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- "That's right! I'm Philip! Watch me! Watch the man who will be the central figure of the Kingdom!"
- - Philip's self-proclaimed declaration.
Philip Dayton L'Eyre Montserrat (フィリップ・デイドン・リイル・モチヤラス) was the third son of a low-class noble of the Re-Estize Kingdom who became heir to his family after the deaths of his elder siblings. However, he quickly proved himself unfit for the position and his actions ultimately led to the downfall of his country.
Philip is described as a low-class nobleman of the Re-Estize Kingdom.
Philip's role in Overlord's story was to serve as the ultimate embodiment of the Re-Estize Kingdom's backward-minded nobility. A lifetime of neglect by his family instilled in him a desire to be noticed and feel important. Philip genuinely believed himself to, in fact, be far more suited to inherit his family's lands than his elder brothers, even though he had never actually been taught how to behave in high-society. In actuality, Philip had a naive and overconfident mindset, to the point of being delusional; simply put: he was a man-child.
After Philip, against all odds, became heir to his family, he quickly became drunk on the power. Despite finally getting was he always wanted, though, he still wasn't satisfied and wanted to further rise through the ranks. This, combined with his delusional personality, caused Philip to develop an overactive imagination where he would come up with self-proclaimed "genius" ideas that were really quite foolish, stemming from an inability to view reality. Philip would also not stop to think of the consequences of his actions, immediately deeming all his plans "ingenious" without looking back on it or thinking through the details. Meanwhile, his ignorance prevented him from seeing the obvious contempt others had for him. Simply put: Philip thought the world revolved around him.
While Philip's delusional personality caused others to see him as easy to manipulate, it actually made him a wild card. He had no loyalties other than himself; more accurately, he switched allegiances whenever it suited him. He had no issue forging ties with an enemy nation until their interests clashed, causing him to suddenly become patriotic and turn on said nation. Being a man of ambition, Philip particularly disliked people he believed lacked desire - like his father. He would also selectively ignore people he did not like, even if said person was his superior - further adding to his ineptitude as a noble.
When his plans inevitably backfired, Philip refused to face any personal responsibility for his actions. He developed an alcoholic streak where he would drink excessively to drown out his frustrations and deflected any blame he felt onto others. As shown in his final moments, when pushed to his limit Philip would act like a spoiled child, crying hysterically and becoming completely unresponsive towards others.
Philip Dayton L'Eyre Montserrat was born as the third son of a low-class noble family in the Re-Estize Kingdom. Philip grew up without receiving minimal expectations from his father and also didn't receive a proper education as a family head. His second older brother died from illness while his first older brother was next in line to inherit the family. At this point, Philip was now elevated to the position of a spare. His value had risen from that of a farmer to that of a butler.
The Ruler of Conspiracy Arc
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After the massacre at Katze Plains, Philip becomes the next head of his noble family as his first older brother had been consumed by the Sorcerer King's magic, and perished with the twenty peasants that went with him. He was allowed to attend the royal party to welcome the envoy, Albedo. Philip becomes entranced by her dark beauty and plans to bring wealth to his domain by allying with the Sorcerer Kingdom. He invites Albedo to a ball at his estate in the Royal Capital.
Back at his estate, his father scolds him for trying to befriend the kingdom that killed his older brother rather than deepening his relationship with the count and other nobles. Philip refutes his father that the Sorcerer Kingdom is a powerful ally and doesn't want to draw their domain into a mess. Philip assures his father that the Count has recognized him as heir, though he didn't even meet with the Count. The family does not have an estate large enough to host a ball, but Philip made plans with a landlady named Hilma in the royal capital in exchange for an unnamed favor.
At the ball, the guests all greet the landlady, Hilma before him. While she provided the venue, since he is the organizer, Philip was greatly infuriated by this turn of events. However, his fury faded when Hilma convinced him that under his leadership the people present will come together to form a new faction. To make a powerful impression on everyone, she advises him to be Albedo's escort. Philip follows her advice and goes to Albedo in the waiting room. There he requests to be her escort, to which she immediately agrees, causing him to believe that she loves him. Philip then asks Albedo if she is married to which replies that she isn't. He then takes her by the shoulder and prepares to make his entrance with her.
Later, Philip approaches Hilma, telling her that Albedo is tired. He insists on going as well, but she convinces him that as an organizer he must stay at the ball. However, before the two take their leave, he asks Hilma if she knows a way to allow him to marry Albedo, but she states that it is impossible due to the difference of their positions, though Philip doesn't seem to think so.
The Paladin of the Holy Kingdom Arc
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After the rumored death of the Sorcerer King, Philip foolishly believes that he can become the next king by marrying Albedo.
The Witch of the Falling Kingdom Arc
- Main article: The Witch of the Falling Kingdom Arc
Philip is in a foul mood and is drinking in an establishment. Philip though he had risen as the leader of the New Faction, his power was still inferior to his supporter Hilma. His social standing had not improved whatsoever and he was finding no success in making his territory prosperous despite his attempts. He was soon joined by Baron Rokerson and Baron Delvin, and the three share mugs of pale ale, and drank in a rambunctious manner.
Later the other two barons shared their woes on the struggles they have been facing as noblemen, specifically in their lack of funds coming from their demesnes. They agreed collectively that the fault not laid with them but by their 'incompetent' peasants they commanded. Philip lamented on the current situation if nothing changed then all he could do was wait for a bad harvest so the price of grain would go up. When Delvin brought up, Philip's territory, Wayne interrupted him and whispered that even if a bad harvest occurs, the price won’t necessarily rise. He informed him that there was a huge amount of cheap grain being transported from the Sorcerer Kingdom to the Kingdom. Having acquired the intel from a trustworthy source, the baron told Philip the Sorcerer Kingdom had stored large quantities of grain in warehouses owned by the merchants in the capital. He didn't know much about the exact details other than the fact that the grain was there for storage only and that the Sorcerer Kingdom had already paid for the storage fee. Additionally, the grain was being casted with [Preserve] to prolong its shelf-life and undead workers were being used on farmland. Philip was furious at this prospect and considered this cheating as this was driving the grain prices low.
The food though was being transported to another location, as food relief, to the Roble Holy Kingdom which was still recovering from the attack by Jaldabaoth. It was from this information that Philip concocted a scheme to drive the price of grain up and make a profit. He then decided to steal the stockpile from the Sorcerer Kingdom while it was en-route to its destination to the Holy Kingdom, and later sell as his own. He then invited Wayne and Igor into his plan.
While carrying out his plan, Philip had finally reached his destination, a patch of road in Baron Delvin’s demesne. He had led his soldiers on a march, starting from the previous day and camping overnight, to the location of the attack. According to intel, a Sorcerer Kingdom’s caravan would be passing through that place. Present with him were 50 soldiers or villagers he have conscripted and paid for under his command. He was later met by Baron Delvin and Baron Rokerson to discuss about where and how exactly to ambush the caravan, using the Crane-Wing Formation.
Later, he had the villagers to blockade any caravan from passing through. This, in turn, led him to confront Christopher Olson who was in charge of the trade caravan of grains. After briefly exchanging words with Christopher, the merchant decided to give up his cargo wagons to Philip while the latter orders his crew of mercenaries to leave the place with him. Upon successfully claiming the caravan as his own, he then began to examine the content of goods inside it. Among the goods besides the grains that were obtained by him, Philip thought attaining the Flag of the Sorcerer Kingdom was his greatest prize of them all. Philip figures that with this flag, it will be enough to earn him recognition and popularity by everyone in the Re-Estize Kingdom for what he did to the Sorcerer Kingdom.
After his successful raid on the caravan, Philip was then easily identified and captured by the government of the Re-Estize Kingdom. After deliberation with its king and other officials, the kingdom came to the conclusion that the Sorcerer Kingdom was responsible for the entire affair, all this in order to use the incident for their own purposes via Mind Control Magic. So instead of imprisoning or punishing him, King Ramposa instead decided to place him under the Kingdom's protective custody. Despite the Crown Prince's own idea to behead the foolish nobleman, and bring his head to the Sorcerer King, as a gesture of apology to avoid war with the immensely powerful state.
Eventually, Philip's incredibly stupid and foolish actions eventually lead to the Sorcerer Kingdom declaring full-on war against the Re-Estize Kingdom due to their unjust actions of stealing their grain supply that was meant for providing humanitarian aid for the war-ravaged holy kingdom. An act completely supported both nationally and secretly by the Sorcerer Kingdom's allied nations and enemy nations due to them deeming Philip as a prime example of how much of a failed state the Re-Estize Kingdom has become.
Philip confined to his mansion on his fief, had fallen into a drunken stupor refusing to admit that he was the cause of the war. He soon found Albedo waiting for him quietly inside his home. Seeing her presence, Philip automatically believed that she was here to reward him for giving the Sorcerer Kingdom a reason to start a war with the Kingdom. Albedo "happily" gave him a box which contained his "rightful" prize inside. Philip then proceeded to giddily open it, only to be horrified to discover it contained the heads of his fellow barons who assisted him in his "great conquest" against the Sorcerer Kingdom.
It was then Albedo happily and gleefully disclosed about how little she truly thought of him and how it was laughable, almost hysterical that a man as stupid as him could possibly ever exist, before shifting her tone. With a sudden change in demeanor, Albedo reveal to the noble about why she is truly here for him; to punish him for causing them to waste precious resources when he instigated the war and for embarrassing her in front of her beloved master. Now aware of how fatally serious this situation was, Philip tried to run for his life as the Prime Minister began inviting him to go outside for another "surprise" to show him, only to trip and fall to the ground at the attempt. Philip began to ball up on the floor, weeping to himself of why this was happening to him and stubbornly cried of how he didn't want to go outside with Albedo. Disgusted by this display, the Overseer Guardian then proceeded to drag him out of the domicile by the ear.
Nearing his wits end, Philip desperately wondered why no one was coming to help him and immediately believed that his servants had sold him out to save themselves. Thinking that way, this causes him to curse them out while labeling them all cowards, until he was taken outside and found a forest of spikes that had been planted around his home; Spikes that impaled members of his family, serfs, and villagers that ever existed in his territory. Albedo then proceeded to gleefully explain of how she personally killed them all as an example to those who would foolishly attack the Sorcerer Kingdom. She had even briefly considered to at least leave a few of his villagers alive to execute him and have them vent their hatred and frustration at him for causing this tragedy due to his vanity for her own amusement, before deferring her choice due to deeming that to be to boring. Philip was then told by Albedo that she had a fate much worse in stored for him, promising to fulfill a request that his own father asked of her before he was put to death and make full "use" of him by using him as a test dummy for her "information gathering torture techniques" for future reference.
Abilities and Powers
Philip is the head of his noble family and inheritor of his family's domain and has obtained the Authority over its villagers, workers, and resources upon succeeding his father as Baron.
- Enchanted Armor: It was given to Philip as a gift from Hilma. It is a high-grade item that was crafted by a renowned blacksmith and enchanted by magic casters. It had been enchanted with magic that boosted its defense, allowing it to outclass the armor set that had been passed down as a family heirloom in his house.
Philip does not get along well with his father. This is mainly because he views him as having a "slave mindset," as he kisses up to his superiors and has no drive to climb the ranks.
After handing over his position as Baron to Philip, the Former Baron Montserrat was known to have constantly attempted to advise and help his third and youngest son in his duties as the new baron in managing his lands and interacting with other nobles. However, due to Philip's immense ego, arrogance, hyperactive imagination, and stupidity, all of his father's competent advise was generally ignored by Philip in favor for his own "genius" ideas on how to proceed with his duties. This causes his father to deem his youngest son as a complete idiot and give up on helping him in a majority of his duties due to the uselessness of him giving his advice to the child.
After sparking the war with the Sorcerer Kingdom that lead to the Fall of the Re-Estize Kingdom and the mass slaughter of their people, the Former Baron Monstserrat seems to have become completely hateful and disgusted by Philip's sheer stupidity. In fact before being executed by Albedo, he personally requested her to inflict the same misery and pain the Sorcerer Kingdom inflicted on their countrymen on to his son for his actions of stupidly igniting the war to begin with.
Its been shown in his private thoughts that Philip does not think highly of his older brothers due to him deeming them "morons" due to not realizing his "true worth". As seen where he would privately criticism his oldest brother during his time as heir of the family and would privately think thoughts of how much more "efficiently" he could have done his job if he was the heir.
And upon the deaths of his eldest brother in the Massacre at Katze Plains and second eldest brother due to illness, Philip did not feel an ounce of sorrow or pain at the loss of his family. Rather, he felt immense joy due to him gradually "working" his way up from his initial worth as a farmer, to butler and finally to family heir to his family's domain. Philip also did not have a good perception of his older brother's family and was secretly delighted that his brother died while his nephew was still to young to inherit his titles and had no problem moving into the main house himself and force his brother's family out.
Hilma is the one who gave Philip the idea to create his own faction and later provided him with the venue for his ball in return for an unknown favor. She also advises him on certain matters, claiming that doing so will benefit herself as well. Philip has taken a liking to Hilma, describing their relationship as "the ideal relationship between lord and vassal."
However unknowing to Philip, Hilma in fact actively despises and loathes him due to his sheer stupidity and foolishness that has essentially increased the difficulty of her initially considered easy mission to prepare him as a disposable pawn for her new masters. Philip in particular continued to serve as a source of worry and stress for Hilma due to his outrageous ideas and poor common sense that made her worry greatly that he would do something stupid enough to not only ruin her master's plans but also drag her down with him. Such concerns were inevitably proven right when Philip's actions did indeed spark an unexpected war off script by her master's plans that eventually nearly resulted in her being severely punished by her superiors. Due to his actions of beginning the Fall of the Re-Estize Kingdom and her nearly being punished for it, Hilma was more than happy to easily abandon him after his usefulness was over and escape the doomed kingdom and leaving him to his fate.
Initially, Philip only used Albedo to create a connection between him and the new nation as well as his own faction. As he spent more time with her, Philip delusively came to believe that she had fallen in love with him. This in turn, convinces Philip to seek and find a way that would allow him to marry her.
Due to his hyper-active imagination and highly convenient/delusional mindset, Philip was completely oblivious to Albedo's dislike and contempt of him. He simply assumed she was just "shy" to talk to him and foolishly though that she was madly in love with him. Albedo in truth despised him greatly and simply put up with him due to him being needed in her plans to annex the Re-Estize Kingdom. With all that taken into consideration, Albedo continued to ignore his obviously lecherous advances to her due to not wanting all the effort she put to raise him up to go to waste.
However upon his actions of raiding and stealing the Grain Transports of the Sorcerer Kingdom and it being revealed that there was no third party involved in the incident and simply Philip's stupidity and vanity getting the better of him, Albedo was completely humiliated and mortified not only in front of her fellow Floor Guardians but also to her beloved Master for her pawn's actions that therefore ruined the Sorcerer Kingdom's more peaceful conquest of the Re-Estize Kingdom. This causes Albedo herself to now hold an immense hateful grudge towards Philip for ruining her plans and embarrassing her in front of Ainz.
After the Fall of the Re-Estize Kingdom, Albedo finally revealed her true feelings regarding Philip to the latter and took immense personal pleasure in tormenting and belittling him for his stupidity and idiocy. At the same time, torturing him slowly to death herself by using him as a test dummy for "information gathering techniques" for future reference in order to at least find some use for him.
Philip feels some goodwill towards the Sorcerer King, for killing his eldest brother and thus securing his place as heir of his noble family. Despite this, upon learning of his supposed death, he was overjoyed and delusively believed that, if he were to marry Albedo, he would automatically become the next Sorcerer King.
Following the Attack on the Sorcerer Kingdom's Transport, Ainz easily deduced that Philip was an imbecile and told his subordinates that the noble was acting foolhardily without ever thinking about the consequences.
Philip was friends with Wayne, as they belonged to the same faction. However, he also saw him as someone who was more likely to take orders from others, rather than handing them out himself.
Philip himself is oblivious to Wayne's dislike for him and actively considers him one of his "friends" and insisted that he take a portion of their "Conquest" from the Sorcerer Kingdom's grain transports after successfully "defeating" them where Wayne agreed to "assist" him. An act that would ultimately cause Wayne to lose his life due to him being regarded as one of Philip's "closest aides."
Philip was friends with Wayne, as they belonged to the same faction, though he felt pity for Igor's appearance, as they reminded him of how he looked before he was elevated as a noble.
Similarly to Wayne, Philip was also oblivious to the hidden dislike Igor had for him and actively considered Igor a friend of his and insisted he take a portion of their "conquest" after "assisting" Philip in robbing the Sorcerer Kingdom's grain transports. An act that would ultimately result in Igor being killed as he is considered to be one of Philip's "closest" aides.
- Philip's faction is mainly consisted of second or third born son's of Noble Families whose legitimate firstborn heirs were all killed at the Katze Plains. In other words, these people are in similar situations to Philip.
- Philip thinks his father has a slave mindset since he asks the count's approval for everything. However, Philip himself is unknowingly being manipulated by Nazarick in their plan to take over the Re-Estize Kingdom.
- Philip's sheer stupidity and foolishness was so great, that it even shocked Renner, Demiurge, and Albedo. Three of the most inhumanly intelligent beings in the New World were left completely shell-shocked by his actions of stealing from the grain transports of the Sorcerer Kingdom and deemed his mindset and intelligence to be so low that even they could not calculate his actions.
- (To Albedo): "The pleasure is all mine, Albedo-sama. Nothing could delight me more than to make your acquaintance."
- (To his Father): "Father! Think a little! Although the road joining the Sorcerer Kingdom and the Kingdom is quite long, our domain lies on the middle of it! If the Sorcerer Kingdom makes war on the Kingdom, we'll definitely be drawn into the mess. Therefore, we should forge good relations with the Sorcerer Kingdom, shouldn't we?"
- (To Hilma): "It's not like that, I simply didn't expect the people here to be so unexceptional. Even if I gathered all these people into a faction, I wonder if they could compete with the other factions. That is what discomforts me."
- (To Himself): "A pawn! That’s right! To me, even the Sorcerer King of the Sorcerer Kingdom, who is feared by all the people of the Kingdom, is little more than a pawn in my hand!"
- (To Himself): "Oh, I can keep this as a souvenir. The first to capture the Sorcerer Kingdom's flag, the country that had defeated the Kingdom's 200,000 strong army in battle, is me!"
- (To Himself regarding the Fall of the Re-Estize Kingdom): " I Did Nothing Wrong"