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Elvis Lilburn
Colonel infobox

Japanese Name


Romanized Name

Eruvisu Rirubān


Colonel (大佐 Taisa)


Chapter 4 (light novel 2);
Episode 2

Voice actor




Elvis Lilburn, known as the Colonel, was Estella's grandfather, the creator of the Golem and the responsible for disguising the 72 Sacred Notes of the Shem-ha-mephorash as a carillon. He is mentioned in the Book of Fetus story.


The Colonel had passed away six months before the events of Book of Fetus, around the same time Hugh's grandfather was murdered. "Colonel" was only a nickname, since he was only a civilian.

At some point, the Colonel used the Book of Fetus to create a golem. A suspension bridge gives access to his huge Elizabethan-style mansion. He amassed his fortune with a patent for manufacturing music boxes. The Colonel used the same knowledge to build the carillon in his mansion, later revealed to be the 72 Sacred Notes of the Shem-ha-mephorash. This Phantom Book was necessary to control the Golem that hides the evidences from the crimes committed by his wife and Estella. Since her parents had already passed away, Estella inherited her grandfather's assets, including a collection of books, many of them related to foreign laws and criminal science.[1]

In the anime, the Colonel made Estella promise not to leave the mansion. He had a scrapbook, where he registered all the cases of murders and disappearances involving his family.[2]


Nothing was revealed about the Colonel's personality, but it can be assumed that he had an unconditional love for his wife and granddaughter to the point of creating the Golem to hide the evidences of their crimes. His collection of books and the creation of both the Golem and the carillon tell that he was a brilliant man. Mostly of his books were about foreign law. Perhaps influenced by his wife's behavior, he had books about criminal science, including records of massacres, cruel punishments and criminal psychology.[1]


In the anime, he appears briefly in a photograph, with short hair and mustache, very much like Martin Geese. He's sporting dark trousers and jacket, and light vest and shirt, in addition to a light bow tie.[2]


Colonel Lilburn is mentioned at the beginning of the Book of Fetus. He had died six months ago and now Hugh was accepting the job to assess his collection in Wesley's place. Estella had sent a letter to Wesley requesting his services, unbeknownst of his death. The road to the Colonel's mansion was blocked by landslides. When Hugh and Dalian arrive, Estella shows the Colonel's study. They learn about the Colonel's background.

Later, Estella's cousin, Martin Geese, after introducing himself to Hugh, tells him that a Phantom Book is hidden somewhere in the Colonel's collection. Martin believes that the book is the source of a curse possessing Estella, attracting death for those who try to take her out of the mansion. Hugh investigates about the murders and disappearances around the Lilburn family.

The next day, Dalian discovers that Colonel Lilburn's wife is descendant of people hunted down because of a string of murders within their territory. Dalian also deduces that the Colonel created the Golem using the Book of Fetus and found a way to control it using a Phantom Book in order to hide the evidences from the crimes committed by Estella and his wife. Hugh destroyed the clock tower built by the Colonel. After all, Hugh realized that the instrument that played each hour was in fact the 72 Sacred Notes of the Shem-ha-mephorash controlling the Golem. The Colonel's mansion collapsed after being struck by the second lightning from The Clay Tablet of Ugarit. Estella never left the mansion.[1]





Dalian - Flamberge - Rasiel


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


Male Characters - Female Characters
Phantom Book Users - Deceased Characters