Pernelle

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Pernelle Flamel
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Japanese Name ペレネル

Pernelle Flamel (ペレネル Pereneru) is a character appearing in Puella Magi Tart Magica: The Legend of "Jeanne d'Arc".

General info

Physical features

  • Eye colour:
  • Hair colour: Grey

Other

  • Soul gem:
  • Weapon: Caduceus-like staff
  • Wish: unknown
  • Japanese pronoun:
  • Known relatives: Nicholas Flamel (husband)

Story

Backstory

Pernelle is the wife of Nicholas Flamel, the creator of the Philosopher’s Stone (a.k.a. the Sorceror’s stone). She was not only his wife, but also his collaborator on many of his alchemical accomplishments.

During Tart Magica

Pernelle first appeared in Chapter 7, as Riz and Tart fight off a witch inside a church with Melissa watching on. As the witch aims for the girls, Pernelle places a barrier between themselves and the witch. Riz turns on Pernelle, demanding to know what happened to the people of the now-empty village. She explains that the villagers were all evacuated and assures Riz they share the same objectives and enemies. Pernelle conjures a sword, known as the Epee de Clovis, from thin air with her magic and gifts it to Tart. This sword allows Tart to channel some of her magic into the sword so she doesn’t expend so much of it in battle. After Tart destroys the witch with a single swing of her sword, Pernelle goes on to explain the sword’s connection to Tart and warns her of the dangers of her upcoming path to Orleans. She disappears before their eyes.

Pernelle would not reappear until sometime later during Corbeau’s defeat at the city of Patay, where Pernelle had conjured a seat floating in midair from where she watched the battle below with Kyubey sitting beside her. After Corbeau’s death in the woods at the hands of her sister Minou, Pernelle appears from behind a tree to the four magical girls to inform them of the French victory. She introduces herself to Riz and Melissa and inquires as to how Elisa is doing. It seems Pernelle is also the one that designed Elisa’s magical rifle. Pernelle also relates to the girls the prophesy that has been surrounding Tart since her public appearance and subsequent victories. Despite Elisa’s doubts of the veracity of a prophesy owing to their victories, Tart also believes that it is the hard work and efforts of the French soldiers fighting to which they attribute their victories. Tart apologizes once she realizes she had raised her voice at Pernelle and asks for forgiveness, but Pernelle only insists that Tart continue to not hold back her true feelings. Pernelle disappears once more, promising they may meet again at Reims.

Pernelle was also a part of the group that helped Tart to escape from the prison cell in which Minou held her captive. According to Pernelle, they were not able to rescue Tart right away the way they had hoped due to the recovery of the other magical girls and Minou searching for them everywhere. Despite this, Tart initially insists they leave her there since she doesn’t want the troops or anyone else to lose their life over someone like her, who isn’t worth it. Elisa slaps her across the face and insists those troops are risking their lives for love of her. Pernelle asks if Tart has chosen to go forth and fight for France once more and urges her to go and fight against Isabeau while she tends to Kyubey’s wounds, injured at the hands of Minou. Minou appears with Isabeau a handful of magical girl slaves, ready to execute Tart for the crime of heresy, but Tart and the other girls escape the prison cell and attempt to fight Isabeau. Minou orders the magical girl slaves she brought with her to stop Tart before she can get near Isabeau, but despite this Tart is able to aim an attack at the French Queen. The attack goes right through her to no effect. Isabeau raises her hands and fires a beam of magic directly at her. As the dust settles, Tart looks up from behind her shield to find that Pernelle has blocked the attack with her own magic circle. Tart turns to find Kyubey standing behind her and is glad to see he's alright. Kyubey tells Tart that she may not have the power to get through to Isabeau due to the result of a wish someone made for Isabeau’s benefit.

Isabeau rears up and transforms into her witch state Crepuscule de la Reine (Twilight of the Queen). Tart fights the witch queen but despite all her efforts she is unable to harm her owing to Minou’s wish. As her soul gem darkness and threatens to hatch into a grief seed, Riz’s soul gem fuses with Tart and together they are able to overcome the witch. In the aftermath of the battle, Pernelle offers Tart a grief seed in order to purify her soul gem. But she is interrupted by the lamentations of Minou at the loss of her mother. At that moment, Minou transforms back into a normal girl and her soul gem crumbles. Pernelle provides the answers: having been created by an imperfect creator she lost her powers the moment Isabeau was destroyed. Tart offers herself as a prisoner in exchange for the liberty of the rest of her companions. It seems the corruption is too far gone as the grief seed does nothing to purify her soul gem. Pernelle agrees to provide transportation for the French soldiers and opens portals for them to escape through.

At Tart’s execution, Pernelle and Kyubey watch the proceedings from amidst the crowd. Pernelle knows that Tart is attempting to remove herself by sacrificing herself so she won't possibly become a witch. Kyubey finds it hard to understand since Tart wouldn't have had to endure all this suffering at the end if she simply accepted her fate. Pernelle asks Kyubey why he doesn't try to change her decision since he disagrees with her choice and would benefit greatly from her transformation into a witch. Kyubey responds that there is no deep meaning behind it. Tart worked hard and did as he asked which was to defeat Isabeau. In exchange, Kyubey is doing as she asks. He asks Pernelle if this isn't what people call an act of gratitude. Pernelle calls it a prayer, and that a prayer is a thought in one's heart towards all that is noble. Kyubey calls humans and their emotions illogical. Pernelle, Melissa and Elisa pray for their holy lady, La Pucelle as the flames begin to consume Tart. Just before the flames consume her entirely, she says, "I want to say to everything in the world...merci vraiment! Thank you!" as her soul takes on the form of a white dove that flies out of the flames.

Powers

Pernelle has the ability to create magical barriers. She uses them as shields and platforms.

Observations

  • Considering her husband is the famed alchemist Nicholas Flamel, and her weapon is a caduceus, it is more than likely that her abilities are alchemical in nature.
    • Pernelle states she created the rifle-weapon that Elisa uses as well as the magically endowed sword the Épée de Clovis which she gifted to Tart.

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