Frederica Bernkastel

Frederica Bernkastel is a anime/manga character in the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni franchise
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A Mysterious Presence in Higurashi. The witch of miracles in Umineko, and also the most cruelest witch of all; She is the main antagonist of the series

Frederica is a mysterious presence in the world of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. She is the narrator of the various story arcs that take place in the series hinting about certain aspects of the plot and characters. Being omnipresent over such events, Frederica likes playing around with time and events as she appears to a young Takano in one reality to keep her parents from getting in their accident. Appearing as an adult Rika, Frederica denies being Rika though it is strongly hinted that she is the combined form of the mental states Rika had in each of the alternate Hinamizawas.

Origin

Bernkastel original artwork
Bernkastel original artwork

Bernkastel's origin in the story is unclear, she may be related to Furude Rika from Higurashi, but Bernkastel herself states that she is not Rika and that anyone who would think they are one is silly. The most accepted theory is that she is the recollection of the mental states of all Rikas that existed in all the parallel universes of Higurashi; another one is that similar to Battler or Eva that were able to ascend to a player as conceptual beings; Bernkastel may be the conceptual existence of Rika as a player against Lambdadelta. Also, Lambdadelta stated that it was because she granted a wish to a girl who wanted to became a god, that this girl was able to bring Bernkastel to her.

Creation

Bernkastel new artwork in the visual novel's remake
Bernkastel new artwork in the visual novel's remake

Even if Ryukishi hasn't stated in what he based this character, is pretty obvious that she is in some way based on Furudo Rika, his name Frederica is similar to Furude Rika, and his last name Bernkastel is a wine brand.

Evolution of Bernkastel

She appears at first as an emotionless girl who apparently was on the "good side", however he didn't interfere directly until fourth game.

Later she reveals his real personality, she is twisted, insane and cruel even more than Lambdadelta, is explained by Lambda that this is because they were long time trapped in a logic error, a complete isolation, that made both of them insanse. To escape from this logic error, Bernkastel had to create a miracle by this earning the title of Witch of Miracles

ROLE IN STORY

Higurashi no naku koro ni

Frederica Bernkastel as she appears in Higurashi no naku koro ni
Frederica Bernkastel as she appears in Higurashi no naku koro ni

She only appears at the end of Matsuribayashi hen, travels to the past of Takano and change her unfortunate fate, however it isn't knowed if this is the same Frederica Bernkastel

In Saikoroshi hen, Rika states that she should stop being the witch of Bernkastel (however this isn't canon)

Higurashi no naku koro ni (Gameboard)

She was battling against Lambdadelta over the Higurashi's multiverse, Bernkastel was constantly being defeated by Magic of certainty of Lambdadelta that allowed Takano to always fulfil her objective, however, Bernkastel never surredered, and she manages to trick Lambdadelta to gain advantage in the gameboard, by this she creates the miracle and defeat Lambdadelta

Legend of the golden witch

She appears at the end, in the ???? (witches tea party), she came to Beatrice's board because she found it interesting and it may be entertaining, after that she exchanges a few words with the watcher/lector, stating that even if she helps the human side, she must not be considered an ally. She also state that she is the cruelest witch of all

Turn of the golden witch

Her role is minimum here, she appears in the banquet at the end with a goat mask, repl ying to beatrice that her likes are disgusting. She is showed in the ???? talking with Beatrice who already knew Bern's true intentions in the board, so she called Lambdadelta, Bernkastel's rival and friend, to help her and opose to Bernkastel.

Banquet of the golden witch

Also her role is minimum here, and only appears in Eva-Beatrice's celebration, and in the ???? talking with Beatrice and Lambdadelta

Alliance of the golden witch

Bernkastel encounters Ange
Bernkastel encounters Ange
Bernkastel with Lambdadelta in the ending
Bernkastel with Lambdadelta in the ending

Recently here she start to have a more prominent role, she appears to Ushiromiya Ange twelve years in the future, and offers to her the posibility to come back to the Rokkenjima of 1986; she helps and gives advices to Ange some times. When Ange reachs to 1986, Bernkastel advice her to not reveal his name or she will disappear; however all this was part of Bern's plan as she knew that Battler will lost his fight spirit in any moment, and Ange by revealing herself will allow Battler to regain his fight spirit, this causes to Ange to disappear only after she turned into minced meat; Bernkastel only complains because she lost an advantage piece, and together with Lambdadelta they laugh about the situation. In the ???? she is debating and pl aying with Lambdadelta about the game board of Rokkenjima, at the end both states that Beato with certainty cannot win and a miracle with certainty will not happen.

End of the golden witch

Bernkastel and Erika
Bernkastel and Erika

Because Beatrice isn't able to participate in the fifth game, Lambdadelta assumes the role of Gamemaster, however Battler refuses to participate, so Bernkastel take the Human side role as a player, here she starts to show here real twisted and insane personality, joking about Ange's death and Beato's status. He allows by a miracle the survival of Furudo Erika and places her as her piece and new detective moving aside piece Battler's role. Later she travels with Lambda and Battler to the sea fo fragments, a reality that contains multiple universes, and by searching information in the Kakeras, in less than a second she resolves the Epitaph riddle. With the help of her piece Erika and Erika's furniture Dlanor, they pointed Natsuhi at the culprit with a perfect theory denying the existence of Beatrice and killed her, and defeated Battler. After that together with Erika she captures almost all Beato's furniture and deny their existence, then she nominate Erika as the new territory lord of that fragment and gives to her the rank of Witch of the Truth. However Battler who was agonizing, came back to live and adquires thanks to Lambdadelta the rank of sorcerer, by this he is able to defeat both Erika and Dlanor's theory, irritating Bernkastel, who blames Erika because their theory wasn't perfect.

Dawn of the golden witch

Again with Erika and Dlanor they fight with Battler who is now at the witch's side. In this arc, Bernkastel past is briefly explainde by Lambdadelta. Bernkastel used to be a human in a gameboard between Featherinne Augustus Aurora and Lambdadelta, however, Featherinne retired from the game, leaving Bernkastel and Lambdadelta trapped in a logic error, it had to past thousands of years before Bernkastel was able to escape the Logic error by creating a miracle, thus adquired the rank of Witch of the Miracles, however she became heavily insane, also is explained that both, searchs for fun stuff like these board games, because when they are bored they start to remember their experience in the logic error.

With Battler defeated and trapped in a logic error by Erika, Bernkastel host a wedding ceremony between Erika and Battler, however Beatrice appears and stop the ceremony defeating Erika; Bernkastel left the wedding in some point, and her location was unknown

She is later showed angrily with desires of revenge against Beatrice because of her defeat, and is lured to Featherinne's place, where is revealed that Bernkastel was previously Featherinne's piece and miko. In this moment, Featherinne reveals her theories and truth about the Rokkenjima's gameboard to Bernkastel, and gives to her the rank of Game Master. At the end an excited an cruel Bernkastel is showed.

Requiem of the golden witch

Featherinne asked Bernkastel to prove if her theories were right, so she create an special gameboard, in the one the game is locked only to the chapel were a funeral to Beatrice is hosted by Kinzo who is alive in this gameboard, similar to the previous ones Ange doesn't came to Rokkenjima, however Battler also doesn't came to the island, and a new character called Ushiromiya Lion appears as the future inheritor of the Ushiromiya family. She states that it was hard to found this universe the one who exists with a very low probabilty

She summons Willard H. Wright a witch hunter as her new piece, and made him participate in her new game to found who was the responsible of Beatrice's death. She appears later when Clair Vauxof Bernardus host a theater play to reveal all the truth and story about Beatrice (who is Clair), after the fight between Willard and Clair and the mistery resolved she state that she won't bestow her favor so no miracle will happen to Beatrice's fate, after saying this she leaves.

Willard H. Wright vs Bernkastel (Fan Art)
Willard H. Wright vs Bernkastel (Fan Art)

Later, Ange and Lion are chained to sits in the same theater and Bernkastel show to both the real truth, in the one is revealed that Kyrie and Rudolf are the responsibles behind the Rokkenjima's massacre, and also how Kyrie states that she never really loved her daughter. This causes Ange to broken who doesn't believe the truth showed by Bern, however Bern uses the red truth to state that is it the truth, causing Ange to collapse and became minced meat again, Bernkastel is all the time laughing at the situation, after that she creates a dark black scythe to eviscerate Clair's corpses fullfiling her revenge, later, she shows to Lion that even in that universe, he/she will also be killed by Kyrie, however a second before Lion dies, Willard appears cutting in two the Kakera showed to Lion and saving him/her, Bernkastel angry because Willard stopped her fun, decides to fight against him; she summons an army of millions of kitties to kill Willard, who somehow is able to fight back, however isn't able to hurt Bernkastel even with the red truth, the battle is cutted in the middle and the results end unknowns by this moment. However later, when Lion is escaping he/she is caught by Bernkastel, but Willard barely able to fight appears once again to protect Lion, is revealed that Bernkastel ripped his arm off; Bernkastel this time summons ten quadrillions of her killer cats to murder both Lion and Will, again the results are unknown.

In the ???? she started to prepare a new gameboard, and states with Lambdadelta in the red truth "This game will not have a happy ending"

Twilight of the golden witch

Will be revealed next time

Tsubasa

In Tsubasa's tips, is revealed that it was thanks to the girl who wanted to became a god (probably Takano Miyo) helped by Lambdadelta that Bernkastel exists.

Is also revealed that it was Bernkastel who ruined the relationship between Eva and Ange after the incident.

Powers

Bernkastel is the strongest witch of all, she can use almost all kind of conceptual magic (with the exception of title magic), also as she has the rank of a voyager, she is allowed to freely travel between kakeras (universes) and leave any gameboard whenever she wants. She also is capable of examinate a lot of parallel universes in seconds. As a witch she is able to pronounce the red truth and blue truth, also with the Gamemaster rank, she is able to create a gameboard, and probably she is able to pronounce the golden truth

Her weapon is a dark black scythe that harvest miracles from reality, also she summon killer cats in her aid.

Her title magic is the Magic of Miracles, this allows Bernkastel to reset any unfavourable situation to a favourable one, whenever the posibility of that favourable situation to exist is different to 0% (it can work even with a 0,000000000001% of probability). Notice that a situation is called favourable only from her point of view.

Bernkastel cannot stop existing at least she wants to stop existing, and even if she stops existing, she can exist again if she wants.

Weakness: As a witch, she is practically undefeatable, but as any concept if her existence is completely denied she is removed from existance; also, she states that boredom is the only poison able to kill witches

Voiced by
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Name: Frederica Bernkastel
Name: ベルンカステル
Romanji: Berunkasuteru
Gender: Female
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Aliases Witch of Miracles
The cruelest witch
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