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"What are your intentions towards my daughter then? I hope just because you don't think you're going to be holding her hand or anything. Just because her knees are visible does not mean she is the kind of girl to hold the hand of a strange-haired boy on their first date"
— Desmond meeting Fletcher for the first time, Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil
Desmond Edgley
Character Information
Given Name Desmond Edgley
Species Human
Gender Male
Birth 1973/1974
Age 39
Magic Likely none
Location Ireland, Haggard
Relations Melissa Edgley (spouse)
Stephanie Edgley (daughter)
Alison Edgley (daughter)
Fergus Edgley (brother)
Gordon Edgley (brother)
Beryl Edgley (sister-in-law)
Carol Edgley (niece)
Crystal Edgley (niece)

Desmond Edgley is the father of Valkyrie Cain and Alison Edgley and husband of Melissa Edgley.



As children he and his brothers Gordon and Fergus Edgley used to listen to stories that their grandfather told them. As well as Gordon, their grandfather also believed that they were descended from the Ancients. Desmond didn't believe this, and eventually the once close siblings drifted apart.

When Gordon eventually met Melissa and introduced her to Desmond, they fell in love. Melissa and he got married and had Stephanie and later Alison. Later, when Stephanie was a baby, he along with Melissa took her to the zoo, where he accidentally dropped her into the penguin enclosure.

Skulduggery Pleasant

Desmond appears at the funeral of this older brother Gordon, who left him and his wife his villa in France. Also, when Skulduggery Pleasant arrives at Fedgewidge's office, Desmond is said to have had an unusual expression. Later on, he told Stephanie about the stories his grandfather told him, and how they were descended from the Ancients. He also tells her not to believe this stuff.

Playing With Fire

Desmond goes to the Edgley renuion. 

The Faceless Ones

He and Melissa have their anniversary and Desmond asks his daughter what to buy her mother. Valkyrie suggests that they could go to Paris, and he agrees.

Right before they want to go to the airport, Desmond "loses" his passport, but his wife finds them again, before it's too late. Later they come back from France.

Dark Days

Desmond knocks along with Melissa on Valkyrie's door and requests her to open the door, while she is attacked by Remus Crux. After Valkyrie finally opened the door the hurries in and examines the room. Also as he saw the broken window he promises to fix it later.

After Valkryie was by Cassandra Pharos and came home Desmond arrives also home unusually early from work to tell Valkyrie, along with Melissa, that they are going to have a baby. Later he demonstraces a new baby seat for the car to his family.

Mortal Coil

He and his wife Melissa meet Fletcher Renn. Desmond says his hair is crazy and is stuck at odd angles like a demented porcupine. Being a protective father that he is he mentions that he can see Valkyrie's knees, which is apparently too much of her legs to see on the first date. Knees should be kept for the eight or ninth date, or the wedding day, as a nice surprise.

When Tanith Low is possessed by a Remnant, she visits Desmond and Melissa, saying she's Valkyrie's teacher. They welcome her and have a conversation.

Death Bringer

Along with Valkyrie and Melissa he attends Alison's christening and later throws Ian Moore through a window after he tried robbing his wife.

Kingdom of the Wicked

Much to Valkyrie's annoyance Desmond invited a boy who should become her boyfriend after she broke up with Fletcher. When she tells him to send him away, he does as she said, saying she has diarrhea.

Last Stand of Dead Men

For Valkyrie's eighteenth birthday, Desmond buys her a new car - the Oompa Loompa.

Later Kenny Dunne approaches the Edgley household and plans to inform Desmond that Valkyrie Cain was supposedly killed in The Battle of Roarhaven.

The Dying of the Light

After Stephanie returns home, Desmond is seen watching a movie, late at night, that he doesn't quite understand the plot of. It is revealed later that Kenny didn't tell Desmond about Valkyrie dying, and instead gave him the USB that has the footage of her dying at The Battle of Roarhaven. The USB is eventually accessed by Desmond and Melisa, leading to them realising the existence of magic.

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The Future

When Cassandra Pharos shows Skulduggery and Valkyrie a vision of the future, it shows Darquesse killing Desmond and Melissa. Another vision also shows the death of Desmond and Melissa, this time along with Alison. However, in the first vision Valkyrie lets her parents die but she attempts to prevent it in the second, along with acknowledging the past Valkyrie's witnessing of this event.


Desmond is a very overprotective father. He happens to also be a scatterbrain, like when he lost an entire shopping centre, and forgot putting on shoes before going out. He also forgot to wear pants to his second daughter's Christening. Sometimes he also has a very childish sense.


  • He's responsible for his daughter's fear of penguins and zoos.


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