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Professor Percival Tunstell is a major character in the The Custard Protocol. He is a childhood friend of Rue and the twin brother of Primrose.

Percy is son of Baroness Ivy Tunstell, a vampire queen, and Ormond Tunstell, a former claviger for the Woolsey Pack and actor.


Percy is good looking, with red hair and pale skin from the many hours he spends inside reading. He is gangly and awkward, and wears spectacles. Inexplicably, he is attractive to debutantes.


Quesnel Lefoux calls him "Pompous Percy." Percy hates that he is inexplicably attractive to debutants, so he hides indoors and his only interest is in books. He is a good strategist and technician, good at coming up with redundancies and backup plans.


As soon as Percy came of age, he moved out of his mother's hive and accepted a post as an Oxford don. His time at Oxford didn't last; he was dismissed for radical theories on the transcendental sprout-shaped nature of the aetherosphere. Afterwards, he moved into a home behind the British Museum, off Russell Square.

In the booksEdit

Timeless Edit

In Timeless, Percy travels with his family to Egypt, along with the Maccons. His sister Primrose is mistaken for Prudence and kidnapped by the Alexandria Hive. She is later rescued by the adults of both families, and escapes unharmed, though their mother is fatally wounded in the attempt and is metamorphosed into a vampire queen while there.

Prudence Edit

Rue invites Percy to become the researcher, librarian, and navigator aboard The Spotted Custard. Percy agrees, and travels to India with Rue and her crew.

Imprudence Edit

At the beginning of Imprudence, Rue, Primrose and Virgil are worried because Percy had taken off in a huff. They discover him in the library aboard the Spotted Custard in a near-rage over a paper Quesnel had done, but refusing to talk about it. Quesnel had published a story in the Royal Society with Mrs. Featherstonehaugh about the weremonkies before Percy, which is why Percy was so upset. In retaliation he published his own paper on the werecats. When this fact is discovered while the crew is in Egypt, it leads Rue to believe the attacks on the ship have been an effort to capture Tasherit. Percy becomes very contrite and does his best to make up for his bad behavior.


  • Percy once hypothesized that bacon could be blamed for the explosion of Mount Vesuvius.
  • Percy speaks several languages.
  • He does not like sweets, and sometimes forgets to eat.
  • Percy is an excellent dancer and swimmer.
  • He has a valet named Virgil.
  • Drinks cognac.
  • Percy has developed an Information Cloud: An unique candelabra in Percy’s library aboard the Spotted Custard. It is made up of hundreds of tiny books on a pulley system that can twirl and raise and lower at the whim of a person sitting at the desk below.


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  • “The Rakshasa,' said Percy pedantically, 'are a different breed altogether from our vampires. Much in the same way that poodles and dachshunds are different breeds of dog. Rakshasas are reviled in India. Their position as tax collectors is an attempt by the crown to integrate them in a more progressive and mundane manner. Rue said, 'Oh, how logical. Because we all know ordaining someone as a tax collector is the surest way to get them accepted by society.” (Prudence, Chapter Nine)
  • "Rue, Percy's not accustomed to adventure. Or forests. Or the outside world, really." (Prudence, Chapter Eleven)
  • “My brother has been known to be capable in emergency situations.” (Imprudence, Chapter Four)
  • “More a solidarity in misery. I’m certain I shall return to loathing him shortly.” (Imprudence, Chapter Six)
  • “Percy, being a frightful booby, was never one to take his cherished book learning and actually apply it to reality. Presumably, he would find such a logical step quite silly.” (Imprudence, Chapter Twelve)
  • “But Mr. Tunstell would remain unaware of a sand tick up his nose.” (Imprudence, Chapter Fifteen)
  • “Percy never had understood his own value in society or as a friend. He saw other people as either worthy academic opponents, fellow awkward intellectuals, or irrelevant. He applied the same judgement to himself.” (Imprudence, Chapter Sixteen)
  • “Percy may be a pill of particularly fine vintage, but he was awfully good at navigation.” (Imprudence, Chapter Nineteen)
  • “He likes this life. Won’t ever admit it, but he does. Secretly always had a flair for drama and adventure, despite his hermit tendencies.” (Imprudence, Chapter Nineteen)

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