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Ferociously devoted to his master, Capricorn. Capricorn could care less about Basta, but Basta would follow him anywhere. Basta is cruel and one of the main villains of Inkheart. He enjoys taunting his victims, and although he can dish it out, he can't take it. He takes revenge. He is never without a knife and his lucky charm, as he is very superstitious.