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Ashurbanipal (最古図書館) is the Grand Library that's located at the 10th Floor of the Great Tomb of Nazarick.

Background[]

Ashurbanipal is the great library of Nazarick, wherein Nazarick's great wealth of knowledge is placed.

Most of the books in the library of the Great Tomb of Nazarick are summoning books. In reality, there is no need to acquire so many books, as using every single resource from Nazarick, one cannot summon even a tenth of the amount of monsters.

Because the monster data was not very expensive, the guild members started making a massive number of duplicates. Therefore, the true reason for gathering so many books was to hide important magic items by blending them among the ordinary ones making it impossible for anyone other than guild members or servants to find anything.

Though the library of Nazarick contained data on various types of monsters, it did not contain the data of every single type of monster hailed from YGGDRASIL. Some monster's data were of limited use too. For example, Nazarick had already exhausted their supply of data on Hanzos and the library did not contain any data for the creation of Eight-Edge Assassins. The creation of higher-tiered monsters would incur the cost of a large sum of gold.[1] And while the data supply of Hanzos were exhausted, the library still had data for other ninja-type monsters.[2]

The books in the library can be mainly put into five categories:

  1. A collection of recorded monster data, which was required to summon said monsters such as mercenaries. There are three types of monsters inside Nazarick The first type consists of monsters that are created in a similar manner as player characters. The next type consists of automatically spawning monsters that are under level 30, and the last type consists of monsters up to around level 80 that are summoned as mercenaries like Hanzo. Mercenary monsters need to be summoned using a book, a special summoning ritual, and an adequate amount of gold. Thus, they cannot be summoned without a book.
  2. A collection of magic items and certain data crystals that can only be imbued into a book-shaped object. Items shaped like books usually tend to be single-use magic items. The difference between a scroll and a book is that while scrolls can only be used by certain classes, anybody can use books making them more useful and valuable.
  3. A collection of event items, which are not uncommonly required when advancing into a special class. These can be items required for class changes, items for race changes, learning new magic, and books for studying about skills and legends. Additionally, some of these items come in the shape of a book.
  4. A cosmetic skin database. These books contain the cosmetic skin data of objects like swords, shields, and armor. Thus, players with certain blacksmith skills can put new skins on items and other appropriate materials.
  5. A collection of novels in the form of book-shaped items. Normally, there would be old and classic literature whose copyright ran out a long time ago, but there are also background stories distributed by the development team, and original novels written by players in YGGDRASIL. There is a number of fanfictions based on the worlds of YGGDRASIL or game guides in the form of diaries or novels.

Chronology[]

The Emissary of the King Arc[]

Main article: The Emissary of the King Arc

Ainz Ooal Gown visited the library under the guise of doing research, instead, he wanted to brush up on his management skills and decided to take-out some self-help books. He had to take out several stacks of books to acquire only two books so that he would not reveal his insecurity to the library staff.[3]

The Show Must Go On! Arc[]

Main article: The Show Must Go On! Arc

Albedo was searching through several book stacks for a play to use in Nazarick's first theater production. During the midst of her research, she came across the manuscript of the "Romeo and Juliet" play to assist her with the acting.[4]

The Two Leaders Arc[]

Main article: The Two Leaders Arc

Mare Bello Fiore visited the Great Library to seek permission from Titus Annaeus Secundus to borrow his Overlord guardians.[5]

Table Game to Understand Humans Arc[]

Main article: Table Game to Understand Humans Arc

Ainz Ooal Gown silently sneaks into the library of Ashurbanipal to return his borrowed business books after he finished reading it. Along the way, Ainz had stumbled upon a rulebook for a tabletop game. It apparently seems that the book has been added to the library thanks to Tabula Smaragdina's effort, according to Ainz. Flipping over several pages, Ainz came up with an idea on how it can help him with getting the Floor Guardians to play a table game as an exercise to better understand humans.[6]

The Magic Caster of Destroy Arc[]

Main article: The Magic Caster of Destroy Arc

According to Lupusregina Beta, she was not able to find any worthwhile lower-level goblins in the library. Instead, she was left with no other choice but to result in summoning forth at least level forty-three goblins from that location. Since there is no goblin variants lower in levels than forty-three, Redcaps were considered to be the bare minimum that Nazarick have in their arsenal for killing off the remnants of Prince Barbro's forces.[7]

Layout & Features[]

The wide front door of the library is guarded by two high-class golems. The library itself is well-groomed, displaying a lot of art pieces and decorations covering every corner of the library. Resembling something similar to an art museum, even the ceiling is adorned with a beautiful painting. There is also a 2nd Floor in the library with a lot of glass shelves orderly placed. It is very much this way that almost all of the shelves cannot be visibly seen in a single glance. There are also several smaller rooms designed for specialized uses and the individual rooms for the staff. There are three major corners in the library:

  • Room of Logic:
  • Room of Wisdom:
  • Room of Magic:
  • Crafting Room: This room is where magic scrolls are produced. Inside it is a workshop containing countless materials of great quality and quantity, which are used in manufacturing magic scrolls.[8]

Literary Collection[]

Title First Appearance
Aiming for Valentine[9] Bittersweet Nazarick
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland[10] Overlord: The Undead Oh! Chapter 39
Anne of Green Gables Overlord: The Undead Oh! Chapter 70
Anecdotes of the Four Great Spirits Overlord Volume 08
Being A Boss For Dummies: Tips And Tricks On Becoming A Respectable Boss Book[11] Overlord: The Undead Oh! Chapter 10
Bibliography of Weapon Research Overlord Volume 08
Book of the Dead Overlord Volume 04
Book of the Dead (Tome) Overlord Volume 10
Carrie Overlord: The Undead Oh! Chapter 70
Daddy-Long-Legs Overlord: The Undead Oh! Chapter 70
Deputy Student Council President Is A Charismatic And Number One Maid!? ~ Regardless of Criticism ~[12] Overlord: The Undead Oh! Chapter 16
The Devil Summoner Wants to Hang Out ~A Beautiful Devil Girl's Self-Depraved Life On A Harem Farm!?~ Overlord: The Undead Oh! Chapter 70
Economics That Elementary School Students Understand[13] Overlord: The Undead Oh! Chapter 23
Hack And Slash Adventure Overlord Manga Vol.10 Special Edition Drama CD
Halloween Festival[14] Supreme Halloween
How the Younger Generation Thinks! Uncle Ike's Secret Overlord: The Undead Oh! Chapter 70
How To Use Expertly Overlord: The Undead Oh! Chapter 70
Inspiration! Mystery and Quiz 50 Questions Overlord: The Undead Oh! Chapter 43
If You Go To A Hot Spring, Let's Do This Miyoshi-kun Cup / Mixed Bathing Washing Party
Lion Cub[15] Memory of Chaos: Albedo
Living With Hamu-chan! An Encyclopedia For Raising Hamsters Overlord: The Undead Oh! Chapter 10
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Overlord: The Undead Oh! Chapter 70
Nazarick Academy[16] (Part 2) Heart Pounding★Nazarick Academy
Newtonian Mechanics Second Law of Motion[17] (Part 1) Heart Pounding★Nazarick Academy
New Member of Society[18] Memory of Chaos: Lupusregina Beta
Ninya's Diary Overlord Volume 06
Office Love of a Capable Woman[19] Work Style Reform in a Suit
Onsen Town Steam Murder[20] Miyoshi-kun Cup / Mixed Bathing Washing Party
Philosophies of Monarchs Applicable in the Workplace[21] Mass for the Dead Prologue
PKing for Dummies Overlord Volume 02
Porori[22] Queen War -Nazarick Swimsuit Athletic Meet-
Problem-Solving Techniques For Business People ~ The Method And Logic ~[23] Overlord: The Undead Oh! Chapter 43
The Red Oni Who Cried Overlord Volume 15
Renrakucho Overlord: The Undead Oh! Chapter 70
Romeo and Juliet Overlord Manga Vol.06 Special Edition Drama CD
Snow White[24] Overlord: The Undead Oh! Chapter 03
Special Bath Report (Part 2) Swimsuits, Lizards, and Dark Elves
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Overlord Volume 08
The Secret of Building Trust With One’s Subordinates Overlord Blu-ray 01 Special
The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter[25] Overlord: The Undead Oh! Chapter 29
The Tale of the Heike Overlord Manga Vol.06 Special Edition Drama CD
The Three Visits[26] Bloody Love Maiden
The Wizard of Oz Overlord: The Undead Oh! Chapter 23
Things That Hated Bosses Don't Do Overlord Blu-ray 01 Special
To Be A Good Leader[27] Overlord Volume 15
Top 100 Wise Sayings of Managers Mass for the Dead Prologue
The World's Best Overlord: The Undead Oh! Chapter 70
Your Ally Glitter ★ Magic Book Overlord: The Undead Oh! Chapter 39

Known Characters from Ashurbanipal[]

Trivia[]

  • Ashurbanipal is heavily guarded by the five Overlords of the Grand Library in Nazarick.
  • There are multiple spirits and elder liches working there in the library tending to its many needs.
  • Titus conducts his research and experiments in this library.
  • Tabula Smaragdina was known to have added many esoteric works from all over the world in the library. From great literary works, Norse mythology to even Cthulhu Mythos.
  • The library is a reference to Ashurbanipal, the last great king of the Neo-Assyrian Empire known for its collection of clay tablets.
  • In Mass for the Dead, the library was heavily damaged after the transfer into the New World though the contents within survived and is under the care of the protagonist.
  • The NPCs of Nazarick use Ashurbanipal to research several holiday celebrations mentioned by their master. For instance Hanami and also Christmas.[28][29]
  • In Mass for the Dead, its revealed by the protagonist that the library contains material related to Arthurian lore such as "Britannia", "Liones" and "Tristan".[30] Slimeko also found some material related to the Seven Lucky Gods.[31]
  • The library though is devoid of any children picture books, but does possess monster picture books.[32]
  • The library also appears to contain material on New Year activities such as kakizome and the first sunrise.[33]
  • In Mass for the Dead, there is a "primary novel" by an unnamed author found in the library by Mare that appears to be based on a space opera. Later on Aura found a costume for Mare that evoked the same theme as in the book.[34]

References[]

  1. Overlord Volume 14 Chapter 1: An Unexpected Move
  2. Overlord Volume 15 Chapter 1: To Take A Paid Vacation
  3. Overlord Blu-ray 01 Special: The Emissary of the King
  4. Overlord Manga Volume 06 Special: The Show Must Go On! Arc
  5. Overlord Volume 08 Story 2: A Day in Nazarick
  6. Overlord Manga Volume 10: Table Game to Understand Humans
  7. Overlord Volume 09 Chapter 3: Another Battle
  8. Overlord First Half Chapter 33: Preparations Part 2
  9. Mass for the Dead Special Event: Bittersweet Nazarick
  10. Overlord: The Undead Oh! Chapter 39
  11. Overlord: The Undead Oh! Chapter 10
  12. Overlord: The Undead Oh! Chapter 16
  13. Overlord: The Undead Oh! Chapter 23
  14. Mass for the Dead Special Event: Supreme Halloween
  15. Memory of Chaos: Albedo
  16. Mass for the Dead Special Event: (Part 2) Heart Pounding★Nazarick Academy
  17. Mass for the Dead Special Event: (Part 1) Heart Pounding★Nazarick Academy
  18. Memory of Chaos: Lupusregina Beta
  19. Mass for the Dead Special Event: Work Style Reform in a Suit
  20. Mass for the Dead Special Event: Miyoshi-kun Cup / Mixed Bathing Washing Party
  21. Mass for the Dead Prologue
  22. Mass for the Dead Special Event: Queen War -Nazarick Swimsuit Athletic Meet-
  23. Overlord: The Undead Oh! Chapter 43
  24. Overlord: The Undead Oh! Chapter 03
  25. Overlord: The Undead Oh! Chapter 29
  26. Mass for the Dead Special Event: Bloody Love Maiden
  27. Overlord Volume 15 Chapter 2: The Travelling Scenery in Nazarick
  28. Mass for the Dead Special Event: Supreme Hanami
  29. Mass for the Dead Special Event: Nazarick x Christmas
  30. Mass for the Dead Special Event: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Ruler of Death
  31. Mass for the Dead Special Event: Dyed White and New Year's Ruler
  32. Overlord: The Undead Oh! Chapter 70
  33. Mass for the Dead Special Event: Azerlisia's First Sunrise
  34. “Paid Limited Nazarick Festival Summon” and “Nazaric Festival Summon” held!

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