Devanagara

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デーヴァナガラ
Devanagara
de̞ːba̠na̠ɡa̠ɾa̠
Devanagara
Information
Other Names Capital City (, Miyako)
Location Somewhere in Mugenri, right side of the Gloomy Straits
Ruler Ooama no Ake no Mitori
Population Roughly 10 million
Residents
Appearances

Devanagara (デーヴァナガラ), or alternatively the Capital City (, Miyako), is the imperial capital of Mugenri.

General Information[edit]

Devanagara, which means "Holy Capital" in Sanskrit, is the capital city of Mugenri, a population estimated to be roughly 10 million.[1] It is ruled by a monarchy, which was originally the Fujiwara clan. But after a rebellion organized by Ooama no Ake no Mitori, the Fujiwara successors were wiped and Mitori is the current emperor. The Fujiwara clan has some opposers, such as the Taira clan. Taira no Fumikado originally lived here, but was forced to leave because of assassins.

The capital's primary religion is Buddhism, where its buildings are inspired by.[2] The capital has been rapidly modernizing, being very proactive about incorporating Outside World culture and civilization, along with combining technology and magic or youkai sorcery to produce new technology as well. According to some outsiders, certain fields of technology are even more advanced in Devanagara.[3] As such, TVs, refrigerators, sinks and other modern appliances are available in the city.[4]

During times of emergency, a colored mist will hang over the city, indicating a different message depending on the color. In Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle specifically, the red mist present indicates that leaving the capital was forbidden. These mists are created by Kaoru Kashiwagi.[5]

Geography and People[edit]

Devanagara's territory is larger than both the Kanto and Kansai regions of Japan combined, which is approximately 65,548.72 km² (25,308.50 sq mi), while not as large as the prefectures of Japan, 377,972 km² (145,936 sq mi).[6]

Devanagara has a concrete location in Mugenri.[7] Where exactly on the map is unknown. However, a rough idea could be based on the cell grid system from BPoHC. Assuming one is looking down the Shrine Road with the Senri Shrine to their back, it is on the far right side of that road, past the Gloomy Straits.

Various key characters in the series take residence in Devanagara. Kurohebi also took up residence here after coming to Mugenri in Evanescent Existence, but they're living rather harshly.[8]

Sukune Katano claims that they had a small part in building the capital;[9] whether this is true is unknown.

The locations of Devanagara include, but are not limited to:

History[edit]

Devanagara had historically been ruled by the Imperial Emperors (皇帝) from the Fujiwara dynasty. In recent history, they are known to be oppressive and corrupt rulers who maintained their rule by using the Great Mirror's powers to turn thoughts of rebellion into those of support. While the Fujiwara held the throne, the Taira were also known to be a prominent political force in the capital, although they had been mostly killed in political disputes or driven away from the capital by other means.

When the last Fujiwara emperor took to the throne, the mirror no longer took effect when it came to the people's opinions on the emperors, causing dissatisfaction of Fujiwara rule to rise among the people. During the period, the crown prince was Fujiwara no Iyozane, with Fujiwara no Mitori and Fujiwara no Sanra as the third and fifth in line for the throne. One day, Mitori snuck up the Pagoda of the Heavenly Mirror and learnt from the Great Mirror that they were not the child of either the emperor or the empress. After learning the fact, they poisoned Iyozane to death, claiming to take pity on their life in isolation, and started plotting their coup d'état with the support of the Imperial Military and the Goefu, amongst others. After the coup, Mitori renamed themself "Ooama no Ake no Mitori", and changed the position of Imperial Emperor to Heavenly Emperor (天皇).

Historically speaking, Japanese use of the term "Heavenly Emperor" (天皇) to refer to its monarch is said to have begun with the rule of Emperor Tenmu, who Mitori is based on, or Empress Jitō, who Sanra is based on. Prior to this, the term "Great King" (大王) was used instead. The term "Imperial Emperors" (皇帝) is nowadays used for all foreign monarchs, but was most typically associated with the monarch of China, starting from the Qin dynasty.

Devanagara's Appearances[edit]

Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle

Devanagara plays a major role in Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle. It is one of the two prime factors of the ongoing war. It appears on the fifth stage of in the Brilliant route. Fujiwara no Shirogane no Sanra and Tenkai Zuifeng are also fought here.

Book of the Cafe

Devanagara was revealed to be a battle scene in Book of the Cafe.[11] The scene shows modern-like streets with buildings with the heavenly pagoda at the back.

Additional Information[edit]

  • Devanagara is not based on anything in particular, but it is inspired by various places such as Tokyo and Shanghai.[7]

Gallery[edit]

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