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Divine Encyclopedia of the Yin Kings
Yin Kings infobox

Original Name

殷王神鑑

Romanized Name

In'ō-shin Kan

Author

Unknown

Debut

Chapter 4 (light novel 3);
Episode 5

Powers

It heals battle wounds.

User

Older Granville brother

Status

Inside the Dantalian's Bookshelf

Divine Encyclopedia of the Yin Kings is a Phantom Book read by one of the Granville brothers to heal those wounded by Melgar, including Viola Duplessis. It's present in The Magician’s Daughter story.

In the anime, it’s shown as a cracked white stone tablet with Chinese characters. Its fake version has a fancy green cover.[1] Originally, the forfeit obtained by the older Granville is an old stone tablet.[2]

Background[]

The rulers of the Yin (殷) dynasty usually had the title “king” or wáng (王).[3] Also known as the Shang dynasty, is the earliest dynasty of traditional Chinese history supported by archaeological evidence, sometimes dated from circa 1600 AD to 1046 AD.[4]

According to Dalian, the Divine Encyclopedia of the Yin Kings is a lost Phantom Book, extremely difficult to obtain. Blind by love, the older Granville brother ended up buying a fake exemplar. The real Phantom Book is sealed inside the Labyrinth Library.

The Divine Encyclopedia of the Yin Kings 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.[2]

Powers[]

The Phantom Book heals battle wounds. For instance, one of the winged women attacked Viola and used her claws to slice and brake the courtesan’s left arm. When Granville read it, the arm was completely recovered.[2] As shown in the anime, the wound shines for a moment and disappears in a instant. The user of the Divine Encyclopedia of the Yin Kings is covered in green light while reading it.[1]

Script[]

In the anime, Granville is briefly seen reading the Divine Encyclopedia of the Yin Kings.[1]


"We will heal your wounds.
Because Mount Tai demands that wrong become right.”

Plot[]

The Granville brothers also showed up at the Disward estate looking for a specific book before Lord Moskin and Armand Jeremiah. Hugh and Dalian learn that Viola Duplessis requested five Phantom Books to her suitors in exchange of her hand in marriage. Later, the courtesan explains that she feels that the Phantom Books are necessary to oppose the Earl, who will come for her soon.

The next full moon night, Viola’s mansion is crowded with men trying to protect her. The Granville brothers also appear, showing two tablets supposed to be the Divine Encyclopedia of the Yin Kings and The Nāgārjuna’s Manuscript. Hugh and Dalian suggest that the five Phantom Books obtained by Viola’s suitors are fakes. The brothers present the Phantom Books to soothe the worried courtesan.

Granville brothers

The Granville brothers holding the fake Phantom Books.

During the confrontation against Melgar, Armand and the others stand in front of Viola to protect her. When the Earl charges a powerful fireball, Dalian gives Hugh the right to open the Labyrinth Library. The five men next to Viola are chosen by the five Phantom Books. Armand, Lord Moskin and Sir Balboa use their newly acquired powers to oppose the magician’s attack. The older Granville reads the Divine Encyclopedia of the Yin Kings to heal the people wounded during the confrontation. Viola, who previously has been hurt by one of the winged women, has her left arm recovered. Melgar eventually admits defeat and retreats. The Granville brothers give the Phantom Books back to Hugh.[2]

In the anime, Hugh is seen in his child form, holding the Divine Encyclopedia of the Yin Kings inside the Labyrinth Library. In the adaptation, Hugh also has his left arm wounded by a winged woman. Later, he’s healed by the Phantom Book.[1]

Trivia[]

  • Mount Tai is a Chinese mountain of historical and cultural significance, a place of religious worship and rituals dating back from the Shang dinasty. It's the easternmost mountain of the Five Great Mountains of China, associated with the rising sun and renewal.[5]
  • The anime is inconsistent regarding the shape of the Divine Encyclopedia of the Yin Kings, which is shown as a tablet or as an oval stone.[1]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian anime, Episode 5.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Chapter 4, volume 3.
  3. List of rulers of China. (2017, March 14). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:26, March 30, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_rulers_of_China&oldid=770226069
  4. Shang dynasty. (2017, March 23). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:26, March 30, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Shang_dynasty&oldid=771846773
  5. Mount Tai. (2017, March 14). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:42, March 30, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mount_Tai&oldid=770202243
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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