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- "I'll make you cry!"
- — Niva
Niva (has taken up the surname Couture before Soulcalibur V) (ニヴァ・クトゥール, Niva Kuturru) is a fictional character in the Soul series of fighting games. A mischievous soul, all that she aims for is to find her only family and stop them from the danger that she has foreseen.
What lies in her soul is Longing.
Niva grew up in the orphanage for as long as she could remember. She knew that she had a brother, and it was infuriating to know that he was adopted without her. The orphans never had a place to actually call their own, moving from building to building, nor a decent stash of supplements, so the young girl took on the habit of stealing food and other goods.
By the time she turned thirteen, Niva abandoned the orphanage and lived on her own. One night, her next target was a summer house that belonged to a warlord. While investigating the property, Niva stumbled upon a picture of the warlord's son, a man named Evan Leonard. Since there were no documents dating his origins, including the familiar traits, she truly believed this to be her long lost brother. Determined to be reunited with him, Niva sought out Evan in order to become a family again.
It had been seventeen years since she had last seen her brother. He went missing along with the rest of his kingdom and its history. If he had not allowed her to escape, her face would have been wiped off the face of the earth as well. Wanting to redeem herself, use her newfound life for better, she took a job as a spy that would get information on following nations should she be paid the price.
When she was eighteen, Niva met a French gentlemen. Within the year, she married him, becoming Mme. Couture. At age 23, she had twins - one boy and one girl named Elliot and Garnet respectively. Niva knew that her employment would be too risky for her family, so she reduced herself to a housewife.
Over the years, her children would ask her to tell them the story of the "unknown prince" that made great sacrifices to save his kingdom. She was always vague when telling these tales to her children, but she made sure that they knew their uncle was a just person.
- I'll show you what true shame is...
- I'll make you cry!
- I'm gonna kill you! Got it?
- I'll show you!
- You look nice and tough...
Wolfkrone Monument (SCIV)
- Niva is of Hebrew origin, meaning "voice, speech".