"This is a great day! A great day!"
Strengths: Creativity, Gung-Ho
Weaknesses: Dealing With Disappointment, Persecution Complex
First Appearance: LIAB Text 30
Ace, Lord Hardware, is a Dollamancer in service to Jetstone. He popped in Dhrystone following the loss of Chief Dollamancer Holly Shortcake. He has served under four Chief Warlords, meaning he began under the Chief predating Ansom.
He is tall and brawny, with metal gauntlets that cover his entire arms, a shirt that shows off his abs, boots, and a tall flat-top haircut, and carries a huge multi-bow accessory.
He specializes in accessories (Hardware), and wishes to create action figures.
He is friends with Cubbins, who helped him pursue his creative interests as a sort of hobby, helping him maintain his sanity. The only other person he got along with was Ossomer.
Ace popped shortly after the loss of Jetstone's previous Dollamancer, Holly Shortcake. Ace states that this must have been because Jetstone was Fated to have a Dollamancer. His talent for creating accessories fits Parson's playing style quite well and he has had a greater level of significance than Jetstone's other casters. These facts make it look quite likely that Ace is fated to turn to Gobwin Knob.
Conversely, he may be fated to face Parson at some point, with his talents causing him to be a significant and difficult to defeat foe.
Real World References
Ace Hardware is a chain hardware store serving the United States. Of course the "hardware" Ace specializes in is more military hardware, or small arms and ordnance, than hammers and drills.
Ace himself resembles an action figure, and his appearance may be a reference to Chip Hazard, the commander of the Commando Elite in the movie Small Soldiers. Ace's name, blond hair and obsession with flight are also references to Ace McCloud, a character in the 1980s American toy tie-in cartoon "The Centurions." Both references emphasize his focus on action figures and combat oriented accessories as an alternative to dolls and plush as possible applications of Dollamancy.
Ace also bears more than a passing resemblance to Jake Busey's character Ace in the film Starship Troopers.