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The Black Records (黒の史書) is a book series that can be collected during New Game+ in Trails of Cold Steel II and throughout Sen no Kiseki III.

Background

The Black Records describe majors events throughout the history of Erebonia all the way up to S.1206. They are considered 'black history books' since they contain information not accessible to the public.

They contain stories regarding the foundations (The Gods of Creation and Foundation of the Imperial Capital), reports of more recent events (The Salt Pale and The Orbal Shutdown Phenomenon) and even prophecies (Beginning of the Twilight).

Seeing events unfold exactly as written in the books, Emperor Eugent Reise Arnor III tasked Chancellor Giliath Osborne to 'break' with the prophecy. It is unclear whether Chancellor Osborne has read the original Black Records or copies of them, but he is aware of the prophetic nature of the seventh volume.

The books are actually artifacts, in the possession of the Imperial Family of Erebonia and only members of the imperial family can read them. Rean Schwarzer obtains copies of them, translated from ancient script by Thomas Lysander.

Enigmas

It is still unclear when and by whom these records were written. The prophetic nature of the seventh volume may suggest that the history of Erebonia, or perhaps Zemuria, is repeated.

Volumes

Vol. # Title Availability Location
1 The Gods of Creation December 15 to 31 Ancient Quarry - Interior, Nord Highlands
2 The Dark Dragon December 1 Magazine Stand Cornett, Celdic Grand Market
3 The War of the Lions Begins December 9 Underground Waterway 2, Bareahard
4 Dreichels Takes Up Arms December 23 Norton, Roer Airport (Available after the quest "Gone Air".)
5 The War Comes to an End December 27 Entrance Hall, Lohengrin Castle

Vol. # Title Availability Location
1 The Gods of Creation (copy) April 22 Cathedral Square, Saint-Arkh
2 The Dark Dragon (copy)
3 The War of the Lions Begins (copy)
4 Dreichels Takes Up Arms (copy)
5 The War Comes to an End (copy)
1 Foundation of the Imperial Capital July 15 Chest, Heimdallr Underground
2 The Magic Knights May 20 Chest, Ursula Byroad
3 The Lance Maiden - Prequel June 17 Manista Bookstore (Kleist Mall), Ordis
4 Dreichels the Lionheart - Sequel May 21 Red Pleroma location, Ursula Byroad
5 The Salt Pale June 18 Chest, Bryonia Island
6 Orbal Shutdown Phenomenon April 23 Chest, North Sutherland Highway
7 Beginning of the Twilight July 17 Entrance 2F, Karel Imperial Villa

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