This article refers to the Rance Series character Mary Ann as she appears in the game Rance X: Showdown. For information relating to the character as she appears in Kichikuou Rance, see Mary Ann (Kichikuou Rance).
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|“||What's so funny? Everyone needs friends, even Dark Lords!||”|
—Mary Ann, lecturing Lei about the importance of friendship.
|Age / Birth||10 / GI1012|
|Ht. / Wt.||136cm / ??kg|
|Affiliation||Lei, Free Cities Alliance, Shangri-La|
|Skill levels||Cooking Lv1 (?), Sewing Lv1 (?), Shell Collecting Lv1 (?)|
|Appeared in||Rance X|
About[edit | edit source]
Mary Ann is an ordinary girl from the Free City of Goa.
Born into poverty, Mary lost her mother while she was still very young. To stave off the depression brought on by his wife's death, Mary's father turned to alcohol for comfort, refusing to get a job to support what remained of his family. Over time, Mary's father grew extremely bitter toward his daughter, telling her that the mere sight of her face disgusted him, and went out of his way to avoid her.
Without a mother and effectively abandoned by her father, Mary was forced to look out for herself from a young age, taking up various odd jobs around Goa in order to support herself. Mary steadily became self-reliant, learning to live within her meager means while safely navigating through the dangerous backstreets of the city. Despite her poor circumstances, Mary remained optimistic and upbeat, confidently convincing herself that she would one day escape to a new and better life.
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During the events of Rance X, Mary stopped a pickpocket from stealing a coin satchel from Lei, one of the Dark Lords in charge of invading the Free Cities during the 2nd Dark Lord War, who had been passing through the back streets Goa on a whim in between his rampage throughout the region. Unaware of Lei's identity, Mary returned the stolen item to him without hesitation and cheerfully attempted to initiate a conversation with him. Mistaking Lei for a vagrant due to his empty satchel and scruffy appearance, Mary offered him half of an Uppi sandwich that she had made for herself. While Lei attempted to ignore Mary, he eventually caved in to her persistence and accepted the sandwich, which he quickly spat out due to finding its taste strange.
While eating together, the duo were approached by the pickpocket once again, who had brought his father with him to beat Mary in retribution. Mary showed no fear when confronted by the man, stating firmly that she had done nothing wrong by stopping a thief, enraging him even further. Before the man was able to carry out the beating, he was sharply kicked in the back by Lei, who had grown agitated by the exchange. The force of Lei's kick launched the man high into the air, exposing the drifter as a Dark Lord. Goa was thrown into a state of panic upon realizing Lei’s identity, causing him to flee the city in to avoid drawing attention to himself. While Mary was surprised to learn of Lei's true nature, she did not panic, and was instead merely saddened that he had to leave immediately after rescuing her from danger.
Mary encountered Lei a second time while he was escaping from a failed negotiation with Rance, the president of the United Human Army, that was held in Goa. Desiring to thank Lei for having rescued her, Mary was shocked to see that his body had been heavily injured after sustaining a surprise attack from Rance. Against Lei's protests, Mary brought out a set of medical supplies and began treating his wounds, covering her hands with her shirt sleeves to protect them from the electrical current that ran across his body. Lei attempted to dissuade Mary from helping him, reminding her that he was a Dark Lord and the enemy of all mankind, but failed to phase the girl, who replied that she was merely returning the favor for his help in dealing with the pickpocket and his father.
While tending to his wound, Mary asked Lei if he was lonely, noting that he was by himself and seemed to be depressed both times she encountered him. Lei dismissed Mary’s question by stating bluntly that, as a Dark Lord, his life was inherently a lonely one, and that he had no need for anyone but himself. Lei’s claim angered Mary, who insisted that everyone, regardless of who or what they were, needed friends. Revealing her own lonely background, Mary offered to become Lei’s friend, noting that she knew that he was a good person due to the way that he had saved her during their first meeting. While bothered by Mary’s offer, Lei found himself unable to dismiss it outright, as he had not been directly confronted about his loneliness at any point during his thousand years of existence and was unused to thinking about it. Before he was able to muster a response, however, the forces of the United Human Army began to approach Lei’s location, forcing him to once again exit from Goa and leave Mary.
Mary crossed paths with Lei for a third time while he was fleeing from the United Human Army through the back alleys of Goa after getting beaten to near-death during the Battle of Sekigahara. Extremely concerned for his well-being, Mary offered to shelter Lei from the United Human Army while it searched through Goa. Her offer was sharply dismissed by the Dark Lord, who insisted that he wanted to go down fighting and that she had no reason to be concerned for him. Mary was aggravated by this claim, and shouted in response that he would likely die if she did nothing to assist him. Having never had his life so clearly valued by another before, Lei was shaken by Mary’s answer, but was cornered by Rance before he had an opportunity to fully process it.
Desperate to defend Lei, Mary stepped in front of Rance to stop him from killing the injured Dark Lord. She at first attempted to appeal to Rance's humanity by insisting that Lei was a good person deep down, but was immediately brushed aside by the uncaring warrior. Unwilling to give up, Mary then tried to offer herself to Rance, telling him that she would grow into a beautiful woman in a matter of years, but was quickly rejected for being an "ugly brat". The exchange was halted by the heavily injured Lei, who told Rance to ignore Mary and instead fight him one-on-one, mockingly asking if he was too scared to face a dying Dark Lord on his own. While Rance nearly gave in to Lei's taunt, he was persuaded by his sentient sword Chaos to not take any unnecessary risks, and instead chose to fight him with the aid of his allies.
Following Lei's defeat at the hands of Rance and his allies, Mary once again intercepted their attempt at killing him. While Rance initially tried to convince Mary to step aside, her refusal to do so eventually prompted him to decide to kill her as well. Finally accepting Mary’s affection for him, Lei spoke out against Rance to protect her, stating plainly that she had done nothing to deserve death, and that he was the one who Rance wanted to kill. Rance recognized Lei’s concern for Mary through his protest and, seeing a prime opportunity to gain a powerful ally, demanded that the Dark Lord become his servant in exchange for her life. While Lei was surprised by Rance’s words, he agreed after considering them for a moment, deciding that protecting Mary was enough to continue living for. Following this, both Lei and Mary were taken into Rance’s custody and conscripted as members of the Dark Lord Extermination Squad.
As a member of the Dark Lord Extermination Squad, Mary began performing various chores around Rance Castle, such as doing the laundry and washing windows. During this time, Rance, initially ambivalent to Mary, became aware of her uncannily good luck at finding rare Shells, causing both him and Crook Mofus, the pope of the AL Church and a fellow shell connoisseur, to begin frequently following her around to expand their respective collections. Throughout the remainder of the war, Mary continued to work toward reforming Lei into a less violent and more sociable person, teaching him how to play various card games as an alternative to fighting as a way of resolving conflicts with others. Mary also sewed a pair of insulating gloves for herself in order to allow her to touch the lightning-clad Lei without harming herself. While Lei expressed occasional agitation with Mary's constant pestering, he earnestly attempted to follow her wishes and become more well-rounded and approachable, much to her delight and the surprise of everyone around them.
Some time after the conclusion of the 2nd Dark Lord War, Mary took up residence in the desert nation of Shangri-La, which had since become a safe haven for all of the peaceful non-human species of The Continent. Mary was regularly visited by Lei, who frequently disregarded his duties serving under Demon King Rance to be with her. While she lived modestly, Mary, who had long dreamt of a happy and comfortable life, was beyond satisfied.Upon reaching adulthood, Lei discussed with Mary the possibility of transforming her into his Apostle to allow the two to spend eternity together. While Mary deliberated the idea for some time, she eventually concluded that it was better for her to remain a human for their relationship to continue being one between equals. Lei agreed with this decision without issue and the topic of making her into his Apostle was never brought up between them again.
While serving under Rance, Lei learned of the existence of the Toushin Tournament, a fighting competition between the strongest warriors in all of the Continent. Still eager to fight against strong opponents, Lei attempted to enter the tournament for several years, but was forbidden from entering each time due to being unable to fulfill the entrance requirement of having a beautiful female partner. Unwilling to acknowledge anyone other than Mary, who was not considered beautiful enough to qualify, as his partner, Lei refused to so much as consider looking for another woman to enter the competition with, preventing him from ever successfully participating.
During the events of Rance X: Part 2, Lei and Mary were briefly encountered by the adventuring party of El Mofus while trying to qualify for the 22nd Toushin Tournament. Lei once again made an effort to enter the tournament with Mary as his partner, which inevitably caused him to be denied entry. Somewhat frustrated, the duo left Toushin City shortly afterwards.
While Mary is not shown following her brief appearance at the Toushin Tournament, it can be assumed that she and Lei continued to live happily together following the newfound freedom he acquired after the loss of his Demonic Blood Soul and the complete destruction of the Demon King system.
If Rance chooses to give in to Lei’s taunt and fight him one-on-one during their final battle, he will mortally injure him before Mary has a chance to intervene. During Lei's final moments, Mary will rush to his side and hold his hand, causing the Dark Lord, to pass on with a smile, satisfied with having gotten to have one final duel before dying. Mary is left saddened by Lei's death, stating that he could have become a good person if given a chance, and wanders off into the city, preventing her from becoming an ally. As Lei is shown to be alive and very close with Mary fifteen years later, however, this sequence is considered to be entirely non-canon.
Personality and Appearance[edit | edit source]Mary is a young girl with a round face, slightly long brown hair tied back into a side ponytail, large eyes with beady pupils, a stubby nose and a rather severe overbite. She is often mocked by others for her strange appearance, with both Rance and her own father describing her as being ugly. Mary's clothing consists of a simple jean overall dress worn over a long-sleeved yellow shirt.
By the year RA0015, Mary has grown into a young woman. While her appearance is quite similar to how it was while she was a child, with a round face and petite body, she has notably lost her overbite and now possesses much longer hair that is partially tied above her head in a loose pony tail. While she is overall significantly less strange-looking than she was as a child, she is still noted to be rather plain. Mary's clothing as an adult consists of a long brown skirt and light grey sweater with a small brown shawl draped along her shoulders.
Despite her harsh background, Mary is a very bright, optimistic and cheerful person who maintains a sunny disposition at nearly all times. Her largely unhappy life has caused her to constantly look toward the future for new opportunities for herself, causing her to take even the greatest of misfortunes in stride. This positive personality has caused her to become very sociable and talkative, to the point where she is quick to engage total strangers in extensive conversations as if they were old friends. Mary believes that companionship is more important than anything else for a person to survive, and thus treasures all friendships she can create, regardless of how small they may be.
Along with her optimism, Mary is very strong-willed and confident, and never shows so much as a trace of fear no matter how dangerous of a situation she finds herself in, even standing up to powerful beings such as Dark Lords and Rance without any hesitation. In addition, she is also incredibly stubborn, and never abandons any goal that she sets her mind to no matter how difficult it may be to attain. While this combination of qualities has allowed Mary to survive through several difficult circumstances through hard work and grit, it also causes her to act rather foolhardy at times, forcing others to take action to rescue her from her own recklessness.
During private moments, Mary reveals a more vulnerable side to herself than the one she presents to the world. Though she often proudly that she will one day grow into a beautiful maiden when mocked for her looks, she secretly possesses something of a complex about her strange appearance. Having internalized the notion that she is ugly, she has grown to believe that others are naturally inclined to dislike her, and that she will only ever be able to win their affections through hard work and effort. Because of these feelings, Mary especially values the friendships of people who do not comment on her appearance, noting in particular that Lei has never once called her ugly.
From their very first meeting, Mary took an immediate interest in the Dark Lord Lei. Initially mistaking him for a homeless wanderer, Mary felt a strong sense of kinship with Lei due to believing the two of them to be similarly lonely, prompting her to make several attempts at befriending him. Mary maintained this notion even after Lei revealed his true identity as a Dark Lord, stating that she believed all living things deserved to have friends. While Lei was initially agitated by Mary, her persistence steadily forced him to acknowledge the desire for companionship that he had long tried to suppress within himself, eventually causing him to accept her friendship. Upon officially becoming friends, Mary devoted herself toward reforming Lei into a more sociable person, teaching him ways of resolving conflicts nonviolently and scolding him whenever he attempted to start fights with their allies. While largely staying the same outwardly, Lei was softened considerably by Mary's influence, having found a newfound purpose in his life through protecting her.
By the time of RA0015, Lei and Mary have become much closer, going so far as to refer to each other as “partners”. While it is left ambiguous as to whether their relationship has become romantic in nature or not, their affection for each other is undeniable, with Lei regularly sneaking away from Rising Dragon Mountain to be with her and refusing to proclaim any other woman to be his partner in the Toushin Tournament. Despite being vastly more powerful than her, Lei considers Mary to be his equal in every way, to the point of deciding against making her his Apostle to avoid exerting any kind of control over her. Through Mary’s influence, Lei has become considerably more amicable, but retains his quiet nature and love for fighting against strong people.
Mary formed a fast friendship with Sill Plain following her recruitment into the Dark Lord Extermination Squad, who she would often assist while performing chores around Rance Castle. While Sill initially expressed a great deal of pity toward Mary for her unfortunate life, she quickly came to recognize and admire the young girl's unshakable resolve, causing her to regret viewing her as a victim. The pair bonded even further upon reflecting on their relationships with the men in their lives, with both admitting it to be rather unusual for them to see good qualities in the unruly and belligerent Rance and Lei.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Mary is a naturally resourceful person with a wide range of mundane but very useful skills that she has developed from an early age. Possessing both the Cooking Lv1 and Sewing Lv1 Skill Levels, she is able to both prepare quality meals and clothing for herself and others even when the resources available to her are extremely limited. These skills helped her immensely during her time living as an urchin, as they allowed her to remain comfortably fed and clothed in spite of her poor circumstances. Upon befriending Lei, Mary utilized her sewing skills to craft a pair of insulated gloves for herself, allowing her to touch him directly without fear of harming herself.
In addition to her more practical skills, Mary possesses the Shell Collecting Lv1 skill level, which grants her an uncanny talent for stumbling upon rare shells. This talent often results in Mary finding several highly sought after shells whenever she does something as simple as go for a walk. While Mary enjoys collecting shells, her fascination with them is fairly casual, which often causes her to overlook the value of the ones that she finds and handle them carelessly, much to the horror of more dedicated shell collectors such as Rance and Crook Mofus.
Outside of her skill levels, Mary is an entirely ordinary human being with no noteworthy fighting ability. She is listed as being at the ordinary Level of 9 during the events of the 2nd Dark Lord War, which is presumed to be her Level Cap; giving her a low amount of potential as a fighter. Her low level cap is compounded by her small body, which makes her rather frail in combat. In spite of this physical weakness, Mary shows no fear on the battlefield, and eagerly cheers Lei from the sidelines whenever he fights, causing the Dark Lord to fight more intensely to ensure her safety.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The clothing Mary wears during her appearance in Rance X: Part 2 is identical to the clothing worn by her counterpart in Kichikuou Rance.
- During the early development of Rance X, Mary was intended to appear as an elderly woman and play virtually the same role as she had in Kichikuou Rance. As the game's scenario was further developed, however, this version of Mary was deemed incompatible with the alterations made to the setting, and the character was momentarily planned to be removed from the story entirely. While the development staff eventually settled on re-imagining Mary as a young child, Orion, the Rance Series' main artist, also pitched a redesign that depicted her as an ugly and ill-tempered old woman who was nonetheless an extremely kind person. The design was immediately rejected by TADA, the director of the Rance series, who bluntly stated that he refused to allow something so ugly to live.