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The Patrician is the ruler of the city of Ankh-Morpork. Since the death of the last king of the city (Lorenzo the Kind, executed by "Old Stoneface" Vimes) three centuries prior to the events of the books, Ankh-Morpork has been ruled by a succession of lords whose only qualification is survival for a period longer than that taken to boil the average egg.

Patricians mentioned in the books include:

  • Nersch the Lunatic
  • Olaf Quimby II
  • Frenzied Earl Hagarth
  • Giggling Lord Smince (whose main claim to fame was his Laugh-A-Minute Dungeon)
  • Laughing Lord Scapula
  • Deranged Lord Harmoni
  • Homicidal Lord Winder (at power during the bulk of the events of Night Watch)
  • Mad/Psychoneurotic Lord Snapcase (Vetinari's predecessor, in power at the end of Night Watch)
  • One or more unnamed Patricians (who may or may not be Vetinari) appearing in The Colour of Magic and mentioned in Mort
  • Lord Havelock Vetinari (the current Patrician, directly mentioned since Sourcery)
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