D.Gray-man Encyclopedia

Dankern is an isolated village in South-east Germany. Yu Kanda and Gozu were sent there to investigate a so-called haunted forest and a witch.

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The location of Dankern.

Located in Bavaria, Dankern is a small village surrounded by a thick forest. The next city is Mittenwald. The forest was said to be haunted because of the Akumas who lurked within. The forest is vast and verdant with many coniferous trees. The town itself has a bell tower and classic European houses inhabited by seemingly fearful people.


The haunted forest.

The father of Sophia holds a shop in the center. At the edge of the village, one can find a small hut said to be the hut of the witch. Next to it there is a clear pond in which lotus flowers can be seen at a specific period of the year.


The unique trait of the village was the witch of Dankern: A woman who was chosen by the villagers to act as a scapegoat they could blame for their sorrows. For decades the tradition continued, replacing the witch with another girl or woman when the last witch came to die. Recently a young girl named Angela was ill and her twin sister left for Mittenwald to get money to pay her treatment. Unfortunately the old witch died in the meantime and the villagers chose another witch: Angela. Her father tried to prevent this but he couldn't do anything to save her. Angela couldn't handle the strain of living alone in the hut and she died before her sister Sophia came back from the city. Sophia called the Earl of Millennium and her body became the Akuma vessel for her late sister. She killed half the villagers and made the other half into Akumas. The Akumas started to guard the forest, preventing any intruder from reaching the village.

Hearing of the haunted forest, the Black Order sent a Finder and an Exorcist to check if any innocence was involved, making the scene of the The Village Where the Witch Dwells chapter. Yu Kanda killed all the Akuma inhabitants including Angela. The town is now a ghost town.



  • The village of Dankern seems to be fictitious but the next town Mittenwald does exist.