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The Blue Night was an event sixteen years ago when Satan killed powerful holy men and Exorcists of the world over by attempting to possess their bodies.[1]

Manga

During Lewin Light and Ryuji Suguro's investigation of the Blue Night[2], Mephisto Pheles explained the origin of how he and his brothers and sisters came to be.

In ancient times, they were considered conceptual beings known as Baals that did not possess a physical form and were situated far away from humans without the possibility of physical contact. However, as human civilization developed, humans began to worship and call out to the Baals, granting them distinct forms to the point of assuming flesh and blood.

However, while Baals were immortal, conceptual beings, the humans that they possessed were not and withered as time passed. Having to go through a physical death with every vessel, Baals still continued to exist as conceptual beings after death because humans continued to believe in them.

From having to suffer constant death and rebirth, Lucifer had built a strong hatred for humans and eventually turned his frustration towards the humans, invoking wars, floods and epidemics. One night at a dinner gathering among his siblings, Lucifer attempted to wipe out all of existence to end the constant struggle. Mephisto convinced him to stop, suggesting that humans were also key to their physical existence. His solution was to attempt creating an endless supply of bodies for Lucifer to inhabit.

The solution brought about the creation of Section 13 (under the guise of "Asylum"), a secret underground facility used to experiment on humans to form vessels. Experimentation began with cloning of vessels, which led to many problems as clones were not exact reproductions. This resulted in a switch in perspective, creating the need for an elixir that replicated the effects of a Baal's rapid cell regeneration. The genes from the top three Baals were used to form the elixir, which they then fully submerged human bodies into for creating the reinforced humans.

As successful cases began to emerge and the process became routine, one such reinforced vessel that was deemed the "strongest reinforced human to date"[3], harboured what was believed to be the realm of Gehenna itself, which allowed for Satan to enter the human world and the events of the Blue Night to transpire.

Anime

The true motives behind this night are addressed in the anime as Satan's attempt to rescue Yuri Egin from being burned at the stake. Possessing various people in an attempt to find a host who could survive being possessed by him, he eventually took control of Ernst Frederik Egin, freeing Yuri before his body gave out.[4]

Repercussions

The Blue Night caused massive upheaval in the Exorcist community among others, becoming common knowledge among those affiliated with demons and organizations who deal with them. Just some of these consequences are listed below.

Organisation Changes

Following the Blue Night, multiple exorcists associated with Section 13 were reassigned and a branch wide cover up was executed to hide the reason for it with all the survivors taking a Morinas Contract to ensure secrecy.[5]

The Myōō Dharani sect, after having many of its monks and priests die simultaneously, became known as the cursed temple, leading many of their followers to flee and abandon the sect.[6] This forced them to align themselves with the True Cross Order in order for their sect to survive.[7] Other sects saw a similar exodus in the wake of the Blue Night, though details of the effects on these groups are scarce.[8]

Injuries

Despite the fatal nature of being possessed by Satan, not all victims of the Blue Night died, nor were all those possessed mortally wounded.

Name Nature of Injury
Arthur A. AngelMemory Loss
Ernst Frederik Egin (Anime Only)[9]Facial Burns
Igor NeuhausFacial Burns, Loss of Left Eye

Deaths

Of those killed during the Blue Night, not all were a direct consequence of possession.

Name Cause of Death
Konekomaru Miwa's Father[10]Unknown
Konekomaru Miwa's Mother[11]Killed by Satan
Michelle Neuhaus (Anime Only)Killed by Satan
Renzo Shima's Grandfather[12]Unknown
Takezo ShimaUnknown
Tatsuma Suguro's FatherPosessed by Satan

References

  1. Ao no Exorcist Manga: Chapter 4, Page 20-21
  2. Ao no Exorcist Manga: Chapter 86, Page 16-33
  3. Ao no Exorcist Manga: Chapter 86, Page 31
  4. Ao no Exorcist Anime: Episode 23
  5. Ao no Exorcist Manga: Chapter 87, Page 5
  6. Ao no Exorcist Manga: Chapter 4, Page 22
  7. Ao no Exorcist Manga: Chapter 19, Page 25-26
  8. Ao no Exorcist Manga: Chapter 19, Page 22
  9. Ao no Exoricst Anime: Episode 1
  10. Ao no Exorcist Manga: Chapter 17, Page 34
  11. Ao no Exorcist Anime: Episode 18
  12. Ao no Exorcist Manga: Chapter 17, Page 34

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