"And we'd all better join you or be destroyed? That'll get your lip split in our neighborhood, mister."
Strengths: Absolute Faith of Ruler, Carefully Guards Secrets
Weaknesses: Lack of Speech, Unwise In Love
First Appearance: TBFGK 99
Countess Bunny Velvetino was a Noble Thinkamancer in the service of Don King of the side of Transylvito. She only communicated via Thinkamancy projection, having "lost her voice." Erf-b3-p61 She was a Baddie, excommunicated from the majority of Thinkamancy by the Great Minds That Think Alike, which she explains as "she broke under the weight of their secrets." Erf-b3-p159. Bunny never visited the Magic Kingdom and was scarcely known to other Thinkamancers.
Bunny was labeled as a Baddie due to her experiments with Bill the Dollamancer thousands of turns ago, when she was still an adept. Intrigued by Bill's desire to bring his Dolls to life, she started sharing Thinkamancy secrets and eventually linked up with Bill to create a hide golem that she could see and hear through. When disclosing the results of this experiment to the Great Minds, she was spellbound and warned that she would be marked as a Baddie if she crafted any more golems in this nature, disclosed any more secrets, or discussed the golem with Bill.
Bunny attempted to follow the restrictions and avoided Bill thereafter. However, Bill still had access to the golem, and often touched it to try and regain her attention. Over the course of many turns his use of the golem became increasingly forward, and he eventually began to abuse it sexually. Bunny was able to fight off the transmitted sensations for a time, but grew increasingly weary from the effort and lack of sleep. Eventually, after dropping a Thinkagram during a key battle, she confessed everything to her lover Prince Ponzie. Erf-b3-p60
That confession triggered the Badness spell that had been placed on her. The spell automagically shut down her connection to various channels of Thinkamancy, and permanently removed her ability to speak. In revenge for the abuse and its result, Ponzie violated Bill every night for ten turns.Erf-b3-p165 Bunny was present the first night, but not later as it seemed Ponzie was driven not just by revenge. Bunny then fell out of love with the Prince, seing him for what he is when he described his plan to attempt an assassination of Don King. She warned the King about it and the Prince was disbanded.
More than 7200 turns laterErf-b3-p60, after the Battle for Gobwin Knob, Bunny triggered the spellbinding a second and final time. In defense of her lover Caesar Borgata and out of duty to her side, she used a secret Thinkamancy power to croak her ruler Don King. Revealing that secret in front of witnesses caused the spell to tunnel through her mind searching for the motivations behind these actions. In the process, the spell tore Bunny's mind apart.Erf-b3-p217
The Great Minds exiled Bunny from Thinkamancy for failing to remain silent about her experiments with Bill. Isaac explains she was branded a Baddie because "she broke an oath to the Great Minds for reasons of love." Parson has told her that if she helps him defeat Charlie, the Great Minds will pardon her. Isaac has expressed strong resistance to this plan, and the Great Minds were displeased at the result of her initial meeting with Parson. Erf-b3-p72
Bunny had a romantic relationship with Caesar, whom she referred to as "Squeeze" or "Squeezie." Any spare juice Bunny had at the end of turn was usually spent in communication with Caesar, Erf-b2-p26 and the two engaged in liaisons whenever Caesar visited Transylvito.
It is unknown if anyone within Transylvito was aware of their affair, but they went to great lengths to keep it hidden. Caesar deliberately ignored Bunny whenever they were both in Don King's presence Erf-b3-p147, and they had a rule not to do anything together where anyone can see them. Erf-b3-p149 In public, Caesar flirted with others like Dewy Tulips to throw off suspicion.
Don King needed Bunny like he needed air.Erf-b3-p61 His Signamancy didn't allow flight or any travel, but Thinkamancy could indefinitely extended the range of doombats' scouting. He held her in his absolute trust, due to her once saving his life from an assassination attempt by her own lover. Erf-b3-p217. Don was comfortable enough to express himself freely in front of Bunny, be it despair Erf-b2-p59 or fury Erf-b2-pE18.
In the final conflict between Don and Caesar Borgata, Bunny's love for Caesar and duty toward her Side compelled her to turn against her king. She used a secret Thinkamancy power to croak Don by cutting his Grandiocosmic String. Erf-b3-p217
It is suggested that the fallout of Bunny's status as a Baddie also affected the Prince Ponzie's failed coup for Transylvito's throne.Erf-b3-p61
If Caesar leads a coup d'état against Don King, Bunny's support would be crucial in coordinating the revolutionaries and feeding misinformation to the loyalists. That may be why he keeps the relationship secret.
A Thinkamancer's highest loyalty is to Thinkamancy itself. While the Great Minds have little real authority over their fellow Thinkamancers and must respect their own lives and desires, the Thinkamancers remain one of the most unified disciplines. Since the Great Minds are trying to use Parson to attack Charlie, Bunny might encourage Caesar to ally with Gobwin Knob, if Caesar takes power, and if Bunny has any remaining loyalty to the Great Minds.
The necklace she wears is similar to the all-seeing-eye worn by Maggie, which may signify former membership in the Great Minds. It should be noted, however, that the eye on Bunny's necklace is closed Erf-b3-p164 - likely a mark of her "Baddie" status, that her vision is limited (or closed off) from the Great Minds.
Real World References
Her full name is a reference to the children's book The Velveteen Rabbit by Margaret Williams, in whose story love also plays a major role. This book is also about a doll becoming alive, what ties deeply with what Bunny got bad for. The ending of the surname could have been influenced by Cesare Borgia's title — 'Duke Valentino'.
There are also many variations of a story about a woman who always wears a ribbon, sometimes velvet, around her neck. She falls in love with a man who loves her back, and they are happy together for a time. He often asks her why she always wears the ribbon and she never tells him why, just requests that he never remove it. The woman is cursed- if she ever removes the ribbon, her head will fall from her shoulders, but she can never tell this to anyone. After a time the man becomes angry/curious about the woman's secrecy with the ribbon, and removes it in her sleep, beheading her. In this analogy the woman is Bunny and the man is Ponzie (but later becomes her duty, which she croaks for), the ribbon represents the spellbinding (as she can't speak at all), and the beheading represents Bunny's mind unravelling because of the spell.
Her name may also be a reference to the traditional "bunny eared" television antennas, since communication using Thinkamancy is popularly seen as similar to radio communication.
Another reference might be to the vampire rabbit Bunnicula from the James Howe children's book series.
And to the telepath Bunny from the Babylon 5 book trilogy, The Passing of the Techno-Mages.