Sickness is wont to fester and spread. It must be burned out ere the infection takes hold.Ser Charibert
Charibert lost his parents as a child in a fire. He spent his childhood and adolescence in a priest's orphanage in the Brume where he learned how to read and write, immersing himself in holy scripture and governance under the Articles of Halonic Polity. He was particularly interested in the arcane elements of scripture, having discovered his own latent talents for conjuring flames. This talent grew into an appreciation and love for arcane fire.
When he came of age, his former teacher recommended him for the Supreme Sacred Tribunal of Halonic Inquisitory Doctrine. At roughly the same time, his childhood orphanage was gutted by a fire of unknown origin. The inherent grace with which the thirty-three-year-old knight wielded magic (a skill perfected during his extended sessions with his prisoners) was unparalleled, and he was inducted into the archbishop's personal guard.
Ser Charibert served as the First Inquisitor, and oversaw the practises and methods of other inquisitors, such as Cyr Blyme. Before the induction of Zephirin de Valhourdin, the position of Very Reverened Archimandrite was upheld by Ser Vaindreau de Rouchemarde, who discovered the archbishop's plan to summon King Thordan as a primal. The archbishop tasked Charibert with "dealing" with the Archimandrite, to which Charibert killed him in late night combat, leaving nothing but ash where he once stood.
Ser Charibert is met in the Forgotten Knight of Ishgard, entering the tavern after the Warrior of Light and Alphinaud Leveilleur meet with Hilda Ware. He accuses the Scions and the "rats" among them of plotting insurrection against Ishgard. After Hilda opens gunfire on him, he demands they meet with him outside, before her "toys" hurt someone. There, he engages with the Warrior of Light before their fight is interrupted by Lucia Junius as they are in front of the Congregation of Our Knights Most Heavenly. Before Lucia can strike Charibert down, he escapes to the roofs of Foundation, giving them a taunting bow as he vanishes.
He is later met in the Vault, where he attempts to halt the Warrior of Light's pursuit of archbishop Thordan VII and rescue of Aymeric de Borel by transforming into a powerful mage, growing in size and summoning both Black and White Knight contraptions to run them down and bathe the rooftops in holy fire. He is defeated, and after Ser Zephirin murders Haurchefant Greystone, he escapes with the archbishop and his knights.
Ser Charibert, alongside his fellow Heavens' Ward, join Thordan VII in the Singularity Reactor, after the Warrior of Light defeats both Lahabrea and Igeyorhm. The knights transform into the Knights of the Round and assist King Thordan in combat against the Warrior of Light. Upon defeat, Charibert and the other knights fall to the ground, and are encompassed in a swell of aetherical light.
Charibert is a Wildwood Elezen with dark blond hair tied up behind his head, and sharp golden eyes. He wears a light gray lipstick and the Ward's Mage attire, a Halonic alb in the white and blue colors of his order, with its insignia on his robes. Across his right cheek is a scar, inflicted on him during his fight with the former Archimandrite of the Heavens' Ward, Ser Vaindreau. In battle he wields the Widowbreaker, a thaumaturge's staff made of steel and silver, with a blue accent and a spiked staff head.
Ser Charibert is best known for his ruthless persecution of heretics and his brutal interrogations, which often end in the conviction and execution of the accused. He is a sadist, and takes joy in interrogating both guilty and innocent alike, coming up with new means of torture, such as using Black Knights and White Knights contraptions. As such, Ser Charibert─not unlike Ser Grinnaux─is an unusual addition to the Heavens' Ward, who are otherwise known as pious and holy men. His elegance in battle and use of magic has given him renown as a fierce battle mage.
Charibert speaks in a flamboyant way in the Japanese version, using okama slang and narration. In English, this is depicted as sarcastic and condescending pleasantry instead.
His weapon, Widowbreaker, is named for his methods of "breaking" heretics - where a second-rate Inquisitor would capture the heretic, and a first-rate Inquisitor would kill the heretic and leave his wife a widow, an Inquisitor beyond compare would kill the heretic and his wife, so that one less lovelorn widow would be left in the world.
Ser Charibert is fought as the final boss in The Vault.
|Description||“Sickness is wont to fester and spread. It must be burned out ere the infection takes hold.”|
|Obtain||Randomly obtainable upon completing The Vault|
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