|This article is about a character in Umineko no Naku Koro ni.|
- "Die the Death! Sentence to Death! Great Equalizer is the Death!"
- — Dlanor before carrying out the death sentence
Dlanor A. Knox (ドラノール・A・ノックス Doranōru A Nokkusu) is the Chief Inquisitor of Eiserne Jungfrau and enforces the commandments of Knox's Decalogue, originally written by Ronald A. Knox. She first appears in End of the Golden Witch.
A member of Eiserne Jungfrau, the 7th District Repentance Enforcement Agency of the Great Court of Heaven. A Head Inquisitor of Heresy and a first-class archbishop. She is commonly known as "Dlanor of the Ten Wedges" or "Death Sentence Dlanor".
The name "Death Sentence" comes from the fact that, though Inquisitors of Heresy normally Judge their targets to see whether they deserve the death penalty or not, Head Inquisitor Dlanor 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 sentence of death.
Her father was a legendary Inquisitor of Heresy, but he broke the rules and was executed. She was the one who performed his interrogation and execution. Since that time, she has stopped growing, and both her body and mind remain eternally those of a young maiden. It is whispered that her heart also died at that moment, but she does not see it that way.
Her primary weapons are the "Red Key" and the "Blue Key", which take the form of a long sword and a short sword.
Dlanor appears as a young girl wearing a black leotard with white frills and a blue jacket, with a blue cap to match. She also wears black thigh-high socks with white platform boots. Dlanor's hair rsembles that of a judge's wig. On her left arm is a golden gauntlet. Dlanor's weapons, the Red Key and Blue Key, are solid red and blue swords.
While on the job as an Inquisitor, Dlanor displays extreme seriousness and desire to deny the Illusion of the Witch. Despite her seemingly cool personality, she breaks out into a laughing face like that of a cat whenever she's on a roll with an inquisition. This begins with a raised eyebrow, then an open-mouth cat's smile, and finally a laughing face.
Off the clock, Dlanor acts rather childish and shows disdain for having to execute witches the way she does.
Dlanor also has a unique speech quirk, with the last syllables of her sentences being written in katakana. Witch Hunt translated this by writing these words in all-caps (for example, "A check of that place has already been FINISHED."). A result of this speech pattern is her fixation on the word DEATH, as sentences ending with the katakana spelling of "desu" sound like the English word "death".
Skills and Abilities
As the personification of Knox's Ten Commandments, Dlanor uses her powers to prevent supernatural agencies and nonexistent clues from being used to solve mysteries.
Her weapons, the Red and Blue Keys, can be used to create red and blue truths at will. The Keys also have the power to conceptually deny defensive moves from ever being used, though the Great Court places a restriction on the usage of this aspect.
Dlanor is the Chief Inquisitor of Heresy appointed by the Great Court of Heaven. Her job is to execute witches found guilty by the Great Court. She was forced to execute her own father after he was found guilty, and as such she remains with a stature like that of a young girl.
- Erika Furudo (master, friend)
- Eiserne Jungfrau (squad)
- Virgilia (friend)
- Battler Ushiromiya (rival, acquaintance)
- Willard H. Wright (friend)
Role in the Story
Dlanor makes her first appearance when Eiserne Jungfrau is summoned by Erika to prove that Kinzo does not exist in the study. Dlanor and her subordinates cut off methods of escape for Kinzo's spirit and Piece-Beatrice, and all hope seems lost until Battler proves how Kinzo could escape. Dlanor challenges Battler on his theory, but she's forced to accept defeat.
During Natsuhi's trial, Dlanor once again challenges Battler when he tries to prove that Natsuhi is innocent. This time around, Dlanor emerges victorious and impales Battler with her longsword, leaving him to think.
In the ????, a previous conversation Dlanor had with Battler is shown, where she discusses with him the mystery genre and her role with the Decalogue.
Battler soon revives with a new theory to claim Natsuhi's innocence, and Dlanor and Erika engage him once more. Dlanor puts a restriction on using Kinzo's corpse as evidence and dares Battler to prove that Kinzo is indeed dead, with Battler proving it with the Gold Truth.
Dlanor once again serves as Erika's furniture and tries to restrain her when she denies Maria's magic.
After BATTLER gets trapped inside his logic error, Dlanor and her subordinates place restrictions on using the guesthouse windows as evidence for his escape.
Dlanor is playable, with her special ability being "Armor Boost," which increases her defense. She has story modes with Will, Virgilia, and Erika.
- She is named in reference to Ronald A. Knox. Dlanor's name is Ronald spelled backwards, and she may in fact be the daughter of Knox himself, as stated by her and Battler. She mostly likely executed Knox for the books he was interpreting in later life, which may have resulted in real-life cancer.