Ducheval was put into the roster for Dragon Army by Bean and later was organized into the C toon. When their commander Ender Wiggin asked Bean to make a separate special toon, he selected Shovel to be a part of it. Crazy Tom the leader of C toon was angry that he was losing two of his soldiers, but eventually accepted the arrangement.
Ducheval was said to have the open-faced friendliness of Provence. He was liked by everyone in Dragon Army.
- "One thing. Don't call me Shovel."
- — Ender's Shadow, page 313