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Fest
フェスト(kanji 繋魂) Fesuto
Feist1

Fest's symbol.
General information
Species Ghost
Affiliation Heaven

Hausen Family

Occupation Defender (the tying spirit)
Current reincarnation Castor
Appearances
Manga Kapitel 8
Anime Episode 10

Fest (sometimes alternatively spelled as Feist or Feste) is one of the Seven Ghosts in the 07 Ghost series. He is the tying spirit and the one that is able to tie the souls of two people together, allowing one person to live by sharing the life of another.

There is a statue of Fest in one of the seven Ghost towers in the Barsburg Church. People pray to the statue if they want to fall in love, or that their love will never falter.

EtymologyEdit

The word 'Feste' is German, and translates to 'stronghold' or 'fortress' which could refer to the bonds of comradeship found in the military.

FormEdit

Fest's true appearance is in the form of a hooded skeleton, (like the grim reaper) wielding a large scythe. His appearance is the same as Verloren's since the Ghosts are made up of Verloren's fragments.

HumanEdit

Due to the fact that only blood descendants of the God House of Fest can be reincarnated as Fest, those acting as Fest tend to resemble each other. Those from Fest's bloodline tend to be of average height and build, with softer features. Both their hair and eyes tend to be red, brown or somewhere in between. Short sightedness also appears hereditary, as Ghosts from the Hausen family wear glasses (usually with round or oval lenses).

SymbolEdit

Fest's Ghost symbol is dark blue, and resembles a staff with a spiral shaped blade, beginning at the centre and curving counter-clockwise. In light of Fest's ability to sew/bind souls together, the curved blade could also be interpretted as a curved suture needle used by surgeons to close/sew up wounds.

Persons who have acted as FestEdit

PersonalityEdit

Reincarnations of Fest tend to be knowledgeable, perceptive and rational.

Abilities and attributesEdit

The Seven Ghosts all possess the ability to erase or otherwise alter a person's memories.[1] Like the other Ghosts, Fest can make his true form temporarily leave his human, host body.[2]

Also, it is possible that the Ghosts can recover faster from injuries than ordinary humans, as Castor/Fest managed to survive an attack from the Pope, who was possessed at the time, although he (Castor/Fest) was still significantly weakened.

Since the host body is dead; their hearts do not beat and their bodies do not give off heat, it is probable that all of them have a much greater tolerance of extremely low temperatures than ordinary humans.

Specific abilitiesEdit

Fest is the tying spirit, meaning he has the ability to bind the souls of two people together, as seen when Castor is able to bind his own and Razette's souls together using his Ghost powers.

HistoryEdit

See also the relevant page: Timeline of Events in 07-Ghost

The creation of the GhostsEdit

The Seven Ghosts are amongst the earliest 'gods' created by the Chief of heaven and their existence dates back roughly 1000 years. At the time of their creation, humanity was already present.

The legend of the ghosts tells that Verloren (the God of Death) was in love with the Chief of Heaven's daughter, Eve, but after her skeleton was found and her soul devoured, the Chief of Heaven accused Verloren of killing her. As Eve's soul being devoured automatically forced it to be sent to earth and reincarnated, Verloren escaped the heavens and fled to earth to find her reincarnation.

Verloren began looking into the hearts of humans in order to find the soul that originally belonged to Eve. However as he looked, that person's heart was instantly tainted by his presence, and slowly slipped into despair. This meant those souls could not enter Heaven in this life because they were no longer pure, and they would be forced to reincarnate again once they died.

The Chief of Heaven dispatched seven heavenly lights from the heavens, in order to punish the wicked Verloren. They are said to have sealed the detestable Verloren on this earth.

—A nun, explaining the legend of the seven ghosts.[3]

When the Chief of Heaven noticed the consequences Verloren's actions had on those souls he looked into, he fashioned seven heavenly lights out of Verloren's fragments, each with one of Verloren's powers, and sent them to execute him.

Schedel's CrusadeEdit

The Ghosts' mission was to take Verloren's body to The Land of Seele- where it would be judged and destroyed, and after they had fulfilled this mission their souls would be able to return to heaven. The ghosts drove Verloren to Seele, but even with their combined strength, they weren't strong enough to destroy him. Faced with this, they instead used the powers of the two angel eyes (Mikhail and Raphael) to tear Verloren's soul from his body, in the hope that they never join again so he could never be at his full power.

They sealed his physical body in Pandora's Box on earth, and used the Eye of Mikhail to make sure it could not escape from its prison. They sealed his soul using the Eye of Raphael, putting his soul in a human- and forcing it to undergo a process of constant reincarnation whenever the human body died- regardless of how the person had lived their life- so it could never enter Heaven again.

The threat of Verloren had been eliminated, but since the Ghosts were unable to judge Verloren, they could not return to heaven; instead staying in the mortal world to serve as guardians.

Fest went on to become the progenitor of the Hausen bloodline.

After sealing VerlorenEdit

The Seven Ghosts, to continue to protect the seal on Verloren, always remained in this world. In order to coexist with the people of this world they took on human forms. Before long they became tied to humans and built families... The houses of God inherit the blood of the Seven Ghosts.

—Seilan, telling Teito of the connection between the Houses of God and the seven Ghosts.[4]

Now on earth, each Ghost assumed human form and went on to live human lives; they married humans, had human children and died as humans. The Seven Ghosts and their human families went on to form the Seven Houses of God, and the Ghosts' powers were passed on to their children, and further generations.

The current ghosts are the descendants of the original seven.

During the Raggs War and return of VerlorenEdit

Main article: Raggs War

Around 990 years after Verloren had been sealed, the Eye of Raphael malfunctioned- resulting in Verloren's soul awakening (the human who was currently holding Verloren's soul regained all of Verloren's memories) and continued with Verloren's crusade against the Chief of Heaven.

The descendants of the ghosts that first fought Verloren were again forced to re-group and fight.

Currently, very little is known about the Ghosts' roles in the Raggs War.

A member of the Raggs family (the God house of Vertrag) and person acting as the Ghost Vertrag, Fea Kreuz, was accused of stealing and escaping with Pandora's Box, and it was this theft that sparked the Raggs War. Pandora's Box had been moved into a human- meaning Verloren's body was at a risk of escaping- so four Ghosts (Fest among them) protected and guided Vertrag through the Seven God Houses in order to receive the cursed tickets and travel to the Land of Seele to destroy Verloren's body.

This, coupled with the fact Verloren's soul had awakened, caused Ea and Landkarte to separate from the others and go undercover into the military.

The military's actions are disturbing. We will investigate further.

—Ea and Landkarte's last words before disappearing.


However, the Ghosts were not successful in their mission, and it resulted in the death of one Ghost, Vertrag, who's reincarnation was killed by Ayanami and devoured by Verloren.

The remaining six, however, escaped with their lives.[5]

Modern historyEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Fest is the second Ghost to be devoured, though only partially.
  • Part of the Statue of Fest has collapsed due to Fest being partially devoured.
  • Fest's role is similar to Eros and Cupid, ancient Greek and ancient Roman gods of love, respectively. This can be seen when a couple prayed to his statue, and some women prayed for him to grant them love and marriage.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Shown when Castor/Fest planned to erase Teito's memories, and asked Frau/Zehel why he (Frau/Zehel) had not done so.
  2. After Mikage was possessed by Ayanami, and Teito attempted to leave Castor seperated from his human body and put Teito to sleep.
  3. Kapitel 2
  4. Kapitel 30.
  5. Ayanami has not been seen with any of the remaining 6 Ghosts' powers after the Raggs War- showing Verloren has not devoured any of them.

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