I AM DONE. NO MORE HAVING TO PORE OVER THIS BOOK ANYMORE. I can get to translating the Blaze Union tweetlist and liner notes...!
Aside from the glossary and timelines, there's also a Q&A section, but virtually everything in there has been answered either in other side materials or in Blaze Union, so I don't think I'm going to translate that.
The creators of the various surface lands in this universe are “the gods”, who fell to ruin after Ragnarok. They continually performed a logical approach to awaken unique self-awareness in their achievements, and it seems they could have been compared to an omniscient master computer program. They did not have the needs of living beings nor the emotions of humans, nor did they have any gender, but no specific details are known. The one thing for certain is that their behavioral principle was geared towards creating order in the universe.
The Reason for Constructing the Surface Worlds
The surface worlds’ creation was also a part of the gods’ only goal, “the spread of order”. To the gods, the surface worlds are a buffer domain made to keep watch over the forces of Niflheim, which oppose order. In ancient times, the gods kept guard against Niflheim personally. However, because Niflheim is a universe that continues to expand eternally, as time passed, guarding against it that way would become more and more troublesome. To prevent this from happening, the surface worlds were created. By placing the surface worlds between Niflheim and Asgard, Niflheim’s actions were restricted to the form of Hades Gates, and thus became easier to spot, and even if Niflheim managed to invade a surface world, there would be enough time to stop them before they got to Asgard. Finally, by increasing the amount of surface worlds, there would be support for Niflheim’s expansion, and the surveillance reports would become more diversified. For these reasons, the gods made many surface worlds.
The Gods Were Originally One
In ancient times, it appears that the gods were originally a single entity that split apart and diversified. It is a mystery why the original god, who had no innate concept of “prosperity in diversity”, made the decision to separate into many, but it is theorized that by spreading out the stress of mental calculation among many, individual stability may be preserved. All of the gods have the same driving goal, but the approach each uses to complete their objectives are different, so as a result, their “individuality” was established.
The Purpose of the “Sacred Scales”
Since the division from one god to many, whenever an incident occurred, their different approaches led to various problem-solving methods to choose from. In those times, the gods used the “thought process selection” system known as the Sacred Scales. After the fall of the gods, it is said that the Seven Magi used it in trials as a device to judge between good and evil. By the way, these Sacred Scales can be seen in “Riviera” while traversing Heaven’s Gate.
~His Existence and Objectives~
The people who built the old castle of Aventheim were actually the Tiamat, and they did so on the orders of a person sitting in a rocking chair… the “lord of the old castle”. He is the “thousand-year-old sage” mentioned in the story, and has lived to the present day by transouling his own spirit. He was extremely intelligent, well-versed in magic, and very curious about everything, and was considered to have an extremely eccentric personality. He is a bystander who loves solitude and believes any unnecessary contact with others to be a nuisance, and is a strange person who enjoys to observe the actions of others from the sidelines.
After the long years of his life, the question he arrived at was “why the gods made humans”. In order to gather and observe many people, he created a large building—in other words, “Aventheim”. In the end, just as he predicted, humans were hounded by power and desires, seized control of the castle one after the other; history was filled with cyclic conflicts. He has spent the past thousand years deep within the old castle, recording the history of darkness and light.
The reason Aventheim is called “the old castle” isn’t just because it’s old and a castle, but because it has been on the island of St. Celestina for long, long before the Elvale who founded the Knight Kingdom obtained it.
The Lord of the Old Castle
The mysterious “spectator of history”. It’s unknown when and where he was born, but a thousand years ago, he was called a great sage by others.
A black cat that feels at home in the lord’s room. Where did it come from, or is it a familiar that the lord “created”? By the way, it doesn’t have a name yet.