Real Name: Berudandi
Occupation: Goddess in the service of Yggdrasil system, deals with the present, assigned to Morisato Keiichi
Affiliations: Yggdrasil system, Morisato Keiichi, Urd, Skuld
Enemies: Mara (demon with personal grudge)
Known Relatives: Skuld (younger sister), Urd (elder sister)
Base of Operations: Abandoned Buddhist temple in Tokyo.
First Appearance: Ah Megami-sama #1 (1988)
Powers/Abilities: Technically, Belldandy should be capable of doing just about anything but she has shown her potential only against very powerful enemies. Her modest nature makes her curtail her powers most of the time. Usually she can just fly and teleport through mirrors.
Goddesses would have unlimited powers but for various factors; Yggdrasil has crashed in numerous occasions and has had to concentrate most of it's power to keep the universe together at various times. Keiichi created moonstone bracelets that lets the goddesses to use more of their powers but that is still of limited use.
Still, the goddesses have various abilities aside from their personal specialities and limitations (or possibly preferences) in teleportation. They can speak with animals, tap into electronics (their magical language sometimes sounds like modem noise), use various items (that are, in effect, magical versions of quantum phenomena), split themselves into small multiple copies and create magical mandalas for greater power.
History: Belldandy was one of the junior goddesses charged with keeping Yggdrasil, the computer which runs the universe, operating smoothly. After Keiichi accidentally called the Relief Goddess Office, Belldandy was sent to answer his request, and offered the mortal boy a wish. However his wish was for her to stay with him always, and thus she's been on Earth with him ever since.
Comments: Created by Fujishima Kousuke.
Belldandy is based on the Norn Verthandi, one of the three Nordic fates. In mythology, Verthandi is the goddess in charge of the present, just as Belldandy is in the manga. Since Japanese has no "Ve" or "th" sounds, Verthandi became the more pronouncable (to the Japanese) Berudandi. When this needed to be written using Western letters instead of Japanese ideographs, it transformed further, into Belldandy.
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