See also: Garo (Anime) for the anime version.
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Garo is a Makai Armor that specializes in long sword combat. Whoever wields the armor shall take the title as Golden Knight or Golden Knight Garo (黄金騎士・牙狼（ガロ） Ōgon Kishi Garo, lit. "Fanged Wolf") The armor belonged to the Saejima bloodline for a time, belonging to Taiga Saezima, later inherited by Kouga Saezima, and Raiga Saezima. Eventually, the armor made it to Ryūga Dōgai as its most recent sucessor.
Description & CharacteristicsEdit
The Garo armor was created by blacksmiths of the Makai Order many generations ago. Like all Makai Armors, they are completely composed of soul metal and designed after a wolf. Beyond the wolf motif, the armor is designed to be more gallant and noble in appearance. Adorned in golden plating, the armor radiates a bright golden hue and occasionally blast fire to create a powerful psychological effect upon its opponents. Amongst all armors, the Garo armor set and equipment is the most deceptive in form.
The Garo armor's earliest bearer is a barbarian named Gouki who is an ancestor of the Minamoto Clan and those who would succeed him as Garo. After a brief time in Europe, the Garo armor returned to Japan where it since is been kept within the Saezima blood line, a youth entering the Tower of Heroic Spirits to be given his birthright and the title of Garo. However, Raiga Saezima is the last known Saezima to wear the armor prior to being blackened and inherited by Ryuga Dogai.
The one who takes the title of Garo is regarded to be the strongest knight. While this is not a formal ranking in itself and no preferential treatment is given to the said knight, as seen in Makai Flash Knight where Kouga became a Senatorial Knight in light of his numerous deeds. The title nonetheless commands respect and even awe among the Knights, so much so that the symbol of Garo itself is instantly recognized by any knight.
When the knight summons the armor, he must use the Garo Sword to summon it. Through a form of focused summoning, the knight points the sword upwards and spinning it in a circular pattern that creates a dimensional rift that opens to suit up. For that brief moment, the armor appears malleable and wraps itself around the knight with a temporary glow. While the transformation process takes under ten seconds, a skilled opponent can use that chance to prevent the knight from donning his armor and/or even rob the knight of his armor if they are capable enough; it would render the knight limited in combat strength.
Although the armor is strong, its power is also relative to the strength of its user. Because the armor is composed of soul metal, the knight's mental/emotional discipline will reflect on the strength of Garo as well. Under unique conditions, the armor is capable of changing its form.
When exposed and/or influenced by powerful spiritual energies, the Garo armor is capable of temporarily taking more powerful alternate forms. Unfortunately, the power-up changes have never been permanent. After expending its energies, the armor reverts to its normal form. No knight have yet to develop nor shown enough power to enhance Garo without external assistance.
Weapons & EquipmentEdit
- Garo Sword
In normal conditions, the Sword of Garo appears to be a plain light short sword akin to Chinese Tai Chi sword. However, the scabbard is more decadent in western design. Appearing as a red wooden scabbard, it carries the golden triangular symbol of Garo; the scabbard itself is stronger than normal wood as it is capable of withstanding sword strikes without a scratch. When the knight uses the sword to summon Garo, the sword transforms into a western style long sword (akin to medieval knights).
The mystical/magical properties of the sword makes it more powerful than regular swords. The blade doesn't dull (or as easily) compared to regular swords. As the weapon is made of soul metal, relative to the knight's skills, he can manipulate the weight of the weapon to increase or decrease it to in different situations to increase or minimize damage.
Empowered by the feelings of his new friends Ren, Shin, and Taku during a battle with the powerful Horror Zarugin, Gouki's armor takes on the winged Heavenly Flying Garo (天翔牙狼 Tenshō Garo), allowing him to defeat the Horror.
Also known as Soaring Garo.Known users: Gouki
Known as the Lost Soul Beast Garo (心滅獣身牙狼 Shinmetsu Jūshin Garo), this transformation occurs when the wearer of the Golden Armor fully gives into rage as the 99.9 second time limit has run out. Becoming a werewolf like berserker, the Soul Metal being developed from Madou Horror plants, this form is considered by some to be the Garo armor's true form. There are only two present day instances of this transformation: During Kouga Saejima's battle with Kodama in which he let the time limit elapse. During Raiga Saejima's battle with Eyrith in which she accelerated the time limit forcing it to elapse after fulfilling her predestined role in the disappearance of her opponent's parents.
Also known as Heart Destruction Beast Form Garo.
Known users: Kouga Saejima, Raiga Saezima
The Light Awakening Beast Garo (光覚獣身牙狼, Kōkaku Jūshin Garo) is unique form that Raiga only achieved after his light rekindled while still in Lost Soul Beast Garo form.
Also known as Luminous Beast Form Garo.Known users: Raiga Saezima
During a fight with Messiah one of Kaoru's painting came to life giving Kouga wings.
Known users: Kouga Saezima
During Garo's final fight against Kiba, Kouga could not summon his armor due to a magic seal placed by Kiba with Zaruba having his owner throw him into the dimensional rip to bring his armor. After a long exaggerated battle with Kiba, Kouga tried to summon Garo again and this time Kouga's armor was brought out by cherub versions of Zaruba to help him gear up, signifying that this was a different more powerful summon of the armor. The armor was slightly different this time, and included a cape unlike previous transformations. This upgrade came with a price paid by Zaruba who rusted away after Kouga defeats Kiba.
This variant would later resurface during GARO: The Makai Flower worn by Taiga's spirit. How he was able to achieve this upgrade is unknown.
Known users: Taiga Saezima, Kouga Saezima
While fighting Legules, Garo uses the Phosphorus Arrow to assume a new form to negate the Legules' influence.
Known users: Kouga Saezima
Known users: Kouga Saezima
At some point in the future, a wearer of the Garo armor fights an impressive battle that results in the tarnishing of the armor from gold to black, and is put on display in the Makai Priests' Tower of Heroic Spirits, eventually calling out to the priestess Hakana to restore its power. Hakana tries to perform a ritual to restore its radiance, only for the spell to be disrupted, creating the Madō Horrors that only her son Ryuga Dogai can kill as the new Golden Knight.
This form is a downgrade of the Garo armor, it was eventually restored to normal after Ryuga killed all the Mado Horrors prior to the final battle with Zedom.
This is the only known downgrade of the Garo armor.
Known users: Ryūga Dōgai
The armor became infected with the malevolence of the Horrors he defeated. The process of purifying it transformed it into Garo Flight.
This is the first known upgrade to appear more than once. Also the first known upgrade to be acquired without the assistance of another person.
Known users: Ryūga Dōgai
After conquering his doubts while imprisoned in the Demon Mirror, Ryūga absorbs his inner darkness given form by the mirror to become Garo Dark, combining Ryūga's light and darkness with the ability to fly through the use of a bat wing-like cape.
This is the second upgrade to appear more than once. Also the second upgrade to be acquired without the assistance of another person.
Known users: Ryūga Dōgai
Using the life force stolen by Radan Ryūga was able to create a giant sized version of Garo made purely out of life force. After defeating Radan the stolen life force was returned.
Notes:Known users: Ryūga Dōgai
Like many Makai Knight armors, the Garo armor was created sometime after the sealing of the Horror Zedom with his Madō Horror Plants used as material in the armor's creation. While it is unknown who first donned the Garo armor, the armor became a revered legend among the Makai Order. The first known holder of the Garo armor is Gouki, Zaruba created sometime after before the title of Garo became a heirloom of the Minamoto Clan in Heian Era Japan, with Raikou its last known user. The Garo armor later ended up in the European kingdom of Valiante, where it was used by León Luís's maternal grandfather to create the country's legend of the Knight of Light. León would later inherited the title through his Makai Priestess mother Anna Luís, using it to restore the peace in the kingdom alongside his cousin Alfonso San Valiante. In present day Japan, the Garo armor became associated with the Saejima Family as they answer to the Eastern Watchdog. Inheriting the title from Taiga Saejima after his death, Kouga Saejima trained for years until he was ready to carry out his family's mission. In time, though only displaced in time alongside his wife Kaoru, Kouga passed the Garo armor to their son Raiga Saejima.
At some point in the future, a wearer of the Garo armor fights an impressive battle that results in Saejima line broken and the armor blackened. The Garo armor is put on display in the Tower of Heroic Spirits where its previous owners obtained the right to bare the title and come for regular self-purifications. By fate, the Garo armor reached out to young Makai Priestess named Hakana to restore its power. Though Hakana's attempt was disrupted by the actions of Tousei Kaneshiro for his own agenda to rule Volcity with his Madō Horrors, her son Ryūga Dōgai became the new Garo and killed each of the Madō Horrors to restore the Garo armor's radiance and former glory. The armor was later upgraded by the Makai Priestess Ryume while she purified it of the accumulated evil energies it amassed at the time.
Notes & TriviaEdit
The Garo armor is typically passed on an inheritance from the previous generation, or master to disciple in the case of Ryūga after the Saezima bloodline ended. The usual change in the armor after it has been passed is the eyes color.
- Gouki had silver eyes during his time as Garo.
- Taiga Saezima had red eyes during his time as Garo.
- Kouga Saezima had green eyes during his time as Garo.
- Raiga Saezima had blue eyes during his time as Garo.
- Ryūga Dōgai had green eyes during his time as an impure Garo, and orange eyes during his time as a purified Garo.
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