"My secrets, whatever they may be, are not for sale."
First Mentioned: Hvs.tCF 138
First Appearance: Hvs.tCF 161
Claud Gauntlet is a Decrypted master-class Dollamancer belonging to Gobwin Knob. He is a tall man with dark hair, in a striped suit. Freakishly, his eyes seem to be located on his glasses, rather than in the eye sockets.
Previously, he was a qualified free caster on contract to Charlescomm, and a resident of the Magic Kingdom. He was responsible for the construction of Charlie's guns, and Ivan Poe stated that he is the only one in the Magic Kingdom meant to know what a gun even is. Claud also created the either-net.
He was frightened of losing his Qualified status and being charged with crimes related to his work for Charlie, as was witnessed when Ace Hardware confronted him about Bonnie disclosing Charlescomm secrets. Erf-b3-p194 Due to the fact that Charlie would not directly hire either him or Ivan, the two casters conspired to break Ivan out of the Dirtamansion using an action figure and the Wonky Wrench.Erf-b3-p202
- For additional details of Claud and Ivan's sub-Erf-ean exploits, see Ivan Poe.
Charlie's guns are auto-specialled, and he linked with some Weirdomancer to create the Dismiss Perfect Warlord spell. It is entirely probable Claud has skill in Weirdomancy, another branch of Spookism.
Real World References
Several other elements of Claud's character are references to Burton films, such as the Gothic design of his house and the way his striped suit resembles Beetlejuice. This is also reinforced by the fact that when Charlie adopts a guise similar to Johnny Depp's Willy Wonka from Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Charlie stated it "had a thematic resonance with Claud's Signamancy".