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Index and her Walking Church.

The Walking Church (歩く教会 Aruku Kyōkai?) is a magical defensive tool that is worn by a user[1] in the Toaru Majutsu no Index universe. It used by the Anglican Church.[2]

AppearanceEdit

Currently, the appearance of the Walking Church varies depending on its use. The most notable example is the Walking Church worn by Index, a pure-white robe with golden embroidery onto its edges, and comes with white nun cap with a golden metal band.[1]

Another form of the Walking Church is that of the silver Celtic Cross (ケルト十字架 Kerutu Jūjika?) that Himegami Aisa wears as a necklace to seal her ability, given to her by the Church. Despite being hung around her neck it somehow is strangely appears to float.[3]

ChronologyEdit

Index ArcEdit

Main article: Index Arc

The first Walking Church seen in the series is worn by Index, which is shortly destroyed by Kamijou Touma using his Imagine Breaker.[4] The destroyed Walking Church would later put Index in a critical condition, after Kanzaki Kaori attacks Index mistakenly believing that her Walking Church would protect her.[5][6] Even after Touma destroyed the Walking Church and removing its defensive capabilities, Index still wears the robes.

Sisters ArcEdit

Main article: Sisters Arc

Himegami Aisa's Walking Church is first featured during the arc.[7]

Daihasei Festival ArcEdit

Main article: Daihasei Festival Arc (Index)

Oriana Thomson attacks Himegami Aisa believing that she is an agent of the Anglican Church, after seeing Aisa's Walking Church on her person.[8]

AbilitiesEdit

Toaru Majutsu no Index II E11 19m 15s

Aisa's blood-covered Walking Church after getting attacked by Oriana Thomson.

As explained by Idol Theory, the Walking Church symbolically takes the essential elements of a church, as such since the church provides protection to the needy, the Walking Church will replicate that protection for the user. For example, Index's Walking Church uses the cloth-weaving, line stitching, and embroidery to successfuly recreate all essential elements of a church. Because of this, anything that would not destroy a real church would be rendered ineffective against the wearer.[1]

Coupled with the fact that Index's Walking Church specifically replicates the Holy Shroud of Turin, the defensive ability of her Walking Church has been extended to the Pope-class, rendering the defensive capability of the robes similar to the level of a nuclear bomb shelter, and its power matching the level of enchantment on the London Cathedral.[9] Any magical and physical attack on Index would be absorbed,[1] although, according to Stiyl only the Dragon of St. George could destroy a Pope-class barrier such Index's Walking Church.[9] Her Walking Church was maintained by magic, and as such could be tracked by magicians.[10]

The Walking Church of Himegami Aisa however, seals off her ability to attract vampires. According to Stiyl Magnus: he, Kanzaki Kaori and Tsuchimikado Motoharu own Walking Churches as well, though it is unknown what kind of defensive abilities their Walking Churches contain.[11]

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