Back in the war-torn days of Ancient Belka, there was an empire called Galea, and the one who ruled this place was a tyrant named Ixpellia, who bore the title of Meioh, translatable as either Dark King or King of the Underworld. She loved brutality and wars and took over neighboring countries with her army of Mariage, cyborg zombies whose arms could transform into many weapons, from nigh-indestructible swords to tank-destroying cannons. Battlefields were burned into the ground and her Mariage army grew with every person killed. Worse of all, prophecies state that she will one day return to lead her Mariage army again.At least, that's what the books say. Turns out she's mostly just a little girl who was burdened with the duty to win the war for her country, and had gotten really weary of fighting since, with every country demanding the same from their personalruler, all that happened was a war that dragged out for ages and caused needless bloodshed. Oh, and every Mariage she made had the same war-loving personality who would awaken her in every age; and they were destroy everything; and go back to sleep. Sucks to be her. She was eventually rescued by Subaru who showed her that the endless cycle of war had stopped. That humans and cyborgs were living in peace, and even the Sankt Kaiser was alive again. She even made friends with Vivio, a fellow Ancient Belka ruler. And... with the knowledge that maybe, when she awoke again in 1 year, in 10 years, in 100 or even 1000 years, that humans might be able to protect this peace; she went to sleep peacefully for the first time.As of Vivid, she's under the care of the Saint Church.
Anti Anti Christ: Despite being the Dark King mentioned in the prophecies, Ix hates the endless wars of Belka and prefers to live in an era of peace.
Blessed with Suck: Can create Mariages which are Cyborg Zombie Super Soldiers but cannot command them in any way.
The Bus Came Back: In chapter 63, a little Ixpellia has manifested from her main body. Nevertheless, she's awake.
The Cameo: Appears several times in the early ViVid chapters while still being in a coma.
Chekhov's Gunman: It's obvious that Ixpellia will awaken and appear in ViVid, since she has several cameo appearances in the early chapters and is still mentioned in the late chapters. She awakes in chapter 63. Somehow...◊
Convenient Coma: Was in one since the warring days of Ancient Belka, and has only awakened recently. After the incident ends, she enters another one that's said to last from one to a thousand years. She eventually awakes in chapter 63 of ViVid. But not in the traditional sense...
Chinese Girl: The Sound Stage X artwork and her later appearances in the ViVid manga show her wearing a qipao. The little Ixpellia wears a white dress instead, that only resembles slightly a qipao.
The Mariage (マリアージュ Mariāju) are the primary antagonists in Sound Stage X. They appear as a group of nearly identical masked women, each about 175 cm tall, who are responsible for the series of murders on Faurus, Vaizen, and Mid-Childa in 0078.It is revealed in SSX that Mariage are artificial beings devoid of personality created from control cores produced by Dark King Ixpellia's body. During the Warring Ages, they were used by Galea to combat the Sankt Kaiser's troops, however, Ixpellia was then probably robbed of her power source and fell into hibernation, only rediscovered by certain Tredia Graze in modern times. After Tredia's death, his accomplice Runessa Magnus took over the Mariage production, spawning some 18 of them and causing the Mariage Incident of 0078. All Mariage created up to that date are presumably destroyed in the end of Sound Stage X.
Meaningful Name: "Mariage" is supposed to be an Ancient Belkan word for "puppet". However, there is no such word in modern German (which is otherwise identical with Belkan) and the closest-sounding word, "Marionette", is of French origin.
Not Using the Z Word: The Mariage, a horde of single-minded man-eating undead that are raised by a necromancer from corpses, are never referred to as "zombies" or "undead". The term used for them is "Corpse Weapons".
A mysterious figure who once fought for the Orussian Liberation front, and is believed to be responsible for the rise of the Mariage. He was also an associate of Jail Scaglietti. It turns out that he's been dead for four years.
Teana's partner on the Mariage case. It's later revealed that the apparent antagonist, Tredia, is dead, and that she was the one responsible for the killings. Teana eventually catches on and arrests her.
First Name Basis: Offers this to Ginga when she offers the same, because of her common surname Magnus. But she also admits her first name "Runessa" is also very common by orphans from her home planet Orussia.