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Basilisk Sylphid (バジリスクのシルフィード) is a minor character from Masami Kurumada's classic anime/manga series, Saint Seiya. His power lies within the Celestial Swift Star (天捷星), and he is one of the few exceptional powerful spectres among the Underworld. He is mostly seen with his companions Harpy Valentine, Minotaurus Gordon, and Alraune Queen.
When the seal on the souls of Hades' 108 Specters were broken, Sylphid was soon transformed into a Specter when both his Specter soul and Basilisk Surplice came to him. He shortly afterwards joined his fellow Specters at Hades' Castle and took his place as one of Wyvern Rhadamanthys Specters. Some time later After a failed mission to invade Athena's Sanctuary, a command was issued for all remaining specters on Earth to return to their home base, the Underworld. While the Magnate Rhadamanthys forwarded this command to the dark warriors of Hades, he was challenged by four of Athena's Bronze Saints -- Pegasus Seiya, Dragon Shiryu, Cygnus Hyoga, and Andromeda Shun. As Rhadamanthys contemplated the decision to destroy these saints, four of his own servants appeared to defend his honour -- Harpy Valentine, Basilisk Sylphid, Minotaurus Gordon, and Alraune Queen. These four were known throughout the Underworld for their extraordinary skills, and each of them were more than enough to dispose of these mere bronze saints. Leaving the assassination of the intruders to the four spectres, Rhadamanthys descended down to the Underworld.
Harpy Valentine found a foe in Pegasus Seiya, while Basilisk Sylphid and the other Specters sought out the other Bronze Saints. The Basilisk and his companions quickly proved their superiority, and their foes were momentarily defeated. Satisfied, the Specters left the castle, leaving their enemies behind while issuing a challenge for them to follow.
In the underworld
After receiving news that the Underworld's infamous Wailing Wall had been pierced by Athena's [[Saint|Saints], Basilisk Sylphid and his companions quickly went to investigate the scene. As they approached the site, their presence alerted the Bronze Saint Dragon Shiryu, who decided to stay behind and fight so that his companions had a chance to cross the cosmic river behind the Wall into Elysion.
Sylphid, Gordon, and Queen arrived to find that the reports were true. Paying Shiryu no mind, they attempted to chase the rest of the saints, only to find that the Dragon refused to let them pass. With no other choice, Sylphid, Gordon, and Queen teamed up to ensure that the saint was beaten quickly.
As Queen and Gordon worked over the Dragon Saint with their individual attacks, Sylphid waited patiently and, when the right opportunity came, struck down the saint with his "Annihilation Flap" technique. The move sent Shiryu slamming onto the undamaged section of the Wailing Wall. However, the Dragon survived and counter-attacked with the "Rozan Ryu Hi Sho", a move that he hadn't utilized since his battle under the seas with Chrysaor Krishna. The move sent Sylphid flying, and damaged pieces of his Surplice.
Fuming with rage, Sylphid pulled himself up and retaliated with Gordon and Queen for a triple team attack. Shiryu, rising his cosmos to the highest limit, summoned every last bit of cosmos energy to unleash his sensei's patented technique -- "Rozan Hyaku Ryu Ha". Not even the might of all three Specters was enough to endure the sheer destructive power of this move. Queen and Gordon were killed immediately, while Sylphid was completely thrashed. The blast of the attack sent Shiryu hurling backwards into the cosmic river of the Wailing Wall, where fellow Bronze Saint Cygnus Hyoga anxiously waited for his friend to arrive.
Determined to not allow the Saints to taint the holy fields of Elysion, Sylphid jumped into the river to continue his chase -- even after Hyoga had warned him of the consequences. Only gods, or those enchanted with a deity's blood, could safely swim through the currents, and both Shiryu and Hyoga were blessed with such a gift. The Specter of Basilisk finally met his demise as the river's currents crushed him. As his body was obliterated, Sylphid lamented that he and his companions should have destroyed the Saints on Earth when they had the chance.
Concept & Creation
Sylphid was created by Masami Kurumada for the classic Saint Seiya series. In the anime adaptation, Basilisk Sylphid, Harpy Valentine, Minotarus Gordon, and Alraune Queen did not appear until the saints were well into the Underworld. Valentine made his debut in Hades: Inferno episode 7, while Sylphid, Gordon, and Queen appeared in episodes 1 of the Elysion Chapter OVA. The Basilisk Surplice sported two colourings in the anime adaptation, the first one visible in the opening sequence for each episode is prominently brown with purple features. Number two in the Elysion chapter is more prominently purple and does not sport any brown colour. If these changes affected the colour of Sylphid himself is unknown. Basilisk Sylphid appeared in The Lost Canvas series, and looks identical to the one from the original series. In The Lost Canvas he is a sworn follower of Wyvern Rhadamanthys has devoted his life to his cause.
Sylphid's tehcniques are as powerful as his comrades. The one techniques shown far is a wind based technique.
As the name implies, the "Annihilation Flap" is a wind-based attack that vacuums the air around him and unleashed with fury of currents with the power of a hurricane storm.
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