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Quote1 If only I had the courage to kill this girl... Quote2
— Alma regrets her daughter's existence[1]

Alma (アルマ Aruma?) was the mother of Historia Reiss, and the mistress and former servant of Rod Reiss. After she and her daughter were sent to live with her parents, she became an escort working in the city at night.

Appearance

Described by Historia as a very beautiful woman, Alma was slender and of average height. She had shoulder-length, blonde hair with bangs that brushed just past her eyebrows. When staying on the farm, she usually wore a plain button up shirt with a dark colored skirt. She wore much finer clothing when going into the city. When she was a maidservant to the Reiss family, she wore a long black dress with a white apron and a white cap with her hair pulled back.

Personality

She was likely to have had a more pleasant and understanding personality while in the presence of Rod Reiss, as he felt that she was the only one who could understand what he was going through.[2]

Unfortunately, she carried a deep hatred towards Historia. Most of the time, she avoided speaking or even being in the same room as her. She only spoke to her daughter twice, and each time, she expressed deep regret for Historia having been born.[1][3]

History

Alma was a beautiful servant in Rod Reiss' household who eventually became his mistress. Some time later she had Historia, after which she was forced to move to a ranch Rod leased to her parents within his territory in Wall Sheena.

Ackerman killing mother

Alma is murdered by Kenny

During the day, Alma usually spent her time reading on her parents farm, leaving her parents and Historia to deal with the farm work. During the night, she would dress in fancy clothes and a carriage would take her into the city.[4] She did everything in her power to avoid interaction with Historia without leaving the farm permanently, eventually only speaking to her twice in her life.

One day, wanting a mother-daughter relationship like in her books, Historia decided to embrace her to see what would happen. Alma, in shock, threw Historia off of her and tearfully stated she regrets her birth. She walked off, leaving a stunned Historia behind her. However, Historia was happy because it was the first time Alma ever talked to her.[5]

Alma and Rod

Alma comforts Rod

After that, Alma packed up her things and left the farm. It was only after Wall Maria fell that she came back, with Rod in company. She stood frightened as Rod formally introduced himself to Historia for the first time. As they began to make their way to the carriage, they were quickly surrounded by the Military Police's First Interior Squad, who had been sent to suppress Alma and her daughter. With Historia being an illegitimate Reiss heir, the counsel thought it best to be rid of both her and Alma.

Scared, Historia called out to her mother after Kenny Ackerman grabbed her, causing her to deny any relation to Historia. Taken aback, Kenny questioned Rod if he knew either of them, to which he lied, saying that he did not.[6] Kenny then knelt Alma down and prepared his knife. Historia began to call out to her again, causing Alma to cry out and express again her regret of having given birth to her daughter; after which Kenny promptly slit her throat.

Legacy

Several years later, after Historia killed Rod, she saw a past memory of him in his younger days, crying into Alma's outfit, saying that she was the only one who understood him.

Later, when Kenny was talking to Levi Ackerman, he mentioned how women were Rod's weakness, pointing to the times when Rod would confide in Alma.[7]

Relationships

  • Historia Reiss - She carried deep resentment towards her daughter, even more so before Kenny slit her throat, as Historia's existence is the reason she had to die.
  • Rod Reiss - Her former employer-turned-lover. She was his confidant, and he believed he could tell her anything. Some time after Rod had gotten married and had children of his own, the two started a secret romantic relationship. Alma eventually got pregnant with Historia, causing her to be sent away to live on her parents farm so that her child would not shame Rod and his reputation.

Trivia

  • Her name is Latin in origin, and means "soul", "kind" or "dawn".[8]
    • This is ironic, considering her cruel nature towards her daughter.
    • Her name may also be a pun on the phrase "Alma Mater", which translates roughly to "Nourishing Mother" and refers to a college one attended.
  • The name "Alma" also means "apple" in Hungarian, Kazakh and Kyrgyz.

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