Leonal Felmet

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Duke Leonal Felmet
Name Leonal Felmet
Race Human
Physical appearance insect-like, thin. Wears lots of rings. Right hand is barely a hand.
Residence Lancre Castle, Lancre
Death dropped to death in Lancre Gorge, 1984 UC
Relatives cousin of Verence I
Marital Status Lady Felmet
Books Wyrd Sisters

Duke Leonal ruled the kingdom of Lancre for a while after murdering King Verence I. He had a mind like a clock, and like that clock it regularly went "cuckoo". He married Lady Felmet for the power, but found that she kept it anyway. Murdering his cousin to become king drove him insane, leading to his death. Believing he was a ghost, he slipped on the battlements of Lancre Castle and dropped to his death in the river.

Duke Felmet's story resonates around the multiverse like so many others. We are familiar with a version known as the Scottish Play, which is associated with bad luck in the theater whenever it is performed. Our popular version relegates the Witches to the chorus; in Lancre they are always featured players.

Like the Roundworld version, Felmet's wife is infinitely more ambitious and she inspires his murder of the rightful king. However, in a characteristically neat twist, it is Felmet who loses his marbles with regard to the blood that won't wash away. In Shakespeare's play, it is Lady Macbeth who repeatedly washes her hand to rid herself of the stain: Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand? No; this my hand will rather The multitudinous seas incarnadine, Making the green one red. Duke Felmet washes his hand with increasing vigour and increasingly rough tools until it begins no longer to actually resemble a hand.

He bemuses Death by acting like a ghost when not yet dead. Asked why he's still here, Death calmly replies, Waiting . At that point, in a deeply-satisfactory-to-the-reader fashion, Felmet falls from the battlements. His venom is still not entirely abated however: he vows to stay around and 'make basket chairs creak alarmingly at nights.