- This article is about the Bookman organization. For the character known by the same name, see 'Bookman.
Little is known about how the Bookmen operate since the organization is very secretive. It is apparent, however, that it is vital for the Bookmen to stay unbiased at all times and remain completely neutral. This is because when recording history, even the slightest bias could taint information. As a direct result of this requirement, many other rules have been formed to prevent bias. The foremost of these rules is the prohibition of any attachments or affections. It is unknown to what extent this rule exists, but friendships are forbidden.
As an extension of the required neutrality, the Bookmen do not chose sides in wars. They will, however, form temporary alliances with one or both sides of a conflict in order to gain a more detailed record of war and in return may provide information and/or their skills as warriors. This is most apparent when, thirty-five years ago, the current Bookman allied with the Noah Family but at the present is allied with the opposing side, the Black Order. Furthermore, Bookmen are protected by the Vatican and members of the Black Order of any rank may not interfere with a Bookman's mission to record history.
Bookmen must not interfere with the events of history, and act only as observers. In the event that a Bookman allies with one side of a conflict, it appears that only information and battle support is provided under particular circumstances.
It remains unclear how large the Bookman Clan is and whether any auxiliary members exist. At this time, it appears that there are typically only two members of the Bookman clan, the master, who has entirely abandoned any names and is often known as simply "Bookman", and an apprentice who changes names with each log and studies under the master.
Very little is known about the history of the Bookman Clan. It was apparently founded with the purpose to record the hidden history a long time ago. Its most ancient known Bookman allied himself with the Noah Family more than 35 years ago to fulfill this purpose. He was forming an apprentice at this time but this apprentice is no longer a Bookman for unknown reasons linked to the Noah Family. It is likely that he was killed given the words of Sheril Kamelot. Bookman witness the confrontation between the Earl and the rebellious Noah The 14th 35 years ago and apparently broke the alliance afterwards. He traveled to find another sucessor and finally chose Lavi 13 years ago. From there they saw many battlefields before allying themselves with and joining the Black Order 3 years ago.
Abilities and Skills
Enhanced Memory: Because Bookmen exist to record detailed, accurate description of the world's history, it is necessary for a Bookman to posses eidetic memory. It is unclear if this is an ability that is gained upon training as a Bookman or if all Bookmen are chosen for this ability.Unique Language: On several occasions, Bookman and Lavi have spoken in a language others around them cannot understand, something that is noted by Miranda when the Cross Unit and Kanda fell into Noah's Ark. This language is likely one known only to the Bookman Clan for the sake of keeping the history they record secret from those around them.
Worldly Knowledge: Because they travel the world and record everything they see, Bookmen are inclined to possessing knowledge known only to a select few, as well as mastery of highly refined techniques, such as Bookman's knowledge of acupuncture.
Bookmen are also skilled fighters, despite their pledge to never interfere, but it is likely that this is only used as a survival method.