"I don't know what you gave her, but that meager attempt cannot overcome my brainwashing! Such shallow bonds! "Partners"? "Friends"? They're only tools to fill the emptiness within your hearts. "Souls"? "Resonance"? Don't make me laugh! This town is filled with hideous hypocrisy."
Shaula Gorgon (シャウラ・ゴーゴン, Shaura Gōgon) was the third and youngest of the Gorgon Sisters who conspired to take down Death Weapon Meister Academy with the usage of her Traitors. She is the main antagonist of Soul Eater NOT!
Shaula's name comes from both astronomy and astrology. The name "Shaula" is the traditional Arabic name for a star system called Lambda Scorpii, which is a part of the constellation of Scorpius. It roughly translates to "the raised [tail], as it is found in the tail of the scorpion (Scorpius)". Given the fact that Shaula's emblem is that of the symbol of the star sign, Scorpio (♏), and she has the theme of scorpion stingers in her appearance, her name befits these other allusions.
Shaula, like her older sibling Medusa, shares an interest in experimental research, driven by the singular interest in destroying the organization known as DWMA[sourcing needed]. It is since she seemed to have developed into a strong sense of ambition but at the cost of her becoming both boastful and conceited. Rather like Medusa, she remains composed even while being dismissive of her previous experiments, especially of those whom are not deemed useful any longer. She seems to be using these Traitors as prototypes to further the creation of a being capable of defeating the students of DWMA, an objective which is strangely similar to those of her relations. She also seems to share Arachne's fondness of lavish and high-quality things, demonstrated by the various furnishings that adorn her initial office.
Shaula is a sinister individual, having immense hatred against those align with the DWMA. She holds no remorse in manipulating others with mind control to her own means and even seems to enjoy doing so. Rarely, has she been seen losing her composure much like her sisters. She's not above taking advantage of others much like her sisters. She's seems to have no regard for taking any sort of human life & takes joy in taking it. She finds the concept of friendship and compassion meaningless, looking at it as humans trying to fill a void in their heart. She even finds the concept of a Soul Resonance foolish and hypocrisy from DWMA.
Meme was one of Shaula's earliest victims subjected to her mind controlling Poisons, with her undergoing a stronger brainwashing then other Traitors. During this time, according to Meme, Shaula tried to indoctrinate the NOT student to seek to become stronger. Shaula usually commanded Meme at nighttime, where Meme could gain this information in her sleep and, thanks to Shaula's particular possession, without remembering what she had done the night before.
When Meme is under her possession, Shaula treats Meme as one of her "soldiers." Compared to someone like Sid Barett, Shaula acknowledges that Meme is not "the most talented," but is "obedient." Meme's obedience under mind control, as well as her speed and strength, also made her a helpful tool to use in the assassination of Sid. The information she learned about Tsugumi Harudori through Meme's partnership with her also let Shaula use this knowledge to attempt to manipulate Tsugumi and Anya Hepburn, holding Meme hostage, mocking Tsugumi's inability to choose Meme or Anya as a meister and threatening to kill her should Tsugumi interfere.
Shaula presents herself as having a close relationship to Meme. She seems to do so in part to toy with Tsugumi, Meme's friend and weapon partner, as when Shaula licks the possessed Meme's face in front of Tsugumi. However, some of her remarks to Meme suggest she desired to replace Tsugumi and Anya as the person closest to Meme. While Meme is under her possession, and even after she is freed from her possession, Shaula tries to remove all other persons from Meme, claiming that without her, Meme will be ostracized for killing Sid and that her peers are weak.
When Meme overcomes Shaula's possession and refuses to follow the witch any longer, the two show fury towards each other. Meme strikes at Shaula with her own poison-tipped blade and assists Tsugumi and Anya in killing the witch, Meme seeing Shaula's defeat as her responsibility for what the witch made her do. Likewise, Shaula is willing to kill her formerly possessed soldier, referring to Meme as a "wretch" and a "brat".
Being one of the youngest of the three Gorgon Sisters, both Arachne and Medusa are her older siblings. Much of their history is unknown but despite both of their renown power and skill, Shaula maintains the idea that she is the "most talented" out of the three Gorgon Sisters.
Shaula dismisses Tsugumi, and by extension Anya, as naive for having friends and concern for others' well-being, claiming they are liabilities. She also is much aware of Tsugumi's personal dilemma such as her inability to choose between her Meister partners and even used it to taunt the young weapon and didn't hesitate on having Meme attack her friends while under her control, finding joy in the idea of the three of them fighting among themselves.
She held both of their power in low regard, referring to Tsugumi's weapon as a "stick without a blade". In addition, although she gave them (and Meme) compliments for being skilled enough to force her to use Magic, she was quick to remind them of her power as a Witch, feeling she grossly outclassed so much she refers to them as "Little NOT brats", explaining to them that her powers were so far beyond all of them that she could match any number of NOT students and even nearly killed them.
Being familiar with much of the staff of the DWMA, Sid Barrett was no exception. Having learned of his attempt to trap her, Shaula herself opted to appear before Sid herself to kill him. Finding him immensely skilled, she even admitted that he is much "too dangerous" to attempt to brainwash into her servants, valuing obedience over even his talent. She then kills the Meister gruesomely involving the use of the replica of the Statue of Liberty. In the anime, she unusually referred to Sid with the "-sensei" honorific while in Meme's body and playfully flirted, though seemingly did so as distraction.
Eternal Feather was one of Shaula's victims during the incident at the Death Bazaar, taking joy in taking control of the NOT student's will and unleashes her at Death City's citizens. She remarked that Eternal Feather herself has a strong will, being impressed that her Poison was able to even take control of her. Viewing her as a "test subject" and a liability for her to be discovered, she didn't hesitate to test the full extent of her brainwashing by ordering her to slit her throat.
Not much has been shown with her views on both Akane and Clay, viewing them nothing more as enemies and served as her opponents. In the anime, Shaula is actually surprisingly aware of Akane's history, hinted by her comments about his "killer moves" in which referred to his training in his family's martial arts.
Shaula seems to harbor an immense fear of the God of Death himself. When confronted by him during her attack on Death City as he gives her an ultimatum, Shaula is shown to be so fearful of him that she was utterly paralyzed with fear and allowed herself to be pierced by Tsugumi, Anya, and Meme's Soul Resonance technique.
Shaula, unlike her sisters, demonstrates all the qualities of a typical teenage girl rather than those of a mature woman, leading to the assertion that she is the youngest amongst her two siblings. Her pale and unblemished complexion serves to accentuate her slender facial features, which are characterized by the unusual iris displayed by both of her eyes, a trait seemingly shared by all the members of her immediate family. Alluding to her scorpion theme, this distinctive feature takes the shape of two interlocking scorpion stingers, which together form one complete circle located at the center of each eye (which also looks like the yin yang to some viewers). Continuing with this motif, her floral patterned or headscarf covered hair is arranged into a long loose plait that ends in the shape of a scorpion's stinger, through the use of an appropriately tied bow, an aspect that is further mirrored by an ornamental earring dangling from her right ear.
Befitting her age, Shaula's typical attire consists of a long-sleeved sailor outfit that has been adopted by many Japanese schools as their standard uniform. However, unlike most variations, hers displays the symbol of the star sign "Scorpio" (♏) as a small emblem, located on the visible portion of her vest beneath her sailor collar. This collar has two stripes running across it, one that goes along its entirety and another that terminates partway across the front.
Being a Witch, Shaula herself has remarkable power. She is suggested to be an EAT Class-level threat, as she not only claimed that her power surpassed that of any number of students within the NOT Class (even those with high remarks like Meme Tatane and Anya Hepburn), but also held her own against both only a Meister/Weapon Trio (Meme, Anya, Tsugumi), but also EAT Class CIA agents (Clay Sizemore and Akane☆Hoshi, one of the highest ranking students) at the same time.
Scorpion (サソリ, Sasori): Not much is known about the complete nature of her magic, though it is known that her magic typically follows a scorpion-like theme and consists of many, offensive attack spells with little to no known defense spells.
Manipulation Magic (操作系の魔法, Sōsakei no Mahō): Being the magic in which Shaula specializes in, this allows her to take control of her victims' wills. Requiring her to be at a certain vicinity, this magic can easily be activated with chants even outside Soul Protect so long as the control comes from an external source such as her Poison.
Shaula's Hair: One of Shaula's main weapons is her hair, in which is used similar to that of a scorpion stinger and houses it's own various abilities and even spells at her disposal. Her hair also seems to function as support for her own Magic as well as Manipulation Magic.
Poison (毒, Doku): Made from the poison of a scorpion and housed within her own hair, this substance, when entered into the body of a victim, gives Shaula immediate control over the victim's will and enables Mind Control. This is then enabled after the usage of a mysterious chant to induce complete control over the victim. Those under her poison have a huge spike in physical potential, making them stronger and due to the insomnia side effect, Shaula can remove an individual's fears.
Bow : In the anime, Shaula has used a Bow and Arrow on one occasion.
Other Skills and Ablities
Martial Way Proficiency: Despite preferring to let others do the fighting for her, Shaula herself is an immensely skilled individual in close combat like that of the Gorgon Sisters, something not seem by many witches in the series. Despite this however, much of her skill comes from the usage of her hair as a weapon combined with her athleticism and defense. However, she's powerful enough in this area to easily block Anya Hepburn's attempt at fighting her in close quarters, who is a martial artist that practices Royal Karate
- Drunken Fist (拳, Suiken) (Anime Only): To some degree, Shaula was revealed to be controlling Meme Tatane herself during the times in which Meme utilized her "Sleeping Fist" in her sleep. How much skill she actually possesses or If this was a capability extended to her from being in Meme's body is unknown.
- Finger Chain Specialist: Shaula has been seen proficient enough with her own finger chain weapon to easily sneak up to trained DWMA soldiers and take control of them using the poisoned tip.
Exceptional Athleticism: Shaula herself has shown excellent condition. She has been fast enough to dodge attacks from multiple opponents. In the anime, she was able to dodge attacks from both Meme and Anya wielding. Shaula has also been seen jumping at superhuman heights and landing gracefully. She's been able to dodge attacks from Meme and Anya weilding Tsugumi as well as Akane☆Hoshi wielding Clay Sizemore. Shaula is strong enough to endure blunt attacks from Meme Tatane, who possesses extraordinary strength. She is also able to dodge attacks from Anya and even Akane's Soul Menace technique.
Intellect: It can be assumed that due to her nature of creating "prototypes" and her love for experimentation like Medusa, she's a highly intelligent individual. She is a capable tactician and strategist, able to discover DWMA's attempts to capture her, outsmarting Sid's forces by using Meme's friends and even caused the death the Sid as a result. She's also was able to even hide in Death City with the use of Soul Protect, despite the fact she would stand out due to her appearance. She was also able to launch an attack on Death City effectively, giving the organization difficulty in tracking her down. She's also noted for the creation of her venom, in which not only makes the subject under her complete control, but grants them immense physical prowess.
- Chemistry Expertise: She's also possess much proficiency in what seems to be chemistry due to the fact she uses various poisons to infect and control her enemies. Even Franken Stein couldn't develop an antidote for it.
- Craftmanship: She also seems to be great at craftsmanship. She was able to make jewelry and use such objects to curse others. In addition to that, she seems very skilled in making specific scorpion-themed weaponry for the Traitors put under her mind control.
Despite being a powerful and able fighter, Shaula does suffers from some weaknesses. As a witch, she is susceptible to the Great Traditional Techniques of the Scythe-Meister due to the fact she performs magic. She is also susceptible to carriers of the Anti-Demon Wavelength.
While Shaula considers herself powerful, she also knows the limits of her own power. While all the Death Scythes and Death the Kid shown up due to her attack onto Death City and the DWMA, her facing Death himself left her pertrified with fear to the point she left herself open for the trio (Meme, Anya, and Tsugumi) to deliver a fatal attack. As seen in the anime, however, during her fight with the trio, she is prone to underestimating her opponents who she deems much less powerful than her.
- Scorpion Spells
- Magic Stinger Shooter: Shaula has the ability to create many scorpion-themed magic seals appear and shoot out dark red magic energy. (Anime Only) (Unnamed)
- Magic Push: Shaula is able to conjure a pink-hued magic seal and use it to push her opponents. (Anime Only) (Unnamed)
- Scorpion Scissors: With her hands in an "X" formation, Shaula creates two magical scorpion tails which are able to presumably cut; though, when it was used, it was to blow away her enemies. This attack is only present in the manga.
- Scorpion Sting Storm: An offensive technique in which Shaula stabs her hair into the ground and creates a magical circle, creating various large scorpion stings to appear from the ground.
- Manipulation Magic Spells
- Poison Boost: After injecting her stimulant and gaining control of her victims, she is able to boost their physical abilities with her magic. (Anime Only) (Unnamed)
Born as the third and youngest of the Gorgon Sisters, Shaula activities were noted throughout the centuries enough to warrant the DWMA to have a sketch of her within DWMA Intelligence Agency's records as well as knowing her general specialty in Manipulation Magic.
Having conspired with the Witches to target Meme Tatane due to her high grades and overall high skill, she would take Meme at some point in her life, subjecting her to her brainwashing and manipulated her for her own plans and placed her within the DWMA to unknowingly serve as a brainwashed spy to Death Weapon Meister Academy.
Seated within the confines of a spacious office hidden in Death City, Shaula awaits the arrival of one of her subordinates after the Prototype #2's previous brief engagement with Anya Hepburn. Noting the individual's return, she asserts that the amount of collected data from her various experiments is fair before dismissing those before them as mere prototypes. Upon word from another assistant that preparations have been completed, Shaula proudly declares that she will now prove why she is the most talented of the Gorgon Sisters.
In an unspecified location, Shaula is informed that agents from the DWMA had been sniffing around the very same location in which Shaula is in. She reminds her Prototype that Witches and the DWMA are mortal enemies and they must conceal themselves, but only for a temporary about of time. She proclaims that "we will soon crush DWMA!!".
Having set up a small shop full of scorpion-themed accessories and in disguise, Shaula later meets Eternal Feather whom is interested in her buying her accessories. Cutting her a deal, she "sells" her a scorpion themed ring before infecting her with her scorpion poison, chanting an unknown order, and watches Eternal Feather mortally injure a man. Gleefully watching the fight between Maka Albarn, Soul Eater, and Eternal Feather, she remarked she'll need more poison to battle against EAT students though is impressed for a strong-willed NOT student, Eternal Feather was easy to control. Not wanting them to capture and examine her "test subject", she then tests the extent of her brainwashing: ordering Eternal Feather to kill herself. She smiles as screams were made by Tsugumi at the sight of Eternal Feather's attempted suicide.
Selling more of her accessories, a human vendor comments on how they're cracking down on street vendors and the frustration that results because days leading up to the Death Festival is the best times for tourist. Agreeing, she allows two students from the DWMA to try one of her accessories, but not before confirming they're from the DWMA. Clay, who passes by the vendor and mistakes Shaula for wearing a costume, questioned if it was a bit early for putting on costumes and remarked that everywhere he looked, it's nothing but Witches.
One night, Shaula idly stands with herself in her Witch costume and armed with her Finger Chain. Later as the DWMA attempt to detain Meme Tatane, Shaula sneaks up on Sniper team and infects them with her poisoned Finger Chain. Having eventually infected the majority of Sid's team and having them fight the assassin, she sneaks up on Sid and infects him with her poison. Chastising the assassin for thinking he could lure her out and that he instead fell for her trap, she remarked that he was dangerous and that she doesn't need talented servants but only obedient soldiers. She then kills Sid with an explosive that results in a replica of the Statue Liberty stabbing him in the head.
During the Death Festival, Shaula declares the real harvest is about to begin and her Traitors attack Death City. Shaula later appears looking in a distance. As she orders her Traitors to murder its inhabitants and to let order turn into Madness, She realizes NOT students Tsugumi Harudori and Anya Hepburn has found her location.
As Shaula remarked she hadn't expect them to find her location and the duo demand Meme back, she questions If she wants to join Meme before revealing she knows about Tsugumi's reluctance in choosing a partner. After threatening to make the decision easier by killing Meme and fretting Tsugumi, she laughs as she informs Tsugumi that the more friends she possess, the more weakness she does with Eternal Feather as a previous example. She claimed to Tsugumi that by giving up her emotions, she can be free. Shaula orders Meme to kill her friends, taking immense amusement when even Tsugumi transformed to Anya's side and urges all her fellow Traitors to kill and surrender their emotions.
She witnessed Meme's attempt to shatter her brainwashing with her antidote but upon it not working, Shaula comments that such attempts wouldn't work before further criticizing how having partners and friends are selfish as well as the idea of Soul Resonance subjecting Death City to hypocrisy. She continues to remind Meme the pointlessness of her friendships despite Tsugumi's please to her and finds entertainment at Meme attacking Tsugumi. She is left utterly surprised at Meme breaking her control and attempts to take her back by reminding her of her failures and reminding her that she herself is "everything" to Meme, only to be replied with a thrown knife at her.
Calling Meme a wretch, Shaula battles the trio in a fight, she finds them impressive as their combined amount of team work forced her to use Magic, though the tide of the battle turns in her favor and proclaims as a Witch, her power far surpasses them and can outmatch any number of them before attempting to kill them. They're saved by the intervention of Akane☆Hoshi and Clay Sizemore whom is in his Demon Great Sword transformation. As Shaula realized Tsugumi has attained an edge, she remarked that that even the best blade is useless without the determination and skill to strike down the enemy.
Shaula then uses her unnamed spell to fight off against both the Trio and EAT students Akane☆Hoshi and Clay Sizemore, holding her own, but finding herself overwhelmed by all of their combined might, going so far as to admit she is at a disadvantage. As she attempts to escape and let her Traitors do the fighting, the trio attempt their Soul Resonance attack with Shaula preparing to strike back. However, to her surprise, she finds that all of the Death Scythes, Death the Kid, and even Death himself had arrived on the scene to put an end to her plans. The God of Death gives her an ultimatum, in which distract Shaula enough for the NOT students to piece right through her, with her final words being "Shinigami...".
- (To Tsugumi Harudori) "You need two people to hold a stick without a blade? Don't make me laugh!!"
- (To Tsugumi Harudori) "Even the best blade...is useless without the skill and determination to strike down the enemy."
- "Can you sense it? My power is so far beyond yours , I could match any number of you. You will experience first hand why the witches are feared by all! I will not hold back...only destroy! You would have been happier as my faithful soldiers...NOW DIE."
- (To Akane☆Hoshi) "I don't need to "get away". From now on, Death City will be my palace."
|Witch||Eruka Frog • Angela Leon • Mizune Family • Kim Diehl • Taruho Firefly • Tabasa Butterfly • Shaula Gorgon • Ponera • Medusa Gorgon • Arachne Gorgon • Samantha• Maba • Witch Judge|
|High-Ranking Members||Maba • Witch Judge|
|Witches||Eruka Frog • Angela Leon • Mizune Family • Kim Diehl • Taruho Firefly • Tabasa Butterfly • Free • Shaula Gorgon • Witch Assistant|
|Former Members||Arachne Gorgon • Medusa Gorgon • Kimial Diehl|
|Military & Resources||Guard Dog Troop • Flamethrower • Magic Flying Broomstick • Magic|
|Occurences||Witch Mass • Witch Trial|