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What you thought was a given is in reality a product of miracles. I love... this world.

—Retrace LXXII: Bloody Rabbit


Lacie (レイシー, Reishii) was a character from Jun Mochizuki's Pandora Hearts. Made a human sacrifice prior to the Tragedy of Sablier, she was a figure shrouded in mystery. Oz Vessalius discovered her grave in the first chapter, though her name had eroded from the headstone. From it he picked up a golden stopwatch which would play a tune when opened. This melody was called "Lacie," composed by Glen Baskerville. His best friend, Jack Vessalius, helped make the stopwatch with him after her death. She was somehow close to Glen, and her death had some connection to the Tragedy of Sablier.

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Few specifics are known of Lacie's early childhood. At some point around three decades prior to the Tragedy of Sablier, Lacie was born, a year or two after her elder brother Oswald. Her two red eyes branded her as a Child of Ill Omen, and she and her brother were abandoned or otherwise separated from their biological parents in their early youth. At some point around the age of ten, Oswald and Lacie would discover the Golden Droplets of Light, turning them into Baskervilles. Soon after, the two of them would travel to Sablier, and Lacie would begin to commune with the Core of Abyss. Once they arrived at the Baskerville estate, Oswald was found to be the next incarnation of Glen Baskerville. The two of them were then personally raised by then Glen Baskerville, Levi, Oswald to succeed him, and Lacie to be executed in adulthood.

Over the next few years, Lacie and the Core would develop a deep relationship, though the Core had no physical form and could not speak. However, Lacie was forbidden from speaking to the Core. Prior to her puberty, Lacie learned from Levi why she would be executed and why she was not to speak to the Core again. He then asked her consent in an "experiment," in which Levi would impregnate Lacie prior to her execution. Though Lacie lacked the normal Baskerville compulsion to obey Glen without question, she agreed in hopes of giving the Core a companion after Lacie met her own demise. As a symbol of their love even in parting, Lacie gave the Core a stuffed rabbit, an identical version of which she kept for herself.

Lacie then grew into a rebellious, fickle teenager, making frequent flights from the Baskerville estate before being found and returned. At around age fifteen, one of these excursions led her to an emaciated Jack Vessalius, whom she saved on a whim. She and Jack reunited for the first time eight years later. While Jack was elated, Lacie did not remember him until she realized one of his earrings matched her own. Over the next few months, she and Jack formed a tenuous yet emotional friendship. A few days before her execution, she asked Jack to not visit the Estate for a week. In the time he was gone, she gave the second rabbit to the Core, asking her to take what was in Lacie's womb upon Lacie's death. Oswald then executed Lacie, succeeding Levi as Glen.

Appearance

Lacie was a thin, pale skinned woman of average height (165cm/5'5") and build. She had a round, somewhat angular face with a well defined chin, thin eyebrows, and narrow red eyes. Straight, black hair fell to about the length of her hips, unstyled and somewhat messy. Long bangs fell onto her face, but did not cover her eyes. Jun Mochizuki noted that Lacie's countenance was a point of fixation as she drew her, and that she would end up making Lacie's face rather handsome while meaning to give her a more feminine beauty.

In most of her adult appearances, Lacie wore an ankle length black dress with numerous petticoats, a frilly, purple outer layer adorning her outfit. Though her sleeves would extend past her elbow, the top of her dress exposed her neck, shoulders, and some cleavage. A purple ribbon served as a neck piece, and black flats protected her feet. Lacie seemed to own a fair amount of jewelry, but did not wear much in her canonical appearance, restricting herself to a pair of teardrop earrings.

Her most prominent childhood appearance was in her adolescence, during which she wore a simple, white summer dress. She was never shown attempting to hide her eyes, though she may have early in life. In her teens, she bore a strong resemblance to her twin daughters Alice and the Intention of the Abyss.

Personality

Little can be discerned about Lacie's personality from her early appearances, in which she had a total of about two lines. From the single scene in which she was depicted, it could be discerned that she was open and daring, standing in the snow wearing nothing but a summer dress. She appeared extroverted and lacking in superficiality, approaching a cloaked, impoverished boy on the streets without any apparent concern. However, this single scene provided little direct information about her, and most of what could be discerned was apparent only in symbolism.

In actuality, Lacie was a fickle, rebellious person who had no qualms in acting out of spite. Her meeting with Jack was truly on a whim, and when the two met, she had no problem outright insulting and even physically harming him. However, she did save him from starvation and seemed genuinely concerned with his circumstances and will to live. At the end of their encounter, Lacie was attacked for being an Ill Omen- yet her anger was not at her own assault, but at harm which came to Jack. Her mood was capricious, switching from anger to glee within moments in spite of the scene around her. She had no concern for propriety, reveling in the death and dismemberment of her attackers.

As an adult, Lacie seemed marginally more stable, if still rather distant and nonconformist, though Jack stated she "hadn't changed a bit." Upon Jack's arrival, she would have no memory of him, and seemed confused but otherwise indifferent to his assault on her. After she was reminded of their encounter, she grew somewhat more warm, comforting Jack prior to his departure. She did not reject Jack once he began to return to the Baskerville Estate, though she, like her brother, remained distrustful of him. Jack understood her feelings, refusing to touch or approach her following their first encounter, though Lacie was frequently intimate with him. Openly, she regarded Jack as nothing more than a pet, telling Levi he was a means of killing time.

Despite her apparent spitefulness, disregard, and occasional sadism, Lacie held a deep empathy for those around her. She was the first person to correctly identify the Core of Abyss as a person with will and feelings, and sought to see her in the Core's loneliness, despite being forbidden by Glen. From the moment of her induction into the Baskerville Clan, Lacie held no artificial reverie for Glen. Instead, she was critical and philosophical, believing that the world must be viewed through the lens of "why," going directly against Glen's own philosophical advice to her. While she claimed to not care for Jack, she in fact greatly treasured their meetings, not realizing her own loneliness until shortly before her death. The last fragment of Lacie's soul to escape the darkness of Abyss was her declaration of love for the world.

Powers and Abilities

Chain

As a chosen Messenger of the Abyss, it was mandatory for Lacie to form a Contract with a Chain. Thus, Lacie formed an Illegal Contract with an as-of-yet unnamed rabbit-like Chain with a crown floating above its head. Through Lacie's Chain, she is capable of summoning forth numerous bladed chain links that can dismember human bodies with ease. Apart from this, it is generally unknown what other abilities Lacie had access to through her Chain. [1]

  • As a Child of Ill Omen, Lacie was able to wrench open a Door to the Abyss without the use of the Keys to the Abyss after disrupting the power within the Abyss' dark heart and disturbing the Core of the Abyss. [2]
  • Lacie is also capable of entering the dark heart of the Abyss and coming into contact with the Core of the Abyss, due to her existence as a Child of Ill Omen. [2]

Quotes

  • "I despise common sense. I've seen the world from every possible angle. This cruel, ridiculous, beautiful world." [3]
  • "I didn't want to use my powers because I didn't want to be traced here... but you dared to hurt Jack." [4]
  • "Don't forget the name 'Baskerville' next time...come look for me."[5]
  • "It's not true that you've lost everything. It's just that...you've lost the will to live." [6]
  • "Shining, Glittering, Stardust is dancing. My body is cloaked in golden light. I'm going to meet 'the Lonely One'." . [7]
  • (To Levi) "Don't be silly that would be pointless...Since...I'm going to die soon." [8]
  • "Goodbye, Jack." [9]
  • (To Oswald) "What's wrong Nii-sama? Let's get this over with." [10]
  • (To Jack) "If you accept everything you're told without question, you'll lose your ability to think. Even if you reached the same conclusion, it would still be worth analysing the reasons behind it." [3]
  • (To the Core of the Abyss) "I will disappear but if you should find this child of mine please try to be friends." [11]
  • "Hey ! Look look ! Aren't they cute, these little twin rabbits?! One is mine, and the other is for you."

[12]

  • "I'll bring another new friend for you next time. So that you won't be alone, even when I am no longer here." [13]
  • "It is true that...that day...I spoke to you on a whim...I'd run away from the mansion after a quarrel with my brother...and you were just a way to kill time before they fetched me back.I'd completely forgotten that I gave you one of my earrings. And yet you...All you want is to be by my side. You've never asked for any more than that. The only time you touched me intentionally was when we were reunited." [14]
  • (To Jack) "Just as I thought, you are strange...Very strange..." [15]
  • "I'd meant to... turn away from you if you became pushy...But even though you look like you couldn't live without me...you never dared to cross the line you'd drawn yourself. You look like you have eyes only for me... and yet no one is reflected there." [15]
  • "Please Nii-sama...dont blame yourself. I was born with red eyes and I've been through a lot because of that, but I.....never considered myself unfortunate." [16]
  • "Thanks to these eyes...I came to understand how cruel and despicable people can be...but that also allowed me appreciate the true beauty. All you have to do is look at things from different perspective." [17]
  • "Once I realized that the thing we usually take for granted are really miracles, I came to see everything in it's precious ephemeral beauty." [17]
  • "Up until now I hadn't realized that disappearing from this world... No longer being able to be by your side.... Would be so lonely..." [18]

Appearances

(*) - Denotes that the character did not appear physically, but as a part of another character's memories.

Trivia

Lacie's profile from vol. 18.5 ~Evidence~

  • Lacie's name likely derives from a bit of wordplay from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, as an anagram of "Alice":
    • `Once upon a time there were three little sisters,' the Dormouse began in a great hurry; `and their names were Elsie, Lacie, and Tillie; and they lived at the bottom of a well--'
  • Her likes are, in order: singing and teasing whomever's her current favorite. Her dislikes are, in order: bugs that twist around a lot as they move, and bugs that have many legs.

References


  1. Pandora Hearts manga; Chapter 66, pages 25-26
  2. 2.0 2.1 Pandora Hearts manga; Chapter 68, page 25
  3. 3.0 3.1 Pandora Hearts manga; Chapter 66, page 20
  4. Pandora Hearts manga; Chapter 66, page 24
  5. Pandora Hearts manga; Chapter 66, page 30
  6. Pandora Hearts manga; Chapter 66, pages 18-19
  7. Pandora Hearts manga; Chapter 67, page 4
  8. Pandora Hearts manga; Chapter 67, page 34
  9. Pandora Hearts manga; Chapter 68, page 20
  10. Pandora Hearts manga; Chapter 69, page 18
  11. Pandora Hearts manga; Chapter 71, page 11
  12. Pandora Hearts manga; Chapter 71, page 5
  13. Pandora Hearts manga; Chapter 71, page 8
  14. Pandora Hearts manga; Chapter 72, pages 6-7
  15. 15.0 15.1 Pandora Hearts manga; Chapter 72, page 8
  16. Pandora Hearts manga; Chapter 72, page 13
  17. 17.0 17.1 Pandora Hearts manga; Chapter 72, page 14
  18. Pandora Hearts manga; Chapter 72, page 17

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