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Archduke Fifi le Yipyap is the mayor of Falderal, and Fearless Warhound of Falderal.

BackgroundEdit

He is found three times on the Falderal streets, and once in the town hall, where he serves as a judge. His private parlor is also inside the town hall, and, upon accessing it, both Rosella and Valanice comment on how tacky it looks.

Valanice enters Falderal, the Archduke interrogates her, but he welcomes her to Falderal, advising to "please take the Faux Shop with a grain of salt." (A hint to eat the salt crystals from the desert to be able to enter the Faux Shop.) He is distrustful of her, however, having never seen a human being before (despite Ceres and Attis living nearby, it seems he has never left the confines of Falderal), instead choosing to refer to her as a "pink thing." The entrance to the town hall is made off limits to Valanice because it's the Archduke's birthday, but Valanice can sneak in after obtaining the masquerade mask from the China Shop. Later in the same chapter, Valanice takes the green cheese from the fountain, which Chicken Petite believed to be the moon, and is arrested by the Archduke for moon thievery.[1]

Later, Valanice stands before a tribunal where the Archduke is the judge. She is found "Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!" by a jury of Falderanians and sentenced to remain in town until she can find a way to return the moon to the sky. She does so by using a tree with a sling-shot shaped bush and a rubber chicken to launch the green cheese into the air, and is given a full pardon by the Archduke. This is the last we see of him as the only Falderanian who will talk to her is Ersatz de Faux.[2]

Later Rosella travels to Falderal and enters, the Archduke greets her as he did Valanice. "Oh, another pink thing. Hello, pink thing." When Rosella talks to the townsfolk, they mention that Valanice was arrested, but acquitted.[3] When Rosella enters the town hall, she finds the magic mirror that is an entrance to the Archduke's parlor is boarded up, to prevent other beings from using it, again (as Valanice had previously used it to get into his parlor to steal the magic statuette). She finds the parlor itself is empty.[4]

Personality and traitsEdit

He is a very hyperactive poodle, who spits a lot while speaking. He likes to make up many ridiculous punishments for those who are accused of breaking crimes in Nonsense Land and Falderal.

As a leader he is very much like the animal he personifies, often ending his loud ranting sentences with several yipping dog barks. He also has many french mannerisms, including walking with a cane and gloves and taking snuff. He appears to have a powdered wig, and also a black mole on his cheek.

Titles and nicknamesEdit

  • Archduke Fifi le Yipyap
  • Arch-Duke Fifi le YipYap
  • Arch-Duke Fifi
  • Arch-Duke
  • Fearless Warhound of Falderal

Sentences and punishmentsEdit

Fifi and his jury offers several nonsense sentences in order to punish Valanice (many of which include banishment to likely non-existant lands, or at least impossible or unlikely situations). These include;

Finally they decide upon, making her put the moon back into the sky.

Behind the scenesEdit

In the files the character's name is Arch-Duke Fifi le YipYap/Yipyap. It is YipYap in the KQ7 Hintbook as well. In the KQC it is 'Archduke Fifi le Yipyap'[6]

  1. Chapter 3 events
  2. Chapter 5 events
  3. This appears to cause a quirk in the continuity, as Valanice was found guilty and pardoned in the following chapter. However, one has to realize that most of the chapters are running 'parallel' to each other, and are not directly chronologically linear with each other. This is made a bit more clear in the novelization, which adapts some of the missing scenes from the game's script. It helps to understand, that when Rosella reaches Falderal in chapter 4, Valanice had already helped Falderal out (as shown in Chapter 5), and had left for Ooga Booga. Before Valanice leaves town (chapter 5), the nymph statuette points out that Rosella is still in Ooga Booga (chapter 4). The novelization points out the point where the two chapters cross is at the point where both enter the Were-Woods. Its suggested that both entered into woods about the same time, and had passed each other without even knowing it, in confusing dark woods. Similarly chapters 1+3 and 2 occur more or less simultaneously to each other. That is Rosella is in Vulcanix, and making her escape around the same time that Valanice is in the desert, and making her way into the Bountiful Woods/Falderal.
  4. Chapter 4 events
  5. KQC4E, 380
  6. KQC4E, pg 377

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