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Wammy's House is one of several orphanages established by Quillsh Wammy (also known as Watari), located in Winchester, England. Founded after World War II, Wammy's House was initially a training facility for especially gifted children, the most accomplished of which was L Lawliet. After L's success as a detective, the goal of Wammy's House became to produce a successor to L.
The orphans use aliases rather than their real names, which are kept secret. In addition to these aliases, notable graduates may be assigned a letter by Watari. Roger Ruvie took over for Wammy after he was killed by Rem, and took over his role as Watari.
InformationThe orphanage is first introduced in chapter 59 (shown briefly in the anime equivalent episode 26), when Roger Ruvie, a friend of Watari's and current head of Wammy's House, learned of his passing. At the end of the chapter, he also learns that L is dead, and informs the two top students of the orphanage, Mello and Near. After learning of L's death and refusing to work with Near, (but Near is nonchalant about the idea) Mello leaves the orphanage, heading off to America. Near and Matt later depart from the orphanage at some point during the five-year time skip, with Near eventually setting up the SPK, while Matt's whereabouts remain unknown in canon.
When Light Yagami learns of Wammy's House, he sends Aizawa and Matsuda to investigate. As both L and Watari are dead, Roger tells the two detectives what he knows, including information on the two top successors. However, as even Roger did not know of their real names, and there were no photos left of them, the only evidence of their identities that the investigation team and Light had to go on were two portraits, drawn by a former student of the House named Linda, who had since become a professional artist. When Near and Mello finally meet again, Near gives Mello his only photo back and tells him that he has made sure that anyone who knew him at Wammy's would not divulge information about him.
Later in the series, Matt, having been contacted by Mello, joins up with Mello in the race to catch Kira. However, they both die shortly before the finale, consequences of their plan to kidnap Kiyomi Takada. In the epilogue, Near is shown to have become the new L, with Roger in the role of Watari.
In the post-series one-shot, Near reveals that none of the children in the House ever saw L's face or directly spoke to him, only having heard him once through a monitor broadcast when he revealed his true reasoning behind being a detective. L favored Mello and Near as candidates, due to their refusal to question him and a "nasty look" in their eyes.
In Another Note
In the novel Death Note: Another Note - The Los Angeles BB Murder Case, Mello's recollection of Wammy's House is somewhat different, as he attests to having known and met L, who told him of three cases he had worked on (The BB Case being one). The novel gives more insight into Wammy's House, characterizing it as more of an institution that caused would-be successors to feel pressure to succeed L. The first child in line to be L's successor, A, eventually committed suicide due to this pressure, while B (the next successor in line) ran away and later became a serial killer (commonly known as "BB" or Beyond Birthday).
A and B are respectively referred to as being from the "first generation" of L, while Mello and Near are described as being from the "fourth generation". Three other Wammy's students (X, Y and Z) are briefly alluded to as being the last students of the first generation, though no further information on them is given.
In L: Change the WorLdAt the end of L: Change the WorLd, L, with only two days left to live, brings the "Boy" to Wammy's House. He names the "Boy" as "Near" and then leaves him in the care of the orphanage. Note that in the movie version, it is not the same Near as in the manga and anime.
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|Quillish Wammy||A famous inventor and philanthropist, founder of the orphanage and assistant and mentor to L. (†)|
|L||L||L Lawliet||The famous detective L. He was found by Wammy as a child and brought to the orphanage. The goal of the orphanage is to train a worthy successor to his title.(†)|
|Near||N||Nate River||The youngest of the two boys in line to succeed L. He takes on the mantle of 'L' by the end of the series.|
|Mello||M||Mihael Keehl||The eldest of the two boys in line to be L's successor. He leaves the orphanage soon after learning of L's death, and gives the title of 'L' to Near. (†)|
|Matt||(-)||Mail Jeevas||He is the third smartest student at Wammys, though not a successor to L. (†)|
|Beyond Birthday||B||Beyond Birthday||The second child of the "first generation" in line to succeed L. He eventually ran away from the orphanage and became a serial killer. (†)|
|A||A||Unknown||The first child of the "first generation" that was in line to succeed L. All that is known is that he committed suicide. (†)|
|Linda||(-)||Unknown||A female student who appears once, when she asks Near to come outside to play. She is referred to later as being a successful artist.|
|Roger Ruvie||(-)||Roger Ruvie||A close friend of Watari's who runs the orphanage in Watari's absence.|
X, Y, and Z - Only briefly alluded to at the end of Another Note, they are referred to by Mello as three children that appeared in the "Detective Wars" bio-terror case with L.
Various other children are depicted in both chapter 59 and the one-shot special's flashback, though none are given any names.
- K - A former student of Wammy's in L: Change the WorLd, who has become part of a bioterrorist organization which plans to "cleanse" the world of its excess population by a deadly virus.
- F - A former Wammy's student and colleague of L's that dies early on in L: Change The WorLd, while on a deadly rescue mission in Thailand.
- D, P, Q, G, I, E - Shown on L's mailing list in L: Change the WorLd.
- R, V, T - Also shown on L's mailing list however their letters are grayed-out along with B's, implying they were killed.
Near's Wammy House Flashback
Wammy House is recalled by Near in a flashback in Death Note Relight 2: L's Successors, and in that flashback some characters are shown in their younger years, or they look exactly the same (like Near). There are also other children that appear in flashback that are not named. They present what children normally like to do in Wammy's House.
- A large cross is present on the roof of the orphanage in the manga, however the cross does not appear in the anime.
- Near's Wammy's House flashback is shown twice: in the main series and in the post-series one-shot.