The priest who performed the sacrifice shouted angrily and the sky turned gray with clouds that heralded a major storm with lightning and thunder. Quetzalcoatl calmed them and assured them that while he was in the city, Tollan would flourish like no other. He then raised his hands to the sky and the winds began to blow, clearing away the clouds. From that moment on, men wanted to worship him as a deity, but he rejected any kind of luxury and invited to them live with humility and to learn with purity of soul.
From then on, Tollan grew and prospered. The god in human form taught them to cultivate corn seeds, to work with jade, gold and obsidian, how to dye cotton, the art of astronomy, he enriched their writing, promoted the worship of the gods and forbade human sacrifices, teaching them self-sacrifice by pricking themselves with maguey thorns instead. He created an order of maidens dedicated to the cleaning and maintenance of the temples. In short, the city became a grand, beautiful and sacred city.
One day, Tezcatlipoca disguised himself as an old man and brought a gift to Quetzalcoatl, who received it with great joy and humility, realizing that it was a maguey that brought forth a delicious liquid. Quetzalcoatl drank it with pleasure; he drank and sang like never before.
He was so ecstatic that, being filled with carnal desires, he took as his woman Quetzalpetatl, a priestess belonging to his cult, thus breaking his celibacy. The next morning he felt utterly unclean and made the hardest decision of his life, for he was no longer worthy to lead Tollan.
Coincidentally, that same pre-Hispanic year was the year AD, the year when the first Spaniards arrived on the very coast by which Quetzalcoatl disappeared. On the other hand, according to some historians, the representations of Quetzalcoatl depict him as a tall and bearded white male. The most remarkable thing about this story is that it was precisely because of these physical characteristics and the golden glow of his armor and clothing, that the Spanish conquistador, Hernan Cortes, was mistaken for this god.
The group then returns to the Persian Gulf. The group fight Tiamat to stop her from launching a blast that will destroy Uruk. She then walks towards Uruk, sending waves of the Chaos Tide across Mesopotamia. Understanding Tiamat is invulnerable, the group retreat.
Returning to Uruk, the group learns there are only humans left in Sumer. The group then learn learn Tiamat has a paradoxical protection, where she cannot die as long as life exists on Earth. He orders her to open a gate beneath Uruk.
He suggests they hold off Tiamat with Gugalanna while Ereshkigal completes her task. However Ishtar reveals she lost Gugalanna, who she was looking for when she first met Ritsuka and Mash. Realizing they lack a way to combat Tiamat, everyone takes a break. Quetzalcoatl lies Tiamat might be stopped if they sacrifice a goddess. She then gives her meat to fatten her up as the sacrifice, which Jaguar Man readily eats.
When Jaguar Man describes their relationship as a rivalry that keeps the balance, Quetzalcoatl says people are good or evil depending on the strength of a good god or an evil god. She finds it rare for her and Jaguar Man to be allies, as they can never both be successful. Ritsuka then asks her reason for joining the Alliance.
Therefore, she can only walk with the Chaos Tide. She warns, however, that it uses a lot of magical energy and stamina, so she needs to be continuously supplied and be near Tiamat. The group then returns to the Persian Gulf to execute her plan. At the Persian Gulf, the group struggle against Ushiwakamaru and her clones.
She prepares to kill them when Benkei grabs her. However, it reemerges from Tiamat, and she starts to fly using her horns. Ishtar says they need to return to Uruk, and come up with a new plan. But Quetzalcoatl says that would be useless since Tiamat can fly now. This confuses Ishtar, as Tiamat is the goddess of the Earth, unable to go near the heavens. Quetzalcoatl tries to use Xiuhcoatl on Tiamat, but she is knocked into the Chaos Tide. There she buries Quetzalcoatl before returning to Uruk.
After the Singularity is resolved, Quetzalcoatl arrives in Uruk to reveal her survival. She puts Merlin who returned from Avalon in a joint-lock when he tries to flee from her. Jaguar Man reveals she rescued her. Quetzalcoatl soon stops punishing Merlin, given that his trickery helped them win.
Quetzalcoatl is the vice warden of Medb 's prison. Medb allows her to train the prisoners in lucha as part of their rehabilitation in the hopes of getting strong warriors. But to her disappointment, none of the prisoners are up to snuff. She expresses this sentiment to the racers in Ishtar's race are made prisoners.
She spars with them and is pleased with the results. A few days later, after Medb returns from another patrol, Quetzalcoatl listens to her complain about the textures that the racers placed. She murmurs to herself that the textures are being used to form a circuit, not to take control of Connacht like Medb thinks. Medb asks Quetzalcoatl if she learned anything from the racers. Quetzalcoatl answers she hasn't yet as the racers are tougher than expected and asks for more time to learn something conclusive.
Medb tells her to get the racers to reveal how to remove the textures as quickly as possible. Stressed by the situation, Medb orders Quetzalcoatl to bring her her most promising trainees, saying she'll take them on herself. Quetzalcoatl is reluctant at first since facing Medb may throw off her trainees' training balance.
But she goes get them after determining they can't become true warriors if she plays it safe. Quetzalcoatl catches Yan Qing disguised as Medb trying to access the Prison Field's control device inside Medb's statue. Trying his utmost to be Medb, Yan Qing declares a new environmentalist policy.
Thus to save on energy and resource usage, he orders Quetzalcoatl to shut down the Prison Field. But Quetzalcoatl refuses as without the barrier, the prisoners will escape, none of whom have yet to reform. Yan Qing tries again and orders the Prison Field's strength to be reduced by half. But Quetzalcoatl points out that would increase the chances of escapees since prison security is almost entirely dependent on the Prison Field.
She suggests, however, shutting down the Prison Field underground, considering it a waste of energy when the prisoners spend most of their time in their cells. She then asks Yan Qing to disguise himself as her and fight in her stead when the racers manage to escape. It isn't to deceive Medb but to trick Ishtar into believing Quetzalcoatl is gone. But for the plan to work, Yan Qing must die in Quetzalcoatl's place for real.
Though reluctant at first, Yan Qing agrees with her request. Quetzalcoatl promises they'll spar the next time they meet. Keeping a low profile, she later attacks the newly constructed Gugalanna while Ishtar's attention is on the racers. After explaining her deception, she reprimands Ishtar as a fellow Goddess of Venus for her foolishness. Then, understanding it is beyond humanity's capacity to control, Quetzalcoatl proceeds to destroy Gugalanna. For an undisclosed reason, Quetzalcoatl agreed to guard the Oni Pagoda's 50th floor for Shuten-douji and Ibaraki-douji.
When Ritsuka's party arrives, she tells them that their prize for reaching the tower's halfway point is a lucha match with her. Tomoe Gozen asks her why she sided with the oni. Quetzalcoatl answers it's because Shuten and Ibaraki provided a place perfect for practicing and teaching lucha. She then challenges the group to defeat her, otherwise, the stairs to the next floor will never open.
Tomoe defeats Quetzalcoatl, who is so impressed that she wants Tomoe to join her lucha team. Tomoe humbly declines her offer. Quetzalcoatl refuses to divulge the real reason she sided with the oni and leaves. Around Christmas, Quetzalcoatl is asked by Altera to be the next Santa. Agreeing, Quetzalcoatl goes to receive the Santa Grail.
Nevertheless, Quetzalcoatl happily accepts the situation as is. Da Vinci then interrupts the pair's conversation and mentions that they have detected a strange signal. After some coercing, Zerco explains that Quetzalcoatl and the Santa Grail were incompatible as their myths were mismatched. Quetzalcoatl further explains that her power got split into two and her other half disappeared somewhere.
Altera agrees with that theory and mentions that the Christmas Grail has gone missing too. Quetzalcoatl decides to leave the situation alone, much to Da Vinci's worry. Thinking that the problem will solve itself, Quetzalcoatl goes about her day doing her duty as Santa. In the hallway, Ritsuka and Mash watch as Quetzalcoatl dumps a ton of presents onto three Servants.
Da Vinci then contacts the pair and ask them to meet her in the command room with Quetzalcoatl. In the command room, Da Vinci explains the situation and asks Ritsuka and Quetzalcoatl to head to Mexico to retrieve the Christmas Grail from Quetzalcoatl's other half. The trio then rayshift to Mexico. In Mexico, the trio discover Mexico covered in snow. On the communicator, Mash tells Ritsuka to put on the winter clothes she has provided him.
Searching the town, Ritsuka notices that the townspeople are excited about something. The pair then decide to head into the jungle and across a temple where they encounter Black Quetzal Mask. Quetzalcoatl demands that the other half come back with them. But the other half refuses saying that she is getting things ready to create the true Santa Claus with a ritual of her own.
Snapping her fingers, the other half reveals a hidden lucha ring on top of the temple. She then further reveals that she is hosting an international Santa Tag Team Tournament and whoever wins will become the true Santa. The other half then declares that Ritsuka and Quetzalcoatl are welcome to stop her, but they will never beat her for she is Black Quetzal Mask.
Black Quetzal Mask then engages Quetzalcoatl in battle and beats them. Ending the fight, Black Quetzal Mask invites the pair to compete. Retreating, Ritsuka and Quetzalcoatl decide to compete in the tournament and set about finding a partner for Quetzalcoatl. In town, the pair come across a Servant collapsed on the ground. Giving them some bread, the servant thanks the pair for helping her. Noticing Fou, the Servant asks if they know Merlin and freaks out when they reveal that they do know him.
The Servant happily introduces herself as Bradamante and explains how she ended up injured after Black Quetzal Mask beat her, stripped her of her power and stole the Christmas Grail from her. Bradamante further explains that the only way to get her power back is to enter the tournament. Noticing the convenient timing, Ritsuka's party explain their situation and ask Bradamante if she would like to team up with them.
Bradamante agrees and vows to fight by their side. Later, the party heads for the temple to sign up for the tournment. Along the way, Bradamante asks if they have seen Ruggiero and is disappointed when she finds out they haven't. Eventually, the party bumps into Jaguar Man. Jaguar Man explains that she is the referee for the tournament and leads the party to their assigned gym. Arriving at the gym, the party watch a promo for the tournament. After the video, the party comment on the video and ask Jaguar Man about the black-robed contestants.
Jaguar Man explains that the robes are just for hyping up the audience. The party then has Jaguar Man answer the rest of their questions. Jaguar Man then leaves, leaving the party to train for the tournament the next day. The next day, Ritsuka's party go up against Santa Artoria and Astolfo. After the battle, the team returns to the gym where they find Martha waiting for them.
Martha offers to help the party with training, but wants to spar with them first to see if they are worthy. After battling Martha, Martha signs on as their coach and sets about training Bradamante. The team then continues winning their battles.
On the fourth day, however, Ritsuka's team face off against Wu Zetian , Red Hare and Carmilla who cheat in their battle. Despite the hard struggle, Ritsuka's team eventually manage to win. After the battle, Quetzalcoatl winds up poisoned by Wu Zetian and has to remove herself from the next match.
However, she convinces Martha to take her place in her Ruler form. Winning the battle, Ritsuka's team arrive in their gym to find Santa Altera waiting for them. Quetzalcoatl explains that Santa Altera came to talk to them and announces that she has fully recovered. After some brief discussion, Santa Altera suggest that they need a killer finisher to defeat their next opponents.
So the team train to have their own finisher. As such, she is stated multiple times to be the strongest member of the three goddess alliance,   far surpassing Ishtar who had manifested as a Pseudo-Servant and Gorgon who possessed the Authority of Tiamat and had used the Holy Grail to become a goddess.
One of Quetzalcoatl's most impressive assets is her physical strength as shown when she annihilated Uruk's south gate with her bare hands and causing an Earthquake. Even the combined efforts of Ishtar, Jaguar Man, Ana , Mash , and Merlin are only able to keep her busy for two or three minutes.
Ishtar and Jaguar Man would only be able to block her charge one time. Quetzalcoatl has the qualifications to be summoned under the Avenger Class. As such, she usually fights with a playful attitude, and since she considers that dropping "the sun to burn it all" would be boring. As a God that had dominion over numerous phenomenon, Quetzalcoatl possesses many Authorities. She has shown to be able to resurrect those that she had killed in her death-matches when she invaded Uruk.
Piedra Del Sol drags out a portion of her Authority over the Sun and enables her to unleash solar winds that rampage over a large area. When using the true name release of her Quetzalcoatl , Quetzalcoatl is able to perform the manipulation of large-scale lightning, winds and rains. Additionally, due to being a God of Good at the apex of goodness, nothing good is able to harm her due to "some king of special Skill ".
The reason she demonstrates such power and authority in the Babylonia Singularity , is that a temple dedicated to her worship was built in Mesopotamia. Destruction of that temple would result in her divinity diminishing. After Ushiwakamaru claimed that only a Noble Phantasm capable of gathering all the magical energy of the entire era would be able to destroy the Sea of Life , in other words, that only the Bands of Light in the sky could rival Tiamat, Quetzalcoatl hinted that she did in fact possess a Noble Phantasm on that level.
Nevertheless, since the Chaos Tide originated directly from Tiamat's body, the mud gets much denser and powerful the closer you get to her main body and as such, this feat stands near the top of Noble Phantasms in terms of destructive capacity. Had she used this attack on Uruk, she would have burned the city to cinders in an instant. Piedra del Sol uses a lot of stamina so activating it in her weakened state requires Ritsuka Fujimaru to stand close to her while fighting Tiamat and continuously supply her with mana while she uses it.
Quetzalcoatl's second Noble Phantasm is Xiuhcoatl. With it, Quetzalcoatl temporarily prevents her enemies from invoking the True Name of their Noble Phantasms, only to strike them down with her Lucha Libre in a meteor manner. After doing so and internalizing the power of Piedra del Sol, Quetzalcoatl is able to increase the power of her Xiuhcoatl to the point where it replicates "the cataclysmic impact that annihilated countless lives" becoming "the comet that killed Earth" ; in other words, the meteorite that killed the dinosaurs.
The power of this attack was able to crack Tiamat's right horn, allowing Gorgon, later on, to destroy it with Pandemonium Cetus. Nevertheless, Tiamat's main body didn't seem to take any damage. Quetzalcoatl's third Noble Phantasm is Quetzalcoatl , which consists of her summoning the Quetzalcoatlus , a Cretaceous -era pterosaur , and a member of the Phantasmal Species on a Phantasmal to Divine Beast level, which is also far more powerful than the Quetzalcoatlus that actually lived in the Cretaceous period.
The Quetzalcoatlus is known as the largest flying animal in history. During the moment of its True Name release, the mounted Quetzalcoatl is able to perform the manipulation of large-scale lightning, winds and rains. She transformed into a rare Samba Santa in the world.
Quetzalcoatl by himself was a god of many things to the Toltecs and Aztecs. For example, the Aztecs revered him as the god of the priesthood, knowledge, and trade. In some versions of the ancient Mesoamerican histories, Quetzalcoatl was reborn as Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli after being burned on a funeral pyre.
In his aspect as Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli, he was the fearsome god of Venus and the morning star. Quetzalcoatl appears in many ancient Mesoamerican codices, sculptures and reliefs. His appearance can change drastically, however, depending on the region, era, and context. In sculptures adorning temples throughout ancient Mexico, he generally appeared as a plumed serpent, although sometimes he had human features as well.
In the codices, he was generally more human-like. As Quetzalcoatl — Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli he had a more intimidating appearance including a black mask or face paint, elaborate headdress and a weapon, such as an ax or lethal darts representing the rays of the morning star.
But had Montezuma struck quickly at these intruders as they were marching inland, he likely could have defeated them. Montezuma's failure to act has been attributed to his belief that Cortes was none other than Quetzalcoatl, who had once gone away to the east, promising to return. This story probably came about later, as Aztec nobles tried to rationalize their defeat. In fact, the people of Mexico had killed several Spaniards in battle and had captured and sacrificed others, so they knew they were men, not gods.
Well, not all of them, but some do. The Church of Latter Day Saints, better known as the Mormons, teaches that Jesus Christ walked the Earth after his resurrection, spreading the word of Christianity to all corners of the globe. Some Mormons believe that Quetzalcoatl, who was associated with the east, which in turn was represented by the color white to the Aztecs , was white-skinned.
Quetzalcoatl stands out from the Mesoamerican pantheon as being relatively less bloodthirsty than others like Huitzilopochtli or Tezcatlipoca, making him as good a candidate as any for Jesus visiting the New World. Share Flipboard Email. By Christopher Minster Christopher Minster. Christopher Minster, Ph. Learn about our Editorial Process. Cite this Article Format. Minster, Christopher. Watch Now: Aztec Gods and Goddesses.
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In Aztec culture To the Aztecs, Quetzalcoatl was, as his name indicates. The Feathered Serpent was a prominent supernatural entity or deity, found in many Mesoamerican religions. It is still called Quetzalcoatl among the Aztecs, Kukulkan among the Yucatec Maya, and Q'uq'umatz and Tohil among the K'iche' Maya. Quetzalcoatl ("feathered serpent" or "plumed serpent") is the Nahuatl name for the Feathered-Serpent deity of ancient Mesoamerican culture.