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Emancipor "Mancy" Reese was the faithful manservant[1] of the necromancers Bauchelain and Korbal Broach. He was described as being at least six or seven decades old and hailed from Lamentable Moll on the island of Theft. He was described by his wife, Subly as being nothing but "scrawn and bone".[2] His face was lined and sun-scoured, his hair was streaked with grey, and he had a mustache.[3][4]

In his youth he served with the Theftian militias that had turned back the invading Korelri legions at the battle of Estbanor's Grief and still carried the sword scars on his arms. [5] When pressed he could still summon the strength and determination of a veteran and he kept his black-iron broadsword hanging in the hall of his home.[6] Later, he spent twenty years as a coxswain on the trader ship, Searime.[7]

Prior to his engagement as manservant, he served as a sailor, coachman, and cook. These previous engagements had earned him the nickname of "Mancy the Luckless". He was said to have survived as many wrecks as he'd worked aboard and upon retiring to work as a coachman, had been predeceased by every employer. He jokingly referred to himself as "Hood's Herald".[8]

He could read and write the languages of Moll, Theftian, Stygg, and "Mell'zan". He was also familiar with horse husbandry, sewing, map reading and navigation, knots, and rope braiding.[9]

He was also father to two children, nominally his own though they had rather suspiciously both been born while he was away at sea.

Reese used a number of drugs to cope with the horrors he was exposed to in service of his necromantic masters including Durhang, D'bayang, and Uthurl.

Bauchelain read Reese's future and foresaw that he would die laughing.[10]

In Blood FollowsEdit

Emancipor Reese needed new employment after his latest ill-fated master, the merchant Baltro, was murdered by the serial killer stalking Lamentable Moll. He drunkenly replied to a notice for a manservant left by necromancers Bauchelain and Korbal Broach. Reese blustered his way through the interview process, intriguing Bauchelain with his history of luckless employers. Reese was happy to accept a job that took him away from Subly and the children and paid far more than expected.

He soon came to regret his decision when he discovered the true nature of his employers. On the voyage out of Moll on the Suncurl, Reese discovered Korbal Broach's "child" stowed among their luggage and became violently ill.[11]

In The Lees of Laughter's EndEdit

Reese spent his time on the Suncurl calming his nerves (over his employment situation and his disgust with Korbal's child) with copious use of Durhang. For this he was upbraided by Bauchelain, who took away the drug and told to him to expect much worse in their employ.[12] When Captain Sater came to consult with Bauchelain regarding the lich rampaging in the ship's hold, Reese mistakenly prepared a Bloodwine refreshment for his master. Bauchelain forced Reese from his cabin before the wine's effects completely took hold.[13] As panic swept over the ship in the wake of the lich's attacks, Reese attempted restore order at sword point. The sailors turned on "Mancy the Luckless", the doom of ships, and strung him up from the mainmast as a sacrifice to Mael.[14] He spent the rest of the ensuing chaos in the crow's nest in relative safety with Bena Younger and her mother.

In The Wurms of BlearmouthEdit

Shortly after departing Laughter's End, the Suncurl was attacked by the Unreasoning Vengeance. Her crew of Chanters sought vengeance against Captain Sater for stealing the Toll's City treasury. Bauchelain and Broach helped defend the ship, but the Suncurl was ultimately wrecked on a reef off the coast of Spendrugle.[15] Bauchelain pulled Reese from the surf without somehow getting wet himself while Broach flew to safety in crow form.[16] Bauchelain and Reese were met on the beach by locals come to separate any weakened survivors from their belongings, but Reese recognized them for what they were. Comber Whuffine Gaggs slyly suggested that master and servant pay a visit to local lord Fangatooth Claw.[17]

Reese went to the King's Heel tavern to recover and fell into the hands of innkeeper Feloovil Generous. Thinking to turn Reese and his masters against the town's sorcerer-tyrant Lord Fangatooth Claw, she invited him to her room and introduced him to her breasts "Stout" and "Sidelopp". Reese was horrified to realize her breasts had mouths, teeth, and tongues in place of nipples. She assured him they could not speak as they licked their lips.[18] A violent argument between Spilgit, Felittle, and Felittle's lizard cat gave Reese the needed distraction to escape back to his masters.[19]

At Wurms Keep, Reese commiserated with scribe Coingood over their shared servitude to madmen. When Lord Fangatooth Claw poisoned their food, Reese was shocked to find Bauchelain had made him immune to yellow paralt by lightly poisoning his rustleaf for months.[20] Reese could barely constrain himself from eating the demon infested cookies that Bauchelain prepared in response to Fangatooth's treachery.[21] After Fangatooth perished, the necromancers and their servant left town on a massive black-lacquered carriage. Bauchelain confided to Reese that he was their longest surviving manservant and that this made Bauchelain feel some affection towards him. After all, Bauchelain had been forced to murder all of the others for their disloyalty.[22]

In Memories of IceEdit

Three years after leaving Lamentable Moll,[23] Reese and his masters traveled for the first time to Darujhistan on Genabackis. Arriving shortly after the events of Gardens of the Moon, the necromancers were introduced to the existence of the Malazan Empire and Moon's Spawn. They visited the new Finnest House in the city before heading along the caravan road towards Capustan, Reese bringing along his bedraggled new cat Squirrel. While traveling, Bauchelain ordered Reese to bring him the well-respected caravan guard captain Gruntle. The necromancer hoped to convince Gruntle to accompany him and Broach into the remains of the Jaghut Tyrant Raest's prison, but the guard captain declined.[24]

Their group was soon joined by the caravan guard, Buke, who secretly planned to kill the necromancers for a string of murders they likely committed in Darujhistan. Reese found sonething of a confidante in Buke, chilling the man with stories of their previous adventures.[23]

The necromancers were rejoined by Gruntle's caravan in time for an attack by six undead K'Chain Che'Malle K'ell hunters. Reese was severely injured and his cat escaped.[23]

In The Healthy DeadEdit

Four years after leaving Lamentable Moll, Reese, Bauchelain, and Korbal Broach arrived on the outskirts of Quaint.[25] They were one step ahead of an army pursuing them after they burned down half of the last town they had visited.[26] Determined to keep a low profile they were nevertheless persuaded by Imid Factallo and Elas Sil to bring down the tyrannical health-based regime of King Macrotus for a large chest of gold and silver coins.[27] Bauchelain stripped Reese of all his illicit substances and sent him into the city.

Inside Quaint, a series of misunderstandings resulted in Reese being recognized as the prophesized First Saint of Most Glorious Labour.[28] Well Knight Invett Loath brought Reese directly before the king. In the process, Reese lent Loath his D'bayang tainted handkerchief, which set the mind altered Purest of Paladins on a righteous mission to adjudicate the entire sinful population at swordpoint.[29] Mass chaos ensued.

Bauchelain and Broach put their own plans into motion by raising the city's dead from their graves. Upon entering the now burning city, Bauchelain was impressed by Reese's work, saying his own efforts had been unnecessary and that the chest of coins rightly belonged to Reese.[30] Appalled by the violence he had inadvertently ignited, Reese returned to their camp.

In Crack'd Pot Trail Edit

Bauchelain, Broach, and Reese travelled the Cracked Pot Trail to reach Farrog, home of the Indifferent God. The two necromancers, deciding that the god had "reneged on the most precious covenant of all", had determined that its life was forfeit. As they made the final ferry crossing to the city they witnessed a peculiar accident as a carriage, in its haste to make the ferry, fell over three hundred feet to the river from the nearby cliffs.[31]

Quotes Edit

"Show me a man who can't smoke and you're looking at the end of civilization."
―Emancipor Reese[src]

Notes and referencesEdit

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