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Note: Not everyone in the family has feats, but I'll include a little bio for them too. Also, this includes the family servants too.
Music: Worldend Dominator
Umineko, as far as canon goes, holds the manga and original VN as the word on what is canon (Source: Say it in Red Interview). This is why I will be using both Manga and VN materials in this thread. They are:
- Umineko no Naku Koro Ni (Ep. 1-4)
- Umineko no Naku Koro Ni Chiru (Ep. 5-8)
- Umineko no Naku Koro Ni Hane
- Umineko no Naku Koro Ni Tsubasa
- Umineko ni Naku Koro Ni Manga Volumes 1 - 8.
Umineko is tiered by levels of existence. Occasionally these are referred to as "dimension" but more with the understanding that dimension equates to plane. Those levels of existence were comparable to an infinite ladder.
Low on these levels are game boards. Parallel worlds converge through them, as shown by the Episode 6 gameboard residing in the meta-world, prepared beforehand. Above the game boards, there's the Meta-World and other lower Worlds. All of this only encompasses a CatBox, a Fragment, or a Book.
Above this is the Sea of Fragments, an endless sea where Fragments are located. Those Fragments, or Kakera, are fragments of light that represents infinite parallel universes with endless possibilities and they came into various shapes and forms, such as books or crystals with different contents (some contain a universe, others a multiverse or even more). Voyager Witches constantly travel across the infinite Sea to find a Fragment to escape their boredom.
There are more locations in the Sea or above it, like Heaven, Hell, Aurora's Study, future worlds, etc., but the most important is The City of Books, one the highest known level of existence in Umineko (there's hinted to be levels higher than the City, like the Realm of the Creator, or a higher world which the witch Featherine Augustus Aurora has access to it). The City of Books is a place where countless Fragments are stored as Books. The entire story of Umineko is noted to barely amount to a single book in the City, if that.
According to the game, witches are human beings who gain power exceeding normal humans and can use them at will. The Witches are divided into three tiers:
Territory Lords: Witch/Sorcerer who are creators and rulers of a territory, as such when they stop thinking their territory will vanish, literally. But when they think again, it will simply be created again, this process can be repeated infinitely and it is still even less breathing to them. The Territory Lords are the gods of their Territory, being able to control anything in it, even the narrative.
Voyagers: Witches/Sorcerers who are far superior to Territory Lords, they can leave their Territories and travel beyond it, to the infinite Sea of Fragments and worlds higher than it. For them, concepts such as fate can be visualized and manipulated at will (insignificant as weaker beings can do much more impressive thing than this). The Voyagers are commonly known as being one step below Creators.
Creators: They are the pinnacle of witches, Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent. To Witches, they are no different than Gods. But being a Creator has a high price, as the Witch who attains this level would lose every restriction, even the 'self', and become part of The Creator. Featherine Augustus Aurora is the only known Witch to ever touch the Realm of The Creator and become one, and even her isn't fully a Creator.
For Witches/Sorcerers is easier to kill and destroy with magic than to create, meaning their power to destroy is at least as good as the one to create.
Pieces are the representation of the Territory Lords/Meta-World beings on the Gameboard, like Beatrice's Piece, but can also represent the normal human beings of that Gameboard. Essentially, they are the avatars on the human world of being on a higher level of existence.
Golden Land is the highest reality of Beato's territory. A higher abstract metaphysical world that exists outside the Gameboard. This world is Beato's private realm and from here, she and every other beings here can view all lower worlds as a Chessboard, interact or messing with it at will (by creating their own Gameboard, play it and control the Pieces, decides where to move and if they don't do anything, the Gameboard's reality is forever stopped, for all eternity). From here, one can appear and travel to anywhere inside Beato's territory at will.
Meta-World is the second highest reality. It resembles Rokkenjima at first until revealed by Tsubasa to be much vaster than that. This world is where all Meta-World Beings (or Meta-Beings) reside, it is known for encompassing several metaphysical worlds. In this place, all lower worlds can be viewed as a Chessboard, or they can manifest here in the form of a crystal (including Fragments). In this world, concepts are meaningless to Meta-Being (even death and nonexistence). If they stop thinking, they will be die and be erased from existence but that doesn't matter, it is simply a matter of interest and concern to them. Not even a weapon that negates all concepts upon summoning can do anything to them. Furthermore, they can create concepts by simply thinking (Battler creates the concept of gravity, for example) and they are so powerful that a single action of them in this world can become reality of endless worlds.
Truths are moves used in debates between human and witches, while they're arguments they usually take the form of powerful conceptual weapons that damages the concept of her target. Because truth is a conceptual move, it cannot be avoided but can be confronted with other truths.
Blue Truth: It's used as a theory that works as counter-argument to the opponent's statement. It usually takes the form of a stake that impales the opponent; the opponent cannot remove the stake without countering the Blue Truth's argument using the Red Truth. The Blue Truth must abide by the Red Truth.
Red Truth: Anything said in red is an undeniable, absolute truth, and does not need to be backed up by proof, although it is impossible to lie using the Red Truth. However, a Red Truth can be interpreted in many different ways.
Golden Truth: An unique truth that can only be used by the Game Master. This truth works similarly to the Red Truth, and is equal in power - depending on the scenario, it can be stronger or weaker. When it is superior, it can easily deny even the Red Truth. Battler's use of the Golden Truth demonstrates that he fully understands the rules of the game.
The most favorite weapon of Ushiromiya Family (even Maria can use it), the Winchester M-1894 is a conceptual weapon with anti-magic properties used against fantasy beings.
Sawed-off Winchester M-1894
A sawed-off custom rifle manufactured during the golden age of Winchesters. Besides that, it has had its portability and romantic aspect jacked up at the expense of its lethal range. Also, if one can handle the unique lever action, one can also use it for rapid-fire like an average pistol. On top of that, the single-hand reload action using the characteristic lever handle will no doubt be irresistible to Western lovers.
It can employ up to .45 long-colt bullets, just as Kinzo likes it. The number of rounds is 4+1 shots.
Life is but a daydream before the awakening called death.
Kinzo Ushiromiya is the aged head of the Ushiromiya family. Even though it has already been announced that he has just a few months left to live, he is brimming with energy. Although he amassed a vast fortune in the past, he never made any announcements about his inheritance, which worries his children. He is strongly influenced by the West and is a rabid fan of the occult. His study is packed with mysterious grimoires.
Chess pieces taken aside may have no purpose, but there's a great purpose for shogi pieces who've been captured. Just one captured pawn should be able to put pressure on the opponent.
Krauss Ushiromiya is Kinzo's first child. As the eldest son of four siblings, he is in a position to lead the family meeting. However, to the other siblings, it seems that he is trying to monopolize the fortune, which intensifies the clash with the siblings. He is a real estate investor and is heavily interested in the development of a resort. However, the results are being severely criticized.
[Meta-World Krauss] Krauss sends Erika flying with a punch
Until the moment of your death, you worried about the daughter you left behind. Yes. I'll write that into the lid of the cat box.
Eva Ushiromiya is the eldest daughter of the Ushiromiya family and the second child of Kinzo, ranked the third of all family members. Hostile towards her brother Krauss and takes a stance to confront him in every way possible, from issues of the fortune to the succession of the head of the family. Originally she would have lost her place in the register of the Ushiromiya family when she got married, but since she made her husband, who took her family name, be recognized, the whole story forcibly came to a halt.
Note: This is just Eva, without the Eva-Beatrice form.
All the trust in the world isn't worth a good banknote.
Rudolf Ushiromiya is Kinzo's third child. Together with his sister Eva, at the family meeting, he strengthens the goal of not allowing the eldest brother Krauss monopolize their father's fortune. He lost his previous wife, Asumu, six years ago and afterward immediately entered his second wife Kyrie in the family register.
[Meta-World Rudolf] Rudolf and Kyrie doing something "fun" to Erika
- Note: The stakes are easily FTE and can achieve even supersonic speeds
I'll show you my golden dream!!!
Rosa Ushiromiya is Kinzo Ushiromiya's fourth and youngest child. She is ranked the fifth of all family members. As the youngest Ushiromiya child, she has very little say at the family meetings.
She is also the mother of Maria Ushiromiya, who is Rosa's only child. Before her birth, Maria's father abandoned them.
[Meta-World Rosa] Rosa goes blitzkrieg on Erika
The next head is me. And my first action will be to shove my fist into your face...!
Jessica Ushiromiya is the daughter of Krauss and Natsuhi. She is eighteen years old and is not interested in matters of the family inheritance. She dislikes her parents at times, but still shows concern for them. If Krauss does inherit the Ushiromiya family fortune, she will become the heiress of the Ushiromiya family (strictly speaking, a future husband).
[Meta-World Jessica] Jessica takes down an Elite Theory Goat
A monarch's force is something that's only shown. It's about making your enemy know that they won't escape unharmed if they oppose you. That's what a monarch's force is.
George Ushiromiya is Eva's and Hideyoshi's son. He is an affable young man and is liked by everyone in the family. He is an apprentice to his father's company, and it looks like he finally has dreams of independence. He is the oldest of the four cousins and often acts as a peacemaker.
When a rose gives you too much trouble, it's always best to snip it at the root.
Kyrie Ushiromiya is Rudolf's second wife. She has a long association with him as a business partner, and after the death of his previous wife, she publically made the place of legal wife her own. She has worked as his right arm in handling several shady pieces of business, which led them to success. She is quick thinking and trusts Rudolf implicitly.
Combat skill - Envy
The quotient between the hours that her opponent had envied in its life and her own hours of envy is used to reduce the opponent speed in the same proportion in front of Kyrie's eyes, another way to say is that Kyrie increases her speed with that proportion, thus it can lead some confusion though for reader to figure it is out whatever Kyrie reduced her opponent's speed or not while in reality, it was Kyrie increases her speed. Kyrie's envy has lasted for 18 years, a time of 157860 hours (compared to the 1/938 amount of time or 168 hours to achieve the speed of sound of Leviathan). This is an automatical conceptual skill. This is only available to Piece-Kyrie self.
[Meta-World Kyrie] She and Rudolf doing something "fun" to Erika
- Because of the Envy differences between Kyrie and Jessica, Jessica's sound speed punch had only a speed of 2.45 km/h to Kyrie
Hideyoshi Ushiromiya is Eva's husband. He was adopted into the Ushiromiya family as Eva's husband. Since he does not have the spiteful genes of the Ushiromiya family, his cheerful, smiling face is very precious in the family meetings.
Natsuhi Ushiromiya is Krauss Ushiromiya's wife. She manages the Ushiromiya family in the stead of her husband, who doesn't pay any attention to his household. She took charge of the preparations, the arrangements, and everything for this family meeting by herself.
She has a strong sense of responsibility and is very proud. However, she is not understood by her husband and his siblings, so it can't be said that her situation is enviable.
We aren't furniture, we are humans!
Shannon, also known by her real name Sayo, is a maid working on Rokkenjima. She has a habit of making mistakes and blunders when she is nervous, despite being an extremely talented and hardworking servant. She thinks of Kanon as her younger brother and like him, she feels she is inferior to humans, as she is only furniture. Despite this, she has fallen in love with George.
We're nothing more, than the witch's pieces. Nothing more... Nothing more...
Kanon is a young servant. He handles his work in silence, but he is sullen and his appraisal is not high. Kanon thinks of Shannon as his elder sister and highly disapproves of her feelings for George, as he believes she should not feel love as she is only furniture. He also denies any human emotions in himself because he thinks of himself as only furniture. This brought problems to him later since he has a crush on Jessica.
Genji Ronoue is the head butler who manages the servants who work under the Ushiromiya family. He is the one who has served Kinzo the longest and has obtained his greatest trust.
Chiyo Kumasawa is an elderly woman who works part-time and has much experience. She knows how to get things done, and her skills as a servant are by no means small, but since she loves gossip and is quite talkative, she doesn't receive many appraisals.
Toshiro Gohda is a servant employed as a chef. He has not served the family for long, but the reception talents he honed in his previous work are polished, and his appraisal is high. He was shown to be a coward for pushing the responsibility of the late tea delivery to Shannon at the beginning of the Legend of the Golden Witch. He was previously employed at a hotel and very proud of his culinary skills. Due to his experience, he is ostentatious and looks down upon Shannon and Kanon; however, while this seems apparent at first glance, he is actually quite concerned for them and is very reliable when it counts.