“The weak yield to the strong–as you will yield to my blades!”
—Tenjian , Azure Striker Gunvolt 2
Abandoned by his parents at a young age due to his Septima powers and nearly poisoned by a human offering food, he grew up to believe that only the strong survive.
Together, he and his adopted sister Zonda founded Eden, an organization dedicated to Adept supremacy.
A proud and fierce warrior who always has something to say about strength and power, Tenjian's loyalty to Eden is matched only by his hatred of humanity. Tenjian has an affinity for the Septima Permafrost, which he uses to bend ice to his will.
Tenjian has the ability to freeze solid anything in his path with his “Permafrost” septima. He wields a total of seven ice-covered bladed weapons made up of swords, sickles, and chakrams in combat. His ingenuity is easily one of his strongest traits, and one of the qualities that allowed him to become the leader of The Seven.
His bladed arsenal isn’t just sharp, though. The blades on his weapons are frozen at temperatures that plummet below even absolute zero, to the point where simply coming into contact with them will cause the person’s molecular structure to lose its pliability, causing them to shatter where they stand.
Tenjian is a teenager with short, somewhat spiky white hair. He wears a white suit, a blue waistcoat with gold highlights, black shoes, and a white and black jacket draped over his shoulders with blue and silver highlights. He wears a black belt with a silver buckle and black gloves. His eyes are always shut. He is occasionally seen holding an apple.
In his Grimoired form, Tenjian gains bright blue hair and his eyes open, revealing black eyes, each with a single pale blue pupil. He wears black and gray armor with white and blue highlights, with two wing-like appendages attached to his lower back. His swords are stored in two black half-spheres attached to his shoulders by arm-like appendages. When Tenjian uses his false Glaive, his appearance is identical, although his blue armor is monotone gray, and his eyes remain closed.
As the leader of Eden's elite, Tenjian is a serious, cold-hearted character. After narrowly surviving a poisoning attempt on his life, Tenjian developed a fierce Social Darwinist philosophy, believing that only the strong survive.
Always having something to say about strength, Tenjian is incredibly boastful, and despises those he sees as weak. In combat, Tenjian is shown to be arrogant. However, when it comes to adepts and those he deems strong, he does show respect. He even offers Gunvolt a place within Eden's ranks, though gladly attacks him when he refuses.
When it comes to humans and those he deems weak though, Tenjian neither shows mercy nor respect. As a result of the hardships he endured, Tenjian holds a burning hatred for humanity, and while he is willing to admit the possibility of humans willing to accept them, he sees it as just that: a possibility, one that can easily be ignored.
Tenjian is also fiercely dedicated to his adoptive sister Zonda, acting more like a mentor than just a protector at times, and is the only member of Eden seen having the audacity to order her around. Having been raised alongside her, he has vowed to do whatever it takes to make sure that she is safe, and that her vision of an Eden for all adepts comes true.
In the Japanese version, he's also fond of employing four-character idiomatic compounds to prove his finesse and culture.
Tenjian was born in China, where Adepts were hunted for sport. His parents discovered his Septimal powers soon after his birth, even before Tenjian himself did, and swiftly abandoned him, leaving the Adept to grow up in an orphanage. During his time, he taught himself the art of swordsmenship, becoming a self-trained master at it. His wise, calm demeanour made him popular among the other orphans, seeing him as a big brother of sorts.
However, after the owner died of sickness, the orphanage was shut down, and it's children left on the streets. Tenjian desperately ran around town to try and find people willing to adopt the orphans, but on account of his Septima, he was always rejected and persecuted. This, coupled with all the dangerous jobs they had to take to earn income, resulted in the orphans dying one by one, until all that was left was Tenjian himself, and a young girl whom he came to regard as his sister: Zonda.
Eventually, the two were approached by a man with lots of fruit, who offered them food. Immensely grateful at this extremely sparse act of kindness, the two accepted his gift, however, the man was in fact a member of a group of non-Adepts, who feared the duo, and had poisoned the food.
Eating a poisoned apple, Tenjian nearly died, but miraculously recovered. Flying into a fit of rage, Tenjian went on a rampage, freezing the entire town and its inhabitants, bar himself and Zonda.
The seeds of hatred sown, he and Zonda eventually founded "Eden", a group dedicated to the supremacy of all Adepts, eventually attracting a large number of members from all over the globe, with Tenjian serving Zonda as her faithful "Queen".
After the failure of the Diva Project, Sumeragi is thrown into chaos. Taking advantage of this, Eden hatches its plan to claim the power of the Muse. Tenjian, Teseo and Asroc hijack Sumeragi's massive airship, codenamed Seraph, and cause it to crash into the Sumeragi building. They also kidnap Mytyl, Copen's sister, and bring her aboard the airship. Tenjian and Teseo monitor Gunvolt as he fights his way through the airship, paying particular attention to the power of the Muse.
After Gunvolt and Copen managed to rescue Mytyl and stop the Seraph, Tenjian freezes the two rivals in place, allowing Zonda to imprison Joule in mirror shards. Zonda reveals her true form and Eden's goal of an Adept paradise. Tenjian tells her to leave out of concern for her safety. As soon as she does, Tenjian then offers Gunvolt a chance to join Eden's ranks, believing he could easily help build Eden. Gunvolt vehemently refuses and demands Joule's return, leading to a fight between the two Adepts. As Tenjian is using a false Glaive that only marginally boosts his powers, he is soundly defeated. Copen and Lola take advantage of the distraction to steal one of the shards and Tenjian leaves with eight shards in his possession.
Frozen City (Icebound)
Sometime after the Seraph hijacking, Tenjian, armed with the power of the Muse, led an attack on a nearby city, covering it in ice and using a five-star hotel as a base of operations. This draws the attention of both Gunvolt and Copen, who race to the city to stop him, battling each other in the process. Tenjian uses his Septima to freeze parts of the hotel and slow them down. The fights with both characters differ slightly:
Battle with Gunvolt
Tenjian congratulates Gunvolt for making his way to him, saying his reputation is earned. During the battle, Tenjian asks Gunvolt why he cut ties with QUILL only to fight his own kind. Gunvolt replies that they are all humans, Septima or not.
Tenjian tells Gunvolt of his past, using it as an example of how humans and Adepts can never coexist. Gunvolt counters by citing his friendship with Quinn, a human who was willing to give him shelter despite him being an Adept, forcing Tenjian to admit that there may be humans who share her kindness, but he considers them so few that they can be ignored. Realizing that Tenjian, like Copen, is too stubborn to listen to reason, Gunvolt faces Tenjian in battle again and manages to defeat him despite his enhanced powers.
Tenjian's final words are him desperately calling out to his sister Zonda before dying, allowing Gunvolt to claim his Mirror shard.
Battle with Copen
During his fight with Copen, Tenjian exposes his Social Darwinist beliefs and his beliefs that humanity is the source of all suffering. Copen calls him a monster and a godless sinner who has no right to speak of human history nor has any place in humanity.
Tenjian spitefully declares that there is no God in this world. After some more heated words, Copen engages Tenjian and defeats him. Desperately calling his sister Zonda in his death, Tenjian is killed, allowing Copen to gain his Mirror shard and freeing the city from his grasp.
The Garden 1 (Eden)
Sometime after his death, a copy of Tenjian is created by Zonda, using her Phantasm Mirror Septima. As Gunvolt and Copen fight their way through the Garden, Tenjian and Zonda monitor their progress, and the G7 leader dispatches Desna and Milas respectively to deal with them.
The Garden 3 (Savior)
As Gunvolt and Copen make their way to the heart of the Garden, Tenjian leads the newly copied The Seven as the final line of defence standing between Zonda and her enemies. Like above, the fights with both characters differ slightly.
Battle with Gunvolt
Gunvolt is surprised to see Tenjian alive again, but Tenjian merely replies that he is an illusion crafted by Zonda's Septima with all the powers and memories of the original, also revealing that Zonda is his adoptive sister. Tenjian declares that even in death, he will do all he can to protect Zonda and see her desire for humanity's end come to fruition. Gunvolt sympathizes with Tenjian, saying that he too has people he wishes to protect and declares that he won't be defeated.
Gunvolt manages to defeat Tenjian, but The Frozen Blade has one final, desperate trick up his sleeve: a second Special Skill, Seven Slashes. Putting his all into this attack, he encases Gunvolt in a large snowflake and slashes it seven times, the seventh strike shattering the snowflake and killing Gunvolt. Having exhausted all his power, Tenjian dies instantly. However, a few seconds later Gunvolt is revived by Joule's Anthem, ultimately rendering his sacrifice worthless as Gunvolt goes deeper into The Garden.
Battle with Copen
Copen is surprised to see Tenjian alive again, but Tenjian merely replies that he is an illusion crafted by Zonda's Septima with all the powers and memories of the original. Disgusted, Copen calls him an abomination whose existence is a crime against life itself.
Tenjian points out Copen's hypocrisy in using Septima, a power he reviles, to save his sister and declares that he will do what he must for his sister Zonda. Copen proceeds to mock Tenjian's sibling bond, calling it false and the two lock horns once more, Copen managing to defeat Tenjian again.
Later, during her final fight with Copen, Zonda uses her Eden's Presence Special Skill to summon illusions of the Seven to aide her, Tenjian being one of them.
Track 2 - All for Eden...
Tenjian first appears checking in on Gibril and Teseo. After the two confirm they are ready, Tenjian explains the plan and their respective roles; Gibril is to attack the Sumeragi radio tower "Amaterasu" and cause chaos, while Teseo goes to the main computer behind the scenes and disable it, warning him of a Sumeragi hacker on-par with even Teseo.
Gibril ponders why Sumeragi has Adepts that work with humans, calling them a bunch of idiots. Tenjian states that everyone has their own ideals, but should they stand in Eden's way, they will be wiped out, before urging the two to go wild and show Eden's strength, officially starting their mission, slyly telling Zonda to get ready.
Tenjian manages to contact Nova directly and both exchange some words as Tenjian tries to convince him to embrace Eden's ideals yet Nova declines, claiming to be uninterested in them.
However, Nova suspects that the reason Eden is being so flashy is because they are using the attack to camouflage "something" although he doesn't know what it is.
After a few more exchanges stating that neither will yield to the other, Tenjian cuts the call, amusing Nova.
Tenjian contacts Gibril after the satellite laser strike by Nova which ended her attempts to destroy the Kamishiro barrier repeater in the Media Tower. He orders her to retreat and she eventually complains despite her objections that she hasn't fulfilled her missions yet.
Tenjian contacts Zonda once she's successfully infiltrated Japan. He states her mission is about to begin yet, at the same time, he feels sad at having her alone burden with the espionage mission.
He also asks her if he saw anyone else intrude Japan taking profit of the span in which the barrier wasn't working. Upon hearing her reply, he warns here that there's another party apart from Sumeragi is present in Japan and that she should be wary of them.
Tenjian makes a cameo as a collectible pixel sticker in Mighty Gunvolt Burst.
Powers and Abilities
As a human attuned to the Septimal stage of the Lifewave and the leader of The Seven, Tenjian is one of the most powerful adepts in Eden, possibly second only to Zonda. Tenjian wields Permafrost, which grants him dominion over ice, which he can utilize for a variety of purposes.
The ice he generates has proven to be incredibly hard, serving as an effective prison for even those like Gunvolt and Copen, though both eventually broke out. However, his ice is very vulnerable to Copen's Prism Break, which can easily shatter his frosty attacks. Tenjian is able to shape the ice he creates into multiple different shapes, most notably swords, showing his prowess in swordsmanship.
The blades of these swords are said to be frozen at temperatures below Absolute Zero, causing anything he touches with these blades to freeze and become brittle. His power also appears to have some control over technology, as he is able to manipulate the hotel's security system in his stage. When he gains the power of The Muse, Tenjian's power increases to the point where he is able to encase an entire city in ice. He also shows the ability to spontaneously freeze areas far away from his location, and can even alter them to a degree by adding things like spikes.
In his Grimoired form, along with his ice bending techniques being advanced to impressive levels, he also shows the ability to utilize cold air. Using this, he can use the air to achieve flight by propelling himself forward, and can use it to instantly freeze his opponents, as seen in his Frigid Blossom Special Skill. His true Special Skill, Seven Slashes however, pushes his power to it's utmost limits, enabling him to freeze solid concepts like space, time and souls. The resulting attack is a guaranteed kill. However, this attack is so extreme that it freezes Tenjian himself, making it a desperate last resort.
Tenjian's immense skill and power using his Grimoire can be shown in the fact that he is one of the few to actually defeat Gunvolt, a feat that even his sister Zonda was incapable of.
|A short-ranged attack from a straight blade. The slash becomes an ice wall that remains on the field. The ice wall can only be broken with repeated shooting. He will follow up this attack with a back step and dashing thrust.
|A long-ranged attack from two Circle Moon Rings. Their circling and special orbits will confuse the player. They also block bullets/tags. He can follow up this attack by leaping at your position to slash.
|Tenjian performs a dash at you before jumping diagonally off-screen. The attack also generates ice spikes with contact-damage. Can be destroyed with shooting or Flashfield.
|Tenjian’s septima, which he uses at the start of his second phase to freeze the floor. Be careful: the frozen floor will be slippery.
|"Strike down cold petals / On a plain of perfect white / With this frosted blade! Frigid Blossom!"
Tenjian’s Special Skill: After taking a few seconds to gather frosty air, he flies upwards off-screen. From there, he marks an area (~1/5th of the screen in your general area) for a second or so before flash-freezing it. Should you be caught in this area, you will be trapped in a giant snowflake, which he cleaves in one slash for massive damage. He will attempt to freeze you 4 times. Even if you dodge all the freezes, he will still try to get a diving slash in on you. Getting caught by this attack will short out Gunvolt's EP/empty Copen's Bullits, so Prevasion can't save you here.
|"In the wintry night / Seven blades trace seven paths / To fight Spring's cruel thaw! Seven Slashes!"
Tenjian's true Special Skill. He will only activate this when his health drops to 0 during his second fight with Gunvolt. He gathers energy and flies up similar to how Frigid Blossom starts, but this one works a bit differently. The freezing pattern has been changed, and the first 3 freezes generate ice pillars to stifle your movements. Getting caught in any of these initiates an unavoidable attack where GV is slashed multiple times before Tenjian unleashes one final slash downwards.
|1st Phase Down||何っ！？||What...!?|
|Shadow Ice Cut||はっ！ せいっ！ はっ！||Ha! There! Ha!|
|Ice Chakram||はっ！ そこだっ！||Ha! Over there!|
|2nd Phase Down||この…力は…||What... power...|
|Freeze Splitting Slash||喰らえ！ はぁっ！一刀両断！|
|Take this! Hah! Two halves, one slash! Hmph! Go!|
|Turn all to ice... Permafrost!|
|Frigid Blossom||覚悟はいいか？ 氷華雪断！|
はぁぁ… 真の冷徹… せあぁ！
|I take it you're ready for this? Frigid Blossom!|
Hah... This is what cool-headed looks like... There!
(if caught) This is it... Slash!
|Seven Slashes||この命を賭して… 羅雪七星！！|
はぁぁ… 死なばもろとも… せあぁ！
お前を連れていく…乾坤一擲…！ 砕け散れぇ！！ ぅぐあっ！？
|I bet my life on this... Seven Slashes!|
Hah... If I have to die, you're going down with me... There!
(if caught) I'll bring you along to my grave...
It's, all, or, nothing...! Now, break and scatter! ...!?
|Upon Defeat||ぅぐあっ！？ うぅっ…|
|...!? Ugh... Z... Zonda...!!|
"The power of The Muse... We're close now."
—Tenjian, observing Gunvolt
"Two birds? One stone? Excellent. Now freeze, little birds!"
—Tenjian, about to freeze Gunvolt and Copen
"We have her! We trapped The Muse is mirror shards, Zonda. Now, when are you going to abandon that ridiculous disguise?"
—Tenjian, having captured The Muse
"Despite our abilities, Adepts are hounded by our inferiors. Eden is a new land where we Adepts can live in peace."
—Tenjian, explaining Eden
"Enough, Zonda. We need to get you out of here. I have the shards, so if you'd be so kind as to... move along?"
—Tenjian, urging Zonda to leave
"Still fighting? Hmm. That's the Azure Striker for you. It seems it's time to take this Glaive for a little test run..."
—Tenjian, about to face Gunvolt
"Your reputation is earned, Adept. I'm pleased you were able to make it this far."
—Tenjian, facing Gunvolt again
"I've prepared since our last fight... Now... En garde!"
—Tenjian, after his transformation
"In my land, Adepts were hunted from birth. My parents abandoned me to wander the streets alone. When I finally collapsed from hunger, a human gave me food. The food was poisoned! ...I barely survived. It was then I realized our two kinds cannot know peace."
—Tenjian, explaining his backstory
"Nothing so crude I fear. I am Tenjian... And yet I am not. I am an illusion made with Tenjian's powers and memories. A replica made by my sister Zonda's septima, Phantasm Mirror. Now I will defeat you so we can create our perfect world."
—Tenjian, on his resurrection
"Indeed. Well, not by blood. But that's a small matter. We are orphans who suffered and grew as one. We are family! Thus I am able to stand before you even in death. She desires humanity's end, and I will see it done! Come! Offer up your life as sacrifice to our cause!"
—Tenjian, explaining his bond with Zonda to Gunvolt
"Just the arrogance I expected from one so utterly weak. You and your kind are the reason for all suffering!"
—Tenjian, facing Copen
"You humans have abused Adepts for the last time! You fear what you cannot comprehend. It sickens me! Those with superior power have the right to rule. That is the only truth of this world. Do you not see it? Look at humanity's history! The strong cull the weak as Eden does now. "
—Tenjian, showing his beliefs
"Yet you use Septima, a power you revile, to save your sister! This form may be fake, but I also do what I must for my sister. You have stood against my sister Zonda for the last time!"
—Tenjian, facing Copen a second time
"Not but blood. But we were raised together. We had no real family, and so made our own. No matter how empty my life, I will give it for my sister!"
—Tenjian, explaining his bond with Zonda to Copen
When I first thought of using fairy tales as motifs, the first draft I drew was the Snow White draft; and when you think Snow White, you think the seven dwarves. I used the swords to link the number seven into his design. I also put remarking puffed sleeves slits on his armor. At first, I considered adding more elements from the fairy tales, but they were ditched the more I worked on his design. In the end I was left with the nobleman-like portions, such as a high collar and a *haut-de-chausses, and I chose *shotel swords to go along with his shoulder slits. But as a result, he became something like a swordsman who is versed in many types of styles, excellent!
* haut-de-chausses are short, puffy pants that stop above the knee, shotel swords are a type of sword with a rounded blade, closer resembling a sickle.
- The members of Eden are based off classical fairy tales and represent the pieces on a chessboard. Tenjian is based off Snow White and The Snow Queen, and represents the queen.
- Tenjian is one of two Eden members to be based off two fairy tales, the other is Asroc.
- The Seven are all named after missile. Tenjian is named after the Tien Chien (天剑), a Taiwanese missile system series, which translates to Sky Sword.
- Tenjian is the only boss to have more than one special skill in the same fight.
- The concept of a major boss character using a last-resort character before dying permanently may have been inspired by Hidden Phantom from Mega Man Zero, another game by Inti Creates, who does just that in his final battle in the game's boss rush.
- Tenjian is the only member of The Seven to have the exact same role in both Gunvolt and Copen's storylines.
- Tenjian has the most screen time out of all The Seven, appearing in five different stages (unlike the rest who appear in one or two, depending on the storyline).
- Tenjian is seen cosplaying as a Chinese Zombie in the Halloween Artwork. This is a reference to his nationality.
- Tenjian is one of the only two individuals to beat Gunvolt in battle, the other being Copen.
- Frozen City, Tenjian's stage, is the only stage to have two different theme variants depending on if you're playing as Gunvolt or Copen.
- Although Tenjian can make things go below absolute zero, it is impossible to go below absolute zero in real life (absolute zero is the complete absence of heat.)