|Master of the Court|
|Romaji||Houtei no Nushi|
|Other Names|| Clockworker's Doll|
Michelle (by Gallerian)
|Classification||Awakened Vessel of Sin|
|Affiliation(s)||Union State of Evillious (formerly)|
- For other uses, see Master of the Court (disambiguation)
- "She is the director of this movie theater. Gallerian’s most beloved "Daughter"."
The Master of the Court is the awakened vessel of Sloth. She acts as the judge of Evil's Theater, sentencing trespassers to death. She is also referred to as the Clockworker's Doll, the Director Doll, and the Judicial Doll by the inhabitants of the theater.
Miniature Garden GirlEdit
- "Papa is home, Michelle. While Papa was not here, did you get lonely?"
- ―Gallerian talking to the Doll[src]
Over time, Gallerian decorated her room with some of the vessels he acquired.Every now and then she heard laughter coming from the vessels of sin, telling her they were all the same. Sometimes, she would sing for her "father". During the Levianta Civil War in EC 983, Gallerian's mansion was burned, killing Gallerian and burning the Clockworker's Doll. She was later recovered and brought to Evil's Theater with the rest of the vessels of sin by Ma.
- "Convict him, convict him, convict him anyway! Trial! Convict! Death!"
- ―Master of the Court[src]
Using her power, she put on trial all visitors who got past the Master of the Graveyard and would quickly find them guilty, sentencing them to death. After Gammon Octo managed to infiltrate the theater in an attempt to steal the Venom Sword, he was captured and put on trial. The Judicial Doll quickly convicted him and had him prepared for execution but the Waiter intervened, convincing her to spare Gammon by using him for chores as the "Gardener". When Gammon made his vision known, the Master of the Court didn't give it much attention. Despite this, she questioned whether it was him or Ma who was right about the result of her father's plan. She eventually decided to continue with their plan for utopia and disregarded Gammon's dream. With the entity Irregular inside her "womb", she treated him like her unborn child and sang to him the Clockwork Lullaby to heal him in preparation for his rebirth.
She called the inhabitants to a "trial" meeting in EC 998. Searching for the vessel of Wrath, the Judicial Doll questioned Ma about the location of the vessel with Ma responding that it was in the possession of the Master of the Hellish Yard. Later during the meeting, the Judicial Doll decided to organize the information and gave the Cursed Gardener permission to speak about his reasoning for coming to the theater.
Personality and TraitsEdit
- "Judge Gallerian's corrupt temperament seems to have been passed down to the Director Doll rather than his Marlon Spoon collectable."
- ―Gammon's writings about the Doll[src]
The doll held an enormous adoration for Gallerian and the two mutually loved each other as parent and child. Although knowing only a single room as her world, she gladly accepted it due to the judge's kind, loving, and gentle disposition towards her. The Doll also enjoyed singing for him and wished only to sing for him. When saddened by the whispers of the other vessels of sin, she attempted to escape their words by drowning them out with her singing. After Gallerian's death, she looked towards the judge for guidance when forming her conscience and became dedicated to reuniting with him. She also held an affection for Irregular, treating him like her own child and singing the Clockwork Lullaby to him.
As the Master of the Court, the Doll acted with a serious demeanor while the theater inhabitants searched for the vessel of Wrath and never smiled. The Director Doll also maintained the notion that she, like her father, was a judge and often treated things as if they were a trial or judicial review. Despite this, she was impatient and rushed her "trials" for intruders so that she could quickly convict them, holding no notion of justice or a proper judicial process.
Skills and AbilitiesEdit
- "Due to the Marlon Spoon that became Gear of the clock tower, the Director Doll's burns are gone; she received a new power. However, power without purpose begins a meaningless rampage. She became a means to only make the death sentence to visitors."
- ―Excerpt of Gammon's writings[src]
Because her vessel was made of Nechuna, the Doll's body was durable save for her legs, which were made of softer material at the joints. Unable to walk as a result, the Clockworker's Doll was often confined to a chair while in Gallerian's home. After being severely burned, the Doll was permanently connected to the theater clock tower as a form of life support and was unable to survive without it. However, Gear's later sacrifice rejuvenated the Director Doll and gave her the capability to walk, as well as freely use the magic of the Marlon Spoon. Her body was also able to store the black box containing Irregular; the doll could also sing and was knowledgeable about how to perform the Clockwork Lullaby.
Gallerian Marlon: The Doll's perceived father. She cared for Gallerian deeply and wished to please him, singing to him and completely content with his wish to not leave her room. She continued to look to him for guidance after their separation and maintained a hope of saving him from Hell.
Ma: The Master of the Court's partner. She looked to Ma for guidance on how to gather together the Sins and acted on her theory that utopia would be created from assembling them. Despite this, the Master of the Court expressed uncertainty over whether Ma was right or not, and was initially reluctant to trust her.
Gammon Octo: A fellow member of the theater. She initially saw Gammon as a trespasser to be judged and executed, but after Waiter's intervention she became interested in his motives for coming to the theater. She expressed uncertainty over whether his vision of the end times was right or not.
Gear: The Master of the Court's caretaker. She acknowledged the role Gear had in her survival, but disagreed with his view on what would happen when the Seven Deadly Sins were reunited.
Irregular: The Master of the Court's perceived unborn child. She treats Irregular with motherly affection, such as in singing the Clockwork Lullaby to heal him, and maintains high expectations for the results of his birth.
Irina Clockworker: The Doll's creator. The Master of the Court did not acknowledge Irina's role in her creation.
Eve Moonlit: The inspiration for the Master of the Court's appearance.
Held: A god who was also referred to with the title "Master of the Court."
Conceptualization and OriginEdit
- A clockwork doll is immobile unless you "wind" it up, relating to Sloth's connotation of laziness.
- Hatsune Miku's surname sounds similar to the Japanese word 発明 (hatsumei) meaning "invention"; this wordplay possibly connects to the Clockworker's Doll's artificial origin and to Belphegor, the patron demon of Sloth.
- Master of the Court's relation to the Court is connected to the event of Judgment in Hieronymus Bosch's The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things.
- The Clockworker's Doll, ironically, is the first vessel to awaken despite being the vessel of Sloth.
- She is the only awakened vessel of sin with the powers of two of the Seven Deadly Sins.
- While Gallerian states that the Clockworker's Doll is unable to walk, she is shown standing several times in the PV for Miniature Garden Girl.
- The Master of the Court shares the same title as the one attributed to Held.
- Tying her with the sin she represents, the doll usually is depicted "sleeping".
- Her profile on the Evils Kingdom website suggests her disability is due to the leg joints being composed of a weaker material than the rest of the doll's body.