Skulduggery pleasant is a living skeleton. He fought in the war against Mevolent with the dead men. He was tortured and died. He stayed on earth because of an enchantment from necromancer, Solomon Wreath. A few hundred years later, he met valkyrie while she was mourning for her uncles death. He later saved her life when someone broke into her house in the middle of the night. She then became his detective partner and elemental student.