With Toaru Majutsu no Index III just finished, the first post-Index III Featured Article is for a key subject from the World War III Arc: the Star of Bethlehem.
The Star of Bethlehem was a flying fortress and ceremonial ground, created and used by Fiamma of the Right during World War III. Named after and symbolizing the celestial object which heralded the birth of the Son of God and the dawn of a new age, it played a key role in Fiamma's plan to purify and 'save' the world, Project Bethlehem.
Constructed from hundreds of thousands of holy relics and pieces taken from churches and cathedrals across the world, and incorporating techniques from the three major churches of Christianity, the Star of Bethlehem was forty kilometers across, in the rough shape of a cross with the right side twice as long as the others, but with a constantly shifting and regenerating structure.
Ascending several kilometers into the sky, the Star had a crucial role in many stages of Fiamma's plan, including the summoning of Archangel Gabriel, the re-alignment of the distorted elements, and bringing the Holy Right to its full potential...
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With the conclusion of the Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator anime (and our own 10th anniversary) approaching, this month's new Featured Article involves a key subject in the story; the Coffins.
Deployed by the antagonists of the Necromancer Arc, these large mechanical weapons are capable of utilizing esper abilities, originating from a corpse stored within the machine (hence their name) and boosted beyond their level in life, in some cases even increasing them to Level 5-class strength.
The machines are the creation of neuroscientist Hishigata Mikihiko who had been conducting research into the origin of esper abilities within the human body and came up with the idea of mechanically reinforcing the body to increase an ability's output. After obtaining Esther Rosenthal's knowledge of Rosenthal-style Necromancy and techniques of animating corpses by inserting artificial souls into them, Hishigata was able to get his method to work with dead brains, leading to the development of the Coffins.
Having provided technology, funds and bodies for their construction, the rogue Anti-Skill group DA hoped that these weapons would allow them to enforce their "justice" and purge all "evil" within Academy City, but Hishigata intended to use them and the Coffins to further his own research towards a certain goal, with three powerful units; Qiong Qi, Taotie and Hundun, using the notorious Evil Spirits of the Numbers and Level 5-class abilities, at his disposal.
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