Hildegard von Krone After many spent tears and sleepless nights, Hilde had finally come face to face with Nightmare. She readies herself for what may be her final duel, and charges towards Nightmare, who proceeds to cut her spear in half immediately, and the resulting sword fight rages on. "I'll make you pay!" she screams, as Nightmare merely laughs. The Soul Edge itself weakened and damaged from the battle, Hilde strikes down Nightmare, but as she prepares to finish him, he swings the evil blade with the last of his strength and severs her hand, embedding a shard of it in the process. Fueled by rage and adrenaline alone, Hilde pulls the broken piece out of her arm and cries out in anguish. "You've taken everything from me! Die!" She viciously, and repeatedly, stabs Nightmare with the shard well past the point of killing him. A voice calls out to her: "My child, it is done. You now have the means to restore Wolfkrone." "Father?" Hilde exclaims, slowly calming herself, her eyes now watering. Her father appears, holding out the Soul Edge. She looks away in horror. "This can't be!" "Oh, but it already is," replies the voice. Hilde looks down, her hand still clenched tightly around the shard of the evil sword she had used to kill Nightmare. A rush of blood comes over her, as she reaches out and takes possession of the Soul Edge. "My kingdom will be restored... By any means necessary!" Siegfried finally arrives, all too late...... The Kingdom of Wolfkrone again rose to prominence under the might of the Soul Edge, and one by one, Hilde united much of Europe under a single banner, waging wars anywhere there was blood to spill and order to maintain. Her subjects both feared and respected her, leaving her labeled the "The Heroine of Darkness" among those in her homeland.