Albedo in Episode I
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Appearance and personality
Albedo is a white haired man who wears a black and white skin-tight combat suit with a white cape in the shape of wings, commonly seen with his E.S. Simeon and a Kirschwasser that helps pilot it. He looks strikingly similar to Gaignun Kukai and Gaignun Kukai Jr..
Albedo is a psychopath, lacking any sense of morality, he works with U-TIC to achieve his goals through any means possible, no matter how inhumane or gruesome. He takes great pleasure in making others uncomfortable and will take any chance he has to mess with Jr. and MOMO. A misanthropic loner, Albedo enjoys watching others suffer and die, in fact, Albedo enjoys feeling pain due to his immortality. He calls MOMO 'ma belle pêche', which when translated from French is 'my beautiful peach', indicating some special fixation on her in particular. Ultimately, Albedo has a nihilistic view on life and is sadistic to the point of madness. His insanity is motivated by his fear of loneliness after learning that he cannot die.
Albedo is one of the few remaining U.R.T.V.s. He was a designer child specifically designed along with the other U.R.T.V.s to be an anti-thesis to U-DO. Each of the U.R.T.V. variants have a special ability and Albedo's is to regenerate any parts of his body, including his head if it was destroyed.
Albedo was born as a conjoined twin with Rubedo and as such the two have a close connection to each other. Along with Nigredo they were involved in an experiment to access the subconscious domain of Sakura Mizrahi and were successfully able to interact with each other. After a training exercise that resulted in U.R.T.V. 623 getting badly injured, Albedo said all they had to do is regenerate, proving his point by destroying his head which regenerated almost immediately, shocking Nigredo and Rubedo. However, when Albedo learns that he is the only one who is immortal, he broke down in fear, scared of being alone.
Albedo took part in the operation when they tried to subdue U-DO on Old Miltia during the Miltian Conflict. However Rubedo panicked when witnessing the potential destruction of the planet and cut the link. This resulted in other U.R.T.V.s getting infected by U-DO and going out of control. This also happened to Albedo, who was never the same.
After the Miltian Conflict, he was found lying unconscious under the central shaft of the Song of Nephilim by Sellers, who had attempted to escape from Miltia by forcing the Song to surface. At that time, Albedo was half-dead, presumably as a result of being hit by waveforms which had been released by Nigredo, the U.R.T.V.s' failsafe and acting executioner. Once he finally recovered from the attack of his would-be executioner, Albedo allies himself with Margulis and the U-TIC Organization to obtain the Y-Data, in truth Albedo's real goal is to complete his link with U-DO as a means of death.
Albedo is summoned by Margulis to come to Pleroma and provide assistance in the recovery of MOMO. Pellegri is concerned about them using him, but Margulis dismisses such claims. Albedo utilizes the Song of Nephilim, a giant structure that while remaining hidden from sight, causes a large amount of gnosis to gather in the area and attack the Kukai Foundation. During the confusion in evacuating the Foundation, Albedo kidnaps MOMO, tricking her into thinking he is Joachim Mizrahi.
Albedo brings her to the Song of Nephilim where he frightens her considerably, first by killing a Kirschwasser. He then rips off his arm, which quickly regenerates to frighten MOMO. He then decapitates his own head, letting his own severed head continue to taunt MOMO before crushing it under his foot, regenerating it almost immediately. Realizing that MOMO knows Junior, Albedo becomes pleased, but also more maniacal and MOMO passes out. Junior and the others are able to reveal the location of the Song of Nephilim and enter it to take on Albedo. Albedo has been drawing information from MOMO and taunts Junior. Any ability to defeat Albedo are fruitless due to his immortality. He fights the party in his E.S. Simeon, and afterwards he and Junior continue to confront each other until MOMO is able to reduce their power. The Blue Testament appears, enabling Albedo to escape.
Using the information he has drawn from MOMO and the Y data, he revives Proto Merkabah. He is unable to dive further into the Y Data due to protection that is on it. Using the Proto Merkabah, Albedo blasts away the Federation fleet. Junior and the others make their way into Proto Merkabah to stop him and confront him in the reactor room. After defeating him, Albedo departs, but not before unleashing Sophie Peithos, forcing the party to battle the giant gnosis. As the game ends, Albedo awaits for MOMO to link up with the U.M.N., believing his objective will be complete at that time.
Although in far off locations from one another, Gaignun and Albedo are able to communicate with each other through their mind. Albedo says Gaignun's true form is an executioner and taunts him over hanging around Junior while waiting to carry out his mission. He claims he'll be borrowing Junior himself soon. Gaignun cuts the communication causing Albedo's arm to vanish, although he immediately regenerates it. When Helmer, Juli and the others try to access the Y-Data from MOMO on Second Miltia they realize that Albedo has laid a trap for them. MOMO cuts off her neural pathway in response to this and falls unconscious. Albedo contacts them, admitting he left a "gift" within MOMO. The party dives into the Subconscious Domain to help restore MOMO to normal and are confronted by Albedo while there. He goads Junior into getting angry and unleashing his energy. Fearing for Junior, MOMO awakens, enabling Albedo to seize what he needs from the Y-Data, the path to Old Miltia. He and his E.S. disappear. While far away Junior can sense the heartbeat of Albedo fading.
Albedo appears while the party is at the Ω System, telling Sergius XVII that the power he wields is his and he has no right to it. He offers to help Junior in fighting him, but Sergius reacts by firing the Proto Omega's cannon at him, disintegrating his body. When the Testaments appear and kill Sergius, they also revive Albedo. Waves from U-DO enter his body, to his excitement. As he links with U-DO, the Ω System disappears, to be replaced by the Space-Time Anomaly. Junior makes his way into the Space-Time Anomaly where a child version of Albedo goads him further. Junior finally comes across Albedo in the flesh. Junior does battle with Albedo once again, killing him and causing the Space-Time Anomaly to disappear. However it is revealed at the end of the game that Albedo has been revived once again, to become the fourth Testament.
- Albedo can regenerate missing limbs, even his head, making suicide impossible for him.
- He is immortal to the point that even his severed head is capable of speech.
BORN: T.C. 4741
AGE: 26 years old
In Psychology and Alchemy (1944), C.G. Jung refers to albedo, or "whitening", as one stage in the process of human individuation as symbolized in alchemic terms.
A nickname for U.R.T.V. Unit #667, in reference to his milky-white hair.
A young man brimming with madness.
Named after the alchemical process of whitening as put forth in C.G. Jung's "Psychology and Alchemy." URTV unit number 667, is a variant with milky white hair.
A being with recuperative abilities that surpass even nanomachines in rebuilding speed, he is practically immortal.
Like Jr., he is a survivor of the URTV (U-DO Retro Virus) force that was artificially created to oppose U-DO. He developed a mental instability as a result of U-DO waveform contamination during the Miltian Conflict and destroyed the URTV force to which he belonged.
Born as conjoined twins with Jr., the two strongly felt like they were a part of each other's body even after they were separated.
His U-DO contamination was the result of the collapse of that psychic bond, caused when Jr. (Rubedo) shut his mind out in fear of U-DO going out of control. Albedo consequently felt that he had been betrayed and abandoned his other half--his own brother. His obsessive manner when dealing with Jr. was a result of the psychological shock he had received at that time.
His half-mad personality was the result of U-DO contamination, but even before that incident he was unable to understand the fear of injury or death experienced by others due to his immortal condition. Perhaps as a reaction to this, he developed an acute fear of rejection and solitude, and was pathologically obsessed with forming relationships with others.
After the Miltian Conflict, he was found lying unconscious under the central shaft of the Song of Nephilim by Sellers, who had attempted to escape from Miltia by forcing the Song to surface.
At this time, Albedo was half-dead, presumably as a result of being hit by waveforms which had been released by Nigredo, the URTVs' failsafe and acting executioner.
Once he finally recovered from the attack of his would-be executioner, Albedo turned to the U-TIC Organization and Ormus. He joined forces with Margulis and Sellers to obtain the Y-data which Joachim Mizrahi had left, although Albedo's true objective was a complete link with U-DO (which is the only possible way of granting his desire for oblivion.) Together with Margulis, he doggedly pursued MOMO, Mizrahi's final creation, in order to revive the Zohar that slept on Miltia.
His unnatural fixation on MOMO was the result not only of is desire to seize the Y-Data, but also of the relationship shared between Jr. and the girl on whom MOMO had been modeled, Sakura Mizrahi.
Sakura and Jr.'s friendly behavior caused Albedo to feel lonely and excluded, eventually leading him to enviously wonder how he might interact with others in the same fashion. However, being unable to understand others' pain, and consequently unable to touch their hearts, he could only express his emotions in a twisted manner.
His seemingly cruel behavior towards not only MOMO, but the Kirschwassers as well, was another warped reflection of his envious feelings towards such unity and emotional communication.
Having obtained the Y-Data, revived Miltia, and finally linked again with U-DO, Albedo was assimilated into U-DO, becoming one with its waveforms and awaited oblivion at the hands of Jr.'s anti-waveforms.
While Albedo's true desire was unity with Jr., his choice of death was the only means of escaping from the impossibility of that reality--motivated by the thought that, if unity is impossible, oblivion is the next best thing.
He achieved oblivion at Jr.'s hands by accepting U-DO's characteristics into a part of himself--in his mind, this must have been the best way to get close to Jr. His choice to rely on Jr., even though he could have used his URTV ability to cause a mutual annihilation effect with U-DO on his own, is further proof of this notion.
While oblivion did grant a portion of his wish, it was also undeniably an effort to escape the reality he faced.
Wilhelm negotiated with Albedo, proposing to unify him with Jr. Albedo recognized his true desire and was reborn as a Testament. Albedo initially attempted to fill his role as a Testament, but instead chose to perish with Dmitri, who had merged with U-DO through Omega.
He attempted to use the power of the Testament to perish with Dmitri, in order to protect Jr.; however , Gaignun took his place at the last minute, effectively fulfilling Albedo's true desire--achieving a true psychic union with Jr.
URTV Unit Number 667
URTV unit number 667 [Albedo].
The 667th variant URTV to be born at the Yuriev Institute. Because he was born with white hair, he was named Albedo, a name taken from C.G. Jung’s “Psychology and Alchemy”, in which “albedo” refers to the process of a substance turning white.
He was born attached at the back to unit number 666, Rubedo. These type of twins are called conjoined twins, but conjoined twins created by artificial insemination are extremely rare. When they were separated, their abilities were shifted in opposite directions, but Rubedo and Albedo’s ability to stop or accelerate cell replication are fundamentally the same.
Rubedo was born with the ability to stop the cell aging process, but he was not immortal. Albedo was born with the ability to accelerate cell replication to amazing speeds; even if his head or heart were completely destroyed, it would always be regenerated. Albedo was not aware that Rubedo and Nigredo did, of course, not share this ability. When he found out, he was greatly shocked to learn that he was the only one to have an immortal existence.
This special ability is activated not by a control of the cells of one’s own body, but by accessing the structure of the U.M.N. itself.
Albedo’s mental state had been unstable from the start, but it has been even more unstable ever since the day he learned that he could not die. To Albedo, this world was nothing but a painful prison in which he would have to continue living even if his loved ones were to die. His greatest fear was losing his other self, Rubedo.
And when Rubedo released his hand, cutting off the mental link, Albedo came into contact with U-DO, and finally stepped past the point of no return.
Albedo Piazzolla's Testament Form.
The details surrounding this are unknown.
Albedo Piazzolla's Testament form. See Albedo Piazzolla.
A maniac who relentlessly hunts down MOMO and Jr.
Born in T.C. 4741. 26 years old. He is U.R.T.V. #667. During the Miltian Conflict 14 years ago, Jr. cancelled the psychic bond because he shut his heart in fear U-DO might get out of control. Albedo, his very dark side, then tried to leave Jr. behind. He is an immortal man, able to heal his wounds with Nanomachines in impossible speeds. He is trying to enter MOMO's deep consciousness (Reverse psychic link) and obtain the "key" to Miltia. The dawn he obtains this "key", he plans to awaken U-DO to create a complete link between it and himself.
Xenosaga I & II
C.G. ユング 「心理学と錬金術」より、錬金術における白化のプロセスを指す言葉アルベドの名を持つ乳白色の髪の男。
Jr.と同じく対ウ・ドゥ用に “生成”されたU.R.T.V. 部隊の生き残りの一人で、ナンバリングはU.R.T.V. 個体No.667。
ナノマシンでも実現不能な速度での生仲組織の再生能力、 すなわち肉体損傷に対する完全な抵抗力をもち、 事実上、不死身とも言える存在。
ミルチア紛争時にウ・ドゥの波動に汚染され、 精神に変調を来し、 仲間であるU.R.T.V. 部隊を壊滅させた。
Jr. と共に癒着双生児として生まれ､ 切り離された今でも、お互いが自分の体の一部だと強く認識している。
彼がウ・ドゥに汚染されたのは､ウ・ドゥの暴走に恐怖したJr. 《ルベド>が心を閉ざした事で精神連鎖が崩壊した事が原因であり、 その際、 実の兄弟で自分の半身であるJr. に裏切られ、 切り捨てられたと強く思い込む。
Jr.に対する偏執狂 《モノマニア> 的な彼の接し方は、 この時に受けた精神的なショックによるものである。
しかし、 元々、 不死の肉体を持っていたが故に、他者の傷みや、 死への恐怖心といったものを理解できず、 それが元で起こる仲間との軋轢に困惑し、その反動からか、人から拒絶されて孤独になる事を恐れ、病的なまでに他者との関係を持とうと思う性格であった事は否めない。
ミルチア紛争の後、ネビリムの歌声の中央シャフト下で倒れているところを、歌声を浮上させ、 ミルチアからの脱出を試みようとしたセラーズと､ 彼に従っていたキルシュヴァッサーに発見される。
この時アルベドは瀕死ともいえる状態で、 この負傷はウ・ドゥと部分リンクした結果、対峙したJr. から放たれた反波動をその身に受け、 消滅しかかったことによるものである。
やがて回復したアルベドは、 U-TIC機関ーオルムスにその身を置き、 ヨアキムの直したY資料を手に入れる為、 セラーズ、マーグリスらと行動を共にするが、その真の目的は、ウ・ドゥとの完全なるリンクにあった。
そのためにY資料を使い、 ミルチアに眠るゾハルを復活させる為、 マーグリスと手を組み、執拗にM.O.M.O. を追い詰めた。
彼のM.O.M.O. に対する異様なまでの執着心は、 Y資料を奪取するという目的のためだけでなく、 M.O.M.O. の基となった少女サクラ・ミズラヒとJr. の関係も原因の一つとしてあげられる。
サクラとJr. が親しく振舞う事で、孤独感、疎外感を味わったアルベドであったが、やがてそれは、 どうしたらあのように他人と接することが出来るのだろうという羨望へと変化する。しかし、他者の傷みが理解できず、と心を触れあわせる方法が解らないアルベドは、その感情を歪んだ形でしか表現できなかった。
M.O.M.O. だけでなく、 キルシュヴァツサーに対しても一見非道とも取れるその振る舞いはそうした心の触れ合い、合に対する羨望の感情が、 歪んだ形で発露したものだろう。
As a boss
- "Albedo" is the alchemical process of whitening.
- In the Japanse version, the symbol on Albedo's chest is an "X". In the English release, it was changed to a "^". It is unknown why this change occurred.
Xenosaga Episode III
Characters of Xenosaga
|Main playable characters
|chaos • Jin • Jr. • KOS-MOS • MOMO • Shion • Ziggy
|Alex • Allen • Bunnie • Kayla • Kevin • Miyuki • T-elos • Togashi • Wilhelm
|Alby • Gaignun • Hammer • Mary • Matthews • Professor • Scott • Shelley • Tony
|Cherenkov • Heinlein • Hermann • Joachim • Julius XVIII • Kirsch • Margulis • Orgulla • Pellegri • Richard • Sellers • Sergius XIV • Sergius XVII • Vanderkam
|Canaan • Caspase • Helmer • Juli • Lapis • Moriyama • Ruryk • Virgil • Voyager
|Albedo • Citrine • Sakura • Yuriev • Zora
|Aizen • Almadel • Aoi • Cathe • Cecily • Febronia • Mai • Suou
|Alexei • Bugs • Erich • Joaquin • Klaus • Lactis • McCallum • Melisse • Mikhail • Sharon
|Grimoire • Jesus • Mary Magdalene • Masuda • Nephilim
|Abel • Boss • Dark Professor • Doctus • U-DO
- In the Japanese version, Albedo uses a pistol to destroy his head, while the English version uses an energy ball.
- In the Japanese version, Albedo wields a small knife throughout the sequence and threatened to slit MOMO's throat with it, this was cut from the English release, leaving Albedo to tear off his own head with his bare hands.