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Dauf is an Awakened rank 3 from Isley's Era of male Claymores. He, Rigardo, and Isley were in competition with each other back then. After getting beaten, Rigardo would join Isley, but Dauf decided to join Riful instead. Dauf and Riful deeply loved each other.
Dauf is first introduced in the Witches Maw chapters, torturing Jean and Katea, to get them to Awaken for Riful to be her own army against Isley's army of 30 ABs. He's not the most intelligent, but he's powerful, both offensively with his strength and his rods, and defensively with his extremely hard Awakened body. Clare's Quick Sword wasn't able to slice him though it did keep him repelled or held from attacking. Clare was only able to pierce Dauf's hand with her sword. Galatea's attacks also could only pierce Dauf's hands. However, when Galatea released her yoki, she could slice off his hand and his cheek. But, this was a far cry from being able to kill Dauf. Clare, due to her unique Yoki Sensing ability faired better against Dauf then Galatea did, as Galatea couldn't defend as well as Clare, despite her great swordsmanship. Also, yoki releasing Clare had the strength to stop Dauf's rod and push it back at him with enough force to knock him over. Still, though Dauf couldn't be beaten by them, due to his hard body. This is why Galatea sent Clare to get Jean, as Jean's Drill Sword was devastatingly destructively powerful, and it indeed could kill Dauf. In fact, Dauf was about to be killed by Jean (with the help of mainly Clare and slightly by Galatea), if Riful had not saved him. So, while Dauf would remain alive for a long time, he's not as powerful as it makes him seem to be. Dauf does have great power offensively with his strength and his powerful and fast shot rods, but his main attribute is his hard body, that has kept him alive for nearly up to the current chapter.
Dauf+Riful would battle the 12 ABs of the 23 AB that survived the Pieta Battle, and then rush south to try to get to Luciela first and ally up against Isley, but they were too late. Isley and Luciela had already battled. Luciela had run away and would get killed by and merged with Rafaela. Isley was exhausted, out of yoki, and fatally vulnerable, however Priscilla would rush by his side, before Riful could arrive and kill Isley helplessly. With Priscilla next to isley, guarding/protecting him, Riful had no choice but to walk away in anguish. Riful did not like the idea of a female, Priscilla, being more powerful then her, when let alone a male, Isley, was already insulting enough for her high pride!
After Riful encounters Audrey, Rachel, the two unknown Claymores, and the 4 HAs, ending with failure in getting Clare's cooperation, Dauf would join and help Riful in capturing the fast Renee, and then would torture Renee back at Riful's forest castle near Gonal town ruins. He'd encounter Clare, Cynthia, and Yuma outside and battle them. He grabs Yuma's leg, but Clare cuts off Yuma's foot, as she still can't cut Dauf's hard body (well, she was still suppressing her yoki and thus no Quick Sword as well, only the Windcutter). Clare though would sneak past Dauf and Riful, who was coming outside to kill Clare, and miss Renee, who was able to escape on her own, and heading out. Dauf would notice Renee, and he and Riful chase/attack after Renee. It is unclear if she successfully escaped or if she was killed by Riful. However, we've yet to see Renee, so maybe she did get struck and killed by Riful's wild ribbons attacking everywhere, as Riful couldn't sense Renee due to the YSP Renee still had secretly hidden on her and used, and Riful lost speedy Renee with her eye sight or gaze.
As Riful+Dauf stare at the emergence of the Destroyer, they are first attacked by the AFs/AEs as they arrive slightly ahead of Alicia+Beth, and damaged as the AFs/AEs have their yokis suppressed as well, making Dauf+Riful have to rely on their eyes against the ~11 AFs/AEs. Alicia+Beth show up shortly a few moments later, and Alicia Awakeneds. Dauf goes to attack/punch Awakened Alicia, and Riful screams lovingly-caringly too late, as Awakened Alicia with her buzz-saw bladed body, is one of the few with power to seriously damage Dauf's hard body. Dauf's arm is obliterated by Awakened Alicia. Riful desparately protects Dauf from being killed by Awakened Alicia, and quick-wittedly notices and understands Beth's role, telling Dauf to attack Beth instead, while she deals with Awakened Alicia.
But, then the Destroyer launches its first volley of huge projectiles. Slow moving and non-agile Dauf is helpless, as the huge projectiles blow holes through him, with Riful desparately crying-reaching out for Dauf, unable to protect him, getting holes blown through her body as well, and not selflessly caring about herself, but only about her beloved Dauf! One of the huge projectiles nails Beth as well, sending her flying backwards and impaled against a mound or outcropping of earth/rock. This causes Awakened Alicia to have to de-Awaken, and then she strangely attacks some of the AFs/AEs and destroy them. Shortly later, Priscilla is battling Infected Awakened Beth, which causes Alicia to rush over to save Beth. Both would desperately Awaken to save each other, but Priscilla easily kills them. Riful yells at Dauf to get away, though he can't as he's too damaged stuck lying on the ground. Priscilla shows up and kills Riful and rips up Dauf. Enraged, Dauf manages to crawl over to one of the Destroyer projectiles, stabs it into himself and uses it to regenerate himself, grabs his precious beloved Riful's dead (upper half) body, and then he comes after Priscilla as she's chasing Deneve+Helen+Clare. Unfortunately, even Infected Awakened Dauf with his hellcat arms, gets killed easily by Priscilla.
Dauf's combat specs is his great power, offensively and defensively. Offensively, he has great strength and can shoot multiple high speed rods from his body. Defensively, he as a very hard body, which only the (Jean's) Drill Sword and Awakened Alicia's buzz-saw-bladed body could significantly destroy. Yoki released Galatea was able to cut off his hand and cut his cheek. Galatea and yoki released Clare could pierce his hand. Dauf can't regenerate within battle time-frame, but over some amount of time he can regenerate. Dauf himself is not that fast moving or agile.
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Irene is first introduced to us in the Teresa chapters, as the leader of the execution squad for Traitor Teresa's head. Except, she's no longer rank 2 like she was, as Irene yielded it to Priscilla after watching her kill some normal yomas priorly. Irene instantly had known/sensed/realized that Priscilla was more powerful then her. This does not mean that Irene is weak, by no means! Priscilla's just that much of a monster, like Teresa, well not quite, as she and Irene would learn the hard way. Anyways, Irene' is known as "Quick Sword Irene or Irene of the Quick Sword", for her, yep, you guessed it, Quick Sword sword technique. Irene's Quick Sword is quite powerful and extremely fast and sharp. So, much so, not even rank 3 (though now demoted to rank 4) Sophia, rank 4 (though now demoted to rank 5) Noel, nor the normal yomas could even see it. Not only that, but Irene was able to slice all the two normal yomas' flesh, guts, and blood so quickly and finely, not even a drop of blood splattered on Irene's body despite having killed the two normal yomas right above and next to her! Wow!
Only Teresa (and maybe Priscilla too, though we'll never know) was able to not only see Irene's Quick Sword, but parry it so effortlessly as well. Though, there's quite a debate about whether this is due to Teresa's power level/physical skills, and/or her unique Yoki Sensing abilty.
As, we can see, when Irene used her Quick Sword on rank 4 Ophelia, she was no match for it. Even Ophelia's "Rippling Sword", was able to be parried and quite easily too by Irene's Quick Sword. Poor Ophelia couldn't even see Irene's Quick Sword (just like Sophia and Noel), as deep gashes burst out blood all over her body!
Through Clare's effort at learning the Quick Sword, we see/realize just how well Irene can control her yoki and Yoma half inside of her.
We also learn that Clare using her own non-dominant left arm, was only able to muster 1/10 of power with the Quick Sword, compared to Irene's Quick Sword with her dominant right arm. Irene then gives her right arm to Clare, as Clare's just too weak in power, controlling/resisting the full yoki release required into her arm, and the duration for which she can do the Quick Sword, with her non-dominant own left arm.
With Irene's own right arm, Clare achieves 1/2 Quick Sword power, as compared to Irene's Quick Sword. This half power of Irene's Quick Sword, through Clare, was powerful enough to shred Awakened Ophelia's entire huge-long-large snake body into pieces!
However, Clare, wasn't accustomed to Irene's arm and the greater strain on her body in resisting the yoki and Yoma inside. Awakened Ophelia however realizes she has to "pass the torch" of her revenge of Priscilla onto Clare. So, Awakened Ophelia sacrifices her own life in order to help Clare to learn to manage the Quick Sword with Irene's arm, by motivating Clare, which gives Clare the needed boost to resist the yoki and Yoma inside, and the duration to finish slicing Awakened Ophelia into pieces.
In no way, as many people unfortunately believe, did Awakened Ophelia let Clare win. Oh no, Awakened Ophelia merely offered the challenge to Clare. If Clare couldn't even manage to kill Awakened Ophelia with the Quick Sword, she had no chance of having the potential to one day kill Priscilla for herself and Ophelia. So, Awakened Ophelia actually did go all out against Clare! Well, Clare proved that she had the chance of having the potential to kill Priscilla some day, as she successfully killed the Awakened rank 4 Ophelia the Blood-Soaked Warrior!
The point is that if this is the power of Clare's Quick Sword, imagine the power of Irene's Quick Sword, which is double in power! Irene's Quick Sword has double the power needed to completely chop and slice Awakened Ophelia' entire huge-long-large snake body into little itty bitty teeny tiny pieces!
Irene is also an excellent Yoki Sensor and Yoki Suppressor. Irene could sense power levels well, as seen with/on/towards Rafaela, Ophelia, Clare, Priscilla, and Teresa, though Teresa's true power level eluded her sensing. Irene was also an excellent Eye, as she seems (and was the only one capable, well maybe Priscilla could too, but we just don't know this unfortunately) to be the one that tracked down Teresa for the execution squad. We know Irene is an excellent Yoki Suppressor, as not even Awakened Priscilla (whom is a very good yoki sensor), realized that Irene was still alive, faking her death.
Irene is also obviously extremely skilled and experienced in combat, with excellent (normal) swordsmanship (as well as her Quick Sword).
She always stays steadfastly calm and composed (even in the face of Awakened Priscilla, albiet her brief moment of shock/horror).
Also, Irene is very fast, as seen with her rushing over to save Priscilla's head from being removed from her neck by Teresa.
Lastly, this is to be considered seriously. Because Teresa was at rank 1, and then Priscilla (well at rank 2, demoting Irene to rank 3), we have to contemplate whether Irene might have actually been a rank 1, but was merely forced to be a rank 2 and then rank 3, by Teresa and then Priscilla, both of whom were beyond rank 1's themselves. Was Irene rank 1 calibur, but merely was overshadowed by monsters Teresa and Priscilla, and thus placed at rank 2 and then rank 3, merely because rank 1 were taken by them?
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