The Lament Configuration or Lemerchand Configuration is one of the most notorious puzzle boxes in the world.
It posses the power to open the gates of hell and unleash the cenobites to claim the flesh of the unlucky victim who opens the box. It is one of many artifacts that can open the gate. Other puzzles are for example the Tunnel of Love puzzle and The Heart of Damnation. The Lament Configuration is built by a French toymaker, Philip Lemerchand. According to Pyramid Gallery, Philip LeMerchand has built more than 270 boxes.
"...so eager to play - so reluctant to admit it..."
There are two different stories about the creation of the box. The first story is the original and is mentioned in Clive Barker's The Hellbound Heart. The complete story is revealed in Epic Comic series. It stated that Philip Lemerchand was cruel and morbid man who made boxes with human fat and bones with the help of an unknown cenobite, called Baron. Philip Lemerchand was a mass murderer. This version also fitted the story that Lemerchand has built more than 270 boxes. The existence of those boxes has been proven in Hellbound: Hellraiser II and Hellraiser: Hellworld.
The second version tells a story of a more innocent Lemerchand. He was a young man ordered to build a puzzle box at any cost. This order was placed by Duc de L'Isle. He garroted a woman and used the box as a medium to let his black magic resurrect the demon Angelique. Lemerchand was warned that his bloodline will be cursed because of his creation.
"It is not hands that call us...it is desire"
- Pinhead, Hellbound: Hellraiser II
By solving the puzzle, the victim summons a gash of Cenobites (mostly Pinhead's Gash). They will see if the victim is worthy to become a Cenobite. If he or she is worthy, they will be sent to hell and given to the Engineer. If not worthy, they will be trapped in Hell for eternity or simply vanished. There are a few ways to escape this fate:
- Make a bargain with the cenobite.
- Resolve the Lament Configuration.
- Form the Leviathan-shape (Diamond form) with Lament Configuration.
- Commit suicide before they can take you to hell.
- If blood is spilled on the spot or an object associated with your abduction, it is possible for you to reconstitute yourself in the real world, as seen in Hellraiser and Hellbound.
Hellbound: Hellraiser II
Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth
Hellraiser IV: Bloodline
Hellraiser VI: Hellseeker