Pray Mayer (also translated as Pray Meyer or Pray Meier; simply known as Pray) was the female human identity of Beast Queen E-34. She raised herself to live alone but soon found the importance of companionship through Fiona. She also received continued guidance from Milo Leonhard. Pray is both the biological mother of Master Knight Anne Mayer as well as her legally adoptive sister.
Pray was a Master Knight of the Central Order, a Zero Breaker, and the Top Sword of the entire Knight Order. She was also one of the 7 Heroes of the Velchees War and was popularly regarded as the "greatest/strongest" Knight to have ever lived. Pray committed two separate murders on fellow Knights which led to her fall as a disgraced Knight and ultimately revoked her status to a mere Knight Apprentice. Many who watched her career rapidly rise were disappointed as they believed that Pray could have ended the Human-Beast conflict and bring about the Age of Humans single-handedly.
Pray was a notoriously controversial figure due to her open hostility against anyone except Anne. At the same time, she was also infamous for her incredible power and potential that was truly peerless. Pray still holds the highest record in the history of Knighthood both for slain high rank beasts as well as victories in competitive duels. Even senior Master Knights were not able to defeat Pray nor can even hope to. This led to a routine wherein senior Master Knights would excuse themselves from matches against her just so they can save their reputation.
Since her revelation as Beast Queen E-34 in CC 430, Pray is currently recognized as the "worst threat" to humanity. The outbreak of the War of Prayer, initiated by her, pushed humanity to the brink of destruction and prompted major shifts in all aspects of life in the Knight Run universe. Still, Pray's existence as a human being and as a Knight had been preserved by the Leonhard/Knights-led Alternative League to cover-up the fact that one of their own caused such an extreme disaster.
Pray is one of the main characters of Knight Run and notably started the series' story with her war. The entire Main Episode-0 Pray revolves around her and her relationship with Anne. Despite presumptions that she was already slain by Anne during their epic fight in the Third Battle of Arin, Pray's ultimate status is left uncertain as her body was retrieved by EX-Type Zero Fear and then brought to the Beast Graveyard. In Main Episode-1 Hero, Pray repeatedly appears as visions haunting Anne.
Pray appears as an extremely petite, slim, and prepubescent girl with wavy, knee-length blonde hair, red eyes, and pale skin. A notable feature of Pray is that her pupils are vertically slanted (similar to a cat), as opposed to a normal human's circular pupils. When in active combat, Pray's eyes also do not transform unlike other characters who undergo physiological changes in the pattern, shape, and/or color of their irises. This may imply that Pray is always in a powered-up or combat ready state. Milo Leonhard noted that Pray has a wide forehead like him.
Pray usually wears cute dresses which give off the false impression that she is a meek, innocent child. After Anne's departure from her, Pray swapped the cute motif for a more mature one and began applying make-up on herself. She now appears to be more conscious of her looks and femininity.
Due to her stature and appearance, many have thought that Pray has either stumped growth, hormonal abnormality, or unaging qualities. However, Pray seems to have developed physically when comparing how she looked from Anne's memory with her appearance during the War of Prayer. This shows that her body simply ages at a slower pace compared to a normal human.
On the surface, Pray appears to have a Darwinistic view on life - convinced that only the strong, such as Anne and herself, should survive while the weak must be left to struggle on their own so that they may grow strong or be fodder for stronger individuals. Pray cannot understand why Anne always risks herself for others though she still followed Anne to become archetypal heroic Knights, ready to sacrifice in order to save people. As the plot progresses, it is then revealed that Pray actually has a warped love for Anne bordering on unhealthy obsession. This is the primary root of her psychopathic behavior.
Pray is easily provoked when Anne is involved. She joined the Knight Order so that she can follow Anne and be by her side always (where she can ensure Anne's safety at all times). Pray can also be quite manipulative and jealous of Anne's friendliness to other people as Pray believes that only she can provide happiness to Anne. This can be seen in the way Pray would inflict harm on others to keep them away from Anne; she selfishly wants Anne to be hers only. To "protect" her Anne, Pray will remove any risks with no restraints whatsoever since she wholeheartedly subscribes to the thought that anything is worth it if for the sake of Anne. Pray's first and second murders were due to this twisted logic. Eventually, it was revealed that Anne is literally the self-materialized wish of Pray - a prayer to have her own friend who would be with her forever. Pray's actions all this time were to protect and cherish her precious wish. Pray's excessive actions were also revealed to be due to the traumatizing loss of Fiona which taught her to protect and treasure the person she loves the most.
Other than Anne, Pray is disgusted by everyone else and would often resort to insult (at best) or violence (at worst) to repel people who would attempt to approach her or Anne. There are certain individuals that she holds with less disdain than usual such as Milo and Jill but this is thanks to the intervention of Fiona and Anne. Still, as long as she has her Anne, Pray is firmly decided that she has no need for anything or anyone else. On the other hand, Pray is fearful of losing Anne's love. She attempts to be kinder to Anne's close friends and to act as a proper rescuing Knight to other people as these merit the approval of Anne. Anne acts as Pray's "constant" which keeps her ego stable, staving off the corrupting Beastly nature inside her. Without Anne, Pray's negative mentality would consume her and result in disastrous consequences as seen from the events of Main Episode-0 Pray
In a more comical note, Pray tends to treat matters not concerning Anne as a non-issue regardless of how pressing or important it is. During their Knight training days, Pray would not take their field combat exercises seriously and views such deployments as more of a field trip/camping opportunity. She even stuffed her backpack at one point with nothing more but snacks instead of proper equipment although it could probably be a ploy so that she would end up sharing a sleeping bag with Anne.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Due to Pray's Beastly nature, she is naturally endowed with much enhanced strength, agility, reflexes, and senses that are already considered superhuman and grossly disproportionate to her small-sized frame. She is seemingly also a prodigious genius who can quickly absorb or capture anything that piques her interest.
Pray is an expert master of Mayer Style as she was trained personally under the renowned Karen Mayer who was her adoptive mother. From Mayer Style, she developed her own martial arts, Pray Style, which is far superior and more potent than its original basis. It is thanks to these disciplines that she was able to refine her Beastly attributes and turn herself into a deadly living weapon. Even after the War of Prayer, Pray is still widely recognized as one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful character, in the entire Knight Run universe. Proof of her dominating power is the fact that she was recognized by Mother Knight herself as the Top Sword immediately upon graduating from the Knight Academy.
Pray can overwhelm her opponents no matter in what category or weapon; if she has to fight unarmed, Pray can still wreck her opponent barehanded. Anne Mayer is the only human character shown capable of matching Pray but her yearly win record against her stands only at around a paltry 3% - still it is better than everyone else's in the Knight Order. During her epic fight against Anne, Pray was only at 30% of her strength due to exhaustion from "spawning" EX-Type Zero Quatro and other high rank beasts. Nonetheless, the two of them managed to destroy huge portions of Core Temple while fighting - Pray actually did much of the damages. Cross Eye Alpha and Beta seemed to be a match to Pray as well.
Pray wields AB Sword Number 5. V whose Masterpiece ability further enhances the wave techniques of Pray Style. Using V, Pray developed specific techniques that can only be used when in conjunction with her sword. She also further developed the use of waves to discover Black waves as well as the resonance method to create Violet waves which are combinations of Blue and Crimson/Red waves.