“We’ve both been rejected by the world. We both feel the same threat. And yet, here we are, fated to kill each other in the end.” – One (Drakengard 3, Branch C)
There is a lot to say about One. Her motives, her actions, her emotions, and even her deep contrast to Zero. Of all sisters, One puzzles Zero the most. She feels no relation to her in any way, shape, or form. Yet, One is the most accomplished of all of her sisters.
Her relationship to Zero runs deep. Even on first sight, One has hated Zero with deep and overwhelming passion. She is the first to bear arms against her, and is the first to protect her sisters. She even calls it her destiny to kill Zero, and save the world from her. Which leads into another aspect of her: Her desire to end all the lords and protect the world. The goal she set out for herself and her sisters is to rid the world of all of the evil that oppressed the good people, and allow common man to live happily. One didn’t just want to kill Zero, she also wanted to make the world a better place. Yet, she had no idea as to why she felt this way.
“Why do we possess this power? To maintain the order of the world; I’d known this since I was a child. But how did I know it? Who taught that to me?” – One (Visitors)
As One started to question herself, she also began to doubt herself. Not just purpose, or her reasons for fighting, but also of her own existence. This is in deep contrast to her in the beginning. Not only did she have high ambitions, but she also rallied her sisters with no issues. Her emotions were strong, and she wasn’t afraid to show them. It’s how she ended up saving her sisters. Even further, it’s how she ended up befriending Gabriella, a dragon who became a pivotal person in One’s life.
In Intoner Five
, One first met Gabriella in the Land of Seas by chance, and the dragon was intrigued by her power, as it was similar to a “monster” she also seen. One immediately realized who she was talking about, and her emotions ran high, declaring that Zero a traitor, and that it’s her destiny to end her. Gabriella immediately detected her power is nowhere near close to Zero’s, and declared she was no match for her. Yet, this only drives One to become stronger. Her desire to protect the world, and to destroy the monster that is set on destroying the world is ultimately what leads to Gabriella decision to follow One into the depths of hell.
“You think we dragons get all worked up because of what some GIRL asks us to do? I’ll decide whether it’s a burden or not, got it? And I’ll also decide how long I hang around with you guys. I’m the boss of my own fate. Always have been, always will be.” – Gabriella (Drakengard 3, One’s Prologue)
Through their time spent together, and countless battles fought together, Gabriella became One’s true friend. Gabriella sacrificed her life, twice, to give One the power to trump her foes, and each time she has done that, One strives to keep Gabriella alive and by her side, going as far as forging the first ever pact with her.
Ironically, Gabriella has always represented One’s humanity. Throughout their adventures, One has always felt guilt for what she constantly places her friend through, despite Gabriella demanding she stops with such feelings. Ultimately, it is One’s qualities as a human, not as an Intoner, which formed a bond that is as strong as Zero and Michael’s/Mikhail’s. It also can’t be ignored how similar Gabriella and Michael’s fates are, as both sacrificed themselves for their Intoners, in order for one to prevail against the other. It also can’t be ignored that neither Intoner wanted their respective friend to leave them through death. They would gladly die first. Just as Zero gained night terrors of Michael’s death after the fact, One also lost her happiness when Gabriella became a Daemon Dragon and lost her soul.
One has two abnormalities about her. First is her heightened senses. Hearing, seeing, smelling, touching, and tasting. These five senses continuously grows as time passes by. This always her to have extreme awareness of her surroundings, and also have given her the ability to be the best cook of all her sisters despite not enjoying it as much as Two does, but it also penalizes her with the taste of regular food being too intense for her, the attraction of even the slightest trace of a horrible smell, the discomfort of feeling every aspect of her cloths touching her body, and the induced-headaches from the cheering of her people. Yet, she found methods to cope with this. Her second abnormality is her stunted growth. She is unable to grow into an adult due to her pact with Gabriella, linking their lives together. Therefore, while her sisters have grown into adults, One cannot age past the body of a sixteen-year-old.
“But all of us Intoners have one bodily aspect which develops excessively compared to the rest, as a side-effect of our strength. Perhaps it’s silly to expect that those as powerful as ourselves could hope to otherwise live normally.” – One (Visitors)
It is through this that One found solace in the library, being a naturally quiet area. It is here where she started her long journey to find out the meaning of their existence, and why she was destined to fight Zero. It isn’t recorded when One began to doubt herself, but it could only be shortly after she and her sisters rid of all the evil lords. Before this, she was fully convinced to saving the world and defeating Zero, but once all the remained in front of her was Zero, she had time to question why she had to fight her sister, and if it was truly destiny.
For the time being, she could not find an answer. All she knew back then was in order to survive, she had to defeat Zero, and protect her sisters, through any means. This lead to the creation of Brother One.
“Every Intoner needs a disciple by her side. They boost the power of an Intoner’s song, and also quell the desires within them. Desires for sex… For honor… For cruelty… For romance… We all lust after different things. But what exactly did I desire? I couldn’t be sure.” – One (Drakengard 3, One’s Prologue)
One realized she needed a disciple, but made no offer to anyone, only out of not wanting to feel guilt for making someone a slave. Therefore, she created Brother to act as her disciple, knowing that since Brother is herself, she knew she would be forgiven.
One and Brother One have a strange relationship. While One is technically Brother’s mother, she demands to be called Sister instead. Through this, a sibling-like bond is formed between the two, and things take a course that One did not predict.
Brother was given two objectives. First, is to act as her disciple and relieve pressure off of Gabriella. Secondly, to be the one to end Zero, should One be killed by Zero. Brother was created while the world was still held down by the oppressive powers, so One did not question her desire to end Zero during this time. However, she did question her desires.
Loneliness is what governed One to created Brother, and it is through that she had the perfect disciple. For everything One lacked, Brother filled the hole through his obedience, naiveté, and undying love. While One only wanted Brother as a way to boost her power, her humanity and soft heart causes her to become much closer to Brother than she anticipated. There was a point where Brother brought up sex, but One refused to engage in that conversation with him, because it was horribly disgusting to perform incest. Yet, it is a fact that out of all carnal desires, sexual climax is one that Intoners desire the most and absolutely need in order to keep their powers in check. As Brother is the only person One trusted, it was inevitable.
“I know that expression. I’d seen it before. It was the same face she made whenever she was in bed with me. I never understood why she looked so pained while what we were doing made me feel so good. When I asked, she told me it was because it was wrong. That siblings shouldn’t be doing what we were together. But that even knowing that, she couldn’t stop herself. Her voice was so sad. I didn’t understand. If it’s wrong for siblings to do it together, then does that mean it’s okay for strangers to? That seems much wronger to me.” – Brother One (Mirror Mirror)
If there is one thing Brother represented, it is One’s desires. To fill that emptiness in her heart, One needed someone who could understand and coax those desires. No one in the world except Brother would be willing to do so. While Gabriella is definitely part of One’s happiness, she could never give what One desired, while Brother could.
A point is made that One’s sisters all gained disciples during this time, and it was obvious from this point on that they were separated to liberate and govern each land, with One left at Cathedral City. It is at this point that One began to feel lonely, and likely wanted a similar partnership that her sisters had. Or rather, she could not cope without her sisters nearby. Similar to Two, One loves her sisters dearly, and holds no ill intent for any of them. While this does allow her to be the best leader between the five of them, this also causes One to be the most vulnerable when they are lost.
Brother as a whole is entirely dependent on One. While Brother is capable of taking care of himself, he has no desire to. He is wholly loyal to One, in both body and spirit, and this doesn’t change until One is lost forever.
"Who is right? Is it you, One? Is it Two… Four… Five? Or… could it actually be Zero?" – Three (Visitors)
Rivals are known to push each other. It is why even among friends, people tend to compete instead of cooperate. It is through this sense of adrenaline that people can push past their former limits and reach a higher level they never predicted. For One, this is her relationship with Zero in a nutshell.
Throughout her childhood, she has always feared Zero. She has always feared the day when Zero would rise up and kill her sisters, and then end her life. Initially, she took this as a sign of destiny; a time to prove their right to live. If she could defeat Zero, then she could defeat anyone, and she could save the world from tyranny. But Zero was so, so, so much more powerful than she was.
So she trained. She begged for more power. She prayed to become stronger in order to defeat her lifelong nemesis, and prayed that she could protect all she cared dearly for, as Zero would show no mercy. This villain, this devil
, is out to destroy her world, and would lay waste to everything. Five was too ignorant, Four was too immature, Three was too listless, and Two was too carefree. The one who ever showed fear of the coming day, yet was also the only one who could garner the power to rival Zero, is One.
Yet then came the question: Why? Why did she need to kill Zero? Better yet, why did Zero wanted to kill her sisters?
“No one was strong enough to dedicate themselves to a cause they knew was mistaken. They had to justify it somehow first. My search for an answer had been an attempt to justify my reason for fighting my sister today. Did that mean I doubted myself, my decisions?” – One (Visitors)
If you played the game, or even read the previous blog entries, you would know that the real reason why Zero needs to kill the Intoners is to save the world. The flower blooms in all Intoners, and it is an eventual and inevitable time when all Intoners must submit to the will of the flower. The only way to avoid that is through death.Yet, Zero would happily play the antagonist towards One to facilitate this method
, instead of telling her the truth. For the longest time, up until the very end, One held the belief that Zero simply wanted to take the Intoners’ powers for herself and destroy the world with it, when in fact Zero’s intention is to rid the world of Intoners, herself included. This vital piece of info would turn One’s world upside down, yet Zero never revealed it.
Why? Because she never trusted her with it. One is, ultimately, an agent of The Flower, and Zero knew she’s been playing the fool the entire time. There was no need to complicate matters by trying to explain her true intentions. Yet, as One questioned herself, she also desired answers. This is why she began searching for them, and that is when she realized the true nature of Power of Song.
“My sisters are dead—killed by Zero, the betrayer. And yet, I do not feel the fault is hers alone. My sisters were tossed and twisted by the power of their songs, and now the world once again spins toward its own destruction. ...Where did I go wrong? ...Were my motives not pure? It matters not. Zero is coming for me, and it seems my punishment will be to die with such doubts in my mind.” – One (Seven Words)
It is only in one branch, that One never finds out the truth behind Zero’s motives. In all others however, she calls her out on it. After thorough searching, learning, and contemplating, she realized her power is
evil. That in reality, she is no better than her lifelong enemy. In order for the world to be brought on the path to peace, she, her sisters, and Zero had to die.
“Intoners only offer pestilence to this world. Someday, they will be a disease that brings ruin to all human life. That’s why you’re trying to kill us. To save the world.” – One (Drakengard 3, Branch C)
One realized it was inevitable. It was inevitable that her sisters would die to Zero, and it was inevitable that she would be the last one standing to fight Zero. In all except one branch, this is true, and it’s because Zero went through the method of fighting the dumbest Intoner first and saved the smartest for last. The difference in Branch B is Three and Two attempted to kill One themselves, both of which were taken over by the flower’s power, and One figuring this out and resisting it had to be killed off. While Three failed, Two succeeded.
“You're...not...the only one...who's ready to sacrifice...everything...” – One (Drakengard 3, Branch A)
This question of why Intoners exist, and why they’re a cursed plague on the world weighed heavily on One’s mind. However, it finally allowed her to understand Zero, and in turn, it allowed her to mature past her childish call of destiny. Yet, she could not accept this answer. She could not accept Zero being the selfless hero, and herself being the selfish villain. She could not accept that fate turned against her, and she could not accept that Zero never trusted her
“If you think you’re the only one suffering here, you’re out of your goddamn mind! Two, Three, Four, Five... You gave life to each and every one of them… Then you went and killed them all! What did you expect? Cursing the world… Then saving the world… You thought you could do everything by yourself? Well, THIS IS WHAT YOU FUCKING GET!” – One (Drakengard 3, Branch C)
There is a reason why Zero could not find any similarities to One, and why she finds her to be a complete opposite. It’s because up until this point, One has been living Zero’s life from start to finish. She is not a representation of Zero’s repressed emotion, she is a representation of Zero herself.
“Only a handful of kids were lucky enough to have warm food and a bed. Unless you were born into some fancy noble household, you could kiss any hope of a life like that goodbye. You wondered why the hell you were born, grew up knowing you were a thorn in the world's side, turned into a shitty adult, and then unwittingly wound up with a bun in the oven.” – Zero (A Rain to End and a Flower to Begin)
“But you wanna know the best part? After a while, my sister started fighting for “peace”. They come from a flower that’s gonna end the world, and they fight for PEACE? …Hilarious.” – Zero (Drakengard 3, Branch D)
From the days of wondering why her life was so dark and dim, to the day when she decided to save the world from a curse she hypocritically unleashed, Zero and One are the same. In the end, both wanted to save the world, and both realized in order to do that, they had to end the line of Intoners, and themselves.
Despite understanding this, Zero refused to entrust this task to One. At the same time, One refused to forgive Zero for cursing their lives since the very beginning. All of One’s will, her struggles, her dreams, and defiance were crushed by her inevitable fate, and acceptance that in the end, her life was not hers to decide. So she fought for the only thing she could; vengeance for the death of her sisters. Deep down, both One and Zero wanted to defy their own fates. For Zero, it was ridding of the flower and submitting to her own death. For One, it's to be accepted by Zero, and for her to understand that One knows what she's going through.
But in the end, not even that could be gained. Zero prevailed over One, and she is the one to control her fate.