|Romaji||Dasutinesu Fōdo Raratīna|
|Alias||Darkness (ダクネス, Dakunesu)|
Around 22 (web novel)
|• Professional Status•|
|Affiliation|| Kingdom of Belzerg|
|• Personal Status•|
|Relative(s)|| Dustiness Ford Ignis (father)|
Dustiness Ford Sylphina (cousin)
|Light Novel||Volume 1|
|Japanese Voice|| Kayano Ai (anime)|
Inoue Marina (Drama CD)
Dustiness Ford Lalatina (ダスティネス・フォード・ララティーナ), usually known as Darkness (ダクネス), is one of the main female characters of the KonoSuba series. She is a crusader with masochist tendencies who joins Kazuma's party early on.
A tall, beautiful young woman, Darkness gives the appearance of a cool beauty. She has light blue eyes and straight, long blonde hair, usually kept in a ponytail tied with a braid and red hair clips secured on both sides of her bangs. She is usually seen clad in armor.
Despite her nice appearance, she displays masochistic urges that baffle and annoy Kazuma to the point of disturbing the enemies they encounter. As such, she often intentionally puts herself in harm's way, like charging into the midst of a group of monsters, usually prompting a sharp remark by Kazuma regarding her excited reaction in an otherwise grave situation. Her masochism is rather extreme, deriving pleasure from both verbal and physical abuse, though her enjoyment sinks if it leads to public embarrassment.
Even so, she prides herself as a crusader and can act mature when necessary. Though Kazuma felt her face seemed rather cold upon first impression, she is actually very kind and caring, especially towards her allies. She can get embarrassed quickly and blush easily. She is also clumsy and a bit of a trouble maker at times.
She is also a devout Eris cultist, and shares Eris' distaste for devils.
Darkness rarely talked about herself or her background. When she does talk, it is usually about her twisted fantasies. However, we get some subtle hints that she has high class background, such as how she conducted herself (when she is not in her masochistic mode) or how her family sent them the very expensive snow crabs as house-warming gift.
We later learned that she is a high noble, belonging to the prestigious Dustiness family. While Darkness disapprove abusing her high position, showing her family badge alone will get immediate obedience from most officials and knights. In LN 8, she started to serve as the acting lord of Axel town in her father's stead, after the previous lord mysteriously disappeared, thought to be in hiding from his criminal and corruption charges.
Due to her upbringings and personal interests, Darkness is a subject expert about laws and strong monsters. It is wise to hear what she has to say, but decline any and all quest recommendations she makes, because she only wants to fight insanely strong monsters that may very well wipe out the whole party.
Durability: As a crusader, Darkness is able to withstand melee attacks and other powerful spells such as Megumin's Explosion spell.
Swordsmanship: Darkness is able to wield a sword, albeit her horrible accuracy makes it so that she can never land a hit on her target when fighting against enemies. However, when Vanir possessed her, her strength increased to the point where she was able to fend off skilled adventurers.
Stamina: Being a crusader, Darkness has a large reservoir of energy and vitality needed to fight in the front lines for an extended period of time.