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Pennyroyal is a friendly author of adventure books which purportedly retell his travels across the world. Their authenticity is somewhat suspect, but they remain bestsellers. The historians in London criticised his work for focusing more on adventure and romance than on history. Most of what he writes is in fact false. However, he does write his own version of Predators Gold (also the name of the second book in the series), which manages to stay true to most of the events in the story. He does seem to have some amount of historical authentication. For instance when Tom says Pennyroyal believed "the Ancients had machines called 'eye-pods' where they could store thousands of songs on tiny little gramophone records.
In "Predator's Gold" Pennyroyal wishes to travel with Tom Natsworthy and Hester Shaw. He tells Tom of his discoveries and adventures in America. Tom is amazed by Pennyroyal's discoveries, but wonders why he hasn't heard much of them before. His bravery is first questioned when the Green Storm attacks the Jenny Haniver and Pennyroyal whimpers every time a missile comes past the airship, which is unusual for someone who has fought bears and ventured through the unknown. In Anchorage, it is revealed he is actually a fraud, and that he does indeed simply make up his stories. His true cowardice is revealed when he shoots Tom (accidentally, according to Pennyroyal) and steals the Jenny Haniver to escape the great city Arkangel.
After stealing the airship Jenny Haniver it is unclear what he does, but in Infernal Devices we find he has become the Mayor of Brighton, a raft resort city, which is currently sailing in the Atlantic and is running its own slave trade. After Brighton is taken over by the Lost Boys (Mortal Engines), Penyroyal escapes with Tom Natsworthy, Wren Natsworthy and Theo Ngoni.
At the end of "A Darkling Plain", Pennyroyal shoots the Stalker Fang, who had just reverted to her more peaceful "Anna Fang" persona, thinking she was still a threat. We learn that he goes on to write a new book closer to the truth that, ironically, no one will publish. He is forced to publish it in a newspaper called The Speculum.
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