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Umlaut is a male golem from Xanth. His talent is emulation. He was first introduced in Up in a Heaval as a major character.

Umlaut is the husband of Surprise, Cynthia, and Benzine and father of Prize and an unnamed son.

Umlaut was created by Demon Fornax for a bet with Demon Xanth. He had the semblance of body, life, awareness, and soul. If he accomplished his chore, Xanth wins. Metria did everything she could to stop him from delivering the letters including emulating several women from Ptero who would not help him with the fire ants. He was offered Becka by Demons Fornax and Jupiter. He gained half of Surprise's soul when Jupiter could not handle it. He is married to Surprise in the main Xanth reality and Xanth Reality One. He is married to Cynthia in Reality Two. He was soulless and married to Benzine, who was underage at the time, in Reality Six and was the lover of Surprise, who was possessed by Morgan Le Fey who wanted Prize as a new host body.

Novels: Up in a Heaval, Cube Route, Currant Events, Pet Peeve, Stork Naked, Air Apparent

A Bold Title means he was a major character. A Small Title means he was only mentioned.

Character notes


Human men and women will not have a species in their entries. Also, if the surname of the character is the character's species, it was dropped.

If the character is a child, it will be in the description. The child will more than likely be an adult by this time in the Xanth series.

Many species are single gender, so their entries will not mention it. The species are Fury, Muse, basilisk, cenmaid, cenmare, cockatrice, dryad, maenad, sand witch, sandman, and woodwife. Harpies and nymphs are usually female, and fauns are usually male; but there have been a few exceptions that are noted.

In some instances, I have made educated guesses on gender, species, and some birth years.


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