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The Noah Family (ノアの一族, Noa no Ichizoku) is a group of fourteen humans whom have had the "Noah gene" within their bodies activated. They follow the will of Noah and the Earl of Millennium.

Outline

All humans on Earth are the descendants of Noah and his family, who survived the Great Flood and populated the Earth once more. Every so often, and when there is a vacancy within the Family, a gene within a random human, called the "Noah gene", awakens, turning that human into a Noah and causing them to fall under the influence of his hatred and memories stored within their blood.

At their greatest, the Noah Family will have fourteen members, including the Earl of Millennium who leads them. When one of the members dies, an indeterminate amount of time later the same Noah will awaken in a new human, though under a new human name and a new human mindset.

Each member of the Noah Family is known as an 'Apostle', and each Apostle has their own Noah name, though a few choose to continue to go by their human name.

Members of the Noah Family, when they are in their Noah forms, are distinguished by their darkened skin, amber eyes, bluish black hair (with the exception of Jasdevi, Wisely, and Allen) and the line of black, cross-like markings that go across their foreheads, called stigmata.

History

Oldearl

The Original Noah Family

Seven thousand years before the main story started, the Noah fought the first users of Innocence in a battle so great it destroyed the world, an event known in the Old Testament as "The Great Flood", though it is documented in the Cube as "The Three Days of Darkness".[1] After the first incarnation of the Earl died fighting against the wielder of the Heart of the Innocence, the remaining twelve Apostles repopulated the Earth, making Noah's blood the ancestor strain of all humans of the current generation.[2]

Thirty-five years before the main story, the fourteenth Noah, Nea Walker, betrayed the Family, killing all except Road and the Earl before being killed himself. Though he desired to become the new Earl of Millennium, the current Earl still misses him and desires to have him by his side again, believing he can convince Nea to join them.

Known Noah

Noah Family Members
Apostle Noah Name Human Name Representation Status
1 Adam The Earl of Millennium Active
2 Toraido Judge Active
3 Joido Tyki Mikk Pleasure Active
4 Dezaiasu Sheril Kamelot Desire Active
5 Wisely Wisdom Active
6 Fiidora Corrosion Active
7 Maashiima Pity Active
8 Raasura Skinn Bolic Wrath Deceased †
9 Road Road Kamelot Dreams Unknown
10 & 11 Bondomu

Jasdevi (Jasdero and Devit)

Bonds Active
12 Rasutoru Lulu Bell Lust Active
13 Maitora Ability Active
14 Nea Walker Defected/Reincarnated

Inherent Noah Abilities

Natural command of all Akuma: All Noah have the ability to command Akuma to do whatever they want, both verbally and telepathically.[3] The extent of this influence is so complete that Noah can command Akuma to self-destruct, even if it is against the Akuma's will.[4]

Akuma Blood Oil Immunity: Though they are human, Noah are immune to the poisonous effects of Akuma blood oil, though it is noted by Jasdevi that it tastes terrible. Road however likes the taste of Akuma Blood Oil.[5]

Noah's "Memory": The driving force behind the will that all Noah feel, it creates their thirst for blood and their hatred of Innocence and those who wield them, and, when a Noah is in a life threatening situation, it awakens their full potential, increasing their power and stamina dramatically.[6][7]

Familial Empathy: Noah are able to sense when a member of their 'family' dies, a situation that seems to sadden the Noah within them, as shown when Skinn Bolic died and Tyki was unable to explain why he was crying. Road, who was also crying at the time, explained that Noah was crying.[8]

Dark Matter abilities: All Noah members have their special abilities based off Dark Matter, which grants them each a unique and powerful ability, making them deadly fighters. This also makes them vulnerable to Innocence, but at the same time, allows them to destroy Innocence by merely touching one.[9]

Trivia

  • It is unclear how Nea Walker, the fourteenth Noah, fits into the Noah reincarnation cycle, as it is explained by Wisely that there were only thirteen original Apostles, the Earl of Millennium included. Though if both Bondomus (Jasdevi) are combined they make just one person, thus making Nea thirteenth one.[10]
  • "Stigmata", by definition, are marks of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person. In the Roman Catholic faith, the word is given to bodily marks, sores or sensations of pain in locations that correspond to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ.

References

  1. D.Gray-Man Manga Volume 1, Chapter 7, Page 183
  2. D.Gray-Man Manga Volume 19, Chapter 187, Page 111
  3. D.Gray-man Manga Volume 6, Chapter 56, Page 183
  4. D.Gray-Man Manga Volume 3, Chapter 25, Page 169
  5. D.Gray-Man Manga Volume 11, Chapter 107, Page 174
  6. D.Gray-Man Manga Volume 10, Chapter 97, Page 184
  7. D.Gray-Man Manga Volume 13, Chapter 124, Page 106
  8. D.Gray-Man Manga Volume 11, Chapter 98, Page 7
  9. D.Gray-man Manga Volume 6, Chapter 56, Page 179
  10. D.Gray-man Manga Volume 19, Chapter 187, Pages 110-111

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