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Elena on Mount Shire

Original magazine title

黒の書[1] Kuro no sho (The black certificate)

Issue, release date

October 2001, 6 September 2001

Tankōbon title

Same as the original, volume 1[2]

US tankōbon title

The Black Card[3]

New character



There was so much pain back then, but for some reason I only remember the good times.[4]




Mount Shire[6]

Anime arc

Great Sword

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  • Silver-eyed Slayer arc:
    • Scene 001 link 1: Silver-eyed Slayer)
    • Scene 002 2: Claws in the Sky
    • Scene 003 3: Memory of a Witch
    • Scene 004 4: The Black Card

Cold openEdit

In the desert, Raki's stomach growls from hunger. In response Clare throws her sword backward.[7]



The sword kills a lizard many meters away.[8]

That night at an oasis, Raki roasts the lizard over a campfire. But Clare only take a few bites. Being a Claymore warrior, she needs little food. She leaves camp, warning Raki not to follow.[9]


In the forest, she meets Rubel, who brings a new shirt and leggings to replace the ones damaged by the Awakened Claymore.[10]

Rubel examines Clare's wound. He alludes to Clare's stigma, asking what would Raki think if he sees it.[11]

He warns Clare not to get too attached to Raki. Before leaving, he gives her a new assignment—a black card.[12]

Scene 004a
Elena's black card

She recognizes the symbol's owner.[13]

Mount ShireEdit

Rendezvous with deathEdit

The next day they reach Mount Shire. When Raki asks why they are here, Clare explains the black card system. When a warrior can no longer control awakening, and is in danger of becoming a Yoma, she sends her black card to someone she trusts to euthanize her, so she can die human.[14]


They finally meet Elena, Clare's best friend during their school days.[15]

Despite Raki's protests, Clare attacks a passive Elena, delivering a fatal slash. A dying Elena thanks Clare for letting her die a human. Later, Clare buries Elena, using Elena's Claymore sword as her grave-mark.[16]

Additional detailsEdit


  • During the Silver-eyed Slayer arc, the concept of Claymore warriors becoming awakened beings has yet to be developed
  • Elena physically resembles "Kiyomi Kaburagi,"[17] a photographer in Norihiro Yagi's earlier series, Angel Densetsu. But her personality greatly differs from Elena
  • In the anime, Raki meets Rubel at a local inn[18]

Cover artEdit

Monthly Shōnen Jump 10 October 2001
Monthly Shōnen Jump October 2001


Tankōbon Claymore volumes cited are VIZ Media (en-us) editions, unless otherwise noted. Manga scenes (chapters) not yet translated cite Shueisha tankōbon (ja) editions. Manga scenes not yet published in tankōbon form cite Jump SQ (ja) editions. Fragments of Silver Omnibus (総集編 銀の断章 Gin no Danshou) 1–3, Shueisha, are only available in Japanese. Anime scenes (episodes) cited are FUNimation (en-us) editions, unless otherwise noted.

  1. Monthly Shōnen Jump, October 2001, Claymore, p. 218
  2. Claymore 1, Shueisha, Scene 4, p. 149
  3. Claymore 1, Scene 4, p. 149
  4. Claymore 1, Scene 4, p. 177
  5. Claymore DS Game handbook, p. 28
  6. Claymore DS Game handbook, p. 28
  7. Claymore 1, Scene 4, pp. 150–151
  8. Claymore 1, Scene 4, p. 152
  9. Claymore 1, Scene 4, pp. 154–157
  10. Claymore 1, Scene 4, pp. 158–159
  11. Claymore 1, Scene 4, pp. 160–161
  12. Claymore 1, Scene 4, p. 161
  13. Claymore 1, Scene 4, p. 164
  14. Claymore 1, Scene 4, pp. 170–172
  15. Claymore 1, Scene 4, p. 174
  16. Claymore 1, Scene 4, pp. 179–184
  17. Angel Densetsu 11, Act 54, p. 8
  18. Claymore, Anime Scene 02
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