The curse that comes with being a sleigh beggy is not the only one that made Chise Hatori suffer. With the hopes to save one of her dragon friends, Chise received the Dragon’s Curse that shortened her lifespan even more and even caused her arm too.
Since Chise was born as a sleigh beggy she doesn’t have much time to live compared to others. The ability of her body to absorb a massive amount of magical energy also takes a toll on her body because of too much pressure on their part. Due to them being an effective source of magical powers, sleigh beggies were also haunted in the past because of it.
However, Chise Hatori’s case is very much different. She sold herself as a slave but thankfully she didn’t live her life as one. Since Elias Ainsworth treated her with warmth and protection, Chise was free to build a new family and gain new friends. Since the life she used to live was nothing but a solitude of pain and misery, she was grateful for the new beginning that Elias provided her.
But, there is one problem when you have families and friends. The more people you cherish, the more you have to protect and this is true because it caused Chise Hatori’s arm.
How Did Chise Hatori Get the Dragon’s Curse?
All for a friend. Chise was willing to sacrifice the short life that was given to her to save someone important. In episode nine of season one, Lindel, the caretaker of the Dragons’ sanctuary, invited Chise to the Dragon’s Aerie. He wanted to meet and create her wand since Lindel is very close to Eias. In this episode, Chise meets the dragons under the care of Lindel and forms a bond with them. This is why when the lives of the young ones were in danger Chise was determined to save them.
In episode eighteen, Cartaphillus, the antagonist of The Ancient Magus’ Bride season one, planned to kidnap the dragon hatchlings by using poachers or illegal hunters and use them for an experiment. Although Lindel was there to fight the poachers, he didn’t anticipate Joseph’s plan to escape and successfully take the dragons with him with the use of a magical tool. This plan that was orchestrated by the series’ villain is one of the last few steps he have taken before his foreseen defeat.
With Elias and Chise’s connection with Lindel and the Land of Dragons, Adolf Stroud immediately seeks their help. Stroud is a sorcerer at the college and he is Lindel’s former mentee. Elias was hesitant at first; however, Chise’s convincing skills were very effective. Of course, who would resist a request from the one you like, right? In addition, dragons sell for a high price in the black market leading Chise to believe that the dragons might be there. Hence, she contacted the auctioneer, Seth, who made it all possible for her and his friends to get through the black market.
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True enough, one of the dragons was being sold just like Chise before. Using the money she gained from selling herself as a slave, Chise Hatori was determined to win and take back the captive in the Land of Dragons. But, no one among the crowd would expect the dragon to go in rage. Chise’s ability as a sleigh beggy was again proven in this scene.
Her connection to the faes made it possible for her to know that the dragon was in a miserable help and needed saving. To save the dragon, Chise had to absorb most of its magical energy and flew with the dragon alone. However, in the midst of all the saving, Chise Hatori endangered her life to save the dragon.
Chise Hatori’s Unexpected Power-Up By The Dragon’s Curse
Elias and Chise seek wisdom and help from others because of the curse that aims to fester her body. The saving of the tamed dragon put Chise to sleep for two days. She also ended up with her having a monstrous form of an arm. When they found out that these weren’t the only consequence, Elias worried more for his precious sleigh beggy.
When it felt like it couldn’t get any worse, a Dragon’s Curse befalls her which may result in her body falling apart. Since Chise’s body is of a human, it doesn’t have the capacity to contain the power of the curse.
Hence, the time started to tick faster for Chise. The Dragon’s Curse made Chise realize her purpose in life and not just simply accept death as her fate. In episode twenty, Chise expressed to Elias that she had again found the will to live because of all the people who have helped her.
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I’m not just waiting for someone to tell me I’m welcome to stay. I started wanting to stay and wanting to do the same thing.Chise Hatori to Elias Ainsworth
That is why when Cartaphillus offered her a barter for the curse, Chise willingly followed him even if it was against Elias. The antagonist wanted Chise’s curse in order to finally die and end his misery. Yes, the curse was pretty deadly to anyone; however, it had some benefits too. Like many of the curses in most animated series, the Dragon’s Curse was also able to give Chise Hatori a power-up, specifically the following:
- Overwhelming Strength: Chise might have been able to absorb a large quantity of magical energy. But, still wasn’t blessed with a strong physique. However, when Chise gained the curse she also gained the ability to lift at least more than one person. In episode twenty-three, even though Cartiphillus gained an arm like Chise. She was able to throw Cartaphillus against the wall when he attacked her.
- Enhanced Senses: The Dragon’s Cruse also enhanced the senses of Chise which is beneficial for her especially when she is on a battlefield. In vol. 12 chapter 61 of the original manga, Chise mentioned that because of the curse, she can now sense things she wasn’t able to before. For instance, seeing silhouettes in the shadows and senses the things that approach her.
- Limited Shapeshifting: Chise’s arm can now also alter her limbs by turning them into claws which she can utilize during combat. Her cursed arm allows her to use defensive and offensive attacks.
Chise Hatori’s arm seemed to have permanently stayed black forever. By resolving her curse from within, Chise’s cursed arm was able to shrink to its normal size. Chise may still have the curse in her arm. But fortunately, she is no longer being consumed by it.
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