The Picklemen are an anti-supernatural group of conservative aristocrats. They can be identified by a green ribbon tied around a hat.
The organization forms a plan to provide free enhancements to mechanicals all over England, secretly installing new crystalline valve frequensors that can be used to control the mechanicals from afar. They hope to cause enough confusion with this plan to invade London with an army of mechanimals and seize control of the country. This plan is thwarted by Sophronia and the students and staff of Mademoiselle Geraldine's.
During Manners & Mutiny, the Picklemen bring down Mademoiselle Geraldine's during a New Years tea party. They commandeer the dirigible when it is abandoned by teachers and students, intent on floating to London to utilize the ship's pilot mechanical in their plot to overthrow the government.
Ranks within the organization Edit
Member Regulations Edit
- One cannot introduce oneself, one must be introduced by another.
- Never be seen dining with constabulary, the Bureau of Unnatural Registry, or the undead.
- Do not attend whorehouses, tavers, or card halls as a patron, only a proprietor.
- Always be attentive to the needs of your fellow Picklemen.
- Always dress with appropriate concern for the image of the Picklemen, however secret.
- Outsiders must never know the details of the Free Gherkin Fellowship.
- Respect the portable property and non-cash assets of your fellows, all else is fair game.
- Pirates, smugglers, and highwaymen must be carefully vetted and given a haircut.
Other Important Information Edit
- A Relish is the name of a meeting or gathering of Picklemen
- At which Picklemen songs are sung, "Long May We Be Preserved" and "Come All Ye, Gherkin, Cornichon, Tondali, and Sing of the Briny Deep."
Those Who Need Not Apply Edit
- Persons with relatives among the constabulary, or the Bureau of Unnatural Registry.
- Those who are dead, un-dead, or soon to be either, including but not limited to: ghosts, vampires, werewolves, drones, clavigers, preternaturals, and sundowners.
- Those who are already members of other time-consuming societies including (but not limited to): the Order of the Brass Octopus, the Freemasons, the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows (or its American counterpart), the Rosicrucian Order, The Death Weasel Confederacy, the Night's Templar (or its original order, should any members remain alive), the Knights Hospitaller, the Bullingdon Club, the Pitt Club, the Hypocras Club, and, for obvious reasons, the East India Company.
Picklemen in the Finishing School series Edit
- Duke of Golborne—As of Manners & Mutiny, the duke has been elevated to the position of Grand Gherkin, second in power only to the Chutney
- The Picklemen are also known as "The Men Who Pickle." This description never made it into the books.
- ↑ "Behind the Scribbles ~ Unused Finishing School Notes", Gail Carriger's blog