|Barago, Ryuzaki, and Kiba|
|Age:||Unknown (mid to late 20s while as Ryuzaki)|
Barago (バラゴ, Barago?) is the main antagonist of the first series. He is also known as Kiba the Dark Knight (暗黒騎士・呀（キバ), Ankoku Kishi Kiba), and as Karune Ryuzaki (龍崎 駈音, Ryūzaki Karune). Barago is portrayed by Kenichi Kobayashi (小林 健一, Kobayashi Ken'ichi?). As Ryuzaki, he is portrayed by Masaki Kyomoto (京本 政樹, Kyōmoto Masaki?).
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Barago was the son of a untitled Makai Knight and a Makai Priestess and had a happy childhood. When his mother fell ill, Barago intended to protect his mother and thus decided to become a Makai Knight himself through harsh training. However, forced to watch his mother turn into a Horror before him, Barago's father kills her. Desiring to be strong, Barago left home to find a himself another teacher, as he was unsure if his training with his father was of any use. News of his father's death came to him soon after he left home, but he felt no sadness as he thinks that his father died because he was weak. To that end, he became a talented Makai disciple of Taiga Saezima, hoping to become the next Garo.
Unfortunately, Barago wouldn't become Taiga's successor and in desperation for more power, Messiah heard his need. In Barago's search for power, he sensed Messiah's voice and appeared before him when he entered a forgotten lair, filled with forbidden techniques. Messiah proceeded to offer Barago her power in return of enacting the legend of Kiba, giving him both the name and armor of Kiba. Messiah taught Barago various skills, including to endure his Soul armor's time limit and will himself out of his Lost Soul Beast Kiba (心滅獣身呀 Shinmetsu Jūshin Kiba?) form by absorbing a Horror. She sends him out with the goal to absorb a total of a thousand Horrors to achieve immortality.
Barago proceeds to assimilate the attributes of Horrors he defeats through absorption; however, this came at the cost of his own humanity. Subsequent usage of the forbidden magics tainted the Soul Armor and reconfigured its form with more Horror-like features and twisted Barago's soul. He would also battle the Eastern Storm Knight Bado in many duels with the goal of stopping the Dark Knight. It was then that Taiga was forced to take action against Barago, pursuing his corrupt disciple and engaged him in combat. Though he fatally wounded his former mentor, Barago was scarred with the "Mark of Death" as Taiga's final move in hope that the scar's effect would kill him in a few days. But the Horrors dwelling inside Barago's body enabled him to elude death, though his face became horribly deformed. It was by that time that Barago came to the realization that he despised Makai Knights more than Horrors as he devoured them as well. From there, Barago proceeded to hunt Horrors in order to absorb the needed quota of 1000 to bring Messiah into the world and become her immortal vessel. However, the absorption of Horrors and subsequent usage of the Madou's forbidden magics turns Barago into a monster who also eats Makai Knights. During a confrontation with Storm Knight Bado, Barago was struck by his lighting attack and was implanted with thoughts of light and hope,which would cling on to his souls for the next couple of decades.Half way in reaching his goal, Barago proceeds to find an ideal human to serve as a living gateway for Messiah to possess: a girl of age six born on the sixth day of the sixth month. He found Kaoru soon after and marks her to become his gateway.
Murdering the previous Silver Fang Knight, Barago used a potion he stole from Rei's foster father to change his face into a youthful appearance, creating the identity of Ryuzaki to oversee Kaoru's wellbeing as her personal psychiatrist and counselor. In order to ensure that she would be willing to continue being his patient, he would pay her money to give him updates on her life and if she had any problems.After over two decades of absorbing Horrors,Barago decided to quicken his goal of a thousand consumed Horrors by creating yin gates all over the city to create horrors. These gates started to take affect during the autumn and winter( during the start of the first season).
With his new face, Barago sought the legendary Horror Gyanon, only for Sigma Fudo to have stolen his quarry before he arrived. However, Barago gains an follower in Elda whom he revived as a Horror-like being.
In a dramatic grand display of power, Kiba appears before Garo and Zero when the two are overpowered by a giant Horror created from the sealed Horror blades. Given the Ankokuzan halbard by the Eastern Watchdogs, Kiba single-handedly absorbed the giant Horror. When Barago's arrangements are nearly complete, he sees no more need to conceal his identity as Ryuzaki kidnaps Kaoru to begin the summoning ritual to call forth Messiah.
He proceeds to reveal his life story to Kaoru before Messiah takes her over and has Barago severe his ties with his mother in order to destroy the very last trace of light. However, now beyond redemption, Barago learns too late that he was just being used by the Horror as Messiah "ate" Barago with little resistance. But his body returned to the living world after Messiah was defeated by Kouga, fully possessed by the armor of Kiba. Now nothing more than a Horror, Kiba battles Garo and Zero, only to be destroyed by the former in a one-on-one swordfight.
Notes & TriviaEdit
Barago is the only Makai Knight who transforms without a Soul Metal weapon, but instead a Madou necklace, blowing on it to activate it, then swinging it to become the Dark Knight.