- "And for this reason, they are frequently referred to thus: 'Shoes displayed in the King's showcase'. Although very beautiful, nobody can take them out to wear."
- - Androssi describing Zahard's Princesses
The Princesses (공주, gongjoo; 公主, gong1 zhu3) of Zahard(자하드; or "Jahad") are a sect of elite females chosen to serve Zahard, as the obligation for receiving his grand power. They are the "ultimate species" and a Princess is chosen every several hundred years (Ch 32, Zahard's Profile). "They are an existence which, at times, serves as a sword to defend the authority of the King, and at other times, is worshipped by the citizens of the Tower(Ch33)."
Being recognized as a Princess is an honorable and almost impossible achievement and there are many candidates vying for the position.
Apparently, some of the floors were conquered by Princesses and likely, on the behalf of Zahard when the King and the 10 Great Warriors were conquering the Tower (Zahard's Profile). It's unknown if these Princesses were allowed to rule the Floors they had conquered.
As everyone in the Tower is like a son or daughter of Zahard, a Princess is likely a chosen daughter of Zahard and she calls the King "Father" (Ch 80, Zahard's Profile). However, none of the Princesses are descended from Zahard's blood and generally come from the 10 Great Families or other places. They are in essence, "adopted" into the Zahard Family (Ch33) and they're Zahard's "adopted children". In exchange for this adoption and power, it seems they "discard" their surnames and it is unknown if this practise is the one used by the 3 Lords: to avoid being bound by their heredity (ancestry and inheritance).
The only exception is Anak Zahard who is an indirect descendant of Zahard but she is a fake Princess borne from the real Anak Zahard and a palace cook. As a result, she is thus considered "the shame of Zahard" and Ren from the RED decided to execute her(Ch 67).
Informal and Formal PrincessesEdit
The standards of being nominated as a Princess of Zahard include power, resourcefulness, and appearance. But the most important factor evaluated is if the girl is capable of properly receiving his power (). The most outstanding children are then granted Zahard's power through a special method (Ch 33), further enhancing their combat and other skills.
There are 2 types of ranks for a Princess: informal and formal. As they are all sisters, the term "unni" is used to address a sister who's more senior than her (Ch 80), in terms of rank and the amount of time they've served as a Princess.
An informal Princess is someone like Repellista Zahard who has not climbed the Tower or Androssi Zahard who is still climbing the Tower. However, even informal Princesses have received Zahard's power (Ch 33). All Princesses start off as Informal as even Eurasia Enne Zahard was an informal Princess while she was a Regular.
A Princess who has climbed the Tower and become a Ranker, might be chosen to become a formal Princess who is also called a "chosen Princess" (Ch 32). Only a "chosen Princess" is eligible to receive a 13 Month Series(Ch 32), as she has proven her ability by climbing the Tower. This is apparently very rare as Yuri Zahard was the only informal Princess chosen to become a formal Princess in the last 500 years.
Both ranks command varying amounts of respect. Of course, the amount of respect a Princess commands also depends on her behaviour and conduct.
Associated symbolEditBoth informal and formal Princesses are permitted to wear an object like a tie which displays the Zahard symbol, signifying their status as a Zahard's Princess. A fake Princess like Anak Zahard has none. It is likely the symbolic item is presented to the Princess by the King himself.
13 Month SeriesEdit
Take note that the chances of receiving a 13 Month Series are very slim and Ha Yuri Zahard was the only one out of all the chosen Princesses in the last 500 years, bestowed with one of the Series called the Black March(Ch 27).
Only a formal Princess can ignite a 13 Month Series, though there're exceptions like Anak Zahard or Baam (Ch 65). And some of the 13 Month Series like the Black March might refuse to ignite, unless its' owner meets a certain condition like 'a good-looking man'.
Note: The Rainbow Undecimber, an arms inventory is the only exception from the 13 Month Series as the others are all weapons.
Rules governing the PrincessesEdit
The Princesses(informal and formal) are governed by a set of Rules(there may be more):
- They must not have a relationship with a man.
- They must not marry.
- They may not have a child.
- They must not help an enemy of the Empire. (like an Irregular (Ch 2) or possibly Anak Zahard.)
The first 3 rules are to prevent Zahard's power from being spread recklessly and being misused by others coveting the Throne by using his child as a tool to seize power. And they are definitely implemented to prevent wars of succession and even civil war.
Punishment for breaking all these 4 rules is likely death, only if the RED reports to the King or if the King learns about it from another source.
Formal Princesses who've been chosen to receive a 13 Month Series are binded by an additional set of rules upon accepting it.
And it's likely the Princess must wear the symbolic item outside of the Palace and perhaps also within the Inner Palace, to indicate her status and authority.
There have been a total of 18 Princesses, although 8 have died or gone missing.
- Adori Zahard
- Alphid Zahard (whereabouts unknown)
- An Zahard
- Anak Zahard (Original, Deceased)
- Anak Zahard (Demi-Princess)
- Androssi Zahard
- Arie Hagipherione Zahard
- Eurasia Enne Zahard (Fled, Sealed away)
- Garam Zahard (Fled, Last seen on 43F)
- Ha Yuri Zahard
- Heice Zahard
- Koon Maria Zahard
- Koon Maschenny Zahard
- Pondo Zahard
- Rebecca Pon Zahard (Deceased)
- Jaina Repellista Zahard
- Uram Zahard (Deceased)
- Unie Zahard (Deceased)
Notes and TriviaEdit
- Likely all the Princesses, including Androssi Zahard, live in a Palace of their own.
- A Princess is likely entitled to a Guide of her own, who might also serve as bodyguard.