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Vignette of Eternal Twilight
Vignette
Hugh, Dalian and Shura find the Vignette of Eternal Twilight.

Original Name

永き黄昏のヴィネット

Romanized Name

Nagaki Tasogare no Vinetto

Author

Lothar Oberstdorfer (ロタール・ オーバストドルファー Rotāru Ōbasutodorufā)

Debut

Chapter 3 (light novel 8)

Powers

It gives eternal youth.

User

Marquise of Asquith

Status

Unknown

For the light novel chapter, see Chapter 3 (light novel 8).

Vignette of Eternal Twilight is a Phantom Book authored by Lothar Oberstdorfer. The Marquise of Asquith used the Phantom Book to obtain eternal youth. The Phantom Book is present in the Vignette of Eternal Twilight story.

It’s a large, old, faded pop-up book.[1]

Background[]

In literature, a vignette is a short impressionistic scene that focuses on one moment or character and gives an impactful impression about that character, an idea, setting, and/or object.[2]

In the middle of the seventeenth century, the famous bookmaker Lothar Oberstdorfer, rumored to be the head of an occult organization, created a picture book for his seriously-ill daughter. She never left her bed, so her father created a book which allowed her to have an ideal world at her disposal. People connected to her, including Oberstdorfer, died under strange circumstances.

Centuries later, the Marquess of Asquith ordered the Phantom Book from the continent, planning to present it to his wife. It became the most valuable book among the bibliomaniac’s collection. Rumors say that the Marquess died before giving the Phantom Book to his wife, ten years before the main events of Vignette of Eternal Twilight.

On her birthday, the Marquise invites people to find the Vignette of Eternal Twilight, which is said to be sealed somewhere inside the Asquith castle. However, in reality, the Marquise uses the guests as human sacrifices in order to obtain eternal youth. She also preserves the young appearance of her maids and of her daughter Lyfia. The Vignette of Eternal Twilight is kept on a table inside a secret, underground room, behind a thick metal door.

The police investigated the disappearances that happen every year in the castle, but never found a culprit. Mithril, the Phantom Book Thief, entered the world created by the Vignette of Eternal Twilight to destroy the Phantom Book and gain access to the exemplars inside the Dantalian's Bookshelf. She sent a letter to the police, warning them that she will steal a Phantom Book from the Asquith castle.[1]

Powers[]

When the Vignette of Eternal Twilight is opened, people nearby will enter a timeless world inside the Phantom Book. A miniature of this world will pop up from the pages. Since this dimension is similar to the real one, the victims will have trouble to notice that they were moved to a different place. The Phantom Book has a limit of how much information it can handle. The only known method to leave the world inside the Phantom Book is to overload it with more information. For instance, the Phantom Book copied the entire Asquith castle, but it ignored the contents inside the books. Hugh removed an avalanche of books from the Dantalian's Bookshelf to destabilize the world created by the Vignette of Eternal Twilight. The amount of information it can handle explains why the Phantom Book stops time, why it only captures a small group of people and why it can be used only once a year.

In this world inside the Phantom Book, the user has absolute power. He can move at will, change the world's architecture and summon obedient and dangerous creatures. The user can summon at once several three-meter wooden guignol dolls dressed as grim reapers, holding sharp scythes and wearing skull-shaped masks and black cloaks. Noisy metallic gears and wheels are part of the mechanism that allows them to move. They have long arms and legs, holes instead of eyes and mouth. Bullets can slow the automata, damage their limbs, although they are unable to stop them. The dolls are vulnerable to the silver knife wielded by Mithril. When defeated, they lose their fearsome appearance, becoming ordinary dolls no more than half a meter in length.

When a person dies in the world inside the Phantom Book, the reader can use the victim’s life force to become younger. The magic from two lives can make a young woman assume the form of a little girl. The user can share the power of eternal youth with other people. The younger the user is, the more intense is his connection with the Vignette of Eternal Twilight. In such state, the user is able to summon real monsters instead of dolls. The gargoyles have huge claws, wings of a bat and other features of monkeys and wolves. When the world inside the Vignette of Eternal Twilight collapses, everyone who became younger by using its magic will quickly age, returning to the real appearance.[1]

Plot[]

A grim reaper doll lies at Mithril’s feet. The guignol is broken, his robe cut. Broken gears and splinters fell out from an opening on its body. She hears a second doll approaching. Mithril knows that she’s inside the world created by the Vignette of Eternal Twilight. A grim reaper is ready to kill her, but she quickly thrusts a silver knife on its chest. The creature collapses and disappears. She continues to hear the sound of gears.

Hugh and Dalian ride to the Asquith castle to search the Vignette of Eternal Twilight. On the Marquise’s birthday, people are invited to find the Phantom Book. Rumors say that the Marquess ordered the valuable Phantom Book as a gift for his wife. However, he died before giving it to the Marquise. The person who finds it will be given a huge reward. The police, including Harban, are investigating the castle. Inspector Grosseteste explains that Mithril, the Phantom Thief, sent a letter warning them that she will steal a Phantom Book from the Asquith castle.

Inside the castle, most of the guests are searching for the Vignette of Eternal Twilight, wishing to be famous and rich. Hugh is surprised to see his acquantaince Lyfia, the Marquise’s daughter. He also meets Marchbanks, a detective supposedly hired by Lyfia to find the Phantom Book. Shura fantasizes about the reward for finding the Phantom Book, although she wonders if it really exists. Hugh is certain that it exists, but he’s also bothered. After all, it seems like the Marquise wants the Phantom Book, but she doesn’t hire specialists to find it, and only allows the searches once a year.

At the library, Hugh tells Grosseteste what he heard from an old bookstore owner. The Vignette of Eternal Twilight is a picture book authored by Lothar Oberstdorfer. He created the book to present his sick daughter with an ideal world. Many people connected with the daughter, including Oberstdorfer, went missing under strange circumstances. For Grosseteste’s surprise, Hugh knows that people disappeared during the last birthday parties prepared for the Marquise, although the police never found a culprit.

Hugh finds a secret passage in the library. Inside an underground room, Hugh and the others find the Vignette of Eternal Twilight on a table. Dawson, one of the Marquise’s guests, opens the Phantom Book. A miniature castle, identical to the Asquith castle, pops up from its pages. Everyone falls to the floor as the room seems to shake. The Phantom Book disappears. They run out of the room, following Evelyn, the maid. The ceiling suddenly collapses, crushing Dawson to death.

Outside, they notice that their watches are not working and that the other guests have disappeared. The front gate and the staircases at the fortress vanished, so they can't run away. The air also feels different. Inside the castle, they find the Marquise, who looks as young as her daughter. Evelyn asks for mercy. The maid wants to leave that place, but the Marquise shows no interest. The Marquise waves her hand, summoning several figures that surround the maid. One of the grim reaper dolls pierces Evelyn’s chest with a scythe. Harban tries to tackle the monster, but the doll pushes him away with a swing of a scythe. Marchbanks runs to check Evelyn’s body. A grim reaper rips open his shoulder. Hugh shoots the creature, but it has no effect. Harban shoots and screams at the creatures while Hugh and the others run away.

At the library, Hugh reveals that Lyfia didn’t age in ten years. That's why he had stared at her in surprise. He deduces that the Marquise is using the Vignette of Eternal Twilight to gain eternal youth. Lyfia and the maids also have their young appearances preserved. Hugh and the others are in a world created by the Vignette of Eternal Twilight. There, the Marquise has absolute power. She uses the life force of her victims to make herself younger. Two dolls suddenly materialize, cutting their escape route. Hugh shoots one of them at the knee. The automaton wriggles on the floor, still trying to kill. Two more grim reapers appear. One of them almost hits Shura and Dalian.

Harban reveals himself as Mithril, the Phantom Book Thief. She uses her silver knife to defeat the monsters. However, she has no power to oppose the Marquise. But the thief knows that Dalian has a solution. The Biblioprincess noticed that the library of that artificial world is missing thousands of books. The pages are all empty. It means that the Vignette of Eternal Twilight has a limit of how much information it can copy. The world inside the Phantom Book will collapse if more books are introduced. The Marquise appears, this time in the form of a little girl. She had used the lives of Dawson and Evelyn to make herself younger. Now, she has a stronger connection with the Phantom Book.

She summons real monsters instead of dolls. The gargoyles attack from different directions, blocking the exits. Mithril fights the creatures. Hugh removes an avalanche of books from inside the Labyrinth Library. The huge amount of information destroys the world created by the Vignette of Eternal Twilight. Hugh and the others return to the real world. Hugh finds the old Marquise on her bedroom, a faded pop-up book opened on her lap, revealing a small castle made of folded paper. She had just been killed by her own daughter. Lyfia also kills herself with poison. She quickly ages, now that the Phantom Book is inactive.

It’s revealed that Mithril was not looking for the Vignette of Eternal Twilight. She was trying to destroy the Phantom Book and grab the exemplars inside the Labyrinth Library.[1]

Trivia[]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Chapter 3, volume 8.
  2. Vignette (literature). (2020, June 16). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 19:41, August 29, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Vignette_(literature)&oldid=962864833
  3. Lothar Meggendorfer. (2017, December 13). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 23:53, September 13, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Lothar_Meggendorfer&oldid=815161935
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Chapter 4, volume 1.
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