Detective, take a look at this strange engraving. I sense something ... magical ... behind this door.
|—Gerda, Rise of the Snow Queen|
Gerda is a major character first introduced as a young child in the third Dark Parables game, Rise of the Snow Queen. She reappears in Ballad of Rapunzel as a teenager and as a young woman in The Thief and the Tinderbox.
Appearance and Personality Edit
Gerda has pale skin, blue eyes, and long blonde hair. As a young girl, she wore her hair in braided pigtails and kept that style throughout her life. When the Fairytale Detective first met Gerda during Rise of the Snow Queen, she wore a red, fur-lined winter coat over a brown dress with brown gloves and boots. When they reunited ten years later, the teenaged Gerda wore a white shirt with a brown bustier, a navy-blue skirt, brown leather gloves, and knee-length boots. As a grown woman, Gerda dresses in a unique style that mixes elements of adventuring gear with regal fabrics and designs.
Gerda is a sweet and caring person. She is also brave, chasing after the Snow Queen and Mountain Beast in an effort to save the other children of her village. Unbeknownst to her at the time, she is the Golden Child, a child of pure heart who is immune to all kinds of magic. Once grown, Gerda is no less adventurous and brave. She is eager to help others, even if it puts her in danger. Even on her wedding day, she is quick to put her own needs and well-being second in order to devote all of her energy into helping the Snowfall Kingdom and its people.
Descended from Hansel, the first Golden Child, Gerda was chosen to inherit his gift of magical immunity on the Silver Moon by the Moon Goddess. Growing up in a village in the Swiss Alps, Gerda was best friends with a boy named Kai - the two would wander the forests and talk together until the sunset.
When the Snow Queen and Mountain Beast came to her village seeking the new Golden Child, Gerda hid to avoid capture and followed the pair to the Snowfall Kingdom in order to save her friends. In her effort to save Kai, she was revealed to be the Golden Child. The Snow Queen intended to use Gerda's tears to restore the False Mirror, believing it would save her son's life in return. However, once Gerda's tear restored the mirror, the False Mirror used its power to try to freeze the entire world.
When the False Mirror was stopped by the Fairytale Detective, its power over Snow White was lost. The former Snow Queen lamented the things she'd done and expressed her grief over being unable to help her son. Gerda was moved by her words... and shed a tear. The tear landed on Prince Gwyn, restoring him to full health and waking him from his eternal sleep.
With everything worked out, Gerda happily returned to her family.
Ten years later, Gerda was sought out by her future uncle by marriage Ross Red for her Golden Child abilities. Prince Ross's fiancée, Rapunzel, was missing inside Floralia, which was over-run with Nightbloom pollen that prevented Ross from searching for her. He hoped that Gerda's immunity to magic would allow her to travel into the kingdom and help him find Rapunzel once and for all.
After leaving the Tower behind, Gerda hoped to return home. However, she was plagued with nightmares of her friend Kai in danger and a young girl calling out to her for help. Moved by these dreams, Gerda continued to explore the wooded areas around Floralia. It was here that she rescued Prince Gwyn once again, by restoring him from the statue he had been turned into.
With Gwyn and Kai's help, Gerda saved the Goddess Flora from the Wicked Witch and brought her safely to Rosaria, where the goddess could heal from her ordeals and regain her powers. As she did so, she entrusted Gerda and the others with keeping watch over things in their homeworld.
Gerda returned to the Swiss Alps with Kai and Gwyn. The three remained close friends, and while both young men were in love with Gerda, it was Gwyn who won her heart. Some years later, the two planned to marry, announcing a lavish ceremony in the new Snowfall Kingdom and inviting dignitaries from all the kingdoms in the realm to attend, as well as the Fairytale Detective.
However, her wedding was interrupted by Kai, who was being manipulated by the terrible Rasputin. Thankfully, the Fairytale Detective was on hand once again, to save the day, the kingdom, and the happy couple from complete ruin.
Now married, Gerda and Gwyn reign over the new Snowfall Kingdom, which is now focusing on repairing the structural damage and residual anxieties caused by Rasputin's dastardly deeds.
She and her husband place trust in Kai to keeping the Tinderbox safe where no one can lay their hands on it.
Relevant Parables Edit
The Golden Child (from Rise of the Snow Queen)
The ancient calendar depicts an astrological event occurring every century called the Silver Moon. It is believed that on that eve, the chosen child is bestowed celestial powers and will henceforth be known as The Golden Child. The Golden Child will appear as plain as any other child but will be especially curious and intuitive. During adolescence, a golden aura will manifest to protect the child when he or she comes in contact with a magical object. Because of this child's resistance to magic, it is said he or she can also restore or remove magic from an object by shedding a single tear onto it.
A Love That Couldn't Be (from The Thief and the Tinderbox)
Once upon a time, a boy and a girl could be seen wandering the paths of the Swiss Alps, talking until the sun set behind the peaks. They shared a deep friendship, but the boy was infatuated with the girl's sharp wit and deep blue eyes. Secretly, he hoped that their long looks meant something more. As time passed, duties claimed them - his as the botanist of the realm, hers as its protector, and their strolls became sporadic. Sometimes the pair was joined by another boy, of royal posture. The trio became friends quickly, but the botanist didn't like the looks the other two exchanged. The boy never had the courage to admit his love for the girl. Upon his return from a long journey, he found out that his two friends had declared undying love and were planning to wed. Despairing, the botanist claimed the title of Forest Warden and roamed the woods, seeking solitude to ease his broken heart. But neither the ancient trees nor the everlasting moss could heal him. The forest just reminded him of the girl's deep blue eyes. One faithful night he had a singular dream. In it he saw an obscure figure whose words echoed in his mind forever: "Find the spark of flames - it shall grant you what your heart desires."
An Old Friendship (from Journey of Atonement)
There once was a botanist of the highest order named Mother Gothel, who held an ancient grudge against Goddess Flora. If Gerda, Gwyn, and Kai had not disrupted her plan, she would have succeeded in destroying the Goddess. But with the Goddess Flora in full possession of her powers, Mother Gothel had to hide from her reach and lick her wounds. Years passed until one day she was seized by a strange connection with Kai, whom she had cursed in the past; she could feel that Kai was cursed again, but by something far more powerful than her magic. She immediately forged a plan: if she could have the item of such power, not even a Goddess could stand up to her. "Flora, you're mine!" she thought to herself, as she set sails towards the Snowfall Kingdom. Mother Gothel absorbed the energy from nature itself, allowing her to transform into a giant sea serpent. All that remained between her and the Tinderbox was Kai.
Powers and Abilities Edit
- Magical immunity: As the Golden Child, Gerda is immune to all magic and curses.
- Healing tears/touch: Her tears are capable of restoring things or people to their original state, such as waking Prince Gwyn from his dreamless sleep. Her touch can also nullify enchanted items and dissolve magic barriers.
- Magic detection: When in contact with a magical item, Gerda radiates with a golden glow.
- Gwyn (husband)
- Snow White (mother-in-law)
- Prince James (father-in-law, deceased)
- Evil Stepmother (step-grandmother-in-law, unknown)
- King Edric (grandfather-in-law, deceased)
- Empress Brunhilda (grandmother-in-law, deceased)
- Hansel (ancestor)
- Kai (best friend)
- Ross Red (uncle by marriage)
- Rapunzel (future aunt by marriage)
- Rasputin (enemy and great-uncle by marriage)
- Mother Gothel (enemy, unknown)
- Goddess Flora (friend)
- Gerda's temper resembles more of Schwartz's Gerda, not Andersen's. It's because Andersen's Gerda is too small for so big adventure - at some moment she's even ready to believe that Kai is already dead. And Schwartz's Gerda is strong, purposeful and stubborn, though both Gerdas are about the same age.
- Her and Gwyn's ship name is called Gwyrda.
Quotes by Gerda Edit
- "My name is Gerda. I'm a friend of Kai's and the other children who are prisoners here. I hid when the beast came to the village and watched him take my friends. Then I followed him to this place."
- "Detective, take a look at this strange engraving. I sense something ... magical ... behind this door."
- "It's so good to see you after all this time, Detective!"
- "You saved me from the Snow Queen, I'll never forget it."
- "I'm not even sure how we ended up here."
- "Now that you're here, I know we can stop the pollen."
- "I don't know how helpful I'll be, but as the Golden Child, I'm at least immune to the pollen."
- "Be careful, Detective. I believe in you."
- "The pollen is no more and I know in my heart, the Detective and Prince Ross have saved us all."
- "I do not know what the dream may lead to, but for Kai, I must go."
- "I can only hope I will be as strong and brave as the Detective."
- "I feel as though I've lived more in the past few days than I ever have before!"
- "What greater reward could there be than saving the world?"