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Divine Instruments are special kinds of magic tools dedicated to the gods and used primarily in religious ceremonies. Each divine instrument is made in the shape of the symbol of it's respective god and contains many feystones of that god's colour.
When not in use for ceremonies, the Divine Instruments are held by statues of the respective god in the chapel. During ceremonies, they are put on top of an altar in accordance with the position of the gods. Since the God of Darkness and the Goddess of Light are the king and queen of the gods, their artifacts are always up on the highest tier. Depending on the specific ritual in question, the second tier holds the instrument of the god associated with the ritual, with the other artifacts of the Five being one tier lower still, or all five remaining instruments are put on the second tier if it is a ceremony dedicated to all gods equally, like the Fealty Ceremony.
For the Dedication Ritual, a magic tool in the shape of a red carpet is put on top of the altar before the instruments and small chalices are placed, to conduct and spread the mana of the priests into all of them at once, rather than having to charge each item separately.
Under normal circumstances, the divine instruments do not leave the temple. Use of the instruments outside the temple for purposes other than religious ceremonies requires the special permission of both the High Bishop and archduke of the duchy. One such occasion was Rozemyne using Leidenschaft's Spear to participate in the Lord of Winter Hunt and eventually land the killing blow.
To some nobles they are nothing more than particularly high-quality and powerful magic tools, while others consider them to be something similar, but different. There are even some among the nobility who are entirely ignorant of their power and believe them to be mere decorations for ceremonies at worst or overly decorated regular tools at best. Even the Commander of Ehrenfest's Knight's Order Karstedt expressed his surprise that the Spear of Leidenschaft could be used as an actual weapon, as well as how effective it turned out to be.
Cloak of the God of Darkness
Crown of the Goddess of Light
Staff of Flutrane
The Staff of Flutrane symbolizes the melting of snow and ice into life-bringing water.
The staff appears to be made out of pure gold, with a large, clear green Feystone about the size of an adult's palm in the top and many smaller stones embedded throughout the entire shaft. The smaller stones are clear when empty and turn green and shine with a gently pulsing light when filled with mana.
It is an essential tool for performing the Healing Ritual, which is necessary after exterminating an overgrown Trombe to revitalize the earth with new mana and allow plants to grow in the area once again.
While during most healing rituals it is only used to grow a small layer of grass, it can also be used to grow plants to their full size and ready to bear fruit.
Nobles with a schtappe can create a temporary copy of the staff with the spell Streitkolben.
The spear symbolizes growth to ever greater heights. It can also be used as a weapon by charging it with a large amount of mana. Once fully charged, it becomes nearly weightless and is powerful enough to kill an injured Lord of Winter in one hit.
The shield symbolizes Schutzaria pushing back the cold winter winds. It is a golden round shield with diameter of about 50 to 60 centimeters, with elaborate reliefs carved into it's surface. The center holds a bright yellow feystone about as big as a palm, while marble-sized feystone are embedded into the shield along the circumference. They appear clear like mountain crystal when empty, but turn yellow when filled with mana.
By invoking the relevant prayers towards Schutzaria, one can summon the shield in the form of energy barrier that block attacks and negative effects, as well as prevent people with ill intent from passing through. This barrier can take any shape the caster desires, from simple screens to entire domes. The shield can even be inverted to be used as a temporary prison to keep people or creatures locked in place, preventing them from causing harm and destruction.
The chalice is the symbol of the Goddess of Earth accepting everyone and everything.
It's appearance is often described as a golden grail, set with feystones that turn red upon being filled with mana.
These smaller versions of Geduldh's Chalice are used to bring the mana gathered during the Dedication Ritual to farming villages and towns for Spring Prayer to fill the Earth with mana and Geduldh's blessing so that crops can one again grow plentiful. It is not clear whether the small chalices also count as lesser divine instruments or as regular magic tools.
The sword is the symbol of the God of Life digging into the hard ground.
Subordinate God's Divine Instruments
Grutrissheit (グルトリスハイト, Gurutorisuhaito) is the name of the book held by Mestionora. According to legend, it is the original bible that the first king of Yurgenschmidt was permitted to transcribe upon being chosen by the Gods.
- Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 2 Volume 3. Chapter 8: The Dedication Ritual
- Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 2 Volume 1. Chapter 1: Attendants and the Fealty Ceremony
- Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 3 Volume 3. Epilogue
- Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 1 Volume 3. Chapter 18: A Quiet Commotion
- Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 6. Chapter 16: Hunting a Ternisbefallen
- Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 2 Volume 2. Chapter 21: Summons from the Knight's Order
- Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 3 Volume 3. Chapter 9: Fighting the Schnesturm
- Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 6. Chapter 4: Schtappe Transformation
- Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 2 Volume 1. Chapter 2: A Shrine Maiden's Job