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Book of Fetus
Chapter 4LN2 infobox
Chapter 4

Episode 07: Shem-ha-mephorash

Japanese Name

胎児の書

Romanized Name

Taiji no Sho

Volume

2

Release Date

October, 2008 (The Sneaker)

Pages

59

Adaptation

Episode 2

For the Phantom Book, see Book of Fetus.
For the anime adaptation, see Episode 2.

"Book of Fetus" is the 4th chapter of The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, volume 2. It's divided into nine parts and contains one illustration. The chapter is labeled as Episode 07 in the story line.

Wesley Disward was requested to appraise the collection of books of the late Colonel Lilburn. Accompanied by Dalian, Hugh accepts the job in his instead and meets the beautiful and strange Estella Lilburn.[1]

Summary[]

Inside the Labyrinth Library, one can see piles of books in the form of endless corridors, going from the ground to the sky. The only sound is of a lonely girl in white flipping through pages. She hears footsteps. The girl sighs, closes her book and takes out two other books from the bookshelves next to her. The young man will need both books. According to her, he should leave with the books, before it’s too late. He should go, before the gates of the library are closed. However, the man offers his right hand to her. A red jewel is attached to his hand. He asks if she’s not lonely. He wants to leave with her. She answers that the world full of books is her home and that she has forgot about loneliness. Disappointed, the young man leaves the library while the girl continues to read. The sound of a key shutting a gate is heard. She’s reading a book about a girl in black garment, with long, black hair. The girl in white lied. After all, she feels lonely after meeting the young man.

Part 1[]

Hugh and Dalian are walking in the rain, following a path through a dark, moist forest. While looking at a map, Hugh confirms that they are going in the right direction. Dalian questions him repeatedly. He affirms that they should see the mansion within 15 minutes. They find landslides on their way to the Colonel’s mansion. Dalian wishes to see the Colonel's collection of books. Hugh carries a letter from Estella Lilburn containing advance payment for his services. The Colonel had died six months ago, and Estella was his granddaughter. She wanted someone to appraise the collection she inherited. Hugh wonders if they will find her, since her parents passed out and the road for the mansion was blocked.

Leaving the forest, they see the Colonel’s mansion in the distance, across a valley. They need to cross a decayed suspension bridge, covered with moss and damaged by insects. It sways when Hugh steps on it. Dalian grabs his arm to stop him. She affirms that they should go together, since Hugh would cowardly stop during the crossing. She's trying to hide her fear of heights. Slowly, they reach the opposite hill. Dalian screams and argues with Hugh all the way.

Part 2[]

The decrepit mansion has Elizabethan architecture, surrounded by grey walls, with a clock tower in the center. Hugh was embarrassed for a moment when they were greeted by a beautiful girl with tied, blonde hair. Estella looked 17 years old. He introduces himself as Wesley’s replacement. Dalian hides behind Hugh. He explains that his grandfather died six months ago. Estella lets them in. She seems surprised by Dalian’s appearance. While they walk through a dark corridor, Estella explains that she called for Wesley’s services because she knew about the Phantom Books he collected. She wishes to be called Estella, rather than Miss Lilburn. Hugh notices how the mansion is quiet. Estella is living by herself. Landslides are blocking the transit of cars. For Hugh’s confusion, Estella affirms that she’s been waiting for him. They hear a melody similar to what’s heard from a music box. She explains that the sound comes from the bells inside the clock tower. The hymn soon stops and the mansion becomes silent again.

Part 3[]

Dalian climbs Hugh

Dalian climbs Hugh's back.

Estella leaves to prepare some tea. Hugh and Dalian check the Colonel’s study. His dusty collection is vast, occupying half of the room. The majority of the books are written in foreign language. Dalian reads one of them in silence. Hugh considers a difficult job to appraise the valuable books. For Dalian, it should be pleasant job, combining hobby and profit. However, she's in a bad mood since they arrived. Dalian uses Hugh’s back as a stepladder to reach other book. Her mood gets worse when Hugh shares how he wants to know more about Estella. He suggests that the financial situation of the family is not good, since there are no servants around. Estella’s grandfather was Elvis Lilburn, a man that obtained his fortune in the mid-19th century with a patent of an automatic music playing method. “Colonel” was only a nickname, since he was only a civilian. Hugh is there to find a valuable book among his collection, to save the family from bankruptcy. Dalian is jealous about Hugh talking about Estella and her family. Dalian questions his attitude. She asks if he sees Estella as a beauty. Dalian suggests that Hugh enjoys how Estella ties her hair up, showing her nape.

They are interrupted by a strong knock. A middle-aged gentleman appears. He has a great beard and a calm atmosphere, apparently a wealthy man in his late thirties. Dalian gets scared. She forgets about the books and hides behind Hugh. The man is surprised by the young appearance of the person appraising the collection of books. He introduces himself as Martin Geese, Estella’s cousin. His mother was the sister of Estella’s father. Even with the landslides blocking the path, Martin managed to reach the mansion with servants that will care for Hugh and Dalian’s food and accommodation. Hugh notices that the job he's doing also involves Martin’s inheritance. Martin's attitude may be motivated by selfishness, rather than courtesy. Hugh questions Martin. Hugh wants to know why Estella lives by herself in such a secluded place. Martin seems unhappy to answer. He reveals that the real reason Hugh was asked to come was to find a cursed book which confines Estella to the mansion.

Part 4[]

When was almost midnight, Hugh forces Dalian to their bedrooms. She’s distracted, still reading from the Colonel’s collection. She explains how the late collector had books about foreign law. It seems like the Colonel was interested in criminal science. Hugh wonders about what Martin said. According to Martin, Estella was under a curse caused by a book. Hugh had found a newspaper in the Colonel’s study. Hugh learned about people dying or disappearing in the mansion, including Estella’s parents and servants. In the past ten years, nineteen people went missing, mostly men. It happened with Estella’s fiancés, when they tried to take her out of the mansion. Dalian disapproves how they think that a curse is causing everything. Martin affirmed that the deaths also occurred 50 years ago, when the Colonel was young. There are records of more than 100 strangled people. Martin believes that the Colonel hid the Phantom Book that brings the curse somewhere in the mansion. Dalian affirms that a Phantom Book only manifests magical powers when it is read.

While Dalian starts reading another book, Hugh sees Estella and Martin through a window. They are outside, walking together like a couple, touching shoulders and looking at each other with affection. Dalian is happy knowing about their relationship. Hugh not so much. The midnight comes with the sound of the bells from the clock tower. Hugh tells Dalian that she should go to her bedroom so he can sleep. However, she wants to keep reading. When Hugh tries to go to her bedroom instead, she interrupts him. Dalian is trying to hide her fear of sleeping by herself in that supposedly cursed mansion. Outside, they hear a reverberating roar. They recognize Martin’s voice.

Part 5[]

Hugh runs to the front yard, finding a humanoid monster. It’s covered with a white cloth. It’s twice as tall as an average adult, with wide shoulders and thin waist. The monster is holding a human on his clawed left arm. Blood drips from the man’s neck. Hugh sees a bloodstained Estella behind the monster. Hugh tells Estella to get down, attracting the monster’s attention. Hugh pulls his revolver and shoots three times. It has no effect. The creature releases a bizarre groan. Hugh shoots the remaining bullets. The monster only stops for a moment. It prepares to attack Hugh with its right claw. Dalian shows up. She reveals the lock in her chest. Hugh throws his gun and removes the glove in his right hand. He prepares to open the Library. However, the monster groans again and leaps with a strange squeaking sound, holding the body of Martin. Its power is sufficient to crush the cobblestone floor. It lands on the roof of the mansion before disappearing, for Hugh’s disappointment. The bells stop. Dalian rearranges her clothes while Hugh picks his weapon and checks Estella. She’s covered with Martin’s blood, but has no injuries. She asks about her cousin. Hugh affirms that Martin was killed by a monster. Hugh notices Estella smiling for a moment. She looks at her blooded arms. She affirms that her late grandmother will be angry again.

Part 6[]

The next morning, Dalian wakes Hugh up. He couldn’t sleep very well, alert in case the monster returns. She affirms that she will put sugar cubes in his nose as an experiment if he doesn’t get up. She also tells Hugh that the suspension bridge fell during the night. He suggests that the monster is guarding the cursed Phantom Book. Dalian repeats that there is no such a thing as a curse caused by an unread Phantom Book. She wants to write it down on Hugh’s coat, so he can remember. Hugh stops her when she gets to the hanger. Dalian explans that it’s not impossible that the monster was born from a Phantom Book. Hugh remembers how the creature was like a statue from a fairy tale, coming to life through magic. Dalian reflects and mentions the Book of Fetus. It’s a book of foreign law containing the knowledge about how to create a golem. The Golem requires a master. She explains that the monster was being manipulated through the 72 Sacred Notes of the Shem-ha-mephorash. She points out how difficult it is to send a complex order such as escaping with a body. Estella was suspect, but she was not holding a Phantom Book, neither she had a motive to manipulate the Golem. The curse affected her fiancés. Furthermore, the curse was active before she was born. That's why Hugh believes that Estella is a victim. Dalian reminds him that sometimes crimes happen without a motive. Hugh walks to his coat to reload his gun. He notices a thick book in one of the pockets. Dalian heads to the Colonel’s study to try to find the Phantom Book and solve the case.

Part 7[]

Hugh is checking the dusty shelves. He wonders if Dalian will also search for it. However, she’s busy, reading the records of the Lilburn family. It’s written in a foreign language. They learn that the Colonel’s wife is descendant of immigrant aristocrats. Her ancestors left their country due to a massacre. Hugh realizes that the curse exists for more than a hundred years. He returns to the bookshelves until the noon bells are heard. Estella appears with lunch. She had let her hair down. According to her, all the servants left the mansion after knowing about Martin’s death. She had prepared the meat brought by the cook. Dalian is interested by the food. Hugh also interrupts his search and sits to eat. He asks how Estella is feeling after what happened last night. She answers that she’s fine, since Hugh will be with her forever. He answers that he arranged for someone to use explosives to open the road again. Estella will be able to leave the mansion. She gazes to a kitchen knife, emotionless. Hugh is stabbed.

Estella smiles while Hugh’s coat is bloodstained. She complains how she wanted to live forever with someone. Estella killed Martin because he would not be able to return to the mansion, after his wife found out about their relationship. She kills people because when they die, they are not able to leave her. One of the walls of the study collapses with a terrible roar. The monster appears. It carries the head of one of Martin’s servants. Dalian explains that the Golem is not trying to protect a cursed book. Estella is the cursed one, part of a family in which women possess a strong impulse to kill. Hugh remembers about the genocide involving Estella’s family and the cases from 50 years ago, when her grandmother was probably around 17 years old. Estella asks why Hugh was not affected by the knife. He was only slightly hurt because the knife went through the thick book Dalian put on his pocket earlier. Dalian knew that the Golem was not the killer. She explains that the creature was created by Colonel Lilburn to hide the evidences of the crimes committed by his wife and granddaughter. The creature would even erase the witnesses. This behavior was misunderstood as a curse. Hugh and Dalian are now evidences that the Golem is trying to get rid of. The creature throws the severed head and jumps towards them, crashing the table where they were about to have lunch. Dalian gives Hugh the right to open the gate of the library, revealing the lock on her chest. Hugh uses the golden key engraved on his hand.

Part 8[]

Hugh remembers about a dream with a girl in white. He removes two Phantom Books from the void on Dalian’s chest. He opens one of them and reads a section written in strange letters. Light shines from where Hugh is standing. The Golem is pushed back with a huge shock wave that shakes the mansion. According to Dalian, a shield capable of blocking a thousand spears was summoned from the Book of Styx. However, the creature was not damaged. Only its cloth was burnt, revealing its armored body made of stone and metal. They couldn’t see any inscribed words related to the 72 words. The monster has no weak points. The Golem roars and hits the shield repeatedly. Hugh gets tired, since his spirit is being consumed as magical power for the shield. Dalian reminds Hugh about the second Phantom Book. He reads a reddish clay tablet with the name of an ancient God. Soon after, a lightning strikes the Golem, blowing it away. Storm clouds are seen through the collapsed roof. The study is on fire. Dalian describes The Clay Tablet of Ugarit and its power of attracting lightning using the hammer of the Thunder God of Canaan. Hugh is on his knees, exhausted.

The Golem rises up again to protect Estella, who fell after the lightning strike. Dalian explains that the creature is immortal. Hugh should look for the 72 Sacred Notes of the Shem-ha-mephorash. He realizes that the Phantom Book controlling the Golem is not in written form, but as the carillon of the mansion which produces a strange tone. Even after his death, the Colonel was protecting his granddaughter through the sound waves coming from his musical instrument. Dalian smiles and holds The Clay Tablet of Ugarit with Hugh, touching hands. They recite the words inscribed in the Phantom Book, calling for countless lightning strikes from Baal, a pagan God. The clock tower is destroyed, followed by the Golem. Hugh breaths heavily, sweating. They prepare to leave the burning mansion. Estella stays behind, saying that she will not be lonely because everyone is there, including her mother and grandmother. She disappears under debris, smiling.

Part 9[]

Hugh and Dalian return home after a week. He was being questioned by the authorities. Dalian is in a bad mood. They had destroyed a valuable Phantom Book which could be used automatically. The Book of Fetus was probably permanently lost too. Bodies were found in the basement of the Colonel’s mansion. Estella was soon forgotten by people, who believed that she was a simple victim of a lightning strike. The payment Hugh received was burned during the fire. Hugh asks Dalian about the curse during an afternoon tea. Dalian explains that murderers are born from families with abusive parents. Dalian was monopolizing the cookies while reading a book. She had clumsily tied her hair up. She gets angry when he compares it with Estella’s style. He takes the last cookie, for Dalian’s shock, and unravels her messy hair. Dalian’s face is a mix of joy and fury. She criticizes his interest in Estella. Hugh asks if she doesn’t feel lonely. She replies that she doesn’t have time for that when an idiot like him is around. He returns to the kitchen with the empty cookie jar, while Dalian continues sipping tea and reading.[1]

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Volume 1

Gastronomy Worship - Pedigree - Book of Wisdom - The Dictator's Book - Turn-Up Book - Book of Lifetime - Libricide

Volume 2

The Briar Princess - Queen of the Night - The Lovers - Book of Equivalence - Book of Fetus - Winning Strategy - The Mystic Archives of Rasiel

Volume 3

Book of Soul Exchange - Book of Oblivion - Book of Twilight - Book of Sleep - The Magician's Daughter - The Beautiful Woman's World - Book of Atonement

Volume 4

Book of Gap - Phantom Score - Book of Relationship - Book of Hypnosis - The Perfumer - The House-Elf's Rough Time - Phantom Book Thief

Volume 5

Timetable - Waterside Flower - The Cat and the Biblioprincess - Book of Fools - The Logbook - The Observer - Book of Connection

Volume 6

The Template Book - The Working Man - Book of Coffin - The Real Me - Book of Humanization - Paradise

Volume 7

Disaster and Temptation - Catalogue - Book of Wisdom II - The Girls' Long Night - Book of Imitation - The Key-Keeper

Volume 8

Phantom Book of the King - The Last Book - Vignette of Eternal Twilight
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