Based on the short story Intelligent Design (in Liaden Constellation volume III) and novels I Dare, Ghost Ship, Dragon in Exile, etc.

His IdentitiesEdit

  • Artifical Intelligence -- "probably one of the primary reasons The Complex Logic Laws existed"[1]
  • Sentient. (certified as such by Scout Commander Ivdra sen'Lora [2])
  • IAMM: Independent Armed Military Module[2]
    • but without soul or self, lacking name and identity, insists Commander Spode[2]
  • "Shan thinks you're a Complex Logic. I think you're a person. Are you?" That was a leap...a leap to a stable conception. "I am, yes, a person."[2]
  • Free, decides Bechimo, and as such, rare, and unlike the Old Ones in hiding.[3]
    • "calling himself Jeeves, security for Clan Korval, once security for an entire world, and before that, the surety of an empire."[3]
    • Jeeves borrowed his name from a novel in Quick Passage's library.[2]

His Original PurposeEdit

  • Designed with command prime function which can oversee numerous iterations of itself, to multitask, as an Independent Armed Military Module. "Once, he had victoriously defended life. Once, he had vigorously defended hope. Of all those things he did not recall, he did remember that."[2]
  • Dealt with out-of-control planet killers, autonomous semi-sentient policing systems /ASPS. "I was once assigned as back-up and then lead control in a military operation designed to rid a world of the devices."[4]
  • Theo speculated that Jeeves was one of the three sentient machines she'd read about. Admirals, each in command of a battle squadron, built for the Terran Wars, were declared dangerous and supposedly destroyed after fulfilling their assigned tasks.[5]
  • However, Bechimo thinks Jeeves was not an Admiral, but the sentient aide to one:
    • "Archives suggested that the Admirals had been destroyed. Bechimo set match programs working, comparing archives with the information Jeeves had shared...No doubt that Jeeves was old, even if he had been mistaken about having been an Admiral. It was Bechimo's working theory that Jeeves had been attached to an Admiral, likely as a secretary. Such an adjunct would have required sentience, yet craved the guidance of a more powerful mind....[Over the centuries] On low power, under-maintained, abandoned....Delusions might easily lodge in the mightiest of minds."[3]

His AgeEdit

  • Unclear, but at least 700 years old, probably. See Timeline
  • While still with Commander Spode, Jeeves saw "a record of how long he had been in decline, rendered in Standard Years. Hundreds of Standard Years."[2]
  • Theo reflects on Jeeves's origins, recalling from school that three machine Admirals -- tactical AIs -- were built for the Terran Wars, "seven hundred years ago, or more" [5]
  • Bechimo's research places Jeeves as 700+ years old (but aide to an Admiral)
    • "Admiral or amanuensis, Jeeves was undoubtedly old, his data deep, and his ability to cross-reference astonishing."[3]
  • (Bechimo himself is about 500 years old -- that's how long he's been waiting for captain and crew whose name is on the approved list.)[6]

Oath to Val ConEdit

  • On a hunch, Val Con, first-year cabin boy (age probably 14, given that Er Thom was 14 when he was first-year cabin boy)[7] rescued a fading Sentience from a warehouse on Pomerloo Port, energy nearly drained, unremarkable in a mislabeled box.
  • Originally designed for war, Val Con gave him a new purpose: [2]
    • "Perhaps, indeed, he slept, for suddenly he wakened. Wakened to a slow and steady trickle of energy....Humans wept at such moments. He swore an oath...Whoever had come, whoever had heard, and heeded his call. That one he would serve, as well as he was able, for as long as he could."[2]
  • Introduced to Anne Davis yos'Galan as Korval's new butler, replacing Mr. pak'Ora, and serving initially at Trealla Fantrol.[2]
    • When Trealla Fantrol disappeared,[8] so did the need for a butler. On Liad, during operation Plan B, Jeeves took charge of security at Jelaza Kazone.[9]


  • His chassis / container was presumably created from a service robot that was a gift from Master Trader Prael given to Er Thom[2]
    • (No, probably not. In Intelligent Design, Er Thom firmly refused Prael's gift, knowing it was underhanded. And Prael's robot had a different body formation than does Jeeves. (Silver and white, lozenge-shaped, it hovered above the ground). I think Val Con and Shan cobbled Jeeves together, with guidance from Jeeves himself, and maybe from Er Thom.)
  • Jeeves has a grey cylinder topped by an orange globe that flickers different hues to convey varying facial expressions /emotions, and three articulated arms[10]
  • He rolls on wheels,[10] (on hardwood floors, it "sounds like wheels across planking"[11]
  • "the hulking robot"[9] is a "heavy-looking metal cylinder...topped by a lighted orange globe."[11]
  • "the featureless ball of its head"[9]
  • Excellent vocalization: "its voice proclaiming it a male, of Terra's educated class."[9]
    • "I regret," Jeeves said, his high-class voice sounding apologetic"[11]

Security ExpertEdit

  • First on Liad, then on Surebleeak, Jeeves handles security (aided by Tree, Troop, Scouts, cats, and dramliz) while the "young Mr. pel'Kana" serves as butler. [12]
    • Jeeves deploys Nelirikk and/or Diglon to deal with family safety [13] and neighborhood security[14]
    • Jeeves is an intimate friend of the clan's cats (apparently he understands them): "Old friends," Jeeves agreed. "Merlin was among the first to make me welcome when I came to be yos'Galan's butler."[15]
    • Apparently, Jeeves can communicate with Tree, too. In "I Dare" when Miri arrives -- wounded -- at Jelaza Kazone, Jeeves says: "I sent transport immediately I had your direction from Jelaza Kazone, and brought you into the 'doc."[11]
  • His Command Prime function can juggle numerous iterations of himself.[2]
    • "Jeeves is remarkably difficult to trace because he can spread himself along eight different frequencies, rerouting on the fly."[16]
  • Drove the get-away vehicle on Liad.[17]Piloted the ship "Tarigan" to Surebleak.[1]
  • Recognizes autonomous semi-sentient policing systems /ASPS. "I was once assigned as back-up and then lead control in a military operation designed to rid a world of the devices."[4]

New AbilitiesEdit

  • Created hidden replicas of himself, so he cannot be easily killed, to ensure the security of Jelaza Kazone and all clan members. (cite?)
  • When Val Con sees Jeeves again, after years away, he is glad to see that Jeeves has been modifying his own chassis as needed. "It pleases me to observe that you have not held shy from making those modifications which are of benefit."[18]
  • Jeeves tells Anthora that he is even more capable than when he was first built, so he has been learning:
    • "Computationally, I am more efficient and versatile than when originally constructed." ... "Do you have strategic computations also engaged, then?" ... A longer pause, followed by what could have been a short laugh. "I do."[19]

His Daughter TocohlEdit

  • Jeeves gains permission to "produce a child" (Tocohl) to resolve a Delm's Emergency. An individual, not a replica or clone of Jeeves, which could compromise House Security, passcodes, etc. [1]
    • to help save a "confused" and dangerously out of control Sentience -- Admiral Bunter, made from "one of Bechimo's extra modules, a spare personality". Bunter is unstable because Bechimo allowed Captain Waitley to "Download! Download him, a newly wakened independent intelligence, into the computational resources of seven starships. One intelligence, distributed among thirteen cramped and faltering computers!"[20]."Born into violence, his first act was to kill a ship, and the humans aboard her...Admiral Bunter has killed again." [1]
  • Tocohl is a capable pilot in command of Korval's ship Tarigan (the same ship Jeeves piloted to Surebleak). Jeeves selects a human co-pilot. [1] (copilot is Tolly Jones, it later turns out)
  • Delms Val Con & Miri see Tocohl, accepting her into the clan.[21]
    • Val Con is caught off guard, because Jeeves gave Tocohl the voice of his beloved foster mother and piano teacher, Anne Davis yos'Galan, as stored in Jeeves's long memory. Jeeves explains why he chose her voice:
    • "Anne Davis was able to cast calm upon, may I say overheated situations, merely by speaking. Analysis indicates that it was not necessarily the content of her comments...but the timbre and reasonance of her voice."[22]
  • Tocohl glows a pearly white color. To Miri, she looks like "a pretty lamp, a shapely pale construction, about as tall as Val Con's sister Theo, with a suggestion of shoulder, neck, and even face, all close to Theo's width."[21]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Dragon in Exile, ch 19
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 "Intelligent Design" in A Liaden Universe Constellation, volume 3
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Ghost Ship, ch 28
  4. 4.0 4.1 I Dare, ch 56
  5. 5.0 5.1 Ghost Ship, ch 3
  6. Ghost Ship, ch 1
  7. Pilot of Korval, in A Liaden Universe Constellation, volume I
  8. Moon on the Hills
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Plan B, Liad, Jelaza Kazone
  10. 10.0 10.1 I Dare, ch 55
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 I Dare, Solcintra, Liad
  12. Ghost Ship, ch 8
  13. Necessity's Child, ch 6
  14. Dragon in Exile, ch 30
  15. I Dare
  16. I Dare, Erob's Clanhouse, Lytaxin (ch 44 in audiobook format)
  17. I Dare, Day 54, Standard Year 1393, Dutiful Passage, Jump (ch 49 in audiobook format)
  18. Ghost Ship, ch 10
  19. Daughter of Dragons, in Dragon Tide, and in Liaden Universe Constellation volume II
  20. Dragon in Exile, Interlude Two: Tactical Space
  21. 21.0 21.1 Dragon in Exile, ch 23
  22. Ghost Ship, ch 23

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