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Gloucester Jiryis
Jiryis infobox

Japanese Name

グロスター・ジリイス

Romanized Name

Gurosutā Jiriisu

Nickname(s)/Alias(es)

-

Debut

Chapter 1 (light novel 5);
Chapter 10 (manga)

Voice actor

N/A

Status

Alive

Gloucester Jiryis is an escaped prisoner who attacked the fireman Heizer Hayling and caused a train tragedy that killed many passengers, including Kamilla’s mother. He’s present in the Timetable story.

Background[]

He worked on a small mountain railway before being imprisoned. Then, after breaking himself free, the murderer disguised himself as the engineer of a train to flee the capital using the Highland Railway, twelve years before Hugh and Dalian’s era. A detective was following his tracks. Jiryis never exchanged a word with Hayling, the fireman aboard. Jiryis eventually picked up the speaking tube to answer a call coming from one of the passenger cars, only to learn that a conductor was suspecting his identity. As a result, the escaped prisoner began destroying the brake system and the regulating valve of the locomotive. He used a coal shovel to knock Hayling down when he tried to stop him. Finally, Jiryis waited for a safe spot to land and jumped off the train.[1] In the manga, he also pushes the fireman out of the locomotive.[2]

Derailment

The derailment caused by Jiryis.

Personality[]

Jiryis is a murderer who will do anything to run away from the police. For instance, he was able to smile after attacking Hayling and destroying the operating systems of a train in order to distract the authorities, something that caused a derailment and killed many passengers.[1] In the manga, he even lets out a maniacal laugh in the process.[2] He worked on a mountain railway in the past, explaining how he managed to disguise himself as the engineer of a train.[1]

Appearance[]

In the light novel, he’s only described as a tall man disguised as a train engineer.[1] In the manga, Jiryis wears the same uniform as Hayling, consisting of a suit, a dark tie and a cap decorated with a badge depicting a crown. The escaped prisoner has vacant eyes, a dark hair that almost reaches his shoulders and a slight mustache and beard.[2]

Plot[]

Coal Shovel

Jiryis assaults Hayling.

Acting as an engineer of few words, he answers the call coming from the speaking tube. The conductor is suspecting his identity, so Jiryis arranges a way to escape the authorities once again. He destroys the brake system of the locomotive, increases the steam pressure and jumps off the vehicle, disappearing into the darkness with a smile on his face. He hits Hayling’s forehead with a coal shovel in the process, since the fireman tried to stop him from causing a train tragedy. Ultimately, the distraction created by Jiryis caused a derailment and the deaths of many passengers.

Hugh, Dalian and Hayling, using the Timetable, return to the night of the incident, twelve years in the past. KK mentions that the conductor and a detective are interrogating the passengers to find Jiryis, a murderer who escaped prison and boarded the train at the capital. The detective is suspecting Hayling, but the fireman is only trying to stop the vehicle and prevent the tragedy. They eventually conclude that the criminal is hiding in the driver’s compartment. The detective knew about Jiryis’ past, working on a mountain railway. The conductor, however, precipitately uses the speaking tube to check the engineer’s identity, forcing Jiryis to act. A derailment is about to happen a second time, since the events of that night have been replicated.

Jiryis manages to vanish once again after jumping off the train, but this time Hayling sacrifices himself to prevent a tragedy. Since the derailment never occurred, there is nothing diverting the authorities’ attention from the criminal. The escaped prisoner was probably recaptured by the police.[1]

In the manga, Jiryis not only hits Hayling’s head with a coal shovel, but also pushes him off the locomotive into a void filled with countless arms, letting out a maniacal laugh.[2]

Ryze's death

Hayling is pushed off the train, as seen in the manga.

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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