|“||I alone should possess the truth that wanders the Grand Stream. No one must ever see it.||„|
Maestro Delphine (Delphine Eraclea) is the primary antagonist in the Last Exile anime series. She is head of the Guild, an organization that controls the knowledge of Prester.
A run-in between her and Alex Row in the past has left her the sole target of his vengeance, and one of his only goals is to personally kill Delphine. The Maestro is portrayed as a heartless and manipulative aristocrat, callous and ruthless in her ways.
About 10 years prior, Alex was tasked with flying to Disith with Hamilcar Valca, Georges Head, and Euris Bassianus with a peace treaty, but the two vanships were intercepted by Delphine's Guild. Valca and Head's vanship was struck by the Guild Battle Ship that Delphine commanded, falling out of control and resulting in the death of both men. Alex's vanship was also struck, releasing Euris from her safety harness and sending her out into the Grand Stream. Running in terror, he caught a glimpse of Delphine as she stood at a window, roses in hand, smiling. As he fled, he found the mythical Exile which was lost for centuries.
Throughout the series, Delphine shows a ruthless obsession with reuniting with her younger brother, Dio, who had taken refuge on the Silvana, as well as a great interest in the Mysterion. When she infiltrated the Silvana she demanded the name of the Mysterion, silenced the crew onboard, and even took Dio and Alex Row into her possession. Delphine's subordinates severely altered Dio, when he was taken captive and hypnotized.
Delphine now knew the location of Exile, she confined Alex to a cross with genetically engineered vines. The vines oozed a liquid that, as soon as it entered the blood stream of someone who has been pricked by its thorns, acted as a truth serum. Alex would speak all four Mysterion to Alvis and Exile would be in complete control of Delphine. However, he has not committed the entire Mysterion to memory and Delphine is denied the chance of controlling Exile.
During the events leading up to the war's end, Delphine meets her inevitable death at the very willing hands of Alex Row, who strangles and breaks her neck with an iron grip, ending her reign of terror once and for all.
It is unknown whether Delphine has any real combative power of her own. Due to her impossibly immense oppressive influence, she really only needs her truly loyal subordinates to do her work, namely Cicada and his attack force. She possesses a veritable arsenal of psychological weapons she uses so very easily, which would explain why Dio is so very afraid of her. During the Trial of Agoon, she demonstrated an ability to restore the dead to life; everyone who died in the Trial was seen scampering to her feet as she said "I have renewed your lives."
Delphine is truly heartless when it comes to the guild, and takes great delight in the wastefulness that her people go through to attain and prepare meals, such as Kerasion Mousse, which is rarely harvested because the harvesters most likely froze to death.