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Portrayal of Varuna in Digital Devil Saga by Kazuma Kaneko.

Varuna (ヴァルナ*)?, is a demon in the series.

HistoryEdit

In Vedic mythology, even though Varuna only has around 12 hymns in the Rig Veda, he seemed to be very important to the Vedic people. Pre-Vedic times, he was the supreme being, omniscient and omnipotent, along with bringing rain, and enforcing contracts. His name means "he who covers," which possibly refers to the sky. Varuna is the keeper of the rta, a cosmic force, which makes everything in the universe work as it should, and since Varuna governs it, it makes him a very important deity. He is closely linked to Mitra due to some of their similar duties. He is one of the 12 Adityas and considered to be an Asura (pre-demonization), along with being associated with the moon and Soma, as the incarnation of Soma itself.

During Vedic times Varuna became replaced by Indra as king of the gods due to Indra's most famous feat, which was taking back all the waters of the universe from Vritra, which caused him to supplant Varuna's place as the king of the gods. Varuna was then demoted to being the god of the oceans and rivers, which was still important, but didn't give him the nobility he once had. The souls of those who drowned went to him, and he was attended by the Nagas. This carried over to Hinduism when he was introduced.

In expanding his role over his dominance over the ocean, Varuna later became the god of oceans and rivers and keeper of the souls of the drowned. He was worshiped with veneration and an amount of fear, for as an asura Varuna did have his sinister aspects and was known to punish mortals who did not keep their word. He was the cosmic hangman and his usual method of punishment was to capture the offender with his noose. He was also a lord of the dead, a position he shared with Yama, and could endow immortality if he so chose. Varuna is also one of the Guardians of the directions (Lokapala), representing the west. In Japanese Buddhism, he is known as Suiten, and is a the deva of water distinct from the type of kami known as Suijin. In Hinduism he faded away with the ascendancy of Vishnu and Shiva. He can be seen as a parallel to Ahura Mazda.

AppearancesEdit

ProfileEdit

Persona 2: Innocent SinEdit

Varuna can be summoned once Tatsuya Suou reaches Lv. 54 or above and possesses at least 177 Hierophant Tarot Cards, or can be mutated from Mithra once Tatsuya is level 49 or above. Varuna's skill, Spinning Shot, used along with skills belonging to Indra, Bishamonten, and Yama, is required for the 4 Shura Slash Fusion Spell. The skill is a reference towards the Hindu religion, where these are the guardians of the four cardinal directions, in which Varuna protects the west.

Persona: Tsumi To BatsuEdit

Varuna appears as Rinne's Persona, and belongs to the Hierophant Arcana.

Persona 3Edit

The Be Blue accessory shop sells a magic enhancement bracer named Varuna Bracers, which grants the equivalent of the Ice Amp skill.

Digital Devil Saga: Avatar TunerEdit

Known as Varna it is the Atma Avatar of Serph in Digital Devil Saga. He comes with the Bufu spell mastered, along with the basic hunt node skill. Varna excels in ice elemental attacks but is weak against fire elemental attacks. However, players are allowed to customize his stats as they wish, leading to a well-balanced character, a physical powerhouse, or a magic based nuker.

Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner 2Edit

Varna returns as Serph's Atma Avatar, however, black Varna ("Real Varna") is later shown to be the true Serph, Serph Sheffield's, demonic form in the real world. Realizing that she was only a mere tool for Serph Sheffield to attain godhood, Sera's thoughts became outraged and hostile, transforming Serph Sheffield into Real Varna -the reflection of his own heart. The transformed Serph Sheffield went berserk, devouring his colleagues, including the real Argilla and went on a killing spree before being killed himself.

A "Fake Varna" with white skin (as opposed to the black and gray Varnas) is transformed from the very first AI Serph before his data was copied to the Junkyard by Sera which became the protagonist, Serph. Both Real Varna and Fake Varna are fought against in a boss battle. Both Varnas do not have the same weakness or resistance as the Varna of the protagonist Serph and they have their unique Expel and Curse attacks which deal decent damage. This particular battle is fairly easy because a temporary ally is aiding the protagonist Serph with well-prepared offensive and recovery skills.

Quantum Devil Saga: Avatar TunerEdit

Correctly translated as Varuna and returns as the Atma Avatar of Serph. Serph first sees it as a phantasm after the light infects him, showing him the god before he transforms into it. The transformation also saves his life, as Serph had been shot before he was infected.

StatsEdit

Megami Ibunroku PersonaEdit

MIP Varuna
Arcana Type Subtype Level SP cost Totem Returns °
Magician Element Ice 47 32 Suitengu Talisman Gokufu Tennou
MAtk MDef
Strength 33
Vitality 23
Dexterity 42
Agility 47
Luck 18
165 125
Affinity Ayase
1h 2h Sp Ax Wp Th Ar Fs HG MG SG Ri Te Ru
- - - - - - - - - - - 1.5× - -
Fi Ic Wi Er El Nc Bl Gr Ex Mi De Cu Nr ???
- ½Rf 24 24 1.5× 1.5× 1.5× 1.5× - - - - 34 14
List of Skills
Rank Skill Effect
1 Bufula Medium Ice damage+Freeze (1 foe)
3 Mabufula Medium Ice damage+Freeze (all foes)
5 Mabufudyne Heavy Ice damage+Freeze (all foes)
7 Water Wall Party absorbs 50% Ice spells, 3 turns
8 Mighty Wave Medium Ice damage+Freeze (area)


Persona 2: Innocent SinEdit

Varuna IS
I exist on water and protect the order of things. I am Varuna. From here on, I shall protect you...
Arcana Type Level SP cost Bonus Returns °
Hierophant Water 59 36 St +1 Agidyne Card
Traits Wise
Hindu water god who rules over order and ethics.
Atk Def Matk Mdef
Strength 44
Vitality 46
Dexterity 55
Agility 53
Luck 49
206 210 157 160
Sw Rn Sk Th Hv Fi Wt Wi Er Ic El Nc Li Dk Al Nr Mn
- - - - - - Nu - - - - - Nu Nu - 24 24
Summon Information
Tarot Cards 177 Tarot Card Symbol 2.png Hierophant Cards
Mutation Mithra can mutate into Varuna
Mutates Into Varuna can mutate into Dagda or Brahma
List of Skills
Rank Skill Effect
1 Dormina Deal Nerve sleep ailment to one enemy.
2 Tetraja Nullify one Light or Dark attack for all allies.
3 Malaquadyne Deal high Water damage to an enemy group.
5 Makarakarn Reflect one magical attack for one ally.
6 Spinning Shot Deal medium Thrown damage to all enemies.
8 Samsara Deal Almighty mute and Mind panic ailments to all enemies.
Mutation Mediarama Recover high HP for all allies.
Unique Fusion Spells
Skill Effect Order/Skill/Persona
4 Shura Slash Four Personas attack in all directions
to deal large Sword damage to all enemies.
1. Thunderous Fury - Indra
2. Spinning Shot - Varuna
3. Blade of Fury - Bishamonten
4. Blade of Fury - Yama


Persona 2: Eternal PunishmentEdit

P2EP-Tarot-05-Varuna
I exist over the raging waters, protecting order... From now on, I shall protect you...
Arcana Type Level SP cost Bonus Returns °
Hierophant Water 67 40 STR +1 Agidyne Card
Traits Wise
God of justice who rules over order and humanity.
Atk Def Matk Mdef
Strength 51
Vitality 53
Technique 61
Agility 59
Luck 55
220 226 175 178
Sw Sh Sk Th Ak Fi Wt Wi Er Ic Ln Nc Ho Dk Al Nr Mn
- - - - - - Nu - - - - - Nu Nu - 24 24
Summon Information
Tarot Cards 201 Tarot Card Symbol 2.png Hierophant Cards
Mutates Into Varuna mutates into Dagda.
List of Skills
Rank Skill Effect
1 Dormina Puts an enemy to Sleep. (52% chance) [Nerve-element]
2 Tetraja Protects all characters from one attack of type Holy/Dark.
3 Maha Aquadyne Inflicts large Water damage to a group of enemies.
5 Circular Reasoning Renders all enemies Confused. (44% chance) [Mind-element]
6 Spiral Shot Inflicts small Throw damage to all enemies.
8 Aquary Tide Inflicts huge Water damage to all enemies.
Mutation Medirama Greatly restores all characters' HP.
Unique Fusion Spells
Skill Effect Order/Skill/Persona
Quadra-Termination Inflicts huge Sword damage to all enemies. 1. Blade of Fury - Indra
2. Spiral Shot - Varuna
3. Blade of Fury - Bishamonten
4. Blade of Fury - Yama
Unknown Power
Assist Type Bestows Tarukaja + Makakaja (or Rakukaja + Samakaja in addition)


Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner 2Edit

Real Varna and Fake Varna are fought by the protagonist, Serph, alongside True Heat in the EGG (revisited). Serph alone will receive 80,000 points of Karma after their defeats, enough for him to catch up the levels of the others during his absence.

Shadow Varna is summoned by Chernobog if Serph is in the party. Its skills will be the same as Serph's but the shadow will only use offensive skills.

Race Level HP MP Drops
Yaksa 35 1800 Soma
Reflects Absorbs Void Resists Weak
- - Ailments, Death, Expel - -
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Attack Weak physical damage on one foe.
Black Impulse Medium death damage on one foe. Undodgeable.

Race Level HP MP Drops
Yaksa 35 1800 -
Reflects Absorbs Void Resists Weak
- - Ailments, Death, Expel - -
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Attack Weak physical damage on one foe.
White Impulse Medium expel damage on one foe. Undodgeable.

Race Level HP MP Drops
Yaksa 48 768 -
Reflects Absorbs Void Resists Weak
- - Ailments, Death, Expel Ice Fire

GalleryEdit

 
Varuna ArtBook
Varuna artbook concept
 
Real Varuna DDS Artwork
Real Varuna's official artwork.
 
Fake Varuna DDS Artwork
Fake Varuna's official artwork.
 
Varuna P2
Varuna as it appears in Persona: Tsumi To Batsu
 
VarunaDDS
Varuna's in-game model in Digital Devil Saga.
 
RealVaruna
Real Varuna, the Atma Avatar of Serph Sheffield
 
Fake Serph
Fake Varuna, the Atma Avatar of Fake Serph

TriviaEdit

Digital Devil Saga status Varuna incorrect name

"Water Divinity Varunani"

  • In the early Japanese screen shot of the Digital Devil Saga status page before the game's release, Varuna's name was instead written as Varunani, Sera's Avatar in the second game.
  • According to Yu Namba, lead localization editor for Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner, the opening of the game labelled Varuna as "Varna". This was an unintended mistake after doing research on the internet. The mistake was spotted, but development was too far advanced to change it, so the mistake remained in the released game.[1]
  • In Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner 2, not only are the palettes and "crowns" different between each of the 3 Varnas, but the 3 Varnas are also not of the same height. Real Varna is the tallest, while Fake Varna and the Varna of the protagonist are about the same height.

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.destructoid.com/anime-expo-08-atlus-shin-megami-tensei-panel-94038.phtml

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