Famine. Pestilence. War. Death. Four Holy Knights of four great disasters who will destroy the world.
The Four Knights of the Apocalypse「
The Four Knights of the Apocalypse, as their name indicates, are said to be an order of just four knights, who each possess unique powers and are foretold to emerge in the not-so-distant future.
It is prophesized that they will destroy the world itself after they appear — by brining upon four different calamities — and are destined to bring Camelot's king, Arthur Pendragon, to his ruin. Hence, Camelot's Holy Knights have taken on the mission of locating and killing these four would-be knights in order to prevent the prophesy's fulfillment, while Camelot's foes are said to similiarly be in search of them.
It has been discovered that, while real, the four "knights" have yet to form a group or even be Holy Knights proper. Supposedly, they are still young boys more likely to be knight apprentices, hence them being said to not yet "exist" in the present. While their identities (apart from one's) remain unknown, part of the prophesy is an abstract vision of the four: one being a boy with "gold-colored magic", a second having both holiness and evil in his eyes, a third being mysterious with no fixed appearance, and the fourth a boy with "verdant, wing-like hair".
|Four Knights of the Apocalypse|
The Four Knights of the Apocalypse are designated acccording to the four "calamities"「厄災, yakusai」 that they, respectively, are envisioned to bring with them as "world-destroying knights":
- Famine「飢饉, Kikin」
- Pestilence「疫病, Ekibyō」
- War「戦争, Sensō」
- Death「死, Shi」
- The Four Knights of the Apocalypse are based, in name and concept, on the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from Christian mythology (referred to as "Four Knights"「四騎士, Yonkishi」 instead of "Horsemen" in Japanese Bible translations). They are four figures mentioned in the New Testament's Book of Revelation, which are to set a divine end time upon the world as harbingers of the Last Judgment. They are:
- The White Rider, representing Pestilence (often replacing Conquest since the early 20th century);
- The Red Rider, representing War;
- The Black Rider, representing Famine;
- The Pale Rider, representing Death.