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Rayneshia El-Arte Corwen[2][3] (also spelled "Lenessia Erharte Cowen", "Reinesia Cowen", or "Raynesia Cowen") is a member of the Corwen family—the most prestigious dukedom in the Eastal League of Free Cities and second-most prestigious aristocratic family in all of Yamato.

She is the granddaughter of Serjiad Corwen, the Duke of Maihama, and the second child of Feynail and Saraliya. Her older sister is Risselthea and her younger brother is Iselus.

After the events of the Return of the Goblin King, she becomes the Ambassadress of the Eastal League of Free Cities to Akiba. During her time there, she assists in Operation Capture as an external support member of the Akiba Raid Party.

Appearance

Rayneshia is a beautiful young girl who is well-known for her beauty with knee-length light blue hair that has a braid on the left side with bangs swept to the right side and dark blue eyes.

Her attire is left up to Elissa (Rayneshia's personal maid), since Rayneshia herself prefers to wear comfortable pajamas which are unacceptable for social events.

Personality

Rayneshia is a laid-back, gloomy and lazy girl to the core who prefers to do nothing but eat, daydream and nap for the entire day. Nonetheless, being raised in a royal family, she knows how to act properly in society and to control herself in front of others—however, it is likely because of this that she is so apathetic towards her surroundings. Rayneshia proves to be very judgmental of herself, calling herself "lazy, cowardly, and irresponsible," and thinks to herself that she isn't as smart as she would like to be.

Whenever she daydreams in the public, due to her beauty, people misinterpret her behavior as being concerned about the future, and thus she has the nickname "cultured lady with a sense of sorrow." She only acts as herself in front of Krusty, who she realizes can see right through her facade, and Elissa, who has been serving her for a long time.

Given all of her shortcomings, she can be quite bold and straight to the point when a problem must be solved. For instance, when an army of 20,000 Goblins began invading cities, she voluntarily traveled to Akiba to ask for aid from Adventurers while most nobles were still bickering among themselves about how best to exploit the Round Table Alliance to their advantage. When Malves pays an unexpected visit, she manages to rein in her emotions even when he treats her as nothing but decoration, pervertedly smells her hair, and rags on her for losing his letter (which he never really sent).

Because young noblewomen, especially one from such an influential family like the Corwen clan, were highly scrutinized, girls were strictly educated on how to act like proper noblewomen from a young age. Rayneshia was no exception, and Elissa suspects that it is for this reason that she has few friends her own age. On top of that, she had practically given up on making friends, so she adamantly insisted that the tea parties she went to with the Adventurer girls were too much work.

Synopsis

Before the Catastrophe

Female nobles don't have any real authority and instead exist for political marriages, which is why she is so lazy and unmotivated, since she knows that she will never be in a position to do anything worthwhile and her only role is to just look pretty and perfect. However, because of the May Revolution, those pre-established societal rules are challenged by the Adventurers.

Conference of the Lords arc

Rayneshia and Elissa appear before Serjiad Corwen when the spies in Akiba return.

Rayneshia, Fevel, and Apret are debutantes when representatives of the Round Table Alliance arrive at the Ancient Palace of Eternal Ice to attend the annual Conference of the Lords. Finding his opportunity to worm his way out of stifling conversations with the Earthling nobles, Krusty quickly becomes her acquaintance, to her mild displeasure. However, seeing how free he was to do whatever he wanted, unlike her, she came to admire both him and the Adventurers.

Return of the Goblin King arc

Rayneshia was told by her father to stay at the Ancient Palace of Eternal Ice with her Grandfather due to the invasion of Goblins and Sahuagin as a result of the Return of the Goblin King event. However, because the nobles took too long over bickering on how to use the Adventurers to their advantage, she defies her father's commands and goes to personally plead for the Adventurer's assistance against the goblin hordes. Her outlook on social classes was completely turned upside-down as she witnessed how well-educated the Adventurers were in comparison to the military officers and nobility of the People of the Earth. Her impassioned speech to the crowds convinces Krusty and the other Adventurers to lend their aid.

Libra Festival arc

Because she acted entirely on her own without the authority of the Nobles, she was forced to shoulder all the responsibility, and had to go to Akiba to become the Earthling ambassador to the Adventurers. Ironically, Krusty tells her that since Adventurers don't care about politics, she gets to just laze around all day long, exactly what she wanted much to her happiness.

When she shortly realizes that she's now swamped with requests between the Guilds and Earthlings and now barely even has time for herself. She feels that she got conned by Krusty as a result.

Fallen Guardian arc

Rayneshia finds herself swamped by those joining in on her "tea party," Adventurers that were assigned to protect her while several of the Round Table Alliance's guild masters were away on various missions. Marielle in particular takes great joy in dressing her up, while Rayneshia admires the stoic Rieze.

However, learning about the murderer makes her tense, and even more so when she learns from Kunie clan member Kinjyo that this murderer is actually one of the Royal Guard. Although she contemplates turning off the magic circuit that allowed the Mobile Armor to operate, she falters upon learning that it would also end the Guard system and cut off Akiba's protection from monsters for at least 10 years. Unsure of what to do, she can only sit by as Akatsuki, who had overheard her conversation, goes to fight him. In the meantime, she is accompanied by Rieze, from whom she realizes that even after all this time, she really didn't now how Adventurers lived or thought.[4]

Upon the death of both the ninja and Soujiro Seta, however, both Akatsuki and Rayneshia are berated for their naivete and unwillingness to work with others.

Rieze and Henrietta work together to come up with a strategy to defeat the rogue Guard, and Rayneshia is the one visiting Kinjo this time, to ask him to turn off the magic circuit allowing for the operation of the Royal Guard. He repeats the downfalls of turning it off, all which she knew and was prepared for. Even though she was still afraid and wanted to just run away, she determines to herself that would go through with the plan.[5]

Noosphere arc

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Rayneshia with her younger brother

For her younger brother Iselus' eighth birthday party, Rayneshia travels from Akiba to Maihama, where Isaac and Calasin already were to train the Glass Greaves. Rieze accompanies her as a bodyguard, and indeed, some Westelande assassins appear to kill Iselus. However, Isaac, with his new danger-detecting earring, sensed the malintent of the Earthlings and challenged them to a fight.

Not long after defeating them, though, many Earthlings begin collapsing around them as a result of the Eternal Moths. Although Rayneshia and Iselus are not affected, their grandfather, Serjiad, was, and they gather beside him in worry. By the time he wakes up, they already moved him into a bed so that he could rest, and Rayneshia herself irately wonders where Krusty had disappeared to, vowing to find him and bring him back herself if she had to.

Collapse of the Round Table arc

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This article contains plot details for Season 3 and beyond.

Right around the time that the Round Table Alliance is under pressure due to Eins' arrangement with the House of Saiguu to establish a duchy in Eastal territory, Rayneshia finds herself in a pickle. Rayneshia's mother, Saraliya, approaches her with the news that she has received a marriage proposal from Touri Saiguu. Because of the incident during the Goblin King invasion in which she was swept away by Shiroe and Krusty (older, handsome Adventurer men) combined with her elder sister Risselthea's elopement years back, Rayneshia finds herself under great pressure to accept the marriage proposal for the sake of her personal and family's reputation, as well as for Akiba's sake.

Other Media

Log Horizon: West Wind Brigade

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Rayneshia's debut

Rayneshia makes a cameo in chapter 29, laying over a table as Elissa spreads a blanket over her.

Log Horizon: New Adventure Land

Main article: Rayneshia/SNG

Rayneshia makes an appearance in the SNG and has several different forms that can be acquired. Because she doesn't have a normal class that Adventurers have in the light novel, she is a Bard in all her appearances in the game.

Equipment

Volume 4

Ray item 04a White Luxe Tree Ring: A toy ring made of braided white luxe owod and set with pale rose-colored stones. Rayneshia can't wear it in aristocratic society, but she likes it. It's said to ward off danger, and it has been passed down from mother to daughter for generations.
Ray item 04b Crystal Tone Music Box: A music box made with a mithril disc and crystal feathers. It used to move via ancient Alv magic, but when the Alvs were destroyed, it stopped working. Since given a clockwork mechanism by human hands, it plays songs from bygone days.
Ray item 04c Blossom Rose Dress: A dress with a beautiful train made of layers of pale pink cloth, like rose petals. The color of each piece of material is subtly different, and the way it changes when seen from various angles fascinates watchers. Not one thought was given to how it would feel to wear it.

Volume 6

Flying Swallow Choker Pomegranate Flying-Swallow Choker: A glossy dark-blue necklace, made from deep sea rock, reminiscent of a swallow. Drawn to its shape and colors, Rayneshia bought it even though she knew it wouldn't look good on her. Now she is thinking of giving it to someone who would wear it better.
Blanket with Pockets Blanket with Pockets: A lap robe with pockets, woven from cold-resistant material. When you put pocket heaters in, it's slightly warm, and if you're not careful, you'll want to go limp and laze around. According to the princess, "It isn't a magic item, but it does feel as though it's had a spell cast on it."
Fur of Perfect White Rabbit White Round Rabbit Fur: A pure-white coat made from the fur of the White Round Rabbits that live in Ezzo. It was a present from a clothing and accessories guild in Akiba. Although it has no defensive power, it's cute and very popular among women. Because stains stand out on white clothes, Elissa is careful with it.

Trivia

  • Even though Rayneshia is shown to be pretty, it tends to irk her because she is aware of her position, which essentially required her to look pretty and nothing else.
  • Her middle name, El-Arte, may actually be a designation of her standing in the family, since the rest of her family also has -Arte in their middle names, but with different prefixes.
  • Despite Rayneshia's low sense of self-worth due to her gender, her mother is in fact quite influential in politics and runs Maihama's intelligence agency.[1]
  • Rayneshia shares her Japanese voice actress, Mariya Ise, with her younger brother.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 LogHora Wednesdays: Into the Theldesia
  2. Log Horizon anime: Boxed DVD 4 Extra Scans
  3. Log Horizon light novel: Volume 5, Characters
  4. Log Horizon Light Novel: Volume 6, Chapter 3
  5. Log Horizon Light Novel: Volume 6, Chapter 5

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