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The Queen of the Night
Queen infobox

Japanese Name

夜の女王

Romanized Name

Yoru no Joō

Debut

Chapter 2 (light novel 2);
Episode 3

Owner

Wesley Disward;
Dalian

Status

Alive

For the light novel chapter, see Chapter 2 (light novel 2).
For the anime adaptation, see Episode 3.

The Queen of the Night is a rare plant bought by Wesley Disward. It’s present in the Queen of the Night story.

Background[]

According to Dalian, The Queen of the Night is a rare species from Africa, planted and tended by Wesley Disward. Dalian inherited the job of watering it after he passed away. She waited 13 years to see the plant blossoming. Its book-like flower explains why a bibliomaniac would be interested in purchasing the cactus for a large sum of money. Eventually, information about this acquisition fell into the hands of the Gladstone Company. The plant was planted inside the glasshouse at the back of the Disward estate.[1]

Characteristics[]

Although it`s a cactus, The Queen of the Night is different from anything else owned by florists and gardeners. The rare plant gives a soft glow. The white light attracts people even in the darkness. Covered with leaves and vines, the cactus is not of a normal size, reaching at least twice as high as Hugh. Its roots are swollen, well-developed. It has fat, needled-coated leaves.

The dark brown, bottom flower at the trunk has the size of a coconut. When blossomed, it gives the impression of being an opened book filled with neatly written words and bounded by a thick, faded-colored cover that seems like it’s made of leather. The white pages, serving as petals, are easily blown by the wind as the book comes apart. The petals look like paper, but it`s made of a thin material that feels like plant.[1] The anime shows a second, larger flower at the top of the plant. It’s a part of the organism suitable for devouring humans. In the adaptation, the cactus has a spotted body in the shape of a bulb. Its two flowers are colored red and white.[2]

It takes 13 years for The Queen of the Night to blossom, and only one night to wither, which happens after its food is caught. It's located in the interior of a glasshouse, at the backyard of the Disward estate. Originally, it’s from a desolate land, scarce of water and nutrients. Therefore, its size demanded the plant to evolve as a carnivorous species able to attract more intelligent beings, since a diet of insects wouldn't be sufficient for its survival. Its reputation makes humans curious. They go to Africa and end up as prey of The Queen of the Night. Its fragrance, resembling ripe fruits, is also attractive. Strangled by vines, the victims can be seen through its swollen, translucent trunk filled with digestive fluids. According to a theory, the words written in its petals show the memories of people who were devoured.[1]

Plot[]

Queen's buds

The Queen of the Night before blossoming.

In the late afternoon, Hugh finds Dalian watering a huge plant inside the glasshouse. He thinks that it`s cute how she has a hobby other than reading books. The commentary makes her angry. She explains that the rare, African cactus was obtained by Wesley. Now, Dalian tends the plant, replacing the late bibliomaniac. She reveals that she waited 13 years for the plant to blossom. It would happen that night.

Soon after, the Gladstone Company duo seize them. After checking their information network, the criminals were after a valuable book called “The Queen of the Night”. Dalian affirms that there is no book with such a title. Searching the mansion, the plump man heads to the backyard. Later, his scream is heard. The red-haired man also leaves to see what happened. While looking for his partner, the robber is attacked by something. Hugh and Dalian run to the glasshouse. Dalian affirms that it’s too late. She explains that The Queen of the Night is in fact a carnivorous plant that attracted the Gladstone Company men with a book-like flower. They were dead, their bodies being digested inside the cactus. The pages of the cactus start to fall after its prey was eaten. Dalian would have to wait another 13 years to read the petals containing the memories of the victims.[1]

Trivia[]

  • The Boom-Flurry is a fictional plant in American author Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series. It's a sentient, huge carnivorous cactus that occasionally eats horses and humans. Its victims are also slowly digested inside its trunk.[6]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Chapter 2, volume 2.
  2. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian anime, Episode 3.
  3. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novelChapter 3, volume 7.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Selenicereus grandiflorus. (2017, January 10). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:34, February 19, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Selenicereus_grandiflorus&oldid=759304246
  5. 5.0 5.1 Epiphyllum oxypetalum. (2017, January 8). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:35, February 19, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Epiphyllum_oxypetalum&oldid=759000330
  6. Boom-Flurry. (2012, January 9). In The Dark Tower. Retrieved 16:37, February 19, 2017, from http://www.thedarktower.org/palaver/showwiki.php?title=Towerpedia:Boom-Flurry
  7. Crayon Shin-chan: My Moving Story! Cactus Large Attack!. (2017, January 19). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:39, February 19, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Crayon_Shin-chan:_My_Moving_Story!_Cactus_Large_Attack!&oldid=760930767
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
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