Mont Blanc Noland (originally Mont Blanc Noland) was a botanist, explorer and explorer from the Kingdom of Lvneel in the Northblue. Once, when he returned from a long journey, he told of a Golden City he had discovered. The king wanted to see it, but when they arrived on the island, the city was not there and he was executed as Noland the Liar (jap. うそつきノーランド, Usotsuki Nōrando). Since then, a children’s book tells the story of this journey. 400 years later, it turned out that he had not lied and he was the discoverer of the Golden City of Shandora.
Mont Blanc Noland was a muscular middle-aged man with blond hair. Just like his descendant Mont Blanc Cricket, he had a chestnut on his head. He wore a black coat that reached his knees. Around this he had a belt swung, in which his sword was stuck. Under the coat he wore a mighty orange scarf.
Noland was an inquisitive and adventurous man who was interested in new things, that’s why he sailed around the world for years. He discovered some islands and looked for things that meant progress. He was also a very smart man, especially knowing and researching a lot about plants, but he also cared about the well-being of his crew, whom he had to save in some situations. What he didn’t like, however, were people who didn’t want to accept progress and who wanted to appease gods by making sacrifices. To Noland, such were not gods. In his opinion, no god was more valuable than a human life. He was a very friendly person who had no prejudice against other peoples and could make friends with them quickly. But he also respected other beliefs, such as the Shandia belief that their ancestors found refuge in trees. Since Noland’s men had cut them down and he was ashamed of this, he left behind all the gold that the Shandia had previously given him.
Skills and strength
Noland was an extremely good fighter, with his sword he could take down a sea king underwater. On land he could even decapitate a giant boa with one blow. Not even Zoro had been able to do this in Skypiea, his sword blows had bounced off the boa’s scale armor. He was also able to stand up to the Shandia’s strongest warrior, Kalgara, who destroyed entire ships.
The hero of the dwarves
If the legend of the dwarves of the Tontatta Kingdom is to be believed, Mont Blanc Noland visited their kingdom 400 years ago and helped the little people to victory over their enemies. To commemorate this feat, the dwarves erected a golden statue bust in their underground city in honor of the explorer. 400 years later, their descendants still remembered their hero, who became a legend. When Nico Robin and Usopp arrived in the kingdom of the dwarves, the gunner immediately recognized the man on the statue, promptly calling himself “Lysoland” and lying that his hat and Mont Blanc Noland’s head shape were identical, which spoke to their kinship. The gullible dwarves also believed him that the gunman of the Straw Hat Pirates was a descendant of their legendary hero, and also urged Usopp to lead their attack against the Doflamingo family from the Flower Field of Dress Rosa, emphatically proving the impression Noland had made on the dwarves.
On the Grand Line
Somewhere on the Grand Line, Noland was sailing his sea-battered ship across the water. After weathering several storms, giant whirlpools, and snow, the crew informed their admiral that their provisions had also run out, and in addition, the cook had fallen over. Noland jumped into the water, some men thinking he had killed himself. Experienced men, however, said he had traveled the Grand Line twice before and had stronger nerves. He had stripped beforehand and folded his clothes neatly. The admiral reappeared and gave his men a rope, telling them to pull it up. At the end of the rope hung a sea king, which astonished the crewmen.
The expedition ship was passing through a gale with force 10 winds. The yardarm was broken and there was some chaos. Noland wrote quietly in his log. They had been traveling for two years and he had heard a beautiful chime.
Landing on Jaya
The expedition ship landed on Jaya, thanks to the navigation of Admiral Mont Blanc Noland. On the shore, some were trying out a waver. They saw the great jungle and hoped to find research material when some Southbirds flew by, emitting their characteristic squawk. The crew was joking with their captain that he must have mistaken birdcalls for bell sounds when they all stopped and listened to a beautiful bell sound that could be heard for miles. They walked to the edge of the forest where the exhausted Seto lay. Seto saw the intruders and tried to run back to the village, but collapsed in the attempt. They recognized Seto’s illness, it was tree fever. Noland asked in alarm if they had any conine. They had little to inoculate the crew with immediately. They explored the island and found the Shandia village where the crops were contaminated and there were only sick people. Noland wanted to hear from Seto what had happened.
The death of a god
Noland found his way to the sacrificial altar where Mouse was about to be sacrificed to a giant boa. He jumped into the water and when he arrived at the sacrificial altar, he cut off the boa’s head. The inhabitants became very angry. Blood would have to be offered to the god. Noland promised Mouse that she would not have to die here. The Shandia continued to demand blood for the gods after Noland killed the snake god. The shaman’s will had to be fulfilled. More sacrifices were demanded to appease the gods. Kalgara came to the sacrificial altar and tried to kill Noland. With his spear, he delivered a thrust that Noland was able to parry with his sword. Enraged, Noland said that so he eliminated everything, even small advances. Kalgara threw a dagger at Mouse’s feet and told her to offer herself as a sacrifice, asking her how she could hang on to life as a sacrifice. With tears in her eyes, she tried to ram the dagger down her throat. Noland let his guard down and knocked the dagger out of Mouse’s hand. Kalgara took advantage of the situation and stabbed his spear into Noland’s right breast. Noland’s men, meanwhile, had been captured by the Shandia in the spectator’s gallery on the shore. Since he had killed the Serpent God, Noland’s life alone was not enough to make up for this circumstance. Kalgara also claimed the lives of a hundred of his men. Noland became furious, he thought blood sacrifice was contemptuous of humanity. It neglected the great deeds of the ancestors, the discoveries of explorers and explorers who had taken many dangers for the benefit of mankind. He asked whether they were not thus insulting their own gods. He asked for time to remove the ‘curse’ that afflicted the village. Kalgara, however, wanted to kill him immediately and accused him of only wanting to escape. Noland objected and demanded that no more human sacrifices would ever take place if he defeated the curse. The chief of the village let him, but the Shandia would keep Noland’s men. They would wait until the next evening.
Noland, while the Shandia were holding a meeting, had found the Kona tree in the forest. At dawn, a severe earthquake shook the island of Jaya. Noland was trapped in a crevice in the earth, and a little later he was found by Kalgara. The latter taunted Noland that the gods had now punished him. Noland would not hear of it, he wanted to go to the village. Kalgara did not kill him yet, but wanted to see how far he would get. Noland desperately tried to get out of the crevice in which he was trapped. He could beat the tree fever, he said, but he would have to get to the village to do it. Kalgara watched him with grim satisfaction and told him that when the sun, already up, set, 100 of Noland’s men would be sacrificed. Noland managed to move the earthen floor a little, but he was only further trapped. By now dusk had set in and after Kalgara predicted a miserable death for killing a god, Noland asked what they were so afraid of. They sacrificed to dispel their fear. Kalgara kicked him, the people had lived like this here for centuries, Noland did not understand. The latter replied that no god was more valuable than a human life, that sacrificing a young girl was cold-blooded. Kalgara told him that Mouse was his own daughter, but the word of the shaman was very powerful, it was the word of God. Refusal meant punishment. The prisoners, meanwhile, were taken to the sacrificial altar, at the base of which a funeral pyre was prepared.
Saving the village
A giant boa, smaller than the one killed before, appeared in front of Noland and Kalgara and now wanted to devour Noland. Kalgara thought this was God’s punishment. Desperate, Noland tried to convince him that the curse hanging over the village was just a disease. Sixty years ago, hundreds of thousands of people died of tree fever, 90% of those who contracted it had died. Until a Southblue plant scientist found a cure. Konine from the Kona tree. This reduced the mortality rate to 3%. Many had faced danger in search of the cure. The human sacrifices of the Shandia offended these individuals. He would have Konine in his hand and could save the village. Kalgara remembered the chief’s words about Noland. The latter had said that he believed Noland because the latter had spoken seriously and courageously. Kalgara killed the giant boa and asked Noland what he had just killed. He replied a snake, Kalgara meant a god. With tears in his eyes, he wanted to know from Noland if the village could be saved. It was. Kalgara freed Noland and no sacrifice took place. The villagers were inoculated, those who were already sick were cured. Everyone was happy about the averted disaster.
Ten days had passed since the tree fever had been cured. A giant boa, still the size of a man, was discovered by Kalgara and Noland. The two seemed to have become inseparable friends and laughed at their discovery. Kalgara wanted to show his friend something and they entered a staircase that went down through the earth. As they descended, the same bell sounded as when they arrived. When they reached the bottom of the stairs, they stood in the golden city of Shandora, which was in a ring surrounded by mountains. The Shandia are survivors of the sunken city. Everything is full of gold and Kalgara allowed Noland’s crew to take as much as they could carry. They had not been protecting the gold, but the city and especially the poneglyph at the base of the golden bell. They could not read the writing, but the city had gone down to preserve the stone. Just as their ancestors had protected the stone, so would they, therefore the ancestors were gods to the Shandia. The golden bell would be rung by the Shandia with the message Here we areso that the ancestors could return at any time. They called the bell the Light of Shandora. Noland told him how he found his way to Jaya in a storm by the sound of the bell. The little snake was also by the bell and wanted to hear the sound. Kalgara invited Noland and his crew to stay as guests. It had been 400 years since the Shandia had had a visitor. Noland gratefully accepted the offer to research the forest and defeat the disease. His men had found gold as well as an Eternal Port and a map of Jaya. Shandora meaning right eye of the skullNoland gave the Shandia vegetables, seedlings and seeds from the ship’s greenhouse. Residents continued to be treated and others helped with daily chores.
The Sacred Trees
Everyone got along splendidly until a month later when the Shandia had made a discovery. Apparently Noland had been treading on their history. Some wanted revenge, but the chief urged prudence as they would be leaving soon. When Noland came to the village, he was met with disapproval and Seto asked him when they would finally leave. Some of his men wanted to know what was going on, but Noland accepted the request. They hadn’t been through all the forests yet. Kalgara never wanted to see Noland again, nor did the bell ring this evening. Arriving at the beach, Noland said they would be done with the work in two days and would leave in three. Noland stood in front of the golden bell and called out to Kalgara. He wanted to know the reason why he was not talking to them. He didn’t want such a farewell. Someone threw a spear at him. Kalgara, staying in the shadows, told him to leave if he did not want to die. In a day the expedition ship would leave, the bell did not ring again.
Kalgara sat in the forest in front of a deforested area. He cursed Noland and asked if these were the victims of the progress he had spoken of. Into these white trees the ancestors of the Shandia were led by the sound of the bell, after centuries they would return. The ancestors remained in the trees, protecting the people of Shandora. The forest was as precious to them as their own lives, Noland and his crew had cut down the trees already infected by tree fever to prevent the epidemic from spreading further.
The next day Noland and his men left. The doctor told his captain about the sacred trees; he had learned the truth about them from Mouse that night. Noland understood the Shandia’s anger and gave orders to leave all the gold behind. Mouse ran back to the village to Kalgara. She asked those present what they would have done if a tree precious to them had been poisoned and the entire forest died because of it. She urged her father to stop his friend to whom the Shandia owed much. The Shandia realized their mistake of always complaining about the losses. Kalgara ran to the shore, hoping to still find Noland. The ship cast off and set sail for Mary Geoise. Sudden ringing of bells made them look back. They caught sight of Kalgara, who apologized and invited Noland to visit them again. Until then, he would ring the bell every day so they would find their way. Noland promised to come back.
Back in Lvneel
The adventurer Mont Blanc Noland told many fantastic stories that you never knew if they were true or not. Returning from a journey, he told the king of Lvneel of the golden city of Shandora, still magnificent after its fall. The king was enraptured by the idea of gold, and five years later an expedition ship with Noland in command set out for Shandora. Instead of his own crew, however, the king and his soldiers would accompany him. Due to the inexperience of the soldiers with seafaring, many dicey situations arose on the voyage, but Noland’s skill made them turn out well. When the ship reached Jaya, on going ashore, it turned out that the island ended abruptly where it should have continued. Half a hut stood still on the new shore. Noland did not understand why the island stopped here and was accused by the king of deceiving him. Noland hoped to hear the bell, the light of Shandora, and in his mind asked Kalgara what had happened.
Six months later in Lvneel, Mont Blanc Noland was placed on a pedestal and was to be executed. He repeated again that he had seen the golden city of Shandora on the island of Jaya six years ago. A witness who was said to have been there at the time exposed Noland as a liar. Noland’s crew appeared in the square and tried to get to the front, recognizing no one from their crew in the witness. The king gave the order to detain them and proceed with the execution. The death penalty was pronounced for fraud, and the whole crowd shouted to Noland, Liar. Noland, fighting tears, wondered what happened to Kalgara before he was executed.
Noland the liar
400 years later, the story of Noland is still remembered. It was recorded in a book known to every child on the Northblue. In it, however, the story is not told correctly, but tells of Noland the Liar, who made up the story of the golden city and his giant golden bell. He lied even at his execution and concluded that the golden city had sunk to the bottom of the sea. This statement moved his descendant Mont Blanc Cricket to search for this city on the seabed.
The Straw Hat Pirates found the torn off part of Jaya, but not at the bottom of the sea, but in heaven, there it was called Upper Yard. Luffy found the golden bell and rang it, so that Mont Blanc Cricket learned that she was in heaven.
- His name may allude to the fact that he actually found no land (from the English “no land“) during his second voyage of exploration.
- Noland was referred to by his men as an “admiral” (in the original “Teitoku” 提督, translated “admiral” or more accurately“commander of a fleet“), though this is not to be confused with a naval admiral (Taishō 大将).
- He was supposed to marry Mouse, but refused because he already had a wife.
- His favorite dishes were pumpkin pie and the dessert Mont Blanc.