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Book of the Salamander’s Seal
Salamander infobox

Original Name

火蜥蜴の刻印の書

Romanized Name

Hi Tokage no Kokuin no Sho

Author

Unknown

Debut

Chapter 4 (light novel 3);
Episode 5

Powers

It seals flames.

User

Armand Jeremiah

Status

Inside the Labyrinth Library

Book of the Salamander’s Seal is a Phantom Book used by Armand Jeremiah to protect Viola Duplessis and her other suitors from a fireball cast by Melgar. It's present in The Magician’s Daughter story.

It’s an ancient and valuable book with a faded leather cover showing inscriptions in Latin and an emblem of a fire lizard.[1] The grey cover has two small red laces to keep it shut. Its fake version shown in the anime is yellow, with an orange sun and crescent moon drawn on the front and back cover, respectively.[2]

BackgroundEdit

Salamandra

Armand holding the fake Phantom Book.

According to Dalian, the Book of the Salamander’s Seal is a lost Phantom Book, extremely difficult to obtain. It’s supposedly located somewhere in the basement of the Disward estate among thousands of other books. The exemplar was eventually found by Armand Jeremiah. However, it was revealed to be a fake. The real Phantom Book is sealed inside the Labyrinth Library.

The Book of the Salamander’s Seal is one of the five Phantom Books requested by Viola Duplessis to her suitors. Although the courtesan had no memories, she felt the items were necessary to oppose the imminent threat represented by a powerful magician known as the Earl.[1]

PowersEdit

The Phantom Book can seal any type of flames to protect its user and the people around. It’s seen acting as a shield against a powerful fireball released by Melgar. The attack burned and partially destroyed the hall of Viola’s mansion, although casualties were prevented. It shines and releases an enormous amount of magical power.[1] In the anime, it covers the protected people in red energy.[2]
Salamander Seal

The Phantom Book sealing Melgar's fireball.

ScriptEdit

In the anime, Armand is briefly seen reading the Book of the Salamander’s Seal.[2]

Book of the Salamander's Seal

Armand reads the Book of the Salamander's Seal.

"We are nurturing, we are destruction.
The salamander, a spirit of fire, is an immortal seal.”

PlotEdit

Armand is the fifth man to show up at the Disward estate looking for a specific book. Hugh and Dalian learn that Viola Duplessis requested five Phantom Books to her suitors in exchange of her hand in marriage. Dalian promises to allow Armand to search for the Book of the Salamander’s Seal in the basement of the mansion if she can question the beautiful courtesan. During the meeting, Viola explains she has no memories. However, she felt the Phantom Books were necessary to fight against the Earl, who would come for her on the next full moon night.

Five Phantom Books

Armand obtained the fake Book of the Salamander's Seal.

After three days and three nights, Armand found the Book of the Salamander’s Seal. He holds the dusty book against his chest while waiting Viola along her other admirers. Hugh and Dalian suggest the five Phantom Books obtained by her suitors are fakes. Nonetheless, Armand shows it to Viola as a way to soothe her.

During the confrontation against Melgar, the magician easily burns Armand’s book, exposing it as a fake. Blind in love, he keeps protecting Viola. When the Earl charges a powerful fireball, Dalian gives Hugh the right to open the Labyrinth Library. The magician’s attack destroys the hall of Viola’s mansion. However, everyone is safe. Armand and the others were chosen by the real Phantom Books. The former suddenly has the Book of the Salamander’s Seal in his hands. He’s sit on the floor, confused, holding a brilliant book. It resembles the one he took from Wesley’s collection, although much more faded and worn. Armand finally understands that the book comes from The Mystic Archives of Dantalian. Melgar orders the winged women to attack Armand, but he’s saved by Sir Balboa and The Aggregate of Burning Golden Beads. Melgar eventually admits defeat and retreats. After the climax, Armand shows to be exhausted after controlling the magical powers. He gives the Phantom Book back to Hugh.[1]In the anime, Hugh is seen in his child form, holding the Book of the Salamander’s Seal inside the Labyrinth Library.[2]
Hugh Five Phantom Books

Hugh taking the Book of the Salamander's Seal from the Labyrinth Library.

Trivia Edit

  • Salamanders are associated with fire in legends and literature. The creature is supposedly unharmed by flames. The connection probably originated from their tendency of dwelling inside logs and escaping from it during a fire, giving the impression they were born from the flames. This idea may have first appeared in Ancient Greece.[3]

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Chapter 4, volume 3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian anime, Episode 5.
  3. Salamander. (2017, March 20). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 18:09, March 26, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Salamander&oldid=771311028
  4. Salamanders in folklore and legend. (2017, February 24). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 18:08, March 26, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Salamanders_in_folklore_and_legend&oldid=767135248
  5. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Chapter 4, volume 1.

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