σ · Clotho accepts her Destiny
The end of volume 6 can be mighty confusing if the reader isn’t aware that Lachesis appears, for some mysterious reason, in two radically different figures. I am going to call them “regular mode” and “sublime mode”. Here’s Lachesis in her regular mode:
And here she is in sublime mode:
Lachesis in regular mode has bigger eyes and shorter, chestnut-colored hair, whereas sublime-mode Lachesis has indigo hair.
Now, sublime-mode Lachesis looks very much like Clotho does all the time [and Atropos, from the little that we’ve seen]. I’ll tentatively say that Atropos’ hair is shortest, then Lachesis and finally Clotho. Also, from this volume it would seem that Clotho is shorter than Lachesis [it’d be nicely symmetrical if Atropos were the tallest of the three but I cannot confirm that].
We shouldn’t put too much importance on these modes. It’s clear that when Lachesis goes godly she’ll be in sublime mode, and when she’s chasing Sopp around she’s in regular mode. Nagano is very playful and he likes to show us different sides of the same thing. And what you see on the manga page is not necessarily what the characters are seeing!
Case in point: Fatimas are supposed to wear contact lenses that hide their pupils, this is galactic law. Yet Nagano comments somewhere that he “forgets” that fact and so more often than not we get to see Fatima pupils. The fact is Nagano shows or hides pupils according to his fancy, probably to show or conceal emotions, but all along we must remember that the other characters are not seeing those pupils!!!
Ladios manages to equip the Jünchoon with his LED engine, but the MH begins wailing as if something is wrong. The problem is nothing seems to be.
As this is going on, Lachesis runs into Clotho. Once Clotho begins to cry and tell her big sister that she’s scared, we see Lachesis in sublime mode. Her language is quite sober and maternal.
Clotho is upset for two reasons: she feels out of sorts in Jüno with everyone examining her, and she has fallen in love with the King (even though she cannot take him as her master). Clotho tells her sister she knows what the future holds: Colus III will die very soon, and she cannot do anything about it.
Lachesis confirms this last fact: destiny must be accepted by all. Still, she advises Clotho to tell Colus what she feels. She then tells her to go over to Jünchoon: the MH is scared for having lost Ulicul and been fitted with a new engine. Only Clotho will calm it (him?) down. Lachesis adds that Amaterasu already knows that this is the problem with the mortar headd.
This brings into relief once more the weird separation between Sopp and the Emperor. When Clotho shows up at the hangar, Ladios is hanging his head saying he has no idea what to do. We see Clotho staring at Jünchoon and a voice telling her “Go to him, Clotho”. A couple of panels later we see both Colus and Sopp looking nervously on, with a bubble saying “Clotho…” which could belong to either Colus or both men.
Let’s think about this: no one in the hangar except Colus and Sopp [in his true form of Amaterasu] has the rank sufficient to order Clotho, however softly, to go over to the Jünchoon. And from Lachesis’ words just prior, we know Colus isn’t the one…so it’s Sopp…but Nagano, by cleverly hiding the speaker, is making us realize that in fact it’s Amaterasu who said it. If this were animated, we would probably notice the change of tone in the voice from Sopp to Amaterasu. Sopp isn’t lying at all, thanks to the genius of Nagano!
The pride of the Trio de Colus, the all-white mortar headd, accepts the engine with Clotho by his side, and wakes up. King Colus III orders his troops to retake Atork and quash Hagooda once and for all. He can feel that he’s not going to last much longer, but he still wants to bring his MH into battle if only for observational purposes. He hands Ladios Sopp a ceremonial sword (and message?) for whomever Clotho ends up choosing as her master and asks him to guard over Clotho and the MH.
Clotho runs up to Colus III and tells him she wants to join him. He accepts, and then says goodbye to Sopp and Lachesis. We realize that he is seeing Lachesis in sublime mode while Sopp can only see her in regular mode. The volume ends with a nervous Ladios looking over his shoulder at the smiling and very regular looking Lachesis.
[covered VOLUME 6: from page 53 to the end of the volume.]