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The Perfumer
Chapter 6 infobox
Chapter 6

Japanese Name

調香師

Romanized Name

Chōkō-shi

Volume

3 and 4

Release Date

July 26, 2011

Pages

122

Adapted from

Chapter 4 (light novel 4)

Anime counterpart

Episode 7

For the light novel chapter, see Chapter 4 (light novel 4).
For the anime adaptation, see Episode 7.

"The Perfumer" is the 6th chapter of The Mystic Archives of Dantalian manga. It's divided into four parts.

Hugh and Dalian go to the capital to buy some fried breads when an eccentric young woman asks for their help. Fiona is a talented perfumer and daughter of Mr. Famenias, the president of a popular cosmetic company who is revealed to have ties with the mafia.[1]

Summary[]

Part I[]

A servant brings a sandwich to a long-haired, young woman with a heightened sense of smell. She can tell the mayonnaise used to make the sandwich is three days old. After asking about her father’s whereabouts, she can also smell the lie told by the servant, who affirms he has been busy with consultations.

Parduke1 (manga)

Noss and Vance start their next mission.

In an alley, a black-haired man holds a bloodied knife and complains about the smell of human blood. At least three bodies are lying on the ground next to him. He produces a bottle and rejoices at the scent of its perfume. From a fire escape above, a man wearing a hat informs him about his next job. Noss asks if it will have a better smell. The second man, while smoking a cigar, is certain that Noss will like it. After all, the boss is requesting the recipe to Noss’ favorite. They leave together after the man with the hat throws his cigar to start a fire and destroy the evidence.

Hugh and Dalian are waiting in line since early morning. They finally get a table inside the establishment which offers the popular fried breads. Dalian hits Hugh with a book, mad because he doesn’t recognize the qualities of the local fried bread. They go to the counter to purchase all they can, when a long-haired woman in white coat starts a commotion, sniffing at everyone. She smells Hugh and concludes that he’s a good person. The young woman asks for his help, while Dalian is trying to focus on the fried breads. The latter eventually loses her temper and pushes the woman in white coat away.

The stranger eventually cries for being ignored. Hugh only helps her when three men appear to take her. He tosses one of them to the floor, as he was being too rough with the woman in white coat, and threatens to call the police. The other two men discuss about using a prototype. They throw what appears to be a grenade. Hugh tells Dalian to hold her breath, as a white smoke is released from the bomb. He holds her tight until he realizes that there’s no danger. After all, the men have thrown a non-lethal stink bomb secretly developed by their company, a huge perfumer maker. While Dalian is complaining about the terrible smell, the woman in white coat passes out. According to the Famenias Company employee, Fiona is the best perfumer in England.

Part II[]

While Fiona is in her bath, her father, the Famenias Company president, welcomes Hugh and Dalian to apologize for the problem and compensate them for their fried breads. He affirms that Fiona is an artist who is ignorant about the real world and difficult to deal with. When Dalian questions about his company, the president proudly shows them the Blue Trance, Famenias flagship product and the most luxurious perfume in England. Upstairs, employees are preparing furniture to move out. After a difficult period, the Blue Trance success allowed them to return to a better spot.

The president takes his leave when one of his employees informs him that the Padauk Company men are waiting for him. While Dalian eats her fried breads, Hugh reflects about the Padauk Company. A trading company on the surface, rumors say that it’s in fact a crime syndicate involved in smuggling and blackmailing. Rather than the mafia, what bothers Dalian are the perfumes produced by the company. Meanwhile, an employee working upstairs looks for an important black book containing the records of the Famenias Company formulations. Fiona leaves the bath, keeping the Padmagandha nearby. From a window, she can see the meeting between her father and the Padauk Company in the alley nearby.

Dalian is suspicious about the Famenias Company logo, which depicts a book. The lock next to her chest shines, reacting to the power of a Phantom Book. Fiona bursts through the door, asking for their help. She's carrying a bag. Dalian will help Fiona escape the building only if she shows what’s in her bag. Fiona hesitates, saying that her grandfather told her to never show it to anyone. Hugh protects Dalian and Fiona when countless bullets pass through the door. The Padauk Company mobsters enter the room. Vance, the man with the hat, finds out that Hugh and the girls escaped using the fire escape. Vance's partner is worried about how their boss will react knowing that they haven’t get their hands on the woman and the book, even after going so far. Because he keeps whining, Vance kills him with his revolver. Vance is not worried, since he has Noss to secure his success. The latter is seen on top of a building, holding his bottle of perfume.

Noss' attack

Noss lands on Hugh's car.

Hugh is driving his car, leading Dalian and Fiona away from the criminals. The perfumer can tell that Dalian had just ate around ten fried breads. Confident in the skills granted by the Padmagandha, Fiona can tell that Hugh and Dalian are good people, even after sensing the gun under Hugh’s coat. Despite having an incredible power, she sees it as the reason behind her misfortunes. Hugh drives into an alley. Noss lands on top of his car. After a crash, Hugh uses his revolver to confront Noss, who is after the Relic recipe. Fiona tries to surrender herself, but Noss, wielding a knife, threatens everyone, showing inhuman strength.

Part III[]

Hugh is easily pushed against a wall. The bottle held by Noss contains the Relic, a drug which gives him immense pleasure and incredible abilities. According to Fiona, the Relic is a defective product which she created during her research on Blue Trance. Meanwhile, Dalian is unconscious due to the crash, making Hugh unable to use Phantom Books. Hugh tries to reach his revolver, but Noss steps on his hand. The Padauk Company wants the monopoly on the Relic, selling it as a perfume while avoiding any police inspection. On the other hand, Noss wishes only to keep smelling its scent. Fiona threatens to kill herself if the villain doesn’t stop. Fiona is the only person capable of reading the recipe described in the Phantom Book. After thanking Hugh and Dalian, Fiona leaves with Noss to solve the situation herself.

Dalian gets angry as soon as she comes to her senses, worried about Hugh’s wounds. After adjusting his bandages, she starts to track the remains of the Phantom Book power in order to find Fiona and Noss. As a key-keeper, Hugh won't back off, even against a powerful drug cartel. At an improvised laboratory, Vance orders Fiona to produce the Relic. She is supposed to work for the Padauk Company until she dies. The perfumer plans to make a less effective product before escaping.

When Vance reaches for the Padmagandha, Fiona affirms that she’s the only one allowed to touch it without being consumed. Vance calls for a hostage so he can test her claim. The man has a bag over his head. He’s forced to touch the Phantom Book, which rejects him. Lying incapacitated on the floor, Mr. Famenias apologizes to his daughter. He was dealing with the mafia, looking forward to recover their old building. Because Fiona had stopped the Relic production, Mr. Famenias was selling fakes to the Padauk Company. Following Vance’s orders, Noss attacks the Famenias Company president. The Padmagandha reacts to Fiona, who yells in despair. Hugh and Dalian finally find Fiona. She's alive, but covered in blood. The mobsters around apparently committed suicide.

Part IV[]

Noss' death

Noss' last moments.

When Hugh approaches her, he’s attacked by Noss. Hugh purposely lets the man hit him so he can shoot his leg. Noss is delirious, holding a broken glass of Relic. He’s already dead, missing part of his head. He finally collapses on the floor. Fiona also falls due to a serious wound. She confuses Hugh, saying that her fate is her divine punishment. Dalian explains that Fiona has used the true power from the Padmagandha to control the mobsters and order them to kill themselves. The Phantom Book granted what she wished after seeing her father being attacked. Fiona asks the couple to save her fathe. The perfumer is too weak to endure more power from Phantom Books, so Hugh is unable to heal her. Dalian affirms that they will take Fiona to a doctor. Fiona smells Dalian's gentle lie just before dying.

Fiona's death1 (manga)

Fiona's death.

At the Famenias old building, the president is informed about her daughter’s fate. He shows Fiona’s laboratory to Hugh and Dalian. The place is where Fiona worked to produce a scent which could bring happiness to people. Mr. Famenias regrets his acts. Hugh and Dalian leave him alone. He burns his daughter’s papers so no one else can make the Relic again. The scent produced by the fire brings him the memory from when they had to move away from their home. It was at that moment that Fiona decided to make people happy with her perfumes, so they could go back to their old building someday. Mr. Famenias mourns his daughter. Meanwhile, Hugh is back in his car with Dalian. He examines the sample of the first perfume produced by Fiona which he received from Mr. Famenias.[1]

Fiona's death2 (manga)

Mr. Famenias mourns his daughter.

Light novel-manga main differences[]

Light novel[2] Manga[1]
- An introduction showcases Fiona's heightened sense of smell.
Fiona steals Dalian's fried breads to convince Hugh to help her. Hugh throws one of the Famenias Company employees to the floor because he's being too rough with Fiona.
- The Famenias Company is moving to its old spot.
Fiona's The Scent God's Scripture is kept in her laboratory. Fiona is shown in the bath with the The Scent God's Scripture. She carries the Phantom Book in her bag throughout the chapter.
Fiona shows her laboratory to Hugh and Dalian. Meanwhile, the Padauk Company attacks the Famenias Company. Fiona witnesses the Padauk Company attacking the Famenias Company. Hugh and Dalian help her escape.
Noss is the only partner whom Vance interacts with. Vance interacts with other mobsters from the Padauk Company. Vance even kills one of them.
Hugh drives his car away from the Famenias Company. Noss follows him. Hugh and Noss fight inside the Famenias Company.
Noss dies during the attack to the Famenias Company. Noss defeats Hugh. Fiona tells Noss to take her away and spare Hugh.
Fiona orders Vance to take her to the Padauk Company headquarters. She plans to destroy the criminal organization. She uses her perfumes to this end. The mobsters commit suicide. Noss takes Fiona to an improvised laboratory built by the Padauk Company. Fiona is forced to produce the Relic. When she's in shock, she releases magic from The Scent God's Scripture. The mobsters commit suicide. Noss also dies.
Mr. Famenias is killed by the Padauk Company mobsters. Mr. Famenias is kidnapped by the Padauk Company mobsters. He almost dies when he's forced to touch The Scent God's Scripture. He mourns his daughter.
Fiona is wounded during the attack to the Famenias Company. Hugh uses the Book of Avalon to heal her. Fiona is wounded at the Padauk Company laboratory. Hugh and Dalian do not heal her because her body can't withstand more magic.
A Relic addict burns Fiona's laboratory. Mr. Famenias burns the works of his late daughter to prevent criminals from selling the Relic.
The smell coming out of Fiona's laboratory makes people happy. The smell coming out of Fiona's works makes Mr. Famenias remember the past, when his daughter expressed her wish to create perfumes that bring happiness to people.
- Mr. Famenias gives Fiona's first perfume to Hugh and Dalian.

Trivia[]

  • Hugh and Dalian take a bus to reach Fiona's location.[1] It's probably a double-decker LGOC B-type model, often considered to be the first mass produced bus, originally manufactured and operated by the London General Omnibus Company, designed by British engineer Frank Searle.[3] The company first used motor buses in 1902, but their last horse-drawn vehicle ran until 1911.[4]
  • After the Padauk Company mobsters commit suicide, Hugh and Dalian find Fiona covered in blood.[1] The panel seen in the manga, depicting the perfumer showing her tongue, is based on an illustration from the light novel.[2]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian manga, Chapter 6.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novelChapter 4, volume 4.
  3. LGOC B-type. (2016, December 8). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 23:08, June 7, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=LGOC_B-type&oldid=753595935
  4. London General Omnibus Company. (2017, May 22). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 23:09, June 7, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=London_General_Omnibus_Company&oldid=781571478
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Book of Soul Exchange - Turn-Up Book - Book of Lifetime - Book of Gap - The Dictator's Book - The Perfumer - The Beautiful Woman's World - The House-Elf - Book of Wisdom - Timetable - Book of Wisdom II - Epilogue
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