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Erna
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Japanese Name

エルナ

Romanized Name

Eruna

Nickname(s)/Alias(es)

Aloof Glasses (ツンツンメガネ Tsuntsun Megane)

Debut

Chapter 2 (light novel 6)

Voice actor

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Status

Alive

Erna is Magnuson’s assistant and Kessler and Iris' daughter. She appears in the Book of Coffin story.

Background[]

Irida

Iris, Erna's mother.

Iris had a weak body. She left her lover Kessler because she knew that she wouldn’t survive the delivery. Iris died after Erna’s birth. Throstur Orlik, Iris' father, wasn’t informed about Erna. He would hate his own granddaughter otherwise. Erna grew up as an orphan, but she read about her mother in a diary. As a talented student, she devoted herself to geology. Professor Magnuson helped her by supporting her financially and recommending her for a scholarship. Erna eventually became his assistant. Erna asked Magnuson for a visit to her grandfather’s haunted house.[1]

Personality[]

She’s usually very calm and serious, even unemotional. Like Magnuson, Erna is very focused on her geology fieldwork, ignoring everything else, to the point of annoying others. However, she’s less oblivious than him, which makes her a useful assistant. They live in their own wavelength. According to Magnuson, Erna is completely uninterested in relationships. Erna is grateful that her mother gave birth to her. Erna wishes to know more about her.[1]

Appearance[]

Erna is a tall woman about twenty years old. She’s inexpressive, but beautiful. She looks like a stereotypical studious woman, with no makeup, wearing big round glasses and tying her hair in a bun behind her head. Erna wears insulation clothing and carries a large backpack. When she lets her hair loose and removes her glasses, she looks like a stronger version of her mother Iris.[1]

Plot[]

Dalian falls on a trap. An old man and his assistant jump out of a dense bush. He notices that he won't be able to eat his catch, so he becomes frustrated. They introduce themselves as Magnuson, a geology professor, and his assistant Erna. They are conducting some sort of fieldwork. Hugh explains that he and Dalian are looking for the house of architect Throstur Orlik. Newspapers reported about cartographers dying inside the property. Later, the house had disappeared. Magnuson offers to take Hugh and Dalian to the house he found nearby. Magnuson and Erna are looking for food and shelter.

The group finds Throstur’s house. Dalian falls when Erna steps on her foot. Distracted, Dalian had almost fall down a large crack encircling the house, but Erna prevented that from occurring. Magnuson and Erna examine the fault. They use their backpacks to collect rock samples. Dalian is stuck under them, furious. Soon after, the group meets Shura, a photojournalist, and Kessler, the investor who bought Throstur’s house. Kessler is unhappy with everyone’s presence. However, he allows them to take shelter inside the house, before the weather gets worse.

The group explores the house. They reach a dining room. Without permission, Magnuson and Erna leave to check the kitchen, making Kessler furious. Erna offers to prepare tea. They return with trays of food. The house has no host, but it has clean floors, burning lights and fresh food. After the diner, the group splits into two. Shura goes with Hugh and Dalian. The photojournalist wonders about Magnuson and Erna’s purpose in the house.

The visitors reunite in the house’s library. Kessler watches Magnuson and Erna as they unceremoniously check the numerous guides, diagrams and plans. Erna stares at a photo depicting Throstur’s family. Magnuson tells Hugh that Erna is an orphan. She doesn’t know her father, and her mother died after the delivery. Magnuson supports Erna so she can be a successful geologist. Worried about Erna’s future, Magnuson asks Hugh if he’s interested in a serious relationship with her. Dalian suddenly screams, affirming that someone is behind Hugh. A giant made of superheated steam attacks the group. Erna and the others run to the adjacent room. Erna doesn’t look so unemotional during that dangerous situation.

There’s an icy sarcophagus in the center of the next room. The steam creature follows them. The group finds momentarily safety inside a generator room. Back to her calm-self, Erna bandages Kessler’s burn injuries. Magnuson explains that the house uses the local geothermal resources to be self-sustainable. The house also moves by itself, explaining why it seems to disappear. Such system seems to have been developed to protect the person inside the icy sarcophagus. Kessler explains that the house was built to preserve the body of Iris, his lover and Throstur’s daughter.

Magnuson wants to destroy the icy coffin in order to stop the threat posed by the haunted house. Erna starts to check her backpack for a bunch of dynamite. Kessler tries to prevent the others from destroying the coffin, so he places a piece of glass against Dalian’s throat. However, Erna manages to stop him by telling him about her past. It’s revealed that she’s Kessler and Iris' daughter. Iris had left Kessler because she knew that she wouldn’t survive the delivery. Not even Throstur knew about Erna. Magnuson had come only because Erna asked to visit the house of her grandfather. Erna bids a last farewell to her mother. She expresses her gratitude for being born. Erna places dynamite over the coffin like a bouquet of flowers. The sarcophagus preserving Iris' body is destroyed.

The group leaves the house in the next morning. Magnuson and Erna will continue their fieldwork. Before walking away, Erna stares at his teary-eyed father. Kessler wants to go with her, but she refuses. She had work to do. However, she affirms that they will meet again. Erna wants to know more about her mother. Kessler will be waiting for his daughter. Erna leaves with Magnuson.[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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