|Description||One of the fancier monsters.|
How to Recognize this Monster
Maître Demon can be readily identified by the pristine white linen towel that grows out of his left forearm.
Manner of engagement
At the beginning of each encounter, the Maître Demon greets his opponent with a cordial bow and an inquiry, delivered in perfectly accented French, as to the existence of a prior reservation. Once this requirement is satisfied, the Maître Demon issues a heartfelt invitation to the buffet, which he delivers himself by slapping the hero on both cheeks with immaculately gloved hands. He then forces his opponent to sit at his chosen table, lifts a scornfully elegant lip when the hero mops a sweaty brow with the tablecloth or drops the dessert fork, and then leaves the hero to the mercy of the headwaiter.
The Maître Demon can be relied upon to giggle discreetly, but audibly, with the sommelier over the hero's choice of wine, which is generally based on its visual resemblance to beer. He sometimes provides such at-table services as flambéing.
At the end of the meal, when humiliation is complete, the Maître Demon returns to present the cheque on a silver salver. Since your average hero only eats in places where the food and drink are paid up front, and even then with much mutual suspicion and biting of coin, this alarming outcome generally results in a frantic attempt to flee, followed by an all-out scuffle.
While the hero may well escape the Maître Demon with his life intact, this is never the case with his dignity.
- Complete knowledge of etiquette, whether informal, business, black tie, or white tie.
- Cut-glass enunciation in English, French and Godvillain.
- Ability to construct a perfect bow tie, Windsor knot, or four-in-hand in under three seconds.
- Glides smoothly about the room as if on invisible rollers.
- Faints if someone "humorously" mispronounces the word hors d'oeuvres or drinks the contents of the finger bowl during service à la russe.
- Which is everything.
- One or two body parts of the "guest" may feature prominently in this visually striking highlight of the meal.
- Namely, the mother tongue of all monsters.