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}}{{Quote|As the husband and Duke, you have to first attend to your own responsibilities.|Ron Grapple to Muzuri Conchita|Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita}}
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{{Quote|You must carry out your duties as duke first, Master.|Ron Grapple to Muzuri Conchita|Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita}}
'''Ron Grapple''' was the grand chamberlain of the [[Conchita Family|Conchita family]]. Serving closely to [[Muzuri Conchita]], he was among the household inadvertently [[Gula Disease|cursed]] during the duke's daughter [[Banica Conchita|Banica's]] birthday celebration. Becoming one of the few survivors of the plight, the man continued working for the ruined noble family.
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'''Ron Grapple''' was the grand chamberlain of the [[Conchita Family|Conchita family]]. Serving closely to [[Muzuri Conchita]], he was among the household inadvertently [[Gula Disease|cursed]] during the [[Five Dukes|duke's]] daughter [[Banica Conchita|Banica's]] birthday celebration. Becoming one of the few survivors of the plight, the man continued working for the ruined noble family.
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
 
 
===Early Life===
 
===Early Life===
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{{Quote|Master, they’ve just now moved all of the livestock into the barn, but…''"<br/>"''Ho, any delicious looking animals there?''"<br/>"''Well, it's…it seems that there are animals that we don’t know who sent them.|Ron and Muzuri|Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita}}
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Ron was born in the third century [[EC]] as the son of [[List of Minor Characters in Evil Food Eater Conchita#Aybee Cee|Aybee Cee]].{{ref|story|Outlaw & Lychgate|Chapter 3}} He was hired as a servant to [[Five Dukes|Duke]] [[Muzuri Conchita]] around EC 293 and eventually became the grand chamberlain. In November of EC 296, Ron stood by as his employer oversaw the gifts given in honor of the birth of Muzuri's daughter, [[Banica Conchita|Banica]], explaining to the scatterbrained duke that the sword and shield had come from Empress [[Juno Beelzenia|Juno]]. As Muzuri accepted gifts, Ron had to calm him over not yet being able to be with his daughter and his wife, [[Megour Conchita|Megour]].
   
{{Quote|My Lord, the livestock has been transferred to the barn...''"<br/>"''Does it look like a delicious animal, yes or no?''"<br/>"''Well, it... Evidently, it isn't known who the giver of the livestock is.|Ron and Muzuri|Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita}}
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Under the magical influence of [[AB-CIR]], who was using Aybee's body as a medium, Ron accepted a baemu with the vessel of Gluttony inside its stomach, under the impression that it was a gift for Banica from an unknown sender.{{ref|story|Outlaw & Lychgate|Chapter 3}} With it being housed in the [[Conchita Mansion|mansion]]'s barn, Ron went with Muzuri into the barn to inspect the red [[Bolganio Wildlife#Baemu Pig|pig]]. He then watched as Muzuri recognized the new red pig, the baemu, and was witness to his explanation on its rare, legendary status. After Muzuri determined the pig was a gift from God and to be served in tonight's banquet, he was left with the [[List of Minor Characters in Evil Food Eater Conchita#Conchita Stockman|stockman]] and helped carry the pig to the [[Conchita Mansion#Kitchen|kitchen]]. Like the rest of the staff, Ron ate the baemu pig during the celebratory feast that night.{{ref|book|Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita|Hors D'oeuvre}}
 
Born in the third century [[EC]], Ron was hired as a servant to Duke [[Muzuri Conchita]] around EC 293 and eventually became the grand chamberlain. In November of EC 296, Ron stood by as his employer oversaw the gifts given in honor of the birth of Muzuri's daughter, [[Banica Conchita|Banica]]. When the Duke asked who had sent the sword and shield, the chamberlain was taken aback and replied they had come from Empress [[Juno Beelzenia|Juno]], noting he should recognize them. As Muzuri expressed pleasure over all the new gifts, Ron pointed out how they were sent in advance due to the other nobles not being able to attend the birthday feast.
 
 
After the Duke cut him off, reminding him he knew this, Ron then heard him complain that he wanted to be with his daughter. The chamberlain told the Duke that she and [[Meguru Conchita|Meguru]] were with another chamberlain and that, as husband and Duke, he had other responsibilities to attend to. When Muzuri continued to complain Ron added that once he settled down he would be able to spend more time with Banica, telling him to be patient. Soon after, he was informed that a new gift was brought to the [[Conchita Mansion|mansion]], this time a live animal. Commanded to go have a look, Ron went to the door of the estate and found that the animal had already been delivered to the [[Conchita Mansion#Livestock Pens|barn]], and that the sender of the gift was unknown.
 
 
The chamberlain reported this to Muzuri and then followed his master inside to have a look at the [[Bolganio Wildlife#Baemu Pig|pig]]. He then watched as Muzuri recognized the new red pig, the baemu, and was witness to his explanation on its rare, legendary status. After Muzuri determined the pig was a gift from God and to be served in tonight's banquet, he was left with the [[List of Minor Characters in Evil Food Eater Conchita#Conchita Stockman|stockman]] and helped carry the pig to the [[Conchita Mansion#Kitchen|kitchen]]. Like the rest of the staff, Ron ate the baemu pig during the celebratory feast that night, as well as drinking too much alcohol.<ref>Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita - Hors D'oeuvre</ref>
 
   
 
===Ten Years of Gula===
 
===Ten Years of Gula===
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{{Quote|I don’t know if your case is the same as his, but at any rate, if you are able to hold out for ten years, there is a chance this illness–no, perhaps it would be better to call it a 'curse’–this curse will lift.|AB-CIR|Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita}}
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Dizzy from hangover the next morning, the chamberlain cleaned the [[Conchita Mansion#Courtyard|garden]] before discovering the [[List of Minor Characters in Evil Food Eater Conchita#Conchita Cook|head cook]] dead near the kitchen. The family [[List of Minor Characters in Evil Food Eater Conchita|doctor]] was summoned and confirmed the cook's death, although not his cause of death; fearing he was poisoned by the baemu, Ron reported his concerns to Muzuri and, once instructed, he had everyone examined by the doctor. With no one suffering similar symptoms after a day since eating the pig, everyone began believing the cook died of an unrelated illness. As a new death occurred each day for the next four days, the entire household became increasingly unnerved.
   
{{Quote|I don't know whether the incident of this time is the same as your current one, but if you hold off the disease—no, this "curse" as you call it, for ten years, you might be alright.|AB-CIR|Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita}}
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When Muzuri sought the council of AB-CIR regarding the recent deaths, Ron joined the Duke's meeting with the mage the next day; there he learned that the [[Glass of Conchita|wine glass]] found in the baemu's stomach was the source of the deaths, having summoned a curse known as the "[[Gula Disease]]" that could only be staved off by the household satiating their appetite for the next ten years. Ron then watched as AB-CIR took the wine glass and left.
   
Dizzy from hangover the next morning, the chamberlain cleaned the [[Conchita Mansion#Courtyard|garden]] before finding a [[List of Minor Characters in Evil Food Eater Conchita#Conchita Cook|man]] fallen by the back door to the kitchen. Recognizing the head cook, Ron asked what was wrong and then tried to summon help. After the family [[List of Minor Characters in Evil Food Eater Conchita|doctor]] came and told the chamberlain that the chef was indeed dead but not a known cause of death, Ron remembered how he had eaten the baemu. Suspecting the rare pig could've been poisoned, the chamberlain immediately reported his concerns to Muzuri.
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As the staff continued to die over time, Ron managed to satiate his appetite. Six years later, he attended a meal with Muzuri, Megour, and Banica, witnessing Megour trying to stuff Banica's leftovers down her throat despite his protests. Over time, he continued to satiate himself; when the ten year period finally passed, Ron was one of the only members of the Conchita household to survive the disease, alongside Muzuri and Banica.{{ref|book|Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita|Hors D'oeuvre}}
   
Afterward, the Duke ordered everyone to be examined by the doctor and Ron obeyed. Once everyone was checked for similar symptoms, the doctor told them they'd just have to wait and see, saying he'd stay overnight due to the circumstances so they should tell him if they notice anything. With no one suffering the same symptoms after a day since eating the pig, everyone began believing the cook died of an unrelated illness. As a new death occurred each day for the next four days, the entire household became increasingly unnerved.
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===Peculiar Engagement===
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{{Quote|Prince Carlos. Forgive me for presuming, but I suspect you are not all that eager to be engaged. But please, don’t abandon the Conchita family—No. Don’t abandon Lady Banica. I want more than anything for her to become happy.|Ron|Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita}}
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After Empress Juno stripped Muzuri of his authority over his territories, Ron took care of the household as the duke's health worsened.{{ref|book|Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita|Hors D'oeuvre}} Later, again under AB-CIR's influence, Ron was made to hire [[Arte]] and [[Pollo]] when they came to the mansion;{{ref|story|Outlaw & Lychgate|Chapter 3}} Ron had them take care of Banica in the wake of the deceased staff per Muzuri's instructions. Over the years, the twins refused to let him into their [[Conchita Mansion#Twins' Room|room]] to clean and he repeatedly told them to take care of their room and its fireplace or it'd become useless.{{ref|book|Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita|Poisson}}
   
When Muzuri sought the council of [[AB-CIR]] regarding the recent deaths, Ron joined the Duke's meeting with the mage the next day. After AB-CIR confirmed the [[Glass of Conchita|wine glass]] found in the baemu's stomach was the source of the deaths, Muzuri ordered Ron to retrieve the red wine glass from the [[Conchita Mansion#Basement|treasury]] vault and the chamberlain abided; once he returned with the wine glass in hand, Ron was shocked to see a red cat leap from the mage's robes and grapple the wine glass from him.
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In June of EC 311, Ron accompanied Banica, Arte, and Pollo to [[Marlon]] to meet with her betrothed, Prince [[Carlos Marlon|Carlos]], and introduced her to the prince. While witnessing Prince Carlos' reservations about the marriage and Banica's portly appearance, Ron firmly explained to him the circumstances that afflicted her, while fudging the truth that she had been afflicted with Gula as well.
   
After AB-CIR took the glass and stated it would be his payment, Ron listened to the mage confirm for Muzuri that the "[[Gula Disease]]" they suffered would only be stopped from progressing beyond one death per day. The mage then told them that a single man from Gula village survived by satiating his appetite for ten years and suggested they could possibly do the same. Once AB-CIR stated there was no other way and pointed out it should be possible if the feudal lord used his authority to collect food from his territory, the mage left.
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After Banica finished dining with Empress Juno, her Beelzenian ministers, and the [[Marlon Royal Family]] in February of EC 312, Ron witnessed Banica suddenly steal and devour the leftovers like an animal, frozen in horror with the rest of the party. Afterward, the furious King [[List of Minor Characters in Evil Food Eater Conchita#Charon Marlon|Charon]] broke off the engagement, fearing Banica was still afflicted with Gula, and the Conchita staff returned home with their mistress.{{ref|book|Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita|Soup}}
   
As the staff continued to die over time, Ron managed to satiate his appetite. Six years later, he attended a meal with Muzuri, Meguru, and Banica. Witnessing Meguru attempting to stuff the child's leftovers down her throat, the servant protested that she didn't need to force her to eat, pointing out the girl hadn't eaten the baemu; she ignored him and he watched the furious woman stuff the child's uneaten carrot's down her throat. Over time, he continued to satiate himself and survive the ordeal. When the ten year period finally passed, Ron was one of the only members of the Conchita household to survive the disease, alongside Muzuri and Banica.<ref>Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita - Hors D'oeuvre</ref>
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===Gourmet Noble Banica===
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When Banica, Arte, and Pollo began traveling abroad in January, EC 316, the aging Ron remained at the mansion and took care of Duke Muzuri over the next two years. After receiving a letter that the group was returning home from [[Lioness]] in a few days, Ron worried of the dangers of Banica being in enemy territory, although set up a meeting with Empress Juno at the imperial palace as requested.
   
===Service to Banica===
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On the day of his mistress' expected return, Ron gave Muzuri medicine and received Banica along with Arte and Pollo, although late in the evening due to travel complications. After a warm greeting from Banica and a rude one from the twins, Ron listened to Banica describe how she enjoyed her trip and brought many souvenirs. After preventing her from waking her resting father, he related he had made the arrangements she requested and watched her depart for the imperial palace.
   
{{Quote|Prince Carlos. With all due respect, you may not be too keen about this engagement. However, please don't forsake the Conchita family—no, Lady Banica. I want her to be happy no matter what.|Ron|Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita}}
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In August of EC 321, Ron learned Empress Juno planned to restore the Conchita province to the Conchitas in light of Banica's success revitalizing Beelzenia's food culture. After seeing the excited Banica off to the [[Bolganio Wildlife#Trauben Fruit|trauben]] fields to pick the fruit for winemaking, he was summoned to Muzuri's quarters and Ron talked with him about Banica's progress, shortly before Muzuri told him he was going to pass away soon. Assuring him that he and the rest of the late staff bore him no ill will for having him eat the baemu, Ron listened as Muzuri began to entrust Banica to him before finally passing away.{{ref|book|Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita|Poisson}}
   
After Empress Juno stripped Muzuri of his authority over his territories, Ron took care of the household as the duke's health worsened.<ref>Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita - Hors D'oeuvre</ref> When [[Arte]] and [[Pollo]] came to the mansion, Ron agreed to hire them under to take care of Banica in the wake of the deceased staff per Muzuri's instructions. Over the years, the twins refused to let the head chamberlain into their room to clean and he repeatedly told them to take care of their room and its fireplace or it'd become useless.<ref>Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita - Poisson</ref>
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===Death and Revival===
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After Banica was appointed as the new Duke of the Conchita province two months later, Ron continued serving his new lord. When Banica left on a journey with Arte and Pollo in July of EC 323, Ron began cleaning the mansion while they were away; as he cleaned the twins' room, he found a red wine glass stashed in the fireplace. Recognizing the cursed glass, the shocked servant pocketed the cup and planned to go throw it out, only to be blocked by Arte and Pollo. Surprised and perplexed, he listened as the two told him that they would need the glass for Banica's sake, claiming that with it, she would either die or forge a [[contract]]. Ron was soon after murdered by Arte and Pollo,{{ref|book|Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita|Poisson}} cursed to never die and keep being [[Reanimation|reanimated]].{{ref|story|Outlaw & Lychgate|Chapter 3}}
   
In June of EC 311, Ron accompanied Banica, Arte, and Pollo to [[Marlon]] to meet with her betrothed, Prince [[Carlos Marlon|Carlos]], and introduced her to the Prince. After Banica finished dining with Empress Juno, her Beelzenian ministers, and the Marlon Royal Family in February of EC 312, Ron and the twins approached the dining table and began clearing the dishes. The party then saw Banica suddenly steal and devour the leftovers like an animal and were frozen in horror. Afterward, the furious King Charon broke off the engagement, fearing Banica was still afflicted with Gula, and the Conchita staff returned home with their mistress.<ref>Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita - Soup</ref>
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Later on, Ron was among the undead servants made to guard Banica's mansion. When the Beelzenian army surrounded the mansion in March of EC 325, Arte rode upon Ron as a steed while commanding the undead horde to slaughter the soldiers. Somehow, he also discovered that Banica had sired a [[List of Minor Characters in Evil Food Eater Conchita#Banica's Son|son]].{{ref|book|Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita|Viande}} Sent out to ravage the province, the undead Ron eventually wandered into [[Re Tasan]] and, wounding three soldiers, was captured under the [[List of Minor Characters in Evil Food Eater Conchita#Re Tasan Mayor|mayor's]] orders. There, he was locked up in the city's local jail.
   
In August of EC 321, Ron learned Empress Juno planned to restore the Conchita province to the Conchitas in light of Banica's success revitalizing Beelzenia's food culture. After seeing the excited Banica off to the trauben fields to pick the fruit for winemaking, he was summoned to Muzuri's quarters and obeyed. Asking what was wrong, the chamberlain looked upon the lord's thin appearance and recalled his original obesity before the curse. Muzuri replied he just wanted to talk to him and Ron abided.
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In August, the mayor brought [[Elluka Clockworker]] and [[Platonic]] to him; Elluka performed a spell on Ron, [[Incantations#Restore Consciousness|allowing him to speak]]. As she questioned him about his name as well as what happened at the Conchita mansion, Ron explained in phrases what he knew, telling Elluka that the wineglass was the source of everything and asking her to save Banica and her child. Soon after, Ron's body fell apart and was reduced to a skeleton.{{ref|book|Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita|Dessert}}
   
Asked about Banica's whereabouts, Ron related her recent departure. When the lord noted she was doing well, Ron pointed out Juno's agreement to return their province for Banica's contributions. Hearing the Duke wonder if the people would forgive him regardless, Ron shook his head and insisted that they'd welcome him due to Banica's food contributions. As the servant supposed he'd make a full recovery, Muzuri interrupted to say he wouldn't and that the citizens would  the territory being governed brilliantly by his daughter.
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Over time, the mindless Ron regained his sanity, as well as developed the power to control corpse soldiers himself due to being Aybee's son, who was an [[Inheritors|inheritor]] of the [[Demon of Gluttony]].{{ref|story|Outlaw & Lychgate|Chapter 3}}
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===Gate of the Dead===
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[[File:OutlawIllust2.png|thumb|right|Ron is confronted by Lich and Seth]]After the world's end and the creation of the [[Periods#Fourth Period|Fourth Period]] in EC 1000, Ron began working with [[Amostia]], an [[irregular]] created by [[Seth Twiright]], in order to lift his curse, which still remained. Told by Amostia that mourning Banica would release her [[soul]] and undo his curse, Ron led a funeral procession for her to [[Retasan Fortress]], using a coffin that, unbeknownst to him, actually contained the corpse of the earthling [[Luna Hazuki]]. To this end, he also controlled the Outlaws, corpse soldiers that began showing up towards the world's end.
   
Understanding his meaning, Ron tried to insist he was wrong to cheer him up when the lord again stopped him and he finally relented. Muzuri then asked if he bore a grudge against him and the confused servant questioned his words. Once the Duke explained his regret in letting them eat the baemu that brought the chamberlain and Banica so much pain and killed everyone else, Ron saw the heartfelt tears in his eyes and asked him why he thought no one who died of Gula voiced their displeasure about what happened.
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During this time, Ron presumably had Retasan Fortress take the shape of the Conchita Mansion. While the procession was underway, Ron was in the grand chamberlain's room when he was confronted by [[Lich Arklow]] and Seth; he then explained his reasons for arranging the funeral. With the arrival of Amostia to the scene, the three transferred to the dining room, where there was a gate leading to a parallel world.
   
Met with no response, he continued that the baemu was so tasty that they believed they wouldn't have any regrets even if they suffered and died, assuring him that he was at least grateful to the Duke and would never blame him. The touched lord then asserted that Meguru still wouldn't forgive him and that he'd therefore need to go to her and apologize. Seeing him close his eyes, the shocked Ron realize yelled as his lord whispered in wonder if Meguru was still angry after so long, beginning to entrust Banica to the chamberlain before he finally passed away.<ref>Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita - Poisson</ref>
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Soon after, Amostia revealed his deception and admitted that the corpse in the coffin wasn't Banica's, and that he would release the Outlaws from their condition, although clarifying that he wouldn't be able to cure Ron of his curse. Amostia then disappeared through the gate with Luna's corpse and the Outlaws, except for Ron, were set free from their physical bodies. While Seth went ahead in the carriage, Lich walked back to [[Lucifenia]] on foot with Ron and the former Outlaws.{{ref|story|Outlaw & Lychgate|Chapter 3}}
   
===Fatal Revelation===
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Ron and Lich eventually arrived at the palace, with Ron accompanying Lich as he went to the back gates of the palace after learning from King [[Arth Lucifen d'Autriche]] that Banica and her servants had returned. With some persuasion from Lich, Ron fearfully approached [[Gretel|Arte]] and [[Hänsel|Pollo]], who greeted him and were asked by Lich to lift their curse.{{ref|story|Outlaw & Lychgate|Chapter 4}}
 
{{Quote|We simply follow Lord Banica.''"<br/>"''We simply follow what Lord Banica decides.''"<br/>"''So―''"<br/>"''don't get in the way.|Pollo and Arte|Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita}}
 
 
After Banica was appointed as the new Duke of the Conchita province two months later, Ron continued serving his new lord. When Banica left on a journey with Arte and Pollo in July of EC 323, Ron began cleaning the mansion while they were aware, certain even he could handle that while the twins went with their lord. Seeing the twins hadn't cleaned their room, the exasperated chamberlain entered and began working. Recalling they had served the Conchitas for over a decade, Ron questioned why they seemingly hadn't aged since he hired them before realizing he couldn't remember where he even found them. Wondering if he was getting old, Ron blamed his forgetfullness on his age and continued working.
 
 
Once he finished picking up the scattered items on the floor, Ron went over to clean the fireplace and noticed a small hole in the back. Seeing something clogged in it, he lodged his arm inside and retrieved the red wine glass. Recognizing the cursed glass, the shocked servant pocketed the cup and immediately headed to the exit to throw it out somewhere. Blocked by Arte and Pollo, the surprised and perplexed chamberlain wondered why they returned and where Banica was when the twins stated they'd someday need the glass.
 
 
Ron immediately questioned if they brought it to the manor and they shook their heads and insisted Banica herself wanted to acquire it. He then exclaimed that it was a cursed tool and shouldn't be there and the approaching twins insisted that wasn't for them to decide. As he questioned what the terrifying duo was, he remembered why they were there and then heard them recite that dying or forging a [[contract]] was Banica's decision to make. Saying he shouldn't interfere, one grabbed Ron's arm and they both killed him.<ref>Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita - Poisson</ref>
 
 
===Undead Revival===
 
 
He was later [[Reanimation|revived]] along with the rest of the servants and made to guard Banica's mansion. When the Beelzenian army surrounded the mansion in March of EC 325, Arte rode upon Ron as a steed while commanding the undead horde to slaughter the soldiers. At some point, the corpse soldier discovered Banica had sired a [[List of Minor Characters in Evil Food Eater Conchita#Banica's Son|son]].<ref>Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita - Viande</ref> Sent out to ravage the province, the undead Ron eventually wandered into [[Re Tasan]] and was captured and caged by the populace there.
 
 
He was later released by [[Elluka Clockworker]] in August and the mage subsequently placed a palm on his forehead and [[Exorcism Magic|banished]] the [[Demon of Gluttony|demon's]] influence from him. As his [[body]] was reduced to a skeleton, he revealed all that he knew about the situation to the sorceress, begging her to help Banica and her baby by destroying the wine glass before his body completely fell apart.<ref>Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita - Dessert</ref>
 
   
 
==Personality and Traits==
 
==Personality and Traits==
{{Quote|M'lady! Unlike us, Lady Banica hasn't eaten the baemu. There's no need to force her to eat like that!|Ron to Meguru|Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita}}
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{{Quote|My Lady! Lady Banica didn’t eat the Baemu like the rest of us. There’s no need to force her to eat!|Ron to Megour|Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita}}
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Ron was a loving and loyal man, devoted to serving the Conchitas in both their best and worst of times. Polite and very formal, Ron believed in upholding the duties expected of both his noble lords and himself as their servant. As a result, he could be very strict with his constituents and even his aristocratic masters. However, the man could still relax and enjoy himself when presented the opportunity, enjoying drinking wine, partying, and even the occasional joke. As part of this, he was appreciative of fine cuisine like the baemu pig. He was also a kind and considerate of others, although nevertheless could be annoyed and unnerved by those such as Arte and Pollo.{{ref|book|Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita|Poisson}}
Ron was a loving and loyal man, devoted to serving the Conchitas in both their best and worst of times. Polite and very formal, Ron believed in upholding the duties expected of both his noble lords and himself as their servant. As a result, he could be very strict with his constituents and even his aristocratic masters. However, the man could still relax and enjoy himself when presented the opportunity, enjoying drinking wine and partying as well. He was also a kind and considerate of others.
 
 
Due to his long history with the family, the man shared a very close relationship with both Muzuri and Banica, caring for both their wellbeings and treating them with the utmost respect.<ref>Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita - Hors D'oeuvre</ref> Although having suffered Gula for a decade, Ron didn't blame Muzuri for the plight and supported his lord's decision to share the baemu with everyone, believing the cursed creature's delicious taste to have reflected the kind gesture.<ref>Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita</ref> Despite this, Ron wasn't above criticizing his master for his behavior and reminding him about his conduct.
 
 
Likewise, Ron was especially caring with Banica. Having witnessed the suffering, abuse, and death the child had grown up with,<ref>Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita - Hors D'oeuvre</ref> the aging servant treated her like the true victim of the events and wished only for her to find true happiness. Because of this, the servant was unafraid to stand up for the child when looked down upon by others and supported her in the same way he supported her father.<ref>Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita - Soup</ref> Though typically polite and tolerant, Ron was nevertheless annoyed and somewhat unnerved with Arte and Pollo's conduct as servants.<ref>Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita - Poisson</ref>
 
   
 
==Skills and Abilities==
 
==Skills and Abilities==
{{Quote|As expected of you, Ron. You remember things well.|Muzuri|Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita}}
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{{Quote|Astute of you, Ron. You remember so much.|Muzuri|Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita}}
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As a longtime servant, Ron was capable with cleaning and other menial chores, his skills honed from years of serving the Conchitas.{{ref|book|Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita|Poisson}} As the grand chamberlain, he handled all kinds of tasks in the family and often accompanied the feudal lords he served to fulfill whatever they required of him. His suitable decorum, manner, and memory also made him excellent as both an adviser and representative for the family.{{ref|book|Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita|Hors D'oeuvre}} However, Ron lacked any apparent combat skills.{{ref|book|Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita|Poisson}} As the son of Aybee, an inheritor of the Demon of Gluttony, Ron could control the undead, although was vulnerable to being controlled by Aybee himself. Due to the curse put on him by Arte and Pollo, Ron couldn't die and was continually reanimated; as a result, his soul couldn't leave his body.{{ref|story|Outlaw & Lychgate|Chapter 3}}
As a longtime servant, Ron was capable with cleaning and other menial chores, his skills honed from years of serving the Conchitas.<ref>Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita - Poisson</ref> As the grand chamberlain, he handled all kinds of tasks in the family and often accompanied the feudal lords he served to fulfill whatever they required of him. His suitable decorum, manner, and memory also made him excellent as both an adviser and representative for the family.<ref>Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita - Hors D'oeuvre</ref> However, Ron lacked any apparent combat skills.<ref>Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita - Poisson</ref>
 
   
 
==Character Connections==
 
==Character Connections==
[[Muzuri Conchita]]: Ron's employer. Ron faithfully served his master and believed him a kind, if scatterbrained man, whom he often ended up chastising as a result of his lackadaisical behavior. Despite his criticisms, Ron never blamed Muzuri for unleashing the gula plague and served him loyally until his lord's death, comforting him in his final moments and looking after his daughter similarly.
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[[Muzuri Conchita]]: Ron's employer. Ron faithfully served his master and believed him a kind, if scatterbrained man, whom he often ended up chastising as a result of his lackadaisical behavior. Despite his criticisms, Ron never blamed Muzuri for unleashing the Gula plague and served him loyally until his lord's death, comforting him in his final moments and looking after his daughter similarly.
   
[[Meguru Conchita]]: Ron's employer. Ron served Meguru loyally as a member of the Conchita family and cared for her as he did Muzuri. He was, however, horrified to see her conduct towards Banica during the gula plague, not understanding her spite towards the child.
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[[Megour Conchita]]: Ron's employer. Ron served Megour loyally as a member of the Conchita family and cared for her as he did Muzuri. He was, however, horrified to see her conduct towards Banica during the Gula plague, not understanding her spite towards the child.
   
[[Banica Conchita]]: Ron's later employer. Ron cared deeply for Banica from the day she was born and, although helpless to prevent her abuse during the gula plague, was protective of her whenever she faced scorn from others because of it. Ron faithfully served his master's daughter up until his death, his loyalty so strong that it became primal, present in his body even when his soul was gone.
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[[Banica Conchita]]: Ron's later employer. Ron cared deeply for Banica from the day she was born and, although helpless to prevent her abuse during the Gula plague, was protective of her whenever she faced scorn from others because of it. Ron faithfully served his master's daughter up until his death, his loyalty so strong that it became primal, present in his body even when his soul was gone.
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
 
 
===Conceptualization and Origin===
 
===Conceptualization and Origin===
 
 
*Ron's name is Scottish in origin, meaning "mighty counselor" or "ruler".
 
*Ron's name is Scottish in origin, meaning "mighty counselor" or "ruler".
 
*The English word ''grapple'' means to "engage in a close fight or struggle without weapons" or "wrestle".
 
*The English word ''grapple'' means to "engage in a close fight or struggle without weapons" or "wrestle".
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
 
 
*[[Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita]] <small>(first appearance)</small>
 
*[[Deadly Sins of Evil: Evil Food Eater Conchita]] <small>(first appearance)</small>
 
*[[Waltz of Evil: The Deadly Sins of Evil Guidebook]] <small>(mentioned only)</small>
 
*[[Waltz of Evil: The Deadly Sins of Evil Guidebook]] <small>(mentioned only)</small>
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*[[Outlaw & Lychgate]]
 
*[[Seven Crimes and Punishments (album)]] <small>(mentioned only)</small>
 
*[[Seven Crimes and Punishments (album)]] <small>(mentioned only)</small>
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*[[Master of the Heavenly Yard (album)]] <small>(mentioned only)</small>
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*[[Evils Extra]] <small>(mentioned only)</small>
   
 
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"You must carry out your duties as duke first, Master."
―Ron Grapple to Muzuri Conchita[src]

Ron Grapple was the grand chamberlain of the Conchita family. Serving closely to Muzuri Conchita, he was among the household inadvertently cursed during the duke's daughter Banica's birthday celebration. Becoming one of the few survivors of the plight, the man continued working for the ruined noble family.

History

Early Life

"Master, they’ve just now moved all of the livestock into the barn, but…"
"Ho, any delicious looking animals there?"
"Well, it's…it seems that there are animals that we don’t know who sent them."
―Ron and Muzuri[src]

Ron was born in the third century EC as the son of Aybee Cee.[1] He was hired as a servant to Duke Muzuri Conchita around EC 293 and eventually became the grand chamberlain. In November of EC 296, Ron stood by as his employer oversaw the gifts given in honor of the birth of Muzuri's daughter, Banica, explaining to the scatterbrained duke that the sword and shield had come from Empress Juno. As Muzuri accepted gifts, Ron had to calm him over not yet being able to be with his daughter and his wife, Megour.

Under the magical influence of AB-CIR, who was using Aybee's body as a medium, Ron accepted a baemu with the vessel of Gluttony inside its stomach, under the impression that it was a gift for Banica from an unknown sender.[1] With it being housed in the mansion's barn, Ron went with Muzuri into the barn to inspect the red pig. He then watched as Muzuri recognized the new red pig, the baemu, and was witness to his explanation on its rare, legendary status. After Muzuri determined the pig was a gift from God and to be served in tonight's banquet, he was left with the stockman and helped carry the pig to the kitchen. Like the rest of the staff, Ron ate the baemu pig during the celebratory feast that night.[2]

Ten Years of Gula

"I don’t know if your case is the same as his, but at any rate, if you are able to hold out for ten years, there is a chance this illness–no, perhaps it would be better to call it a 'curse’–this curse will lift."
―AB-CIR[src]

Dizzy from hangover the next morning, the chamberlain cleaned the garden before discovering the head cook dead near the kitchen. The family doctor was summoned and confirmed the cook's death, although not his cause of death; fearing he was poisoned by the baemu, Ron reported his concerns to Muzuri and, once instructed, he had everyone examined by the doctor. With no one suffering similar symptoms after a day since eating the pig, everyone began believing the cook died of an unrelated illness. As a new death occurred each day for the next four days, the entire household became increasingly unnerved.

When Muzuri sought the council of AB-CIR regarding the recent deaths, Ron joined the Duke's meeting with the mage the next day; there he learned that the wine glass found in the baemu's stomach was the source of the deaths, having summoned a curse known as the "Gula Disease" that could only be staved off by the household satiating their appetite for the next ten years. Ron then watched as AB-CIR took the wine glass and left.

As the staff continued to die over time, Ron managed to satiate his appetite. Six years later, he attended a meal with Muzuri, Megour, and Banica, witnessing Megour trying to stuff Banica's leftovers down her throat despite his protests. Over time, he continued to satiate himself; when the ten year period finally passed, Ron was one of the only members of the Conchita household to survive the disease, alongside Muzuri and Banica.[2]

Peculiar Engagement

"Prince Carlos. Forgive me for presuming, but I suspect you are not all that eager to be engaged. But please, don’t abandon the Conchita family—No. Don’t abandon Lady Banica. I want more than anything for her to become happy."
―Ron[src]

After Empress Juno stripped Muzuri of his authority over his territories, Ron took care of the household as the duke's health worsened.[2] Later, again under AB-CIR's influence, Ron was made to hire Arte and Pollo when they came to the mansion;[1] Ron had them take care of Banica in the wake of the deceased staff per Muzuri's instructions. Over the years, the twins refused to let him into their room to clean and he repeatedly told them to take care of their room and its fireplace or it'd become useless.[3]

In June of EC 311, Ron accompanied Banica, Arte, and Pollo to Marlon to meet with her betrothed, Prince Carlos, and introduced her to the prince. While witnessing Prince Carlos' reservations about the marriage and Banica's portly appearance, Ron firmly explained to him the circumstances that afflicted her, while fudging the truth that she had been afflicted with Gula as well.

After Banica finished dining with Empress Juno, her Beelzenian ministers, and the Marlon Royal Family in February of EC 312, Ron witnessed Banica suddenly steal and devour the leftovers like an animal, frozen in horror with the rest of the party. Afterward, the furious King Charon broke off the engagement, fearing Banica was still afflicted with Gula, and the Conchita staff returned home with their mistress.[4]

Gourmet Noble Banica

When Banica, Arte, and Pollo began traveling abroad in January, EC 316, the aging Ron remained at the mansion and took care of Duke Muzuri over the next two years. After receiving a letter that the group was returning home from Lioness in a few days, Ron worried of the dangers of Banica being in enemy territory, although set up a meeting with Empress Juno at the imperial palace as requested.

On the day of his mistress' expected return, Ron gave Muzuri medicine and received Banica along with Arte and Pollo, although late in the evening due to travel complications. After a warm greeting from Banica and a rude one from the twins, Ron listened to Banica describe how she enjoyed her trip and brought many souvenirs. After preventing her from waking her resting father, he related he had made the arrangements she requested and watched her depart for the imperial palace.

In August of EC 321, Ron learned Empress Juno planned to restore the Conchita province to the Conchitas in light of Banica's success revitalizing Beelzenia's food culture. After seeing the excited Banica off to the trauben fields to pick the fruit for winemaking, he was summoned to Muzuri's quarters and Ron talked with him about Banica's progress, shortly before Muzuri told him he was going to pass away soon. Assuring him that he and the rest of the late staff bore him no ill will for having him eat the baemu, Ron listened as Muzuri began to entrust Banica to him before finally passing away.[3]

Death and Revival

After Banica was appointed as the new Duke of the Conchita province two months later, Ron continued serving his new lord. When Banica left on a journey with Arte and Pollo in July of EC 323, Ron began cleaning the mansion while they were away; as he cleaned the twins' room, he found a red wine glass stashed in the fireplace. Recognizing the cursed glass, the shocked servant pocketed the cup and planned to go throw it out, only to be blocked by Arte and Pollo. Surprised and perplexed, he listened as the two told him that they would need the glass for Banica's sake, claiming that with it, she would either die or forge a contract. Ron was soon after murdered by Arte and Pollo,[3] cursed to never die and keep being reanimated.[1]

Later on, Ron was among the undead servants made to guard Banica's mansion. When the Beelzenian army surrounded the mansion in March of EC 325, Arte rode upon Ron as a steed while commanding the undead horde to slaughter the soldiers. Somehow, he also discovered that Banica had sired a son.[5] Sent out to ravage the province, the undead Ron eventually wandered into Re Tasan and, wounding three soldiers, was captured under the mayor's orders. There, he was locked up in the city's local jail.

In August, the mayor brought Elluka Clockworker and Platonic to him; Elluka performed a spell on Ron, allowing him to speak. As she questioned him about his name as well as what happened at the Conchita mansion, Ron explained in phrases what he knew, telling Elluka that the wineglass was the source of everything and asking her to save Banica and her child. Soon after, Ron's body fell apart and was reduced to a skeleton.[6]

Over time, the mindless Ron regained his sanity, as well as developed the power to control corpse soldiers himself due to being Aybee's son, who was an inheritor of the Demon of Gluttony.[1]

Gate of the Dead

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Ron is confronted by Lich and Seth

After the world's end and the creation of the Fourth Period in EC 1000, Ron began working with Amostia, an irregular created by Seth Twiright, in order to lift his curse, which still remained. Told by Amostia that mourning Banica would release her soul and undo his curse, Ron led a funeral procession for her to Retasan Fortress, using a coffin that, unbeknownst to him, actually contained the corpse of the earthling Luna Hazuki. To this end, he also controlled the Outlaws, corpse soldiers that began showing up towards the world's end.

During this time, Ron presumably had Retasan Fortress take the shape of the Conchita Mansion. While the procession was underway, Ron was in the grand chamberlain's room when he was confronted by Lich Arklow and Seth; he then explained his reasons for arranging the funeral. With the arrival of Amostia to the scene, the three transferred to the dining room, where there was a gate leading to a parallel world.

Soon after, Amostia revealed his deception and admitted that the corpse in the coffin wasn't Banica's, and that he would release the Outlaws from their condition, although clarifying that he wouldn't be able to cure Ron of his curse. Amostia then disappeared through the gate with Luna's corpse and the Outlaws, except for Ron, were set free from their physical bodies. While Seth went ahead in the carriage, Lich walked back to Lucifenia on foot with Ron and the former Outlaws.[1]

Ron and Lich eventually arrived at the palace, with Ron accompanying Lich as he went to the back gates of the palace after learning from King Arth Lucifen d'Autriche that Banica and her servants had returned. With some persuasion from Lich, Ron fearfully approached Arte and Pollo, who greeted him and were asked by Lich to lift their curse.[7]

Personality and Traits

"My Lady! Lady Banica didn’t eat the Baemu like the rest of us. There’s no need to force her to eat!"
―Ron to Megour[src]

Ron was a loving and loyal man, devoted to serving the Conchitas in both their best and worst of times. Polite and very formal, Ron believed in upholding the duties expected of both his noble lords and himself as their servant. As a result, he could be very strict with his constituents and even his aristocratic masters. However, the man could still relax and enjoy himself when presented the opportunity, enjoying drinking wine, partying, and even the occasional joke. As part of this, he was appreciative of fine cuisine like the baemu pig. He was also a kind and considerate of others, although nevertheless could be annoyed and unnerved by those such as Arte and Pollo.[3]

Skills and Abilities

"Astute of you, Ron. You remember so much."
―Muzuri[src]

As a longtime servant, Ron was capable with cleaning and other menial chores, his skills honed from years of serving the Conchitas.[3] As the grand chamberlain, he handled all kinds of tasks in the family and often accompanied the feudal lords he served to fulfill whatever they required of him. His suitable decorum, manner, and memory also made him excellent as both an adviser and representative for the family.[2] However, Ron lacked any apparent combat skills.[3] As the son of Aybee, an inheritor of the Demon of Gluttony, Ron could control the undead, although was vulnerable to being controlled by Aybee himself. Due to the curse put on him by Arte and Pollo, Ron couldn't die and was continually reanimated; as a result, his soul couldn't leave his body.[1]

Character Connections

Muzuri Conchita: Ron's employer. Ron faithfully served his master and believed him a kind, if scatterbrained man, whom he often ended up chastising as a result of his lackadaisical behavior. Despite his criticisms, Ron never blamed Muzuri for unleashing the Gula plague and served him loyally until his lord's death, comforting him in his final moments and looking after his daughter similarly.

Megour Conchita: Ron's employer. Ron served Megour loyally as a member of the Conchita family and cared for her as he did Muzuri. He was, however, horrified to see her conduct towards Banica during the Gula plague, not understanding her spite towards the child.

Banica Conchita: Ron's later employer. Ron cared deeply for Banica from the day she was born and, although helpless to prevent her abuse during the Gula plague, was protective of her whenever she faced scorn from others because of it. Ron faithfully served his master's daughter up until his death, his loyalty so strong that it became primal, present in his body even when his soul was gone.

Trivia

Conceptualization and Origin

  • Ron's name is Scottish in origin, meaning "mighty counselor" or "ruler".
  • The English word grapple means to "engage in a close fight or struggle without weapons" or "wrestle".

Appearances

References

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