| Deva |
(十二神将 Twelve Divine Generals)
|Intentions:||To protect the Digital World|
The Deva (十二神将「デーヴァ」 Jūni Shinshou/Dēva?, lit. "Twelve Heavenly Generals") are a group of twelve Ultimate-level Holy Beast Digimon that are derived from the Buddhist myth of the Twelve Heavenly Generals, deities who protected the Bhaiṣajyaguru. The Twelve Heavenly Generals were eventually conflated with the animals of the Chinese zodiac in Japanese Buddhism, and so the Deva are also representative of those figures. The Deva are followers of the Digimon Sovereigns, and each Sovereign has three Deva subordinates.
The Deva share many similarities beyond their basis. Nearly all of the Deva have three horns and red eyes, and each wears Chinese-styled armor with a red or purple scarf. Each of the Deva wields a signature weapon which is named in Chinese, with the form "Bǎo X" (宝X? lit. "Treasure X"), where "X" is a generic type of weapon. Although the Twelve Heavenly Generals of Buddhist mythology were each armed with a specific weapon, some of these are switched around for the Deva Digimon. For example, the generals Śaṇḍilya and Indra wield a shell and a lance, respectively, while Sandiramon and Indramon wield a lance and a shell, respectively. Finally, each Deva's Special Move is named after one of the Naraka mentioned in the Vishnu Purana, which usually has some relation either to the Deva's zodiac animal or weapon.
The Deva are servants of Zhuqiaomon who were ordered to search for Calumon and eventually to conquer the Real World. The first nine Deva made their way into Tokyo, thanks to Yamaki's Juggernaut machine malfunctioning and making it easier for Digimon to break through. The Tamers and their Digimon manage to defeat the first eight Deva, but the ninth, Makuramon, abducts Calumon, forcing the gang to pursue him into the Digital World, where they also encounter the last three Deva. One of them, Antylamon, is befriended by Suzie Wong, and becomes her partner. However, because she had sided with the humans over her master, her power was stripped away and she degenerated to Lopmon. After the Tamers and Sovereigns allied against the D-Repear, Lopmon was able to digivolve back to Antylamon, and was the only Deva to survive to the end of the conflict.
After Impmon is defeated by Indramon, Caturamon contacts him from the Digital World and continues to sow the seeds of Impmon's anger at his weakness. In the Digital World, Caturamon promises him the power he did not have in exchange for destroying the Tamers. Though at first reluctant, Impmon finally agrees, and Caturamon brings him to the Digital World. Zhuqiaomon gives him the power to digivolve to Beelzemon. After Beelzemon defeats Infermon, Caturamon orders him to fulfill his end of the bargain. He then makes himself known to the Tamers, destroying Taomon's barrier and kidnapping Calumon. After returning Calumon, Caturamon is then ordered by Zhuqiaomon to deal with the traitorous Antylamon. While Gallantmon and Beelzemon clash, he attempts to take out Lopmon, but Terriermon takes the blow. Gallantmon then destroys him, but Beelzemon loads his data to become stronger. He shouts "Long live the Sovereign!" before being absorbed by Beelzemon.
Despite his death, Caturamon managed to cause trouble for Terriermon due to the blow from his final attack, as Rapidmon was weaker than usual, and still injured until the biomerge.
- Howl of the Heavens: Releases a supersonic howl that can shatter barriers.
Indramon bio-emerges in the real world. He first speaks to Impmon after laughing at the smaller Digimon, and he points out Impmon has "the stench of humans", a "Digimon that has been kept by humans has no self-respect" and tells Impmon he should abandon his dreams of Digivolving. Renamon arrives, causing Indramon to tell them that they are pathetic. He then disappears but later returns and battles Impmon, despite telling Renamon he would gladly fight her as well. Indramon plays around with Impmon for a great deal of time before dealing crushing blows. He then fights Growlmon, Gargomon and Kyubimon, easily beating them all with one attack. Indramon leaves thanks to Mitsuo Yamaki and the Juggernaut program. He returns later with a much larger size. Again, Growlmon, Gargomon and Kyubimon fight and lose to him. However, Takato is able to digivolve Growlmon into WarGrowlmon using Kazu Shioda's Blue Card, and Indramon proves no match for him. He easily destroys Indramon's horn and destroys him by blasting him with his Atomic Blaster.
- Horn of Desolation (Adhomukha): Uses its tremendous lung capacity to blow the Bǎo Bèi, generating ultrasonic waves.
Kumbhiramon bio-emerges in a sewage system. Jeri Katou and Calumon encounter him and, after asking if he is her partner, are chased by him until Leomon bio-emerges in the Real World and fights him. Kumbhiramon later returns and uses his Deva Clone to fight, but Gargomon helps Leomon destroy his clones and Leomon easily destroys the original with a single slash of his sword.
- Deva Clone (Krimíśa): Splits itself into six bodies which it positions in a hexagram barrier, sealing the opponent inside, then smashes them with the Bǎo Chǔ, deleting them completely.
Makuramon enlists Majiramon's help in searching for Calumon. Majiramon and Makuramon search the Digital World until they are drawn by the light of digivolution when Calumon causes Woodmon to digivolve into Cherrymon. Cyberdramon attacks them, and Majiramon attempts to deal with the Tamers. He is close to winning when Ryo Akiyama uses the Goliath card to enlarge Cyberdramon, giving him enough strength to defeat Majiramon.
- Flaming Arrowheads (Vedhaka): Disappears into the center of a swirl of light summoned in the sky, then fires 108 shining Bǎo Shǐ, burying a horde of opponents in just an instant. This technique possesses ¥540,000 worth of destructive power.
After bio-emerging at the same time as Indramon, Makuramon first appears in the guise of a human and spies on the Tamers, being noticeably interested in Calumon. When he watches the battle between Leomon and Kumbhiramon, he finally realizes that Calumon is the Shining Digivolution. When Vikaralamon bio-emerges, he reveals his true form and tells the Tamers about their goals—to get more power so that they can defeat their enemies. He attacks the portal created by Juggernaut and destroys it. When Vikaralamon is defeated, he kidnaps Calumon. Though Leomon attempts to stop him, his master, the Sovereign Zhuqiaomon, guards him and guarantees his escape.
Makuramon flees to the Digital World, but during his reentry he loses Calumon and has to search for him, enlisting Majiramon's help. He is drawn by the light of digivolution when Calumon causes Woodmon to digivolve into Cherrymon. Cyberdramon attacks them, and Makuramon lets Majiramon deal with the Tamers. When it becomes clear that Majiramon would lose, Makuramon bids a hasty retreat. He stumbles across Suzie Wong who is being guarded by Antylamon and tries to bring her back to Zhuqiaomon as tribute to avoid punishment. Antylamon fends him off, however.
Makuramon meets his end when he attempts to scold Beelzemon about the damage he is inflicting on the Digital World. Beelzemon attacks him and loads his data. Beelzemon uses Makuramon's Primal Orb attack in battle afterward.
- Primal Orb (宝玉 Bǎo Yù?, lit. "Treasure Jewel"): Throws the "Primal Orb" as a controllable projectile.
- Primal Orb (Raurava) Entraps his opponent in the "Primal Orb".
When Mitsuo Yamaki activates the Juggernaut Program to eliminate all Digimon on Earth, an anomaly infiltrates the vortex and Bio-Emerges on top of the Hypnos Tower, in the form of Mihiramon. Mihiramon torments Yamaki's foolery to the brink of insanity. Renamon and Terriermon both attempt to battle him in their Champion levels but fail miserably. Guilmon digivolves into Growlmon but is mortally wounded by the tiger, and Takato, also feeling his Digimon's pain, falls unconscious. After Takato and Growlmon have a heart-to-heart moment in a dream world, Takato uses a Blue Card to matrix digivolve Growlmon into WarGrowlmon who battles Mihiramon. Mihiramon is unable to comprehend how WarGrowlmon digivolved to his level and strikes him with a spiked blade. WarGrowlmon seizes Mihiramon by his tail and destroys him at point-blank range with an Atomic Blaster.
- Samurai Tiger Tail (宝棒 Bǎo Bàng?, lit. "Treasure Stick"): Strikes the opponent with the Tiger Rod.
- Armored Tiger Tail: Adds spikes to the Tiger Rod.
Pajiramon and Vajramon appear downtown in the real world and rampage about, eating digital goods in other to stabilize them. Gargomon has a hard time fighting her, and she takes offense at his attempts at resistance. Henry Wong then uses the Blue Card to digivolve Gargomon to Rapidmon, who destroys Pajiramon and appears to destroy Vajramon.
- Thunder Stomp: Stomps hard enough to generate a localized quake.
Sandiramon bio-emerges into the subway tunnels of Shinjuku. He is briefly encountered by an ill man but a guard believes him to be hallucinating. Later, Sandiramon returns to attack the trains. Coincidentally, Rika and her grandmother are in the tunnels. Rika and Renamon battle the snake and then pursue him down a tunnel. Henry and Terriermon are on a train that Sandiramon disintegrates easily, though Henry protects what passengers are left. Henry and Terriermon then rush off to find Takato but fail to locate him. Sandiramon battles Kyubimon and Gargomon until Takato and Guilmon appears from above and Guilmon digivolves to Growlmon. Kyubimon and Gargomon manage to injure Sandiramon with their attacks, allowing Growlmon, using a Power Modify Card to mortally wound him with an extra-powerful Pyro Blaster. Sandiramon dies but mentions he is one of the Deva and that the rest will avenge him.
- Venom Axe (Krishńa): Impales the opponent by thrashing its body and then powerfully vomiting up a Bǎo Kuí.
Takato Matsuki, Guilmon, Henry Wong, Terriermon, and Calumon encounter Sinduramon while on a camping field trip. Initially, he is very small, but he absorbs the nearby city's electricity, causing him to grow to Growlmon's size. He also possesses an owl, who speaks for him. Takato and Henry notice the blackout caused by Sinduramon, and chase him to the dam, where Guilmon and Terriermon digivolve to Growlmon and Gargomon in order to fight him. Sinduramon meets his demise when Growlmon's attack knocks him into the water, destroying him with the very electricity he had absorbed. After Sinduramon is destroyed, the possessed owl turns back to normal and flies away.
- Positron Pulse (Púyaváha): Unleashes an intense lightning blast from the Bǎo Chǔ.
Vajramon and Pajiramon appear downtown in the real world and rampage about, eating digital goods in other to stabilize them. Renamon takes him on, and he takes enjoyment in their fight. Henry Wong uses the Blue Card to digivolve Gargomon to Rapidmon, who destroys Pajiramon and appears to destroy Vajramon.
Unfortunately, Vajramon survives. He attempts to convince Renamon to come to his side, but she reveals that she was only using him for information and digivolves to Taomon with her partner's help. Feeling betrayed, Vajramon was bent on killing Taomon, only to die by her power.
- Terra Blade (Rodha): Uses its forefeet and upper body to strike the ground with its twin Deva Blades, generating fissures that extend up to 50 meters ahead of it and hurl out rocks as the shock waves erupt from underground, which inflicts damage on those nearby.
- Deva Blade (宝劍 Bǎo Jiàn?, lit. "Treasure Sword"): Crosses the Deva Blades and fires an energy beam at the opponent.
Vikaralamon is the last Deva to bio-emerge into the Real World. Thanks to his massive size, extreme durability and great strength, Vikaralamon causes great destruction in Shinjuku. Because the attacks of the Tamers' Digimon at their Champion level have no effect on Vikaralamon, they digivolve to their Ultimate level and thus Rapidmon, Taomon and WarGrowlmon engage again in battle against him. However, Vikaralamon's attacks bring great problems upon the three Digimon, especially WarGrowlmon, who is trapped under an energy ball for most of the fight. In the meantime, Mitsuo Yamaki prepares to activate the Juggernaut program, but Vikaralamon opens a rip in the sky as Juggernaut is activated. When Makuramon uses an attack on the Hypnos building, everyone evacuates it and Vikaralamon returns to attacking. This time, the army attacks him as well but to no avail. Takato, meanwhile, sends his strength to WarGrowlmon, who then frees himself and destroys Vikaralamon.
- Fusion Ball (Súkara): Bores through the opponent with a red Bao Ran.
- Boar Bog: Regurgitates black sticky goo from his mouth.
Notes and References
- ↑ Digimon Accel: Nature Genome: Andiramon
- ↑ Internet Sacred Text Archive, retrieved 08/31/07; Vishnu Purana, Ch. VI: "A thief and a contemner of prescribed observances falls into Vimohana (the place of bewildering)."
- ↑ Internet Sacred Text Archive, retrieved 08/31/07; Vishnu Purana, Ch. VI: "He who wantonly cuts down trees goes to the Asipatravana hell (the leaves of whose trees are swords)."
- ↑ Internet Sacred Text Archive, retrieved 08/31/07; Vishnu Purana, Ch. VI: "The maker of arrows is sentenced to the Vedhaka (piercing) hell."
- ↑ Internet Sacred Text Archive, retrieved 08/31/07; Vishnu Purana, Ch. VI: "He who causes impotence, trespasses on others' lands, is impure, or who lives by fraud, is punished in the hell called (black, or) Krishńa."
- ↑ Internet Sacred Text Archive, retrieved 08/31/07; Vishnu Purana, Ch. VI: "He who takes unlawful gifts goes to the Adhomukha (or head-inverted) hell; as does one who offers sacrifices to improper objects, and an observer of the stars (for the prediction of events)."
- ↑ Internet Sacred Text Archive, retrieved 08/31/07; Vishnu Purana, Ch. VI: "He who is a tender on sheep, and hunter of deer, goes to the hell termed Vahnijwála (or fiery flame); as do those who apply fire to unbaked vessels (potters)."
- ↑ Internet Sacred Text Archive, retrieved 08/31/07; Vishnu Purana, Ch. VI: "The man who bears false witness through partiality, or who utters any falsehood, is condemned to the Raurava (dreadful) hell."
- ↑ Internet Sacred Text Archive, retrieved 08/31/07; Vishnu Purana, Ch. VI: "He who eats by himself sweetmeats mixed with his rice, and a Brahman who vends Lac, flesh, liquors, sesamum, or salt, or one who commits violence, fall into the hell (where matter flows, or) Púyaváha; as do they who rear cats, cocks, goats, dogs, hogs, or birds."
- ↑ Internet Sacred Text Archive, retrieved 08/31/07; Vishnu Purana, Ch. VI: "The religious student who sleeps in the day, and is, though unconsciously, defiled; and they who, though mature, are instructed in sacred literature by their children, receive punishment in the hell called Śwabhojana (where they feed upon dogs)."
- ↑ Internet Sacred Text Archive, retrieved 08/31/07; Vishnu Purana, Ch. VI: "The murderer of a Brahman, stealer of gold, or drinker of wine, goes to the Súkara (swine) hell; as does any one who associates with them."
- ↑ Internet Sacred Text Archive, retrieved 08/31/07; Vishnu Purana, Ch. VI: "He who practices magic rites for the harm of others, is punished in the hell called Krimíśa (that of insects)."
- ↑ Internet Sacred Text Archive, retrieved 08/31/07; Vishnu Purana, Ch. VI: "He who causes abortion, plunders a town, kills a cow, or strangles a man, goes to the Rodha hell (or that of obstruction)."
- ↑ This attack is named "Rokubunshin" (六分身? lit. "Six Clones") in Digimon Tamers, "Juri's Partner!? The Leomon Way" .
- ↑ The symbol used in Digimon materials is 剣 (Tsurugi?, lit. "Sword"), but it is pronounced Jiàn, indicating that it is used as an approximation of the non-Japanese word, 劍 ( Jiàn ?, lit. "Sword").
- ↑ This attack retains its original name, spelled as "Sukara", in Digimon Battle and on Bo-286 and DM-029.
|Main characters:||Takato Matsuki | Henry Wong | Rika Nonaka | Ryo Akiyama | Jeri Katou | Kazu Shioda | Kenta Kitagawa | Suzie Wong | Ai and Mako|
|Digimon:||Guilmon and Grani | Terriermon | Renamon | Cyberdramon | Leomon | Guardromon | MarineAngemon | Lopmon | Impmon and Behemoth | Calumon|
|Allies:||Omnimon | Mitsuo Yamaki | Monster Makers | Digimon Sovereigns | DigiGnomes | Alice McCoy and Dobermon | Minami Uehara and Seasarmon | Takehito Uehara|
|Villains:||Millenniummon | Hypnos| Monster Makers | Deva | Mephistomon | D-Reaper | Locomon and Parasimon|
|Relationships:||Takato Matsuki | Henry Wong | Rika Nonaka | Jeri Katou | Ryo Akiyama | Kazu Shioda | Kenta Kitagawa | Suzie Wong|
|Other media:||Battle of Adventurers | Runaway Locomon | Digimon Tamers 1984 | Message in the Packet | Brave Tamer|
|See also:||Digimon | Digital World | D-Power | Digi-Modify | Digital field | List of episodes|