Aoko Aozaki [Person's name]
One of the five existing magicians.
Though she is the legitimate heir of the "distinguished" Aozaki household, she's currently wandering around the world with a single trunk in hand.
Her sorcery attribute is one specialized for breaking things, so she's not very good at healing, construction, and restoration sorceries. Known as the "Witch of Destruction", she's not particularly versatile, but is second to none when it comes to busting out of hopeless situations.
It was due to her influence that the young Tohno Shiki was able to grow up normally despite being burdened with abnormal eyes. Therefore to him, she is an existence akin to a respected former teacher.
Akiha Tohno [Person's name]
Tohno Shiki's younger sister, and the Tohno family's heir.
She has long black hair and a dignified posture, firm speech, and an unendearing personality. On top of that, her love of strict discipline can make her somewhat hard to get along with.
Perhaps it's because she doesn't think much of the way Shiki lived doing whatever he pleased for eight years, but she lashes out at him every chance she gets. Though she is basically straightforward and honest at her core, she is also unyielding and hates losing, so her true personality rarely gets a chance to shine.
She saved Shiki's life when they were young, and has absolute faith in him even if she'd never admit it.
She lived in the dorms at the Asagami Academy for Girls after Shiki left for the Arima household, but she started commuting from home when he returned to the Tohno mansion.
As the Tohno family head she possesses noble blood, and her power as a demon hybrid is among the best of the best. If Arcueid is a Western vampire, then Akiha would be an example of an Eastern vampire.
The embodiment of "plundering", all who enter her field of vision will have their heat (life force) stolen from them, no questions asked.
Akiha Vermillion [Person's name]
Akiha in a state close to Crimson Red Vermilion.
Through sheer willpower alone, she is able to control her rampage and avoid fully becoming a Crimson Red Vermilion.
Or rather, for Akiha this form is actually what she looks like when she's conserving her strength, and her normal form is the result of her actively using her power to suppress her oni blood. It's quite similar to the situation with Arcueid and her vampiric impulse.
Properly speaking, becoming a Crimson Red Vermilion means completely losing your ability to reason, but it seems even in this state Akiha still has some sanity left.
This, too, is probably by virtue of her high aptitude for it.
Akiha's Kicks [Technique name]
There are various kick techniques found in Tohno Akiha's list of normal skills. It is a tomboyishness unbecoming of a young lady from a respectable family.
For example, 5C's Miss "Current Family Head" Kick, 6C's Miss "Yakuza" Kick, J2C's Miss "Divine Punishment Is Swift" Kick, etc. So far, many different kicks have been demonstrated. Please expect more of them in the future.
Alchemist of Atlas [Term]
Alchemists affiliated with the Atlas Institute.
They specialize in thought partitioning and thought acceleration, techniques that make use of the human body as an arithmetic unit.
Their way of thinking concerning their body (flesh) is also unique. That is, they do not believe that the brain exists to control the body, but rather that the body exists solely so that the brain may function more effectively.
If you just want a mathematical prodigy, there's no need for an alchemist – an engineer would do just fine. What sets apart an alchemist is that for them, the human body in its entirety (body, mind, and soul) is a unit for calculating, executing, and nurturing events.
Also, they typically have very few magic circuits, the proof that one is a magus. Though this means that on their own they cannot use nature interference sorceries at all, they're perfectly okay with that. As far as they're concerned, there's no need to be strong themselves, because they can just make up for it by creating the strongest weapons.
Arcueid Brunestud [Person's name • True Ancestor]
Royalty of the True Ancestors. The Last Princess.
Though she has no ties to Japan herself, she came to Misaki in pursuit of a certain vampire.
She is a True Ancestor, born in the 12th Century for the sole purpose of hunting those True Ancestors that had fallen and become demon lords. She was originally an existence with no use for emotions, but after meeting (being killed by) Tohno Shiki her state of mind changed dramatically. It's similar to a broken machine that just isn't quite the same when you put it back together, probably. (Of course, that's leaving aside the question of whether or not she gained a new function or lost an old one…)
At any rate, the pure and noble vampire princess was, through some mistake, reborn as a carefree, airheaded funny vamp.
As the bastard child of the planet, her powers are totally ridiculous. Even sunlight just makes her feel a little listless, and the source of her energy supply is the earth itself.
Back alley alliance [Term]
A congregation of heroines forced to live in back alleys. Right now, Yumizuka Satsuki and Sion are the only official members, though sometimes White Len stops by as well.
In Tsukihime, back alleys were a terrifying place full of corpses, where girls that should have been dead chased you down and cornered you, and classmates hid their blood-drenched arms. However, it seems that ever since the BAA was founded, safety in the alleys has improved remarkably.
Barrel Replica [Weapon name]
The mystic code possessed by Sion. A replica of the Black Barrel, one of the seven superweapons on display at the Atlas Institute. It is a conceptual armament of "natural lifespan", which demonstrates a toxin (attack power) in proportion to the predestined span of the target's life.
Sion uses this Barrel Replica in her Arc Drive, but it seems that she isn't utilizing its original function.
Also, though she discharges the energy horizontally in her Last Arc, Barrel Replica Obelisk, she is able to avoid being blown back by the recoil by anchoring her body to the ground with Etherlite.
Berserk Arcueid [Person's name • True Ancestor]
Arcueid after she has succumbed to her vampiric impulse and lost her ability to reason.
Though regarded as equivalent to the Crimson Moon, she is a completely different entity. You could say she's the materialized form of Arcueid's overflowing vampiric impulse. When Berserk Arcueid appears, Arcueid herself is freed from her desire to drink blood. …That's a complete and utter lie, of course.
Unlike Arcueid, she enjoys trampling on her enemies with overwhelming force. Because as a True Ancestor Arcueid does not (cannot) do useless things, she always regulates her fighting ability to match her opponent's. However, Berserk Arcueid will use her power mercilessly even against normal humans.
Incidentally, her over the top speech and behavior is really amusing.
Black Keys [Weapon name]
The throwing swords wielded by Ciel.
Weapons for use against vampires, monsters that distort the laws of nature. These "keys of providence" call forth the original laws of nature the vampire was subject to as a human.
Ciel carries a large number of these concealed on her person, but what's under her robes is actually just the hilts. She materializes the blades by passing magical energy through pages of the bible. Because the black keys are quite compact before this transformation, the maximum number she is able to conceal at one time is close to 100.
Despite their appearance black keys are not designed for swordplay, but are in fact throwing weapons. The Burial Agency even has a secret technique called the Iron Plate Effect that allows them to throw more effectively.
Because Ciel has mastered this technique, her black keys are capable of boring through concrete walls. They are counted as one of the basic weapons of the Church, but the fact that they're relatively hard to use means that very few executors favor them.
Also, besides the Iron Plate Effect, there are other secret throwing techniques such as the Cremation Rite and Internment Rite. The Cremation Rite, in particular, is used in Ciel's Last Arc.
Burial Agency [Organization name]
The Holy Church's expert inquisitors.
Not exorcists who cast out devils, but executors who strike them down.
A perfect meritocracy, anybody with the ability to dispose of those truths the Church finds inconvenient can join. The agency is composed of seven members including the director Narbareck, and one reserve member making for a total of eight.
They always work alone, and under no circumstances will they cooperate with the demon hunters of other countries. As they possess absolute authority, there are times when they will defy even the wishes of the Church itself to stamp out heresy.
Arcueid often receives requests from the Church, and has cooperated with them on numerous occasions to exterminate Fallen Ancestors. Nevertheless, if she ever showed even the slightest opening, the Burial Agency would move to seal her without a second thought.
Ciel [Person's name]
An upperclassman at Shiki's school. Due to her gentle, polite speech, the way she always lends a helping hand to those in need, and her ability to comfort those in grief, everybody at school considers her a person of integrity even more reliable than the teachers. In reality, she is an executor sent by the Church to stamp out heresy, and a member of the organization known as the Burial Agency.
She possesses combat ability specialized for fighting vampires, and her own potential also exceeds the realm of humans.
However, she is not a mere brute – her skills as an intelligence agent are quite high as well. For instance, she can implant suggestions using sorcery. It's because of this that nobody around her gave the name Ciel (which by all rights should have raised some eyebrows) a second thought.
Though she came to Misaki hunting a certain Dead Apostle, once there she encountered an even bigger prize: Arcueid Brunestud. As Arcueid's ally, Shiki should have been her enemy, but they nevertheless became friends.
Also, she's such a huge curry lover that she'd be happy eating nothing but curry rice with curry udon for lunch every single day. Ever since coming to Misaki, the Indian Curry House Messiaen has become something of an oasis for her.
Conceptual Weapon [Term]
A weapon created to go beyond mere physical interference, and exert influence on concepts, natural providence, and space.
For instance, something that nullifies "eternal youth" by overwriting it with the idea of "natural lifespan".
Ciel's Seventh Holy Scripture contains the dual concepts of "reincarnation criticism" and "eternity without permanence".
By the way, after being killed by Shiki, Arcueid had at first mistakenly assumed that he must possess some kind of powerful conceptual armament.
Cream Puff Dream REM [Technique name]
Len's Last Arc. A dreamlike crushing attack using Len's favorite food, cake.
By the way, it might come as a surprise, but it seems that Len prefers semi-sweet cakes, while White Len is the one partial to strawberry shortcake.
Crimson Moon [Term]
Another name for the organism that was used as the template for the True Ancestors. Also known as the Crimson Moon Brunestud.
After he vanished, individuals close to him in power started being honored with the title of Brunestud.
However, in the long history of the True Ancestors, only two have ever received the name.
Crimson Red Vermillion [Term]
Crimson Red Vermillion.
The name for when those with inhuman heritage have drawn out their sleeping blood to the maximum possible extent.
The name Crimson Red Vermillion is unique to the families ruled over by the Tohno household. Elsewhere, it is known as Ancestral Return.
As one with particularly tainted blood, the possibility that Akiha will become a Crimson Red Vermillion is high.
You can catch a glimpse of this during Tohno Akiha and Kishima Kouma's Arc Drives. Also, though Kouma is the closest to attaining it at the current stage, Akiha is actually the one with more aptitude for it.
Dark Jade Fist [Technique name]
Hisui's Arc Drive. Rotating both arms, she stores up a mysterious energy then shoots it forward in a killer move. It seems that she's converting her complaints and dissatisfaction toward the excessively harsh manual labor she's put through every day. Could this be a new form of Malignant Information...? It's quite useful for a projectile technique, since it lingers for a bit after it's shot and pressures the opponent. During Blood Heat it becomes the Grand Dark Jade Fist, with the power to shake the earth itself.
The source is the mystery story "Imogirisou" from Kagetsu Tohya. It's a reproduction of the splendid action demonstrated by Hisui when she was possessed by the evil spirit.
Dead Apostle [Term]
Vampires. Basically, humans that have by some means or another been transformed into bloodsuckers.
Originally they were emergency meals prepared by the True Ancestors, to use when they became unable to control their vampiric impulse. In a sense, you could say they were a type of pain-killer.
Humans who had their blood sucked by the True Ancestors would in turn be transfigured into similar bloodsuckers themselves, and forced to spend their now immortal lives serving as the True Ancestors' emergency rations. Without a doubt, they were a "company of the dead".
However, whereas the True Ancestors' desire to drink blood is purely mental, the Dead Apostles need to drink blood to maintain their bodies. Or to put it another way, for the True Ancestors it is merely entertainment, while for the Dead Apostles it is a fundamental aspect of their survival similar to breathing.
At some point, after sucking the blood of others for such a long time, the Dead Apostles began to feel a sense of superiority from the very act of sucking blood itself.
They strengthened their abilities, their will, and eventually escaped from the control of the True Ancestors into the world of man, where they repeated the act of drinking blood over and over again to maintain their existences.
This is the origin of the bloodsuckers formed from humans, the Dead Apostles.
The Dead Apostles that escaped the True Ancestors the earliest are known as the 27 Ancestors. Though some of those 27 have been replaced over the generations, there are also those that still reign as Ancestors even now.
Depletion Garden [Technique name]
Yumizuka Satsuki's Last Arc. A reality marble.
Satsuki's powers blossomed after becoming a vampire, and this is her strongest attack. As the name "depletion" suggests, the magical energy in the deployed space is rapidly dissipated. Though it is similar to Akiha's Origami, the target of Depletion Garden is the world itself. Also, the depleted magical energy does not return to the user, Satsuki, but instead merely vanishes.
It is a field effect that could be considered the natural enemy of magi, who require magical energy to attack, and elementals, who require magical energy just to exist.
On the other hand, against organisms that are cut off from the world (for instance, humans, who don't use the magical energy in the atmosphere much at all) there will not be a pronounced effect.
Dokukaku [Technique name]
Single Horn. The name of the martial art practiced by Kishima Kouma.
Like the monk who attains enlightenment on his own, it is solitary. Which is to say, it is a martial art that can only be passed down to "one like oneself". In this case, that refers to the Kishima family of oni hybrids.
If the Nanaya martial arts are something that can be inherited by any four-legged beast, then the Kishima martial arts are something that can only be learned by the Kishima.
Jambudvīpa Inferno [Technique name]
Kishima Kouma's Arc Drive.
Though it bears a striking resemblance to Tohno Akiha's Arc Drive, the nuance is completely different. In Akiha's case, the opponent is merely mistaking the feeling of having their heat stolen as a burning sensation, while in Kouma's case both they and the surrounding environment are actually being consumed by hellfire.
The name Jambudvīpa comes from Buddhism. It is the southernmost of the four island-continents surrounding Mount Sumeru in the Desire realm Kāmadhātu, and the place where humans live. Basically, another name for Sahā-lokadhātu, the endurance world.
The nanofilament wire wielded by Sion.
Although it's used like a whip in the game, it's actually designed to attach to the opponent's skin, integrate with their central nervous system, and read their thoughts and memories. It is because of this technique that the name Eltnam has become synonymous with spiritual hacking.
Though the thought-reading function seems vile enough, its ability to "merge with and copy memories and experiences" is actually even more dangerous. This inhumane and demonic "acquisition of another's life", which even the Atlas Institute shuns, is a technique unique to the Eltnam family.
Elite Cat Troops [Technique name]
The Neco Arcs summoned by Neco Arc. The GCV's only military unit.
It is a self-defense force composed solely of specially chosen Neco Arcs whose overflowing savage nature, excellent physical ability, and unmatched intelligence cannot be controlled. These chosen few are known as Abaddon's Beret, and are the envy of all the Neco Arcs.
Of course, that's completely unrelated to its power as a technique. There is a high degree of randomness involved, so it's really only useful as a provocation.
Probably, this was done in order to faithfully translate the idea that even Neco Arc cannot control the Neco Arcs into game mechanics.
Also, recently there have been rumors swirling about a Dark Chaos Corps, but…?
Inquisitors of the Holy Church. Those who eliminate heresies that do not exist in the Church's doctrine.
If exorcists are those who drive out devils from the possessed, then executors are those who exterminate devils on the spot. "Not to banish, but defeat. Not to rescue, but erase." That is the ideology that drives the executors.
However, according to the Church, humans do not have the authority to defeat demons, because even demons are the creations of God. The name "executor" comes from the fact that the executors transcend that teaching, and act as God's proxy on earth to stamp out heresy.
Grass Grass Tea Time [Technique name]
Len's cat-summoning technique. There are four varieties: brown, black, grey, and orange tabby. The A version of the technique summons the brown or orange cat, while the B version of the technique summons the black or grey cat. Also, as an aside, the grey cat is the ultimate cat, capable even of pushing back Nrvnqsr's Arc Drive.
As a succubus, Len has no inherent ability to employ cats as minions or anything like that. They are simply cooperating out of a sense of good will. It seems that Len, who was created from a black cat, can understand the language of cats.
The inspiration for this technique comes from the scene in Kagetsu Tohya where you first encounter Len in the park. The name of that event was "Len Covered In Cats".
Also, the C version of the technique summons some sort of cat-like organism that flies off into the sky. Though its majestic figure is reminiscent of mankind's first functional rocket, the V-2, the truth is it's a pretty useless move.
Great Cat's Village [Place name]
The mysterious, unearthly kingdom of cats. Also known as the GCV. An underground kingdom that is both everywhere in this world, and nowhere.
Its size is constantly fluctuating from village to cottage to company, but in the end it's basically a village. There are some that say it is the dream of a certain mighty cat.
Hisui [Person's name]
The younger of the twin sisters working as servants in the Tohno mansion.
The maid assigned to Shiki, she sports an apathetic expression and an inflexible attitude. Though she seems to be the exact opposite of her older sister Kohaku in that regard, if you look carefully you can see she's actually demonstrating a wide variety of subtle expressions.
Compared to Kohaku, who only ever wears an expression of "happiness", Hisui actually seems much more human.
Characterized by extreme fastidiousness and a fear of men. Just as Kohaku is naturally unsuited for cleaning up inside, Hisui's palate is hellishly out of sync with most people's. It seems the reason she never cooks for Shiki is entirely because she doesn't want to make him sad.
Normally she's not a character than can fight, but in Melty Blood due to the Tatari's generous interpretation of a maid as "one who protects their master by any means necessary", she acquired the legendary Maid-style Killing Arts.
I Tried My Best To Raise This! [Technique name]
The name of the technique where Kohaku whips out various bizarre plants.
Kohaku is in charge of managing the Tohno mansion's gardens, but she also cultivates her own secret garden as a hobby. Though originally it was created for the sake of making medicine, due to the influence of the Tatari there was an outbreak of strange monsters. It goes by the name of Kohaku's Psycho Garden.
Incidentally, this garden is also where Kohaku's various chemicals magical drugs are manufactured.
Kohaku [Person's name]
The older of the twin sisters working as servants in the Tohno mansion.
An energetic girl, that always sports a bright, unwavering smile. In Tsukihime, she was the servant assigned to Akiha, and was in charge of cooking, tending to the gardens, and managing the finances of the estate.
In contrast to her natural cheerfulness, she also has an extremely cool-headed and objective point of view that even she herself is not aware of.
She was an orphan brought in to the Tohno mansion together with Hisui. She has the bad habit of teasing her master, Akiha, even as she looks after her.
Furthermore, she is a skilled pharmacist, and often lends her aid to the anemia-prone Shiki. Though she is indeed well-versed in strange medicines due to her job, that fact was exaggerated by the Tatari, leading to her appearance as the extremely mysterious Magical Doctor Kohaku in Melty Blood.
Kouma Kishima [Person's name]
A demon hybrid with Herculean strength. He is a descendent of the oni that once inhabited Japan, but whose numbers fell hand in hand with the expansion of civilization, until they finally went extinct.
With grip strength powerful enough crush enormous trees in his hands, inborn agility, and strange oni powers, he annihilates his enemies without mercy. Truly, he is an oni emblematic of scorching heat and burning flames.
Though the Kishima are one of the numerous Tohno branch families, they have long since fallen into decline.
As far as Kouma was concerned, it would have been fine if he just quietly faded into obscurity in his forest den, letting the line die out for good. However, he was called out by Tohno Makihisa to be the Tohno's trump card against the Nanaya, a role which he fulfilled perfectly.
The Nanaya family was completely wiped out.
For Tohno Shiki, who subconsciously remembers the scenes of devastation from that time, Kouma has become a nigh insurmountable image of death.
Kouma himself, however, is a tranquil character, similar to a mountain ascetic aiming for enlightenment inorder to find meaning in his own existence.
Len [Person's name]
Arcueid's familiar. A succubus. Normally found hanging around Arcueid in the form of a black cat.
A guest heroine in Kagetsu Tohya, she was the one responsible for creating the eternally looping day. She is a succubus that can enter other people's dreams, and due to various events is currently living at both the Tohno mansion and Arcueid's apartment. In short, Arcueid is her contractual master, while Shiki is the master she chose herself.
Though at first it may seem that she is unable to speak, her voice box is intact and she can understand human language. Apparently she has simply decided not to talk for some reason.
A general term for the act of artificially reenacting mysteries and miracles.
Although each school has its individual differences, it is basically a mechanism for using the magical energy in the practitioner's body or the outside world, in order to reenact a predetermined phenomenon. The practitioner sends an order (command) to the foundation (system) controlled by their school, and a pre-made function (program) is executed. The "electrical current" needed to send that command and execute the program is magical energy.
Though sorcery may seem almighty, it is basically the bringing about of mysteries by means of equivalent exchange. Accordingly, sorceries powerful enough to interfere with Nature will obviously require enough magical energy (mana) to fill Nature just to execute them.
There is a limit to the sorceries that can be executed using an individual's magical energy alone.
A mystery distinct from sorcery. The final destination of magi.
"Magic" is that which makes the impossible into the possible, for a given era. A "result" which can be realized with the application of time and effort is not magic. In the past, when civilization was young, most magi were also magicians, but currently only five remain.
Each particular magic is named by its number: i.e., the First, the Second, and so on. Aozaki Aoko is the user of the Fifth magic.
Magic Circuit [Term]
The foundation for setting up sorcery. There are two types, but here it refers to the quality within a human body that makes a magus a magus.
Magic circuits are responsible for converting life force into magical energy, and for connecting to the underlying grand sorcery formula.
In Melty Blood, the unified gauge for using both EX moves and Arc Drives is called the "Magic Circuit".
Magical Onslaught [Technique name]
A name for all the dubious techniques used by Kohaku.
Though they're called things like Magical Attack and Magical Missile, no matter how you look at them they're chemical weapons. It just goes to show, there's nothing good about the "magical" stuff in Melty Blood.
If the series continues, chances are even more magical armaments will make their appearance. There might even be a magic wand equipped with a dangerous and crafty artificial intelligence…
Makihisa Tohno [Person's name]
Father of Tohno Akiha and Tohno Shiki.
Akiha becoming the family head after his death is what kick-started the story of Tsukihime. At that time, she called back the disinherited Shiki to the Tohno mansion, and restarted their brother-sister relationship where it had left off eight years ago.
Malignant Information [Term]
A requirement for the appearance of the Tatari. Shared common knowledge circulating throughout a closed community. Develops by making use of things like anonymous accusations, improbable testimonies, and popular trends. It will take on various forms depending on the circumstances, but at its core is "nothing". It is for this very reason that the Tatari itself is said to have no true identity.
The "Bad News" used by the Night of Wallachia and the "Terror News" used by Vampire Sion were both forms of this, materialized with magical energy. The creation and control of malignant copies is a particularly advanced application.
Marble Phantasm [Term]
Imagination Realization. As the name suggests, it is the ability to manifest anything you can imagine.
It is the ability possessed by elementals, which are the sense of touch of the natural world. By connecting their will directly to the world, they are able to transfigure the world into whatever environment they imagine. Of course, the level of manifestation varies depending on the scale of the elemental, and it goes without saying that only nature can be transfigured – things that exist independently of nature are immune.
Also, in the world of Tsukihime spiritual realms are not alternate dimensions, but rather exist within the world itself. Things like legendary lands and countries of eternal spring are the products of the imagination of whatever elemental rules over them. Consequently, it is possible for humans to wander into them by accident. The castle in the mountains that Arcueid calls home is actually a product of her marble phantasm.
In Melty Blood, it makes an appearance as Arcueid's Arc Drive. Countless chains act as an extension of her sense of touch, temporarily augmenting the sensation in her hands. As for why the organ doing the grabbing is a chain instead of hands, it's probably because of her feelings about always having to restrain herself.
Mech-Hisui [Person's name?]
The Pleasant-type City Subjugation Weapon built by the mad doctor Magical Amber. A weaponized robot made to look like Hisui.
She is equipped with various armaments. Her primary motive force comes from her Magical Heart, while her secondary motive force is provided by a rubber band engine. Without a doubt, this is the crystallization of super technology – a mysterious weapon completed by Kohaku after she became the Tatari.
The enormous Mecha Hisui that appears in her ending is a Strategic Land Subjugation model. There shouldn't have been more than one built in Re-act, but for some reason it seems that in Act-Cadenza there's already a mass-production infrastructure in place…
They have a tendency to receive version upgrades every time Melty Blood itself does. Could there be yet another new model of Mecha Hisui under construction in the underground factory beneath the Tohno mansion even now…?
Melty Blood [Title]
The title of this work. A series of fighting games based on the visual novel Tsukihime.
The first game, Melty Blood, was the story of the summer one year after Tsukihime. Rumors of vampires once again began to swirl around Misaki, followed soon after by the appearance of the beautiful Sion.
The second game, Re-act, was a bonus chapter with Melty Blood as its base. After the Tatari matter was taken care of, White Len used its power to create a single night of dreams. It was a fighting game with an all-star cast.
This third game, Act-Cadenza, is a further expanded version of Re-act, where nearly everybody that appeared in Tsukihime gets to take on a leading role.
Refers to the descendants of humans who consorted with something "inhuman" in the distant past. Tohno Akiha and Kishima Kouma fall under this classification.
Though their blood is growing thinner with each successive generation, on rare occasions a child is born who has strongly inherited that "inhuman" characteristic.
As for Tohno Akiha, her blood is primarily human, but what inhuman blood she does have is exceptionally high class. Because of this, she could be considered the answer to the demon hybrids' evolution, capable of awakening as a demon hybrid while still remaining a human being.
Kouma, on the other hand, is an archetypical demon hybrid whose oni blood runs too thick, making life as a human completely impossible.
Miyako Arima [Person's name]
The Charging China Girl.
A young girl that (secretly) idolizes Shiki as her big brother. Currently a sixth-grader in elementary school.
After his traffic accident, Tohno Shiki was adopted into the Arima household, and it seems that for Miyako it was love at first sight. However, she had no idea how to deal with suddenly having an older brother out of nowhere, and ended up repeating the same cycle of awkward communication over and over. In the years leading up to his return to the Tohno mansion, she didn't manage to have a proper conversation with him even once.
"This house has a dojo, but nobody ever uses it. What a waste!" Thinking that, Miyako started practicing (self-taught) kempo every day. Though it's merely pretend baji quan at the level of a child's play, in Melty Blood it became the real thing for a single night due to the Tatari's influence. Of course, this delighted her to no end.
Also, she is recognized by Neco Arc as a much-awaited future rival.
Mystic Eyes of Death Perception [Unusual talent]
The eyes possessed by Tohno Shiki, that can see the death of things.
A unique ability that allows the user to grasp the death of living beings as points and lines. Stabbing or cutting these will ignore things like vital activity and kill the target directly.
Though they are said to see the form of death, strictly speaking it's more accurate to say they're reading the lifespan of a substance – the existential limit determined at the moment of creation.
Lines cannot be perceived on things that can't be killed (destroyed) in the current world. It's probably because as a human, Shiki's point of reference conforms to the limits of the humanity of his era.
Originally, Shiki's eyes were meant to "see that which cannot be seen". However, after having two near death experiences his brain began to be able to comprehend death itself. Or to put it in other words, it is only by virtue of his mystic eyes and brain working together as a set that he is able to perceive death.
Night of Wallachia [Person's name]
A member of the 27 Dead Apostle Ancestors. One who tried to embody eternity not as a living being, but as a phenomenon. Tatari.
A Dead Apostle with the unique ability to converge upon rumors in a region and materialize them for a single night. Because it takes the form of what the people fear the most, they can neither defeat it nor escape it. The "Night of Wallachia" specifically refers to the reality marble that shuts away a town in that horror movie-like world.
When he was still a normal Dead Apostle, his name was Zepia Eltnam Oberon. Even after inheriting the position of number thirteen among the Dead Apostle Ancestors, he yearned for still more power, and became the phenomenon "Tatari".
Of course, that was nothing more than a means to an end – his true objective lay elsewhere. Unfortunately, though, he was unable to accomplish it, and he drifted through the world as the Tatari to the bitter end.
Night On The Blood Liar [Technique name]
The Night of Wallachia's Arc Drive.
The part that looks like a black tornado is actually compressed malignant information. It is a swirling mass of information dense enough to have a physical effect, but even if it were merely imaginary, its operation and management would still be proof of the Night of Wallachia's qualification as one of the 27 Dead Apostle Ancestors.
Incidentally, this is the subtitle of the first Melty Blood. It is a metaphor for the horrific tragedy brought about by the Tatari. Speaking of which, because of the fact that Wallachia drinks human blood in such great quantities, it's more accurate to call him a blood-guzzler rather than a bloodsucker.
Nrvnqsr Chaos [Person's name • Dead Apostle]
One of the 27 Dead Apostle Ancestors. Alias, Chaos. He uses all the creatures of the earth as familiars. Because of the fact that he is preserving even extinct species, he is also sometimes called Dr. Beast.
Though he had no business in Japan, he was selected as the executor of the True Ancestor hunt proposed by the White Wing Lord, and followed Arcueid to the island nation in order to defeat her.
Dead Apostles who can measure their lives in millennia require a colossal amount of energy. This has nothing to do with their strength – it is merely the compensation required to maintain such a long-lived existence.
Because he is one of these millennium-class Dead Apostles himself, Nrvnqsr's appetite is voracious. It took devouring every single person in a ten story hotel just to satisfy him.
The factors of 666 beasts are swirling around within his body, but it's probably alright just to think of it as him being equipped with 666 familiars. Because this is essentially like having 666 lives, properly speaking he's a Dead Apostle that even a serious Arcueid wouldn't be able to kill.
As one who became a Dead Apostle through sorcery, he has absolutely no interest in territory or building a faction. The only thing he cares about is completing his thesis.
When he was still a human, his name was Fabro Rowan. He was a magus hailing from the Wandering Tomb, located in the northern Sea of Estray, one of the three main branches of the Association.
Reality Marble [Unusual talent]
Intrinsic Field. Originally referred to the alien common sense possessed by the beings called devils, but now also includes the unique boundary fields possessed by many people.
A subset of marble phantasm, it erodes reality and gives form to the user's imagined world. It is the sorcery closest to magic, and a forbidden art within the Association.
Red Lord Origami [Technique name]
Tohno Akiha's Arc Drive.
For just a moment, she fully unleashes her power and "plunders" the opponent. The reason her hair turns red is because her true nature is shining through.
At one point in Tsukihime, the schoolhouse was totally covered in red threads, making escape impossible for the prey trapped within. Without a doubt, that was Origami. The outlandish spectacle from that time makes its reappearance during Tohno Akiha's Last Arc.
Riesbyfe [Person's name]
Knight of the Shield. Captain of the Knights of the Inquisition led by the Holy Church.
She participated in the subjugation of the Tatari three years ago, and faced Wallachia alone so that Sion could escape. Her fate afterward is unknown. She possesses the conceptual weapon "True Apocrypha Gamaliel", a gun-shield that superficially resembles a large stringed instrument.
Though it seems Sion thought of her as reliable, they were torn apart before either of them realized they had become friends.
During Vampire Sion's Last Arc, she attacks the enemy by recreating Riesbyfe's information. Apparently, since Riesbyfe was swallowed up by the Tatari, she was transferred into Vampire Sion when she inherited its power.
Properly speaking, because everything swallowed by the Tatari is reconfigured as equivalent data, things that can be recreated separately from the Tatari like Riesbyfe are rare. Presumably, it's due to the presence of the True Apocrypha, acting as a shield and slowing her absorption.
Sacchin Arm [Technique name]
A name attached to all of Yumizuka Satsuki's various throwing skills. ("Sacchin" is a pet name for Satsuki.)
"Grasping the Unfinished Dream" is a ground attack. The A version is most effective in combos, while the B version is best used against stunned opponents.
"Chasing the Unreachable Dream" is an anti-air attack. The EX version's hitbox, attack power, and ability to lead into combos are all amazing. I'd even go so far as to say that building up the gauge just to use this move is the proper way of playing Sacchin.
Maybe in the next version of the game we'll add a third kind of throwing skill. How does an air-to-ground attack called "Picking Up the Fallen Dream" sound?
Satsuki Yumizuka [Person's name]
Shiki's classmate. During the vampire incident one year ago, she was bitten by the vampire Roa and subsequently went missing.
In Re-act, she appears as a dropout vampire who still sides with humanity despite having been turned into a Dead Apostle.
She is a pitiable girl, who had been Shiki's classmate several times since middle school, but never managed to capture his attention. Even now, she is nursing an unrequited one-sided love.
Something of an oddity, she was unremarkable as a human, yet had exceptional talent as a vampire. The fact that she was able to operate as a Dead Apostle less than a day after being bitten is totally unheard of.
Seventh Holy Scripture [Weapon name • Technique name]
Ciel's Arc Drive.
The conceptual armament that Ciel is authorized to carry. Although it is called a scripture, it's actually an enormous pile bunker.
An iron hammer created by the Church in order to renounce the heretical doctrine of transmigration. Over a millennium has passed since it was first forged, and there's even an elemental dwelling within it, but…
Before Ciel remodeled it, it was only effective against spiritual entities. Now, however, it has been transformed into a lump of iron that can pound a vampire to death with its physical attack power alone. It has a gross weight of 60 kilograms, and a maximum weight of twice that with optional attachments.
During Ciel's Arc Drive, she drives the stake into her opponent. Afterward, what is ejected from the magazine is not an empty cartridge, but pages of the holy scripture. For vampires, this is no different from being directly injected with the holy scripture itself. There is no doubt that it is a surefire "Immortal Killer".
Sensa, Sensou [Technique name]
Flash sheathe and flash step. Unique space-utilization techniques passed down by the Nanaya, that make use of the walls and ceiling to move. Sensa refers to the arm techniques, while Sensou refers to the leg techniques.
As a member of the Nanaya bloodline, these come quite naturally to Nanaya Shiki, but it seems Tohno Shiki can also pull off similar movements when he's been backed into a corner. In fact, it could probably be called Shiki's trump card.
Also, as the name of Nanaya Shiki's Last Arc, Kyokushi Nanaya, suggests, it is the ultimate technique of the Nanaya family. It was first demonstrated in Kagetsu Tohya.
Shall We Play Around Some? [Technique name]
Arcueid's Last Arc.
For just a second, it is possible to catch a glimpse of the vampire princess Arcueid's true power. The phantom that appears behind her back is her original form. Its appearance, abilities, and very thoughts could be called the Crimson Moon.
The inspiration for this technique comes from Kagetsu Tohya. Specifically, the episode where Shiki strayed off into Arcueid's dream and received proper retribution for killing her. Because of that, when this technique is used on Shiki it hits eighteen times.
Shiki Tohno [Person's name]
The protagonist of Tsukihime. He is an extraordinarily ordinary young man who possesses the mystic eyes of death perception.
Eight years ago (nine years ago counting from Melty Blood), he received a massive chest wound in a traffic accident, but miraculously revived. After recovering, however, he developed chronic anemia, and so was sent to live with the Arima family by his father Makihisa.
He is the kind of character that makes both friends and enemies without realizing it.
Because he lived true to his promise with Aozaki Aoko to "become a man in the manner he thinks is right", he developed into a good and upright person. Perhaps because of his ability to see death all around him, he has a comparatively farsighted view of things. No matter what happens, he just takes it in stride. Que sera, sera.
A peculiar type of superhero who's basically benign, but if you approach him with the intent to cause him harm he'll destroy you.
Shiki Nanaya [Person's name]
Shiki the Killer. Eldest son of the Nanaya, a clan of demon hunters that passed down unique abilities as their genetic inheritance.
Though the Nanaya were once feared as the natural enemy of demon hybrids, the last family head, Nanaya Kiri, retired from the demon hunting trade to live a quiet life in the mountains. However, because Tohno Makihisa still regarded them as dangerous, they were raided and completely wiped out.
Except, that is, for Nanaya Shiki. Even though the Nanaya bloodline should have been annihilated without exception. Even though he was the family head's only son. Somehow, for some reason, he alone survived.
Unlike Tohno Shiki, he uses the Nanaya martial arts, which strains the human body to its utmost limits, without any fear or hesitation.
Also, this is just a digression, but in the game when he comments on the lack of skill after winning a battle, he's actually talking about himself and not the opponent.
After all, an assassination is something that's over in an instant. For it to turn into a drawn-out "battle" against an enemy, well, what can he do but laugh at his own failure?
Shrine Skyscraper [Place name]
A skyscraper currently under construction in Misaki.
Sion's stage is at its entrance, while the Night of Wallachia's stage is on its still-unfinished top floor.
The roof of this oft-rumored tower overlooking the town is where the Tatari manifested.
Sion Eltnam Atlasia [Person's name]
An Atlas Alchemist who came to Misaki in order to put an end to the Tatari.
Her weapons are Etherlite (a nano-scale filament) and the Barrel Replica (an imitation of the "Black Barrel").
Even within Atlas, she is one of the most promising up and coming alchemists, and the name Atlasia marks her as the Institute's next director.
She participated in the battle against the Tatari three years ago, but was defeated. Though she was the sole survivor, afterward she began pursuing the Tatari on her own without returning to either Atlas or the Church.
She has an overly serious and inflexible personality, but deep down she's a warmhearted genius scholar. Among the constantly feuding Tsukihime heroines, she's a rare type capable of getting along with everybody.
Serpent of Akasha [Term]
Another name for Roa -- the “extra” among the 27 Dead Apostle Ancestors, and the magus that established the art of transmigration.
While the common goal of the Dead Apostles is to attain perfect immortality that doesn’t rely on the intake of blood, their paths toward this goal are varied.
One tried to become indestructible by turning his body into formless chaos. Another demonstrated an ineradicable existence by becoming a phenomenon.
As for Roa, he focused on the soul, rather than the body, mastering magecraft that allowed him to transmigrate and assimilate into another individual upon the demise of his physical form.
Starmine, Starbow [Technique name]
The names of the sorceries used by Aozaki Aoko.
It seems that it's easy for her to visualize things like exploding fireworks and rotating stars, so her instant incantation sorcery invariably ends up being nature interference based on these images. The Starmine line is for fluid motion, while the Starbow line is for fluctuating applications.
Aozaki Aoko can be considered a close-combat type magus, who fires magical energy from her elbow that calls forth a sorcery formula as it passes through her fist. For those unfortunate enough to face her as an enemy, both of her hands probably look like rocket burners.
A system that incites fear and rumors among the people, circulates them, and finally cultivates them into a single, well-defined "rule". It's like an urban legend that crops up one summer, explodes in popularity, then fades away as if it never happened at all.
The incarnation and realization of this system is known as the Dead Apostle Tatari. Because its form and abilities vary every time it appears depending on the scale of people's rumors, it is considered to be a perfect "unknown" – something with no true identity at all.
Whether it manifests as an enormous beast big enough to smash an entire mountain village with a single step, or a real-life bloodthirsty killer, the only sure thing is that the community that gives the Tatari form will be totally annihilated.
Tohno [Family name]
Suzerain of all the "demon hybrids" living in the region where Tsukihime takes place.
Perhaps because of their long history, the Tohno and all their numerous branch families are quite wealthy, and together make up a prominent business conglomerate.
Going purely by financial power, the Tohno are actually beaten out by the Kugamine branch family. However, to these people blood is more important than anything else, and as the inheritors of the most precious blood of all, the Tohno family naturally fell into a leadership position.
Allegedly, they are the descendants of a powerful family that intermingled with oni (not kishin – humans that became oni – but actual, born and bred oni) and ruled the land for generations.
The Atlas Academy [Place name]
The institute Sion belonged to, and one of the three major branches of the Association. Located in the Atlas mountains of Egypt, it is a place where those dedicated to the study of alchemy gather. Colloquially known as the Giant's Pit.
Unlike the modern alchemy that rose to prominence in the middle ages, the alchemy studied by Atlas could be said to be the progenitor of sorcery. For some reason they are on extraordinarily bad terms with the Prague Association, and even the Clock Tower, the very heart of the Association, keeps their distance.
In order to avoid the "end" proven by their first director, they endlessly create and dispose of weapon after weapon.
There is a saying in the Prague Association: "Lift not the seal of Atlas, lest ye destroy the world seven times over."
…The reason being that the weapons created there to save the world are ultimately nothing more than tools that will further its destruction.
The Holy Church [Organization name]
The hidden side of the prominent religion whose name means "universal". In Tsukihime, it is referred to merely as "The Church".
Those who teach the word of God do not acknowledge things which run counter to their doctrine. Though the public face of the Church simply treats these heresies as if they do not exist at all, there were zealots within the organization who felt they should be dealt with more proactively. This enormous division that specializes in the hunting of heresy is known as the Holy Church.
They lead the devil exterminators called Executors, and exist for just two reasons: to completely expunge all heresy, and to properly manage those mysteries that are beyond human control.
Naturally, they are on bad terms with the Association, which seeks to conceal sorcery, and the two have crossed swords time and time again. However, their real enemies are the monsters known as "bloodsuckers". For the sake of combatting this greater threat, they have even been known to cooperate with the Association on occasion.
Also, there are various jurisdictions within the Church as well. The Burial Agency, which Ciel belongs to, are like the elite commandos of heresy hunting.
The Mage's Association [Organization name]
An organization created to protect those who seek to learn sorcery, regardless of nationality or field of study. (On paper, anyway.)
Their mission is the management, concealment, and advancement of sorcery.
In order to protect themselves from that which would threaten them (be it the Church, rival organizations of magi, or the monstrosities that punish humans who break taboos), they accumulated military might.
In order to further the advancement (degeneration) of sorcery, they built research facilities.
And, in order to deter crimes committed with sorcery, they created laws.
Their headquarters is located in London, and goes by the unofficial name of "The Clock Tower".
The Six Monster Cats, And… [???]
A certain urban legend tells of the existence of six Neco Arcs. Could this be… another so-called Tatari?
Furthermore, there's also a rumor about a shady being that exceeds even the Neco Arcs. Chaos!
The Twenty-seven Dead Apostle Ancestors [Term]
The 27 oldest Dead Apostles.
There are the Ancestors of the Elder Title, whose age exceeds 4000 years, Ancestors sealed by the Holy Church, Ancestors secretly biding their time in the unexplored regions of the world, and even Ancestors akin to a family that passes on the throne to a successor every 500 years.
They each have their own factions, and are engaged in vicious power struggles within them. Perhaps for them, this is one of the few things that gives meaning to their existence now that their sense for amusement has completely worn away.
On rare occasions an Ancestor will die, but since there is always a successor to replace them, the number of Ancestors never changes. In fact, it could be said that becoming an Ancestor is the ultimate goal of all Dead Apostles. Even those Dead Apostles at the very bottom, who were changed into vampires by lowly Dead Apostles with no standing or reputation, dream of one day being able to gather enough power to become one of the 27 themselves.
On the other hand, there also exist Ancestors who have no interest in such things at all. They are seekers, who eschew building a kingdom of their very own in favor of chasing after perfect immortality. There are many of these "Ancestors without a faction" among the Dead Apostles that used to be magi.
Below is a brief introduction.
1/ Primate Murder
Details unknown. Murderer of primates. The White Beast. Altrouge's demonic dog (the Beast of Gaia).
2/ The Dark Six
The very first Dead Apostles. The six royals of darkness.
It is said that their revival will unite the 27 Dead Apostle Ancestors, but not a single Dead Apostle knows their true colors.
3/ Crimson Moon Brunestud
Ultimate One. Currently vacant.
4/ Wizard Marshal Zelretch
One of the five existing magicians. Also called Zelretch of the Jewel.
Details unknown. Seems to be a mutant species that crash landed in South America sometime before the Common Era. As an attack-type organism, its power is on a completely different level.
6/ Rizo-Vaal Strout
One of the longest-serving Dead Apostles. Black Knight Strout. One of Altrouge's bodyguards. The True Devil Neardark.
7/ Disemboweling Forest Einnashe
The Sentient Woods. A mobile, predatory forest.
8/ Fina-Vlad Svelten
White Knight Vlad. One of Altrouge's bodyguards. The Vampiric Count. Devil of Stratovaris.
9/ Altrouge Brunestud
Hybrid of a True Ancestor and a Dead Apostle. Vampire princess of the Dead Apostles. "Black". Master of blood and contracts.
10/ Nrvnqsr Chaos
A living mass of chaos. A magus whose research ultimately led him to become a bloodsucker.
11/ Stanrobe Calhin
The Duke of Predation. Wraith. Also known as the "City Devourer". …The First Wraith (Stantia).
Tatari. A Dead Apostle purported to exist. Only the name "Night of Wallachia" remains as a legend handed down through the ages.
14/ Van Fem
One of the longest-serving Dead Apostles. Dark Lord of the Business World. Puppet Master. He created seven great golem castles.
15/ Rita Rozay-en
A self-proclaimed artist. Indulges in a distinctive hobby even among the Dead Apostles. A second-generation Dead Apostle that inherited her castle from the Dead Apostle that made her.
16/ Gransurg Blackmore
Peng. The Black Wing Lord. A Dead Apostle known as the Moon Eater. Uses the reality marble Nevermore.
17/ Trhvmn Ortenrosse
One of the longest-serving Dead Apostles. The White Wing Lord. A magus who became a bloodsucker. The quintessential vampire. King of the Dead Apostles. As the official representative of the 27 Dead Apostle Ancestors he has the greatest influence – formally, at least.
20/ Merem Solomon
The Great Four Demon Beasts. Despite being a Dead Apostle, he is the fifth member of the Burial Agency. Goes by the alias of Crown. For Ciel, he is something like a pesky senpai.
Aquatic Demon Sumire. Water Bottle. An oddball Dead Apostle that lives underwater. A reformed vampire that has overcome the weakness to running water.
24/ El Nahat
Background unknown. The artifact called the Book of the Stomach World. Regarded as the Burial Agency's ultimate anti-Dead Apostle trump card.
27/ Caubac Alcatraz
Dead Apostle of the Millennium Lock. A magus whose research ultimately led him to become a Dead Apostle.
EX/ Michael Roa Valdamjong
The Serpent of Akasha. The Infinite Reincarnator.
Though the Church counts him among the 27 Dead Apostle Ancestors, the Ancestors themselves despise him as one who overstepped his bounds.
True Ancestor [Term]
A singular existence amongst the bloodsuckers. Characteristically close to elementals.
They were created by the planet, which had no tangible method of self-defense against humans.
Because of this, it could be said that they are nature's sense of touch. However, there was a birth defect. The True Ancestors bore a flaw, the vampiric impulse.
Each and every True Ancestor is burdened with the desire to drink the blood of the very humans they were meant to rule. And, in order to suppress that impulse, they consume their own willpower. Those that can change the state of the world merely be thinking are instead forced to use almost all of those "thoughts" to restrain themselves.
But, everything has a limit. Unable to resolve the problem at its root, the vampiric impulse accumulates, until finally it becomes impossible for them to control with their power alone. True Ancestors that have become unable to control their desires fall into an eternal slumber. It could be said that this is the lifespan of those who have no end.
Year by year their numbers dwindled, until by the time Arcueid was born in the 12th Century, only a hundred individuals remained.
Also, there were those among them that succumbed to their desires and began indiscriminately drinking human blood. Known as Fallen Ancestors (Demon Lords), they are powerful to the point that it is said to be completely impossible for humans to oppose them.
Unsealed Amber Kick [Technique name]
Kohaku's Arc Drive. After changing into Chinese clothes, she unleashes a vaguely familiar series of techniques. The mock China feeling here is out of this world.
During Blood Heat even more hits are added to the combination, but since this rampaging style is too violent there's a real chance she'll be fired after using it… maybe. Sorry, Kohaku.
The inspiration for this technique was Kagetsu Tohya, when Kohaku came to Shiki's school festival and wore a Chinese silk dress in his class's event.
Vampire Sion [Person's name]
Sion after she has completely changed into a vampire. Master of statistics and random numbers.
In this state, she is almost unrecognizable as Sion, and is skilled at attacking via the manipulation of information just like Wallachia.
While she still possesses a shred of human reason during her arcade scenario, in her ending she has completely degenerated into a vampire that revels in destruction and sucking blood.
Though she has inherited all the countless victims (information) absorbed by the Tatari over the years, it seems that there is information there that she has not yet been able to fully break down and rearrange. And when you eat something bad or rotten, the best thing to do is throw it up.
I wonder if someday Sion will vomit up this undigested "thing"…?
Monsters that suck human blood. Refers mostly to the Dead Apostles, or those that have become bloodsuckers because of them. Though they are basically unaging and immortal, they require human blood to maintain their flesh. Thus, their immortality is imperfect.
Those that have been turned into vampires by Dead Apostles can operate by their own will, but because their behavioral principles are bound by their parent vampire, it is impossible for them to escape their control. In the event that they successfully attack a human and acquire their blood, the majority of it will be taken by the parent vampire.
Consequently, the child vampire will eventually try to become a parent vampire themselves. After spending decades acclimating to life in the darkness, they will start to threaten the world by creating servants of their very own.
In order to put a stop to this vicious cycle of vampirism, the Church created the Burial Agency – heresy hunters whose aim is the complete extermination of all Dead Apostles.
Vampiric Impulses [Term]
The base desire possessed by both True Ancestors and Dead Apostles.
In True Ancestors it is merely a bad habit, but in Dead Apostles it is a means of staying alive.
For those Dead Apostles who used to be human, it is something not entirely dissimilar from an expression of love.
White Len [Person's name]
Len's shadow. She is Len's unused "active personality" given form using the remnants of Wallachia.
Compared to the normal Len, she is crueler, more vulgar, and ever-so-loveable. She is a contradictory idol, both sensual and chaste.
Her stage, Midsummer Snowfield, could be called Len's imagined world, and as such, Len is the master of everything in it. Nevertheless, it is completely at the mercy of White Len's power.
Judgment of Yama [Technique name]
Kishima Kouma's Last Arc.
Triggered by an aerial counter. After it starts, Kouma flies to the edge of the screen, then hits the opponent with a powerful jumping kick. There are two different things that he might yell out at this point, but one of them is extremely rare.
In Buddhism, Yama is the name of the very first human to die, who then became the king of hell. He is also called Enma Dai-O.
[v] Melty Blood Official Guidebook (2003-08-01) - Glossary: Night of Wallachia, p.077
Night of Wallachia
Because the very first occurrence of the Tatari occurred in the Romanian principality of Wallachia, it came to be called by this name. The Tatari at that time was formed from rumors about Vlad Tepes, the model for Dracula. Zepia, who challenged the Sixth Law and failed, still remained in the world as a phenomenon. He fully calculated the flow of the world and became a peculiar Dead Apostle that "occurs" by materializing rumors. That is the true nature of the Night of Wallachia. Sion explains it in more detail in the K route, "Hologram Summer, Night on the Blood Liar". By the way, the "Program No.6" mentioned at the very beginning of the story mode is the same thing as the Sixth Law that Zepia challenged.