Type-28, codenamed "Judgment" (ジャッジメント), consists of "Zeal" (ズィール), a sentient imp-like creature who controls "Kuarl" (クァール), a headless, ax-wielding armored behemoth. Together, they are the first boss in The House of the Dead 2.
Zeal is the duo's weak point; if shot while flying about, Kuarl's attacks are delayed. At low health, Kaurl dies, leaving Zeal to swoop and charge down players.
Bestiary Overview Edit
Kuarl is a headless, armored giant with a massive bloody ax. Spikes protrude from its shoulders, wrists and knees. It moans despite having no face. The creature will lumber forward, raise its ax, and (with Zeal's cry of "Go, Kuarl!") hack players. Kaurl is impervious to gunfire, but Judgement takes small damage when its armor is shot.
Being Judgment's weak point, Zeal's flight makes him an evasive target; both Kaurl and Zeal recoil if the latter is damaged. When Judgement is at low health, Kaurl dies, and Zeal will fly directly at players to attack.
Judgment was derived from geneticist Dr. Roy Curien's mad research; after Curien's death in the 1998 Curien Mansion Incident, his financier Caleb Goldman developed Judgment and other creatures for the next two years. Goldman released them in Venice, Italy on February 26th, 2000, scheming to decimate humanity and preserve the life cycle.
AMS dispatched agents to investigate. One of them, "G", planned to meet partners James Taylor and Gary Stewart in a library, but was injured by Judgment. James and Gary confronted Zeal while driving, but the creature flew away. Later, Zeal appeared again, with Kuarl emerging by smashing two cars aside. Using the files given to them by "G", James and Gary defeated Judgment; Zeal uttered Goldman's name before dying.
The agents encountered Judgment again while travelling to Goldman's headquarters; Zeal claimed Goldman gave them a "second chance." They were once more defeated.
Goldman's final creation, the Emperor, could shape-shift into most of the game's bosses; among its transformations was Zeal, attempting to ram players.
Judgment is the first boss in The Pinball of the Dead. Like in 2, this is a two-part fight. First, the player must attack Zeal while Kuarl moves around the screen, often protecting him. After several hits, Kaurl dies; Zeal will then move quickly around the screen, making him a more difficult target than before.
During battle, Kuarl will slowly come towards the player while Zeal will fly around quickly in the background and foreground. After moving around the screen for a short period of time, Zeal will eventually stay put at the top of the screen, and will command Kuarl to attack. During this time period, the player has the opportunity to shoot Zeal, which will stop Kuarl from charging, but failure to do so will result in Kuarl damaging the player. Zeal's speed will also progressively increase each time he takes damage.
Once Judgment loses roughly two-thirds of its health, Kuarl will die, leaving Zeal to fight alone against the player. During this time period, Zeal will quickly charge at the player using three different and random patterns. The first pattern involves Zeal coming straight at the player while bobbing up and down, while the second and third patterns involve Zeal coming diagonally from either the left or right side.
"I've already taken care of G. This is only the beginning. You're next. [Flies away] Get him!"
"[Laughs] Seems like my advice had no effect. Suffer, like G did."
"Sir Goldman has given me a second chance. Don't even think you can get past me. Go Kuarl!"
- Kuarl appears to be based on the Dullahan of Celtic mythology, a type of faerie who appears in the form of a headless knight and serves as a harbinger of death.
- Ironically, the name Zeal is one of the seven heavenly virtues. It is also known as Diligence.
- Zeal and Kuarl appear to be telepathically bonded.
- As is the case with The Lovers and Nigel and Sebastian, the boss utilizes a "Brains" (The tiny Demon) and "Muscle" (The giant, headless suit) type of style. Similarly, The "Brains" is the weak spot whereas the "Muscle" is completely impervious to attack.
- Kuarl and Zeal can be fought again in Boss Mode.