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Chez Hurston
Chez infobox
The Beast of Ashwell behind Dalian.

Japanese Name

シエズ・ハース卜ン

Romanized Name

Shiezu Hasuton

Nickname(s)/Alias(es)

Beast of Ashwell
(アシユウエルの獣 Ashiyuueru no Kemono)

Debut

Chapter 2 (light novel 1);
Chapter 1 (manga)

Voice actor

N/A

Status

Unknown

Chez Hurston is Boyd’s grandson and Roy’s younger brother. He’s the Beast of Ashwell, a creature created by Boyd with the knowledge from The Pedigree of All Creations. He is present in the Pedigree story.

Background[]

Chez is an artificial human created and raised by Boyd Hurston, although they are not blood-related. Chez never met his parents. Boyd used the crossbreeding knowledge of The Pedigree of All Creations to produce a being with superior abilities, the perfect soldier, inside his underground laboratory. Chez's brother Roy Hurston has the same origin. Boyd observed the genes of thousands of countrymen to produce Chez’s parents. Then, they were examined by Boyd after being adopted and raised to become splendid adults, eventually resulting in Chez’s birth.

Chez lives in the Hurston estate, training the family’s hunting dogs since he was young while trying to hide his special characteristics.

Beast of Ashwell[]

Roy has superior characteristics, but only Chez can transform into a beast two heads taller than an adult man. Bigger than a cow, its strong body is covered with black hair, its wolf-like head shows a pointed nose and a wide mouth filled with sharp teeth. His cloth is destroyed because of the increasing in size. The creature’s golden eyes shine like the ones from a carnivorous nocturnal animal. The well-developed muscles provide incredible resistance, agility and strength.

In this form, Chez can still think clearly, cry and talk, although his voice is distorted and hard to understand. He’s able to withstand countless gunshots, which would be fatal to a normal human. The monster was known as the Beast of Ashwell after being witnessed by a housekeeper in the night the Ashwells were killed.[1]

Personality[]

Chez is a shy and polite man, completely different from his brother. He’s gentle and has a good heart, caring for his family and wishing the well-being of the employees fired by Roy. Chez worries about his grandfather’s health and ultimately takes the blame for Roy’s crimes. Chez seems helpless, although he’s able of arguing with his brother, trying to change his mind. However, Chez feels miserable after losing against Roy's arrogant attitude.

Chez trains the hunting dogs of the family with a lot of enthusiasm, preferring to raise them rather than obtaining The Pedigree of All Creations and acting as the head of the family. Chez doesn’t accept his ability of transforming into a beast and the way his grandfather regards people as successes and failures, using his Phantom Book to play with life and death in order to achieve an unnatural, flawless being.[1]

Appearance[]

In his human form, he’s a tall young man around 25 years old. Chez wears an American suit and has a slender body.[1] The manga never shows his human form.[2]

Plot[]

After turning into a beast, Chez was seen by a housekeeper inside the Ashwell mansion, the scene of a crime. The woman screams when she notices the monster next to the corpses of her masters. Chez breaks through a window, disappearing into the darkness. Thereafter, rumors say Leonard Ashwell and his family were killed and partially eaten by a large beast. Later, the police found strands of hair and footprints. As Hugh learns in a pub, the city was crowded with veterans and hunters looking for the Beast of Ashwell.

Chez is the first of the family to meet Hugh and Dalian at the Hurston mansion. Chez is bewildered by the Black Biblioprincess’ beauty. He was worried about their well-being while entering the property. After all, workers were protesting Roy’s decision of firing hundreds of employees from his factory. Chez hopes his brother can recognize their requests. Chez finally introduces himself and asks for their business. When Roy appears, the brothers argue about the protest outside. Chez was supposed to drive the crowd them away. Chez is incapable of convincing Roy of his selfish thinking. Boyd Hurston shows up. Before midnight, he will give The Pedigree of All Creations brought by Dalian as inheritance to the new head of the family. Chez worries about his grandfather when the old man coughs blood.

Dalian and a puppy

Dalian is chased by one of Chez's puppies.

In the garden, Hugh watches Chez rolling on the grass with several puppies. Chez has been training the family dogs since he was young. The animals follow and adore him, showing a relationship of mutual trust. Soon after, he removes one of the puppies who was trying to play with Dalian. Bowing several times, he retires to take the dogs for a walk. Roy criticizes Chez for playing with dogs at his age. Roy mentions how the brothers were artificially created by Boyd with the knowledge of The Pedigree of All Creations. However, Roy sees Chez as a failure, an inferior breed. Later, Hugh and Dalian discuss about the Ashwell massacre. Chez had the best chance of taming the monster, although he had no motive to kill the Ashwells.

Hours later, Chez is seen next to his brother and his grandfather. Chez is impressed by Boyd’s secret laboratory. The old man reveals everything about Chez and Roy’s creation. Boyd eventually gives the position of head of the family to Chez, offering The Pedigree of All Creations to him. According to Boyd, Chez is a superior human and his genes should be spread across the country. Chez refuses his grandfather’s decision. Chez disapproves how the Phantom Book was used to manipulate life. Furthermore, the young man had no ambition to become the head of the family and govern over his brother. Suddenly, Roy shoots his grandfather. Roy couldn’t accept the label of failure and Chez’s sympathy. Turning pale, Chez embraces the old man’s convulsing body. Chez jumps between Hugh and his brother to stop their confrontation. Chez ends up shot twice by Roy.

During the confusion, the laboratory explodes. Chez transforms into the Beast of Ashwell to support the collapsing ceiling. Hugh almost shoots him, but he soon notices the identity of the monster. Although it was a powerful being, the beast was wounded and struggling to hold the debris. Chez smells gasoline coming from above. Roy sets the ruined laboratory on fire. Chez is saved by Hugh, who uses a Phantom Book to bring everyone to safety. Soon after, it’s revealed that Roy is the culprit of the Ashwell massacre. Chez was only tried to stop and protect Roy. With incredible agility, Chez leaps in front of Roy, only to witness his brother committing suicide. Chez recovers Roy’s body from the flames. Chez is shot several times by the police, yet he musters all his strength to leave with the body of his brother. For Roy’s honor, Chez would take all the blame for the murderers. Dalian tries to give The Pedigree of All Creations to Chez, which may serve to make him a normal human. However, Chez only shakes his head and disappears.

The next morning, Hugh reads the news describing how the Beast of Ashwell was chased, encircled and shot by policemen and hunters before falling from a cliff. Although its death was taken for granted, the body was never found. It was written that Roy was murdered by the beast. Chez Hurston was briefly mentioned. Dalian doesn’t want to talk about Chez. She cannot understand why he had refused The Pedigree of All Creations. Hugh suggests that Chez was only trying to protect her from the gunshots. Hugh concludes by affirming that Chez, if alive, will return someday to accept the Phantom Book.[1]

In the manga, Roy and Chez were deemed as missing, even one week after the incident.[2]

Trivia[]

  • Chez is the first supporting character to appear in the manga.[2]
  • After transforming, he assumes a wolf-like form with superior strength and agility, much like a werewolf.[1]

References[]

Characters

Biblioprincesses

Dalian - Flamberge - Rasiel

Key-keepers

Hugh Anthony Disward - Hal Kamhout - Professor

Recurring characters

The Girl in the Bookshelf - Wesley Disward - Kamilla Sauer Keynes - Jessica Elphinstone - Shura Irmania - Armand Jeremiah - The Perennial Wisdom's Owner - Oliver Grosseteste - Mithril - Hugh's mother - Hugh's father - Natalia - Hal's beloved - Miss Roedean

Creatures and machines

Atlantic Rim - Automaton - Beast of Ashwell - Book of Royal Power - Branches of Relationship - Broken Wings - Dantalian - Dead Book - Ghost train - Golem - Guignols - Guillemot - Heath - House-elf - Kasuruhau - Logbook - Loge's giant - Musical automaton - Pioneer Plant - The Harlequinade's creatures - Ras Alhague monster - Scarlet Robe - Sea devils - Steam Giant - The Queen of the Night - W Machine - Winged women - Wooden dolls - Zombies

Dalian Days

Priscilla Riley - Cecil Patreina - Margaret Manschwell

Others

Male Characters - Female Characters
Phantom Book Users - Deceased Characters
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