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Meet Tartaglia — the cunning Snezhnayan whose unpredictable personality keeps people guessing his every move.
Don't be under any illusion as to what he might be thinking or what his intentions are. Just remember this: Behind that innocent, childlike exterior lies a finely honed instrument of war.

Description from the Official Website[1]

Tartaglia is No. 11 of the Eleven Harbingers of the Fatui.[2] He traveled to Liyue to head the Fatui's funding within the city.

Personality

No. 11 of The Harbingers, also known as "Childe." His name is highly feared on the battlefield.

In-game character attributes and profile page text

Tartaglia describes himself as "kind of a bad guy", living for the thrill of a fight and causing chaos.[3]

As a child, Tartaglia was frightened and hesitant, but he secretly desired to become an adventurer like the ones his father told him about as they fished together. After falling into The Abyss and meeting and training with Skirk, Tartaglia's personality drastically changed.

Although he appears to relatively friendly on the surface, Tartaglia is a bloodthirsty warrior. The Abyss and his old master, Skirk, made him self-confident, solipsistic, and brash, thriving on the sensation of being alive. A warrior at heart, he constantly seeks ways to grow stronger, regardless of how he obtains said power. Tartaglia considers those who wish to become strong like him to be friends and takes pleasure in battling them on the battlefield. He lusts for combat and grows excited by fighting strong opponents, even if it could mean dying in the process. He uses bows because he is weakest with them, making his victories with them all the more exhilarating.[2]

Because of his pride, Tartaglia is exceptionally reliable at accomplishing the tasks given to him, no matter how difficult they may be or if they go against his values. This, combined with his straightforward nature, makes him rather easy to manipulate. Despite disliking how his plan in Liyue Harbor could potentially harm innocents,[4] he puts it into motion to fulfill his mission in Liyue — only to learn he was meant to fail as part of an even larger plan he was not privy to, much to his consternation.

Amongst the rest of the Harbingers, Tartaglia is considered an oddball. While his fellow Harbingers prefer clandestine operations and staying behind the scenes, Tartaglia favors being front and center. On top of his lust for battle and tendency to cause havoc, he is a public figure known for attending social gatherings and even participates as an actor in plays and theater. As a result, Childe's coworkers are wary of him, while he holds them in disdain for their schemes and "intangible" methods. While he is quite capable of scheming, he only resorts to such approaches when necessary due to his straightforward nature. He also appears to treat his subordinates less harshly than the rest of the Harbingers, stating that he doesn't use lethal force against the recruits in his care, nor does he threaten any of them.

Tartaglia dedicates himself to those he cares about wholeheartedly. He is unquestionably loyal to the Tsaritsa and holds her in high esteem, seeing himself as her weapon of war.[3] He also cares deeply for his family; he sends money, gifts, and letters home often. Tartaglia is exceptionally proud of his three younger siblings and dotes on them frequently, especially his youngest brother Teucer — he is willing to lie and even put himself in mortal danger, so as long as it makes him happy. While this is callous, Tartaglia prioritizes his brother's safety over his own. He sees the Traveler as a friend, and enjoys sparring with them. Despite Zhongli deceiving him (and often using him as financial support), he remains on good terms with the former Archon.

Tartaglia enjoys fishing, having grown to appreciate fishing with his father before his drastic change. He uses it as a way to meditate, honing his endurance and contemplating his combat techniques. He has no particular preference for meals, declaring that all food is delicious, stating that a true warrior shouldn't fuss over what they eat in a manner similar to the weapon they use.

Appearance

Tartaglia is a tall young man with short, choppy orange hair and dull blue eyes. He wears a red Fatui mask pulled off to one side of his head. He also wears a beaded earring with a red crystal on his left ear. A few lighter blonde streaks can be seen in his hair, with one prominent one on the left side of his bangs.

He wears a grey jacket with dark red and light grey details, grey pants, and black boots and gloves. His jacket is left unbuttoned at the end to reveal a belt, which his Hydro Vision is attached to. It is instead held by buttons, with the outer edge decorated by a black symbol. He wears short gloves that expose his wrists. He also wears a red banner that goes across his chest and over his left shoulder, which becomes infused with a wispy Hydro effect when in the melee stance of his Elemental Skill Foul Legacy: Raging Tide. His outfit, Blades of Glory is described to be illustrious attire that signifies Childe's position as the eleventh Fatui Harbinger.

During the Golden House battle, Tartaglia wears his Electro Delusion to the right of his Vision in the center of his belt, and then moves his Vision to the empty slot on his right chest when fully activating the Foul Legacy Transformation.

Official Introduction

One can trust him, but one ought not get too attached. He has unusual tastes when it comes to combat — the encounters he craves the most being those that bring him closest to his own demise.

The cautious counsel of fellow Harbinger, Pulcinella

He cooks, he cleans... He's the bestest big brother ever!

The enthusiastic endorsement of younger sister, Tonia

Warm and friendly one minute, ruthless killer the next... His shifting and unpredictable personality can leave those around him at a loss for words to describe him. But in rare, private moments, he dispenses with titles, casts off his armor and the layers of intrigue that come with it, and show his authentic self.

His name is Tartaglia, and he is devoted to the thrill and the physical feel of battle.

Don't be under any illusion as to what he might be thinking or what his intentions are. Just remember this: Behind that innocent, childlike exterior lies a finely honed instrument of war.

Like a velvet sheath that houses an ostensibly ornamental blade, his unpredictability puts people on edge.

Character Stories

Character Details

Despite holding one of the most senior positions in the Fatui as one of the Eleven Harbingers, Childe very much looks like the young adult that he still is.

He is a wolf in sheep's clothing, however, for under the cheerful and confident appearance lies a deadly swordsman.

He is the youngest among the Harbingers, but one of the most dangerous among their number. That said, Childe doesn't seem to fit in well with the others.

As a fighter first and foremost, he is quite at odds with this organization of deceit and treachery.

Story 1

As the youngest Harbinger in the history of the Fatui, Childe is hardly bound by convention, and plays by his own rules accordingly.

Though this lone wolf is not so well received by his peers and is also at odds with their methods, his cavalier demeanor hides a responsible, watertight meticulousness.

He is a proud man of his word. Even if the promise he makes is absurd, he will never break it. Be it exterminating all the dragons inside their lairs, venturing into a domain of extreme danger, or single-handedly overthrowing the territory of a nobleman...

He not only keeps his promises, but also does so with finesse and surgical precision.. As the Harbingers' vanguard, Childe always appears in the vulnerable underbellies of Snezhnaya's enemy states, striking as a conflict is about to erupt.

Story 2

Many myths in Snezhnaya say that Tartaglia has been on the battlefield since he was 14 years old.

Oddly enough, at that young age he already seemed to be a skilled slaughterer with mastery of many forms of martial arts.

But more terrifying than his skill in combat was his passion for it. Perilous battles would only excite him, and terrifying foes would exhilarate him all the more.

Childe's arrogance and conceit are derived from honing himself across countless battles, and from unmatched combat experience.

On the other hand, because they fret about the way his quarrelsome personality tends to invite unwanted trouble, the other Harbingers constantly try to get him sent on missions to places as far from Snezhnaya as possible, so that they can avoid the fallout.

The man is incomprehensibly ever in the eye of the storm, and these unusual experiences have also made him quite the show-off who revels in the praise of others.

Unlike other members of the Harbingers, who prefer to keep a low profile, Tartaglia will often go to watch public performances — occasionally even becoming part of the show himself.

Story 3

Ice fishing has been one of Tartaglia's hobbies since childhood.

In those days, he was known neither by the names Tartaglia nor "Childe," as the Fatui call him, but as Ajax, named by his father after some hero's tale. He and his father would cut holes open upon frozen lakes, before sitting beside them and tend to their fishing lines.

This was no easy task, and would sometimes take the entire morning.

But whether it was chiseling away at the thick ice or the long waits in between catches, he was always accompanied by his father's unending tales of adventure.

These were stories of his father's adventures from when he was young, and they became the future that Tartaglia secretly envisioned for himself.

So he would pay close attention, putting himself into the shoes of the protagonist of those tales, immersing himself fully in them even as they waited for a fish to bite.

Even after leaving home, Ajax, later to be known as "Childe" Tartaglia, would keep up that hobby of his.

No longer accompanied by the stories of bygone days, fishing instead became an opportunity to train — to hone his endurance, and reflect on combat techniques.

Such long periods of meditation to refine his skills swiftly relegated the question of a successful catch to irrelevance.

Story 4

Unlike what the rest of the world may think, Tartaglia was not born with his exceptional skills in battle.

But he would never speak to everyone about that critical fateful encounter of his...

When he was 14, he fled his monotonous life at home with nothing but a shortsword and a bag of bread in hand.

That 14-year-old boy got lost in the snowy forest.

Pursued by bears and wolf packs, he lost his footing and fell into a bottomless crack in the earth's surface.

There, he witnessed the endless possibilities of another ancient world. There, he would meet a mysterious swordswoman...

Or perhaps one should say that this dark realm had sensed the burning ambition in this boy's heart.

This darkness was something that the Harbinger Childe could never again delve into.

In those three months, the swordswoman taught Tartaglia how to pass through the Abyss unhindered, and more importantly, nurtured the ability to stir up endless havoc from within Ajax's trouble-mongering nature.

No one knew what happened within that darkness during those three months, nor would Ajax ever speak of this to anyone. When his worried mother and sisters finally found him in that forest, only 3 days had passed in this world.

Thus did Ajax's first adventure end, with his now-rusty shortsword in hand.

This would mark the end of his youth and the beginning of his days as a warrior.

Story 5

By the time he returned home, the young man was no longer the same.

He was no longer frightened and hesitant but had become frivolous and confident. He acted as if this world revolved around him, and as if battle existed for his sake.

Conflict often brings about change, and this capricious, incalculable change attracted Ajax like a revolving kaleidoscope.

In the eyes of his father, that third son that he had so worried about had changed for the worse, bringing much havoc uncalled-for to the seaside village of Morepesok.

Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that Ajax had become a nexus of strife, for no matter where he went, fights and squabbles would follow — and he reveled in it.

Ultimately, after a huge brawl was pacified with some difficulty and with some near-fatal misses, his father had no choice but to hand his beloved son over for conscription into the Fatui.

He hoped that the strict military training of the Fatui could hone his son's temper, but wound up watching fully-armed troops getting the stuffing beaten out of them by a mere child.

This was a great disappointment to his father, but it also caught the attention of Pulcinella, the 5th Harbinger.

Shocked by Ajax's great strength, and curious about how he had invariably became the eye of a vortex of discord, Pulcinella inducted Ajax into the Fatui under the pretext of meting out punishment, ordering him to start from the bottom and take up the duty of serving the Tsaritsa.

His insatiable desire for conquest would thus be constantly satiated in fighting for the Fatui, and his ever-burgeoning ego would gorge upon the elation of vanquishing mighty foes...

Until at last, Ajax was chosen to be one of the Fatui Harbingers, donning the mantle of "Childe" Tartaglia and becoming one of the most powerful people in Snezhnaya.

But becoming Tartaglia was far from his end goal. To someone who sought to conquer the world, this was but a tiny step in his journey.

Tartaglia's Letters to Home

"Dearest Sister, are you all keeping well at home? Has the old man's headache gotten any better?

Please send my regards to our parents and our siblings.[Note 1]

I've sent some wind chill medication over from Liyue Harbor. It's very effective, and will probably keep him from nagging for a while. It should reach you after a few days.

Apart from our father's affairs, I naturally haven't forgotten about gifts for you all.

This letter should come with two kites from Liyue, a rattle drum, two porcelain dolls from Inazuma, and a crate full of various snacks.

And please break it to Anthon that the residents of Liyue are just boring old ordinary humans like us.

They're not made of stone, and they don't even eat stones.

Do not fret for my sake, Tonia, and refrain from making trouble for anyone at home. I will be home soon. When I have seized the seven stars of Liyue and laid them at the feet of Her Majesty the Tsaritsa, I will take the first ship home, just as I promised — and you know how I always keep my promises.

Yours faithfully, Your loyal knight."

Delusion

Tartaglia's Delusion is his old badge of honor and the proof of his strength.

He still remembers with perfect clarity the day when he received his Delusion and ascended to become a member of the Harbingers.

As he stood before the cold, stern Tsaritsa, The Jester, the very first of the Fatui, personally pinned this insignia onto him.

It was his reward for slaying many terrible beasts, and a memento of countless battles. But it was not this that brought Tartaglia joy, for honor is the natural reward of the warrior. Nor did he pay any mind to the odd looks his new "colleagues" gave him, for the opinions and bellyaches of others meant nothing to him.

The sight of the Tsaritsa on her lofty throne alone stirred the young man's heart with respect and admiration, not merely because she opened the way for him to find an abundance of looming battles, but also because of the way she looked upon him. Her gaze was cold but pure, arrogant yet sharp.

She was not only the sacrosanct Cryo Archon but a true warrior also.

Thus did Childe, having received his Delusion, swear an oath of fealty to the one and only Tsaritsa of Snezhnaya.

Namecard

Childe: Foul Legacy
Item Childe Foul Legacy.png Obtain:
Reward for reaching Friendship Level 10 with Tartaglia
Description:
This bears all the marks of that fellow who gallivants as he pleases across the continent with his ever-changing combat styles. Yet, his "Foul Legacy" was not originally his. Rather, it was taught to him by that solitary girl who dwelt in the darkest corners of the universe.

Constellation

Monoceros Caeli
Tartaglia Tartaglia Monoceros Caeli.png Meaning:
Celestial Narwhal

Quests and Events

Archon Quests

Story Quests

Events

Web Events

Character Interactions

The following characters mention Tartaglia in their character stories or voice lines.

Character Stories Voices
Zhongli

Mail

Trivia

  • Childe comes from a large family, with an ambiguous number of older siblings (most likely two older brothers and at least one older sister)[Note 2] and three younger siblings: Tonia, Anthon, and Teucer, with Teucer being the youngest. In his official English character introduction, Tonia boasts that he can cook and clean, and is "the bestest big brother ever!"[5]
    • Tartaglia's birth name, Ajax, is derived from the Greek mythological figure Ajax the Great, a warrior who participated in the Trojan War, known as a resistant and strong lancer. Teucer was Ajax the Great's younger half-brother and an archer who fought alongside Ajax.
    • Tartaglia's weakness with bows and preference for melee weapons may be a reference to the mythological Ajax's strength in spears, while Teucer was much more skilled in archery.
  • Despite being the first playable Snezhnayan character, Tartaglia is located under the Liyue Harbor section of the official website, as that is the region the player meets him in. Kaedehara Kazuha, the first playable Inazuman character, received the same treatment as he joined Beidou's Crux Fleet some time before the player meets him.
  • He is the first character to be both a playable character and a boss.
  • Childe's melee fighting stance and constellation names shares similarities with an Abyss Herald's Hydro abilities; both form dual blades made of raw Hydro and make similar broad, rapid slashes as they advance on a foe, and the constellation name is similar with the Abyss Herald's moveset. Given his time learning the ways of combat in the abyss, it is possible he or Skirk modeled their fighting skills on the Heralds, if not directly emulated them.
  • Childe is the only bow wielder to hold his bow with his right hand and draw with his left in the 'character' screen, indicating he could be left-handed.
  • In his Normal Attack, the last arrow which he throws by hand does the most damage.
  • Childe has no shine in his eyes, unlike the other characters.
  • Despite hailing from Snezhnaya and making his first appearance in Liyue, Tartaglia uses Mondstadt talent books.

Etymology

  • In commedia dell'arte, an early form of professional theatre originating from Italy, Tartaglia is a stock character. Unlike some other stock characters, his role in the story typically varies, but he is distinguished by his farsightedness and stutter.
  • The alias he gives to the party is translated differently across various language versions. Because Tartaglia is his name, languages that used commedia names for the other Harbingers' aliases had to use a different alias for him.
    • His English alias, "Childe," is a direct translation of his Chinese alias. Childe is an archaic English word that refers to the son of a nobleman who has not yet attained knighthood.
    • In Chinese, he introduces himself as "Childe" (公子, Gōngzǐ, lit. "young nobleman"). The commedia names are always translated into Chinese when used as an alias, so there is no overlap between his alias and his Italian commedia name.
    • In Japanese, he introduces himself as Tartaglia before telling the Traveler to call him "Childe" (公子, Koushi, lit. "young nobleman"). While his name appears as Tartaglia on his dialogue boxes, all other characters call him "Childe." Like in Chinese, the commedia names are always translated into Japanese when used as an alias.
    • In French, Childe always refers to himself as Tartaglia and never uses his alias "Jeune Sire" which is a direct translation of the Chinese 公子.
    • In German, his name was translated as "Graf," which means "earl."
  • His constellation, Monoceros Caeli, can be interpreted as Latin for "Celestial Narwhal."
    • The scientific name for the narwhal is Monodon monoceros.
    • The Chinese name for his constellation is 鲸天座, meaning literally "Whale Sky Constellation."
    • Traditionally in mythology, monoceros translates to "unicorn" with the more literal translation as "one-horned."
  • His birth name, Ajax, comes from the Ancient Greek, Αἴας (Aías).[6]

Notes

  1. In Chinese and Japanese, he specifies "our big brother(s) and sister(s)" instead of "siblings." In Korean, he does not even distinguish between parents and siblings, and simply says "our family."
  2. As noted above, the Chinese version of "Tartaglia's Letters to Home" mentions older brother(s) and sister(s) (哥哥姐姐们), suggesting he has at least one of each. In Character Story 5, he is called the "third son," ("三子" in the original Chinese), which suggests that he has two older brothers and an unknown number of older sisters. Alternatively, the term "third son"/"三子" could be ambiguous and indicate that he is the third child with two older siblings of unspecified gender. Combined with the clue from his letter to home, this would suggest he has one older brother and one older sister, but this possibility is less likely given the interpretation of the original Chinese. His phrasing of "哥哥姐姐们," with the plural marker "们," would be an unlikely way to refer to a single older brother and a single older sister and instead suggests he has more than one of either older brothers or older sisters (or both). If he only had one of each, he most likely would have simply written "哥哥姐姐" without the plural marker. Therefore, the most likely possibility is still that he has two older brothers and at least one older sister.

References

  1. Description from the Official Website
  2. 2.0 2.1 @Genshin_7, Official JP Voice Actor Announcement
  3. 3.0 3.1 Tartaglia Skills Showcasing Collected Miscellany - "Childe: Foul Legacy"
  4. Childe's English dialogue about how he despises working with those weaker than himself in Heart of Glaze is a mistranslation: see PSA: Extremely important mistranslation on one of Childe's lines (Reddit)
  5. Twitter, Tartaglia's English Character Intro
  6. Wiktionary, Ajax#Latin Ajax
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