Valkyrie Armor is the armor forged for Valkyries to better combat dangerous enemies, particulary ones that too much for normal witches to handle featured in Little Witch Academia: Ragnarok Tetralogy.
Valkyrie armor is specialized armor forged by witch-blacksmiths of Kingdom of Thapoli out of Solais Metal. Its inactive form takes appearance of left bracer-like gauntlet referred as Valkyrie Gauntlet. Any witch who wore this suit of armor will have her strength, defence, mobility, and magic increased. If the Valkyrie possesses a familiar, she can imbue some of the armor's powers to give him/her upgrade form, increasing his/her overall capabilities.
Although Valkyrie armor magically enhanced its user's overall abilities, the extent of armor's power actually relative to her heart. Because the armor also designed to feed on emotional energy of its user, the stronger the feelings of her heart, the greater her combat potential. The same thing also apply to its appearance; when Akko don her Vermilion Valkyrie armor, her armor's appearance resembles her Luna Nova practice uniform except that her witch hat greatly resembles Shiny Chariot's (though the hatband is Vermilion in color).
There are two methods of a Valkyrie activated her Valkyrie Armor, one is wand channeling, and other is Valkyrie Circle. Wand Channeling is performed by channeling one's magic into the Valkyrie Gauntlet with a wand as conduit. This resulting the witch's clothes magically transform into Valkyrie Armor in an instant. However, the process create a destructive energy vortex around her for a brief moment which protected her from harm but causing considerable damage to the area around her: When Akko transforms into Vermilion Valkyrie for the first time, she created a destructive fiery vortex that incinerated both attacking apollyons and reduced the tree behind her into ashes. The second method on the other hand, Valkyrie Circle, is more practical as it cause little to no damage to the surrounding area, but can only performed by trained Valkyries. The witch perform this by focusing her will on the gauntlet's magic while tracing her point and middle finger in circular pattern, forming a dimensional rift through which the rest of her Valkyrie Armor would materialize and instantly assemble in her body in less that few seconds. For that brief moment, the armor appears malleable and wraps itself around the valkyrie with a temporary glow and integrates any clothes she wear into it.
In spite of its benefits, Valkyrie Armor have its limitations: When exposed to overwhelming power, the armor was designed to release itself from its wielder to avoid additional damage. However, that is a double-edge design as its armor is safe from catastrophic damage, but puts the user at risk from mortal danger. Enough blow on its gauntlet can also instantly deactivate the armor, as seen when Croix exposed Ursula's identity as both Shiny Valkyrie and Chariot du Nord by delivering enough blow on her gauntlet The armor is ultimately a last resort measure against the strongest of challenges. If a Valkyrie can handle her foes without her armor, she will make do without it.
Legendary Valkyries of ArcturusEdit
While Valkyries proved to be very powerful and effective against adversaries that too much for regular witches to handle, not all Valkyries are created equal: There are six Valkyries who honored to wear the most powerful Valkyrie Armors forged by witch-blacksmiths of Thapoli— Legendary Valkyries of Arcturus. These Valkyries were formed by Beatrix Cavendish herself for a mission of grave importance: Aiding the next generation of witches and later, future bearer of Shiny Rod to prepare for Second Ragnarok. Each of these Valkyries held the power of six different elements enhanced by their respective armors: Light Valkyrie (light), Shadow Valkyrie (shadow), Vermilion Valkyrie (fire), Blue Valkyrie (ice), Yellow Valkyrie (wind), and Green Valkyrie (earth). Like other Valkyrie Armors, the ownership of their legendary armors usually passed down from mother-to-daughter or from master-to-apprentice.
Unfortunately, only recent generations of Legendary Valkyries of Arcturus who able to fulfilled their designated purpose in the end. First generations of Legendary Valkyries of Arcturus were rivals who reluctant to work together as the team they meant to be. Though Vermilion Valkyrie, Green Valkyrie, and Yellow Valkyrie at that time able to put aside their differences and become allies, rivalry between first Shiny Valkyrie and first Shadow Valkyrie only got worse and both eventually become bitter enemies. A similar rivalry also existed between first Vermilion Valkyrie and first Blue Valkyrie, but unlike the latter, both eventually able to worked together when the situation demanded it. The enmity between Legendary Valkyries of Arcturus got worse when the first Shadow Valkyrie developed the same enmity towards the rest of her fellow Legendary Valkyries of Arcturus where with Vermilion Valkyrie being the worst. This continues even after next generations, regardless whether they are either biologically related to their predecessors or being their apprentices. According to Ursula, this enmity ultimately culminated in an epic battle during the Golden Age of Magic: That era's generation of Shadow Valkyrie eventually struck down Shiny Valkyrie and ended her bloodline. She was about to finish her next rival, Vermilion Valkyrie, before unexpectedly stopped by Blue Valkyrie who come for the latter's rescue. In spite of their differences, Vermilion Valkyrie and Blue Valkyrie soon join forces against their common enemy. Yellow Valkyrie and Green Valkyrie soon join the fight, and ultimately, the four Legendary Valkyries managed to struck down Shadow Valkyrie. This victory however, not come without the cost, as Green Valkyrie and Yellow Valkyrie were killed and Shadow Valkyrie armor disappeared as result of the said battle.
After that battle, Blue Valkyrie intended to reform Legendary Valkyries of Arcturus in hopes of continuing what they had started with help of Kingdom of Thapoli and Vermilion Valkyrie. The endeavor however, only can be continued by the next generations due to various setbacks from both witches' rivalries with Order of Kitsune and the war against Acolytes of Nidhoggr. In fact, while Shiny Valkyrie Armor found itself a new generation and made its way to the hands of Ursula Callistis aka. Chariot du Nord, Green Valkyrie Armor and Yellow Valkyrie Armor had yet to find new successor due to Ragnhild was forced to hide them in the ocean so they won't fell into Haggar and her surviving minions' hands. Fortunately, both armors eventually made their way to the next bearers in form of best friends of present day Vermilion Valkyrie (Atsuko Kagari), Lotte Yanson and Sucy Manbavaran. However, the history of conflict between Shadow Valkyrie and her fellow Legendary Valkyries of Arcturus repeated itself in modern-day era: Not long after her fallout with Chariot and Flash as well as defecting from Thapoli, Croix Meridies unofficially become the current Shadow Valkyrie upon finding the missing armor and used it for her own sinister purposes which led to her conflict with other Legendary Valkyrie Armors' bearers. Fortunately, following Hel's betrayal and demise, Shadow Valkyrie, after seeing her errors, decided to join forces with her fellow Legendary Valkyries of Arcturus to fight and eventually vanquished Nidhoggr before entrusted the armor to Diana until it found the worthy successor. With this, the enmity between Legendary Valkyries of Arcturus comes to an end.
List of Valkyrie ArmorsEdit
|Legendary Valkyries of Arcturus||Other Valkyrie Armors|