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GM Notes [GM Note] Queen of Thorns Stained in Blood, Nova Succession & Awakening
Black Desert 2020-12-31 00:00

"Warriors who bear the thorns, you are the living embodiment of Quturan.

As long as you remain living, Orzeca is eternal."


Is there any other word that presses down on your heart like “eternity”?


Father, I have rediscovered the story about the kingdom long gone,

the story you never got to tell me.

It was in the Promised Land, abandoned by the God of Light.

The story of High Priestess Echidna that led the abandoned children to the root of Quturan.


"The thorn is the gift bestowed by the goddess with eternity as its condition."


The Echidna’s children that slaughtered their enemies with the weapons that manifested from the thorns of Quturan they adorned.

After reading the record stating that the blood they spelt became nourishment for Quturan

and ushered in the glorious golden age for the ancient kingdom,

I went down to the root of Quturan following Echidna’s steps.


"Only the good children that overcome the trials can become the queen. "


The smell of blood and something burnt started to pierce my nose,
But am I mistaken? I think can hear the tickling whipsers of Echidna.
Then when I opened my eyes again, my body was soaked in cold sweat.
I do not remember how I escaped that place.
However, Father, I suddenly remembered the night when I saw the last star with you in Calpheon.


"Forgive me of my sins"

You said, as you handed me the golden key decorated with eagle wings.


"Forgive me for forcing you into the eternal struggle."

This was the first and last time I saw tears in your eyes.

I couldn’t understand, but your words felt so cold.

So, I buried the key deep into my heart.


"Do not forget who you are. You are my one and only Francesca Seric."





" Axian, the King of the Dead"

The last king of the ancient kingdom that bore the bloodstained crown even after death.
Waits for the Queen of Thorns to deliver his salvation.


Father, I read the ragged history of the ancient kingdom every time I had a nightmare
ever since the day I followed Echidna’s steps down to the roots of Quturan.
I gathered the deserted followers to form an army
and waited for the fateful day where I will reclaim the throne as I planted the young branch of Quturan.



Delore La Sylvia.

he cold star shall arise once more over my kingdom of Calpheon.


However, my nightmare became a reality before the day you promised came.
The girl I saw at the root of Quturan, that I truly believed was not real, came and found me.


With the power of the distorted goddess in life and death,
I seek to reclaim what is mine.


Is she the trial from the goddess that Echidna mentioned?
No, is she the fruit born by the sins you confessed father?


My name is Francesca Seric, the rightful heir to the kingdom of Calpheon


She has my face, my voice, my memories, my emotions...
She wields the Morning Star and blasts the chill of the distorted goddess at me.

Father, pray to the goddess that I may reign victorious.
For I cannot back away from this duel.
Only the one and truthful heir to the throne
will survive and possess the holy tree’s thorn.



Through the powers of the Thorn of Quturan, Nova has gained new strength by making a pact with Axian, the King of the Dead.

Axian is a gigantic and ghastly undead creature with wings and horns, summoned by sacrificing Nova’s vitality and her Thornwood Guards, bringing forth the shadow of death to her foes.

Axian taints the Morning Star in black as it simultaneously attacks from above the skies and recovers Nova’s HP and SP at the same time.

Nova can swiftly move across the battlefield more than ever as her Thornwood Guards bring destruction to anyone who defies her.


Nova is capable of exerting vast control over a large battlefield as she dominates her enemies through her command of Axian.


Succession Skills

Nova in Succession continues to make most of her Morning Star and Quoratum to deliver heavy blows to her foes in a balanced combat style.


Her growth in strength can be especially seen in enhanced movement skills along with more diverse combos between skills.


However, the most notable development in Nova’s Succession can be seen in the summoning of her new guard "Axian”.


Axian can be summoned by sacrificing Nova’s Thornwood Guards and portions her own HP. When commanded, Axian will accompany Nova in a joint attack just as the Thornwood Guards did.


Axian will recover Nova’s HP & SP whenever she uses a skill and it will also dive into a state of frenzy if it feels that Nova is in danger.

Prime: King of the Dead

Summon Axian, the King of the Dead, by sacrificing Nova’s HP and her Thornwood Guards.
Axian brings in the chill of death into battle at the price of Nova’s HP.


Prime: Entangling Icy Thorns

Create a circle of icy thorns to entangle Nova’s foes.
Axian emerges from the center to attack the tied down enemies.


Prime: Fianchetto

Rip out the thrown morning star from the ground. Axian attacks the enemies that have been thrown into the air.


Prime: Icy Prison

Nova commands pure destruction to Axian.
Axian summons the chill from the world of the undead to freeze her enemies.




Nova acquires Sting from the duel. This weapon was manifested by the thorn of Quturan and empowered by the distorted goddess. She wields it freely and slaughters her enemies with it.


Sting’s wielder can switch its form between a sharp sword and formidable scythe.

Sting in the sword form is a rapier-like weapon with quick piercing attacks, while her attacks in the scythe form are ring-shaped strikes making it difficult for enemies to predict her movement.


The Awakened Nova also acquires a special resource called "Star's Breath" when she successfully hits her enemies during combat. Once she has amassed the full extent of these resources, Nova's skills are enhanced allowing her to unleash faster and more powerful forms of her skills.


Becareful to not get mezmerized by the grand Queen of Thorns.


Awakening Skills

Awakened Nova switches gears with Sting, the thorn of Quturan that wraps around her arm and forms her weapon.


Sting’s standard form is like a rapier, so many of her awakening skills revolve around Royal Fencing.
Additionally, Sting can transform into a formidable scythe and it enables her to hit a large area.


Awakened Nova’s major trait is "En Garde” and the incredible boost of speed it gives her.


She is able to stack “Star’s Breath” with every skill she uses, and this resource can be used to go “En Garde” and give her explosive speed.


When she enters “En Garde,” all her awakening skills are enhanced.
More importantly, she becomes extremely quick and pours out flashy attacks.

Royal Fencing: Remise

Quick and accurate thrusts of Sting.



Point Sting forward and dash in the direction to strike the enemy.



Create countless blades of light then shoot them forward to deal astronomical damage.


Star's Ring

Summons a star by swinging the scythe around 3 times then throwing it.

Enemies near the star will not be able to move due to its gravity.

Nova Awakening/Succession Combat Video

Nova's Succession & Awakening update will be released on January 6, 2021!


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