Dlanor A. Knox
|Dlanor A. Knox|
|First Appearance||End of the Golden Witch|
|Portrayed By||Miyuki Sawashiro|
"DIE THE DEATH! SENTENCE TO DEATH! GREAT EQUALIZER IS THE DEATH!"—Dlanor A. Knox, End of the Golden Witch
Dlanor A. Knox is a member of Eiserne Jungfrau, the 7th District Repentance Enforcement Agency of the Great Court of Heaven, the Head Inquisitor of Heresy and a first class archbishop. She is commonly known as "Dlanor of the Ten Wedges". Her father was a legendary Inquisitor of Heresy, but he broke the rules and was executed. Dlanor was the one who interrogated and executed him. Since that time, she has stopped growing, and both her body and mind remain eternally those of a young girl. Her primary weapons are the "Red Key" and the "Blue Key", which take the form of a long sword and a short sword, respectively.
She gets the name "Death Sentence Dlanor" because, though Inquisitors of Heresy normally judge their targets to see whether they deserve the death penalty or not, Dlanor, as Head Inquisitor, is only dispatched after a case has been vigorously inspected by the Great Court. Therefore, the very act of dispatching her is equivalent to a death sentence.
Dlanor appears as a short girl with lavender "drill" hair and amber eyes. She is always seen in her Inquisitor outfit with large golden armor decorating her left arm. In some sprites, her expression takes on a catlike appearance with a curled mouth and vertical pupils. She is occasionally seen wearing glasses.
Dlanor is a very stoic character, showing little emotion even when injured. However, she has a somewhat softer side that she shows when off-duty. She enjoys sweet things, in keeping with her appearance as a young girl. Furthermore, Dlanor views herself as being as young as her appearance: she refuses to smoke or drink by claiming she is merely a child.
Dlanor is quite attached to Erika Furudo and feels a strong need to protect her.
Dawn of the Golden Witch
Dlanor serves as Erika's personal bodyguard during the wedding and nearly fends off Beatrice's intrusion. When Erika accepts Beatrice's challenge to duel, Dlanor and Erika wistfully speak about playing mystery games together after defeating Beatrice. After Erika's defeat, Dlanor is visibly shaken.
- Dlanor's father is English detective fiction author Ronald A. Knox who, in 1929, assembled a list of rules for writing detective fiction, known in-universe as Knox's Decalogue.
- Dlanor is Ronald spelled backwards.
- Dlanor frequent utterance of "DEATH" is the result of a speech quirk. In Japanese, the end of Dlanor's sentences are written in katakana, which was translated as the use of capital letters. As a result, many of Dlanor's sentences end with "DEATH" as "DEATH" is similar sounding to "desu", a copula that is frequently the last word in Japanese sentences.
- Dlanor's golden armor resembles the Gauntlets used by Gauntlet Knights in Ciconia no Naku Koro ni.