This article is about a member of the Von Mekkhan family. For others in the family or other uses, see Von Mekkhan (disambiguation).
This article is about a member of the Heliotrope family. For others in the family or other uses, see Heliotrope (disambiguation).
|Vanamonde von Mekkhan|
|Name|| Vanamonde von Mekkhan ()|
|Occupation|| Heterodyne seneschal, Doom Bell ringer-to-be, and rake|
|First Appearance|| |
|Parents|| Father deceased;Arella, his mother|
|Relatives|| Carson von Mekkhan, grandfather|
|Children|| None acknowledged|
|Marital Status||Single and loving it|
- "This is the fool you want. My grandson, Vanamonde"
- "Oh, am I now part of the tour, grandfather?"
- "You could be, you never leave this table!"
- Carson von Mekkhan and Vanamonde 
Vanamonde von Mekkhan (plus or minus a spelling variation or two) is the grandson of Carson von Mekkhan, Seneschal Emeritus of Castle Heterodyne. He is, at least in principle, the current Seneschal, but carefully avoids exercising the responsibilities of the office (or for that matter, any other responsibilities that he can avoid, with one exception), because it has proven convenient for Baron Klaus Wulfenbach to believe that the Mekkhan line has died out. That way Klaus doesn't take too careful a look at the way Mechanicsburg functions, and thus doesn't realize that the satraps that he's set up to "govern" the place have no real power, while the town takes care of itself just as it always has.
Vanamonde projects the image of a particularly idle young fop who spends most of his time hanging out in a coffee shop in town, run by Rinja. However, while he's hanging out, he's listening, which is actually quite a commendable trait if you think about it. In this unassuming way he's amassed a considerable body of information regarding the false Heterodyne heir, Zola, and the powers behind her attempt to usurp rulership of the town, or at least of Castle Heterodyne. His grandfather isn't necessarily amused at his projection of worthlessness, but does concede that he's .
Vanamonde plays a large, if inadvertent, role in getting the people of Mechanicsburg to accept the idea that Agatha may be The Heterodyne. Vanamonde does like his coffee (and, to be sure, probably other beverages as well), but his preferred coffee engine is broken, so he's using a backup. (He also seems to have written the textbook on coffee preparation, Bean There, Done That.) When he reveals this to an impressively Agatha, who speed-reads his book (and makes corrections lined in red), she rebuilds it as only a Spark can -- that is, not only making the thing itself function like no other coffee maker has ever functioned, but wowing all the onlookers (including Rinja, who isn't wowed by anything) with her Sparky charisma. When this mightily enhanced gadget produces its first cup of coffee, Vanamonde plays the role of good Seneschal and tests it before Agatha can have a sip. The result, he decides, is ... .
Still under the influence of the coffee, Van Gilgamesh Wulfenbach (along with Zeetha and Krosp) in the secret Mamma Gkika's to discuss how to deal with the Baron's . They leave through the public , intent on saving the city.
We last saw Vanamonde at the beginning of Castle Heterodyne. His loyalty to Agatha as 'his' Heterodyne is referenced, and his grandfather says that he'll make a fine Seneschal. We'll probably see more of this young man in the future; he does have his redeeming qualities., conversing with his grandfather about the death of