For centuries Commander Pepe has been building himself up to be a great leader in every sense of the word. Over the course of the nine Palace of Amino novels the commander takes every opportunity to pile on the weight, and grows steadily throughout the series from an already obese individual into something almost monstrous, a humanoid almost unable to walk or fit into the oversized chair in his office. He develops into a nauseatingly formidable presence, a presence amplified by the many layers of his thick official robes. He rarely leaves the confines of Amino Battle Command, situated deep below the palace. He only does so to go up to his lavish and reinforced apartment high in the Central Tower.
|Vengeance of the Lump-Being|
“In the year and a half you’ve all been away I’ve managed to squeeze an extra three meals into my daily schedule, and reduce the amount of physical exertion I must endure by fifty per cent. One of the most energetic activities I do now is to walk from my bed to the lift that takes me down to Battle Command.”
Peter the Ace then wonders why the commander would want to gain even more mass, to which the commander responds:
“Two reasons: first, to gain even more respect from my subordinates. And second, to be able to support even more oiled and intoxicated masseurs on my gut.”
That last sentence shows that respect is not his only motivation to expand his waistline, but we should leave that for another time.
|Invasion of the Scab Demons|
His body wobbled like a thuggoth’s backside, and then his towel slipped open revealing the largest set of mud-smeared man-breasts ever seen. The commander made no attempt to cover them up.
The commander's bizarre pride with his gargantuan physical appearance is highlighted in this scene, during the mid point of the novel:
Commander Pepe stood by the large panoramic window of his office and looked out at the huge and bustling main chamber of Amino Battle Command. He smiled and nodded slowly, his multiple chins undulating like sacks of jelly. He was incredibly proud of his teams down there. They worked tirelessly, and with a dedication second only to the bounty hunters they supported and protected. Apart from two unsightly assistants on the External Defences team, whose sweaty appearance and attitude had bothered the commander for decades, every single person worked hard and with flawless enthusiasm. It was a magnificent and inspiring display of loyalty. And it was irrefutable evidence of their tremendous respect for his corpulent authority.
Despite the preposterous nature of Commander Pepe's belief that respect for his authority increases as his weight increases, his belief does seem to have some basis in reality. He does tend to engender respect from is subordinates, and even the highest ranking bounty hunters. He is indeed a 'great' leader.
Commander Pepe drifted into a fantasy world where a huge kilometre tall statue of himself stood at the centre of the new palace. On the plaque would read: ‘Commander Pepe, brave and fearless leader of the Palace of Amino’s Battle Command. Destroyed just outside his massage chamber by the Mechanism, Earth Reference Year 2392.81 A.D. 19:37 hrs. His enormous physique will never be forgotten.’