a powerful chain, but no one could loop it around his neck. Only Tyr dared to, and he lost his hand when Fenrir bit onto it after finding out that it would not break.

At Ragnarok, Fenrir was freed from captivity. His vast mouth stretched from the top of the sky to the ground, and he swallowed Odin in the war.


[Notes: Citan pilots the gear, Heimdall, who heralds Ragnarok, and eventually ends the game by piloting Fenrir, who, in the end, destroys the king of the Norse Gods, Odin. That's quite an interesting connection.

However, it would have been interesting to hear the references that were made about Heimdall being a gear that could not be tamed to Fenrir instead, as Fenrir was the vicious being that never let himself be restrained.
]

In the game, this gear belonged to Shitan, and was left in the care of Taura until the beginning of the second disk.





Heimdall
[Shitan's first gear.]

Heimdall is the god of light, the son of nine mothers (daughters of Geirrendour the Giant). He was born at the end of the world and raised by the force of the earth, seawater and the blood of a boar. Because of his shining, golden teeth he is also called Gullintani ("gold tooth"). His hall is Himinbjorg, The Cliffs of Heaven, and his horse is Gulltop. Heimdall carries the horn Gjall. He is the watchman of the gods and guards Bifrost, the only entrance to Asgard, the realm of the gods. It is Heimdall's duty to prevent the giants from forcing their way into Asgard. He requires less sleep then a bird, and sees by night as well as by day a hundred miles around him. His hearing is so accurate that no sound escapes him: he can even hear the grass grow or the wool on a sheep's back. At the final conflict of Ragnarok he will kill his age-old enemy, the evil god Loki, but will die himself from the wounds inflicted by him. As the god Rig ("ruler"), Heimdall created the three races of mankind: the serfs, the peasants, and the warriors. It is interesting to note why Heimdall fathered them, and not Odin as might be expected.

In the game, this gear was given to Shitan when it became apparent he was the only one suitable to use it.





Opiomorphus (Opiomorph)
[Miang's gear.]

Quoted from A Dictionary of Angels: in Ophitic (gnostic) lore, the serpent Opiomorphus is a name for the Hebrew devil Sammael. In the game, Opiomorph is the nanomachine-enhanced gear that Miang pilots in Merkava, in the shape of a great serpent.





Regulus (Regrs)
[Elly's omnigear.]

This name is a subject of some debate. Someone brought to my attention -- or reminded me, rather -- that the translator's romanization could have screwed up the name of Sophia's gear. The Japanese name was "Regurus/Regulus," which has a few possible meanings: Regulus is the brightest star in Leo, the genus of a small bird called a kinglet, and is the name of a martyred Roman general in the Punic Wars.

In the game, this was the mysterious Omnigear in Shevat's care, later revealed to belong to Sophia. Only Elly can pilot it, of course.





Renmazuo
[Billy's gear.]

According to Chyin Yu, Billy's gear, Renmazuo, if given a certain accent/pinyin in Chinese, means the star sign, Sagittarius. I don't really know if this is the real meaning, but well... Oh, and the typical charactersitics I know of a Sagittarian is that they are very blunt and outspoken about their thoughts and feelings. They are also somewhat ingrates as they will never remember, nor be grateful for what good deeds a person has done for them.





Seibzehn
[Maria's gear.]

I hear this is German, meaning the number "17". Maria's gear was a numbered prototype, and she controlled it through mental energy.





Stier
[Rico's gear.]

All I got was a page on livestock. Isn't that just sad? But according to Wuffy's old page, Stier is the German word for Bull, also one of the twelve signs of the zodiac.





Vendetta
[Ramsus's gear.]

[It lit. revenge, fr. L vindicta, fr. vindicare to avenge -- more at vindicate] 1 : Blood feud 2 : a prolonged feud marked by bitter hostility. (Taken directly from Webster's Third New International Dictionary. This thing has almost 500,000 word entries and definitions! It's a writer's dream!)

This is perfect for poor Ramsus. For most of the second disc he is chasing after Fei, hoping to take revenge on him for events of the past and his current situation, although it really isn't Fei's fault. Ramsus's first major victory against Fei is gained in his Omnigear, Vendetta.

There was speculation that Vendetta was originally Krelian's gear. (I don't know why, though... that was a long time ago.) Vendetta fit Ramsus's purpose, but it also fits Krelian's.





Vierge
[Elly's first gear.]

Derived from -- virgin, maid. La (Sainte) Vierge, the Blessed Virgin. (In astronomy, "La Vierge" - Virgo)





Weltall
[Fei/Grahf's gear.]

German for Space (as in the thing with planets & stars), or "universe". (Five different letters and a bunch of references agree on this. ^_^ Several websites have the same information.)





Wyvern
[Ramsus's gear.]

The wyvern is a popular mythical creature of the dragon species - but while dragons walk on all fours, wyverns move more like you'd expect a T-rex to move - on two feet, with "arms". Heh. That's the way it is in Vagrant Story, anyway. ^.~ It's a winged creature, as is Ramsus's gear... so draw what conclusions you will.





Xenogears
[Fei's final gear.]

The general definition for "Xeno" is foreign -- in all languages. I've gotten letters from different people telling me it means the same thing in their particular language, so I suppose this is accurate, ne? ^_~ And considering the circumstances when Fei gets this gear, and the story behind both he and the gear itself, this makes perfect sense. As far as the titles go, it also makes sense - though you have to really think it through. ^_^





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