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Silbern (銀架城 (ジルバーン), Jirubān; German for "Silver", Japanese for "Silver-Wrought Castle"; Viz "Silver Cross Fortress")[1] was a large, ice-encrusted palace that the Wandenreich used as its main base of operations during the Quincy Blood War.


The Sternritter and their subordinates reside in Silbern with their emperor, Yhwach.[2][3] It is surrounded by a massive, similarly ice-encrusted city comprised of seemingly abandoned buildings[4][5] which is approximately as large as the Seireitei.[6]

Silbern itself is a wide, two-tiered building. The bottom tier is supported by six thick columns, while the upper tier is roughly half as wide and long, instead being held up by pillars; it also features windows consisting of two thin slats in the wall on either side. The ground below it has a set of stairs leading up to the lower tier, and the entire complex is surrounded by an angular barrier with octagonal joints. Silbern is framed by two gutted, curving, tusk-like structures arching toward each other in front of it, and is dwarfed by a large, rectangular tower with a cross on each side rising up behind it; during the war with the Gotei 13, Yhwach uses this tower as a platform to enter the Soul King Palace.[7][8] The entire area is covered in varying amounts of ice, giving every surface a jagged look with dozens of stalagmites.[9]

The rooms within Silbern vary drastically in size and purpose, ranging from spacious assembly halls[10] to a medium-sized throne room where Yhwach operates as the emperor of the Wandenreich[2][11] to personal and private rooms for the Sternritter themselves.[12] Sternritter Grandmaster Jugram Haschwalth's private quarters are located in the tower behind Silbern,[13] while Yhwach resides within the lower tier of Silbern in a small room lit by torches and decorated with filigree, featuring only a small throne on a platform.[14][15] There is a separate room in midair where Tier Harribel, the former ruler of Hueco Mundo, is imprisoned.[16] During the second invasion of Soul Society, Yhwach oversaw the war from a large, open-air, torch-lit room while sitting on the same throne,[17] and slept in a barren, open-air room on a more ornate throne.[18] These rooms are connected by wide hallways that are comprised of the pillars supporting the upper tier of Silbern on one side, allowing inhabitants to easily move between levels.[19] Housed within Silbern are multiple ornate metal plates known as Gates of the Sun (太陽の門, Taiyō no Mon) that can be quickly moved between using Keys of the Sun (太陽の鍵, Taiyō no Kagi);[20] one of these gates was used to invade Soul Society.[21]

Silbern and the city surrounding it reside in a dimension within the Seireitei known as the Schatten Bereich (影の領域 (シャッテン・ベライヒ), Shatten Beraihi; German for "Shadow Realm", Japanese for "Shadow Area"; Viz "Shadow Area"), which the Quincy created after fleeing to Soul Society from the war with the Shinigami 1,000 years ago. This dimension cannot normally be seen or detected by the Shinigami, which is why the Quincy called their new army the "Invisible Empire." When leaving the Schatten Bereich, the Wandenreich does not need a method of bypassing the walls surrounding the Seireitei because they have always been inside the Seireitei; furthermore, the Wandenreich can decompose the Reishi particles that make up the Seireitei to reveal Silbern and its city.[22] However, Yhwach cannot leave this area for more than a certain period of time before having to retreat.[23]

Wahrwelt, the new palace Yhwach forms in the Royal Realm, featuring the Silbern building at the top.

During the second major battle of the Quincy Blood War, Yhwach replaced the Seireitei with Silbern and the Wandenreich city in order to bypass the time constraint that ended the previous conflict and negate any traps that the Shinigami had prepared.[24] After absorbing the Soul King, Yhwach brought Silbern and entire Wandenreich city to the Soul King Palace and drastically altered its appearance. Yhwach named this new stronghold Wahrwelt (真世界城 (ヴァールヴェルト), Vāruveruto; German for "True World", Japanese for "True World Castle"; Viz "Castle of True World") because it would be the cornerstone of his new world.[25] Having made a new, larger throne room within the relocated Silbern,[26] Yhwach created large stone guardians lining the hallways to stop intruders.[27] During Ichigo Kurosaki's decisive battle with Yhwach, Silbern was largely destroyed by Ichigo unleashing the Reiatsu of his Merged Hollow Form.[28]

Silbern Locations

Illustrated Guide to Silbern
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Tower behind Silbern[29] The Wandenreich City[30] Silbern as part of Wahrwelt[31] The Wandenreich City in the Royal Realm[32]
Silbern and the city surrounding it in their various forms.
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The stairs leading to Harribel's prison[33] Harribel's prison[34] Silbern's assembly hall[35] One of the spacious hallways within Silbern[36]
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Yhwach's open-air war room[37] A Gate of the Sun[38] The guardian statues within Silbern[39]
The interior of Silbern.
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Yhwach's throne room[40] Yhwach's Throne[41] The entrance to Yhwach's throne room[42] Yhwach's revamped throne room[43]
Yhwach's throne and throne rooms.
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Bambietta's private quarters[44] Haschwalth's private quarters[45] Yhwach's private quarters[46] Yhwach's open-air quarters[47]
The private quarters of the Wandenreich members.


  1. Bleach manga; Chapter 559, page 6
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bleach manga; Chapter 484, pages 14-17
  3. Bleach manga; Chapter 542, pages 15-17
  4. Bleach manga; Chapter 546, pages 12-14
  5. Bleach manga; Chapter 558, page 6
  6. Bleach manga; Chapter 546, pages 10-4 & 16
  7. Bleach manga; Chapter 584, pages 3-5
  8. Bleach manga; Chapter 586, page 17
  9. Bleach manga; Chapter 484, pages 12-13
  10. Bleach manga; Chapter 542, pages 16-17
  11. Bleach manga; Chapter 490, pages 12-13
  12. Bleach manga; Chapter 544, page 7
  13. Bleach manga; Chapter 544, page 11
  14. Bleach manga; Chapter 543, page 17
  15. Bleach manga; Chapter 544, page 1
  16. Bleach manga; Chapter 485, pages 15-16
  17. Bleach manga; Chapter 554, page 5
  18. Bleach manga; Chapter 565, page 5
  19. Bleach manga; Chapter 543, pages 8 & 10
  20. Bleach manga; Chapter 660, page 13
  21. Bleach manga; Chapter 490, page 1
  22. Bleach manga; Chapter 547, pages 11-13
  23. Bleach manga; Chapter 514, pages 11-12
  24. Bleach manga; Chapter 547, pages 4-8
  25. Bleach manga; Chapter 628, pages 14-17
  26. Bleach manga; Chapter 628, page 16
  27. Bleach manga; Chapter 661, pages 12-14
  28. Bleach manga; Chapter 676, pages 8-9
  29. Bleach manga; Chapter 587, page 3
  30. Bleach manga; Chapter 547, page 7
  31. Bleach manga; Chapter 629, page 17
  32. Bleach manga; Chapter 628, pages 4-5
  33. Bleach manga; Chapter 485, page 15
  34. Bleach anime; Chapter 485, page 16
  35. Bleach manga; Chapter 542, pages 16-17
  36. Bleach manga; Chapter 543, page 8
  37. Bleach manga; Chapter 554, page 5
  38. Bleach manga; Chapter 629, page 15
  39. Bleach manga; Chapter 661, page 12
  40. Bleach manga; Chapter 484, page 16
  41. Bleach manga; Chapter 489, page 12
  42. Bleach manga; Chapter 672, page 13
  43. Bleach manga; Chapter 672, page 13
  44. Bleach manga; Chapter 544, page 8
  45. Bleach manga; Chapter 544, page 12
  46. Bleach manga; Chapter 543, page 16
  47. Bleach manga; Chapter 565, page 4