Pleiades (戦闘メイド) is the combat maid squad of the Great Tomb of Nazarick. Its members originally only served as Nazarick's last line of defense, but since the tomb's transportation to the New World, they have been assigned additional tasks by Ainz Ooal Gown.
BackgroundThe Pleiades is a battle maid squad that hailed from the Great Tomb of Nazarick. The unit was programmed to be sisters, with the exception of Sebas Tian. While the members of the Pleiades refer to each other as sisters, they are not legitimate sisters. They are simply programmed to act that way around one another. Each one of them was made by a separate member of the guild.
During the old days of YGGDRASIL, the Pleiades were programmed to be under the command of Sebas. Working together alongside Sebas, the Pleiades were the last line of defense against invaders in the Great Tomb of Nazarick. Their job was to buy time until the 41 guild members of Ainz Ooal Gown could prepare for the final battle in the Throne Room.
All of its core members are women of unsurpassed beauty, each with a different type of appeal to them. After Nazarick was transported into the New World, Narberal, Lupusregina, and Solution are working outside of the tomb. Ainz seems to have picked them because they are some of the few NPCs from Nazarick who can easily disguise themselves as humans without drawing major suspicion.
The Pleiades can be organised in two different formations. These formations can be switched by changing the leader to Sebas Tian or Aureole Omega, depending on who the leader is, they are called the Pleiades Six Stars or the Pleiades Seven Sisters respectively. Although they are now "Pleiades Seven Sisters", following Ainz tested Sebas Tian's loyalty, Aureole is not allowed independent movement at the moment. Hence, he decided to make Yuri Alpha the Pleiades' deputy leader to maintain command over the sisters.
The ages from oldest to youngest siblings are ranked accordingly about the Pleiades: Yuri Alpha, Lupusregina Beta, Narberal Gamma and Solution Epsilon, CZ2128 Delta and Entoma Vasilissa Zeta, Aureole Omega.
The Undead King Arc
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On the day of YGGDRASIL's shutdown, Momonga headed for the Throne Room in the Great Tomb of Nazarick and came across the Pleiades during his walk there. Although Momonga admitted to have forgotten their names, he did recall his guildmates bickering over the naming of these NPCs. He later instructed the battle maids to follow him on his way to the Throne Room and then had them on standby after seating himself to the Throne of Kings.
After being transported into the unknown New World, Momonga ordered the Pleiades to guard the 9th Floor for possible intruders in Nazarick. They also guard and escort Momonga around Nazarick before the latter came up with an excuse to not have anyone following him wherever he goes.
The Dark Warrior Arc
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Ainz Ooal Gown chose to Narberal Gamma as his adventurer partner while infiltrating the fortress city of E-Rantel. Their plan was to become a famous adventurer so that they can gain more information about this world. Later, he figured that the better choice for who should have been his partner given his then circumstances was supposedly Lupusregina Beta and not Narberal.
The Bloody Valkyrie Arc
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In E-Rantel, Shalltear Bloodfallen's task was to enslave any criminals like Brain Unglaus who were knowledgeable in terms martial arts and magic. While Sebas Tian and Solution Epsilon, had been ordered by Ainz to disguise themselves as humans, and gather information. In particular, the roles they played were that of an elderly butler and a spoiled rich heiress who hailed from a city in some part of the Baharuth Empire. In E-Rantel, Narberal was given the order to stay at the inn and wait for further instructions from Ainz when he returned.
The Show Must Go On! Arc
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The Two Leaders Arc
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Under the orders of her master, Ainz, one of the Pleiades, Lupusregina Beta, was stationed at Carne Village to protect Nazarick's assets: Lizzie Bareare and Nfirea Bareare. At first, she was met with harsh criticism by Ainz at first for not taking her job seriously as she failed to report the news to him about the existence of the Giant of the East and the Demon Snake of the West. However, Lupusregina amends for her mistake by managing to vanquish the zombified Giant before it tries to kill Nfirea. Later, Ainz appointed to the task of protecting Enri Emmot and Nemu Emmot as well.
The Dark Hero's Story Arc
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During the Floor Guardians' meeting on what rewards to request from Ainz, members of the Pleiades like Lupusregina Beta and Solution Epsilon were mentioned as potential candidates in helping with their search for women's clothing. At the same time, Yuri Alpha was given the duty of hosting the auction held between bidders like Albedo, Shalltear, and Mare Bello Fiore.
The Maid Tea Party Arc
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The Pleiades, with the exception of Lupusregina and one Aureole, assembled at the Great Tomb of Nazarick to hold their monthly report and tea party.
The Men in the Kingdom Arc
After being questioned by authorities, Sebas leaves while Solution finally decides to contact Ainz regarding the possibility of Sebas having gone rogue. After confirming Sebas' loyalty, Ainz then switches the Pleiades Six Stars to the Pleiades Seven Sisters. Since Aureole Omega couldn't be moved from her post, Yuri Alpha was made the deputy leader instead.
The Pleiades participated in Demiurge's plan to make Momon a hero in the Re-Estize Kingdom in the public eye as well as secretly looting valuable resources from the nation's capital, Re-Estize. The maids had been given the role of acting as Jaldabaoth's underlings with their faces disguised with masks with the exception of Narberal Gamma, who as Nabe, assisted Momon during the disturbance. After Operation Gehenna commenced, Nabe was tasked with the duty of fighting against Lupusregina, Solution, and Entoma, while Evileye dealt with Yuri and CZ until Jaldabaoth ordered a retreat.
The Invaders of the Large Tomb Arc
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Before the slaughter of the workers, Ainz Ooal Gown returns to the tomb, leaving Narberal and Pandora's Actor at the adventurer's encampment. When waiting to bide their time to strike at Nazarick, Dragon Hunt encounters the Pleiades on the surface of the Tomb while trapped in a pincer movement. Yuri Alpha orders the Nazarick Old Guarders to fight against Dragon Hunt. Over the course of time, the Guarders managed to slowly out-maneuver the worker group and defeat them without needing to deploy any of the other servants for assistance.
The Magic Caster of Destroy Arc
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When the delegation from the Baharuth Empire arrived at the doorstep of Nazarick, the battle maids entertained them, serving them delicious drinks. The members of the delegation were impressed by their discipline and attractive looks. At the same time, they felt the Pleiades were stronger than the Death Knights as none of the maids seems to be frightened by the legendary undead.
The Pleiades Day Arc
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Upon completing all her assignments for the day, Yuri Alpha returned to her quarter where she found Narberal Gamma and Lupusregina Beta relaxing. Yuri tensed with frustration and scolded them for their uncouth behaviour and was suddenly called by Ainz Ooal Gown to assist him in a dispute with her sister Solution Epsilon, who had stolen his bathing attendant Miyoshi. Yuri manages to compel the slime to give up her captive and return him to Ainz. Rather than punish her, Ainz sees it as a sign of his neglect and decides to have Yuri investigate the desires of the other Pleiades.
Ainz’s Ambition Arc
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The Pleiades were summoned by Albedo to attend to Ainz's quarters during his three-day vacation along with the entire Nazarick work staff.
The Paladin of the Holy Kingdom Arc
The Pleiades, specifically Yuri, Lupusregina, Solution, Shizu, and Entoma, under the alias as Jaldabaoth's Demon Maids were used as a bargaining chip in the negotiations with the Holy Kingdom Liberation Army and the Sorcerer Kingdom. Though the resistance had yet to confirm these maids in the Northern Holy Kingdom, they agreed to allow Ainz to take control of them once he had dealt with Jaldabaoth.
During the Sorcerer King's fight with Jaldabaoth and his associates, Erich String Orchestra, a group of Greater Doppelgänger's transformed into every member of Pleiades with the exception of Aureole Omega and Narberal Gamma. These doppelgängers borrowed the Pleiades equipment and received a buff from Aureole Omega prior to encountering and fighting Ainz in a match.
In the end, Jaldabaoth defeated the Sorcerer King while heavily covered in wounds, later making a retreat after the match to recuperate. Despite losing to him, Ainz was able to successfully free one of their demon maids, CZ2I28 Delta from Jaldabaoth's control and left her in the hands of the Holy Kingdom Liberation Army.
The Witch of the Falling Kingdom Arc
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After receiving a message call from Entoma, Ainz orders Narberal to bring the rest of the maids working outside Nazarick to return to the tomb with him.
With all of them except Sebas and Aureole Omega being under level 65, the Pleiades's combat capability is quite low considering the role they have been given. This is because the final defense line of Nazarick is actually concentrated on the 8th Floor. The actual purpose of the Pleiades is just to delay the invaders, allowing all the guild members enough time to gather together in the throne hall and greet the invaders like villains in fiction.
Despite being looked upon as weak by the YGGDRASIL standard, the levels of each member in this group from the New World's perspective make them equivalent to legendary monsters.
While the Pleiades each had completely different job abilities, their maid skills were all equally the same. For instance, they can still perform housework like the Homunculus Maids under the command of Pestonya. In a sense, they could substitute for each other in a professional capacity.
In the Web Novel, it was noted every member of Pleiades is equipped with a battle maid uniform that they wear in direct combat. Considering its defensive properties, rather than treating each respective attire as battle maid clothes, they were functioned exactly more like full plate armor. Additionally, the armor was imbued with top-grade magic through rare data crystals that only players who are over level 90 could get were used for it.
Leader of Pleiades Seven Sisters
Leader of Pleiades Six Stars
- The dual organization of the Pleiades refers to two different meanings of the word "Pleiades." In Greek mythology, the Pleiades refers to the seven sisters, daughters of the titan Atlas, while in astronomy the Pleiades is a star cluster called the "Six Combined Star" (六連星) in Asia.
- The homunculus maids of Nazarick think of the Pleiades as a kind of idol group, with CZ being the most popular among them.
- The Pleiades had their own name etched into the title of the Pure Pure Pleiades series.
- Almost all of the Pleiades consider the human race as food, playthings or generally lower life forms similarly to all other denizens of the Nazarick. However, a clear difference to this normally abysmal attitude to humans is the fact that their "youngest sister", Aureole Omega is a human. Thus, she was exempted from their general disdain as they do not consider their sister to be one of the human race due to her being a fellow NPC made by the 41 Supreme Beings and her possessing eternal life. In a way, this makes them one of the few groups of NPCs to have a positive relationship with a human prior to entering the New World.