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Cypha of Hückebein
Cypha
Reacted Cypha wielding her Divider-944
Character profile
Agemid-to-late 20s
GenderFemale
SpeciesEclipse Driver
FamilyHückebein family
Background
AffiliationHückebein
OccupationTerrorist
Magic
ColorLight brown[1][2]
SystemSpecial (EC)
DeviceDivider-944
König-09
Production
Japanese nameサイファー
(Saifā)
First app.Force (ch.4)

Cypha (サイファー Saifā) is a member of the Hückebein family first introduced in Force.

NameEdit

Cypha[3] was presumably named after Toyota WiLL Cypha. Her name is also rendered Cypher in the bound volume,[4] probably due to typo.

In Japanese, her name is a homonym of "cipher", which meant "zero" in Late Middle English and may be a reference to Cipher, an ace pilot and the player character of Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War (since "Hückebein" is a possible reference to Wolfgang "Huckebein" Buchner, another character from that game and Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War).

AppearanceEdit

Cypha appears to have a taciturn personality and wears a patch on her right eye. She is around 1,68 m tall. Her Hückebein mark is located on the left side of her neck.

While Signum is likened to Super Robot Wars Lamia Loveless, Cypha has been likened to Wilhelm von Juergen from the Super Robot Wars Original Generation OVA. Juergen was a newly-introduced villain who humiliated Lamia by kidnapping her, stripping her naked, robbing her of her free will, and, as seen in the OG Gaiden game, after she broke free, Juergen shot her dead and caused her to be taken in by Duminuss for further brainwashing. Likewise, Cypha debuted by mocking Signum's chivalry before using what a portion of the fans refer as "cheating" (her Eclipse Reaction) to almost kill her, instead of fighting a fair battle (which she was losing at the time). Unlike Juergen who died shortly after, thereby rendering Lamia unable to directly make him pay for what he did, Cypha lived long enough until Signum recovers and able to issue a rematch.

In ForceEdit

Cypha first appears in chapter 4 of Force, when Arnage contacts Veyron via videophone. In chapter 5, she lands on Ruwella to search for Thoma and Lily. After finding them in the woods, she converses with Lily and decides that her "functions" have been damaged and prepares to kill her and take Touma away. She is stopped, however, by the timely arrival of Signum and Agito, who attempt to restrain her and arrest all of them. Cypha identifies them as a Knight and a Unison Device, before breaking the bind spell with ease. Signum then warns her that if she resists arrest, she will use deadly force against her.

After telling Lily to not move and watch her, in order to "remember what [she] should become", Cypha demonstratively ignores Signum's warning and flies into the air to face her, with weapons drawn. Signum immediately attacks her and Cypha finds herself outmatched by Laevatein's Schlangenform, which inflicts a wound on her face. Signum then enters Unison with Agito and demands to know if Cypha's sword is a Divider and she is with Hückebein, both of which she confirms. She also adds that she is one of the founding members of the Hückebein family. Signum then asks whether she remembers the massacre of 67 civilians and 12 officers in the pioneer settlement on Uninhabited World #14 three months earlier. Cypha nonchalantly claims that although killing wasn't their original intention, she was the one who personally slayed everyone in that settlement. Greatly distraught by her words, Signum attacks and completely severs her right arm, although contact with Cypha's body also damages Laevatein.

Cypha is slammed into the ground, leaving a crater but gets up, thinking to herself that it was almost as if her "Divide didn't make it" and that if she had a normal body, she would have been dead by now. However, she is immediately able to fully regenerate her arm and rises into the air again, declaring that she hasn't had such a decent fight for a long time. Agito and Signum are surprised to see her still moving and even regenerating, and prepare to restrain and capture her. Pointing at her katana, Cypha claims that she only killed less than ten people with it on World #14, but has "devoured" the rest of them with a dagger she produces.

The dagger (obviously some kind of Device) exclaims "Engage König 944" ("König" means "King" in German/Belkan) before Cypha jabs it into her left palm, prompting it to exclaim "React". In a massive flash of energy (similar to Signum's entering the Unison), Cypha transforms the katana and the dagger into a pair of "twin" swords, which she introduces as "the start-up mode of the EC weapon", Divider 944: König Reacted, "the poison that will kill the world". She also clams that these swords "slay mages" and dares Signum to attack. Before they can continue their battle, however, Touma regains consciousness and Cypha comments that since he has awoken, he must be one of them now, and she will take him back with her. Thoma, having apparently lost his sense of self, then summons the second form of his Barrier Jacket and Divider. Cypha asks Signum whether there will be a place for him in her world or the Bureau will just kill him, because Eclipse is incurable? Hückebein, on the other hand, she say, will not abandon Thoma, one of them.

Confronted with two Eclipse Drivers, Signum orders Agito to unison out and restrain Thoma, while she takes care of Cypha. However, Cypha effortlessly blocks her ranged spell with her Divider, then shatters Laevatein with her elbow when Signum attempts to attack, commenting that once Reacted, magic and weapons won't affect her. She then asks whether Signum has understood and despaired and tells her to die, as she slashes her twice across the chest. Agito attempts to help her master, but Cypha knocks the "small fry" out from afar with a bombardment spell. As Signum lies on the ground, Cypha bids her farewell and comments that although they were equally matched in a swordfight, she is better at killing. She then throws her sword, stabbing Signum in the stomach and pinning her to the ground briefly, before pulling the sword back. Signum's death, she says, should serve as another warning for all those who confront Hückebein.

With her opponent gone, Cypha wonders how she is going to take Thoma back with her, since she only brought her motorcycle along. However, she is helped by the newly-arrived Arnage, who restrains him, Isis, and Lily and puts them to sleep. Arnage brought appropriate means of transportation with her. Cypha is surprised Arnage wants to take all three of them with them, for she hasn't been aware of Isis' presence until now and considers Lily "just a damaged plug", but agrees with her that if Thoma likes the two girls, it will be troublesome if they are not taken along with him.

Later during the hostility between Special Duty Section 6 and Grendel, Cypha appears to save Thoma from his enemy, Quinn Garand. She brutally defeats Quinn and takes possession of her Replica Divider. In the same time afterwards, however, Signum, after receiving her AEC Armament, comes over and issues a rematch. Cypha accepts it, but in a twist, she opts to use Quinn's reacted Divider-VG4 in tandem with one of her own reacted swords. After being defeated by Signum, Sonica Lilian appeared in front of her, she tell her why she is late and she state that it doesn't matter that it is late or not, along with Sonica was go back to the Esquad.

Alternate continuitiesEdit

PortableEdit

Cypha is mentioned in Gears of Destiny by Dark Piece Thoma and makes a brief cameo appearance in a flashback of Thoma and Lily.

PowersEdit

Cypha wields a katana-like Divider-944. She also possesses a dagger-shaped Reactor named König-09. Upon React, the katana transform into a pair of twin swords, being "Divider-944 König Reacted".

SpellsEdit

SpellSystemCategoryTypeRank
Particle AttackSpecial (EC)AttackShooting

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force, Vol.5 special cover (Gamers).
  2. ^ Aquarian Age, Saga 3 #EX0475 "Magic Killer" (scan).
  3. ^ Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force, Vol.2 Character Profile #6.
  4. ^ Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force, Vol.5 character introduction.

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