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Ptaclusp IIb is one of the twin sons of Ptaclusp and is a character in Pyramids. His older brother is Ptaclusp IIa. IIb's name is an obvious play on the line from Hamlet, 'to be or not to be, that is the question. Pratchett has used this line in other books and it is therefore fitting that "IIb" becomes "not IIb" when he is replicated in the great pyramid fiasco. The family business is charged with builing the largest pyramid ever for the tomb of King Teppicymon. IIb is a paracosmical architect in charge of the design and construction. As they begin building, the Ptaclusps notice strange effects being caused by the pyramid: it is so big that it is randomly altering time even though it is not completed. Ptaclusp IIb explains this by stating that the completed pyramid (in the future) is thrusting random time effects back to the present. This effect is demonstrated when one of the worker's lunches rots away in an instant and also creates an effect known as time looping which creates duplicates of all the workers as well as himself and his brother. IIb argues strenuously and unsuccessfully with his father that they need to cap the pyramid because he can see that this behaviour is a danger to all. His father, ever mindful of the need for a proper media event and publicity ceremony refuses, with disastrous results. After pyramids fall out of fashion, during the reign of Ptraci, IIb and the family business expand their operation to include building bridges over the Djel river with good platforms from which to drop boulders on the crocodiles.

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