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The Rose Cross, emblem of the Black Order
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The Black Order (黒の教団, Kuro no kyōdan) is a religious organization that works to defeat the Millennium Earl and his army of Akuma. The official, universally recognized emblem of the Black Order is the Rose Cross (ローズクロス, Rōzu Kurosu).

History

Several hundred years before the main story, an artifact known as "The Cube" was found by mankind. Inside were details, left behind by an ancient civilization, of a seven thousand year old war against the Millennium Earl. The Cube told of how the Earl was held at bay, and how future generations would be able to fight against the Earl when he returned to attempt to destroy the world again.[1]

When the Earl returned as the Cube said he would, a group known as the New World Alliance founded the Black Order and charged it with recovering the shards of Innocence to equip them to new Accommodators.[2] One of the Black Order's founders was an illustrious, German-born sorcerer who was the founder of the Chang Clan, of which Bak Chang is the current head. So far, forty-one of the one hundred and nine pieces of Innocence have been collected,[3] though this does not account for the pieces that were destroyed when Tyki Mikk began killing Exorcists.

Mission

The Black Order in all of its branches have several main goals that they wish to achieve, regardless of the personal missions of others:

  • Collect Innocence.
  • Find and train Accommodators.
  • Locate the Heart.
  • Defeat the Millennium Earl and the Noah Clan in the final confrontation.

General Operation

The Black Order is overseen by Central, a subsection of the Vatican in Rome, Italy that exists for the specific purpose of controlling the Black Order when certain matters require that the Order get assistance from a higher source.

Different branches of the Black Order are overseen by their own branch heads, and each branch head answers to Komui Lee, who is the official head liaison between Central and the Black Order.

Despite there being a specific chain of command, it is not uncommon for higher ups to forgo informing certain officials of orders and operations, especially if the higher up in question feels that the official beneath them who typically handles the distribution of orders is too sympathetic, such as when Malcolm C. Lvellie commissioned the creation of the Third Exorcists without telling Komui Lee, the head of the Black Order.

If orders come directly from the Pope, entire chains of command are skipped completely, something that is not uncommon in modern-day military structures.

Though the existence of Black Order isn't known by the general populace, government-run services such as train stations and local law enforcement agencies and their employees can recognize members of the Black Order by the Rose Cross they wear on their uniforms,[4] something those who wear the cross use to get themselves free transportation and allows them to override law enforcement if a case is suspected to involve Innocence.

Organization

Structure

There are seven branches of the Black Order (Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, North America, South America, and Oceania), and each branch is overseen by a branch chief. All branches of the Black Order answer to the European Branch, a.k.a. Headquarters, where branch chief Komui Lee acts as the chief officer.[5] Komui relays orders from Central to the other branches, and controls the movement of all Exorcists.

Above Komui are the Great Generals (大元帥, Daigensui), five shadowed figures whose faces are never seen, though they seem to have eyes everywhere. It is not known who they answer to, though they give orders to the Generals and other officers and have ties to the Vatican.

Exorcists who exceed one hundred percent synchronization with their Innocence become potential candidates for the occupancy of the General (元帥, Gensui) title (not to be confused with the Great Generals). Though the Generals answer to Komui and the Great Generals, they are usually stand-alone officers, wandering the continents on their own as they search for Innocence and Accommodators. It is not uncommon for them to only check in every few months, though some (i.e. Cross Marian) will go for years without contacting anyone.

The exact method by which an Exorcist becomes a General is currently unknown, but exceeding the one hundred percent synchronization limit is one of the standards that must be met.

Each branch of the Black Order has seven different departments, each overseen by a section chief, and each with their own duties:

  1. Science Section - Responsible for the research and development of the Innocence, as well as designing the uniforms for the Exorcists.
  2. Intelligence Section - In charge of the Finders, who gather information from around the world.
  3. Medical Section - Responsible for the general health and welfare of the Black Order personnel.
  4. Signal Section - In charge of all communications between Finders, Exorcists and the Order.
  5. Security Section - Guard all entryways (i.e. gates, waterways, etc.) into the facility.
  6. Diplomatic Section - They handle affairs with various countries and arrange for support and cooperation.
  7. Logistics Sections - In charge of day-to-day functioning in the Order, including meals, cleaning and accounting.

Recruitment

Though the Black Order is relatively unknown to the general populace, they seem to have no problem with recruiting those who find out about them (i.e. Chaozii Han's friends, who became Finders after he became an Exorcist, and Emilia Galmar, who joined solely to become Timothy Hearst's tutor).

Accommodators become members by default, and there once was a time when people who were found to be Accommodators were made to join the Order against their will (i.e. Lenalee Lee). Since Komui Lee became chief officer, though, Accommodators seem to be given a choice, though this is tentative as the newest Exorcists have all willingly joined (except in the case of Timothy Hearst, where Yu Kanda was intent on forcefully dragging an initially unwilling Timothy back to Headquarters only for Timothy to later decide to come of his own free will).

Those who do not join the Order directly often become supporters, and entire families may remain supporters of the Order for generations, such as Anita and her mother did when they converted their brothel to double over as a hideout for Black Order members.

Uniforms

Uniforms vary from rank to rank, as well as in different positions.

Branch chiefs each wear a specialized, long white coat that has a silver-colored cross on the back, accenting silver lines on each side of it, silver crosses on their shoulders, and a metal Rose Cross on their left breast.[6] Bak Chan wears an altered version of this, his being a bolero jacket with the same color scheme. Recently, the jackets of branch chiefs have been altered, the metal Rose Cross being replaced with a cloth badge bearing the same emblem, as well as aiguillettes on the shoulders and right breast.[7][8] The newer jackets have also seen the removal of the silver crosses on the back and arms.

All Exorcists wear black uniforms with silver (recently changed to red) trimmings, each one being altered to fit the specific Exorcists fighting style (e.g., Lenalee Lee's uniforms always featuring skirts or short shorts for bottoms to free up her legs for the use of her Dark Boots). The outfits are only uniform in that they bear a Rose Cross on the left breast, and, more recently, aiguillettes and other signs of ranking on the right and left breasts.[9][10] The Generals are an exception to the colour of trimmings, possessing gold trimmings instead of silver or red.

All Finders wear long, hooded, tan jackets that cover their entire bodies, with zippered pockets lining both sides of the breast,[11] and all members of the Science Division wear lab coats over their civilian clothing, some choosing to wear dress shirts, vests and ties under their coats and others wearing just pants and t-shirts.

Policies

  • Once recruited, an Exorcist shall not leave the Order.
  • Compensation may be paid to the families of Exorcists, but contact is not permitted.
  • When personnel die in the line of duty, their remains shall be cremated. The family will not be informed; this is to prevent the possibility of personnel returning as Akuma.
  • All information regarding the status of Black Order personnel is strictly classified. Family may not request information.
  • Blood relatives of Accommodators may be seized for study. (This policy no longer applies; revoked by Komui Lee.)
  • Those who leave the Order must be 'cleansed,' a process that includes drinking an unknown liquid that erases one's memories of their time with the Order.

Branches

European Branch

European Branch
Branch Chief/Chief Officer
Name Position Status
Komui Lee Branch Chief/Chief Officer Active
Brigitte Fey Assistant Chief Active
Science Section
Name Position Status
Reever Wenhamm Section Chief Division 1 Active
Regory Peck Section Chief Division 2 Active
Mark Barrows Section Chief Division 3 Active
Johnny Gill Inactive; Resigned/Fugative
Tup Dop Deceased †
Number 65 Active
Rob Neal Active
Marvin Huskin Active
Cash Dop Active
Jiji Lujun Active
Jake Russell (Anime Only) Active
Intelligence Section
Name Position Status
Toma Finder Active
Maosa Finder Active
Kie Finder Active
Buzz Finder Active
Michael Finder (Anime Only) Active
Pedro Finder (Anime Only) Active
Devan Finder (Anime Only) Active
Gozu Finder (Anime Only) Active
Thierry Finder (Anime Only) Active
Medical Section
Name Position Status
Head Nurse Head Nurse Active
Signal Sections
Name Position Status
Security Section
Name Position Status
The Gatekeeper Guardian Unknown
Diplomatic Section
Name Position Status
Logistics Sections
Name Position Status
Jeryy Head Chef Active
Emilia Galmar Tutor Active
Exorcists
Name Position Status
Kevin Yeegar General Deceased †
Cross Marian General Deceased †
Allen Walker AWOL; branded for treason/escaped
Lenalee Lee Active
Lavi Unknown
Bookman Unknown
Froi Tiedoll General Active
Yu Kanda Active/AWOL
Noise Marie Active
Daisya Barry Deceased †
Chaozii Han Active
Klaud Nine General Active
Tina Spark Deceased †
Gwen Flail Deceased †
Sol Galen Deceased †
Timothy Hearst Active
Winters Socalo General Active
Kazaana Lido Deceased †
Chaker Rabon Deceased †
Suman Dark Deceased †
Miranda Lotto Active
Arystar Krory III Active

Asian Branch

Asian Branch
Branch Chief
Name Position Status
Bak Chang Branch Chief Active
Sammo Han Won Assistant Chief Active
Twi Chang Former Branch Chief Deceased †
Edgar Chang Martin Former Assistant Chief Deceased †
Science Section
Name Position Status
Rohfa Active
Rikei Active
Shifu Active
Saarinzu Epstain Chairman of the Science Council Deceased †
Jiji Lujun (former; transfered to European Branch) Active
Intelligence Section
Name Position Status
Medical Section
Name Position Status
Signal Sections
Name Position Status
Security Section
Name Position Status
For Guardian Active
Diplomatic Section
Name Position Status
Security Section
Logistics Sections
Name Position Status
Zu Mei Chang Metallurgist/Anti-Akuma Weapon Maker and Former Head Chef Deceased †
Exorcists
Name Position Status
Alma Karma Deceased †

North American Branch

North American Branch
Branch Chief
Name Position Status
Renny Epstain Branch Chief Active
Science Section
Name Position Status
Tup Dop former; transfered to European Branch Deceased †
Johnny Gill former; transfered to European Branch Active
Intelligence Section
Name Position Status
Medical Section
Name Position Status
Signal Sections
Name Position Status
Security Section
Name Position Status
Diplomatic Section
Name Position Status
Logistics Sections
Name Position Status
Third Exorcists
Name Position Status
Madarao abducted by the Noah Family Active/AWOL
Tewaku abducted by the Noah Family Active/AWOL
Tokusa abducted by the Noah Family Active/AWOL
Kiredori Deceased †
Goushi Deceased †

South American Branch

South American Branch
Branch Chief
Name Position Status
Science Section
Name Position Status
Cash Dop former; transfered to European Branch Alive
Marvin Huskin former; transfered to European Branch Active
Intelligence Section
Name Position Status
Medical Section
Name Position Status
Signal Sections
Name Position Status
Security Section
Name Position Status
Diplomatic Section
Name Position Status
Logistics Sections
Name Position Status

Oceanian Branch

Oceanian Branch
Branch Chief
Name Position Status
Andrew Nansen Branch Chief Deceased †
Science Section
Name Position Status
Rob Neal former; transfered to European Branch Active
Intelligence Section
Name Position Status
Medical Section
Name Position Status
Signal Sections
Name Position Status
Security Section
Name Position Status
Diplomatic Section
Name Position Status
Logistics Sections
Name Position Status

Middle Eastern Branch

Middle Eastern Branch
Branch Chief
Name Position Status
Louis Fermi Branch Chief Alive
Science Section
Name Position Status
Reever Wenhamm former; transfered to European Branch Active
Intelligence Section
Name Position Status
Medical Section
Name Position Status
Signal Sections
Name Position Status
Security Section
Name Position Status
Diplomatic Section
Name Position Status
Logistics Sections
Name Position Status

African Branch

African Branch
Branch Chief
Name Position Status
Science Section
Name Position Status
Intelligence Section
Name Position Status
Medical Section
Name Position Status
Signal Sections
Name Position Status
Security Section
Name Position Status
Diplomatic Section
Name Position Status
Logistics Sections
Name Position Status

Central

Central emblem
Central's Emblem
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A facility located in the Vatican, Central acts as the liaison between His Holiness The Pope and the Black Order. Central is said to have ties with the Great Generals, though the extent of this relationship is unknown.

Special Inspector:

Assistant to the Inspector:

  • Howard Link (professional status unknown)
  • Unnamed Assistant

Other:

  • CROW (a.k.a Central Office Battle Corps): Crow is an elite group of humans from the Black Order who act as special enforcers. Though they are not endowed with Innocence, they possess unique skills and the ability to cast powerful spells to bind their enemies.

Trivia

  • The Rose Cross, emblem of the Black Order, is based on a real life symbol of the same name, and is associated with, but not limited to, such philosophical, religious and secret organizations as the Rosicrucian Order and the Freemasons, and has even been associated with Arystar Krory, who was also used, in part, for the inspiration of a Black Order Exorcist.
  • Central's Emblem strongly resembles the sacred Holy Grail.

See also

References

  1. D.Gray-man Manga Volume 1, Chapter 7, Pages 181-183
  2. D.Gray-man Manga Volume 1, Chapter 7, Page 184
  3. D.Gray-man Manga Volume 3, Chapter 18, Page 42
  4. D.Gray-man Manga Volume 2, Chapter 9, Page 28
  5. D.Gray-man Manga Volume 5, Chapter 38, Page 42 "Komui's Discussion Room Vol. 2"
  6. D.Gray-man Manga Volume 1, Chapter 5, Page 150
  7. D.Gray-man Manga Volume 17, Chapter 170, Page 169
  8. D.Gray-man Manga Volume 19, Chapter 185, Page 63
  9. D.Gray-man Manga Volume 17, Chapter 168, Page 133
  10. D.Gray-man Manga Volume 18, Chapter 180, Page 187
  11. D.Gray-man Manga Volume 2, Chapter 8, Page 11

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