The Acerbus Configuration
The Box of divine compexity
Believed to require over 600 moves to be executed in a certain order to open, "the Acerbus configuration" Is the most complex box ever to be created by LeMarchand. Most of the seperate plates have their own specific movement and the metal the plates are constructed from varies across its surface also; many are silver but some are largely osmium - a poisonous metal that can kill by absorbtion into the bloodstream through the skin.
LeMarchand Had used this metal once previously on a box called "Enigme" [link]
, but unlike Enigme, Acerbus can be opened without ever having to touch the poisoned plates, provided that the correct method is known by its worker. Bearing in mind the fact that it requires over 600 moves to open, the worker would require the secret in advance in order for this to be possible.
The Acerbus Configuration has so far had precisely 256 owners. This is known due to the fact that each owner has written part of the boxes moves down as they have discovered them, and the manuscript [link]
filled with code has passed from owner to owner, growing with each.
It is thought that a mere 22 moves remain undiscovered.
The owner of the manuscript is not, however, the current owner of the box. A British collector known as N.G. (who currently also has in his collection the original "Box of Grief" [link]
, sister box to the "Box of Sorrows") sold the "The Box of Divine Complexity" alone for an undisclosed sum to an Armenian LeMarchand scholar, but retained the manuscript to sell seperately. Before he could do so, however, he disappeared, taking with him the manuscript [link]
and its secrets, leaving only the first page behind in his haste.
Why LeMarchand should make Acerbus so very difficult, even by his own standards, has been the topic of many discussions over the years - theories range from the idea that the box may have been made for someone he cared about, and that he did not really wish for them to succeed in opening it, to the concept that he merely did not wish it to be opened until after his death, so that he could take a more active part in the resulting holocuast with the powers promised him by Leviathan.
Whatever the reason, "The Acerbus Configuration" remains one of LeMarchands most ambiguous and impenetrable designs.
Made entirely in Photoshop by Steelgohst
other hellraiser inspired boxes -
Box of Gateways- [link]
Box of Pleasures - [link]
Box of Grief - [link]
Enigme - [link]
LeMarchands Ring - [link]