McBurn's primary motivation in his missions is to find an opponent capable of forcing him to fight at full power. He has abandoned missions that he felt couldn't bring out the fire in him, as shown during Class VII's raid on Helmut Albarea's fortress.
Similar to Rean Schwarzer, who is "mixed" in his chest, McBurn is mixed throughout his entire body. He wields the sword Angbar (アングバール),[Note 2], one of the weapons forged through Divergent Laws and handed to him by Ouroboros' Grandmaster.
Originally Demon Lord Mea Cu Barud Ruaung (魔神メア＝ク＝バルウド＝ルアウング), king of the Outside,[JP 1] McBurn ended up in his current form after he collided with an ordinary human upon his visit to Zemuria in around S.1156.[Note 3] He would live without memories of his previous life for the next five decades.
It is unknown when or why he joined Ouroboros. However, he was one of the organization's three most powerful operatives; alongside the Seventh Anguis, Arianrhod the Steel Maiden, and Enforcer No. II, Loewe, whom he was well-acquainted with prior to his death due to his strength.
McBurn was one of the four Ouroboros members (along with Vita Clotilde, Duvalie and Bleublanc) who works alongside the Noble Alliance during the Erebonian civil war, in the society's efforts to advance their Phantasmal Blaze Plan (which McBurn isn't interested in as he only desires to fight a strong opponent). He first crossed paths with Class VII outside of Bareahard and fought them alongside Duvalie, fighting restrained at first, and then immediately overpowering his opponents after Duvalie was knocked down by them. During the game's intermission, aboard the Pantagruel, McBurn has a conversation with Rean wherein he reveals that Rean is "mixed" in a similar way to him (referring to Rean's ogre power that activates when he is enraged/passionate). However, Rean is only mixed in his chest, whereas McBurn is mixed in his full body.
He is last seen fighting Class VII in the third stratum of the Infernal Castle. There, they manage to force him to bring out his more powerful form as the Blazing Demon, wherein his hair turns gold and his powers are amplified. Just as Rean is about to summon Valimar, Victor S. Arseid jumps in to duel McBurn and allow Class VII to progress. McBurn summons the Angbar and then begins to fight Erebonia's strongest swordsman.
It was later revealed that Victor's lungs were injured after his duel with the Blazing Demon, and his strength as a swordsman diminished (which contributed to him being defeated by his student later on).
Alongside Arianrhod, Campanella and the Stahlritter, McBurn works to reclaim the Phantasmal Blaze Plan from Giliath Osborne, who stole it from underneath Ouroboros at the end of the civil war. He is first seen in Crossbell, looking to find Vita Clotilde who had since disappeared from the society. There, he fights and overpowers Class VII at Orchis Tower and later at Stargazer's Tower, working alongside Campanella both times. He participates in an experiment with the Aions in the area. He also appeared during the events of the game's third chapter in Lamarre Province, sparring with Wallace Bardias who is able to hold back his flames, and taking an interest in Gaius Worzel due to him having became a Dominion.
At the end of the game, he teams up with Arianrhod to guard the first roadblock inside the Gral of Erebos. As he summons Angbar, Gaius, Laura S. Arseid and Emma Millstein (carrying Vita's staff) decide to take over the fight to let the rest of Class VII continue inwards. When McBurn observed the apparent death of Victor when the Courageous exploded, he regressed to his normal form, regretful at never having got the chance to fight him again.
McBurn first combats the party at the Black Workshop where he fights alongside Ines and Ennea against Crow Armbrust, an enraged Rean Schwarzer and a turncoat Duvalie. He is then next fought atop the Orchis Tower alongside Victor S. Arseid, who has survived the explosion (only losing an arm in the process) and is now under the control of the Erebonian Curse. With the rest of the party's help, Laura manages to defeat her father and free him of the curse's control, but McBurn isn't down yet. The Vander family then rushes onto the scene to help repel McBurn, who exits the area and gives a very brief glimpse of his true form before doing so.
McBurn is then met as the final opponent in Tuatha De Danann that the party has to fight before reaching Osborne. Before the fight, he explains how he came to Zemuria 50 years ago from a world Outside it, and how his normal body is that of a human from Zemuria. He also comments on how both the Salt Pale and the Gnosis drug used by the cult in Crossbell are tied to the Outside just like him. McBurn knew that in order to regain his memories, he had to return to his "true form", and the transmutations the world underwent due to the Great Twilight and the ensuing World War provided a perfect opportunity for him to do so without twisting reality and space, the way the Salt Pale did.
McBurn then fought the party in his true form as a demon lord, even withstanding an attack from the Originator Zero sword by Valimar. Afterwards, McBurn returned to his human form and confirmed having finally reacquired his memories. He withdrew his hostilities from Class VII, but was not willing to work with them to defeat Osborne due to his new goal of confronting Campanella, Vita, Mariabell Crois and the Grandmaster. He seemed upset with Ouroboros and Campanella, suggesting he realized he was manipulated by them. Before teleporting away, McBurn gave Rean a single-use power that he could use during his final Rivalry with Osborne and Ishmelga.
Promotional screenshots confirm McBurn will return in this game.
|Flames of Judgment|
|Flames of Judgment|
|直線(地点指定)・一定の確率で即死・火崩し[note 1] |
|直線(地点指定)・一定の確率で即死・火崩し[note 1] |
- Fought against a total of nine times, McBurn is tied with Duvalie for the most fought boss in the series.
- In Trails of Cold Steel II, he is fought twice, first with Duvalie at Bareahard and then later at the Infernal Castle.
- in Trails of Cold Steel III, he is fought four times, first at Orchis Tower, then twice at Stargazer's Tower (the first time fighting alongside Campanella), and then once more in the Gral of Erebos.
- In Trails of Cold Steel IV, he is fought against three times, first alongside Ines/Ennea in the Black Workshop, then alongside Victor S. Arseid at Orchis Tower, then in his true form at the Tuatha De Danann.
- McBurn is the only Enforcer to have two Enforcer titles, using the "Almighty Conflagration" for his normal state, and "Blazing Demon" for his demon state.
- During the final fight against him in Trails of Cold Steel IV, the Super Arrange version of The Enforcers from SC plays. This song is never played at any other point in the series.
- ↑ The Japanese word 劫 is a Buddhist term for an aeon or kalpa (कल्प) in Sanskrit. His alias 劫炎 can, therefore, be alternatively interpreted as the 'eternal blaze' or, as a representative of the current era, the 'first flame'. The significance of his alias is currently unknown.
- ↑ Though the localisation term differs, Angbar in Japanese is written in the same way as the Flame Dragon of the Five Dragons of Altago in Ys Seven.
- ↑ Exact time unknown. From S.1206, it happened "50 years ago", but it may be earlier or later than S.1156.
- ↑ 異界の王
|Anguis||Vita Clotilde (2nd) - Georg Weissmann (formerly 3rd) - Mariabell Crois (3rd) - Thousand Oathbreaker (4th) - F. Novartis (6th) - Arianrhod (7th)|
|Enforcers||Campanella (0) - McBurn (I) - Leonhardt (II) - Golden Butterfly (III) - Luciola (VI) - Walter (VIII) - Sharon Kreuger (IX) - Bleublanc (X) - Joshua Bright (XIII) - Renne Hayworth (XV) - Shirley Orlando (XVII)|
|Stahlritter*||Duvalie (head knight) - Ines - Ennea|
|Associates||Jesters - Gilbert Stein - Cedric Reise Arnor*|
|Bases||Lakeside Laboratory - Glorious - Celestial Globe|
|Thirteen Factories||Doll Studio - Black Workshop|
|Orpheus Final Plan||Gospel Plan - Phantasmal Blaze Plan - Eternal Recurrence Plan|
|External events||Azure-Zero Project - October War - Great Twilight Plan - Operation Jormungand|
|Technology||Archaism - Pater-Mater* - Aion Type-α - Aion Type-β - Aion Type-γ - Aion Type-αII - Aion Type-βII - Aion Type-γII|
|Concepts||Sept-Terrion - Outside (Divergent Laws) - Carnage|