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Marquess of Asquith
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Japanese Name

アスキス侯爵

Romanized Name

Asukisu Kōshaku

Nickname(s)/Alias(es)

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Debut

Chapter 3 (light novel 8)

Voice actor

N/A

Status

Deceased

The Marquess of Asquith was Lyfia’s father and the owner of the Vignette of Eternal Twilight. He’s mentioned in the Vignette of Eternal Twilight story.

Background[]

The Marquess of Asquith was a famous bibliomaniac, second only to Wesley Disward. The bibliomaniacs used to be friends. The Marquess was a significant figure in economic and political matters. His family owns many large companies both in the kingdom and abroad. The Marquess ordered the Vignette of Eternal Twilight from the continent as a gift for the Marquise. It became his most valuable book. However, it’s said that he died before presenting the Phantom Book to his wife, ten years before the main events of Vignette of Eternal Twilight. Rumors say that he sealed the Phantom Book somewhere inside the castle, a few days before his death. Lyfia was born from their relationship. He married his wife thirty years before the main events of Vignette of Eternal Twilight.

Once a year, the Marquise invites people to the Asquith castle for a big celebration. The guests are told that the person who finds the Phantom Book will get a huge reward. However, some guests disappear inside the castle. That’s why rumors say that the place is tainted with the Marquess’ curse. The police tried to investigate the case, but a culprit was never found.

Vignette

The Vignette of Eternal Twilight inside the secret room at the Asquith castle.

The Asquith castle is huge, built on a hill next to a lake. It’s one of the kingdom’s attraction. It’s divided into two wings, north and south, connected by a central corridor and a large hall. It has about fifty rooms. The castle is surrounded by a lovely garden. The access to the vast property is a narrow road which ends at an old fortress. The library has a huge, valuable collection of books, including rare ones. It has 26,219 books in 37 rows of bookshelves. The rarest of the Marquess’ books, the Vignette of Eternal Twilight, is kept on a table at the center of an underground secret room protected by a thick metal door. Beneath the castle, there is a network of dark passages connecting all corners of the building. One of the entrances is found in the garden, while other is hidden behind a bookshelf in the library. The banquet hall has a large portrait depicting the Marquise, painted when she married her husband.[1]

Personality[]

The Marquess was an important figure and an extravagant bibliomaniac. He was a friend of Wesley, sharing the same interest. He planned to present his wife with the Vignette of Eternal Twilight.[1]

Appearance[]

The Marquess’ appearance was never described.[1]

Plot[]

Hugh and Dalian drive to the Asquith castle, where guests were invited to the Marquise’s birthday to search the Vignette of Eternal Twilight. It’s said that the Marquess sealed the Phantom Book somewhere inside the castle. He died before giving the Phantom Book as a gift for his wife. Now, once a year, the Marquise invites people to search for it, offering a huge reward for the one who finds it.

At the library, the guests look in amazement at the huge collection of the late Marquess. However, Dalian is not impressed. After all, Wesley’s collection is larger. Inspector Grosseteste mentions that several people disappeared during the Marquise’s last birthdays, although no criminal was found. It’s said that people inside the castle suffer with the Marquess’ curse.

Hugh finds a secret passage behind a bookshelf. As Wesley's grandson, Hugh knows how bibliomaniacs think. Hugh and the others find the Vignette of Eternal Twilight inside a secret room. Hugh deduces that the Marquise uses the Phantom Book to have eternal youth. The Marquise invites people to her birthday, especially those who won’t be missed. She uses the guests as human sacrifices to preserve her young appearance. That’s why people disappear in the castle every year.[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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