ART: Marvelous Actors

5th Inktober = 4th Anniversary of Jacques-tober. (Okay, maybe I’m trying too hard to shoehorn a 4 into the festivities.) Are you ready for a whole month of daily updates for Lord Mettlebright’s Man? It’s a little early to begin (Jacques never has been much of a morning person), but Cat and Canary brought coffee and are quite willing to bolster their good friend in any way. (Ah, cats.)

Marvelous Actors | art by FoxOfTwilight

For those who may need a refresher, Cat & Canary (or more properly Canarian & Catalan Evernhold) are two of Deece’s “sexy older brothers.” Jacques met them back in Chapter 203: “Charmed, I’m Sure” of Lord Mettlebright’s Man. But of course, YOU first met them in Governed by Whimsy (Songs of the Amaranthine, #4), since they’re the founders of the acting troupe to which Ambrose belonged. If you’ve been reading ALL the things and paying attention to details, you’ll know that in the current LMM/SAGA timeline, Canarian still works closely with his uncle, Hisoka Twineshaft … and that he and Cat are quite cozy with Jacques. Sometimes. (Ah, cats.)

Note: There’s a whole chart to sort out Himeko Evernhold’s household, but here’s the short version:


LMM 486: Extracurricular

Claimer: I do hereby claim all rights and responsibility for the characters in this series of vignettes because the Amaranthine Saga is mine. (Which means I should probably behave myself since anything I say or do could be taken as canon.) Indulge the lot of us, especially the one who’s lost track of the lesson plan.



Lord Mettlebright’s Man

#Inktober2022. If you’re the sort of reader to pay attention to author notes, then you may have already realized that Inktober is kind of a big deal for Jacques. Back in 2018, when I saw the prompt list, I thought to myself, “what a good excuse to start a story!” So I concocted LMM, bringing to the fore one of the lesser-known and little-liked characters from Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox. Not because I had any great fondness (or plans) for Jacques (then), but because he was an outsider to all things Amaranthine. I thought it would be enlightening to get a human (non-reaver) perspective on all the goings-on at Stately House.

Next month will be our fifth go-around with the Inktober prompts. That means daily updates for LMM.