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The Dictator's Book
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Fragment 1

Talisman of Despot

Japanese Name

独裁者の書

Romanized Name

Dokusaisha no Sho

Volume

1

Release Date

November 1, 2008 (volume 1)

Pages

9

Adaptation

Chapter 5 (manga)

For the Phantom Book, see The Dictator's Book.
For the manga adaptation, see Chapter 5 (manga).

"The Dictator's Book" is the 1st fragment of The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, volume 1. The special chapter is also labeled as "Talisman of Despot".

A little girl gives a mysterious book to a student who lost hope in the current politicians.[1]

Summary[]

A serious student grieves for the future of the country, more than everyone else. The population has no resources and jobs, nor protection against criminals and military forces from bordering countries trying to seize the land. He eventually lost all hope and started living an ephemeral life, until he came across a little girl with green hair. There's a big keyhole on the eyepatch that covered her left eye.

The man affirms that it's too late for the country due to the bureaucracy and the incompetent politicians who have been corroded by corruption and bribery. The girl suggests that he rule the country on his own, since he’s the most worried about the future. He would need to become a dictator, a powerful politician who would capture and kill his rivals. The man hesitates, thinking that he would be assassinated by another politician. The girl, however, gives him an old book to soothe his worries. According to her, he was chosen by that book and, as long as he follows what’s written in it, he would be safe.

A few years later, a young politician gained popularity. He made unemployed adults join the army and invade the surrounding lands in order to distribute wealth to the people. Criminals were punished with the death penalty and other countries were fought before they could threat his government. The citizens who didn’t support him were sent to prison and opposing politicians were exiled. He held a book in his hands all the time. The man was targeted by politicians of lower social status, relatives of executed nobles, citizens of other countries and families of those lost during the wars he caused. They tried to use poison, bombs, curses, even to oppose him by forming a rebel army. Sometimes they acted as allies, only to attack him using a blade, bow or gun. However, it was impossible to wound the dictator.

Some years passed before he finally captured the last rebel. He announced to all the people gathered at the plaza that he would perform the last public execution. After all, he decided to be the true king of the country, rather than a dictator. Moments later, an assassin from a foreign country, disguised as a guard, shot him dead. The man, no longer a dictator, was not protected by the book in his hands this time. The citizens told each other that the country was alright now that the incompetent politician was gone. The little girl laughed. She disappeared into the crowd, smiling.[1]

Trivia[]

  • "Talisman of Despot" refers to The Dictator's Book.[1]
  • The fragment, the first special chapter in the series, marks the debut of Rasiel in the light novel, although her name is never mentioned.[1]
    • It's also the first chapter without Hugh and Dalian.[1]
    • The first chapter which was not released in The Sneaker.[2]
    • The first special chapter with an adaptation.[3]
    • The first chapter hinting to the existence of another Biblioprincess other than Dalian.[1]

References[]

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Volume 1

Gastronomy Worship - Pedigree - Book of Wisdom - The Dictator's Book - Turn-Up Book - Book of Lifetime - Libricide

Volume 2

The Briar Princess - Queen of the Night - The Lovers - Book of Equivalence - Book of Fetus - Winning Strategy - The Mystic Archives of Rasiel

Volume 3

Book of Soul Exchange - Book of Oblivion - Book of Twilight - Book of Sleep - The Magician's Daughter - The Beautiful Woman's World - Book of Atonement

Volume 4

Book of Gap - Phantom Score - Book of Relationship - Book of Hypnosis - The Perfumer - The House-Elf's Rough Time - Phantom Book Thief

Volume 5

Timetable - Waterside Flower - The Cat and the Biblioprincess - Book of Fools - The Logbook - The Observer - Book of Connection

Volume 6

The Template Book - The Working Man - Book of Coffin - The Real Me - Book of Humanization - Paradise

Volume 7

Disaster and Temptation - Catalogue - Book of Wisdom II - The Girls' Long Night - Book of Imitation - The Key-Keeper

Volume 8

Phantom Book of the King - The Last Book - Vignette of Eternal Twilight
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