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Book of Twilight
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Chapter 3

Episode 10: End of the Twilight World

Japanese Name

黄昏の書

Romanized Name

Tasogare no Sho

Volume

3

Release Date

December, 2008

Pages

45

Adaptation

Episode 9

"Book of Twilight" is the 3th chapter of The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, volume 3. It's divided into six parts and contains two illustrations. The chapter is labeled as Episode 10 in the story line.

Aira is a shaman apprentice worried about the traveling merchant Tito, especially when rumors circulate about attacks of huge human-eating insects. Fortunately, Hugh and Dalian are wandering around the region to investigate the event.[1]

SummaryEdit

Located in a hill overlooking a wasteland, the old temple had been remodeled into a robust fortress filled with weapons. The walls have religious paintings covered by ivy and deep scratches serving as a record of the intense battles in the past, evidence of a violent society. It’s not a large place, but it has a geographical advantage and can support nearly three hundred men. However, there was no one around. Weapons and armors were left in the arsenal. The preparations in the kitchen had been interrupted, but the meal was still warm. Everyone left the stronghold overnight.

Hugh and Dalian examine the destroyed fortress. They look around the library of the old temple. The shelves are empty and the weapons are lying on the floor. There are signs of a fight, but even the corpses have disappeared. According to the girl in black, it was too late for that fort. Through a window, she notices a small town illuminated by the sunrise beyond the dark forest.

Part 1 Edit

Aira (light novel)

Aira heads to her home.

During the sunset, stars are seen through the gaps between the clouds. A young girl walks on a familiar narrow road, carrying freshly picked wild grass in a basket made of knitted vines. She reaches a poorly constructed, small house in the forest, a place resembling a temple and emanating a mysterious atmosphere. Aira gives a medicinal herb to her grandmother, enough to produce an ointment for the whole winter. The former talks about a vase she wants to borrow at Mr. Baptista’s the next day, but the old woman knows about her true feelings. Aira is looking forward to see the Galeazzo Caravan back in town and meet Tito. As an apprentice, she needs to know how to deal with her emotions. Aira blushes and complains about her mean grandmother. Looking out of the window, the elder notices three middle-aged men approaching the house with torches in their hands.

Aira is relieved after seeing a familiar face. Gianni, the responsible for the town’s security, wishes to see Aira’s grandmother. The old woman doesn’t welcome the men, thinking they were after medicines which could help them in their foolish battles. Her face distorts with shock when he asks for Yakatsu. Gianni mentions the Micheaux Fortress' fall, but she doesn’t wish to hear stories of war. However, it were giant insects who attacked the men. The Broken Wings are creatures invulnerable to swords, arrow and fire. The people from Rostuni had disappeared overnight. The old woman hesitates, remembering how her son Robert died while handling the Yakatsu with his bare hands. Eventually she agrees in preparing what Gianni wants, but affirms it will take some time. The strict man should be back in three days.

Part 2 Edit

The next day was unusually warm for that season. Aira was getting ready to go to Salute’s shop. After some pondering, the old woman asks something from her. There is a vine-like tree in the northern forest where yellow flowers bloom. Aira must fill half of her basket with the leaves, without ever touching the sap. She would need two layers of gloves which should be burned soon after. The young girl leaves the house and sees her destination in the distance, a small town surrounded by a brown wall at the fogged base of the mountain. She likes the people from there. It’s said that the vibrant town was founded by mercenaries who lost their jobs after the end of the great war. Now they are merchants who support the place by purchasing goods from faraway countries and selling in the big city in the south. Because there are no industries nearby, most of the inhabitants travel for most of the year.

Aira arrives at an acquaintance’s grocery store. Salute was working while holding a baby and complaining about the cold. He pays for the medicines she brought. The old woman’s products were popular among the caravan’s people. They discuss about the Broken Wings. Rumors say that the cities in the south were attacked by the insects, who ate the men of the caravans and their horses. Noticing how Aira was worried about Tito, the old man tries to comfort her, saying the Galeazzo Caravan was trading in the North and should return tomorrow. While blushing, she notices a strange couple outside. The girl in black and the young man were wandering around the town since morning. Aira feels intense terror when the foreign girl looks back at her. Salute’s small grandson cries, as if feeling her agitation.

Part 3 Edit

Aira left the town in the afternoon after calming down. It has been a long time since she visited the northern forest. She has no problems finding the plant her grandmother needs as ingredient. She prepares to pick the leaves, wearing two pairs of gloves, when someone mentions her thick eyebrows. Dalian recognizes the plant Aira is handling, a poisonous species of the Gelsemium genus. The latter asks if the girl in black is a shaman, since only her grandmother had such knowledge.

Aira introduces herself as a shaman apprentice. Dalian tells her to run if she ever sees the Broken Wings, affirming the poison of the leaves wouldn’t work against them. Hugh apologizes for Dalian’s bad temper. Aira was not feeling intimidated by them anymore. He asks if she knows about a place in the vicinity where he could find a large number of books. There are no big churches in town, but she recalls about a printing studio recently opened nearby. Dalian scolds Hugh for taking her to the wrong place. Aira resumes her work while the couple walks back to the town.

Part 4 Edit

It was past noon of the next day when Aira tried to silently leave the house from the back door wearing her best shoes. The Galeazzo Caravan returned last night, a once in a trimester event. However, her grandmother notices her. The old woman ignores Aira’s awkward excuses and gives her a small bottle containing a translucent yellow liquid. It’s Yakatsu in low concentration, not meant to be dangerous, but serving as a travel amulet for a merchant apprentice. Made of thick glass, the bottle had no lid, so the poison couldn’t be mixed in the food or applied on a blade. It was perfect to be thrown at a Broken Wing if a traveler ever met one. The Elder wanted to clear Aira’s mind of unnecessary things. The granddaughter expresses her thanks and rushes to the town.

She reaches the outer wall twice as fast as normal. Part of it had collapsed, although there were no signs of cannonballs. It seemed as if the town had been destroyed by giant insects. Only half of the gate was standing, with no man around to protect it. The residents had escaped abruptly, leaving household goods scattered across the road. Weapons were left broken, as if discarded during a battle. The corpses were probably eaten by the Broken Wings. The Salute’s store was missing a wall, the owner and his grandson nowhere to be seen. When the outer wall on the northern part of the town is destroyed, Aira notices the flying monsters, huge bugs larger than humans, white colored as if coming from a place deprived of sunlight. The wings had plenty of cracks, hence the name of the creature. Although their numbers were not great, they destroyed the surroundings within a short period of time with their terrible power.

Aira Hugh Dalian

Aira is helped by Hugh and Dalian.

Aira heads to the town square, hoping to see Tito, but only finds deserted and damaged tents and carriages. A Broken Wing crawls out of a torn tent. The monster had strayed from the flock. Aira was so worried about Tito that, instead of heeding her instincts and running away, she furiously threw the bottle of Yakatsu at the bug. The Broken Wing stops for a moment, covered in yellow liquid. The poison of three leaves was enough to kill people. When produced by an experienced shaman, it was deadly to the touch. Nevertheless, Aira follows Dalian’s advice. She barely avoids the attacks from the monster, who presents incredible speed. She stumbles, exhausted, but someone catches her before she can hit the ground.

Hugh had prepared a fumigant, so the town was being enveloped by a white mist. The Broken Wings disappear, defeated by the fog. The young man asks Dalian how the insects passed through the barrier they set around the printing studio. She examines the remains of a wrecked carriage and finds incunables inside wooden boxes. According to Aira, the goods are owned by Tito, a proud book dealer apprentice. Dalian argues that Aira should have said so before. Hugh interrupts the discussion, noticing carriage tracks leading to the mountains. Aira gets her hopes high. Tito probably escaped the Broken Wings’ attack while heading to her house to ask for help from her grandmother. They missed each other because Aira used a shortcut to reach the town. The shaman apprentice guides Hugh and Dalian to her house.

Part 5 Edit

Dalian was suffering to climb the slope, but Hugh was helping her, apparently used to such environment. They finally reach the house. Its front yard was usually calm, but now a large number of people were standing next to a big carriage. Aira’s grandmother was being dragged out of the house. Tito was knocked down while trying to protect her. Those who had lost friends and familiars were angry, blaming the old woman for the tragedy. Gianni was covered in blood, missing part of his right arm. He points his sword at the shaman and affirms things would be different if she had given the Yakatsu right away. Aira jumps in between them, revealing how the poison had no effect on the Broken Wings. The men calm down for a moment, but they lose their hope in the fight against the monsters. They start blaming each other until they see Hugh and Dalian. The couple examines the carriage loaded with a massive load of books. It would serve as bait to attract the Broken Wings. They are attacked by Gianni, but his sword cannot touch them, as if they were ghosts.

Hugh tells everyone to leave that place, but it was too late. Big as the walls of the town, comparable to the size of ancient dragons, huge Broken Wings were approaching while destroying the forest around. The townsfolk are desperate, watching the devourers of worlds. Hugh opens the Labyrinth Library. He reads an old book written in foreign language. The old woman recognizes The Mystic Archives of Dantalian. Everyone cheers as the creatures agonize and disappear, their shells cracking and crumpling. Hugh puts the Book of the Sage back into Dalian’s chest. Hugh and Dalian are people from a different world. Aira asks if they are the protectors of that world. Dalian answers with a nostalgic smile. She bids farewell to the future Great Sage Aira. They would meet again as soon as the Biblioprincess opens the book. The couple disappears.

Part 6 Edit

Dalian was cranky, complaining about the silverfish damaging her books during the prolonged rainy season. She tells Hugh to apply the poison and kill every single one. He’s organizing the underground library, separating stacks of books with faded covers and traces of bites. The books would need fumigation and repair services. The humidity had attracted the insects. Influenced by the power of the Book of Twilight, the silverfish had transformed to eat the story itself. Hugh is stunned by the amount of books he needs to carry. Dalian affirms she’s too busy to help. She needs to read a book, as she promised to a friend. The old book, marked by insect bites, is a fantasy novel set in a fictional world. The main character depicted on the cover is a shaman wearing sage’s robes, a young girl with thick eyebrows and a beautiful smile.[1]

Trivia Edit

  • Silverfish are small, wingless insect considered household pests. They consume matter that contains polysaccharides, including book bindings, paper, hair and clothing. The species inhabits moist areas, requiring a high relative humidity.[2]
  • Aira mentions a man named Baptista (バティスタ Batisuta)[1], but he's absent from the chapter.
  • Rostuni (ロストゥーニ Rosutūni) may be a reference to Ostuni, a city and comune of Italy. During the Renaissance, it was ruled by Isabella, wife of Gian Galeazzo Sforza.[3]

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Chapter 3, volume 3.
  2. Silverfish. (2017, June 26). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:38, July 13, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Silverfish&oldid=787668951
  3. Ostuni. (2017, June 23). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 21:04, July 13, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ostuni&oldid=787133954

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