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"Power is the purest and most beautiful law of the natural world. Survival of the fittest is how all creatures live—from Darklings to dragons. Only humans use your so-called reason to deny the truth. But power is the only thing that matters in the end."
|Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai|
|Title||Dark King (English)|
Great Demon Lord (Japanese)
God of the Underworld
|Voice actor||Kenji Utsumi (Japanese, 1991 series)|
Takaya Hashi (Japanese, 2020 series)
Paul Dobson (English, 2020 series)
Vearn, known as the Dark King, is the main antagonist of Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai. He is known by many as the God of the Underworld. Vearn is the supreme leader of the Dark Army and is responsible for the revival of the Dark Lord Hadlar after his defeat at the hands of Avan. For thousands of years, Vearn has plotted against humanity and the surface world.
In his wizened form, Vearn has the appearance of an old human man with tanned skin with long white hair and a long beard. Unusually amongst the denizens of the underworld, his skin tone is similar in appearance to that of a human. He has sharp claws on his fingers, pointed ears, and a pair of tall demonic horns growing from both sides of his head. In the middle of his forehead, he has a third eye, known as the Sovereign Eye, which is actually the source of his immense magic power. He wears a long white robe covered by a cloak with a gold border that covers most of his body (originally coloured white, but teal in the 2020 anime series and most appearances), a purple chestplate, large black shoulder pads, and black slippers, all with gold detailing. On his head, Vearn wears a purple and gold crown.
Despite having the appearance of an elderly man, Vearn was still strong enough to go toe-to-toe in melee combat with some of the strongest warriors on the surface world. In his aged form, he still maintains his intelligence and his unparalleled magic power. Unlike other Mages, Vearn can easily cast spells of incredible destructive power in quick succession. This is similar to some bosses in the Dragon Quest series possessing the ability to act twice in a single turn. Vearn bolsters his prowess in physical battle with his Staff of Edacity that was crafted for him by the blacksmith Lon Beruk. It allows him to convert his already considerable magic power into strength and makes him strong enough to shatter weapons made of Orichalcum. However, it has a major drawback as it consumes a large amount of his magic power over time the longer he wields it.
Throughout the series, Vearn demonstrates that he possesses magic power of the highest level. At the time that The Adventure of Dai manga was being published, it was understood in the games that the power of spells was fixed for the most part regardless of the caster's magic power. Vearn regularly casts spells that are stronger than those of other spellcasters. In particular, he is unrivaled when it comes to Frizz spells, such as the infamous scene where he shows that even his simple Frizz spell has more firepower than Popp's Kafrizz. Vearn is also able to cast Boom a seemingly endless amount of times from both of his hands, each of them being as destructive as Kaboom. Some of Vearn's other signature techniques include:
- Kaiser Phoenix: Vearn's own version of the Kafrizz spell. Due to his immense magic power, it takes on the form of a majestic fiery bird that utterly incinerates its target with hellfire.
- Calamitous Wall: Performed with the Staff of Edacity, Vearn sweeps the ground in front of him in a semi-circular arc, sending forth a shockwave of energy erupting from the ground with properties similar to Aura.
- Phoenix Wing: A technique that combines offense and defence. Vearn is able to deflect and parry an opponent's attack with nothing more than the palm of his hand at incredible speed. Its name is derived from the fact that the appearance is reminiscent of the flapping of a phoenix's wing.
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Vearn appears as a boss in both his aged form and his younger body in collaboration events in the Japanese version of the game. The player is also able to acquire pieces of equipment in order to dress like the wizened Dark King Vearn and wield the Staff of Edacity.
Dark King Vearn appears as a S-rank member of the ??? family during the third part of the limited Second Adventure of Dai event on his own banner alongside Zaboera. He can participate in Mystvearn's Battle Road as a party member.
Dark King Vearn in Tact.