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Original Name

航海日誌

Romanized Name

Kōkai Nisshi

Author

The Phantom Book itself

Debut

Chapter 3 (light novel 5)

Powers

It maintains a fully-crewed ghost ship drifting for an indeterminate duration.

User

The Phantom Book itself

Status

Destroyed

For the light novel chapter, see Chapter 3 (light novel 5).

The Logbook is a living Phantom Book and its own user. It’s the responsible for the Atlantic Rim curse. The Phantom Book is present in The Logbook story.

The Phantom Book is a large white parrot with a yellow crest.[1]

Background[]

Seventy years before the main events of The Logbook story, the Atlantic Rim was traveling to the east coast of America. However, the captain, the crew and the passengers fell ill and died. The parrot repeated the captain’s forbidden last words and became a Phantom Book. The parrot would cover the ship in fog. Then, the ship would approach other vessels to force people into working aboard. The curse cast by the parrot says that the Atlantic Rim must always have one captain, four passengers and a crew of eighteen sailors, although the passengers were not essential. Those abducted would operate the ship in the foggy world for an indeterminate duration, until they no longer were able to work. Then the Atlantic Rim would abduct another ship to replace them. The people aboard couldn’t even commit suicide in order to free themselves from the curse.

A few days before the main events of The Logbook story, the Atlantic Rim was discovered by a freighter in the North Sea, near an archipelago eighty kilometers away from the coast of the kingdom. The Atlantic Rim was thought to have sunk more than fifty years ago. However, the ship looked new, the cargo untouched, the crew unharmed. The freighter began to tow the Atlantic Rim to the nearest port. Later, only the freighter was found. Although its valuable cargo was preserved, its crew had disappeared along with the ghost ship. Jessica’s father sponsored an expedition to search for the ship. Jessica, Hugh and Dalian wonder if a Phantom Book is involved in the strange occurrence.[1]

Powers[]

The parrot wishes to see the Atlantic Rim complete its voyage and reach the east coast of America. As a result, the bird maintains a crew operating the ship. The Atlantic Rim must always have a captain and a fixed number of sailors and passengers, although the passengers are not essential. When someone in the crew can no longer work, he must be replaced, so the Atlantic Rim periodically approaches other ships to ensnare new workmanship. Those aboard the ship are forced to work. They act submissive, losing their hope and will to live, as if mind-controlled, especially in the captain’s case. If they try to throw themselves off boat, they fall back on deck. If they try to kill themselves, they are magically healed. They are only allowed to commit suicide when a replacement boards the ship.

Additionally, the parrot is able to reproduce any weather previously reported on the ship’s logbook. It recreates the world sailed by the ship in the past. The Atlantic Rim is permanently surrounded by fog. The Phantom Book also produces strong winds and storms that shake the entire vessel, besides thunderstorms and huge waves.

The Logbook also preserves the conditions of the ship. Although it’s a seventy-years-old clipper, the Atlantic Rim seems well-maintained. However, when the magic ends, the structure shudders, the white paint fades and peels off, the metal rusts, the boards dry out. The ship quickly sinks, destroyed by water pressure. The crocodiles aboard also disappear, which indicates that the parrot also has some sort of control over the ship's cargo.

The image of New York, the destination of the Atlantic Rim, is sufficient to put a stop to the Phantom Book powers.[1]

Parrot[]

The parrot is a Phantom Book and its own user. According to Dalian, the average life expectancy of large parrots is above seventy years. Some live over a hundred years. This explains how the Atlantic Rim curse lasted so long. They are intelligent birds, capable of using simple tools and understand human speech and writing. Parrots don’t know how to read, but they remember a set of phrases. Thus, the parrot used its powers by repeating the words it heard from the first captain.

The parrot is always on the shoulder of the Atlantic Rim current captain, or on a window frame or roost at the captain’s cabin. The bird is determined to see the ship reach its destination. It keeps watching the captain and his work, making sure that the vessel is operating and carrying the correct number of people. The bird intrudes on the captain’s conversation, repeating the words it hears with perfect pronunciation. It also repeats the reports contained in the ship’s original logbook, as if to remind the current captain of his purpose, putting him in a state of trance. It’s a smart animal, able to identify those who threat the voyage and act defensively.[1]

Plot[]

The parrot is sat on a roost, watching his master fill the ship’s logbook, describing the weather and the conditions of the ship. After fulfilling his task, the captain kills himself. The parrot looks at the body. The lonely bird cries out.

A freighter finds the Atlantic Rim drifting in the North Sea. The next day, the Atlantic Rim disappears along with the freighter’s crew. After reading about the event in the newspapers, Hugh, Dalian and Jessica go aboard the Guillemot on an expedition to search the ghost ship. Soon the steam engine of the Guillemot fails. The Atlantic Rim appears, covered in fog, offering help. The Atlantic Rim captain, Thøgersen, introduces himself to the trio. The parrot sits on his shoulder and repeats the words loudly. Dalian finds the bird too loud.

Soon after, Thøgersen and his sailors and passengers kill themselves. Berners enters the captain’s cabin in a state of trance. He decides to act as the captain of the Atlantic Rim. The parrot is sat on the window frame. The bird screams, saying that the ship must always have a crew and a captain. The words encourage Berners. The parrot glances at Thøgersen’s body. Then, it flies to Berners’ shoulder, as if accepting its new master. Now it's clear that the people from the Guillemot are cursed to replace those who committed suicide, as if the ship demanded a fixed number of people aboard. Without a replacement, those aboard are destined to live in the Atlantic Rim for an indeterminate period, unable even to take their own lives.

Later, Hugh, Dalian and Jessica enter the captain’s cabin to examine the ship’s logbook. Berners looks at the trio with suspicion. The parrot is on his shoulder. Dalian tells Berners to give her the other logbook. She believes that there’s another logbook in the ship. After all, the one she's reading is missing the report about an important day, the day when the original crew of the Atlantic Rim died from a terrible disease. This report may contain the forbidden knowledge that made the Atlantic Rim cursed. Berners becomes distressed. He recites the reports in the logbook, as if in a state of trance. The parrot screams, repeating the words.

Hugh, Dalian and Jessica recognize the parrot as both the Phantom Book and user. Hugh doesn’t think the parrot can be sealed inside the Labyrinth Library. He aims at the bird with his gun, but he’s interrupted when the ship suddenly shakes. The parrot had created a storm. It has the power to produce any weather reported in the logbook. It falls from Berners’ shoulder, flapping its wings. Berners hits his head, but he gets to his feet soon after. According to the parrot, the ship must always have a captain and a crew. It also says that passengers weren’t needed, identifying Hugh, Dalian and Jessica as enemies. The parrot soars into the sky. The storm subsides. Hugh tries to shoot the bird, but it hides behind a mast. A thunderstorm follows. Jessica is about to be eaten by the four crocodiles that left the cargo hold.

Hugh reads the Fata Morgana, creating the illusion that the ship has reached the east coast of America during a sunny day with blue clear sky. The fog, thunderstorm and crocodiles disappear. The parrot sits on the ship’s figurehead to look at the port it desired for so long. The Atlantic Rim quickly ages and starts to sink. The parrot doesn’t fly away. It looked at the beautiful mirage until the very last second of its life. Later, Dalian sees its large white feathers floating on the water.[1]

Trivia[]

  • The 1883 novel Treasure Island, by Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson, have greatly contributed to the image of pirates in popular culture. Ship captains are often depicted with a parrot on their shoulders.[2]
    • On long trips aboard a ship, pets were desired but would need careful vetting. These voyages could last weeks or months, and mostly, they were incredibly boring and uncomfortable. A companion animal could help ease the way. Pirates traveled to exotic lands, had quite a bit of free time and had disposable income. A parrot was a sensible choice for a pet. They don’t eat much, compared to a dog or a monkey, and what they do eat can be easily stored on board. They’re colorful, intelligent, funny and flashy.[3]
  • Dalian shares correct information about parrots.[1] Some large parrot species, including large cockatoos, amazons, and macaws, have very long lifespans, with 80 years being reported, and record ages of over 100. Some parrots have shown an ability to associate words with their meanings and form simple sentences. Others are also highly skilled at using tools. Parrots are among the most intelligent of birds. They can imitate human speech or other sounds.[4]
    • Based on its description, the bird may be a cockatoo, a parrot from the bird family Cacatuidae. They are recognizable by the prominent crests and curved bills. Their plumage is generally less colourful than that of other parrots, being mainly white, grey or black and often with coloured features in the crest, cheeks or tail.[5]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Chapter 3, volume 5
  2. Treasure Island. (2020, May 1). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 23:47, May 4, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Treasure_Island&oldid=954201620
  3. Dan Nosowitz. (2015, November 19). The surprising truth about pirates and parrots. In Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 23:47, May 4, 2020, from https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-surprising-truth-about-pirates-and-parrots
  4. Parrot. (2020, May 2). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 13:06, May 5, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Parrot&oldid=954513523
  5. Cockatoo. (2020, April 14). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 13:42, May 5, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Cockatoo&oldid=950871594
Characters

Biblioprincesses

Dalian - Flamberge - Rasiel

Key-keepers

Hugh Anthony Disward - Hal Kamhout - Professor

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

Others

Male Characters - Female Characters
Phantom Book Users - Deceased Characters
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

Phantom Book Eggs - List of Phantom Books
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