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Book of the Salamander’s Seal
Salamander infobox

Original Name

火蜥蜴の刻印の書

Romanized Name

Hi Tokage no Kokuin no Sho

Author

Paracelsus (パラケルスス Parakerususu)

Debut

Chapter 4 (light novel 3);
Episode 5

Powers

It seals flames.

User

Armand Jeremiah

Status

Inside the Dantalian's Bookshelf

Book of the Salamander’s Seal is a Phantom Book written by alchemist Paracelsus and used by Armand Jeremiah to protect Viola Duplessis and her other suitors from a fireball cast by Melgar. It's present in The Magician’s Daughter story.

It’s an ancient and valuable book with a faded leather cover showing inscriptions in Latin and an emblem of a fire lizard.[1] The grey cover has two small red laces to keep it shut. Its fake version shown in the anime is yellow, with an orange sun and crescent moon drawn on the front and back cover, respectively.[2]

Background[]

Salamandra

Armand holding the fake Phantom Book.

According to Dalian, the Book of the Salamander’s Seal is a lost Phantom Book, extremely difficult to obtain. It’s supposedly located somewhere in the basement of the Disward estate among thousands of other books. The exemplar was eventually found by Armand Jeremiah. However, it was revealed to be a fake. The real Phantom Book is sealed inside the Labyrinth Library.

The Book of the Salamander’s Seal is one of the five Phantom Books requested by Viola Duplessis to her suitors. Although the courtesan had no memories, she felt that the items were necessary to oppose the imminent threat represented by a powerful magician known as the Earl.[1]

It's based on a real-life work called “Liber de nymphis, sylphis, pygmaeis et salamandris, et de caeteris spiritibus”, by Swiss German philosopher Paracelsus, published posthumously in 1566. It describes four elementals, fundamental building blocks of nature: gnomes, sylphs, salamanders and nymphs, corresponding to earth, air, fire and water, respectively.[3][4]

Powers[]

The Phantom Book can seal any type of flames to protect its user and the people around. It’s seen acting as a shield against a powerful fireball released by Melgar. The attack burned and partially destroyed the hall of Viola’s mansion, although casualties were prevented thanks to the barrier. It shines and releases an enormous amount of magical power.[1] In the anime, it covers the protected people in red energy.[2]

Salamander Seal

The Phantom Book sealing Melgar's fireball.

Script[]

In the anime, Armand is briefly seen reading the Book of the Salamander’s Seal.[2]

Book of the Salamander's Seal

Armand reads the Book of the Salamander's Seal.

"We are nurturing, we are destruction.
The salamander, a spirit of fire, is an immortal seal.”

Plot[]

Armand is the fifth man to show up at the Disward estate looking for a specific book. Hugh and Dalian learn that Viola Duplessis requested five Phantom Books to her suitors in exchange of her hand in marriage. Dalian promises to allow Armand to search for the Book of the Salamander’s Seal in the basement of the mansion if she can question the beautiful courtesan. During the meeting, Viola explains that she has no memories. However, she feels that the Phantom Books are necessary to oppose the Earl, who will come for her on the next full moon night.

Five Phantom Books

Armand obtained the fake Book of the Salamander's Seal.

After three days and three nights, Armand found the Book of the Salamander’s Seal. He holds the dusty book against his chest while waiting Viola along her other admirers. Hugh and Dalian suggest that the five Phantom Books obtained by her suitors are fakes. Nonetheless, Armand shows it to Viola as a way to soothe her.

During the confrontation against Melgar, the magician easily burns Armand’s book, exposing it as a fake. Blind in love, he keeps protecting Viola. When the Earl charges a powerful fireball, Dalian gives Hugh the right to open the Labyrinth Library. The magician’s attack destroys the hall of Viola’s mansion. However, everyone is safe. Armand and the others were chosen by the real Phantom Books. Armand now has the real Book of the Salamander’s Seal in hands. He’s sit on the floor, confused, holding a brilliant book. It resembles the one he took from Wesley’s collection, although much more faded and worn. Armand finally understands that the book comes from the Labyrinth Library. Melgar orders the winged women to attack Armand, but he’s saved by Sir Balboa and The Aggregate of Burning Golden Beads. Melgar eventually admits defeat and retreats. After the climax, Armand shows to be exhausted after controlling the magical powers. He gives the Phantom Book back to Hugh.[1]

In the anime, Hugh is seen in his child form, holding the Book of the Salamander’s Seal inside the Labyrinth Library.[2]

Hugh Five Phantom Books

Hugh taking the Book of the Salamander's Seal from the Labyrinth Library.

Trivia[]

  • A mock Book of the Salamander’s Seal is included in the special edition of Codex 3, the third volume of the Japanese DVDs and Blu-ray discs.[5]
  • The Book of the Salamander’s Seal is seen during the opening.[6]
  • The Book of the Salamander’s Seal is mentioned by Hugh during The Briar Princess story. He suggests using it to fight Florence, but Dalian argues that first they must learn about the powers of her Phantom Book.[7]
  • Salamanders are associated with fire in legends and literature. The creature is supposedly unharmed by flames. The connection probably originated from their tendency of dwelling inside logs and escaping from it during a fire, giving the impression they were born from the flames. This idea may have first appeared in Ancient Greece.[8]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Chapter 4, volume 3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian anime, Episode 5.
  3. Elemental. (2016, December 11). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:43, February 18, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Elemental&oldid=754182671
  4. Paracelsus. (2017, February 11). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:49, February 18, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Paracelsus&oldid=764877803
  5. ダンタリアンの書架 限定版 第3巻 [DVD]. In Amazon Japan. Retrieved 14:15, October 15, 2020, from amazon.co.jp/ダンタリアンの書架-限定版-第3巻-DVD-沢城みゆき/dp/B00593N3I4
  6. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian anime, opening.
  7. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Chapter 1, volume 2.
  8. Salamander. (2017, March 20). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 18:09, March 26, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Salamander&oldid=771311028
  9. Salamanders in folklore and legend. (2017, February 24). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 18:08, March 26, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Salamanders_in_folklore_and_legend&oldid=767135248
  10. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Chapter 4, volume 1.
Phantom Books
72 Sacred Notes of the Shem-ha-mephorash - Atargatis Scripture - Book of a Thousand Sorrows - Book of Adventure - Book of Atonement - Book of Avalon - Book of Equivalence - Book of Fairy - Book of Fetus - Book of Gap - Book of Humanization - Book of Hypnosis - Book of Lifetime - Book of Relationship - Book of Styx - Book of the Eleusis Ritual - Book of the House-Elf - Book of Imprint - Book of Meditation of Supreme Cooking - Book of Oblivion - Book of the Outer God - Book of Paradise - Book of Royal Power - Book of the Sage - Book of the Salamander's Seal - Book of Sleep - Book of the Descendant of the Mist - Book of the Feast of the Dead of the Windowless Hall - Book of the Flatterer - Book of the Jealous Girlfriend - Book of the King's Coffin - Book of the Ritual of the Migratory Locusts - Book of the Silver Well - Book of Those Who Want Beauty - Book of Twilight - Book of Wisdom - Catalogue - Collection of Visions - Crastinus Dies Nunquam Sciat - Decorative Plywood of Merneith - Depiction of Mountains and Rivers - Divine Encyclopedia of the Yin Kings - Divine Pattern of Floating Silk - Faceless Book - Fata Morgana - Go in an Instant - Hezār Afsān - Hymn of Hel - Logbook - John Wilkes Booth’s Diary - Kairos’ Dynastic History - Loge - Memories of That Day - Old Bradshaw’s Timetable - Pioneer Book - Phantom Book of Resurrection - Phantom Score - Rahōto Reihō Kaigen - Ritual of Reality - Template Book - The Aggregate of Burning Golden Beads - The Clay Tablet of Ugarit - The Dictator's Book - The Great Queen Poem - The Harlequinade - The Nāgārjuna’s Manuscript - The Ophiuchus Manuscript - The Pedigree of All Creations - The Sage's Slate - The Scent God's Scripture - The World - Vignette of Eternal Twilight

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