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Russia (Russian: Россия, tr. Rossiya; IPA: [rɐˈsʲijə]), also officially known as the Russian Federation (Russian: Российская Федерация, tr. Rossiyskaya Federatsiya; IPA: [rɐˈsʲijskəjə fʲɪdʲɪˈratsɨjə]), is a country in northern Eurasia. At more than 17 million square kilometres (more than 6.5 million square miles), Russia is the largest country in the world, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area. Russia is also the world's ninth most populous nation with nearly 144 million people as of 2015.[1]

Extending across the entirety of northern Asia and much of Eastern Europe, Russia spans nine time zones and incorporates a wide range of environments and landforms. From northwest to southeast, Russia shares land borders with Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland (both with Kaliningrad Oblast), Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, and North Korea. It shares maritime borders with Japan by the Sea of Okhotsk and the United States state of Alaska across the Bering Strait.[1]

Russia is one of the various locations within Soul Eater that is directly based from its real world counterpart. In Soul Eater, it is the location for the Borscht Seven Factory, part of the Flying Dutchman's Nidhogg clown manufacturing plant, and also where Crona created some of the first Mad Blood orbs. Russia is supervised by DWMA, previously by the Death Scythe, Tsar Pushka, and his meister, Feodor, before their bodies were transformed into the Mad Blood orbs.

Key Locations

Borscht Seven Factory and Nidhogg Clown Factory

Main article: Borscht Seven Factory

Soul Eater Chapter 41 - Nidhogg Monster Factory

Liz gazes in horror at the Nidhogg Clown Factory

Borscht Seven Factory (ボル7工場 Borushichi Koujou in Japanese) is an old abandoned factory and the birthplace of the Clown.

Moscow DWMA Facility

DWMA establishes a facility to house the Mad Blood orbs containing Tsar Pushka and Feodor, guarded by their members who have Anti-Demon Wavelengths to resist the effect of madness coming from these orbs.

History

Black Dragon

At some point, after the destruction of the Nidhogg, the Flying Dutchman left the Baltic Sea to go to Russia, where he perfected the production of Clowns in the abandoned Borsct Seven Factory. The successful production of one Clown managed to draw into madness the Death Scythe Justin Law. While Justin likely fell under the sway of the Clown after Kid battled Crona on the Nidhogg, when Justin did fall into madness is unclear: these events may have occurred before Death called Justin and all other Death Scythes to Death City after Asura's escape, or after Death sent Justin out of Death City to locate Asura.

The Clown

At the DWMA Mission Board, thanks in part to a tangential recommendation by Black☆Star, Maka Albarn chooses a mission to investigate the Borscht Seven Factory, closed six years ago but since returned to operation towards the production of some form of madness. Although accompanied by Death the Kid and the Thompsons, Maka enters with only Soul Eater and her cat Blair due to Kid's concern about a lack of acceptable, clean front entrances.

Inside, Maka learns that the Flying Dutchman, a ghostly servant to the Kishin, has returned the factory to operations for the production of Madness now incarnate in the form of clowns. Realizing that the Dutchman and one of these Clowns can lead her to Asura's location, Maka attacks, until she is overwhelmed by the Clown's madness. Thanks to her courage and the encouragement of Soul during their Soul Resonance, Maka breaks through the madness and destroys the Clown with her perfected Demon-Hunt. Unfortunately, upon claiming the Clown's soul, it disappears in an explosion of stage magic tricks, like confetti and doves, denying Maka an opportunity to learn Asura's location. But armed with the information that madness can now take a bodily form, she reports this information to Death.

As Maka faces the Clown, Blair manages to distract the Flying Dutchman by stealing his hat. While the Clown traps Blair in a furnace, her magic (as well as perhaps her remaining eight souls) saves her. Blair eludes the Dutchman, allowing him to be trapped in his own factory's machinery until he is bloodied and exhausted. Blair leaves his hat atop a button in the factory, which just happens to be the self-destruct button. As the Dutchman exists only so long as the factory exists, this explosion kills him, although the factory's magic means the explosion does not cause any physical harm to Maka's team. As the Dutchman also dies, his knowledge of Asura's location is also lost.

Mad Blood

Mad Blood

Crona traps Feodor in Mad Blood

Medusa sends Crona to Moscow for the purpose of perfecting the Black Blood against Tsar Pushka, a Death Scythe whose powerful Anti-Demon Wavelength has the potential of destroying Crona's Black Blood. In the ensuing battle, however, Crona perfects the Black Blood into Mad Blood, which overwhelms Tsar and his meister Feodor, trapping the two and converting their bodies in Black Blood orbs. Crona then escapes to Ukraine to further enhance these abilities.

DWMA sends Franken Stein to Moscow to lead a response team to help their Russian colleagues against the damaging effects of Crona's lingering madness. Stein's team includes Kim Diehl, who uses her Regeneration Magic to heal the madness from DWMA soldiers, and Maka Albarn, who with the Death Scythe Soul Eater, may be able to use her Anti-Demon Wavelength to counteract the Black Blood and save Tsar and Feodor, whose souls remain inside the Black Blood orbs.

However, due to Soul's closeness to the perfected Black Blood, his own Black Blood drives him into madness. While his body seems to mindlessly attacks Stein, inside the Black Room, Soul confronts the Little Ogre and his own self-doubts, managing to recover from his madness. Meanwhile, the madness as well inflicts Stein, who maintains his sanity thanks to Maka and Kim's anti-madness abilities.

After Soul and Stein's recovery, the Moscow DWMA branch receives news that Crona has destroyed a town in Ukraine, covering the entire area in a much larger Black Blood hemisphere similar to spheres containing Tsar and Feodor.

It is unknown at this time what becomes of Tsar and Feodor, or who assumes authority of their Death Scythe responsibilities following their transformation.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Russia." Wikipedia. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russia>. Accessed 29 Mar 2015.

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