| Erika Furudo
|Name|| Erika Furudo
|Title||The Witch of Truth|
|First Appearance||End of the Golden Witch|
|Voiced By||Natsuko Kuwatani|
Erika Furudo (古戸 ヱリカ Furudo Erika ) is the main antagonist of End of the Golden Witch and Dawn of the Golden Witch. She is a young detective introduced in End of the Golden Witch. A blue-haired girl estimated by Genji to be about Jessica's age, she's highly intelligent and possesses a photographic memory.
She's quite polite in public and shows a deep interest in mysteries. In reality, she's quite ruthless and cunning and only solves mysteries, so she can sneer at those who pose them. She does, however, possess a serious inferiority complex, since she emotionally breaks down whenever things aren't in her favor.
Fell from the pleasure boat "Eternal Maid II" mid-cruise in the waters near Rokkenjima.
On October 4, 1986, she drifted to Rokkenjima.
The Ushiromiya family welcomed her as a guest.
She managed to drift to the island, unharmed, thanks to several miracles, including the life jacket she was wearing.
- Bernkastel - master
- Eiserne Jungfrau - furniture
- Battler Ushiromiya - opponent
- Dlanor A. Knox - furniture, friend
Erika has dark blue eyes and hair. Though estimated to be about Jessica's age, her body's under-developed, like that of a middle-school girl. The pink dress she wears is one that actually belongs to Jessica.
Erika's confidence in her abilities leads her to, often, underestimate her opponents. She also demonstrates a rather vindictive side to her character during End of the Golden Witch when she informs Battler why she wanted to solve the epitath in the first place; to, not only sneer at whoever proposed the epitaph's riddle, but to see the angry and pitiful expression Jessica would likely don upon realizing that Battler stole the headship from her father as well, since Jessica interrupted her, while she was solving the epitath. Her hatred of Battler, similarly, stems from losing to him later on. In spite of serving Bernkastel, she denies magic, as well as love, though the events of Dawn of the Golden Witch would suggest that her denial of love stems from a past lover's infidelity.
Role in the GamesEdit
Coincidentally drifting ashore during the family conference of 1986, she is able to break through the limits imposed on the first four games and become the island's 18th person. She claims to be a detective and manages to solve the epitaph with her excellent reasoning skills, along with the help of Battler. Erika is rather insensitive and only cares about solving mysteries, so she can prove her superiority to their creator upon solving them. After the events of the first twilight, she makes use of her rights as the game's detective to lead a full-blown investigation, which eventually pins Natsuhi as the culprit. By tackling Fantasy with Mystery, instead of Anti-Fantasy, Erika manages to completely deny the existence of Beatrice and end the game. As a result, Beatrice is killed, much to Battler's dismay. Bernkastel rewards her by making her the Witch of Truth and Game Master, but the latter of the titles is soon stolen from her by Battler, who has become the Endless Sorcerer. Battler destroys her theory, forcing her to create a new one. Since there are now two possible truths to the game, it ends as a tie. A vengeful Erika swears to expose the truth and kill Battler in the sixth game.
Erika had been presumed to be lost at sea after falling from a boat near Rokkenjima around the time of the murders. By the time public interest about Erika's fate rose, she was written into the stories of End of the Golden Witch and Dawn of the Golden Witch as having washed up onto the shores of Rokkenjima, where she was taken in by the Ushiromiya family as a guest. From a magical perspective, Erika was a piece added to the game board by Bernkastel, created in her own likeness, to serve as the game's detective and investigate the murders presented in the core arcs, interacting with characters from the meta-world to form her theories.
Erika is pulled from Oblivion and makes her first appearance in the game when she saves Ange Ushiromiya from harm in Bernkastel's game between her and Battler. She later reappears at Bernkastel's bidding, as she arrives at the Golden Land with goats? to make a deal with Beatrice: surrender the game board over to The Library, or be executed. Erika is fooled into believing that the relatives are arguing, while they are, actually, stalling her as Battler and Lambdadelta search The Library for the key. Erika eventually figures this out, due to an error made by Gohda, and engages in a brawl with the residents there. She eventually retreats, much to her own anger and embarassment.? In the 'trick' ending, she appears before Ange on the ship to Rokkenjima and applauds her for her own detective work.
- In End of the Golden Witch, Erika says,? "My little gray cells are itching to get started." This could be a reference to Hercule Poirot (Agatha Christie's famous Belgian detective) who also says "little gray cells" on numerous occasions.
- Erika absolutely loves chopsticks.
- Erika's greatest weapon is duct tape.
- Erika is a master of mystery novels; however, in End of the Golden Witch, Battler corrects and embarrasses her about some novel's details. This is why she seeks revenge in Dawn.
- Her alternate color palette in Ougon Musou Kyoku CROSS is based on the vocaloid, Hatsune Miku.
- Erika was originally supposed to appear in Land of the Golden Witch as a man named Virgilius. Once Land of the Golden Witch was scrapped, the name was given to Virgilia and the personality of him was given to Erika.
- Her name is probably a homage to the character Rika Furude from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, as well as Bernkastel.? More information is available on the Higurashi Wiki.