|“||Poor Adele. She never got to learn anything. There's nothing inside her at all. Huey decided she was a failure early on and used her for all his experiments. Eventually she started working with me, and now I'm afraid the poor thing thinks she'll be acknowledged if only she kills enough people.||”|
Adele (アデル, Aderu) is an incomplete homunculus created by Huey Laforet. She is a very shy woman and doesn’t talk often, except to her partner Tim . Her main weapon is a cross-shaped spear, and her ladylike appearance hides her physical strength.
Adele has blonde hair that covers her forehead and brown eyes. She usually wears a white, sleeveless coat over a black top.
Adele is a very quiet and reserved member of the Larvae and Lamia. She does not speak much unless it is to Huey Laforet, Tim, or the other Lamia members. Though she is not above praising her opponents in battle, she is very confident in her own abilities and is very self-assured of her victory. During her first battle with Maria at the Genoard mansion, Adele tended to look down at her.
Tim describes Adele as "the only Lamia that he can count on not to take things too far." Indeed, Adele is one of the few Lamia members who can actually suppress her murderous urges while incapacitating her foes, though she will kill freely if needed. She asks for Tim's permission to kill Eve Genoard, and even casually cuts Isaac's ear out of irritation.
During the Mist Wall incident, when Claire Stanfield cuts her cheek like she had done earlier to Chané, Adele completely loses her composure. Underneath her calm demeanor, she hides a strong inferiority complex towards her fellow Lamia members. It is revealed that Huey considers her a failure and much weaker to her teammates. To compensate, Adele attempts to prove herself by being ruthless and effective. She completely sheds any mercy or self-restraint that she previously demonstrated, trying to kill Jacuzzi Splot for the sole reason that he was in close proximity, and going all-out in her rematch with Maria.
After the events of the 1933 and her defeat at the hand of Maria, she and Tim befriend Jacuzzi's gang. Adele goes through significant development as and an individual. Her complex is no longer as potent to her self-esteem as it once was, and is on good terms with Jacuzzi during her and Tim's visit to the Genoard mansion in 1934.
1933 - The Slash Edit
Adele is first introduced when Tim retrieves Dallas Genoard from the Hudson River in September 1933. The Larvae blackmails Dallas into coming with them to Millionaires' Row by threatening to kill his sister, Eve, and he reluctantly obeys. The Larvae plans to use him to prove the existence of immortality to Jacuzzi Splot and his gang, which they will offer in trade for their cooperation in infiltrating the Mist Wall. Tim recognizes Jacuzzi's group as capable but open to manipulation, though they are actually much more perceptive than they seem.
She accompanies Tim and Dallas to the Genoard mansion to meet with Jacuzzi, where Adele fights against Maria Barcelito of the Gandor Family. Adele proves herself a very competent fighter, cutting Chané's cheek when she attacks and dueling against Maria. Adele deftly blocks Maria's every strike and causing her to be discouraged in her skills. Adele is about to go in for the kill when Ronny Schiatto intervenes, confiscating both of the women's weapons. Isaac and Miria, who are present at the mansion while on a visit to Jacuzzi, are chatting animatedly, and Adele loses her temper and slices Isaac's ear off. Due to his immortality, it heals quickly, though Ennis is offended by the attack at her friend and asks Adele to apologize. Adele is startled, mentioning Szilard Quates in a question when she is interrupted by Nice Holystone. Nice decides that the commotion has been going on long enough and detonates a smoke bomb. Everybody, including Adele and the Larvae, flees the mansion.
Later as the Larvae is regrouping, they receive confirmation from Hilton that Adele's main team, the Lamia, is coming to New York to assist with the Mist Wall operation. Tim is irritated by the change of plans due to the Lamia's unpredictable nature, yet Adele is ecstatic to reunite with them. She stays with Tim on the top floor of the building while Christopher, Hong Chi-Mei, and Hilton rampage through the lower levels, murdering every Nebula employee they find. Christopher eventually makes his way to the top floor alongside Chané, Claire, Tick Jefferson, and Maria. Chané recognizes Adele as the woman who cut her cheek, and Claire repays the favor by deflecting one of Christopher's bullets off the tip of Adele's spear to nick the side of her face in the same fashion. Adele is humiliated, becoming enraged at her own weakness and status as a failed experiment. Angry and filled with bloodlust, Adele decides to attack Jacuzzi out of necessity for a target, though Maria intercepts the attempt. The two have a short rematch, where Maria lands a decisive blow to Adele's shoulder. Tim rushes to help Adele, who is incapable of healing as an incomplete homunculus, and the two escape the chaos at the end of the novel.
1934 - Alice in Jails/Chains Edit
She and Tim reunite with Jacuzzi and his gang briefly during 1934 to warn them of the possible dangers in Chicago and of the Lamia acting there.
Like the other Lamia members, she is a homunculus that is incapable of aging but is still vulnerable to wounds and injuries. It is unknown if she can be devoured. Working in the subdivision of the Larvae, she is a accomplished hitman with great athletic skills.
Adele's weapon of choice is a long, three-pronged spear. She is a very capable fighter, going toe-to-toe with professional assassin Maria of the Gandor Family twice.
As Tim's second in command, she has some degree of control over the Larvae. Though Adele is shy and Huey doesn't care about her as much as the other homunculi (she is not as strong as Christopher, fast as Frank, or as durable as Rail), she is by no means a pushover.