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Cornelius Alba (コルネリウス・アルバ, Korunerius Aruba?) is an antagonist of the fifth chapter of Kara no Kyoukai, "Paradox Spiral". He is a powerful Magus and a friend of Touko Aozaki and Souren Araya when the three studied at the London branch of the Mage's Association.

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Background

Cornelius is a direct descendant of the Renaissance-era scholar and magus Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim. Contrary to his appearance - likened to "an agreeable youth in his twenties" in the novel - he is over fifty years old and has a cruel disposition.

He and Touko were on good terms when they were students until Touko surpassed him in their study of Runes. He is so obsessed with this inferiority complex that he occasionally becomes deranged when speaking of her.

Before the events of Kara no Kyoukai, he was supposed to be the next director of a Sponheim Abbey that was affiliated with the Mage's Association.

Role

Fate/Zero

In episode 18 of the animated adaptation of Fate/zero, he appears to make an unvoiced cameo appearance where he participated in the 'cleansing' of the vampirism started by Norikata Emiya at Arimago Island.

Kara no Kyoukai

He joined up with Araya and came to Japan, not because of the latter's attempt to reach Akasha, but solely to kill Touko to prove his superiority. He was devoured by Touko's familiar in the 'sealed box' after calling her by her nickname, "Dirty Red". Only at the end did he realize that he "shouldn't have gotten involved with monsters" like Touko and Araya.[1]

Abilities

In terms of raw power, Cornelius is amongst the high end of all the magi to ever appear in TYPE-MOON works, but he doesn't get a chance to display his abilities during the story.[2] Despite being an overall superior magus to both Araya and Touko, they can be called monsters that far surpass him in battle capability. He also has a bad compatibility against Kayneth Archibald El-Melloi.

His 'Sea of Flame' spell can create a thousand-degree conflagration in less than two seconds using high-speed incantations, so he can be compared to a character in a fighting game capable of spamming Super Moves at will. He has a black hound familiar and as well as ether clumps, Slimes. He is also a puppeteer (人形師, ningyoushi?) and was responsible for the system at Ogawa Mansion, where only the brains of residents were kept alive and connected to puppet bodies. His Origin is Refutation (反証?).[3]

References

  1. Kara no Kyoukai Chapter 5, "Paradox Spiral
  2. Q: Alba was finished off without a climax in the movie, in terms of pure ability as a magus, how strong is he?
    Nasu: In terms of pure attacking power, Alba is at the high end amongst the magi to ever appear in the stories of Type Moon. Well... his compatibility with Kayneth is kind of bad. To put in terms of fighting games, it is kind of like spamming Super Moves at will.
    Takeuchi: Whoa, what an annoying power.(Q. 結局見せ場無しでやられてしまったアルバですが、純粋に魔術師として見るなら、彼はどれぐ らい強かったのでしょうか?
    奈:単純な攻撃力でいうと、実のところ、タイプムーン伝奇で出てきた魔術師の中でも上位です。 ケイネスとは相性悪いですが……そうですね、格闘ゲームでいうなら超必殺技打ち放題、みたい な性能でしょうか。
    武:うわぁ、超嫌われそうな性能。)
  3. アルバの起源は何?- 反証
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