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"How surprising. Are you at your wits' end because you are all weaklings? This is truly a country of idiots. All the children that I sired turned out to be nothing but useless."
- Decem Hougan to his subject.

Decem Hougan (デケム・ホウガン) is the current king of the Elf Country.

Appearance

Nothing is known about the Decem Hougan's appearance except that he has heterochromia.

Personality

Decem has a haughty and somewhat of an extremely narcissistic personality. He possesses an enormous ego and respects none except for himself. He holds no loyalties to his nation or his people, indulging himself in excess of lust and luxury even in the face of annihilation. His arrogance leads to a severe sense of delusion, having rendered him to become seemingly out of touch with reality. Due to these traits, he has displayed himself to have little to no care for the welfare of the nation and whatever else that might happen to it and his people due to the course of his actions of little concern to him, having instead focused his time impregnating elven women to produce children.

By doing so, his main objective is to create an army of his own bloodline so he might someday rule the world in the near future. However, none of his children inherited even a fraction of his power, causing him to see only disappointment in them. Because of this, he has shown willingness to abandon them and his entire nation. Even with the one child that inherited his power, he views her as little more than his property.

For his other children that he sired and women that he satisfies his lust with, he is wholly incapable of feeling genuine love for them and only sees them as expendable tools. Those that do not meet his impossible standards of strength are not regarded as his kin, and seen as weak.

His narcissistic attitude make it impossible to see any fault of his actions, preferring to project blame unto others, while boasting his actions to be generous and true. Though it only fails to hide a callous, self-deluded, despicable man.

Background

In the past, Decem tricked a woman known as the "trump card" of the Theocracy, effectively capturing and taking her prisoner. The Decem Hougan would later chain her up and rape her, and she ended up pregnant with his child. Unfortunately for him, the Black Scripture came to her rescue before she could give birth. This incident precipitated the decades-long war between the Slane Theocracy and the Elf Country.

Chronology

The Craftsman of Dwarf Arc

Main article: The Craftsman of Dwarf Arc

Decem Hougan is approached by a former mistress about the dire situation their country faces at the hands of the encroaching forces of the Slane Theocracy. Despite her pleas, Decem ignores her, refusing to lift a hand to save what he considers a nation of weaklings. After dismissing her from his presence, he muses to himself that the Elf Country is over. Thinking back, he remembers the child sired from a woman in the Theocracy. He decided, once the Theocracy destroys his nation, he will go to its capital and reclaim his child.[1]

The Half Elf God-kin Arc

Main article: The Half Elf God-kin I and The Half Elf God-kin II Arc

At the time when 40,000 troops of the Theocracy began advancing on the elven capital, Decem Hougan his young daugher Rugi to confront them in hopes that the battlefield would awaken her latent talent. To aid her, he lent the girl his prized bow and quiver that belonged to his father. The Elf King was nearby when his daughter used his heirloom against the Theocracy forces, and was aware of members of the Holocaust Scripture in the area. She was killed by Schoen, the vice captain of the Scripture, and While Decem could have prevented her death, he did not and was not sadden, only intervening when the assassin attempted to loot his property. The king then proceeded to kill the vice captain by summoning an entity called Behemoth.

Later the Elf King returned to his royal castle at the capital where he was met by Myugi, his mistress and the mother of Rugi. His mistress inquired about their child, and he nonchalantly told her that her child was killed. Uncaring towards her distress, Decem informed her to prepare for bed to make another child . When returned from the treasury after storing his possession he found out from his servant that the woman had committed suicide by jumping from the balcony. The king was not moved by her death, and mistakenly believed it was the woman's way of apologizing to him for producing a worthless child. Decem then ordered his servant to send him his daughters so he can bed them, and if they were still too young to also bring his wife. The other man having no choice was forced to comply with the debauch elf's wishes.[2]

Abilities and Powers

The Decem Hougan is the monarch of his nation. Thus, he has full authority over its people and resources. The Decem Hougan has yet to reveal his true strength in battle, but according to his subjects, he is more than capable of dealing with the Holocaust Scripture.

It also seems that Decem is capable of seeing through concealment spells such as [Invisibility] and [Silence] though this was not due to any magic, but his own monster-like perceptions.

Relationships

Antilene Heran Fouche

Antilene is the king's estranged bastard daughter who was conceived by her mother after the Decem Hougan raped her. He holds no emotional attachments towards her, seeing her as an asset or a tool to further his ambition in conquering the New World.

Rugi

Rugi was a child he sired with an elven woman named Myugi, though never cared to remember her name. The Elf King wanting her to grow stronger removed her from her mother's arms and placed her into the midst of battle against the Slane Theocracy. While she was indeed stronger than her mother, she was still regarded as useless and a failure. The Elf King spared not sorrow for her death at the hands of the Holocaust Scripture, and was annoyed that she wasted his time.

Myugi

A woman he bedded with to produce one of the newest progeny. Though was severely disappointed in the girl and mother. He expressed no interest in Myugi and was only mildly surprised when the female was not cowering from him. Rather than admit she was a strong woman who had overcome her fear of him, he chalked it to being due to having exhausting himself from his brief skirmish with the Holocaust Scripture. He cared naught for her devastation of when he informed her of their daughter’s death only prioritizing his need to have her serve him in bed to produce a new spawn. Even when he learned about her act of committing suicide the king failed to conceive that he was responsible for her mental breakdown and believed that she had been murdered. Though he settled to believing that she killed herself as a of apologizing to him for producing a weak daughter which he then forgave her, as he was a generous king.

Elf Country

Despite being its Monarch and Ruler, Decem bears little to no care, concern or empathy for his nation or his people. As seen where he purposefully sparked the war between the two nations in his endless hedonism and selfishness to satiate his immense lust and desire for strong children by kidnapping and raping the Theocracy's Ace. And later despite having the power to do so, Decem has shown to put no actual real effort in assisting his people on the on going war between the Theocracy, a war that he himself started, and has instead focused completely on "training" his existing children by sending them out into battle and see if the experience awakens any of his inherited power in them and has instead focused on making more children for his "great cause."

As seen from his inner thoughts, Decem is completely apathetic to the plight of his nation and is already making plans on what to do after the war with the Theocracy, with him fully expecting his kingdom to lose the war.

Due to the sorry state of affairs of the Elf Country, Decem earned great resentment by his own people which he is oblivious to. The only reason why none openly rebelled was because they knew they had no chance against the Elf King.

Slane Theocracy

Originally he and the Slane Theocracy had a cooperative agreement between him and his country that benefited them both. But due to his hedonism, Decem himself broke this relationship by kidnapping and raping the Theocracy's strongest God-kin.

Effectively sparking a war of retribution between the two nations that has caused much bloodshed and suffering on both sides, especially to the elves due to them now being enslaved by the Theocracy. The Six Cardinals of the Theocracy themselves regards him with absolute disgust and see him as a "bastard" due to his actions.

However despite his deplorable actions against the Theocracy and the hostile relations between his country and theirs, due to his immense ego, arrogance, delusional self-entitlement/importance and selfishness, Decem actually believes that he could just casually go up and ask the Theocracy to "return his property" after the war between the two nations and is completely oblivious to the contempt the Theocracy has for him.

Trivia

  • He is the fourth character in the Overlord series to possess heterochromic eyes.
  • In the Web Novel, there was an elf who is considered to be a member of the Thirteen Heroes two hundred years ago.[3]
  • The elf-king is stated to have different colored eyes like Antilene, Aura, and Mare. What this may signify is unknown but all of these characters are known for being extremely powerful by New World standards.
  • Ironically enough, despite the intense hatred his daughter Antilene has for him, his daughter shares the same obsession as him in finding a powerful mate in order to breed with and create powerful children together.

Quotes

  • (To his former mistress): "Get lost. You are loathsome in my sight. Better yet, train up the children you bore for me".
  • (To himself about humans): "...Should I go all-out on the humans? I can breed with them, after all."
  • (To himself about Antilene's mother): "Well, she got pregnant in the end."
  • (To Himself): "After this country falls, perhaps I'll go over to the Theocracy in person and take the child back."

References

  1. Overlord Volume 11 Intermission
  2. Overlord Volume 15 Chapter 2: The Travelling Scenery in Nazarick
  3. Overlord First Half Chapter 36: Investigation Part 1

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