Personality & CharacterEdit
Mendoza was once one of the top alchemist of the Makai Order, serving the Senate in magical affairs. Unfortunately, he was excommunicated when he created a forbidden Madōgu (magical tool), Zirkel's Ring. The tool he created has the power over life and death, including influence over horrors. However, Zirkel's Ring is fueled by human blood and it would require many lives to power the tool. The order took offense to Mendoza's work as its an affront against their order to protect humanity. While arrested, Mendoza revealed he has a god complex, believing their order should use their powers to be gods over man as they need their protection against the darkness. Believing Mendoza is beyond redemption, he was excommunicated and branded with a cursed mark as a reminder of his crime. However, his exile didn't stop him from craving power.
Using his alchemy training, he helped cured an epidemic that won him favor in the Kingdom of Valiante. To expedite his value and rank within the royal court, he used horrors to do his bidding to aid King Valiante in his campaigns. The king valued him so greatly that he gotten him a beautiful wife to keep him at his side. Originally content with being the king's adviser and a husband, life was good for a time until he was reminded of his shame. When his wife gave birth to their child, the infant and himself revealed the magical curse the order had given to him. Fueled my anger and shame, he murdered his family and refocused his rage upon the Makai Order.
Using his knowledge of the order, he used it against them to expose alleged witchcraft to the kingdom. Because the court has never seen the makai order, they were quick to believe Mendoza's words and attacked the very order that secretly protected them against the darkness. Using the Valiante's own military against the order, he intends to persecute as many as possible and use their blood to fuel Zirkel's ring and raise his own legion of controlled horrors. However, his vengeance wasn't just to punish the order, he wanted immortality.
In Mendoza's final hours, he successfully merged with Anima to become an immortal being. No longer bound by the limitations of mortal flesh, he had the powers of one of the most powerful horror as his new body and no knight could stop him. Although slowed down by Garo, Mendoza's god-like powers made him impervious to death and pain. It was ultimately the magical flames endowed to Garo that was used to seal him. Fallen alchemist Anna Luis had magically bonded her spirit onto her son as magical flames. Deciding to protect her son, she left his body and used her flames to help forever seal Mendoza in the makai realm. Mendoza was defeated, but he's not dead either. He's still alive, sealed within the makai realm and only kept sealed because of Anna's flames. Should the flames become extinguished, Mendoza might revive once again.
Skills & AbilitiesEdit
Being the top Makai Alchemist, Mendoza is most skillful when it comes to magic, creating barriers, and alchemy. A testament of his ability as Makai Alchemist is his dark invention Zirkel's Ring, which can revive the dead and even summon and control Horrors. Not only that, Mendoza managed to save himself from being devoured by Blood Moon with an unspecified spell, but at the cost of his lifespan as by the time Germán Luís met him again after Leon's Lost Soul Beast rampage, Mendoza had become elderly man. Aside skills in magic and alchemy, Mendoza also very intelligent and charismatic, making him an infamous master manipulator who framed members of Makai Order as witches and come close in destroying them all.
Tools & WeaponsEdit
Originally a Makai Priest, Mendoza served the Senate and believed the Makai Order should be revered as gods by humanity for having protected them from Horrors. But was excommunicated for creating Zirkel's Circle, a powerful Madō Tool that uses human blood to allow one to control Horrors. Combined with his apathy towards humans and ideals, Mendoza was branded with glowing red marks all over his body with his descendants cursed so his line would forever be banished from the Makai order. During his wandering in exile, he came the kingdom of Valiante under the pretext of a monk and entered the service of Fernando San Valiante. Medoza used his hidden talents as a Makai Priest to predict the outcomes of battles and to heal the sick during an epidemic. As a reward for his services, Fernando gave him a beautiful bride and a position as royal advisor. But when his wife gave birth to their child, Medoza is reminded his curse as he murdered his wife and child to spare them and the midwife to conceal his secret. After dumping the corpses into the sea, a hate-filled Mendoza vows revenge on the Makai Order while plotting to revive the ancient Horror Anima to become a living god by becoming the Horror's vessel.
Mendoza begins his plan by poisoning Fernando and used the king's Christian faith an excuse to begin a systematic slaughter of residing Makai Knights and Priests under the cover of a witch hunt. With the assistance of his aide Octavia who denounced Christianity to follow him and the fallen Makai Knight Bernardo Dión, Mendoza manages to isolate Valiante from the Makai Order while having the Horrors under his control assume key positions in the country's government. Within a year's time, Mendoza torture and execute hundreds of Makai practitioners in Valiante while trapping their souls within a crystal designed to resurrect Anima.
Among his victims was a pregnant Makai Priestess named Anna who is of the line of Makai Knights who bear the title of Garo. Mendoza proceeds to have Anna burned while she was giving birth to her son León Luís, her husband Germán Luís saving the infant after breaking out of his cell. After apologizing to the king for unforeseen events, Mendoza focuses on finding Germán to kill him and his son before the latter becomes a threat to his plans.
Seventeen years later, after a failed attempt by the Horror Metakrim and the soldiers in his service to kill a teenaged Leon, Mendoza learns from Octavia of the golden cross pendant with the Garo emblem that prince Alfonso San Valiante received on his birthday from his mother. Furious to learn that a branch of the Garo line has not been noticed this whole time, Mendoza stages a coup d'état by poisoning the king and framing Queen Esmeralda for treason as Alfonso was forced to flee for his life. Mendoza later finds a tapestry of the Knight of Light and burns it.
Later, while facing Alfonso and León as they reach to Santa Bard, Mendoza ends up being unceremoniously and abruptly killed by Bloodmoon when he summoned the Horror to combat Alfonso after he is forced to relive his cousin of the Garo Armor. Despite his apparent death, Mendoza somehow survived as he continues his agenda from under Santa Bard castle with a majority of his followers. But while Medoza's others followers are unaware of his survival, including Octavia as her true loyalties have yet to be exposed, Garm knew of the ex-Makai Priest's survival as she gives Germán the task to protect him despite knowing his true intentions. Despite being mortally wounded in the attempt to stop him, Mendoza succeeds in reviving Anima and absorbing the Horror to become a living god.
In a final gambit to stop Mendoza from wrecking havoc on the world with his new power, León drags the villain into the Makai realm where the Horrors originate from. In is there in the Makai that Anna's spirit makes her presence known when she transfers the flames from her son's protective seal onto Mendoza, having the evil man be consumed in the flames. As a consequence of his immortality, unable to die as he is reduced to a charred skeleton, Mendoza is forced to remain in the Makai in a state of pure agony from being endlessly burned alive.
Notes & TriviaEdit
- Due to the Spanish Inquisition-style setting of the series storyline, Mendoza may have been loosely based off Grand Inquisitor Tomás de Torquemada.
- Mendoza's final defeat reflects the middle ages' ideal of Hell in terms of being consumed in hellfire, along with the poetic justice-type punishment established by Dante Alighieri in his Divine Comedy.
Articles & ReferencesEdit
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