Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End is a wonderful fantasy series combining Japanese craft with Western tropes. We on Fiction Horizon are covering the series, of course, and while we have talked about the characters and the plot of the series most often, this article will be a bit different as we are going to talk about a location. The location in question is Äußerst, a magical island town in the Northern Lands, which is said to be the largest magical town in that area. Why do Frieren and Fern need to go there, and what awaits them there? Keep reading to find out all you need to know about the town of Äußerst!
Äußerst is the largest magical town in the north, and it is where Frieren and Fern took their magical exams
We on Fiction Horizon haven’t talked much about the world of Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End. We’ve mostly discussed its characters and their powers and abilities, but the world itself is filled with some beautiful concepts and locations. After talking about Aureole earlier, the time has come for us to talk about another location in the series – Äußerst, which was an exceptionally important stop in Frieren’s journey towards Aureole.
The story of how Frieren came to Äußerst is actually related to Aureole. Aureole is known as “The Land Where Souls Rest,” and it is a sort of heaven where the souls who die venture. Not many details are available about Aureole, but from what it seems, only the souls of heroes and good people go there.
Frieren, knowing that she did not show her former comrades, especially Himmel, how much she cared for them, wants to go to Aureole to correct her past mistakes and talk with Himmel once more. Aureole is located in Ende, and to reach it, they will have to pass through the Demon King’s castle, which will certainly be an interesting experience and an important plot moment.
But, to reach the Demon King’s castle, Frieren and her friends must go through the Northern Plateau, where the situation becomes complex. When they decided to depart from his domain and travel to Ende, Granat told Frieren, Fern, and Stark that things had changed and that a first-class mage was now needed to reach the Northern Plateau due to the high level of danger.
Furthermore, even if Frieren is undoubtedly among the series’ best mages and a first-class mage, it was meaningless without an official certificate. This meant that she had to pass the First Class Mage Exam, and the nearest place she could do it was Äußerst. And this is how they ended up on their way to Äußerst.
Äußerst is a magical island town. A center of the Continental Magic Association is located there and from what we could deduce, it was the largest building in the town. Äußerst is primarily known as a magical town, the largest one in the north, but also as one of the largest settlements in the north in general. Known inhabitants of the town include Serie, Lernen, Genau, Falsch, Sense, Richter, and Edel. Many characters have visited the town, of course, but these are the ones that live there all the time.
Aside from this, not much is known about Äußerst. We know that the First Class Mage Exam is taken there, and based on that, we found out that Äußerst is also located near the Tomb of the Ruined King, which was one of the exam locations. Regarding everything else, Äußerst doesn’t seem to be any different from the other towns we’ve seen in the series, only larger. We could tell you the story of the exam, but that is not directly related to Äußerst, so we will leave that interesting story for another occasion.
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