Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End has perfectly combined Japanese fiction’s artistry with Western fiction’s tropes to create a wonderful fantasy work that is extremely popular worldwide, and for a good reason. While the protagonists are the story’s focus, in this article, we will discuss another character who is actually an important part of the lore of Frieren and is seemingly in the very center of the story as a whole because she actually seems to be the creator of the world we are in. She is the Goddess of Creation, and in this article, we are going to tell you all you need to know about this character.
The Goddess of Creation is more of a mythical figure than anything else
We actually don’t know much about the history of the world seen in Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End. We have been thrown into the world in medias res, and not much had been revealed about it until Frieren and her group’s meeting with Kraft the Monk in the Northern Lands. Sure, we did not find out much even then, but we did find out more, and that actually helped us come up with the content of this article.
Frieren, Fern, and Stark became trapped in a snowstorm after fighting Aura and heading toward Ende; Stark passed out right away, and Fern had to carry him. Frieren mentioned that there should be a hut nearby. Fortunately, they were able to locate it, although Fern wasn’t sure whether it was still there because Frieren hadn’t been there in about 80 years.
This is when Kraft entered the picture. They discovered a shirtless Kraft working out and ignoring them as soon as they opened the door of the hut. He was just training to stay warm, despite Fern’s initial accusations that he was a pervert and her desire for them to leave.
After that was resolved, Kraft realized that Frieren was an Elf like him and was glad to see another member of his race after nearly 300 years. After that, they went inside the cabin and built a fire, during which Kraft informed them that he had crossed the mountains and that the winter had forced him to seek refuge. The four of them then decided to stay in the cabin for the winter. They supported one another, and we learned a little of Kraft’s history. He once defended a town in the Northern Lands, somewhere along Rohr Road, as he was a skilled warrior in the past.
However, because he was an Elf and cursed to live a longer life than other races, those who lauded him and his accomplishments departed, leaving him in a state close to existential crisis. As a result of his piety, he turned to the Goddess of Creation and decided to become a monk. His faith sustained him, as he felt the Goddess would recognize and glorify him, allowing him to go to Heaven as a genuine hero. And this is when we found out about her.
She was shown to be a small girl with white hair, Elven ears, and angelic wings, wearing a flower crown on her head; save for the wings, she looks a lot like Frieren, although we have yet to see whether this is a coincidence. According to legends, the Goddess of Creation lived with the mortals in ancient times but has not been seen since, meaning no living witness can testify. Her story is more of a myth than reality, especially since she is credited as the world’s creator.
She is supposedly omnipotent and omniscient but also benevolent and will praise those of a pure heart and will send them to Heaven. This is what Heiter believed and what Kraft believed as well. When no one is there to praise a person, the Goddess of Creation will supposedly do so and make them feel good about themselves. Many people believe in her (Heiter, Kraft, Stark, Fern), but Frieren doesn’t believe in her all that much while acquainted with the legend. She sees the myth of the Goddess of Creation as a very convenient way for mortals to give themselves a sense of security, which is why she, as an Elf with a long lifespan, doesn’t believe in her.
She is not completely closed to the idea, as she is searching for Heaven, but she is skeptical of the Goddess’ role and influence.
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