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Dominik Bombastus Houvenaghel

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Dominik Bombastus Houvenaghel – "businessman", landowner, cousin of Leo Bonhart and owner of the arena at Claremont where Ciri was forced to participate in exhibition combat while she was Bonhart's prisoner. He is described as an impressively fat man with pendulous jowls resembling a bulldog.

Encyclopaedia Maxima Mundi entry[edit | edit source]

Houvenaghel, Dominik Bombastus (1239–1301) – Became rich in the province of Ebbing by conducting large-scale enterprises; set up business in Nilfgaard. Already respected by previous emperors, he was elevated to the rank of viscount and zupparius salis of Venendal by Jan Calveit; as reward for services rendered, the office of mayor of Neweugen was awarded. Faithful counsellor to the emperor, Houvenaghel benefitted from his full confidence and took part in many public affairs. Already in Ebbing, he had indulged in many charity ventures, spending considerable sums of money to support the needy and the poor and to build orphanages, hospitals and daycare facilites. A great lover of fine art and sports, he had a theatre and a stadium built in the capital, both of which bore his name. He was a model of propriety, honesty and respectability in mercantile circles.

— Effenberg and Talbot, Encyclopaedia Maxima Mundi, tome VII