As everyone knows, the Discworld is a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants* which, in turn, stand on the back of a giant turtle**. And like any world, the Discworld is not always predictable – in fact, it’s distinctly UNpredictable, what with rivers you could skateboard across *** (if they weren’t so knobbly) and points of raw magic that’d turn a body inside out soon as look at it . . .
Dangerous place. Naturally you need a guide, and what better than Turtle Recall: The Discworld Companion . . . so far through whose enlightening entries we are currently meandering. And today, the spotlight falls on Count Giamo Casanunda.
Casanunda, Count Giamo
A dwarf. The most enthusiastic lover in the history of the Disc. He also claims to be the Disc’s greatest liar – his card says ‘World’s 2nd Greatest Lover. Finest Swordsman. Outrageous Liar. Soldier of Fortune. Stepladders Repaired’. However, all this may be a lie.
Casanunda is 3‘ 9“ tall, with a typically dwarfish bullet head. But he eschews dwarfish clothing and goes in for periwigs, satins and lace, being aware that big iron boots and great prickly beards attract only ladies of a specialised taste.
Everything his fellow dwarfs do very occasionally as nature demands he does all the time, sometimes in the back of a sedan chair and once upside down in a tree – but with care and attention to detail that is typically dwarfish. He received his title after performing a small service for Queen AGANTIA of Skund (details unknown). He has done some service also as a highwayman . . . well, lowwayman, really. He has a natural attraction for Nanny OGG, who is probably his female equivalent. [from Reaper Man, Witches Abroad, Lords and Ladies]
*** Yes of course it’s the Ankh . . .