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Character Information
Taken Name Tipstaff
Species Human
Gender Male
Birth Unknown
Age Unknown
Magic Unknown
Faction The Irish Sanctuary
Titles Administrator, Kevin
Location Ireland, The Irish Sanctuary

Tipstaff was the Administrator in the Irish Sanctuary until he was revealed as a traitor to the Sanctuary and was incarcerated for treason. During his time as Administrator, he served under a number of Grand Mages.


Death Bringer

In Death Bringer, it is said that Tipstaff follows unnecessary protocol by asking if the council would agree to see Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain even though Erskine Ravel and Ghastly Bespoke questioned the need for this as the two of them were their friends. Tipstaff simply replied that protocol must be followed and rules guard them from chaos.

Elder Ghastly Bespoke was addressed by his name by Skulduggery when he, Valkyrie and the elder council were debating how they would react to the fact that Bison Dragonclaw kept on killing the people they wanted to talk to. He said this to Ghastly, "To be honest Ghastly, I haven't got a bull's notion." Tipstaff replied, "Elder Bespoke should be addressed by his title."

Kingdom of the Wicked

He appears briefly. He tells Skulduggery and Valkyrie about Greta. Not only that, he is shown that he follows the rules strictly and expects others to do the same. It is shown when Erskine Ravel and Ghastly Bespoke were searching for the accelerator which Skulduggery Pleasant told them was hidden in the Roarhaven sanctuary. Ravel mentioned that Tipstaff would "approve of the idea of sending Cleavers to search for the accelerator while they return to the chamber and drink coffee." 

Theatre of Shadows

Ravel's Office

He managed the Office of Elder Erskine while Ravel was busy investigating and asked Operatives to verify Cassandra Pharos as an ally.

Last Stand Of Dead Men

He told Ghastly that Illori Reticent was waiting for him. He later was told to take time off when Roarhaven was taken over by the Man with Golden Eyes.

The Dying of the Light

He greets Skulduggery and Stephanie at the beginning of the book when they enter the sanctuary. He later notifies them that Finbar Wrong is waiting for them. Finbar thought his name was Kevin.


Tipstaff was revealed as a traitor and shackled in the Sancturay cells.


  • He reveals that he has numerous tattoos.
  • He views mortals as inferior and cattle-like.


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