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|Given Name||Desmond Edgley|
|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)
As children he and his brothers Gordon and Fergus Edgley used to listen to stories that their grandfather told them. Their grandfather believed that they were descended from the Ancients. Their father greatly disapproved of this and told them to not believe a word of it. None of them listened except Fergus, who Desmond remarks in Bedlam had 'always needed our father's approval more than any of us.' Eventually, Fergus convinced Desmond that their grandfather was spilling lies. Gordon remained faithful, and began delving into magic.
When Gordon eventually met Melissa and introduced her to Desmond, they fell in love. Melissa and he got married and had Stephanie and later Alice. Later, when Stephanie was a baby, he along with Melissa took her to the zoo, where he accidentally dropped her into the penguin enclosure.
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.
Desmond goes to the Edgley renuion.
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.
Desmond and Melissa hear a crash from Valkyrie's room and try to get her to open the door, while she is attacked by Remus Crux. After Valkyrie opens the door he hurries in and examines the room. He promises to fix the broken window.
When Valkryie returns after meeting Cassandra Pharos, Desmond arrives also home unusually early from work to tell Valkyrie, along with Melissa, that they are going to have a baby. Later he demonstrates a new baby seat for the car to his family.
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 the 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.
Along with Valkyrie and Melissa he attends Alice's christening and later throws Ian Moore through a window after he tried robbing his wife.
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 protests but eventually agrees, saying to them she has diarrhoea. Valkyrie asks her mum to kill Desmond, and she agrees.
For Valkyrie's eighteenth birthday, Desmond buys her a new car - the Oompa Loompa.
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.
Valkyrie tells Skulduggery to come over, and he slowly explains the existence of magic to Desmond and Melissa. When he reveals his bony hand, they recoil in shock, and Melissa screams.
Alice is stolen by Dexter Vex, who has been possessed by a remnant. Desmond and Melissa accompany Valkyrie to retrieve her.
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.
At the same time, he can also be quite charming, as said by his wife. In Bedlam, he jokes to Valkyrie that when you are in love, you are willing to overlook certain flaws of other people, such as cannabalism and being too pretty. He then says that Valkyrie's mother possesses one of those flaws, and he'll leave it to Valkyrie to guess which one.
- He's responsible for his daughter's fear of penguins and zoos.