Ruthers

Ruthers is the footman assigned to the Mandrake suite at the palace. He is an older man, described as being in his fifties, with salt-and-pepper greying hair. He is sober, upright and deadpan, with a suggestion to him most of the time as if he would rather like to be scowling instead but his professional ethics forbid it.

He is essentially honest, but has a dislike of many of the members of the family; loyal to the family in the larger sense, while disapproving of the actual members he's met. He does not verbalize his disapproval but makes it plain by inconveniencing them in small ways - pretending not to hear the door, or announcing guests very loudly when the family member is preoccupied or worse, has a hangover. He may lose messages provided they are not urgent ones - or if he disapproves of the message's sender.

He can be bribed to show in guests when the family member has said they are not receiving company. He will not be bribed into injuring a family member, even indirectly. If threatened, he will report the threat to the appropriate authority.

Ruthers is available for general use in the Mandrake Suite provided that it follows this pattern; anything out of the usual should be reported to Lucretia as prop controller. Death threats definitely count as out of the usual.

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