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John Carabosse
John Carabosse

Japanese Name


Romanized Name

Jon Karabosu


Sergeant (サージャント Sājanto)


Chapter 1 (light novel 2);
Appendix (OVA)

Voice actor

Kan Tanaka



John Carabosse or Caraboss was a wealthy man who had a love affair with Talia. His own daughter Florence killed them both in a crime of passion. He was the owner of the Deep Green Book. The character is part of The Briar Princess story.


Carabosse coat of arms

The Carabosse coat of arms.

Climbing the steep path covered with wild grass, surrounded by a forest, is the access to a small village which is part of the mountainous land owned by John Carabosse. He chose the area to build a villa where his daughter Florence would rest and improve her delicate health. The wealthy man lived in a house with pure white walls, elegant spires and sophisticated ornaments and wooden furniture. He had many servants at his disposal.

He used to visit the village once a month not to see his daughter, but to be with his lover Talia, the local herbalist. He cheated on his wife where she wouldn’t discover them. In a fit of jealousy, Florence killed John and Talia, six months before the main events of The Briar Princess. Florence set his house on fire and used an axe to take his life. The murderer also claimed the Deep Green Book, a Phantom Book which John bought back from the West. He knew about the Dantalian's Bookshelf.[1]


He used to visit the village to see his lover Talia where they wouldn’t be found. He treated her affectionately. He visited the land not to see his sick daughter, but to cheat on his wife.[1] Nothing else was revealed about him.


John Carabosse is depicted in the OVA as a sturdy man with brown eyes and short wavy, grey hair. When outside, he uses a three-piece dark suit, a red bow tie, grey gloves, a top hat and a cane.[2]


John uses the faint illumination provided by the fire which was consuming the house. He reaches the living room, where the smoke isn't thick, where he could escape from that dangerous situation. The man stops after noticing Florence walking towards him. She uses an axe to do a deep cut on his right shoulder. John collapses on the carpet, the blood spraying out of the wound. While he’s down, Florence chops his head open. She pours oil over his body, which is claimed by the flames.

Although Florence was his sick, frail daughter, she was suspected of setting John’s house on fire. Hugh heard that a merchant that used to trade with John saw her with the Deep Green Book in hands. The Phantom Book had been bought by John. Looking after the Phantom Book, Hugh and Dalian investigate the village on the land owned by the late John Carabosse. Disguised as the local herbalist, Florence feigns ignorance about John’s death. Hugh and Dalian eventually learn that the lord used to visit the place to see his lover Talia. In a fit of jealousy, Florence had killed them both. The murderer was hoping to learn more about the Deep Green Book and resurrect her father in order to live happily with him.[1]

In the OVA, John is shown meeting Talia and giving her a white shawl with the Carabosse coat of arms.[2]


  • Carabosse is the name of the wicked fairy in some variants of the Sleeping Beauty tale. She's responsible for cursing the princess to fall into a deep sleep.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Chapter 1, volume 2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian anime, OVA.
  3. Wicked fairy godmother. (2019, December 19). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 9:59, February 29, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wicked_fairy_godmother&oldid=931454792


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Recurring characters

The Girl in the Bookshelf - Wesley Disward - Kamilla Sauer Keynes - Jessica Elphinstone - Shura Irmania - Armand Jeremiah - The Perennial Wisdom's Owner - Oliver Grosseteste - Mithril - Hugh's mother - Hugh's father - Natalia - Hal's beloved - Miss Roedean

Creatures and machines

Atlantic Rim - Automaton - Beast of Ashwell - Book of Royal Power - Branches of Relationship - Broken Wings - Dantalian - Dead Book - Ghost train - Golem - Guignols - Guillemot - Heath - House-elf - Kasuruhau - Logbook - Loge's giant - Musical automaton - Pioneer Plant - The Harlequinade's creatures - Ras Alhague monster - Scarlet Robe - Sea devils - Steam Giant - The Queen of the Night - W Machine - Winged women - Wooden dolls - Zombies

Dalian Days

Priscilla Riley - Cecil Patreina - Margaret Manschwell


Male Characters - Female Characters
Phantom Book Users - Deceased Characters