One more Q: On page 18 of "The Mirador," Mildmay casually refers to someone as a eunuch. Is this slang for something or are there really eunuchs in Melusine? How do they fit into society?
And an A:
No, it isn't slang. In Ervenzia, castrati are opera singers (p. 206). In Mélusine, it's clear that eunuchs work in brothels. There's the gofer you cite, and on p. 48 of Mélusine
, Mildmay mentions Philippe le Coupé (Philippe the Cut), the eunuch who tends bar, also at the Goosegirl's Palace.
(All page numbers refer to the hardbacks.)
You don't find many eunuchs in Mélusine outside of Pharaohlight and the Arcane. Except in the households of blood-wizards. There's a brothel in Pharaohlight called the Seven Sisters that specializes in eunuchs, and another in the Arcane, the Lamp of Sycorax. (And if you know the right person to ask at the Lamp of Sycorax, and what to say to him, you can watch a castration. But you'd better be prepared to pay through the nose.) The Brothers of St. Origo practice ritual castration (three guesses, as Mildmay says, how he died).
The preceding paragraph is all stuff I just made up. But it's canonical now.