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Arthur is a friend of Teppic at the School for Assassins. Initially he appears to be a an archetypical immature boy, out of his depth in a boarding school, saying his bedtime prayers [ie, sacrificing a goat] and being teased by the other student assassins, However, when threatened with the standard ragging prank of being tossed in a blanket, his true nature is revealed and it takes the rest of the dorm to remove the broken chair from his hands with which he is attacking his tormentors. It turns out that he is the son of a famous now-dead assassin, Johan Ludorum, and has a great capacity for controlled violence, despite his small stature, baby-faced appearance and blond curls. Not surprising, given his background, he passes the final exam with flying colours and Teppic notes that Arthur is allowed to use really interesting poisons and will probably stay for postgraduate work.

He and his mother appear to be the only remaining member of the Strict Authorised Ormist church.

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