The Labors of Juliet is a written story by Aristide Twain, and illustrated by the same. It features the Crew of the Copper-Colored Cupids (mainly Juliet-178, although Pythagoras-858 and, in his debut, Peter-707, are also mentioned), and, in their debut, the Sisters of Juliet. A Cupid Judge is also mentioned, as is the Creator.
After committing the forbidden crime of clockmaking to get out of work at the Department of Problem-Solving, Juliet-178 is exiled to a desert dimension until she can romanticise 100 creatures. After creating another Juliet from the parts of her Fog Ship to help her with the task, she's sure that she can get the job done - although she can't help but feeling that the Department of Discipline has been unusually lenient with her punishment...
- The Cupid Intelligence Institute contains a Department of Cinematography, a Department of Quasireligious Obsequiousness, a Department of Discipline, and a Department of Vehicles.
- Cupid law is upheld by a Department of Discipline, whose sentences are decided by a Judge.
- There now exist several thousand versions of Juliet, collectively dubbed the "Sisters of Juliet".
- According to Cupid law, only the Creator and the Great Foundries may create Clockwork Cherubs.
- Cupids travel through the Void in Fog Ships.
- The fact that Juliet works at the Department of Problem-Solving under Pythagoras-858 is referenced, having been originally established in Lord Thymon and the Department of Problem-Solving (2019).
- Dats, a species which first appeared in Cupid Fact File #94: The Euclidean Plane (2019), are mentioned by Juliet, as is the fact that they are hard to hit with arrows.
- The events of this story were later referenced in Incident Report C179B – “Of Romeos and Juliets” (2019), which serves as something of a coda to the story.
Behind the scenes
This short story was released in April of 2019 on the Crew of the Copper-Colored Cupids website. It was the second fully narrative short story released there, following Lord Thymon and the Department of Problem-Solving, and was later collected in The Quintessential Cupid with a new cover.