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Debora Briscoletti
Dragon Quest V
DQVDS - Debora
Japanese name デボラ
Rōmaji Debora
Gender Female
Title(s) Wife
Class Non-specific
Race(s) Human/Possibly Zenithian
Family Nera (sister)
Romana (mother)
Rodrigo (father)

Debora Briscoletti is a playable character exclusively to the DS version of V.

Appearance

Debora prefers expensive clothes and spends considerable time on her makeup. Her jet black hair, revealing attire and piercing eyes give Debora a somewhat intimidating form. She is adorned with a fuzzy boa and jewlery like bracelets and a necklace and (while inpractical) she wears stiletto shoes.

Personality

Because she was given whatever she asked for as a child, Debora has a very impatient and bossy personality that rubs most people the wrong way, even her own father. She has a bit of a reputation in Mostroferrato as an ice queen that should not be crossed and anyone who is brave is enough is just begging for trouble.

Debora also seems two-faced, as when Mr. Briscoletti has Nera's suitors come into their house, she makes it seem like she has no interest in marrying anyone, but when her father reveals they are there for her younger sister, she seems insulted or just arrogant about being brushed off so easely by her father. She does this with the Hero as well, when he has to pick between Nera and Bianca, she then takes a sudden interest in him. If he does pick her, she acts arrogant claiming he was always infatuated by her (even though he had little to no contact with her prior to this meeting) and if he does pick another bride, she angrily berates the Hero for not being enough of a man for her.

As a wife, Debora treats the Hero more like a servant then a husband, making it clear from the start that she is the one wearing the pants in their relationship. She confesses she married the Hero only because he seemed the type that would do everything for her and expects to be treated like a princess and anything below that would be unacceptable, she also only joins the Hero in his quest for his mother so that she can keep her eye on him. Despite all that, she does treat the Hero with some affection at times, calling him pet names like "hubby" and "darling" and even caring for his well being when they visit the ruins of the Hero's old home, commenting that she wants him to rest a bit after seeing the destruction (this however could be interpreted as her wanting him to always be in top condition so he can take better care of her though). She shows affection in humourous ways though saying that he "is the best servant I ever had and could never replace him". At times she also expresses fear that the Hero would actually leave her. When the couple reach Whealbrook and talk to the soldier who deserted from Coburg, she expresses fear about the Hero "deserting" her and if reassured he wouldn't ever do so, she shows relief and even a bit of joy.

As a mother, she comes off as very strict towards her children, and at times leaves them a bit sad or upset, but she does make it clear that she only is so because she worries for them. She is in fact very loving and nurturing as shown in the game's cutscenes and in game dialogue. The children also have a good relationship with her and love her as much as she loves them. Although they do express surprise to know their Father would marry such a fiery tempered woman.

Biography

Games

Main Games

V

The player will (in remake versions, though not in the original version) first meet Debora at the start of the game where she is still a child, seeing both her and her sister for a short time before moving on in the story.

During the time between generation one and two, Nera is sent away to live in the Abbey of the Aboveall, Debora however is likely deemed too rebellious and so is able to stay with her parents her whole life, which adds to her already spoiled personality. Debora is then the only child in the house and as such gets away with everything she does and always makes sure she gets all she ever wants with just a snap of her fingers.

Debora is then seen again in generation two, when the Hero is brough to the Briscoletti mannor to become a suitor for Nera. At first she doesn't think much of the Hero and during their brief run in, she doesn't even say two words to him. During the time where the Hero has to think about which girl he will pick to be his bride, the player can bring him to Debora's room at night. There is brushes him off as a "scruffbag", but does seem a bit interested in him when she hears that he learned that she was Nera's older sister and decided to seek her out in the night.

The following morning, the Hero is summoned to the Briscoletti Mannor. There Mr. Briscoletti presents him with Nera and Bianca and asks him to pick between the two girls. All of a sudden, Debora comes down the stairs and approaches the Hero, seemingly intrigued (and perhaps with a bit of a crush) she decides that she will "allow" him to marry her, much to the shock of her father. But she nonetheless dismisses his complaints and tells him that he "isn't in touch with how young men think these days" and then commands him to hurry up and choose her as his bride.

If she is chosen as the Hero's wife, she gloats about how she was obviously the right choice (as well as getting a compliment out of Mr. Briscoletti saying the Hero "is a lion-hearted man"). While the Hero goes out to get the wedding veil, Debora is taken to try on her dress. The Hero then returns to find that Mr. Briscoletti wishes for him to use Zoom so the wedding can take place aboard his casino ship, the Ventuno. However transporting so many people makes the Hero collapse from exhaustion, which frustrates Debora as she "hates lay-abouts", but she does show concern and even understanding for his collapse.

After the wedding, Debora starts taking somewhat of a shine to the Hero, even referring to him as her "hubby" (though she does still treat him as a slave). She convinces the Hero to let her join on his quest to rescue his mother Mada but does have to convince her father to let her go with him (which she does easily, all the while frustrating him to a boiling point). She does express that she always dreamed of being able to travel the world on her own without her father breathing down her neck, so she feels some gratitude towards the Hero. After they receive Mr. Briscoletti's blessing and he lets them use his ship, they use it to reach the queendom of Helmunaptra. There, Queen Cleohatra mentions that she knew the tale of Pankraz and that the Hero is actually the Prince of Gotha, so they set out to find his lost home (though Debora expresses some disbelief that he could actually be a prince).

After reaching the town of Battenberg on their way to Gotha, Debora collapses, but the incident is brushed off as her just being tired from the travelling and feeling faint due to being so high in the montains. However when they reach Gotha and she collapses once more when metting King Albert, it's revealed she is with child and that she kept it hidden from the Hero due to "not being any of your business", but despite saying that, she still agrees that she should rest so that she could deliver the children he deserves. The Hero then sets out to complete the Rite of Passage that the Gotha household requires when a young man is to become king. He returns successful to Gotha and it is then that she gives birth to the twins that she reveals that Rodrigo Briscoletti isn't actually her father but that Nera is indeed her real sister. She is infact half-Zenithian and as the prophecy predicts, she will bring the Great Hero into the world, to deliver it from the evils of the demon realm, Nadiria (though she has no idea of the blood running trough her or her role as the Great Hero's mother).

During the Hero's coronation however, Debora is kidnapped, but before she is taken away, she is able to instruct the children's nanny to hide herself and the children. The Hero then sets out to save her regardless of the cost, but things take a turn for the worst when Ladja (the monster who killed Pankraz) appears and turns the couple into stone statues, in which they remain for 10 long years so he can prevent the Great Hero from being ever born, unbeknownst to him, the child has already been born and is in fact safe and sound, thanks to Debora.

Later she shows up again in generation three, in which her statue is being kept in the temple the Hero was forced to build for 10 years in slavery as a symbol of worship. After the Hero and her children are able to defeat the temple's priest, they receive the Ring of Life and with it and with Mada's help, they bring back Debora who is able to move once again and is reunited with her children and husband after 10 years. The family is then ready to go into Nadiria to finally save the Hero's mother and defeat Grandmaster Nimzo.

"Hero, I feel your pain. But you must be strong. Turn the pain into anger… Fan the flames… And then turn it all on Nimzo and make him pay." 

"All of the pain and suffering my dear family has had to endure… All of it was Nimzo's doing. I'll make him regret the day he dared anger me, more than he could possibly imagine."

If she wasn't chosen as a wife of the Hero, she will not marry anyone ever, due to her incredibly high standards for a husband and so just stays in Mostroferrato doing most of the same. The commentary from the townsfolk imply that Debora is simply despised too much, further commentary from the mother seems to imply that she's simply given-up on being happy, and uses material possessions to ameliorate her depression.

IX

Debora has made an appearance in the Quester's Rest in the game Dragon Quest IX. She gives the player Debora's Dress.

Abilities

Debora is more of a physical fighter than Bianca or Nera. She has the most limited spell selection but can equip several of the more powerful swords and Hela's Hammer. There are a few equipments unique to her, such as the Diamond Akillics and Floral Parasol. Due to her high agility attribute and the aformentioned acrylics Debora is adept at slaying metal monsters.

Spells

Dragon Quest V (DS) 
Spell Level Learned
Dazzle 1
Snooze 1
Kasap 1
Oomph 15
Safe Passage 15
Sizzle 17
Whack 19
Bounce 20
Fuddle 22
Thwack 25
Kasizzle 29

Trivia

  • While Debora is always ruffling her father's feathers (much to his frustration), she seems to be very obedient when it comes to her mother Romana.
  • It is revealed that the Briscoletti family's dog, Bingo, was a gift her parents got Debora as so she wouldn't be so lonely when Nera left to live in the Abbey, however, Debora never took to the dog and instead her mother was the one who ended up taking care of it.
  • In the game's ending credits, while the Hero and his wife dance a waltz, if the Hero picks Debora, she will be the one leading the dance and the Hero will be the one who would be spun and thwirled around, once again showing Debora is the dominating one.
  • When the Hero has to pick his bride, usually the girls ask him twice if they really want to choose said wife. However in Debora's case, the game asks it three times (two from Debora and one from Mr. Briscoletti). This is a reference to the game's designer Yuji Horii's description of her as a character "nobody in their right mind would pick!" and that "it was the perfect way to torment players just a little more."
  • If after the wedding the Hero decides to sleep in Debora's room in the Briscoletti manor, she will make him sleep on the floor, claiming the bed is too narrow for two people.
  • Marrying Debora will make it so that all the 3 brides will find a man eventually. Debora will stay with the Hero, Nera will marry her childhood friend Crispin and Bianca will marry an Inn Keeper from Stockenbarell.
  • If the player marries Nera and brings their children to visit Debora during the third generation, she will not allow them to refer to her as "Auntie Debora" as it makes her feel old.
  • During the wedding, if the player choose Debora, when she leaves her chamber on the casino ship the Ventuno to start walking down the isle, a set of fireworks will be activate as to bring more attention to her primadonna personality, showing once again the contrast between her and Nera, who, in her ceremony, only has a bunch of confetti spread when she leaves her chamber.

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