Up until now I’ve translated many definitions from the Drakengard universe, but the majority of my notes are spread around so much that I can hardly even remember what I’ve translated and what I haven’t. This page will serve as my DOD Encyclopedia.
Should you have any specific questions about anything in the DOD universe, please let me know and I’ll try to look it up in any of the official resource materials. I will continue to add to this list as I fumble through my old notes and/or make some more.
Dragons / ドラゴン
[DOD1] The dragons were once known by the alternative name of “God’s Messengers” and were considered to be the strongest creatures in the sky. Depending on individual intention, the environment, and day-to-day experiences, dragons are able to evolve, increasing their vitality and power. Since the dragons have never once lost a battle for survival, other monsters dare not defy them out of instinctive fear and awe. Besides the species by which the Red Dragon, Black Dragon, and Ancient Dragon belong, there are some subspecies of dragons such as Wyverns among others; however, none of them share the same level of pride. Additionally, the term “Red Dragon” and “Black Dragon” are not labels used by the dragons themselves, but are rather names given to them by humans who needed a way to distinguish between individual dragons. The dragons themselves do not view this naming system as very correct.
[DOD2] In order to secure their survival as an elite class of creatures in the world, the dragons believed they needed to uphold their role in “God’s Plan”. —DOD -World Inside-
God / 神
[DOD1] The one and only absolute Creator of every creature and person. All creatures act based upon the great “will” of God. However, God is unable to control mankind due to “free will” alone. Many people believe that God wants to eliminate humanity because they were “a mistake whose only strength is their ego.” —DOD -World Inside-
God? / 神？
This is the humming, painted with the color of insanity, that flowed from Manah’s mouth as she danced in front of the alter. Layered upon her own voice was the sound of a deep voice filled with apathy; its source unknown. More than likely, it was the voice of God who merely borrowed Manah’s voice. As previously mentioned, this world did not have any particular god that ought to be worshiped by all. Nonetheless, it’s difficult not to say that an entity who created the universe does, in fact, exist. Should such a being be called “God”?
Throughout the entirety of “Drag-on Dragoon”, God makes no personal appearance. That being said, there have been plenty of moments in which God’s hand in the world’s affairs can be seen ever so faintly. A small glimpse of God materializes in the world through such times as when a mysterious voice came out of Manah’s mouth, the time when the strange form of the “enemy” descended upon and destroyed the Empire, or the time when Furiae lost her human form and was transformed into a goddess of destruction. For the human race, these are the manifestations of nightmares, not a single one depicting a merciful God.
From God’s perspective, the human race was a defective creation. That is why God cast a seal over the world, which should more accurately be called a program for destruction, and created the race of dragons to destroy all of humanity. Moreover, God created the Red Eye Disease that, when infected, it would drive the humans themselves to break the seals, inevitably leading to their destruction by their own hand. Did God hate humanity that much? If so, why didn’t God destroy humanity by his own volition? Certainly, the existence known as “God” should have the power to do so. So then why did he refrain from using this power and instead enlisted others to do his bidding?
It’s a question without an answer. Perhaps someone could appreciate this situation as a test given to humanity. How can we call such an existence “God” when it personally sought the complete annihilation of the human race? —DOD Perfect Guide
The Nameless / 名もなき存在
[DOD2] Before the world had been connected with the “Great Time”, the so-called “Nameless” were the spirits of angels. —DOD -World Inside-
Utautai / ウタウタイ
This is the generic term given to individuals who have the ability to manipulate a power greater than any normal human by merely singing. This power is the product of the Flower, which resides within one’s body. Although Zero, herself, is an Utautai, when she attempts to stop the Flower by killing herself, it activates a reprogramming sequence. Five little girls are born from Zero’s body, each one taking a portion of Zero’s power. As the girls are born, they each take up the names of One, Two, Three, Four, and Five, and thusly retreat. Each of the girls possess their own sense of self, memories, and special abilities as well as speech and behavior. —DOD3 Complete Guide
Utahime / ウタヒメ
This is an honorific title for the Utautai girls. The term was forged when the girls (One, Two, Three, Four, and Five) defeated the Lords of the Land and saved the people from oppression with their amazing power of song. Each of the girls then took responsibility of leading each of the separate lands, Two governed over the Land of Sands, Three: the Land of Forests, Four: the Land of Mountains, and Five: the Land of Seas. As far as the civilians were concerned, they viewed the Utahime girls as an absolute existence worthy of their veneration. They would even go to the extreme of sacrificing their own lives if it meant protecting an Utahime. Even though the girls may share the same power of song, Zero’s singular goal means the death of her sisters, which is how she obtained the title “Utahime (Utautai) Traitor”. —DOD3 Complete Guide
- Drag-on Dragoon Perfect Guide— Famitsu, enter brain, November 6, 2003
- Drag-on Dragoon World Inside— Square Enix, December 19, 2013
- Drag-on Dragoon 3 Complete Guide—Dengeki, Media Works, April 10, 2014