Mustrum Ridcully

Archchancellor of Unseen University



Mustrum Ridcully




Archchancellor of Unseen University


Large, bearded, physically fit (for a wizard)


Unseen University, Ankh-Morpork


Mustrum Ridcully (the Brown) is the current Archchancellor of Unseen University. Before becoming the Archchancellor he had been away from the University for almost 40 years living in the countryside in the Ramtops. He had relatives near Bad Ass, where he was the one-time romantic interest of Esme Weatherwax.
A wizard of the 7th level by the age of 27. He rejoined the Unseen University when it was thought that he would only last for just long enough for the Wizards of the Unseen University to take a break from all the changes in Archchancellor that result from several hundred wizards all wanting the top spot at the university, and all being willing to use any means necessary to get it. The wizards thought they would be getting the sort of countryside wizard who talks to birds in soft voices, wears brown and reveres mother nature (y’know, a push over).

What they got was someone who shoots birds (and anything else), talks at a consistent shout, wears jogging suits and has about as much respect for mother nature as he does for the members of the faculty (which is not a lot). Early attempts to bump off Ridcully resulted in the ambitious Wizard being stabbed with his own knife, having his head repeatedly slammed in doors or being surreptitiously shot with a crossbow. As a result, any upwardly mobile wizards are now less upright, immobile and enjoying the huge dinners and lack of effort that comes with a stable hierarchy.

As a leader, Ridcully is completely closed off to any new ideas and refuses to listen to anyone whose problems take more than a minute to explain. He reasons that if someone is still trying to explain it after a few minutes, it’s probably just about important enough to warrant some attention. He is simple, in that his mind is very hard to change, but he is by no means stupid, and he knows Wizardry inside out, and back to front. It’s just all these new “uncertainty principles” and other strange ideas from the younger wizards that he can’t, or refuses to, understand. In fact, that is just as well, because the younger wizards don’t understand it, either; what they do is speculate very extensively.

(copied from wiki)

Mustrum Ridcully

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