Official artwork of Queen Zeal by Akira Toriyama.
|Family||Schala (daughter) |
King Zeal (husband)
|Friends / Colleagues||Lavos |
- "Behold, my pretties, destiny, in its most brutal form! All the dreams that might have been. All the happiness, and sorrow, you might have experienced, gone forever! For you there will be no tomorrow!"
- — Queen Zeal
Queen Zeal (ジール , Jīru or Zeal?) (first name unknown) is the matriarch of Antiquity and secondary antagonist of Chrono Trigger. She is the sole ruler of the Kingdom of Zeal, the most magically advanced civilization throughout Chrono Trigger 's timeline. It is unknown how the Queen came to obsess over the power of Lavos, but by the time Crono and his friends encounter her, she is dangerously fixated on drawing upon Lavos' energies in an effort to become immortal.
Zeal is maniacal in her efforts to gain power and immortality. She displays a haughty attitude, creating a society which is entirely self-centered, and further centered on her. Her own people are both slavishly devoted to her and terrified of her. She is paranoid and manipulative, gladly abusing the vast magical talent that her daughter Schala displays in order to further her goals. The well-being of her children is forgotten in the face of her desperate desire for power, and she shows a willingness to sacrifice any number of beings in her efforts.
However, it is mentioned by many, including the Gurus, that Queen Zeal did not always behave in such a power-hungry and inhuman manner. Melchior observes that the Queen's psychological degeneration appears tied directly to how much of Lavos' energy she absorbs through the Mammon Machine. Though Schala recognizes her mother's madness, she remains emotionally torn over her inability to accept her mother's behavior. Janus, the Queens only known son, reveals his feelings that Queen Zeal has ceased to be his mother, that she has somehow been changed by the power of Lavos.
It is during the rule of Queen Zeal that humanity first comes into possession of magic, which is revealed to be a concentrated form of Lavos' power. It is this power which Zeal believes will make her immortal. Indeed, after the events in the Ocean Palace and the rising of the Black Omen, Queen Zeal does seem to obtain some form of immortality, since she exists in any time period that the Omen can be found in. It is possible, though, that this is due to the Omen's time-bending nature rather than proper immortality. Queen Zeal makes her final stand against Crono at the heart of the Black Omen, where she is finally defeated. It is mentioned by Gaspar afterwards that she reverts to a normal human being.
It is important to note that Queen Zeal is extremely unique in terms of her relationship with Lavos. She is the only known entity to establish any sort of a rapport with the creature. She treats Lavos as a god-like being worthy of worship, yet at the same time Lavos makes no attempt to absorb or destroy her, and indeed seems to follow her commands during the fateful encounter in the Ocean Palace. Also potentially noteworthy, Lavos does not mimic her powers during Crono's encounter with him, despite the fact that she is one of the most powerful boss characters in the game. All of this may suggest a unique relationship between the two, with Zeal's worship both drawing strength from and channeling power into Lavos. However, the actual dynamic of their relationship is never fully explored, and one can only speculate as to its true nature.
In Japanese, her name translates to Zeal, but is pronounced as "Jiru". During the Han Dynasty in China, Jiru were the male bed companions of Gaozu of Han. Additionally, the word Zeal means to pursue something passionately, as this Queen pursued immortality through Lavos, at the expense of her children, her associates, and her home.