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Why Raeliana Is a Powerful Isekai Heroine

Raeliana McMillan

Why Raeliana Ended up at the Duke’s Mansion follows an increasingly popular formula for reincarnation isekai. In it, a young woman from our world ends up reborn in a story with which she’s familiar… as a character doomed to die. In fact, her death is integral to the progression of the story as written. But our heroine has no interest in a short life. And she sets out to make things work in her favor.

While she may fire off one-hit kills or gain the blessings of an entire pantheon, she’s still a force to be reckoned with. She’s a powerful heroine in a number of ways… including these:



Past and present selves

While Raeliana is taken largely by surprise by this new world’s magical elements, she does have one cheat skill on her side. Namely, she’s fluent in every language in this world. That’s convenient for a lot of reasons, but becomes an unexpected benefit as time goes on. You see, every language means every language… including the secret tongue reserved for high-end clergy and taught only in secret.

This unexpected ability will give her even more unexpected allies. And these unexpected allies may just help her uncover the mystery of what she’s doing here. As we move closer to the end of this season, and new faces begin to show themselves, she can use all the help she can get.




Even more than her top-tier linguistics, Raeliana has knowledge on her side. Like other great heroines who get isekai‘d into their favorite stories, she knows much more than her fictional self should. That knowledge is why (as the title says) she ends up at the Duke’s mansion in the first place. It also helps her navigate society parties, aware of people’s intentions before they even open their mouths.

There is, however, one little problem with this. The more she changes the story, the less she knows. Events are already well off-book. Not only that, but this world holds paranormal wonders the likes of which were never mentioned in the pages of the novel. Fortunately, she’s got one more big benefit on her side.



Looking forward

Raeliana is reincarnated into a story where she knows she’s destined to die. And the first thing she does is leverage her position. She refuses to accept her fate, even when everything seems to point to that being her only option. As we see in the most recent episode, when confronted with a little bird “fated” to die, she won’t rest until she’s done all she can.

As more mysteries unfold in her new life, this is the ability that will serve her best. Because the further off-book she goes, the stranger things will get. And she’ll need all the hope and determination she can muster.

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Kara Dennison

Kara Dennison is a writer, editor, and presenter with bylines at Crunchyroll, Sci-Fi Magazine, Sartorial Geek, and many others. She is a contributor to the celebrated Black Archive line, with many other books, short stories, and critical works to her name.