You can count on Terry Pratchett to introduce a character in the
first chapter that will be the one to watch as the pages turn. In
the case of the unfortunately named Moist von Lipwig, any
consummate Discworld fan is going to doubt that he's the one. That
is because Moist, or Alfred Spangler (which is what appears on his
death warrant), is about to be hanged by the neck until dead.
Rather soon, as it turns out.
On Discworld, one does not actually have to be alive to be a
featured character. One could be a zombie, for instance, or a
werewolf or even a vamp