Merem Solomon (メレム・ソロモン, Meremu Soromon?), also known as "Crown" (王冠, Ōkan?) or "Daemon Summoner" (悪魔召喚, Akuma Shōkan?), is the twentieth of The Twenty-seven Dead Apostle Ancestors and the fifth member of the Burial Agency. He is an independent Apostle with the appearance of a fourteen-year-old.

Profile[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

Early Years[edit | edit source]

He was an originally a child with the ability to speak with animals and materialize people's wishes due to his status as a "planet terminal." The inhabitants of his village removed his arms and legs to keep him from ever leaving, all while revering him as a deity for their own convenience. Crimson Moon took note of this, and challenged the villagers to a morbid game: all throughout the night, the villagers would have to imagine beasts for Merem to materialize, and if none of the creatures were able to defeat him by daybreak, they would all be slaughtered. Nothing from their imaginations could possibly stand up to Crimson Moon, so he kept his promise and killed all of them at dawn. The act of materializing the beasts was too much for Merem to bear, which lead to his death. He was revived by Crimson Moon as an Apostle and told, that as he was now free of his captors, to imagine beasts to replace his lost limbs. Merem feels an immense sense of gratitude towards him, which he has directed towards his golden princess, Arcueid, since his destruction.[1]

Merem is acquaintances with Gransurg Blackmore, considering him to be both a friend and an enemy at the same time. They both consider Crimson Moon as their god, but they are at odds with one another, as Merem sees him as an idol whereas Blackmore sees him as a master. He has always wished to fight Blackmore for the millennium they have known each other, and he plans to do so while under orders from the Church to stop the Aylesbury Ritual. He hates Altrouge Brunestud, calling her an impostor of Crimson Moon who stole Arcueid's long hair. He would only be able to kill one of her bodyguards while also facing destruction, so he is willing to fight alongside Blackmore in order to kill her.

Joining the Church[edit | edit source]

He is a collector of treasures, so he joined the Church in order to have access to holy relics. In spite of his nature as a vampire, he was admitted into the Burial Agency, and became the fifth out of the eight Executioners that assassinate vampires. Despite being a traitor, he was tolerated by the other Ancestors.[2]

Personality[edit | edit source]

He seems to like Van-Fem’s carefree nature as someone who likes human life, and he finds Ortenrosse’s old-fashioned personality to be disagreeable. He can be whimsical, often acting very kind and other times acting cruel.[3]

He greatly reveres Arcueid, whom he calls "Princess", helping her out with various tasks that would make traveling the world difficult for her. Though she was Hades to the True Ancestors, he is quite fond of her, but she does not know how to respond to his unconditional affection.[4]

Role[edit | edit source]

Tsukihime[edit | edit source]

In the side story “Talk”, he accompanies Ciel in her expedition into the Forest of Ainnash. He guides DEATH to the core of Einnashe with just his voice while his body is far away with Ciel.

Other appearances[edit | edit source]

Mr. Dawn, Barthomeloi Lorelei, and Merem Solomon, with Gransurg Blackmore in the background, in Carnival Phantasm.

Merem makes a brief cameo appearance in Carnival Phantasm.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Merem replaced his lost limbs with four imagined creatures, based on the idol gods of his village, referred to as the Four Great Daemon Beasts (四大魔獣(フォーデーモン・ザ・グレイトビースト), Yondai Majū(Fōdēmon Za Gureitobīsuto)?). While he personally has no offensive power of which to speak, these four beings are classified as Divine Beast-class beings each as powerful as one of the twenty seven Ancestors. Imagined and brought into reality through Demonition (デモニッション, Demonisshon?), part of Merem's abilities as a Planet Terminal (星の端末, Hoshi no Tanmatsu?), they do not belong to any specific species of natural animals, but rather can be seen as homages to all the species of the world. Compared to a Reality Marble, which overwrites the caster's internal world over reality, Demonition is the capacity to bring forth beings from the world of fairy tales that have been abandoned by mankind. The mere presence of the Beasts naturally causes the "realism" of the environment around them to weaken.

Merem has no personal control over the thought processes or the forms of the Beasts after they are brought into existence, and he does not even need to be alive for their existence to continue. They have continued to serve him out of debt and loyalty, acting as his limbs during dormant periods and lending their powers when necessary, while he continues to reimagine and bring them back into the world if they are destroyed. Though they are considered separate existences, they are still close enough to him that if he were to give them names, it would be the same as admitting to the World that they are completely independent daemons. Upon the defeat of a daemon, the corresponding limb ruptures and is rendered immobile for a time.

Daemon of the Left Arm[edit | edit source]

« ...That's funny? Say, I didn't design you to like humans did I?
My humble self will be on the side of humans as long as there's pizza. »

(Merem and the Left Arm)

The Daemon of the Left Arm (左腕の悪魔, Hidariude no Akuma?), classified as the King of Rats (ネズミの王様, Nezumi no Ōsama?), is a daemon without any abilities related towards battle. He is the manifestation of Merem's wish to become others, the hope to transform, and he was designed after a friend of Merem who lived in the ceiling of his temple. He is a rat who is capable of transforming into anything that resembles the size and shape of a human, allowing him to act Merem's representative in human society under the guise of an elderly priest due to Merem being in the unaging form of a boy. It is his preferred persona despite his ability to transform into a myriad of people. He even acts as if he is Merem himself to all the other members of the Burial Agency besides Narbareck and Ciel because the organization values experience, with Merem believing that his true form would bring about unnecessary trouble. Ciel calls the priest "wise and cool" compared to Merem's more childlike personality. If ever brought under the gaze of a high-class exorcist, his facade will be undone and cause him to return to its original form.

Rats gather for Merem in his temple.

Despite being intrinsically linked, they are not able to communicate telepathically. Should Merem leave the Left Arm behind with Narbareck, he must communicate with rats using his ability to speak to animals in order to relay messages. He is able to obtain information from them and relay messages to the Left Arm. They act reverently towards Merem, and consider the Left Arm to be the hero and idol of the rat world, thought of as the "third most beautiful rat in the world." He is popular in communities in narrow spaces underground, on ceiling boards, in drainage conduits, and behind furniture. Despite his fame, they often point out the contradiction in his status by asking "Just what part of you is a 'Great' Daemon Beast?", leaving him troubled while apologetically trying to think of an answer, or not. He is a cheese lover who likes humans because of pizza, and works daily at a relaxed pace for the sake of Merem, humans, and rats.

Daemon of the Right Arm[edit | edit source]

The Daemon of the Right Arm (右腕の悪魔, Migiude no Akuma?), classified as Lady Windup (機巧令嬢, Kikō Reijō?), is a ten-meter tall mechanical doll. It is the manifestation of weapons of war, combat, and puppets. He designed it after the duality of angels and daemons. It is armed with diverse weaponry, though it is only fit with the types of weapons that a single individual could use as Merem's personal rule. It also acts as a mobile fortress with an entrance and a set of stairs on its stomach to allow access to its interior. As a symbol of armaments, it is the only Beast to have been shaped through modifications in order to keep up with the advancements in the field of warfare. Its latest configuration has been established for one hundred years. Its face is normally covered with a mask that is rarely removed, and it has a limited amount of intelligence and a stubborn personality. It will quickly perform the first command given with the utmost priority, ignoring anything unrelated, but will quickly become disinterested and ignore subsequent orders. Due to these traits, Merem dislikes using it.

Daemon of the Left Leg[edit | edit source]

The Daemon of the Left Leg (左足の悪魔, Hidariashi no Akuma?), classified as the King of the Sky (空の王者, Sora no Ōja?), is a manta ray-like daemon around two hundred meters in size. The concept behind its creation is that of freedom and shooting for the cosmos. It is considered to be his most beautiful creation with membranes composed of countless animal species. It "swims" through the skies and remains unmatched in the air, but will face destruction once it touches the ground. It is meant to be used in situations where one-on-one combat against a strong opponent is necessary, though it has a weak defense that will cause it to fade away after receiving severe damage. Merem believes that it is a great weapon with too high a cost to properly utilize.

Daemon of The Right Leg[edit | edit source]

The Daemon of The Right Leg (右足の悪魔, Migiashi no Akuma?), classified as the King of the Land (陸の王者, Riku no Ōja?) and also known as the Black Dog of Destruction (破壊の黒犬, Hakai no Kokken?), The Bell of Ending (終末の鐘, Shūmatsu no Kane?), The Beast of God (神の獣, Kami no Kemono?), and the Whale Dog (鯨犬, Kujira Inu?), is a four-legged whale-like monster around two hundred meters long. The concept behind its creation is that of a manifestation of divine punishment and a tsunami, and the design reference is his temple and the animal statues that adorned it. While it was meant to be an adorable puppy, the result was a whale dog because his skill as an artist is a bit slanted.

It is the daemon he most often utilizes. It lacks any sort of human-like intelligence compared to the arms, and it will follow his orders. Due to him being a dog lover, it listens to him more so than the Left Leg. It lacks any special abilities, but its enormous size itself is more than enough for its classification as a daemon. It specializes in conquest and destruction, acting like a beast that stomps and crushes the world around it. Even bringing it forth briefly allows it to create a patch of ruined wasteland like the site of a meteor impact digging deep enough to destroy the roots of trees. He feeds it at times, and the soil of the Forest of Ainnash is particularly good for it.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. [v] Character material - Merem Solomon

    Introduction - Merem Solomon
    The Fifth of the Burial Agency. Number 20 of the 27 Dead Apostle Ancestors. In Ciel’s opinion, an annoying senior. Collects treasures from all ages and places.

    The reason he affiliates with the Burial Agency is supposedly in order to get closer to the sealed treasures of the Church.

    Originally, he was a divine child (planet terminal) that could manifest peoples’ wishes and communicate with animals. His arms and legs were torn off and worshiped in order to prevent him from ever leaving the village.

    The reason his limbs were cut off is because of the religious belief that a divine child must not take on a mortal’s form, and also qutie simply to prevent such a convenient tool from escaping.

    (His circumstances resemble those of a certain Angra Mainyu, but Merem actually is a divine child.)

    Merem would have simply lived the rest of his life as the villagers’ plaything, but was noticed by the Crimson Moon, who was coincidentally passing by.

    The Crimson Moon, who thought that “the power to put into shape the wishes of the people” was quite amusing, declared to the villagers that he would slaughter them all at dawn. “If you want to live, then use your wishes to try and kill me,” he said, and the game began.

    The villagers’ wishes, “We don’t want to die”, were truly ugly but strong.

    Without thinking of the burden on Merem, who manifested them into reality, the villagers kept on imagining “convenient divine beasts” to challenge the Crimson Moon.

    Of course, those kinds of beings could never win against the Crimson Moon.

    There was no end to the villagers’ wishes, but with only a little time left before daybreak, Merem reached his limit and died. The remaining villagers died, cursing Merem and the Crimson Moon.

    …After that.

    When the sun rose above the horizon, the Crimson Moon gave the dead Merem a big fat kiss, and revived him as a Dead Apostle.

    “How amusing. You may live as you see fit. You have drawn many pictures of what could replace your arms and legs, correct? The wishes of those others were ugly, but yours were masterpieces.

    ―――Idols like that would be adequate to bear the burden of being your limbs.”

    Entranced by the Crimson Moon’s words, Merem imagined four idols from the religious temple that the villagers built, gave them the power to be his limbs, and stood on the ground like a person for the first time.

    Afterwards, he held a kind of adoration towards the Crimson Moon, and became a Dead Apostle who swore his allegiance only to the Crimson Moon --- Brunestud.

    After the 27 Ancestors’ separation from the True Ancestors and the Crimson Moon’s demise, it was assumed that he went into reclusion, but for some reason he began to affiliate with their enemy, the Holy Church .

    Introduction: Demonition
    Merem’s special power. A first-ranked spiritual evocation power.

    It is able to embody others’ wishes, but interestingly enough, not his own. Merem possesses a truly strong power, but can’t do anything by himself. In all senses, he’s like a demon himself.

    While it resembles the manifestation of fantasies, Merem’s demon summoning takes the wishes of people as a model, and makes something similar after applying his own dreams.

    The demons’ powers are warped by peoples’ images, but the mold itself is done by Merem’s image of it. Also, the magnitude of their power changes based on Merem’s prana input.

    Given Merem’s personality, he’s not good at manifesting realistic or calculating demons.

    In the end, he’s just a Peter Pan living in a fantasy world. The drawings he’s good at and the fantasies that he wants to draw are “the type of demons that you’d see in a fairy tale”.

    Source: Tsukihime Dokuhon “talk”

    He appears in a small episode several years after Tsukihime.

    A one-man monster battle. He’s related to King Solomon in name only.

    Although it’s just a plan, he’s planned to appear in “the dark six”. …Really, I wonder what kind of story it’ll become…

    Introduction
    有間都古
    三咲町の市立高校に通う、フツーの学生
    Introduction

    出典/月姫、Tsukihime Dokuhon “talk”

  2. Kagetsu Tohya - 27 Dead Apostle Ancestors Series, 20/Merm Solomon

    Unusually, he hunts vampires, and is in the Burial Agency.
    Possesses one of the four legendary horses.
    Although he's a traitor, the others tolerate him.
    Rumored to be a secret fan of Arcueid.

  3. [v] Tsukihime Dokuhon PlusPeriod - talk. Glossary: Merem Solomon [Person's name], p.197

    Merem Solomon [Person's name]
    The Four Demon, the Great Beast.
    Burial Agency Number Five. His other name was Crown.
    He was a Demon-user who wielded the imaginary beasts called the Four Great Beasts.
    He was also one of the Twenty Seven Dead Apostle Ancestors.
    On the surface, he played the role of a priest with the magical beast of his left arm. He really looked like a boy of about twelve.
    The child was whimsical, sometimes he was very kind, while others he was cruel.
    Originally he was a Divine Child worshiped as a living god by a small tribe.
    Not only did he have the special power to communicate with animals, he was also able to give shapes to the selfish wish of humans. Because of his powers, the tribesmen severed his limbs and placed him on an altar since he was a child.
    It was unknown if he would eventually become a god if he kept living like that, but a passing True Ancestor intervened.
    After that, the youth became the Dead Apostle of the True Ancestor and was given the name Solomon. He became one of the oldest Dead Apostles.

    メレム・ソロモン【人名】
    フォーデーモン·ザ·グレイトビースト。
    埋葬機関の五。王冠の異名を持つ。
    四大の魔獣、と呼ばれる架空の魔獣を作り上げる悪魔使い。
    死徒二十七祖の一人でもある。
    表向きは左腕の魔獣で司祭を演じているが、その正体は十二歳程の少年。
    子供故に気まぐれで、極端に人がいい時もあれば極端に残忍な時もある。
    元々は小さな部落で生き神として奉られていた神子だった。
    動物と心を通わせられる、という異能力だけでなく、人間の身勝手な願いをカタチにする、という能力を持って生まれた彼は、幼くして両手両足を切断され、人ならざるモノとして祭壇に奉られていた。
    その状態が長らく続けばそれこそ生きながらにして神に成ったかも知れないが、それは通りすがりの真祖によって阻まれる。
    以後、真祖の死徒となった少年はソロモンの二つ名を貰い、古い死徒の一人となった。

  4. [v] Tsukihime Dokuhon PlusPeriod - talk. Glossary: Princess [Name • Colloquial Term], p.198

    Princess [Name • Colloquial Term]
    The person Merem called Princess. Needless to say, it was that person.
    To Dead Apostles, she was the gate to hell, but Merem was quite fond of her.
    Merem seemed to assist the Princess in chores such as trading gold for money, booking plane tickets, etc.
    The Princess did not really know what to do with Merem's unconditional affection, but without him, she would have much trouble roaming around the world.
    During this story, she was peacefully slumbering in her hideout.

    姫君【名称·俗称】
    メレムが口にする姫君、とはもちろんあの人のこと。
    死徒たちにとっては鬼門である彼女だが、メレムはひどくお気に入りのようだ。
    姫君が金を通貨に換えたり、飛行機のチケットを手配したりするのはメレムの入れ知恵。
    姫君は無条件でなついてくるメレムを苦手にしているが、彼なくして世界中を駆け回る事は難しい。
    作中の時期はアジトで平和に眠っている。

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