Deeper Insights: What is the Beast of Darkness?

Berserk Analysis

I’ve written about the Beast of Darkness before, but I think I can create a much more accurate picture of what it really is as my understanding of it grew.

The following assertions are based on Schierke’s statements pieced together to make sense. Relevant chapters are 201, 215 and 251.

First, in chapter 215 Schierke states creatures of nightmare and fantasy are a product of human consciousness. Where they manifest, whether it is the World of Idea or the World of Thought—sections of the Astral Realm that are both brought up in chapter 201—is not entirely clear. What is clear that the Beast of Darkness belongs to this category, since it occurs in Guts’ nightmares first before affecting his actions (this happens in chapters 187 and 188).

Schierke thinking of Guts in the next panel implies that he understands the feeling of a magic user in some capacity (perhaps…

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